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Shabbat Shalom

“If you refrain from breaking the Sabbath and from doing as you please on My holy day, if you call the Sabbath a delight and the LORD’s holy day honorable, and if you honor it by not going your own way and not doing as you please or speaking idle words, 14 then you will find your joy in the LORD, and I will cause you to ride on the heights of the land and to feast on the inheritance of your father Jacob.” The mouth of the LORD has spoken. Isaiah 58:13-14
Shabbat Shalomhills where david hid

 
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Posted by on December 13, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Toledoth – ‘and these are the generations of Isaac . . .’

Toledoth – ‘these are the generations of Isaac . . .’ As we were reading the beginning verses of this week’s Torah portion, it reminded us of the following excerpt from an article we posted sometime back concerning Rebekah and her connection to the woman of Revelation 12.
” Let’s take a little closer look at the passages concerning Rebekah for some deeper understanding and clarification. Unlike Moses and Jacob finding their brides at a well, when Abraham sent his servant to find a wife for Isaac, she – Rebekah – was found at a spring. So what’s the significance? In the Hebrew a well and a spring are not the same. ‘Be’ayr’ – well – is a hole in the ground full of water. The Hebrew word for spring is ‘ayin’, literally the eye of the water. It is actually the word for ‘eye’ in the Hebrew. Why was Rebekah found at a spring? Why is that important? Later in life we find that Isaac is physically blind. He was also spiritually blind in reference to his two sons. Isaac was blinded to Esau’s spiritual depravity by his affection for his eldest son. Rebekah, on the other hand, is the one that had ‘eyes to see’. She is the woman chosen to birth Israel.” You know, both Jacob and Rebekah get what we believe to be a ‘bad rap’ in reference to the events concerning the ‘deception of Isaac’. It’s funny how we can read something over and again and still miss nuggets right under our noses. In the opening verses of this passage, God declares Jacob’s preeminence over his brother Esau. We also get a glimpse of Esau’s attitude towards God Almighty. The passage says ‘he (Esau) despises and had no regard for his birthright’. So Esau ‘sells’ his ‘right of the firstborn’ to his younger brother. Jacob now had a legal, enforceable right to the ‘bekorah’ or ‘first-born preeminence’. So, although the actions of Rebekah seem a little underhanded, she is prophetically the one with the ‘eyes to see’ and is determined to make sure the birthright is enforced. Here again, a meal is involved which could represent the appetites and desires of the flesh rather than the Word spoken by God. Isaac offers the birthright blessing to Esau in exchange for a ‘savory meal’ ; the same birthright Esau despised and sold cheap for a bowl of ‘red stuff’. . . We find it interesting Esau ( Edom – ‘red’) exchanges his preeminence with God for something ‘red’ . . . red, like the ‘dragon’, that serpent of old . . . Shalom -

 
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Posted by on November 22, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Shabbat Shalom from our Tribe to yours . . .

 

“This is what the LORD said, – “Tomorrow is a Sabbath observance, a holy Sabbath to the LORD . . . Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Observe the Sabbath, because it is holy to you. The whole house of Israel shall observe the Sabbath, to celebrate it throughout their generations as a perpetual covenant. Above, all keep My Sabbaths, for it is a sign between you and Me throughout your generations that you may know that it is I, YAHWEH, Who sanctifies you.”
So observe the Sabbath day, to keep it holy, as the LORD your God has commanded you. For there still remains a ‘Sabbath-keeping’ for the people of God. Shabbat Shalom – J&RSunset Sukkot 9

 
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Posted by on November 21, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Chayye Sarah – The life of Sarah – Gen 23:1 – 25:18

Previous study tells us this portion of Scripture begins with the death of Sarah and concludes at the death of Abraham. It includes, among other history, the account of the meeting of Isaac and Rebekah. But, while reading through it last evening and again this morning, something came to mind we had not noticed before. Abraham, the first Hebrew, the patriarch of all Israel (which includes all born-again believers ) bows himself before a pagan. What’s up with that? Abraham bows himself before the children of Heth, the council of the Hittite leadership and before Ephron, the leader of this pagan bunch ? Anybody besides us have a problem with this ? Let’s look a little deeper and see what we find.
The Torah admonishes us to ‘honor our father and mother, for this is the first commandment with a promise.’ We, as adults, should have learned ‘respect and honor’ while we were children in the home, by honoring our parents. As we mature, this understanding and extending of respect and honor should mature as we do and be evidenced by appropriate respect and honor for our God, our spouse, our family, our employer and those in positions of responsibility and authority over us. Eventually, this comes to be known as ‘proper protocol’.
So what does ‘proper protocol’ have to do with Father Abraham bowing himself before a pagan leader? Remember in the letter of Jude how the writer makes reference to Michael the archangel NOT railing against satan but literally turnin’ him over to The Lord ? That’s because the angelic host understand proper protocol and chain of command in ways we haven’t quite got a grasp on as of yet.
Abraham could have gone strutting into the ‘enemy’s camp’ and declared ‘I am Abraham, the friend of God, so recognize my importance and give me what I desire’. Alas, he did not, for he knew ‘proper protocol’ and the purpose for his visit. He wasn’t there to ‘take on’ the enemy. He was there to accomplish the purpose for which he came – to find a suitable burial place for his beloved wife. There would come a time to deal with the enemy. There are times when God has called his people to fight and times when He has called them to stand down. But, again, what has all that got to do with Abraham bowing before the descendants of Heth? Let’s try to boil all this down.
The Apostle Paul understood and taught this concept – first the physical, then the Spiritual. Abba gives us tasks to perform in the physical realm by which we are to learn and understand Spiritual truths. Abraham understood ‘proper protocol’. It was evidenced by his interaction with Ephron and the children of Heth, and shows the maturity level of his understanding of ‘respect and honor’.
In his letter to the Galatians, Paul confirms this truth – “If you are in Messiah, you are Abraham’s seed . . .’ (Gal. 3:19) and if we are Abraham’s seed we should be able to walk in some reasonable level of an understanding of honor and respect comparable to that of our father Abraham. Abraham knew how to properly honor, respect and approach His Father and this understanding overflowed into his relationships with those around him.
So how does our Heavenly Father desire we approach Him? The Word is jam-packed with ways in which Abba would want us to come into His presence, and visa-versa. Just as we need to learn what pleases our Father, we also must learn what displeases Him, and that is in His Word as well. Here are some examples:

‘Seek out the old paths and walk therein and find shalom . . . but the people said
we will not . . .’ Jeremiah 6:16

‘Do not come to Me in that manner . . .’ Deut 12:4;

‘you shall not behave this way before the Lord your God . . .’ Deut 12:31;

‘do not imitate the ways of the nations . . .’ Deut 18:9;

‘do not learn the ways of the nations . . .’ Jeremiah 10:2;

‘while these people were worshiping the LORD, they were also serving their idols. To this day their children and their grandchildren continue to do as their ancestors did in the past. 2 Kings 17:41 (and they were judged accordingly );

‘But now that you know God– or rather are known by God – how is it that you are turning back to those weak and beggarly practices of the world . . . (by) observing (their) special days and months and seasons and years ?’ Galatians 4:9-10;

and the phrase ‘under every green tree’ is always connected to ‘the ways of the nations’ and is a phrase especially appropriate this time of year.
Deut 12:2, 2 Kings 16:4, 2 Kings 17:10, 2 Chron. 28:4, Jer. 2:20,
Jer. 3:6, Jer. 3:13, Ezekiel 6:13

‘Thus says the LORD: “Learn not the way of the nations . . . 3 for the customs of the peoples are vanity. A tree from the forest is cut down and fashioned with an axe by the hands of a workman. 4 They decorate it with silver and gold; they fasten it with hammer and nails so that it cannot move. 5 They are idols that cannot walk or speak . . .’ Jeremiah 10

Jeremiah 16:19 O LORD, my strength and my fortress, My refuge in the day of affliction, The nations shall come to You From the ends of the earth and say, “Surely our fathers have inherited lies, that which is worthless and unprofitable;                                    (weak and beggarly; Galatians  4:9);

So just as our Father Abraham understood ‘proper protocol’ in his day, so to, we must understand in these days the proper ways to approach our Father as well as the ways that displease Him . . . especially ‘as The Day approaches’.

In the meantime, Shabbat Shalom to you and yours -

 
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Posted by on November 15, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

“By this they shall know . . . “

” . . . and by this they shall know that you are My disciples when you” – fuss and fume over the ‘proper’ spelling and pronunciation of My and My Father’s Names;
when you have learned all the mysteries of the Hebrew language and culture so as to show how much you know and how much others don’t;
when you have divided my family and drawn battle lines due to disagreements over calendars and moon phases and when the month and week begins;
when you expect mercy, grace and compassion but are not willing to extend it because someone is not as ‘Torah observant’ as you;
when you have come to the point that you are ‘so right’ that anyone even hinting they may disagree with you is ‘all wrong';
when you have ‘arrived’ and come to the point that you will not and need not receive and accept true, loving correction from a brother or sister;
when you have come to the point you have such zeal for the Word that you have lost the capacity for compassion for the misguided, misinformed, and those in error;
when you have come to the point that you are so ‘heavenly minded’ that you are no ‘earthly good’ . . .
NO, wait a minute . . . that’s not what it says, is it . . .

“For if I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.”
1 Cor. 13:2
Yeshua said “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! You pay tithe of mint and anise and cumin, and have omitted the kabod of the law – justice, mercy, and faith. These ought you to have done, and not neglect the former.” Matthew 23:23

Father, give us the grace and willingness to bring more Light to the discussion than heat . . . B’Shem Yeshua – Amen.

 
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Posted by on November 11, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

‘Christmas’ from a Baptist Perspective . . .

Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834 – 1892) Baptist Preacher, author and teacher among other accomplishments. Referred to as the ‘Prince of Preachers’ . . . A ‘Baptist among Baptists’ who understood the un-biblical issues of and with christmas . . .SPURGEON

 
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Posted by on November 9, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Biblical Basics

God established the 7th Day in the beginning, reiterates it to all of Israel through Moses, and confirms it foundational in the Ten Commandments and throughout the Torah, Prophets and Apostolic Writings. There are only a small handful of Biblical guidelines in the proper observance of Abba’s Sabbath. What are they ? (chapter and verse . . .)

 
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Posted by on November 8, 2014 in Uncategorized

 
 
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