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The Woman at the Well

This is our prayer….that the Father will continue giving and we will continue receiving revelation on who we are. May He give us ears to hear and eyes to see, especially in these last of days. If you aren’t familiar with or haven’t read 2 Kings 17: 24-41 in a while, this would be a good time to read it. In Messiah, Rhonda

A Prophetic Look at
The Woman at the Well

These are the things that Yeshua (Jesus) wanted us to see as we look at the entire account of John 4: 4-43 concerning the Samaritan woman and her being brought into the Kingdom. The key words or phrases are: Samaritan woman….Jacob……Joseph…..
5 husbands……2 days……Jacobs well……HAD to go through Samaria.

We will be looking at how these words and phrases relate to the gentiles/nations as they are brought in to the kingdom. We will be looking primarily at….. John 4…. 2 Kings 17….. and Hosea, along with a few others.

How does John 4 and 2 Kings 17 relate to the gentiles or nations being brought in ?
First, we have to go back to the blessings given to the grandsons of Jacob. [A side note here: What I am about to share, concerning this blessing, was revealed to Bill Cloud a few years back.] There are only 2 places in Scripture this is to be found. In Romans 11:25 it says: “I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers, so that you may not be conceited: Israel has experienced a hardening in part until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. When you take this phrase, ‘fullness of the Gentiles’, back to the Hebrew, it is found only one other place and that is Gen. 48:19 when Jacob places his hand on Ephraim’s head and says (in Hebrew) “melo ha-goyim”, which means fullness or the filling up or fulfillment of the gentiles.
Where in Scripture is there a type, picture, or shadow of this portrayed ? In 2 Kings 17:24 we see the gentiles or nations being brought into the land or kingdom ( or ‘house’ if you will ). The previous verses in this chapter deal with the sins of Ephraim ( the northern Kingdom ) and why they were getting ready to be removed from the Lord’s presence (v.18) and mentions the fact in verse 21 about the whole house of Israel being divided into two kingdoms. The two kingdoms were known as the Southern Kingdom
( also called Judah ) and the Northern Kingdom ( also known as Ephraim or Israel ). On occasion the whole combined house of Judah and Ephraim together would be called Israel. To read about the division of Israel into the Northern Kingdom and Southern Kingdom read 1 Kings11: 26-40 and 1 Kings 12: 21-24 where the Father states this division is His doing.
In verse 24 of 2 Kings 17 we see 5 nations being brought into Samaria which was the capital of the Northern Kingdom (Ephraim). This correlates with the 5 husbands of the Samaritan woman ( John 4:18).
The Samaritan woman in John 4 represents the Northern Kingdom or the Melo Ha-goyim. [Side note: According to some historical sources concerning the overthrow of the Northern Kingdom it was stated that ‘ . . . the Assyrians took part of Ephraim out of the land to Assyria and left part in the land . . .’ They would bring people in from other nations they had conquered to replace the ones taken and to intermarry with those that were left in the land thus trying to destroy any remaining nationalism that may have remained]. This is also prophesied about in Hosea 7:8 ( Ephraim mixes with the nations) 8:8 ( Israel is swallowed up in the nations) 9: 17 (God has rejected them because they have not obeyed him, they will be wanderers among the nations) Hosea was the last prophet sent to the Northern Kingdom before she was cast from His presence (2 Kings 17:18).
So, as we can see through these verses that the type or shadow of the Melo Ha-goyim (Romans 11:25 and Gen. 48:19) can be found in 2 Kings 17 and actually started with part of Ephraim being taken out to Assyria and mixing with the nations there and the part left in the land had the nations brought in and mixed with them. So we see the blessing that was pronounced over Jacob’s grandson, Ephraim, taking place (the fullness of the gentiles shall be found in or through you)…Melo Ha-goyim.
Paul states in Eph.2:11-19 concerning the gentiles coming in…..”Therefore, remember that formerly you who are gentiles by birth….remember at that time you were separate from Messiah, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of promise , without hope and without God in the world. But now in Messiah you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Messiah. Therefore, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household.
The Samaritan woman had 5 husbands and the one she had now was not her husband or in other words, she was not married to or committed to Him. According to verse 25 in John 4 she knew that Messiah was coming but did not know Him ( so was not committed or married yet, if you will). But in verse 26 Messiah reveals Himself to her – the Samaritan woman ( the Northern Kingdom, Ephraim) and began the fulfillment of the promise made in Hosea 1:10…..”In the place it was said to them (Northern Kingdom) you are not my people they will be called sons of the living God “. This is why Yeshua said in John 4:4 that He HAD to go through Samaria.

In John 4:40&43 Yeshua stayed with the Samaritan woman and the rest of the Samaritans for 2 days represented in Hosea as the adulterous wife and her children Lo-Ruhamah (not loved or I will no longer show love to the house of Israel) and Lo-Ammi (you are not my people). Also the 5 nations that came in to the land ( 2 kings 17) continued in their idolatry (spiritual adultery) as did Ephraim….2 Kings 17: 33-41
Yeshua came to the “Samaritan woman” at the well ( which at this point also included the gentiles or melo ha-goyim) to start the fulfillment of the reviving process He promised in Hosea 6:1&2…..”Come let us return to the LORD, He has torn us to pieces but He will heal us, He has injured us but He will bind up our wounds. After 2 days He will revive us, on the third day He will restore us that we may live in His presence.”

After 2 days……” One day with the Lord is as a thousand years and a thousand years as one day (2 Peter 3:8). In the 2nd chapter of Acts, Peter states that the last days had begun. He has been reviving us (Ephraim) the last 2 days (or 2000 yrs.) and we are getting ready to go into the 3rd day so that the rest of the verse might be fulfilled….”on the 3rd day He will restore us so that we may live in His presence.

John 11: 51-54….Caiaphas, who was high priest, spoke up, “You know nothing at all! You do not realize that it is better for you that one man die for the people than that the whole nation perish”. He did not say this on his own, but as high priest that year he prophesied that Yeshua would die for the nation, and not only for that nation but also for the scattered children of God, to bring them together and make them one”.

In James 1:1 he addresses his letter to……the twelve tribes scattered among the nations.

Here is the summation……

Samaritan woman represents….Northern Kingdom, Ephraim, ‘melo ha-goyim’ and all that it entails . . .
Samaritan people represent the woman’s children…..Lo-Ammi and Lo-Ruhamah

Jacob, Joseph, Jacobs well…. brings to mind the blessing given by Jacob to Joseph’s son, Ephraim…..”In you shall be the fullness of the gentiles….(melo ha-goyim)
The well was located in the Northern Kingdom (Ephraim).

5 husbands….. represents the 5 gentile nations brought in to mix with Ephraim
(2Kings 17)

2 days …..represents the start of the prophecy given to Ephraim in Hosea 6:2

Yeshua HAD to go through Samaria……Yeshua himself had to be the one to deliver and fulfill what had been written and promised in Hosea 1 :10….”In the place where it was said to them, ‘You are not my people, ‘ they will be called sons of the living God”. He went back to the place where it all took place.
This is a process that began then and continues until the restoral of the 3rd day …..

The prophet Ezekiel was told by YHVH to lay on his left side to symbolically prophesy the judgment that was to come upon the Northern Kingdom [i.e., The 10 Northern Tribes of the House of Israel; collectively, known as Ephraim]. He was to lay on his left side for 390 days, which would represent 390 years of Divine judgment to be executed upon the House of Israel aka Ephraim. He was also instructed to lie on his right side for 40 days (1 day for each year) which would depict the judgement prophesied upon the Southern Kingdom . . . the House of Judah.
(Ezekiel 4:1-6)

Unlike the House of Judah, Ephraim ( the 10 Tribes of the Northern Kingdom) did not repent and return to YHVH and to His Torah at the end of their judgment period. Therefore, according to the principle laid out in Leviticus 26, their punishment [ exile and loss of identity… Hosea 8:8; Amos 9:9; Micah 5:8] was multiplied by 7 times. (Leviticus 26:18, 21, 24, 28).

390 years x 7 = 2730 years

The captivity of the Northern Kingdom by the Assyrians culminated with the final conquest of Samaria in 722-721 B.C. So when would the judgment (based upon Leviticus 26) upon the House of Israel/ Ephraim [ exile and loss of identity…Isaiah 10:21-22] be over?

The Answer:

2730 – 722 B.C. = 2008 A.D.
OR
2730 – 721 B.C. = 2009 A.D.

We are not setting dates . . .
We just find this interesting . . .

For YHVH promised the House of Israel/Ephraim the following:

“And I shall sow her for Myself in the earth, and I shall have compassion on her who had not obtained compassion. And I shall say to those who were not My people, ‘You are My people,’ while they say, ‘You are my GOD!’” (Hosea 2:23)

Meanwhile, Back at the Well . . .
01 May
Here’s an additional thought or two concerning ‘The Woman at the Well’. “Samaria” or Shomron ( Hebrew) means ‘ watch mountain‘ and comes from the word ‘shamar’ which means to ‘keep, guard, to keep watch or to watch for’ . . . {By the way, this is the same word used by God in the garden when He told Adam to ‘keep’ ( shamar) the garden . . .}
The spiritual implication is the ‘samaritan woman’ ( john 4 ) was drinking water from the well of her father Jacob and was waiting – watching- for Messiah to come ( John 4:12,25)
Hosea 6:3 says “ . . .let us acknowledge the Lord; let us press on to acknowledge Him, and surely as the sun rises He will appear, He will come to us like the winter rains and the like the spring rains that water the earth. . . .”
Yeshua in John 4:6 sat down ( appeared ) at the 6th hour by Jacob’s Well to offer her the ‘living water’ she had been watching for ( John 4:10,12) . . .
I find it interesting that He reveals Himself to the samaritan woman (Northern kingdom) at the 6th hour, He was declared “king of the Jews” ( the southern kingdom ) by Pilate in the 6th hour ( John 19:14) and Peter’s vision in Acts chapter 10 concerning the coming in of the nations also took place in the 6th hour.
But I’m sure that’s all just a coincidence . . .
And, we have in Acts 15:14-21 another example of the type and shadow in 2 Kings 17:27-28 of the nations coming into the land or ‘kingdom’ and having the need to be instructed in the ways of the Lord.
Funny how all of this just seems to go together . . .you might almost think it was intentional . . . Blessings – Rhonda

More from the Woman at the Well . . .
18 Aug
Here is an addendum to “The Woman At the Well”……Blessings and Shalom to all, Rhonda and Jerry

THE OIL AND THE WINE and TWO DONKEYS

Revelation 6:6 and Hosea 2:14-23 are inexplicably linked . Rev. 6:6 commands… ‘not to harm the oil and the wine’. Why ?…. it is a Promise in Hosea 2:21-22 that the Lord will give back the vineyards and they will be restored.
Hosea 2:14-15 states that HE is going to ‘woo us and take us into the wilderness (desert ) and speak tenderly to us and there give us back our vineyards. And when does this happen ? In the time of ‘Jacob’s Trouble’ or what we call the ‘tribulation’, as stated in the remainder of verse 15 – “ . . . and will make the valley of Achor ( tribulation ) a door of hope . . . and she will sing as in the days of her youth, as in the days she came out of Egypt . . .” , a reference to the first Exodus. This takes place during the tribulation – the time of Jacob’s trouble – which is taking place towards the end of the ‘2nd day’ of Hosea 6:2. At the ending of this ‘2nd day’ the Lord says “don’t harm the oil and the wine” . At the beginning of the 3rd day (millennial kingdom) “HE will raise us up” and HE will restore the grain, the oil and the wine (Hosea 2:21-23) and “we will live in HIS sight”.
Hosea 3:5 tell us the ‘Israelites’ ( the northern kingdom – Ephraim ) will come trembling to the LORD and to His blessings in the last days. Yeshua said “ I am sent only for the lost sheep of the House of Israel.” Ephesians 2:11-13 clarifies that those who were formerly of the ‘nations’ have been brought near by the Blood of Messiah and are no longer foreigners and strangers but fellow citizens with God’s people. So whether we have the blood of one of the 12 Tribes running through our veins, or are simply ‘gentile’, we have been made part of the Household of God – The Whole House of Israel . . . ‘I am sent only for the . . . House of Israel . . .’ and we are expected to keep HIS ways , just like the picture we see, and is laid down, in 2 Kings 17 . The five pagan nations listed here, coming into the Land or the ‘kingdom’ if you will, were expected to keep the Father’s commandments, even though they were a ‘wild branch’ being put into or grafted into the ‘kingdom’ which was a shadow of what was to come ( Romans 11:17, Acts 15:13-21) .
Therefore, through and because of the ‘blood of Messiah’, those of the nations that believe are brought into the House of Israel ( Eph. 2: 11-13 ) and they ( we ) come in as part of the ‘re-gathering’ of Ephraim ( along with Judah – Ezekiel 37 )
What do we mean by ‘re-gathering’ ? Here’s a picture that we’ve not seen before. There are two donkeys in Matthew 21:1-5 and Zech 9:9. Yes, two donkeys !
On the day that tradition has come to call ‘palm sunday’, Yeshua ( Jesus ) comes riding into town with two donkeys – an older male and a younger male . . . the wording is quite clear in the Hebrew in Zechariah 9:9. So, what’s that mean ?
Judah is the older brother and Ephraim ( the house of Joseph ) is the younger. We see the same symbolism in the account of the ‘prodigal son’. The ‘prodigal’ is the younger brother and Judah is the older.
So back to the two donkeys. I picture Yeshua riding the older one and leading the younger. That would line up with the Biblical tenet that Judah always goes first and leads ( Numbers 2:9, Judges 20:18 ).
The Prophets Jeremiah ( chp. 2 ) & Hosea ( chp. 8 ) speak of the people of God as donkeys . . . and it is not a compliment. Deuteronomy 9:6 and Acts 7:51 ( and other passages ) tell us that Israel is a stiff-necked people. That includes me and you as well.
Exodus 13:13 and 34:20, seemingly out of context, speak of ‘redeeming donkeys’ in the same passage with ‘redeeming the first born of your sons . . . so what’s up with that ?
There is a play on words here that we miss without a closer look.
The word ‘ARAPH’ – to break or ‘slope’ the ‘NECK’ ( OREPH ) is a picture of our unwillingness to humble ourselves due to our basic sinful nature . . . pride.
Therefore we must be ‘redeemed by a LAMB’. And if there is no redemption, then we ultimately die.
But, when we willingly accept the work of Messiah on the cross ( the redemptive LAMB of our FATHER ) we willingly humble ourselves before HIM ( we ‘slope the neck’ and bow the head and heart ) and we need not fear the second death ( Rev 2:11, 20:6 ) .
So what do we have in this ‘triumphal entry into Jerusalem’, understanding that Yeshua does nothing without meaning ? We have a picture of the beginning of the fulfillment of the restoration of the Whole House of Israel with Messiah – the Passover Lamb, the Shelem, the peace offering making reconciliation – leading the way and bringing His people back home.
“ . . .For I am sent only for the lost sheep of the House of Israel . . .” Matthew 15:24

 
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Posted by on July 31, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Wiping out christians in Iraq . . .

The following link is to a vetted report form World Net Daily.
Where is the outrage from the media and the leadership church ?
Where is the outrage in the Hebrew Roots/Messianic camp . Why are we as a group and leaders not ‘up in arms’ over this unspeakable horror ?
We for one call on our national leadership to do what needs to be done to stop this religious genocide. We challenge everyone to post the ‘N” on your site in support of our brothers and sisters in Messiah. N

http://mobile.wnd.com/2014/07/christianity-as-we-know-it-in-iraq-is-being-wiped-out/#1rvvLb3QMRy4UhYw.03

 
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Posted by on July 26, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

That Name means Salvation

That Name means Salvation

Strong’s # 03444 h[‘Wvy> yeshuw`ah {yesh-oo’-aw}

In English His name is Jesus. In the Hebrew language His name is Yeshua which translated is ‘Salvation’. It’s what His momma would have called him as a child growing up. In our English alphabet we have 26 letters that carry varying sounds but, as a rule, do not have specific meanings themselves. In the Hebrew alphabet there are 22 characters, each one having not only specific sounds but each letter also carries a numeric value and a specific meaning or definition.
For instance, the letter ‘Bayt’ ( b ) carries the ‘B’ sound and is also the Hebrew word for ‘house’. So let’s take a closer look at the word and Hebrew name of the Biblical Messiah – Yeshua.
The letters are yod ( y ) or ‘Y’, shin ( v ) or ‘Sh’, vav ( w ) which here is the vowel sound ‘U’, ayin ( [ ) which sounds like ‘ah’ and is the word for ‘eye’, and
finally the letter ‘hay’ ( h )) which would correspond to the english ‘H’ and would complete the ‘ah’ sound at the end of the word. But do all these letters together actually mean anything beyond the word they form ? Is there any connection between the letters of this word and the One who carries this Name ?
Let’s do a little digging, shall we ?

First the ‘yod’, which means ‘hand’, usually will refer to the right hand or-‘yamin’ which also starts with the letter ‘yod’. Example – Benjamin or Ben Yamin – son of the Right or son of my right hand.

Next, the ‘shin’ or ‘sheen’ which stands for Shaddai, ‘The Almighty’.

After that is the ‘vav’ which is a consonant that can produce a vowel sound. The ‘vav’ is the nail or spike that connects heaven and earth.

The following letter is the ‘ayin’ which is the ‘Eye’. “Behold, the eye (ayin) of the LORD is on those who fear him, on those who hope in his steadfast love;”
Psalm 33:18

And the last letter is the ‘hay’ . . . couple it with the first letter of this word Yeshua and we have the poetic name for God Almighty – Yah – Yod Hay . . .

So what do we have in this word and Name ‘Yeshua’ ?
We have the Right Hand (yod) of God (Shin) , the One that by the nails in His feet and hands is the Nail (vav) that connects heaven and earth. In Him we see ( eye-ayin ) the perfect image of our heavenly Father and through Yeshua’s shed blood Abba sees us for what He intends us to be. And encompassing it all by the first and last letters – the Yod and the Hay, is YAH, Yahweh, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of creation, God Almighty, and Yahweh of Hosts is His Name. And His Son ? Yeshua . . . Salvation.
“You shall call His name Yeshua (Jesus) , for He shall save His people from their sins”.
There is salvation in no other Name. Why? That Name IS Salvation.
Sometimes we do lose a little something in the translation . . .
Shalom – J & R

 
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Posted by on July 25, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Praise Report !!

I can’t think of anything that would make a grandparent happier than to hear these words – ” Mamaw, Papaw, I accepted Jesus as my personal Lord and Savior . . .” Well those are the words that our 9 year old granddaughter, Mariela, the oldest of our 6 grandchildren, spoke to us this past week. We couldn’t speak but could only hug her and cry tears of joy. God is good and He hears the prayers of His people. Claim your loved ones by name for the Kingdom in Yeshua’s Name.
She told us she was happy . . .

 
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Posted by on July 22, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Some Torah thoughts to Ponder . . . ‘When a woman gives birth . . .’

Some Torah Thoughts to Ponder . . . ‘When a Woman gives birth . . .’

Leviticus 12:1-8 ‘. . . and when a woman gives birth . . .’

As we go through this, please notice the offerings in this passage are very similar to some of those among the weekly offerings of Sukkot, the time of the regathering of the House of Israel . . .

Who birthed Israel (Jacob)? – Rebekah
Who birthed Messiah ? – Israel

For female offspring – 14 days (2 sets of 7) and 66 days – two sets of 33 . . . for a total of two sets of 40 (fulfillment of judgment, things being set right, completion) . . .
one for each House of Israel. Remember, Israel was divided into two houses and it was God’s doing .
Another place we see ‘two sets of 7’ are in the seven daily offerings of Sukkot, the regathering of the House of Israel, the Bride, the female . . .
( Num. 29:12-34)

For a male child – 7 days (one set of 7) and 33 days, for a total of 40 . . .- (fulfillment of judgment, things being set right, completion) . . . on the 8th day the boy is circumcised.

After the total days of her uncleanness are finished ( whether a male or female child) and she is clean, she presents to the Priest the offering of the lamb and the dove, an offering before the Lord to make atonement and she shall be clean from the flow of blood.
(Lev. 12:6-7)

It is interesting at the age of 33 Yeshua (the Lamb) dies and as the High Priest He makes atonement for His bride, offering His Blood as the Lamb, and she is made clean from the blood. ( Let His blood be on us and on our children Matt. 27:25-) . . . and after His departure the Dove was sent . . .

Yeshua came only for the House of Israel . . . In Numbers 29:35-36 we see one set of 7 lambs and one bull . . . for now the two houses have become one . . .‘and the two sticks shall become one in My Hand, says the Lord ( Eze. 37:19). . .’
one restored house . . . one 7, plus 33 = one 40, one bull, one Lamb and one Dove . . .

The offerings during the week of Sukkot . . .
Each day – 14 lambs . . . two sets of 7

On the 8th day of Sukkot . . . one bull and one set of 7 lambs . . . symbolizing completion.

On the eighth day of the male child there is ‘circumcision’ . . . the uncleanness is taken away. At the conclusion of each time period – 33 plus 7 days for the male child, 66 plus 14 (two sevens) for the female child – the mother presents the offerings – Lamb and the Dove – signifying the uncleanness has been taken away . . .
It is interesting in these short eight verses you can see the two houses of Jacob becoming the one restored House in the Father’s Hand through the atoning work of Messiah Yeshua

Before Israel went into the Land, preparing to keep the Passover, they were all ‘circumcised’ and the uncleanness was rolled away – Gilgal .
The first time they went in was at Passover, the second time will be at Sukkot (Zech.14).
Shalom – R&J

 
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Posted by on July 22, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Political or Religous ?

Ooops . . . this article should have preceded the article entitled ‘Either/Or’ . . .
Sorry, somehow it did not get posted.

This is one of those articles that is more about asking questions than providing answers. So, let’s jump right in.

It’s amazing how we as people in general will make a statement and then turn right around and contradict ourselves. For example, as good Christians we will fight to post the Ten Commandments from the courthouse to the outhouse and then turn right around and conclude that at least one of them no longer applies. “Remember the Sabbath Day to keep it holy …” Oh yeah, God changed that one. But I didn’t think God changed?

Malachi 3:6: “For I am the Lord, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.” So, if God doesn’t change, and He has established certain guidelines and expectations, how does that fact apply to the issues of today, how those issues are defined and how they should be resolved?

There is much debate in many circles concerning the important issues of our day and one question that always arises is whether these issues are political or religious. It’s ironic and many times confusing how a particular issue can be spun by one pundit as political and another “spinner” concludes the exact same issue is purely religious. Which one is correct? Can they both be accurate?

In last week’s edition Howard Coop spoke of a national heritage and he quoted, among others, Benjamin Franklin’s statement and we quote — “I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proof I see of this truth — God governs in the affairs of men.” We have read this quote many times in the past, but this time it caught our attention. “God governs in the affairs of men.” We read that as if it means God is somehow involved or God has some input or God has a vote when the issue comes up.

Now, Mr. Franklin was a pretty sharp fella and he used the word “govern.”

By definition, to govern is “to rule over by right of authority; to exercise sovereign authority over.” This implies God not is only involved or has input in the affairs of men but actually has sovereign authority and the right to rule over those affairs. So, can an issue that we deem as political also be religious by the very nature of the fact God has ultimate rule over those issues? The title of this column is Mining the Truth, so what does the Bible have to to say about this question?

Here are some nuggets to ponder . . .

Proverbs 14:34: Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.

Proverbs 16:20: He that handleth a matter wisely shall find good: and whoso trusteth in the Lord, happy is he.

Proverbs 16:33: The lot is cast into the lap; but the whole disposing thereof is of the Lord.

Jeremiah 18:9: And at what instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to build and to plant it; 10: If it do evil in my sight, that it obey not my voice, then I will repent of the good, wherewith I said I would benefit them.

Psalm 33:12: Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.

Isaiah 26:2: Open ye the gates, that the righteous nation which keepeth the truth may enter in.

If we understand this Book correctly, in God’s eyes important issues should be weighed according to the Word of God. Based on His Word, is it actually possible to separate politcal’ from religious? Next week, we hope to compare these two terms and observe how they should interact with one another, much like “law” and “grace.” Shalom.

 
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Posted by on July 19, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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“Either / Or ” . . . Mining the Truth

Either / Or . . .

Last time we discussed the concept of ‘political versus religious’ and whether is it really an ‘either/or’ situation. We compared this to the polarized relationship between ‘Law’ and ‘Grace’ that most of us have been taught in our church upbringing. It’s either one or the other, ‘L’ versus ‘G’. But is that what the Bible actually says ? Let’s do some digging.
But first, let’s back up for just a moment and define those two terms – political and religious. ‘Political’, by definition, is that which is ‘of, relating to, or dealing with the structure or affairs of government’. ‘Religious’, on the other hand (or perhaps the same hand) is ‘belief in, reverence to and obedience to a supernatural power seen as creator and governor of the universe and having to do with a system grounded in that belief ‘. Gee, sounds as if Mr. Franklin might have been onto something here. Could these two seemingly opposites be just the opposite of what they seem? . . . or something like that . . .
So what about ‘Law’ and ‘Grace’ ? Well, here again, let’s define some terms. If we were to ask you to define ‘Law’ in a general sense, what would be your answer ? Most folks we have asked this question of answered in these ways – order, structure, recognized standard of behavior. And the opposite of ‘law’ ? Disorder, lack of structure, violation of the standard, chaos, lawlessness. So what about ‘grace’ ? Most in the church understand ‘grace’ to be ‘unmerited favor’. It is the concept of having something really bad coming due to my behavior and instead receiving something really good without being able to do anything to earn it. That’s grace. And the opposite of ‘grace’ ? I deserve judgment and punishment without mercy and I get exactly what I deserve.
So if the opposite of ‘Law’ is ‘lawlessness’ and the opposite of ‘Grace’ is blind judgment and punishment, then how did we come to the conclusion that ‘Grace’ is the opposite of ‘Law’, that they are an ‘either/or’ ? Could it actually be that Law and Grace are ‘hand in glove’ and work in tandem, that they actually complete one another?
When we read the verses of Paul and the other Biblical writers, both Old and New, we need to remember they all answer to a Higher Authority. It’s kinda like in a secular work setting. There’s the Boss, the Boss’s Son, and those that work for the Boss and His Son. It’s really difficult to keep your job if you contradict the Boss or His Son. And the Son has no credibility if He says one thing and the Boss says another. They all have to be singing from the same page. So what does Yeshua, the Boss’s Son if you will, have to say on this matter ?
Then Jesus said to them, “When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am He, and that I do nothing of Myself; but as My Father taught Me, I speak these things. John 8:28

For I have not spoken of my own accord; but the Father who sent me commanded me what to say and what to speak, 50 and I know that his commands mean eternal life. And therefore what the Father has told me is what I speak. John 12:49-50

“Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father is in Me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on My own initiative, but the Father abiding in Me does His works.” John 14:10

“For truly I (Yeshua) say to you, heaven and earth will pass away, but not the smallest letter or stroke of the pen shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished.” Matthew 5:18

Has all been accomplished as of yet ? . . . don’t think so . . . Shalom – J & R

 
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Posted by on July 19, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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