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Rightly handling the Word of Truth

“All scripture is inspired by God and useful for refuting error, for guiding people’s lives and teaching them to be upright.” (2Ti 3:16) And within Scripture, there are many allusions and metaphors, word pictures if you will, that refer to the people of God. As we grow in our mature understanding of Scripture, hopefully we come to understand that not all Scripture is intended to be taken literally in the physical realm, but rather they are statements framed in a physical sense to teach us lessons in the spiritual realm.

Here’s an example . . . “And if your right eye makes you stumble, tear it out, and throw it away; for it is better for you that one of the parts of your body perish, than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.” (Mat 5:29)

We must ask ourselves if Yeshua literally meant for you and I to poke out our right eye, or was there a deeper meeting and intent in His Words? We submit, and believe most would agree, that Yeshua’s intent was not physical abuse to our body but rather understanding the necessity for spirit-led discipline, discernment and direction for our physical and eternal life.

This very same concept of using allusions and word pictures exists many times in Scripture and it is up to the mature and maturing believer to keep this in mind and in hand as we study Scripture ‘to show ourselves approved by God, a workman not to be ashamed, rightly handling the Word of God.” (2 Timothy 2:15) The danger enters in when we allow ourselves to use these allusions and metaphors in a concrete way beyond their original intent.

Here’s another example . . . Scripture refers to the people of God as ‘a bride’. Now we must ask ourselves, ‘in what respect do we and should we understand that statement?’ Is that statement to be taken literally in the sense of the physical relationship of a man and woman or should it be taken as an effort to explain the depth, breadth and totality of the spiritually intimate relationship between God and His people?

But we are not only referred to as ‘the bride’ in the passages of Scripture. We, as God’s people, are also referred to by the use of many other terms in Scripture. We are referred to by such terms such as sheep, donkeys, wheat, first-born, sons as well as virgin daughters.

And then there is the concept in Scripture known as ‘equal weights and measures’, a concept that is not only to be employed in our daily lives but also in our study and application of Scripture. If I choose to interpret in a very literal sense the concept of me, a member of God’s family, as being ‘the bride’ in a very literal manner, should I not then apply the same literal interpretation to the other references concerning God’s people? If I interpret, in a literal sense, the idea of being ‘the bride’, how do I, and should I not also interpret, in the same literal sense, the idea of being a donkey or a sheep or a shock of wheat, or of being both a son and daughter? Does God’s Word literally mean that I am a farm animal, a farm crop or both a male and female offspring in my relation to Him?

As we read and study and attempt to apply the tenets and instructions of Scripture to our lives, may we be careful to not filter the allusions and images of the relationship between us and our Father through the lens of the instructions our loving heavenly Father has given for our direction. Torah was given because of sin. We have a propensity for sin. YHWH our Father does not.

 

 

 
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Posted by on August 19, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

Captain of The Hosts of YHWH

“And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, there stood a man over against him with his sword drawn in his hand: and Joshua went unto him, and said unto him, Art thou for us, or for our adversaries? 14 And he said, Nay; but as Prince of the host of YHWH am I now come. And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and did worship, and said unto him, What saith my lord unto his servant? 15 And the Prince of YHWH’s host said unto Joshua, Loose thy shoe from off thy foot; for the place whereon thou standest is holy. And Joshua did so.”
(Joshua 5:13-15)

Who is This Prince of the Hosts/Armies of YHWH that receives and accepts worship from Joshua?

 
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Posted by on August 18, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

Prayers, please . . .

. . .headed back to Ohio in the morning to give Rhonda’s sister and brother a breather. Her Dad is being transferred to a VA facility for further therapy in hopes that he can regain the use of his leg and be able to return home. Rhonda’s Mom suffered a mild heart attack two weeks back and, after further testing, doctors determined she has two blockages in the front portion of the heart, one is 80-90% and the other is less. She is back home now. We ask for your prayers concerning Rhonda’s Mom and Dad, her brother and sister that carry the bulk of the watch-care on a daily basis, and prayer for a safe trip up and back for Rhonda and I. Thank you – Shalom

 
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Posted by on August 17, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

Sabbath Gathering

This coming Sabbath, July 22nd, Rhonda and I have been asked to speak at a Shabbat Gathering in Somerset KY, The gathering will be held in the meeting room of the Comfort Inn on US Hwy 27 South in Somerset. The meeting begins at noon and there will be fellowship potluck meal. All are invited and welcome. See ya there. Shalom

 
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Posted by on July 20, 2017 in Uncategorized

 
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Community Well House ‘to be’ . . .

 
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Posted by on July 18, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

Spring up Oh Well . . .

And the work begins……
Setting the pump and running the first line for the Community Well…..a long time coming!
Praise you Father for your goodness and faithfulness……

 
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Posted by on July 18, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

Register Now – Sukkot 2017

PRODIGAL MINISTRIES INTERNATIONAL

Presents
TABERNACLE IN THE BACKWOODS 2017
Projected Dates October 4th-12th 2017
Location – KY Christian Assembly Camp
22 acres of beautiful Kentucky Fall countryside
Brodhead, Rockcastle County, Kentucky 40409

This is a private, limited access summer camp nestled in the backwoods of Rockcastle County Kentucky, just outside Brodhead, 15 minutes from Renfro Valley. There are tent sites, limited camper spots, as well as barrack-style accommodations. These are the ‘Barracks-style’ bunkhouse buildings that are used by the kids for summer camp . . . they are not individual cabins. THESE BUILDINGS ARE SEGREGATED, ‘MALE’ AND FEMALE’, so, please keep that in mind as you make your plans. We will ‘tweak’ these barracks for those unable to stay in their tent or camper and, as well as for our ‘seasoned citizens’ and those with special needs. We will also use the barracks for those that are staying for just one night or so and cannot or do not desire to setup a tent or camper. Please plan on using your tent or camper if at all possible, but the barracks are available. And there are bathroom/shower facilities with multiple shower stalls, sinks and toilets within the barracks buildings. PLEASE be sure and bring all sleeping bags, linens, towels, etc that you might need. Now, moving on . . . 🙂

The cost for the use of this facility is $10.00 per day per family group, or $72.00 for the entire 8-day event. WE WILL HAVE GUEST SPEAKERS DURING THE WEEK AND WILL RECEIVE A FREE-WILL OFFERING AT EACH EVENING SESSION TO PROVIDE FOR AND BE A BLESSING TO THESE SPEAKERS. PLEASE COME PREPARED TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS AS BEST YOU CAN.

We always set a large table in the main common area for drinks, snacks, breakfast cereals, coffee, etc and ask all to participate in providing those things. As in years past, everyone takes breakfast and lunch at their leisure. For our daily evening common meals, we have access to a nice ‘lunch-room style’ serving and prep area within the main eating/meeting hall. We also have access to outdoor sheltered meeting areas, campfire sites, walking/hiking trails, basketball, volleyball, prayer garden and much more.
We will have a ‘set menu’ for the common evening meals and we will be posting that menu for these evening common meals no later than Sept 12th to allow sufficient time to plan.
Although we are in a secluded location, there are grocery stores and variety stores within 10-15 drive. Propane is available at some of these locations. Heaven forbid, but in the event of an emergency, there is a Regional Medical Center approximately 15 minutes from the camp, as well as folks on site with First Aid training.
As we make plans for ACTIVITIES FOR THE KIDS (both fun and life-lesson activities) it will be very helpful to know the ages of the kids in your family or group. Please forward that info ASAP . . . Thanks

There will be an informal Bible study/discussion each morning before the noon meal time and time for break-out sessions in the afternoon. Each evening, after the evening common meal, there will be a corporate time in which all encouraged to participate, a time of worship and praise, ministry, prayer (as The Spirit leads) as well as a time of teaching/discussion.

Our good friend Craig Caudill of Nature Reliance School will be with us during the week, Lord willing, to present an introductory class on Krav Maga as well as share on various other aspects of personal protection and prudent survival techniques. Other events and speakers TBA.

The earlier you register, the better we can plan. To make your reservation, or for more information, contact us here or by or email or phone, and you can find all our contact info at www.ProdigalMinistries.WordPress.com on the ‘Contact Us’ tab. Shalom – J&R

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Posted by on July 8, 2017 in Uncategorized

 
 
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