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The Cup

THE CUP

Following in line with the teaching concerning the Crown of Thorns, another element deserving of our attention at this season is ‘The Cup’. For the purposes and point of this teaching, our focus will be on the ‘cup’ referred to by Yeshua during His prayer in the garden. ( Matthew 26:36-42) For many this will be ‘old news’ but, hopefully, for some this will be new understanding. Also here, allow us to briefly explain the name ‘Yeshua’ and our use of it. The English translations of the first chapters of Matthew and Luke basically make the same statement – “ . . . you shall call His Name Jesus . . .”
That Name evokes so much for so many. Let’s look just a little deeper. Mary was of Hebrew descent and Hebrew would have been her mother tongue. More than likely, the Angel would have spoken audibly to her in her native tongue. It is NO coincidence that the Hebrew word the Angel would have spoken to her, the word from which the English word ‘Jesus’ is derived, is the word Yeshua – a Hebrew noun which translates as ‘Salvation’. Could it be anymore fitting to what the Angel declared ? “ . . . and He shall save His people . . .” Salvation – Yeshua . . . Now, back to ‘The Cup’. In His prayer in the gospel accounts Yeshua is not speaking metaphorically or poetically in these passages, although true, there was no actual physical cup in His hand. Yet the cup referred to was very much physical and real. Let’s dig a little deeper and find that cup. To do that we must return to the foundational teachings of the Old Testament in general and the Torah in specific. Let’s take a look in the book of Numbers beginning with chapter 5 and verse 12 and following.
Here we have instructions on dealing with an ‘unfaithful wife’ by her ‘jealous husband’. In these passages we see the use of an actual cup in the determination of guilt or innocence, judgment or pardon. As you read these verses you will see the use of a cup, water( The Word) , dust ( element of creation) and the presence of the Priest. All this to determine if the husband is justly jealous and the wife justly due punishment. If the wife drinks the contents of the cup and there is no effect, then she is innocent. If guilty, there will be obvious and grave consequences and she will ultimately die. So what does this have to do with Jesus and ‘the cup’ and the prayer in the garden ?
The Apostolic Writings ( New Testament) make multiple references to the ‘congregation of believers’ both past, present and future as ‘the bride’. Isaiah 54:5 declares ‘God is the Husband . . .’ Deuteronomy 4:24 tells us ‘God is a consuming fire and a Jealous God . . .’, a jealous husband if you will. In Ephesians 5:25 the Apostle Paul admonishes husbands to ‘love your wives’ (bride) as Messiah loved the congregation of believers and willingly gave himself in her place’. Is the picture starting to come together ?
The unfaithful bride is us, this body we call the ‘church’ and God calls Israel ( Eph. 2:11-14). The Godhead is the husband. Yeshua is also the priest. (Heb. 4:14) And He keeps and observes His Father’s principles and rules without exception.
So when Yeshua kneels to pray before His Father in the garden, ‘The Cup’ is all too real. It is the cup of judgment that, if drunk by His bride, she will die, for she is guilty. Therefore the eternal loving Husband takes from her hand the cup of judgment she is justly due and drinks her judgment unto Himself, saving her from the curse of the law which is death (Gal. 3:13).
So as we celebrate this season of Passover, let us ‘remember His death until He comes again’, for His death should have been mine.
May this be a blessing to you and yours, especially during this Season.
Shalom – J & R

 

 
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Posted by on April 15, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Revised Re-Post . . . ” A Crown of Thorns”

A CROWN OF THORNS

When we begin to look at the process of Yeshua’s ‘examination’ ( Exo. 12:3) and death, one of the elements taking center stage is the crown of thorns. It was ‘plaited’ by the roman soldiers and violently forced down onto the brow and scalp of Yeshua. But why a ‘crown’ made out of thorny branches ? It was not happenstance. It could have been made out of anything. Was it just a manner of barbaric mockery by the roman occupiers or is there more ? Is there a deeper meaning to this seemingly senseless and torturous creation of man ? The answer is a resounding ‘yes’.
One thing we must remember. Yeshua’s coming does more than just save the souls of men. His return culminates the ‘restoration of all things’ . . . “creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and brought into the same glorious freedom as the children of God.” ( Acts 3:21, Romans 8:19-22) So what does this have to do with the ‘crown of thorns’ ?
Remember what Father God told Adam when he and Eve disobeyed ? “ Cursed is the very ground, because of you. Thorns and thistles it will produce. And you shall eat of the herb of the field by the sweat of your brow until you return to the earth. For from dust were you made and to dust you will return.” (Gen. 3:17-19) When Cain and Abel brought their respective offerings to God, Abel’s offering was accepted but Cain’s was not. The basic offerings ( minchah ) were the same. Why was Abel’s offering acceptable to God ? Because it was covered by an offering from the flock – a blood covering. But why did the grain offering need a blood covering ? Because since the ground was cursed, so was everything that came from the ground. And that which is from sin cannot come into the presence of God without being covered.
The Apostolic Writings (New Testament) tell us Yeshua came to deliver us from the curse of the Law. We must remember the curse does not affect just mankind but also all creation, therefore all creation must be redeemed. To be redeemed from the curse brought about by the sin of disobedience requires a ‘blood covering’ ( “ . . . without the shedding of blood there can be no forgiveness of sins . . .” Heb. 9:22)
So as Yeshua is willingly undergoing indescribable pain and torment, the blood, His Blood, is being shed to provide that covering . . . it is applied even to the ground . . . and to the thorns and thistles. For by this crowning, His Lordship and Kingship over all creation is declared and confirmed. As His Blood touches those thorns and thistles, even they are delivered from the curse. When the Crown of Thorns was placed on His head, it was prophetic. It takes us back to the beginning to Genesis 3 where the judgements were pronounced on the ground that it would produce thorns and thistles and man will eat his bread by the sweat of his brow. So when that crown was pushed down on Yeshua’s brow those judgements ( curses ) were covered and overcome by His Blood. Yeshua took the curse upon Himself. “He became sin Who knew no sin . . .”
It is very interesting the Hebrew word for thistle ( dardar – dalet resh dalet resh ) is symbolic of wilderness, desert. Father God many times sends His own into that dry place of the wilderness or desert for a time of correction and learning and then in that very place is where He speaks to and comforts and prepares them. Pruning is not fun, but it is necessary to bear fruit for the Kingdom. The two Hebrew letters that make up the word for thistle – dalet and resh – carry intriguing meanings. Dalet is the Door and Resh is the Head or Chief or First. Yeshua is the Door. He is the First and the Last, the beginning and the end.
So Yeshua, the First Fruits of the Resurrection, the Door to Salvation and Eternity with our Father, willingly pays the price for our sin with His Blood . . . for our life is in His Blood.
“All creation groans and labors with birth pangs until now . . . eagerly awaiting the revealing of the sons of God . . .” Romans 8:19,22

It is also interesting to think on how this passage in Genesis 3 is prophetic in perhaps ways we hadn’t yet considered. Consider where it speaks of the snake being put on his belly and eating dust. Ever since that day, the Serpent has been slithering among the ‘dust’ ( mankind ) stealing, killing and attempting to destroy. The thorns and thistles come out of the dust. All creation comes from that dust and must be redeemed. In the natural, most folks dislike snakes, or are at least cautious of them because they are slithering around in the dust of the earth. If we get too close they will strike at us. In the spiritual, the same thing happens, with Satan taking ‘strikes’ at us, desiring to kill and destroy . . . fiery darts, if you will. The crown of thorns on Yeshua’s head literally reveals His Kingship and the Power of His Blood to redeem all creation. Satan will bruise Yeshua’s heel, but Yeshua will crush the serpent’s head. ( Gen 3:14-15)

May this be a blessing to you and yours, especially during this Season. Shalom –

 
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Posted by on April 12, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Purim & Passover 2014

If you haven’t already, please mark your calendars for these two upcoming events. Purim is coming up March 15th and Passover – Corban Pesach – is coming up April 15th. We will be giving more details concerning both in upcoming posts.

Some people ask  ” why Purim ? it’s not a commanded feast day.” And you know, their probably correct. So why do we celebrate this event ? To be candid, it helps us remember our new ‘national identity’. Once we are born again, we are part of God’s family, the group He calls ‘Israel’. So we celebrate certain ‘national holidays’ of our ‘new Homeland’ to aid us in our assimilation, if you will.

When a person begins the process of acquiring citizenship in the US, they must go through a lengthy ordeal of study and testing to finally complete the ‘naturalization process’. They are now as a natural, native-born. The Scriptures say once we enter the Kingdom at Passover we are as a ‘native-born’. We have become ‘naturalized’ and adopted in to Abba’s family and given the rights of the first-born. To help us adjust to this new-found family we celebrate some of their national holidays as we take hold of our new identity. Is it a commandment ?  No . . .  Is it sin if we don’t do it ?  No . . .  Is it sin if we do ?  No . . .  We are not ‘adding to or taking from’ Torah. We are simply taking hold of the heritage of the family into whom we have been adopted by ‘grace through faith’ . . .

Watch for more details on these two upcoming celebrations.  Shalom U’Vrachot – Peace & Blessings – J & R

 
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Posted by on January 31, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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