If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
Galatians 5:25 (KJV)
Spirit – We absolutely love this line. We’re a spiritual people, so we walk in the Spirit. I think I hear it in almost every conversation I have regarding obedience to God, and it’s often used to justify our disobedience to the law revealing our lack of desire to be conformed to the image of Christ. But what does it really mean? Continue reading “Walk in the Spirit”
And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.
Acts 2:1 (KJV)
Pentecost – It’s the name we Christians are most familiar with. Pentecost literally means “the 50th day”, but do we understand what it’s referring to here? Yes, Pentecost is the day that God poured out the Holy Spirit on all flesh as the prophet Joel prophesied in Joel 2:28. It’s what Yeshua was referring to when he told his apostles to tarry in Jerusalem and wait for the power from on high in Luke 24:49. And even the prophet Ezekiel speaks of this new spirit and its role in our lives in Ezekiel 36:27. But why does the name mean “the 50th day”? Continue reading “Pentecost’s Other Names”
The New Testament page – almost every Bible includes one, right? We need to know when the old stuff stopped and the new stuff began so we can be sure not to taint ourselves with the old, and reserve those only as children’s stories. Am I right? Continue reading “The New Testament Page”
For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second.
Hebrews 8:7 (KJV)
Covenant – Does the word “covenant” show up in your Bible for this verse? Is it italicized, or noted somehow? You should know it’s been added by the translators and doesn’t appear in any of the Greek texts.
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Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
Philippians 4:6 (NASB)
Thanksgiving – How many times have we gone before God, kneeled down, and began asking for things? This happens to me all the time. Immediately I petition those around me to join me in asking the Lord to forgive my sins. Before this, I might thank Him for His mercy, but it’s a quick jump into my petition.
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I’ve been recently acquiring books from my folks. Turns out they have a lot of good ones in their collection which they’ve inherited from others through the ages. I’m like a little kid when I get one and can spend many hours sifting through the pages in wonder. While they have a pretty decent library, I’m primarily interested in anything having to do with scriptural studies and/or Russian. Continue reading “Pentateuch & Haftorahs”
Then they said, “The God of the Hebrews has met with us. Please, let us go a three days’ journey into the wilderness that we may sacrifice to the Lord our God, otherwise He will fall upon us with pestilence or with the sword.”
Exodus 5:3 (NASB)
Then they said – In Rabbi David Fohrman’s latest book, The Exodus You Almost Passed Over, he talks about the Tale of Two Speeches. In this section of the book he compares the two speeches from Moses to Pharaoh, in light of the contrasts between monotheism and polytheism.
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Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
Matthew 26:41 (KJV)
Spirit/flesh – Have you noticed that the battle is always between the spirit and the flesh? It’s never between the soul and the flesh. Stop and think about that a bit. We always think of the soul as this innocent ‘true form’ of who we are, and that it battles our fleshly shell which is prone to sin. This way of thinking is deeply rooted in Hellenism stemming from the Greek philosopher, Plato. But that’s not what Yeshua says here is it? Yeshua was Hebrew, so He thought like a Hebrew, not as a Greek philosopher. The battle according to Yeshua is between the spirit and the flesh. Continue reading “The Spirit vs. The Flesh”
Now therefore restore the man his wife; for he is a prophet, and he shall pray for thee, and thou shalt live: and if thou restore her not, know thou that thou shalt surely die, thou, and all that are thine.
Genesis 20:7 (KJV)
Prophet – Our understanding of this word has been completely Hellenized, so let’s start with this verse from Genesis about Abraham. God is referring to Abraham as a prophet, but when did Abraham ever prophesy? This should reveal a disconnect between how we understand this word culturally compared to its Hebraic use. Continue reading “The Prophet & The Manic”
And I will take away mine hand, and thou shalt see my back parts: but my face shall not be seen.
Exodus 33:23 (KJV)
Back parts – The Hebrew word is achor and it means much more than just God’s backside. Think about it. God doesn’t have a face, He doesn’t have a backside – He’s spirit. There is no beginning and end to Him – He just IS. Any anthropomorphic expression in the text is used most commonly to strengthen a point being made, and not to be taken as God’s literal body parts. So what’s being shown to Moses?
Continue reading “More Than Just His Backside”