And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly;
2 Peter 2:5 (KJV)
Preacher – This is one of those verses that should cause some consideration. Peter calls Noah a preacher. How did Peter arrive at this statement? Noah was introduced in Genesis chapter 5 and dies in chapter 9. It’s not until the end of chapter 9 that Noah says anything, and when Noah does speak, he curses his grandson Canaan. Where, in all of Genesis, does Peter get the idea that Noah was a preacher of righteousness?
Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered;
Hebrews 5:8 (KJV)
Obedience – Yeshua learned obedience. Do you see the implications here? There are years of Yeshua’s life that are unaccounted for in the Scriptures. Those years were most likely filled with the similar activities of other Jewish boys. He attended Torah school, He learned and practiced Jewish traditions, and was taught the details of what it meant to be a part of God’s people. Christ wasn’t just born with all this knowledge. He had to learn obedience by learning Torah.
And every oblation of thy meat offering shalt thou season with salt; neither shalt thou suffer the salt of the covenant of thy God to be lacking from thy meat offering: with all thine offerings thou shalt offer salt.
Leviticus 2:13 (KJV)
Meat, Salt – So God commands that all “meat” offerings are to be brought with salt. The religious community I belong to presents salt with bread for every public prayer. But this says, “meat”… or does it?
For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
Romans 8:29 (KJV)
Firstborn – Who is the firstborn of God? Before you answer, think about how many firstborns can a parent have? One. There can be only one. Yes that was a throwback to the Highlander for anyone who cares. So who is the firstborn of God?
And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.
1 John 2:3 (KJV)
Commandments – Christianity loves to separate out the commandments from the law. It makes it easier this way. I only have to keep the 10 commandments and not all 613 laws according to John. But for this to be true, it has to work this way in the original language. Because 1 John is written in Greek, we’ll investigate the Septuagint to find our error.
For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinateto be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
Romans 8:29 (KJV)
Predestinate – For a moment, imagine that Paul’s letter to the Romans is not about you. It wasn’t written to you or any other 21st century Christian. Paul, in all his letters, is writing to/about two main factions; the house of Judah (Jews) and the house of Israel (Israelites divorced from God [Jeremiah 3:8] whom are now Gentiles). In this letter, Paul is addressing the latter group of people.
The new moon was sighted Sunday evening, September 29, 2019, in Israel by multiple witnesses. That makes today, Monday, September 30, the Memorial of Trumpets in accordance with Leviticus 23:24. The fall holy days work out like this:
Memorial of Trumpets (Yom Teruah)
September 30, 2019
Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur)
Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot)
October 14 – 21
Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, In the seventh month, in the first day of the month, shall ye have a sabbath, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, an holy convocation.
Leviticus 23:24 (KJV)
Also on the tenth day of this seventh month there shall be a day of atonement: […]
Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, The fifteenth day of this seventh month shall be the feast of tabernacles for seven days unto the Lord.
But neither Titus, who was with me, being a Greek, was compelled to be circumcised:
Galatians 2:3 (KJV)
Compelled – I have many reformist friends and enjoy my conversations with them. They push me, cause me to research further, and share very interesting concepts of theology. They are passionate and well studied. One recent conversation revolved around the concept of free will vs. compulsion.
The Lord repented for this: This also shall not be, saith the Lord God.
Amos 7:6 (KJV)
Repented – This isn’t the first time the Lord repented from His plan. In fact, it’s the second time in this chapter of Amos alone! God also repented for making man in Genesis 6:6, He repented from the evil that He sought to do to His own people in Exodus 32:14, and He also repented upon raising up judges for Israel so to bring them again from captivity. These are just a few examples.