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Year Review of 2019

I spend a lot of time researching and writing articles for this website. It’s been a project of mine since 2014. My cadence is normally about one article per week because 1) it’s all the time I have, and 2) It doesn’t overwhelm my audience with posts. This site is an effort to document my journey and relationship with YHVH and I’d like to take a moment to look back at 2019.

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To Sanctify, or Not To Sanctify

All the firstling males that come of thy herd and of thy flock thou shalt sanctify unto the Lord thy God: thou shalt do no work with the firstling of thy bullock, nor shear the firstling of thy sheep.

Deuteronomy 15:19 (KJV)

Only the firstling of the beasts, which should be the Lord’s firstling, no man shall sanctify it; whether it be ox, or sheep: it is the Lord’s.

Leviticus 27:26

So which is it? Should you, or shouldn’t you sanctify the firstling of beasts? If you take these two verses verbatim as they’re written, this is an obvious contradiction in the text. Deuteronomy states that you should sanctify the firstling, but Leviticus states that you should not.

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Calling on the Name

For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Romans 10:13 (KJV)

Call – For most of Christianity, we imagine ourselves verbally calling out “Jesus” to receive salvation. In fact Paul writes just three verses earlier, “with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” Obviously there’s a message about verbalizing the Name. But could it be something different? Are we interpreting this correctly? It just seems so easy. If I want salvation, all I need to do is call out Jesus’ name. It’s almost too easy.

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God Will Provide

13 And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son.
14 And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovahjireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the Lord it shall be seen.

Genesis 22:13-14

Jehovahjireh – This word literally means “Yehovah will see to it,” or as many say, “God will provide.” It’s a common saying in Christianity today and this may very well be the root of it. Christianity has really gained some mileage around this feel-good saying. I think we use it for just about any trial as a beacon of hope. And it bears some truth too. God does provide … until the time He doesn’t.

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Importance of Pronouns

Yet he sent prophets to them, to bring them again unto the Lord; and they testified against them: but they would not give ear.

2 Chronicles 24:19 (KJV)

He – If you’re familiar with this story, this verse should cause some hesitation. The “he” is lowercase causing confusion around just who had sent the prophets.

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Noah the Preacher

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?

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Learning Obedience

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.

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Bread and Salt

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?

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Firstborn?

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?

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Only the Commandments?

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.

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