13 Take heed to thyself that thou offer not thy burnt offerings in every place that thou seest:
14 But in the place which the LORD shall choose […]
Deuteronomy 12:13-14 (KJV)
Choose – Let’s say, back in the early 2000’s, you crafted an item that you wanted to sell to the public, and the government agreed, but passed an everlasting law that you could only sell this product outside of Borders Bookstores. And the product had to be sold by a Borders Bookstore representative who was trained to sell it. This was good news, and you began to sell your products down at the nearest Borders. Continue reading “No More Sacrifices”
And God spake unto Moses, and said unto him, I am the Lord:
Exodus 6:2 (KJV)
Spake – Scientists recognize that one of the smallest elements that make up everything in the world is the atom. An atom is formed of a nucleus with electrons that circle around it. And in between the electrons and the nucleus is a large gap of empty space. If the nucleus was the size of a penny, the space from it to the nearest electron would be about 1.5 miles away. So that means there’s a lot of empty space in everything. Continue reading “Quantum Physics in God’s Voice”
And Hannah answered and said, No, my lord, I am a woman of a sorrowful spirit: I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but have poured out my soul before the Lord.
1 Samuel 1:15 (KJV)
Soul – When we think of prayer, we think of our needs or requests. Often times our prayers include phrases like “Heal me.” “Redeem me.” “Have mercy on me.” “Forgive me.” It’s very me focused. Prayer’s relevance arises when we have lost some sort of control and need God to help us get a handle on it again. That’s our Greek mindedness — retaining that control. But what if our perception of prayer was all wrong? Continue reading “What is Prayer?”
That your generations may know that I made the children of Israel to dwell in booths, when I brought them out of the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.
Leviticus 23:43 (KJV)
Booths – When you compare the three holy days; Feast of Unleavened Bread, Pentecost, and Sukkot (Feast of Booths), it’s difficult to understand why Sukkot is among them. In Deuteronomy 16:16 God commands all Israel men to appear before the Lord and bring an offering to the Temple on each of these holy days. These are the pilgrim feasts because all men were required to travel to Jerusalem. Let’s take a look at them. Continue reading “Sukkot, the Place”
And God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good.
Good – Would it surprised you to know that the word good is not based on morality? When God saw everything that he had made, he wasn’t saying that everything was righteous or morally good. He wasn’t stating that it was pleasant to look upon and enticing to the eye. So what was His meaning? Continue reading “Good and Evil”
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)
Memorial – What trumpets (or sounds) was Israel supposed to remember? I know we like to project our own interpretations onto the text, so we might say that the Lord is referring to the last trumpet when Yeshua returns, but none of that was known to the Israelites. So how did they understand this? Continue reading “Memorial of Trumpets”
The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.
Ecclesiastes 1:9 (KJV)
No new thing – While time is a linear path for us Greek minded people, for a Hebrew minded person, time is cyclical. History repeats. Events repeat themselves in similar ways. This is why we can see Yeshua as the new Moses, or see Yeshua as Isaac being taken as a sacrifice by his father. Continue reading “Nothing New”
Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;
Psalm 103:3 (KJV)
Forgiveth – Did you know that God practiced forgiveness prior to the coming of Yeshua? Did you know, like the Psalmist writes, that this forgiveness was for ALL thine iniquities? Yep, all of them. Well all except the ones that He chose not to forgive (Deut 29:19-20; Lam 3:42), or the ones that were impossible to forgive without a specific action taken (Num 15:30-31). Continue reading “Forgiveness”
Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
Genesis 3:1 (KJV)
? – By now you should realize that ancient Hebrew doesn’t have punctuation, right? So there was no question mark here in the original text, but yet the translators felt it prudent to add it here. Why? Continue reading “A Questioning Punctuation”
There’s an interesting parallel I’d like to draw attention to in Genesis. They involve two different digressions that happen within the two major stories of Genesis. Continue reading “A Tale of Two Digressions”