Tasting the Truth

[A Psalm] of David; when he changed his demeanour before Abimelech, who drove him away, and he departed.

Psalm 34:1 (JPS)

Demeanour – Do you ever stop to read the introduction to any of the Psalms? This introduction is particularly interesting. It’s referring to a time before David was king. It’s the story from 1 Samuel 21:10-15. Continue reading “Tasting the Truth”

Law of the Broken Neck Donkey

And every firstling of an ass thou shalt redeem with a lamb; and if thou wilt not redeem it, then thou shalt break his neck: and all the firstborn of man among thy children shalt thou redeem.

Exodus 13:13 (KJV)

Redeem – Did you know that a donkey is the only unclean animal that is required to be redeemed? Continue reading “Law of the Broken Neck Donkey”

Goats and Coats

31 And they took Joseph’s coat, and killed a kid of the goats, and dipped the coat in the blood;
32 And they sent the coat of many colours, and they brought it to their father; and said, This have we found: know now whether it be thy son’s coat or no.

Genesis 37:31-32 (KJV)

Goats and coats – In this story we read how Joseph’s brothers took his coat and dipped it in the blood of a goat to deceive their father, Jacob. This was the defining moment that resulted in the slavery of Israel in Egypt. As we explored in the previous post we saw that the prophecy of slavery was fulfilled twice. The second time was preceded by these verses above, but what about the first time when Jacob was an indentured servant to his uncle Laban? What was the catalyst there? Continue reading “Goats and Coats”

Slavery Prophecy Fulfilled, Twice

13 And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years;
14 And also that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge: and afterward shall they come out with great substance.
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16 But in the fourth generation they shall come hither again: for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full.

Genesis 15:13-16 (KJV)

This is the prophecy that starts the story of redemption which we know as Passover. God prophecies to Abram explaining how Abram’s seed will go into slavery for a long time and then come out in abundance and wealth. Continue reading “Slavery Prophecy Fulfilled, Twice”

Honored by Pharaoh

And I, behold, I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians, and they shall follow them: and I will get me honour upon Pharaoh, and upon all his host, upon his chariots, and upon his horsemen.

Exodus 14:17 (KJV)

Get me honor – How was God going to be honored by the pursuit of Pharaoh and his soldiers? We might suggest that God was going to be honored by their death in the Reed Sea. But I don’t think that’s the case. There’s a relationship to another story in Genesis that will reveal God’s meaning here. Let’s take a look. Continue reading “Honored by Pharaoh”

Torah, the Teachings of God

Thus saith the LORD: For three transgressions of Judah, yea, for four, I will not reverse it: because they have rejected the law of the LORD, and have not kept His statutes, and their lies have caused them to err, after which their fathers did walk.

Amos 2:4 (JPS)

Law – The law was not replaced by grace. Yeshua supports this, Paul supports this. It aligns with their Hebraic worldview. But it doesn’t fit so well with our Greek worldview does it?  Continue reading “Torah, the Teachings of God”

Wisdom Resides in the Heart

And let every wise-hearted man among you come, and make all that the LORD hath commanded:

Exodus 35:10 (JPS)

Wise-hearted – When we think of wisdom, we often think of intelligence. We’d say it’s definitely something that comes from experience and resides in the mind of the person. Wisdom is a deepness in thought.  Continue reading “Wisdom Resides in the Heart”

Learning Hebrew – Part 1

For then will I turn to the people a pure language, that they may all call upon the name of the Lord, to serve him with one consent.

Zephaniah 3:9 (KJV)

Language – I believe the pure language that is being referenced here is Hebrew. I believe it was the language God spoke when He created everything in Genesis. We know it’s the language spoken during the 1st century when referencing religious things (Acts 21:40), and it was the language Yeshua spoke to Apostle Paul on the road to Damascus (Acts 26:14). So maybe it’s about time I learn it more fluently myself. Continue reading “Learning Hebrew – Part 1”

Who Was Pierced?

[…] and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, […]

Zechariah 12:10 (KJV)

Whom – I can’t stress this enough. The translation you use is filled with biases and the predefined paradigms of those who translated it. And that’s okay when we’re reading for the milk of the word, but we need to get technical if we’re going to chew on the meat. To understand what I’m talking about, let’s breakdown this verse in Zechariah. Continue reading “Who Was Pierced?”

The Pronunciation of YHVH

And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God Almighty, but by my name Jehovah was I not known to them.

Exodus 6:3 (KJV)

Jehovah – When we talk about God, we seldom use His name. In fact, it could be said that the name “Yehovah” isn’t known to us either. But there’s a reason for this. The pronunciation of the tretragrammaton “YHVH” was hidden away long ago. Continue reading “The Pronunciation of YHVH”