1Pet 1:3-9 we rejoice greatly in Him whom we love for saving our souls
On the Day of Atonements last Shabbat, the Jewish believers amongst us then did a very significant thing (Neh 9:2): we accepted and confessed our sin and rebellion against YHVH our God (Lev 26:40) and against His Son, the Messiah Jesus (Mt 27:25).
As priests of God in Christ – and as sons of our fathers, whether in the time of Moses or whether in the … Continue reading
Day of Atonements and Understanding the Centrality of Our Faith
For us who believe in Jesus and the New Covenant, understanding the Messianic roots through the Old Testament given to Israel helps us to see some of the details that are supplied to grasp more fully the fulfillment which is in Jesus and His sacrificial atoning death on the cross and subsequent resurrection.
Simply stated, the King of Glory (Ps 24) – the Lion of the Tribe of Judah … Continue reading
Lev 23:24; Num 29:1 YHVH spoke to Moses, saying, Speak to the children of Israel, saying, In the seventh month, on the one of the month, you shall have a sabbath rest, a Memorial of Blowing of Trumpets, a holy convocation.
Mt 24:29-31,36 Immediately after the tribulation (see v.21) of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. … Continue reading
Jn 17: 11-26
The Scroll of Ruth is read in the synagogues this holiday. It is a story of love and mercy: of someone “outside” – even poor and a stranger (זר) – who was brought “inside”. She was chosen, but she also chose: to belong to the treasured people of YHVH God, and to place all her future and hopes in their God. About 1970 years ago, more than 3000 persons who were separated from God because of their … Continue reading
Jude 3 – contend earnestly for the faith once delivered to the saints
This year we have experienced here in Israel an assault on essential truths of the faith which we have received through the Scriptures. Our Father in Heaven is seeking those who will worship Him in spirit and truth, and the enemy is seeking to deceive believers – the elect – if it were possible.
The Feast of Dedication (Hanukah) reminds us of the battle within Israel amongst … Continue reading
Lev. 10:3 By those who come near Me I must be regarded as holy, and before all the people I must be honored.
Eph 2:11-12 As we continue to let the Tabernacle in the Desert instruct us of God’s pattern for us to approach Him in prayer, the passage from Ephesians notes “the middle wall of separation”, which separated Israel from the other nations. God in His wisdom separated the people He had chosen and called to Himself from … Continue reading
John 3:13 (5-21) The Son of Man has descended from — and ascended to — Heaven
There are well-meaning dear brothers and sisters in Messiah who do not celebrate the birth of the Savior at this time of year. They have their reasons for this, just as I once did. The danger, however, is that we will harden our hearts from being able to rejoice at all in the birth of Yeshua – from singing the great songs of Heaven over His … Continue reading
The Scroll of Esther is read in the synagogues every year for Purim. If you do not know the story of the history, read it at home. The Purim celebrations by Jews around the world today are far from the manner prescribed by Mordecai and Esther almost 2500 years ago. What is remarkable, though, is that his holiday is still being observed: it still has relevance for us today, even as believers in Jesus. Purim is not one of the … Continue reading
As members of the Body of Messiah — in the world today and of those who have believed during the last two thousand years — there is something special at this season of the birth of the Savior, Yeshua the Son of David. It is similar to that specialness when Jewish people — around the world today and since the time of the Exodus from Egypt about 3450 years ago — celebrate the Passover. It does not require … Continue reading
Mt. 8:1-4 . . .behold, there came a leper and he worshipped Him [Yeshua], saying, ‘Lord, if you are willing, You can make me clean’. And He [Yeshua] stretched forth His hand, and touched him, saying, ‘I am willing; be cleansed! And immediately his leprosy was cleansed (healed).
Is. 53:4 Surely He [the Arm of the LORD] has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted.
Rosh Hashana, or the Memorial … Continue reading
Lev. 23:24-25 – a Shabbat, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation, an offering made by fire Is. 62:6-12 – remind YHVH of His salvation for Israel and for Jerusalem
The devil is busy sowing his bad seed amongst the good seed of the Kingdom of Heaven (Mt. 13:24-30). The Lord Yeshua tell us that this bad seed–and its fruit–will remain until the end of the age. The Day of the LORD (YHVH)–the day of vengeance of our God (Amos … Continue reading
Matt. 23:16-21 The altar is greater than the gift
Matt. 5: 21-24 First be reconciled to your brother, and then offer your gift upon the altar
The calendar tells us that it is a new year, a year which reminds us and the world that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh into the world which He made. We can look back and consider how our God has watched over us and has kept us. We can look ahead and … Continue reading
Jude 3 – contend earnestly for the faith which was once-for-all delivered to the saints [Lk 22:19-20]; 1Cor 11:23-26 – remember Yeshua and His death until He comes again
The heart and foundation of the gospel and of the New Testament and of our faith as Christians is Yeshua the Messiah and Him crucified, risen from the dead, ascended to glory, and coming again. Our sins are forgiven through faith in the once-for-all sacrificial and atoning death of the Lord … Continue reading
Lev. 16:5-10, 15-22; Is 53:10– living scapegoat bearing all the iniquities, transgressions, sins of Israel; Israel being atoned for on the basis of the accepted blood sacrifice of the first goat to the LORD; two goats. . .one sin offering: atonement (reconciliation) and the effectual removal of guilt and uncleanness
To consider and to study from the Word of God about the Day of Atonements in general, and its sin offering and whole burnt … Continue reading