‘evan’ / אבן, Another picture…

Last evening as Jonathan and I sat around unwinding, he had a few thoughts from his morning Torah study he wanted to share.  As we were looking at verses in Deuteronomy 4, I suddenly had a brainstorm.  First, the verses,

12 Then the Lord spoke to you from the midst of the fire; you heard the sound of words, but you saw no form—only a voice. 10 commandments.4213 So He declared to you His covenant which He commanded you to perform, that is, the Ten [a]Commandments; and He wrote them on two tablets of stone. 14 The Lord commanded me at that time to teach you statutes and judgments, that you might perform them in the land where you are going over to possess it.

We noted several things…  The covenant is to be performed.  I.e., maintaining it is an action, not a belief.  (Faith without works is dead…)  The covenant is not just the Ten Words, as Christendom often teaches, but rather included much more than that.  Just refer to Exodus 20-23.  And, the covenant was to be performed not just before crossing the Jordan, but afterward as well.  (I’ll write on some of this later in terms of the symbolism and Christendom’s understanding of ‘crossing Jordan.’)  But something else stood out!

You may recall a very interesting and important post about eban, or אבן as a picture of Messiah.  After that, I wrote a follow-up post with more references to ‘stone,’ but always in connection with ‘uncut’ stone.  Of course, Messiah is/was not to have human works  added to Him. Continue reading “‘evan’ / אבן, Another picture…”

THE Most Accountable Generation?

Lately, I have been pondering the fact that we are likely THE most accountable generation in history!!

Certainly, all have sinned and fallen short of the glory, and, there is none righteous, not even one, making all guilty, but the degree of culpability can vary.  When we each stand before the Judge, we will all be held accountable, though to varying degrees.

The poor old woman from the 900’s who was a faithful wife and attended church but never held, much less read a Bible is accountable for what she knew.  Take that same woman and place her in the mid-1600’s with the ability to read an available Bible translation and she is accountable for more.

Leap forward another 300 years and by the mid-1900’s, with the increase of Bible literacy and the availability of the Scriptures as well as encyclopedias and mass printing -she, or we, have still higher degrees of accountability.  The last 40 years and especially the last ten years have been a meteoric increase in knowledge and understanding, particularly in revealing ancient truths long contained in Scripture, but hidden under justifications, misunderstandings and outright falsehood.  With the advent of the internet and the accessibility of truth to the common man on every continent, we are each not only without excuse, but more accountable than every previous generation!  In fact, the basics of the Gospel message are entirely unavoidable while the truth of Torah and the revelation of syncretistic pagan practices is fast permeating the message. Continue reading “THE Most Accountable Generation?”