Yesterday, Kelly and I took several teens, including three of our boys to Camp Mashiach. Long day driving about 11 hours round trip.
In the latter stages of our return home, I was pondering the following thought:
‘If Yeshua was righteous by keeping the Torah, what makes us think we can be righteous while breaking the Torah?’
I know, someone one will say, ‘but we have the righteousness of Christ.’
I say, ‘if you really think that argument holds water, then why don’t you commit murder, or steal, or lie?’
Truth: The one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked.
Two days ago, I witnessed what was easily the most stunning rainbow I have ever seen. My camera phone does not do it justice. It was so close and so vivid the tree it appears to come from literally looked like it was on fire. Amazing!!
I cannot look at a rainbow, though, without remembering the Sabbath. God uses EXACTLY the same terminology when He gives the Covenant of the Sabbath as He does with the Covenant of the Rainbow.
Each of those covenants promise that He will DO something. Rainbow = no flood, Sabbath = sanctify the keeper. Both are FOREVER. The Rainbow nor the Sabbath ever change. (In fact, a great study is the word ‘olam’ meaning ‘forever’ and where God uses it…. You may be surprised that Passover and the Feasts are… forever, regardless of doctrine or theology to the contrary.
I learned today from Ray Gardner that this Portion, Noach, is his favorite Torah Parasha because of all the end times themes. I have posted his Study Notes on the Torah Portion Page. While my favorites are the Joseph portions, I have to say that Noach ranks very high on my list. So much so that one of the most useful insights I have gleaned from Noach, I have made into several different teachings. You may really enjoy these as a means of sharing the Truth with others.
First, an image from YouVersion friend, Steve King:
This portion offers an amazing defense of the seventh day Sabbath. Here are several version of the teaching Continue reading “Noach, some useful stuff…”
Local weather is calling for snow… Again!! Frankly, one good snow every two or three years is about normal for this Southeastern region. A couple weeks ago we had a moderate sleet/snow mix, so maybe a big one is in order… Still, this winter has been very cold and not very ‘nice.’
In our family Bible reading this morning we were discussing a passage that touches on the whole weather issue… In fact, daily, the weather that we concern ourselves with should serve as a continual reminder Continue reading “Local weather calling for snow… Again!!”
The correct priority of Scripture is sequential. We should start at the beginning. Paul tells us that a later covenant cannot contradict an earlier covenant. Neither can a later scripture contradict an earlier one. If there were such a contradiction, it would mean that one of the scriptures was wrong (in which case it isn’t Holy scripture) or that God had changed His mind (in which case He is inconsistent and fallible). The correct priority of Scripture starts with the Torah.
D. Thomas Lancaster, Restoration, Pg. 52
Christendom’s opinion is precisely opposite the above quote from Lancaster. I can’t tell you how many times it has been expressed or implied that ‘we can’t understand the Old Testament without the New.’ In fact, the very structure of seminary courses, the pattern of preaching habits and the plethora of theological books reveal that Christendom spends roughly 85% of their time in the last 1/3 of the Bible with little or no understanding of the first 2/3rds apart from a few prooftexts.
Yeshua on the other hand, spoke nothing of Himself, but continually pointed to the Tanak Continue reading “Correcting Our Paradigm”