Difficult verses in the ‘Christmas’ story, p.4

in the beginningIn the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men.

No reading of the ‘Christmas’ story is complete without John 1, yet these verses pose a sizable challenge to Christian theology if we stop and really take a look at them.

Have you ever considered the implication of these verses?  Jesus, or by His Hebrew name, Yeshua, was with God in the beginning and was (is) God.  Easy, right?  Not so fast, my friend!

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“The Angel who redeemed me….”

Currently, I am juggling three books, two of which are Stephen Spykerman’s Christians and Jews; The Two Faces of Israel and Asher Intrater’s Who Ate Lunch With Abraham?.  Judging from the high ratings on Amazon, I am not the only person who is really enjoying these.

Intrater’s book primarily deals with digging deeper into the “appearances of God in the form of a Man in the Hebrew Scriptures,” a subject that has fascinated me as I have studied the Angel of the Lord appearances.  Spykerman’s book explores the place of parts of Christendom among Ephraim/the House of Israel.  Where the two books suddenly came together was on page 100 of Spykerman’s offer when he quotes Genesis 48:14-16,

14 But Israel stretched out his right hand and laid it on the head of Ephraim, who was the younger, and his left hand on Manasseh’s head, [a]crossing his hands, [b]although Manasseh was the firstborn. 15 He blessed Joseph, and said,

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