I spent more than 10 years in the pulpit and I am realizing I never really preached the Gospel. Oh, I taught the death, burial and resurrection of the Messiah, but that is not the Gospel. Surprised?
Rom. 10:16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?
Multiple Scriptures testify to the fact that the Gospel existed before the coming of the expected Messiah.
Gal. 3:8 And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed.
9 So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.
And, from Hebrews,
Heb. 4:2 For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.
We also have multiple references of Yeshua preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom before His death…. Continue reading “The Gospel I never preached…”
We are in the month of Elul, the 6th month in the Hebrew calendar. Traditionally, this is a month of repentance and deep introspection as we prepare ourselves to stand before the King on Tishri 10, Yom Kippur. During this time, in addition to normal reading, it is customary to add Psalm 27 as a daily meditation. In that light, I’d like to post a few notes over the next few days. Please share your thoughts on each verse selection as it comes up…
27:1 Yehovah is my light and my salvation;
whom shall I fear?
Yehovah is the stronghold of my life;
of whom shall I be afraid?
Interestingly, one of the reasons this Psalm was selected millennia ago by the rabbis for preparation for the Fall Feasts is because there is an allusion to each of the feasts in the Psalm. The first phrase of the Psalm contains two of the three allusions.
Our first allusion is ‘light,’ and the word points to Yom Teruah, Day of Blowing (Trumpets), which is also known as the Day of Coronation. The King is coming and He will appear on the Day of Trumpets, some year in the future. He is Light and is the bringer and creator of light. More importantly, He is MY light. Continue reading “Meditations from Psalm 27. v.1”