I have been rereading Joshua this week and seeing some interesting parallels. Here’s one…
As hard as it is for us to imagine, Israel, all 13 tribes had the Torah and knew what was righteous, but still didn’t do it for 40 years of wilderness journey. Kinda like the ‘church,’ led by another Joshua, who has had Torah for the last 50 Jubilees, but has refused to observe some/certain of the commandments.
Stiff-necked then. Stiff-necked now.
Interesting that in Ezekiel we are told that it will not be until Abba brings us into the Land that He’ll sprinkle clean water on us and remove our filth. Here, Joshua does similarly after they cross the Jordan into the Land.
This is the reason why Joshua circumcised them: all the people who came out of Egypt who were males, all the men of war, died in the wilderness along the way after they came out of Egypt. For all the people who came out were circumcised, but all the people who were born in the wilderness along the way as they came out of Egypt had not been circumcised. For the sons of Israel walked forty years in the wilderness, until all the nation, that is, the men of war who came out of Egypt, perished because they did not listen to the voice of the Lord , to whom the Lord had sworn that He would not let them see the land which the Lord had sworn to their fathers to give us, a land flowing with milk and honey.
Joshua 5:4-6 NASB
Last night, as we sat around the Pesach table, we enjoyed a wonderful romp through Scripture. A small affair, with only three guests besides my family, we embraced the freedom to pursue Scripture and thought trails induced by the haggadah. Two of the three guests, never having participated in a Passover, had insightful questions and opened doors for significant discussion.
As we discussed Scripture and the scattering of the house of Israel, I brought up an interesting connection in Scripture: Both Matthew 24:31 and Deuteronomy 30:4 use the phrase ‘from the ends of the sky’ when speaking of the gathering of Yah’s people. (I have discussed this connection before and recommend this article as background.)
This morning, I woke thinking about the coming of the Messiah and how to speed it!
Christian and Rabbinic thought differ on whether we can speed or affect prophecy, a point that I made at our table last evening. We were enjoying a wonderful bottle of Jozef from Har Bracha Winery in Samaria, Israel, my selection for Pesach. I explained to our guests that the bottle is a fulfillment of prophecy and poignant reminder of the difference in Christian and Judaic perspectives on prophecy.
Nir (pronounced, Neer), the owner of Har Bracha, Continue reading “Can we accelerate the coming of the Messiah?”
**Updated with links** Also, some excellent comments below.
A quick post addressing the recent death of PM Ariel Sharon and the prophecies of R. Itzhak Kaduri… More later.
In the coming days you will hear a great deal about the Kaduri prophecy of the soon return of Messiah after the passing of Ariel Sharon. Continue reading “WARNING!! Kaduri, Sharon and Prophecy! **Updated!**”