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Why Do We Light the Menorah, Wash Our Hands, etc.?

Kathy De Fever sings an ancient prayer over the lighting of the seven-branch candlestick, called menorah in Hebrew for "light." Richard Agee explains the menorah and hand-washing symbols long-connected with God’s rest days, called Shabbat in Hebrew and transliterated as Sabbath in English. Continue reading Why Do We Light the Menorah, Wash Our Hands, etc.?

Sukkot: Speak the Truth in Love; Each Must Be Convinced in His Own Mind

Feast of Tabernacles — Day 3

Our friends, family, co-workers, acquaintances and fellow believers may not be at the same place we are in understanding all of God’s words, that we are part of Israel, the body of Messiah, with all the promises and responsibilities that goes with that kinship. We must be humble enough to admit we may not understand everything either. Therefore, we must approach our teaching with utmost humility, patience and compassion, because it is God Who in His timing changes hearts and writes His Torah on them. Jeff explores the need for this sensitivity, as taught in Deut. 10:12-22, Eph. 4:1-16, Rom. 14:1-23 and Acts 15:1-31.

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Sukkot: An Introduction to the Festival of Tabernacles

Feast of Tabernacles — Day 3

Jeff provides an overview of the Festival of Tabernacles, which is outlined in the Bible in Leviticus 23 and Numbers 29. It is an important appointment with God, what He calls “feasts of the LORD,” because He is teaching what it means to “dwell” with God. This is also a celebration of God’s Messiah coming to dwell with mankind as God’s Salvation (John 1:14) and His promise that He will return to live here permanently (Revelation 21). Continue reading Sukkot: An Introduction to the Festival of Tabernacles

Sukkot: Dwelling With God

In the Scriptures, the English words "dwell" or "abide" are a translation of about a dozen different Hebrew and Greek words. The most frequent Hebrew term for the English word "dwell" is yashav, which is used over 400 times. Another Hebrew word which is translated as "dwell" is shakhan or shakhen which is the root of the Hebrew word Shekinah which is the Hebrew word for the light on the mercy seat which symbolized God’s presence with Man. The Apolstolic Scriptures also tell us that God longs to have his Presence dwelling with us, not just in the form of His Messiah, but of His own accord. From Genesis to Revelation, Jeff explains how God has longed to dwell with Mankind and the lengths He has gone and will go to make it a reality.

 

Fall 2007 appointments with God

God’s appointments with His people — moedim in Hebrew — in the spring drew from the imagery of the departure of ancient Israel from Egypt and the first harvests of barley and wheat. The fall moedim come at the end of the agricultural cycle in the land of Israel and revolve around the second wheat harvest as well as those for olives and grapes. These two sets of moedim foreshadow and remind us of the work of Messiah Yeshua (Jesus). Continue reading Fall 2007 appointments with God

Matthew 24 — Interpreting the ‘signs of the times’ by studying the lessons of the past

Reader: Daniel Agee
Teacher: Jeff

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Aaronic & menorah blessings

Kathy De Fever sings these two blessings every Shabbat.

Aaronic blessing

Num. 6:24-26

The LORD bless you, and keep you;
The LORD make His face shine on you,
And be gracious to you;
The LORD lift up His countenance on you,
And give you peace.
Amen.

Blessing of the menorah (seven-branched candleholder of Israel)

Blessed are You, oh LORD our God, King of the world,
Who has sanctified us by Your commandments,
And Who has commanded us to be a light to the nations,
And Who has given us Yeshua, the Light of the world.
Amen.