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Deuteronomy 14: What does God have against certain types of meat?

These instructions of “clean” and “unclean” animals connect to a bigger lesson in Deuteronomy 13–14 on the Third Commandment, about blaspheming the Name of the LORD, or making the Name common. “Cleaning” what’s distant from God is the real lesson beyond clean/unclean in Leviticus 11, Deuteronomy 14 and Acts 10.

Thought questions

How does Deut. 14:1-2 explain the purpose for clean and unclean animals?

Why can you give clean roadkill to a foreigner or an alien? Aren’t foreigners included in Israel and equal under her laws? Wouldn’t roadkill still have blood in it?

What is the wordplay with “divided” and “hoof”?

What is the difference between the clean and the unclean birds? Don’t chickens attack and consume each other from time to time?

Are any animals that the LORD, the Creator, declared unclean/off limits really food in God’s eyes?

How are the directions on clean and unclean meat related to God’s elevation of Israel above the other nations? (Lev. 11:44-45)

How does the object lesson on the physical level educate us on what is happening on the spiritual level?

What happens if you accidentally eat unclean meat? What happens if you choose to continue eating that meat?

What did Messiah mean when He said, “Don’t throw pearls before swine” (Matt. 7:6)?

How is the parallel between giving foreigners animals that died akin to giving those who are “a far off” a little of the truth until they come back for more?

Judges 3

Daniel Agee and map for Judges 3

Daniel Agee leads an exploration into a couple of centuries of the first judges, or leaders, of Israel — Yehoshua (Joshua), Othniel, Ehud and Shamgar — after Moshe (Moses) and at the start of the conquest of Canaan. From the very beginning, Israel allowed itself to be corrupted. (See Judges 3:6-7.) Continue reading Judges 3

Deuteronomy 13 — warnings against mixing religious practices with the worship of the LORD

Richard Agee explores the Biblical tests in Deuteronomy 13 for knowing when someone is speaking for God, i.e., is a prophet. Continue reading Deuteronomy 13 — warnings against mixing religious practices with the worship of the LORD

Why Was Eve Deceived?

Richard Agee explains that every woman is the representation of the Bride of Messiah Yeshua. In the Garden of Eden the Adversary attacked Eve with intellect to kill the "image of God," her ability to give birth to the One (Messiah) who would fulfill God’s plan to bring life — true, eternal life.

The story of Eve (Genesis 2-3) is a representation of all her daughters, just as Adam is a representation of all his sons. The apostle Paul tells us that and uses their story as an example to explain how the Messiah wants our congregations and our families to function. Their story bear lessons applicable to the lives of all their children — us.

The first point we can learn from Eve’s story in particular is that the Serpent didn’t attack her with violence but with intellect. Yes, Eve was deceived, but she wasn’t intellectually deficient or dumb — not by any stretch of the imagination. She was created as a perfect being by the Almighty, not just a perfect body, but also a perfect mind. Those who interpret the Scriptures to insult or denigrate Eve or her daughters misses the point of the story.

The second point is this: Eve’s desire to be "wise like God" was not wrong. It was a desire put into her by God himself. He wanted both Adam and Eve to grow in wisdom and learn to love Him more and more. So what went wrong? Satan twisted her natural desire to become more like God by deceiving her into a path God specifically said not to follow—the path offered by the Tree of Knowledge rather than the path offered by the Tree of Life.

The third point? Adam called Eve "the Mother of All the Living" (Gen. 3:20) not "the Mother of the Dead." Adam wasn’t deceived (1 Tim. 2:14), and he is the one who brought death into the world, not Eve. Yeshua came into the world as the "Second Adam"  to rectify Adam’s folly and bring Mankind the opportunity to have eternal life (see 1 Cor. 15:35-50).

Sukkot: What Is the Will of God?

Feast of Tabernacles — Day 7

People often ask, "How can I know what God wants me to do?" and "What would Jesus do?" Richard Agee explores those questions in a study of John 6-7, in which Messiah Yeshua (Jesus) explains what it means to "do the will of My Father" (John 6:40). Yeshua is the Living Word (John 1:1; John 1:14), the Living Law (Matt. 5:17-20), the Living Torah. (Torah is a Hebrew word that means "instruction." In its original sense in the Bible it refers to the instruction given in the first five books, Genesis–Deuteronomy. Human tradition later expanded that meaning to encompass oral judgments and commentary on that written law.) Continue reading Sukkot: What Is the Will of God?

Sukkot: The Psalms of Ascent (Psalms 120-135)

Feast of Tabernacles — Day 7

Richard Agee reads the Psalms of Ascent (Nos. 120-135), called such because they relate to the 15th day of the seventh month, which is the start of the Feast of Tabernacles. Continue reading Sukkot: The Psalms of Ascent (Psalms 120-135)

Sukkot: The Timing of the Birth of Messiah

Feast of Tabernacles — Day 6

The accounts in the Bible about the births of Yochanan the Immerser and Messiah Yeshua (Jesus) seem to point to their being born around the times of the Biblical festivals of Passover and Tabernacles, and for very good reason based on their missions.

Point is, the Bible teaches clearly that Yeshua wasn’t born on Dec. 25, as Daniel Agee explains in this discussion. Continue reading Sukkot: The Timing of the Birth of Messiah