Category Archives: Life With God

Numbers 8–12: The LORD calls, but will we answer?

In Torah reading נשא Nasso (Numbers 4:21–7:89), we discussed the dedication of the altar and the tribal offerings. You notice that Levites did not bring an offering. The Levites receive gifts because they have no inheritance.

This week’s reading, בְּהַעֲלֹתְךָ Beha’alotcha (“when you raise up” [the lamps]) starts with Aaron lighting the menorah. This symbolizes God’s eyes opening. Before the menorah and altar were dedicated, God’s eyes were symbolically closed. Now they are open and the people have God’s full attention. God’s Tabernacle is now open for business.

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God ‘cuts off’ parts of House of God to promote growth

Daniel AgeeThere’s a common theme occurring throughout the Hebrew Roots/Messianic community recently — separation and regrouping. We also see in Scripture the recurring symbol of “cutting off” in an agricultural sense to talk about God’s action in improving the health of the “vine” of Israel. It’s OK when God cuts off parts of the vine to promote growth. It’s OK if there is a time of not producing fruit.

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How do we make the God’s words honorable?

Sean HiltonHow are we living up to God’s instruction to make His words in the Bible “honorable”?:

“The LORD was pleased for His righteousness’ sake, To make the law great and glorious.” (Isa. 42:21)

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Luke 21:34-22:6: Guard your heart; It’s later than you think

JeffAs we enter into this related discussion to Yeshua’s “apocalyptic discourse” (Luke 21:34-22:6; Matthew 24:42-26:5; Mark 13:33-14:12), let’s ponder the ancient Chinese proverb “Enjoy yourself, it’s later than you think.” This is an Eastern idea that you live for today because you don’t know what tomorrow will bring. J.R.R. Tolklein rephrased this and put it in the mouth of an antagonist in the Lord of the Rings series, “The hour is later than you think.”

Yeshua told a parable along these lines (Luke 12:16-28), to show us how to look at ourselves as people and how we fit into the timeline of the coming Kingdom of God.

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Phillipians 2:1-11: Regard others better than yourself

JeffWe are to “regard one another as more important than yourselves” (Phil. 2:3). As the Messiah considered mankind more important than His standing with YHWH, so too, we should consider our brothers and sisters in faith worth our humbling ourselves. When God went to such lengths to make peace with us, we should be willing to go to great lengths to make peace and keep peace with others.

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Real meaning of “Eye for an Eye”: God’s lessons in peace-making

JeffLast time, we discussed lashon ha-ra (evil tongue, i.e., gossip, slander and divisiveness) and how it is one of the latter-day plagues among God’s people. 

In this excursus, we will explore a related principle taught in Torah by Yeshua and His apostles: proportionality. A number of Christians often consider “eye for an eye and tooth for tooth” an example of the “old covenant” not to live by anymore and cite one Yeshua’s supposed “six antitheses” — Matt. 5:38-39 — as proof that Yeshua did away with “eye for an eye” altogether. And cultural knowledge of Bible phrases has made this understanding common, even cliché.

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Lassoing lashon ha-ra (evil tongue): Grappling with gossip and slander in God’s family

JeffWe’re taking an excursus from our exploration of Yeshua’s “apocalyptic discourse” in Matthew 24-25, Luke 21 and Mark 13 to explore one of the most pervasive sins among God’s people today. It’s not the Sabbath. It’s not sexual deviance. This is a study about kosher — distinguishing between “clean” and “unclean” — and God’s judgment on the Day of the Lord.

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