In the Torah reading נשא Nasso (“take up” or “carry,” i.e., conduct), we witness a type of “harvest,” not of grapes or wheat but of people. The LORD’s Tabernacle is the embassy set up to receive them, and the priests and ultimately the people are the ambassadors sent out to proclaim His message.
The eight days of חֲנֻכָּה Chanukah (Festival of Dedication, John 10:22–39), historically parallel the eight days of Sukkot (Festival of Tabernacles). But there is a startling parallel to eight women in the Bible for whom having children would have been miraculous — including the mother of Yeshua — yet these women dedicated themselves to God’s mission to restore the Earth.
Chiastic structures for the Messiah in the Prophets are not pictures of the Messiah, but rather “Shadows” of the Messiah. The TaNaK (Torah, Prophets and Writings) frequently uses thematic equivalents to indicate who and what the Messiah will be. The chiastic structure we will be looking at today focuses on love and adoption. There are multiple chiastic structures in this chapter alone.
Samson’s "downfall" at the hands of Delilah and the Philistines is a popular Bible story. However, Samson is more prophet — often a messianic figure — than delivering judge. Other than "I won’t leave you alone," what is the message God is telling us? Continue reading Judges 16 — Samson’s prophetic downfall
The stories of Samson’s mighty victories with a jawbone of a donkey and torches lit between foxes’ tails are favorites in children’s books. Was Samson just a clever brute hero, or is God trying to send a message down through the ages about what Messiah would be like when He rode into Yerushalayim as the Passover Lamb on a firstborn donkey? Continue reading Judges 15 — Samson’s mysterious jawboning about donkeys
Samson is often depicted as a hedonistic yet blessed mealy-minded muscleman, but the Bible puts him forward as a ruler of Israel. Actually, he was a prophet too, as seen in his riddle to the Philistines in this chapter.
The account of Samson, the strongman of ancient Israel is well-known. Yet what was so important about the Nazirite vow, which partly involved no haircuts, he and his mother were made to take? Who is God’s mystery angel named Wonderful and God-like. Continue reading Judges 12–13 — Samson also rises