Today, Lord willing, I will be continuing our series in 2 Corinthians with one of my favorite chapters in all of God’s Word. 2 Corinthians 4. In this chapter, we see Rabbi Paul continue to give a defense of His Apostleship. In doing so we are given a deeply personal look at how the great Rabbi from Tarsus lives and
This week’s parasha is entitled Chayei Sarah, meaning “The Life of Sarah” and covers Genesis 23:1-25:18. In this parasha we see God’s plan to continue His promises through Abraham’s son Isaac, and a teaching for us on what it means to be servants of the Lord. As our parasha opens, immediately we are confronted with the death of Abraham’s wife
Paul Defends Himself And His Ministry; The Corinthians Are Paul’s Letter Of Recommendation; Contrasts Between Old And New Covenants Paul and his team started Messiah’s Community in Corinth, which was one of the most prominent centers in Greece. The congregation grew into a significant community. After being there for a year and a half, Paul left the city. After he
The name of this Shabbat’s parasha is Vayera, meaning “and he appeared”, and covers Genesis 18:1-22:24. Abraham saw God and two angels (in human form) near his tent and invited them in, offering them food and water. Adonai promised to return the same time the following year, and Sarah will give birth to a son! Upon hearing this, Sarah silently
Being in spiritual leadership is such an easy gig. It’s the little things; like how everyone respects your advice, and nobody causes problems. Nobody questions your motives or takes issue with your decisions; nor do people compare you with other preachers. Criticisms are few, always presented in love and gentleness, and never behind your back. Just ask Moses… or the
The parasha for this week’s Sabbath is entitled Lech L’Cha which means “go forth yourself.” It covers Genesis Chapters 12:1- 17:27. In the previous chapters, we were provided with events that had taken place up until the time of Abram. From Chapter 12 on, Abram and his seed are almost entirely the only subjects of this sacred history of Genesis.
This week’s Parasha starts out with God saying these words: “Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his generation. Noah walked with God and had three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth.” This was the time before Moses had given the law, so Noah does not have the standard of what would be righteous on his own accord. So, when God
What church or congregation do you go to? It seems like a good question, but I am liking it less and less because it’s phrased in much the same way that we might ask someone: what supermarket do you go to? Our relationship to Messiah’s Community is to be much more than going to a congregation, singing, listening to a
The final weekly parasha is entitled V’zot HaB’racha, meaning,“and this is the blessing” and completes the annual cycle of Torah readings. Shortly before his death, Moses pronounces a blessing over the 12 tribes – a reiteration of what Jacob prophesied over his 12 sons five centuries earlier. The two blessings contain differences, and some of them are worth noting. The
Here we are, in the midst of Sukkot, the most joyous of all Jewish festivals. This holiday is also known as Zeman Simchateinu – ‘The Season of Our Rejoicing’. In fact, so significant is this seventh of the seven God-ordained holidays, occurring in the seventh month, lasting seven days, and featuring the sacrifice of seventy bulls, that it came to
Today we celebrate the 3rd day of Sukkot or the Feast of Booths. My first experience with a Sukkah and Sukkot was when I was around 8 years old and still attending Reform Hebrew School. I remember being herded with my classmates to see the Sukkah that was built outside. It was very similar to the one we build here
We are very close to the end of Yom Kippur and the Days of Awe. In a few minutes, we will sound the Shofar a final time and then go and break our fasts. Hopefully, this has been a meaningful time for you of self-reflection through prayer and maybe even fasting. But it is possible for us to fast and
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How many of you used to watch the game show Family Feud? Maybe some of you still do. Steve Harvey has hosted it since 2010, but there have been six different hosts in the show’s history. Did you know it’s been on the air for 46 years? I remember when it first came on, and Richard Dawson (one of the
Praising God For Overcoming Troubles; When We Are Comforted In Our Troubles We Can Comfort Others; The Degree Of Suffering And Comfort Are Related; Troubles Teach Us To Rely On God; We Are To Pray For Those Who Serve God And Are In Danger Paul and his team had experienced tremendous opposition, even deadly opposition from adversaries in Ephesus and
This week’s parasha is entitled Ha’Azinu, which means “give ear.” A modern-day translation would be a command to “listen” to what is about to be said. Ha’Azinu covers all of Deuteronomy, Chapter 32, which contains 52 verses. With this being Shabbat Shuvah, the Great Sabbath of Repentance that occurs between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, this is a very appropriate
L’shana Tova. During our Rosh HaShanah services we read Twelve Reasons Why We Blow The Shofar. These reasons range from a reminder of the faithfulness of the patriarchs to the eventual end of all wars with the return of Messiah Yeshua. The reasons why we blow the Shofar may be varied, but the sound of the Shofar ringing in our
A Rosh HaShanah Meditation on Matthew 25:1-13. Introduction: Did you know there’s a Jewish wedding feast to take place in Heaven? It’s true! In fact, the Scriptures are filled with examples of God portrayed as a Husband, and Israel His bride. The prophet Isaiah wrote, “For your Husband is your Maker, whose name is the Lord of hosts… (Isa. 54:5).
Background Information; Paul and Timothy Wrote This Letter To Messiah’s Community In Corinth And God’s Holy People In Achaia; Praising God For Overcoming Troubles Today we are starting a new book of the Bible, actually a letter, known as 2 Corinthians. To better understand Rabbi Paul’s second letter to Messiah’s Community in Corinth, it’s helpful to know some background, and
We have a double-parasha this morning: Nitzavim and Vayelech. Nitzavim means ‘Those taking a stand’ and Vayyelech means ‘And he went’. These two parashas span Deuteronomy 29:9 (29:10 in our English Bibles) through 31:30. The parasha opens with all Israel assembled to stand before Adonai. In fact, the usual verb for ‘stand’ (omayd) isn’t the word used here. The verb
Instructions To Prepare A Collection For The Messianic Jews In Jerusalem; Paul’s Plans To Visit The Corinthians; Instructions About Timothy; News About Apollos; Encouragement To Persevere; Instructions About Stephanas, Fortunatus and Achaicus; Final Greetings; A Final Warning; A Final Prayer; A Final Expression Of Love; A Final Amen We’re at the end of Rabbi Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians,
The name of this week’s parasha is Ki Tavo, which means “when you enter in” and covers Deuteronomy 26:1-29:8. In chapter 26, Moses instructed the Israelis on honoring God with the first fruits of the harvest after they settled in the Promised Land, including a declaration of His mighty deeds in bringing them into the Land. In the 3rd year
Resurrection Will Happen; Our Future Bodies Are Different From Our Present Bodies; Not Everyone Will Die; Stand Firm And Serve The Lord We live in a fallen world that is satanically controlled and is in rebellion against God and is under a curse. One of the worst things about life in this world is death. Death is like a poisonous
This week our parasha is Ki Teitzei, which means “When You Go”, and covers Deuteronomy 21:10–25:19. Parasha Ki Teizei covers a large variety of topics and has 74 different commandments. While we could go through all 72 commandments in the interest of time I would like to only discuss a small number of them. Weaving through the many different topics
There are many religions, many philosophies, many ideologies in the world, all competing for our allegiance. The Gospel is the greatest message of them all. While other messages are a mixture of truth and error, the Gospel message is completely true. Knowing the Good News and then being faithful to live according to the Good News meets our greatest needs.