Monthly Archives: October 2016

The pages of the Bible are like those scenes in war movies of darkened fields wrecked by fighting and death. The mortal weaknesses of the Bible’s authors is evident. Its pages are filled with institutions which contradict its higher values: slavery, polygamy, patriarchalism, vengeance, and even genocide. Like bloodied soil, the beauty of the letters…

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Messiah is everything. In today’s DAILY PORTION email, I address the long debated issue of Matthew seemingly misinterpreting Isaiah 7:14. Those who have become used to ancient ways of interpreting texts, such as the midrashes of the Jewish sages, are not surprised by what Matthew has done. It’s a Jewish thing. (Note: a midrash is…

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One of the earliest expressions the first followers of Yeshua used was marana tha (maranatha), which in Aramaic means, “Our Lord, come.” What they likely meant was, “Lord, Yeshua, be present with us in our gathering.” This is like Yeshua’s saying, “wherever two or three are assembled in my name, I am there with them”…

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The following is an excerpt from an upcoming book, Living Yeshua, chapter 4,”Yeshua as Lord.” What does it mean when people say, “Jesus is Lord?” Here is something worth noting: when Paul in his letters refers to “the Lord,” he generally means Yeshua, not the Father. I’d be interested in seeing some of my detail…

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I get that not everyone wants to study Hebrew. I mean, an alphabet to learn. Most people quail even at the thought of getting started. Twenty-two little letters and ten vowels can scare the שְׁאוֹל [Sheol] out of you. I know. My Story, Learning Hebrew My own story about learning Hebrew goes back to when…

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So many things people think are part of Christian belief, including hell, do not exactly come from the Bible. There is an idea that some of the angels rebelled against God, led by their captain whose name is Satan. It’s all spelled out in Milton’s Paradise Lost. But in reality, this war in heaven saga…

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The general thesis of this series is that Paul’s statements about faith and Messiah do not mean “faith in Messiah” but rather “the faithfulness of Messiah.” They do not refer to something we must have to please God (the ability to believe) but something God does to show us we can confidently hope in him…

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The year 5777 has arrived! If you haven’t already, this is a good time to be amazed by the number and its significance. On October 23, the daily readings for the new Torah year will begin. And in keeping with the newness and excitement a new year brings, my daily email with commentary on the…

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Calvinism says: If you don’t believe in God and Messiah, then probably — unless you believe before you die — God doesn’t want to save you. Arminianism says: If you don’t believe in God and Messiah, God wants to save you, but he will keep letting you choose exile and darkness. Universalism says: If you…

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Faith and Gospel I googled “what is the gospel” and came up very quickly with some simple lists, steps, and answers. I wanted to see how the requirement of faith is generally brought into a gospel scheme. Here is one that is rather typical: 1) God is holy, 2) we are hopeless sinners, 3) Christ…

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Yesterday was Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, the anniversary of the creation of the world and beginning of ten days of awe. During this period, we reflect on our sins, the people we have hurt, on making amends, and renewing ourselves for another year with God. Instead of throwing stones at one another on…

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