Lessons from the Stones (part 2)

Posted on Jan 9, 2015

010315sp by Rabbi Paul Falk REVIEW Matthew 3:9 & Luke 3:8 John the Immerser(baptist) talking to many Pharisees and Sadducees:  “And don’t think you can comfort yourselves by saying, ‘Abraham is our father’! For I tell you that God can raise up for Abraham sons from these stones!” ‘THESE‘ STONES – John was at the Jordan river. Recall that YHVH commanded the Israelites to take stones from that very place and write the commandments on them. (Deut 27: 1-8 and notably verse 26 says a curse on anyone who does not put the commandments into action!) – God can raise up Abraham sons….From obedience to the Word, we become children of Abraham – Can someone be a “child of Abraham” without obedience to the Word? No. John 8: 39-40 They answered him, “Our father is Abraham.” Y’shua replied, “If you are children of Abraham, then do the things Abraham did! As it is, you are out to kill me, a man who has told you the truth which I heard from God. Abraham did nothing like that!” STONES first mentioned… – Gen 28:11-22 Jacob finds one stone and puts it at his head Jacob dreams of angels ascending and descending from the heavens God promises him an inheritance YHVH is no longer only the God of Jacob’s father and grandfather; He is now Jacob’s God! The stone is anointed and sets the stone as a pillar (cornerstone!) to be God’s house YHVH says “in you all the families of the earth will be blessed” Becoming Children of YHVH: Receiving the inheritance – Gen 48: 1-20 Joseph brings his sons to Jacob for a final blessing before Jacob dies (similar to Jacob himself going to Isaac before he died) Jacob is dying. He recounts to Joseph his dream at Luz (Bethel) and the promise YHVH gave to him Jacob adopts Joseph’s sons, Ephraim and Manasseh. The two boys were raised in Egypt (part of ‘the nations’) and then adopted as sons of Jacob Jacobs says “let my name be upon them, and the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac” Inheritance is given through the blessing. “I am making this covenant and this oath not with you alone but I am making it both with him who is standing here with us today before YHVH our God and also with him who is not here with us today.” Deut 29: 14-15 What happens when we reject the Word and promises of God and follow our own heart?   The temple (ourselves) is destroyed! Matthew 23:37 – Matthew 24:2 Matthew 21: 42-44 Y’shua said to them, “Haven’t you ever read in the Scriptures, ‘The very rock which the builders rejected has become the cornerstone! This has come from YHVH, and in our eyes it is amazing’?[i] Therefore, I tell you that the Kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to the kind of people...

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Chanukah

Posted on Dec 23, 2014

122014sd Chanukah It is an interesting festival because it is not required anywhere in the Tanakh you don’t find it there at all.  In fact interestingly the only way we know about Chanukah today especially in the Christian community is Yeshua celebrated it.  It is only found in John that Yeshua was at the temple for the Feast of Dedication.   And that’s what Chanukah means dedication.  It is a joyous eight (8) day feast.  It commemorates the victory of the few over the many.  It demonstrates that God is in control of everything.  The biggest mystery about Chanukah is how do you spell it?  There are three (3) ways of spelling it.  It is interesting because English and Hebrew don’t share all of the same sounds we use transliteration.  We use transliteration: spelling of one word in a language with the alphabet of another language.  The Sephardic people say it one way and the Ashkenazic  say it the other way.   We have three ways of spelling it.  The reason that it is spelled with an H sometimes is that people can’t do the “CH” sound.  The end letter (H) sounds like an H, except when it is at the end of the word, then it is silent.  What is Chanukah?  It became really big in our century here because Chanukah became the competition for Christmas. What is Chanukah?  And Chanukah is a confusing festival because it really wasn’t a big player in Jewish history. It became really big in our century because Chanukah became a competition for Christmas.  The Gentiles have Christmas they give a present away, the Jews have Chanukah they  give eight presents away.  All you need is a menorah or a Chanukkiah .  One little light draws more attention than a whole bunch of lights.  You don’t need to try and compete with your neighbors.  You supposed to be a different kind of person your supposed to be that light. To understand Chanukah you have to go back 2200 years ago when Alexander the Great had the Hellenistic Kingdom and he ruled over the middle east and the Hellenistic or Greek culture seem ed to take over.  Alexander was really smart, when he conquered somebody he let them keep all their customs and traditions.  He just infused it with the Greek culture.  So it was easy for the Jewish people to accept it and many of them did accept it.  Greece replaced the Persians, and everything changed for the Jewish people at that time. They were given a lot of liberties, but they also were forced to change into a Hellenistic mind set.  Many Jews would take on different names. (continued on audio) Chanukah by RDR Play Now | Play in Popup |...

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The Children of Abraham the Sons of Elohim part 2

Posted on Dec 17, 2014

112214 sp by Rabbi Paul Falk.   There is way to much to try and pack into this idea of circumcision and the connection to the covenant. Last time we really connected it in regard to the Gentiles and the movement of the Gentiles and that James makes this point, well “Did not Yahweh call the Gentiles first is that not what He did when he called Abram?” and we talked about the idea of opening the heart, and that’s really and idea of an act of repentance, it says rend the heart, not your garments, and  that the circumcision of the heart was most important.  The same word circumcised refers to the fruit trees in Leviticus, when you put a plant the fruit trees.    Yeshua makes of difference between a tree and a vine.  (continued in audio). The Children of Abraham the Sons of Elohim Part2 by RPF Play Now | Play in Popup |...

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