Jealousy

Posted on Sep 13, 2014

Track 2  by Rabbi Paul Falk. Yahweh uses jealousy, Yahweh is a jealous God. And I started going is jealousy like coveting, cause you want something, you want it and your upset because someone else has it. And so I started going through that process and well he is a jealous God, and what does that mean? And this is not today, but, Yahweh uses jealousy a lot….a lot.   He loves to use jealousy and it is one of his major tools throughout scripture and it is a strange tool to use. So let’s just delve in. The question I want to get to today is, to some degree what does it mean that Yahweh is a jealous God, and how does that affect us. The one verse that I wanted to put, where it says Jealousy is his name, Deuteronomy, somewhere around 34, had brackets around it, which means it is not in the original manuscript, so I didn’t even touch that one. It wasn’t important anyway, but just so you realize. So what does it mean to be jealous. Well to me, it means the reality that I have a really strong desire for something and whether that is in someone else’s hands, I want what they have. Or in some regards, I want to protect what I already have, I’m afraid of losing it. Well that doesn’t help you…what I think. What does the scripture mean? So the word in scripture is Ka-na. It’s specifically almost set that is only used in regard to Yahweh. It means to have no rival. No one else. It’s from the base word, Kana, to be envious to excite to jealous anger, but here is the positive end, it means to be what? Zealous. Zealous to the point where you are willing to give everything up for it. This is the positive side of jealousy. It means so much to me that I am willing to give everything else in my life up for this one thing. So we are going to start with Exodus 20 versus 2 thru 4. It’s a good place to start because Yahweh is introducing Himself in regard to the covenant. “I am Yahweh your Elohim who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage, you shall have no other Elohims before me, you shall not make for yourselves a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them nor serve them, for I Yahweh your Elohim am a jealous El, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate me, and showing mercy to thousands of those who love me and keep my...

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Teshuva

Posted on Sep 7, 2014

090614sd By Rabbi Dennis Richards.  Chapter 17 in the book of Acts which is the history book of the early movement.  Gives us an interesting dialogue that goes on between Paul and the Greeks.  Paul is now called, …I remember Paul was a Hasidic Jew at one time,  and after meeting the Messiah on the Damascus road, he has a call to go out to the Gentiles.  And I want to start in Acts Chapter 17, because Paul’s message is identical to the message of the Messiah, and the message of James the brother of the Messiah.  So we are going to start with Act Chapter 17, and we are going to go all the way to 22.  “So Paul stood in the middle of the aeropagus, “Men of Athens, I observe that you are very religious, in all respects.”  Now remember Paul is coming from an orthodox Jewish background, and all of a sudden in 17, if you read up to the verse that leads you to this you find out that Paul was speaking in the midst of Athens.   And it’s really a story, it looks like its just a simple little story that they wanted to know what Paul was doing, but he was preaching from day to day in the market place, he was making a journey into the Gentile nations, and he was speaking in the market place daily and it caused the great philosophers of Greek to hear him, and say who is this stranger in our midst and what is he doing.   And if you know the— it was up on a hill…this is the Supreme Court of Greece.  And the religious leaders of Greece called him up to this high tower where you could see everything going on below because they wanted to know why he is blaspheming against their Gods.  It was composes of entirely x-lawmakers, they usually met at night time.  Their main concern was blasphemy.  So here we have Paul coming up, and he starts the conversation with “I know you are a very religious group,” and after he says something nice, but after he says something nice he says “But,”  and this is where we are going with the “But,” listen to what he is telling them, This is a man in the middle of all the great minds of Greece.  He’s saying for while I was passing through and examining the objects of your worship, I also found an altar with this inscription “To the unknown God.”  Therefore, what you worship in ignorance, this I proclaim to you.  The God who made the world and all the things in it since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands.  Nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything since He Himself gives us, all people life and breath and...

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Psalm 91

Posted on Aug 30, 2014

083014sd By Rabbi Dennis Richards.   When you build a foundation if it is built on the word of God it is going to be firm. If is built on religions and theologies, I guarantee you someday it will shake. Religions have a way of keep evolving to fit into the world structures. God’s word does not mean to be fitting into the world structures . It is actually against the structures of the world. And that’s why they need to eliminate him. And they eliminate God through religion. Each religion makes up it’s own concept of who God is. What to call him how to call him. How to approach Him. Bring your first born and sacrifice your first born. That’s how the Mayans would do it. Everybody has a different way of approaching God, but if you believe that His Word is based on the Torah and then based on the Messiah who came to show us what the Torah meant to live, then you need to keep evolving. And you’re here today because that’s the position God placed you in. Today we are going to look at one of my favorite psalms psalm 91, but you need to understand the setting. And to do that first we have to go into the life of the Messiah. And we go into Matthew Chapter 3. This is the beginning of Yeshua’s public ministry. He’s been around now for some 30 years. And people saw some of the signs and wonders, but not like they are going to start to see.  And the first thing he does is he prepares himself by going into the mikvah. And from here again we have this mishmash called baptism, and everybody does it their own way. You think there was a special prayer that Yeshua said when He was going into the water?  John, first of all his baptism was about repentance, Is there any repentance that Yeshua had to do? No, his baptism wasn’t one of repentance, his baptism was one of change of status, and in the Jewish mind, anytime you go from an unclean to a clean position, you go into the waters of a mikvah. It is not a one time thing. And here we see Yeshua going in…(continued on audio) Psalm 91 teaching by RDR Play Now | Play in Popup |...

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John 3:16

Posted on Aug 24, 2014

Track 2 By Rabbi Paul Falk.   So before we get into teaching today I want to clarify my announcement regarding the high days.  Traditionally Yom Teruah is considered a new year. Biblically it is not, it is the first day of the seventh month.  It is a season of being made new again, so if we take the idea of a renewed covenant it is a renewing time, but not  a new year.  So what I want to touch on today is John 3:16.    John 3:16 is one of the most popular verses that people throw out there in the world.  Sadly enough we throw it out, in places hoping it is going to make changes just because we see that.   It sort of makes me wonder in some regard, that in some cases here is God’s Holy word that we’re just throwing out there to just… in certain scenarios may his word is holier than that,  and shouldn’t be used that way.  But also John 3:16 by most believers is taken out of context.  You see, most theologians have come to John 3:16 and they go and read it and they pull it out by itself.  You don’t hear 17 or 18, you don’t hear 19.  You don’t realize that the Gospel of John, starts at John 1:1, to explain all of it.  Nor are they going to take you back to say, you know this verse actually is built on all these verses in Torah, no, no, we pull the whole verse out, and we read it as it is and we make meaning with no connection.  That is not how we need to read scripture.  Scripture and truth is always validified by more scripture.  At least two more times and specifically when we look a Messiah.  So when we look at John 3:16 today, … JOHN316byRPF8232014 Play Now | Play in Popup |...

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The Ant

Posted on Aug 17, 2014

081614sdBy Rabbi Dennis Richards.  Question: If God gave you a command or admonition that was so simple that you didn’t have to do anything except read four (4) or five (5) words, and it will tell you exactly where you should be, would you listen to the admonition?  Remember, most of us don’t like to listen to the word of God and only eat[meet] once a week, so we are spiritually undernourished.  We wait until we go and hear a sermon or a teaching from somebody and that is supposed to last us from Shabbat to Shabbat or from Sunday to Sunday whatever the day might be.  And after we leave, well “good message, ”  Sometimes we’ll remember a word or two about it.  But we are not like the Boreans, you don’t go home and look for yourself. … You are actually theological clones in most cases.  You just take what you heard and that becomes part of your theology. God is not about theology.  He is about showing us how to live.  This is the reason he sent the Messiah to us.  To show us how to live. It wasn’t something that was too hard.  It was extremely simple, except what we do is we then take the words and we don’t teach what the Messiah taught be we teach about the Messiah not what he taught us. … The Ant by RDR 08162014 Play Now | Play in Popup |...

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Prepare the Way

Posted on Aug 10, 2014

080914 sp by Rabbi Paul Falk.  We hear this phrase quite often, especially as we go into the High Holy Days and the season we are going into.  “Prepare the Way for Yahweh.”    Prepare the way, prepare the way. … and I think if I were to give out a quiz, that wasn’t multiple choice and ask “What does it mean?” we all would give a good two to three (2-3) paragraphs, well I think it could be this, I think it could be that, but I think we would be not completely confident, a little insecure about the exact meaning of it.  I’m not here to say it is exactly this, but what I want to do is cover a little bit.  To some degree today becomes a little bit of review of what these high holy days are.  Right now is a great time to go to Leviticus 23, and start reading through, so what are the days that are coming, what are the expectations?  …and how do I prepare myself.  So, how do we prepare the way?  How do we do that.  As we come to the Holy Days, the first High Holy Day is Yom Teruah.  Teruah means to blow or a great noise, yom just means day.  So of course we are going to have traditionally a trumpets blast.  It could just be a scream.  If you remember in regard to Jericho, they did the shofar blast cause they walked around the city, and after they did the shofar blast, what did they do, for those walls to come falling down.  There was a huge shout.  While it could mean a trumpet blast, it means a loud noise.  This trumpet blast, hold on to that.  So then, that is followed by Yom Kippur, a lot of people think that Yom Kippur is the climax of the season meaning everything is in preparation for Yom Kippur, to be honest Yom Kippur is a portal to actually get you ready for what is most important.  But you can’t get to the feast…Yom Kippur by the way is not a feast, it’s a Holy Day, where you afflict the soul, you make atonement, which means make a covering before Yahweh.  Which means I am going to go before Him which means my covering is correct and right before Yahweh…it’s a portal to get you to the feast….. Prepare the Way by RPF 08092014 Play Now | Play in Popup |...

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