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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Ishmael

Posted on Dec 5, 2014

111514sd by Rabbi Dennis Richards. Ishmael by RDR Play Now | Play in Popup |...

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Abraham’s Children The Sons of Elohim

Posted on Nov 9, 2014

110814sp  by Rabbi Paul Falk.       I’ve said this I don’t know how many times, you open something in scripture, and it comes out in….It’s like striking the rock and the well coming out. A lot of times we sing Mayim, mayim, mayim. You can imagine if you are not singing in Hebrew, you’re going, water, water, water, water. Right?. And you can sit back and go, and I know, in sign language it’s like, [gestures] water, water, water, water, But the meaning is what’s significant. I want to you imagine that you live out in the wilderness and water is a major sign and miracle of life. And you’re sitting there and you walk in the middle of it and there’s a rock and someone strikes it , and you just keep going water, water, water, water. That’s the point of that song is that this well of water is coming up, and we just keep watching it going by going where int the world did all this water come from? The scriptures are the same. When we open them, sometimes they come out with such force, it backs you up a second, pushing with such force, you sit back and go “Oh my goodness”, and you know that it’s like I’ve been going through all, this is uh, No. 1, No. 2, No.3. Well, Today’s teaching stems off of last week, and I already have one for the next time, and maybe the time after, on all this content going back to covenant and circumcision. So, I have it titled: “Children of Abraham, the Sons of Elohim.” Now, I want to review from last week, because anyone who was not here doesn’t know what I’m talking about, but I want to review also for those who were here, So we talked about this last week, the idea of covenant, it goes to breath. It’s defined as a covenenant a pledge, an agreement, a treaty, an alliance, to be in league with one another. It comes from a base word or a root word meaning, barach, and it means to cut, to cut out, to cut off, to eat, to consume, to choose. (continued in audio)   Abrahams Children The Sons of Elohim Play Now | Play in Popup |...

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Abraham’s Faith

Posted on Nov 2, 2014

110114sd by Rabbi Dennis Richards.  How many of you have heard the expression time flies? Do you realize that two weeks ago we started Genesis chapter 1.  Two thousand (2000) years later, we are now on Genesis Chapter 11. If we read those 2000 years in ten minutes we missed a lot. They are there for a reason and we can’t just read through it without going back and looking at what is God trying to say to us. Why is it so important that we first understand Genesis before we can understand the Messiah. And again, what we have to understand is that as you look through Genesis the first 11 Chapters, you are going to see that the requirement for salvation has always been the same. Faith… without Faith there is no salvation. The object of one’s Faith for salvation has always been that God will bring salvation. There is nothing that we really have to do except have the Faith to believe, that even while we are still sinners, that God will make plans for us, if we believe in His word. Abraham's Faith by Rabbi Dennis Richards, 11 01 2014 Play Now | Play in Popup |...

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