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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Va-Yigash (Gen 44:18-47:27)

Posted on Jan 2, 2015

122714t ricky  by Rick Ortiz.   The well known story of Joseph who is thrown into a pit by his brothers, sold to the merchants going to Egypt, brought to Potipher’s house.  Put in charge of everything at Potipher’s, Joseph is falsely accussed by Potipher’s wife, put in prison.  He gets out of prison after years only when Pharaoh’s cup bearer remembers, long after a promise to bear witness to him much sooner.  Joseph interprets Pharaoh’s dream of impending famine, and is again put in charge “of all.”  Joseph deals with his brothers when they arrive in Egypt to buy food, but ultimately forgives them. Va-Yigash by Rick Ortiz Genesis 44:18-47:27 (2014) Play Now | Play in Popup |...

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Mi-Ketz (Gen 41:1-44:17)

Posted on Dec 23, 2014

122014tp  “Two full years passed then Pharaoh had a dream.”  Two full years from the moment Pharaoh’s cup bearer rose up back to his original  position, that he finally remembered, about Joseph.         Jeremiah 29:11        This is one of the most quoted scriptures among believers today.  For I know the thoughts or the plans that I plan or think toward you says Yahweh.  Thoughts of peace and not of evil to give you a future and a hope.  A lot of this plays into this week’s Torah portion.  Specifically this point, there are times in our life, when we fell like we are walking into a place of evil, that Yahweh has led us into a valley of evil.  But that is not His goal.  It is to give you a future and a hope.  But sometimes that is at the end of a very long journey.  Now, the life of Joseph, I want you to think about that it is a biography.  A biographer thinks, I have this persons entire life, I can’t write it moment by moment.  There are certain lesson’s that I really want to pass it on to people.  And you have to realize, that when we read about Joseph, not only is it written by the hand of God, a story passed to us, but it actually, was planned and written, then actually happened and now written to confirm what Yahweh did….(Continued on audio) Mi-Ketz 2014 by RPF Play Now | Play in Popup |...

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Chayyei Sarah

Posted on Nov 28, 2014

111514tp by Rabbi Paul Falk. If you are reading the first line from the scroll:  (Hebrew reading ) would translate “To the years of Sarah’s life was one hundred and twenty seven.” Finding Isaac a wife;  it says this:  When Abraham was old well advanced in age and Yahweh had blessed Abraham in all things, so Abraham said to the oldest servant of his house who ruled over all he had, please put your hand under my thigh so that I make you swear by…  The eldest servant ruled over all he had, you hear that phrase again when Joseph is in charge and he ruled a number of houses, he ruled over all the person had.  As a part of the responsibility. We read that again in revelation in regard that there will be those who will have thrones and be in charge, servants of Yahweh who will be in charge.  Right?  Servants of Yahweh in charge of all he has.  Genesis 24: 3-4.  And I will make you swear by Yahweh the Elohim of Heaven and Elohim of earth.  That you will not take a wife for my son from the daughters of Caananites among whom I dwell, but you shall go to my country, and to my family and take a wife for my son Isaac.  He is very emphatic, “You shall Not”…(continued in audio) Chayyei Sarah (Gen 23:1 to 25:18) Play Now | Play in Popup |...

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