Jesus the Israeli Jew

Mt 2:19-23  

Now when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, saying, “Arise, take the young Child and His mother, and go to the land of Israel, for those who sought the young Child’s life are dead.” Then he arose, took the young Child and His mother, and came into the land of Israel.

But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning over Judea instead of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. And being warned by God in a dream, he turned aside into the region of Galilee. And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, “He shall be called a Nazarene.” 

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The Judgment Seat of Messiah

The PM of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, and the President of the United States, Donald Trump, are both facing charges and efforts to remove them from their elected offices.  Both reject the charges against them.  Both claim that what they do, or have done, is no different than what others before them have done; or else that they are simply being falsely accused of some degree or other of misconduct.  (I am not saying here whether either of them is criminally guilty of the charges against them.)  In both countries, those who are most excited about the prospects of their political demise are those who are actively and openly pursuing giving up national sovereignty, and openly advocating for erasing all the boundaries of order — not only politically, but also down to even of gender.  How low will we go? Continue reading “The Judgment Seat of Messiah”

Is Hebrew The Mother of All Languages?

There was once one language spoken by people, the language spoken by Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.  This one language continued to be the only language until God judged humanity at the Tower of Babel, and confused the languages.  Is there a common root to them all, back to Eden?  Biblical Hebrew is the language which YHVH God used to make Himself known through the Old Testament.

The Center

Not everything is relative, without any reference point.  The Earth is God’s center in the universe, His reference point. He created it “in the beginning”, and everything else that He did is in reference to it. Yeshua/Jesus came here to put away the sin of the world, and to cleanse things on Earth and in the heavenlies. I do not know if that means the Earth is the geographic center of the universe. It might be. Beer Sheva is close to being the geographic center of the State of Israel, but Jerusalem is the “center” of God’s purposes here.

Abraham’s Well

A recent tour by Japanese Christians generated an article in the Jerusalem Post about the Beer Sheva Abraham’s Well International Visitor Center, just a 5-minute walk from Nachalat Yeshua (Yeshua’s Inheritance) Congregation, which is located on The Fathers Street (HaAvot St) in the Old City.

The well located at Tel Beer Sheva is deeper, and perhaps older than the well at the center.

Beer Sheva Wells Become a Lake

Very surprising news about the desert city of Beer Sheva: a new lake, 2nd largest in Israel (after the Kinneret/Sea of Galilee) and the largest artificial lake in Israel, was inaugurated a few days ago during the holiday period of Sukkot/Feast of Tabernacles.  The ancient wells which our fathers Abraham and Isaac dug and re-dug to give water to drink in Beer Sheva — even down to WW1 — have been transformed into recreational lakes and pools.  Israel is a world leader in reclaiming waste water for agriculture and commercial uses. The lake is a major part of the development of the Beer Sheva River Park. 

Yom Kippur and Communion

Lev 16:15-22

Heb 10:8-31

1Pt 1:13 – 2:1-10

Zech 12:10-14

1Jn 1:8-10

We are celebrating communion today as a congregation, remembering the Lord’s death until He comes [again]. Yeshua’s death on the cross on Passover in 30 AD was more than the Passover of the many lambs in Egypt around 1446 BC. The Passover was an [unleavened] sacrifice to deliver God’s covenanted chosen people by His sovereign authority and wisdom, long before they were ever born. All they needed to do was to believe what He told them to do, and to obey Him: each family must slay a male lamb of the first year that was without blemish, and sprinkle its blood on the sides and top of the doors at the threshold into their homes. This would protect them from the death of the first-born son in each family, which God was going to do to the Egyptians as the final judgment against Pharaoh and his nation in order for Pharaoh to let Israel go. Continue reading “Yom Kippur and Communion”