SECRET THINGS WHICH BELONG TO GOD

In 1 Timothy, one of the qualifications for even a deacon is to hold the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience.  That mystery is surely the knowledge of Jesus as the Messiah and the Son of God – and the revelation of the triune God – the Father, the Son, and Holy Spirit:  YHVH our God is one.

In Deuteronomy 29:29 (28 Heb), Moses tells Israel that “the secret things belong to YHVH our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this Law.”

God revealed truth to Israel that was not given to other nations, and He called Israel to be a light and His witnesses to the Gentiles.  He gave them to know that He – YHVH – is the Creator; the truth about creation, the Flood, the ‘giants’.  He has revealed these things that we would obey Him with faith.

To Christians/the Church, God has given even more revelation.  Believers in Jesus are His witnesses, and are to make known the true knowledge of God and of His salvation of both Jews and Gentiles through faith in Him and His Word.

There are some things, however, which we CANNOT know now – things which are still secret with God.  The Apostle Paul in his letter to Timothy writes of the many false teachers and teachings which come into the church – often by those who claim to know what no one else does. Continue reading “SECRET THINGS WHICH BELONG TO GOD”

THE BRANCH/PLANT

Prov 25:2   It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, and the glory of kings to investigate a matter.
                 –The whole Bible is written about Yeshua/Jesus!
                 –Their heart burned within the two disciples as Jesus explained that the Bible is all about Him.  

Jer 23:5-6; 33:14-16   a righteous Branch/Plant (tzemach, a ‘living organism’) and KingYHVH our righteousness  

Zech 3:8   My Slave/Servant the Branch/Plant  

Zech 6:12   Behold, the Man whose name is the Branch/Plant     Humanity   

Is 4:2   The Branch/Plant YHVH                                                  Deity    Continue reading “THE BRANCH/PLANT”

THE RESURRECTION OF THE JUST

(Revised July 22, 2019)

1Thes 1:2-10   We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers, remembering without ceasing your work of faith, labor of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the sight of God our Fatherknowing, beloved brethren, your election by God.  Evidenced by their change of worldview and lifestyle; their endurance through suffering for the sake of faith in Jesus, with joy of the Holy Spirit; and their hopeful expectation of the return of the Lord to deliver them from the wrath of God to come.  

Heb 6:1-2   Therefore leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Messiah, let us go on to perfection, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God; of the doctrine of baptisms; of laying on of hands; of resurrection of the dead; and of eternal judgment.
      –from being mere ‘children’ to becoming ‘sons’
      —Dan 12:2   And many of those who sleep in the dust shall awakesome to everlasting life; some to shame and everlasting contempt
      —1Cor 15:13-19; Jn 11:23-24   without the resurrection, our faith, teaching, and lives are vain, futile   Continue reading “THE RESURRECTION OF THE JUST”

CHRISTMASNACHT IN BEER SHEVA – 29 Dec 2005 (28 Chislev 5766)

(Written as an Op-Ed for the Jerusalem Post)

This Jewish story begins almost 4000 years ago with our father Abraham, and then with his two sons.  One son mocked the seeming insignificance of the other.  Later Isaac’s two sons strove, with the blessing given to our father Jacob/Israel.  The other son never really got over his loss.  Jacob’s own twelve sons have been squabbling ever since over who should have the place of honor.  When we do bad things to each other, we say it is just a family feud, but when others do bad things to us, we call it something else.  We are a picture of humanity in microcosm.  Although YHVH God has told His chosen people how to worship Him, we have disputed about even this.  Some of us deny that there is even a God who has told us anything.  Others will even use unlawful means to accomplish what to them is a just end. Continue reading “CHRISTMASNACHT IN BEER SHEVA – 29 Dec 2005 (28 Chislev 5766)”

THE CROSS

Mt 5:4/Lk 6:21   “Blessed are they who mourn/weep now, for they shall be comforted/laugh.”

Within the past month, members of this congregation have experienced mourning and weeping.  With the death of two family members, loved ones and friends had a personal and family experience of weeping and mourning.  And now this week, we have joined with the nation that weeps for her children, the 73 young men – soldiers – who died without warning or expectation; not at the hand of their enemies, but in a collision of two helicopters of our own.

Who among us did not cry before the Lord when we heard the news?  Who did not feel the pain of the families and close friends?  Who among the children of God the Father in Heaven does not pray from his heart, “Until when LORD?!; Thy Kingdom come!; Blessed is He who comes in the name of YHVH!; Come, Lord Jesus!”? Continue reading “THE CROSS”