YHVH IS THE MOST HIGH GOD – 20 Nov 2004

Ps 83: 16,18 (17,19 Heb)  . . . that they may seek Your Name, YHVH. . . that they may know that You, whose name alone is YHVH, are Most  High over all the Earth

Asaph, who wrote this psalm, was a priest and a prophet.  King David assigned Asaph to be one of the priests who led praise and worship in the Tabernacle of Meeting (משכן אוהל מועד) even before Solomon built the House of YHVH (בית יהוה) in Jerusalem (1Chron 6:31-39; 15:16-19; 16:4-7,37; 25:1-2;  2Chron 5:12)Asaph also wrote 11 other psalms, including #73, where he discovers that only in the sanctuary of God (מקדשי אל) is there understanding regarding the fate (אחרית) of the wicked (רשעים). 

I want us to consider briefly just a few thoughts from Ps 83:  Continue reading “YHVH IS THE MOST HIGH GOD – 20 Nov 2004”

THE HEAVENS DECLARE THE GLORY OF THE MIGHTY GOD – 21 Aug 2004

Ps 19:1-7 (Heb)  To the Chief Musician; a Psalm of David:  The heavens declare the glory of [the Mighty] God, and the firmament shows His handiwork.  Day unto day utters speech, and night unto night stores up knowledge.  There is no speech nor language where their voice is not heard.  Their line has gone out through all the Earth and their words to the end of the habitable world.  In them He has set a tent for the sun, which is like a bridegroom coming out of his wedding canopy, rejoicing like a hero to run his race.  Its rising is from one end of Heaven, and its circuit period to the other end; and nothing is hidden from its heat. 

This last Tuesday evening Evan and I went to the planetarium in Givata’im.  It is the center for the Israel Astronomy Association, and is the only one in the country open to the public.  It is interesting to learn about and to observe something “up there” in outer space – what we might call the second heaven.  God the Father and the Son are on the Throne above them (Eph 1:20-21).  The woman who presented the show explained the stars and the constellations that are visible now in the sky.  The only problem was that all of her explanations, which excited her very much, come from pagan mythology.  Whatever elements of truth may be in them are to are to be recognized as distortions and perversions of the true meaning which comes from the Creator Himself – YHVH God of Israel!  This woman gave honor not to the God of Truth, but to the god of this world and age who wants to be worshipped as God.  There is a Buddhist symbol of a serpent encircling the planet, and the Greek legend making the serpent a symbol for healing and life from the dead.  Continue reading “THE HEAVENS DECLARE THE GLORY OF THE MIGHTY GOD – 21 Aug 2004”

FOR THE SAKE OF JESUS AND THE GOSPEL

(C&MA Great Commission Fund tour from Feb 27 – Mar 10, 2004, in Roanoke, Lynchburg, and Richmond, Virginia)

Mk 10:28-31 (Mt 19:29; Lk 18:29-30)  Then Peter began to say to [Jesus], ‘See, we have left all and followed You.’  So Jesus answered and said, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands for My sake and the gospel’s, who shall not receive a hundredfold now in this time – houses and brothers and sisters and  mothers and children and lands, with persecutions – and in the age to come eternal life.  But many who are first will be last, and the last first.’ 

Peter here is responding in amazement to what the Lord Jesus had just spoken before as to how difficult it is for rich people to enter the Kingdom of God.  Because rather than giving up all for the reality of God and His Kingdom, they are trusting in themselves and in their own wealth or wisdom or power.  Jesus answers that anyone – not only the apostles, but anyone – who forsakes those things most valued in their lives or in the estimation of the world for His sake and the gospel’s will be rewarded both now and forever, with persecution between now and then along the way!  Continue reading “FOR THE SAKE OF JESUS AND THE GOSPEL”

JUDGMENT OF BELIEVER’S WORKS – 22 June 2002

Ecc. 12:13-14 — . . .God will bring every work into judgment. . .whether good or evil
2Cor 5:9-11a  — . . .we must all appear before the judgment seat of Messiah, that each one may receive the things done in the body. . .whether good or bad

The apostle Paul gave himself as an example of a sinner saved by the grace of God, that we would learn from his life as a believer in Messiah Jesus, and of God’s longsuffering ways in fulfilling His purposes in his life (1Tim 1:15-17).  Paul had a sense of obligation to be faithful to God for the grace and mercy which he had received:  to preach the gospel willingly, rather than as a mere duty (1Cor 9:16-17) .  If willingly he had a reward of sharing freely what he freely received.  If as a duty, he nonetheless had an obligation to obey God.  He would not even judge himself as to how faithful he was to the stewardship of the mysteries of God, but God would be his Judge in due time (1Cor 4:1-5).  Paul understood that the message of salvation was intended for all kinds of people and cultures (Rom 1:14). Continue reading “JUDGMENT OF BELIEVER’S WORKS – 22 June 2002”

THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH

(Friends of Israel conference, Finland; 18-21 Mar 2002)

1. Jesus is LORD:  worship God in spirit and truth; no idolatry; God is one
–Jesus is the King of the Jews/Israel; Jesus is the Glory of Israel Mt 2:2; Jn 19:19; Lk 2:32; Jn 1:49
–Name above all names: YHVH Philp 2:9-11; Is 45:23; John 12:41
–Sanctity of God’s Name; Witnesses to the truth of YHVH Ex 3:14-15; Mt 6:9; Pr 30:4; Ezek 36:21; 1Jn 2:22-23; 4:2

–Trinity: based on revelation to Israel/Jews  Japheth brought into tents of Shem Gen 9:27
    –to be God’s Son is to be equal with God
    –the Holy Spirit leads us into all truth; glorifies Jesus and the Father
   –equal honor to the Son and to the Father, for Jesus is committed as Judge Jn 5:21-30
   –God’s Name being forgotten Jer 23:27   Continue reading “THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH”

SUFFERING OUTSIDE THE CAMP

(Israel Conference at Langensteinbacherhohe, Karlsruhe, Germany:  “Radicalism and The Testimony of Christ in Israel”, 22-28 Oct 1999)

Mark 8:34-38; Hebrews 11:24-26; 13:13-14

In Israel the Supreme Court has determined that Jews who believe in Jesus/Yeshua as Lord and Savior are not entitled to immigrate to the State of Israel under the Law of Return.  Our faith in Jesus places us outside the Jewish camp of this world.

In Israel, what are we going to do as rulers and principalities in the nation-state of Israel increasingly persecute believers in Yeshua and those who would protect our well-being (Mt. 25:31-40)?  What are we believers going to do as the world–including perhaps Germany–increasingly comes against the purposes of God regarding Jerusalem and the regathering of His people back to the Land of Promise (Is. 62:6-7; Ezek. 36:19-29)?. . . We are to do good to all persons, but especially to those in the household of faith, that is, those outside the camps of this present world.  Continue reading “SUFFERING OUTSIDE THE CAMP”