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Rebooting with God: Shabbat thought

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Rebooting with God 
Re-orienting ourselves,  A Shabbat thought 

Source: BiteSizedTruth.com – John Mark Fuller  

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” – George Santayana

So how do we allow the Holy Spirit to bring us back to the beginning

          and reconsider His paths, studying out His intentions from the start?!

This week restarted the reading cycle that folks trace back to Ezra,

          and Yeshua used to announce the beginning of His ministry on earth.

          It begins with Bereshit (aka Genesis), Moshe’s account of creation

          up to where YHVH our Elohim had to prepare a reboot with Noah.

In other words, here we are in the midst of folks afraid of what is coming…

          “Is it the last days?” “Are you preparing for the worse?” or on the

           other side, “Are you ignoring the obvious and hoping it’ll pass?”

          And yet YHVH’s reading plan takes us back to the very beginning.

I’m reluctant to quote the cliché, considering the character of the source;

yet George Santayana, a bit ironic in light of his life, wrote:

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

There is also irony in how many of us Christians quote George,

while failing to consider the source or context of what he wrote.

Not unlike the penchant of western Christianity to write off the OT.

So how do we allow the Holy Spirit to bring us back to the beginning

          and reconsider His paths, studying out His intentions from the start?!

          Would it help us to walk in a renewed sense of His purposes?

          Can we allow His Spirit to bring comfort to others through us?

Jews (and a growing amount of believers) around the world are re-reading

          Parashat Bereshit (Gen 1-6:8) this week along with 1st Sam 20:18…

Part of where men went awry is via jealousy/possessiveness; besides the

history of Qayin and Havel illustrates some of our core issues even

today – and yet, can we learn something from the prophetic

passage in Haftarah that they read alongside a brother’s murder?

And Yah’s-Gift (Yehonatan) said to him:

“Tomorrow is the new moon;

  because your seat will be attended to.

(being empty drew attention.)

And on the third day, descend quickly,

and come to the place there that you hid in the day of the deed,

and remain by the stone Departure (Azel).

And I will shoot three arrows to the side, as if I shot at a mark.

And hey, I will send the lad [נַעַר Na’ar]:

“Go, find the arrows.”

If I say to the lad:

“Hey, the arrows are on this side of you!”

Take them, and come;

Because there is shalom for you and no hurt, as YHVH lives.

And if I say like so to the boy  [עֶלֶם E’lem]:

“Hey, the arrows are beyond you!”

Go! Because YHVH sent you away.

And the Davar that we spoke of, I and you:

Hineh, YHVH is between me and between you until forever!”

          …as recorded in 1st Shmuel 20:18-23

Isn’t it redemptive that the first thing Yeshua did as He began to preach

          repentance, is to call two sets of brothers to become His students?

Now walking beside the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers,

Shimon called Keyfa and his brother Andrea,

casting a net into the sea, they were fishermen.

And He says to them:

“Come, follow after Me, and I will make you fishers of men.”

And at once, having left their nets, they followed Him.

And having gone on from there, He saw two other brothers,

Ya’aqov, son of Yah’s-gift [Z’vadyah זְבַדיָה] and his brother Yohanan,

in the boat with their father Z’vadyah, mending their nets.

And He called them, and immediately they left the boat and their father,

they followed Him. Mat’ 4:18-22

In both testimonies, we see a reference to Yah’s-Gift.

          In the initial account of Qayin and Havel, the disparity between

          how YHVH favored their gifts gave the enemy an opportunity.

          We have the same issue with our own families and congregations.

His good and perfect gift to us, however, can bring forgiveness and

          reconciliation between us. It helps to go back to the beginning

          and identify the reasons for the rift, repenting, and allowing the

          Holy Spirit to operate on our wounded hearts together.

Contemplating B’ 4’s tragedy with Qayin and Havel, then transitioning

to the self-sacrificing brotherly love of Yehonatan and David; and

comparing that to how Yeshua gathers in brothers for His ministry

of repentance and healing should help renew a right spirit in us.

And Yah’s-Gift said to David:

“Go for Shalom!

That we swore, the two of us in the name of YHVH, saying:

“YHVH will be between me and between you,

and between my seed and between your seed, until forever.””

          …from Ashkenzi Haftarah: 1st Shmuel 20:42

So He not only reconciles His people, yet there is also work to do…

So says EL YHVH, creating the heavens, and stretching them out,

Who spreads out the earth and it’s produce,

Who gives breath to the people on it,

and spirit to those for walking in it:

I YHVH called you in righteousness, and I strengthened your hand,

and I guarded you, and gave you for a covenant of the people,

to be light the Goyim;

To open blind eyes; to free from prison, captives;

From the jailhouse, those sitting in darkness.

I am YHVH, that is My name; and My glory I will not give to another,

and My praise to images.

The first things, hineh, they came; and new things I tell of;

In of before they spring forth I will cause you to hear of them.

…from Sefardic Haftarah: Isaiah 42:5-9 

PRAYER

Adonai Yeshua, help us to understand Your first Words, from creation

          onwards, to discern and cooperate with Your perfect desires.

          Give us grace and forgiveness toward each other, not in some

          complicit conspiring, but speaking truth in love to one another.

Help us to not only follow after You, but to really allow that making

of our lives into the fishers of men, to be “for a covenant of

the people, to be light the Goyim; To open blind eyes;

to free from prison, captives; …, those sitting in darkness.”

Please strengthen us to walk in Your Righteousness and not our own.

          Thank You for all the waves around us, and for calling out to us.

          In Your awesome name, above all names, Yeshua our Messiah!

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Blessings and Shabbat Shalom,
John Mark 
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Jesus and the Jewish feasts

Question: “How did Jesus fulfill the meanings of the Jewish feasts?”

Answer: The way in which Jesus fulfilled the Jewish feasts is a fascinating study. In the Hebrew Scriptures, the Jewish prophet Amos records that God declared He would do nothing without first revealing it to His servants, the prophets (Amos 3:7).

From the Old Covenant to the New, Genesis to Revelation, God provides picture after picture of His entire plan for mankind and one of the most startling prophetic pictures is outlined for us in the Jewish feasts of Leviticus 23.

The Hebrew word for “feasts” (moadim) literally means “appointed times.

God has carefully planned and orchestrated the timing and sequence of each of these seven feasts to reveal to us a special story.

The seven annual feasts of Israel were spread over seven months of the Jewish calendar, at set times appointed by God. They are still celebrated by observant Jews today. But for both Jews and non-Jews who have placed their faith in Jesus, the Jewish Messiah, these special days demonstrate the work of redemption through God’s Son.

Source: InPlainSite.org

The first four of the seven feasts occur during the springtime

  1. Passover,
  2. Unleavened Bread
  3. First Fruits,
  4. Weeks 

They all have already been fulfilled by Christ in the New Testament.

The final three holidays

  1. Trumpets
  2. the Day of Atonement
  3. Tabernacles 

all occur during the fall, all within a short fifteen-day period.

Many Bible scholars and commentators believe that these fall feasts have not yet been fulfilled by Jesus. However, the “blessed hope” (Titus 2:13) for all believers in Jesus Christ is that they most assuredly will be fulfilled.

As the four spring feasts were fulfilled literally and right on the actual feast day in connection with Christ’s first coming, these three fall feasts, it is believed by many, will likewise be fulfilled literally in connection to the Lord’s second coming.

In a nutshell, here is the prophetic significance of each of the seven Levitical feasts of Israel:

1) Passover (Leviticus 23:5) – Pointed to the Messiah as our Passover lamb (1 Corinthians 5:7) whose blood would be shed for our sins. Jesus was crucified on the day of preparation for the Passover at the same hour that the lambs were being slaughtered for the Passover meal that evening (John 19:14).

2) Unleavened Bread (Leviticus 23:6) – Pointed to the Messiah’s sinless life (as leaven is a picture of sin in the Bible), making Him the perfect sacrifice for our sins. Jesus’ body was in the grave during the first days of this feast, like a kernel of wheat planted and waiting to burst forth as the bread of life.

3) First Fruits (Leviticus 23:10) – Pointed to the Messiah’s resurrection as the first fruits of the righteous. Jesus was resurrected on this very day, which is one of the reasons that Paul refers to him in 1 Corinthians 15:20 as the “first fruits from the dead.”

4) Weeks or Pentecost (Leviticus 23:16) – Occurred fifty days after the beginning of the Feast of Unleavened Bread and pointed to the great harvest of souls and the gift of the Holy Spirit for both Jew and Gentile, who would be brought into the kingdom of God during the Church Age (see Acts 2). The Church was actually established on this day when God poured out His Holy Spirit and 3,000 Jews responded to Peter’s great sermon and his first proclamation of the gospel.

5) Trumpets (Leviticus 23:24) – The first of the fall feasts. Many believe this day points to the Rapture of the Church when the Messiah Jesus will appear in the heavens as He comes for His bride, the Church. The Rapture is always associated in Scripture with the blowing of a loud trumpet (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 and 1 Corinthians 15:52).

6) Day of Atonement (Leviticus 23:27) – Many believe this prophetically points to the day of the Second Coming of Jesus when He will return to earth. That will be the Day of Atonement for the Jewish remnant when they “look upon Him whom they have pierced,” repent of their sins, and receive Him as their Messiah (Zechariah 12:10 and Romans 11:1-625-36).

7) Tabernacles or Booths (Leviticus 23:34) – Many scholars believe that this feast day points to the Lord’s promise that He will once again “tabernacle” with His people when He returns to reign over all the world (Micah 4:1-7).

Should Christians celebrate these Levitical feast days of Israel today?  Whether or not a Christian celebrates the Jewish feast days would be a matter of conscience for the individual Christian. Colossians 2:16-17 tells us, “Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day. These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ.”

Christians are not bound to observe the Jewish feasts the way an Old Testament Jew was, but we should not criticize another believer who does or does not observe these special days and feasts (Romans 14:5).

While it is not required for Christians to celebrate the Jewish feast days, it is beneficial to study them. Certainly, it could be beneficial to celebrate these days if it leads one to a greater understanding and appreciation for Christ’s death and resurrection and the future promise of His coming.

As Christians, if we choose to celebrate these special days, we should put Christ in the center of the celebration, as the One who came to fulfill the prophetic significance of each of them.

SOURCE: GotQuestions 

Recommended Resource: Faith of Israel, 2d ed.: A Theological Survey of the Old Testament by William Dumbrell

 

 

Unity Scriptures – Multiplied and Exponential Power!

Power that comes with unity.

Leviticus 26:8

Five of you shall chase a hundred, and a hundred of you shall chase ten thousand, and your enemies shall fall before you by the sword.

Five of you shall chase a hundred, and a hundred of you shall chase ten thousand, and your enemies shall fall before you by the sword.

Joshua 23:10 

How could one have chased a thousand, and two have put ten thousand to flight, unless their Rock had sold them, and the Lord had given them up?

One man of you puts to flight a thousand, since it is the Lord your God who fights for you, just as he promised you.

Deuteronomy 32:30 

How could one have chased a thousand, and two have put ten thousand to flight, unless their Rock had sold them, and the Lord had given them up?

Unity Scriptures – How good and pleasant

Blessing that comes with unity.

1 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!


2 It is like the precious ointment poured on the head, that ran down on the beard, even the beard of Aaron [the first high priest], that came down upon the collar and skirts of his garments [consecrating the whole body].


3 It is like the dew of [lofty] Mount Hermon and the dew that comes on the hills of Zion; for there the Lord has commanded the blessing, even life forevermore [upon the high and the lowly].

Unity Scriptures – Nothing impossible

Even when the purpose is rebellion, Unity has power!

5 The LORD came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of men had built.

6 The LORD said, “Behold, they are one people, and they all have the same language. And this is what they began to do, and now nothing which they purpose to do will be impossible for them.

7 “Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language, so that they will not understand one another’s speech.”

Genesis 11:6

Dinosaurs and the Bible – Forbidden History

 

It ranks first among the works of God!  Job 40:19 ESV

15  “Behold, Behemoth,  
3  which I made as I made you; he eats grass like an ox.  
16  Behold, his strength in his loins, and his power in the muscles of his belly. 
17  He makes his tail stiff like a cedar; the sinews of his thighs are knit together. 
18  His bones are tubes of bronze, his limbs like bars of iron
19  “He is the first of the works  of God; let him who made him bring near his sword!Job 40:15-19 ESV

The Hebrew word tanniyn, which is translated a few different ways in our English Bibles. Sometimes it’s “sea monster,” and sometimes it’s “serpent.” It is most commonly translated “dragon.”   SOURCE

The tanniyn appear to have been some sort of giant reptile. These creatures are mentioned nearly thirty times in the Old Testament and were found both on land and in the water.

In addition to mentioning these giant reptiles, the Bible describes a couple of creatures in such a way that some scholars believe the writers may have been describing dinosaurs. The behemoth is said to be the mightiest of all God’s creatures, a giant whose tail is likened to a cedar tree (Job 40:15).


Some scholars have tried to identify the behemoth as either an elephant or a hippopotamus. Others point out that elephants and hippopotamuses have very thin tails, nothing comparable to a cedar tree.

Dinosaurs like the brachiosaurus and the diplodocus, on the other hand, had huge tails which could easily be compared to a cedar tree.

Nearly every ancient civilization has some sort of art depicting giant reptilian creatures. Petroglyphs, artifacts, and even little clay figurines found in North America resemble modern depictions of dinosaurs.

Rock carvings in South America depict men riding diplodocus-like creatures and, amazingly, bear the familiar images of triceratops-like, pterodactyl-like, and tyrannosaurus rex-like creatures. Roman mosaics, Mayan pottery, and Babylonian city walls all testify to man’s trans-cultural, geographically unbounded fascination with these creatures.

Sober accounts like those of Marco Polo’s Il Milione mingle with fantastic tales of treasure-hoarding beasts. In addition to the substantial amount of anthropic and historical evidences for the coexistence of dinosaurs and man, there are physical evidences, like the fossilized footprints of humans and dinosaurs found together at places in North America and West-Central Asia.

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The Secret History of Dinosaurs
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Archaeology is a branch of historical research that seeks to reveal the past.  It is the study of activity in the past and environmental data especially that left behind by past human populations

Archaeology, or archeology, is the study of human activity through the recovery and analysis of material culture. Thearchaeological record consists of artifacts, architecture, biofacts or ecofacts, and cultural landscapes.

Dinosaurs and the Bible – T-REX Skull

T-REX Skull – archaeological discovery

BST BiteByte: Bible believers should have the best view of both Science & History because they add to their knowledge information accessed by Spiritual Revelation.   The secular person is blinded and oblivious to this entire paradigm of truth and reality.

As we have seen in this series the existence of Dinosaurs were recognized and revealed in the oldest manuscript of the Bible, the book of Job.

We have also seen here on BiteSizedTruth.com that the Bible does not definitively state anything about how old the earth itself is, only the relative age of the Adam of Eve Generation can be estimated from scripture along with historical and archaeological observation.

It ranks first among the works of God!  Job 40:19 ESV

15  “Behold, Behemoth,  
3  which I made as I made you; he eats grass like an ox.  
16  Behold, his strength in his loins, and his power in the muscles of his belly. 
17  He makes his tail stiff like a cedar; the sinews of his thighs are knit together. 
18  His bones are tubes of bronze, his limbs like bars of iron
19  “He is the first of the works  of God; let him who made him bring near his sword!Job 40:15-19 ESV

The Hebrew word tanniyn, which is translated a few different ways in our English Bibles. Sometimes it’s “sea monster,” and sometimes it’s “serpent.” It is most commonly translated “dragon.”   SOURCE

The tanniyn appear to have been some sort of giant reptile. These creatures are mentioned nearly thirty times in the Old Testament and were found both on land and in the water.

In addition to mentioning these giant reptiles, the Bible describes a couple of creatures in such a way that some scholars believe the writers may have been describing dinosaurs. The behemoth is said to be the mightiest of all God’s creatures, a giant whose tail is 

See also: Dinosaurs & Forbidden History

 

Thomas Paine on God & Science

Consider this truth: Science itself is God’s creation.

All that we discover in “nature” is designed,
planned, orchestrated with the purpose and intent of it’s designer.

No less than the founders of the United States understood this well and make it known that they did.
Thomas Paine: “ It has been the error of the schools to teach astronomy, and all the other sciences, and subjects of natural philosophy, as accomplishments only; whereas they should be taught theologically, or with reference to the Being who is the author of them: for all the principles of science are of divine origin.
Man cannot make, or invent, or contrive principles: he can only discover them; and he ought to look through the discovery to the Author.”
“ The evil that has resulted from the error of the schools, in teaching natural philosophy as an accomplishment only, has been that of generating in the pupils a species of atheism.

Instead of looking through the works of creation to the Creator himself, they stop short, and employ the knowledge they acquire to create doubts of his existence.

They labour with studied ingenuity to ascribe every thing they behold to innate properties of matter, and jump over all the rest by saying, that matter is eternal.”

“The Existence of God–1810”