Thursday, December 31, 2015

Parashah Messiah: United With The Vine

Torah Portion: Sh’mot (Exodus 1:1-6:1)
Gospel Reading: John 15:5
Commentary by: Sonja Langford

“Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh and lead the people of Israel out of Egypt?” This loaded question sits squarely in the center of Sh’mot, the first parashah of the book of Exodus. God called Moses from his pastoral duties and gave him the starring role as central protagonist and hero in the fulfillment of a promise made over 400 years prior. But the thing is, Moses had no desire to be the hero. Through a running dialogue of 28 verses spanning two chapters, he challenges God’s calling five times before God’s anger is provoked, and Moses seemingly agrees to accept it. And thus begins one of the most powerful relationships recorded in the scriptures between God and a man.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Meta-Hermeneutics

I've ordered myself some material on hermeneutics and reading the Bible to help give me some foundation for this study I'm doing on the subject. Of course, when you're waiting for a good book to come in the mail, it always feels like forever before it gets here. In the meantime, I've been doing some thinking on the subject of meta-hermeneutics--or why we choose to read the Bible the way we do.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Parashah Messiah: King of Glory

Torah Portion: Vayechi (Genesis 47:28-50:26)
Gospel Reading: John 12:12-13; Matt. 28:18
Commentary by: Chris Knight

Often when we think of the person of Yeshua, things such as “Savior,” “Teacher,” and “Messiah” come to mind. We reflect on the greatness of His teachings and the way He explained the Torah in a way none before Him ever could. We sing songs of His great sacrifice and love for His people. Sometimes, however, I think we forget the awe-inspiring nature of His rule and return as the King of all Heaven and Earth!

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Parashah Messiah: Family Reunion

Torah Portion: Vayigash (Genesis 44:18–47:27)
Gospel Reading: Romans 11:1–36
Commentary by: Kelsey Bryant

“God sent me before you to preserve for you a remnant in the earth, and to keep you alive by a great deliverance. Now, therefore, it is not you who sent me here, but God; and He has made me a father to Pharaoh and lord of all his household and ruler over all the land of Egypt.” (Genesis 45:7–8, NASB).

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Made for Dancing

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Inspired by Mason Clover's song "Made for Dancing", one of Yeshua's parables, and a friend on crutches. Re-published from ChasingAfterTheRuach.

There once was a king who was preparing for his son's wedding. So he went out to find guests to dance at the wedding feast. He sent letters to all the those who had trained in dance inviting them to his feast. He said, "Come dance before me, for my son is taking a bride." But on the day of the wedding no one showed up.

So the king went out and gathered all the lame, the blind, the deaf, the mute. He took men from the prisons and took slaves from their masters. He took the sick and the elderly and the young children. He took those who didn't know their right foot from their left foot. And he brought them all to the wedding feast and commanded them saying "Dance before me."

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Parashah Messiah: A God of Weakness

Torah Portion: Miketz (Genesis 41:1-44:17)
Gospel Reading: Matthew 5:1-16
Commentary by: Matthew Day

Yeshua begins His sermon on the mount with the beatitudes--a series of sayings that turn the world upside down. It's not the strong or the go-getters who inherit the earth, but the meek. It's not the zealots and radicals who are called sons of God, but the peacemakers. It's not the rich and successful who receive the Kingdom, but the poor in spirit. The kings of this earth may think they are something, but God takes the lowly to confound the wise and the powerful.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Book Review: The Heaven Promise

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The Heaven Promise
(by Scot McKnight)

Here is yet another book to add to my "books about the Kingdom" shelf (one of my favorite topics). In The Heaven Promise, Scot McKnight (who is quickly becoming a favorite author) cuts past our cultural images and wild imaginations to see what does the Bible say about heaven? The answer is, actually, quite a lot.

Both the premise and the organization of the book are quite simple--you won't need a PhD to understand it. McKnight starts with some background about why we think about heaven and what various ideas are out there. Then, he moves into the six heaven promises that form the foundation of how we should think of heaven. These are pretty simple ideas like "God will be God" and "Heaven will be the utopia of pleasures."

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Parashah Messiah: Humanity

Torah Portion: Vayeshev (Genesis 37:1-40:23 )
Gospel Reading: Matthew 1:1–25
Commentary by: Kelsey Bryant

Part 1
Just when the suspense of the Joseph story has heightened, the narrative veers away to focus on another brother and his problems: Judah, in Genesis chapter 38. Judah and Tamar’s story isn’t very pleasant, let alone an example of godly living. What then is its purpose?