The Tail of Two Paths


picture-18In Genesis 38 we find the story of Judah being tricked into sleeping with his daughter-in-law. This pregnancy produced twins. What is interesting is the fruit from these two twins.

Perez was the ancestor of David and therefore in the direct line of Jesus.

Zerah, the other twin was the ancestor of Achan who stole goods from the defeat of Jericho and because of his sin Israel lost their second battle.

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Prophesy


Peter Preaching

Peter Preaching

Acts 2:17-18 And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, that I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your young men shall dream dreams. And on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days; and they shall prophesy.

Peter is preaching a sermon and begins it by quote the prophet Joel in Joel 2. I shared only half of it because the point I am wanting to make is here in these two verses.

He quoted Joel and then at the end of verse 18 Peter added a phrase that was not found in Joel’s prophesy. Actual, it is mentioned once but Peter took it upon himself to add it a second time for emphasis, “And they shall prophesy.”

Why should Peter choose to emphasize prophesying? It would seem to be a key to what the Holy Spirit is wanting to do. Acts 11:27; Acts 21:8-9; 1 Corinthians 14:1-5,31

1 Corinthians 14:1 Pursue love, and desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you my prophesy.

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Jesus, the Vav


The Vav

The Vav

This is my second article on the Vav, the sixth letter of the Hebrew alphabet. Not only is it the sixth letter of the alphabet, it’s numerical value is six. Six represents the number of a man, Revelation 13:18. In the article on the “broken vav” we discovered that it represented Jesus.

The name for the curtains around the tabernacle is the same name that the scribes used to refer to the pages of a scroll. The hooks that held the curtains were called Vav which means hook. Could it then be said that Jesus is the hook that holds up the Word between God and man? But, let’s not forget that He is the Word.

The scribes, when copying the Torah, began each column with a Vav as if to hook the words onto the page. If Jesus is the Vav then even more true the writing of John when he said, “In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God, and the word was God.” Jesus is on every page that the scribe wrote.

The very first Vav that is used in scripture is in Genesis 1:1. Not only is the Vav written before the very first letter was placed, but it is also the 22 letter in the sentence. Does that mean anything? Well, if you consider that there are 22 letters in the Hebrew alphabet it signifies that the Vav is now the first and the last. Again, another support that the Vav represents Jesus, the first and last.

It’s location in Genesis 1:1 is with two other letters, the first and last letter of the Hebrew alphabet, the aleph and tau. These are the two letters that are found two words before which are not translated as I dealt with in another article. The word where the Vav is associated, with the first and last letter, is the word that is translated “and”, between heaven and earth. The Vav is connecting or joining heaven and earth or spiritual and earthly matters. Jesus is the divine connection between God and man.

Check out hebrew4christians.com

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Harlot


Jericho's Walls

Jericho's Walls

Joshua 2:1 Now Joshua the son of Nun sent out two men from Acacia Grove to spy secretly, saying, “Go, view the land, especially Jericho.” So they went, and came to the house of a harlot named Rahab, and lodged there.

For years, even back in the day that I was in college, there has always been a question whether Rahab was really a harlot or an inn keeper. See, in the Hebrew language the word used for “harlot” could mean either harlot or inn keeper.

So, let’s allow the Word to answer the question for us. In Hebrews 11:31 she is called a harlot. In the Greek language the word that is used here only has one definition – harlot.

Why is this so important? There is a greater understanding of God’s call and grace when we know these two things:

  • The saving of Rahab’s life is another picture of how God brings salvation to us.
  • Although she had been a harlot she is found in the genealogy of Jesus, David’s great-grandmother.

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Another Gospel?


Joseph Smith

Joseph Smith

Galatians 1:8, “But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed.”

Joseph Smith, in 1820, involved in using a “peepstone” used in the occults, who was also a treasure hunter, said he went out into the woods to pray and that he was seized upon by some powerful being of the unseen world.  He said that thick darkness gathered around him. His tongue was held bound so that he could not speak and he was sinking into despair, ready to succumb to this being from the unseen world with great powers, when, all of a sudden, there appeared over his head a pillar of light in which two personages appeared. He asked them which Christian church was right.

He said, “I was answered that I must join none of them, for they were all wrong; and the Personage who addressed me said that all of their creeds were an abomination in his sight, and that all their teachers were corrupt.”

This was the beginning of a new religion taking foundational principles from the Bible. They teach that about 600 years before Jesus was born jews came to America and established a new civilization.  They became the ancestors of the Indians.  They built large cities of concrete.  Their prophets recorded everything on gold plates.

After Jesus rose from the dead He came to America to teach this other Jewish nation about Himself.  Then in the early 1800’s a man named Joseph Smith was given these golden tablets from God along with a prophet named Moroni, Mormon’s son who had come back to life.  God gave Smith the power to translate these ancient writings and then took the gold plates back to heaven with Him.  There are eleven witnesses who say that they saw the gold places, each having very little reputation for reliability.

This religion? The Church of Latter Day Saints, the Mormons. Their major recognized truth is called “The Law of Eternal Progression” which says, As man is, God once was, and as God is, man may become.

Here is the problem. In the very introduction of their book of Mormon it refers to their book as “another gospel.” As in the scripture above, Paul said not to believe it. Therefore, I can not believe it.

I do not believe in bashing other Christian groups, followers of the teachings of Christ, but can we accept the teachings of another gospel when we were warned over 1,900 years ago not to? Here are some of the frustrations which Mormon scholars face:

  • No Book of Mormon cities have been located.
  • No Book of Mormon names have been found in New World inscription.
  • No genuine inscriptions have been found in Hebrew in America.
  • No genuine inscriptions have been found in America in Egyptian or anything similar to Egyptian, which could correspond to Joseph Smith’s “reformed Egyptian.”
  • No ancient copies of Book of Mormon scriptures have been found.
  • No ancient inscriptions of any kind in America, which indicate that the ancient inhabitants had Hebrew or Christian beliefs, have been found.
  • No mention of Book of Mormon persons, nations, or places have been found.
  • No artifact of any kind, which demonstrates the Book of Mormon is true, has been found.

http://www.apologeticspress.org/rr/reprints/Book-of-Mormon.pdf

Perfected Praise


images4Matthew 21:15-16,  But when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that He did, and the children crying out in the temple and saying, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” they were indignant and said to Him, “Do You hear what these are saying?”  And Jesus said to them, “Yes.  Have you never read, ‘Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have perfected praise’?”

Jesus was quoting Psalm 8:2 in Matthew 21:16 which would seem to be a misquote.  He did not quote anything which was contradictory to the verse in Psalm but merely clarified it.  After all, He is the author of the Word isn’t He?  John called Him the Word in John 1:1.

Psalm 8:2,  Out of the mouth of babes and infants You have ordained strength, because of Your enemies, that You may silence the enemy and the avenger.

The ordained strength the Psalmist is referring to which silences the enemy, Jesus called it perfected praise.  Children can not always find the right words to say.  Often their praise lacks depth because of their lack of communication skills.  But their praise goes beyond being verbal.

Our praise may not always be very clear or even sound eloquent, but by the time it gets to the Lord’s ears it has been perfected. It is this praise that shuts the mouth of the enemy.

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Stormy?


Stormy Walk

Stormy Walk

Matthew 14:22-24 Immediately Jesus made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side, while He sent the multitudes away. And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. Now when evening came, He was alone there. But the boat was now in the middle of the sea, tossed by the waves, for the wind was contrary.

Although the disciples were in the middle of the sea in a storm we can not forget this one thing: Jesus made His disciples to get into the boat to go to the other side. They may have been in a storm but they were still in obedience to God’s will. HELLO!

They were called to a mission – go to the other side. What is your mission?

Weathering the storm required faith. Is your faith in the boat or tools of ministry or on the one walking on the water?

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