Friday, April 29, 2011

G-d's calendar: 26th day, 1st month, year 5771

Genesis 6:6-8
And it repented YHWH that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. And YHWH said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them. But Noah found grace in the eyes of YHWH.

Matthew 24:36-37
But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

We have no idea, not fully, how wicket the earth had become in just ten generations of humans. I can't imagine it being more wicked then, than now. G-d mad ea promise, a covenant, that there would never be a world wide flood again. Y'hshuwah said when it got that bad, He's coming back and that promise will also be kept!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

G-d's calendar: 25th day, 1st month, year 5771

Daniel 12:7
And I heard the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, when he held up his right hand and his left hand unto heaven, and sware by him that liveth for ever that it shall be for a time, times, and an half; and when he shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, all these things shall be finished.

Revelation 12:14
And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.

Both of these Scriptures refer to happenings of the end times. You know, G-d is specific in most of the Scriptures regarding time, except Y'hshuwah's return. The days of creation, dates throughout the flood, the captivity of Israel in Babylon, Esther in Persia, Y'hshuwah on Sabbath in the various Feast times. The book of Acts is full of specific references regarding dates and time yet these two passages are specifically vague. Most teachings say these references are referring to years. We were warned of deception the last days and I believe to accept presumption as fact is foundational in deception.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

G-d's calendar: 24th day, 1st month, year 5771

Psalm 27:4
One thing have I desired of YHWH, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of YHWH all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of YHWH, and to inquire in his temple.

I Corinthians 6:19
What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of G-d, and ye are not your own?

This time of year we have a tendency to want to get our "house in order." Be it spring cleaning, getting more active, losing some weight, but starting some new habits for the new season. These Scriptures together give us a clear idea of just where we should start in our inventory. Since our bodies are His temple, and we are just the custodians, we need to make sure we are offering a suitable abode and keeping the proper atmosphere for our Creator to abide. What needs to change, what needs to continue? As custodians of the temple, we must inquire as to His plan and will for our days, if we want to see His beauty and for His beauty to be seen in us.

Monday, April 25, 2011

G-d's calendar: 22nd day, 1st month, year 5771

Psalm 23:1
A Psalm of David. YHWH is my shepherd; I shall not want.

John 10:14,15
I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine. As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep.

There are many verses in the Scriptures in which, we people, are called sheep. Stop and think for a moment of the characteristics and attributes of sheep. They start out very playful and innocent and even at maturity have a very real dependence. Sheep are not self-sufficient creatures, at all. There is always a vulnerability about them. G-d knows us, we need to be led. since humans are born followers, we will follow someone or something, so it is imperative that we seek and know to follow the Good Shepherd.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

G-d's calendar: 11th day, 1st month, year 5771

Isaiah 53:4
Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of G-d, and afflicted.

Matthew 8:16,17
When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick: That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses.

Y'hshuwah Messiah came and walked in the very special gift and power of the Holy Spirit. When it was prophesied that He would take our infirmities, it was misunderstood and unfortunately the misunderstanding became the standard teaching. As we can see in Matthew, He did take many infirmities, yet when He went to Calvary to pay the final price, His true identity was and continues to be debated and denied to this day.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

G-d's calendar: 9th day, 1st month, year 5771

Jeremiah 31:33
But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith YHWH, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their G-d, and they shall be my people.

Hebrews 10:16
This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith YHWH, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them;

Jeremiah is speaking prophetically. The writer of Hebrews refers to the past tense of Y'hshuwah's death. And yet; G-d's laws are sill in effect and effective for living in this world. The law doesn't bring forgiveness, but it still defines sin and Instructs in holiness.

Monday, April 11, 2011

G-d's calendar: 8th day, 1st month, year 5771

Job 42:1,6,12
Then Job answered YHWH, and said . . .Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes . . . So YHWH blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning: for he had fourteen thousand sheep, and six thousand camels, and a thousand yoke of oxen, and a thousand she asses.

I Peter 5:6
Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of G-d, that he may exalt you in due time:

We often emphasize the "trials" and burdens of living a life set apart to G-d. And I am certainly not advocating a "feel good" prosperity gospel that denies personal sacrifice. There s so much being taught and accepted these days, that polarizes. We have those that think prosperity is a sign of G-d's blessing and it certainly can be. We have those that feel simplicity and denial of luxury is dedicated to G-d, and it can be, as well; but . . . bot can also happen by man's own doing. If we are walking a life pleasing to G-d, He will tend to our supply and position in life.

Friday, April 8, 2011

G-d's calendar: 5th day, 1st month, year 5771

Deuteronomy 30:19
I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy descendants may live:

Matthew 22:14
For many are called, but few are chosen.

So often we view the Hebrew Scriptures [Old Testament] as a journal of the mandates handed down from G-d. But we see here, that He gave His people an option even after He'd taken care of them in the wilderness, promised to defeat their enemies in the Promised Land, and had given all the Instructions for a successful, prosperous life that will work for any people that make the same choice Joshua did. Y'hshuwah clarified it further in this simple statement. The offer is extended to many, but still few make the choice.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

G-d's calendar: 3rd day, 1st month, year 5771

I apologize for the missed posts this week.

Joshua 24:15
And if it seem evil unto you to serve YHWH, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve YHWH.

John 12:26
If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.

G-d only established one nation on earth and gave that nation laws to live by. G-d established only one way to a relationship with Him and that is through Y'hshuwah Messiah. There is no nation under heaven that is presently living by G-d's standard, therefore; we are faced with the same choice Joshua presented to the children of Israel and offered the same opportunity that Y'hshuwah presented to His first disciples.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

G-d' Calendar: 29th day, 12th month, year 5771

Genesis 35:10
And G-d said unto him, Thy name is Jacob: thy name shall not be called any more Jacob, but Israel shall be thy name: and He called his name Israel.

II Corinthians 5:17
Therefore if any man be in Messiah, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

These Scriptures tell us clearly the difference between our attempts at a new beginning, a new lease on life, turning over a new leaf, and G-d changing a life. When G-d changes a life, He doesn't just make an adjustment here and there or amend a situation or two. Life isn't like picking out a suit or dress and treating G-d like a tailor to make alterations. When we come to G-d, He changes us. In Messiah, all our sin is erased and G-d fills in the freshly erased blank with His presence and purpose.

Friday, April 1, 2011

G-d's calendar: 27th day, 12th month, year 5771

Ecclesiastes 12:13
Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear G-d, and keep His commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.

John 14:15
If ye love me, keep my commandments.

I don't know the exact number of times G-d has instructed His people to just do as they were told. Doesn't everything work better when we follow the instructions? He even sent The Illustration, His Son the Messiah, before dying for our redemption; to demonstrate perfectly what it is to live in righteous obedience to the commandments. You know, G-d still has the same definition for sin as always: disobedience to His Commandments.