April 30, 2011

Blogging through the Gospels ~ Matthew 5: 1-6


Wow.. this chapter is full.. so I'm splitting it up into sections.



Mt 5:1 ¶ And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him:
 2 And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,
 3 ¶ Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
 4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
 5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
 6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

I believe this was a reference to a spiritual mourning.  A mourning for YHWH.
Isa 51:3 For the LORD shall comfort Zion: he will comfort all her waste places; and he will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the LORD; joy and gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving, and the voice of melody.
Isa 51:12 I, even I, am he that comforteth you: who art thou, that thou shouldest be afraid of a man that shall die, and of the son of man which shall be made as grass;

He is our comforter.  Always there for us.

5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.

Did you realize that is a quote from the old testament?  I did not know that until I set down to study this chapter..  You'll find this exact quote in Psalms 37
Ps 37:9 For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth.
 10 For yet a little while, and the wicked shall not be: yea, thou shalt diligently consider his place, and it shall not be.
 11 But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.
 Remember, he is speaking to a group of people who KNEW these writings.    He refrenced a passage that pointed out that those who would inherit the earth were those who waited upon YHWH.  NOT the rabbis of the day.. but upon YHWH.    

And another thing to catch is this.. what will the inherit?  The EARTH.   How many doctrines do you know that teach that at the end of this era.. Yahshua will come back and then we'll all be in heaven for forever.  What happened to inheriting the earth?  Was Yahshua just throwing a lie out there?   Is it possible he MEANT it?  Is it possible they really WILL  inherit the earth?  I believe so. :)

 6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

Another passage where we can look to the old testament for context.  Read this passage in Isiah.  Love it!  

Isa 55:1 ¶ Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.
 2 Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness.
 3 Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David.
 4 Behold, I have given him for a witness to the people, a leader and commander to the people.
 5 Behold, thou shalt call a nation that thou knowest not, and nations that knew not thee shall run unto thee because of the LORD thy God, and for the Holy One of Israel; for he hath glorified thee.
 6 ¶ Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:
 7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
 8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.
 9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
 10 For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:
 11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.
 12 For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.
 13 Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree, and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree: and it shall be to the LORD for a name, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.

Do we really HUNGER for the word?   When we go for a few hour without food we hunger for it.. enough that we will get up and physically work to solve our need.  Is it the same with the word?   If we go for a few hours without studying it or discussing it do we hunger?  Do we get to a point where we will go out of our way to get to it?  We should.  Notice its says that only those who HUNGER for this will be filled.. not the lukewarm, not the uninterested.. only those who HUNGER for the word will be filled.

What can we do to help fuel that hunger?   Study.  And don't just study to prove yourself right.  Dig deep.. challenge yourself.  Audit your beliefs everyday.  Do not read what you believe.. believe what you read.   Be willing to step outside your box.  You'll find it exciting.. you'll find it challenging.. and you'll find yourself with a whole world of things to learn and discover as you grow closer to YHWH's heart.


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April 26, 2011

Our extended family has a blog now!


The rest of our family (the family living with us) finally opened a blog!   Go check it out and be blessed. :)

Blogging through the Gospels ~ Matthew 4


 Mt 4:1 ¶ Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.
 2 And he fasted forty days and forty nights, and afterward he was hungry.
 3 And the tempter came and said to him, "If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread."
 4 But he answered, "It is written, 'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.'"
 5 Then the devil took him to the holy city, and set him on the pinnacle of the temple,
 6 and said to him, "If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down; for it is written, 'He will give his angels charge of you,' and 'On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.'"
 7 Jesus said to him, "Again it is written, 'You shall not tempt the Lord your God.'"
 8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain, and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and the glory of them;
 9 and he said to him, "All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me."
 10 Then Jesus said to him, "Begone, Satan! for it is written, 'You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve.'"
 11 Then the devil left him, and behold, angels came and ministered to him.
 12 ¶ Now when he heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew into Galilee;
 13 and leaving Nazareth he went and dwelt in Capernaum by the sea, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali,
 14 that what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled:
 15 "The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, toward the sea, across the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles--
 16 the people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, and for those who sat in the region and shadow of death light has dawned."
 17 From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand."
 18 ¶ As he walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon who is called Peter and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen.
 19 And he said to them, "Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men."
 20 Immediately they left their nets and followed him.
 21 And going on from there he saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets, and he called them.
 22 Immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed him.
 23 ¶ And he went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and preaching the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every infirmity among the people.
 24 So his fame spread throughout all Syria, and they brought him all the sick, those afflicted with various diseases and pains, demoniacs, epileptics, and paralytics, and he healed them.
 25 And great crowds followed him from Galilee and the Decapolis and Jerusalem and Judea and from beyond the Jordan.

Verses 1-11 I covered in my last post.. :)  (about Matthew 3)
So that leaves us where John was arrested.    I'm sure when John was arrested he suspected his life would soon be at the end.  How will we feel when/ if that time comes for us?   I use to really worry about this prospect.  Especially once having children.   Would I be able to stand strong if someone was holding a gun to my childs head and the option was to either profess faith in someone other than YHWH or they die?   How would I truly react in that scenario.   Through much prayer and faith that has finally lost it's hold over me.  I am okay.   If it's my time I am okay.  If it's my child's time.  I am okay.  This life is not the end.   I use to worry.. what if I died.. what about my children?   That fear has left me.  why?  Because I am in COVENANT with my Father.   YHWH is in covenant with me.   The meaning behind those words...   Wow.  covenant!   When you are in covenant with someone in Hebraic thought it is more than just a promise.   It is an understanding.   If you die, the other person in the covenant WILL step up and take care of your family.   Since I am in covenant with YHWH all fears reside.  HE will take care of my family if something happens to me.   If something happens to me I have no fear for my family because someone stronger is with us.   If we all die I have no fear with us.. in the blink of an eye will will be in Israel.. Death is not scary.. it's okay.. it's our path to eternity. :)  I can't help but believe that John felt the same.  He knew he served someone bigger.. and was fine, he did not have that great fear.

rico has some great topics on covenant.. Click HERE for one.. 

 16 the people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, and for those who sat in the region and shadow of death light has dawned."

Light has dawned.   Yahshua is certainly light.  But why?  What makes him light?    We have a tradition.  Every friday night, to welcome in the Shabbat we light a candle.   We ask our kids what it represents.  Their reply?  "The light of the world!"
"Why is it the light of the world?"
"Because it's Yahshua!"
"Why is Yahshua the light of the world?"
"Because he's torah!"

"Why is Torah a light?"
"Because it shows us where to go"

We then take another candle which represents us.. and light it with the Yahshua candle.  It represents and reminds us where we get our light from. :)


But that's the truth!   Yahshua is the light because he IS Torah.  He shows us where to go, guides our feet, like a flashlight on a dark path.. he shows us safety.

Ps 119:105 ¶  Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

They WORD is the light for our path!   What is the word?
 Joh 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

Yahshua is the Word of YHWH.   What was the law?   The word!  See how beautifully it all fits together?  
 Isa 1:10 ¶ Hear the word of the LORD, ye rulers of Sodom; give ear unto the law of our God, ye people of Gomorrah.

And a with that figured out let's take it one step farther.

Yahshua is the word (John 1:14)
Yahshua can not change

 Heb 13:8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.

So 1+1=2.   Yashua is the word + Yahshua can not change = The word can not change.
Which is why we believe it didn't. :)

19 And he said to them, "Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men."
 20 Immediately they left their nets and followed him.

What are they fishing for?  What is Yahshua alluding to here?

Jer 16:16 Behold, I will send for many fishers, saith the LORD, and they shall fish them; and after will I send for many hunters, and they shall hunt them from every mountain, and from every hill, and out of the holes of the rocks.
 17 For mine eyes are upon all their ways: they are not hid from my face, neither is their iniquity hid from mine eyes.
 18 And first I will recompense their iniquity and their sin double; because they have defiled my land, they have filled mine inheritance with the carcases of their detestable and abominable things.
 19 O LORD, my strength, and my fortress, and my refuge in the day of affliction, the Gentiles shall come unto thee from the ends of the earth, and shall say, Surely our fathers have inherited lies, vanity, and things wherein there is no profit.
 20 Shall a man make gods unto himself, and they are no gods?
 21 Therefore, behold, I will this once cause them to know, I will cause them to know mine hand and my might; and they shall know that my name is YHWH.

 The Fishers were the first step in the process of bringing his people back.  Causing them to relize they had been walking in ways that were NOT YHWH's.. and to know that his name is YHWH!  (look up the Hebrew in strongs.. it's YHWH)   So amazing!




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It's a hard life here in Costa Rica

 
While we do make some things seem more complicated.. like changing a light bulb..
For the most part life's pretty easy..











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April 24, 2011

Blogging through the Gospels ~ Matthew 3


Matthew 3


Mat 3:1  In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea,
Mat 3:2  And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
Mat 3:3  For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.
Mat 3:4  And the same John had his raiment of camel's hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey.
Mat 3:5  Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judaea, and all the region round about Jordan,
Mat 3:6  And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins.
Mat 3:7  But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?
Mat 3:8  Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance:
Mat 3:9  And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.
Mat 3:10  And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
Mat 3:11  I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:
Mat 3:12  Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.
Mat 3:13  Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him.
Mat 3:14  But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me?
Mat 3:15  And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him.
Mat 3:16  And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:
Mat 3:17  And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.


Ohh.....  I just caught something when rereading this now after posting it.
Repent for the WHAT is at hand?  The earthly reign as prophesied?  No!  The reign of the HEAVENS!  Wow.. that's important right now.   It's clear in prophesy that there are 2 reigns, two different periods.  There will be his reign in heaven and then he WILL be king of this earth.   I hear it said often.. He's the king of the earth!  Speaking of YHWH.  That's so untrue right now.  Yes, ONE day he will be king of the Earth..

Zec 14:9 And the LORD shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one LORD, and his name one.

One day.  But that day is not now, not yet.  For now who is the king over the earth?  

1Jn 5:19  We know that we are of Elohim, and all the world lies in the wicked one.

Rev 12:12  “Because of this rejoice, O heavens, and you who dwell in them! Woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, knowing that he has little time.”

And other verses it shows that as of today.. Satan is the king of the world.  It will not last though.  That's why it was an actual temptation for Yahshua.  Remember how he fasted for so long?  What did Satan tempt him with?  Remember, a temptation is something you actually WANT.   He tempted Yahshua with the world.  If Satan didn't currently rule it.. why would that be a temptation?   And Yahshua knew this was the plan.  He WILL rule the world.  I'm sure it was a temptation to just go ahead and speed up the process.  But it wasn't time.   

Here John is telling the people..  It's not that time yet!  What it IS time for is the heavenly reign!


The next verse that really caught my attention was this one.
Mat 3:8  Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance:

Bring forth works that show REPENTANCE.   What is repentance?  In Hebrew it is Teshuva.  It means turn back.  Turn back to truth.  Turn back to Torah.    Repenting is something that has been SO messed up in today's culture.   It's believed that repenting is saying you are sorry.   That if you get up in front of people and tell them what you did.. that is repenting.  But that's a blatantly unscriptural concept.  Repenting is the ACTION of turning back.  Not words.  It's the physical turning from the wrong path you are on and getting back on the right one.   We are to show works that show that we have turned back to Torah!



He then tells them that just being a physical seed of Abraham will NOT fly.  Isn't that interesting?   That he knew being a seed of Abraham was important?   Many today would say that system has been replaced.. John didn't seem to agree.

(neither did Paul Rom 11:1  I say then, Hath God cast away his people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. )

  He said that anyone can become a seed of Abraham.. but did not say we no longer NEEDED to be seeds of Abraham.
Who is a seed of Abraham?
Gal 3:29  And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.

So don't go around thinking that if you are a Hebrew from birth that's all you need.  NO!  You must show works that show you are walking on the path of truth.   On the other side.  Do  not go around thinking that you do not need to be Abraham's seed..

If we don't show the good fruit.. If we do not show the fruit that shows we are on the path of Torah
Psa 119:142  Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and thy law is the truth.

We will be chopped down and cast off.

Then came Yahshua to be baptized.    Another thing of interest.  Many believe baptism was a NEW thing.   Yet these people flocked to it!   Really?  They flocked to something new/ unknown/ unprophesied?  They were warned against that.. they wouldn't have fell for it.   Instead baptism had been around for ages.  What did it represent?  REPENTANCE!   Are you seeing the theme here?   John is teaching them to REPENT.  To TURN BACK.  And they knew what came with that action.   Mitzvah!  Baptism!  YHWH always has an outward thing to symbolize what is going on inside.   You were inwardly deciding to cleanse yourself, to turn back.. so you would outwardly cleanse yourself.   that's what this was all about.  He was turning people back to torah!  Igniting that fire in them again..  Causing them to want to turn back to it, turn back to the Father's ways so they would be prepared for Yahshua's arrival.

There's another assumption that a Mitzvah or baptism is a one time thing.  It wasn't!  It was done often, everytime they needed cleansed (in the Hebrew's history)

Can you imagine what John felt when Yahshua came to be immersed?  Not only did John know he was unworthy.. he also knew it was not needed.  He knew Yahshua did not NEED to repent.  He was already walking in the truth.



All Kings are anointed, appointed, have a coronation ceremony.  This was Yahshuas!    The Heavenly King annointed him..  Sent something from Heaven to proclaim THIS IS YOUR KING.  He will reign over you from Heaven..  Recognize HIM.


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April 23, 2011

Blogging through the Gospels ~ Matthew 2


Matthew 2

Read it HERE

Now Yahshua was born in Bethlehem. 

Ahh...

Love that. :)     I remember hearing something really neat awhile ago. It's amazing to me how YHWH fulfills everything so perfectly!   Do you know where the lambs for the temple offerings were born and raised?  Bethlehem!     The shepherds who guarded the temple lambs would watch over them while they were birthed then wrap them in swaddling clothes and put them in a manger until they calmed to keep them from defect.    There are NO accidents with YHWH.  It's amazing to me how every little thing done with Yahshua's life was to fulfill or fit into the picture already established.   Things like this are why I'm so blessed to have learned to study, have came to love the Torah and YHWH's ways.  There is so much depth there that I had always missed.. and the more  you find, the more you dig, the more you realize there is still SO much to learn.    At first it's learning the history, then it's learning that the history fits the already established picture, then it's realizing that EVERYTHING has meaning.. the names, even the amounts of camels, etc.. in passages MEAN things.  It's amazing.    Why jip yourself and be satisfied with that first level of reading history?  DIG!  It's exciting!

Then we get to the 3 "kings"    Wait a min.. 3 kings?  where does it say that?    (exactly LOL)

Something I find very interesting here.   The Magi knew what that star meant.  They knew it was the King.   They were paying attention to prophesy!   It would have been impossible to miss if they had all been really paying attention to prophesy.   Many of us want to look down our noses at the jews and say "they rejected the Messiah!"  (even though for the first 14 years after the Messiah's death the believers were ALL JEWS so yeah.. not so accurate)   But are we any better?   When we mention we study prophesy we are instantly looked down on by many.   ALL scripture is good for reproof, for doctrine, for instruction.. beside prophecy apparently.   You know what that got many Jews?  The rejection of the Messiah.   Don't be fooled.  It WILL happen again.   Don't fall into the same trap that many jews fell into the first time around.   They won't miss him the next time.. but will you? 

When they saw the star they REJOICED.     I'm listening to the shofar being blown on our porch right now (which is about 3 feet away :) ).. and get the same feeling.  That sound.. it means something.  Don't you know some were sounded when he was born?    Last night we were sounding the shofar to welcome in the Shabbat.    Apparently (unknown to us) there are torah keepers right across the street at a neighbors house who is having a campout for the weekend since everyone has off this week (holy week).   The oldest daughter heard the shofar and ran to tell her family "he's coming!"      I love it.   That sound resonates with believers.. it means something.  That trumpet that's going to sound on his return?  It's not going to be a brass band trumpet guys.. It's going to be a shofar.  Do you know what one sounds like?  Will you recognize it when it's blown?
 (interesting story about the torah keepers next door to come in a later post) 

Joseph heard in a dream to take his family to Egypt for shelter.    Interesting huh?  Egypt shelters Yahshua.  The same country that held his people in bondage so many years earlier.   So many times we really want to look down on Egypt because our people were held there as slaves.  But it wasn't always that way.  Egypt sheltered the Hebrews first.  During the famine they lived there in peace, in shelter, happy.    I think we can apply that to the churches we came out of.   So many times it's hard to not look down on it for the lies we were taught.  But it wasn't all bad.   It sheltered us, it fostered a love for YHWH, it sheltered our hearts until they were ready for the truth.   Egypt can be a shelter.  It's just important to remember it's place.   Yahshua didn't stay in Egypt.. he left when the time was right.

And then one of the hardest verses in the bible for a mother to read..
 16Then when Herod saw that he had been tricked by the magi, he became very enraged, and sent and slew all the male children who were in Bethlehem and all its vicinity, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had determined from the magi.

All children two and under around Bethlehem.  Killed.    This was all to fulfill prophesy.   Can you imagine the heartbreak that existed in that area for so long after this?   I can't.  I don't even know what to say about this passage.  If you are a mother no words need to be said though do they?   It's just understood.  No words CAN be said about what these women went through. 

 19But when Herod died, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, and said,
 20"Get up, take the Child and His mother, and go into the land of Israel; for those who sought the Child's life are dead."
 21So Joseph got up, took the Child and His mother, and came into the land of Israel.

 LOVE it.    YHWH says, leave egypt.  Go to Israel.  It's time.   It's safe.  Go. 

I can't wait until he says that again to all of us!   Leave Egypt my children.  Go to Israel.  It's time.  It's safe.  Go.

But will we have the faith to truly trust him?  It's probably not going to SEEM safe to go then.  It's going to be tribulation.  It's going to be hard to accept with faith that it's time.  Will we go?  Or will we question as Joseph did?


 22But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning over Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. Then after being warned by God in a dream, he left for the regions of Galilee,
 23and came and lived in a city called Nazareth This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophets: "He shall be called a Nazarene."

So they went to Nazareth instead.  Or did they?

Where in the bible is it prophesied that he would be called a Nazarene?   Can you find it?

It's NOT.

But something is.  What is he prophesied to be? 

Isa 11:1  And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots:

A Branch.  What is branch in hebrew?  נצר  or nêtser   A Netzer.  He was a Netzer!  A Netzeren!    In Hebrew those words (Netzer and Natzerene) have the same base.   It's only the vowel points (which are not written) that make it a different word.  See how the translation can get off so easily?    And pretty cool to see what it means huh?    That's one of those little things scoffers can use against the bible.  "well.. it says this was prophesied but it wasn't!"    But wait!  It was! :)



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April 21, 2011

Blogging through the Gospels ~ Matthew 1


I got this idea from a friend.   I'm going to try to do this *almost* everyday.. blog through the gospels.  (and maybe continue it into the rest of the new testament)

So for today.. here's Matthew 1 (read it HERE)

We start out with the genealogy of our Messiah.   I know the first instinct is to just skip over this but there are some treasures to be found here. 

I came across this long ago and it still amazes me.  These men's names were chosen for a reason.  Not only did the names fit what their life would become, but it also fits into a larger pictures.   Look at what happens when you read the meanings of all these names in order!







Amazing!   
I also think it's interesting to take note of what women are mentioned in the lineage of our Messiah.  

1- Bathsheba.  An adulterous women, 2- Rahab.. a harlot, 3- Ruth, a widow, and 4- Mary.. his mother.

What an interesting group of women!  What ties them all together?  Faith.  It's such a good lesson to us.  No matter what our past, not matter what our beginnings.. if we simply have faith that YHWH means what he says, he is who he is, and that he is in covenant with us our past can be overcame.



We then get to the conception.  Something else interesting here.   It is believed that Yahshua was born on the first day of sukkot, the feast of tabernacles.   If you go back 9 months to the time of conception you land on the festival of lights (Hanukkah)   How appropriate!  Our Messiah, the light of the world.. conceived during the festival of lights.  I love little treasures like that. 

I also took note of their betrothal.   Our modern sense of dating has drifted so far from the original plan.   They were betrothed yet he would have had to divorce her to become separated!  The Betrothal was as binding as a marriage.    Can you imagine what Joseph must have went through here?  So many people give Mary all the credit for having so much faith.  And she did.. no doubt about it.  But can you imagine what this took for Joseph?  Your wife, who you have not yet slept with becomes pregnant.  And you must believe that she just GOT that way with no man involved?  When this has never before in history happened?   Wow.. that's faith guys.. to be willing to not only accept yet BELIEVE it.   So many note that Mary was chosen because she was a women of faith.   But I think she was chosen because she was part of a MARRIAGE of faith.  It wasn't just her.. they made the perfect pair, full of faith.  What a lesson huh?   Do we have that much faith in our spouse?  In our marriage?  Are we that in sync not only with each other but with YHWH?



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April 20, 2011

Our dining room table..


Turned out really nicely!

Lots of work but oh so pretty. :)
An overview of the table, and one of the benches Jesse made and painted. :)


 One of the painted corner tiles we used..




ignore the odd smudge along the bottom.. it's just a smudge on the lens..


Some of the kiddo done details... a bear by Brianna :)


each of the girls did a flower

 The aleph and tav.. the beginning and the end.  Yahshua :)  (by Christian)


A dog by Lorien

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April 19, 2011

Passover


We had a lovely passover seder last night.   So nice to get together with friends and family in YHWH and meet new friends as well. :)

Gaby bought some gorgeous flowers to adorn the tables.

Our friend Joel led the Seder..

 Ahh... love gatherings of friends!   John and Rosie (the couple in the center here) were kind enough to open their home for us all.



Lorien... unsure about trying the horseradish.  :)    gotta love Jacin in the background :)




Brianna... less than impressed with the horseradish....... hehe


Then plateful's of yummy yummy food..

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Daily Life


I have some pictures of our passover which I want to share but I thought I'd catch up on regular pictures first. :)

Grabbed the camera and took some pictures on our porch/ front of house the other day.. 



Extra kiddos, painting benches, and coloring..


Petting Rivkah

Spreading the gospel


We visited friends who operate a dairy farm. :)




The demanded dairy kitties drinking the milk :)

Got to ride horses..




and had fun hanging out. :) 



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