Mark Call – Parsha “Naso” and Shavuot teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa
by Mark Call | May 27, 2023 | Biblical Basics, Biblical History, Come Out of Her My People - Mark Call, Old Testament & New Testament, Shabba Shalom Mesa - Mark Call, Understanding Torah, Weekly Torah Portion Reading, Who Are We? | 0 |
Parsha Naso (Numbers 4:21 through all of chapter 7) is on the agenda for this week’s Torah...Read More
Dr Hollisa Alewine – Footsteps of Messiah Part 65 (No Place for Chickens Part Two)
by Hollisa Alewine | May 15, 2023 | Biblical Basics, Biblical History, Torah Class - Hollisa Alewine, Understanding Torah, Weekly Torah Portion Reading | 0 |
Prayer makes you think.
For instance, who was better prepared for what happened after midnight in the Garden of Gethsemane, Yeshua or his disciples? Why?
Apparently, Peter needed to go to bed with the chickens, and by the time the cock crowed three times the next morning, he’d denied Yeshua and run away. Just hours before, Peter didn’t imagine such a thing were possible.
An often-quoted proverb helps us to understand the inner process of prayer:
“As a man thinks within himself [b’nafsho], so is he…” (Pr 23:7)
“B’nafsho” is “in his soul.” The soul is defined as a bundle of appetites, emotions, desires, and intellect. The soul thinks. We don’t usually hear the beginning or the end of the proverb, though. The beginning of the proverb is:
“Do not eat the bread of a selfish man or desire his delicacies…”
The rest of the verse is:
“…he says to you, ‘Eat and drink!’ But his heart [lev] is not with you.”
The heart is sometimes seen as the mind, interconnected with the soul. Even scientists understand there is a “heart brain” that communicates with the head brain. In context, the proverb warns us that in spite of the generous words he says, a selfish person’s silent soul and heart think the opposite and wish that you would not accept.
The connection between prayer and the proverb is that it is possible to pray one thing with the lips, yet not to really believe it or want it to come to pass. It is possible to pray one thing and think the opposite. Yeshua struggled in this like we do, yet he prayed the perfect solution in the Garden of Gethsemane:
“Nevertheless, not my will, but Yours be done.”Read More
Dr Hollisa Alewine – Footsteps of Messiah Part 64 (No Place for Chickens Part One)
by Hollisa Alewine | May 8, 2023 | Biblical Basics, Biblical History, Torah Class - Hollisa Alewine, Understanding Torah, Weekly Torah Portion Reading | 0 |
Thanks to the availability of rabbinic reference books, most people now understand that the rooster crow in Jerusalem wasn’t likely on the Temple Mount. When Yeshua warns Peter that he will deny Yeshua by the third rooster crow, the meaning is likely referring to the official Temple trumpet blowers, who signaled the Temple’s daily activities from special posts on the Temple Mount. To this day, you can view the tumbled stone on which they stood, which was found lying in the rubble at the base of the Temple Mount in 1968.
It is forbidden to raise fowl in Jerusalem because of the “Holy Things”, [fowl may bring impurity in to sacrificial items] nor may priests raise them [anywhere] in the Land of Israel because of [the laws concerning] pure foods. (Mishnah Bava Kama 7)
On the other hand, the rooster was used to signal the trumpet blowers when it was daylight, which was especially important on feast days with so many to accommodate in the services. Where was this rooster? Perhaps just outside the city walls, in which case, he would be easily heard.
The Temple was no place for chickens.
Now that you are called into covenant of royal priesthood with the Holy One of Israel, a little Temple sent to the nations, there’s still no room for chickens. There’s no room for a people too afraid to obey the Word.
The appearance of Yeshua as the conqueror in Revelation is one of authority, and his feet are bronze, just like the bronze sea of the Temple. Seas in Scriptures often represent the peoples. The washing of water by the Word is what Yeshua sacrificed himself for on the altar. It is also what a royal priesthood is called to do. No chickens.Read More
Dr Hollisa Alewine – Footsteps of Messiah Part 63 (The Foot Festival to Straying or Sealing)
by Hollisa Alewine | Apr 30, 2023 | Biblical Basics, Biblical History, Torah Class - Hollisa Alewine, Understanding Torah, Weekly Torah Portion Reading | 0 |
It doesn’t take long to learn about Passover and Sukkot, but Shavuot? What, exactly, are we supposed to do? There is a lot of celebration, storytelling, camping, and general hilarity during our bookend feasts of Passover and Sukkot, but I’ve had more than one email or student question concerning Shavuot and what to “do.” Just eat dairy products? Just stay up all night reading Torah? That’s it?
No, no, that’s not it. Shavuot forms the axis of the foot festivals. They are called foot festivals because these are the feasts that Israel was expected to walk to three times per year. The more fortunate could ride donkeys. As we listen for the footsteps of Messiah, then where else should we listen the most closely? Yes, the foot festivals.
Two most important themes of Shavuot are the bringing of the firstfruits of the wheat and commemorating the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai.
Our working text in the Footsteps of Messiah comes from Song of Songs Chapter 4:1-5. In past newsletters, we related these two symbols, a flock of goats and clean sheep as the nation of Israel come up from her two washings, the crossing of the Reed Sea and the three-day washing to prepare for the visitation at Mount Sinai to receive the Torah. The goats represent the Israelites descending from “Mount Gilead,” or the “Mount of Witness,” symbolizing Sinai, where they witnessed the Words in fire, smoke, hail, and rain:
How beautiful you are, my darling, how beautiful you are!Your eyes are like doves behind your veil; your hair is like a flock of goats that have descended from Mount Gilead. Your teeth are like a flock of newly shorn sheep which have come up from their washing, all of which bear twins, and not one among them has lost her young. Your lips are like a scarlet (shani) thread, and your mouth is beautiful. Your temples are like a slice of a pomegranate behind your veil. Your neck is like the tower of David, built with layers of stones on which are hung a thousand shields, all the round shields of the warriors.Your two breasts are like two fawns, twins of a gazelle that graze among the lilies.
The goat’s hair formed a covering for the Tabernacle: “All the skilled women spun with their hands, and brought what they had spun, in blue and purple and scarlet material and in fine linen. All the women whose heart stirred with a skill spun the goats’ hair.” (Ex 35:25-26)
After the “mount of Witness,” the Israelites begin to work under the inspiration of the Ruach HaKodesh with Betzalel and Oholiav. As an aside, it is a given within the ancient Jewish way of viewing the Revelation at Sinai, that the offer of the Torah was made to the other 70 nations on earth as well as to Israel. Out of those 70, there was a remnant who desired the Torah, yet only one nation that unanimously, and with ONE VOICE replied, “We will do and we will hear.”Read More
Dr Hollisa Alewine – Footsteps of Messiah Part 27 – (Poisonous Fruit and Wormwood)
by Hollisa Alewine | Jun 19, 2022 | Biblical Basics, Torah Class - Hollisa Alewine, Understanding Torah, Weekly Torah Portion Reading | 0 |
Today we cover Torah Portion Nasso, and discuss all the beast systems and how they influence us.Read More
Dr Hollisa Alewine – Footsteps of Messiah Part 26 – (Bamidbar – “Footsteps Wherever You Go, A Shavuot Review of the Journey”)
by Hollisa Alewine | Jun 12, 2022 | Biblical Basics, Torah Class - Hollisa Alewine, Understanding Torah, Weekly Torah Portion Reading | 0 |
We’ve been looking at the significance of the feasts relative to the return of Yeshua and the gathering of the righteous. The following contexts help us to understand the role of the wilderness in Israel’s gathering and return. Once the pieces are put together, it looks as though the final wilderness journey will begin in the nations of Israel’s exile, not the geographic wilderness of the exodus from Egypt.Read More
Dr Hollisa Alewine – Footsteps of Messiah Part 25 – (The Sheaves and Flocks of the Night Watches)
by Hollisa Alewine | Jun 5, 2022 | Biblical Basics, Torah Class - Hollisa Alewine, Understanding Torah, Weekly Torah Portion Reading | 0 |
In this study, we will see suggestions that those who are lukewarm will simply be thrown in the Wrath of the Lamb with the wicked. Can they still repent? The gates of repentance are always open, but one has to wonder why every single warning to repent was ignored up to that point. Can this person really change? If so, repentance may save his soul, but the prophecies imply a punishment of the body with the wicked. We’ll leave those questions for the Dayan Emet, or True Judge.Read More
Dr Hollisa Alewine – Footsteps of Messiah Part 21 – (The Sharp Sickle Pt 2)
by Hollisa Alewine | May 8, 2022 | Biblical Basics, Torah Class - Hollisa Alewine, Understanding Torah, Weekly Torah Portion Reading | 0 |
“Then I looked, and behold, a white cloud, and sitting on the cloud was one like a son of man, with a golden crown on His head and a sharp sickle in His hand. And another angel came out of the temple, calling out with a loud voice to Him who sat on the cloud, ‘Put in your sickle and reap, for the hour to reap has come, because the harvest of the earth is ripe.’ Then He who sat on the cloud swung His sickle over the earth, and the earth was reaped.” (Re 14:14-16)
Yeshua is the one with the sickle in the Cloud. He sits, or in Hebrew, “dwells” there. The same Hebrew word, yashav, means to sit or dwell. Yeshua harvests his firstfruits with the message, “Reap,” and he hurries to reap the Father’s firstfruits. In this instance, he reaps the standing sheaves all the way to the end of the earth. He hurries to perform the mitzvah and doesn’t let it age or sour.Read More
Mark Call – Pesach/Passover teaching (final day) from Shabbat Shalom Mesa
by Mark Call | Apr 23, 2022 | Biblical Basics, Come Out of Her My People - Mark Call, Old Testament & New Testament, Shabba Shalom Mesa - Mark Call, Understanding Torah, Weekly Torah Portion Reading, Who Are We? | 0 |
This week marks the final Sabbath and ultimately 7th day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, as well...Read More
Image Bearers Radio Ep. 69- Shavuot…Redemptions in Ruth
by Joe Aymond | Jul 12, 2021 | Image Bearers Radio with Joe Aymond | 0 |
This week we end our look at the book of Ruth in light of Shavuot. When we consider the story of...Read More
Image Bearers Radio Ep. 68- Shavuot Continued…Ruth
by Joe Aymond | Jun 3, 2021 | Image Bearers Radio with Joe Aymond | 0 |
In this week’s episode, we continue to consider the implications of Shavuot. Today we will...Read More
Image Bearers Radio Ep. 67- Shavuot Continued…
by Joe Aymond | Jun 3, 2021 | Image Bearers Radio with Joe Aymond | 0 |
Shavuot, the seemingly obscure one-day holiday that ends Pesach, has come and gone. So, why talk...Read More
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