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Exodus - 43 - Exodus 17:1-16 - Egypt’s MA’AT and the Lord’s SHALOM שָׁלוֹם

Exodus - 43 - Exodus 17:1-16 - Egypt’s MA’AT and the Lord’s SHALOM שָׁלוֹם

July 3, 2022

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The Hebrews go deeper and deeper into the wilderness of Sinai.  To the Egyptians, and the Hebrews who had assimilated into the Egyptian worldview and culture, this was considered the area of death, disorder, danger, confusion, evil or in ancient Egyptian IZFIT.  Sometimes translated into English as CHAOS.  Only the narrow area of fertile around on either side of the Nile was considered the place of truth, goodness, righteousness, life, harmony, prosperity, peace.  The Egyptian word for this beautiful order is MA’AT.  In Egypt the king, Pharaoh, was dedicated to preserving MA’AT – order and peace – and preventing IZFIT – chaos and death – for all Egyptians.  The Egyptians looked to a man who must provide this order, harmony, prosperity, and truth.  What’s interesting is that God, the God of the Bible, the LORD, Adonai who is known by His name, the tetragrammaton, יהוה, pronounced mistakenly as YAHWAY but probably should pronounced YAH VAY (no W sound in Hebrew), He brings His people into the Sinai wilderness.  He purposely brings them into CHAOS, into what the Egyptians believe is the land of evil, death, disorder, and danger.  Why?  Why is the Lord doing this?  In lesson 43 in Exodus 17 we face this issue and its lesson is for them THEN and for us NOW.  

In this podcast I mentioned key lessons that are related to this podcast.  If you are serious about Bible study.  If you are serious about your interest in the end of days, the return of Jesus, and the day of the Lord.  If you want to expand your knowledge of God’s word and to understand what Jesus meant when He said that all scripture testifies of Himself, these lessons are a must.  These lessons provide an expansion of the ideas of how this chapter in Exodus is possibly connected to the end of days.  In chapter 17 we study the attack of the Amalekites on Israel and Rephidim.  We find this has amazing connections to the feast of Purim (pronounced “poo reem”) and again in Jesus’ day all they way to Rome, Nazi Germany, and the Soviet Union and finally to the end of days and the defeat of the ultimate evil one, the enemy of Israel, the church, the one who has been always anti-Christ and anti-God.  The first link (see below) is to Truth Nugget #15 on the feast of Purim as related to the end of days and the return of Messiah Yeshua.  The 2nd is the link to lesson 65 in the Torah series on Genesis where we study the origins of the conflict between Jacob and Esau, between those who are anti-Christ and those who are the chosen of God.  The 3rd link is to the chapter in my book on the feast of Purim.  This chapter provides more depth as its related to the Truth Nugget 15. 

Link 1 – https://lightofmenorah.podbean.com/e/truth-nuggets-15-vidcast-purim-not-by-chance-but-by-design/?token=bde2fde2d0c848fcba88d12d1f3354df

Link 2 – https://lightofmenorah.podbean.com/e/genesis-65-gen-271-289-and-361-512-anti-israel-anti-torah-and-anti-christ/?token=bed70612df49352d1c8555ff1f4a1821

Link 3 - https://www.dropbox.com/s/lm0442r2glx4djh/Esther.Haman.Purim.Jesus.pdf?dl=0

Who is this guy, Rev. Ferret?  What's his background?  Why should we take time to listen to him?  Here's a link to check out his background -

 https://www.dropbox.com/s/ortnret3oxcicu4/BackgrndTeacher%20mar%2025%202020.pdf?dl=0

Genesis 65 - GEn. 27:1-28:9 and 36:1-5,12 - ANTI ISRAEL, ANTI TORAH, AND ANTI CHRIST

Genesis 65 - GEn. 27:1-28:9 and 36:1-5,12 - ANTI ISRAEL, ANTI TORAH, AND ANTI CHRIST

July 2, 2022

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In lesson 65 we again turn our attention to Jacob’s brother Esau.  His name (עֵשָׂו H6215 pronounced EE SAV) in Hebrew means rough or hairy from the Gesenius Hebrew Lexicon.  When Esav is born it says …

When her days to be delivered were fulfilled, behold, there were twins in her womb. Now the first came forth red, all over like a hairy garment; and they named him Esau.

(Gen 25:24-25)

 

So Jacob’s brother was born "esav" and "edom" or hairy and red.  It’s like Edom, red, becomes Esav’s nickname.  Esav is said to be the father of the Edomites, the red people, coming from the fact that Esav was probably was a hairy baby covered with red hair.

In this lesson we will begin to see how Esav and his hatred for his brother Jacob carries throughout the history of Israel; it carries even into Jesus’ day in surprising ways.  Of course we missed it since we are so disconnected from our Jewish roots and we read the Bible in English and don’t understand the Hebrew or Greek.  Also, few teach the Bible in its historical context.  Once we reconnect the word to its historical context the Lord enriches and expands our understanding that is deeply meaningful.

In this podcast I mentioned that I’d provide a link to an article on the Edomites.  I think this will only add to your understanding and knowledge.  Here’s the link - https://www.gotquestions.org/Edom-in-the-Bible.html

 

A second link is to the vidcast on the feast of Purim (H6332 Pooreem פּוּרִים  lots (as by means of a broken piece) – casting lots).  In this video Bible study we will discover awesome connections to Jacob and Esau and the Edomites and the Amalekites but also to Jesus and perhaps even the end times and the Day of the Lord.  Here's the link - https://lightofmenorah.podbean.com/e/truth-nuggets-15-vidcast-purim-not-by-chance-but-by-design/?token=bde2fde2d0c848fcba88d12d1f3354df

Who is this guy, Rev. Ferret?  What's his background?  Why should we take time to listen to him?  Here's a link to check out his backgroundhttps://www.dropbox.com/s/ortnret3oxcicu4/BackgrndTeacher%20mar%2025%202020.pdf?dl=0

Truth Nuggets 11 -WHY DO I DO WHAT I DO?

Truth Nuggets 11 -WHY DO I DO WHAT I DO?

July 1, 2022

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No matter what a Christian faces, no matter what we live through, no matter what challenges we encounter, even terrible evil and death, Jesus COMMANDS us to do something.  What did He command us? 

We have NO choice in this.  These are the very words of God; it is not my opinion.  He orders us and we MUST listen and obey which in Hebrew is the word שְׁמַע or Shema. 

You may be familiar with a famous verse in Deut. 6:4 that says “Hear O Israel, the Lord is our God.”  The Hebrew: שְׁמַע יִשְׂרָאֵל‎; Sh’ma Yisrael.  Sh’ma means to hear so as to understand and as a result to do.  So, we are to Sh’ma Yeshua’s words – to hear His instruction so that we understand and act. 

Light of Menorah is one of many resources so that in these days you can do what Jesus orders you to do.  Light of Menorah is one a many vehicles so that you can act and live as a real disciple.  This is the purpose of this ministry.  This is why I go on day after day in spite of what we face and endure.  I have no choice in this.  It is as if the Lord ordered me to do what I do and there is no release and no relief in this work.  Sounds like a real chore.  NO!!  I do what He gave me to do and it is an awesome JOY.  I hope you are blessed in using Light of Menorah to accomplish Jesus' command.

His command?  Oh forgot.  Now listen.  

Rev. Ferret - who is this guy?  What's his background?  Why should I listen to him?  Check his background at this link - https://www.dropbox.com/s/ortnret3oxcicu4/BackgrndTeacher%20mar%2025%202020.pdf?dl=0

SPECIAL ALERT - NEW PODCASTS GENESIS & EXODUS RESUMES

SPECIAL ALERT - NEW PODCASTS GENESIS & EXODUS RESUMES

June 30, 2022

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My recovery is going very good.  I am returning to giving you new lessons in the ongoing Torah study in Genesis and Exodus.  Please listen to the alert to get the details.  

 לך לשלום בשם ישוה אדוננו

Lecha LaShalom B'Shem Yeshua Adonai 

Go in Peace in the Name of Jesus the Lord

 

Truth Nuggets 10  - Psalm 1 - A Beatitude of the Acacia Tree

Truth Nuggets 10 - Psalm 1 - A Beatitude of the Acacia Tree

June 29, 2022

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Jesus is said to have taught the Beatitudes in Matthew 5.  It is as if we think Jesus invented the beatitudes and a grammatical form to teach us about what a real disciple is like.  Well, he did not.  David used the format and so did other writers of the psalms.  Solomon uses it also in Proverbs.  Psalm 1 is a beatitude.  It is a picture of what a righteous man or woman is like who is one of God's people, one saved and part of the everlasting Kingdom of the Most High.  Such a one is like a tree planted by streams of water.  Once again, David gets it.  Adonai inspired David to probably associate a righteous disciple of Yeshua with a particular tree found in the wadis of the Judean wilderness.  So, you are like this tree.  So come and join us in this podcast to understand what God says we are like even in days of difficulty and distress.  We are not taken out of these difficult days but we live in them and through them to show the world what it is like to be HIS disciple, HIS righteous people.

Click here for my paper on the acacia tree - https://www.dropbox.com/s/z8p8guvg9r2lqol/The%20Acacia%20Tree%20.pdf?dl=0

Rev. Ferret - who is this guy?  What's his background?  Why should I listen to him?  Check his background at this link - https://www.dropbox.com/s/ortnret3oxcicu4/BackgrndTeacher%20mar%2025%202020.pdf?dl=0

Truth Nuggets - 9 - Vine and the Branches - LIFT US UP

Truth Nuggets - 9 - Vine and the Branches - LIFT US UP

June 27, 2022

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Jesus teaches His disciples that they are the BRANCHES and He is the TRUE VINE.  On top of that these branches are "clean" because of what they learned from their rabbi, Rabbi Jesus.  Clean?  You mean somehow Jesus' words gave them a bath?  Huh?

He was teaching Jews in Israel about 2000 years ago.  We are so disconnected from those days that much of what Jesus taught simply escapes us.  So, if you thought you understood everything in John 15:1-11 wait till you watch this vidcast!  The church has abandoned understanding the Bible in its ancient historical and cultural context.  There are so many misconceptions that we are taught mistakenly and without the knowledge of the teacher.  It is time once again to reconnect to those days and study His word in context and grasp the original intended meaning by the Lord.  Ready?  Let's go.

Rev. Ferret - who is this guy?  What's his background?  Why should I listen to him?  Check his background at this link - https://www.dropbox.com/s/ortnret3oxcicu4/BackgrndTeacher%20mar%2025%202020.pdf?dl=0


Truth Nuggets - 8 - He Was Laid in A Manger

Truth Nuggets - 8 - He Was Laid in A Manger

June 24, 2022

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TRUTH NUGGETS #8

Mary gave birth to her son, Jesus, and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes and He was laid in a manger.  This is so familiar to any and all Christians from and early age and throughout our lives.  It is part of the “Christmas” story so much a part of our lives every year. 

But, is there more that we can’t see?  Is the manger and Jesus in the manger, does this relate to something more; something so common to our Christian experience? 

This vidcast from Light of Menorah takes us back to ancient Israel to understand what a manger is and what it is used for.  It takes us to Bethlehem to locate where mangers are found.  This video takes us back 3400 years to ancient Egypt and the words of Adonai given to Moses in the Torah, the first five books of the Bible just before they left Egypt.  And as we study the archaeology in Jesus’ day and the Torah, as we remember that Jesus said all scripture testifies of Him - He said this 2000 years ago when all they had was the Hebrew scriptures (a.k.a. the Old Testament) – this along with the picture of Jesus just born and lying in a manger explodes with meaning.  We missed it since the “church” has been disconnected from its Jewish roots for hundreds and hundreds of years.  

Are you ready for this?  Let’s go.

I mentioned in the video that I would provide scholarly links to study the events and the archaeology of Jesus’ birth from the Associates for Biblical Research.  These are a must if you want to come to grips with the reality of His birth and to expand your understanding of the Gospel of the Kingdom.

Link 1 to an article by Dr. Ken Bailey entitled, “The Manger and the Inn.”  -  https://biblearchaeology.org/new-testament-era-list/2803-the-manger-and-the-inn?highlight=WyJtYW5nZXIiLCJtYW5nZXInIl0=

Link 2 to a video by Gary Byers entitled, “Away in a Manger but Not a Barn.” -

Part 1 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YveeRv50lmg

Part 2 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XzRG6jIVGoY

Part 3 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3I-YhXcx0qU

Link 3 to an article by Gordon Melish, “There Wasn’t an Inn.” - https://biblearchaeology.org/research/devotionals/3643-there-wasnt-any-inn?highlight=WyJtYW5nZXIiLCJtYW5nZXInIl0=

Link 4 - Joel Kramer's video on the archaeology of Bethlehem - https://sourceflix.com/our-video/born-in-bethlehem/

Rev. Ferret - who is this guy?  What's his background?  Why should I listen to him?  Check his background at this link - https://www.dropbox.com/s/ortnret3oxcicu4/BackgrndTeacher%20mar%2025%202020.pdf?dl=0


Truth Nuggets 7 - Heb. 13:4 - The Marriage Bed is Holy in the Eyes of Adonai

Truth Nuggets 7 - Heb. 13:4 - The Marriage Bed is Holy in the Eyes of Adonai

June 22, 2022

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Some people think that the word "fornication" means sex outside of marriage. Some say that this is what it means in the Bible.  NOPE.  Sorry folks.  God never states specifically that pre-marital sex or sex outside of marriage is a sin.  But it is.  How does God teach us this in His Torah, His "instruction?"  How did He get this across to His chosen people the Hebrews coming out of Egypt?  How did God do this to His people in the 1st century A.D. when He, Yeshua HaMaschiach, Jesus the Messiah, God Himself, how did He teach this THEN?  We missed it.  He did teach it.  But, once again we need to put the Bible into its historical perspective.  One needs to understand how God taught them THEN 3400, 3000, 2500,  or 2000 years ago, so we can understand NOW.  Sex outside of marriage is a sin and, on top of that, it looks as if it is something God hates.  Wait till you see.

Here's a number of links I promised in the podcast you many find very enlightening.  

Link 1 - the practice of sex outside of marriage, abortion, and infanticide in ancient Greece and Rome - https://soc.history.ancient.narkive.com/DIO506S4/world-before-christ-infanticide-and-abortion-in-ancient-pagan-world

Link 2 - the 613 laws of Maimonides - https://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/756399/jewish/The-613-Commandments-Mitzvot.htm

Link 3 - Jewish scholarly site showing that pre-marital sex is NOT brought up in the Hebrew scriptures (the Old Testament) - https://www.myjewishlearning.com/article/jewish-views-on-premarital-sex/

Link 4 - Ray Vander Laan's article on ancient pagan religion and practices - https://www.thattheworldmayknow.com/fertility-cults-of-canaan

Link 5 - Josephus' statement that abortion is considered murder - https://lexundria.com/j_ap/2.202/wst

Link 6 - my research article for my master's degree in Biblical history.  The focus is on adoption in ancient Turkey (Asia Minor) but relates to infanticide in ancient Rome.  The bibliography is invaluable - https://www.dropbox.com/s/i0fg3wwbm9xohzq/Ephesus%20Adopt.pdf?dl=0

Rev. Ferret - who is this guy?  What's his background?  Why should I listen to him?  Check his background at this link https://www.dropbox.com/s/ortnret3oxcicu4/BackgrndTeacher%20mar%2025%202020.pdf?dl=0

Truth Nuggets 6 - Parable of the Talents - Mah Yeshua Hayah Osay

Truth Nuggets 6 - Parable of the Talents - Mah Yeshua Hayah Osay

June 20, 2022

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Recently an associate of mine asked me about the Parable of the Talents in Matthew's Gospel in chapter 25.  He has some who say that God is teaching us concepts regarding investing our money.  I said I was highly doubtful since once again we need to consider the textual context (the words before and even after the parable) and the historical context.  A highly credible archaeologist, Dr. Ben Witherington III (an American New Testament scholar. Witherington is Professor of New Testament Interpretation at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky, and an ordained pastor in the United Methodist Church), said that TEXT (the words of the Bible) with no CONTEXT (its place in the Bible and the historical setting) is a PRETEXT (a reason to justify one's view) for what we want the words to mean.   Let me repeat that with no commentary - TEXT with no CONTEXT is a PRETEXT for what we want the words to mean.  Thus, no context means you can make up your own meaning.  This is dangerous and is done much to frequently in the church today and in many seminaries who have abandoned the study of the Bible in its historical setting.

Jesus taught this parable 2000 years ago to His disciples.  That Jesus ONLY taught His disciples is clear as this parable, and the parable of the Wise and Foolish virgins, is in a section that begins in Chapter 24 of Matthew's Gospel when Jesus was on the Mt. of Olives.  His disciples came to Him and started asking Him about the end times.  The Parable of the Talents is taught to His disciples; it was Jesus and His 12 only.  For those disciples raised in Judaism of Jesus' day they heard this parable in ways that differ with how we look at it as Christians in the 21st century.  Let's return to HEAR what they heard THEN so that we can have the Spirit of the Lord expand our understanding NOW.  Once we do we can then understand that from this parable we should ask daily, in every circumstance, in all situations, מה ישוע היה עושה‎, Mah Yeshua Hayah Osay - what would Jesus do.  Thus, we are like our "rabbi" and thus we are true disciples doing the works He gave us after being saved by grace. (Eph. 2:8-10)

 

Rev. Ferret - who is this guy?  What's his background?  Why should I listen to him?  Check his background at this link https://www.dropbox.com/s/ortnret3oxcicu4/BackgrndTeacher%20mar%2025%202020.pdf?dl=0

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