John 21 tells the story of how some of the disciples went fishing and didn’t catch anything all night. Then Yeshua appears and tells them to cast their net on the right side of the boat and they did and caught so many fish that they had trouble hauling them all in.
In Hebraic thought, there can be more than one meaning. Continue Reading
This subject dovetails into many others, including predestination, but I’m only going to address this particular verse in Matt 22:14 in context for now. I don’t typically study using Strong’s because Strong’s only defines words, and studying verses by simply looking at the word meanings is the Greek way of thinking and may not necessarily reflect the intended meaning. I study Hebraically, using thematic analysis primarily. Continue Reading
Inviting someone to dinner or offering a drink for an unexpected friend; these are what we typically think of as being hospitable and it is. But what I want to talk about is the Hebraic view of hospitality.
While we are familiar with this concept in our Western thinking, it takes on a slightly different meaning or nuance when we think Hebraically. Continue Reading
By Arthur E. Glass
IN DEALING WITH MY JEWISH BRETHREN for the past many years in Canada, the United States, Argentina, and Uruguay, I had one great difficulty, and it was this: My Jewish people would always fling at me this challenging question, “If Jesus is our Messiah, and the whole Old Testament is about Him, how come His name is never mentioned in it even once?”
I could never answer it satisfactorily to their way of thinking, and I admit I often wondered why His name was not actually written in the Old Bible. Oh, yes, I could show them His divine titles in Isaiah 7:14, 9:6; Jeremiah 23:5, 6, etc., and even the word Messiah (Christ) in several places; but the Hebrew name that would be equal to Jesus, that I could not show. Then one day the Holy Spirit opened my eyes, and I just shouted. There was the very name, Jesus, found in the Old Testament about 100 times all the way from Genesis to Habakkuk! Yes, the very word-the very name-that the angel Gabriel used in Luke 1:31 when he told Mary about the Son she was to have.
“Where do we find that name?“ you ask. Here it is, beloved: Continue Reading
Let’s start off with a quote:
William Barrett, explains that one of the most fundamental differences between the Western, Hellenistic mind and the Hebrew mind is found in the area of knowing vs. doing. Says Barrett, “The distinction…arises from the difference between doing and knowing. The Hebrew is concerned with practice, the Greek with knowledge. Right conduct is the ultimate concern of the Hebrew, right thinking that of the Greek. Duty and strictness of conscience are the paramount things in life for the Hebrew; for the Greek, the spontaneous and luminous play of the intelligence. The Hebrew thus extols the moral virtues as the substance and meaning of life; the Greek subordinates them to the intellectual virtues…the contrast is between practice and theory, between the moral man and the theoretical or intellectual man.”
I’d like to talk about Genesis chapter 24, specifically about how a bride is chosen for Isaac. I have read this story many times before, but this time I noticed something new. I saw some astounding shadows and themes, and I have a greater understanding of the spiritual significance of exactly what happened when Rebecca was chosen to become Isaac’s bride.
Let’s take a moment to refresh our memories:
The key players in this story are Abraham, Isaac, the servant, and Rebecca. Abraham wanted a bride for his son, so he sent his servant out to find a bride and bring her to Isaac.
Abraham wanted a wife for Isaac, but did not want one of the Canaanite women; rather, he made his servant swear to bring back a wife from among Abraham’s own relatives (Gen. 24: 3-4). Abraham’s servant did as he was commanded, and went to the land of Nahor. When he got there, he rested at a well and prayed to Yahweh to show him the woman that would become Isaac’s bride. The servant even proposed a test to make sure that he chose the correct woman (Gen. 24:10-14).
The test that Abraham’s servant devised was simple; he would ask for a drink of water, and the woman that was to be Isaac’s bride would not only give him a drink, but offer to water the camels, as well. Rebecca, a beautiful virgin and the daughter of Abraham’s brother, came to the well. The servant ran to meet her, asking for a drink, and Rebecca also offered to water the camels (Gen. 24:15-20). This confirmed to the servant that Rebecca was to be Isaac’s bride.
This story of how the bride was obtained for Isaac is a prophetic shadow of our relationship with the Yahweh, Yeshua, and the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit)! Look at it this way: Continue Reading
Having God as your Lord is the requirement for salvation, but grace, faith, and works play an integral part. Many people incorrectly understand grace and works to be opposing concepts. The concept of grace is misunderstood to mean individuals are saved regardless of continuation in evil behavior. The concept of works is misunderstood to mean individuals are saved only if they can earn salvation by perfectly obeying God’s law. The misunderstanding of these concepts has led to the mistaken belief that there is a conflict between grace and works.
The mistaken belief that there is a conflict between grace and works leads to the acceptance of one concept and the rejection of the other. For example, if you believe people are saved by grace, then it ultimately does not matter whether or not people obey God’s law. Conversely, if you believe people are saved by works, salvation is not a gift but instead is something to be earned by perfectly obeying God. Ephesians 2:8-10 clearly states that salvation is a gift and is not earned by good works or by obedience to God’s law. Instead, Ephesians 2:8-10 identifies grace as the means of salvation. Continue Reading