Did you ever go on a picnic only to have an annoying fly buzzing around your face and your food? You shew it away, it comes back, you shew it some more and it comes back again? Eventually, this tiny pest becomes a big annoyance until you finally thwack it with a fly swatter. Well this is how I see this “sacred name” nonsense. It’s annoying, silly, and bred out of misunderstanding. This post is my ‘thwack’ at this silly teaching. Continue Reading
Thanks to Rico Cortes, I got a better understanding of what “backsliding” means and I’d like to share it with you.
Imagine that you’ve been transported back in time and you’re standing in front of the Jewish temple, only your back is facing the temple and the Holy of Holies. If the temple is behind you, then the sun is in front of you which is east. (remember that) This is a physical picture of your turning your back on Yahweh since He resides in the temple. “Backsliding” means to turn your back on Yahweh. Continue Reading
I admit, I haven’t read Job in years because when I read it years ago, I didn’t get much out of it, other than to not question Yahweh. At the time, I couldn’t see where Job sinned because the bible, after all, said he was a righteous man. The general consensus was that Yahweh punished as He pleased for no apparent reason. I believe that the righteous will suffer with the wicked in some cases but that’s another topic. But I don’t think that Job suffered without reason. After reading Job years later, I see things very differently.
I think Job’s sin was pride and I’ll explain why… Continue Reading
1 Pet 4:12-16 “Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy.
“When His glory is revealed” – this is what I want to talk about. How is His glory revealed? What does that look like exactly? We all know that there are many benefits to suffering such as; it fosters endurance, patience, strength etc. But I want to get specific and talk about how His glory is manifested when we are in a trial; namely, in dealing with other people. I want to take you through a step-by-step process of a situation that happened to me recently and show exactly at what point His glory enters into it. Continue Reading
“My body is my temple” is a common phrase that has a variety of meanings depending on who you talk to. Most people don’t give it much thought. But generally this expression denotes holiness and I want to talk about just how true this is.
Did you know that there are parts of our bodies and our actions that mirror the furnishings in the Holy tabernacle? Did you know that while the physical temple does not exist today, that the daily temple service is portrayed in our bodies and executed by our obedience? “My body is my temple” is more than a phrase, it’s a way of life and I’m going to attempt to show how real this is using the temple as a picture.
Everyone loves receiving gifts right? You drop little hints when your birthday is near, hoping to get that one special (and unnecessary) extravagance you would never buy for yourself. You might search the premises and “accidentally” find it, then shake it, and sniff it, (don’t grimace – you know who you are) in the hopes of identifying it. Then the day arrives, you open your gift(s) and you are overwhelmed with joy when you get the gift you wanted. What a great feeling! Fun will be had by all!
Yesterday started like any other Sabbath. Hubby and I were excited about going over the Torah portion and discussing in-depth themes and just having a great time. At the end, for some reason, my mood changed for the worst. I started wondering what the Lord wanted from me and/or His plan for me. I thought ‘how am I benefitting anyone by my existence?’ And ‘why do I even get out of bed?‘ I don’t have a “job” where I report to someone anymore. I’m alone all week and have no interaction with people therefore I cannot be useful to anyone. I thought about how there is no one that I could help or bring a smile to their face somehow.Then I thought of all of the areas in which I lacked and convinced myself that I’m useless and that even Yahweh cannot use me. Was this self-pity? It sure sounds like it but after about an hour of this, my thoughts turned.