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Yom Kippur: Yeshua Already Paid for That

Crucifixion“…and forgive us our debts as we forgive those who trespass against us.” (Matt. 6:12)
…”Forgive, and you will be forgiven.” (Luke 6:37)
Forgiveness:  Relinquishing our desire to punish another for their offenses. (Dr. Jerry Cook)

Easy to understand, hard to apply.  But Yom Kippur is all about forgiveness – God’s forgiveness of man, and man’s forgiveness of others.  Yom Kippur (translated the Day of Atonements) begins at sunset on October 4, 2014 and is the sixth in the seven Biblical Feasts.  It commemorates God’s annual forgiveness of the Israelites as a nation and God’s forgiveness of all through Yeshua’s death.  Likewise, it’s a time when we are to forgive others. (more…)


Thank Goodness for The Feast of Tabernacles!

SukkahThe rising cost of living, wars and governments being overthrown, global financial instability, an increase in natural disasters and man-made dangers – the headlines bombard us.  The low level hum of a looming turmoil grows louder.  Thank goodness for The Feast of Tabernacles!

The Feast of Tabernacles, called Sukkot in Hebrew, is the seventh and last Feast in God’s holy days.  This year it takes place from sundown October 9 through sundown October 16, 2014.  It looks back to God’s unlimited provision for the Israelites as they sojourned 40 years in the wilderness.  During the seven days of Sukkot, we spend time in our flimsy, homemade shelters to remind us of our complete dependence on God.  Sukkot also looks forward to the Millennial Age where we will “tabernacle” with Yeshua eternally.

But there’s an often overlooked aspect to this Feast.  (more…)


Why Count the Omer, Part 1: The First 40 Days

counting the omer 2Counting the Omer – most are familiar with the culmination of the count, which is Pentecost, also called the Festival of Weeks.  “Weeks” is taken from the Hebrew word “shavuot” and refers to the seven weeks that precede Pentecost.  Leviticus 23:15 tells us to count the weeks between the Feast of First Fruits and Pentecost:

“From the day after the Sabbath, the day you brought the sheaf of the wave offering, count off seven full weeks.”

It’s called “Counting the Omer” because the omer was the unit of measure used in this counting process of tracking the grain harvest.

In 2014, the Feast of First Fruits occurs on Sunday, April 20th.  Pentecost occurs on June 8, seven weeks or 50 days later – thus the name Pentecost.

For the past few years, I’ve kept count of the 50 days, although not understanding why.  I was like a child – obeying my Father because he’s my Father.  As with all the Feasts, God has been faithful to teach me little by little each year in accordance with my desire for His revelation.  Last year brought insights about the count that I had never seen or heard of in my research. (more…)


Passover and Easter: What are You Celebrating?

spring-tree-cropPassover and Easter usually occur close together on the calendar, and presumably both commemorate the same event.  Are they the same or what’s the difference?  I assumed Passover was Jewish and Easter was Christian.  But what I found surprised me.  (more…)


Abraham, Isaac and Jasher: The Story of a Son Loving a Father

DAN_0109To many, the account of Abraham offering up Isaac to God in Genesis 22 is one of the hardest stories in the Bible to read and comprehend.  You don’t have to be a parent to feel the anguish Abraham must have felt, to question how he could attempt such a heartbreaking act, and even to doubt the goodness of God.

In addition to the emotion it raises, there are several unanswered logical mysteries as well.  What did Abraham tell Isaac they were doing?  Was Isaac really that gullible?  The fact that Abraham had Isaac carry the wood up the mountain indicates that Isaac was stronger than Abraham.  How did Abraham wrestle him onto the altar?  Furthermore, the surrounding information indicates Isaac would’ve been an adult, probably near 37 years old.  Just how did Abraham get him to go along with this preposterous plan?  There are enough holes in the report to make us wonder if we’re really hearing the whole story.  (more…)


God’s Blessing and Provision, Part 2: We’re in the Family of The Provider

In my last blog I discussed the balance between stewarding our resources while remaining completely dependent on God during the increase in economic or political turbulence and especially natural disasters.

A wonderful example of this principle is Joseph.  His leadership during the great famine of his time not only demonstrates his response to and preparation for hard times, but has additional significance for us today because of the fact that he is a foreshadow of Yeshua Himself.  I believe Joseph’s story provides us a glimpse of what’s ahead for Yeshua’s followers as end-time events escalate. (more…)


The Dangers of Discontent, Part 3: The Missed Revelation

God's guidanceIn our review of Numbers 11, we’ve seen how rejection of God’s provision (Part 1) and replacement with their own desires (Part 2) forces God’s presence out of the Israelites’ wilderness camp.  But that’s not all.  The story includes details that provide clues about something more God had planned.

In His mercy, I believe God hid a blessing in the midst of the incident for those who would pursue the path He laid out.  While, there’s no account of any of the Israelites doing so, it serves as a lesson to us today of how God provides us a way to correct our path when we’ve gone astray.  It’s a testament to God’s patience and tenacity in His pursuit of us and shows us how to stay in His will and presence.  It’s a revelation the Israelites missed. (more…)


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