Wednesday, April 9, 2014

DEEPER MEANINGS OF ALLEGORIES IN THE BIBLE

DEEPER MEANINGS OF ALLEGORIES IN THE BIBLE


An allegory is a story in which the characters and events are symbolic of a deeper underlying meaning or message. 
It is surprising to read the number of events the Bible tells us about, that seem to be against God’s will or opposite to His character, yet those events open our understanding of eternal life and the Gospel message. 
All through the Bible we read so many allegories and nuances, many people have trouble 
understanding what the Lord could possibly mean and misinterpret what God is saying to us.


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

ESAU SON OF ISAAC AND REBEKAH

ESAU SON OF ISAAC AND REBEKAH



‘Isaac was forty years old when he took Rebekah to be his wife … Rebekah was barren so Isaac entreated the Lord for his wife then Rebekah conceived. 
The babies struggled together within her (causing distress). Rebekah said, "If it be so, why do I live?" 
She went to inquire of the Lord. He said to her, “Two nations are in your womb. 
Two nations will be separated from your body. 
One nation will be stronger than the other. The elder child will serve the younger.” 
When her days to be delivered were fulfilled, behold, there were twins in her womb. 
The first was born red all over like a hairy garment. They named him Esau (meaning red and 
hairy). Then his brother was born with his hand holding Esau's heel. 
He was named Jacob (usurper or supplanter). 
Isaac was sixty years old when Rebekah bore them. The boys grew. 
Esau was a skilful hunter, a man of the field. 
Jacob was a quiet man, living in tents. 
Isaac favoured Esau because he ate his venison. Rebekah favoured Jacob. After Jacob boiled some stew, Esau came in from the field and was famished. Esau said to Jacob, "Please feed me some red stew, for I am famished." Jacob said, "First, sell me your birthright." 
Esau said, "Behold, I am about to die. What good is the birthright to me?" 
Jacob said, "Swear to me first." Esau swore to him. 
He sold his birthright to Jacob. Jacob gave Esau bread and stew of lentils. 
He ate and drank, rose up and went his way. Esau trivialised his birthright’ 
(Genesis 25:20 to 34). 



Sunday, March 30, 2014

NAMES OF GOD THE FATHER

NAMES OF GOD THE FATHER

‘You will worship no other god for Yahweh, whose name is Jealous is a jealous God’ (Exodus 34:14). 

This verse tells us the name Yahweh, sometimes spelt as Jehovah, Yehu, Yah, YHWH or in Hebrew, YEUE actually means Jealous. 
It is the personal name of God and is not to be spoken lightly. 
It was this name the Lord said in very strong words, was not to be taken in vain or the speaker would be cursed and put to death.
‘You will not use the name of Yahweh Elohim in vain (lightly or profanely) for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain’ (Exodus 20:7; Deuteronomy 5:11). 
In these two verses, the name of God was written in the plural. YHWH (singular) Elohim (plural). The last three letters of the name Elohim – ‘h.i.m’ in Hebrew denote the plurality of the triune God; Father, Son and Holy Spirit. 
Elohim forbade taking His name in vain and since this is the triune name, that infers people are not to take the name of Jesus or the Holy Spirit in vain. 
To do so is blasphemy (Mark 3:29). 


Saturday, March 22, 2014

JEWS AND GENTILES BECOMING ONE NEW MAN UNDER ONE SHEPHERD

JEWS AND GENTILES BECOMING ONE NEW MAN UNDER ONE SHEPHERD



This topic is close to the hearts of all of us. 
God is doing a great work bringing all His very ancient chosen people and fairly 'modern' chosen believers together as one special Body of People under our Great Shepherd. Hallelujah! It will be a wonderful thing when this transition is completed.



Wednesday, March 12, 2014

JOY IN THE LORD IS OUR STRENGTH

JOY IN THE LORD IS OUR STRENGTH


Go your way, eat as much food as you desire, drink the sweet (juice) and send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared, for this day is holy to our Lord. 
Do not be aggrieved for the joy of the Lord is your strength.  (Nehemiah 8:10).

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