Judah First

In the book of Romans we find the phrase “to the Jew first” three times: one for the gospel (1:16), one for wrath (2:9) and one for glory (2:10). I believe that this phrase is a continuation from the book of Genesis, in which the tribe of Judah was to “go first”. The connection between… Read more »

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The Israel Land Question

There is great controversy in the Body of Messiah worldwide concerning the place of the Jewish people and the land of Israel. However, the issue is not inherently about politics or racial identity but about the very nature of the kingdom of God. I. Redemption of Planet Earth Is the ultimate purpose of God for… Read more »

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Exile and Redemption

There is a profound mystery throughout the Scriptures in the relationship between Israel and the Nations. The covenant of God started with Noah for all the nations, and then was transferred to Israel through Shem and Abraham. Abraham himself lived in Ur of the Chaldeans (ancient Iraq) and immigrated to the land of Canaan. Abraham’s calling… Read more »

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How Difficult to Crucify the Flesh

I wonder if it was emotionally difficult for the Roman soldiers 2,000 years ago to crucify someone. Perhaps some of the soldiers were totally sadistic and enjoyed their work. Perhaps some of them were neutral and just “doing their jobs.” Perhaps others were actually good people (like the centurion) and felt compassion for those suffering. Was… Read more »

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Fig, Olive & Wine

Yeshua told a parable about the fig tree, which we understand to represent the nation of Israel. “Learn this parable from the fig tree; when you see its branches growing soft and its leaves budding, know that the summer is near” (Matthew 24:32). The softening of the branches can be seen as a softening of the heart… Read more »

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Two Sticks of Prophecy

In Ezekiel 37:15-23 the prophet is instructed to take two sticks and write on one: “For Judah and the sons of Israel, his companions” and on the other, “For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim and the whole house of Israel”. Then he is to join the two sticks in his hand, symbolizing the healing of… Read more »

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“Lech Lecha” – Go You!

In Genesis, chapters 12 to 22, the phrase “Lech Lecha” is found twice, once at the beginning and once at the end. “Lech Lecha” is a play on words that can mean either “go you” or “go, go”. It is used to emphasize the personal sacrifice of going somewhere to obey God. In the first… Read more »

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Cultural and Ethnic Developments

The first community of faith in Yeshua (Jesus) started on the day of Shavuot (Pentecost). There was an original core of 120 Jewish believers (Acts 1:14), made up primarily of native-born “Israelis” from the Galilee (Acts 1:11; 2:7) A careful reading of the Gospels and Acts reveals a social, almost ethnic tension between the Galilean… Read more »

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Faithful

Life can be likened to a long journey or marathon. At the finish line you only want to hear one thing, and nothing else matters: “Well done, good and faithful servant. You were faithful in little; I will appoint you over much. Come into the joy of your Master.” (Matthew 25:21) God has given us… Read more »

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Faith Through Love

People will rise to the level of faith you have for them. This is a secret of supernatural friendship and also leadership. You see a person with all of their failures, faults, and frustrating qualities – but can you also see the divine potential in them? Your faith should focus on that potential, as you nurture… Read more »

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