Here is a ‘firstborn’ mindbender, sure to stretch you!!

Following is a link to a Scripture image and thought from thebarkingfox.com.  Friend Al McCarn has assembled a couple verses that will totally stretch your understanding of YHVH’s plan and purpose….

Picture of the Week 04/21/17 – http://wp.me/p4cMjG-1tC

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My beautiful new handmade Negev tallit!!

The day before Pesach, my new tallit arrived at the door!

Friend and fellow sojourner, Chana, has had this on her ‘to-do’ list for a while, but a broken arm from a fall prevented her from being able to weave while she was mending.  Now, she is back to work and catching up on her several projects in addition to the normal weaving she has creating vintage auto fabrics for restored classic cars.

I have shared some of Chana’s talent before in several posts, but am now the proud recipient of some of her beautiful work.  Following are some pictures and a little more story.  Enjoy!

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It’s not that I have to, I get to!!

Chag Same’ach!!

Curried lamb, lemon sauteed asparagus, spiced carrots, salad, avocado and wonderful matzah along with a glass of Josh.

Mmmmmmm…..  

This Feast stuff is such a burden…  NOT!!

And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the Feast of Unleavened Bread to the Lord ; for seven days you shall eat unleavened bread.
Leviticus 23:6 ESV

http://bible.com/59/lev.23.6.ESV

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Can we accelerate the coming of the Messiah?

Last night, as we sat around the Pesach table, we enjoyed a wonderful romp through Scripture.  A small affair, with only three guests besides my family, we embraced the freedom to pursue Scripture and thought trails induced by the haggadah.  Two of the three guests, never having participated in a Passover, had insightful questions and opened doors for significant discussion.

As we discussed Scripture and the scattering of the house of Israel, I brought up an interesting connection in Scripture: Both Matthew 24:31 and Deuteronomy 30:4 use the phrase ‘from the ends of the sky’ when speaking of the gathering of Yah’s people.  (I have discussed this connection before and recommend this article as background.)

This morning, I woke thinking about the coming of the Messiah and how to speed it!

Christian and Rabbinic thought differ on whether we can speed or affect prophecy, a point that I made at our table last evening.  We were enjoying a wonderful bottle of Jozef from Har Bracha Winery in Samaria, Israel, my selection for Pesach.  I explained to our guests that the bottle is a fulfillment of prophecy and poignant reminder of the difference in Christian and Judaic perspectives on prophecy.

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Things that make you go, “Hmmmm…”

If the Sabbath is no longer relevant, why did Yeshua invoke its latter-day significance in the last week of his life?  Hmmmm…

The everlasting and unchanging Word says multiple times that the seventh-day Sabbath, the Shabbat, is ‘olam.’  (Forever.)

Verse image by Dorothy Wilson, YouVersion friend.

Pray that your escape will not happen in winter, or on Shabbat.
Matthew 24:20 TLV

http://bible.com/314/mat.24.20.TLV

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Taste and see that the Lord is good!!

While generally understood in a metaphorical sense, yesterday, I was reminded of the real physical sense that our Father expects us to understand His Word when it says,

Oh taste and see that the Lord is good! Ps. 34:8

We gathered with a dozen or more families yesterday to participate in a mock Seder (Passover) meal.  Most all of us will celebrate Passover in the coming day or so, but we had guests and visitors who had never experienced a Passover and, planning to celebrate with families in their homes for the first time, needed to ‘see’ and experience in order to more fully understand the meaning of the feast and how to lead it.

This will be about our sixth Passover and each is more rich than the previous as I learn and understand more fully the great depth of YHVH’s Word.  Yesterday was no different as I made new connections with Scripture and even this morning, I woke thinking, ‘Oh taste and see that the Lord is good!’

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Matzah Truffles and Pesach Delicacies…

Two years ago, I offered a terrific compilation of delicious Pesach recipes using matzah.

Well, the truffles have been so well received the last two years that I thought I’d kick the dark chocolate and sea salt truffles up a notch…  Here is a selection of what I made late yesterday a I relaxed in the kitchen.

Dark chocolate truffles made with matzah. Clockwise from top left: Coconut, Raspberry, White Chocolate with Macadamia Nut, Manischewitz Glaze, Fireball Whiskey Glaze and Cappuccino. (Poor photography: mine.)

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Should Christians celebrate Passover?

A recent commenter on my blog asked the question, “Should Christians celebrate Passover?”  While this is certainly a controversial topic, it is absolutely one that needs to be visited on a regular basis, and the answer needs to be Scriptural, not based on man’s traditions and doctrines.

I will seek, in a short post, to demonstrate that Scripture clearly points Christians to celebrating Passover.  Numerous links to expanded explanations in previous blog posts will be provided.

The early chapters of Exodus recount the miraculous redemption of Israel from Egypt.  Central to the story is the celebration of Passover ‘as a sign’…’on your hand and on your forehead.’  (13:9)  As part of the commandment, the Lord (YHVH) states clearly, multiple times, that Passover is an ordinance that is to be celebrated annually, forever.  Here are a few verses from Exodus 12 and 13:

Ex. 12:14 ‘Now this day will be a memorial to you, and you shall celebrate it as a feast to the Lord; throughout your generations you are to celebrate it as [a]a permanent ordinance.

Ex. 12:24 And you shall observe this event as an ordinance for you and your children forever.

Ex. 13:10 Therefore, you shall keep this ordinance at its appointed time from [a]year to year.

Clearly, from these verses and their surrounding context, someone is supposed to be keeping Passover every year!  But, who?

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When did ‘forever’ stop meaning ‘forever’?

May we pursue the truth in Scripture, whereever it leads…

Dinner tonight includes a fabulous Israeli wine from Galil Mountain.  The can is Yiron, 2013.

Therefore the people of Israel shall keep the Sabbath, observing the Sabbath throughout their generations, as a covenant forever. It is a sign forever between me and the people of Israel that in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested and was refreshed.'”
Exodus 31:16‭-‬17 ESV

http://bible.com/59/exo.31.16-17.ESV

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‘Forever’…  what does that mean?


Therefore the people of Israel shall keep the Sabbath, observing the Sabbath throughout their generations, as a covenant forever. It is a sign forever between me and the people of Israel that in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested and was refreshed.'”
Exodus 31:16‭-‬17 ESV

http://bible.com/59/exo.31.16-17.ESV

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Remnant Road hosted excellent conversation with Hebraic Native American leaders. Must listen!!

Recently, we have been considering boundaries and dishonor as we build toward an understanding of the role of protocol in removing shame and restoring honor.  The reason for pursuing this topic is it’s relation to recognizing the sins of our fathers and making amends.  It also involves our humbling.  Leviticus 26 says,

40 ‘If they confess their iniquity and the iniquity of their forefathers, in their unfaithfulness which they committed against Me, and also in their acting with hostility against Me— 41 I also was acting with hostility against them, to bring them into the land of their enemies—or if their uncircumcised heart becomes humbled so that they then make amends for their iniquity, 42 then I will remember My covenant with Jacob, and I will remember also My covenant with Isaac, and My covenant with Abraham as well, and I will remember the land. 43 For the land will be abandoned by them, and will make up for its sabbaths while it is made desolate without them. They, meanwhile, will be making amends for their iniquity, Continue reading

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Beautiful new song by Oxana Eliahu

I woke this morning to an email with a link to this beautiful tune by Oxana Eliahu.

Sh’ma Israel!!

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Sitting Bull, Wounded Knee and great dishonor… Protocol part 2

Decades of broken promises, stolen land and injustices culminated in the late 1880’s.  Bison herds, a staple of Lakota survival, had been hunted to near extinction and the government refused to prevent poachers from entering Lakota lands to kill the few remaining animals.  Many tribes were teetering on the edge of starvation.  This led to mounting frustration, common to all Native Americans in the Plains and western mountains, producing a healthy environment for the teachings of Wovoka, a Paiute prophet and healer.

In early 1889, Wovoka claimed to have seen a vision of the Messiah foretelling the future restoration of the Native Americans and the

ejection of the European trespassers.  As part of this vision, he relayed a dance, slow and somber to a single drum, called the Ghost Dance.  Wovoka’s promise of restoration and redemption began to sweep the Plains and was quite unnerving, particularly the dancing, to the settlers pushing in from the east.  It did not matter that Wovoka was teaching the tribes to walk at peace, cease lying and stealing, etc.

On December 15, 1889, in a heavy handed effort to quell this Messianic zeal, US Government officials decided to arrest Chief Sitting Bull and a dozen or more other chiefs.  When they arrived at Sitting Bull’s residence with 40 Native American Police, a crowd quickly gathered to protest the action.  A scuffle ensued and a few shots were exchanged killing Sitting Bull, eight supporters and six policemen.

Fearful that the situation would escalate into reprisals, 200 of Sitting Bull’s Hunkpapa band fled to join Chief Spotted Elk at the Cheyenne River Reservation.  Continue reading

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Terrific continued dialog between Dr. Rivkah Adler and Al McCarn, re: The Dilemma of the Ger

The below linked article is a must read in the continued dialog between Dr. Adler and Al McCarn.  Please read, digest and ponder.  May Abba be glorified as He works out His plan of restoration in the world!!

A Jewish Response to The Dilemma of the Ger – http://wp.me/p4cMjG-1qV

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I want your input for market research Re: Israel. Thanks!!

Currently, I am conducting some market research to better understand Christian and Messianic attitudes toward Israeli products.  Specifically, this research is to help guide a team of Messianic believers who feel led to help Israeli agriculture producers to be more profitable and extend the reach of their businesses.

Please take a couple minutes to answer a few quick questions, and leave some feedback.  Also, for broader coverage in this endeavor, please consider sharing this post on your Facebook page.  We need as much input as possible.

Thank you so much for your participation.

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