Torah Portion: Yitro (Exodus 18:1-20:26)

This week’s portion is an interesting mix of headship, protocol, elders, deacons and exposing false western definitions.

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“…I do not allow a woman to teach…”

I just posted a new article on, a new blog specifically focused on the restoration of the roles and relationships Biblically prescribed for God’s people for the purpose of rebuilding the foundations of Israel.

Please come read and interact!!

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Over the course of the last year to eighteen months I have had a real passion to understand foundational elements of the restoration of kol Israel. Central to that study has been a growing understanding of family, patriarchy, headship, masculinity and fmeninity. You have witnessed this as the topic has been central to much of for this time period.

During this timeframe the Father has connected me with a number of other men and a few women who share this vision of restoration and agree that the foundation is in restoring the Biblical family structure and roles. A couple months ago we began to bat around the idea of a separate blog where we all can write and contribute as we share the things we are learning in Scripture regarding the specifics of Biblical headship and patriarchy.

The new blog, named after our guiding verse, 1 Corinthians 11:3, is

But I want you to understand that Messiah is the head of every man, and the man is the head of a woman, and God is the head of Messiah.

1 Corinthians 11:3

Our hope, as we continue to study and explore the depth of Scripture in this area, is that we can assemble a sizeable repository of solid Scripture based teaching, wisdom and resources from the tedious detailed study to funny memes and pithy articles.

Come on over and meet the staff and check out the new articles that are going up as well as peruse the Resources section regarding some difficult topics most prefer to ignore or sweep under the rug. We are still working out bugs and getting things swept up, but happy to have you visit, follow and comment.


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Torah Portion: Beshalach (Exodus 13:17-17:16)

What can we learn about the relationship between a man and a woman in a marriage from this Torah portion? How does Israel’s incorrect attitude often mirror the incorrect attitudes of a woman? What can we learn from this?

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Refuting 119Ministries’ Polygyny Video

It is with deep regret that we find it necessary to refute 119Ministries for significant error in their most recent video regarding their (un)Biblical position concerning polygyny.

While we admit this is a third rail topic laden with cultural and emotional baggage, we also believe that Truth is more important than public opinion. And, defending our Elohim, His Word and the honor of our fathers, the Patriarchs, is well worth the potential cost.

In the interest of ‘Testing Everything’, we present our well articulated response to 119Ministries’ error laden video. We are deeply sorry to see 119Ministries sacrifice their once solid reputation by handling clear Scripture so very poorly.

Refuting 119Ministry Errors on Polygyny

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Torah Portion: Bo (Exodus 10:1-13:16)

What does Galatians 3:28 have to do with this portion and how might we prove it? Why is the Pesach command given in a unique form, nowhere else used for a command in the Torah that we know of? Is there a reason males are circumcised but no such requirement is made of the females?

These questions and more are answered in the study of this portion as we continue to see the Torah through the lens of headship and patriarchy! See this week’s commentary, a meaty one, on our Torah Portion Series page.

Shabbat Shalom.

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Dear Son-in-law:

Recently a friend of mine (Zec) sent me and several other men a video and asked for feedback before it went public. It was absolutely stunning.

Men, this fits with the focus we have had over the last few months in our Restoring Kol Israel series. It’s a bold message with a lot of challenging truth packed into it that all men, especially fathers, need to hear. Here are a couple of the responses from that conversation:

Beyond incredible.
You have packed so many concepts into a short video.
I’ve listened to 2 hour sermons that haven’t had 1/4 the content.

Steve Turner

Wow Zec. Awesome. Rivetting, gold…What I just saw is the fruit of a hard won education and the heart of a warrior for the Kingdom. You are a man I want my boys around, one I am glad to call a brother and fellow sojourner. Have always had Hugh respect for you, but it grew this morning!
The world may not receive it well, but men who do will be better men.

Pete Rambo

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Traditional Marriage – Be careful what you ask for….

The most recent issue of Patriarchs’ Journal (V. 3 Issue 21) has a very thought provoking article by attorney Rick Knuth titled, “So Which ‘Traditional Marriage’ Do People Want To Save?’

“Until the passage of Married Women’s Acts in 1898, a married woman’s property was controlled by her husband, even property she brought it into the marriage. Married women were legally incompetent to transfer assets or make binding contracts for themselves…

“This was preceded by an even older tradition, “coveture,” under which a woman, once married, lost her separate identity. The wife was considered to be her husband’s property, and all she owned was under his control. He could dispose of his wife’s property and could command her labor, even her body itself.”

In fact, Knuth points out in his short and rather pithy article that marriage as a ‘romantic union between a man and a woman’ is quite a new ‘tradition.’ Among other valid points he presents, Knuth reminds the reader that civil and state regulation of marriage is also more occasional than traditional. As I have pointed out, the state has no place in marriage bonds and, for that matter, Scripturally, neither do religious ‘authorities.’

The point to really consider is, ‘are God’s ways better than man’s? Cognitively, we know the resounding answer is ‘Yes!’, but our flesh often cries out against it. Just as with Shabbat, feasts and eating clean, we should simply embrace the Word of God regarding family structure and marriage while trusting that blessings follow obedience.

Additional thoughts regarding marriage, family and the restoration of Israel in our Restoring Kol Israel series.

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Patriarch’s Journal… A nice resource!

Here are links to the two most recent issues of the Patriarch’s Journal. Each issue contains some thought provoking articles worthy of your time. Challenge yourself and read some Biblical thought that may be outside of your comfort zone. Most of this has a distinctly Christian perspective, but the topical approach to marriage and patriarchy is decidedly Biblical.

If you find these challenging and want older back issues, here is their blog:

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Torah Portion: Va’era (Exodus 6:2-9:35)

How does this Torah portion connect with Ezekiel 20, 23 and 37, Jeremiah 3, 16 and 31? What is the connection with brides? And, what is the connection with the house of Israel and the house of Judah?

Hmmm…. join us as we take a closer look at a few verses from this portion and see that there is a significant connection with marriage language and God’s future plans for Israel.

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Torah Portion: Shemot (Exodus 1:1-6:1)

The Apostle Paul instructed the appointment of elders. Why? Did he institute an office, or was he being very pragmatic? And, if so, why?

We begin the transition from family to nation, but is it a change of status, or do we misunderstand the ‘nation?’

And, leadership… Hmmm…. what can we learn from Moses?

This week’s Torah portion is full and we barely scratch the surface but provide more meat concerning family structure, patriarchy, and the restoration of Israel! Read or download from our Torah Portion Series page!

Shabbat Shalom!

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Torah Portion: Vayechi (Genesis 47:28-50:26)

Late, and against all odds, this week’s Torah Portion commentary is up on our Torah Portion Series page. Shabbat Shalom!!

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Shame, Reproach and the Image of Marriage

Honor and shame are concepts almost completely lost on western culture. We watch memes, gifs and video clips of foibles and disasters that befall others and consider it humorous to mock and laugh at their misfortune. We even encourage and rejoice in the sin and shame inducing behavior of others while entirely ignoring our own reproach for things Scripture considers abhorrent.  Our culture ignores widows and orphans, glorifies divorce, practices all manner of sexual deviance, encourages abortion and we are generally irresponsible toward all but self.

In fact, like a man with no sense of smell, we have become a people entirely unaware of our own stench or that of those around us. Like pigs, we wallow in our filth and think it okay, maybe even funny. We glorify our stench.

As I have been studying Scripture regarding the two houses of Israel, God’s relationship with each house and His use of the relationship between man and woman to image Himself and His people, I have become increasingly aware of how very wretched we are on so many levels, and, how wrong is our theology.

One of the deep concepts that God refers to over and over is that of  shame and reproach, so I had to begin to search out why God uses this concept and what we need to understand in both the spiritual and the physical dimension. Foundationally, there are several basic concepts that must be understood. If these are new to you, I recommend reading and processing the links to gain understanding and insight.

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Torah Portion: Vayigash (Genesis 44:18-47:27)

Bombshell material in this commentary on Vayigash!! What does it mean to build a nation, and how does God do it vs. how man does it? Does family structure play a role? Buckle up, because several cited sources in this one will bowl you over!!

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Torah Portion: Miketz (Gen. 41:1-44:17)

What can we learn about leadershio, patriarchy and responsibility from Joseph and his epuc testing of hus brothers? Come aling and check out this week’s Torah Portion Commentary as we dip into Miketz and consider Reuben, Simeon, Judah and Joseph in their respective roles as thus drama unfolds.

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And, a special thank you to Jeremy and Robin for their input and support in this series.

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