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Seeing is Believing


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You’ve heard it said, “Seeing is believing”.  Could this be true?

What about the scripture from Proverbs 13:12 “Hope deferred makes the heart sick”. Could it be that we are called to “believe before we can truly see”?

How often do our convictions, when tested, come to find us “shattered” when faced with the terms and conditions of life that are less than desirable?   We can quickly become destroyed by a sense of injustice when we make assumptions like, “the world is a safe place”.  When our foundational views are built on an expectation that things should always be fair and a trauma does occur, it’s like a violent attack on our spirit. Read More »

HE Made a Choice; We Make a Choice

Susie Med

Peter brings to light a new understanding of the concept of repentance to the 1st century believer.  The traditional Jewish understanding of getting oneself ritually clean and returning to proscribed temple worship was repentance, but Yeshua taught it was much more.  Believers were to approach YHVH with a changed heart.  Read More »

“Mikshowl” – Forgiveness


Is there a “free course” of love and peace flowing through your life? Are you saturated with a continuous sense of God’s love and presence permeating every relationship and experience? Or are you, like me finding areas of the heart where there yet remains a  mikshowl   מכשול  meaning, “stumbling block”? Read More »

Teshuvah: Return


George Barna has been researching the spiritual lives of Americans for over 30 years. In an article about spiritual transformation, Barna’s research leads him to the following conclusion.

In other words, most Christians have a relationship with God that could be described as “active but stalled” – a connection that has plateaued in its passion and influence, despite the continued commitment of time and energy to religious activity. To use an automotive metaphor, the engine is running but the gears are not engaged; we’re burning lots of fuel but not getting anywhere.1 Read More »

Repair the Fabric of Creation



One of the central messages of the Master was forgiving others in order to restore mankind to God. “Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven; give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.” When one masters the power to forgive he or she will experience the power of God’s restoration. Read More »

Truth or Consequences

Righteousness Living

Text: Leviticus 26:3-27:34

Leviticus 26:3-5 (English Standard Version) 3(A) “If you walk in my statutes and observe my commandments and do them, 4then(B) I will give you your rains in their season, and the land shall yield its increase, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit. 5(C) Your threshing shall last to the time of the grape harvest, and the grape harvest shall last to the time for sowing. And(D) you shall eat your bread to the full and(E) dwell in your land securely.

Leviticus 26:14-16 (English Standard Version) 14(A) “But if you will not listen to me and will not do all these commandments, 15if you spurn my statutes, and if your soul abhors my rules, so that you will not do all my commandments, but(B) break my covenant, 16then I will do this to you: I will visit you with panic, with(C) wasting disease and fever that consume the eyes and make the heart ache. And(D) you shall sow your seed in vain, for your enemies shall eat it. Read More »

The Sin of the Golden Calf

A Pattern Revealed 

Exodus 32 (English Standard Version) 1When the people saw that Moses(A) delayed to come down from the mountain, the people gathered themselves together to Aaron and said to him,(B) “Up, make us gods who shall(C) go before us. As for this Moses, the man who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.” 2So Aaron said to them, “Take off the (D) rings of gold that are in the ears of your wives, your sons, and your daughters, and bring them to me.” 3So all the people took off the rings of gold that were in their ears and brought them to Aaron. 4(E) And he received the gold from their hand and fashioned it with a graving tool and made a golden[a] calf. And they said,(F) “These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt!” 5When Aaron saw this, he built an altar before it. And Aaron(G) made proclamation and said, “Tomorrow shall be a feast to the LORD.”

The sin of the Golden Calf reveals the base nature of mankind to do things according to his own logic and desire. We find in the scripture an established pattern of mankind’s progression to sin. Today we will see how these patterns still exist in mankind. Once we see how we are able to transgress the Laws of God through our human logic, we can avert sin or identify that we have sin and bring ourselves to repentance.

I. The pattern established

The world was created  with the fullness of God being fully revealed. The sin in the garden separated man from God’s sacred space.

a. The Logic of Adam and Eve.

-       Be like Elohyim.

Genesis 3:5 (New International Version) 5 “For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

-       We will see as God.

-       We won’t die.

b. Adam and Eve’s sin separated them from the Garden.

c. From that point mankind was given the opportunity to bring the Creator into their sacred space through righteousness.

II. The pattern repeated

The Exodus story is a rebirth of God dwelling with man. He calls out His own through redemption. He showed Himself to the people.  His glory descended upon the mountain.  A covenant is made and an agreement was reached between the people and the Creator. Once again the chosen ones grow impatient with their revelation and seek a way to fulfill their needs. Let make us an אֱלֹהִים Elohyim – a leader, master, judge or god. Those making this argument were using human logic for this argument.  God told Moses that he will be an elohyim:

Exodus 7:1 (New International Version) 1 Then the LORD said to Moses, “See, I have made you like god to Pharaoh, and your brother Aaron will be your prophet.

a. Here is their human logic:

-       Moses is our mediator between us and God.

-       Moses is not with us.

-       God already gave us instructions on building Him a Tabernacle with a mercy seat of Gold.

-       Since Moses is not with us then we should get us another elohyim –leader master judge to hear from God.

-       They build a golden calf to worship for the sake of Ha’shem.

b. The core of sin is man’s desire to fill his own needs.

III. The Pattern Revealed

a. Our sin always springs from the mind of human logic.

James 1:14-16 (English Standard Version) 14But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. 15Then desire (A) when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and (B) sin when it is fully grown brings forth death. 16Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers.

b. Our sin not only affects us but those around us.

-       This sin affected all in the camp even though it was not the whole camp that participated in the sin.

-        3000 participated in the act but the rest of the camp had sin attributed to them as well.

Exodus 32:28-29 (ESV) 28The Levites did as Moses commanded, and that day about three thousand of the people died. 29 Then Moses said, “You have been set apart to the LORD today, for you were against your own sons and brothers, and he has blessed you this day.”

c. There is a remedy for sin.

Exodus 34:6-7 (New International Version, ©2010) 6 And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, “The LORD, the LORD, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, 7maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children and their children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation.”

The Calling of Pharaoh

Text: Exodus 10:1-13:16

Exodus 9:16-17 (English Standard Version) 16(A) But for this purpose I have raised you up, to show you my power, so(B) that my name may be proclaimed in all the earth. 17(C) You are still exalting yourself against my people and will not let them go.

I. Did you know that Pharaoh had a calling in his life?

a. God raised him up.

b. To show him His power.

c. So His name may be proclaimed.

II. Did you know that the Almighty was setting Pharaoh up to be a hero?

a. Pharaoh’s surrender to the purpose of the Creator would have propelled him to world history fame.

b. The Almighty One gave Pharaoh ten opportunities.

- Sticks and Snakes

- Blood and Water

- Lice, Hordes and Pestilence

- Boils and Hail

- Locusts

- Darkness

- Death of first born

- Still, “the heart of Pharaoh was hardened, that he did not hearken to them.”

- But when Pharaoh saw that there was respite, he hardened his heart, and hearkened not to them; as G-d had said.

- Still, “Pharaoh’s heart was hardened, and he hearkened not to them; as G-d had said. Ok, says Pharaoh, I’ll let you go. Just don’t go too far. Please, pray for me.

c. Three times he strengthened himself and three times God caused Pharaoh to be strengthened.

Exodus 10:1-2 (English Standard Version) 1Then the LORD said to Moses, “Go in to Pharaoh, for I have hardened his heart and the heart of his servants, that I may show these signs of mine among them, 2and(A) that you may tell in the hearing of your son and of your grandson how I have dealt harshly with the Egyptians and what signs I have done among them,(B) that you may know that I am the LORD.”

How can Pharaoh be punished if he has no free will – and even more, why does G-d keep bothering to send Moses to warn and negotiate if the outcome is known? Nevertheless, even in this state where a person has only his strengths to rely upon, if he relentlessly pushes himself to overcome his negative inclinations and in fact does change his behavior, his repentance is accepted. – Shaul Yosef Leiter

III. Mankind has a choice- what will be your choice?

a. This story represents all of humanity’s ability to surrender to God.

b. The right choice determines blessing or curse.

Deuteronomy 11:26 (English Standard Version) 26(A) “See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse:

c. Humbling oneself before God will always bring the mercy of God.

Psalm 18:27 (English Standard Version) 27For you save(A) a humble people, but(B) the haughty eyes you bring down.

Hebrews 10:28-31 (English Standard Version) 28(A) Anyone who has set aside the law of Moses dies without mercy(B) on the evidence of two or three witnesses. 29How much worse punishment, do you think, will be deserved by the one(C) who has spurned the Son of God, and has profaned(D) the blood of the covenant(E) by which he was sanctified, and has(F) outraged the Spirit of grace? 30For we know him who said,(G) “Vengeance is mine; I will repay.” And again,(H) “The Lord will judge his people.” 31(I) It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.