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Moses Searches for the Sin Offering


By Pastor Mark Brocato

In last week’s portion we find this following quote during the first day of regular sacrifices in the Mishkan (the Tabernacle).

Lev 10:16 Now Moses diligently inquired about the goat of the sin offering, and behold, it was burned up!

 Here are some of my personal musings on Moses search. Read More »

Continually Interceding


My study group worked through Exodus 33-34 verse by verse and I learned something new about Moses’ conversation with YHVH.  At first glance, it seems Moses is discussing the necessity of YHVH’s continued presence with the people as they travel, but there are nuances to the conversation that intrigued me.  Read More »

All or Nothing


A Challenge to Commitment

The greatest challenge to the faithfulness of God’s people is the ability to fully commit themselves. We will uncover the timeless lesson on the challenge of commitment within the story of Israel’s deliverance from Egypt. Read More »

Portion: Shoftim (Deut. 16:18-21:9)


This weeks portion is entitled “Shoftim,” the Hebrew word for “Judges.”  In this reading, the LORD is establishing righteous governance in the land of Israel.  Under Him, the governance of the land is to be the ideal government.  He establishes judges to rule with righteous and just judgments.  He allows for a king who is submitted to Torah and rules by Torah.  He further establishes the authority and calling of the priests and Levites.  Finally, He declares the coming of the Prophet like Moses – the prophetic voice of the Most High will rule over His people.  How we, who have the deposit of His Spirit, long for the coming Righteous King who will perfectly complete the ideal government that the LORD gives us in His Torah.  ”… to us a Son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulders…”  (Is 9:6 ESV) Read More »

Yeshua’s Rescue Mission


I learned something new about the breaking of the first set of stone tablets Moses brought down from Mt. Sinai.  Previous reading, without an understanding of covenant, left me believing Moses was motivated by anger to break the tablets.  However, the ancient sages teach something different.   Read More »

When God Says, “No”

When God Says No

This week’s reading (Deut 3:23-7:11) begins with Moses’ earnest prayer to the LORD to be able to enter the Promised Land, and he is told “No” by God.  (Deut 3:23) I am not sure I can count the number of times I have heard skeptics say, “I prayed, and God did not answer me,” as though God’s lack of answering their prayer in accordance with their desire is somehow a lack on God’s part.  They may have had very real heartfelt desires, perhaps even altruistic motives.  Nonetheless, I do not think the problem is God’s lack of answering.  I think the problem comes when we don’t like what God has to say. Read More »

The Call of Leadership


The Call of Leadership from Calvary Christian Fellowship on Vimeo.

9“At that time I said to you, ‘I am not able to bear you by myself. 10The LORD your God has multiplied you, and behold, you are today as numerous as the stars of heaven. 11 May the LORD, the God of your fathers, make you a thousand times as many as you are and bless you, as he has promised you! 12How can I bear by myself the weight and burden of you and your strife? 13Choose for your tribes wise, understanding, and experienced men, and I will appoint them as your heads.’ 14And you answered me, ‘The thing that you have spoken is good for us to do.’  Read More »

Final Words


So you’ve come to the realization you are in the final weeks of life and you have the opportunity to share some important thoughts with your loved ones.  What would you say?  Read More »