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Even So, A Good Report

Here’s what’s coming on Hebrew Nation Radio on Monday, September 25:

Jeremiah 31, the chapter that contains the promise of a New Covenant, begins with this word of hope:

Thus says the Lord: “The people who survived the sword found grace in the wilderness; when Israel sought for rest, the Lord appeared to him from far away. I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you. Again I will build you, and you shall be built, O virgin Israel! Again you shall take your tambourines, and go forth in the dance of the merrymakers. Again you shall plant vineyards on the mountains of Samaria; the planters shall plant, and shall enjoy the fruit. For there shall be a day when sentinels will call in the hill country of Ephraim: ‘Come, let us go up to Zion, to the Lord our God.'” (Jeremiah 31:2-6)

This passage contains some surprises. First of all, it links the New Covenant of redemption to Israel’s restoration to the Promised Land. Second, and perhaps most important, this prophetic promise is being fulfilled right now!

Rabbi Moshe Goldsmith and his wife, Leah, bring a personal testimony of how this prophecy is being fulfilled. As long time residents of the Itamar community in the Shomron (Samaria), they live in the very place where Jeremiah’s words promise the planting of vineyards and the joyful return to Zion at the appointed times of the Lord.

But the sentinels of Itamar, and in other communities of Judea and Samaria (the region much of the world knows as the “West Bank”), often have less joyful reports to announce. Itamar has frequently experienced tragic losses since its foundation in 1984. Those losses include the entire Fogel family, murdered in their beds by Arab assailants in March 2011.

If life in Itamar is so dangerous, why do people stay there? That is what we will learn from Moshe and Leah. Expect a good report from the Land of Israel from people who know it well.

The Remnant Road, with co-hosts Al McCarn, Mike Clayton, Barry Phillips, and Hanoch Young is the Monday edition of the Hebrew Nation Morning Show.  You can listen live at 11:00–1:00 EST, 8:00-10:00 PST at http://hebrewnationonline.com/, and on podcast at any time.

© Albert J. McCarn and The Barking Fox Blog, 2017.  Permission to use and/or duplicate original material on The Barking Fox Blog is granted, provided that full and clear credit is given to Albert J. McCarn and The Barking Fox Blog with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.
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When Ordinary People Serve an Extraordinary God

Here’s what is coming up on The Remnant Road on Hebrew Nation Radio for Monday, April 24:

Have you ever heard the saying, “God doesn’t call the equipped; He equips the called”? Have you heard it so many times that you stopped thinking about what it means? Maybe you should take a selah moment and think again.
Kisha Gallagher has been taking those selah moments for many years. She is one among the multitudes of ordinary folks who have responded to YHVH’s call to a deeper, more meaningful, and more powerful walk in His Kingdom ways! From her Hebrew Roots blog, Grace in Torah , to her book, The Biblical New Moon: A Beginner’s Guide for Celebrating, and now to Renewed, the show she co-hosts on Hebrew Nation Radio, Kisha probes the fullness of life with our God and His Messiah.
Join us as we talk with Kisha about the things she has learned along the way – the deeper truths hidden in the Scriptures which we learn by doing what our God has said. We will also ask about her recent trip to Israel as she traveled the length and breadth of the Land!

The Remnant Road, with co-hosts Al McCarn and Daniel Holdings, is the Monday edition of the Hebrew Nation Morning Show.  You can listen live at 11:00–1:00 EST, 8:00-10:00 PST at http://hebrewnationonline.com/, and on podcast at any time.


© Albert J. McCarn and The Barking Fox Blog, 2017.  Permission to use and/or duplicate original material on The Barking Fox Blog is granted, provided that full and clear credit is given to Albert J. McCarn and The Barking Fox Blog with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

What does the real Israel look like? Check out “Israel 4REAL”

Looking for a good travel video? Ty Towriss has made one of the best I’ve seen. At just under 5 minutes, he covers Israel from top to bottom – and all by himself! 

Yes, he went to Israel alone, drove the length and breadth of the country, connected with friends all over the place, and produced this short piece that shows more of Israel than you might expect. (Who would have guessed you can go skiing in Israel!)

While you’re there, click the “Vote” button. Ty’s video is in a contest that has about 24 more hours to go (until midnight, March 29). If he stays in the top 10, the video goes on to the final round of judging, and then who knows what doors that might open up! 

Source: Israel 4REAL


© Albert J. McCarn and The Barking Fox Blog, 2017.  Permission to use and/or duplicate original material on The Barking Fox Blog is granted, provided that full and clear credit is given to Albert J. McCarn and The Barking Fox Blog with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

Israel 2016: Different Shades of Right

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Today we traveled to the Far North.  In a place like Texas that would mean a whole day’s journey.  In Israel it means about three hours in holiday traffic.

Our destination was a place the rest of the world calls an “occupied territory”.  I call it one of the most beautiful and captivating places I have ever seen.  The Golan Heights really are high, rising abruptly from the Jordan Valley in a very short distance.  It was not the first great change in elevation during this journey.  Coming down from Jerusalem to Route 6 along the coastal plain is enough of a descent to cause one’s ears to pop.  The same thing happens once the traveler passes the Horns of Hattin (subject of a future blog post) and descends to Tiberias and the Sea of Galilee.  Then the process happens in reverse on the ascent from the sea to the northern hills, and down again to the Jordan before ascending one final time to the Golan.

A word about these famous biblical bodies of water:  I was not prepared to find the Sea of Galilee to be so tiny.  Comparatively speaking, that is.  Neither was I expecting the Jordan River to be smaller than a McAlpine Creek back home in Charlotte.  Such great things happened around both over the last 5,000 years that I expected something a bit more majestic.  Then again, Israel is a land of tremendous contrast.  The truly great things are the small and humble things, while the big and powerful things often turn out to be woefully inadequate (remember Goliath?).

But I digress.  This is a post about the town of קצרין.

For those who cannot read Hebrew, there is some difficulty explaining exactly where we were.  This town is the capital of the Golan, so one would think that its name in English would have some kind of standard transliteration.  Oddly enough, it does not.  On the road map we were using, on the road signs we passed, and even on the web sites I have checked to verify what I am relating, the name is given in a number of different ways, such as:

Qatsrin

Qatzrin

Katsrin

Katzerin

Katzrin

Even the official website of Israel’s Ministry of Tourism spells the name two different ways!

bfb161018-qatsrin-signWhat are we to make of this?  I suggest it is an illustration of the difference between Greek and Hebrew thinking.  The Greek way would establish one right answer for spelling the name in English.  Every other spelling would be wrong.  In Hebraic thinking, however, there are multiple ways to convey the truth that this particular place is the town we want to visit in the Golan.  The sounds of the two syllables (well, three if one is Southern and drawls) are close enough to the Hebrew in each of the transliterations given above to ensure that the traveler can get to the right place.  Thus there can be many versions of “right” in Hebraic thought.

What, then, is “wrong” in Hebraic thought?  Ah, that would be trying to spell the town’s name as something like Woebegone, Bora Bora, or Cascabell.  Clearly they are wrong in many ways.  How do we know?  Because the sounds rendered in the spoken Hebrew tell us we want a place that sounds like “Cat’s Ring”, so something that sounds like Bora Bora is right out.

This lesson was reinforced in the fellowship we enjoyed with some amazing Jewish Israeli friends in their Sukkah at Qatsrin.  It seems that there are many ways to live out the truth of YHVH’s Word.  The ultimate wrong answer is not opening that Word and letting it soak into the heart and soul.  However, there is a wrong answer that is almost as bad, and that is insisting that one’s own narrow interpretation is the only truth.

For he who is not against us is for us.  (Mark 9:40 NASB)


© Albert J. McCarn and The Barking Fox Blog, 2016.  Permission to use and/or duplicate original material on The Barking Fox Blog is granted, provided that full and clear credit is given to Albert J. McCarn and The Barking Fox Blog with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.
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