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Picture of the Week 06/07/17

Did anyone notice that the continued existence of the Jewish people as a nation is the greatest evidence that there is a God in heaven?


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Picture of the Week 05/23/17

Is the world really divided into Jews and Gentiles, or is it Israelites and Gentiles – with some of those Israelites being Jewish, and some non-Jewish?

 


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Picture of the Week 05/12/17

Yes, God cares more about baby humans than baby whales, but He still cares about baby whales.


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Picture of the Week 05/02/17

Israel and Judah had a lot of bad kings, but how many of them got what they deserved?


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Resurrection of the Leprous Prodigal

Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn, The King Uzziah Stricken with Leprosy  (Wikimedia Commons)

Those who have leprosy might as well be dead.  Never mind that the disease we call leprosy today may or may not be one of the skin diseases meant by the Hebrew word tzara’at (צָרַעַת).  The fact is, whoever had it was cut off from the community:

Now the leper on whom the sore is, his clothes shall be torn and his head bare; and he shall cover his mustache, and cry, “Unclean!  Unclean!”  He shall be unclean. All the days he has the sore he shall be unclean. He is unclean, and he shall dwell alone; his dwelling shall be outside the camp.  (Leviticus 13:45-46 NKJV)

Think about that for a moment.  Lepers could not go home.  They could not have any kind of normal relationship with their family members, friends, business associates, or anyone else with whom they interacted before the cursed condition fell upon them.  It did not matter what station of life the leper occupied; whether peasant or king, the disease cut them off from the life of the nation.  Even mighty King Uzziah of Judah learned that.  Although he reigned for 52 years in Jerusalem, the leprosy he contracted in the midst of his reign meant that he was king in name only:

King Uzziah was a leper until the day of his death.  He dwelt in an isolated house, because he was a leper; for he was cut off from the house of the Lord.  Then Jotham his son was over the king’s house, judging the people of the land.  (II Chronicles 26:21 NKJV)

How can a person shepherd the people of God when he is cut off from the House of God?  Is there any hope for him, or for the people he is anointed to lead?

Yes, there is hope.  That is why the Torah portion Metzora (The Leper; Leviticus 14:1-15:33) provides elaborate detail on the procedures for cleansing lepers.  Once healed, the priests help them through this process to restore them to their place in society.  In a certain sense, this is a resurrection from a type of death, and thus it is a symbol of what Messiah will do. 

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Picture of the Week 03/29/17

Job’s friends mistook wealth and power as a sign of God’s favor. Surely we don’t make that same mistake.


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Picture of the Week 03/01/17

Sometimes it is harder to accept the gift of life than to give it.

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About these pictures – 

Top:  On June 4, 1989, the Chinese government violently dispersed thousands of protesters who had peacefully gathered at Tiananmen Square in Beijing for six weeks, calling for political reform and an end to corruption.  As it happened, journalists photographed one unarmed man standing in front of a column of tanks, delaying their deployment to the square.  To this day his identity and fate remain unknown, but his bravery made it possible for many to escape death.  

Bottom:  Wang Nan was one of the student protesters who died that day. His mother, Zhang Xianling, joined with the parents of others killed at Tiananmen Square to hold their government accountable for its actions – and by their example inspire multitudes to strive to make a difference for good even in the face of impossible odds.


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The Jerusalem Debate – But, What Should We Do????? | The Lamb’s Servant

By Bob Parham

bfb161201-gods-graceI understand that my responses to the Eleven Objections against going to Jerusalem for the Pilgrimage Feasts still leave some HUGE questions for every one that is still in the Diaspora.

What SHOULD we do?  Do we still celebrate the feasts as though we were in Jerusalem?  Should we not meet at all?  Are we sinning if we do or don’t do the feasts outside of Jerusalem?

Wow, these are some major questions!  I’m not sure that I have perfect answers for them, either.  First and foremost, you need to take this to your Father and ask Him to reveal truth to you.  Second of all, maybe I can give you some ideas to consider.

If I were still in America instead of being in The Land, I don’t think I would want to participate in a glorious celebration like I would if I were in The Land.  I think:

  • I wouldn’t have a big ‘production’ or pay a lot of money for a celebration elsewhere.
  • If I were to meet with a group of people it would be to teach about the feasts and call the people to mourn, because we weren’t in Jerusalem where we should be.

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The Jerusalem Debate – Why Should We Want To Go To Jerusalem? | The Lamb’s Servant

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By Bob Parham

Following is a quick list of why we should WANT to go to Jerusalem:

  1. It’s a command. ( Ex 23:14-17) (Ex. 34:23-24) (Deut. 16:16)
  2. You will be HAPPY if your heart is set on going to Jerusalem. (Psalms 84:5)
  3. Your weeping is turned to blessing. (Psalms 84:6)
  4. You go from strength to strength. (Psalms 84:7)
  5. You meet with Yah there. (Psalms 84:7)
  6. Yah causes those holding your children and brothers captive to be kind to them and set them free. (2 Chronicles 30:9)
  7. You learn to revere Yah’s name always. ( Deut. 14:23)
  8. You will have long life. (Deut .6:2)
  9. Blessings for you and your children. (Deut 4:40; 6:2-7; 11:2-21; etc.)
  10. You will want to reconnect to your brother Judah and to the land. (I Kings 12: 26-27)
  11. You will eat in the presence of YHWH. (Deut 14:23)
  12. You can join with YHWH in making Jerusalem a place of praise. (Isaiah 62:6-7)

I’m sure there are hundreds more reasons to want to go up to Jerusalem for the feasts.  As you think on more, write them down.  Never let someone talk you into losing your joy for Jerusalem.  If it’s extremely important to YHWH, shouldn’t it be as important to you?


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Source: WHY SHOULD WE WANT TO GO TO JERUSALEM? | The Lamb’s Servant


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The Jerusalem Debate – Objection Number 7: Keep the feasts outside of Jerusalem! | The Lamb’s Servant

Response by Bob Parham

bfb161124-cookiesDeut 30 –  (1) When all these blessings and curses I have set before you come on you and you take them to heart wherever the Lord your God disperses you among the nations, (2) and when you and your children return to the Lord your God and obey him with all your heart and with all your soul according to everything I command you today, (3) then the Lord your God will restore your fortunes and have compassion on you and gather you again from all the nations where he scattered you.

What a beautiful passage!  What does this passage have to do with whether it is good to keep the Pilgrimage Feasts outside the land or not?  Very much!  But what is it telling us:  To keep the feast outside the land, or to NOT keep the feast while outside the land? 

It was (erroneously) explained to me that when we keep the Pilgrimage Feasts outside the land, we show Yah that we are returning to Him and that we want to keep His commandments fully.  Therefore, we should do the feasts in any of our cities that we choose, to show Him that we are doing our best to keep His commands, relying on Him to honor our obedience and ultimately bring us home (with the implication that when we come home we will be able to do ALL the commands).

But what are the commands concerning the Pilgrimage Feasts that would tell us whether we are or aren’t being obedient to Yah’s commands when we observe the feasts outside of Jerusalem?

Here are a few verses that might give you a hint as to one of them:

Deut 12:18But thou must eat them before YHWH thy God in the place which YHWH thy God shall choose, thou, and thy son, and thy daughter, and thy manservant, and thy maidservant, and the Levite that is within thy gates:  and thou shalt rejoice before YHWH thy God in all that thou puttest thine hands unto.

Deut 14:23And thou shalt eat before YHWH thy God, in the place which he shall choose to place his name there, the tithe of thy corn, of thy wine, and of thine oil, and the firstlings of thy herds and of thy flocks; that thou mayest learn to fear YHWH thy God always.

Deut. 16:5-6You must not sacrifice the Passover in any town the Lord your God gives you except in the place he will choose as a dwelling for his Name.

See also (Deut 15:20) (Deut 16:2) (Deut 16:5-7) (John 4:45; John 11:55); regarding the Pilgrimage Feasts, see (Deut 16:11, Deut 15-16) (Deut 17:10) (Deut 31:10-12) (Joshua 9:26-27) (2 Chro. 7:11-16) (Psalms 122:1-6) (Isaiah 18:7).

If you took time to read any of these verses, you found that the Pilgrimage Feasts are only to be observed “at the place YHWH your God will choose”!  Scripture only gives us ONE place in which He wants us to observe the Pilgrimage Feasts, and that place is JERUSALEM!  So are we really ‘keeping His commands’ if we are breaking parts of them that we could keep?

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