Join our local congregation as we share our personal journeys and lessons old and new that we have learned from Passover and other appointed times. Usually we have a more formal teaching. Iin this audio, we take time to reflect upon how we have been spiritually changed by the lessons of Passover and Unleavened Bread. Whether you are a complete beginner on the road to truth and transformation or a seasoned veteran, you will likely hear aspects of your own personal story. Not only that, I believe that you will be edified and uplifted as you hear how many have been impacted by the truth and how they continue to be.
This week we enjoyed a wonderful Passover service in our home with family and friends. Passover has for many years held a special place in my heart for many reasons. For one thing, Passover was in many ways the catalyst years ago that drew me into a deeper level of obedience and understanding. I realize that we all go through certain personal seasons in a quest for truth. Many early on learn about the pagan origins and customs of holidays such as Christmas, Easter and Halloween, etc. It is an important part of the process to begin to understand what we should and should not participate in celebrating.
This transitional process can be very difficult. Some people have a very tough time in walking the truth while at the same time trying to keep peace with their family. These are experiences that can vary from person to person and can be a shorter duration or much longer in some cases. Although I remember many of my own personal struggles with these issues, at this point it is something that really has little impact and something that I rarely think about. Unfortunately, it seems that most of the Messianic Movement has remained camped out in the city of "Against." We are against Christmas, Easter, Halloween, Sunday worship, unclean foods, etc."
There is not a problem in being against things that are unclean, but I believe the movement has become very stagnant and that the focus and teachings of many are constantly negitive. I am not content to just be "against", I want to move forward, and am determined to do so, even if many stay camped forever in the land of "Against."
Bill Sperry from "The Living Room" radio program invited me on his program last week to discuss some of these issues. The first half hour of the show is music, but you can forward through to 31:45 minutes into the show to go right to the discussion. You can listen to the program at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/billsperry/2013/03/23/the-living-room or by clicking the arrow below. I hope that the discussion is of benefit to people in any phase of their walk.
In the first portion of Leviticus, it begins with Vayikra (And He Called). Leviticus is probably one of the most understudied books of the Bible. However, as we examine its pages more carefully, we actually see a blueprint on how to "draw near" unto the Creator. As we begin to look at this passage with open hearts and minds, we are forced to ask ourselves a number of questions. Do all of the korbanot (offerenings) point only to Messiah? Were the offerings to atone for sin? Did offernings only pertain to certain kinds of sins? Will the offerings be reinstituted in the future? If so, would that be a blatant denial of Messiah and be considered an abomination by The Almighty? These and other inportant questions will be brought up during the course of this study.
In Vayachel (And Assembled), we discuss the subject of the "church." What is the "church" and when did it originate? We also look at the commandment that prohibits kindling a fire on the Sabbath. What exactly does it mean to not kindle a fore on the Sabbath?
We also take a little time to run down a few rabbit trails and examine the question: Are we five sensory or multisensory beings?
In the portion Ki Tisa, (When you take) we are given instructions regarding the census. Understanding of the census is important in understanding many other portions of the scripture. We discuss the copper laver that was used by the priests to wash their hands and feet before ministering in the tabernacle. We also see the great spiritual downfall of Israel as many are enticed into worshipping the golden calf.
In the portion Tetzaveh, (You shall command) we continue our study of the tabernacle and the various furniture. We discuss some of the mysteries of the menorah as well as the clothing of the High Priest. As we look deeper into the various aspects of the tabernacle and its various ordinances, there is so much more than what one might first see with just a surface level reading.
After The Ten Commandments are given, the Torah continues by giving us instruction regarding the Mishpatim (Ordinances, Judgments) Although many of these instructions may initially seem alien or irrelevant, upon close examination we will discover that these things are quite apllicable.
This is the introduction to the new series on the Masculine/Feminine aspect. In this episode, we examine various hindrances to new revelation such as insecurities and conditioning from our culture. At times red flags immediately go up when dealing with subject matter such as this. However, as we go deeper into this study, the importance of the aspects of masculine and feminine will become clear. In this program, we touch upon the subject by examining the Hebrew letters "yud" and "heh."
This is the final episode of this long series. After quickly recapping on some of the highlights that have been discussed, we take a deeper look at the Ark of the Covenant and the Mount of Transfiguration. We will see the presence of the true Ark (The glory of YHVH and His Kingdom) at the tomb of Y'shua. We will also see a transformation of this at the ascension of Y'shua in the book of Acts. Hopefully this series will transform the way that you see Messiah, Moses and Elijah, the Ark of the Covenant, the Two Witnesses and many other subjects coverered in these podcasts. Be sure to also check out the new site at www.paradigmradioshow.com for links with other content. Thanks for listening.