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Hunger and Thirst

Yeshua taught his disciples that those who hunger and thirst now are especially blessed because they will enjoy being satisfied in the Messianic Era. Does this refer to the poor and needy who literally hunger from lack of food and thirst from lack of clean water? Or does it refer to a spiritual hunger and thirst? The gospels report two different versions of the saying with two different connotations. In Luke’s version of the sermon…

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Meditating on His Own Torah

In The Sabbath Table, we included a special version of Kiddush on Erev Shabbat for Messianic Gentiles which highlights their important place in the Kingdom and relationship with the Sabbath. The wording of this prayer came from ancient synagogue liturgy that had been “fossilized,” so to speak, in an early Christian document called Apostolic Constitutions. Many expressions in this document betray thoughts and expressions that are common in Judaism but rare in fourth-century Christianity, suggesting…

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A census report makes for difficult reading. Working through the details of tribal and family tallies can be an exercise in monotony, but Rashi found a sweet message about God's love underlying the dry census data. He explained that God enjoyed counting the Israelites because of his special affection for each person. According to his interpretation, the census is a reminder that the children of...

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The Significance to Israel The two mo'adim, Pesach and Unleavened Bread, are very closely connected. The day of Pesach is one specific day that is to be remembered throughout the history of Israel. "'For I will go through the land of Egypt on that night, and will strike down all the first-born in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the...

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Month: Sivan (סיון)

The First Fruits of Sivan

Sivan is the third month of the biblical calendar year. The name "Sivan" is the Babylonian name of the month. It is referred to as such in the Bible, "So the king's scribes were called at that time in the third month (that is, the month of Sivan), on the twenty-third day..." 1 The Torah refers to the month simply as "the third month" as...

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Fresh studies and activities for the whole family, based on the historical and current events from the Jewish calendar. Includes:

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18 — Speaking in Parables

It may be surprising to many Christians that the use of parables was not unique to Jesus but was rather a Jewish literary art form that had been developed over ce...

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The Midnight Visitor

The special prayer that our Master taught his disciples can be found in both Matthew 6 and Luke 11. The wording of each varies slightly, but both contain the mysterious Greek word epiousion, the word conventionally translated “daily” as in “daily bread.” But in my book First Steps in Messianic... Read »

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