Nov 2015
The Shadow of Death and the Image of God

The expression “the shadow of death” appears many time in the Bible, the most well-known being Psalm 23 where the King David says about the Good Shepherd of Israel  Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death (Heb צלמות/tzalmavet) I will fear no evil for You are with me” What does this expression mean? Job describes it as “the place from which I shall not return…as dark as darkness itself….without any order” Job 10:21, 22.  And Jeremiah compares it to darkness which makes itself felt in a wild......

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Oct 2015
God’s Appointed Times

Rosh Hashana (ראש השנה / Head of the Year) There are certain fixed days both annually and weekly on which God promises to meet with His people in a special way. In Leviticus 23 a cycle of worship is described which was to be observed “throughout your generations wherever you live”. The Hebrew word for this cycle is Mo’edim (Heb מועדים)/Appointed Times) and conveys the idea that God, in a sense, has a calendar. God called Israel to assemble on these days for two main reasons: To Remember: God’s gracious intervention in......

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Sep 2015
Making Friends with Repentance

We have just passed the season of Repentance in the Biblical calendar which culminates in Yom Kippur. The Biblical Feast of Yom Kippur is preceded by 40 days of repentance, and involves sounding the shofar, fasting, doing no work and offering various sacrifices. We find a summary in Leviticus 16. This is to be a lasting ordinance for you: On the tenth day of the seventh month you must deny yourselves and not do any work—whether native-born or a foreigner residing among you because on this day atonement will be made for......

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