The rules of the Sabbath, which in Hebrew means “rest,” are based on two specific principles.
First, in the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:2 – 17), a Sabbath rest on the seventh day of each week was patterned after the events of the creation story ( Continue Reading →
But now be strong, Zerubbabel,’ declares the LORD. ‘Be strong, Joshua son of Jozadak, the high priest. Be strong, all you people of the land,’ declares the LORD, ‘and work. For I am with you,’ declares the LORD Almighty. ‘This is what I covenanted with you when you came out of Egypt. And ...Continue Reading →
A leader’s history of successes and failures makes or breaks that person’s credibility. It’s a little like earning and spending pocket change. Each time you make a good leadership decision, it puts change into your pocket. Each time you make a poor one, you have to pay out some of your change. Every leader has a certain amount ...Continue Reading →
Today – the tenth day of the month of Tishri – is the Day of Atonement, known in Jewish tradition as Yom Kippur. The Day of Atonement was the one time a year when the high priest was permitted to enter the Holy of Holies (or Most Holy Place) to make atonement ...Continue Reading →
For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: ...Continue Reading →
One of the oddities of history is the loss of the proper pronunciation of the Hebrew word YHWH, the personal and covenant name of God in the Old Testament. “Jehovah” is a spelling that developed from combining the consonants of the name with the vowels of a Hebrew word for “Lord” (Adonai). The Jews who do not read YHWH ...Continue Reading →
The theme of justice in the Bible reveals God’s loving and upright character, our own failure to act justly, the means by which we can be justified, and the need for God’s people to love justice.
We find in the Old Testament that the terms for judge, justice, and (civil) laws all derive from the same ...Continue Reading →