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Women In The Word: Discussion of Matthew

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Sorry it has been kind of quiet here! We are out of town and blogging via iPhone plus lots of visits have made it more difficult.

I would love to hear your thoughts on our reading of Matthew up to this point. Wherever you are.

Perhaps one of the things that takes my breath away every time, is mention of Ruth. Why do I say this? Because this was the very first place that YHVH (God) caught my attention on “grafting in.” Why am I even talking of Ruth when it’s Matthew we reading? Because she is in Yeshua’s lineage in Matthew 1. GRASP THAT!! A GENTILE who latched onto a “Jew”-Naomi! When I read Ruth with those “new” eyes, the first thing that came to mind was this Scripture:

“Thus says the LORD of hosts: ‘In those days ten men from every language of the nations shall grasp the sleeve of a Jewish man, saying, “Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.” ’ ” (‭Zechariah‬ ‭8‬:‭23‬ NKJV)

That was eye opening to me! Latching onto them, not vice versa. Although I constantly stumble and trip, sometimes contradicting myself, sometimes studying myself into insomnia, I just know there is something more. I have been researching this and practicing some of my understanding-it’s amazing the people He has put into my life lately. Certain things, certain traditions, I’m just not sure of yet on either side. But this I know, He is faithful. He is called Teacher. I will continue to call upon Him and ask for wisdom, without doubting, and no longer tossed “to and fro” with every wind of doctrine. Blessings and Shalom my sisters!!

Share your thoughts and if you would like, where your eyes were “first opened.”

Women In The Word: Week 2

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Welcome to week 2! So thankful to be studying the Word with you. Technically our reading starts tomorrow as I am on my way out of town today, but feel free to read ahead if you would like.

This week we are beginning with Matthew. Each week will alternate between the Old and New and I can’t wait to read your thoughts!

Blessings and Shalom sweet sisters!

Women In The Word: Week 1 Wrap-up

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What an amazing week this has been! It has been so encouraging to read, and learn, with all of y’all from both the Facebook community, and the blog. I wanted to share some of my thoughts this week, as well as some from you all that really impacted me.

Lots of interesting discussion occurred, and numerous images, videos and music were shared in our FB group.

This one I created was based upon our discussions of name meanings and their importance. Many sisters shared these graphics and I put them together in one place. How amazing to see the “Gospel” story spelled out from the beginning!

Week 1 name meanings collage

Another topic that was discussed, was creating a “family tree” which we discussed on this blog as well! Tracing the family roots from Adam, and continuing on as we continue on in our reading of the entire Bible!

week 1 collage family tree

Some amazing links were also shared:

B’resheet/Genesis highlights from Ruach Ministries International

He’s Coming Again by Joshua Aaron (my current favorite singer)

And, from our amazing blog community:

“When studying the scriptures I like to get into the hebrew meaning of things and read jewish commentaries. One commentary I read in regards to verse 7 of chapter said that the 2 words there “sin couches” are very purposefully put together. The hebrew word there for sin is hattat and the hebrew word for couches is rovetz which gives you hattat rovetz. Hattat is feminine and rovetz is masculine. The idea is that ‘sin’ hattat gently insinuates itself like a woman and then overtakes like a man. Sin is just like that! It’s not something that overtakes us right away. It gently insinuates itself into our hearts and minds and if we’re not careful and watchful, it overtakes us like a man. SOOOOOOOOOOOOO many great things to glean form the scriptures when searched out in this manner.”

We also discussed Sabbath some, because our readings gave us a glimpse of the very first Sabbath!! I LOVE what this reader shared about her family’s Sabbath tradition:

“On Sabbath we use paper and plastic products so the sink doesn’t fill with dirty dishes. As well, I have dinner in the fridge or crock pot. On Sabbath I always make a Middle Eastern dish and challah. Challah is fun because you can make it taste however you want. I have hummus and honey butter for us to smear on our challah. Right now we are reading through the bible in one year as a family so we spend Friday night catching up with each other, relaxing and reading our bible. As of sundown Friday our house is shut down. We light candles, do kiddish, and we even disconnect our doorbell. It may sound petty however I’ve never liked the sound of a doorbell….especially on Sabbath. We aren’t usually expecting anyone so no big deal. On Saturday we read the Torah portion, read a few commentaries and watch any dvd’s that we’re in the mood for. There’s absolutely no electronic devises on Sabbath. All cell phones and computers are shut off Friday night and left in their homes. We own every dvd made from 119 Ministries, Brad Scott and Bill Cloud. We have a few conference dvd’s and dvd’s from others like Rico Cortes. It’s a day to immerse ourselves in scripture and family. Saturday sundown is a very sad time as we say goodbye to Sabbath with havdalah but looking forward to the next Sabbath.”

Now, your turn to share. What was the most important thing you took away from this week’s reading?

I am heading out of town tomorrow through Friday and will have sketchy internet for blog purposes but will be posting as much as I can. It is a 5oo mile journey, so watch for the next post (later tonight or early tomorrow), about our reading for next week! Shabbat Shalom and Rosh Chodesh Sameach (Happy New Moon)! The new moon has been spotted in Jerusalem!

Keeping It Real: Obedience and Love

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Real life lesson at least #1,020. Recently a few sisters and I have been reading through the Bible together. Slowly…chapter by chapter…and working through those thoughts. Today’s reading was from Genesis 6. Perhaps the verse that grabbed my heart quicker than anything was this one:

The LORD regretted that He had made human beings on the earth, and His heart was deeply troubled. (NIV)

Do we realize, or even care, that we can “grieve” the heart of God? Do we just see Him as some big deity full of love, mercy, grace and compassion yet never wonder what causes Him sadness, grief or regret? Be careful what you pray for friends–I have asked many times, one of those times today, to love as He loves. To see through His eyes and to know His very heart. A story of my own current “deeply troubled heart” paved the way for that.

I love my kids with every fiber in me. My prayer is for their good, for their safety, and for their hearts. Not one to boast or complain often, I quit my job as a RN (working my way up to a nice promotion), to stay home and care for my family, homeschool, and serve. It’s a choice I would make a thousand times over. Sometimes, though, I just want to run and cry at all the sacrifices I have made, and the kids just seem to take for granted, going about their own ways.

Is this truly the heart of our Father? Is this how He feels about us, His “rebellious children?”

We have some rules, and expectations in this house. I have made up every single chore list known to man, a few unknown because I came up with them “on the fly.” I have written them all over the house, in their planners, with checklists and everything. I have even chose Bible verses on speaking softly (fighting with each other and yelling is a big thing around here) and other things, even taping them to their mirrors to help them “remember.” Our God did the same thing. You see, He wrote His instructions in many places: stone tablets and our current Bible to name a few. He asked His people to wear items to remember His commandments. He told them to write them on their doorposts. He told them to speak of them when they get up, go about their day, and lie down again at night. He even promised to write it on their hearts!

What happened, and is still happening? A stubborn, rebellious people, we go our own way. We have His expectations written everywhere for us: our Bibles, paintings and such to hang around the house, calendars, devotionals….you get the point! As believers, we even have it “written on our hearts.” So WHY do we choose not to obey? In 1 Samuel, rebellion is considered as serious a sin as witchcraft; stubbornness as iniquity and idolatry.

For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry…..(1 Samuel 15:23 a)

My kids love me, right? Then why do they choose to disobey me, yet every function-church or otherwise, they IMMEDIATELY obey anyone else perceived to be in “authority.” HOW like us that truly is:

Then Saul said to Samuel, “I have sinned, for I have transgressed the commandment of the LORD and your words, because I feared the people and obeyed their voice.” (1 Samuel 15:24)

We disobey the very commands of God, those written for our “instruction” (torah). We say we LOVE God, just as my children say they love me, yet what do our ACTIONS say? Does that mean I believe my children don’t love me? No, but it breaks my heart that they obey everyone besides me. It breaks my heart that after all of the “reminders” I have given them, they choose to be stubborn and go their own way. My heart aches.

By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep His commandments. (1 John 5:2)

For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome.(1 John 5:3)

My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth. (1 John 3:18)

 

I am sure our loving Heavenly Father’s does too.

 

 

 

 

Sabbath Ponderings: Shabbat Project

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Sabbath/Shabbat/Shabbos….what is it? Is it for us today?

  • Six days shall work be done, but the seventh day is a Sabbath of solemn rest, a holy convocation. You shall do no work on it; it is the Sabbath of the LORD in all your dwellings. (Leviticus 23:3)
  • You shall have the same law for the stranger and for one from your own country; for I am the LORD your God. (Leviticus 24:22)
  • Her priests have violated My law and profaned My holy things; they have not distinguished between the holy and unholy, nor have they made known the difference between the unclean and the clean; and they have hidden their eyes from My Sabbaths, so that I am profaned among them. (Ezekiel 22:26)
  • And He said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath.” (Mark 2:27)

I have only recently been exploring the issue of Shabbat. I started the learning process by working through an amazing study, available free to us Homeschooling Torah curriculum users, and written by a friend of theirs. I LOVE this curriculum and I LOVE our Facebook community that comes with it. Along with the study, I looked up every reference to the Sabbath in the Bible, began studying Shabbat traditions, and so much more. What an AMAZING, beautiful gift our Creator has given us in this day!! It is one of HIS “appointed” times–a day He set apart as ‘clean’ and ‘holy.’

I was so excited to hear about the Shabbat Project! It is a WORLDWIDE event, that “big brother Judah” is celebrating TOGETHER!! While I am only grafted in, my Creator gives me permission to follow His commands….and yep, Shabbat is one of them. He also gave Shabbat as a “gift” to us. Some of the traditions of Judah (the Jews), are SO beautiful and so meaningful. We, as a family, have added in some of our own to see Yeshua (Jesus) within the midst of them as well!!

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Each Friday, my girls get SO excited to make Challah bread. Adding the yeast mixture reminds us of the “false leaven” (doctrine) of the Pharisees and the “true leaven” of Yeshua (Christ). To us, the kneading/beating reminds us of the beatings Christ took for us. Then, we wait for it to rise. To us, that is Christ rising from the grave. Finally, after it is all finished, it is reminding us that Yeshua (Jesus) is THE Bread of Life. As we pass the Challah around at the Shabbat meal, we each break off a piece. This is similar to the Last Supper. We also do a short “school day” and spend the rest of the daylight hours preparing the meal, cleaning the house and running errands if need be all so that at sundown….we can rest and relax with God and each other.

How do we spend the day? Starting this weekend, with the Shabbat Project, I pray to make it a technology free day, with the exception of some fine Bible studies and music. I also pray to get into the “heart” of the Shabbat with family fellowship. In the past, I have used this day to rest, to study my Bible, to craft, and spend time in fellowship with my family. I have also not been true to following Shabbat every week and I have felt unrestful and uneasy about that.

How do you celebrate Shabbat? Do you plan to join the #shabbatproject? If you never have celebrated Shabbat before, can you? What Scriptures impacted you the most in your decision?

SHABBAT SHALOM MY FRIENDS!!!

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