From the beginning, faith has been a large piece of God's plan and righteousness. It did not start during the time of Jesus. In fact, there are many examples in the Old Testament; which also proves that the Jews did not think that their righteousness came from the obedience of the law. Faith is mentioned long before the written law and has never lost its importance in our walk with the Lord.
Looking at the book of Romans, there are two main groups that Paul is speaking to. The Jews and the Gentiles. What could ever bring these two very different groups together? The Gospel of God.
The Gospel is throughout the holy scriptures, including the Old Testament. That is where the writers of the New Testament saw the connection and revelation of what God had been working on from the beginning. It is important to know that the Gospel is in the Torah.
There are a lot of similarities between the first Pentecost and the Pentecost in Acts chapter 2. One similarity that is not often discussed is the purpose of receiving the power. It involves a much larger vision then just that moment in time.
The Torah, or the law, is really the heart of God. And he desires for his heart to be in ours. He is not asking us to just do good works, but to fall in love with Him because the works are only the demonstration of his love.
The Festival of Tabernacles is a very important festival in the Bible. It was a special time between the Lord and his people; and between families. The Lord chose this time for relationship. As we look at Joshua and Israel get ready to fight Jericho we also see another side of the Lord, the Lord of Hosts.
One of the most important festivals in the Bible is Yom Kippur, or the Day of Atonement. It is a day of restoration of relationship with the Lord, as well as our brothers and sisters. It is not just a Jewish festival; it is a biblical festival.
Many of us may have been thought that meekness is just a quiet person, but that is not the correct definition. Listen in as we discuss meekness from the Bible.
Many think that the commandments are no longer valid or needed, but that is not true. The commandments show us God's heart; and the holy scriptures tell us that there is blessing in keeping them. There is also responsibility to protect and teach them since we have been made part of the priesthood.
When you think of yourself, what kind of descriptions do you think of? Because more than likely they are not how God would describe you. We can be very negative towards ourselves, but we must remember that God has a plan for us and he will be faithful to complete it.
Not only are we a new creation, not only are we seated above in heavenly places, not only are we redeemed and adopted, but we have been given power! We have so much power in us we have no idea what is possible. It is time for us to get to the power that we have been given.
We need the new covenant. But, do we need the old covenant? Are they different covenants or an extension of the same? If you are not able to answer these questions, you will enjoy listening to this episode of UNAVISION about The Covenants.
One of the most controversial scriptures is John 1:17. The shadow of what was to come vs. fullness of it in its coming. But what if it is not trying to compare two seemingly different things, but emphasize a different point? What is the Torah pointing to?