Mary, Martha & Lazarus – the family in Bethany

Background to the gospel narrative

Before we look at Lazarus and his family, let us first establish the broader context: which can be summed up in the parable of the Vineyard (Mark 12). The “vineyard of Yahweh of Armies is the house of Israel, and the men of Judah his pleasant plant”, planted in the land and protected from the animal like nations surrounding it (Isa 5). The nation was not ready for the Father to dwell in their midst, his vineyard was “let out to husbandmen”, who initially, were the priesthood who were to minister unto the vine and nurture it to maturity. Continue reading

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Melchi-Zedek: King of Rightiousnes

Again, another bible class. It was written and given as a public talk but posted here in case anyone else would care to read it. This subject was a delight to study, especially in such exciting times where prophecy is speedily becoming a reality as we know with all certainty that it will.

Introduction

Melchizedek is explicitly mentioned in three sections of scripture. The historical record of Melchizedek is found in Genesis 14, Then the sweet psalmist of Israel picks up the theme and links it to Christ in the millenium – Psalm 110. And finally, Paul in Hebrews 5 to 7, ties the theme together expounding many parts of these two earlier passages, showing that indeed Jesus was the Christ – the anointed king – foretold by the prophets.

Paul tells us that Melchizedek was:

Heb 7:3 Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually.

Melchizedek was a man and therefore undoubtedly had parents, probably even children. Paul’s point is that Melchizedek has been made to look like Christ… he is a type of Christ! Hence all the details, or in this case, lack of them, are recorded for that purpose… nothing is left to chance in scripture. I’d like to look at both the prophecy and the exhortation. Continue reading

Virtuous Woman – אשת חיל

Introduction

“A virtuous Woman is a crown crown to her husband” (Prov 12:4)

In summary, the “virtuous” woman represents the multitudinous people taken by the Messiah in marriage as his queen. Those who will with Yashua as he reigns from Zion, from the throne of his father David.

Our subject is taken from proverbs 31. We do not have enough time to look at every verse in detail, that would require many evenings as we shall see. So we will have to suffice with a more thematic approach, just brushing the surface. My aim is to wet your appetite for further personal study. Continue reading

Ecclesiastes 8 (Bible class talk)

Another bible class talk, this time on Ecclesiastes 8.

Introduction

Please come with me to Ecclesiastes chapter 1:

Ecc 1:1 The words of the Preacher, the son of David (Solomon), king in Jerusalem.
2 Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, …vanity of vanities; …all is vanity.
3 What profit hath a man of all his labour which he taketh under the sun?

It would appear that Solomon wrote these words towards the end of his life. Looking back with all the wisdom he had been blessed with, yet chosen to ignore. Continue reading

Daniel 12 – The vision of the end times

This is a bible class talk that I wrote for the 4th of April, reproduced here for anyone who may find it useful.

Introduction

Our subject this evening is Daniel 12. The climax of the life of Daniel – one greatly beloved – when he is blessed to see a vision of: the resurrection from the dead, the salvation of his people. and the suppressing of the great apostate river and the bounding of it’s overflowing flood waters. And to Daniel one of the greatest moments of his life as Yahweh gives him that comforting answer of peace, that he will surly stand again in the resurrection to dwell in the the land of promise, in his own portion, in the inheritance of his fathers. What a blessing to a brother who has suffered so much! Continue reading

Greatest Hoax on Earth?

The Greatest Hoax on Earth? refuting Dawkins on evolution

While many continuously state the theory of Evolution as Scientific fact, Jonathan Sarfati shows that a fair review of the Scientific evidence overwhelmingly refutes this theory. His book “The Greatest Hoax on Earth? refuting Dawkins on evolution” is very nicely presented with a logical layout, supported by literally hundreds of Scientific Journal papers. This is a must for anyone presented by evolutionary ideas! Continue reading

Psalm 104 introduction (verses 1-9)

This study was written for a bible class that I was asked to do recently. Reproduced here for the benefit of anyone interested.

Introduction

Thought the words of Psalm 104, we see the bringing up of the ark back to Israel with jubilant song and dance. We see the setting up of the priestly order. And we see the unbounded wisdom of the almighty, as he shapes and guides world events bringing about his spiritual creation–the heavens and Earth of the future age. We will try and go through chapter this verse by verse and allow spirit word to guide our study.

The psalms seem to be divided into thematic sections by headings. In which case Psalm 104 is part of a series of psalms starting with psalm 103 and ending with psalm 107. The title to this section heads up psalm 103, “To David”, in the AV. However in the Hebrew the phrase can be equally translated, “of David”. So the subject of the Psalm IS David, “the beloved”, the greater David which is Christ.

Unfortunately we will not finish the whole Chapter tonight there is just too much to cover. I hope that I encourage you all to follow up the study yourselves.

  • Verse 1 addresses the saint body, showing the wonders of their blessing.
  • Verse 2 shows the expanding of the kingdom of Yahweh till it fills the whole earth
  • Verses 3-4 introduce the Cheruvim, the guardians to the tree of the Lives
  • Verses 5-9 the anti-typical Noahic flood which is turned back by the rainbowed angel
  • Verses 10-18 shows the blessings of the kingdom
  • Verses 19-30 shows the current order of things through nature
  • Verses 31-35 praises the wisdom of the Father