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How our family calculates the hebrew calendar

Recently my wife and I put together an informal explanation (meant for our family alone) explaining …

Shabbatdate.org Podcast

We had the blessing of Sukkot-camping near Matthew and Shannon Kneisler from ShabbatDate.org in Octo…

Forgiveness: A Salvation Issue (Ha Yom Kippurim)

This Ha Yom Kippurim, as I reflect and seek Yah’s face, I am reminded of something that I lear…

Forgiveness

As Believers, in order for us to function effectively in Yah’s Kingdom, it is essential &#8211…

Psalm 69

Ephesians – A Chiastic Overview

The Book of Mark – An Overview

Habakkuk

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The Choosing People

Most Christians have heard it or said it, “If you were the only living person on earth, Christ would…

The Power of Shalom

For the last half of my walk with Messiah, I’ve been most aware of one specific aspect of Kingdom li…

I Have Sinned – The Double-Minded Delegate

YHWH can bring truth from the mouth of a mule… I really appreciate the irony of the story of Bilam. …

Shout, Israel! Shout!

The Day of YaHuWaH begins as the sun silently sets.  Each seventh month, as is the Sabbath day,…

How NOT to Celebrate Yom Teruah

(This article is part of a series discussing the themes of Yom Teruah, the Moed that kicks off the e…

Eagerly Awaiting The Seventh Coming

(This article is part of a series discussing the themes of Yom Teruah, the Moed that kicks off the e…

Why We Shout

Yom Teruah is certainly the most mysterious Moed (the Hebrew word that means “Appoin…

Read the Warning Label!

Yom Teruah is a crucial yet overlooked holiday in the Bible which occurs annually each fall.  ‘…

Mark 13 – WATCH!

  There is a line from movie from 20 years ago: You are who you choose to be. In Mark 13, …

Three Lies – Three Blessings

Gen 12:9-20; Gen 20:1-18; Gen 26:1-12 Someone recently asked if lying is explicitly forbidden in Tor…

Psalm 7 – My Shield is With YHWH

Psalm 7 is full of ugly, violent language:  swords, bows, arrows, plunder, trample.  Howev…

Mark 12:28-34

Oh, the manifold wisdom of YHWH!   We know the greatest command – Love YHWH and love your…

In the Beginning God Created…Twice?

Genesis 1 and 2 provide two accounts of creation. Study of these two accounts reveals chiastic and p…

Parable of the Tenants

Mark 12:1-9 This parable is very well-known and, for many of us, has been studied since Sunday schoo…

The Perfect Yom Teruah Song!

The video above is from a very talented singer/songwriter, Sarah Sparks.   Based on some of her othe…

Tzit-Tziot and the Seventh Day Sabbath

Apparently, I’ll never get over the ignorance of how Christianity (practically every denominat…

Tablets Made of Sapphire Stone

Yesterday we witnessed Israel, collectively and for the first time since creation, suddenly become p…

Israel: Pure and Sinless

Now that we are only two days away from the finish-line of the heart of the annual Feast cycle, I fi…

Psalm 67 – Let the Nations Be Glad!

Shavuot is the Feast of LEAVENED Bread. The time we celebrate the manifold gifts of YHWH and His pla…

The “Real” Promised Land

Immediately after the three Pilgrimage Feasts are offered to Israel in the “Book of the Law” which M…

The Three Pilgrimage Feasts

Continuing through “The Book of the Law V1.0” we find these new instructions for our Isr…

The Laws of Biblical Slavery Still Apply

The laws about slavery in scripture can be the easiest to criticize for both believers and non-belie…

A Primer to “The Book of The Law”

Our people arrived at Mt. Sinai on the third day of the third month. The Israelites made an oral ple…

Humility and Holy Ground

With only one Sabbath left before Shavuot, I’m in a bit of a panic trying to fit in the volume of co…

The Hidden Allegory of “Bar”

Yesterday we talked about the number 10, and how Yah made everything that exists through the express…

“The Ten Debarim” (aka “The Ten Commandments)

With only 2 lessons left before the 6th Sabbath of Shavuot, it’s hard to believe that I’m just getti…

“Ascension Day” — A Time of Testing and the Number 40

Acts 1:3, 9-11, “In the first book, O Theophilus, I have dealt with all that Jesus began to do and t…

Darkness, Fear, and Dread

Exodus 19:9, “And Yah said to Moses, “Behold I am coming to you in a thick cloud.”  9…

Yah’s Special Treasure (aka Israel)

Exodus 19:3-8, “YHWH called to him out of the mountain, saying, “Thus you shall say to th…

The Number Three: Perpetual Life in Messiah

Yesterday’s introduction to our campsite at Exodus 19 cleansed our pallet or erased the slate, reset…

The Wilderness

We’ve arrived at Exodus, Chapter 19, and more importantly, we’ve arrived at the foot of Mt. Sinai. W…

Steadfast Love: Going With The Flow

As we close up this fifth complete week since the Feast of First Fruits, we are getting closer and c…

Torah, Mitzvah, Choq, & Mishpat

Shavuot is typically described as the appointed time celebrating the “giving of the law” or “the sen…

The Power Of Our Testimony

Jethro and company are the first “friendlies” that we’ve met on The Way to Shavuot, and there is a c…

Gentiles, Sojourners, and Israel

As we’ve looked closer at the language and imagery in Exodus 18, anticipation is building toward a f…

Who Are The Kenites?

As we’ve seen several times, the order of the stories in the Torah are wisely set—but are not always…

The Holy Spirit and the Bride of Messiah

One of the greatest challenges (and fun opportunities) of studying the Torah is trying to get into t…

The Biblical Justice System (Jethro’s Advice)

If you are just joining us, we are counting the days from the biblical feast of First Fruits (the da…

Highs and Lows

There are two more words left to explore here in Exodus 17.  We’ve been camped in this same cha…

The Two Houses of Israel (plus Levi)

In the Day 26 article I casually mentioned that the letter ‘Bet’ in Hebrew was both a picture of a h…

Unhewn Stones. The Father and The Son.

Last week we talked extensively about “The Rock” as a type of Messiah. This week, in the second half…

A Banner On A High Hill–Marking Half-Way to Shavuot!

As we’ve reached the halfway point in the Way to Shavuot this is the perfect time to talk about alta…

HalleluYah! The secret to victory.

This week, days 22 through 28, we are covering Exodus 17:8-16, trying to learn what Yah was try…

Amalek! Our eternal enemy!

Yesterday, we dove deep into the name of Joshua and learned that he is a “type” of Messiah.  Every t…

The Name of Yeshua

n case you’ve joined mid-series, this is a 50 day study of the Scriptures which begin at the parting…

In Disguise: Moses, Joseph, and Messiah

It turns out that Moses’s most recent water crises here in Exodus 17:1-7 were not his first. T…

Psalm 6 – Depart from Me Workers of Iniquity!

Mat 7:21  “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the…

Water and Light, Fountains and Eyes

The ancient Hebrew language is rich in poetic imagery, but it sadly flies right over the heads of mo…

Onward and Upward!

“And all the congregation of the children of Israel journeyed from the wilderness of Sin, after thei…

Water From The (Other) Rock

The grace and patience which Yah has continued to exhibit on this side of Mt. Sinai is far less obvi…

Two Kinds of Staves

We’ve covered the water, and The Rock, but there’s another element present here at Rephadim: the sta…

Living Water

On our second day of reflecting on the miracle of water from The Rock, let us switch over to looking…

Water From The Rock

For the next 7 days, we’ll be camped in the first 7 verses of Exodus chapter 17—as we’ve now crossed…

Thorny Breakthroughs

It’s already been seven days that we’ve camped here, and our seven lessons about Manna are alm…

Keep My Sabbaths (Plural)

A few weeks from now, we’ll be covering the 10 Words (aka 10 Commandments) in greater deta…

Sabbath: A Shadow Of Things To Come

[As a brief recap, we’ve been putting ourselves in the steps of the early Israelites… joining them o…

Sabbath 101

Much of the ignorance surrounding Messiah’s view of the Sabbath (such as whether He “broke” it or no…

“Testing, Testing, 1,2,3,4,5,6,7”

In Exodus 16, regarding the Manna, Yah says this, “Behold, I am about to rain bread from heaven for …

Manna and Messiah

At our first campsite we saw subtle word-play, strongly implying that Messiah is “hiding” himself al…

Perfect Timing

As we step one day closer towards Shavuot, Yah continues to build upon the foundational lessons taug…

The Spirit of a Fugitive

There’s a neat contrast being made in Exodus 15:22-27.  It’s not obvious, but helps …

Obedience, the First Step to Healing

At the burning bush, Yah tells Moses this: “…go to the king of Egypt and say to him, ‘YHWH, the God …

Righteousness Realized

Before I get into the continuing saga of Miriam, the newly released TZADE, and how it informs us abo…

Mitzraim, Miriam, and Being Born Again

There’s a sneaky hidden prophecy that happens during the sea crossing, related to the Feast of First…

You Will Call His Name “Yeshua”

One of the many hints that Jesus (Yeshua) is an “unseen” main character in the story of …

Shavuot. The Original Pilgrim’s Progress.

I can’t shake the idea that each of the Biblical Feasts tell a thematic story when studied in …

On Your Mark. Get Set. Grow.

(This article is the beginning of a study series on Shavuot.   Day 1 of 50.) Today is…

First Fruits 101

Back when the Torah was originally given, the three Hebrew main-events each year were inseparable fr…

Overcoming is a Hebrew Thing

It’s easy for most to see the connection between the cross in Jerusalem and the original event…

Cycles of Righteousness

The Day of the First Fruits (Numbers 28:26) is one of the names given to the first day of …

Why Did Messiah Rise on Sunday?

Here’s a good question: Why did Messiah rise from the grave on a Sunday? (Oh, how I TRIED to k…

Kingdom Leaven

What is the deal with leaven, you ask? Must be an Old-Testament thing, you guess? Surprisingly, the …

Designed to Serve

Exodus 12:25-28  “And when you come to the land that YHWH will give you, as he has p…

Save Me Oh YHWH!

Psalms are traditionally read on Pesach. I have stepped outside our order of study to examine this b…

Ritual is a Thing

Exodus 12:24, “You shall observe this rite as a statute for you and for your sons fo…

The Care and Feeding of Wild Leaven

By: Ellie Patton We’re entering the final countdown towards the spring feasts, and many of us are fi…

הַמַּשְׁחִית “The Destroyer”

Exodus 12:23, “For YHWH will pass through to strike the Egyptians, and when he sees the blood …

A Night of Watching

Exodus 12:22, “None of you shall go out of the door of his house until the morning.” &nb…

It is Finished

 Exodus 12:22, “Take a bunch of hyssop and dip it in the blood that is in the b…

מִשְׁפָּחָה (Mishpacha)

Exodus 12:21, “Then Moses called all the elders of Israel and said to them, “Go and selec…

The Week of Matzah (Isn’t Really About Bread)

Exodus 12:15, “Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread. On the first day you shall remo…

Everlasting God

 Exodus 12:14, “This day shall be for you a memorial day, and you shall keep it as a feast…

Passing Over Didn’t Start on Passover

Exodus 12:11-13. “In this manner you shall eat it: with your belt fastened, your sandals on yo…

Firstborn Math

Exodus 12:12, “For I will pass through the land of Egypt that night, and I will strike all the…

Fresh Authority

Exodus 12:11, “In this manner you shall eat it: with your belt fastened, your sandals on your …

Identity Crisis

Exodus 12:10, “And you shall let none of it remain until the morning; anything that remai…

The Lamb That is Pierced

Exodus 12:8-9, “They shall eat the flesh that night, roasted on the fire; with unleavened…

Flesh, Bitter Herbs, Matzah, and Wine

In Exodus 12:8 we read, “They shall eat the flesh that night, roasted on the fire; w…

Adam and Edom, Inside and Out

Exodus 12:7, “Then they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts&…

Thou Shall Kill?

Exodus 12:6, “…and you shall keep it until the fourteenth day of this month, when t…

בֵּין הָעַרְבָּֽיִם “Between the Evenings”

Exodus 12:6, “…and you shall keep it until the fourteenth day of this month, when the wh…

Come As You Are

Exodus 12:5, “Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male a year old.  You may take it fro…