A Tool to shed light over the qualities in our life 3 Menorah and 7 basic emotions

Rabbi Jeshua in many of his talks gave several examples of how we had to work at ourselves and how we should prepare ourselves to be ready and to be worthy to go through the small gate of the Kingdom of God. The characteristics we should work at to come closer in the image of God, may be presented by the lights of the menorah or seven armed candelabrum, which we can use as a handy tool for thinking about the seven basic emotions.

Not all the followers of the Jewish sect “the Way” agreed to the Roman emperor Constantine. From the time of rabbi Jeshua (Jesus) onwards there have always been faithful followers of the Jewish teachings of rabbi Jeshua, which where in line with the Law given by God to His people. There where those who joined the Essene community of Jesus’ mother. To take part of the Essenian emblems they had to qualify for membership by swearing piety to God, justice toward men, hatred of falsehood, love of truth, and faithful observance of all other tenets of the Essene sect. Others joined the several house communities or ecclesiae, where they too had to endorse the basic Jewish rules and had to confirm they would not worship more than the One and Only One True God, Jehovah, the heavenly Father of Jesus and our Divine Creator.

Rabbi Jeshua in his talks always put the focus on his heavenly Father, the Only One True God, and on God His Kingdom, which we had to try to be able to enter. To help us he tried mankind to show the Way to God and gave many parables to make sure people came to understand that they had to work on themselves and had to prepare themselves to be ready to enter that Kingdom of God. He gave many examples to show how we need works to be sanctified and worthy for for God. In many of his speeches rabbi Jeshua talked about characteristics or qualities or features that has to come to belong a believer and to where we have to work on and should get them right.

Jeshua showed the people the way to God and the works of God. He made it clear that God has give us His set apart (or holy) Word which we should have it written in our heart and should follow. That Word which should be more precious than any other word of man is The Word that should direct our thoughts to the vital importance of our attitude of “heart” as the most vital thing in our thought processes.

Rabbi Jeshua told those around him, a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart. (Luke 18:1). He also reminded people that it was the divine Creator Who created us to be, demanding from us an opinion or to take a position, for Him or against Him, no way in-between. God knows the heart and it has no use to pretend. We may put on a front and pretend to be someone and something that we’re not, but we can’t hide anything for God.

1 Samuel 16:7 (TS2009)
7 But יהוה said to Shemu’ĕl, “Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have refused him, for not as man sees, for man looks at the eyes, but יהוה looks at the heart.”

Proverbs 21:2 (TS2009)
2 All a man’s ways are right in his own eyes, But יהוה weighs the hearts.

Jeremiah 17:10 (TS2009)
10 “I, יהוה, search the heart, I try the kidneys, and give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his deeds.

Often in this world we may find people who want to go with the majority and want to conform to the expectations of others. But God requires we take distance from that pagan world. Rabbi Jeshua also tells us, that those who are not from the world but want to work on it to become who God has asked them to be, will find peace and fulfilment. Jeshua and his apostles assured those who followed them that they cannot be that which everyone else wants, because nobody will ever match up with what others expect of them. If however, we seek God His guidance and listen to His direction we will find joy and contentment, knowing that we are walking together on the same path. Then we will become a person that others can go to because they trust our intentions and can see God at work within us as they watch our courage and wisdom come through time and time again.

Building this trust… a good name, is more desirable than great riches, it helps others to see God. We should strive for this honour.

To make it easier to remember the basic characteristics on which the children of God have to work, a candle holder with multiple arms became a handy tool, shedding light on the things we might forget sometimes.

A reconstruction of the Menorah of the Temple created by the Temple Institute

The menorah, a seven-lamp (six branches) ancient Hebrew lampstand was used in the portable sanctuary set up by Moshe in the wilderness and later in the Temple in Jerusalem.

Exodus 25:31-40 (TS2009)
31 “And you shall make a lampstand of clean gold – the lampstand is made of beaten work. Its base and its shaft, its cups, its ornamental knobs and blossoms are from it, 32 and six branches shall come out of its sides: three branches of the lampstand out of one side, and three branches of the lampstand out of the other side; 33 three cups made like almond flowers on one branch, with ornamental knob and blossom, and three cups made like almond flowers on the other branch, with ornamental knob and blossom – so for the six branches coming out of the lampstand. 34 “And on the lampstand itself are four cups made like almond flowers, with ornamental knob and blossom, 35 and a knob under the first two branches of the same, and a knob under the second two branches of the same, and a knob under the third two branches of the same, according to the six branches coming out of the lampstand. 36 “Their knobs and their branches are of the same – all of it one beaten work of clean gold. 37 “And you shall make seven lamps for it, and they shall mount its lamps so that they give light in front of it. 38 “And its snuffers and their trays are of clean gold. 39 “It is made of a talent of clean gold, with all these utensils. 40 “So see, and do according to the pattern which was shown to you on the mountain.

Exodus 40:25 (TS2009)
25 and lit the lamps before יהוה, as יהוה had commanded Mosheh.

Exodus 40:4 (TS2009)
4 “And you shall bring in the table and arrange what belongs on it, and bring in the lampstand and light its lamps.

Today we still can use such a candelabrum, the source of light in the Tabernacle, which signified insight and enlightenment. Certainly in these days of spiritual darkness we could use some ritual or symbolism as an aid to let us think about the necessary characteristics we as lovers of God should answer. The lamps having been lit, the table of shewbread would be clearly illuminated,  the loaves of bread reminding us of the manna God provided for His people.

The sudden and elusive flash of insight and illumination in the mind is similar to a bolt of lightning flashing across a dark sky. By lightening the candles we may think of the light God provides for us and by each candle of the candlestick may think of one important aspect we should work at.

Each one of the lovers of God should try to come close to a ‘Divine soul’ finding a source of Divine illumination. Those who are “beloved” and who “live to Him” therefore take His words and “bind them on their heart”, finding in the lightening of the candles the different points to look at.

As first candle of the candelabrum signifying the first of seven basic types of Jewish souls we remind ourselves of the necessity of the love of God being there for us. At the centre of everything we have the Most Highest of everything and as such the centre candle represents God awareness. We even may let that candle burn all the time because the thing that has to be lit inside of us, at all times, is the God connection. At no point should there be a moment that God is out of our sight or out of our heart.

Good or bad times, friends or enemies, all should feel our love for them, showing the love of God for us.

1 John 4:8 (TS2009)
8 The one who does not love does not know Elohim, for Elohim is love.

Christians should know that this love of God is so big that He did not presented a charade, like Trinitarians want us to believe, faking His death (because God cannot die), but by allowing His most begotten beloved son to be killed for faults he did not commit.

Rabbi Jeshua was always in awe for his heavenly Father, Jehovah, the God he worshipped. Like many enemies of God we too should stand in awe and show respect for the Most Highest Omniscient Omnipresent Divine Creator, admiring Him as the Most Precious One. Always we should remember that This Most Highest, God above all gods, “knows” all because everything is like an open book to Him: it is all plain and revealed before The Almighty God by definition, and He does not have to “turn His attention” to things or “put His mind” to them in order to know. That is a function of human knowledge, not Divine “knowledge,” so there is really no philosophical dilemma at all. Therefore we can use some reminders to let us meditate on the Highness of God and of the Truth in His Word.

Isaiah 29:23 (TS2009)
23 “For when he sees his children, the work of My hands, in his midst, they shall set apart My Name, and set apart the Set-apart One of Ya‛aqoḇ, and fear the Elohim of Yisra’ĕl.

When lightening that second candle we think of the precious Name we should carry every day in our heart and be thankful for all the things He offers us in front of our eyes.

Hebrews 12:28-29 (TS2009)
28 Therefore, receiving an unshakeable reign, let us hold the favour, through which we serve Elohim pleasingly with reverence and awe, 29 for indeed, our Elohim is a consuming fire. Deu 4:24.

The fire of the candle reminding us of fire we should fear but also of fire which can our light and melt our hearts coming in connection with God through studying the Torah.

By reading those Holy Scriptures we can learn of the necessity to recognise the Elohim and to have perhaps even trepidation for Him in our anxiety trying to get most out of His Word.

After having lighted the 4th candle, reminding us of the light the study of God’s Word can give we light the 5th one to remind us how by knowledge of God’s Word we can overcome obstacles opposing Godliness in the world. But those who love God’s Word and live according to His Mitzvah do know they should not worry for those who call them to hellfire, because it might well be that God His fire shall consume them.

Isaiah 47:14 (TS2009)
14 “See, they shall be as stubble, fire shall burn them, they do not deliver themselves from the power of the flame, there is not a coal to be warmed by, nor a fire to sit before it!

When lightning the 6th candle we think of all those things we receive from our Creator. Let it be a sign of  appreciating God’s goodness.

Psalms 27:7-14 (TS2009)
7 Hear, O יהוה, when I cry with my voice! And show me favour, and answer me. 8 To my heart You have said, “Seek My face.” Your face, יהוה, I seek. 9 Do not hide Your face from me; Do not turn Your servant away in displeasure; You have been my help; Do not leave me nor forsake me, O Elohim of my deliverance. 10 When my father and my mother have forsaken me, Then יהוה does take me in. 11 Teach me Your way, O יהוה, And lead me in a smooth path, because of my enemies. 12 Do not give me over To the desire of my adversaries; For false witnesses have risen against me, And they breathe out cruelty to me. 13 What if I had not believed To see the goodness of יהוה In the land of the living! 14 Wait on יהוה, be strong, And let Him strengthen your heart! Wait, I say, on יהוה!

Though humble we do  show our pride in being God’s emissary in the world and therefore light the 7th candle. The faith understanding that the face of Jacob is engraved in God’s Throne. (Likutei Torah 3:29b.)

Deuteronomy 8:1-3 (TS2009)

Deuteronomy 8
1 “Guard to do every command which I command you today, that you might live, and shall increase, and go in, and shall possess the land of which יהוה swore to your fathers. 2 “And you shall remember that יהוה your Elohim led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you, prove you, to know what is in your heart, whether you guard His commands or not. 3 “And He humbled you, and let you suffer hunger, and fed you with manna which you did not know nor did your fathers know, to make you know that man does not live by bread alone, but by every  Word that comes from the mouth of יהוה.a Footnote: aSee also Mat 4:4 and in Luk 4:4.

James 4:5-10 (TS2009)
5 Or do you think that the Scripture speaks to no purpose? Does the Spirit which dwells in us intensely crave unto envy? 6 But He gives greater favour. Because of this He says, “Elohim resists the proud, but gives favour to the humble.” Pro 3:34. 7 So then subject yourselves to Elohim. Resist the devilb and he shall flee from you. Footnote: bOr adversary. 8 Draw near to Elohim and He shall draw near to you. Cleanse hands, sinners. And cleanse the hearts, you double-minded! 9 Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to dejection. 10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Master, and He shall lift you up.

Let us therefore not be spiritually blind today but let our lights been seen by others, by making sure that we can become considered worthy to attain the entrance of God’s Kingdom. Let us constantly encourage each other to “Bind” God His word “on our heart” – today, and every day.

Roman soldiers carrying a menorah, detail of a relief on the Arch of Titus, Rome, 81 ce.
Roman soldiers carrying a menorah, detail of a relief on the Arch of Titus, Rome, 81 ce.

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A Tool to shed light over the qualities in our life 1 Inner feelings

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Additional reading

  1. Creation of the earth and man #4 Of the Sabbath day #2 Days 1,7,8 and 50
  2. Creation of the earth and man #5 Of the Sabbath day #3 Ceasing from the works of the flesh
  3. Creation of the earth and man #23 Man in the image and likeness of the Elohim #7 Corporeal and spiritual change
  4. First mention of a solution against death 5 Evil its law of death
  5. Lovers of God, seekers and lovers of truth
  6. God who knows the heart
  7. 9 Adar and bickering or loving followers of the Torah preparing for Pesach
  8. Seven lights or basic emotions 
  9. January 27, 417, Pope Innocent I condemning Pelagius about Faith and Works
  10. Letter to the Romans, chapter 3
  11. Romans 4 and the Sacraments
  12. Additional comments to the Letter to the Romans 4
  13. Facing our existence every day
  14. Seeds, weeds and kingdoms

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  1. Sin Makes You Sick
  2. The Law Of Attraction: Thoughts Become Things
  3. How Just One Change Can Make All Of Life Better
  4. Working on Yourself
  5. Wednesday of the Third Week of Lent
  6. Myth Busters #6 – Are We Still Subject to the Law?
  7. Remember Your True Identity
  8. The Gospel (in a Nutshell)
  9. Did God Change His Law?
  10. Feeling Condemned? Romans 8:1-4
  11. Bad Habits: Character Development
  12. 2. Aspects of the modern world – What everyone is looking for
  13. 30 Alpha Male Characteristics That Make You a Real Alpha
  14. Become a better man – 2 (Conquer fear)
  15. Be Humble
  16. Personal Characteristics of the Holy Spirit
  17. Menorah Tribes of Israel
  18. The base of the Menorah
  19. Parshas Tetzaveh – Lessons in Chinuch
  20. Tetsaveh (Exodus 27:20 – 30:10), Shabbat Zachor (Deut. 25:17-19), Purim
  21. Scripture Portion of Week 20: Tetzaveh
  22. Annual preschool menorahs
  23. Chanukkah–Feast of Dedication
  24. Laodicea — Menorah and Cross
  25. Annual preschool menorahs
  26. Chanukkah–Feast of Dedication

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A Tool to shed light over the qualities in our life 2 Jews for a Messiah

Historically, any Jewish group which denied the basic principles of Jewish tradition – Torah and mitzvah-observance – ultimately ceased to be part of the Jewish people. Rabbi Jeshua never denied the basic principles of Jewish tradition, though several who call themselves Christian are not following Christ his teachings and ignore even the basic Jewish core teachings and do not want to work at the basic characteristics a child of God should have.
To remind us of those elements we should work at, the Elohim has given us a useful tool to remember all those basic characteristics.

God has chosen Him a people and because man had rebelled against Him, even more than once, He had provided a solution against the curse of death, the punishment given in the Garden of Eden.

That solution was first spoken off in the Garden of Eden where God said

Genesis 3:13-15 (TS2009)
13 And יהוה Elohim said to the woman,

“What is this you have done?”

And the woman said,

“The naḥash deceived me, and I ate.”

14 And יהוה Elohim said to the naḥash,

“Because you have done this, you are cursed more than all livestock and more than every beast of the field. On your belly you are to go, and eat dust all the days of your life. 15 “And I put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed.b He shall crush your head, and you shall crush His heel.”

English: Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, S...
Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, Stavanger Cathedral, (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here at the beginning of times is given the first promise of the Messiah and promise of salvation or redemption. Those Messianic prophesies where going to be repeated many times and at regular intervals the Elohim gave some additional signs so that people could come to recognise when that Messiah would come and who it shall be.

Temptation or nachash had entered life and destroyed the better qualities of man. It tried further to bring down the Godly characteristics man had as being created in the image of God. Therefore all the descendants of the children of Adam and Eve came to hear what they had to do, to keep belonging to the family of God.

From the Children of God was expected that they considered the One and Only One True God their Creator and heavenly Father. By recognising Him as their Father they had to show Him their love and knowing He is the Most High Almighty God above all gods they had to show Him awe or reverence mixed with dread and wonder, inspired by the Omniscient Provider His majestic powerful Omnipotent Power.

In later years, after Moshe had received the tablets with God’s Mitzvah the People  of God required their flock to listen those who told about those Words had given. And after the oral tradition when more scrolls  became available it became expected also that they would listen to or read those commandments and to become connected with God through studying the Torah.

It was required to belong to God’s people to be part of a community that believed and worshipped only that One True God of Israel and that one tried to overcome obstacles opposing Godliness in the world.

Historically, any Jewish group which denied the basic principles of Jewish tradition – Torah and mitzvah-observance – ultimately ceased to be part of the Jewish people.

The Sadducees, who were active in Judea during the Second Temple period, and the Karaites or Qaraites, considered the Oral Torah, as codified in the Talmud and subsequent works, to be authoritative interpretations of the Torah. They refused to accept certain parts of the Oral Law, because according to them all of the divine commandments were handed down to Moshe by God and recorded in the written Torah without additional Oral Law or explanation. As a result, Karaite Jews or those belonging to  Karaism did not accept as binding the written collections of the oral tradition in the Midrash or Talmud and soon after, broke away completely as part of the Jewish People. The Hellenists, secularists during the Second Temple period, also soon became regarded as no longer “Jewish.” Eventually, these groups vanished completely. They were considered to be sects, the same as the followers of rabbi Jeshua. First they were recognised as an acceptable Jewish group, coming from the line of King David and the brotherhood that flourished in Palestine from about the 2nd century BCE to the end of the 1st century CE, the Essenes, being Jesus a child of the Essene Miriam of the labourer Joseph. Never having been numerous, like the Pharisees, the Essenes meticulously observed the Law of Moses, the Sabbath, and ritual purity, rabbi Jeshua took it at heart to let everybody know how important those virtues are to enter the Kingdom of God.

Those early Christians were the original “Jews for Jeshua” (or “Jews for Jesus“) who kept to the traditional Jewish holy days and food regulations (Kosher eating according Kashrut or Jewish religious dietary laws). But within a few years, the turning point came when Paul, realizing that Jews wouldn’t accept the concept of a dead Messiah, and opened up membership to non-Jews. adaptions where made for goyim to enter their community, them not having to apply all Jewish regulations. Those non-Jews who joined the “Jews for Jesus” accepted the Divine revelation of the Torah, but not the eternal, binding nature of the commandments. Initially, these Jews were reliable in their kashruth, the fitness or kosher state, requiring certain foods not to be eaten and others to be prepared in a specified manner, and counted in a minyan, the quorum of at least ten Jewish adults to constitute a representative “community of Israel” for liturgical purposes (religious obligations and prayer service). When a minyan is lacking for synagogue services, those who have gathered merely recite their prayers as private individuals.

As such in many communities or brotherhoods of the “Jews for Jesus”, also having become known as the Jewish sect “The Way“, there was thus no public reading from the Torah (first five books of the Bible) and no Hafṭarah (selection from the Nevi’im or prophetic books of the Bible). Such invocations as the Kaddish and qedusha (3rd section of all Amidah recitations) were likewise omitted, for none of these was considered appropriate unless the “Jewish community” prayed as one.

Though the growing community of followers of Christ Jesus brought it to a point that these “Jews” experienced a total severing of Jewish identity. It became worse when more and more false teachings came into the community, notwithstanding the resistance and warning by the Jewish rabbi Saul (apostle Paul) and the first disciples of Jesus. By the followers of Christ came division by those who started to make Jesus into their god and did not mind taking pagan rites into their services. This made Jews boiling and excluding those Christians, which went in against the basic teaching of rabbi Jeshua who was for worship of only One true God, the God of Israel. Already three hundreds years after the refreshing of Jewish thought by rabbi Jeshua, a majority agreed to the Roman rulers to accept a similar pantheon like the Greeks and Romans, adopting Zeus in Issou, ravishing rabbi Jeshua’s name to fit the worshipping of a new three-headed god, later better known as the Trinity.

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  18. God doesn’t need you
  19. Matthew 22:23-33, 1 Wife – Seven Husbands – Poor Woman!
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Reading to grow and to become wise concerning the most important thing in life 1 Times of reading

In ancient times on market days and the days people where free, they came together to listen to the reading of the Torah. Today any day could be used to come together to listen to the reading of the Holy Scriptures. Written and oral material was brought from one generation into an other and formed the base for the construction of many communities or religious groups and denominations.

In this world we can find many religions and lots of people who say they are worshipping the right god. How do they know and how can we know that they are really worshipping the Only One True Divine God the whole world should be worshipping?

Many of us find they are living in an unsecure world. They even find they themselves do not live securely. They would love to find ways to have an easy life and to be sure of certain things. They are no different than people who lived thousands of years ago. Many questions have stayed the same. Not so much has changed.

Seeing all the different denominations we can wonder why and how it are so many. When we use the Bible or Holy Scriptures as a touchstone it shall be very quickly easy to see which teachings of which denominations are not according to the Words of the ones they claim to be following.

Megillat Esther on which is concluded we should make us days of feasting and gladness, and of sending portions one to another, and gifts to the poor, celebrating Purim.

In certain religious groups it is tradition to read the Torah out loud at each gathering. This tradition dates back to the time of Moshe, who would read the Torah publicly on Shabbat, festivals, and Rosh Chodesh.  In other groups we can see that they not spend much time at reading the books they say are their Holy Books on which their faith is based.  It in because in such churches that there is not much time spend, that we can see many false teachings entered it and people have gone far away from the biblical teaching, even from worshipping the right God.

All churches would better go back to the time of Ezra the Scribe who established the practice of reading aloud the given Words of the Most High. In the synagogue this tradition continues today and is not limited to one day in the week but also to publicly bring a reading of the Torah also on Monday and Thursday mornings and Shabbat afternoons. In our congregation we also use the Sunday afternoon to gather with the community, have a meal together and to listen and to read together from the whole Scriptures which God has provided to us to be the Guidebook for life.

For the Jews these days were picked because Monday and Thursday were traditionally days that the Jews would go to the nearest towns to shop and trade. But today you could say you might find other days more appropriate  at other places. As such the time and place to gather may be different form one place to an other and in one country there may be totally different customs than in an other country.

What was important to that setting of days to gather and reading the Scriptures aloud was that this way the people would never go for more than three days without getting spiritual sustenance from the Words of Torah. There were breaks in the practice, but since the Maccabean period in the 2nd century BCE, public Torah reading has been maintained continuously. It was also in the Maccabean period that the Jews started reading from the Torah consecutively, reading on Shabbat afternoon, Monday, and Thursday from the point at which they left off the previous Shabbat morning.

Shira Schoenberg writes

In the early times, there were two traditions as to how the reading on Shabbat mornings should proceed. In Israel, the Torah was divided into 155 portions and took three years to read. In the early 19th and 20th centuries, Reform and some Conservative congregations followed this triennial cycle but this has been largely abandoned in favor of the annual cycle. In Babylonia, the Torah was split in 54 sections and took one year to read (some portions were read together in non-leap years). The size of the sections vary, containing anywhere between 30 and more than 150 verses. This latter custom became accepted for Orthodox and most Conservative Jews. The only break from the weekly cycle is when Shabbat is a holiday with a special Torah portion. The Torah is read on Shabbat and festivals between the shacharit (morning) and mussaf (additional) services and on weekdays at the end of shacharit.{Reading the Torah}

During the Talmudic period, the rabbis established that everyone who read a section from the Torah would recite both blessings so all the members of the congregation could hear them – even those who had to leave early or come late. In the post-Talmudic period, when the number of people capable of reading the Torah declined, it became customary for one person to read on behalf of everyone That way, one called for an aliyah only had to recite the blessings, although those capable of reading from the Torah would still do so in a quiet voice along with the reader. {Reading the Torah}

Today we live in times that most people can read and that printed versions of the Scriptures are available in many many languages. Therefore most people have no excuse that they are not able to come to read the Torah and the selected writings which where written in later times.

People have to know that the Torah is important for mankind because it contains written and oral laws which should be able to make life easy to construct and to allow it developing without chaos. The Torah, also called the Jewish bible by many, contains the Laws Moshe received form the Divine Creator. Many call those regulations which God gave, the “Laws of Moses” or “Mosaic Law“. They are central to the religion of Judaism, outlining actions and codes of conduct expected of practitioners of the Jewish faith.

These laws from God Who set forth moral standards where not only directing Jews how to live, but where to be the base of instruction to all peoples. It is true that the Torah outlines expectations of Jews, along with a history of the Jewish religion, through five books of Moses, but it gives all people a view of what happened in the world from the beginning of its existence.

The Torah or Law is presented in Five books and therefore also called the Pentateuch. These books which are the first five books of the Tanakh, or Hebrew Bible, include

  1. the Bereshith or Book of Genesis; giving an overview of how the universe came into being and what went wrong so that man has so many problems today
  2. Shemoth (Names) or Book of Exodus, narrating the liberation of the people of Israel from slavery in Egypt in the 13th century bce, under the leadership of Moses;
  3. Wayyiqra or Book of Leviticus, the third book of the Latin Vulgate Bible, the name of which designates its contents as a book (or manual) primarily concerned with the priests and their duties
  4. Bemidbar or Bəmiḏbar (In the wilderness or in the desert) or the Book of Numbers, also called the Fourth Book Of Moses, the fourth book of the Bible. The English title is a translation of the Septuagint (Greek) title referring to the numbering of the tribes of Israel in chapters 1–4, and
  5. Devarim (“Words”) or Book of Deuteronomy, a farewell address by Moshe to the Israelites before they entered the Promised Land of Canaan, also known as “The Land of Milk and Honey” from the River of Egypt to the Euphrates river .

The People received the Mosaic Law with the Ten Mitzvah but when times came along God added some regulations making that the Whole Torah or the “Book of the Law” includes more than 600 commandments, or instructions, from God. Those instructions should help people to organize their life.

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The Decalogue or Ten commandments, a set of 10 mitzvah or rules given to Moshe which are the biblical principles relating to ethics and worship, which play a fundamental role in Judaism and Christianity

Whilst the Jews consider all commandments in the Torah important but focus on the 10 most significant called the Ten Commandments or Decalogue, others should consider those “Mosaic Laws” written on a stone tablet and Moshe being required to hand it over to his people, as basic humanitarian laws. They describing that people may not have other gods before the One God Who is Only One and should be the One Who Is God of all and Master or Lord of all. It warns also that no graven images or likenesses may be made of This Only One True God nor any other gods to whom man may not bow down to them nor serve them. It also demands that people would not take the Set-apart or Holy Name of the Elohim יהוה {Jehovah} in vain or not bringing it to naught.

You could say those three basic rules are the only ones which can apply to people who believe in a god or in the God and are of no use for an atheist.

This is an image of a copy of the 1675 Ten Commandments, at the Amsterdam Esnoga synagogue, produced on parchment in 1768 by Jekuthiel Sofer, a prolific Jewish eighteenth century scribe in Amsterdam. It has Hebrew language writing in two columns separated between, and surrounded by, ornate flowery patterns.
This 1768 parchment (612×502 mm) by Jekuthiel Sofer emulated the 1675 Ten Commandments at the Amsterdam Esnoga synagogue.

The next seven rules on the other hand you could call the main basic human rules to which every human being should keep. They are The human laws each person in a community should abide by.
When a person never takes rest he shall not be able to work properly, therefore he should have a free or a Sabbath day. All coming from the womb of a woman should respect her and honour their father. Those books show how we must be pleased with life, but also how we should show respect for all the living things, human beings, but also plants and animals. In those books is clearly indicated that we should not kill and that we should protect those living beings which or whom are not able to do it for themselves.
Respecting an other human being makes also to be honest to one another and not to lie to each other, not to commit adultery, not to steal something or to bear false witness and being careful how to look at others, not having envy or not to covet, but showing undemanding loving-commitment to thousands. (Shemoth or Exodus 20 and Devarim 5)

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Boy reading from the Torah according to Sephardic custom (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Originally they were written in Hebrew and as such are also called the Hebrew writings or Hebrew Scriptures. Originally most people came in contact with those writings because there was an elder reading those texts to them. There exist also a later “Torah of the mouth“, an oral version of the written text, but also laws, statutes, and legal interpretations that were not recorded in the Five Books of Moses, the “Written Torah“. That Oral Torah according to Jewish tradition was relayed by God to Moshe and from him, transmitted and taught to the sages (rabbinic leaders) of each subsequent generation, it was passed down orally until its contents were finally committed to writing following the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 CE, when Jewish civilization was faced with an existential threat.
Between 200–220 CE Rabbi Yehudah haNasi, also known as Rabbi or Rabbenu HaQadosh or Judah the Prince, became the chief redactor and editor of the Mishnah, the first major written version of that Oral Torah.
Not all branches of Rabbinic Judaism or Rabbinism accept the divine provenance of the Oral Torah, such that Conservative and (to a greater extent) Reform Jews give deference to the Talmudic sages while empowering themselves to formulate and adopt their own rulings and interpretations.

The written Torah is sometimes also called the representation of the “White fire”, because it is like a clear light-torch, the Fire of God burning pure and clear. It is so clear and pure that is is clear for all to see. God His Words written down should not be difficult for any man, be it a child or adult to come to understand. For that reason the books do not want to present a scientist analysation of this world, the planets, stars, human beings, animals and plants. But in simple ways it is being told how everything came to existence and how everything evolved.

Some would say

the written Torah is presented in a simple narrative that can be read and understood even by a child. The oral Torah, however, is obscure, and can only be learned through disciplined study, diligence, and perseverance. The methodology of the Talmud requires hard work and mental exercise to master, and this difficulty of study is represented by “black fire,” as one who becomes blackened through hard, gritty labor. {About Black fire on white fire}

Like in all other religions we can see that human teachings came to interfere with what can be called Words of God, opposite of words of man. Many believers often carried away by the human teachings instead holding fast to the Biblical teachings Judaism is no exception of such intermingling of material and human doctrines.

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Talmud Readers by Adolf Behrman

In many Jewish groups we also can find rules and traditions which can not be found in the Word of God. As such we as believers always have to be prudent what we want to believe from sayings of man and have to question if our actions and traditions are in accordance with the Holy Scriptures.
There have also been historical dissenters to the Oral Torah in its entirety, including adherents to Karaite Judaism, that emerged in the early Middle Ages and who attempt to derive their religious practice strictly from the Written Torah, considering it as the sole source of religious law, using Scripture’s most natural meaning to form their basis of Jewish law.

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English: Synagogue of Saluzzo (Italy); List of people called on Shabbat for reading the Torah (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Having had traditional services, held at synagogues, presenting readings from the Torah during weekly services, rabbis read short segments from it.  In certain services they not only read parts of it but also chanted passages from the Torah instead of speaking them. This also helped people to remember the texts easier.

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Picture of a large stone monument displaying the ten commandments with the Texas State Capitol in Austin in the background. The picture was part of a news release Wednesday, March second, 2005, by then Attorney General Abbott.
Ten Commandments display at the Texas State Capitol in Austin.

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Additional reading

  1. Words in the world
  2. Blindness in the Christian world
  3. Childish or reasonable ways
  4. Icons and crucifixes
  5. Judeo-Christian values and liberty
  6. Evangelisation, local preaching opposite overseas evangelism
  7. Looking to the East and the West for Truth
  8. Migrants to the West #7 Religions
  9. Follower of Jesus part of a cult or a Christian
  10. Worship and worshipping
  11. Focussing on the man Jesus and the relationship with God
  12. Ion of Books or the Holy Scriptures – or book of bookscollection of books
  13. Do we need to keep the Sabbath
  14. Why we do not keep to a Sabbath or a Sunday or Lord’s Day #3 Days to be kept holy or set apart
  15. Why we do not keep to a Sabbath or a Sunday or Lord’s Day #5 Not law binding
  16. Why we do not keep to a Sabbath or a Sunday or Lord’s Day #6 Sunday or the Lord’s day
  17. Communion and day of worship
  18. Congregate, to gather, to meet
  19. Built on or Belonging to Jewish tradition #4 Mozaic and Noachide laws
  20. People Seeking for God 3 Laws and directions
  21. Divine Plan and an Imperfect creation
  22. Old orthodox Dissenters and Unitarians in 19° Century London
  23. Only One God
  24. The Almighty Lord God above all gods
  25. 29. Laws that Value People
  26. 1,500 to 1,700 years old Chiselled tablet with commandments sold at auction
  27. Human versus Biblical teachings

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{Please always be very careful when looking at my list of Further readings and Related articles, knowing that I do not always agree with what is presented by these articles. By some I took time to give a reaction on the mentioned article as well, please also take note of that reaction, if they place it (because often it is not made public and is there no backlink made either.)
The essence of these links is to give my readers an objective account of the different viewpoints}

  1. What is the best approach to studying Scripture?
  2. What the revolt of the Maccabees is telling our time
  3. “Do’s and Doughnuts” of Hanukkah
  4. Blank Page: The Silent Years Between Testaments
  5. Hanukkah … The Festival Born of a Prophecy!
  6. Hanukkah the Feast of Dedication. Is it Biblical?
  7. Bible Reading as a Means of Grace
  8. Dig Deeper Series-SOAP Method
  9. Early In the Morning Judah Leads In Praise
  10. The Fifth Commandment
  11. Answering Rabbinic Judaism #33
  12. Answering Rabbinic Judaism #34
  13. Judaism Intro|| 15 Seconds Judaism
  14. The Hanukah Dilemma – The Birth of Judaism
  15. Early Jewish-Christian Relations
  16. Mendelssohn and Reform
  17. The Reform Movement’s Rick Jacobs Has no Understanding of Tolerance
  18. Inside Orthodox Judaism: A Critical Perspective On Its Theology
  19. Orthodox Judaism and the ordination of women rabbis.
  20. A sermon for Shabbat Atzmaut. Time to apologise?
  21. “Only about 3% of Israeli Jews identify with the Reform movement, and most of those are English-speaking immigrants. The ‘non-observant Orthodox’ aren’t rushing to join them, either”
  22. What Messianic Judaism can learn from Reform Judaism
  23. Judaism in America – The Egypt Story Of Our Lives

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When found the necessary books to read and how to read them

The Bible is not only the best sold book in the world, it is also the book which gives the best advice, but that is something man does not like to accept from Some One or Some Thing he cannot see or touch, though if man would be willing enough to hear and feel, he could feel the presence of the Most High and feel His Guidance.

Until today lots of people have been rebellious against God and it is that rebellion which made it so difficult for mankind. When more people would follow the teachings of the Holy Scriptures we would have a much better world.

When a person has found what is important in his or her life he or she has come to see what books are the most important to read. Once this is known he or she has to come to find the right way how to read those books and how best to understand what is written in them.

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Books available for Guantanamo captives to read. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Bestseller all times, the Book of books or as it is known by many under the title “the Bible” should be recognised as the best guide in life for getting the best life. People also should know that that guidebook “the Bible” is not only restricted to what we call the Kethuvim Bet or ‘second writings’, the Messianic Scriptures, which is generally known under the name “the New Testament“. The Pre-Messianic Scriptures or Old Testament is a big part which is of utmost importance to come to understand the Word of God.

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Read All About It! (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The book that tells about The Elohim, the Most Almighty Divine Creator and Most High Ruler of the universe is that Super Being or Spirit so many are looking for, can give mankind ideas why and how everything went wrong and why we are still in such a mess.

Those books all should read tell us how mankind evolved and how people who have seen sufficient evidence still suppressed the truth about the Most High Divine Elohim Hashem Jehovah.

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Books available for Guantanamo captives to read. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Looking in those books you shall come to see and understand that the Divine Maker of all things was and is not pleased with man who keeps doubting God His right to be the Most High Governor. Therefore  God’s extreme anger is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people who restrain the truth [from being known and obeyed] by their wickedness. Look around you and you will find many people who shall try to convince you that god is quatch, that there is no such thing as a divine Creator. They and we should know that for what is known about God is plain to these people [i.e., to the Goyim or Gentiles], because God has also made it clear to them. Namely in each person, being created in the image of God, there is an intern feeling, an instinct, which whispers that they are an element of the creation by the Creator. For since the creation of the world, God’s invisible qualities of eternal power and divine nature have been clearly seen, and even up to today nobody can ignore those things seen in the surroundings. Nature can be perceived through the things that the Most High has made. So, these people have no excuse [i.e., for not believing in the divine Creator the Elohim Hashem Jehovah].

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The detainees look through the books brought to them by the librarians, and choose which ones they wish to read. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Big problem of our world is that man loves his own words and prefers to listen to philosophies of men instead of listening to the Words written in the Bible. Not prepared to take those words serious but holding fast to the words of  so called theologians and commentators to the Bible, many are blinded by them and their churches. Listening to all those philosophical talks they are often engaged in their useless speculations and their foolish minds get filled with spiritual darkness because they enjoy so much those discussion on matters man wants to give his own twist, instead of taking those words written in the Bible just for what they say black on white.

I too can see, what I hope you shall see too, that there are many organisations, institutions, who claim to be wise and to be the only ones who can have you come to understand the Bible. They forget that is all in the Power of God. It is He Who gives the light and insight in His Ow Words. He does not need extra people to explain His Words. On their own God His words can tell everything. People perhaps can help others to come to read God His Word and can perhaps help to guide them to get through those Words. Then they can only hope they may be a helping hand in the Name of God, a workforce for the Most High Powerful Power and Giver of Light.

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Fallujah, Iraq (Mar. 27, 2004) – Navy Chaplain, Lt. Marc Massie assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion Seventy Four (NMCB-74) studies his Bible for an upcoming service. Massie is also the head coordinator for the battalions United Through Reading Program, which enables deployed Sailors to read stories on video tape to their children, which are then mailed home to their loved ones. NMCB-74 is currently deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In this world we can see how many peoples have made themselves gods. We can see that there are people who call themselves ‘Christian‘, what should mean ‘being a follower of Christ‘, who ignore many teachings of that Christ and came to make their Jesus into their god, becoming fools according to the apostles, exchanging the honour belonging to the immortal God for the statues of a mortal god (when they believe Jesus died), mortal men, and birds, and animals and reptiles. Everywhere in the world we look for the way how people worship their gods we can see that like in the Catholic Church and other religious groups they have made pictures of their god to which they bow down and bring offers.

A lover of God must know that God has allowed this to happen. But He abandoned them to have the impure desires of their hearts, and to practice degrading behaviour with their bodies among themselves. For they exchanged the Elohim’s truth for the devil’s lie, i.e. for the sayings of the slayers or avengers of God.

Those books man should read from the Library of God shows man how and Who man has to worship and serve. Those books also show how man came to worship those things God Himself made. In those Holy books you shall be able to find why God allowed [or, abandoned] them to [practice] degrading passions and / or even allowed them to leave natural functions for what they were supposed to be and for what man and woman were originally made.

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Page of a rare black-letter Bible, 1497, printed in Strasbourg by Johann Grüninger. The coloured chapter initials were handwritten after printing (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

You shall come to see that the Guidebook, the Bible, shall show you why there are so many things in the world which may disgust you or may let you wonder if that is normal. You shall come to see how man went wrong in his desires but also how you can keep yourself on the right track.
You too shall be able to find ways to have the right desires for each other for not doing indecent sexual acts or having indecent behaviour against others. In those books you shall be able to find ways to avoid trouble or not getting a penalty because you shall have learned from them not to contribute to perversion or wrong acts.

By reading the Scriptures you shall be able to avoid degrading your mind and to practice those things which you as a decent person should do, avoiding all kinds of wickedness, evil, greed, and maliciousness. You shall come to see that when you read those books any form of envy, strife, deceit and malice shall go away form you, if you are willing to follow the good advice given in those Holy Books. The words in those books are no gossip, no slanderer, but are actual facts which we should take at heart. They show us not to be hateful toward God, not to be arrogant, proud and boastful, but to come respectful to all creatures of God, even to those who do not want to know about God.

I wonder if those who do not want to know about God and about the sent one from Him would be aware what they are missing. Probably not. They do not mind to do not kosher things as long as it can serve them. They are so much busy with their own good in the here and now. They do not mind not keep their promises or to show natural affection. Often we can see that they also are merciless.

We should know that these people know that God’s decrees require that those who practice such things deserve to die [i.e., either spiritual or temporal punishment], yet they not only do the same things [themselves], but even approve of other people who practice them.

Romans 1:18-32 The Scriptures 1998+  (18)  For the wrath of Elohim is revealed from heaven against all wickedness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness,  (19)  because that which is known of Elohim is manifest among them, for Elohim has manifested it to them.  (20)  For since the creation of the world His invisible qualities have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, both His everlasting power and Mightiness, for them to be without excuse,  (21)  because, although they knew Elohim, they did not esteem Him as Elohim, nor gave thanks, but became vain in their reasonings, and their undiscerning heart was darkened.  (22)  Claiming to be wise, they became fools,  (23)  and changed the esteem of the incorruptible Elohim into the likeness of an image of corruptible man, and of birds and of four-footed beasts and of reptiles.  (24)  Therefore Elohim gave them up to uncleanness in the lust of their hearts, to disrespect their bodies among themselves,  (25)  who changed the truth of Elohim into the falsehood, and worshipped and served what was created rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.  (26)  Because of this Elohim gave them over to degrading passions. For even their women exchanged natural relations for what is against nature,  (27)  and likewise, the men also, having left natural relations with woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing indecency, and receiving back the reward which was due for their straying.  (28)  And even as they did not think it worth- while to possess the knowledge of Elohim, Elohim gave them over to a worthless mind, to do what is improper,  (29)  having been filled with all unrighteousness, whoring, wickedness, greed, evil; filled with envy, murder, fighting, deceit, evil habits; whisperers,  (30)  slanderers, haters of Elohim, insolent, proud, boasters, devisers of evils, disobedient to parents,  (31)  without discernment, covenant breakers, unloving, unforgiving, ruthless;  (32)  who, though they know the righteousness of Elohim, that those who practise such deserve death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practise them.

People should believe more in themselves in in their Creator. When they would believe more in the Power of God they would know that it is He Who shall give them the necessary knowledge and the necessary guidance.
They also should know that God has given somebody to bring them to God. That man is Jesus, the sent one from God, son of man and son of God. He is the truth, the salvation and the glory of God in which man should come to believe that he (Jesus) is the Way to God and not God himself like so many churches preach, contrary to the Word of God.

When listening to Jeshua (Jesus) his words, presented in the Messianic writings, people shall have no excuse any more not to come to understand Who God is and what He has done and should also know how they have to behave in this world.

Are you willing to belong to the good people to whom Jehovah, the Only One true God of Israel, has given the Holy Land, because the others are so wicked?

Deuteronomy 9:4-6 The Scriptures 1998+  (4)  “Do not think in your heart, after יהוה {Jehovah} your Elohim has driven them out before you, saying, ‘Because of my righteousness יהוה {Jehovah} has brought me in to possess this land.’ But it is because of the wrong of these nations that יהוה {Jehovah} is driving them out from before you.  (5)  “It is not because of your righteousness or the uprightness of your heart that you go in to possess their land, but because of the wrong of these nations that יהוה {Jehovah} your Elohim drives them out from before you, in order to establish the word which יהוה {Jehovah} swore to your fathers, to Aḇraham, to Yitsḥaq, and to Yaʽaqoḇ.   (6)  “And you shall know that יהוה {Jehovah} your Elohim is not giving you this good land to possess because of your righteousness, for you are a stiff-necked people.

Let us not be stiff-necked (or having an iron sinew) not forgetting how God’s People had provoked the Adonai to anger from the beginning of their wilderness journey. They were liberated but forgot very quickly. Now the 2nd Adam brought also a liberation, though many have soon forgotten who it was in whose Name. Again those people who were liberated from death made them graven images. (This time no golden calf but golden crosses and other images of their god Jesus.) Until today lots of people have been rebellious against God. In this world of rebellion we can show to God we do not want to be the rebels but prefer to follow His Word and not that of man. to do that it is best to take up the Bible and to start studying thoroughly, so that you really come to know what God wants from you and me and from all the world.

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How to Read the Bible (sequel 1)

How to Read the Bible (sequel 5)

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Additional reading

  1. Unread bestseller
  2. Ion of Books or the Holy Scriptures – or book of bookscollection of books
  3. The Bible a book of books
  4. Bible Word of God, inspired and infallible
  5. Written down for God to bring us up to a virtuous life
  6. From Bibles and other religious writings and those who witness for Jehovah
  7. Bible in the first place #1/3
  8. Bible in the first place #1/3
  9. Bible in the first place #3/3
  10. Bible a guide – Bijbel als gids
  11. the Bible – God’s guide for life #1 Introduction
  12. the Bible – God’s guide for life #2 Needs in life
  13. the Bible – God’s guide for life #3 Fast food or staple diet
  14. the Bible – God’s guide for life #4 Not to get the best from our diet– or from ourselves
  15. the Bible – God’s guide for life #5 What is God like
  16. the Bible – God’s guide for life #6 Case example – King Josiah #1
  17. the Bible – God’s guide for life #7 Case example – King Josiah #2 Lessons from Josiah’s experience
  18. the Bible – God’s guide for life #8 Looking to Jesus #1 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus
  19. God’s Plan, Purpose and teachings
  20. Coming to the creation of human beings in the image of God
  21. Creation of the earth and man #19 Man in the image and likeness of the Elohim #3 Beholding image and likeness of the invisible God
  22. Souls and Religions with Nirvana and light
  23. An unbridgeable gap
  24. Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #15 Exposition before the Creator
  25. Self-development, self-control, meditation, beliefs and spirituality
  26. Luther on Being a Theologian: Oratio, Meditatio and Tentatio
  27. Points to remember of philosophy versus spirituality and religion
  28. Being Religious and Spiritual 4 Philosophical, religious and spiritual people
  29. Texts, writers, accessibility and willingness
  30. Lovers of God, seekers and lovers of truth
  31. Human & Biblical teachings
  32. Bible & us
  33. Looking to a future 1
  34. Looking to a future 2
  35. Truth
  36. Truth and doubt
  37. Pursuits in life
  38. Relating and attitude

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  1. Real Power
  2. Gospel: The Power of God
  3. How God shows His power through us
  4. The Power of the Holy Spirit
  5. Stand Upright
  6. Believing in Ourselves
  7. Greater is the power in us…[Part 1]
  8. I Don’t Understand!
  9. The Gospel Saves In Every Situation
  10. Propelled By His Purpose
  11. Freedom In The Truth
  12. Far Above Principalities
  13. Man inhumanity to man
  14. Psalms of the Salter: Some Thoughts on Really Living for the Lord (Psalm 94)
  15. Un-Natural
  16. “Loose him” * “Löst die Binden”
  17. 1 Kings Chapter 14
  18. The Land God Has Given Us
  19. A Question that Boggles My Mind
  20. God calleth that “wickedness” which they counted wisdom
  21. Don’t Worry about the Wicked
  22. The Grace of God – Isaiah 26:7-11
  23. Preparing for ‘the days of Noah’
  24. The Path which leads to Eternal Life!
  25. Deceitful Above All Things
  26. On Questioning Faith & God Because of University?
  27. What does God hate?
  28. Do you have this kind of heart? (Part 3)
  29. Psalm 94: O Lord, Rise Up
  30. Justice of God – Psalm 58:6-11
  31. Judgment by God – Isaiah 1:18-23
  32. Judgment and God – Isaiah 3:10-12
  33. Is There a Noah In The Earth?
  34. When The Wicked Advance
  35. Exercising Discernment: Following Jesus in Public
  36. Jesus’ Tearful Trauma: Glory to God in the Heavens As Far as One Can Go!
  37. Teaching the Crowds, Instructing His Disciples
  38. Teaching the Crowds, Instructing His Disciples (2)
  39. Sometimes understanding God’s Word is a struggle
  40. Sermon: The Third 8 Reasons for Reading the Bible, Psalm 119.17–24
  41. Bible Reading as a Means of Grace
  42. How to Read the Bible Effectively in 2017
  43. Reflections on not reading the bible
  44. Growing with God – can be so photo-shopped
  45. Daily Devotional for January 14, 2017 – God’s Lessons Are Not Over!
  46. A New Year In Christ, Calls For A Biblical Pathway
  47. Slow and Steady Wins the Race (Jan 1)
  48. In the Word Wednesday- Idols
  49. Influential Books In My Life
  50. Sayings Requiring Careful Listening
  51. Reading Through the Bible
  52. The Cost of Discipleship

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To have words come deeper in you, when you read them a next time, you also for studying the Bible best can make use of handy tools like Bible markers and Bible concordances.

Each individual has to find a way for him or her to make Bible reading work. It might perhaps look easy to start reading the Bible, but what matters is to come to read the whole Bible, and not just some verses taken out of context, what we see happening in many churches. even in protestant churches, where at the beginning of protestantism the focus was on the word of God, lots of protestant churches do not spend much time any more in reading the Bible  and discussing the content of the Bible-reading. In lots of protestant churches we can find pastors (clergymen or priests in charge of a congregation) or vicars quoting lots of verses, but not presenting the whole paragraph and not presenting the whole chapter to their congregation. Taken out of context they often can twist around and make their congregating assembly or congregation or parishioners to believe whatever that pastor and his church wants people to believe.

What we see today is that not many churches make work of saturating their flock with Bible chapters. Lots of churches also do not work at it to give their congregation an idea how everything fits and how everything leads up to Plan of the Master Maker that has to come into fulfilment.

When reading the Bible you always should remember that it are God His Words and His life lessons which He gave to mankind so that we can come to know Him and can come to see what He wants from us and what He wants to do with us and with the world.

When you know that to read a chapter of Scripture aloud would usually take about five minutes of time, you should consider to have your bible reading also with others. When with more than one person to read the Bible each person can take five verses to read out loud. And when the chapter is read you can discus what each of you came to understand from that reading. Together such reading may bring more insight and will encourage all co-operating to continue.

When reading it as a project of studying it as well, you may find it handy to use special Bible markers to mark crucial words. You best draw lines in different and particular colours for certain things. Use one specific colour to underline what the Most High Elohim is saying, an other colour for what rabbi Jeshua is saying, again another colour to indicate places and an other colour to mark the given rules, regulationsdictates or commandments of God. You also may use again an other colour to mark other words and/or concepts.

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Bible journaling = reading and studying the Word, letting it lead you to be creative in the ways you memorize and record Scripture

Today in certain evangelical churches Bible Journaling is a hype, but making so many notations and drawings in one bible book may end up in not being able to concentrate any more on the bible text itself, it being blurred by your other personal thoughts and by those of other human beings. Such ‘journaling’ you better keep to a separate note book, which is ideal to accompany you on your quest for Biblical knowledge.

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When using fluorescent markers it can well be that the colour goes into the next page and that in the end pages get unreadable

Though if you love drawing in your Bible and want to make many notes you also can find special Bibles with enough space to do so. for this you best look for Wide margins Bibles.

In case you re looking for a Journaling Bible make sure you buy one with enough space to write notes and when there is an extra notes section at the end of each book of the Bible that would be a good asset.

An other very useful tool to do thorough Bible reading and Bible study is making use of a verbal index, to the Bible or Bible concordance. Such a guide book or alphabetical index of all the words in the Biblical text or corpus of texts, shall show every contextual occurrence of a word. Today there are also computer software programs and tablet and smartphone applications where also such index is produced so that by a search or by an alphabetically listing every word in the bible text can be compared with the same word in an other place of Bible book.

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Gerard Dou – Old Woman Reading a Bible – WGA06639 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There are also bibles on the market which have at the end a small concordance or an alphabetical list of subjects or topics in the bible, which is often much more useful by the daily bible reading, than the list of phrases given in the full concordance. Also the Reference Bibles, translations with in the middle or at the site references to other places in scripture, without adding human notes, are very handy to make sure you shall not get indoctrinated by false teachings. In that instance you shall be able to compare the different quotes with each other and place them in context with the read paragraph and chapter.

A big concordance, like the Strong Exhaustive Concordance, giving the similarity in appearance of members of words and expressions, can bring you to different verses where the same word is used, so that you can come to analyse what the meaning may be. Such work can avoid that you just pick any meaning that suits you, buffet-style. Too many people say that denominations use their own bible because they do not use the same word as others and those “bible translators all changed the words according to their teaching”. When using a concordance you might find reference numbers which makes it possible how the translators went choosing words. As such you shall be able to find that it is often a matter of synonyms.

You always have to remember that God wanted to reach all people, educated as well as uneducated. The Elohim His infallible and inspired Word was given to mankind not in a very difficult to understand language, but written in human language using human vocabulary.

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Jerusalem regional adult bible quiz 2011; Binyamin Magentza, runner up in the 1959 bible quiz reading a poem while the judges check the answers of the contestants to the identical question. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Whatever tool you want to use to help you in Bible reading and Bible study, always remember that it is just a human tool, but that the most power is to find in the bible Words themselves. You always should let the Bible speak. You also should be very careful when you use Study bibles that you do not start taking the added notes as part of the Bible. You always should check if those theologians their notes are in accordance with what is written in the Bible. For example when they say ‘god the son’ and there is written in the Bible text ‘the son of God’, please do accept what is written in the Bible text and do not think ‘god the son’. According the Scriptures there is the son of God but no second or third person in the One and Only True God. Therefore let yourself not been carried away by human doctrines like the Trinity matter.

You also do not need philosophical books to guide you through your bible reading. You should trust the Words of the Scriptures themselves and trust God. They can and shall reveal the truth. You only have to listen to those Words from the Holy Bible and insight and wisdom shall come to you.

May the Adonai, Elohim HasHem Jehovah be with you and give all guidance you need.

 

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How to Read the Bible

How to Read the Bible (sequel 1)

How to Read the Bible (sequel 2)

How to Read the Bible (sequel 3)

How to Read the Bible (sequel 4)

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Additional reading

  1. The Bible & us
  2. Bible, God speaking words profitable for doctrine, for reproof and for correction
  3. Bible Word from God
  4. Inspired Word
  5. The faithful God
  6. No other god besides Jehovah who gives all explanation
  7. The Bible a book of books
  8. Collection of books
  9. Hidden books
  10. Collection to show God and His works
  11. Written and translated by different men over thousands of years
  12. Reliability of message appears from honesty writers
  13. Necessary to be known all over the earth
  14. Necessity of a revelation of creation 12 Words assembled for wisdom and instruction
  15. Necessity of a revelation of creation 14 Searching the scriptures
  16. Essential to come to faith
  17. Looking for wisdom not departing from God’s Word
  18. Creator and Blogger God 3 Lesson and solution
  19. Backbone-book
  20. The holy spirit will bring back to your minds all the things told
  21. Words to inspire and to give wisdom
  22. Eternal Word that tells everything
  23. Bric-a-brac of the Bible
  24. We should use the Bible every day
  25. Feed Your Faith Daily
  26. May reading the Bible provoke us into action to set our feet on the narrow way
  27. Hearing words to accept
  28. Genuine message of salvation
  29. God who knows the heart
  30. The Miracle of the Bible
  31. Recommended articles about the Book of books the Bible
  32. The Bible as a tool
  33. Bible in the first place #3/3
  34. Absolute Basics to Reading the Bible
  35. How to Study the Bible: We Are in This Together
  36. Bible Translating and Concordance Making
  37. Finding and Understanding Words and Meanings
  38. Bible Translating and Concordance Making
  39. Concordantie Statenvertaling – concordance to the Old Dutch Staten Translation
  40. Human & Biblical teachings
  41. Approachers of ideas around gods, philosophers and theologians
  42. Which is worse–works without faith, or faith without works?
  43. On the Affirmation of Scripture
  44. Old and newer King James Versions and other translations #8 Selective Bibles and selective people
  45. Old and newer King James Versions and other translations #10 Journaling Bibles and illustrative women
  46. Old and newer King James Versions and other translations #12 God Himself masters His Own Word
  47. First man’s task still counting today
  48. How do I know if I’m called to ministry?
  49. Inner voice inside the soul of man
  50. Looking for a biblically sound church
  51. When not seeing or not finding a biblically sound church
  52. Introducing Logos Bible Software 5
  53. Trinity matter

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Find also

  1. Download a free Bible Journaling Workbook created by Laurel Keller to help get started in Bible journaling or give your current efforts a boost: Free Workbook
  2. myWSB (my WORDsearch® Bible) free web app created to help you read and study the Bible online
  3. The One Year New Testament for Busy Moms NLT -pdf excerpt
  4. ESV Pitt Minion Wide Margin Reference Bible – Hardback
  5. Bible – ESV, Journaling, Hardback
  6. The Action Bible
  7. Bible – AV, Hardback, Large Print, Wide Margin
  8. Bible – ESV, Wide Margin, Imitation Leather
  9. Bible – NIV, Leather, Wide Margin
  10. Bible – NKJV, Hardback, Wide Margin
  11. Bible – NKJV, Leather, Wide Margin

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Further reading
  1. Search The Bible…
  2. Compare translations
  3. Bible in more languages than Hamlet and Harry Potter put together
  4. Book Review | Translating Truth: The Case for Essentially Literal Bible Translation
  5. Girls Slimline Holy Bible
  6. ESV Single Column Reference Bible
  7. HCSB Notetaking Bible [Review]
  8. American Woman’s Bible, NKJV: A Short Review
  9. NKJV, American Woman’s Bible Women, Godly Virtues, and the Making of America Booklook bloggers review
  10. Created to Create
  11. Women’s Sanctuary Devotional Bible NLT
  12. How to Read The Bible Without Getting Bored
  13. Bible Study Helps
  14. My New Bible Study Tool
  15. 3 Creative Ways to Meditate on Scripture
  16. bible journaling
  17. Bible Journaling (From the heart)
  18. Journaling for Jesus
  19. Journaling Bible. 
  20. Journaling Bible Phenomenon
  21. Bible Journaling Is Back
  22. bible journaling // #1
  23. Bible Journaling Basics: Bible Flip Through
  24. Three Questions for Bible Journaling
  25. Bible Journaling Basics: What is Bible Journaling?
  26. What Is Bible Journaling and Why Should You Care?
  27. Why Bible Journal?
  28. Study, Practice and Apply
  29. Spiritual Nourishment
  30. Highlighting Your Bible
  31. The Benefits Of Bible Journaling
  32. Getting Creative with Your Quiet Time
  33. Brighten Your Bible Study
  34. Brighten Your Bible: Hosea
  35. How to Start Bible Journaling in 6 Easy Steps
  36. Bible Journaling Basics | Bailey Jean Robert
  37. Bible Journaling Basics: Art Journals
  38. Bible journaling – the beginning!!! 
  39. Bible Journaling Basics: Why do I Bible Journal?
  40. Bible Journaling Basics: How do I start Bible Journaling?
  41. Bible Journaling Basics: What do I need to start Bible Journaling?
  42. Bible Journaling Basics: How to choose a Journaling Bible
  43. Bible Journaling Basics: Supplies-Pens and Pencils
  44. Bible Journaling Basics: Supplies–Markers
  45. Bible Journaling | Stephanie
  46. My Creative Side – Bible Journaling
  47. Simple Bible Layout | Stephanie
  48. A Non-Artist’s Guide to Bible Journaling: Weeping
  49. Easy and Fun Faith Art
  50. Strong’s Concordance – a Good Tool Gone Bad
  51. Do You See It?
  52. getting organized | Ashley
  53. illustrated faith // human connections
  54. A Useless Commentary
  55. Lent: Let the Bible readings begin!
  56. 4 Keys to Seeing the God Do the Impossible
  57. Book Review: NIV Journal the Word Bible
  58. The Big Problem With Bible Study Guides
  59. Gospel: The Power of God
  60. Walking is of far more importance than talking
  61. How Does God Speak to Us Today?
  62. Digital Document Detective, Interlude: Online Bibles and Their Limits
  63. Start Your Year Right; Day5, Deepen Relationship with God
  64. 3 Questions to Ask When Reading the Bible
  65. Using curiosity to study the Bible
  66. 2017 Goals – Bible in One Year
  67. “…concluding that God had called us”
  68. Setting Up to Love
  69. Book Review (Bible)
  70. Holiness of God
  71. Local Sunday School Teacher Unsuccessfully Searches Concordance for “It’s Not a Religion; It’s a Relationship.”
  72. Decisions Have Consequences
  73. A Concordance and a Mishap of Notes
  74. Why Are We Here?
  75. What Helps You Study?

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How to Read the Bible (sequel 2)

When going to read and trying to study the bible it is best to make a plan beforehand, with the knowledge that it is not so useful to just read the book in one go once in a lifetime.
It is a library of 66 books which demands repetitive reading, not confusing or taking additional human notes as being part of God’s Words.

In the previous article in continued to show the dangers when people continue thinking in the tradition of their philosophers and theologians who do not keep to the proper Word of God, given to us by the many chosen people of God.

Too many people coming to read the Scriptures forget that the notes in those printed books are notes presented by human beings and that when reading and studying the Holy Scriptures we should only concentrate on the biblical words and not on the added thoughts by other men than the ones chosen by God and presented in the original manuscripts.

When reading the Bible we always should concentrate on what is said by whom and about who or what. We also should wonder if what is said about specific situations or actions would still apply for today. To get to know that you shall need to read all the 66 books which together form the Holy Scriptures.

A page from the Aleppo Codex, Deuteronomy 32:50-33:29. Parashah breaks visible on this page are as follows: {P} 33:1-6 (right column blank line 8th from top) {S} 33:7 (right column indentation line 23) {P} 33:8-11 (right column blank line 2nd from bottom) {S} 33:12 (middle column 1st indentation) {S} 33:13-17 (middle column 2nd indentation) {S} 33:18-19 (left column indentation at top) {S} 33:20-21 (left column space in middle of 6th line) {S} 33:22 (left column 13th line indentation) {S} 33:24-39 (left column 17th line indentation).

It is impossible to read the Bible in one go on one day. You are best to take it easy, by going from one parshah or passage (literally, section, division) to another. In the near future I also shall offer such bible reading on this site and therefore I shall start with the first parshah of the Holy Writings, the Parshat Bereishit, which covers from the beginning of Genesis to the story of Noah.

When you go to a service you may find that in the synagogue service, the weekly parshah is followed by a passage from the prophets, which is referred to as a haftarah. Contrary to common misconception, “haftarah” (or haftoroh, plural haftarot or haftoros) does not mean “half-Torah.” The word comes from the Hebrew root Fei-Teit-Reish and means “Concluding Portion”. Usually, haftarah portion is no longer than one chapter, and has some relation to the Torah portion of the week.

The Artscroll Chumash

The most important part of the Holy Scriptures which too many Christians do seem to miss, is the “chumash” or Pentateuch, (a vowel alteration of ḥomesh, meaning “one-fifth”, alluding to any one of the five books – or a Torah or Five Books of Moshe in printed form (i.e. codex) as opposed to a Torah scroll), which shows the world how everything started and why we are in a such a mess today. The name for that assembled work of literature comes from the Hebrew word meaning five, and refers to the five books of the Torah written by the former Egyptian prince who later in life became a religious leader and lawgiver.

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The man, Moshe, chosen by the Almighty Elohim to lead the Exodus of the Israelites out of Egypt and across the Red Sea, after which they based themselves at Mount Sinai, where he received the Ten Commandments.

We always should remember that though Moshe (or Moses) wrote all those words for next generations to remember, he only was the authorised scribe in the Name of God. In later years we also might find lots of other Hebrew or Jewish scribes, Soferim (Jewish scholars and teachers) and scriveners from other religious groups, but who were not especially selected by God to write down His words. For such, their writings we always should consider as human thoughts not words from the Holy Scriptures. Often they are just penman for religious groups, from one or the other denomination, writing to have people to come to believe in their views, which are not always the biblical views. though we must know that it is by the meticulous work of many copyists that those works Moshe and other men of God wrote down, came to us.

Sometimes, a chumash is simply refers to a collection of the five books of the Torah. But often, a chumash contains the entire first five books, divided up by the weekly parshiyot, with the haftarah portion for each week inserted immediately after the week’s parshah.

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Yad or ritual object made of silver, used for eliminating the necessity of touching the sacred manuscript with the hand.

When one is afraid to forget where one is with reading, whilst saying the text out loud, one can use a little stick or yad (literally, “a hand”), usually a six to eight inch piece of silver fashioned in the shape of a finger, to point to the words of the sefer Torah as you read them. This is done so the reader does not obstruct the vision of the person honoured with the aliyah and does not mar the dignity of the Torah by touching it. In Sephardi congregations, the Torah is carried inside a large wooden cylinder that stands erect when open, and the Torah parchment is in an upright position when it is read or like in Ashkenazi congregations, and by using a book version the Torah lying flat.

Today you should not be afraid to take up a printed book, a computer or even a tablet or smartphone to read the set apart Scriptures. Better to come to read the Torah than not reading it.

When going to read the set apart books you should put your mind at rest and leave out all the worldly thoughts, including all possible dogmatic teachings brought in by generations of ancestors or by churches or clergy.

Before starting the reading and study work you should always remember the first blessing God having created human beings in His image, but by man having chosen to go an other way, the Elohim chose Israel to receive His Torah and referred to the giving of the Torah at Sinai. Not bad is to do your Bible reading and study with somebody else. Than you should also bring a second blessing referring to the Oral Torah.

When before you start reading the bible you engage in judging yourself or bringing l’hitpalel or ‘praying‘, you offer yourself to the Elohim showing Him your willingness to open your mind. Without opening your mind to God He shall not be able, or better, will not be so prepared to touch your inner heart. In a way you have to petition God to give you what you need according to the Plan and time-set of Him. Also you should show your gratitude for the Words He presents to you. You should thank Him for whatever good was granted, or extol Him for His awesome attributes. All prayer is intended to help make us into better human beings.

When you do not know how to pray:

A Hasidic tale illustrates the spirit of this ruling.

A boy from a small rural village where there were few Jews and no synagogue, one day accompanied his father to the city to do some marketing. While there, they went into a synagogue. The boy had never been in a synagogue before and he was impressed and moved by the sight of the congregation at prayer. He, too, wanted to pray. But he did not know how. His father had taught him only to say the letters of the Hebrew alphabet, but no more than that. So a thought occurred to him. He began to recite the alphabet over and over again. And then he said,

“0 Lord, You know what it is that I want to say. You put the letters together so they make the right words.”

That, too, was a Jewish prayer.

English: Mishne Torah in 1 volume עברית: משנה ...
Mishne Torah in 1 volume עברית: משנה תורה בכרך אחד, מנוקד ומדויק על פי כתבי יד, בהוצאת מפעל משנה תורה (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Always remember that reading from a prayer book does not mean that one is praying. Any person may read a prayer book as one reads any other kind of book — to find out what it says or to relish the beauty of the poetry. Such reading does not qualify as prayer.
To transform reading into prayer, there must be at least a sense of standing in the presence of God and the intent to fulfil one of His commandments. It is opening your heart to the Voice of God, loving it to enter your body and mind – your body and soul – to fill you with inspirational thoughts which are much higher than the thoughts of people of this world.

Having said prayers before reading the Book of books you also may conclude such reading and studying with prayer, expressing your thankfulness for the Hashem wanting to be close by you and giving His Words to study.

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Preceding articles:

How to Read the Bible

How to Read the Bible (sequel 1)

Called Immanuel does not mean to be Jesus being God

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Additional reading

  1. Priest, scribes and others with authority
  2. Looking for True Spirituality 6 Spirituality and Prayer
  3. Being Religious and Spiritual 8 Spiritual, Mystic and not or well religious
  4. Own Private Words to bring into a good relationship
  5. 7000 to 20000 words spoken each day
  6. Being sure of their deliverance
  7. Walking alone?
  8. Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #5 Prayer #1 Listening Sovereign Maker
  9. Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #5 Prayer #3 Callers upon God
  10. Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #6 Prayer #4 Attitude
  11. Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #9 Prayer #7 Reason to pray
  12. Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #10 Prayer #8 Condition
  13. Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #11 Prayer #9 Making the Name Holy
  14. Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #12 Prayer #10 Talk to A Friend
  15. Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #16 Benefits of praying
  16. Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #17 Sorts of prayers
  17. Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #18 Fulfilment
  18. Praise Jehovah

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Further reading

  1. The Time I Got In Trouble For Studying In Class
  2. Midrashim & History
  3. Sticking To Our Leaders 
  4. With or Without a Comma: How to Tell Love from Passion
  5. Books every Jew(-to-be) should have
  6. Help: the Prayer Book is Too Heavy for Me!
  7. Scripture as Fuel for change

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How to Read the Bible (sequel 1)

Many christians who have the idea that Jesus would be an incarnation of God forget the Words of God Himself about incarnation and how the many gods, called in the Bible are often called incarnations, like Apis the Egyptian bull being an incarnation of the god Osiris, whose successor Horus also came to earth in the incarnated god Pharaoh and had a conflict with another person (Moses) also named god in the bible.

Here you may find one of the first reasons why it is so important always to remember who is talking and what this person says about others and about specific situations or actions.

In the previous article we cold find Andrew Mills speaking of Jesus’ incarnation. This is a nice example how he as many Christians lets him carried away when reading the Bible, by allowing human traditions and philosophies holding his mind.

There are many Christians who like to think of an incarnation, and especially consider Jesus to be an incarnation of God, loving to think Jesus would not be a real human person, drawing attention to the expression

“resided [literally, “tented”] among us”

and

“the Word became flesh and resided among us.”

claiming this shows Jesus was, not a true human, but God having come to earth in the form of a man.

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angels are also called gods in the bible, though they are no incarnation of God, even when they did come to the earth to bring certain messages to people. – Adam and Eve are being sent out of the garden of Eden – (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When Christians would look closer at the bible text and would remember the way of speaking of Jewish people, they could notice that the apostle John is speaking about “a Word” which is the result of speaking or letting the breath coming out the mouth, utter and having it making sounds. The youngest pupil of Christ knew, like his master teacher, very well the Hebrew Scriptures (by many Christians called the Biblia Hebraica) and knew exactly what was promised in the Garden of Eden, where God spoke to man. It was there, at the beginning of times, that God spoke and had His Word or Voice sounded for all to know, that here would come a solution against the fall of man and the curse of death. The apostle John was convinced that his master Jeshua (Jesus) was that promised Kristos (Christ) and was that man about Whom God not only spoke in the Garden of Eden, but also at other times and in other places (to Abraham, Jeremiah, David, Isaiah, Micah, Zechariah, Malachi, a.o.).  Throughout the ages God spoke about a “Redeemer” to come, a “Messiah“.
It was that speaking of God, “His Words spoken” that brought not only “the Word” of God, “out of heaven,” but was brought into reality by bringing a being, in the flesh. By placing a child in a young woman, by speaking to her (once again a Word spoken and a word becoming reality) when that woman, with child, gave birth, the Word of God “became flesh.” (Joh 1:1; 1Co 15:47; Php 2:5-8; Joh 1:14; 1Ti 3:16) That in being born as a human he was no spirit and that he did not merely assume a fleshly body, as angels had done in the past (Ge 18:1-3; 19:1; Jos 5:13-15), is attested to by the apostle John, who says that one is antichrist who denies that Jesus Christ came “in the flesh.” (1Jo 4:2, 3) In order to provide the ransom for mankind and thereby to help those who would be his associates in the heavenly calling, the Word became flesh, being born all human, no incarnation. The Bible tells us this:

“Since the ‘young children’ are sharers of blood and flesh, he also similarly partook of the same things.” (Hebrews 2:14-16)

His earthly sojourn was spoken of as “the days of his flesh.” (Heb 5:7)

“The bread that I shall give is my flesh in behalf of the life of the world,”

Jesus said. He went on to state that those hoping to remain in union with him must ‘eat his flesh and drink his blood.’ Not appreciating the spiritual, symbolic significance of his words, some construed the statement as cannibalistic and were shocked.(Joh 6:50-60).

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Statue of Apis (Hapi-ankh) the sacred bull worshipped in the Memphis region. Being sacrificed and reborn he also served as an intermediary between humans and other powerful deities (originally Ptah, later Osiris, then Atum). – Thirtieth dynasty of Egypt (Louvre)

In my third post I also tried to show that the identity of Jesus Christ as Immanuel did not mean he was the incarnation of God, ‘God in the flesh,’ like so many christians do want us to believe. Proponents of the Trinity teaching claim it is implied by the meaning of Immanuel, namely, “With Us Is God” that God would be entered in his world in Jesus his body. They do forget that ‘incarnation’ is an abomination in God’s eyes and was the common practice in the thought of those who worshipped false gods, like the living Apis bull being an incarnation of the god Osiris and also an emanation of the god Ptah (vocalized as Pitaḥ in ancient Egypt). The Bible also speaks of the god Pharaoh, who was thought to be the incarnation of the falcon-headed god Horus the successor of Osiris.

Plato (428/427 bce-348/34bce), ancient Greek philosopher, student of Socrates (c. 470–399 bce), teacher of Aristotle (384–322 bce), and founder of the Academy

Clearly many Christian worshippers where influenced by Plato and other philosophers, who were firmly convinced that

“the soul outlives its present incarnation, to be duly rewarded or punished” {Plato}

in the afterlife, based on how the person lived while on earth.

It was a common practice among Jews to embody the word “God,” even “Jehovah,” in Hebrew names. Even today Immanuel is the proper name of many men, none of whom are incarnations of God.

It was by God His Holy Spirit, (God’s Power) that God caused conception in the womb of the young girl Miriam (today better known as the virgin Mary). As a result, Jesus was born as a perfect, sinless human. (Matthew 1:18; Luke 1:35; John 8:46).

When we take up the bible we should know that we may find words from those above mentioned Hebrew Nevi’im or prophets, of which Jesus was one of them. But there words were to be written down, inspired by the Most High Almighty. When reading the Bible we should then as such remember it are the Words like God wanted them to be brought over to mankind. The bible is therefore not to be looked at as the word of man but as the Word of God.

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Called Immanuel does not mean to be Jesus being God

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Further reading

  1. Creation purpose and warranty
  2. Challenging claim 1 Whose word
  3. Jesus begotten Son of God #4 Promised Prophet and Saviour
  4. A season for truth and peace
  5. Ransom for all
  6. How did the Trinity Doctrine Develop
  7. Trinity matter
  8. Altered to fit a Trinity
  9. Does there have to be a Holy Trinity?
  10. The Trinity – the truth

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  2. The Afterlife of Furry Friends
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  5. A good thought for today…
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  7. The Picture of Advent
  8. God Himself
  9. Karma & Causation 
  10. Christianity – Nature of God
  11. I used to write Christmas letters
  12. What does the Afterlife have to do with Christmas? Making Christmas meaningful to you today.
  13. We Look Like in Heaven
  14. Do you believe that life does end, or may end, at death?
  15. Baby Jesus vs Superman
  16. Daddy’s Girl~ A Christmas Memoir
  17. Review: The Discourses of Epictetus
  18. What Resurrection Means
  19. Life to the world — full of Glory!
  20. Jesus-shaped Spirituality
  21. The Glory of His Work
  22. Light in Darkness
  23. Nativity
  24. Look again
  25. Incarnation and Image
  26. Incarnate
  27. Incarnation Part 2: Humanity
  28. Reflections at the Manger
  29. Lighting the Candle of Fellowship
  30. May God let his face shine upon us
  31. The reason for the season
  32. The hospitality of the nativity, or Yesterday was a lovely day to spend Christmas in Monaco
  33. A Christmas prayer
  34. Nativity 2016
  35. Sermon – Christmas Eve – December 24, 2016
  36. a christmas sermon on fleshy words
  37. Christmas Day sermon
  38. And the Word became flesh and tented among us: A Sermon for Christmas Day, 2016
  39. God Breaks Through
  40. Christmas Again
  41. Breath of God (Merry Christmas)
  42. Merry Christmas
  43. Of the Father’s Love Begotten
  44. “The Spittin’ Image Of The Almighty!”
  45. God with us
  46. Paul Harvey’s “A Man and the Birds” (A Christmas Story)
  47. Christmas was humiliating for God
  48. The Last Day of An Advent Calendar: Christmas Day!
  49. The birth of Jesus points to the real reason for the season
  50. Behold the Son!…Love’s greatest sacrifice!
  51. It’s the messiest time of the year!
  52. “This Thing That Has Taken Place”
  53. The True Meaning of Christmas 
  54. Jesus, Our Immanuel: Reflections on the Incarnation
  55. When Christmas Falls On Sunday
  56. Christmas – Through the Eyes of the Early Church
  57. Christmas Day, December 25, 2016
  58. The Word Became Flesh
  59. Breathe
  60. Jesus in the filth
  61. Come, Let Us Adore Him
  62. Day Twenty-Eight of An Advent Calendar (Evening): Christmas Eve – Pouring Out Divinity into Humanity
  63. when the Son became man
  64. Rejoice!
  65. Christmas’ surprising announcement
  66. Christmas Collection
  67. A Christmas Homily
  68. Search the sky for stars and follow them wherever they lead, but not at the expense of looking down. Those who only look up will never…
  69. Holy Infant And Returning Ruler
  70. Witness To The Incarnation
  71. A Tradition Even Millennials Can Love
  72. Advent Again – day 23
  73. The Christmas King
  74. The Incarnation and How to Explain it to Muslims
  75. Redeeming Christmas: Yes, Virginia, We Are Free to Celebrate the Incarnation. And Please Stop Whining About Paganism.
  76. Sheep and shepherd
  77. The Opportunities Of Christmas
  78. The Proclamation of the Birth of Christ
  79. The Fullness of Time (Galatians 4:4)
  80. God with Us
  81. Festival of Incarnation
  82. Incarnation Matters
  83. Incarnation
  84. The Incarnation
  85. The Humility of the Incarnation
  86. Incarnation Thoughts
  87. The Glory of the Incarnation
  88. ‘Incarnate’ (Matthew 1:18-25)
  89. Reflecting on the incarnation
  90. Reflecting on the incarnation (2)
  91. Reflecting on the incarnation (3)
  92. Reflecting on the incarnation (4)
  93. Reflecting on the incarnation (5)
  94. The Incarnation Never Gets Old
  95. Son of God: Eternal, One Essence with the Father, Creator, Incarnate, Redeemer, Sustainer, Ruler
  96. Incarnation, Devotions, & Reading (Dec 23, 2016)
  97. Incarnate Compassion
  98. Rejoice!
  99. What Child?
  100. A Monastery. An Incarnation.
  101. Imagining Jesus
  102. True Messiah Has Been Born
  103. A Nativity of Imagination or Reality?
  104. Why Did Jesus Come? For These Two Reasons…
  105. When You Have Nothing Left to Give, Be the Gift
  106. His Indescribable Gift
  107. The Great Exchange
  108. incarnation: tangible God
  109. The child, the child, sleeping in the night…
  110. Guiding Light
  111. Be Amazed this Christmas
  112. The Word Made Flesh
  113. Anticipating Advent: Holiness Descended
  114. What king is this?
  115. Christmas Eve: Jesus, the Word Become Flesh
  116. Is “the Christmas Spirit” More Than Nostalgia?
  117. The boy who thought he was a turkey–and the true meaning of Christmas
  118. Earplugs and the Incarnation
  119. On the Magnificat
  120. A Christmas Morning Wish for Everyone
  121. The birth
  122. 3 Reasons to Drop the Security Blanket and Never Pick it Back Up
  123. Why Shepherds?
  124. Charismatics Aren’t Like Joseph
  125. Christmas Quotes!
  126. An Impossibility
  127. The Unexpected Glory Of God Hidden In Plain Sight
  128. To You is Born a Savior: Martin Luther on the Good News of Great Joy
  129. 25 December 2016: Nativity of the Lord (Christmas)
  130. Christians and Christmas: A Brief Observation
  131. Incarnational Christianity
  132. On Christmas Lights
  133. The God of unexpected places
  134. Christmas 1944 in Berlin
  135. Messy Christmas, Everyone!
  136. Christmas 2016
  137. How Should Christians Respond to Classism in America?
  138. Come Emmanuel: Everyday Incarnation
  139. Prepare The Way
  140. The Incarnation and the (Im)Morality of Abortion
  141. Christmas Is Always Young!
  142. The Beautiful and Intentional Paradox of Christmas
  143. Not Content to Be God
  144. Holy Night (or Why I am Christmas-Crazy)
  145. Out of Sight? Out of Mind?
  146. Manger Scenes
  147. God Come Down
  148. Emmanuel, Come to Us! A Prayer for our World at Christmas
  149. Emmanuel means god wit us – But what does that mean?
  150. The Attractive Nativity
  151. What if God were one of us?
  152. Christmas’ Greatest Gift
  153. The Reason for Jesus
  154. William Blake and the Divinity of Humanity

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Called Immanuel does not mean to be Jesus being God

Often Christians say the proof that Jesus is God is because he is called Immanuel. But if that would be so then we can find God still walking today in different places and sojourning in many families.

The world has known many people with the name Immanuel. Lots of Christians say because Jesus was called Immanuel he had to be God. This would mean that even today this god would be walking on this globe in many countries, because everywhere in the world you shall be able to find people who are called Immanuel or Emmanuel.

People with such name may be born in a family of believers in God, be it Jews, Christians or Muslims. With using the Hebrew name עִמָּנוּאֵל (‘Immanu’el) meaning “God is with us” or “God with us”, those parents probably wanted to show their gratitude to the Eternal Most Divine Almighty Creator God Who has blessed them with a child. Normally you should consider Immanuel to be a title and not as such a name.

Christ Emmanuel, icon with riza by Simon Ushak...
Christ Emmanuel, icon with riza by Simon Ushakov, 1668. According to the Gospel of Matthew, Immanuel refers to Jesus. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Emmanuel meaning “God with us” brings us to look at the one born, Jeshua in this instance to be a bringer of closeness with the Most High.  In this way for humankind Jesus was “God with us”, about whom many may sing glorious songs, shouting he is the “King of Kings”, “Almighty God”, “Wonderful Counselor”, etc. — all of which are titles, not names. We say “Mr. President”, “Mr. Speaker“, “Your Honor”, etc., but these are titles, not names, and as such Jeshua had as one of his titles “Immanuel”. Throughout the ages this title for Jesus and other biblical figures was also used as a name.

In Anglo-Saxon countries the name Immanuel or Emmanuel  is not so much used, but is quite common in continental Europe, especially in Belgium, France (in the spellings Emmanuel, Emanuel, Manuel and Manu  + for girls Manoe and Manou) , Spain and Portugal (in the spellings Manuel and Manoel). Americans so often refer to the proof that Jesus is God because he is called god and Immanuel. They do seem to forget that much more beings are called god and/or Immanuel.

I can assure you that though that I might be called Immanuel, I am not Jesus nor God or a god. I am way of being a god, but Jesus may have been a god and is still today for many a god, but that does not make him to be the Almighty God יהוה {Jehovah}. Also Jesus his name is far from what many call him today, because his name was Jeshua יֵשׁוּעַ (Yeshu’a). Yeshu’a is itself being a contracted form of Yehoshu’a  or Joshua). Yeshua ben Yoseph, better known as Jesus Christ, was the central figure of the New Testament and the source of the Christian religion. The same as the many people being called Jesus, Jezus, יֵשׁוּ = Jesu or Yeshu, Chesu, or יֵשׁוּע or Yeshu’, they nor Jesus are יהוה = Jehovah or Yehowah/Yehovah (sometimes also spelled Yahuwah) the Only One Whose Holy or Set Apart Name is for the Hebrew God, represented in Hebrew by the tetragrammaton (“four letters”) יהוה (Yod Heh Vav Heh), which was transliterated into Roman script as Y H W H.  Because it was considered blasphemous to utter the name of God, it was only written and never spoken, which resulted in the original pronunciation becoming lost. Today there are still many Jews who even do not write the titles of God fully and therefore write G’d. G’d His Name may have originally been derived from the old Semitic root הוה (hawah) meaning “to be” or “to become”.  The One Who was and always has been “The I Am Who I am” is “The I Am Who Is‘ but has nothing human.

וַיֹּ֤אמֶר אֱלֹהִים֙ אֶל־מֹשֶׁ֔ה אֶֽהְיֶ֖ה אֲשֶׁ֣ר אֶֽהְיֶ֑ה וַיֹּ֗אמֶר כֹּ֤ה תֹאמַר֙ לִבְנֵ֣י יִשְׂרָאֵ֔ל אֶֽהְיֶ֖ה שְׁלָחַ֥נִי אֲלֵיכֶֽם׃ Exodus 3:14

14     God said to Moshe:
EHYEH ASHER EHYEH/I will be-there howsoever I will be-there.
And he said:
Thus shall you say to the Children of Israel:
EHYEH/I-WILL-BE-THERE sends me to you.

Lots of Christians seem to forget that in their Bible or Holy Scriptures is also written that no man can see That  “I am that which I am” without staying alive. Many saw Jesus and continued living, there even having been people who were already death and came to life again by Jesus calling them. This is in contradiction to the Bible saying in the Shemoth or Book Exodus

19     He said:
I myself will cause all my Goodliness to pass
in front of your face,
I will call out the name of YHWH
before your face:
that I show-favor to whom I show-favor,
that I show-mercy to whom I show-mercy.
20     But he said:
You cannot see my face,
for no human can see me and live!
John 1:18 No one has seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, he has described him.

1John 4:12 No one has seen God at any time; if we love* one another, God is abiding in us and his love* is perfected in us.

Annunciation, painted by Fra Angelico (1387-14...
Annunciation, painted by Fra Angelico (1387-1455) (Florence) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The majority of Christians also say that their god is born on the 25th of December. First of all God has never had a birth. The Elohim Hashem Jehovah is the Eternal Divine Creator who has never had a beginning or birth nor ever can die, having no ending. Jesus the Immanuel, many Christians celebrate his birth at Christmas (25 December) was born the 17th of October 4 BCE, and as such has a beginning. He also was tempted more than once, whilst the God of gods cannot be tempted.

James 1:13 Let no one say when he is tempted, I am tempted by God, for* God is not tempted by evils and he himself tempts no one.

Their Jesus, for which they take the prophet and master teacher, rabbi Jeshua, was also sentenced to death (according to the prophesies in the Torah) and after doing God’s Will (and not his own will, which he would have done when he is God) really died at the wooden stake after he himself had cried to God and had asked Him (Jehovah God) why He (God) had abandoned him (Jesus).

Deut. 21:22       Now when a man has sin-guilt, (resulting in) a sentence of death,
and is put-to-death,
and you hang him up on a wooden-stake,

Acts 5:30 The God of our fathers lifted up Jesus, whom you* slew, hanging him on a tree.

46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? That is, ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’ {Ps. 22:1} 47 And some of them were standing there, when they heard it, said, This man is summoning Elijah. 48 And immediately one out of them ran, taking a sponge and filled it with vinegar and placed it around a reed and gave it to him to drink. 49 And the rest said, Allow it, that we may see if Elijah comes to save him. 50 And Jesus having cried again with a loud voice, his spirit leaves. 51 And behold, the curtain of the temple was split apart into two pieces, from the top to the bottom, and the earth shook, and the rocks were split apart; 52 and the tombs were opened, and many bodies of the holy-ones who had fallen-asleep arose. 53 And coming forth out of the tombs after his awakening they entered into the holy city and appeared to many. 54 Now the centurion and those who were with him, guarding Jesus, when they saw the earthquake and the things that happened, were extremely afraid, saying, This truly was the Son of God.

10 For* the death that he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life that he is living, he is living to God.

It is totally wrong to assume the one being called Immanuel to be an incarnation of the God of power Who

“did ride in His majestic robes of glory, resolved to light; and so one day He did descend, undressing all the way.”(George Herbert).

christmas-cribfigures1010749_640Christians should know that their celebration on the 24th and 25th of December, being called Christmas, has nothing to do with the birth of Jesus nor with the birth of God or with God having restrained His omnipotence within the frailty of human flesh. God never confined His omniscience, Him knowing everything, within the limitations of human thought, and never did He contain His omnipresence, being able to be everywhere at the same time, within the body of one human – Jesus of Nazareth.

God also never came to the earth to become a servant instead of One who is served.  It might well be that Jesus was born to be a king, willing to be treated as a slave, because when Jesus is the Messiah then he shall be the King of kings here on earth to govern the Kingdom of his heavenly Father, but when he lived in the Middle East some two millennia ago he was an ordinary carpenter and an incredible story teller who was able to do incredible wonders or miracles.

Lots of people may try to humiliate God, but man should know that man can do nothing to God. He is the Ruler and the Omnipotent Supreme One and Only Creator and Governor of all the Universe.

All christians should also remember that it is the Most High Divine Creator Who, in the Garden of Eden made His first promise to send a solution against the curse of death. The Same God further promised to Abraham and his offspring that out of the lineage of King David would come that King of kings for a set apart or Holy Land.

In case Jesus is really the promised one from God, then he is the greatest gift mankind received with him because by god accepting his offering like a lamb, he whitewashed with his blood (something god does not have) our sins. can give to Jesus is a life lived above the common. His giving himself in the hands of his God, doing not his own will but that of his heavenly Father, he made man righteous again, in the eyes of the God of Abraham, so that all, by his death, might live.

The world has to know that the Divine Creator wants all people to unite and to recognise the Messiah, getting to be like him all of one mind, having compassion one of another. This oneness of mind does not demand the monotony of similarity, but unity in variety. We shall never be of one mind in the sense of all holding the same opinions; but we may be all of one mind when, beneath diversities of opinion, expression, and view, we are animated by a common devotion to Christ.

No man can have the mind of Christ who has not the courage to have the eyes of Christ. He rejected the traditions of men and saw things for himself. We too have to reject the human traditions and have to put our own selfish will away, like Jesus did. We too should be careful not to participate in pagan traditions, like Christmas and Easter.

Christians may anticipate the happy day when the whole world shall be converted to Christ; but then the gods of the heathen shall have to be cast to the moles and the bats;

when Romanism shall be exploded, and the crescent of Mohammed shall wane, never again to cast its baleful rays upon the nations; when kings shall bow down before the Prince of Peace, and all nations shall call their Redeemer blessed.

Some despair of this. They look upon the world as a vessel breaking up and going to pieces, never to float again. We know that the world and all that is therein is one day shall be confronted with an enormous battle (World War III or Armageddon). Before those end-times all lovers of God should know that it is time to unite and to remember the Divine call,

Psalm 50:5-6: 5 Gather my saints together unto me; those that have made a covenant with me by sacrifice. 6 And the heavens shall declare his righteousness: for God is judge himself. Selah.

Real lovers of God have to worship only One True God and strive to be simple and sincere toward all, seeking not to please and honour the self, but the Most All-Mighty God of gods, doing away with everything that is not according to the Wishes of God.

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Additional reading

  1. OT prophesies and the NT fulfillment of them
  2. Lord or Yahuwah, Yeshua or Yahushua
  3. a god The God and gods
  4. God of gods (by the Belgian Christadelphians)
  5. God of gods (Weebly site)
  6. No man see the Almighty God and live
  7. I am that I am Ehyeh-Asher-Ehyeh אהיה אשר אהיה
  8. Some one or something to fear #3 Cases, folks and outing
  9. Titles of God beginning with the Aleph in Hebrew
  10. To create a great journey
  11. With child and righteousness greater than the law
  12. Nazarene Commentary Luke 2:1-7 – A Firstborn’s Birth In Bethlehem
  13. Matthew 1:18-25 – Genesis of Jesus Christ
  14. Matthew 2:1-6 – Astrologers and Priests in a Satanic Plot
  15. Matthew 2:7-12 – Pawns of Herod, the Magi Find the ‘Child’
  16. Ember and light the ransomed of Jehovah
  17. A season of gifts
  18. Jesus begotten Son of God #16 Prophet to be heard
  19. On the Nature of Christ
  20. Maintaining unity of Spirit in the bond of peace becoming one with God
  21. First month of the year and predictions
  22. Irminsul, dies natalis solis invicti, birthday of light, Christmas and Saturnalia
  23. Objects around the birth and death of Jesus
  24. Christmas in Ancient Rome (AKA Saturnalia)Roman, Aztec and other rites still influencing us today
  25. Germanic mythological influences up to today’s Christmas celebrations
  26. Winter Solstice 2015: Shortest Day Of The Year Celebrated As Pagan Yule
  27. Most probable and accurate image of Jesus Christ according British scientists
  28. A dark skinned Jesus
  29. American Christianity no longer resembles its Founder
  30. Nativity scene of the birth of the Bill of Rights
  31. Brits believe Santa present at Jesus’ birth, new poll reveals
  32. Focus on outward appearances
  33. The imaginational war against Christmas
  34. I believe in you…
  35. A Church without Faith!
  36. Autumn traditions for 2014 – 4 Blasphemy and ridiculing faith in God
  37. Exodus 9: Liar Liar
  38. High time to show the way to peace
  39. Focussing on oneness with Jesus like Jesus is one with God

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Further articles on the net about Immanuel, Jesus and Christmas

  1. The Implications of the Name “Immanuel” are both Comforting and Unsettling
  2. Be on the Lookout
  3. What The Angel Said
  4. I’m Dreaming of a…
  5. Advent 4A: A Light on the HorizonThe “Withusness” of God
  6. The First Snowfall
  7. Because He Will
  8. Day 11/25: I’m Manuel…Not Really.
  9. His Name Shall Be
  10. The One Called Immanuel
  11. Who is Immanuel?
  12. Immanuel Unchanging
  13. Immanuel (by Hearthunger)
  14. Immanuel (by Grace sustains)
  15. Immanuel (byHSmithdp)
  16. Immanuel, God With U
  17. Day 10: God with Us in Our Sufferings
  18. Immanuel: The God of Hopes and Fears
  19. And He Shall be Called …
  20. God With Us. (by Agabus)
  21. God With Us by Charlotte Raye)
  22. God with us (by Dave’s devotional)
  23. He’s with Us
  24. Do not be afraid! God is with us!
  25. the Covenant come
  26. God Saves, God with Us
  27. The Universal Need for a Savior
  28. The Gift found through Pain
  29. Defining Jesus
  30. Not So Familiar Christmas Scripture: Isaiah 7:14
  31. Script for today: PDCP- 12/19- “God Is Personally With Us!” (Isaiah 7:14)
  32. ‘Incarnate’ (Matthew 1:18-25)
  33. Incarnate Compassion
  34. Wisdom Wednesday
  35. What Did the Angels See?
  36. Seven Songs for my Savior: Song Three: “Leaving Heaven” by Matthew West
  37. One Word Changed Everything!
  38. DayBreaks for 12/19/16 – Christmas in One Word
  39. Jesus Christ does not just bring light to the world
  40. 700 Years Before Christmas
  41. Christmas (by His great goodness)
  42. Christmas Presence
  43. Dear Mary, Did You Know?
  44. Mary Did Know
  45. Advent 20: The bit that feels Awkward to Talk About
  46. Seven Songs for my Savior: Song Three: “Leaving Heaven” by Matthew West
  47. Christmas Bells #1………why we celebrate Christmas!
  48. Christmas Bells #3….. because Christmas is not in the Bible…..
  49. Christmas Bells #4…..you have a reason to celebrate!
  50. Christmas…….A Grace For All Times And Climes
  51. Christmas Spirit
  52. The Christmas Tag
  53. This Season
  54. The Wonder of Christmas (Week 2)
  55. Happy Christmas!
  56. The Kindness and Love of God
  57. Jesus is loved by Muslims, too, during the holiday season
  58. Christmas Eve, 2016
  59. Christmas – sort of
  60. Christmas (by Kickilin)
  61. Christmas Laws (UK)
  62. The Wild Hope of Christmas 
  63. Festive Homeware (2016)
  64. The Jolly Time of Year Feels Especially Strong This Year Around 
  65. Celebrate
  66. Blog carolling
  67. For what purpose, people come to this world?
  68. God exists?
  69. If you God gave you one wish… (or what to do when you feel God is distant)
  70. The “Church of God” and the “Christian religion”
  71. What If Jesus Were Born Today?
  72. Love Arrives
  73. For All the Josephs

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