Daily Devotionals

Daily Devotionals

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  • Word Study: Feigned Lips (4/24/2017) - WORD STUDY – FEIGNED LIPS Psalm 17:1: .”A Prayer of David. Hear the right, O LORD, attend unto my cry, give ear unto my prayer, [that goeth] not out of feigned lips.” Do you ever stop to wonder how such private thoughts and prayers ended up being read by millions and millions of people throughout […]
  • Word Study: Apple Of My Eye (4/23/2017) -   WORD STUDY – APPLE OF THE EYE Psalms 17:8: “Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings,” It seems every Christian at one time or another has heard this expression explained as the little man of the eye. You are pictured in God’s eye and constantly […]
  • Word Study: Abba אבא (4/22/2017) - WORD STUDY – ABBA  אבא Mark 14:35-36: “And he went forward a little, and fell on the ground, and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him. And he said, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what […]
  • Word Study: Branches עצימ (4/21/2017) - WORD STUDY – BRANCHES עצימ I Kings 17:12: “And she said: As the Lord thy God lives, I have not a cake but a handful of meal in a barrel, and, behold I am gathering two sticks that I may go in and dress it for me and my son that we may eat it and […]
  • Word Study: Where Is Your Brother Abel (4/20/2017) - WORD STUDY – WHERE IS YOUR BROTHER ABEL Genesis 4:9-10, “And the LORD said unto Cain, Where [is] Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: [Am] I my brother’s keeper? What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother’s blood crieth unto me from the ground.” I don’t know about you but when […]
  • Word Study:David’s Heart Smote Him (4/19/2017) - WORD STUDY – DAVID’S HEART SMOTE HIM 1 Samuel 24:5: “And it came to pass afterward, that David’s heart smote him, because he had cut off Saul’s skirt.” We are all familiar with this story. Saul had a posse out after David and David is not wanted Dead or Alive but basically dead. David and […]
  • Word Study: The Agreement (4/18/2017) - WORD STUDY – THE AGREEMENT Isaiah 7:11-12: “Ask thee a sign of the Lord, thy God, ask it either in the depth or in the height above. But Ahaz said, I will not ask neither will I tempt the Lord.” Luke 12:24: “To whom much is given, much is expected.” I believe we all, at […]
  • (4/17/2017) - WORD STUDY – THOU SAYEST – ARAMAIC Matthew 27:11: “And Jesus stood before the governor: and the governor asked him, saying, Art thou the King of the Jews? And Jesus said unto him, Thou sayest.” It is Easter Sunday and I am, of course, meditating on the Easter Story. I decided to read it this […]
  • Word Study: Abide In Him – Aramaic קוא (4/16/2017) - WORD STUDY – ABIDE IN CHRIST – ARAMAIC – קוא John 15:6: “If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast [them] into the fire, and they are burned.” I grew up in a Baptist fundamentalist church where evangelism was our […]
  • Word Study: My Destiny (4/13/2017) - WORD STUDY – Eli Eli lama sabachthani (My  Destiny) Matthew 27:46: “And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” Genesis 15:9-10: “And he said unto him, Take me an heifer of three years old, […]
  • Word Study: Unjust Gain בצח (4/12/2017) -   WORD STUDY – UNJUST GAIN – בצח Jeremiah 51:13: “O’ you who dwell by many waters, abundant in treasures, your end is come, and the measure of your covetousness.” Clearly the context of this passage related to a judgment against Babylon. So why should a prophecy of judgment against a city that existed over […]
  • Word Study: A Man Inbetween (4/11/2017) - WORD STUDY – A MAN INBETWEEN 1 Samuel 17:4: “And there went out a champion out of the camp of the Philistines, named Goliath, of Gath, whose height [was] six cubits and a span.” I read something this morning in the Talmud that sent me to I Samuel 17 and the old story of David […]
  • Word Study: See God (4/10/2017) -   WORD STUDY – SEE GOD לאלהאנחזו(ARAMAIC) Matthew 5:8: “Blessed [are] the pure in heart: for they shall see God.” “It’s a highway to heaven None can walk up there But the pure in heart” – Tommy Dorsey I caught a couple episodes of the 43 year old TV series Highway to Heaven on Pure […]
  • word Study: Selfseeking (4/8/2017) - WORD STUDY – SELF SEEKING – עמרr Amos 2:12-13: “But you gave the Nazarites wine to drink and commanded the prophets, saying, ‘Prophesy not.’ Behold, I am pressed under you, as a cart is pressed that is full of sheaves.” Amos is a contemporary of Isaiah, Micah, and Hosea. He came from a little farming […]
  • Word Study: Unsearchable אינחקר (4/7/2017) - WORD STUDY – UNSEARCHABLE – אינחקר Psalms 145:3: “Great [is] the LORD, and greatly to be praised; and his greatness [is] unsearchable.” “God is quite capable of seducing His own partner, He just wants the band leader to provide the right music, not to shame His date into dancing.” Chaim Bentorah Our English word for […]
  • Word Study: Twinkling of an Eye רגע (4/5/2017) -   WORD STUDY – TWINKING OF AN EYE  רגע Isaiah 51:4: “I will make my judgment to rest for a light of the people.” Yehudah ha-Levi, a medieval Jewish poet, displayed his emotion in a little rhyme: “ein rega beli nega.” “There is no rest without a wound in it.” The word rest in Hebrew […]
  • Word Study: Treasure of Darkness (4/4/2017) -   WORD STUDY – TREASURES OF DARKNESS Isaiah 45:3: “And I will give you the treasures of darkness and the hidden riches of secret places that you will know that I, the Lord, who called you by your name am the God of Israel.” Isaiah 45: 2 tells us that God is going to blaze […]
  • Word Study: Plague (4/3/2017) - WORD STUDY – THE PLAGUE Psalms 91:7: “A thousand shall fall by your side, and ten thousand at your right hand; it shall not come near your.” Come on, are some you still fretting over our new President? Let’s jump back in time a little here and find out where we are to really put […]
  • Word Study: Wealth (4/2/2017) - WORD STUDY – WEALTH Proverbs 13:22: “A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children: and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just.” I remember when I first heard this verse, at least in a context that made me think about it. It was on one of those Christian TV […]
  • Word Study: Ziqoth זיקות (4/1/2017) -   WORD STUDY – ZIQOTH – זיקות Isaiah 50:11: “Behold, as all of you who kindle fire, who are surrounded in sparks, walk (a righteous walk) in the light (of) your fire in your burning. From My hand this shall be for you in pain (so) you will lie down.” Upon first reading this verse […]
  • Word Study: Agrieved חרה (3/30/2017) - WORD STUDY – AGRIEVED חרה Numbers 16:3-6: “They combined against Moses and Aaron and said to them, ‘You have gone too far! For all the community is holy, all of them, and the Lord is in their midst. Why then do you raise yourselves above the Lord’s congregation?’ When Moses heard this, he fell on his […]
  • Word Study: Hear Lovingkindness (3/29/2017) -   WORD STUDY – HEAR LOVINGKINDNESS Psalms 143:8: “Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning…” Here is the question that come to my mind as I read this, how does one hear lovingkindness? True this is poetry and David is most likely speaking metaphorically, but still the question remains, what does he mean […]
  • Word Study: Delight ענג (3/28/2017) -   WORD STUDY – DELIGHT – ענג Psalm 37:4:”Delight thyself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.” I remember when I was a student at Moody Bible Institute this verse was very popular. We were all young, ambitious with very specific ideas of our future ministry. We were convinced […]
  • Word Study: Only Fear Him (3/27/2017) - WORD STUDY – ONLY TO FEAR HIM Deuteronomy 10:12: “And now, Israel, what has Jehovah your God asked of you, only to fear Jehovah your God, to walk in all His ways, and to love Him and to serve Jehovah your God with all your heart and with all your soul.” “Only?” To fear Him, […]
  • Word Study: The Chasm ( Aramaic) הותא (3/26/2017) - WORD STUDY – THE CHASM – (Aramaic) הותא Luke 16:26: “And beside all this, between us and you there is a great chasm fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that [would come] from thence.” This chasm business must really be important as Jesus […]
  • (3/25/2017) - WORD STUDY – THE LORD IS ON OUR SIDE Psalms 118:6: “The Lord is on my side, I will not fear what can man do unto me?” “I am not at all concerned about that…but it is my constant anxiety and prayer that I and this nation be on the Lord’s side.” Abraham Lincoln’s response […]
  • Word Study: Song of Faith נגנה (3/24/2017) - WORD STUDY – SONG OF FAITH – נגנה Psalms 77:2: “In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord; my sore ran in the night, and ceased not: my soul refused to be comforted.” The title of this Psalm attributes it to Asaph. Little is known about Asaph. The traditional view is that he […]
  • Word Study: Pray פלל (3/23/2017) - WORD STUDY – PRAY פלל II Chronicles 7:14: “If my people who are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked way, then will I hear from the heavens and will forgive their sin, and heal their land.” II Chronicles 12:7: “And when the Lord saw […]
  • Word Study:Defiled טמא (3/22/2017) - WORD STUDY – DEFILED – טמא Numbers 5:2: “Command the children of Israel, that they put out of the camp every leper, and every one that hath an issue, and whosoever is defiled by the dead:” I listened to a very interesting sermon on line. The pastor was preaching from the Book of Luke but he […]
  • Word Study: Eyes of the Lord (3/21/2017) -   WORD STUDY – THE EYES OF THE LORD Genesis 6:8: “But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.” The Lord came down and look around a spell, There he saw Mr. Noah, behaving mighty well That is the reason the Scriptures record, Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. – […]
  • Word Study: Heart Attack שׁבת (3/20/2017) - WORD STUDY – HEART ATTACK – שׁבת Exodus 16:30: “So the people rested on the seventh day.” I remember as a child watching an old TV series called The Millionaire. Each week a reclusive Billionaire practiced his hobby of giving away to total strangers a cashier’s check of a million dollars tax free. This is how […]
  • Word Study:Our Sickness הלח (3/19/2017) - WORD STUDY – OUR SICKNESS – הלח Psalms 77:10: “And this is my sickness, the years of thy right hand of the most high.” Asaph is very troubled in this Psalm. He has cried to God, but has found no peace. Throughout the night, he is unable to sleep, his spirit feels overwhelmed. He is […]
  • Word Study: Lot in Life גורגי (3/18/2017) - WORD STUDY – LOT IN LIFE: גורגי Psalms 16:5-6: “The Lord is my portion and my cup, you maintain my lot, the lines have fallen to me in pleasant places, indeed my heritage is beautiful to me. “We are all made to suffer, it is our lot in life.” C3PO – Star Wars We seemed to […]
  • Aramaic Word Study: Forgiveness שׁבק (3/17/2017) - WORD STUDY – FORGIVENESS – שׁבק(Aramaic) Luke 7:47: “Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, [the same] loveth little.” I remember when I was a student at Moody Bible Institute, I had a roommate who was Jewish and even began […]
  • Word Study: Invincible עוז (3/15/2017) - WORD STUDY – INVINCIBLE  עוז Psalms 29:11: “The LORD will give strength unto his people; the LORD will bless his people with peace.” For thousands of years every Jewish child would begin studying Biblical Hebrew at the age of three. The idea was not to prepare them for their bar mitzvah although this is no […]
  • Word Study:The Pitts הבורימ (3/14/2017) -   WORD STUDY – THE PITS – ~הבורימ Psalm 143:7: “Hear me speedily, O’Lord: my spirit failed: hide not thy face from me, lest I be like unto them that go down into the pit.” I picked up a Look Magazine from 1957 the other day. I read about a group of teenage hacks. Believe […]
  • Word Study: Jehovah Jireh (3/13/2017) - ן WORD STUDY – JEHOVAH JIREH Genesis 22:8,14: (8) “And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together. (14) And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovahjireh: as it is said [to] this day, In the mount of the LORD it […]
  • Word Study: Men Of War (3/12/2017) - WORD STUDY – MEN OF WAR Joshua 5:6: “For the children of Israel walked forty years in the wilderness, till all the people [that were] men of war, which came out of Egypt, were consumed, because they obeyed not the voice of the LORD: unto whom the LORD sware that he would not shew them […]
  • Happy Purim (3/11/2017) - I love word plays, which are often hidden in the English translations but found everywhere in the Hebrew. Word plays are a literary device used used to give greater insight into the intention behind the Author’s words and can also be used for emphasis. A common place where word plays are found are in proper […]
  • (3/10/2017) -     WORD STUDY – BEGINNING OF KNOWLEDGE Proverbs 1:7 “The fear of the LORD [is] the beginning of knowledge: [but] fools despise wisdom and instruction.” “Knowledge is power.” Sir Francis Bacon The name of the High School I attended was Steinmetz. It was named after Charles Potius Steinmetz. You really don’t hear much about […]
  • Word Study: Like What You Are קמר (3/9/2017) - WORD STUDY – LIKE WHAT YOU ARE  קמר Leviticus 19:18: “But thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.” Mark 12:31: “And the second is like this, thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.” “Good shepherd, tell this youth what tis to love? It is to be all made of sighs and tears, It is to […]
  • Word Study: The Sun שׁמשׁ (3/8/2017) -   WORD STUDY – THE SUN – שׁמשׁ Psalms 84:11 “For the Lord God is a sun and a shield, the Lord gives grace and glory. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly.” Sometimes we forget that when we read the Psalms we are reading poetry. This is probably due to the […]
  • Word Study: Engraved and Free (3/7/2017) - WORD STUDY – ENGRAVE AND FREE – חרת Exodus 32:16: “And the tables [were] the work of God, and the writing [was] the writing of God, graven upon the tables.” “Had the first tablets not been broken, no nation or people could have subjugated the Jewish people, as it is written, ‘Charut on the tablets.’ […]
  • Word Study: The Illuminator and Verifier (3/6/2017) - WORD STUDY – THE ILLUMINATOR AND VERIFIER – התמימה אמימ Exodus 28:30: “ And thou shalt put in the breastplate of judgment the Urim and the Thummim;” Exodus 28 goes into great detail about the garment worn by the high priest. Of course today Jesus is our high priest so how the high priest dressed has […]
  • Word Study: If Good Be Unto You (3/4/2017) -   WORD STUDY – IF GOOD UNTO YOU נ I Chronicles 13:2: “ And David said unto all the congregation of Israel, If [it seem] good unto you, and [that it be] of the LORD our God, let us send abroad unto our brethren everywhere, [that are] left in all the land of Israel, and with […]
  • Word Study: Revive Us תחינו (3/3/2017) - WORD STUDY – REVIVE US – תחינו Psalms 85:6: “Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee?” It is believed by many Biblical scholars that this Psalm was written about five hundred years before Jesus was born. This would be post exilic, that is it was written during the return […]
  • Word Study: Boldly גליא ( Aramaic) (3/2/2017) -   WORD STUDY – BOLDLY – גליא (ARAMAIC) Deuteronomy 1:29-30: Thus I said unto you, “Dread not, neither be afraid of them. The Lord that goeth before you, he will fight for you according to all that he did for you in Egypt.” “We have met the enemy and they are ours.” Captain Oliver Hazard […]
  • Word Study: Purity לבנ (2/28/2017) - WORD STUDY – PURITY לבנ Isaiah 9:10: “The bricks are fallen down, but we will build with hewn stone, the sycamores are cut down but we will change them into cedars.” In Isaiah 9, the Northern Kingdom of Israel had just suffered a shocking defeat. They felt they were well fortified, powerful and secure in their […]
  • Word Study: Filthy Garments (2/27/2017) - WORD STUDY – FILTHY RAGS Isaiah 64:6: “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.” When I take my car through the car wash the attendants at the end […]
  • Word Study: A Sign אות (2/24/2017) - WORD STUDY – A SIGN –אות Isaiah 7:11: “Ask of thee a sign of the Lord they God; ask it either in the depth, or in the height above?” God spoke to Ahaz through His prophet saying: “Ask.” The Hebrew word is she’ol which means to consult, interrogate. This is followed with a methegh connecting […]
  • Word Study: No Green ירקלא (2/23/2017) - WORD STUDY – NO GREEN –  ירקלא Isaiah 15:6: “For the waters of Nimrim shall be desolate, for the hay is withered away, the grass faileth, there is no green thing.” Today was one of those downers for me. Going over my future plans, such as they are when you are 66, as well as […]
  • Word Study: His Cup כסא (2/21/2017) - WORD STUDY: HIS CUP – (Aramaic) כסא Matthew 26:39: “And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.” For me, one of the great mysteries of this story […]
  • Word Study: Uncontrollable Impulses רוה (2/20/2017) - WORD STUDY – UNCONTROLLABLE IMPULSES – רוה Psalm 51:10: “Create in me a clean heart, O’God and renew a right spirit within me.” I recall visiting an orthodox Jewish rabbi who showed me a special room in his house. It was filled with books, all the books were about God. He had the complete Talmud, […]
  • Word Study: Tremble רלז (2/19/2017) -   WORD STUDY – SHAKING – רלז Psalms 4:4: “Stand in awe and sin not, commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still.” Perhaps you are more familiar with the ESV translation of this verse which is “Be angry and sin not.” The NIV says: “Tremble and do not sin.” There is […]
  • Word Study: Earning לקח (2/17/2017) - WORD STUDY – EARNINGS: לקח Exodus 25:1-2: “And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: ‘Speak to the children of Israel, that they take for Me an offering; of every man whose heart prompts him, you shall take My offering.’” Why did God want the people to donate their gold, silver and other possessions of their prosperity […]
  • Word Study: Truth (2/16/2017) - WORD STUDY –TRUTH Isaiah 39:8: “Then said Hezekiah to Isaiah, Good is the word of the LORD which thou hast spoken. He said moreover, For there shall be peace and truth in my days.” If you want to light my boiler fire, like many people, I have certain buttons you can push. For instance is […]
  • Word Study: Satisfy (2/15/2017) - ז WORD STUDY – SATISFY Jeremiah 31:25: “I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint.” SATISFY – Hebrew: mala – satisfy, fill, to insert into or fill as the setting of precious stones into a bracelet, necklace, or crown. Jeremiah is speaking of the future restoration of Judah after going through captivity. He talks […]
  • Word Study: Before בט (2/14/2017) - WORD STUDY – BEFORE רמJeremiah 1:5, “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you. Before you were born, I set you apart for my holy purpose. I appointed you to be a prophet to the nations.” Something I learned from reading the Talmud is that the Jewish masters read every word in Scripture. Since […]
  • Word Study:Smite With Blasting כיתאתכמבשׁדפונ (2/12/2017) - WORD STUDY – SMITE WITH BLASTING -כיתאתכמבשׁדפונ Haggai 2:17: “I smote you with blasting and with mildew and with hail in all the labors of your hands; yet you turned not to me, saith the Lord?” The Book of Haggai is an often overlooked Book of the Bible, probably because it is only two chapters. […]
  • Word Study: His Passionate Love כמר (2/10/2017) - WORD STUDY – HIS PASSIONATE LOVE כמר Psalms 138:8: “The Lord will perfect that which concerns me, thy mercy O Lord endures forever. Forsake not the works of thine own hands.” “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” Charles Dickens “A Tale of Two Cities.” Charles Dickens started his novel, […]
  • Word Study:Humble Yourself תכנע (2/8/2017) - WORD STUDY – HUMBLE YOURSELF –תכנע “II Kings 22:19: “Because your heart was tender and you humbled yourself before the Lord when you heard what I spoke against this place.” Josiah was a king who not only sought to serve God, he loved God. He became King of Judah at the age of 8 years. […]
  • Word Study:Seek Me Early משׁחרי (2/6/2017) -   WORD STUDY – SEEK ME EARLY – משׁחרי Proverbs 8:17: “I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.” Often our personal time of worship with God that we would call a quiet time or personal devotions takes place early in the morning. It seems this proverb tends […]
  • WORD STUDY – VAIN OBLATIONS – סנחה (2/4/2017) - SPECIAL NOTE: VALENTINE DAY IS COMING.  IT IS A DAY TO EXPRESS YOUR LOVE AND REVEAL YOUR HEART TO THAT SPECIAL PERSON.  GOD HAS REVEALED HIS HEART TO YOU IN HIS WORD.  WHY NOT AS A VALENTINE GIFT GIVE THAT SPECIAL PERSON A COPY OF HEBREW WORD STUDY REVEALING THE HEART OF GOD  SO THEY […]
  • Chapter 8 Gen Stones: ניכזר (2/3/2017) - CHAPTER 8 – GEM STONES – אב ניכזר Zechariah 9:16: “And the LORD their God shall save them in that day as the flock of his people: for they shall be as the stones of a crown, lifted up as an ensign upon his land.” I have read reports of people who while intensely worshipping […]
  • Word Study: Former Rains ירה (2/2/2017) - WORD STUDY – FORMER RAINS – ירה Jeremiah 5:24: “Neither say they in their heart, Let us now fear the LORD our God, that giveth rain, both the former and the latter, in his season: he reserveth unto us the appointed weeks of the harvest.” Few students who have graduated or even attended Moody Bible […]
  • Word Study: Cooing Dove הגה (2/1/2017) - WORD STUDY – COOING DOVE – הגה Psalms 90:9: “For all our days are passed away in thy wrath: we spend our years as a tale that is told.” “For all sad words of tongue and pen, the saddest are these, ‘It might have been.’” John Greenleaf Whittier This sounds almost like God is so angry […]
  • Word Study: Joy In Unity of Fellowship גיל (1/31/2017) - WORD STUDY – JOY IN UNITY OF FELLOWSHIP – גיל Habakkuk 3:17-18 “Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither [shall] fruit [be] in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and [there shall be] no herd […]
  • Word Study: A Lifetime שׁנה (1/30/2017) -   WORD STUDY – A LIFETIME –שׁנה Psalm 90:4 “For a thousand years in thy sight [ are but]  as yesterday when it is past , and [as] a watch in the night” 2Peter 3:8 “But beloved be not ignorant of this one thing,that one day [is] with the Lord as a thousand years, and […]
  • Word Study: Leap Over A Wall אדלגשׁור (1/29/2017) - WORD STUDY – LEAP OVER A WALL – עך II Samuel 22:30: For by thee I have run through a troop; by my God have I leaped over a wall.” The Talmud instructs that we are never to lose the literal interpretation of a verse. Although Jewish tradition teaches that there are 70 faces to […]
  • WORD STUDY – SON OF FRUITFULNESS (1/28/2017) - WORD STUDY – SON OF FRUITFULNESS   Genesis 49:1, 22:  “And Jacob called unto his sons, and said, Gather yourselves together, that I may tell you [that] which shall befall you in days to come. (22) “Joseph is a fruitful son, a fruitful son by a spring. His branches run over a wall.”   In […]
  • Word Study: Worshipping שׁחה (1/27/2017) - WORD STUDY – WORSHIPPING – שׁחה Judges 7:15: “And it was [so], when Gideon heard the telling of the dream, and the interpretation thereof, that he worshipped, and returned into the host of Israel, and said, Arise; for the LORD hath delivered into your hand the host of Midian.” One question I ask when I am […]
  • WORD STUDY –THE KINGDOM OF VIOLENCE – מלכותא שׁמיא הטירא (Aramaic) (1/26/2017) - WORD STUDY –THE KINGDOM OF VIOLENCE –  מלכותא שׁמיא הטירא (Aramaic)   Matthew 11:12: “And from the days of John the Baptist until the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.”   Micah 2:12-13: “I will surely assemble, O Jacob, all of thee; I will surely gather the remnant of Israel; I will […]
  • (1/25/2017) - WORD STUDY – BY MY SPIRIT – ברוחי John 4:23-24 “But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. (24) God [is] a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship [him] in spirit and in […]
  • Word Study: Troubled דוד ( Aramaic) (1/24/2017) - WORD STUDY – TROUBLED – דוד(Aramaic) John 14:1-2: “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if [it were] not [so], I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.” Oh, beware, my lord, of jealousy! It is […]
  • Word Study: Worm תולע (1/23/2017) - WORD STUDY – WORM – תולע Isaiah 41:14 Fear not, thou worm Jacob, [and] ye men of Israel; I will help thee, saith the LORD, and thy redeemer, the Holy One of Israel. There are a couple unusual things about this passaged. One that really stands out is that God refers to Israel two times. […]
  • WORD STUDY – OVERCOME – נלד (1/22/2017) - WORD STUDY – OVERCOME – נלד    Jeremiah 33:3: “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.”   Today I attended a meeting at a place called The Father’s House.  They had a time of worship and a song was sung which was based […]
  • WORD STUDY – IT IS I הני (1/20/2017) - WORD STUDY – IT IS I  הני     Isaiah 52:6:  “Therefore my people shall know my name, Therefore they shall know in that day, that I am He that doth speak, behold it is I.”   “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”  Juliet […]
  • WORD STUDY – IN HARMONY WITH GOD – נטח (1/20/2017) - WORD STUDY – IN HARMONY WITH GOD – נטח     Jeremiah 7:24: “But they harkened not nor inclined their ear.”   I get the part of not harkening unto the Word of God which is the context here. I mean God spells out in his Word what we are to do and not to do. […]
  • WORD STUDY – FOR THE SAKE OF (1/18/2017) - WORD STUDY – FOR THE SAKE OF   I Kings 11:13:  “Howbeit I will not rend away all the kingdom; [but] will give one tribe to thy son for David my servant’s sake, and for Jerusalem’s sake which I have chosen.”   I remember an orthodox rabbi once telling me: “You Christians,  you just don’t […]
  • WORD STUDY – HATE – שׁנה (1/17/2017) - WORD STUDY – HATE – שׁנה      Psalms 139:21 Do not I hate them, O LORD, that hate thee? and am not I grieved with those that rise up against thee?   Reading this verse in the English gives me a very unsettling feeling.  Every translation I read this verse in uses the word […]
  • WORD STUDY – TAKE CAPTIVE – שׁבה (1/16/2017) - WORD STUDY – TAKE CAPTIVE – שׁבה   Numbers 10:35-36: “Whenever the ark set out, Moses said: ‘Arise O’Lord let the enemy be scattered, may your foes flee before you.’ Whenever it came to rest, he said: ‘Return Lord to the countless thousands of Israel.’”   This passage is set off in the original Torah Scrolls […]
  • WORD STUDY – ONE, ECHAD OR YACHID (1/15/2017) - WORD STUDY – ONE, ECHAD OR YACHID   Deuteronomy 6:4:  “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God [is] one LORD:”   “There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than dreamt of in your philosophy.” Shakespeare  Hamlet  Act I, Scene 5   I try not to deal with theology as that is an area […]
  • (1/14/2017) - WORD STUDY – YOUR NEIGHBOR – קריבא  (Aramaic)   Leviticus 19:18: “But thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.”   Mark 12:31: “And the second is like this, thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.”   “Good shepherd, tell this youth what tis to love? It is to be all made of sighs and tears, It […]
  • WORD STUDY – EVERYTHINGS UNDER CONTROL – מברחב (1/14/2017) - WORD STUDY – EVERYTHINGS UNDER CONTROL – מברחב   Psalms 118:5: “I called upon the Lord in my distress; the Lord answered me and set me in a large place.”   So there you have it.  Whenever you are in distress just call upon the Lord and He will set you in a large place.  Just […]
  • WORD STUDY – GOD’S SUN – רחמ (1/12/2017) - WORD STUDY –  GOD’S SUN – רחמ     Psalms 40:11: “Withhold not thy tender mercies from me, O Lord, let they lovingkindness and thy truth continually preserve me.”   “I’ll catch the sun and never give it back again, I’ll catch the sun and keep it for my own, But in a world, where no […]
  • WORD STUDY – SICKNESS – חלה (1/12/2017) - Psalms 77:10: “And this is my sickness, the years of thy right hand of the most high.”   This is a Psalm written by Asaph.  From prior texts we learn he is the chief musician.  We really don’t know much more than that except that in Psalms 77 he was very troubled.  He has cried […]
  • WORD STUDY – SORROWFUL SOUL – נפשׁ באד (1/10/2017) - WORD STUDY – SORROWFUL  SOUL – נפשׁ באד     Jeremiah  31:25:  “For I have satiated the weary soul, and I have replenished every sorrowful soul.”   Yesterday I talked about a weary soul.  Today I have been researching the idea of a sorrowful soul.   There is a difference between having a soul that is weary and […]
  • WORD STUDY – DISTURBED – בהל (1/8/2017) - WORD STUDY – DISTURBED – בהל     Genesis 45:3,5:  “And Joseph said unto his brethren, I [am] Joseph; doth my father yet live? And his brethren could not answer him; for they were troubled at his presence… (5) Now therefore be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that ye sold me hither: for God did […]
  • WORD STUDY – LETTING DOWN A BUCKET – להד (1/7/2017) - WORD STUDY – LETTING DOWN A BUCKET – להד   Proverbs 20:5: “Counsel in the heart of man [is like] deep water; but a man of understanding will draw it out.”   This is really a rather difficult proverb to understand, at least it was for me.  But when I  read this in the original Hebrew […]
  • WORD STUDY – PATH FINDER – מצא תעה (1/5/2017) - WORD STUDY – PATH FINDER – מצא תעה     Genesis 37:15:  “And a certain man found him, and, behold, [he was] wandering in the field: and the man asked him, saying, What seekest thou?”   Hebrews 13:2:  “Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.”   I am going to do […]
  • WORD STUDY – BRING YOU UP – עלה (1/3/2017) - WORD STUDY – BRING YOU UP – עלה   Genesis  46:4: “I will go down with thee into Egypt; and I will also surely bring thee up [again]: and Joseph shall put his hand upon thine eyes.”   I, fled Him, down the nights and down the days; ‘All things betray I fled Him, down […]
  • WORD STUDY – LETTER OR BOOK – אגרת (1/2/2017) -   Esther 9:29:  “Then Esther the queen, the daughter of Abihail, and Mordecai the Jew, wrote with all authority, to confirm this second letter of Purim.”   1 Kings 21:11:  “And the men of his city, [even] the elders and the nobles who were the inhabitants in his city, did as Jezebel had sent unto […]
  • WORD STUDY – OFFERING (Part II) – תרומה (1/1/2017) - WORD STUDY – OFFERING  (Part II) – תרומה     Exodus 25:2-9 : “Speak unto the children of Israel, that they bring me an offering: of every man that giveth it willingly with his heart ye shall take my offering.  And this [is] the offering which ye shall take of them; gold, and silver, and brass,  […]
  • WORD STUDY – OFFERING (Part I) – תרומה (12/31/2016) - WORD STUDY – OFFERING  (Part I) – תרומה    Exodus 25:2-9 : “Speak unto the children of Israel, that they bring me an offering: of every man that giveth it willingly with his heart ye shall take my offering.  And this [is] the offering which ye shall take of them; gold, and silver, and brass,  […]
  • WORD STUDY – DESIRE – לקח (12/30/2016) - WORD STUDY – DESIRE – לקח     Deuteronomy 32;2: “My doctrine shall drop as rain, my speech shall distill as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass.”   We learn in Deuteronomy that God sends his doctrine as the rain or the dew. Boy you […]
  • WORD STUDY – BONDING WITH GOD – יבטו (12/29/2016) -   Exodus 16:30: “So the people rested on the seventh day.”   A lot of books and teachings have been offered on how to get a (your) miracle from God.  I find very little teaching on “post miracle.”  Not much is offered to assist you after you get a miracle.  Sometimes getting a miracle from […]
  • WORD STUDY – CRY OUT – קלנו (12/27/2016) - WORD STUDY – CRY OUT – קלנו     Deuteronomy 26:7: “And we cried unto the Lord, the God of our fathers, and the Lord heard our cries and saw our affliction.”   Hebrew is a language of relationships.  Rabbis, such a Samson Hirsch for whom Hirsch College is named after  have taught for centuries that […]
  • WORD STUDY – ASENATH – אסנת (12/27/2016) - WORD STUDY – ASENATH – אסנת    Genesis 41:45:  “And Pharaoh called Joseph’s name Zaphnathpaaneah; and he gave him to wife Asenath the daughter of Potipherah priest of On. And Joseph went out over [all] the land of Egypt.”   Genesis 49:22: “Joseph [is] a fruitful bough, [even] a fruitful bough by a well; [whose] […]
  • WORD STUDY – THE GIFT OF THE MAGI – (Aramaic) קורבגא מגושׁא (12/25/2016) -   Matthew 2:11: “And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.”   The identity of the wise men in this Matthew account is […]
  • WORD STUDY – SIGNET, BRACELETS, STAFF -מטה פתל חתמ (12/24/2016) - A CHRISTMAS STORY UNLIKE ONE YOU HAVE EVER HEARD   WORD STUDY – SIGNET, BRACELETS, STAFF -מטה פתל חתמ      Genesis 38:18:  “And he said, What pledge shall I give thee? And she said, Thy signet, and thy bracelets, and thy staff that [is] in thine hand. And he gave [it] her, and came in unto […]
  • Word Study: Your Might מאדכ (12/21/2016) - WORD STUDY – YOUR MIGHT – מאדכ  Deuteronomy 6:5: “And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.” “Grow old with me, the best is yet to be.” Robert Browning I was listening to a talk radio show this afternoon and the […]
  • WORD STUDY – SWADDLING (12/21/2016) - WORD STUDY – SWADDLING   Luke 2:7, “And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.”   Ezekiel 16:3-4, “And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD unto Jerusalem; Thy birth and thy nativity [is] of […]
  • WORD STUDY – IN WHAT MANNER – מה עשׁה (12/20/2016) - WORD STUDY – IN WHAT MANNER – מה עשׁה     II Kings 4:2: “And Elisha said unto her: ‘What shall I do for you?  Tell me.  What has thou in the house?’ And she said: ‘Your handmaid has nothing in the house, save a pot of oil.’   Prophets in the Old Testament did not just […]
  • Word Study: Number Israel (12/19/2016) - WORD STUDY – NUMBER ISRAEL Hosea 1:10: “Yet the number of the children of Israel shall be as the sand of the sea, which cannot be measured nor numbered; and it shall come to pass, [that] in the place where it was said unto them, Ye [are] not my people, [there] it shall be said […]
  • WORD STUDY – A FIXED HEART – נכונ לבי (12/17/2016) - WORD STUDY – A FIXED HEART – נכונ לבי      Psalms 108:1: “O God, my heart is fixed, I will sing and give praise even with my glory.”   Ever have one of those times when you carry a burden that just so overwhelms you that you can’t even pray.  You try to pray, but […]
  • WORD STUDY – NEVER ALLOW US INTO TEMPTATION לא תעל נסיונא (12/17/2016) -   WORD STUDY – NEVER ALLOW US INTO TEMPTATION לא תעל נסיונא Matthew 6:13: “And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.”   I recently attended a Catholic mass where towards the end everyone recited the Lord’s prayer and we all said these words, “lead us not into temptation.“  I could not […]
  • WORD STUDY – Jordan – ירדנ (12/15/2016) - WORD STUDY – Jordan – ירדנ     II Kings 5:10: “And Elisha sent a messenger unto him saying: Go and wash in the Jordan seven times and thy flesh shall come again to thee and thou shalt be clean.”   Why did God make Naaman do such silly stuff?  Why not just heal the old […]
  • WORD STUDY – ADAM’S GARMENTS (12/13/2016) - WORD STUDY – ADAM’S GARMENTS   Genesis 27:15,27: “And Rebekah took goodly raiment of her eldest son Esau, which [were] with her in the house, and put them upon Jacob her younger son: 27 And he came near, and kissed him: and he smelled the smell of his raiment, and blessed him, and said, See, […]
  • WORD STUDY – OLD – זקנ (12/12/2016) - WORD STUDY – OLD – זקנ      Genesis 24:1:  “And Abraham was old, [and] well stricken in age: and the LORD had blessed Abraham in all things.”   When  you enter those senior  years you begin to notice things you never noticed in your younger years.  For instance, just what does it mean to […]
  • WORD STUDY – THE LAME HORSE – יגונ (12/11/2016) - Thank you everyone who has purchased my book Hebrew Word Study Revealing the Heart of God off of Amazon.  Your support means more than you realize.  You still have a few days to order a book as a gift for a Christmas gift for friends and relatives.  To encourage you to make such a purchase […]
  • WORD STUDY – THE QUEEN IN GOD’S PALM מלכח נכף אלהיך (12/10/2016) -   This is another except from my 90 day devotional book: Hebrew Word Study Revealing the Heart of God.  In four years of publishing daily Word Studies/Devotionals on our website this has been the most popular posting.  If you enjoy it I hope you will purchase our book on Amazon as a Christmas present for […]
  • Word Study: Love (Chav, Racham) (12/9/2016) - https://www.amazon.com/Hebrew-Word-Study-Revealing-Heart/dp/1629116971/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1481347520&sr=1-1&keywords=chaim+bentorah NOTE CHRISTMAS IS ALMOST HERE, CONSIDER GIVING THE 90 DAY DEVOTIONAL BOOK HEBREW WORD STUDY REVEALING THE HEART OF GOD TO A FRIEND OR FAMILY MEMBER. PRICE IS DISCOUNTED AND GUARANTEED TO ARRIVE BEFORE CHRISTMAS. ATTACHED IS A SAMPLE FROM THE BOOK. We could really use your support at this time, thank you! John […]
  • WORD STUDY: PRECIOUS PRIZE מירא (12/9/2016) -   Exodus 17:3: “But the people thirsted there for water and they grumbled against Moses and said: Why, now, have you brought us up from Egypt, to kill us and our children and our livestock with thirst?” Matthew 6:25-26 “Do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body […]
  • WORD STUDY: WARRIOR (12/8/2016) - Exodus 15:3: “Jehovah is a man of war, Jehovah is his name.” “I come in peace, I didn’t bring artillery. But I am pleading with you with tears in my eyes: If you f*** with me, I’ll kill you. USMC General Mad Dog Mattis. This passage in Exodus is part of the song of Moses […]
  • (12/7/2016) - ף Psalm 14:3: “They are all gone aside, they are altogether become filthy, there is none that doeth good, no not one.” I remember in Bible College I had a class on “How To Study the Bible.” Our instructor told us that we should read the Bible like we read a love letter. We read […]
  • WORD STUDY: ENCIRCLED צור (12/6/2016) - Psalm 139:5: “Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me.” I suppose you could translate this verse a number of ways. What I find interesting in this verse is the word for beset which is tsartani from the root word tsur. In its Semitic origin it is a military word […]
  • WORD STUDY – MY GRACE IS SUFFICENT FOR YOU – טיבותי לו אקפס (12/4/2016) -   II Corinthians 12:9:  “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”   It is believed that the Apostle Paul wrote four letters to the […]
  • Word Study: the enemy השׁטנ (12/3/2016) - צ Job 1:7: “And the LORD said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.” First let me establish one thought here. I never give the enemy the dignity of a proper name. I am […]
  • Word study: Sheperds (12/2/2016) - Luke 2:8 “And there were shepherds in the same country abiding in the field, and keeping watch by night over their flock.” We hear this Christmas story so much around this time of year that we never really stop to think about it or wonder about some obvious questions. Having Asperger’s Syndrome I tend to […]
  • Word Study: Enchanted רשׁח (12/1/2016) - Zephaniah 3:17: “The Lord your God in the midst of you is mighty. He will save, He will rejoice over you with joy. He will rest in his love, He will joy over you with singing. If you read my book Hebrew Word Study A Hebrew Teacher’s Call to Silence you may recall where I […]
  • WORD STUDY – AN INTIMATE KNOWING – עדי (11/29/2016) -   Proverbs  18:15: “The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge; and the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge.”   Webster defines our English word knowledge as an acquaintance with facts, truths, or principles as from study or investigation and general education.  Hence when we read this verse the first thing that comes to our mind […]
  • WORD STUDY – SELF SATISFIED –קספק (11/28/2016) -   Philippians 4:11: “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, [therewith] to be content.”   So Paul learned to be content in whatever state he was in.  If he knew what taxes are like in Illinois I bet he would not include that State.  Of […]
  • WORD STUDY – VOW – נדר (11/27/2016) -   Numbers 30:2:  “If a man vow a vow unto the LORD, or swear an oath to bind his soul with a bond; he shall not break his word, he shall do according to all that proceedeth out of his mouth.”   There is really no word in the Classical Hebrew (Biblical Hebrew) for a […]
  • WORD STUDY – IMITATION – פקא (11/25/2016) - Matthew 6:7: “But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen [do]: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.”   I recall an old story about two little farm boys, an older brother and a younger brother who were contemplating the nasty temperament of their goat.  Finally the […]
  • WORD STUDY – GOD TOOK HIM – לקח אתו אלוהימ (11/25/2016) -   Genesis 5:24,  “And Enoch walked with God: and he [was] not; for God took him.”   Hebrews 11:5,  “By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.”   Jude 1:14,  “And […]
  • WORD STUDY – EARTHLY PRAISE – ידה (11/23/2016) -   Psalms 30:9 “What profit is there in my blood, if I go down to the pit.  Will the dust praise thee, will it declare your faithfulness?”   It is believed that David wrote this Psalm during a time of illness when he thought he was going to die and he was pleading with God […]
  • WORD STUDY – LUXURY – ספנ (11/22/2016) -   Haggai 1:4-6: “ [Is it] time for you, O ye, to dwell in your cieled houses, and this house [lie] waste? Now therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts; Consider your ways.You have sown much, and bring in little; you eat, but you have not enough; you drink, but you are not filled with […]
  • WORD STUDY – DOVE EYES – עיניכ ונימ (11/21/2016) -   Song of Solomon 1:15: “Behold, thou [art] fair, my love; behold, thou [art] fair; thou [hast] doves’eyes.”   Song of Solomon 5:12:  “His eyes [are] as [the eyes] of doves by the rivers of waters, washed with milk, [and] fitly set.”   So here we have these beautiful romantic passages.  I mean what can […]
  • WORD STUDY – GET THEE OUT OF THY WILL – לכ,לכ מארצכ (11/21/2016) - Genesis 12:1:  “Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee:”   The focus and most of my attention to my Hebraic study is dealing with words, their origins, their variety of usages, their […]
  • WORD STUDY – DAY OF HOLDING BACK – בעצרתיכמ (11/19/2016) -   Amos 5:21, “I hate, I despise your feast days, and I will not smell in your solemn assemblies.”   “Honey, if you could see the color of my winter underwear you’d backslide.”  Stuart Hamblin speaking to a woman during one of his concerts who declared that his red tie had caused her to miss […]
  • WORD STUDY-LUXURY ספכ (11/19/2016) - Haggai 1:4-6: “ [Is it] time for you, O ye, to dwell in your cieled houses, and this house [lie] waste? Now therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts; Consider your ways.You have sown much, and bring in little; you eat, but you have not enough; you drink, but you are not filled with drink; […]
  • WORD STUDY – HE IS OUR REST – הנחתי לכ (11/17/2016) -   Exodus 33:14: “And he said, My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest.”   Last night was a warm, beautiful November evening.  I went to the nearby park and took a walk alone with God.  Together we sat under the stars and I just reflected on the many years God […]
  • WORD STUDY – A BUMMER – ערות (11/16/2016) -   Deuteronomy 24:1 “ When a man hath taken a wife, and married her, and it come to pass that she find no favor in his eyes, because he hath found some uncleanness in her: then let him write her a bill of divorcement, and give it in her hand, and send her out of […]
  • WORD STUDY – THERE WAS יהי (11/16/2016) -   Genesis 12:10 “There was famine in the land.”   “Water, water everywhere, nor any drop to drink.”  Samuel Taylor Coleridge – Rime of the Ancient Mariner.   I read in Jewish literature an interesting twist to this verse in Genesis 12:10. The word for there was yehi can also be rendered and he was […]
  • WORD STUDY – A REAL JERK – חומצ (11/14/2016) -   Psalms 71:4 “Deliver me, O my God, out of the hand of the wicked, out of the hand of the unrighteous and cruel man.”   Most commentators believe that this wicked person is David’s son Absalom who plotted against his father and forced him from the throne causing David to run for his life […]
  • WORD STUDY – If אמ (11/13/2016) -   Leviticus 26:3-4:  “If ye walk in my statutes, and keep my commandments, and do them; (4) Then I will give you rain in due season, and the land shall yield her increase, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit.”   I was reading in the Talmud this morning in Avodah Zarah […]
  • WORD STUDY – EXCELLENT SPIRIT – רוח יתירא (11/12/2016) -   Daniel 6:3: “Then this Daniel was preferred above the presidents and princes because an excellent spirit was in him and the king thought to set him over the whole realm.”   The more I read this passage over the more I became fascinated with this idea of an excellent spirit. At this point in […]
  • WORD STUDY-CORNET שׁופרן (11/12/2016) - Psalms 98:6: “With trumpets and the sound of cornet, make a joyful noise before the Lord, the king.” Ok, let me get this straight. The KJV was translated in the 17th Century, but the cornet did not appear until the 19th Century? Someone explain to me how the word cornet managed to make its way […]
  • WORD STUDY-TRUMP A BIBLICAL PHINEHAS (11/11/2016) -   Number 25:11: “Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, hath turned my wrath away from the children of Israel, while he was zealous for my sake among them, that I consumed not the children of Israel in my jealousy.” Like him or not Donald Trump is our new President and […]
  • WORD STUDY – DELIVER MY SOUL – הצילה נפשׁי (11/9/2016) - Psalms 120:2: “Deliver my soul, O Lord, from lying lips, and from a deceitful tongue.”   At first reading it appears that the writer is saying: “Lord make those gossiping about me shut up, punch ‘em in the mouth.” But upon closer examination, the writer is not saying that at all, he just wants his […]
  • WORD STUDY – A PORTAL – סלל (11/8/2016) - Isaiah 35:8: “And a highway shall be there, and a way and it shall be called The Way of holiness: the unclean shall not pass over it, but it shall be for those; the wayfaring men, though fools shall not err therein.”   What did Isaiah really see in his prophecy or vision? Obviously, he […]
  • WORD STUDY – TEMPT THE LORD אנסה את יהוה (11/6/2016) - Isaiah 7:11-12: “Ask thee a sign of the Lord, thy God, ask it either in the depth or in the height above. But Ahaz said, I will not ask neither will I tempt the Lord.”   Luke 12:24: “To whom much is given, much is expected.”   Generally, we will not escape this coming holiday […]
  • WORD STUDY – LANGUAGE AND SPEECH – שׁפה ודברימ (11/5/2016) - Genesis 11:1 “And the whole earth was of one language and one speech. (6) And the LORD said, Behold, the people [are] one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.   I am often surprised when […]
  • WORD STUDY – A DROP IN THE BUCKET (11/5/2016) -   Isaiah 40:15: “Behold, the nations [are] as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as the small dust of the balance: behold, he taketh up the isles as a very little thing.”   So we are four days away from the presidential election and Wiki Leaks comes out with their lastest revelation, proof […]
  • WORD STUDY – SPARKS – זקת (11/3/2016) -      Isaiah 50:11: “Behold, as all of you who kindle fire, who are surrounded in sparks, walk (a righteous walk) in the light (of) your fire in your burning. From My hand this shall be for you in pain  (so) you will lie down.”   I periodically make a reference to the  70 faces […]
  • WORD STUDY – TERRIBLE – ירא (11/2/2016) - Nehemiahn1:5: “And said, I beseech thee O Lord, God of heaven, the great and terrible God, that keepeth covenants and mercy for them that love Him and observes His commandments.” I grew up with the King James Version, most the Scripture I have memorized has been in the King James Version, I really do love […]
  • WORD STUDY – CAPTIVITY שׁבת (11/1/2016) -   Jeremiah 29:14: “And I will be found of you saith the Lord and I will turn away your captivity and I will gather you from all nations and from the places whether I have driven you, saith the Lord, and I will bring you again into the place whence I caused you to be […]
  • WORD STUDY – AIR KISS – סגד (10/30/2016) -   John 4:23:  “But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.”   I am working on a book seeking to understanding the means and ways of worship among  the ancient Hebrews and then trying to […]
  • WORD STUDY – THE ANOINTED ONE משׁח (10/30/2016) -   Isaiah 45:1: “Thus saith the LORD to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have holden, to subdue nations before him; and I will loose the loins of kings, to open before him the two leaved gates; and the gates shall not be shut;”   I found this passage to be very interesting.  […]
  • WORD STUDY – LIKENESS OF LOVE – אהב דמת (10/29/2016) -   Ezekiel 8:2: “Then beheld, and lo a likeness as the appearance of fire: from the appearance of his loins and even downward, fire; and from his loins even upward, as the appearance of brightness, as the color of amber.”   There are those who look at this chapter in Ezekiel and call it an […]
  • WORD STUDY – SOUL LIFTING – נפשׁ אשׁא (10/27/2016) - Psalms 25:1: “A Psalm of David, Unto thee, O’Lord, do I lift up my soul.”   “My word fly up, my thoughts remain below. Words without thoughts, never to heaven go.”  King Claudius, Hamlet, Act 3, Scene 3.   Shakespeare raises a very interesting issue here.  King Claudius has killed his brother and is showing […]
  • ORD STUDY – THE SABBATH QUEEN (10/26/2016) -   Psalms 17:3 “Thou has proved mine heart; thou hast visited me in the night.”   The above passage was taken from the KJV.  It translates the phrase “thou hast visited me in the night as  the past tense. I checked through every translation I could find and practically all of them translate this in […]
  • WORD STUDY – SWIMMING IN HIS PRESENCE – שׁחה (10/25/2016) -   Psalms 29:2: “Give unto the Lord the glory due His name, worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.”   Oh, how I love to quote this verse as I worship God. I just thrill when I utter the words to God that I am worshipping him in the beauty of His holiness. I […]
  • WORD STUDY – KISS OR PREPARE נשׁק (10/24/2016) -   Psalms 2:12: “Kiss the Son, lest he be angry and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little.  Blessed are all they that put their trust in Him.”   This is a very curious passage as we need to identify who the son or Son is. Christians automatically say […]
  • WORD STUDY – THE SILENT SCREAM –צעק (10/22/2016) -   Genesis 4:9 “And the Lord said unto Cain, where is Abel thy brother? And he said: I know not, am I my brother’s keeper?”   There are a number of aspects to this story that has always bothered me.  Well, not the story, but the way it is translated.  From our English translation it […]
  • WORD STUDY – SOUR MILK – אלח (10/22/2016) -   Psalm 14:3: “They are all gone aside, they are altogether become filthy, there is none that doeth good, no not one.”   I remember in Bible College I had a class on “How To Study the Bible.” Our instructor told us that we should read the Bible like we read a love letter. We […]
  • WORD STUDY – GOD’S IN YOUR NOSTRILS – אלוה יפאב (10/20/2016) - Job 27:3: “All the while my breath is within me, the Spirit of God is in my nostrils.”   “Age is an issue of mind over matter, if you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter” – Mark Twain   Every commentary I read on this verse says something different.  The less academic the commentary the more […]
  • WORD STUDY – THE TENTH SONG – עשׁירית שׁיר (10/18/2016) -   Exodus 15:1: “They sang Moses and the children of Israel this song unto the Lord, and spake saying, I will sing unto the Lord.” Vs. 2: “The Lord is my strength and song, and he has become my salvation.”   This is a very curious passage of Scripture.  First the verse says that Moses […]
  • WORD STUDY – HIDDEN, ETERNAL – עלמ (10/17/2016) -   Ecclesiastes 12:14: “Because God will bring every act to judgment, everything which is hidden, whether it is good or evil.”   It is interesting that the word for God has an article in front of it. It should be The God.   The word for God is haelohim which is referring to one who has […]
  • WORD STUDY – MERRY CHRISTMAS – חג מולד (10/15/2016) -   Matthew 2:11:  “And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.”   (Commercial break) I know it is ten weeks or 72 days […]
  • WORD STUDY – BITTER – מרם (10/13/2016) - Exodus 15:23: “And when they came to Marah, they could not drink of the waters of Marah, for they were bitter, therefore the name of it was Marah.”   There is the story of a woman who did everything to try and please her husband, but he managed to find fault with everything she did.  […]
  • WORD STUDY – TRANSGRESSIONS – פעשׁ (10/12/2016) -   Ezekiel 18:31 “Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby you have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit; for why will ye die, O House of Israel?”   At this point I am not sure just what transgressions are but I know they are bad and I don’t want […]
  • WORD STUDY – DECEITFULLY – רמינ (10/11/2016) - Jeremiah 48:10:  “Cursed [be] he that doeth the work of the LORD deceitfully, and cursed [be] he that keepeth back his sword from blood.”   I recall as a small child in grammar school the day Alan Shepherd flew into space.  Our teacher brought a television into our classroom and we watched what seemed hours […]
  • WORD STUDY – YOUR WORKS – מעשׁיכ (10/10/2016) - Jeremiah 48:7:  “For because thou hast trusted in thy works and in thy treasures, thou shalt also be taken: and Chemosh shall go forth into captivity [with] his priests and his princes together.”   Chapter 48 of Jeremiah speaks of the burden of Moab. Moab does not exist today but there are numerous archaeological findings […]
  • WORD STUDY – WORDS FROM THE HEART – דבר (10/9/2016) - Amos 8:11: “Behold the days are coming, saith the Lord that I will bring a famine in the land, not a famine of bread or a thirst for water but of hearing the words of the Lord.”   “Water water everywhere and all the boards did shrink Water water everywhere and not a drop to […]
  • WORD STUDY – THE FOOL – נבל (10/8/2016) - Psalms 14:1:  “To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.” I was reading something on the internet that sort of blew me away.  In fact I started to search the […]
  • WORD STUDY – AHA האח (10/7/2016) -   Psalms 70:2-3: “Let those be ashamed and humiliated who seek my life. Let those be turned back and dishonored who delight in my hurt.  Let those be turned back  because of their shame who say, aha, aha.”   Have you ever said aha, aha to someone?  It was a common expression when I was […]
  • WORD STUDY – INCLINE YOUR EAR – הטו את אזנמ (10/6/2016) -   Jeremiah 7:24: “But they harkened not nor inclined their ear.”   I get the part of not harkening unto the Word of God which is the context here.  I mean God spells out in his Word what we are to do and not to do.  The Bible tells us not to steal, so if […]
  • BEYOND THE DALETH – HUMBLE AND CONTRITE –אכד לפשׁ (10/5/2016) - Isaiah 57:15: “I dwell in a high and holy place with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit to revive the spirit of the humble and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.” I woke up this morning and could not go back to sleep.  Every time I closed my eyes, […]
  • WORD STUDY – SHAUTEPH שׁיתפ (10/4/2016) -     Acts 2:42: “And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.”   The Greek word Koinonia has captured the imagination of Western Christians for many years now.  The word is rendered as fellowship and it is such a cool sounding word in the Greek with […]
  • WORD STUDY – TIN בדלכ (10/3/2016) -   Isaiah 1:25: “I will turn my hand upon thee, and purely purge away thy dross, and take away all they tin.”   I’m a little hunk of tin, Nobody knows what I’ve might have been Got four wheels and a running board, I’m a Ford a Ford a Ford, Honk, Honk, Rattle, Crash -The […]
  • WORD STUDY – PERCEIVE – חזה (10/2/2016) -   “Job 27:12: “Behold, all of you yourselves have seen (it), why then are you altogether vain?”   “If the judge should say to the man, ‘Take the splinter from between your eye.’  He would reply: ‘Take the  beam from your between your eye.’”  Babylonian Talmud  Baba Bathra 15b.   “And why beholdest thou the […]
  • WORD STUDY – A RED CAP – סבלת (10/2/2016) -   Judges 12:6 Then said they unto him, Say now Shibboleth: and he said Sibboleth: for he could not frame to pronounce [it] right. Then they took him, and slew him at the passages of Jordan: and there fell at that time of the Ephraimites forty and two thousand.   In Judges 11 we learn […]
  • WORD STUDY – ONE LOT FOR THE LORD – גורל אחד ליהוה (10/1/2016) -     Leviticus 16:8: “And Aaron shall cast lots upon the two goats; one lot for the LORD, and the other lot for the scapegoat.”   “We were made to suffer, it’s our lot in life.”  3CPO Star Wars   In another ten days the Jewish people will be celebrating Yom Kippur.  This is the […]
  • WORD STUDY – JUDGE OR KING – מגכ ושׁפט (9/28/2016) -   I Samuel  8:5: “And said unto him, Behold, thou art old, and thy sons walk not in thy ways: now make us a king to judge us like all the nations.(6)  But the thing displeased Samuel, when they said, Give us a king to judge us. And Samuel prayed unto the LORD.  (7) And […]
  • WORD STUDY – FOLLOW HARD – דבק (9/27/2016) -   Psalms 63:8: “My soul follow hard after you, your right hand upholds me.”   I don’t know about you but I have a hard time (that’s a pun) reconciling coincidences as just beating out the odds or as a message from God.  For instance this morning I was reading about rabbis who entered a […]
  • WORD STUDY – HE IS YOUR LIFE (9/26/2016) -   Deuteronomy 30:20:  “That thou mayest love the LORD thy God, [and] that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he [is] thy life, and the length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and […]
  • WORD STUDY – JESUS IS MY PORTION חלקי ישׁה (9/25/2016) - Psalms 73:26: “My flesh and my heart fails, but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion forever.”   “I went to an Asperger support group, but no one showed up.”  Chaim Bentorah   This morning as I was driving to Rockford and fumbling with my GPS because I was certain I had […]
  • WORD STUDY – FROGS – בצפרדעימ (9/24/2016) - Exodus 8:2,7 “And if thou refuse to let [them] go, behold, I will smite all thy borders with frogs: (7) And the magicians did so with their enchantments, and brought up frogs upon the land of Egypt.”   I have always wondered about this matter of the plague of frogs brought upon Egypt.  Why frogs?  […]
  • WORD STUDY – BUILD – יבנה (9/20/2016) -   Psalms 127:1: A song of Ascent for Solomon: “Unless the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it.” Solomon’s Temple was called Solomon’s Temple for good reason. There was more Solomon in building the Temple than God. Thus this was more Solomon’s temple than it was God’s temple with regard to […]
  • WORD STUDY – HOME – בית (9/18/2016) -   Genesis 22:14:  “And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovahjireh: as it is said [to] this day, In the mount where the LORD is seen.”   Gn 24:63: “ And Isaac went out to meditate in the field at the eventide: and he lifted up his eyes, and saw, and, behold, the camels […]
  • WORD STUDY – QUICKEN – חיני (9/17/2016) -   Psalms  119:25: “My soul cleaveth unto the dust, quicken thou me according to thy word.”   “In times of change, learners inherit the earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.”  – Eric Hoffer   Most Christian commentators interpret the phrase; My soul cleaveth unto […]
  • WORD STUDY – CORN – דגנ (9/16/2016) -     Psalm 78:24-25: “And had rained down manna upon them to eat, and had given them of the corn of heaven.  Man did eat angels’ food: he sent them meat to the full.”   If you read the context of this passage you will find it relates to the story of the children of […]
  • WORD STUDY – MY SONG – זמרי (9/15/2016) -   Psalms 118:13-14: “Thou pushed me hard and I nearly fell, But the Lord helped me.  The Lord is my strength and my song and He has become my salvation.”   Songs in the daytime, songs in the night Songs of devotion, songs of delight. In my heart singing, A melody ringing Jesus sings me […]
  • MY JOURNEY – CONCLUSION – I HELD HIM – אחז (9/12/2016) - Song of Solomon 3:4: “It was but a little that I passed from them, but I found him whom my soul loveth: I held him, and would not let him go.” I am sitting in a crowded coffee shop looking out the window on one of those romantic, overcast, rain swept days.  I note the […]
  • MY JOURNEY – DAY #12 – A GUIDE – צוה (9/11/2016) -   Deuteronomy 4:5:  “Behold, I have taught you statutes and judgments, even as the LORD my God commanded me, that ye should do so in the land whither ye go to possess it.”   Mark 12:30: “And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with […]
  • MY JOURNEY – DAY #11 – I WILL LOVE – אהבת (9/10/2016) -   Deuteronomy  6:5:  “And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.”   Mark 12:30: “And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: […]
  • MY JOURNEY – DAY #10 – CHERISH – אהב (9/9/2016) - MY JOURNEY – DAY #10 – CHERISH – אהב     John 3:16:  “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”   As I enter my tenth day of searching for the One Whom my soul loves I am […]
  • MY JOURENY – DAY #9 – SOLITARY BIRD – קאת (9/8/2016) -   Psalms 102:6:  “I am like a pelican of the wilderness: I am like an owl of the desert.”   This is my ninth day of my Journey to discover the One Whom my soul loves. I have left behind the Dark Night of my soul and I do enjoy the presence of God in […]
  • MY JOURNEY DAY #8 – APPETITE אהב (9/7/2016) - I John 4:19: “We love because He first loved us. 20 If anyone says, “I love God,” but hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen.…” Deuteronomy 6:5: “And thou shalt love the LORD thy God […]
  • MY JOURNEY – DAY #7 – LOVEST THOU ME? – (ARAMAIC) רחמ אנת לי (9/6/2016) -   Jn 21:15-17: “So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, [son] of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs. 16 He saith to him again the second time, Simon, [son] of Jonas, […]
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  • MY JOURNEY – DAY #6 – KNOWING – ידע (9/4/2016) -   Hosea 6:5: “For I desire mercy and not sacrifice and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.”   Genesis 4:1: “And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD.”   I am now on my sixth day of searching for […]
  • MY JOURNEY – DAY #5 – MERCY – חסד (9/3/2016) - Hosea 6:5: “For I desire mercy and not sacrifice and the knowledge of God  more than burnt offerings.”   As I enter into Day # 5 of my Journey of the Dark Night of my Soul and my search for the one whom my soul loves I find myself asking why I want to feel […]
  • MY JOURNEY – DAY #4 – HOW LONG (9/2/2016) -   Psalms 13:1,2,5: “How long wilt thou forget me, O LORD? forever? how long wilt thou hide thy face from me? How long shall I take counsel in my soul, having sorrow in my heart daily? How long will my enemy be exalted over me?  (5) But I have trusted in your mercy my heart will rejoice in […]
  • MY JOURNEY DAY #2 – THE HUG – דבק (8/31/2016) -   Song of Solomon 3:4: “Scarcely had I passed them when I found him whom my soul loves. I held him, and would not let him go until I had brought him into my mother’s house, and into the chamber of her who conceived me.”   “Love is begun by time, And time qualifies the […]
  • MY JOURNEY – DAY #3 – REBELLION (8/30/2016) -   Psalms 68:6:  “God setteth the solitary in families: he bringeth out those which are bound with chains: but the rebellious dwell in a dry [land].”   As I enter Day #3 in my journey through the dark night of my soul in search of He whom my soul loves I have met up with […]
  • MY JOURNEY DAY #1 – MY SOUL LOVETH – שׁאהבה נפשׁי (8/29/2016) -   Song of Solomon 3:1:  “By night on my bed I sought him whom my soul loveth: I sought him, but I found him not.”   “I love you not only for what you are but for what I am when I am with you.” – Roy Croft   Last evening as I sat alone […]
  • WORD STUDY – AMBUSED – קדמ (8/27/2016) - II Samuel 22:19: “They prevented me in the day of my calamity, but the Lord was my stay.”   Many years ago I taught English in a Middle School.  I was told the Middle School age group was the most difficult age group to teach.  There is good reason behind this logic.  Stop and think […]
  • WORD STUDY – LONELY – יחיד (8/27/2016) -   Psalms 25:16: “Turn thee unto me, and have mercy upon me; for I [am] desolate and afflicted.”   David is crying out to God because he is desolate.  The word desolate is yachad.  Curious but that second Yod makes this word an adjective, not a noun or verb. It means to be united, to […]
  • WORD STUDY – DO THOU IT – עשׁה (8/24/2016) -   Jeremiah 14:7: “O lord, though our iniquities testify against us, do thou it, for thy name sake, for our backslidings are many, we have sinned against thee.”   Judah is facing a time of real trouble because of their sin.  Actually Jeremiah is mentioning three things Judah has done against God.  One is their […]
  • WORD STUDY – REST FOR ONE’S SOUL – מרגוע לנפשׁימ (8/23/2016) - Jeremiah 6:16: “Thus said the Lord, stand ye in the way, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, we will not walk therein.”   Jeremiah’s mission as a prophet was to reveal the sins of […]
  • BEYOND THE DALETH – VISTATION – פקד (8/22/2016) - Psalms119:93: “I will never forget thy precepts for with them thou hast quickened me.” This time I planned to read my Bible in the English text of the KJV and just leave well enough alone. People have been telling me I am spending too much time with my Hebrew letter friends and I need to […]
  • WORD STUDY – REDEMPTION – (ARAMAIC) פרקנא (8/21/2016) -   Roman 8:22-23: “For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. And not only [they], but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, [to wit], the redemption of our body.”   Luke 21:28: “And when these […]
  • WORD STUDY – LEAN NOT – אל תשׁענ (8/20/2016) -   Proverbs 3:5-6: Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not to your own understandings. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths.”   I decided to visit an old friend this evening, known as Proverbs 3:5-6. I taught advanced Hebrew in Bible College for thirteen years and […]
  • WORD STUDY – WISDOM – חקמ (8/20/2016) - Proverbs 9:10: “The fear of the LORD [is] the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy [is] understanding.”   Wisdom plays a prominent role all throughout the Bible. Solomon cannot get enough of speaking of the joy, wonders and blessings of wisdom.  We are told in Proverbs 4:7 that we are to get […]
  • WORD STUDY – I AM HE – אני הוא (8/18/2016) -   Isaiah 46:4: “Till you grow old, I will be the same,  when you grow gray, it is I who will carry;  I was the maker and I will be the bearer.  And I will carry and rescue you.”   When the Babylonians conquered Judah, they took the royal family as well as the best […]
  • BEYOND THE DALETH – RESTORATION – שׁוב (8/17/2016) -   Deuteronomy 4:30-31a: “When thou art in tribulation and all these things come upon thee even in later days, if thou turn to the Lord thy God, and shalt be obedient unto his voice, (for the Lord thy God is a merciful God) he will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee.”   When I was […]
  • WORD STUDY – HARDENS HIS NECK – מקשׁה ערפ (8/16/2016) -   Proverbs 29:1: He that being often rebuked hardens his neck shall suddenly be destroyed and that without remedy.   The words hardens his neck are the same words used in Exodus where God refers to the people of Israel as stiff necked people.   I find this verse chilling only in the fact that it […]
  • WORD STUDY – TWO EVILS – רעת רעה (8/15/2016) -   Jeremiah 11:17:  “For the LORD of hosts, that planted thee, hath pronounced evil against thee, for the evil of the house of Israel and of the house of Judah, which they have done against themselves to provoke me to anger in offering incense unto Baal.”   Jeremiah 12:13:  “They have sown wheat, but shall […]
  • WORD STUDY – FELLOWSHIP – שׁותפ (8/15/2016) -   Acts 2:42: “And they devoted themselves in the apostle’s doctrine and fellowship and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.”   Luke, who wrote the Book of Acts, was an extremely educated person.  He was of Greek origin educated in the Hellenistic city of Antioch.  He studied Greek philosophy, medicine and art.  Tradition holds […]
  • WORD STUDY – DOOR OF MY LIPS – על דל שׁפתי (8/13/2016) -   Psalms 141:3: “Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth, keep the door of my lips.”   Upon close examination of the context of this verse, David is asking God to watch over his words or what he speaks when he prays. Yet, God does not hear the words of our mouth, but the […]
  • WORD STUDY – RIVAL – קנא (8/12/2016) -   Deuteronomy 32:16; “They provoked him to jealousy with strange gods…”   The phrase “They provoked him to jealousy with strange gods” is only two words in the Hebrew:  Yikeni’ahu  bizim.   Jack Benny had a routine where he was in some far off jungle and found himself the potential meal for some cannibals.  In desperation […]
  • WORD STUDY – DIVORCE (ARAMAIC) – שׁבתא Shin Beth Taw Aleph (8/11/2016) -     Matthew 19:9: “And I say unto you, whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committed adultery: and whoso married her which is put away doth commit adultery.” KJV   Matthew 19:9 “I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for marital unfaithfulness, and […]
  • BEYOND THE DALETH – A WEARY SOUL – נפשׁ עיפה (8/10/2016) - Jeremiah 31:25: “For I have satiated the weary soul.” “Sometime exhausted with toil and endeavor, I wish I could sleep forever and ever. But then this reflection my longings allay, I shall be doing it one of these days.”  Piet Hein Satiated the weary soul. I am not too sure what it means to satiate […]
  • WORD STUDY – DREAD – ערצ (8/9/2016) -   Deuteronomy 1:29-30: Thus I said unto you, “Dread not, neither be afraid of them. The Lord that goeth before you, he will fight for you according to all that he did for you in Egypt.”   “We have met the enemy and they are ours.” Captain Oliver Hazard Perry to General William Henry Harrison. […]
  • WORD STUDY – HOW LONG – עד מתי (8/8/2016) -   Numbers 14:27: “How long shall I bear with this evil congregation that murmurs against me?  I have heard the murmurings of the children of Israel which they murmur against me.”   The NIV says the children of Israel grumbled against God, the GWT says they complained, and the BBE says that they made an […]
  • BEYOND THE DALETH – GO OUT WITH JOY – בשׁמה תצאו (8/7/2016) -   Isaiah 55:12: “For you shall go out with joy and be led forth with peace.  The mountains and the hills shall break forth before you with singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.”   Summer and winter, springtime and harvest Sun moon and stars in their courses above Join […]
  • BEYOND THE DALETH – HOPE – בטח (8/7/2016) - Ecclesiastes 9:4: “For to him that is joined to all the living there is hope,  a living dog is better than a dead lion.” “…how hard it must be to live only with what one knows and what one remembers, cut off from which one hopes for…there can be no peace without hope.”  Albert Camus […]
  • WORD STUDY – MINISTER – שׁרט (8/5/2016) -   Matthew 4:11:  “Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.”   1Samuel 3:1: “And the child Samuel ministered unto the LORD before Eli. And the word of the LORD was precious in those days; [there was] no open vision.”   I remember as a child hearing the story of […]
  • BEYOND THE DALETH – REJOICE – עלז (8/3/2016) - Habakkuk 3:17-18: “Although the fig tree does not blossom neither shall fruit be on the vine, the labor of the olive shall fail and the field shall yield no meat, the flock shall be cut off from the fold and there shall be no herd in the stalls, yet I will  rejoice in the Lord,  […]
  • WORD STUDY – A NEW KING – מלק חדשׁ (8/2/2016) -   Exodus 1:8: “Now there arose a new king over Egypt, which knew not Joseph.”   There is something very curious here. In this verse the writer refers to the Pharaoh as a king.  From here on he is referred to as Pharaoh.  One reason could be historical. Do you ever wonder why the Egyptian […]
  • BEYOND THE DALETH ‘EZER עזר (8/1/2016) - Psalms 121:1:  “I will lift up my eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help?”   Mark 13:14: “But when you see the abomination of desolations spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, let him that readeth understand, then let them be that be in Judea flee to the mountains.” […]
  • WORD STUDY – NO STOPPING – לא שׁלו (7/31/2016) -   Deuteronomy  8:10: “When you have eaten and are satisfied, then thou shalt  bless the Lord your God for the good land which he has given you.”   When I read this I think of a time a few years ago when I was eating in a restaurant and some good old Southern Baptist preacher […]
  • BEYOND THE DALETH – GOODNESS AND MERCY (7/29/2016) - Psalms 23:5-6: “Thou prepares a table before me in the presence of my enemies, thou anoints my head with oil, my cup runs over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”   This is one of those passages […]
  • WORD STUDY – CONFIRM – קומ (7/28/2016) -   Deuteronomy 9:5:  “Not for the righteousness, or for the uprightness of thine heart do you go to possess their land: but for the wickedness of these nations and that he may perform the word which the Lord confirmed unto thy fathers Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.”   It doesn’t take a deep study into the […]
  • WORD STUDY – DECEPTION – פתה (7/27/2016) - Deuteronomy 11:16: “Take heed to yourselves that your heart be not deceived, and you turn aside and serve other gods and worship them.”   “No man can serve two masters for he will either hate the one and love the other or he will be devoted to one and despise the other, no man can […]
  • WORD STUDY – ON THE GROUND – על הארצ (7/26/2016) - Deuteronomy 22:6: “If you come across a bird’s nest beside the road, either in a tree or on the ground, and the mother is sitting on the young or on the eggs, do not take the mother with the young.  You may take the young but be sure to let the mother go, so that […]
  • BEYOND THE DALETH – ESPOUSAL – כלה (7/24/2016) - Jeremiah 2:2: “Go and cry into the ears of Jerusalem and saying, Thus said the Lord, I remember thee, the kindness of thy youth, the love of thine espousals, when thou wentest after me in the wilderness, in land that was not sown.” Some years ago I had an elder friend named George.  He was […]
  • WORD STUDY – MOUNTAIN – הר (7/24/2016) -   Deuteronomy 2:3: “Enough of your circling this mountain, turn yourself north.”   Years ago I saw a book in a Christian bookstore which was titled: “One More Lap Around The Mountain.”  That title sure can strike home to many of us.   The word mountain in the Hebrew is har.  The numerical value for […]
  • WORD STUDY – YASHAN – ישׁנ (7/23/2016) - Psalms 121:4: “Behold, he that keepth Israel neither slumbers nor sleeps.” “Sometimes exhausted with toil and endeavor, I wish I could sleep forever and ever; But then this reflection My longing allays I shall be doing it One of these days” Piet Hein   The word keepth in Hebrew is shamar which means to be […]
  • WORD STUDY – PEACE AND TRUTH (7/22/2016) -   Isaiah 39:8:  “Then said Hezekiah to Isaiah, Good is the word of the LORD which thou hast spoken. He said moreover, For there shall be peace and truth in my days.”   II Chronicles 32:26: “However, Hezekiah humbled the pride of his heart, both he and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so that the wrath […]
  • BEYOND THE DALETH – PUT – נתנ (7/20/2016) - Nehemiah 7:5: “Then my God  put it into my heart to assemble the nobles, the officials and the people to be enrolled by genealogies.” I was reading the various commentaries on this passage and it seems all of them pretty much said the same thing and that was that Nehemiah recognized that if he had […]
  • BEYOND THE DALETH – WORM – תולע (7/19/2016) - Malachi  3:6: “For I am the Lord, I change not.” It seemed like a couple years ago I was on a roll.  God seemed to be answering practically every prayer I prayed.  I even joked to some people that I seemed to have hit a vein of gold and to give me your prayer request […]
  • BEYOND THE DALETH – INIQUITY – עוה (7/19/2016) - Psalms 25:11: “For thy name sake, O Lord, pardon my iniquity for it is great.” Why do you think David is using the word iniquity rather than sin?  Are not iniquity and sin the same thing?  Maybe in English we think they are the same but in Hebrew there is a real difference between iniquity […]
  • BEYOND THE DALETH – SLOW – ארכ (7/16/2016) - Psalms 145:8:  “The Lord is gracious and full of compassion, [vacant] to anger and of great mercy.” Someone told me today that I should have patience. Considering the fact that I have always considered myself a patient person, I figured I may need to re-examine this word in light of Scripture.  I seem to be […]
  • BEYOND THE LOOKING GLASS – UNDERSTANDING – BYIN – בינ (7/15/2016) - Psalms 119:130:  The entrance of thy word gives light, it gives understanding to the simple.” I just hung up the phone. Well, there it is, decision time, crunch time.  It is one of those life altering decisions and believe I am not about to make that decision until I have at least consulted with my […]
  • BEYOND THE DALETH – FULL MATURITY – גמל (7/14/2016) - Psalms 119:17: “Deal bountifully with thy servant that I may live and keep thy word.” Yesterday I looked at Psalms 119:11 and the word for word was amar.  Today, just six verses further down and the word word this time in the Hebrew it is the word devar.  Both amar and devar are translated as […]
  • BEYOND THE DALETH – SEEK MY PRESENCE – בקשׁו פני (7/13/2016) -   Psalms 27:8 “When thou saith, Seek ye my face, my heart said unto thee thy face, Lord, will I seek.” I have been in many circles where people talk about feeling the presence of the Lord.  They have all sorts of ideas on how to seek God’s presence.  Many suggest you need a background […]
  • BEYOND THE DALETH – TEACHERS – למד (7/12/2016) -   Psalms 119:99: “I have more understanding than all my teachers; for thy testimonies are my meditations.” I don’t recommend giving this verse to your favorite teacher on teacher’s appreciation day.  King David was surrounded by some of the best teachers in the nation.  The teachers he is referring to here are religious teachers.  There […]
  • BEYOND THE DALET-DESPISE (7/12/2016) - II  Samuel 12:10: “Now therefore the sword shall never depart from thine house because thou has despised me and hast taken the wife of UriUriah the Hittite to be thy wife.” I have been on a seven year journey to discover the heart of God. This journey has taken me to a monastery where I […]
  • WORD STUDY – PASSION – קנא (7/10/2016) - WORD STUDY – PASSION – קנא      Exodus 34:14: “For thou shalt worship no other God for the Lord whose name is Jealous is a jealous God.”   “O’ beware my lord of jealousy, for it is the green eyed monster which doth mock the meat it feeds upon.  Shakespeare,   Othello – Act 3, […]
  • HISTORICAL BACKGROUND – CAPITAL PUNISHMENT (7/10/2016) -   John 8:4-6: “They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou? This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with [his] finger wrote […]
  • WORD STUDY – STUBBORN – קשׁה (7/9/2016) - Deuteronomy 1:17b. “And the thing which is too hard for you, you shall bring near to me and I shall hear it.”   The context of this passage is a message delivered by Moses who instructed  the elders to judge matters of conflicts and bickerings that would arise among the people of Israel.  If a […]
  • WORD STUDY – GENERATIONS – ילד (7/8/2016) - Genesis 6:9: “These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a righteous man and perfect in his generation, Noah walked with God.   This verse really had me baffled and I am not saying I unlocked any new secrets here, but my journey to understand this verse led me to II Kings and the Book […]
  • WORD STUDY – EYES (7/6/2016) - Genesis 6:8: “But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.”   The Lord came down and look around a spell, There he saw Mr. Noah, behaving mighty well That is the reason the Scriptures record, Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. – Robert Schmertz –   As a small child […]
  • WORD STUDY – A LISTENING HEART – לב שׁמא (7/4/2016) -   I Kings 3:9:  Give thy servant therefore an understanding heart to judge Thy people, that I may discern between good and evil; for who is able to Judge this They great people?”   As discussed earlier God has given Solomon the opportunity of a life time, ask God what he wants and God promises […]
  • BEYOND THE DALETH – WORK – אשׁה (7/4/2016) -   Haggai 2:4b: “Be strong all you people of the land, saith the Lord, and work for I am with you saith the Lord of Host.”   “Work is love made visible, and if you cannot work with love only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the […]
  • WORD STUDY – TAKE A HIKE – לא חצחינ (7/2/2016) -   Daniel 3:16-18: “O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer you in this matter. If it be so our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the furnace of blazing fire; and He will deliver us out of your hand, O King.   But even if he does not, let it be […]
  • WORD STUDY – DOMINATION – שׁלת (7/1/2016) - Ecclesiastes 5:19: “Every man also to whom God has given riches and wealth and hath given power to eat thereof and to take his portion and to rejoice in his labor, this is the gift of God.”   Ecclesiastes 6:2: “A man to whom God has given riches, wealth and honor so that he wants […]
  • WORD STUDY – OUTER MOST PART OF HEAVEN – בקצה השׁמישׁ (6/29/2016) - Deuteronomy 30:4:  If any of thine be driven out unto the outermost parts of heaven, from thence will the Lord thy God gather thee, and thence will he fetch thee.   Even the Skeptic’s Annotated Bible missed this one.  God gathering from the outermost parts of heaven?  Sounds like He is not going to miss […]
  • WORD STUDY – APPROACHABLE – קרוב (6/29/2016) - Isaiah 55:6: “Seek the Lord while he may be found, call upon Him while He is near.”   I was speaking with a friend who was expressing a desire to pray after the church service. I had to think on that one for a while.  I grew up in a Baptist church where  every Sunday […]
  • WORD STUDY – CORRECTION יכח (6/27/2016) - Proverbs 29:1: He that being often rebuked hardens his neck shall suddenly be destroyed and that without remedy.   The words hardens his neck are the same words used in Exodus where God refers to the people of Israel as stiff necked people. Ever have a stiff neck.  Boy I had one the other day.  […]
  • WORD STUDY – LOOK TO THE ROCK – הביטו צור (6/26/2016) -   Isaiah 51:1: “Harken to me, ye that follow after righteousness, ye that seek the Lord, look unto the rock from whence you were hewn, and to the hole of the pit, when you are digged.”   “If you want to know faith and be attached to this righteousness, do not look at it directly […]
  • WORD STUDY – WATERMELON – בתח (6/26/2016) - Proverbs 3:5-6: Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not to your own understandings. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths.”   I decided to visit an old friend this evening, known as Proverbs 3:5-6.  I ran across something in ancient rabbinical teaching and recent archeological discoveries […]
  • WORD STUDY – HOSPITALITY – לחמ (6/24/2016) -   Psalms 37:25: “I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.”   This is a very popular verse used today to encourage Christians that they and their children will never go hungry, God will always provide. I do not question the truth […]
  • WORD STUDY – HARDEN HEARTS – מחזק את לב (6/23/2016) - Exodus 14:17: “And I, behold, I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians.”   Someone asked me why God would harden the hearts of the Egyptians.  I had addressed this in earlier studies yet each time I approach this study I seem to discover a new dynamic to the idea of God hardening the hearts.  […]
  • WORD STUDY – HE WILL RETURN – ושׁב (6/22/2016) - Deuteronomy 30:3:  “That then the LORD thy God will turn thy captivity, and have compassion upon thee, and will return and gather thee from all the nations, whither the LORD thy God hath scattered thee.” Rabbi Solomon Ben Isaac was an eleventh century grape grower and Hebrew scholar whose Hebrew initials form the acronym Rashi.  […]
  • WORD STUDY – UNDERNEATH THE MOUNTAIN – בתחתית ההר (6/21/2016) - Exodus 19:17:  “And Moses brought forth the people out of the camp to meet with God; and they stood at the nether part of the mount.”   Do you ever have a question about God or the Bible and you go to your pastor and ask him about it.  He of course gives you an […]
  • WORD STUDY – SUCCOTH – שׁכת (6/20/2016) -   Job 1:9-10:  “Then Satan answered the Lord and said: Doth Job fear God for naught?  Hast thou made an hedge about him, and about his house and about all that he hath on every side?  Thou hast blest the work of his hands and his substance is increased in the land.”   The accuser’s […]
  • RETURN TO THE ABBEY EPILOGUE PT. 2 (6/19/2016) - I recall a story an old rabbi told me when I told him I as studying Hebrew.  He looked at me and asked why I would wanted to study Hebrew.  I told him I was a Bible College student and one day I hoped to preach and I wanted to be able to preach from […]
  • RETURN TO THE ABBY EPILOGUE Part I (6/18/2016) - My third journey into silence ends.  I am enjoying my last meal here at the Abbey.  I look around and there are not as many of us here as there was at the start of this retreat. Perhaps they never intended to stay more than a day or two. Perhaps they just could not adjust […]
  • RETURN TO THE ABBEY DIARY ENTRY #21 – UPRIGHT – ישׁר (6/17/2016) - Psalms 11:7: “The Lord is righteous, He loveth righteousness: The upright behold His face.” What is righteousness?  It sounds important, God loves the righteous and they are able to behold His face.  That is everything in a nutshell.  To be something the Lord loves and to behold His face or be in His presence. Righteousness […]
  • RETURN TO THE ABBEY DIARY ENTRY #20 – BESEECH חננ (6/16/2016) -   Deuteronomy 3:23:  “And I besought the LORD at that time, saying,”   Moses is asking God to allow him to enter the Promised Land. But because he demonstrated a lack of faith he was forbidden.  If you recall God told Moses to speak to the rock to bring water from the rock. This is […]
  • RETURN TO THE ABBEY DIARY ENTRY #19 – HOLLOWED OUT – ה,חלות (6/15/2016) -   Deuteronomy 3:24:  “O Lord GOD, thou hast begun to shew thy servant thy greatness, and thy mighty hand: for what God [is there] in heaven or in earth, that can do according to thy works, and according to thy might?”   Moses wrote these words as his life was about to end.   Rabbi Israel […]
  • RETURN TO THE ABBEY DIARY ENTRY #18 – THE CLOUD – העננ (6/13/2016) - II Chronicles 5:14: “And the priest could not stand to minister by reason of the cloud; for the glory of the Lord had filled the house of God.” After breakfast on the fourth day of silence I noticed something different.  The first day everyone came into the dining hall ate in silence and left. However […]
  • RETURN THE ABBEY DAIRY ENTRY #17 – FISH נונ דג (6/13/2016) - John 21:6:  “Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.  When they did they were unable to haul in the net in because of the large number of fish.” It seems my legs are back normal today.  The rain has ended, the chill has left the air and […]
  • RETURN TO THE ABBEY DIARY ENTRY #16 – WHO IS THE KING OF GLORY? מי זה מלכ הכבוד (6/12/2016) - Psalms 24:8: “Who is the King of glory?  The Lord strong and might, The Lord mighty in battle.” I believe as I continue in this time of silence I am beginning to understand what the glory of God really is. Many have described the glory of God as a cloud, or a mist.  I heard […]
  • RETURN TO THE ABBY DIARY ENTRY #15 – ALL HIS HEART כללבו (6/11/2016) - Judges 16:18-19: “And when Delilah saw that he had told her all his heart she sent and called for the lords of the Philistines, saying: ‘Come up this one, for he hath told me all his heart.’  Then the lords of the Philistine came up unto her, and brought the money in their hand.” “One […]
  • RETURN TO THE ABBEY DIARY ENTRY #14 – ROCKS CRY OUT (6/10/2016) - Luke 19:39-40: “But some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Him, ‘Master, rebuke your disciples.’  ‘I tell you,’ he replied, ‘If these become silent the stones will cry out.’” “You will discover things in the woods that you will never find in books. Stones and trees will teach you things you never heard […]
  • RETURN TO THE ABBEY DIARY ENTRY #13 – PRAYER – פלל (6/8/2016) -   Luke5:16: “But Jesus withdrew himself to the wilderness, and prayed.”   It seems I am in good company when comes to spending time in silence.  Jesus did pretty much the same thing often.  In fact he spent 40 days in the wilderness fasting.  Luke’s account suggests Satan tempted Jesus during the forty days and […]
  • RETURN TO THE ABBEY DIARY ENTRY #12 – GREEN – דשׁא (6/7/2016) - Psalms 23:2: “He makes me to lie down in green pastures.” I went on a hike today through the words and pastures.  I was amazed at how everything was so green.  Of course we all learned in elementary school that the green plants through some chemical interaction with the atmosphere reduces the carbon dioxide in […]
  • RETURN TO THE ABBEY DIARY ENTRY # 11 – DELIGHT – עננ (6/6/2016) - James 4:8: “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” “Before we search for God, God is searching for us.”  Abraham Heschel I find this quote by Abraham Heschel posted all over the Abbey.  Odd that a Catholic Monastery will put up a quotation from a Jewish theologian for a Protestant Hebrew […]
  • RETURN TO THE ABBEY DIARY ENTRY #10 – BE SILENT AND DANCE TO THE LORD – דומ ליהוה התחולל (6/6/2016) - Psalms 37:7: “Resign yourself to the Lord, and wait patiently for Him.  Fret not yourself because of him who prospereth in his way. Because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.” I am sitting out on the patio watching some birds and a chipmunk at play.  I learned from my last visit to […]
  • RETURN TO THE ABBEY ENTRY #9 – ATTACHMENT (6/3/2016) -   Psalms 62:6: “Only for God does my soul wait in silence for from Him cometh my hope.” So what am I waiting for while I am in silence?  Actually the word wait is not found in the Hebrew text, it is just the opinion of translator that if you are in silence you are […]
  • RETURN TO THE ABBEY DIARY ENTRY #8 – SILENCE – דמם (6/1/2016) - Psalms 62:6 “Only for God does my soul wait in silence, for from Him cometh my hope.” C.S. Lewis in his book Screwtape letters tells how the senior demon has concocted an interesting plan to drive us away from God.  He choses to distract us with noise.  He knows that if we are bombarded with […]
  • RETURN TO THE ABBEY ENTRY #7 THE WEEPING TREE – העצהעצב (6/1/2016) -   Genesis 6:6: “And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.”   We tend to look at God as this huge unemotional giant who is just waiting for us to make one little slip so he can send down his lightning bolts. Yet, […]
  • RETURN TO THE ABBEY ENTRY #6 – JESUS WEPT – דמתא (5/30/2016) -   John 11:35 – Jesus wept   It is a cold, dark rainy day here at the Abbey.  I don’t believe that God brought this dark gloomy day just for me but I do believe He is an opportunist.  Since He did plan on this being a rainy, dark, gloomy day he led me to […]
  • RETURN TO THE ABBEY ENTRY #5 – ASK שׁאל (5/29/2016) -   Matthew  7:7:  “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:”   I am now in the Weeping Room of the Heart of Jesus.  He is sharing with me hearts that I have never met. He shows me the heart of a woman […]
  • RETURN TO THE ABBY DIARY ENTRY #4 – THE LEAST – זוער (5/28/2016) -   Matthew 25:40: “And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done [it] unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done [it] unto me.”   So I am sitting in front of the great white tree, my new little trysting place […]
  • RETURN TO THE ABBY – NO DIVERSIONS #3 – עלל (5/26/2016) - Daniel 6:18: “Then the king went to his palace, and passed the night fasting: neither were diversons brought before him: and his sleep went from him.”   The first thing I noticed when I arrived at the Abbey was that my IPhone and IPAD both had a flag saying: “No Service.”  I was truly shut […]
  • RETURN TO THE ABBEY – TRAIN UP – חנך Diary Entry #2 (5/24/2016) -   Proverbs 22:6:  “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”   If you are anyway remotely involved in your churches children’s work you will most likely hear someone quote this verse as your incentive to teach the children placed under your […]
  • WORD STUDY – NEW THINGS – חדשׁ (5/21/2016) - RETURN TO THE ABBEY DIARY ENTRY #1 Isaiah 52:4: “Behold the former things have come to pass and new things do I declare, before they spring forth I tell you of them.” I leave for my second visit to the Abbey in three years to spend a week in silence.  I am facing new beginnings, […]
  • WORD STUDY – WIDOW – אלמה (5/15/2016) -   Proverbs 15:25 “The Lord will destroy the house of the proud, but he will establish the border of the widows.   I find it curious that the word used for widow is almah which is often used for a virgin.  In this case this woman is not really a virgin if she is widow. […]
  • WORD STUDY – NEW THINGS – חדשׁ (5/14/2016) - Isaiah 52:4: “Behold the former things have come to pass and new things do I declare, before they spring forth I tell you of them.”   Judging from the mail I get it appears I am not the only one looking forward to some new things. People of all ages have written to me talking […]
  • WORD STUDY – WARM GENTLE WARNING – כמראה זהר (5/13/2016) - (PLEASE NOTE: TOMORROW I LEAVE FOR MY WEEK OF SILENCE, UNLESS THINGS HAVE CHANGED SINCE MY LAST VISIT TO THE ABBEY I WILL HAVE NO INTERNET CONNECTION.  HOWEVER, I WILL KEEP A JOURNAL AND IF THERE IS A WAY I CAN SEND OUT MY DAILY ENTRIES I WILL DO SO.  IF NOT I SHALL RESUME […]
  • WORD STUDY – DISCOURAGED HEARTBROKEN – פוג דכה (5/11/2016) -   Psalms 38:8 “I am feeble and sore broken, I have roared by reason of the disquietness of my heart.”   This appears to be written at a time when David is really getting serious about his relationship with God. He is very aware of his past sins and failings.  He has confessed them , […]
  • WORD STUDY – TO AND FRO – ישׁטטו רבימ (5/10/2016) -   Daniel 12:4: But thou, O Daniel shut up the words and seal the book to the time of the end. Many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase.”   I am continually researching the Jewish and Christian literature and occasionally I will reprint an old study with some new updates to give […]
  • WORD STUDY – FULLER’S SOAP – כברית מכבסימ (5/9/2016) -   Malachi 3:2:  “But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he [is] like a refiner’s fire, and like fullers’ soap:”   The day of His coming is not a reference to an actually appearance.  We are so use to the words Second Coming and the […]
  • WORD STUDY – CHANGE – ראה (5/8/2016) - Malachi 3:6: “For I [am] the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.”   I have a friend who is convinced that we are about to hear the final Trump.  That’s Donald Trump.  I have yet to hear the jokes being made that compare Donald Trump to the Biblical Trump […]
  • WORD STUDY – THE MAN MOSES – האישׁמשׁח (5/7/2016) -   “Numbers 12:3: “And the man Moses was very humble above all the men  which were upon the face of the earth.”   When I was a student at Moody Bible Institute, my roommate and I had a friend, named Kanechi,  who attended the Illinois Institute of Technology.  He would often come to Moody to […]
  • WORD STUDY – AGREE – שׁוא (Aramaic) (5/5/2016) - Matthew 18:19-20: Again I say unto you that if two of you shall agree on earth as touching anything that they shall ask it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.  For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there I am in their midst.”   The […]
  • WORD STUDY – MOUTH DOOR – פ ד (5/5/2016) -   Psalms 141:3: “Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth, keep the door of my lips.”   Be sure it’s true when you say “I love you.” It’s sin to tell a lie. Millions of hearts have been broken, Just because these words were spoken, I love you, Yes I do, I love you. […]
  • WORD STUDY – WORDS WERE FOUND – נמצא מירבד (5/4/2016) -   Jeremiah 15:16: “Your words were found and I ate them and your words became for me a joy, and the delight of my heart, for I have been called by your name, O Lord God Almighty.”   John 6:54: “Whosoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood will have eternal life, and I will […]
  • WORD STUDY – SLEEP (5/3/2016) -   Song of Solomon 5:2 “I sleep but my heart is awake, it is the voice of my beloved that knocks.”   This is a very romantic phrase which carries very deep spiritual insight.   The poetry is so sweet, She hears her beloved’s voice in the knock of the door.  Come on guys, we all […]
  • WORD STUDY- LORD IS HIGH –רמ יהוה (5/2/2016) -   Psalms 138:6: “Though the LORD [be] high, yet hath he respect unto the lowly: but the proud he knoweth afar off.”   Someone sent me an email asking how I ended up driving a bus for the disabled and working as a caregiver. I suppose the real reason no longer exist but the reason […]
  • WORD STUDY – A MOMENT – רגע (5/1/2016) -   Isaiah 54:7: “For a small moment have I forsaken thee; but with great mercies will I gather thee.”   Deuteronomy 31:6:  “Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he [it is] that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor […]
  • WORD STUDY – THE ARABIANS – הערבימ (4/30/2016) -   I Kings 17: 4,7: “And it shall be, that thou shalt drink of the brook; and I have commanded the ravens to feed thee there.” 7.“And it came to pass after a while, that the brook dried up, because there had been no rain in the land.”   There was a great drought in […]
  • WORD STUDY – AFRAID OF MY SORROW – יגרתי כל עצבתי (4/28/2016) -   Job 9:28:  “I am afraid of all my sorrow, I know thou wilt not hold me innocent.”   “God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains.  It is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world.”  C.S. Lewis   Job’s friends approached him with simple human logic.  […]
  • WORD STUDY – SEEN – חזנ (4/27/2016) - “Job 27:12: “Behold, all of you yourselves have seen (it), why then are you altogether vain?”   Often when I am a guest speaker in a group or church I will hand out envelops to members of my audience. Each envelop contains a Hebrew word and an explanation of that word within the context of […]
  • WORD STUDY – VANITY – הבל (4/27/2016) -   “Job 27:12: “Behold, all of you yourselves have seen (it), why then are you altogether vain?”   “If the judge should say to the man, ‘Take the splinter from between your eye.’  He would reply: ‘Take the  beam from your between your eye.’”  Babylonian Talmud  Baba Bathra 15b.   “And why beholdest thou the […]
  • WORD STUDY – THE CENTER OF TROUBLE – בקוב צרה (4/25/2016) -   Psalms 138:7:  “Though I walk in the midst of trouble, thou wilt revive me: thou shalt stretch forth thine hand against the wrath of mine enemies, and thy right hand shall save me.”   One of my readers sent me an article from the book Streams in the Desert by L.B. Cowman.  This is […]
  • WORD STUDY – FOR GOOD – לטובא (Aramaic) (4/25/2016) -   Romans 8:28:  “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to [his] purpose.”   You can’t be a Christian very long before you are introduced to this verse.  Whenever a tragedy happens you can always count on someone saying: “Well, […]
  • WORD STUDY – BEAUTIFUL SARAH – שׁרי פה (4/23/2016) -   Genesis 12:14:  “And it came to pass, that, when Abram was come into Egypt, the Egyptians beheld the woman that she [was] very fair.”   Many years ago when I was attending a secular college I was in sociology class and the discussion of beauty came up.  There was one female student who did […]
  • WORD STUDY – LIKE THE PHOENIX – כחול (4/22/2016) -   Job 29:18: “Then I said, I shall die in my nest, and I shall multiply [my] days as the sand.”   Christians can be so one dimensional.  That is what I just love studying the works and writings of the ancient rabbis and sages.  They have the ability to see a world in Scripture […]
  • WORD STUDY – LACK OF VISION – באינ חזונ (4/22/2016) - Proverbs 29:18:  “Where there is no vision, the people perish,  but he that keeps the law, happy is he.”   I grew up in an old Baptist church where the preacher would make you open your Bible and then read right from the Bible. There is a trend among preachers to abandon the pulpit, wear […]
  • WORD STUDY – LET ME SEE THY VENGENCE – אראה נקמתכ (4/20/2016) - Jeremiah 11:20: “O Lord of Host, That judges righteously, that triest the reins and the heart, let me see thy vengeance on them for unto thee have I revealed my cause.”   I grew up in a Baptist church and spent my life in the church and I have listened to thousands and thousands of […]
  • WORD STUDY – WATERS SEAS – מי,ימ (4/19/2016) - Psalms 93:4: “The Lord on high is mightier than the noise of many waters, yea than the mighty waves of the sea.”   The literal meaning of the verse is clear. It is one of those verses that I scratch my head and wonder if the Hebrew would reveal anything more something deeper in this […]
  • WORD STUDY – WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE? -מהלכפה (4/18/2016) -   I Kings 19:9-10: “The Word of the Lord (came) to him, and he said unto him, What doest thou here, Elijah?”  And he said,  I have been very jealous for the Lord God of hosts: for the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown thine altars, and slain they prophets with the sword; […]
  • WORD STUDY – LABOR IN VAIN – שׁוא עמלו (4/17/2016) -   Psalms 127:1: A song of Ascent for Solomon: “Unless the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it.”   I recently heard an excellent sermon about Solomon’s Temple. The speaker kept referring to it as Solomon’s Temple because that is what it is known as.  It really should be known as […]
  • WORD STUDY – LAY IT TO HEART – תשׁימו על לב (4/16/2016) -   Malachi 2:2: “If ye will not hear, and if ye will not lay [it] to heart, to give glory unto my name, saith the LORD of hosts, I will even send a curse upon you, and I will curse your blessings: yea, I have cursed them already, because ye do not lay [it] to […]
  • WORD STUDY – TEARS, WEEPING AND CRYING – דמה בכה אנק (4/16/2016) -   Malachi 2:13: “And this have ye done again, covering the altar of the LORD with tears, with weeping, and with crying out, insomuch that he regardeth not the offering any more, or receiveth [it] with good will at your hand.”   Malachi prophesied during the Persian Period after the reconstruction and dedication of the […]
  • WORD STUDY – PRECIOUS ONE חמד (4/14/2016) - Song of Solomon 2:3: “As the apple tree among the trees of the wood, so is my beloved among the sons.  I sat down under his shadow with great delight, and his fruit was sweet to my taste. “   I have a friend down in Georgia who got me started back into reading the […]
  • WORD STUDY – WAR –מלחחמה (4/14/2016) -   Exodus 15:3 “The LORD [is] a man of war: the LORD [is] his name.”   One of the biggest problems with Christians is that they don’t think. Preachers says something and they accept it  blindly. They are warned to be careful about thinking things out you will lose your faith. You just have to […]
  • WORD STUDY – THE BEAUTIFUL BRIDE – ואנהו (4/13/2016) -   Exodus 15:2: “This is my God and I will praise Him.”   Our various English translations are pretty well split down the middle in how they would translate the phrase  ve-anvehu.  Some will say: I will prepare him a place of habitation. Others will render this as  I will praise Him or I will […]
  • WORD STUDY – BABIES – ילד (4/11/2016) -   Matthew 11:25: “At that time Jesus answered them and said:  I thank thee O’ Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babies.”   “Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain.” L. Frank Baum Wizard of Oz   […]
  • WORD STUDY – GOD’S SONG – יהוה זמר (4/10/2016) -   Psalms 118:13-14: “Thou pushed me hard and I nearly fell, But the Lord helped me.  The Lord is my strength and my song and He has become my salvation.”   Songs in the daytime, songs in the night Songs of devotion, songs of delight. In my heart singing, A melody ringing Jesus sings me […]
  • WORD STUDY – CLEAVE IN THE LORD – הדבקימ ביהו (4/9/2016) -   Deuteronomy 4:4: “But ye that did cleave unto the LORD your God [are] alive every one of you this day.”   The context of Deuteronomy 4:4 is teaching that when others died Israel did not because they cleaved unto the Lord.  That is such a wonderful promise that if just cleave to the Lord […]
  • WORD STUDY – GOD’S HEAVY BURDEN – יהוה כבד (4/9/2016) -   Proverbs 25:2: “ [It is] the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings [is] to search out a matter.”   A friend of mine asked about this verse.  People think that if you are a Hebrew teacher you have all these answer right at my finger tips. They expect […]
  • WORD STUDY – TENDER MERCIES – רחמ (4/7/2016) -     Psalms 25:6:  “Remember, O LORD, thy tender mercies and thy lovingkindnesses; for they [have been] ever of old.”   The writer, I believe is David and he is asking God to remember His tender mercies.  What? Is God going to forget about it?  I am making an issue out of this because it […]
  • WORD STUDY – LOVE YOUR WIFE – אהב אשׁה (4/7/2016) -   Hosea 3:1: “Then said the LORD unto me, Go yet, love a woman beloved of [her] friend, yet an adulteress, according to the love of the LORD toward the children of Israel, who look to other gods, and love flagons of wine.”   Here it is very clear in the words according to the […]
  • WORD STUDY – KNOW HIS VOICE – ידא קלא (4/5/2016) -   John 10:4: “And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice.”   John 10:27: “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:”   I have always been bothered by these verses.  Well not the verses so […]
  • WORD STUDY – THE RAINBOW CONNECTION – קושׁ (4/4/2016) -   Genesis 9:16; “And the bow shall be in the cloud, and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth.”   Why are there so many songs about rainbows, And what’s on the other side, Rainbows are […]
  • WORD STUDY – FROWARD IS AN ABOMINATION – תועבת נלוז (4/3/2016) -   Proverbs 3:32: “For the froward [is] abomination to the LORD: but his secret [is] with the righteous.”   I love the King James Version but I fear it is filled with so many archaic words that I find it easier to read the passage in Hebrew. I mean what does  froward mean? I cannot […]
  • WORD STUDY – DADDY’S LITTLE GIRL – בת ציונ (4/2/2016) -    Jeremiah 6:2: “I have likened the daughter of Zion to a comely and delicate [woman].” KJV   Jeremiah 6:2: “I will destroy Daughter Zion, so beautiful and delicate. NIV   Good heavens, which translation is correct?  One speaks in gentle loving terms calling the Daughter of Zion a beautiful and delicate woman and then […]
  • WORD STUDY – GOD SAW THE AFFLICTION – ראה יהוה את עני (4/2/2016) -   II Kings 14:26-27: “For the Lord saw the affliction of Israel, that it was bitter, for there was not any shut up, nor any left, nor any helper for Israel.  And the Lord said not that he would blot out the name of Israel from under heaven: but he saved them by the hand […]
  • WORD STUDY – SEEING HIS FACE – ראת פני (4/1/2016) -    Exodus 33:11: “And the LORD spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend. And he turned again into the camp: but his servant Joshua, the son of Nun, a young man, departed not out of the tabernacle.   Exodus 33:20 And he said, Thou canst not see my face: […]
  • WORD STUDY – RAPHAIM – רפמ (3/30/2016) -   Isaiah 26:14: “They are dead, they shall not live, they are deceased, they shall not rise, therefore hast thou visited and destroyed them, and made all their memories to perish.”   Literally, this passage is referring to the tyrants who overthrew Israel. They are dead, deceased, do not live, are destroyed and even their […]
  • WORD STUDY – PROVE – נסה (3/29/2016) -   Deuteronomy 13:1-3: “If there arise among you a prophet or a dreamer of dreams and giveth thee a sign or a wonder, and the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee saying: Let us go after other gods, which thou has not known, and let us serve them. Thou […]
  • WORD STUDY – HE HAST ADORNED HIMSELF (3/29/2016) - Deuteronomy 3:24: “Oh, Lord God, thou hast begun to show thy servant thy greatness.”   I have walked this earth now for three score and five years.  I grew up in a Christian Home went to church almost every day of the week.  I studied in Bible Colleges and Seminaries and was a pastor and […]
  • WORD STUDY – UTTERTH SPEECH – יביע אמר (3/27/2016) -   Psalms 19:1: “To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.”   Consider this, the heavens declare the glory of God and day unto day it utters speech and at night […]
  • WORD STUDY – GRACE – חננ (3/27/2016) -   Proverbs 3:34:  “Surely he scorneth the scorners: but he giveth grace unto the humble.”   James 4:6: ”But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.   “It’s hard to be humble when you are as great as I am.”  Muhammad Ali   I have […]
  • WORD STUDY – POOR – אבה (3/25/2016) -   “Psalms 112:9-10: “He hath given freely to the poor; His mercies endures forever; His horn will be exalted in honor.  The wicked will see it and be vexed; he will gnash his teeth and melt away; the desire of the wicked will perish.”   Today I was bemoaning the fact that I lacked in […]
  • WORD STUDY – KNOW MY HEART – יבבל עד (3/24/2016) -   Psalms 139:23:  “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me and know my thoughts:   “In the joy of this new relationship I said to Jesus Christ. ‘Lord, I want this heart of mine to be yours. I want to have you settle down here and be perfectly at home.  Everything that […]
  • WORD STUDY – STRANGE GODS – זור (3/23/2016) - Deuteronomy 32:16: “They provoked him to jealousy with strange gods…”   The phrase “They provoked him to jealousy with strange gods” is only two words in the Hebrew:  Yikeni’ahu  bizim.   Jack Benny had a routine where he was in some far off jungle and found himself the potential meal for some cannibals.  In desperation he […]
  • WORD STUDY – DECEIVED – פתה (3/22/2016) -   Deuteronomy 11:16: “Take heed to yourselves that your heart be not deceived, and you turn aside and serve other gods and worship them.”   “No man can serve two masters for he will either hate the one and love the other or he will be devoted to one and despise the other, no man […]
  • WORD STUDY – MY SUPPLICATION – תחנוני (3/20/2016) -     Ps 130:2 Lord, hear my voice: let thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications.   What is a supplications?  I don’t know why, I am sure it is just me, but I get a creepy feeling when I think of supplication.   Webster defines a supplication as asking or begging for […]
  • WORD STUDY – VOICE – קול (3/19/2016) -   Psalms 130:2: “Lord, hear my voice: let thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications.”   “Let thine ears be attentive” Stop and think about it for a moment.  Does God have ears?  Why would a spirit need ears? Ears simply pick up sound waves and send them to the brain which […]
  • WORD STUDY – HEAR MY VOICE – שׁמעה בקולי (3/19/2016) -     Psalms 130:2:  “Lord, hear my voice: let thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications.”   Maybe it is just me but I grew up in a Christian home, and went to church all my life.  My earliest memory of Tiny Tots Sunday School is Mrs. Metzger  telling us that God […]
  • WORD STUDY – FROM THE DEPTH – ממעמקמ (3/17/2016) -   Ps 130:1:  “Song of degrees. “Out of the depths have I cried unto thee, O LORD.”   A song of degrees in Hebrew is hama’aloth shir which literally means Song of Ascents.  It has also been rendered as Gradual Psalms, Songs of steps or Pilgrim songs.  Most scholars believe the fifteen Psalms 120-134 were […]
  • WORD STUDY – RELIED UPON – שׁענ (3/16/2016) -    II Chronicles 16:7: “At that time Hanani the seer came to Asa king of Judah, and said unto him, Because thou hast not relied on the Lord thy God, therefore is the host of the king of Syria escaped out of thine hand.”   Asa was a Godly king.  The prophet came to Asa […]
  • WORD STUDY – THE FIRES OF HELL – גהנא נורא (3/15/2016) -     Matthew 5:22: “But I say unto you that whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment, and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council, but whosoever shall say, thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.”   […]
  • WORD STUDY – A GOD FOR US – אלינו (3/14/2016) -      I Samuel 4:3: “And when the people were come into the camp, the elders of Israel said, Wherefore hath the Lord smitten us today before the Philistines?  Let us fetch the ark of the covenant of the Lord out of Shiloh unto us, that when it cometh among us, it may save us […]
  • WORD STUDY – GO TO THE MOUNTAINS – עלו ההר (3/14/2016) -   Haggai 1:6-8:  “Ye have sown much, and bring in little; ye eat, but ye have not enough; ye drink, but ye are not filled with drink; ye clothe you, but there is none warm; and he that earneth wages earneth wages [to put it] into a bag with holes. Thus saith the LORD of […]
  • WORD STUDY – RESCUE ME – חלצני (3/12/2016) -     Ps 140:2  “Rescue me, O LORD, from the evil man: preserve me from the violent man;”   This morning I attended a men’s prayer meeting.  During this time our Pastor’s son, one of the pastors of our church who also works as a paramedic, shared with us about his day job.  His job […]
  • WORD STUDY – MY LIGHT – אורי (3/12/2016) - click here to view: http://www.amazon.com/Beyond-Hebrew-Lexicon-Learn-Studies/dp/1508601038/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1457771513&sr=1-1&keywords=chaim+bentorah   Psalms 27:1: “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall  I be afraid.”   Well I was really in desperate need for  a Word from the Lord that I almost pulled out my Hebrew Alphabet […]
  • WORD STUDY – THE LORD IS MY STORY – יהוה צורי (3/11/2016) -      Psalms 28:1: “[A Psalm] of David  Unto thee will I cry, O LORD my rock; be not silent to me: lest, [if] thou be silent to me, I become like them that go down into the pit.”   I don’t know about you but I find this passage to be very curious.  David […]
  • WORD STUDY – YESHUA HAMASHIACH ישׁוה המשׁיה (3/9/2016) -      Psalms 28:8: “The LORD [is] their strength, and he [is] the saving strength of his anointed.”   Stop and mediate on this verse for a moment, what do you see?  I see that the Lord is the strength of the people who trust him (see verse 7) but He is the saving strength […]
  • WORD STUDY – GO FISH – דוג אזל (3/8/2016) -   Genesis 48:16b:  “and let them grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth.   Matthew 17:27: “Notwithstanding, less, we should offend them, go thou to the sea, and cast an hook, and take up the fish that first cometh up; and when thou opened his mouth, thou shalt find a piece of […]
  • WORD STUDY – JUMP FOR JOY – עלז (3/7/2016) -     Psalms 28:7: “The LORD [is] my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart is filled with joy; and with my song will I praise him.   “Why am I happy to be  going to dialysis? I know I will feel good afterward.”  Mary Ann […]
  • WORD STUDY – YOUR GOD HE IS THE GOD – אלהיכ הוא להימ (3/6/2016) -       Deuteronomy 7:9: “Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he [is] God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations;”   There are so many redundancies in our modern Bible translators that I believe it would do well for […]
  • WORD STUDY – BECAUSE HE IS YOUR SPONSOR – בהיותו קרוב (3/5/2016) -   Isaiah 55:6: “Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:”   It is interesting that the verb seek is in Qal imperative (command) form.  This is a command.  The word in Hebrew for seek is darash which is a diligent search an investigation. It comes […]
  • WORD STUDY – THE LORD YOUR GOD – יהו אלהיכ ` (3/5/2016) -   Deuteronomy 30:2-3: “And (you) shalt return unto the Lord thy God,”   James 4:8:  “Draw nigh to God and he will draw nigh to you.”   There is one striking similarity between all these verses that talk of returning to God or drawing near to Him and that is that it is us who […]
  • WORD STUDY – WITH ALL THY SOUL – בכל נפשׁכ (3/4/2016) -   Deuteronomy 6:5: “And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, with all thy soul and with all they might.”   When Rick Warren came out with his book “The Purpose Driven Life” he achieved the dream of every writer, to stumble upon a work that would touch the lives of […]
  • WORD STUDY – WAXING OLD – בלה (3/2/2016) -      Deuteronomy 8:4: “Thy raiment waxed not old upon thee.  Neither did thy feet swell these forty years.”   When upon life’s billows you are tempest-tossed When you are discouraged thinking all is lost, Count your many blessings named them one by one, And it will surprise you what the Lord has done. -Johnson […]
  • WORD STUDY – PROSTITUTE – זנה (3/1/2016) -   Ezekiel 16:30: “How weak is thine heart, saith the Lord God, seeing thou doest all these things, the work of an imperious, whorish woman.”   Am I missing something or did Ezekiel just call Judah a whore. There are three words in Hebrew for a whore or prostitute. None get rave reviews, but there […]
  • WORD STUDY – FACE –פנה (2/29/2016) -   Psalms 34:5:  “They looked unto him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed.”   Now this makes whole bunches of sense to me.  If we are able to look upon the Lord and reflect His light we would certainly not look upon Him in shame.  In fact if we had a lot […]
  • WORD STUDY – RADIANT – רהנ (2/29/2016) -   Psalms 34:5: “They looked unto him, and were radiant and their faces were not ashamed.”   “They looked upon him and were radiant.” Now what the duce does that mean?   Every translation I read uses the word radiant, a few say lightened and one says happy that is strictly a paraphrase for happiness is […]
  • WORD STUDY –CONTENTMENT – שׁבע (2/27/2016) -   Job 42:10,12,17: “And the LORD turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before. So the LORD blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning. So Job died, [being] old and full of days.   If you want […]
  • WORD STUDY – SHALOM SHALOM שׁלם שׁלם (2/27/2016) - SPECIAL NOTICE: MY NEW BOOK GOD’S LOVE FOR US A HEBREW TEACHER EXPLORES THE HEART OF GOD IN THE MARRIAGE RELATIONSHIP  IS NOW ALSO AVAILABLE IN PAPER BACK ON AMAZON.COM click here to view and/or purchase http://www.amazon.com/Gods-Love-Us-Explores-Relationship-ebook/dp/B01C3MFDOA/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&qid=1456557706&sr=8-9&keywords=chaim+bentorah   Isaiah 26:3: “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trust […]
  • BEYOND THE DALETH – FEAR ירא (2/25/2016) - Deuteronomy 7:17-18: If thou shalt say in thine heart, “These nations are more than I; how can I dispossess them?” Thou shalt not be afraid of them but shall remember what the Lord did unto Pharaoh and all of Egypt.   When the twelve spies confronted giants in the Promised Land only two remembered the […]
  • WORD STUDY – DELIVER (2/25/2016) - SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT.  MY NEW BOOK: GOD’S LOVE FOR US A HEBREW TEACHER EXPLORES THE HEART OF GOD THROUGH THE MARRIAGE RELATIONSHIP  IS NOW AVAILABLE IN KINDLE ON AMAZON AT http://www.amazon.com/Gods-Love-Us-Explores-Relationship-ebook/dp/B01C3MFDOA/ref=sr_1_10?ie=UTF8&qid=1456380090&sr=8-10&keywords=chaim+bentorah. (CLICK ON  TO VIEW) .  FOR THOSE WHO WISH FOR A PRINTED COPY, IT WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE  IN A FEW DAYS.   Daniel 3:16-17: “Shadrach Meshach […]
  • WORD STUDY – DOCTRINE – לקח (2/23/2016) -   Deuteronomy 32;2: “My doctrine shall drop as rain, my speech shall distill as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass.”   I believe there are prophets today, I also believe I can count on one hand, with fingers left over as to the number […]
  • WORD STUDY – EXALT – רומ (2/22/2016) -    Psalms 34:3: “O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together.”   Let us exalt His name together.  I hear this verse quoted all the time in worship services, on the radio and television.  The meaning is obvious, we can exalt the Lord alone and we can and should do […]
  • BEYOND THE DALETH – HOLY – קדשׁ (2/21/2016) -      Joshua 3:5; And Joshua said unto the people, Sanctify yourselves for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you.”   I will usually start my evening/morning study reading my Hebrew Bible.  When I reach a verse that seems interesting I will check it out in my English translation.  Sometimes when I compare my […]
  • WORD STUDY – BEAUTY – יפה (2/21/2016) - Ecclesiastes 3:11: “He hath made everything beautiful in His time.”   “I think I am beginning to understand it.”   Pierre Augusta Renoir   The great impressionist painter, Renoir, was fascinated with beauty and spent his life trying to understand what made something beautiful. An impressionist painter devoted him or herself to a study of beauty. […]
  • WORD STUDY – HE ANSWERED ME –ענני (2/19/2016) -      Psalm 34:4: “I sought the LORD, and he answered me, and delivered me from all my fears.”   The way this passage is translated always bothered me.  “I sought the Lord and he answered me.”  If you are seeking you find, if you are asking you get an answer.  Every translation says I […]
  • WORD STUDY – A CURSE – קללה (2/19/2016) -     Deuteronomy 11:26: “ Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse.”   Matthew 7:13-14: “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.  But small is the gate and narrow is the way that […]
  • WORD STUDY – THE SHADOW OF HIS WINGS – בצל כנפיכ (2/17/2016) -      Psalms 36:7: “How excellent is your lovingkindness O’ God! Therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings.”   “Who know what evil lurks in the hearts of men?  The Shadow knows!”  Lamont Cranston – The Shadow.   Salal is a Hebrew word that has haunted me for […]
  • WORD STUDY – THE HUMBLE – ענה (2/16/2016) -   Psalms 34:2: “My soul shall make her boast in the LORD: the humble shall hear [thereof], and be glad.”   I find the contrast to be quite interesting.  The soul will boast and the humble will be glad. I don’t know about but I am never glad when I hear someone boasting. I find […]
  • WORD STUDY – BOASTING IN THE LORD – ביהוה תתהלל נפשׁי (2/15/2016) -   Psalm 34:3:  “My soul shall make her boast in the LORD: the humble shall hear [thereof], and be glad.”   I have a friend who told me I am very self-absorbed.  I know, praise the Lord that I have a friend who will tell me like it is.  After much soul searching I found […]
  • WORD STUDY – ENCOURAGE ONESELF – יתחזק (2/15/2016) -   I Samuel 30:6: “And Dave was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him,  because the soul  of all the people was grieved every man for his sons and his daughters but David encouraged himself in the Lord.”   We all know  this story.  David returns with his few followers after trying to […]
  • WORD STUDY – AT ALL TIMES. – בכל עת (2/13/2016) -      Psalms 34:1 “[A Psalm] of David, when he changed his behaviour before Abimelech; who drove him away, and he departed. I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise [shall] continually [be] in my mouth.”   “I will bless the Lord at all times.”  Them are pretty heady words.  To bless the […]
  • WORD STUDY – JUBILEE – יובל (2/12/2016) -   Leviticus 25:11:  “A jubilee shall that fiftieth year be unto you: ye shall not sow, neither reap that which groweth of itself in it, nor gather [the grapes] in it of thy vine undressed.”   When I hear the word jubilee my mind automatically goes back to a time when I was about five […]
  • WORD STUDY – IDOL -עצבימ (2/11/2016) -   Hosea 14:8: “Ephraim shall say, What have I to do anymore with idols, I have heard him and observed him, I am like a green fir tree, from me is thy fruit found.   Little is known about Hosea. What we do know is that he was prophet during the time when the Northern […]
  • WORD STUDY – EUNUCH – סרס (2/9/2016) -   Isaiah 56:3:  “Neither let the son of the stranger, that hath joined himself to the LORD, speak, saying, The LORD hath utterly separated me from his people: neither let the eunuch say, Behold, I [am] a dry tree.”   Deuteronomy 23:1: “He that is wounded in the stones, or hath his privy member cut […]
  • WORD STUDY – CHALAL OR HALAL – הלל חלל (2/8/2016) -   Isaiah 56:6: “Also the sons of the stranger, that join themselves to the LORD, to serve him, and to love the name of the LORD, to be his servants, every one that keepeth the Sabbath from profaning it, and taketh hold of my covenant;   We now approach the second to the last condition […]
  • WORD STUDY – SERVE SHARATH ‘ABAD עבד שׁרת (2/6/2016) -     Isaiah 56:6: “Also the sons of the stranger, that join themselves to the LORD, to serve him, and to love the name of the LORD, to be his servants, every one that keepeth the sabbath from profaning it, and taketh hold of my covenant;”   So my last study looked at the first […]
  • WORD STUDY – JOIN TO THE LORD – הלוימעל יהוה (2/5/2016) -   Isa 56:6-7  “Also the sons of the stranger, that join themselves to the LORD, to serve him, and to love the name of the LORD, to be his servants, every one that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and taketh hold of my covenant; Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and […]
  • WORD STUDY – JESHURUN – ישׁרנ (2/4/2016) -   Deuteronomy 32:15: “But Jeshurun waxed fat and kicked. Thou are waxen fat and thou art grown thick, thou art covered with fatness, then he forsook God which made him and lightly esteemed the rock of his salvation.”   Who the blazes is Jeshurun. It appears four times in the Bible and most commenters agree […]
  • WORD STUDY – BLESSED – אשׁר (2/4/2016) -   Psalms 1:1 “Blessed [is] the man that walketh not in the counsel of the wicked, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.”   What does it mean to be blessed?  Is that to say that the man who does not walk in the counsel of the […]
  • WORD STUDY – PERFUME – קטר (2/3/2016) -   Exodus 30:37-38: “And as for the perfume which thou shalt make, ye shall not make to yourselves according to the composition thereof: it shall be unto thee holy for the Lord.  Whosoever shall make like unto that, to smell thereto, shall be cut off from his people.”   When I was a student at […]
  • WORD STUDY – TAKE AWAY MY LIFE – קח נפשׁי (2/2/2016) -   1Kings 19:2-4: “Then Jezebel sent a messenger unto Elijah, saying, so let the gods do [to me], and more also, if I make not thy life as the life of one of them by tomorrow about this time. And when he saw [that], he arose, and went for his life, and came to Beersheba, […]
  • WORD STUDY – THE LORD WILL TAKE ME UP יהוי יאספני (1/31/2016) -   Psalms 27:10: “When my mother and father forsake me, then the Lord will take me up.”   The first word in this verse in Hebrew is ki. Translators take a lot of liberty with this word.   Generally it is rendered as a conjunction because (my mother and father forsake me) or a pronoun that.  […]
  • WORD STUDY – MEDITATE DAY AND NIGHT – יהגה יוממ ולילה (1/30/2016) -   Psalms 1:2:  “But his delight [is] in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.”   Last evening I spent some time talking with a friend who practices something I call meditative prayer.  There is a lot of tears while she is meditating and praying.  This morning […]
  • WORD STUDY – PLEASURE – חפצ (1/29/2016) -     Psalms 1:2: “But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law doth he meditate day and night.”   My father used to tell a story about a time when he was a boy living on a farm way back in the hills of Missouri. A stranger walked through […]
  • WORD STUDY – GOD LEFT HIM – עזבו האלהימ (1/29/2016) -   II Chronicles 32:31:  “Howbeit in the business of the ambassadors of the princes of Babylon, who sent unto him to inquire of the wonder that was done in the land, God left him, to try him that he might know all that was in His heart.”   The question that surfaces here is what […]
  • WORD STUDY – YOU HAVE SMITTEN – הכית (1/28/2016) -   Psalms 3:7: “Arise, O Lord; save me, O my God: for thou has smitten all mine enemies upon the cheek bone; thou hast broken the teeth of the ungodly.”   “O this is poison of deep grief, it springs all from her father’s death, O Gertrude, Gertrude, when sorrows come, they come not single […]
  • WORD STUDY – GOOD WINE – יינ (1/26/2016) - Genesis 9:21: “And he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent.”   So this man of God, this one righteous person, the one who walks with God, and found favor in the sight of God, leaves the ark and the first thing he does is build a still […]
  • WORD STUDY – SNOW (1/24/2016) - Job 38:22: “Hast thou entered into the treasures of the snow hast thou seen the treasures of hail?”   This study is dedicated to all our friends on East coast who are buried in the worst snow storm of the century.  We here in the Midwest, particularly Chicago, are thinking of you as we suffer […]
  • WORD STUDY – OUR CRY, OUR AFFLICTION – קנלו ענינו (1/24/2016) -   Deuteronomy 26:7: “And we cried unto the Lord, the God of our fathers, and the Lord heard our cries and saw our affliction.”   In some countries the study of the Gematria (study of numbers) is an academic discipline and studied in Universities.  Not so much in the United States, we are more of […]
  • WORD STUDY – BIND AND LOOSEN – אסר שׁרא (1/22/2016) -   Isaiah 22:22: “And the key to the house of David will I lay upon his shoulder so he shall open and none shall shut and he shall shut and none shall open.”   Matthew 16:19: “And I will give to you the keys to the kingdom of heaven and whatsoever you bind on earth […]
  • WORD STUDY – IN CLOSE PROXIMITY – בקרבכ (1/22/2016) - Deuteronomy 7:21: Thou shalt not be affrighted at them, for the Lord thy God is among you , a mighty God and terrible.”   “The Lord said to me: ‘I know.’”   Heavenly Man when asked how he endured his suffering.   Lately as the cares of this world have been closing in on me, I […]
  • WORD STUDY – PREPARE TO MEET THY GOD – הכונ לקראת אלהיכ (1/20/2016) -   Amos 4:12: “Therefore thus will I do unto thee, O Israel: [and] because I will do this unto thee, prepare to meet thy God, O Israel.”   I suppose like most people I read this passage about God telling Israel that he will rain destruction upon them like He did with their enemies and […]
  • WORD STUDY – THE LORD DEPARTED FROM SAUL – יהה שׁאול רס (1/19/2016) - I Samuel 18:12: “And Saul was afraid of David because the Lord was with him and was departed from Saul.”   Here we have a powerful king afraid of a little shepherd boy.   The word for fear here is yara.  This is a fear of respect and awe.  The word is spelled Yod, messenger or […]
  • WORD STUDY – DAVID – דוד (1/18/2016) -   Psalms 51:1: “To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet came unto him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba. Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions”.   We move to the next name mentioned […]
  • WORD STUDY – THE WORSHIP LEADER – מנצח (1/17/2016) -     Psalms 51:1: “To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet came unto him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba. Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions”.   The very first verse in this Psalms […]
  • WORD STUDY – THOROUGHLY WASH ME – הרבה הרב כבסני (1/17/2016) -     Psalms 51:2:  “Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.”   Practically every modern translations says wash me thoroughly.  I mean that’s cool that expresses the idea.  David has committed adultery and murder and he wants to be washed thoroughly, get a clean slate.  However, in the Hebrew I […]
  • WORD STUDY – SOME DELIVERANCE – כמעט לפליטה (1/16/2016) -      II Chronicles 12:1,7: “And it came to pass when Rehoboam had established the kingdom and had strengthened himself he forsook the law of the Lord and  Israel with him…(7) And when the Lord saw that they humbled themselves the Word of the Lord came to Shemalah saying they have humbled themselves, therefore I […]
  • WORD STUDY – FISHERMEN – לדוגימ (1/15/2016) -   Jeremiah 16:16: “Behold, I will send many fishermen says the Lord and they shall fish them and afterward I will send for many hunters and they will hunt them from every mountain and every hill and out of the holes of the rocks.”   I recently had someone write to me with the following […]
  • WORD STUDY – SURELY THE LORD IS IN THIS PLACE – אכנ ישׁ יהוה במקומ הזה (1/13/2016) -      Genesis 28:16 “When Jacob awoke from his sleep, he said surely the Lord is in this place and I was not aware of it.”   In Jewish literature there is the story of a man who started to say some negative things about the king.   After going through his list of nasty things […]
  • WORD STUDY – MERCY – חסד (1/11/2016) -   Psalms 51:1 “To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet came unto him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba. Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.”   Unless you are really rank liberal you […]
  • WORD STUDY – SUSTAIN – לכלכלכ (1/10/2016) - I Kings 17: 9,12-13: “Arise, get thee to Zarephath, which [belongeth] to Zidon, and dwell there: behold, I have commanded a widow woman there to sustain thee. And she said, As the Lord they God liveth, I have not a cake, but, an handful of meal in a barrel, and a little oil in a […]
  • WORD STUDY – NO CONDEMNATION – לאחיבותא (Aramaic) (1/8/2016) -   Romans 8:1: “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.”   Martin Luther, the sixteen century monk who started the Protestant reformation was a monk with an attitude.  It was never his intention to split from the Catholic church […]
  • WORD STUDY – WAIT UNTO THE LORD –קוה אל יהוה (1/6/2016) -   27:14:“Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD   The Azusa Street Revival of the early 20th Century ushered in many practices that are still around today.  One practice that has pretty well died out is called the tarrying services and was […]
  • WORD STUDY – I BELIEVED TO SEE – חאמני לראות (1/5/2016) - Psalms 27:13 “If I had not believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.”   Different translations translate this in various ways such as:  “I am confident to see the Lord’s goodness” or “I would have despaired had I not seen the Lord’s goodness,” “I believe I shall look […]
  • WORD STUDY – ABIDE BEFORE GOD FOREVER ישׁב עולמ לפני (1/4/2016) -   Psalms 61:7:  “He shall abide before God for ever: O prepare mercy and truth, [which] may preserve him.”   Commentators are all over the place on this verse.  Some say it is a reference to the Messiah, hence they render the word abide or yashav in Hebrew as to be enthroned.  This is a […]
  • WORD STUDY – THE LORD ON HIGH IS MIGHTY – דיר במרומ יהוה (1/3/2016) -   Psalms 93:4: “The Lord on high is mightier than the noise of many waters, yea than the mighty waves of the sea.”   The literal meaning of this verse is clear.  The sea was a place of terror to the landlocked Jewish people.  Fishermen were the fearless iron workers of their day and even […]
  • WORD STUDY – BECAUSE OF MY ENEMIES – למענ שׁוררי (1/3/2016) - Ps 27:11 Teach me thy way, O LORD, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies.   Now we really get down to meat of this verse.  We learn why the Psalmist is asking for God to teach him His way and lead him in His path, it is because of his […]
  • WORD STUDY – LEAD ME IN AN EVEN PATH – נחני בארח מישׁור (1/2/2016) -     Psalms 27:11: “Teach me thy way, O LORD, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies.”   My prayer for the New Year of 2016:   Oh Lord: I am trying to pick up the pieces On a chapter of my life that has closed I know Oh Lord you […]
  • WORD STUDY – GOD HEARS – שׁמע יהוה (1/1/2016) - Psalms 65:2: “O thou that hearest prayer, unto thee shall all flesh come.”   The use of the word shama (hear) has a number of possible English equivalents.  You really need to consider the context before deciding what English word to plug in. For instance the word shama rendered in Psalms 65:2 as hear in […]
  • WORD STUDY – TEACH ME – הורני (12/30/2015) -       Psalms 27:11:  “Teach me thy way, O LORD, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies.”   So the Psalmist is asking God to teach him His way.  We know he is asking God because he says: “O Lord or YHWH.”  We could probably render this as: “Teach me Jehovah’s […]
  • WORD STUDY – THE LETTER ZAYIN ז (12/28/2015) -   Psalms 29:11:  The Lord will give strength to His people,’’   So Psalms 28:7 tells us that the Lord is our strength and then in Psalms 29:1 we are told that the mighty men are to give the Lord strength and now we learn that the Lord will give us strength.  So it seems […]
  • WORD STUDY – CALL MY SIN TO REMEMBRANCE (12/27/2015) -   I Kings 17:18: “And she said unto Elijah, What have I to do with thee, O thou man of God?  Art thou come unto me to call my sin to remembrance, and to slay my son?”   There is a question that always comes to mind when I read this passage: “Why did the […]
  • WORD STUDY – SHEPHERDS – (12/26/2015) - Luke 2:8 “And there were shepherds in the same country abiding in the field, and keeping watch by night over their flock.”   We hear this Christmas story so much around this time of year that we never really stop to think about it or wonder about some obvious questions.  As a child I often […]
  • WORD STUDY – TO WORSHIP HER – להעצבה (12/23/2015) - Jeremiah 44:18-19: “But since we stopped burning sacrifices to the queen of heaven and pouring our libations to her, we have lacked everything and have met our end by the sword and by famine. And when we were burning sacrifices to the queen of heaven, and were pouring out drink offerings unto her, did we […]
  • WORD STUDY – FOREVER (LOVED) – עלמא (12/22/2015) -   John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.   Fall on your knees – English Caer de rodillas – Spanish Spadnie na kolana – Polish Dao zai ni de xigai (I think) Chinese Cadere in […]
  • WORD STUDY – I WILL REPENT OF THE EVIL – נחמתי על הרעה (12/21/2015) - Jeremiah 18:8: “If that nation against whom I have pronounced turn from their evil, I will repent of the evil that I thought to do unto them.”   “Prayer does not change God, prayer changes us.”  C.S. Lewis   This verse raises some questions in my mind. Does God repent? Does God do evil?  From […]
  • WORD STUDY – LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION: לא תעל נסי ונא (12/20/2015) - Matthew 6:13: “And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.”   As I seek to understand a new dimension that God is leading me in my prayer life, I am finding myself using the Lord’s prayer more often.   In this use of the Lord’s Prayer I am discovering that I haven’t the […]
  • WORD STUDY – THE ILLUSION – ההבל (12/19/2015) -   Ecclesiastes 5:19: “Every man also to whom God has given riches and wealth and hath given power to eat thereof and to take his portion and to rejoice in his labor, this is the gift of God.”   Ecclesiastes 6:2: “A man to whom God has given riches, wealth and honor so that he […]
  • WORD STUDY – SMOTE YOU WITH BLASTING – הכיתי עתכמ בשׁדפונ (12/18/2015) - Haggai 2:17: “I smote you with blasting and with mildew and with hail in all the labors of your hands; yet you turned not to me, saith the Lord?”   I have a friend who recently called me a sentimental old goat.  To be fair, I called myself that and she was just agreeing. But […]
  • WORD STUDY – ISRAEL AND JACOB – ישׁראל יעקב (12/16/2015) - Ezekiel 39:25, 29:  (25)”Therefore thus saith the Lord God,  Now will I bring the captivity of Jacob, and have mercy upon the whole house of Israel, and will be jealous for my holy name.”  (29) “Neither will I hide my face  anymore from them, for I have poured out my Spirit upon the house of […]
  • WORD STUDY – MY HEART IS TURNED WITHIN ME (12/16/2015) - Hosea 11:8: “How shall I give thee up Ephraim?  How shall I deliver thee, Israel?  How shall I make thee as Admah?  How shall I set thee as Zeboim.  My heart is turned within me, my repenting’s are kindled together.”   If you never experience a broken heart you are either not a member of […]
  • WORD STUDY – EAT UP YOUR FLESH – אכג אט בשׁרי (12/14/2015) -       Psalms 27:2:  “When the wicked, [even] mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell.”   Boy does that sound creepy, you’re enemies and foes are going to eat up your flesh. God bless the King James Version because it sure needs it. It […]
  • WORD STUDY – WICKED, ENEMY, FOE – איב צר עער (12/13/2015) -   Psalms 27:2:  “When the wicked, [even] mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell.”   One thing about reading a passage of Scripture from my Hebrew Bible is that I suddenly become aware of little nuances that I never pick up in reading the English […]
  • WORD STUDY – OF WHOM SHALL I BE AFRAID – ממי אפחר (12/13/2015) -   Psalms 27:1 “The LORD [is] my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD [is] the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”   “The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid.” Yesterday I spoke of the first word for fear in this […]
  • WORD STUDY – WHOM SHALL I FEAR – ממי אירא (12/11/2015) - Psalms 27:1  “The LORD [is] my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD [is] the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”   Here is something curious, fear and afraid, same thing, right?   In English it is, yet in the Hebrew there are two different words. Only 7,500 words […]
  • WORD STUDY – ALL HIS DOMINION – בכל ממשׁלתו (12/10/2015) -   Psalms 103:22:  “Bless the LORD, all his works in all places of his dominion: bless the LORD, O my soul.”   The phrase all His works appears to be pretty comprehensive.  Logically, it would seem that the places of His dominion has already been covered.  I mentioned in the last chapter that all His […]
  • WORD STUDY – ALL HIS WORKS (12/8/2015) -   Psalms 103:22:  “Bless the LORD, all his works in all places of his dominion: bless the LORD, O my soul.”   As we reach the conclusion of the Psalms where David is exhorting everyone and their mother to bless the Lord he is now calling upon all of God’s works to bless or praise […]
  • WORD STUDY – ALL YE HOST – כל צבאינ (12/7/2015) -    Psalms 103:21: “Bless ye the LORD, all ye his hosts; ye ministers of his, that do his pleasure.” I was always taught that the host of heaven are angels. So if we were to translate the word melekin the previous verse as angels then who makes up the host. I know many will point […]
  • WORD STUDY – THIRTY SHEKELS OF SILVER -כספ שׁלשׁימ שׁקימ (12/6/2015) -    Exodus 21:32:  “If the ox gores a manservant or a maidservant; he shall give unto their master thirty shekels of silver, and the ox shall be stoned.”   Jewish tradition teaches something called a remez. Remez means a hint. In other words when you read a passage like Exodus 21:32 you find a hint […]
  • WORD STUDY – MEN OF UNDERSTANDING – ישׁדעיבינה (12/6/2015) -   I Chronicles 12:32: “And the children of Issachar which were men that had understanding of the times to know what Israel ought to do; the heads of them were two hundred and all their brethren were at their command.”   “These are times which try men’s soul.”   Thomas Paine – “Crisis”   “Many wearing […]
  • WORD STUDY – A SONG OF LOVE (12/5/2015) -     Ezekiel 33:32: “And, lo, thou [art] unto them as a very lovely song of one that hath a pleasant voice, and can play well on an instrument: for they hear thy words, but they do them not.”   If the nightingales could sing like you They’d sing much sweeter than they do For […]
  • WORD STUDY – BLESS THE LORD YE HIS ANGELS – יהוה מלאיו (12/3/2015) - Psalms 103:20:  “Bless the LORD, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word.”   I don’t know if it just me or do others wonder about things like I do.  What I wonder about in this verse is David ordering the angels around.  Is he […]
  • WORD STUDY – HIS THRONE IN HEAVEN – בשׁמימ כסאו (11/22/2015) - Psalms 103:19:  The Lord has established His throne in the heavens, And His kingdom rules among all.   The first thing to note is that there is a definite article, the, before heaven as well as the preposition Beth for in or on and the word for heaven is also in a plural form.  This […]
  • WORD STUDY – THEY GRUMBLED – ילנ (11/21/2015) - Exodus 17:3:  “But the people thirsted there for water and they grumbled against Moses and said: Why, now, have you brought us up from Egypt, to kill us and our children and our livestock with thirst?”   Matthew 6:25-26 “Do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body […]
  • WORD STUDY – TAKE FOR ME AN OFFERING – יקחו לי תרומ (11/19/2015) -      Exodus 25:1-2:  “And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: ‘Speak to the children of Israel, that they take for Me an offering; of every man whose heart prompts him, you shall take My offering.’”   Why did God want the people to donate their gold, silver and other possessions of their prosperity to […]
  • WORD STUDY – HIS COVENANT – בריתו (11/18/2015) - Psalms 103:18: “To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them.”   Every modern translation I look at renders the word berith as covenant.  Only one translation renders this as promises.  Still what does it mean to keep His covenant or promises?  What is His covenant or promises?  […]
  • WORD STUDY – RIGHTEOUSNESS UNTO CHILDREN’S CHILDREN – צדקתו גבני בנימ (11/17/2015) -   Psalms 103:17:  “But the mercy of the LORD [is] from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children’s children;”   Is it just me or do you wonder why this passage specifies righteousness to the children’s children and not racham or even chasad.  I know it is a given […]
  • WORD STUDY – FROM EVERLASTING TO EVERLASTING – מעולמ ועד עולמ (11/16/2015) -    Psalms 103:17: “But the mercy of the LORD [is] from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children’s children;”   I am researching to write a book where I will take every Hebrew word for praise and worship, as well as my research into the ancient Hebraic form of […]
  • WORD STUDY – REST FROM YOUR SORROW – הניח מעצבכ (11/15/2015) - Isaiah 14:3-4: “And it shall come to pass in the day that the LORD shall give thee rest from thy sorrow, and from thy fear, and from the hard bondage wherein thou wast made to serve.   I know, God is talking about Israel and not us.  Ok, I get your point but my point […]
  • WORD STUDY – APPOINTED TIMES – מועד (11/14/2015) -    Leviticus 23:4: “These [are] the feasts of the LORD, [even] holy convocations, which ye shall proclaim in their seasons.”   Today I attended a meeting where we had a guest speaker.  He spent 28 years teaching pastors and building schools in China and working with the underground church.  Some of the things he shared […]
  • WORD STUDY – MAN’S DAYS ARE AS GRASS – אנושׁ כחציר ימיו (11/14/2015) -   Psalms 103:15-17: “As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth. For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more. But the mercy of the LORD [is] from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, […]
  • WORD STUDY – REMEMBER THE DUST – זכור אפר (11/12/2015) - Psalms 103:14: “For He knows our frame, Remembering that we are dust.”   I mean really, what is this supposed to mean that He knows our frame?   What is our frame?  I have a PhD and I can’t even tell you what this verse is saying by reading our English translation.  Over half our modern […]
  • WORD STUDY – AS A FATHER – כאב (11/11/2015) -      Psalms 103:13:  “Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him.”   There are a few little nuances in this verse that many would feel are unimportant.  Yet, when you are seeking the heart of God, these little nuances carrying life changing implications.  Such is the case […]
  • WORD STUDY – REWARD US ACCORDING TO OUR INIQUITIES (11/11/2015) - Ps 103:10 He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.   Scripture talks of three levels of sin.  You have chata’ which is mentioned at the beginning of this verse where God tells us that we will not take on the image or the result of our […]
  • WORD STUDY – HE HATH NOT DEALT WITH US – לא עשׁה לנו (11/9/2015) -   Ps 103:10 He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.   Say what?  Woo Woo, wait a minute, wait one dog gone minute. Am I reading my Hebrew right?  Is he actually using the word asah here?  And does He also use a Kap before the […]
  • WORD STUDY – HE WILL NOT KEEP HIS ANGER FOREVER – לא לעולמ יטור (11/7/2015) - Psalms 103:9:  “He will not always content, neither will he keep his anger forever.”   “It has been said that time heals all wounds.  I do not agree. The wounds remain. In time the mind, protecting its sanity, covers them with scar tissue and the pain lessons. But it is never gone.”  Rose Kennedy   […]
  • WORD STUDY – HE WILL NOT ALWAYS CONTEND – לא לנצח ייב (11/7/2015) -   Psalms 103:9:  “He will not always contend; neither will he keep [his anger] forever.”   So I just get done talking about how loving and merciful God is and now we have a God who is contentious and angry.  Frankly, I don’t blame some atheists who say they cannot figure us Christians out. We […]
  • WORD STUDY – HE HAS MADE KNOWN – יודיע (11/6/2015) -     Psalms 103:7:  “He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel.”   Has God ever made anything known unto you?  Note he made his ways known to Moses but it was his acts that he made known to the children of Israel.  Why would God make his ways […]
  • WORD STUDY – PLENTEOUS IN MERCY – רב חסד (11/4/2015) -   Ps 103:8 The LORD [is] merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.   Plenteous in mercy.  I guess that means God has gobs and gobs of mercy.  What kind of bothers me is that word plenteous.  Come Halloween neighbors are stacking up with a plenteous supply of candy.  By the evening’s […]
  • WORD STUDY – WORD OF JEHOVAH BECAME – יהי דבר יהוה (11/3/2015) -    Jonah 3:6: “For word came unto the king of Nineveh, and he arose from his throne, and he laid his robe from him, and covered himself with sackcloth, and sat in ashes.” Jonah lived somewhere around 780 BC.  He was probably in his thirties or forties when he preached in Nineveh.  The phrase King […]
  • WORD STUDY – SLOW TO ANGER – אפימ ארכ (11/2/2015) - Psalms 103:8: “The LORD [is] merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.”   For me to the best place to start in my study on the passage is on this matter of God being slow to anger. If you have been following my blog you know that an angry God is a […]
  • WORD STUDY – FOR ALL THAT ARE OPPRESSED – לכל עשׁוקימ (11/1/2015) - Psalms 103:6: “The LORD executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed.”   Say, how does righteousness and judgment help the oppressed?  If I am oppressed I would just be satisfied that the oppressor gets off my back.  If God wants to administer righteousness and judgment, well He is welcomed to it, but first […]
  • WORD STUDY – HIS ACTS (10/31/2015) - Psalms 103:7: “He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel.”   It is curious as to what the Psalmist meant by making known the acts of God.  Is he referring to the miracles of God, the creation of God, was he referring to God’s protection of Israel during the […]
  • WORD STUDY – HE HAS MADE KNOWN –יודיע (10/30/2015) -   Psalms 103:7:  “He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel.”   Has God ever made anything known unto you?  Note he made his ways known to Moses but it was his acts that he made known to the children of Israel.  Why would God make his ways known […]
  • WORD STUDY – THE LORD EXECUTES – יהוה עשׁה (10/29/2015) -     Psalms 103:6: “The LORD executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed.”   The Lord executes righteousness and judgment. Some translations say that the Lord will work, others say the Lord gives, and some say the Lord performs, the Lord continuously does what is right, the Lord does what is fair and […]
  • WORD STUDY – YOUTH IS RENEWED – תתחדשׁ נעוריכי (10/28/2015) - Psalms 103:5:  “Who satisfieth thy mouth with good [things; so that] thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”   Thy youth is renewed like the Eagle.  I already said yesterday that this renewing business is really more of a renewal of your passion and love for God like you had in your youth.  Now there […]
  • WORD STUDY – SATISFY YOUR MOUTH – המשׁביע עדיכ (10/27/2015) - Ps 103:5 Who satisfieth thy mouth with good [things; so that] thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s.   Who satisfies they mouth with good things, so that you youth is renewed like the eagle’s?  What the duce does that mean.  What does your mouth have to do with your youth being renewed and who […]
  • WORD STUDY – LOVINGKINDNESS AND TENDER MERCIES – חסד רחמ (10/26/2015) - Psalms 103:4: “Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;”   Do you ever have one of those days that you could sure use a good dose of being crowned with lovingkindness and tender mercies? I tell you the way things have been going for me lately I could […]
  • WORD STUDY – JESUS LOVES ME – עלמות אחבוכ (10/25/2015) - Song of Solomon 1:3:  “Therefore do the virgins love thee.”   Gilda Radner told a story in her book “It’s Always Something”  about a family in her neighborhood who had a dog that was pregnant.  A few weeks before the dog was to deliver her puppies she was hit by a car. The family rushed […]
  • BEYOND THE DALETH – THE SHADOW OF THE QOP קופ (10/25/2015) -    I Kings 11:2: “Of the nations concerning which the Lord said unto the children of Israel; You shall not go in to them neither shall they come in unto you; for surely they will turn away your heart after their god.  Solomon clave unto those in love.”   The last phrase really caught my […]
  • BEYOND THE DALETH – MERCIFUL – רחמ (10/24/2015) - Psalms 103:8:  “The LORD [is] merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.”   Merciful and gracious are two words we hear all the time in church. In fact we hear them so much we never really stop to consider what they mean.  We just know it is something good.  So I plan […]
  • WORD STUDY – A PURE HEART – לרבי לגג (10/23/2015) -      Psalms 73:1: “A Psalm of Asaph. Truly God [is] good to Israel, [even] to such as are of a clean heart.”   So what is a pure heart?  It sounds really good that  God is good to those with a pure heart.  I am all for experiencing the goodness of God and in […]
  • BEYOND THE DALETH – RAGE יחמ (10/21/2015) -   Psalms 90:7: “For we are consumed by thine anger, by thy wrath we are consumed.”   It is eleven o’clock in the evening and I need some sleep I have a bad chod with a shtop up nose and I cannot sleep thanks to my S-O C-A-L- L-E-D FRIENDS…. Yod, Chet Mem (Yachem – […]
  • WORD STUDY – ONCE TO DIE – דחדא זבצ נמותו (10/20/2015) - Hebrews 9:27: “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:”   Hebrews 11:5:  “By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death   I remember as a child and young adult I was troubled by these verses.  For one thing I was told by our preachers […]
  • WORD STUDY – O LORD YOU DECEIVED ME –פתיתני יהוה (10/19/2015) -    Jeremiah 20:7,9: “O LORD, thou hast deceived me, and I was deceived: thou art stronger than I, and hast prevailed: I am in derision daily, every one mocketh me. (9) Then I said, I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name. But [his word] was in mine heart […]
  • WORD STUDY – A THOUSAND SHALL FALL – יפל אלפ (10/18/2015) -      Psalms 91:7: “A thousand shall fall by your side, and ten thousand at your right hand; it shall not come near your.”   Ok September 23 has come and gone and it appears to be business as usual, no disasters. Wait, I take that back, my internet provider had a crash and I […]
  • WORD STUDY – NO EVIL SHALL BEFALL YOU – לא האנה אליכ רעה (10/18/2015) -     Psalms 91:10: “There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.”   This is the first mention of evil in this Psalm.  We have pestilence, arrows, and terrors by day and night, destruction and thousands falling but the Psalmist has yet to mention anything about evil until now. […]
  • WORD STUDY – REWARD OF THE WICKED – שׁלמת רשׁעינ (10/17/2015) - Psalms 91:8: “Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.”   Leave it to the KJV to come up with a word which in the twenty first century sounds like an absurdity.  The wicked are going to get a reward.  Today the word reward is reference to something good […]
  • WORD STUDY – REDEMPTION FROM THE PIT – הגואל משׁחת (10/15/2015) - Psalms 103:4 “Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowned thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;”   Here is a word that we use all the time and never really stop to think about what it means.  I am referring to the word redeem or redemption.  I never really thought much about that word redemption […]
  • WORD STUDY – HEALS ALL YOUR DISEASE – הרפא לכל תחלאיכי (10/14/2015) -     Ps 103:3 Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;   Who heals all your diseases.  That sounds like a pretty and wonderful promise except for that elephant sitting in the healing room.  That elephant is called, “Not all diseases get healed.”  Does that mean that Scripture is not true?  I […]
  • WORD STUDY – FORGIVES ALL YOUR INIQUITIES – הסלח לכל עונכי (10/14/2015) -   Psalms 103:3: “Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;”   Some translations will say Who forgives all you sins.  The Hebrew however, makes a distinction between sins and iniquities.  In fact there is a third level known as trespasses.  In Ephesians  2:1 we find.  “And you [hath he quickened], who were […]
  • WORD STUDY – FORGET NOT ALL HIS BENEFITS – אל תשׁכחי כל גמוליו (10/12/2015) - Psalms 103:2:  “Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:”   Sometimes it is really hard to bless the Lord.  The old soul gets knocked down, dragged out and stomped upon and the last thing it wants to do is praise the Lord.   It would just like to crawl under yon […]
  • WORD STUDY – BLESS GOD – ברכי יהוה (10/12/2015) -   Psalms 103:2:  “Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:”   David again commands his soul to bless the Lord.  How do you bless the Lord?  I guess that depends upon what you mean by bless.  We say it all the time in worship that we are blessing the Lord […]
  • WORD STUDY – ALL THAT IS WITHIN ME – כל קרבי (10/11/2015) - Ps 103:1: “ A Psalm of David. Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, [bless] his holy name.”   All that is within me bless his holy name.  I wonder what I have inside of me that can bless the name of the Lord.  Why does he not say with […]
  • WORD STUDY – BLESS THE LORD O MY SOUL – ברכי נפשׁי יהוה (10/10/2015) -    Psalms 103:1: “A Psalm of David. Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, [bless] his holy name.”   This psalms starts right off attributing to it David. Since it clearly says it was a Psalm of David, few would dispute the authorship.  However, you do have some in the […]
  • WORD STUDY – LONG LIFE – ארכ ימימ (10/9/2015) - , Psalms  91:16:  “With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.”   I have often had a problem with this verse.   It appears from reading this verse in every modern translation and commentaries that if we trust God, keep our eyes on Him, love Him and bond with Him we will […]
  • WORD STUDY – TO SEE OUR SALVATION – אראהו בישׁועתי (10/7/2015) -   Psalms 91:16 “With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.”   We have reached the end of Psalms 91 and here at the very end God says that He will show us His salvation. The question is, what is this salvation?  Are we speaking of the salvation of our eternal souls […]
  • WORD STUDY – I WILL ANSWER HIM – אענהו (10/6/2015) - Psalms 91:15:  “He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I [will be] with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.”   We are getting toward the end of this Psalm which has instructed us just what type of relationship we should have with God if we expect all the […]
  • WORD STUDY – I WILL HONOR HIM – אנכי אכבדהו (10/6/2015) -   Ps 91:15 He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I [will be] with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.   Once again we get the promise in Psalms 91:15 that God will deliver us.  In this case the word used for deliver is chalats which means to […]
  • WORD STUDY – WITH US IN TIME OF TROUBLE עמו אנכי בצרה (10/4/2015) - Ps 91:15 He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I [will be] with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.   I realize now a mistake I have been making in my study of the Psalms.  I have been taking one verse and studying that one verse, taking it […]
  • WORD STUDY – HATH KNOWN MY NAME – ידע שׁמי (10/4/2015) - WORD STUDY – HATH KNOWN MY NAME –  ידע שׁמי      Ps 91:14:  “Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.”   So God will rescue or deliver us if we are bonded with Him.  This verse goes […]
  • WORD STUDY – HATH KNOWN MY NAME ידע שׁמי (10/2/2015) - Ps 91:14:  “Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.”   So God will rescue or deliver us if we are bonded with Him.  This verse goes on to say that He will set us on high because […]
  • WORD STUDY – BONDING WITH GOD חשׁק (10/2/2015) -     Psalms 91:14: “Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.”   “One thing you should never say to your boss if she is a woman: “Isn’t it adorable how your children call their nanny mommy.”  Unknown   […]
  • WORD STUDY – TREAD AND TRAMPLE דרכ סמר (10/1/2015) - Psalms 91:13: “Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.”   If I took this verse literally, it would have absolutely no significance for me and I believe for most of you reading this.  When was the last time you came face to face […]
  • WORD STUDY – BEAR YOU UP IN THEIR HANDS -ישׁאונכ פימ (9/29/2015) -   Ps 91:11-12:  “For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. They shall bear thee up in [their] hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.   Matthew 4:6: “And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is […]
  • WORD STUDY – ANGELS CHARGE OVER YOU – מלאכיו יצוהלכ (9/28/2015) -   Psalms 9:11-  “For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.”   We of course recognize this verse as the Scripture verse used by the enemy himself in Matthew 4:6.  “And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is […]
  • WORD STUDY – NO PLAGUE SHALL COME TO YOU – נע ילע יקרב (9/27/2015) - Psalms 91:10: “There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.”   I was under the impression that pestilence and plague were the same thing.  But in this case they are not.  The word used in verse six for pestilence is mideber which is something associated with words and speech.  […]
  • WORD STUDY – REWARD OF THE WICKED שׁלמת רשׁינ (9/27/2015) -      Psalms 91:8: “Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.”   Leave it to the KJV to come up with a word which in the twenty first century sounds like an absurdity.  The wicked are going to get a reward.  Today the word reward is reference to […]
  • WORD STUDY – A THOUSAND SHALL FALL -יפל אפ (9/26/2015) -     Psalms 91:7: “A thousand shall fall by your side, and ten thousand at your right hand; it shall not come near your.”   Ok September 23 has come and gone and it appears to be business as usual, no disasters. Wait, I take that back, my internet provider had a crash and I […]
  • WORD STUDY – THE WALKING PESTILENCE -באפל יהלכ (9/25/2015) -    Psalms 91:6: “[Nor] for the pestilence [that] walketh in darkness; [nor] for the destruction [that] wasteth at noonday.”   I wonder what a walking pestilence looks like?  Does pestilence really walk through a village at night.  They apparently did in Assyrian and Babylon or at least that is what they believed and II Kings […]
  • WORD STUDY – SUDDEN DEATH AND DESTRUCTION מקטב ישׁוד (9/24/2015) - Psalms 91:6:  “[Nor] for the pestilence [that] walketh in darkness; [nor] for the destruction [that] wasteth at noonday.”   On top of everything else, we do not have to fear the destruction that wasteth at noonday.  I am not sure what that it is but it sounds bad and I am glad we don’t need […]
  • WORD STUDY – SUDDEN DEATH AND DESTRUCTION מקטב ישׁוד (9/22/2015) - Psalms 91:6:  “[Nor] for the pestilence [that] walketh in darkness; [nor] for the destruction [that] wasteth at noonday.”   On top of everything else, we do not have to fear the destruction that wasteth at noonday.  I am not sure what that it is but it sounds bad and I am glad we don’t need […]
  • WORD STUDY – ARROW THAT FLIETH BY DAY מחצ יעופ יוממ (9/21/2015) - Psalms 91:5: “Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; [nor] for the arrow [that] flieth by day;”   Taken literally this verse really has little concern for us today.  How mean how many of us are really afraid of being shot by an arrow during the daytime?  Actually, people in ancient times […]
  • WORD STUDY – TERROR BY NIGHT מפחד לילה (9/20/2015) -   Psalms  91:5: “Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; [nor] for the arrow [that] flieth by day;” night,terror Matthew 15:2: “Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? for they wash not their hands when they eat bread.”   I have read a number of commentaries on what they […]
  • WORD STUDY – OUR SHIELD AND BUCKLER סחרה אמתו (9/19/2015) - Psalms 91:4: “He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth [shall be thy] shield and buckler.”   So what is a shield and buckler? What is truth?  The word used in the Hebrew for truth is ‘emeth.  This word is most often used to express the idea […]
  • WORD STUDY – IN HIM WILL I TRUST אבטח בו (9/18/2015) - Psalms 91:2:  “I will say of the LORD, [He is] my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.”   We throw this word trust around all the time as Christians.  It is one of those words that we use over and over and we never stop to think of what it […]
  • WORD STUDY – FEATHERS AND WINGS – אבר כנפ (9/16/2015) - Psalms 91:4: “He shall cover thee with his feathers and under his wings shalt thou trust.  His truth shall be thy shield and buckler.”   It is interesting that in many species of birds both the male and female will cover their chicks with their feathers and wings.  It is not just the mother bird.  […]
  • WORD STUDY – THE SNARE OF THE HUNTER מפח יקושׁ (9/15/2015) - Psalms 91:3 Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, [and] from the noisome pestilence.   The word for snare mipach could come from two different root words.  It could be pachach or pachad.  Pachach means to entrap, either by a net or a snare. It is also used to express the […]
  • WORD STUDY – HE IS MY REFUGE – מחסי (9/13/2015) - Psalms 91:2:  “I will say of the LORD, [He is] my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.”   I mean really, are not refuge and fortress the same thing?  A refuge is a place of safety and so is a fortress.  The only difference is that when you think of […]
  • WORD STUDY – THE LORD IS MY LIGHT AND MY SALVATION יהוה אורי וישׁעי (9/12/2015) -     Psalms 27:1: “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall  I be afraid.”   Ok, it is confession time. I shall reveal to you one of my deepest darkest secrets. I have a school boy crush on Hillary Clinton.  […]
  • WORD STUDY – INTO THE PIT יורדי בור (9/11/2015) - Psalms 28:1 “Unto thee will I cry, O Lord my rock; be not silent to me: lest if thou be silent to me, I become like them that go down into the pit.”   Like them that go down into the pit. Many commentators feel that this is just a poetic expression for death. In […]
  • WORD STUDY – TO GO AND RETURN אלכ אשׁובה (9/10/2015) -    Hosea 5:15;  “I will go and return to my place until they acknowledge their offence and seek my face, in their affliction they will seek me early.”   I counted up the number of times that God said in the Old Testament, in one form or another, that He would not leave us or […]
  • WORD STUDY – INHABIT ETERNITY שׁככ עד (9/8/2015) -    (NOTE, PLEASE READ THE STORY, MY TEARS, FOUND ON JOTS AND TITLES TO HELP FURTHER EXPLAIN THIS STUDY). Isaiah 57:15: “For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabited eternity…” I was reading an article published by Vanderbilt University regarding the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, Switzerland.  The Hadron Collider is the world’s […]
  • WORD STUDY – THE COLOR BLUE – MAYIM מימ (9/7/2015) - Isaiah 30:20: “And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity, and the water of affliction, your teachers be hidden no more, but thine eyes shall see they teachers:”   Today my study partner and I were debating the color blue.  She insisted that the color blue is found in the Bible. It is […]
  • WORD STUDY – O SPARE ME שׁעה (9/5/2015) -   Psalms 39:13: “O spare me, that I may recover strength, before I go hence, and be no more.”   This is a very curious verse.  What is the Psalmist saying when he asks God to spare him so he can recover strength before he is no more.  All commentators agree the expression before I […]
  • WORD STUDY – I WILL SING אשׁירה (9/3/2015) - Psalms 104:33: “I will sing unto the LORD as long as I live: I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.”   Mark 5:30:  “And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him, turned him about in the press, and said, Who touched my clothes?”   I […]
  • WORD STUDY – TUNING YOUR INSTRUMENT -הטו את אזנמ (9/2/2015) - Jeremiah 7:24: “But they harkened not nor inclined their ear.”   The context of this passage is referring to harkening to the Word of God. For us today that is the Bible which lays it out pretty clear what God expects from us. So I really do get the part of not harkening unto the […]
  • BEYOND THE DALETH – THE SHADOW OF THE QOP קופ (9/1/2015) -   I Kings 11:2: “Of the nations concerning which the Lord said unto the children of Israel; You shall not go in to them neither shall they come in unto you; for surely they will turn away your heart after their god.  Solomon clave unto those in love.”   The last phrase really caught my […]
  • HEBREW WORD STUDY- SACRIFICE OF PRAISE (8/31/2015) -   Hebrews 13:15: “By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of [our] lips giving thanks to his name.”   “The driving force for us to bring a sacrifice or offering to God is to bring us closer to God.” Rabbi Solomon Hirsch   We all […]
  • WORD STUDY – CONVERSION שׁלמ (8/30/2015) -     Acts 3:19: “Repent ye therefore, and be converted (Aramaic – surrender, submit), that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;”   I am completing a book with the working title: We Prayed for Revival and All We Got Was a Hug.  […]
  • WORD STUDY – A STRONGHOLD IN THE DAY OF TROUBLE למעוז בימ צרה (8/29/2015) - Nahum  1:7: “The LORD [is] good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him.”   Nahum was a prophet in the days of King Josiah.  He was an Elkoshite, a religious order devoted to peace and trusting God in everything.  He served under King Josiah of Judah […]
  • WORD STUDY – SEND FOR YOURSELF MEN שׁלח לח אנשׁימ (8/27/2015) - Numbers 13:2:  “Send thou men, that they may search the land of Canaan, which I give unto the children of Israel: of every tribe of their fathers shall ye send a man, everyone a ruler among them.”   We all know this story, the children of Israel are about to enter the Promised Land. God […]
  • WORD STUDY – WORSHIPPED ON THE TOP OF HIS STAFF יתחו עלראשׁ המטה (8/26/2015) -   Genesis 47:31: “And he said swear unto me and he swore unto him, And Israel bowed himself upon the bed’s head.”   Hebrews 11:21: “By faith Jacob when he was dying blessed both the sons of Joseph and worshipped upon the top of his staff.   This is one passage that sure does not […]
  • WORD STUDY – EZRA PREPARED HIS HEART עזרא הכינ לבבו (8/24/2015) -   Ezra 7:10: “For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the law of the Lord and to do it and to teach in Israel statutes and judgments.”   Something I always admired about the Jewish rabbis is that they always prepared their hearts for prayer and for worship.  They did not just dive into […]
  • WORD STUDY – TURN O BACKSLIDER שׁובו שׁובבימ (8/23/2015) - Jeremiah 3:14: “Turn, O backsliding children, saith the LORD; for I am married unto you: and I will take you one of a city, and two of a family, and I will bring you to Zion:”   There is a very interesting play on words in this verse with regard to the backslider. This verse […]
  • WORD STUDY – BUT HIS BANNER OVER ME IS LOVE ודגלו גלו עלי אהבה (8/22/2015) -     Song  of Solomon 2:4  “He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me [was] love.”   I remember back in the eighties we would sing a little song using this verse. We would sing it over and over and everyone would put their arms over their heads and form a […]
  • WORD STUDY – FERVENT PRAYER חילה צלתא (8/21/2015) -     James 5:16 Confess [your] faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.   This morning during my first bus run I was waiting for a light when I noticed a middle aged woman trying to help an […]
  • WORD STUDY – JESUS CHRIST AND HIM CRUCIFIED – ישׁוע משׁיחא לה כדזקיפ (8/19/2015) -   1 Corinthians 2:2: “For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.”   I recently read where the Dalai Lama  spends up to six hours a day in study and meditation. Ha, what an amateur.  I spend that and more in study, mediation on the Word of God […]
  • WORD STUDY – FAT AND KICKING ישׁסן ויבעט (8/18/2015) -   Deuteronomy 32:15: “But Jeshurun waxed fat and kicked. Thou are waxen fat and thou art grown thick, thou art covered with fatness, then he forsook God which made him and lightly esteemed the rock of his salvation.”   In the Jewish work Genesis Rabbah 77:1 we find that the word Jeshurun is a reference […]
  • WORD STUDY – MY SOUL LOVETH – שׁאהבה נפשׁי (8/16/2015) -   Song of Solomon 1:7-8: Tell me, O thou whom my soul loveth, where thou feedest, where thou makest [thy flock] to rest at noon: for why should I be as one that turneth aside by the flocks of thy companions? If thou know not, O thou fairest among women, go thy way forth by […]
  • WORD STUDY – VEXATION OF THE SPIRIT רעות רות (8/14/2015) -   Ecclesiastes 6:9: “Better is the sight of eyes than the wandering of the desire, this is also vanity and the vexation of the spirit.”   One of the stories from Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales” is entitled “The Pardoner’s Tail” In this story he makes reference to an enigmatic old man who is unable to […]
  • WORD STUDY – WITCHCRAFT קסמ (8/13/2015) -   I Samuel 15:23: “For rebellion [is as] the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness [is as] iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from [being] king.”   “Lizard’s leg and owler’s wing, For a charm of powerful trouble, Like a hell-broth boil and bubble, Double, […]
  • WORD STUDY – A HEART LIKE GOD’S – יהוה כלבבו (8/12/2015) -      1 Samuel 13:14:  “But now thy kingdom shall not continue: the LORD hath sought him a man after his own heart, and the LORD hath commanded him [to be] captain over his people, because thou hast not kept [that] which the LORD commanded thee.”   I have an IPOD hooked up to the […]
  • WORD STUDY – WITH ALL THY HEART בכל לבבכ (8/11/2015) -    Deuteronomy 4:29: But if from thence thou shalt seek the Lord thy God, thou shalt find him if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul.   I have an elderly passenger who is a regular on my disability bus.  After every time I drive her I have to go […]
  • WORD STUDY – LIFE ETERNAL חיא עלמא (8/10/2015) - John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.   John 17:3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.   Of course we all know what […]
  • WORD STUDY – RICH, WEALTHY עשׁר (8/8/2015) -   Proverbs 10:22: “The blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.”   My study partner told me that this is a verse that people often use to prove that God wants us to be rich.  In fact the NIV leads the way with: “The blessing of the LORD […]
  • WORD STUDY – ALL HIS HEART – כל לבו (8/7/2015) - Judges 16:18: “And when Delilah saw that he had told her all his heart she sent and called for the lords of the Philistines, saying, come up at this once for he has shown me all his heart. Then the lords of the Philistines came up unto her and brought money in their hand.”   […]
  • WORD STUDY – SACRIFICE זבח (8/6/2015) -   II Chronicles 28:23:”For he sacrificed unto the gods of Damacus, which smote him, and he said: Because the gods of the kings of Assyria help them, therefore will I sacrifice to them, that they may help me, but they were the ruin of him and all Israel.”   King Ahaz ruled Judah for 16 […]
  • WORD STUDY – THE FULNESS OF JOY – שׁבע שׁחות (8/4/2015) -    Ps 16:11 Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence [is] fulness of joy; at thy right hand [there are] pleasures for evermore.   The Psalms, more than any other book in the Bible is a book which gives us an in depth understanding of the love relationship that we can […]
  • WORD STUDY – VISION OR JUST SEEING – ראה (8/3/2015) -   Ezekiel 8:10,12  “So I went in and saw; and behold every form of creeping things, and abominable beasts, and all the idols of the house of Israel, portrayed upon the wall roundabout.12: Then said he unto me, Son of man, hast thou seen what the ancients of the house of Israel do in the […]
  • WORD STUDY – THE SHADOW OF HIS WINGS – בצל כנפיכ (8/1/2015) -     Psalms 36:7 How excellent [is] thy lovingkindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings.   “Let not be shut in my soul, let not be fettered my shadow, let be opened the way for my soul and for my shadow, may it see the […]
  • WORD STUDY – HE THAT PONDERETH THE HEART תכנ לבות (7/31/2015) - Proverbs 24:11-12: “If thou forbear to deliver [them that are] drawn unto death, and [those that are] ready to be slain; If thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not he that pondereth the heart consider [it]? and he that keepeth thy soul, doth [not] he know [it]? and shall [not] he render to […]
  • HEBREW WORD STUDY – POUR OUT YOUR HEART TO HIM (7/30/2015) - Psalm 62:8: “Trust in him at all times; [ye] people, pour out your heart before him: God [is] a refuge for us. Selah.”   In 1902 Adelaide Pollard was hoping to go to Africa as a missionary but was unable to raise the funds needed to pay for her missionary venture.  She became greatly discouraged, […]
  • WORD STUDY – MOSES WAS VERY MEEK – משׁהענו עניו מאד (7/29/2015) -   Numbers 12:3,10: “Now the man Moses [was] very meek, above all the men which [were] upon the face of the earth. “And the cloud departed from off the tabernacle; and, behold, Miriam [became] leprous, [white] as snow: and Aaron looked upon Miriam, and, behold, [she was] leprous.”   My study partner was telling of […]
  • WORD STUDY – JOSEPH DREAMED A DREAM (7/28/2015) - Genesis 37:5: “And Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told [it] his brethren: and they hated him yet the more.”   Some of your more fundamentalist Christians would sort of frown on someone saying that God gave them a dream.  To many Christians that is just being too spiritual or something like that.  They would […]
  • WORD STUDY – SILENCE חרשׁ (7/27/2015) -     Psalms 32:3: “When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long.”   Looking at the context of this passage we find that David has some hidden sin that he is not confessing.  The word for silence in the Hebrew is charesh which is found in this verse […]
  • WORD STUDY – WAIT, ASHAMED, TREACHEROUS – בגד בושׁ קוה (7/25/2015) - Psalm 25:3:  “Yea, let none that wait on thee be ashamed: let them be ashamed which transgress without cause.”   I’ll catch the sun and never give it back again, I’ll catch the sun and keep it for my own But in a world where no one understands I’ll take my outstretched hand and offer […]
  • WORD STUDY – DIVIDING THE FLAMES OF FIRE חצב לחבות אשׁ (7/24/2015) -   “Psalms 29:7: “The voice of the Lord divided the flames of fire.”   There are many interpretations of this Psalm.  One is that it is referring to God making a covenant with man.  Some commentators say David is making a reference to the three Hebrew children in the fiery furnace (although David lived long […]
  • WORD STUDY – RENDER UNTO CAESAR יהב הכל קסר (7/21/2015) - “Exodus 20:4: “Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image in the likeness that is in heaven above or the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the sea.”   Matthew 22:20-21: “And He said unto them, whose is this image and superscription? They say unto Him, Caesars.  The saith he unto […]
  • WORD STUDY – LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE – נשׁהרא נהמ (7/20/2015) -    Matthew 5:16: “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”   Ever since I was a little child I have been curious about that Sunday School song, “This little light of mine, I ‘m gonna let it shine, shine shine. […]
  • WORD STUDY – TOGETHER AND AGREED – יעד יחד (7/19/2015) -   Amos 3:3:  “Can two walk together, except they be agreed?”   I almost overlooked doing a Hebrew study of this verse as the meaning seemed to be so clear cut.  I mean what more could we find about this verse. Could it be saying something more? I mentioned this verse to my study partner […]
  • WORD STUDY – SING UNTO THE LORD – שׁור (7/18/2015) -     Psalms 13:6: “I will sing unto the Lord because He has dealt bountifully with me.”   Ok, so the word bountifully gamal has its roots in the idea of being weaned. If you don’t believe me check out Psalms 131:2:  “Surely I have behaved and quieted myself, as a child that is weaned […]
  • WORD STUDY – FREE INDEED – שׁרירתא חור (7/17/2015) -   John 8:36: “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.”   I picked up Liesl in my bus for her monthly grocery shopping. Liesl is in her nineties yet still retains her beauty, elegance and her touch of aristocracy that she had known in her youth.  She was raised […]
  • WORD STUDY – THE LORD SPOKE FROM THE MIDST OF THE FIRE – ידבר יהוה מתוכ האשׁ (7/15/2015) -    Deuteronomy 4:12: “And the Lord spake unto you out of the midst of the fire,  you heard the voice of the words, but saw no similitude, only you heard a voice.”   In the early 16th Century the church was one of the most powerful forces in the world.  Kings and princes bowed to […]
  • WORD STUDY – TRICKLE OF RAIN AND DEW – יערפ כמטר תזר כטל (7/13/2015) -   Deuteronomy 32;2: “My doctrine shall drop as rain, my speech shall distill as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass.”   We learn in Deuteronomy that God sends his doctrine as the rain or the dew.  When it comes to modern translations they are […]
  • WORD STUDY – MOSES PRAYED OVER GOD (PART II) – יתפלל משׁה יהוה (7/12/2015) -     Numbers 11:2: “And the people cried unto Moses; and when Moses prayed unto the LORD, the fire was quenched.”   Yesterday I presented an alternative rendering for Numbers 11:1-3 which presented a God who was heartbroken over the murmuring and complaining of the people such that he embraced them with His passionate love […]
  • WORD STUDY – HIS ANGER WAS KINDLED – יחר אנו (7/11/2015) -     Numbers 11:1-2: “And [when] the people complained, it displeased the LORD: and the LORD heard [it]; and his anger was kindled; and the fire of the LORD burnt among them, and consumed [them that were] in the uttermost parts of the camp. And the people cried unto Moses; and when Moses prayed unto […]
  • WORD STUDY – NONE WILL EXALT HIM – לא ירוממ (7/10/2015) -       Hosea 11:7: “And my people are bent to backsliding from me though they call them to the most high, none at all will exalt him.”   The syntax at the end of this verse is highly disputed.  The KJV and other translations will render this as the people will not exalt God.  […]
  • WORD STUDY – DRAWING NEAR TO GOD – נגשׁ (7/9/2015) - Genesis 44:18: “Then Judah came near unto him, and said, ‘Oh, my Lord, let thy servant, I pray thee, speak a word in my Lord’s ears…’”   I read something interesting in the Talmud about this verse. The word for come near is nagash.  This has the idea of drawing near or approaching with an […]
  • WORD STUDY – WE ARE FILTHY – נאלחו (7/8/2015) -     Psalm 14:3: “They are all gone aside, they are altogether become filthy, there is none that doeth good, no not one.”   I remember in Bible College I had a class on How To Study the Bible. Our instructor told us we need to read the Bible like we read a love letter. […]
  • WORD STUDY – THE STRENGTH OF HORSES – בגבורת הסוס (7/7/2015) -   Psalms 147:10: “He delighteth not in the strength of horses; he takes no pleasure in the legs of man.”   This afternoon I listened to an amazing story told by a woman who related how she became a Christian as a teenager and was just so in love with God and was desperate to […]
  • WORD STUDY – THY DESIRE SHALL BE FOR YOUR HUSBAND – אישׁכ תשׁוקתכ (7/6/2015) -   Genesis 3:16:  “Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire [shall be] to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.”   Over the years of listening to preachers preach on this passage they always said God was […]
  • WORD STUDY – I LIFT UP MY SOUL – נפשׁי אשׁא (7/4/2015) - Ps 25:1 . [A Psalm] of David. Unto thee, O LORD, do I lift up my soul.   This Psalm starts off very curious.  The words a Psalm are not found in the Hebrew text. It simply starts off lidavid or to David or unto David. Translators are not sure what to do with that.  […]
  • WORD STUDY – MAN LAYING WITH A MEMORY – אישׁ ישׁכב אתזכר (7/3/2015) -      Leviticus 20:13:  “If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood [shall be] upon them.”   As I research my book, A Hebrew Teacher Explores the Heart of God in a Marriage Relationship […]
  • WORD STUDY – KNOWING GOD’S THOUGHTS (7/2/2015) - Psalms 139:17 “How precious also are your thoughts unto me, O God, how great is the sum of them.”   Today I was researching my book A Hebrew Teachers Explores God’s Heart in the Marriage Relationship.Listening to a story of a relationship where one’s love was betrayed, I could not help but think that no […]
  • WORD STUDY – RIGHT WAY – דרכ ישׁר (7/1/2015) -   Proverbs 16:25: “There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof [are] the ways of death.”   There are probably two things we dread the most when driving our disability buses, school traffic and snow.  Fortunately both do not occur concurrently.  If the snow reaches a depth where it […]
  • WORD STUDY – TAKING THE KINGDOM BY FORCE – מלכותא שׁמיא הטירא (Aramaic) (6/30/2015) -   Matthew 11:12: “And from the days of John the Baptist until the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.”   Micah 2:12-13: “I will surely assemble, O Jacob, all of thee; I will surely gather the remnant of Israel; I will put them together as the sheep of Bozrah, […]
  • WORD STUDY – BOOK OF LIFE – מספר חיימ (6/29/2015) - Luke 10:20: “Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.” Psalms 69:28: “Let them be blotted out of the book of the living, and not be written with the righteous.” The Book of Life was a common theme when I was […]
  • HEBRAIC STUDY – MAKE ME A BLESSING (6/27/2015) -   Haggai 1:6: “You have sown much, and bring in little; you eat, but you have not enough; you drink, but you are not filled with drink; you clothe yourself but there is none warm; and he that earns wages earns wages to put it into a bag with holes.”   Throughout my life I […]
  • WORD STUDY – HE DRANK WINE – ישׁת מנ היינ (6/27/2015) -   Genesis 9:21: “And he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered in his tent.”   There is a favorite question that Sunday School teachers try to avoid but there is always some smart alec who will ask: “If Noah was so holy and such a great man of God why […]
  • WORD STUDY – THE ELECTRICITY OF GOD – חשׁמל (6/26/2015) - Ezekiel: 1:4: “I looked, and lo, a stormy wind came sweeping out of the north, a huge cloud and flashing fire, surrounded by radiance; and in the center of it, in the center of the fire, a gleam of amber.   The word Ezekiel chose for gleam of amber is chashmal.  This word is used […]
  • Word Study – A Quiet Place – מקדשׁי (6/25/2015) -   Psalms 73:17: “Until I went into the sanctuary of God. Then understood I their end.”   Asaph was a close friend of King David and collaborated with him on much of his poetry and music.  Asaph was also a seer.  The Bible does show a difference between a seer (ra’ah) and a prophet (nebim).  […]
  • WORD STUDY – THE GREAT PRETENDERS – לא הכירו (6/24/2015) - Job 24:13: “They are those who rebel against the light, they know not the ways thereof, nor abide in the paths thereof.”   Titus 1:15: “Unto the pure all things are pure but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure but even their mind and conscience are defiled.”   Titus was most […]
  • WORD STUDY – GIVING GOD A HUG דבק (6/23/2015) - Deuteronomy 10:20: “You shall fear the Lord your God; you shall serve Him and cling to Him, and you shall swear by His name.”   Since I began my Hebraic studies over forty years I was always convinced that there were different roles that men and women play, but I never, ever believed that it […]
  • WORD STUDY – ABRAHAM MY LOVER – אברהמ אהבי (6/22/2015) -   James 2:23: “And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.”   Isaiah 41:8: “But thou, Israel, [art] my servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraham my friend.”   Seamstress: “You are going to […]
  • WORD STUDY – FATHER אב (6/21/2015) -   Psalms 103:13: “Like as a father pitieth [his] children, [so] the LORD pitieth them that fear him.”   Some people are beginning to think that I am giving men a bad rap with my talk of women being a gateway, having a special knowledge of God and all that, so I figure that at […]
  • WORD STUDY – MERIBAH AND MASSAH –מסה מריבה (6/18/2015) - Psalms 95:8 “Harden not your heart as in the day of provocation (Meribah), and as in the day of temptation (Massah) in the wilderness.”   There is a very interesting poetic device used in this Psalm.  The writer is using proper names from an actual place and using the meaning behind those proper name to […]
  • WORD STUDY – HONOR THY FATHER AND MOTHER – כבו את אבית אמכ (6/18/2015) -   Ex 20:12 . Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.   School is out for the summer and I am finding a number of kids, teenagers and pre-teens riding my bus.  They are not disabled nor do they appear […]
  • WORD STUDY – FOLLOW RIGHTEOUSNESS – רדפ צדקה (6/17/2015) -   Proverbs 21:21: “He that followeth after rigteousness and mercy findeth life, righteousness, and honour.”   Last night as I was studying, I don’t know how late it was, but I suddenly heard fireworks go off. I thought, “My gosh, the Fourth of July is still three weeks away and they are setting off fireworks […]
  • WORD STUDY – SPIDER OR LIZARD (6/15/2015) - Proverbs 30:28:  “The spider taketh hold with her hands, and is in kings ‘palaces.” KJV   Yesterday I pressed the button on my dash board to open the doors of my disability bus to let off one of my passengers on 26th Street on the border of Berwyn and Cicero.  This is in the heart […]
  • WORD STUDY – MY LORD JEHOVAH – אדני יהוה (6/14/2015) - Ezekiel 16:30: “How weak is thine heart, saith the Lord God, seeing thou doest all these things, the work of an imperious, whorish woman.”   Am I missing something or did Ezekiel just call Judah a whore. There are three words in Hebrew for a whore or prostitute. None get rave reviews, but there appears […]
  • WORD STUDY – LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR – אהבת לרעכ (6/14/2015) - Leviticus 19:18:  “Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself: I [am] the LORD.” John 13:34: “A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.” This commandment […]
  • WORD STUDY – GOD HAS JUST BEGUN – החלות (6/13/2015) -   Deuteronomy 3:24: “Oh, Lord God, thou hast begun to show thy servant thy greatness.”   This is truly an amazing statement to be made by Moses.  The Book of Deuteronomy is really three sermons that Moses delivered to the people of Israel just before they entered the promised land.  The first sermon rehashes the […]
  • WORD STUDY – HEAL OR CURE – גהה רפא (6/12/2015) -   Exodus 21:19:  “If he rise again, and walk abroad upon his staff, then shall he that smote [him] be quit: only he shall pay [for] the loss of his time, and shall cause [him] to be thoroughly healed.”   Proverbs 17:22:  “A merry heart doeth good [like] a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth […]
  • WORD STUDY – DUST – עפר (6/11/2015) - Genesis 2:7: “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground; and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living soul.”   I remember attending a rather boisterous prayer meeting where everyone was praying at once and out loud. There was one old boy who was really […]
  • WORD STUDY – BETTER ARE THE POOR – תוב רשׁ (6/10/2015) - Proverbs 28:6:  “Better [is] the poor that walketh in his uprightness, than [he that is] perverse [in his] ways, though he [be] rich.”   Ronald is a good hearted soul. He is in his early sixties, he lived all his life in his parents’ home and when they passed away he and his brother inherited […]
  • WORD STUDY – ETERNAL LIFE – חיא עלמא (6/9/2015) - Matthew 19:16: “And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? [there is] none good but one, [that is], God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.” Is it […]
  • WORD STUDY – LIGHT – NOOHRA (ARAMAIC) ‘OR (HEBREW) אור נהר (6/8/2015) - Daniel 2:22: “He revealeth the deep and secret things: he knoweth what is in the darkness, and the light dwelleth with him.”   This morning I was reading in the Book of James and found myself cross referencing the term Father of Lights found in James 1:17 to the Book of Daniel.   What I found […]
  • WORD STUDY – TO SAY TO TELL לנגד לאמר (6/7/2015) -   Exodus 19:3; “And Moses went up unto God, and the Lord called unto him out of the mountain, saying: ‘Thus shalt thou say to the house of Jacob, and tell the sons of Israel.’”   What is the different between the house of Jacob and the sons of Israel? Moses is to relate the […]
  • WORD STUDY – HOW LONG SHALL I CRY – עד אנה שׁועתי (6/5/2015) - Habakkuk 1:2:  “O Lord, how long shall I cry, and thou wilt not hear! Even cry out unto thee of violence, and thou wilt not save!”   There is a lot of talk about a great revival that is coming, many are praying and fasting for a revival to sweep this nation.  I fear much […]
  • HEBREW WORD STUDY – DOMINION (6/4/2015) -   Genesis 1:26: “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness and let them have dominion over fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepth upon the earth.”   I was […]
  • WORD STUDY – JEALOUS FOR THE LORD – קנא קנאתי אלהי (6/3/2015) -     I Kings 19:9-10: “The Word of the Lord (came) to him, and he said unto him, What doest thou here, Elijah?”  And he said,  I have been very jealous for the Lord God of hosts: for the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown thine altars, and slain they prophets with the […]
  • WORD STUDY – THE HEALING POWER OF GREEN – ירק (6/2/2015) -   Isaiah 15:6: “For the waters of Nimrim shall be desolate, for the hay is withered away, the grass faileth, there is no green thing.”   John Leaf Whittier wrote a poem entitle Maud Muller which tells the story of a wealthy judge who happen to meet a beautiful poverty stricken maid while she was […]
  • WORD STUDY – HE WILL REST IN HIS LOVE – יחרישׁ באהבתו (5/31/2015) -   Zephaniah 3:17: “The Lord your God in the midst of you is mighty.  He will save, He will rejoice over you with joy.  He will rest in his love, He will joy over you with singing.   I am convinced that every born again believer longs deep within their soul and spirit to love […]
  • WORD STUDY – URIM AND THUMMIM – תמימ ארימ (5/29/2015) -      I Corinthians 13:8 Charity never faileth: but whether [there be] prophecies, they shall fail; whether [there be] tongues, they shall cease; whether [there be] knowledge, it shall vanish away.   I am a Baptist who likes to get emotional about my relationship with God.  As any good Baptist knows you must not trust […]
  • WORD STUDY – GRANTING FAVOR – יתנ חנו (5/28/2015) -   Genesis 39:21 “But the LORD was with Joseph, and shewed him mercy, and gave him favour in the sight of the keeper of the prison.”   The Lord gave Joseph favor with the keeper of the prison. That is quite a statement and could be a great promise for us. Would it not be […]
  • WORD STUDY – I CHANGE NOT – לא שׁניתי (5/26/2015) - Malachi 3:6:  “For I [am] the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.”   Beth and Tom are an elderly couple married over sixty three years.  They are a very distinquished looking  couple and by couple I mean couple. They are always together, they go to the doctor’s office together, […]
  • HEBREW WORD STUDY – ANGELS UNAWARE (5/25/2015) - Hebrews 13:2: “Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.”   I am not saying that this passage of Scripture is not referring to actual supernatural beings, but I would like you to just look out of the box for a moment and consider Mama Bear and the Deaconess.   […]
  • WORD STUDY – WILL NOT RETURN VOID -לא ישׁוב ריקמ (5/24/2015) -   Isaiah 55:11: “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper [in the thing] whereto I sent it.”   We hear this passage all the time that the Word of the Lord […]
  • WORD STUDY – STAND UP – קומי (5/23/2015) -      Nehemiah  9:5: “Then the Levites, Jeshua, and Kadmiel, Bani, Hashabniah, Sherebiah, Hodijah, Shebaniah, [and] Pethahiah, said, Stand up [and] bless the LORD your God for ever and ever: and blessed be thy glorious name, which is exalted above all blessing and praise.”   In the Babylonian Talmud Berakoth 63a I read something that […]
  • WORD STUDY – GENERATIONS OF AARON AND MOSES תולדת אהרנ ושׁה (5/20/2015) -   Numbers 3:1-2: “These also [are] the generations of Aaron and Moses in the day [that] the LORD spake with Moses in mount Sinai. Num 3:2 And these [are] the names of the sons of Aaron; Nadab the firstborn, and Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar.”   In II Timothy 3:16 we learn that all Scripture is […]
  • WORD STUDY – PRAISING IN DANCE – יהלל במחול (5/20/2015) -     Psalms 149:3: “Let them praise His name in the dance,  let them sing praises unto Him with the timbre and the harp.   Do you ever go through a period of time when you feel like old Job.  Just one messenger after another keeps coming to your door with some more bad news.  […]
  • WORD STUDY – NO REMEMBRANCE – אינ זכרונ (5/19/2015) -   Ecclesiastes 2:16: “For [there is] no remembrance of the wise more than of the fool forever; seeing that which now [is] in the days to come shall all be forgotten. And how dieth the wise [man]? as the fool.”   “I will show you fear in a handful of dust.”  The Wasteland  T.S. Eliot […]
  • WORD STUDY – SING UPON YOUR BED – על משׁכבות (5/18/2015) -   Psalms 149:5: “Let the saints be joyful in glory, let them sing aloud upon their beds.”   “Misery acquaints a man with strange bedfellows.”   Shakespeare,  The Tempest, Act II, Scene II   “Politics makes strange bedfellows.”   Charles Dudley Warner   The Psalm tells us to sing aloud upon our beds. This does not have […]
  • WORD STUDY – GREATLY HUMBLED – יכנע מאד (5/17/2015) -      II Chronicles: 33:12: “And when he was in affliction, he besought the LORD his God, and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers,”   This morning I was reading in the Talmud Sanhedrin 101 a-b.  Just to digress, I once paid a visit to a pastor friend of mine in his […]
  • WORD STUDY – THE SHEKHINAH – השׁכינה (5/15/2015) -      Exodus 40:35: “And Moses could not enter the Tent of Meeting, for the cloud rested (shakhan) upon it, and the glory of the Lord filled the Tabernacle.”   Moses could not enter the Tent of Meeting because of the Shekhinah glory. The Talmud and other Jewish literature are filled with references to the […]
  • WORD STUDY – AGAINST THEE AND THEE ALONE – לכ לבדכ (5/13/2015) -       Psalm 51:4:  “Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done [this] evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, [and] be clear when thou judgest.”   There is no guessing as to who or what this Psalm is addressing.  We are told right in verse two that […]
  • WORD STUDY – RETURN UNTO THE LORD – שׁבת עד יהוה (5/12/2015) -      Deuteronomy 30:2-3: “And shalt return unto the Lord thy God, and shalt obey his voice according to all that I command thee this day, thou and they children, with all thine heart, and with all thy soul;  that then the Lord thy God will turn thy captivity, and have compassion upon thee, and […]
  • WORD STUDY – Racham Racham – רחמ רחמ (5/11/2015) -      Jeremiah 31:20:  “[Is] Ephraim my dear son? [is he] a pleasant child? for since I spake against him, I do earnestly remember him still: therefore my bowels are troubled for him; I will surely have mercy upon him, saith the LORD.”   Most Christian commentators will say that God uses the name Ephraim […]
  • HEBREW WORD STUDY – THE MINATURE MEM (5/9/2015) -   Leviticus 6:2:  “Command Aaron and his sons, saying, This [is] the law of the burnt offering: It [is] the burnt offering, because of the burning upon the altar all night unto the morning, and the fire of the altar shall be burning in it.”   I can see it now, I will have a […]
  • WORD STUDY – I WILL BE WITH THEE כי אהיהמכ (5/8/2015) -       Judges 6:15-16: “And he said unto him: ‘Oh my Lord, wherewith shall I serve Israel?  Behold, my family is the poorest in Manasseh and I am the least in my father’s house. And the LORD said unto him, Surely I will be with thee, and thou shalt smite the Midianites as one […]
  • WORD STUDY – MY GOD אלי (5/7/2015) -   Exodus 3:15:  “And God said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, The LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this [is] my name for ever, and this [is] my memorial unto all […]
  • WORD STUDY – A FRIEND OF GOD יהוה אהב (5/6/2015) - Isaiah 41:8 “But thou, Israel, My servant, Jacob whom I have chosen.  The seed of Abraham my friend.” James 2:23 “And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “And Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness” and he was called the friend of God.” II Chronicles 20:7 “Didst not thou, O our […]
  • WORD STUDY – TOO MANY – העמ (5/5/2015) -    Judges 7:2 “And the Lord said unto Gideon: ‘The people that are with thee are too many for me to give the Midianites into their hand, lest Israel vaunt themselves against me, saying: mine own hand hath saved me.” We have all heard this story in Sunday School and it is a story that […]
  • HEBREW WORD STUDY – PURELY PURGE AWAY (5/4/2015) - Isaiah 1:25: “I will turn my hand upon thee, and purely purge away thy dross, and take away all they tin.”   I recently watched a silent movie on You Tube that showed an old Model T Ford from the twenties driving along a rough dirt road. It is a wonder these cars ever stayed […]
  • WORD STUDY – NOT BY MIGHT NOT BY POWER לא בחיל אבכח (5/3/2015) -     Zechariah 4:6: “Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This [is] the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.”   I thought of this verse very early this morning as I sat on my porch reconnecting with […]
  • WORD STUDY – MINCHAH, KORBAN AND RUM -מנחה קרבנ רומ (5/1/2015) -     Exodus 35:21: “ And they came, every one whose heart stirred him up, and every one whom his spirit made willing, [and] they brought the LORD’S offering to the work of the tabernacle of the congregation, and for all his service, and for the holy garments.”   As I am not a theologian […]
  • WORD STUDY – YOU ARE A HUSBAND OF BLOOD TO ME – חתנ דמימ אתה לי (5/1/2015) -   Exodus 4:24-26: “And it came to pass by the way in the inn, that the LORD met him, and sought to kill him. Then Zipporah took a sharp stone, and cut off the foreskin of her son, and cast [it] at his feet, and said, Surely a bloody husband [art] thou to me. So […]
  • Word Study – His Heart is Not With You – לבו בלעמכ (4/29/2015) -   Proverbs 23:7:  “For as he thinketh in his heart, so [is] he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart [is] not with thee.”   Something I have never understood in our Western culture are beauty pageants.  I applaud the feminist movement for having successfully pointed out that beauty is very subjective […]
  • WORD STUDY – CLEAVE IN THE LORD – הדבקמ ביהוה (4/29/2015) -   Deuteronomy 4:4: “But ye that did cleave unto the LORD your God [are] alive every one of you this day.”   The context of Deuteronomy 4:4 is teaching that when others died Israel did not because they cleaved unto the Lord.  That is such a wonderful promise that if just cleave to the Lord […]
  • WORD STUDY – UPON SHEMINITH –על השׁמיוית (4/27/2015) -   Psalms 12:1: “To the chief Musician upon Sheminith, A Psalm of David. Help, LORD; for the godly man ceaseth; for the faithful fail from among the children of men.” The word sheminith means the eighth and is believed to refer to the eight cords or strings of the harp in The Sanctuary. I was […]
  • WORD STUDY – HAMAS – המס (4/26/2015) -     Psalms 11:5: “The LORD trieth the righteous: but the wicked and him that loveth violence his soul hateth.”   I really hate when our Modern Translations use the word hate in association with God. I mean if He can hate even a violent person then what is it going to take for Him […]
  • WORD STUDY – JOY COMES IN THE MORNING – לבקר רנה (4/26/2015) - I am finishing up a new book with a working title of When A Hebrew Word Hits the Road  Bringing Biblical Hebrew Words to 21st Century Christian Living.  Below is taken from one of its chapters. Psalms 30:5 “For His anger is but for the moment, His favor is for a life time.  Weeping may […]
  • WORD STUDY – FOR MY SAKE – למעני (4/24/2015) - Isaiah 48:11: “For my own sake, (even) for my own sake, will I do it; for how should my name be polluted?  And I will not give my glory to another.” Wow, this is really telling about God.  The prior verse declares that He will test us in the fires of affliction and now in […]
  • WORD STUDY – GOD SEES THE HEART (4/23/2015) -   1Samuel 16:7: “But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for [the LORD seeth] not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.”   With very few exceptions every modern […]
  • WORD STUDY – THE 36 RIGHTEOUS – צדיקימ נסתרימ (4/22/2015) -    Daniel 6:3: “Then this Daniel was preferred above the presidents and princes because an excellent spirit was in him and the king thought to set him over the whole realm.”   In Daniel 12 we learn that Daniel was granted privileged information that was to be sealed up until the end of times.  What […]
  • WORD STUDY – WELCOME TO BETHEL AND GILGAL – ביתל הג לגל (4/21/2015) - Amos 4:4: “Come to Bethel, and transgress, To Gilgal, and multiply transgressions: And bring your sacrifices in the morning.  And your tithes after three days. Well, there is a lot of revival buzz going on in the Midwest.  As I understand this revival began with an unassuming Amish man in Indiana, just your average Joe, […]
  • WORD STUDY – BAD BREATH אל זר (4/20/2015) - Psalms 81:9: “There shall no strange god be in thee; neither shalt thou worship any strange god.”   I read this verse in my Hebrew Bible before going to bed this evening and I could not sleep.  It is getting very late but I just cannot sleep until I feel some peace about this verse. […]
  • WORD STUDY – THE MIRY CLAY -יונ (4/19/2015) -       Psalms 69:2: “I sink in deep mire, where [there is] no standing: I am come into deep waters, where the floods overflow me.”   This Psalm is attributed to David but many scholars do not believe it was written by David as the style of Hebrew that is used seems to predate […]
  • WORD STUDY – FURNACE OF AFFLICTION – בכור עני (4/17/2015) - Isaiah 48:10:  “Behold, I have refined thee, but not with silver; I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction.”   Someone on my blog asked me to comment on this verse.  The really wonderful thing about writing a blog as opposed to speaking before a live audience is that  when someone asks me a […]
  • WORD STUDY – THE CRAZY MAN הלל (4/16/2015) - I Samuel 21:18, “And he changed his demeanor before them, and feigned himself mad in their hands and scrabbled on the doors of the gate, and let his spittle fall down upon his beard.” Psalms 56:5, “In God I will praise His word, In God do I trust, I will not be afraid; What can […]
  • WORD STUDY – OUR GIFT TO CREATE –עשׁה (4/15/2015) -    Ecclesiastes 12:14: “Because God will bring every act to judgment, everything which is hidden, whether it is good or evil.”   It is interesting that the word for God is haelohim and has an article in front of it. It should more properly be rendered as Because The God. This word for God haelohim […]
  • WORD STUDY – GOD’S CREDIBILITY – מופת (4/14/2015) -    Exodus 5:2: “And Pharaoh said, Who [is] the LORD, that I should obey his voice to let Israel go? I know not the LORD, neither will I let Israel go.”   Exodus 7:9: “When Pharaoh says to you: ‘Prove yourself by working a miracle.’   One of the most difficult barriers I have to […]
  • HEBREW WORD STUDY – CASTING AWAY TRANSGRESSIONS (4/12/2015) - Ezekiel 18:31 “Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby you have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit; for why will ye die, O House of Israel?”   I don’t know about you but there are certain transgressions that I keep casting away and then like I am fly fishing […]
  • WORD STUDY – A SONG OF VICTORY – זמר (4/10/2015) - Psalms 118:14: “The Lord is my strength and song and is become my salvation.”   I remember years ago we used to sing a little chorus based upon this verse.  I remember my spirit was always quickened when I heard the words the Lord is my song.   Until now, I never really stopped to consider […]
  • WORD STUDY – THE LETTER PEI – פ (4/9/2015) -     Psalms 119: 136: “Rivers of water run down mine eyes, because they keep not thy law.”   This morning I was reflecting on a recital put on by a local music school that I attended some time ago.  The performers were about junior high school age and I had to admit that they were […]
  • WORD STUDY – GREAT HEARTFELT REJOICING – שׁשׁ (4/8/2015) -     Psalms 119:162:  I rejoice at they word as one who findeth great spoil.   The word in the Hebrew here for word is ‘amar and not devar as I thought.   David is rejoicing over simple ‘amar’s  or sayings of God.   Some translations will render this as promises. This is based upon the context but […]
  • WORD STUDY – THE SACRIFICIAL LAMB כשׁה (4/7/2015) -   Psalms 119:176: “I have gone astray like a lost sheep, seek thy servant for I do not forget thy commandments.”   “I’m just a little lamb who is lost in the woods, I know that I could always be good, To someone who will watch over me.“- George Gershwin  “Someone to Watch Over Me” […]
  • WORD STUDY – IT IS NOTHING – ולא (4/6/2015) -   Luke 15:11-12  “And he said, A certain man had two sons And the younger of them said to [his] father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth [to me]. And he divided unto them [his] living.”   We have all heard this story of the prodigal son. A father had two sons. […]
  • WORD STUDY – ELI ELI LAMA SABACHTHANI (PART 2) (4/5/2015) -   Matthew 27:46: “And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying ‘Eli, Eli Lama Sabachthani?’ that is My God My God, why has thou forsaken me?”   Yesterday I gave one possible rendering to this baffling phrase that Jesus was not calling out to God asking why He was abandoned, […]
  • WORD STUDY – ELI ELI LAMA SABACHTHANI PART I – איל איל למנא שׁבקתני (4/4/2015) - Matthew 27:46: “And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying ‘Eli, Eli Lama Sabachthani?’ that is My God My God, why has thou forsaken me?”   This being Easter Weekend, my study partner insisted I present a study for Easter. There is really not much about the death and resurrection […]
  • WORD STUDY: LET THIS CUP PASS FROM ME – הכא כסא נעברני (4/3/2015) - Matthew 26:39:  “And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.”   We are now approaching the Easter holiday weekend and I am constrained to offer a study […]
  • WORD STUDY – HE WILL NOT SLUMBER אלינומ (4/1/2015) -     Psalms 121:3: “Behold, he that keeps Israel neither slumbers nor sleeps.”   Many years ago when I taught school in Arlington, Virginia , which bordered Washington D.C.,  I took a room in a house with three other borders.  One was an engineer working on the new rapid transit system for Washington, D.C., the […]
  • WORD STUDY – THREE DAYS יומ תלת (3/31/2015) - Matthew 12:40 “For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.”   Here is a question I have asked among Christian teachers as I was going through Bible College and seminary and never […]
  • WORD STUDY – STANDING IN THE BREECH – עמד צרפע (3/30/2015) - Exodus 32:14: “And the LORD repented of the evil which he thought to do unto his people.”   Ezekiel 22:30 And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.   […]
  • WORD STUDY: COMING FULL CIRCLE – גמר (3/29/2015) - Psalms 138:8: “The Lord will perfect that which concerns me, thy mercy O Lord endures forever. Forsake not the works of thine own hands.”   “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.”   Charles Dickens   “A Tale of Two Cities.”   Charles Dickens started his novel, “A Tale of Two Cities” […]
  • WORD STUDY – DRINKING THE GOLD – ישׁק הזהב (3/28/2015) - Exodus 32:20:  “And he took the calf which they had made, and burnt [it] in the fire, and ground [it] to powder, and strawed [it] upon the water, and made the children of Israel drink [of it].”   Exodus 32:26:  “Then Moses stood in the gate of the camp, and said, Who [is] on the […]
  • WORD STUDY – THE WEALTH OF THE SINNER חיל חוטא (3/27/2015) -   Proverbs 13:22:  “A good [man] leaveth an inheritance to his children’s children: and the wealth of the sinner [is] laid up for the just.”   Leviticus 14:34: “When ye be come into the land of Canaan, which I give to you for a possession, and I put the plague of leprosy in a house […]
  • WORD STUDY – TABERNACLE OF TESTIMONY -משׁכנ העדת (3/26/2015) - Exodus 38:21: “This is the sum of the tabernacle, [even] of the tabernacle of testimony, as it was counted, according to the commandment of Moses, [for] the service of the Levites, by the hand of Ithamar, son to Aaron the priest.”   Numbers 1:50: “But thou shalt appoint the Levites over the tabernacle of testimony, […]
  • WORD STUDY – GOD HAS PROVIDED – פקד יהוה (3/26/2015) -    Exodus 4:30-31, “And Aaron spake all the words which the LORD had spoken unto Moses, and did the signs in the sight of the people. And the people believed: and when they heard that the LORD had visited the children of Israel, and that he had looked upon their affliction, then they bowed their […]
  • WORD STUDY – IT IS PRICELESS (3/25/2015) - I Samuel 21:9: “And the priest said, The sword of Goliath the Philistine, whom thou slewest in the valley of Elah, behold, it is here wrapped in a cloth behind the ephod: if thou wilt take that, take it: for there is no other save that here. And David said, There is none like that; […]
  • WORD STUDY – THE LORD GAVE HIM A HUG – דבר יהוה אלינ (3/24/2015) -   Leviticus 1:1: “And the LORD called unto Moses, and spake unto him out of the tabernacle of the congregation, saying,”   Matthew 22:14: “For many are called, but few are chosen.”   Last night I could not go to sleep so I got up and started reading the Talmud.  If anything can put you […]
  • WORD STUDY – THE CUSHION OF FAITH (3/21/2015) - Psalms 13:1  “How long Oh Lord  will thou forget me forever? How long wilt thou hide thy face from me?” We added two brand new buses to our disability bus fleet.  I asked one of the lucky drivers who was assigned to one of these  brand new vehicles how he liked it.  He said he […]
  • WORD STUDY – THE ROCKS CRY OUT – אבנ תזעק (3/20/2015) - Luke 19:40:  And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out.   Habakkuk 2:11 For the stone shall cry out of the wall, and the beam out of the timber shall answer it.   “If just a cup of water, I […]
  • WORD STUDY – WHAT IS THE CHURCH? – לעדת (3/19/2015) - Matthew 16:18: “And I say unto you, thou art Peter and upon this rock I will build my church.” Someone asked me a question about the word for church in the Aramaic.  The word in the Greek is ekklesia which is a legal word and simply means the called out.  Jesus most likely spoke these […]
  • HEBRAIC STUDY – JIMMY AND ANDY (3/19/2015) - Exodus 3:6: “I am the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” I have a 7:00 AM run in my disability bus four days a week where I pick up Jimmy and Andy and take them to the VA Hospital. Jimmy is an Iraq war […]
  • HEBRAIC STUDY – JIMMY AND ANDY (3/18/2015) -   Exodus 3:6: “I am the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” I have a 7:00 AM run in my disability bus four days a week where I pick up Jimmy and Andy and take them to the VA Hospital. Jimmy is an Iraq […]
  • WORD STUDY – MAN AND WOMAN – אישׁ אשׁה (3/17/2015) -     Genesis 1:27, “And God created man in His own image, in the image of God created he him, male and female created He them. Genesis 2:18, “And the Lord God said: “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a help meet for him. Ever notice that […]
  • HEBRAIC STUDY – THE PECKING ORDER (3/16/2015) - Leviticus 19:3: “Each of you must respect your mother and father, and you must observe my Sabbaths. I am the LORD your God.” Leviticus  26:42:  “Then will I remember my covenant with Jacob, and also my covenant with Isaac, and also my covenant with Abraham will I remember; and I will remember the land.”   […]
  • WORD STUDY – EXPERIENCE THE PLEASURE OF THE LORD – יהוה בנעמ לחזות (3/15/2015) - Psalms 27:4:  “One [thing] have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple.”   Star light, star bright The first star I see tonight; […]
  • WORD STUDY – MANY FACES OF FORGIVENESS – SHALACH סלח (3/14/2015) - Psalms 130:4, “For with thee there is forgiveness (סלח), that thou mayest be feared.” I remember as a child there was a little Sunday School we would sing, practically every Sunday. Gone Gone Gone Yes my sins are gone Buried in the deepest sea That’s good enough for me Praise God, my sins are gone. […]
  • WORD STUDY – A SONG FROM THE HEART – בתהלה (3/13/2015) -     Psalms 100:4, “Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: “Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise.”  The word in Hebrew for gates is sh’ar. When we hear the word gate we automatically think of a doorway that we pass through.  Actually this word […]
  • WORD STUDY – SPINNING IN A CIRCLE – גיל (3/13/2015) -       Habakkuk 1:2:  “O Lord, how long shall I cry, and thou wilt not hear! Even cry out unto thee of violence, and thou wilt not save!”   Habakkuk 3:18: “Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation.”   Many books have been written about […]
  • WORD STUDY – HEAVINESS OF JOY – ביבוכ ירננו (3/11/2015) - Psalms 149:5: “Let the saints be joyful in glory, let them sing aloud upon their beds.”   “Misery acquaints a man with strange bedfellows.”   Shakespeare,  The Tempest, Act II, Scene II   “Politics makes strange bedfellows.”   Charles Dudley Warner   The Psalm tells us to sing aloud upon our beds. This does not have quite […]
  • WORD STUDY – THE LORD WILL WELCOME US WITH OPEN ARMS יהוי יאספני (3/10/2015) - Psalms 27:10: “When my mother and father forsake me, then the Lord will take me up.”   The first word in this verse in Hebrew is Ki. Translators take a lot of liberty with this word.   Generally  it is rendered as a conjunction because or a pronoun that.  The KJV uses the word when. That’s […]
  • WORD STUDY – THE PLUMB LINE – אנכ (3/10/2015) - Amos 7:7-8, “Thus he shewed me: and, behold, the Lord stood upon a wall [made] by a plumb line, with a plumb line in his hand. And the LORD said unto me, Amos, what seest thou? And I said, A plumb line. Then said the Lord, Behold, I will set a plumb line in the […]
  • WORD STUDY – ABANDON FOR THE STRANGER – לגר תעזב (3/7/2015) - Leviticus 19:10,  “And thou shalt not glean thy vineyard, neither shalt thou gather [every] grape of thy vineyard; thou shalt leave them for the poor and stranger: I [am] the LORD your God.”   Most of us are familiar with the concept of gleaning from the story of Ruth (Ruth 2:2) who went out to […]
  • WORD STUDY – THE LORD’S WRATH – עברת יהוה (3/6/2015) - Zephaniah 1:18: “Neither their silver nor their gold will be able to deliver them in the day of the Lord’s wrath. But the whole land will be devoured by the fire of his jealousy.”   There was a conference in France for a large number of international engineers.  During a break one of the European […]
  • BEYOND THE DALETH – TRYING TOO HARD – KACHACH כחח (3/4/2015) - Zechariah 4:6: “Not by might, not by power but by my Spirit says the Lord of Host.”   “Preacher, you’re trying too hard.”  From “The Cross and the Switchblade” by David Wilkerson.   I remember as a teenager, I read the book “The Cross and Switchblade” by David Wilkerson at least a dozen times.  Aside […]
  • WORD STUDY – STANDING IN THE GAP – עמדבפרצ (3/4/2015) -     Psalms 106:23: “Therefore he said that he would destroy them had not Moses his chosen stood before him in the breach to turn away his wrath lest he should destroy them.”   Well here we go again. One of those verses that have people convinced that God is a ruthless, short tempered God who […]
  • WORD STUDY – YOUR GOD (PLURAL) אלהיכמ (3/3/2015) - Exodus 23:25,  “And ye shall serve the LORD your God, and he shall bless thy bread, and thy water; and I will take sickness away from the midst of thee.”   Yesterday I explained how the Hebrew pronoun you have both a singular and a plural form.  In Exodus 20:2 the pronoun your in your […]
  • WORD STUDY – GOD WILL REJOICE OVER YOUR DESTRUCTION – יישׁישׁ עליכמ להאביכ (3/1/2015) - Deuteronomy 28:63,  “And it shall come to pass, [that] as the LORD rejoiced over you to do you good, and to multiply you; so the LORD will rejoice over you to destroy you, and to bring you to naught; and ye shall be plucked from off the land whither thou goest to possess it.”   […]
  • WORD STUDY – PROSTITUTION – זנה (2/28/2015) -    Ezekiel 16:30: “How weak is thine heart, saith the Lord God, seeing thou doest all these things, the work of an imperious, whorish woman.”   Am I missing something or did Ezekiel just call Judah a whore.   There are three words in Hebrew for a whore or prostitute. None get rave reviews, but there […]
  • WORD STUDY – BEATEN OIL שׁחמזיתקז תיתק (2/27/2015) - Exodus 27:20: “And thou shalt command the children of Israel that they bring thee pure olive oil beaten for the light, to cause the lamp to burn always.”   I once asked a rabbi why the children of Israel had to bring olive oil that was beaten to be used to light the tabernacle. as […]
  • WORD STUDY – SPOILED BRATS – מרינ (2/25/2015) -    Exodus 15:23: “And when they came to Marah, they could not drink of the waters of Marah, for they were bitter, therefore the name of it was Marah.”   There is the story of a woman who did everything to try and please her husband, but he managed to find fault with everything she […]
  • BEYOND THE DALETH – HOPE – בטח (2/24/2015) -   Ecclesiastes 9:4: “For to him that is joined to all the living there is hope, for a living dog is better than a dead lion.”   “…how hard it must be to live only with what one knows and what one remembers, cut off from which one hopes for…there can be no peace without […]
  • WORD STUDY – THE DAYS MUST DIE ימי לתומ (2/23/2015) -    Genesis 47:29, “And the time drew nigh that Israel must die: and he called his son Joseph, and said unto him, If now I have found grace in thy sight, put, I pray thee, thy hand under my thigh, and deal kindly and truly with me; bury me not, I pray thee, in Egypt:” […]
  • WORD STUDY – GOD’S BUSINESS MEETING יהוה יקוה (2/23/2015) -     Exodus 24:16: “And the glory of the Lord abode upon Mt. Sinai, and the cloud covered it six days; and the seventh day God called out to Moses out of the midst of the cloud.”   So what was Moses was doing in the cloud for six days before God called him.  I […]
  • WORD STUDY – HAUGHTINESS AND PRIDE גאל גבה (2/21/2015) - Just a reminder that this will be the last week that the Hebrew Word Study Devotional books will be available for purchase. After March 1st they will be taken off the market for good :(  except for a limited amount of softcover books that will be made available through our website until sold out. This […]
  • WORD STUDY – POSSESSED WITH DEVILS – דיונא (2/21/2015) - Matthew 8:16 “When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with [his] word, and healed all that were sick:”   I found this rather interesting that it was during the daytime Jesus healed Peter’s mother in law of a fever.  Such news […]
  • WORD STUDY – THE COCK CROWS קרא תרנגלא (2/19/2015) - Matthew 26:34, “Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, That this night, before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice.”   Ever wonder about a rooster crowing? Why does he crow in the morning or at dawn?  Why does he crow at all.  According to the National Geographic magazine, a rooster feeds […]
  • WORD STUDY – I KNOW MY REDEEMER LIVES אני ידעתי גאליחי (2/18/2015) - Job 19:25 For I know [that] my redeemer liveth, and [that] he shall stand at the latter [day] upon the earth:     Alice was a grandmotherly type elderly woman who hailed from South Georgia.  She came equipped with a genuine dirt water Southern accent and made good use of it.  There are some people […]
  • WORD STUDY – A WORD BEHIND THEE דבר מאחריכ (2/16/2015) - Isaiah 30:21, “And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This [is] the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.”   The other day when performing my duties as a disability bus driver, I heard a word behind me.  That word […]
  • WORD STUDY – GOD SAW THAT IT WAS GOOD ירא אלהימ כי טוב (2/16/2015) - Genesis 1:21,  “…every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that [it was] good.”   Old Harry passed away last week.  Harry was a 94 year old veteran of World War II. He served in an Airborne unit. They were known as paratroopers in those days. He was part of the assault on D-Day […]
  • WORD STUDY – FROM TO GOD מלפני (2/15/2015) - Deuteronomy  30:3, “That then the LORD thy God will turn thy captivity, and have compassion upon thee, and will return and gather thee from all the nations, whither the LORD thy God hath scattered thee.”   I was reading in the Talmud this morning in Megillah 29a and read something very interesting about his verse. […]
  • WORD STUDY – THE DOGS DID NOT BARK לא יחרצ כלב לשׁנו (2/14/2015) - Exodus 11:7: “But against any of the children of Israel shall not a dog move his tongue, against man or beast: that you may know how that the Lord doth put a difference between the Egyptians and Israel.”   I saw a photo on the internet not too long ago of what was considered the […]
  • WORD STUDY – THE GOD האלוהימ (2/13/2015) - Ecclesiastes 12:14: “Because God will bring every act to judgment, everything which is hidden, whether it is good or evil.”   It is interesting that the word for God has an article in front of it. The word for God is haelohim literally means The God which is referring to one who has the ultimate […]
  • WORD STUDY – EATING YOUR OWN FLESH – אכל את בשׁרו (2/12/2015) - Ecclesiastes 4:5: “The fool folded his hands together and eats his own flesh.”   This could sound a bit creepy if you read it literally.  Obviously this is a metaphor.  Most of our commentaries tend to agree that the writer is basically saying that there are people who feel the world owes them a living.   […]
  • WORD STUDY – THE VOICE OF THE WORDS קל דברימ (2/10/2015) - Deuteronomy 4:12: “And the Lord spake unto you out of the midst of the fire,  you heard the voice of the words, but saw no similitude, only you heard a voice.”   My personal definition between a cult leader and a pastor is that  a cult leader will tell you: “You cannot understand this passage […]
  • WORD STUDY – COMPLETED LOVE (2/9/2015) -   Deuteronomy 8:6:“Therefore thou shalt keep the commandments of the Lord they  God, to walk in his ways, and to fear him.”   I John 4:18: “There is no fear in love; but completed love casteth out fear: Because fear hath torment.  He that feareth is not made perfect in love.”   I believe I […]
  • WORD STUDY – YOUR FEET WILL NOT SWELL – רצלךאלבחקה (2/8/2015) -   Deuteronomy 8:4: “Thy raiment waxed not old upon thee.  Neither did thy feet swell  these forty years.”   When upon life’s billows you are tempest-tossed When you are discouraged thinking all is lost, Count your many blessings named them one by one, And it will surprise you what the Lord has done. -Johnson Oatman […]
  • WORD STUDY – ‘EGLAH ARUFAH (2/8/2015) - Genesis 45:27: “And they told him all the words of Joseph, which he had said unto them: and when he saw the wagons which Joseph had sent to carry him, the spirit of Jacob their father revived:”   Dt 21:3-4 “And it shall be, [that] the city [which is] next unto the slain man, even […]
  • BEYOND THE DALETH – HEAR HIS VOICE שׁמעת בקלו (2/6/2015) -  Deuteronomy 4:30-31a: “When thou art in tribulation and all these things come upon thee even in later days, if thou turn to the Lord thy God, and shalt be obedient unto his voice, (for the Lord thy God is a merciful God) he will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee.”   When I was a […]
  • WORD STUDY – BEGINNING TO SHOW GREATNESS (2/5/2015) - Deuteronomy 3:24: “Oh, Lord God, thou hast begun to show thy servant thy greatness.”   This is truly an amazing statement to be made by Moses.  The Book of Deuteronomy is really three sermons that Moses delivered to the people of Israel just before they entered the promised land.  The first sermon rehashes the 40 […]
  • WORD STUDY – DEM DRY BONES – העצמות היבשׁות (2/4/2015) -   Daniel 3:16-17: “Shadrach Meshach and Abednego answered and said unto the king,  O’ Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer you in this matter.  If it be so our God is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us out of thy hand O king. But if not […]
  • (2/4/2015) - WORD STUDY – DEM DRY BONES Daniel 3:16-17: “Shadrach Meshach and Abednego answered and said unto the king, O’ Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer you in this matter. If it be so our God is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us out of thy hand […]
  • WORD STUDY – A BLESSING AND A CURSE ברכה ולקה (2/2/2015) - Deuteronomy 11:26: “Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse.”   Matthew 7:13-14: “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.  But small is the gate and narrow is the way that leads to life […]
  • WORD STUDY – A GREAT WICKEDNESS הרעה הגדלה (2/2/2015) - Genesis 39:9,  “[There is] none greater in this house than I; neither hath he kept back anything from me but thee, because thou [art] his wife: how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?”   We have here the story we all heard many times and learned about in Sunday School. […]
  • WORD STUDY – SEE HIM WITH US תראהו את (1/31/2015) - Exodus 2:2,  “And the woman conceived, and bare a son: and when she saw him that he [was a] goodly [child], she hid him three months.”   Exodus 2:6,  “And when she had opened [it], she saw him the child: and, behold, the babe wept. And she had compassion on him, and said, This [is […]
  • WORD STUDY – ABRAHAM’S COFFEE HOUSE אשׁל אברהמ (1/31/2015) -   Genesis 21:33, “And [Abraham] planted a grove in Beersheba, and called there on the name of the LORD, the everlasting God.”   I was reading a passage in the Talmud this morning in Sotah 10a-b. We read in Genesis 21:33 that Abraham planted a grove in Beersheba.  The word grove is ‘eshel which is […]
  • WORD STUDY – HARKEN UNTO HER VOICE אלילשׁמע בקלה (1/30/2015) - Genesis 21:9, 12: “And Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, which she had born unto Abraham, mocking. (12) And God said unto Abraham, Let it not be grievous in thy sight because of the lad, and because of thy bondwoman; in all that Sarah hath said unto thee, hearken unto her voice; for […]
  • WORD STUDY – CONFESS ענדא (1/28/2015) - Matthew 10:32-33 Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.   I remember when I was twelve years old I accepted Jesus as my own […]
  • WORD STUDY – A NEW CREATURE חדתא ברתא (1/27/2015) - II Corinthians 5:17,  “Therefore if any man [be] in Christ, [he is] a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”   Creature? Who wants to be a creature?  The Greek word used is ktisis which is creation or something founded by nothing. That sounds a little extreme.  Perhaps Paul […]
  • WORD STUDY – GOD IS MY PORTION FOREVER חלקי אלהימ לעולמ (1/26/2015) - PLEASE NOTE:  Our readership has been dramatically increasing over the past year. Some of our earlier studies have proved to be very popular and we have decided to occasionally repost some of the most popular studies from the past for the sake of our new subscribers.  These studies will be updated and slightly revised with […]
  • WORD STUDY – HAVING A STIFF NECK קשׁהפרע (1/25/2015) - Exodus 33:3: “For I will not go up in the midst of thee; for thou art a stiff-necked people: Lest I consume thee in the way.”   The children of Israel were two and one half months into their journey to the Promised Land (Exodus 16:1).  All the food they packed away at the beginning […]
  • WORD STUDY – THE BOSOM OF ABRAHAM עובא אברהמ (1/25/2015) - Luke 16:22, “And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried.”   Psalms 35:13, “But as for me, when they were sick, my clothing [was] sackcloth: I humbled my soul with fasting; and my prayer returned into mine […]
  • WORD STUDY – GOD DOES NOT SLUMBER נומ (1/24/2015) - Psalms 121:3: “Behold, he that keeps Israel neither slumbers nor sleeps.”   Many years ago when I taught school in Arlington, Virginia which borders Washington D.C.,  I took a room in a house with three other borders.  One was an engineer working on the new rapid transit system for Washington, D.C., the other work for […]
  • WORD STUDY – A POSITIVE IMAGINATION סברא (1/23/2015) -   Genesis 30:37: “Then Jacob took fresh rods of poplar and almond and plane trees and peeled white stripes in them exposing the white which was in the rods.  And he set the rods which he had peeled in front of the flocks in the gutters, even in the watering troughs, where the flocks came […]
  • WORD STUDY – PRAISE THE LORD הללוי (1/21/2015) - Psalms  147:1: “Praise ye the Lord, for it is good to sing praises unto our God, for it is pleasant and praise is comely.”   Some  people tend to think that worship only takes place with music.  Actually, everything that takes place during a church service is worship.   But we tend to break down our […]
  • BEYOND THE DALETH ‘EZER עזר (1/20/2015) -   Psalms 121:1:  “I will lift up my eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help?”   Mark 13:14: “But when you see the abomination of desolations spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, let him that readeth understand, then let them be that be in Judea flee to the […]
  • WORD STUDY – THE RANSOMED OF THE LORD פדויי יהוה (1/19/2015) -   Isaiah 35:10:  “And the ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.”   Oh the wonders of our modern age.  I can download the entire 52 volumes of the Babylonian Talmud […]
  • WORD STUDY – ENLARGE OUR HEARTS תרחיבלבי (1/19/2015) - Psalms 119:32:  “I will run the way of thy commandments when thou shalt enlarge my heart.”   As we all know, Psalms 119 is written in an acrostic poetical style.  In other words David has taken this Psalm with 22 stanzas of eight verses each. Each stanza  follows the Hebrew Alphabet. For instance Psalms 119:25-32 […]
  • WORD STUDY – VINDICATE THE VENGENCE נקם נקמת (1/17/2015) - Numbers 31:2:  “Avenge the children of Israel of the Midianites: afterward shalt thou be gathered unto thy people.”   This news has been filled lately with the recent terrorist attacks in France by radical Islamic groups not only against the Jews but against the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo.  The attack on Charlie Hebdo was an […]
  • WORD STUDY – THE LIGHT האור (1/17/2015) - Psalms 119:135: “Make thy face to shine upon thy servant and teach me they statutes.”   “Rollin a sea, adrift on the water, Could it be finally, I’m turning for home? Finally a chance to say: ‘Hey I love you.’ Never again to be all alone,   And you light up my life, you give […]
  • REVISED WORD STUDY – LET YOUR ENEMIES BE SCATTERED יפצו איביכ (1/16/2015) - Numbers 10:35: “And it came to pass, when the ark set forward, that Moses said: Rise up Lord and let your enemies be scattered and let them that hate you flee before you.”   “God protect me from my friends, I can take care of my enemies myself.”  Abraham Lincoln   I read Numbers 10:35 […]
  • WORD STUDY – EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL יפה (1/14/2015) -    Ecclesiastes 3:11: “He hath made everything beautiful in His time.”   “I think I am beginning to understand it.”   Pierre Augusta Renoir   The great impressionist painter, Renoir, was fascinated with beauty and spent his life trying to understand what made something beautiful.  To him the rose was the most beautiful flower and he […]
  • WORD STUDY – KNOWING CLOUDS עננ ידע (1/13/2015) -                                                                                                               […]
  • WORD STUDY – THE NAZARENE נצר (1/12/2015) -   Matthew 2:23,  “And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, He shall be called a Nazarene.”   Isaiah 11:1 . And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his […]
  • WORD STUDY – STRANGERS AND SOJOURNERS תושׁב גר (1/11/2015) - Genesis 23:4 I [am] a stranger and a sojourner with you: In reading through Jewish literature I am finding that this statement of Abraham is really a loaded comment. Sarah, Abraham’s beloved wife has passed away and he wishes to bury her.  It is a  custom to bury a loved in land that you own, […]
  • WORD STUDY – SOUND A TRUMPET (1/10/2015) - Matthew 6:2: “Therefore when thou doest [thine] alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.” I am an ordained Baptist minister and I fear I may get defrocked […]
  • WORD STUDY: RIPENED FRUIT גמל (1/8/2015) - Psalm 119:17  Deal bountifully with thy servant, that I may live, and keep thy word. Deal bountifully is the Hebrew word ‘gamal’גמל and means to mature, ripened fruit, and a child weaned from its mother. Gamal has the idea of being nourished until completely ripe. Hebrew is a very colorful and picturesque language and in this verse I see a motif of “maturing in God” […]
  • WORD STUDY – OPEN MY EYES גלעיני (1/8/2015) - Psalms 119:18: “Open my eyes that I may behold wonderful things from your law.”   The word used in this verse for law is Torah.  During David’s time this was a reference to the first five books of the Bible which we call the Pentateuch. Today when the word Torah is used it may be […]
  • WORD STUDY – WITH THE NAME OF GOD בשׁמהוהי (1/7/2015) - Psalms 118:10: “All nations compassed me about, but in the name of the Lord I will destroy them.”   The letter Beth can be used as a preposition for in, on or with. No English translation I know will render the Beth in this passage as with.  However, the Jewish sages do that very thing.  […]
  • WORD STUDY – A WICKED PERSON RASA’ רשׁע (1/4/2015) -     Psalms 112:9-10: “He hath given freely to the poor; His mercies endures forever; His horn will be exalted in honor.  The wicked will see it and be vexed; he will gnash his teeth and melt away; the desire of the wicked will perish.”   There is an old rabbinic story of a son […]
  • WORD STUDY – GEHANA’ גהנא (1/3/2015) -   Matthew 5:29,  “And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast [it] from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not [that] thy whole body should be cast into hell.”   I remember hearing this verse read as a child and being very […]
  • WORD STUDY – THE CHOICEST WINE – רחק (1/3/2015) - Isaiah 29:13,  “Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near [me] with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me…”   I once taught drama in a high school and I would always tell my acting students that a really true actor is one […]
  • HEBREW WORD STUDY – Deceitful and Wicked אנשׁ עכב (1/2/2015) - Jeremiah 17:9,  “The heart [is] deceitful above all [things], and desperately wicked: who can know it?”   The word used here for deceitful is very curious.  It is the ‘aqov.  It comes from the same root where we get the word Jacob which means to grab by the heel.  It is from this story of […]
  • Declaring the end (aharit אחרית) from the beginning (1/1/2015) - Isaiah 46:10 Declaring the end  (aharit אחרית) from the beginning, And from ancient times (qadam קדם )things which have not been done, Saying, ‘My purpose will be established, And I will accomplish all My good pleasure’. End “Aharit”:  To go after, past, behind, and future are all usages for “aharit”. How can a word mean both past and […]
  • HEBREW WORD STUDY – NUCHA נוחא (12/30/2014) - Matthew 11:28-30, “Come unto me, all [ye] that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke [is] easy, and my burden is light.”   […]
  • HEBREW WORD STUDY – A LARGE PLACE – במרחב (12/30/2014) - Psalms 118:5 “I called upon the Lord in my distress; the Lord answered me and set me in a large place.”   So there you have it.  Whenever you are in distress just call upon the Lord and He will set you in a large place.  Just between you and me whenever I am in […]
  • HEBREW WORD STUDY – AGAINST YOUR ENEMIES על איביך (12/29/2014) - Deuteronomy  21:10, “When thou goest forth to war against thine enemies, and the LORD thy God hath delivered them into thine hands, and thou hast taken them captive,”   This is an amazing chapter in the Bible from which you may have never heard a sermon preached.  This chapter talks about taking a wife from […]
  • HEBREW WORD STUDY – THE JOY OF THE LORD (12/28/2014) - Psalms 105:19: “Until the time that his word came, the word of the Lord tried him.” Nehemiah 8:10, “Don’t be dejected and sad, for the joy of the LORD is your strength!” We assume that our strength comes for the joy God gives to us.  Ever stop to ask where that joy comes from?  Joseph […]
  • HEBREW WORD STUDY – WRATH – חמה (12/27/2014) - Psalm 38:1, “A Psalm of David, to bring to remembrance. O LORD, rebuke me not in thy wrath: neither chasten me in thy hot displeasure.”   It seems like David really crossed the line this time, now he is really frightened that God is going to burn with His wrath and really whip him this […]
  • HEBREW WORD STUDY – SWADDLING CLOTHES –עזרורא (12/25/2014) - Luke 2:7, “And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.”   Ezekiel 16:3-4, “And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD unto Jerusalem; Thy birth and thy nativity [is] of the land of Canaan; thy […]
  • HEBREW WORD STUDY – SHEPHERDS –רעיא (12/24/2014) - Luke 2:8 “And there were shepherds in the same country abiding in the field, and keeping watch by night over their flock.”   We hear this Christmas story so much around this time of year that we never really stop to think about it or wonder about some obvious questions.  As a child I often […]
  • WORD STUDY – THE GIFT OF THE MAGI (12/24/2014) - Matthew 2:11: “And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshiped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.”   The identity of the wise men in this Matthew account is uncertain.  […]
  • WORD STUDY – “DELIGHT” CHAPHETS חפצ (12/22/2014) - Psalms 37:23, “The steps of a [good] man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.”   There is considerable disagreement over the syntax of this passage.   Does man delight in God’s way or does God delight in man’s way?  Go ahead and read your modern English translations.  You will find many […]
  • (12/21/2014) - WORD STUDY – “DELIGHT” CHAPHETS  חפצ   Psalms 37:23, “The steps of a [good] man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.”   There is considerable disagreement over the syntax of this passage.   Does man delight in God’s way or does God delight in man’s way?  Go ahead and read your […]
  • HEBREW WORD STUDY – YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU (12/20/2014) -   Matthew 6:19-21, “ Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there […]
  • HEBREW WORD STUDY – ENTERING HIS GATES (12/19/2014) - Psalms 100:4: “Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise.”   This is a very familiar verse to those who attend church regularly.  We automatically associate entering his gates with passing through the doors of the church and his courts with praise as coming into the sanctuary of the church.  That is the […]
  • HEBREW WORD STUDY – CREDIBILITY (12/18/2014) - Exodus 7:9: “When Pharaoh says to you: ‘Prove yourself by working a miracle.’ It is interesting to note that the word for prove here is not nacah which is your standard Hebrew word for prove.  Instead the writer uses an interesting word which is nathan. This was one of the easiest vocabulary words to remember […]
  • HEBREW WORD STUDY – THE NURSING BABY (12/17/2014) - Genesis 15:6: “And he (Abraham) believed the Lord and He counted it as righteousness.”   The Talmud teaches that trusting belief in God is more important than anything else.  One may keep all the laws of Torah, follow every ritual, but it is only trust that will ultimately save the individual.  Remember how Saul lost […]
  • HEBREW WORD STUDY – MERAPHIM – GIVING UP (12/16/2014) - Ezra 4:4: “Then the people of the land weakened the hands of Judah and troubled them in building.”   As I read the news coming out of Israel today and I see the tensions growing between the government of the United States and Israel, I cannot help but wonder if history is just not repeating […]
  • HEBREW WORD STUDY – HER SONG OF SORROW (12/15/2014) - Amos 8:11: “Behold the days are coming, saith the Lord that I will bring a famine in the land, not a famine of bread or a thirst for water but of hearing the words of the Lord.”   “Water water everywhere and all the boards did shrink Water water everywhere and not a drop to […]
  • HEBREW WORD STUDY – THE FULL UNDERSTANDING (12/14/2014) -     Deuteronomy 1:13,  “Take you wise men, and understanding, and known among your tribes, and I will make them rulers over you.”   Matthew 5:18.  “For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.”   […]
  • HEBREW WORD STUDY – A NEW HEART (12/12/2014) -   Ezekiel 18:31 “Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby you have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit; for why will ye die, O House of Israel?”   The word in Hebrew for cast is shalak which is found in a Hiphal (causative) imperative (command) form.  Thus there is […]
  • BEYOND THE DALETH – THE SHADOW OF AYIN (12/11/2014) -   Psalms 25:11: “For thy name sake, O Lord, pardon my iniquity for it is great.”   We tend to use the word iniquity interchangeable with the word sin. I mean are not sin and iniquity both the same.  Actually, there is a real difference between iniquity and sin. Most of us know that the […]
  • HEBREW WORD STUDY – RUNNING AWAY FROM GOD (12/11/2014) - Jonah 1:3 “But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the Lord.”  KJV   Jonah 1:3: “But Jonah ran away from the Lord and headed for Tarshish.”  NIV   I remember as a six year old sitting in Sunday School in Beginner’s Church listening to my Sunday School teacher tell the […]
  • HEBREW WORD STUDY – THE SECRET PLACE (12/9/2014) - Psalms 91:1 “He who dwells in the secret place of the most High, shall abide in the shadow of the Almighty.”   Yesterday was December 7, the day we memorialize the Pearl Harbor attack and our entrance into World War II.  I heard an interesting story  of something that happened right after December 7th .  […]
  • HEBREW WORD STUDY – THE SHADOW OF HIS WINGS (12/8/2014) -   Psalm 57:1: “Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusted in thee; yea, in the shadow of the wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast.”   Hebrew is a language of poets and poetry expresses emotion.  The Psalms themselves are pure poetry.  Yet, many […]
  • HEBREW WORD STUDY – AN IMPORTANT HEBREW LESSON (12/7/2014) -   Isaiah 30:20: “And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity, and the water of affliction, yet shall not thy teachers be hidden any more, but thine eyes shall see them teachers:”   There are no tenses in Hebrew, however we do have what is called perfect and imperfect forms.  A perfect form […]
  • HEBREW WORD STUDY – GOD WEEPS (12/6/2014) -   Deuteronomy 31:18: “And I will surely hide my face in that day for all the evils which they shall have wrought, in that they are turned unto other gods.”   There is a story told by Abraham Heschel a Jewish philosopher.  Abraham Heschel  often referred to what he called “divine anthropopathy.”  We speak of […]
  • HEBREW WORD STUDY – COMING FULL CIRCLE (12/5/2014) -   Psalms 138:8: “The Lord will perfect that which concerns me, thy mercy O Lord endures forever. Forsake not the works of thine own hands.”   “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.”   Charles Dickens   “A Tale of Two Cities.”   Charles Dickens started his novel, “A Tale of Two […]
  • HEBREW WORD STUDY – BEING ANGRY WITH GOD (12/5/2014) -   Job  27:3 “All the while my breath is in me but the Spirit of God is in my nostrils.”   Translators have really played around with this verse.  No one seems to know for sure whether to render this as the breath of God is in my nostrils or the Spirit of God is […]
  • HEBREW WORD STUDY – PIZZAZZ (12/3/2014) -   Job 22:29: “When men are cast down thou shalt say, there is lifting up, and he shall save the humble person.”   Job 22 is the reply to Job by his friend Eliphaz.   It is suggested by many that his name means god of gold.  This is likely due to an assumption that the […]
  • HEBREW WORD STUDY – TENDER EYES (12/2/2014) -   Genesis 29:17,  “Leah [was] tender eyed; but Rachel was beautiful and well favoured.”   There is a movie coming out on Lifetime in couple days called The Red Tent.  It is an adaptation of a popular novel by Anita Diamant about  the daughter of Leah, Dinah.  Unfortunately, I do not have cable TV, or […]
  • CHRISTMAS SALE (12/2/2014) - Hello Everyone, In celebration of this Christmas season, the Hebrew Word Study Manual will be on sale throughout the month of December. The set includes an 80 page manual, 3 teaching cd’s, a Hebrew letter bookmark with their meanings and a free copy of a Hebrew Interlinear and Lexicon (free copy comes on a disk […]
  • HEBREW WORD STUDY – REASONING WITH GOD (12/2/2014) -   Job 13:3: “Surely I would speak to the Almighty and I desire to reason with God.”   I really can’t blame Job for wanting to reason with God.  After all, God can be so unreasonable at times.  I know I would like to just sit down with Him and explain my circumstances.  Surely once […]
  • HEBREW WORD STUDY – A ROSE BY ANY OTHER NAME (11/30/2014) -   Matthew 1:20-21, “But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. And she shall bring forth a […]
  • HEBREW WORD STUDY – THE SONG OF ASAPH (11/29/2014) - Psalm 79:1, “A Psalm of Asaph. O God, the heathen are come into thine inheritance; thy holy temple have they defiled; they have laid Jerusalem on heaps.”   The word we render as Psalm in Hebrew is tehillim which comes from the root word halal where we get the word Hallelujah which means to shine, […]
  • HEBREW WORD STUDY – THIS WORLD AND THE NEXT (11/29/2014) -   Psalms 61:4, “I will abide in thy tabernacle forever: I will trust in the covert of thy wings. Selah.”   I was reading something interesting in the Talmud (Yevamot 96b-97a) this morning about Psalms 61:4.   The Psalm is attributed to David and per his style of writing, David often uses Hebrew word plays. The […]
  • HEBREW WORD STUDY – WHAT’S THE BIG DEAL? (11/27/2014) -   Deuteronomy  7:12: “Wherefore it shall come to pass, if ye hearken to these judgments, and keep, and do them, that the LORD thy God shall keep unto thee the covenant and the mercy which he swore unto thy fathers:”   Every promise in the book is mine Every chapter, every, verse every line. -Tradition […]
  • HEBREW WORD STUDY – YOURS, MINE, OURS (11/25/2014) - Psalms 24:1 “The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof, the world and they that dwell therein.”   Psalms: 115:16: “The heaven, even the heavens are the Lords, but the earth He giveth to the sons of men.”   Motle:  Rabbi, is there a blessing for a sewing machine? Rabbi:  There is a blessing […]
  • HEBREW WORD STUDY – HOWLING UPON YOUR BED (11/24/2014) - Hosea 7:14: “And they have not cried unto me with their hearts when they howled upon their beds, they assemble themselves for corn and wine and they rebel against me.”   How many times have we found ourselves in a real jam and we start to cry to out to God.  Often our cry goes […]
  • HEBREW WORD STUDY – POLLUTING GODS HOLINESS (11/23/2014) - Ezekiel 36:21: “Therefore say unto the house of Israel, thus says the Lord God, I do not this for your sakes O house of Israel, but for mine holy names sake which you have profaned among the heather, whether you went.”   What is it that makes God great?  Is it His great power, the […]
  • HEBREW WORD STUDY – THE MANY FACES OF LOVE (11/23/2014) -   Genesis 29:30: “So Jacob went into Rachel and he loved Rachel more than Leah and served Laban for another seven years.”   Love is a very ambiguous word in English. When we say “Luv ya” we could be talking about a parental love, a friendship love, a love between siblings, a love within a […]
  • HEBREW WORD STUDY – SHADOWLAND (11/21/2014) - Psalms 23:4: “Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil for thou art with me, thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.”   Most all your English translations will have David saying shadow of death. Indeed it really looks like it should be rendered that […]
  • HEBREW WORD STUDY – GOD LONGS TO SHARE HIS HEART (11/20/2014) - Psalms 23:2,6:  “ He makes me lie down in green pastures…Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”   Practically every English translation will translate that last phrase as I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. […]
  • HEBREW WORD STUDY – ALL OUR PETITIONS (11/19/2014) - Psalms 20:5: “We will rejoice in thy salvation and in the name of our God, we will set up our banners and the Lord will fulfill all thy petitions.”   This Psalm was written just before David went to war against the Assyrians.  The Assyrians were considered invincible with their chariots and their specially bred […]
  • HEBREW WORD STUDY – SWIMMING IN GOD’S LOVE (11/18/2014) -   Job 1:20-22: Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head and he fell to the ground and worshiped. And he said naked I came from my mother’s womb and naked I shall return there. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away. Blessed be the name of the Lord. Through […]
  • HEBREW WORD STUDY – FIRST CHURCH OF THE WILDERNESS (11/16/2014) -   Exodus 35:1-2, “And Moses gathered all the congregation of the children of Israel together, and said unto them, these [are] the words which the LORD hath commanded, that [ye] should do them.  Six days shall work be done, but on the seventh day there shall be to you an holy day, a Sabbath of […]
  • HEBREW WORD STUDY – ENOCH THE BRIDE (11/16/2014) - Genesis 5:24,  “And Enoch walked with God: and he [was] not; for God took him.”   Hebrews 11:5,  “By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.”   Jude 1:14,  “And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, […]
  • HEBREW WORD STUDY – THE GOLDEN YEARS (11/14/2014) - Genesis 24:1, “And Abraham was old, [and] well stricken in age: and the LORD had blessed Abraham in all things.”   In Wednesday night’s prayer meeting our pastor’s son gave the announcements before turning the service over to his father, the pastor, and as he put it, “the old man.” Our pastor had a few […]
  • HEBREW WORD STUDY – TEMPTING GOD (11/13/2014) - Isaiah 7:11-12: “Ask thee a sign of the Lord, thy God, ask it either in the depth or in the height above. But Ahaz said, I will not ask neither will I tempt the Lord.”   Luke 12:48: “To whom much is given, much is expected.”   Generally, we will not escape this holiday season […]
  • HEBREW WORD STUDY – THE CAMEL AND THE NEEDLE’S EYE (11/12/2014) -   Mark 10:25, “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.”   This passage has proved to be very troubling to those seeking some interpretation.  It is obviously impossible for a camel to go through the eye […]
  • HEBREW WORD STUDY – TRAPPING GOD (11/11/2014) -   Matthew 6:7:  “But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen [do]: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.”   I read this passage in the Aramaic this morning and discovered something very interesting.  The word that Jesus used in the Aramaic for prayer it tsela. This […]
  • WORD STUDY – THE LAST SHALL BE FIRST (11/10/2014) - Deuteronomy  29:10-11: “Ye stand this day all of you before the LORD your God; your captains of your tribes, your elders, and your officers, [with] all the men of Israel, Your little ones, your wives, and thy stranger that [is] in thy camp, from the hewer of thy wood unto the drawer of thy water:” […]
  • HEBREW WORD STUDY – THE CIRCULAR PATH (11/9/2014) -   Psalm 17:5: “Hold up my goings in thy paths that my footsteps slip not.”   “I thought I understood, but I do not understand His ways.”  General Lee after the Battle of Gettysburg.   Most modern translations render this as a statement of fact rather than a request. The word hold up is in […]
  • HEBREW WORD STUDY – THE LAME HORSE (11/8/2014) -   Psalms 31:10,  “For my life is spent with grief, and my years with sighing: my strength faileth because of mine iniquity, and my bones are consumed.”   David is saying that his life is filled with grief.  Some translations say it is filled with pain, others say sorrow, another will say misery.  There is […]
  • HEBREW WORD STUDY – CASTING YOUR BURDENS (11/7/2014) - Psalms 55:23: “Cast your burden on the Lord and He will sustain you.  He will never permit the righteous to be moved (collapse).”   There is the story in the Talmud of a poor man who had no wagon or donkey to carry his heavy bundles.  He had to carry the load on his back […]
  • HEBREW WORD STUDY – A WORLD OF ILLUSION (11/6/2014) -   Ecclesiastes 5:19: “Every man also to whom God has given riches and wealth and hath given power to eat thereof and to take his portion and to rejoice in his labor, this is the gift of God.”   Ecclesiastes 6:2: “A man to whom God has given riches, wealth and honor so that he […]
  • HEBREW WORD STUDY – EATING YOUR OWN FLESH (11/5/2014) -   Ecclesiastes 4:5: “The fool folded his hands together and eats his own flesh.”   I don’t know about you but I find the English translation of this verse to be a bit creepy. Still I suppose I should start  with the literal interpretation of this passage. Most our commentaries tend to agree that the […]
  • HEBREW WORD STUDY – GOD BECOMES OUR PRAISE (11/4/2014) -   Psalms 22:3 “But thou art holy,  O thou that inhabits the praises of Israel.”  KJV   Psalms 22:3 “You are enthroned as the Holy one, you are the praise of Israel.” NIV   Psalms 22:3: “But thou dwellest  in the Holy place, the praise of Israel.”  Douay   Psalms 22:3: “And thou art holy, […]
  • HEBREW WORD STUDY – A POCKET FULL OF MIRACLES (11/3/2014) -   Psalm 20:1 “The Lord will hear you in the day of trouble, the Name of the God of Jacob will defend you.”   “There are only two ways to live your life, one is as though nothing is a miracle and the other is as though everything is a miracle.” – Albert Einstein   “Earning […]
  • HEBREW WORD STUDY – MARY (11/2/2014) - Matthew 1:18. “Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.”   There is the general belief that the name Mary in the Hebrew is Miriam. The problem with this is that […]
  • HEBREW WORD STUDY – ACCEPTABLE TO GOD (11/1/2014) - Psalms 19:14: “Let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable to thee O’Lord my strength and my redeemer.”   I may be wrong but looking at this verse grammatically, I do not see this in a cohortative (request) form.  The verse starts simply: “The words of my mouth and […]
  • HEBREW WORD STUDY – WOUNDING GOD’S HEART (10/31/2014) -   Psalms 19:9 “The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever.”   I read a story in Voice of the Martyrs magazine about a pastor in Uzbekistan who was preaching from Hebrews 10:34.  Nobody was listening to his sermon. Nobody was listening because no one was in his church, his congregation was too afraid […]
  • HEBREW WORD STUDY – THE SPIRIT AND THE WORD (10/30/2014) -   Luke 11:52 Woe unto you, lawyers! for ye have taken away the key of knowledge: ye entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in ye hindered.   I had always found it strange that Jesus always talks about the Pharisees and the Scribes, but rarely mentioned lawyers. We assume these lawyers are […]
  • HEBREW WORD STUDY – CONSIDER THE POOR (10/29/2014) -   Psalms 41:1 “To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.  Blessed [is] he that considereth the poor: the LORD will deliver him in time of trouble.   I read through the first few verses of this Psalm and I mean there are a lot goodies involved for just giving the poor some consideration.  It […]
  • HEBREW WORD STUDY – JACOB’S DNA (10/28/2014) -   Genesis 25:22-23, “And the children struggled together within her; and she said, If [it be] so, why [am] I thus? And she went to enquire of the LORD. And the LORD said unto her, Two nations [are] in thy womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from thy bowels; and [the one] […]
  • HEBREW WORD STUDY – FAMINE IN THE LAND (10/27/2014) -   Genesis 12:10 “There was famine in the land.”   Habakkuk 2:4: “The just shall live by his faith.”   “Water, water everywhere, nor any drop to drink.”  Samuel Taylor Coleridge – Rime of the Ancient Mariner.   Jewish literature gives an interesting insight into Genesis 12:10.  The word for there was is yehi  which […]
  • HEBREW WORD STUDY – A HAPPENING OR A CALL (10/26/2014) -   Numbers  23:4, “And God met Balaam: and he said unto him, I have prepared seven altars, and I have offered upon [every] altar a bullock and a ram.”   It is interesting that the Bible says God met Balaam.  The word that is used for met is vaykar.  Jewish scholars render this as God […]
  • HEBREW WORD STUDY – THE BROWN PIGEON (10/25/2014) -   Genesis 15:7 “And he said unto him, I [am] the LORD that brought thee out of Ur of the Chaldees, to give thee this land to inherit it.”   Acts 7:2-3  “And he said, Men, brethren, and fathers, hearken; The God of glory appeared unto our father Abraham, when he was in Mesopotamia, before […]
  • HEBREW WORD STUDY – THE LOST SHEEP (10/25/2014) -   Psalms 119:176: “I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek thy servant for I do not forget thy commandments.”   “I’m just a little lamb who is lost in the woods, I know that I could always be good, To someone who will watch over me. “- George Gershwin  “Someone to Watch Over […]
  • HEBREW WORD STUDY – FILTHY GARMENTS (10/23/2014) - Isaiah 64:6,  “But we are all as an unclean [thing], and all our righteousness’s [are] as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.”   I remember as a child hearing an evangelist preach on Isaiah 64:6 and I recall how he dramatically described filthy rags, […]
  • HEBREW WORD STUDY – PROFANING HIS HOLY NAME (10/22/2014) -   Ezekiel 36:21: “Therefore say unto the house of Israel, thus says the Lord God, I do not this for your sakes O house of Israel, but for mine holy names sake which you have profaned among the heathen, whether you went.”   What is it that makes God great?  Is it His great power, […]
  • HEREW WORD STUDY – THE BEATEN OIL (10/21/2014) - Exodus 27:20: “And thou shalt command the children of Israel that they bring thee pure olive oil beaten for the light, to cause the lamp to burn always.”   I once asked a rabbi why the children of Israel had to use olive oil that was beaten to be used to light the tabernacle as […]
  • HEBREW WORD STUDY – SIX DAYS IN THE CLOUD (10/20/2014) -   Exodus 24:16: “And the glory of the Lord abode upon Mt. Sinai, and the cloud covered it six days; and the seventh day God called out to Moses out of the midst of the cloud.”   What was Moses was doing in that cloud for six days before God called him.  When you read […]
  • HEBREW WORD STUDY – DON’T TOUCH GOD’S ANOINTED (10/19/2014) -   Psalms 105:14,  “He suffered no man to do them wrong: yea, he reproved kings for their sakes; Saying, Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm.”   1Samuel 24:6,  “And he said unto his men, The LORD forbid that I should do this thing unto my master, the LORD’S anointed, to stretch […]
  • HEBREW WORD STUDY – PRAY WITHOUT CEASING (10/18/2014) - Psalms 150:6: “Let everything that has a soul praise God – Hallelujah.”   The Talmud teaches that the word soul (neshama) and breath (neshima) are related.  The soul fills the entire body, and when a person sleeps, it rises to draw down life from above.   Over each and every breath that a person takes, he […]
  • HEBREW WORD STUDY – THE MARK OF CAIN (10/17/2014) - Genesis 4:15:  “And the LORD said unto him, Therefore whosoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold. And the LORD set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him.”   Exodus 11:7,  “But against any of the children of Israel shall not a dog move his tongue, against man or […]
  • HEBREW WORD STUDY – POINT BLANK RANGE (10/16/2014) -   Psalms 16:7: “I have set the Lord always before me, because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.   I shall not be, I shall not be moved, Just like a tree, planted by the water, I shall not be moved.   Traditional Folk Song/Spiritual   This song is really an […]
  • HEBREW WORD STUDY – YAGUN OR YAGUL (10/15/2014) -   Psalms 13:2, 5: “How long shall I take counsel in my soul, having sorrow in my heart daily? How long will my enemy be exalted over me?    But I have trusted in your mercy my heart will rejoice in your salvation.”   I have to admit I sure can relate to David in the […]
  • HEBREW WORD STUDY – GOD IS AS CLOSE AS YOUR HEART (10/14/2014) -   Psalms 11:1 “In the Lord I put my trust, how say ye to my soul, flee as a bird to your mountain.”   Somewhere over the rainbow Bluebirds fly, Bluebirds fly over the rainbow Why then, Oh why can’t I. -E.Y. Harburg-  Somewhere Over the Rainbow   In Psalms 55:6 David says: “Oh that […]
  • HEBREW WORD STUDY – GOD’S TWINKIE (10/13/2014) -   John 15:15, “Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.”   John 12:26, “If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I […]
  • HEBREW WORD STUDY – WHERE ARE YOU? (10/12/2014) -   Psalms 10:1 “Why do you stand far off, why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?”   “What do people mean when they say: ‘I am not afraid of God because I know He is good’?  Have they never been to a dentist?”   C.S. Lewis, “A Grief Observed.”   As I continue on […]
  • HEBREW WORD STUDY – IT’S THE ATTITUDE (10/11/2014) -   Psalm 9:10: “And they that know your name will put their trust in you.  For thou O Lord hast not forsaken those who seek thee.”   A name in our culture is quite different than a name in the ancient culture.  Today a child is given a name by the parents because they like […]
  • HEBREW WORD STUDY – BABES AND SUCKLINGS (10/10/2014) - Psalms 8:2: “Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies that thou mightest still the enemy and avenger.   Matthew 21:16: “And he said unto them, Hearest thou what these say? And Jesus said, yea, have you not read: Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings […]
  • INTO THE CATSKILLS – I WILL NEVER LEAVE THEE (10/9/2014) -   Psalms 46:4 “[There is] a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God.   I am packed and leaving the Catskills. There is something very unsettling deep within my spirit. I hear myself crying out, “Oh God, are you going to leave me now that I am leaving this place of […]
  • INTO THE CATSKILLS – THE JOY OF HOSPITALITY (10/8/2014) - Hebrew 13:2 Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.   As I drove out of the Catskill mountains into a little town about fifteen miles outside the Catskills, I reflected on the verse in Hebrews 13:2 about entertaining angels unawares.  The word in the Greek that is rendered as […]
  • INTO THE CATSKILLS – YOU’RE A BETTER MAN GUNGA DIN (10/7/2014) - Jeremiah 1:6, “Then said I, Ah, Lord GOD! Behold, I cannot speak: for I [am] a child.” One of the great lessons that the Catskills have been teaching me is just how small and insignificant I am in light of this great beauty of majesty of God’s creation.  I wonder if He could ever use […]
  • INTO THE CATSKILLS – UNSPEAKABLE JOY (10/6/2014) -   Mathew 22:30,  “For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven.”   I just laid down in the woods in the interior of the Catskills mountains after a time of repentance and once again experienced the joy of the cleansing power of […]
  • INTO THE CATSKILLS – A SICK HEART (10/5/2014) - Jeremiah  17:9,  “The heart [is] deceitful above all [things], and desperately wicked: who can know it?”   Boy, Jeremiah loved that word deceitful.  Here it is again. Only unlike Jeremiah 20:7 where he uses the word patah which is rendered as deceived  in many translations but has more of the idea of being seduced or […]
  • INTO THE CATSKILLS – MOUNTAINS AND STREAMS (10/4/2014) -   Ps 98:8 Let the floods clap [their] hands: let the hills be joyful together.   Let me share with you something interesting as I read my Hebrew Bible sitting here by a stream flowing from the mountain. The word for floods in Hebrew is naharot which comes from the root word nahar which means […]
  • INTO THE CATSKILLS – ENJOY THE MOMENT (10/3/2014) -   Jeremiah  20:7,  “O LORD, thou hast deceived me, and I was deceived: thou art stronger than I, and hast prevailed: I am in derision daily, every one mocketh me.”   Most modern translations will say that the Lord deceived Jeremiah.  Some will say he was misled, others that he was seduced, persuaded or enticed.  […]
  • INTO THE CATSKILLS – FIVE SMOOTH STONES (10/2/2014) -   1Samuel 17:40,  “And he took his staff in his hand, and chose him five smooth stones out of the brook, and put them in a shepherd’s bag which he had, even in a scrip; and his sling [was] in his hand: and he drew near to the Philistine.”   This morning was a perfect […]
  • INTO THE CATSKILLS – THE COOL OF THE DAY (10/1/2014) -   Genesis 3:8,  “And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden.”   Maybe it is just me but when I read this passage of […]
  • INTO THE CATSKILLS – OOH AND AAH (9/30/2014) - Jeremiah 1:5, “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee,   This morning as I sit here with my laptop looking out the window at the Catskills I felt God was trying to tell me something  Suddenly I saw some leaves […]
  • INTO THE CATSKILLS – YOU ARE NEVER LOST (9/29/2014) -   Matthew 10:29,  “Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father.”   “What good does it do the sparrow if God sees it fall? It still falls.”  Mark Twain   I finally arrived in the Catskills mountains, a lot of twist and […]
  • INTO THE CATSKILLS – INTRODUCTION (9/28/2014) -   Job 12:7-8, “But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee; and the fowls of the air, and they shall tell thee: Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee: and the fishes of the sea shall declare unto thee.”   “I went to the woods because I wished to live […]
  • BEYOND THE DALETH – THE SECOND GRACE (9/24/2014) -   Genesis 6:8: “But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.”   “The Lord came down and look around a spell, There he saw Mr. Noah behaving’ mighty well That is the reason the Scriptures record, Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.”   I remember as a child my father […]
  • HEBREW WORD STUDY – SHOOTING THE ARROW (9/23/2014) - Psalms 42:5, “Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and [why] art thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him [for] the help of his countenance.”   This meaning of this passage seems pretty clear, David is talking to his soul and demanding to know why it is […]
  • HEBREW WORD STUDY – THE WRESTLING MATCH (9/22/2014) -   Genesis 32:24: “And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day.”   Jacob was probably around 70 years old at this time when he took on an angel and carried out a wrestling match with him all night long. We learn in verse 25 that […]
  • HEBREW WORD STUDY – MOSES’S PEOPLE (9/21/2014) -   Exodus 9:1  “Then the LORD said unto Moses, Go in unto Pharaoh, and tell him, Thus saith the LORD God of the Hebrews, Let my people go, that they may serve me.”   Exodus 12:38,  “And a mixed multitude went up also with them; and flocks, and herds, [even] very much cattle.”   Exodus […]
  • HEBREW WORD STUDY – A DUBIOUS BACKGROUND (9/20/2014) -   Genesis 38:15,  “When Judah saw her, he thought her [to be] an harlot; because she had covered her face.”   Genesis 38:18,  “And he said, What pledge shall I give thee? And she said, Thy signet, and thy bracelets, and thy staff that [is] in thine hand. And he gave [it] her, and came […]
  • HEBREW WORD STUDY – SOME TRUST IN (FLYING) CHARIOTS (9/18/2014) -   Psalms 91:7: “A thousand shall fall by your side, and ten thousand at your right hand; it shall not come near your.”   Psalms 20:7, “Some [trust] in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the LORD our God.”   Recently our President went on national television to declare […]
  • HEBREW WORD STUDY – PRAISE WITH A BURDEN (9/17/2014) -   Psalms 108:1: “O God, my heart is fixed, I will sing and give praise even with my glory.”   Ever have one of those times when you carry a burden that just so overwhelms you that you can’t even pray.  You try to pray, but it is just such an effort, you feel so […]
  • HEBREW WORD STUDY – LEAVING THE WILDERNESS (9/15/2014) - Psalms 90:16-17: “Let thy work appear unto thy servants and they glory unto they children. And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us: and establish thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands establish thou it.”   It is believed that this Psalm was written […]
  • HEBREW WORD STUDY – FORETELLER OR PROPHET (9/13/2014) - Malachi 4:5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD:   Malachi 4:6 And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a […]
  • HEBREW WORD STUDY – SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL (9/12/2014) -   John 14:13-14, “And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do [it].”   What could be more clear?  If you ask anything in the name of Jesus it will be […]
  • HEBREW WORD STUDY – RENDER UNTO CEASAR (9/10/2014) - Matthew 22:17, “Tell us therefore, What thinkest thou? Is it lawful to give tribute unto Caesar, or not?” KJV Matthew 22:17: “Tell us therefore, how does it seem to you? Is it lawful to give the head tax to Caesar or not?” Aramaic Peshitta I purchased some gas for my car yesterday and paid $3.98 […]
  • HEBREW WORD STUDY – A TRUE HERO (9/9/2014) - Psalms 70:1 “To the chief musician, A Psalm of David,  “Make haste O God to deliver me, make haste O Lord to help me.”   “And he (Dirk Pitt) refused medical treatment and any food until he was sure the children were all taken care of and the dogs were fed.”  Clive Cussler – “Cyclops” […]
  • HEBREW WORD STUDY – THE VIBRATIONS OF GOD (9/5/2014) - Psalms 42:8: “Yet, the Lord will command his lovingkindness in the daytime, and in the night his song shall be with me, and my prayer unto the God of my life.”   Normally when you think of a command you are thinking  of an order.  An order is given under the assumption that the one […]
  • WORD STUDY – FREELY GOD GIVES STRENGTH (9/3/2014) -   Psalm 29:11: “The Lord will give strength to His people and the Lord will bless His people with peace.” In both cases where David says: “The Lord” he is using the name Jehovah or YHWH.  When David uses the name Jehovah (YHWH), he is doing so to express his intimacy with God.  In fact […]
  • HEBREW WORD STUDY – GOD’S CORRECTING WAYS (9/2/2014) - Deuteronomy 8:5, “Thou shalt also consider in thine heart, that, as a man chasteneth his son, [so] the LORD thy God chasteneth thee.”   During the Spanish American war  Captain Gridley mounted the conning tower of his ship and received the order from Admiral Dewey, “You may fire when ready Gridley.”   Captain Gridley did not […]
  • HEBREW WORD STUDY – HOLY LAUGHTER (8/31/2014) - Genesis18:14-15: “Is anything too hard for the Lord…Then Sarah denied, saying, I laughed not; for she was afraid. And he said, Nay; but thou didst laugh.”   When God told Abraham that Sarah was going to have a child at the age of ninety, she laughed.   The word used here in the Hebrew for laugh […]
  • HEBREW WORD STUDY – JUST PRESS ON (8/30/2014) - Exodus 13:17, “And it came to pass, when Pharaoh had let the people go, that God led them not through the way of the land of the Philistines, although that was near; for God said, Lest peradventure the people repent when they see war, and they return to Egypt:” Most commentators will indicate that the […]
  • HEBREW WORD STUDY – THE WEEPING ROOM (8/29/2014) - Psalms 19:10: “More to be desired are they than gold, more than fine gold, sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.”   David is speaking here of the Word of God both the written Word of God and that which is revealed in his heart.  He has found the Word of God, both written and […]
  • WORD STUDY – ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE (8/27/2014) - Matthew 19:26 “But Jesus beheld [them], and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.”   Luke 1:37,  “For with God nothing shall be impossible.”   One of the first songs I ever learned to sing was in Tiny Tots, I believe I was like three years old, […]
  • WORD STUDY – A CLOSED PORTAL (8/25/2014) - Genesis 4:5-7: But unto Cain and his offering he had no respect, and Cain was very wroth and his countenance fell. And the Lord said unto Cain, “Why are thou wroth and why has thy countenance fallen?  If thou doest well shall thou not be accepted? And if thou doest not well, sin lieth at […]
  • WORD STUDY – YHWH OR ELOHIM? (8/24/2014) - Genesis 2:4:  “This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made earth and heaven.”   There is the story in the Talmud of a king who received two very fine pieces of glassware.  They were so fragile that the king despaired and […]
  • WORD STUDY – THEY ENCAMPED, HE ENCAMPED (8/23/2014) - Exodus 19:2,  “For they were departed from Rephidim, and were come [to] the desert of Sinai, and had pitched in the wilderness; and there Israel camped before the mount.”   There is a very subtle grammatical issue in this verse that I find no Christian commentator addressing.  Perhaps there is a Christian commentator who has […]
  • BEYOND THE DALETH – PREPARE YOUR HEART (8/22/2014) - Ezra 7:10: “For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the law of the Lord and to do it and to teach in Israel statutes and judgments.”   You read about Ezra and the word that comes to mind is “fanatic.”   This old boy devoted himself to the Word of God. Jewish tradition teaches that […]
  • WORD STUDY – THE ARK OF SAFETY (8/21/2014) - Genesis 7:1 “And the Lord said unto Noah, ‘Come thou and all they house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation.’”   I sometimes receive correspondence from those who read my studies asking where I came up with a particular rendering for certain words. They say that they have […]
  • WORD STUDY – A DATE NIGHT WITH JESUS (8/20/2014) - Psalms 17:3 “Thou has proved mine heart; thou hast visited me in the night.”   The above passage was taken from the KJV.  It translates the phrase “thou hast visited me in the night” in a perfect tense (completed action). I checked through every translation I could find and practically all of them translate this […]
  • WORD STUDY – DAVID’S SPIRITUAL SECRET (8/19/2014) - Psalms 16:1-2  “Michtam of David.  Keep me, O God; for I have taken refuge in Thee.  I have said unto the Lord: ‘Thou art my Lord; I have no good but in Thee.’”   The word michtam is a transliteration from the Hebrew and literally means from gold or from the hidden.  Many commentators simply […]
  • WORD STUDY – REJOICE WITH TREMBLING (8/18/2014) - Psalms 2:11: “Serve the Lord with fear and rejoice with trembling.   Do you realize there are over 16 words in the Hebrew for rejoice or joy.  How many words do we have in English for joy?   Whatever is important in a culture is reflected in the language.  Perhaps joy is just not important in […]
  • WORD STUDY – BETROTHED TO JESUS (8/17/2014) - Hosea 2:19, “And I will betroth thee unto me forever; yea, I will betroth thee unto me in righteousness, and in judgment, and in lovingkindness, and in mercies.”   There is much talk among Christians today of being the bride of Christ and being married to Christ.  This is, of course, a very Biblical picture […]
  • WORD STUDY – A SELFISH GOD (8/16/2014) - Proverbs 16:4 “The LORD hath made all [things] for himself.   From first reading of this passage it would appear that God is a very selfish God.  But then the word selfish tends to carry a negative connotation. There is a positive spin on selfishness. Do we not purchase a gift for someone for selfish […]
  • WORD STUDY – FEAR NOT (8/15/2014) - Isaiah 41:12-13,  “Thou shalt seek them, and shalt not find them, [even] them that contended with thee: they that war against thee shall be as nothing, and as a thing of nought. For I the LORD thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.”   I was […]
  • WORD STUDY – ONCE YOUNG BUT NOW OLD (8/14/2014) - Psalms 37:25: “I have been young and am now old, but I have never seen the righteous forsaken.”   Today feels like one of those days that I am being struck down (but not destroyed – II Corinthians 4:9) but still struck down on all fronts. It was just one of those times you feel […]
  • WORD STUDY – DELIGHTING IN GOD (8/13/2014) -       Psalm 37:3-4 “Trust in the Lord and do good, dwell in the land and cherish faithfulness.  So shalt thou delight thyself in the Lord; and He shall give you the desires of your heart.”   “Dwell in the land…”   Does that not go without question?  I mean we are not fish so […]
  • WORD STUDY – SHELTERED IN THE HEART OF GOD (8/11/2014) - Psalm 139:5: “Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me.”   I suppose you could translate this verse a number of ways. What I find interesting in this verse is the word for beset which is sur. As a noun this is what Moses struck to get water – a […]
  • WORD STUDY – PEACE IS YOUR UMPIRE (8/10/2014) - Psalms 120:2: “Deliver my soul, O Lord, from lying lips, and from a deceitful tongue.”   At first reading it appears that the writer is saying: “Lord make those gossiping about me shut up, punch ‘em in the mouth.”  But upon closer examination, the writer is not saying that at all, he just wants his […]
  • WORD STUDY – BLOOD IS THICKER THAN WATER (8/9/2014) - John 15:12-14, “ This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.  Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.”   I was reading in the Aramaic Bible this morning […]
  • WORD STUDY – KNOWN ONLY TO HIM (8/8/2014) - Psalms 77:10: “And this is my sickness, the years of the right hand of the most high.”   The writer of this Psalm is very troubled.  He has cried to God, but has found no peace.  Throughout the night, he is unable to sleep, his spirit feels overwhelmed.  He is so troubled he can not […]
  • WORD STUDY – THE MIGHTY LAMED (8/7/2014) - Psalm 56:9: “When I cry unto thee, then shall mine enemies turn back: this I know; for God is for me.”   It is clear both in English and Hebrew that David’s enemies were not going to turn back until he cried unto the Lord.  He says he knows this.  This knowing is the Hebrew […]
  • WORD STUDY – REFUGE, STRENGTH, AND HELP (8/6/2014) - Psalm 46:1: “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”   There are three things mentioned here that occur in time of trouble.  God is a refuge, strength, and a help.  This sounds good, but my question is, how does this refuge, strength, and help come about.  Christians are going through […]
  • WORD STUDY – GOD IS STANDING PATIENTLY WAITING (8/5/2014) - Psalms 40:1 “I waited patiently for the Lord; and he inclined unto me and heard my cry.”   I remember hearing stories of some old line Pentecostal groups that had what they called tarrying services.  They would stay up all night waiting for the Lord to make a visitation. After all that is what is […]
  • WORD STUDY – THE LIGHT OF GOD (8/4/2014) - Psalm 31:16: “Make thy face to shine upon thy servant, save me for thy mercies sake.”   What I find interesting about this verse is that even before David asked to be saved from his trouble, he is first asking for God’s face to shine on him.  The word in the Hebrew for shine is […]
  • WORD STUDY – THE VOICE OF GOD (8/3/2014) - Isaiah 30:21, “And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This [is] the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.”   John 10:27,  “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:”   “When we talk to […]
  • WORD STUDY – VENGENCE IS MINE (8/2/2014) - Luke 12:20,  “But God said unto him, [Thou] fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?”   In reading this passage in my Greek New Testament I noticed something that does not appear in most English translations.  The usual rendering is “this night […]
  • WORD STUDY – BRINGING PLEASURE TO GOD (8/1/2014) -   Psalms 90:16-17: “Let thy work appear unto they servants and they glory unto they children. And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us: and establish thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands establish thou it.”   This Psalm was written by Moses, he […]
  • WORD STUDY – THE ASAPHITES (7/31/2014) - Psalms 77:2: “In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord; my sore ran in the night, and ceased not: my soul refused to be comforted.”   The title of this Psalm attributes it to Asaph.  Little is known about Asaph.  The traditional view is that he the chief musician.  However, I always had […]
  • WORD STUDY – THE SPIDER’S WEB IN YOUR EYE (7/30/2014) - Matthew 7:3, “And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?”   This was a well-known Jewish proverb during the time of Jesus found in Oral Tradition and can today be found in the Babylonian Talmud, Baba Bathra 15.2.  Thus, the […]
  • WORD STUDY – A PSALM OF DAVID – HEEEELP! (7/29/2014) - Psalms 70:1 “To the chief musician, A Psalm of David,  “Make haste O God to deliver me, make haste O Lord to help me.”   “And he (Dirk Pitt) refused medical treatment and any food until he was sure the children were all taken care of and the dogs were fed.”  Clive Cussler – “Cyclops” […]
  • WORD STUDY – STRENGTH AND PEACE (7/28/2014) - Psalm 29:11: “The Lord will give strength to His people and the Lord will bless His people with peace.”   In both cases where David says: The Lord he is using the name Jehovah (YHWH).  When David uses the name Jehovah (YHWH) he is doing so to express his intimacy with God.  In fact throughout […]
  • WORD STUDY – THE JEWISH GOD (7/26/2014) - Jeremiah  23:23-24 “[Am] I a God at hand, saith the LORD, and not a God afar off?  Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? saith the LORD. Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the LORD.” This passage literally reads “I am a God that is from near.”  […]
  • WORD STUDY – SATAN’S WAR OF ATTRITION (7/25/2014) - Proverbs 3:24-25: “When you lie down, you shall not be afraid; yea, you shall lie down, and your sleep shall be sweet.  Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the night of the desolation of the wicked, when it comes. For the Lord shall be you confidence, he will keep your foot from being […]
  • WORD STUDY – BLESS THE LORD – DOG GONE IT! (7/24/2014) - Psalms 103:1  “Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, [bless] his holy name.” “Man is not complete until he has a mate, then he is finished.”  Translated from Jewish Literature I translated the above statement from Jewish literature which was written in the Aramaic.  Actually, the word complete is used twice in the […]
  • WORD STUDY – OUR LOT IN LIFE (7/23/2014) - Psalms 16:5-6: “The Lord is my portion and my cup, you maintain my lot, the lines have fallen to me in pleasant places, indeed my heritage is beautiful to me.   “We are all made to suffer, it is our lot in life.”   C3PO – Star Wars   We seemed to have picked up an […]
  • WORD STUDY – WOUNDS OF A FRIEND (7/22/2014) - Proverbs 27:6: “Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but deceitful are the kisses of the enemy.”   Ever have one of those dreams that keeps playing over and over.  Two days in a row I have had this dream that seems to be stuck on replay.  I wake up, fall back to sleep and […]
  • WORD STUDY – THE TREE OF LIFE (7/21/2014) - Proverbs 13:12: “Hope deferred maketh the heart sick, but when the desire cometh it is the tree of life.”   The most common understanding of the verse is that unfulfilled desired brings pain to the mind, but the fulfillment of the desire brings gratification.  I don’t discount this, but I am curious as to the […]
  • WORD STUDY – WINNING SOULS IS WISE (7/20/2014) - Proverbs 11:30: “The fruit of the righteous is the tree of life, and he that winneth souls is wise.”   Matthew 6:19-21: “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where thieves do not […]
  • WORD STUDY – A SPARROW’S FALL (7/19/2014) - Matthew 10:29, “Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father.”   Both the Greek and the Aramaic clearly say that one sparrow will not fall without your Father.  It does not say, without your Father’s notice.  If any translation adds the word […]
  • WORD STUDY – INHERIT SUBSTANCE (7/17/2014) - Proverbs 8:21: “That I may cause those who love me to inherit substances and I will fill their treasures.”   “To give and not expect in return, that is what lies at the heart of love.”  Oscar Wilde   There is no way around it. To inherit substance means material wealth.  Every modern translation will […]
  • WORD STUDY – GOD’S FRUIT (7/16/2014) - Proverbs 8:19: “My fruit is better than gold, even pure gold, and my yield than choicest silver. God is telling us that His fruit is better than gold and his yield better than silver.   I heard an economist on the radio the other day say the best thing we can have today is gold and silver.  […]
  • WORD STUDY – WHEN GOD HIDES HIS FACE (7/15/2014) - Ezekiel 39:25, 29:  (25)”Therefore thus saith the Lord God,  Now will I bring the captivity of Jacob, and have mercy upon the whole house of Israel, and will be jealous for my holy name.”  (29) “Neither will I hide my face  anymore from them, for I have poured out my Spirit upon the house of […]
  • WORD STUDY – GOD MADE US BEAUTIFUL (7/14/2014) - John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  Romans 12: 2  “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will […]
  • WORD STUDY – WHAT IS PRECIOUS TO GOD (7/13/2014) - Exodus 17:3:  “But the people thirsted there for water and they grumbled against Moses and said: Why, now, have you brought us up from Egypt, to kill us and our children and our livestock with thirst?”   Matthew 6:25-26 “Do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body […]
  • WORD STUDY – THE THREE WISDOMS (7/12/2014) - Proverbs 8:1 “Does not wisdom call and understanding lift up her voice?”   Genesis 3:6 “When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from the fruit and ate and she also […]
  • WORD STUDY – THE SHELTER OF HIS ARMS (7/10/2014) - ( There was an error with yesterdays post being delivered so we will be sending it out again today. If you were one of the few who did happen to receive it, please excuse it coming to you a second time. Also, please see note at the bottom of page…thanks) Proverbs 5:18: “Let thy fountain […]
  • WORD STUDY – PUTTING ON DISEASES (7/8/2014) - Exodus 15:26: And he said: If thou wilt diligently harken unto the voice of God and will do that which is right in His sight, and will give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee.   Faith healers and the Word Faith movement have […]
  • WORD STUDY – WHAT MAKES GOD BURP (7/7/2014) - Exodus 14:14: “The Lord will fight for you and you shall hold your peace.”   “If I see ten problems walking down the road toward me, I can be confident that nine will fall into a ditch before they reach me.”   President Calvin Coolidge   Yesterday I faced a problem that just sapped me of […]
  • WORD STUDY – HEARING THE VOICE OF GOD (7/5/2014) - Genesis 27:20-22:  “ And Isaac said unto his son, How [is it] that thou hast found [it] so quickly, my son? And he said, Because the LORD thy God brought [it] to me.  And Isaac said unto Jacob, Come near, I pray thee, that I may feel thee, my son, whether thou [be] my very […]
  • WORD STUDY – CRYING OUT TO GOD (7/4/2014) - Exodus 14:10b “And they were sore afraid and the children of Israel cried out unto the Lord.”   Every major translation I have looked at will render the word sa’ak as cry out. Now sa’ak does mean to cry out but it also means to summon or to appeal.  It comes from a Semitic root […]
  • WORD STUDY – GOD’S RESTING PLACE (7/3/2014) - Exodus 40:35: “And Moses could not enter the Tent of Meeting, for the cloud rested (shakhan) upon it , and the glory of the Lord filled the Tabernacle.”   Moses could not enter the Tent of Meeting because of the Shekhinah glory. The Talmud and other Jewish literature are filled with references to the Shekhinah […]
  • WORD STUDY – EARLY ARRIVAL (7/2/2014) - Proverbs 8:17: “I love them that love me; and those  that seek me early shall find me.”   This is a little odd in the Hebrew.   “I love them” is in an imperfect form, hence it should correctly be rendered as I will love them.  Of course no one will translate it that way because the following words are that love […]
  • WORD STUDY – FEEDING ON THE WIND (7/1/2014) - Ecclesiastes 6:9: “Better is the sight of eyes than the wandering of the desire, this is also vanity and the vexation of the spirit.”   One of  the stories from Geoffrey Chaucer’ s “Canterbury Tales”  is entitled “The Pardoner’s Tail”    In this story he makes reference to an enigmatic old man who is unable to […]
  • WORD STUDY: THE GIFT OF CREATION (6/29/2014) - Ecclesiastes 12:14: “Because God will bring every act to judgment, everything which is hidden, whether it is good or evil.”   It is interesting that the word for God has an article in front of it. Because “The God.”   The word for God is haelohim which is referring to one who has authority over you.   […]
  • WORD STUDY- FAITH AND WORKS (6/28/2014) -   Genesis 15:6: “And he (Abraham) believed the Lord and He counted it as righteousness.”   John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.   James 2:20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith […]
  • WORD STUDY – VIOLENCE AGAINST YOUR BROTHER (6/27/2014) - Obadiah 1:10 For [thy] violence against thy brother Jacob shame shall cover thee, and thou shalt be cut off forever.   In my first year in Bible College the upper classmen put on a program for the new freshman.  They had a sketch where a student played a reporter interviewing students impersonating the faculty.  When […]
  • WORD STUDY – LOVING GOD WITH YOUR HEART (6/26/2014) - Deuteronomy 30:2-3: “And shalt return unto the Lord thy God, and shalt obey his voice according to all that I command thee this day, thou and thy children, with all thine heart, and with all thy soul; that then the Lord thy God will turn thy captivity, and have compassion upon thee, and will return […]
  • BEYOND THE DALETH – ETERNITY IN OUR HEARTS (6/25/2014) - Ecclesiastes 3:11: “He hath made everything beautiful in its time (season), also he has set the world (eternity) in their hearts, so that no man can find out the work that God made from beginning to end.”   “Grow old with me, the best is yet to be.”  Robert Browning   “Once a story’s told, […]
  • WORD STUDY – YOU ARE GOD’S JESHURUN (6/24/2014) - Deuteronomy 32:15: “But Jeshurun waxed fat and kicked. Thou are waxen fat and thou art grown thick, thou art covered with fatness, then he forsook God which made him and lightly esteemed the rock of his salvation.”   I did not have any particular verse in mind this morning as I started my study, so […]
  • WORD STUDY – THE PROMISED LAND (6/22/2014) - Deuteronomy 9:5:  “Not for the righteousness, or for the uprightness of thine heart do you go to possess their land: but for the wickedness of these nations and that he may perform the word which the Lord confirmed unto thy  fathers Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.”   It doesn’t take a deep study into the Hebrew […]
  • WORD STUDY – TO FEAR GOD (6/21/2014) - Deuteronomy 8:6:“Therefore thou shalt keep the commandments of the Lord thy God, to walk in his ways, and to fear him.”   I John 4:18: “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: Because fear hath torment.  He that feareth is not made perfect in love.”   I believe I should […]
  • WORD STUDY – COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS (6/19/2014) - Deuteronomy 8:4: “Thy raiment waxed not old upon thee.  Neither did thy feet swell these forty years.”   When upon life’s billows you are tempest-tossed When you are discouraged thinking all is lost, Count your many blessings named them one by one, And it will surprise you what the Lord has done. -Johnson Oatman Jr. […]
  • WORD STUDY – THE GREATEST LOVE (6/18/2014) - Matthew 10:37: “He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.” Exodus 20:12: “Honor your father and your mother: that your days may be long upon the land which the LORD your God gives you.” […]
  • WORD STUDY – GETTING SAVED (6/17/2014) - John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whosoever believes in him, shall not perish but have eternal life.”   I grew up in a Baptist church where salvation meant that you recited a sinner’s prayer and after repeating these words you became a new person.   Now […]
  • WORD STUDY – MAD AT GOD (6/16/2014) - Job 27:3 “All the while my breath is in me but the Spirit of God is in my nostrils.”   Translators have really played around with this verse.  No one seems to know for sure whether to render this as the breath of God is in my nostrils or the Spirit of God is in […]
  • WORD STUDY – THE PRETENDER (6/15/2014) - Job 24:13: “They are those who rebel against the light, they know not the ways thereof, nor abide in the paths thereof.”   Titus 1:15: “Unto the pure all things are pure but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure but even their mind and conscience are defiled.”   Titus was most […]
  • WORD STUDY: IT IS RIGHT AND WRONG (6/14/2014) - Job 22:29: “When men are cast down thou shalt say, there is lifting up, and he shall save the humble person.”   Job 22 is the reply to Job by his friend Eliphaz.   It is suggested by many that his name means god of gold.  This is likely due to an assumption that the root […]
  • WORD STUDY – GOD’S PRIORITIES (6/13/2014) - Job 13:3: “Surely I would speak to the Almighty and I desire to reason with God.”   “He lived by the sewer and by the sewer he died, the coroner didn’t know what to call it so he called it sewer side.  He lived by a home and by a home he died, the coroner […]
  • WORD STUDY – WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY WHY? (6/12/2014) - Job 12:3: “But I have understanding as well as you, I am not inferior than you; yea who knoweth not such things as these?”   “Wise men don’t need advice, fools will not take it.”   Benjamin Franklin   Reading this verse would suggest that Job is really getting annoyed with his friends.  It appears he […]
  • WORD STUDY – BLAMING GOD (6/11/2014) - Job 1:22: “In all this Job sinned not, nor charge God foolishly.”   Whenever I hear a preacher teach on Job and point his finger and say: “In all that Job did not sin, nor blame God.”  I could not help but wonder: “What sin would Job commit and how could he not blame God, […]
  • WORD STUDY – I BELONG TO JEHOVAH (6/10/2014) - Job 1:20-22: Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head and he fell to the ground and worshipped.  And he said naked I came from my mother’s womb and naked I shall return there.  The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away.  Blessed be the name of the Lord.  Through all […]
  • WORD STUDY – HEALING HANDKERCHIEFS (6/9/2014) - Acts 19:12: So that from his body were brought unto the sick handkerchiefs or aprons, and the diseases departed from them, and the evil spirits went out of them. II Kings 2:14: And he took the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and smote the waters, and said, where is the LORD God of […]
  • WORD STUDY – MOSES SPOKE UNTO THE LORD (6/8/2014) - “Numbers 27:15-16: “And Moses spoke unto the Lord saying: ‘Let the Lord, the God of the spirits of all flesh set a man over the congregation.”   Since we were introduced to Moses in the Book of Exodus, there is one phrase that is repeated over and over.  In fact it is repeated 175 times.  […]
  • WORD STUDY – GOD WILL NOT ABANDON US (6/7/2014) - Deuteronomy 31:8 “And the LORD, he [it is] that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed.”   “Abused children will always protect the abuser, because it is all they know.  They fear the person, hate the circumstances, but anything is […]
  • WORD STUDY – WORRY NOT ABOUT TOMORROW (6/6/2014) - Matthew  6:34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day [is] the evil thereof.   “Worrying is like paying on a debt that may never come due.”  Will Rodgers   “Do not distress thyself with tomorrow’s affliction, for thou knowest not […]
  • WORD STUDY – YOU LOVE ME NOT (6/5/2014) - Numbers 21:5: “And the people spoke against God, and against Moses, wherefore have ye brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness?  For there is no bread, neither is there any water; and our soul loatheth this light bread.”   Cassius: Brutus hath rived my heart: A friend should bear a friends […]
  • WORD STUDY – SHARING THE SUFFERING OF JESUS (6/4/2014) - Numbers 21:4: “And the soul of the people was much discouraged because of the way.”   Maybe I am the odd one out, but I keep hearing all these testimonies about people who walk a tough road and how God sends miracle after miracles to deliver them.  How God supports them and gets them through.  […]
  • WORD STUDY – THE FIERY SERPENT (6/3/2014) - Numbers 21:6: “And the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people; and they bit the people, and much people of Israel died.”   Exodus 12:37 mentions that a mixed multitude, an unspecified number of non-Israelites were tagging along during the Exodus.  They caused no end of frustration for Moses and because of their pagan background […]
  • WORD STUDY – THE INVERTED NUN (6/2/2014) - Numbers 10:35-36: “Whenever the ark set out, Moses said: ‘Arise O’Lord let the enemy be scattered, may your foes flee before you.’   Whenever it came to rest, he said: ‘Return Lord to the countless thousands of Israel.’”   This passage is set off in the original scrolls with two inverted nuns. They appear in some […]
  • WORD STUDY – NOT ALONE (6/1/2014) - Psalms  25:16: “Turn thee unto me, and have mercy upon me; for I am alone and afflicted.”   “Language has created the word loneliness to express the pain of being alone.  And it has created the word solitude to express the glory of being alone.”  Paul Tillich Paul Tillich was probably the most influential theologian […]
  • WORD STUDY – THEY GLARED AT MOSES (5/31/2014) - Numbers 16:3-6: “They combined against Moses and Aaron and said to them, ‘You have gone too far! For all the community is holy, all of them, and the Lord is in their midst.  Why then do you raise yourselves above the Lord’s congregation?’  When Moses heard this, he fell on his face.”   The Talmud, […]
  • WORD STUDY – FLEEING GOD’S PRESENCE (5/30/2014) - Numbers 10:35: “And it came to pass, when the ark set forward, that Moses said, Rise up, Lord, and let your enemies be scattered; and let them that hate you flee before you.”   Do you ever stop to think what enemies Moses is talking about?   It really does not appear that there were any […]
  • WORD STUDY – ABRACADABRA (5/29/2014) - Numbers 12:13: “And Moses cried to Jehovah saying: “Oh, my God,  I beg you  give healing to her, I beseech you.”   Imagine the next time you pray for someone to be healed, you lay your hands on that person and say “Abracadabra.”    This is a term which has crossed over into English usage, picked […]
  • WORD STUDY – SOUND THE TRUMPETS (5/28/2014) - Numbers 10:9: “And when you go to war in your land against the adversary that oppresseth you, then you shall sound an alarm with the trumpets; and you shall be remembered before the Lord your God, and you shall be saved from your enemies.”   So what do we learn from this verse?  If all […]
  • WORD STUDY – THE SILENT SCREAM (5/26/2014) - Psalms 38:9, “ Lord, all my desire [is] before thee; and my groaning is not hid from thee.”   “Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not; and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad.”  Henry Wadsworth Longfellow   What is the language of a groan?  Has […]
  • WORD STUDY – A STRONG TOWER (5/25/2014) - Proverbs 18:10, “The name of the LORD [is] a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.”   The pessimist says, “It can’t get worse,” the optimist says, “Yes it can.” – unknown   Yesterday a small group of us got together to do a study at the Buzz Café in Oak Park.  […]
  • WORD STUDY – INKA DINKA DOO (5/24/2014) - Acts 2:11 Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God.   A dinka dee, a dinka doooo, what a voice! What a voice, simply means Ink, a dinka doo, a dinka dee – Jimmy Durante   I recently read the biography of Jimmy Durante.  Many are familiar […]
  • WORD STUDY – BEYOND THE LEXICON (5/22/2014) - Numbers 14:14: “And they will tell the inhabitants of this land, that they have heard that the Lord is among this people, that you Lord are seen face to face, and that your cloud stands over them, and that you go before them in daytime in a pillar of cloud and in a pillar of […]
  • WORD STUDY – GOD WANTS TO GIVE YOU A KISS (5/21/2014) - “Numbers 12:8 “With him (Moses) I will speak mouth to mouth, manifestly and not in dark places and the similitude of the Lord does he behold.”   Aaron and Miriam, Moses brother and sister, began to have some doubts about Moses’s leadership.  Moses had married an Ethiopian woman and they began to question if Moses […]
  • WORD STUDY – SUBDUE AND DELIGHT (5/20/2014) - Micah 7:18-19: “Who is a God like unto thee that pardoned iniquity, and  passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage?   He retained not his anger for ever, because he delighted in mercy.  He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all […]
  • WORD STUDY – THE MAN BEHIND THE CURTAIN (5/19/2014) -   Micah 7:5,7: “Trust ye not in a friend, put ye not confidence in a guide, keep the doors of thy mouth from her that lieth in thy bosom. (7) Therefore I will look unto the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me.”   “Do not arouse […]
  • WORD STUDY – TAKING THE KINGDOM BY VIOLENCE (5/18/2014) -   Micah 2:12-13: “I will surely assemble, O Jacob, all of thee; I will surely gather the remnant of Israel; I will put them together as the sheep of Bozrah, as the flock in the midst of their fold: they shall make a great noise by reason of the multitude of men. The breaker is […]
  • WORD STUDY – HONOR YOUR FATHERS AND MOTHERS (5/17/2014) -   Exodus 20:12 “Honor thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.”   Exodus 21:17,  “And he that curseth his father, or his mother, shall surely be put to death.”   Matthew 15:4, “For God commanded, saying, Honor thy father and mother: […]
  • WORD STUDY – LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION (5/16/2014) - Matthew 6:13: “And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.”   As I seek to understand a new dimension that God is leading me in my prayer life, I am finding myself using the Lord’s prayer more often.   In this use of the Lord’s Prayer I am discovering that I haven’t the […]
  • WORD STUDY – BLINDED BY LOVE (5/13/2014) -   Malachi 3:13-14: “Your words have been stout against me” saith the Lord.  Yet you say: “What have we spoken against you.” You have said: “It is vain to serve God and what profit is there that we have kept his ordinance? And that we have walked mournfully before the Lord of host.”   There […]
  • WORD STUDY – MEETING THE ENEMY (5/12/2014) - Judges 7:9-10: “And it came to pass on the same night that the Lord said unto him: Arise get thee down unto the host, for I have delivered it into thine hand. But if thou fear to go down, go thou with Phurah thy servant down to the host.”   The word arise is qom […]
  • WORD STUDY – MINISTRY FROM HEAVEN (5/11/2014) -   John 3:27,  “John answered and said, A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven.”   Too often this verse is taken out of context and used to mean that everything we have comes from God.  Although this is a true statement in itself as God is indeed the creator and […]
  • WORD STUDY – Which Is The Best Bible Translation (5/10/2014) -   Luke 9:44-45: “Let these sayings sink down into your ears: for the Son of Man shall be delivered into the hands of men.  But they understood not this saying, and it was hid from them, that they perceived it not: and they feared to ask him of that saying”   Most of your modern […]
  • WORD STUDY – EATEN UP (5/9/2014) - Psalms 69:9, “For the zeal of thine house hath eaten me up; and the reproaches of them that reproached thee are fallen upon me.” John 2:17, “And his disciples remembered that it was written, The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up.” I recall a story of a child who was terrified to walk […]
  • WORD STUDY – THE GREEN TREE (5/8/2014) -   Luke 23:31: “For if they do these things in a green tree, what shall be done in the dry tree.?”   This is an example of a verse which is unintelligible in the Greek, but it makes perfect sense when read in the Aramaic or language that Jesus actually spoke.   When translating one […]
  • WORD STUDY – KNOCK AND YOU WILL BREAKTHROUGH (5/7/2014) - Luke 11:9-10: And I say to you, Ask, and it will be given to you. Seek and you will find, knock and it will be opened to you. For everyone asking receives and the one seeking finds; and the one knocking, it will be opened.   “That’s all I can stands, cause I can’t stands […]
  • WORD STUDY – EATING AND DRINKING (5/6/2014) - Luke 7:33-35: “For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine; and you say, He hath a devil.  The Son of man is come eating and drinking; and you say, Behold a gluttonous man, and a winebidder, a friend of publicans and sinners.  But wisdom is justified of all her children.”   John […]
  • WORD STUDY – HE IS WAITING PATIENTLY IN LINE (5/4/2014) - Isaiah 30:18: “And therefore will the Lord wait, that he may be gracious unto you, and therefore will he be exalted that he might be merciful upon you: for the Lord is a God of judgment, blessed are all that wait for him.”   “He was there all the time, Waiting patiently in line, He […]
  • WORD STUDY – GOD WILL SURELY PROSPER NOW (5/3/2014) -   “Judges 17:13 Then Micah said, “Now I know that the Lord will prosper me seeing I have a Levite as a priest.”   After the story of Samson in the Book of Judges we have a rather odd story.  Chances are you never heard this story in Sunday School and you may never even […]
  • WORD STUDY – PREPARATION FOR HOLINESS (5/2/2014) -   Leviticus 19:2: “Speak unto all the congregation of the children of Israel and say unto them, you shall be holy: for I the Lord your God am holy.”   Back in the sixties there was TV program known as The Man From Uncle. This was  TV’s answer to the James Bond spy fad.  I […]
  • WORD STUDY – God’s Sea is Great (5/1/2014) -   Psalms 71:12, “O God, be not far from me: O my God, make haste for my help.”   “Oh God, thy sea is so great and my boat is so small.”   Brenton Fisherman Prayer   Many passages of Scripture are so clear and straight forward that you really do not need to look it […]
  • WORD STUDY – GOD IS CALLING YOU (4/30/2014) -   Leviticus 1:1, “The lord called unto Moses, and spoke unto him out of the tent of meeting, saying…”   Rabbi Ysroel Ben Eliezer lived in the early 18th century in the area which is now know as the Ukraine.  He was a devout orthodox rabbi who claimed to have unlocked the mysteries of Divine […]
  • WORD STUDY – I AM THE LORD (4/29/2014) -   Leviticus 19:18: “Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself: I am the Lord.”   It is curious that this verse ends with “I am the Lord.”  Why does the verse add this?  The meaning of the verse is obvious, […]
  • BEYOND THE DALETH – MISERY AND AFFLICTION (4/28/2014) -   Lamentations 3:33: “For he doth no afflict willingly nor grieve the children of men.”   Last night we returned from a speaking engagement up in the Northwoods of Wisconsin.  It had been a long three days and I was so tired so I just walked into my home and collapsed.  Suddenly I opened my […]
  • BEYOND THE DALETH – REJOICE (4/27/2014) -   Habakkuk 3:17-18: “Although the fig tree does not blossom neither shall fruit be on the vine, the labor of the olive shall fail and the field shall yield no meat, the flock shall be cut off from the fold and there shall be no herd in the stalls, yet I will  rejoice (Alaz עלז) in […]
  • WORD STUDY – STEADFAST LOVE (4/26/2014) - Psalms 103:11: “For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;” ESV   “Love isn’t a state of perfect caring. It is an active noun like struggle. To love someone is to strive to accept that person exactly the way he or she […]
  • WORD STUDY – DELIVER (SHAZAV) (4/24/2014) - Daniel 3:16-17: “Shadrach Meshach and Abednego answered and said unto the king, O’ Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer you in this matter.  If it be so our God is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us out of thy hand O king. But if not be it […]
  • BEYOND THE DALETH – GREAT IS THY FAITHFULNESS (4/23/2014) - Lamentations 3:23: “They are new every morning, great is thy faithfulness.” “Not all who wander are lost.”  Tolkien,  “Fellowship of the Ring.”   Through many toils dangers and snares, I have already come. Tis grace that brought me safe thus far And grace that will lead me home. -John Newton-  Amazing Grace   Last night […]
  • WORD STUDY – ARISE SHINE (4/22/2014) -  Isaiah 60:1: “Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee.” This is verse is a beautiful poetic express.  Arise shine in Hebrew is qumi ori written as two trochees (a metrical foot used in formal poetry consisting of a stressed syllable followed by an unstressed one conveying a rolling rhythm).  The […]
  • WORD STUDY – ELI ELI LAMA SABACHTHANI (4/20/2014) -   Matthew 27:46: “And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying ‘Eli, Eli Lama Sabachthani?’ that is My God My God, why has thou forsaken me?”   This passage has been debated for 2,000 years and everyone seems to have their own explanation as to what Jesus means when he […]
  • WORD STUDY – MOVED (4/19/2014) -   Song of Solomon 5:4  “My beloved put in his hand by the hole of the door, and my bowels were moved for him.”   “My bowels were moved for him…”  This phrase alone should send even the most  passionate supporters of the KJV scurrying for other translations.  The idea that the very presences of one’s beloved has the effect […]
  • WORD STUDY – SEARCH (4/17/2014) - Psalms 139:23:  “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me and know my thoughts: “In the joy of this new relationship I said to Jesus Christ. ‘Lord, I want this heart of mine to be yours. I want to have you settle down here and be perfectly at home.  Everything that I have belongs to […]
  • WORD STUDY – MOUTH (4/16/2014) -  Psalms 141:3: “Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth, keep the door of my lips.” Be sure it’s true when you say “I love you.” It’s sin to tell a lie. Millions of hearts have been broken, Just because these words were spoken, “I love you, Yes I do, I love you.” If you […]
  • WORD STUDY – TEMPT (4/15/2014) -   Matthew 4:1: “Then was Jesus led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.”   Every modern translation I read renders the Greek word peirazo as tempt as well they should as that is what it means. But in the ancient Greek, as used in the Septuagint it was also used […]
  • WORD STUDY – COME NIGH (4/14/2014) - Leviticus 10:3; “Then Moses said unto Aaron, This is it that the LORD spake, saying, I will be sanctified in them that come nigh me, and before all the people I will be glorified. And Aaron held his peace.”   This is a very sobering verse for those of us who seek a closer relationship with God.  The […]
  • WORD STUDY – LENDING TO GOD (4/13/2014) -   1Samuel 1:28,  “Therefore also I have lent him to the LORD; as long as he liveth he shall be lent to the LORD. And he worshipped the LORD there.”   1Samuel 2:11, “And Elkanah went to Ramah to his house. And the child did minister unto the LORD before Eli the priest.”   Let’s […]
  • WORD STUDY – SUBHUMAN (4/12/2014) -   Judges 6:15, “And he said unto him, Oh my Lord, wherewith shall I save Israel? behold, my family [is] poor in Manasseh, and I [am] the least in my father’s house.”   Ever feel like you are just sort of subhuman, maybe you grew up in a situation where family members made you feel […]
  • WORD STUDY – IN THIS YOUR STRENGTH (4/11/2014) -   Judges 6:12,14: “And the angel of the Lord appeared to him  and said to him. ‘The Lord is with you, O mighty warrior.’   And the Lord looked at him and said ‘Go in this your strength and deliver Israel from the hand of Midian. Have I not sent you?”   Did you ever have […]
  • WORD STUDY – TAKING YOUR VICTUALS (4/10/2014) -   Joshua 9:14: “And the men took of their victuals, and asked not counsel at the mouth of God.”   If you read Joshua 9 you will see a story that takes one whole chapter in the Book of Joshua which has only 24 chapters to tell this story of Gibeon. Now there must be […]
  • WORD STUDY – MELTING HEARTS (4/9/2014) -   Joshua 14:8: “Nevertheless my brethren who went up with me made the heart of the people melt, but I wholly followed the Lord my God.”   We all know the story of the twelve spies sent out to scout out the Promised Land.  Ten returned with a bad report and a recommendation that they […]
  • WORD STUDY – BE STRONG AND OF GOOD COURAGE (4/8/2014) -   Joshua 1:18: “Whosoever he be that doth rebel against thy commandment, and will not harken unto thy words in all that thou commandmandest him, he shall be put to death, only be strong and of good courage.   There is an old Peanuts comic strip where Snoopy is looking so forlorn sitting out in […]
  • WORD STUDY – GOD DECLARES HIS THOUGHTS (4/7/2014) - Amos 4:13,  “For, lo, he that formeth the mountains, and createth the wind, and declareth unto man what [is] his thought, that maketh the morning darkness, and treadeth upon the high places of the earth, The LORD, The God of hosts, [is] his name.”   A wounded deer leaps the highest.  Emily Dickerson   This […]
  • BEYOND THE DALETH – FAILURE AND FORSAKEN (4/6/2014) -       Joshua 1:5: “As I was with Moses, so I will be with you, I will not fail you nor forsake you.”   There’s a somebody I’m longing to see I hope that he, turns out to be Someone who’ll watch over me, I’m just a little lamb Whose lost in the woods, […]
  • WORD STUDY – A SILENT SCREAM (4/5/2014) -   Jonah 2:7-10: “When my soul fainted within me, I remembered the Lord and my prayer came in unto thee into thine holy temple.  They that observe laying vanities forsake their own mercy, But I will sacrifice unto thee with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay that that I have vowed, Salvation is of […]
  • WORD STUDY – ROSE OF SHARON (4/4/2014) -       Song of Solomon 2:1 “I [am] the rose of Sharon, [and] the lily of the valleys.”   Isaiah 61:3: “To provide for the mourners in Zion, to give them beauty instead of ashes.”   Let me show you something that is interesting. The word for beauty in Isaiah 61:3 is pe’er (Pei, Aleph, Resh) […]
  • WORD STUDY – DOES JESUS TITHE? (4/2/2014) - John 21:11:  “Simon Peter went up, and drew the net to the land full of great fishes, a hundred and fifty and three; and for all there were so many, yet was not the net broken.”   One can only wonder why the writer gave an exact count of the number of fish that were […]
  • WORD STUDY – HOPE OR CERTAINTY (4/1/2014) -   Psalms 71:5: “ For thou [art] my hope, O Lord GOD: [thou art] my trust from my youth.”   I don’t know about you but somehow I cannot see David hoping God will come through.  Our modern concept of the word hope implies a sense of uncertainty.  In other words, “I hope the Chicago […]
  • WORD STUDY – GRIEVED TO THE HEART (3/31/2014) - א   Genesis 6:6  “And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.”   It seems more and more I am being asked about the Nephilim or giants in Genesis 6.  I believe much of  the interest comes from the discovery of the Dead […]
  • WORD STUDY – WHAT THE ENEMY HAS STOLEN (3/30/2014) -   Joel 2:25: “And I will restore to you the years that the locust have eaten, the canker worm and the caterpillar and the palmerworm my great army which I sent among you.”   Very little is known about the prophet Joel.  He is mentioned only once, in the first chapter of the Book of […]
  • WORD STUDY – AHAV (ANOTHER POINT OF VIEW) (3/29/2014) -   Good day, Chaim Bentorah here.  We appreciate all comments and  impute for what is art if it cannot invoke some emotional response from a reader whether it be anger or joy. Here is a response from the post on 3/25 http://www.chaimbentorah.com/2014/03/word-study-ahav-preterite-form/ by someone called Ash. I love this, and I hope you will Ahav it […]
  • WORD STUDY – GOD IS IN OUR NOSES (3/28/2014) -   Job 27:3 “All the while my breath is in me but the Spirit of God is in my nostrils.”   Translators have really played around with this verse. No one seems to know for sure whether to render this as the breath of God is in my nostrils or the Spirit of God is […]
  • WORD STUDY – THE HUMBLE PERSON (3/27/2014) -   Job 22:29: “When men are cast down thou shalt say, there is lifting up, and he shall save the humble person.”   Job 22 is the reply to Job by his friend Eliphaz. It is suggested by many that his name means God of gold. This is likely due to an assumption that the […]
  • WORD STUDY – THE MOST PRECIOUS THING (3/26/2014) -   Job 13:15 “Though he slay me, yet I will trust in Him.   In the Hebrew this affirmation of Job is much stronger than it appears in English, although it appears you can not get much stronger than this.   Yet, by translating the word hen as though  is comes across as even if he […]
  • WORD STUDY – AHAV (PRETERITE FORM) (3/25/2014) -   Deuteronomy 6:5 “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul and with all thy might.” “Love is a canvass furnished by Nature and embroidered by imagination.”  – Voltaire Every day every orthodox Jew will recite this verse, in Hebrew. Why Hebrew and not their own native language, […]
  • WORD STUDY – OUR BROTHER’S KEEPER (3/24/2014) -   Genesis 4:9-10,  “And the LORD said unto Cain, Where [is] Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: [Am] I my brother’s keeper? What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother’s blood crieth unto me from the ground.”   When God asked Cain where his brother was, upon first reading it sounds […]
  • WORD STUDY – SARAI (3/23/2014) -   Genesis 12:11,14,17: “And it came to pass, when he was come near to enter into Egypt, that he said unto Sarai his wife, Behold now, I know that thou [art] a fair woman to look upon:  (14) And it came to pass, that, when Abram was come into Egypt, the Egyptians beheld the woman […]
  • WORD STUDY – SKIN FOR SKIN (3/22/2014) -   Job 2:4 “And the accuser answered the Lord and said Skin for skin, yea all a man has will he give for his life.”   Recently I was watching a Jet Jackson video.  As I watched our hero apply the skin of his fist to the skin of the bad guy, I hit the […]
  • WORD STUDY – SUFFER NO LOSS (3/21/2014) -   Job 1:20-22: Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head and he fell to the ground and worshipped.  And he said naked I came from my mother’s womb and naked I shall return there.  The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away.  Blessed be the name of the Lord.  Through […]
  • WORD STUDY – LOVE IS ALL WE CAN GIVE (3/20/2014) -   Job 1:6: “Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord and the adversary came also among them.”   Practically every modern English translation will render the word yasav as to present themselves. Actually the word goes much further than that. Yasav has the idea of […]
  • WORD STUDY – WORSHIP – ESEV OR SHACHAH? (3/19/2014) -   Jeremiah 44:18-19: “But since we stopped burning sacrifices to the queen of heaven and pouring our libations to her, we have lacked everything and have met our end by the sword and by famine. And when we were burning sacrifices to the queen of heaven, and were pouring out drink offerings unto her, did […]
  • WORD STUDY – GOD’S WORD IS A TARDIS (3/18/2014) -   Jeremiah 31:25: “For I satiated the weary soul, and I have replenished every sorrowful soul.”   When you look at this verse in the Hebrew you will find that a satiated weary soul and the replenished sorrowful soul mean the same thing.  The word sorrowful is da’av which is a melting or to pine […]
  • WORD STUDY – HE CARRIED OUR SORROWS (3/17/2014) -   Isaiah 53:4:  “Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows.”   Even look at a Scripture verse that have heard all your life, memorized it, sang it as it was put to music, heard it preached and then one day you look at it and say: “Is that really in the Bible?” […]
  • WORD STUDY – EREV YOM KIPPUR (3/16/2014) -   Mt 5:23-24: “Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.”   “Sacrifices offered up in wrath, and whilst unreconciled […]
  • WORD STUDY – STEALING GOD’S WORDS (3/14/2014) -   Jeremiah 23:30: “Therefore, behold,  I am against the  prophet says the Lord, that steal my words everyone from his neighbor.”   “I’ve got a million of ‘em.’  – Jimmy Durante   During the eighties when I was teaching Hebrew in a Bible College I started having students come to me asking to explain the […]
  • WORD STUDY – LOVE AND LOST (3/13/2014) -   Jeremiah 20:9: “Then I said, I will not make mention of him nor speak anymore in his name.  But his word was in my heart as a burning fire and shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forebearing and I could not stay.”   “One half of mine is yours, the […]
  • WORD STUDY – LOVE ETERNAL LOVE (3/12/2014) -   Jeremiah 31:3: “The Lord hath appeared of old unto me saying: ‘I have loved thee with an everlasting love, therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.’”   Neither love me for thine own pity, wiping my cheeks dry, A creature might forget to weep, who bore thy comfort long, And lose thy love thereby, […]
  • WORD STUDY – TO SERVE YOUR ENEMIES (3/11/2014) -   Jeremiah 15:14: “And I will make thee to pass with thine enemies into a land which thou knowest not.”   “I have no trouble with my enemies, I can take care of my enemies alright, but my d*** Friends – they’re the ones who keep me walking the floor at night.” Warren G. Harding […]
  • WORD STUDY – SOULS THAT THEY HAD GOTTEN (3/10/2014) -   Genesis 12:5, “And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother’s son, and all their substance that they had gathered, and the souls that they had gotten in Haran; and they went forth to go into the land of Canaan; and into the land of Canaan they came.”   Jesus, the very thought […]
  • WORD STUDY – AN EVIL HEART (3/9/2014) -   Jeremiah 18:12: “And they said, There is no hope, but we will walk after our own devices and we will everyone do the imaginations of his own evil heart.”   “If I do it, I get a vippin,—– I do it.”   Red Skelton -Mean Little Kid   That is quite a thing for the […]
  • WORD STUDY – ANGELS SINGING (3/8/2014) -   Luke  2:13: “ And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,”   Growing up in a church I quickly learned that music played an very important role in your life.  If you could not sing or play a musical instrument, then, well what good were […]
  • WORD STUDY – GOD REPENTS OF EVIL (3/7/2014) -   Jeremiah 18:8: “If that nation against whom I have pronounced turn from their evil, I will repent of the evil that I thought to do unto them.”   “Prayer does not change God, prayer changes us.”  C.S. Lewis   This verse raises some questions in my mind. Does God repent? Does God do evil?  […]
  • WORD STUDY – CAPTIVE TO GOD’S HEART (3/5/2014) -   Jeremiah 3:10: “And yet for all this  her treacherous sister Judah hath not turned unto me with her whole heart, but feignedly, saith the Lord.”   We have to realize that at the time of this prophecy, Judah was a very religious nation.  They had the temple of God in Jerusalem where the people […]
  • WORD STUDY – SHIBBOLETH (3/4/2014) - Judges 12:6 Then said they unto him, Say now Shibboleth: and he said Sibboleth: for he could not frame to pronounce [it] right. Then they took him, and slew him at the passages of Jordan: and there fell at that time of the Ephraimites forty and two thousand.   In Judges 11 we learn how […]
  • WORD STUDY – EYE FOR AN EYE (3/3/2014) -   Exodus 21:24:  “Eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot,”   Matthew 5:38: “Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right […]
  • WORD STUDY – MON HU FROM HEAVEN (3/2/2014) -   Exodus 16:15:  “And when the children of Israel saw [it], they said one to another, It [is] manna: for they wist not what it [was]. And Moses said unto them, This [is] the bread which the LORD hath given you to eat.”   It is curious how a word makes its way into our […]
  • WORD STUDY – ANNUIT COEPTIS (3/1/2014) -   John 5:44 “How can ye believe, which receive honor one of another, and seek not the honor that [cometh] from God only?”   Last night I was sort of feeling sorry for myself so I decided to cheer myself up a little and go to Amazon.com and look up the reviews on my books […]
  • WORD STUDY – INCLINING OUR EARS TO GOD (2/28/2014) -   Jeremiah 7:24: “But they harkened not nor inclined their ear.”   I get the part of not harkening unto the Word of God which is the context here.  I mean God spells out in his Word what we are to do and not to do. The Bible tells us not to steal, so if […]
  • WORD STUDY – A HEART THAT DEPARTS FROM GOD (2/26/2014) -   Jeremiah 17:5: “Thus saith the Lord; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the Lord.”   The word curse is ’arur. This has the idea of being removed or being without God, without His protection, presence or covering. When someone curses another person […]
  • WORD STUDY – A CLEAN VESSEL (2/25/2014) -   Isaiah 66:20: “And they shall bring all your brethren for an offering unto the Lord, out of all nations upon horses and chariots and in litters and upon mules and upon swift beasts to my holy mountain Jerusalem saith the Lord as the children of Israel bring an offering in a clean vessel into […]
  • WORD STUDY – GOD BRINGS FORTH HIS PROMISE (2/24/2014) -     Isaiah 66:9: “Shall I bring forth birth and not cause to bring forth, says the Lord.  Shall I cause to bring forth and shut the womb? says your God.”   At first glance this repetition of the phrase, to bring forth, seems to say the same thing and indeed it does, once the […]
  • WORD STUDY – TOO SMALL (2/23/2014) -   Genesis 32:10, “I am not worthy of the least of all the mercies, and of all the truth, which thou hast shewed unto thy servant; for with my staff I passed over this Jordan; and now I am become two bands.”   Of all the modern translations I read this verse in I found […]
  • WORD STUDY – THE TITTLE (2/22/2014) - Isaiah 63:9: “In all their affliction he was afflicted…”   Here is something I have never understood about the Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia or the Kittle which is the standard Masoric text used by our Western Christian translators.   For you Hebrew students, check out the word lo in this passage in your Hebrew Bible.  You will […]
  • WORD STUDY – THE QUEEN IN GOD’S PALM (2/21/2014) -   Isaiah 62:3: “You will also be a crown of beauty in the hand of the Lord and a royal diadem in the hand of the your God.”   In ancient Hebrew culture there were two types of crowns.  There was an enduring crown and a temporary crown. The permanent or enduring crowns, were worn […]
  • WORD STUDY – TIME TO SHINE (2/20/2014) -   Isaiah 60:1:  “Arise, shine, for your light has come and the glory of the Lord has risen upon thee.”   What probably runs through most peoples minds when they hear this verse is “Wake up, time to rise and shine.” I guess metaphorically this verse is a slap across the head telling us to […]
  • WORD STUDY – BARRENNESS OF LIFE (2/19/2014) -   Isaiah 58:11: “And the Lord shall guide thee continually and satisfy your soul in a drought.”   “Twas right, said they, such bird to slay, that bring such fog and mist. “ “Ah, well a day, what evil looks, had I from old and young Instead of the cross an Albatross around my neck […]
  • WORD STUDY – HOUSE OF PRAYER (2/18/2014) -   Isaiah 56:7: “For my house will be called a house of prayer for all the people.”   Luke 2:37: “And she (Anna) never left the temple, serving God night and day with fastings and prayers.”   When someone subscribes to our website they give us their e-mail address. I love to look at these […]
  • BEYOND THE DALETH – A NEW BEGINNING (2/17/2014) -   Isaiah 55:12: “For you shall go out with joy and be led forth with peace.  The mountains and the hills shall break forth before you with singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.”   Summer and winter, springtime and harvest Sun moon and stars in their courses above Join […]
  • WORD STUDY – THOU SHALT NOT DELIGHT (2/16/2014) -   Exodus 20:17: “Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that [is] thy neighbor’s.”   For you King James only people I just want to assure you that it is ok to substitute […]
  • WORD STUDY – WHILE HE IS OFFERING (2/15/2014) - Isaiah 55:6b “…call ye upon Him while He is near.”   Ok, I am still meditating on Isaiah 55:6 and this idea of calling on God while He is near. I would like to examine this phrase from a pre-Masoretic understanding which would give a little different twist to this verse from I have offered […]
  • WORD STUDY – LOVE (CHAV, RACHAM) (2/14/2014) -   John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”   John 21:20: “Then Peter, turning about, seeth the disciple whom Jesus loved following; which also leaned on his breast at supper, and said, Lord, which is […]
  • WORD STUDY – DRESH, A HINT TO SEEK (2/13/2014) -   Isaiah 55:6:  Seek ye the Lord while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near.”   Yesterday I had one of those “Oh Lord, Oh Lord” days.  So I decided to continue my study in Isaiah 55:6 as I felt there was another face to Torah here. If you are a […]
  • WORD STUDY – WHILE HE IS NEAR (2/12/2014) -   Isaiah 55:6: “Seek the Lord while he may be found, call upon Him while He is near.”   This is a wonderful verse used to entice people to accept the Lord as their Savior.  I grew up in an evangelistic church and heard this verse quoted over and over to convey the truth that […]
  • WORD STUDY – GOD SHALL SAY DESTROY (2/11/2014) -   Deuteronomy  33:27 The eternal God [is thy] refuge, and underneath [are] the everlasting arms: and he shall thrust out the enemy from before thee; and shall say, Destroy [them].   Yesterday my study partner and I decided to take a break from the esoteric world of Hebrew and saw a movie. Unfortunately, I still […]
  • WORD STUDY – AND HE GAVE TO MOSES HIS BRIDE (2/10/2014) -   Exodus 31:18:  “And he gave unto Moses, when he had made an end of communing with him upon mount Sinai, two tables of testimony, tables of stone, written with the finger of God.”   “Man is not complete until he is married, then he is finished.”  Rough translation from Jewish literature   I was […]
  • WORD STUDY – BEATEN FOR THE LIGHT (2/9/2014) -   Exodus 27:20,  “And thou shalt command the children of Israel, that they bring thee pure oil olive beaten for the light, to cause the lamp to burn always.”   Yesterday, I was starting to come down with a cold. My  nose was constantly running. I met with my study partner who immediately pulled out […]
  • WORD STUDY – BY HIS STRIPES WE ARE HEALED (2/8/2014) -   Isaiah 53:5: “But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.”   He was wounded for our transgressions.  I find the word wounded to be interesting.  There is kind of a play on words.  The […]
  • WORD STUDY – LAYING BARE HIS ARMS (2/7/2014) -   Isaiah 52:9-10: “Break forth in joy, sing together ye waste places in Jerusalem, for the Lord has comforted his people. He has redeemed Jerusalem.  The Lord has made bare his arm in the eyes of the nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of the Lord.”   “Do you […]
  • WORD STUDY – A FACE LIKE FLINT (2/5/2014) -   Isaiah 50:7: “For the Lord God shall help me; therefore shall I not be confounded: therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be ashamed,”   Practically every translation I read this verse in will translate “‘azar” as help or helper.   There are not too many […]
  • WORD STUDY – LA CHAIM (TO LIFE) (2/4/2014) -   Genesis 2:7: “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.”   Remember the song from Fiddler on The Roof?  LaChaim.  (la – to, chaim – life).  What were they celebrating?   They were, of course, celebrating […]
  • WORD STUDY – SURROUNDED IN SPARKS (2/3/2014) -   Isaiah 50:11: “Behold, as all of you who kindle fire, who are surrounded in sparks, walk (a righteous walk) in the light (of) your fire in your burning. From My hand this shall be for you in pain  (so) you will lie down.”   Those who have even been in any of my classes […]
  • WORD STUDY – THE SHINING ONE (2/2/2014) -   Isaiah 14:12: “How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! [how] art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!”   Most of us grow up being taught either through Sunday School or secular literature and entertainment that Lucifer is the name of the enemy. It was […]
  • WORD STUDY – PA’AL HAT (1/31/2014) -   Isaiah  49:3: “and said unto me,  ‘You are my servant, O’ Israel, in whom I will be glorified.’ ”   God is saying  that we are his servants. The Hebrew word for servant is ‘aved.  ‘Aved has a very broad use in the Hebrew, it has the basic idea of laboring for the advantage […]
  • WORD STUDY – TREASURES OF DARKNESS (1/29/2014) -   Isaiah 45:3: “And I will give you the treasures of darkness and the hidden riches of secret places that you will know that I, the Lord, who called you by your name am the God of Israel.”   Isaiah 45: 2 tells us that God is going to blaze the trail for us as […]
  • WORD STUDY – GOD IS WAITING (1/28/2014) -   Isaiah 30:18: “And therefore will the Lord wait, that he may be gracious unto you, and therefore will he be exalted that he might be merciful upon you: for the Lord is a God of judgment, blessed are all that wait for him.”   “He was there all the time, Waiting patiently in line, […]
  • HEBREW WORD STUDY – WHERE YOU GO I WILL GO (1/26/2014) -   Ruth 1:16: And Ruth said, Entreat me not to leave you, or to return from following after you: for where you go, I will go; and where you lodge, I will lodge: your people shall be my people, and your God my God.”   Someone once wrote a song with the words: “You are […]
  • WORD STUDY – HE HAS BLINDED THEIR EYES (1/25/2014) -   John 12:40: “He hath blinded their eyes and hardened their hearts, that they should not see with their eyes nor understand with their heart and be converted, and I shall heal them.”   This passage has always been a great mystery to me.  I have examined this word tetyphloken (He has blinded) in the […]
  • WORD STUDY – The Seven Princes of Persia (1/24/2014) -   Esther 1:14  “And the next unto him was Carshena, Shethar, Admatha, Tarshish, Meres, Marsena, and Memucan, the seven princes of Persia and Media, which saw the king’s face, and which sat the first in the kingdom.”   I have heard the story of Esther many times, I have seen it in various movies, filmstrips […]
  • WORD STUDY – GOING GREEN (1/23/2014) -   Isaiah 15:6: “For the waters of Nimrim shall be desolate, for the hay is withered away, the grass faileth, there is no green thing.”   Yesterday was one of those downers for me.  We had yet another snow storm in Chicago, the temperature was dropping into single digits and this was not even the […]
  • WORD STUDY – GOD WILL FILL THE EARTH (1/22/2014) -   Numbers 14:21: “But as truly as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the Lord.”   “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose. By any other name would smell as sweet.” – Romeo Montague, Romeo and Juliet Act II, Scene II – William Shakespeare   The […]
  • WORD STUDY – THE LORD OF HOST (1/21/2014) - Zechariah 1:3: “Therefore say thou until them; Thus, saith the Lord of hosts, turn ye unto me, saith the Lord of Host, and I will turn unto you, saith the Lord of Host.   Is it just me or do you get the impression that it is the Lord of Host who is speaking?  So […]
  • WORD STUDY – CRY AND AFFLICTION (1/20/2014) - Deuteronomy 26:7: “And we cried unto the Lord, the God of our fathers, and the Lord heard our cries and saw our affliction.” When I was teaching in an academic setting, I never referred to the gematria because it is usually considered very unacademic.  The Western world pretty much rejects the gematria and relegates it to […]
  • WORD STUDY – SPEAKING THE HEART (1/19/2014) - Judges 16:18: “And when Delilah saw that he had told her all his heart she sent and called for the lords of the Philistines, saying, come up at this once for he has shown me all his heart. Then the lords of the Philistines came up unto her and brought money in their hand.”   […]
  • WORD STUDY – PRESS ON (1/18/2014) - I Chronicles 16:11: “Seek the Lord and his strength, seek his face continually.”   Whose doesn’t love hidden secrets from satires, allegories to metaphors.  Who doesn’t love to search for hidden meanings.  Hidden meanings has been a staple in literature from Jonathan Swift’s satire on human nature in Gulliver’s Travels, John Bunyan’s allegory of Pilgrims […]
  • WORD STUDY – THIS TOO SHALL PASS (1/17/2014) -   Daniel 2:21 “And he changes the times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings: he gives wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to those who have understanding.”   “This too shall pass.”  Attar of Nishapur   Attar of Nishapur, a Persian Sufi Poet, told the story of a great and powerful king […]
  • WORD STUDY – TO SEE GOD’S GLORY (1/16/2014) - Exodus 33:18: “O’ Let me see your Glory.”   Do you ever find yourself asking something from God and then you stop and wonder, “What in the world am I asking for?”  Asking to see the glory of God is something I find myself doing when in the heat of worship and then afterwards I […]
  • WORD STUDY – A PROTECTED TREASURE (1/15/2014) - Jeremiah 1:5, “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you. Before you were born, I set you apart for my holy purpose. I appointed you to be a prophet to the nations.”   This is one of those verses you listen to all your life and then one day it just hits you.  […]
  • BEYOND THE DALETH – DEREK AND NATAV (1/14/2014) - Isaiah 42:16: “I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not, I will lead them in paths that they have not known.”   “Adversity is the first path to truth.”   Lord Byron   Commentators have covered every base as to who the blind are. Some say it is Gentiles, some say Israel, […]
  • WORD STUDY – A BRUISED REED Isaiah 42:3: (1/13/2014) - Isaiah 42:3:  “A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench.  He shall bring forth judgment unto truth.”   There is a beautiful double meaning in the word for reed (qaneh).  But first a little history lesson.   Ever wonder where David got his musical ability?  He obviously had spent […]
  • WORD STUDY – THE WORLD’S PEACE (1/12/2014) - John 14:27, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you: not as the world gives, give I to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”   I have heard numerous sermons on this passage in my lifetime and they all seem to interpret this passage as Jesus […]
  • WORD STUDY – WEARY AND WEAK (1/11/2014) - Isaiah 40:29: “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.   Clarence Jordan, who was instrumental in the founding of Habitat for Humanity, was a gifted man who had two PhD’s in Greek and Hebrew and Agriculture.  He could have become a rich and powerfully successful man.  Instead he chose […]
  • WORD STUDY – TELA, THE WOUNDED LAMB (1/10/2014) - Isaiah 40:11: “He will tend his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs in his arms.”   The word for flock and shepherd are the same words. One is used as a noun and the other as a verb. It is up to the translator to apply the application so it makes some […]
  • WORD STUDY – HADEREK (THE WAY) (1/9/2014) - Isaiah 30:21: “And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when you turn to the right hand, and when you turn to the left.”   Yesterday I was pondering who or what this moreka (Master Teacher) is.  This morning after further mediation on the following […]
  • WORD STUDY – THE MOREKA IS COMING (1/8/2014) -   Isaiah 30:20: “And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity, and the water of affliction, yet shall not thy teachers be hidden any more, but thine eyes shall see thy teachers:”   The word give (nathan) is in an imperfect form and should be translated: “And even if the Lord will give […]
  • WORD STUDY – WAITING FOR GOD (1/7/2014) - Isaiah 30:18: “Therefore will the Lord wait, that He may be gracious unto you, and therefore will he be exalted to have mercy on you. For Jehovah is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for Him.”   This looks pretty clear cut.  The Lord will wait so that He may be gracious […]
  • WORD STUDY – A COLD DAY (1/6/2014) - Proverbs 25:20-21, “Like one who takes off a garment on a cold day, or like vinegar on soda, Is he who sings songs to a troubled heart.  21, If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; And if he is thirsty, give him water to drink;…”   This morning I looked out of […]
  • WORD STUDY – MYRTLE (1/5/2014) - Isaiah 55:13:  “Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree, and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree: and it shall be to the LORD for a name, for an everlasting sign [that] shall not be cut off.”   Throughout history and through the many world cultures myrtle has been […]
  • WORD STUDY – SMOOTH THINGS (1/4/2014) - Isaiah 30:10: “Which say to the seers, see not and to the prophets, prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things and prophesy deceit.”   The way this is translated only contributes to the arrogance of modern Christians.  You read this and you think: “How amazing that people would tell the prophets […]
  • WORD STUDY – ONE, TWO OR THREE (1/3/2014) - Deuteronomy  32:20: “How should one chase a thousand, and two put ten thousand to flight, except their Rock had sold them, and the Lord had shut them up?” My brother and I were talking about linguistics and he mentioned a new model in linguistics that was emerging.  It is called relevance in translation.  I am still trying to figure […]
  • BEYOND THE DALETH – HEARING GOD’S VOICE (1/2/2014) -   Isaiah 28:23: “Give ye ear, hear my voice, hearken and hear my speech.”   If you really want to light my boiler fire, just ask: “Well, what is God saying to you about this.” My guaranteed first strike would be: “If I knew what God was saying to me I wouldn’t be sitting here […]
  • WORD STUDY – PERFECT PEACE (1/1/2014) - Isaiah 26:3: “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trust in you.”   If you are in the habit of claiming a verse for the New Year, might I suggest a great verse for 2014, it is Isaiah 26:3.  Most of us on New Year’s Eve not […]
  • Declaring The End From The Beginning (12/31/2013) - Isaiah 46:10 Declaring the end  (aharit אחרית) from the beginning, And from ancient times (qadam קדם )things which have not been done, Saying, ‘My purpose will be established, And I will accomplish all My good pleasure’. End “Aharit”:  To go after, past, behind, and future are all usages for “aharit”. How can a word mean both past and […]
  • WORD STUDY – THE GOVERNMENT WILL BE UPON HIS SHOULDER (12/30/2013) - Isaiah 9:6: “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given and the government will be upon His shoulders.”   With the advent of worship teams, church choirs are starting to become an endangered species, if they are not already extinct.  That is good and bad in certain ways.  For me […]
  • WORD STUDY – OY VEY (12/29/2013) - Isaiah 6:5: “Then said I, “Woe is me for I am undone, because I am a man of unclean lips.”   I am quite baffled over the first word in the verse which is ’omar and not ‘omer. The word means to speak or say.  However, the word ‘omar is spelled with a patah under […]
  • WORD STUDY – SPIKENARD (12/28/2013) - Song of Solomon 1:12, “While the king sits at his table, my spikenard sends forth the smell thereof.”   Esther 2:12, “Now when every maid’s turn was come to go in to king Ahasuerus, after that she had been twelve months, according to the manner of the women, (for so were the days of their […]
  • WORD STUDY – SMILING AT THE RAIN STORMS (12/27/2013) - Isaiah 4:6: “And there shall be a tabernacle for a shadow in the daytime from the heat, and for a place of refuge, and for a covert from storm and from rain.”   Isaiah was a prophet to the nation of Judah.  His prophecies  were filled with double meanings and not even he himself knew […]
  • WORD STUDY – SHEPHERD (12/26/2013) - Luke 2:8 “And there were shepherds in the same country abiding in the field, and keeping watch by night over their flock.”   I remember as a child in church during Christmas time singing the song, While Shepherds Washed Their Socks By Night and wondering about this.  Eventually, I got my words right, but I […]
  • WORD STUDY – HE SHALL BE GREAT (12/25/2013) - Luke 1:32: “He shall be great and He shall be called the son of the highest, and the Lord shall give him the throne of his father David.”   Ok, it is Christmas and I am compelled to study the Christmas story.  This year I decided to read the story from the Peshitta or the […]
  • WORD STUDY – HUNK OF TIN (12/23/2013) - Isaiah 1:25: “I will turn my hand upon thee, and purely purge away thy dross, and take away all they tin.”   I’m a little hunk of tin, Nobody knows what I’ve might have been Got four wheels and a running board, I’m a Ford a Ford a Ford, Honk, Honk, Rattle, Rattle, Crash, Crash […]
  • WORD STUDY – HYSSOP (12/22/2013) - Psalms 51:7, “Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.”   I wasted a lot of time searching out the internet, reading scientific journals on articles about hyssop, reading commentaries take on hyssop, articles on essentials oils and the use of hyssop throughout different ancient […]
  • WORD STUDY – ABANDONED BOOTHS (12/21/2013) - Isaiah 1:8:  “And the daughter of Zion is left as a cottage in a vineyard, as a lodge in a garden of cucumbers, as a besieged city.”   This is a passage that seems to go unnoticed by most Christians as its meaning tends to be obscure.   Yet, it presents a very sobering thought, to […]
  • WORD STUDY – ACTS (12/20/2013) - Ecclesiastes 12:14: ‘Because God will bring every act to judgment, everything which is hidden, whether it is good or evil.” It is interesting that the word for God has a definite article in front of it, “Because The God.”  The word for God is haelohim which is referring to one who has authority over us.  The root word is alah, the same […]
  • WORD STUDY – GOD’S THOUGHTS (12/19/2013) - Isaiah 55:8: “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.”   The word for thought here is not sh’ar as it is in Proverbs 23:7:  Here the word is chashav.  Sh’ar has the idea of thinking to make a decision; this thinking is to invent or create […]
  • WORD STUDY – ANTIMONY (12/18/2013) - Isaiah 54:11: “O thou afflicted, tossed with tempest, and not comforted, behold, I will lay thy stones with fair colors, and lay thy foundations with sapphires.”   We need to keep in mind that Hebrew is constantly drawing a picture for us. Here the nation of Israel is pictured as a people being tossed around […]
  • WORD STUDY – A VIRGIN GOD (12/17/2013) - Isaiah 62:5a “For as a young man marrieth a virgin, so shall thy sons marry Thee:   The word for marry here is baal, yeah the same word that is used for a false god.  What could the sages be thinking when they used the same word for marriage that is used for a pagan […]
  • WORD STUDY – CUP OF TREMBLING (12/16/2013) - Isaiah 51:13, 17. “And forgettest the Lord they maker, that hath stretched forth the heavens, and laid the foundations of the earth; and hast feared continually every day because of the fury of the oppressor, as if he were ready to destroy and where is the fury of the oppressor?” 17. Awake, awake, stand up, […]
  • WORD STUDY – FOOLS (KASAL) (12/15/2013) - Ecclesiastes 4:5: “The fool folded his hands together and eats his own flesh.” It seems most commentaries tend to agree that the writer is basically saying that there are people who feel the world owes them a living. They sit back in their laziness and eat their own flesh or are self-tormentors, never really satisfied.  I can see […]
  • WORD STUDY – REGA’- JUST A MOMENT (12/14/2013) - Isaiah 51:4: “I will make my judgment to rest for a light of the people.”   Yehudah ha-Levi, a medieval Jewish poet, displayed his emotion in a little rhyme: “ein rega beli nega.” “There is no rest without a wound in it.” The word rest (rega’)  is a very curious word in the Hebrew.  It […]
  • WORD STUDY – LITTLE TWIGS (12/13/2013) - Mark 12:30-31, “And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.  And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than […]
  • WORD STUDY – NOT ASHAMED (12/12/2013) - Isaiah 50:7: “For the Lord God shall help me; therefore shall I not be confounded: therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be ashamed,”   Practically every translation I read this verse in will translate ‘azar as help or helper.   There are no too many options […]
  • STUDY – WORD GOD WILL CARRY (12/11/2013) - Isaiah 46:4: “Till you grow old, I will be the same, when you grow gray, it is I who will carry; I was the maker and I will be the bearer.  And I will carry and rescue you.”   When the Babylonians conquered Judah, they took the best and strongest into captivity.  Daniel and his […]
  • WORD STUDY – HIS NAME SHALL BE CALLED… (12/10/2013) - Isaiah 9:6: “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called, Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.   A child is born and a son is given.  This is a Hebraic […]
  • WORD STUDY – ANGELS (MAL’AKS) (12/9/2013) - Psalms 104:4  “Who makes his angels spirits; his ministers a flaming fire:” Let me just say at the outset that I do believe in angels as we traditional understand angels.  I mean I am a big fan of the old TV show Touched by An Angel. Every Christmas I cheer Clarence on as he tries to earn his […]
  • WORD STUDY – THE GIFT (12/8/2013) - Ecclesiastes 5:19: “Every man also to whom God has given riches and wealth and hath given power to eat thereof and to take his portion and to rejoice in his labor, this is the gift of God.” Ecclesiastes 6:2: “A man to whom God has given riches, wealth and honor so that he wants nothing […]
  • WORD STUDY – LEAP OVER WALLS (12/7/2013) - II Samuel  22:30:  For by thee I have run through a troop; by my God have I leaped over a wall.”   The Talmud instructs that we are never to lose the pashat, that is, the literal interpretation of a verse.  Although Jewish tradition teaches that there are 70 faces to Torah,  and we can […]
  • WORD STUDY – STAND (IN RESPECT AND AWE) (12/6/2013) - II Kings 5:15-16:  Then he returned to the man of God, he and all his company and he came and stood before him.  And he said: ‘Behold, I know that there is no God in all the earth but in Israel; so accept now a blessing from your servant.’  But he said: ‘As the Lord […]
  • WORD STUDY – KANA (12/5/2013) - II Chronicles 7:14: “If my people who are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked way, then will I hear from the heavens and will forgive their sin, and heal their land.”   II Chronicles 12:7: “And when the Lord saw that they humbled […]
  • WORD STUDY – AFTER THEIR MANNER (12/4/2013) -   I Kings 18:28, “And they cried aloud, and cut themselves after their manner with knives and lancets, till the blood gushed out upon them.”   This classic story pits God Jehovah against the god Baal worshipped by King Ahab of the Northern Kingdom of Israel.  The land of Israel has been without rain for […]
  • WORD STUDY – BARAR (12/2/2013) - II Samuel 22:27: “With the pure thou will show thyself pure, and with the fraudulent thou wilt show thyself unsavory.”   This passage is part of a Psalm of praise by David.  It is the same as Psalm 18:26. This sounds real good that to the pure he will be pure. Still I am really […]
  • WORD STUDY – B’OUNI B’ONI (12/1/2013) - II Samuel 16:11b-12:   “Let him alone, let him curse for the Lord has bidden him. It may be that the Lord will look upon my affliction and that the Lord will requite me good for his cursing this day.”   “If a man loses pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a […]
  • WORD STUDY – TOO LITTLE (11/29/2013) - II Samuel 12:8; “And I gave thee thy master’s house, and thy master’s wives into thy bosom, and gave thee the house of Israel and of Judah; and if that had been too little, I would moreover have given unto thee such and such things.”   “As the last straw breaks the laden camels’ back.”  […]
  • WORD STUDY – AN EVIL SPIRIT (11/28/2013) - II Samuel 18:10: “And it came to pass on the morrow that the evil spirit from God came upon Saul and he prophesied in the midst of the house.”   “There is no witness so terrible, no accuser so powerful as conscience which dwells within us.” – Sophocles   The spelling for the word ra’ah […]
  • WORD STUDY – A TENDER HEART (11/27/2013) - II Kings 22:19: “Because your heart was tender and you humbled yourself before the Lord when you heard what I spoke against this place.”   Josiah was a king who not only sought to serve God, he loved God.  He became King of Judah at the age of 8 years.   Ten years into his reign […]
  • WORD STUDY – TO DESPISE GOD (11/25/2013) - II Samuel 12:10 “Now therefore the sword shall never depart from your house; because you have despised me, and have taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your wife.”   Every modern translation renders the Hebrew word bazah as despised.  When you check this word out in the lexicon or the back of […]
  • WORD STUDY – NO OZAR (11/24/2013) - II Kings 14:26-27: “For the Lord saw the affliction of Israel, that it was bitter, for there was not any shut up, nor any left, nor any helper for Israel.  And the Lord said that he would not blot out the name of Israel from under heaven: but he saved them by the hand of […]
  • WORD STUDY – RIGHT (YASAR) (11/23/2013) - II Kings 12:2-3: “And Jehoash did right in the sight of the Lord all his days in which Jehoiada the priest instructed him.  Only the high places were not taken away; the people still sacrificed and burned incense on the high places.”   King Ahab and Jezebel, King and Queen of Israel had a daughter […]
  • WORD STUDY – WASH SEVEN TIMES (11/22/2013) - II Kings 5:10: “And Elisha sent a messenger unto him saying: Go and wash in the Jordan seven times and thy flesh shall come again to thee and thou shalt be clean.”   Why did God make Naaman do such silly stuff?  Why not just heal the old boy and get it over with. Of […]
  • WORD STUDY – ABSENT AND PRESENT (11/21/2013) - II Corinthians 5:8: “We are confident I say and willing rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.”   I had a friend who was a retired Greek professor and Greek Orthodox.  I was a retired Hebrew teacher and Baptist.  We would get together once a week for a […]
  • WORD STUDY – HARA (THE EVIL) (11/20/2013) - II Chronicles 36:5: “Jehoiakim was twenty and five years old when he began to reign, and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem: and he did that which was evil in the sight of the Lord his God.”   Jehoiakim was the son of Josiah, king of Judah.  Josiah was the last of the good kings.  […]
  • WORD STUDY – ‘AVAR (DESPERATE SEARCH) (11/19/2013) - Song of Solomon  3:3, “The watchmen that go about the city found me: Saw ye him who my soul loveth?”   “Ich bin ein Berliner” John F. Kennedy, June 26. 1963.  Translation, “I am a jelly filled donut.”   There is an urban legend that popped up a number of years ago that was published […]
  • WORD STUDY – ABAD (SERVICE) BEYOND THE DALETH (11/18/2013) - II Chronicles 34:33:  “And Josiah took away all the abominations out of all the countries that pertained to the children of Israel, and made all that were present in Israel to serve, even to serve the Lord their God, and all his days they departed not from following the Lord the God of their fathers.” […]
  • WORD STUDY – KESEPH (WRATH) (11/17/2013) - II Chronicles 19:3: “Nevertheless there are good things found in thee in that thou hast taken away the groves out of the land and hast prepared thine heart to seek God.”   This passage is referring to the king of Judah, Jehoshaphat. Jehoshaphat was a Godly king who teamed up with the Godless king of […]
  • WORD STUDY – DAMA’ (WEEP) (11/16/2013) - John 11:33, “When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping which came with her, he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled,”   John 11:35, “Jesus wept.”   Yesterday I caught a few minutes of the Glenn Beck radio program where he was discussing an organization that he was trying to raise […]
  • WORD STUDY – SHATAN (BANQUET) (11/15/2013) - Esther 5:4, “And Esther answered, If it seems good unto the king, let the king and Haman come this day unto the banquet that I have prepared for him.”   I have my PhD in Biblical Archaeology and I have spent many years studying the history and culture of the Persian Empire and I find […]
  • WORD STUDY – HUMBLE YOURSELF (11/14/2013) - II Chronicles 12:7: “”And when the Lord saw that they humbled themselves the word of the Lord came to Shemaiah saying: they have humbled themselves, then I will not destroy them.”   Solomon’s administrative policies developed some dangerous principles.  His ambition for the magnificence and fame of Jerusalem had led him to inaugurate a system […]
  • WORD STUDY – NEVU (PROPHESY) (11/13/2013) - I Samuel 19:20: “And Saul sent messengers to take David; and when they saw the company of the prophets prophesying and Samuel standing as appointed over them, the spirit of God was upon the messengers of Saul, and they also prophesied.”   Saul sends out his goons to take care of David, but before finding […]
  • WORD STUDY – ZAMAR AND TELILLAH (11/12/2013) - Psalms 147:1, “Praise ye the LORD: for it is good to sing praises unto our God; for it is pleasant; and praise is comely.”   As one linguist once said, “Every English translation of the Bible is at best a paraphrase.” This is why you have so many different versions, none are mistranslations, just a […]
  • WORD STUDY – NAME (11/11/2013) - John 14:12  “And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.  If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.”   This is an amazing promise and Jesus repeats it two times.   In two consecutive verses Jesus promises that if we ask anything […]
  • WORD STUDY – WANDERING (11/10/2013) - Ecclesiastes 6:9: “Better is the sight of eyes than the wandering of the desire, this is also vanity and the vexation of the spirit.” One of  the stories from Geoffrey Chaucer’ s “Canterbury Tales” is entitled “The Pardoner’s Tail” In this story he makes reference to an enigmatic old man who is unable to die and […]
  • WORD STUDY – NAKAR (DELIVER) (11/9/2013) - I Samuel 23:7: “And it was told Saul that David come to Keilah, And Saul said God hath delivered him into my hand; for he is shut in by entering into a town that hath gates and bars.”   “I am not at all concerned about that,” replied Mr. Lincoln, “for I know that the […]
  • WORD STUDY: LEAVE YOUR TSOD (PLACE OF SECURITY) (11/8/2013) - I Samuel 22:3 “And David went thence from Mizpeh of Moab and he said unto the king of Moab. Let my father and mother, I pray thee, come forth and be with you until I know what God will do for me.”   David was now a fugitive running for his life from Saul who […]
  • WORD STUDY – A MAN AFTER GOD’S OWN HEART (11/7/2013) - I Samuel 13:14: “But now thy kingdom shall not continue; the Lord has sought him a man after his own heart.”   Acts 13:22b: “I have found David the son of Jesse a man after my own heart, which shall fulfill all my will.”   One of the top 10 questions I am usually asked […]
  • WORD STUDY – YEA (11/6/2013) - Isaiah 41:10, “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”   I remember when I was a student at Moody Bible Institute we had a missionary […]
  • WORD STUDY – FEAR BEFORE HIM (11/4/2013) - II Chronicles 16:30:  “Fear before him, all the earth: the world also shall be stable, that it be not moved.”   All throughout the Bible we are taught to fear God.  In this verse all the earth is commanded to fear God.  Many modern translations render this as tremble before God. Young’s Literal Translation tells […]
  • WORD STUDY – WHEN THE PROPHET SPEAKS EVIL (11/3/2013) - I Kings 22:8:  “And the king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, There is yet one man, Micaiah the son of Imlah, by whom we may inquire of the LORD: but I hate him; for he doth not prophesy good concerning me, but evil. And Jehoshaphat said; Let not the king say so.”   I Kings […]
  • WORD STUDY – WHEN GOD IS ANGRY (11/2/2013) - I Kings 11:9: “And the Lord was angry with Solomon because his heart was turned from the Lord God of Israel which had appeared unto him twice.”   Every modern translation I read uses the word angry in this passage.  Well, I mean you can’t blame God for being angry with Solomon after pulling the […]
  • WORD STUDY – UNDERSTANDING OF THE TIMES (11/1/2013) - I Chronicles 12:32: “And the children of Issachar which were men that had understanding of the times to know what Israel ought to do; the heads of them were two hundred and all their brethren were at their command.”   “These are times which try men’s soul.”   Thomas Paine – “Crisis”   “Many wearing rapiers […]
  • WORD STUDY – CAST AWAY (10/31/2013) - Ezekiel 18:31 “Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby you have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit; for why will ye die, O House of Israel?” The word  cast is  shalak in Hebrew and  is in a Hiphil imperative form.  This is causative and a command.   As we discussed in class, as an imperative, God is […]
  • WORD STUDY – SAVE, DELIVER (10/30/2013) - Jeremiah 42:11  “Be not afraid of the king of Babylon, of whom you are afraid; be not afraid of him, says the LORD: for I am with you to save you, and to deliver you from his hand.”   Jeremiah 42-43 tells us an amazing story. Judah has now been conquered by Babylon.  The Babylonian army has […]
  • WORD STUDY – THE BROKEN LETTER HEI ה (10/29/2013) - I Corinthians 12:24: “And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.  After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood…”   […]
  • WORD STUDY – WATCH OVER YOU (10/27/2013) - Psalms 121:5 “The LORD is thy keeper: the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand.” There’s a somebody I’m longing to see I hope that he turns out to be Someone to watch over me I’m a little lamb who’s lost in a wood I know I could always be good To one who’ll watch over me George […]
  • WORD STUDY – A BROKEN HEART (10/25/2013) - Psalms 34:18 The LORD [is] nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.   I once had an orthodox rabbi tell me, “You Christians, you do not understand the heart of David, you are so one dimensional.”   Indeed we are, for we automatically assume that […]
  • WORD STUDY – A BURNING HELL (10/24/2013) - Genesis 3:24: “So he drove out the man; and he placed at the East of the garden of Eden Cherubim’s and a  flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.”   We don’t hear much talk about hell in the sense of it being a real place now […]
  • WORD STUDY – HEAR JEZREEL (10/23/2013) - Hosea 2:22: “And the earth shall hear the corn and the wine, and the oil and they shall hear Jezreel.”   If there is any chapter in the Bible which expresses the heart of God it is Hosea 2.  We have a picture of Hosea who was married to an unfaithful woman and yet he […]
  • WORD STUDY – TAUGHT TO GO (10/22/2013) - Hosea 11:3: “I taught Ephraim to go, taking them by their arm, but they knew not that I healed them.”   I remember when I was student at Moody and I asked my professor who Ephraim was.  He said it was just another name for Israel.  I asked why he just didn’t say Israel.  I […]
  • WORD STUDY – KNOWLEDGE (INTIMACY) (10/21/2013) - Hosea 6:5: “For I desire mercy and not sacrifice and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.”   “Action speaks louder than words, but nearly as often.”  Mark Twain   This is a very curious passage.  On the surface this passage means exactly what it is saying:  God would rather we show mercy or […]
  • WORD STUDY – I WILL GO (10/20/2013) - Hosea 5:15;  “I will go and return to my place until they acknowledge their offence and seek my face, in their affliction they will seek me early.”   By my count, the Old Testament mentions that God will not forsake us twenty two times. Yet, from the way this passage is rendered, it sounds like […]
  • WORD STUDY – LACK OF KNOWLEDGE (10/17/2013) - Hosea 4:6: “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou has rejected knowledge, I will reject you, thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.”   I consider these little studies a personal journey and not really teachings. I […]
  • WORD STUDY – REJOICE (BEYOND THE DALETH) (10/15/2013) - Habakkuk 3:17-18: “Although the fig tree does not blossom neither shall fruit be on the vine, the labor of the olive shall fail and the field shall yield no meat, the flock shall be cut off from the fold and there shall be no herd in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joyin the […]
  • WORD STUDY – ZANAH (10/14/2013) - Hosea 1:2 “The beginning of the word of the Lord by Hosea.  And the Lord said to Hosea, Go, take unto thee a wife of whoredoms and children of whoredoms: for the land hath committed great whoredom, departing from the Lord.”   Hosea lived about 100 years before Zephaniah and Nahum.  He was a prophet […]
  • WORD STUDY – STUMBLE AND GROW WEARY (10/13/2013) - Hosea: 14:10: “He who is wise will consider these words; He who is prudent will take note of them. For the paths of the Lord are smooth; the righteous can walk on them But the sinners will stumble on them.   There are four words in this verse that really stand out to me. They […]
  • WORD STUDY – THE WRONG ROAD (10/12/2013) - Hosea 14:9: “Whoever is wise, let him understand these things; whoever is discerning, let him know them; and the upright walk in them, but transgressors stumble in them.”   The Talmud teaches that the Torah is comprised of two aspects – spirit and matter, revelation and concealment, the Tree of Life and the Tree of […]
  • WORD STUDY – WWJD (10/11/2013) - Psalms 16:8: “I have set the Lord always before me because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.”   David gives us a startling revelation about his relationship with God. He is telling us that he sets the Lord always before him.   The word set is shavah which is used in […]
  • WORD STUDY – SEEK HIM EARLY (10/9/2013) - Proverbs 8:17: “I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.”   This is a little odd in the Hebrew.  I love them is in an imperfect form, hence it should correctly be rendered as I will love them.   Of course no one will translate it that way for […]
  • WORD STUDY – WORK (BEYOND THE DALETH) (10/8/2013) - Haggai 2:4b: “Be strong all you people of the land, saith the Lord, and work for I am with you saith the Lord of Host.”   “Work is love made visible, and if you cannot work with love only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate […]
  • WORD STUDY – SWEET SAVOR (10/7/2013) - WORD STUDY – SWEET SAVOR   Genesis 8:21:  “And the LORD smelled a sweet savour; and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man’s sake; for the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more everything living, as […]
  • WORD STUDY – JEWS (10/6/2013) - John 7:1  “After these things Jesus walked in Galilee: for he would not walk in Jewry, because the Jews sought to kill him.”   In the Aramaic Bible the word Jews is Yihudaya (Judean) which references the people who lived in the land of Yuhuda (Judah).  The Greek is just a transliteration of the Aramaic […]
  • WORD STUDY – IN COMPANY WITH GOD (10/5/2013) - Haggai 2:17: “I smote you with blasting and with mildew and with hail in all the labors of your hands; yet you turned not to me, saith the Lord?”   The Book of Haggai is an often overlooked Book of the Bible, probably because it is only two chapters.  Haggai was the first of the […]
  • WORD STUDY – WHEN GOD IS SILENT (10/4/2013) - Psalms 28:1 “Unto thee will I cry, O Lord my rock; be not silent to me: lest if thou be silent to me, I become like them that go down into the pit.”   The word for pit is bore in Hebrew which could mean a well, a prison, or a crypt.  A prison is […]
  • WORD STUDY – AUTHORITY (10/3/2013) - Matthew 7:29: “For he taught them as [one] having authority, and not as the scribes.”   “Let us so lie so that when we die even the undertake will be sorry.”  Mark Twain   I grew up in Baptist church were preaching was preaching.  I mean we would not tolerate any of these sissy little […]
  • WORD STUDY – MASTER OR HUSBAND (10/2/2013) - Hosea  2:16  “And it shall be at that day, saith the LORD, [that] thou shalt call me Ishi; and shalt call me no more Baali.”   The English word master has gone through many changes throughout the centuries. It means many things to many different people.  A slave owner is called a master, the owner […]
  • WORD STUDY – MASTER OR HUSBAND (10/1/2013) - Hosea  2:16  “And it shall be at that day, saith the LORD, [that] thou shalt call me Ishi; and shalt call me no more Baali.”   The English word master has gone through many changes throughout the centuries. It means many things to many different people.  A slave owner is called a master, the owner […]
  • WORD STUDY – ELECT (9/29/2013) - Deuteronomy  7:7-8 “The LORD did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people; for ye [were] the fewest of all people. But because the LORD loved you, and because he would keep the oath which he had sworn unto your fathers.”   Matthew 24:24 “For […]
  • WORD STUDY – BRIDE AND GROOM (9/28/2013) - Isaiah 62:5: “For as a young man marries a virgin, so shall thy sons marry thee. And as the bridegroom rejoiceth over the bride, so shall thy God rejoice over thee.”   This is an interesting poetic expression. In the first part of this verse in Isaiah it appears that Israel is playing the role […]
  • WORD STUDY – DENY HIMSELF (9/27/2013) - Matthew 16:24:  “Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.”   Practically every modern translation I read will render this as “let him deny himself.”   The only exceptions are Young’s Literal Translation which says, “Let him disown himself,” […]
  • WORD STUDY – A FRUITFUL SON (9/26/2013) - Genesis 49:22: “Joseph is a fruitful son, a fruitful son by a spring. His branches run over a wall.”   This is presented as a poetic expression. It is the final blessing given by Jacob just before he died.  However, this is more than just a blessing but a prophecy.  In Genesis 49:1 we learn […]
  • WORD STUDY – WORSHIP ON THE TOP OF THE STAFF (9/25/2013) - Genesis 47:31: “And he said swear unto me and he swore unto him, And Israel bowed himself upon the bed’s head.”   Hebrews 11:21: “By faith Jacob when he was dying blessed both the sons of Joseph and worshipped upon the top of his staff.   This is one passage that sure does not make […]
  • WORD STUDY – RAM IN THE THICKET (9/23/2013) - Genesis 22:13:  “And Abraham lifted up his eyes and looked and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns.”   I never really considered the significance of the ram being caught in the thicket.  My initial thought was, well God had to have the ram held in place by something.  But […]
  • WORD STUDY – AFRAID (BEYOND THE DALETH) (9/23/2013) - Deuteronomy 7:17-18: If thou shalt say in thine heart, “These nations are more than I; how can I dispossess them?” Thou shalt not be afraid of them but shall remember what the Lord did unto Pharaoh and all of Egypt.   When twelve spies confronted giants in the promised land only two remembered the words […]
  • WORD STUDY – JEHOVAH IS MY LIGHT (9/22/2013) -   Psalms 27:1  “The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”   Light has many different meanings for different people and religions.  The New Age movement has latched onto the word light to such an extent that […]
  • WORD STUDY – A SOUND FROM HEAVEN (9/20/2013) - Genesis 18:10: “And Sarah heard it in the tent door which was behind him.”   I was reading in an ancient rabbinical work which noted that there was no preposition in the original text before the word door.   Rabbi Shimon in this ancient text translated this as “Sarah heard the opening of the tent (dwelling […]
  • WORD STUDY – SHADDAI (9/19/2013) - Genesis 17:1 “The Lord appeared unto Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God, walk before me and be thou perfect.”   The Lord appeared unto Abram.  The word appeared is ra’ah which has the idea of seeing through spiritual eyes.  It is also used for a vision.  In its primitive form it […]
  • WORD STUDY – BIRDS CHIRPING AND DANCING (9/18/2013) - Genesis 15:9-10:  “And he said unto him, Take me an heifer of three years old, and a she goat of three years old, and a turtledove, and a young pigeon.  And he took unto him all these, and divided them in the midst, and laid one against another; but the birds (singular in Hebrew)  divided […]
  • WORD STUDY – FAMINE (9/17/2013) - Genesis 12:10 “There was famine in the land.”   Habakkuk 2:4: “The just shall live by his faith.”   “Water, water everywhere, nor any drop to drink.”  Samuel Taylor Coleridge – Rime of the Ancient Mariner.   The Zohar (80a) gives an interesting insight into Genesis 12:10.  The word for there was (yehi) can also […]
  • WORD STUDY – ZAMAR AND DAMAR (9/16/2013) - Matthew 8:26  “And he said to them, Why are you fearful, O you of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.”   Luke 8:25 “And he said unto them, Where is your faith? And they being afraid wondered…   I have always been troubled […]
  • WORD STUDY – BEFORE ME, IN SPITE OF ME (9/15/2013) - Deuteronomy 31:8  “And the LORD, he it is that does go before you; he will be with you, he will not fail you, neither forsake you: fear not, neither be dismayed.”   Hebrews 13:5 “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will […]
  • WORD STUDY – THE RIGHTEOUS WALK (9/14/2013) - Genesis 6:9: “Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations.  And Noah walked with God.”   Genesis 5:2: “And Enoch walked with God and he was not for God took him.”   “And He walks with me And He talks with me And He tells me I am His own. And the joy […]
  • WORD STUDY – TOLEDOTH (9/12/2013) - “Genesis 6:9: “These are the generations of Noah; Noah was a righteous man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.”   “These are the generations of Noah.”  Eleh (these) is a form of il which is a separable pronoun.  In the form of  eleh it becomes a demonstrative pronoun in a plural […]
  • WORD STUDY – THREE HUNDRED (9/11/2013) - Genesis 5:21-24: “And Enoch lived sixty and five years, and begat Methuselah and Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters; and all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years and Enoch walked with God:  and he was not; for God took him.” […]
  • WORD STUDY – THE DEAD (9/10/2013) - Matthew 8:22 “But Jesus said unto him, Follow me; and let the dead bury their dead.”   “East is East and West is West and never the twain shall meet.” Rudyard Kipling   The above quote by Rudyard Kipling is from his poem The Ballad of East and West.  Although taken out of context it […]
  • WORD STUDY – SIN LIES AT THE DOOR (9/9/2013) - “Genesis 4:5-7: But unto Cain and his offering he had no respect, and Cain was very wroth and his countenance fell. And the Lord said unto Cain, “Why are thou wroth and why has they countenance fallen?   If thou doest well shall thou not be thou accepted? And if thou doest not well, sin lieth […]
  • WORD STUDY – IMPARTING A BLESSING (9/8/2013) - Genesis 1:27-28a “So God created man in his image, the image of God created he him. Man and female create he them, and God blessed them.”   The first thing God did when He create man and woman was to bless them.  Ever wonder what that meant?   How did He do it?  Did make some […]
  • WORD STUDY – (GOLD) DUST (9/7/2013) - Genesis 3:14: “And the Lord God said unto the serpent, because thou hast done this, thou are cursed above all animals and above every beast of the field, upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life.”   Sometime ago I did a study on the word […]
  • WORD STUDY – HELP MEET (‘EZEG KENEGEDOU) (9/6/2013) - “Genesis 2:18: “And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.”   It would seem that one of the greatest lies of the enemy was to guide the church into thinking that women were somehow limited in their service to […]
  • WORD STUDY – MO’ED (MIGHT, MIND) (9/5/2013) - Deuteronomy 6:5 “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, with all thy soul and with all thy might.”   Matthew 22:37  “Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.”  From the Greek – KJV […]
  • WORD STUDY – NEGAS: DRAWING NEAR TO GOD (9/4/2013) - Genesis 44:18: “Then Judah came near unto him, and said, ‘Oh, my Lord, let thy servant, I pray thee, speak a word in my Lord’s ears…’”   The word for “come near” is nagas.  This has the idea of drawing near or approaching with an offering, a present or a request.  The sages believe that […]
  • WORD STUDY: MAN AND WOMAN (9/1/2013) - Genesis 2:22: “And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.”   This is a very well know passage of Scripture to Christians. Probably all that can be said about this passage in Christianity has been said.  This has been interpreted to show […]
  • WORD STUDY: SHAVETI AND RADAPH (WELCOME TO MY WORLD) (9/1/2013) - Psalms 23:6: “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”   I found something very interesting when I did a study on the words follow (radaph) and dwell (shaveti), both words have a bridal meaning to it.  The word […]
  • Word Study – Hidden (8/31/2013) - Deuteronomy 31:18: “And I will surely hide my face in that day for all the evils which they shall have wrought, in that they are turned unto other gods.” Yesterday my study partner and I were trying to understand why David used three different words for eternity in Psalms 119:44.  Each word meant eternity, but each […]
  • WORD STUDY – DEBER AND NAFAK (8/30/2013) - Matthew 4:1 “Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.”   Mark 1:12  “And immediately the Spirit driveth him into the wilderness.”   Luke 4:1   “And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness.”   I remember hearing […]
  • WORD STUDY – EVERLASTING LOVE (Pt. 2) (8/29/2013) - Jeremiah 31:3  “The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.”   “Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so.”  Karl Barth   Many scholars and theologians have questioned whether the renowned German theologian actually spoke these words. […]
  • WORD STUDY – YESER’ (IMAGINATION) (8/28/2013) - Genesis 32:7: “And Jacob was greatly afraid and distressed:”   This verse almost appears repetitious.  He was afraid and distressed.  Does not being afraid and distressed mean the same thing?  (For the sake of my Hebrew class the word for afraid is not one of your ra words)  The word for afraid is yara’.   This […]
  • WORD STUDY – NETSACH AND SHACHAN (8/27/2013) - Psalms 13:1: “ How long wilt thou forget me, O LORD? forever? how long wilt thou hide thy face from me?”   Practically every modern English translation will render the word teshekacheni as forget me and the word netsach as forever.  Yet, in my spirit I find this rendering troubling.  Most commentators consider this hyperbolized, […]
  • WORD STUDY – ASHAH (MAKE) (8/26/2013) - WORD STUDY – ASHAH (MAKE)   Genesis 6:5-6; And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.  And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. […]
  • WORD STUDY – BLESSING OTHERS (8/25/2013) - Genesis 12:2-3: “And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing.  And I will bless them that bless thee and curse them that curse thee.”   I have heard many Christians who firmly insist that the church is the […]
  • WORD STUDY – LA CHAIM (TO LIFE) (8/24/2013) - Genesis 2:7: “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.”   Remember the song from Fiddler on The Roof?  LaChaim.  (la – to, chaim – life).  What were they celebrating?   They were, of course, celebrating life.  […]
  • WORD STUDY – ADAM (8/23/2013) - Genesis 5:2: “He created them male and female, and blessed them, and called their name Adam in the day they were created.”   “A human being is only called Adam when male and female are as one.”  Zohar 1:55b.   It is very interesting to note that in his original state, man was made of […]
  • WORD STUDY – THE EZRA FAST (8/20/2013) - Ezra 8:23: So we fast and sought our God for this and He was entreated of us.”   Ezra was leading the captives back to Israel.  Before the journey he proclaims a fast for a safe journey.   Ezra was facing a little problem. The Persian king sanctioned this move back to Israel and offered to […]
  • WORD STUDY – ALUKAH (VAMPIRE) (8/19/2013) - Proverbs 30:15-16: “The leech has two daughters, “Give,” “Give.” There are three things that will not be satisfied, Four that will not say: “Enough.” Sheol, and the barren womb, Earth, that is never satisfied with water and fire that never says: “Enough.”   Proverbs 30 is a chapter that is as relevant today as it […]
  • WORD STUDY – INHERIT THE WIND (8/18/2013) - Proverbs  11:29: He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind: and the fool shall be servant to the wise of heart.   Back in 1955 Jerome Lawrence and Robert Edwin Lee wrote a play which was a fictionalized account of the Scopes trial.  They used the idea of creation verse evolution as a […]
  • WORD STUDY – PREPARE ONES HEART (BEYOND THE DALETH) (8/17/2013) - Ezra 7:10: “For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the law of the Lord and to do it and to teach in Israel statutes and judgments.”   You read about Ezra and the word that comes to mind is fanatic. This old boy devoted himself to the Word of God. Jewish tradition teaches that […]
  • WORD STUDY – JACOB OR ISRAEL (8/16/2013) - Ezekiel 39:25, 29:  (25)”Therefore thus saith the Lord God, Now will I bring the captivity of Jacob, and have mercy upon the whole house of Israel, and will be jealous for my holy name.”  (29) “Neither will I hide my face anymore from them, for I have poured out my Spirit upon the house of […]
  • WORD STUDY – MOPHETH (MIRACLE OR CREDIBILITY) (8/15/2013) - Exodus 7:9: “When Pharaoh says to you: ‘Prove yourself by working a miracle.’ It is interesting to note that the word for prove here is not nacah which means to prove.  The writer is using the word Nathan.  This was another vocabulary word that I found easy to remember in my first year Hebrew class. I just thought of  Nathan Hale, “I have but […]
  • WORD STUDY – THE MARK (8/14/2013) - Ezekiel 9:6: “Go after him through the city and strike: Let not your eye spare, neither have pity, slay utterly: the old men, the young men, both maiden and little children and women. But come not near any person upon whom is the mark. And begin at my sanctuary.”   Many people feel that there […]
  • WORD STUDY – HOLY (8/13/2013) - Leviticus 11:44: “For I am the LORD your God: ye shall therefore sanctify yourselves, and ye shall be holy; for I am holy.”   I have had the word holy thrown at me by preachers all my lives.   I have been exhorted by preachers to live a holy life, demonstrate a holy character, walk in […]
  • WORD STUDY: MELEK KADASH (NEW KING) (8/12/2013) - Exodus 1:8: “Now there arose a new king over Egypt , which knew not Joseph.” This is the only time that Pharaoh is referred to as a king. From here on he is referred to as Pharaoh.   In Exodus 1:8 it refers to this new king as a  melek (king) kadash (new).   The word kadash means more than just a new […]
  • WORD STUDY – SITTING ON A WATCHTOWER (8/11/2013) - Habakkuk: 5:1, “I will stand upon my watch, and set myself upon the tower, and will watch to see what he will say unto me, and what I shall answer when I am reproved.”   The other day I was in Texas preparing to share with a group of Christians some ideas on using the […]
  • WORD STUDY – EVIL HEART (8/10/2013) - Jeremiah 18:12: “And they said, There is no hope, but we will walk after our own devices and we will everyone do the imaginations of his own evil heart.”   “If I dud it, I get a vippin,—–  I dud it.”   Red Skelton -Mean Little Kid   That is quite a thing for the people […]
  • Word Study – Rod And Chastise (8/10/2013) - Proverbs 13:24: “He that spares his rod hates his son: but he that loves him chastens him early.” Proverbs 23:13:  “Withhold not correction from the child: for if you beat him with a rod, he shall not die.”  Recently I was attending a class run by a private organization on caring for foster children.  This organization works with the […]
  • WORD STUDY – PROMPT (8/9/2013) - Exodus 25:1-2:  “And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: ‘Speak to the children of Israel, that they take for Me an offering; of every man whose heart prompts him, you shall take My offering.’” Why did God want the people to donate their gold, silver and other possessions of their prosperity to build His sanctuary?  God is […]
  • WORD STUDY – UNITY (8/8/2013) - Exodus 14:15, 16: “And Jehovah said to Moses: ‘Why do you cry to me?  Speak to the sons of Israel and let them move forward.  And (then) you (will) lift up your rod and hold out your arm over the sea and split it, so that the sons of Israel will march into the sea on dry ground.’” The children […]
  • WORD STUDY – PRIDE OF COUNTENANCE (8/7/2013) - Psalms 10:4 “ The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts.”   In studying an ancient language we must bear in mind that there exist ellipses just as in modern English.  The only difference is that in modern English we set our ellipses off with a series […]
  • Word Study – Another God (8/6/2013) - Exodus 20:3 “Thou shalt have no other (another) gods before me.” A man came to a rabbi and asked if the rabbi could teach him the deep mysteries of God.  The rabbi asked the man a question.  Two burglars entered a house through a chimney.  Upon emerging from the chimney one burglar had a dirty face and the other a […]
  • WORD STUDY – CLOUD OF JEHOVAH (8/5/2013) - Exodus 14:20 “And it came between the camp of the Egyptians and the camp of Israel and it was a cloud and darkness to them but it gave light by night to those. So that the one came not near the other all the night.”   Many of us as children have watched these phony […]
  • WORD STUDY – GOD MEANT IT FOR GOO (8/4/2013) - Genesis 50:20  “But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.” In Ta’anit 21a of the Talmud there is the story of a sage named Nachum.  I could not tell from translating if his hands […]
  • Word Study – Rest (Nucha) (8/3/2013) - Exodus 33:14:  And He said: “My presence shall go with you, and I will give you rest.”   Matthew 11:28-30: “Come to Me, all you who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.  Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart; and you […]
  • Word Study – Tent Of Meeting (8/2/2013) - Exodus 33:7: “Now Moses would take the tent and pitch it outside the camp a good distance from the camp and he called it the tent of meeting and it came about that everyone who sought the Lord would go out to the tent of meeting, which was outside the camp.”   Verse 11: “Thus the […]
  • WORD STUDY – SEEING VOICES (7/31/2013) - Exodus 20:18: “And all the people were seeing the thunder voices and the torches and the voice of the shofar and the mountain smoking; and when the people saw it, they trembled and stood at a distance.”   This verse presents a very obvious question, how could people see the thundering voices? Many translations will […]
  • Word Study – Another God (7/30/2013) - Exodus 20:3 “Thou shalt have no other (another) gods before me.”   A man came to a rabbi and asked if the rabbi could teach him the deep mysteries of God.  The rabbi asked the man a question.  Two burglars entered a house through a chimney.  Upon emerging from the chimney one burglar had a […]
  • Word Study – Shekhinah Glory (7/29/2013) - Exodus 40:35: “And Moses could not enter the Tent of Meeting, for the cloud rested (shakhan) upon it , and the glory of the Lord filled the Tabernacle.”  Moses could not enter the Tent of Meeting because of the Shekhinah glory. The Talmud and other Jewish literature are filled with references to the Shekhinah glory.  […]
  • Word Study – Fool and His Folly (7/28/2013) - Proverbs 26:4  “Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him.”   Practically every modern translation will render the Hebrew word kasal as fool.  In Proverbs 26 the writer devotes twelve verses to the word kasal (fool) warning us against his folly (Hebrew – ‘aval).   Do we ever stop […]
  • Word Study – Hand (7/27/2013) - Exodus 17:11: “And it came to pass when Moses held up his hand that Israel prevailed, and when he let his hand down, Amalek prevailed.” Some have suggested that Moses holding his hand up was sort of like a battle flag.  In the heat of battle, you are not sure whether you are winning or not, you […]
  • Word Study – Worry (7/26/2013) -   Exodus 17:3:  “But the people thirsted there for water and they grumbled (worried) against Moses and said: Why, now, have you brought us up from Egypt, to kill us and our children and our livestock with thirst?” Matthew 6:25-26 “Do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your […]
  • Word Study – Murmur (Beyond the Daleth) (7/25/2013) -   Exodus 16:7: “And in the morning, then you shall see the glory of the Lord; for he that hears the murmurings against the Lord and what are we that you murmur against us?” “You can complain because roses have thorns, or you can rejoice because the thorns have roses.”  Ziggy During John F. Kennedy’s […]
  • Word Study – Perfume (7/24/2013) -   Exodus 30:37-38: “And as for the perfume which thou shalt make, ye shall not make to yourselves according to the composition thereof: it shall be unto thee holy for the Lord.  Whosoever shall make like unto that, to smell thereto, shall be cut off from his people.” Can you dig this?   You get cut off from […]
  • Word Study – First Fruit (7/23/2013) - Exodus 23:19:  “The first of the first fruits of thy land thou shalt bring into the house of the Lord thy God, Thou shalt not seethe a yearling in his mother’s milk.”     The word fruit is thrown around a lot.  “By their fruits you shall known them…”  We have the “fruits of the Spirit,”  and the vine that […]
  • Word Study – Cephas-Stone (7/22/2013) -   John 1:42  “And he brought him to Jesus. And when Jesus beheld him, he said, Thou art Simon the son of Jona: thou shalt be(Aramaic uses a pefect tense – are) called Cephas, which is by interpretation, A stone.”   Years ago I worked in a mailroom and one of my co-workers was a sweet little Christian […]
  • Word Study – Say And Tell (7/20/2013) -   Exodus 19:3; “And Moses went up unto God, and the Lord called unto him out of the mountain, saying: ‘Thus shalt thou say to the house of Jacob, and tell the sons of Israel.’” What is the different between the house of Jacob and the sons of Israel?  Moses is to relate the commandments of God to both […]
  • Devotional Psalms 19:10 (7/19/2013) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar; Psalms 19:10: “More to be desired are they than gold, more than fine gold, sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.” David is speaking here of the law of the Word of God.  He has found the Word of God to be more desirable  than gold or fine gold. The […]
  • Devotional Psalms 137:3-4 (7/18/2013) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar; Psalms 137:3b-4: “Sing us one of the songs of Zion.  How shall we sing the Lord’s song in a strange land.” Someone recently asked me the question as to why Jerusalem is sometimes called Zion.  I hate when someone asks me a question for which I have no answer. Zion […]
  • Devotional Psalm 34:8 (7/17/2013) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar: Psalm 34:8:  “O taste and see that God is good.” Yesterday in class we took a break and watched “Fiddler on the Roof.”   The whole movie focused on the following old Hebraic expression: “Our God and God of our fathers?”  This is expressing two types of people who believe in […]
  • Devotional Song of Songs 1:3 (7/16/2013) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar; Song of Songs 1:3: “Because of the savour of thy good ointments thy name is as ointment poured forth, therefore do the virgins love thee.” It seems many of you have done exhaustive study in the book of Song of Solomon and I doubt I could add very much to […]
  • Devotional Isaiah 62:5 (7/15/2013) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar Isaiah 62:5a “For as a young man marrieth a virgin, so shall they sons marry Thee: The word for marry here is “baal,”  yeah the same word that is used for a false god.  What could the sages be thinking when they used the same word for marriage that is […]
  • Devotional Numbers 10:35 (7/13/2013) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar; Numbers 10:35: “And it came to pass, when the ark set forward, that Moses said, Rise up, Lord, and let your enemies be scattered; and let them that hate you flee before you.” Do you ever stop to think what enemies Moses is talking about?   It really does not appear […]
  • Devotional Genesis 32:7 (7/12/2013) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar; Genesis 32:7: “And Jacob was greatly afraid and distressed:” There is a remez here.  Why does this verse appear repetitious?  He was afraid and distressed.  Does not being afraid and distressed mean the same thing?  (For the sake of my Hebrew class the word for afraid is not one of […]
  • Devotional Isaiah 7:11 (7/11/2013) - Good Evening Yamon Ki Yesepar; Isaiah 7:11: “Ask of thee a sign of the Lord they God; ask it either in the depth,  or in the height above?” God spoke to Ahaz through His prophet saying: “Ask.”  The Hebrew word is she’ol which means to consult, interrogate.  This is followed with a methegh connecting a […]
  • Devotional Isaiah 54:11 (7/10/2013) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar; Isaiah 54:11: “O thou afflicted, tossed with tempest, and not comforted, behold, I will lay thy stones with fair colours, and lay thy foundations with sapphires.” We need to keep in mind that Hebrew is constantly drawing a picture for us. Here the nation of Israel is pictured as a […]
  • Devotional Luke 23:31 (7/9/2013) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar; Luke 23:31: “For if they do these things in a green tree, what shall be done in the dry tree.?” This is an example of a verse which is unintelligible in the Greek in which it was preserved, but it makes perfect sense when translated into Hebrew. When translating one […]
  • Devotional Isaiah 63:9 (7/8/2013) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar; Isaiah 63:9: “In all their affliction he afflicted…” Here is something I have never understood about the Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia or the Kittle which is the standard Masoric text used by our Western Christian translators.   For you Hebrew students, check out the word “lo” in this passage in your Hebrew […]
  • Devotional Matthew 16:19 (7/6/2013) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar; Matthew 16:19: “And I will give thee the keys to the kingdom of Heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” Matthew 16:19 is another good example.  Due principally to the influence of […]
  • Devotional Genesis 11:4 (7/5/2013) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar; “Genesis 11:4: “And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the earth.” The Talmud teaches that this tower was so high that […]
  • Devotional Song of Solomon 1:5 (7/4/2013) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar; Song of Solomon 1:5 “I am black, but beautiful, Oh you daughters of Jerusalem, as the tents of Kedar, as the curtains of Solomon.” I once had a rabbi tell me that the most difficult book to translate out of the Hebrew is the Song of Solomon.  The constant grammatical […]
  • Devotional Genesis 11:4 (7/3/2013) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar; “Genesis 11:4: “And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the earth.” The Talmud teaches that this tower was so high that […]
  • Devotional Luke 10:5-6 (7/2/2013) - Good Evening Yamon Ki Yesepar; Luke 10:5-6: “and into whatsoever house ye enter, first say, Peace be to this house,  and if the son of peace be there your peace shall rest upon it; if not, it shall turn to you again.” I don’t avoid the New Testament, I just don’t have a good understanding […]
  • Devotional Psalm 46:1 (7/2/2013) - Good Morning  Yamon Ki Yesepar; Psalm 46:1: “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” There are three things mentioned here that occur in time of trouble.  God is a refuge, strength, and a  help.  This sounds good, but my question is, how does this refuge, strength, and help come about.  […]
  • Devotional Genesis 12:2-3 (7/1/2013) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar; Genesis 12:2-3: “And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing.  And I will bless them that bless thee and curse them that curse thee.” I have heard many Christians who firmly insist that […]
  • Devotional John 4:10 (7/1/2013) - Good Evening Yamon Ki Yesepar; John 4:10: “Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink;’ you would have asked Him and He would have given you living water.” Genesis 26:19: “And Isaac’s servants digged in the valley […]
  • Devotional Proverbs 23:7 (6/29/2013) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar; Proverbs 23:7: “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee, but his heart is not with thee.” The word “think” (sh’ar) really has translators scrambling.  Does your heart think?  Is this thinking process and the heart the same?     Actually the word […]
  • Devotional Isaiah 55:8 (6/28/2013) - Isaiah 55:8: “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.” The word for thought here is not “sh’ar” as in Proverbs 23:7:  This word is “chashav.”  Sh’ar has the idea of thinking to make a decision, this thinking it to  invent or create. Hence your inventions are […]
  • Devotional Proverbs 20:1 (6/27/2013) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar; Proverbs 20:1 “Wine is a mocker, strong drink is noisy and all who stray by it are not wise.” Since tis the season to make merry, there are those who tend to make a little too merry.  For this holiday season I would like to visit some words from the […]
  • Devotional Ezekiel 18:31 (6/26/2013) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar: Ezekiel 18:31 “Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby you have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit; for why will ye die, O House of Israel?” Yesterday morning our Hebrew class studied this passage.  So much was offered by the class on this verse […]
  • Devotional Isaiah 9:6 (6/26/2013) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar; Isaiah 9:6: “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called, Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. A child is born and a son is given.  […]
  • Devotional Psalms 120:2 (6/25/2013) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar; Psalms 120:2: “Deliver my soul, O Lord, from lying lips, and from a deceitful tongue.” At first reading it appears that the writer is saying: “Lord make those gossiping about me shut up, punch ‘em in the mouth.”  But upon closer examination, the writer is not saying that at all, […]
  • Devotional Malachi 3:6 (6/24/2013) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar; Malachi 3:6: “For I am the Lord, I change not.” The word used for “Lord” is “Yehavah” where we get the name Jehovah or as some like to say YHWH.  Actually it simply means “I am.”  But there is a strange twist to this word in it’s use of the […]
  • Devotional Haggai 2:17 (6/22/2013) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar; Haggai 2:17: “I smote you with blasting and with mildew and with hail in all the labors of your hands; yet you turned not to me, saith the Lord?” The Book of Haggai is an often overlooked Book of the Bible, probably because it is only two chapters.  Haggai was […]
  • Devotional Psalms 118:9 (6/21/2013) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar; Psalms 118:9 “It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in princes.” That verse pretty much goes without question.  Still there is more to this than meets the eye. For one thing the word “better” is “tov.”  It is in harmony with God to trust in […]
  • Devotional Isaiah 30:20 (6/20/2013) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar: Isaiah 30:20: “And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity, and the water of affliction, yet shall not thy teachers be hidden any more, but thine eyes shall see they teachers:” The word “give”  is in an imperfect form and should be translated: “And the Lord will give […]
  • Devotional Isaiah 30:21 (6/19/2013) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar; Isaiah 30:21: “And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when you turn to the right hand, and when you turn to the left.” The remez comes when you look at verse 20 which tells us that “our eyes shall […]
  • Devotional Exodus 34:14 (6/18/2013) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar; Exodus 34:14: “For thou shalt worship no other god: for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.” There are really only two words in the Hebrew for worship.  One is ‘atsab’ which is used only once for worship and has the idea of sorrow.   The word “‘abad” […]
  • Devotional John 6:37 (6/17/2013) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar’ John 6:37: “All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.” Ok, I am back to Hebrew idioms.  I remember as a child I drew a lot of comfort from this verse.  I accepted the Lord […]
  • Devotional Luke 7:33-35 (6/16/2013) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar; Luke 7:33-35: “For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine; and you say, He hath a devil.  The Son of man is come eating and drinking; and you say, Behold a gluttonous man, and a winebidder, a friend of publicans and sinners.  But wisdom is justified of […]
  • Devotional Exodus 19:3 (6/15/2013) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar; Exodus 19:3; “And Moses went up unto God, and the Lord called unto him out of the mountain, saying: ‘Thus shalt thou say to the house of Jacob, and tell the sons of Israel.’” What is the different between the “house of Jacob” and the “sons of Israel?”  Moses is […]
  • Devotional Jeremiah 17:5 (6/14/2013) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar; Jeremiah 17:5: “Thus saith the Lord; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the Lord.” The word “curse” is “’arur.”  This has the idea of being removed or being without God, without His protection, presence or covering. When someone […]
  • Devotional Jeremiah 17:7 (6/13/2013) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar; Jeremiah 17:7: “Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose trust is the Lord.” This is a very difficult passage to translate.   You have the word “trust” (betach) used two times.   The word “betach” has a large range of use.  There is also the use of the […]
  • Devotional Psalms 119:145 (6/12/2013) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar; Psalms 119:145: “I cried with  my whole heart; hear me, O Lord: I will keep thy statutes.” As many of you know Psalms 119 is a poem written in an acrostic style.  You will notice that this Psalm has 176 verses divided into 22 sections with eight verses each. You […]
  • Devotional Jeremiah 51:13 (6/11/2013) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar; Jeremiah 51:13: “O’ you who dwell by many waters, abundant in treasures, your end is come, and the measure of your covetousness.” Clearly the pashat is a judgment against Babylon.  So why should a prophecy of judgment against a city that existed over 2,600 years ago have any relevance to […]
  • Devotional Psalm 143:7 (6/10/2013) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar; Psalm 143:7: “Hear me speedily, O’Lord: my spirit failed: hide not they face from me, lest I be like unto them that go down into the pit.” Is it just me or do you ever notice that the Lord sometimes waits until that 12th hour. The movers have the furniture […]
  • Devotional Psalms 143:8 (6/8/2013) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar; Psalms 143:8: “Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the mornin.” Here is your remez, how does one hear lovingkindness?  True this is poetry and David is most likely speaking metaphorically, but still the question remains, what does he mean by “hearing” lovingkindness. The word “hear” is “shama” which has […]
  • Devotional Psalm 34:8 (6/7/2013) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar: Psalm 34:8:  “O taste and see that God is good.” Yesterday in class we took a break and watched “Fiddler on the Roof.”   The whole movie focused on the following old Hebraic expression: “Our God and God of our fathers?”  This is expressing two types of people who believe in […]
  • Devotional Song of Solomon 2:11 (6/6/2013) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar: Song of Solomon 2:11 “For behold the winter has passed, the rain has passed, it goes to itself.” The picture being painted here is a simple one.  The long hard winter has passed, rains have come and now it is the care free time of spring, a time to renew […]
  • Devotional Psalms 112:9-10 (6/6/2013) - Good morning Yamon Ki Yesepar: “Psalms 112:9-10: “He hath given freely to the poor; His mercies endures forever; His horn will  be exalted in honor.  The wicked will see it and be vexed; he will gnash his teeth and melt away; the desire of the wicked will perish.” There is an old rabbinic story of […]
  • Devotional Psalm 29:11 (6/5/2013) - Psalm 29:11: “The Lord will give strength unto his people; the Lord will bless his people with peace.” For thousands of years every Jewish child at the age of three started to study Hebrew so that they would be able to read the Holy Scriptures in it’s original language.  Many orthodox Jews scoff at the […]
  • Devotional Psalm 57:1 (6/4/2013) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar; Psalm 57:1: “Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusted in thee; yea, in the shadow of the wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast.” Hebrew is an emotional language. You need to translate the language emotionally as well as […]
  • Devotional Genesis 49:22 (6/3/2013) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar: Genesis 49:22: “Joseph is a fruitful son, a fruitful son by a spring. His branches run over a wall.” This is presented as a poetic expression. It is the final blessing given by Jacob just before he died.  However, this is more than just a blessing but a prophecy.  In […]
  • Devotional Job 42:4 (6/2/2013) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar: Job 42:4: “Listen now and I will speak, I will ask you and you will teach me.” Gilda Radner in her book “It’s Always Something” told this story.  No it is not a Talmud story but she was Jewish.  Anyways, she told of a family that lived down the block […]
  • Devotional Psalms 30:9 (6/1/2013) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar; Psalms 30:9 “What profit is there in my blood, if I go down to the pit.  Will the dust praise thee, will it declare your faithfulness?” It is believed that David wrote this Psalm during a time of illness when he thought he was going to die and he was […]
  • Devotional Psalms 70:2-3 (5/31/2013) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar; Psalms 70:2-3: “Let those be ashamed and humiliated who seek my life. Let those be turned back and dishonored who delight in my hurt.  Let those be turned back  because of their shame who say, aha, aha.” “Let those be ashamed and humiliated who seek my life.”  There are two […]
  • Devotional Psalms 30:9 (5/30/2013) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar; Psalms 30:9 “What profit is there in my blood, if I go down to the pit.  Will the dust praise thee, will it declare your faithfulness?” It is believed that David wrote this Psalm during a time of illness when he thought he was going to die and he was […]
  • Devotional Psalms 13:6 (5/29/2013) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar; Psalms 13:6: “I will sing unto the Lord because He has dealt bountifully with me.” This is pretty straight forward. The reason for this singing is because God has dealt  bountifully.   This word “bountifully” is “gamal” which has the idea of  ripen fruits, or to bring to maturity.  The writer […]
  • Devotional Proverbs 8:19 (5/28/2013) -   Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar; Proverbs 8:19: “My fruit is better than gold, even pure gold, and my yield than choicest silver. God is telling us that His fruit is better than gold and his yield better than silver.   I heard an economist on the radio the other day say the best thing we […]
  • Devotional Psalms 84:11 (5/27/2013) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar; Psalms 84:11 “For the Lord God is a sun and a shield, the Lord gives grace and glory.  No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly.” This is poetry and as typical of poetry, it will make good use of metaphors.  The Lord is a sun and […]
  • Devotional Luke 9:44-45 (5/25/2013) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar; (Dedicated to the Charis team going to Russia, my prayers are with you) Luke 9:44-45: “Let these sayings sink down into your ears: for the Son of Man shall be delivered into the hands of men.  But they understood not this saying, and it was hid from them, that they […]
  • Devotional Psalms 16:8 (5/24/2013) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar; Psalms 16:8: “I have set the Lord always before me because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.” David gives us a little more insight into his relationship with God. He is telling us that he “sets” the Lord always before him.   The word “set” is […]
  • Word Study- “Protective Cover” (5/23/2013) - WORD STUDY – PROTECTIVE COVER Psalms 91:4: “He shall cover thee with feathers and under his wings shalt thou trust.  His truth shall be thy shield and buckler.” C.S. Lewis once commented that if we were to take Psalms 91 literally, it would be bad for the church.  To take this literally would mean that nothing bad […]
  • Devotional Joel 2:28 (5/22/2013) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomim: Joel 2:28: “And it shall come to pass afterward that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy and your old men shall dream dreams and your young men shall see visions.” Acts 2:17: “And it shall […]
  • Devotional Psalms 119:82 (5/21/2013) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomim: Psalms 119:82: “Mine eyes fail for thy word, saying when wilt thou comfort me?” As many of you know Psalms 119 is called an acrostic Psalm.  This is a form of Hebrew poetry where every sentence begins with the same letter. In this case David takes […]
  • Devotional Deuteronomy 6:5 (5/20/2013) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomim: Deuteronomy 6:5: “And thou shalt love the Lord thy God…” So you read this and you have no problem with it.  Sure we are to love the Lord God.  I mean any self-respecting Christian will not deny he loves God. I remember when I was an […]
  • Devotional Jeremiah 29:11 (5/19/2013) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomin: Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” When it comes to translation of the Bible, we seem to be living in the Wild Wild West […]
  • Devotional Jeremiah 29:11 (5/18/2013) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomim: Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil to give you an expected end.” (PART 2) The NIV uses the word “prosperity” rather than peace.  I can understand why the translators of […]
  • Devotional Genesis 28:16 (5/17/2013) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomin: Genesis 28:16: “And Jacob awoke out of his sleep and he said: ‘Surely the Lord is in this place and I knew it not.” “Why can’t we  be friends, Why can’t we be friends, Why can’t we be friends, I’ve been around for a long, long […]
  • Devotional Psalm 37:4 (5/16/2013) - Good Afternoon Yamon Ki Yesepar: Psalm 37:4: “Delight thyself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.” The word “delight” is very interesting. It comes from the word “aneg” which means to take pleasure in. But is also means to be delicate. This is really a romantic word. The word […]
  • Devotional Isaiah 46:4 (5/15/2013) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar; Isaiah 46:4: “Till you grow old, I will be the same,  when you grow gray, it is I who will carry;  I was the maker and I will be the bearer.  And I will carry and rescue you.” When the Babylonians conquered Judah, they took the best and strongest into […]
  • Devotional Psalms 37:25 (5/14/2013) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar; Psalms 37:25: “I have been young and am now old, but I have never seen the righteous forsaken.” Yesterday was one of those days that I got struck down (but not destroyed – II Corinthians 4:9) but still struck down on two fronts. It was just one of those times […]
  • Devotional Psalm 37:3-4 (5/13/2013) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar; Psalm 37:3-4 “Trust in the Lord and do good, dwell in the land and cherish faithfulness.  So shalt thou delight thyself in the Lord; and He shall give you the desires of your heart.” “Dwell in the land…”   Does that not go without question?  I mean we are not fish […]
  • Devotional Psalms 16:1-2 (5/12/2013) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar: Psalms 16:1-2  “Michtam of David.  Keep me, O God; for I have taken refuge in Thee.  I have said unto the Lord: ‘Thou art my Lord; I have no good but in Thee.’” The word “Michtam” is a transliteration from the Hebrew and literally means from Gold or from the […]
  • Devotional Psalms 106:1 (5/11/2013) - Psalms 106:1 “Hallelujah, O’ give thanks unto the Lord, for  He is good.” Hallelujah, it means “Praise the Lord” in every language.  It is spelled with a “He” – the breath of  God, with two lameds, a picture of up lifted hands.  Hallelu is a picture, a picture of being surrounded by the breath or […]
  • Devotional John 12:37 (5/10/2013) - Good Morning Yamin Ki Yesepar; John 12:37: “But though He had performed so many signs before them, yet they were not believing in Him.” I am not a student of the New Testament and I would not dare engage any of you in a debate with regard to a New Testament issue as I am […]
  • Devotional Isaiah 54:5-6 (5/9/2013) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar; Isaiah 54:5-6 “For your Maker is your husband, the Lord of hosts is His name…For the Lord has called you like a forsake wife, (who) is grieved in spirit, like a wife  of youth who is forsaken.” Hosea 2:16-19: “Therefore, behold, I will lure her and bring her to the […]
  • Devotional Luke 8:10 (5/8/2013) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar; Luke 8:10: “And He said: ‘To you it has be given to know the secrets of (the kingdom of) God; but for others they are in parables so that seeing they might not see and hearing they might not understand.” I put “the kingdom of” in brackets because the words […]
  • Devotional II Kings 4:2 (5/7/2013) -     Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar; II Kings 4:2: “And Elisha said unto her: ‘What shall I do for you?  Tell me.  What has thou in the house?’ And she said: ‘You handmaid has nothing in the house, save a pot of oil.’ Prophets in the Old Testament did not just suddenly become prophets.  […]
  • Devotional Deuteronomy 6:8:5 (5/6/2013) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar; Deuteronomy 6:8:5: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.” The above verse is one of the most sacred verses in Judaism. Every orthodox Jew recites this verse every morning, afternoon, and evening.  When confronted with a […]
  • Devotional Psalms 27:10 (5/5/2013) -     Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar; Psalms 27:10:  “Although my mother and my father forsake me, the Lord will lift me up.” I spoke with a woman  yesterday who just returned from a visit to Israel.  I asked what the mood was like among the people living there. She said they are scared and […]
  • Devotional Psalms 150:6 (5/4/2013) -   Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar; Psalms 150:6: “Let everything that has a soul praise God – Hallujah.” The Talmud teaches that the word “soul” (neshama) and “breath” (neshima) are related.  The soul fills the entire body, and when a person sleeps, it rises to draw down life from above.   Over each and every breath […]
  • Devotional Luke 15:1-2 (5/3/2013) - Good Evening Yamon Ki Yesepar; Luke 15:1-2:  “I am the vine and My Father is the Vinedresser.  Every branch in Me not bearing fruit, He takes it away; and each one bearing fruit, He prunes so that it may bear more fruit.” Psalms 92:13: “The righteous bloom like the date tree; he shall grow like […]
  • Devotional Exodus 40:35 (5/2/2013) - Good morning Yamon Ki Yesepar; Exodus 40:35: “And Moses could not enter the Tent of Meeting, for the cloud rested (shakhan) upon it , and the glory of the Lord filled the Tabernacle.” Moses could not enter the Tent of Meeting because of the Shekhinah glory. The Talmud and Kabbalah are filled with references to […]
  • Devotional II Kings 5:15-16 (5/1/2013) - Good morning Yamon Ki Yesepar; II Kings 5:15-16:  Then he returned to the man of God, he and all his company and he came and stood before him.  And he said: ‘Behold, I know that there is no God in all the earth but in Israel; so accept now a blessing from your servant.’  But […]
  • Devotional Hosea 14:9 (4/30/2013) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar; Hosea 14:9: “Whoever is wise, let him understand these things; whoever is discerning, let him know them; and the upright walk in them, but transgressors stumble in them.” In midrashing this verse the Talmud teaches that the Torah is comprised of two aspects – spirit and matter, revelation and concealment, […]
  • Devotional Numbers 16:3-6 (4/29/2013) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar: Numbers 16:3-6: “They combined against Moses and Aaron and said to them, ‘You have gone too far! For all the community is holy, all of them, and the Lord is in their midst.  Why then do you raise yourselves above the Lord’s congregation?’  When Moses heard this, he fell on […]
  • Devotional Leviticus 1:1 (4/28/2013) -     Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar; If  you have your Hebrew Bible turn with me to Leviticus 1:1.  I always wanted to say that and now I really have a reason.  “The lord called unto Moses, and spoke unto him out of the tent of meeting, saying…” Rabbi Ysroel Ben Eliezer lived in the […]
  • Devotional Genesis 5:2 (4/27/2013) - Good Afternoon Yamon Ki Yesepar; Here is a mystery! Genesis 5:2: “He created them male and female, and blessed them, and called their name Adam in the day they were created.” “A human being is only called Adam when male and female are as one.”  Zohar 1:55b. It is very interesting to note that in […]
  • Devotional Genesis 29:30 (4/26/2013) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar: Genesis 29:30: “So Jacob went into Rachel and he loved Rachel more than Leah and served Laban for another seven years.” There are two words in the Hebrew for love.  One is hiybah  which is related to the word hovah which means obligation. The other is ahavah which in it’s […]
  • Devotional Numbers 12:13 (4/25/2013) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar; Numbers 12:13: “And Moses cried to Jehovah saying: “Oh, my God,  I beg you  give healing to her, I beseech you.” Imagine the next time you pray for someone to be healed, you lay your hands on that person and say “Abracadabra.”    This is a term which has crossed over […]
  • Devotional Numbers 10:9 (4/24/2013) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar; Numbers 10:9: “And when you go to war in your land against the adversary that oppresseth you, then you shall sound an alarm with the trumpets; and you shall be remembered before the Lord your God, and you shall be saved from your enemies.” So what do we learn from […]
  • Devotional Exodus 25:1-2 (4/23/2013) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar; Exodus 25:1-2:  “And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: ‘Speak to the children of Israel, that they take for Me an offering; of every man whose heart prompts him, you shall take My offering.’” Why did God want the people to donote their gold,  silver and other possessions of their […]
  • Devotional Numbers 10:9 (4/22/2013) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar; Numbers 10:9: “And when you go to war in your land against the adversary that oppresseth you, then you shall sound an alarm with the trumpets; and you shall be remembered before the Lord your God, and you shall be saved from your enemies.” So what do we learn from […]
  • Devotional Genesis 3:24 (4/21/2013) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar; Genesis 3:24: “He drove the man out, and stationed East of Eden the Cherubim and the fiery ever-turning sword, to guard the way to the tree of life.” Here is a mystery.  How long did the Cherubim have to stand guard?  Was there some point in history when the tree […]
  • Devotional Isaiah 61:3 (4/20/2013) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar: Here is a mystery. Isaiah 61:3: “To provide for the mourners in Zion, to give them beauty instead of ashes.” The word for beauty here is “pe’er” (pe, aleph, resh)  and the word for ashes is “’eper” (aleph, pe, resh).   Both words can be used to represent  a turban. Even […]
  • Devotional Exodus 14:15, 16 (4/19/2013) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar: Exodus 14:15, 16: “And Jehovah said  to Moses: ‘Why do you cry to me?  Speak to the sons of Israel and let them move forward.   And (then) you (will)  lift up your rod and hold out you arm over the sea and split it, so that the sons of Israel  […]
  • Devotional Psalms 51:19 (4/18/2013) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar; Psalms 51:19: “True sacrifice to God are broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O’God, you will not despise.” The word for sacrifice is zivechi.  This is an amazing word.  The sages formed this word with a combination of zayin, beth and chet.  In it’s  prime state it represents an […]
  • Devotional Deuteronomy 1:17 (4/17/2013) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar; Deuteronomy 1:17b. “And the thing which is too hard for you, you shall bring near to me and I shall hear it.” The context of this passage is a message delivered by Moses who instructed  the elders to judge matters of conflicts and bickerings that would arise among the people […]
  • Deuteronomy 10:12 (4/16/2013) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar; Deuteronomy 10:12: “And now, Israel, what has Jehovah your God asked of you, only to fear Jehovah your God, to walk in all His ways, and to love Him and to serve Jehovah  your God with all your heart and with all your soul.” “Only?”  To fear Him, walk in […]
  • Devotional Exodus 7:9 (4/15/2013) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar: Exodus 7:9: “When Pharaoh says to you: ‘Prove yourself by working a miracle.’ It is interesting to note that the word for “prove” here is not nacah which means “to prove.”  The writer is using the word “nathan.”  This was another vocabulary word that I found easy to remember in […]
  • Devotional Hosea: 14:10 (4/14/2013) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar: Hosea: 14:10: “He who is wise will consider these words, He who is prudent will take note of them. For the paths of the Lord are smooth; The righteous can walk on them But the sinners will stumble on them. Four words I would like to examine here.  Path (Derek), […]
  • Devotional Isaiah 40:11 (4/13/2013) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar; Isaiah 40:11: “He will tend his flock like a shepherd, he will gather the lambs in his arms.” The word for flock and shepherd are the same words. One is used as a noun and the other as a verb. It is up to the translator to apply the application […]
  • Devotional Psalm 22:2 (4/12/2013) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar; Psalm 22:2:  “My God, my God why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning? This verse is sort of sacred cow that preachers will not expound upon unless it is in reference to Jesus.  The idea is that it […]
  • Devotional Psalms 55:23 (4/11/2013) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar; Psalms 55:23: “Cast your burden on the Lord and He will sustain you.  He will never permit the righteous to be moved (collapse) .” There is the story in the Talmud of a poor man who had no wagon or donkey to carry his heavy  bundles.  He had to carry […]
  • Devotional Genesis 15:6 (4/10/2013) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar; Genesis 15:6: “And he (Abraham) believed the Lord and He counted it as righteousness.” The Talmud teaches that trusting in God is more important than anything else.  One may keep all the laws of Torah, follow every ritual, but it is only trust that will ultimately save the individual.  Remember […]
  • Devotional Exodus 33:18 (4/9/2013) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar; Exodus 33:18: “O’ Let me see your Glory.” I am constantly being drawn back to this passage.  What is it that Moses wanted to see. Why did God have to protect Moses from seeing His “goodness?”  Did he not just come from Mt. Sinai where he spoke with God face […]
  • Devotional Exodus 20:5, 6 (4/8/2013) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar; Exodus 20:5, 6: “You shall not bow down to them or worship them for I the Lord your God am a jealous God visiting the iniquities of the fathers on the third and fourth generation of those who hate Me, but showing steadfast love to the thousandth generation of those […]
  • Devotional I Kings 3:9 (4/7/2013) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar; I Kings 3:9:  Give thy servant therefore an understanding heart to judge Thy people, that I may discern between good and evil; for who is able to Judge this They great people?” Solomon is not asking for wisdom here.  He is asking for a “lev shome.'”  That is, a listening […]
  • Devotional Habakkuk 2:4 (4/6/2013) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar; Habakkuk 2:4: “Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him, but the just shall live by faith.” What I find amazing is that this is the only time “faith” is used as a transitive noun. In fact there is only one other time that the word […]
  • Devotional Genesis 32:8 (4/5/2013) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar; Genesis 32:8:  “Then Jacob was greatly afraid and distressed.” There is a question that arises in this verse. This verse appears to be repetitious.  He was greatly afraid and distressed. If he was afraid it would stand to reason he was distressed.  The sages teach that Scripture does not waste […]
  • Devotional Jeremiah 25:5 (4/4/2013) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar; Jeremiah 25:5:  “They (the prophets) said: ‘Repent now everyone from his evil way, and from the evil of your doings, and dwell in the land that the Lord hath given unto you and to  your fathers for ever and ever.’” Some translations render this passage as “Repent … so that […]
  • Devotional Genesis 44:18 (4/3/2013) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar; Genesis 44:18: “Then Judah came near unto him, and said, ‘Oh, my Lord, let thy servant, I pray thee, speak a word in my Lord’s ears…’” The word for “come near” is “nagas.”  This has the idea of drawing near or approaching with an offering, a present or a request.  […]
  • Devotional Genesis 44:18 (4/2/2013) - Good Afternoon Yamon Ki Yesepar; Genesis 44:18: “Then Judah came near unto him, and said, ‘Oh my Lord, let they servant, I pray thee, speak a word in my Lord’s ears…” “Oh, my Lord, let they servant, I pray thee…” is one that has no English equivalent. From the context we can pretty well guess […]
  • Devotional Exodus 23:19 (4/1/2013) - Good Morning Ki Yesepar; Exodus 23:19:  “The first of the first fruits of thy land thou shalt bring into the house of the Lord thy God, Thou shalt not seethe a yearling in his mother’s milk.” It is time I ask you a question.  What does the preparation of the yearling have to do with […]
  • Devotional Genesis 6:9 (3/31/2013) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar; “Genesis 6:9: “These are the generations of Noah; Noah was a righteous man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.” “These are the generations of Noah.”  “eleh” is a form of “il” which is a separable pronoun.  In the form of  “eleh” it becomes a demonstrative pronoun […]
  • Devotional Leviticus 19:18 (3/30/2013) - Good Evening Yamon Ki Yesepar; Leviticus 19:18: “Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of they people, but thou shalt love they neighbor as thyself: I am the Lord.” It is curious that this verse ends with “I am the Lord.”  Why does the verse add this?  The meaning of the […]
  • Devotional Deuteronomy 4:7 (3/29/2013) - Good Afternoon Yamon Ki Yesepar; Deuteronomy 4:7: “For who is a great nation whose God is coming near to them as Jehovah your God is,  in all our prayers to Him. James 4:8 “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” You know one of the main differences between Judeo-Christianity and all […]
  • Devotional Psalms 40:1 (3/28/2013) - Good Evening Yamon Ki Yesepar; Psalms 40:1 “I waited patiently for the Lord; and he inclined unto me and heard my cry.” I remember hearing stories of some old line Pentecostal groups that had what they called tarrying services.  They would stay up all night waiting for the Lord to make a visitation. After all […]
  • Devotional Leviticus 9:1 (3/27/2013) - Good Evening Yamon Ki Yesepar; Leviticus 9:1  “And it came to pass on the eighth day, that Moses called Aaron and his sons, and the elders of Israel;” Verse 6: “And Moses said, This is the thing which the Lord commanded that you should do; and the glory of the Lord shall appear unto you.” […]
  • Devotional Isaiah 49:3 (3/26/2013) - Good Evening Yamon Ki Yesepar; Isaiah  49:3: “and said unto me,  ‘You are my servant, O’ Israel, in whom I will be glorified.’ ” God is saying  that we are his servants (Hebrew – ‘aved.).  Aved has a very broad use in the Hebrew, it has the basic idea of laboring for the advantage of […]
  • Devotional Job 40:1-2 (3/25/2013) - Good Evening Yamon Ki Yesepar; Job 40:1-2:  Moreover, the Lord answer Job, and said: ‘Shall he that contendeth with the Almighty instruct him?  He that reproveth God, let him answer it.’ ” We always say that Job went through his suffering but never sinned.  That is not quite right. Job did do something wrong, he […]
  • Devotional Isaiah 51:4 (3/24/2013) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar; Isaiah 51:4: “I will make my judgment to rest for a light of the people.” Yehudah ha-Levi, a medieval Jewish poet, displayed his emotion in a little rhyme: “ein rega beli nega.”  “There is no rest without a wound in it.”   The word rest (rega’)  is a very curious word […]
  • Devotional Isaiah 52:7 (3/23/2013) - Good Evening Yamon Ki Yesepar; Isaiah 52:7:  “How lovely upon the mountain are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that announces peace and brings good news, announces salvation saying to Zion your God reigns.” Why feet?  Why not just the person who brings the news?  If you are going to mention a specific […]
  • Devotional Genesis 2:24 (3/22/2013) - Good Evening Yamon Ki Yesepar; Genesis 2:24: “Therefore shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall cleave unto his wife, and they shall be one flesh.” Gamaliel, the great Jewish teacher that the Apostle Paul studied under was addressed by an emperor  with the comment, “Your God is a thief, because he caused […]
  • Devotional Genesis 49:14-15 (3/21/2013) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar; Genesis 49:14-15  “Isachar is a strong donkey couching down between two burdens; And he saw that rest was good, and the land that it was pleasant; and bowed his shoulder to bear, and become a servant unto tribute.” What a strange blessing to give to this tribe.  Isachar means one […]
  • Devotional II Samuel 6:14 (3/20/2013) - Good Evening Yamon Ki Yesepar; II Samuel 6:14:”And David danced before the Lord with all his might.” So what was this dance. Was it jumping around in frenzy?  Was this a choreographed dance or was it spontaneous?   Poor David has sure taken a lot of heat over this from many Christians.   However, we tend to […]
  • {Word Study} Shelter “Sagav” (3/19/2013) - WORD STUDY – SHELTER – SAGAV Psalms 9:9 “The Lord will also be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble.” Jacques Lowe was the personal photographer President Kennedy.   He had over 40,000 photographs of Kennedy and his immediate family in his collection.  Only 400 were ever published.  Jacques Lowe was a […]
  • Devotional Lamentations 3:21-22 (3/18/2013) - Good Evening Yamon Ki Yesepar; (If anyone noticed, there was no devotional last night. My computer was having a pajama party at the Corporate Office IT department) Lamentations 3:21-22:  “This I recall to my mind, there have I hope.  It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.” […]
  • Devotional Exodus 11:7 (3/17/2013) - Good Evening Yamon Ki Yesepar; Exodus 11:7: “But against any of the children of Israel shall not a dog move his tongue, against man or beast: that  you may know how that the Lord doth put a difference between the Egyptians and Israel.” Do you know that among orthodox Jews today they will feed their […]
  • Devotional Psalms 138:7 (3/16/2013) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar; Psalms 138:7: “Though I walk in the midst of trouble, thou wilt revive me: thou shalt stretch forth thine hand against the wrath of mine enemies, and thy right hand shall save me.” I was a little surprised when I read this verse in the Hebrew.  I fully expected to […]
  • Devotional Psalm 57:9 (3/15/2013) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar; Psalm 57:9: “When I cry unto thee, then shall mine enemies turn back: this I know; for God is for me.” It is clear both in English and Hebrew that David’s enemies were not going to turn back until he “cried” unto the Lord.  He says he “knows” this.  This […]
  • Devotional Exodus 10:23 (3/14/2013) - Good Evening Yamon Ki Yesepar; Exodus 10:23: “They saw not one another, neither rose any from his place for three days: but all the children of Israel had light in their dwellings.” You remember the story about the plagues that came upon Egypt? One plague was darkness.  This so unnerved Pharaoh that he agreed to […]
  • Devotional Psalms 2:11 (3/13/2013) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar; Psalms 2:11: “Serve the Lord with fear and rejoice with trembling. Do you realize there are over 16 words in the Hebrew for “rejoice” or “joy.”  How many words do we have in English for joy?   Whatever is important in a culture is reflected in the language.  Perhaps joy is […]
  • Devotional: Mark 9:37 (3/12/2013) -   .Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomim: Mark 9:37: “Whosoever shall receive one of such children in my name, receiveth me: and whosoever shall receive me, receiveth not me, but him that sent me.” Yesterday before, I was called up to speak at a worship service, I sat in the back of […]
  • Devotional Malachi 1:2-3 (3/11/2013) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomin: Malachi  1:2-3: “I have loved you, saith the Lord.  Yet you say: Wherein  hast thou loved us?  Was not Easau Jacob’s brother?  Said the Lord; yet I loved Jacob;  but Esau I have hated and made his moutain a desolation, and gave his heritage to the […]
  • Devotional Acts 2:42 (3/10/2013) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar; Acts 2:42: “And they devoted themselves in the apostle’s doctrine and fellowship and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.” Recently Americans, especially American conservatives, were shaking their heads over a recent prisoner swap between Israel and Hamas.  It was a little unbalanced as the Hamas released one Israeli prisoner […]
  • Devotional Deuteronomy 10:20 (3/9/2013) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomim: Deuteronomy 10:20: “You shall fear the Lord your God; you shall serve Him and cling to Him, and you shall swear by His name.” In this verse we are given the fundamental conditions for a proper relationship with God. We are to fear Him.  The word […]
  • Devotional Psalm 143:7 (3/8/2013) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar; Psalm 143:7: “Hear me speedily, O’Lord: my spirit failed: hide not thy face from me, lest I be like unto them that go down into the pit.” I picked up a “Look” magazine from 1957 the other day.  I read about a group of teenage hacks.  Believe it or not […]
  • Devotional Isaiah 3:1 (3/7/2013) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar; Isaiah 3:1: “For behold , the Lord, the Lord of host, doth take away from Jerusalem and from Judah the stay and the staff, the whole stay of bread, and the whole stay of water.” More literally in the Hebrew this verse starts off with: “For behold, the Lord (adoni […]
  • Devotional Psalm 139:5 (3/6/2013) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar; Psalm 139:5: “Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me.” I suppose you could translate this verse a number of ways. What I find interesting in this verse is the word for “beset” which is “sur.”  As a noun this is what Moses struck to […]
  • Devotional Psalm 31:16 (3/5/2013) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar; Psalm 31:16: “Make thy face to shine upon thy servant, save me for thy mercies sake.” What I find interesting about this verse is that even before David asked to be saved from his trouble, he is first asking for God’s face to shine on him.  The word in the […]
  • Devotional II Chronicles 16:7 (3/4/2013) - Good Evening Yamon Ki Yesepar; II Chronicles 16:7: “At that time Hanani the seer came to Asa king of Judah, and said unto him, Because thou hast not relied on the Lord they God, therefore is the host of the king of Syria escaped out of thine hand.” Asa was a Godly king.  The prophet […]
  • {Word Study} Seeking (3/3/2013) - WORD STUDY – SEEKING Isaiah 51:1: “Harken to me, ye that follow after righteousness, ye that seek the Lord, look unto the rock from whence you were hewn, and to the hole of the pit, when you are digged. Seek – Hebrew: bakas- to seek, inquire, to demand, to require, to ask. This verse affords […]
  • {Word Study} Right Hand (3/2/2013) - WORD STUDY – RIGHT HAND Isaiah 41:13: “For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.” Right hand – Hebrew: Yamen – right hand. In ancient culture the right hand was always a symbol of strength as the right hand for most people was […]
  • Devotional: Matthew 6:13 (3/1/2013) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomim: Matthew 6:13: “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.” Yesterday in church we all recited the Lord’s Prayer.  It is probably the most common prayer recited and is recited in every Mass around the world and throughout most of the Protestant churches […]
  • {Word Study} Sword (2/28/2013) - WORD STUDY: SWORD Isaiah 1:20; “But if you refuse and rebel you shall be devoured by the sword for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.” Sword – Hebrew: charav – sword, destruction, lay to waste, ruin, make desolate. Why does this say that we will be “devoured” by the sword and not killed by […]
  • {Word Study} Obedience (2/27/2013) - Word Study – Obedience Isaiah 1:19: “If you be willing and obedient, you will eat the good of the land. Obedience – Hebrew: shama – hear, to listen, to give attention, understand, submissive, obedience “One act of obedience is better than one hundred sermons.”  Dietrich Bonhoffer Oddly, there is only one word in the Hebrew […]
  • {Word Study} Prevented (2/26/2013) - WORD STUDY – PREVENTED II Samuel 22:19: “They prevented me in the day of my calamity, but the Lord was my stay.” Prevented – Hebrew: kadam – confront, attack early, ambush. Strange how words change over the years. Back in the day of King James the English word prevent meant to attack and today it […]
  • {Word Study} Grow (2/25/2013) - WORD STUDY:  GROW II Samuel 5:10 “And David went on and grew great and the Lord of host was with him.” Grow:  Hebrew: yalak: to proceed along, to go, to grow as you proceed. halak: to grow in a righteous walk gadol: to grow in greatness This verse has three different words that all mean […]
  • {Word Study} Forsake (2/24/2013) - WORD STUDY – FORSAKE II Chronicles 32:31:  “Howbeit in the business of the ambassadors of the princes of Babylon, who sent unto him to inquire of the wonder that was done in the land, God, left him, to try him that he might know all that was in His heart.” Forsake – Hebrew: azavu – […]
  • {Word Study} Humbled (2/23/2013) - WORD STUDY – HUMBLED I Chronicles 12:7: “And when the Lord saw that they humbled themselves the Word of the Lord came to Shemalah saying they have humbled themselves, therefore I will not destroy them but I will grant them some deliverance.” Humble: Hebrew – kana: to subdue, to bundle together in a package. After […]
  • {Word Study} Thing (2/22/2013) - WORD STUDY:  THING I Samuel 4:7 “And the Philistines were afraid, for they said, God is come into the camp and they said: Woe unto us! For there hath not been such a thing heretofore.” Thing: Hebrew – shaleshim: thing, third day, third warrior, ultimate warrior. I find this verse very remarkable in that the […]
  • {Word Study} Sustain (2/21/2013) - WORD STUDY – SUSTAIN I Kings 17:9 “Arise, get thee to Zarephath which is in Zidon, behold I have commanded a widow woman there to sustain thee.” I Corinthians 10:13: “There hath not temptation taken you but such as is common to man, but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted […]
  • Devotional: Luke14:26 (2/20/2013) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomim: Luke 14:26: “If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brothers, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.” Every pastor at some time in his career will be confronted with […]
  • Devotional: Psalm 48:14 (2/19/2013) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomim: Psalms 48:14: “For this God is our God for ever and ever, He will be our guide, even unto death.” I drive a bus for the disabled and senior citizens.   The other day I drove someone down to Cermak and Damen Ave.  After I helped my […]
  • {Word Study} Interogative “Mah” (2/18/2013) - WORD STUDY – INTEROGATIVE (MAH) I Kings 19:9-10: “The Word of the Lord (came) to him, and he said unto him, What doest thou here, Elijah?”  And he said I have been very jealous for the Lord God of hosts: for the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown thine altars, and slain thy […]
  • {Word Study} To Exist “Hayah” (2/17/2013) - WORD STUDY: TO EXIST – HAYAH I Kings 18:1 “And it came to pass after many days that the Word of the Lord came to Elijah.” I Kings 19:9: “And behold, the Word of the Lord came unto him” Hayah – to be, to become, to exist. As I continue on my journey to the […]
  • {Word Study} Prosperity (2/16/2013) - WORD STUDY – PROSPERITY Genesis 39:3 “And his master saw that the Lord was with him and the Lord made all that he did to prosper in his hand.” Prosperity: Hebrew – Salach: prosper, moving forward, and making accomplishments. “Now I lay me down to rest, for tomorrow comes yet another test. If I die […]
  • {Word Study} Kefitzat Haderech (2/15/2013) - WORD STUDY – Kefitzat Haderech Genesis 24:42: “Behold I stand here by the well of water…” Matthew 24:22: “And unless those days be shortened, no flesh shall be saved. But for the elect sake, those days will be shortened.” Kefitzat Haderech:  A shortening of the way Kefitzat Haderech is not found in the Bible, but […]
  • Devotional: Luke 11:13 (2/14/2013) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomim: Luke 11:13: “If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?” “To err is human, to forgive divine.”  Alexander Pope (English Poet) One reason I […]
  • Devotional: Matthew 19:9 (2/13/2013) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomim: Matthew 19:9: “And I say unto you, whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committed adultery: and whoso married her which is put away doth commit adultery.” KJV Matthew 19:9 “I tell you that anyone who divorces his […]
  • {Word Study} Beside (2/12/2013) - WORD STUDY – BESIDE Genesis 18:8: “And he took butter and milk and the calf he dressed, and set before them and he stood by them under the tree and they did eat.” Beside: Hebrew – Alihem: exaltation, rising above, upon, (in rare cases) beside. This is a very interesting passage of Scripture.  Three angelic […]
  • {Word Study} Prophecy “Nevim” (2/11/2013) - HEBREW WORD STUDY – PROPHESY I Samuel 19:20: “And Saul sent messengers to take David; and when they saw the company of the prophets prophesying and Samuel standing as appointed over them, the spirit of God was upon the messengers of Saul, and they also prophesied.” Prophesy – Hebrew: Nevim – to prophesy, to announce, […]
  • Devotional: Romans 8:15 (2/10/2013) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomin: Romans 8:15: “For you have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry Abba Father.” “In Congress when someone makes a joke, it becomes a law.” – Will Rogers About 40 years ago a […]
  • {Word Study} Snow (2/9/2013) - HEBREW WORD STUDY – SNOW Job 38:22: “Hast thou entered into the treasures of the snow hast thou seen the treasures of hail?” Snow – Hebrew: shaleg: snow, to be white as snow. True this is a metaphor, but Joshua 10:11 tell us that God did stop Israel’s enemies with snow and hail, that it […]
  • Devotional: Isaiah 40:31 (2/8/2013) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomim: Isaiah 40:31: “But they that wait upon the Lord will renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run and not be weary; and they shall walk and not faint.” Ok, let’s venture down the ancient pathway here to see if […]
  • {Word Study} Leprosy (2/7/2013) - WORD STUDY – LEPROSY Leviticus 14:2-3: “This shall be the law of the leper in the day of his cleansing.  He shall be brought unto the priest and the priest shall go forth out of the camp and the priest shall look and behold if the plague of leprosy be healed  in the leper.” Leprosy […]
  • {Word Study} Leprosy (2/7/2013) - WORD STUDY – LEPROSY Leviticus 14:2-3: “This shall be the law of the leper in the day of his cleansing.  He shall be brought unto the priest and the priest shall go forth out of the camp and the priest shall look and behold if the plague of leprosy be healed  in the leper.” Leprosy […]
  • Devotional: Zechariah 1:3 (2/6/2013) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomin: Zechariah 1:3: “Therefore say thou until them; Thus, saith the Lord of hosts, turn ye unto me, saith the Lord of Host, and I will turn unto you, saith the Lord of Host.” Is it just me or do you get the impression that it is […]
  • Devotional: Zechariah 1:3 (2/6/2013) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomin: Zechariah 1:3: “Therefore say thou until them; Thus, saith the Lord of hosts, turn ye unto me, saith the Lord of Host, and I will turn unto you, saith the Lord of Host.” Is it just me or do you get the impression that it is […]
  • {Word Study} Understanding (2/5/2013) - WORD STUDY – UNDERSTANDING Job 12:3: “But I have understanding as well as you, I am not inferior than you; yea who knoweth not such things as these?” Understanding – Hebrew: Levav – heart, understanding, thought, reasoning, judgment. Reading this verse would suggest that Job is really getting annoyed with his friends.  It appears he […]
  • Devotional: Matthew 5:28 (2/4/2013) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomim: Matthew 5:28: “But I say unto you, that whosoever looks upon a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her in his heart.” “The beginning of wisdom is to say: ‘I don’t know.”  Data – Star Trek Next Generation I am going to practice […]
  • {Word Study} Carpenter (2/3/2013) - WORD STUDY – CARPENTER Mark 6:3: “Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him.” Carpenter: Greek – Tekton: artisan, skilled craftsman, carpenter            Aramaic – nagara: workingman, handyman, menial […]
  • Devotional: 11Chronicles 32:31 (2/2/2013) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomim: II Chronicles 32:31:  “Howbeit in the business of the ambassadors of the princes of Babylon, who sent unto him to inquire of the wonder that was done in the land, God left him, to try him, that he might know all that was in His heart.” […]
  • {Word Study} Harden “Akesheh” (2/1/2013) - WORD STUDY – HARDEN Exodus 14:17: “And I, behold, I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians.” Harden – Hebrew: ‘akesheh – to be stubborn, to harden So we have a benevolent God who shoots only when there is no other recourse.  Then how do we explain the fact that just when the hearts of […]
  • Devotional: John 2:4 (1/31/2013) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomim: John 2:4: “Jesus said unto her, Woman what have I to do with thee, my hour has not yet come.” Woman:  Aramaic (Syriac)  ‘anath – a married woman, a woman who is not a virgin.  Greek: gunai – a married woman In the KJV rendering of […]
  • {Word Study} Yod (1/30/2013) - WORD STUDY – YOD John 8:6: “This they said tempting him that they might have to accuse him.  But Jesus stooped down and with his finger wrote on the ground.” YOD – An abbreviation for the sacred name of God  – Jehovah During the day of Jesus the religious teachers taught that the divine name […]
  • Devotional: Matthew 23:6 (1/29/2013) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomim: Matthew 23:6: “And they love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues.” It doesn’t take a study in ancient culture to understand what Jesus meant by in this verse when talking about the Pharisees and Sadducees.  He was addressing the issue […]
  • {Word Study} Failed “Kalah” (1/28/2013) - WORD STUDY – Failed Lamentations 4:17: “As for us our eyes yet failed for our vain help, in our watching we have watched for a nation that could not save us.” Failed – Kalah: exhaustion, to be completely finished. Judah had called upon the Egyptians for help. They were facing sure destruction at the hands […]
  • Devotional: Matthew 5:22 (1/27/2013) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomim: Matthew 5:22: “But I say unto you that whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment, and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council, but whosoever shall say, thou fool, shall […]
  • {Word Study} Vibrations (virtue) (1/26/2013) - WORD STUDY – VIBRATIONS (Virtue) Mark 5:30: “And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him.” Virtue: Greek: dynamis – power, force, might, strength, violence.         Aramaic:  dahil – vibrations I recall as a child hearing preachers talk about the “virtue” that went out of Jesus when the woman with the […]
  • Devotional: Psalm 47:4 (1/25/2013) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomim: Psalms 47:4: “He shall choose our inheritance for us, the excellency of Jacob whom he loved.” Do you ever feel like a loser through no fault of your own, the low man on the totem pole, the one who seems to always draw the short stick, […]
  • {Word Study} Mizpah (1/24/2013) - WORD STUDY – MIZPAH Genesis 31:49:  It was also called Mizpah, because he said, “May the LORD keep watch between you and me when we are away from each other.” Mizpah – Hebrew: a watchtower. I remember watching an old movie made during World War II called “Stage Door Canteen.”  It was about celebrities who […]
  • Devotional: Exodus 33:14 (1/23/2013) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Haymon: Exodus 33:14: “And he said, My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest.” The other night was a warm, beautiful December evening.  It was late at night and I was in Southern Illinois on my way to Terre Haute, Indiana.  I walked […]
  • {Word Study} Habitation “Anvehu” (1/22/2013) - WORD STUDY:  HABITATION Exodus 15:2: “The Lord is my strength and my song, and he is become my salvation, he is my God and I will prepare him a habitation, my father’s God and I will exalt him.” Habitation: anvehu – to sit, dwell, adorn, praise, glorify Our various English translations are pretty well split […]
  • Devotional: Matthew 19:16-17 (1/21/2013) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomim: Matthew 19:16-17: “And behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do that I may have eternal life? And He said unto him, why callest thou me good? There is none good but one, that is God.” KJV Whoa, whoa, […]
  • {Word Study} Man of War “Ish Milechamah” (1/20/2013) - WORD STUDY – MAN OF WAR Exodus 15:3: “Jehovah is a man of war, Jehovah is his name.” Man of War – ish milechamah – man of war, warrior This passage is part of the song of Moses that was offered in praise over the crossing of the Red Sea after God destroyed the Egyptian […]
  • Devotional: Mark 6:52 (1/19/2013) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomim: Mark 6:52: “For they considered not the miracle of the loaves for their heart was hardened.” John 6:26: “Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, […]
  • Devotional: Mark 6:52 (1/19/2013) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomim: Mark 6:52: “For they considered not the miracle of the loaves for their heart was hardened.” John 6:26: “Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, […]
  • {Word Study} Cloud “Anana” (1/18/2013) - WORD STUDY – CLOUD Exodus 14:19-20 “And the angel of God which went before the camp of Israel, removed and went behind them. And the pillar of cloud went from before their face and stood behind them. And it came between the camp of the Egyptians and the camp of Israel and it was a […]
  • {Word Study} Cloud “Anana” (1/18/2013) - WORD STUDY – CLOUD Exodus 14:19-20 “And the angel of God which went before the camp of Israel, removed and went behind them. And the pillar of cloud went from before their face and stood behind them. And it came between the camp of the Egyptians and the camp of Israel and it was a […]
  • Devotional: Luke 1:32 (1/17/2013) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomim: Luke 1:32: “He shall be great and He shall be called the son of the highest, and the Lord shall give him the throne of his father David.” Ok, it is Christmas and I am compelled to study the Christmas story.  This year I decided to […]
  • Devotional: Luke 1:32 (1/17/2013) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomim: Luke 1:32: “He shall be great and He shall be called the son of the highest, and the Lord shall give him the throne of his father David.” Ok, it is Christmas and I am compelled to study the Christmas story.  This year I decided to […]
  • {Word Study} Rest “Shabbat” (1/16/2013) - WORD STUDY – REST (SHABBAT) Exodus 16:30: “So the people rested on the seventh day.” Rest – Hebrew: shabat – rest, to cease, be still, to interrupt, The word “rest” in this passage is “vayishevethu.”  From the root word “shabat” which means to rest and to cease.   We learn in Genesis 2:2 that God “rested” […]
  • {Word Study} Rest “Shabbat” (1/16/2013) - WORD STUDY – REST (SHABBAT) Exodus 16:30: “So the people rested on the seventh day.” Rest – Hebrew: shabat – rest, to cease, be still, to interrupt, The word “rest” in this passage is “vayishevethu.”  From the root word “shabat” which means to rest and to cease.   We learn in Genesis 2:2 that God “rested” […]
  • Devotional: Mark 9:24 (1/15/2013) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomim: Mark 9:24: “And straightway the father cried out, and said with tears, Lord I believe, help thou my unbelief.” Stop and think about it, many of the healings performed by Jesus that are recorded involved people who never asked to be healed.  Jarius’s daughter, the Canaanite […]
  • Devotional: Mark 9:24 (1/15/2013) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomim: Mark 9:24: “And straightway the father cried out, and said with tears, Lord I believe, help thou my unbelief.” Stop and think about it, many of the healings performed by Jesus that are recorded involved people who never asked to be healed.  Jarius’s daughter, the Canaanite […]
  • {Word Study} Thirsty “Yisemah” (1/14/2013) - WORD STUDY – THIRSTY Exodus 17:13; “And the people thirsted there for water and the people murmured there for water.” Thirst – Hebrew: Yisemah – thirsty, overwhelming desire for either the natural, or for the hidden knowledge of God. This verse follows the story of Israel crossing through the desert on their way to the […]
  • {Word Study} Thirsty “Yisemah” (1/14/2013) - WORD STUDY – THIRSTY Exodus 17:13; “And the people thirsted there for water and the people murmured there for water.” Thirst – Hebrew: Yisemah – thirsty, overwhelming desire for either the natural, or for the hidden knowledge of God. This verse follows the story of Israel crossing through the desert on their way to the […]
  • Devotional: Luke 2:14 (1/13/2013) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomim: Luke 2:14: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” KJV Luke 2:14 “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.”  NASB This season of the year brings back those absolutely […]
  • Devotional: Luke 2:14 (1/13/2013) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomim: Luke 2:14: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” KJV Luke 2:14 “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.”  NASB This season of the year brings back those absolutely […]
  • {Word Study} Voice “Qol” (1/12/2013) - WORD STUDY: VOICE Exodus 19:5: ” Now therefore if you will obey my voice indeed and keep my  commandments, then you will be a peculiar treasure until me above all the people, for all the earth is mine.” Voice: Hebrew – qol: sound, cry, thunder, rumor or report. In its primitive form –  to disclose an […]
  • Devotional: Matthew 8:31 (1/11/2013) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomim: Matthew 8:31: “So the devils besought him, if thou cast us out, suffer us to go away into the herd of swine.” “You American bum, we want picture of American bum, will give ten dollar for picture of American bum.” Japanese tourists overheard speaking to a […]
  • {Word Study} Stiff Necked “Kasha Oreph” (1/10/2013) - WORD STUDY – STIFF NECKED Exodus 33:3: “For I will not go up in the midst of thee; for thou art a stiffnecked people: Lest I consume thee in the way.” Stiff Necked – Hebrew: kasha oreph – Kasha: to be hard, stubborn, obstinate difficult.  Oreph: neck, to turn the back. By the time this […]
  • Devotional: John 8:32 (1/9/2013) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomin: John 8:32: “And you shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.” I used to love to have arguments –uh, discussions with my Jehovah Witness friends.  Invariably we would approach an impasse such as John 1:1 which they render as “The Word was […]
  • {Word Study} For Yourself “Leka” (1/8/2013) - WORD STUDY: FOR YOURSELF Exodus 34:1: “And the Lord God  said unto Moses, Hew thee two tablets of stone like unto the first and I will write upon these tablets the words that I wrote on the first tablets which thou breakest.” For Yourself – Hebrew: Leka – combination of the preposition “for or to” […]
  • Devotional: Luke 10:20 (1/7/2013) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomin: Luke 10:20: “Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.” Psalms 69:28: “Let them be blotted out of the book of the living, and not be written with the righteous.” The Book […]
  • {Word Study} Lord God (1/6/2013) - WORD STUDY:  LORD GOD Exodus 34:6: “And the Lord passed by before him, and proclaimed, The Lord, The Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth.” Lord God: Hebrew – Jehovah El In reading the Bible we are constantly running across the phrase “Lord God.”  This verse should give us some […]
  • Devotional: John 14:6 (1/5/2013) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomin: John 14:6: “Jesus said, I am the way the truth and the life, no man comes to the father but by me.” As a 12 year old child I recall attending the Billy Graham Crusade in Chicago.  We attended every night of the crusade and each […]
  • {Word Study} Naked (1/4/2013) - WORD STUDY – NAKED Genesis 3:10: “And he said: I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.” Naked – Hebrew: ‘aerom from two possible roots: ‘aram – naked, act wisely, prudently, cautiously or ‘eyar – to be in grief, agony as the agony of death […]
  • {Devotional} Ruth1:16 (1/3/2013) -   Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomim: Ruth 1:16: And Ruth said, Entreat me not to leave you, or to return from following after you: for where you go, I will go; and where you lodge, I will lodge: your people shall be my people, and your God my God.” Someone once […]
  • Devotional II Chronicles 7:14 (1/2/2013) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar; II Chronicles 7:14: “If my people who are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked way, then will I hear from the heavens and will forgive their sin, and heal their land.” II Chronicles 12:7: “And when the Lord […]
  • Devotional Psalms 77:10 (1/1/2013) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar;   Psalms 77:10: “And this is my sickness, the years of they right hand of the most high.” Asaph is very troubled in this Psalm.  He has cried to God, but has found no peace.  Throughout the night, he is unable to sleep, his spirit feels overwhelmed.  He is so […]
  • Devotional I Samuel 30:6 (12/31/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar; I Samuel 30:6: “And Dave was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him,  because the soul  of all the people was grieved every man for his sons and his daughters but David encouraged himself in the Lord.” We all know  this story.  David returns with his few followers […]
  • Devotional Isaiah 50:7 (12/30/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar; Isaiah 50:7: “For the Lord God shall help me; therefore shall I not be confounded: therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be ashamed,” Practically every translation I read this verse in will translate “‘azar” as help or helper.   There are […]
  • Devotional Numbers 6:24-25 (12/29/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar; Numbers 6:24-25: “The Lord bless thee, and keep thee: the Lord make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee. The Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace” Moses was instructed by God to tell Aaron to give this blessing to the people of […]
  • Devotional Psalms 116:13 (12/28/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar: Psalms 116:13: “I will take the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of the Lord.” It appears the pashat is quite clear on this.  David is speaking metaphorically that he will pick up a cup of salvation.  However,  the metaphor usually involves drinking from a cup, not just […]
  • Devotional Isaiah 9:10 (12/27/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomim: Isaiah 9:10: “The bricks are fallen down, but we will build with hewn stone, the sycamores are cut down but we will change them into cedars.” Recently, as the nation celebrated the 10th anniversary of 9-11, I could not help but think of this verse and […]
  • Devotional Genesis 2:7 (12/26/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar; Genesis 2:7: “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” Remember the song from Fiddler on The Roof?  “LaChaim.”  (la – to, chaim – life).  What were they celebrating?   They were, […]
  • Devotional Proverbs 14:12 (12/25/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar; Proverbs 14:12: “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof  are the ways of death.” “Follow the daleth.” –  Rabbi Silverman. Thirty five years ago an orthodox rabbi counseled me to follow the daleth in response to my question as to what was the […]
  • Devotional Psalms 78:23 (12/24/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar; Psalms 78:23: “Though he had commanded the clouds from above, and opened the doors of heaven, The pashat is simple.  Aspah is speaking of the children of Israel when they were in the wilderness.  God is saying that even though he opened up the heavens  and manna came down, yet […]
  • Devotional Exodus 11:7 (12/23/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar; Exodus 11:7: “But against any of the children of Israel shall not a dog move his tongue, against man or beast: that  you may know how that the Lord doth put a difference between the Egyptians and Israel.” An Internet news service just recently released what they felt were the […]
  • Devotional Isaiah 7:11-12 (12/22/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomim: Isaiah 7:11-12: “Ask thee a sign of the Lord, thy God, ask it either in the depth or in the height above. But Ahaz said, I will not ask neither will I tempt the Lord.” Luke 12:24: “To whom much is given, much is expected.” Generally, […]
  • Devotional Genesis 17:1 (12/21/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar; Genesis 17:1 “The Lord appeared unto Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God, walk before me and be thou perfect.” The Lord appeared unto Abram.  The word “appeared” is “ra’ah” which has the idea of seeing through spiritual eyes.  It is also used for a vision.  In […]
  • Devotional Psalms 39:2 (12/20/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar; Psalms 39:2: “I was dumb with silence, I held my peace, even from good; and my sorrow was stirred.” The literal meaning is quite clear, David is really trying to keep his tongue in check. He fully recognizes how his speech or speaking out could result in sin.  Thus he […]
  • Devotional Deuteronomy 10:20 (12/19/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar; Deuteronomy 10:20: “You shall fear the Lord your God; you shall serve Him and cling to Him, and you shall swear by His name.” In past studies I looked at what it meant to “fear God.”  I also looked at the word for “serve.”   Here is a third command to […]
  • Devotional Psalms 119:18 (12/18/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar; Psalms 119:18: “Open my eyes that I may behold wonderful things from your law.” The word “law” is Torah.  During David’s time that was his Bible, the Scripture, the Word of God.  Today we have a complete Old and New Testament.  So quite literally David is asking that God opens […]
  • Devotional I Samuel 17:40 (12/17/2012) - Good Evening Yamon Ki Yesepar; I Samuel 17:40:  And he took his staff in his hand, and chose him five smooth stones out of the brook…” If you have ever taken a class in creative writing, you know this is very poor story telling.  We have a real good example of foreshadowing, with David picking […]
  • Devotional Isaiah 53:5 (12/16/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar; Isaiah 53:5: “But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.” He was wounded for our transgressions.  I find the word wounded to be interesting.  There is kind of a play […]
  • Devotional Psalms 119:11 (12/15/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar; Psalms 119:11: “Your word have I have I hidden in my heart, that I might no sin against you.” “Trifles light as air, are to the jealous confirmation proofs as truth of holy writ.”  Iago –– Othello – Shakespeare. This is one of those verses you hear so often but […]
  • Devotional Psalm 24:7 (12/14/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar; Psalm 24:7: “Lift up your heads, O gates, and be lifted up, on ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in.” The pashat seems clear.  David is picturing God as a conquering king returning from battle and passing through the gates of the city to his palace.  But, […]
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  • Devotional: Luke 9:55 (12/4/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomim: Luke 9:55: “But he turned and rebuked them and said, ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of.” I have sat through a number of Bible studies and Sunday School classes where a verse similar to this is read and someone raises their hand […]
  • Devotional Psalms 17:3 (12/3/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar; Psalms 17:3 “Thou has proved mine heart; thou hast visited me in the night.” The above passage was taken from the KJV.  It translates the phrase “thou hast visited me in the night as  the past tense. I checked through every translation I could find and practically all of them […]
  • Devotional I Samuel 13:14 (12/2/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar; I Samuel 13:14: “But now thy kingdom shall not continue; the Lord hath sought him a man after his own heart.” We all know that this man after God’s heart was David.  Second to the question as to what version I of the Bible I would recommend (the original) is […]
  • Devotional Psalms 17:8 (12/1/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar; Psalms 17:8: “Keep me as the apple of your eye, Hide me under the shadow of your wings.” The idiom “apple of the eye” is really an English idiom ie., a reference to something or someone who is most precious to you.  The construction of this phrase is interesting.  In […]
  • Devotional Psalms 22:26 (11/30/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar: Psalms 22:26: “The meek shall eat and be satisfied, they shall praise the Lord that seek Him; your heart shall live forever.” This is Hebrew poetry. This poetic verse has three thoughts.  To follow a poetic discipline, these three thoughts must somehow be connected to each other. Yet in the […]
  • Devotional Proverbs 8:17 (11/29/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar; Proverbs 8:17: “I love them that love me; and those  that seek me early shall find me.” This is a little odd in the Hebrew.   “I love them” is in an imperfect form, hence it should correctly be rendered as “I will love them”.    Of course no one will translate […]
  • Devotional: John 19:13 (11/28/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomim: John 19:13: “When Pilate heard that saying, he brought Jesus forth, and sat down in the judgment seat in a place that is called Pavement, but in the Hebrew, Gabbatha.” This morning I read this passage in the book of John and really became troubled over […]
  • Devotional: Matthew 11:25 (11/27/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomim: Matthew 11:25: “At that time Jesus answered them and said:  I thank thee O’ Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babies.” “Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain.”  […]
  • Devotional Genesis 18:10 (11/27/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar; Genesis 18:10: “And Sarah heard it in the tent door which was behind him.” I was reading in an ancient rabbinical work which noted that there was no preposition in the original text before the word “door.”   Rabbi Shimon in this ancient text translated this as “Sarah heard the opening […]
  • Devotional Psalms 68:6 (11/26/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar; “Psalms 68:6a: “God setteth the solitary in families.” The KJV makes this passage rather ambiguous, which is a good thing as the use of the particular Hebrew words indicate a remez that there is a much broader understanding  Other translations tend to create a solitary (pun is completely intentional) interpretation […]
  • Devotional Genesis 15:9-10 (11/25/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar; Genesis 15:9-10:  “And he said unto him, Take me an heifer of three years old, and a she goat of three years old, and a turtledove, and a young pigeon.  And he took unto him all these, and divided them in the midst, and laid one against another; but the […]
  • Devotional Isaiah 30:20 (11/24/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar; Isaiah 30:20: “Although the Lord has given you bread of distress and water of oppression, He, your Teacher will no longer hide Himself, but your eyes will behold your Teacher.” The word to give is in an imperfect tense.  This is something the Lord will give. He is going to […]
  • Devotional Psalms 16:7 (11/23/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar; Psalms 16:7: “I will bless the Lord who has given me counsel, my reins also instruct me in the night sessions.” There are some very curious choice of words and use of grammar in this verse.  First David is saying that he will bless the Lord.  This is a future […]
  • Devotional: Matthew 6:6 (11/22/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomin: Matthew 6:6: “But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut the door, pray to thy father which is in secret, and thy father which sees in secret shall reward thee openly.” “That a man should not allow his voice to […]
  • Devotional: Psalms 47:4 (11/21/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomim: Psalms 47:4: “He shall choose our inheritance for us, the excellency of Jacob whom he loved.” Do you ever feel like a loser through no fault of your own, the low man on the totem pole, the one who seems to always draw the short stick, […]
  • Devotional: Song of Solomon 4:9 (11/20/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomim: Song of Solomon 4:9: “Thou hast ravished my heart, my sister, my spouse; thou hast ravished my heart with one of thine eyes, with one chain of thy neck.” “Have you ever been in love?  Horrible isn’t it?  It makes you so vulnerable. It opens up […]
  • Devotional: Psalm 16:8 (11/19/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomim: John 3:3: “Jesus answered and said unto him, verily, verily I say unto thee, except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” As a small child in Christian Service Brigade I memorized this passage of Scripture to earn my merit badge […]
  • Devotional Psalms 13:2, 5 (11/18/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar Psalms 13:2, 5: “How long shall I take counsel in my soul, having sorrow in my heart daily? How long will my enemy be exalted over me?    But I have trusted in your mercy my heart will rejoice in your salvation.” I have to admit I sure can relate to […]
  • Devotional Luke 10:5-6,8-9 (11/17/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar; Luke 10:5-6,8-9: “And whatever house you enter; first say ‘Peace be to this house. ’And if a man of peace is there your peace will rest upon him; but if not, it will return to you. And stay in that house, eating and drinking what they give you; for the […]
  • Devotional Psalms 66:12 (11/16/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar; Psalms 66:12: “You have made men ride over our heads, we went through fire and water.  You did bring us out into a place of abundance.” Most commentators  will say that the writer of the verse is speaking of the trials that Israel had gone through as a nation.  They […]
  • Devotional Isaiah 30:18 (11/15/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar: Isaiah 30:18: “Therefore will the Lord wait, that He may be gracious unto you, and therefore will he be exalted to have mercy on you. For Jehovah is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for Him.” This looks pretty clear cut.  The Lord will wait so that […]
  • Devotional Habakkuk 1:2 (11/14/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar; Habakkuk 1:2:  “O Lord, how long shall I cry, and thou wilt not hear! Even cry out unto thee of violence, and thou wilt not save!” Ever pray for something and it seems that God just never get’s around to answering that prayer.  I know, you are all Yamon Ki […]
  • Devotional Zephaniah 3:12 (11/13/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar; Zephaniah 3:12: “I will leave in the midst of thee afflicted and poor people, and they shall trust in the name of the Lord.” Zephaniah was the great grandson of Hezekiah, he was of the royal family and most likely held a very high position in the government. He served […]
  • Devotional Zephaniah 3:17 (11/12/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomim: Zephaniah 3:17:  “The Lord your God in the midst of you is mighty, He will save, He will rejoice over you with joy. He will rest in his love, He will joy over you with singing.” When looking at this in the Hebrew the first thing […]
  • Devotional Zephaniah 3:17 (11/11/2012) - Good Morning Nevim Arith Hayomim: Zephaniah 3:17: “The Lord your God in the midst of you is mighty.  He will save, He will rejoice over you with joy.  He will rest in his love, He will joy over you with singing. There is a much deeper message in this verse than what I shared yesterday […]
  • Devotional Daniel 12:4 (11/10/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar; Daniel 12:4: But thou, O Daniel shut up the words and seal the book to the time of the end. Many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase.” I felt like doing a study in Aramaic rather than Hebrew this morning, so I went to the book of […]
  • Devotional Hosea 11:3 (11/9/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomim: Hosea 11:3: “I taught Ephraim to go, taking them by their arm, but they knew not that I healed them.” I remember when I was student at Moody and I asked my professor who Ephraim was.  He said it was just another name for Israel.  I […]
  • Devotional Psalms 25:4 (11/8/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Hayomim: Psalms 25:4 “Show me you ways, teach me your paths.” This seems to be a common heart cry for many Christians.  We really just want to be sure we are in the center of God’s will, and like the writer of this Psalm, we are crying out […]
  • Devotional Psalms 46:1 (11/7/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomim: Psalms 46:1:  “To the chief Musician for the sons of Korah, A Song upon Alamoth,   God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” This Psalm was dedicated to the sons of Korah.   Korah, as you may recall was a Levite who teamed […]
  • Devotional Psalm 9:10 (11/6/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomim: Psalm 9:10: “And they that know your name will put their trust in you.  For thou O Lord hast not forsaken those who seek thee.” A name in our culture is quite different than a name in the ancient culture.  Today a child is given a […]
  • Devotional Nahum 2:3-4 (11/5/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomim; Nahum 2:3-4: “The shields of his mighty men are colored red, the warriors are dressed in scarlet, The chariots are enveloped in flashing steel, when he is prepared to march, and the cypress spears are brandished.  The chariots race madly in the streets, they rush wildly […]
  • Devotional Jeremiah 17:5 (11/4/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomim: Jeremiah 17:5: “Thus saith the Lord, ‘Curse be the man that trust in man and makes flesh his arm and whose heart turns away from God.” Jeremiah lived at the same time as Nahum.  However, where Nahum dealt with the coming destruction of nations opposing Judah, […]
  • Devotional Psalms 18:6 (11/3/2012) - Good Morning Yamom Ki Yesepar and Navim Hayomim: Psalms 18:6:  “In my distress I called upon the Lord and cried unto my God.  He heard my voice out of his temple and my cry came before Him in His ears.” David declares that he was in distress.   This distress is “basar” which carries the idea […]
  • Devotional Hosea 1:2 (11/2/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayamim: Hosea 1:2 “The beginning of the word of the Lord by Hosea.  And the Lord said to Hosea, Go, take unto thee a wife of whoredoms and children of whoredoms: for the land hath committed great whoredom, departing from the Lord.” Hosea lived about 100 years […]
  • Devotional Proverbs 13:22 (11/1/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomim: Proverbs 13:22: “A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children: and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just.” The word for “wealth” used here is “chil.”   It is not the usual word for wealth, but it could be used as […]
  • Devotional Psalms 41:4 (10/31/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomim: Psalms 41:4: “I said, Lord, be merciful unto me, heal my soul for I have sinned against you.” David is calling out to God to be merciful to him.  The word “merciful” is “chanan” which means favor or compassion.  This is in an imperative form, but […]
  • Devotional Isaiah 48:10 (10/30/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomim: Isaiah 48:10: “Behold I have refined you, but not in silver.  I have chosen you in the furnace of affliction.” I used to teach a course in speed reading.  Woody Allen described his attempts at speed reading.  He said it was really great, you view a […]
  • Devotional Psalm 56:9 (10/29/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomin: Psalm 56:9:  “When I cry unto thee shall my enemies turn away.  This I know for God is for me.” “Diplomacy is the art of saying: “Nice doggy,” while looking for a big club.” –  Will Rodgers “When I cry…”  The word “cry” is “qara’” which […]
  • Devotional Psalm 56:9 (10/28/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomin: Psalm 56:9:  “When I cry unto thee shall my enemies turn away.  This I know for God is for me.” “Diplomacy is the art of saying: “Nice doggy,” while looking for a big club.” –  Will Rodgers “When I cry…”  The word “cry” is “qara’” which […]
  • Devotional Psalms 27:6 (10/27/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomim: Psalms 27:6:  “And now shall my  head be lifted up above my enemies round about me.  Therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy.” David is surrounded by his enemies and he says that his head will be lifted up above his enemies.  He […]
  • Devotional Haggai 1:6 (10/26/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomim: Haggai 1:6: “You have sown much, and bring in little; you eat, but you have not enough; you drink, but you are not filled with drink; you clothe you but there is none warm; and he that earns wages earns wages to put it into a […]
  • Devotional Obadiah 1:18 (10/25/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomim: Obadiah 1:18 “And the house of Jacob shall be a fire, and the house of Joseph a flame and the house of Esau for stubble, and they shall kindle in them, and devour them; and there shall not be any remaining of the house of Esau; […]
  • Devotional Proverbs 4:23 (10/24/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomim; Proverbs 4:23: “Keep your heart with all diligence for out of it are the issues of life.” If there is anyone who should understand the wackiness of one’s heart, it would be Solomon.  The wisest man who ever lived, did some pretty foolish things when it […]
  • Devotional I Timothy 3:9 (10/23/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomim: I Timothy 3:9: “Holding the mysteries of the faith in pure conscience.” It seems like every Bible student, pastor and teacher has chimed in on this verse with their idea of what the Apostle Paul was talking about when he speaks of the “mysteries” of the […]
  • Devotional Mark 12:16 (10/22/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomim: Mark 12:16: “And they brought it and he said unto them: ‘Whose is the image and inscription?’  and they said unto Him, ‘Caesars.’” Talmud, Sanhedrin 38a: “Adam, the first human being, was created as a single person to show forth the greatness of the Ruler Who […]
  • Devotional Malachi 3:7 (10/21/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomim: Malachi 3:7: “Return unto me and I will return unto you said the Lord of Host. But you said, wherein shall we return?” Talmud, Rabbah 5:3 “”My children, open for me an opening of tenhuvah (repentance) the size of an eye of a needle and I […]
  • Devotional Luke 17:20- 21 (10/20/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomim: Luke 17:20- 21: “He answered and said: The kingdom of God is not coming with observation, nor will they say; ‘Look, here it is or There it is!’ For behold, the kingdom of God is within you.” Being in a closed closet with the Lord for […]
  • Devotional Genesis 2:18 (10/19/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomim: “Genesis 2:18: “And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him. It would seem that one of the greatest lies of the enemy was to guide the church into thinking that […]
  • Devotional Isaiah 4:6 (10/18/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomim: Isaiah 4:6: “And there shall be a tabernacle for a shadow in the daytime from the heat, and for a place of refuge, and for a covert from storm and from rain.” Isaiah was a prophet to the nation of Judah.  His prophecies  were filled with […]
  • Devotional Matthew 15:27 (10/17/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomim: Matthew 15:27: “But she said, ‘Yes, Lord, but even the dogs feed on the crumbs which fall from the master’s table.” I don’t know about you but I find this story pretty harsh.  A gentile woman comes to Jesus begging for help and Jesus responds by […]
  • Devotional Exodus 20:18 (10/16/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomim: Exodus 20:18: “And all the people were seeing the thunder voices and the torches  and the voice of the shofar and the mountain smoking; and when the people saw it, they trembled and stood at a distance.” The remez is obvious here, how could people see […]
  • Devotional Matthew 27:46 (10/15/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomim: Matthew 27:46: “And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying ‘Eli,Eli Lama Sabachthani?’ that is My God My God, why has thou forsaken me?” This passage has been debated for 2,000 years and no one has come up a real definitive […]
  • Devotional Genesis 2:4 (10/14/2012) - Good Morning Yamin Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomim; Genesis 2:4:  “This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made earth and heaven.” There is the story in the Talmud of a king who received two very fine pieces of glassware.  They […]
  • Devotional Judges 6:12,14 (10/13/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomim; Judges 6:12,14: “And the angel of the Lord appeared to him  and said to him. ‘The Lord is with you, O mighty warrior.’   And the Lord looked at him and said ‘Go in this your strength and deliver Israel from the hand of Midian. Have I […]
  • Devotional Deuteronomy 32:20 (10/12/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar; Deuteronomy  32:20: “How should one chase a thousand, and two put ten thousand to flight, except their Rock had sold them, and the Lord had shut them up?” This is really Hebrew poetry at it’s best.  What I love about Hebrew poetry as with all poetry and art itself, is […]
  • Devotional Deuteronomy 30:4 (10/11/2012) - Good morning Yamon Ki Yesepar; Deuteronomy 30:4:  If any of thine be driven out unto the outermost parts of heaven, from thence will the Lord thy God gather thee, and thence will he fetch thee. Even the Skeptic’s Annotated Bible missed this one.  God gathering from the outermost parts of heaven?  Sounds like He is […]
  • Devotional Ezekiel: 1:4 (10/10/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar; Here is a mystery. Ezekiel: 1:4: “I looked, and lo, a stormy wind came sweeping out of the north, a hugh cloud and flashing fire, surrounded by radiance; and in the center of it, in the center of the fire, a gleam of amber. The word Ezekiel chose for “gleam […]
  • Devotional Genesis 30:37 (10/9/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomin: Genesis 30:37: “Then Jacob took fresh rods of poplar and almond and plane trees and peeled white stripes in them exposing the white which was in the rods.  And he set the rods which he had peeled in front of the flocks in the gutters, even […]
  • Devotional Genesis 9:21 (10/8/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar; Genesis 9:21: “And he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent.” So this man of God, this one righteous person, the one who walk with God, and found favor in the sight of God, leaves the ark and the first thing he does […]
  • Devotional Psalm 36:12 (10/7/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomim; Psalms 36:12: “Let not the foot of pride overtake me.”  “I am very proud to be called a pig.  It stands for pride, integrity and guts.”  Ronald Reagan One reason why so many people liked Ronald Reagan was that he could be intelligent without being an […]
  • Devotional Genesis 11:1 (10/6/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomin: Genesis 11:1 “And the whole earth was of one language and one speech.” Here is a trivia question, which if you wish to study the Word of God using esoteric Hebrew is a very important question.   Was the Tower of Babel built before or after the […]
  • Devotional Psalm 51:10 (10/5/2012) - Psalm 51:10: “Create in me a clean heart, O’God and renew a right spirit within me.” Rabbi Cohen, an orthodox Jewish rabbi, showed me a special room in his house. It was filled with books, all books about God.  Commentaries on the Torah, the Talmud, the Mishnah. I remember how he picked up one book […]
  • Devotional Exodus 30:37-38 (10/4/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar; Exodus 30:37-38: “And as for the perfume which thou shalt make, ye shall not make to yourselves according to the composition thereof: it shall be unto thee holy for the Lord.  Whosoever shall make like unto that, to smell thereto, shall be cut off from his people.” I thought of […]
  • Devotional Matthew 7:13 (10/4/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomin: Matthew 7:13: “Enter ye at the strait gate for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leadeth to destruction and many there be which go in thereat.” I don’t know about you but this verse always screamed out that there was something during […]
  • Devotional Numbers 12:1 (10/3/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomim: Numbers 12:1: “And Miriam and Moses spake against Moses because of the Ethiopian woman he had married; for he had married an Ethiopian woman.” The word for Ethiopia in Hebrew is “Cushite.”   This word could come from one of two root words.  The first is, of […]
  • Devotional Psalms 56:3 (10/2/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomin: Psalms 56:3: “What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee.” “Fear is the opposite of faith.” (A great man once said that) In Luke 11:1-13 Jesus tells a story in a humorous way (at least for his disciples it would be humorous), about a […]
  • Devotional Psalms 91:1 (10/1/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomin: Psalms 91:1 “He who dwells in the secret place of the most high, shall abide in the shadow of the almighty.” I have often said that these devotionals reflect my personal journey to the heart of God. I feel it is time to reveal the origin […]
  • Devotional II Kings 2:11 (9/30/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomin; II Kings 2:11 “Then it came about as they were going along and talking, that behold, there appeared a chariot of fire and horses of  fire which separated the two of them. And Elijah went up by a whirlwind to heaven.  And Elisha saw it and […]
  • Devotional II Kings 2:13 (9/29/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomin: II Kings 2:13: “He took up also the mantle of Elijah that fell from him and went back and stood by the bank of the Jordan.” I have always been fascinated by the concept of passing a mantle.   Now that I read this passage I discover […]
  • Devotional Jeremiah 33:6 (9/28/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomin: Jeremiah 33:6: “Behold I will bring it health and cure and I will cure them and will reveal unto them the abundance of peace and truth.” The word used for cure is rapha which is often rendered as cure, heal, restore, prosperity, repair, forgive, pardon, render […]
  • Devotional Psalms 47:6-7 (9/27/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomin: Psalms 47:6-7: “Sing praises to God, sing praises; Sing praises to our King, sing praises. For God is the King of all the earth, Sing ye praises with understanding.” I don’t know if you noticed it or not, but apparently David is telling us to sing […]
  • Devotional John 14:2 (9/26/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomin: John 14:2: “In my father’s house are many mansions, if it were not so I would have told you.” George, my 84 year old former Greek professor and mentor and Laura, my study partner and I have put our heads together on this verse and have […]
  • Devotional Nehemiah 7:5 (9/25/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomim: Nehemiah 7:5: “Then my God put it into my heart to assemble the nobles, the officials and the people to be enrolled by genealogies.” I was reading the various commentaries on this passage and it seems all of them pretty much said the same thing and […]
  • Devotional Isaiah 35:8 (9/24/2012) - Good Morning  Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomin: Isaiah 35:8: “And a highway shall be there, and a way and it shall be called The Way of holiness: the unclean shall not pass over it, but it shall be for those; the wayfaring men, though fools shall not err therein.” What did Isaiah really […]
  • Devotional Psalms 88:1 (9/23/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomim: Psalms 88:1 (verse 1 in the Hebrew text) “A song or Psalm for the sons of Korah, to the chief Musician upon Mahalath Leannoth, Maschil of Herman the Ezrahite.” I often challenge my Hebrew students to pick out any passage in the Old Testament, no matter […]
  • Devotional Jeremiah 2:2 (9/22/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomin: Jeremiah 2:2: “Go and cry into the ears of Jerusalem and saying, Thus said the Lord, I remember thee, the kindness of thy youth, the love of thine espousals, when thou wentest after me in the wilderness, in land that was not sown.” After consulting George, […]
  • Devotional I Samuel 2:11 (9/21/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomim: I Samuel 2:11 “And the child ministered unto the Lord before Eli the priest.” This is an odd sort of verse. We have a child ministering to God.  Most translators and commentators will say that this is simply saying that the young Samuel would light candles, open […]
  • Devotional Psalms 24:3-4 (9/20/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomin: Psalms 24:3-4:  “Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? Or shall stand in His Holy place.  He who hath clean hands and a pure heart, who has not lifted up his soul until vanity nor sworn deceitfully.” II Peter 1:10-11 “Wherefore, the rather, brethren, […]
  • Devotional Proverbs 30:15-16 (9/19/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomin: Proverbs 30:15-16: “The leech has two daughters, “Give,” “Give.” There are three things that will not be satisfied, Four that will not say: “Enough.”  Sheol, and the barren womb, Earth, that is never satisfied with water and fire that never says: “Enough.” Proverbs 30 is a […]
  • Devotional Daniel 6:3 (9/18/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomim: Daniel 6:3: “Then this Daniel was preferred above the presidents and princes because an excellent spirit was in him and the king thought to set him over the whole realm.” Someone who reads these devotionals asked about this verse and what it meant to have an […]
  • Devotional Psalms 86: 1 (9/17/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomim: Psalms 86: 1: “Bow down thine ear  O Lord hear me; For I am poor and needy.  Do preserve my soul, for I am holy; O thou my God save thy servant who trusts in Thee.” Do you ever feel like your soul is under attack.  […]
  • Devotional Isaiah 61:1 (9/16/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomin: Isaiah 61:1: The spirit of the Lord is upon me; because the Lord has anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek, He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them […]
  • Devotional Joel 3:5 (9/15/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomim: Joel 3:5: “Because you have taken my silver and my gold and have carried into your temples my goodly pleasant things.” This is very odd indeed.  The prophet is speaking of the time of King Jehoram and of course the time of the prophet himself, who […]
  • Devotional Psalms 91:1 (9/14/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomim: Psalms 91:1: “He that dwells in the secret place of the Most High, shall abide in the shadow of the Almighty.” This sounds really great and is very comforting.  The only problem I have is: what is this secret place, where is it, and how do […]
  • Devotional Psalms 119:11 (9/13/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomim Psalms 119:11: “Thy Word have I hide in my heart that I might not sin against thee.” This was a very popular verse when I was a child attending Christian Service Brigade and Awana Clubs. Both organizations really put an emphasis on memorization of Scripture.  To […]
  • Devotional Psalms 119:17 (9/12/2012) - Good Morning Yamin Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomim Psalms 119:17: “Deal bountifully with thy servant that I may live and keep thy word.” Yesterday I looked at Psalms 119:11 and the word “word” was “amar.”  Today, just six verses further down we again have the word “word” but this time in the Hebrew it […]
  • Devotional Psalms 25:1 (9/11/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomim: Psalms 25:1: “A Psalm of David, Unto thee, O’Lord, do I lift up my soul.” “My word fly up, my thoughts remain below. Words without thoughts, never to heaven go.”  King Claudius, Hamlet, Act 3, Scene 3. Shakespeare raises a very interesting issue here.  King Claudius […]
  • Devotional: Numbers 14:21 (9/10/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomim: Numbers 14:21: “But as truly as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the Lord.” “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose. By any other name would smell as sweet.” – Romeo Montague, Romeo and Juliet Act II, […]
  • Devotional Psalms119:93 (9/9/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomim: Psalms119:93: “I will never forget thy precepts for with them thou hast quickened me.” This time I planned to read my Bible in English and just leave well enough alone. But then I read a verse like Psalms 119:93, which is pretty straight forward in English, […]
  • Devotional Psalms 119:99 (9/8/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomim: Psalms 119:99: “I have more understanding than all my teachers; for thy testimonies are my meditations.” I don’t recommend giving this verse to your favorite teacher on teacher’s appreciation day.  King David was surrounded by some of the best teachers in the nation.  The teachers he […]
  • Devotional Psalms 27:8 (9/7/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomim: Psalms 27:8 “When thou saith, Seek ye my face, my heart said unto thee thy face, Lord, will I seek.” I have been in many circles where people talk about feeling the presence of the Lord.  They have all sorts of ideas on how to seek […]
  • Devotional I Kings 8:11 (9/6/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomim: I Kings 8:11: “So that the priest could not stand to minister because of the cloud, for the glory of the Lord had filled the house.” “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” Clarke’s Third Law – Arthur C. Clarke “Any sufficiently researched Christian theology […]
  • Devotional Ezekiel 16:30 (9/5/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomin: Ezekiel 16:30: “How weak is thine heart, saith the Lord God, seeing thou doest all these things, the work of an imperious, whorish woman.” Am I missing something or did Ezekiel just call Judah a whore.   There are three words in Hebrew for a whore or […]
  • Devotional Job 33:15-16 (9/4/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomim: Job 33:15-16: “In a dream, in a vision of the night when deep sleep falleth upon men in the slumbering upon the bed.  Then he openeth the ears of men and sealeth their instructions.” Dream when you’re feeling blue, Dream, that’s the thing to do, Just […]
  • Devotional Exodus 24:16 (9/3/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomin: Exodus 24:16: “And the glory of the Lord abode upon Mt. Sinai, and the cloud covered it six days; and the seventh day God called out to Moses out of the midst of the cloud.” My study partner kept talking about what Moses was doing in […]
  • Devotional Lamentations 3:57 (9/2/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomim: Lamentations 3:57: “Thou drewest near in the day that I called upon thee, thou said: Fear not.“ I suppose my first question is, “Is not God omnipresent?”   He is near unto everyone not just to those who call upon Him.  I guess I really need to […]
  • Devotional Job 24:13 (9/1/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomim: Job 24:13: “They are those who rebel against the light, they know not the ways thereof, nor abide in the paths thereof.” Titus 1:15: “Unto the pure all things are pure but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure but even their mind […]
  • Devotional Psalms 1:2 (8/31/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomim: Psalms 1:2: “But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in his law doth he meditate day and night.” Archimedes was a Greek mathematician who was challenged by the king to determine if a goldsmith was cheating him in holding back some gold […]
  • Devotional Deuteronomy 6:5 (8/29/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomim: Deuteronomy 6:5: “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart.” An eleventh century rabbi known as Jacob Ben Asher remarked that the two letters for the word “heart” (Lamed, Beth) are the only two letters in the Hebrew alphabet that can be combined […]
  • Devotional Hosea 7:14 (8/28/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomim: Hosea 7:14: “And they have not cried unto me with their hearts when they howled upon their beds, they assemble themselves for corn and wine and they rebel against me.” Years ago Godfrey Cambridge was in a movie called “Watermelon Man.”  In this movie there is […]
  • Devotional Psalms 118:10 (8/27/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomim: Psalms 118:10: “All nations compassed me about, but in the name of the Lord I will destroy them.” The letter “Beth” can be used as a preposition for “in,” “on” or “with.”   No English translation I know will render the Beth in this passage as “with.”  […]
  • Devotional John 3:3 (8/26/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomin: John 3:3: “Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto you, except a man be born again he can not see the kingdom of God.” I remember as a child having to memorize the entire chapter of John 3.  I was always bothered […]
  • Devotional I Samuel 17:49 (8/25/2012) - I Samuel 17:49:  “And David put his hand into his bag, and took thence a stone and slang (it) and smote the Philistine in his forehead that the stone sunk into his forehead and he fell upon his face to the earth.” Original Hebrew had no vowels.  The vav was sometimes  used for “u” and […]
  • Devotional I Samuel 18:9 (8/24/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomim: I Samuel 18:9:  “And Saul eyed David from that day and forward.” I remember hearing an evangelist  tell of a time he went to a church in some back water town.   He was asked to conduct a two week revival.  After the first few days he […]
  • Devotional Job 12:22 (8/23/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomim: Job 12:22: “He discovereth deep things out of the darkness, and bringeth out to light the shadow of death.” My study partner has a friend who related a dream to us.  In this dream she found she was in the ocean and was sinking down to […]
  • Devotional Malachi 2:2 (8/22/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomim: Malachi 2:2: “If you will not hear and you will not lay it to heart, to give glory unto my  name,  saith the Lord of Host, I will even send a curse upon you and I will curse your blessings, yea, I have cursed them already, […]
  • Devotional Job 13:3 (8/21/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomim: Job 13:3: “Surely I would speak to the Almighty and I desire to reason with God.” “He lived by the sewer and by the sewer he died, the coroner didn’t know what to call it so he called it sewer side.  He lived by a home […]
  • Devotional Job 12:3 (8/20/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomin: Job 12:3: “But I have understanding as well as you, I am not inferior than you; yea who knoweth not such things as these?” “Wise men don’t need advice, fools will not take it.”   Benjamin Franklin Reading this verse would suggest that Job is really getting […]
  • Devotional Job 13:3 (8/19/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomim: Job 13:3: “Surely I would speak to the Almighty and I desire to reason with God.” “He lived by the sewer and by the sewer he died, the coroner didn’t know what to call it so he called it sewer side.  He lived by a home […]
  • Devotional Matthew 15:26-27 (8/18/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomim: Matthew 15:26-27: “But he said: It is not meet to take the children’s bread and cast it to the dogs.  And she said truth Lord, but the dogs eat the crumbs which fall from the master’s table.” First year Hebrew student’s translation of a rabbis’ xclamation […]
  • Devotional Exodus 11:7 (8/17/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomim: Exodus 11:7: “But against any of the children of Israel shall a dog not move his tongue, against man or beast that you may know how that the Lord doth put a difference between the Egyptians and Israel.” I learned in seminary that the this verse […]
  • Exodus 15:1 (8/12/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomim: Exodus 15:1: “They sang Moses and the children of Israel this song unto the Lord, and spake saying, I will sing unto the Lord.” Vs. 2: “The Lord is my strength and song, and he has become my salvation.” This is a very curious passage of […]
  • Devotional Psalms 29:2 (8/7/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomim: Psalms 29:2: “Give unto the Lord the glory due His name, worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.” Oh, how I love to quote this verse as I worship God.  I just thrill when I utter the words to God that I am worshipping him […]
  • Devotional Genesis 38:9 (8/6/2012) - Good Morning Yamom Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomim: Genesis 38:9 “And Onan knew that the seed should not be his and it came to pass, when he went in unto his brother’s wife, that he spilled it on the ground, lest that he should give seed to his brother.” Mordecia Ham (a nice kosher […]
  • Devotional II Samuel 12:10 (7/18/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomim: II Samuel 12:10: “Now therefore the sword shall never depart from thine house because thou has despised me and hast taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be thy wife.” As I have written many times, these devotionals are really a journal chronicling my journey […]
  • Devotional Proverbs 30:5 (7/17/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomim:’ Proverbs 30:5: “Every word of God is pure, He is a shield unto them that put their trust in Him.” I am often asked what the “literal” translation of a verse would be.  What I am being asked is what the direct word for word translation […]
  • Devotional Isaiah 52:6 (7/14/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomim: Isaiah 52:6:  “Therefore my people shall know my name, Therefore they shall know in that day, that I am He that doth speak, behold it is I.” “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”  Juliet […]
  • Devotional Genesis 3:14 (7/12/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomim: Genesis 3:14: “And the Lord God said unto the serpent, because thou hast done this, thou are cursed above all animals and above every beast of the field, upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life.” My […]
  • Devotional Genesis 2:7 (7/11/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomim: Genesis 2:7: “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground; and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living soul.” I remember attending a rather boisterous prayer meeting where everyone was praying at once and out loud. […]
  • Devotional Psalms 40:1 (7/10/2012) - Good Evening Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomim: Psalms 40:1 “I waited patiently for the Lord; and he inclined unto me and heard my cry.” Matthew 19:23-24: “Then Jesus said unto his disciples, verily I say unto you, that a rich man shall hardly enter heaven,  Again I say unto you, it is easier […]
  • Devotional II Chronicles 16:7 (7/9/2012) - Good Evening Yamon Ki Yesepar; II Chronicles 16:7: “At that time Hanani the seer came to Asa king of Judah, and said unto him, Because thou hast not relied on the Lord they God, therefore is the host of the king of Syria escaped out of thine hand.” Asa was a Godly king.  The prophet […]
  • Devotional Song of Solomon 4:7 (7/8/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomim: Song of Solomon 4:7 “Thou art all fair my love; there is no spot in thee.” I find this passage very interesting when it comes to seeing how translators handle it.  In verse 8 we find that for the first time Solomon refers to his beloved […]
  • Devotional Song of Solomon 5:2 (7/7/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomim: Song of Solomon 5:2: “I sleep but my heart waketh, it is the voice of my beloved that knocketh, saying: Open to me my sister, my  love, my dove, my undefiled, for my head is filled with dew and my locks with the drops of night.” […]
  • Devotional Psalms 17:3 (7/6/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar; Psalms 17:3 “Thou has proved mine heart; thou hast visited me in the night.” If you have ever celebrated the Sabbath evening with a Jewish orthodox family you will notice they leave their doors open during the Sabbath night prayers (or pray facing a door) to welcome the Shabbat Hamalka, […]
  • Devotional Psalms 42:8 (7/4/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar; Psalms 42:8: “Yet, the Lord will command his lovingkindness in the daytime, and in the night his song shall be with me, and my prayer unto the God of my life.” Last week we had a beautiful fall day and my study partner suggested that rather than go to the […]
  • Devotional Psalms 95:2 (7/3/2012) - Good Morning Yaman Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomim: Psalms 95:2: “Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with Psalms.” If you have been reading my journal you probably know that I don’t speak a party line, I don’t join in any reindeer games nor do I […]
  • Devotional Proverbs 16:18 (7/2/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomim: Proverbs 16:18: “Pride goeth before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall.” “Be nice to the people you meet going up because they are the same people you will meet going down.”  Jimmy Durante. We have all heard the old Proverb “Pride goeth before a […]
  • Devotional Genesis 3:9 (7/1/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomim: Genesis 3:9: “And the Lord God called unto Adam and said unto Adam, ‘Where are you?'” As I continue on my journey to discover the heart of God I am drawn to some of these verses that seem to raise a momentary question in your mind […]
  • Devotional I Kings 11:2 (6/30/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomim: I Kings 11:2: “Of the nations concerning which the Lord said unto the children of Israel; You shall not go in to them neither shall they come in unto you; for surely they will turn away your heart after their god.  Solomon clave unto those in […]
  • Devotional Haggai 1:6 (6/29/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomim: Haggai 1:6: “You have sown much, and bring in little; you eat, but you have not enough; you drink, but you are not filled with drink; you clothe yourself but there is none warm; and he that earns wages earns wages to put it into a […]
  • Devotional Psalms 47:6-7 (6/28/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomin: Psalms 47:6-7: “Sing praises to God, sing praises; Sing praises to our King, sing praises. For God is the King of all the earth, Sing ye praises with understanding.” I don’t know if you noticed it or not, but apparently David is telling us to sing […]
  • Devotional Genesis 6:6 (6/27/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomim: Genesis 6:6: “And it repented the Lord that He had made man on the earth, and it grieved Him at His heart.” Numbers 23:19: “God is not a man that He should lie, nor the son of a man that he should repent.” I find two […]
  • Devotional Genesis 44:18 (6/26/2012) - Good Afternoon Yamon Ki Yesepar; Genesis 44:18: “Then Judah came near unto him, and said, ‘Oh my Lord, let they servant, I pray thee, speak a word in my Lord’s ears…” “Oh, my Lord, let they servant, I pray thee…” is one that has no English equivalent. From the context we can pretty well guess […]
  • Devotional Psalms 13:6 (6/25/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomim: Psalms 13:6: “I will sing unto the Lord because He has dealt bountifully with me.” In our culture we hear the word “bountiful” and we think of an abundance of food or money.  Who would not sing if he walked into a room full of money […]
  • Devotional Malachi 3:6 (6/24/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar; Malachi 3:6: “For I am the Lord, I change not.” Matthew 10:29: “Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing and one of them shall not fall to the ground without your father.” The word used for “Lord” is “Yehavah” where we get the name Jehovah or as some like […]
  • Devotional Jeremiah 25:5 (6/23/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomim: Jeremiah 25:5:  “They (the prophets) said: ‘Repent now everyone from his evil way, and from the evil of your doings, and dwell in the land that the Lord hath given unto you and to  your fathers for ever and ever.” Some translations render this passage as […]
  • Devotional Nehemiah 8:10 (6/22/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomim: Nehemiah 8:10 “The joy of the lord is your strength.” I recall seeing a photograph a few years ago of five pastors living in country which persecuted Christians.  These five pastors were all in prison.  They were sent to prison for no other reason than the […]
  • Devotional Hosea 11:7 (6/21/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomim: Hosea 11:7 “And my people are bent to backsliding from me though they call them to the most high, none at all will exalt him.” The syntax at the end of this verse is highly disputed.  The KJV and other translations will render this as the […]
  • Devotional Deuteronomy 32:2 (6/20/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomim: Deuteronomy 32:2: “My doctrine shall drop as rain, my speech shall distill as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass.” There are many self acclaimed prophets who manage to get on the radio or television and […]
  • Devotional Psalms 14:3 (6/19/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomim: Psalms 14:3: “They are all gone aside, they are altogether become filthy, there is none that doeth good, no not one.” I remember  in Bible College I had a class on “How To Study the Bible.”    Our instructor told us we read the Bible like we […]
  • Devotional Lamentations 3:21-23 (6/18/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomin; Lamentations 3:21-23: “This I recall to my mind, therefore I have hope, It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed.  Because His compassions fail not.  They are new every morning, great is thy faithfulness.” Lately I have been going through many of life’s […]
  • Devotional Psalms 147:10 (6/17/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomin: Psalms 147:10: “He delighteth not in the strength of horses; he takes not pleasure in the legs of man.” I am a great fan of the Sci-Fi “Star Gate” series.  I take particular interest in the character of Dr. Daniel Jackson who is portrayed as a […]
  • Devotional Deuteronomy 4:12 (6/16/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomim: Deuteronomy 4:12: “And the Lord spake unto you out of the midst of the fire,  you heard the voice of the words, but saw no similitude, only you heard a voice.” My personal definition between a cult leader and a pastor is that  a cult leader […]
  • Devotional Mark 8:25 (6/15/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomim: Mark 8:25: “And after that he put his hands again upon his eyes, and made him look up, and he was restored and saw every man clearly.” About 30 years ago I suffered from a chronic eye disease called iritis.  This was an inflammation in the […]
  • Devotional Genesis 12:10 (6/14/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomim: Genesis 12:10 “There was famine in the land.” “Water, water everywhere, nor any drop to drink.”  Samuel Taylor Coleridge – Rime of the Ancient Mariner. I read in Jewish literature an interesting twist to this verse in Genesis 12:10.  The word for “there was” (yehi) can […]
  • Devotional Exodus 27:20 (6/13/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomim: Exodus 27:20: “And thou shalt command the children of Israel that they bring thee pure olive oil beaten for the light, to cause the lamp to burn always.” I once asked a rabbi why the children of Israel had to bring olive oil that was beaten […]
  • Devotional Psalms 27:8 (6/12/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomim: Psalms 27:8: “When thou sayest, seek you  my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, Lord will I seek.” “Unbelievable  This is not butter.”    How the product: “I Can’t Believe It’s Butter” translated into Chinese. You may think the above gaffe is an isolated case, […]
  • Devotional Psalms 139:17 (6/11/2012) - Good  Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomim: Psalms 139:17 “How precious also are your thoughts unto me, O God, how great is the sum of them.” I trust in God, wherever I may be, Upon the land or on the stormy sea Let come what may, from day to day, My Heavenly Father […]
  • Devotional Psalms 16:8 (6/10/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomim: Psalms 16:8: “I have set the Lord  always before me, because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.” Jesus is my Savior, I shall not be moved,            In His love and favor, I shall not be moved, Just like a tree, […]
  • Devotional Psalms 73:26 (6/9/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomim: Psalms 73:26: “My flesh and my heart fails, but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion forever.” I have no problem with someone using this Psalm to find comfort when their physical flesh is failing them and their heart is discouraged.  After all […]
  • Devotional Psalms 73:17 (6/8/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomim: Psalms 73:17: “Until I went into the sanctuary of God, then understood I their end.” There is a quiet place, far from the rapid pace Where God can sooth my troubled mind. Sheltered by tree and flower, There in my quiet hour, With Him my cares […]
  • Devotional Psalms 119:86 (6/7/2012) - Good  Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomim: Psalms 119:86: “All thy commandments are faithful, they persecute me wrongly; help thou  me.” I was recently listening to one of the talk radio shows where a person from an inner city called in and expressed his concerns.  He said in the last presidential election he […]
  • Devotional Exodus 16:10 (6/6/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomin: Exodus 16:10: “And it came to pass as Aaron spoke to the whole congregation of the children of Israel, they looked toward the wilderness, and behold the glory of the Lord appeared in the cloud.” “Bows and flows of angel hair and ice cream castles in […]
  • Devotional Genesis 9:16 (6/5/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Haymim: Genesis 9:16; “And the bow shall be in the cloud, and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth.” Why are there so many songs about rainbows, And […]
  • Devotional Nehemiah 1:5 (6/4/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomim: Nehemiah 1:5: “And said, I beseech thee O Lord, God of heaven, the great and terrible God, that keepeth covenants and mercy for them that love Him and observes His commandments.” I grew up with the King James Version, most the Scripture I have memorized has […]
  • Devotional Psalms 118:6 (6/3/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomim: Psalms 118:6: “The Lord is on my side, I will not fear what can man do unto me?” “I am not at all concerned about that…but it is my constant anxiety and prayer that I and this nation be on the Lord’s side.”   Abraham Lincoln’s response […]
  • Devotional Job 27:3 (6/2/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomin: Job 27:3: “All the while my breath is within me, the Spirit of God is in my nostrils.” “Age is an issue of mind over matter, if you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter” – Mark Twain Every commentary I read on this verse says something different.  […]
  • Devotional Ezra 4:4 (6/1/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomim: Ezra 4:4: “Then the people of the land weakened the hands of Judah and troubled them in building.” First a little background.  This story takes place at the time of the return of Israel from captivity.  Judah was taken into captivity by Babylon or the Assyrian […]
  • Devotional Psalm 37:4 (5/31/2012) - Good Afternoon Yamon Ki Yesepar: Psalm 37:4:”Delight thyself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.” The word “delight” is very interesting. It comes from the word “aneg” which means to take pleasure in. But is also means to be delicate. This is really a romantic word. The word is […]
  • Devotional Psalms 95:8 (5/30/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomin: Psalms 95:8  “Harden not your heart as in the day of provocation (Meribah), and as in the day of temptation (Massah) in the wilderness.” Sometimes we forget that the Psalms are written in poetry and that poetry is much more than the art of making words […]
  • Devotional Psalms 37:28 (5/29/2012) - Good Morning  Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomin: Psalms 37:28: “The Lord loves judgment and forsakes not his saints, they are preserved forever, but the seed of the wicked shall be cut off.” The above verse is quoted from the KJV. The word “judgment” carries much more of a negative tone today than it […]
  • Devotional Genesis 48:16 (5/28/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomin: Genesis 48:16b:  “and let them grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth. Matthew 17:27: “Notwithstanding, less, we should offend them, go thou to the sea, and cast an hook, and take up the fish that first cometh up; and when thou opened his […]
  • Devotional Psalms 51:11 (5/18/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomin: Psalms 51:11; “Cast me not away from thy presences and take not thy Holy Spirit from me.” “When  deep purple falls Over the sleepy garden walls, And the stars begin to twinkle In the sky of the night In the midst of the memories You wander […]
  • Devotional Psalms 98:6 (5/17/2012) - Good Morning Yamon Ki Yesepar and Nevim Arith Hayomim: Psalms 98:6: “With trumpets and the sound of cornet, make a joyful noise before the Lord, the king.” Ok, let me get this straight.  The KJV was translated in the 17th Century, but the cornet did not appear until the 19th Century.  Someone explain to me […]