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Apples and Carts

Acts 11:1-18 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)
11 The emissaries and the brothers throughout Y’hudah heard that the Goyim had received the word of God; 2 but when Kefa went up to Yerushalayim, the members of the Circumcision faction criticized him, 3 saying, “You went into the homes of uncircumcised men and even ate with them!” 4 In reply, Kefa began explaining in detail what had actually happened: 5 “I was in the city of Yafo, praying; and in a trance I had a vision. I saw something like a large sheet being lowered by its four corners from heaven, and it came down to me. 6 I looked inside and saw four-footed animals, beasts of prey, crawling creatures and wild birds. 7 Then I heard a voice telling me, ‘Get up, Kefa, slaughter and eat!’ 8 I said, ‘No, sir! Absolutely not! Nothing unclean or treif has ever entered my mouth!’ 9 But the voice spoke again from heaven: ‘Stop treating as unclean what God has made clean.’ 10 This happened three times, and then everything was pulled back up into hea…

The Only Ground

Romans 5: 1-11 (CJB)
5 So, since we have come to be considered righteous by God because of our trust, let us continue to have shalom with God through our Lord, Yeshua the Messiah. 2 Also through him and on the ground of our trust, we have gained access to this grace in which we stand; so let us boast about the hope of experiencing God’s glory. 3 But not only that, let us also boast in our troubles; because we know that trouble produces endurance, 4 endurance produces character, and character produces hope; 5 and this hope does not let us down, because God’s love for us has already been poured out in our hearts through the Ruach HaKodesh who has been given to us.


I want to talk about the difference between the word ‘faith’ or ‘belief’ and the word ‘trust.’
I think I’m on to something. I took notice of how I’ve always been moved by the Complete Jewish Bible’s use of the word “trust” in place of the word “faith” or “belief.” Even when the word “faith” does appear, it’s usually in the form …

Regeneration

Matthew 19: 23-30
28 Yeshua said to them, “Yes. I tell you that in the regenerated world, when the Son of Man sits on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones and judge the twelve tribes of Isra’el. 29 Everyone who has left houses, brothers, sisters, father, mother, children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times more, and he will obtain eternal life. 30 But many who are first will be last, and many who are last will be first.


The word is “palingenesia” which is translated, ‘a new birth (rebirth), regeneration, renovation. The word for “world”—“kosmos”—  doesn’t appear in the Greek text.
Also, as far as I can tell, the words for “glorious throne” in the text are meant to refer to the mercy seat, the space above and between the cherubim on the Ark of the Covenant, the “Kisei Kavod” (‘Throne of Glory’ in Hebrew) where God’s presence manifests itself to human beings. There is also a reference in Hebrews 9 that implies that Christ’s sacrifice …

Witness

82 (0) A psalm of Asaf:

(1) Elohim [God] stands in the divine assembly;
there with the elohim [judges], he judges: —(Elohim is stationed in the assembly of El, within the Elohim he is judging—adapted from Hebrew Interlinear)
2 “How long will you go on judging unfairly,
favoring the wicked? —(Until when will you judge disgracefully and lift up the faces of the wicked?—adapted from Hebrew Interlinear)
 (Selah)
3 Give justice to the weak and fatherless!
Uphold the rights of the wretched and poor!
4 Rescue the destitute and needy;
deliver them from the power of the wicked!”
5 They don’t know, they don’t understand,
they wander about in darkness;
meanwhile, all the foundations of the earth
are being undermined. —(All the foundations of the earth are slipping—adapted from Hebrew Interlinear)
6 “My decree is: —(Me, I said:—adapted from Hebrew Interlinear)
‘You are elohim [gods, judges],
sons of the Most High all of you.
7 Nevertheless, you will die like mortals;
like any prince, you will fall.’”
8 Rise up, E…

Being Bodhisattva

Numbers 11: 24-33 (34-35) (Sorry, everybody, I never got past the Old Testament this morning….)

33 But while the meat was still in their mouth, before they had chewed it up, the anger of Adonai flared up against the people, and Adonai struck the people with a terrible plague. (34 Therefore that place was named Kivrot-HaTa’avah [graves of greed], because there they buried the people who were so greedy.)

Still annoyed about redacting verses. Someone hearing the passage without verse 34 might think that Adonai was capricious and cruel, giving the complainers what they wanted and then making them sick because they ate what he gave them. I am sick of Bible verses being ripped out of context and used to further people’s various agendas. Not that this missing verse was left out for that reason. (I should probably not look at Facebook before doing Lectio Divina.)

The whole story is that the Israelites were scared. They didn’t trust God, and they whined and complained, and weren’t satisfied wit…

All That I Never Had

Psalm 69
Am I expected to return

things I didn’t steal?
Ecclesiastes 11: 9-12:14
12 So remember your creator while you are young,
before the evil days come,……..
4b when a person is startled by the chirp of a bird,
yet their singing is hard to hear;
5 when they will be afraid to go up a hill,
and terrors will stalk the way,…….
before the silver cord is snapped
the bowl of gold is cracked,
the pitcher is shattered at the spring,
the pulley is broken at the cistern,
7 the dust returns to earth, as it was,

and the spirit returns to God, who gave it!
Galatians 5:25-6:10
2 Bear one another’s burdens — in this way you will be fulfilling the Torah’s true meaning, which the Messiah upholds. 3 For if anyone thinks he is something when he is really nothing, he is fooling himself. 4 So let each of you scrutinize his own actions.
Matthew 16: 21-28
24 Then Yeshua told his talmidim, “If anyone wants to come after me, let him say ‘No’ to himself, take up his execution-stake, and keep following me. 25 For whoever wants …

No Rush

Psalm 71
In you, Adonai, I have taken refuge;
let me never be put to shame.

Ecclesiastes 11: 1-8
(NRSV)
5 Just as you do not know how the breath comes to the bones in the mother's womb, so you do not know the work of God, who makes everything.

(CJB)
5 Just as you don’t know the way of the wind
or how bones grow in a pregnant woman’s womb,
so you don’t know the work of God,
the maker of everything.

(Paraphrase from Hebrew Interlinear)
5 Since you are not knowing what is the way of the wind-as-bones in the belly of the full (pregnant),
so it is you are not knowing the act of the Elohim who is making the All.

Galatians 5: 16-24
16 What I am saying is this: run your lives by the Spirit. Then you will not do what your old nature wants. 17 For the old nature wants what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit wants what is contrary to the old nature. These oppose each other, so that you find yourselves unable to carry out your good intentions. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, t…

As It Is

Ecclesiastes 9: 11-18
16 So, although I say that wisdom is better than strength, nevertheless the poor man’s wisdom is despised; nobody pays attention to what he says.
17 A wise man speaking quietly is more worth heeding
than the shouts of a ruler commanding fools.
18 Wisdom is better than weapons of war,
but a person who makes a mistake can destroy much good.

Galatians 5: 1-15
You who are trying to be declared righteous by God through legalism have severed yourselves from the Messiah! You have fallen away from God’s grace! For it is by the power of the Spirit, who works in us because we trust and are faithful, that we confidently expect our hope of attaining righteousness to be fulfilled. When we are united with the Messiah Yeshua, neither being circumcised nor being uncircumcised matters; what matters is trusting faithfulness expressing itself through love.
Matthew 16: 1-12
A wicked and adulterous generation is asking for a sign? It will certainly not be given a sign — except the …

Taken In Hand

Matthew 13:31-35
Speaking in Parables
‘Parabolē’: a comparison; a simile; a pattern; an emblem; a precept.
“The Kingdom of Heaven is like a mustard seed which a man takes (‘lambanō’—takes in the hand) and sows in his field.
“The Kingdom of Heaven is like yeast that a woman took (also ‘lambanō’) and mixed with a bushel of flour, then waited until the whole batch of dough rose.”


Two things struck me in the Gospel reading for today. The first was the word “parable.” We don’t really use that word nowadays to mean “a simile,” but we do use it in a mathematical sense to describe a curve with certain properties, and we also use it as an adverb (parabolic, parabolically) to mean speaking in a roundabout way, or to describe a story with more than one meaning.
Then there is the verb that’s hidden in the familiar parables about the mustard seed and the yeast in the bushel of flour— “lambanō, “to take in the hand.” I couldn’t help being reminded of the phrase, “to take in hand,” meaning to mentor a pe…