Thursday, February 15, 2018

Broken Hearts on this Rosh Chodesh Adar

Today, Shevat 30, 5778, we pray for the 17 victims of yesterday's school shooting in Parkland, Florida, and remember their families

We are heartbroken and sickened by reports of yet again another shooting of innocent students in their school.  This Shabbat, I will be addressing the tragedy that our nation just experienced this week at Tikvat's Torah Service; to give insights from the Bible on how believers should react to this, and what we should be doing to prevent such horrible acts of violence and terrorism in the future...

In the meantime, let us all mourn, remember and pray, call on the name of our G-d for Salvation and Peace for our people in this coming New Month.

May the memories of all the students and teachers and other administrators who lost their lives in Parkland yesterday remain and be a blessing to all those who knew and loved them.

And may the survivors find healing from Heaven, both physically, spiritually, and emotionally, and in every way, quickly and soon, in the Name of our Messiah, Yeshua


Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Sefer Yechezekel ספר יחזקאל Book of Ezekiel Study Lesson 15 (ch. 29-30)

Ezekiel 29-30 Tree of Life Version (TLV)
Prophecy Against Egypt

1. What exactly is the 12th day of the 10th month of the 10th year?

2. What is significant about the symbolic language of the hook in Pharaoh’s jaws and the fish that stick to his scales; what does this represent?

3. What does it mean when it says, that Egypt was a staff of reed to the house of Israel?

4. How did Israel take their hand, and how did Egypt snap and tear their shoulders, and broke and wrenched their hips?

5. What else was Egypt guilty of; and what was the punishment decreed against them and how was it ever fulfilled in Egypt’s history?

6. How is Egypt’s punishment similar to Israel’s and did the end result of their punishment also been fully realized in their history?

7. What is the first day of the first month of the 27th year; what is this a reference to?

8. Why does the text say that Nebuchadnezzar made no profit from capturing Tyre, explain?

9. Translate the word “horn” in vs. 21, what does this word mean and what is it a reference to?

10. Ch. 30 starts off by announcing the doom of Egypt, but then mentions other nations in vs. 5; why does it include these other nations, and who are the “children of the covenant land”?

11. Why is Ethiopia described as being “complacent”?

12. Describe who or what these names are: Noph, Pathros, Zoan, No, Sin, Aven, Pi-beseth and Tehaphnehes?

13. What is the 7th day of the 1st month of the 11th year; what is this a reference to?

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Sefer Yechezekel ספר יחזקאל Book of Ezekiel Study Lesson 14 (ch. 27-28)

1. Describe Tyre’s beauty, what is the symbolism of the description in the text, why did Adonai command Ezekiel to create this Lament for Tyre?

2. Who and what was Elishah?

3. Explain the description of Tyre’s navy, what was significant about it?

4. Explain the description of Tyre’s army, who were the nations that contributed to it’s “splendor”?

5. Who is Tarshish, what is significant about them; and describe Javan Tubal and Meshech, and what horrible crime are they guilty of committing along with Tyre?

6. What is the purpose of describing all the nations who were Tyre’s “customers”; why is this important and also what is important about the mentioning of the “ships of Tarshish” in vs. 25?

7. What happened to Tyre and how was this prophetic judgement fulfilled, and is this description accurate in what actually happened to Tyre?

8. What was the Prince of Tyre guilty of; and why does the text say he was wiser than Daniel, and that no secret was hidden from him; explain how this was true and how he came about this ‘wisdom’?

9. What happens to the Prince, and what was the primary reason for this demise?

10. Who really is the King/Prince of Tyre – what is his identity according to vs. 11-19?

11. Who or what is the briar pricking at the house of Israel; and who is Zidon?

12. What is the prophetic “silver lining” of the conclusion of ch. 28; and does this promise remain in effect today?

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