Thursday, March 8, 2012

Today is Purim

I found this on my computer hard drive. It is funny.
(If you have never read the book of Esther, this story will never make sense)

This is the story of PURIM as told in today's language.

Four score and thousands of years ago, there was a king named Achashveirosh and he was up for re-election. As part of his campaign trail, the good king threw a party inviting everyone from the United 127 States of Persia. Queen Vashti, out promoting her new book, could not attend her husband's banquet and citing irreconcilable differences, the king had her killed. A new first lady needed to be found, so Achashveirosh held a beauty pageant.

After months of tireless desperation, the king, being the shallow and superficial man that he was, finally fell in love with a beautiful young lady named Esther, who was not all unpleasant to look at. After their lawyers drew up a pre-nuptial agreement, Achashveirosh held a large banquet on his yacht to celebrate his new-found queen.

Meanwhile, two furloughed federal postal employees were planning an assassination attempt. A good Samaritan by the name of Mordy Chai overheard their plans and made public their plot. This attempted political coup, known in the Persian Press as Palacegate, gained Mordy Chai favor in the eyes of the king. After years of legal deliberation, the two assassins were found guilty, and since the jury was not hung, the assassins were instead.

Back at the palace, one of the king's top aides, known simply as Haman, had a few ideas of his own. Since Haman was raised in a poor neighborhood, lacking sufficient resources and was left to purge on government subsidies, he was brought up in the arms of discrimination, and was educationally-challenged. Haman wanted to annihilate part of the population, calculating that this would be an easy way to get rid of the citizens who were not going to vote for Achashveirosh, and that this ethnic cleansing would boost Achashveirosh in the polls.

In order to pick a day for the mass killings, Haman set up Lotto Shushan, another wonderful government institution. The citizens who were going to be killed tied ribbons of amnesty around home-made torches and held an all-night vigil in front of the king's palace while singing songs of peace and solidarity. Although they did not attract the king's attention, the press corp fed on the situation, smacking cover stories on all the media outlets including daytime talk shows, practically turning the city of Shushan into a three-ring media circus. Mordy Chai went to the first lady and implored her to take action, reminding her that they shared an intimate relationship unbeknownst to the king.

Distressed by the situation and unable to fit into her new gown, Queen Esther fasted for three days. Much to the dismay of Weight Watchers and Jenny Craig, the queen had a diet plan of her own.Esther was terrified to go before the king who was engrossed in very important matters of state - the remaining five minutes of the Army-Navy football game. After pulling away the remote from her dear husband, Esther invited him and his buddies to a gala banquet to be held the next evening. All three major networks bid to broadcast the party, but in the end the Persian Broadcasting System (PBS) got to show it.

The next evening, guests began arriving hours before the event in sleek magic carpets and the all new aerodynamic bucket-seated two-humped camel. Haman, elated to be invited, came all decked out in his new Armani and flanked by an entourage of people bowing down to him -- sans Mordy Chai. Meanwhile, inside the palace Queen Esther was mingling with the many socialites, ambassadors, and other faceless royalty. Achashveirosh, curious to know the point of all this and wondering how to spell his name, went over to Esther and asked her the reason for this party.

She informed him that someone was trying to terminate part of the population. Achashveirosh, who had no idea what was transpiring in his country, was clueless as to who could have conceived of such a clever plan. He immediately e-mailed a question to Esther: "Who would do such a thing?" Queen Esther had the answer to the question sealed in a larger-than-necessary envelope and guarded by the accounting firm of Hagai and Charvona. After a commercial break and brief drumroll, the envelope was ripped open. "It is Haman!" shouted out the celebrity announcer. The audience gasped in disbelief as Haman was escorted to center stage. "I don't deserve this," exclaimed a shocked Haman. "Seriously, I don't."

Haman's 15 minutes of fame were short-lived as he was immediately escorted backstage. Using taxpayers money, he was then brought to a penitentiary in Texas, where he would remain on Death Row, forced to listen to an all Country music radio station until his eventual demise. Achashveirosh declared that everything Haman owned would become Mordy Chai's, including his palatial estate in the Bahamas, his Grateful Dead CD collection (and the signed Jerry Garcia t-shirt), his pentium laptop and 28.8 baud modem, his entire Saks Fifth Avenue collection of triangular hats, and a lifetime supply of Spam.

And so it was with these riches that the Jewish people prospered and began the honored tradition of publishing humorous articles on Purim.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Parsha Tezaveh ("You shall command")

This week's Parsha is called "Tezaveh". Again, I want to outline this Parsha. It helps to put the scriptures in its context.

This Parcha covers the Torah from Exodus 27:20 - 30:10
The Outline is as follows:

Exodus 27:20-21 - Oil for the Menorah
Exodus 28:1-43 - The Garments of the Priests
Exodus 29:1-9 - Consecration of the Priests
Exodus 29:10-30 - The Sacrifices
Exodus 29:31-46 - Food of the Priests
Exodus 30:1-10 - The Altar of Incense

I sent out the Scribe's Journal on this Parsha. It covers the Ordination of Aaron and compares it to Yeshua. It also compares the priesthood of Aaron, and the "King-Priest" as recorded in Psalm 110:1-6, which is after the order of Melchizedek.

Shalom

Thursday, February 23, 2012

The Parsha "Terumah"

As I studied this Parsha, It brought me again to my understanding of the building of the Tabernacle. This parsha means "Heave Offering" or "Contribution".
I was taught in School that to study the Bible, the first thing you needed to do is to outline the portion you are studying. This brings your mind into focus. Here is the outline for this parsha:
It covers the scriptures from Exodus 25:1 -- 27:19
Exodus 25:1-9 - Offerings for the Sanctuary
Exodus 25:10-22 - Ark of the Covenant
Exodus 25:23-30 - The Table of Shewbread
Exodus 25:31-40 - The Golden Lampstand
Exodus 26:1-6 - Curtains of Linen
Exodus 26:7-14 - Curtains of Goats’ Hair
Exodus 26:15-30 - Boards & Sockets
Exodus 26:31-37 - The Veil & Screen
Exodus 27:1-8 - The Bronze Altar
Exodus 27:9-29 - Court of the Tabernacle
One verse really stands out. It is found in Exodus 25:31 in the King James Bible. It reads, "And thou shalt make a candlestick of pure gold: of beaten work shall the candlestick be made: his shaft, and his branches, his bowls, his knops, and his flowers, shall be of the same."
This verse reads very close to the Hebrew. This is the only item in the Tabernacle that has a personal pronoun connected to it. It is "his shaft", "his branches", "his bowls", "his knobs", and "his flowers." This forces the question: "Who is the 'HIS'?
I think I know, Do you?
Shalom

Saturday, February 18, 2012

God's Blessing

It has been 3 years and three months since I posted my last blog entry. A lot has happened during that time. My book, "The Ladder of Trust" has been released and is on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  This book has increased my walk with God, and allowed me to teach His Word in ways I would not have believed.

I have been sending out the Newsletter, "The Scribe's Journal," for over five years. Because it places Yeshua (Jesus) in the Torah portion that is studied by every Jewish synagogue in the world, this newsletter has built up a good following. It now goes to 8 different countries, not counting the USA, and 49 states. More people are reading it than the people I send it to. I know because my Auto-Responder tells me how many people received it and how many people, by the count of different computers, opened it up.

During this time, my computer was experiencing more and more problems. Two weeks ago, it "crashed." I did not have the finances to get it repaired and was considering dropping the newsletter. I did not want to do it, but I was looking at this situation as a sign from God that my life was heading in a new direction. I was within a week of shutting it down, but that was not to be the case.
 
 
After Shabbat two weeks ago, I received a knock on the door. It was a good friend. He had a brand new computer with all the "bells and whistles." He even set it up for me. As he was walking out the door, He told me, "Do not stop what you are doing" That, I believe, was a sign from God

WHY?
Because he did not know about my problems in sending out the newsletter, yet it became an answer to a prayer. With this computer, I can and will continue to send out the weekly "Parshas". Praise God!!!

I promise not to take as long to make my next entry as I did this one.

Shalom


Tuesday, October 7, 2008

What a Week!

Last Friday, I was blessed to be a Professor for a day. I taught Church History at Asbury Theological Seminary. There was 23 students and future leaders. I was to speak for one hour between 9:00-10:00; but we finally stopped at 11:30 for lunch. This was one of the best days of my life. I got to teach upcoming leaders about the Jewish roots of their faith.

When I mentioned my book, "The Ladder of Trust", I wished I would have brought more copies. A number of the students said they would order them from Amazon.com.

We tried to tape the teaching, but with mixed results.

A student and friend of mine named Joseph used his video cam, but could not get the sound. In trying to set up the sound, he lost the whole system.

The teacher had a tape recorder, voice activated, and for over an hour, I talked into its mike. It was then, I found out that the batteries were dead.

There were two students who were also taping me. I was told by them that they would give Joseph a copy, and he would burn me a CD.

At this time, I am at the mercy of the students for a copy.

Everyone wanted to be added into the newsletter, "The Scribe's Journal," including a number of the professors. God has really blessed me.

I am now preparing for Yom Kippur.

Shalom

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Me - A Professer?

What a week! I am still in a state of shock. God has been moving!

I have been asked by Dr. Zaida Maldonado Perez from the Asbury Theological Seminary to talk to its seminary students on the subject of Church History. She is the Associate Professor of Historical Theology.

The class is scheduled for October 3, and starts at 9:00am in Orlando. There are still some items to be worked out, but one item already agreed on is that the class will be recorded. It is my plan to use the teaching on Church History through the eyes of Messianic Judaism as a "freebe" for people to download who are getting the weekly newsletter, "The Scribe's Journal." It can also be used as a "teaser" for people to sign up for the newsletter.

History changes based on its starting point. For example, the battle of the Alamo in 1836 is seen different through the eyes of the Texans and the eyes of Mexico. This process is also applied to Church History through the eyes of Gentiles and Jews. Church history, as seen through Messianic Judaism, can be presented through both sides, producing understanding of the differences.

I will keep everybody informed as to this progress.

Shalom

Monday, September 8, 2008

Change is Coming

We are in the month of Elul. This is the time we prepare ourselves for Yom Kippur. Elul also leads up to Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish civil new year. During the start of the new year, resolutions are made. It is no different in our lives. Change is coming!

If this is your first year in Messianic Judaism, you are still doing the "Dance of the Feasts." As this holy month is coming, prepare yourselves. Change is coming!

I have been a co-host on a 1/2 hour radio program for some time, but this year I believe that I will have by own program, with a longer time period, wider audience, and covers larger territory. I should know within the next two months. Change is Coming!

It is taught in some Messianic circles that it was during this time Yeshua was tempted by Satan. If you feel during this period of time that you are under an attack more than any other time, consider this: "As goes the Master, so goes the disciples." It will help you work through this time. Change is Coming!

Shalom