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Confusion is one of the more difficult trials of life. The difficulty is compounded when the confusion sets in over spiritual matters. We tend to see religion as the anchor, the unshakeable rock, the place upon which the rest of our life can stand firmly. When questions arise concerning matters of faith we sense that the very core of stability in our life is shaken. When we begin to doubt our relationship with God; the relationship that we thought could never waver, we find it difficult to move forward. The fear of this confusion can influence us to settle for hasty untested conclusions.

There are certain basic truths that can give us courage in situations of confusion; courage, strength and stability so that we can step forward carefully and deliberately with complete confidence that God is with us every step of the way.

God is the God of truth…

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Moses vs. Jesus – Excerpt from Supplement to Contra Brown

Brown besmirches Judaism again. He “informs” his readers about “the great contrast between Rabbinic Judaism and the New Covenant Faith”. Brown points to the closing verses in Deuteronomy which speak of Moses unsurpassed greatness. He then contrasts the Christian reading of these verses with what he presents as the Rabbinical reading of these verses. Brown claims that in light of Jesus alleged miracles, Christians are entitled to believe that Jesus was greater than Moses. We will deal with this non-scriptural assertion shortly. For now we will move on to Brown’s presentation of the Rabbinic reading of these verses in Deuteronomy.

I quote; “What does Rabbinic Judaism say about these verses in Deuteronomy 34? Remarkably, there is a saying that goes, “From Moses to Moses there was none like Moses” – referring to none other than Moses Maimonides…”

I find this argument incredible. For starters, Maimonides himself, gave expression to one of the foundations of the Jewish faith by stating that Moses is the greatest prophet, greater than all who preceded him and greater than all who will follow him. No Jew ever believed that Maimonides was greater than or even equal in stature to Moses. The saying: “From Moses to Moses there arose none like Moses” was never presented as an interpretation of the passage in Deuteronomy, or of any other Scriptural passage for that matter. The saying originates from the period of mourning that followed the passing of Maimonides as an exaggeration generated by the grief of the moment that was never meant in a literal sense, and until Brown put this saying in his book, was never understood in a literal sense.

In “great contrast” to Judaism, Christianity completely fails to appreciate the greatness of Moses, and believes that Jesus was greater than him. Christianity’s failure to understand Moses’ stature is not a peripheral mistake. It is not simply a matter of misunderstanding these verses in Deuteronomy. It is a failure to understand the foundations of the faith structure of the Jewish Scriptures.

The faith of the Jewish Scriptures stands on one concept: honesty and credibility. The more credible the concept, the more weight it is given in the theology of Judaism.

All of the miracles of the exodus, the miracles of the wilderness, and the Sinai revelation established the credibility of the two foundational concepts in Judaism: that God is the only true power, and that Moses is His prophet. These miracles are so great because they are so credible, because they go so far in satisfying our sensitivity to truth, our sense of honesty. These were events that were collectively experienced. These events had a tremendous practical impact on the lives of two great nations.

The concept of credibility is the very thrust of these verses in Deuteronomy. The Scripture emphasize that the miracles that were performed through Moses impacted Pharaoh and ALL of his servants and ALL of his land. The Scripture emphasizes that the miracles were done to the eyes of ALL of Israel.

How could these miracles compare to the faith healings of Jesus that only impacted the lives of individuals, were only witnessed by individuals, and were only worked with people who already believed in him (Matthew 13:58)? When we consider the credibility of Jesus’ miracles and/or the lack thereof, Jesus doesn’t even remotely approach Joshua, let alone Moses.

Brown’s pointing to these verses in Deuteronomy as an example of Christianity’s faithfulness to the spirit of Scripture is the height of insolence. The fact that this is coming from a Jew who has been denied his rightful heritage, is heartbreaking.

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Isaiah 53 – Vindication

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Isaiah  53 is all about vindication. God’s servant, who suffered grievously, will one  day be vindicated to the eyes of those who despised him. This is the primary  thrust of the passage.

The missionary interpretation insists that it is  Jesus who is going to be vindicated and ONLY Jesus who will be vindicated.  According to the Church, the servant’s role can only be fulfilled by one who  stands apart from all of humanity by virtue of his alleged divinity – no one can  share in the servant’s accomplishment. The key element of the Church position is  that the servant must be Jesus to the absolute exclusion of anyone  else.

Judaism, on the other hand, asserts that the  primary thrust of the passage is the vindication of those who accomplished God’s  purpose on earth. Israel is God’s agent here on earth and it is through this  nation that God’s purpose is…

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The Speeder – Commentary to Matthew 12

A man was on his way to watch a football game at his friend’s house. Eager to arrive, he found himself doing 60 mph in a 35 mph zone. Shortly, a police officer pulled him over.

“Do you realize that you were speeding?” the police officer asked.

Incensed the man began railing at the officer:

“Have you not heard how a husband sometimes rushes his pregnant wife as she goes into labor? Or are you so ignorant that you do not know that a fire truck breaks the speed limit and its driver receives no ticket? I tell you that I am greater than the fire chief! But if you had known that a warning is preferable to a ticket, you would not have harassed an innocent man. For I am lord of the roads!”

As the man was arrested, one could hear him shouting: “Speed limits were made for man, not man for speed limits!”

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The Blind Seer – Isaiah 40:6

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The Blind Seer – Isaiah 40:6

Supplement to “Armor Bearers”

“A voice says, ‘Proclaim!’ and [the [prophet] asks, ‘What shall I proclaim?’ – ‘All flesh is grass and all its kindness is like a blossom in the field. Grass withers and blossoms fades when the breath of the Lord blows upon it; indeed the people are grass. Grass withers and blossom fades, but the word of our God stands forever.”

God comforts Israel by having the prophet proclaim that all flesh is ephemeral and transitory while the word of God stands forever.

Israel was chosen by God to testify that there is no power aside from Him (Isaiah 44:9). You don’t need a witness for something that everyone can see. The truth of God’s power is hidden behind the façade of the natural order (Isaiah 44:18). With eyes of flesh we see might, strength and permanence in natural objects such…

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A Story and a Song

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A Story and a Song

(This is the story of a woman who found the truth. Name withheld by request)

I think everything started with my conversion to an evangelical church from another evangelical church. Until the age of 15 I was member of a Reform Church, a sort of Lutheran church, but I never attended the church because I didn’t speak the language that was spoken in my father’s church. So, when I first entered a Baptist church, I was very impressed and I decided in that very moment that I want to serve and obey God. My mother was Orthodox (the eastern European branch of Christianity) who gave up believing in those nonsense saints and the virgin Mary. So, after I make my conversion to Baptist Church, I started to read the Bible, It was so normal for me to start with Genesis…nowadays people read almost only…

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Square Circles – 1Kings 18:21

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Square Circles – 1Kings 18:21

The English teacher asked her sixth grade students if they could provide an example of an oxymoron. The girl in the back row raised her hand and the teacher called on her. The student said two words: “President Obama”.

I respect the child’s right to free speech and I am not saying that I disagree with her, what I am saying is that I would have chosen a different example. I would have said: “Messianic Judaism”.

The movement known as Messianic Judaism is in the continuous process of realigning themselves with Jewish tradition and practice. They have incorporated observance of Shabbat, commemoration of the biblical festivals, laying of tefillin, and many other rituals of traditional Judaism.

But Judaism is not about keeping Shabbat, celebrating the festivals or putting on tefillin. Judaism is about keeping the Shabbat as an expression of our obedience to the One…

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