Monthly Archives: April 2015

“when a woman gives birth . . .”

This is more of an outline that a full-blown article. Perhaps it will be helpful.

Some Thoughts to Ponder . . . ‘When a Woman gives birth . . .’

Leviticus 12:1-8   ‘. . . and when a woman gives birth . . .’

As we go through this, please notice the offerings in this passage are very similar to some of those among the weekly offerings of Sukkot, the time of the regathering of the Whole of House of Israel . . .

Who birthed Israel (Jacob)? – Rebekah
Who birthed Messiah ? – Israel

For female offspring – 14 days (2 sets of 7) and 66 days – two sets of 33 . . . for a total of two sets of 40 (fulfillment of judgment, things being set right, completion) . . .
one for each House of Israel. Remember, Israel was divided into two houses and it was our Father’s doing .
Another place we see ‘two sets of 7’ are in the seven daily offerings of Sukkot, the regathering of the Whole House of Israel, the Bride, the female . . .
( Num. 29:12-34)

For a male child – 7 days (one set of 7) and 33 days, for a total of 40 . . .- (fulfillment of judgment, things being set right, completion) . . . on the 8th day the boy is circumcised.

After the total days of her uncleanness are finished ( whether a male or female child) and she is clean, she presents to the Priest the offering of the lamb and the dove, an offering before the Lord to make atonement and she shall be clean from the flow of blood.
(Lev. 12:6-7)

It is interesting at the age of 33 Yeshua (the Lamb) dies and as the High Priest He makes atonement for His bride, offering His Blood as the Lamb, and she is made clean from the blood. ( Let His blood be on us and on our children Matt. 27:25-) . . . and after His departure the Dove was sent . . .

Yeshua came for the Whole House of Israel . . . In Numbers 29:35-36 we see one set of 7 lambs and one bull . . . for now the two houses have become one . . .‘and the two sticks shall become one in My Hand, says the Lord ( Eze. 37:19). . .’
one restored house . . . one set of 7 plus 33 (Yeshua) =  40 (completion, restoration) plus one bull symbolizing One Nation; and the One Lamb and one Dove signify the uncleanness has been taken away. . .

The offerings during the week of Sukkot . . .
Each day – 14 lambs . . . two sets of 7

On the 8th day of Sukkot . . . one bull and one set of 7 lambs . . . symbolizing completion.

On the eighth day of the male child there is ‘circumcision’ . . . the uncleanness is taken away. At the conclusion of each time period – 33 plus 7 days for the male child, 66 plus 14 (two sevens) for the female child – the mother presents the offerings – Lamb and the Dove – signifying the uncleanness has been taken away . . . One scenario symbolizes the two houses to BE restored and the other scenario signifies the One House as Restored.
It is interesting in these short eight verses we see the two houses of Jacob becoming the one restored House in the Father’s Hand through the atoning work of Messiah Yeshua.

Before Israel went into the Land, preparing to keep the Passover, they were all ‘circumcised’ and the uncleanness was rolled away – Gilgal .
The first time they went in was at Passover, the second time will be at Sukkot (Zech.14).
Shalom – R&J

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Posted by on April 26, 2015 in Uncategorized


So What’s The Word Say ? April 16th and 23rd, 2015

There were technical issues and this broadcast did not air in the proper time slot until the 23rd . . .

So Whats The Word Say

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Posted by on April 25, 2015 in Uncategorized


The Counting of the Omer . . .

Today- April 19th – is the 15th day (the first day after the second sabbath and the first day of the third week) of the ‘counting of the omer’ and looking forward to the ‘promise of the Father’.
Shalom U’Vrachot – Peace & Blessings

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Posted by on April 20, 2015 in Uncategorized


Father, Please grant Your Peace on this Shabbat . . .

This week we joined with others in the heart-rending  task of laying to rest a dear friend and sister in the Lord, Joyce Young. She is ‘Joyce’ to Rhonda and I and many others. She will always be ‘Wife’ to her husband,  ‘Mother’ to their children, ‘Sister’ to her siblings and ‘Mamaw’ to the little ones. She will be remembered by many different titles by many different folks. By those privileged to be a part of her life she will always be known as an encourager, a prayer warrior, an intercessor and friend. By those who understand her heart, she is a Person of Honor and a Woman of Faith. But most importantly, she is a daughter of The King and a Child of The Most High. She is and will be missed which means she added great value to the lives of all whose path she crossed.

Father, as we step into this Your Shabbat, may Your Peace be manifest and tangible in and to the friends and family members struggling with the absence of this one who played such an important role in their lives. Allow Your Presence and Peace to overwhelm us all as this pain gives way to the warm, fond memories of this one you blessed us with for a season.  Father, thank you for Joyce.

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Posted by on April 17, 2015 in Uncategorized


Counting Down from The Raysheet Omer

According to a literal rendering of Scripture, today is the 8th day ( the first day of the second week) of the counting down from the Raysheet Omer – The First Sheaf Wave Offering – towards the 50th day – The Feast of Weeks or Pentecost and the 2nd part of the Promise of our Father. Shalom

tabernacle 8

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Posted by on April 12, 2015 in Uncategorized


Aviv is in the air . . .

” And this shall be the beginning of months for you . . .”


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Posted by on April 10, 2015 in Uncategorized


So What’s The Word Say ? 04-09-15

So Whats The Word Say

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Posted by on April 10, 2015 in Uncategorized


Passover Praise Report

This year’s Passover Celebration was a tremendous evening. It was great to gather once again with old friends and new faces as we learn and grow together in the Ways of our Father. During the evening, God gave us opportunity to pray with and for a dear sister for healing. ‘How much more should this daughter of Abraham be set free’ as we entered into the Sabbath. At Passover, we acknowledge (and hopefully understand) Yeshua is the door, and through Him – our Passover- we enter the eternal Kingdom. We were all able to experience this concept first hand friday evening as a young man came forward during the seder and surrendered his life to Messiah Yeshua. Praise the Lord !! This is what Passover is all about . . . seeing the sick healed and the enslaved set free. “for He forgives all our sins and heals all our diseases . . .” “and it pleased YHWH to bruise him (Messiah) and make Him sick . . . ” His blood was shed for our sin and His body broken for our healing – “for by His stripes we are healed.” Thank you Father. Shalom – J&Rworship image 7


Posted by on April 5, 2015 in Uncategorized


What’s The Word Say ? 04-02-2015

This week on “So What’s the Word Say ?” we find a potpourri of subjects, ranging from Passover to ‘The Name’ and virtually everything in between. So no matter your present level of understanding, you should at least find something to either encourage you or irritate you, LOL.

Blessings, Shalom and Chag Sameach!

May you have an uplifting Passover.

/So Whats The Word Say

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Posted by on April 5, 2015 in Uncategorized


Kosher for Passover ?

‘Kosher for Passover’ . . .

‘Kosher for Passover’ is a phrase ‘used and abused’ this time of year and is the center of a question we have been asked several times this season as we prepare for Passover. Allow us to apologize for not addressing  this concept sooner but, perhaps, it will be helpful  for next season.

First, let’s address the word and concept of ‘Kosher’. The word ‘kosher’, or ‘kasher’ in Hebrew (כָשֵׁר) is defined as ‘proper or fitting’, and it is a word having as many ‘uses’ as there are groups that use it. What is ‘kosher’ to one group is not ‘kosher enough’ for another and so on and so forth. It is like throwing the phrase ‘eternal security’ on the table in a meeting of evangelicals or throwing a bone in a kennel full of canines. It can get exciting quickly.

So what does The Word say concerning Kosher ? Well, for starters, you might find it interesting that the word ‘kasher’ is NOT in Torah, Torah being the first five books of the Bible. Yes, the concept of that which is ‘proper and fitting’ is most certainly in Torah, but the word ‘kosher’ is not there. In fact, the first place the word ‘kasher’ appears in Scripture has absolutely nothing to do with food. Instead, it is associated with ‘proper protocol’ in relation to coming into the presence of The King and is found in the book of Esther, chapter 8,verse 5. “Then she (Esther) said, “If it please (tov- good) the king and if I have found favor before him and the matter seems proper (kasher) to the king . . .”

Primarily, in our time, the word ‘kosher’ is used in reference to food – whether or not it is ‘kosher’. The problem appears with the interpretation and application of what an individual or group considers kosher to mean. Some groups are very meticulous with not only cleanliness standards but also each and every ingredient that goes into a product, as well as what those ingredients and finished product may come into contact with during the process. Other groups are much less stringent and much more relaxed in these areas. So which is correct ? Which is ‘kosher’, if you will, from a Biblical standard? Well, What’s The Word say?

As a general rule, The Scripture has two distinctions – clean vs. unclean, or the holy vs. the profane or common. So how does ‘kosher’ fit into this picture ?  According to Scripture, if something (a creature, an item, an act, etc) is ‘kosher’ it is ‘proper and fitting’ to the situation or circumstance at hand, being used or applied as intended by it’s original design. There is also an underlying picture that this determination of being ‘proper’ is made by The King, or the One who has the authority to make that determination. Paul reminds us in his first letter to Timothy that “everything created by God (and God created everything) is good, and nothing is to be rejected, if it is received with gratitude; 5 for it is sanctified (set-part) by the Word of God and prayer.” (1Timothy 4:4-5). He did NOT say everything created was ‘clean’ but that everything created was ‘good-tov’( Genesis 1:4,10,12 18,21,25,31), which includes both the clean and the unclean, since God created both.

So, now, here’s the kicker . . .according Scripture . . . a pig, which is a ‘good’ creation of our Heavenly Father, created unclean for an unclean purpose, can be both unclean AND kosher (according to definition) if used for and according to it’s original design and purpose . . . which, by the way, was and is not ‘food’ for us. Say what ? That’s right . . . if the Biblical definition of ‘kosher’ is ‘proper and fitting’ and IF I use a pig or snail or a shrimp for the purpose for which it was created . . . although these creatures are unclean by their created nature, they are, by definition, both ‘kosher’ and ‘unclean’ .

OK . . . now that we have either given you’all a brain cramp or made you mad enough to be yelling at your computer screens . . . what does all this have to do with Matza being ‘Kosher for Passover’ ?  All matza, as a result of  it’s ingredients and the nature of those ingredients , is both clean and ‘kosher’ for Passover. According to Scripture, for bread to be ‘proper and fitting’ for Passover, it must be unleavened, which is literally the definition of matza. It is made from oil, grain, perhaps a little water and salt, all of which would be considered ‘clean’ ingredients. So, by it’s design and ingredients it IS ‘kosher for Passover’.

OK then, so why does one box of matza say ‘Kosher for Passover’ and another box says ‘NOT Kosher for Passover’ ?  Tradition . . .  Rabbinic (for lack of a better word) Tradition teaches for matza to be considered ‘kosher for Passover’, the matza can take no longer than 18 minutes from the time the preparation process begins until it goes into the oven. Any longer than 18 minutes allows for the possibility of ‘rising’ to begin naturally due to the reaction of the ingredients and possibly any wild yeast in the air. Now that all sounds Ok, but it’s NOT in the Word and yet we accept this tradition as if it has Scripture-level validity. So, are we saying it is wrong to buy matza marked ‘Kosher for Passover’ ? No, absolutely not. What we ARE saying is ‘words mean things’ and we need to understand, from a biblical perspective, the words and terms we use and the difference between tradition and What The Word Says so as to make ‘proper and fitting’ (kosher) decisions.

Shabbat Shalom And Chag Sameach from us to you – J&R

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Posted by on April 2, 2015 in Uncategorized

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