After Passover, we restarted our torah portions with Shmini or Eighth, from Leviticus 9:1 – 11:47. We saw how the temple offerings (sin, burnt, peace, grain, wave) helped invoke the Glory of the Lord, and even modern day believers, should live in the spirit of offerings. Alternatively, we can be like Nadab and Abihu, making profane sacrifices or disobeying the instructions we receive… but that would be ill advised. In the sermon, Bill presented on Gideon, from Judges 6-8. The way Yahweh (God), used 300 men to defeat an army of over 100,000, using only torches and shofars, was truly amazing. Bill even connected the torch and shofar, to our ministry at Messiah Echad. The audio is http://messiahechad.org/private/18-apr-2015-r5t/, and slides are http://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/18-Apr-2015-Slide.pdf. Lastly, be sure to pray for Rabbi Jonathan, while he cycles from Houston to Fort Worth with Ride 2 Recovery.
As the Lord has been working prophetically with Rabbi Jonathan, finding laws in the New Covenant and grace in the Old, we explored the later, in as early as the torah. In Genesis 6:8, God had become increasingly disappointed in the evil of man, yet He extended grace to his servant Noah. Are we not also commanded in Deuteronomy 22:4, to do so when our brother or his livestock, has fallen? Genesis 18:22 offers yet another perspective, where Yahweh intended to destroy a city, but man negotiated with Him, and effected grace. If the Almighty can hear people out, should not we do the same? Finally, in Exodus 4:10, Moses told Adonai that he was not eloquent in speech (able), yet grace and trust was extended, as Moses later became the spokesman for God’s Chosen People (Israel). The audio recording is http://messiahechad.org/private/11-apr-2015/; now go extend some Old Testament Grace!