Thursday, September 16, 2010

Shameless Plug

I apologize for the lack of posting to the blog. I'm trying to wrap up a huge project at work, and it's been consuming a lot of my time.

I took on two book cover projects for Allon Ministries this past week, and I'm excited at how they turned out. You can see the results here and please drop by and visit the Allon Ministries website. Dr. Robert Allon offers many free resources for believers to discover and study the Hebraic roots of Christianity. At his website, he has made available studies, translations and teaching in .mp3 and video format at no charge.

While you're there, check out the information on his Bible Study Methodology 101 course, which helps students learn to recover the picture of Biblical Hebrew that often gets lost when it is translated into English. The course is recommended for anyone from 8 to 80 who loves Scripture and is geared toward non-Hebrew speaking students.

Dr. Allon has really come to mean a lot to me and my family and I want to offer a great big "Thank you!" for his labor and heart to minister to the body of Mashiach. As he is fond of signing off...Much love and shalom!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Rosh Hashanah - Feast of Trumpets

Leviticus 23:23-24 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, (24) Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, In the seventh month, in the first [day] of the month, shall ye have a sabbath, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, an holy convocation.

Numbers 29:1 And in the seventh month, on the first [day] of the month, ye shall have an holy convocation; ye shall do no servile work: it is a day of blowing the trumpets unto you.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

BSM#14: Psalm (84:12)

Psalm 84:11 [KJV] For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.

I'm loving this translation. Here are the key words broken down, followed by my picture translation.

The LORD from Hebrew YHVH - Yahveh, the proper name of God. Just as you and I have a name, so does the Creator. It is most properly pronounced Yahveh (or Yahweh) in English.

God from Hebrew elohiym - "God, His majesties" (always used in plural form.) The picture behind this word is of a finely cut and many faceted stone. As the stone is rotated, each facet catches the light, revealing previously unseen and beautiful qualities of the stone. When applied to Yahveh, it is a description of the beauty of His infinitely facteted nature that is revealed to us as we live in intimacy with Him. It is the beauty of His Holiness, Righteousness, Mercy, Love, Peace, etc... that we discover as we grow in our relationship with Him.

[is a] sun, from Hebrew shemesh - THE SUN. Metaphorically, God is said to be anyone's sun.

[and] shield, from Hebrew magen - a shield, metaphorically of God as a protector.

will give, from Hebrew nathan - (1) TO GIVE; to cause to receive. This is used in the sense to taking someone's hand, placing something in it, and closing their fingers around what you have given them.

grace, from Hebrew chen - (1) grace, favor, goodwill; (2) gracefulness, beauty; (3) supplication, prayer

and glory, from Hebrew kabowd - properly, heaviness, always used figuratively; (1) honor, glory of men; (2) majesty, glory, splendor; (3) abundance, riches; (4) poetically, the heart, soul as being the more noble part of man.

no good thing, from Hebrew towb - (1) good, kind, upright; (2) fair, beautiful; (3) pleasant, agreeable; (4) well off, prosperous, happy; (5) distinguished, great, excelling; (6) cheerful, merry.

will he withhold, from Hebrew mana' - TO KEEP BACK, TO RESTRAIN, from anything; (2) to withhold from anyone.

from them that walk, from Hebrew halak - 1) to go, to walk, to go along (to, through or over a place, with someone, after someone, to follow someone, to pursue someone); 2) "to walk" is to live, to follow any manner of life (to follow someone's footsteps is to imitate him in life and manners)

Closer look at Halak

uprightly, from Hebrew tamiym - (1) perfect, complete; (2) whole, entire; (3) perfect, whole, sound, upright in conduct, blameless.

Picture Translation:
Yahveh, God His majesties is our sun and protector; Yahveh will cause us to receive grace and honor; He will not restrain any pleasant thing from those whose life journey, worship and lifestyle are following, pursuing, walking hand in hand, imitating and being intimately acquainted with uprightness!

As is usually the case in translation, it refers to living by God's Torah (doctrine, instruction). David was a very vocal proponent of observing God's Torah, and since Yahveh referred to him as "a man after my own heart", maybe it's a good idea if we work toward getting as excited about living out the Torah as David was.