68:13) ai???Kings of armies flee! They flee!”
She who waits at home divides the spoil,
68:14) While you sleep among the campfires,
The wings of a dove sheathed with silver,
Her feathers with shining gold.
68:15) When Shaddai scattered kings in her,
It snowed on Tzalmon.
68:16) The mountains of Bashan are majestic mountains.
The mountains of Bashan are rugged.
68:17) Why do you look in envy, you rugged mountains,
At the mountain where `Elohiym chooses to reign?
Yes, Yahua will dwell there forever.
68:18) The chariots of `Elohiym are tens of thousands and thousands of thousands.
Yahua is among them, from Sinai, into the sanctuary.
68:19) You have ascended on high. You have led away captives.
You have received gifts among men,
Yes, among the rebellious also, that Yah `Elohiym might dwell there.
68:20) Blessed be the Master, who daily bears our burdens,
Even the `El who is our salvation. Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai?? Selah
68:21) `El is to us the `El of deliverance.
To Yahua, the Master, belongs escape from death.
68:22) But `Elohiym will strike through the head of His enemies,
The hairy scalp of such a one as still continues in his guiltiness.
68:23) The Master said, “I will bring you again from Bashan,
I will bring you again from the depths of the sea;
68:24) That you may crush them, dipping your foot in blood,
That the tongues of your dogs may have their portion from your enemies.”
68:25) They have seen your processions, `Elohiym,
Even the processions of my `El, my King, into the sanctuary.Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai??Ai?? Contd.)
The Bible is like a parachute: it is only of use when it is opened.
I have never really been afraid of heights and I have worked aloft on many occasions. I have had the unusual ai???pleasureai??i?? of working on top of cranes and tanks or looking down into deep chambers before descending into the depths. However, as you get older, the knees have a will of their own and wobble at bit before succumbing to the brainai??i??s command to move. I have used safety harnesses before but never a parachute.
It has been said that it is not the fall that kills, but the stopping.
ai???You search the Scriptures, because you think that in them you have eternal life; and these are they which testify about me.ai??? (John 5:39). When the Jewish authorities questioned the Master, He retorted that although they studied Torah, they were not able to understand it. This was because when they studied, they were under the guidance of other men. These teaches of the Law retold the teachings of previous teachers and so on back into history. Therefore, when error crept in the same, the error was perpetuated on down the line. This error was that the Oral Law (along with tradition of the fathers and doctrine) was to be held as the same authority as the Written Law.
ai???How can you believe, who receive glory from one another, and you do not seek the glory that comes from the only `Elohiym? Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father. There is one who accuses you, even Moshe, on whom you have set your hope. For if you believed Moshe, you would believe me; for he wrote about me. But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe my words?ai??? (John 5:44-47). Beloved, have you noticed that the Master gave primacy to the written word over the oral teachings, even if the teachings came from the Word Himself. What the Master was asking was why were the religious leaders giving primacy to words uttered by men, not mentioned in Scripture, when they ignored the words spoken of Messiah who is the throughout Scripture.
On the Home page of this website and in the prologue of each study, ATC stress that primacy must not be given to anything other than the Written Word. Yes, it is good to use helps such as commentaries, sermons and lessons, but these are from men, not from Yahua. There is much to learn from the early Jewish sages and rabbis or early Church Fathers. Nevertheless, too much authority is given to commentaries from men such as Calvin, Henry, Hertz etc. I do not consider myself as knowledgeable as these and likewise caution you to weigh up the messages on ATC and all commentaries with Scripture.
One of the main criticisms of the Bible is that it is hard to understand. This can be due to people opening the Bible and expect to understand everything that is written therein. I have been studying Scripture now for over twenty-five years and have only scratched the surface. Many think that each book of the Bible is a stand-alone entity. Although they were written by many different men in various styles over hundreds of years, they were all written under the direct influence of Yahuaai??i??s Spirit. There are basic truths about which to learn: everyone is a sinner and is destined for eternal punishment; there is nothing that we can do about it, and our need of a Saviour to take the punishment upon Himself on our behalf; salvation is on the belief that Messiah Yahshua, the Son of Yahua, is that Saviour. The Bible describes this and He is the common thread that is woven throughout Scripture.
ai???But I know you, that you do not have Yahuaai??i??s love in yourselves.ai???Ai?? (John 5:42). This ai???loveai??i?? is the Spirit sent to be our Teacher. He alone can fully open up Scripture. ai???Every writing inspired by Yahua is profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for instruction which is in righteousness, that the man of Yahua may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.ai??? (2 Tim. 3:16, 17). This Spirit is in every person and He reveals all that is necessary for salvation and for the work Yahua has for each and every person.
A parachute is used when a person has fallen from a great height and is careering to their deaths. What a relief it must be when the ripcord is pulled and the parachute canopy opens up above you to prevent a catastrophe. Likewise, what a relief it is to open up the Bible and see how our need of a Saviour is met in the Person of Messiah Yahshua. It may not feel like it but every unrepentant sinner is hurtling towards death and eternal punishment.
Open that Bible right now. See the Canopy of Fatherai??i??s love spread out over us and believe that Messiah Yahshua has taken that eternal damnation upon Himself!
Father, we thank you for the power of your Word and that Word was made flesh in Messiah Yahshua so that in believing in His Life, Death and Resurrection we may have eternal life with you.
ai???Whoever walks blamelessly is kept safe;
But one with perverse ways will fall suddenly.ai??? (Prov. 28:18).
Father willing, we will gather again next Shabbat.