It was exciting to hear Alfredo teach Matot or Tribes, from Numbers 30:2 – 32:42. The idea was to keep our vows, obey our leaders and keep our spirits positive. Some cross-referenced sections were Ecclesiastes 5:4-6, Mathew 5:37 and Proverbs 15:13-15. And Rabbi Jonathan covered how kosher is; cloven hooves and cud chewing for land animals, fins and scales for marine animals, non scavengers or carnivores for birds, locusts or grasshoppers or crickets for insects, and no reptiles, rodents, blood, fat nor amphibians (Leviticus 7, Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14). Yes, Peter had a vision about common animals being clean but that is only when Yahweh (God) wills it so… the kosher diet was not abolished in Acts 10-9-16. The audio recording is http://messiahechad.org/private/19-july-2014-9k3/ and see you next week for the monthly oneg… make sure to bring a (biblically) kosher dish to share : )
In addition to starting an interim period of being an Elder and Associate Pastor at Messiah Echad, David Hunt summarized Numbers 25:10 – 30:1. Phinehas had decided to stand against the evil in the camps and he physically took matters into his own hands. And although we do not use javelins to remove evil in the present day, spiritually speaking, even us non-leaders should seek to confront evil. Then in the main teaching, Rabbi Jonathan spoke on Finding Common Ground and we explored Mishpachah or Family. Many of us can relate to the pain Saul felt when he was rejected by fellow believers in Acts 9:26-27. The solution is to focus on similarities (Romans 8:1-6), forget about differences (Romans 12:3-8) and worry about our own responsibilities to Yahweh (II Corinthians 5:16-20). The audio recording is http://messiahechad.org/private/12-july-2014-1k0/. Finally, the High Holy Days Schedule has been posted so please visit our Facebook or the Messiah Echad Events Page.