Andronicus summarized the first seven plagues, then continued on with Bo or Enter, from Exodus 10:1 – 13:16. We saw how each of the plagues had duality, meaning there were deeper meanings, and we also explored how the plagues confronted “enemies of the cross” or those who (would) despise Messiah. Then in the sermon, Pastor Jonathan covered “Lehbabeh” or Heart, Strong Concordance 3824, from Deuteronomy 10:12. The essence of the law is not legalism, rather God wanting our hearts. Hearts follow God and scriptures whereas minds follow people and rules… Romans 10:9-10 (salvation), Colossians 3:23 (efforts) and II Corinthians 9:6-7 (giving), confirmed the importance of hearts. Lastly, remember that Ezekiel 36:26 says only God can change hearts. The audio recording is http://messiahechad.org/private/24-jan-2015-c7t/ and the slides are online. See you next week for monthly oneg!
Rabbi Jonathan covered Va’eira, “I Appeared”, from Exodus 6:2 – 9:35. Leading to this parsha, we read how Moses was spared as a baby, obtained status in Egypt, killed an Egyptian, fled to the wilderness and was called back to Egypt, to demand Pharaoh let the children of Israel go. And since Pharaoh’s heart was hardened, Yahweh (God) needed to “convince” Egypt, via the plagues. Then our guest, Pastor Glenn, spoke on hope (Romans 8:24-25, I Thessalonians 5:8). We have hope because God is good (Psalms 100:4-5, Psalms 27:13), His promises are true (II Corinthians 1:20, Acts 16:31) and there is a heaven (I Corinthians 15:19-20). And we build hope by staying in the word (Hebrews 11:1, Romans 10:17) and staying unoffended (Proverbs 4:23, Hosea 2:14-15, Romans 12:18, Mathew 5:24). Re-listen to http://messiahechad.org/private/17-jan-2015-h4m/ and please, allow Yahweh to appear in your life and give you hope.