Each year near Passover, many in Judaism and an increasing number of Christians go through their cupboards and pantries in an effort to rid their houses of leaven. Some Christians do this as a result of getting back to the Hebrew roots of their faith. They may realize they are not bound by Mosaic law, but desire to remember or commemorate the festivals of YHWH in some degree. Understanding the festivals helps us to have a greater understanding of Jesus. As Paul said, “The law is a tutor leading us to Christ.” This article examines the questions, “Just what is leaven?”, and “What is/was the meaning of throwing it out once a year?” Continue reading Understanding Leaven
My friend Steve has a ministry helping college kids in their relationship with God. In a recent conversation, he told me about a survey which stated that 2 out of 3 church attending college students stop attending church, and seriously question their faith after beginning college. It seems, that being submersed in a purely secular view of the world (in college), and being removed from their former home life (which had supported their faith), many begin to question their faith. This is not surprising, because those 2 out of 3, mentioned above, were likely not prepared for the assault on their received biblical teachings.
Prefacing note:In this article, the words Elohim and God are used interchangeably. God is the English translation of the Hebrew word Elohim. They are titles, not names.
Genesis Chapter 1 is an account of creation. It is a picture of the work week of Elohim. Each of the creative days begin with the words, “And Elohim said.” Genesis 1:1-2 is a prelude to the work week. It says, “In the beginning Elohim created the heavens and the earth.” So this work has already been done “in the beginning.” If scientists think the universe is 14 billion years old, or that the Earth is 4.5 billion years old, they might be close. It really does not matter. It’s not an issue. Genesis 1:1 is simply saying, “This stuff was previously made.” Then it says in verse 2, “And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of Elohim moved upon the face of the waters.” (something is about to happen). How long was it dark on Earth? We don’t know, and it doesn’t matter.
Prefacing note:In this article, the words Elohim and God are used interchangeably. God is the English translation of the Hebrew word Elohim. They are titles, not names. YHWH is a common way that God’s personal name (hwhy) is rendered in English. It has been replaced in many bibles with the word LORD. Today there are endless arguments on the correct pronunciation of this name. That is why it is being typed without vowels. His personal name is not used in the Bible until God creates the person of Adam, places him in the garden, and deals with Adam personally.
Additional note:There is a hypothesis presented in this article, which is probably unlike anything you’ve heard before. It may be very difficult to consider if you are not able/willing to discard previous, long-held, teachings.
It seems natural to begin elaborating on Elohim’s Work Week (days of creation) with day 1, but this article is focused on day 7. I want to focus on God’s Sabbath because it’s unlikely that anyone has yet instructed you on what to think about the length of THIS day. You will be more willing to accept a different idea regarding God’s Sabbath than you will on the other days (of HIS creative week) that you may have been previously “instructed” on. Continue reading YHWH’s Day Off