Topical Commentary

BUSINESS CONFERENCE © mbbirdy | iStockPhoto.comInformed by Scripture, history, and the languages of the Bible, we share our thoughts on various matters of faith and offer unique perspectives that are sure to be a source of enlightenment and encouragement.  Always grounded in Scripture, we aren't wed to any denominational traditions, so we can find and share the good news!

 

ITALIAN NEBBIOLO RED WINE GRAPES ON THE VINE #1 © Chiyacat | Dreamstime.comA dear friend and contributor to Psalm11918.org shared some insight into the parable of the vineyard and brought in various other Scriptures to elucidate the passage. In doing so it sparked a rather exciting discussion about vines, vineyards, vine dressers, and wine as metaphors used throughout the Apostolic Writings. This article highlights the points of that discussion along with other insights Brent provided. I would like to credit him for inspiring this article in the spirit of Proverbs 3:27. And as always, we give thanks to G-d Most High who "gave the heart understanding to distinguish between day and night".

 

Let us take a journey together through Scripture once again and see what it says about vines, vineyards, vine dressers, wine and more... a "walk in the Word". As we take this walk, may we say, believe, and do what is right, be merciful in our speech and actions, and walk humbly with the Lord (Micah 6:8).

As we study and meditate on Scripture we find that many items or individuals are symbolic of something else or are given to foreshadow Messiah.

The purpose of this page is to serve as a repository for thoughts and observations regarding items or individuals from Scripture and briefly note their symbolic meaning(s).

This article is not meant to be an exhaustive study of any of the items listed and is a work in progress.

 

This article provides a brief list of moedim [G-d's appointed times], where each is found in Scripture, and notes regarding how some groups or individuals observe each moed. A more detailed explanation of G-d's calendar can be found in our article about What Scripture Says About G-d's Appointed Times.  More details into each of the moedim can be found in our series of articles about the Moedim.

 Let's begin with the first of G-d's appointed times: the weekly sabbath.

frog reflection 300Each year during Passover, as we read through the history of the Exodus, we recount the ten plagues that were visited upon Egypt. During a recent study through the book of Revelation, we noticed an interesting repetition of the same types of plagues mentioned there as well. We thought the parallels were fascinating and worth documenting.

The plagues of the Exodus recall the events as the Most High revealed Himself as the G-d of Israel. As it is written:

"When Pharaoh does not listen to you, then I will lay My hand on Egypt and bring out My hosts, My people the sons of Israel, from the land of Egypt by great judgments. The Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD, when I stretch out My hand on Egypt and bring out the sons of Israel from their midst." (Exodus 7:4-5)

 

For a more detailed review of the Exodus plagues, themselves, see our article on The Plagues of the Exodus.

MEETING PHARAOH - ©2005 Ted LarsonAs we read through Exodus 7-12 as part of the annual Torah reading cycle and as part of the readings for Pesach, we find ten plagues that were visited upon Egypt. Psalm11918.org examined the variations between the events of each plague and the patterns within the plague narrative.  What we've found is interesting and thought provoking.

 

The plagues tell us the story of how the Most High revealed Himself to the Egyptians as the G-d of Isra'el. As it is written:

Exodus 7:4-5

"When Pharaoh does not listen to you, then I will lay My hand on Egypt and bring out My hosts, My people the sons of Israel, from the land of Egypt by great judgments. The Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD, when I stretch out My hand on Egypt and bring out the sons of Israel from their midst."

 

Reading through the narrative of the plagues, it seems as if they were specifically chosen to point out the powerlessness of the "gods" of the Egyptians.  Let's take a closer look...

Torah Portion

ראה (Re'eh)

 

 

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Today is

Yom Shishi, 24 Av, 5780

Friday, August 14, 2020

 

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