The name of the Messiah, Son of the One True God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, is often debated within Hebrew Roots circles. Clearly the Hebrew Messiah had a Hebrew name, which most Hebrew scholars believe properly transliterates into English as Yeshua.
In two separate conversations with friends in the last couple of weeks, the topic of homosexuality has come up. You can hardly turn on the news without getting a story about gay marriage, stories like the Penn State or Catholic church abuses, or situations like the Jane Pitt or Chick-fil-A brouhahas. Clearly this is an issue that is getting more and more press, lots of attention, and has passions roused on both sides. But this article isn’t about homosexuality. Instead, it is analyzing comments that both of these people have made; comments along the line that “I believe that God loves everybody” or “I don’t think God will condemn someone who was born that way”, etc. In other words, the Bible is wrong in the assertion that homosexuality is an abomination.
My birthday is coming up in a couple of weeks, but before you bake me a cake or throw me a party, please consider what Scripture says about celebrating birthdays. There are few birthday celebrations mentioned in Scripture, and none of them involved activity that was pleasing to our Heavenly Father.
One of the most familiar stories in the Bible is found in the book of Exodus, which tells the story many people best know from Hollywood instead of the Bible – the story of the plagues and exodus from Egypt to the giving of the Ten Commandments.
On the Road to Emmaus, Jesus told “the things concerning himself” “beginning at Moses” (Luke 24:27). Moses wrote the first five books of the Old Testament. So open your Bibles to Genesis 1:1 and look for the Messiah. There he is – do you see it? Jesus is all over the very first word in the Bible. Of course, it isn’t so easy to see in our English translations, so let’s look at the word as the original Hebrew readers did.
It has been said that Hebrew sages can spend their entire lives just studying the very first word in Scripture, because it carries so much depth.
Hebrew is a far more complex language than English. Every letter of the alphabet has a meaning and it has a numerical value. As a result, you can study a word by studying the meaning of each letter to make a phrase. You can also study the numerical value of the word and compare it to other words with the same total to gain deeper insight.