‘…YeHoWaH is with you when you are with Him. If you seek him, He will be found by you, but if you forsake Him, He will forsake you’. 2 Chronicles 15:2
Following on with the understanding of what ‘alone’ in Genesis 2:18 reveals of Adam wanting to walk independently from YeHoWaH Elohim, and the specific help supplied for him within the woman (namely her presence and voice to aid him in his walk before God), we need to further smash some treasured illusions of ‘pre-fall’ Genesis. These are the stories concerning our first parents told over and over. Repeated and drilled into us as foundational knowledge by Sunday school teachers using simplistic illustrations through to the most austere pulpits who further hone our understanding with academic reason – catching all who are not prepared to seek to know beyond what they are told. Continue reading →
Joel 3:2: I will gather all the nations and bring them down to the valley of Jehoshaphat. Then I will enter into judgment with them there on behalf of My people and My inheritance, Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations; and they have divided up My land.
Isaiah 5:20: Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes and clever in their own sight!
Following up on Christine’s articles on the maps of Israel, I found the following article about a billboard that was put up in Ellerslie, Auckland about the same subject.
Israel’s reality of the last 19 years was about to change all within six days.
‘Israel on the eve of the 1967 Six-Day War was a country of more than 2.5 million people, of whom approximately 87 percent were Jews. Its 7,200 square miles … comprised one-tenth of one percent of the Middle East landmass, and less than two percent of the region’s total population’. sixdaywar.org (an indepth site on the 6 day war)
The day after Israel declares her independence, officially becoming the new State of Israel, her neighbours go to war with her. A combined invasion by Egypt, Jordan and Syria, together with expeditionary forces from Iraq, entered Israel – Jordan having declared privately to Jewish emissaries 13 days previously on 2 May that it would abide by a decision not to attack the Jewish State. Hmm…
Psalm 122:6: Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: “May they prosper who love you”.
The Bible is clear that all of us who desire to serve Yahweh in Spirit and in truth need to pray for the peace of Jerusalem. I was both saddened and encouraged by the following article from the Zionist Federation of New Zealand. It is a good read and gives counter arguments to all of us that are standing with Israel and her Jewish Messiah.
A month or so back I found myself lost for words in the face of a friend’s confident assertion of Israel’s evil concerning the Palestinians. It wasn’t a new attitude seldom heard. Very much common place and for the most part unquestioned, it is given as fact largely because of incredible media bias, that unfortunately plays a big part in the shaping our individual and collective opinions. I just went blank.
Because of her confidence, I began to wonder whether the accusation levelled at me (on a previous occasion) – of myobvious bias originating not from actual history of world events but from America’s biblebelt of pro-Israel christianity – actually had some merit, as the ‘truth’ presents as very much bipolar on this topic, dependent on the side taken. Because I Continue reading →
Then the LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him.” Genesis 2:18 NASB
In looking at the meanings of ‘helper suitable’ and ‘alone’ within the Genesis 2:18 text, and using their root words to understand the strength and weakness explicit in their meanings, we need to be able to confirm this in the wider scripture. There must be other verses or portions of scripture elsewhere confirming what YeHoWaH has purposely placed there for us to know. If there isn’t, then this is an isolated, unsupported and therefore incorrect understanding of these words.
To recap, I am presenting ‘ezer kenegedo’ (helper suitable) with the meaning being understood as: a strong/efficient help/aid to rescue/save by -both presence and voice, standing opposite the man to oppose, praise, declare, expose… speaking thus into his life. In the best Continue reading →
Proverbs 31:8-9: Open your mouth for the mute, For the rights of all the unfortunate. Open your mouth, judge righteously, And defend the rights of the afflicted and needy.
My husband and I watched the movie Suffragette (a suffragette is a woman seeking the right to vote through organized protest). We enjoyed it for the good acting, suspense and story line. It was refreshing to watch a movie with little profanity, no blasphemy and without sexual references. I would advise that it would be a good watch for the younger generation as well.
I’m always a bit hesitant to believe everything in a movie that claims to be “based on true Continue reading →
Following on from Ezer Kenegedo 1 we see clearly the kind of strength God designed in women, to meet the need He identifies in man.
Genesis 2:18 presents with clarity both the problem and its solution. YeHoWaH Elohim sees the man’s ‘aloneness’ as his weakness –describing it as ‘not good’. The Hebrew word lə-ḇad-dōw translated as ‘alone’ in Genesis 2:18 means – alone, apart, bar, besides, branch, by self, of each alike, except, …and interestingly -strength (SEC). It comes from ‘badad’– a primitive root –‘to divide’:- to be solitary or alone. Brown-Driver-Briggs has this to say of the Continue reading →
Many misconceptions have developed and assumptions been made in regard to what happened in the Garden of Eden. While many will acknowledge that Adam was the vessel through whom sin entered the world (Romans 5:12) often there is an assumption that the lead-up to Adam breaking the commandment was because of the woman’s actions; i.e. usurping Adam’s authority or enticing Adam to eat the forbidden fruit, or, because of his own inaction i.e. not protecting Eve, not taking the lead etc. But I think all these ideas can be disregarded when we consider Romans7:9;
“Once I was alive apart from the law, but when the commandment came, sin sprang to life and I died”