A Line Drawn in Ancient Sand

440px-Sunset_in_the_Negev_Desert_near_Yeruham,_IsraelIn today’s teaching, the final in the Wilderness series, Ross shares a message of relevance for the awakening tribes. He begins by calling people to stand with the Jewish people during this period of time known as Bein HaMetzarim. Citing examples of growing anti-Jewish sentiments around the globe, Ross declares that the proverbial line has been drawn in the sand. On one side of the line are those who bless Israel, and on the other are those who do not. Ross points his listeners to a promise declared to each of the patriarchs and then goes on to show that a Jewish presence in Israel in modern times is the beginning of a prophetic fulfillment. Carefully weaving ancient prophecies with modern realities, Ross suggests that we are living in exciting “biblical” times. What side are you on? You will not want to miss this class.

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Mattote and a Message for Israel

supportIsraelIn this week’s class, Ross relates an ancient message from Torah reading Mattote with a modern reality between Hamas and the Jewish State. Ross points out that the present crisis faced by the Jewish people requires the involvement of those who support Israel in the face of her enemies. He compares a story contained in Numbers chapter 32 with the modern reality of certain Israelites who are fighting while others are not. What can we do to support Israel in the present situation? Ross shares with his listeners that we have entered a 3 week period known as Bein HaMetzarim. This period of time has proven to be a time of distress for the children of Israel historically and therefore Ross expresses a sense of caution, but encourages a biblical confidence at the same time. What should we avoid during this crisis? Do the words of Moses offer any guidance for us? Ross suggests that they do. You will not want to miss this teaching.

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A Shameful Teaching

image “Let women learn quietly with all submissiveness. I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet.” First Timothy 2:11-12

June 29th marks the traditional date of the death of the Apostle Paul. In honor of his teaching, women everywhere are encouraged to keep silent in their congregations this weekend. If there is anything that they desire to learn, they should ask their husbands at home since according to Paul it is a shame for a woman to speak in assembly.

Should women keep silent in religious assemblies? Should they hold their questions to themselves until they can ask their husbands at home? Is it really shameful for a woman to speak? Should it be forbidden for a woman to exercise authority over men or to assume a teaching role?

In my opinion, what is shameful is that some misguided and chauvinist men use this to keep “their” women silent and submissive and as a result, the entire congregation has been deprived of learning from some of the best and most learned congregants. It has stunted the growth of many groups and kept them in the dark ages.

I would encourage every woman to speak up in church this weekend. If there is anything that you desire to learn, ask your pastor. Ask your pastor what he thinks of these passages if you can’t think of anything else to ask.

Most scholars believe that Paul was not married. I believe I know why!

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Mistakes at Meribah

1000px-Nicolas_Poussin_068In this teaching, Ross shares a message of faith from Torah Reading Chukat (Numbers 19:1-22:1). This reading is the 6th in our study of the book of Numbers. The focus of the class is on chapter 20 and a situation that took place in the Wilderness of Zin, at Kadesh. Ross refers to this lesson as the Mistakes at Meribah. The mistakes made at Meribah led YHVH to tell Moses and Aaron that they would not lead Israel into the land sworn to the patriarchs. What was it that they did that led to such consequences? Ross shows that many great Torah commentators have entertained this problem. Carefully working through passages throughout the Tanakh, Ross shows that the problem is tied to a lack of faith and then sets out to define faith and prove the point. Given the mistakes at Meribah, how then should we live? How can we ensure that we do not make the same mistakes in our own walk? These and other questions are answered by this teaching. You will not want to miss this teaching.

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Korah – Who is Holy?

Holman_Destruction_of_Korah_Dathan_and_AbiramThis class is based upon the story of the infamous Korah; the Levite who led an insurrection against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness. The point of contention between the parties concerns a question about holiness. Korah puts forth a challenge to Moses and Aaron that the entire community of Israel is holy. Is this true? We know from the Torah that Israel was to be a holy nation, and YHVH commands His people to be holy, but is holiness inherited? Is the entire community of Israel holy simply by birthright? In this teaching, Ross directly addresses these questions from the Scriptures of the Hebrew Bible. He shows that holiness, while commanded, is learned and earned through obedience to the instructions of YHVH. He further shows that we can learn from the mistakes of our ancestors. This is certainly the case for the descendants of Korah. Who were they and how do we know that they finally learned their place? Listen to learn. You will not want to miss this teaching.

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