To communicate effectively is a skill, almost an art. Our words can be as sweet as honey or as sharp as a two-edged sword; the power of life and death is in the tongue. Many secular books have been written about effective communication, and many passages in Scripture covers the topic of the tongue and the effects of the words spoken by it. Being a good communicator is important as most of us interact with others via the internet and other social media. The written word is easily misunderstood, for there are no emotions or body language to verify the message. We are therefor to think before we speak or type. Each of us is, effectively, the teacher of our neighbors and our brothers. This will remain so according to Jeremiah 31, until the new covenant is fully in effect.
Archive for October, 2012
We just had the privilege of celebrating the Biblical feast of Sukkot! We celebrated the feast by camping on the roof of a building with other believers. It has been an amazing time, and we have experienced and learned so much.
This feast of Sukkot is indeed multi-facetted. It is a festival of rejoicing before YHVH for His provision. At the same time, we experience a taste of the millennial Kingdom, in that we dwell together with brothers and sisters in love and unity. We also get to live in booths in order to remind us of the Israelites dwelling in booths, while wandering through the wilderness. There is even more to this feast, but it is on this last mentioned facet, the dwelling in booths, that we would like focus in this post.
This is the first part of our investigation into Bible study. We will start this journey by getting to understand exactly what it is we are reading when we read the Bible. I often hear the phrase “but what does the original text say?” I am not always convinced that the people asking this question have an appreciation for the complexity of the answer. In this article I will explain some of the detail behind this and how that impacts the translations we have. Do you know what it is that you are reading?
It is Friday; the sun is almost setting and a family gathers in their home all dressed up and ready to start their Sabbath celebration. The aroma of the prepared dinner is mouth-watering and the children giggle in anticipation. Mother and Father are getting the last things arranged. Everybody finds their places at the beautifully set table, while mother gets the challah and candles ready. The candles are lit by her while she prays the traditional blessing. The Shabbat has begun……
I have used this traditional Sabbath setting as an example, as it is such a familiar scene, but how are we to view traditions as believers in Y’Shua? Is it good to follow traditions? Some Torah observant followers of Y’Shua condemn all traditions, whether it be Jewish, Christian or something in between. Is this the approach we are to follow?
I want to show you both sides of the scale. Traditions are not to be viewed as evil or deceptive in general, although like with so many other things, we are to follow a wise and balanced approach.