Real Faith: Loving In Deed & Truth

The Patriarch Yaakov (Jacob) was a reasonable man. It was enough for him that HaShem would be with him, giving him food to eat and clothing to wear and keeping him safe. For this, Yaakov became the faithful servant of HaShem, giving back to HaShem like Avraham (Abraham) before him (Cf. Bereshit / Genesis 14:18-20). ‘Then Yaakov […]

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Divine Discipline: Blessings Within the Curses

By Joshua Spurlock It can be hard to see the good within the bad times. This is especially true when those difficulties, even tragedies, are consequences of our sin. How can such horrid, awful experiences carry within them any good thing? In fact, the beauty of HaShem’s approach toward His people is that even the […]

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Mosheh and Yeshua: 30 Parallels

HaShem has lovingly forbidden His Children from a variety of practices that are common among the nations, including divination, consulting fortune-tellers, interpreters of omens, sorcerers, charmers, mediums, necromancers, or those who inquire of the dead (cf. Devarim 18:10-11). We are instead to submit to His servants, the Prophets, especially The Prophet, the one like Mosheh […]

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Yeshua: Prophet Like Moses

By Joshua Spurlock It is one of the most important promises in all of Scripture, and it is the foundation and the reason for many other precious commitments of HaShem (the LORD). It is the promise that a new Navi (Prophet) would arise and lead us to HaShem. He would teach us what we need […]

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Vows, Oaths, and Speaking the Truth in Love

By Joshua Spurlock How do people know that you’re trustworthy? Do you need to promise to do what you say? Or perhaps “solemnly swear”? Is a handshake necessary? Or are you just known to be a truthful person? One of the games kids in America sometimes play is that anything they promise to do while […]

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Balak & Balaam Vs. the Sovereignty of HaShem

By Joshua Spurlock Parashat Balak (B’midbar / Numbers 22:2 – 25:9) reads a bit like a tale of fantasy. As Bnei Yisrael (the Children of Israel) go about their day to day business in the wilderness, a maniacal monarch bent on crushing them in battle summons a sorcerer with great powers. As the imposing conjurer […]

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HaShem’s Promises Trump the Promised Trials

By Joshua Spurlock Of all the promises given to us by our Lord Yeshua HaMashiakh (Jesus the Christ), one of those least discussed is that we will have trials in Olam HaZeh (This World). But it doesn’t end there. Yeshua also gave his talmidim (disciples) a second promise that is bigger than life’s trials. “In […]

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False Teachers & Good Shepherds

By Joshua Spurlock He had a gilded tongue behind those serpentine teeth. His words about equality and fairness doubtless struck a cord. But despite his slogan that all of Am Yisrael (the people of Israel) are holy, Korakh (Korah) had no interest in the holiness of HaShem (the L-RD). Parashat Korakh (B’midbar / Numbers 16:1-18:32) […]

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Works Without Faith Are Dead

By Joshua Spurlock This week we reach one of the most tragic Parashiyot in all of the Torah: Parashat Shelakh, (B’Midbar/Numbers 13:1-15:41). There we read that the generation that came out of Mitzrayim (Egypt), who saw the signs that HaShem did against their enemies, crossed through the Sea on dry land, and saw HaShem descend […]

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Prophecy Poured Out

By Joshua Spurlock The events of Parashat Behaalotecha must have inspired awe among those who witnessed them. There was a clamor coming from Ohel Moed (the Tent of Meeting), but it couldn’t have been unexpected. 68 elders of the people of Yisrael (Israel) had made their way there to meet with HaShem (the L-RD) at […]

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