Spirit and Truth

Spirit and Truth. This is how YHVH wants to be worshiped. Truth is the easier part of this equation. To worship in truth simply means to learn all the rules – make a checklist, if you will – and then do accordingly. However truth without spirit ultimately means death.

Defining Sin

Up until recently, my personal understanding of sin was that it was simply disobeying a list of do’s and don’ts. I understood that we are given Torah and the laws, and I thought that by simply obeying those, I was avoiding sin. Sure I make mistakes and sin against YHVH and others by disobeying those laws, but as long as I am consciously trying my best to keep those laws I am doing what I am supposed to be doing. You can even fit Strong’s definition of sin into this understanding – that sin is simply missing the mark. (If I fail to keep one of the laws, I have missed the mark in that area.) Seems like a pretty black and white concept, huh? It just isn’t that simple, though.

A Life without Bacon

You don’t eat pork? Are you Jewish? These are the questions I hear most often when it is revealed that we don’t eat pork. My typical answer is that no, we are not Jewish. We really don’t fit into a category, and as we study, we have decided that there is a reason why YHVH…

Atonement Part 4 – Atonement for Us

In the last study, we looked at the purpose of the sin scrifice. We found that although this sacrifice was needed because of the sin and uncleanness that YHVH’s people left as a stain on the temple, altars, and ark it really did not forgive them of those sins. The main reason for the sin…

Atonement Part 2 – The Half-shekel

Atonement is key to understanding everything YHVH has done, is doing, and is going to do. His entire plan revolves around it. For this reason, it is important to understand what it really means – not according to today’s culture, but according to the ancient near eastern culture. We need to understand atonement in the…