Zecharia 8:20 Thus saith the LORD of hosts: It shall yet come to pass, that there shall come peoples, and the inhabitants of many cities; 21 and the inhabitants of one city shall go to another, saying: Let us go speedily to entreat the favour of the LORD, and to seek the LORD of hosts; I will go also. 22 Yea, many peoples and mighty nations shall come to seek the LORD of hosts in Jerusalem, and to entreat the favour of the LORD. 23 Thus saith the LORD of hosts: In those days it shall come to pass, that ten men shall take hold, out of all the languages of the nations, shall even take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew, saying: We will go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.’
Everyone has heard of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, but there is a fourth entity whom Christians deify. They call him the devil. First, we have to understand what a deity actually is. A deity is a figure who is thought to have powers greater than ordinary human beings. It is someone who can supernaturally do things to us or for us. They can effect change to the world through their powers.
In Christianity, the devil is seen as the god of this world. That is to say that this world and everything in it is evil and falls under the authority of the devil. He is the cause of all the bad things that can happen to people. He uses his powers over this world to cause people to commit all perverse acts. He makes people commit murder and other crimes. He is the cause of addiction as well as the cause of sickness and disease. Basically, anything we don’t like happening to us is caused by the devil.
If you are following HaShem so that you can receive a prize at the end of your life, you are not following HaShem.
Who doesn’t like to win a prize? We all want to win something, be it money, cars, houses, or even fame. A prize is something given in recognition for winning a competition or completing some other achievement. Continue reading “Is Heaven Your Reward”
In Exodus chapter 32 we learn the story of the golden calf. Moses had gone up on the mountain to receive the Word of God. In the beginning of chapter 32, the people didn’t know what had become of Moses. There were among the children of Israel, those who came up from Egypt with them. These were the people whom Moses accepted but were not of the children of Israel. These were the rabble-rousers who insisted Aaron make for them gods to worship. They were accustomed to having many gods. Aaron succumbed to them and the golden calf was made. Today we have a similar golden calf. It is none other than Jesus. Continue reading “The Second Golden Calf”
In Exodus 33:13 we find an often overlooked concept. Moses is speaking to God. “And now, if I have indeed found favor in Your eyes, pray let me know Your ways, so that I may know You, so that I may find favor in Your eyes; and consider that this nation is Your people.” This simple plea is one of the most powerful statements in the Bible. In it, we find an answer to what far too many people miss. How can I know God? Moses, our teacher, knew the answer to this question. He knew that learning God’s ways was the path to knowing Him. Continue reading “It is Folly to Impart Our Ways on the Creator”
When the Creator, blessed be His name, gave His Torah at Mount Sinai He told the Children of Israel He was setting before them life and death and that they should choose life. We make choices every day. Some are easy while others require some thought on our part. The choices we make in our lives make us who we are. I choose to follow the G-d of Avraham. In doing so, I have accepted upon myself everything that goes along with that. The Talmud tells us there are 613 commandments in the Torah. These commandments have various rules that go along with them as well. I choose to follow them and do them to the best of my ability. Furthermore, I accept them without even knowing what all of them are and what they entail. This is the same thing the Children of Israel did at Sinai. “na’aseh v’nishma“–“We will do and we will hear/understand.” This teaches us that understanding comes after doing. Indeed, our understanding of Torah can only come after doing what it says. Further, the more that we do what it says, the deeper our understanding becomes. But, before you can do any of it, you must choose to do it. So why would you choose to do it? Isn’t that a lot to do? Continue reading “The Reality of Free Will”
Joshua 1:8 This book of the Torah shall not leave your mouth; you shall meditate therein day and night, in order that you observe to do all that is written in it, for then will you succeed in all your ways and then will you prosper.
These days we place a great deal of value on prosperity. We worry about it. We have sleepless nights. We work long hours only to find we still don’t feel prosperous. Our houses aren’t big enough. Our furniture isn’t as good as our neighbor’s. The money we make never seems to be enough to get the things we want. We obsess over what we have and don’t have. Prosperity, or the desire for it, is becoming the thread that binds us together as a society. As with all the other areas of our lives, we have but to look to the Bible to find the answers. Continue reading “Prosperity”