Posts Tagged: Yahweh

Leviticus 20:26 – Holy To the Lord

One of the commands that God has consistently given to His people, whether Israelites or Christ-followers, is for us to remain apart from those who are unbelievers.  This command is captured in Leviticus 20:26 where Yahweh instructs: “You shall be holy to me, for I the Lord am holy and have separated you from the…

Leviticus 16:8 – For Azazel

For those of you who read Leviticus closely, you may have wondered about the passage we’ll discuss today.  Leviticus 16:8 (ESV) reports the Lord commanding Moses: And Aaron shall cast lots over the two goats, one lot for the Lord and the other lot for Azazel. “But wait,” you say, “my Bible (i.e. NIV, KJV,…

Matthew 26:8 – They Were Indignant

On first reading, in suggesting the connection I propose in this commentary, you may say, “What?”  But, hear me out.  What if the original fall of the sons of God (bene Elohim) foreshadowed the indignation of the disciples when the woman anointed Jesus with oil and the subsequent action by Judas? The first rebel was…

The Minion Protocols – New Novel Release 3/1/21

The Minion Protocols by Terry James & Gary W. Ritter I’m please to announce my collaborative effort with Terry James of Rapture Ready for this upcoming release.  Publication date is March 1, 2021.  Please see Terry’s write-up below. Terry’s New Novel Set for Release! Terry James’ novel on spiritual warfare, The Rapture Dialogues, was released in 2006. He and…

Exodus 38:24 – Plunder & Miracles

Have you ever considered how much plunder the Israelites actually took from the Egyptians in their Exodus, and the implications of that? God told Moses that the people would plunder their former captors, and they did so as we learn in Exodus 12:35-36: The people of Israel had also done as Moses told them, for…

Exodus 35:30-31 – God-Given Skills

God gives to His people all that they need to serve Him well.  In the account of the building of the tabernacle and its many accouterments, Yahweh singles out two men whom He has appointed to lead this effort.  Earlier in Exodus 31:1-11 God first calls Bezelel and Oholiah.  When He provides more details as…

Matthew 22:29-30 – The Nature of Angels

So, what is it?  Do angels marry or not?  In the verses we’re discussing today, it would seem that they don’t. The Sadducees have confronted Jesus about the issue of marriage and divorce.  These are the seemingly secular religious rulers, if we can call them that.  They were part of the Jewish Sanhedrin along with…

Matthew 22:1-14 – Parable of the Wedding Feast

As was usually the case, when Jesus spoke to the crowds, the religious rulers were right there, listening, critically examining, and scheming how to use His Words against Him.  The Pharisees and chief priests may not have understood all that Jesus implied in His parables, but they did get the point that He was often…

Matthew 21:33-46 – Parable of the Tenants

This parable is the story of Israel.  God chose Israel to be His special inheritance (Deuteronomy 32:9).  When mankind rebelled at the Tower of Babel and Yahweh scattered them into nations, He effectively divorced the majority of men for the time being in order to raise a nation loyal to Him.  From that time, Israel…

Exodus 23:32-33 – The Snare of Other Gods

From the very first when God called His children out of Egypt, the most important commandment He gave was that they should follow no other gods but Him.  This was so important that Yahweh enshrined this ordinance as the first two of the Ten Commandments in Exodus 20:3-4: “You shall have no other gods before…