Category Archives: Scripture

Chanukah – Isaiah 2:5

Chanukah – Isaiah 2:5 The celebration of Chanukah was instituted after prophecy had already ceased from the community of Israel. The religious leadership of the people established this holiday as an expression of thanksgiving to God that is to last … Continue reading

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Isaiah 42:8

Isaiah 42:8 “I am the Lord: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.” Name: a word or phrase that constitutes the distinctive designation of a person or thing … Continue reading

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Blessing of Sabbath versus Selfish Self-Sacrifice – Isaiah 58:13

Blessing of Sabbath versus Selfish Self-Sacrifice – Isaiah 58:13 Living a sacrificial life can sometimes be an extreme expression of self-centeredness. People don’t like to see themselves as “takers” – they enjoy thinking of themselves as altruistic “givers”. In pursuit … Continue reading

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Yom Kippur 5773 – Isaiah 58

Yom Kippur 5773 – Isaiah 58 Man has an amazing capacity for self-deception. People could sometimes define their efforts as reaching out to God when in fact they have done no such thing. They see their activities as the holiest … Continue reading

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Men of my Counsel

Men of my Counsel A person needs acknowledgment in order to survive. A person needs to feel that he or she is significant and that their life makes a difference. Without this feeling of self-respect and self-worth it is difficult … Continue reading

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Peace, Jerusalem, and David

Peace, Jerusalem, and David In the book of Deuteronomy God commands Israel to establish righteous judges (Deuteronomy 16:18-20). Immediately thereafter we are enjoined not to plant an idolatrous tree near the altar, nor to designate a “matzevah” (- a single … Continue reading

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The Blind Seer – Isaiah 40:6

The Blind Seer – Isaiah 40:6 Supplement to “Armor Bearers” “A voice says, ‘Proclaim!’ and [the [prophet] asks, ‘What shall I proclaim?’ – ‘All flesh is grass and all its kindness is like a blossom in the field. Grass withers … Continue reading

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Jeremiah 2:5

Jeremiah 2:5 The Torah describes the false prophet as one who attempts to “make you stray from the path that the Lord your God has commanded you to walk in.” (Deuteronomy 13:6 (5). Instead of listening to the false prophet … Continue reading

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Armor Bearers – Isaiah 52:11

Armor Bearers – Isaiah 52:11 1. The Prophet and the Nation One of the primary purposes of the book of Isaiah is to offer comfort and hope to the Jewish people. One method that the prophet uses to comfort Israel … Continue reading

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Isaiah 53, Micah 7 and Isaiah 62

Isaiah 53, Micah 7 and Isaiah 62   Isaiah 53 (52:13 – 53:12) describes the servant of the Lord who shocks the world with his unexpected exaltation. The prophet presents us with the shocked words of the onlookers as they … Continue reading

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