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Issue No: 570     Published: 17 Sep 2012

THINKING GREEK OR HEBREW? continues

We are looking at the differences between the Jewish (Eastern) and Greek (Western) ways of thinking, so that we can better understand the ways and teachings of Jesus. (See the last 34 weeks issues of PGIM!)

SUMMARY

1. AN EXPANATION AND TESTIMONY


Over this year we have looked at 33 different ways in which Greek (our Western inheritance) and Hebrew ways of looking at life and faith differ.

'What does it matter?', you may say.

I have come to understand that it matters a lot! For the Lord has poked and prodded me (I have the bruises!) that, if I wish to understand Him more, I need to know more about the culture in which He lived, in order to understand the nuances of what He is saying to me through the Jewish writers of His Word.

The best way I can explain this is from the point of view of learning another language. I speak English as my first language. At school, I studied French. I could learn the words and the grammar, but no matter how much I learned, I could still not speak like a Frenchman. My accent, my lack of understanding of the idioms, the culture, the slang and the nuances of the language, would always hinder me. The only real way to overcome this would be to interact with born French speakers, in order to learn their ways, as well as how to communicate with them verbally. In New Zealand, here at the far end of the earth, this is not possible, without travelling thousands of kilometres to Europe or another French speaking country. So my, already very poor French, died.

This process, is seen too, in immigrants to our country, whose first language is not English. No matter how well they speak the language, their culture is different, and mix-ups and misunderstandings inevitably occur. However, the immigrants' children, who attend our schools and grow up in our society and culture, rapidly become 'kiwis'! For they largely think, and speak, like those of us whose families have been here for generations.

When it comes to 'Christianity' and 'church', we have taken an 'Eastern religion' and adapted it to our cultural values, norms, and language. We justify this by saying that the Jews failed God and have been replaced by the 'gentile church'. Hence the term, 'Replacement Theology'.

The editorials this year have not been about the truth, or otherwise, of this way of thinking. You need to read the teachings on our website to gain my understanding of this.

What I have been trying to achieve here is to form a bridge, albeit a tenuous and rickety one, between the Eastern and Western cultural understanding. I have never been to Israel, although I would love to go. Personally I know only a few Jews, and even fewer who have accepted Jesus as Saviour and Lord.

The essential truth the Lord has laid upon my heart and life though, is that a 'whole of life' commitment is necessary in order to become a true follower of Jesus. Over the years, I have become disillusioned with the form of 'easy Christianity', of self centeredness, of happiness and prosperity, that is taught in much of the church today.

When I studied the Bible, even from my Western perspective, I could see that this is not what it says! Jesus made 'disciples' who, all but John, were martyred for their faith! And John was boiled in oil and banished to Patmos, not a pleasant place!

The closest I have come to walking in the steps of the disciples was visiting Goa, where the now convinced Doubting Thomas landed in India. There is a Roman Catholic church on the site, and a real presence of the Holy Spirit over the area. Thomas was martyred on the other side of India, in Chennai. I believe you can visit his grave in a cave there.

In my reading of Scripture we are called to self sacrifice. Of putting Jesus and others above ourselves. Not the theology that has developed in our Western, Greek based, self centered culture.

Once I started delving into the Hebraic roots of our faith, the lights of understanding that were dim, have started to brighten. I hope they have for you too, as we have shared over the months.

In the next few weeks I will try and summarize what we have been learning and sharing together. May the Lord help me, help us, better understand and apply His Word, His Life, to our own.

(To be continued next week.)

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FROM THE WORD

By Faith

"Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for. By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible. By faith Abel offered God a better sacrifice than Cain did. By faith he was commended as a righteous man, when God spoke well of his offerings. And by faith he still speaks, even though he is dead. By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death; he could not be found, because God had taken him away. For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God. And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that comes by faith. By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going. By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God. By faith Abraham, even though he was past age—and Sarah herself was barren—was enabled to become a father because he considered him faithful who had made the promise. And so from this one man, and he as good as dead, came descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as countless as the sand on the seashore. All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance. And they admitted that they were aliens and strangers on earth. People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own. If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. Instead, they were longing for a better country—a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them. By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice. He who had received the promises was about to sacrifice his one and only son, even though God had said to him, “It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.” Abraham reasoned that God could raise the dead, and figuratively speaking, he did receive Isaac back from death. By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau in regard to their future. By faith Jacob, when he was dying, blessed each of Joseph’s sons, and worshiped as he leaned on the top of his staff. By faith Joseph, when his end was near, spoke about the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt and gave instructions about his bones. By faith Moses’ parents hid him for three months after he was born, because they saw he was no ordinary child, and they were not afraid of the king’s edict. By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a short time. He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward. By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible. By faith he kept the Passover and the sprinkling of blood, so that the destroyer of the firstborn would not touch the firstborn of Israel. By faith the people passed through the Red Sea as on dry land; but when the Egyptians tried to do so, they were drowned. By faith the walls of Jericho fell, after the people had marched around them for seven days. By faith the prostitute Rahab, because she welcomed the spies, was not killed with those who were disobedient. And what more shall I say? I do not have time to tell about Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel and the prophets, 33 who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions, quenched the fury of the flames, and escaped the edge of the sword; whose weakness was turned to strength; and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies. Women received back their dead, raised to life again. Others were tortured and refused to be released, so that they might gain a better resurrection. Some faced jeers and flogging, while still others were chained and put in prison. They were stoned; they were sawed in two; they were put to death by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and mistreated— the world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and mountains, and in caves and holes in the ground. These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised. God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect." (Hebrews 11:1-40)

Ingrafted Branches

"Again I ask: Did they stumble so as to fall beyond recovery? Not at all! Rather, because of their transgression, salvation has come to the Gentiles to make Israel envious. But if their transgression means riches for the world, and their loss means riches for the Gentiles, how much greater riches will their fullness bring! I am talking to you Gentiles. Inasmuch as I am the apostle to the Gentiles, I make much of my ministry in the hope that I may somehow arouse my own people to envy and save some of them. For if their rejection is the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead? If the part of the dough offered as firstfruits is holy, then the whole batch is holy; if the root is holy, so are the branches. If some of the branches have been broken off, and you, though a wild olive shoot, have been grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing sap from the olive root, do not boast over those branches. If you do, consider this: You do not support the root, but the root supports you. You will say then, “Branches were broken off so that I could be grafted in.” Granted. But they were broken off because of unbelief, and you stand by faith. Do not be arrogant, but be afraid. For if God did not spare the natural branches, he will not spare you either. Consider therefore the kindness and sternness of God: sternness to those who fell, but kindness to you, provided that you continue in his kindness. Otherwise, you also will be cut off. And if they do not persist in unbelief, they will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again. After all, if you were cut out of an olive tree that is wild by nature, and contrary to nature were grafted into a cultivated olive tree, how much more readily will these, the natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree!"
(Romans 11:11-24)

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DAVID'S DOODLINGS

TALKING AND WALKING

1317. In Jesus, many talk the walk, but few walk the talk.

1318. Religionists talk, disciples walk.

1319. Religionists talk of past glories, disciples walk into present glory.

1320. By definition, 'following' Jesus requires walking, not talking.

1321. If we talk, but not walk with Jesus, we will soon be 'left behind'!

1322. We must walk into God's rest.

1323. In God, talk is cheap, walking expensive, for it costs our life.

1324. Talking changes minds, but walking, hearts.

1325. To talk about Jesus is good, to walk in His ways, godly.

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TUESDAY TEACHINGS

THIS WEEK: WALKING IN THE WAY: OUR JOURNEY THROUGH LIFE continues

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LAUGHING AT OURSELVES

***Blessed are those who can laugh at themselves for they shall never cease to be amused*** ***

"Those who can't laugh at themselves leave the job to others." ***

543. BULLETIN BLOOPERS KEEP COMING
!!! The sermon this morning: Jesus Walks on the Water. The sermon tonight: Searching for Jesus.

!!! Next Thursday, there will be tryouts for the choir. They need all the help they can get.

!!! The agenda was adopted . . . the minutes were approved. . . the financial secretary gave a grief report.

!!! Barbara C. remains in the hospital and needs blood donors for more transfusions. She is also having trouble sleeping and requests tapes of Pastor Jack's sermons.

!!! The 'Over 60s Choir' will be disbanded for the summer with the thanks of the entire church.

!!! Missionary from Africa speaking at Calvary Memorial Church in Racine: Name: Bertha Belch

!!! Announcement: "Come tonight and hear Bertha Belch all the way from Africa."

!!! Announcement in a church bulletin for a National Prayer & Fasting Conference: "The cost for attending the Fasting & Prayer conference includes Meals."

!!! Miss Charlene Mason sang, "I Will Not Pass This Way Again," giving obvious pleasure to the congregation.

!!! Will the ladies of the Willing Workers who have towels which belong to the kitchen please bring them to the church on Friday as we need them for supper.

542. SINK OR WALK?
A church had to hire a new pastor. Over the protests of one vocal male member a woman was hired as the new senior pastor.

After the new pastor had been there a few weeks, a member of the congregation offered to take then new pastor fishing. The vocal objector reluctantly agreed to allow them to use his boat and to go along.

The trio got into the boat and motored out on the lake. When they got ready to fish, they realized that all their tackle had been left on the dock. One of the men commented that he
guess they would just have to go back and get it.

The pastor said that wouldn't be necessary, and she got out of the boat and started walking across the water toward the dock.

The old grouch said, "See I told you we never should have hired that woman. She can't even swim."

541. NEW SERVICES
A church congregation that decided to have four worship services each Sunday.

There was one for those new to the faith. Another for those who liked traditional worship. One for those who'd lost their faith and would like to get it back. And another for those who had bad experiences with churches and were complaining about it.

The church came up with names for each of the services: FINDERS, KEEPERS, LOSERS, WEEPERS.

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FACTS FOR FUN

LAST WEEKS QUESTION: What do selenologists study? Butterflies, traffic density, the moon, vibrations or indigenous cultures?

ANSWER: The moon. (They lay claim to having met 'the man in the moon' and try to tell us that it isn't made of cheese!)

THIS WEEK'S QUESTION: Sharks and Rays are the only animals known to man that cannot get this disease. What is it?

Answer Next Week.

SOME FUN FACTS

973. SWAN LAKE
A young swan is called a "cygnet". (Identified upon marriage by a ‘cygnet ring?’)

974. PUFFING PEOPLE
The largest employer in the world is the Indian Railways, employing over one million people. (Yet it works well – most of the time.)

975. INFLATION
In 1920, the average check at a diner was 28 cents. (The ‘average diner’ must have been on a diet!)

A WORD PUZZLE FOR YOU

Make another word from this word using all the letters.

PREMIERS

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17: Esther: Who discovered the plot against the Jews and told Queen Esther?

a. Jair
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d. Ahasuerus

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IF ONLY I'D THOUGHT OF IT!

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!!!! Seven days without worship makes one weak.

!!! What you are is God's gift to you ~ what you make of yourself is your gift to God.

!! Who passed the ball to you when you scored?

! Conscience is a playback of the still, small voice that told you not to do it in the first place.

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PETS RULE

11. POLITICALLY CORRECT TERMS FOR CAT OWNERS
- My cat does not barf hairballs, he is a floor/rug redecorator.

- My cat does not break things, she helps gravity do its job.

- My cat does not fear dogs, they are merely sprint practice tools.

- My cat does not gobble, she eats with alacrity.

- My cat does not scratch, he is a furniture/rug/skin ventilator.

- My cat is not a "shedding machine", she is a hair relocation stylist.

- My cat is not a "treat-seeking missile", she enjoys the proximity of food.

- My cat is not a chatterbox, she is advising me on what to do next.

- My cat is not a dope addict, she is catnip appreciative.

- My cat is not a ruthless hunter, she is a wildlife control expert.

- My cat is not evil, she is badness enhanced.

- My cat is not fat, he is mass enhanced.

- My cat is not hydrophobic, she has an inability to appreciate moisture.

- My cat is not underfoot, she is shepherding me to my next destination (which should always be the food dish).

12. INDEPENDENT?
In his younger days our golden retriever Catcher often ran away when he had the chance. His veterinarian's office was about a mile down the road, and Catcher would usually go there. The office staff knew him and would call me to come pick him up. One day I called the vet to make an appointment for Catcher's yearly vaccine.

"Will you bring him," asked the receptionist, "or will he come on his own?"

13. FAMOUS DOG QUOTES
"Whoever said you can't buy happiness forgot about puppies." Gene Hill

"In dog years, I'm dead."

"Dogs feel very strongly that they should always go with you in the car, in case the
need should arise for them to bark violently at nothing right in your ear." Dave
Barry

"Outside of a dog, a book is probably man's best friend; inside of a dog, it's too
dark to read." Groucho Marx

"To his dog, every man is Napoleon; hence the constant popularity of dogs." Aldous
Huxley

"Don't accept your dog's admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful."
Ann Landers

"A dog teaches a boy fidelity, perseverance, and to turn around three times before
lying down." Robert Benchley

"Did you ever walk into a room and forget why you walked in? I think that's how dogs
spend their lives." Sue Murphy

"Ever consider what they must think of us? I mean, here we come back from a grocery
store with the most amazing haul: chicken, pork, half a cow. They must think we're
the greatest hunters on earth!" Anne Tyler

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BIBLE TRIVIA (The Bible Lands)

THE ROAD FROM JERUSALEM TO JERICHO.....

..... drops 3,000 ft in only 15 miles. While fruit is growing on farms round Jericho, it can be snowing in Jerusalem. The wide variety of plants, animals, landscapes and climates are realities recognised by Bible writers and used to illustrate spiritual teachings.

Adapted from: '1001 Surprising Things You Should Know About The Bible' MacGregor & Prys

God's Voice Follows Suicide Miracle

Teresa Neumann (Aug 31, 2012)

"Instead of death, I found my 'Damascus Road' experience." -DJ JonnyK

(Ireland)—Though Jonny Kane grew up in the lap of luxury, by the time he was 14-years-old the emptiness in his soul was driving him to suicidal thoughts. When he was 18, Kane deliberately drove his car—at over 90 m.p.h.—into a tree. It was an absolute miracle he walked away from the crash unscathed.

According to an Inspire Magazine U.K. report, it was as Kane was standing in the road following the crash that he found a reason to live. (Photo: Inspire Magazine)

"Instead of death," he notes, "I found my 'Damascus Road' experience. The overriding memory is the amazing sound of God's voice. Standing beside the wreckage, I listened as He told me that death was not the doorway to love and hope. It would not bring the release I had desired."

Continues Kane: "[God] told me I was precious—I was someone special. If I surrendered my life to Him, He would give me a future and never let me down. Standing there, in the middle of nowhere, that's exactly what I did. I took God at His word and, from that moment, my life changed."

Today, Kane is fulfilling his life-long dream and God's calling for him as a DJ in the U.K. music industry.

"Now," he says, "I can say I have everything money can't buy."

Source: Lorraine Wylie - Inspire Magazine, U.K.

Via BCN www.breakingchristiannews.com

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DAVID'S DOWNLOAD

A REVELATION OF……. GIVING TO GOD

In Christianity, we hear an awful lot about what God has done for us, but much less of what He desires from us in return!

There is a saying that 'salvation is a free gift, but discipleship costs us everything!' For as Jesus sacrificed His life for us on Calvary's grim hill, so we, in turn, are to model Him, and sacrifice our life for God and for others.

In this study we are going to look at the ways in which we are to offer God the sacrifices He so much desires from us - Praise and Worship, Prayer and Fasting and Gifts.

My God sacrificed His son Jesus, for me! Surely, the first thing I can do for Him is to offer back the sacrifices He desires of me. Is that too much to ask?

In theory we would probably agree, but the practice of our lives often tends to fall short of our good intentions!

I trust that this study will encourage you, as it has me, to give back to God what He desires of each one of us.

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WAXING LYRICAL

All too often we don't consider the long term consequences of our choices in life.

CHOICES

Life comes, life goes,
Brings peaks, and lows.
We surely reap what we sow!
Our tide does ebb and flow.

When I look back on what I've done,
I see the storms, but also the sun.
For I have done good, at times been bad,
Sometimes am happy, sometimes am sad.

No, the time past I cannot now change,
But my future, yes, I may rearrange.
What will I do? Where will I go?
I may think, but God does know.

Will I put my life in His hand?
On His Rock, my days to stand.
Or will I build my house on the sand?
And His will for me, not understand.

Today I am charged to live the call.
Am I prepared to give Him my all?
Or will I continue in my earthly ways?
Seeking my own pleasure, all my days.

My time may well be short, it may be long,
Before joining Jesus, forever to belong,
What will He say that glorious day I see His face?
Knowing I've been saved, by His amazing grace.

Will it be, "Well done good and faithful servant",
Or will I seek my actions to quickly recant!
For on that day, I will surely see
The result of choices, made by me.

The past I can't change, the future neither,
But by my today's actions I can either
Build His kingdom here upon the earth,
Or make my own! My decision, my worth.

What will I do? Where will I go?
Will it be wheat or tares I sow?
Today I now have the choices to make,
Of what direction my life will take.

You too, my friend, today are in the very same boat,
To be a sheep of the Shepherd, or to be the goat.
What will be your choice of 'the way' to live?
All your life to Jesus, will you now give?

One day we will meet together with Jesus in heaven,
Having lived lives of fruitfulness, or of leaven.
The choices we now make on earth today,
Do determine what role we will play.

Let's now look towards
Our heavenly rewards.
The choice is mine,
The choice is thine!

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A DAVID MUSING

'If at first you don't succeed, try, try, again!'

For the past couple of weeks I have been trying to edit my photos of our new shop to a size and pixel density satisfactory to include here. Unfortunately, through time constraints (the tyranny of the last minute!) I haven't managed to succeed until now!

We had 10,000 plus items to shift. The photo though, expresses the magnitude of the job better than words. You only see half of it here!

Over the weeks ahead I will show some more photos utilizing my new found, or re-found, skill! It is a challenge of 'non-youth' brain function, that if you don't keep using a skill, you forget it! LOL! So I have written it down this time!

Each time we shift we get better at both the shift and the set up of the new shop. We are getting lots of compliments. As they say, 'practice makes perfect'!

Similar in God too. If we don't try to get deeper into His Word and experience of the Holy Spirit by stepping out in faith, we will not grow in Jesus. If we sit still and comfortable, we will in fact go backwards in Him. For life in God is like a swinging pendulum. We are always going forward or backwards in faith. We cannot stand still.

Are you stepping out in faith today?

Until next week.....

MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND YOU BLESS GOD

His servant and yours

David Tait

Today's 'Word Puzzle' Answer: SIMPERER

TODAY'S 'BIBLE QUESTION' ANSWER: c. Mordecai (Esther 2:19-22)

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