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Before The Wound – The Cure

Brighton

Before the infliction of the wound, the Holy One, Blessed is He provides the remedy” Megillah 13b

“The Lamb was slain before the foundation of the world” Revelation 13:8

Today is a big day. It’s April 1st – The Fool’s Day. Today my wife and I celebrate our 9th wedding anniversary. This day fit our personalities (maybe mine a bit more she’ll say) as the perfect date for us to marry on. As the old song goes I guess we “fooled around and fell in love”. For her and to God I’m thankful and happy. We have a wonderful family, great friends, a beautiful home and good jobs. We have been living a blessed life and on most days we actually stop down for a few minutes to acknowledge our blessings as a family. For us this usually happens once the day is starting to wind down around 9pm or so and we gather in our living room or one of the kids rooms and we thank God for All Things, the good, the bad, the crazy, the funny, but mostly just for letting us fulfill another one of our days that are numbered without us knowing according to His grace. Today is a big day.

Now I will fill you in on the details of why this is such an important day beyond the fact of my Wedding Anniversary or the epic jokes and tricks that I look so-forward to playing on people every April 1st. I will begin this story on New Year’s Eve 2014 which also happens to be my daughter Braylee’s birthday. As such, we were busy prepping to have a slumber party for her and some adult friends over for games that night. At some point during the day, I took a few minutes to reflect on 2014 and the milestones that had happened. We had finished building our first home by the end of Spring, found out that we were pregnant with our 4th child by the end of Summer and Elizabeth starting home-schooling our kids at the beginning of Fall. A thought and a silent prayer came to me during this moment and I said to myself “Lord, please use me for your will and purposes in 2015 and may I be obedient to that calling. Amen.”. Within 5 minutes I was caught back up in the busyness that is our days and this life.

A few days later, it was January 5th. We had rung in the New Year, like all others with a renewed hope and great expectations for what could be in store for us in 2015. We had been referred to a fetal cardiologist at Baylor in Dallas and were told not to worry and that this would probably just be a routine extra check-up as we were in a very low risk pregnancy category. Within the first few minutes of the visit, we were stunned with the news we received. Our baby boy (we didn’t have a name picked out yet) had only developed half a heart. Our worst fears were confirmed when we were told that his condition which is Hypo-plastic Left Heart Syndrome or HLHS for short was one of, if not the very worst Congenial Heart conditions that a baby could have. We were told frankly that his life expectancy would not be long and quality of what time he did have could be in question in comparison to our other “normal” children. There is no medical “fix” for HLHS and ultimately he will need to have a heart transplant at some future date in life, sooner or later. In the mean time, the only medical option we have is a series of 3 open-heart surgeries that re-wire the heart in a way that these kids can function up to a certain level for an uncertain time. Only God knows! This was a punch to the gut. It hurt and everything became a little blurry while sitting in the doctor’s office. My brain was flooded with so many thoughts at once that for a brief moment I couldn’t think about anything at all. Thankfully in short order the first Scripture verse that came to my mind was Romans 8:28 Now we know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to His purpose.”. I was still in shock and didn’t understand how or why this could happen, but I was confident in this fact; somehow, someway, God has meant this for good and we will find out someday in this world or the world to come.

“Good theology helps God’s people grieve the unthinkable with grace and confidence. #perplexednotcrushed” Matt Chandler

We finally fell asleep once we got home that night and on the next day we determined that it was time this baby had a name. We knew that we wanted a strong “B” name and had been consulting many options and meanings and we ended up settling on Brighton. Brighton in Hebrew means “the one who is loved”. Beyond Appropriate! We had been suggested Abraham as a middle name and liked it since Abraham is known as the “father of faith” and was heavily tested by God through his son Isaac. In my family, we have 2 middle names so we went with a family name that also has a special meaning; Immanuel “God is with us”. So the day after we received the news and had confirmed a name, we felt there was a reason that we couldn’t decide on one before we got his diagnosis. It was just meant to be. Brighton Abraham Immanuel Bond. His name will forever be a testimony.

Do you believe in Miracles? We do! Whether large or small is a matter of subjection, but we objectively have faith in the miracles of the Bible and those that have occurred personally in our lives. Both Christianity and Judaism are faith traditions built upon the very foundations of historical miracles. We immediately begin petitioning God and asking that it be His will to provide a miraculous healing for Brighton’s heart. But, most importantly we asked God to grant us strength to be obedient to his will for us and Brighton. For the past 2 months we have been on countless appointments and visited multiple hospitals seeking knowledge and answers about Brighton’s condition. We have met some amazing people through this journey, people who undoubtedly we were supposed to meet and form relationships. We have had the privilege of hearing amazing stories and testimonies that have greatly strengthened us and provided comfort to our situation. A light in the darkness. God is faithful and true to provide a miracle, it just might look different from what we have in mind.

“Miracles are not in contradiction to nature. They are only in contradiction with what we know of nature.” St. Augustine

Brighton decided to break forth into this world on Friday, March 27th at 3:20 in the morning taking deep breaths and crying out with strong lungs. He weighed 7.8 lbs and was 21.3 inches long. It was a very fast and relatively easy delivery (easy that is for me to say). Brighton was born with HLHS. Since he came into this world, he has been doing great and has been in very stable condition at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas awaiting his first surgery. Today is a big today. Brighton has his first major open-heart surgery today called the Norwood procedure. Update as of 7:30 pm: Brighton’s surgery was successful and he is now in recovery! Praise God!!! This is nowhere near the end though. There are many other things that have happened over the past 3 months that I would like to share, but my time is short for today. Our lives will forever be changed and this is only the beginning of a very long journey. We are both grateful and thankful that God is faithful to walk with us on this journey. This or something like it is the very reason for our faith and how it is made true. As the quotes at the beginning of this post speak to, before the fall when the whole universe was fractured and sick due to sin, God had already provided the cure through Yeshua (Jesus) the Messiah. Before Brighton or any other child in this hospital got sick, God provided the cure. He is the answer! He is risen! Our hope is in Him through His Resurrection! Come Quickly!!!

Every blessing You pour out
I’ll turn back to praise
When the darkness closes in, Lord
Still I will say

Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your name
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your glorious name

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Abide

Here are my notes and reflection from The Village Church sermon given on April 11, 2010 by Josh Patterson. Listen at www.thevillagechurch.net

 

Primary Text: John 15:1-9

1 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. 2 Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. 3 Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. 4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. 5 I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. 7 If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples. 9 As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love.

 

For the most part this was a good and challenging sermon about remaining in Jesus through repentance, prayer and obedience to his word. The message revolved around measuring success according to our Western view of it and how this should be contrasted if we are doing anything that might be considered culturally successful but doing it apart from remaining in Jesus and for God’s glory. What really hit a nerve with me though was a subtle, though probably not intended view and example of Replacement Theology or SuperSessionism (This is a misguided doctrine that has prevailed in the mainstream church for centuries and basically say’s that the New has replaced the Old and it usually pertains to The Church/Israel, New Covenant/Old Covenant, Grace/Law, ect).

In commenting on Jesus being the true vine, Pastor Josh said “What Israel was meant to be in its fullness, completeness and genuine trueness is what Jesus is (on this I say Amen! see below)”. Then Josh goes on to say that “Jesus has come to replace what was (Israel as the vine) and no longer is Israel God’s planting, but Jesus is God’s planting”. I talked these comments over with my home group and asked them how they took it? Out of 8 of us, 5 didn’t really remember it being said, 1 did but didn’t think much of it and the other took it to mean that (I paraphrase) “Since the majority of the passages in Scripture that speak of Israel being the vine and God’s planting have to deal with judgment, Jesus has replaced or supplanted Israel in the sense of taking on God’s judgment that should have been assigned to her and in fact all of us”. I thought this was an interesting and biblically sound interpretation of the comments made above that I had not considered. I was encouraged to go back to review the comments again online from this new perspective and see if maybe I heard it wrong the first time. After reviewing the context and comments again I still feel like my original interpretation of how it was presented fit best. I have since reached out to Pastor Josh to get clarity on what he meant since I or anyone else can only speculate based on our personal views. I will update this post when I receive that communication back. [See below, I have posted Josh’s reply at the bottom of my original post. ]

I believe the latter part of this statement could and should have been better thought through, clarified,  and relayed to the congregation (approx. 4,000-5,000 every weekend and many more through the web). I am self admitidly sensitive to this short of thing (Church/Israel or Jewish relations) especially when you look at the historical facts of church history where you have anti-semitic church canon law that has been passed and accepted over the last two thousand years that has led to some rather horrific outcomes and relations.

Rather than replacing Israel as the vine, Jesus is the most accurate expression as an individual for what God has called Israel to be corporately, as a nation. Israel will realize its fullest potential through the example and identification with her Messiah. How could Jesus replace something he is apart of? For He is the Messiah of Israel, the King of Israel, the Mighty One of Israel, the Holy One of Israel and the God of Israel. Israel is still God’s planting (this point is made clear in Romans 9-11) and the Messiah of Israel identifies with her and she will eventually in fullness through him. Some of the verses below highlight some of the similar language used in the text from John, including the vine, planting and glory. These texts will have their ultimate fulfillment in the age to come when God’s Kingdom is consummated here on earth.

Psalm 80:14-15  Turn again, O God of hosts! Look down from heaven, and see; have regard for this vine, the stock that your right hand planted, and for the son whom you made strong for yourself.

Isaiah 60:21  Your people (Israel) shall all be righteous; they shall possess the land forever, the branch of my planting, the work of my hands, that I might be glorified.

Isaiah 61:3  to grant to those who mourn in Zion—to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit; that they may be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he may be glorified.

Jeremiah 31:35-37  Thus says the Lord, who gives the sun for light by day and the fixed order of the moon and the stars for light by night, who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar—the Lord of hosts is his name: “If this fixed order departs from before me, declares the Lord, then shall the offspring of Israel cease from being a nation before me forever.” Thus says the Lord: “If the heavens above can be measured, and the foundations of the earth below can be explored, then I will cast off all the offspring of Israel for all that they have done, declares the Lord.”

Shalom Aleichem!

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Justin—

Thank you for the email and patience in my reply.  I have read your post several times and sought the counsel of a trusted friend regarding my comments about Jesus replacing Israel as God’s planting.  I have also sent a copy of my response to the elders for further accountability.  I always want to be true to the text and faithful to preach the Word.  If I err in any way in that, then I desire to be shown this. So, was I promulgating a view of replacement theology (or supersessionism)?  The teaching of replacement theology is better understood on a continuum rather than one extreme or the other.  Yes, there is an aspect of Jesus coming to replace (I would also use the word “fulfill” here) what was.  We would be hard-pressed to be faithful to the text and think otherwise.  The gospels perpetuate a self-conscious change from the old covenant to the new.  The image of the vine in John 15 demonstrates that Israel gives way to Jesus; He is the True Vine.  In the OT the imagery of the vine is a common symbol for Israel, the covenant people of God (Psalm 80, Isaiah 5, Jeremiah 2, Ezekiel 15, Hosea 10).  When ethnic Israel is referred to as the “vine” it is used to show their failure to produce good fruit and subsequent judgment.  In contrast to this, Jesus proclaims that He is the “True Vine”.  Israel is pointing to Jesus, the One who will be a fruitful Vine.  Jesus also does this with the temple, the Jewish feasts, Moses and holy sites.  In John 15 he is saying that the locus of God’s people is no longer ethnic/historic Israel; rather the locus of God’s people is now in Jesus Christ.   I agree with your statement that “Jesus is the most accurate expression as an individual for what God has called Israel to be corporately, as a nation.  Israel will realize its fullest potential through the example and identification with her Messiah.” 

In an effort to further clarify, I do not think that God is done with ethnic/historic Israel.  I do not believe she is an abandoned nation.  In no way was my statement in the sermon (or in this email ) meant to be anti-Semitic or perpetuate an anti-Semitic stand of teaching.

 I mentioned above that the idea of replacement theology is better understood on a continuum.  There is an aspect of continuity and discontinuity in God’s redemptive history.  At one extreme of this teaching Jesus has completely replaced Israel and God is done with her (all discontinuity, no continuity).  At the other extreme Jesus is simply showing how Israel should live out the law  (all continuity and no discontinuity).  Both extremes are dangerous.  If you personally understand the scriptures to teach that it is all continuity and no discontinuity, then I believe you are off in your understanding of scripture.  I don’t want to presume this on you, but I am curious where you would land on this.  Again, there is real danger on either extreme and the pull can be subtle.

At the end of the day, my sermon was not about replacement theology.  It was about abiding in the Vine.  It was about a life of desperate dependence on the Savior.  Any other life is vain, empty and fruitless.  I hope we would both remain in the Vine.

jp


Meal of Messiah: The Wedding Supper of the Lamb

Isaiah 25:6 On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wine, of rich food full of marrow, of aged wine well refined.

Our family along with a close friend who is also a neighbor celebrated the Meal of Messiah seder last night for the first time. First let me say “hats off” to the team at First Fruits of Zion www.ffoz.org for putting together such a well designed and easy to follow text to accompany this meal. The Meal of Messiah haggadah includes a great introduction that sets the stage and gives some historical background to this meal and it’s customs. The seder text itself was laid out very well with concise and distinct font in Hebrew and English with textual references and relevent pictures for enhancement. I especially appreciated the diversity of the texts chosen from Biblical to Midrashic to Early Century Church Father’s. All of the haggadah texts were biblical in nature and from my estimation approximately 75% were direct scripture quotations. We also made use and found great joy in the Meal of Messiah music recording that was produced to accompany this text. For those who are unfamiliar with this custom, the Meal of Messiah has been celebrated by some Chasidic Jews for hundreds of years on the 7th day of The Feast of Unleavened Bread (Passover) as a festive meal that anticipates the coming of the Messiah and the great Messianic banquet that follows. As believer’s in Yeshua we know this feast as “the marriage supper of the Lamb” Revelation 19:19. The Meal of Messiah mirrors the Passover Seder from the 1st night of Passover and is loosely based on the 4 cups of wine and matzah from the Passover Seder. The four cups at Meal of Messiah remember the Messiah’s Last Cup from his Last Seder, the cup of Espousal which remembers the parting and baptism of Israel in the Red Sea along with the water to wine miracle at the wedding in Cana, the cup of Benediction follows the traditional Grace after Meals, and the cup of Jerusalem looks forward to when Jerusalem will welcome King Messiah Yeshua and He will usher us in through her gates and the voice of the bride and the bridegroom will be at its highest joyousness in the city of God. The matzah is taken in remembrance of Messiah at his Last Seder and after He had risen broke bread on the Road to Emmaus. This meal and the texts that go along with it are covenantial in nature and should cause one to think and dwell deeply and have a longing for that Great Day. As an aside it was recommended that this meal be served with fish in the afternoon of the 7th day of Unleavened Bread to close out the festival. It has been traditional that the Chasidim who celebrate the Meal of Messiah hold it as a 3rd meal that mirrors the 3rd meal which ends the Sabbath. The fish is recommended based on the fact that fish played such a prominent role in the Gospels and meals after the Messiah had been Resurrected as well as speculation by the sages that the great fish Leviathan would be served at the Messianic Banquet. We we’re unaware of these recommendations until after we had already prepped to have our meal on the evening of the 7th day with pot roast. After thinking through and studying the Meal of Messiah history and background we felt just as relevent in keeping the meal as a mirror of the 1st day Seder which is on the evening of the 1st day and ushers in the festival along with the Erev Shabbat meal which ushers in the Sabbath. As for the pot roast, that was also made relevent by the fact that the sages speculate that Behemoth (a giant ox) will also be served at this meal and perhaps the “rich food full of marrow” that Isaiah refers to is this meat as well. Lord willing, we plan to share and celebrate this Meal of Messiah with more family and friends next year and hope to be able to “recline at the table with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob” Matthew 8:11 at the true Meal of Messiah in the Kingdom soon.

Maran Etha! Our Master is Coming!


Sermon Sessions: Moshe’s Resurrection Revelation

This sermon was given on Shabbat April 3, 2010 by Rabbi Marty Waldman at Baruch HaShem Messianic Synagogue. Listen at www.baruchhashem.com

The Resurrection is a central truth and foundation of our faith!

1st Corinthians 15:1-19

15:1 Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, 2 and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain.

3 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, 5 and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. 6 Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. 7 Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. 8 Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me. 9 For I am the least of the apostles, unworthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. 10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me. 11 Whether then it was I or they, so we preach and so you believed. 12 Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13 But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. 14 And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain. 15 We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified about God that he raised Christ, whom he did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised. 16 For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised. 17 And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. 18 Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. 19 If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied.

Did Moshe receive a Resurrection revelation?

Can we simply interpret Torah to make our own determination?

How did Yeshua interpret Moshe?

Primary Text: Mark 12:26-27

26And as for the dead being raised, have you not read in the book of Moses, in the passage about the bush, how God spoke to him, saying, ‘I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? 27 He is not God of the dead, but of the living.

Is Resurrection just a Christian idea?

In the passage above Yeshua interprets Moshe’s revelation as pertaining to the Resurrection.

Yeshua also said “Salvation is from the Jew’sJohn 4:22

Hebrews 11:17-19 interprets Genesis 22 as pertaining to the Resurrection of Issac which was a foreshadowing of Yeshua.

The Second blessing of the Amidah “Gevurot” which probably originated during the 2nd Temple period before Yeshua’s time, praises God as the One who Resurrects the dead.

The 13th Principle of Jewish Faith by Maimonides “Rambam” states a belief in the Resurrection of the dead.

What is the Jewish Concept of Resurrection? First Fruits – The Barley Sheaf and the Resurrection. Messiah is called the “First fruits from the dead” 1 Corinthians 15:20 and “Messiah the First fruits” 1 Corinthians 15:23

What is the difference between resuscitation and Resurrection? One is to raise from the dead only to die again, the other is the live forever!

See the following Biblical examples: Luke 16:29-31, 1 Kings 17:17-24, 2 Kings 4:8-37, 2 Kings 13:21

Is Moshe Alive?

Matthew 17:1-4 records Yeshua’s transfiguration with Moshe and Elijah appearing with him on the mount. Moshe and Elijah represents the Torah and Prophets that testify of Yeshua. From this passage we also know that Moshe did in fact get to enter the promised land!

Happy First Fruits/Resurrection Day!