Correction: And God Divided Between the Light…

And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. (Gen 1:4 KJV)

The Brenton translation of the Greek Septuagint says:

And God saw the light that it was good, and God divided between the light and the darkness. (Gen 1:4 Brenton)

It was recently pointed out to me that the Hebrew word “beyn” (H996) translated above in the KJV as “from” appears twice in Genesis 1:4: once before the light, and the other before the darkness.

And upon further inspection in the Greek Septuagint, I see the phrase “ana mesos”, translated as “between” also appears twice in this verse.

A more proper translation of this then would be:

…And God divided between the light and between the darkness.

Given this, I don’t know how accurate my previous statement is, that this means God made a distinction between the light and the darkness.

Perhaps this verse is telling us He made distinctions between each: a distinction between the light, and a distinction between the darkness.

I still believe light is not darkness and darkness is not light, that they are two different things. Clearly God called them two different things in verse 5: “day” and “night”. But this verse may be meaning something different than what I first thought based on the English translation.

Hmm, very interesting.

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When a Day Begins and Ends (Video)

Our modern culture teaches a day is a 24-hour period of time that begins at midnight. Jewish tradition teaches a day is a 24-hour period of time that begins at sunset. But what does the Bible say?

Watch this presentation covering the Biblical definition of the day, how long it lasts, when it begins and why it matters.

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Made in His Image and Likeness

Genesis 5:3 establishes the notion that within humanity, a son bears a likeness to his father.

And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, after his image; and called his name Seth: (Gen 5:3 KJV)

We all understand this with physical features, where a son may physically look like his father bearing the same skin tone, hair and eye color, build and facial features.

Are you reflecting the likeness of the one in whose image you were made?

But because he was taught by his father, he also may carry similar traits found in his:

  • temperament
  • work ethic
  • love/compassion towards others
  • integrity/moral character

And similar interests like:

  • a love of the outdoors
  • being an avid reader
  • sharing a preference for types of foods, books, friends and even women
  • being a fan of sports and even of a particular sports’ teams

And engage in similar occupations:

  • doing a common trade or working in the same industry
  • carrying forward a generational business
  • following in the same footsteps regarding military service or being men of the cloth

When a child mirrors his father in all of these ways, we often say of him: He is his father’s son.

We’d even go as far as saying: He is his father.

Why?

Because he is a cookie-cutter image of the one who fathered him.

Does that mean he is truly his father?

Of course not. It’s clear they are two separate beings: one begotten of the other, but they carry the same spirit (attributes, habits, tastes, interests, skills, etc) in them. The son truly bears the likeness of his father.

That’s how I think it is with men being called sons of God, and particularly Yeshua being called the Son of God.   Continue reading

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Paul Saw the Light and Heard the Voice of Jesus

whitelightAccording to the book of Acts, Saul, before he came to be known as Paul, had an illuminating experience on the road to Damascus. He describes it like this:

“and it came to pass, in my going on and coming nigh to Damascus, about noon, suddenly out of the heaven there shone a great light round about me, I fell also to the ground, and I heard a voice saying to me, Saul, Saul, why me dost thou persecute?

`And I answered, Who art thou, Lord? and he said unto me, I am Jesus the Nazarene whom thou dost persecute– and they who are with me the light did see, and became afraid, and the voice they heard not of him who is speaking to me– and I said, What shall I do, Lord? and the Lord said unto me, Having risen, go on to Damascus, and there it shall be told thee concerning all things that have been appointed for thee to do.” (Act 22:6-10 YLT)

While he saw a great light round about him, the voice Paul heard was identified as being that of Jesus the Nazarene, not of God. (According to previous testimony in Acts, Jesus is resurrected from the dead at this point in time, situated at the right hand of God.)

Paul became temporarily physically blinded from that encounter and sometime thereafter Ananias explained what happened to him…

“`And when I did not see from the glory of that light, being led by the hand by those who are with me, I came to Damascus, and a certain one, Ananias, a pious man according to the law, being testified to by all the Jews dwelling there , having come unto me and stood by me, said to me, Saul, brother, look up; and I the same hour did look up to him; and he said, The God of our fathers did choose thee beforehand to know His will, and to see the Righteous One, and to hear a voice out of his mouth, because thou shalt be his witness unto all men of what thou hast seen and heard; and now, why tarriest thou? having risen, baptize thyself, and wash away thy sins, calling upon the name of the Lord.” (Act 22:11-16 YLT)

Ananias explained that Saul was chosen by God:

  • to know the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob’s will
  • to see the Righteous One, and to hear a voice out of his mouth

It is my understanding  the Righteous One is the one situated at the right hand of God.  Continue reading

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When is the Start of the Year?

Recently I received an email that read: Calendar-Icon

I have been thinking about the start 
of the year and wondered how you 
determine the beginning of the year 
using a solar calendar.

Here was my response:

From what I understand, the years are solar in nature with the months
being determined by way of the sun rising in 6 different stations of the
sky in the east and setting in 6 in the west (marked by the 12
constellations of the stars), and the moon likely plays a part in telling
us which year we are in over a series of years.  Continue reading

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When is the Sabbath Day According to the Bible?

This past week at our fall camp-out I did a presentation on what I understand the Torah to be testifying to concerning when the Sabbath days fall out on the 364-day solar year model put forth in the Book of Enoch.

enoch_calbigIt’s been a few years since I discovered this layout, and I’ve been relatively quiet in discussing this subject publicly because I have not been able to reconcile how that model would play out in a modern setting given what we experience with a 365.24 day solar year.

However, more recently I’ve been associating with some folks who esteem the 364-day priestly calendar discussed among the Dead Sea Scrolls, and they had never heard my take on these findings, so I thought it worthwhile to share it with them.

I thank Jackson Snyder for making this recording available and sharing it on his Jackson Snyder presents program on Hebrew Nation Radio. I hope to provide more presentations like these in the future, both as a podcast and in video format.

When is the Shabbat/Sabbath Day?

In this particular presentation, I reference a 4-page packet. Here are the .pdfs of that packet for your reference: Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, and Page 4.

Let me know what you think.

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The Great Deviation: The Virgin Birth Doctrine

Biblical Model for Conception

man-woman-conceptionIn Genesis 4:1 we’re told, “Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and brought forth Cain and said, I have gained a man through God.”

This provides a model for us: a man knows a woman, and with the help of God, she conceives and brings forth a child.

MAN  +  WOMAN  +  GOD’s HELP  =  CHILD

 

We see examples of this model being played out throughout the Bible in the young and old, or more specifically in the old and young.  Continue reading

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2016 Feast of Tabernacles Virginia Camp Out

Are you looking for a place to camp out this fall in honor of the Feast of TabernaclesPerhaps you might like to join my family and I on our private homestead in central Virginia on October 5-12, 2016.

Feast of Tabernacles Sukkot 2011 Our SukkahI must tell you, though, this will not be your typical Feast gathering.

Who We Are

My husband and I run our own online retail business from our home, while raising and home schooling our three children (ages: 12, 11, and 9) on a homestead in central Virginia. We have cows, goats, chickens, ducks and turkeys.

We are not congregational leaders, nor do we seek to be. While we were raised in a Christian environment and consider the Bible to be an authoritative text in our lives, we don’t ascribe to any particular religion or movement these days.

What We Believe

We recognize the Creator, whom we refer to as “Yahweh” (YHVH) as the Most High God, and do our best to walk according to His ways as we understand them. We also believe the Jesus of the Bible, whom we refer to as “Yeshua”, is the Messiah, the anointed man over all mankind.  Continue reading

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The Finished Work of Creation

When I began voicing my objections to the Virgin Birth doctrine, stating there was no precedent in the Old Testament for such an occurrence, I was met with the claim that the Creation of Adam is the needed precedent for the Creator to create again.

Let’s evaluate what took place in the beginning and test that claim.

Origins-2In the Beginning…

Genesis 1:1 establishes the notion of a Creator God when it records:

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth land. (Genesis 1:1 KJV, adaptation mine)

For six days, the author lays out the creation or fashioning of the heaven and the land and seas with vegetation, seed-bearing plants and fruit-bearing trees, and all that is in them, to include: winged fowl, sea creatures, land animals and mankind.  Continue reading

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Christmas Tradition vs. Biblical Truth

christmas-tree-giftsWhile I never took to Santa Claus bringing gifts each Christmas, since my cousin spoiled the illusion for me as a child, I used to think erecting and donning a tree for the Christmas holiday was just a fun tradition.  Continue reading

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