Thursday, March 30, 2017

Coherence - Week 3 Summary

 

Without the gory details, imaging is a very simple concept on paper– you want a faithful and accurate reproduction of something. Consider any digital camera – how much would you pay for a camera that stretched the faces of all your buddies’ bodies like the carnival hall mirrors? Or maybe the camera decided to color all faces green. Or maybe the optics in the camera are so messed up that scratches and blotches appeared in each picture. Such a camera would not do well in the marketplace because the camera would distort all of the precious pictures you labored to take.

In the 3rd week of the Coherence class, we discussed the image of G-d. We talked about how we were made in the image of God (Genesis 1:26-7), how sin distorts this image by separation from His light (Isaiah 49:2), how Yeshua is the true and perfect image of the Almighty (2 Corinthians 4:4, Hebrews 1:3) and how after placing our trust in Yeshua as Lord and King the regeneration that comes from the Ruach HaKodesh restores that image (1 Corinthians 15:49, 2 Corinthians 3:17-18). The restoration of this distorted image is the essence of the Gospel – God’s good news to restore back into relationship with Him, our Creator.

Those who are going to partner with us in ministry need to understand the human condition from the Biblical perspective - G-d's perspective and not Dr. Phil's. What is God's view of us? That He loves us and made us. That we are sinners in need of grace. That G-d longs to restore us. That Yeshua is the only way to cleanse us of our sin and restore what was broken. If we only think of the Gospel as “G-d making you happy” or “your best life now,” we contradict the Scriptures and diminish the power of the Gospel.

We also discussed many other issues but the one that seemed to generate the most discussion was the concept of eternal judgment. The concept of Hell/Gehenna is not a fun topic to think about, but realize that it is considered a fundamental of the faith (Hebrews 6:1-2). The idea that those who reject the Gospel, who reject Adonai’s generous offer of cleansing, restoration and salvation through Yeshua, will be sent away out of His presence for eternity is offensive to some. After all, I don’t like the idea either – but it is in the Scriptures (Yeshua talked about it a lot, by the way) and thus must be taught. I am realizing that we likely need more information about these issues, such as the state of the dead and Hell – these, by G-d’s grace, will be forthcoming.

You can download the lecture notes for Week 3 here.

Shalom in the Name of the one who saves us from death.

 

Weekly Scripture Reading

For
Shabbat HaChodesh
The Shabbat of the New Month

 

Parashah: Vayakhel - "And Assembled” & Pekudei — “The Reckonings”

— Torah:
Exodus 35:1 – 38:20 & 38:21 – 40:38

Chazak! Chazak! Venischazeik! (Be strong! Be strong! And may we be strengthened!)

— Haftarah Shabbat HaChodesh: Ezekiel 45:16 — 46:18


From the fact that the commandment to observe the Shabbat precedes the building of the Mishkan, the sages concluded that labor is of value only if it can have a sacred as well as a secular purpose; otherwise, it is innately trivial - all our labor for the earthly things is just vanity and striving after wind...

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