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Do not make a mistake like Ham did.
Posted On 05/12/2018 13:51:25

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In Genesis 9, verses 20 to 24 we read about the episode of Noah drinking wine (yayin) beyond simple moderation and being found naked and passed out drunk, in his tent.  The scriptures do not go into alot of detail but it is clear that Ham did something wrong because Noah curses the line of Ham  The story line gives little detail but it seems to me that Ham shamed his father.  He could have simply threw something over his father but decided to broadcaste the information to his brethren.  Ham shamed and embarrassed his father.  Please keep in mind that Noah was righteous in God's eyes due to faith but was still a mere man with flaws.  The Bible does not cover this up (no pun) as pagan writing will do about heroes and such.  The Bible makes it clear that even the best are sinful.  Ham failed to bring honor to his father in this episode, which is a great wrong.  

It is also possible that Ham may have spoke evil and made fun of his fathers situation but we must not read too much into scriptures, nontheless, we should refraim from speaking evil of others. (James 3:10).

zomok

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The Suffering Messiah foretold
Posted On 05/09/2018 14:10:19


In the Old Testament there is a great text in Isaiah chapter 53 that depicts a suffering servant.  Down through the corridor of time this has been interpreted in many ways.  In much Jewish literature (i.e. Talmud) this has been looked at as the Israel nation being trampled upon and even in exile. In the Zohar it has been given several interpretations. Despite all this, a casual reading makes it clear that this is an individual.  Here is the text itself (Young's Literal Translation)-

Who hath given credence to that which we heard? And the arm of Jehovah, On whom hath it been revealed?

Yea, he cometh up as a tender plant before Him, And as a root out of a dry land, He hath no form, nor honour, when we observe him, Nor appearance, when we desire him.

He is despised, and left of men, A man of pains, and acquainted with sickness, And as one hiding the face from us, He is despised, and we esteemed him not.

Surely our sicknesses he hath borne, And our pains -- he hath carried them, And we -- we have esteemed him plagued, Smitten of God, and afflicted.

And he is pierced for our transgressions, Bruised for our iniquities, The chastisement of our peace [is] on him, And by his bruise there is healing to us.

All of us like sheep have wandered, Each to his own way we have turned, And Jehovah hath caused to meet on him, The punishment of us all.

It hath been exacted, and he hath answered, And he openeth not his mouth, As a lamb to the slaughter he is brought, And as a sheep before its shearers is dumb, And he openeth not his mouth.

By restraint and by judgment he hath been taken, And of his generation who doth meditate, That he hath been cut off from the land of the living? By the transgression of My people he is plagued,

And it appointeth with the wicked his grave, And with the rich [are] his high places, Because he hath done no violence, Nor [is] deceit in his mouth.

10 And Jehovah hath delighted to bruise him, He hath made him sick, If his soul doth make an offering for guilt, He seeth seed -- he prolongeth days, And the pleasure of Jehovah in his hand doth prosper.

11 Of the labour of his soul he seeth -- he is satisfied, Through his knowledge give righteousness Doth the righteous one, My servant, to many, And their iniquities he doth bear.

12 Therefore I give a portion to him among the many, And with the mighty he apportioneth spoil, Because that he exposed to death his soul, And with transgressors he was numbered, And he the sin of many hath borne, And for transgressors he intercedeth.

A careful reading of this text (from about 700 years before Jesus was born on Earth) reveals several important things that apply to the messiah Jesus.  He was bruised and punished for us (v. 6) and carried our sins (v. 12).  It is plainly a messianic prophecy.  This is, in fact, how the text is treated in the Book of Acts, which was written by the same person that produced the Gospel of Luke.  In Acts 8:26-36, we read of how the apostle Philip encountered an Etheopian official who was puzzeled by the text of Isaiah.  This gave Philip a doorway to present the Gospel of Jesus to the official, who was baptised.  It is likely that the text in questioned was Isaiah 53. 

Another text that is seemingly related is found in Chapter 2, (verses12-20) of a book named "Wisdom of Solomon", which was probably written in the 1st century BC.  Protestants generally do not hold this to be inspired, although Catholics and Eastern Orthdox churches do.  It seems to echo Isaiah 53.  Here is the text-

12: "Let us lie in wait for the righteous man, because he is inconvenient to us and opposes our actions; he reproaches us for sins against the law, and accuses us of sins against our training. 13: He professes to have knowledge of God, and calls himself a child of the Lord. 14: He became to us a reproof of our thoughts; 15: the very sight of him is a burden to us, because his manner of life is unlike that of others, and his ways are strange. 16: We are considered by him as something base, and he avoids our ways as unclean; he calls the last end of the righteous happy, and boasts that God is his father. 17: Let us see if his words are true, and let us test what will happen at the end of his life; 18: for if the righteous man is God's son, he will help him, and will deliver him from the hand of his adversaries. 19: Let us test him with insult and torture, that we may find out how gentle he is, and make trial of his forbearance. 20: Let us condemn him to a shameful death, for, according to what he says, he will be protected."

We know that Jesus pointed out the sins and hypocrisy of many Jewish leaders who wished to kill him. So we see that some clear prophecys, which depict the persecution of Jesus exist...and well before he was born.

Pastor Zomok

Tags: Isaiah Messiah Wisdom Acts Apologetics


Building walls; building lives
Posted On 05/03/2018 08:26:00

One of the reasons I voted for Mr. Trump is that I was thinking that he would be an American Nehemiah and push to build up the wall on our southern border.  He has made efforts in that direction but just as Nehemiah, Mr. Trump has ran into obstacles as well as the less than honorable opposition.  Anytime one wishes to do things that are good they will encounter forces that stand in the way.  The Book of Nehemiah teaches this well.

Just as Nehemiah wanted to build up or rebuild walls at Jerusalem, we should be rebuilding our lives and helping others to rebuild their lives.  So many around us need good words and encouragment.  We should not neglect these folks and it starts in the families and then goes out to a larger circle of friends. Help one another with their problems or burdens. Galatians 6:2 says, "Share each other's burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ."

And Nehemiah continued, "Go and celebrate with a feast of rich foods and sweet drinks, and share gifts of food with people who have nothing prepared. This is a sacred day before our Lord. Don't be dejected and sad, for the joy of the LORD is your strength!" Neh. 8:10

pastor Zomok

Tags: Nehemiah Walls Jerusalem Lives


Seeds and growth
Posted On 04/01/2018 22:53:48


Happy Easter. I am alone and going to work in several hours. It has been very depressing for me lately with several let downs but feel better by fasting for a few days now, which I will continue until Tuesday night. Yes it is the Easter season and the early church offered an alternate to the pagan feasts of Romans and the many hoards, after all God owns all the days and the Spring time is a time when much beauty rises out of seemingly dead things. A seed can only lead to fruit if it falls to the ground and dies. We see the pattern over and over again. We see it in nature. We see it even when a loved one passes on because it brings in new friends and creativity...but mostly we focus on the resurrection of Yeshua. Imagine how sadness turned to gladness in the hearts of the disciples. We must continue to spread the glory...


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Pastor Zomok

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Women of Courage
Posted On 03/29/2018 04:57:09



     

Hebrew culture and society was male dominated and this is the reason we see mostly males in leadership roles.  In the Bible we do not see the ladies often standing out as leaders or prophets.  Even though this is true it does not mean that God's inspired word is saying women are inferior.  Inspiration does not mean that God is going to keep all imperfect cultural artifacts out of the wording.  God's word is about God working his plan through imperfect people and cultures.  God is the grand weaver constantly sewing the tapastry of life. With this said there are some wonderful women of the Bible who shined with both faith and courage.  Lets briefly look at several of these.

1. Jochebed, the mother of Moses. Her prominent place in history is secure.  The aspect of her career especially emphasized in Scripture is that of her very clever design to preserve the life of her baby son. Imagine how troubled her heart was when the Egyptians wanted to kill all the newborn hebrew boys.  She hid her baby son in the Nile river. It was her courage and trust in such an act that had far-reaching consequences for the nation that she is placed among the heroines of faith in Hebrews 11. Let us recall the trying circumstances of the preservation of Moses which prompted his mother to be included among that great witnesses whose lives testified of their faith in God’s providential care.

Her son Moses decades later led the Children of Israel out of Egypt and he received the special 10 Commandments (Exodus 20) from the Lord.  Great men of the past often had the most Godly mothers..

 

2. Deborah, a judge of Israel.  In the period between the Exodus and the time of Samuel the House of God had many confrontations with the Cananites.  Israel found itself under oppression off and on.  At the time there was no kings uniting the Israel people which is both good and bad, but brave individuals would stand out sometimes.  These were called 'Judges'.  Many scholars have suggested that some of the judges overlap in time and the period of the judges was probably not as long as indicated by some of the numbers. With this in mind God would sometimes move upon an individual and one of these was a lady named Deborah. At that time Deborah, a prophetess, wife of Lappidoth, used to sit under the 'Palm of Deborah' between Ramah and Bethel in the hill country of Ephraim; and the Israelites came up to her for judgement. At one point, She sent for and summoned Barak, son of Abinoam from Kedesh, and said to him, ‘The Lord, the God of Israel, commands you, “Go, take position at Mount Tabor, bringing ten thousand from the tribe of Naphtali and the tribe of Zebulun. I will draw out Sisera, the general of Jabin’s army, to meet you by the Wadi Kishon with his chariots and his troops; and I will deliver him into your hand.” ’ Barak said to her, ‘If you will go with me, I will go; but if you will not go with me, I will not go.’ And she said, ‘I will surely go with you; nevertheless, the road on which you are going will not lead to your glory, for the Lord will sell Sisera into the hand of a woman.’ Then Deborah got up and went with Barak to Kedesh. Barak summoned Zebulun and Naphtali to Kedesh; and ten thousand warriors went up behind him; and Deborah went up with him.  Cutting to the chase, Deborah and the Israel soldiers cornered Sisera.  The criminal tried to take refuge in a tent but ended up with a wooden nail in his head.  Brave Deborah did not swing the hammer but her following the will of God led to it. (Judges 4-5)

 

3. Esther.  She saved her people.  Much has been said about the Book of Esther, with some doubting if she even existed.  The history of Persia is very convoluted and theories are numerous.  I personally believe she is probably the same as 'Queen Amestris' even though there are problems with this as well as any theory.  The Book of Esther is uique in that it does not really mention God, except for the Septuagint version, which is a little larger (something to check into).

Esther was active in the 5th century BC, and suffered many trials but prevailed.  She rose to prominence due to her charm and beauty.  She defeated the evil Haman, who wished to kill both Esther's uncle and the Jewish people.  Esther stayed brave despite trying circumstances.  This should be a lesson for all.

 

4. Judith, of Bethulia.  (Apocrypha or 2nd Canon).  There are many theories about Judith and the Book of Judith.  For the most part Judith seems to be a heroine of a historical novel, where she probably symbolized the Judah people, which is being attacked by Assyria, and Nebuchanezzer, along with Holofernes, all of which are presented as one force even though they lived at different times in history.  Hence they represent all the eastern enemies of ancient Israel and Judah through time.  It is essentially a telescoped history.  Another view is that she is a female form of Juda Maccabee, who is up aganist the Selecid forces.  Judith decapitates the general Holoferness, just as Juda Maccabee takes the head of Nicor.  The parallel is fairly clear.  In the story Judith is presented as a beautiful and rich lady of Bethulia.  She bravely makes her way to the camp of Holofernes the commander of the great forces of Assyria.  He is captivated by her beauty and gets intoxicated.  Judith then beheads him.  This demoralizes the armies of Assyria, which go home.  For Judith to do as she did took both courage and love for her people.

 

  Mary (Miriam) Mother of JESUS.  Mary was found with child by the Holy Spirit but this for a brief time left her bethrothed Joseph in doubt, which must have been painful for both but an angel made the truth of Mary clear to Joseph and this made things right between them.  After the savior was born they had to flee to Egypt to escape herod, who wished to kill baby Jesus.  Although Mary knew it was all Gods plan she still felt anguish and fear.

 

This listing of these ladies is not meant to be exhaustive.  These stand out to me and should inspire others.

pastor Zomok






Tags: Bible Women Courage Esther


Ecclesiastes 11:1
Posted On 02/28/2018 13:35:14

 

Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days.-Ecclesiastes 11:1

The KJV puts this verse in a lovely manner and it means that if you give to others you will receive help back. I am no fan of the KJV but I wish some more simplified translations would not simplify this.  People should be able to understand these phrases and figures of speech. 

Proverbs 19:17 says, "One who is gracious to a poor man lends to the LORD, And He will repay him for his good deed".

Pastor Zomok

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Some musings on Valentines day and Ash Wednesday
Posted On 02/15/2018 22:24:35

God has been likened to a grand weaver constantly weaving the tapestry of our lives. 

It has been two years since my mother passed on Ash Wednesday of 2016.  The obit says the 11th but it was actually the 10th. It is interesting that Ash Wednesday should be on the same day this year as Valentines Day.  It is not just Catholics that observe this Sacremental, which might include fasting.  Some abstain from many regular activities.  I decided to not drive anyplace as it seems I am driving too much, but I don't rub my forehead with ashes, still I gave Ash Wednesday a nod.

I strolled over to a little book store about three blocks away and did some browsing.  I found an interesting little gem titled, Natural Law in the Spiritual World, by Henry Drummond. The inside page indicated 1891. The natural laws are God's standard workings and descend from higher laws and this is a book that probably deals with this. I decided to purchase and head home. On the way back I seen a yard full of small crocus blooms.  Everyone had a lavender color.  After this I came upon another yard with some bright yellow crocus blooms.  I regretted not having a camera with me.

After I arrived home I started to think of a flowery piece of art so I decided on a "rose of Sharon" type of painting, which some suggest was actually a crocus, although the Hebrew just implies a flower so I went along with imagination and did the one above.  I tried oil pastel this time and it is not half bad.  At least my motivation comes from a Biblical book and nature instead of Valentines.

Pastor Zomok

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Psalm 51:7
Posted On 02/08/2018 23:08:31

Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.- Psalm 51:7

As I recall the hyssop plant has medicinal possibilities and is slightly anticeptic.  It is in the mint family along with Oregano and Rosemary..  It is good stuff from the Lords pantry.

Just before leaving Egypt the Children of Israel were instructed to strike their door posts with branches of hyssop dipped in lambs blood so the Angel of Death would pass by and not kill the first born.  (Exodus 12).  It is interesting to note that the pattern of striking the doors and the framework seems to indicate a cross form and the branch(s) of hyssop with blood are considered typological for the beatings/whippings that Jesus endured for our sins.

Pastor zomok

Tags: Psalms Hyssop Clean Truth


A quick look at Ecclesiastes
Posted On 01/25/2018 02:17:42



Over the years I have been attracted to the philosophical Book of Ecclesiastes.  Although it seems on the surface to be very pessimistic, the logic within has delighted me deeply and caused me to ponder.  I have also been intrigued by the mystery of its origin.

There exists a great many views of its origin.  Traditionally it has been considered something that Solomon produced in his old age reflections.  He was considered very wise.  The other extreme is too say it is a very late work produced as late as 200 BC, which is only because it contains a few Greek words.  Both of these have problems and do not fit the evidences well enough.  The author refers to himself as Koheleth, or the gatherer of folks (or something like that).  He also mentions the many rulers in Jerusalem that came before him, yet only David and Cananite kings (Jebusites) ruled the area before Solomon.  Note: Saul did not rule in Jerusalem.

There has been a theory or position that I have found intriging, and is rather between the extremes.  This is the view that it was something authored by Zerubbabel, in the 6th century BC.  He was a descendant of the David line of kings, and as governor of Judah he was basically a kingpin under Cyrus of Persia.  He could reflect upon all those that ruled in jerusalem earlier.  He was also wise.  There is evidence that he was removed in the end.  This view of the origin of Ecclesiastes is between the extremes......

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Ecclesiastes contains much Hebrew style and philosophy, for example, it has the cyclical view of time, rather than the Western view of time as linear.  We see this in chapter 3 and other verses here and there. I was one time taught that the ancient Hebrews said that the past is in front of you evidently because you experienced it and can see it as if it is a painting or photo you are looking at.  It makes sense.  The writer says, 'What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done; there is nothing new under the sun. Is there a thing of which it is said, 'See, this is new'? It has already been, in the ages before us." (1:9-10). 

One of my favorite verses is chapter 3:1, "To everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven." This has inspired songs, such as "Turn, turn, turn" by the Byrds.  With all said, although the writer sounds sad, he does conclude that the best we can do is honor God and keep his commandments (chapter 12:13..)

What are your thoughts?

Pastor Zomok

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