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Grafted In Fellowship is a gathering of like-minded people who understand the importance of following ALL of our Father's Word.  We understand our Father is the "same yesterday, today and forever" and furthermore, the Word of God is a complete writing without contradiction within what is commonly called the Old and New Testaments. 

YES!  We Shabbat!  Or more properly stated, "We observe Shabbat!"  What does this mean?  Shabbat is Hebrew for Sabbath.  We believe the day our Father has "set apart" is the Sabbath!  The Day of Shabbat has not been moved to Sunday!  Shabbat is the Seventh Day...the day we call Saturday.  
 
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Date: Monday, October 3
Time: 3:00 pm 
Place: Phil & Julie's Home (Contact for Directions)

YOM HAKIPPURIM
Date: Wednesday, October 12
Time: 5:00 pm
Place: Phil & Julie's Home (Contact for Directions)

Date: Sunday, October 16 - Monday, October 24
Place: Bethpage Camp Resort
NOTE: The two "Sabbath" days of Sukkot are
October 16-17 & October 23-24 (sundown to sundown).



MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT!


GIFKG has joined/merged with House of David Richmond!


House of David (HODF) meets on the first and third Shabbat (Saturday) of each month.  

However, GIFKG will still meet at the Smoot Library on the second and fourth Shabbat of each month.

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GIFKG Meeting Information:

Meeting Place: Smoot Library

Meeting Time: 1:00 - 3:30 pm 
Meeting Day: Oct 8, 2016  
(2nd & 4th Shabbat of each month)
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HODF Meeting Information:

Meeting Place: Mechanicsville Library

Meeting Time: 2:00 - 9:00 pm 
Meeting Day: Oct 1, 2016
(1st & 3rd Shabbat of each month)



 
2 Corinthians 11:4 (NKJV): For if he who comes preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or if you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted—you may well put up with it!

This is a short introductory writing on this verse.  It can have (and has had) volumes written about it.  But here is the catch: what is your paradigm when reading this verse?  If you are reading this from a Western, Greek-based paradigm, then you will believe that anyone else “preaching” another Jesus is in the wrong.

However, if you place the text back in its original context, with the original audience, you will quickly discover Paul (Sha’ul) was a Jew (Paradigm Alert: Sha’ul never “converted” to Christianity) writing to other Jews.  Their worldview was Hebrew-based — NOT Greek!

So to put it simply, Sha’ul (a Jew) is writing to other Jews who also believed Yeshua was the Jewish Messiah (Paradigm Alert: There is a HUGE difference between the Jewish Messiah and the Christian “Christ”).  Everything about Sha’ul’s writings is Jewish.

Putting this in perspective: If I believe in the Jewish Messiah, I am in agreement with the original intent/context of Sha’ul.   If you are preaching a “Greek” Jesus, and not a Jewish Messiah, are you sure you are on solid footing?

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Continuing with this verse, the above is just a thumbnail look at a "different" Jesus.  The Greek Jesus vs. the Hebrew Yeshua.  But the verse goes on to say, "...or a different gospel which you have not accepted--you may well put up with it."

Interesting.  A different gospel.  

Tell me, what is the Gospel?  Many in the "Church" today will respond with, "the birth, life, crucifixion, and resurrection of Jesus."

Have you ever stopped to consider this as the gospel being preached in the New Testament?  Stop and think about it.  Is that what John the Baptist was preaching in the wilderness?  A lot of theology has been attached to his words.  

What about Yeshua?  In Matthew 4:23, it reads, "And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom..."

Was Yeshua preaching His birth, life, crucifixion and resurrection?  If so, then why were the disciples so confused after His crucifixion?  Especially, if Yeshua preached His resurrection the entire time of His ministry.  

Please don't misunderstand me!  I am NOT saying the concept of "the birth, life, crucifixion and resurrection" isn't important!  I am saying it is NOT the Gospel -- especially the Gospel as it would have been understood by the first century Jewish believer.  

So, you may ask, "What is the Gospel?"  I am glad you asked. 

The gospel (good news), as understood by ALL Jews, not only in the first century, but throughout the writings of the prophets as well, is the establishment of the Kingdom on earth!

So, here is the point.  In this one verse, we have the "Church" preaching a Greek Jesus (versus a Hebrew Yeshua), AND also preaching a different gospel.  

What were the last words of 2 Cor 11:4?  "...you may well put up with it."

Think about it...

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Next: Staying in this same verse, what spirit have you received?



ADDITIONAL POINTS TO PONDER
INTERESTING QUESTION:

I recently watched the documentary, The Way.  It poses an interesting question: If Jesus was perfect, and He followed the Law -- the Feasts, dietary restrictions, Sabbath -- and we claim to want to live like Him, why don't we do what He did?

The Way

The Truth & The Life
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The following is an excellent description of the power of paradigms -- how we approach reading/studying the Bible.

The excerpt  is from, The Jewish Gospel of John by Eli Lizorkin-Eyzenberg:
Interpreting the Bible is a difficult task. We bring our past, our preconceived notions, our already formed theology, our cultural blind spots, our social standing, our gender, our political views, and many other influences to our interpretation of the Bible. In short, all that we are in some way determines how we interpret everything. This does not imply that the meaning of the text is dependent on its reader. The meaning remains constant. But the reading of the text does differ and is dependent on many factors surrounding the interpretive process. In other words, how a reader or listener understands the text can differ greatly from person to person.


One of the biggest handicaps in the enterprise of Bible interpretation has been an inability to recognize and admit that a particular interpretation may have a weak spot. The weak spot is usually determined by personal preferences and heartfelt desires to prove a particular theory, regardless of the cost. I consider that, having an awareness of our own blind spots and being honestly willing to admit problems with our interpretations when they exist, is more important than the intellectual brilliance with which we argue our position. 


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9/26/2016
One Letter Difference
by Skip Moen, D. Phil.

Glory to God in the highest, on earth peace, goodwill toward men. Luke 2:14 KJV


Goodwill – In his book, Windows into the Bible, Marc Turnage notes that there are two readings of the Greek texts of Luke 2:14. One variant uses the Greek word eudokai, rendering the text “on earth peace, goodwill toward men.” The other variant uses eudokias, resulting in the translation, “on earth, peace among men of his will.” The addition of a simple Greek letter (the s at the end of the word) changes the meaning of the entire verse.   In the first case, God’s goodwill is directed toward all mankind. In the second, “His peace [rests] solely upon those of His will, i.e., the elect.”[1] It’s noteworthy that the ESV opts for this second reading, translating the verse, “an on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased.” Turnage points out that these two variant readings reflect two completely different views of God’s redemptive activity. Since manuscripts exist with either reading, the question is not about the words in the text. The question is about the...


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9/25/2016
Dark Sayings
by Skip Moen, D. Phil.

Then Samson said to them, “Let me now propound a riddle to you; if you will indeed tell it to me within the seven days of the feast, and find it out, then I will give you thirty linen wraps and thirty changes of clothes.” Judges 14:12 NASB


Riddle – Not everything in the Scripture is crystal clear. In fact, ḥîdôt (dark sayings) are more common than we might imagine. Not only do they appear in the Tanakh, both Yeshua and Paul also use them. ḥîdâ is a synonym for some familiar translated words. “Hence, it is that ‘proverb’ and ‘figure,’ or ‘proverb’ and ‘dark saying’ are interchangeable terms. The ‘dark saying’ is the popular ‘riddle’ raised to the dignity of elaborate production. It is in short an allegorical sentence requiring interpretation.”[1]


But not all “dark sayings” are riddles. Some are statements that require serious contemplation and examination. Their truth is hidden in the same way that the ‘olam ha’ba is hidden. Its presence can be felt but not yet seen. With this in mind, here are some additional dark sayings for your meditation.


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9/23/2016
Ba’al and the Canaanite Religion
by Skip Moen, D. Phil.

Now Elijah the Tishbite, who was of [a]the settlers of Gilead, said to Ahab, “As the Lord, the God of Israel lives, before whom I stand, surely there shall be neither dew nor rain these years, except by my word.”             1 Kings 17:1 NASB


Rain – Four points need to be understood concerning the confrontation of Elijah and the Prophets of Ba’al.


  1. Ba’al was supposed to be the fertility god who provided prosperity in an agricultural society. But the story of 1 Kings 17 clearly shows that the God of Israel is in charge of the earth. He alone can make it stop raining. He alone provides what is needed for crops. The famine experienced in 1 Kings 17 is the direct result of God’s action. Ba’al is helpless to overturn God’s decision. Elijah’s statement to Ahab about the rain is a direct assault on the assumption of...


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9/22/2016
Fire Sale
by Skip Moen, D. Phil.

“Look! Water! What prevents me from being baptized?” Acts 8:36 NASB


What prevents me – Let me make a bold assertion. Most of the great unwashed are not Ethiopian eunuchs. You may smile to yourself, thinking that this statement is so obvious as to be comical. There aren’t a lot of eunuchs riding around today. But that isn’t quite the issue here. You see, the reason that the Ethiopian eunuch finds a place in Scripture is not because he was in the service of the queen. He is on this road at this particular time because he has been in Jerusalem worshipping. That tells us something very important; something so important that if we ignore it, we will never understand the biblical pattern of evangelism.


What does this small fact tell us about the eunuch? It tells us that he knew the God of Israel. It tells us that he knew the Torah. It tells us that he was observant. It tells us that he was seeking God through the Hebrew Bible. It tells us that he was not a neophyte or a pagan when he encountered Philip on the desert road. This man had prior biblical training. That is the only reason that explains why he was in Jerusalem worshipping during the required feast.

Notice that the eunuch’s question is about an interpretation of a passage of Scripture that he already knows. He is not a “seeker” in the contemporary sense of the word. This man is part of the culture of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. He is looking for meaning, not information. Once he understands that the Messiah is the focal point of the text that he has already received, then he is ready to make the commitment to follow his Messiah. That is the reason he requests baptism.


Most church attendees today are not even close to the position of this Ethiopian. They come without a history of interaction with the God of Abraham. They come directly from a...


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9/21/2016
The Other Samaritan
by Skip Moen, D. Phil.

“And He said to him, “Stand up and go; your faith has made you well.” Luke 17:19 NASB


Made you well – “Look! Look at my hands! Look at my feet! It’s gone. I’m clean.” Yitzhak jumped the ditch, throwing his arms in the air.


“Praise God! Praise God!” Two men in the group began to dance, kicking up the dust.


Clapping Yoav on the back, one of the others shouted, “Come on, come on. Let’s hurry. I want to get home to my wife.” Tears were streaming down his face.


“Wait! Wait! We have to go back!” It was Mansur, the only one of the group from outside Israel.


The others paid no attention. They surged forward, bumping into each other as they hurried toward the synagogue.


Mansur grabbed two of them, pulling them to a halt. All the eyes turned toward him.


“What’s the matter with you? Didn’t you hear what he said? ‘Go to the priest.’ ‘Go show yourself to the priest.'”


Mansur defended himself. “Yes, I know that’s what he said. And we’ll do it. But look at us. Look at yourself, Yitzhak! We’re all clean. We have to go back to thank him. Then we can go to the priest.”


“Listen, my friend. When I got leprosy, my whole life was destroyed. Not just my body. I mean everything. I lost my family, my reputation, my heritage. If you think I’m going to jeopardize that now by going back when he said to go to the priest, you’re crazy. I’m going to the Synagogue!”


Mansur knew the truth of Yitzhak’s words. When he was cursed to live this slow death, he learned to fear something even worse than rotting skin. Humiliation. He was shamed to think that somehow God brought this horrible curse on him. He remembered going over every selfish act, begging God to forgive him and take away this torment. Years ago he had given up that worthless effort. Until today, he was just garbage. Until today. Today life suddenly turned completely upside down again.


“Mansur, you know the Law. We all do. That’s why the Rabbi quoted Moses. Go present yourself to the priest. We don’t have time to go back now.”


The Torah. Perhaps the only sacred thing they all shared. Mansur was a Samaritan. The other nine were Jews. If it had not been for the rotting skin, they would surely never have crossed the road to speak to each other. But affliction made them comrades in misery. They shared pain and humiliation and despair – and...


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