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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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GIFKG has joined/merged with House of David Richmond!

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

GIFKG will once again meet each week at the Smoot Library!  How is this possible with the HODF merger? Easy!

1st & 3rd Shabbat meetings: 
Kevin will be the Lead Teacher 

2nd & 4th (& 5th) Shabbat meetings: 
Rick will be the Lead Teacher

GIFKG Meeting Information:

Meeting Place: Smoot Library

Meeting Time: 1:00 - 3:30 pm 
Meeting Day/Lead Teacher:  

Why the change back to weekly meetings?  There are those who are not able to travel to the various locations HODF meets -- the distance is too far for them.  In order to make sure Shabbat is still observed, going back to a weekly meeting in King George will allow this opportunity!

HODF Meeting Information:

Meeting Place: TBD

Meeting Time: 2:00 - 9:00 pm 
Meeting Day: Nov 5, 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?

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!

>>Here is another proof about the "gospel:"  Heb 4:2 - For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them [referring to the Children of Israel at Mt. Sinai.]<<

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?  " may well put up with it."

Think about it...

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

Note: The 5777 Torah Portions Schedule does not align completely with the "traditional" reading schedule; however, all Torah Portions are included.


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. 

Page 78, Chapter 4


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It’s Really Magic
by Skip Moen, D. Phil.

When they say to you, “Consult the mediums and the spiritists who whisper and mutter,” should not a people consult their God? Should they consult the dead on behalf of the living? Isaiah 8:19 NASB

Consult – John Oswalt’s book, The Bible Among the Myths, contains some interesting insights into the essential characteristics of myths and the religions based upon them. We tend to think of myths like fairy tales, but they are far more influential than children’s entertainment. Myths shape the way cultures think about the world, and in this respect, they provide the foundation for human behavior. Oswalt answers the question, “Why are myths so important in human thought?” with the following:

We receive a clue in the observation that myths are tied to the “status quo.” They have two chief concerns: explaining why things are as they are now, and maintaining things as they are now. These concerns spring directly out of the human terror of chaos. We are afraid of chaos because it always destroys our security; and security is perhaps the greatest of all human longings. If we are to gain the security we so desperately want, the first order of the day is some sense of intellectual order. If we can explain why things are as they are, then we have that sense of intellectual order, and we also have the feeling that we know how to relate to the thing explained.[1]

The purpose of a myth is to provide the believer with control. Two things are needed for this to happen. First, I must be connected to all parts of existence. Myths provide this connection by teaching me that what I do in the human world is connected to what happens in the world of nature and the world of the divine. The three are continuous. Second, there must be...

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The Weight of Authority
by Skip Moen, D. Phil.

Also the daughter of any priest, if she profanes herself by harlotry, she profanes her father; she shall be burned with fireLeviticus 21:9 NASB

Burned with fire – This is the anniversary of a despicable event in the Church. October 27, 1553. John Calvin, the religious head of Geneva, had the scholar Michael Servetus burned alive at the stake because Servetus did not accept Calvin’s Trinitarian doctrine. The entire incident was designed to inflict as much torture as possible on Servetus,[1] a man of who contributed a great deal to intellectual understanding of the world and theology but who denied the Trinitarian formulation of the Church. Even though this death sentence violated the current laws of Geneva, Calvin made no attempt to stop it. In fact, he wrote a letter to his friend Farel before Servetus was arrested saying, “I hope that sentence of death will at least be passed upon him.” It took thirty minutes for Servetus to die in the flames.

Zephaniah delivers God’s message to the people. In it God castigates and condemns those who have bowed down to false gods and turned away from Him. Do you suppose that God intended His representatives on earth to carry out His punishment on those who did not seek Him? It’s not a trivial question. Today we may feel horrified that men like Calvin would torture others over doctrine, but the history of religion provides plenty of examples of this sort of treatment. Entire cultures have been wiped away in the name of God. Claiming divine empowerment, men in authority have employed whatever means they thought necessary to eliminate differing opinion, even when the opposing views are those of people who still follow the biblical God. The desire for conformity in the hands of the powerful is a frightening thing.

We no longer burn people at the stake in order to make them recant of their differing views. But I wonder if we aren’t still practicing the same  intention even if our means have become more civilized. One of the most disheartening observations of the world of religious belief is...

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Moral Integrity
by Skip Moen, D. Phil.

When Judah saw her, he thought she was a harlot, for she had covered her face. Genesis 38:15 NASB

Harlot – Don’t read the Bible as if it were written with the cultural morals that you have! If you do, you will make a lot of mistakes trying to explain away the behavior of its characters. This particular story is a perfect example of misunderstanding the context.

When we read this story, we are shocked by the actions of both people. First, we find Judah’s sexual behavior unconscionable. How could he visit a prostitute on his way to the shearing floor? How could he be so caviler about the event? Why didn’t it bother him in the least? Secondly, we are dismayed at Tamar’s decisions. Would any of us dress like a disguised prostitute with the intention of having sex with the father of our deceased husband? What kind of woman is she that she schemes such a thing? Has her character sunk so low that she seduces one of her own close relatives? The problem with these questions is that none of them reflect the cultural conditions or expectations of the time. They are our questions, based on our moral understanding of the world. They are not questions asking for ancient answers.

The real story depends not on Judah or Tamar but on Hirah, Judah’s friend. According to Hirah, Tamar was not dressed as a whore. She was dressed as a...

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The Egocentric Gospel (2)
by Skip Moen, D. Phil.

Delight yourself in the Lord; and He will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4 NASB

Delight – Now we know that this verse is not about getting what you want, at least not until what you want has been transformed by what God wants. But that still leaves us with a question. If we are promised the discovery of God’s desires in our hearts when we delight ourselves in Him, then how do we do that? What does it mean “to delight in the Lord”? What steps do I take? How does this happen?

The root of this word (‘anog) is about being soft and delicate. The word itself (hitanag) is a reflexive intensive, that is to say, the vigorous action applies to the subject rather than to an external object. In this case, the command is to the one who reads it. You and I are to be intensively involved in this action. What action is that? According to the root, it is to...

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The Egocentric Gospel (1)
by Skip Moen, D. Phil.

Delight yourself in the Lord; and He will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4 NASB

Desires – Does God want you to have what you want? By translating the feminine noun mishalot as “desires,” we are inclined to believe that one of God’s purposes is to be the genie who grants us our wishes. But this word, which is used in only two places in the Tanakh,[1] comes from a root verb that means, “to ask, inquire, borrow, beg.” In other words, the linguistic context of the word is not about personal desires but rather about asking or making requests. TWOT notes, “Over and over again in the ot šāʾal is used of men and women asking or failing to ask God for guidance, i.e., enquiring of the Lord.”[2]The overwhelming context of šāʾal is not about wish fulfillment but about those things God alone can supply. “Among the items mentioned in the OT as things which God has been asked for we find: understanding, life, a king, a child for the barren, rain, and in Isa 58:2, ‘the ordinances of justice.’ Thus men and women not only ‘ask’ (šāʾal) God for guidance (above), but they are seen in the OT as beseeching him through prayer and through a prophet for the needs and issues of life.”[3]

With this in mind, perhaps we should amplify the translation so that it directs us to...

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