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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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SPRING FEASTS OF YHWH!

Shavuot (Pentecost):
May 27, 2018 - Louisa Community Center, 2:00 pm

Today is the 43rd day, Week 7, for the counting to Shavuot
(traditionally known as Counting the Omer).



HOW WE ARE STRUCTURED


As part of the process to become mature in this walk, the GIFKG leadership has placed themselves under the mentorship of Lee Miller, at the House of David Fellowship (Richmond) (HODF).


This mentorship covers all aspects of growth: Torah obedience, fellowship, the Feast days, as well as proper organizational accountability.

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How this affects our meeting times:

GIFKG meets on the 2nd & 4th (& 5th) Shabbat days of each month.  The meetings will be at RICK'S HOUSE!
Contact Us for address/directions.

Meeting Place: Rick's house

Meeting Time: 1:00 - 3:30 pm 
Meeting Day: May 26, 2018 

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HODF meets on the 1st & 3rd Shabbat days of each month at various locations in the Richmond area.  

Meeting Place: Powhatan Library

Meeting Time: 2:00 - 9:00 pm 
Meeting Day: June 2, 2018


 
Bearing False Witness

Let’s go back to when Yeshua was taken from the garden to the Sanhedrin.  

Matthew 26:59

Now the chief priests, the elders, and all the council sought false testimony against [Yeshua] to put Him to death,


What was the false testimony the Sanhedrin was seeking?  Again, we have to put this in the context of the first century audience.

The false testimony they were looking for was, “Yeshua said the Torah was done away with.”

Need proof?  

Go to Acts 6:13

They also set up false witnesses who said, “This man [Stephen] does not cease to speak blasphemous words against this holy place and the law...


The same council brought false witnesses against Stephen.  The false witnesses accused Stephen of speaking against the Torah — meaning the Torah was done away with.

<<Many have also pointed out the false witnesses against Sha'ul (Paul).  This can be used as a third witness for this writing.  Read Acts 21.  But the key verses are:
Acts 21:21

but they have been informed about you that you teach all the Jews who are among the Gentiles to forsake Moses, saying that they ought not to circumcise their children nor to walk according to the customs. [emphasis mine]


Acts 21:28

crying out, “Men of Israel, help! This is the man who teaches all men everywhere against the people, the law, and this place; and furthermore he also brought Greeks into the temple and has defiled this holy place.” [emphasis mine]


Acts 22, continues and Sha'ul addresses the crowd.  He explains that he IS a Jew (not, "was" a Jew).  Acts 23, is about Sha'ul before the Sanhedrin when he used the very Torah against Ananias -- who was not following Torah properly.>>


So, for both Yeshua and Stephen <<and Sha'ul>>, the FALSE accusation was that they said the Torah was done away with — we no longer had to obey the Torah.  

Where does that place the Church when it also agrees with the false witnesses?

Some will say he did speak against the Torah.  Actually, all the instances of Yeshua’s challenges dealt with the “Oral Torah” (traditions).  Look at the challenges again:  Yeshua said, "You have heard it SAID (Oral Torah)…, but I tell you, it is WRITTEN (Torah)…”.  Yeshua was NOT nullifying the WRITTEN Torah, he was nullifying the ORAL traditions.  Once you understand this, the rest of Yeshua’s ministry falls into place.  

Matthew 15:3

He answered and said to them, “Why do you also transgress the commandment of God because of your tradition?


Are you one of the FALSE witnesses against Yeshua? Maybe it is time to reconsider your understanding?

ADDITIONAL POINTS TO PONDER


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Updated: 11/11/2017
Note: Due to meeting only on the 2nd & 4th (&5th) Shabbat days each month, I changed the Reading Schedule so none of the Torah Portions are missed.  The schedule has not been finalized, but gets us through September 2018.



Current Reading

The God of Jesus in Light

of Christian Dogma:

The Recovery of 
New Testament Theology
by Kegan A. Chandler 



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
Click the picture above 
 to see the video trailer.


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


TODAY'S WORD BY DR. SKIP MOEN 
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INTRODUCTION:  Who is Skip Moen?

A few weeks ago I was the guest on a local television show.  The interviewer asked me about my background, my development and approach to Scripture and where I am headed.  You might enjoy the result if you want to know a bit more about me.  Here’s the link.     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wHJhXUhaMsY

OR you can just CLICK HERE.



 Moen, D. Phil.

Want to know why I keep pursuing the questions of faith? Want some insight into what I am thinking about history, culture, language and exegesis? Want to know what role I think I need to play in all this? Then take a look at this video interview. I hope you will understand me a little better.

Skip


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After reading the TW, be sure to continue reading the comments section online!

05/21/2018
In the Spotlight
by Skip Moen, D. Phil.

Give ear to my words, O Lord, consider my groaning.  Heed the sound of my cry for help, my King and my God, for to You I pray. Psalm 5:1-2 NASB


Give ear – “In prayer we seek not to make God visible but to make ourselves visible to God.”[1] David doesn’t open his prayer with a “fix things” request. He opens his prayer with a plea that God will acknowledge him. That will be enough. After all, if God is the sovereign ruler of all, it is really unnecessary to give Him a list of our needs or complaints, as we so often do. It is only necessary that the King turn His attention in our direction, an action that David would certainly have known. In the end, isn’t that all we really need—to feel God’s welcome, to know He is looking toward us? Perhaps our most desperate necessity is to know that we are not alone, that someone cares about us.


David’s song uses the opening phrase ‘amara ha-azinah (words give ear to). It is, of course, idomatic. The phrase is used only in poetry and most often in parallel to šāmaʿ “to hear,” and hiqšîb “to pay attention.” Here David parallels the verb with binah (consider) in the opening verse, and qāšab (heed) and šāwaʿ (cry for help) in the second verse. All of the verbs are appeals for recognition. We should not read one without the others because David’s complete thought is echoed in all of these expressions.


What is David really asking? It’s more than “listen to my words.” It’s “hear me,” and “pay close attention” (consider) my hāgîg, my groaning. hāgîg is also a word for whispering and murmuring. In this case, David is barely able to make any sound at all, and when he does, it isn’t carefully crafted sentences. David is uttering the primal sounds of an infant who needs attention. Yes, we read his poetry, but the words don’t matter here. What matters are the feelings expressed in those words. David is describing what it is like to be at the place where all I have left is the groan of my spirit, desperate for God.


So he follows with qāšab (haqsibah)—“heed.” “This root denotes the activity of hearing, emphasizing either paying close attention or obeying (heeding). Compare it to šāmaʿ (a nearly identical synonym) and ʾāzan ‘to give ear,’ and ʿānâ, ‘to respond.’”[2] David piles one verb upon another to convey the utter anguish he is feeling, ending with šāwaʿ, a cry for help. It’s important to note that “the verb is used autobiographically more than it is descriptively.”[3]  This cry is...


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