Teachings

Demonology

Beth Elohim Messianic Synagogue Demonology I was told by Rabbi Phil Davis that the last subject he studied in the curriculum was demonology. When I attended Liberty seminary, it was not even in the curriculum. For Rabbi Phil he was told that this course was last because the faculty thought it a subject only for… Read more »

Amalek

Amalek In light of the current situation in the Mideast, I want to investigate some of the end-time players, especially Amalek. Our sages and rabbis identify Amalek as the perennial enemy of Israel throughout biblical and modern history. Therefore, we must recognize that Amalek’s progeny is Israel’s eternal enemy. Since this is so the question… Read more »

Buying and Selling on the Sabbath

Beth Elohim Messianic Synagogue Buying and Selling on the Sabbath To understand the section of scripture we are going to discuss, we need to understand what was going on at the time. Ezra had arrived in Jerusalem from Babylon in 457 B.C E. (the seventh year of the king). The temple had been built previously,… Read more »

What does the Expression “An eye for an eye” mean?

What does the expression “An eye for an eye” mean? I will begin with some of the Jewish texts that explain this passage and concept, and then I will provide an explanation beyond the Jewish sources. The answer begins with the fact that understanding the Bible requires more than reading one verse in order to… Read more »

The Sermon on the Mount: Matthew 5-8

Beth Elohim Messianic Synagogue The Sermon on the Mount: Matthew 5-8 We are going to look into the structure of the Sermon on the Mount and examine some of the doctrine found there. This is doubly important because it is Yahshua’s teaching, and His own doctrine that is delivered to us. Because of the doctrine… Read more »

What you see is what you get…. Not!

Beth Elohim Messianic Synagogue What you see is what you get… Not! The sign read “ come in and see the world’s largest man- eating alligator!” One woman passed by the sign and informed her husband that she had no interest in seeing this exhibit because she was afraid of “scaly creatures.” She thought she… Read more »

Gershom and the circumcision Sh’mot (Exodus) 4:24-6

Beth Elohim Messianic Synagogue Gershom (foreigner there) The question addressed today is how old was Gershom when he was circumcised? We are told very little about this son of Moshe in scripture so we must delve deeper for the answer. First is the scripture and background. Yitro had just agreed to Moshe’s request to return… Read more »

The Concept of Freedom: Freedom From/Freedom For

The Concept of Freedom: Freedom From/Freedom For In light of current events, I want to talk to you about “Freedom.” We in the US like to boast about our freedoms, yet I say democracies are both a blessing or a curse: as Torah is a blessing or a curse. Largely everything depends upon how we… Read more »

Hypostasis and our Relationship to G-d

Healing Hypostasis and our Relationship to G-d I want to talk about the problem of poor circulation as it relates to our relationship with G-d. How many of you have been told that you have poor circulation in your legs? What are the symptoms? Let me first say before I get started that poor circulation… Read more »

The Diseases of Egypt Revisited (2020)

Beth Elohim Messianic Synagogue The Diseases of Egypt Revisited Today I want to address an area of study and information- sharing that proves the old adage “what goes around comes around.” This saying is no less true than when we address the diseases of Egypt and their relationship to sin. The metaphor of Egypt to… Read more »