8 By faith Abraham, when he was called, obeyed by going out to a place which he was to receive for an inheritance; and he went out, not knowing where he was going.
9 By faith he lived as an alien in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, fellow heirs of the same promise;
10 for he was looking for the city which has foundations, whose architect and builder is God.
13 All these died in faith, without receiving the promises, but having seen them and having welcomed them from a distance, and having confessed that they were strangers and exiles on the earth.
14 For those who say such things make it clear that they are seeking a country of their own.
15 And indeed if they had been thinking of that country from which they went out, they would have had opportunity to return.
16 But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God; for He has prepared a city for them.
Reishit Katzir- "Beginning of the Harvest" -Aviv 16
Shalom shalom Mishpocha,
Praise YHWH Tz'vaot we are heading towards Pesach and Chag HaMatzot very shortly!
As some of you may remember last year I placed an article out at this very time with evidence that Reishit Katzir ("beginning of the Harvest"), the day in which we begin our counting of the Omer begins on Aviv 16.
But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the First Fruits of those who have fallen asleep.
That the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the First Fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.
We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Messiah was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.
“I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live,
Yet a little while and the world will see me no more, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live.
1 Corinthians 15:12-13
Now if Messiah is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Messiah has been raised. And if Messiah has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain. We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified about God that he raised Messiah, whom he did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, not even Messiah been raised.
For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.”
For YHWH himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Messiah will rise first.
That I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death,
For he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, “The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill him. And when he is killed, after three days he will rise.”
For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol, or let your holy one see corruption.
For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last he will stand upon the earth. And after my skin has been thus destroyed, yet in my flesh I shall see God, whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold, and not another. My heart faints within me!
Having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the powerful working of God, who raised him from the dead.
I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live,
Shall I ransom them from the power of Sheol? Shall I redeem them from Death? O Death, where are your plagues? O Sheol, where is your sting? Compassion is hidden from my eyes.
He will swallow up death forever; and the YHWH God will wipe away tears from all faces, and the reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth, for YHWH has spoken.
If then you have been raised with Messiah, seek the things that are above, where Messiah is, seated at the right hand of God.
Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.
Just released from the giant publishing firm, Houghton Miflin Harcourt: A New New Testament: A Bible for the 21st Century Combining Traditional and Newly Discovered Texts, edited by Hal Taussig.
The advertisement from HMH distributed widely via email last week was not shy in its claims for the 600-page volume. The subject line read, “It is time for a new New Testament.” In the email blast are strong endorsements by Marcus Borg, Karen King, and Barbara Brown Taylor.