What does it mean to be made in the image of God? Genesis 1:26 says:
“Then God said, ‘Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.'”
So does this mean we look like God? Is it that we rule like God? What things do you think of when you have to answer what it means to be made in the image of God? Perhaps it’s a list of attributes like: intelligence, emotion, free-will, reasoning ability, creativity. I’ve often thought of these things myself – never really coming to a conclusion.
If it’s any one of these, which one? Can’t be emotion… my cats feel emotion. Can’t be intelligence… I’ve seen some pretty intelligent gorillas. Maybe a combination of attributes? Which ones? Continue reading
What is Shavuot (pronounced Sha-voo-oat)?
Shavuot is also the celebration of the Feast of Weeks or to use a term the church understands better – Pentecost. It is the Jewish celebration of the giving of the Torah (the books of Genesis through Deuteronomy) to Moses on Mount Sinai. Each year, as has happened since the day God’s word was given to the Israelites, there continues to be a Jewish celebration of the giving of God’s word to Moses on those tablets that God Himself inscribed. This is the holiday of Shavuot.
What difference does it make?
Acts Chapter 2 – The First Pentecost and the Birth of the Christian Church Continue reading
As we are quickly approaching the season of Passover, I am reminded that the timing of the death and resurrection of Christ can be quite confusing since the Jews count the days from sundown to twilight of the next day as one day. I won’t go into the details of when all the events took place during that holy week because I’m still trying to wrap my own brain around that and there are many resources online to help with understanding this. I have found something fascinating with regard to Firstfruits though- an appointed time that happened during the week Christ was sacrificed and resurrected that is pretty fascinating. Continue reading
Christ is risen! He has risen indeed! Easter has always been a wonderful time for the church and Christians to remember what Christ has done for each of us as He died on the cross and was resurrected almost 2000 years ago. In doing so, He gave us the possibility of having eternal life with Him. This has been my tradition too, for almost half a century. However, this year has been different for me and I have struggled with the celebration of Easter more than I ever have before. While I understand the significance Continue reading
I find the ways the Messianic Jews and the Christian Church order their calendar years to be interesting. In the Church, we always celebrated the “biggies” – Easter and Christmas. Those who only attended those services during the year were kind of known as the CEO’s (Christmas and Easter Only). In more liturgical churches we included Advent, Lent, Continue reading
You may have heard of God’s name: Elohim (El-oh-him), but did you know that Elohim is actually a plural name – the singular being Eloha? This seems to demonstrate that the Hebrew scripture indicates a plural nature about God. You are most likely familiar with this idea from Genesis which says: Continue reading