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Elul 2021 || Pastor David Mathews

I wanted to reach over the week’s Parsha (Ki Tetse) and spend our time together looking at a different topic. Because of the Prophetic significance of the month associated with the Title I’ve chosen for our study – Elul – I felt led to look into it a bit with …

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Ekev 2021 || Pastor David Mathews

Ekev – 7/31/21 Deuteronomy 7:12–11:25. I.       The crucial message of this Parsha revolves primarily around the failures of Israel in the Wilderness to keep the judgments, statutes and commandments. What follows are Moshe’s instructions to this latter generation admonishing them to give special regard to those Divine directives! The conundrum for …

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Mattot & Massei || Pastor David Mathews 7.10.21

Matot & Massei – 2021: Numbers 30:1 – 36:13. I.        These two Parashot are often combined for a ‘double-Parsha’. Both are rife with monumental events such as: The laws of oaths, the battle with the Midianites, as well as, the distribution of the individual tribal inheritances. It is my argument that …

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Chukat 2021 || Pastor David Mathews

Numbers 19:1–22:1 I.       Though this particular Torah Portion has several notable events within its’ scope (The Red Heifer statutes, Moshe striking the rock twice, Edom refusing to allow Israel to pass through their land, The death of Aaron and Miriam, Fiery Serpents attacking Israel, and the conquest of Og of Bashan) …

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Shavuot 2021 || Pastor David Mathews

Shavuot – Pentecost 5/22/21 Lev. 23: 15-22. I.        This is a unique and holy Convocation in that its existence is predicated upon a 50-day season called the ‘Counting of the Omer’. Thus, before addressing Shavuot, let’s look a bit closer at this specific period and why it’s crucial to accessing your …

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Heritage of Jacob – Israel || Pastor David Mathews

Gen. 12: 1-3. I.        From our studies in the ‘Greater Exodus Plagues’ we can say for certain that YHVH had a plan for the House of Jacob/Israel that was predicated upon the promises made to his grandfather Abraham.  It seems the plan is multi-dimensional and generationally encompassing. What is disconcerting is …

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Red Sea Crossing || Pastor David Mathews

The Red Sea Crossing The Greater Exodus Plagues con’t: Ex. 14: 1-15:22: I.        Though we finished looking at all 10 of the quote “plagues” it is my opinion that there remains one left to consider in the final judgment of Egypt as the Greater Exodus begins. It is the incident at …

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Plagues of the Greater Exodus Pt. 8 || Pastor David Mathews

The Greater Exodus Plagues. Pt. 8 The 10th-Plague: Death of the Firstborn. Ex. 11: 1-10 – 12: 51: I.        This plague is probably the most familiar of all the Exodus encounters as it is connected to Pesach, which from the text in chapter 12 we know begins sundown the 13th of Nissan and ends …

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Plagues of the Greater Exodus Pt. 7 || Pastor David Mathews

The Greater Exodus Plagues Pt.7 The 9th Plague – Darkness: Exodus 10: 21-23. I.        After our in-depth look at the previous plagues and YHVH’s promise to intensify each one, from the natural, this 9th plague of Darkness seems the least severe and almost a contradiction of that promised intensification. However, YHVH said differently, …

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Plagues of the Greater Exodus Pt. 6 || Pastor David Mathews

The 8th Plague – Locusts. Exodus 10: 3 – 20. I.        It is our position, after dissecting the 7-previous plagues, that YHVH has brought a Petition or Suit of Paternity against the House of Pharaoh and insisting that Israel, His first-born son be released. Against this background, in our text (vs. 3) above …

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Plagues of the Greater Exodus Pt. 5 || Pastor David Mathews

Plague #7 Grievous Hail:  Ex. 9:14 – 35. I.        As we continue our ‘Plagues of the Greater Exodus’ series, before the release of another plague (#7) we see that Pharaoh has his heart hardened by YHVH after refusing to let Israel go.  We will address this position concisely, in a simple view from …

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Plagues of the Greater Exodus Pt. 4 || Pastor David Mathews

Ex. 9:8-17. 6th plague – Boils with Blains: I.        Before we take an in-depth look at ‘Boils with Blains’, it would help to understand the circumstances that lead to this 6th plague.  Primarily, there’s a subtle transition-taking place in this text with this 6th plague. In our introduction we saw Aaron the High Priest initiate …

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Plagues of the Greater Exodus Pt. 2 || Pastor David Mathews

Ex. 8:22. I.        Our previous look at this topic began with an in-depth look into the 1st 3-Exodus plagues and the reason they fell upon both Israel and Egypt alike. It became painfully evident that Israel must have been in a backslidden condition and had gradually incorporated the pagan idolatrous practices …

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Plagues of the Greater Exodus || Pastor David Mathews

The Plagues of the Greater Exodus. I.        If one researches the patterns found within Torah revealing the methods used by the Creator in delivering Israel from Egypt (Ex. 7-11) it naturally follows, since YHVH does not change (Mal. 3: 6, Heb. 13: 8) that if a future “Greater Exodus” is to occur, …

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Shoftim 2020 || David Mathews

Deuteronomy 16:18–21:9. I.       Before indulging ourselves in the wealth of revelation contained within this Parsha, it would bode well for us to examine the Hebrew word that is our title: ‘Shoftim’, which is the plural form of H#8199, טשׁפּ, Shaphat, indicating ‘to judge, govern, punish or vindicate.  The primary idea of the root …