FAQ

FAQ Series

This is a fun series where Rabbi Jesse and Rabbi Ira discuss some of the Frequently Asked Questions they get. It is an opportunity for you to get answers to questions you always wanted to ask but never did.

Dig In or Give Up

Dig In or Give Up

Exodus 3 :4-8 & 10 - 4When Adonai saw that he turned to look, He called to him out of the midst of the bush and said, “Moses, Moses!” So he answered, “Hineni.” 5Then He said, “Come no closer. Take your sandals off your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.” 6Moreover He said, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.” So Moses hid his face, because he was afraid to look at God. 7Then Adonai said, “I have surely seen the affliction of My people who are in Egypt, and have heard their cry because of their slave masters, for I know their pains. 8So I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, to bring them up out of that land into a good and large land, a land flowing with milk and honey, 10 Come now, I will send you to Pharaoh, so that you may bring My people Bnei-Yisrael out from Egypt.”

The 4 Questions:

  1. Why do you feel like giving up?

  2. What makes you press onward?

  3. What obstacles prevent you from moving ahead?

  4. What tools can keep you focused on your goal?

 

Drunk Woman

1 Samuel 1: 1-20

4 Questions:

  1. Why do you feel like giving up?

  2. What makes you press onward?

  3. What obstacles prevent you from moving ahead?

  4. What tools can keep you focused on your goal?

 

The Cost of Discipleship

Matthew 4:18-23

Matthew 8:18

Matthew 8:21-22

Matthew 9:9-13

Matthew 19:16-26

4 Questions:

  1. Why do you feel like giving up?

  2. What makes you press onward?

  3. What obstacles prevent you from moving ahead?

  4. What tools can keep you focused on your goal?

Rolling Back the Reproach

Rolling Back the Reproach

Joshua 5:7-10 - 7But He raised up their children in their place. Joshua circumcised them, for they were uncircumcised, since they had not been circumcised along the way. 8Now it came to pass after they had finished circumcising the entire nation, they remained in their places in the camp until they recovered. 9Then Adonai said to Joshua, “This day I have rolled away the reproach of Egypt from you.” Therefore the name of that place has been called Gilgal to this day. 10While Bnei-Yisrael camped at Gilgal, they observed Passover on the evening of the fourteenth day of the month in the plains of Jericho.

Joshua 5:9 - 9Then Adonai said to Joshua, “This day I have rolled away the reproach of Egypt from you.”

Passover - Past, Present & Future

Part 1: Redemption From Slavery

Exodus 1:5-11 - 5The souls that came out of the line of Jacob numbered 70 in all, while Joseph was already in Egypt. 6Then Joseph died, as did all his brothers and all that generation. 7Yet Bnei-Yisrael were fruitful, increased abundantly, multiplied and grew extremely numerous—so the land was filled with them. 8Now there arose a new king over Egypt, who did not know Joseph. 9He said to his people, “Look, the people of Bnei-Yisrael are too numerous and too powerful for us. 10Come, we must deal shrewdly with them, or else they will grow even more numerous, so that if war breaks out, they may join our enemies, fight against us, and then escape from the land.” 11So they set slave masters over them to afflict them with forced labor

Exodus 12 - 1Now Adonai spoke to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt saying, 2“This month will mark the beginning of months for you; it is to be the first month of the year for you. 3Tell all the congregation of Israel that on the tenth day of this month, each man is to take a lamb for his family one lamb for the household. 6You must watch over it until the fourteenth day of the same month. Then the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel is to slaughter it at twilight. 7They are to take the blood and put it on the two doorposts and on the crossbeam of the houses where they will eat it. 8They are to eat the meat that night, roasted over a fire. With matzot and bitter herbs they are to eat it. 11b You are to eat it in haste. It is Adonai’s Passover. 12“For I will go through the land of Egypt on that night and strike down every firstborn, both men and animals, and I will execute judgments against all the gods of Egypt. I am Adonai. 13The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are. When I see the blood, I will pass over you. So there will be no plague among you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt. 14“This day is to be a memorial for you. You are to keep it as a feast to Adonai. Throughout your generations you are to keep it as an eternal ordinance. 15For seven days you are to eat matzot , but on the first day you must remove hametz from your houses, for whoever eats hametz from the first day until the seventh day, that soul will be cut off from Israel. 16The first day is to be a holy assembly for you as well as the seventh day. No manner of work is to be done on those days, except what is to be eaten by every person—that alone may be prepared by you. 18During the first month in the evening of the fourteenth day of the month, you are to eat matzot , until the evening of the twenty-first day of the month. 19For seven days no hametz is to be found in your houses, for whoever eats hametz, that soul will be cut off from the congregation of Israel, whether he is an outsider or one who is born in the land. 20You are to eat no hametz; in all your houses you are to eat matzot . 29So it came about at midnight that Adonai struck down all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh sitting on his throne to the firstborn of the captive who was in the dungeon, and all the firstborn cattle. 30Then Pharaoh rose up in the night, he and all his servants and all the Egyptians, and there was loud wailing in Egypt. For there was not a house where someone was not dead. 31So he called for Moses and Aaron at night and said, “Rise up, go out from my people, both you and Bnei-Yisrael, go, serve Adonai as you have said. 40Now the time that Bnei-Yisrael lived in Egypt was 430 years. 41So it happened at the end of 430 years, to the very day, that all the armies of Adonai went out from the land of Egypt. 51It was on that very day that Adonai brought Bnei-Yisrael out of the land of Egypt as armies.

 

Pesach Today

Acts 21:17-20 - 17When we arrived in Jerusalem, the brothers and sisters welcomed us gladly. 18On the next day, Paul went in with us to Jacob; all the elders were present. 19After greeting them, he reported to them in detail what God had done among the Gentiles through his service. 20And when they heard, they began glorifying God. They said, “You see, brother, how many myriads there are among the Jewish people who have believed—and they are all zealous for the Torah.

Luke 22:14-19 - 15And He said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. 16For I tell you, I will never eat it again until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.” 17And when He had taken a cup and offered the bracha, He said, “Take this and share it among yourselves. 18For I tell you that I will never drink of the fruit of the vine from now on, until the kingdom of God comes.” 19And when He had taken matzah and offered the bracha, He broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body, given for you. Do this in memory of Me.”

 

A Future Passover

Preparing A Place

Preparing A Place

Exodus 40:34-38 - 34Then the cloud covered the Tent of Meeting, and the glory of Adonai filled the Tabernacle. 35Moses was unable to enter into the Tent of Meeting, because the cloud resided there and the glory of Adonai filled the Tabernacle. 36Now whenever the cloud was taken up from over the Tabernacle, Bnei-Yisrael went onward, throughout all their journeys. 37But if the cloud was not taken up, then they did not move out until the day that it was. 38For the cloud of Adonai was on the Tabernacle by day and a fire was there by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel throughout all their journeys.

Exodus 35:1-3 - 1Then Moses assembled all the congregation of Bnei-Yisraeland said to them,  “These are the words which Adonai has commanded you to do. 2Work is to be done for six days, but the seventh day is a holy day for you, a Shabbat of complete rest to Adonai. Whoever does any work then will die. 3Do not kindle a fire in any of your dwellings on Yom Shabbat.”

Exodus 35:2b - Whoever does any work then will die.

John 4:13-14 - 13Yeshua replied to her, “Everyone who drinks from this water will get thirsty again. 14But whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never be thirsty. The water that I give him will become a fountain of water within him, springing up to eternal life!”

Next week: 

Preparing a Place

Willing Hearts

 

Willing Hearts

Exodus 35:4-29 - 4Moses also said to all the congregation of Bnei-Yisrael, “This is the word which Adonai commanded saying: 5Take from among you an offering for Adonai. Whoever has a willing heart, let him bring Adonai’s offering: gold, silver and bronze; 6blue, purple and scarlet cloth; fine linen and goat hair; 7ram skins dyed red, sealskins and acacia wood; 8oil for the light, spices for the anointing oil and for the sweet incense; 9onyx stones, and setting stones for the ephod and for the breastplate. 10“Let every wise-hearted man among you come and make everything that Adonai has commanded, including 11the Tabernacle, its tent and its covering, its clasps and its boards, its crossbars, its pillars and its bases; 20Then all the congregation of Bnei-Yisrael departed from before Moses. 21Everyone whose heart stirred him and everyone whose spirit was willing came and brought Adonai’s offering for the work of the Tent of Meeting and for all its service as well as for the holy garments. 22So they came, both men and women, everyone whose heart compelled him, and brought nose rings, earrings, signet rings, bracelets, and all kinds of golden jewels —everyone who brought a wave offering of gold to Adonai. 23Everyone who had blue, purple, scarlet, fine linen, goat hair, ram skins dyed red or sealskins brought them. 24Everyone who could make a contribution of silver or bronze brought Adonai’s offering, and every man who had acacia wood of any use for service brought it. 25Also all the women who were wise-hearted spun with their hands, and brought what they had woven—the blue, purple, scarlet and fine linen. 26All the women whose heart stirred them up with wisdom spun the goat hair. 27Also the leaders brought onyx stones and setting stones for the ephod and for the breastplate, 28along with the spice, the oil for the light and for anointing and for the sweet incense. 29Every man and woman whose heart made them willing gave toward all the work that Adonai had commanded to be done by Moses’ hand. So Bnei-Yisrael brought it as a freewill offering to Adonai.

Exodus 35:5 - 5Take from among you an offering for Adonai. Whoever has a willing heart, let him bring Adonai’s offering: gold, silver and bronze;

Luke 6:45 - Out of the good treasure of his heart the good man brings forth good, and out of evil the evil man brings forth evil. For from the overflow of the heart his mouth speaks.

Proverbs 21:2 - All a man’s ways seem right in his own eyes, but Adonai weighs the heart

 

The Glory Falls

Exodus 40:17,33-38 - 17 So the tabernacle was set up on the first day of the first month in the second year. 33 Then Moses set up the courtyard around the tabernacle and altar and put up the curtain at the entrance to the courtyard. And so Moses finished the work. 34 Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle.  35 Moses could not enter the tent of meeting because the cloud had settled on it, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. 36 In all the travels of the Israelites, whenever the cloud lifted from above the tabernacle, they would set out;  37 but if the cloud did not lift, they did not set out—until the day it lifted. 38 So the cloud of the Lord was over the tabernacle by day, and fire was in the cloud by night, in the sight of all the Israelites during all their travels.

Isaiah 9:5-6 - 5For to us a child is born, a son will be given to us, and the government will be upon His shoulder. His Name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God My Father of Eternity, Prince of Peace. 6Of the increase of His government and shalom there will be no end—  on the throne of David and over His kingdom— to establish it and uphold it through justice and righteousness from now until forevermore. The zeal of Adonai-Tzva’ot will accomplish this.

1 Corinthians 3 - 16Don’t you know that you are God’s temple and that the Ruach Elohim dwells among you? 17If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him; for God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple.