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Scripture Golden Nuggets
Shalom saints. It’s good to see you this Shabbat.
Today, we’re going to do something different. Instead of one long sermon, we are going to do three short sermons. The sermons are unrelated, but they will help us think.
I call these Scripture Nuggets. They are like small golden nuggets. They are small, but they have high value.
Gold is important in Scripture. It’s used a lot in the Tabernacle and the Temple, and we know the streets of Heaven are made of gold (Revelation 21:21).
So, three short sermons.
The first short sermon or sermonette will be “Why Do We Eat Clean?”
1-Why Do We Eat Clean?
So, we are commanded in Scripture to eat clean. What does it mean to eat clean? Well, just because it moves, don’t mean you eat it.
Just because Yahweh made it, don’t mean you can eat it and just because other people eat it, doesn’t mean you can eat it too.
So, people have wondered why we eat clean? Why did Yahweh separate some animals for food and others as not food?
Believers, who eat clean, wonder as well. Why do we eat clean?
Is it for health reasons? Do some animals make you sick? People have come up with all kinds of reasons for why Yahweh made some animals for food and others not for food.
You can eat a pig but that doesn’t mean you should. You can eat a crab, but that doesn’t mean you should.
So, is it for health reasons? I don’t think so.
Is beef healthy? Is eating a lot of burgers healthy? I would say no. Eating a lot of burgers is not healthy.
The healthiest diet proven in Scripture and in health science today is the vegan diet. Eat only vegetables.
Daniel and his four brothers in the faith proved that. You can do that too.
Daniel Chapter 1
5 The king assigned them a daily portion of the food that the king ate, and of the wine that he drank. They were to be educated for three years, and at the end of that time they were to stand before the king. 6 Among these were Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah of the tribe of Judah.
8 But Daniel resolved that he would not defile himself with the king's food, or with the wine that he drank. Therefore he asked the chief of the eunuchs to allow him not to defile himself.
9 And God gave Daniel favor and compassion in the sight of the chief of the eunuchs, 10 and the chief of the eunuchs said to Daniel, “I fear my lord the king, who assigned your food and your drink; for why should he see that you were in worse condition than the youths who are of your own age? So you would endanger my head with the king.”
11 Then Daniel said to the steward whom the chief of the eunuchs had assigned over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, 12 “Test your servants for ten days; let us be given vegetables to eat and water to drink. 13 Then let our appearance and the appearance of the youths who eat the king's food be observed by you, and deal with your servants according to what you see.”
14 So he listened to them in this matter, and tested them for ten days. 15 At the end of ten days it was seen that they were better in appearance and fatter in flesh than all the youths who ate the king's food. 16 So the steward took away their food and the wine they were to drink, and gave them vegetables.
They were better looking. Fatter means they didn’t become skinny.
Daniel and the four Hebrew men went on a vegan diet for 10 days and they looked healthier and more defined than the other men who were eating the finest foods from the king’s table.
You can try this. It still works today!
Seven years ago, I went on a vegan diet for 7 days. I felt so good, that I decided to do another seven days. I felt really good then.
I did not feel sluggish. I felt more energetic.
After that I decided to become a vegan. Then I dropped down to being a vegetarian.
If you want to lose weight and get healthy, the fastest and healthiest way is to get on a vegan diet. It worked in Daniel’s time and it works today.
If you do what Daniel did for 10 days, I guarantee you’ll see changes. The Bible does not lie!
But, why do we eat clean? Do you know that Yahweh tells us exactly why?
Leviticus 11, among other Scriptures, tells us what we can and cannot eat. If you’ve never read Leviticus 11, I recommend you do.
- You can eat:
- Land animal if:
- It chews the cud (eats grass and chews and chews for hours, like cows)
- It has a split hoof
- Birds :
- Generally, not a bird of prey
- No bats!
- Has scales
- Has long hind legs for hopping (crickets, locusts)
- These are things we should know. At least, we should know what we can eat.
For the following questions no elders or ministers please.
So, can we eat?
So, finally, why do we eat clean?
Leviticus 20:24-26 ESV
24 But I have said to you, ‘You shall inherit their land, and I will give it to you to possess, a land flowing with milk and honey.’ I am Yahweh your Elohim, who has separated you from the peoples.
25 You shall therefore separate the clean beast from the unclean, and the unclean bird from the clean. You shall not make yourselves detestable by beast or by bird or by anything with which the ground crawls, which I have set apart for you to hold unclean. 26 You shall be holy to me, for I Yahweh am holy and have separated you from the peoples, that you should be mine.
Do you see that saints? We eat clean, because we have been cleaned from the rest of mankind. We separate the clean animals from the unclean because Yahweh has separated us after we have been saved as clean from the unbelieving world which is unclean.
So, every time you eat clean you declare how Yahweh has separated you from the rest of the unclean unbelieving world!
Amazing, huh? I think it’s amazing!
So, now you know what to say when someone asks you why you keep those Old Testament laws. We are separated. We are sanctified, and there are many verses that talk about believers being separate from unbelievers ????.
OK, next golden nugget!
2-Who Was Huldah?
Who was Huldah? Do you know who Huldah was? Does anyone know?
Some of you probably know.
Huldah was a very important person and she played a very important role during a period in Judah’s history.
You see Judah had some righteous kings and some unrighteous kings.
One of Judah’s most righteous kings, I say the most righteous king, was Josiah. (2 Kings 22; 2 Chronicles 34)
Josiah was only eight years old when he became king. In his eighteenth year as king, when he was 26 years old, he asked Shaphan, his secretary to go to Hilkiah, the high priest at the time, to count the money collected from the people.
This money was to be given to builders who were repairing the temple.
2 Chronicles 34
14 While they were bringing out the money that had been brought into the house of Yahweh, Hilkiah the priest found the Book of the Law of Yahweh given through Moses. 15 Then Hilkiah answered and said to Shaphan the secretary, “I have found the Book of the Law in the house of Yahweh.” And Hilkiah gave the book to Shaphan.
18 Then Shaphan the secretary told the king, “Hilkiah the priest has given me a book.” And Shaphan read from it before the king.
19 And when the king heard the words of the Law, he tore his clothes. 20 And the king commanded Hilkiah, Ahikam the son of Shaphan, Abdon the son of Micah, Shaphan the secretary, and Asaiah the king’s servant, saying, 21“Go, inquire of Yahweh for me and for those who are left in Israel and in Judah, concerning the words of the book that has been found. For great is the wrath of Yahweh that is poured out on us, because our fathers have not kept the word of Yahweh, to do according to all that is written in this book.”
So, the book of the law had been lost. The book of the law was the book that Moses wrote all the commandments in. Yahweh told him to write the words that Yahweh spoke to him in a book.
I don’t how long the book of the law had been lost. But, when they found it, and the secretary read to King Josiah, he realized just how off they were!
They were so used to just doing the tradition of their forefathers, just doing what they had been taught, and they thought that was OK.
But, when they tested what they were doing against the Word of Yahweh, the book of the law, they realized that they were doing many things wrong and not doing the right things!
So, they had to repent!
Like many churches today, they follow mostly tradition and most never test everything they do against the Scriptures. How do you know what you’re doing is right if you don’t check it with Scripture?
That’s why many people who say, “Lord, Lord…” will end up being rejected. At least they have the Bible and can read from it. But, many, oh so many, just follow the preachers and do not read for themselves!
So, the king said, we need to speak to Yahweh and hear what he has to say.
So, who did they go to? They went to Huldah.
Huldah played a very important role because she was the prophetess who spoke to Yahweh and heard from Yahweh and gave the king instructions for what to do.
What happened after this was the greatest repentance in Judah’s history! No repentance happened so quickly, so thoroughly, and so widespread as King Josiah’s repentance!
Read about it in 2 Kings and 2 Chronicles.
You can also watch the sermon on our website called Who is Yahshua in Habbakuk. We talk about King Josiah and the changes he made, and they all came through Yahweh speaking through Huldah.
So, what did Huldah say?
22 So Hilkiah and those whom the king had sent went to Huldah the prophetess, the wife of Shallum the son of Tokhath, son of Hasrah, keeper of the wardrobe (now she lived in Jerusalem in the Second Quarter) and spoke to her to that effect.
Comment: She’s dressed nicely because she’s married to a man whose grandfather dresses the king! ????
23 And she said to them, “Thus says Yahweh, the Elohim of Israel: ‘Tell the man who sent you to me, 24 Thus says Yahweh, Behold, I will bring disaster upon this place and upon its inhabitants, all the curses that are written in the book that was read before the king of Judah.
25 Because they have forsaken me and have made offerings to other gods, that they might provoke me to anger with all the works of their hands, therefore my wrath will be poured out on this place and will not be quenched.
26 But to the king of Judah, who sent you to inquire of Yahweh, thus shall you say to him, Thus says Yahweh, the Elohim of Israel: Regarding the words that you have heard, 27 because your heart was tender and you humbled yourself before Elohim when you heard His words against this place and its inhabitants, and you have humbled yourself before Me and have torn your clothes and wept before Me, I also have heard you, declares Yahweh.
28 Behold, I will gather you to your fathers, and you shall be gathered to your grave in peace, and your eyes shall not see all the disaster that I will bring upon this place and its inhabitants.’” And they brought back word to the king.
What followed after this was Israel’s greatest repentance. Only Judah was there now because Israel, the northern kingdom, had been destroyed. But Josiah was so faithful that not only did he change what was in Judah, but also what was in the territory that Israel had occupied.
33 And Josiah took away all the abominations from all the territory that belonged to the people of Israel and made all who were present in Israel serve Yahweh their Elohim. All his days they did not turn away from following Yahweh, the Elohim of their fathers.
So, I wanted us to see who Huldah was and just what pivotal role she played in Judah’s repentance during King Josiah’s reign.
That issue many believers have in the Gospel of John of why it seems the pharisees are eating the Passover twice? One of the references is in King Josiah’s reign because they finally kept the Passover right after hundreds of years!
No other king had ever kept the Passover exactly right as Josiah did. (2 Chronicles 35:18)
Huldah, the prophetess played an important role. Now, there are at least 5 female prophets mentioned in the Gospels and the Letters or as many call it, the New Testament Scriptures.
Who are the at least 5 female prophets mentioned in the New Testament Scriptures?
Who are they?
I’ll give you one. [Show picture]
If that’s baby Yahshua, with His parents on the right, who is the prophetess?
- Ana the prophetess (Luke 2:36 – 38)
- Not Jezebel (false prophetess – Rev. 2:20)
[Show picture of Philip baptizing the Ethiopian eunuch]
What is this picture about?
OK, great! This is Philip baptizing the Ethiopian eunuch. How many daughters did Philip have?
Acts 21:8 - 9 ESV
Leaving the next day, we [Paul, Luke, and probably others] reached Caesarea, and we went to stay at the home of Philip the evangelist, who was one of the Seven. 9 He had four unmarried daughters who prophesied.
Now, you may think, it says prophesied. It doesn’t say prophets. Many other women prophesied. True. But, I think it means they were prophets, especially when you read the next verse.
10 After we had been there several days, a prophet named Agabus came down from Judea.
I don’t think that’s a coincidence. I think it’s written like that for a reason.
Besides, these four daughters are written about outside of the Bible and the impact they had on the church as prophetesses.
Philip had four daughters and they were all prophets. Just imagine what an impact they had on their local church! Wow!
That’s was our second golden nugget!
Our third and last golden nugget is, “Whose House Was it?”
3-Whose House Was it?
Show picture? So, who knows what this story is about?
Yes, it’s how four men brought their friend to this house and Yahshua healed him because of his friends’ faith. They had great faith.
Because the house was so crowded and they could not bring their friend through the door, they went onto the roof, tore the roof out, and lowered the man to Yahshua.
Wow! That’s amazing!
But have you ever wondered whose house that was? I mean how do you just tear someone’s house like that....
Does anyone know?
Let’s read the scriptures to see if we can determine whose house it was.
Let’s start with Luke 5:17 - 20
17 On one of those days, as He [Yahshua] was teaching, Pharisees and teachers of the law were sitting there, who had come from every village of Galilee and Judea and from Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was with him to heal.
18 And behold, some men were bringing on a bed a man who was paralyzed, and they were seeking to bring him in and lay him before Yahshua,
19 but finding no way to bring him in, because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and let him down with his bed through the tiles into the midst before Yahshua. 20 And when He saw their faith, He said, “Man, your sins are forgiven you.”
From this passage can we tell whose house it is?
No, we can’t. Luke doesn’t even mention that they are in a house. We can just surmise. But we don’t want to do that. We want to see specifically whose house that was.
Let’s look at Matthew.
Let’s now look at Matthew 9
1 And getting into a boat he crossed over and came to his own city. 2 And behold, some people brought to him a paralytic, lying on a bed. And when Yahshua saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Take heart, My son; your sins are forgiven.”
OK, so, I think we are getting closer. The Scriptures don’t tell us whose house it was, but they tell us that it was Yahshua’s own city.
What is Yahshua’s own city?
[You’ll probably hear Nazareth] OK, Yahshua’s own city? OK.
Let’s see what the Scriptures say.
Let’s go to Mark. Mark will tell us. Mark 2 ESV
1 And when he [Yahshua] returned to Capernaum after some days, it was reported that he was at home. 2 And many were gathered together, so that there was no more room, not even at the door. And He was preaching the word to them.
3 And they came, bringing to him a paralytic carried by four men. 4 And when they could not get near him because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him, and when they had made an opening, they let down the bed on which the paralytic lay.
5 And when Yahshua saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”
OK, so this is the same story. Can we determine now whose house this is? Let’s look at the verse again.
1 And when he [Yahshua] returned to Capernaum after some days, it was reported that he was at home.
[Then you say] “What? I thought Yahshua’s city was Nazareth!”
What does Matthew 4:13 say?
And leaving Nazareth he went and lived in Capernaum by the sea, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali,
Yahshua’s didn’t do this out of his own will. This was prophesied by the prophet Isaiah, see verse 14:
15“The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles— 16 the people dwelling in darkness have seen a great light, and for those dwelling in the region and shadow of death, on them a light has dawned.”
It was prophesied that Yahshua would live around the Sea of Galilee. So, whose house was it?
1 And when he [Yahshua] returned to Capernaum after some days, it was reported that he was at home. 3 And they came, bringing to him a paralytic carried by four men. 4 And when they could not get near him because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him, and when they had made an opening, they let down the bed on which the paralytic lay.
So, whose house was it?
It was Yahshua’s own house in Capernaum!
Capernaum is Yahshua’s own city. Nazareth is Yahshua’s hometown.
Yahshua was born in Bethlehem, went to Egypt for a little time and came back, moved to Nazareth, and he grew up there. Nazareth is considered His hometown. But, then He moved to Capernaum, by the sea.
It was from there, the region by the sea, that He picked His disciples, and began His ministry.
Capernaum today. Nobody lives there. Tourist site. Cursed by Yahshua for lack of faith.
There it is! That is your third golden nugget!
Wonderful is the Word of Yahweh! May Yahweh bless you all