Tuesday, September 30, 2014



Next to the tribe of Issachar also on the East side was the tribe of Zebulum, and Eliab the son of Helon was the captain of the children of Zebulum; and the host and the number of those who were numbered with him were  fifty seven thousand and four hundred. And the whole host who were encamped with Judah were a hundred and eighty six thousand and four hundred by their armies, the first to set forth.
Then on the South side was to be the standard of the tribe of Reuben and the captain of the children of Reuben was Elizur the son of Shedeur. And his host and those who were numbered thereof were forty six thousand five hundred. And those who were to be by him were the tribe of Simeon; and the captain of the children of Simeon was Shelumiel the son Zurishaddaai; and his host was fifty nine thousand and three hundred. Beside them was the tribe of Gad; and the captain of the sons of Gad shall be Eliasaph the son of Reuel; and his host and those who were numbered of them were forty five thousand six hundred and fifty.
And all those who were numbered in the camp of Reuben were one hundred and fifty one thousand four hundred and fifty; and they shall set forth in the second rank. More

Monday, September 29, 2014

The President v Vox Populi

Vox Populi
So the President the Right Honorable Barak Obama did not appreciate the ISIS threat until now?  Apparently he was not told about it until a day or two ago; and I believe him.  Did he not say only a couple of weeks ago that he had no plan to defeat the terrorists? How could a leader admit to such a terrible lapse, unless indeed he did not know!  After all he is the President. He does not read the same newspaper or listen to the same news, or visit the same social media as the rest of us lower mortals. I guess his intelligence guys were too busy spying on us and our allies to be keeping watch over our enemies. But if the president or his advisers had read either of my books, Understanding Forgiveness, 2002, or Escape or Perish, 2013, he would have been made aware that America and the rest of the civilized world were under a clear and present danger for from the terrorist infidels.
Even when he decided to act, he vowed that his soldiers would not set foot on the ground but rather in the air. Talk about keeping your enemies at arm’s length.
Still he was honest enough to admit he did not know. After all he is not the first leader in history not to know until the war was almost already lost.  Lord North, the British Prime Minister of George III fame, did not know that Cape Breton was an island until it was too late; but in any event as soon as he was told, he ran as fast as his fat legs would carry him to tell the King.
The President’s resolve not to put boots on the ground may of course be excused as he has now learned perhaps a mite too late, to listen to public opinion.  Looking at his low ratings, and looking back at his performance over the past 6 years of his presidency, we might conclude that had he taken public opinion into account, Healthcare would never have been passed, at least not at that time and his popularity might have been still intact.

 Now at last someone has apparently whispered in his ear, “vox populi vox dei,” and now he has learnt that valuable lesson he will not cannot be unlearned.



It is not a trite saying that God is a God of order; for all about Him is order.  Is He not the God that brought Cosmos out of Chaos? There is no essential detail that is overlooked or eludes Him.
So now having given orders about the tents of the children of Israel by household, including the numbering of the able bodied over 20 and of the Levites, God continued to order all things according to his orderly will and infinite wisdom. So He spoke unto Moses and unto Aaron saying, “Every man of the children of Israel shall encamp by his own standard with the banner of their father’s house over against the tabernacle of the congregation.”
“On the East side toward the rising of the sun shall they of the standard of Judah encamp throughout their armies, and Nahshom the son of Amminadab shall be captain of the children of Judah. And his host and those who were numbered of them seventy four thousand and six hundred. And those who were to encamp next to him shall be the tribe of Issachar, and Nethanel the son of Zuar shall be captain of the children of Issachar; and his host and those who were numbered thereof were fifty four thousand and four hundred. More  

Sunday, September 28, 2014



Clearly like in everything else He does, God had an end in mind.  Number all the males over twenty who are able to go to war, He said; but not the Levites whatever age. God had another task for the sons of Levi as we shall see shortly; but in addition, God wanted to make it possible for us to know how many able bodied men of war were there were at that time, as again the reason for which we shall come to appreciate in due course.
So do not number them; instead, appoint the Levites over the tabernacle of testimony, and over all the vessels thereof, and over all the things that belong to it. They, (the Levites), shall bear the tabernacle, and all the vessels thereof, and they shall minister to it, and shall encamp all around about the tabernacle.
And when the tabernacle is set forward, the Levites shall take it down, and when the tabernacle is to be pitched the Levites shall set it up; and the stranger who comes near it shall be put to death.

And the children of Israel shall pitch their tents every man by his own camp, and every man by his own standard throughout their hosts, But the Levites shall encamp round about the tabernacle of testimony, that there be no wrath upon the congregation of the children of Israel; and the Levites shall keep the charge of the tabernacle of testimony.  And as God commanded, so did the children of Israel.  

Saturday, September 27, 2014


Continuing on, the next generations was that of Manasseh, and were thirty two thousand and two hundred; of the children of Benjamin, by their generations, thirty five thousand four hundred; of the children of Dan by their generations, seventy two thousand seven hundred; of the children of Asher by their generations, forty one thousand five hundred; of the children of Naphtali, fifty three thousand four hundred.
Those are those who were numbered by Moses and Aaron, together with the twelve princes of Israel by the house of their fathers. And together they numbered six hundred and three thousand, five hundred and fifty.

But the Levites after the tribe of their fathers were not included in this numbering; for the Lord had told Moses not to number those of the tribe of Levi among the men of Israel. More  

Friday, September 26, 2014


Bragadayjah 377

And so Moses and Aaron took the men the Lord had mentioned by their names, and they assembled all the congregation together on the first day of the second month, and they declared their lineages, after their families, according to the number of the names from twenty years upward by their polls, as the Lord commanded Moses so he numbered them in the wilderness of Sinai.  And as they were numbered after their generations, after their families, by the house of their fathers according to the number who were twenty years upwards, who were able to go out to war these were the numbers of them.

And the numbers of the generation of Rueben, Israel’s eldest son, were forty six thousand five hundred; of the children of Simeon by their generations, fifty nine thousand three hundred; of the children of Gad, by their generation forty five thousand six hundred and fifty; and the children of Judah by their generations, seventy four thousand six hundred; of the children of Issachar by their generations, fifty four thousand four hundred; of the children of Zebulun, by their generations, fifty seven thousand four hundred; of the children of Joseph, namely, of the children of Ephraim by their generations, forty thousand five hundred.  More     

Thursday, September 25, 2014


“And the Lord spoke unto Moses in the wilderness of Sinai in the tabernacle of the congregation on the first day of the second month in the second year after they had come out of Egypt, and said, Take a count of all the congregation of the children of Israel, after their families, by the house of their names with the number of their names, every male by their polls from 20 years of age and upwards of all who are able to go forward to war in Israel, you and Aaron to number them by their armies.”

“With you there shall be a man of every tribe, every one the head of his father’s house.  And these are the names of the men that shall stand with you:  Of the tribe of Reuben, Elizur the son of Shedeur; of Simeon, Shelumiel, the son of Zurishaddai; of Judah, Nashon, the son Ammanadab; of Issachar, Nethanel, the son of Zuar; of Zebulun, Eliab, the son of Helon; of the children of Joseph, Ephraim; Elishama, the son of Ammihud; of Manasseh; Gamaleil, the son of Pedahzur; of Benjamin, Abidan the son Gideoni; of Dan, Ahiezer, the son of Ammishaddai; of Asher, Pagiel, the son of Ochran; of Gad, Eliasaph, the son of Deuel; of Naphtalie Ahira, the son Enan; for these are the renowned of the congregation princes of the tribes of their fathers, heads of thousands.      

Wednesday, September 24, 2014


For the purpose of clarity, it is pointed out that the first section of these brags deal with the Creation out of which we find a key verse, encapsulated in God’s words to the serpent, “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman and between thy seed and her seed; he shall bruise thy head and thou shall bruise his heal;” And as we know some 6000 years later that enmity came to fruition when Christ the seed of the woman Eve, did indeed bruise the serpent’s head; but the serpent also bruised the heel of the man Jesus, the offspring of the woman Eve.
In the second section we see God using his servant Moses to deliver His people out of Israel and in so doing inaugurated the Passover, an ordinance to be celebrated until consummated in the death of Christ. “And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where you are and when I see the blood, I will pass over you; and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you when I smite the land of Egypt.”

In the third section we see God’s absolute requirement that as a holy God, those who are called by His name must also be holy; for He said unto Moses, “speak unto all the congregation of the children of Israel and say unto them, You shall be holy; for I the Lord your God, I am holy.”

Tuesday, September 23, 2014


The preceding 373 Brags/Blogs, BRAGDAYJAHS began with God the Creator of the universe, from the first day of creation to the sixth day when all His handiwork was completed, followed by the seventh day which He hallowed and sanctified.
After about two thousand years, the Lord God found it necessary to wipe the slate clean; well almost, when he destroyed all flesh, including man and beast, saving only 8 souls, being Noah and his family including his wife and 3 sons and their wives.
Of course to preserve seed God also spared two of everything he had created, both male and female.
In the next phase we find the people of Israel, the grandson of Abraham whom God had called with the promise of making his seed a great nation, oppressed and enslaved in the land of Egypt; and after they had languished there 400 years, God brought them out with a strong hand and planted them in the land of Canaan for an everlasting possession, but warning them that their possession would be taken away and given to their enemies if they failed to keep his commandments and obey his laws, statutes and ordinances.
During the third phase God via His servant Moses and Aaron the priest and his sons gave commandment to his people Israel.

He gave them commandments; and he also instructed them and enlightened them concerning the building of the tabernacle of worship, the ornaments and priestly robes, and specific instructions concerning atonement for sin and love and sacrificial offerings to Him in his holy temple including laws of justice inter se, reminding them repeatedly that He is the Lord, who had brought them out of slavery in the land of Egypt and into a land flowing with milk and honey.

Monday, September 22, 2014



Three Things which are the Lord’s absolutely
Firstly, the Firstling of the Beasts.
“Only the firstling of the beasts which should be the Lord’s firstling; and no man shall sanctify it whether it be ox, or sheep, it is the Lord’s.  And if it be an unclean beast, then he shall redeem it according to its valuation and a fifth part shall be added to it and if it is not redeemed, then it shall be sold according to its valuation.
Secondly, no dedicated thing; for no devoted thing which a man shall dedicate unto the Lord out of his possession, whether it be man, or beast, or field, shall be sold or redeemed; for every devoted thing is holy unto the Lord.”
Thirdly all tithes of land and tree and beasts.  “All tithes of the land, whether of the seed of the land, or of the fruit of the tree is the Lord’s it is holy unto the Lord. And if a man shall at all redeem any of his tithes, he shall add thereto a fifth part thereof. And concerning the tithes of the herd or of the flock, or anything that passes under the rod, the tenth shall be holy unto the Lord. He shall not search whether it be good or bad, neither shall he change it; and if he changes it at all, then it and the thing changed shall be holy unto the Lord; it shall not be redeemed.

The foregoing are the commandments which the Lord commanded Moses for the children of Israel in Mount Sinai.

Sunday, September 21, 2014



And if a man were to sanctify some part of his field unto the Lord, then the valuation shall be according to the seed thereof; a homer of barley was valued at being equivalent to fifty shekels of silver. If he sanctify his field from the year of jubilee, according to the valuation it shall stand; but if he sanctifies his field after the jubilee, then the priest shall reckon unto him the money according to the years that remain, even unto the year of jubilee and a deduction made from the valuation.
And if having sanctified his field the person wanted to redeem it, then he shall add the fifth part of the money of the valuation unto it and it shall return to him. But if he will not redeem the field or he has sold it to another, his equity of redemption would then be forever lost.
But the field when it goes out in the year of jubilee, shall be holy unto the Lord as a field devoted; and the possession thereof shall be the priest’s.
If a man sanctifies unto the Lord a field which he has bought and not of his possession, then the priest shall reckon unto him the worth of the valuation unto the year of jubilee and he shall give the valuation in that day as a holy thing unto the Lord. In the year of jubilee the field shall be returned to him of whom it was bought and who had the right of possession. More. 

Saturday, September 20, 2014


Continuing with the offer of special offering unto the Lord, (see Bragadayjah 370 ante) the mandate was that if it was a beast being offered, all such beast shall be holy; it shall not be altered or changed bad for good, or good for bad; but if it is at all changed beast for beast, then it and the exchange thereof shall be holy. And if it be an unclean beast for which they do not offer a sacrifice unto the Lord, then he shall present the beast before the priest; and the priest shall value it whether it be good or bad; and whatever the priest values it at or however the priest values it , so shall it stand for it is the priest; but if the offeror shall at all redeem it, then a fifth part thereof shall be added unto the valuation.
And when a man shall sanctify his house to be holy unto the Lord, then the priest shall values it, whether it be good or bad; and as the priest shall value it so shall it be. And if he that sanctifies it shall redeem his house, then he shall add a fifth part of the money of the valuation unto it and it shall be his. More  

Why Biden Apologized.

Shylock with sartorial eloquence addressed the Court of Venice in 1604. 
"I am a Jew. Hath not a Jew eyes? Hath not a Jew hands,
organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions; fed with the same
food, hurt with the same weapons, subject to the same diseases,
heal'd by the same means, warm'd and cool'd by the same winter
and summer, as a Christian is? If you prick us, do we not bleed? If
you tickle us, do we not laugh? If you poison us, do we not die?
And if you wrong us, do we not revenge? If we are like you in the
rest, we will resemble you in that?"

Friday, September 19, 2014



Commands About Persons and Things Dedicated to the Lord.
Furthermore the Lord spoke unto Moses and said, “Speak unto the children of Israel and say unto them, When a man shall make a special vow, the persons shall be for the Lord by the valuation, and the valuation shall be of a male twenty years old and upwards, even unto sixty years old even your valuation shall be fifty shekels of silver after the shekel of the sanctuary.  And if it be a female, then thy valuation shall be thirty shekels; and if it be from five years old even unto twenty years old, then the valuation shall be of the male twenty shekels and the female ten shekels. And if it be from a month old, even unto five years old, then thy valuation shall be of the male five shekels of silver and the female three shekels of silver.  And if it be from sixty years old and above, if it be a male, then thy valuation shall be fifteen shekels and if it be of a female ten shekels.”

But if he be poorer than the valuation, then he shall present himself before the priest, and the priest shall value him according to his ability who vow shall the priest value him.   

Thursday, September 18, 2014



Having promised blessing and leadership, weighted against punishment for disobedience, God still reminds his people that notwithstanding their iniquity, if they shall confess their own iniquity and also that of their fathers wherein they have trespassed against Him and walk contrary to Him, and causing him to walk contrary to them, yet if their uncircumcised hearts be humbled, and they then accept their punishment for their iniquity, then He would remember His covenant with Jacob, and with Isaac and with Abraham, and He would remember the land.  And the land also would be left by them and shall enjoy her Sabbaths, while she lies desolate without them and they shall accept of the punishment of their iniquity, because they despised His ordinances and their soul abhorred his statutes.
“And yet for all that,” said the Lord, “when they are in the land of their enemies, I will not cast them away, neither will I abhor them, to destroy them utterly, and to break my covenant with them; for I am the Lord their God.”
“But I will for their sakes remember the covenants of their ancestors, whom I brought forth out of the land of Egypt, in the sight of the nations, that I might be their God, I am the Lord.” 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014



Yet another form of chastisement the Lord promised to His people was that of famine.  For He says, “And if you will not for all this hearken unto me, but walk contrary to me, then I will walk contrary unto you in fury, and I, even I, will chastise you seven times for your sins. And you shall eat the flesh of your sons, and the flesh of your daughters. And I will destroy your high places, and cut down your images, and cast your carcasses unto the carcasses of your idols, and my soul shall abhor you.  And I will make your cities waste, and bring your sanctuaries into desolation, and I will not smell the savor of your sweet odors.”
“Further, I will bring your land into desolation, and your enemies who dwell therein shall be astonished at it; and I will scatter you among the nations, and will draw out a sword after you; and your land shall be desolate and your cities waste. Then shall the land enjoy her Sabbaths as long as it lies desolate and you are in your enemies land; even then shall the land rest and enjoy her Sabbath. As long as it lies desolate it shall rest because it did not rest in your Sabbaths when you dwelt in it. More

Tuesday, September 16, 2014



“God held out to the children of Israel, many wonderful promises; but He also warned about many consequences of sin: distress, drought, beasts; “And if you walk contrary unto me, and will not hearken unto me, I will bring seven times more plagues upon you according to your sins. I will also send wild beasts among you, which shall rob you of your children, and destroy your cattle, and make you few in number, and your highways shall be desolate.”

“And if you still will not be reformed by me by these things, but will walk contrary unto me, then will I also walk contrary unto you, and will punish you yet seven times for your sins. And I will bring a sword upon you and shall avenge the vengeance of my covenant; and when you are gathered together within your cities, I will send the pestilence among you, and you shall be delivered into the hand of the enemy, and when I have broken the staff of your bread, ten women shall bake your bread in one oven, and they shall deliver your bread by weight and you shall eat and not be satisfied.” More

Monday, September 15, 2014


God Warns of chastisement
But if you will not hearken unto me, and will not do all these commandments, and if you will despise my statutes or if your soul abhor my ordinances so that you will not do all my commandments, but rather break my covenants, I will also do this unto you. I will appoint over you terror, consumption, and the burning fever that shall consume the eyes and cause sorrow of heart; and you shall sow your seed in vain for your enemies shall eat it. And I will set my face against you and you shall be slain before your enemies they that hate you shall reign over you, and you shall flee when none pursue you.”
“And if you still will not hearken unto me then I will punish you seven times more for your sins; and I will break the pride of your power and I will make your heaven as iron and your earth as bronze. And your strength shall be spent in vain; for your lands shall not yield her increase neither shall the trees of your land yield their fruits.”  

Sunday, September 14, 2014



The Lord then began to lay out a series of warnings and in some cases restatements concerning blessings and chastisements. He reminded his people, “You shall not make any graven images, nor erect a standing image, nor any image of stone in your land, to bow down to it, for I am your God.” You shall keep my Sabbaths and reverence my sanctuary.”
“If you walk in my statutes and keep and do my commandments, then I will give you rain in due season, and the land shall yield her increase, and the trees of the field their fruit. And your threshing shall reach unto the vintage, and the vintage shall reach unto the sowing time; and you shall eat your bread to the full and you shall dwell in your land in safety. And I will give peace in the land and you shall lie down and none shall make you afraid, and I will rid evil beasts out of the land neither shall the sword go through your land, and you shall chase your enemies and they shall fall before you by the sword.”

“And five of you shall chase a hundred, and a hundred of you shall put ten thousand to flight, and your enemies shall fall before you by the sword. And I will have respect unto you and make you fruitful and multiply you, and establish my covenant with you. And you shall eat old store and bring forth the old because of the new.” “And I will set my tabernacle among you, and my soul shall not abhor you. And I will walk among you and be your God, and you shall be my people. I am the Lord your God who brought you up out of Egypt that you should not be their slaves; I have broken the bands of your yoke and made you to go upright.” More

Saturday, September 13, 2014



“And if a sojourner become rich and thy brother who dwells with him becomes poor, and sell himself unto the stranger, or sojourner, or to the stock of the foreigner or his family, after he is sold he may be redeemed again; one of his brethren may redeem him. Either his uncle or his uncle’s son may redeem him or any that is near of kin unto him; or if he be able, he may redeem himself. And he shall reckon with him that bought him from the year that he was sold to him unto the year of jubilee; and the price of the sale shall be in accordance with the number of years, according to the time of a hired servant shall it be with him.”
“If there be yet many years remain according unto him he shall give again the price of his redemption out of the money that he was bought for. And if there be left but few years unto the year of jubilee, then he shall count with him and according unto the years shall he give unto him the price of his redemption. And as a yearly hired servant shall he be with him; and the other shall not rule with rigor over him. And if he be not redeemed in these years, then he shall go out in the year of jubilee, both he and his children with him. For unto me the children of Israel are servants; they are my servants whom I have brought forth out of the land of Egypt.  I am the Lord.

We note that in prescribing the Kinsman Redeemer law, God never asks us to do any good thing that He Himself is not prepared to do. A good illustration of the law of kinsman redeemer is the case of Ruth and Boaz; but of course there can be no higher demonstration of the principle than that found is Christ who paid the supreme price to redeem mankind.  More  

Friday, September 12, 2014



Law of the Land – Law of the Poor Brother.
“And if thy brother hath become poor and cannot support himself among you, then you shall relieve him even though he is a sojourner or a stranger that he may live with thee.”
“Take no interest or profit from him; but fear thy God, that thy brother may live with thee. Thou shall not give him money upon interest nor lend him your food supply for profit. I am the Lord your God who brought you forth out of the land of Egypt, to give you the land of Canaan and to be your God.”
“And if your brother who lives with you has become poor and be sold unto thee, thou shall not compel him to serve you as a slave, but as a hired servant, and a sojourner shall he be with you, and shall serve you until the year of jubilee.  And then shall he depart from thee both he and his children with him, and shall return unto his own family and to the possession of his ancestors. For they are my servants whom I brought forth out of the land of Egypt; they shall not be sold as slaves.”

Thou shall not rule over him with rigor, but shall fear the Lord. All your male and female slaves which you may buy shall be of the Nations round about; but not my people.”  More  

Thursday, September 11, 2014



The Law of the Land – Redemption of the Inheritance.
If thy brother has become poor, and has sold away some of his possession, and if any of his kin comes to redeem it, then shall he redeem that which his brother sold. And if the man has none to redeem it, and he himself is able to redeem it, then let him count the years of the sale thereof, and restore the overpayment unto the man to whom he sold it that he may return unto his possession; but if he be not able to restore it, then that which is sold shall remain in the hand of him who bought it until the year of jubilee; and in the jubilee it shall go out and he shall return unto his possession.
If a man sells his dwelling house in a walled city, then he may redeem it within a whole year after it is sold; within a full year may he redeem it. But if it is not redeemed within the space of one full year, then the house that is sold shall become the property of him who had bought it, and is not vacated in the year of jubilee.

However the houses of the villages that have no walls round about them shall be counted as the fields of the country; they shall be redeemed and go out in the year of jubilee. But the houses and cities of the Levites may be redeemed at any time.  If a man purchase of the Levites then the house sold and the city of his possession shall go out in the year of jubilee; for the houses and cities of the Levites are their perpetual possessions among the children of Israel. But the fields of the pasture land belonging to the Levites could not be sold; it is their perpetual possession.  more.


In Memoriam

The face of terror raised its head,
Our sons and daughters now are dead!
And who will weep for them?
We will weep for them!

Demonic fiends broke through our door,
And mamas and papas are no more.
And who will sing lullaby’s for them?
We will sing for them!

Fiends! They came in demented rage,
Sent grandmas and grandpas to the grave!
And who will pray for them?
We will pray for them!

What deathly force those cowards ushered!
Taking with them our sisters and brothers!
And who will speak for them?
We will speak for them!

Without warning came they like wolves!
Wreaking havoc on our friends!
And who will judge for them?
We will judge for them!

As for the dead, what pain they felt?
As twisted steel, bricks, mortar melt!
And who will bury them?
We will bury them.

They came! They demolished our beautiful city!
Despoiled our buildings without pity!
And who will rebuild for them?
We will rebuild for them!

Defenseless all they lived, they died.
They got no pity when they cried!
And who shall avenge them?
We will avenge them!

And that date, eleventh September,
We will always, always, remember!
And who will remember them?
We will remember them!

And who will repay the cowards?
We will repay them, a thousand fold.
And we, the living,
We will weep for them.
We will sing for them.
We will pray for them.
We will speak for them.
We will judge for them.
We will bury them.
We will rebuild for them.
We will avenge them.
We will remember them,
Ad infinitum, in memoriam!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014



Also said the Lord, in the year of jubilee, every man shall return to his possession. If thou sold anything unto your neighbor, or if you buy anything from your neighbor, you shall not oppress one another. According to the number of years after the jubilee you shall you shall buy of your neighbor, and according to the number of years of the fruit he shall sell unto thee, according to the multitude of years you shall increase the price thereof; and according to the fewness of years you shall reduce the price of it; for according to the number of years of the fruit does he sell unto you.”
“You shall not therefore oppress one another; but thou shall fear your God.  Therefore thou shall do my statutes and keep mine ordinances and do them, and you shall dwell in the land in safety.
And the land shall yield her fruit and you shall eat your fill and dwell therein in safety.”
And if you shall ask, what shall we eat in the seventh year since we cannot sow or gather in our increase? Then I will command my blessing on you in the sixth year and it shall bring forth fruit for three years. And you shall sow the eight year and eat yet of old fruit until the ninth year until the fruit come in

The land shall not be sold forever for the land is mine; for ye are strangers and sojourners with me. And in all the land of your possession ye shall grant a redemption for the land.”

Tuesday, September 9, 2014



Law of the Land – The Year of Jubilee
And the Lord said, “Thou shall number seven Sabbaths of years, even seven times seven years; and the space of the seven Sabbaths of years shall be forty nine years.”
“Then shall thou cause the trumpet of the jubilee to sound on the tenth day of the seventh month in the Day of Atonement, shall you make the trumpet sound in all your land.”
“And you shall hallow the fiftieth year and proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof; it shall be a jubilee unto you; and you shall return every man unto his possession and return every man to his family.”
“A Jubilee shall that fiftieth year be unto you. You shall not sow, neither reap that which grows of it itself in it, nor gather in it grapes which grow by itself unpruned.”

“For it is the jubilee; it shall be holy unto you; you shall eat the increase thereof out of the field.” 

Monday, September 8, 2014



Here the Lord repeats the sentence for murder. “And he who kills any man shall be put to death.”
“There shall be one manner of law; for the sojourner as well as the children of Israel; for I am the Lord.”
Law of the Land: The Sabbatical Year. “And the Lord spoke unto Moses on Mount Sinai, saying, speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them. When you come into the land which I give you, then shall the land keep a Sabbath unto the Lord.”
“Six years thou shall sow the field and six years thou shall prune thy vineyard and gather in the fruit thereof; but in the seventh year shall be a Sabbath of rest unto the land, a Sabbath for the Lord; thou shall neither sow thy field, nor prune thy vineyard; that which grows of its own accord of thy harvest thou shall not reap, nor gather the grapes of the vines unpruned; it is a year of rest unto the land.”

“And the Sabbath of the land shall be food for you and for your entire household including the stranger within your gates, your man servants and your maid servants, and of thy cattle and all the beasts of the land, and all the increase thereof, shall be food for you. More

Sunday, September 7, 2014



The Lord also mandated penalties for blasphemy.  So we have, for example, the case of the Israelitish woman whose father was an Egyptian; and her son went out and strove, within the camp, with a man who was an Israelite. And this son of the Israelitish woman blasphemed against the name of the Lord by cursing.  And he was brought before Moses.  This young man’s mother’s name was Shelomith, and she was the daughter of Dibri of the tribe of Dan.
The young man, the blasphemer was cast into prison, because Moses wanted to hear from the Lord concerning the matter.  And the Lord spoke unto Moses and said, “Bring forth the one who has cursed outside the camp, and let all who heard him lay their hands upon his head, and let the congregation stone him.”
“And speak unto the children of Israel and say unto them, whosoever curses his God shall bear his sin. And he who blasphemes the name of the Lord, he shall surely be put to death. And all the congregation shall surely stone him as well as the sojourner as he who is born in the land. Anyone who blasphemes the name of the Lord shall be put to death.”

Saturday, September 6, 2014



The Lord God continued to instruct the children of Israel, both making additional promises and uttering warnings to them.
Oil for the Light in the Holy Place.  “And God spoke unto Moses instructing him to speak to the children of Israel and command them to bring pure olive oil beaten for the oil for the lamps so that they would burn continually.
The lamps were those placed outside the veil, and in the tabernacle of the congregation, as well as the lamps on the lampstand; Aaron was to see to it that the lamps burned from morning to night at all times for ever.
Ordinance of the Showbread. “And thou shall take the flour and bake twelve cakes each cake having two tenth part in each cake and the cakes shall be set in two rows, six in each row upon the pure table before the Lord. And thou shall put pure frankincense upon each row that it may be on the bread for a memorial even an offering made by fire unto the Lord.”

“Every Sabbath, the priest shall set it in order before the Lord continually, being taken from the children of Israel perpetually. And it shall be Aaron’s and his sons; and they shall eat it in the holy place; for it is most holy unto him for the offerings of the Lord made by fire by a perpetual statute.

Friday, September 5, 2014


The Feast of Tabernacles
The seventh proclaimed Feast is the Feast of Tabernacles, when the Lord spoke unto Moses and told him to say to the children of Israel: “The fifteenth day of the seventh month shall be the feast of tabernacles for seven days unto the Lord.”
“The first day shall be a holy convocation; in it ye shall do no servile work. Seven days ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the Lord; it is a solemn assembly, and ye shall do no servile work therein.”
“These are the feasts of the Lord, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations to offer an offering made by fire unto the Lord, a burnt offering and a meal offering, a sacrifice and a drink offering, everything upon this day.”

“Beside the Sabbaths of the Lord and beside your gifts, and beside all your vows, and beside all your free will offering which ye give unto the Lord.”
And also in the fifteenth day of the seventh month when ye shall have gathered in the fruit of the land ye shall keep a feast unto the Lord seven days. On the first day shall be a Sabbath and on the eight day shall be a Sabbath

Thursday, September 4, 2014



The Fifth Feast- The Feast of Trumpets.
The Feast of Trumpets may be seen as prophetic of the future ingathering of Israel long dispersed.
For the Lord spoke unto Moses and said, “Speak unto the children of Israel and say to them, that in the seventh month on the first day of the month, shall ye have a Sabbath, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation.  Ye shall do no servile work therein; but shall offer an offering made by fire unto the Lord.”
This Feast is followed by the sixth feast, the Day of Atonement which was to be on the tenth day of the seventh month. On this day there was to be a holy convocation, when the soul was afflicted and an offering made by fire unto the Lord.
As in the other Sabbath days, no work was to be done; for whatsoever soul that was not afflicted and any soul that defiled the day by any servile work, that soul was to be cut off from the rest of the people.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014



The Wave Loaves Offering.
“And ye shall count unto you from the day after the Sabbath, from the day that you brought the sheaf of the wave offering, seven Sabbaths shall be completed; even unto the next day after the seventh Sabbath shall ye number 50 days; and ye shall offer a new meal offering unto the Lord.”
“And ye shall bring out of your habitations two waved loaves of two tenth parts of fine flour; they shall be baked with leaven; they are the first fruits unto the Lord.”
“And ye shall offer with the bread seven lambs without blemish of the first year, and one young bullock and two rams for a burnt offering unto the Lord with their meal offering and their drink offerings, an offering made by fire for a sweet savor unto the Lord.
Then ye shall sacrifice one kid of the goats for a sin offering, and two lambs of the first year as peace offerings.”
“And the priest shall wave them with the bread of the first fruits for a wave offering before the Lord, with the two rams they shall be holy to the Lord for the priest.”
“And ye shall proclaim on that same day that it may be an holy convocation unto you. Ye shall do no servile work therein; it shall be a statute forever in all your dwellings throughout all generations.”

Tuesday, September 2, 2014



So the Lord ordered that the sheaf of first fruits was to be waved by the priest the day after the Sabbath. And also to be offered that day, when the sheaf was waved was a male lamb without blemish of the first year, for a burnt offering unto the Lord. And the meal offering thereof was a two tenth part of fine flour mixed with oil an offering made by fire unto the Lord for a sweet savor; and the drink thereof a fourth part of a hin of wine. And it was further offered that neither bread, nor parched grain, nor green ears was to be eaten before that day, when an offering would have been brought to the Lord. And this commandment shall be a statute forever throughout all generations, said the Lord.
As we study the law of the offerings, those which have gone before, such as the trespass and sin offerings, we see that God stipulated precisely the kind and type of offering, and how and when and to whom it should be presented for it to be acceptable. We may wonder why God is so detailed concerning these offerings until we cast our minds back to the days of Cain and Abel, at a time when there was no particularity regarding offerings to the Lord, and we know how that turned out.

It is submitted, therefore, that God wanted to leave his people in no doubt regarding the kind of offering he would or would not accept. And at the same time we may be sure that Cain’s offering to God did not find favor with God because either the giver or his offering was blemished in some way or other.  More 

Monday, September 1, 2014


The Sabbath and Feasts of the Lord – First Fruits
These are the feasts of the Lord: The Passover, unleavened bread,  the Feast of First Fruits, Wave Loaves, the Feast of Trumpets, the Day of Atonement, and the Feast of Tabernacles.
In yesterday’s episode, Bragadayjah 351, we dealt with the Sabbath, the appointed seventh day of rest, and also the Passover, commemorating the night of Passover in Egypt, which points to Christ the Redeemer, and the Feast of unleavened bread, the memorial feast of the Passover.
The next feast that of First Fruits, points to Christ who as the writer Paul describes Him became the first fruit of them that slept.

“And the Lord spoke unto Moses and said, “Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, when you are come into the land which I give unto you, and shall reap the harvest thereof, then ye shall bring a sheaf of the first fruit of your harvest unto the priest. And he shall wave the sheaf before the Lord, to be accepted for you on the next day after the Sabbath the priest shall wave it. More