In the Torah, we see that only the Cohen HaGadol (High Priest) had access once a year on Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) to the very Presence of God in the Kodesh HaKodeshim (Holy of Holies), which was the heart of the Mishkan (Tabernacle) and later the Beit HaMikdash (Temple). To enter in, the Cohen HaGadol would go through the Parokhet (פרוכת / veil or curtain) that separated this holiest of places from the rest of the Temple. The word parokhet is derived from the root perek פרך which can mean to break apart or to fracture, but also rigour and severity.
Many Believers think that the Tanakh (Old Testament) is all about the law, whereas the Brit Chadashah (New Testament) is all about grace, which they consider the antithesis of the Law. While it is true that grace is evident in the New Covenant, grace did not just appear with the coming of Yeshua (Jesus).
Recently, some of our readers have asked us why we use the name Yeshua in the place of Jesus. Other readers challenge us to use Yahshua instead of Yeshua, believing that Yah more accurately reflects the divine nature of Yeshua and is the correct way to pronounce the name of the Jewish Messiah. Still others think the real name of Yeshua is the derogatory Yeshu. Which is correct?
In this world filled with strife, fear, and anxiety, most of us desperately desire to find peace (shalom). How can we find this shalom we seek? Ultimately, it can only be found in the God of peace—YHVH Shalom. This name of God appears in the book of Judges at a time when the Israelites had definitely lost their peace.
The book of Hosea is a love story. In it, the prophet dramatically models God’s love for His people and laments the grave sins of the nation of Israel. Little is known about Hosea or of his social status; nevertheless, we are provided some astonishing details about his life and the lengths to which he went for love.
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