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VIDEO Abraham’s covenant was confirmed by obedience

Elizabeth Farah presents her latest installment of DIY Bible Study

There is an obsessive desire of many pastors, theologians and teachers to downgrade the marriage covenant of Mt. Sinai and Deuteronomy to a low status as compared to God’s covenant announced to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Let’s just look at the scriptures!

There is an obsessive desire of many pastors, theologians and teachers to downgrade the marriage covenant of Mt. Sinai and Deuteronomy to a low status as compared to God’s covenant announced to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob; the Messianic King covenant given to David and the New Marriage Covenant announced through Ezekiel and Jeremiah. We won’t discuss the “why” in this video but, we will look at one contrivance among many to achieve that distortion of truth.

“Unlike the “Mosaic Covenant” the “Abrahamic Covenant” was unconditional.” This is ashamefully ignorant or deliberately deceptive teaching by men who, according to their credentials, should know better. Have they studied the life of Abraham and the 50-year-period of the establishing of that covenant. How many times did the Lord say that the CONDITION of the making of that covenant was based on Abraham’s obedience to YHVH’s (Father, Son, Spirit) commandments, statutes and laws being obeyed by Abraham. Not only that, it was conditional on Abraham TEACHING his sons and household afterward to do the same!

This false doctrine matters. It effects all teaching of all covenants. It is so clearly and demonstrably false that one can only point to ignorance (shameful given the clarity of the word of God), negligence (again shameful), or deliberate deception with the motivation of affirming a denomination or systematic theological construct — the traditions of men.

Let’s just look at the scriptures!

Please Pass the Blessings

Gordon Robertson – President and CEO, CBN

The story of Jacob sounds like a soap opera, yet God was in the midst of it. Jacob and Esau were the twin sons of Isaac and grandsons of Abraham. Before their birth, God told Rebekah,

“Two nations are in your womb … and the older shall serve the younger” (Genesis 25:23).

Jacob tried to be first from the beginning, grabbing Esau’s heel as he was born; thus his name means heel-grabber.

Jacob was also a good cook, and it was for a bowl of his stew that Esau traded away his birthright as the eldest son. Later, Esau took two Hittite wives who were a grief to his parents. Rebekah then helped Jacob trick Isaac into blessing him instead of Esau. When Esau planned to kill Jacob, Rebekah convinced Isaac to send Jacob away to find a wife among her relatives.

Genesis 28:10 tells us, Jacob went out from Beersheba. Often, when you take that first step of faith on a journey, God meets you there. Jacob dreamed of a ladder from earth to heaven—and there God spoke to him.

Although he fell in love with Rachel, Jacob the trickster was tricked by his Uncle Laban into marrying her older sister first. The two wives were bitter rivals, involving their servants in a race to have children—twelve sons total. When Jacob finally headed home with his family, he didn’t know if Esau still wanted him dead.

He wrestled all night with God, who said,

“Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel; for you have struggled with God and with men, and have prevailed” (Genesis 32:28).

If life had been easy, would he have persevered and prevailed?

The key is that Isaac had blessed Jacob:

“May God Almighty bless you and give you many children. And may your descendants multiply and become many nations! May God pass on to you and your descendants the blessings he promised to Abraham” (Genesis 28:3-4 NLT).

This was God’s plan. The blessings God gave Abraham were passed to Isaac, who bestowed them on Jacob. Through him came the twelve tribes of Israel, then the Messiah.

So always give thanks for what God has done, then pray over your family and bless them all. Pass along the wonderful blessings that God has freely given to you. As Galatians 3:14 says,

“Through Christ Jesus, God has blessed the Gentiles with the same blessing he promised to Abraham” (NLT).

God bless you.

Scripture is NKJV except as noted.

Copyright © 2018 Gordon Robertson.

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Explore 10 Biblical Sites: Photos

These tantalizing archaeological finds may—or may not—offer material evidence of ancient locations, characters and stories written about in the Bible.

Tel Meggido

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Tel Megiddo

Current Location: Israel

Megiddo is better known to some by its Greek name of Armageddon, which some Christians believe will be the site of the end-times battle prophesied in the Book of Revelation. Archaeologists have uncovered an astounding 26 layers of human occupation at this site, which is located about 30 km southeast of Haifa, Israel. A leading Canaanite city during the Bronze Age, it later became an important royal city in the Kingdom of Israel, according to the Hebrew Bible. 

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Current Location: Israel’s West Bank

This ancient settlement, located on the northwest shores of the Dead Sea, gained international fame in the late 1940s, when Bedouin shepherds stumbled into nearby caves and discovered the first of the ancient Hebrew and Aramaic texts known as the Dead Sea Scrolls, which contain biblical text and other ancient writings. Subsequent excavations revealed the ruins of buildings and an extensive aqueduct system. Some scholars believe Qumran was home to the Essenes, an isolationist Jewish sect often credited with authorship of the Dead Sea Scrolls. 

Tel Hazor
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Tel Hazor 

Current Location: Israel (Galilee)

At some 200 acres, this site in Upper Galilee (now a national park) is the largest of Israel’s “tels,” the artificial mounds that have formed over centuries of human settlement, as older buildings crumble and new ones are built. According to the Old Testament, Hazor was the site of one of Joshua’s key victories in his conquest of Canaan after Moses’ death; he supposedly burned the city to the ground, clearing the way for Israelite settlement. Excavations are ongoing, and though some evidence of burned materials and structures have surfaced, archaeologists are still debating whether the biblical battle actually took place.

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Current Location: Jordan

This ancient desert fortress, located just over 30 km to the southwest of Madaba, Jordan, sits atop a hill overlooking the Dead Sea. After its destruction by Roman troops, King Herod the Great rebuilt Machaerus and used it as a military base. The Bible (and Jewish historian Flavius Josephus) identified the palace-fortress as the site where John the Baptist was imprisoned and executed on the orders of Herod the Great’s son Herod Antipas. 

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Old City of Jerusalem

Current Location: Israel

According to Jewish tradition, the Temple Mount (which now lies within a walled compound inside the Old City) was where God gathered the dust to create the first human, Adam, and where King David’s son, Solomon, built the first temple circa 1000 B.C. (later torn down by the Babylonians). Muslims also worship at the site, now home to the Dome of the Rock, an Islamic shrine, and the al-Aqsa Mosque. These competing claims have led this to become one of the most contested spots in the world. The Old City contains other key religious sites, including the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the site of Jesus’ crucifixion and his (empty) tomb, and the Western Wall, a remnant of the Second Temple (built by King Herod in the first century B.C.) that is the holiest site Jews can go to pray.

Tel Be'er Sheva
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Tel Beersheba

Current Location: Israel (Negev desert) 

Located in the Negev desert in southern Israel, this site is thought to be the remains of the biblical town of Beersheba; it lies a few miles east of the modern city by that name. According to the Old Testament, the Hebrew patriarch Abraham negotiated a deal with the Philistine king Abimelech over a well here, and planted a tamarisk tree. The site’s well-preserved water system of cisterns.

Mount Nebo
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Mount Nebo

Current Location: Jordan

According to the Old Testament, Moses lived his final days here, and climbed to the top to look out over the Promised Land before he died. Some believe Mount Nebo was also where the Hebrew prophet and leader was buried. A pilgrimage site since the fourth century, it was home to a church built around that time, the ruins of which were discovered in the 1930s. Mosaics created in the sixth century by Byzantine-era monks are still on view, as well as stunning views of the Holy Land and the Jordan River valley from its peak.

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Current Location: Jordan

This ancient city, carved into the red rock cliffs of Jebel al-Madhbah, near the Dead Sea in southern Jordan, was known as “Sela” in the Bible. Scholars believe Petra was likely built circa 312 B.C. by the Nabateans, a mysterious ancient Arabian society that founded an independent kingdom with its capital here. The world-famous ruins still yield new discoveries, such as the massive, mysterious structure found near its center in 2016, which scientists spotted using Google Earth, satellite imagery and drones.

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Current Location: Israel (Galilee)

Recent excavations of Roman-era ruins at this site located at the delta of the River Jordan, on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee, suggest it may be the ancient Jewish fishing village of Bethsaida, later the Roman city of Julias. Frequently mentioned in the Gospels as the birthplace of three of Jesus’ apostles—Peter, Andrew and Philip—the village also saw Jesus himself perform several memorable miracles. Though another group of scholars claims et-Tell, on the Jordan River’s east bank, is actually Bethsaida, archaeologists at el-Araj argue that the site’s location makes it the strongest candidate for the biblical fishing village.

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Sidon (Saida)

Current Location: Lebanon

 Along with nearby Tyre, this ancient port city (locally known as Saida) was important in both the Old and New Testaments for its association with the Canaanites, the ancient inhabitants of land west of the River Jordan in modern-day Israel, Palestine, Lebanon, Syria and Jordan. When Jesus visited the region, according to the New Testament, many came out to hear him preach. The city is home to the Temple of Eshmun (the Phoenician god of healing), a site of great archaeological importance; it suffered extensive damage in the Lebanese civil war, but has been partially restored.

What 3 Things Did Abraham Forsake?

October 22, 2019 hepsibahgarden


Before success/victory is achieved, there is a test that needs to be taken. James 1:12. Be it in our daily lives or our walk with God, whenever there is a trial, there is either a victory or defeat 🙂

We see victory in the life of Abraham our patriarch — The Father of Believers. How? Genesis 22:1-18 narrates how Abraham obeyed God’s commandment implicitly and thereby was blessed. God was actually testing Abraham to see if he really loved God more than his own son; and therefore he was asked to take his only son Issac (whom he got after 25 years of promise) to Mount Moriah and offer him as a sacrifice. A human sacrifice?? No not at all!! God the Father, creator of all flesh, ofcourse doesn’t want this type of sacrifice. But in Abraham’s case, God was trying him to see whether he loved God more or his son!On his way to Mt. Moriah, Abraham did mainly 2 important things:

1. He forsook 3,

  • His wife Sarah
  • His donkey
  • His servants/young men

2. Took 4 along with him

  • Issac
  • Wood
  • Knife
  • Fire


(i) Sarah — To be honest, Abraham did not even give the slightest hint to his wife about what he was upto😂 Rather on that day, he got up early in the morning, saddled his donkey and the things required for sacrifice, took the 2 young men and his son Issac and left quietly. For sure, had Sarah known his plan she would’ve created a huge ruckus. Here, Sarah represents unbelief. Hence, in our lives as well, in order to be blessed by God, we should come with faith to His presence and put aside every doubt and unbelief.

(ii) He left his donkey. This refers to a life of doing our own will. Job 39:7 clearly explains the nature of a donkey – He scorneth the multitude of the city, neither regardeth he the crying of the driver. In the fellowship that God has placed us, we must obey the leaders given to lead us. Thus by being under subjection to God’s will and offering up to live our own way, we can please God and be blessed by Him.

(iii) He left his young men. The young men refers to slaves/servants (of sin). Genesis 21:9,10. The son of the bond woman cannot live with the son of the free woman. Galatians 4:28-30. Bond woman refers to the body and Free woman refers to the Spirit. The flesh deceives and makes us wicked. But the Spirit sets us free from every bondage.

Often, after being blessed by God with a good education, a good job, life partner, family, kids etc, we begin loving the blessing more than the One who blessed us with them 😀 But!! Abraham truly loved God more than all his blessings. He proved his loyalty and obedience to God by being ready to give up his own son. May God help us.

Be blessed 💕

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4 Things Abraham Took Along!

October 23, 2019 hepsibahgarden


Hey everyone👋🏻! Cheers and blessings!! 😇🌸

Okay, I’ll begin my post by asking you a very simple question — When someone helps you with something, who would you rather be grateful for? The help or the helper?😊 Well, if you were to ask me I would say, I’ll rather be grateful to the person who helped me than with the help itself.

What I am hinting at is, very often we are quick to forget the God who helped us during our need/trouble and keenly focus on how we came out of that situation. Nevertheless our forefather Abraham’s story was something else altogether. We know he and his wife were childless, until God promised of blessing him with a son. Now, even for that promised to be fulfilled it took Abraham 25 long years. Romans 4:20 says, inspite of the length of years, he did not stagger at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith giving glory to God.

After Isaac was born and had grown up into a young lad, God again put a test before Abraham — to see if he still loved God, as in all those waiting years, or if he loved his boy more than God! Abraham proved to God through his implicit obedience that he still loved God like in the days of old. Before going to sacrifice his son, Abraham forsook 3 things on the way. Yet, he also took 4 things along with him for the sacrifice.


  • Isaac
  • Wood
  • Knife
  • Fire

(i) Isaac – represents meekness/the act of committing oneself into God’s Presence. 📝: On the way to the sacrifice, Issac kept asking his dad about the object of sacrifice ; to which his dad replied – Jehovah-Jireh (The Lord will provide). Later on at the venue, when his dad tied up his hands and feet and laid him upon the altar; Isaac very well understood who was going to be the object of sacrifice.

Yet, he did not run away nor get angry at his dad, but laid still calmly. He let his dad have his way with him. Hence, in all of this we understand that by offering ourselves into God’s hands, He won’t put us in danger but rather glorify Himself through our lives.

(ii) Wood — Worshipping and serving God through the substances He has given us and also surrendering ourselves to His presence. God loves a cheerful giver; so our sacrifice should come from the heart.

(iii) Knife — refers to the Word of God which is sharper than any two-edged sword. Hebrews 4:12. We must be doers of the Word and not hearers only and also examine our state according to God’s Word.

(iv) Fire — Refers to the anointing of the Holy Spirit. God is pleased with a sacrifice when it has been burnt by fire. In the New Testament, we are the living sacrifice and when the anointing of the Holy Spirit descends on us, God will be pleased in us. Romans 15:15,16.

May God help us to take all four of these within us to be an offering acceptable to Him.

Be blessed💕

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Blessed In Spite Of Sin

Jan 27, 2017


Vs 2-3 – “And Abraham said of Sarah his wife, She is my sister: and Abimelech king of Gerar sent, and took Sarah.  But God came to Abimelech in a dream by night, and said to him, Behold, thou art but a dead man, for the woman which thou hast taken; for she isa man’s wife.”

Vs 14-15 – “And Abimelech took sheep, and oxen, and menservants, and womenservants, and gave them unto Abraham, and restored him Sarah his wife.  And Abimelech said, Behold, my land is before thee: dwell where it pleaseth thee.”

What a wonderful display of God’s grace and mercy shown to us… To be blessed IN SPITE OF our sins. (Please notice I did not say blessed BECAUSE we have sinned)

Folks, in this account of Abraham, Sarah and Abimelech, we read of Abraham’s clear, obvious deception of Abimelech.  And, yet, we then read of God’s wondrous blessings to Abraham at the end of our chapter.  How can this be?

It is important for us all to understand that God never blesses us because we have sinned in His sight.  Sin is hated by God. Period.  Sin is always an act of rebellious, faithlessness towards our Lord for which there is never an excuse or justification.

In Abraham’s case, he should have trusted the Lord with Sarah and his future safety.  He should have told the truth to Abimelech about his relationship with her.  Instead he chose to lie and in doing so, displayed a lack of faith in his Lord and sinned against Him.  (By the way, although they were half brother and sister – Gen 20:12, the words Abraham spoke was still a lie because they were spoken with an intent to deceive Abimelech.)   However, at the end of our account, we find Abraham and Sarah blessed by God though Abimelech’s gifts.

So how do we explain this?  How can a God who hates sin, use the entire situation to bring physical blessings upon those who have sinned?  Before we begin to examine this, let me ask each one of us a few simple questions to drive home a very important point…

Have we turned from our sins to Christ as our Savior and Lord?  If so, have we ever sinned following our salvation experience?   Did He then leave us to never bless us again?  Or, do we see His gracious, loving hand continuing to be in our life IN SPITE OF our sin?

When the Lord blesses us in spite of our sin, He is giving us one of the greatest possible displays of His love, patience, mercy, and grace.

Folks, this is both the answer to our question and the lesson we should take away from this chapter… Just as the Lord was merciful, patient, kind, and loving to Abraham and Sarah, so too, He is with us on a daily basis.  In spite of our daily sins and failures, He remains with us.  In spite of our times of rebellion and lack of faith, He quietly, patiently waits as He intervenes and continues to bless us in the midst of it all.

This is the wondrous God that we serve.  May we take time to praise Him for His patient mercies towards us and remember throughout our day all the many graces He shows us in spite of our many daily sins.

Psa 103:8-13

“The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.  He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever.  He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.   For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.  As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.  Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him.”

How Road Trips Teach Me to Trust Jesus

As I approach this season of pilgrimage, Scripture offers me a theology of travel.

How Road Trips Teach Me to Trust Jesus

My husband, Daryl, experiences more wanderlust than I do. He grew up in Southern California, traveling across the valley for high school basketball games, taking class field trips up the coastline, and loading up the church van for missions to Tijuana. On our family Sabbath, it’s Daryl who takes us out on the roads of Orange County. When I ask where we’re headed, he smiles and nearly always says, “I’m not sure. Let’s just have an adventure.”

In particular, our trips to visit extended family bring out the differences in our travel methods. I plan ahead while Daryl enjoys serendipity; I prepare for every eventuality while he prefers to throw a few diapers and a bag of tortilla chips in the car and hope for the best. But since my husband’s side of the family lives in Los Angeles—a thriving metropolis with all manner of convenience stores and restaurants—I’m learning to hang loose on these local treks.

As these drives to LA become more common, God is faithfully teaching me that my rigid, planned-up-to-the-minute travel method isn’t always the best one. In fact, the biblical model for following Jesus is much more Spirit-led than plotted in advance. It isn’t that preparation isn’t necessary or helpful, it’s that openness to the Spirit of God is more important still. “The wind blows where it wills,” Jesus tells Nicodemus in John’s gospel.

Paul’s journeys were continually interrupted by storms, bandits, imprisonments, and mobs, and once, when he made it all the way to the outskirts of the province of Asia, the Spirit of God turned him away at the last minute. Perhaps that’s why when God speaks to individuals in Scripture, his first call is often for them to step out in faith, to follow a new and previously unsought path. Much of the time God doesn’t even give the destination. The command is simple (and, if you’re a homebody like me, perhaps a little unsettling): “Go,” he says. “Go.”

God uses this word with Abraham, Moses, and Elijah. “Go,” he says to Jonah. Simeon is “moved by the Spirit” to go to the temple, where he welcomes and blesses the infant Jesus. “Get up,” an angel says to Joseph in a dream, warning him to flee from King Herod’s murderous rage and go to Egypt.

As pilgrim people, we, too, are called to travel with our eyes open to the work of the Lord in the world around us. As N. T. Wright puts it, “A pilgrim is someone who goes on a journey in the hope of encountering God or meeting him in a new way.” Whether we fly across the country or simply drive an hour to visit a friend, travel provides us with a unique opportunity to experience God anew by approaching our journey not just as travelers but pilgrims—people on the lookout for God at work and opportunities to join him.

Jesus was the ultimate pilgrim, after all, leaving his heavenly climes to not only visit with but live among humanity. He faced all the usual obstacles to comfort that plague us when we travel—difficulty in finding food and shelter, misreading the vibe of a particular place, and having to rely on the hospitality and grace of strangers, family, and friends. “Foxes have dens,” Jesus said, “and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.”

Jesus leans into this discomfort, telling his disciples to “take nothing for the journey.” He invites us to do likewise. (Though, to be fair, none of the disciples was toting a two-year-old. Surely then even Jesus would have advised bringing an extra snack or two.) Away from our usual environment, at the mercy of the road or the airlines or the weather or the host home, we are given the opportunity to see the world with new eyes: to receive welcome, to develop compassion, to grow in faith and trust that God will care for us throughout the journey and see us safely home at its end.

In my upcoming summer travels, I want to practice Christlike pilgrimage, watching for God as our family journeys, looking for opportunities to love those in my path with the love of Christ, and doing my best to accept discomfort and even disaster as means of discipleship and grace.

I also need to seek ways to slow down and listen—something that doesn’t come naturally to me. One of the lessons God offers to us in travel is to find peace amid the storm, to leave behind the intensity of our work lives and schedules and family pandemonium and settle into the quieter days of travel. As Carlo Carretto puts it, “That is the truth we must learn through faith: to wait on God. And this attitude of mind is not easy. This ‘waiting,’ this ‘not making plans,’ this ‘searching the heavens,’ this ‘being silent’ is one of the most important things we have to learn.”

This insight comes home to me every time I visit my parents in the northern woods of Wisconsin, where I’m cut off from the busyness of my normal life. My parents’ internet is spotty; my cellphone works only intermittently; the last time I heard a siren of any kind was at the town Fourth of July parade half a decade ago.

Back home, Daryl and I often fall asleep watching The West Wing or The Office in an effort to still our ping-ponging thoughts. Here, however, any digital streaming takes literal hours to download, so we simply don’t. At night we open the windows to hear the oak and maple leaves blow in the wind, falling asleep with books on our chests. When we spend these days in the quiet of the northern forests, it’s as if Jesus stands at the helm of our proverbial boats during the storm of the usual daily grind—ministry, school, appointments, errands, household chores—and says, “Peace. Be still.”

In these pilgrimage moments, I’m ever so slowly learning to listen. I’m learning, too, that the journey, provision, and destination all belong to God.

Courtney Ellis is a pastor and speaker and the author, most recently, of Almost Holy Mama: Life-Giving Spiritual Practices for Weary Parents (June 2019, Rose Publishing). She lives in Southern California with her husband, Daryl, and their three kids. Find her on TwitterFacebook, or her blog.

This essay was adapted from Almost Holy Mama by Courtney Ellis. Copyright (c) 2019 by Courtney Ellis. Published by Rose Publishing, Peabody, MA.


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