From the Editor ...
by Tim Greenwood
Were Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Moses Jews?
vast majority of people believe that this is true and educated Jewish
people will tell you that this is true. But does that actually make it
true? The primary confusion here is the confusion between Judaism, the
religion, and the descendants of Judah.
Abraham was the father of Isaac. Isaac was the father of Jacob, who was
later called Israel. Jacob or Israel had twelve sons: Reuben, Simeon,
Levi, Judah, Dan, Naphtali, Gad, Asher, Issachar, Zebulun, Joseph and
Benjamin. Each of these sons of Jacob, with the exception of Joseph,
had families which grew large enough to become tribes.
One of these tribes was the tribe of Judah who came to be referred to
as Jews, just as the Levites were named after his brother Levi.
King David descended from the tribe of Judah and therefore was a Jew.
Jesus actually descended from both Levi and Judah through Mary's
parents. Not that it matters, but I descended from Judah. According to
my genealogy, he is my 84th Great Grandfather on my father's side.
Abraham, Isaac and Jacob spoke the Hebraic language and therefore were
considered Hebrews, but they all predated Judah and therefore were not
And Moses, to whom God gave the tablets of the law, descended from
Levi, Judah's older brother, and therefore was not a Jew or descendant
of Judah. Now, almost from the moment that Moses came down from the
mountain, all of these tribes of Israel, recognized all the laws and
statutes God gave to Moses as a religion, which came to be called
Just about anyone, of any race, can convert to Judaism, the religion,
and call himself a Jew or Jewish, but only a descendant of Jacob's son
Judah can be a Jew by blood. In short, every Jew is an Israelite, but
not all Israelites are Jews.
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by Nancy Smith
on over! Those are three words that people generally like to hear,
since they often precede some pleasant activity with friends and
Winter, with its chill and gloomy days, has been found by
science to be the bringer of SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder), a mood
disorder in which people who have normal mental health throughout most
of the year experience depressive smptoms in the winter. This
psychological disorder has several treatments, one of which is light
therapies with bright lights, encouraging the body and psyche to "cheer
up" or "lighten up".
A winter climate is harder for many of us - we don't like the gloomy
days, we don't like the cold, we don't enjoy being inside, or the
isolation that can accompany less favorable weather. To further
complicate matters, considering the state of the economic climate, even
more people are becoming depressed for more reasons, to the point of
being constantly fearful and stressed. Perhaps they become so stressed
that they fall ill physically or mentally.
Fear, frustration and worry are formidable enemies to a person -
spirit, soul and body. Those who are part of a family fare better when
trouble strikes - there are two or more to share the load. Eccl. 4:
9-12 tells us of the joy of being part of a family unit - even if the
unit consists only of husband & wife. They help each other, and
each supports the other at all times, ideally. And "if one prevail
against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not
Perhaps you are alone as you read this. Maybe you have serious
challenges facing you, at home, on the job, or even the lack of a job.
Maybe you're in a situation where you are facing the loss of a home. Or
you may be in a new town, and don't know anyone - yet. Just getting
through the day is an overwhelming task. There is good news. You don't
have to remain in that state, trying to make everything work all on
The good news is this - Someone very special is seeking you to be a
part of His family. That family is full of peace and health, freedom
and prosperity in every aspect of human life. The "Someone" is Jesus
Christ, the Anointed One, the King and He's been seeking you, asking
you to "C'mon over" and be part of His family, His called-out ones. He
does joyfully invite you but He won't force you to come.
I urge you to make the first step toward life abundant and everlasting.
Begin seeking a church that preaches the uncompromised Word of God - a
place where fear, worry, lack, sadness and illness have no place. They
are given no place, and in the mighty name of Jesus are broken - driven
from the glorious presence of God. Jehovah God invites you to c'mon
over to His house and enjoy the company of people who know salvation,
liberty, restoration and divine health. They will gladly share what
they know (and Who they know) with you. You will still experience
challenges, but you will have a family and a wise "elder brother" to
help bear the burdens.
The Lord Jesus came that we might have life and have it more abundantly
(John 10:10). Do you want that? Then accept His simple invitation -
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