English Audio Bible with Hebrew Name of God

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Free! Audio Bible resource for you from Gleaning The Scriptures.  It’s a lot like the other Bibles you have heard and read except this one is using Our Savior’s real Hebrew name.

 

Unedited Audio KJV

There are plenty of audio versions of the KJV of Scripture out there.  This version is still being compiled, and you can tune in to watch it grow!  Also, the readers voice is soft and low, making this resource perfect as an atmosphere maker while you go about daily life.

KJV playlist starting with Ruth

Edited Audio Bible

This next resource we are making available to you is edited. This resource also is under construction, but this one has options: Chapter by chapter, or full books at a time.  This resource is a combination of The ESV, NKJ, KJV, AMP, NASB and a few others.  The reader has taken hold of what God has taught him and uses the best verse in each situation, plus this version has God’s sacred name as well.

Chapter by chapter

Full Books

These audio versions are geared towards those Christians who have been striving in the truth, found obedience to be key and are getting closer to Our Savior day by day through studying His hebrew culture, gleaning from Hebrew Roots, Messainic Jews, Messainic believers, The Torah, and Yaweh Himself.  Enjoy, tell your friends, and like the videos, subscribe to the Gleaning The Scriptures youtube channel.  You’ll be glad you did.

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A Fresh Perspective

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A fresh perspective on the book of James.  Now these are not cold hard facts.  They are probabilities based on lots of research.  Not my research, but others’ research.

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There are a few James’ that this book could have been authored by, but the evidence supports that it was most likely written by James, the brother of Jesus.  That’s right, the “brother” of Jesus,  As in they shared a parent and were raised by the same parents.  Jesus had many brothers and sisters, as told by Mark 6: 3 <Is not this The Carpenter, The Son of Mary, The Brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not His sisters here with us? And they were offended at Him.>

If it was written by James, the brother of Jesus it means that the author of this letter was also the head of The Counsel at Jerusalem.  This may seem like a small side note,  however this information ties the meaning of the book together.  He, as head of the Counsel at Jeruselem,  acted as head of the church (not the Roman or Jewish church, but the church Christ formed for His purposes) at Jerusalem.

Why is this important?  Because after Stephen was martyred the church at Jeruselem was scattered.  That being said, what was written has not only carried weight through history because of it’s infallible truth and Holy Spirit’s breath but, it also was written to encourage the people of the scattered church.  His people had to run and hide and were most likely treated poorly by most people wherever they went.  As Leviticus reads <I am strangers and sojourners with you>.  God is a foreigner here on earth remember? (The Lord Flees in His Own Land)

James 1:1 reads <James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes in the dispersion: greetings.>  The 1st chapter then goes on to encourage a people who were once united.  His message to them was that even though they were on the run, separated from their daily routines and comforts, foreigners to new towns and new people, James wanted to ensure they held fast to The Lord, understood that He chastens His people because He loves them, and to never let any form of trial to cause them to stray or doubt their faith in Jesus.

On the youtube, there are a few audio versions of The Book of James.  Hearing His message, knowing the situation God had put James in when writing his letter to the 12 tribes scattered, is just fun and encouraging.  Click the link below and listen with your fresh perspective. James Audio

 

 

Faith is Similar To . . .

Have you had a recent “Faith is Like Moment?” What is a “Faith is Like Moment?” Hear a “Faith is Like” moment I had:

Faith is like walking a dog through the suburbs without a leash.

How is faith like walking a dog leashless?  Have you ever had a good Dad, or a good boss? When they have to chasten us they end up looking like a virulent and unloving leader, when in fact the good boss or dad is a fantastic and loving leader, who was just circumstantially made to look bad.   It seems that the unfaithful have a view of God that paints Him as being angry and abusive.  Truth is, He is… towards our bad qualities.

When I was walking my dog leash-less a while ago, we were in a hurry and had to keep a good canter to accomplish a goal. Every time we got close to an intersection and my dog was not near to me I had to put on my “man voice” and sternly warn him to catch up so we could cross the intersection together instead of my dog crossing an intersection alone, chasing me, after tearing himself from whatever corner he was sniffing.  I did not want him chasing me down and running across an intersection by himself, but because he is an obedient pup he gets to go on walks with the freedom of no leash.

There was a person about half a block behind me, walking at my pace.  To the person following me I maybe sounded like an angry, aggressive and unloving dog owner.  He probably thought things like “He should have that pup on a leash”  and “Listen to the way he yells at his dog!”  and “That guy deserves to be tarred and feathered, he has no business in decent society.”  Ok, maybe those were not his exact thoughts, could be that I was being paranoid.  Nevertheless.

When my dog came near to me after I called him I would praise him, quietly.  Why quietly? My dog was was right there next to me. The person pacing me did not ever hear the praise. No need to yell a praise, it would have been weird and might have even scared my dog.  If he was 30 yards away and caught a frisbee, then I would yell a praise.

Yeshua is my owner and I am His leash-less dog.  I care that people see My Father as unloving but I know He loves me and when they are ready to love Him, they will see that He is in fact loving me too. Because I experience both sides of a relationship with The Creator, I know this.  He keeps me on the right path using both chastening and praising.

 


 

If you can tell us what your “Faith is Like Moment” is, describing it in a few sentences, that would be appreciated!  Thanks for visiting.

Be patient, you will have it and when it happens, post your “Faith is Like” moment in the comments on this article.  This post isn’t going anywhere and we cannot wait to hear about your “Faith is Like Moment!”  This article will be here and waiting for you.  Do not worry no one here is going to judge you, as a “Faith is Like Moment” is equivocal.


Prairie Girl’s “Faith is Like Moment”

To me, faith is like watching a person performing an amazing derring-do, like walking a tightrope, only to have the camera pan out to see that they’re actually only a foot off the ground and were safe all along.

As I grow in learning what it means that God has covered all the things I thought it was my job to worry about, I find I can embark on hopes and dreams without the fears that use to hold me back. I’m safe to be me in the world, and it turns out I was always safe.


Belle Unruh

Faith is like knowing my husband will always come home to me every day. It never occurs to me that he won’t.


Wisdom Drops

To me, faith is like “knowing that something is going to happen or get done and l really do not know how it is going to happen; l am just waiting on it to happen any day, at any time; more less like take me by surprise because l know it is going to happen, but l just do not know when.”


 Nancy Ruegg

Each of these faith analogies above offer insight into its mystic qualities. I cannot do better than Martin Luther King, Jr: “Faith is like taking the first step even if you don’t see the whole staircase.”


 

Jessica May Moore

Faith is like being blind all of your life. Suddenly the veil falls from your eyes and you are amazed at what you see.

Faith is like you were deaf all of your life and God opens your ears to His voice and you are amazed at all the things He has to say to you.

Faith is like you can not smell all of your life and suddenly you smell lilacs.

Faith is like you can’t feel a thing all of your life and suddenly He touches you and from that moment on you are never the same.


 Deb

Faith is like jumping into a swimming pool for the first time each summer. I see others in there having fun. I stick my toe in the water and it feels too cold. Someone yells to me, “It’ll be fine once you jump in.” I always hesitate and struggle, then I just jump and it turns out to be great!


Faith is walking through any door in Alice and Wonderland fearlessly (unlike Alice) because God is your Heavenly Father and is bigger than anything on the other side of the door and loves me very much. 🙂❤


 

myliron

Faith is trusting God in your circumstances whatever it may be knowing that his plans are always good for you. Believing in the unseen!

 


 

YedidiYah

Faith is like taking a breath – the air we breathe provides us with life, we cannot see it (except for exhaling on a cold day), but we are completely reliant on it to survive. When breath stops so does life. Faith is remarkably similar – it is the life-blood of your spiritual life and existence, it cannot be seen but the fruits can be witnessed, and when it is lost death almost certainly follows it.

 

 

These “Faith is like” moments were in the comments and were transferred into the post.  I encourage you to click on the links next to their pictures to visit their blogs and learn more about Him through them.

The Language Jesus Lived in, Spoke and Teaches With

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Have you ever been interested in learning a new language?  Did you know that God has told the world that His children will speak in tongues?  Would you like to learn a new tongue?

Learning a new tongue all starts with the alphabet.  Do you know where the alphabet got it’s name?  From the Hebrew language, that’s where. Mhmm, the origin of the word alphabet is nestled right in the Hebrew alphabet.  Alef is the first letter in Hebrew, and Beit (pronounced “Bet”) is the second.  That is why their languages alphabet is called the ” Alef Beit.”  Pretty neat.  See, you are already learning.

The Hebrew language is very complicated, and unlike English and many other languages, every letter has it’s own number value and it’s very own meaning.  Take the letter Fey (pronounced “fay”) for instance. Fey is the seventeenth letter in the Alef Bet, It’s Gamatria value is 80, and it means “mouth”.  With Fey meaning mouth it can also easily inference things like vocalization, speech, greetings and more.

In Hebrew, scholars use the letters that make up a word to understand the deepest definitions of a word by picking through each letter individually and putting those meanings together like a puzzle. Image result for hebrew alef bet

Jesus made scripture originally in Hebrew and the New Testament scriptures, although many are known to be in Greek, were written solely by Hebrews.

You will find a lesson plan just a bit down the page.  This list is still being compiled, but what is available so far will be in blue for you to click on and watch.  I suggest getting yourself a notebook and flashcards.  That’s how many people learn.  I suggest writing what you want to remember a few times before bed for a few days in a row, study the flash cards a few times a day, and then forget about it for a month or two and do something else.  If you come back to your studies, do the same thing.  After three cycles of this you will be very familiar with what you have studied and it will have taken only a total of a few hours.  Plus, most of these videos are  about 15 minutes long.

Freely I have been given so freely I give.  That is why you are getting free Hebrew lessons today.

Hebrew Lesson 1  (The Lessons in blue are made, The lessons not yet in blue are still in process)

1.0 Consonents (Introduction)

1.1 Sofits

1.2 Cursive

1.3 Similar Letters and Dagesh Marks

Hebrew Lesson 2

2.0 Vowels

2.1 Memorizing Your Hebrew Letters Part 1

2.2 Memorizing Your Hebrew Letters Part 2

2.3 Memorizing Your Hebrew Letters Part 3

2.4 The Vav and Other Letters Like The Vav

Hebrew Lesson 3

3.0 Sounding Out Words

3.1 5 Hebrew Words to Memorize

3.2 Conjugation of Words

3.3 5 More Hebrew Words to Memorize

Hebrew Lesson 4

4.0 Gematria

4.1 A Good Prayer in Hebrew

4.2 Pictographs

Hebrew Lesson 5

5.0 Pictographs Part 1

5.1 Pictograghs Part 2

5.2 Pictographs Part 3

A Fantastic Investment Tool

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Remember the story about the rich man who left town for a while and left his three servants in charge while he was gone?  One man he gave many talents to, another he gave a few talents to and the last he gave only one talent to.

That’s right, it’s all coming back to us now: The two men whom he gave the greater talents to did well, investing their talents and bringing them back to their master with interest.  The master was in his lofty position for a reason, eh?  He knew who would do well and gave a chance to the one who would choke.   The last man who was given a chance, did choke indeed.  When the master returned he gave his master one dirty talent, and the master sent him away after scolding him for doing nothing with the talent put in his irresponsible hands.

When Yeshua told us all about this parable was He telling us to invest wisely?  Yes, He was.  But the message goes much deeper than that for those who are willing.  He was talking about our talents and what we invest our talents in. Be willing to invest in your future.

Does being a man who is wealthy in the eyes of Adonai mean we need to live homeless, destitute, poor?

No it does not, but The Bible seems that way when read from the standpoint of fear. Let me help you see this from the perspective of a child of God. There were four men in the Bible who were very powerful, and three of them were undoubtedly rich while one of them was questionably rich.  All four of these men are touted as being patriarch’s and people whose lives we can trust to mentor us in our relationship to The King of Kings. Moses, David, Abraham, and Job.

All the rest of the men in The Bible who are known as being real men of God lived either marginally middle class lives or just plain poor as dirt (for the most part).  Our brains tend to jump to fearing destitution when it comes to living to please His Grace, but it does not have to be that way.

If you want to be folks who are responsible for much and folks who do well with much, here is one tool that might help you along the way: The Robinhood Investment App.  It is a free stock trading interface.  While trading stocks is inherently risky, investing in a broad array of performing stocks, and noticing that over long periods of time the overall health of the market tends upward, it is a good idea to invest wisely.  Robinhood is a well known stock trading interface and has good reviews from Forbes Magazine and throngs of other trusted financial advisors.  Plus, the interface does not cost anything to sign up while trades are free as well.

I am not telling you to use Robinhood, or that Robinhood is right for you. What works for some people does not always work for others.  Robinhood’s goal is to get more people from the younger generation who aren’t stock savvy investing.  How do they do this?  By not charging any fees to invest.  How do they make money?  Aside from charging for the upgraded version of the app, they make money the same way a financial institution such as a bank does:  By lending out money with interest.  That means you  will be helping Robinhood, helping yourself, andvery well might be being a good steward with the money your King and Savior is putting in your responsible hands.

If you are interested in signing up for Robinhood it is easy.  Click this link share.robinhood.com/tomg84 , it will take you to their website. Give them your email address, make a password and answer the few questions they ask.  If you use the link provided here you will also get a free stock in a company.  I also will get a free stock.  If you aren’t yet ready to invest, it is not a bad idea to sign up, get your stock, and sit on the membership while you do some more research.  Give it a try and, remember, you are His steward.  With Him all things are possible.

 

II Time Out

Hey all.  I appreciate all the support I have received over the years from my readers.  Gleaning The Scriptures is put together thanks to just one guy, Thomas J. Griffin.  My apologies for any typ0s, mispellings, or punctuation mistakes  The fall is a very busy time of year for me.  The nature of my business causes things to spike during the fall and then fall backinto normality around the middle to end of November.

Please forgive me for putting a “Time Out” on the blog.  It should be back to two articles a month in a few weeks, and hopefully at least 1 video sermon per week.  Until then thanks for watching and reading and above all things be obedient to Our Father, Creator and Keeper of All Things.  He asks us to do things that are fun, good for us.

Being God’s Hands, His Eyes, His Ears

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<After the earthquake a fire, but The Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a sound of a gentle wind.  When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood in the entrance of the cave. And behold, a voice came to him and said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”> 1 Kings 19: 12-13

We have all had a good boss or a good dad.  When that person walks by our office or near us while we are in the middle of a task they may sometimes ask ” Hey, partner, what are you doing?”  They will say this in a slighlty condesending tone or even better, an accusatory tone as if they have caught us “in the act.”

Who knows, in the case of Elijah, if God used an accusatory tone.  I would bet that He did.  Here is why:  Because God was aware that Elijah’s whole mind, whole soul, whole heart and all his strength had been focused on doing God’s work for quite sometime.  Did Elijah slump his shoulders, start stammering and complaining while darting his eyes back and forth looking for an exit?  He did not.  Elijah stood firm right where he was, not because he thought he was better than God, or because he did not recognize God’s authority but because Elijah was confident that his works had been exactly what God had led him to do.  This idea is the essence of James ch. 3.  Elijah made no excuses, because he could not have been working harder for God than he already was.  He did not have to make excuses.  When God told Him to do something, he did it.  Elijah lived this way for years.

Elijah, just like any other man could have ran away from God when He asked him for help.  “Elijah, I need you.”  Elijah could have answered by going to the local pub and putting back a few with his friends, or running around town asking his neighbors if they needed help farming.  You see, if Elijah had gone his own way, when God came to Elijah and asked Him “Elijah, what are you doing?” Elijah would have been looking for a rock to hide under.  There is something about being in the presence of an authority figure that tends to eradicate our excuses, leaving us with the reality of our choices.

The reality is that faith without works is actually not considered faith in the eyes of God.  That means that if you go to church multiple times a week, feed homeless people, read your Bible so you know a few verses just in case you have to prove yourself to your church friends, pray over people (who get healed) and give away money to those in need but you do not answer when God calls you, you are not faithful, you are not righteous, you are not holy.

I love you, reader, enough to risk our relationship to tell you the truth.  There will be a day when God will test you.  He will look at you with accusing eyes and ask “What are you doing?”  If you have been going your own way, you will not feel comfortable at all, in fact you will want to run away far and fast to escape the draconian punishment you have been storing up for yourself.  If you are angry or uncomfortable right now, then when you are in front of God it will not go well for you.  I’m just His messenger, imagine how bad you’ll feel being in front of The Creator Himself.

My hope, child of The King, is that when God looks at you and asks “What are you doing?”  You will be able to look back at the last few decades and recollect monuments in your life where you allowed God to take the helm, and you were obedient when He asked you to do hard things.  That you were thankful when “bad” things happened to you as a repercussion of your obedience to Him.  If you have been doing these things, at this moment you are not angry, or afraid, but you are encouraged and rejoicing for the work God has been doing through you.

Let me ask you another hard question: Have you been taking little snippets of scripture, like “man is not saved by works” and standing on that as an excuse to deliver God nothing when He says “I need you, loved one?”

How is it that man cannot be saved by works, yet we still need to work for God?  The answer is in the definition of vanity.  Vanity is the act of working towards a goal that does not exist, or will amount to nothing.  The truth is if a work seems good but is not from God then it is simply merit.  And we are not Buddhists, we stand on Christ, not on our own works. When an ambassador of America comes to another countries leader, the ambassador stands on his leaders and that ambassadors works becomes that of their leaders.

When Elijah heard God and came to Him, he could have turned and ran from Him, but did not because of the works Elijah was doing.  Those works came from God, but if Elijah had chosen not to do God’s works, and instead the works that cannot save, Elijah would have turned from God when He asked Him in an accusatory tone “Elijah, what are you doing?”

In James, God asks <“What use is it, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but he has no works? Can that faith save him?”>

Lets look at <“but he has no works.”>

We are focusing on this because having “no works” from the perspective of the human is impossible:  If you are alive you have works.  We all know that.  What is the Bible saying then?  I will give you a hint.  It is in the greek form of the word no that is used here: The scripture from James uses one of two greek forms of the word “no.”  The other form is a very distinct and absolute no: “ov”.  While the form used in this scripture is a more light and casual no.

I assure you “man cannot be saved by works,” but must work in order to have the faith God tells us is so vital to our relationship with Him.

When Elijah stood before God, and He asked the man what he was doing, Elijah was able to stand firm and tell God exactly what He had been doing.  God knew Elijah would stand strongly in answering Him, and would be able to be encouraged through the situation.  Every man gets to stand before God every so often.  Do the work God is asking you to do.  You can do it, for He has the thought process and point of view you need that will help you accomplish the goals He has set for you.  You must surrender your life, the ultimate sacrifice, in order to receive the ultimate gift: The ability to stand before the most royal and holy being with confidence in your heart.

 

The Desert Pt. 2

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Last week we learned the point of The Israelite’s 40 years in the desert.  While wandering in the desert The Lord made it known to His children that in order to get to the goal, they had to put all their trust in Him and leave behind everything they were taught in previous years, no matter how powerful the circumstances that caused those previous “false lessons” to be learned.

One of the ways that Abba (The Lord) showed His children that He was trustworthy was through providing for their needs.  Through providing daily food for His children, Abba was both:

  1. Bringing the wandering Israelites to faith and strengthening those who already believed.
  2. Investing in His Sons future ministry.

 

Let us look closely at a conversation that The Lord had prepared His Son for, so many years ago.  This conversation is transcribed in John 6 starting at about verse 25:

  1. Jesus had just feed the 5,000 with bread and fishes (previous to v. 25).
  2. His followers went searching for Him, and when they found Him He told them: <“You seek me, not because you saw the miracles, but because you did eat of the loaves and were filled.”>
  3. When they heard this they asked The Master <“What shall we do that we might work the works of God?”>
  4. He answered them <“This is the work of God, that you believe on Him whom He hath sent.”>  He said this to prepare those listening for what He was about to say.
  5. This is where the crowd speaks an answer that sets Jesus up to tell his followers Who He truly is.  They ask, <“What sign will you show us then that we may see and believe thee?  Our Fathers ate mana in the desert, as it is written he gave them bread from heaven to eat.”>
  6. Jesus tells the people <“I am The Bread of Life“>

One of the final things Jesus said after revealing to His followers that He is “The Bread of Life” was a dividing sword that rooted out those who did not yet believe, leaving Him with a much smaller, but stronger group to help Him in His mission:

<“For I came down from heaven“>

 

  • You see, when the Israelites were being provided mana from heaven God was directly feeding them.  Usually the way they got fed was from God causing it to rain, and God sustaining the lives of the plants and clean animals until they were ready to be eaten (ie indirect).
  • When God provided Jesus to the people it was a living metaphor in that God was providing Himself directly to His people.  Usually the way God brought them a spiritual message was through a man or woman who would speak for God but that was not God (ie indirect).  

The scriptures that the people had been reading all their lives said in many different ways, and in many different events throughout their families history that at some point God would send them A Savior.  Most were not ready for that Savior to be God Himself.  How do we know this?  Because whenever He told people that He was God, people would get offended and upset, unless they had already began having a relationship with Him.  Those who were intimately involved in His works already recognized Him when He showed up; While others who just knew about Him or were very intellectually in tune with His scriptures, but not intimately involved in His work hated Him because they did not understand Him.

 

The Desert Pt. 1

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When The Israelite forefathers were in slavery, under the Egyptian’s rule, Yaweh was looking to release them from bondage.  Success.  Through Moses, the Israelites were manutmitted.  The Israelits had spent a long time subject to the cultural influence of Pharaoh and his religious, occultic system of living.  The pagan ways were woven into them pretty severely. The Israelites still remembered their God, Yaweh, but because of the Egyptian captivity the Israelites were heavily influenced by paganism and occultic ways and worship.

Physically, our Israelite forefathers were no longer enslaved.  Mentally, emotionally and spiritually though, there was still a lot of work to be done to bring them out of bondage.  God shows us that the battle against their spiritual bondage wasonly just beginning after the red sea crossing by causing them to wander in a small desert for 40 years.  Getingt them from point A to point B would have taken all of a few weeks at the most if they had walked straight there.

Reading the saga of The Israelite movement from Egyptian captivity, to wandering in the desert, and then on to promised land, a believer will find a slew of events where God challenged the belief system the Israelites had held, gave the people a chance to repent once He showed the Israelites their fault, and then destroyed those refusing to be of faith.  That order took place more than once in the history of our spiritual ancestors The Israelites.

Some people think that God’s wrath is not as existent as it use to be, if at all.  You see, just like with our Israelite forefathers, God’s wrath still does exist today, but God does not come right out and tell us that it is His wrath unless we are really looking for Him.

<God, Who at sundry times and in divers manners spoke unto the fathers by the prophets, but in these last days has spoken unto us by His Son.>  You see Jesus, being The Heir of All Things and The Creator of The Worlds has the power to speak to us today in many ways.  His wrath is poured out on America everyday through various diseases, family feud’s, acts of terrorism, natural disasters and mental illness.  It is hard to accept that God’s wrath is the awful things that happen around us because it forces us to admit that God is punishing us.  Admitting God is punishing us is admitting fault, and admitting fault is the first step to living in freedom.  Satan does not want you to live in freedom.

Answer God’s call, give Him your life, and watch the wrath slowly begin to be replaced with peace, long suffering, joy and wisdom.  Don’t be fooled into thinking that an alter call or giving your life to a church is going to save you.  That won’t work.  Man up and actually whole heartedly give Him your life.  All of it.

This Is A Beautiful Example of How Faith Can Lead Us

When the Israelites wanted a king, God chose Saul. A people called the Philistines were constantly oppressing Israel. One day Israel and the Philista gathered to wage war. But Israel had no weapons yet. Only the king and his son had swords. His son’s name was Jonathan. I find Jonathan to be a wonderful example […]

via Jonathan: A Man of Faith. — Who is God?