Pastor Phelan, Boats and the Bible;
Pastor Phelan "PJ" Jones has long been a fan of the Bible and boats. He has taught Torah, worked and studied archaeology and Ancient Middle Eastern history and culture, for over 20 years. He has worked on numerous projects in Israel with the Israeli Antiquities Authority, the Holy-Land university, the University of North Carolina and many others. Pastor "PJ's" unique approach presents the Bible from his trademark perspective of it's LANGUAGE, CULTURE and CONTEXT. This unique approach gets us back to the original meaning of the Scriptures, so that they can impact and empower our lives in the way that they were originally intended. Phelan is the pastor and founder of HaBiet,("Ha-by-it") Messianic Congregation in San Mateo Florida, near the St. John's River.
Boats in the Bible?
Boats are an example of how we have sometimes viewed the Bible somewhat out of context. We usually just think of the Bible characters somewhere out in an ancient Middle Eastern desert. But in the New Testament alone, we find boats mentioned a total of 71 times in 67 verses. Yeshua (Jesus) and His disciples are seen in, on and around boats on the Galilee constantly; yet it is rare that we think of them in this context. In Mark 4:1 and Luke 5:3, Yeshua is seen teaching the multitude from a boat. Since He is our Lord, and Master, we thought it would be a good idea if we followed His example and "sea" the Bible from a Torah observant Galilean perspective the way His disciples did.
Mark 4:1 "Again he began to teach beside the sea. And a very large crowd gathered about him, so that he got into a boat and sat in it on the sea, and the whole crowd was beside the sea on the land."
Luke 5:3 "And He entered into one of the boats, which was Simon's, and asked him to put out a little from the land. And he sat down and taught the multitudes out of the boat."
The culture and context of the Bible are critical for it's understanding. We hope to present teachings to you, in a fresh new way, using our trademark style of the "Language, Culture and Context" of the ancient Hebraic world. Our goal is that you may see new and deeper insights into the world of our Messiah Yeshua and grow even closer to Him.
Our mission is to challenge you to "get on-board" with our Messiah Yeshua as we study His Word from that original Galilean Hebraic perspective.
The Bible itself, is a unique collection of 66 books, written by over 40 authors on three continents over a period of over 1500 years, yet having a single consistent message and revelation of the one true God, YHVH. Nothing even comes close in comparison. Read it for yourself, and know the truth.
Joh 17:17 "Sanctify them through thy truth: thy Word is Truth."
Mat 14:33 " And those in the boat worshiped Him, saying, "Truly you are the Son of God."
It's time to get on board with Messiah Yeshua, the Torah made flesh!
Shalom and Welcome aboard!
Boats and the Believer;
Believers are made to be in the world, just like a boat is made to be in the water, but when the world/enemy gets inside the believer, it is just like water getting inside a boat; if enough of it gets in, you will sink. The solution is to bail it out with Yeshua's power and patch the leaks in our walk with the Torah,which is what we should live by, "every word which proceeded from the mouth of God"! (Mt. 4:4) That's the Torah!
(photo: On the St. John's with the new moon)