Tag Archives: yetzer ha’ra

The Cure (2)

Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean; remove the evil of your deeds from before my eyes; cease to do evil,  Isaiah 1:16  ESV Clean – God instructs His people to “wash” themselves.  He demands ritual purity and the submission that accompanies humility before Him.  We might think this is sufficient.  If we just worship the Lord… Read More »

Exercises for the Left Arm

“As for you, my son Solomon, know the God of your father, and serve Him with a whole heart and a willing mind; for the LORD searches all hearts, and understands every intent of the thoughts.  If you seek Him, He will let you find Him; but if you forsake Him, He will reject you… Read More »

At the End of the Day

and lovingkindness is Yours, O Lord, for You recompense a man according to his work.  Psalm 62:12  NASB Recompense – At what hour of the day were you hired?  Ah, you’re immediately transported to that parable about the graciousness of God.  You know; the one where the master hires workers at all hours of the… Read More »

Now More Than Ever

Do not hide your face from me in the day of my distress!  Incline your ear to me; Answer me speedily in the day when I call!  Psalm 102:2  ESV My distress – How often have you cried out to YHWH in this way?  You and I speak the same words that David spoke.  Life… Read More »

Once Too Often

July 29  Then she conceived again and gave birth to a daughter. And the Lord said to him, “Name her Lo-ruhamah, for I will no longer have compassion on the house of Israel, that I would ever forgive them.  Hosea 1:6  NASB Compassion – There is no doubt that Israel deserved God’s anger.  Israel sinned… Read More »

Why Don’t We See Sin For What It Is

1.  We are generally (perhaps deliberately) unaware of the giant chasm created by the smallest of sins and the demands of God because the Church has taught us that we are under grace and therefore the tiny sins don’t really matter.  They are simply errors in judgment.  If my greatest sins can be easily forgiven… Read More »

A Good Death

May it never be!  How shall we who have died to sin still live in it?  Romans 6:2  NASB Died – Let’s talk about death.  Not a pleasant topic, but an inevitable one.  In Greek thought, death (thanatos) is a natural process that happens to all living entities.  While there is a certain type of… Read More »

Inside Job

Yes, You will cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.  Micah 7:19  NASB Cast – This is the Hebrew word shalak.  It has several different senses, all associated with throwing down.  It can mean the physical act of throwing down something, casting aside something or, in an important sense, abandoning something.  Micah… Read More »

Yetzer Ha’ra

Before I left for Africa, there was a lot of discussion about the Jewish idea of the yetzer ha’ra and the difference between this concept and the Christian idea of sin and the sinful nature. I recorded three graduate lectures concerning this topic.  You can listen to them here. I hope you find them useful… Read More »

Reflections on Yetzer Ha’ra

Perhaps one of the most significant differences between Christian orthodoxy and Jewish rabbinic teaching concerns the idea of sin. These lectures and comments on the Talmudic view of the yetzer ha’ra are offered as a way to open the discussion for those who are concerned about this difference. Lecture 1. (To listen, hit the Play… Read More »