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The Shifting Sands Many Messianics Want to Build On

By Tim Hegg

Some years ago, when my daughters were much younger, I built a small “Play House” for them. It still stands in our backyard, and now has become the center of activity when our granddaughters come to “Papa’s house.” The nicer summer weather prompted us to clean it up a bit, and I noticed that the floor was uneven. Upon further investigation, I realized that one of the side gutters had be removed, and that as a result, a large pool of water from the winter rains had cause the pier blocks on one side of the house to sink. Our little “Play House” is going the way of the “house built upon the sand” in the parable of Yeshua. Fortunately, it won’t take much work to put it back on the plumb and make sure the foundations are well secured again. Of course, I’ll need to fix that gutter or the same problem will occur again.

When Yeshua gave His parable of the wise man who built his house on the rock and the foolish man who built his house on the sand (Matt 7:24–27; Luke 6:47–49), He began like this: “Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man….” The words to which He refers are those commonly called “The Sermon on the Mount.” Many interpretations have been offered for Yeshua’s parable, but all agree that primarily the issue He is emphasizing is living one’s life according to God’s wisdom. It is clear that a wise man not only recognizes that today’s actions impact tomorrow’s consequences, but knowing this to be the case, he does what is right today in order to be ready for tomorrow.

 

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Tim Hegg

President / Instructor

Tim graduated from Cedarville University in 1973 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music and Bible, with a minor in Philosophy. He entered Northwest Baptist Seminary (Tacoma, WA) in 1973, completing his M.Div. (summa cum laude) in 1976. He completed his Th.M. (summa cum laude) in 1978, also from NWBS. His Master’s Thesis was titled: “The Abrahamic Covenant and the Covenant of Grant in the Ancient Near East”. Tim taught Biblical Hebrew and Hebrew Exegesis for three years as an adjunct faculty member at Corban University School of Ministry when the school was located in Tacoma. Corban University School of Ministry is now in Salem, OR. Tim is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society and the Society of Biblical Literature, and has contributed papers at the annual meetings of both societies. Since 1990, Tim has served as one of the Overseers at Beit Hallel in Tacoma, WA. He and his wife, Paulette, have four children, nine grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.