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Scriptural evidence for Torah and the Gospel Message – The Torah and the Gospel Message – Part 4 – Bits of Torah Truths

Obviously the Torah and the Messiah are connected! We conclude this from the Messiah’s words saying, “Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill.” (Matthew 5:17) The prophet Isaiah calls out to the people of Israel to listen to the Lord saying, “Give ear and...

Does it Feel as if God is Hiding His Face? – Parashat Vayelech – פָּרָשָׁה‬ וַיֵּלֶךְ‬ – Bits of Torah Truths

This week's Torah portion (Parashat Vayelech) speaks of the final days of Israel in the wilderness and just before they entered into the Promised Land.  This week we are looking at Devarim / Deuteronomy 31:14-18.  In this section of Scripture, the Lord God Almighty is speaking and tells Moshe to commission Joshua, transferring his authority over to him.  The...

Being Doomed to Repeat History – The Torah and the Gospel Message – Part 3 – Bits of Torah Truths

“Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” This quote is most likely due to a writer and philosopher named George Santayana, and in its original form it read, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” From what I found on Santayana, he was known for aphorisms, and for being a...

Opening Yourself to Demonic Powers a Torah based Warning, Parashat Nitzavim, פרשה נצבים, Bits of Torah Truths

Many people believe it is just the involvement in pagan, satanic, or occult practices that are the only ways to be influenced by evil spirits (demons).  The fact of the matter is the dangers with the influences of the spiritual realm are broader than we realize.  For example, if a person suffered from physical or sexual abuse the dangers...

Men who Created their own Reality – New Torah Series Part 2 – The Torah and the Gospel Message – Bits of Torah Truths

From the depth of David’s soul he praises the Lord saying, א הַלְלוּיָהּ הַלְלִי נַפְשִׁי אֶת-יְהֹוָה: ב אֲהַלְלָה יְהֹוָה בְּחַיָּי אֲזַמְּרָה לֵאלֹהַי בְּעוֹדִי: Tehillim / Psalms 146:1 Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord, O my soul! 146:2 I will praise the Lord while I live; I will sing praises to my God while I have my being. (NASB) ....

Bits of Torah Truths, Parashat Ki Tavo, כִּי-תָבוֹא, Bringing the First and the Best to God

Since we don’t exactly live in an agricultural society, it’s easy to skip over this Torah commandment on first fruits.  This commandment of first fruits however also shows up in the New Testament. What does this mean for God's Children (followers of Yeshua the Messiah) 4000 years after this command was given? Let's see what we can learn in...

New Torah Series – Part 1 – Our Perception of Reality – The Torah and the Gospel Message – Bits of Torah Truths

The nature of reality for the individual relies heavily upon one’s presuppositions that have led over the centuries to controversial philosophical judgments and assumptions as they are related to biblical interpretation. This has lead to all sorts of doctrines that are difficult to sort out. The less aware we are of the underlying presuppositions and the philosophical assumptions that...

Bits of Torah truths, Parashat Ki Tetze, פָּרָשָׁה כִּי־תֵצֵא‬, Parashat Ki Tetze, Perverting the course of justice

פָּרָשָׁה כִּי־תֵצֵא Parashat Ki Tetze Devarim / Deuteronomy 21:10-25:19 Perverting the course of justice is a serious crime. According to the Torah, Justice is logical, legal, and ethically defined.  Justice is not about getting even or experiencing spiteful joy in retaliation.  Instead, it is about correcting what is wrong which God calls moral culpability. But in today's culture, is this what we...

Bits of Torah Truths, פרשת שפטים, Parashat Shoftim, Having Our own Form of Righteousness and therefore Justice

Today more than ever, our generation is being shaped by the social, political, and economic events of the day.  Examples may be found by observing how each subsequent generation are different than the prior generations.  This is the result of our lives being saturated by mobile technology, social media, and skewed news reporting all for the purpose of manipulating...

Bits of Torah Truths, Parashat Re’eh, פרשת רְאֵה‬, The Torah on Spiritual Warfare and the Dangers Therein

There are two types of people when it comes to spiritual warfare.  One type of person over-emphasizes spiritual warfare, and the other under-emphasizes it.  For the one who over-emphasizes, he blames every sin, conflict, and problem on demons, as oppression or possession, etc.  Others completely ignore the spiritual realm saying the Torah does not speak of such things.  The...

Bits of Torah Truths, פרשת עקב, Parashat Ekev, Liberty and Human Rights are God Given

This week's Torah portion from Parashat Ekev we read the following: Devarim / Deuteronomy 7:12-15 והיה עקב תשמעון את המשפטים האלה ושמרתם ועשיתם אתם ושמר יהוה אלהיך לך את־הברית ואת־החסד אשר נשבע לאבתיך 7:12 ‘Then it shall come about, because you listen to these judgments and keep and do them, that the Lord your God will keep with you His covenant and...

Bits of Torah Truths, פרשת ויקרא, Parashat Vayikra, The Nature of Forgiveness

In this week’s reading, Moshe writes the following, וַיְדַבֵּ֥ר יְהוָ֖ה אֶל־מֹשֶׁ֥ה לֵּאמֹֽר׃ 4:1 The LORD spoke to Moses, saying: דַּבֵּ֞ר אֶל־בְּנֵ֣י יִשְׂרָאֵ֘ל לֵאמֹר֒ נֶ֗פֶשׁ כִּֽי־תֶחֱטָ֤א בִשְׁגָגָה֙ מִכֹּל֙ מִצְוֺ֣ת יְהוָ֔ה אֲשֶׁ֖ר לֹ֣א תֵעָשֶׂ֑ינָה וְעָשָׂ֕ה מֵאַחַ֖ת מֵהֵֽנָּה׃ 4:2 Speak to the Israelite people thus: When a person unwittingly incurs guilt in regard to any of the LORD’s commandments about things not...

Bits of Torah Truths, פרשת ואתחנן, Parashat Va’etchanan, Recogonizing the Lord Working in the Background

In this week's Torah portion we read the following:.. Devarim / Deuteronomy 3:21-22 וְאֶת־יְהוֹשׁ֣וּעַ צִוֵּ֔יתִי בָּעֵ֥ת הַהִ֖וא לֵאמֹ֑ר עֵינֶ֣יךָ הָרֹאֹ֗ת אֵת֩ כָּל־אֲשֶׁ֨ר עָשָׂ֜ה יְהוָ֤ה אֱלֹהֵיכֶם֙ לִשְׁנֵי֙ הַמְּלָכִ֣ים הָאֵ֔לֶּה כֵּֽן־יַעֲשֶׂ֤ה יְהוָה֙ לְכָל־הַמַּמְלָכ֔וֹת אֲשֶׁ֥ר אַתָּ֖ה עֹבֵ֥ר שָֽׁמָּה׃ 3:21 I also charged Joshua at that time, saying, “You have seen with your own eyes all that the LORD your God has done to these...

Bits of Torah Truths, פרשת דברים, Parashat Devarim, What does the Lord expect from His people?

Mishnah Pirkei Avot 3, Part 17 רַבִּי אֶלְעָזָר בֶּן עֲזַרְיָה אוֹמֵר, אִם אֵין תּוֹרָה, אֵין דֶּרֶךְ אֶרֶץ. אִם אֵין דֶּרֶךְ אֶרֶץ, אֵין תּוֹרָה. אִם אֵין חָכְמָה, אֵין יִרְאָה. אִם אֵין יִרְאָה, אֵין חָכְמָה. אִם אֵין בִּינָה, אֵין דַּעַת. אִם אֵין דַּעַת, אֵין בִּינָה. אִם אֵין קֶמַח, אֵין תּוֹרָה. אִם אֵין תּוֹרָה, אֵין קֶמַח. הוּא הָיָה אוֹמֵר, כָּל שֶׁחָכְמָתוֹ מְרֻבָּה מִמַּעֲשָׂיו,...

Bits of Torah Truths, פרשת מטות- מסעי, Parshiyot Mattot/Massei, The Revelation of God’s Instruction

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0DVoZNtdLx0&feature=youtu.be This week we read the following, וידבר יהוה אל־משה לאמר 31:1 The LORD spoke to Moses, saying, נקם נקמת בני ישראל מאת המדינים אחר תאסף אל־עמיך 31:2 “Avenge the Israelite people on the Midianites; then you shall be gathered to your kin.” וידבר משה אל־העם לאמר החלצו מאתכם אנשים לצבא ויהיו על־מדין לתת נקמת־יהוה במדין 31:3 Moses spoke to...

Bits of Torah Truths, New Torah Series — The Torah and the Gospel Message

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D01wCSxs5qY&feature=youtu.be The new Torah series is about to begin! The nature of reality for the individual relies heavily upon one's presuppositions that have led over the centuries to controversial philosophical judgments and assumptions as they are related to biblical interpretation. This then leads to all sorts of doctrines that are difficult to sort out.  The less aware we are of the...

Bits of Torah Truths, פרשת פינחס, Parashat Pinchas, What it Means to be a God Fearer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rTV2BHInPTg&feature=youtu.be In this weeks reading following the sin of Israel at Baal Peor, we read the following, א וַיְהִי אַחֲרֵי הַמַּגֵּפָה פ וַיֹּאמֶר יְהוָֹה אֶל-מֹשֶׁה וְאֶל אֶלְעָזָר בֶּן-אַהֲרֹן הַכֹּהֵן לֵאמֹר: ב שְֹאוּ אֶת-רֹאשׁ | כָּל-עֲדַת בְּנֵי-יִשְֹרָאֵל מִבֶּן עֶשְֹרִים שָׁנָה וָמַעְלָה לְבֵית אֲבֹתָם כָּל-יֹצֵא צָבָא בְּיִשְֹרָאֵל: ג וַיְדַבֵּר מֹשֶׁה וְאֶלְעָזָר הַכֹּהֵן אֹתָם בְּעַרְבֹת מוֹאָב עַל-יַרְדֵּן יְרֵחוֹ לֵאמֹר: ד מִבֶּן עֶשְֹרִים שָׁנָה...

Bits of Torah Truths, פרשת בלק, Parashat Balak, Does Seeing and Hearing really cause Us to “Know” Him?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MeShOqSQ6tU&feature=youtu.be In this week’s Torah portion we read the following, וַיִּשָּׂא מְשָׁלוֹ וַיֹּאמַר נְאֻם בִּלְעָם בְּנוֹ בְעֹר וּנְאֻם הַגֶּבֶר שְׁתֻם הָעָיִן: 24:15 He took up his theme, and said: Word of Balaam son of Beor, Word of the man whose eye is true, נְאֻם שֹׁמֵעַ אִמְרֵי-אֵל וְיֹדֵעַ דַּעַת עֶלְיוֹן מַחֲזֵה שַׁדַּי יֶחֱזֶה נֹפֵל וּגְלוּי עֵינָיִם: 24:16 Word of him who...

Bits of Torah Truths, פרשת חקת, Parashat Chukat, Sanctifying His Name and Belonging to God

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fHaUajz-QKw&feature=youtu.be This week’s Torah portion opens with the ashes of the red heifer and those who contract impurity due to touching the dead. We read how one is to sanctify the Lord by obeying what the Lord says one should do when becoming ritually impure due to touching the dead. After seven days having followed God’s command, one is purified...

Bits of Torah Truths, פרשת קרח, Parashat Korach, Hearing and understanding the Truth, a How to?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=arra4akKarw&feature=youtu.be In this week’s Torah portion we read the following, וישלח משה לקרא לדתן ולאבירם בני אליאב ויאמרו לא נעלה 16:12 Moses sent for Dathan and Abiram, sons of Eliab; but they said, “We will not come! המעט כי העליתנו מארץ זבת חלב ודבש להמיתנו במדבר כי־תשתרר עלינו גם־השתרר 16:13 Is it not enough that you brought us from a...

Bits of Torah Truths, פרשת שלח לך, Parashat Shelach Lecha, Muttering against the little things in our Lives

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=czrIsFgdfBw&feature=youtu.be This week we read the following, וידבר יהוה אל־משה ואל־אהרן לאמר 14:26 The LORD spoke further to Moses and Aaron, עד־מתי לעדה הרעה הזאת אשר המה מלינים עלי את־תלנות בני ישראל אשר המה מלינים עלי שמעתי 14:27 “How much longer shall that wicked community keep muttering against Me? Very well, I have heeded the incessant muttering of the Israelites...

Bits of Torah Truths, פרשת בהעלתך, Parashat Behaalotcha, Unrepentant Disobedience to God’s Word

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-zwguk0et8&feature=youtu.be In this week’s reading the people were very discontented saying the following, ויהי העם כמתאננים רע באזני יהוה וישמע יהוה ויחר אפו ותבער־בם אש יהוה ותאכל בקצה המחנה 11:1 The people took to complaining bitterly before the LORD. The LORD heard and was incensed: a fire of the LORD broke out against them, ravaging the outskirts of the camp....

Bits of Torah Truths, פרשת נשא, Parashat Naso, Repentance, a necessity of Heart and Life

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JODy8K6G6xY&feature=youtu.be In this week’s Torah portion we read the following in Bamidbar / Numbers 5:5-9, וידבר יהוה אל־משה לאמר 5:5 The LORD spoke to Moses, saying: דבר אל־בני ישראל איש או־אשה כי יעשו מכל־חטאת האדם למעל מעל ביהוה ואשמה הנפש ההוא 5:6 Speak to the Israelites: When a man or woman commits any wrong toward a fellow man, thus breaking...

Bits of Torah Truths, פרשת במדבר, Parashat Bamidbar, Handling the Faith Carelessly

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0envmeTCK0&feature=youtu.be In this week’s Torah portion we read the following from Bamidbar / Numbers 4:15-20, וכלה אהרן־ובניו לכסת את־הקדש ואת־כל־כלי הקדש בנסע המחנה ואחרי־כן יבאו בני־קהת לשאת ולא־יגעו אל־הקדש ומתו אלה משא בני־קהת באהל מועד 4:15 When Aaron and his sons have finished covering the sacred objects and all the furnishings of the sacred objects at the breaking of camp,...

Bits of Torah Truths, פרשת בהר ובחקתי, Parshiyot Behar-Bechukotai, The Shemitah and having Mercy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PhEiHn6EAUM&feature=youtu.be This week’s Torah portion states the following in Vayikra / Leviticus 25:17-19 saying, ולא תונו איש את־עמיתו ויראת מאלהיך כי אני יהוה אלהיכם 25:17 Do not wrong one another, but fear your God; for I the LORD am your God. ועשיתם את־חקתי ואת־משפטי תשמרו ועשיתם אתם וישבתם על־הארץ לבטח 25:18 You shall observe My laws and faithfully keep My...

Bits of Torah Truths, פרשת אמר, Parashat Emor, The Sacredness of Faith and the Lamb of God

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZhfMHHIRpUM&feature=youtu.be In this week’s Torah portion, we read the following, Vayikra / Leviticus 21:10-15, י וְהַכֹּהֵן הַגָּדוֹל מֵאֶחָיו אֲשֶׁר-יוּצַק עַל-רֹאשׁוֹ | שֶׁמֶן הַמִּשְׁחָה וּמִלֵּא אֶת-יָדוֹ לִלְבֹּשׁ אֶת-הַבְּגָדִים אֶת-רֹאשׁוֹ לֹא יִפְרָע וּבְגָדָיו לֹא יִפְרֹם: 21:10 ‘The priest who is the highest among his brothers, on whose head the anointing oil has been poured and who has been consecrated to wear the...

Bits of Torah Truths, פרשת אחרי מות וקדשים, Parshiyot Acharei Mot-Kedoshim, Reckless Behavior can Effect Others

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TUBma-_R3RY&feature=youtu.be In this week’s Torah portion we read the following from Vayikra / Leviticus 20:1-7, וידבר יהוה אל־משה לאמר 20:1 And the LORD spoke to Moses: ואל־בני ישראל תאמר איש איש מבני ישראל ומן־הגר הגר בישראל אשר יתן מזרעו למלך מות יומת עם הארץ ירגמהו באבן 20:2 Say further to the Israelite people: Anyone among the Israelites, or among the...

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