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Final Thoughts on the Gospel – The Torah and the Gospel Message – Part 6 – Bits of Torah Truths

Watch Video here Opening the book of Mark from the Apostolic Writings, in the first chapter we read the following: Mark 1:9-28 1:9 In those days Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 1:10 Immediately coming up out of the water, He saw the heavens opening, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon Him;...

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...

Growing Fat and Spurning God, Parashah Haazinu, פָּרָשָׁה‬ הַאֲזִינוּ‬ , Bits of Torah Truths

The Song of Haazinu in Devarim / Deuteronomy 32:1-43, also known as Shirat Haazinu, opens with an invocation of the heavens and the earth to listen (to give ear, א הַאֲזִינוּ הַשָּׁמַיִם וַאֲדַבֵּרָה וְתִשְׁמַע הָאָרֶץ אִמְרֵי-פִי). Here the heaven and the earth are called as witnesses.  In the verses preceding Parashat Haazinu, the Lord tells Moshe to call all...

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...

Parashat Tazria, Did Yeshua have to say “I am the Messiah?"

This week’s portion contains the mitzvot (Commandments) on the law of Tsaraat (leprosy).  The name Leprosy comes from the Greek “Lepra” (λ?πρα) that characterized the disease by ulcerations...

The Torah has a Transcendency that goes Beyond Systematic Theology or Rigid Dogma, Parashat Noach, פרשת נח, Bits of Torah Truths

Watch Video here Paul teaches us that the Torah has a transcendency that goes beyond systematic theology or rigid dogma. Paul’s view of Torah is not unlike other Jewish thinkers in the first century. His way of thinking is very contrary to Marcion, who as we know became the leader of an influential movement that viewed Torah as the dark...

Being a Man of Faith, Parashat Lech Lecha, פרשת לך לך, Bits of Torah Truths

Watch Video here In the Midrashic literature, the rabbis teach about the pivotal significance of God’s reign. The Kingdom of Heaven signifies God’s redemptive power. His rule over our lives encompasses the authority of the Torah. By the time the people of Israel had arrived at Sinai and received the Ten Commandments, they had already experienced the divine deliverance of...

Communicating with God, Parashat Vayetze, פרשת ויצא, Bits of Torah Truths

Watch Video here In this week’s Torah portion we read about Jacob’s Ladder which provides us with an illustration of the connection between heaven and earth when the Patriarch Jacob dreams during his fleeing from his brother Esau. The significance of the dream has been debated over the centuries, but most interpretations agree that it identified Jacob with the obligations...

Parashat Vezot Habrachah / Yom Kippur, Yom Kippur and Yeshua the Messiah

This week’s reading portion of Scripture, Parashat Vezot Habrachah meaning “This is the blessing” (Devarim / Deuteronomy 33:1-34:12) occurs at the same time as Yom Kippur (יום כיפור) “Day of Atonement” that is observed on the 10th day of the month of Tishri concluding 10 days of repentance before God that began with Rosh Hashanah.  Sefer Vayikra / Leviticus...

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

Watch Video here 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....

Hebrew Letter Nun (נ), and the Lord Blessing the Way of the Faithful, Parashat Chayei Sara, פרשת חיי שרה, Bits of Torah Truths

Watch Video here When looking at the letter Nun (נ) in Hebrew, at the opening and middle positions, we used the standard letter nun, and at the end of a word, we used the final form (ן). The bent over shape lends to the rabbinic interpretation on the word “faithful” beginning and ending with the nun (נאמן). The Talmud Bavli...

1 John 1:1-10, So what are we supposed to do?

In the Apostle John’s first epistle, he begins writing giving an account in a similar manner as described in John chapter 1, the Word of God being the light of men.  The message begins with an eyewitness testimony about the life an...

The Spirit of Blasphemy, פרשת וארא, Parashat Va’era, Bits of Torah Truths

Watch Video here The Apostle Paul wrote to the Romans saying, “As it is written, ‘The name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you.’” (Romans 2:24, τὸ γὰρ ὄνομα τοῦ θεοῦ δι’ ὑμᾶς βλασφημεῖται ἐν τοῖς ἔθνεσιν, καθὼς γέγραπται.) Paul wrote “As it is written...” The question presented to us here is “where was this written?” The...

Having a Second look at the Scriptures – The Torah and the Gospel Message – Part 5 – Bits of Torah Truths

Watch Video here The Apostle John wrote in his epistle saying sin is as practicing lawlessness. Reading through the first epistle of John chapter 3, he speaks of something much more connecting the Torah to our faith in Yeshua the Messiah. 1 John 3:1-12 3:1 See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children...

Parashat Vayetze: Yeshua is our ladder to Heaven

In the reading for this week, Parashat Vayetze (“and he went out”), from Bereshit / Genesis 28:10-22, God gave Yaakov a vision of angels ascending and descending upon a ladder at a place that is called Luz.  Reading...

Yom Kippur: "Prepare Your Heart"

We first find the mitzvah (command) to observe this day of atonement in Vayikra / Leviticus 16:1-34 following the story of the death of Aharon’s sons Nadav and Avihu in Parashat Shmini (see Vayikra / Leviticus 10) and the erra...

Parashat Devarim, Yeshua and the Torah

In this week’s reading from Parashat Devarim (Devarim / Deuteronomy 1:1-3:22) Moshe retells the history of what has happened to Yisrael that led the people to remain in the wilderness.  The name of the fifth book of Devarim...

Parashat Tetzaveh, "The Menorah Illustrates our Relationship with God."

The Triennial reading cycle for this week ( Shemot / Exodus 27:20 – 28:30) details the construction of the priestly garments and that the sons of Yisrael are to bring clear oil beaten from olives to be used to keep the menorah...

Parashat Beha’alotcha, The importance of the Passover Lamb

In week’s reading from Parashat Beha’alotcha (בהעלתך) Bamidbar / Numbers 8:1-9:14 God commands Moshe on the construction of the Menorah and that the seven lamps are to give their light from the front of the lampstand ...

Parashat Tzav, Why is fat to be offered by fire before God?

Vayikra / Leviticus 7:1 'Now this is the law of the guilt offering; it is most holy. (NASB)  In the Torah, the five major korbanot (offerings) are described as being “most holy” as we see here in Vayikra / Leviticu...

Parashat Noach, Having trouble hearing the Lord?

Bereshit / Genesis 6:22 Thus Noah did; according to all that God had commanded him, so he did.  7:1 Then the Lord said to Noah, ‘Enter the ark, you and all your household, for you alone I have seen to be righteous before ...

Parashat Va’etchanan, A way of life for a people already redeemed!

This week’s reading is from sefer Devarim (Devarim / Deuteronomy 3:23-7:11) Parashat Va’etchanan, Moshe is recapitulating (summarizing and restating) the main points during Yisrael’s journey from Mitzrayim to their p...

Parashat Vayigash, Holding onto God in the midst of our suffering.

 One of the most memorable moments in the Story of Yoseph (Joseph), in this week’s Parsha, Parashat Vayigash, is when Yoseph wept over his brothers forgiving them of their sin against him.  Bereshit / Genesis 45:2 He...

Parashat Pinchas, Our Tents, Our Bodies, and Sexual Sin.

In this week’s reading from Parashat Pinchas (Bamidbar / Numbers 25:10-26:51) the Lord speaks to Moshe saying that Pinchas, the son of Eleazar, has turned away His wrath from the sons of Yisrael because he was zealous for the Lor...

Parashat Vayeshev, The gifts God gives us.

In Parashat Vayeshev, Bereshit / Genesis 37:1-37:36, we read 37:3 Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his sons, because he was the son of his old age; and he made him a varicolored tunic.  37:4 His brothers saw that their fat...

Parashat Pesach: What does the pagan festival Easter have to do with the Saving Power of His Blood?

In this week’s reading in preparation for HaMo’ed Pesach (Passover) we read from Shemot / Exodus 32:12-34:26.  This section begins with a conversation between Moshe and HaShem, Moshe pleaded for mercy for the Childr...

The Brazen Altar and Yeshua, פרשת תרומה, Parashat Terumah, Bits of Torah Truths

Watch Video here This week’s Torah Portion speaks about the Terumah, the free will contribution the people are giving to the Lord, the materials being used to construct the Tabernacle. We also read about the dimensions of the various parts of the Tabernacle according to the pattern that Moshe saw upon the mountain of Sinai. Included in the list of...

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