This week we begin the book of Numbers with Parashat Bamidbar which translates to “In The Wilderness”. This parasha covers Chapter 1 through Chapter 4:20. These chapters contain censuses, encampment instructions, and duties for the special tribe, the Levites. Numbers begins with the Lord commanding Moses to take a census of the tribes of Israel. Moses, with help from the
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Shabbat Shalom. This Shabbat I had originally planned to bring a message on either God as our Peace or God as the source of Truth. While both are topics I am passionate about the Lord lead me to a completely different place for my message today. As many of you know I have just finished my Masters of Divinity from
This week’s Parasha is Behar & B’chukotai, a double Parasha covering Chapters 25-27, and brings us to the conclusion of the book of Leviticus. In Chapter 25 the Sabbatical year is discussed as well as the year of Jubilee. In Chapter 26 Adonai outlines the blessings for obedience and punishments for disobedience. This is where we will spend our time this
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This week’s parasha is titled Emor, which means “speak.” Our passage is Leviticus, chapter 21:1 – chapter 24:23 and covers further rules for priests on how they are to be holy ones, separated for God’s purposes. Additional responsibilities come with leadership, so it is appropriate that the Levites would be held to a higher standard than others and that the
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This week we have a double parasha, Acharei Mot, which means “After The Death”, and Kedoshim, which translates to “Holy Ones”. Between these two parashas we will be covering Leviticus 16-20. These two parashas cover the Yom Kippur service, sexual sins, punishment for child sacrifice, and the repeated teaching to observe the Lord’s commandments. However, all the themes of these
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This week we have a double parasha with parashas Tazria and Metzora, which translate to “She bears seed” and “Infected one”. Parasha Tazria covers Leviticus 12:1-13:59 and parasha Metzora covers 14:1-15:33. These parashas talk about the importance of ritual cleanliness from a variety of different sources of uncleanliness. We begin with Leviticus 12, which details the required rituals for a
The name of this week’s Parasha is Shemini, which means “Eighth”, and it takes us from Leviticus 9:1 through 11:47. Moses summoned Aaron, his sons, and the Israeli elders on the 8th day after the 7 days of ordination for Aaron and his sons were completed. Aaron was instructed to sacrifice for himself an unblemished bull calf for a sin
Many of you have met our two dogs, Ranger and Scout, who we got from the local animal shelter back in 2011. They’re great dogs, and very easy going when we have company. Now at the time we were looking into animal adoption (and I’m an advocate for adopting rather than buying purebreds) you know what I found out? There
It might not seem like it, but there is a great war raging right now, and Christians and Messianic Jews are in the middle of it. We’re in the middle of a war between God and the good angels versus Satan and the fallen angels, the kingdom of God versus the kingdom of darkness. It’s a war for the souls
Today is Passover and the first day of Matza, the seven day holiday when we don’t eat unleavened bread. Most peoples, if not all peoples, have special days to celebrate or remember important events. Israel’s annual holidays which are outlined for us in Leviticus 23, are unique because they were given to the Jewish people by God Himself. These holidays
This week’s parasha is entitled, Tzav, which means “Command,” and it covers Leviticus 6:1 – 8:36. The book of Leviticus was written to show Israel how to live as a holy nation, in fellowship with God, and to prepare the nation for the high service of mediating the redemption of God to all other nations. Did you know that the
Passover begins Friday night. This morning, I want to get us ready for Passover by looking at the first part of the key chapter in the Word of God about Passover - Exodus 12. Most peoples, if not all peoples, have special days to celebrate or remember important events. Israel’s annual holidays, which are outlined for us in Leviticus 23,
This week’s Parasha is called Vayikra, which means “and he called”. It Covers Leviticus chapter 1 through chapter 6:7. In these chapters, we will be covering five sacrifices that El Gabor, Mighty God, required of the Jewish people. The first sacrifice is the burnt offering, followed by a grain offering, peace offering, sin offering, and a guilt offering. We will
We live in a world in which darkness covers the Earth and thick darkness is over the peoples. People are confused about many things, including the most basic things and the most important things. For example, a google search for: “what’s the right way to live?” provided these gems of wisdom: There is no right or wrong way to live.
Human beings are in the most desperate need of forgiveness. Why? At the beginning of our history, Adam and Eve were tested. The Lord warned them not to eat the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, and if they did, “moht tamoot - dying you will die.” They would most surely, most certainly die. Of
The parashas this Shabbat are Vayakhel, meaning And He Assembled and Pekudei, meaning amount or number, and concludes the book of Exodus. We again meet Bezalel and Oholiab and those working with them to skillfully and lovingly craft the articles for the Mishkan. This is a bittersweet passage. Bitter, because it comes right after the golden calf tragedy. In Moses’
Our parasha this Shabbat is Ki Tisa, meaning “When you take or carry out (as in the taking of a census)” and covers Exodus chapters 30 through 34. Included in these chapters is the command to sanctify with sacred oil the Tent of Meeting and everything and everyone associated with it. I’d like us to consider for a few moments
The spirit is willing but the flesh, the old nature, is weak. One of the things that makes us weak is that we are easily distracted. We can lose focus on important things that are right before us than can result in serious injury or death to ourselves or others. Here’s one example: there are about 1.6 million crashes in
This week our parasha is Tetzaveh which means “you shall command” and covers Exodus 27:20 - 30:10. This parashas cover the unique garments, food, and anointing for the priests (Cohanim) as well as the altar of Adonai and the sacrifices. We begin at the end of Exodus 27 with the command from Adonai for the Priesthood to keep lamps burning eternally outside
Paul Again Informed The Corinthians He Was A True Apostle; A Final Warning; Final Instructions; A Final Promise; Final Greetings; A Final Prayer This will be my third visit to you. “Every matter must be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.” Just as the Torah teaches us that not one, but two or three witnesses are needed
The name of this week’s Parasha is Terumah, which means “Offering” and it takes us from Exodus 25:1 through 27:19. Moses receives specific instructions from God on the materials, construction and location of the Tabernacle, as well as the items to be placed inside the Tabernacle. These include the Ark of the Covenant, the table, the lampstand, and the altar