“On the Mountain” Torah Portion

 

Leviticus 25-26:2 Every seven years, the fields have a Sabbath to lay fallow.  Every fifty years is the Jubilee, a release of all debts and return to original family land claims. Houses in a walled city may be redeemed within a year; they are not released in the Jubilee.  Levites, however, have no sizable land holdings, and their cities and houses are their possession in the land.  Levites’ city houses must be released, like other tribes’ land holdings.  When a brother is down, do not treat him harshly.

Jeremiah 32:6-27 Even as the city was falling, there was a promise of returning His people to Israel.

Luke 4:16-21  Yashua reads Isaiah 61, proclaiming release and Jubilee.

Galatians 5:1-13 Salvation is not in circumcision, but freedom comes from Yashua.

Psalm 119:1-8  His Law is blessing.  Though not the means of salvation, it is a blessing upon our living and our relationship with YHWH.

“After the Death” Torah Portion

Notes from My Torah Study

Leviticus 16 Authorities must atone for their own sins before making intercession for others.

(Plank out of your own eye, then help people with specks.)

Position does not make them infallible, but if anything, makes them more responsible for sin.

When he makes atonement, the priest has no audience, but the tangible presence YHWH, the only One Whom he should care to please.

Any leader should be thus humbled before his maker, mindful of his responsibility and conscious of the ultimate Authority Whom he must serve before thinking to please any mortal.

In obeying his God first, the leader is serving his fellow men best.

17 v.3&4 ???Does this apply to any slaughter for food, or only to slaughter for worship???

v.11 “…For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the slaughter-place to make atonement for your lives, for it is the blood that makes atonement for the life.”

18 Don’t live by Egyptian or Canaanite standards; do this YHWH’s way and live.

Ezekiel 22:1-19 America, fear and repent.

John 7 v.19 “Did not Mosheh give you the Torah? Yet not one of you does the Torah! Why do you seek to kill Me?” Yashuah had issue with those ignoring Torah.

v.24 “Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment.” Forget appearances before an audience. Serve with righteousness.

Nehemiah 9 Given much, now we are servants and slaves.

A Comprehensive Guide to the Sabbath

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There remains a Sabbath rest.

 

A sister once asked why I observe and define Shabbat the way I do.  As a result of our correspondence, I compiled this list of Scriptural references and interpretations.  For any studying the Biblical Sabbath, or helping others understand Shabbat, here is a comprehensive guide.

Genesis 1-2:3 Days begin at evening; God worked for six days; He rested on the seventh and blessed it.

Exodus 16:16-30 He taught Israel to keep His Sabbath before they even got to Mt. Sinai.

Exodus 20:8-11 He gave His Sabbath in the Fourth Commandment.

Exodus 31:12-18 His Sabbath is given as a sign between Him and His people forever.

Exodus 35:1-3 Kindle no fires on the Sabbath. (Possibly meaning no fires for kilns, metalworking, or other production. The surrounding Scriptures are instructions for building the Tabernacle.  Likely, He did not want His people disregarding His Sabbath in their zeal to finish their work for Him.)

Leviticus 23:3 His Sabbath is given as a “convocation in all your dwellings.”

Numbers 15:29-36 A man purposefully “thumbed his nose” at God, defiantly gathering wood on His Sabbath – God didn’t put up with him.

Deuteronomy 5:12-15 His Sabbath is a remembrance of deliverance from Egypt.

Nehemiah 9:13-17 Nehemiah remembers how God gave His people His Sabbath, but they had acted proudly. He gave them grace despite their disobedience.

Nehemiah 10:31 The people rebuilding Jerusalem made an oath to keep His Sabbath.

Nehemiah 13:15-21 Nehemiah prevented business on God’s Sabbath to prevent repeated evil and judgment.

Isaiah 56:1-7 His Sabbath is a blessing to anyone who guards it, even the foreigner (Gentile) who joins himself to God.

Isaiah 58:13-14 His Sabbath is a delight.

Jeremiah 17:19-27 Guarding the Sabbath is a blessing. Ignoring it is a curse.

Matthew 12:1-16, Mark 2:23-3:6, Luke 6:1-11, John 5:8-18, Luke 13:10-17, Luke 14:1-6 Jesus rebuked the extra rules that the Jewish leaders had added to God’s Sabbath, which had made it a burden. He declared the Son of Adam as Master of the Sabbath.  He said it was for man’s benefit.  It is a day to help and bless.  He still regarded God’s Sabbath and did not abolish it.

Mark 1:21, Mark 6:2, Luke 4:16-21, Luke 4:31 Jesus observed with the congregations, taught, and healed on the Sabbath.

Mark 16:1, Luke 23:53-24:1 Jesus’ followers observed God’s Sabbath.

Acts 13:14 Jesus’ Apostles attended with the congregation on Sabbath – after His death and resurrection.

Acts 13:42&44 Gentiles begged to be taught on the Sabbath.

Acts 15:19-21 Rather than arguing about salvation, Paul asked the council to simply tell Gentiles to cease four sins immediately, and to let them learn the rest of Moses with the congregations each Sabbath.

Acts 16:13 They went to a place of prayer on the Sabbath.

Acts 17:2 Taught on the Sabbath.

Acts 18:4 Reasoned and taught every Sabbath.

Colossians 2:8-23 Do not be deceived or let the tradition of men judge you when you observe Sabbath – which is a shadow of what is to come.

Hebrews 4:3-12 There remains a Sabbath-keeping for the people of God.

 

May this assist your studies. Please do comment if you find errors in references, or know of other Scriptures that can help. Shalom!

And Life is Worth the Living

The best thing my mother taught me was to read the Book of Proverbs regularly. We read those Scriptures every morning before school. When I had no faith of my own, the words rang in the back of my mind, beckoning me to know my Creator.
In the days my faith did begin, the Proverbs told me about His ways. Many days were lonely; those Proverbs still encouraged me. They told me that being alone with integrity was better than falling in with bad company and false friends. When I found myself in trouble, I could see that acting like the fool of Proverbs got me there. The words instructed and warned me. They taught me the profits of virtue, and the cost of immorality.
Chasing after wisdom and understanding, learning to fear the LORD, and seeking His ways have made life worth living, despite the pain. Plans fall through. Loved ones disappoint. Movements lose sight of their purpose. Opinions prove faulty. Friends betray. Dreams die. The Word remains. His love endures forever. He does not leave or forsake. His ways bring life abundant. He created life. He made it good. Only His purpose for life is worth pursuing.
When I peered into the black of Sheol, hoping I could find peace there, the words of Proverbs in my mother’s voice resonated with a Truth I could feel in my gut. The Truth brought me back from the edge. He decided when I would take my first breath. He will decide upon my last.
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I had escaped death, but the enemy still worked to control me. Since YHVH’s Truth was now my life, I could be provoked to rage against any who disrespected His Truth. The most likely target of my indignation would be those who knew His ways inside and out before chucking them in the trash to pursue something more “exciting.” However, I am not my God’s defender. YHWH was patient and showed me that truth lacking in love is useless.
As Dr. Emerson says, you can be right but wrong at the top of your voice. Also, to paraphrase Apostle Paul, you can speak in tongues and command mountains, but if you do not have love, it’s all meaningless. Y’shua Himself declared that all the Torah and Prophets hung on loving YHWH and loving our neighbor.
My rage has no place in the Truth, my Savior. This season, especially, I have been reading and hearing His call to love our neighbor. I am eagerly waiting for Him to show me how to love His way. How am I to show His love to the crooked while respecting His boundaries and responsibilities for me?
On this journey of learning to follow Y’shua in spirit as well as truth, I remember and am grateful for my mother, a true blessing. She raised me in the way I should go, and the Way saved my life. I thank YHVH for blessing us with the right people with the right words for the right times.