February 1st Messianic Torah Portion Terumah

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Next Shabbat, February 1st Messianic Torah portion Terumah (in Hebrew it means “offerings”):  Exodus 25:1-27:19; 1 Kings 5:26 – 6:13; Psalm 26; Matthew 13:1 – 53

Torah Portion Terumah

Daily Torah Reading:

1st section of Parsha Terumah, (Exodus 25:1-25:16) January 26th

2nd section of Parsha Terumah, (Exodus 25:17-25:30) January 27th

3rd section of Parsha Terumah, (Exodus 25:31-26:14) January 28th

4th section of Parsha Terumah, (Exodus 26:15-26:30) January 29th

5th section of Parsha Terumah, (Exodus 26:31-26:37) January 30th

6th section of Parsha Terumah, (Exodus 27:1-27:8) January 31st

7th section of Parsha Terumah, (Exodus 27:9-27:19) February 1st

Torah Studies for Children:

19-Terumah-Junior-Bulletin

19-Terumah-Kindershul-Picture-Page

disclosure

Tools for Adults Studying Torah

I highly recommend reading scripture each year from a different Hebraic translation. Below are the different versions I’ve read:

2013 – 2014 Torah Cycle:  Shocken Bible.  I like having a book to hold, but if you want to read it online, here is a pdf.

2012 – 2013 Torah Cycle: Onkelos.  This is a GREAT set of 5 books.  I refer back to these regularly.

2009 – 2012 Torah Cycle: Stone’s Chumash.

I use the Complete Jewish Bible online all the time for reference.  If you are like me, I need to hold a book!  Here is one on Amazon.

I have several different sets of commentary (Onkelos and Stone’s Chumash are my favorites for the Torah Portions).  For the Tanakh (rest of the Old Testament), I use Keil and Delitzsch. You can get this MUCH cheaper than this price at Amazon, but wanted you to see what it is and you can search for a better price.

In my humble opinion, the absolute BEST translation of the Gospels is Delitzsch’s Hebrew Gospels.

Again, I use many different translations, but this is one I use regularly Complete Jewish Bible as well as The Scriptures.

Just about anything from Artscroll… I could go broke at this store! (Note, if you visit this store on Shabbat, they will be closed… they honor the Sabbath)!

eSword.  It is a free Bible Study Software.  I got mine from this church years ago and have never received one piece of junk mail due to it. This software has multiple version of scripture (and you know how I love to read different translations) including KJV, Scriptures, JPS, Peshitta, etc. And it has several different lexicons including Strongs, BDB and Thayers.  I highly recommend you get this software and it is free.

Blue Letter Bible.  Is a website that I take the Strong’s number from eSword and go search to see how the word has been used in other verses. It has the Gesenius’ definition of Hebrew words, which I just love!

Commentaries for Torah Portions:

Lists of Messianic Commentary on Torah Portions:

Torah Portion studies for Children: **

I am always looking for my next year’s translation to read Torah from.  If you have a great Hebraic perspective Bible that I did not list here, please leave me a comment below!

Until next week… Shalom Mishpocha!

Trish


Thoughts on Torah Portion Mishpatim

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Tonight as I am studying this Shabbat’s torah portion, Mishpatim, I am listening to beautiful worship music.

What a blessing to even want to keep G-d’s Sabbath. This portion is where Abba is about to give the Torah (instructions) to the Israelites.  Not just Judah (the Jewish Tribe), but to all the tribes and the mixed multitude that came out of Egypt. I am so thankful to be grafted into the root of the commonwealth of Israel and to be learning the Ancient Path, His ways!

Silver Torah pointer lying on a jewish prayer book

For this portion, the Torah reading is from Exodus 21:1 – 24:18. This portion is called Mishpatim, which means judgments. It is taken from the first verse in our portion

Exodus 21:1 Now these are the regulations that you are to set before them:

The word “regulations” means judicial decisions, judgments.  Remember the Kingdom of G-d and think of these as the Kingdom’s rules / instructions for living in that “nation”.  So these are Abba’s decisions on how to live. Notice His instruction begins way before the stone tablets are given.

I’m not going to delve into each instruction for living.However, I strongly encourage you to read scripture for yourself (in context) and study the words you read. Learn how they are used and dig into the meaning to understand them from an Eastern mindset (not the westernized mindset that we so commonly see taught).  I will just point out things that struck me or convicted me.  That does NOT mean it is meant to convict you… it just means that I personally am walking something out that a verse or scripture pointed to.

What really spoke to me in this portion was the constant reference as to what their intent was, the desire of their heart. Was it to cause harm, defraud, or hurt their neighbor, or was it by accident?  If it was by accident, it did not absolve them of guilt, but it did change the penalty.

Exodus 21:12 He that strikes a man, so that he dies, is to be put-to-death, yes, death.
Exodus 21:13 Now should he not have lain in wait (for him), but should God have brought him opportunely into his hand: I will set aside for you a place where he may flee.
Exodus 21:14 But when a man schemes against his neighbor, to kill him with cunning, from my very slaughter-site you are to take him away, to die!

It’s always been about our heart. Remember King David was not perfect (by any stretch), but he was quick to repent!  Now negligence was also as good as guilty. In other words, it is as if we intended and planned to commit the act.

Exodus 21:28 When an ox gores a man or a woman, so that one dies, the ox is to be stoned, yes, stoned, and its flesh is not to be eaten, and the owner of the ox is to be clear.
Exodus 21:29 But if the ox was (known as) a gorer from yesterday and the day-before, and it was so designated to its owner, and he did not guard it, and it causes the death of a man or of a woman, the ox is to be stoned, and its owner as well is to be put-to-death.

GuiltyThe penalty for neglect is the same as if you meant to cause harm.  That really makes me think about our walk. Are we guilty of neglect in our own walk?  What are we neglecting that we are now considered guilty of because we are neglecting to handle or deal with?

A recurring theme throughout scripture is protecting the widows and the orphans.  When I looked up widow in Gesenius’ Hebrew-Chaldee Lexicon on Blue Letter Bible, the description is just so beautiful and telling… Metaphor used of a state bereft of its king.  The Ancient Hebrew Lexicon of the Bible focuses more on the aspect of grief:  “As bound in grief.”.  It further uses Bind and Sheaf as part of the definition. Think about that. When we marry we are to become one, bound to one another. When I looked up orphan, its root means “to be lonely”. So a fatherless child who is lonely for his father.  I think this is more than just the widows and orphans, although they are a perfect representation of this concept of having compassion for not only those that are less fortunate… these represent those that lack a protector and a guide. As I listen to Psalm 91 as I type this… they lack the earthly representative that points them to our Father in Heaven. Adrift and vulnerable…. are the words that come to my mind.

In Chapter 23, we have verse 7 that should make us all tremble…

Exodus 23:7 From a false matter, you are to keep far! And (one) clear and innocent, do not kill, for I do not acquit a guilty-person.

In researching this verse, I read Gesenius’ Hebrew-Chaldee Lexicon on the Blue Letter Bible site, and this language is exactly what they use for this verse.  Absolve, acquit.  So, God will not clear us of our guilt. He can’t. He is just. That would be unjust. This is another issue I have with the way our Westernized religion teaches about God and His Word. He is merciful and forgiving but we have a part in that too… we have to be repentant. And to be repentant means to turn from our sin. We can’t go on sinning and continue using Grace to “get out of Hell free”. That is abusing His gift. Every messenger of God consistently says the same thing over and over and over again. Repent! For the Kingdom of God is at hand.  

In Chapter 24, we have a clear understanding of what is happening here.  It is a covenant.  The Ancient Hebrew Lexicon of the Bible defines covenant as:

Ketubah contract

A covenant is instituted through a sacrifice of a choice, fatted, animal which is cut into two and the parties of the covenant pass through the pieces. If one party fails to meet the agreements of the covenant then the other may do the same to them.

It is an “if/then” statement.  If you do this, I will do this. A ketubah. Another great study is the marriage contract. I highly recommend you study that one out! Moses not only wrote it down in verse 4 of chapter 24, he reads it back to the people in verse 7.

Exodus 24:7 Then he took the account of the covenant and read it in the ears of the people. They said: All that YHVH has spoken, we will do and we will hearken!

We will hear and obey. Shema. Instructions for living. This is confirmed in verse 12

Exodus 24:12 Now YHVH said to Moshe: Go up to me on the mountain and remain there, that I may give you tablets of stone: the Instruction and the Command that I have written down, to instruct them.

Now this word Instruct is a GREAT word to study out.  It is H3384. Brown Driver Briggs defines it as:

H3384
??? / ???
ya?ra?h / ya?ra?’
BDB Definition:
1) to throw, shoot, cast, pour
1a) (Qal)
1a1) to throw, cast
1a2) to cast, lay, set
1a3) to shoot arrows
1a4) to throw water, rain
1b) (Niphal) to be shot
1c) (Hiphil)
1c1) to throw, cast
1c2) to shoot
1c3) to point out, show
1c4) to direct, teach, instruct
1c5) to throw water, rain

hit the mark

If you think of shooting an arrow and hitting the mark… that is what these instructions are for, to help us hit the mark!  This is Abba’s “love language”.  What an amazing way to view the Word of God.

I pray this study was a blessing to you!

disclosure

If you are interested in what translation of Scripture I am quoting from, it is the The Five Books of Moses by The Shocken Bible.  I like having a book to hold, but if you want to read it online, here is a pdf.

If you are wanting a Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew Lexicon, you can purchase one here.  It is  also part of eSword.  It is a free Bible Study Software.

And I reference Gesenius’ Hebrew-Chaldee Lexicon many times.  It is my favorite for sure.  Here is a hard copy if you are like me and love to hold a book and highlight and underline!  But you can also read it free on Blue Letter Bible as well.

Shabbat Shalom!

Trish


January 25th Messianic Torah Portion Mishpatim

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Next Shabbat, January 25th Messianic Torah portion Mishpatim (in Hebrew it means “judgments”):  Exodus 21:1-24:18; Jeremiah 34:8-22 and 33:25-26; Psalm 72; Luke 7:1-8:3

Messianic Torah Portion Mishpatim

Daily Torah Reading:

1st section of Parsha Mishpatim, (Exodus 21:1-21:19) January 19th

2nd section of Parsha Mishpatim, (Exodus 21:20-22:3) January 20th

3rd section of Parsha Mishpatim, (Exodus 22:4-22:26) January 21st

4th section of Parsha Mishpatim, (Exodus 22:27-23:5) January 22nd

5th section of Parsha Mishpatim, (Exodus 23:6-23:19) January 23rd

6th section of Parsha Mishpatim, (Exodus 23:20-23:25) January 24th

7th section of Parsha Mishpatim, (Exodus 23:26-24:18) January 25th

Torah Studies for Children:

18-Mishpatim-Junior-Bulletin

18-Mishpatim-Kindershul-Picture-Page

disclosure

Tools for Adults Studying Torah

I highly recommend reading scripture each year from a different Hebraic translation. Below are the different versions I’ve read:

2013 – 2014 Torah Cycle:  Shocken Bible.  I like having a book to hold, but if you want to read it online, here is a pdf.

2012 – 2013 Torah Cycle: Onkelos.  This is a GREAT set of 5 books.  I refer back to these regularly.

2009 – 2012 Torah Cycle: Stone’s Chumash.

I use the Complete Jewish Bible online all the time for reference.  If you are like me, I need to hold a book!  Here is one on Amazon.

I have several different sets of commentary (Onkelos and Stone’s Chumash are my favorites for the Torah Portions).  For the Tanakh (rest of the Old Testament), I use Keil and Delitzsch. You can get this MUCH cheaper than this price at Amazon, but wanted you to see what it is and you can search for a better price.

In my humble opinion, the absolute BEST translation of the Gospels is Delitzsch’s Hebrew Gospels.

Again, I use many different translations, but this is one I use regularly Complete Jewish Bible as well as The Scriptures.

Just about anything from Artscroll… I could go broke at this store! (Note, if you visit this store on Shabbat, they will be closed… they honor the Sabbath)!

eSword.  It is a free Bible Study Software.  I got mine from this church years ago and have never received one piece of junk mail due to it. This software has multiple version of scripture (and you know how I love to read different translations) including KJV, Scriptures, JPS, Peshitta, etc. And it has several different lexicons including Strongs, BDB and Thayers.  I highly recommend you get this software and it is free.

Blue Letter Bible.  Is a website that I take the Strong’s number from eSword and go search to see how the word has been used in other verses. It has the Gesenius’ definition of Hebrew words, which I just love!

Commentaries for Torah Portions:

Lists of Messianic Commentary on Torah Portions:

Torah Portion studies for Children: **

I am always looking for my next year’s translation to read Torah from.  If you have a great Hebraic perspective Bible that I did not list here, please leave me a comment below!

Until next week… Shalom Mishpocha!

Trish


Studying Torah Portion Yitro

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Wow… loved this portion.  For such a small portion, there were so many important pieces in this one!

Studying Torah Portion Yitro

Exodus 18:11 (So) now I know: yes, YHVH is greater than all gods- yes, in just that matter in which they were presumptuous against them!
Exodus 18:12 Yitro, Moshe’s father-in-law, took an offering-up and slaughter- animals for God, and Aharon and all the elders of Israel came to eat bread with Moshe’s father-in-law, before the presence of God.

We start this portion with Moshe and his father-in-law Yitro.  The verses above really are intriguing.  To me, it implies that Yitro is just NOW understanding about YHWH and that He is greater than all gods.  If that is the case, then, when the chapter starts with

Exodus 18:1 Now Yitro, the priest of Midyan, Moshe’s father-in-law, heard about all that God had done for Moshe and for Israel his people, that YHVH had brought Israel out of Egypt.

what was Yitro a priest of?  Did Moshe marry outside of the tribes?  Is Tzippora from the Nations and not only that but the daughter of a priest of the Nations?  If she is, she has certainly been grafted in and is keeping Torah, which is evidenced several chapters back when SHE circumcised their son instead of Moshe:

Exodus 4:25 Tzippora took a flint and cut off her son’s foreskin, she touched it to his legs and said: Indeed, a bridegroom of blood are you to me!

There are only three mentions of Tzippora in scripture. None shed much light on this topic. However, another clue for me is in this verse:

Exodus 18:12 Yitro, Moshe’s father-in-law, took an offering-up and slaughter- animals for God, and Aharon and all the elders of Israel came to eat bread with Moshe’s father-in-law, before the presence of God.

We have to understand the covenant relationships of the eastern world to understand my premise here.  In the ancient middle east (and in modern times too), a contract (or covenant) is sealed with a meal.  We have seen this several times in scripture already. This is a whole study in and of itself.  Search and study Suzerain covenants to really understand the depth of what I am referring to. Rico Cortes has a fantastic study on the Suzerain covenant.  You can find him at Wisdom in Torah.  Here is another article on covenant.  Covenant is a very important concept to learn about… so please take some time with it!  Anyway, here we see Yitro making an oath (with the sacrifice) and then sealing it with a meal. Which really makes believe he was not a believer before this point.

In this next section of the portion, we see Abba ready to give Torah (the instructions) to the people of Israel.  What I found interesting is that we know that the instructions had already been provided throughout scripture. We don’t know how much.  But we have been told over and over about others that obeyed His instructions:

We know Noah obeyed…

Genesis 6:22 Noah did it, according to all that God commanded him, so he did.
Genesis 7:1 YHVH said to Noah: Come, you and all your household, into the Ark! For you I have seen as righteous before me in this generation.
Genesis 7:2 From all (ritually) pure animals you are to take seven and seven (each), a male and his mate, and from all the animals that are not pure, two (each), a male and his mate,
Genesis 7:3 and also from the fowl of the heavens, seven and seven (each), male and female, to keep seed alive upon the face of all the earth.

If there were no instructions, how did Noah know what was clean (pure) and unclean (impure)?  By the way, did you notice that Noah was told to take SEVEN pair of CLEAN animals in the ark?  Did you know this?

We also know that Abraham obeyed Abba’s commands:

Genesis 26:4 I will make your seed many, like the stars of the heavens, and to your seed I will give all these lands; all the nations of the earth shall enjoy blessing through your seed-
Genesis 26:5 in consequence of Avraham’s hearkening to my voice and keeping my charge: my commandments, my laws, and my  instructions.

Finally, we see Moshe instructing the people of Israel who apparently had forgotten the instructions while in Egypt…

Exodus 18:15 Moshe said to his father-in-law: When the people comes to me to inquire of God,
Exodus 18:16 -when it has some legal-matter, it comes to me- I judge between a man and his fellow and make known God’s laws and his instructions.

In Chapter 19 we have Abba choosing Israel as His special treasure.

Exodus 19:5 So now, if you will hearken, yes, hearken to my voice and keep my covenant, you shall be to me a special-treasure from among all peoples. Indeed, all the earth is mine,
Exodus 19:6 but you, you shall be to me a kingdom of priests, a holy nation. These are the words that you are to speak to the Children of Israel.

Notice the IF in the verses.  If / Then is throughout scripture.  It is an agreement, a contract, a covenant.  We both have roles and responsibilities in the Kingdom of Heaven.

In Chapter 20, we have the giving of the Torah. Read this and study it.  Don’t just rush pass this section.  There is more here than meets the eye.  Notice in Chapter 21 God is still giving the Torah (instructions).  We will cover that in next weeks’ portion.  But I wanted to point out that it did not end here.

There is so much more to cover in this portion, but it will have to wait until next year.  Today has been a trying day in my home and I need to spend some time just praying and seeking wisdom and shalom.

I pray this study was a blessing to you. Until next shabbat.

Shalom!

Trish

 


January 18th Messianic Torah Portion Yitro

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Next Shabbat, January 18th Messianic Torah portion Yitro (in Hebrew it means “Jethro… abundance”):  Exodus 18:1-20:26; Isaiah 6:1-7:6 and 9:6-7; Psalm 19; Matthew 6:1-8:1

Torah Portion Yitro

Daily Torah Reading:

1st section of Parsha Yitro, (Exodus 18:1-18:12) January 12th

2nd section of Parsha Yitro, (Exodus 14:9-14:14) January 13th

3rd section of Parsha Yitro, (Exodus 14:15-14:25) January 14th

4th section of Parsha Yitro, (Exodus 14:26-15:26) January 15th

5th section of Parsha Yitro, (Exodus 15:27-16:10) January 16th

6th section of Parsha Yitro, (Exodus 16:11-16:36) January 17th

7th section of Parsha Yitro, (Exodus 17:1-17:16) January 18th

Torah Studies for Children:

17-Yitro-Junior-Bulletin

17-Yitro-Kindershul-Picture-Page

disclosure

Tools for Adults Studying Torah

I highly recommend reading scripture each year from a different Hebraic translation. Below are the different versions I’ve read:

2013 – 2014:  Shocken Bible.  I like having a book to hold, but if you want to read it online, here is a pdf.

2012 – 2013: Onkelos.  This is a GREAT set of 5 books.  I refer back to these regularly.

2009 – 2012: Stone’s Chumash.

I have several different sets of commentary (Onkelos and Stone’s Chumash are my favorites for the Torah Portions).  For the Tanakh (rest of the Old Testament), I use Keil and Delitzsch. You can get this MUCH cheaper than this price at Amazon, but wanted you to see what it is and you can search for a better price.

In my humble opinion, the absolute BEST translation of the Gospels is Delitzsch’s Hebrew Gospels.

Again, I use many different translations, but this is one I use regularly Complete Jewish Bible as well as The Scriptures.

Just about anything from Artscroll… I could go broke at this store! (Note, if you visit this store on Shabbat, they will be closed… they honor the Sabbath)!

eSword.  It is a free Bible Study Software.  I got mine from this church years ago and have never received one piece of junk mail due to it. This software has multiple version of scripture (and you know how I love to read different translations) including KJV, Scriptures, JPS, Peshitta, etc. And it has several different lexicons including Strongs, BDB and Thayers.  I highly recommend you get this software and it is free.

Blue Letter Bible.  Is a website that I take the Strong’s number from eSword and go search to see how the word has been used in other verses. It has the Gesenius’ definition of Hebrew words, which I just love!

I am always looking for my next year’s translation to read Torah from.  If you have a great Hebraic perspective Bible that I did not list here, please leave me a comment below!

Until next week… Shalom Mishpocha!

Trish

 


Studying Torah Portion B’Shalach

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Shabbat started at sundown tonight ad I’m studying Torah portion B’Shalach.  I absolutely love the opportunity to study His Word for an entire day and just focus on learning His Word and hearing His Will for my family.  I have been studying Torah and reading the portions for five years. Each year I read from a new translation. This year, I am reading from The Five Books of Moses or the Shocken Bible. I really appreciate the beautiful language of this translation. Reading the Torah from a different scripture each year has been a fantastic experience and one that I believe really helps me understand His Word better.

Torah Portion B'Shalach Commentary

 

Exodus 15:26 He said: If you will hearken, yes, hearken to the voice of YHVH your God, and what is right in his eyes will do, giving-ear to his commandments and keeping all his laws: all the sicknesses which I have imposed upon Egypt, I will not impose upon you; for I am YHVH, your healer.

For context, the Israelites have been led out of Egypt, they are at Mara, their third stop along the way.  They have NOT come to Mt. Sinai and they have not been handed the 10 commandments yet. So it is obvious there were already instructions on how to live prior to Sinai. But the part that is so shocking to me is that disease is associated with lawlessness.  It is Strong’s number H4245.  Every single place this word is used, it is associated with lawlessness.  Something to seriously pray about and ask for guidance!

Exodus 16:2 And they grumbled, the entire community of the Children of Israel, against Moshe and against Aharon in the wilderness.

I have read many commentaries that want to say the Egyptian mixed-multitude were the grumblers… but this verse completely contradicts that thought. Entire is H3605 and it means all, total, complete, whole. Read scripture, don’t let commentary (especially mine) be the only research you do.

Now what are they grumbling about? Food.

Do you know why Abba provided manna for the Israelites? Most think it was to stave off starvation? Here is the answer (from Scripture) and it may surprise you!

Exodus 16:4 YHVH said to Moshe: Here, I will make rain down upon you bread from the heavens, the people shall go out and glean, each day’s amount in its day, in order that I may test them, whether they will walk according to my Instruction or not.

Are you surprised?

In the next verse we see God providing a double portion of manna for the Sabbath:

Exodus 16:5 But it shall be on the sixth day: when they prepare what they have brought in, it shall be a double-portion compared to what they glean day after day.

This section really convicts me every year I read it.  When we are grumbling… we are really grumbling against Abba, what He has provided and done for us.

Exodus 16:8 Moshe said: Since YHVH gives you flesh to eat at sunset, and at daybreak, bread to satisfy (yourselves); since YHVH hearkens to your grumblings which you grumble against him- what are we: not against us are your grumblings, but against YHVH!

I am always struck by how Abba provides enough. And enough for all. Not more than we need, but enough. It really makes me wonder how much we ask for that is more than enough. For the last several years Abba has really put it on my heart to simplify and downsize. Really pressing me that we have way too much and it has become a burden. 

Exodus 16:16 This is the word that YHVH has commanded: Glean from it, each-man according to what he can eat, an omer per capita, according to the number of your persons, each-man, for those in his tent, you are to take.
Exodus 16:17 The Children of Israel did thus, they gleaned, the-one-more and the-one-less,
Exodus 16:18 but when they measured by the omer, no surplus had the-one-more, and the-one-less had no shortage; each-man had gleaned according to what he could eat.

Did you know the word “Sabbath” literally means cease / rest? Isn’t it amazing how clear God is? No ambiguity whatsoever.

Early on in my Messianic walk, I was terribly confused about what the wilderness was. How many times have you heard someone refer to the wilderness as a place of testing and trials?  This verse changed my view on the wilderness completely!

Exodus 16:35 And the Children of Israel ate the mahn for the forty years, until they came to settled land, the mahn they ate, until they came to the edge of the land of Canaan.

Isn’t that fantastic? They were completely provided for the entire time they are in the wilderness. So how can the wilderness be a bad place? It is a place where miracles happen daily. Where Abba provides our very sustenance. This is critical for us to understand. He provided for them yet it was a testing even in the midst of provision. I love that vision.

I hope you are reading the Torah portion on your own and are digging into the Word.  I use several resources when I study and wanted to share them with you:

eSword.  It is a free Bible Study Software.  I got mine from this church years ago and have never received one piece of junk mail due to it. This software has multiple version of scripture (and you know how I love to read different translations) including KJV, Scriptures, JPS, Peshitta, etc. And it has several different lexicons including Strongs, BDB and Thayers.  I highly recommend you get this software and it is free.

Blue Letter Bible.  Is a website that I take the Strong’s number from eSword and go search to see how the word has been used in other verses. It has the Gesenius’ definition of Hebrew words, which I just love!

The Five Books of Moses (Schoken Bible) is the translation I am reading from this year.

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Shalom, Shalom!

Trish


January 11th Messianic Torah Portion BeShalach

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Next Shabbat, January 11th Messianic Torah portion B’Shalach (in Hebrew it means “When he let go!”):  Exodus 13:17 – 17:16; Judges 4:4 – 5:31; Psalm 66; Matthew 5.

Messianic Torah Portion Beshalach

Daily Torah Reading:

1st section of Parsha B’Shalach, (Exodus 13:17-14:8) January 5th

2nd section of Parsha B’Shalach, (Exodus 14:9-14:14) January 6th

3rd section of Parsha B’Shalach, (Exodus 14:15-14:25) January 7th

4th section of Parsha B’Shalach, (Exodus 14:26-15:26) January 8th

5th section of Parsha B’Shalach, (Exodus 15:27-16:10) January 9th

6th section of Parsha B’Shalach, (Exodus 16:11-16:36) January 10th

7th section of Parsha B’Shalach, (Exodus 17:1-17:16) January 11th

Torah Studies for Children:

16-Beshalach-Junior-Bulletin

16-Beshalach-Kindershul-Picture-Page

disclosure

Tools for Adults Studying Torah

I highly recommend reading scripture each year from a different Hebraic translation!  Below are the different versions I’ve read:

2013 – 2014:  Shocken Bible.  I like having a book to hold, but if you want to read it online, here is a pdf.

2012 – 2013: Onkelos.  This is a GREAT set of 5 books.  I refer back to these regularly.

2009 – 2012: Stone’s Chumash

I have several different sets of commentary (Onkelos and Stone’s Chumash are my favorites for the Torah Portions).  For the Tanakh (rest of the Old Testament), I use Keil and Delitzsch. You can get this MUCH cheaper than this price at Amazon, but wanted you to see what it is and you can search for a better price.

The absolute BEST translation of the Gospels is Delitzsch’s Hebrew Gospels.

Again, I use many different translations, but this is one I use regularly Complete Jewish Bible as well as The Scriptures.

Just about anything from Artscroll… I could go broke at this store! (Note, if you visit this store on Shabbat, they will be closed… they honor the Sabbath)!

I am always looking for my next year’s translation to read Torah from.  If you have a great Hebraic perspective Bible that I did not list here, please leave me a comment below!

Until next week… Shalom Mishpocha!

Trish

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Studying Torah Portion Bo Part Three

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I really thought I was finished… but apparently I’m not. I have not gotten much further in Bo.  I’m now a little further in Exodus 12… but still have not finished the portion yet.

Studying Torah Portion Bo Part Three

As I continued to read about the Passover and the commands to keep it, these verses really struck me!

Exodus 12:24 You are to keep this word as a law for you and for your children, into the ages!
Exodus 12:25 Now it will be, when you come to the land which YHVH will give you, as he has spoken, you are to keep this service!

Service…. I have not read it as “service” in any of the other translations that I recall.  So, I had to stop and look this one up too.

Brown Driver Briggs’ definition of service is:

1) labour, service
1a) labour, work
1b) labour (of servant or slave)
1c) labour, service (of captives or subjects)
1d) service (of God)

Many times I take it one step further to understand the language and the intended meaning, I will go see how this word has been used in scripture by taking the Strong’s number and going to Blue Letter Bible and searching for the Strong’s number.  I was a bit shocked on this one. Read this verse:

Exd 1:14

And they made their lives bitter with hard bondage, H5656 in morter, and in brick, and in all manner of service H5656 in the field: all their service, H5656 wherein they made them serve, was with rigour.

What?  This service is the exact same service as being a slave?  Then, it dawned on me…. We are either serving Abba or hasatan (satan).  There is no middle ground. Just like the scripture in Joshua, you have to choose… one or the other.  You are going to serve one, but you get to choose which one.

Jos 24:15  And if it seems evil to you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom you will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the river Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell; but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.

More Choices.  We get to choose Blessing or Curses.

Deuteronomy 30:19 I call-as-witness against you today the heavens and the earth: life and death I place before you, blessing and curse; now choose life, in order that you may stay-alive, you and your seed,
Deuteronomy 30:20 by loving YHVH your God, by hearkening to his voice and by cleaving to him, for he is your life and the length of your days, to be settled on the soil that YHVH swore to your fathers, to Avraham, to Yitzhak and to Yaakov, to give them!

Is this what is meant by “Bond-servant”? All the apostles regularly refer to themselves as bond-servants.  In Revelation, John says:

Rev 1:1 THE Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave to him, to show unto his servants those things which must soon come to pass, he sent and signified it by his angel to his servant John:
Rev 1:2 Who bore record of the word of God and of the testimony of Jesus Christ and of all things that he saw.
Rev 1:3 Blessed is he who reads and they who listen to the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it: for the time is at hand.

The Word of God and Testimony of Jesus (Yeshua)?

Rev 12:17  And the dragon was enraged at the woman, and he went to make war with the remnant of her seed, who keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus.

I never expected this Torah portion to lead me to fully vetting why we are Messianic, but it appears that is exactly what is happening. Again, I pray that you study this out for yourself.  Don’t leave your salvation to anyone’s interpretation.

Shalom, Shalom… let’s see if there will be a part 4.

Trish

 


Studying Torah Portion Bo Part Two

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Wow… I’m still studying Torah Portion Bo and now I have to write a Part Two.  There is so much going on here in this portion!!!

Studying Torah Portion Bo Part Two

In this portion we have the command to keep the Pesach (Passover) as a memorial. First I looked up the meaning of Pesach, Gesenius gives a telling definition…

Pesach:  a sparing, immunity from penalty and calamity

I’ll just recount my thoughts as I read through this section.

Exodus 12:1 – 2 YHWH said to Moshe and to Aharon in the land of Egypt, saying: Let this New-Moon be for you the beginning of New-Moons, the beginning-one let it be for you of the New-Moons of the year.

THIS makes sense.  It is spring, the beginning of the Creator’s calendar, when live begins anew and rebirth is seen everywhere in nature. Last week I wrote about the Gregorian Calendar New Year and how Out of Sync I feel with it.  I look forward to the day when our calendars match His calendar (His appointed times, His Holy Appointments).

Exodus 12:3 Speak to the entire community of Israel, saying: On the tenth day after this New-moon they are to take them, each-man, a lamb, according to their Fathers’ House, a lamb per household.
Exodus 12:4 Now if there be too few in the house for a lamb, he is to take (it), he and his neighbor who is near his house, by the computation according to the (total number of) persons; each-man according to what he can eat you are to compute for the lamb.
Exodus 12:5 A wholly-sound male, year-old lamb shall be yours, from the sheep and from the goats are you to take it.
Exodus 12:6 It shall be for you in safekeeping, until the fourteenth day after this New-moon, and they are to slay it-the entire assembly of the community of Israel-between the setting-times.
Exodus 12:7 They are to take some of the blood and put it onto the two posts and onto the lintel, onto the houses in which they eat it.
Exodus 12:8 They are to eat the flesh on that night, roasted in fire, and matzot, with bitter-herbs they are to eat it.
Exodus 12:9 Do not eat any of it raw, or boiled, boiled in water, but rather roasted in fire, its head along with its legs, along with its innards.
Exodus 12:10 You are not to leave any of it until morning; what is left of it until morning, with fire you are to burn.
Exodus 12:11 And thus you are to eat it: your hips girded, your sandals on your feet, your sticks in your hand; you are to eat it in trepidation- it is a Passover-meal to YHVH.

Exodus 12:12 I will proceed through the land of Egypt on this night and strike down every firstborn in the land of Egypt, from man to beast, and on all the gods of Egypt I will render judgment, I, YHVH.
Exodus 12:13 Now the blood will be a sign for you upon the houses where you are: when I see the blood, I will pass over you, the blow will not become a bringer-of-ruin to you, when I strike down the land of Egypt.

Passover Blood on DoorThis one may be hard to reconcile… but a dear friend of mine helped me walk through this section, so I’m going to present it and maybe you can study it out. What was the blood on the door for?  Remission of their sins?  NO!  Blood on the door was for protection of the first born. How did you get this protection?  Obedience… by slaughtering the lamb and putting the blood on the door posts. Study this one out.  So much more there!

Exodus 12:14 This day shall be for you a memorial, you are to celebrate it as a pilgrimage-celebration for YHVH, throughout your generations, as a law for the ages you are to celebrate it!

What is a pilgrimage feast?  These are feasts that are commanded for all the males to travel to Jerusalem to worship Abba.

Exodus 23:14 Three times you are to hold pilgrimage for me, every year.
Exodus 23:15 The Pilgrimage-Festival of matzot you are to keep: for seven days you are to eat matzot, as I commanded you, at the appointed-time of the New-moon of Ripe-grain- for in it you went out of Egypt, and no one is to be seen before my presence empty-handed;
Exodus 23:16 and the Pilgrimage-festival of the Cutting, of the firstlings of your labor, of what you sow in the field; and the Pilgrimage-festival of Ingathering, at the going-out of the year, when you gather in your labor’s (harvest) from the field.
Exodus 23:17 At three points in the year are all your males to be seen before the presence of the Lord, YHVH.

We are told that these same feasts will continue in the New Jerusalem (His Kingdom) and we are told if we DON’T go, we will experience drought!  And notice it is even for the nations that came against Israel… so you know it applies to us if it applies to them!

Zec 14:16 And it shall come to pass that every one that is left of all the nations that came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles.
Zec 14:17 And it shall be, whosoever will not come up of all the families of the earth to Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, there shall be no rain upon them.

Now, let’s return to Exodus 12:14 for a moment.

Exodus 12:14 This day shall be for you a memorial, you are to celebrate it as a pilgrimage-celebration for YHVH, throughout your generations, as a law for the ages you are to celebrate it!

We need to look up “law”.

statute, ordinance, limit, enactment, something prescribed

This is not a suggestion, but a law.  Why are we no longer keeping Abba’s feasts?  These are not “Jewish” feasts, they are Abba’s feasts.  He commanded these and they are continuing in the New Jerusalem, His Kingdom.  So why do we think they don’t apply to believers today?  Look at where this specific word “law” is used throughout scripture. Especially study Psalms.

And if you question if this applies to us because we are not Jewish… read this

Exodus 12:19 For seven days, no leaven is to be found in your houses, for whoever eats what ferments, that person shall be cut off from the community of Israel, whether sojourner or native of the land.

What is a sojourner?

Brown Driver Briggs’ Definition for sojourner:

1a) a temporary inhabitant, a newcomer lacking inherited rights
1b) of foreigners in Israel, though conceded rights

So this law applied to both the natives of the land (Israelites) and to foreigners.  But not only that…. We are grafted into Israel and no longer foreigners… so that means that even if it didn’t apply to foreigners, it still would apply to us because we are no longer considered foreigners.

Eph 2:11 Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands;
Eph 2:12 That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:

Eph 2:13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.
Eph 2:14 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;
Eph 2:15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;
Eph 2:16 And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:
Eph 2:17 And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh.
Eph 2:18 For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.
Eph 2:19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;

I personally love the Complete Jewish Bible, so I am going to post that translation below:

11 Therefore, remember your former state: you Gentiles by birth – called the Uncircumcised by those who, merely because of an operation on their flesh, are called the Circumcised – 12 at that time had no Messiah. You were estranged from the national life of Isra’el.You were foreigners to the covenants embodying God’s promise. You were in this world without hope and without God. 13But now, you who were once far off have been brought near through the shedding of the Messiah’s blood. 14 For he himself is our shalom – he has made us both one and has broken down the m’chitzah which divided us 15 by destroying in his own body the enmity occasioned by the Torah, with its commands set forth in the form of ordinances. He did this in order to create in union with himself from the two groups a single new humanity and thus make shalom, 16 and in order to reconcile to God both in a single body by being executed on a stake as a criminal and thus in himself killing that enmity. 17 Also, when he came, he announced as Good News shalom to you far off and shalom to those nearby, b 18 news that through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. 19 So then, you are no longer foreigners and strangers. On the contrary, you are fellow-citizens with God’s people and members of God’s family.

So, in my opinion, if you are going to claim your place as part of His family, you also have to recognize this part of who we are now too.  We are grafted into the commonwealth of Israel. Another word we need to look up from Ephesians 2:12.

Thayers’ Definition of commonwealthlaw books
1) the administration of civil affairs
2) a state or commonwealth
3) citizenship, the rights of a citizen

See, we are now part of HIS Kingdom and as a citizen of His Kingdom we now have His laws and rules to live by.  Just like if you are an American citizen you have laws to live by here in America.

I have written this to show you another reason why we are Messianic.  These are my words…. however, you should not take my word for it (or anyone’s for that matter)… read it for yourself.  Leave your doctrine at the door and pray for God to reveal His heart to you via the Holy Spirit as you study His Word. I hope you will study this out and that it will be a blessing for you and your family!

If you are enjoying this series, here is part three.

Shalom, Shalom!

Trish

 


Studying Torah Portion Bo

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As I’m studying Torah portion Bo tonight…I stumbled upon this reality. Honestly, I’ve been reading the Torah portions for FIVE years now and I still find these pearls I missed in my other five times reading the portion.  It’s as if I never read them even once sometimes 🙂

torah portion bo

Exodus 10:26 Even our livestock must go with us, Not a hoof may remain behind! For some of them we must take to serve YHWH our God. We – we do not know how we are to serve YHWH until we come there.

And then look at this verse just a few verses up…

Exodus 10:9 Moshe said, With our young ones, with our elders we will go, with our sons and with our daughters, with our sheep and with our oxen we will go – for it is YHWH’s pilgrimage-festival for us.

I never put the two of these together.  I have been coming to the realization for a long time that our Western-way of interpreting scripture is not always accurate and sometimes not even remotely close to what I believe Abba intended… here is an example.  We think we have to understand Scripture (Abba’s Word) before we can live it.  But that is NOT what scripture said here.  Is this not a perfect example of where the Hebrews were instructed to walk it out (go to the Pilgrimage feast) before they knew exactly what they were to do?  Another example can be found with Abram in Genesis 12.

We have to step out first.  Then, as we walk out our faith, we receive revelation. THAT is absolutely walking it by Faith!  So, as we continually grow in our faith walk, continue to live a Torah-observant life, might this very post be an example of THAT revelation?  Abba is so faithful … He tells us in Deuteronomy 4:29 that if we seek Him we will find Him if we seek with all of our heart and being.

Are you seeking Him, studying His Word for yourself… not relying on someone else to lead you into His Kingdom?

Shalom, Shalom!

Trish

PS.  I know some like to know what version I’m quoting/reading from…. so here is a link to it.  As you all know I read the Torah Portion each year from a different translation.  This has been a great one thus far!

If you enjoyed this study, be sure to see part two!