Adonai – BYI Worship Team

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If you are like me, I absolutely LOVE hearing the BYI Worship team and hate when the music is cut off. Today’s song was amazing! I wanted to grab it before we lost it. Facebook doesn’t allow us to share MP3 files directly, so I popped it onto Messianic Mom. So I thought I would share it with you as well.  Blessings Y’all!

adonai

 


Offerings – Are They Always to be Perfect?

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Let me first start by saying, I am a student of the Torah. But I am, by no means, an expert in any way.  I have been reading Torah for six years or so and do not have all of it figured out. Period. So, everything I write or say, you need to study out for yourself. Be a Berean. I am reading the Torah daily again and this week’s parsha is Emor. I have read Emor at least six other times… but, as always, I found something this week that I have never seen before… and is the point of this post.. This verse. Leviticus 22:23. Where has this verse been hiding the last six years?  Wow… is this a contradiction? Does an offering always have to be perfect? Let’s dive in and see what we can learn here.

 

offerings 5

First let’s get the various translations of this verse.

(Bishops) A bullocke or a sheepe that hath any member superfluous or lackyng, mayest thou offer for a freewyll offering: but for a vowe it shall not be accepted.

(Geneva) Yet a bullocke, or a sheepe that hath any member superfluous, or lacking, such mayest thou present for a free offring, but for a vowe it shall not be accepted.

(KJV-1611) Either a bullocke, or a lambe that hath any thing superfluous or lacking in his parts, that mayest thou offer for a free will offring: but for a vow it shal not be accepted.

(KJV) Either a bullock or a lamb that hath any thing superfluous or lacking in his parts, that mayest thou offer for a freewill offering; but for a vow it shall not be accepted.

(KJV+) Either a bullockH7794 or a lambH7716 that hath any thing superfluousH8311 or lacking in his parts,H7038 that mayest thou offerH6213 for a freewill offering;H5071 but for a vowH5088 it shall notH3808 be accepted.H7521

(KJVA) Either a bullock or a lamb that hath any thing superfluous or lacking in his parts, that mayest thou offer for a freewill offering; but for a vow it shall not be accepted.

(WoY) Either a bullock or a lamb that hath any thing superfluous or lacking in his parts, that mayest thou offer for a freewill offering; but for a vow it shall not be accepted.

(The Scriptures 1998+) ‘As for a bull or a lamb that has any limb deformed or dwarfed you do prepare as a voluntary offering, but for a vow it is not accepted.

(NET) As for an ox48 or a sheep with a limb too long or stunted,49 you may present it as a freewill offering, but it will not be acceptable for a votiveoffering.50

(ASV) Either a bullock or a lamb that hath anything superfluous or lacking in his parts, that mayest thou offer for a freewill-offering; but for a vow it shall not be accepted.

(ESV) You may present a bull or a lamb that has a part too long or too short for a freewill offering, but for a vow offering it cannot be accepted.

(YLT) `As to an ox or a sheep enlarged or dwarfed–a willing-offering ye do make it, but for a vow it is not pleasing.

(LBP) A bullock or a lamb which has the ear or the tail cut off you may offer for a freewill offering; but for a vow it shall not be accepted.

What I gather from these verses is that indeed there is an offering that can be less than perfect… a freewill offering. But emphasis is placed always on the fact that it is not allowed for a vow. The difference is apparently very important.

What is a vow offering?

Gesenius is my go-to resource usually and he defines it as:

vow h5088

A vow is a promise to God.

What is a freewill offering?

Again, here is Gesenius’ definition:

Freewill H5071

Freewill is voluntary.

As I study this out, both of these offerings are Peace Offerings. In researching Peace offering, I read that they are unique because it is the only one that provides for a portion of the sacrifice to go to the person offering it. (How cool is that?) Another interesting aspect about the peace offering was that it was placed on top of the burnt offering (Leviticus. 3:5 and Leviticus 6:12).

It appears that Vow offerings were offered only after the vow had been fulfilled. This offering was not given to lure God into helping… it was actually to thank Him!

Jdg 11:30 And Jephthah vowed a vow to the LORD, and said, If thou wilt surely deliver the children of Ammon into my hands,
Jdg 11:31 Then whosoever comes forth of the door of my house to meet me when I return in peace from the children of Ammon shall be the LORD’S, and I will offer him up for a burnt offering.

Vows were voluntary (freewill also), but once they were made, they became obligatory to complete.

Deu 23:21  When you shall vow a vow to the LORD your God, you shall not be slack to pay it; for the LORD your God will surely require it of you; and it would be a sin in you.

The freewill offering (or voluntary offering) seems to be one that is spontaneous in nature and expresses thankfulness to God. As we see in Gesenius’ definition above, the Hebrew word actually means spontaneous. Being grateful and thankful. Isn’t it just like our God to make it easy to show that?

I hope I have caused you to dig deeper. To jump in to scripture to see if I’m understanding this right. Please don’t take my word for it and if you understand it differently, please leave a comment for me below.  I am teachable 🙂

In the meantime, Shalom!!

Trish Maroon

 


May 3rd Messianic Torah Portion Emor

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Next Shabbat, May 3rd Messianic Torah portion Emor (in Hebrew it means “say!”).  Leviticus 21:1 – 24:23; Ezekiel 44:15-31; Psalm 42; Luke 11:1-12:59.

Torah Portion Emor

Daily Torah Reading:

1st section of Parsha Emor, (Leviticus 21:1-21:15) Sunday, April 27th

2nd section of Parsha Emor, (Leviticus 21:16-22:16) Monday, April 28th

3rd section of Parsha Emor, (Leviticus 22:17-22:33) Tuesday, April 29th

4th section of Parsha Emor, (Leviticus 23:1-23:22) Wednesday, April 30th

5th section of Parsha Emor, (Leviticus 23:23-23:32) Thursday, May 1st

6th section of Parsha Emor, (Leviticus 23:33-23:44) Friday, May 2nd

7th section of Parsha Emor, (Leviticus  24:1-24:23) Shabbat, May 3rd

Torah Studies for Children:

31_Emor_Kinder

31_Emor_Shabbat

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:  Schocken Bible.  I have to tell you I DO NOT like the commentary part, but I love the language of the Scriptures. Just being honest in my evaluation of the translation.  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.  It is my favorite. Period.

2009 – 2012 Torah Cycle: Stone’s Chumash.  My second favorite.

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.

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


My Thoughts on Torah Portion Kedoshim

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I’m sharing my thoughts and ponderings on Torah Portion Kedoshim (holy ones), for what they are worth. This is my 5th year reading the Torah Portions each Shabbat and I learn something new each time.I use a different translation each Torah cycle. This cycle I am using Shocken Bible. I have to tell you I DO NOT like the commentary part, but I love the language of the Scriptures. I like having a book to hold, but if you want to read it online, here is a pdf. This time I also pulled out my Onkelos translation. I love Onkelos, because if this translation changes the words of scripture, it tells you and why they changed them. I don’t like that they were changed at all, but I can assure you Every translation changes the words … just Onkelos tells you that he has.

My thoughts about Kedoshim

 

In Leviticus 19:2 we immediately see who is being spoken to… all the congregation. In my translation, it reads the entire community, but either way, it is all those that came out of Egypt, the mixed multitude, the children of Israel, all of them. And then… the words that should scare us all! Words that tell us how we should live…

Lev 19:2  “Speak to all the congregation of the children of Yisra’?l, and say to them, ‘Be set-apart, for I ???? your Elohim am set-apart. The Scriptures 1998

Lev 19:2  Speak unto all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say unto them: Ye shall be holy; for I the LORD your God am holy. JPS (Jewish Publication Society Bible)

Lev 19:2  Speak unto all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say unto them, Ye shall be holy: for I the LORD your God am holy.

And again in Leviticus 20:7:

Lev 20:7  Sanctify yourselves, therefore, and be holy; for I am the LORD your God.  Lev 20:8  and you shall guard My laws and do them. I am ????, who sets you apart. The Scriptures 1998

Lev 20:7 Sanctify yourselves therefore, and be ye holy; for I am the LORD your God. Lev 20:8 And keep ye My statutes, and do them: I am the LORD who sanctify you. JPS (Jewish Publication Society Bible)

Lev 20:7 Sanctify yourselves therefore, and be ye holy: for I am the LORD your God. Lev 20:8 And ye shall keep my statutes, and do them: I am the LORD which sanctify you.

The all say essentially the same thing… we should be set-apart, visibly, distinctly, vastly set-apart and walking a Holy lifestyle. How can we think that Yeshua born to be our Savior changes this in any way? That He came to set us free from living a Holy lifestyle? Really?  That is not logical nor is it scriptural… not in the least.

As we read through Chapters 19 and 20 that make up this portion, it reminds me of Yeshua restating how we are to live in Matthew 5 and 19. He didn’t release us from these laws… he explained them. The beginning of Leviticus 19:17 is almost exactly what Yeshua said…

Lev 19:17  You shall not hate your brother in your heart…

Mat 5:22  But I say to you, that whoever becomes angry with his brother for no reason, is guilty before the court: and whoever should say to his brother, Raca (which means, I spit on you) is guilty before the congregation; and whoever says to his brother, you are a nurse maid, is condemned to hell fire.

And again:

Lev 19:11  You shall not steal; you shall not deal falsely; neither shall you lie to one another.

Lev 19:12  You shall not swear by my name falsely and so profane the name of your God; I am the LORD.

Mat 5:33 Again you have heard it was said to them who were before you, that you shall not lie in your oaths, but entrust your oaths to the Lord.
Mat 5:34 But I say to you, never swear; neither by heaven, because it is God’s throne;
Mat 5:35 Nor by the earth, for it is a stool under his feet; nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of a great king.
Mat 5:36 Neither shall you swear by your own head, because you cannot create in it a single black or white hair.
Mat 5:37 But let your words be yes, yes, and no, no; for anything which adds to these is a deception.

Mat 19:18  He said to him, Which ones? And Jesus said to him, You shall not kill; You shall not commit adultery; You shall not steal; You shall not bear false witness;

 

And yet again:

Lev 19:3  You must revere every man his father and his mother, and keep my commandments; for I am the LORD your God.

Lev 19:18  You shall not bear any enmity against the children of your own people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself; I am the LORD.

Mat 19:19  Honor your father and your mother; and, Love your neighbor as yourself.

If you believe that Yeshua did away with the laws and ordinances of the “Old Testament” (Tanakh), I recommend you really pray about this and study the Word of God. Yeshua did not speak too many words for us to understand them. If you are confused by what APPEARS to be inconsistencies in the Brit Chadasha (New Testament), then I recommend you just read Yeshua’s words first. Understand them before you attempt to understand the disciples’ words. Because we know that the disciples could NOT speak against anything Yeshua said. So if you understand what Yeshua said and it appears another chapter and verse go against it…. you have to assume that your understanding of the later is wrong. Yeshua’s words were really easy to understand… there is no ambiguity in them.  Period. Pray about it and really seek wisdom (Scripture) for this answer.

When reading the commentary in Onkelos, I loved what Sforno said about this Torah portion… He essentially said this teaching embodied the concept that God created man “in His image and after His likeness” (Genesis 1:26)… that this Torah portion perfectly displays the requirement to emulate the ways of God.  Can I get an AMEN? That is it… and exactly what I felt as I was reading this.  Set-apart.  Are we a set-apart people, walking out His Words and emulating our Messiah, Yeshua?  If not, we need to examine our theology and our walk!

There is so much more to study in this little portion, but this is where I’ll stop. I pray this is a blessing to you!

Until next time….

Shalom, Shalom!!

Trish

 


Passover Daily Torah Readings

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Passover Daily Torah Readings

 


From
Judaism 101

Parsha

Pesach (Passover), Day 1

Torah

Exodus 12:21-51

Maftir

Numbers 28:16-25

 

Numbers 28:16-25

Haftarah

Joshua 3:5-7; 5:2-6:1; 6:27

Pesach (Passover), Day 2 Leviticus 22:26-23:44 II Kings 23:1-9; 21-25
Pesach (Passover), Chol Ha-mo’ed Day 1 Exodus 13:1-16;
Numbers 28:19-25
Pesach (Passover), Chol Ha-mo’ed Day 2 Exodus 22:24-23:19;
Numbers 28:19-25
Pesach (Passover), Chol Ha-mo’ed Day 3 Exodus 34:1-26;
Numbers 28:19-25
Pesach (Passover), Chol Ha-mo’ed Day 4 Exodus 9:1-14;
Numbers 28:19-25
Pesach (Passover)
Intermediate Shabbat
Exodus 33:12-34:26 Numbers 28:19-25Numbers 28:19-25

 

Numbers 28:19-25

 

Numbers 28:19-25

Ezekiel 37:1-37:14
Pesach (Passover), Day 7 Exodus 13:17-15:26 II Samuel 22:1-51
Pesach (Passover), Day 8 (weekday) Deuteronomy 15:19-16:17 Isaiah 10:32-12:6 

Isaiah 10:32-12:6

Pesach (Passover), Day 8 (Shabbat) Deuteronomy 14:22-16:17

If this is your first Passover, you might want to watch the Passover Seder Workshop by Rabbi Greg from Beth Yeshua International.

And download this Messianic Passover Seder Guide.

I pray you have a blessed Pesach and that you grow to love the feasts as much as our family does.

Chag Pesach Sameach!!  Next year in Jerusalem!!

Shalom!

Trish


April 12th Messianic Torah Portion Acharei Mot

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Next Shabbat, April 12th Messianic Torah portion Acharei Mot (in Hebrew it means “after the death”).  Leviticus 16:1 – 18:30; Malachi 3:4-24; Psalm 26; 1 Corinthians 6:9 – 20.

Messianic Torah Portion Acharei Mot

 

Daily Torah Reading:

1st section of Parsha Acharei Mot, (Leviticus 16:1-16:17) Sunday, April 6th

2nd section of Parsha Acharei Mot, (Leviticus 6:12-7:10) Monday, April 7th

3rd section of Parsha Acharei Mot (Leviticus 16:18-16:24)  Tuesday, April 8th

4th section of Parsha Acharei Mot, (Leviticus 16:25-16:34)  Wednesday, April 9th

5th section of Parsha Acharei Mot, (Leviticus 17:1-17:7)  Thursday, April 10th

6th section of Parsha Acharei Mot, (Leviticus 17:8-18:5)  Friday April 11th

7th section of Parsha Acharei Mot, (Leviticus 18:6-18:21)  Shabbat, April 12th

Torah Studies for Children:

29_AchareiMot_Kinder

29_AchareiMot_Shabbat

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:  Schocken Bible.  I have to tell you I DO NOT like the commentary part, but I love the language of the Scriptures. Just being honest in my evaluation of the translation.  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.  It is my favorite. Period.

2009 – 2012 Torah Cycle: Stone’s Chumash.  My second favorite.

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.

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


March 15th Messianic Torah Portion Tzav

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Next Shabbat, March 15th Messianic Torah portion Tzav (in Hebrew it means “command!”):  Leviticus 6:1(8) – 8:36, Jer 7:21 – 8:3, 9:23-24; Psalm 107; Mark 7:31-8:38

Hebrew Bible Textl - Jewish Related Item

 

Daily Torah Reading:

1st section of Parsha Tzav, (Leviticus 6:1-6:11) Sunday, March 9th

2nd section of Parsha Tzav, (Leviticus 6:12-7:10) Monday, March 10th

3rd section of Parsha Tzav, (Leviticus 7:11-7:38)  Tuesday, March 11th

4th section of Parsha Tzav, (Leviticus 8:1-8:13)  Wednesday, March 12th

5th section of Parsha Tzav, (Leviticus 8:14-8:21)  Thursday, March 13th

6th section of Parsha Tzav, (Leviticus 8:22-8:29)  Friday March 14th

7th section of Parsha Tzav, (Leviticus 8:30-8:36)  Shabbat, March 15th

Torah Studies for Children:

25_Tzav_Kinder

25_Tzav_Shabbat

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:  Schocken Bible.  I have to tell you I DO NOT like the commentary part, but I love the language of the Scriptures. Just being honest in my evaluation of the translation.  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.  It is my favorite. Period.

2009 – 2012 Torah Cycle: Stone’s Chumash.  My second favorite.

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


February 15th Messianic Torah Portion Ki Tisa

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Next Shabbat, February 15th Messianic Torah portion Ki Tisa (in Hebrew it means “where you elevate”):  Exodus 30:11-34:35; 1 Kings 18:1-39; Psalm 75; Matthew 9:35-11:1

Torah Portion Ki Tisa

Daily Torah Reading:

1st section of Parsha Ki Tisa, (Exodus 30:11-31:17) Sunday, February 9th

2nd section of Parsha Ki Tisa, (Exodus 31:18-33:11)  Monday, February 10th

3rd section of Parsha Ki Tisa, (Exodus 33:12-33:16)  Tuesday, February 11th

4th section of Parsha Ki Tisa, (Exodus 33:17-33:23)  Wednesday, February 12th

5th section of Parsha Ki Tisa, (Exodus 34:1-34:9)  Thursday, February 13th

6th section of Parsha Ki Tisa, (Exodus 34:10-34:26)  Friday February 14th

7th section of Parsha Ki Tisa, (Exodus 34:27-34:35)  Shabbat, February 15th

Torah Studies for Children:

21-Ki-Tisa-Junior-Bulletin

21-Ki-Tisa-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 have to tell you I DO NOT like the commentary part, but I love the language of the Scriptures. Just being honest in my evaluation of the translation.  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.  It is my favorite. Period.

2009 – 2012 Torah Cycle: Stone’s Chumash.  My second favorite.

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

 

 


My Thoughts on Torah Portion Tetzaveh

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These are my thoughts on Torah Portion Tetzaveh, this Shabbat’s Torah portion.

Thoughts about Tetzaveh

 

At the beginning of this portion, we are told the children of Israel are to provide pure olive oil for the Light  in the Tent of Appointment. Don’t you just LOVE that language… Tent of Appointment.  Doesn’t that give such a clear picture of what the purpose of the tent was?  And light… notice the children of Israel played a critical role in the provision of Light… if they didn’t bring the olive oil, the lampstand had no light.  Of course, if Abba wanted that light there, He would provide… but I think this is a great way to start the portion; we have a role in the walk of not only ourselves, but those around us. Notice the lampstand is only lit through the night and that the Priest is responsible for maintaining this light… so the Children of Israel have a role in the light as well as the Priests. We have an action item!  And it is an everlasting law… however, since we don’t have a “Tent of Appointment”, this is one of the laws that cannot be fulfilled until we have a Temple.

We now get to the Priestly Garments and their pattern.  I love the details that are in this portion.  Try to slow down and really study these words, each one is so rich in meaning and so much can easily be overlooked.  For example, so many want to say that the Ruach (Holy Spirit) was not given in the “old testament”, but that is not what scripture says.  Here in Exodus, we see another example of people filled with the Ruach….

Exo 28:3  And thou shalt speak unto all that are wise hearted, whom I have filled with the spirit of wisdom, that they may make Aaron’s garments to consecrate him, that he may minister unto me in the priest’s office.

I also love the “wise hearted” language being used here.  In Scripture, wise is always associated with knowing Abba’s Word and will. So, the one’s that are wise hearted are filled with the Ruach.  B’H!  Do a study just on the word “Wise”… it is fantastic!  Another word to research is consecrate (H6942). We hear all the time that means “set-apart”.  I really like how the AHLB (Ancient Hebrew Lexicon of the Bible) defines it:

Set apart from the rest for a special function. Separating and joining to something. {emphasis is mine}

Another word to look up is minister (H3547).  In the AHLB its definition reads…

The base which supports the people.

In the Priestly garments’ description, we see that the 12 Tribes names are engraved on two onyx stones which are part of the shoulder pieces of the efod.  Isn’t that amazing?  The very definition of the word means base that supports and then we read in scripture that the names are on the shoulders of the Priestly garments.  That is Hebrew for you.  It usually focuses on the function and purpose, not the description like Greek.  Take a Pencil, for instance..  In Greek thought, you might say it is yellow, long, has an eraser on one end, lead on the other, made of wood, etc.  In Hebrew thought, you would say, it is a writing instrument.  Function, purpose.

We move onto the “breastpiece of judgment”.  Here we see a list of stones that are used for each Tribe.  I have not fully studied this section out, but I can guarantee you there is meaning in these stones associated with each Tribe!  One thought that comes to mind though is that now we have the tribes on the Priest’s chest. First they were on the shoulder’s and now on his breastplate near his heart.  Near and dear and supported by the Priests.  That is how I see this description.  Remember the priest went in to atone for their sins. Act as their mediator. We already have Moses as a model… he was always on his face praying for this people, protecting this people, interceding on their behalf. Exactly what the priest was to do.

We have very, very, very precise pattern here. Do you think Abba is about happenstance or precision? Yeah… we have patterns to live by, like everything else in nature.  There is so much more here than I have studied out… the pomegranates, the bells, the Urim and the Tummim.. what do they all mean?  Don’t just rush past this section (or any section for that matter). Spend some time here really studying the Word!

Did you notice in Chapter 29 it is Matza (unleavened) bread?  Does that give you a clue as to the time of year?  If you are familiar with the feasts, it should.  What feast do you only have Matza?

I love the description of the Turban.  That is such a foreign thought and not many of the Cohen Gadol (High Priest) images I see have them in turbans.  But, these were Middle Eastern men. So when we give up our westernized vision of Scripture, we realize, this is exactly fitting! When we striped all the “jewishness” out of scripture, we stole the meaning and richness of it!

Another section that fascinates me is

Exo 29:20  Then shalt thou kill the ram, and take of his blood, and put it upon the tip of the right ear of Aaron, and upon the tip of the right ear of his sons, and upon the thumb of their right hand, and upon the great toe of their right foot, and sprinkle the blood upon the altar round about.

What is up with the ear, thumb and toe being slathered in blood?  Well the ear represents hearing… Shema, Hear O Israel. (Hear and DO). The hand represents work. Our hands are to be doing His work and will.  And toe represents walk / path. Walking Abba’s path. Remember Hebrew is about function and purpose not description!  Makes so much sense, doesn’t it?  I know!

There is more to this portion, but I think I’ll close it here.  I encourage you to really slow down and put some effort into studying the Word and learning what the intended meaning was (not our westernized version… but the Ancient Middle Eastern version that it was written in, by and for). In my humble opinion, the fact that the West assumes it is all about their understanding is another form of pride and arrogance.  The entire Bible is about the Middle East, that is the location where everything takes place, to Hebrew people, that spoke a Middle Eastern language in ancient times with ancient customs and thoughts.  Study it out… there is so much richness there!  Abba will grant wisdom to those that seek it!  He promised that!

Until next time, Shabbat Shalom!


February 8th Messianic Torah Portion Tetzaveh

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Next Shabbat, February 8th Messianic Torah portion Tetzaveh (in Hebrew it means “you shall command”):  Exodus 27:20-30:10; Ezekiel 43:10-27; Psalm 65; Mark 4:35-5:43

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Daily Torah Reading:

1st section of Parsha Tetzaveh, (Exodus 27:20 – 28:12) Sunday, February 2nd

2nd section of Parsha Tetzaveh, (Exodus 28:13-28:30)  Monday, February 3rd

3rd section of Parsha Tetzaveh, (Exodus 28:31-28:43)  Tuesday, February 4th

4th section of Parsha Tetzaveh, (Exodus 29:1-29:18)  Wednesday, February 5th

5th section of Parsha Tetzaveh, (Exodus 29:19-22:37)  Thursday, February 6th

6th section of Parsha Tetzaveh, (Exodus 29:38-29:46)  Friday February 7th

7th section of Parsha Tetzaveh, (Exodus 30:1-30:10)  Shabbat, February 8th

Torah Studies for Children:

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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