Noach 2018

Torah Portion:  Genesis 6:9–11:32 Haftarah Portion:  Isaiah 54:1–55:5 New Testament Portion:  Luke 17:26-27, Hebrews 11:5-7, 1Peter 3:20, 2Peter 2:5, 3:9-14  “And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.”  (Heb. 11:6) “Noah walked with God.” (Gen. 6:9) Let that settle upon your mind … Continue reading Noach 2018

Considering “the way of the LORD”

All four gospels quote Isaiah’s message to “prepare the way of the LORD.” The term is ambiguous to most modern readers. It’s first usage concerns Father Abraham, who was willing to leave everything behind and head toward a place of blessing, not knowing where he would end up.  The Hebrew word translated as “way” is derek. While it … Continue reading Considering “the way of the LORD”

We Must Obey God Rather Than Men

The following is an exhaustive list of verses containing the word “commandments” obtained by my use of E-Sword, a free Bible software program available on the Internet, and The Blue Letter Bible Online, a web site that provides extensive Bible study materials at no charge. My comments are posted at the end. Programs like these … Continue reading We Must Obey God Rather Than Men

Noach 5777

Torah Portion:  Genesis 6:9–11:32 Haftarah Portion:  Isaiah 54:1–55:5 New Testament Portion:  Luke 17:26-27, Hebrews 11:5-7, 1Peter 3:20, 2Peter 2:5, 3:9-14 This week as I pondered the assigned Scripture and Ray Gardner’s rich and detailed  study notes , a few thoughts came to mind. “Noah walked with God.” This phrase is used only for one other person in … Continue reading Noach 5777

Verse List: Sabbath

My experience in the twenty-plus years that I have been pursuing Sabbath-keeping bears out that if I want a peaceful home, if I want Yeshua to fight my battles and be my rear guard, it is up to me to prepare for and honor His holy day. The promise is that if we do so, … Continue reading Verse List: Sabbath

Toldot 2015 [Family History]

Torah: Genesis 25:19-28:9 Haftarah: Malachi 1:1-2:7 New Testament: Romans 9:6-16, Hebrews 11:20, 12:14-17 This week, in between the stories of Esau selling his birthright and Rebekah convincing Jacob to deceive Isaac into believing he is the elder son, we find a sidebar that seems strangely out of place. Now there was a famine in the … Continue reading Toldot 2015 [Family History]

Chai Sarah [Life of Sarah] 2015

Torah Portion: Genesis 23:1 through Gen 25:18 Haftarah: 1Kings 1:1-31, 46 New Testament: Mat. 13: 24-50, John 4:35, Heb 11:6-19, Heb 13:6 Though our portion this week is entitled “Life of Sarah,” it curiously records both her’s and Abraham’s death, though, in actuality, he lives another 38 years. Scripture inserts the death of the saints … Continue reading Chai Sarah [Life of Sarah] 2015

Vayera [ and He Appeared] 2015

Torah Portion: Genesis 18:1 through Gen 22:24 Haftarah: 2 Kings 4:1-37 New Testament: Acts 7:2-3, John 8:28-59, Jude 1:1-8, James 1:2-6 Returning to our quest to understand what caused God to passionately pursue Abraham

Lech Lecha [Go Out For Yourself] 2015

Torah Portion: Genesis 12:1 through 17:27 Haftarah Portion: Isaiah 40:27 through 41:16 New Testament Portion: Mat. 8:21-22, Acts 7:2-6, Romans 11:24-26, 1 Peter 3:5-6, Rev. 7:9-10 In the span of two weeks, we have traversed the first 2000 years of human history in which the world was created in seven days, Adam and Eve succumbed … Continue reading Lech Lecha [Go Out For Yourself] 2015