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Contributed on Oct 1, 2018
Close out of the Torah reading cycle. Stories of biblical characters and their struggles.
20180922 Parsha 151 Tree of Life Messianic Congregation Houston. Give up, give in, or give it all you’ve got Blessing Today is the day we close out the Torah cycle that we have been on since the beginning of Tree of Life back in February 2016. We had decided to do the three year cycle rather than ...read more
Contributed on Apr 9, 2018
Israel had been at Mr Sinai for a year, building the tabernacle, training an army, and learning God's instructions (Torah). The God told Moses, "you have been at this mountain long enough". It was time to move on and accomplish God's plan for Israel.
Our Torah Portion today is the beginning of the book titled Deuteronomy. It comes from the Septuagint (the Greek translation of the Old Testament) and means “second law” or “repetition of the law. We know that when people say law, the actual Hebrew word Torah means instruction. God gave us His ...read more
Contributed on Mar 17, 2018
As Israel conquered Canaan, God set up physical boundaries for the tribes. At Sinai He gave them moral boundaries. The Word of God still defines boundaries. We are commanded not to move the boundary markers.
20180317 Parsha 124 Boundaries Today’s Torah portion is one of those passages that we tend to skip over or speed read through as we put our brain on pause. There are names we can’t pronounce and places we can’t locate on Google earth. And what difference does it make anyway. It certainly ...read more
Contributed on Feb 12, 2018
Daughters of Zelophehad went against current custom to ask for their inheritance. By asking God amended the Law.
Chapter 26, the last chapter in last week’s parsha was the report of a census taken at God’s command. In this census, just prior to going into the Land, all the tribes are listed and their population of men is recorded. Note I said men, not men, women, and children. Society in those days was ...read more
Contributed on Feb 5, 2018
Because of his zeal for the Lord, God gave Phineas a covenant of Shalom.
This week’s Torah portion is a continuation of last week’s story of Balak and Balaam. Balaam had advised Balak that the way to defeat Israel was to attack their morality. Sure enough, the women of Moab soon began corrupting the men of Israel to great effect. A great plague came on the people ...read more