Thursday, April 21, 2016

Parashah Messiah: Pesach Reflections

Torah Portion: Pesach (Exodus 12:21-51)
Gospel Portion: 1 Cor. 2:1-5; 5:6-8
Commentary By: Matthew Day

Your boasting is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump? Cleanse out the old leaven that you may be a new lump, as you really are unleavened. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. Let us therefore celebrate the festival, not with the old leaven, the leaven of malice and evil, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. -- 1 Cor. 5:6-8 (ESV)

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Parashah Messiah: Sacrificial Love

Torah Portion: Tazria (Leviticus 12:1–13:59)
Gospel Reading: John 16:21; Hebrews 12:2
Commentary by: Kelsey Bryant

“Surely our griefs He Himself bore,
And our sorrows He carried;
Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken,
Smitten of God, and afflicted.
But He was pierced through for our transgressions,
He was crushed for our iniquities;
The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him,
And by His scourging we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:4–5, NASB)

Leviticus is known for its purity laws that guard the holiness of Yahweh’s dwelling place. The list of commands starts in a logical spot – at childbirth, the beginning of life. Yet when we contemplate Leviticus 12, we see that the childbirth laws can also teach us about Yeshua’s mission.