Thursday, May 26, 2016

Parashah Messiah: Creation's Jubilee

Torah Portion: Behar (Leviticus 25:1-26:2)
Gospel Reading: Philemon
Commentary by: Matthew David Wiseman
Proclaim release in the land, to all of its inhabitants! It is a Jubilee for you, and each one of you will return to his inheritance, and each one of you will return to his family. Leviticus 25:10
Parshat Behar is about a lot of things. We could talk about God’s plan for creation, for planting and harvesting and resting. We could talk about the kinsman redeemer, about family and about Yeshua’s redemption of the world. We could even talk about economics from this chapter, about inheritance and about community. And we will touch on a few of those topics, but I want to focus on a different subject: slavery.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Updates! (Parashah Messiah, New Messianic Lectionary, Faith Beyond the Letter)

So, if you haven't heard, there's a few new things going on that I'd like to share with you. Life's been pretty busy, so this is just going to be a quick update, but I wanted to make sure I posted at least something about these latest projects.

Parashah Messiah: God's Pursuit of Man

Torah Portion: Emor (Leviticus 21:1-24:23)
Gospel Reading: 2 Cor. 5:18-21; John 17:20-23
Commentary by: Chris Knight

There is something I believe to be completely necessary and revolutionary for one’s personal faith in God and view of the scripture. That is the fact that God is much more in pursuit of man than man is in pursuit of God. God is not solely a righteous judge waiting to render judgment on a sinful world. Rather, He is a loving Father Who desires to see us live, prosper, succeed, and have the most fulfilled and abundant life imaginable. He is on our side! Pause and let that sink in. Often we can view God as an intimidating teacher-like figure waiting to grade our “test” of life; looking forward to marking every mistake possible and rendering to us the grade due. However, I’ve found that God is actually more like the gracious, loving parent who is giving you quizzes and worksheets, staying up late helping you study, and tutoring you in every area needed. He goes out of His way to help you and I succeed in this “test” of life! The scriptures testify to this when they say,

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Parashah Messiah: Living Holy

Torah Portion: Kedoshim (Leviticus 19:1–20:27)
Gospel Reading: 1 Peter 1:13–2:3; James 1:21–22
Commentary by: Kelsey Bryant

“Be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy.” (Leviticus 19:1, NASB)

When I hear the word “holy,” without reference to any concrete definition, the slate of my mind is blank. God’s children are supposed to be holy, but what does that mean? What does it look like? The commandment to be holy is all over the Bible, so we have to understand what it means in order to follow it.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Parashah Messiah: The Nature of Atonement

Torah Portion: Acharei Mot (Leviticus 16:1-18:30)
Gospel Portion: Matthew 16:24-28; Romans 6:1-10
Commentary By: Matthew Day

Atonement--it's a word that typically brings to mind images of sacrifice, of offering up an animal as payment for sin. But, this (which we call substitutionary atonement) is really only one aspect of atonement. Buried within the commandments for the Day of Atonement, hidden away in Jewish tradition, alluded to by Messiah, and expanded upon by Paul we find another aspect of atonement which calls upon us as participants--vicarious atonement.