Friday, September 30, 2016

Parashah Messiah: Final Redemption

Torah Portion: Nitzavim (Deuteronomy 29:9-30:20)
Gospel Reading: Romans 10:1-21
Commentary by: Kelsey Bryant / Matthew Day

In Romans 10, at a time when it seems God has given up on His people, we read about Paul’s longing for the fulfillment of the prophecy in Deuteronomy 30--the repentance and restoration of Israel. Deuteronomy 30 foretells the time when Israel will finally be restored to full fellowship with God – keeping His Torah, living in the Land, loving Him with all their hearts. This is not just a restoration of physical blessing--it’s a transformation that goes as deep as the heart: “Moreover the Lord your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your descendants, to love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, so that you may live.” (Deut. 30:6 NASB). Even at that present time, when Moses was speaking to the Israelites, he made the point that loving God, obeying Him, clinging to Him, “is your life and the length of your days” (v. 20). As Paul expressed in Romans 10, if only the Israel of his day would heed these words, then the prophecy could come to fulfillment. Yeshua is the Life that they should choose (30:19), He gives the righteousness they need. The word is near them – they have only to believe in Yeshua and confess His Name (Romans 10:8-10).

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Parashah Messiah: Through the Lens of the Gospel

Torah Portion: Ki Tavo (Deuteronomy 26:1-29:8)
Gospel Reading:  Luke 6:20-36
Commentary by: Matthew Day

The conclusions one draws from any particular passage are dependent on the questions one asks and the perspective one brings to the table. If the questions arise out of error or if the perspective is warped, the conclusions drawn from the passage will be faulty. This can be true even with a seemingly simple passage like the blessings and curses in this week's Torah portion. Wrong questions and wrong perspective will breed wrong conclusions.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Parashah Messiah: Do What's Right

Torah Portion: Ki Tetze (Deuteronomy 21:10-25:19)
Gospel Reading: Luke 23:1-25
Commentary by: Brian Serrano

As Torah (or “whole Bible” as I like to say) keeping Christians we try to follow Yahweh’s laws to the best of our abilities. We try to do what is right. But what does that mean? What does it look like? What do others think it looks like? To us, we can answer the first two questions easy. It means following the Bible. It looks like Messiah, because we walk His footsteps. However, I think sometimes we are so eager to please our God and King that we overlook that this walk takes some explaining to others.

From the outside people can take snippets of the Bible, or take the Bible out of it’s Hebraic context and be confused.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Parashah Messiah: The Authority of Yeshua and The Apostles

Torah Portion: Shoftim (Deuteronomy 16:18-21:9)
Gospel Reading: Ephesians 1:15-23, Matthew 28:16-20
Commentary by: Chris Knight

When you speak about Torah and any of it’s commandments, you inevitably come across varying interpretations, opinions, and beliefs on what those commandments look like or how they should be lived out in our lives. This is not a new problem or one that would have been foreign to those living in biblical times. In this week’s portion, Shoftim (Judges), we are presented with a system designed to, in one way, solve this problem and unite God’s people on how certain commandments should look when lived out properly. We read,
“If a matter arises which is too hard for you to judge, between degrees of guilt for bloodshed, between one judgment or another, or between one punishment or another, matters of controversy within your gates, then you shall arise and go up to the place which the Lord your God chooses. And you shall come to the priests, the Levites, and to the judge there in those days, and inquire of them; they shall pronounce upon you the sentence of judgment. You shall do according to the sentence which they pronounce upon you in that place which the Lord chooses. And you shall be careful to do according to all that they order you. According to the sentence of the law in which they instruct you, according to the judgment which they tell you, you shall do; you shall not turn aside to the right hand or to the left from the sentence which they pronounce upon you.”
Deuteronomy 17:8-11 (NKJV)

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Parashah Messiah: Hands of Love

Torah Portion: Re’eh (Deuteronomy 11:26-16:17)
Gospel Reading: Matthew 25:31-46
Commentary by: Kelsey Bryant

When we think about what Torah-keeping means, we may have the tendency to specify only Sabbath, festivals, kosher, and whatever else sets us apart from mainstream Christianity. But readings like Parshat Re’eh quickly remind us that a huge part of keeping the Torah is about loving people.