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Genesis 12–17: From old self to ‘new creation’ in Abraham’s footsteps

Apostle Paul called Abraham the “father of us all,” those born in Israel and those who have faith like his (Rom. 4:16). In this week’s Torah passage, לֶךְ-לְךָ Lech Lecha (“go forth” or “get going,” Genesis 12-17), we see Abraham’s first move of faith in leaving his homeland for some unknown destination Heaven was leading him toward. His response is an inspiration to us all.

His journey plus that of Israel from bondage in Egypt parallels our path on The Way from the person we used to be to the “new creation” God has started in us through Yeshua haMashiakh (Jesus the Christ).

Genesis 6:9-11:32: Remembering God’s judgment and mercy in the Flood

Though his generation had forgotten, Noach (Noah) remembered the Creator was in charge, followed His instructions and didn’t have the malice of the world around him. The relationship between God and Noach was a two-way street, and it is because of this one man’s trust in God that all of creation was saved.

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Genesis 1:1–6:8: God commanded, but why should I listen?

These days, a Creator Who made the heavens, Earth, plants, creatures and people is scoffed at by many, including increasingly more in the Body of Messiah. But this week’s Torah portion, בְּרֵאשִׁית B’reisheet (“in the beginning,” Genesis 1:1-6:8), reminds us why Yeshua (Jesus) taught that this is important real history undergirding our faith.

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Numbers 4:21–7:89: God purifies all who come near

The Torah passage נשא Nasso (“take up”) continues the census of the priesthood of Israel from Numbers 1–4, caretakers of the earthly embassy of the Creator. Yes, there’s a Messiah-centered connection between determining who could enter the מִשְׁכָּן Mishkan (“Tabernacle”), testing the faithfulness of a wife, commissioning and decommissioning someone under a Nazarite vow and the 12 days of gifts from each of the tribes of Israel at the dedication of the Mishkan.

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Shavuot (Pentecost) expands the Kingdom of God

Shavuot and the sabbatical years of the jubilee are based on three ideas: liberty, restoration and acceptance. Both stand on the same foundation.

What foundation does man stand upon? Dirt + water + breath of life = Man. We all began with Adam and Eve without exception. God gave Adam and Eve the Breath of Life and we have all inherited this because of them.

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Leviticus 26-27: Get a Heavenly transplant before following your heart

As Leviticus ends with the Torah reading בחקותי Bechokotai (“in My statutes,” Leviticus 26-27), we should remember the point of this book seen at its beginning: The LORD wants Israel in His presence, but each must be transformed to make that journey. That’s the lesson of the Tabernacle, offerings, priesthood, appointed times and years, distinguishing between clean and unclean, etc.

As promised in the New Covenant prophecy (Jer. 31:31–34; Ezek. 36:25–26), the LORD will give us a “new heart,” written upon with His laws and empowered by His Spirit.

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Leviticus 25: Golden Rule behind sabbatical years and Jubilee

The Shemittah (sabbatical year) is a seven-year cycle and holds obvious parallels to the Shabbat (Sabbath) and is supposed to draw your attention to it. Man works six days and rests on the seventh. Man is made from the dirt and the dirt is supposed to rest as well. Man and dirt are one and the same. When we abuse the seven-year cycle of the land, we are abusing ourselves.

When you make the land work on its shabbat, it’s an abuse of the land, just as a man making a maid or male servant work on the seventh-day Shabbat is abuse.

The 50th-year Yobel (Jubilee) is part of the pattern of rest and release. These cycles described in the Torah reading בהר Behar (“on the mountain,” Leviticus 25) were not invented by man. We are not in the habit of resting. We are driven to work, and gather wealth. We work to live, not live to work.

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