Parashah 4: Vayera

    Torah: B'resheit (Genesis) 18:1-22:24 Haftarah: M'lekhim Beit (2 Kings) 4:1-37 B'rit Chadashah: Matthew 10:1-42 Hospitality is an under-rated virtue in the West today, but it was one of the utmost importance in the near-eastern world in which the Scriptures were written.  When we read of how Lot offered a hellbent-on-rape crowd the use …

Parashah 3: Lekh L’kha

Torah:  B’resheit (Genesis) 12:1-17:27 Haftarah:  Yesha’yahu (Isaiah) 40:27-41:16 B’rit Chadasha:  Romans 11:1-36 “All Israelites have a share in the World-to-Come,” declares the Mishnah (Sanhedrin 11:1), echoing Rabbi Sha’ul’s declaration that, [A]ll Israel will be saved. Even as it is written . . .  Concerning the Good News, they are enemies for your sake. But concerning …

Parashah 2: Noach

Torah:  B’resheit (Genesis) 6:9-11:32 Haftarah:  Yesha’yahu (Isaiah) 54:1-10 (Sephardic), 54:1-55:5 (Ashkenazi) B’rit Chadasha:  Mattityahu (Matthew) 24:29-44 All too often, we want to simplify God into a catch-phrase, such as “God is love” (1Jn. 4:8).  But while God is certainly love, He is also infinitely just, and there comes a point where His justice must be …

Psalm 27 and the Countdown to Yom Teruah

With Rosh Hashanah fast on its way (Sept. 8, for those who didn't know), a number of Messianic blogs (like Derek's) have already delved into Psalm 27, which is traditionally canted during the month of Elul.  The Just Jewish blog actually has links to some songs based on Psalm 27.  Since part of the purpose …

Meet Rabbi Sha’ul: Why the Holy One Chose His Enemy

I've had this post in my back pocket for a while, and Smoodock's post today, Who Was Paul of Tarsus, Really? has finally inspired me to post it.  In particular, the following statement got my attention: Some may say, well, God can do anything, and Paul was merely a tool in God’s hands. This is …

The Gospel According to the Inner Circle: Chronology

So far, this series has covered Yochanan's introductory description of Yeshua, His Being, and His Mission. Now, let's take a moment and look at how these two Gospel accounts (and by extension, the other two Synoptics) fit together. Much of the composition of this chronology is thanks to Holding's article on the subject. It is …

The Gospel According to the Inner Circle, Pt. 2: The Light of God

Yochanan uses another term in his first chapter to describe Yeshua: He calls Him “the Light,” and says that He “lighteth every man that cometh into the world” (v. 9). The same phrase is used throughout the Talmud and Rabbinical literature to mean literally “every single person.” For example, in the rhetorical question, “Doth not …

The Gospel According to the Inner Circle: TOC

No, not some Gnostic secret. In this series, we'll look at the life of Yeshua through the lense of the two Apostles closest to Him: Yochanan, the Beloved Apostle, and Kefa, as recorded by Mark. Based on my lecture notes for both my prison ministry and Beth HaMashiach's youth group (yes, I really do hit …

The Gospel According to the Inner Circle, Pt. 1: The Word of God

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. --John 1:1 Thus begins the fourth Gospel account, harkening our attention back to Genesis 1:1--"In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth." The first word of Genesis, which provides the Hebrew title of the book, is …