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Teachings

Below are the teachings from our weekly Torah Studies.  If you would like to join us, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so we can let you know where and when we meet.

P’kudei(Accounts) Exodus(Sh’mot) 38:21-40:38

Torah Portion:  P’kudei(Accounts) Exodus(Sh’mot) 38:21-40:38

Haftorah Reading: I Kings 7:40-8:38

 

Tonight, we finish the book of Sh’mot/Exodus as we read of the listing of all the material used in the construction of the Mishkan or Tabernacle and of the setting up of the structure. As we come to the end of this Torah portion we read of the glory of G-d settling on the Mishkan. In Exodus 38:34-35 we read where even Moshe could not enter the Mishkan because of the cloud that covered it and the glory of the L-rd filled it. In II Chronicles7:1-3 we again read of the Spirit of G-d falling when the first Temple was dedicated on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.

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Vayak’hel (He Assembled) Exodus(Sh’mot) 35:1-38:20

Torah Portion:  Vayak’hel (He Assembled) Exodus(Sh’mot) 35:1-38:20

Haftorah Reading: I Kings 7:13-26, 7:40-50

 

Tonight, we cover basically two major subjects in this portion. We start off with G-d giving His directions about the Shabbat, a subject I want to cover in a few minutes and get your thoughts on the question I sent out this week.

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Ki Tisa (When You Take) Exodus(Sh’mot) 30:11-34:35

Torah Portion:  Ki Tisa (When You Take) Exodus(Sh’mot) 30:11-34:35

Haftorah Reading: I Kings 18:1-39

Tonight, we study the sin of the golden calf. This is a pivotal Torah portion from which I pray we can grasp what G-d is saying to us in our own life. However, before we get to the verses about the golden calf there are a couple of other  points I also see as important to us and should help us in our understanding of verses we will look at in the Messianic scriptures.

We start our portion with the taking of a census of G-d’s people. In Exodus/Sh’mot 30:11-15 we read the instructions on how this census was to be taken. We also read of the consequences that would follow if it was not done according to the guidelines set out here. Later in II Samuel 24:1-17 we read where King David took a census of the people without following G-d’s guidelines set out in our portion. As a result of that action by David 70,000 people died of a plague that is mentioned in our portion as one of the results of not following G-d’s guidelines. So, it would seem there is an important lesson for us in this directive to take a census.

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