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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.

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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Tetzaveh(Command) Exodus(Sh’mot) 27:20-30:10

Torah Portion:  Tetzaveh(Command) Exodus(Sh’mot) 27:20-30:10

Haftorah Reading: Ezekiel 43:10-27

Tonight, we read a Torah portion made up almost entirely with a description of the priestly garments and the process of setting apart Aaron and his sons for the priesthood. My question this week covers this process and what it means to be set apart. However, before we get to that there are several other topics I want us to look at and how they speak to our lives today.

In the very first verse we read of the pure beaten olive oil that was to be brought for the light in the Mishkan. I want to take just a moment to examine this and how it might apply in our own life. G-d specifically says the oil the people are to bring must be pure beaten olive oil. In some translations it is called crushed oil. Crushed is probably the better translation. Even today, to get the best extra virgin olive oil the olives are crushed just enough to get the first few drops – the purest of the crop. After that, the olives are beaten to get whatever oil remains. So, the first crushing produces the best and purest oil. From this what oil gives the best light? The purest oil gives the best light.

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