Why Study the Torah? Because it is very important to YHVH:
11 These things happened to them to serve as an example, and they were written down to instruct us, on whom the ends of the ages have come.
How does this week’s Torah Portion relate to the Haftarah and Brit Chadasha Portions?
What did you find most interesting about this week’s reading?
What is the general theme of this reading and how does it apply to our lives today?
Additional resource mentioned by Ardelle:http://www.slideshare.net/sol613/israel-2009-noemi-presentation-929560
Original artwork by Karen Jacks:
I modified it to show more meaning in His name:
Here is the link for an on-line version:
Hebrew word studies:
The English word "sign" in Hebrew is spelled: Aleph - Vav - Tav
Christians and their "golden calves"
The following is a portion taken from my book, Babylon Rising: And The First Shall Be Last:
When it comes to things like Christmas and Easter, one of the responses I hear most when making comments like that is, "But that's not what it means to me..." followed by some excuse about not thinking about other gods, but rather focusing on Christ while doing what they do during those holidays. But it really doesn't matter what it means to us, it matters what it means to God!
While Christians argue that they are not worshipping or even thinking about any other gods on Christmas and Easter; claiming that their hearts and minds are solely on Christ, I have to ask how are those justifications any different from the rationale of the Israelites in the wilderness when they set up the altar with the golden calf?
Notice what they did. They set something up and declared that the works of their hands was God - the One who brought them up from their slavery in Egypt! And they worshiped a representation of a pagan deity, proclaiming that it "shall be a feast to the LORD!" The word "LORD" there in English is translated from the Hebrew word YHVH - the true name of God. Thus, they were doing as the heathen do - and doing it in the name of YHVH while claiming that He was the one they were thinking about as they brought gifts, ate, drank and made merry!
That is exactly what Christians all over the world are doing with Christmas! They are associating the Son of God with traditions that have always been attributed to the false sun gods of antiquity and participating in rituals that have nothing to do with the God of the Bible or His Son, Yeshua the Christ. If you keep reading about that story in Exodus, you will see that God was extremely unhappy about that sort of thing! It didn't matter what the people thought. Clearly it mattered more what He thought about it all.
"ET" (Aleph - Tav) Watch:
Yeshua is the "ET" (Aleph - Tav) found all through the Scriptures. One of the places He shows up is in Exodus 33:2 as the "angel" that goes on ahead to wipe out the Canaanites, Amorites, Hittites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites. I believe this story is picked up later by the prophet Amos:
Yet I destroyed the Amorites before them, though they were tall as the cedars and strong as the oaks. I destroyed their fruit above and their roots below.
- Amos 2:9
Yahoshua and Yeshua the Giant Killers:
Thus, it would appear that Yeshua took out the really big ones in the land, leaving the smaller ones like Og of Bashan for Joshua (Yahoshua ben Nun) and the Israelites to take out:
The Tribulation Protection Plan:
21 “You have six days each week for your ordinary work, but on the seventh day you must stop working, even during the seasons of plowing and harvest.
22 “You must celebrate the Festival of Harvest with the first crop of the wheat harvest, and celebrate the Festival of the Final Harvest at the end of the harvest season. 23 Three times each year every man in Israel must appear before the Sovereign, the Lord, the God of Israel. 24 I will drive out the other nations ahead of you and expand your territory, so no one will covet and conquer your land while you appear before the Lord your God three times each year.
Kevin & Amanda Roberts on Obedience to YHVH's Calendar and Feasts:
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