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.
The Passover/Unleavened Bread readings:
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FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK OR FIRST OF THE SABBATHS?
Before understanding the Feasts of YHWH, I was just as clueless as the next guy concerning the things of God and how His plan/calendar works. I'm still learning and certainly don't have it all figured out yet. But one thing I have figured out is that someone really started messing with our Bible and CHANGING the Sabbath.
We are now in the season of "counting the omer" leading up to Pentecost. Without an understanding of the Feasts (specifically the counting of the omer), people have no clue what "first day of the week" means in their Bible - I certainly didn't. Like most, I thought it was talking about Sunday. And for good reason: Someone jacked with the text - big time! Take Acts 20:7 for instance:
Note: the word "day" is NOT in the text. It is inserted either by ignorant translators or by those with an agenda (I suspect the latter). And the word "week" is a BOGUS translation for "sabbaton". Over and over and over again, "sabbaton" is the word for SABBATH and never for "week" in (normal) Greek. For more on that, see:http://www.babylonrisingblog.com/sabbaton.html
After First Fruits, we begin a seven week count of Sabbaths toward Pentecost. Hence, Yeshua rose on (or just before) First Fruits at the beginning of that count of Sabbaths:
While it is true that the "first day of the week" follows the Sabbath, we can find a far better and MUCH more accurate translation of that particular Scripture in the Jubilee Bible:
He rose after the last of the Sabbaths that precede the specific counting of seven Sabbaths leading up to Pentecost.
The same is true for Acts 20:7. Let's back up to verse 6 though for context:
Here we see that they concluded the Feast of Unleavened Bread and in less than a week, they arrived in Troas, apparently in time to celebrate the first of the seven Sabbaths (that are COUNTED) leading up to Pentecost.
Again, the Jubilee Bible blows KJV out of the water with a far more accurate rendition of the Greek:
Look, I'm still searching this stuff out myself guys. And as I continue to do so, I become more and more convinced that YHWH has NOT changed His mind about His commandments, including the Sabbath, which we are told to REMEMBER - not forget, diss and/or change.
I'm thinking this stuff is going to become more and more important for us in these Last Days.
There is a reason lines are being drawn in the sand concerning these things. On one side, you'll have those who will obey YHWH and follow Him and on the other, you will have those who will follow the "lawLESS" one.
Iniquity is sin. Sin is lawlessness:
All who advocate for dissing the law are thus advocating for sin.
That's about as clear as it gets. I don't know about you, but I most certainly do NOT want to ever hear those words directed at me.
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?
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Additional Torah study reading:
KJV - "turtles??" - OOPS!
No. She is not to bring TURTLES! But rather turtledoves:
King James Version (KJV)
22 And when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were accomplished, they brought him to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord;
23 (As it is written in the law of the Lord, Every male that openeth the womb shall be called holy to the Lord;)
24 And to offer a sacrifice according to that which is said in the law of the Lord, A pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons.
Speaking of birds...
1 And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,
2 This shall be the law of the leper in the day of his cleansing: He shall be brought unto the priest:
3 And the priest shall go forth out of the camp; and the priest shall look, and, behold, if the plague of leprosy be healed in the leper;
4 Then shall the priest command to take for him that is to be cleansed two birds alive and clean, and cedar wood, and scarlet, and hyssop:
5 And the priest shall command that one of the birds be killed in an earthen vessel over running water:
6 As for the living bird, he shall take it, and the cedar wood, and the scarlet, and the hyssop, and shall dip them and the living bird in the blood of the bird that was killed over the running water:
7 And he shall sprinkle upon him that is to be cleansed from the leprosy seven times, and shall pronounce him clean, and shall let the living bird loose into the open field.
Spiritual Roots of Sickness:
New American Standard Bible (NASB)
13 Is anyone among you suffering? Then he must pray. Is anyone cheerful? He is to sing praises. 14 Is anyone among you sick? Then he must call for the elders of the church and they are to pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; 15 and the prayer [l]offered in faith will restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up, and if he has committed sins, they will be forgiven him. 16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.
Who was the prophet Daniel talking to in the last two chapters of his book? Consider the following descriptions:
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
5 I looked up and saw a man clothed in linen, with a belt of gold from Uphaz around his waist. 6 His body was like beryl, his face like lightning, his eyes like flaming torches, his arms and legs like the gleam of burnished bronze, and the sound of his words like the roar of a multitude.
13 and in the midst of the lampstands I saw one like the Son of Man, clothed with a long robe and with a golden sash across his chest. 14 His head and his hair were white as white wool, white as snow; his eyes were like a flame of fire, 15 his feet were like burnished bronze, refined as in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of many waters.
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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