For those unfamiliar with Messianic worship of Yeshua, you may never have heard of Torah Portions. Interestingly, the entire Messianic community, (worldwide, I think!) uses the same reading/study schedule which includes several chapters from the Torah, a selection from the Haftarah (Prophets and writings) as well as a Brit Hadashah (New Testament) selection. If I am not mistaken, this is basically the same schedule that Judaism uses, though they do not include the Brit Hadashah. What is cool is that everyone in the congregation can be studying ahead and knows the general vicinity of the week’s lesson. While Yahweh may teach each person a different lesson from the Scriptures that week, the whole congregation is ‘on the same page.’
Also of interest is that each portion has a name specific to that portion revealing some connected meaning, usually from the first verse of the Torah reading.
This week’s Torah Portion is named ‘Yitro’ (Jethro) and is Shemot (Exodus) 18-20; Yeshayahu (Isaiah) 6:1-7:6; 9:6-7 and Mattiyahu (Matthew) 6:1-8:1.
My purpose for putting this up is to have a place for those who wish to share insights and thoughts through the week on that week’s portion. I don’t want to give away what I will be teaching, but at the same time am anxious to share other thoughts that are not related to my lesson. Hopefully, we can all benefit.
I’ll go first…
Two interesting things, apart from the core of my lesson passage, stood out during initial study through.
1. Shemot 20:24-25 : Interesting comparing Yeshua’s physical body, being like Adam – made of earth, to the mitvot (commandment) for the altar. Just as we are not to add to the work of Yahweh in making the stones for the altar, we cannot add to the work of Yeshua in being the sacrifice. Adding to the finished work of Yeshua profanes what He has done. (All our works are as filthy rags…)
2. A little more complicated to explain, but worth looking into: Shemot 19:7-15. If Moshe is like unto Yeshua, a foreshadowing, then in him we can see some prefiguring of the current and future works of our Messiah. Here is a passage that screams to me one such prefiguring.
Read the larger context, but see these verses remembering that prophetically, a day is as a thousand years, a thousand years as a day…
10 Yahweh also said to Moshe, “Go to the people and consecrate them today and tomorrow, and let them wash their garments; 11 and let them be ready for the third day, for on the third day the Lord will come down on Mount Sinai in the sight of all the people. 12 You shall set bounds for the people all around, saying, ‘Beware that you do not go up on the mountain or touch the border of it; whoever touches the mountain shall surely be put to death. 13 No hand shall touch him, but he shall surely be stoned or shot through; whether beast or man, he shall not live.’ When the ram’s horn sounds a long blast, they shall come up to the mountain.” 14 So Moshe went down from the mountain to the people and consecrated the people, and they washed their garments. 15 He said to the people, “Be ready for the third day; do not go near a woman.”
Look at the imagery! That sounds like the preparation of the bride and the washing of garments for the marriage supper of the Lamb! Notice the shofar that announces the coming? (Last trump? Trumpet of Yah?) Yeshua came down two thousand years ago to consecrate the people, now we must make our garments white…
And the ‘do not go near a woman’ part could easily be an allusion to ‘Come out of her, My people.’
I don’t have time to explore deeper on either of these right now, but both are begging for more thought.
How about you guys? Thoughts on these? Insights the Ruach has shown you?