Unlike the personal covenants YHVH made with Noah, Abraham and David, the covenant at Sinai was made with the nation of Israel. Within that covenant, YHVH included instructions for governing the nation, instructions for temple worship and maintaining the priesthood, civil and moral laws and regulations as well as personal instructions for ritual purity and righteous living. Read More »
The menorah is a fascinating item in the Holy Place. It was the only light source in an otherwise darkened room. There were 3 layers of materials enclosing the Holy Place and no windows. It was made of one solid beaten piece of pure gold, which in and of itself is a miracle because the purest gold is fairly soft. Yet it stood firm and tall. Read More »
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As we begin our new Torah cycle, our new year of Bible study, we look forward to exploring the depths and the heights of the life of the Messiah. This year we will focus on the Gospels presented in harmony. Thus, it is fitting that we begin this week with John 1:1, “In the beginning…,” echoing the words of Genesis, calling us to remember the foundation, and setting the scene for the revelation of the Messiah. As we look at the first 18 verses of the Apostle John’s Gospel, we will uncover who Yeshua is, what He came to do, and how we should respond. Read More »
What Are We Teaching?
The upcoming schedule
One of the frequently asked questions is what our teaching schedule. For those who may not be aware, we follow a weekly cyclical reading plan for the whole church, and we teach from our weekly reading in all of our groups that week. Thus, together we study and explore the Word of God to really experience the richness and fullness of the text.
Some ask us whether or not we have a method to our study schedule at Calvary. The answer is definitely, YES. It is our goal to have any member of Calvary who studies along our study schedule to study through most of the Bible in about five or six years, with a major emphasis on the foundation of the Bible – the Torah. Thus, the basis for our reading plan is the Torah Portion reading cycle.
The Torah Portion reading cycle concept is an ancient cyclical reading pattern which continually guides the reader through much of the Scriptures. This cycle dates back as early as the time of Ezra in the Bible. Today, we follow a Torah Portion reading cycle that has three parts and begins anew each year. The three parts are as follows: one reading from the Torah (the first five books of the Bible), one from the Haftarah (the section of the Bible that contains the Writings and the Prophets), and one reading from the Gospels. Furthermore, the cycle follows the Biblical calendar, so it begins in the fall of each year after the last Biblical feast. If you click on the “Torah Portion” button, which appears on the right side of all of our webpages, you will be directed to the reading schedule site. When you look at the reading schedule for the week, you will notice that it has the three readings.
Although every year, we will have two classes each week that focuses on the Torah, each year, we will emphasize one of the other reading passages in the cycle. In other words, we will always have two ongoing Torah classes – one on Wednesday evening and one on Saturday morning. We will also have classes that emphasize one of the other readings such as the Gospel portion or the Haftarah portion. We will call the other reading our Yearly Emphasis.
Now, some will notice that the cycle does not include readings from the Apostolic Writings (New Testament) other than the Gospels. On the year that we will be studying through the Apostolic Writings, we will include the reading passage on the website immediately above the “Torah Portion” button. So, if you see a passage noted above the button, you know that we will be studying from that passage on the week it is posted.
To participate in a class, you simply read & study the passage for the week and come to the classes. The class schedule is as follows:
Wednesday Evening: Torah Class
Wednesday Evening: Yearly Emphasis
Saturday Morning: Torah Class
Saturday Morning: Yearly Emphasis
Sunday Morning before Service: Yearly Emphasis
2010-2011 Yearly Emphasis: Torah
2011-2012 Yearly Emphasis: Gospels
2012-2013 Yearly Emphasis: Apostolic Writings (Current)
2013-2014 Yearly Emphasis: Torah – Messianic Perspective (Proposed)
2015-2016 Yearly Emphasis: Haftarah (Proposed)
I hope this answers some of your questions about what is immediately coming up, what is our plan for the next year, and what is our long range plan for Bible study. As always, please let us know if you have any questions. We look forward to exploring the Scriptures with you!
Portion: Devarim (Deut. 1:1-3:22)
I. The Book of Deuteronomy
A. Title “Deuteronomy” comes from the Greek speaking Hebrew title in the Septuagint – “Deutero-nomos”
1. “Deutero” – second or repetition
2. “nomos” – law Read More »
Exodus 32 (English Standard Version) 1When the people saw that Moses(A) delayed to come down from the mountain, the people gathered themselves together to Aaron and said to him,(B) “Up, make us gods who shall(C) go before us. As for this Moses, the man who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.” 2So Aaron said to them, “Take off the (D) rings of gold that are in the ears of your wives, your sons, and your daughters, and bring them to me.” 3So all the people took off the rings of gold that were in their ears and brought them to Aaron. 4(E) And he received the gold from their hand and fashioned it with a graving tool and made a golden[a] calf. And they said,(F) “These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt!” 5When Aaron saw this, he built an altar before it. And Aaron(G) made proclamation and said, “Tomorrow shall be a feast to the LORD.”
The sin of the Golden Calf reveals the base nature of mankind to do things according to his own logic and desire. We find in the scripture an established pattern of mankind’s progression to sin. Today we will see how these patterns still exist in mankind. Once we see how we are able to transgress the Laws of God through our human logic, we can avert sin or identify that we have sin and bring ourselves to repentance.
I. The pattern established
The world was created with the fullness of God being fully revealed. The sin in the garden separated man from God’s sacred space.
a. The Logic of Adam and Eve.
- Be like Elohyim.
Genesis 3:5 (New International Version) 5 “For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
- We will see as God.
- We won’t die.
b. Adam and Eve’s sin separated them from the Garden.
c. From that point mankind was given the opportunity to bring the Creator into their sacred space through righteousness.
II. The pattern repeated
The Exodus story is a rebirth of God dwelling with man. He calls out His own through redemption. He showed Himself to the people. His glory descended upon the mountain. A covenant is made and an agreement was reached between the people and the Creator. Once again the chosen ones grow impatient with their revelation and seek a way to fulfill their needs. Let make us an אֱלֹהִים Elohyim – a leader, master, judge or god. Those making this argument were using human logic for this argument. God told Moses that he will be an elohyim:
Exodus 7:1 (New International Version) 1 Then the LORD said to Moses, “See, I have made you like god to Pharaoh, and your brother Aaron will be your prophet.
a. Here is their human logic:
- Moses is our mediator between us and God.
- Moses is not with us.
- God already gave us instructions on building Him a Tabernacle with a mercy seat of Gold.
- Since Moses is not with us then we should get us another elohyim –leader master judge to hear from God.
- They build a golden calf to worship for the sake of Ha’shem.
b. The core of sin is man’s desire to fill his own needs.
III. The Pattern Revealed
a. Our sin always springs from the mind of human logic.
James 1:14-16 (English Standard Version) 14But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. 15Then desire (A) when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and (B) sin when it is fully grown brings forth death. 16Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers.
b. Our sin not only affects us but those around us.
- This sin affected all in the camp even though it was not the whole camp that participated in the sin.
- 3000 participated in the act but the rest of the camp had sin attributed to them as well.
Exodus 32:28-29 (ESV) 28The Levites did as Moses commanded, and that day about three thousand of the people died. 29 Then Moses said, “You have been set apart to the LORD today, for you were against your own sons and brothers, and he has blessed you this day.”
c. There is a remedy for sin.
Exodus 34:6-7 (New International Version, ©2010) 6 And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, “The LORD, the LORD, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, 7maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children and their children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation.”