We’re starting a study of the first five books of the Bible, the Torah, in imitation of how Jesus and the disciples studied the scriptures. The whole process will take three and a half years. Passages from the Prophets and the Psalms are paired with those from the Torah, which often brings out hidden meaning and clarifies many of the sayings of Jesus.
We’ll publish the readings for each week here, and you are encouraged to comment, ask questions or add insights each week. Follow along with us!
More background on the Triennial Cycle is found here.
Torah reading: Leviticus 4:1-35 – The Sin Offering
Haftarah: Ezekiel 18:4-17, 32
Notes on Leviticus 4
Notes on Psalm 74
Torah Reading: Leviticus 3:1 – 3:17 – The Peace Offering; Prohibition on Blood and Fat
Psalm 73 (repeated from last week)
Haftarah (repeated from last week): Micah 6:9-16 + 7:7-8
Isaiah 48:12-20 + 49:7 (repeated from last week)
Notes on Leviticus 3:1 – 3:17
Notes on the Peace Offering and Feeding of the 5,000
Torah Readings: Leviticus 1:1 – 2:16 – Burnt Offerings and Meal Offerings
Haftarah: Micah 6:9-16 + 7:7-8
Isaiah 48:12-20 + 49:7
Notes on Leviticus 1:1 – 2:16
Notes on Psalm 73
Notes on Micah 6:9-16 + 7:7-8
Notes on Isaiah 48:12-20 + 49:7
Zechariah 8:19 – Thus saith the LORD of hosts; The fast of the fourth month, and the fast of the fifth, and the fast of the seventh, and the fast of the tenth, shall be to the house of Judah joy and gladness, and cheerful feasts; therefore love the truth and peace.
The Fast of Tammuz, which we will celebrate this year on June 24, and the Fast of Ab on July 22, mark off a three-week season of mourning and repentance. The first fast reminded Jews of the day when the wall of Jerusalem was breached by the Babylonians in 587 B.C. (and later by the Romans in 70 A.D.). The Fast of Ab designated the complete destruction of the Temple and Israel carried off into captivity. The focus is on the idolatry that brought God’s judgment upon them, and a search to rid ourselves of any idolatry within.
The medieval Jewish commentator Maimonides said that all these fasts would cease in the times of the Messiah. So Zechariah’s prophesy points to God’s final victory, which as believers we celebrate from our position as “seated with him in the heavenlies.”
See the Notes on the Fast of Tammuz
(More on the Fast of Ab later)
Read our brief Introduction to Leviticus
Notes on The Law and Repentance
Sunday, June 24, is the Fast of Tammuz.
We start readings in Leviticus on July 1.