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: Exodus 35:30 – 36:38 – Making the Tabernacle
Haftarah: Isaiah 55:13 – 56:8 + 57:15
Notes on Exodus 35:30 – 36:38
Notes on Psalm 69
Notes on Isaiah 55:13 – 56:8 + 57:15
Torah Reading: Exodus 34:27 – 35:29 – Moses’ Face Shines, Freewill Offering
Haftarah: Jeremiah 31:32-39 + 32:40-41
Notes on Exodus 34:27 – 35:29
Notes on Psalm 68
Jesus and the Ten Commandments
Notes on Jeremiah 31:32-39 + 32:40-41
The Holy Spirit was poured out on Jesus’ disciples on the Jewish feast of Pentecost, celebrated on the 50th day after Passover. According to Jewish tradition, this was also the day God gave the Ten Commandments to his people. Mount Sinai was the shadow. Pentecost is the reality for us. The law is now written on our hearts (Jeremiah 31:33). The Holy Spirit dwells within us. Pentecost is also associated with baptism: “Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.” (Acts 2:38).
Read the Pentecost memo here.
Torah Reading: Exodus 34:1-26 – New Tablets, Festivals given
Haftarah: Habakkuk 2:2-8, 18-20
Notes on Exodus 34
Notes on Psalm 67
Notes on Habakkuk 2:2-8, 18-20