We’re starting a regular weekly cycle reading passages from 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 3:1 – 4:17 – Moses & the burning bush
Haftarah: Isaiah 40:11-18, 21-22
Notes on Exodus 3:1 – 4:17
Notes on Psalm 43
Notes on Isaiah 40:11-18, 21-22
Torah Reading: Exodus 1:1-2:25 – Moses’ birth and early life
Haftarah: Isaiah 27:6-13 + 28:1,5
Isaiah 62:2-9 + 63:7-9
Notes on Exodus 1:1-2:25
Notes on Psalm 42
Notes on Isaiah 27:6-13 + 28:1,5
We’re celebrating the Feast of Tabernacles on Saturday, September 30!
The Hebrew word for Tabernacles is “sukkah” which originally meant “woven” and applied to the branches woven together to make simple shelters. Israel was commanded to dwell in booths like this for seven days. The booth reflects the fragility, precariousness and impermanence of life in this world.
The Talmud relates that in the end of days, “all the nations of the world will express a desire to repent, and God will judge them through the commandment of building a sukkah… He will give this single commandment to the entire world to fulfill.” (BT Avoda Zara 3)
Jesus used the venue feast to announce Himself as the Light of the World, and as the Living Water necessary for salvation.
Read our memo on the feast here.
Notes on the Booth and the Pillar of Cloud
Torah Reading: Genesis 49:29 – 50:26 – Joseph Forgives His Brothers
Haftarah – Zechariah 14:1-11
1 Samuel 9:1-10
Notes on Genesis 49:29 – 50:26
Shame & God’s Sovereignty
Notes on Psalm 41