July 8, 2018 – Lev. 3:1 – 3:17 – The Peace Offering; Prohibition on Blood and Fat

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

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July 1, 2018 – Lev. 1:1 – 2:16 – Burnt Offerings and Meal Offerings

Torah Readings: Leviticus 1:1 – 2:16 – Burnt Offerings and Meal Offerings

Psalm 73
Haftarah: Micah 6:9-16 + 7:7-8
Isaiah 48:12-20 + 49:7

Notes on Leviticus 1:1 – 2:16

The Burnt Offering / A Living Sacrifice

Notes on Psalm 73

Notes on Micah 6:9-16 + 7:7-8

Notes on Isaiah 48:12-20 + 49:7

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June 24, 2018 – The Fast of Tammuz and the Fast of Ab

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)

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June 17, 2018 – Introduction to Leviticus

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.

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June 10, 2018 – Ex. 39:33 – 40:38 – Tabernacle completed, Broken Tablets

Torah Reading: Exodus 39:33 – 40:38 – Tabernacle completed, Broken Tablets

Psalm 72
Haftarah: Isaiah 33:20 – 34:4, 8
Isaiah 60:13-21 + 61:9

Notes on Exodus 39:33 – 40:38

Notes on Psalm 72

Notes on Isaiah 33:20 – 34:4, 8

Notes on Isaiah 60:13-21 + 61:9

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