Monthly Archives: May 2017

This Week’s Gospel Readings: John 1:29-3:30 Who is Yeshua? This section of the Fourth Gospel begins to reveal mysterious answers. He is the one who preexisted and came down among us. He lets slip at a wedding in Cana some of his glory, his divine glory, in commanding nature. He reveals grace in addition to…

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This Week’s Torah Portions (Bamidbar): Numbers 1:1 – 4:20 The book of Numbers begins in a way many readers find to be, well, boring. To the ancients, this sort of material was not boring at all. The configuration of tribes, the tabernacle with the divine presence in the middle, all of this was a picture…

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This Week’s Gospel Readings: Luke 22:1 – 24:53 and John 1:1-28 We finish Luke, seeing Yeshua exalted after the resurrection, and begin John, catching a transcendent view into the mystery of the Word, the Logos, the Memra. Click here to see more about “The Weekly Gospel.” A Few Highlights from the Greek and the Commentary…

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This Week’s Torah Portions (Behar-Bechukotai): Leviticus 25:1 – 27:34 Leviticus ends with a breathtaking promise of beauty, a gruesome warning of failure, and a brief appendix that seems out of place. People are more aware that Deuteronomy ends with covenant blessings and curses, and for some reason the blessings and curses of Leviticus are less…

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This Week’s Gospel Readings: Luke 16:19 – 21:38 We are nearing the end of the Gospel of Luke. We’re moving fast because the Torah reading schedule has been doubled (and we read the Gospels on pace with Torah). Luke’s portrait of Yeshua is beginning to take a turn, from healer/teacher to suffering Messiah and then…

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Yeshua, as Luke depicts him, sometimes demands more than people are willing to give and sometimes surprises us with a willingness to accept and affirm graciously. He is demanding yet forgiving. And Luke depicts this artfully in chapters 18 and 19, as one of the sections of his gospel comes to a close (19:10 is…

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