Torah Portion

Dear Torah Portion Reader...

I am very excited that the Spring Feast is just around the corner! We are now in the final preparation count-down, which for us at Lighted Way Ministries is an "all-hands-on-deck" scenario. In the next few weeks and days, I will be finishing the book "God's Amazing Star Secret" (which I pray to have fresh from the press at Passover, on April 1, 2018), I will be writing the sermons, putting together the children's program, cooking (and freezing) the casseroles to serve during the Retreat week, and more...

In order to accomplish all of this, I will not be taking time to write the Torah portion commentaries during this period of time. However, that does not mean that anyone need to get behind. The following is the Torah reading and study schedule for the next few weeks. As you keep up with this schedule, you will be on track to complete all 613 Statutes this year. So, from now to April 14, the Torah portions will be posted without comment. Commentary and the usual Torah portions will resume on April 15. Thank you for your patience! And happy studying in the meantime :-)

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Daily Bible Reading - April 4, 2017

Today's Reading:

Matthew 26:26-46

Deuteronomy 1-2

Job 4

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Thoughts and Commentary on Today's Reading:

Today, we're starting into the Book of Deuteronomy. Did you know that this was the Book of Moses from which Jesus (Yahshua) quoted the most? For fun, consider the following, quoted from the Biblia blog by Jeffrey Kranz:

The 4 Old Testament books Jesus (Yahshua) quoted most:

#4 Exodus: The Book Yahshua quoted from fourth most -

Exodus is famous for the stories of Moses, the burning bush, the 10 plagues, and the parting of the Red Sea. It’s the story of God calling Israel from Egypt and making them his own people in the Wilderness.

Jesus (Yahshua) quotes Exodus seven times, usually referencing the Law of Yahweh:

#3 Isaiah - The Book Yahshua quoted from third most

Jesus (Yahshua) quoted the book of Isaiah eight times during His Ministry. Isaiah was a prophet who wrote about the coming Judgment—and the comfort that God would bring to His people afterward.

Jesus (Yahshua) quoted Isaiah to describe the disconnect between the people and their God. For example:

These messages weren’t always well-received, but that shouldn’t be a surprise—they weren’t very popular back when Isaiah wrote them, either.

But Jesus (Yahshua) didn’t always dwell on the negatives. He also quoted Isaiah when describing how His Ministry reconciles the people back to God:

Jesus (Yahshua) quoted Isaiah to highlight the disconnect between God and the people, but He also quoted Isaiah to remind people of the comfort God would bring through Him.

#2 Deuteronomy - the Book Christ quoted from the second most

Another book of Moses—the last of the five. Deuteronomy wraps up the story of Israel’s wanderings in the wilderness. Moses calls the people together and lays out God’s expectations for them in the future, once they take the land of Canaan.

Jesus (Yahshua) quoted Deuteronomy on 10 occasions in the Gospels, and it’s the only OT Book Jesus (Yahshua) quoted when He resisted the devil.

#1 Psalms - the Old Testament Book which Christ quoted the Most was Psalms

Psalms is the most-read book of the Bible, and it’s the one Messiah quoted most often.

The book of Psalms is a collection of 150 songs and poems written to God. David penned half of them, and the rest were written by temple worship leaders (like the sons of Asaph), wise men (like Solomon), and some unknown poets...

Messiah quoted the Psalms on 11 occasions:

So, as we begin reading the book of Deuteronomy, I just thought I'd point out that it was one of our Saviour's personal favorites. It is an excellent overview of the Law of God. But the part that especially interests me, is I like to pray to read it with Yahshua's Eyes. In fact, I pray that now. I pray that I will see in it what He does, as I read. Happy reading!