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 :-)

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Daily Bible Reading - March 9, 2017

Today's Reading:

Matthew 12:22-50

Leviticus 15-16

Proverbs 27

Listen to the Bible








Thoughts and Commentary on Today's Reading:

Not long ago, our Bible Fellowship Group took the Proverbs 31-Day challenge. This meant that we were to read one Proverb each day for a month (we picked the month of January, which has 31 days). In this process,we studied Proverbs 27. Back then, and again today, Proverbs 27:21 popped out at me.

Proverbs 27:21 - "The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold, but people are tested by their praise."

Gold is tested in the fire.  Before my father retired, he worked as an inorganic chemist in the Bay Area of California. One of his jobs was testing (assaying) gold. 

To do this, my father wrapped the gold sample in lead and put the small bead of gold, which was to be tested, into a crucible. A crucible is a container that can withstand very high temperatures and is used for testing gold. In ancient times, crucibles were made of clay. 

A Muf oven is used to melt the gold at about 3000 degrees centigrade, which is 5432 degrees Fahrenheit. Under this extreme heat the gold is quickly reduced to liquid and the lead wrapping burns off entirely.

The crucible containing the bead of liquid gold is removed from the oven. For the next few minutes, the chemist watches the gold closely. If the gold is pure, and only if it is pure, something amazing happens, which a chemist calls a "blick". Suddenly, as if the molten gold had turned into a light-bulb, the pure gold "turns on" and radiates light! It is amazing to see! And it only happens if the gold sample is 100% pure. 

This process is what the Bible means when it refers to gold and silver being "tested" in a crucible in the furnace. The testing is to determine the purity of the metal.

There is a test for people too. We are testing by the praise we receive. The praise which people give us, when we do "well" is the test which determines the purity of our characters. If we react by taking credit for the blessings God has wrought through our lives and influence, we will test out as "impure", having pride. But, when we faithfully glorify God instead of taking credit for what He has blessed us to accomplish, will we pass the praise test. Check out the following short video :