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 :-)

Monday, March 27, 2017

Daily Bible Reading - March 27, 2017

Today's Reading:

Matthew 22:23-46

Numbers 22:1-40

Song of Solomon 2:8-3:5

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Thoughts and Commentary on Today's Reading:

Returning to Song of Solomon today, I would like to share a few of the deeper gems to be found, which were first revealed to me by Marian Berry in her book The Prophetic Song of Songs.

Proverbs 2:8-9 "The Voice of my Beloved! Behold, He cometh leaping upon the mountains, skipping upon the hills. My Beloved is like a roe or a young hart: behold, He standeth behind our wall, He looketh forth at the windows, shewing Himself through the lattice."

In this prophetic scene, the Bride is speaking. She starts off mentioning "the Voice of my Beloved." The Voice refers to the Word of God. We heed the Voice of God's Word by doing His Commandments:

Psalm 103:20   "Bless the LORD, ye His angels, that excel in strength, that do His Commandments, hearkening unto the Voice of His Word."  

According to Jamieson in Fausset and Brown Commentary (p 418), in the phrase "Behold He cometh leaping upon the mountains", the mountains represent difficulties and obstacles. In the next part, Christ is depicted as "standing behind our wall". The Hebrew word translated here as "wall" is kothel, or kothel mar avi --- "the wall of trouble".  Both the mountain and the wall are prophetic symbols of trouble. Interestingly enough the western wall of Jerusalem, known as the "wailing wall" or kothel mar avi --- the "wall of trouble". In this way there are two representations of trouble to reinforce the warning and remind us of the importance of this part of the message.

Every child of God faces trials, difficulties, and tribulation. But the beautiful promise of this verse is encouraging - our Heavenly Bridegroom has overcome the world, and He gives us the victory also. In the Song of Solomon depiction, our Saviour is seen as a mighty Stag Who powerfully leaps over the mountains and walls!

John 16:33  "These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world."  

1 Corinthians 15:57-58  "But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord." 

So the next time you are facing a "wall" or "mountain" I'd like to encourage you with the following Bible promises, and the above message of Song of Solomon:

Psalm 27:1

Isaiah 41:13

1 Peter 5:7

Romans 5:3-5

Philippians 4:13

James 1:2-4

Proverbs 3:5-6   

Armed with such powerful promises, you'll be enabled to leap over your next mountain with the strength of a hart!