Torah Portion

Torah Portions

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2018-02-17 Terumah Heave offering — תרומה

Parashat: Terumah Heave offering — תרומה

VHC: Terumah

The Way Biblical Fellowship: Terumah

Torah: Exodus 25–27:19

Haftarah: 1 Kings 5:18–6:13

Brit Chadashah: Matthew 5:33-37; Mark 12:35–44; Hebrews 8:1-6, 9:23-24, 10:1

Portion Summary: The nineteenth reading from the Torah is named Terumah (תרומה). In Exodus 25:2, the LORD commanded Moses to “tell the sons of Israel to [take] a contribution for Me.” The word translated as “contribution” is terumah (תרומה), which is the name of this Torah portion. Terumah is a word with no real English equivalent. In the Torah, terumah refers to a certain type of offering dedicated to the Temple, like a tithe or firstfruits offering. In Exodus 25, the contribution is for the building of a holy place. This Torah reading is occupied with the instructions for the building of the Tabernacle and its furnishings.

2018-02-10 Mishpatim – Judgments — משפטים

Parashat: Mishpatim – Judgments — משפטים

VHC: Mishpatim

The Way Biblical Fellowship: Mishpatim

Torah: Exodus 21:1-24:18

Haftarah: 2 Kings 12:1-16 ; Isaiah 6:1-5; Jeremiah 33:20-26; 34:8-22; Ezekiel 1:26-28; 8:1,2; Daniel 7:9,10; 10:5,6; Amos 2:9; Zechariah 11:10-14

Brit Chadashah: Matthew 5:38-42; 12:1-21; 17:1-11; 26:14-16; Mark 7:6-9; Luke 9:51-56; 10:30-37; Acts 23:1-11; Hebrews 9:15-22, 10:28-39; James 1:27; Revelation 1:13-15; 21:1-14

Portion Summary: The eighteenth reading from the Torah is named Mishpatim (משפטים), which means “judgments.” The title comes from the first words of the first verse of the reading, which could be literally translated to say, “And these are the judgments which you will place before them” (Exodus 21:1). The first three chapters of this Torah portion deliver a legal code of laws and commandments that form a nucleus for the Torah’s laws. The last chapter tells the story of how the people of Israel consented to keep these laws and entered into a covenant relationship with God through a series of rituals conducted by Moses.

2018-02-03 Yitro: Jethro — יתרו

Parashat: Yitro: Jethro — יתרו

VHC: Yitro

The Way Biblical Fellowship: Yitro

Torah: Exodus 18:1-20:23

Haftarah: Isaiah 6:1-7:6; 9:5-6

Brit Chadashah: Matthew 5:1-48, 15:1-11, 19:16-30; Acts 6:1-7; Romans 2:10-29, 7:1-8-15;13:8-10; Ephesians 6:1-3; 1 Timothy 3:1-14; 2 Timothy 2:2; Titus 1:5-9; Hebrews 8:10; 12:18-29; James 2:8-13; 1 Peter 2:9-10; 1 John 2-5; Revelation 12:10-17

Portion Summary: The seventeenth reading from the Torah is named Yitro (יתרו), which is the literal Hebrew behind the name Jethro. The title comes from the first words of the first verse of the reading, which says, “Now Jethro, the priest of Midian, Moses’ father-in-law, heard of all that God had done for Moses and for Israel His people” (Exodus 18:1). The portion tells the story of Jethro’s visit to the camp of Israel, then relates the great theophany at Mount Sinai, where God gives Israel the Ten Commandments and invites the people to enter a special covenant relationship with Him.

Torah

  • Exodus 18:1 | Jethro’s Advice
  • Exodus 19:1 | The Israelites Reach Mount Sinai
  • Exodus 19:9 | The People Consecrated
  • Exodus 20:1 | The Ten Commandments
  • Exodus 20:22 | The Law concerning the Altar

Haftarah

  • Isaiah 6:1 | A Vision of God in the Temple
  • Isaiah 9:1 | The Righteous Reign of the Coming King

Brit Chadashah

  • Matthew 5:1 | Jesus Teaches on the Mountain
  • Matthew 5:13 | Jesus Teaches about Salt and Light
  • Matthew 5:17 | Jesus Teaches about the Law
  • Matthew 5:21 | Jesus Teaches about Anger and Killing
  • Matthew 5:27 | Jesus Teaches about Husband and Wife
  • Matthew 5:31 | Jesus Teaches about Marriage
  • Matthew 5:33 | Jesus Teaches about What to Say
  • Matthew 5:38 | Jesus Teaches about Fighting
  • Matthew 5:43 | Jesus Teaches about Loving Those Who Hate You
  • Matthew 15:1 | Jesus Speaks Sharp Words to the Leaders
  • Matthew 19:16 | Jesus Teaches about Keeping the Law
  • Matthew 19:23 | The Danger of Riches
  • Acts 6:1 | Church Leaders Are Chosen
  • Romans 2:10 | Obey The Truth
  • Romans 7:1 | The Law Has Power
  • Romans 13:8 | Love Each Other
  • Ephesians 6:1 | How Children Must Live
  • 1 Timothy 3:1 | What a Church Leader Must Be Like
  • 1 Timothy 3:8 | What the Church Helpers Must Be Like
  • 2 Timothy 2:2 | Teach
  • Titus 1:5 | What a Church Leader Must Be Like
  • Hebrews 8:10 | New Way Of Worship
  • Hebrews 12:18 | The People Cried Out To Moses
  • James 2:8 | Keep the Whole Law
  • 1 Peter 2:9 | A Chosen People
  • 1 John 2:1 | Christ Is Our Helper
  • 1 John 2:12 | Do Not Love the World
  • 1 John 3:1 | We Are God’s Children
  • 1 John 4:1 | The Spirits Must Be Tested
  • 1 John 4:7 | Loving God Makes Us Love Our Christian Brothers
  • 1 John 4:14 | Love Gives Us More Faith in Christ
  • 1 John 4:17 | The Love of God Has Power Over Fear and Hate
  • Revelation 12:10 | War on Earth

2018-01-27 Beshalach: When he sent — בשלח

Parashat: Beshalach: When he sent — בשלח

VHC: Beshalach: When he sent — בשלח

The Way Biblical Fellowship: Beshalach: When he sent — בשלח

Torah: Exodus 13:17–17:16

Haftarah: Judges 4:4–5:31

Brit Chadashah: Matthew 14:22–33; John 6:25-35, 19:31-37; Romans 6:1-23; 1 Corinthians 10:1-13;
2 Corinthians 8:1-15; Revelation 15:1-4

Portion Summary: The sixteenth reading from the Torah is named Beshalach (בשלח), which means “When he sent.” The title comes from the first verse of the reading, which can be literally translated to say, “And it happened when Pharaoh sent out the people.” The reading tells the adventures of the Israelites as they leave Egypt, cross the Red Sea, receive miraculous provision in the wilderness and face their first battle.

Torah

  • Exodus 13:17 | The Pillars of Cloud and Fire
  • Exodus 14:1 | Crossing the Red Sea
  • Exodus 14:26 | The Pursuers Drowned
  • Exodus 15:1 | The Song of Moses
  • Exodus 15:20 | The Song of Miriam
  • Exodus 15:22 | Bitter Water Made Sweet
  • Exodus 16:1 | Bread from Heaven
  • Exodus 17:1 | Water from the Rock
  • Exodus 17:8 | Amalek Attacks Israel and Is Defeated

Haftarah

  • Jdg 4:1 | Deborah and Barak
  • Jdg 5:1 | The Song of Deborah

Brit Chadashah

  • Matthew 14:22 | Jesus Walks on the Water
  • John 6:25 | Jesus Teaches about Doing the Work of God
  • John 6:32 | Jesus Is the Bread of Life
  • John 19:31 | His Bones Were Not Broken
  • Romans 6:1 | Sin
  • 1 Corinthians 10:1 | The Danger of Worshiping False Gods
  • 2 Corinthians 8:1 | The Christian Way to Give
  • Revelation 15:1 | The Angels With Seven Plagues

2018-01-20 Bo: Come — בוא

Parashat: Bo – Come — בוא

VHC: Bo – Come — בוא

The Way Biblical Fellowship: Bo – Come — בוא

Torah: Exodus 10–13:16

Haftarah: Jeremiah 46:13-28; Ezekiel 20; Joel 2

Brit Chadashah: Matthew 26:17-27:66; Luke 2:22-24; John 19:31-37; Acts 13:16-23; Revelation 8:6-9:12, 16:1-21

Portion Summary: The fifteenth reading from the Torah is named Bo (בוא), which means “Come.” The title comes from the first words of the first verse of the reading, which say, “Then the LORD said to Moses, ‘[Come] to Pharaoh, for I have hardened his heart” (Exodus 10:1). The portion begins by concluding the narrative of the ten plagues, the tenth of which is the slaying of the firstborn. To avoid the plague, the Israelites are given the instructions for the Passover sacrifice and the laws of the Feast of Unleavened Bread. Pharaoh finally consents to let Israel go, and they leave Egypt.

Torah

  • Exodus 10:1 The Eighth Plague: | LocustsExodus
  • 10:21 The Ninth Plague: | Darkness
  • Exodus 11:1 | Warning of the Final Plague
  • Exodus 12:1 | The First Passover Instituted
  • Exodus 12:29 The Tenth Plague: | Death of the Firstborn
  • Exodus 12:33 The Exodus: | From Rameses to Succoth
  • Exodus 12:43 | Directions for the Passover
  • Exodus 13:3 | The Festival of Unleavened Bread
  • Exodus 13:11 | The Consecration of the Firstborn

Haftarah

  • Jer 46:13 | Babylonia Will Strike Egypt
  • Jer 46:27 | God Will Save Israel
  • Ezekiel 20:1 | Israel Fights against God
  • Ezekiel 20:33 | Israel Will Come Back to God
  • Ezekiel 20:45 | Words against the South
  • Joel 2:1 | The Day of the Lord
  • Joel 2:12 | A Call to Turn from Sin
  • Joel 2:18 | The Lord Gives Food Again
  • Joel 2:28 | God Sends His Spirit

Brit Chadashah

  • Matthew 26:17 | Getting Ready for the Special Supper
  • Matthew 26:20 | The Last Special Supper
  • Matthew 26:26 | The First Lord’s Supper
  • Matthew 26:31 | Jesus Tells How Peter Will Lie about Him
  • Matthew 26:36 | Jesus Prays in Gethsemane
  • Matthew 26:47 | Jesus Handed Over to Sinners
  • Matthew 26:57 | Jesus Stands in Front of the Religious Leaders
  • Matthew 26:69 | Peter Said He Did Not Know Jesus
  • Matthew 27:1 | Jesus Stands in Front of Pilate
  • Matthew 27:15 | Jesus or Barabbas Is to Go Free
  • Matthew 27:27 | The Crown of Thorns
  • Matthew 27:33 | Jesus on the Cross
  • Matthew 27:38 | The Two Robbers
  • Matthew 27:45 | The Death of Jesus
  • Matthew 27:41 | The Powerful Works at the Time of His Death
  • Matthew 27:55 | The Women at the Cross
  • Matthew 27:57 | The Grave of Jesus
  • Luke 2:22 | Two Turtle-Doves
  • John 19:31 | His Bones Were Not Broken
  • Acts 13:16 | With A Strong Hand
  • Revelation 8:6 | The First Five Trumpets
  • Revelation 16:1 | The Seven Vials

2018-01-13 Va’era: I appeared — וארא

Parashat: Va’era – I appeared — וארא

VHC: Va’Era

The Way Biblical Fellowship: Va’era

Torah: Exodus 6:2–9:35

Haftarah: Ezekiel 28:25–29:21

Brit Chadashah: Luke 11:14–22; Romans 9:14-26; 2 Corinthians 6:14 – 7:1; Revelation 6:1-17, 8:1-13; 16:1-21

Portion Summary: The second reading from the book of Exodus and fourteenth reading from the Torah is named Va’era (וארא), which means “And I appeared.” The title comes from the first words of the second verse of the reading, which says, “And I appeared to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, as God Almighty” (Exodus 6:3). The portion begins with four expressions of redemption whereby God promises to bring Israel out of the Egyptian bondage. The narrative progresses to tell the story of the first seven of the ten plagues that God unleashed on Egypt.

Torah

  • Exodus 6:14 | The Genealogy of Moses and Aaron
  • Exodus 6:28 | Moses and Aaron Obey God’s Commands
  • Exodus 7:8 | Aaron’s Miraculous Rod
  • Exodus 7:14 The First Plague: | Water Turned to Blood
  • Exodus 8:1 The Second Plague: | Frogs
  • Exodus 8:16 The Third Plague: | Gnats
  • Exodus 8:20 The Fourth Plague: | Flies
  • Exodus 9:1 The Fifth Plague: | Livestock Diseased
  • Exodus 9:8 The Sixth Plague: | Boils
  • Exodus 9:13 The Seventh Plague: | Thunder and Hail

Haftarah

  • Eze 28:25 | Future Blessing for Israel
  • Eze 29:1 | Proclamation against Egypt
  • Eze 29:17 | Babylonia Will Plunder Egypt

Brit Chadashah

  • Luke 11:14 | Jesus and the Prince of Demons
  • Romans 9:14 | Was God Unfair?
  • 2 Corinthians 6:14 | The Temple of the Living God
  • Revelation 6:1 | The Lamb Breaks the First Six Seals
  • Revelation 8:1 | The Lamb Breaks the Seventh Seal
  • Revelation 8:6 | The First Four Trumpets
  • Revelation 16:1 | A Mighty Voice

2018-01-06 Shemot: Names — שמות

Parashat: Shemot; Names — שמות

VHC: Shemot

The Way Biblical Fellowship: Shemot

Torah: Exodus 1:1-6:1

Haftarah: Isa. 27:6-28:13; 29:22-23

Brit Chadashah: Acts 7:17-35; 1 Cor. 14:18-25

Portion Summary: Shemot (שמות) is both the title for the second book from the scroll of the Torah and the title of the first Torah portion therein. Shemot means “names.” The English-speaking world calls this book Exodus. The Hebrew title for the book comes from the opening phrase of the book: “Now these are the names (shemot) of the sons of Israel who came to Egypt with Jacob” (Exodus 1:1).

The English name Exodus comes from the Septuagint (LXX), the Greek translation of the Hebrew Bible. The Greek title for the book is Exodus Aigyptou, which translates as “Departure from Egypt.” The name Exodus is an abbreviated form of that title. Exodus means “departure.” The book of Exodus tells the story of the children of Israel enslaved in Egypt and their miraculous redemption through the hand of Moses, the story of the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai, the construction of the golden calf and the construction of the Tabernacle.

As we study the first week’s reading from the book of Exodus, we find the children of Israel in slavery. It seems at first that the God of their forefathers has forgotten them. But God has not forgotten His promises. He remembers His promises to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and brings a Redeemer to their children’s children, for the sake of His name, with love.

Torah

  • Exodus 1:1 | Introduction
  • Exodus 1:8 | The Israelites Are Oppressed
  • Exodus 2:1 | Birth and Youth of Moses
  • Exodus 2:11 | Moses Flees to Midian
  • Exodus 3:1 | Moses at the Burning Bush
  • Exodus 3:13 | The Divine Name Revealed
  • Exodus 4:1 | Moses’ Miraculous Power
  • Exodus 4:18 | Moses Returns to Egypt
  • Exodus 5:1 | Bricks without Straw
  • Exodus 6:1 | Israel’s Deliverance Assured

Haftarah

  • Isaiah 26:1 | Judah’s Song of Victory
  • Isaiah 27:1 | Israel’s Redemption
  • Isaiah 28:1 | Judgment on Corrupt Rulers, Priests, and Prophets

Brit Chadashah

  • Acts 7:17 | Moses
  • 1 Corinthians 14 | Tongues

12/30/2017 – Vayechi (“and he lived”)

Parashat: Vayechi (“and he lived”)

VHC: Vayechi

The Way Biblical Fellowship: Vayechi

Torah: Genesis 47:28-50:26

Haftarah: 1 Kings 2:1-2:12

Brit Chadashah: Luke 4:31-5:11; John 13:1-19; Acts 7:15-16; Hebrews 11:21-22; 1 Peter 1:3-9; 2:11-17; Revelation 7:1-17; 14:1-7

Portion Summary: The last reading from the book of Genesis is named Vayechi (ויחי), which means “and he lived.” The title comes from the first verse of the reading, which says, “Jacob lived in the land of Egypt seventeen years” (Genesis 47:28). In this Torah portion, Jacob prepares for his death by securing a double portion of inheritance for Joseph and then blessing each of his sons with prophetic blessings. The book of Genesis ends with the death of Jacob, followed shortly by the death of Joseph and a promise of redemption from Egypt.

 

Vayigash He approached — ויגש

Vayigash He approached — ויגש
VHC: Vayigash

TORAH: GENESIS 44:18-47:27

HAFTARAH: EZEKIEL 37:15-28

NEW TESTAMENT: Luke 6:9-16; 15:11-32; Acts 7:13-15; 2 Corinthians 5:1-21; Ephesians 2:1-10; Colossians 1:1-29

Portion Summary

The eleventh reading from the book of Genesis is named Vayigash (ויגש), which means “and he came near.” The title comes from the first verse of the reading, which says, “Then Judah [came near] him” (Genesis 44:18). The portion begins with the dramatic unveiling of Joseph’s true identity and his reconciliation with his brothers. It then proceeds to tell the story of the migration of Jacob’s family to Egypt and the rest of the famine years. This Torah portion begins to set the stage for the Egyptian captivity of the sons of Jacob.

Portion Outline

TORAH

  • Genesis 44:18 | Judah Pleads for Benjamin’s Release
  • Genesis 45:1 | Joseph Reveals Himself to His Brothers
  • Genesis 46:1 | Jacob Brings His Whole Family to Egypt
  • Genesis 46:28 | Jacob Settles in Goshen
  • Genesis 47:13 | The Famine in Egypt

PROPHETS

  • Eze 37:15 | The Two Sticks

NEW TESTAMENT

  • Luke 6:9 | A Man with a Withered Hand
  • Luke 6:12 | The Twelve Apostles
  • Luke 15:11 | The Parable of the Prodigal Son
  • Acts 7:13 | Stephen Relates About Joseph
  • 2 Corinthians 5:1 | Our Heavenly Dwelling
  • 2 Corintians 5:11 | The Ministry of Reconciliation
  • Ephesians 2:1 |  By Grace Through Faith

Miketz – From the end — מקץ

Miketz – From the end — מקץ

VHC: Miketz

TORAH: GENESIS 41:1-44:17

HAFTARAH: ZECHARIAH 2:14-4:7

NEW TESTAMENT: John 6:1-71, 10:22-39 Luke 4:16-31 LUKE 24:13-29

Portion Summary

The tenth reading from the book of Genesis is named Miketz (מקץ), which means “the end.” The title comes from the first verse of the reading, which says, “Now it happened at the end of two full years that Pharaoh had a dream” (Genesis 41:1). The portion begins with Pharaoh’s portentous dreams, Joseph’s interpretations and his subsequent rise to power over Egypt. When a famine strikes the land of Canaan, his brothers come to Egypt seeking grain, but they do not recognize Joseph, who engineers a means by which he can test their character.

Portion Outline

TORAH

  • Genesis 41:1 | Joseph Interprets Pharaoh’s Dream
  • Genesis 41:37 | Joseph’s Rise to Power
  • Genesis 42:1 | Joseph’s Brothers Go to Egypt
  • Genesis 42:26 | Joseph’s Brothers Return to Canaan
  • Genesis 43:1 | The Brothers Come Again, Bringing Benjamin
  • Genesis 44:1 | Joseph Detains Benjamin

PROPHETS

  • Zec 2:14 | Interlude: An Appeal to the Exiles
  • Zec 3:1 | Fourth Vision: Joshuahua and Satan
  • Zec 4:1 | Fifth Vision: The Lampstand and Olive Trees

NEW TESTAMENT

  • John 6:1 | Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand
  • John 6:16 | Jesus Walks on Water
  • John 6:22 | I Am the Bread of Life
  • John 6:60 | The Words of Eternal Life
  • John 10:22 | I and the Father Are One
  • Luke 4:16 | Jesus Rejected at Nazareth
  • Luke 24:13 | On the Road to Emmaus
  • Luke 24:36 | Jesus Appears to His Disciples

 

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