Many Believers think that the Tanakh (Old Testament) is all about the law, whereas the Brit Chadashah (New Testament) is all about grace, which they consider the antithesis of the Law. While it is true that grace is evident in the New Covenant, grace did not just appear with the coming of Yeshua (Jesus).
Sefer Torah (Torah scroll) using a yad (Torah pointer) to follow along in order to protect the precious parchment and handwritten text. The yad also allows others to see the text and ensure that the Torah is read without mistakes. Kedoshim (Holy Ones) begins with God's command that Israel be holy because God is holy. Holiness is something that each person is capable of, since a holy God would not demand from us something we are incapable of doing; nor would He judge us when we fail.
For seven days, Aaron and his sons stayed at the Tent of Meeting as part of their ordination process. On the eighth day, Moses called for them to begin presenting the offerings (קָרְבֳּנוֹת, korbanot) to the Lord. These offerings were given as a kind of “welcoming ceremony” to greet the arrival of God’s Shekhinah (Glory or Divine Presence).
Everything God creates in His physical world helps us understand His spiritual world. The use of physical gems on the breastplate of the Kohen Gadol is no different. Since these stones represent the 12 tribes, and the breastplate is connected with discovering the will of God, the stones represent how precious Israel is to the Lord and His desire to lead them into His will.
The book of Hosea is a love story. In it, the prophet dramatically models God’s love for His people and laments the grave sins of the nation of Israel. Little is known about Hosea or of his social status; nevertheless, we are provided some astonishing details about his life and the lengths to which he went for love.
As Valentine's Day draws near, love is stirring all around us. In English, we say from the heart that we love our spouse, our children, and our job. We also quite sincerely say that we love donuts, our favorite vacation spot, even NFL football. For that reason, the word “love” has become almost meaningless, but Scripture presents it in all its intended glory. The Hebrew roots of the word "ahava" contain a marvelous secret. One root is hav, which means to offer or to give. The other root is ahav, which means to nurture or to devote completely to another.
Since the Israelites had just been released from slavery, the first of God’s mishpatim deal with servants and slaves. “When you acquire a Jewish bondsman, for six years he shall work and in the seventh year he shall go free...” (Exodus 21:2) Several verses later, the painful experiences of the Israelites in Egypt are highlighted again, this time to create empathy for the foreigner. God commands the Israelites that foreigners be treated with kindness and respect.
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