19 Iyyar 5781
May 1, 2021
Here are the Torah, Haftarah and suggested Brit Chadasha (New Testament) and Tehillim (Psalms) readings for this week.
• Leviticus 21:1-24:23
• Ezekiel 44:15-31
• Luke 14:12-24
• Psalm 42
For the music director, a contemplative song of the sons of Korah.
As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for You, O God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
When will I come and appear before God?
(Psalm 42:1-3 TLV)
The seven aliyot readings from the Torah begin at these verses:
- Leviticus 21:1
- Leviticus 21:16
- Leviticus 22:17
- Leviticus 23:1
- Leviticus 23:23
- Leviticus 23:33
- Leviticus 24:1
Maftir: Leviticus 24:21
The Key People include Moshe (Moses), the sons of Aharon (Aaron), and Aharon (Aaron).
The Scene is the tabernacle, in the wilderness of Sinai.
The Main Events include the LORD giving Moshe rules for priests to stay holy, with special rules for the high priest; guidelines for treating the sacred offerings with respect, including what may be eaten and by whom, and which animals are acceptable as sacrifices; descriptions of the appointed feasts to proclaim as sacred assemblies, including Shabbat, Pesach and the Feast of Unleavened Bread, Firstfruits, Shavu’ot, Rosh haShanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot and Sh’mini Atseret; instructions for the priests to tend the lamps and bake bread to set before the Lord; and the story of a blasphemer stoned as the Lord commanded; guidelines for restitution – life for life..
They are to be holy to their God, and not profane the Name of their God, for they present the offerings of Adonai made by fire, the bread of their God. Therefore they are to be holy. Therefore you are to sanctify him, because he offers the bread of your God. He should be holy to you, for I, Adonai, who sanctifies you, am holy.
(Leviticus 21:6, 8 TLV)
So the Levitical kohanim, the sons of Zadok who kept charge of My Sanctuary when Bnei-Yisrael wandered from Me, will draw near to Me to minister to Me. They will stand before Me to offer Me the fat and the blood”—it is declaration of Adonai. They are ones who will enter My Sanctuary and draw near to My table to minister to Me. They will keep My charge.
(Ezekiel 44:15-16 TLV)
The Brit Chadasha
But Yeshua said to him, “A certain man was hosting a large banquet, and he invited many. At the time for the banquet, he sent his slave to tell those who had been invited, ‘Come, everything is already prepared.’”
(Luke 14:16-17 TLV)
Torah Portion readings and the associated Haftarah readings generally follow the Stone Edition Chumash and/or the Complete Jewish Bible. Verse numbering generally follows the Hebrew tradition, and where modern Christian traditions differ those verse numbers are shown in parentheses (). Haftarah readings generally follow the Ashkenazi tradition. Where the Sephardic tradition differs, the Haftarah portions are designated as (A) and (S). Suggested New Testament readings are taken from various sources. Suggested Psalm readings are from the Messianic Siddur for Shabbat by Daniel Perek. The Key People, The Scenes, and The Main Events are taken from the Walk! series of Messianic Devotion Commentaries by Dr. Jeffrey Enoch Feinberg. Scripture taken from the Tree of Life Version (TLV) © 2015 by the Messianic Jewish Family Bible Society. Used by permission of the Messianic Jewish Family Bible Society.