Welcome to Messianic Torah Portion
Thank you for visiting Messianic Torah Portion. We are here to promote honoring our Father through the reading of His instruction (Torah) and its application to our lives by following the example of Yeshua the Messiah. To the extent possible, this should be in public reading.
And all the people gathered as one man at the square which was in front of the Water Gate, and they asked Ezra the scribe to bring the book of the law of Moses which the LORD had given to Israel. Then Ezra the priest brought the law before the assembly of men, women and all who could listen with understanding, on the first day of the seventh month. He read from it before the square which was in front of the Water Gate from early morning until midday, in the presence of men and women, those who could understand; and all the people were attentive to the book of the law. Ezra the scribe stood at a wooden podium which they had made for the purpose. (Nehemiah 8:1-4)
Until I come, give attention to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation and teaching. (1 Timothy 4:13)
We will present a three-fold approach, emphasizing:
1. The Torah Portion, including related Haftarah and Brit Chadashah (New Testament) readings,
2. The Biblical Calendar, to which these Torah Portions are a perfect fit, and
3. Liturgy, a collection of both Scripture and some traditional blessings to prepare for the reading.
To prepare for the public reading of Scripture, our hearts and minds need to be set on offering our worship to our Creator. Especially in a public setting, but also in personal devotions, formal liturgy can be very beneficial. I have included a few pages of liturgy in Hebrew, transliterated Hebrew and English. These are taken from the Shabbat Siddur. More will be added from time-to-time. Use as much or as little as you desire, but always remember that while listening to a sermon or a teaching is God giving to us, worship is how we give to our God.
The Torah cycle helps to put all of us on the same page when we gather for public worship. In the sidebar are the Torah Portions for each week. If you open the link, you will find the Torah and Haftarah readings along with suggested readings from the New Testament. Each of the entries in the sidebar are taken from the Torah Reading Schedule. This is a calendar that shows the Torah Portions for each Sabbath, as well as for the Appointed Times. Each Portion is listed as an event on the calendar.
While it is necessary in our world today to use the Gregorian calendar, there is a calendar presented in the Bible based on natural signs in the heavens – the sun, the moon, and the seasons. If you begin to think about time using this calendar, it will help you to anticipate and prepare for the Appointed Times. When you set your mind on this calendar, you find that the Appointed Times that seem to “float” from date to date on the Gregorian calendar are actually fixed times on God’s calendar. The cycle of Torah readings is based on this calendar and is consistent from year to year, even in “leap” years when the Biblical calendar has thirteen months.
Please take a few minutes to browse this site and to leave suggestions of things that might be added to help in your reading of the weekly Torah Portion. We will not be posting any commentary on the readings, however we may include links to articles and other resources. If you regularly write commentary on the weekly Portion (the New Testament reading does not need to be the same as what I have posted) and would like us to link to it, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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