Our Torah portion for this week is Vayikra ("and he called"), the very first section from the Book of Leviticus.
Our Torah portion for this week is Vayikra ("and he called"), the very first section from the Book of Leviticus.
In Jewish tradition, Leviticus is sometimes called the "Book of Sacrifices" since it deals largely with the various offerings brought to the LORD for sacrificial purposes in the Mishkan (Tabernacle).
Indeed, over 40 percent of all of the Torah's commandments are found in this central book of the Scriptures, highlighting the centrality of the idea of blood atonement to the Torah.
Indeed, since the revelation of the Tabernacle was the climax of the revelation given at Sinai, the Book of Leviticus serves as its ritual expression: "For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it for you on the altar to make atonement for your souls, for it is the blood that makes atonement (kapparah) by the life" (Lev. 17:11).
I love you JESUS.
May I always demonstrate my love for you the way I love and care for those in my life.
May I be a blessing this day and edify your living loving body.
May others see the bridge you are between us and the LOVE of our Father.
The bridge you are in relationship where we lack mercy.
YOU give us forgiveness.
YOU alone deliver us to the promise you have set forth in our lives. Thank you for all you are doing in the many lives you are touching this day.
And with each new day I pray YOUR word is HEARD.
YOU alone are the TRUTH where LOVE is concerned.
YOUR righteousness has made me who I AM even when I AM NOT. thank you for loving me into grace and purity,
Without you I AM a sinner looking to please myself and find acceptance from men.
YOU remove my fears and doubts.
YOU lead me in all I DO like a bridge over troubled waters.
YOU never let me go.
YOU never fail when It comes to protecting my heart.
Thank you for this day and the things I have.
Thank you for helping me overcome the way I THINK and allowing me to walk with you where my thoughts are of peace. of HOPE. and GOOD.
No matter how bad things get or how I FEEL, YOU never let go and you alone cover the things in me that keep me from giving you all I HAVE. all I AM. and I DESIRE. you are my KING.
My first LOVE.
I love you and give you all of me the best I can.
Please be with and protect all those who seek YOUR face this day. reveal yourself to my people.
Show them you are in control even in a world that has fallen.
YOU keep me in the spirit. in your promise.
Do the same and more for the lives I touch.
Open eyes and ears to see the deceit and temptations.
And also to Feel YOUR GLORY. YOUR LOVE. for US. ALL. thank you for surrounding me with others who care for me and for giving in me a heart willing to let go of the world and the things in it so I may care for them.
Thank you for coming for me and changing the way I think. YOU are all that is good in me.
Introduction and Ephesians 1:1–2
FIRST DAY: Introduction
1. From what you have learned so far, why do you desire to be a woman who walks in the Spirit?
2. Many Christians never live in the full blessings God intends for them. Rather than living in the
riches of God’s grace, some believers live in the natural plane relying on their own strength and
accomplishments. This was the issue with the Ephesians. Though every spiritual blessing in the
heavenly places was theirs through Christ Jesus, they lived as spiritual paupers. Paul began his
letter to the Ephesians by reminding them of all the riches that belonged to them because of
Jesus. In the second part of this epistle he instructed them on how to walk in these blessings.
Paul ended his letter with a strong warning about the spiritual opposition that would come
against a blessed walk in the Spirit.
As you study this epistle, be sure to take inventory of all God has done for you and given you
through Jesus. Let these blessings be your motivation and strength to walk in the Spirit. Read
Ephesians 1:1–2 and answer the following questions:
a. Who wrote this epistle? Ephesians 1:1a
b. To whom was this epistle written? Ephesians 1:1b
3. Prepare your heart to receive all that the Lord has for you this week by writing a prayer.
Paul … by the will of God, to the saints … and faithful in Christ Jesus.
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SECOND DAY: Read Ephesians 1:1a
1. In Ephesians 1:1a what title did Paul use to identify himself?
a. Recall that this title means one sent forth. Use the following Scriptures to note what Paul was
sent forth by Jesus to do:
(1) Acts 9:15–16
(2) Romans 1:1
(3) 1 Timothy 2:7
b. What is your impression of Paul based on these Scriptures?
(1) How is he an example for you?
2. According to Ephesians 1:1a, Paul was an apostle according to Whose will?
a. In light of what you have learned about Paul, why was it so important that his calling was
based on this?
b. Who are you by the will of God?
3. Paul wrote this epistle from prison. What would your response be to receiving a letter from
someone who was imprisoned for Christ?
THIRD DAY: Read Ephesians 1:1b
1. Ephesus was a major Roman city located on the coast of Asia Minor. The Ephesians worshiped
the goddess Diana. Her temple was located in Ephesus and was one of the Seven Wonders of the
World. Read the following passages to summarize Paul’s experiences among the Ephesians:
a. Acts 18:18–21
b. Acts 19:1–12, 18–20
c. Acts 19:23–30
d. Acts 20:16–21
e. From what you have studied, share your thoughts concerning Paul’s relationship with the
2. How were the Ephesian believers described in Ephesians 1:1b?
a. Why do you think this would be important for them to remember?
b. This description applies not only to the Ephesians, but to all believers. Share what this truth
means to you.
FOURTH DAY: Read Revelation 2:1–7
1. The church in Ephesus continued to thrive even after Paul left. In fact, Jesus addressed this
church in one of His letters to the seven churches in Revelation. Read Revelation 2:2–3, 6 and
record Jesus’ commendation to the Ephesian church.
a. How might these qualities have been the fruit of Paul’s ministry among them? See also
2. Although the Ephesians were to be commended in many ways, what warning did Jesus give
them in Revelation 2:4–5?
a. What do you think might have caused the Ephesians to digress?
(1) How is this a warning for believers today?
3. According to Jesus’ instructions in Revelation 2:5a, what did the Ephesians need to do?
a. Even as mature believers we need to be aware of our shortcomings. How do you see this
truth exemplified through the Ephesians?
(1) What do you feel is the best way to deal with your personal shortcomings?
FIFTH DAY: Read Ephesians 1:2
1. With what two blessings did Paul greet the believers? Ephesians 1:2a
a. Many commentators believe the order in which Paul pronounced these two blessings is
significant. Pastor Chuck says, You cannot know the peace of God until you first experience the
grace of God. How have you seen this to be true in your life?
2. From Whom do these blessings proceed? Ephesians 1:2b
a. Share what you learn about God from the following Scriptures:
(1) John 16:27
(2) Colossians 1:12
(3) James 1:17
(4) 1 John 3:1
b. What is your response to having God as your Father?
c. Paul used the Greek word Kurios to refer to Jesus. This word is the Greek equivalent to the
Old Testament word Lord. What does this word convey to you about your relationship with
SIXTH DAY: Review
1. What stands out to you the most from this week’s study concerning:
b. the Ephesian Church
2. What excites you most about studying the book of Ephesians?
Grace to you and peace from God our Father
and the Lord Jesus Christ.
CHAPEL SERVICE WITH DENNIS BERGMAN : " The LOVE of JESUS CHRIST "
The LOVE of JESUS CHRIST suffers.
FOR OTHERS. not for self.
REMEMBER THAT the next time you find yourself not seeking HIS KINGDOM AND HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS FIRST.
It is only in HIS kingdom we can be faithful servants for the good of others above ourselves. many will lie to themselves trying to live in the world and claim to LOVE GOD and one another. there is no LOVE without JESUS CHRIST. NONE !!!!!!
NO GOD can give YOU love , MERCY and GRACE.
There is A GOD of this world blinding many.
Come to JESUS CHRIST. and LIVE. without fear worry doubt want pride ego and self.
DO GOOD. and remember PEOPLE are HIS number one JOY.
when YOU accuse slander gossip blame excuse hate resent or any other thing not OF JESUS CHRIST then YOU are doing it TO HIM. not them.
I pray you GIVE all of yourself TO JESUS this day.
For your sake and HIS.
He dont want part of YOU.
he wants ALL OF US. US ALL. !!!!!!
BE GOOD. reach out past your troubles and give.
YOUR TIME MONEY FOOD HOME CAR whatever you have.
Or be selfish and and die inside.
Hearts are growing wax cold. deception is flagrant and death is on our doorstep.
GET RIGHT WITH JESUS CHRIST and STOP what YOU Are doing if it is not FOR HIM.
FOR HIS GLORY.
YOUR name MEANS nothing YOUR ministry is just another way to glorify YOURSELF.
HIS NAME saves.
NOT THOSE WHO BRING IT. J
ESUS thank you for not letting me sale your name or elevate myself in the eyes of men.
May all I do be a free gift undefiled by names and credits in my works.
Thank you for removing those who place stumbling stones in my way.
Who confuse me and place burdens on me that you have removed.
YOU are GOD.
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|The LORD Calls Out...|
Our Torah portion for this week is Vayikra ("and he called"), the very first section from the Book of Leviticus. In Jewish tradition, Leviticus is sometimes called the "Book of Sacrifices" since it deals largely with the various sacrificial offerings brought to the altar at the Tabernacle. Indeed, over 40 percent of all the Torah's commandments are found in this central book of the Scriptures, highlighting that blood atonement is crucial to the Torah. Indeed, since the revelation of the Tabernacle was the climax of the revelation given at Sinai, the Book of Leviticus serves as its ritual expression: As it is written: "For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it for you on the altar to make atonement for your souls, for it is the blood that makes atonement (kapparah) by the life" (Lev. 17:11).
Unlike narrative portions of other books of the Torah, the Book of Leviticus begins with the LORD "calling out" (i.e., vayikra) to Moses to explain that the way to draw near to Him is by means of atoning sacrifice. It is noteworthy that throughout the book, only the sacred name of the LORD (יהוה) is used in connection with sacrificial offerings, never the name Elohim (אֱלהִים). This suggests that sacrificial offerings were given to draw us near to experience God's mercy and compassion rather than to simply appease His anger.... In other words, the Name of the LORD represents salvation (i.e., yeshuah: יְשׁוּעָה) and healing for the sinner, not God's judgment (John 3:17). Indeed, the word korban (קָרְבָּן), often translated as "sacrifice" or "offering," comes from a root word karov (קָרַב) that means to "draw close" or "to come near" (James 4:8). The sinner who approached the LORD trusting in the efficacy of the sacrificial blood shed on his or her behalf would find healing and life...
Note that the word in the ancient Greek translation of the Torah (called the Septuagint) that was selected to translate the Hebrew word kapporet (i.e., "mercy seat") is hilasterion (ἱλαστήριον), sometimes translated "propitiation." The New Testament picks up this usage in Romans 3:25: "God put forward Yeshua as a propitiation (ἱλαστήριον) through faith in His blood." In other words, the shedding of Yeshua's blood - represented by His Passion upon the cross - was "presented" upon the Heavenly Kapporet, before the very Throne of God Himself for our atoning sacrifice (i.e., kapparah: כַּפָּרָה) before God.
Please see the quick summary for Vayikra for more information. You can also download the Shabbat Table Talk for this portion here:
|Preparing for Passover|
Note that last Shabbat marked Rosh Chodesh Adar (חודש אדר), that is, the twelfth month of the Jewish calendar (counting from the month of Nisan). During Jewish "leap years," however, an additional month is inserted into the Jewish calendar, and the month of Adar is appended by an additional month called Adar Sheni (or Adar II). From the point of view of the holidays, Adar II is theoretically recognized as the "twelfth month," so the holiday of Purim, for instance, is always celebrated during Adar II during Jewish leap years....
The holiday of Purim is always observed exactly one month before the holiday of Passover (Megillah 1:4), and since both holidays celebrate God's deliverance of His people, the month of Adar (II) is considered one of the happiest of the Jewish year: "When Adar comes, joy is increased" (Ta'anit 29a). This year the month of Adar II began on Sat. March 1st, and Purim begins two weeks later, under the full moon (i.e., Sat. March 15th). That means that Passover begins one lunar month later, on Monday, April 14th (at sundown).
Like the month of Elul (i.e., the month that precedes Rosh Hashanah and the New Year in the fall [Exod. 23:16]), the month of Adar is a time to prepare our hearts before the start of the New Year of spring and the great holiday of Passover...
The following (simplified) blessing can be recited to celebrate the last month of the year and to ask the LORD God Almighty to help you prepare for this coming season:
יְהִי רָצוֹן מִלְּפָנֵיךָ יהוה אֱלהֵינוּ וֵאלהֵי אֲבוֹתֵינוּ
שֶׁתְּחַדֵּשׁ עָלֵינוּ חדֶשׁ טוֹב בַּאֲדנֵינוּ יֵשׁוּעַ הַמָּשִׁיחַ אָמֵן
ye·hi · ra·tzon · mil·fa·ne·kha · Adonai · E·lo·hei·nu · ve·lo·hei · a·vo·tei·nu
she·te·cha·desh · a·lei·nu · cho·desh · tov, · ba·a·do·nei·nu · Ye·shu·a · ha·ma·shi·ach · amen
"May it be Your will, LORD our God and God of our fathers,
that you renew for us a good month in our Lord Yeshua the Messiah. Amen."
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|The Holiday of Purim - פורים|
The holiday of Purim (פּוּרִים) celebrates the victory of the Jewish people over the dark forces of anti-Semitism in the world. In a sense, the entire holiday is a spoof or joke made at the expense of those who senselessly hate the Jewish people (and who therefore hate the God of Israel). Purim is therefore both a time of irony and a time to celebrate how God secretly acts on behalf of His people so that they will eventually triumph over their enemies.
Throughout the centuries and in various places, many have tried to destroy the Jewish people, but none has succeeded. עַם יִשְׂרָאֵל חַי / am Yisrael chai: "The people of Israel live!" Israel is God's "super sign" that He is faithful to His covenant promises (Jer. 31:35-37). Christians likewise can trust that God's sovereign hand works all things together for good -- even if at times things appear bleak and desperate (Rom. 8:28).
This year Purim is celebrated Saturday, March 15th (at sundown), that is, on the 14th of Adar, the day after Haman's roll of the dice indicated that the 13th of Adar was most "propitious" date to exterminate the Jews of Persia. Note that Purim is celebrated the day after since it was at that time that the Jews experienced the joy of their deliverance (in Israel, Purim is observed a day later still (i.e., on Adar 15th) and is called Shushan Purim).פּוּרִים שָׂמֵחַ / Purim Sameach: "Happy Purim!"
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