Weekly Parshah

Parashah #19: T’rumah (Contributions) Sh’mot (Exodus) 25:1-29-19

Beth Elohim Messianic Synagogue Parashah #19: T’rumah (Contribution) Sh’mot (Exodus) 25:1-27:19 Haftarah: M’lakhim Alef (1 Kings) 5:26-6:13 B’rit Chadashah: Hebrews 8:1-6; 9:23; 10:1 The Priestly story of the Tabernacle in Exodus 25–27 echoes the Priestly story of creation in Genesis 1:1–2:3. The similarities include the following: The story of creation unfolds in seven days, the… Read more »

Parashah #18: Mishpatim (Rulings) Sh’mot (Exodus) 21:1-24:18

Beth Elohim Messianic Synagogue Parashah #18: Mishpatim (Rulings) Sh’mot (Exodus) 21:1-24:18 Haftarah: Yirmeyahu (Jeremiah) 34:8-22; 33:25-26 B’rit Chadashah: Mattityahu (Matthew) 5:38-42 In this week’s parashah, we learn that Moshe writes the Sefer haB’rit (The Book of the Covenant) and spells out ways to arrive at mishpatim (rulings). These chapters are referred to as such because… Read more »

Parashah #17 Yitro (Jethro) Sh’mot (Exodus) 18:1-20:23

Beth Elohim Messianic Synagogue Parashah #17 Yitro (Jethro) Sh’mot (Exodus) 18:1-20:23 Haftarah: Yesha’yahu (Isaiah) 6:1-13 B’rit Chadashah: James 2:8-13 This week I want to focus on Yitro, then the politics of the Covenant at Sinai as it applies to our current political situation. Let’s start with a little historical background of Yitro’s life and person…. Read more »

Parashah #16 B’shallach Sh’mot (Exodus) 13:17-17:16)

Beth Elohim Messianic Synagogue Parashah #16 B’shallach (After he had let go) Sh’mot (Exodus 13:17-17:16) Haftarah: Shof’tim (Judges) 4:4-5:31 B’rit Chadashah: Revelation 15:1-4 This parashah begins with G-d leading the Israelites out into the desert, the column of cloud by day and the column of fire by night 24 hours a day to lead them…. Read more »

Parashah #15 Bo (Go) Sh’mot (Exodus) 10:1-13:16

Beth Elohim Messianic Synagogue Parashah #15: Bo (Go) Sh’mot (Exodus) 10:1-13:16 Haftarah: Yirmeyahu (Jeremiah) 46:13-28 B’rit Chadashah: Revelation 16:1-21 The first sentence of this parashah reminds us that G-d allowed Pharaoh and his servants to make their own choice to remain hardhearted (stubborn) to provide a greater contrast between their defiance and G-d’s power. Note… Read more »

Parashah #14 Va’era Sh’mot (Exodus) 6:2-9:35

Beth Elohim Messianic Synagogue Parashah # 14: Va’era (I appeared) Sh’mot (Exodus) 6:2-9:35 Haftarah: Yechezk’el (Ezekiel) 28:25-29:21 B’rit Chadashah: Romans 9:14-17 The first sentence in this parashah should make it very clear that G-d’s name does not include a “W”. G-d also explains how He is NOT a trinity, rather Echad a complex unity) who… Read more »

Parashah #13 Sh’mot (Names) Exodus 1:1-6:1

Beth Elohim Messianic Synagogue Parashah #13: Sh’mot (Names) (Ex.) 1:1-6:1 Haftarah: Yirmeyahu (Jer.) 1:1-2:3 (S) B’rit Chadashah: Hebrews 11:23-26 This week’s parashah brings up an interesting parallel between the phrase, “There is nothing new under the sun” and the idea of a Messiah, who is G-d and a “Son of G-d.” The latter statement is… Read more »

Parashah #12 Vayechi (He lived) B’resheit (Genesis) 47:28-50:26

Beth Elohim Messianic Synagogue Parashah#12: Vayechi (He lived) Genesis 47:28-50:26 Haftarah: M’lakhim Alef (1 Kings) 2:1-12 B’rit Chadashah: 1 Kefa (Peter) 1:3-9; 2:11-17 We start this parashah with the narrative between Jacob (Israel) and Yosef. Note the interplay throughout the narrative interchanging the name Ya’akov with Israel. As we discussed in previous parashot, the use… Read more »

Parashah 11: Vayigash B’resheit (Genesis) 44:18-47:27

Beth Elohim Messianic Synagogue Parashah#11: Vayigash (He approached) Genesis 44:18-47-27 Haftarah: Yechezk’el (Ezekiel) 37:15-28 B’rit Chadashah: Acts: 7:9-16 (specifically vv.13-15) This week’s parashah contains other similarities between the life of Yosef and Yahshua, especially the timing Yosef uses to reveal himself to his brothers. He waited until the second meeting at which time his brothers… Read more »

Parashah #10 Mikketz (At the end) B’resheit (Genesis) 41:1-44:17

Beth Elohim Messianic Synagogue Parashah #10: Mikketz (At the end) Genesis 41:1-44:17 Haftarah: M’lakhim Alef (1 Kings) 3:15-4:1 B’rit Chadashah: Acts 7:9-16 During most years, this parashah coincides with Chanukkah, just as it does this year. I find it especially interesting that even though Chanukkah is early this year, this parashah is still within the… Read more »