|God saw that the light was good. ---Genesis 1:4|
The world is beginning to look like it came out of the Torah!
This morning I looked out the window and the sun at that moment through the trees looked like a day out of creation!
Well, of course it should be that way, the world is the Torah!
God breathed and created everything, so everyday of course is a day out of creation!! But I never thought of it that way until very recently!!
There is a cycle of Torah just like there is a cycle of seasons.
This is something I never knew or thought of before this year, and I am already well into the seasons of life, so even though it is an eternal cycle, for me its new!
If its new for you, I hope you will enjoy this time of the new start too whether you are just starting like me or a seasoned traveler through the Torah or even if you are just not knowing what I am talking about, please come along and enjoy the challah and rest in each Shabbat.
I have an idea to make the blog a place to share challah and testimony, scripture and sketches, while reading through this first year of the cycle of parashiot!
Starting with Genesis (and satsumaimo challah, see post below!)
in the third week!
Repentence and returning are from the root `Shuv` in Hebrew.
Surely the LORD is not just calling me back , He is calling us back, to His Torah.
This past few years have been a great turning back and returning in my life.
I can actually feel the momentum as I am turning back to God.
Moving onto His calendar which is calibrated by His Shabbatot, and corresponding to the readings of the Parashiot. It`s movement and at the same time feels like everything stands still in a way too because He is doing the turning and bringing us into a cycle that has been repeating since the beginning. He is the Aleph and the Tav, the beginning and the end!(Aleph is the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet, Tav is the last letter of the Hebrew Alphabet).
All the things that happened in the Bible and it`s teachings seem closer, as we make them a focus of our lives. Where we are now then reconnects with Torah, the word of God, with God Himself.
This week readings were from Noah, down the genealogical line through Shem
to Abram, who we know will become Abraham,
the father of all the line leading to Messiah and through to us!
Noah built the Ark with all his dedication and truly a one-track mind only obedient to what God asked Him to do, and rose above the floodwaters to safety.
Studying the Torah is similarly the way to stay afloat, to be brought to safety, and to live in God`s word, amidst the floodwaters of our day.
Noah`s day once seemed long ago, but now it seems near, as the words we read are the same Word Noah lived. What it means to be righteous is the same as it was then, and God is the same today as He was yesterday and forever more!!
Not only is the Word of God relevant to life,
It is Life!
And look at this, in Hebrew the word used in scripture for the Ark that Noah built is `Tevah`.*
I found out Tevah also means `Word`.
Just like Noah was lifted up on the floodwaters and kept safe in the Ark, we too are lifted up from the floodwaters of daily life and kept afloat by living in His Word!! It is the `ark` that protects us, that is our place of safety, that is our Salvation, just as Yeshua is the Word become Flesh, and is our Salvation!! Halleluyah!!
The picture below is of the harvest--season vegetables and fruits--- I received in exchange for challah this past Shabbat!! Its funny I started with the purple potato (satsumaimo) to make the bread, entered into Shabbat with two loaves (see two posts below), and went out of the Shabbat with a mountain of seasonal produce!!
It was a great and fun surprise and reminds me how when we enter into God`s Shabbat it is a delight, full of surprises, as we keep our eye on Yeshua.
For "Everyone who calls upon the name of the LORD shall be saved." ---Romans 10:13
God Bless you and have a great week! Oh, and it`s Friday already, so time to get ready to enter a new Shabbat!
This weeks Torah portion is Lech LCha.
Blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the Torah of ADONAI
I long for Your deliverance, ADONAI, and Your Torah is my delight.
---Psalm 119, verse 1 and verse 174
(all the verses in Psalm 119 are `numbered` by starting with letters from each letter of the Hebrew Alphabet. You can read the whole Psalm here! )
*more on the word for ark, `tevah` on Messianic Revolution blog