Rabbi Jonathan began the new torah cycle with Bereshit or In The Beginning, from Genesis 1:1 – 6:8. We studied water surrounding our universe (Genesis 1:6-7), light being created before the sun (Genesis 1:14-16), life starting at breath (Genesis 2:7), the painful childbirth curse (Genesis 3:15-17), sin passing through families (Genesis 4:23) and being weary of attractive evil doers (Genesis 6:2). Then in the main message, Andronicus spoke on how things are made known by their fruit (love). The cornerstone verses were from Mathew 7:15-20… then we cross-referenced II Timothy 2:15-20, I Corinthians 11:27-32, I Corinthians 12:3, I Corinthians 8:1, I Corinthians 13:1-13, Revelations 2:1-10, Romans 12:2, John 2:5, John 3:16, Mathew 17:4-5, John 14:15, Mathew 22:36-40, and John 15:1-5. The audio recording is online (http://messiahechad.org/private/18-oct-2014-h2l/) and see you all next week for monthly oneg, with Service Team Aleph helping.
On Thursday, Rabbi Jonathan covered eschatology or the end times (II Timothy 3:1-14) and mentioned how those red, lunar eclipses will not signal the final days, without an accompanying solar eclipse (Joel 2:31). And since no one knows the final days (Mathew 24:36), we should aim to be prepared but not expectantly consumed (Jeremiah 10:2). So to get us started, we had our first survival training on first aid and health, then looked at the purpose of Sukkot; http://messiahechad.org/private/09-oct-2014-h3m/. On Friday, Pastor David continued our survival training by talking gear, after which we explored witnessing in light of current events like Halloween; http://messiahechad.org/private/10-oct-2014-b5d/. Our Saturday Sukkot teaching was about the four species of Leviticus 23:40; http://messiahechad.org/private/11-oct-2014-n7k/. Enjoy your week, remember the Eighth Day (Shemini Atzeret) and celebrate Messiah Echad completing our first torah cycle (Simchat Torah)!