For Parsha Bamidbar, In The Wilderness, Rabbi Jonathan brought the children up to summarize Numbers 1:1 – 4:20. We made five points; (a) the census was of males over twenty years of age, (b) the total count was 603,550, (c) the Tribe of Dan camped on the north side, (d) the Tribe of Levites were priests, and (e) the sons of Kohath carried temple items. Then in the message, we discussed Shavuot, as commanded in Deuteronomy 16:9-12, and as was the time when Moses received the torah (Exodus 19:). Even more awesome is how Messiah was our First Fruits (I Corinthians 15:20-21), which led to us receiving the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:1-4), also on Shavuot! And despite the law written in our hearts (Hebrew 8:6-10), we are not to (negatively) judge those who freely observe (Colossians 2:16-17). The audio http://messiahechad.org/private/23-may-2015-t9k/ and slides, are online.
After re-capping our emulation love of John 14:15, desire to understand His Word from I Peter 1:25, and spiritual rebirth in Deuteronomy 30:20, Rabbi Jonathan closed Vayikra (Leviticus), with “On The Mount” and “In My Statutes”. The key is Leviticus 25:23-24… from the Shemitah, up to the Year of Jubilee, it is about us freely redeeming back, what was never ours. In the main message, our special guest, spoke on the background of Shavuot (Pentecost), the Jewish traditions surrounding this festival, and the Shavuot in Acts 2:1-4, where the Ruach (Spirit) wrote the commandments into our hearts. Then as the story unfolds with Christian and Jews, being children of promise together, oh how great it is to be blessed equally. The audio recording is http://messiahechad.org/private/16-may-2015-t9m/ and slides are online. See you for Shavuot Shabbat!