Week 17 - "Yitro" (יִתְרוֹ, Hebrew for the name "Jethro")
[Excellent Study Resources]
Exodus 18:1 - Exodus 20:26
Comments about this week's Torah Portion
An interesting comment about this week's scripture I heard, was that this was sort of like the first Pentecost. How the imagery of what took place at Mt. Sinai shows us that the people were begging to have a mediator between themselves and God. God honored their request and spoke to the people through Moses. It's sort of the same situation that took place at Pentecost. Where the disciples were given the Holy Spirit to mediate as well. God's people still have that same mediator as the disciples that goes before them to this day, the Holy Spirit!
[Prophets - Haftarah]
Isaiah 6:1-7, 9:2-7
Comments about this week's Haftarah Portion
What came to mind from the first part of this portion was an idea I remember hearing in a video from the Bible Project. Where, God's people always had to purify themselves (through some purification ritual) in order to be in His presence. Where the visual we see here in Isaiah is His presence doing the purification instead. Like, purification comes from being in His presence instead of having to be purified before going into the presence of Him, and it's beautiful! That passage is a perfect segue into the next portion of Isaiah which is toally about the Messiah.
[New Testament - Brit Hadasha]
Matthew 5:1-48, 15:1-11, 19:16-30
Acts 6:1-7; Romans 2:10-29, 7:1-8-15, 13:8-10;
Ephesians 6:1-3; 1 Timothy 3:1-14; 2 Timothy 2:2;
Titus 1:5-9; Hebrews 8:10, 12:18-29; James 2:8-13;
1 Peter 2:9-10; 1 John 2-5; Revelation 12:10-17
Comments about this week's portion from the Brit Hadasha
It's both purposeful and amazing how this week's study ties alltogether. The portions from almost every passage of Brit Hadasha all point back to this week's Torah portion. A reitteration of the importance of obeying the commandments that God gave all of His people back at Mt Sinai. Those very same commandments being reitterated by Jesus through each of the Gospels. It's evedently clear, the theme that keeps getting repeated this week is how those who call themselves worshipers of God, are called by Him to not worship Him with lip service but by keeping and obeying His commandments. That His commandments are written on thier hearts through the power of the Holy Spirit.
I hope this study has blessed you. Always remember to test everything!