Week 21 - "Ki Tissa" (כִּי תִשָּׂא‬, Hebrew for "When You Take")

[Torah Portion]
Exodus 30:11-34:35

[Prophets - Haftarah]
1 Kings 18:1-39

[New Testament - Brit Hadasha]
Luke 11:14-20;
Acts 7:35-8:1;
1 Corinthians 10:1-14;
2 Corinthians 3:1-18;
Hebrews 9:1-14;
Revelation 11

Comments about this week's Parsha

Oh MAN! - What an abundantly full teaching from the Torah this week! I thought I knew some things before, but I learned so much and connected so many things I didn't before in this week's teaching. I know the word is alive and that I shouldn't be that surprised when I get something new but, I still get really excited when that sort of thing happens... every time it happens 😆😆😆

One of the things I learned that got me really excited, was in Exodus 30:17-21. I didn't know what a laver was so, I looked it up. When I first saw what it was, I totally thought of how Yeshua stands between us and the Holy Place (according to the picture), washing away our sin and how we're made clean through him so, we're able to approach the most on high, and be in the presence of YHWH. Then being completely in awe of that, my wife sent me this other picture and I was like "WHOA!" It made us both so excited and giddy, that we had seen yet another mindblowing connection that bridges the Old Testament to the New Testament.

Something else I got from this week's parsha - Was a huge reminder! In Exodus 32:1-10, it talks about how the people had every intention of worshiping God. However, they decided how to go about doing it their own way and it made God angry!!! Which BTW, I referenced scripture from the NASB translation but in the KJV translation (in verse 10) it's translated as, "that my wrath may wax hot against them" and that made me all like 😱 when I read it! The reminder I get from that passage of scripture is - We as humans beings that God Created (not the other way around), are not to worship Him in any way that we see fit.

Now, HUGE DISCLAIMER HERE -> "This is just my opinion, based on what I noticed from that passage and many other passages in the Bible, that aren't just for the "Hebrew" or "Jewish" people. We (as followers of Christ Jesus) should not observe or even participate in anything even remotely close to that! (like Sunday worship, Christmas and Easter).

Where we (as God's creations) usurp the days, the times and their ordinances, that God gave to his people (we being a part of those people) to observe and obey, found in the Bible. Then merely insert God into those days that we've created based on the doctrine of man. Then appoint those days as "Religious" days, holidays, times etc.

After taking the time to do a lot of research on these topics, it seems as though around 70AD, Christianity and Judaism shared the same biblical feast days and those who followed Christ even observed them with added meanings introduced by Jesus and the Apostles!