Welcome to this week’s Torah / Bible study. “Yahweh said to Moses at Mount Sinai, ‘Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘When you enter the land I am going to give you, the land itself must observe a Sabbath to Yahweh’” (Leviticus 25:1–2).
Last week, in study section “Emor”, God called the Kohen (priests) to live lives that expressed a greater measure of holiness. It also described seven essential festivals that are fundamental to Israel’s walk with Yahweh God which He calls His feasts, in addition to the weekly seventh day Sabbath (our Friday sunset to Saturday sunset). This week, in “Behar” God gives Moses the law of the Shemitah (literally release; but commonly translated Sabbatical Year).
STUDY TO LEARN, TO DO.
What was the purpose of God redeeming Israel from Egypt and giving them instructions? What is the purpose of us going to church or reading our bibles? Study to Learn, Learn to Do! In Jewish thought, the purpose for studying is not the acquisition of knowledge; but to study to learn and we learn to do. Most bible readers and church attendees do not follow the purpose. To many it is to learn the scriptures, recite them, call on their promises or teach others them; but they do not do nor teach it is about the doing. Infact, many teach the contrary. That it is not about the doing; but the belief. If you know your bible you should be aware of the numerous times the doing is emphasised in both Old and New Testaments. Going to the tabernacle or synagogue was not about singing, definitely not about dancing; but about learning and doing. The singing was reserved to the appointed Levites as part of their service. Rom 2:13 (For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified. Jas_1:23 For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:
The Torah portion begins by saying, "If you walk in My statutes and keep My commandments so as to carry them out ... " (Leviticus 26:3). What is the difference between (1) walking in the statutes, (2) keeping the commandments and (3) carrying them out?