From ancient times there has been a weekly portion (Parashah) from the first five books of Moses (The Torah) and an ending (Haftarah) from the Prophets read on the Sabbath in synagogues around the world.  This portion is given a Hebrew name drawn from the opening words of the Torah passage. An illustration of this practice appears to have been recorded in Luke 4:16 where Yeshua (Jesus) arrived in the synagogue in Nazareth and was asked to read the portion (Isaiah 61) from the Prophets. 

We have found that in perusing these weekly readings, not only are we provided opportunity to identify in the context of God’s Word with millions of Jewish people around the world, but very often the Holy Spirit will illumine specific passages pertinent that week in our intercession for the Land and people of Israel.  All texts are those of English translations of the Scriptures.

 The reading for this week, May 8-14, is “Behar”—“At Mount (Sinai)”

 TORAH:  Leviticus 25:1—26:2

HAFTARAH:  Jeremiah 32:6-27         

*Leviticus 25:2, 23:  “When you come into the land which I give you, then the land shall keep a sabbath to the LORD…for the Land is Mine, for you are but aliens and sojourners with Me.”  The land in which Elohim ordained that the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob should dwell is precious to Him.  Last week’s readings spoke of His causing that land itself to spit out inhabitants who defiled it with gross sin. In this chapter Israel was commanded to grant it regular times of rest, a command which she would unfortunately ignore.  When Judah was eventually carried away captive in Babylon, the LORD said that for 70 years the land would now finally receive the rests which it had been denied. 

Please pray that Israel will deal wisely with the land to which God has returned her, coming to realize that it is a holy charge as well as gift. That she will come into a relationship with her God which will enable her in His timing to be entrusted with all of the land He has promised to return to her oversight (Ezekiel 36:4-8 teaches of a time when the very land currently under contention in Judea and Samaria will “put forth its branches” to bear fruit for the returned children of Jacob).

 *Jeremiah 32:15, 17 “For thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: ‘Houses and fields and vineyards shall be possessed again in this land.”… “Ah, Lord GOD!  Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm.  There is nothing too hard for You…” 

Please pray for believers in Israel to have means and favour to be able to purchase property—so as to truly “put down their roots” into the land for themselves and their descendants. That, as impossible as this often seems, we would realize that NOTHING is too difficult for our God to do on our behalf, who has promised again to root us and grant us ‘houses, fields and vineyards’ in His Land.

–Friends in Jerusalem15-21

 The Torah and Haftarah portions for next week  May 15-21 will be:   “B’Chukkothai”—“In My Statutes”

TORAH:  Leviticus 26:3—27:34;     HAFTARAH:  Jeremiah 16:19—17:14.]