|Torah: Exo. 30:11–34:35
|Haftara: 1 Kgs. 18:1–39
| Brith Chadashah: Mt. 9:35–11:1
2 Cor. 3:1-18
Parashah 21- Ki Tisa (When you take)
Census and Ransom Money
11 Then Adonai spoke to Moses saying, 12 “When you tally the sum of Bnei-Yisrael by numbering them, then every man must pay a ransom for his soul to Adonai when you count them, so that no plague will fall on them. 13 Everyone among them who crosses over must give half a shekel according to the Sanctuary shekel (which is 20 gerahs): half a shekel as an offering to Adonai. 14 Everyone who crosses over among them who is counted, from 20 years old and upward, is to give the offering to Adonai. 15 The rich are not to give more and the poor are not to give less than the half shekel, when they present the offering of Adonai to make atonement for your souls. 16 You are to take the atonement money from Bnei-Yisrael and give it for the service of the Tent of Meeting, so that it may be a memorial for Bnei-Yisrael before Adonai, to make atonement for your souls.”
Basin for Washing
17 Adonai spoke to Moses saying, 18 “You will also make a basin of bronze with a bronze stand for washing. You are to place it between the Tent of Meeting and the altar and put water in it. 19 Aaron and his sons are to wash their hands and their feet there. 20 Whenever they go into the Tent of Meeting or come near to the altar to minister, to present an offering made by fire in smoke to Adonai, they are to wash with water so that they do not die. 21 They are to wash their hands and their feet, so that they do not die. It is to be an eternal statute for them, to him and to his offspring throughout their generations.”
1 Kings 18 : 1 – 39
Elijah Confronts Ahab
18 Now it was after many days that the word of Adonai came to Elijah in the third year saying, “Go, show yourself to Ahab; then I will send rain on the land. 2 So Elijah went to show himself to Ahab.
Now the famine was severe in Samaria. 3 Ahab summoned Obadiah who was the steward of the palace. Now Obadiah feared Adonai greatly— 4 for when Jezebel was cutting off the prophets of Adonai, Obadiah took 100 prophets, hid them 50 to a cave, and provided them with bread and water. 5 Then Ahab said to Obadiah, “Go through the land to all the springs of water and to all the wadis. Perhaps we may find grass and so keep the horses and mules alive and not lose all the animals.” 6 So they divided the land between them to explore it—Ahab went one way by himself while Obadiah went another way by himself.
7 As Obadiah was on the road, all of a sudden, Elijah met him. When he recognized him, he fell on his face and said, “Is it you, my lord Elijah?”
8 “It is I,” he answered him. Go tell your lord, ‘Look, Elijah is here!”
9 “How have I sinned,” he replied, “that you are giving your servant into the hand of Ahab, to put me to death? 10 As Adonai your God lives, there is no nation or kingdom where my master has not sent to search for you; and when they said, ‘He is not here,’ he made that kingdom or nation swear that they could not find you.
Matthew 9:35 - 11:1 2
Matthew 9 : 35 – 11 : 1
35 Now Yeshua was going around all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the Good News of the kingdom, and healing every kind of disease and sickness. 36 When He saw the crowds, He felt compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. [a] 37 Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. 38 Therefore pray to the Lord of the harvest that He may send out workers into His harvest field.”
A New Covenant on Hearts of Flesh
3 Are we beginning to commend ourselves again? Or do we need, as some do, letters of recommendation to you or from you? 2 You are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everyone. 3 It is clear that you are a letter from Messiah delivered by us—written not with ink but with the Ruach of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.[a]
4 Such is the confidence we have through Messiah toward God— 5 not that we are competent in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our competence is from God. 6 He also made us competent as servants of a new covenant[b]—not of the letter, but of the Ruach. For the letter kills, but the Ruach gives life.
7 Now if the ministry of death, carved in letters on stone, came with such glory that Bnei-Yisrael could not look intently upon Moses’ face because of its glory[c]—although it was passing away— 8 how will the ministry of the Ruach not be even more glorious? 9 For if there is glory in the ministry of condemnation,[d] the ministry of righteousness overflows even more in glory. 10 For even what was glorious is not glorious in comparison to the glory that surpasses it. 11 For if what is passing away is glorious, much more what remains is glorious.
Parashah in 60 seconds
Power in His Wings 2023 Revision
Power in His Wings, the Tallit
In today's Christian landscape, there is a growing movement that seeks to rediscover the rich heritage of our faith by delving deep into its origins. This powerful revival is placing a renewed emphasis on the profound truths found within the original languages of Hebrew and Greek. It is during this time of revival that long-standing barriers are being dismantled and damaging doctrines of replacement theology are being debunked.
One particular aspect that has been overlooked and even pushed aside within Christianity is the significance of the prayer shawl, also known as the tallit. Traditionally, the tallit has played an important role in Jewish worship, symbolizing the commandments of God and serving as a tangible reminder of His presence. However, throughout history, Christianity has gradually moved away from incorporating the prayer shawl into the lives of believers.
Instead, a new emphasis has been placed on the concept of the prayer closet, which is derived from Jesus' teachings on prayer in Matthew 6:6. The prayer closet represents a personal and intimate space where believers can seek God in solitude. While the prayer closet has its value and importance in fostering a deep connection with God, it should not overshadow or replace the significance of the prayer shawl, which was the original wording Jesus used.
One powerful example that highlights the importance of the prayer shawl can be found in the story of the woman with the issue of blood. In Mark 5:25-34, we read about her desperate act of faith as she reached out and touched the hem of Jesus' garment. Instantly, she was healed of her affliction. This miraculous encounter signifies the power and anointing that resides in the garment of Jesus, which includes the symbolism of the prayer shawl.
The revelation that emerges from this story is not only about the healing power of Jesus but also about the significance of our personal tabernacle. Just as the woman with the issue of blood found healing in touching the hem of Jesus' garment, we are invited to enter into a deeper understanding of our own personal tabernacle. It is within this sacred space that we can experience the presence and power of God in our lives.
Sadly, the emphasis on the prayer closet has overshadowed the understanding of our personal tabernacle. The prayer shawl serves as a powerful symbol of our connection with God and our identity as His chosen people. By embracing the significance of the prayer shawl, we reclaim the roots of our faith and reconnect with the rich Jewish customs and traditions that have been stripped away for too long.
It is time to challenge the false notion that Christianity has replaced the Jews as God's chosen people. As we delve deeper into the profound truths of God's Word, as Jesus Himself comprehended and taught it, we gain a more complete understanding of our faith. We recognize the importance of incorporating the prayer shawl, the prayer closet, and the revelation of our personal tabernacle into our spiritual journey.
In conclusion, Dr. Jeffery Davidson, in his endorsement of this book, acknowledges Dr. Christiaan de Ruiter's deep understanding of the knowledge of God and his maturing relationship with the Holy Spirit. The author's dedication to writing this book is an outward display of the miraculous in his life, and Dr. Davidson encourages readers to take this book seriously, as it holds the potential to be a transformative and blessing-filled resource. As we rediscover the profound truths of our faith, may we embrace the significance of the prayer shawl and the revelation of our personal tabernacle, leading us to a deeper connection with God and a more authentic expression of our Christian faith.
Read More in the New 2023 Revision of Power in His Wings.
Also in Dutch as Kracht in Zijn Vleugels.