Mistakes at Meribah

Posted by Roots of Faith on 28 Jun 2014
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1000px-Nicolas_Poussin_068In this teaching, Ross shares a message of faith from Torah Reading Chukat (Numbers 19:1-22:1). This reading is the 6th in our study of the book of Numbers. The focus of the class is on chapter 20 and a situation that took place in the Wilderness of Zin, at Kadesh. Ross refers to this lesson as the Mistakes at Meribah. The mistakes made at Meribah led YHVH to tell Moses and Aaron that they would not lead Israel into the land sworn to the patriarchs. What was it that they did that led to such consequences? Ross shows that many great Torah commentators have entertained this problem. Carefully working through passages throughout the Tanakh, Ross shows that the problem is tied to a lack of faith and then sets out to define faith and prove the point. Given the mistakes at Meribah, how then should we live? How can we ensure that we do not make the same mistakes in our own walk? These and other questions are answered by this teaching. You will not want to miss this teaching.

Korah – Who is Holy?

Posted by Roots of Faith on 21 Jun 2014
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Holman_Destruction_of_Korah_Dathan_and_AbiramThis class is based upon the story of the infamous Korah; the Levite who led an insurrection against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness. The point of contention between the parties concerns a question about holiness. Korah puts forth a challenge to Moses and Aaron that the entire community of Israel is holy. Is this true? We know from the Torah that Israel was to be a holy nation, and YHVH commands His people to be holy, but is holiness inherited? Is the entire community of Israel holy simply by birthright? In this teaching, Ross directly addresses these questions from the Scriptures of the Hebrew Bible. He shows that holiness, while commanded, is learned and earned through obedience to the instructions of YHVH. He further shows that we can learn from the mistakes of our ancestors. This is certainly the case for the descendants of Korah. Who were they and how do we know that they finally learned their place? Listen to learn. You will not want to miss this teaching.

A Tour of the Heart

Posted by Roots of Faith on 14 Jun 2014
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Dore_Return_of_the_Spies_From_the_Land_of_PromiseIn this class, Ross covers Torah reading Shelach and the story of the “spies” that were sent to search out the land of Israel. Ross shows that within this story, there are valuable lessons for people of faith today. The exploration of the land led to two totally different reports and Ross carefully works through each of these reports pointing out the relevance of the ancient story in a modern quest for properly placed faith and trust. He demonstrates from Scripture that the basis for true faith is a confidence that YHVH is able to bring about what he promised. Ross shows that the word commonly translated as spies is the Hebrew word pronounced “tour.” He concludes the class with an invitation to his listeners to take a tour of their heart. You will not want to miss this teaching.

The Leading of the Spirit in Torah Living

Posted by Roots of Faith on 07 Jun 2014
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300px-Menora_TitusIn this class, Ross covers the third Torah reading from the book of Numbers. He begins by showing the importance of studying the 40 year journey of the wilderness generation as it was described by Moses, and recorded in the 8th chapter of Deuteronomy. The class shows the significance of the Spirit in living a Torah based life. Contrary to popular opinion, one seeking to live according to the Torah must be led by the Spirit. You will not want to miss this teaching.

The Priestly Blessing

Posted by Roots of Faith on 31 May 2014
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priestlyblessingIn this class, the second in his “In the Wilderness” series, Ross takes a close look at the words of the Priestly Blessing. This ancient blessing was to be spoken by the priests over the children of Israel, thus putting the Name of God upon the children of Israel. But what precisely does the blessing mean? The blessing consists of 15 words in Hebrew that are well known, or are they? By working through the Hebrew Bible, and looking at other occurrences of the words and phrases found within the blessing, Ross seeks to provide insight into the meaning of this ancient and cherished blessing of the children of Israel.

BeMidbar – Numbering Israel

Posted by Roots of Faith on 24 May 2014
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Sunset_in_the_Negev_Desert_near_Yeruham,_IsraelThis week, Ross begins his ten-week series on the biblical book of Numbers, known in Hebrew as BeMidbar, which means, in the wilderness. He begins with an overview of of the contents of the Torah’s fourth book and then points out two distinct views of the wilderness: one, a stark desert and hostile environment, and another view, which presents the wilderness as an ideal place where the miraculous is commonplace. Ross then shows that both views are presented in the weekly prophet reading from Hosea. Using the prophet reading from Hosea, Ross begins to lay out a comparison between the exodus generation and present day Israel. The message establishes that studying the wilderness generation is key to understanding the coming redemption. A key component to this teaching is an oft repeated phrase that is frequently found throughout the Hebrew Bible in covenant language. You will not want to miss this teaching.


if in my statutes

Posted by Syndicated on 23 May 2014
Tagged as: Syndicated, Thursday Night Live, Torah Focus

Triennial Torah Cycle Readings for Shabbat

Iyar 24, 5774 – May 24, 2014

For Discussion on Live Torah Focus Class on 5/29/2014 @ 7pm cst


“Im B’Chuqotai”
“If in My Statutes”
Vayiqra (Lev.) Lev 26:3 – 27:34     Num. 28:9-15
Ashlamatah: Is. 1:19-20, 24-27 + 2:2-5
Special: I Samuel 20:18,42
Psalm 89:16-53    Abot: 3:17
N.C.: II Pet 3:11-18; Lk 18:1-14; Acts 28:23-32

The Goal

In his Iggeret (letter) to the Synagogue in Rome (10:4), Hakham Sha’ul says that, the “Mashiach (Messiah) is the goal of the Torah…” Unfortunately, English translations give us a erroneous impression stating that Mashiach is the end of the Torah – as in a termination of the Covenant of the Torah. The Written and Oral Torah provides the vision for our maturity and the means by which it is attained — keeping the commandments transforms us into maturity. We, as was Mashiach, are perfected by the things that we endure and overcome from within and without — this is the goal of the Torah

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Turning From Idolatry

Posted by Roots of Faith on 17 May 2014
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YHVH_1This week, Ross concludes his teaching series on the book of Leviticus. He focuses on the inherited lie that is associated with idolatry throughout Scripture. Carefully working through passages in Jeremiah and Isaiah, Ross points out the futility of idolatry and plainly declares that this sin has been written upon many hearts. He then contrasts two ways: a way of life and blessing and a life of death and cursing. He shows that the consequences for obedience and disobedience to the Torah and to the One True God are a matter of life and death. Finally, he points the way back to a restored faith; a way that begins with a confession. He also shows that a circumcision of heart is and always been a requirement for a faithful life of blessing.

Guarding My Sabbaths

Posted by Roots of Faith on 10 May 2014
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desert-sabbathIn this week’s teaching from Torah reading BeHar, Ross focuses on a phrase from the final verse, which says, “My Sabbaths you shall guard.” Ross continues his training in holiness in this class. He points out that Shabbat was the first “thing” designated as holy in the Scriptures. Building on this idea, he covers several biblical texts that explain the true purpose of Shabbat. What are we to do, or not do so that we properly guard the Sabbaths? Central to this teaching is the idea that Sabbath observance should be a blessing to all of creation. Ross also discusses the term Shabbaton and explains the ancient seventh-year Shmittah. The primary lesson contained in this teaching is that failure to guard the Sabbaths led to exile and therefore a return to Sabbath observance is a sign of the return.



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The Resurrection of God’s Son

Posted by Syndicated on 19 Apr 2014
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The_Vision_of_The_Valley_of_The_Dry_BonesIt is safe to assume that this weekend most of the world’s 2 billion Christians will be hearing messages about the resurrection of Jesus. After all, this single event is the cornerstone of Christianity. The apostle Paul said it this way, “Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain. We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified about God that he raised Christ, whom he did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied” (1 Corinthians 15:12–19 ESV).

But did you know that Christians are not the only ones hearing about resurrection of the dead this weekend. According to the Jewish calendar, this Sabbath is a special Sabbath. It is the intermediate Sabbath of Passover, and therefore the regular readings from the Torah and Prophets are suspended to read passages that include Ezekiel 37:1-14, the Vision of Ezekiel’s Valley of Dry Bones. In this exciting and informative class originally recorded on March 30, 2013, Ross shared a message from the Hebrew Scriptures that is in keeping with the theme for this “resurrection” weekend. If one looks carefully into the Hebrew Scriptures a message emerges that many have not seen before. Do the Hebrew Scriptures speak of the death, burial and resurrection of God’s son? And who is this suffering son? You will not want to miss this teaching.