In today’s teaching, the final in the Wilderness series, Ross shares a message of relevance for the awakening tribes. He begins by calling people to stand with the Jewish people during this period of time known as Bein HaMetzarim. Citing examples of growing anti-Jewish sentiments around the globe, Ross declares that the proverbial line has been drawn in the sand. On one side of the line are those who bless Israel, and on the other are those who do not. Ross points his listeners to a promise declared to each of the patriarchs and then goes on to show that a Jewish presence in Israel in modern times is the beginning of a prophetic fulfillment. Carefully weaving ancient prophecies with modern realities, Ross suggests that we are living in exciting “biblical” times. What side are you on? You will not want to miss this class.
In this week’s class, Ross relates an ancient message from Torah reading Mattote with a modern reality between Hamas and the Jewish State. Ross points out that the present crisis faced by the Jewish people requires the involvement of those who support Israel in the face of her enemies. He compares a story contained in Numbers chapter 32 with the modern reality of certain Israelites who are fighting while others are not. What can we do to support Israel in the present situation? Ross shares with his listeners that we have entered a 3 week period known as Bein HaMetzarim. This period of time has proven to be a time of distress for the children of Israel historically and therefore Ross expresses a sense of caution, but encourages a biblical confidence at the same time. What should we avoid during this crisis? Do the words of Moses offer any guidance for us? Ross suggests that they do. You will not want to miss this teaching.
In 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.
This 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.
In 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.
In 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.
In 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.
This 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.
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
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
This 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.