The Prophet Nation

Scale_of_justiceIn this week’s teaching, Ross shares a message from Torah reading Shofetim. It is based upon two Hebrew words often translated as Justice and Righteousness. He illustrates how these two words form the foundation for Israel’s eternal mission, and define the Way of YHVH. Ross then demonstrates from Scripture that Israel is the Servant of YHVH – a servant with a task. The task is shown to be “messianic,” and as Ross explains, many of the prophecies attributed to a messiah figure are actually referring to the nation of Israel. Is Israel referred to as messiah? Can all YHVH’s people be prophets? What is required of a prophet? You will not want to miss this challenging teaching.

The Great Test

gerizim-ebalIn this week’s lesson, Ross teaches on the great test of faith contained in Torah Reading Re’eh. He begins by presenting two ways – the blessing and the curse. The way of blessing is for those who listen to the commandments, the way of the curse is for those who will not listen to the commandments, and who turn aside from the commanded way. Ross goes on to point out that the way of the curse is associated with walking after other gods. He goes on to describe the distinction between the true faith and a way of apostasy. Is your faith good and upright in the eyes of YHVH or right in your own eyes? How does one demonstrate love for God? You will not want to miss this teaching.

Israel as the Chosen People

treasureIn this week’s class Ross teaches on the subject of Israel’s status as the chosen people. More and more, this status is challenged in the world today. It is more important now than ever before, that Israel understand and embrace this status, but what does the Bible mean when it speaks of being chosen? Chosen for what? This subject is one that many are uncomfortable with. Does this imply that Israel is God’s favorite? In this teaching, Ross carefully works through some key passages to shed light on this important topic. What does it mean to be called God’s special treasure among all the peoples? Is Israel the chosen people because of their righteousness, or are they to be righteous because they are the chosen people. You will not want to miss this informative class.

Moses’ Greatest Sermon

600px-Moses_Pleading_with_Israel_(crop)In this class, Ross covers what could arguable be considered, Moses’ greatest sermon. Torah reading Va’etchanan contains some of the greatest passages in all of Scripture. This reading has an account of the Ten Words, the Shema, and explains why YHVH chose Israel as His special people. Delivered in the land of Moab, across the Jordan, this sermon still speaks to us today. Ross works through some of the key points of the sermon, illustrating the importance of the words contained therein. You will not want to miss this class.

Devarim with Glenn Chatterton

GChattertonIn this week’s teaching from the Torah portion Devarim, Glenn first provides a general overview of the salient points, then focuses in on an amazing series of word connections between the parsha and the haphtorah reading taken from Isaiah 1:1-27. Glenn shows how these word connections are linked to several key themes outlined in both texts.

Glenn further explores how both texts outline major points of contention between Yehovah and His people in these key areas. He ties the state of Israel as described in Isaiah directly to the failure to follow instructions found in Devarim.

To conclude the lesson, Glenn highlights the solution to their dilemma as indicated by Yehovah himself through the prophet Isaiah. It is a profoundly moving plea by the Creator to His wayward people. The relevance of this lesson to today can not be overstated.

A Line Drawn in Ancient Sand

440px-Sunset_in_the_Negev_Desert_near_Yeruham,_IsraelIn 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.

Mattote and a Message for Israel

supportIsraelIn 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.

Pinchas with Glenn Chatterton

GChattertonFor this week’s Torah reading of Pinchas, Glenn continues with an additional installment of “The Lessons of the Wilderness” series begun by Ross Nichols at the start of the book of Bemidbar. He focuses on an event that continues from last week’s reading, referred to by Moshe as “the matter of Peor.” He shows that this incident was of such importance to YHVH that it is a recurring point of warning to all the faithful in the Torah, the prophets, the writings and even the Christian texts. Glenn uses the Five W’s method to investigate who was involve, what actually took place and where, when and finally why it happened. This approach yields some amazing insights into this pivotal moment in Israel’s history. For this study Glenn uses multiple references to develop a comprehensive and compelling lesson. Glenn goes on to show that the matter of Peor was not a just an event in the distant past, but has dire implications for us today. He urges us to all heed the admonishment of Moshe to “remember, and don’t forget.”

Mistakes at Meribah

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?

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.