Portions Library

A collection of essays on the weekly Torah Portions, from Genesis to Deuteronomy, adapted from Torah Club.

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The Year of Freedom

The year of Jubilee is the year of freedom. The Master alluded to the prophetic significance of the Jubilee, namely, the final redemption and the dawning of the Messianic Era. He offered His generation the freedom of the final redemption if they would repent.

Study to Learn — Learn to Do!

This approach to Torah may seem obvious. It isn't. Sometimes we study the Bible simply for the sake of learning the Scriptures, but we never get around to doing what the Bible tells us to do.

Calculating the End

Those who set dates actually rob us of the joy of anticipating Messiah’s arrival. By setting dates, the eschatologists disappoint their adherents again and again. When we have set our hopes on a certain date and that date passes by without Messiah’s coming, we find it harder and harder to believe that Messiah is coming at all.

Sabbath Rest for the Land

It is easy to fall into the trap of believing that if we did stop working, the world will stop spinning. The Torah seeks to teach us to place our trust in God rather than our own efforts. Imagine having a year off, once every seven years.

Shalom in the Land

Anyone who follows the news from the Middle East knows that the modern State of Israel does not currently enjoy a complete peace. Since the formation of the Jewish state, now 72 years ago, the tiny nation of Israel has been sorely vexed by enemies both outside and inside her borders.

The Curse of the Torah

The ultimate curse of the law is death—not mortal death—but eternal separation from God. According to Paul, the curse of the Torah brings condemnation in the eternal court of judgment. The Messiah took upon Himself the curse of condemnation and death, and He redeems us from that condemnation.

The Jubilee Year

Yeshua is our jubilee year. He told the people in the synagogue in Nazareth that He had come to "proclaim release to the captives ... to set free those who are oppressed, to proclaim the favorable year of the LORD" (Luke 4:18-19). The favorable year of the LORD is the jubilee year.