Spring Schedule & Chat

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It's spring... well, almost!

Here's a peek at our schedule of Psalm study for the weeks ahead!

As you volunteer I will edit this post accordingly. You can volunteer for 1 week, or 2 weeks in sequence depending on whether your chosen Psalm is short or long, or if you are leading 2 or 3 sequential Psalms.

For your information, here are the Psalms we've already covered, or have on the schedule:

1, 9, 10, 15, 16, 19, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 42, 43, 46, 50, 51, 71, 91, 100, 111, 119, 121, 122, 137, 139, 144

You may not choose to repeat one of the above Psalms, unless it is listed as "volunteer needed". All others are still options!

If a Psalm is scheduled for only 1 week, you may volunteer to do a week 2 immediately following week 1 if the schedule is still open for that.

SCHEDULE

March 10 - Doug -Psalm 137
March 17 - Doug - Psalm 137

March 24 - Donna - Psalm 121 & 122
March 31 - Donna - Psalm 121 & 122

April 7 - Psalm 91- Angela

April 14 - Psalm 91 - Angela

April 21 - break

April 28 - Psalm 25 - Robyn

May 5 - Psalm 25 - Robyn

May 12 - Psalm 26 - C.B. Shepherd

May 19 - Psalm 27 - Doug

May 26 - Psalm 27 - Doug

June 2 Psalm 28 - Doug

June 9 - Psalm 28 - Doug

June 16 - break

June 23 - Psalm 29 - Praise week

June 30 - Psalm 30 - Testimony week

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Concerning Oral Torah

During our previous discussions about Oral Torah, things got a little intense & I took a strong stand regarding the topic. Our group is usually so harmonious I didn't know how best to handle it. I guess I pretty much banned the subject altogether.

Banning all disussion of Oral Torah would be a harsh limitation, especially as it is possibly the most influential force in Jewish culture (even moreso than actual scripture) and without referencing these traditions, we cannot completely understand the context of much of scripture or the mindset of the people we read about in the Bible.

I have actually come to believe that without some knowledge of Oral Torah we lose or misunderstand much of the meaning of Jesus' teachings and Paul's letters and martyrdom. Without understanding the teachings of the Scribes & Pharisees, we don't understand the mindset that condemned Jesus to death or caused Paul to persecute the early Christians.

The very things that make Oral Torah's Mishnah's (laws) a danger are the same points that make it important for us to be aware of them. If we don't understand that, we may well adopt their most erroneous traditions because we see them mentioned in the New Testament, not realizing they were being quoted as something to resist.

The rabbinic stories also are of interest, because they so closely parallel Jesus' parables, but with entirely different outcomes. This is what so enraged the Pharisees against him. He was pointing out their errors.

The Jews consider "Torah" to include both scripture AND these other laws & commentary. While they differ on whether these extrabiblical texts are inspired or required, there is a dominant majority who consult these traditions and put them above scripture, in practice, if not as a point of doctrine, much as many Christian sects & denominations revere their own doctrines & leadership today, more than any care to admit. This tendency is why rabbis now recommended that people not study Kabbala before age 40. So many were not studying scripture and were jumping right into the "hidden things" that Paul & Jesus say we are to avoid.

Jesus says the Holy Spirit will reveal the hidden things we need to know to us. So, when we study about Jewish tradition, it needs to be for the purpose of setting a cultural & historical context to help us understand the Pharisees, Scribes, Saducees, and Judaizers and the impact they had on the people Jesus taught & who were trying to actively shape the early church by their influence. We must be aware that many are currently falling prey to the bondage of thinking Christians must embrace these doctrines to please God.

Not all of Oral Torah is evil! It includes wisdom as well. But it was developed during times when pagan influences so threatened the Jewish nations, as Doug illustrated so well. The problem is that the leaders went to such extremes trying to protect their culture that what they created became a "god" to them. These laws are similar to Muslim practices, such as extreme laws concerning foods, what women must wear, and so much more. Jews & Christians today, and even Isreali & American politics, are deeply impacted by these traditions! The final war of earth will be, in a great sense, because of these traditions & how they have been applied.

So, being free men and women, let us use discretion in our handling of Jewish tradition, aware of its benefits and dangers. Let's keep our discussion of it to only what edifies, and as befits whatever Psalm we currently study. If any of us find ourselves offended, let us change the subject and move on to other things.




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