Seven lights, number of fullness, shine within the Holy Place. There is an inner light as you read God’s Holy Word.
The cleansing of the Levites reminds us that those at the center of worship need to be pure. Though here limited to a single class of people, the New Covenant extends to every person found within the Body of Jesus. Your surrender to the Lord is what brings you within Jesus and makes you a priest. Every action of yours can become a gesture of worship, bearing witness to the world of the holiness of God.
The second celebration of the Passover is announced. The root of the word in Hebrew for the “appointed” time, mo’ed, is the same as the word in Genesis1:14 for the seasons. God has outlined cycles of time by days and nights, seasons and years, giving rhythm and serenity to the passage of time. Respond to these shifts and changes as one candle shares its light with another.
What are these?
Your light shining from within 8:2ff
Cleansed by the Holy Spirit 8:7
Your hands ever upon me 8:10
Seasons are sacred to You 9:1ff
Saturdays are dedicated to the Sabbath Torah portions
read in synagogues throughout the world.
This plan follows those traditions that take a third of the portion
over a three year cycle, this year, the third part.
For more about the Torah portions and thoughtful commentaries, visit
The Jewish Theological Seminary.
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