It is customary among the Jewish people to read the Book of Ruth on the Feast of Weeks. I love this story for many reasons, not the least of which is that the main character is a non-Jew who attaches herself to the heritage of Israel. In this ancient tale, Ruth, a Moabite girl determines to align her fate with a people she had not known (2:11). Though strongly urged to return to her own people (1:8, 11, 12, 15) Ruth refuses saying, “Do not urge me to leave you, to turn back and not follow you. For wherever you go, I will go; wherever you lodge, I will lodge; your people will be my people, and your God, my God. Where you die, I will die, and there I will be buried. Thus and more may YHVH do to me if anything but death parts me from you” (1:16-17). These words are among the most cherished in the work and represent the moving plea of countless souls over the ages who have joined, in one way or another, the people that God claims as His own. This Moabite girl would become the great grandmother of the famed Israelite King David. May those from the nations who love the people of Israel find comfort in these words, for many are they in our day, who are seeking refuge in the wings of the God of Israel.
This is the first class in Ross’ teaching series on the Biblical Book of Numbers. In this class Ross introduces the Torah’s 4th book and provides his listeners with a point that the journeys of the children of Israel represent not only geographical movement, but a transition of faith and a transition from a nation of slaves to a free and holy nation. Ross demonstrates that the salvation of Israel involves a departure from Egypt as well as a journey towards the land of milk and honey. He shows that while many people see the wilderness as a place of dryness and barrenness, the Bible presents another picture of life in the wilderness: a life of divine protection, provision and purpose.
Ross Nichols is a bible teacher and the founder of Roots of Faith. His weekly classes are attended live around the world every Saturday morning via the Internet. His Sabbath morning services seek to present a universal version of Hebraic faith to the non-Jewish world, based primarily upon the Hebrew Bible. Ross is ordained as a bible teacher through United Israel World Union, a Jewish organization founded in 1944.
Aside from his studies in the Bible and Biblical literature, Ross is a student of Biblical Hebrew. He has a passion for Ancient Hebrew Culture and TORAH as it applies to non-Jews in our modern world.
Ross began his spiritual quest as a fundamental Christian. As he read and studied his Bible, he soon discovered a vast difference between the religion of Jesus and the religion about him (Ross claims to follow the former, but not the latter). Ross no longer calls himself a Christian, but is quick to point out that neither did Jesus.
As a result of his studies, his varied interests, and his extensive research into the Hebraic world that produced the Bible, Ross is uniquely qualified to provide his listeners with an informed view on biblical topics from old to new.
The show will present Ross’ views on a variety of topics related to the Bible. Each week, Ross Nichols will invite his listeners to consider a topic and then open the phone lines to allow questions and comments from his audience. Whether you are a scholar or skeptic, you will find this show both inspiring and challenging.
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In this class Ross covers material from the final two readings of the book of Leviticus. He focuses on what are called the blessings and the curses found in the 26th chapter. Ross shows that the blessings are the result of obedience, or as the Torah puts it – Listening! Could it really be that simple? Ross shows from multiple examples that to listen is the first step in the process of Biblical blessing. He also shows that NOT listening to the Torah leads to the “curse of the Law!” You will not want to miss this teaching.
In this week’s class, Ross continues with the study of holiness. He begins by covering several key passages that state the charge given to the priests about being Holy and then works through various texts to illustrate this point. He bases the teaching on what he calls, Israel’s Bible in the little (Leviticus 22:31-33). In these few verses, Ross shows that holiness can be clearly defined. What is the secret to holiness? Listen to this teaching to find out.