The Blessing and the Birthright were two customs that affected ancient covenants. Parsha Toldot relates the story of how Jacob obtained both the birthright and the blessing from his older brother Esau. This parsha provides the perfect opportunity to continue our study on ancient covenants. In this study, we discover that the Birthright and the Blessing did not originate with God’s call of Abraham, but had actually been established by the patriarch Noah. Not only do we discover the reason God promised the land of Canaan to Abraham as part of his Birthright, we also discover that many ancient Mesopotamian laws followed the custom of primogeniture (the double inheritance granted to the first-born). Yet, we also consider several stipulations within the Torah that help the customs of inheritance to function with better equity than they had in Mesopotamian societies. Join us as we rediscover how the Birthright and Blessing affected ancient covenants and retrace how the promises associated with these customs pass through the patriarchs until they are divided among the 12 sons of Jacob.
In this week’s class, the fifth in our series on Genesis, Ross teaches from Torah Reading Chayyei Sarah (Life of Sarah). He begins by pointing out the significance of the wife of Abraham, and shares how important her life and even her death are to the fulfillment of the divine promises. Ross then explores the subject of providence in the lives of God’s people. He carefully covers some key passages associated with a Hebrew word that is translated variously as prosper, succeed and advance. Working through these passages, Ross demonstrates what is meant by true, biblical prosperity and in so doing he shares the secrets of success. You will not want to miss this teaching.
In this 4th class of the Genesis series Ross teaches on the Abrahamic Plan. Weaving texts from the patriarchal narratives and the prophets, Ross shows the reasons for the choice of Abraham. Just what is the task set before the seed of Abraham? Scripture teaches that Abraham’s descendants will become a great nation, a nation of prophets and messiahs, but what is the mission of this nation called to be the servant? This teaching explores the role of the servant nation from the call of Abraham through the present day; it shows the universal goals of the plan first given to Abraham. Ross highlights a passage from the 18th chapter of Genesis and demonstrates that the patriarchal promises are meant to be a blessing to the entire world. The revelation to the first prophet was of the Way of YHVH, a way defined by righteousness and justice. Ross ties this to the things in which YHVH delights. Don’t miss this teaching!
In this week’s class, the third in the Genesis study, Ross teaches on the journey of Abram. Ross begins by showing that the focus of the Torah now shifts to the story of a man and his family. He traces the steps of this family from their home in ancient Ur of the Chaldees where they served other gods, to their new home and the calling to serve the One True God. Using passages from the story of Abram in Genesis, he covers the primary texts that describe the faith of the father of the faithful. What set him apart? What were the promises made to this man? Who is the promised seed mentioned in the story? You will not want to miss this teaching.
In the second lesson from the book of Genesis, Ross shares a message based upon the life of Noah. The subject of this teaching is on finding “grace” in Torah living. We are told that Noah found “Grace” in the eyes of YHVH. What does this really mean? And what does Scripture mean when it says that Noah was righteous and blameless in his generation? Can a man be righteous? In this informative and challenging class, Ross shows that righteousness can be achieved but he also points out that unless we learn God’s ways, we will not know Him, and we will NEVER find “Grace” in the eyes of YHVH.