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Here are some great Bible teachings to encourage you. Below (in the next section below) are from portions of the books of Genesis and Exodus. The most recent are listed first (in this section). Start your day with an encouraging teaching or use these for your Bible studies. There are more teachings under Understanding the Bible and other links on our website. God bless you and keep you.
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TORAH BITS - GENESIS AND EXODUS
#1 Bereshit Genesis 1:1-6:8
In this portion, God creates the heavens and the earth and mankind in His image. We are not God, but have special qualities that God has given us. The devil tempts Eve by changing what God said and both Adam and Eve are tricked and sin. Cain is jealous of Abel and kills Abel. Mankind becomes very sinful, but Noah saves mankind because he listens to God. We need more people who are willing to listen to God and also bring the blessings and goodness of God into this world.
#2 Noach Genesis 6:9-11:32
Noah listened to God and saved mankind from destruction. We have found Noah's Ark; it seems the stones cry out that God is indeed there (the petrified ruins of Noah's Ark are a witness to us; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IoTkguzRaCU&t=212s). Like Noah, we can follow God's commandments and listen for God's direction in our lives. Be open and flexible so you can also do what God tells you to do just like Noah was. We can be delighted in what the good God has for us to do. God wants good for us and He wants to free us from the traps of the devil. The Bible says there is a devil and we are to resist the devil. "Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you;" James 4:7-8 NKJV. We are to draw near to a good God who deeply cares about everyone and wants what is good for us.
#3 Lech Lecha Genesis 12:1-17:27
Every success builds our new direction and gives us reason to continue to pursue change. Just like Abraham was sent on a journey of faith, we too are on pilgrimage; a new walk or way of life. We are to engage and continue in godly behaviors and keep God's commandments; we continue on in our journey; until the ultimate end of our journey, our walk culminates in the new heaven and earth and the new Jerusalem where God will wipe away all sorrow and He will be our God and King.
#4 Vayera Genesis 18:1-22:24
Amazingly, God went to visit Abraham as a man to let him know that he was going to keep His promise. Yitz'chak (Isaac) was born when Abraham was 100 years old. God is real and He cares about us. Yeshua the Messiah is God (Jeremiah 23:5-6) and came as a man to help us and to give us the Holy Spirit. Don't manufacture your own system to live by, but do things God's way. Learn and grow in the Lord and be blessed. Man can manufacture endless ways to live by, but God's ways are best. Think about doing things God's way. Take one step at a time and develop a good and right lifestyle.
 "'Behold, the days are coming,' says the Lord, 'That I will raise to David a Branch of righteousness; a King shall reign and prosper, and execute judgment and righteousness in the earth. In His days Judah will be saved, and Israel will dwell safely; now this is His name by which He will be called: THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.'" Jeremiah 23:5-6 NKJV. It says that a man from the line of David will sometime come to rule. He will be called God; the word LORD is the exclusive name for God, Yehováh (יְהֹוָה).
#5 Chayei Sarah Genesis 23:1-25:18
Both Abraham and Sarah lived for God and heard from God. The Jewish writings say that Sarah also heard from God. They worked together to bring the message of God to others. We see their generosity and goodness when the three angels came. Abraham immediately got ready to serve them and so did Sarah.
#6 Toldot Genesis 25:19-28:9
God had told Abraham that his descendants will be a blessing to the whole world. Isaac and then Jacob become the heirs of spiritual blessing and it seems apparent that Esau has become an heir of the worldly.
#7 VaYetzei Genesis 28:10-32:2(3)
At the beginning of Ya'akov's travels (Jacob), he has a vision where God promises to be with him and bless him. Ya'akov (Jacob) tells God if He will do this, God will be his God. He ends up working for Laban when he gets to the land of his ancestors. At first, we think that Laban is a good guy because the family greats Ya'akov in the name of the true God. Later we find out that he practiced a mixed religion that included idols. We find out that Laban made up his own way about how to live and how to treat others instead of being fair.
#8 VaYishlach Gensis 32:3(4)-36:43
Ya'akov (Jacob) made a choice to do things God's way. He valued truth over what man valued and God blessed him. He valued doing what is right over making up one's own way of life. We need people like Ya'akov who can speak to this generation and get them heading in the right direction instead of the wrong direction. We saw all the nastiness of man in Laban. He lied to Ya'akov and manipulated him and tried to cheat Ya'akov.
#9 VaYeshev Genesis 37:1-40:23
Being a forgiving and kind person is great way to live. Be a peacemaker. Life is short, why live it with anger and bitterness? Since we are God's children, we should have a spiritual perspective.
#10 Miketz Genesis 41:1-44:17
Yosef interprets Pharaoh's dreams and then is tasked by the Pharaoh of saving Egypt from the upcoming famine. Yosef saves the entire region including his family through God's power and the prophetic gifting. Believers in the Messiah are also given this powerful gifting and encouraged to use God's powerful gifts that we receive through the Holy Spirit that is given to believers in Yeshua HaMashiach in this Messianic age.
#11 VaYigash Genesis 44:18-47:27
You can have joy in knowing that God is not far away. He wants us to seek Him and as the Bible says, "Look for him and perhaps reach out and find him although in fact, he is not far from each one of us, 'for in him we live and move and exist.'" Acts 17:27-28 CJB.
#12 VaYechi Genesis 47:28-50:26
Don't go by your own rules, but go by the rules of a loving and good God and creator who knows what is best for us. "Trust in ADONAI with all your heart; do not rely on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him; then he will level your paths;" Proverbs 3:5-6 CJB.
#13 Shemot Exodus 1:1-6:1
Although we see lack of trust in God at times as in today’s portion, it was through trust in God that Israel was set free. We also need to have trust in God and live with faith. Hebrews 11:23-26 CJB says, "By trusting, the parents of Moshe hid him for three months after he was born, because they saw that he was a beautiful child, and they weren't afraid of the king's decree. By trusting, Moshe, after he had grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter. He chose being mistreated along with God's people rather than enjoying the passing pleasures of sin. He had come to regard abuse suffered on behalf of the Messiah as greater riches than the treasures of Egypt, for he kept his eyes fixed on the reward. By trusting, he left Egypt, not fearing the king's anger; he persevered as one who sees the unseen.
# 14 Va'era Exodus 6:2-9:35
We can be an example of who God is and give God glory and praise by how we live. His ways produce, goodness, peace, kindness, joy, love and many more good things. What can be wrong with that? Just like Israel was looking forward to being set free, we should look forward to what God can do in our lives each and every day through the Messiah.
#15 Bo Exodus 10:1-13:16
Reach up to God and hear Him. Israel listened to God and left Egypt – from that, a nation was born
From that the world received salvation through the messiah Yeshua. From Israel we received the scriptures and the promises of God. Reach for God and follow Him. What do we want to be born in our lives? What direction do we want our lives to take? Do we want to live as slaves to what is worldly or as a people free to serve God?
#16 Beshalach Exodus 13:17-17:16
Israel passed through the sea to safety with great joy. It can be like that for us who believe in the Messiah. We become new people through Yeshua and can have a satisfying and joyful life. "Taste, and see that ADONAI is good. How blessed are those who take refuge in him!" Psalm 34:9 CJB. God led Israel to a new life though Him and we can be led to a new life through the Messiah Yeshua.
#17 Yitro Exodus 18:1-20:26
We can have something better than just things. God wants us to enjoy life and be prosperous. God promises a future glorious eternal life to those who love Him. True joy in life comes from following God's commandments and living a new life in the Messiah with the help of the Holy Spirit.
#18 Mishpatim Exodus 21:1-24:18
While Israel was in the dessert, they danced, they talked, and had fun. I think we probably forget they were people just like us. My experience enjoying family and friends has been filled with fond memories of fun times, good food, humor and kindness, and much, much, more. Life is truly a gift from God, but we also need to do what is right and be focused in life in order to accomplish a genuine spirituality and to also take care of the things of life.
#19 Terumah Exodus 25:1-27:19
God said He would help Israel as they entered the promised land and it is the same God that loves us! "Be strong, be bold, don't be afraid or frightened of them, for ADONAI your God is going with you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you;" Deuteronomy 31:6 CJB. Also in Deuteronomy 7:9 CJB, "From this you can know that ADONAI your God is indeed God, the faithful God, who keeps his covenant and extends grace to those who love him and observe his mitzvot" (commandments), "to a thousand generations." Why would anyone want to mess around with their relationship with almighty God?
#20 Tetzaveh Exodus 27:20-30:10
We see in this portion specific instructions about the menorah, the Cohens’ apparel, and the consecration of the Cohens. It should again remind us that we are to worship God in the way He chooses. God has chosen the line of Aharon to be priests. This points us to accepting who God chose as the Messiah, namely Yeshua. Just as Aharon was picked to be the father of all priests, Yeshua is God’s chosen Messiah and our priest who we must accept and follow.
#21 Ki Tissa Exodus 30:11-34:35
We learn of a good God in this portion. He is a God of mercy and His people can count on Him. We can count on our Messiah Yeshua; He intercedes for us. God is an amazing and powerful God. Be faithful to Him. The scriptures apply to all of life and the eternal and mighty God wants to be part of our lives; how amazing is that?
#22 VaYakhel - #23 Pekudei Exodus 35:1-40:38
Be at peace and enjoy your life as a believer and keep growing; stay faithful. Don't let the latest craze of selfishness and unforgiveness get under your skin. The unbelievers in this country are bringing division. We don't have to be like them. Instead, be "united in spirit, fighting with one accord for the faith;" (Philippians 1:37).