Genesis 35a

We begin this continuation of the Torah project series with a lengthy reading from Jonathan Cahn’s new book, The Paradigm, in which Cahn uses the fall of Israel’s northern kingdom as an example pattern for the fall of any nation. The topic furthers our recent theme of sexual purity and gives us a glimpse into the culture Jacob enters in Shechem. In coming out of that place, Jacob is instructed to undergo a 4-step process of restoration; we name these 4 steps and make connections to other scriptures, including Ephesians 4.

Visuals: Genesis 35a.pdf

Medios Visuales: Gén 35.pdf

Categories Genesis, Media, Torah Project | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | Posted on September 24, 2017

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  1. by Ruth Brooks

    On September 27, 2017

    Hi Grant very good talk! Yet I struggle with how to explain to someone, especially a Jewish person how sacrificing a child can be condemned yet God sacrificing his only son is holy. Non believers say it is human sacrifice to appease the wrath of a God. How would you answer that accusation?

  2. by L. Grant Luton

    On September 27, 2017

    Dear Ruth, Thank you for your question. This topic is one that I often get asked about. I think the thing we must remember is that the Father gave His Son to us, but we are the ones who killed Him. God did not sacrifice His son; we executed Him as a blasphemer. This is a very important distinction to make. Recall the parable of the vineyard (Matthew 21:33-41). In this parable, Yeshua describes a vineyard that a landowner rented to vine-growers. When the harvest time came, he sent various servants to collect the produce. But, each time he sent a servant, the vine-growers mistreated and beat them. So, the landowner decides to send his son. But, what did they do to him? THEY conspired together and killed him. One could say that the son sacrificed his own life, but one cannot say that the father sacrificed his own son. So, in one sense, Yeshua’s is the greatest example of self-sacrifice; but, in another sense, it was not what we would call a “human sacrifice” as some would have us believe. If Yeshua’s was a ‘human sacrifice’ performed by the Father, then why, in the parable, does the father become violently angry against the vine-growers?! I realize that your question deserves a great deal more attention and explanation than this format allows, but hopefully this is enough of an answer to put things back on track. Shalom! Grant

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