Weekly Bible Reading for October 18-24 2020: Noah (Rest)

This coming week, October 18-24 (30 Tishrei-6 Cheshvan), the Bible reading plan covers the following portions.

Noach (Rest)

18 Oct Genesis 6:9-22 Joshua 11:1-12:24 Matthew 6:19-34 Proverbs 1:20-33
19 Oct Genesis 7:1-16 Joshua 13:1-14:15 Matthew 7:1-29 Psalm 6:1-10
20 Oct Genesis 7:17-8:14 Joshua 15:1-63 Matthew 8:1-17 Psalm 7:1-17
21 Oct Genesis 8:15-9:7 Joshua 16:1-18:10 Matthew 8:18-34 Psalm 8:1-9
22 Oct Genesis 9:8-17 Joshua 18:11-19:23 Matthew 9:1-17 Psalm 9:1-20
23 Oct Genesis 9:18-10:32 Joshua 19:24-20:9 Matthew 9:18-38 Psalm 10:1-18
24 Oct Genesis 11:1-32 Isaiah 54:1-55:5 Matthew 10:1-23 Proverbs 2:1-9

Weekly Bible Reading for October 11-17 2020: B’Reisheet (In the Beginning)

This coming week, October 11-17 (23-29 Tishrei), the Bible reading plan covers the following portions.

Simchat Torah[1] & B’Reisheet (In the Beginning)[2]

11 Oct Deuteronomy 33:1-34:12 Joshua 1:1-2:24 Matthew 1:1-25 Psalm 1:1-6
12 Oct Genesis 1:1-2:3 Joshua 3:1-4:24 Matthew 2:1-23 Psalm 2:1-12
13 Oct Genesis 2:4-2:19 Joshua 5:1-6:27 Matthew 3:1-17 Psalm 3:1-8
14 Oct Genesis 2:20-3:21 Joshua 7:1-8:22 Matthew 4:1-25 Psalm 4:1-8
15 Oct Genesis 3:22-4:18 Joshua 8:23-9:27 Matthew 5:1-24 Psalm 5:1-12
16 Oct Genesis 4:19-5:24 Joshua 10:1-43 Matthew 5:25-48 Proverbs 1:1-7
17 Oct Genesis 5:25-6:8 1 Samuel 20:18-42 Matthew 6:1-18 Proverbs 1:8-19

[1] Simchat Torah (Rejoicing in the Torah) is sundown October 10 to sundown October 11.

[2] October 17 is a Shabbat Machar Chodesh, a Shabbat that occurs the day before the first day of a new month (Rosh Chodesh). The traditional reading is 1 Samuel 20:18-42.

The Love of Just a Little Bit More

Portrait of Leo Tolstoy by Mikhail Nesterov, 1907, via Wikimedia Commons.

Is the love of money really the root of all evil? And if so, where do we get that love – and what do we do about it?

Deuteronomy 8:11-20; Matthew 4:1-10; 1 Timothy 6:6-10; James 4:1-7

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Music: “Money Money,” from Cabaret, performed by Judi Dench and Jonathan Pryce, Broadway to the West End 05: Cabaret, Jay Records, 2014.

Leo Tolstoy, “How Much Land Does A Man Need?” in What Men Live By and Other Tales, Aylmer and Louise Maude trans, Project Gutenberg EBook #6157, Joe Jurca and David Widger prod., June 13, 2009 (https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/6157)

Read Through the Bible with the Barking Fox – Reading Plan for 5781 (2020-2021)

A Statenbijbel (States Bible), Paulus Aertsz. van Ravesteyn, Leiden, 1637. The Word of God – the Bible – is at the heart of the Dutch Reformed faith. In 1619 the States General, the Netherlands’ highest governing body, commissioned a new, ‘pure’ translation, which for use in every church. That is why this Bible is called the “States Bible.” The translation took eighteen years, with every word is subject to lengthy debate, before publication in in 1637. (Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, item NG-536.)

What is the longest running and largest Bible study in human history? That is one way to describe the Torah reading cycle that Jews around the world have followed for many centuries. Every year, Jewish families and congregations read through the five books of Moses (Torah), along with selected portions from other books of the Hebrew scriptures (the Tanakh, or Old Testament).

There are many advantages to this way of studying the Bible, such as creating the identity of a “global Jewish congregation” that transcends national, doctrinal, cultural, and ethnic barriers. Any Jew from any country can enter a synagogue in any other country on any Shabbat and know what Torah portion they are studying. Imagine what that has done to preserve Jewish identity during the centuries of exile to every corner of the earth – and how it has strengthened the nations as the scattered Jewish people have returned to the Promised Land of Israel!

Why can’t Christians, Messianic, and Hebrew Roots believers do the same? Why not adopt the Jewish Torah reading cycle, and add to it all the Apostolic Writings (New Testament) and other portions of the Tanakh not included in the cycle? What would it do to our unity as followers of Messiah Yeshua, and to our shared spiritual heritage with our Jewish brethren?

That is the motivation behind this reading plan. Starting with the Torah and Haftarah annual cycle, this plan for the Hebrew year 5781 (2020-2021) incorporates readings from  the rest of the Tanakh and Apostolic Writings into a daily plan that covers the entire Bible over the course of the year. If you are in search of an organized approach to the Word of God, maybe this can help.  Whatever you do, please do get into the Word so that it can get into you!

Read Through the Bible with the Barking Fox – Reading Plan for 5780 (2019-2020)

Pekka Halonen, Children Reading (EMMA – Espoo Museum of Modern Art, Espoo, Finland, via Wikimedia Commons)

When Messiah establishes His kingdom on the throne of His father David, everyone will be surprised.  One reason is the thoughts and ways of infinite God are incomprehensible to mortal humans (Isaiah 55:8-9).  That is not necessarily a bad thing since our Heavenly Parent, YHVH delights in surprising His children.  Those who study the Word of God will always have an incomplete understanding of it, but their hearts will develop a readiness for the instruction of His Holy Spirit.  It is this teachable heart that will help these people adjust quickly to life in the Kingdom – just as the Scripture says:

Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.  (II Timothy 2:15 KJV)

All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.  (II Timothy 3:16-17 NKJV)

But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’”  (Matthew 4:4 NKJV, quoting Deuteronomy 8:3)

In the interest of helping the people of YHVH study to show themselves approved unto God, The Barking Fox humbly presents the Bible Reading Plan for the Hebrew year 5780 (2019-2020).  This is the sixth year for our reading plan. Thanks to everyone who pointed out typos, omissions, and other errors in previous editions. Every year brings improvement because of you!

This plan takes the Torah and Haftarah cycle as the foundation for reading entire Bible. Torah and Haftarah readings follow the one-year Jewish and Messianic divisions, with Torah readings divided into daily portions and Haftarah readings occurring on Shabbat. (Note that chapter and verse designations are according to the Christian rather than Jewish numbering.)

Torah and Haftarah readings for the Moedim (Feasts of the Lord) appear in italics. Readings for the rest of the Tanakh (Old Testament) and Apostolic Writings (New Testament) proceed through a daily plan that covers all of the Scriptures over the course of the year. In a new feature this year, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Solomon are presented in daily readings rather than sequentially with the rest of the Tanakh.

The first weekly readings for the year 5780 correspond to the final readings of the previous cycle, which is why this plan begins with the last chapters of both the Tanakh and Apostolic Writings. This year is also a leap year on the Hebrew (Jewish) calendar, which means there is a thirteenth month, called Adar II, added in the winter, just before the month of Nisan.

Finally, this is likely to be the last year The Barking Fox will publish this Bible Reading Plan. That’s because, after six years, it’s time to bring an end to this blog. But don’t worry! This Bible Reading Plan, as well as other material on this blog, is being made available to B’ney Yosef North America for revision and republication on their website and in their newsletter. Look for further details here and on the BYNA site in the coming weeks, but if all goes as planned, this time next year The Barking Fox Bible Reading Plan will become the BYNA Bible Reading Plan!

If you are in search of an organized approach to the Word of God, maybe this can help.  Whatever you do, please do get into the Word so that it can get into you!

Please click here to download the Bible reading plan: TBF Bible Readings 5780 (PDF)

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