Unfouling the Well

BFB220507 Deep Well - Abu Minqar
Outlet of deep well in Abu Minqar, Farafra, Western Desert, Egypt. Photo by Alvar Closas, via Flickr..

Our Messiah promises that those who trust Him will receive in their hearts wells of living water springing up to eternal life. He keeps His promise, of course, but then we have the responsibility of keeping the well clean so that what springs up from our hearts carries life to those around us. That’s one way to understand what God means when He says we are to be holy as He is holy.

Leviticus 19:1-20:27, 24:22; Amos 9:7-15; Exodus 19:5-6; Matthew 12:33-37; John 4:7-14; Acts 15:1-32; Titus 2:11-14; James 3:1-18; 1 Peter 1:13-17

Click here to listen to the podcast: Unfouling the Well

Click here to download the transcript: Unfouling the Well.pdf

Music: “Share the Well,” Caedmon’s Call, Share the Well, Essential Records 2004. See the official video on Youtube at https://youtu.be/Do9iwp8Lat8.

Weekly Bible Reading for May 1-7: Kedoshim (Holy Ones)

This coming week, May 1-7 (30 Nisan-6 Iyar 5782), the Bible reading plan covers the portion Kedoshim (Holy Ones).

01 May Leviticus 19:1-14 Job 31:24-32:22 Acts 9:1-22 Psalm 85:8-13
02 May Leviticus 19:15-22 Job 33:1-34:22 Acts 9:23-43 Proverbs 23:1-11
03 May Leviticus 19:23-32 Job 34:23-36:19 Acts 10:1-16 Proverbs 23:12-18
04 May Leviticus 19:33-37 Job 36:20-37:24 Acts 10:17-33 Proverbs 23:19-25
05 May Leviticus 20:1-7 Job 38:1-41 Acts 10:34-48 Proverbs 23:26-30
06 May Leviticus 20:8-22 Job 39:1-40:24 Acts 11:1-18 Proverbs 23:31-35
07 May Leviticus 20:23-27 Amos 9:7-15 Acts 11:19-12:5 Psalm 86:1-10

The complete annual Bible reading plan for 2021-22 (Hebrew year 5782) is available at this link:

Weekly Bible Reading for April 18-24 2021: Achrei Mot (After the Death) & Kedoshim (Holy Ones)

This coming week, April 18-24 2021 (6-13 Iyar), the Bible reading plan covers the following portions.

Achrei Mot (After the Death); Kedoshim (Holy Ones)

18 Apr Leviticus 16:1-24 Job 16:1-18:21 Acts 5:21-42 Proverbs 22:24-29
19 Apr Leviticus 16:25-17:7 Job 19:1-20:29 Acts 6:1-15 Psalm 83:1-18
20 Apr Leviticus 17:8-18:21 Job 21:1-22:30 Acts 7:1-19 Psalm 84:1-12
21 Apr Leviticus 18:22-19:14 Job 23:1-24:25 Acts 7:20-43 Psalm 85:1-13
22 Apr Leviticus 19:15-32 Job 25:1-27:23 Acts 7:44-8:3 Psalm 86:1-17
23 Apr Leviticus 19:33-20:7 Job 28:1-29:25 Acts 8:4-25 Proverbs 23:1-11
24 Apr Leviticus 20:8-27 Amos 9:7-15 Acts 8:26-40 Proverbs 23:12-18

The complete annual Bible reading plan for 2020-21 (Hebrew year 5781) is available at this link:

Fox Byte 5775 #29-30: Achrei Mot (After the Death); Kedoshim (Holy Ones)

אַחֲרֵי מוֹת / קְדֹשִׁים

Dustin Hoffman's Oscar-winning performance in Rain Man introduced audiences to the world of autism.  (Photo:  Amazon.com)
Dustin Hoffman’s Oscar-winning performance in Rain Man introduced audiences to the world of autism. (Photo: Amazon.com)

How do we love the unlovely?  That is one of the questions Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise explore in Rain Man.  Hoffman earned an Oscar as Best Actor for his portrayal of Raymond Babbitt, a man with autism whose family had chosen to place him in an institution after he had accidentally harmed Charlie, his younger brother.  Because of that, Charlie (played by Cruise) never learns of his brother’s existence until after his father’s death.  Charlie is surprised to learn that his father had left most of his fortune to a trust fund that paid for Raymond’s expenses.  Determined to obtain a share of the money, Charlie entices Raymond out of the mental institution and takes him on a road trip to his home in California, where he intends to file a lawsuit for custody of his brother.  The rest of the movie is a journey on many levels as Charlie begins to see Raymond not as an easily exploitable asset, but as a remarkable human being, and as the loving and lovable brother he has missed all his life. 

The audience shares that journey thanks to Hoffman’s masterful performance.  By the end of the movie we are still a bit awkward and uncomfortable around Raymond, but we no longer think of him as something less than ourselves.  He is brilliant in his own way, far more capable with computations and connections than most of us could ever be.  In an odd way he is charming, affectionate, and even adorable.  Once we look beyond his peculiar mannerisms and grow accustomed to his unique forms of expression, we begin to see a person of great value.  Indeed he has special needs that prevent him from functioning on his own, but we learn from Rain Man that Raymond Babbitt and others like him do have a place in society.  One example of this was reported recently in The Times of Israel, in an article explaining how the Israel Defense Forces have recognized the special gift of persons with autism, and have found a way for them to make a valuable contribution to the defense of their nation.  Yet even those who are not able to make such a contribution have value.  They teach us about ourselves – what it means to be human.  We are enriched when we get to know them.

Indeed, they are our neighbors, the very people we are to love as ourselves.

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