August 2017

Av — Elul  5777

August 5
Va’etchanan (And I pleaded)
Deuteronomy 3:23-7:11
Isaiah 40:1-26
Mark 12:28-34; Luke 22:13-38; John 6:1-71
Reader(s) Johnson
August 12
Ekev (As a result)
Deuteronomy 7:12-11:25
Isaiah 49:14-51:3
John 7:1-8:59; John 13:31-15:27; Romans 8:31-39
Reader(s) Novich
August 19
Re’eh (See)
Deuteronomy 11:26-16:17
Isaiah 54:11-55:5
John 9:1-10:42; John 16:1-17:26; I John 1:4-6
Reader(s) McCormick
August 26
Shoftim (Judges)
Deuteronomy 16:18-21:9
Isaiah 51:12-52:12
Matthew 26:47-27:10; John 1:19-27; John 11:1-57
Reader(s) Quinn

The Practice of Honor

(Excerpt from Tikkun Newsletter, June 2017, by David Shishkoff)

We learn how to honor God by practicing on our fellow (imperfect) humans. The act of honoring is very important. It is the first commandment with a promise… that it may be well with you in the land which the LORD your God is giving you (Ephesians 6:2; Deuteronomy 5:16). Honoring is directly linked to things going well for those in the land of Israel, and by extension in whatever sphere of influence we are being given.

Conversely, since the opposite of honoring is rebellion, attitudes of rebellion and presumption prevent us from moving into the next stage inheriting the land (taking possession of all that God is entrusting us with)…

Many young people tend to rebel against the wise advise of their elders, as did the newly appointed king Rehoboam, son of Solomon. In the spurned advise of these elders we see what could have been a beautiful picture of mutual honor, humility and service (I Kings 12:7). This is a precursor of the New Testament admonition, Submit to one another out of reverence for Messiah (Ephesians 2:21)… Give preference to one another in honor (Romans 12:10).