Parashot

August 6
Masei (Journeys of)
Numbers 33:1-36:13
Jeremiah 2:4-28; 3:4
Matthew 24:1-25:46
James 4:1-12
Readers — McCormick
August 13
D’varim (Words)
Deuteronomy 1:1-3:22
Isaiah 1:1-27
Luke 22:7-12
I Timothy 3:1-7
Readers — Paige
August 20
V’et’chanan (And I pleaded)
Deuteronomy 3:23-7:11
Isaiah 40:1-26
Mark 12:28-34; Luke 22:13-38
Readers — Gray
August 27
Ekev (As a result)
Deuteronomy 7:12-11:25
Isaiah 49:14-51:3
John 13:31-15:27
Romans 8:31-39
Readers — Bar-Mitzvah (Roman Simkins)

There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Messiah Yeshua (Galatians 3:28).

In light of Rabbi Paul’s wonderful instruction that in Messiah there is neither Jew nor Greek, why does one continue to use the terms “Jew” and “Gentile” in the body of Messiah?  In raising the question, the same verse provides the answer.  It also says that there is neither male nor female once we are “in Messiah.”  Certainly, the male/female distinction still exists.  It’s just not our primary identity.  In the same way, the Jewish/Gentile distinction still exists, however, Yeshua has now become our primary identity.  In Him the unity of Jewish and Gentile believers is an essential part of our reality and calling as the body of Messiah!