Thursday, December 1, 2011

Va Yetse -Weekly Gospel Portions

Today I am going to look at the weekly Torah portions using the Common English Bible.  I will focus today on the Halftarah which is basically the book of prophets.

Torah is Genesis 28:10-32:2(3)
Hafttarah is Hosea 12:12-14:10
Gospel Reading Matthew 3:13-4:11

Matthew 3:13-4:11

Baptism of Jesus
 13 At that time Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan River so that John would baptize him. 14 John tried to stop him and said, “I need to be baptized by you, yet you come to me?”  15 Jesus answered, “Allow me to be baptized now. This is necessary to fulfill all righteousness.”
   So John agreed to baptize Jesus. 16 When Jesus was baptized, he immediately came up out of the water. Heaven was opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God coming down like a dove and resting on him. 17 A voice from heaven said, “This is my Son whom I dearly love; I find happiness in him.”

Matthew 4

Temptation of Jesus
 1 Then the Spirit led Jesus up into the wilderness so that the devil might tempt him. 2 After Jesus had fasted for forty days and forty nights, he was starving. 3 The tempter came to him and said, “Since you are God’s Son, command these stones to become bread.”  4 Jesus replied, “It’s written, People won’t live only by bread, but by every word spoken by God.”[a]
 5 After that the devil brought him into the holy city and stood him at the highest point of the temple. He said to him, 6 “Since you are God’s Son, throw yourself down; for it is written, I will command my angels concerning you, and they will take you up in their hands so that you won’t hit your foot on a stone.[b]
 7 Jesus replied, “Again it’s written, Don’t test the Lord your God.”[c]
 8 Then the devil brought him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. 9 He said, “I’ll give you all these if you bow down and worship me.”
 10 Jesus responded, “Go away, Satan, because it’s written, You will worship the Lord your God and serve only him.”[d] 11 The devil left him, and angels came and took care of him.


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