Insight and commentary on the Torah and Gospels every week, adapted from Torah Club resources.
Paul urges us to present our bodies as a “living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God.” Is Paul asking us to build altars and literally sacrifice ourselves upon them? Of course not. Paul is using the sacrificial language as an illustration for obedience. He is urging us to set aside our stubborn wills.
The descent of Moses at the end of the previous Torah portion alludes to the second coming of the Messiah. Just as Moses assembled Israel at the time of his appearing, when Messiah comes again, He will gather together the assembly of Israel from the four corners of the world.
Moses descends from Mount Sinai, ascends the mountain, and descends again. That is to say, he came down from heaven, returned to heaven, and came down a second time. The first and second coming of the Messiah follows the same pattern. Just like Moses at Mount Sinai, the Messiah descended on a rescue mission to call Israel to repentance.
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