Beresheet (In the beginning)

Genesis 1:1-6:8

Isaiah 42:5-43:10

John 1:1-15

Below is a brief description of this week’s Torah portion:

Genesis 1:1

The Beginning: and it was GOOD
First Day     LIGHT

Second Day     SKY (expanse between the waters to separate them)

Third Day     LAND & PLANTS

Fourth Day     SUN, MOON, STARS

Fifth Day     FISH & BIRDS

Sixth Day     ANIMALS & MAN

Seventh Day     SHABBAT

Genesis 2:8

The Garden of Eden

Genesis 2:15

Man Placed in the Garden-Woman

Genesis 3:1

The Serpent’s Enticement

Genesis 3:13

Adam and Chavah (Eve) are punished/Man’s Expulsion from Eden

Genesis 4:1

Cain and Abel

Genesis 4:17

The Descendants of Cain

Genesis 5:1

The Genealogy of Mankind

Genesis 5:6

The Ten Generations from Adam to Noah

Genesis 6:1

Prelude to the Flood

As we begin this New Year with the beginning of His Torah, we must realize that this book is not just about the history of mankind.  It is the start of a great journey where we look into our own history and see that we have a share in this book, in this world, in this life.

We start our journey with the basic premise that this world was created by our Father (GOD) and it is His, we belong to Him and know that He created us.  "And GOD created man in His own image, in the image of GOD created He man, in the likeness of GOD He made man," (Genesis 1:27, 5:1).

Psalm 8:4 asks "What is man that You are mindful of him, and the Son of man that You care for him?”

Pleasure-His pleasure and His purpose are the reason for everything: "For Thou hast created all things, and for Thy pleasure they were created," (Revelation 4:11).

The purpose for people, places, and things is not an end in and of itself.  The reason a person, place, or thing was created IS its purpose.  GOD's purpose is revealed through His plans and His plans are His methods.  His plans are worked out beforehand for the accomplishment of His purpose, intent, or pleasure.  First purpose is determined, and then plans are designed.  The Scriptures are given to us as GOD's plans for us to follow.

From the foundation of the earth, He purposed to have a people chosen by Him.  His desire is that they would be holy and without blame before Him.  Ephesians 1:4 says that He chose us before the foundation of the world, to be holy and blameless in His sight.  We are to become after His likeness, in His image, and have dominion over His creation according to His will.

At times it seems that we may have forgotten, or have lack of knowledge of, GOD's purpose and plan for us.  The King's purpose may cause us to become weak in mind or body.  Yet GOD's purpose and plan is for ALL things to work together for good to them that love GOD, to them who are the called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28).

GOD gives us purpose in order to fit into His plan, His global or cosmic design.  Our purpose is not for us, it is for Him.  GOD saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and Chen (grace) which was given to us in Messiah Yeshua before time began (2 Timothy 1:9).  Therefore let us put our own thoughts and opinions on the altar to die and put on the mind of Messiah (1Corinthians 2:16).

Shavua Tov

Rabbi Z.

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