This site represents comprehensive biblical scripture studies conducted by a Sunday School Class at Westlake Hills Presbyterian Church in Austin, Texas.
Our new and exciting study will kick off on Sunday January 24th. Sandy Kress has provided us with the introductory material below which I believe you will find to be very compelling. Mike
As we discussed last year in our full-cycle Torah journey, there are, by tradition, 613 mitzvot in the Hebrew Bible. These are sometimes translated as laws or commandments. But they’re, more interestingly, I think, guides or directionals that inform the blessed life that God calls us to live.
I love the thought that our study will help us understand at a very deep and specific level what Micah meant, when he said, “It has been told thee, O man, what the Lord requires of you: to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.”
Even more apt may be the idea that all the mitzvot actually serve to understand the two great commandments that Jesus taught.
In that respect, our first group of lessons will focus on the roughly 90 mitzvot that relate to Jesus’ first great commandment, teaching us about relationship with God. Among the positive instructions, we will focus on beliefs, duties, ways of acting toward God, as well as ways we habituate ourselves to a life in service of God. As for the “shall nots,” we will go into considerable depth on the topic of idolatry - what it is, why and how it is so dangerous (in all times, including our own), and what we can do to shun it.
Since we won’t be tied to a weekly regime as we were last year, we will be able to go into more depth in our study. I suspect that even with a quick pace this first chapter will take five or six weeks.
I will send out a list of the mitzvot we will consider each week so that those who want to study them ahead of class will be able to do so.
At bottom, I really look forward to this study and hope it will be exciting and valuable for the class.