These are the first three parashot in the cycle. These are the first three sets of scripture readings that our people read, study and seek to understand. These cover Genesis 1-17 – from the creation of the world up through the institution of the covenant of circumcision with Abraham. There’s a lot of ground that covered during these chapters (including all of the ground by water in the flood!). When we read these chapters, and understand these stories, what’s the purpose in our reading? That might seem like a strange or obvious question, but why do we read the scriptures?
Many different people will have different kinds of answers to this, but I know that for us, believers in the Messiah, the primary reason we read the scriptures is to develop a deeper faith in God.
How does reading the same stories, the same passages, year after year develop a deeper faith in God? One answer: We change from year to year, and the text doesn’t. So when we approach the scriptures, we have new eyes, ears, experiences and God speaks to us through them, and it’s different than it was last time. Through this our faith develops.
Shabbat Shalom, Camp Gilgal Family!