In these days when the Torah is overlooked and so many teach that it has been done away with, we need to ask the question: “Why study Torah?” We might answer this question with another question: “Would you build a house without laying a foundation first?” Of course, no one would do that because we know that the integrity of the house depends on the foundation. And so it is with the Word of G- d. Torah is the foundation. The foundation begins in Genesis with the fundamental truth that G-d created everything, and He gave man the Shabbat to spend with Him – just enjoying Him! And the human stories begin to unfold – accounts of betrayal, friendship, love, hate, faithfulness, murder, loyalty, We see the gamut of all that makes the world so complicated and so simple at the same time. Woven into these accounts of real life, real problems, and triumphs, G-d gives us glimpses of ourselves. Hopefully we learn that there are consequences for every course of action we take by just reading and studying these precious pages. As the pages turn, we see G-d providing miracles for His people, He gives them a calendar, so they know when to come together and celebrate Him. We see His faithfulness through the long years in the wilderness –has anyone ever felt like you are in a wilderness time? Then the Torah is for you. Do you need a miracle? G-d never changes! All of this and so much more is in the Torah. It is the foundation for the rest of the Bible.
Pastor Mark brought out Exodus 10:2: “And (in order) that you may recount in the ears of your son, and of your son’s son what things I have worked in Egypt by my signs which I have done among them; that you may know how that I am the LORD.”
This verse is in the Torah! Do we see G-d’s heart in this verse? If we recount something, we tell it over and over again, so we never forget, and so our children never forget. G-d wants us to remember the great things He did in the past. And why does He want us to remember what He did in the past? So we KNOW that He is the LORD.
Our wonder-working G-d laid the foundation for the rest of the Word in the Torah. We begin anew every year to study the Torah from Genesis, so we remember, because we can forget so quickly. We are grateful that you study Torah with us, and we invite you to bring your friends and families so that they, too, may know that He is the LORD! There is nothing too hard for Him – just remember what He did in Egypt.