Noach

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Portion Noach
Date 21 Oct 2017 / 1 Heshvan 5778
Torah Genesis 6:9-11:32
Haftarah Isaiah 54:1-55:5
Brit Hadasha Matthew 24:36-46; 1 Peter 3:18-22; Hebrews 11:7

Study Links

The Seven Noahide Laws (mentioned in the second link above) parallel very closely to the Four Commands given to the Gentile Church by the Apostles in the book of Acts:

  • Acts 15:19-21 (TLV) 19 Therefore, I judge not to trouble those from among the Gentiles who are turning to God— 20 but to write to them to abstain from the contamination of idols, and from sexual immorality, and from what is strangled, and from blood. [1] 21 For Moses from ancient generations has had in every city those who proclaim him, since he is read in all the synagogues every Shabbat.”
  • Acts 15:28-29 (TLV) 28 It seemed good to the Ruach ha-Kodesh and to us not to place on you any greater burden than these essentials: 29 that you abstain from things offered to idols, from blood, from things strangled, and from sexual immorality. By keeping away from these things, you will do well.

It could be easily argued that the Four Commands given by the Apostles to the Gentile church contain a fifth command. This command is eluded to in Acts 15:21 where it speaks about Moses, Synagogues, and Shabbat.

The command can be extrapolated to be don't forsake the gathering of ourselves together on Shabbat (Saturday, the day of rest). This also links to the Fourth Commandment which tells us not to forget the Sabbath and to keep it holy.[2]

Footnotes

  1. Exod. 22:31; 34:15-17; Lev. 3:17; 17:8-13; 18:6-26.
  2. Exodus 20:8-11

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