Jonathan writes, "Where does that leave us today? Can we assume that the character of the Land of Israel - the Holy Land - applied to land in general around the world?"
Jonathan writes, "Do we have a tendency to think that our 'offerings' - whether financial, service, goods, care, listening - are just extras, as and when we feel like it or feel particularly 'moved', or do we recognise that we have basic obligations as participants in the kingdom of G-d?"
Jonathan writes, "It was the responsibility of the priests and scribes to protect Israel from teachers who would lead Israel astray; they came up to Yeshua while He was teaching in the Temple and asked..."
Jonathan writes, "Are we going to be challenged about our faith and asked provocative and facile questions? You may depend on it! If the Master was challenged in this way, then much more so we as followers of Yeshua can expect the same."
Jonathan writes, "So how do we approach G-d today? Are we aware of His holiness - might our approach incur sin or guilt and, if so, what might happen?"
Jonathan writes, "We have to make that decision and then be intentional about subduing our cravings and desires for material or emotional gratification. The Bible wouldn't tell us we have the choice if it couldn't be done."
Jonathan writes, "This illustrates an important principle: that HaShem has no favourites and provides for all of His people, regardless of their position or status. We see it in the provision of the manna in the desert."
Jonathan writes, "The world is full of people who do not know G-d, who do not want to know G-d and do not consider His word from one moment to the next. But there are also people who call themselves believers who do not carry out their responsibilities."
Jonathan writes, "Almost the last command in Vayikra as the book draws to an end, this and its companion two verses earlier, cause some confusion to the commentators."
Jonathan writes, "Like the patriarchs, we must always have in mind the eternal city to which we have been called; that alone will endure, while the current age, fashion and culture will pass like the wind."