[This was written by Tabernacle of David teacher Ryan White, and was originally posted at Rooted In Torah.]
Torah Portion Toldot
Genesis 25:19 – 28:9
This year we will be going through the Torah portion cycle looking for themes which occur in each Torah portion that recurs throughout the rest of Scripture with a special focus on connecting them to the Apostolic Writings (New Testament).
In Toldot we are first introduced to struggles between brothers over the firstborn status. Why is this so important? Why is Israel called God’s firstborn? Why is Ephraim called God’s firstborn in the verses just before the prophecy of the New Covenant in Jeremiah 31? How was Israel sown into the nations and is that a good thing?