The Gold and Honey of The Torah, Ep 1

EPISODE 1 of 6: The Letter and The Spirit

This week (January 5) on Shabbat Night Live, is the Bible literal or figurative? The answer is always: BOTH!

Jake Hilton takes us on a deep dive into the poetic beauty of the Scriptures to discover present realities and future promises embedded in the timeless love letter of YeHoVaH’s word to his people.

Watch the episode — included in this blog post.

While you watch, consider the questions below. The timeline for each discussion topic in the video is noted on each question. Post your answers in the comments section, and let’s get some discussion going!

  1. (VIDEO TIMELINE: 15:28) How can one effectively ‘dive deep’ into the word of God to discover the pearls of wisdom that lie beneath the surface-level understanding of the scriptures?
  2. (VIDEO TIMELINE: 18:00) How does Psalm 19 describe the Torah of Yehovah, and what are the benefits of adhering to its teachings according to David?
  3. (VIDEO TIMELINE: 23:10) In the context of John 6, what is the true meaning behind the phrases ‘eating the flesh’ and ‘drinking the blood’ of Messiah, and what is the significance of understanding the spirit of the word as opposed to its literal interpretation?
  4. (VIDEO TIMELINE: 27:10) Considering the repeated biblical references to gold and honey as symbols of goodness and abundance, what deeper significance do these elements hold in the context of divine providence and the blessings of the land?
  5. (VIDEO TIMELINE: 32:41) How does the behavior and intelligence of honeybees, as observed in their communication dances, serve as an argument for the existence of a creator?
  6. (VIDEO TIMELINE: 37:31) How does honey, which can remain preserved for thousands of years, compare to the perishability of man-made products?
  7. (VIDEO TIMELINE: 41:38) In the biblical narrative, how does the use of the hornet symbolize divine intervention in driving out the Hivites, Canaanites, and Hittites, and what is the significance of this method according to the speakers in the text?
  8. (VIDEO TIMELINE: 46:27) How does the concept of honey and the honey bee in the land described in Deuteronomy chapter 8 relate to the spiritual message conveyed in Hebrews chapter 11 regarding the heavenly country?
  9. (VIDEO TIMELINE: 51:47) How does the imagery of milk, honey, and streets of gold in the New Jerusalem symbolize the spiritual rewards described in the scriptures, and what actions are required to inherit such rewards according to the teachings of Yehovah and Yeshua?
  10. (VIDEO TIMELINE: 54:05) What is the significance of the contrast between the flourishing green lands in modern-day Israel and the barren, burning desert surrounding it?