“Blessed is the man who trusts in HaShem, then HaShem will be his security.” Jeremiah 17:7
Marriage between a man and a woman…this is how HaShem has chosen to best showcase His love, devotion and loyalty to His people, Whom He calls ‘Israel’. Can you see this in the previous two Op’s discussing Shir HaShirim? Is it then any wonder the adversary, may his name be blotted out, has done everything he can to not only destroy marriage, but now to pervert marriage in every way possible? This Op, part three of our continuing Shir HaShirim series, will further examine the marriage. Remember HaShem uses His creation to reinforce this and allows us to experience Him and His greatness with all of our five senses!
HaShem reveals this further in the Hebrew names for man and a woman! A man in Hebrew is called ‘Aish’ pronounced ‘Eeeesh’. A woman in Hebrew is called ‘Aishah’ pronounced ‘Eeshah.’ Both names have the same two Hebrew letters in them i.e. an Aleph and a Shin. The difference is the man has the Hebrew letter Yod and the woman has the Hebrew letter Hey. When that man and woman come together in marriage and in service to HaShem then those two Hebrew letters i.e. Yod and Hey come together and form the Name of HaShem! When there is strife and division between that man and woman, then the Hebrew letters Yod and Hey do not come together and all that is left are the Hebrew letters Aleph and Shin which when combined form the Hebrew word ‘Fire’ as in a consuming, destructive fire! Is this just a coincidence? Not a chance!
Recently HaShem showed me something very profound as it relates to the hope we have in Him and the future He has in store. Jeremiah 23:5-6 says “Behold, days are coming, the word of HaShem, when I will establish a righteous sprout from David; a king will reign and prosper and he will administer justice and righteousness in the land. In his days Judah will be saved, and Israel will dwell securely. This is the name people will call Him: ‘HaShem is our righteousness.'”
Clearly this figure in Jeremiah 23 is referring to the Messiah of HaShem, the Agent of HaShem, the Mighty Right Arm of HaShem, the One HaShem sends to rescue and save Israel! Keep this in mind!
Jeremiah 33:15-16 says “In those days (The Day of HaShem), at that time, I will cause a sprout of righteousness to sprout forth for David, and he will administer justice and righteousness in the land. In those days Judah will be saved and Jerusalem will dwell in security; and this is what people will call her (Referencing Jerusalem): ‘HaShem is Our Righteous One.”
Can you see the connection to Jeremiah 23? Jeremiah 23 says “This is the name people will call Him” meaning Messiah Yeshua. Jeremiah 33 then says “This is the name people will call her” and both are named “HaShem is Our Righteousness.” Point is, somewhere between Jeremiah 23 and Jeremiah 33 there was a wedding between the Messiah and the Bride of Messiah i.e. Israel who then took upon herself the same Name!! Isn’t that exciting? May it be so VERY soon in our days!
Remember what is the Ketubah (Marriage contract) between HaShem and Israel? Its His Torah, which encapsulates the Temple, His Shabbat, His Feasts, etc. Rejecting His Ketubah is what has caused the two Temples to be destroyed, the Babylonian exile and the Roman exile we are currently under. Keep all of this in mind as we proceed in this Op, but as always, remember the following:
– HaShem never changes per Num 23:19/Mal 3:6/Hebrews 13:8/James 1:17
– His Word is firmly established per Psalm 119:89
– He reveals the end out of the beginning per Is 46:10
– He does nothing without first revealing it to His prophets per Amos 3:7
– He says there is nothing new under the sun per Ecclesiastes 1:9
– He says His Torah is eternal per Proverbs 3:19 and Psalm 119:160
– He says His Torah is perfect and restores the soul per Psalm 19:7
– He says His Torah makes the simple one wise per Psalm 19:7
– He says His Torah Is freedom and liberty per Psalm Ps 119:45 and James 1:25
– He says His Torah is the only good doctrine there is Proverbs 4:2
– He says His Torah will add length of days and years of life and peace per Proverbs 3:2
– He says all of the ways of His Torah are ways of pleasantness and peace per Proverbs 3:17
– He says His Torah is for our good and well-being per Deuteronomy 6:24
– He says His Torah is health for our lives per Proverbs 3:8
– He says His Torah is life to our soul and a graceful ornament for our neck per Prov 3:22
– He says His Torah is better than pearls and all desires cannot compare to it per Prov 8:11
– He says those who walk with His Torah are praiseworthy per Psalms 119:1
– He says observing His Torah is how we purify our path per Psalms 119:9
– He says His Torah is better than thousands in gold and silver per Psalms 119:72
– He says His Torah brings abundant peace to those who love Him and His Torah per Psalms 119:165
– He says there is one Torah for all per Exodus 12:49/Leviticus 24:22
– He says those who hate His Torah love death per Proverbs 8:36
To recap, remember the reasons for the exiles is because of the breaking of the Ketubah/Torah and the committing of adultery/idolatry. The redemption from the exiles means the broken Ketubah has been restored, repaired and renewed (Jeremiah 31), which is what Yeshua accomplished through His death and HaShem bringing Him out of the grave.
When Replacement Theology teaches the Torah has been rendered null and void, obsolete along with the Feasts being changed, Shabbat changed, etc, now that you can see the Ketubah (Marriage Contract) is the Torah, can there then be a Ketubah between HaShem and His Bride, when that one claiming to be the Bride tosses out the Ketubah and claiming freedom from the Ketubah? No, its an utter impossibility! No Ketubah, no betrothal and no marriage! How about when Replacement Theology teaches the Ketubah given to Moshe has been replaced by a new Ketubah? Well, we have to remember what HaShem said in that He is unchanging, His Torah is eternal, He reveals the end out of the beginning, He does nothing without telling His prophets first, and there is nothing new under the sun, therefore does HaShem tell us the Ketubah will one day be replaced with something else? Are there prophecies in which He told His prophets His Ketubah will be rendered obsolete and replaced? Are there prophecies where He says His Agent i.e. Messiah will come bearing a brand new Ketubah? Nope…not one time! This means nothing was ended, nothing changed, nothing was replaced and what He gave in the beginning is still very much in place for us today. This right here is one of the reasons why Orthodox Judaism and others so completely reject Replacement Theology. Unfortunately there are serious consequences for doing so, for all who reject Replacement Theology take enormous beatings, figuratively speaking…I am going off on a rabbi trail here…gotta get back on track.
Okay, now let’s get going as we have a lot to cover.
Shir HaShirim 3:1 says “As I lay on my bed in the night of my desert travail, I sought Him Whom my soul loves. I sought Him but I found Him not, for He maintained His aloofness.” The picture being painted here with Israel laying on the bed ‘In my desert travail’ is a picture of a person afflicted with an illness such as a spiritual illness and the pain of being separated from her Beloved One during the long nights of exile.
The Midrash (Interpretation) speaks to this verse and says “The Congregation of Israel said before the Holy One, blessed is He, ‘Master of the Universe, in the past You would provide light for me between the various nights (You would redeem me from every night i.e. exile and persecution, and shine Your light upon me, affording me the blessing of peace and tranquility until the next night i.e. exile), between the night of Egypt and the night of Babylon, between the night of Babylon and he night of Media/Persia, between the night of Media/Persia and the night of Greece, and between the night of Greece and the night of Edom/Esau i.e. Rome. But now that I have slept and been idle from studying the Torah and observing the commandments, nights (Sufferings/Exiles) follow upon nights (Sufferings/Exiles) for me.'”
If you recall, in the book of Daniel, HaShem reveals there would be four major global empires which would rule and dominate Israel: Babylon, Media/Persia, Greece and Esau/Rome. Esau/Rome would be the most powerful, the most brutal and the longest lasting empire to rule. We see today as I write this Op, 30 Nov 2019, Esau/Rome and its Replacement Theology is still very much dominating the world and the brutality against Israel has been atrocious culminating most recently with the Pogroms, Expulsions and ultimately the horrors of the Holocaust. The rise of the False Messiah onto the world stage will be out of Esau/Rome and his message has and will derive from Replacement Theology!
Replacement Theology is very much an Esau/Roman invention which is dominating today, BUT, HaShem does promise that when Esau/Rome diminishes in power, then Israel will simultaneously begin to rise in power and we are seeing this more and more today. Keep this in mind as we proceed.
Shir HaShirim 3:2 says “I resolved to arise then, and roam through the city, in the streets and squares; that I would seek through Moshe (Torah), Him Whom my soul loved. I sought Him, but I found Him not.” This verse is a reference to when Israel was in Egyptian captivity…searching throughout the cities of Egypt, looking for HaShem but unable to find Him.
Shir HaShirim 3:3 says “They found me, Moshe and Aaron, the watchmen (Torah scholars) patrolling the city, ‘You have seen Him Whom my soul loves, what has He said?'” The commentary on this verse says “This is a reference to the leaders, Moshe and Aaron, who patrolled among Israel to instill the populace with the love of HaShem, guiding them, and inspiring them not to sin and to be patient, for Redemption was at hand.” Can you again see the it is the Torah that is the vehicle to use, per se, to have that intimate relationship with HaShem?
It is very interesting to note how deeply Shir HaShirim Chapter 3 references and relies on the Book of Daniel and the prophecies of the four empires which will rule the world before Messiah shows up. Point is, I would encourage you to read and study Daniel after reading this Op! Moving on.
Shir HaShirim 3:4 says “Scarcely had I departed from them when, in the days of Yehoshua, I found Him Whom my soul loves. I grasped Him, determined that my deeds would never again cause me to lose hold of Him, until I brought His Presence to the Mishkan (Tabernacle) of my mother and to the chamber of her that conceived me.” The commentary says “Soon after the Watchmen, Moshe and Aaron passed on, after forty years in the desert, HaShem returned to Israel in the days of Joshua, helping Israel conquer the thirty one kings. This can also be interpreted as pointing to the Babylonian Exile, meaning ‘Scarcely had the Exile ended that I found HaShem and clung to Him until the Temple was rebuilt.'”
What also needs to be understood is once again we see the role of the Mishkan and later the Mikdash (Temple) in Jerusalem in that, the Most Holy Holy Place where the Ark sat is literally the Throne of HaShem on the earth and where His Presence dwelt among us! Again, this is precisely why we absolutely need the Mikdash (Temple) to be rebuilt in Jerusalem today! May it be VERY soon in our days!
Please understand, as I have to take a short detour here to address another Replacement Theology teaching, I am NOT slamming people currently in Replacement Theology! I am simply addressing the core issues of Replacement Theology to hopefully help people see the lies of the system and most importantly to spark that flame of desire to serve and love HaShem as He reveals Himself! With this said, Replacement Theology teaches today concerning the Mikdash (Temple), that according to Paul, we are now the Mikdash, therefore any physical structure built in Jerusalem would be nothing more than an act of defiance, rebellion and an abomination and therefore rejects any support for the Mikdash. When we understand who Paul was and how he was trained, we will instantly see what he said about HaShem’s people being the Mikdash was a very common and well known doctrine taught by the Pharisees (Paul never stopped being a Pharisee) of that time. Unfortunately, Replacement Theology perverted the meaning of it, but in Paul’s day, it was meant to look towards the Mikdash and what it represents and teaches concerning Kedusha (Holiness) and to pattern our lives after it i.e. “Be kadosh (Holy) as HaShem is kadosh!” That is all it means! One day I will have to address the issue of the Pharisees as well and how they were NOT wicked, bad, evil, etc and in fact Yeshua and Paul were Pharisees but that is an entirely different Op and I need to stay on track here. I digress once more.
Shir HaShirim 3:5 says “I adjure you, O nations who are destined to ascend to Jerusalem, lest you become as defenseless as gazelles or hinds of the field, of you dare cause hatred or disturb this love while it yet gratifies.” This verse adjures the nations to dare not interfere with or attempt to sway Israel away from HaShem!
Shir HaShirim 3:6 says “Who is ascending from the desert, its way secured and smoothed by palm like pillars of smoke, burning fragrant myrrh and frankincense, of all the perfumer’s powders?” This verse references Israel being led by HaShem in the desert by a pillar of fire by night and a pillar of cloud by day and how the Fire of HaShem would burn away the snakes, scorpions, thorns and thistles to clear the way before Israel, truly leading Israel! The other references in this verse to the fragrance is referring to the eleven spices comprising the Incense Service which was offered up every day and burnt on the Golden Altar before HaShem! Can you imagine what that must have smelled like? May it be very soon that we can smell it for ourselves!
Shir HaShirim 3:7 says “Behold the resting place of Shlomo (Solomon), with sixty myriads of Israel’s mighty encircling it.” Again this verse is referring to the Mishkan and the resting place of the Ark in the Ohel Moed (Tent of Meeting). The sixty myriads of Israel’s mighty encircling it is an idiom pointing to the Priestly Blessing found in Bamidbar (Numbers) 6:24-26 as there are 60 letters which comprise the Priestly Blessing! The Priestly Blessing is as follows: “May HaShem bless you and safeguard you. May HaShem illuminate His countenance for you and be gracious to you. May HaShem lift His countenance to you and establish peace for you.”
Can you see again why we need to obey HaShem’s command in Ezekiel 43 to study everything concerning His Temple? Once more it is vitally important to do so and will make His Word explode into life!
Shir HaShirim 3:8 says “All of them gripping the sword of tradition, skilled in the battle of Torah, each with his sword ready at his side for fear lest he succumb in the nights of exile.” This verse and its interpretation and commentary will heavily connect to what Paul was trying to convey in Ephesians 6 concerning the full armor of HaShem! The commentary on this verse says “The warfare of Torah refers to one who knows how to dispute in the warfare of Torah i.e knows how to deal with the argumentation essential to the study of the Torah; a keen minded debater. It also refers to the Kohanim (Priests) who camped round about the Mishkan and were skilled in the procedure of the Divine Service. The reference to the sword means to assure the Torah is not forgotten and that it is transmitted intact from one generation to the next, for fear lest Torah be forgotten, and, if it is, that trouble will befall them. They are all equipped for the battles of life with the weapon of the Torah. The precepts of the Torah which apply to all the problems of life give them the means to emerge victorious from the battle. Therefore, each wears it always at his side, to protect him in the difficult hours of the night.” Now, I encourage you to go read what Paul said about the full armor of HaShem in Ephesians 6 and see if it doesn’t make more sense in light of the Torah as opposed to how Replacement Theology teaches it.
Consider the following excerpt from the Apostolic Writings, which just happens to be for Shabbat today i.e. Mattithyahu (Matthew) 10:21-38 which I will summarize it when Yeshua said He did NOT come to bring peace, but to bring a sword! Yeshua is obviously skilled in the battle of Torah and because of this, He came to bring division. Yeshua divides people, divides friends, divides families, etc all because of the sword of the Torah! Again, further reinforcement Yeshua did NOT come to render Torah obsolete or irrelevant and usher in a brand new way devoid of the Torah, but in fact came to restore the Torah i.e. the Ketubah/Marriage Contract! So by default, what is the message of the False Messiah that HaShem warns us about? His message is a message devoid of the Torah i.e. the Ketubah! HaShem tells us His Torah is the only truth there is per Psalms 119:142 and by default His Torah WILL expose the lies of Replacement Theology.
Shir HaShirim 3:9 says “A tabernacle for His Presence has the King Shlomo made of the wood of Lebanon.” Remember it was Moshe that HaShem gave the tavnit (Blueprints) too concerning the building of the Mishkan (Tabernacle) and it was King David that HaShem gave the tavnit (Blueprints) too concerning the building of the Mikdash (Temple) in Jerusalem, but it would be King Shlomo (Solomon) who would actually build it on the Temple Mount and consecrate it to HaShem when it was completed!
What does HaShem says concerning the building of the Third Temple in Jerusalem on the Temple Mount? “You shall speak to him, saying, ‘So said HaShem, Master of Legions, saying: Behold, there is a man, his name is Zemach (Branch), and he will flourish in his place; he will build the Temple of HaShem. He will build the Temple of HaShem; he will bear majesty and he will sit and rule upon his throne. The Kohen (Priest) will be upon his own throne and there will be a disposition of peace between the two of them.'” Zechariah 6:12-13! The Zemach mentioned here is a reference to Messiah Yeshua! So, yes, despite what Replacement Theology teaches, the Third Temple is VERY much endorsed and commanded by HaShem and further Messiah will offer up Chatat (Sin) offerings in this Temple per Ezekiel 45:17-22! Again, I digress.
Shir HaShirim 3:10 says “Its pillars He made of silver, His resting place was gold, its suspended curtain was purple-wool, its midst was decked with implements bespeaking love by the daughters of Jerusalem.” What is the sole purpose for the Mishkan and Mikdash? So that HaShem can dwell among His people per Shemot (Exodus) 25:8! This is why it is so devastating there is currently no Mikdash in Jerusalem today!
Shir HaShirim 3:11 says “Go forth and gaze, O daughters distinguished by loyalty to HaShem, upon the King Shlomo adorned with crown His nation made Him, on that day His Torah was given and He became one with Israel, and on the day His heart was gladdened by His Mishkan’s consecration.” The day the Torah was given is HaShem’s ‘Wedding Day!’ The commentary on this verse says “On His Wedding Day – The day the Torah was given, when they crowned Him as King and accepted His yoke; and on the day of His heart’s bliss – the dedication day of the Mishkan in the desert!”
I will ask it again, can you see the direct connection between HaShem, His Torah, His Mishkan/Mikdash and His people Whom He calls ‘Israel?’ They are inseparable for all eternity!
Consider what Psalms 19:9 says “The Commands of HaShem are upright, gladdening the heart.” Same definition here as how it is used in Shir HaShirim 3:11 i.e. a Wedding! If we want to know HaShem and serve, love and express our devotion to Him, then Torah is the only way to do it and the blessings are astounding when we do so!! So again, with this said, can a person who teaches the Torah is tossed aside, no longer relevant or has been completely replaced, be teaching a message derived from HaShem? You will have to decide the answer to that question for yourself.
There is SO much yet for us all to learn! May He open our eyes that we may see the wonders that are in His Torah! May it be so VERY soon in our days.
- Shir HaShirim
- The Midrash Rabbah Shir HaShirim