“Treat Your servant according to Your kindness, and teach me Your statutes. I am Your servant, grant me understanding, so that I may know Your testimonies. There is a time when HaShem will act, they voided Your Torah. Therefore I loved Your commandments, more than gold, even more than fine gold.” Psalms 119:124-127
As I put this Op together, it is Shabbat, 9 May 2020. America is still in lock-down due to COVID-19, the cases of infections and deaths continue to rise each day. The American economy is in ruin and our leaders are falling ever faster into the abyss of becoming tyrannical dictators. The people are becoming restless and frustrated as the fear and panic of the loss of income and the ability to feed the family and pay the bills takes hold. Yes, it is truly a very dark time in America today.
With this said, I thought it would be a good time to be reminded of the faithfulness of HaShem in the midst of dark times. After all, He never changes and He reveals the end out of the beginning, therefore if He did it once before, it means He will do so again! Baruch HaShem! This is what this Op will be addressing. But before we jump into this, always remember the following attributes of HaShem because they are key to dispelling the lies and deceptions of Replacement Theology:
– 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
“Do not associate with evildoers; do not envy the wicked. For there will be no lasting outcome to evil; the light of the wicked will be extinguished. Fear HaShem, my child, and the king. Do not mix with dissenters, for their destruction will arise suddenly, and who knows the punishment of both?” Mishlei (Proverbs) 24:19-22.
There is a very interesting word in the Tanakh (Erroneously called the Old Testament) which encapsulates the rescuing and redeeming nature of HaShem and that word in English is ‘Remembered’ as in ‘HaShem remembered.’ Now the English definition of course doesn’t capture the essence of this word at all. Most read this word and equate it to ‘Joe remembered to pay his electric bill on time.’ So when HaShem ‘remembered’ something or someone, is it because He forgot about that person and suddenly read the post it note He left behind and said ‘Oh that’s right, I forgot to do such and such…?’ Not a chance!
In the Hebrew text this word ‘Remembered’ is ‘Zakar’ and it means ‘To act on behalf of another, to redeem.’ I think it would be prudent to examine several key verses in which HaShem ‘remembered’ and we can see for ourselves what it means for HaShem to remember. I would highly encourage you all to read these verses for yourselves in your own Bibles as it will help you retain the information and you can make it your own, should you desire too.
Keep in mind the events which are occurring in the background in the verses we read because often they are very dark and oppressive times as well. Also keep in mind the Names of HaShem Scripture uses because they denote different attributes. HaShem denotes mercy, compassion, kindness, etc. Elohim denotes a Judge, judgment, justice, etc.
We should also keep in mind that the judgment of Elohim upon man is ALWAYS because of sin, rebellion, wickedness, etc. In most cases, when the judgment falls and the people are being crushed by His judgment, they cry out and He hears their cries and relents. Tehillim (Psalms) 107:17-22 perfectly explains why America is being struck with COVID-19 today…in my opinion. These verses say “The fools, because of their sinful path and of their iniquities they were afflicted. Their soul abhorred all food, and they reached until the portals of death. Then they cried out to HaShem in their distress; from their woes He saved them. He dispatched His Word and cured them, and let them escape their destruction. Let them thank HaShem for His kindness and for His wonders to mankind.”
The commentary on these verses is very interesting, which states: “The Psalmist commences his description of the third group of endangered people i.e. the sick. They are described as ‘fools’ because per Tractate Sotah 5a (Talmud Bavli) that a man only sins when he is overcome by a spirit of foolishness and sickness is the punishment for sin. The basic differences between captivity and sickness: Captivity is seized and imprisoned in one fell swoop, whereas sickness overcomes a person slowly. Indeed, sickness may be compared to a messenger from Elohim warning a man to repent. At the very first sign of illness a man should immediately repent if he has the wisdom to understand the Divine signal, but if he is foolish and ignores the first sign, then the illness is progressively intensified until it cannot be ignored. Therefore, one who ignores the early warning signs of sickness is labeled a fool.” Very interesting!! This description is what, again in my own opinion, I see happening in America today with COVID-19! I digress.
Now let’s discuss key verses which reference our topic:
Bereshit (Genesis) 8:1 says “Elohim zakar (Remembered) Noach and all the beasts and all the animals that were with him in the Ark, and Elohim caused a spirit to pass over the earth, and the waters subsided.” So we see here Noach and the animals on the Ark as the flood waters brought judgment onto a horrendously wicked and evil world, wiping out all the wickedness. Then HaShem zakar i.e. He acts on behalf of Noach and the animals on the Ark and sends a ruach (Spirit/wind) to pass over or cover the earth and the tool of judgment i.e. the waters subsided, eventually allowing Noach and the animals to depart the Ark and walk on dry land again and on an earth which had now been cleansed from the wickedness and evil of man. Hmmm…is this a prophetic picture HaShem is giving us concerning the end? You decide!
First HaShem provides a way to save Noach and the animals i.e. the Ark. It was however, Noach’s choice to obey and get on the Ark or he could have refused and said ‘Nope, its all now fulfilled and done away with, I can do what I want’ and then he would have died like the rest. Instead, he listened and heard the Word of HaShem and entered the Ark. At the appointed time, HaShem shut the door, meaning the era for the opportunity for teshuvah (Repentance/returning to HaShem) was over and now the door was closed which means judgment would now fall. The people who refused to repent, now their fates were sealed and their names were all written in the Book of Death (There are three books in Heaven which HaShem maintains in which every human being’s name will be written in i.e. the Book of Death, the Book of the Intermediate and the Book of Life. Once a person’s names are inscribed in either the Book of Death or Life, their fates are sealed for eternity. This is found in the Fall Feasts i.e. Rosh HaShanah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot). I digress.
Let’s now jump to Avraham. Bereshit 19:29 says “It was when Elohim destroyed the cities of the plain (Sodom and Gomorrah and the five cities of the Plain) that Elohim zakar (Remembered) Avraham; so He sent Lot from amid the upheaval when He overturned the cities in which Lot had lived.” Very interesting! HaShem zakar Avraham at the event of Sodom and Gomorrah and because of Avraham and his faithfulness to HaShem, HaShem then rescues Lot, Avraham’s nephew and takes him out of the city AND then destroys the cities! Another prophetic picture being painted?
The commentary on this verse says “Even when HaShem has to express anger to destroy wicked people, He remembers (Zakar) the righteous ones. For example, at the very time that HaShem was destroying the city of Sodom, He remembered (Zakar) Avraham and rescued his nephew Lot from the destruction.” It is interesting to note the comment from the Talmud Bavli Berachot 54b says “In regard to the miracle of Lot’s rescue, we do not say the blessing ‘Who performed miracles in this place’. This is because Lot was a wicked man, undeserving of a miracle. Rather, we praise HaShem for performing miracles even on behalf of the undeserving, in the merit of the righteous i.e. in this case Avraham).”
Bereshit 30:22-23 says “Elohim zakar (remembered) Rachel; Elohim hearkened to her and He opened her womb. She conceived and bore a son, and said: ‘HaShem has taken away my disgrace.’ So she called his name ‘Yosef’, saying, ‘May HaShem add on for me another son.'” Very interesting she names her son ‘Yosef’ i.e. ‘HaShem has taken away my disgrace’ because one of the attributes of Mashiach Yeshua is He is called ‘Mashiach ben Yosef’ not only meaning ‘The suffering Messiah’ but could it also mean ‘The Messiah who takes away my disgrace?’ Perhaps another prophetic picture? See again He reveals the end from the beginning?
Here is a VERY key event we are commanded to always recall: Shemot (Exodus) 2:23-25 says “During those many days, it happened that the king of Egypt died, and the Children of Israel groaned because of the work AND THEY CRIED OUT. Their outcry because of the work when up to HaShem. HaShem HEARD THEIR MOANING, and HaShem zakar (remembered) His covenant with Avraham, with Yitzchak, and with Yaakov. HaShem saw the Children of Israel; and HaShem knew.” HaShem could act because of the ETERNAL covenant He made with Avraham, Yitzchak and Yaakov, a covenant I might add which is still in effect today! So do we really want the covenant to be torn to pieces and replaced by what Replacement Theology describes as the ‘New Covenant’ devoid of any of these promises? Not a chance!!
The commentary on these verses is very interesting because again it describes how HaShem heard their cries and He knew i.e. He knew the time of the End had arrived. “Our pesukim (Verses) hint to the five reasons Israel were taken out of Egypt:
- They groaned i.e. intense suffering
- HaShem heard their cries in their prayers
- HaShem zakar His covenant i.e. the merit of their forefathers
- HaShem saw Israel i.e. the nation’s own repentance
- HaShem knew i.e. the time of the End had finally arrived”
Consider now what we read in Shemot 6:5-8 which says “Moreover, I have heard the groan of the Children of Israel whom Egypt enslaves and I have zakar (remembered) the covenant. Therefore, say to the Children of Israel: ‘I am HaShem, and I shall take you out from under the burdens of Egypt; I shall rescue you from their service; I shall redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great judgments. I shall take you to Me for a people and I shall be an Elohim to you; and you shall know that I am HaShem your Elohim, Who takes you out from under the burdens of Egypt. I shall take you to the Land about which I raised My hand to give it to Avraham, Yitzchak, and Yaakov; and I shall give it to you as an inheritance, I am HaShem.'” WOW…these verses are the foundation of our faith in HaShem! Remember if He reveals the End from the beginning and He is unchanging and His Word is firmly established and there is nothing new under the sun, THEN these promises are still valid for you and I today!! Baruch HaShem! Remember Yeshua will bring about the Final Redemption or also known as The Greater Exodus!
So again I have to ask the question, do we really want the doctrine of Replacement Theology to be the correct doctrine where all of this is now null and void, tossed aside and rendered obsolete? I certainly don’t…what a terrible disaster for the world that would be! I digress.
Vayikra (Leviticus) 26:40-45 says “Then they will confess their sin and the sin of their forefathers, for the treachery with which they betrayed Me, and also for having behaved toward Me with casualness. I, too, will behave toward them with casualness and I will bring them into the land of their enemies, perhaps then their unfeeling heart will be humbled and then they will gain appeasement for their sin. I will zakar (remember) My covenant with Yaakov, and also My covenant with Yitzchak, and also My covenant with Avraham will I zakar, and I will zakar the Land. The Land will be bereft of them; and it will be appeased for its sabbaticals having become desolate of them; and they must gain appeasement for their iniquity; because they were revolted by My ordinances and because their spirit rejected My decrees. But despite all this, while they will be in the land of their enemies, I will not cast them away, nor will I abhor them to destroy them, to annul My covenant with them, for I am HaShem, their Elohim. I will zakar for them the covenant of the ancients, those whom I have taken out of the land of Egypt before the eyes of the nations, to be Elohim to them, I am HaShem.” Point is, HaShem will never annul His covenant and will never cast away Israel His people!
Nehemiah 13:22 says “Then I told the Levites that they should regularly purify themselves and come as guards of the gates, to sanctify the Shabbat day. This, too, zakar for me, O my Elohim, and be compassionate towards me according to Your abundant kindness!”
An interesting question is asked of HaShem as recorded in Tehillim (Psalms) 8:5 which says “What is the frail human that You should zakar (remember) him? And what is the son of mortal man that You should be mindful of him?” Why should HaShem act on our behalf when we are racked full of sin, rebellion, wickedness and are made of flesh which grows old, dies and decays? Why does He wish to dwell among us via His Temple in Jerusalem? Baruch HaShem the Sovereign of the Universe, Master of Creation, cares so much about each of us! Truly there is no other! May His great Name be honored and esteemed!
Tehillim 98:3 says “He zakar (remembered) His kindness and faithful pledge to the House of Israel; all ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our Elohim!” The commentary on this verse says “Because of this commitment of HaShem towards Israel, His kindness and faith, HaShem will deliver Israel from the present exile and announce the advent of the Mashiach.” May it be so very soon in our days!
Tehillim 105:8-10 says “He zakar (remembered) His covenant FOREVER, the Word He commanded for a thousand generations that He made with Avraham and His vow to Yitzchak. Then He established it for Yaakov as a statute, for Israel as an EVERLASTING covenant.” Again do we really want His covenant to be rendered obsolete? And again it must asked, if HaShem established His covenant and declared it to be eternal and forever, then can Messiah come along later and change it or annul it? Not a chance! Anyone claiming they have done so has only revealed themselves to be a False Messiah! I digress.
Consider another example in Tehillim (Psalms) 107:23-32 which says “Those who go down to the sea in ships, who do their work in the great waters. They have seen the deeds of HaShem, and His wonders in the watery deep. He spoke and raised the stormy wind and lifted its waves. They rise heavenward, they descend to the depths, their soul melts with trouble. They reel, they stagger like a drunkard, and all their wisdom is swallowed up. THEN THEY CRIED OUT TO HASHEM IN THEIR DISTRESS, and He would take them out from their straits. He would halt the storm to restore calmness, and their waves were stilled. And they rejoiced because they were quiet, and He guided them to their desired boundary. Let them give thanks to HaShem for His kindness, and His wonders to the children of Man. Let them exalt Him in the assembly of people, and praise Him in the session of the elders.” WOW..these verses perfectly encapsulate life in general for each of us!!! This is why it is SO important to do as He commands i.e. to Fear HaShem as in respect Him, honor and esteem His great Name, etc, because He does promise to rescue, save, redeem and zakar (remember) those who fear Him and His great Name!
So with all this said, we will conclude with this last thought….’The Day of Remembrance’ is the Feast of Rosh HaShanah because it is the Feast where not only is it a rest day, but the day to ‘remember’ the sounding of the shofar!! Why is this so incredibly significant? Because it will be on THE Rosh HaShanah HaShem has designated, that at the sound of the shofar the righteous dead will arise, those living will be caught up and gathered to HaShem in the Heavenly Temple for the first seven years of the Birth Pains of Messiah!! This is the ultimate remembrance of HaShem!! May He remember us SO very soon in our days!!!
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