I have recounted my ways and You answered me, teach me Your statutes (Torah). Let me understand the way of Your precepts (Torah), then I shall discuss Your wonders (My desire for clear understanding is not a selfish one, rather my wish is to comprehend Your wonders so that I may relate them to others and attract them to Your service).” Psalms 119:26-27
So many times in conversations with folks online, when discussing the Word of HaShem, the clashes usually erupt over different perceptions of His Word. Adherents to Replacement Theology perceive His Word as one long objective towards the goal of being freed from the Torah of HaShem. Those who perceive His Word as one long consistent, unchanging narrative from Bereshit (Genesis) to Revelation, strive to study, learn and walk out His Torah as an expression of our faith, love, devotion and loyalty to HaShem. As such the two perceptions do not mix well and are literally night and day.
Just as a quick example of what we will be discussing in this Op, consider the role of the King.
Here is Adam, when he was created, was given authority and dominion over all the earth by HaShem. HaShem maintains His Sovereignty over all of His Creation, but He gave Adam the authority and dominion to rule over the earth, while he submitted to HaShem’s ultimate authority. Sadly Adam fell which transferred that authority and dominion to Satan. At this point, Adam abdicated his authority as King to Satan. A Redeemer would now be needed if HaShem wanted to legally restore what He had intended from the beginning i.e. the Mashiach!
It is interesting the name ‘Adam’ in Hebrew spelled with three Hebrew letters: Aleph Dalet Mem, represent three major figures in HaShem’s Word: Aleph = Adam, Dalet = David, Mem = Mashiach!
We need to always understand, HaShem is the Sovereign over all of His Creation, which means He is literally King and Master of all things. Yeshua, Who I need to clarify, is NOT HaShem in the flesh, but is the Agent of HaShem, Who submits to HaShem, points too HaShem as the object of worship and is called ‘The Last Adam’ per I Cor 15:45 and as such WILL one day be crowned King by HaShem on the designated Rosh HaShanah. Where is His authority and dominion? It is on the earth just as where HaShem had intended for man to rule from the beginning. HaShem rules everything but He give authority and dominion over the earth to Yeshua, Who prepares the world for the ultimate arrival of HaShem at the very end of time per what we read in Revelation 21 with the ‘New Heavens and New Earth’ and we enter into the Olam Haba i.e. the World to Come where HaShem rules over all of creation and Yeshua sits at His Right Hand.
I would recommend you reading this article from the Jewish Encyclopedia discussing ‘The Law of Agency’ as it will help explain my position: http://www.jewishencyclopedia.com/articles/894-agency-law-of
My point is, can you see the perception of what we have been reading in His Scriptures will determine our interpretation of His Scriptures. If our perception is per the indoctrination of Replacement Theology, then we will interpret His Scriptures from a Torahless perspective where everything HaShem established in the beginning has been replaced and/or changed and everything left of Matthew has been either tossed aside, rendered obsolete or reduced to nothing more than just good stories no longer applicable. If our perception is supporting the Torah as HaShem established in the beginning, then we will interpret His Scriptures from a pro-Torah perspective in which nothing has changed or has been replaced. One perspective leads to death and one leads to life. You will have to choose for yourself which one applies. I digress.
In this Op we will be discussing the Book of Psalms to further explain why our perception must change and conform to HaShem’s perception. But first, 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
For many, only a few Psalms have been emphasized and taught over the years such as Psalms 23 or Psalms 91 and perhaps Psalms 53, but how many would be interested to know that the entire Book of Psalms is in actuality comprised of five separate books which connect to the beginning of HaShem’s Word? Consider the following:
- Book 1 is comprised of Psalms 1 – 41
- Book 2 is comprised of Psalms 42 – 72
- Book 3 is comprised of Psalms 73 – 89
- Book 4 is comprised of Psalms 90 – 106
- Book 5 is comprised of Psalms 107 – 150
Each book has its own theme which connects directly with a specific Book of the Torah! Remember there are five books which comprise the Torah of HaShem i.e. Bereshit (Genesis), Shemot (Exodus), Vayikra (Leviticus), Bamidbar (Numbers) and Devarim (Deuteronomy):
- Book 1 connects to Bereshit
- Book 2 connects to Shemot
- Book 3 connects to Vayikra
- Book 4 connects to Bamidbar
- Book 5 connects to Devarim
We will explore the first Psalm of each one here shortly just to use as an example, but I would encourage everyone to read each Book of the Psalms for yourselves and compare it to the Torah! On a side note, I find the similarities between Moshe and David very interesting in that Moshe presented Israel with the five Books of the Torah and David presented Israel with the five Books of the Psalms…just a coincidence or is HaShem communicating something to His people? Obviously, it is NOT a coincidence!
Consider, Bereshit discusses the creation of all the universe and the placement of Adam and Eve in the Garden on the sixth day. HaShem gives Adam his mandate to guard and work the Garden and if he obeyed, he would live in perfect paradise where everything would be in abundance. Sadly, we know Adam and Eve both fell and sin entered the world and they both were expelled from the Garden and went into exile.
Now consider, Psalms 1 from Book 1 and its connection to Bereshit. We will see Psalms 1 discusses what man can and prophetically will be in a restored world, when having a legitimate zeal and passion for HaShem and His Torah!
Psalms 1:1-6 says “The praises of Man are that he walked not in the counsel of the wicked, and stood not in the path of the sinful, and sat not in the session of scorners. But his desire is in the Torah of HaShem, and in his Torah (After the student toils to understand HaShem and His Torah, Torah is considered to be his possession and thus is called ‘his Torah), where he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree replanted by streams of water that yields its fruit in due season, and whose leaf never withers. And everything he does will succeed. Not so the wicked; they are like the chaff which the wind drives away. Therefore, the wicked shall not be vindicated in judgment, nor the sinful in the assembly of the righteous. For HaShem recognizes the way of the righteous, while the way of the wicked is doomed.”
Very interesting…can you see the connection to Bereshit and the prophetic implications of how HaShem will restore all things in the very end and His Torah will be the center of everyone’s lives and everyone will live forever, succeed and enjoy serving HaShem? Baruch HaShem, may it be so VERY soon in our days!
Now consider Psalms 42 from Book 2 and its connection to Shemot, which is the Book which we read about the Exodus from Egypt i.e. the Redemption.
Psalms 42:1-12 which says “For the Conductor, a Maskil (This Psalm is such universal significance that it is dedicated as a instruction, for all to hear) by the sons of Korach. As the hart entreats by the springs of water, as does my soul entreat You, O Elohim. My soul thirsts for Elohim, the living Elohim. When shall I come and appear before Elohim? For me my tears were sustenance day and night, as they taunt me all day long, ‘Where is your Elohim?’ These do I recall and pour out my soul within me, how I passed with the throng, walking gingerly with them up to the House of Elohim with joyous song and thanks a celebrating multitude. Why are you downcast, my soul, and why do you yearn for me? Anticipate Elohim! For I shall yet thank Him for salvations of His Presence. O my Elohim, within me my soul is downcast, because I remember You, from the land of Jordan and Hermon’s peaks, from Mount Mitzor. Watery deep to watery deep calls out to the roar of Your torrents, all Your breakers and Your waves have swept over me. Let dawn arrive! May HaShem command His lovingkindness, but by night, may His resting place be with me; a prayer to the Elohim of my life! I will say to Elohim: ‘My Rock, why have You forgotten me? Why must I walk in gloom because of the foe’s oppression?’ Like a sword in my bones are the taunts of my tormentors when they revile me all day long ‘Where is your Elohim?’ Why are you down cast, my soul, and why do you yearn for me? Anticipate Elohim! For I shall yet thank Him, my salvation the light of my countenance and my Elohim.”
WOW…can you see the connection to the Book of Shemot considering Shemot discusses the Exodus from the oppression of Egypt? Again if HaShem reveals the end from the beginning, then we can take great hope that He will redeem His people once again in the end!
Now consider Psalms 73 from Book 3 and its connection to Vayikra which is the Book of the Kohanim (Priests) for it is here HaShem gives His mitzvot (Commandments) on how to perform the Temple Avodah (Services) where HaShem can dwell among His people, just as He has always desired! It is also a prophetic Book for it also shows us how His people will serve Him in the Temple under the leadership of Messiah Yeshua Who is both King and Kohen HaGadol (High Priest)!
Psalms 73:1-28 says “A psalm of Asaf: How good Elohim is to Isra’el, to those who are pure in heart! But as for me, I lost my balance, my feet nearly slipped, when I grew envious of the arrogant and saw how the wicked prosper. For when their death comes, it is painless; and meanwhile, their bodies are healthy; they don’t have ordinary people’s troubles, they aren’t plagued like others. So, for them, pride is a necklace; and violence clothes them like a robe. Their eyes peep out through folds of fat; evil thoughts overflow from their hearts. They scoff and speak with malice, they loftily utter threats. They set their mouths against heaven; their tongues swagger through the earth. Therefore, His people return here and thoughtlessly suck up that whole cup of water. Then they ask, ‘How does Elohim know? Does the Most High really have knowledge?’ Yes, this is what the wicked are like; those free of misfortune keep increasing their wealth. It’s all for nothing that I’ve kept my heart clean and washed my hands, staying free of guilt; for all day long I am plagued; my punishment comes every morning. If I had said, ‘I will talk like them,’ I would have betrayed a generation of Your children.
When I tried to understand all this, I found it too hard for me, until I went into the Sanctuaries of Elohim and grasped what their destiny would be. Indeed, You place them on a slippery slope and make them fall to their ruin. How suddenly they are destroyed, swept away by terrors! They are like a dream when one awakens; HaShem, when You rouse Yourself, You will despise their phantoms.
When I had a sour attitude and felt stung by pained emotions, I was too stupid to understand; I was like a brute beast with You. Nevertheless, I am always with You; You hold my right hand. You will guide me with Your advice; and afterwards, You will receive me with honor.
Whom do I have in heaven but You? And with You, I lack nothing on earth. My mind and body may fail; but Elohim is the Rock for my mind and my portion forever. Those who are far from You will perish; You destroy all who adulterously leave You. But for me, the nearness of Elohim is my good; I have made HaShem Elohim my Refuge, so that I can tell of all Your works.”
This Psalms highlights not only how He is everything we each need in our daily lives to survive, but also the purity required to approach HaShem which is a continuing topic in the Book of Bamidbar with the Kohanim (Priests) and the Leviim officiating the Services in the Mishkan (Tabernacle), the Place where HaShem dwells among His people!
Now let’s move on to Psalms 90 from Book 4 and consider its connection to Bamidbar. Bamidbar discusses the formation of the camp of Israel and placement of the tribes, etc, with HaShem in the center of the camp via His Mikdash (Tabernacle). It is upon the Mizbeach (Altar) that redemption and atonement for sin is obtained officiated by the Kohanim in the bringing of the korbonot (Offerings) and the sprinkling of the blood.
The theme of Psalms 90 is Teshuvah (Repentance) as we will see.
Psalms 90:1-17 says “A prayer by Moshe, the man of Elohim: My Master, a dwelling place have You been for us in all generations. Before the mountains were born and You had not yet convulsed the earth and the inhabited land, and from before the world to the end of the world You are Elohim. You reduce man to pulp and You say, ‘Repent, O sons of man.’ For a thousand years in Your eyes are but a bygone yesterday, and like a watch in the night. You flood them away, they become sleep like, by morning they are like grass that withers. In the morning it blossoms an then it withers, by evening it is cut down and brittle. For we are consumed by Your fury; and we are terrified by Your wrath. You have set our iniquities before Yourself, our immaturity before the light of Your countenance.
For all our days passed by because of Your anger, we consumed our years like a fleeting word. The days of our years, among them are seventy years, and with strength, eighty years; their proudest success is but toil and pain, for it is cut off swiftly and we fly away. Who knows the power of Your fury? As You are feared so is Your anger. According to the count of our days so make known, then we shall acquire a heart of wisdom. Return, HaShem, how long? And relent concerning Your servants. Satisfy us in the morning with Your kindness, then we shall sing out and rejoice all our days.
Gladden us according to the days You afflicted us, the years when we saw evil. May Your works be visible to Your servants, and Your majesty upon their children. May the pleasantness of my Master, our Elohim, be upon us, may He establish our handiwork for us; our handiwork, may He establish.”
So, we can see the connection with teshuvah and fearing HaShem as His people, which then leads into our final Book of the Psalms.
Psalms 107 opens the fifth and final Book of the Psalms which corresponds to the fifth Book of the Torah i.e. Devarim. Psalms 107 is primarily a composition expressing thanks of those who were in places of danger but were ultimately rescued an arrived home safely. Devarim, also discusses the blessings and curses for keeping and rejecting His Torah, but ultimately prophecies the Final Redemption in the End of Days when all of Israel will repent and return to HaShem and His Torah. Then HaShem will return all of Israel back into the Land where He will dwell among us for eternity thereafter.
Psalms 107:1-43 says: “Give thanks to Adonai; for He is good, for His grace continues forever. Let those redeemed by HaShem it, those He redeemed from the power of the foe. He gathered them from the lands, from the east and from the west, from the north and from the sea. They wandered in the desert, on paths through the wastes, without finding any inhabited city. They were hungry and thirsty, their life was ebbing away. In their trouble they cried to HaShem, and He rescued them from their distress. He led them by a direct path to a city where they could live. Let them give thanks to HaShem for His grace, for His wonders bestowed on humanity!
For He has satisfied the hungry, filled the starving with good. Some lived in darkness, in death-dark gloom, bound in misery and iron chains, because they defied Elohim’s Word, scorned the counsel of the Most High. So, He humbled their hearts by hard labor; when they stumbled, no one came to their aid. In their trouble they cried to HaShem, and He rescued them from their distress. He led them from darkness, from death-dark gloom, shattering their chains. Let them give thanks to HaShem for His grace, for His wonders bestowed on humanity!
For He shattered bronze doors and cut through iron bars. There were foolish people who suffered affliction because of their crimes and sins; they couldn’t stand to eat anything; they were near the gates of death. In their trouble they cried to HaShem, and He rescued them from their distress; He sent his word and healed them, He delivered them from destruction. Let them give thanks to HaShem for His grace, for His wonders bestowed on humanity!
Let them offer sacrifices of thanksgiving and proclaim His great deeds with songs of joy. Those who go down to the sea in ships, plying their trade on the great ocean, saw the works of HaShem, His wonders in the deep. For at His word the storm-wind arose, lifting up towering waves. The sailors were raised up to the sky, then plunged into the depths. At the danger, their courage failed them, they reeled and staggered like drunk men, and all their skill was swallowed up. In their trouble they cried to HaShem, and He rescued them from their distress. He silenced the storm and stilled its waves, and they rejoiced as the sea grew calm. Then He brought them safely to their desired port. Let them give thanks to HaShem for His grace, for His wonders bestowed on humanity!
Let them extol Him in the assembly of the people and praise Him in the leaders’ council. He turns rivers into desert, flowing springs into thirsty ground, productive land into salt flats, because the people living there are so wicked. But He also turns desert into pools of water, dry land into flowing springs; there He gives the hungry a home, and they build a city to live in; there they sow fields and plant vineyards, which yield an abundant harvest. He blesses them, their numbers grow, and He doesn’t let their livestock decrease.
When their numbers fall, and they grow weak, because of oppression, disaster and sorrow, He pours contempt on princes and leaves them to wander in trackless wastes. But the needy He raises up from their distress
and increases their families like sheep. When the upright see this, they rejoice; while the wicked are reduced to silence. Let whoever is wise observe these things and consider HaShem’s loving deeds.”
WOW…can you see the lengths HaShem goes too to redeem His people Israel? Even when we do things the wrong way and disaster strikes us, we still can cry out to HaShem and He will hear us and respond and get us where we need to be! Baruch HaShem!
I hope and pray this Op is helpful to people in seeing the greatness of HaShem? It is my greatest desire to draw people to HaShem so they too can see how awesome and wonderful He is and how much is being lost by the systems of religion to include Replacement Theology! It further reinforces why we all must change our perception of His Word and why we all must submit and conform to HaShem and NOT the other way around. In doing so, THEN we will see the wonders that are within His Torah!
May He grant us His Ruach to open our hearts and minds to see and understand His Word. Then we can discuss His Word with others and draw them to HaShem, and on and on the cycle goes.
David said it best: “Your righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and Your Torah is truth” Tehillim (Psalms) 119:142. How truer is this statement in light of our current world around us today? All I can say is, may it be SO very, very soon in our days, Master HaShem!
Much to consider.
- Tehillim (Psalms) by Artscroll
- The Stone Edition Chumash by Artscroll