A SABBATH DAYS JOURNEY

“You shall observe My Shabbats and revere My Sanctuary, I am HaShem.” Leviticus 19:30

What a world we currently live in!!! How very tired, weak and weary many of us are feeling now with all the pressures and opposition we each face in our daily lives. If not for the mercy, compassion and grace of HaShem, none of us would have any hope of making it through to the End!

As we fast approach the End, I believe HaShem is revealing more and more about His Word and is also reinforcing why we are commanded to do certain things by HaShem! One of those extremely important commandments is Shabbat! HaShem discusses keeping His Shabbat countless times throughout His Tanakh as well as the Apostolic Writings. It is one of those commandments which is absolutely vital to our relationship to HaShem but also to our literal survival in this world!

In this Op we will be exploring and discussing an often overlooked verse relating to Shabbat in the Apostolic Writings which once again reveals nothing has changed but also supports the validity and necessity of the Oral Torah to our walk with HaShem as well as understanding Who His Messiah can only be!

But before we jump into this, as always, never forget the following eternal characteristics of HaShem:

  • 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 the ONLY truth there is per Psalms 119:142
  • He says His Torah is a tree of life and eternal per Proverbs 3:18-19 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 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
  • He says His Torah is the way of faith per Psalms 119:29-30
  • He says His Torah makes us wiser than our enemies per Psalms 119:98
  • He says His Torah is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path per Psalms 119:105
  • He says one who finds His Torah has found life per Proverbs 8:35
  • He says one who finds His Torah has found favor from HaShem per Proverbs 8:35
  • He says Messiah Yeshua is the GOAL of His Torah, meaning without His Torah, Messiah cannot be known per Romans 10:4
  • He says if we had believed Moshe/Torah, we would have believed Messiah per John 5:46
  • He says His Torah makes us wiser than our enemies per Psalms 119:98
  • He says His salvation is far from the wicked for they sought not His Torah per Psalms 119:155
  • He says to hold fast to and guard His Torah, for it is our life per Proverbs 4:13

“It is not incumbent upon you to complete the work; yet, you are not free to desist from it. If you have studied much Torah, a great reward will be given to you, for your Employer is trustworthy to reward your labor. And know, that the reward of the righteous is in the time to come.” Mishnah Tractate Pirkei Avot 2.16

I thought I would add a statement from the Pirkei Avot above into this Op to show just how similar it is to what Yeshua taught! Moving on.

In the Book of Acts, just after the Talmidim of Yeshua witnessed Him being taken up from the Mt of Olives, there is a statement made which most people either just glance over, completely ignore or try to explain it away using the latest Replacement Theological gimmick currently in circulation. The verse in question is Acts 1:12 which says “Then they went back to Yerushalayim from the Mount of Olives, which is near Yerushalayim, A SABBATH DAY’S JOURNEY.” What is the significance of a sabbath day’s journey? Before we can examine this further, we need to first establish HaShem commands we keep His Shabbat.

The following verses will establish HaShem’s command to guard and keep His Shabbat:

  • Exodus 16:28-29 “HaShem said to Moshe, ‘How long will you refuse to observe My commandments and My teachings? See that HaShem has given you the Shabbos; that is why He gives you on the sixth day a two day portion of bread. Let every man remain in his place; let no man leave his place on the seventh day.'”
  • Exodus 20:8-11 “Remember (Guard/keep/do) the Shabbos day to sanctify it. Six days shall you work and do all your labor; but the seventh day is Shabbos to HaShem, your Elohim; you shall not do any work, you, your son, your daughter; your slave, your maidservant, your animal, and your convert within your gates, for in six days HaShem made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them, and He rested on the seventh day. Therefore, HaShem blessed the Shabbos day and sanctified it.”
  • Exodus 31:12-15 “HaShem said to Moshe, saying: ‘Now you, speak to the Children of Israel, saying ‘However, you must observe My Shabbotot, for IT IS A SIGN BETWEEN ME AND YOU FOR YOUR GENERATIONS, to know that I am HaShem, Who makes you holy. You shall observe the Shabbos, for it is holy its desecrators shall be put to death, for whoever does work on it, that soul shall be cut off from among its people. For six days work may be done and on the seventh day is a day of complete rest, it is sacred to HaShem; whoever does work on the Shabbos day shall be put to death.'”
  • Deuteronomy 5:12-15 “Safeguard the Shabbos day to sanctify it, as HaShem, your Elohim, has commanded you. Six days shall you labor and accomplish all your work; but the seventh day is Shabbos to HaShem, your Elohim; you shall not do any work, you, your son, your daughter, your slave (Hired servant), your maidservant, your ox, your donkey and your every animal, and your convert within your gates, in order that your slave and your maidservant may rest like you. And you shall remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and HaShem, your Elohim, has taken you out from there with a strong hand and an outstretched arm; therefore HaShem, your Elohim, has commanded you to make the Shabbos day.”
  • Isaiah 58:13-14 “If you restrain your foot because it is the Shabbat; refrain from accomplishing your own needs on My holy day; if you proclaim the Shabbat ‘a delight’, and the holy day of HaShem ‘honored’, and you honor it by not engaging in your own affairs, from seeking your own needs or discussing the forbidden, then you will delight in HaShem and I will mount you astride the heights of the world; I will provide you the heritage of your forefather Jacob for the mouth of HaShem has spoken.”

So, we can see very quickly HaShem is extremely serious about His people guarding/doing His Shabbat and further, His Shabbat is THE sign between Him and His people! What is interesting is this word ‘Sign’ is the same word for ‘Mark’. My point is, if HaShem’s Shabbat is the sign/mark between Him and His people, then what potentially could be the sign/mark the adversary counterfeits with? What day has Replacement Theology adopted as its Shabbat, teaching HaShem’s Shabbat has been replaced/superseded? I will let you put the rest of the puzzle together yourself.

You may be asking what is the purpose for Shabbat? Well, let’s quickly examine this and find out.

The following excerpt is from the ‘Aryeh Kaplan Anthology II’ book discussing ‘Why the Sabbath?’. It says “If you say that you believe in G-d, but do not believe that He is as real as you or I, or that He is One, then you really do not believe in G-d, at least, not the Jewish concept of G-d. You are really speaking of something else. But how do we, as Jews, define G-d? We find the answer in the very first verse of the Torah. It says: ‘In the beginning, G-d created the Heaven and the Earth.’ Here we have a definition of G-d. G-d is the Creator of all things. He is the One Who brought all things into existence. This has some very important implications. As Creator of all things, G-d must be both greater than all creation and distinct from it. Therefore, we, as Jews, reject the philosophy of pantheism. As Creator, G-d’s existence cannot depend on any of His creatures. Our definition therefore rejects any concept of G-d as an abstract ethical force or social convention. If a person says that he believes in G-d, but does not believe that He is Creator, then he does not really believe in the Jewish concept of G-d. But there is another point in our belief in G-d. Some people think that G-d created the world and then forgot about it. They may claim to believe in G-d, and even admit to some abstract Creator, but they insist, at the same time, that His existence has no bearing on their lives. To them, G-d is a remote philosophical abstraction.

We see G-d as much more than this. When G-d introduced Himself in the Ten Commandments, He said per Exodus 20:2, ‘I am the L-rd your G-d, Who took you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage.’ G-d was telling us that He is involved in the affairs of man and has a profound interest in what we do.

G-d Himself gave the Exodus as an example. It was here that the entire Jewish people experienced G-d. To them, G-d was no mere abstraction. They saw His deeds to such an extent that they were actually able to point and say, ‘This is my G-d.’

Here again, one who does not accept G-d’s involvement and interest in the affairs of men cannot be said to believe in the Jewish concept of G-d. He is violating the first of the Ten Commandments.

In light of these concepts, we can now understand the significance of the Shabbat.

Faith requires more than mere lip service. IT MUST ALSO INVOVLE ACTION IN THE FORM OF OUR STEADFAST ADHERENCE TO G-D’S WILL. The Hebrew word for faith is ‘Emunah’. It comes from the same root as ‘Ulman’ i.e. a craftsman. FAITH CANNOT BE SEPARATED FROM ACTION. But, by what act in particular do we demonstrate our belief in G-d as Creator? The answer now becomes obvious.

The one ritual that does this is the observance of the Shabbat. It is the confirmation of our belief in G-d as the Creator of all things. We now understand what the Talmud means when it says that one who does not keep the Shabbat is like an idol worshiper. Violation of the Shabbat is an implicit denial of faith in G-d, the Creator.”

Keeping His Shabbat is the demonstration of our faith in HaShem…no wonder then HaShem says Shabbat is THE SIGN between Him and His people!

Typically those in Replacement Theology will counter using the account of Yeshua and His Talmidim walking through the field, plucking grain on a Shabbat and claim Yeshua was intentionally doing this to break the restrictions of Shabbat and show soon a new way would come and replace Shabbat. Further, many in the Hebrew Roots/Messianic world will use this account as proof Yeshua rejects the Oral Torah. In reality and I am quoting from the book ‘Understanding the Difficult Words of Jesus’ by David Bivin and Roy Blizzard Jr, on page 43 it states “”It may come as a surprise to some, but most of the difficult passages or problems confronted in New Testament studies could be solved through a knowledge of Rabbinic Literature. Many of Jesus’ sayings have their parallels in Rabbinic Literature.” The author is pointing directly at the Oral Torah as being the key to understanding the Apostolic Writings and I wholeheartedly agree with this assessment per my own personal experiences in studying the Oral Torah and seeing how much of it explains what we are reading in the Apostolic Writings. This said, is there any truth to what Replacement Theology and many in the Hebrew Roots/Messianic world teach? Let’s examine this further and find out. This account is found in Matthew 12:1-12:

  • “At that time Yeshua went through the grain fields on the Shabbat. And His taught ones were hungry, and began to pluck heads of grain to eat. And when the Pharisees (Shammai Pharisees) saw it, they said to Him, ‘Look, Your taught ones are doing what is not right to do on the Shabbat!’ But He said to them, ‘Have you not read what David did when he was hungry, he and those who were with him; how he went into the House of Elohim (Temple) and ate the showbread which was not right for him to eat, nor for those who were with him, but only for the priests?’ Or did you not read in the Torah that on the Shabbat the priests in the Set-apart Place profane the Shabbat, and were blameless? But I say to you that in this place there is One greater than the Set-apart Place. And if you had known what this means, ‘I desire compassion and not offering (Hosea 6:6)’ you would not have condemned the blameless. For the Son of Adam is Master of the Shabbat. And having left there, He went into their congregation. And see, there was a man having a withered hand. And they asked Him, saying, ‘Is it right to heal on the Shabbat?’ so as to accuse Him. And He said to them, ‘What man is there among you who has one sheep, and if it falls into a pit on the Shabbat, shall not take hold of it and lift it out? How much more worth is a man than a sheep! So it is right to do good on the Shabbat.”

So, we see the issue here is picking grain on Shabbat because Yeshua and His Talmidim were hungry. The accusation levied against Him, i.e. the prohibition of picking grain on Shabbat, is this something some person just dreamed up one day or is there more too it?

Now remember, in previous Op’s we have discussed the legality and validity of the Sanhedrin HaShem established in the Torah which He then commanded we obey the rulings the Sanhedrin renders on how to walk in the Torah of HaShem! I won’t rehash this here as you can refer to my previous Op’s, if interested. Yeshua reiterated this when He commanded we are to obey those who sit in the Seat of Moshe i.e. the Sanhedrin! Where are the right rulings of the Sanhedrin contained? They are written down in the Mishnah followed by the commentary of the Mishnah which is contained in the Talmud Bavli and Talmud Yerushalmi i.e. the Oral Torah! This said, per Tractate Shabbat 7.2 in the Mishnah it lists 39 labor prohibitions rendered by the Sanhedrin for Shabbat. They are:

  • Sowing
  • Plowing
  • Reaping (Gleaning grapes, gathering dates, picking olives, gathering figs, plucking anything from its point of growth i.e. grain)
  • Binding sheaves
  • Threshing
  • Winnowing
  • Sorting
  • Grinding
  • Sifting
  • Kneading
  • Baking
  • Shearing the wool
  • Bleaching it
  • Beating it
  • Dyeing it
  • Spinning
  • Stretching the warp on the loom
  • Making two loops
  • Weaving two threads
  • Separating two threads
  • Tying a knot (This is specific to tying a permanent knot i.e. working)
  • Untying a knot (This is specific to those who trapped the mollusc from which the blue tekkelet color was harvested from)
  • Sewing two stitches
  • Tearing in order to sew two stitches
  • Trapping a deer (Or any other animal, or any living creature which requires catching)
  • Slaughtering it
  • Flaying it
  • Salting it
  • Curing its hide
  • Scraping it
  • Cutting it up
  • Writing two letters (This is specific to marking the boards of the Tabernacle to identify their pairs for repair or construction)
  • Erasing in order to write two letters (At times they erred in the Tabernacle, and they would erase in order to write anew. Again, it denotes working)
  • Building
  • Pulling down
  • Extinguishing
  • Lighting a fire
  • Striking with a hammer
  • Carrying from domain to domain (Carrying from the private domain to the public domain and vice versa)

Now, these are the prohibitions for HaShem’s Shabbat, but what Yeshua was teaching that life supersedes these restrictions and He uses a specific account of David and his men eating the Showbread in the Temple when they are not authorized to do so. Let’s quickly look into this and see what is going on.

1 Samuel 21:1-7 says “David arose and left, and Jonathan came back to the city. David came to Nob, to Ahimelech the Kohen (Priest). Ahimelech hurried to greet David, and said to him ‘Why are you alone, with no one accompanying you?’ David said to Ahimelech the Kohen, ‘The king ordered me on a mission, and told me, ‘No man may know anything about the matter for which I have sent you and commanded you.’ Thus, I informed my attendants to be at a certain secret place. And now, what do you have available? Five loaves of bread? Give them or whatever there is into my hand.’ The Kohen answered David, saying ‘I have no ordinary bread available; there is only sacred bread (Showbread), provided that your attendants have kept themselves from women.’ David answered the Kohen, and said to him, ‘Women have been withheld from us yesterday and the day before; moreover, when I left, the garments of the attendants were pure, even though this is a mundane mission, surely today it will remain sacred in a proper vessel.’ So the Kohen gave him sacred food (Showbread), for there was no other bread there except for the Showbread that was being removed from before HaShem, in order to place hot Showbread on the day it is taken off.'” This is where we need to understand how the Temple functioned in addition to the Temple Services.

On each Shabbat, Showbread, which is baked every Friday, is placed on the Table before the Most Holy Place by the Kohen. It will remain there before HaShem the entire week. The following Shabbat, the Showbread is removed and replaced with freshly baked Showbread. The Showbread which was removed is kadosh (Holy) and is divided up among among the Kohanim and thus can only be eaten by the Kohen. In this instance, Ahimelech made sure David and his men were ritually pure and then he gave them the Showbread because of hunger i.e. life! This account of David is what Yeshua is pointing too…so in reality Yeshua was NOT breaking Shabbat, but was addressing a life and death issue!

This is where I see most of those in Replacement Theology and many in the Hebrew Roots worlds where if they understood HaShem and His Torah would see HaShem’s Torah is NOT a bunch of crushing do’s and don’ts! Again, them using the above account of Yeshua plucking grain as their proof Torah kills and destroys and Yeshua was challenging that fact. In fact Tractate Yoma 82a from the Talmud Bavli teaches a Torah principle “There is no halakha that stands in the way of saving a life, except for the prohibitions against idol worship, forbidden sexual relationships and murder.” What does this mean? It means, if the only way to save a life is to violate Torah, then that person MUST violate Torah other than in instances of idol worship, forbidden sexual relationships and murder! Further, in Tractate Yoma 85a/b from the Talmud Bavli it says “Saving a life overrides Shabbat.” My point is for all of this, is again Yeshua did nothing wrong nor was He violating Shabbat in a manner which was unacceptable! He did NOT do this to teach Torah/Shabbat were soon to be rendered obsolete and replaced as so many have taught and continue to teach, nor was He challenging some man made rule concerning Shabbat. What He did was fully acceptable and right. In my opinion the Shammai Pharisees were just looking for a reason to ensnare Him and as always, Yeshua turned it around on them and revealed their hypocrisy! I digress.

With this all said, let’s now examine the purpose of this Op i.e. Acts 1:12 and ‘A Shabbat’s day journey.’ So, a Shabbat’s day journey was a specific calculation and was a total of 2,000 cubits length from the place where Shabbat was being kept. This was not some arbitrary number pulled out of thin air by some rabbi one day, it is based upon Scriptural authority specifically one of the sets of verses we examined above concerning HaShem’s command to keep Shabbat:

  • Exodus 16:28-29 “HaShem said to Moshe, ‘How long will you refuse to observe My commandments and My teachings? See that HaShem has given you the Shabbos; that is why He gives you on the sixth day a two day portion of bread. Let every man remain in his place; let no man leave his place on the seventh day.'”

The underlined portion above is what forms the basis for the limits of Shabbat. Further, Tractate Eruvin 51a from the Talmud Bavli it tells us they compiled the verses above from Exodus to remain in place but also the Scriptural commands for a person who accidentally killed someone and fled to a ‘City of Refuge’ per Numbers 35:27. Per Numbers 35:5 HaShem commands to measure 2,000 cubits to establish the borders of a ‘City of Refuge’. This concept was taken by the Sanhedrin and was used to establish the limits of Shabbat i.e. 2,000 cubits.

Why is this so important to understand you may ask? Because, the Talmidim just witnessed Yeshua ascend into Heaven from the Mount of Olives and clearly Yeshua, not one time, instructed His Talmidim to disregard and toss out the Torah nor the Oral Torah because it states in the verse in Acts they traveled a Shabbat’s day journey, meaning they were returning to the place in Jerusalem from where they were keeping Shabbat! I will say it again and again and again until my dying breath, Yeshua did NOT terminate the Torah. He did not teach against the Oral Torah. He did not teach anything new and He did not replace nor change anything HaShem had established from the beginning! Had He done so, He would have just disqualified Himself as being the Messiah of HaShem. This is precisely why the ‘Jesus’ that Replacement Theology Christendom in its doctrine has established and fashioned, is not and cannot ever be the real Messiah of HaShem, for one simple reason….he changed and replaced everything HaShem had established from the beginning.

Remember, 1 John 5:3 tells us HaShem’s Torah is NOT burdensome! His Torah is a tree of life, meant to bless and protect us here and now in a world of madness, insanity, debauchery, idolatry and lawlessness!

Much to consider in all of this.

Shabbat Shalom!

SOURCE MATERIALS

  • The Scriptures by the Institute for Scripture Research
  • The Milstein Edition of the Chumash with the Teachings of the Talmud by Artscroll
  • The Koren Talmud Bavli Tractates Sanhedrin, Yoma, Eiruvin
  • The Kehati Mishna

WHAT IS THE GREATEST COMMANDMENT?

“O that you will strengthen yourself and persevere very much in order to observe, to do, according to all of the Torah that Moshe My servant has commanded you. Do not deviate from him to the right or to the left, that you may succeed wherever you may go. This Book of the Torah is not to leave your mouth. You should contemplate it day and night in order to observe, to do, all that is written in it. For then you will make your ways successful, and then you will become understanding.” Joshua 1:7-8

How many times has the doctrine of Replacement Theology painted a picture the Messiah of the Bible is anti-Torah, anti-Israel and teaches a theology in which the core teaching states the Torah, Israel and the Old Testament have all been replaced and superseded by the Church and the New Testament? Its the common doctrine having been taught for nearly 2,000 years now.

This is why I firmly and wholeheartedly am convinced the Jesus of Replacement Theology Christendom and the Yeshua as revealed in the entire Bible are two very different doctrines, which I have discussed countless times throughout my Ops over the years and as such will not rehash it all here.

This all said thus far, there is absolute proof, from Yeshua’s own mouth that He did NOT come to render the Torah of HaShem null and void nor did He come to end the Temple, change the Feasts of HaShem nor replace Israel. There is only one character in the Bible who is all about change and teaches Replacement Theology and that is the False Messiah!

We read in Matthew 22 how the Talmidim (Disciples) of Yeshua asked Him a question as to what was the greatest commandment in the Torah. Let’s examine what He said, but first, before we delve into this Op, always remember the following unchanging truths about HaShem, our Great King and Sovereign of the Universe:

  • 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 the ONLY truth there is per Psalms 119:142
  • He says His Torah is a tree of life and eternal per Proverbs 3:18-19 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 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
  • He says His Torah is the way of faith per Psalms 119:29-30
  • He says His Torah makes us wiser than our enemies per Psalms 119:98
  • He says His Torah is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path per Psalms 119:105
  • He says one who finds His Torah has found life per Proverbs 8:35
  • He says one who finds His Torah has found favor from HaShem per Proverbs 8:35
  • He says Messiah Yeshua is the GOAL of His Torah, meaning without His Torah, Messiah cannot be known per Romans 10:4
  • He says if we had believed Moshe/Torah, we would have believed Messiah per John 5:46
  • He says His Torah makes us wiser than our enemies per Psalms 119:98
  • He says His salvation is far from the wicked for they sought not His Torah per Psalms 119:155
  • He says to hold fast to and guard His Torah, for it is our life per Proverbs 4:13

Matthew 22:36-40 says “Teacher, what is the great command in the Torah? And Yeshua said to him, ‘You shall love HaShem your Elohim with all your heart, and with all your being, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great command. And the second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commands hang all the Torah and the Prophets.'”

Was Yeshua just imparting something brand new to His Talmidim or was He reinforcing something His Talmidim would have instantly recognized and known? Yeshua was quoting the Torah and quoting a specific prayer which is recited by all those who follow HaShem morning and evening of every day, even to this day! He was quoting ‘The Shema’ prayer!

Where is The Shema prayer found in the Torah? The Shema is a scriptural prayer which is based upon three sections of the Torah:

  • Devarim (Deuteronomy) 6:4-9
  • Devarim 11:13-21
  • Bamidbar (Numbers) 15:37-41

What is the purpose of The Shema and why are we to recite it every morning and evening? Per the Artscroll Siddur discussing The Shema it says “The recitation of the three paragraphs of The Shema is required by the Torah, and one must have in mind that he is about to fulfill this commandment. Although one should try to concentrate on the meaning of all three paragraphs, one must concentrate at least on the meaning of the first verse and the second verse because the recitation of The Shema represents fulfilment of the paramount commandment of acceptance of HaShem’s absolute sovereignty. By declaring that HaShem is One, Unique and Indivisible, we subordinate every facet of our personalities, possessions, our very lives to His will.”

As you will shortly see, ‘The Shema’ prayer is in summary, acknowledging HaShem as King, Master of all of His Creation, Master of the Earth and we are willfully submitting ourselves to His Authority and acknowledge He is One and there is no other nor does He share His Authority with anyone else! In effect, The Shema, is absolute proof Replacement Theology is NOT from HaShem, and anyone claiming to be Messiah and teaches a doctrine where the Torah is now changed, rendered obsolete or irrelevant, is fully exposed as being a false Messiah! Keep this in mind!

The following is ‘The Shema’ prayer in English:

“Shema, O Israel! Adonai Eloheino, Adonai Echad.” “Hear, O Israel, the L-rd is our G‑d, the L-rd is One. Blessed be the Name of the glory of His kingdom forever and ever.

You shall love the L-rd your G‑d with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your might. And these words which I command you today shall be upon your heart. You shall teach them thoroughly to your children, and you shall speak of them when you sit in your house and when you walk on the road, when you lie down and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign upon your hand, and they shall be for a reminder between your eyes. And you shall write them upon the doorposts of your house and upon your gates.

And it will be, if you will diligently obey My commandments which I enjoin upon you this day, to love the L-rd your G‑d and to serve Him with all your heart and with all your soul, I will give rain for your land at the proper time, the early rain and the late rain, and you will gather in your grain, your wine and your oil. And I will give grass in your fields for your cattle, and you will eat and be sated. Take care lest your heart be lured away, and you turn astray and worship alien gods and bow down to them. For then the L-rd’s wrath will flare up against you, and He will close the heavens so that there will be no rain and the earth will not yield its produce, and you will swiftly perish from the good land which the L-rd gives you. Therefore, place these words of Mine upon your heart and upon your soul, and bind them for a sign on your hand, and they shall be for a reminder between your eyes. You shall teach them to your children, to speak of them when you sit in your house and when you walk on the road, when you lie down and when you rise. And you shall inscribe them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates – so that your days and the days of your children may be prolonged on the land which the L-rd swore to your fathers to give to them for as long as the heavens are above the earth.

The L-rd spoke to Moses, saying: Speak to the children of Israel and tell them to make for themselves fringes on the corners of their garments throughout their generations, and to attach a thread of blue on the fringe of each corner. They shall be to you as tzizit, and you shall look upon them and remember all the commandments of the L-rd and fulfill them, and you will not follow after your heart and after your eyes by which you go astray – so that you may remember and fulfill all My commandments and be holy to your G‑d. I am the L-rd your G‑d who brought you out of the land of Egypt to be your G‑d; I, the L-rd, am your G‑d. True.”

Remember, this is what Yeshua Himself said in Matthew 22 was the greatest Command in the Torah! Why is this so significant? Because if Yeshua’s purpose was to free humanity from the Torah, then why was He reinforcing the Torah as being the only way to live in service to HaShem?

He then follows up in Matthew 22 and says “And the second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commands hang all the Torah and the Prophets.'” From where did He quote the second greatest command of the Torah? He was quoting Vayikra (Leviticus) 19:18 which says “Do not take revenge and do not bear a grudge against the members of your people; you shall love your fellow as yourself, I am HaShem.”

If you recall from many previous Ops of mine, I have highlighted the conflict going on at the time of Yeshua between the two main sects of Pharisees i.e. Beit Shammai and Beit Hillel, and that it was the Beit Shammai Pharisees Yeshua was in conflict with because of their staunch stance against teaching the Torah to the non-Jews, something Beit Hillel was totally against. In many cases, Yeshua and the Pharisees of Beit Hillel agreed on how to walk in the Torah of HaShem, therefore, when we see the confrontations between Yeshua and the Pharisees in the Apostolic Writings, they are always the Pharisees of Beit Shammai He was engaging with! Later on in Paul’s letters, it is the 18 Edicts enacted by Beit Shammai, who was in power at that time, which was the basis for many of his letters. These 18 Edicts enacted strict separations between Jews and the non-Jews i.e. the Middle Wall of Separation. It is these 18 Edicts which are the basis for Peter’s vision and the sheet. HaShem was fixing the problem! In fact, in the Talmud, it discusses how these 18 Edicts of Shammai were as ‘Troublesome for Israel as the incident with the Golden Calf was!’ To this day, these 18 Edicts have been so thoroughly scrubbed no one can find a list of them anymore.

This is important to remember because the commentary on Vayikra 19:18 says “Rabbi Akiva said that this (Love your fellow as yourself) is the PRIMARY RULE OF THE TORAH! Hillel paraphrased this rule saying, ‘What is hateful to you, do not do to others (Quoting Shabbos 31a from the Talmud Bavli).'” Point is, Yeshua is reiterating what was already well known back then, meaning He didn’t change anything!

HaShem used His Torah to create everything!

Now let’s examine some specific Mitzvot (Commandments) which are embedded within The Shema:

Mitzvot #417 – The obligation to believe in the Oneness of HaShem: Per the Book of the Mitzvos, the commentary says “We are commanded to believe that HaShem, blessed be He, Who brought about and continues to bring about the entirety of existence and is the Master of everything, is One, without any partnership, as it is stated in Devarim (Deuteronomy) 6:4 ‘Hear O Israel, HaShem is our Elohim, HaShem is the One and Only.’ The opening words of the verse, Shema Yisrael, ‘Hear O Israel’, seem to indicate that the statement that follows, ‘HaShem is our Elohim, HaShem is the One and Only,’ is merely a declaration by the Torah regarding the Oneness of HaShem. One might thus think that it does not constitute a commandment to actively internalize this belief. Chinuch emphasizes that this is not the case.

This verse is indeed an obligatory commandment; it is not merely a homily about the Oneness of HaShem, as might be understood from the words ‘Hear O Israel’. As to the meaning of ‘Hear O Israel,’ it is as if to say, ‘Accept this principle from me, know it and believe it, that HaShem, Who is our Elohim, is One, without peer.’ Thus, the words ‘Hear O Israel’ are instructive, commanding us to internalize a belief in HaShem’s Oneness without question. The term ‘Shema’ as three definitions: ‘Hear’ per Genesis 24:52 and Job 29:11, ‘Understand’ per Genesis 42:23 and I Kings 3:9, and ‘Obey’ or ‘Submit’ per Genesis 39:10 and Deuteronomy 11:13. The verse ‘Shema Yisrael’ means to convey all three ideas i.e. we will initially hear about the Oneness of HaShem as in receive the basic principle by tradition from our elders, then understand it as in study the concept and delve into it and finally submit to it i.e. internalize it as our unshakable belief.”

Mitzvot #418 – The obligation to love HaShem: Per the Book of the Mitzvos the commentary says “We are commanded to love HaShem, the Omnipresent Elohim, blessed is He, as it is stated in Deuteronomy 6:5 ‘You shall love HaShem, your Elohim.’ The manner in which this mitzvah is to be fulfilled is that we should contemplate and reflect on HaShem’s commandments and on His handiwork, until we attain a concept of Him i.e. of His Wisdom and Benevolence according to our ability, and in this state of perceiving Him, experience the ultimate delight. This is the love of HaShem that is mandated in the above verse.

The Mishnah Torah Hilchot Teshuvah 10:1-6 notes that one factor that can motivate a person to observe the mitzvos and engage in Torah study is that he seeks Divine reward and fears the retribution that he would incur for conducting himself otherwise. Although such observance is indeed worthy, it is not the optimal way to serve HaShem. The ultimate service of HaShem is one that is motivated by love for Him and a sincere desire to do His Will. To attain this level of service, however, one must first cultivate a love of HaShem.”

Yeshua reiterates this in John 14:15 when He says “If you love Me, keep My commandments!” And what did Yeshua teach? He taught nothing new, He taught the Torah of HaShem! He goes on in John 15:12-15 which says “This is My command, that you love one another, as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this, that one should lay down his life for his friends. You are My friends if you do whatever I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing. But I have called you friends, for all teachings which I heard from My Father I have made known to you.”

So we see again, Yeshua is NOT teaching anything new, nor is He teaching any form of Replacement Theology and on top of this, He only is teaching what HaShem has directed He teaches. Reiterates HaShem is One and shares His glory with no one! Meaning, Yeshua cannot be HaShem in the flesh! Remember from my past Ops the discussions concerning ‘The Agent’ of HaShem? It falls under the category of ‘The law of agency’ in which a man’s agent is as himself. Point is, the agent is sent by the sender and the agent can only speak, do, act and negotiate exactly as directed by the sender. Yeshua is The Agent of HaShem just like Moses was The Agent of HaShem! Very important to remember this especially when trying to put Replacement Theology Christendom into its proper place.

Yeshua says in John 5:30 “Of Myself I am unable to do any matter. As I hear, I judge, and My judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My Own desire, but the desire of the Father Who sent Me.” The Law of Agency in play!

Yeshua says in John 7:16 “Yeshua answered them and said, ‘My teaching is not Mine, but His Who sent Me.'” Again, the Law of Agency in play!

He also says in John 12:49 “Because I spoke not from Myself, but the Father Who sent Me has given Me a command, what I should say and what I should speak.” The Law of Agency!

When Yeshua says in John 15:23 “He who hates Me hates My Father as well” is a perfect example of the Law of Agency in action. HaShem sent Yeshua to perform a task on His behalf thus to hate Yeshua is to hate the One Who sent Him.

So, with this said, how is it possible, HaShem, Whom does not and cannot change, His Torah is eternal and will never pass away, can suddenly now change His mind, do everything He said He would NOT do and send His Agent to teach a doctrine which replaces and supersedes everything He gave in the beginning and then still claim to be unchanging? It would make Him out to be a very confused liar and completely untrustworthy! This is again precisely why I so loathe and abhor Christian Replacement Theology because it teaches exactly this insanity! I digress.

Mitzvot #419 – The obligation to study Torah: Per the Book of the Mitzvos the commentary says “It is a mitzvah obligation to study the wisdom of the Torah and to teach it to others. That is to say, that we must study and teach others how to perform the mitzvos and how to avoid that which the Almighty prohibited us from doing, and we must also attain an accurate knowledge of all the Torah’s laws.

The underlying purpose of this mitzvah is obvious, for through the study of Torah, a person can attain knowledge of the ways of HaShem, blessed be He. By contrast, without Torah knowledge, one will neither know nor understand HaShem’s ways, and, as such, he will be likened to an animal.”

Mitzvot #420 – The obligation to recite The Shema every morning and evening: Per the Book of the Mitzvos the commentary says “Among the underlying purposes of this mitzvah is that it was the Will of HaShem to give His nation the merit of accepting His Sovereignty and His Oneness upon themselves every day and night, for all the days that they live. This matter is essential, for being that man is a corporeal being, and thus enticed by the futilities of the world and attracted to its pleasures, he needs, at the very least, a constant reminder of HaShem’s Sovereignty, to guard him from sin. Therefore, it was a manifestation of HaShem’s Kindness that He chose to make us meritorious, and He commanded us to remember His Sovereignty at these two times i.e. in the morning and evening, consistently, and with absolute concentration. We are commanded to do so once during the daytime, to have a positive effect on all our actions throughout the day. For when a person recalls HaShem’s Oneness and His Sovereignty in the morning, and that His Providence and Omnipotence apply to everything in existence, and when one is attentive to the fact that HaShem’s eyes, so to speak, are focused on all one’s ways and that He maintains a count of all one’s steps, to the extent that not a single one of his actions are hidden from HaShem, and that he is unable to conceal from Him even one of his thoughts, this thought, and his verbal acknowledgment of this matter, will certainly serve as a safeguard for him for that entire day, protecting him from sin. Similarly, the nightly acknowledgment of this matter will serve as a safeguard for him the entire night.”

Tallit with Tzitzit

Part of The Shema prayer is the command to put on a Tallit (Prayer shawl) which has Tzitzit (Fringes) on the corners. This is again foundational in the service of HaShem because not only are we to wear a Tallit with Tzitzit, but HaShem Himself wears a Tallit with Tzitzit!

The following is an excerpt discussing the significance of the Tallit and the Tzitzit from the book ‘The Aryeh Kaplan Anthology II’ pages 201-204 which says “The Tallit: We can now look into another question that people often ask. We know that the Torah contains 613 commandments, 248 do’s and 365 don’ts. But why? Why is it necessary to have so many laws? Isn’t it enough for people to have a general idea of what is right and then adhere to it?

There are many people today who argue that we should do away with laws completely. They say that all that is necessary is that people be good and love one another. They point out that at times laws can be harsh. Why then, did HaShem give so many laws in the Torah?

The answer, of course, is because there is evil in the world, if men were perfect, then we would need few, if any, laws. People would live in total peace with one another, without any rules or regulations. This is indeed true of animals, who live in total harmony with other members of their species, without anything remotely resembling formal law. It is all part of their intrinsic nature.

The same was true of Adam before he sinned. He was innocent of any evil, and therefore did not need a multitude of rules and laws. All that was required was that he obey his one commandment not to eat of the Tree of Knowledge. That one commandment was enough to give him free will and thus enable him to achieve perfection and a closeness to HaShem. It was only after man sinned that he needed an entire complex of law.

The commandments therefore serve as a safeguard against the forces of evil. They restrict man’s relationship with his neighbor so that one individual does not harm another. They constantly remind us of our obligation to HaShem, so that we do not become swallowed up in evil.

We therefore see that to a large degree, the commandments of the Torah serve to protect us from evil. They are, in this respect, the element of HaShem’s plan that serves as a barrier against the forces of evil. This is what HaShem meant when He said, ‘I have created the Evil Urge, but I have created the Torah as a remedy for it.’

The Torah’s commandments are the element in HaShem’s scheme that serve as a barrier against evil. But, as we have discussed earlier, this is also the concept of HaShem’s garment.

HaShem’s Tallit is therefore the sum total of all the commandments in the Torah. This is what our sages mean when they say, ‘He who keeps the commandments grabs the Divine Presence. This is the meaning of Tzitzit…’

As we shall see in the section on Gematria, the commandment of Tzitzit alludes to all 613 commandments. Our sages similarly teach us that, ‘The commandment of Tzitzit is equal to all the commandments.’

This is also what the Torah means when it speaks of the Tzitzit and says, ‘You shall see them and not stray after your heart and after your eyes.’ The commandment of Tzitzit alludes to HaShem’s Tallit, which in turn, represents the entire structure of the commandments, standing as a barrier against evil.

After Adam sinned, the Torah says that, ‘They knew that they were naked, and they sewed together fig leaves and made themselves loincloths.’ There is a tradition that what they actually made were Tzitzit. Rashi further more explains that when the Torah says, ‘They knew that they were naked,’ it means that they knew they were naked of the one commandment that HaShem had given them.

As soon as man sinned, he realized that he would need the entire structure of commandments alluded to in the Mitzvah of Tzitzit. As soon as he realized that he was naked of his original commandment, he made himself Tzitzit, the one commandment that includes all the others.

The Midrash tells us that the first time HaShem is said to have appeared wearing a Tallit was when He gave Moses the first commandment, the one involving the Jewish calendar. HaShem was beginning to teach Moses the way of the commandments, and when He started, he showed Moses the Tallit that alludes to them all.

As mentioned earlier, one place in the Bible where HaShem’s Tallit is alluded to is in the verse, ‘He covers Himself with light as a garment’ per Psalms 104:2. Here again, the allusion is to the light of the Torah and its commandments, as we find elsewhere, ‘A commandment is a lamp, and the Torah is light’ per Proverbs 6:23.

The main element of HaShem’s plan that serves as a barrier against evil is the array of commandments in the Torah. But even though the commandments are Divine in origin, they do not serve their purpose unless they are fulfilled by man. In this sense, HaShem’s Tallit is not whole unless it is completed by man.

Man’s role in completing HaShem’s garment of commandments is represented by the Tzitzit on the four corners of His Tallit.

In general, we know that the Tallit is only worn because of the Tzitzit that it contains. Without the Tzitzit, the Tallit is nothing more than a square piece of cloth. The same is true of HaShem’s Tallit. Unless fulfilled by man, the commandments do not serve their purpose.

In this sense, the Tzitzit, being loose threads, are like the unwoven portion of the Tallit. As such, they represent the incompleteness in HaShem’s garment. This unwoven part is left for man to complete.

The Tallit is therefore made in the form of a rectangle or square. Our sages teach us that a four sided figure is the archetype of something that is manmade. The square shape of the Tallit alludes to the fact that the main responsibility to complete HaShem’s Tallit lies in the hands of man.

The bond between HaShem and man involves all levels of creation. Man is the goal of HaShem’s creation, and all the spiritual worlds exist only for his sake. There are essentially four levels in the spiritual plane, alluded to by the four letters in HaShem’s ineffable Name (Yod Hey Vav Hey). The four corners of the Tallit allude to these levels, and thus, to the spiritual link between HaShem and man.

In Ezekiel’s vision, after he say the Chashmal, which was HaShem’s garment, he saw the four angels called Chayoth. These four angels are the four Tzitzit on the corners of HaShem’s Tallit. This is why the prophet saw them attached to the Chashmal, which represents HaShem’s Tallit. Our sages further more teach us that the Chashmal exists primarily for these angels, just as the Tallit is worn primarily for the Tzitzit that it contains. As we know, HaShem’s providence is directed primarily through these angels; therefore, they also represent the link between HaShem and man.

Since the Tzitzit represent the bond between HaShem and man, they hang down below the Tallit. HaShem’s Tallit is high above our reach, but His Tzitzit hang down like a lifeline that we can grasp hold of. They reach down to us so that we may complete HaShem’s Tallit, while at the same time perfecting ourselves.

The Tzitzit therefore have five knots, representing the five books of the Torah. The Tzitzit begin with the knots, since the first step in bringing the commandments within man’s reach is the Torah. These knots bind the Tzitzit to the Tallit, just as the Torah and its commandments bind man to HaShem.”

An amazing description of the significance of the Tallit and the Tzitzit! Consider now the prophecy about the end which says in Zechariah 8:23 “Thus said HaShem, Master of Legions: In those days (The end of days) it will happen that ten men (Non-Jews), of all the different languages of the nations, will take hold, they will take hold of the corner (Tzitzit) of the garment (Tallit) of a Jewish man, saying, ‘Let us go with you, for we have heard that HaShem is with you!'” How much is this happening today when people are being awoken by HaShem and are realizing Christendom’s Replacement Theology doctrine is out of the pit and are running to the Torah of HaShem? It is happening in huge numbers now! Baruch HaShem!

All of this is encapsulated in ‘The Shema’ prayer! I will close this Op with the following music video below! In light of what we have discussed in this Op, you see how ‘The Shema’ applies today and if Yeshua said it is the greatest commandment in the Torah, then how is Replacement Theology correct?

Shalom!

SOURCE MATERIALS

  • The Book of the Mitzvos by Artscroll
  • The Scriptures by the Institute for Scripture Research
  • The Chumash with the Teachings of the Talmud by Artscroll
  • The Ashkenazi Siddur by Artscroll
  • The Aryeh Kaplan Anthology II by Mesorah Publications
  • Leviticus Artscroll Tanach Series
  • The Talmud Yerushalmi by Artscroll
  • The Talmud Bavli by Artscroll
  • The Steinsaltz Talmud Bavli by Koren
  • The Kehati Mishnah
  • The Mishnah Torah

SHIR HASHIRIM – THE VOICE OF THE BRIDEGROOM – PART 2

“My child, do not forget My Torah, and let your heart guard My commandments, for they add to you length of days and years of life and peace.” Proverbs 3:1-2

In the midst of all that is transpiring in our day and time today in the world, we all have much to be concerned about! More than ever, we now must rely wholeheartedly upon HaShem to see us through the difficult times we are living in! It is not by our efforts do we have enough food, medicine and shelter, but solely through the kind and compassionate Hand of HaShem Who acts on our behalf solely for His Name’s sake!

This Op is part two of our Shir HaShirim (Song of Songs) study and will discuss all 17 verses of Shir HaShirim chapter two! I am hopeful you will be able to see just what HaShem thinks about His people and what He desires in a relationship with each of us, collectively and individually! One aspect of studying Shir HaShirim chapter two is we will need to delve deeply into understanding the Beit HaMikdash (Temple of HaShem) in Jerusalem as well as all the avodot (Temple Services) and the liturgy recited by the Kohanim and the people because all of it is a picture HaShem is painting for us to better understand not only Himself but also how He set things up in human history and eschatology.

One aspect of HaShem which I have over the years grown to greatly appreciate about Him is He does NOT play all the political games we see our national leaders play! HaShem does NOT manipulate people nor does He say one thing but mean something entirely opposite! What He says goes and our task is to either accept what He said or to reject it and go our own way! He is Holy and we must strive to understand what exactly this means.

The Holiness of HaShem is a topic which unfortunately has been either tossed out completely, so twisted up the meaning of holiness is now whatever one wishes or has been totally ignored for countless years and as such it has done enormous damage. Another reason why I absolutely abhor Replacement Theology Christian doctrine. This is why when studying and learning about the Beit HaMikdash (Temple of HaShem), we will very quickly begin to see and understand the concept of kedusha (Holiness) of HaShem and how very, very real it is and how very, very serious HaShem is!

For example, on Yom Kippur, the Kohen HaGadol (High Priest) is authorized to enter the Most Holy Place where the Ark sat in order to perform the Yom Kippur services. Tractate Yoma 5.2 from the Talmud Yerushalmi says “Scripture indicates (Leviticus 16:2,13) that one who enters the Holy of Holies without sanction, or who deviates from the proper procedure in offering the ketoret (Incense), shall die. Although the Kohen Gadol was permitted to enter on Yom Kippur, if he deviated, or he was wicked and thus unworthy of serving as Kohen Gadol and entering the Holy of Holies, he would die immediately, and this actually occurred numerous times. When the Kohen Gadol entered, all those assembled in the Temple would raise their hands in prayer that he exit safely. Moreover, a golden chain was tied around the Kohen Gadol’s leg, so that if he died in the Holy of Holies, they would be able to pull his body out.” HaShem is NOT kidding around nor is He being cavalier! He is unchanging and it is we who must change, not Him!

This is precisely why I always add this section in all my Ops discussing the eternal characteristics of HaShem! Now, more than ever, we need consistency and stability in a world of madness and where things come and go as quickly as a gust of wind! This said, always remember the following eternal characteristics of HaShem:

  • 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 the ONLY truth there is per Psalms 119:142
  • He says His Torah is a tree of life and eternal per Proverbs 3:18-19 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 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
  • He says His Torah is the way of faith per Psalms 119:29-30
  • He says His Torah makes us wiser than our enemies per Psalms 119:98
  • He says His Torah is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path per Psalms 119:105
  • He says one who finds His Torah has found life per Proverbs 8:35
  • He says one who finds His Torah has found favor from HaShem per Proverbs 8:35
  • He says Messiah Yeshua is the GOAL of His Torah, meaning without His Torah, Messiah cannot be known per Romans 10:4
  • He says if we had believed Moshe/Torah, we would have believed Messiah per John 5:46
  • He says His Torah makes us wiser than our enemies per Psalms 119:98
  • He says His salvation is far from the wicked for they sought not His Torah per Psalms 119:155
  • He says to hold fast to and guard His Torah, for it is our life per Proverbs 4:13

Shir HaShirim 2:1 says “I am but a Rose of Sharon, even an ever fresh rose of the valleys.” Shir HaShirim chapter two begins with Israel describing herself as a ‘Rose of Sharon’ and a ‘Rose of the Valleys’. What is the significance of this? Well, we have to remember Shir HaShirim is to be understood as an allegory and therefore everything in it has significance and meaning.

Additionally, we must see Shir HaShirim through the lens of the Temple of HaShem as well as through the Temple Services! To incorporate Christian Replacement Theology into this will absolutely, 100%, lead a person in the wrong direction. HaShem is unchanging, He reveals the end from the beginning and there is nothing new under the sun, therefore Christian Replacement Theology is automatically exposed for what it truly is. I digress.

Likening Israel to a rose in the Sharon or a rose in the Valley is being very specific in that per the commentary ‘The valley species of the flower retains its moistness because it is not exposed to the scorching sun, being of a more beautiful variety than the mountain species.’

Additionally, per the commentary, the reference to the ‘Sharon’ is ‘A common noun referring to a moist fertile area and coastal plains on the Mediterranean extending from Jaffa to Caesarea.’ Sharon is mentioned several times throughout the Tanakh and once in the Apostolic Writings. For example: Isaiah 33:9 says “The land is mournful and forlorn; Lebanon is shamed and cut down; Sharon has become a desert; Bashan and Carmel have become denuded.” This verse here in Isaiah 33 is in reference to Babylon and Rome who have destroyed the land to include Sharon and now HaShem will arise to rescue, redeem His people and destroy Babylon and Rome! Remember, He reveals the end from the beginning!!

Further, the commentary says this word ‘Sharon’ as used here in Shir HaShirim is related to the Hebrew word ‘Shir’ (Song) but not just any song, but the song which states “Tomorrow when HaShem will deliver me from the shadow of ruling powers I will blossom like a rose and sing a new song before Him!”

The commentary also interprets this verse as the following: “We are only like the rose of the moist plains and the rose of the valley which need much water and wither when the source of water is removed, unlike the hardier mountaintop roses which withstand aridity better. We cried ‘We will do and obey! (Shemot/Exodus 24:7) at Sinai, but as soon as our source of nourishment, Moses, went up to Heaven an was removed from us, our resolve withered and we succumbed to the allures of a Golden Calf.'”

This verse here should not be looked at as being a statement of self praise by Israel, but more importantly it is a statement as a combination of fear and hope. Other commentaries state the references to the Rose of Sharon and a rose of the valleys, should be understood as being a picture of Israel as it matures in HaShem. For example, the Rose of Sharon is a picture of Israel in its youth since it is always in danger of being uprooted by false teachings, idolatry and outside influences. The rose of the valleys reference is a picture of a mature Israel, secure in its commitment to HaShem and His Torah and will not walk away from HaShem again!

The Shir HaShirim Midrash Rabbah Parashah 2 commentary on this verse states “The Assembly of Israel states ‘I am she, and I am beloved before HaShem.’ I am she Whom the Holy One, blessed is He, loved more than the other seventy nations.'” The Midrash continues and says ‘HaSharon’ means ‘That I uttered before Him a song of praise at the Sea of Reeds through Moses, as it is written’, ‘Then Moses and the Children of Israel chose to sing this song to HaShem…(Shemot/Exodus 15): “Then Moshe and the Children of Israel chose to sing this song to HaShem, and they said the following: ‘I shall sing to HaShem for He is exalted above the arrogant, having hurled horse with its rider into the sea. The might and vengeance of Elohim was salvation for me. This is my Elohim and I will build Him a Sanctuary; the Elohim of my father and I will exalt Him. HaShem is Master of War, His Name is HaShem. Pharaoh’s chariots and army He threw in the sea, and the pick of his officers were mired in the Sea of Reeds. Deep waters covered them; they descended in the depths like stone. Your right hand, HaShem, is glorified with strength; Your right hand, HaShem smashes the enemy. In Your abundant grandeur You shatter Your opponents; You send forth Your wrath, it consumes them like straw. At a blast from Your nostrils the waters were heaped up; straight as a wall stood the running water; the deep waters congealed in the heart of the sea. The enemy declared, ‘I will pursue, I will overtake, I will divide plunder; I will satisfy my lust with them. I will unsheathe my sword, my hand will impoverish them.’ You blew with Your wind, the sea enshrouded them; the mighty sank like lead in the water. Who is like You among the heavenly powers, HaShem! Who is like You, mighty in holiness, too awesome for praise, Doer of wonders! You stretched out Your right hand, the earth swallowed them. With Your kindness You guided this people that You redeemed; You led with Your might to Your holy abode. Peoples heard, they were agitated; terror gripped the dwellers of Philistia. Then the chieftains of Edom were confounded, trembling gripped the powers of Moav, all the dwellers of Canaan dissolved. May fear and terror befall them, at the greatness of Your arm may they be still as stone; until Your people passes through, HaShem, until this people You have acquired passes through. You will bring them and implant them on the mount of Your heritage, the foundation of Your dwelling place that You, HaShem, have made, the Sanctuary, my Master, that Your hand established. HaShem shall reign for all eternity! When Pharaoh’s cavalry came with his chariots and horsemen into the sea and HaShem turned back the waters of the sea upon them, the Children of Israel walked on the dry land amid the sea.'”

This song sung by Israel happened when HaShem miraculously rescued Israel out from the oppressing bondage in Egypt i.e. the Exodus, so it is very interesting this verse here in Shir HaShirim is being connected to the Exodus! This is very interesting because in the Shir HaShirim Midrash Rabbah another interpretation for understanding the statement ‘I am a rose of the Sharon’ is “I am she who was concealed in the shadow of the people of Egypt, but in a brief moment the Holy One, blessed is He, gathered me to Rameses, and I became saturated with good deeds like a rose, and uttered before Him a song of praise, as it is stated, ‘The song will be yours like the night of the festival’s consecration’ per Isaiah 30:29. This means that the song of praise Israel WILL sing upon the Messianic Redemption will resemble the song sung on the night of the festival of Passover in Egypt (Shemot/Exodus 15). We see, then, that the people of Israel sang a song of praise to HaShem on the night of the Exodus.” Again, we must understand and remember HaShem reveals the end out of the beginning and thus the future Messianic Redemption will be akin to the Redemption from Egypt!

During the Yom Kippur Temple Service performed by the Kohen HaGadol (High Priest), while in the Holy of Holies, he would utter the following prayer when he left the Holy of Holies: “May it be Your will HaShem, our Elohim and the Elohim of our forefathers, that a decree of exile not emerge from before You upon us, not on this day of Yom Kippur, nor during this entire year. And if a decree of exile did emerge upon us on this day or shall emerge during this year, then let our exile be to a place of Torah. And regarding Your people Israel, they should not elevate their authority one over the other. And concerning the inhabitants of Sharon, may it be Your will, HaShem, our Elohim and the Elohim of our forefathers, that their homes not become their graves.” The commentary from this tractate from the Talmud Yerushalmi says “The houses in the Sharon valley were subject to landslides and flash floods. Alternatively, the earth of the Sharon region was not suitable for construction, and houses had to be rebuilt there twice every seven years or else they would collapse.”

Can you see how much we have been able to pull out of just one single, simple verse from Shir HaShirim and why we MUST have the Oral Torah to supplement? This is just the beginning of this Op too!! Much more to come!

Shir HaShirim 2:2 says “Like the rose maintaining its beauty among the thorns, so is My faithful beloved among the nations.” This verse is HaShem’s response to what Israel said in verse 1! The commentary explains “Just as a rose retains its beauty and color although pricked by surrounding thorns, so does My beloved people maintain her faith despite the torments of her neighbors who try to sway her after their strange gods.”

The Shir HaShirim Midrash Rabbah Parashah 2 has a very interesting explanation and parable of this verse. It says “This can be compared to a king who had an orchard. The workers descended into it and planted a row of fig trees, a row of vines, a row of pomegranate trees, and a row of apple trees. Then the king entrusted it to a sharecropper and went away. After some days, the king came and peered at the orchard to see what it had produced, but he found it full of thorns and thistles. As a result, he brought choppers to chop it down. Then he saw in it a single rose. He took it and smelled it, and his soul was calmed. The king said, ‘On account of this rose, the entire orchard will be spared.”

“Similarly, the world was created for no purpose other than for the people of Israel. After twenty six generations from its creation, the Holy One, blessed is He, peered at His world to see what it had produced, but He found it to be full of water upon water. The generation of Enosh had been blotted out through water, the generation of the Flood had been blotted out through water; and the generation of the Dispersion was punished with water. Seeing that the inhabitants of the world had only brought devastation upon it, HaShem brought choppers to chop it down, as it is stated, HaShem sat at the Flood per Psalms 29:10. But then He saw a rose, these are a reference to the people of Israel; He took it and smelled it, this took place at the time when the people of Israel arranged the giving of the Ten Commandments; and His soul was calmed, this took place at the time when the people of Israel said ‘We will do and we will listen too!’ per Exodus 24:7. The Holy One, blessed is He, said, ‘On account of this rose, the entire orchard will be spared’; meaning in the merit of the Torah and those who study it, the entire universe will be spared.”

“And thus in Psalms 29:11 states, ‘HaShem will give might to His nation’, referring to the Torah, Elohim would have indeed destroyed the world as He did at the time of the Flood, but did not do so because His nation accepted the Torah. Here too, as in the above parable the others were spared in the merit of the people of Israel, since they rely on others for many of their necessities; or in the hope that the others would produce good offspring that would join the Jewish people.”

So, why didn’t HaShem just uproot the thorns and thistles in the parable? “Because the thorns were so close to the rose that uprooting them would inevitably destroy it as well. Alternatively, the thorns were spared in the hope that they would produce more roses.” This is why HaShem has given humanity 7,000 years to exist in this world and to either serve HaShem or serve other gods. 6,000 years for humanity and then 1,000 years to rest i.e. Shabbat before entering the Olam Haba i.e. the World to Come! I digress.

Another picture the Midrash uses says “Just as the rose, if heat comes out upon it, becomes withered, and if dew comes out upon it blossoms, so too, as long as the shelter of Esau endures, the people of Israel appear, so to speak, to be withering in this world; but once the shelter of Esau has passed, the people of Israel will be continuously saturated and blossoming. Thus it is written, ‘I will be to Israel like the dew, and he will blossom like a rosebush’ per Hosea 14:6. Just as the fragrance of the rose never ceases, rather, it constantly retains its fragrance, so too, the fragrance of the people of Israel never ceases; rather, they constantly retain their fragrance of commandments and good deeds.”

What is interesting is HaShem again is using a rose as a picture of prophecy and the Messianic Redemption of His people Israel yet to come. The Shir HaShirim Midrash Rabbah says “More so than other flowers, the rose is susceptible to sudden withering from heat, and, conversely, it blossoms more speedily than other flowers in response to dew. Similarly, the exile of the Jewish nation has always been more severe than those of other nations, and their redemption will be greater, and more sudden, than that of any of the other nations.”

This parable helps us understand why HaShem does things the way He does! Moving on!

Shir HaShirim 2:3 says “Like the fruitful, fragrant apple tree among the barren trees of the forest, so is my Beloved among the gods. In His shade I delighted and there I sat, and the fruit of His Torah was sweet to my palate.”

Right away we see HaShem compare His Torah to the sweetness of ripened fruit i.e. an apple! Replacement Theology Christian dogma, especially as of late, teaches HaShem and His Torah are bitter, rotten fruit designed to crush, deceive, enslave and destroy and have been removed, displaced and replaced. We will see who is correct shortly!

The commentary on this verse says “Just as an apple tree among fruitless trees is beloved by virtue of its excellent fruit and fragrance, so is HaShem superior to all the gods whom the heathen nations foolishly serve, and which are likened to insubstantial trees, simply wood of the forest. The apple tree or in Hebrew ‘The Esrog Tree’ is shunned by all people when the sun beats down because it provides no shadow. So did all the nations refuse to sit in the ‘shadow’ of HaShem on the day of the giving of the Torah. But the congregation of Israel longed for Him and sat; it was only Israel who longed, not the nations. It is Israel who perceived the eternal benefit of sitting in His shadow, unlike the others who saw only that there was no immediate glamor or benefit in accepting His Torah. For although the shade, i.e. reward, of Torah is not apparent, Israel acted from conviction and trust in His Redemption, unlike the heathen nations who were concerned only with ephemeral, existentialist recompense. ‘And His fruit is sweet to my palate.’ This refers to the twelve months which Israel spent before Mount Sinai regaling themselves with the words of the Torah, because its fruit was sweet to ‘my taste’. To my taste it was sweet, but to the taste of the other nations it was bitter like wormwood.”

Here are some interesting comparisons between Israel and the apple tree as stated from the Shir HaShirim Midrash Rabbah Parashah 2: “Just as is the case of the apple tree, its bud precedes its leaves, so did the people of Israel at Sinai commit to doing prior to listening, as it is stated ‘Everything that HaShem has said, we will do and we will listen to!’ per Exodus 24:7.”

“Just as the apple tree completes its fruit only in the month of Sivan, so did the people of Israel begin to yield a pleasant fragrance only in the month of Sivan, by their acceptance of the Torah.”

“Just as in the case of the apple tree, from the time that it produces its bud until the time that it completes its fruit there are fifty days, so too, from the time that the people of Israel left Egypt until the time that they accepted the Torah there were fifty days.”

Its interesting the Torah of HaShem is sweet to the taste to those who belong to Him, but to the nations, the Torah of HaShem is likened to ‘Wormwood’ i.e. ‘Bitterness’. My point is in all my years of having discussions with people concerning the validity of His Torah, the most common reaction is one of bitterness which leads to staunch rejection of HaShem and His Torah! Nothing changes in the world!

And why do the nations react to His Torah bitterly? Because His Torah is a tree of life to those who take hold of it, but it requires we surrender and submit ourselves to HaShem and to many in the nations, this just simply isn’t acceptable. This is why the Replacement Theology of Christendom can be so alluring and seductive because it promises the rewards of eternal life without the cumbersome Torah of HaShem to strive for. Now, for the record I am NOT implying eternal salvation is obtained via the Torah of HaShem, what I am saying is Torah is the evidence we are saved, after the fact. First we believe and it is accounted to us as righteousness and then we strive to learn and live out His Torah out of love, devotion and loyalty to HaShem. Can we do so perfectly? Sadly no, we cannot, but we strive for it because this is what Messiah Yeshua taught we are to strive for, imitate Him! Keep this in mind as we progress.

Shir HaShirim 2:4 says “He brought me to the chamber of Torah delights and clustered my encampments about Him in love.”

Literally this verse says per the commentary “He has brought me to the House of Wine or in other words the Tent of Meeting, in the Mishkan (Tabernacle) where the details and explanations of the Torah were expounded. Further, the Midrash says the House of Wine, refers to Sinai because the Torah was stored there in preparation for Revelation from the time of creation just as wine is stored in a cellar.” To help better understand what the Tent of Meeting is and where it was located, the following is an excerpt from the book ‘Measure The Pattern’ by Joseph Good page 146: “Originally the Ohel Moed (Tent of Meeting) was a tent set up outside the camp of Israel. When the Mishkan was built the Ohel Moed (Tent of Meeting) was transferred to the HaKodesh (The Holy Place), also known as the Heichal (Temple). According to halachah (How to walk in the Torah) any place within the Azarah (Courtyard before the Heichal) was ‘before the Ohel Moed (Tent of Meeting).'”

The encampments about HaShem in love are the tribes of Israel around the Mishkan. See the below image:

Likening HaShem’s Torah to a wine cellar is very important to understand. Per the Shir HaShirim Midrash Rabbah Parashah 2 states “The Torah is akin to a wine cellar in terms of its ability to fill the air with its enticing fragrance, its intoxicating vapor. Thus, when the Jews approached Mount Sinai, where the Torah was about to be introduced to the world, they became ‘drunk’ with love for it; they were swept over by a desire to receive the Torah and imbibe its teachings. Why was this important? Why did the Jewish people have to accept the Torah with love? Because love for the Torah is the key to opening our hearts to its wisdom. In our daily prayers we ask that HaShem open our hearts to His Torah, for when a person’s heart is truly opened, there is no limit to how much Torah it can absorb. The soul is never filled said the wisest of all men per Ecclesiastes 6:7. The difficulty lies in coaxing the heart open, so that the wealth of knowledge and insight waiting at its portals can find their way inside. Even today there is a concept of becoming drunk from the love of Torah. We see people with no background in Torah and mitzvos (Commandments) who, upon their first exposure to HaShem’s wisdom, are drawn to it with an unquenchable thirst. We, too, must strive to build up our appreciation for the Torah and our desire for its knowledge. If we would only open our hearts, even with an opening as small as the point of a needle, as long as it penetrates through and through, HaShem would step in and open it the rest of the way, lavishing His assistance upon us and giving us unforeseen success in Torah learning.”

I can personally attest that it is absolutely true how I was drawn to the Torah of HaShem when I left Christendom once and for all. His Torah truly is a tree of life to those who take hold of it and it is an unquenchable thirst! And why is this? Because the Torah of HaShem is the means to have a relationship with Him! If we want to know Who He is as well as know Who His Messiah truly is, we MUST grab hold of His Torah out of love!

The most difficult aspect of HaShem’s Torah that I see most people struggle with is how HaShem has commanded the Sanhedrin to be the ones to examine and rule on the ‘Halachah’ i.e. ‘The right rulings on how to walk in the Torah’ and then He commands we are to do exactly what the Sanhedrin rules on and to defy the Sanhedrin is to defy HaShem Himself! This is the basis for the legitimacy and validity of the Oral Torah, which we have discussed many times previously. Per Tractate Sanhedrin 4.2 from the Talmud Yerushalmi HaShem wants us to discuss and argue on how to walk in the Torah as it is a refining process!

Shir HaShirim 2:5 says “Sustain me in exile with dainty cakes, spread fragrant apples about me to comfort my dispersion, for bereft of Your Presence, I am sick with love.”

The commentary says “Poignantly wishing to demonstrate the profundity of her love, Israel depicts herself as a swooning, lovesick maiden in need of medicinal stimulants to help her revive herself, allegorically referring to exiled Israel’s love sickness for HaShem, while Israel suffers affliction and awaits His return, lovingly serving Him while anxious for Redemption.”

“What is the proper love for HaShem? It is to love HaShem and be constantly enraptured by it like a love sick individual, whose mind is at no time free from his passion for a particular woman, the thought of her filling his heart at all times, when sitting down or rising up, when eating or drinking. Even more intense should love of HaShem be in the hearts of those who love Him, and this love should constantly absorb him as commanded us in the phrase ‘With all your heart and with all your soul’ per Deuteronomy 6:5. Solomon expressed this allegorically in the verse ‘For I am sick with love.’ The entire Song of Songs is indeed an allegorical description of this love.”

The Shir HaShirim Midrash Rabbah Parashah 2 says “Sustain me with two fires i.e. The Written Torah and The Oral Torah, the Torah being called fire, as it says ‘Is not My Word like fire?’ per Jeremiah 23:29.”

The Perek Shirah on page 53 discussing apples says “The apple tree says: ‘When the patriarch Jacob came to receive the blessing of his father Isaac, the scent of a blessed field came into the room with him. It was the scent of an apple orchard, the Sages teach, the scent of the Garden of Eden before Adam and Eve sinned. A scent is not only a reflection of the person from whom it emanates, it deposits its fragrance on his neighbors, as well. This is why we eat an apple on Rosh HaShanah, to inspire ourselves not only to personal growth, but to have a positive influence on others.'”

Shir HaShirim 2:6 says “With memories of His loving support in the desert, of His left hand under my head, of His right hand enveloping me.”

The Shir HaShirim Midrash Rabbah Parashah 2 says “His left hand is under my head is interpreted to mean these are the Clouds of Glory that surrounded Israel in the Wilderness; and His right arm embraces me, this is the cloud of the Divine Presence in the Future World. Thus it is written with regard to the Future Era, the sun will no longer be for you the light of day, and for brightness, the moon will not illuminate for you per Isaiah 60:19. The Midrash interjects by way of elucidation. Who then will illuminate for you at that time? The verse continues, ‘HaShem will be an eternal light for you.’ The Midrash understands this to mean that in the Future to Come, a Cloud of the Divine Presence will provide light for Jerusalem, just as in the Wilderness, the Clouds of Glory provided light for Israel.”

Shir HaShirim 2:7 says “I adjure you, O nations who are destined to ascend to Jerusalem, lest you become defenseless as gazelles or hinds of the field, if you dare cause hatred or disturb this love while it yet gratifies.”

This verse is a strong warning to the nations of the world who may attempt to take advantage of Israel’s exile and think HaShem is no longer continuing to watch over and protect His people i.e. dare to cause hatred or disturb this love between HaShem and Israel, while it yet gratifies!

Shir HaShirim 2:8 says “The Voice of my Beloved! Behold it came SUDDENLY to redeem me, as if leaping over mountains, skipping over hills.”

The commentary on this verse is very revealing: “This interpretation is a metaphorical image, if one may so express oneself, as if HaShem hurriedly leaped and skipped to redeem Israel BEFORE the pre-determined End.” Point is, this verse paints the picture of HaShem being very, very eager to redeem and rescue His Bride i.e. Israel.

The commentary from the Illuminated Shir HaShirim book says “The sound of my Beloved, behold, He has come BEFORE THE APPOINTED TIME TO REDEEM ME FROM EGYPT, skipping over the mountains in the merit of the Patriarchs, jumping over the hills in the merit of the Matriarchs.”

Another image being painted in the Midrash is that the reference to ‘mountains’ refers to Israel’s intentional transgressions which HaShem theoretically skipped over i.e. forgave and the reference to ‘hills’ refers to the less severe unintentional transgressions.

The Shir HaShirim Midrash Rabbah Parashah 2 says something very, very interesting.  It says “When there’s a Divine Will….When Moshe came bearing news of the redemption, the Jewish people were incredulous.  In their eyes, the obstacles before them, the 400 years of exile foretold to Abraham, the paucity of their good deeds, their past ardor for idolatry, seemed insurmountable.  But Moshe brushed all the skeptics aside.  ‘HaShem wants to redeem you,’ he told them, ‘And therefore will not be deterred by all these considerations about timing and merit.’  These timeless words should echo in our minds anytime we contemplate the state of our own spiritual lives.  After all, we, too, seek redemption from past moral failures and enduring moral faults.  And we, too, encounter serious obstacles on our path to repentance, craftily laid out by the yetzer hara, the evil inclination.  Ever the cynic, he (Evil Inclination) mocks our thoughts of betterment as hopelessly naïve.  ‘What makes you think that at this stage in your life, you can succeed where you have failed so often and so miserably?  Your best days are behind you and you are still at square one, relatively unaccomplished in Torah learning and character development.  After years of neglect, the bad habits you have formed are deeply ingrained and hardly reversible.   It is simply too late.  You cannot, at your age, hope to make a fresh start!’”

“Such arguments, reinforced by select quotations from unimpeachable sources, can be very convincing, and deeply discouraging.  But Moshe’s rejoinder, conveyed by the righteous in every generation, tells a different story.  ‘HaShem wants you back!  He longs for your repentance.’ He says ‘I do not desire the death of the wicked one, but only the wicked one’s return from his evil way that he may live!’  He is therefore ready to overlook your past, even more, to free you from your past, if you will only resolve, firmly and sincerely, to strive from this point forward to reconnect with Him.  Leaping over every hurdle to welcome your return, He will help you find the strength to carry out your plans and complete your redemption from a life of moral servitude into one of freedom and nobility!”

HaShem is ALL about life, living and being at peace!  When we go our own way and reject and rebel against HaShem and His Torah, we end up in chaos and our lives are ruined and destroyed, ultimately, if we hold onto this rebellion, we will succumb to death both physical and spiritual death which is something HaShem does NOT desire for anyone!  He desires true repentance, which is defined, biblically, as returning to HaShem and embracing His Torah as the means to live in this life!  Messiah Yeshua renewed the Covenant of HaShem and secured our eternal redemption, but we must put that belief into action and live it out in our lives i.e. His Torah. 

Shir HaShirim 2:9-10 says “In His swiftness to redeem me, my Beloved is like a gazelle or a young hart. I thought I would be forever alone, but behold! He was standing behind our wall, observing through the windows, peering through the lattices!” My Beloved called out and said to me: ‘Arise My love, My fair one, and go forth.’

These two verses here, in my opinion, drive home the seriousness of HaShem and His desire to redeem and interact with each of us!  We are not just waiting for Him, but He is eagerly awaiting the time when He can redeem us!!

The Shir HaShirim Midrash Rabbah Parashah 2 describes this very well:  “Just as this gazelle leaps from mountain to mountain, from valley to valley, from tree to tree, and from hut to hut, and from stone fence to stone fence, so too, does the Holy One, blessed is He, leap from this synagogue to that synagogue, and from this study hall to that study hall.  Why is it that HaShem goes to such an extent?  So as to bless Israel!”

How many of us at times in our lives thought just as this verse says that we would be forever alone in this world?  I would imagine we all have at one point or another had that thought!  But, here in these verses, it shows us just how close HaShem is to each of us in that “He is standing behind our wall observing through the windows, peering through the lattices!”  But, what does this mean?

The Shir HaShirim Midrash Rabbah Parashah 2 explains it as follows: “HaShem is standing, so to speak, behind the walls of the synagogue and study halls.  Looking through the windows meaning HaShem is looking through the space between the shoulders of the Kohanim (Priests) when they stand together pronouncing the priestly blessing.  Peering through the lattices, meaning, HaShem is peering through the space between the fingers of the Kohanim when they raise their hands to bless the people.”

The Midrash gives a parable to better understand these verses.  It says “A father came from overseas to visit his son.  To his dismay, he found the son deathly ill and oblivious to his surroundings.  For weeks on end, the father remained with his son, watching, praying, conferring with the doctors, and managing his care.  Finally, the day came when the young man’s fever broke.  His condition began improving and one morning, he awakens and finds his father at his bedside.  In amazement he exclaims weakly, ‘Oh, Father, what a surprise!  How did you get here so quickly?’  To which the father responds, ‘What are you saying, my son?  I have been here the entire time!”

We are currently in exile and our interaction with HaShem is not what He intended it to be, however, He is watching and protecting His Bride even if He does so via looking through a window or peering through lattices!  This is precisely why He commands we are to learn about His Temple and all the Temple Services via Ezekiel 43:10-11, because when we do so, we begin to see just how much He is watching and peering through the lattices!!

Shir HaShirim 2:11 says “For the winter of bondage has passed, the deluge of suffering is over and gone.”

This verse refers to the 400 years of exile that had been decreed upon our forefathers in Egypt which HaShem delivered out of bondage BEFORE the total 400 years had been completed!  Since He reveals the end out of the beginning, then is it possible this verse can be applied for the future Final Redemption we are still awaiting and longing for?  May it be so very, very soon in our days!!

Shir HaShirim 2:12 says “The righteous blossoms are seen in the Land, the time of your song has arrived, and the voice of your guide is heard in the Land.”

The commentary on this verse says “The word ‘blossoms’ is a reference to Moses and Aaron who blossomed for all of Israel’s needs.  The comparison of Moses and the prophets to blossoms is appropriate.  Just as blossoms herald the imminent blooming flower, so do the prophets herald the oncoming Redemption!”

Moses and Joshua are both considered to be great Guides of Israel because “Each of whom made proclamations and guided the people during the process of Exodus and conquest.  Alternately in consonance with the Midrashic interpretations attaching this verse to other epochs in Jewish history:  Cyrus, who issued the Call to return from Babylonian captivity; and King Messiah.” 

What is the purpose of King Messiah’s arrival?  To complete the Final Redemption of all of Israel, bring everyone home into the Land and ultimately and eternally defeat the enemies of HaShem and Israel! 

The time for singing praises to HaShem for His miraculous deliverance and salvation just as Israel sang the song of praise to HaShem at the Red Sea!  He reveals the end out of the beginning which means we all will sing songs of praise to HaShem for His miraculous deliverance and salvation at the Final Redemption, may it be so very soon in our days!

Shir HaShirim 2:13 says “The fig tree has formed its first small figs, ready for ascent to the Temple. The vines are in blossom, their fragrance declaring they are ready for libation. Arise My love, My fair one and go forth!”

The commentary on this verse says “The time is drawing near for you (Israel) to enter the Land so that you can bring First Fruits to the Temple.  The unripened first figs, are perceived by the Sages to refer to the wicked who are unripened in their actions.  The fig tree drops her unripe figs, while the vines blossom give forth their fragrance.  That is, the House of Israel drops her unripe figs i.e. her wicked.  This refers to the wicked ones among the children of Israel who spurned redemption.  Their lives were brought to an end by HaShem during the three days of darkness per Exodus 10:22.  The rest of the verse refers to the others who repented and survived by the fragrance of their repentance which was accepted by HaShem.  Thereupon Moses said to the Children of Israel:  ‘So many good fragrances are within you, and yet you are still here in Egypt!  Arise My beloved My fair one and come away!’”

One interesting statement in this commentary says “In the literal sense, the external signs which signal the propitiousness of Redemption, are among those very same signs which will signal the future Redemption!”  In other words, HaShem reveals the end out of the beginning!!

The Shir HaShirim Midrash Rabbah Parashah 2 explains why the unrepentant are compared to unripe figs:  “Repentance is possible only if one is prepared to recognize his flaws and shortcomings.  There is then the hope that such a person will return to HaShem with heart and soul.  Not so one who is blithely unaware that there is anything amiss with him.  He strides confidently forward, unperturbed, in his path of sin, and mistakes it for a path of virtue.  He cannot repent, for in his eyes he does no wrong.  A fig is eaten in its entirety, skin, seeds, and all.  There is no residue, all of it is fruit.  The young fruit produced by the fig tree, then, is symbolic of the one who can do no wrong, the sinner who will not repent.  The grape, however, is different.  Inside and outside, there are elements of it that will be discarded.  When crushed to yield its wine, the grape leaves an uneaten residue of skin and pits.  The blossoming vine is thus the symbol of repentance.  The one who can recognize his spiritual failings can arise from the shackles of misdeed and give forth the redemptive fragrance of teshuvah (Repentance).”

Can you see again how HaShem uses elements of His creation to teach us spiritual principles such as grapes, wine, figs, grain, water, etc,?

The Shir HaShrirm Midrash Rabbah Parashah 2 says “The events of the seven year period that will precede the coming of the Messiah.  Ordinarily, change occurs in small increments.  Children are born and slowly mature.  A seedling sprouts and slowly grows.  Not so with regard o the period of Israel’s redemption, which will see great changes take place in a relatively short amount of time.  Before the redemption, Israel shall be in steepest decline, her Torah forgotten, her enemies triumphant.  And then, with the sudden coming of the Messiah, she will quickly rise and shine forth again, brighter than before.

Why must the redemption be marked by such extremes?  It is because the purpose of the Messiah is not merely to herald the redemption of a single oppressed nation, but to call into being a new paradigm for Creation.  When the Messiah comes, the world that existed since the days of Creation will be no more.  The current reality will be replaced with something entirely fresh and unfamiliar:  The New Creation of the post Messiah period.  The emergence of a new world demands the disappearance of the old.  Perforce, the arrival of the Messiah must be preceded by a period of decline, when the earlier Creation falls, and the stage is set for a renewed world to appear.

The events of this great transformation are catalogued here, in the Midrash’s account of the seven years that precede the Messiah.  The first three years will see the progression of a great and deadly famine, the consequent decimation of the pious, and the loss of their Torah.  This represents the decline of the old world.  The subsequent years will bring the first emanations of the new world, foreshadowed by the lessening of famine in the fourth year, the great plenty of the fifth, and the return of Torah to Israel in the sixth.  In the sixth year, the signs of rebirth will grow stronger, and rumor of the Messiah will fill the land.  In the seventh year, battle will be joined between the soon to be disenfranchised nations, who are rooted in the paradigm of the old Creation, and Israel, who shall find in the new world of the Messiah their natural milieu.

When the seventh year is complete, and the eighth begins, the scion of David comes.  Arachin 13b (Talmud Bavli) teaches ‘The harp of the Holy Temple was one of seven strings, but that of the Messiah will be one of EIGHT strings.  The number seven is symbolic of the natural world, which was created in seven days.  The number eight represents the world of the Messiah, which exists on a more elevated plane than the world of seven and in which the seven notes of this world’s music will be brought into perfect harmony by a newly revealed eighth note, ethereal and pure.  The seven years are the final ones of HaShem’s original Creation.  The eighth year ushers in a new Creation, a spiritual existence, the new world of the Messianic age.”

Shir HaShirim 2:14 says “O My dove, trapped at sea as if in the cleft of the rock, concealment of the terrace. Show Me your prayerful gaze, let Me hear your supplicating voice, for your voice is sweet and your countenance comely.”

The commentary says “This verse refers to the time shortly after leaving Egypt, when Pharaoh was pursuing the Jews and found them encamped at the sea.  The Jews were trapped, with the sea before and the Egyptian army behind them.  What did they resemble?  A dove which was fleeing a hawk.  It flew into the cleft of a rock, and found a serpent lurking there.  It could not enter because of the snake nor turn back because of the hawk.  HaShem then said ‘Show Me your countenance i.e. to whom do you turn to when in trouble?  Let Me hear your voice of despair which I had already heard in Egypt for your voice is sweet.”

HaShem reminding future generations of His constant hearing of the voice of His Bride Israel even while in exile.  We can be assured He will hear our cries for help and come to rescue us! 

Shir HaShirim 2:15 says “Seize for us the Egyptian foxes, even the small foxes who spoiled Israel’s vineyards while our vineyards had just began to blossom.”

HaShem is using the picture of an Egyptian Fox to describe the cunning of the Egyptians.  The Midrash cites that “The Jewish women, to avoid Pharaoh’s harsh decree (To throw Jewish male children into the Nile River) would hide their infant sons in basements.  The wicked Egyptians would take their own young children into the Jewish houses and pinch them to make them cry.  In response to these cries, the Jewish children would commence crying and their hiding places would be discovered, resulting in their being cast into the river, as well as the adults, were implicated in murdering our children.”

Shir HaShirim 2:16 says “My Beloved is mine, He fills all my needs and I seek from Him and none other. He grazes me in rose like bounty.”

The commentary says “HaShem makes demands upon me, that He makes upon no other nation, for example to offer the Paschal (Pesach/Passover) sacrifice, sanctify the first born, construct the Tabernacle, and sacrifice burnt offerings and I in turn rely on none other but Him!”

“He is my Elohim and I am His nation; He is a father to me and I am His son; He is my shepherd, and I am his flock; He sang of me and I sang of Him; when I required something I sought it only from Him and when He required anything He sought it only from me.”

“HaShem is the One Who grazes His sheep amid scenes of tranquil beauty i.e. rose like bounty.”

Shir HaShirim 2:17 says “Until my sin blows His friendship away and sears me like the midday sun and His protection departs, my sin caused Him to turn away. My Beloved, You became like a gazelle or a young hart on the distant mountains.”

This verse connects with the previous verse in that HaShem’s blessings are abundant and the relationship is intimate, however, when sin comes onto the scene then the relationship is broken and His Divine Presence is removed and His protection is lost and He departs.  The commentary ends this chapter of Shir HaShrim by saying “Until the day of redemption comes about and the shadows of oppression fade, we beseech You, Beloved Elohim, that You continue to cast Your providence upon us and like a gazelle or a hart skip over the mountains of transgressions separating us!”

May it be so very, very soon the Final Redemption comes about and we ALL can go home to the Land and live in His sight and engage in the intimate relationship with Him at the rebuilt Temple in Jerusalem!

Hope this Op was a blessing.

Shalom!

SOURCE MATERIALS:

  • The Chumash with the Teachings of the Talmud by Artscroll
  • Shir HaShirim Artscroll Tanach Series
  • The Kleinman Edition The Midrash Rabbah Shir HaShirim by Artscroll
  • The Steinsaltz Talmud Bavli by Koren
  • The Song of Songs Judaica Press

THE SUMMATION OF CHANUKAH

“With the trustworthy You act trustingly and with the crooked You act perversely. For You save the afflicted nation and haughty eyes You bring down low. For it is You Who will light my lamp, HaShem, my Elohim, will illuminate my darkness.” Psalms 18:27-29

As I put this Op together, it is Shabbat, 27 November 2021, the eve before Chanukah 2021 begins. I thought I would put together a very quick Op to discuss the importance of Chanukah, especially in light of now in the day and times we live in.

Before we jump into this, always remember the following eternal characteristics of HaShem:

  • 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 the ONLY truth there is per Psalms 119:142
  • He says His Torah is a tree of life and eternal per Proverbs 3:18-19 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 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
  • He says His Torah is the way of faith per Psalms 119:29-30
  • He says His Torah makes us wiser than our enemies per Psalms 119:98
  • He says His Torah is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path per Psalms 119:105
  • He says one who finds His Torah has found life per Proverbs 8:35
  • He says one who finds His Torah has found favor from HaShem per Proverbs 8:35
  • He says Messiah Yeshua is the GOAL of His Torah, meaning without His Torah, Messiah cannot be known per Romans 10:4
  • He says if we had believed Moshe/Torah, we would have believed Messiah per John 5:46
  • He says His Torah makes us wiser than our enemies per Psalms 119:98
  • He says His salvation is far from the wicked for they sought not His Torah per Psalms 119:155
  • He says to hold fast to and guard His Torah, for it is our life per Proverbs 4:13

Chanukah, which means ‘Dedication’ in Hebrew, points too the dedication and re-dedication of the Temple of HaShem in Jerusalem. It is all about purity and service to HaShem. Biblically, Chanukah begins on the 25th day of the month of Kislev, and lasts for eight days. No, it is not in any way shape or form added too by the Rabbis, as is routinely accused of happening. It is from HaShem and the doing of Chanukah is prophesied in the very End of Days.

What separates Chanukah out from the Moedim (Feasts) of HaShem as listed in Vayikra (Leviticus) 23, is there is no level of Kedusha (Holiness/Separation) with Chanukah, meaning, we can still work as normal, eat as normal, as opposed to Pesach, Shavuot, Yom Kippur, etc.

Historically, the name ‘Chanukah’ was given in commemoration of the historical fact the Jewish fighters rested from their battles against the Syrian-Greeks on the 25th day of Kislev. Further, when the Altar was defiled by idolatry by the Greeks, it had to be rebuilt. We read in Tractate Avodah Zarah 52b in the Talmud Bavli, the Hasmoneans (Also known as the ‘Maccabees’) cleansed the Temple and rebuilt the Altar and dedicated it to the service of HaShem. The Hasmoneans completed the cleansing of the Temple and the dedication of the Altar to HaShem on the 25th of Kislev. The Chanukah festival commemorates the rededication of the Temple in the days of the Hasmoneans. As such, it is perceived as relating in many ways to the original dedication of the Tabernacle in the time of Moses.

Why is Chanukah a time which lasts for eight days? Since nothing new can be added too or subtracted from the Tanach (Torah, Nevaim and Ketuvim), Chanukah would be a time which lasts for eight days because the Moedim of Succot lasts for eight days. Chanukah and Succot are very closely related.

The light of the Menorah is very important and significant! The light of the candles are kindled to give inspiration, for the light of Messiah must burn brightly in our hearts…point is, the lights of the Menorah signify illuminating the light of Messiah. We are to let burn within us the light of Messiah so others can see that light. Further, the light symbolizes the Torah of HaShem. This is why Tractate Shabbos 23b in the Talmud Bavli says “One who scrupulously observes the kindling of the Chanukah light will have children who are Torah scholars.” Proverbs 6:23 says “For the lamp is a mitzvah and Torah is light…” As a result of the command to kindle the lights of Chanukah, the light of Torah follows.

The center candle of the Menorah is referred to as ‘Shemash’ branch or ‘The Servant Branch’. It is from this branch that the other candles receive their light from. This Shemash Branch is another picture of Messiah for the light of Chanukah is the Light of Messiah.

The summation of Chanukah can be stated as follows: It is a festival which the Temple and the Torah of HaShem are front and center! It commemorates standing strong in defiance against idolatry and Replacement Theology. It is about choosing to Whom and where will our loyalties lie! Do we choose to serve ourselves and embrace the idolatry of the world at this time of year i.e. Christmas, or do we choose to stand up for and with HaShem, the Sovereign of the Universe and His Torah in the face of all the idolatry and Replacement Theology?

Further significance of Chanukah signals the ultimate salvation, redemption and rededication of the entire world in service to HaShem, may it be so very, very soon in our days!

I have included a very good YouTube teaching from my teacher, Joseph Good, of HaTikvah Ministries, which he is discussing Chanukah and dispelling a lot of the common accusations thrown about by Christendom, Hebrew Roots and Messianic Christendom for those who may be interested. Here is the link: https://www.facebook.com/HatikvaMinistries/videos/579712373327193/.

As I stated above this is intended to be a very quick Op.

Shabbat Shalom and Chanukah Sameach!

THE TORAH IS OUR ARK

“There is a time when HaShem will act, they voided Your Torah.” Psalms 119:126

As I put this Op together it is 8 October 2021, the eve of Shabbat, Baruch HaShem! The level of insanity we are witnessing consume our world, country and society as of late is truly astounding and disturbing! Despotic tyrants solidifying their power without so much as a whisper of resistance from the people. The embracing of truly abominable behavior and unspoken debaucheries is mind boggling! We have witnessed more and more acts of violence and tyranny, while truth is suppressed and the utterly wicked with their lies and deceptions are elevated as truth. It is truly the ‘Emperors new clothes’ scenario which is rapidly ascending as the new norm in society! How many times this week have I heard people from all over the country cry out to HaShem that can it now be time for Him to act?

Is it just a coincidence then that this weeks Torah portion is ‘Noach’ which is found in Genesis 6:9-11:32? Nothing is a coincidence with HaShem! This vitally important portion discusses Noach and his family but also discusses the state of the earth as well as the state of humanity and their wild, unrestrained embracing of sin and every abomination mankind can imagine. Further, it discusses the complete disregard by humanity for HaShem and His Ways and their living of their lives without any concern for HaShem. Why is this important for us to know today? Because Yeshua Himself warned in Matthew 24:37 “And as the days of Noah, so also shall the coming of the Son of Adam be.” Very interesting! So, if we want to know when we are approaching the Day of HaShem, He gave us a sign i.e. the Days of Noah. In other words, if we want to know when we are getting close, we better delve into the beginning of His Word and deeply study what His Word says about the generation of Noah and what was happening then because He reveals the end from the beginning (Is 46:10)!

Before we pour ourselves into this study, always remember the following eternal characteristics of HaShem because now more than ever they are vital and relevant to know in order to suppress and counter all the lies, deception and wicked attempts to silence HaShem and His Torah. The utter rage and hatred of HaShem and His Torah by the wicked as of late is truly astounding and just as fierce as it was against Noah and his family, nothing new under the sun:

  • 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 the ONLY truth there is per Psalms 119:142
  • He says His Torah is a tree of life and eternal per Proverbs 3:18-19 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 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
  • He says His Torah is the way of faith per Psalms 119:29-30
  • He says His Torah makes us wiser than our enemies per Psalms 119:98
  • He says His Torah is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path per Psalms 119:105
  • He says one who finds His Torah has found life per Proverbs 8:35
  • He says one who finds His Torah has found favor from HaShem per Proverbs 8:35
  • He says Messiah Yeshua is the GOAL of His Torah, meaning without His Torah, Messiah cannot be known per Romans 10:4
  • He says if we had believed Moshe/Torah, we would have believed Messiah per John 5:46
  • He says His Torah makes us wiser than our enemies per Psalms 119:98
  • He says His salvation is far from the wicked for they sought not His Torah per Psalms 119:155
  • He says to hold fast to and guard His Torah, for it is our life per Proverbs 4:13

No doubt our world today is technologically savvy and to generations past those people would say we are akin to the Jetsons! The more technologically capable we become, the more those in power seek to unify the globe but in reality the more they seek to unify, the more divided we become and more wars and conflicts erupt. In other words, its nothing new! Man has attempted to unify the world under his rule since the Tower of Babel and in every attempt HaShem has thwarted those plans! Now it is true per the Word of HaShem, during the seven year Birth Pains, the False Messiah will unify Europe under his rule i.e. the Roman Empire reborn, but he will by no means unify the entire world as he will be fighting other powers during his entire reign until Messiah Yeshua finally defeats him once and for all. Point is, there is only one way this world will ever be truly unified and that is after the Birth Pains and Messiah Yeshua is ruling from Jerusalem and HaShem’s Torah will be going out from Jerusalem to the entire world, Baruch HaShem! May it be so very soon in our days!

So, with this said thus far, what was the state of the world in the time of Noah? Genesis 6:11 tells us. It says “Now the earth had become corrupt before Elohim; and the earth had become filled with robbery.” This word ‘Robbery’ in Hebrew is ‘Chamas’ (pronounced Hamas) and it implies ‘devious robbery’. The example used here in Tractate Bava Metzia 4:2 from the Yerushalmi Talmud says “When someone would come to the market with a container full of beans to sell, people would steal them from him, but in a cunning way; each person would steal only one bean, the value of which was too small for the person to be taken to court. Not only did they steal, they did so in a way that protected them from being held responsible.” Gee, does this not sound like our society today and especially those in government power?

Insights from the Midrash Rabbah Noach is very, very enlightening. It says “Robbery, says our Midrash, acts as rod against the wicked. How does this occur? First, the term ‘Chamas’ is translated here as ‘robbery’. The truth is that chamas is not just any robbery; as the Midrash states below, chamas refers specifically to robbery or other wrong doings that are too petty to be remedied through legal proceedings, but if committed repeatedly can gradually bring the victim to ruin. In a linguistic and conceptual sense, chamas is related to ‘chometz’ i.e. vinegar. Like chamas, the fermentation process does not cause wine to sour all at once, but slowly, gradually, turns it into vinegar.” So, we see this process of corruption is a slow process, something that grows and intensifies over time. Keep this in mind!

The Midrash goes on: “Where did all the chamas come from? How did this insidious practice develop and spread? The Torah itself describes the process. Now the earth became corrupt before HaShem, and the earth became filled with chamas. To begin with, there was a corruption of morals, a proliferation of sins that no one imagined would have any effect on civil society. People thought that even if the young are dissolute and marriage has lost its sanctity, trade and commerce can still flourish and business relationships can proceed honestly.” Can you see American society in this description thus far?

“But they were wrong. Once the world is corrupt before HaShem, manmade laws and institutions will be to no avail; all aspects of society will break down and go to ruin. Not through out right robbery, which society can fend off through penal codes and prison terms, but through chamas, evil done with devious cunning. Against such evil there can be no protection unless people develop a conscience that will hold them accountable to HaShem for their actions. This conscience is the inner core of humanity, and it is fatally undermined by immorality.”

“We have before us, then, the progression of evil. It begins with immorality, what the above verse terms corruption. Immoral behavior impairs man’s conscience; the lack of conscience promotes chamas; the uncontrolled chamas tears apart the social fabric; and a society is ruined. So inexorable is the process that HaShem declared before the Flood, ‘The end of all flesh has come before Me, for the earth is filled with chamas.’ In effect, HaShem was saying, ‘The world’s end is already before Me; if I do not intervene, it will all go completely to ruin by itself.”

“Thus, when Ezekiel said that chamas acts as a rod against the wicked (Ezekiel 7:11), he meant that the conscience free practice of chamas destroys the perpetrators own society and brings them down as well. The inevitable calamity does not come from the natural state of men; not from their multitudes, it does not come from over crowding; and not from social relationships. Neither does the misery lie in them, i.e. in men as such. Rather, the calamity springs from chamas. Because of chamas, human society becomes chometz, it turns sour and decays.”

Now, isn’t all this from the Midrash, a very accurate description of American society today? How far we have fallen and how much debauchery, wickedness and immorality have we as a society willingly embraced, a little bit at a time? How we have embraced the chamas and as a result it is destroying our country a little more each day! Keep all this in mind!

HaShem goes on in verse 12 and says “And Elohim saw the earth and behold it was corrupted, for all flesh had corrupted its way upon the earth.” This word ‘Corrupted’ in Hebrew is ‘Hash’chasah’ which is referring to sins involving prohibited relationships or idol worship. Yikes…..prohibited relationships is now the new normal in our society! Everything from homosexuality, homosexual marriage to pedophilia are now being encouraged as being ‘normal’ and those who resist and reject such relationships are labeled as being tyrannical bigots who should be excommunicated from society.

So, HaShem equates prohibited relationships to idolatry. But idolatry isn’t just defined as perverted prohibited relationships, it is also defined as worshiping forbidden images and doctrines! Tractate Sanhedrin 57a from the Talmud Bavli says the following: “Anywhere that the term corruption is
stated, it is referring to nothing other than a matter of licentiousness and idol worship. The Gemara cites proofs for this claim: Corruption refers to a matter of licentiousness, as it is stated: “For all flesh had corrupted their way upon the earth” (Genesis 6:12); the word “way” alludes to sexual intercourse. And corruption also refers to idol worship, as it is written: “Lest you deal corruptly, and make you a graven image” (Deuteronomy 4:16).”

It wasn’t just humans who had corrupted themselves, but that corruption extended to every other parts of Creation to include the animals! Tractate Sanhedrin 108a from the Talmud Bavli says “For all flesh had corrupted its way upon the earth” (Genesis 6:12), Rabbi Yoĥanan says: This teaches that the people of the generation of the flood mated male domesticated animals with female undomesticated animals, and male undomesticated animals with female domesticated animals, and all male animals with human females, and human males with all female animals.” Good grief, how many articles have been published recently about how scientists are working hard to splice human DNA with those of pigs, cows, monkeys, etc? Again, this is nothing new!

Ultimately it was the robbery which sealed the fate of humanity but it was for the rampant promiscuity which warranted their obliteration by the Hand of HaShem! HaShem tells Noah in verse 13 “The end of all flesh has come before Me, for the earth is filled with robbery through them; and behold, I am about to destroy them from the earth.” The commentary of verse 13 is very interesting and says “The Decree concerning man’s impending doom has reached this world from before Me in the uppermost heavens. Humanity has descended to such a state that I must bring it to an end. Unless I intervene, humanity will continue on a course that will inevitably result in its own ruination. The end was implicit in man’s behavior; had HaShem not intervened, even the spark of purity still alive in Noah would eventually have been extinguished.” So, we see HaShem acted yes out of judgment, but also out of mercy since He desired to preserve humanity!

How does HaShem preserve humanity? He instructs Noah in verse 14 to “Make for yourself an Ark of gopher wood; make the Ark with compartments and cover it inside and out with pitch.” The commentary on this verse says “There are numerous ways HaShem could have saved Noah. Why then did He burden him with the task of constructing an ark? So that when the curious would see him cutting down lumber and involved in building the ark for 120 years they would ask him why it was being made. He would answer, ‘Elohim is about to bring a flood on the world because of your sins, and they will be given an opportunity to repent. But Noah’s contemporaries paid no attention to him.” Even here HaShem is showing great mercy and compassion as He is giving humanity 120 more years to repent with a constant reminder of His impending judgment in front of them, and yet they do not take advantage of the opportunity! This is a very good reminder to all of us that HaShem is good, kind, merciful and compassionate, but He does have limits and red lines which are not to be crossed!

What is interesting about the ark HaShem commands Noah to build is this giant structure was not designed to glide through the waters, but to float on them. “This accentuates the fact that Noah’s deliverance was NOT dependent on navigating skills. The ark was a free floating vessel and as such HE WAS SAVED ENTIRELY BY HASHEM’S WILL!” Noah was completely incapable of steering the ark on the waters! Once more we see man is completely incapable of saving himself! He can only be saved by the will and desire of HaShem and HaShem alone! Point is, striving to walk in the Torah of HaShem does NOT save anyone. First we believe i.e. faith THEN we put that faith into action and learn and apply His Torah to our lives BECAUSE we are saved as His people!

What we see here is the ark which HaShem directs Noah to build in the midst of a brutally wicked and corrupt world, is a picture we can learn and apply to our lives in the brutally wicked and corrupt we live in today! The ark is a picture of the Torah of HaShem! Notice Noah didn’t build it all in one day but it took 120 years i.e. a lifetime to do so! So too is our Torah study where we learn, apply His Torah to our lives and then we fall followed by HaShem picking us up, dusting off the dirt and He sets us on the path to keep going. Remember, Torah isn’t for obtaining salvation, Torah is BECAUSE we are saved and we desire to learn how to live as His people in this world!

The ark is the same concept as the structures Israel stayed in on the night of the Exodus from Egypt. Noah remained in the ark as HaShem’s judgment fell and he and his family were protected. The same is true for those who remained in their structures with the blood of the lamb applied to their door lintels while outside HaShem’s judgment was falling and destroying Egypt! The same can be said of His Torah today! Remember He says we are to hold fast and guard His Torah for it is our life in Proverbs 4:13! Torah is our ark! Therefore, it is no wonder those who hate HaShem and His Torah are enraged in fury against Him and His people more so than I have witnessed as of late! He warns us in the end those who have the testimony of Yeshua and keep His Torah are the ones the adversary is specifically enraged with and targets for destruction via Revelation 12:17!

With all this said thus far, consider what Yeshua says when He continues in His description of the end in Matthew 24:38-39: “For as they (The generation of the flood) were in the days before the Flood, eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, UNTIL THE DAY THAT NOAH ENTERED THE ARK, and they did not know until the Flood came and took them away, so also shall the coming of the Son of Adam be.”

We see, this generation was living life as normal, celebrating, engaging in every form of wickedness and abominations they could conceive of to include homosexuality and homosexual marriage, thinking they were getting away with it, not realizing the impending judgment which was about to fall on them by the Hand of HaShem! Further, remember HaShem gave them 120 years and Noah building the ark as a constant reminder and as a tool to hopefully spur them to repent, but their practice of chamas was so pervasive and so destructive, none of them repented and they all were destroyed!

Additionally, we see the example Yeshua is giving in that when HaShem commanded Noah to enter the ark, it was then the judgment began to fall and the people of that generation suddenly realized the warnings of impending judgment were all true and now it was too late to repent. No matter how hard they pounded or how loudly they screamed to be let into the ark, HaShem did not hear their cries and they were obliterated forever.

Are we today fast approaching the point of no return? I am not an authority on the subject but from the indicators I see around me in society and how people are reacting to HaShem and His Torah, I would surmise that yes, we are very, very near to the point of no return. Its time we all get very serious and strive to build our ark i.e. learn and walk in His Torah BECAUSE we are saved and in the covenant! Its a lifelong effort and no one does it perfectly! May He act so very, very soon and may His Great Name be honored and esteemed!

Shabbat Shalom!

SOURCE MATERIALS

  • The Scriptures by the Institute for Scripture Research
  • The Milstein Edition Chumash by Artscroll
  • Tehillim (Psalms) by Artscroll
  • Bereshis (Genesis) Artscroll Tanach Series
  • Midrash Rabbah Noach Kleinman Edition
  • Tractate Bava Metzia Yerushalmi Talmud
  • Tractate Sanhedrin Talmud Bavli

ROSH HASHANAH – THE ENTHRONEMENT OF THE KING

“Forever, HaShem, Your Word stands firm in heaven. Your faithfulness endures from generation to generation, You established the earth and it endures. To fulfill Your judgment they stand each day, for ALL are Your servants.” Psalms 119:89-91

As I put this Op together, it is 6 September 2021, the eve of Rosh HaShanah which begins at sundown tonight. Yes, I am aware there are those who are on separate calendars and thus for them Rosh HaShanah is on a completely different point on the calendar. I am NOT going to debate the calendar issue at all…period! Everyone is entitled to their opinions on the topic, but I do NOT want this Op to be buried under arguments about the calendar issue.

For those who are going ahead with observing HaShem’s Feast of Rosh HaShanah, some may be asking what is the significance of this Feast and why it is so important to the eschatological narrative? I will, in my very limited understanding attempt to answer some of these questions.

But, before we jump into this, always remember the following eternal characteristics of HaShem and never forget them, especially now in our day and time:

  • 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 the ONLY truth there is per Psalms 119:142
  • He says His Torah is a tree of life and eternal per Proverbs 3:18-19 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 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
  • He says His Torah is the way of faith per Psalms 119:29-30
  • He says His Torah makes us wiser than our enemies per Psalms 119:98
  • He says His Torah is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path per Psalms 119:105
  • He says one who finds His Torah has found life per Proverbs 8:35
  • He says one who finds His Torah has found favor from HaShem per Proverbs 8:35
  • He says Messiah Yeshua is the GOAL of His Torah, meaning without His Torah, Messiah cannot be known per Romans 10:4
  • He says if we had believed Moshe/Torah, we would have believed Messiah per John 5:46
  • He says His Torah makes us wiser than our enemies per Psalms 119:98
  • He says His salvation is far from the wicked for they sought not His Torah per Psalms 119:155
  • He says to hold fast to and guard His Torah, for it is our life per Proverbs 4:13

There is SO much associated with HaShem’s Feasts and Rosh HaShanah is no different. Trying to encapsulate all that is contained in His Feast is going to be very challenging.

Rosh HaShanah, it not just solely about blowing a shofar and lighting candles, it far, far supersedes these important elements! As, we will shortly see, Rosh HaShanah is about recognizing not just our place in the world, but to Whom we choose to submit too. Will we submit to our own understanding according to our own desires or will we strive to submit to HaShem?

One quick side statement I want to insert. When I left Christendom almost 20 years ago now, at HaShem’s gentle guidance and direction, it was the absolute best decision thus far in my life. Has it been difficult…that’s an understatement! In doing so, one thing I was shocked to see, striving to walk in His Torah, HaShem is put in His rightful place in our lives i.e. He is front and center. What I guess I am trying to convey is walking in His Torah, keeps HaShem front and center as opposed to when I was in Christendom in which the message was always about me, myself and I i.e. the focus was about me and I never saw it until I got away from it and then could see it when I looked back. This is important because it ties directly into the theme of Rosh HaShanah. Keep this in mind. Now back on point.

The Torah readings for Rosh HaShanah are found in Bereishis (Genesis) 21:1-24 and Bamidbar (Numbers) 29:1-6. The key point to focus on from Bereishis is at the very end of the readings where it says “And there he (Avraham) PROCLAIMED THE NAME OF HASHEM, Elohim of the universe.” In essence, Avraham was proclaiming his acknowledgement HaShem, the Elohim of the universe, IS the One and Only True Sovereign of all creation! In other words, Avraham was acknowledging HaShem is THE King!

Further, the verbiage of the wording of this verse is very interesting as Tractate Sotah 10a-b says from the Talmud Bavli: “And he (Avraham) caused others to call. This teaches that Avraham our forefather caused the Name of the Holy One, Blessed be He, to be called out in the mouth of all passerby. How so? After the guests of Avraham ate and drank, they arose to bless him. He said to them, ‘But did you eat from what is mine? Rather, you ate from the food of the Elohim of the world. Therefore, you should thank and praise and bless the One Who spoke and the world was created. In this way, Avraham caused everyone to call out to HaShem!'” Can you see, Avraham was teaching people to acknowledge HaShem as the King and Creator of all things!

Bamidbar 29:1-6 describes the korbonot (Offerings) which are required to be brought and offered in the Temple of HaShem. It says “In the seventh month (Tishrei), on the first day of the month, there shall be a holy convocation for you; you shall not do any laborious work, it shall be a day of shofar sounding for you. You shall make an olah offering (Burnt Offering) for a satisfying aroma to HaShem; one young bull, one ram, seven male lambs in their first year, unblemished. And their minchah offering (Bread Offering) of fine flour mixed with oil, three tenth ephah for the bull; two tenth ephah for the ram; and one tenth ephah for each lamb of the seven lambs. One male of the goats for chatat offering (Sin Offering) to provide you atonement. Aside from the olah offering of the New Moon and its minchah offering, the continual olah offering and its minchah offering, and their libations (Wine Libations) according to their instruction, for a satisfying aroma, a fire offering to HaShem.”

Per Tractate Rosh HaShanah 1.1 from the Mishnah it states : “There are FOUR New Years: On the first of Nisan, the New Year for Kings and Festivals (Establishing the years of a kings reign and when the annual Feasts begin). On the first of Elul the New Year for the tithe of animals; on the first of Tishrei the New Year for years and for the shemitin (Sabbatical years) and for the Yovalot (Yovel/Jubilee) years, for the planting and for the vegetables; and on the first of Shevat the New Year for the tree…”

I point this out because this is how HaShem can refer to the seventh month i.e. Tishrei as being the beginning of the year, because there are four different calendars in His Kingdom and Tishrei is the one which establishes the years. It can get very confusing. Let’s continue.

The Book of the Mitzvot #405 discusses the underlying purpose for the command to the shofar on Rosh HaShanah. It says “The Torah teaches we are commanded to HEAR the sound of the shofar on the first day of the month of Tishrei, which is Rosh HaShanah.” The underlying purpose is “Since man is a physical being, he is stirred toward things only through some impetus that motivates him to act, and the sounding of the shofar serves as such impetus. This is similar to what people do during times of war, when they shout and even roar so as to be well motivated to engage in warfare. So, too, on the day of Rosh HaShanah, which is the day that was designated from the beginning of Creation as the time for judging all people who have come to the world, it is important that we be well motivated to repent from sins. On Rosh HaShanah ALL who have come to the world pass before HaShem like bnei maron, meaning, that His Providence i.e. supervision is focused on the deeds of each and every one of them individually. If one’s merits are determined to be greater than his sins, he will emerge from this judgment meritorious. If, on the other hand, his sins are greater than his merits, such that it is appropriate to deem him liable, they i.e. the Heavenly Court condemns him to die, or to one of the other forms of punitive sentences according to his degree of liability.”

I should note, our righteousness comes from faith in Him! First Avraham believed and it was accounted to him as righteousness. Point is, our salvation is by HaShem Alone via His Agent, Yeshua and is brought about solely because of His decision to do so. However, our deeds do in fact effect what happens in our lives in this world today. If I go and rob a bank, I can fully expect to face justice and go to jail. Same concept is with HaShem and how we live today. If I engage in idolatry or some form of immorality, I can fully expect His judgment to fall on me, which is His way of getting me to repent and return to His Ways i.e. His Torah. Have I lost my salvation for doing so, not necessarily. If I truly belong to Him, I will want to repent and return to Him. Does this imply we will walk perfectly in His Torah? Not a chance unfortunately. Our walk with HaShem is likened to the phases of the moon…we go from a full, bright, shining, moon i.e. walk with Him and then we unfortunately let the affairs of life get the better of us and we begin to fade. Then we begin to brighten up again in our walk…its just the way life is and He understands that.

So, the purpose of the shofar has several reasons, but one is to cause us to look inside ourselves and repent before Him as we approach Rosh HaShanah. Because, when Rosh HaShanah begins, the BOOKS ARE OPENED, i.e. HaShem begins to examine each and everyone of us for the next ten days and our fates are then sealed for the next year on Yom Kippur! I know this concept is completely foreign to Christendom, but that is because Christendom has tossed out just about everything left of Matthew and thus is completely ignorant of this reality, which is so very sad. I digress.

So, now that we have laid this foundation, let’s get to the heart of the meaning of Rosh HaShanah. Tractate Rosh HaShanah 16a from the Talmud Bavli, says it very well. It says “The Holy One, Blessed is He, said on Rosh HaShanah, ‘Recite before Me verses that speak of HaShem’s Sovereignty, Remembrance of all events and Shofar blasts – Sovereignty so that YOU SHOULD MAKE ME YOUR KING; Remembrance so that your remembrance should rise up before Me for your benefit. And through what? Through the shofar!'”

An excerpt from the Rosh HaShanah book published by Artscroll says it very well. It says “HaShem’s sovereignty is the PRIMARY theme of Rosh HaShanah and the Ten Days of Judgment (Between Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur) it inaugurates. The service of the day is filled with references as HaShem as King and with prayers that His mastery be acknowledged by all human beings. The shofar service of the Mussaf Amidah begins with ten Scriptural verses speaking of HaShem’s Kingship and the Talmud teaches, we recite these verses so that we should proclaim Him as our King.”

Some may ask ‘Why would HaShem need to be proclaimed King? He is already Ruler over all His Creation!’ There is a difference between being a King and a Ruler. A Ruler refers to a sovereign who reigns against the wishes of his subjects, akin to being a dictator. A King on the other hand, rules with the consent and recognition of his subjects.

Further, excerpt from the Rosh HaShanah book, “HaShem lacked no power before the creation of man, but there was no one VOLUNTARILY to proclaim Him King. The key word being VOLUNTARILY. The angels had been created before man, and HaShem can create infinite numbers of them at will. But angels have no evil inclination. They are purely agents of HaShem’s will. To the angels, HaShem is a Ruler, a Creator, a Master, but not a King.”

“The purpose of Creation was so that there would be a species that was capable of freely choosing to recognize and obey HaShem. If this creature were so to choose, it would be worthy of Heavenly reward and HaShem wanted to confer His largesse on someone who had earned it by rising above temptation and choosing wisely. There had to be a being with the capacity to seek alternatives and be seduced, a being with physical drives and immoral temptations. That creature was man!”

“Everything in the universe, the sun, the moon and the stars, even the most sublime angels, had no value in the Divine scheme except as a PRELUDE to the creation of man. As the Sages put it, ‘The entire universe was created ONLY as a companionship for man’ because man could not survive alone without the entire infrastructure of the universe.”

“When was the world created? That depends what one considers its purpose. If it is an immense parcel of real estate whirling about its sun among untold galaxies, then it came into existence on the first day of creation and was shaped and filled in the succeeding days. But if the world exists in order to proclaim HaShem King, then it was created on the sixth day when Adam and Eve pointed and said, ‘This is our King!’ In this sense, Rosh HaShanah is the beginning of Your handiwork, and this is the only sense that really matters, for it is the reason for Creation.”

“This idea is expressed in the psalms chosen to be sung during the Temple Service. The Sages explain why the various psalms were chosen to be sung by the Levites on the respective days of the week. On the SIXTH DAY OF THE WEEK (Friday) they recite Psalms 93 ‘HaShem will have reigned, He will have donned grandeur, because He completed His labors and reigned over them.'”

“Clearly, HaShem’s power was no greater on day six than on day one, or in the infinity that existed before Creation. What happened on the sixth day was that man came into being; man with his free will and choice; man who can be blinded by his own intelligence; man who can respond to the grandeur of the sun, the vastness of space, and the promptings of his desires; man who can accept HaShem as his King or deny His existence; man who can even be fool enough to acknowledge that there is a G-d only on the condition that He is accommodating enough to be a mirror image of current fads in politics, morality, or progressive religious thought.”

“Man’s importance is not in his physical strength, any number of animals can outfight him; even an ant is relatively stronger than man. Nor is man unique in his spiritual perception, which cannot compare to that of the angels. Man’s greatness is in his power of CHOICE. Because he can deny HaShem, man’s recognition of His sovereignty has value. THAT IS WHY THE SIXTH DAY WAS THE CLIMAX OF CREATION, AND WHY ITS ANNIVERSARY IS ROSH HASHANAH!”

Can you see then why the Torah of HaShem is so hated by the world and sadly much of Christendom today? The Torah of HaShem is the heart of Who He is and is the proof He has given each of us the opportunity of choice! Do I submit to HaShem and proclaim Him as King of my life or do I reject Him and embrace a fashioned idol which teaches freedom from the Torah and replaces HaShem as King? I can remember the very distinct moment in my life when HaShem finally confronted me about embracing His Torah or staying with Christendom. I was standing in my kitchen, with a stack of Torah commentaries in front of me and I stood there and verbally proclaimed to HaShem I had made my decision and had chosen Him and His Torah…in effect I proclaimed Him King and my life has never been the same since!

How does Yeshua fit into this you may be asking? Yeshua is the AGENT of HaShem and if you remember from past Op’s discussing the concept of an agent, the agent sent by the principle, is in effect the principle! Yeshua is NOT HaShem in the flesh (For the record I wholeheartedly believe in the virgin birth), He is the Agent of HaShem and thus per this legal concept of agency, if we see Yeshua we see HaShem! How many times was Yeshua asked a question and He flat out said and I paraphrase ‘I don’t know, only the Father knows!’ If He is HaShem in the flesh and yet doesn’t know the answer to a question and points to HaShem i.e. Himself for the answer, then by definition He is either psychotic or a liar. Point is, His Word tells no man has ever seen Him. Even the Apostolic Writings restate this over and over again. Reinforces my point that Yeshua is the Agent of HaShem and NOT HaShem in the flesh.

So, to sum up this Op, consider what we read in Revelation 4 and how it connects to Rosh HaShanah as being the Feast in the future when Yeshua, as the Agent of HaShem, will be crowned King! Revelation 4:1 which says “After this I looked and saw a door having been opened in the heaven (Idiom for Rosh HaShanah akin to the books were opened). And the first voice which I heard was like a TRUMPET (SHOFAR) speaking (BLOWING), saying, ‘Come up here and I shall show you what has to take place after this’ (Again, Rosh HaShanah, the Feast when the Gathering takes place and all those are resurrected and taken to the Heavenly Temple).”

Revelation 4:2-3 says “And immediately I came to be in the Spirit and saw a THRONE set in the Heaven, and One sat on the THRONE. And He Who sat there was like a jasper and a ruby stone in appearance. And there was a rainbow around the THRONE, like an emerald in appearance.”

Now lets jump to Revelation 19:11-13 says “And I saw the heaven OPENED (Rosh HaShanah), and there was a white horse. And He Who sat on him was called ‘Trustworthy and True’, and in righteousness He judges and fights. And His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on His head were MANY CROWNS, having a name that had been written, which no one had perceived except Himself and having been dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and His Name is called ‘The Word of HaShem.'”

Revelation 19:14-16 says “And the armies in the Heaven, dressed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses. And out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it, He should smite the nations. And He shall shepherd them with a rod of iron (Quoting Psalms 2:9). And He treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of HaShem. And on His robe and on His thigh He has a Name written – Sovereign of Sovereigns and Master of Masters.”

So, here we see Yeshua is coronated King on Rosh HaShanah, then He mobilizes the armies of Heaven and moves out on Yom Kippur, ten days later, to bring judgment to the nations i.e. the gentiles who fought against HaShem and Israel at the end of the seven year Birth Pangs and He utterly destroys them once and for all! Baruch HaShem!

In light of all this, I think we can say Rosh HaShanah IS a very, very important day of HaShem which should be observed, as best we can while in exile and no, this Feast nor the other Feasts of HaShem have been done away with, tossed aside and replaced as many in Christendom teach. I hope you can see how much is being lost by tossing out His Feasts! So, much to learn and apply to our lives!

Much to consider!

‘L’shanah tovah tikatev v’taihatem’, which means ‘May you be inscribed and sealed for a good year!’

SOURCE MATERIALS

  • The Scriptures by the Institute for Scripture Research
  • Tehillim (Psalms) by Artscroll
  • The Book of the Mitzvot by Artscroll
  • Tractate Berakhot from the Talmud Bavli by Steinsaltz
  • Tractate Rosh HaShanah from the Talmud Bavli by Steinsaltz

“TO GO IN HIS WAYS!”

“Hear the words of HaShem, O Children of Israel! For HaShem has a grievance with the inhabitants of the land, for there is no truth nor kindness nor knowledge of Elohim in the land. Rather, swearing, lying, murdering, robbing, and adultery; they have breached standards, and blood reaches more blood. Therefore, the land WILL BE DESTROYED and all who dwell in it will be enfeebled, along with the beast of the field and the bird of the heavens, and even the fish of the sea WILL BE ANNIHILATED. Indeed you say, ‘Let no one contend; let no one reprimand!’ Yet your people contends with the Kohen! You will stumble by day and the false prophet who is with you will also stumble, as if by night; and I will silence your mother.” Hosea 4:1-5

Yikes! The verses from Hosea above are not warm and fuzzy verses! So, why did I choose these to be the opening verses in this Op? Several reasons and I will explain:

It seems every week now there is some new incident which occurs in the world or to the United States, whether it be natural disasters, economic problems, terrorism, political turmoil and war. This week is no different. As I put this Op together, it is 27 August 2021, the Taliban have overrun Afghanistan, the US government is in turmoil over it. A terrorist attack in Afghanistan has killed hundreds to include 13 US military personnel and wounded countless others. A major destructive hurricane is currently forming and set to slam into Louisiana on 29 August 2021, the 16th anniversary, to the day, of the massive destruction brought about by Hurricane Katrina! Is this a coincidence? Why did we get hit with Katrina? Pres G. W. Bush had directed Israel to surrender Gaza and pull out all Israeli citizens. Israel complied, PM Sharon had a stroke and America was nailed by Katrina as a response from HaShem. Point is, don’t go dictating to Israel what to do with HaShem’s land! And what occurred today, 27 Aug 2021? Pres Biden met with Israeli PM Bennett in the White House and Biden has already been pressuring Israel to give up land in Judea and Samaria! Nothing is a coincidence as far as HaShem goes!

Further, the entire Western parts of the US are on fire with massive wildfires! Droughts, crop failures coupled with tyrannical edicts issued by local, state and federal government officials stripping away our freedoms more and more all in the name of ‘safety!’ And gee, what is the Torah portion this week? Torah Portion ‘Ki Tavo’ found in Devarim (Deuteronomy) 26:1-29:8 and what is the theme? The national and individual blessings for our demonstrating our true faith in HaShem, out of love, devotion and loyalty to Him, by submitting to Him and walking in His Torah, followed by the national and individual curses and repercussions which fall for willful rebellion against HaShem and the refusal to walk in His Torah! Again, is this a coincidence? Not a chance!

The verses above from Hosea states ‘Let no one contend; let no one reprimand!’‘ In my opinion, this perfectly describes the Social Justice, ‘Woke’ culture that is taking hold which seeks to allow for the flourishing of every abominable behavior while shame those who oppose this abysmal, destructive behavior into silence and submission.

This all said, I will be addressing a specific commandment from HaShem which is found in this Torah portion which will address once more the objections from Christendom and its Replacement Theology doctrine the Torah has been nullified and rendered obsolete. Why am I doing this again? Because the figurative shouting, screaming and chest thumping on the countless blogs by those in Christendom against HaShem and His Torah today is at levels I have rarely seen before and thus feel impressed by HaShem to put one more Op out just in case. For the record, and I have stated this many times before, my angst is NOT with the people in Christendom, my angst is with the doctrine of Christendom which is leading so many to their ruin.

Be advised, this is going to be a very long and very in-depth Op so take lots of notes and get ready!

But, before we jump into this, always remember the following eternal characteristics of HaShem and never forget them, especially now in our day and time:

  • 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 the ONLY truth there is per Psalms 119:142
  • He says His Torah is a tree of life and eternal per Proverbs 3:18-19 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 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
  • He says His Torah is the way of faith per Psalms 119:29-30
  • He says His Torah makes us wiser than our enemies per Psalms 119:98
  • He says His Torah is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path per Psalms 119:105
  • He says one who finds His Torah has found life per Proverbs 8:35
  • He says one who finds His Torah has found favor from HaShem per Proverbs 8:35
  • He says Messiah Yeshua is the GOAL of His Torah, meaning without His Torah, Messiah cannot be known per Romans 10:4
  • He says if we had believed Moshe/Torah, we would have believed Messiah per John 5:46

This weeks Torah portion specifically discusses commandment #611 ‘The obligation to emulate the good and just ways of HaShem.’ We are commanded to imitate HaShem! Gee where have we heard something similar before? 1 Corinthians 11, Paul says to imitate him as he imitates Yeshua (Not Torah abolishing Jesus). As I have stated many times in previous ops, Yeshua MUST obey and teach the entire Torah as the Agent of HaShem, in order to qualify as the Messiah of HaShem. So, if Paul says to imitate him as he imitated Yeshua and we know Paul, per his own letters, was a Hillel Pharisee and walked in the Torah (Acts 18, 21), then it must mean Yeshua kept the Torah as well! If not, then Yeshua just disqualified Himself as being the Messiah! Remember, what is the biblical definition of sin? Per 1 John 3:4 “Sin is the transgression of the Torah!” So, if Yeshua says not to sin, then that by default means to keep the Torah! I digress.

The commentary from the Book of the Mitzvot discussing #611 says “We are commanded to conduct all of our actions in accordance with the path of righteousness and goodness, to the utmost of our abilities, and to direct all our affairs with others in the way of kindness and compassion. For as we know from our Torah, this mode of conduct is known as ‘THE WAY OF HASHEM’, and it is what He desires from His creations i.e. MANKIND so that they will merit His goodness, which He wants to bestow upon them, since He desires kindness.” Very interesting! So, its HaShem’s desire ALL of mankind walk in His Way i.e. His Torah, so He can then shower mankind with His kindness and blessings. Point is, His Torah is NOT just for Israel! His Torah is for EVERYONE!

I should quickly re-state an important fact, salvation is by faith in HaShem only. But once a person has made that choice to follow HaShem, they then demonstrate that faith by striving and learning to walk as He said to walk in order to be separated to Him as His people i.e. His Torah! James says it so well, “I will show my faith by my works” i.e. Torah!

With this established, consider what Devarim (Deuteronomy) 28:9 says “HaShem will confirm you for Himself as a holy (Set apart) people, as He swore to you, IF you will observe the commandments of HaShem, your Elohim, and you will go in His ways.” See, per this one simple verse, HaShem is once more reiterating if we want to walk in righteousness and be set apart i.e. holy unto Him, walking in His Torah is the ONLY way to do so. It is a choice He leaves up to each of us. If we do so, not perfectly, as sadly that is not possible right now, He says He will confirm us to Himself as His set apart people. There are literally hundreds and hundreds of other verses throughout His Word which reiterates this fact. When we read in the Apostolic Writings about how someone is walking in righteousness or someone is righteous, it is a Hebrew idiom to mean they walk in The Ways of HaShem i.e. His Torah! Keep this in mind!

Now, the most common objection I encounter from most Christians is “The Law is not for the Gentiles, it is only for the Jews, plus Jesus rendered the Law obsolete and replaced it with a new and more holy Law! The days of Moses are long gone and are forever obliterated!”

I won’t go over them again, but to refute this common objection, just reference the above verses I post in each Op describing the ETERNAL characteristics of HaShem!

Further, this objection can be very easily refuted simply by quoting what HaShem says Himself in His Torah. Shemot (Exodus) 12:38 says “The Mixed Multitude went up with the Children of Israel.” Who are the Mixed Multitude? They are all the non-Jews who joined with Israel and came out of Egypt when HaShem delivered all of Israel from Egyptian slavery!

How about Shemot (Exodus) 12:49 which says “One Torah shall there be for the native (Israelite) and the proselyte (Non-Jew who wishes to serve HaShem) who lives among you.” This should pretty much end the argument, but sadly no, it doesn’t. The level of linguistic gymnastics many in Christendom go through to hold onto the Replacement Theology lie is truly astounding! They should all be multi-Gold Medal winners by now. I digress.

Now keep the following section in mind and compare it to what we see in America today and you decide if there are any similarities and thus can explain why the things we see are happening:

With this said thus far, HaShem tells us the blessings for walking in His Torah per Devarim (Deuteronomy) 28:10-14 which says “And all the peoples of the earth shall see that you (Israel) are called by the Name of HaShem, and they shall be afraid of you.  And HaShem, your Elohim, will make you abound in prosperity, in the fruit of your womb and in the fruit of your livestock and in the fruit of your ground, within the land that HaShem swore to your fathers to give you.  HaShem, your Elohim, will open to you His good treasury, the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season and to bless all the work of your hands. And you shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow. And HaShem, your Elohim, will make you the head and not the tail, and you shall only go up and not down, IF you obey the commandments of HaShem, your Elohim, which I command you today, being careful to do them, and if you do not turn aside from any of the words that I command you today, to the right hand or to the left, to go after other gods to serve them.”

Now, let’s see what He says when we refuse to walk in His Ways i.e. His Torah! Devarim 28:15-69 says “But if you will not obey the voice of HaShem, your Elohim, or be careful to do all His commandments and His statutes that I command you today, then all these curses shall come upon you and overtake you.  Cursed shall you be in the city, and cursed shall you be in the field.  Cursed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl. Cursed shall be the fruit of your womb and the fruit of your ground, the increase of your herds and the young of your flock.  Cursed shall you be when you come in, and cursed shall you be when you go out.

 “HaShem will send on you curses, confusion, and frustration in all that you undertake to do, until you are destroyed and perish quickly on account of the evil of your deeds, because you have forsaken Me. HaShem will make the pestilence stick to you until He has consumed you off the land that you are entering to take possession of it.  HaShem will strike you with wasting disease and with fever, inflammation and fiery heat, and with drought and with blight and with mildew. They shall pursue you until you perish. And the heavens over your head shall be bronze, and the earth under you shall be iron. HaShem will make the rain of your land powder. From heaven dust shall come down on you until you are destroyed.

HaShem will cause you to be defeated before your enemies. You shall go out one way against them and flee seven ways before them. And you shall be a horror to all the kingdoms of the earth (The Taliban defeating the US military because of our leaders and now we are a horror to the whole earth?). And your dead body shall be food for all birds of the air and for the beasts of the earth, and there shall be no one to frighten them away. HaShem will strike you with the boils of Egypt, and with tumors and scabs and itch, of which you cannot be healed.  HaShem  will strike you with madness and blindness and confusion of mind,  and you shall grope at noonday, as the blind grope in darkness, and you shall not prosper in your ways.  And you shall be only oppressed and robbed continually, and there shall be no one to help you. You shall betroth a wife, but another man shall ravish her. You shall build a house, but you shall not dwell in it. You shall plant a vineyard, but you shall not enjoy its fruit. Your ox shall be slaughtered before your eyes, but you shall not eat any of it. Your donkey shall be seized before your face, but shall not be restored to you. Your sheep shall be given to your enemies, but there shall be no one to help you.  Your sons and your daughters shall be given to another people, while your eyes look on and fail with longing for them all day long, but you shall be helpless.  A nation that you have not known shall eat up the fruit of your ground and of all your labors, and you shall be only oppressed and crushed continually,  so that you are driven mad by the sights that your eyes see.  HaShem will strike you on the knees and on the legs with grievous boils of which you cannot be healed, from the sole of your foot to the crown of your head.

“HaShem will bring you and your king whom you set over you to a nation that neither you nor your fathers have known. And there you shall serve other gods of wood and stone.  And you shall become a horror, a proverb, and a byword among all the peoples where HaShem will lead you away. You shall carry much seed into the field and shall gather in little, for the locust shall consume it. You shall plant vineyards and dress them, but you shall neither drink of the wine nor gather the grapes, for the worm shall eat them. You shall have olive trees throughout all your territory, but you shall not anoint yourself with the oil, for your olives shall drop off.  You shall father sons and daughters, but they shall not be yours, for they shall go into captivity.  The cricket shall possess all your trees and the fruit of your ground.  The sojourner who is among you shall rise higher and higher above you, and you shall come down lower and lower (Illegals/refugees becoming more and more powerful in this country).  He shall lend to you, and you shall not lend to him. He shall be the head, and you shall be the tail.

“All these curses shall come upon you and pursue you and overtake you till you are destroyed, because you did not obey the voice of HaShem, your Elohim, to keep His commandments and His statutes that He commanded you.  They shall be a sign and a wonder against you and your offspring forever.  Because you did not serve HaShem, your Elohim, with joyfulness and gladness of heart, because of the abundance of all things, therefore you shall serve your enemies whom HaShem will send against you, in hunger and thirst, in nakedness, and lacking everything. And He will put a yoke of iron on your neck until He has destroyed you.  HaShem will bring a nation against you from far away, from the end of the earth, swooping down like the eagle, a nation whose language you do not understand, a hard-faced nation who shall not respect the old or show mercy to the young (Gee, sounds like China/Russia/North Korea/Iran/Cuba/Venezuela doesn’t it?).  It shall eat the offspring of your cattle and the fruit of your ground, until you are destroyed; it also shall not leave you grain, wine, or oil, the increase of your herds or the young of your flock, until they have caused you to perish.

“They shall besiege you in all your towns, until your high and fortified walls, in which you trusted, come down throughout all your land. And they shall besiege you in all your towns throughout all your land, which the HaShem, your Elohim, has given you. And you shall eat the fruit of your womb, the flesh of your sons and daughters, whom HaShem, your Elohim, has given you, in the siege and in the distress with which your enemies shall distress you.  The man who is the most tender and refined among you will begrudge food to his brother, to the wife he embraces, and to the last of the children whom he has left,  so that he will not give to any of them any of the flesh of his children whom he is eating, because he has nothing else left, in the siege and in the distress with which your enemy shall distress you in all your towns.  The most tender and refined woman among you, who would not venture to set the sole of her foot on the ground because she is so delicate and tender, will begrudge to the husband she embraces, to her son and to her daughter,  her afterbirth that comes out from between her feet and her children whom she bears, because lacking everything she will eat them secretly, in the siege and in the distress with which your enemy shall distress you in your towns.

“If you are not careful to do all the words of this Torah that are written in this book, that you may fear this glorious and awesome name, HaShem, your Elohim, then HaShem will bring on you and your offspring extraordinary afflictions, afflictions severe and lasting, and sicknesses grievous and lasting. And He will bring upon you again all the diseases of Egypt, of which you were afraid, and they shall cling to you. Every sickness also and every affliction that is not recorded in the book of this Torah, HaShem, will bring upon you, until you are destroyed.  Whereas you were as numerous as the stars of heaven, you shall be left few in number, because you did not obey the voice of HaShem, your Elohim. And as HaShem, took delight in doing you good and multiplying you, so HaShem, will take delight in bringing ruin upon you and destroying you. And you shall be plucked off the land that you are entering to take possession of it.

And HaShem will scatter you among all peoples, from one end of the earth to the other, and there you shall serve other gods of wood and stone, which neither you nor your fathers have known. And among these nations you shall find no respite, and there shall be no resting place for the sole of your foot, but HaShem will give you there a trembling heart and failing eyes and a languishing soul. Your life shall hang in doubt before you. Night and day you shall be in dread and have no assurance of your life. In the morning you shall say, ‘If only it were evening!’ and at evening you shall say, ‘If only it were morning!’ because of the dread that your heart shall feel, and the sights that your eyes shall see. And HaShem will bring you back in ships to Egypt, a journey that I promised that you should never make again; and there you shall offer yourselves for sale to your enemies as male and female slaves, but there will be no buyer.”

WOW…can you see America in all what HaShem describes will happen to those who refuse to walk in His Torah? No wonder we are witnessing what is falling on the world and America! I don’t concern myself with what other people are doing in their religious systems, but Christendom on the other hand knows better! Christendom has the Torah in their hands and has refused it as a system. Now understand, I am NOT placing all the blame on Christendom, mostly I am just seeking to highlight what HaShem says as opposed to what Replacement Theology teaches and then we can see the effects it has on the world around us, very real, very physical effects! HaShem isn’t playing around, especially now.

At this point you are probably thinking this is a terribly depressing and an Op lacking any hope, however, I know a few people are asking why all of these things are happening now and according to what I currently understand of HaShem’s Word, this Op is hopefully answering some of those questions via His Word. Hang on though. It will get more encouraging!

So, with all this said, what are some of the prophecies concerning the End of Days and the Torah of HaShem? We are going to explore three specific ones!

Isaiah 2:1-4 says “The prophecy that Isaiah son of Amoz saw, concerning Judah and Jerusalem: ‘It will happen in the End of Days: The Mountain of the Temple of HaShem will be firmly established as the head of the mountains, and it will be exalted above the hills, and ALL THE NATIONS (Non-Jews) will stream to it. Many peoples will go and say, ‘Come, let us go up to the Mountain of HaShem, to the Temple of the Elohim of Jacob, and HE WILL TEACH US OF HIS WAYS AND WE WILL WALK IN HIS PATHS.’ FOR FROM ZION WILL THE TORAH COME FORTH, AND THE WORD OF HASHEM FROM JERUSALEM. He will judge among the nations, and will settle arguments of many peoples. They shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks; nation will NOT lift sword against nation and they will no longer study warfare.” This prophecy is discussing the time when Yeshua will have returned and is ruling from the rebuilt Temple in Jerusalem. What will be the standard the whole world will live by? The Torah of HaShem!

So, if according to Christendom the Torah has been rendered obsolete and irrelevant, then why prey tell is Yeshua ruling from the Temple in Jerusalem, after the seven year era of the Birth Pangs, and all the non-Jews are rushing to come up to the Temple in Jerusalem and are asking to be taught the Torah? Then at the same time HaShem is supposed to be remaining faithful to His Word in that He is unchanging and His Torah is eternal, yet somewhere along the way, He changed His mind and did away with His Torah, only then to re-establish it in the end! Either He is psychotic or Replacement Theology has it all grossly wrong! You decide! Moving on.

An interesting commentary from the Mishnah Torah, Hilchot Melachim 12.5 says concerning the time discussed above in the prophecy of Isaiah 2, “In that era (Messianic Era when Messiah is ruling from Jerusalem as King), there will be neither famine or war, envy or competition for good will flow in abundance and all the delights will be freely available as dust. The occupation of the entire world will be solely to know HaShem. Therefore, the Jews will be great sages and know the hidden matters of the Torah of HaShem, grasping the knowledge of their Creator according to the full extent of human potential, as Isaiah 11:9 states ‘The world will be filled with the knowledge of HaShem as the waters cover the ocean bed.'”

Again, we can see, when the Torah of HaShem is studied, learned and applied by society, THEN there is peace and shalom in the world. When there isn’t, then we see have chaos, rebellion, idolatry, violence, murder, war, etc. Its the same pattern from the beginning because as HaShem says time and again, there is nothing new under the sun and He reveals the end from the beginning!

Consider the following commentary from Isaiah 2 which says “According to the Talmud, Israel was exiled in order to gather sparks of holiness and BRING NON-JEWS TO THE TORAH. What would have happened to these sparks and potential converts if Israel had not sinned and been exiled? The answer is that if Israel had not fallen from its pedestal of holiness, they would have been like spiritual magnets, drawing seekers of holiness to Eretz Yisrael (The Land of Israel to learn the Torah).” So we see, HaShem can take something terrible and work it to the good! In this case, because Israel fell and was exiled out into the world, HaShem uses this to draw non-Jews to Himself and they are grafted into Israel!

Remember what Yeshua Himself said in Matthew 15:24 that He “Came ONLY for the lost sheep of the House of Israel!” By redeeming Israel, He redeems the world because Israel is scattered into all the world! And then according to Replacement Theology, HaShem has TWO standards, one for Israel and one for the non-Jews i.e. Israel is shackled to the crushing, oppressing and sin enhancing Torah while the non-Jews just confess the name ‘Jesus’ and He somehow blesses them for doing everything He told Israel NOT to do? Again this would make HaShem to be psychotic and a liar! I digress.

Now consider the prophecy from Micah 4:1-4 which says “In the End of Days that the mountain of the Temple of HaShem will be firmly established as the most prominent of the mountains, and it will be exalted up above the hills, and peoples (Non-Jews) will stream to it. Many nations will go and say, ‘Come, let us go up to the Mountain of HaShem and to the Temple of the Elohim of Jacob, and HE WILL TEACH US OF HIS WAYS AND WE WILL WALK IN HIS PATHS.’ For from Zion shall go forth the Torah, and the Word of HaShem from Jerusalem. He will judge between many peoples, and will settle the arguments of mighty nations from far away. They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning knives; nation will not lift sword against nation, nor will they learn war anymore. They will sit, each man under his vine and under his fig tree, and none will make them afraid, for the mouth of HaShem, Master of Legions, has spoken.” This is describing a time of peace and shalom! Yeshua is ruling from Jerusalem, no one is afraid, no more war and everyone is learning and living out His Torah! On a side note, this now explains the significance of what we read in John 1:48 when Yeshua saw Phillip and told him He saw him ‘sitting under the fig tree’! It is a Hebrew idiom and as such He was telling Phillip he was in the Messianic Era in the future!

The commentary from the Mishnah Torah Hilchot Teshuvah 9.2 says “For these reasons, all Israel, in particular, their prophets and their sages, have yearned for the Messianic age so they can rest from the oppression of gentile kingdoms who do not allow them to occupy themselves with Torah and mitzvot properly. They will find rest and increase their knowledge in order to merit the world to come. In that era, knowledge, wisdom and truth will become abundant. Isaiah 11:9 states ‘The earth will be full of the knowledge of HaShem.’ Jeremiah 31:33 states ‘One man will no longer teach his brother, nor a man his colleague…for all will know Me!’ And Ezekiel 36:26 states ‘I will take away the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.’ These changes will come about because the king who will arise from David’s descendants will be a greater Master of Knowledge than Solomon and a great prophet, close to the level of Moshe, our teacher. Therefore, he will teach the entire nation and instruct them in THE PATH OF HASHEM (Way of HaShem). All the gentile nations will come to hear him, as Isaiah 2:2 states ‘And it shall come to pass in the last days that the mountain of HaShem’s House shall be established at the peak of the mountains…and all the nations shall flow to it.'”

For the record, Jeremiah 31 discusses the terms of the ‘New Covenant’ and what is at the heart of the so called ‘New Covenant?’ It is HaShem’s Torah! Nothing changes and He reveals the end from the beginning! I digress.

Now consider the prophecy in Zechariah 8:23 which says “Thus said HaShem, Master of Legions: ‘In those days (The Messianic era), it will happen that ten men, of all the different languages of the nations (Non-Jews), will take hold, they will take hold of the corner of the garment of a Jewish man, saying, ‘Let us go with you, for we have heard that HaShem is with you!'” The garment of a Jewish man as spoken of here is the Tallit. These ten, non-Jewish men, see the tallit on a Jewish man, and run to him, realizing their various religious systems they have been involved in, and yes, dare I say to include Christendom and its Replacement Theology, are all lies and per the mercy of HaShem, Who has opened their eyes, realize salvation is of the Jews! Gee, why is that so familiar sounding? Because Yeshua says in John 4:22 when speaking to the woman from Shomeron, “You worship what you do not know (False religious systems). We (Israel) worship what we know, because the deliverance (Salvation) is of the Yehudim.” Point is, the world will finally realize, HaShem gave the true faith to Israel and from Israel the world must go to learn! Remember, HaShem commands Israel to be a light to the nations!

Isaiah 49:6 says “He said: ‘It was insufficient that you be a servant for Me only to raise up the tribes of Jacob and to restore the ruins of Israel; I will make you A LIGHT FOR THE NATIONS, SO THAT MY SALVATION MAY EXTEND TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH.'” What is the Hebrew word for ‘Salvation?’ It is Yeshua! “So that My Yeshua may extend to the ends of the earth!”

I want to finish up this long Op with Proverbs chapter 3! After all we have discussed thus far, consider what HaShem is saying here in this very important and often overlooked chapter!

Proverbs 3:1-4 says “My child, do NOT forget My Torah, and let your heart guard My commandments, for they add to you length of days and years of life and peace. Kindness and truth should not forsake you; bind them on your neck; inscribe them on the tablet of your heart, and you WILL FIND FAVOR and goodly sense in the eyes of Elohim and man.” Does this sound like something HaShem is dissatisfied with and just itching to do away with it as Christendom teaches? Let’s keep going.

Megillah 27a from the Talmud Bavli says “Learning Torah brings one to the performance (Doing) of mitzvot (Commandments).” I connect this with James statement on faith i.e. ‘I will show you my faith BY my works i.e. keeping Torah!’

Proverbs 3:5-6 says “Trust in HaShem with all your heart and do not rely upon your own understanding. In all your ways, know Him and He will smooth your paths.” Studying Torah is trusting in HaShem! Do not rely on your own understanding, but seek out HaShem and know Him i.e. have that intimate relationship with Him. This is interesting because if you recall, the Torah is the Marriage Contract between HaShem and Israel, His Bride! So to know HaShem can only be done by studying and living out His Torah i.e. Walking in His Ways!

Proverbs 3:7-8 says “Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear HaShem and turn away from evil. It will be health to your navel and marrow to your bones.” Again, serve HaShem out of love, devotion and loyalty!

Proverbs 3:9-10 says “Honor HaShem with your wealth, and with the first of all your produce. Then your storehouses will be filled with plenty, and the wine of your vats will burst forth.” Recognize any success we may have comes from Him and Him alone and just as quickly as we received it, it can be removed if our pride and arrogance get in the way!

Proverbs 3:11-18 says “My, child, do not despise HaShem’s discipline, and do not be disgusted with His reproof. For HaShem admonishes the one He loves, and like a father He mollifies a child. Praiseworthy is a person who has found wisdom, and a person who gives forth understanding. For its commerce is better than the commerce of silver, and its produce is better than fine gold. It is more precious than pearls, and all of your desires cannot compare to it. Length of days is at its right, wealth and honor at its left. Its ways are ways of pleasantness, and all its byways are peace. It is a tree of life to those who hold fast to it, and its supporters are praiseworthy.” What is the wisdom being spoken of here? It is HaShem’s Ways i.e. His Torah!

Proverbs 3:19-26 says “HaShem founded the earth with wisdom, He establishes heavens with understanding. Through His knowledge the depths were cleaved, and the heavens drip dew. My child, do not let them stray from your eyes; safeguard THE ETERNAL TORAH and its wise designs. They will be life to your soul and a graceful ornament for your neck. Then you will walk on your way securely, and your foot will not stumble. When you lie down you will not fear; you will lie down and your sleep will be pleasant. You will not fear sudden terror, nor the holocaust of the wicked when it comes. For HaShem will be your security, and He will guard your feet from entrapment.” HaShem says His Torah is eternal and life to our soul. How again I ask, could Replacement Theology be correct? Again, the only way would be for HaShem to change His Word which would make Him a liar!

Proverbs 3:27-35 says “Do not withhold good from its rightful recipient, when you have the power to do it. Do not tell your fellow, ‘Leave and come back; tomorrow I will give it,’ when it is already with you. Do not devise evil against your fellow, one who dwells securely with you. Do not quarrel with any man without cause, if he has done you no evil. Do not envy a man of violence and do not choose any of his ways. For one who deviates is an abomination to HaShem; and His counsel is with the upright. HaShem’s blight is upon the house of the wicked, but He blesses the abode of the righteous. If one is drawn to the scoffers, he will scoff; but if one is drawn to the humble, one will find favor. The wise inherit honor, but fools generate disgrace.”

Can you see the continuous theme here? Proverbs 3 is best summed up with “A servant cannot love his master if he respects his master’s enemies and has a close relationship with those his master has distanced!”

With this all said, can it be possible HaShem would send a Messiah who teaches a message directly opposing the Ways of HaShem? Obviously not! So, the question must be asked, from where does Replacement Theology derive from? You will have to answer that for yourself!

One final thought….what were the first believers in Yeshua called? I can assure you they were NOT called ‘Christians’ as that didn’t come about centuries later. They were called ‘The Way!’ This is recorded for us in Acts 24:14 which says “And this I (Paul) confess to you, that according to The Way, which they call a sect (Of Judaism), so I worship the Elohim of my fathers, believing all that has been written in the Torah and the Prophets.” Paul was referencing Shemot (Exodus) 3:15 which says “Elohim said further to Moshe, ‘So shall you say to the Children of Israel, HaShem, the Elohim of your forefathers, the Elohim of Avraham, the Elohim of Yitzchak, and the Elohim of Yaakov, has dispatched me to you. This is My Name forever, and this is My remembrance from generation to generation.'” Paul was declaring his loyalty to HaShem and His Torah while acknowledging Yeshua as being the Messiah.

So, to sum this Op up, to go in the Ways of HaShem, is to learn and strive to live out His Torah, out of love, devotion and loyalty and as the expression of our faith in Him BECAUSE our salvation is secured! Nothing was rendered obsolete, nothing was replaced and nothing was displaced. I can attest personally, when you start learning His Torah, and you start asking Him to teach you, I can assure you He will and you will feel like you have just tasted pure, fresh, living water that is so refreshing, clean and life giving. You will want more and more and more. It won’t be easy though but it is absolutely worth it!

Shabbat Shalom!

SOURCE MATERIALS

  • The Scriptures by the Institute for Scripture Research
  • Devarim – The Chumash with the Teachings of the Talmud by Artscroll
  • Shemot – The Chumash with the Teachings of the Talmud by Artscroll
  • The Twelve Prophets by Artscroll
  • Isaiah Milstein Edition by Artscroll
  • Proverbs Artscroll Tanach Series
  • Pessachim Koren Talmud Bali
  • Rambam – Mishnah Torah

A TIME FOR WAR FAST APPROACHES

Like an approaching storm front, we see the storm of war fast approaching!

“By David: Blessed is HaShem, my Rock, Who trains my hands for battle and my fingers for war. My Benefactor, my Fortress, my Stronghold, and my own Rescuer, my Shield, in Whom I take refuge, Who subjugates my nation to me.” Psalms 144:1-2

This Op may be a bit different from the previous Ops in that this one is coming from a sense of extreme urgency! A sense of seriousness and necessity!

I think we all can sense the world and the country itself is under enormous amounts of pressure and stress whether it be from weird weather, economic stressors or political and tyrannical clamp downs which have already been implemented and for those we know are soon to be established in the very near future! All of this coupled with the enemies of America who are being emboldened and drawing closer to each other, putting aside their own mutual differences and agreeing, its time to join hands and work together to remove America from the world scene once and for all! Believe me this IS happening today as I write this Op!

The war I am referring too in the title above is in reference to the coming days which could begin tomorrow or years from now, whether this war strikes each of us individually or all of us collectively, I believe it will erupt very shortly. In either case, all of us can expect very difficult days ahead. I know this is in no way encouraging or uplifting, but please hold on and bear with me! It will get more encouraging in this Op, I promise…:)

I am sure you all remember the biblical account of David and Goliath? David, a seemingly unimportant young man, small in stature and to the enemy a joke of a soldier. Goliath on the other hand was gigantic both in stature and reputation as being a fierce, undefeated warrior, the best of the best. Can we see today the people of HaShem are facing similar circumstances in that our collective enemies are fierce, powerful, intimidating and extremely confident as well as being very deadly? Well, here in this Op we will be discussing this encounter a bit deeper and see how it applies to you and I today, Baruch HaShem!! Remember, He reveals the end from the beginning!

But as always, before we can jump into this, always remember the following eternal characteristics of HaShem as they are extremely crucial to this Op:

  • 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 the ONLY truth there is per Psalms 119:142
  • He says His Torah is a tree of life and eternal per Proverbs 3:18-19 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 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
  • He says His Torah is the way of faith per Psalms 119:29-30
  • He says His Torah makes us wiser than our enemies per Psalms 119:98
  • He says His Torah is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path per Psalms 119:105
  • He says one who finds His Torah has found life per Proverbs 8:35
  • He says one who finds His Torah has found favor from HaShem per Proverbs 8:35
  • He says Messiah Yeshua is the GOAL of His Torah, meaning without His Torah, Messiah cannot be known per Romans 10:4
  • He says if we had believed Moshe/Torah, we would have believed Messiah per John 5:46

This weeks Torah portion is ‘Shoftim’ which is found in Devarim (Deuteronomy) 16:18-21:9! It is one of the most important Torah portions we read in our annual cycle! This Torah portion HaShem establishes the authority of the Sanhedrin who judges and renders right rulings on how to walk in the Torah of HaShem. It is the legal basis for the legitimacy for the Oral Torah and why we must have the Oral Torah in our walk with HaShem.

But, more importantly, there are two commandments in this Torah portion which are the basis for this Op which I will highlight and we will explore much more in-depth as they teach and remind us of very important concepts as being the people of HaShem! Further, in my opinion, these concepts will apply to each of us especially when we are facing great difficulties in life whether that enemy is a person or a spiritual enemy. They are:

  • Mitzvah #525 – The prohibition to be afraid of the enemy
  • Mitzvah #526 – Anoint a Kohen for battle

Were you even aware there was a commandment by HaShem in which He commands we are NOT to be afraid of the enemy?

Mitzvah #525 – The prohibition to be afraid of the enemy is found in Devarim 20:1 which says “When you go out to the battle against your enemy, and you see horse and chariot, a people more numerous than you, you shall not fear them, for HaShem, your Elohim, is with you, Who brought you up from the land of Egypt.”

When we are faced with battling our enemies, and we see they are more powerful and equipped then we are and have access to other people and/or equipment, we naturally are going to get afraid and our human instinct is to potentially want to retreat or surrender. This commandment from HaShem, is to remind us of not only Who He is, but also who we are as His people!

An excerpt from the Book of the Mitzvot #525 tells us the underlying purpose for this commandment: “It is to teach us the concept that every person should place their trust solely in HaShem, blessed be He…!” Obviously, this is much easier said then done, but we have to always remind ourselves and each other, the One Who we belong too is the One Who will fight for us! Keep this in mind as we proceed and get to the part discussing the battle between David and Goliath.

Mitzvah #526 – The command to anoint a Kohen for battle is found in Devarim 20:2-4 which says “It shall be that when you draw near to the war, the Kohen shall approach and speak to the people. He shall say to them, ‘Hear, O Israel, today you are coming near to the battle against your enemies; let your heart not be faint; do not be afraid, do not panic, and do not be broken before them. For HaShem, your Elohim, is the One Who goes with you, to fight for you with your enemies, to save you.'”

This Kohen instructs Israel not to be afraid in four ways:

  • Let your heart not be faint because of the neighing of the horses and the glittering of swords
  • Do not be afraid of the clashing shields and the hordes of enemy soldiers
  • Do not panic, from the sound of horns
  • Do not be broken before them because of the enemy’s shouts

Tractate Sotah 42a from the Talmud Bavli gives us more detail of this Kohen: “With regard to the priest who was anointed for war, at the time that he would speak to the nation, he would speak to them in the sacred tongue, Hebrew, as it is stated, ‘And it shall be, when you draw near to the battle, that the priest shall approach and speak to the people’ per Deuteronomy 20:2. This priest identified in the verse is the priest anointed for war, the priest who is inaugurated specifically to serve this function. ‘And speak to the people’; he addresses them in the sacred tongue, Hebrew.”

“The priest continues: ‘Let not your heart faint; fear not, nor be alarmed, and do not be terrified of them’ per Deuteronomy 20:3. ‘Let not your heart faint due to the neighing of horses and the sharpening of the enemy’s swords. Fear not due to the knocking of shields and the noise of their boots. Nor be alarmed by the sound of trumpets. Do not be terrified due to the sound of shouts.'”

“The priest explains why the soldiers need not be terrified. ‘For the Lord your Elohim is He that goes with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you’ per Deuteronomy 20:4. ‘Remember that they come to war championed by flesh and blood, and you are coming championed by the Omnipresent. The Philistines came championed by Goliath. What was his end? In the end, he fell by the sword, and they fell with him. The Ammonites came championed by Shobach. What was his end? In the end, he fell by the sword, and they fell with him. But as for you, you are not so, reliant upon the strength of mortals. For the Lord your Elohim is He that goes with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you; this verse is referring to the camp of the Ark of the Covenant that accompanies them out to war.'”

WOW…what an amazing reminder! It is NOT us that defeats our enemies, it is HaShem, Master of Legions, Who fights for us and defeats our enemies!!

Let’s see this in action as is recorded in I Samuel 17, the battle between David and Goliath!

I Samuel 17:1-3 says “The Philistines assembled their camps for war, and assembled themselves at Socoh that is to Judah; they encamped between Socoh and Azekah, in the Ephesdammim. So Saul and the people of Israel assembled themselves, they encamped in the Terebinth Valley, and they arranged for war against the Philistines. The Philistines were standing on the mountain on one side and Israel was standing on the mountain on the other side, and the valley was between them.”

It is interesting to note, the Philistines here had just been engaged and shattered by Jonathan and Saul in I Samuel 14, and yet here they were arrayed for another war this fast against Israel. What was their reasoning to mobilize their remaining forces? Saul was at this point becoming sick and weak and as such Jewish morale was ebbing away. The Philistines saw an opportunity present itself to defeat and destroy Israel and they decided to act. Gee…does this sound somewhat familiar today in our time where the leader of a global power is frail, old, weak and as such the morale of the people is ebbing away so much so the enemies of this global power are beginning to unite and prepare to make a move to potentially defeat this global power once and for all? I digress.

I Samuel 17:4-7 says “A champion went forth from the Philistine camps, whose name was Goliath of Gath; his height was six cubits and one span (13 foot giant). He had a copper helmet on his head, and was wearing armor of mail; the weight of the armor was five thousand copper shekels (250 pounds). He had a copper shield on his legs and a copper neck guard between his shoulders. The shaft of his spear was like a weavers beam and the blade of his spear weighed six hundred iron shekels (30 pounds). The shield bearer walked before him.” No doubt Goliath was a huge and very imposing man, a very real and deadly threat to Israel and he knew it! He may have been an extremely deadly threat, but his one fatal flaw was his arrogance and pride as we will see shortly.

I Samuel 17:8-11 says “He (Goliath) stood and called out to the battalions of Israel and said to them, ‘Why are you going forth to wage war? Am I not the Philistine, while you are the servants of Saul? Choose yourselves a man and let him come down to me! If he can fight me and kill me, we will be slaves to you; and if I defeat him and kill him, you will be slaves to us and serve us.’ Then the Philistine said, ‘I have disgraced the battalions of Israel this day, saying ‘Give me a man and will fight together.’ Saul and all Israel heard these words of the Philistine, and they were terrified and greatly afraid!”

So, here is Goliath, now he is really taunting and mocking Israel, and goes so far to issue a challenge which would confine the war to just himself and whomever Israel would send forth. Whoever died, those people instantly became the slaves of the other. Problem was, now Saul and Israel were terrified of this challenge, but HaShem has a battle plan He is about to execute.

I Samuel 17:12-15 says “David was the son of a certain Ephrathite man from Beit-Lechem (i.e. House of Bread, otherwise known as Bethlehem. Remember Yeshua, a descendant of David was also born in Bethlehem….HaShem reveals the end from the beginning!) in Judah; his name was Jesse and he had eight sons. In the days of Saul, the man was old, and would come among the elders. Jesse’s three oldest sons left home and followed Saul to war. The names of his three sons who went to war were Eliab, the firstborn; the second to him, Abinadad; and the third, Shammah. But David was the youngest; just the three oldest followed Saul. David would travel back and forth from Saul’s presence to tend his father’s flocks in Beit-Lechem.” David tended the flocks of his father, just as Yeshua will tend the flocks of His Father!

I Samuel 17:16 says “The Philistine would approach the Israelite camp early morning and evening; he presented himself for forty days.” In other words, Goliath, in his pride and arrogance mocked, scoffed, challenged and taunted Israel for forty days, morning and evening! The commentary on this verse says “Goliath timed his taunts for the times when the Jewish troops would recite the Shema prayer, morning and evening. He wanted to interfere with these prayers, because one who recites the Shema merits protection from his enemies.”

I Samuel 17:17-22 says “Jesse said to his son David, ‘Please take this ephah of toasted grain and these ten loaves of bread for your brothers and hurry to the camp to your brothers, and bring these ten cheeses to the captain of the thousand. Inquire after the welfare of your brothers, and obtain a report of their welfare. Saul, they, and all the men of Israel were in the Terebinth Valley, fighting with the Philistines. David arose early in the morning, left the sheep with a watchman, and set out as Jesse had commanded him. He came to the encirclement, and the army was going forth to the battle line, shouting battle cries. Israel and the Philistines deployed, battalion facing battalion. David left the baggage that was upon him with the keeper of the baggage and ran to the line. When he arrived he inquired after the welfare of his brothers.”

I Samuel 17:23-25 says “As he was speaking to them, behold, the champion (Goliath) went forth from the Philistine battalions, Goliath the Philistine of Gath was his name, and spoke the above words, and David heard. All the men of Israel, when they saw the man, fled from him, and they were very frightened. The men of Israel were saying, ‘Have you seen this man who goes forth? He goes forth to disgrace Israel! The king will enrich whoever kills him with great wealth and give his daughter to him in marriage, and he will free his father’s family from royal service in Israel.'” The wording of these verses implies that Goliath had become so emboldened and arrogant because of the Jewish cowardice, he was actually climbing the mountain the Jews were on and made his statements and taunts where the Jewish forces were quartered!

Now here is where HaShem begins to get angry and sick and tired of Goliath and his arrogant taunts!

I Samuel 17:26-27 says “David spoke to the men standing with him, saying, ‘What will be done for the man who slays this Philistine and removes disgrace from Israel? For who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he disgraces the battalions of the Living Elohim?’ So the people told him regarding this matter, saying, ‘Such and such shall be done for the man who kills him.'” The commentary on this says “David said these words contemptuously, ‘What right does this thug have to insult the people of HaShem!’ With this declaration David cut through the verbiage of Goliath and the silence of Israel, and went to the core of the confrontation. This was not merely a matter of tactics, as one side sought the advantage over the other; its significance was timeless and universal, for it was a challenge to Israel’s faith in HaShem. When David would win his astounding victory over the arrogant and overpowering giant, it would not simply be a matter of the weak underdog defeating the brutal mighty warrior. It would be a victory of HaShem over those who deny His sovereignty!”

I Samuel 17:28-30 says “Eliab, (David’s) older brother, heard as he was talking to the men, and Eliab became angry with David, and said, ‘Why did you come down here? And with whom did you leave those few sheep in the wilderness? I am aware of your willfulness and your evil thoughts, that you have come down here in order to watch the fighting!’ David replied, ‘What have I done now? Was it not mere talk?’ He then turned away from him toward someone else, and said the same thing to him; and the people answered him as before.”

I Samuel 17:31-33 says “The words David was saying became heard; people related them to Saul, and he summoned David. David said to Saul, ‘Let no man lose heart because of him. Your servant will go forth and fight this Philistine!’ But Saul said to David, ‘You cannot go forth to this Philistine to fight with him, for you are a lad, while he is a warrior from his youth.'” The commentary says “David referred to the heart to allude to his reason for not fearing Goliath. Goliath’s power is in the brawn of his body, but not in the heart, which symbolizes a person’s faith in HaShem. As long as a person’s heart is firmly in tune with HaShem, he need not fear the Goliaths of the world!”

I Samuel 17:34-36 says “David said to Saul, ‘Your servant was a shepherd for his father among the flocks; the lion and the bear would come and carry off a sheep from the flock, and I would go after it, strike it down and rescue the sheep from its mouth. If it would attack me I would grab onto its beard and strike it and kill it. Your servant has slain even lion and bear; and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be like one of them, for he has disgraced the battalions of the Living Elohim!'” See how Yeshua is revealed here in that just as David would, He will go after and rescue every one of HaShem’s sheep who is attacked and carried off?

I Samuel 17:37-40 says “Then David said, ‘HaShem Who rescued me from the hand of the lion and from the hand of the bear, He will rescue me from this Philistine!’ So Saul said to David, ‘Go, and may HaShem be with you!’ Saul dressed David with his own battle garments; he put a copper helmet on his head and dressed him in armor. David then girded his sword over his battle garments. But he was unwilling to go forth that way, for he was not accustomed to it, so David said to Saul, ‘I cannot walk with these, for I am not accustomed to them,’ and David removed them from on himself. He took his staff in his hand and picked five smooth stones from the brook and put them in his shepherd’s bag and in the knapsack, and his slingshot was in his hand. Then he approached the Philistine!” The commentary is very interesting here. It says “There was special symbolism to David’s choice of five smooth stones. David was marching forward with the goal of avenging the honor of five: HaShem, whose Name Goliath was profaning; Aaron, whose descendants Hophni and Phineas were murdered by Goliath; and the three Patriarchs, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, whose offspring Goliath was humiliating.”

Now we come to the battle itself!

I Samuel 17:41-44 says “The Philistine walked, going closer and closer to David, and the man bearing his shield was before him. The Philistine peered and saw David, and he derided him, for he was a youth, ruddy and handsome. The Philistine said to David, ‘Am I a dog that you come after me with sticks?’ And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. Then the Philistine said to David, ‘Come to me, so that I may offer your flesh to the fowl of the heavens and to the beast of the field!'”

I Samuel 17:45-47 says “David said to the Philistine, ‘You come to me with a sword, a spear, and a javelin, but I come to you with the Name of HaShem, Master of Legions, the Elohim of the battalions of Israel that you have ridiculed! On this day HaShem will deliver you into my hand. I shall smite you and I will remove your head from upon you; and I shall offer the carcass of the Philistine camp this day to the fowl of the heavens and to the beast of the earth! Then the whole earth will know that there is an Elohim in Israel, and all this assembly will know that not through sword and spear does HaShem grant salvation; for unto HaShem is the battle, and He shall deliver you into our hands!'” The commentary says “Someone whose faith is total and whose thoughts are with HaShem alone, without wavering, like David, is above nature and needs no weapons!”

I Samuel 17:48-49 says “It happened that when the Philistine arose and moved closer toward David that David hurried and ran to the line, toward the Philistine. David stretched his hand into the sack. He took a stone from there and slung it, and struck the Philistine in the forehead. The stone penetrated his forehead, and he fell upon his face, upon the ground.” Here David took down Goliath with one single shot to the forehead from a great distance! Proof it was HaShem and HaShem alone Who guided the rock to strike the exact spot on Goliath’s forehead! Baruch HaShem!

I Samuel 17:50-54 says “Thus David overpowered the Philistine with the slingshot and stone, he smote the Philistine and killed him; there was no sword in David’s hand. David ran and stood by the Philistine; he took Goliath’s sword and drew it from its sheath, having already killed him, and he cut off his head with it. The Philistines saw that their hero was dead, and they ran away. The men of Israel and Judah rose up, and shouted exultantly, and pursued the Philistines up to the approach to the valley and to the gates of Ekron. Philistine corpses were strewn along the Shaaraim Road, until Gath and Ekron. Then the Children of Israel returned from pursuing Philistines and plundered their camp. David took the head of the Philistine, and eventually brought it to Jerusalem, and his weapons he put in his tent.” Notice how David kills Goliath, the Philistines panic and run in fear, Israel pursues and plunders their camp and David goes to Jerusalem after defeating Israel’s enemies! Is this not yet another picture of Yeshua marching into Jerusalem on that Yom Kippur, to defeat the False Messiah at the end of the seven year birth pangs?

The point for this Op is to see now more than ever we all, myself included, have to work harder to put our faith in HaShem for only He can not only deliver and save us, but only He can fight the war for us! Do I believe there is a real, literal, physical war we all are likely to get caught up in to erupt shortly? I very much do believe this. Just like we read in this account, Israel’s leader, Saul, became weak, frail and ill and the morale of the people began to crumble, thus Israel’s enemies knew it was the time to act.

I liken this to what we are seeing today here in America with a weak, frail and ill leader i.e. Joe Biden who is very rapidly and with devastating effect making decisions which are causing the morale of the people to crumble. Is it any coincidence that as I put this Op together our mortal enemies i.e. Russia and China and their allies are currently involved in joint military exercises for the very first time, with the target of these exercises being the United States and the goal of wiping it completely off the planet? Nope, nothing is a coincidence with HaShem!

Gee, that sounds eerily similar to what HaShem prophesied in Jeremiah 50-51 about the End of Days Babylon (United States) being suddenly and in one hour, obliterated off the planet in a sudden attack, which then gives rise for the False Messiah out of Europe and the events of the Birth Pangs to begin! Are we at that point? I do not know for certain, but clearly something is coming very, very soon that HaShem is putting the warning out to all of His people to get ready! We have to keep the example of David in our hearts and minds and remember HaShem’s commandment to not fear our enemies because He will fight the war for us! Baruch HaShem!

Much to seek HaShem about and consider!

Shalom!

SOURCE MATERIALS:

  • The Scriptures by the Institute for Scripture Research
  • Tractate Sotah Talmud Bavli by Steinsaltz
  • The Prophets Samuel by Artscroll
  • The Book of the Mitzvot by Artscroll

SHIR HASHIRIM – THE VOICE OF THE BRIDEGROOM – PART 1

The beasts of the field will honor Me, the jackals and the ostriches, for I have put water in the desert and rivers in the wilderness, provide drink for My chosen people, this people that I fashioned for Myself that they might declare My praise. Isaiah 43:20-21

Well, it is finally time! I have been researching and compiling information on the Book of Shir HaShirim (Song of Solomon/Songs) for a long while now and thus it has reached the point where I can now post chapter one of this astounding and amazing Book!

I will be posting by chapter so expect this to be a VERY long and VERY in-depth study! We will be exploring not only chapter to chapter but also going verse by verse and in some important cases, word by word to explore all that is there! Each Op will have to be extremely long to encapsulate all that is there so please bear with me!

Also, you will notice I will be posting random pictures in each Op of HaShem’s creation because I hope it will inspire you to look out your window and see HaShem in His creation that He has blessed us with! Just remember, every gust of wind, every drop of rain, every grain of dust, every bolt of lightning, every snowflake, etc, is all utterly controlled and placed exactly where He wants them to be! He provides water and food for the animals and if He can do that, then how much more can He take care of us in these vile, wicked and exceedingly evil times we find ourselves living in right now?

In the midst of these wicked times we currently live in, there is great hope because HaShem tells us in Isaiah 2:1-5 concerning the end of days: “The prophecy that Isaiah son of Amoz saw, concerning Judah and Jerusalem – It WILL HAPPEN in the End of Days – The Mountain of the Temple of HaShem will be firmly established (Temple will be rebuilt!) as the head of the mountains, and it will be exalted above the hills, and ALL the nations will stream to it. Many peoples (Non-Jews) will go and say ‘Come, let us go up to the Mountain of HaShem, to the Temple of the Elohim of Jacob and He will teach us of His ways and we will walk in His paths (meaning the non-Jews will stream to the Temple in Jerusalem to be taught the Torah of HaShem). For from Zion will the Torah come forth, and the Word of HaShem from Jerusalem. He will judge among the nations, and will settle the arguments of many peoples. They shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks; nation will not lift up sword against nation and they will no longer study warfare. O House of Jacob, come, let us walk by the light of HaShem!” May it be so very soon in our days!

In order to begin our study into this amazing Book, we will need to lay the foundation, which again will take time, but it is very important so we can absorb all that HaShem has in His Word. First and foremost, always remember the following eternal characteristics of HaShem as once more they are vital as we proceed in this study:

  • 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 the ONLY truth there is per Psalms 119:142
  • He says His Torah is a tree of life and eternal per Proverbs 3:18-19 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 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
  • He says His Torah is the way of faith per Psalms 119:29-30
  • He says His Torah makes us wiser than our enemies per Psalms 119:98
  • He says His Torah is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path per Psalms 119:105
  • He says one who finds His Torah has found life per Proverbs 8:35
  • He says one who finds His Torah has found favor from HaShem per Proverbs 8:35
  • He says Messiah Yeshua is the GOAL of His Torah, meaning without His Torah, Messiah cannot be known per Romans 10:4
  • He says if we had believed Moshe/Torah, we would have believed Messiah per John 5:46

Why did HaShem create His people Israel (Comprised of everyone who wishes to serve and honor the Elohim of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob)? Isaiah 43 tells us: “That we might declare the praise of HaShem!” How do we praise HaShem? First we believe what He says, then we strive to put that faith into action and walk in His Torah and in doing so we bring honor and esteem to His Great Name, further, we declare our loyalty, devotion and love for HaShem because He is worthy of it and more importantly He is deserving of it!

Consider what He says in 2 Kings 7:23 which says “And who is like Your people, like Israel, a unique nation on earth, whom Elohim went forth to redeem unto Himself for a people, thus gaining Himself renown, and to perform great works for you (Israel) and wonders for Your Land, driving out nations and their gods from before Your people, whom You have redeemed for Yourself from Egypt.” HaShem loves His people, Israel and has gone to great lengths to redeem Israel! Keep this in mind as we proceed in what will be an extremely long Op!

Shir HaShirim is an extremely important Book in the Tanakh, one that is either ignored or sadly twisted and used to promote terrible abominations. I hope to show you shortly just how important this Book really is!

In Jewish thought, with regards to studying the Tanakh, there are FOUR levels of interpretation:

  • Peshat: Literal interpretation of each scripture
  • Remez: Alluding to other verses, such as cross referencing
  • Derash: Midrash, allegory, we must be VERY careful with this level
  • Sode: Mystical, again we must be VERY careful with this level as well

All four of these levels produces the Hebrew word ‘Pardes’ which means ‘Paradise!’ When we correctly study HaShem’s Word and apply it to our lives and in our hearts and minds, we walk in His paradise! Keep this in mind as we proceed because it will become very important shortly.

An excerpt from the Midrash Rabbah Shir HaShirim 1.20 Insights section says “Berachos 22a (Talmud Bavli) derives from Scripture (Deuteronomy 4:9-10) that we are commanded to study Torah in precisely the way we received it at Sinai: ‘In dread and awe, with trembling and with fear.’ This is because one who studies Torah drinks directly from the river that flows from Sinai. The words he absorbs were sent out into the world at that moment of the Revelation, and have now arrived at their destination after a journey of centuries. He hears in his mind the Great Voice of Sinai (HaShem), he relives in small measure the Receiving of the Torah, and so he must comport himself with the proper degree of reverence and awe.”

A very important aspect to grasp and take hold of is the proper understanding of ‘Kedusha’ or ‘Holiness’ and what it really means, not the Christian definition but what the Word of HaShem really says about it. The best definition I have read to describe what true Kedusha is, is the following statement “The time, space and objects that are limited to us through the agency of kedusha (Holiness) are signs that as HaShem’s covenantal partners, we must relinquish some control in every sphere of our existence and reserve those elements for His service!” Joseph Good of HaTikvah Ministries – Jerusalem Temple Study

The closer one draws to HaShem, the higher the level of Kedusha is required! Consider the following from Tractate Keilim 1.6-9 from the Mishnah when describing Kedusha: “There are TEN sanctities (Levels of Kedusha) – The progression ascends from the Land of Israel to the Temple of HaShem in Jerusalem:

  • Eretz Israel (The Land of Israel) is more sanctified than any of the other lands (In the world). And what is its sanctity? That we may bring from it the omer and the first fruits and the two loaves of bread, which we may not bring from any of the other lands.
  • Cities (In the Land) surrounded by a wall are more sanctified than this, for we send the metzoraim out of them, and they may carry a dead body around within them until they decide (To step out). Once out, they may not bring it back. Within the walls is more sanctified than these, for we may eat there kodashim kalim and ma’aser sheni.
  • Har Habayit (Temple Mount) is more sanctified than this, for zavim and zavot, niddot and yoldot may not enter there.
  • The Cheil (Inner Courtyard) is more sanctified than this, for Gentiles and one rendered impure by a corpse, may not enter there.
  • Ezrat Nashim (Court of the Women) is more sanctified than this, for a tevul yom may not enter there, but they are not liable to a sin offering for it.
  • Ezrat Yisrael (Court of Israel) is more sanctified than this for one lacking atonement may not enter there, and they are liable to a sin offering for it.
  • Ezrat Kohanim (Court of the Kohanim/Priests) is more sanctified than this, for Israelites may enter there only at a time when they are needed such as laying hands, for slaughtering and for heaving.
  • Between the Ulam (Porch into the Sanctuary) and the Altar is more sanctified than this, for those with a blemish and those with wild hair may not enter there.
  • The Hekhal (Sanctuary) is more sanctified than this, for one may not enter there without washing hands and feet.
  • The Holy of Holies is more sanctified than these, for only the Kohen Gadol (High Priest) may enter there, on Yom Kippur at the time of the service.”

Can you see the progression? The closer one draws to HaShem, the more restrictive the Kedusha requirements become! What does this teach us?

Now does it make a little more sense when HaShem command us in Vayikra (Leviticus) 19:2 “HaShem spoke to Moshe, saying ‘Speak to the entire assembly of the Children of Israel and say to them ‘You shall be holy (Kadosh), for holy (Kadosh) am I, HaShem, your Elohim.'” How do we set ourselves apart to Him? By walking in His Torah! He further says in Vayikra 20:7 “You shall sanctify (Kadosh) yourselves and you will be holy (Kadosh), for I am HaShem, your Elohim.'”

This is reiterated in 1 Peter 1:13-16 which says “Therefore, having girded up the loins of your mind, being sober, set your expectations perfectly upon the favor that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Yeshua Messiah, as OBEDIENT CHILDREN, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts in your ignorance, instead, as the One Who called you is set-apart (Holy/Kadosh) SO YOU ALSO SHOULD BECOME SET-APART (HOLY/KADOSH) IN ALL BEHAVIOR, because it has been written, ‘Be set-apart (Holy/Kadosh), for I am set-apart (Holy/Kadosh)'” quoting Vayikra 19:2. Just a quick observation, if the letter by Peter is advocating and quoting the Torah favorably and calling for the people who believe in Yeshua to obey the Torah, then how can Replacement Theology come along and toss it all out and still claim to be from HaShem? Obviously it can’t and has only succeeded in revealing its demonic, satanic origin once again. I digress. The point is, again we see in the Apostolic Writings where NOTHING has been changed, replaced, rendered obsolete and tossed out. The message from HaShem is still the same….be kadosh and we do that first by faith and then put that faith into action i.e. walk in His Torah out of love, devotion and loyalty to HaShem!

Remember, at Sinai HaShem offered Israel the Torah i.e. the Ketubah in Hebrew, which is the marriage contract which states all the responsibilities of the Groom to take care of His Bride, but also all the responsibilities of the Bride to the Groom. Israel joyously accepted the Ketubah and was betrothed to HaShem as His one and only Bride. The Bride agreed to the terms to be set-apart to her Groom and the Torah is the means to do so! Keep this in mind as we proceed!

Now with this stated as it pertains to being kadosh, HaShem has given us an incredible tool to use to really, truly and deeply understand the concept of kedusha and how to apply it to our lives! This tool is non other than the Temple of HaShem with all the offerings and all the services, even down to how it functions on a daily basis! In fact another name for the Temple of HaShem is ‘House of Kedusha’! Keep this in mind!!

In Ezekiel 43:10-11 HaShem says the following about His Temple: “You Ben Adam! Tell the family of Israel of the Temple and let them be ashamed of their sins, and MEASURE THE DESIGN. And if they are ashamed, the FORM OF THE HOUSE AND ITS DESIGN, ITS EXITS AND ENTRANCES, AND ALL ITS APPEARANCES, ITS LAWS AND DECORATION, AND ALL ITS REGULATIONS MAKE KNOWN TO THEM and write it down before their eyes, that they may remember its form and its decrees and perform them.” This is a command from HaShem to study and learn EVERYTHING about His Temple and why? So we would know how to apply these principles to our own lives because we, our bodies are the Temple of HaShem! We do NOT replace the Temple in Jerusalem, but our bodies being the Temple is NOT a Christian concept, it is very much a Jewish concept in that we are to see the Temple of HaShem and again apply its principles to our own lives! Unfortunately Christendom has twisted this concept up to mean our bodies have now replaced the Temple of HaShem in Jerusalem which has now become the habitation for devils and demons and the throne of Satan on earth…its abominable what Christendom has done to the Temple of HaShem, but that is an entirely different topic and not relevant to this Op. One day perhaps I will do an Op discussing just how much damage Christendom has done to the world, but for now the topic is on HaShem and His Temple! May it be so very soon in our days!

In studying and researching HaShem’s Temple, the Word of HaShem from Genesis to Revelation will suddenly explode into life! You will find studying His Temple is THE one and only key to unlock His Word and is the main focus! We find Temple Language all over the Apostolic Writings and especially Paul’s letters and is the focus of the Book of Revelation! When we understand Temple Language we will see Paul was in no way speaking against the Torah of HaShem or advocating Replacement Theology as Christendom teaches! The Temple is the key!

On a side note, there are 613 commandments in the Torah. Out of these 613 commandments, 271 of them pertain specifically to the Temple!

For example, there are 15 steps in the Temple of HaShem which lead up from the Court of the Women to the Court of Israel. These 15 steps are the basis for Psalms 120-134 i.e. the Psalms of Ascent because one is going UP to drawing closer to HaShem…each step corresponds to one Psalm i.e. the first step = Psalms 120 and the last step = Psalms 134! Next time you read these in your Bible’s consider this! Or when we read in the Apostolic Writings how the ‘Cock crowed’. Christendom has taught this was a literal rooster crowing in the morning. In reality, the ‘Cock that crowed’ was an idiom for a specific position in the Temple in which a Kohen, as the Temple Crier, would go to the highest point in the Temple and look for the sunrise to the east. When he saw it he would cry out indicating the beginning of the morning Temple Service and that it was time to offer the morning Tamid lamb! It has absolutely nothing, zilch, nadda to do with a chicken because chickens were not allowed within the walls of Jerusalem and especially not allowed in the Temple because their dung would contaminate everything.

One final example, when the woman caught in the act of adultery was brought to Yeshua and was asked to render a ruling on her guilt, He never answered. Why didn’t He answer and give a ruling? Christendom has taught it was because He was showing her mercy and grace. If we understand the Temple and the Sanhedrin, the answer becomes perfectly clear why not, which is because Yeshua didn’t have the authority to render a ruling! The Torah is clear that anyone woman accused of adultery is to be brought before the Sanhedrin to include all the credible witnesses for examination and only they can render a right ruling. If Yeshua had rendered a ruling He would have instantly been disqualified as the Messiah because He would have sinned! See how the narrative changes when we include the Temple into the Apostolic Writings? Keep this in mind as we proceed!

Remember, its the responsibility of the Kohanim (Priests) who officiate the Temple Services to teach Israel to know the differences between the holy and the profane, clean and unclean per Vayikra 10:10-11 and Ezekiel 44:23! A better description of the function of the Kohanim is derived from the Illuminated Shir HaShirim book page 19: “The Kohanim serve as HaShem’s emissaries on earth, conduits for a love that can be given only by HaShem. The love in the blessing is more than a description of the way it should be conveyed by the Kohen, with a heart overflowing with love and sincerity. The blessing itself is the act of love demonstrated by HaShem, as the Kohanim are commanded to bless the children of Israel with the gift of love from their Heavenly Father.”

With this foundation laid, we can now begin to tackle Shir HaShirim (Song of Songs)! As I have previously stated, Shir HaShirim is an utterly astounding Book of the Tanakh! It is a Book of love, the love HaShem has for His one and only eternal Bride i.e. Israel! It will utterly change your life when you read this Book and you see the lengths HaShem has gone to redeem His Bride and how He longs to dwell in the midst of her and how Israel longs to be with her Bridegroom once and for all, no longer separated by sin and our failures! Further, when you see Creation around you, I hope and pray you will see it with a new light of seeing it through the lens of Shir HaShirim and understand, HaShem reveals Himself and His character in the beauty of His Creation! He IS there, we just have to take the blinders off as well as take the time to actually look! I digress!

The Mishnah describes Shir HaShirim as the following: “If all the volumes written in the Tanakh are holy, then Shir HaShirim, this magnificent text that captures the intense relationship between HaShem and His children, is the Holy of Holies. Viewing the crescendo of kedushah, holiness, that was invested in that magnificent area, we can gain a greater appreciate for the gift that HaShem has given us through King Solomon in Shir HaShirim.”

The following is from Hilchot Teshuvah (Repentance) from the Mishnah Torah 10.3 which says “What is the proper degree of love (For HaShem)? That a person should love HaShem with a very great and exceeding love until his soul is bound up in the love of HaShem. Thus, he will always be obsessed with this love as if he is lovesick. A lovesick person’s thoughts are never diverted from the love of that woman. He is always obsessed with her; when he sits down, when he gets up, when he eats and drinks. With an even greater love, the love for HaShem should be implanted in the hearts of those who love Him and are obsessed with Him at all times as we are commanded in Deuteronomy 6:5 ‘Love HaShem with all your heart and with all soul.’ This concept was implied by Solomon in Song of Songs 2:5 when he stated as a metaphor, ‘I am lovesick.’ Indeed, the totality of the Song of Songs is a parable describing this love.”

An excerpt from ‘The Five Megillah’ discussing Shir HaShirim on page three says “All the commentaries agree that Shir HaShirim is NOT to be taken literally; it is an ALLEGORY of HaShem and Israel, their glorious beginning, their estrangement, their longing for each other, their eventual return to their original relationship!” What is an ‘Allegory’? It is a “story, a poem or a picture that can be interpreted to reveal a hidden meaning.” Keep this in mind as we will now begin to enter into the first chapter of this amazing Book!

LET’S BEGIN!!!

“One is only free if he delves into Torah!” Perkei Avos 6.2

Shir HaShirim 1:1 says “The song that excels all songs dedicated to HaShem, the King Whom peace belongs.” There are a total of TEN SONGS in HaShem’s Word:

  • Adam recited the very first song recorded as Psalms 92 the Shabbat Psalm!
  • Moshe uttered the second song in Shemot (Exodus) 15:1 and on
  • The Children of Israel sung the third in Bamidbar (Numbers) 21:17 and on
  • Moshe sung the fourth in Devarim (Deuternomy) 32:1 and on
  • Yehoshua (Joshua) sung the fifth in Yehoshua (Joshua) 10:12 and on
  • Barak and Deborah sung the sixth in Jude 5:1 and on
  • Hannah sung the seventh in I Samuel 2:1 and on
  • David sung the eighth in II Samuel 22:1 and on
  • Solomon sang the ninth in Isaiah 30:29 and on
  • Solomon sang the tenth in Shir HaShirim

Solomon wrote Ecclesiastes, Proverbs and Shir HaShirim!

  • Ecclesiastes deals with matters of this world
  • Proverbs expounds for the fear of HaShem
  • Shir HaShirim deals with the love of HaShem

Shir HaShirim 1:2 says “Communicate Your innermost wisdom to me again in loving closeness, for Your friendship is dearer than all earthly delights.”

The commentary on this verse explains “Exiled Israel says in her widowhood (Remember HaShem divorced Israel) let Him be intimate with me again and communicate the innermost secrets of His Torah to me directly i.e. mouth to mouth as He did at Sinai when He revealed Himself to us Face to face per Devarim (Deuteronomy) 5:4.”

Per the Torah, in Devarim 24:1-4 “If a man takes a woman and lives with her, and it will be that she will not find favor in his eyes, for he found in her a matter of IMMORALITY/ADULTERY, and he wrote her a bill of divorce and gave it into her hand and send her from his house, and she shall leave his house and go and marry another man and the latter hated her and wrote her a bill of divorce and presented it into her hand and sent her from his house, or the latter man who married her to himself will die, her first husband who divorced her shall NOT AGAIN TAKE HER TO BECOME HIS WIFE, AFTER SHE HAD BEEN DEFILED…” When Israel worshipped the Golden Calf, she committed adultery and then later Israel embraced idolatry, again idolatry in His eyes is adultery!

HaShem says in Jeremiah 3:7-8 “I said, even after she (Israel) had done all these things, ‘Return to Me!’ but she did not return. And her unfaithful sister, Judah, saw what befell her, and I saw that despite the fact that I divorced wayward Israel because of her adultery and gave her a bill of divorce to her, unfaithful Judah, her sister, was not afraid; she too, went and committed adultery.”

This is SO important to understand, because Israel is exiled into the world but she is holding onto the hope that one day HaShem will restore her to Him as His Bride! This folks, explains what Yeshua did!! Remember, per the Torah of HaShem a man who divorced his wife for adultery is prohibited from re-marrying her! So, what does HaShem do to fix this issue? He sends His Agent!!!!!!!

There is a Biblical principle called ‘The Law of Agency’ in which the Principle, will send a representative on their behalf to conduct business or legal affairs IN THEIR NAME! The agent is bound to only say and do what the Principle has empowered them to do. In Tractate Kiddushin 41b from the Talmud Bavli it states “The general principle is enunciated as thus ‘A man’s agent IS AS HIMSELF!'” Then it expounds and says “It is a general principle that the agent who acts outside or beyond the power given to him does not effect anything, in other words his acts are void and neither bind or benefit his principle.” Why is this so important? Because Yeshua (Not the Torah rejecting Jesus of Christendom) came as the AGENT of HaShem and therefore He can only do and say precisely what HaShem, as the Principle, empowered Him to say!! Remember Yeshua Himself says this in John 5:19 “Therefore Yeshua responded and said to them, ‘Truly, I say to you, the Son is able to do NONE AT ALL BY HIMSELF, BUT ONLY THAT WHICH HE SEES THE FATHER DOING, BECAUSE WHATEVER HE DOES, THE SON ALSO LIKEWISE DOES.” Then He says in John 12:49 “Because I spoke NOT FROM MYSELF, BUT THE FATHER WHO SENT ME HAS GIVEN ME A COMMAND WHAT I SHOULD SAY AND WHAT I SHOULD SPEAK.”

So we can see Yeshua only does and says what HaShem has empowered Him to say just as an Agent would do! He further says in John 14:9 “He who has seen Me has seen the Father…” Remember, a man’s agent is like himself?

Now remember HaShem says in Devarim 18:18 “I will raise up a Prophet (Messiah Yeshua) from among their brethren (Israel), like you, and I will PLACE MY WORDS IN HIS MOUTH; He shall speak to them everything that I will command him.” And what is the Word of HaShem? “I have given you a good Torah, do NOT forsake My Torah!” Proverbs 4:2. Also, refer back to the list of verses at the opening discussing the eternal characteristics of HaShem!!

Point is, can the Messiah/Agent of HaShem come speaking and doing what HaShem said not to do? No! That one fails the Devarim 18 test because HaShem has NOT put His Words in His mouth, which is why Christendom’s Replacement Theology Jesus who according to the doctrine teaches the Torah is tossed out, replaced, changed, etc, has just disqualified himself as being the Messiah/Agent of HaShem! This does not in any way invalidate the Apostolic Writings! It invalidates the Replacement Theology INTERPRETATION of the Apostolic Writings! Big difference!

Yeshua, on the other hand, does act and do as the Agent of HaShem, teaching only the Words HaShem has put in His Mouth and as HaShem’s Agent, He gives up His life, dies and releases HaShem from the prohibition of remarrying and when Yeshua is risen from the grave by the Power of HaShem, now HaShem can legally remarry Israel via Yeshua, His Agent!! Does this change the narrative we all grew up on? Remember Yeshua Himself says in Matthew 15:24 “I was sent ONLY for the lost sheep of the House of Israel.” Let’s move on.

Shir HaShirim 1:3 says “Like the scent of goodly oils is the spreading fame of Your great deeds; Your very Name is ‘Flowing Oil’ therefore have nations loved You.”

Oil is a metaphor for a good reputation. In Ecclesiastes 7:1 it says “A good name is better than good oil, and the day of death than the day of birth.” This verse refers to the miracles of the Exodus from Egypt, when news of HaShem’s miracles for the benefit of Israel spread like the fragrance of fine oil.

‘Your Name is Flowing Oil’ = Your reputation is widely revered like the fragrance of flowing oil.

‘The nations loved You’ = Solomon is referring to the nations as maidens who come to HaShem and convert such as Moshe’s father in law Jethro.

Further, ‘Your oils’ refers to HaShem’s duel gracious manifestations i.e. His Written Torah and His Oral Torah. The Torah was likened to oil to imply that just as oil in its original form as olives is bitter but afterwards it becomes sweet, so the study of Torah is at first bitter and laborious but later it becomes pleasant. Just as oil doesn’t mix with other fluids, so the Torah cannot mix with levity. As one becomes more frivolous, his Torah knowledge deserts him. However, just as oil, when mixed with other liquids always rises to the top, so Torah causes Israel to rise above, be set-apart, above the nations.

Shir HaShirim 1:4 says “Upon perceiving a mere hint that You wished to draw me, we rushed with perfect faith after You into the Wilderness. The King brought me into His cloud pillared chamber; whatever our travail we shall always be glad and rejoice in Your Torah. We recall Your love more than earthly delights, unrestrainedly do they love You.”

Again we see HaShem reaching out to His Bride i.e. Israel and Israel responds here, that even at the mere hint He wishes to draw Israel near to Him, Israel will rush, run with perfect faith after Him. A cross reference to this is very interesting and says in Jeremiah 2:2 “I (HaShem) recall for you (Israel) the kindness of your youth, the love of your nuptials, your following Me into the Wilderness, into an unsown land.” What He is saying is He appreciates Israel’s unquestioning trust in Him at the time of the Exodus from Egypt and His longing for their repentance so that He can show them mercy. The reference to ‘kindness of your youth’ refers to the kind deeds of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and the reference to ‘nuptials’ refers to the ‘Giving of the Torah’ at Mount Sinai, which was the marriage of HaShem and His nation!

Notice here Israel rejoices in HaShem’s Torah? Does this sound like an oppressing, burdensome, cruel Torah which is routinely described by Replacement Theology Christendom today? I digress.

Psalms 119:32 says “I will run on the way of Your commandments when You will broaden my understanding.” The commentary on this verse says “The final perfection of creation will be when Israel merits redemption and rises to such noble heights that ALL nations follow its example!” Again what is the purpose of Israel? To be a light to the nations and draw the world to HaShem and His Torah!

Verse four here is described in the commentary as the following: “In the plain sense of the allegory, the estranged wife i.e. Israel is cast into exile, pleads with her Husband to show her a sign of affection and she will run back to Him.” If you think about it logically, here would be the perfect time for HaShem to tell Israel ‘You blew it, I have divorced you, tossed you out and I will marry another i.e. the Church!” But, we see time and again He doesn’t say this, so again I have to point out Replacement Theology Christendom’s doctrine that they have replaced Israel as the Bride, the marriage contract i.e. the Torah is tossed out and replaced by grace, etc, is proven once more to be out of the pit of Hell! I hope you can see the contrast? I digress again.

Shir HaShirim 1:5 says “Though I (Israel) am black with sin, I am comely with virtue, O nations who are destined to ascend to Jerusalem; though sullied as the tents of Kedar, I will be immaculate as the draperies of Shlomo (Solomon).”

The commentary on this verse is very interesting. It says the following from the perspective of Israel speaking to the nations (Non-Jews): “Do not think lightly of me because my ‘Husband’ has left me due to my swarthiness, so declares Israel to the nations. I am blackened in consequence of my own deeds, but I am comely by virtue of the deeds of my forefathers (Abraham, Isaac and Jacob). And, even among my own deeds, many are meritorious. Although I sinned regarding the Golden Calf in Exodus 32, in compensation I have the merit of having accepted the Torah.”

The nations of the world are destined to one day during the Day of HaShem i.e. erroneously referred to as the Millennium, come up to Jerusalem to worship HaShem and learn His Torah from the Temple! “All nations are destined to become ‘Daughters of Jerusalem’ at the End of Days. Then, all nations will acknowledge the holiness of Jerusalem and submit to HaShem and learn the Torah from Israel.” Remember what we discussed at the very top of this Op concerning the prophecy in Isaiah 2? Again, this completely destroys Replacement Theology Christendom!

The commentary continues: “Israel addresses the nations of the world: ‘Although I am black as the tents of Kedar which constantly lay exposed to the elements, nevertheless, with a little effort, I can be washed as clean as the curtains of Solomon’. Do not think that HaShem has rejected me utterly! He still loves me because of my merits. And, when I repent to Him, He will atone my sins as it is written in Isaiah 1:18 ‘Though your sins be like scarlet, they shall be white as snow!'”

Another commentary source on this verse says “Israel addresses the nations that malign her, as the disgraced wife who has been expelled by her husband. It is true, she says, in the literal sense, that my complexion has been blackened by the sun, but my body is comely. Allegorically, it is true that the sin of the Golden Calf blackened me, in the spiritual sense, but I also have the virtue that I accepted the Torah, and I remain committed to it.” How many times to do I read online on the various articles and videos posted by Christian pastors mocking and ridiculing Israel that they blew it, HaShem has rejected Israel once and for all and now the ‘Church’ has replaced Israel once and for all? My point is, the nations (Non-Jews) are still to this day maligning and mocking Israel. Its shameful and so utterly wrong with absolutely zero truth to any of the Church claims.

In the Midrash Rabbah Shir HaShirim 50-1 it says “The nations of the world taunt the people of Israel and say, ‘This nation, Israel, exchanged their glory for the likeness of a grass eating ox, quoting Psalms 106:20, so HaShem does not care for them anymore, and He will exchange them for us!'” This is precisely what most of Christendom teaches today! And what is the response in the Midrash? “The people of Israel say to them: ‘Now, if we who worshiped idols only for a short time, have been found guilty before Elohim, you who have always worshiped idols, how much more so will Elohim NOT take you in place of us!'” Christendom is derived from enormous amounts of paganism and idolatry. I recently did a study on the origins of Christendom referencing biblical and historical texts and it is scary how much paganism is in Christendom. The founding fathers of Christendom were huge adherents and practitioners of Greek and Roman paganism and incorporated those ideologies and influences into Christendom almost from the very beginning, going back nearly 2,000 years when Christendom broke away from HaShem and His Torah and created its own version of the Messiah i.e. the Torah hating ‘Jesus Christ’, based upon the Greek god Zeus as well as other Greek and Roman deities. So, if HaShem punished His people for idolatry, then why would He replace Israel for Christendom which is wholly derived from paganism and idolatry? I could go on but will save that topic for another Op someday. Moving on.

With regards to the reference to ‘The Curtain of Solomon’ this is a direct reference to a specific curtain/veil in the Temple, which had embroidered on it the star constellations. This veil had a name, it was called ‘The Heavens!’ This is another area of correction which needs to be addressed. When Christendom teaches the veil that tore when Yeshua died, was the veil that separated the Most Holy Place from the Holy Place and that it signified everyone now has access to the Ark in the Most Holy Place! Further, many teach it signified the end of the Torah and the end of the Temple! Again this is very, very wrong teaching because it simply isn’t true! There were a total of 13 Parochet (Veils) in the Temple, with FOUR in the Sanctuary and TWO that separated the Most Holy Place from the Holy Place. The Parochet (Veil) that tore when Yeshua died was ‘The Heavens’ and it was at the opening of the Sanctuary, the one everyone could see. It is also the same veil that tore once before when King Uzziah went in to burn incense illegally per 2 Chronicles 26. He was instantly struck with leprosy, there was a gigantic earthquake and ‘The Heavens’ tore. We know the Parochet tore because it says the sunlight shine through and exposed Uzziah’s leprosy, which can only mean the Parochet tore!

This earthquake is recorded in HaShem’s word: Amos 1:1 says “The words of Amos, who was one of the herders of Tekoa, who saw visions concerning Israel, in the days of Uzziah, king of Judah and in the days of Jeroboam son of Joash king of Israel, TWO YEARS BEFORE THE EARTHQUAKE.”

Zechariah 15:5 says “And you will flee to the valley of the mountains, for the valley of the mountains will reach to Azal, and you will flee as you fled from THE EARTHQUAKE THAT WAS IN THE DAYS OF UZZIAH, king of Judah.”

Can you see why we MUST learn the Temple of HaShem and all the Temple Services? It puts everything on track and utterly destroys Replacement Theology once and for all, Baruch HaShem!! Moving on.

Shir HaShirim 1:6 says “Do not view me with contempt despite my swarthiness, for it is but the sun which has glared upon me. The alien children of my mother were incensed with me and made me a keeper of the vineyards of idols, but the vineyard of my own true Elohim I did not keep.”

This verse is very interesting, the reference here to the sun is in reference to when Israel picked up idolatry and began to worship the sun! Jeremiah 2:13 says “For My people have committed two evils: They have forsaken Me, the Source of living waters, to dig for themselves cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water.” In other words, they embraced ‘Sun Worship’ i.e. Replacement Theology, tossed out HaShem and adopted the doctrines of Replacement Theology i.e. dug for themselves cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water i.e. there is no truth or substance in them, only delusion and death.

Ezekiel 8:16 says “He brought me to the inner courtyard of the Temple of HaShem, and behold, at the entrance of the Sanctuary of HaShem, between the Entrance hall and the Altar, were some twenty five men, WITH THEIR BACKS TO THE SANCTUARY OF HASHEM, with their faces turned eastward; they were bowing eastward to the sun.” This is HUGE! Why? Because per the Temple protocols, it is utterly forbidden for anyone, anywhere in the Temple to turn their backs toward the Sanctuary because that is the Throne of HaShem on earth and you do NOT turn your back on your King, especially the Sovereign of the Universe!

The reference to not guarding my own vineyard is speaking of the Kohanim (Priests) and the Levites and their requirement to guard the Temple of HaShem as is commanded in the Torah per Bamidbar (Numbers) 3 and I Chronicles 23-26 and instead went watched other alien temples (Vineyards).

Idolatry is very dangerous and destructive and the price for doing so is enormous! This is why we have to constantly guard ourselves, which can be extremely difficult in our current culture and society we live in today!

Shir HaShirim 1:7 says “Tell me, You Whom my soul loves: Where will You graze Your flock? Where will You rest them under the fiercest sun of harshest exile? Why shall I be like one veiled in mourning among the flocks of Your fellow shepherds?”

This verse is Israel, allegorized here as sheep, beloved by their shepherd, addresses HaShem as a woman addresses her husband and states to Him the exile is too difficult for her. ‘Where will You graze Your flock?‘ The commentary on this says “Where, by what standard, with what Master Plan, will You pasture Your flock i.e. the Jews among the wolves in whose midst they dwell. Where will You rest them at noon during their long distressing Exile? Noon being a time of distress for cattle because the sun is then most intense and there is no relief from the suffering.”

The commentary then says regarding the word ‘rest’ as used in this verse “It is perhaps possible to homiletically link the word ‘rest’, to the dissemination of Torah. In other words, the question could be asked ‘By what method will You pasture Your flock in Exile? Under such affliction, how do You plan to disseminate Torah i.e. how do You expect Torah to flourish in the high noon of affliction.” So, we can see in this verse, Israel, while in Exile, still desires the Torah of HaShem! Keep this in mind!

Shir HaShirim 1:8 says “If you know not where to graze, o fairest of nations, follow the footsteps of the sheep, your forefathers who traced a straight, unswerving path after My Torah. Then you can graze your tender kids even among the dwellings of foreign shepherds.”

This verse is the beginning of HaShem response to Israel’s question we read in verse seven above! The commentary on this says “If the Assembly of Israel, compared to a beautiful child, desires to wipe out the captivity, and make HaShem’s soul compassionate towards her, let her walk in the ways of the righteous, and let her arrange her supplications by the mouth of the shepherds and leaders of the generation; let her instruct her children, compared to the kids of the goat, to assemble in synagogues and study houses; then, by that merit, they will be sustained in exile, until HaShem sends their King, Messiah, who will lead them gently to their Dwelling Place, the Temple which David and Solomon, the shepherds of Israel, shall build for them.”

What is the point here? HaShem is telling Israel if she wants to know where to graze, nothing has changed, repent and walk in righteousness i.e. walk in the Torah of HaShem. Our safety in this world is to walk in righteousness i.e. walk in His Torah out of love, devotion and loyalty to HaShem! The commentary backs this up when it says “Your tabernacles, o Israel, quoting Numbers 24:5, which the Talmud in Sanhedrin 105b interprets as ‘your synagogues and study houses’ and which, the Midrash notes, protect Israel ‘when the voice of Jacob i.e. Torah study is heard therein.’ He therefore renders thus: ‘If you ask where to graze, then heed My advice and graze your children in the spiritual pastures of the synagogues and study houses, and this will protect you.” Again, let me reiterate, salvation is obtained by faith in HaShem, but that faith is then put into action by studying and walking in the Torah of HaShem, the marriage contract between HaShem and Israel!

Shir HaShirim 1:9 says “To a steed in Pharaoh’s chariot I have likened you, My beloved.”

HaShem here is reminding Israel of how He miraculously delivered and saved Israel from Pharaoh at the Exodus from Egypt! The Midrash on this verse highlights in Hebrew the term ‘My beloved’ is missing the Hebrew letter ‘Vav’ which changes this phrase to ‘My rejoicing’! The Midrash goes on and says “The Holy One, blessed is He, said: ‘Just as I rejoiced to destroy the enemies of Israel.’ And what caused them to be saved? Scripture answers this question by stating in Shemot (Exodus) 14:29 ‘The Children of Israel went on dry land in the midst of the Sea; the water was a wall for them, on their right and on their left.’ On their right intimates that they were saved in the merit of the Torah that they were destined to receive from the Right Hand of the Holy One, blessed is He, as it is stated, per Devarim (Deuteronomy) 33:2 ‘From His Right Hand He presented the fiery Torah to them.’ And on their left, these are an allusion to the tefillin worn on the left arm. Alternatively, on their right, this is an allusion to the recitation of the Shema and on their left this is an allusion to prayer.”

Shir HaShirim 1:10-11 says “Your (Israel’s) cheeks are lovely with rows of gems, your neck with necklaces, My gifts to you from the splitting sea, by inducing Pharaoh to engage in pursuit, to add circlets of gold to your spangles of silver.”

Again here we see HaShem speaking to Israel. The Midrash says “Just as the cheeks were created only for the purpose of speech, so were Moshe and Aaron created only for the purpose of speech i.e. teaching Torah to the people of Israel. Thus they are the cheeks of Israel.”

The commentary on these verses is very interesting because again HaShem is talking about His Torah! “These verses are a reference to Torah: ‘Your cheeks’ refers to men’s power of speech, ‘Just as the cheeks are made only for speech, so was Israel created only for the Torah!’ Homiletically these are interpreted as referring to students who eagerly strain their necks to hear the words of the Torah from their teachers mouth.”

The reference in these verses to ‘Rows of gems, your neck with necklaces’ is a reference to the Torah scholars when they would string together passages from the Torah, the Prophets, the Writings (Tanakh/Old Testament) in their Torah study.

The Midrash further expounds and says “Circlets points to the two Torah’s that Moshe and Aaron taught the people of Israel i.e. the Written Torah and the Oral Torah.” For our proper understanding of Torah we must have both, Written and Oral Torah’s!

The Midrash has an interesting comment regarding the Torah of HaShem: “Fire is indicative of how one must relate to the Torah, as one relates to fire. Torah was given in fire and is compared to fire. One who comes too close to fire will be scorched, and one who stays too far away will remain cold; one must warm himself in its glow. Indeed, one must seek the warmth of fire, but he must always maintain a sense of fear and awe.”

On a side note, when the Torah says HaShem gave His fiery Torah, per the Hebrew wording indicates the following “The Torah that was given to Moshe was written with letters of black fire on a background of white fire. Likewise, the Tablets were chiseled from fire and given amid fire.” What exactly this means, we do not know! It points me however, to the verse in Hebrews 12:29 where it says “Our Elohim is a consuming fire!” Moving on.

Shir HaShirim 1:12 says “While the King was yet at His table, my nard gave forth its fragrance.”

This is now Israel speaking to HaShem. The incident of the Golden Calf is such a disastrous event in Israeli history! The commentary on this verse is very good and says “The allegorical translation follows Rashi who renders ‘my nard gave forth its fragrance’ as a euphemism for evil odor, a distasteful term which Scripture avoided in speaking of Israel. Further, while Moshe was in the heavens to receive the Torah, the wicked ones of that generation, the mixed multitude among them, arose and made the golden calf. They corrupted their actions, and their evil name went forth against them throughout the world, whereas previously their scent went forth in the world as fragrance. Now, however, they were malodorous as nard.”

The Midrash says “While the Supreme King of kings, the Holy One, blessed is He, was at His table in Heaven, the people of Israel gave forth a foul odor and they said of the Golden Calf, ‘This is your god, O Israel’ per Shemot (Exodus) 32:4.”

The commentary says “Nard is an aromatic plant used as perfume. The appears in Scripture only here and one other place where it is is listed with other spices. In the Talmud, Kerisos 6a, it is listed as an ingredient of the compound of incense used in the Temple.”

At this point, HaShem’s Presence was in the Heavens, the Mishkan (Tabernacle) had yet to be built, where His Presence would dwell among His people! What does this teach us? The Mishkan and the Mikdash (Temple) in Jerusalem are in essence Mount Sinai where HaShem’s Presence would come down to communicate and dwell among His people! This is again why He commands us to learn everything about His Temple in Ezekiel 43:10-11 and why we desperately need the Temple to be rebuilt in Jerusalem today!! Keep this in mind!

Shir HaShirim 1:13 says “But my Beloved responded with a bundle of myrrh, the fragrant atonement of erecting a Tabernacle where His Presence would dwell amid the Holy Ark’s staves.”

Here Israel is acknowledging HaShem could have easily tossed Israel aside forever and replaced her with someone else i.e. the Church, for her sin of the Golden Calf, but HaShem doesn’t do that! What does He do? He responds with a bundle of myrrh!!!!!!! Baruch HaShem!!

The commentary on this verse says “The myrrh of this verse compensates for the nard of the previous verse. Nard, as explained above, is a euphemism for the offensive odor of sin; the bundle of myrrh figuratively refers to her expiation i.e. my Beloved has become to me as one who possesses a bag of fragrant myrrh, and offering it to me says ‘Here is a bag that will produce finer fragrance than the one you lost.’ Similarly, HaShem appeared after the incident of the Golden Calf, offering me an opportunity to acquire a new fragrance i.e. contribute to the construction of the Tabernacle! He said, ‘And the act of repentance represented by the contribution of gold for the holy task of building the Tabernacle will expiate the sin of having given gold to make the Calf.'”

Ketoret (Incense) is a critical key component of the Temple and its daily Service to HaShem! It is so critical that the Golden Altar, where the incense is burned each day, is right before the Parochet (Veils) which separate the Most Holy Place from the Holy Place! Further, a Kohen can only offer up and burn the incense one time in their entire life!! This is why when we read in the Apostolic Writings about Zechariah went to offer up the incense when the angel appeared to tell him about having a son is greatly enhanced when we understand the Temple Services and burning the incense!

There are eleven spices which comprise the Ketoret to be offered up in the Temple. Further, it was the responsibility of the Kohen family of Avtinas to prepare and mix the proper compounds together for the Ketoret. Tractate Karetot 6a from the Talmud Bavli gives us the list of spices:

  • Balm
  • Onycha
  • Galbanum
  • Frankincense
  • Myrrh
  • Cassia
  • Spikenard
  • Saffron
  • Cinnamon
  • Aromatic Bark
  • Kersannah lye

Remember, none of what goes on in the Temple is manmade or added too by the Rabbis as I have heard so many times over the years by many in the Hebrew Roots circles along with Christendom. HaShem gave Moshe and David both the Tavnit (Blueprints) for its design and for all the Temple Services via His Ruach (Spirit) per Shemot (Exodus) 25 and I Chronicles 28!

Can you thus far see how important the Temple is to the relationship between HaShem and His people? Its vital and enhances why the destruction of the Second Temple by Rome was so devastating and why we can still feel those effects today!

Shir HaShirim 1:14 says “Like a cluster of henna in Ein Gedi vineyards has my Beloved multiplied His forgiveness to me.”

This is an amazing verse because this verse encapsulates HaShem’s mercy, grace and forgiveness of Israel!! Henna is a very fragrant plant. Ein Gedi is a specific location just west of the Dead Sea! Why did HaShem single this place out along with the Henna? The commentary explains: “Ein Gedi, was in the wilderness (I Samuel 24:2) thus it metaphorically alludes to a dwelling place away from other inhabitants, yet because of its abundant growth of Henna, its scent is perceived from afar. So, too, the Divine which, so to speak dwells from afar, yet He is like a cluster of Henna whose scent permeates the world!”

Further, the commentary says “The fragrance of the various spices mentioned in these verses are referring to HaShem’s favors to us, renders the verse thus: ‘The favors You bestowed upon us are so vast that they resemble a cluster of Henna which grows in abundance and which gives off an aroma that can be perceived from afar. So are the wondrous and miraculous deeds You performed for us known to the ends of the earth.'”

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Ein Gedi, Israel!

Shir HaShirim 1:15 says “You are beautiful in your deeds My beloved, and are beloved in your commitment to listen to them; your eyes turn to Me like the dove, ever faithful to its mate.”

This is HaShem speaking to Israel. In Hebrew the reference to ‘Your eyes turn to Me’ is pointing to the Sanhedrin of Israel i.e. the Court HaShem establishes in the Torah and anoints them to render right rulings on how to walk and keep the Commandments of HaShem! HaShem commands in Devarim (Deuteronomy) 17 that we are to obey what the Sanhedrin rules upon and to defy them is to defy HaShem Himself for He is the One Who establishes the Sanhedrin in Bamidbar (Numbers) 15-24! This is the basis for why the Oral Torah does have merit and must be studied, especially the Mishnah, which is the recorded right rulings of the Sanhedrin on how to walk in the Torah! Even Yeshua reiterated this when He said ‘The Scribes and the Pharisees sit in the Seat of Moshe, therefore all they tell you, do and observe, but do not do according to their deeds….’ per Matthew 23:2. In this particular case, Yeshua is telling us to obey the Sanhedrin, but the ones who controlled the Sanhedrin of His day were corrupt and were vehemently against allowing Non-Jews to learn the Torah and enter the covenant, something HaShem never once prohibited.

I have done a few Op’s discussing the history of Yeshua’s time with regards to Shammai and Hillel, the two main Pharisaical schools of thought that showed how Yeshua railed against the Pharisees of Shammai and agreed with the Pharisees of Hillel on their interpretation of the Torah! Paul was a Hillel Pharisee! I digress.

The reference in this verse to the dove is very interesting because the dove is the ONLY bird in creation which when it selects a mate, it remains faithful to the mate for its entire lifespan! In fact doves mourn when their mate dies! This is why HaShem compares Israel to a dove because Israel will remain forever devoted to HaShem! Another nail in the coffin of Replacement Theology Christendom!

Shir HaShirim 1:16 says “You are beautiful, my Beloved indeed pleasant, even our couch is full of vigor.”

The word ‘Couch’ here in this verse is specifically referencing the Temple of HaShem! It is an allegory for intimate closeness. The Temple is an allegory to the intimacy between HaShem and Israel!

No wonder the adversary has worked so hard to separate HaShem’s people from His Temple or how he has corrupted the Temple of HaShem and turned it into something reviled, demonic, the seat of Satan and the future seat of the Anti-Christ as most of Christendom teaches today! Consider the number 13 which is universally recognized as the most cursed number in existence, but in reality, the number 13 is the number associated with the Temple of HaShem! There are:

  • 13 Gates
  • 13 Prostrations before HaShem during the Services
  • 13 Veils
  • 13 Collection Chests, etc

Now consider Friday the 13th is a very cursed day, why? Because 13 is the number of the Temple and Friday begins Shabbat!! See how the Adversary works?

Shir HaShirim 1:17 says “The beams of OUR House are cedar, OUR panels are cypress.”

This is the final verse of chapter one and it speaks about the Temple of HaShem being OUR House because it is here where we meet with our Beloved King!! Baruch HaShem!!

The beams referenced here are an allegory for the Torah sages of each generation. Further, cedars is a reference to the righteous i.e. HaShem’s people who walk in His Torah per Psalms 92:13!

Additionally, Cypress trees are known for bending i.e. being pliable per Hosea 14:9 and Cedar trees are known for being strong per I Kings 6:15.

Finally, this verse alludes to the Temple which will be built in the days of King Messiah i.e. our day and time right now in 2021! It is the days of King Messiah because we eagerly await His arrival! May it be so very soon in our days!

I hope and pray this gigantic study helped in some ways and opened eyes, ears, hearts and minds to the wonders of HaShem and His eternal faithfulness to His one and only people, Israel, comprised of all who wish to serve the Elohim of Israel!

This is the just the opening chapter in this amazing Book! Stand by for chapter 2 for it gets more intense!!

Much to consider!

Shalom!

SOURCE MATERIALS

  • The Scriptures by the Institute for Scripture Research
  • Shir HaShirim Artscroll Tanach Series
  • Talmud Bavli Steinsaltz
  • Kehati Mishnah
  • Mishnah Torah
  • The Illuminated Shir HaShirim by Artscroll

HE SENDS THEM A STRONG DELUSION

“There is a time when HaShem WILL act – They voided Your Torah.” Psalms 119:126

How do we know we truly are rapidly nearing the end? Just look at the state of the world around us! Everything is collapsing, chaos and debauchery are arising in strength while truth and those who adhere to the truth are shunned, rejected, ridiculed and despised!

The world is being engulfed in chaos not just manmade chaos but natural chaos i.e. weather fluctuations unseen before, earthquakes, droughts, tornadoes, volcanoes, famines and death on every level. Creation itself is groaning under the increasing weight of the sin and rebellion of humanity……just like it did once before i.e. the Days of Noach! Remember, there is nothing new under the sun per Ecclesiastes 1:9 and He reveals the end out of the beginning per Isaiah 46:10!

People appear to be completely oblivious to seeing the connection between the rising chaos and the rising debauchery being embraced by society! The more the debauchery is embraced and being promoted as normal, the more the earth and creation itself reacts! You would think people would get a clue and recognize this but sadly most just continue to march on as if all is well to their destruction!

With this said, it is my hope to be able to show why all these events are happening and also to prove we are absolutely at the end awaiting the return of our Messiah…may it be so very soon! But before we can jump into this, always remember the following unchanging characteristics of HaShem for they are vital, especially now in these wicked and evil times we live in:

  • 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 the ONLY truth there is per Psalms 119:142
  • He says His Torah is a tree of life and eternal per Proverbs 3:18-19 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 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
  • He says His Torah is the way of faith per Psalms 119:29-30
  • He says His Torah makes us wiser than our enemies per Psalms 119:98
  • He says His Torah is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path per Psalms 119:105
  • He says one who finds His Torah has found life per Proverbs 8:35
  • He says one who finds His Torah has found favor from HaShem per Proverbs 8:35
  • He says Messiah Yeshua is the GOAL of His Torah, meaning without His Torah, Messiah cannot be known per Romans 10:4
  • He says if we had believed Moshe/Torah, we would have believed Messiah per John 5:46

The chaos we see around us in all its disastrous forms boils down to one simple concept: TRUTH vs LIES! It really is this simple! The biblical definition of the Truth is literally the Torah of HaShem per Psalms 119:142! HaShem Himself is the Truth per Jeremiah 10:10 since the Torah comes from Him, which means to reject HaShem and His Torah is to reject the only truth there is and all that remains is the lie!

What is truth? The Hebrew word for ‘Truth’ is ‘Emet’! We know HaShem is truth and we know His Torah is the only truth there is! Tractate Shabbos 55a from the Talmud Bavli says “The seal of the Holy One, Blessed is He, is Truth!” An excerpt from the book ‘The Wisdom in the Hebrew Alphabet’ on page 216 says “A seal is a guarantee that an agreement is firm and will be carried out. The seal of a flesh and blood king may be nullified, as Haman’s sealed decree was nullified by King Ahasuerus in Esther 8:5. Not so is the seal of HaShem, the Infinite One Whose wisdom encompasses the entire future, and Whose decrees are valid at all times. HaShem may take counsel with His Heavenly Court, but the final decision is His alone and will not change. His seal of Truth is synonymous with a stamp of permanency. Truth is unlike other phenomena in Creation. Referring to the uniqueness of truth, HaShem is the absolute Truth. By definition Truth is eternal; it cannot be nullified nor voided, nor can it be distorted by falsehood. Unlike fire that can be extinguished or water that evaporates, Truth never ceases to exist.”

So, when King David declares in Psalms 119:160 “The very beginning of Your Word (Torah) is Truth”, does this imply HaShem’s Truth can be rendered obsolete, tossed aside and replaced as Replacement Theology teaches today? Keep this in mind!

Consider what HaShem tells us as it pertains to the coming of the Lawless One i.e. the One WITHOUT the Torah otherwise known as the False Messiah: “The coming of the LAWLESS ONE (Without the Torah) is according to the working of Satan, with ALL power and signs and wonders of FALSEHOOD, and with ALL DECEIT of unrighteousness in those perishing, BECAUSE THEY DID NOT RECEIVE THE LOVE OF THE TRUTH (TORAH), IN ORDER FOR THEM TO BE SAVED.” 2 Thessalonians 2:9-10.

First and foremost let stop right here before examining these two verses in depth and remind everyone, Torah does NOT save anyone, it was never designed to do so. Salvation has always, from day one, been about faith/belief in HaShem! First we believe and HaShem considers it righteousness, THEN we learn to walk in righteousness i.e. His Torah as the evidence of our faith and because we love HaShem! I digress.

Notice in these verses in 2 Thessalonians above, HaShem specifies that the coming of the Lawless One or the Torahless One, is a process which has been prepared since HaShem announced His plan for the redemption of mankind! Further, HaShem is reiterating the doctrine of this one is a doctrine teaching Replacement Theology i.e. Without the Torah, which again is why I am convinced this Lawless/Torahless One is none other than the Jesus Christ of Christendom simply because his doctrine is what? Replacement Theology i.e. the Torah has been rendered obsolete, the Feasts of HaShem have been changed to Christmas/Easter/Etc, Shabbat has been changed to Sunday or any ole day of the week except for the Seventh Day and everything HaShem declared in the beginning has now been rendered obsolete and tossed aside replaced by ‘Grace’. Now I have done several Ops over the years discussing this topic in depth so I won’t repeat myself, so if you are interested, feel free to go look them up. The point is, this False Messiah and his Replacement Theology doctrine has been working on the scene in the world for thousands of years!

Next, notice HaShem says this False Messiah acts with all power and signs and wonders and for what purpose? To deceive the masses! Point is, we have to compare all the signs and wonders with the Torah of HaShem to determine if they are legit or another lie being foisted upon the world! Further, He says this False Messiah acts with all deceit of unrighteousness! Again, what is unrighteousness as defined by the Bible? It is acts which are against the Torah of HaShem…righteousness is walking in the Torah and unrighteousness is walking apart from the Torah, going about according to what is right to each person and not HaShem and where does that lead? He says so here in this verse i.e. perishing!

What empowers this False Messiah to get stronger and stronger? “BECAUSE THEY (The People) DID NOT RECEIVE THE LOVE OF THE TRUTH (TORAH), IN ORDER FOR THEM TO BE SAVED.” In other words, the people/humanity reject HaShem and His Torah, then this False Messiah gets stronger and stronger! Are the people of America today rejecting HaShem and His Torah i.e. embracing lawlessness and unrighteousness? Sadly yes very much so thus we see the chaos increasing.

Here is a question to consider: Are the majority of the churches of Christendom today teaching a positive message about the Torah of HaShem? Absolutely not! Most are teaching Replacement Theology and the doctrine of the False Messiah, unknowingly of course and why? Because they did not receive the love of the Truth i.e. the Torah of HaShem! Keep this in mind!

Next HaShem says “And for this reason Elohim SENDS THEM A WORKING OF DELUSION, FOR THEM TO BELIEVE THE FALSEHOOD, IN ORDER THAT ALL SHOULD BE JUDGED WHO DID NOT BELIEVE THE TRUTH (TORAH), BUT HAVE DELIGHTED IN THE UNRIGHTEOUSNESS.” 2 Thessalonians 2:11-12.

Yikes! So for the reason of the people rejecting the Truth of HaShem i.e. His Torah, HaShem then sends, or better translated as allows to come upon them a strong delusion for them to believe the lies, in order that all should be judged because they did not believe the Truth (Torah), but delighted in rejecting HaShem and His Torah! In my opinion, HaShem is saying those who have had repeated calls and opportunities by HaShem to come out of the Replacement Theology indoctrination centers and embrace His Torah and those people continuously refuse and reject the calls, then at some point the red line is crossed and HaShem then sends or allows a strong delusion upon them in which they cannot then do anything other than believe the lies to their destruction. People may say that is cruel of HaShem to do so, no it isn’t cruel in the least. HaShem is the Sovereign of the Universe! He has gone to great lengths for each and every person to have the opportunity on multiple occasions to embrace the Truth, some answer the call and others refuse…in each case it is free will!

On a side note, the Hebrew word for ‘Delusion’ is the word ‘Ta’ah’ and it means “The wrong manner of life, led astray, straying about, seducing, corrupting, imposter, to wander, go astray due to outside influence, stagger from being intoxicated, stray without rest.”

What is very interesting is the definition of the delusion is to stray from HaShem without rest as compared too what HaShem promises in Psalms 94 when He says “And whom for Your Torah you teach him, TO GIVE REST TO HIM, FROM THE DAYS OF EVIL.” Again, we see walking in the Torah of HaShem gives rest while walking opposed to HaShem and His Torah brings chaos!

Also I find it very interesting this same word for ‘delusion’ is used in Romans 1:27 which says “And likewise, the men also, having left natural relations with woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men, committing indecency and receiving back the reward which was due for they STRAYING.” My point is, homosexuality and all the filthy behaviors and insanity which goes with it, is at the heart of this delusion and what do we see consuming America today? Remember the Days of Noach and Sodom and Gomorrah? Homosexuality and all the insanity which goes with it consumed them as well and what happened? Well, here we are again just as He said it would and we are witnessing the country collapse! Okay, back on track!

I have heard people say over the years they thought it was cruel for HaShem to have placed the two trees in the Garden of Eden i.e. the Tree of Life and the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. We have to consider and understand His Word from the Jewish perspective to properly see what He is doing in the Garden. By placing man in the Garden, He tells man he is free to eat from where he wishes, as much as he wishes, only from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil man is to restrain himself from. By HaShem placing that tree in the Garden, it is to be a constant reminder to man of the Sovereignty of HaShem, that man must always submit to HaShem and His rule in order to live and always acknowledge that everything man has is from HaShem and HaShem alone! It is the same concept here in 2 Thessalonians with Him sending a strong delusion to those who repeatedly reject HaShem and His authority.

We read this concept again in Romans 1:28 which says “And even as they did not think it worthwhile to possess the knowledge of HaShem i.e. His Torah, Elohim gave them over to a worthless mind, to do what is improper.”

2 Timothy 4:3-4 reiterates this “For there shall be a time when they shall not bear sound teaching (Reject the Torah of HaShem), but according to their OWN desires, they shall heap up for themselves teachers tickling the ear (Christendom’s Replacement Theology doctrine), and they shall indeed turn their ears away from the TRUTH (Torah) and be turned aside to myths (Christendom is definitely full of erroneous myths and fables).”

What is the opposite of hearing the Torah of HaShem? It is idolatry! HaShem constantly in His Word says and I am paraphrasing, that idolatry is beyond foolish and a waste of time because idols do nothing for anyone other than lead someone to their ruin and destruction. We read constantly of Israel, at times, embracing idolatry and it always had a disastrous outcome because idolatry is the denial of HaShem as being the Sovereign of the Universe, the ONLY ONE there is for He shares His glory with no one! My point is, to reject HaShem and His Torah is by default the epitome of idolatry.

What is more idolatrous than the doctrine of the False Messiah in which he teaches the Torah is rendered obsolete, the Feasts of HaShem are changed and now Santa and the Easter Rabbit are the focus, Shabbat can be any day any one wishes and to worship Jesus Christ who has replaced HaShem? This is why when this False Messiah arrives on scene I am convinced he is going to say he is either Jesus Christ or he has come in the name of Jesus Christ and the majority of the world will happily run and embrace him because he has already laid the foundation i.e. Replacement Theology.

There is a very interesting quote from the Mishnah from Tractate Sotah 9.15 when describing the world just before Messiah shows up which says “In the footsteps of the Messiah i.e. when the Messiah is about to come, insolence will multiply and honor will disappear, the vine will give its fruit but wine will be expensive, the government will be transformed into heresy, and there will be no admonishing, the Council House will become a house of harlotry. The Galilee will be destroyed, the Gavlan will be devastated. The people of the frontier will make the round of the city begging and will find no mercy. The wisdom of the scribes will become corrupt. The fearers of sin will be despised. THE TRUTH WILL DISAPPEAR. Youths will shame the faces of the old, old men will stand up before children. The son dishonors the father, the daughter rises up against her mother, the daughter in law against her mother in law, a man’s enemies are the people of his own house (Micah 7:6). The son will not be ashamed from his Father. And on whom can we lean? On our Father Who is in Heaven.” Does this quote from the Mishnah not sound like today?

So, the Torah of HaShem is obsolete? Really? Can you see just how dangerous, offensive, destructive, seducing and absurd Replacement Theology Torah hating doctrine truly is? It tickles the ears and strokes the ego while whispering smooth and pleasant words into the hearts and minds of the people such as ‘Did HaShem really say?’ Or more common in today’s age “Well, Paul said in Galatians the people were foolish for obeying the Law!” Remember, who is it the Adversary is most focused on destroying in the End of Days? “And the Dragon was enraged with the woman, and he went to fight with the remnant of her seed, THOSE GUARDING THE COMMAND OF HASHEM (TORAH) AND POSSESSING THE WITNESS OF YESHUA MESSIAH!” Why is he enraged? Because the remnant didn’t fall for the lie of Replacement Theology and he sees the remnant as a major threat to his doctrine!

Consider Revelation 14:12 which says “Here is the endurance of the set apart ones, here are those GUARDING THE COMMANDS OF HASHEM (TORAH) AND THE BELIEF IN YESHUA!”

One more from Revelation 22:14 which says “Blessed are those DOING HIS COMMANDS (TORAH), so that the authority shall be theirs unto the Tree of Life, and to enter through the gates into the city.” Remember the Garden of Eden, HaShem tells Adam and Eve to obey His command and they would have access to everything! Now in the end, does HaShem issue something new? Nope! Its the same command only this time humanity will obey it and we will live forever with HaShem in the Olam Haba i.e. the World to Come, Baruch HaShem! Don’t get caught up in the delusion! Stay close to HaShem and take hold of His Torah for it truly is a tree of life to those who take hold of it! Salvation is only by faith, but Torah is how to walk by that faith! Know Torah = Know Messiah Yeshua, No Torah = No Messiah Yeshua! May it be so very soon in our days!!

Much to consider!

Shalom!

SOURCE MATERIALS

  • The Scriptures from the Institute for Scripture Research
  • The Milstein Edition Chumash by Artscroll
  • The Writings Psalms by Artscroll
  • Tractate Sotah of the Kehati Mishnah
  • Tractate Shabbat Steinsaltz Talmud Bavli
  • The Wisdom in the Hebrew Alphabet by Artscroll