THE IMPORTANCE OF TEN AND HOW IT APPLIES TO US TODAY

“He who loves purity of heart, and whose lips are gracious, the King (HaShem) is his friend.” Proverbs 22:11

Corruption, deceit, lies, robbery, treachery, violence, immorality, debauchery, wickedness and fury. All of these words describes life in 2023, wouldn’t you agree? Probably many more adjectives could be added if we were to dwell on this more. No doubt, the state of the world today in 2023 is beyond what any of us could have imagined thirty years ago and it seems to fall more and more each and every day.

You may be thinking this is a very depressing way to begin a new Op, but I thought it to be important to acknowledge reality and to understand and accept that yes, life is indescribably bad for many people today, and as such, we each, myself included, need something to remind us in the face of this reality of just Who HaShem is and He has NOT forgotten us, hope still applies to each of us today! We just need help in seeing it and grabbing onto it! This will be a short Op as well.

I thought it best to integrate the most recent Torah portions into this Op i.e. Parashot Va’era and Bo, both of which encompass Shemot (Exodus) 6:2-13:16 and deeply describes the conditions in which Israel, living in slavery and bondage in Egypt, cried out to HaShem for deliverance and He heard their cries and acted. In His acting against Egypt, He levied a total of TEN specific judgments upon Egypt and their leader i.e. Pharaoh and shielded His people Israel at the same time. It is during these ten judgments He smashes and destroys the most powerful nation, economically and militarily, on the planet, and brings His people out and to Himself….hint hint hint!

We will be discussing these ten judgments among other important aspects of the number ten in His Word throughout this Op, but first, always remember and never lose hold of the following Scriptural facts of Who HaShem is:

  • 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 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
  • He says His Torah is the bread of life per Proverbs 9:5

One of the most important verses to hold onto regarding how HaShem manages and rules His creation is found in Isaiah 46:10 which says “From the beginning I foretell the outcome (End), and from earlier times, what has not yet been, but I say and My plan will stand, and I will carry out My every desire.”

This verse here in Isaiah 46:10 absolutely destroys Christian Replacement Theology and thank HaShem it does! If HaShem reveals the end from the beginning, then how can the beginning be tossed away with and replaced with something brand new? Its utterly impossible! Keep this in mind as we proceed because it will be very important!

When reading HaShem Word from the beginning and all throughout the Tanakh (Erroneously called the Old Testament), we see the number ten shows up beyond calculation. HaShem must be communicating something to us, if we will just take the time to explore and learn!

A book I have titled ‘Jewish Wisdom in the Numbers’ by Levene Hartman and published by Artscroll, is an amazing book and based upon the Tanakh and the Talmud, both sets i.e. Talmud Bavli and Talmud Yerushalmi. Let’s explore the significance of the number ten and see how each instance of its revealing is used and what HaShem may be telling us, especially how it may apply to each of us today in 2023!

The number ten as revealed by HaShem relates to an integrated system, meaning a full set of individual parts combines to make up a communal whole! Ten typifies kedushah (Holiness) as there are ten levels of kedushah, each level requiring a higher level of sanctity the closer one approaches to His Throne and the resting place of HaShem’s Divine Presence (Shechinah) in the Most Holy Place in the Temple. Ten is the pathway to reach spiritual perfection and to the World to Come. Ten is the basis of the Jewish (Biblical) numbering system. Now this seems kind of overwhelming, but hang on.

In the Tanakh it is recorded for us in Hebrew, HaShem spoke ten utterances in bringing forth all of Creation! The following from the ‘Perkei Avos’ (Ethics of our Fathers) 5.1 says “With ten utterances the world was created. The Rambam enumerates the ten Divine Utterances used to create our world. If you count the times the verse says ‘And He said’, Bereishis (Genesis) does not describe an utterance per se, it alludes to the creation of the heavens and the earth. It is as if the verse states that HaShem ‘said’ to create the heavens and the earth, for they too, needed an utterance to come into existence. We may ask, though, why does the Torah not say explicitly, ‘HaShem said that there should be a heaven and an earth?’ Why was the creation of the heavens and the earth different? The heavens and the earth, with everything in them, were brought into existence from complete and total nothingness right away, on the first day of Creation. The Hebrew word ‘Bara’ used in the first verse of the Torah hints at this, for it connotes a creation of something from nothing, as opposed to all the latter utterances, that are expressed as ‘And He said…’, which connotes something formed from an already existing entity. This follows the opinion of Rabbi Nechemiah, that on the first day of Creation the entire world came into being.” So, with ten utterances, HaShem brought forth the heavens and the earth and spread them out over six days!

The first generations of mankind were themselves grouped into two sets of ten i.e. ten generations from Adam to Noach and ten generations from Noach to Abraham! Remember, ten generations from Adam to Noach and then the flood which wiped out the earth because of sin! Perkei Avos 5.2 says “There were ten generations from Adam to Noach, to show the degree of His patience; for all those generations angered Him increasingly, until He brought upon them the waters of the Flood.”

Perkei Avos 5.4 says “Our forefather Abraham was tested with ten trials, and he withstood them all, to show the degree of our forefather Abraham’s love for HaShem!” Why is this so important? Because the Torah teaches us Abraham was the one who saved the world after HaShem had waited for so many generations. Abraham taught the world to do teshuvah (Repentance) and spread HaShem’s Name throughout Creation, something Adam was to do. This was the purpose for HaShem creating man in the first place i.e. to spread His Name throughout the world and to reflect the image of HaShem! Hint hint hint!! I seem to recall Yeshua being referred too as The Second Adam i.e. to reflect the image of HaShem and spread His Name while encouraging and teaching people to do teshuvah! Can you see, nothing changed and HaShem reveals the end from the beginning?

This weeks Torah portion i.e. Parashot Bo which is found in Shemot (Exodus) 10:1-13:16 and continues to give the account of how HaShem delivered Israel from the bondage and slavery of Egypt. He uses His Creation to wage war on His enemies, specifically ten judgments which are in order as follows:

  1. Blood
  2. Frogs
  3. Lice
  4. Wild Animals
  5. Pestilence
  6. Boils
  7. Hailstones
  8. Locusts
  9. Darkness
  10. Death of the Firstborn

The Egyptians had deified all of creation and completely rejected HaShem, therefore HaShem used these elements of His Creation to show them the folly of their idolatry. Further it was to show them there is only One True King Who rules over all of His Creation and can use any element of His Creation for His purposes and there is nothing mankind can do about it!

What is astounding is the Ten Utterances of Creation correspond to these ten plagues which fell upon Egypt! The First Utterance of Creation i.e. ‘In the Beginning’ is the inverse of the Tenth Plague i.e. the Death of the Firstborn! The Second Utterance of Creation i.e. the creation of light is the inverse of the Ninth Plague i.e. Darkness!

Perkei Avos 5.5 tells us “Ten miracles were performed for our ancestors in Egypt, and ten miracles at the Sea. Ten plagues did the Holy One, Blessed is He, bring upon the Egyptians in Egypt and ten miracles at the Sea.”

All of these miracles were done to prepare Israel for meeting with HaShem at Mount Sinai where He would offer His Torah to the world, and they rejected it. He then offers His Torah to Israel who accept it. His Torah is condensed into the Ten Commandments which encapsulates the entirety of His Torah! We now know, it is through His Torah, which He uses as the tool to bring about His Creation!! Again, another gigantic example how His Torah cannot be done away with as Christendom teaches because to do away with Torah would be to destroy Creation!

Other examples of ten in His Word includes the Tenth Day of the month of Tishrei i.e. Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the year! Prior to that, there are the Ten Days of Awe (Teshuvah) which begin at sunset on Rosh HaShanah and end on Yom Kippur!

During the Yom Kippur Temple Service performed by the Kohen HaGadol (High Priest), he utters the Four Letter Divine Name of HaShem a total of ten times…….Remember Yom Kippur is the most holy annual Feast of the year.

The tenth letter of the Hebrew alphabet is the letter ‘Yod’. Per the book ‘The Wisdom in the Hebrew Alphabet’ published by Artscroll, it defines the letter Yod as the following: “The symbol of creation and the metaphysical. It is the numerical value of ten. Isaiah 26:4 says ‘For with His Name (Yah), HaShem is the Rock of the universe.’ Tractate Menachos 29b from the Talmud Bavli states ‘HaShem created the universe with the letters Yod and Hey which form the Divine Name ‘Yah’. With the letter Yod He created The World to Come and with the letter Hey He created this world.”

Remember, Yeshua Himself carries on this theme and likens the Kingdom of HaShem to ten virgins per Matthew 25 who carry their lamps going out to search for the Bridegroom.

Ten connects to creation, to deliverance and to HaShem and His Torah!! All of which we are commanded to remember and hold onto in our lives so we are not overwhelmed and overcome by the stress, frustration, anxiety, anger, debauchery, corruption and filth which we all are being constantly inundated with!

Can you see the mastery HaShem has over all of His creation just by this simple number ten and all it represents? If He reveals the end from the beginning, He is unchanging, and there is nothing new under the sun, then during this weeks Torah portion i.e. Bo, in which we read about HaShem using TEN plagues to deliver His people, then can we derive hope and confidence today HaShem will do so once again and very soon? Can we see these specific plagues HaShem uses against Egypt once more emerging in the world and America today?

Studying and learning His Torah and His Temple and then striving to apply what we are learning into our lives is the ONLY way we can develop a relationship with HaShem and know Who He is and know Who His Messiah really is. It has nothing to do with salvation, its all about relationship and in doing so, developing hope and confidence in Him in these very dark and troubling times we live in!

Something to consider and Shabbat Shalom!

SOURCE MATERIALS:

  • The Milstein Edition Isaiah by Artscroll
  • Jewish Wisdom in the Numbers by Artscroll
  • The Wisdom in the Hebrew Alphabet by Artscroll
  • The Koren Talmud Bavli
  • The Kehati Mishnah

SHIR HASHIRIM – THE VOICE OF THE BRIDEGROOM PART 5 – VERSES 3-16

“I rejoice over Your Word, like one who finds abundant spoils. I hate falsehood and I abhor it, but Your Torah I love.” Psalms 119:162-163

HaShem, the Elohim of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the Elohim of Israel, is awesome, wonderous, beyond our limited comprehension and yet He desires to have a deep, personal relationship with each individual person. Sadly, we all succumb to our Yetzer Hara (Evil Inclination) and embrace our sinful, fleshly desires, rather than pursue developing a deep, personal relationship with Him. But, we are a work in progress! This is precisely why Shir HaShirim is my most favorite book of the Tanakh (Erroneously called the Old Testament), because this book shows us just how much HaShem desires and pursues His Bride i.e. Israel!

This book also reveals what exactly Yeshua did when He completed His mission as HaShem’s Agent on Pesach (Passover). Was it to end the Torah, change the Feasts of HaShem, change Shabbat, render the Temple obsolete and replace Israel with Christendom and the Church? No, absolutely not. Only the False Messiah, whose nature and main characteristic is all about change, claims to have done all that under his doctrine i.e. Replacement Theology.

This all said, this Op will be a direct continuation from the previous Op which discussed Shir HaShirim chapter five, verses 1-2. Like that Op, there is an enormous amount of information we will be covering and I hope I can capture the remaining verses of chapter five in this one Op.

Keep all this in mind as we continue to explore chapter five of Shir HaShirim. But 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 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
  • He says His Torah is the bread of life per Proverbs 9:5

Shir HaShirim 5:3 says: “I have doffed my robe of devotion; how can I don it? I have washed my feet that trod Your path; how can I soil them?” This is Israel responding to HaShem’s knocking on the door as shown in verses one and two.

The Artscroll Shir HaShirim commentary says “Continuing the metaphor, Israel reacts to HaShem’s knocking on the door with the following rationale: I had already taken off my robe, how shall I don it? I had already washed my feet, how can I soil them? Allegorically, ‘I had already accustomed myself to the service of other gods and I had even accepted their ways as proper, how can I possibly return to HaShem?’ The verse in the literal sense reflects of thoughts of a straying wife who wished not to open the door for her husband.”

“Hearing the above reply, the Sovereign of the Universe replied to them through the prophets: ‘And as for Me, I have already removed My Presence from your midst. How then can I return, seeing that you have done these evil things? And having cleansed My feet of your uncleanness, how can I soil them in your midst through your wicked actions?'”

“Metzudas David explains this as one, who, ready to retire, is reluctant to dress again. Allegorically he refers it to the Jews in Babylon who became acculturated in their new country and were not well disposed towards sustaining the hardships of travel back to Eretz Yisrael (Land of Israel).”

Why this catches my attention is because remember HaShem says there is nothing new under the sun and that which has been is that which shall be per Ecclesiastes 1:9? Babylon is today the United States, no doubt, hands down! And just like then, many Jews who live in the US today are not only eligible but also strongly encouraged to return to the Land of Israel today, but many are too comfortable in Babylon and have ended up embracing idolatry and other gods.

The Shir HaShirim Midrash Rabbah has an interesting perspective on this verse. It says “I have taken off my robe, how shall I don it? On the day when the wicked Nebuchadnezzar (Of Babylon) fought against Israel and destroyed the Temple, he stripped off two great garments from them i.e. the priestly vestments, which could no longer be used, and the garments of royalty, which was now defunct.”

“I have washed my feet, how shall I soil them? The phrase I have washed my feet means, I have cleansed myself from the filth of idolatry; I knew that the very dust of that place (Babylon) could lure me to idol worship. Nevertheless, although I had my precious garments taken from me, My Beloved sent for His hand from the opening i.e. He extended His hand to me and brought the Babylonian exile to an end.”

The Shir HaShirim Judaica Press commentary on this verse says “I have already accustomed myself to other ways; I can no longer return to You, as it is stated quoting Jeremiah 44:18 ‘But since we stopped burning incense to the Queen of Heaven, etc….’, for these ways were proper in their eyes, and the expression, ‘I have taken off my tunic….I have bathed my feet,’ is the language of an adulterous wife, who does not wish to open the door for her husband. And since Scripture commenced with the language of, ‘I sleep…Hark! My Beloved is knocking,’ it concludes with an expression apropos to an expression of knocking at the door at the time of retiring to sleep at night.”

“Mezudath David explains: ‘And I replied to Him: Behold, I have already taken off my tunic in order to retire. How will I put it on again? That involves much trouble. Moreover, before going to bed, I bathed my feet. How can I soil them by walking on the ground to open the door for you? Allegorically, Israel says: I was too lazy to go up to Jerusalem, because I was already settled in Babylon, and that land pleased me so much that I did not wish to take the trouble to travel to Jerusalem.”

Again, today, the same excuses are made from some, obviously not all of the Jews in Babylon (USA) who refuse to go back to the Land of Israel, even though HaShem has opened the doors for the return! This in turn causes me to want to know exactly what Jeremiah 44:18 is referring too as it relates to Israel in Babylon offering incense to the Queen of Heaven and do we see something similar today in Babylon (USA)?

Jeremiah 7:18 says “The sons gather wood, the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead dough, to make pastries in honor of the QUEEN OF HEAVEN and to pour out libations to the gods of others, in order to provoke Me.”

Per the Jewish Encyclopedia on the Queen of Heaven, it is a name for The Sun but is also a name for the god Ishtar/Ashtoreth the god of love and fertility. In Babylon this same god was also known as Marduk/Merodach. It adopted Mithraism into its traditions and required pigs be offered to it. To very quickly and succinctly encapsulate this ‘Queen of Heaven’, its the basis for what became Christendom today. It is highly influential in Rome i.e. the capital of Christendom and has its tentacles per se in Judaism and Islam as well.

My point is, the Babylon of the biblical era was highly involved with the Queen of Heaven and seduced a large portion of exiled Israel living in Babylon. Since there is nothing new under the sun and HaShem reveals the end from the beginning, we must see the same once again in Babylon today i.e. the USA, which prides itself of primarily being a Christian nation i.e. the Queen of Heaven. Something to consider.

Shir HaShirim 5:4 says “In anger at my recalcitrance my Beloved sent forth His Hand from the portal in wrath and my intestines churned with longing for Him.” Israel is again responding to HaShem’s pleading for His bride to repent and her continued rejection of His Hand.

The commentary from the Artscroll Shir HaShirim book says it best “He (HaShem) sent forth His Hand from the portal i.e. the key hole of the door, like a poor man asking for alms. For despite its disloyalty and transgressions, HaShem pleaded with Israel to repent. After which Israel changed its ways i.e. ‘And my intestines stirred for Him’. Intestines be used interchangeably with ‘heart’ as the Biblical term referring to the seat of emotion.”

Jeremiah 31:19 says “Is Ephraim (Israel) My favorite son or a delightful child, that whenever I speak of him I remember him more and more? Therefore, My inner self yearns for him; I will surely take pity on him, the Word of HaShem.” Here HaShem likens Israel to a son and relates to him as a Father yearns for his child. The commentary says “The Sages expound that ‘The Word’ can be rendered ‘My Word’ i.e. the Torah. HaShem says that the Torah Israel studies is reason enough to earn His compassion.”

Lamentations 1:20 says “See, HaShem, for I (Israel) am in distress; my innards churn! My heart is turned over inside me for I rebelled grievously. Outside the sword bereaved, inside was deathlike.” The commentary says “This verse begins with a supplication to HaShem to bear witness to the extent of Zion’s affliction, and it culminates with an appeal for Divine retribution against the enemy. The term ‘my innards’ is used extensively in Scripture to denote emotion so strong that it affects the innermost depths. ‘Inside was deathlike’ i.e. the fear of death, even within the house, was a real as the enemy’s sword causing destruction from without.”

The Judaica Press commentary has an interesting different take on Shir HaShirim 5:4. It states: “When I saw His Hand stretched out from the hole (In the door), I was pained because of Him, and my feelings toward Him were stirred up. The allegorical meaning is that the Omnipresent, blessed be He, sent His Word through Haggai and Zechariah to prophesy that the end had arrived, and through that, they were inspired to rebuild the Temple, as it is written in Ezra 5:1: ‘Now the prophets, Haggai the prophet and Zechariah, etc. Then Zerubbabel the son of Shaltiel…arose and commenced to build the House of God, etc.'”

Shir HaShirim 5:5 says “I arose to open for my Beloved and my hands dripped myrrh of repentant devotion to Torah and HaShem and my fingers flowed with myrrh to remove the traces of my foolish rebuke from the handles of the lock.”

This verse is very interesting and very detailed in explaining. The Artscroll Commentary says “In eager and tender delight she (Israel) rose to unbolt the door as one who perfumes herself to be endearing to her husband. Allegorically, Rashi explains that this refers to Israel’s reaction to HaShem’s wrath as described previously in verse four. Hezekiah, Ahaz’s son, reacted to His father’s punishment by repenting with all his heart and sought HaShem. His entire generation was perfect and there never arose in Israel another generation like it. As the Talmud Tractate Sanhedrin 94b relates: ‘Hezekiah planted a sword by the door of the house of study and proclaimed ‘He who will not study the Torah will be pierced with the sword.’ They searched from Dan to Beersheva and found no ignoramus; from Gabath to Antipris, and found no boy or girl, man or woman who was not thoroughly versed in the intricate and difficult laws of purity and impurity. This is the significance of ‘My hands dripped with myrrh’ i.e. in my attempt to make myself pleasing to Him as possible, I prepared myself by figuratively anointing and purifying myself with precious ointment, its effects overflowing, thus removing the foul odor of my past deeds.”

Even II Kings 23:25 discusses the righteousness of King Hezekiah and says “And like him there was no king before him that turned to HaShem with all his heart” because he witnessed the punishment that befell his grandfather Menashe and his father Amon, in fulfillment of ‘He sent forth His hand from the portal of the door and my intestines stirred for him.’

The dripping myrrh referenced here in this verse alludes to the sacrificial incense, which we discussed briefly in the Shir HaShirim 5:1-2 Op.

Isaiah 9-5-6 is extremely important as it relates to Shir HaShirim 5:5 above! These verses should sound very familiar! It says the following: “For a child has been born to us, a son has been given to us, and the dominion will rest on his shoulder; the Wondrous Adviser, Mighty Elohim, Eternal Father, called Hezekiah’s name Sar-Shalom (Prince of Peace); upon the one with the greatness in dominion and boundless peace that will prevail on the throne of David and on his kingdom, to establish it and sustain it through justice and righteousness, from now to eternity. The zealousness of HaShem, Master of Legions, will accomplish this!” These verses not only reference Hezekiah but also apply as prophecies concerning the Messiah!

What I find so interesting is Hezekiah, considered to be one of Israel’s greatest king’s, ruled figuratively with a sword i.e. the sword he put before the Yeshiva (Torah study hall) and everyone who comprised the nation of Israel learned the Torah, specifically the purity commandments and the result was they had a very long era of unprecedented peace and prosperity because of their zeal for HaShem and His Torah!

If Hezekiah is a picture of Messiah Yeshua and verses in Revelation specifically Revelation 2:27 and 19:15 confirm Yeshua will rule with a rod of iron and with a SWORD! And what is the result? The world will know unprecedented peace and prosperity and why? Because the world will be learning and living the Torah of HaShem! Remember He reveals the end from the beginning!! Nothing new under the sun!

Shir HaShirim 5:6 says “I opened to my Beloved, but alas, my Beloved turned His back on my plea and gone. My soul departed at His decree! I sought His closeness but could not find it, I beseeched Him but He would not answer.”

The Artscroll commentary on this verse reveals a lot. It says “I (Israel) responded to my Beloved, but it was too late, He did not annul His decree, as it is said of Hezekiah per Isaiah 39:6-7 ‘Behold, days are coming that all that is in your house shall be carried to Babylon…and of your children which shall descend from you’, Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah. Similarly was Josiah forewarned by Chuldah, the prophetess per II Kings 22:16 ‘I will bring evil upon this place and upon its inhabitants’; and in addition per II Kings 23:25 ‘And like him there was no king before him, etc’. Nevertheless, HaShem did not turn back from the fierceness of that great anger with which His anger burned against Judah, on account of all the provocation with which Menashe had provoked Him. And HaShem said, ‘I will remove Judah also out of My sight as I have removed Israel, and I will cast off this city, Jerusalem, which I have chosen.'”

Will HaShem’s anger last forever? Baruch HaShem no!! Jeremiah 3:12-15 says “Go and proclaim these words towards the North (Israel), and say: ‘Return, O wayward Israel, the Word of HaShem, I will not cast down My anger upon you, for I am the Beneficent One, the Word of HaShem, and I will not bear a grudge forever. But you must recognize your sin, that you have rebelled against HaShem, your Elohim, and that you have spread out your ways to seek strange gods, under every leafy tree, and you did not heed My Voice, the Word of HaShem. Return, O wayward sons, the Word of HaShem, for I shall be your Master. I shall take you, even one from a city and two from a family, and I shall bring you to Zion. I shall appoint shepherds for you according to My Own heart, and they will care for you with knowledge and wisdom.'”

Then HaShem says in Jeremiah 3:18 says “In those days (The End of Days) the House of Judah will walk with the House of Israel (Remember, because of sin/rebellion/idolatry/etc, HaShem turned Israel over to Babylon and scattered into the world. Judah remained with HaShem while Israel i.e. the Ten Tribes, were devoured and scattered. Now does it make more sense when Yeshua says ‘I came ONLY for the lost sheep of the House of Israel’ per Matthew 15:24?), and they will come together from the land of the North to the land that I have given as a possession to your fathers.”

The Shir HaShirim Midrash expounds on this and says “I opened for my Beloved, by my Beloved had turned and gone away, this means that despite my opening up for Him, He hid Himself and became full of anger against me, as full as a pregnant woman. My soul departed as He spoke, this means that I became disheartened because of His spoken Word, because the sound of His first spoken Word to me, which I had transgressed by worshiping the Golden Calf, when He said, I am HaShem, your Elohim…You shall have no other gods before Me per Exodus 20:2-3. At that time, I sought Him but did not find Him; I called Him but He did not answer me.” HaShem heard and granted to Israel His forgiveness for the sin of the Golden Calf only when Moshe interceded on behalf of Israel before HaShem. Sound familiar? Messiah Yeshua intercedes for Israel before HaShem and HaShem grants forgiveness!

HaShem commands in His Torah per Exodus 20:2 “I am HaShem, your Elohim, Who has taken you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of slavery.” It is the basis for the 25th Commandment from the Torah i.e. ‘The Obligation to Believe in the Existence of HaShem, Blessed Be He.’ The Book of the Mitzvos #25 expounds on this further and says “We are commanded to believe that the world has One G-d Who brought into existence all that exists, and that His Power and His Will have brought about and continue to bring about everything that is, and that was, and that will be, forever and ever i.e. He is the Controller of everything that has transpired, that does transpire, and that will transpire from the beginning to the end of history, and that He took us out of bondage in the land of Egypt and gave us the Torah. We are so commanded, as it is stated, at the beginning of the Giving of the Torah at Sinai per Exodus 20:2: ‘I am HaShem, your Elohim, Who has taken you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of slavery.’ Each clause in the verse conveys a principle:

  • ‘I am HaShem conveys that there is One Elohim Who brought everything into existence. The Name (Yod Hey Vav Hey) represents that He exists eternally and that He brought everything into existence.’
  • ‘Your Elohim conveys that He is All-Powerful, and thus the One Who controls and is the Cause of everything that has occurred and that will occur forever and ever.’
  • ‘Who has taken you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of slavery conveys that it was He Who miraculously delivered us from the Egyptian bondage.’

‘Since this is the introductory verse in the Giving of the Torah, it obviously means that the One Elohim, Who created everything, Who is All-Powerful, and Who delivered us from Egypt, is the One Who gave us the Torah. It is noteworthy that the three principles mentioned are the subjects of the three passages recited in the daily Shema:

  • ‘The first passage discusses the Oneness of Elohim’
  • ‘The second passage discusses His providential control of natural events, whereby He rewards goodness and punishes evil’
  • ‘The third passage discusses the Exodus from Egypt.’

You may be asking why all of this is important for me to cite in this Op? Because, all of us are constantly, every second of every day faced with being pulled away from HaShem and to embrace Avodah Zarah (Idolatry), whether we recognize it or not! That’s why I was so stunned when He began to teach me His definition of what constitutes Avodah Zarah and suddenly realized a great majority of what Christendom teaches and celebrates constitutes Avodah Zarah and as such since I had practiced that garbage for many years of my life had to truly make teshuvah (Repentance).

This leads to explaining what true ‘Emunah’ or ‘Faith’ defined by HaShem looks like per Mitzvah #25 which we briefly discussed above. The commentary from the Book of the Mitzvot expounds further and says “The laws of this mitzvah i.e. To believe in the existence of HaShem, include, for example: The details of what we are obligated to believe regarding HaShem, including that all ability, and all greatness, strength, and splendor, and all glory, and all blessing and all endurance, must be ascribed to Him; and that we lack the faculty and intellect to even grasp in our minds, and certainly to convey with words, His greatness and His benevolence, as, due to the exaltedness of His stature and His glory, He i.e. His Essence, cannot be grasped by any being, we must, with all our mental faculties, recognize Him as precluded from any deficiency, or anything inconsistent with absolute perfection and absolute virtue.”

Hilchot Avodah Zarah 1.3 from the Mishneh Torah “Describes how our forefather Abraham arrived at an awareness of HaShem through carefully studying the universe, which led him to recognize decisively the existence of a Higher Authority Who governs the world. Accordingly, he concluded there is One G-d, Who created and Who controls the entire universe. Thus, Abraham did not merely believe in the existence of G-d; he came to KNOW it. Ideally, one should strive to attain this highest form of emunah (Faith), through contemplation of the world and its events, and even more so through study of the Torah.”

Point is, true emunah (Faith) is NOT just belief, it is knowing and then taking that knowing and putting it into our choices and actions. James 2:18 sums it up and says “But someone will say ‘You have faith; I have deeds. Show me your faith without deeds and I will show you my faith BY my deeds.'” In other words, if we truly have faith in HaShem, then we will want to strive to walk in His Torah as the means to demonstrate to Whom we have put our faith in! Torah is not about obtaining salvation, Torah is about emunah i.e. demonstrating to Whom we believe, just as James 2:18 says it i.e. “I will show you my faith by my works!”

Shir HaShirim 5:7 says “They found me, the enemy watchmen patrolling the city; they struck me, they bloodied me wreaking Elohim’s revenge on me. They stripped my mantle of holiness from me, the angelic watchmen of the wall.”

The Artscroll Shir HaShirim commentary on this verse explains and says “The watchmen who patrol the town found me. The watchmen metaphorically refers to Nebuchadnezzar and his forces who patrolled the City to wreak the vengeance of Elohim i.e. who acted as Elohim’s instrument in implementing His plan of retribution against the Jews. The Destruction of the First Temple was to begin.”

“In Shir HaShirim 3:3 the same word ‘Watchman’ is used and is referring to Moses and Aaron whereas here, in Shir HaShirim 5:7, it is rendered as referring to Nebuchadnezzar and his horde, an apparent incongruity. In truth, however, there is no discrepancy. Any person who carries out the will of Elohim is His ‘watchman’, whether he does it consciously as did Moses and Aaron, or like Nebuchadnezzar, without even knowing that he was Elohim’s instrument. Nebuchadnezzar’s purpose, was to force Israel to repent by making them realize that only in HaShem lay their salvation. Therefore, Scripture calls him ‘My servant Nebuchadnezzar’ per Jeremiah 25:9 and in that sense, he is here called Elohim’s watchman.” So, we again can see the Mastery of HaShem in controlling all of His creation at all times to serve His purposes, just as we briefly discussed in the previous verse!

The Shir HaShirim Midrash 5.4 discussing Shir HaShirirm 5:7 is very interesting and says “The Midrash first interprets this verse as an allusion to the return from Babylonian exile under Cyrus. This is referring to Tattenai, governor of the Trans-Euphrates region and his cohorts, who tried to have the construction of the Temple halted.” Ezra 5:3 says “At that time, Tattenai, governor of the Trans-Euphrates region, approached them, along with Shethar-bozenai and their accomplices. They said this to them, ‘Who issued you a decree to construct this building (The Second Temple) and to lay the foundation for these ramparts?'”

The Midrash goes on and says “They struck me, they wounded me. This refers to the enemies of the Jews at that time, when they wrote a calumny (Defined as – a false and malicious statement designed to injure the reputation of someone or something) against the inhabitants of Judah and Jerusalem, who sought successfully to have the Persian king Artaxerxes bring a halt to the building of the Temple.”

“The Guards of the Walls stripped my mantle from me. These guards of the walls refer to the walls of Jerusalem. Rabbi Abba bar Kahana said: ‘In the past, a wall in Jerusalem was built of massive stone of eight cubits and stone of ten cubits in length per I Kings 7:10, whereas here the Temple wall was being built of gelal stone per Ezra 5:8, meaning stones that were small enough that they could be rolled from place to place. That is, the Persians sent guards to ensure the walls would not be fortified too greatly.”

I Kings 7:10 says “It was founded upon valuable stones, large stones, stones of ten cubits and stones of eight cubits.” The note attached to this verse says “The foundation stones of the buildings were larger than those used for the walls. Some of these foundation stones were above ground as well. The ten cubit stones protruded two cubits beyond the eight cubit stones, forming ledges. The senior Kohanim slept on these ledges, since beds were not brought into the Temple, while the younger Kohanim slept on the ground, using their garments as improvised mattresses.” Consider one cubit is equal to 20.67 inches, so ten cubit stones are a little over 16 feet stones…gigantic stones!

So, you can see how quickly this exploration of Shir HaShirim 5:7 connects to the Temple of HaShem! Just to go off on what I call a Rabbi Trail, lets quickly explore where the Kohanim would sleep in the Temple of HaShem!

Per Tractate Middot 1.8 from the Mishnah it says “Beit HaMoked, a dome, and it was a large structure, surrounded by stone slabs, and the elders of the Beit Av would sleep there, and the keys of the Azarah were in their hands, and the young Kohanim, each one was with his cushion on the ground.”

Tractate Tamid 26a from the Talmud Bavli says “It the Hall of the Fire was a large structure, whose interior was encircled with ledges of stone. The elders of the Beis Av scheduled to perform the service the next day would sleep there on the ledges, and the keys of the Courtyard were in their hands. The young Kohanim who were not accorded the privilege of sleeping on the ledges, would sleep each with his cushion on the ground. They would not sleep in their holy vestments; rather, they would remove them and fold them, and place them beneath their heads, and cover themselves with their personal garment.”

Okay, so lets get back on track and quickly discuss Ezra 5:8 which the Midrash references above. Ezra 5:8 says “Let it be known to the king that we have gone to the province of Judah, to the Temple of the great Elohim; it is being built of marble stone (Gelal stone), with wood reinforcing the walls. This work is proceeding rapidly and is succeeding in their hands.” The note associated with this verse says “Midrash Rabbah to Shir HaShirirm 5:7 states that the word ‘Gelal’ alludes to the relatively small size of the building stones of the Second Temple compared to those of the First Temple. The stones were small and could have been rolled with relative ease. This is in contrast with the massive stones, measuring eight and ten cubits in length, which were used in the First Temple.”

“The Midrash now interprets the verse (Shir HaShirirm 5:7) as alluding to the giving of the Torah at Sinai and the incident of the Golden Calf. The watchmen found me, this refers to the Tribe of Levi, of whom it is written, for they observed i.e. watched Your Word. (Not even one member of the Tribe of Levi worshiped the Golden Calf.) Who go about in the city, this aptly describes the Levites, as it is stated that Moses said to them, ‘Every man, put his sword on his thigh and pass back and forth from gate to gate in the camp. They struck me, they wounded me, as it is stated further that Moses said to them, ‘Let every one of you kill his brother, every man his fellow, and every man his near one.’ They stripped my mantle from me, this is referring to the weapon that the Israelites had at that time. The weapon that was given to the people of Israel at Horeb i.e. Mount Sinai, had the Ineffable Name engraved upon it, but once they sinned with the Golden Calf, it was taken away from them. The guardians of the walls, this refers to the Levites, the guardians of the walls of the Torah. The Levites are the archetypical guardians and teachers of Torah, as it is stated concerning them, ‘They observed Your Word and Your Covenant they preserve; they shall teach Your Ordinances to Jacob and Your Torah to Israel’ per Deuteronomy 33:9-10”

Tractate Yoma 26a from the Talmud Bavli explains further and says “Apropos this passage in Deuteronomy, Rava said: ‘You do not find a young Torah scholar who gives halakhic instruction unless he comes from the Tribe of Levi or from the Tribe of Issachar. The assertion with regard to the Tribe of Levi is as it is written ‘They shall teach Jacob Your ordinances and Israel Your Torah per Deuteronomy 33:10.’ And the assertion with regard to the Tribe of Issachar is as it is written: ‘And of the children of Issachar, men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel should do’ per I Chronicles 12:33. The Gemara asks: ‘And say that scholars from the Tribe of Judah also, as it is written: ‘Judah is My lawgiver’ per Psalms 60:9. Rava answers: ‘While it is true that the Tribe of Judah also taught Torah, in my statement I was speaking only of those who can draw conclusions according to the halakha. Although Judah produces great scholars, men capable of translating abstract analysis of the Torah into legal principles come from the two tribes mentioned.'”

Shir HaShirim 5:8 says “I adjure you, O nations who are destined to ascend to Jerusalem, when you see my Beloved on the future Day of Judgment, won’t you tell Him that I bore all travails for love of Him?”

This single verse alone is incredibly important and very prophetic in nature! An entire Op could be done on this one verse alone as there is so much to unpack! Again, we see where HaShem reveals the end from the beginning and in doing so, completely dismantles and destroys Replacement Theology which is permeating and dominating the world today! We will explore what the underlined term ‘Day of Judgment’ means and how it is a term for a specific Feast of HaShem!

The Artscroll Shir HaShirim commentary encapsulates and begins to explain this verse well. It says “Israel is in Exile. But, faithfully enduring all suffering, they cling to their faith and address their captors: ‘I adjure you, O daughters of Jerusalem’ i.e. O nations who are destined to ascend to Jerusalem. According to Rashi, the adjuration in this verse is addressed to Nebuchadnezzar and his armies: ‘who have seen Chananiah, Mishael and Azariah submit themselves to the fiery furnace per Daniel 3:20, and Daniel cast into the lion’s den per Daniel 6:17 in punishment for his praying; and to the generation of Mordechai in the time of Haman.'”

“When you see my Beloved i.e. in the future, on the Day of Judgment, when you will be called upon to bear witness for me, as is written per Isaiah 43:9 ‘Let them bring forth their witness that they may be justified.'” What is HaShem saying here? Let’s examine Isaiah 43:9-10!

Isaiah 43:9-10 says “Were all the nations gathered together and all the regimes assembled, who among them could have declared this and let us hear the early prophecies? Let them bring their witnesses and they will be vindicated; or else let them hear me and then say, ‘It is true’. You are My witnesses, the Word of HaShem, and My servant whom I have chosen, so that you will know and believe in Me, and understand that I am He; before Me nothing was created by a god nor will there be after Me!” In a nut shell, on the future Day of Judgment, HaShem will bring forth the nations who will testify they witnessed HaShem’s miracles and protection of Israel while in exile…they will not be able to deny this!

The following excerpt from Tractate Yoma 86a from the Talmud Bavli which expounds on this further says “Abaye said: ‘As it was taught in a baraita (Interpretations not included in the Mishnah) And you shall love the L-rd your G-d’ per Deuteronomy 6:5, which means one do so? One should do in that he should read Torah, and learn Mishnah, and serve Torah scholars, and he should be pleasant with people in his business transactions. What do people say about such a person? Fortunate is his father who taught him Torah, fortunate is his teacher who taught him Torah, woe to the people who have not studied Torah. So and so, who taught him Torah, see how pleasant are his ways, how proper are his deeds. The verse states about him and others like him ‘You are My servant, Israel, in whom I will be glorified’ per Isaiah 49:3.'”

Tractate Avodah Zarah 3a from the Talmud Bavli says “The Holy One, blessed be He, will say to the heathens (Nations): ‘Even some of you will testify that Israel observed the entire Torah. Let Nimrod come and testify that Abraham did not consent to worship idols; let Laban come and testify that Jacob could not be suspected of theft; let Potiphar’s wife testify that Joseph was above suspicion of immorality; let Nebuchadnezzar come and testify that Chananiah, Mishael and Azariah did not bow down to an image; let Darius come and testify that Daniel never neglected the prayers; let Bildad, Tzofar, and Eliphaz testify that Israel observed the whole Torah, as it is said: ‘Let them i.e. the nations bring their own witnesses, that they i.e. Israel, may be justified’ per Isaiah 43:9.”

Another interpretation of Shir HaShirim 5:8 says “Israel says to the nations ‘When you recognize HaShem’s greatness, testify that I realize that the cause of my suffering is not due to inability on His part to rescue me, or because He has decided to cast me off, never to return to me. I am fully aware that my travail is because I am sick by virtue of His love for me. His chastisements are chastisements of love, designed to awaken me and bring me to repentance. As it is written per Proverbs 3:11-12 ‘Do not despise the chastening of HaShem nor be weary of His correction; for HaShem reproves him who He loves’; and in the Torah per Deuteronomy 8:5 ‘As a man chastens his son, so HaShem your Elohim chastens you.'” Again we see the love HaShem has for His people!

In order to further explore the Day of Judgment, lets first establish via Tractate Rosh HaShanah from the Mishnah how HaShem has set up FOUR periods during a year in which the world is judged!

Rosh HaShanah 1.2 says “The world is judged at four periods: On Pesach for the produce; on Shavuot for the fruits of the tree; on Rosh HaShanah all the inhabitants of the world pass before Him like flocks of sheep, as it is written, ‘He that fashioned the hearts of them all, Who understands all their doings’ per Psalms 33:15; and on THE Festival (Sukkot) they are judged for water.”

Psalms 33:15 says “He Who fashions their hearts all together, Who comprehends all their deeds.” The commentary on this says “Because He alone fashioned their hearts, only He can truly understand them. Although He made them (Humanity) all together, each (Person) has a unique personality and must be understood according to his particular characteristics. As the Sages teach, just as no two faces are alike so are no two personalities alike.”

So, we can see Rosh HaShanhah IS the Day of Judgment in Scripture! This day has many different names attached to it throughout Scripture which we will see some of them shortly.

Leviticus 23:24 says “Speak to the Children of Israel, saying: ‘In the seventh month (Tishri) on the first of the month, there shall be a rest day for you, a remembrance with shofar blasts, a holy convocation.'”

There are at least 85 different titles for this day in Scripture!! Per the book ‘Rosh HaShanah and the Messianic Kingdom to Come’ by Joseph Good of HaTikvah Ministries, he compiled a list of these titles in his book. Here are just a few (Used with his permission):

  • The Judgment of the Great Day per Jude 6
  • The Great Day of His Wrath per Revelation 6:17
  • The Day of Wrath per Job 21:30
  • The Day of Battle and War per Job 38:23
  • The Day of Your Power per Psalm 110:3
  • The Day of Adversity per Proverbs 11:4/24:10
  • The Day of Messiah per Philippians 1:10
  • The Day of Jacob’s Trouble per Jeremiah 30:7
  • The Day of Trouble per Nahum 1:7/Psalm 50:15/Habakkuk 3:16
  • The Day of Punishment per Hosea 9:7
  • The Day of Battle per Amos 1:14
  • The Day of Our King per Hosea 7:5

I hope you can see once more, in order to grasp what HaShem is saying here in Shir HaShirim, we MUST know His Torah, His Feasts and His Temple!! Not having an understanding of these will lead to making very wrong interpretations and in doing so you end up with Replacement Theology Christendom as an example! I digress.

Shir HaShirim 5:9 says (Nations speak to Israel) “With what does your Beloved G-d excel all others that you suffer for His Name, O fairest of nations? With what does your Beloved G-d excel all others that you dare to adjure us?”

The nations of the world are recorded here taunting and questioning Israel. The commentary from the Artscroll Shir HaShirim says “This was the response of the heathens to the Jews: ‘In what way is your G-d so superior to other gods that you are ready to be burned and tortured for Him? You are handsome, you are mighty. Come intermingle with us.'”

“Are you truly the fairest among nations by virtue of clinging to this G-d of yours? Surely not! Just look at yourselves; the reverse is true! Therefore, why do you insist upon the superiority of your G-d over all others, and so adjure us that we should not dare disturb your love and cause Him to love us? Never! It would be better for all if you forgot Him. Join us in serving our god and let us all prosper together.”

The Judaica Press Shir HaShirim commentary says “This is what the nations were asking Israel, ‘What is it about your G-d more than all the other gods, that you allow yourselves to be burned and hanged because of Him?'”

Basically the nations are taunting Israel to give up HaShem, reject His Torah and join them and worship their gods. In a round about way this is precisely what Christendom has taught throughout the centuries and continues to teach and taunts Israel today with the exact same message: “Give up your Torah in exchange for our Jesus and then we will have peace and prosperity!” I read these exact sentiments constantly today from pastors and others within Christendom taunting and threatening Israel into forsaking HaShem and His Torah in exchange for what they call ‘salvation’ via ‘Jesus’. It is insidious and so very, very wrong but there is nothing new under the sun!

The enemy of HaShem and Israel has several goals but one of the main goals is to separate Israel not only from HaShem but more importantly from His Torah! He knows, to get Israel to forsake the Torah means Israel is now defeated and can be destroyed! The Midrash Rabbah Vayishlach Insights section 77.3 is very enlightening as it explains the significance of the struggle between Ya’akov (Jacob/Israel) and the angel in Genesis 32:26 as it pertains to this topic:

“Man, particularly Israel, is locked in constant war with his evil inclination. HaShem says ‘I created the evil inclination, I have create the Torah as its antidote’ per Kiddushin 30b from the Talmud Bavli. The Sages teach that Israel’s most far reaching sin is neglect of Torah study. Why was the land destroyed, left desolate as a desert without passerby? HaShem said, ‘Because they forsook My Torah’ per Jeremiah 9:11-12.”

“In another verse in Jeremiah 16:11, HaShem says ‘But Me they forsook; and My Torah they did not observe’, which the Midrash interprets to mean ‘O that they would have forsaken Me but observed the study of My Torah, for the light in it would have brought them back.’ Such is the spiritual strength inherent in the study of Torah, that it can transform sinners. Thus, Torah represents the Jew’s capacity to fight the war against evil. DESTROY THE JEW’S CAPACITY TO STUDY TORAH, AND EVIL HAS WON!”

Consider what HaShem says about His Torah in Jeremiah 23:29 “Behold, My Word (Torah) is like fire, the Word of HaShem, and like a hammer that shatters a rock.” This is precisely why the nations of the world hate and despise Israel and the Torah so much, because the Torah of HaShem is the only truth there is and as such the nations are not only exposed but their false gods are revealed and they are enraged because of it. If the nations cannot defeat Israel militarily then they adopt a more insidious tactic i.e. love and acceptance! They get Israel to assimilate and in doing so Israel gives up the Torah and embraces the various religious systems to include Christendom and are destroyed. Thank HaShem He promises He won’t let the nations succeed!

Shir HaShirim 5:10 says (Israel replies to the nations taunts) “My Beloved is pure and purifies sin, and ruddy with vengeance to punish betrayers, surrounded with myriad angels.”

The Artscroll Five Megillos Shir HaShirim commentary expounds on this and says “Israel responds to the nations. She will describe her Beloved as a bride would describe her fiancé. Then the nations will understand her persistent devotion to Him.”

The Artscroll Shir HaShirim commentary expounds further on this verse and says “My Beloved is clear skinned and ruddy. Rashi translates the word ‘White’ to ‘Clear’. He is anxious to whiten my deeds even when He sits in judgment as He is depicted in Daniel 7:9 ‘His garment was white as snow and the hair on His hand was like pure wool.’ And ruddy i.e. red in readiness to exact retribution from His enemies as Isaiah 63:2 declared in surprise upon seeing a vision of HaShem depicted as a solitary and majestic figure in blood red vesture approaching victoriously from the direction of Edom, after having wreaked vengeance on Israel’s enemies: ‘Why is Your apparel red, and Your garments like one who treads in the wine vat?’ White signifying purity and atonement and red signifying sin and punishment seemingly contradictory attributes, both of which are embodied within Him simultaneously.”

“White signifies purity, while red signifies sin and punishment, apparently contradictory terms. HaShem is white in the sense that He longs to forgive my sins, and He is red in the sense that He will punish my enemies. HaShem is immeasurably more exalted than the countless angels that surround Him, as it were. He is like a banner that towers above the army.”

In my opinion the key point to get from this is Israel responds to the nations in a way which she will describe her relationship with HaShem as a bride describes her Fiancé! Why is this significant to me? Because it once again shows HaShem never tossed His bride overboard per se and brought in a new one called ‘The Church!’ Its just impossible! I digress!

The Shir HaShirim Midrash Rabbah describes the meaning of ‘White’ and ‘Ruddy’. It says “The nations of the world are saying here to Israel, ‘What is your Beloved more than another beloved?’ i.e. ‘What is your G-d more than other gods? What is your Patron more than other patrons?’ And Israel replies to them: ‘He was white i.e. forbearing toward me in the land of Egypt, but ruddy i.e. harsh, toward the people of Egypt. He was white toward me in the land of Egypt, as it is stated, ‘I shall go through the land of Egypt on this night, and I shall strike every firstborn in the land of Egypt…And the blood shall be a sign for you upon the houses where you are; when I shall see the blood I shall pass over you; there shall not be a plague of destruction upon you when I strike the land of Egypt’ per Exodus 12:12-13.”

HaShem is STILL faithful to His Bride i.e. Israel to this day today! He WILL rescue her at the appointed time!

Shir HaShirim 5:11 says “His opening words were finest gold, His crowns hold mounds of statues written in raven black flame.”

This verse is so descriptive of HaShem, His majesty and His Torah! The Artscroll Shir HaShirim commentary says “His head is like finest gold. Interpreting ‘His Head’ to mean ‘His beginning’ i.e. the beginning of His Words i.e. the Ten Commandments, HaShem’s direct communication to the entire people shone forth like the finest gold, as suggested by the verse per Psalms 119:130 ‘The preamble of Your words give light.’ By proclaiming the first commandment i.e. ‘I am HaShem your Elohim’, He established His sovereignty over them, and then decreed His ordinances upon them.”

“As the Midrash esoterically comments: ‘The Scroll which HaShem gave to Moses was of white fire and its writing was of black fire. It was itself fire and it was hewn out of fire; completely formed of fire and given in fire, as it says in Deuteronomy 33:2 ‘From His right Hand He presented the fiery Torah to them.'”

Remember, HaShem says He Himself is a consuming fire per Deuteronomy 4:24 “For HaShem, your Elohim, He is a consuming fire.” Again showing the Torah comes from HaShem Himself and if He is eternal, unchanging and His Word is firmly established, then how could His Torah be something terrible, burdensome and ultimately tossed aside like yesterday’s garbage as Christendom so often teaches in its Replacement Theology doctrine?

Tractate Sotah 8.3 from the Talmud Yerushalmi says “The Torah that the Holy One, Blessed is He, gave to Moses, its parchment was white fire, and its ink was black fire. It, the Torah, is fire and it is mixed with fire, hewn from fire, given from fire, as it is written ‘From His right hand He presented the fire of the Torah to them.’ This teaching is not intended literally. It is a metaphor that expresses the profoundly spiritual nature of the Torah. Fire is used to convey spirituality, because it lacks substance, yet possesses great energy and brilliance. The wisdom of the Torah emanates from HaShem, about Whom it is written ‘For HaShem, your Elohim, He is a consuming fire. This, of course, is meant metaphorically and not literally. Alternatively, the Gemara (Commentary of the Talmud), refers to the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai, which was executed amidst tremendous fire as described in Deuteronomy 4:11-12.”

The Midrash Rabbah Shir HaShirim says “His head, this is an allusion to the Torah, as it is stated, ‘HaShem made me as the beginning of His way’ per Proverbs 8:22.” Let’s quickly examine Proverbs 8:22 closer and see what HaShem is saying!

Proverbs 8:22 says “HaShem made me (Torah) at the beginning of His way, before His deeds of yore.” The commentary is very interesting and says “The speaker of these verses is Wisdom/Torah, describing how it preceded all stages of Creation. Torah is thus the essence of all that is created; the manifold facets of the universe are but manifestations of the Torah’s wisdom. To assume the commandments are nothing more than Heavenly guidelines necessary to direct and maintain civilization is a great error. The commandments of the Torah were not promulgated to confirm the needs of society; rather, it is society that was created to conform to the dictates of Torah. The commandment to honor one’s parents, for example, is not imposed upon the child because this is his duty to his elders. Rather, HaShem ordained that children be born of parents so that they may perform the commandment of Honor your father and mother per Exodus 20:12. It follows, then, that the continuity of Creation is contingent upon man’s adherence to the Torah.” In other words, when man tosses Torah aside, there is chaos as Creation reacts. When man guards and keeps His Torah, there is blessing and shalom in Creation!

It further says “HaShem created the Torah before He created the world. Torah served as a blueprint for the entire creation. The Sages teach ‘The Holy One, Blessed is He, looked into the Torah and created the world per Bereishis Rabbah 1:2. The Torah begins with the words ‘Bereishis Bara’, which may be interpreted to mean, ‘With the Torah, which is called Beginning, Elohim created heaven and earth’. Every detail of Creation followed a master plan designed and executed for one purpose, the Torah.”

Tractate Pesachim 54a from the Talmu Bavli says “Seven phenomena were created before the world was created, and they are: Torah, and repentance, and the Garden of Eden, and Gehenna, and the Throne of Glory, and the Temple, and the name of Messiah. This statement means that HaShem created these phenomena before He created the world, as without them the world either could not exist or its existence would not be justified. Torah, repentance, the Throne of Glory, and the Temple all enable man to know HaShem and serve Him, which is the ultimate purpose of Creation. The Garden of Eden and Gehenna represent the concept of reward and punishment. The name of the Messiah relates to hope and anticipation of the ultimate redemption. As these foundational ideas were essential to the world. It was necessary for them to precede Creation.”

The Midrash Rabbah Shir HaShirim 5.7 says “Finest gold, these are the words of Torah, which are comparable to gold, as it is stated, ‘They are more valuable than gold, than even much fine gold’ per Psalm 19:11. His locks are curly. This is referring to the scoring of the Torah scroll i.e. the ruled lines that are scored into the parchment, which guide the writing of the lines of text, ensuring that they are straight, neat, and easy to read. Black as the raven. These words are referring to the letters of the Torah scroll, which are written in black ink. Even those words in the Torah that you see as thorns i.e. as trivial and insignificant as thorns, are actually full of heaps upon heaps of Torah laws. With whom are they properly established? Black as raven i.e. they are established with one who begins at dawn and stays through the late evening continuously involved with them.”

The Midrash lists three objectives of Torah study:

  • To fulfill the obligation of constant Torah study i.e. to devote as much time as possible to Torah study. This obligation does not require that one become proficient in all of Torah, or even that one remember the Torah he learns. As long as one engages in Torah study, even if he limits his study to a single area, and even if he learns and forgets, he discharges this obligation.
  • To accumulate stores of Torah knowledge. This is the obligation of the verse from Deuteronomy 6:7 ‘And you shall teach them diligently’, which requires that one become thoroughly knowledgeable in the entire Torah.
  • To master the evil inclination. The Gemara states per Tractate Kiddushin 30b ‘I have created the evil inclination, and I have created the Torah as its antidote. If you involve yourself in Torah, you will not be delivered into the hand of the evil inclination.

Can you see the greatness of His Torah and why Israel i.e. the Bride, is telling the nations why she is devoted to her Fiancé i.e. HaShem? How can His Torah be something terrible, evil, Satanic in origin as I have literally heard so many Christians over the years state in their absolute ignorance and their efforts to regurgitate the Torah hating propaganda originating from the pulpits?

If all of Creation is dependent upon the Torah to not only exist but to function, then if the Torah was rendered obsolete and tossed aside, then all of Creation would cease to exist. My point is to once again show how utterly absurd and so destructive Christendom and its Replacement Theology doctrine is!

Shir HaShirim 5:12 says “Like the gaze of doves toward their cotes, His eyes are fixed on the waters of Torah, bathing all things in clarity, established upon creation’s fullness.”

This single verse here is incredibly revealing and amazing as we will soon see as we explore this verse in-depth! But first, let me quickly add this tidbit from a great book I have entitled ‘My Father, my King’ which addresses the issue of a person being inundated with their past mistakes to discourage them from learning the Torah and drawing near towards HaShem. On page 140-141 of this book it states the following regarding mistakes:

“Hear your Father, your King, the Creator and Sustainer of the entire universe, saying to you – Mistakes are great teachers. Let your mistakes teach you how to avoid other mistakes. Let your mistakes teach you humility. They show you that you are fallible. Let your mistakes teach you to have compassion for others when they err. Let your mistakes show you what you can teach others so they avoid making similar mistakes. But never allow a mistake to diminish your awareness that you are My valuable child. Never let a mistake prevent you from learning, doing, and accomplishing. Never let a mistake cause you to give up out of discouragement. Have the strength to keep going if what you are doing is worthwhile. Mistakes test you. They test your honesty. Having the courage to admit a mistake raises you in My eyes. So, never be afraid to say, ‘I was wrong. I made a mistake.’ Let My view of your courage give you the courage to acknowledge and learn from mistakes.” Keep this in mind as we proceed.

The commentary on Shir HaShirim 5:12 begins with the following: “His eyes alludes to HaShem’s governing of the Universe as in II Chronicles 16:9 it states ‘For the eyes of HaShem run to and fro throughout the earth’; and Psalms 33:18 says ‘HaShem’s eyes are upon those that fear Him.’ Just as doves gaze toward their cotes, per Isaiah 60:8 which says ‘Who are these who fly like a cloud, like pigeons to their cote-windows’.”

The significance of this verse in Isaiah 60:8 is this is a prophetic picture of when at the Final Redemption, the pigeons (In this case a picture of exiled and scattered Israel) who is described as “A pigeon returning to feed its young does so with greater haste than when leaving to forage for food. So too, Israel will hasten to the original source of its spiritual connection, like a pigeon returning to its brood. In the end, observers will be struck by the swiftness of the return, and will wonder aloud who are these that return so quickly? Just as clouds and birds seem to be unencumbered by the earth’s gravitational pull, so Israel will be freed from the natural pull of human materialistic desires. When the Redemption comes, they will quickly rise to the lofty spiritual grandeur of the Holy City.”

“So, just as doves gaze toward their windows i.e. cotes, so are His eyes directed toward synagogues and study houses from which emanates Torah which is compared to water. Water refers to Torah!” Tractate Bava Kama 17a from the Talmud Bavli says “And the reference to water refers ONLY to the study of Torah, as it is stated with regard to Torah study per Isaiah 55:1 ‘Ho, all who are thirsty, go to water.'”

Isaiah 55:1 says specifically “Ho, everyone who is thirsty go to the water, even one with no money, go, buy and eat; go and buy wine and milk without money and without price.” The commentary on this verse explains “Water is a metaphor for Torah and wisdom, for just as the world cannot exist without water, it cannot exist without the Torah. Furthermore, just as one who is thirsty yearns for water, the wise soul yearns for Torah and wisdom. Torah is compared to water to teach that just as water leaves heights and flows to lower places, Torah wisdom can only remain in one who is humble. A humble person realizes that he has much to learn. He will not let pride prevent him from learning from others or from asking questions that will expose his lack of knowledge.”

“Sitting upon the fullness i.e. upon the fullness of the earth. ‘They are the eyes of HaShem hovering through the whole earth’ per Zechariah 4:10; watching evil and good per Proverbs 15:3. Eyes refers to Torah scholars whom HaShem provides with eyes to enlighten the world as man’s eyes enlighten him. Just as the dove wanders from cote to cote in quest of food, so do scholars go from the study house of one sage to that of another seeking explanations of the Torah.”

The Shir HaShirim Midrash Rabbah 5.10 says “His eyes, these are referring to the Sanhedrin for they are the eyes for the assembly as it is stated ‘If because of the eyes of the assembly’ per Numbers 15:24. The Sanhedrin is referred to as the eyes for the following reason – There are two hundred and forty eight limbs within a man and they all follow after the eyes. Similarly, the people of Israel cannot do anything without their Sanhedrin.”

The Bereshis Midrash Rabbah 54.1 expounds further and says “Solomon said, ‘If your enemy is hungry, feed him bread; and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink per Proverbs 25:21.’ Feed him bread, this means from the bread of Torah, as it is stated ‘Come, eat of my bread’ per Proverbs 9:5, and give him water to drink, this means from the waters of Torah, as it is stated, ‘Ho, everyone that is thirsty come for water’ per Isaiah 55:1”

So, once again we see HaShem’s Torah is eternal and is what the entire universe is sustained by! Further, it reveals the more mankind tells HaShem to take His Torah and take a hike, in the name of Christendom and its Replacement Theology doctrine, the more creation falls into darkness and collapses into utter chaos!

If you want a clear picture of what the Torah is, read Proverbs 8, the entire chapter as the chapter is recorded from the point of view of the Torah itself is speaking! And then ask yourself again if the Torah is something which can be tossed aside as easily as yesterday’s trash as Christendom teaches? Is this really what Paul was teaching in his letters in the Apostolic Writings?

It is summed up with these two verses from Proverbs 8:35-36 “For one who finds me (Torah) has found life and he has elicited favor from HaShem. But one who sins against me despoils his soul, all who hate me (Torah) love death.”

Shir HaShirim 5:13 says “Like a bed of spices are His Words from Sinai, like towers of perfume. His comforting words from the Tabernacle are roses dripping flowing Myrrh.”

Tractate Shabbos 88b from the Talmud Bavli comments upon this verse and says “With every single word that went forth from the Mouth of the Holy One, blessed be He, the whole world was filled with spices i.e. fragrance, for His Words spiritually purified and prepared the souls of the people, just as fragrant spices revive and rejuvenate the flesh.” His Words are life to those who take hold of them!

The Artscroll Shir HaShirim commentary says “His comforting words from the Tabernacle are roses dripping flowing Myrrh. His words in the Tent of Meeting, words of conciliation and atonement, teaching Israel the laws of the various offerings which please HaShem and atone for sin.” Remember, the Mishkan (Tabernacle) and the Mikdash (Temple) are commanded by HaShem and are the epitome of kedushah in action i.e. holiness/separation to HaShem for His service! The Mikdash is to be The Place where HaShem has chosen to place His Name so He may dwell among His people i.e. Israel and to where the whole world can come and worship Him at His throne on earth!

The Shir HaShirim Midrash Rabbah 5.11 says “Like a bed of spices are His Words from Sinai, this refers to the study of Torah. The towers of perfume is an allegory for Torah scholars. Just as a perfumer’s closet contains in it all kinds of spices, so must a Torah scholar be full of knowledge of Scripture, Mishnah, Talmud, Halachos and Aggados.” To learn the Torah of HaShem requires all the tools He gave i.e. the Written and Oral Torah, yes both are directly from HaShem and are not the ‘traditions of men’ to be tossed out as many in the Hebrew Roots/Messianic crowds teach, I digress.

Comparing HaShem’s Words to that of a blossoming rose is a common theme throughout His Word, which we have previously discussed in Shir HaShirim chapter two. Needless to say, not only are the Words of HaShem compared to a blossoming rose , but also His bride i.e. Israel is compared to a blossoming rose per Isaiah 35 1-2 which says “The wilderness and the wasteland will rejoice over them (Israel); the desert will be glad and blossom like a rose. It will blossom abundantly and will rejoice, with joyousness and glad song; the glory of Lebanon has been given to her; the majesty of the Carmel and the Sharon; they will see the glory of HaShem, the majesty of our Elohim.”

Additionally, He uses the allegory of a rose per the Judaica Press Shir HaShirim commentary which says “Symbolizing the prophets sent by HaShem to preach His words, which are like roses, whose fragrance wafts over long distances, for they foretell what will take place at the End of Days, and they herald much good and prosperity.”

Shir HaShirim 5:14 says “The Tablets, His handiwork, are desirable above even rolls of fine gold; they are studded with commandments precious as gems, the Torah’s innards are sparkling as ivory intricately overlaid with precious stone.”

Pay close attention to the picture associated with this verse and notice the various colors as well as the stars and the comet! You will see why this is important here shortly.

The Artscroll Shir HaShirim commentary says regarding this verse the following “The Tablets which He gave with His right hand and which were the handiwork of Elohim per Exodus 32:16 which says ‘The Tablets were Elohim’s handiwork, and the script was the script of Elohim, engraved on the Tablets.’ Rods of Elohim are the Ten Commandments, of which it is said per Psalms 19:1 ‘They are more desirable than gold, even than much fine gold.’ Rods i.e. rolls alludes to the Midrash that the Tablets were of a miraculous nature, they were of hard stone, yet they rolled up. The Ten Commandments are like rods of gold studded with precious stones because all 613 Commandments are alluded to in the Ten Commandments.”

“Tarsis (Sapphire) is a precious stone, described by the commentators as blue in color: The Bible names it per Exodus 28:20 as one of the stones set into the fourth row of the Choshen, the Breastplate of Judgment worn by the Kohen HaGadol. According to others, the verse allegorizes the expanse of the heavens i.e. the product of His Hands per Psalms 8:4 ‘The heavens, work of Your fingers’, which glow abright like gold and are studded with jewel like stars.”

So, when we look up into the night sky and see the stars in the heavens fashioned by the Fingers of HaShem, we are literally, in my opinion, see the Torah of HaShem in action. I know I keep pounding this fact home in this Op, but again the question must be asked, is it truly a biblical fact HaShem sent this Jesus figure to earth to release humanity from the bondage of His demonic Torah. Yes, many Christians I have had the displeasure of encountering over the recent years refer to His Torah as being demonically inspired and the epitome of death and destruction citing Paul’s letters as the proof text….makes me see purple because of just how utterly absurd and utterly demonically inspired this Replacement Theology doctrine truly is and just how much damage it has and continues to do…okay, I am off my rant again. Moving on.

Now, Shir HaShirim Midrash Rabbah 5.12 elaborates and equates a Sapphire with the Torah. It says “The Torah weakens the strength of people (Physically) who study it, even if they are as tough as sapphire. If you say that sapphire is soft, come and see that you are mistaken, for there was once an incident that happened with a certain person who brought a sapphire to Rome to sell it. The purchaser said to him, ‘I will buy it on condition that you consent to test it and prove its genuineness.’ He tested it by trying to break off a small piece from it. He placed it on an anvil and started to beat on it with a hammer. The result was the anvil split and the hammer became flattened, but the sapphire was in its place, and was not lacking a single piece. And thus it is written, inlaid with sapphires.”

“In the millennia since (Israel being given the Torah), many hammers and many anvils (Kingdoms, nations and pagan religious systems) have south to crush the sapphire (Torah) but to no avail. As Israel said to HaShem ‘Master of the Universe, if not for Your Torah that You gave us, the nations would have long ago destroyed us.’ Therefore, the pages of world history are filled with the scattered remains of blunted hammers and fragmented anvils, and the sapphire remains UNCHANGED!” What an amazing description of HaShem and His Torah and no matter how hard the world to include Christendom seeks to destroy and tear apart His Torah, it is they who end up shattered and destroyed while His Torah remains unchanged! Baruch HaShem!!

Shir HaShirim 5:15 says “The Torah’s columns are marble set in contexts of gingold (Finest gold), its contemplation flowers like Lebanon, it is sturdy as cedars.”

The commentary expands on this verse and explains “The columns of the Torah which are interpreted in connection with what follows and what precedes them. What do they resemble? A pillar which has a pedestal below and above. So the sections of the Torah are interpreted by relating them to what follows and what precedes them. Whoever contemplates upon His Word finds flowers and shrubs like a blooming forest i.e. Lebanon being a forest. Such is Torah in that whoever meditates therein discovers limitless wisdom and understanding. He is the choicest, just as cedar is the choicest for building, strength, and height. HaShem so surpasses anything around Him that it is futile to attempt a description of Him by comparison with any other being.”

The Shir HaShirim Midrash Rabbah 5.14 expounds “His legs are pillars of marble. This is referring to the world. The world is referred to as pillars of marble because the world was founded i.e. created in six days, as it is written per Exodus 31:17 ‘For in a six day period HaShem made heaven and earth.'”

“Set upon sockets of finest gold. These are referring to the sections of the Torah, which are expounded by virtue of their juxtapositions to sections before them and after them. So that the verse is saying the world, alluded too in the previous phrase, is set upon the sections of the Torah i.e. it is supported by the Torah. And hence what are they similar too? To a pillar, which has a base on the bottom and a capital on top.”

What’s the message being conveyed? HaShem and His Torah are inseparable, to toss His Torah out as being irrelevant now, is to toss HaShem out as well! All of creation depends upon HaShem and His Torah in order to not only be sustained but to also function as everything was created to do so!!

Shir HaShirim 5:16 says “The words of His palate are sweet and He is all delight. This is my Beloved and this is my Friend, O nations who are destined to ascend to Jerusalem.”

The commentary on this verse says “It is written per Amos 5:4, ‘For thus said Elohim to the House of Israel, seek Me and live.’ Could anything be sweeter than this?! When the wicked man turns away from his wickedness, and does that which is lawful and right, he shall live per Ezekiel 33:19 i.e. if he is truly sorry for his misdeed, his iniquities shall be counted as merits. Could anything be sweeter than this?!”

“This is my Beloved, and this is my Friend and it is for all these virtues that I am sick for His love. This is the triumphant conclusion of her (Israel) answer to the cynical question posed to her in verse 9. This sums up the description of My Beloved, O nations of the world! This is why He is more beloved to me than any other, and why I willingly subject myself to every tribulation for the sanctification of His Name.”

Again, we see this is not a religious experience, but it is a personal relationship with HaShem and His Torah is the vehicle i.e. the means to know Him and to know how to serve and live our lives in service unto Him! Salvation is obtained by faith but Torah is the means to put that faith into action! Moving on.

The Shir HaShirim Midrash Rabbah 6.4 says “Magnificence in the mundane. In distinguishing between Israel and other nations, the Midrash emphasizes the special nature of our mundane activities. It goes without saying that our principles of faith, modes of worship, and festival celebrations are different from theirs. Our everyday pursuits differ as well.”

“Man made religions tend to compartmentalize human life. There are times to nurture the body and times to nurture the soul, places for temporal endeavors and places for spiritual ones. There is little overlap between the two sides of this dichotomy, little communication between heaven and earth.”

“This is not HaShem’s model for Israel. There is but one focus in Jewish life i.e. to serve HaShem and sanctify His Name. So that all aspects of our lives may be permeated with thoughts of our Creator and our obligations toward Him, the Torah prescribes numerous mitzvos that places limits on, and give direction to, virtually every human activity, no matter how far removed they may seem from the dedicated religious institutions of time and space .”

“In a Midrash elsewhere, the Sages expound the verse ‘Light is sown for the righteous’ quoting Psalms 97:11, as a reference to the mitzvos, with whose light HaShem seeded the world to allow His children to earn a share of eternity.”

“What is the meaning of this ‘Seeds of light’ metaphor? In this world, of natural law, camouflaged by the illusion that man controls his surroundings and fate. To help a person remember his place and purpose in this world, to remind him of the hidden Presence of the Divine in each of man’s mundane tasks, HaShem implanted a kernel of sacred light, in the form of a mitzvah specific to that task. As a result, when a person performs a physical action, when he exercises his will in the world, he need only do the accompanying mitzvah to release the light it contains. For a moment, the concealing darkness is dispelled, and in his heart a vision of the Holy One is formed. In that flash of illumination, his path is laid out before him, and he is reminded again of his true purpose in the Creator’s grand scheme of things.”

When we truly grasp our purpose in this life is the service of HaShem as He is the Creator, Sovereign and King of all of His Creation, it can help get the eyes off of ourselves and onto Him, but it will also remind us in the difficult times of Who exactly is in control of everything!! Again, as I have stated in previous Op’s this is why I get so disgusted with Christendom and its Replacement Theology doctrine because it’s stealing so much from many of the people who legitimately want to know HaShem!

I will end this Op here and include one final point which ties in with Shir HaShirim chapter 5……….the following is from the Artscroll published book ‘My Father, my King’ which says “Hear My Voice. Hear your Father, your King, the Creator and Sustainer of the entire universe saying to you: Hear My Voice in the sound of thunder and sirens. Hear My Voice and let it awaken you. Hear My Voice in the blast of the shofar. Hear My Voice and let it awaken you.”

“Hear My Voice in the voice of Torah scholars, and let their words and deeds teach and inspire you. Hear My Voice in the voice of those crying and let it arouse your compassion. Hear My Voice in the call to prayer, whether its a rooster, an alarm clock, or one of My loyal subjects. Hear My Voice in the sound of the rain, and in the blowing of the wind.”

“Hear My Voice in the mighty waterfalls and hear My Voice in the subtle sound of the most beautiful garden, with its multitude of colorful flowers on a spring day. Hear My Voice in the roar of a lion, and in the song of birds. Hear My Voice in the sound of every infant. Hear My Voice in the laughter of children. Hear My Voice when people rejoice at a wedding, and hear My Voice when people cry at a funeral. Hear My Voice in every call for help. Hear My Voice in every opportunity to do good. Hear My Voice and follow Me.”

Much to consider!!!

Now on to Shir HaShirim Chapter 6!

Shalom!

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NON JEWS AND THE TORAH

“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 of the garment of a Jewish man, saying, ‘Let us go with you, for we have heard that HaShem is with you!'” Zechariah 8:23

The following two videos are produced by Joseph Good of HaTikvah Ministries during his weekly Chavurah teaching series. For the last two weeks he is addressing the topic of Non-Jews entering the covenant and therefore what is their relation to the Torah of HaShem? Joe bases his answers to this question upon historical and Scriptural facts as recorded in the Apostolic Writings.

These are extremely important videos especially right now, in light of the collapsing world we are currently living in as well as the constant doctrine being promoted and taught in certain Messianic and Hebrew Roots congregations to separate from learning anything from the Orthodox Jews. By rejecting what HaShem has given as resources and tools to learn and improve our walks with Him we are in fact not walking with Him. Further, by forsaking Moses, as is defined in Acts 21, we are in fact going our own way! It boils down to, Know Torah = Know Yeshua; No Torah = No Yeshua!

  • 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
  • He says His Torah is the bread of life per Proverbs 9:5

These videos are posted with Joe’s permission:

Part One of ‘Non-Jews and Torah’

https://www.facebook.com/HatikvaMinistries/videos/1293954871146610

Part Two of ‘Non-Jews and Torah’

https://www.facebook.com/HatikvaMinistries/videos/1205354330349029

SHIR HASHIRIM – THE VOICE OF THE BRIDEGROOM PART 5 – VERSES 1 AND 2

“He who loves purity of heart, and whose lips are gracious, the King is his friend.” Proverbs 22:11

As I began to put this Op together it is 22 September 2022. There is much going on in the world! Everything from weather storms, earthquakes and not just physical earthquakes but also political earthquakes per se! Wars are erupting and or escalating! But, one of the most amazing and encouraging news reports in the last few days are the reports of the five red heifers which were shipped from Texas to Israel, for the Parah Adumah ceremony per Bamidbar (Numbers 19), which is required for a rebuilt Temple!

Now the biblical requirements for the Red Heifer is extremely strenuous and so stringent people will know it only came from HaShem! Mankind could not in any way, shape or form manipulate the Red Heifer! Unfortunately, while encouraging as it is, the reports of these red heifers has provoked and brought out those who are extremely threatened and enraged by the thought of a red heifer because of its connection to the Temple of HaShem!

The common objection to these red heifers and to the Temple primarily emerges from Replacement Theology Christendom who see these red heifers, the korbonot (Offerings) and the Temple itself as being the domain of HaSatan and the epitome of wickedness and the absolute abomination against the one Christendom serves. I say this not to bash anyone, but to point this out as being another giant indicator of where I believe, in my opinion, where we are on the timeline of HaShem!

Because the Temple of HaShem is SO important and central in His entire Word, I thought it would be a good reminder as we begin chapter five i.e. the middle of Shir HaShirim and the beginning of the second half of Shir HaShirim, to remember just how important the Temple of HaShem is.

The following is an excerpt from the book ‘The Temple: Its symbolism and meaning then and now’ by Joshua Berman. Pages 40-41 says “Virtually every law and commandment listed from Exodus chapter 25, until the consecration of the Tabernacle in Leviticus, chapter 10, pertain DIRECTLY to the Sanctuary (Temple). Significantly, Moses is told to construct the Tabernacle vessels in accordance with the prototype he had seen of each while convening with HaShem on Mount Sinai. The sustained and focused attention to the Tabernacle laws immediately following the theophany narrative is a sign of a connection between the Revelation at Sinai and HaShem’s continued presence among the people in the Sanctuary. The meaning of this connection is explained by Cassuto:

‘In order to understand the significance and purpose of the Tabernacle, we must realize that the children of Israel, after they had been privileged to witness the Revelation of HaShem on Mount Sinai, were about to journey from there and thus draw away from the site of the theophany. So long as they were encamped in the place, they were conscious of HaShem’s nearness; but once they set out on their journey, it would seem to them as though the link had been broken, unless there were in the midst a tangible symbol of HaShem’s presence among them. It was the function of the Tabernacle (literally meaning Dwelling), to serve as such a symbol. Not without reason, therefore, does this section come immediately after the section that describes the making of the Covenant at Mount Sinai. The nexus between Israel and the Tabernacle is a perpetual extension of the bond that was forged at Sinai between the people and their Elohim.”

So, we can see the Temple is akin to Mount Sinai but also to the Garden of Eden! Consider the following link to a previous Op I did earlier this year discussing the need for a Temple in Jerusalem:

THE TEMPLE OF HASHEM IN A WORLD GONE MAD

Continuing from the book ‘The Temple: Its symbolism and meaning then and now’ by Joshua Berman, page 28-29 discussing how the Torah of HaShem is akin to the Tree of Life which was in the center of the Garden of Eden. “In place of eternal physical life offered by the Tree of Life, in the post-Eden era, HaShem offers spiritual life in the form of the Torah per Deuteronomy 30:15-18 which says ‘See, I set before you this day life and good, death and evil. For I command you this day, to love the Lord your Elohim, to walk in His ways, and to keep His commandments, His laws, and His norms, that you may live and increase…but if your heart turns away…you shall certainly perish.’ The Torah is portrayed here as a source of life. Its depiction as the difference between good and evil and between life and death may be a deliberate reference to the Tree of Good and Evil and the Tree of Life in the Eden narrative and an indication that the Torah supplants them in the aftermath of man’s sin. The Book of Proverbs refers to the wisdom of HaShem’s ways as a tree of life: ‘She is a tree of life for those who grasp her’ per Proverbs 3:18.”

“The Midrash employs this verse (Proverbs 3:18) to demonstrate that the Torah is a substitute for the Tree of Life of Eden: HaShem hid the tree that granted eternal life to all who ate from it and in its place He gave us His Torah. ‘This is the tree of life, for it says, she is a tree of life for those who grasp her, Proverbs 3:18. When a man beholds it, and sees in it HaShem’s wisdom, and His righteous and just laws and statutes, he is immediately induced to adopt a new mind, and observe them. In so doing he acquires for himself reward in this world and in the world to come, as it says, ‘The Lord commanded us to observe all these laws for our lasting good and to grant us life’ per Deuteronomy 6:24.”

The Temple of HaShem is also known as the House of Kedushah i.e. Holiness. What is the definition of the word ‘Kedushah/kadosh/holy?’ The best answer is the following from my very good friend and teacher Joe Good of HaTikvah Ministries which says: “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!” 

Keep all this in mind as we explore chapter five of Shir HaShirim. Understand, there is SO much to explore, it would literally take enormous amounts of space on this blog to cover, so I must do this in sections, thus, this first part of Part 5 will only cover verses one and two. But 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
  • He says His Torah is the bread of life per Proverbs 9:5

There are sixteen verses in chapter five of Shir HaShirim and we will explore each one, however, verses one and two alone will take an enormous amount of time to explore because there is so much in the verses!

Shir HaShirim 5:1 says “To your Tabernacle Dedication, My sister, O bride, I came as if to My garden. I gathered My myrrh with My spice from your princely incense; I accepted your unbidden as well as your bidden offerings to Me; I drank your libations pure as milk. Eat, My beloved priests! Drink and become G-d intoxicated, O friends!

What needs to be understood is even though this chapter begins here with verse one, which implies a new trend of thought, it is not a new trend of thought, but a continuation of chapter four! The commentary on this verse from the Artscroll Shir HaShirim book says “According to the Mesorah, therefore, this verse does not begin a new chapter and a new trend of thought. Hence, the commentators view this verse contextually as HaShem’s response to Israel’s request that His Shechinah (Presence) descend upon them and eat of their precious fruit. ‘I have already done as you requested!’ HaShem replies.”

The commentary goes on and says “As it is written in Shemot (Exodus) 40:33-34, ‘And Moshe finished the work, and a cloud covered the Tent of Meeting, and the glory of HaShem filled the Tabernacle.'” Remember HaShem likens His Temple to His Garden of Eden!

The dedication of the Tabernacle in the Wilderness is explained in Bamidbar (Numbers) chapter seven. After Moshe erected the Tabernacle the dedication of the Tabernacle took eight days. Per the Torah, Moshe began on the 23rd day of the month of Adar and finished on the 1st day of the month of Nissan for a total of eight days! The completion of the dedication of the Tabernacle was also Rosh Chodesh Nissan i.e. the new moon for the beginning of the month of Nissan!

The dedication of the Mizbe’ach (The Altar) however, took twelve days! HaShem commands in Bamidbar 7:11 “HaShem said to Moshe, ‘One leader each day, one leader each day shall they bring their offering for the dedication of the Mizbe’ach.'” There are twelve tribes which comprise Israel which correspond to the twelve stones on the Breastplate worn by the Kohen HaGadol (High Priest)! See the image below for example.

Now remember HaShem is unchanging and He reveals the end from the beginning as there is nothing new under the sun! The dedication and the twelve tribes during this ceremony, which is comprised of Minchah (Bread) offerings, incense, Olah (Burnt), Chatat (Sin) and Shelamim (Peace) offerings. Now remember, as it pertains to the korbonot (Offerings): “The truest offering is when the owner brings himself as the offering. The owner of the animal or grain offering, sets himself apart to HaShem, subservient to the teachings of the Torah. The animal or grain offering is secondary in that it is an indication of what the owner feels and what the owner is striving for!” The meaning of the word ‘Korbonot’ means ‘To draw near to HaShem’. The purpose of the korbonot is not simply to obtain forgiveness from sin, but for the purpose of communing with HaShem, drawing near to Him. To give thanks, gratitude, cleansing from ritual impurity and atonement.

There are THREE species of animals which may be brought as korbonot which, per Vayikra Midrash Rabbah 8.3 states these three species of animals correspond to one of the Patriarchs who exemplify a characteristic of each species of animal:

  • Oxen – Corresponds to Abraham who exemplified the characteristic of kindness
  • Rams – Corresponds to Isaac who exemplified the characteristic of strength
  • Sheep – Corresponds to Jacob who exemplified the characteristic of glory

Per Vayikra (Leviticus) 22:27, an animal selected as a korbonot MUST be at a minimum EIGHT days old and from that point on, it is acceptable to HaShem. Keep this in mind.

There are EIGHT categories of korbonot (Offerings) which may be brought. Not all are for atonement from sin:

  • Chatat (Sin)
  • Olah (Burnt)
  • Asham (Guilt)
  • Shelamim (Peace)
  • Todah (Thanksgiving)
  • Bechor (Firstborn)
  • Maaser (Tithing)
  • Pesach (Passover)

***Birds may be brought as Olah and Chatat.

What is astounding is when we examine why HaShem decided on eight categories of korbonot. Why did He choose the number eight? Per the book ‘Jewish Wisdom in the Numbers’ when reading about the number eight, it says “The number 8 denotes transcendence. It symbolizes that a Jew is not subject to the natural realm. They have the ability to break free from this world and its limitations.” Further the number 8 relates to the Torah of HaShem in that the Torah is not of this natural world. The number 8 relates to the House of HaShem i.e. His Temple. But most astoundingly the number 8 relates to King Messiah! “Messiah, refers to the anointing of the Davidic Dynasty with oil. The oil used in the Menorah is related to the Messianic King who will illuminate the world with His light.” Okay, moving on.

It is the application of the blood onto the Mizbe’ach (Altar) which atones, not the burning of the meat or the fat. This is just an extremely quick review of what we have discussed in previous Op’s concerning the Korbonot. Now, we can continue with the dedication ceremony which is as follows as stated in Bamidbar (Numbers) seven beginning with the first day. Each head of the tribes brought the same korbonot on each day:

  1. Nachson of the tribe of Yehuda. He brought one silver bowl filled with 130 shekels worth of fine flour mixed with oil. One silver basin filled with 70 shekels worth of fine flour mixed with oil for a Minchah (Bread) offering. One gold ladle of 10 shekels worth if incense. One young bull, one ram, one sheep in its first year for an Olah (Burnt) offering. One he-goat for a Chatat (Sin) offering. Two cattle, five rams, five he-goats, five sheep in their first year for a Shelamim (Peace) offering.
  2. Nesanel of the tribe of Issachar.
  3. Eliav of the tribe of Zevulun
  4. Elitzur of the tribe of Reuven
  5. Shelumiel of the tribe of Shimon
  6. Eliasaph of the tribe of Gad
  7. Elishama of the tribe of Ephraim
  8. Gamaliel of the tribe of Menasheh
  9. Avidan of the tribe of Benyamim
  10. Achiezar of the tribe of Dan
  11. Pagiel of the tribe of Asher
  12. Achira of the tribe of Naphtali

Per Bamidbar (Numbers) 7:84 the twelve heads of the tribes brought a total of:

  • 12 silver bowls – Each containing 130 shekels worth of fine flour mixed with oil
  • 12 silver basins – Each containing 70 shekels worth of fine flour mixed with oil
  • 12 gold ladles – Each containing 10 shekels worth of incense
  • 12 bulls, rams, sheep in their first year for the Olah
  • 12 he-goats for the Chatat
  • 24 bulls
  • 60 rams, he-goats, sheep in their first year for the Shelamim

I hope you can thus far see the immense detail involved in this ceremony? And this is just a very quick glance as I am leaving out so much! Continuing on.

His reference to the Incense is a giant topic worthy of its own Op in itself! I will have to summarize as much of it as possible here.

Shemot 30:34 lists four of eleven ingredients which comprise the Temple Incense:

  • Stacte
  • Onycha
  • Galbanum
  • Pure Frankincense

Keritot 6A from the Talmud Bavli lists seven more ingredients:

  • Myrrh
  • Cassia
  • Spikenard
  • Saffron
  • Costus
  • Aromatic Bark
  • Cinnamon

Per Keritot 6A, Steinsaltz Talmud Bavli, the incense is prepared according to the following manner:

“The Sages taught in a baraita: How is the blending of the incense performed? Balm, and onycha, and galbanum, and frankincense, each of these by a weight of seventy maneh, i.e., seventy units of one hundred dinars. Myrrh, and cassia, and spikenard, and saffron, each of these by a weight of sixteen maneh. Costus by a weight of twelve maneh; three maneh of aromatic bark; and nine maneh of cinnamon. Kersannah lye of the volume of nine kav; Cyprus winen of the volume of three se’a and three more kav, a half-se’a. If one does not have Cyprus wine he brings old white wine. Sodomite salt is brought by the volume of a quarter-kav. Lastly, a minimal amount of the smoke raiser, a plant that causes the smoke of the incense to rise properly. Rabbi Natan says: Also a minimal amount of Jordan amber.”

“The Sages taught in a baraita (Teaching outside of the Mishnah): The incense was prepared from ingredients amounting to the weight of 368 maneh, i.e., 368 units of one hundred dinars. Of these, 365 of them correspond to the days of the solar year. The additional three maneh are those from which the High Priest would bring in to the Sanctuary his handful required on Yom Kippur (see Leviticus 16:12), and the rest, i.e., the incense that was not used over the course of the year, was given to the artisans as their wages.”

Shemot 30:37 says “The incense that you shall make, in its measure you shall not make for yourselves; it shall remain holy to you, for HaShem.”

Mitzvah #110 – The Prohibition to Replicate the Incense – Regarding one who transgressed the prohibition and made a replica of the ketores in accordance with its proportions, in order to smell it, if he did so deliberately, he is liable to kares (excision), and if he did so inadvertently, he is liable to a fixed chatat (Sin) offering.

HaShem says here in Shir HaShirim 5:1 “…Eat, My beloved priests! Drink and become G-d intoxicated, O friends!” His Kohanim (Priests) are the ones who officiate the Temple Avodah (Services) each day and will do so once again hopefully very shortly, HaShem willing!!

The commentary from the Illuminated Shir HaShirim, page 62-63, says “The word for ‘Garden’ is used in the possessive form, meaning ‘My wedding canopy’. HaShem states that He came to His Garden. HaShem placed man on this earth after creating the luminaries, vegetation and plant life, animals, birds, and fish. The entirety of creation was placed at man’s service. HaShem is omnipresent, ‘The whole world is filled with His glory.’ Even before the sin of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, Godliness was found on the earth below. As long as mankind lived up to its Divine mission, fulfilling the directives of their Creator, the earth could be the footstool of the Almighty.”

“Man, if he comports himself in accordance with the will of Elohim, can be a vehicle to bring Godliness to himself and to share it with the world. In the time of Moses, who perfected his character and was a prophet with no equal, Elohim rested His Shechinah once more on earth with the construction of the Mishkan (Tabernacle). On that day, the first of Nissan, the verse says, ‘The cloud covered the Ohel Moed (Tent of Meeting), and the glory of HaShem filled the Tabernacle’ quoting Shemot (Exodus) 40:34. The verses describing the construction of the Mishkan in many instances parallel the terms used in the creation of the heavens and the earth, and the Mishkan is a miniature form of Creation itself. With the construction of the Mishkan and its dedication on the first of Nissan, HaShem once more had a place where the Divine Presence could dwell on earth.”

The more man tells HaShem to get out and spits on His Torah, the more the world collapses into insanity and chaos! And then we wonder why the world is in the abominable mess it is in today?

Now consider an excerpt from the Vayikra (Leviticus) Midrash Rabbah 8.3 Insights section which says “Our Midrash teaches that David yearned for the dedicatory offerings of the tribal princes, and that those offerings were as precious as the Song of the Sea, the two Tablets of the Covenant, and the daily offering of Aaron, the Kohen Gadol (High Priest), which in turn was as precious before HaShem as the twelve tribes themselves.”

Consider the following from the Shir HaShirim Midrash Rabbah 5.1 when explaining verse 5.1: “Another interpretation of ‘Eat, friends…’ Why did HaShem say this to them? It may be compared to a King who made a feast and invited guests to come join Him, and at the feast the King was going around to all the guests and saying to them, ‘May the food be enjoyable for you! May it be pleasing to you!'” The king here in this parable is HaShem Himself! Again, can you see the compassion, kindness, mercy, in that He as the King is going around to His guests making sure the food is enjoyable? This again captures the heart of Shir HaShirim! HaShem reaching out and seeking out His bride i.e. Israel, who responds to His calls!

The Midrash enhances this further and says “HaShem was like a King Who made a feast and invited guests, and then went around them saying, ‘Eat friend….I hope you like it, I hope you enjoy it!'” Can you imagine having HaShem Himself coming around to His guests i.e. you and I, and encouraging us to enjoy ourselves and to eat from His bounty? There isn’t a king or a president in human history who would do this! THIS is what HaShem does everyday and His Torah is the bounty to eat from and enjoy! Keep this in mind!

Shir HaShirim 5:2 says “I am asleep but my heart is awake. The sound of my Beloved, knocking ‘Open up for Me, My sister, My love, My dove, My perfect one! For My head is filled with dew, My locks with the droplets of the night.'”

The Artscroll Shir HaShirim commentary on this verse says “These verses beautifully and tragically allegorize the period of the First Temple and its destruction; Israel’s evil ways; HaShem’s many compassionate warnings to repent; their recalcitrance followed by His display of wrathful vengeance. They repented, but it was too late, His prophetically foretold Decree of imminent Destruction was not to be annulled.”

The Illuminated Shir HaShirim says from page #63 “For any relationship to flourish, particularly between the people of Israel and HaShem, there has to be a constant vigilance to maintain the level of connectedness. in the time of the First Holy Temple, the Jewish nation did not fulfill its obligation to its Beloved. In a state of spiritual slumber, she drifted from the lofty level that kept her connected to HaShem. Elohim sent His prophets to rebuke and encourage the nation to return, to repent of her ways and return to her Beloved.”

“The verses describe Elohim’s Divine disappointment in His children. If no relationship ever existed, there is little expectation; when there was a strong connection, when the People of Israel were favored as HaShem’s beloved people and then strayed, the relationship is fraught with frustration. The endearing terms that HaShem uses in calling out to His beloved i.e. My sister, My beloved, My dove, My perfect one, display the attempts He has made to bring His people close to Him. Yet a relationship must have reciprocity to continue, and surely to flourish.”

The Judaica Press Shir HaShirim commentary on this verse breaks it down and says “I sleep…When I was confident and tranquil in the First Temple. I despaired of worshipping the Holy One, blessed be He, as one who sleeps and slumbers. But my heart is awake…This is the Holy One blessed be He. But my heart is awake…The Holy One, blessed be He, Who is per Psalms 73:26 ‘The Rock of my (Israel’s) heart and my portion,’ is awake to guard me and to benefit me. Hark! My beloved is knocking…He causes His Shechinah to rest upon the prophets and He admonishes through them by sending them. Open for me…Do not cause Me to withdraw from you. For my head is full of dew…A term referring to a man who comes at night, knocking on the door of his beloved. He says thus, ‘Because of love for you, I have come at night at the time of dew or rain’, and the allegory is that, ‘My head is full of dew because I am full of good will and satisfaction with Abraham your father, whose deeds pleased Me like dew, and behold, I come to you, loaded with blessings and the payment of reward for good deeds if you return to Me!'”

So, again we see HaShem reaches out to His bride, Israel, and knocks on the door hoping Israel responds and opens up for Him! My point is, again we see the astounding kindness, compassion, mercy and forgiveness of HaShem! How much more disgraceful, disrespectful and offensive is it when people not only reject HaShem but to actually refer to what He has given i.e. His Torah, His Feasts, His Shabbat, etc, as something akin to trash, the source of death, destruction, deception, bondage, sin, and the power of Satan himself as Christendom in its doctrine has and continues to teach today! Moving on.

The Shir HaShirim Midrash Rabbah expounds on this verse even more…be ready to be astounded again at the lengths HaShem goes to redeem His people!!

Shir HaShirim Midrash Rabbah 5.2 says “I am asleep from anticipating the Messianic End, but my heart is awake for anticipating the Redemption.” The notes associated with this says “The Messianic End, the set time by which the Messianic Redemption will take place no matter what. Since I have been in exile for so long, I have sometimes despaired of the End ever arriving. For under certain circumstances, Elohim will redeem Israel even before the set time for the End.”

Here is the good stuff!!

“What does it mean when He tells Israel to ‘Open up’ for Him? The Holy One, blessed is He, is saying to the people of Israel, ‘Open up for Me an opening of repentance, LIKE THE SIZE OF A POINT OF A NEEDLE, and I, in return, will open for you openings that are so wide that wagons and carriages can enter them!‘” WOW…consider that! If we decide to make teshuvah i.e. repent, just a tiny bit, like the size of a needle, HaShem will then open that point of a needle to the size, figuratively speaking, that wagons and carriage can enter them! Meaning, if we just have a needle point of teshuvah, HaShem is that ready to move to help us!

Its important to know, this concept is NOT confined to the time of the Exodus, but “to a general, timeless message from HaShem to Israel!”

From the ‘Insights Section’ in the Shir HaShirim Midrash Rabbah titled ‘The Prick of Needle’ it says “Where does one make this needle size opening? In the heart. Any contemplation of repentance, and good deed, any moment of triumph over one’s evil inclination forms an opening in the iron partition that separates one’s heart from his Father in Heaven. And then a wave of Divine assistance will come down through that hole, sweeping a person out of his lowly, materialistic state, and raising him up to a far higher spiritual level. There is, however, one condition. The opening one forms must truly be like that bored by a needle i.e. a penetrating hole that passes entirely through the pierced material. In other words, the breakthrough must be durable, reflecting a resolve that is hardy and sincere. If it is not, if one’s resolve is marked by hesitancy and indecision, then, it is more like a hole formed by a finger in a pool of water, which closes up on its own as soon as the finger is removed.”

“Once a person fulfills this condition, he is eligible for the grand dividends spoken of in the Midrash. And marvelous they are, compared to the principle invested i.e. a gateway spacious enough for wagons and chariots, formed from a hole as minute as a needle’s point, an exponential increase not only in size but in quality as well.”

“The Talmud derives this idea from a verse in Leviticus 11:44 which says ‘You (Israel) are to sanctify yourselves and you shall become holy.’ What seems like a redundancy actually teaches us that when a person sanctifies himself even a little, from below in this world, he will be sanctified to a much greater degree from Above, here and in the World to Come.”

“How wonderful is HaShem’s kindness! Not only does He infuse us with a generous dose of spiritual energy in response to each puny step we take in His direction, but He even gives us credit for all the progress that we subsequently make, as if we had accomplished it all on our own.”

The point I want to highlight again, is HaShem is longsuffering, wishing NONE would perish, but that ALL would repent! Just a tiny speck of sincere repentance the size of a needlepoint and He will do the rest!! This also tells us when we begin to answer His call to shrug off the religious systems of the world i.e. Christendom, and to embrace His Torah, we won’t know hardly anything and thus it can look incredibly overwhelming; but we start out small, just like a needlepoint, and He will help us progress and move forward learning more and more as time passes by. You will be surprised at how much you can learn once you begin to sincerely ask Him to help you do so! Again, the great kindness and compassion of our Great King!

So, why does HaShem refer to Israel as His ‘Sister’ or His ‘Bride’? Per the Shir HaShirirm Midrash Rabbah it tells us HaShem refers to Israel as His sister because Israel clung unto HaShem during the exile. He refers to Israel as His bride because Israel was decimated for Him while in exile and quotes Psalms 44:23 which says “Because for Your sake we are killed all day long, we are considered as sheep for slaughter.” In the Messianic future HaShem will refer to Israel as His sister because Israel will be fully attached to Him. He will refer to Israel as His bride because of Lamentations 2:15 which says “All who pass along the way clap hands at you; they whistle and wag their head at the daughter of Jerusalem, ‘Could this be the city that was called Perfect in Beauty, Joy of All the Earth?'” The nations here realize how incredibly destructive for the world it was for them to destroy the Temple and Jerusalem and had they known just how destructive it was going to be, they wouldn’t have done so.

Further, why does He refer to Israel as His dove? Again the Shir HaShirim Midrash Rabbah says “All doves have markings that distinguish them from each other. Similarly, the Israelites became distinguishable from others through the mitzvos (Commandments/Torah) that are unique to them.” Uh oh, Replacement Theology Christendom once again has a real problem on its hands, because once more we see it is HaShem’s Torah which distinguishes His people from the world!! If you toss out His Torah, what sets and distinguishes you from the world? Nothing!

The Midrash goes on and says “Those who received commandments at Marah, for it was there that the Israelites were given commandments and became DISTINGUISHABLE through the mitzvos and righteous acts and good deeds that they were commanded to do.” Marah was a station in the Wilderness HaShem led Israel through when He delivered them from Egypt. The name ‘Marah’ in Hebrew means ‘Bitter‘.

What commandments were given to Israel at Marah which sets Israel apart from the nations of the world? Shemot (Exodus) 15:25-26 says “He (Moshe) cried out to HaShem, and HaShem showed him a tree; he (Moshe) threw it into the water (Bitter waters/Marah) and the water became sweet. There He established for the nation a decree and an ordinance, and there He tested it. He said, ‘If you hearken diligently to the voice of HaShem, your Elohim, and do what is just in His eyes, give ear to His commandments and observe all His decrees, then any of the diseases that I placed on Egypt, I will not bring upon you, for I am HaShem, your Healer.”

The Chumash commentary on these two verses says “At Marah, HaShem commanded Israel to observe ten mitzvos even before the Torah was given. These include the seven mitzvos given to the sons of Noah, the mitzvah to establish courts i.e. judgment, the mitzvah to observe Shabbat, and the mitzvah to honor one’s parents!” So, again we see at the very least it is Shabbat, His Shabbat, which distinguishes His people from the world!

Tractate Sanhedrin 56b from the Talmud Bavli says “The Jewish people were commanded to observe ten mitzvot when they were in Marah: Seven that the descendants of Noah accepted upon themselves, and HaShem added to them the following mitzvos: Judgment, and Shabbat, and honoring one’s father and mother.” This was all BEFORE He gave the complete Torah at Sinai! Again this has gigantic implications for Replacement Theology because it shows once more His Shabbat IS for everyone and is very much a means to be distinguished unto Him!

What does HaShem mean when He says “My Head is filled with dew, My locks with the droplets of the night?” Per the Shir HaShirim Midrash Rabbah it says “This verse refers to the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai, the words for my head is filled with dew reflecting what is written concerning that event, even the heavens trickled quoting Judges 5:4, which says ‘HaShem, as You left Seir, as You strode from the field of Edom, the earth quaked and even the heavens trickled; even the clouds dripped water.'” This is the event when before HaShem offered the Torah to Israel, He first offered it to the offspring of Esau i.e. Edom, on Mount Seir. They refused it and then He went to Israel who accepted it. The commentary for Judges 5:4 expounds on this and says “Poetically, Deborah depicts the Giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai, according to the tradition of the Sages, that before giving the Torah to Israel, HaShem offered it to the offspring of Esau, who dwelt on Mount Seir and the field of Edom. Only after they refused it out of hand did HaShem advance in splendor to Mount Sinai for His rendezvous with Israel. Since the Torah is so awesome that heaven and earth quaked when it was given, as it were, it is understandable that Israel should suffer for forsaking it, and be helped when it repented.” HaShem is describing the sky and clouds at Mount Sinai using the metaphor of His head and His hair.

Judaica Press Shir HaShirim commentary further says “For My head is full of dew, is a term referring to a man who comes at night, knocking on the door of his beloved. He says thus, ‘Because of love for you, I have come at night at the time of dew or rain,’ and the allegory is that, ‘My head is full of dew because I am full of good will and satisfaction with Abraham your father, whose deeds pleased Me like dew, and behold, I come to you, loaded with blessings and the payment of reward for good deeds if you return to Me.'”

Can you see how much HaShem loves His bride Israel and to what extent He goes to bring her back to Him? And remember this Op is covering just pieces of what is recorded in all the source materials for verses one and two of chapter five of Shir HaShirim!! The next Op will continue chapter five!

Much to consider!

Shalom!

SOURCE MATERIALS:

  • Shir HaShirim Midrash Rabbah by Artscroll
  • Shir HaShirirm by Judaica Press
  • The Chumash with the Teachings of the Talmud by Artscroll
  • The Illuminated Shir HaShririm by Artscroll
  • Shir HaShirim by Artscroll
  • Tractate Sanhedrin Talmud Bavli Steinsaltz
  • The Temple its Symbolism and Meaning Then and Now by Joshua Berman
  • Measure the Pattern Volume 1 by Joseph Good of HaTikvah Ministries

THE ROCK! OUR PLACE OF REFUGE!

“For HaShem alone my soul waits silently, because from Him is my hope!” Psalms 62:6

Its becoming more difficult by the day to ignore the plight of this old, wicked and corrupt world. I see constantly people and television personalities who are working harder and harder each day to try and ignore the giant elephant in the room i.e. the world as we have known it is finished and rapidly collapsing!

Foundations built upon economics, religion, entertainment, medical, etc, they ALL are failing now. Nothing is withstanding the pressures coming to bear upon the world. We all see and we all are experiencing it first hand! Whether it be economic difficulties to medical difficulties, everyone is experiencing the collapse around us 24/7!

People attempt to ignore and distract themselves from the glaring fact of the state of the world with entertainment, sports, etc, and from the look on their faces, its absolutely obvious its not working anymore! People are having to accept the state of the world and many do not know how to handle it. Many, unfortunately, are turning to idolatry and false religious systems, which may distract for a moment, but even in that, the idolatry will eventually fail them and they will be left with the same glaring questions they had at the beginning i.e. “What do I do now? Who can I turn too for help?”

As such, nothing is a coincidence with HaShem! Everything, even down to the most miniscule, insignificant element in existence has a specific purpose for which He placed in its specific spot, for a specific reason. Absolutely nothing is just because or an accident with HaShem! Keep this in mind as we proceed.

As I put this Op together, it is 8 October 2022, the final Shabbat before Sukkot begins. The Torah portion for today is the last Torah portion before Sukkot and it is ‘Ha’azinu’ which is found in Devarim (Deuteronomy) 32:1-52. The Haftarah is found in 2 Samuel 22:1-52. The Psalm for Shabbat today is Psalms 71. Let’s examine these for a bit and see what HaShem is telling us today amidst this collapsing world around us. But, before we do so, never forget the following unchanging 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
  • He says His Torah is the bread of life per Proverbs 9:5

The Song of Moshe, which is found here in today’s Torah portion says beginning in Devarim 32:1-6 “Give ear, O heavens, and I will speak; and may the earth hear the words of my mouth. May my teaching drop like the rain, may my utterance flow like the dew; like storm winds upon vegetation and like raindrops upon blades of grass. When I call out the Name of HaShem, ascribe greatness to our Elohim. THE ROCK! Perfect is His work, for ALL His paths are justice; a Elohim of faith without iniquity, righteous and fair is He. Corruption is NOT His, the blemish is His children’s, a perverse and twisted generation. Is it to HaShem that you do this, O vile and unwise people? Is He not your Father, your Master? Has He not created you and firmed you?”

It is interesting, the commentary on describing HaShem as our Rock from the Chumash says “HaShem’s justice applies so broadly that nothing escapes His system of reward and punishment. Someone who claims that HaShem will overlook sins is dangerously mistaken. By making such a claim, he influences others to sin, since they will think that there is no punishment for their actions. Therefore, anyone who claims that HaShem disregards our sins will have his own life disregarded.”

What is the one thing the world is collapsing over? In my opinion, it is injustice! There are multiple levels of justice being executed on people depending on their level of wealth, status in the community, entertainment status, social status, etc. Instead of having an unbiased level of justice applied equally to all persons, now its corrupted and what is the end result? Societies and nations collapse! Moving on.

Devarim 32:7-10 says “Remember the days of yore, understand the years of generation after generation. Ask your father and he will relate it to you, your elders and they will tell you. When the Supreme One gave the nations their inheritance, when He separated the children of man, He set the borders of the peoples according to the number of the Children of Israel. For HaShem’s portion is His people; Yaakov is the measure of His inheritance. He discovered him in a desert land, in desolation, a howling wilderness; He encircled him, He granted him discernment, He preserved him like the pupil of His eye.”

So, here we see it is HaShem Who sets the borders of the nations based upon the number of the Children of Israel! This indicates it is the twelve tribes of Israel which help hold up the world! We further see it is from HaShem Who encircled His people, granted discernment and preserved Yaakov i.e. Israel! Keep this in mind!

Devarim 32:11-14 says “He (HaShem) was like an eagle arousing its nest, hovering over its young, spreading its wings and taking them, carrying them on its pinions. HaShem alone guided them, and no other power was with them. He would make him ride on the heights of the land and have him eat the ripe fruits of my fields; He would suckle him with honey from a stone, and oil from a flinty rock; butter of cattle and milk of sheep with fat of lambs, rams born in Bashan and he-goats, with wheat as fat as kidneys; and you would drink blood of a grape like delicious wine.”

The analogy of HaShem like an eagle is amazing. Read the following from a commentary from Ohr HaChaim: “An eagle approaches its nest gently, so as not to overwhelm its young by appearing in the nest too suddenly; in addition, it does not rest its weight upon its young but hovers over them. Likewise, when HaShem appeared to the Jewish people at Mount Sinai, He appeared in a manner that they could bear, designed so as not to overwhelm them.”

Unfortunately, too much of a good thing tends to make us get lazy, complacent, take for granted and as a whole end up rebelling against HaShem.

Devarim 32:15-27 says “Yeshurun (Another name for Israel) became fat and kicked. You became fat, you became thick, you became corpulent, and it deserted HaShem its Maker; and was contemptuous of the Rock of its salvation. They would provoke His jealousy with strangers; they would anger Him with abominations. They would slaughter to demons without power; gods whom they knew not, newcomers recently arrived, whom your ancestors did not dread. You ignored the Rock Who gave birth to you, and forgot Elohim Who brought you forth. HaShem will see and be provoked by the anger of His sons and daughters, and He will say, ‘I shall hide My face from them and see what their end will be, for they are a generation of reversals, children in whom there is no loyalty. They provoked Me with a non god, they angered Me with their vanities; so shall I provoke them with a non people, with a vile nation shall I anger them. For fire will have been kindled in My nostrils and blazed to the lowest depths. It shall consume the earth and its produce, and set ablaze what is founded on mountains. I shall accumulate evils against them, My arrows shall I use up against them; bloating of famine, battles of flaming demons, cutting down by the noontime demon, and the teeth of beasts shall I dispatch against them. On the outside, the sword will bereave, while indoors there will be dread, even a young man, even a virgin, a suckling with the gray haired man. I had said, ‘I will scatter them, I will cause their memory to cease from man’ were it not that the anger of the enemy was pent up, lest his tormenters misinterpret; lest they say, ‘Our hand was raised in triumph, and it was NOT HaShem Who accomplished all this!'”

All of this sounds extremely harsh by HaShem towards His people who rebelled against Him, but consider if He will do this to His own people, how much more will He act against the nations who have never known Him and embrace all sorts of debauchery, filth, idolatry and sins! Further, the nations He brings down upon Israel, often think it was by their own hands, skills, superiority, etc, that allowed them to prevail over HaShem’s people, when in fact, they are just a tool in HaShem’s Hand! Again, showing the mastery of HaShem over His creation and how all things work to His purposes! Finally, remember HaShem brings about these harsh judgments, not only just for purposes of justice and righteousness but also to motivate teshuvah (Repentance) i.e. returning to HaShem and His Torah! It is HaShem’s desire that none perish, but that all come to repentance!

Consider what HaShem says in Ezekiel 33:11 which says “Say to them, ‘As I live, the words of my Master, HaShem/Elohim, I do not desire the death of the wicked one, but the wicked one’s return from his way that he will live. Repent, repent from your evil ways; why should you die, O family of Israel?'” This is reiterated in 2 Peter 3:9!

Devarim 32:28-31 says “For they are a nation bereft of counsel, and there is no discernment in them. Were they wise they would comprehend this, for they would discern it from their end. For how could one pursue a thousand, and two cause a myriad to flee, if not that their Rock had sold them out, and HaShem had delivered them? For not like our Rock is their rock, yet our enemies judge us!”

The commentary from Ohr HaChaim on these verses says “For they are nation bereft of counsel. It means that these idolatrous nations do not have the nature to make such an observation; they are bereft of such counsel, and will not assume that the Jewish people were destroyed on account of their sins. Moreover, the verse continues, and there is no discernment in them, meaning that even if these nations would recognize that what happened to the Jewish people was a result of their sins, they lack the ability to discern one thing from another and to infer that if the Jews were punished so severely, then surely the idol worshiping nations will be destroyed on account of their greater sins!” Again, the perfect explanation for why Replacement Theology Christendom is so extremely dangerous and destructive, because its doctrine is exactly as is explained here i.e. “G-d hates Israel, ‘Jesus’ destroyed the Torah, and everything has either been changed or replaced while sin is just a concept from the past with no fear of punishment or judgment!” Moving on.

Devarim 32:32-35 says “For their (Israel’s) vineyard is from the vineyard of Sedom (Sodom) and from the fields of Amorah (Gemorah); serpents venom is their wine, the poison of cruel vipers. Is it not hidden with Me, sealed in My treasuries? Mine is vengeance and retribution at the time their foot will falter; for the day of their catastrophe is near, and future events are rushing at them.

HaShem is referring here to the Day of Judgment which is the era we are currently fast approaching!

Devarim 32:36-41 here Israel is comforted by HaShem despite the judgments decreed: “When HaShem will have judged His people, He shall relent regarding His servants, when He sees that enemy power progresses, and none is saved or assisted. He will say, ‘Where is their god, the rock in whom they sought refuge?’ The fat of whose offerings they would eat, they would drink the wine of their libations? Let them stand help you! Let them be a shelter for you! See, now, that I, I am He, and no god is with Me. I put to death and I bring to life, I have wounded and I will heal, and there is no rescuer from My hand. For I shall raise My hand to heaven and say, ‘As I live forever; if I sharpen My flashing sword and My hand grasps judgment, I shall return vengeance upon My enemies and upon those that hate Me shall I bring retribution.

Ohr HaChaim expounds and says “It will thus gird itself in judgment to return vengeance upon the enemies of HaShem, who are in fact none other than the enemies of the Jewish people, for they hate us for no reason other than our attachment to HaShem. When the verse concludes and says, and upon those who hate Me I shall bring retribution, it is referring to those who are in the class of people that incite the Jewish people to transgress the Torah.”

Devarim 32:42-43 says “I shall intoxicate My arrows with blood and My sword shall devour flesh, because of the blood of corpse and captive, because of the earliest depredations of the enemy. O nations, sing the praises of His people, for He will avenge the blood of His servants; He will bring retribution upon His foes, and His earth will atone for His people.”

There is a prophetic verse found in Psalms 144:15 which says “Praiseworthy is the people for whose Elohim is HaShem.” The point is, HaShem will punish and judge His people, but the judgment which will fall upon the nations who never knew Him will be far more severe and in the falling of this judgment, in the end of days, the nations will realize who Israel is in relation to HaShem!

Devarim 32:44-47 says “Moshe came and spoke all the words of this Song in the ears of the people, he and Hoshea (Joshua) son of Nun. Moshe concluded speaking all these words to all Israel. He said to them, ‘Apply your hearts to all the words that I testify against you today, with which you are to instruct your children, to be careful to perform all the words of this Torah, for it is not an empty thing for you, FOR IT IS YOUR LIFE, and through this matter shall you prolong your days on the Land to which you cross the Jordan to possess it.”

Again, HaShem reiterates the Torah is our life! It is a tree of life to those who take hold of it! Even if we read His Torah and have zero idea or understanding what exactly we are reading, it still is having an effect in that His Word is getting into our hearts and minds! If we ask Him, He WILL give us discernment and help us to understand and how to apply this to our daily lives!

Devarim 32:48-52 says “HaShem spoke to Moshe on that very day, syaing, ‘Ascend to this mount of Abarim, Mount Nevo, which is in the land of Moav, which is before Yericho, and see the land of Canaan that I give to the Children of Israel as an inheritance, and die on the mountain you will ascend, and be gathered to your people, as Aharon your brother died on Mount Hor; and was gathered to his people, because you trespassed against Me among the Children of Israel at the waters of strife at Kadesh, in the Wilderness of Tzin; because you did not sanctify Me among the Children of Israel. For from a distance shall you see the Land, but you shall not enter there, into the Land that I give to the Children of Israel.'”

There is a giant prophetic element to these verses in that even though Moshe was not allowed to enter the Land then, in the future redemption, Moshe WILL be resurrected and WILL enter the Land then!! May it be so very soon in our days! So, I hope you can see HaShem IS our Rock and our place of refuge, safety, protection, provision, etc from this Torah portion? Now consider what David says in the Haftarah from 2 Samuel 22!

The Haftarah is pretty self explanatory so I won’t comment on it. Just pay attention to how HaShem is described by David!!! 2 Samuel 22:1-51 says “Then David spoke to HaShem the words of this song, on the day when HaShem had delivered him from the hand of all his enemies, and from the hand of Saul. And he said: “HaShem is my Rock and my Fortress and my Deliverer; The Elohim of my strength, in whom I will trust; My Shield and the Horn of my Salvation, My Stronghold and my Refuge; My Savior, You save me from violence. I will call upon HaShem, Who is worthy to be praised; So shall I be saved from my enemies.”

“When the waves of death surrounded me, the floods of ungodliness made me afraid. The sorrows of Sheol surrounded me; the snares of death confronted me. In my distress I called upon HaShem, and cried out to my Elohim; He heard my voice from His Temple, And my cry entered His ears. ‘Then the earth shook and trembled; the foundations of heaven quaked and were shaken, because He was angry. Smoke went up from His nostrils, And devouring fire from His mouth; coals were kindled by it. He bowed the heavens also, and came down with darkness under His feet. He rode upon a cherub, and flew; and He was seen upon the wings of the wind. He made darkness canopies around Him, dark waters and thick clouds of the skies. From the brightness before Him Coals of fire were kindled.”

“HaShem thundered from heaven, and the Most High uttered His Voice. He sent out arrows and scattered them; lightning bolts, and He vanquished them. Then the channels of the sea were seen, the foundations of the world were uncovered, at the rebuke of HaShem, at the blast of the breath of His nostrils. ‘He sent from above, He took me, He drew me out of many waters. He delivered me from my strong enemy, from those who hated me; for they were too strong for me. They confronted me in the day of my calamity, but HaShem was my Support.”

“He also brought me out into a broad place; He delivered me because He delighted in me. ‘HaShem rewarded me according to my righteousness; according to the cleanness of my hands He has recompensed me. For I have kept the ways of HaShem, and have not wickedly departed from my Elohim. For all His judgments were before me; and as for His statutes, I did not depart from them. I was also blameless before Him, and I kept myself from my iniquity. Therefore HaShem has recompensed me according to my righteousness, according to my cleanness in His eyes. ‘With the merciful You will show Yourself merciful; with a blameless man You will show Yourself blameless; with the pure You will show Yourself pure; and with the devious You will show Yourself shrewd. You will save the humble people; but Your eyes are on the haughty, that You may bring them down.”

“For You are my lamp, HaShem; The Master shall enlighten my darkness. For by You I can run against a troop; by my Elohim I can leap over a wall. As for Elohim, His way is perfect; the word of HaShem is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him. ‘For who is Elohim, except HaShem? And who is a Rock, except our Elohim? Elohim is my Strength and Power, and He makes my way perfect. He makes my feet like the feet of deer, and sets me on my high places. He teaches my hands to make war, so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.”

“You have also given me the shield of Your salvation; Your gentleness has made me great. You enlarged my path under me; so my feet did not slip. ‘I have pursued my enemies and destroyed them; neither did I turn back again till they were destroyed. And I have destroyed them and wounded them, so that they could not rise; they have fallen under my feet. For You have armed me with strength for the battle; You have subdued under me those who rose against me. You have also given me the necks of my enemies, so that I destroyed those who hated me. They looked, but there was none to save; even to HaShem, but He did not answer them. Then I beat them as fine as the dust of the earth; I trod them like dirt in the streets, and I spread them out.”

“You have also delivered me from the strivings of my people; You have kept me as the head of the nations. A people I have not known shall serve me. The foreigners submit to me; as soon as they hear, they obey me. The foreigners fade away, and come frightened from their hideouts. “HaShem lives! Blessed be my Rock! Let Elohim be exalted, The Rock of my Salvation! It is HaShem Who avenges me, and subdues the peoples under me; He delivers me from my enemies. You also lift me up above those who rise against me; You have delivered me from the violent man. Therefore I will give thanks to You, O HaShem, among the Gentiles, and sing praises to Your Name. ‘He is the tower of salvation to His king, and shows mercy to His anointed, to David and his descendants forevermore.’”

Now consider what He says in Psalms 71 i.e. the Psalms for this Torah portion!

Psalms 71:1-22 says “In You HaShem, I have taken refuge, let me not be shamed, ever. In Your righteousness rescue me and deliver me; incline Your ear to me and save me. Be for me a sheltering Rock to which to come always; in the past You commanded my salvation, for my Rock and my Fortress are You. My Elohim, deliver me from the wicked one’s hand, from the palm of the schemer and the violent one. For You are my hope, O Master HaShem/Elohim, my security since my youth.”

“I relied on You from my birth, You with drew me from the innards of my mother; of You is my praise always. When I became an example to the multitude, You were my mighty refuge. Let my mouth be filled with Your praise, all day long with Your splendor. Do not cast me off in time of old age; when my strength fails, forsake me not. For my foes speak of me, and those who watch for life consult together, saying, ‘Elohim has forsaken him, pursue and catch him, for there is no rescuer.’ O Elohim, be not far from me; O my Elohim, hasten to my assistance.”

“Let the adversaries of my soul be shamed and consumed; let those who seek my harm be enwrapped in disgrace and humiliation. As for me, I shall always hope, and I will yet add to all Your praise. My mouth shall recount Your righteousness, all day long Your salvation, though I know not their numbers. I shall come with the mighty deeds of the Master, HaShem/Elohim, I will mention Your righteousness, Yours alone. O Elohim, You have taught me from my youth, and until this moment I declare Your wonders. And even until old age and hoariness, O Elohim, forsake me not; until I proclaim Your strength to the generation, Your might to all who will yet come.”

“And Your righteousness, O Elohim, is unto the high heavens; You, Who have done great things, O Elohim, who is like You? You, Who have shown me many and grievous troubles; revive me again, and from the depths of the earth raise me again. Increase my greatness, and turn back to comfort me. I shall also thank You on the stringed instrument for Your faithfulness, my Elohim; I shall sing to You on the harp, O Holy One of Israel. My lips shall rejoice when I sing to You, as well as my soul that You have redeemed. My tongue, too, shall utter Your righteousness all day long; for they are shamed, for they are humiliated, those who seek my harm.”

Can you see the theme of this weeks Torah portion? HaShem IS the ONLY Rock we have and there is no other….Baruch HaShem!! He is ALL we need and to walk in His Ways i.e. His Torah is what facilitates our relationship with Him! In HaShem we take our refuge, especially now in the midst of this vile, cruel, wicked and debaucherously corrupt world!

One final thought and then I will close this Op. The following is from a book published by Artscroll by Rabbi Zelig Pliskin titled ‘My Father My King’ discussing the topic of fear which says “When you experience fear, hear your Father, your King, the Creator and Sustainer of the entire universe, saying to you: ‘My child, let Me help you over come your fears. Any experience of fear provides you with an opportunity to become closer to Me. When you feel a strong need for Me, your words to Me will be more intense and will come from a deep place within you. When your fear brings you closer to Me, you benefit spiritually, even as your fear diminishes.”

“How would you feel if you knew I was always with you? Permit yourself a greater awareness that I am always with you. Feel yourself becoming calmer. A total awareness that your loving Father and powerful King is with you will give you feelings of serenity and courage. Along with King David, you will be able to say, ‘Even when I walk in the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, because You are with me. Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.'”

“When you feel courage and inner strength, you will be free from fear. Imagine hearing Me saying to you, ‘I am giving you courage.’ Feel this courage permeating your entire being. Feel this courage entering every cell and every muscle. Feel this courage filling every part of your brain. Think of what it would be like to have this courage now. And this courage is a gift to you whenever you need it.”

“Think of various people who have courage. I have sent those people to you as role models to increase your own level of courage. Whenever you need more courage, imaging that you are one of the most courageous people you have ever encountered. The power of imagination I have given you enables you to do this.”

“Breathe slowly and deeply, My child. This will diminish your fear and begin to make you calmer. Appreciate each breath. Feel Me helping you become calmer with each breath you take. Every time you exhale, exhale fear. Every time you inhale, inhale courage. Never do anything to needlessly cause any of My other children fear. Do everything you can to help My children overcome their fears. Let your own experiences of fear give you more compassion for the fears of others. When you learn to overcome your own fears, you will be able to do chesed (Kindness) by helping others do the same.”

Its an interesting concept Rabbi Pliskin discusses here about fear and I thought it might be helpful especially in light of today’s world!

So, in closing this Op, today’s Torah portion reinforces HaShem is our Rock and our Shield in every way possible, but also our Provider for all of our needs. We have to live one day at a time, one step at a time, literally one breath at a time and pray to our compassionate, kind, forgiving Great King that may today be the day of our great final redemption and until we get to that point, may He grant us the strength and stamina to hold onto Him tightly one more day!

Much to consider!

Shabbat Shalom!

SOURCE MATERIALS

  • The Milstein Chumash with the Teachings of the Talmud by Artscroll
  • The Psalms by Artscroll
  • My Father, My King by Artscroll

SUKKOT – THE SHELTER OF FAITH!

“The Elohim! His Way is perfect; the promise of HaShem is pure. He is a shield for all who take refuge in Him!” 2 Samuel 22:31

Can we all agree that the year 2022 has been a year unlike any other in recent history? This year has been an extremely difficult year for many, many people: The sudden deaths of loved ones, receiving devastating health news, economic difficulties, watching a country rip itself to literal shreds, catastrophic weather events, etc. This year has been one hit after another hit in rapid succession it seems and there appears to be no reprieve anytime soon!

HaShem knows and has known all along this is how it will be in the End just before the Birth Pains commence because, remember, He reveals the End from the Beginning (Isaiah 46:10)! He is in so much control over all of His creation, He is able to to reveal the End from the Beginning and turn catastrophic events into something good and to our benefit because nothing is impossible for Him!

With this said, it is no wonder then that HaShem, in my opinion, wants us to, now more than ever, better understand the significance of not just His Feasts, but specifically Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) and just what it all truly represents especially in light of 2022! In my opinion, what we are witnessing take place in the year 2022 is just the precursor and pre-game show per se, before the real events commence; which means we are going to have to draw closer to HaShem unlike anytime in our lives before if we are going to not only survive what is coming but also to be a witness for others that HaShem, the Elohim of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the Elohim of Israel, is the One and Only true living Elohim, Who shares His glory with no one and the focus of servitude and worship of Israel and all those who wish to serve HaShem!

It is my intent that this Op not focus on the horrible events that have occurred to people, but to be a reminder that HaShem has NOT abandoned us! But that He Himself, in His abundant mercy, compassion, kindness and forgiveness, is wholly able to not only shelter us, but to provide for us and yes, even weep and grieve with us when these catastrophic events do take place. This is best exemplified in His commanded Feast of Sukkot! Keep this in mind as we progress and never forget the following eternal and unchanging 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
  • He says His Torah is the bread of life per Proverbs 9:5

What is the main theme of Sukkot? Is it to dwell in a sukkah? Is it to commemorate the Wilderness experience when HaShem miraculously delivered our forefathers out of Egyptian bondage by His Great Power and mercy? Would you be surprised the main theme of Sukkot is the command to REJOICE in HaShem and to celebrate our most greatest possession He has granted to us i.e. His Torah! Seven days of rejoicing in HaShem and acknowledging all we have is from Him and Him alone! Seven days of rejoicing in HaShem and acknowledging only He is our literal place of refuge, shelter, protection, provision, redemption and salvation! Imagine, seven days of celebrating the goodness of HaShem, especially in light of 2022! Baruch HaShem!!

Sukkot is the climax of the three Pilgrimage Feasts of HaShem i.e. Pesach, Shavuot and Sukkot, in which all are to present themselves before HaShem, the Great King, in the Temple in Jerusalem as well as bring korbonot (Offerings) and gifts to the Great King!

On Pesach HaShem redeemed His people and on Shavuot He informed His founding nation Israel the purpose of our freedom, to make the entire nation a ‘Kingdom of Priests and a Holy Nation’ per Exodus 19:6! On Sukkot, per the Sukkot Machzor, it states the message of Sukkot is as follows: “In the wilderness HaShem enveloped and sheltered Israel in His Clouds of Glory. The clouds were a sign that Israel had risen to the spiritual level that made it worthy of HaShem’s all enveloping protection.” This is where the importance of the Sukkah is derived from in that in the Wilderness, HaShem Himself, sheltered Israel and shielded the people from every form of danger in existence. This is why when we build our Sukkah’s each year, at least in my experience, there is a very real, tangible, Presence in the Sukkah which does give you the sense of protection and shelter! I cannot explain or describe it other than I would recommend people who have not erected a Sukkah before, do so at this time and you will see for yourself and be instantly hooked and will from this point on look forward to Sukkot each year! HaShem wants us to literally experience Him and we certainly can do so on His Feasts along with all the outstanding food He commands we prepare and enjoy, but it is here on Sukkot where we are literally in His Presence in the Sukkah, shielded from the world outside…what could be more important to each of us today especially in light of 2022? The Sukkah is the embodiment of our fullest faith and trust in HaShem that only He provides greater protection than “Battlements and armies. We have experienced the days of joy that stem from awareness that only HaShem cares for us and provides us our sustenance. Such feelings and experiences produce love for HaShem. And in the long run, love and joy accomplish far more than fear. So we move immediately to channel this love and joy into a celebration of the Torah, a celebration which is simultaneously a covenant between ourselves and HaShem to remain loyal to Him and His teachings.”

It is here at Sukkot we are commanded by HaShem in Vayikra (Leviticus) 23:33-34 says “HaShem spoke to Moshe, saying: ‘Speak to the Children of Israel, saying: ‘On the fifteenth of this seventh month (Month of Tishrei) is the Festival of Sukkot, a seven day period for HaShem. On the first day is a holy convocation, you shall not do any laborious work. For a seven day period you shall offer a fire offering (Olah/Burnt Offering) to HaShem; on the eighth (Eighth day of the Feast) there shall be a holy convocation as an assembly, you shall not do any laborious work.'” So the first day of Sukkot is a Shabbat as is the eighth day of the Feast is a Shabbat. In the days in between, we are to rejoice, celebrate and experience HaShem and His Presence! What King do you know of in history that actually commands His people to rejoice, experience and celebrate His mercy, kindness and goodness?

This is why when we read in His Word where various scriptures discuss ‘The Feast’ or ‘The Festival’ it is a Hebrew idiom pointing to Sukkot, THE Great Feast of celebration and rejoicing which has very strong prophetic implications connected to the return of Yeshua to Jerusalem at the end of the seven year Birth Pains on that Yom Kippur and will march into Jerusalem and defeat the False Messiah and all of his followers once and for all. Then He will gather all of Israel to Jeruslaem and we will embark on the the greatest celebration in human history five days later on that Sukkot!

On a side note, this is precisely why the doctrine of Replacement Theology and its Torah hating theology is so infuriating to me because it accuses HaShem of being a liar and a cruel despotic monster Who has deceived Israel into accepting His Torah and then in turn creates a brand new group completely devoid of the Torah and then claims this new group is exactly what He wanted from the very beginning…..its not only very confusing but it is the height of blasphemy and idolatry. I digress.

Per Bamidbar (Numbers) 29:12-34, seventy bulls were offered as Olah (Burnt) Korbonot on Sukkot in the Temple. These korbonot were to protect the seventy nations of the world from suffering, to seek atonement for them and to seek peace for all peoples. These seventy bulls were offered in a diminishing fashion i.e. thirteen bulls offered on the first day, twelve the second day, and so on until there were only seven bulls offered on Hoshana Rabbah i.e. the last day of Sukkot.

On the Eighth Day of the Feast of Sukkot is ‘Simchat Torah’, it is the completion of the Torah reading cycle for that year. In other words a day of celebration and rejoicing over the Torah of HaShem! Why is His Torah something to rejoice and celebrate when we have Replacement Theology constantly going on about how the Torah is the epitome of bondage, death, destruction and enslavement? The following excerpt from the Book ‘Simchat Torah – Its Significance, Laws and Prayers’ it says “The deeper significance of Rabbi Hillel’s famous teaching that the primary commandment of the Torah is ‘Love your fellow as yourself, the rest is commentary; now go and study!’ per Tractate Shabbat 32a from the Talmud Bavli. Hillel meant to say that the Torah and its commandments are the means to bring Jews together as one, and when there is the proper kind of unity among Jews, then the Torah can achieve its purpose of bringing about unity between Israel and HaShem. So it was that the Torah could be given at Sinai only when Israel had banished strife from itself and gathered at Sinai which is based upon the verse ‘Like one person with one heart’ in Shemot (Exodus) 19:2.”

This is another reason why Yeshua MUST come in the likeness of Moshe because it was Moshe, who was HaShem’s Agent i.e His Sheliach/Sent One, who brought the Torah to Israel. Remember as we have discussed in previous Op’s, an agent is likened to the one who sent him in the first place, therefore when read the words of Yeshua where He says “When you see Me, you have seen the Father” per John 14:9, now it makes much more sense in that Yeshua is re-affirming He is the AGENT of HaShem i.e. the Sheliach of HaShem and NOT literally HaShem in the flesh as that is just not possible for many, many reasons.

The following is from the article ‘The Law of Agency’ from the Jewish Encylopedia and it states: “The Law of Agency deals with the status of a person (known as the agent) acting by direction of another (the principal), and thereby legally binding the principal in his connection with a third person. The person who binds a principal in this manner is his agent, known in Jewish law as sheluaḥ or sheliaḥ (one that is sent): the relation of the former to the latter is known as agency (sheliḥut). The general principle is enunciated thus: A man’s agent is like himself (Ḳid. 41b).”

How does this fit into our discussion here in this Op? It fits because it is a reminder of Who is and who the Messiah cannot be in light of the Word of HaShem! Yeshua is the embodiment of the Word of HaShem and as such can only teach the Torah of HaShem! Any message devoid of the Torah and Yeshua has been disqualified as being the Messiah! I digress.

I could keep going on and on with this Op, but for the sake of time, I will sum it up here in that Sukkot is the time we are to rejoice and celebrate HaShem and His Torah! Especially in light of all the terrible news and experiences people are enduring this very troubled year, now more than ever we need to be reminded and encouraged to draw near to HaShem for He is good, He is kind, He is compassionate and His mercies endure forever. Further, when we are suffering, I truly believe HaShem is right there right next to us suffering with each of us! And think about it, right now our Kohen HaGadol (High Priest) is preparing to officiate the Sukkot Temple Services in the Heavenly Domain i.e. Yeshua, so while we are unable to fully experience Sukkot via the Temple in Jerusalem, our Messiah and Kohen HaGadol in the order of Melchizedek Yeshua, will be officiating on our behalf before HaShem! Baruch HaShem!

With this said, let me quickly input that during the morning daily Tamid (Burnt) korbonot during the days of the Sukkot Feast in the Temple of HaShem in Jerusalem is the Water Libation Ceremony where the Kohanim go down to the Shiloch Pools, fresh water spring in the City of David and draw water to bring up to the Altar and offer the water before HaShem. They sounded a ‘Tekiah, Teruah and Tekiah’ Shofar blasts as the Kohanim reached the Water Gate. Isaiah 12:3 says “And with joy, shall you draw water!” which is in reference to this ceremony. There is a very well known saying in the Mishnah Tractate Sukkah 5.1 discussing the Water Libation Ceremony in which it says “Whoever had not seen the rejoicing of the Bet Ha-Sho’eva (Rejoicing of the House of Drawing) had never seen rejoicing in his life.”

Why is this important? Because there is a famous event recorded in the Book of John chapter 7 verses 37-39 in which Yeshua is in the Temple and He suddenly and loudly calls out to the people “And on the last day, the great day of the Festival, Yeshua stood and cried out, saying, ‘If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me, and let him who believes in Me drink. As the Scripture said, ‘Out of His innermost shall flow rivers of living water. And this He said concerning the Ruach (Spirit), which those believing in Him were about to receive, for the Set-apart Spirit was not yet given, because Yeshua was not yet esteemed.” Can you see the significance of what Yeshua is saying here? He is likening Himself to the water of HaShem i.e. another famous idiom describing His Torah! Another reason why we need to know everything about HaShem’s Feasts because those same idioms are used in the Apostolic Writings!!

Consider the prophecy in Zechariah 14:16 about Sukkot which says “It shall be that all who are left over from all the nations (At the end of the seven year Birth Pains and destruction wrought by the False Messiah), who had invaded Jerusalem will come up every year to worship the King HaShem, Master of Legions, and to celebrate the Festival of Sukkot. And it shall be that whichever of the families of the land does not go up to Jerusalem to bow down before the King, HaShem, Master of Legions, there will be no rain upon them.” Very interesting, so after Yeshua returns, destroys the False Messiah, then all those nations which remain who invaded Jerusalem, as part of their formal surrender deal, MUST agree to come up to Jerusalem each Sukkot to bow before HaShem the Great King. Those who refuse, He will withhold the rain and they will go into drought until they do surrender. Interesting connection between the rain and the water ceremony on Sukkot, not a coincidence!

So again in summary, now more than ever before, we need to understand, study and learn all there is about Sukkot because these principles He is teaching us are what will strengthen, encourage and fill us with the fortitude, courage and drive to press forward in this very difficult year. Remember He says His Torah is a tree of life to those who take hold of it!! He either really means it or was just making a statement for effect. Each of us will have to decide how to apply this to our own lives.

Be encouraged and enjoy HaShem this Sukkot and dwell in His Presence in His ‘Shelter of Faith!’ Even if you have crushing health problems and or received crushing health news recently, HaShem is not defeated by any of this! We have much to fear from this cruel world, but Baruch HaShem, He is far above this world and nothing is impossible with Him! May our Final Redemption be so VERY soon in our days!

I will close with this reminder from Psalms 9:10 “HaShem will be a tower of strength for the oppressed, a tower of strength in times of distress.” Draw near to Him today!

Shalom

SOURCE MATERIALS:

  • The Scriptures by the Institute for Scriptures Research
  • The Stone Edition Chumash by Artscroll
  • The Rubin Edition The Prophets by Artscroll
  • Tehillim by Artscroll
  • The Schottenstein Edition Sukkot Machzor by Artscroll
  • The Kehati Mishnah Tractate Sukkot

SHIR HASHIRIM – THE VOICE OF THE BRIDEGROOM PART 4

“How precious is Your kindness, O Elohim! The sons of man, in the shadow of Your wings take refuge. They will be sated from the abundance of Your House; and from the stream of Your delights give them to drink. For with You is the source of life, by Your light shall we see light.” Psalms 36:8-10

As I begin to put this Op together it is Preparation Day, the Sixth Day of the Week, preparing for Shabbat, 15 July 2022! How many would agree now more than ever we each need encouragement from HaShem, to strengthen ourselves so we do not become overcome or overwhelmed by the madness, cruelty and depravity engulfing the world around us?

I firmly believe HaShem is revealing Himself to us, for those who will take the time to notice, that is. Just this week, NASA revealed images from the newly deployed James Webb Space Telescope which is in orbit around the sun. These images, which I will be using in this Op, are beyond stunning!! They reveal a universe, beyond wonder, utterly proving, in my opinion, a Master and Creator Who fashioned them all, and placed them all in their locations, to reveal His glory and wonder! Is it a coincidence HaShem allowed these pictures to be revealed this week? Nothing is a coincidence with HaShem!

I know for myself, when looking at these pictures, it does help me get grounded again in the promises of HaShem, that He truly is in absolute control despite the utter insanity going on around me in the world! The same One Who fashioned the entire universe, Who reveals Himself in His creation, Who places every rain drop, every grain of sand, every lightning bolt, every wind gust, every blade of grass, etc, is the same One Who is governing His creation to include the insanity and depravity going on all around us today!

Further than this, this is the same One Who is captivated with His Bride, Israel, and has promised to gather her home into the Land and to spend eternity with her as He reveals in His Word, specifically the first three chapters of Shir HaShirim! Chapter Four is a continuation of this promise!

Another reason why studying and learning about His Temple, as He commands in Ezekiel 43:10-11, will utterly enhance our understanding of Who He is and what He desires and how He interacts with His Bride! His Temple is THE Garden of Eden! Everything is significant as it pertains to His Temple! Nothing is just a coincidence! Everything has a purpose which reveals His glory!

Remember, Yeshua is NOT Jewish per se….Yeshua IS a Torah observant, Orthodox Jew, as revealed in the Apostolic Writings and the prophecies of the Messiah in the Tanakh, and if the tools HaShem gave i.e. what the Sages taught as is recorded in the Written and Oral Torah’s, and were good enough for Him to use, then these same tools should be good enough for us today! My point is, knowing Yeshua will require us to strip off the garbage we all picked up in Christendom, as well as the Hebrew Roots/Messianic movements, which are, whether they know it or not, are all highly anti-Jewish organizations via their doctrine, which by default means they are highly anti-Yeshua. I know this is a very hard statement, but its a fact! To know Yeshua requires us to learn what HaShem has taught the Torah observant Jews! HaShem is sifting everyone right now, to know who is and who isn’t with Him! Keep this in mind.

In this Op, we are going to explore specific area’s of His Temple as He references them in His relationship with His Bride, Israel! This means, the likelihood this is going to be an extremely long Op is very high so be prepared and take lots of notes as I will be citing and referencing Scripture, Mishnah, Midrash, Written and Oral Torah sources! We will be studying each verse individually. There are a total of sixteen verses in Shir HaShirim chapter four.

It is my hope and prayer, these Op’s will enhance what we read in the Apostolic Writings and see there truly is nothing new and nothing has been tossed out or replaced as Christendom erroneously teaches! But also see just how much HaShem is true to His Word and His Promises! For the sake of His Great Name may He act very, very soon in our days!!

As always, it is critical to remember when reading these op’s the 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
  • He says His Torah is the bread of life per Proverbs 9:5

Shir HaShirim 4:1 says “(HaShem speaking to Israel) Behold, you (Israel) are comely, My beloved, behold, you are indeed fair. Your eyes, the elders who possess a spiritual vision, to safeguard their people, demonstrate their fidelity and modesty from behind your kerchief. Your righteous ones, whose hair is radiant, are like that of a flock of white goats descending from Har Gilead.”

Chapter four begins with HaShem i.e. the Bridegroom, speaking to His beloved i.e. Israel and talks about her beauty and virtues. His description of her is not in a physical manner, but is an allegory. Again, if we understand His Temple, His Torah and how everything functions and operates, it will make much more sense and I will explain, with HaShem’s help.

The ‘Eyes’ of Israel, is the Sanhedrin (Court), comprised of 70 members plus one i.e. the Nasi, The Kohen HaGadol (High Priest) who is the head of the court, which sits in The Chamber of Hewn Stone in the Temple of HaShem in Jerusalem and renders rulings for how Israel is to walk in the Torah of HaShem!

We have discussed this many times before, but for review, Bamidbar (Numbers) 11:16-17 is where establishes the Sanhedrin: “HaShem said to Moshe, ‘Gather to Me seventy men from the elders of Israel, whom you know to be the elders of the people and its officers; take them to the Ohel Moed (Tent of Meeting) and have them stand there with you. I will descend and speak with you there, and I will increase some of the Ruach (Spirit) that is upon you and place it upon them and they shall bear the burden of the people with you, and you shall not bear alone.'”

So, we see the Sanhedrin is NOT something man just up and decided one day, it is a commandment from HaShem in His Torah! HaShem follows up in Devarim (Deuteronomy) 17:10-11 and says “You shall do according to the matter that they (The Sanhedrin) will tell you, from that place that HaShem will choose (The Temple), and you shall be careful to do according to everything they will teach you. According to the Torah that they will teach you and according to the judgment that they will say to you, shall you do; you shall not deviate from the word that they will tell you, right or left.”

Again, we see, HaShem has established the authority of the Sanhedrin and their rulings on how to walk in the Torah i.e. the Halakah, which is the basis for the Oral Torah i.e. the Mishnah (Contains the rulings of the Sanhedrin) and expounded upon in the Talmud Bavli and Talmud Yerushalmi (Commentary on the Mishnah), Midrash, etc. To disregard the Oral Torah as being something man made and to toss it aside, is to break HaShem’s command to learn and do from what the Sanhedrin teaches since He has not only anointed them, but has given them the authority. If they render a wrong ruling, then they will answer to HaShem and they bear their guilt! Matthew 16:19 discusses ‘whatever one binds on earth will be bound in heaven’, is a reference to the Sanhedrin and their function/authority!! Once more, showing the Apostolic Writings support and endorse the authority of the Sanhedrin and nothing has changed or been tossed out!

An excerpt from Tractate Sanhedrin 86a from the Talmud Bavli states “…These judges and those judges come to the High Court of the Sanhedrin of seventy-one judges that is in the Chamber of Hewn Stone, FROM WHICH TORAH EMERGES TO THE ENTIRE JEWISH PEOPLE…” This is the function of the Sanhedrin i.e. the Eyes of Israel!

Book of the Mitzvos command #496 says “The prohibition to defy the directives of the Great Sanhedrin.” It cites Devarim 17:11-12 as the authority. “It is prohibited for us to dispute the masters of the Oral Tradition, may peace be upon them, and it is prohibited to deviate from their words or to depart from their instructions in any Torah matter.”

The underlying purpose of the mitzvah is that “since people’s thinking differs one from the other, when numerous people have opinions about something they will never all be in agreement. Thus, HaShem, the Master of all, blessed is He, knows that if the authority to interpret the Torah’s verses would be handed over to every individual, for each man to interpret according to his intelligence, every one of them would explain the words of the Torah according to his own personal understanding, and there would be much conflict among the Jewish people regarding the interpretation of the mitzvos. As a result, the Torah would become as if it were comprised of many different individual Torahs, since every person would practice his own set of laws. Therefore, our G-d, Who is the Master of all wisdom, gave wholeness to our Torah, the Torah of Truth, by including in it this mitzvah, in which He commanded us to conduct ourselves in matters of Torah law in accordance with the true explanation that was transmitted from Sinai to our earlier Sages, may peace be upon them; and in each and every generation as well, we are to heed the sages of that time, who received the words of the previous sages and absorbed knowledge from their writings, and who toiled diligently by day and by night, to understand the depth of their words and the profundity of their thoughts. Through this commitment to follow the rulings of the Sages, we will discover the true path in our knowledge of Torah.”

In other words, the rulings of the Sanhedrin on how to walk in the Torah of HaShem, is meant to keep all of Israel unified and on one page, per se, and not each man deciding for themselves how to walk in the Torah based upon their own intelligence and experiences, which is nothing but absolute chaos.

Per Tractate Sanhedrin 1.1 from the Kehati Mishnah commentary describes the court system: “There were three types of Courts – 1: The Court of three judges, which judged monetary lawsuits and lawsuits involving fines. 2: The Court of twenty-three judges i.e. the Small Sanhedrin, which judged capital lawsuits. 3: The Great Court of seventy-one i.e. the Great Sanhedrin or merely the Sanhedrin, which sat in the Chamber of Hewn Stone in the Temple. The Great Court judged the tribe that engaged in idolatry, the false prophet, and the High Priest. It also appointed the Small Sanhedrins, and ruled on points of Torah. The word ‘Sanhedrin’ is of Greek origin and means ‘The council of the elders of the people.'”

The following entries are derived from the book ‘The Handbook of Jewish Thought’ by Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan:

11:8 – “The Sanhedrin was the FINAL authority in all questions of the Torah. Whoever believes in the authority of the Torah MUST accept the decisions of the Sanhedrin as binding.”

11:24 – “Any legislation enacted by the Sanhedrin is called a ‘Rabbinical Commandment’ as distinguished from a commandment from the Torah. Even legislation enacted by the Sanhedrin of Moses is considered a Rabbinical Commandment.”

11:33 – “The Sanhedrin is commanded to enact safeguards to prevent people from violating actual commandments from the Torah. It is thus written ‘You shall safeguard My charge’ per Leviticus 18:30. It is likewise taught ‘Make a fence for the Torah’ per Avot 1.1.

11:34 – “Such safeguards were enacted at various periods according to the needs of the time. Once they were passed by the Sanhedrin and accepted by the majority of Israel, they could never be repealed by a later Sanhedrin.”

I hope you can see just how vital and important the Sanhedrin is to enabling Israel to function as HaShem’s people? The Sanhedrin truly are the ‘eyes’ of Israel! No wonder the adversary has worked so hard to destroy and erase the Sanhedrin especially today!

HaShem’s reference to a flock of white goats from the highlands of Gilad, per the commentary from the Five Megillot Shir HaShirim book by Koren Publishers says “The region known as Gilad extends from the Sea of Galilee to the Dead Sea on the eastern side of the Jordan River. It is a hilly region, rich in water sources and vegetation, and suitable for pasture. However, it is relatively unsuitable for farming. The woman’s hair is compared to the sight of black goats streaming down a hill, black lines against the bright background of the highlands of Gilad.”

Shir HaShirim 4:2 says “Your teeth are like a flock of ordered ewes that have come up from being washed, when they are extremely white and clean. As the ewes emerge simultaneously from the water, the entire herd is lined up like white teeth, that are all paired, and there is none missing among them.”

The commentary from the Artscroll Shir HaShirim book says “Here, again, the allegory is couched in terms of physical beauty. The simile stresses the whiteness, regularity, and completeness of well cared for teeth, which are like carefully counted sheep whose wool is tended and washed by wise shepherds from the moment of birth. The verse allegorizes the mighty warriors of Israel who figuratively tear apart and consume their enemies round about them with their teeth but refrain from stealing and lewdness so they do not become tainted by sin.”

Additionally, the reference to the ‘Teeth’ is understood, per the Hebrew word used, to be pointing to the prayers of Israel to HaShem. It is interesting, one of the sources listed for this verse is Tractate Berakhot 30a from the Talmud Bavli, which says regarding our prayers to HaShem:

  • “One who was standing in prayer in the Diaspora (Global exile), should focus his heart towards Eretz Israel (Land of Israel), as it is stated, ‘And they shall pray to You by way of their land which You have given to their fathers’ per I Kings 8:48.”
  • One who was standing in Eretz Israel, should focus his heart toward Jerusalem, as it is stated ‘And they shall pray to the Lord by way of the city You have chosen’ per I Kings 8:44″
  • “One who was standing in Jerusalem, should focus his heart toward the Temple, as it is stated, ‘And they shall pray toward this House’ per II Chronicles 6:32.”
  • “One who was standing in the Temple, should focus his heart toward the Holy of Holies, as it is stated, ‘And they shall pray toward this place’ per I Kings 8:35.”
  • “One who was standing in the Holy of Holies, should focus his heart toward the seat of the ark cover, atop the ark, the dwelling place of HaShem’s Glory.”
  • “One who was standing behind the seat of the ark cover, should visualize himself as if standing before the ark cover and turn toward it.”
  • “Consequently, one standing in prayer in the East turns to face west, and one standing in the West turns to face east. One standing in the South, turns to face north, and one standing in the North, turns to face south; all of the people of Israel find themselves focusing their hearts toward one place, the Holy of Holies of the Temple.”

So, no matter where one is in the world, the focus in our hearts when praying to HaShem is the Holy of Holies in the Temple in Jerusalem in the Land of Israel i.e. the Throne of HaShem on earth!

Shir HaShirim 4:3 says “Like the scarlet thread, guarantor of Rachov’s safety, is the sincerity of your lips, and your word is unfeigned; your temple is like a split pomegranate from within your kerchief.”

The commentary from the Artscroll Shir HaShirim book says “As reflected in the translation this refers to the sincerity and earnestness of the pledge which the spies made to Rachov who sheltered them in Jericho. In gratitude, they pledged to guarantee her safety and that of her family when Israel occupied the city if she would display a scarlet thread as a signal to the conquering Jews per Joshua chapter two.”

What is very interesting is this reference to the scarlet thread is also very much associated with Yom Kippur! Again, this is where we need to be familiar with the Yom Kippur Temple Service to understand the gravity of what HaShem is saying here!

The commentary from the Shir HaShirim Judaica Press book on this verse says the following concerning the scarlet thread: “Your lips were as thin and red as a scarlet thread, which is a feature of beauty in a woman. This symbolizes the prophets who foresaw events in the distant future, and whose prophecies were realized, like red color, which is visible from afar and can be removed only with great difficulty. Also, the scarlet thread is referring to the Sanhedrin, which promulgates oral decisions, even to the extent of pronouncing the death sentence, symbolized by the scarlet thread. Another explanation is that the scarlet thread represents the scarlet thread tied to the head of the scapegoat on Yom Kippur. This would miraculously turn white, indicating the sins of the people were forgiven.”

Tractate Yoma 4.2 from the Mishnah says “He (Kohen HaGadol/High Priest) tied a strip of crimson/scarlet on the head of the Scapegoat (On Yom Kippur) and he stood it in the direction it was to be sent out (To Azazel), and to the one slaughtered at the place of the slaughtering. He came to his bullock a second time, and he placed his two hands on it and he made confession. And thus he would say: ‘O, HaShem (Except on Yom Kippur the Kohen HaGadol would utter the Four Letter Name of HaShem, which only the Kohen HaGadol can utter during the Yom Kippur Temple Service because of the kedusha attached to HaShem’s Name), I have done wrong, I have transgressed, I have sinned before You, I and my house and the children of Aaron, Your holy people. O, HaShem (Again the Kohen HaGadol would utter the Four Letter Name of HaShem), forgive the wrongs, and the transgressions, and the sins, that I have done wrong, and that I have transgressed, and that I have sinned before You, I and my house and the children of Aaron, Your holy people, as it is written in the Torah of Moses your servant, ‘For on this day (Yom Kippur) shall atonement be made for you, to cleanse you; from all your sins shall you be clean before the Lord’ per Vayikra (Leviticus) 16:30. And they answer after him, ‘Baruch Shem kevod, malchotu laolam vayed’ Blessed be the Name of the glory of His kingdom for ever and ever.”

This is the basis for where we read in our English translations of the Bible of the word ‘Selah’. Christendom teaches this word just means a pause, but that is woefully incorrect and incomplete. The word ‘Selah’ is part of the Temple Services and when the Kohen HaGadol would utter the Four Letter Name of HaShem, all the people everywhere in the Temple would immediately prostrate facing the Holy of Holies and in unison utter the phrase ‘Baruch Shem kevod, malchotu la’olam vayed’ meaning ‘Blessed be the Name of the glory of His kingdom for ever and ever!’ When we read this word ‘Selah’ it is meant to be an indicator for us to know this is the part of the Temple Service where the Four Letter Name of HaShem was uttered and the people would prostrate! Nowhere outside of specific locations within the Temple can the Four Letter Name of HaShem be uttered and only the Kohen HaGadol may utter His Four Letter Name!!!! No, it isn’t some man made rule suddenly made up one day, but it is part of the tavnit (Blueprints) of the Temple Services HaShem gave to Moshe and David via His Ruach (Spirit) per Exodus 25 and I Chronicles 28!!

Tractate Yoma 6.8 says “They said to the High Priest, ‘The goat has reached the wilderness.’ And whence did they know that the goat had reached the wilderness? They would set up relay stations, and they waved with scarves, and they knew that the goat had reached the wilderness. Rabbi Yehuda said, ‘But did they not have a great sign?’ From Jerusalem to Bet Hiddudo (At the beginning of the wilderness, where the Scapegoat was led to the peak), three mils (One mil is a distance of 2,000 cubits); they could walk a mil, return a mil, and wait the time it takes to walk a mil, and thus know that the goat had reached the wilderness. Rabbi Yishmael says, ‘But did they not have another sign?’ A threat of crimson/scarlet was tied to the door of the Sanctuary, and when the goat reached the wilderness the thread would turn white. As it is written, ‘Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow’ per Isaiah 1:18.” All of this connected to Yom Kippur! Another reason why we MUST learn and know His Torah, His Temple, His Shabbat and His Feasts! Moving on.

HaShem’s reference to “is the sincerity of your lips, and your word is unfeigned“, is a reference to His bride’s speech. Per the commentary from the Judaica Press Shir HaShirim book it says “The words of your mouth are beautiful with the most fitting poetic language and the clearest enunciation. Allegorically, this refers to the Levites, who stood on the Duchan (Platform in the Temple) and sang the Psalms with their beautiful voices.”

His reference to “your temple is like a split pomegranate from within your kerchief” is very important to understand! The commentary says “The temple, this is the highest part of the face, called pomels or pomials, cheek bones, next to the eyes. And in the language of the Talmud, it is called ‘The pomegranate of the face’, and it resembles the split half of a pomegranate from the outside, which is red and round. This is a praise in terms of a woman’s beauty, and our Sages explained the allegory to mean, ‘Even your worthless ones i.e. empty ones, are full of mitzvot as a pomegranate.'”

Now what is the significance of a pomegranate? The pomegranate was tied to the Torah in that there are 613 commandments which comprise the Torah of HaShem, and it is said there are 613 seeds within a pomegranate! The pomegranate was used as a decoration commanded by HaShem to be sewn onto the garments of the Kohen HaGadol while serving in the Temple! Exodus 28:33-35 says “You shall make on its (Robe of the Ephod) hem pomegranates of turquoise, purple, and scarlet wool, on its hem all around, and gold bells between them, all around; a gold bell and a pomegranate, a gold bell and a pomegranate on the hem of the robe, all around. It must be on Aharon in order to minister. Its sound shall be heard when he enters the Sanctuary before HaShem and when he leaves, so that he not die.”

Now consider what the following in Tractate Yoma 7:3 from the Talmud Yerushalmi says with regards to the bells and the pomegranate and their function on the Robe of the Kohen HaGadol: “The garments worn by the Kohanim when they perform the service in the Beis HaMikdash (Temple) help bring atonement for specific sins. The Robe of the Kohen HaGadol had a row of gold bells and fabric pomegranates attached to its hem, and the bells tinkled when the Kohen HaGadol walked. There is no offering to atone for the sin of lashon hara (Gossip/slanderous speech), so the Torah gave us the bells of the Robe as an atonement as it says in the Talmud Yerushalmi Tractate Yoma ‘Let the sound of the ringing of the bells come and atone for the sound of lashon hara.'”

Per the book Perek Shirah The Song of the Universe discussing the pomegranate says “The pomegranate sings that one dare not underestimate even the apparently lowliest people. The fruit’s hundreds of hidden, tasty seeds symbolize the 613 commandments in the Torah. Like the veil hiding the person behind it, one never knows the abundant merits of people who are seemingly ordinary or worse. As the Sages put it, even the comparatively few merits of the lowest among you are numerous as pomegranate’s seeds. History is replete with unexpected courage and self sacrifice from the least likely people.”

The significance of the ‘kerchief’ per the commentary is that “Allegorically, this refers to the Sanhedrin, the judges of the community, who were the face of the generation, and they were as full of wisdom as a pomegranate is full of seeds, and they would conceal their wisdom in their hearts and not boast about it.”

Can you see just how detailed HaShem and His Word is? And this is truly nothing…I am doing everything I can to condense this down for the sake of the length of the Op as there is SO much!

Shir HaShirim 4:4 says “As stately as the Tower of David is, the site of your Sanhedrin built as a model to emulate with a thousand shields of Torah armor hung upon it, all the disciple filled quivers of the mighty.”

This single verse here in this chapter is an astounding verse which is packed full of meaning and significance which I hope to capture!

The reference to the ‘Tower of David’ is a reference to the Temple of HaShem! It is referred to the Temple as the Temple of HaShem is where all the mouths of Israel’s prayers are directed too and why? Because, again, the Temple of HaShem on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, is THE Place He has chosen and therefore is the place of His throne for the rest of eternity!

Consider the following powerful prayer offered up by Solomon in I Kings 8:27-30 when the First Temple was completed and Solomon dedicated it to HaShem: “Would Elohim truly dwell on earth? Behold, the heavens and the highest heavens cannot contain You, and surely not this Temple that I have built! But, may You turn to the prayer that Your servant prays before You today, that Your eyes be open toward this Temple night and day, to the place of which You said, ‘My Name shall be there,’ to hear the prayer that Your servant shall pray toward this place. And may You hear the supplication of Your servant and of Your people Israel, which they shall pray toward this place; may You hear from the place of Your habitation in Heaven, may You hear and forgive.”

We can see again the connection between the Temple of HaShem and the Sanhedrin which was located in the Temple of HaShem i.e. the Chamber of Hewn Stone! “The Sanhedrin is the spiritual stronghold of Israel from where the Torah emanated to the world!”

Now what is very significant to catch here is when HaShem says the following: “As stately as the Tower of David is, the site of your Sanhedrin built as a model to emulate.” What is He saying? The Temple and Sanhedrin of HaShem are what we are to learn, study and apply to our lives and live out in service to HaShem just as Yeshua Himself did! Remember HaShem commands each of us in Ezekiel 43:10-11 to learn EVERYTHING about His Temple and then we will be ashamed of our sin and truly repent! This is, in my opinion, the basis for what Paul was saying in I Corinthians 3:16 “Do you not know that you are a Dwelling Place (Temple) of Elohim and that the Spirit of Elohim dwells in you?” In other words, Paul was taking a very well known and understood concept to reinforce we are to learn and model our lives as well as our behavior after the Temple and Sanhedrin of HaShem!! To reject this, is once more the insidious trap of Replacement Theology and the fulfillment of the verse in Judges 17:6 which says “In those days (Meaning in the End of Days) there was no king in Israel; a man would do whatever seemed proper in his eyes!”

Additionally, to study and understand HaShem’s Temple and everything associated with it, we end up understanding ourselves and what HaShem created us for…to know what His task He has created us to accomplish in this life! Further, in studying and understanding His Temple, we will KNOW exactly who is Messiah and who is the false Messiah!!

Unfortunately, Christendom and its Replacement Theology doctrine took this and shredded this concept and built an entire teaching that the Temple and Sanhedrin have been replaced and done away with and now the believer is the Temple, literally, and therefore what stood in Jerusalem on the Temple Mount is now relegated to the garbage heap and the domain of Satan, no joke, many in Christendom teach this now.

Now here is where it gets really interesting! “With a thousand shields of Torah armor hung upon it”. Per the commentary it says “Allegorically, this refers to the Chamber of Hewn Stone, the seat of the Sanhedrin, from whence teaching went forth, Torah being Israel’s shield. Additionally, a cross reference to Psalms 105:8, ‘He remembered His covenant forever, the Word He commanded for a thousand generations.'” HaShem’s Word being His Torah! Deuteronomy 7:9 teaches “You must know that HaShem, your Elohim, He is the Elohim, the faithful Elohim, Who safeguards the covenant and the kindness for those who love Him and for those who observe His commandments, for a thousand generations.” So, once again, we see His Torah is at the center of our relationship with HaShem and further, it is eternal and has NOT been replaced, done away with or rendered obsolete…just the opposite! Moving on.

The final part of this verse says “All the disciple filled quivers of the mighty.” The commentary says “All quivers of the mighty that students or children are referred to in the context of arrows and quivers.” We see this concept in Psalms 127:4-5 which says “Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of youth. Praiseworthy is the man who fills his quiver with them, they shall not be shamed, when they speak with enemies in the gate.” In Jewish life, children are extremely important! The commentary on this verse in Psalms says it best “Children of one’s youth grow to maturity while their father is still active and vigorous. They become their father’s trusted assistants in all of his affairs. Indeed, although David’s older sons were not his favorites, they were a great help to him.”

“When a father is still young, he possesses the patience and energy to give painstaking attention to developing his child’s personality. The son becomes a sharpened arrow, i.e. a weapon in the legions of the Lord to wage IDEOLOGICAL BATTLES against the enemies of our faith.”

“Rashi identifies these as the students a teacher educates while he is still young. Since they are educated and trained with spirit and enthusiasm they will eagerly battle and debate the enemies of Torah.”

“Having compared sons to arrows, the Psalmist now compares the home to each quiver which holds the arrows. Each son represents additional ammunition in the battle against the enemies of HaShem. Rashi understands the quiver full of arrows as a reference to a House of Study which is full of sharp and perceptive students. R. Hirsch adds that when the youthful father or teacher has taught his children properly, he can proudly and confidently display them in the gate i.e. in public, for they will valiantly voice their support of what is right.”

“The Talmud observes that people who are immersed in Torah study become intensely and passionately involved. Even a father and his son, or a rabbi and his close disciple may confront each other in furious debate in Torah matters, and they appear to be implacable enemies, as they argue their points. However, since they both seek truth rather than glory, they will not budge from the House of Study until the problem is resolved and they resume their affection.”

In light of this, consider what Proverbs 9:5 says “Come, partake of My bread and drink of the wine that I have mixed.” This verse is very powerful because the bread is the Written Torah of HaShem and the wine is the Oral Torah of HaShem! The commentary on this verse says “The Torah is likened to bread, for just as the world cannot exist without bread, it cannot exist without Torah.” And then we contrast this verse with what Yeshua said in John 6:32-35 says “Therefore Yeshua said to them, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, Moshe did not give you the bread out of the heaven, but My Father gives you the true bread out of the heaven. For the bread of Elohim is He who comes down out of the heaven and gives life to the world.’ So they said to Him, ‘Master, give us this bread always.’ And Yeshua said to them, ‘I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall not get hungry at all, and he who believes in Me shall not get thirsty at all.'”

In other words, the Torah of HaShem is THE Bread of Life which makes Yeshua the walking, talking Torah of HaShem, figuratively speaking. Which by default means if we want to know who the real Messiah is, Torah is the only way to know and not fall into the greatest deception the world has ever known and embrace ‘The Man of Lawlessness’ i.e. the man without the Torah of HaShem i.e. who teaches lawlessness or otherwise known as Replacement Theology!

Shir HaShirim 4:5 says “Moses and Aharon, your two sustainers, are like two fawns, twins of a gazelle, who graze their sheep in rose like bounty.”

The commentary from the Shir HaShirim book by Artscroll on this verse likens Moshe and Aharon to being the ones who nursed Israel. “They are likened to the twins of a gazelle because they were equal one to the other. For this reason, sometimes Aharon’s is mentioned first per Exodus 6:26, and sometimes Moshe per Exodus 6:27 to demonstrate that Moshe was not greater than Aharon, nor was Aharon greater than Moshe.”

Rashi believes the reference to the twins of a gazelle to the Tablets of the Torah i.e. the Ten Commandments, with five commandments written on each stone. Further, he believes the five commandments on the first stone correspond to the five commandments written on the second stone. For example:

  • ‘I am HaShem your Elohim’ corresponds to ‘You shall not murder’ for a murderer diminishes the divine image because he murdered someone who was created in the image of HaShem per Genesis 9:6.
  • ‘You shall have no other gods’ corresponds to ‘You shall not commit adultery’, for one who engages in idolatry is comparable to a wife that commits adultery, taking strangers instead of her husband per Ezekiel 16:32 because he (The one committing idolatry) has thereby broken his covenant with HaShem.
  • ‘You shall not take the Name of HaShem your Elohim in vain’ corresponds to ‘You shall not steal’, because one who steals will eventually swear falsely.
  • ‘Remember the Shabbat Day to sanctify it’ corresponds to ‘You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor’, because he who profanes the Shabbat, symbol of HaShem’s having created the world and having rested on the seventh day thereby testifies falsely against the Creator, denying that in the beginning He rested on the Shabbat.
  • ‘Honor your father and your mother’ corresponds to ‘You shall not covet’, for he who covets will ultimately beget a son who may curse his real father while giving filial honor to one who is not his father.

Additionally, the reference in this verse to the twins of a gazelle, can apply to the King and Kohen HaGadol in that a King cared for the people’s physical needs while the Kohen HaGadol cared for the people’s spiritual needs, but they jointly ruled the people. Further, this reference to the twins of the gazelle, refers to the “Written and Oral Torah which like twins, complement and equal one another, and together lead us to graze in proper pastures” in our service to HaShem.

The reference to grazing their sheep in rose like bounty is very interesting. What is the significance of a rose as it pertains to HaShem and His Word? The Hebrew word ‘Shoshanim’ is the word for ‘Rose’. Psalms 69:1 and its commentary explains it best. It says in verse 1 “For the Conductor, upon Shoshanim, by David.” The commentary explains “Here David sings of the exile of Israel, which began with the exile of the members of the Sanhedrin, WHO ARE LIKENED TO ROSES. In exile, the seventy nations attack Israel, just as the thorns which surround the rose prick its delicate petals.”

“The chief characteristics of the rose are its bright red color and its remarkable fragrance. These symbolize the main features of exile. Israel’s wanderings have been stained by the blood of martyrdom, but the soul of our people has become permeated with the sublime fragrance of purity.”

So, once again we see HaShem discussing the Sanhedrin here in this chapter of Shir HaShirim! Clearly the Sanhedrin is extremely important to HaShem and we are expected to do our diligence and study, learn and apply what they have ruled on in our lives as we strive to serve HaShem and walk in His Torah!

Shir HaShirim 4:6-7 says “Until My sunny benevolence was withdrawn from Shiloh and the protective shadows were dispersed by your sin. I will go to Mount Moriah and the hill of frankincense where you will be completely fair My beloved, and no blemish will be in you.”

These two verses are connected which is why they are in one single entry. The commentary highlights this and says regarding these verses “HaShem’s recounting to Israel how He had always been their shade in the heat of the days, protecting them, until they forfeited His protection by sinning. Later, when His anger was abated, He relocated His glory at Mount Moriah (Temple Mount) where once again they were entirely pleasing to Him, and their mutual love resumes.”

“HaShem says ‘While the day was hot I protected you and you were acceptable to Me. But when, in the days of Hofni and Phinchas they sinned by profaning My holy things and despising My offerings I departed from you and abandoned your Tabernacle…’ allowing it to be destroyed by the Philistines.”

What happened in the days of Hofni and Phinchas? The account of Hofni and Phinchas is recorded in 1 Samuel 2:12-17: “The sons of Eli (The Kohen HaGadol) were lawless men; they did NOT recognize HaShem. This was the practice of the Kohanim (Priests) with the people: When any person would slaughter a korbonot (In this case a Shelamim/Peace korbonot) the Kohen’s attendant would come while the meat was cooking, with a three pronged fork in his hand. He would thrust it into the pot or the cauldron or the pan or the kettle, and everything the fork would bring up the Kohen would take with it. This is what they would do with all the Israelites who would come there, to Shiloh (Where the Tabernacle stood before the Temple was built in Jerusalem). Even before they would burn the fat on the Altar the Kohen’s attendant would come and say to the man who was bringing the offering, ‘Give some meat for roasting for the Kohen; he will not take cooked meat from you, but only raw meat.’ The man would say, ‘Let them first burn the fat upon the Altar and then take for yourself whatever your soul desires.’ But the attendant would say, ‘No; give it now, or else I will take it by force.’ The sin of the attendants was very great before HaShem, for the men had disgraced HaShem’s offering.”

Here is what HaShem says in His Torah about who gets what portion regarding a Shelamim/Peace korbonot which is found in Leviticus 7:28-34 “HaShem spoke to Moshe, saying: ‘Speak to the Sons of Israel, saying, the one who offers his Shelamim korbonot to HaShem, he shall deliver his korbonot to HaShem from his feast peace-offering. With his own hands shall he bring the fire offerings of HaShem, the fat atop the breast shall he bring, the breast, in order to wave it as a waver service before HaShem. The Kohen shall cause the fat to go up in smoke on the Altar; and the breast shall be for Aharon and his sons. And the right thigh you shall give as a raised up gift to the Kohen, from your Shelamim korbonot. Anyone from among the sons of Aharon who shall offer the blood of the Shelamim and the fat, the right thigh shall be his as a portion. For the breast of the waving and the thigh of the raising up I have taken from the Children of Israel, from their feast peace-offering, and I have given them to Aharon the Kohen and his sons as an eternal stipend from the Children of Israel.”

So, we can see HaShem is VERY clear and serious as to what parts of the Shelamim Korbonot goes to the Kohanim and these two guys are taking larger portions for themselves and in doing so they are bringing shame and dishonor not only to the Kohanim, to the Temple but most importantly to the Name of HaShem!!

Verse 22 from I Samuel 2 says further about Hofni and Phinchas “Eli became very old. He heard about all that his sons were doing to all of Israel, and that they would lie with the women who congregated at the entrance of the Tent of Meeting (Tabernacle of HaShem).”

These guys were not only corrupt, arrogant, prideful and selfish/self-serving men but they were perverted as well. Just because their father was a righteous Kohen HaGadol had no effect on these men who were trained how to serve in the Temple of HaShem! The problem was their hearts were not in it and THAT is what HaShem searches for in each of us!!! We can go through the motions all we want and look like we believe in HaShem, but if our hearts are not in it, then to HaShem all our service, all our actions, all our words means nothing and is in fact an abomination to Him if our intentions are wrong!

HaShem then says “I will go to Mount Moriah and the hill of frankincense…” Once again we see the significance of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem i.e. Mount Moriah, the place where HaShem has placed His Name, the place of His Temple, His Throne on earth!!

The commentary from the Illuminated Shir HaShirim expounds on this further and says “Even Shetiyah (Foundational Stone) from which both worlds were created. This world was created with the Hebrew letter ‘Hey’ and the World to Come with the Hebrew letter ‘Yod’. The Beit HaMikdash (Temple) is the gate to the heavens, the entranceway through which prayer ascends, and the place where the relationship between HaShem and Israel is consummated. This relationship parallels the union of a husband and wife, which, our Sages teach, is symbolized by the Yod and Hey; the Hebrew word ‘Aish’ i.e. ‘Man’, contains the Hebrew letter ‘Yod’ and the Hebrew word ‘Aishah’ ‘Woman’ contains the Hebrew letter ‘Hey’. Our relationship with the Creator is solidified , as we reach out to HaShem in prayer, and He answers. An allusion to this connection in this specific place is that there are 15 steps, the numerical value of ‘Hey’ ‘Yod’, 15, that connect the lower chamber i.e. Ezrat Nashim (Court of the Women), with the Ezrat Yisrael (Court of Israel), the men’s court.”

Again, we see the concept of marriage and the Temple! Consider what HaShem says here in Jeremiah 23:6 concerning prophecy “In his days, Judah will be saved, and Israel will dwell securely. This is the name people will call HIM: ‘HaShem is our righteousness.'” Now read, Jeremiah 33:16 which says the exact same thing but one subtle difference: ““In his days, Judah will be saved, and Israel will dwell securely. This is the name people will call HER: ‘HaShem is our righteousness.'” The difference is in verse 23:6 it says HIM and verse 33:16 it says HER and they are both called the same i.e. HaShem is our righteousness….point is there was a wedding that took place!!! Ponder that for a bit!!

Shir HaShirim 4:8 says “With Me will you be exiled from the Temple, O bride, with Me from the Temple until you return; then contemplate the fruits of your faith from its earliest beginnings from your first arrival at the summit of Snir and the mountain of Hermon, the lands of mighty Sichon and Og, as impregnable dens of lions, and mountains of leopards.”

This verse is VERY important and indicative of Who HaShem is in relation to His bride i.e. Israel! Notice how HaShem declares Israel will, because of her sin, be exiled from the Temple but more importantly how HaShem says He will go into exile with His bride! Then promises His bride WILL return to the Temple with Him!

In Hebrew, the beginning of this verse uses the word ‘Lebanon’ i.e. ‘With Me from Lebanon, O bride…’ Another name for the Temple of HaShem is ‘Lebanon’ and it is called ‘Lebanon’ because the Hebrew word means ‘To whiten’. In other words, the Temple is the place where the sins of Israel are whitened!

The Illuminaed Shir HaShirim commentary elaborates on this and says “The Jewish nation is not sent into exile alone, totally cut off from HaShem. They were promised that when they would be sent into exile, HaShem, as it were, was in exile with them.”

Consider what Isaiah 63:7-9 says “I will proclaim HaShem’s kindness as the praises of HaShem, in accordance with all that HaShem has bestowed upon us and the abundant goodness to the House of Israel that He has bestowed upon them in His compassion and in His abundant kindness. For He said, ‘Indeed they are My people, children who will not be false’, and He became their Savior. IN ALL THEIR TROUBLES (EXILES) HE IS TROUBLED, so an angel before Him saved them. With His love and with His compassion He redeemed them; He lifted them and bore them all the days of the world.” The commentary on these verses says: “He was troubled when they were troubled. The Sages teach HaShem is compared to Israel’s twin. When one twin encounters pain it is felt by the other. Close relatives feel each other’s distress; HaShem reacts to Israel the same way. He does not merely feel for Israel the way one feels for a friend. Rather, He is equally hurt, so to speak, by our pain.” In other words, HaShem feels the pain, anguish, suffering and fear we all have to endure! WE ARE NOT ALONE!!

The following from Tractate Megillah 29a from the Talmud Bavli says “It is taught in a baraita: Rabbi Shimon ben Yoĥai says: Come and see how beloved the Jewish people are before the Holy One, Blessed be He. As every place they were exiled, the Divine Presence went with them. They were exiled to Egypt, and the Divine Presence went with them, as it is stated: “Did I reveal myself to the house of your father when they were in Egypt?” (I Samuel 2:27). They were exiled to Babylonia, and the Divine Presence went with them, as it is stated: “For your sake I have sent to Babylonia” (Isaiah 43:14). So too, when, in the future, they will be redeemed, the Divine Presence will be with them, as it is stated: “Then the Lord your God will return with your captivity” (Deuteronomy 30:3). It does not state: He will bring back, i.e., He will cause the Jewish people to return, but rather it says: “He will return,” which teaches that the Holy One, Blessed be He, will return together with them from among the various exiles.”

The references at the end of this verse to “as impregnable dens of lions, and mountains of leopards“, refers to two kingdoms Israel was subjected too in the exiles. Lions den refers to the exile in Babylon as their emblem was a lion. The leopards refers to Edom i.e. Esau/Rome/Christianity, the most brutal exiles of all of them, the one we are currently under!

Shir HaShirim 4:9 says “You have given Me your heart, My sister, O bride; you have given Me your heart with one of your eyes, with one bead of your necklace.”

The Shir HaShirim Midrash says “The ‘two hearts’ that the Israelites gave to HaShem are the hearts that fulfill the Psalmist’s two exhortations in the verse, Psalms 34:15, to turn from evil and do good. These are two distinct areas of Divine service. The first is avoiding evil i.e. keeping our distance from evil deeds and evil associations. The second is doing good i.e. the active performance of HaShem’s commandments and good deeds.”

“The crushing burden of the Egyptian slavery left the Israelites without the time or opportunity to actively perform commandments and good deeds. But that burden could not crush the heart of avoiding evil. The enslaved Israelites knew who they were, and they turned from evil, refusing to assimilate and adopt Egyptian names, language, or dress, as our Sages teach. Throughout the darkness of the Egyptian servitude, the Israelites preserved that one heart for their Father in Heaven.”

“Freed from their servitude, however, the Israelites were able to bring forth as well their other heart, the one that had lain dormant because of the oppression beyond their control i.e. the heart that does good. It was with that freed heart that they declared resoundingly not only their avoidance of evil but their fierce embrace of do good when they fulfilled the commands of milah (Circumcision) and Pesach (Passover), and when they later proclaimed at Sinai, ‘We will do and we will listen’ per Exodus 24:7, to accept upon themselves forever the liberating yoke of the Torah and its commandments.”

We each have two hearts per se, i.e. two natures: Yetzer Hara, Yetzer Hatov i.e. Evil Inclination and Good Inclination. We each must struggle between the two constantly in this life as we strive to walk and serve HaShem.

The commentary from the Artscroll Shir HaShirim book says “The connotation of ‘sister’ as referring to ancestral merit, by virtue of which HaShem showers His love upon us. Even a brother’s daughter is sometimes called ‘sister’ implying that this love is due to the filial relationship as Abraham said of Sarah, daughter of his brother Haran per Genesis 20:12. Thus, in a deeply philosophical manner, HaShem loves Israel, by virtue of their being the descendants of His beloved Patriarchs (Abraham, Isaac and Jacob), and thus this term ‘sister’ is expressive of this affinity. The very use of ‘sister’ in these verses implies this special relationship which Israel enjoys by virtue of their ancestral merit. ‘Bride’ refers to HaShem’s love which Israel enjoys by virtue of its own merits.”

This verse cross references to Proverbs 1:8-9 which says “Hear, my child, the discipline of your father, and do not forsake the teaching of your mother. For they are an adornment of grace for your head and chains for your neck.” These verses are referring to the teaching of our Father i.e. HaShem and His Written Torah, while the reference to the teaching of your mother is talking about the Oral Torah which is recorded by the Sanhedrin in Jerusalem!

Shir HaShirim 4:10 says “How beautiful was your love, My sister, O bride! How much better your love than wine, and the fragrance of your oils than all spices.”

There is so much associated with this one verse alone, it will be difficult to fit it all in! There are a total of TEN times Israel is called ‘Bride of HaShem’, six times in Shir HaShirim and four in the Prophets in the Tanakh. To reiterate, the so called ‘Church’ of Christendom is NOT and cannot be the ‘Bride’ of HaShem, it is utterly impossible. That is again, just another example of Replacement Theology! There is ONE bride and her name is Israel!

We need to look at the significance of the number ten as it pertains to HaShem and His Word! Per the book ‘Jewish Wisdom in the Numbers’ concerning the number ten, it sums it up: “Ten relates to an integrated system. Here a full set of individual parts combines to make up a communal whole. This number typifies holiness and the resting place of the Shechinah.”

“There are ten Utterances in the creation of the universe. The cosmos was built using these Divine ten Utterances. The first generations of mankind were themselves grouped into two sets of ten. There were ten generations from Adam to Noach and ten generations from Noach to Avraham.”

“The ten tests of Avraham. In his lifetime, Avraham withstood ten great trials that tested every aspect of his character and his devotion to HaShem. He faced every sort of test humanely possible; from hiding from Nimrod who threw him into the fiery furnace, to being ready to sacrifice his beloved son to attest to the degree of his love of HaShem. It was these tests that molded him into the first forefather of the Jewish people, who set out to teach the world how to live in the service of its Creator. He became the ancestor of the Children of Israel who would be enslaved in Egypt yet would depart as the newly formed Chosen Nation ready to accept the Torah.”

There were the ten plagues which struck Egypt when HaShem delivered them out of enslavement. There are the Ten Commandments, which summarize the whole 613 Commandments of the Torah! The number ten is the gateway to holiness as Yom Kippur falls on the 10th of Tishrei, which is the final day of the Ten Days of Teshuvah (Repentance) between Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur. On Yom Kippur the Kohen HaGadol, in performing the Yom Kippur Temple Service, would pronounce the Four Letter Name of HaShem a total of ten times!

There are ten levels of kedusha (Holiness) as listed in Tractate Kelim 1:6-9 which are listed as it pertains to – Eretz Israel (Land of Israel), which is more sanctified than any of the other lands in the world followed by the ten levels. Remember, the closer one draws to HaShem, the higher level of Kedusha (Holiness) is required:

  • Cities surrounded by a wall (In Eretz Israel) are more sanctified than this.
  • Within the walls is more sanctified than these
  • Har HaBayit (Temple Mount) is more sanctified than this
  • The Cheil (Is a TEN amot/cubits wide area surrounding the Temple of HaShem) is more sanctified than this, for here Gentiles and one rendered impure by a corpse, may not enter here.
  • Ezrat Nashim (Court of the Women) is more sanctified than this.
  • Ezrat Israel (Court of Israel) is more sanctified than this
  • Ezrat Kohanim (Court of the Priests) is more sanctified than this
  • Between the Ulam (Porch) and the Altar is more sanctified than this
  • The Hekhal (The Sanctuary/Holy Place where the Menorah, Showbread and Altar of Incense is located) 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 HaGadol may enter there, on Yom Kippur at the time of the service.

The number ten is hugely important as it pertains to a Jewish wedding!! There are ten obligations a husband is required, biblically, to his wife. There are ten verses which show us this:

  • Sustenance – Shir HaShirim 4:11: Honey drops from your lips, O bride; honey and milk are under your tongue; milk and honey are the Torah’s metaphor for bountiful sustenance.
  • Clothing – Isaiah 61:10: I will rejoice intensely with HaShem, for He has dressed me in the raiment of salvation, in a robe of righteousness He has cloaked me, like a bride who adorns herself with jewelry.
  • Marital Relations – Isaiah 62:5: As a young man comes in marriage to a virgin and like a bridegroom’s rejoicing over his bride.
  • Medical Care – Shir HaShirim 4:9: You captured My heart, My sister, O bride; therefore, I cannot bear to see you suffer, and will surely provide you with relief.
  • Ransom, should she be taken captive – Shir HaShirim 4:12: A garden locked up is My sister, the bride; I will provide you with safety and security, and surely prevent your captivity.
  • Burial, should she predecease him – Jeremiah 33:10-11: Thus said HaShem ‘There will again be heard in this place about which you say, ‘It is destroyed, without man and without animal,’ in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem that are desolate, without man and without inhabitant and without animal, the sound of joy and the sound of gladness, the sound of groom and the sound of bride.'”
  • Support from his estate after his death – Shir HaShirim 4:10: How beautiful was your love, My sister, O bride! How much better your love than wine; wine is often used in Scripture as a metaphor for feasting.
  • Residence in his home until she remarries – Shir HaShirim 4:8: With Me from Lebanon, O bride! you will be with Me in My Temple and city.
  • Her daughters from him have the right to dwell in his house and receive support from the estate until they marry – Shir HaShirim 5:1: I have come into My garden, My sister, O bride, eat, friends; drink and become intoxicated, O beloved ones, this open and generous invitation surely encompasses one’s own daughters.
  • Her sons from him inherit her ketubah (Marriage contract) after her death – Isaiah 49:17-18: Your children will hasten to return…Raise your eyes all around and see. They have all gathered, they have come to you…you will clothe yourself with them all like jewelry and adorn yourself like a bride; they will not be left bereft of possessions.

“The point of these ten obligations is that HaShem, as it were, desires Israel to be His bride, on whom He bestows all the benefits to which a Jewish bride is entitled.” So then with all this said thus far, can then HaShem, according to Replacement Theology, up and decide to dump Israel, and now marry a new bride, who is lawless, rebellious, full of idolatry and completely rejects HaShem, His Torah i.e. the Marriage Contract, known as the Church? Again, per Scripture, it is utterly impossible!

When HaShem said in this verse: “The fragrance of your oils than all spices.” The commentary from the Midrash says “Our verse is to be understood as a metaphor, the oils represent Scripture, and the fragrance represents the Oral Torah’s explanations and expositions of Scripture. Our verse teaches that although Scripture may seem bland and lacking in fragrance, the expositions of the Sages impart supremely edifying and fragrant meanings to a verse, just as assorted substances impart supremely fragrant scents oil.”

Shir HaShirim 4:11 says “The sweetness of Torah drops from your lips, like honey and milk it lies under your tongue; your very garments are scented with precepts like the scent of Lebanon.” This is HaShem speaking to His bride Israel! His bride will exude Torah, not only speaking Torah, but living Torah in our lives every second of every day in service to HaShem!

Psalms 19:11 says the following concerning the Torah of HaShem: “They are more desirable than gold, than even much fine gold; sweeter than honey, than dripping from the combs.” Point is, Torah is the most valuable treasure HaShem could have given to mankind! All the treasures of the earth, all the money in the world cannot compare to the value of the Torah of HaShem! It is the custom on Shavuot, the holiday commemorating the giving of the Torah, which is symbolized by honey and milk.

The commentary from the Illuminated Shir HaShirim says “The sweetness of Torah i.e. recognizing how delectable words of Torah can be, is the essence of the sustenance. It is the honey in Torah that nourishes us. In our daily prayers we ask HaShem to please make the words of Torah sweet to us. We recognize that by learning Torah, by reviewing what we have learned and making it part of whom we are, we can be satiated and sustained by its beautiful words.”

Your very garments are scented with precepts like the scent of Lebanon.” Here HaShem is alluding to clothing, fringes, purple thread i.e. Priestly Garments worn by the Kohanim in conducting the daily Temple Services in the Temple of HaShem! Lebanon is a reference to the Temple of HaShem as well as the Garden of Eden per Ezekiel 31:16!

Shir HaShirim 4:12-13 says “As chaste as a garden locked, My sister, O bride; a spring locked up, a fountain sealed. Your least gifted ones are a pomegranate orchard with luscious fruit, henna with nard.” The commentary says “This verse refers to the modesty of the daughters of Israel who shun immorality. The imagery is poignant. Her rare beauty and pervasive charm are controlled by innate modesty and purity. She is like a beautiful garden which is locked to all but its rightful owner. Having compared her to a garden, HaShem embellishes the imagery and compares her to a spring and fountain of scare, precious good water which were sealed by their owners to prevent intrusion by strangers.”

Refer to verse three above for the explanation of the significance of a Pomegranate.

Shir HaShirim 4:14-15 says “Nard and saffron, calamus and cinnamon, with all trees of frankincense, myrrh and aloes with all the chief spices. Purified in a garden spring of well of waters alive, and flowing from Lebanon.” The ingredients HaShem lists here are a portion of the ingredients used for the ketoret (Incense) which is burned on the Golden Altar in the Holy Place just before the Veils each day. It represents the prayers of Israel going up to HaShem. Additionally, cinnamon is used as part of the ingredients for the anointing oil. Here is some important info concerning the Ketoret and the Anointing Oil:

Per Hilchot K’lei HaMikdash Vihaovdim Bo 2.1 it says “The incense offering was prepared every year. Preparing it fulfills a positive commandment, as Exodus 30:34 states: ‘And you take spices….’ Four of the spcies are explicitely mentioned in the Torah. They are balsam, onycha, storax, and frankincense. The others were conveyed as a halachah communicated to Moses at Sinai.”

The following is per tractate Yoma 4.5 Yerushalmi Talmud: “Every day a Kohen offers a peras (Half) of incense in the morning and a peras in the afternoon, but today the Kohen Gadol adds another offering consisting of his two handfuls of incense.. Every day the incense would be ground fine, but today it is the finest of the fine.”

  • Stacte
  • Onycha
  • Galbanum
  • Pure Frankincense

**** The four above ingredients are required to weigh no less than 70 Maneh each. A Maneh represents the weight of 100 silver Dinars. This is approximately one pound in modern equivalents.

  • Myrrh
  • Cassia
  • Spikenard
  • Saffron

**** The four above ingredients are required to weigh no less than 16 Maneh each.

  • Costus **** Must weigh no less than 12 Maneh
  • Aromatic Bark **** Must weigh no less than three Maneh
  • Cinnamon **** Must weigh no less than nine Maneh

Tractate Yoma 4.5 Yerushalmi Talmud – “When the individual weights of the spices enumerated in the Baraisa are added together, they are found to total 368 Maneh. 365 Maneh corresponding to the days of the solar year, and three additional maneh for the special Ketoret offered that day i.e. Yom Kippur.”

Additional substances used in the preparation of the ketoret mixture are as follows per Tractate Yoma 4.5 Yerushalmi Talmud:

  • Karshinah Soap which is a kind of cleansing agent dubbed ‘Karshinah’ after its place of origin. The quantity is nine kav which in modern equivalents would be a half gallon.
  • Kafrisin Wine which originated from Cyprus. A strong cider produced from the husks that cover caperberries. The quantity is three seah and three kav. If he has no Kafrisin Wine, he brings old white wine.
  • Sodomite Salt which originated from the Dead Sea region. The quantity is a quarter kav. To fulfill the Torah’s directive in Leviticus 2:13 ‘On your every offering shall you offer salt.’
  • A minute amount of Maaleh Ashan which literally means ‘Smoke Riser’ and is the name of a certain type of herb; its presence in the ketores causes the smoke of the ketores to rise in a straight column like a stick. The identity of this herb was jealously guarde by the House of Avtinas, who were charged with producing the ketores in the Temple.
  • A minute amount of Jordan Amber. This is a type of plant that grows on the banks of the Jordan River.

****If He left out any of its spices, he is liable to death at the hands of Heaven.

The ingredients of the Anointment Oil i.e. ‘Shemen HaMishchah’ per Exodus 30:22-33 says:

  • Pure Myrrh: 500 Shekel weight amount – one Shekel = .4 oz
  • Fragrant Cinnamon: 250 Shekel weight amount
  • Fragrant Cane: 250 Shekel weight amount
  • Cassia: 500 Shekel weight amount
  • Olive Oil: One Hin or almost one gallon

Shir HaShirim 4:16 says “Awake from the north and come from the south! Like the winds let My exiles return to My garden, let their fragrant goodness flow in Jerusalem. Let but my Beloved come to His garden and enjoy His precious people.” This final verse of this chapter is extremely prophetic in nature!

The commentary says “Having found delight in your fragrances, says Elohim, and in the beauty of your dwellings, I hereby command the winds, north and south, to blow upon your garden to waft your fragrance afar. Allegorically this refers to the return of the dispersed exiles with the coming of Messiah. The nations among whom they live will be so overwhelmed by the miracles preceding Redemption that they personally will deliver the Jews to Eretz Yisrael, per Isaiah 66:20 as their gift to HaShem. When the Temple is built, the Jews will go there for the festivals and they will say to Elohim, ‘Come to Your garden, O Beloved. If You are there, all is there.'”

Isaiah 66:20 says “They (The nations of the world) will bring all your brethren from all the nations as an offering to HaShem, with horses and with chariots and with covered wagons and with mules, and with, joyous dances, to My Holy Mountain (The Temple of HaShem in Jerusalem), says HaShem; just as the Children of Israel bring the offering in a pure vessel to the House of HaShem (The Temple).”

This was an extremely long Op! I hope you made it to the very end and were not overwhelmed by all the info? And to think the amount of info in this Op is just a tiny percentage of what HaShem has revealed in this single chapter alone! There is SO much more!

I hope you can see once more how utterly abysmal Replacement Theology Christian doctrine is in comparison to what HaShem reveals in His Word and how He is truly unchanging and His Torah is THE marriage contract between Him and His Bride i.e. Israel!! Something to consider!

We will continue this series of exploring Shir HaShirim – The Voice of the Bridegroom in chapter five!!

SOURCE MATERIALS:

  • The Scriptures by the Institute for Scripture Research
  • The Koren Tanakh
  • Shir HaShirim by Artscroll
  • The Midrash Shir HaShirim by Artscroll
  • The Kehati Mishnah
  • The Steinsaltz Talmud Bavli
  • The Yerushalmi Talmud by Artscroll
  • The Steinsaltz Five Megillot
  • Tehillim (Psalms) by Artscroll
  • The Illuminated Shir HaShirim by Artscroll
  • Shir HaShirim by Judaica Press
  • HaTikvah Ministries

WHEN THE MASTER KNOCKS

“Incline your ear and hear the words of the wise; set your heart to My knowledge (Torah).” Proverbs 22:17

It seems every day the world spins that much faster into chaos and insanity as world and local leaders continue to make utterly insane and deprave decisions, which are destined to fail even before they are to go into effect!

This weeks Torah Portion i.e. ‘Balak’ which is found in Bamidbar (Numbers) 22:2-25:9 is a Torah Portion which once again is very appropriate for this weeks world events! The attempts by various world leaders, enemies of Israel, seeking to find ways to diminish and or destroy Israel’s influence, power and existence in the world!

In this Torah Portion, Balak, the king of Moab, saw all that Israel had become and had done to the Amorites and thus became very frightened of Israel. Balak then seeks out the prophet Bilam and attempts to get Bilam to curse Israel. In every attempt to curse Israel, Bilam instead blesses Israel by the direction of HaShem!

Balak becomes so enraged, at one point the Torah says in Bamidbar 24:1 “….But he (Balak) set his face toward the Wilderness.” What is significant about this? In the Torah, to turn one’s face towards the Wilderness in manner Balak did, is to attempt to arouse the forces of Satan, because the Wilderness is where Satan and his forces i.e. the haters of Israel dwell!

When Israel keeps herself clean and strives to walk in the Torah of HaShem, out of love, devotion and loyalty to Him, she is protected and nothing can touch her. When she keeps herself ready, observant, alert and not become lazy, complacent and distracted, the blessings are incalculable! A concept I hope to quickly cover in this short Op on this Shabbat, 16 July 2022, which also happens to be the 17th of Tammuz on the biblical calendar, a very solemn day which we will acknowledge the following day, the five catastrophes which occurred on this date in biblical history.

As always, it is critical to remember when reading these op’s the 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

In this world we live in today, it is now more important, more than ever, that we all, myself included, constantly examine ourselves and make sure we are ready for when the Master knocks for we do not know when exactly that will be! We know it is VERY, VERY close, but as to knowing the day or the hour, only HaShem knows that!

In this weeks Torah Portion, ‘Balak’, there is a very interesting blessing Bilam, directed by HaShem, utters over Israel. He says in Bamidbar 24:5-7 which says “How goodly are your tents, O Yaakov (Jacob), your dwelling places, O Yisrael; like creeks stretching out, like gardens by a river, like tents pitched by HaShem, like cedars by water. Water shall flow from his buckets, and his seed shall be by abundant waters. His king shall attain eminence from Agag.”

Notice in these verses the various references to water i.e. creeks, river, water flowing, abundant waters, etc? Water in the Tanach (Erroneously called the Old Testament) and the Apostolic Writings, is a metaphor for the Torah of HaShem! In other words, it is from Israel, the Torah will go out to the entire world!

The commentary from Ohr HaChaim discussing these verses above says “The intent of this metaphor is understood in light of the words of the Sages, that every Jewish man received from Sinai a personal share in the Torah. This is the allusion contained in the verse from Devarim (Deuteronomy) 33:4 that calls the Torah a ‘morashah’ or a ‘heritage’, which the Sages expound. Do not read this as a heritage, but rather as ‘me’orasah’ meaning ‘betrothed.’ Just as each man has an exclusive relationship with his betrothed, so too, each Jewish man has his own exclusive share in the Torah. Bilam, in this verse, refers to each Jew’s share in the Torah. He thus says here, waters shall flow, meaning that the Jews of future generations will develop new insights in the Torah, and every true idea that they innovate in the Torah is from his buckets, meaning, from the water of Torah that Moshe drew from the Wellspring of Sinai, because everything is hinted at in the Written Torah that was given to Moshe.”

Point for me including this, is in my opinion, the only way we will be able to examine ourselves, make ourselves ready is to constantly strive to study and walk out the Torah of HaShem. Now, I am not saying keeping Torah is what secures eternal salvation!! First HaShem saves and secures salvation, THEN He says, now that I have saved you, here is My Torah, so you will know how to live as My servant. We see this time and time again all throughout His Tanach and Apostolic Writings!

Now, consider what Yeshua Himself taught in Matthew 25 discussing the Parable of the Ten Virgins! I think you will be amazed!

Matthew 25:1-13 which says “Then the reign of the heavens shall be compared to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. And five of them were wise, and five foolish. Those who were foolish, having taken their lamps, took no oil with them, but the wise took oil in their containers with their lamps. Now while the bridegroom took time, they all slumbered and slept. And at midnight a cry was heard, ‘See, the bridegroom is coming, go out to meet him!’ Then all those virgins rose up and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us of your oil, because our lamps are going out.’ But the wise answered, saying, ‘No, indeed, there would not be enough for us and you. Instead, go to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.’ And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went with him to the wedding feast, and the door was shut. And later the other virgins also came, saying, ‘Master, Master, open up for us!’ But he answering, said, ‘Truly, I say to you, I do not know you.’ Watch therefore, because you do not know the day nor the hour in which the Son of Adam is coming.”

Now, what is amazing, Yeshua is basing this parable upon a very well known understanding the function of the Temple in Jerusalem and I will quickly explain.

Each morning, the Kohanim (Priests) on duty that week, would have to prepare themselves for serving in the Temple that day. In order to determine who would perform what service, HaShem set up a system of lots which would be drawn. But in order to participate in the drawing of the lots, the Kohanim would have to get up very early in the morning, go to the mikveh (Immerse), put on their garments, and wait for the arrival of the head official for they did not know exactly when the official would come and knock on the door! If the official arrived, knocked on the door, and the kohanim were not ready, they were prohibited from serving in the Temple that day, i.e. ‘Depart from Me….’ Sound familiar?

Consider what is recorded in Tractate Tamid 1.2 from the Mishnah, which says “Whoever (Of the Kohanim) wanted to pick up from the altar got up early and immersed himself BEFORE THE OFFICIAL ARRIVED. And at what time did the official come? NOT ALL OCCASIONS WERE THE SAME; sometimes he came at cock’s crow (The Temple Crier who called out just before dawn), or thereabouts, earlier or later. The official came and KNOCKED FOR THEM, AND THEY (The Kohanim) OPENED FOR HIM. He said to them: ‘WHOEVER HAS IMMERSED (PREPARED THEMSELVES) SHOULD COME AND DRAW LOTS. They drew lots; whoever won, won.”

Can you see the very close similarity to what Yeshua taught in His parable? Again, we see, studying and learning the Temple of HaShem, will open up the Apostolic Writings unlike anything Christendom in its Replacement Theology doctrine teaches! Such as the cock crowing. This was NOT a literal chicken/rooster, it is a metaphor for a specific job a Kohen would do in the morning just before dawn and announce the beginning of that day’s Temple Services and worship of HaShem! There are countless examples I could cite, but will do so some other time.

Remember, Yeshua is the Kohen HaGadol (High Priest) in the order of Melchizedek, serving in the Heavenly Temple, therefore, He would absolutely use the Temple and the Temple Services as means to teach the Torah of HaShem to Israel and the world!

So, in summary, for us to be ready for when the Master knocks, we must be striving to study and learn His Torah and His Temple, keeping His Feasts, His Shabbat, eating what He says is clean to eat, etc, because they go hand in hand.

Know Torah = Know Yeshua

No Torah = No Yeshua

Something to consider on this Shabbat. May it be so very, very soon in our days.

Shabbat Shalom!

SOURCE MATERIALS:

  • The Scriptures by the Institute for Scripture Research
  • The Chumash with the Teachings of the Talmud by Artscroll
  • Or HaChaim by Artscroll
  • Mishnah Tractate Tamid by Kehati

SHAVUOT – THE BETROTHAL TO THE BRIDE

“There is abundant peace for the lovers of Your Torah, and there is no stumbling block for them.” Psalms 119:165

As I put this Op together, it is 2 June 2022, just a few days before the great Feast of Shavuot arrives…Baruch HaShem! Now more than ever, with all that is going on around us in the world, it seems like we need to truly understand His Feasts and what they represent because the major prophetic events we read about in His Word all occur on or around His annual Feasts! The term we hear used in His Word i.e. ‘The Early and Late Rains’ is a Hebrew idiom referring to HaShem’s annual Feasts…the Spring Feasts i.e. Pesach, Unleavened Bread, Firstfruits and Shavuot and then the Late Rains i.e. Rosh HaShanah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot. Keep this in mind as we progress in this Op.

On a side note, I know I bash Replacement Theology constantly in my Op’s, again it is NOT directed at the people, it is solely directed at the doctrine that has been regurgitated through the centuries, unfortunately leading so many to their ruin. Baruch HaShem, He is ending this reign of deception and leading people out of the captivity to Replacement Theology just as He promised He would do in the very End of Days! So while I will frequently highlight the differences between Replacement Theology and the Word of HaShem in this Op, it is not a slap at the people. It is meant solely to hopefully get some to stop, think, analyze, reason and search out His Word for themselves and with the help of HaShem, break off that veil over their hearts and eyes so they too can see how awesome and how wonderful He and His Torah truly are.

Now, always remember when you proceed further into this Op, despite the claims of many in Replacement Theology, the Temple Services i.e. the procedures which the Kohanim, Levites and Israelites in the Temple adhere too i.e. the Tavnit (Blueprints), are NOT man made! They were given to Moshe and David by the Ruach (Spirit) of HaShem per Shemot (Exodus) 25 and I Chronicles 28!

So, with this all said, the Feast of Shavuot (erroneously referred to as Pentecost), is a VERY, VERY important Feast, one of the three pilgrimage Feasts in which all the men of Israel are required to appear before HaShem in His Temple and bring korbonot (Offerings). This Feast is so important I will go ahead and give you a little hint as to what this Feast and what this Op will entail…..this Feast is what sets apart the Bride!! No Shavuot….no Bride!!! Again, keep this in mind!

Now we can jump into this, but before we do, always remember the following because they never, ever change:

  • 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

Remember Yeshua is the AGENT of HaShem…please read the article from the Jerusalem Encyclopedia defining the ‘Law of Agency’. Here is an excerpt: “The Law of Agency deals with the status of a person (known as the agent) acting by direction of another (the principal), and thereby  legally binding the principal in his connection with a third person. The person who binds a principal in this manner is his agent, known in Jewish law as sheluaḥ or sheliaḥ (one that is sent): the relation of the former to the latter is known as agency (sheliḥut). The general principle is enunciated thus: A man’s agent is like himself (Ḳid. 41b).” – http://www.jewishencyclopedia.com/articles/894-agency-law-of

This means, Yeshua, can ONLY act, teach, do and say ONLY what HaShem i.e. The Principal Who charged His Agent i.e. Yeshua to act on His behalf. John 5:19 says “Therefore, Yeshua, responded and said to them, ‘Truly, 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.” Or John 8:28 says “So, Yeshua said to them, ‘When you lift up the Son of Adam, then you shall know that I am He, and that I do none at all of Myself, but as My Father taught Me, these words I speak.'” Finally, John 12:49-50 says “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. And I know that His command is everlasting life, what I should say and what I should speak.”

Is it then possible for the Messiah to come and teach a doctrine that is the complete opposite to what HaShem established in the beginning? Can the Messiah come teaching a doctrine of ‘Change’ and still legitimately claim to be from HaShem?

Before we examine the depths of Shavuot, we need to first lay the foundation for the Feast. Shavuot is on the sixth day of the Biblical month of Sivan i.e. the Third month of the year beginning with Nissan. This Feast is considered to be a continuation of Pesach (Passover). It is the 50th day after Pesach in which we have been Counting the Omer between Pesach and Shavuot.

On a side note, those who object to using the names for the Biblical months, there is biblical precedent for the names of the months as we see in the book of Esther 8:9 specifically refers to the month of ‘Sivan’ in Scripture, however, I am NOT looking to engage in arguments over the calendar issue…that is between HaShem and yourselves.

What is very interesting concerning the month of Sivan, i.e. the Third Month, is that it is in the Third Month HaShem brings Israel to Sinai and presents His marriage proposal i.e. His Torah. An excerpt from the book ‘The Book of Our Heritage’ by Rabbi Eliyahu Kitov, it says “Just as marriage can survive only if there is peace and love, so too the Torah, the instrument of betrothal between HaShem and Israel, could only be received when these conditions prevailed. The Torah is referred to as ‘Morashah’ (A Heritage) per Devarim (Deuteronomy) 33:4 which says ‘The Torah that Moshe commanded us is the heritage of the Congregation of Ya’akov.’ This word ‘Morashah’ is better understood as ‘Me’orasah’ meaning ‘Betrothed.'” We will discuss this much deeper coming up shortly in the Op.

To better understand Shavuot, we must understand the concept of Kedusha (Holiness)! Kedusha is very well defined by my teacher in 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.

Tractate Kelim 1.6-9 from the Mishnah gives us a very good example by listing locations in ascending order of severity: “There are ten sanctities – Eretz Israel (Land of Israel) is more sanctified than any of the other lands. 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 surrounded by a wall are more sanctified than this, for we send the metzora’im (Those with biblical Leprosy) out of them, and they may carry a dead body around within them until they decide (To take them outside the walls for burial, once they go outside the wall, they may not re-enter until going through the ritual purity process for having contact with a corpse). Once out, they may not bring it (The corpse) back (Inside the walls).”

“Within the walls is more sanctified than these, for we may eat there Kodashim Kalim (Offerings of minor degree of holiness) and Ma’aser Sheni (Second Tithes). Har Habayit (Temple Mount) is more sanctified than this, for zavim and zavot, niddot and yoldot (Ritually impure due to bodily discharges) may not enter there. The Cheil 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 (One who has gone through the ritual purity process and has immersed in a mikvah, but must wait until sun down for their purity to be restored) 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 Priests) is more sanctified than this, for Israelites may enter there only at a time when they are needed; for laying hands, for slaughtering, for heaving.”

“Between the Ulam (Outer portico of the Sanctuary building) and the Altar is more sanctified than this, for those with a blemish and those with wild hair (Uncut for thirty days) may not enter there. The Hekhal (The Sanctuary building) 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 of severity as it pertains to the concept of Kedusha? Again, I ask the question, so now HaShem, Who says He never changes and His Word is firmly established for eternity, suddenly now changes His mind and says a group of people, i.e. Replacement Theology, which teaches everything about HaShem is now tossed aside and replaced and now this group of people who eat unclean, observe pagan feasts, rejects the Torah, and decides for themselves what is right and wrong, are now exactly what He has wanted from the beginning? Keep this in mind!

Shavuot has several names in His Word:

  • Feast of Reaping per Shemot (Exodus) 28:16
  • Feast of Shavuot per Shemot 34:22
  • Feast of Bikkurim (Firstfruits) per Bamidbar (Numbers) 28:26

The Feast of Shavuot is a Korbon Feast meaning HaShem requires animal and grain offerings be brought into His Temple. These korbonot are listed in Vayikra (Leviticus) 23:17 which tells us two minchah (Bread) offerings along with what is called an ‘External Chatat (Sin)’ korbonot of a young male goat. It is called an ‘External’ korbonot because it designates where the blood will be sprinkled, in this case on the external Mizbe’ach (Altar). Further this korbonot is also referred to as a ‘Communal’ obligatory korbonot in that this goat is offered up as a Chatat for ALL of Israel.

Additionally, per Bamidbar (Numbers) 28:26-27, two bulls, one ram and seven lambs are offered up as Olah (Burnt) korbonot, which means no one eats the meat as the meat is completely burned on the Mizbe’ach as a sweet aroma to HaShem.

One of the main korbonot brought to the Beis HaMikdash (Temple) is the Two Loaves (Shtei HaLechem) which is a Minchah korbonot i.e. a Bread Offering. Now when studying HaShem’s Word and utilizing the tools He gave us to study and learn, i.e. His Oral Torah (Mishnah, Talmud, Midrash, Etc), it is always very important to pay very close attention to the details! The Shtei HaLechem is no difference!

Vayikra (Leviticus) 23:17 says “From your dwelling places you shall bring bread that shall be waved, two loaves made of two tenth ephah, they shall be fine flour, they shall be baked leavened; first offerings to HaShem.”

The following excerpt from the Book of the Mitzvot #307 says “The Omer offering, a special Minchah (Bread) offering made of barley, is brought, in the Beis HaMikdash on the second day of Pesach (Passover). It permits consumption of the new crop of grain, any grain, that had taken root during the period of the preceding year’s Omer offering and this one. Fifty days later, on the Festival of Shavuos, we are commanded to bring another special Minchah. This offering, which is made of wheat, is known as the offering of the Two Loaves, Shtei HaLechem.” Notice the Minchah offered on Pesach is made of barley, but the Minchah offered on Shavuos is made from wheat?

Note #2 from the Book of the Mitzvot excerpt clarifies “As a general rule, offerings (Minchah) may not consist of leavened bread (Chametz). However, there are two offerings that are required to be made of chametz. These are the Two Loaves offering of Shavuos and ten of the forty loaves of the Todah (Thanksgiving) offering of Vayikra (Leviticus) 7:13. The Two Loaves offering is a form of thanksgiving to HaShem for this new harvest, and therefore shares this aspect with the Todah offering.”

Tractate Menahot from the Mishnah describes the Two Loaves: “The Two Loaves brought on Shavuot, thus Vayikra 23:15-17 ‘Until the morrow after the seventh Shabbat shall you number fifty days, and you shall offer a new meal offering to the Lord. You shall bring out of your habitations two wave loaves of two tenth measures, they shall be of fine flour…’ The above were eaten by the Kohanim.”

Tractate Menahot 5.6 from the Mishnah says “…How does he (Kohanim) proceed with the waving of the of the Two Loaves and the two lambs? He puts the Two Loaves on the two lambs. According to the Gemara (Talmud Commentary), he puts them beside the two lambs, ‘on’ actually signifying ‘near’ and puts his two hands underneath, and swings forward and backward in all four directions, and upward and downward, as it is written in Shemot (Exodus) 29:27: ‘Which is waved and heaved up’, ‘waved’ meaning forward and backward, and ‘heaved’ upward and downward. The above account of Aaron’s and his sons’ induction into the priesthood serves as a model for other waving’s”

Then, per Vayikra (Leviticus) 23:19 there are two male sheep offered up as a Shelamim (Peace) korbonot. It should also be noted all of these korbonot are considered to be ‘Communal’ and obligatory meaning they all are on behalf the entire people of Israel! This should be causing you to ask yourself some questions as it pertains to what we all were taught in Replacement Theology, which I will address shortly.

The biblical reference for Shavuot is found beginning in Shemot (Exodus) 19:1, which says “In the third month (Sivan) from the Exodus of the Children of Israel from the land of Egypt, on this day, they arrived at the Wilderness of Sinai. They journeyed from Rephidim and arrived at the Wilderness of Sinai and encamped in the Wilderness; and Israel encamped there, opposite the mountain.

Moshe ascended to Elohim, and HaShem called to him from the mountain, saying, ‘So shall you say to the House of Ya’akov (Jacob) and relate to the Children of Israel. You have seen what I did to Egypt, and that I have borne you on the wings of eagles and brought you to Me. And now, if you hearken well to Me and observe My covenant, you shall be to Me the most beloved treasure of all peoples, for Mine is the entire world. You shall be to Me a kingdom of ministers and a holy nation.’ These are the words that you shall speak to the Children of Israel.

Moshe came and summoned the elders of the people, and put before them all these words that HaShem had commanded him. The entire people responded together and said, ‘Everything that HaShem has spoken we shall do!’ Moshe brought back the words of the people to HaShem.”

Very interesting! So we see Israel arrived in the Wilderness of Sinai on the first day of Sivan and it was then HaShem made the proposal to Israel on the 2nd day of Sivan! “IF you hearken well to Me and observe My covenant, THEN you shall be to me the most beloved treasure of all the peoples, for Mine is the entire world.”

Consider this from an excerpt from the ‘Book of Our Heritage’ which says “The verse from Shir HaShirim (Song of Solomon) 2:2 states: ‘Like an apple tree among the trees of the forest, so is My beloved among the sons.’ Just as the apple tree gives fruit fifty days after blossoming, so too did Israel receive the Torah fifty days after their departure from Egypt!”

I have to stop here and address this point…I hear constantly from the adherents of Replacement Theology that anyone striving to keep the Torah is attempting to earn their salvation and thus are derived from the Kingdom of Satan for teaching lies and deceit. Well, these verses here once more prove them wrong…how do we know? Because the picture HaShem has shown is FIRST He ‘saved’ or ‘redeemed’ Israel from the bondage of Egypt due to no merit of their own and THEN He brings Israel to Sinai and we will see shortly it is AFTER He redeemed Israel that He gives His Torah and says and I will paraphrase “Now that I have redeemed you, here is My Torah to know how to live as My people!” Point is, FIRST comes salvation/redemption THEN comes the Torah to be set apart to HaShem as His Own by faith i.e. live it out, practice, study, learn and apply it, all of which are the biblical definition of faith in HaShem! Remember ‘Faith WITHOUT works i.e. Torah is dead’ per Ya’akov (James) chapter 2 in the Apostolic Writings! Okay, back on point.

So, we can see HaShem offered His proposal to Israel here on the 2nd day of Sivan, in which Israel responds with “Everything that HaShem has spoken we shall do!” Meaning Israel accepted His proposal!! Moshe then brings the response to HaShem on the 3rd day of Sivan. Baruch HaShem!

It should be noted that it is recorded HaShem did offer the Torah first to the Gentile nations, but they all refused Him. Israel is the only nation who accepted His proposal…which accounts as to why the world hates Israel so much since then to include today. This concept is derived from Devarim (Deuteronomy) 33:2 which states “He said: HaShem came from Sinai, having shone forth to them from Seir, having appeared from Mount Paran, and then approached with some of the holy myriads, from His right hand He presented the fiery Torah to them.” The commentary on this verse from the Talmud Bavli Tractate Avodah Zarah 2b says “With regard to the Revelation at Mount Sinai, our verse says, ‘HaShem came from Sinai, having shone forth to them from Seir, having appeared from Mount Paran.’ Seir is the homeland of the descendants of Eisav (Esau), and the descendants of Yishmael live on Mount Paran. This teaches that BEFORE HaShem gave the Torah to Israel at Mount Sinai, He offered it to the other nations of the world, and they all rejected His offer.”

Okay, moving on. So, now that Israel has accepted His proposal, He then tells Moshe in Shemot 19:9-15 “HaShem said to Moshe, ‘Behold! I come to you in the thickness of the cloud, so that the people will hear as I speak to you, and they will also believe in you forever.’ Moshe related the words of the people to HaShem (On the 3rd day of Sivan). HaShem said to Moshe, ‘Go to the people and sanctify (Kedusha/Kadosh/Set apart) them today and tomorrow and they shall wash their clothing. Let them be prepared for the third day, for on the third day HaShem shall descend in the sight of the entire people on Mount Sinai (6th day of Sivan). You shall set boundaries for the people roundabout saying, ‘Beware of ascending the mountain or touching its edge; whoever touches the mountain shall surely die. A hand shall not touch it, for he shall surely be stoned or surely thrown down; whether animal or person he shall not live; upon an extended blast of the shofar, they may ascend the mountain.’ Moshe descended from the mountain to the people. He sanctified the people and they washed their clothing. He said to the people, ‘Be prepared after a three day period; do not draw near a woman.’”

These verses are just astounding!! Remember HaShem reveals the end out of the beginning!! Here HaShem keeps reiterating ‘On the THIRD DAY!’ What is so significant about the THIRD DAY? Because HaShem established the pattern from the third day of creation that something or someone is revealed! On the third day dry land appeared during the week of creation! So, here on the THIRD DAY, HaShem will come down to Sinai and reveal Himself to Israel!

Consider that to HaShem a thousand years is but a day per Psalms 90:4 and 2 Kepha (Peter) 3:8, which again adds a prophetic element to this account and here is why: Hosea 6:1-2 says “Come, let us return to HaShem for He has mangled and He shall heal us; He has smitten and He shall bandage us. He will heal us AFTER TWO DAYS (Two thousand years of exile after the second Temple destruction); on the THIRD DAY He will raise us up and we will live before Him.” Remember HaShem has given mankind 7,000 years and then the World to Come. The first six days i.e. six thousand years mankind makes a mess out of things. Then on the Shabbat i.e. the Seventh Day or the last thousand years, Yeshua will rule and reign and we will rest in Him. So, how long has it been since Israel was scattered into the world after the destruction of the Temple by Rome? Approximately two days i.e. two thousand years! On the third day after the exile began, He will raise us up i.e. the resurrection of the righteous and the Gathering to HaShem on that Rosh Hashanah which begins on His calendar the seventh day i.e. the Day of HaShem! The point I am striving to drive home is that HaShem is completely consistent and unchanging…Yeshua changed NOTHING despite what Replacement Theology teaches!

We also see how HaShem gives Israel three days to purify themselves i.e. sanctify themselves….remember sanctification has nothing to do with salvation/redemption, it is all about being set apart to Him for service unto Him. Is it a coincidence then that when a person is being purified from corpse impurity during the SEVEN day purification process that the ashes the Parah Adumah (Red Heifer) are sprinkled on the person on the THIRD and SEVENTH days and then are clean before HaShem? Point is, pattern…consistency…He never changes! Moving on.

Then we see from these verses in Shemot HaShem establishes boundaries because of the kedusha issue. When one draws closer to HaShem, the level of kedusha increases…such as we see in the Temple. For example, Gentiles can only go so far in the Temple, they cannot cross the Soreg (Lattice worked wall). If they do, there is a death penalty. Israelite women can go only as far as the Ezrat Nashim (Court of the Women), if they violate this, there is a death penalty. Israelite men can only go to the Court of the Israelite’s. The Kohanim (Priests) can only go so far and then finally the Kohen HaGadol (High Priest) can only enter the Most Holy Place one time a year on Yom Kippur. If he violates this, then he will die by the Hand of Heaven in that year. Further, no one is allowed to turn their back towards the Most Holy Place anywhere in the Temple…to do so is a death penalty. No one is allowed to enter the Temple with their heads uncovered…again it is a death penalty…why? Kedusha!! Point is, HaShem is kadosh, and He commands we as His people are to be kadosh like Him.

With this all said, to be His people means we MUST have boundaries in our lives and MUST be kadosh…which is best defined by my teacher, Joseph Good of HaTikvah Ministries, who defined kedusha as: “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!” Can we be His people when we toss His Torah out and declare it null and void as Replacement Theology teaches? Nope! It is utterly impossible! This is why Replacement Theology doctrine is so tremendously dangerous as it is leading people to their utter ruin and they, in most cases, have no idea they are running headlong into a speeding freight train, figuratively speaking. I digress…moving on.

So, then on the THIRD DAY what happens? Per Shemot 19:16-24 says “On the THIRD DAY when it was morning, there was thunder and lightning and a heavy cloud on the mountain, and the sound of the shofar was very powerful, and the entire people that was in the camp shuddered. Moshe (Remember Moshe is a picture of Messiah Yeshua!) brought the people forth from the camp toward Elohim, and they stood at the bottom of the mountain. All of Mount Sinai was smoking because HaShem had descended upon it in the fire; its smoke ascended like the smoke of the furnace, and the entire mountain shuddered exceedingly. The sound of the shofar grew continually much stronger; Moshe would speak and Elohim would respond to him with a voice.

HaShem descended upon Mount Sinai to the top of the mountain; HaShem summoned Moshe to the top of the mountain, and Moshe ascended. HaShem said to Moshe, ‘Descend, warn the people, lest they break through to HaShem to see, and a multitude of them will fall. Even the Kohanim who approach HaShem should be prepared, lest HaShem burst forth against them.’ Moshe said to HaShem, ‘The people cannot ascend Mount Sinai, for You have warned us, saying, ‘Bound the mountain and sanctify it.’ HaShem said to him, ‘Go, descend. Then you shall ascend, and Aharon with you, but the Kohanim, and the people, they shall not break through to ascend to HaShem, lest He burst forth against them.’ Moshe descended to the people and said it to them.”

Again, HaShem is reinforcing the concept of kedusha! This is why it makes my blood boil every time I hear Replacement Theology go on and on about how ‘The veil is torn in two, now all of us have access to the Most Holy Place and go in whenever we want, however we want and answer to no one…’ No, no, no!!! Very, very, very wrong concept….think of how many people Replacement Theology would send to their deaths if the Temple were standing in Jerusalem today and people just waltzed in and tried to enter the Heichal (Sanctuary)? There would be piles of corpses laying around the place! Again can you see just how deadly Replacement Theology truly is?

So, now HaShem has descended onto the mountain and He then says in Shemot 20:1-14 says “Elohim spoke all these statements, saying: ‘I am HaShem, your Elohim, Who has taken you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of slavery. There shall not be to you the gods of others in My presence. You shall not make yourself a carved image nor any likeness of that which is in the heavens above or on the earth below or in the waters beneath the earth. You shall not prostrate yourself to them and you shall not worship them, for I am HaShem, your Elohim, a jealous Elohim, Who visits the sin of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations, for My enemies; but Who shows kindness for thousands of generations to those who love Me and observe My commandments (What did Yeshua, the Agent of HaShem, reiterate? ‘If you love Me, keep My commandments!’ Means again NOTHING changed!) You shall not take the Name of HaShem, your Elohim, in vain, for HaShem will not absolve anyone who takes His Name in vain.

Remember the Shabbat day to sanctify it. Six days shall you work and do all your labor; but the seventh day is Shabbat 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 Shabbat day and sanctified it.” So, what gives Replacement Theology the authority to declare HaShem’s Shabbat day now is null and void and any ole day can be Shabbat? The answer is, they CANNOT change what HaShem has decreed to be sanctified! Another reason why He will destroy Replacement Theology in the End!.

Honor your father and your mother, so that your days will be lengthened upon the land that HaShem, your Elohim gives you. You shall not kill; you shall not commit adultery; you shall not steal; you shall not bear false witness against your fellow. You shall not covet your fellow’s house. You shall not covet your fellow’s wife, his manservant, his maidservant, his ox, his donkey, nor anything that belongs to your fellow.”

So, again we see HaShem is giving the terms of the proposal to Israel i.e. He is giving Israel the Torah! In other words, HaShem, Who is the prospective Groom proposes to Israel i.e. the prospective Bride. She accepts His proposal and then He presents to her on the 6th day of Sivan what is called the ‘Ketubah’ i.e. the marriage contract, which stipulates everything the Groom will do and is responsible for taking care of His Bride and the responsibilities the Bride has to the Groom! Folks, understand, the Torah of HaShem IS the Ketubah which means Israel IS the Bride and it is on Shavuot, the 6th day of Sivan, He gave His Ketubah!

Does this change your perception of the Torah now? Can the so called ‘Church’ of Replacement Theology be the bride? Not a chance in Hades! Why? Because the Church has tossed out the Torah declaring it ‘Bondage, dung, human feces, deception, shackles of death, destruction, etc!’ I am not exaggerating either…many, many people in Replacement Theology really do believe this and claim Paul said these things in his letters, which is utter garbage and blasphemy! So, can there be a bride when the prospective bride claims the marriage contract has been tossed out? Or to put it another way, how can there be a wedding when the bride refuses to show up and has by default married someone else i.e. Replacement Theology/Torah Abolishing ‘Jesus’ whose entire doctrine is ‘Change’ culminating with the Torah is tossed out? I digress.

Consider a prophetic verse of the End of Days which is found in the book of Shoftim (Judges) 21:25 which says “In those days (Biblical idiom to reference the End of Days) there was no king in Israel; A MAN WOULD DO WHATEVER SEEMED PROPER IN HIS EYES.” In other other words, Torahlessness i.e. Lawlessness was the way people lived in the End. People spit on HaShem and embraced what was pleasing in their own eyes and thus would decide for themselves what is right and what is wrong, hence there was no king. This verse, in my opinion, sums up Replacement Theology and the devastating effects this Satanic doctrine has had on the world. Something to consider.

Additionally, during Shavuot, it is a part of the Feast for us to read the Book of Ruth. Why the Book of Ruth? Per the Book of Ruth Artscroll Commentary the Book of Ruth is indicative of being a picture of HaShem taking things which are impure and withdrawing purity from it! Job 14:3 says “Who can withdraw purity from impurity?” Further, the Bamidbar Midrash 19:1 says “Abraham came from Terach, Hezekiah from Achaz, Yoshiah from Omon, Mordechai from Shim’i, Israel from the nations, the World to Come from this world. Who could do this? Who could command this? Who could decree this? No one but HaShem, the only One on earth!” Keep all this in mind!

THE JEWISH WEDDING PROCESS

I am going to quickly discuss the Jewish wedding process because it relates to us today.

The Groom is required to “Pay the Bride Price” for the prospective bride. This MUST be something of value such as property, money or other forms of wealth. In this case, HaShem gave His Torah, something of immeasurable value for the Bride!

It is interesting to note that on Shavuot in the synagogues, a Ketubah is read and the date ‘6th of Sivan in the biblical year 2448’ (The number of years from Creation) is the date of the Betrothal between HaShem and Israel! Further, it is acknowledged that the Torah is the Bride Price that was paid for her!

There are TWO phases to a Jewish wedding:

  • Erusin = The Betrothal Phase – The husband and wife are technically married, but they do not live under the same roof together, they do not partake of marriage sexual relations, but if either party wants to end the relationship, or if either party violates the terms of the Ketubah, they will need to obtain a divorce document called a ‘Get’. Yirmiyah (Jeremiah) 3:8 says “And I saw that despite the fact that I (HaShem) divorced wayward Israel because of her adultery (Idolatry) and gave her a bill of divorce to her, unfaithful Judah, her sister, was not afraid; she too went and committed adultery.” So, HaShem DID divorce Israel………..BUT, there is hope! Since it is forbidden in His Torah for a man to remarry his divorced wife who married another man per Devarim 24:4, HaShem legally cannot remarry Israel….or can He? Again, this is where understanding the role of Yeshua comes into play as the ‘Agent of HaShem’. Yeshua comes on the scene, and what does He do? He offers Himself up and dies on Pesach, thus releasing HaShem from the prohibition of Devarim 24:4. HaShem then resurrects Yeshua on the THIRD DAY, the Ketubah is restored and renewed, and now HaShem can resume being in the Erusin stage of the marriage betrothal process! Does this change your perception of Yeshua’s role? If the Ketubah had been done away with as Replacement Theology teaches, then there is NO Marriage whatsoever! So, who is this Replacement Theology’s ‘Jesus’ married too? No one! There are no terms of marriage i.e. no Ketubah!
  • Nissuin = Full Marriage – This will happen on the Rosh HaShanah HaShem has designated when Yeshua will be crowned King and then the Wedding Ceremony takes place. Remember Yeshua is the ‘Agent of HaShem’, and as HaShem’s Agent, will be the One to literally marry Israel. Just before the Nissuin ceremony the Groom must agree to the terms of the Ketubah in the presence of two witnesses, whereupon these two witnesses sign the Ketubah. Is it possible then that Moshe and Elijah i.e. Torah and the Prophets, present at Yeshua’s transfiguration in Matthew 17 are the two witnesses?

The Nissuin ceremony takes seven days in which the couple spends those seven days secluded. Again we see the picture emerging of the seven years where the new couple is secluded in the Heavenly Temple during the seven years of the Birth Pangs here on earth, erroneously called ‘The Tribulation’ period. It is here Yeshua begins His reign as King and then at the end of the seven days, He and the Bride emerge, and on that Yom Kippur, He and His Bride return to the earth where He marches into Jerusalem, defeats and destroys the False Messiah and His Replacement Theology doctrine. Then on that Sukkot, five days later, the greatest celebration ever experienced by humanity takes place for those seven days as all of HaShem’s enemies are wiped out and obliterated.

Now with this said, consider what HaShem says in Hosea 2:18-25 which says “And it shall be on that day (An idiom to mean the Day of HaShem in the End), declares HaShem, you (Israel) will call Me, ‘my Husband’ and you will no longer call Me, ‘My Master.’ And I will remove the names of the Baal idols from her mouth and they will no longer be remembered by their name. And I will seal for them a covenant on that day with the beasts of the field and the birds of the sky and the creeping things of the ground; and the bow, the sword, and war I will eradicate from the land, and I will lay them down in safety. And I WILL BETROTH YOU TO ME FOREVER, AND  I WILL BETROTH YOU TO ME WITH RIGHTEOUSNESS AND WITH JUSTICE, BENEVOLENCE AND MERCY. AND I WILL BETROTH TO ME WITH FAITH, AND YOU WILL KNOW HASHEM. And it will be on that day, I will answer, declares HaShem; I will answer the heavens and they shall answer the earth. And the earth shall answer the grain, the wine, and the oil, and they shall answer Jezreel (Specific location in Israel where crops are grown). And I shall sow her to Me in the land, and I will have mercy upon the unpitied one, and I will say to those who are not My nation, ‘You are My nation’ and he shall say, ‘You are my Elohim.’” Whelp, this just destroyed Replacement Theology once and for all!

Consider what He says in Song of Songs 3:11 which says “Go forth and gaze, O daughters distinguished by loyalty to Elohim, upon the King Shlomo adorned with the crown His nation made, on that day, His Torah was given and HE BECAME ONE WITH ISRAEL, and on the day His heart was gladdened by His Tabernacle’s consecration.”

Also consider the interesting verses in Yirmiyah (Jeremiah) 23:5-6 which says speaking of Messiah Yeshua “Behold, days are coming, the Word of HaShem, when I will establish a righteous sprout from David; a king will reign and prosper and he will administer justice and righteousness in the land. In his days Judah will be saved, and Israel will dwell securely. THIS IS THE NAME PEOPLE WILL CALL HIM – ‘HASHEM IS OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.”

Now read this in contrast Yirmiyah (Jeremiah) 33:15-16 which says “In those days, at that time, I will cause a sprout of righteousness to sprout forth for David, and he will administer justice and righteousness in the land. In those days Judah will be saved and Jerusalem will dwell in security; AND THIS IS WHAT PEOPLE WILL CALL JERUSALEM – HASHEM IS OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.”

What is so special about these verses? These verses show there was a wedding that took place and now both Messiah and His Bride i.e. Israel are called “HaShem is our righteousness!” Again I have to ask, can there be any truth to Replacement Theology and its doctrine the Ketubah/Torah have been tossed aside and replaced? Again not a chance in Hades!!

So, with all this said, Shavuot IS the date we celebrate as entering into the Erusin phase of the marriage between HaShem and Israel! The giving of the Torah is the Ketubah of this marriage and thus each Shavuot we acknowledge we re-dedicate ourselves to the Ketubah i.e. the Torah of HaShem.

Now consider, Yeshua dies on Pesach, is in the grave and HaShem resurrects Him on First Fruits. He is seen for the next 40 days and then what does He tell His Talmidim to do in preparation for Shavuot as is recorded in Acts 1:4? It is recorded “And meeting with them (His Talmidim), He commanded them NOT to leave Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father which you have heard from Me.” So, Yeshua is telling them to stay in Jerusalem, go up to the Temple on Shavuot as required by the Torah, which remember requires animal korbonot to include Chatat (Sin) korbonot, and then wait for the Ruach i.e. the Promise of the Father. Why is this significant? Because this is Shavuot, the re-dedication to the Ketubah, which Yeshua just restored, renewed, and HaShem, like before, He gives His Ruach to His people to strengthen them to rebel and become a Lawless/Torahless bunch as Replacement Theology teaches? No, of course not, but His Ruach will help us KEEP His Torah i.e. the Ketubah and remain faithful to Him, leading us into all righteousness.

If Yeshua had ended everything to include the animal korbonot, then here would have been the perfect time to tell His Talmidim NOT to stay in Jerusalem and to go to another place…but instead, He tells them to keep the Torah! Again, nothing changed!

I hope and pray you can see the importance of Shavuot and why we WANT to keep this appointment with HaShem!! We WANT to rededicate ourselves to His Ketubah as His people and His Bride! If we truly love Him, then we will want to walk according to how He said to live…remember first comes salvation/redemption THEN the Ketubah/Torah as the means to express our faith, love, devotion and loyalty unto Him….not perfectly as that is unfortunately not possible right now, but striving for that. All I can say is, ‘May it be SO VERY, VERY soon in our days!!!’

Much to consider.

Shabbat Shalom!

SOURCE MATERIALS:

  • The Stone Edition Chumash by Artscroll
  • Song of Songs by Artscroll
  • The Milstein Edition Jeremiah by Artscroll
  • Tehillim by Artscroll
  • The Scriptures by the Institute for Scripture Research
  • The Milstein Edition Shemot of The Chumash with the Talmud by Artscroll
  • The Milstein Edition Vayikra of The Chumash with the Talmud by Artscroll
  • The Milstein Edition Bamidbar of The Chumash with the Talmud by Artscroll
  • The Milstein Edition Devarim of The Chumash with the Talmud by Artscroll
  • The Book of Our Heritage by Eliyahu Kitov
  • Tractate Menachot, Kehati Mishnah
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  • The Book of Ruth by Artscroll

‘IF YOU WILL FOLLOW, OBSERVE AND PERFORM MY COMMANDMENTS!’

“Salvation is far from the wicked (Those who do not even care to learn about HaShem’s Torah), for they sought not Your statutes (Torah).” Psalms 119:155

As I begin to put this Op together, it is 27 May 2022, the Erev Shabbat i.e. Friday and going into day #42 of fifty days of the Counting of the Omer from Pesach towards Shavuot! It is also just a few days after the horrific elementary school shooting having taken place in Uvaldi, Texas in which 19 young children and two school teachers were brutally murdered. This event is in conjunction with the escalating economic problems which are more and more consuming the American public. Expected food, water, supply and medicinal shortages along with famine are actually now being considered as becoming a very real reality in the coming months! Law and order are breaking down, debauchery, evilness, corruption, wickedness and perversion are now the norm.

Our society is embracing vile idolatry more and more it seems, especially the idolatry of abortion i.e. embracing the god of Moloch i.e. slaughtering babies in the womb in the name of convenience and/or profit!

If children survive not being slaughtered and not being offered up to Moloch, children in America are being taught they can, upon a whim, up and decide their genders can literally be anything they want it to be, despite what they were naturally born with. Homosexuality is openly celebrated and encouraged. Rebellion against HaShem and the order He established from the beginning is being taught as the normal and evidence of a person being ‘enlightened!’

Military tensions between America and China, Russia, North Korea, Venezuela, Iran, etc, are rapidly escalating by the day it seems! Our enemies are becoming emboldened especially in light of weak, chaotic and confused American leadership!

With all this said, there is one common question I have been hearing being asked from people of all faiths and status, ‘Why is G-d allowing all these problems to happen?’ The answer to this question, is found in this weeks Torah portion i.e. ‘Bechukosai’ which is found in Vayikra (Leviticus) 26:3-27:34! Is it a coincidence the answer is in this week’s Torah portion? Remember, NOTHING is a coincidence with HaShem!

My intent is to make this Op as short as possible but still convey a message…we shall see if its possible or not…:)

Before we can examine this further, always remember the following eternal characteristics of HaShem and His Torah:

  • 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

Consider what HaShem when He begins Parashas ‘Bechukosai’ which is found in Vayikra (Leviticus) 26:3-27:34. Vayikra 26:3-5 says IF you will follow My decrees and observe My commandments and perform them, THEN I will provide your rains in their time, and the land will give its produce and the tree of the field will give its fruit. Your threshing will last until the vintage, and the vintage will last until the sowing; you will eat your bread to satiety and YOU WILL DWELL SECURELY IN YOUR LAND.”

The commentary on these verses is very clear, “Our pasuk (Verse) talks about the blessings that come to the nation when it observes the Torah properly. Had the Torah told us only these blessings, we may have thought that the blessings come when we observe the Torah and they do not come when we fail to do so, but we would not know that there are punishments associated with NOT keeping the Torah. This is why the Torah later describes the curses that come if the Torah is not properly observed. Our pasuk begins the list of blessings that we will receive if we keep HaShem’s mitzvos (Commandments). The word ‘IF’ should be understood as a plea. HaShem begs us to keep His mitzvos so that He can reward us.”

What we need to understand, is HaShem issues this same plea to His people repeatedly from Genesis to Revelation! His plea is always the same plea and one example is found in Yeshayah (Isaiah) 1:18-20 which says “Come now, let us reason together, says HaShem. If your sins are like scarlet they will become white as snow; if they have become red as crimson, they will become white as wool. If you are willing and obey (Torah), you will eat the goodness of the land. But if you refuse and rebel, you will be devoured by the sword (War, conflict, violence, etc), for the mouth of HaShem has spoken.” What is the significance of our sins being like scarlet or red as crimson? The commentary on these verses explains this further and says “Sin is likened metaphorically to a red stain on a garment, which is visible from afar and is hard to wash out. Repentance ‘bleaches’ it clean and white. Crimson is a deeper, darker shade of red i.e. if the sins were very serious, repentance will still help, but it will only change the crimson to the off white color of unprocessed wool.”

Tractate Kiddushin 61b from the Talmud Bavli says “If you walk in My statutes, quoting Vayikra 26:3, you will receive blessings; conversely; ‘And if you reject My statutes, quoting Vayikra 26:15, you will receive curses. However, according to the opinion of Rabbi Hanina ben Gamliel, why do I need both of these clauses? The Gemara (Commentary) answers: ‘They are both necessary, as it might enter your mind to say ‘If you follow My statutes you will receive a blessing, whereas if you reject My statutes you will receive neither a blessing or a curse.’ The verse therefore teaches us that the rejection of HaShem’s statutes warrants a curse.'”

HaShem gave Israel His Torah after His deliverance from Egypt at Mount Sinai. His spokesman was Moshe, whom HaShem had selected as His agent. Moshe, at one point, would sit and spend his time answering questions the people had concerning the Torah. His father in law, Yethro, quickly discerned this was not good as it would wear out Moshe and render him completely ineffective as a leader. Therefore, we read in Shemot (Exodus) 18:21-23 where HaShem commands the establishment of a court system: “And you shall discern from among the entire people, men of accomplishment, G-d fearing people, men of truth, people who despise money, and you shall appoint them leaders of thousands, leaders of hundreds, leaders of fifties, and leaders of tens. They shall JUDGE the people at all times, and they shall bring every great matter to you, and every minor matter they shall judge, and it will be eased for you, and they shall bear with you.”

Bamidbar (Numbers) 11:16-17 says “HaShem said to Moshe, ‘Gather to Me seventy men from the elders of Israel, whom you know to be the elders of the people and its officers; take them to the Ohel Moed (Tent of Meeting) and have them stand there with you. I will descend and speak with you there, and I will increase some of the spirit that is upon and place it upon them, and they shall bear the burden of the people with you, and you shall not bear alone.’”

Devarim (Deuteronomy) 16:18-20 says “Judges and officers shall you appoint in all your cities, which HaShem, your G-d, gives you for your tribes; and they shall judge the people with righteous judgment. You shall not pervert judgment, you shall not respect someone’s presence, and you shall not accept a bribe, for the bribe will blind the eyes of the wise and make the words of the righteous crooked. Righteousness, righteousness shall you pursue so that you will live and possess the Land that HaShem, your G-d, gives you.”

Devarim 17:8-13 says “If a matter of judgment is hidden from you, between blood and blood, between verdict and verdict, between affliction and affliction, matters of disputes in your cities, you shall rise up and ascend to the place that HaShem, your G-d shall choose. You shall come to the Kohanim, the Leviim, and to the judge who will be in those days; you shall inquire and they will tell you the word of judgment. You shall do according to the matter they will tell you, from that place that HaShem will choose, and you shall be careful to do according to everything they will teach you. According to the Torah that they will teach you and according to the judgment that they will say to you, shall you do; you shall not deviate from the word that they will tell you, right or left. And the man who will act with willfulness, not listening to the Kohen who stands there to serve HaShem, your G-d, or to the judge, that man shall die, and you shall destroy the evil from among Israel. The entire nation shall listen and fear, and they shall not act willfully any more.”

In other words, the ‘Halakah’ or ‘The way to walk in the Torah of HaShem’ is determined by the anointed Sanhedrin and their recorded right rulings for how to walk in the Torah. Where are these recorded rulings of the Sanhedrin? They are contained in the Mishnah and expounded upon in the Jerusalem and Babylonian versions of the Talmud which form the initial basis for the Oral Torah. Point is, once again, we see the Oral Torah IS derived from HaShem Himself and IS required for us to know how to walk in service to HaShem. To reject the Oral Torah is in fact sin and is in fact the rejection of HaShem and His Torah Himself! Keep this in mind as we proceed.

The following entries are derived from the book ‘The Handbook of Jewish Thought’ by Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan:

11:5 – “Therefore, only the Sanhedrin had the authority to appoint a king or High Priest over Israel. Only the Sanhedrin could appoint minor Sanhedrin’s, declare voluntary war, or add to the area of the Temple or Jerusalem. Similarly, only the Sanhedrin had the jurisdiction to judge an entire tribe, and apostate city, a false prophet, or a rebellious elder. If a High Priest was guilty of a capital offense, he could be judged only by the Sanhedrin.”

11:7 – “As representatives of all Israel, the Sanhedrin also administered the Temple. The Sanhedrin would judge the fitness of the Kohen-Priests for service and prepare the Red Heifer. They would also provide corrected copies of the Torah.”

11:8 – “The Sanhedrin was the FINAL authority in all questions of the Torah. Whoever believes in the authority of the Torah MUST accept the decisions of the Sanhedrin as binding.”

11:9 – “It is a positive commandment to obey the Sanhedrin in all questions of Torah law. It is thus written, ‘You must follow all that they declare to you, from the place G-d shall choose, and you must observe all that they teach you’ quoting Deuteronomy 17:10. This includes all questions of tradition and Torah interpretation, as well as legislation passed by the Sanhedrin.”

11:10 – “It is forbidden to dispute the authority of the Sanhedrin. It is thus written, ‘You must follow the law that they teach you and the judgment that they declare to you; you must not turn aside…to the right or to the left’ quoting Deuteronomy 17:11.”

11:11 – “Decisions of the Sanhedrin must be accepted even if they appear to be mistakes or illogical.”

11:24 – “Any legislation enacted by the Sanhedrin is called a ‘Rabbinical Commandment’ as distinguished from a commandment from the Torah. Even legislation enacted by the Sanhedrin of Moses is considered a Rabbinical Commandment.”

Tractate Avodah Zarah 5a from the Talmud Bavli says “The Sages taught with regard to the verse: ‘If you walk in My statutes (Leviticus) 26:3, in this context, ‘IF” is a term that means nothing other than supplication i.e. HaShem is hoping that the Jewish people will observe the Torah. And similarly, it is stated ‘Oh that My people would hearken to Me, that Israel would walk in My ways, I would soon subdue their enemies’ (Psalms 81:14-15). And it states: ‘Oh that you would hearken to My commandments! Then your peace would be as a river, and your righteousness as the waves of the sea. Your seed also would be as the sand, and the offspring of your body like its grains (Isaiah 48:18-19).'”

Continuing on with this Torah portion, ‘Bechukosai’!

Vayikra (Leviticus) 26:6-9 says “I will provide peace in the Land, and you will lie down with none to frighten you. I will cause wild beasts to withdraw from the Land, and a sword will not cross your Land. You will pursue your enemies; and they will fall before you by the sword. Five of you will pursue a hundred, and a hundred of you will pursue ten thousand; and your enemies will fall before you by the sword. I will turn My attention to you, I will make you fruitful and increase you; and I will establish My covenant with you.”

Vayikra (Leviticus) 26:10-13 says “You will eat very old grain and remove the old to make way for the new. I will place My Sanctuary (Temple) among you; and My Spirit will NOT reject you. I will walk among you, I will be Elohim unto you and you will be a people unto Me. I am HaShem your Elohim, Who took you out of the land of Egypt from being their slaves; I broke the staves of your yoke and I will lead you very high.”

The commentary says “The term ‘Mishkan’ literally, ‘Dwelling Place’, generally refers to the Mishkan (Tabernacle) that was built in the Wilderness after the Jews left Egypt. But in our Pasuk (Verse) HaShem says that ‘He will’ in the future tense, place His Sanctuary among the Jews. This cannot mean only the Mishkan, because the Mishkan was already built when this promise was given. We learn from this that the term ‘Mishkan’ also includes the ‘Beis HaMikdash’ i.e. the Temple in Jerusalem, which is where HaShem would dwell in the future.”

So, we can clearly see there are enormous benefits to walking in the Torah of HaShem as opposed to what most of Christendom in its Replacement Theology spews out in its anti-Torah doctrine of ‘change’! And then our society today constantly asks the questions as to why HaShem would allow all these terrible events to take place and the stability of our country to crumble while our enemies are emboldened? To teach the Torah is the problem and the source of all bondage and destruction as Replacement Theology teaches, is the height of rebellion and rejection of HaShem! Keep this in mind!

Now HaShem addresses what will happen if we as a people reject His Torah and by default embrace idolatry and determine to go our own ways according to our own desires. You read what He says Himself and then see if you can see any similarities to today!

Vayikra (Leviticus) 26:14-17 says “But IF you will NOT listen to Me and will NOT perform all of these commandments; if you consider My decrees loathsome (As Christendom and its Replacement Theology absolutely decrees His Torah to be loathsome), and if your being rejects My ordinances, so as not to perform all My commandments, so that you annul My covenant, THEN I will do the same to you; I will assign upon you panic (Terror), swelling lesions (Pandemics), and burning fever, which causes eyes to long and souls to suffer; you will sow your seeds in vain, for your enemies will eat it (Economic destruction and theft – consider the millions of illegals pouring into the country and stealing our economic benefits reserved for US citizens?) I will turn My attention AGAINST you, you will be struck down before enemies and those who hate you will subjugate you, you will flee with no one pursuing you.”

This sounds just like America today being consumed with the effects of terrorism, pandemics, inflation, the illegals pouring across our border stealing our resources. Meanwhile our enemies are emboldened and becoming more and more threatening. Our military power and effectiveness will be quickly eroded and we will be humiliated before our enemies and we are seeing this happen now, with the focus no longer being about training to defeat our mortal enemies, but rather focusing on embracing homosexuals and transgenders!

Vayikra (Leviticus) 26:18-20 says “If despite this you do not heed Me, then I shall punish you further, seven ways for your sins. I will break the pride of your might; I will make your heaven like iron and your land like copper. Your strength will be spent in vain; your land will not give its produce and the tree of the land will not give its fruit.” The commentary on these verses also includes the desecration of HaShem’s Name as well as desecrating HaShem’s Shabbat’s! Why is this significant? What greater form of desecration exists than for Replacement Theology to teach the Shabbat of HaShem is now done away with and replaced by either Sunday or any day of the week we choose, just cannot be the Seventh Day of the Week?

Vayikra (Leviticus) 26:21-22 says “If you behave casually with Me and refuse to heed Me, then I shall lay a further blow upon you, seven ways, like your sins. I will incite the wildlife of the field against you and it will leave you bereft of your children (Could this be a metaphor for the insane, violent people such as school shooters who attack schools and slaughter the children?) Decimate your livestock, and diminish you; and your roads will become desolate (Look at the inflation along with the gas prices destroying businesses and transportation across the country, truckers are not able to transport because its too expensive i.e. the roads are becoming desolate!)” Again, what is a more casual attitude towards HaShem than to embrace Replacement Theology thinking everything He has established from the beginning is now tossed away with and replaced?

Vayikra (Leviticus) 26:23-26 says “If through these you will not be chastised toward Me, and you behave casually with Me, then I, too, will behave casually toward you with casualness; and I will strike you, even I, seven ways for your sins. I will bring upon you a sword, avenging the vengeance of a covenant, you will be gathered into your cities, then I will send a pestilence among you and you will be delivered into the hand of your enemy. When I break for you the staff of bread, ten women will bake your bread in one oven, and they will bring back your bread by weight; you will eat and not be sated.” Sounds very much like the lockdowns of COVID and now the new pandemic beginning to emerge i.e. Monkeypox, which is spread by the ultimate form of rebellion against HaShem i.e. homosexual sex!

Vayikra (Leviticus) 26:27-32 says “If despite this you will not heed Me, and you behave toward Me with casualness, I will behave toward you with a fury of casualness; I will chastise you, even I, seven ways for your sins. You will eat the flesh of your sons; and the flesh of your daughters you will eat (How many abortions result in the harvesting of human organs and flesh for use in our food, cosmetic and medicinal products? Point is, how literal is this today?) I will destroy your altars and decimate your sun idols, I will cast your carcasses upon the carcasses of your idols, and My Spirit will reject you. I will lay your cities in ruin and I will make your sanctuaries desolate; I will not savor your satisfying aromas. I will make the land desolate, and your foes who dwell upon it will be desolate. And you, I will scatter among the nations, I will unsheathe the sword after you; your land will be desolate and your cities will be in ruin.” How many of America’s cities today are on the verge of collapse because of the violent crimes, corruption, debauchery, perversions, idolatry, etc?

Remember, HaShem also gives very strong prophetic decrees concerning the destruction of the End of Days Babylon i.e. the United States of America, in Jeremiah 50-51! I would encourage you to read those chapters yourselves and see how close to the final destruction of the US by the Hand of HaShem, we truly are!

This Op isn’t intended to condemn anyone, it is intended to answer the questions people are asking as of late as to why all terrible these things are happening in the US today! The answer is plain as day, walk in the Torah of HaShem, and He will bless everyone, reject Him and His Torah, and then all these terrible things will come as the result! Neither I nor you make the rules…HaShem, He is Master of the Legions of Heaven!

The Haftarah for this Torah portion is from Yirmiah (Jeremiah) 16:19-17:14 and it begins with “HaShem, my Strength, my Stronghold and my Refuge in the day of travail, to You nations will come from the ends of the earth, and say ‘Our ancestors inherited only falsehood, futility that has no purpose….” In other words, the gentiles will awaken and come to HaShem and say ‘Our ancestors inherited nothing but lies i.e. Christendom and its Replacement Theology, and now we recognize only You, HaShem, Master of Legions, are the One and Only true Elohim and there is no other….its all futile outside of HaShem!’ How often is this happening today with people being awoken out of their slumber by HaShem and realizing everything they were taught in the systems of religion are nothing but futile, worthless lies? Believe me, it is happening more and more each day! My point is, its a gigantic indicator we are truly at the end! May it be so very, very soon in our days!

Shabbat Shalom!

SOURCE MATERIALS:

  • The Milstein Edition Chumash with the Teachings of the Talmud by Artscroll
  • The Koren Tanach by Koren Publishers
  • The Steinsaltz Talmud Bavli
  • The Talmud Yerushalmi
  • The Kehati Mishnah