HE DONNED RIGHTEOUSNESS LIKE ARMOR – THE DAY OF JUDGMENT

“O lovers of HaShem, despise evil! He guards the lives of His devout ones, from the might of the wicked He rescues them.” Psalms 97:10

The world is in turmoil! Fires are raging across entire states, simultaneous hurricanes striking, mass flooding, a pandemic, widespread civil unrest, national division, pretty much everything we have seen in Hollywood movies and television shows, which are now a reality! Very difficult times we currently live in!

As I put this Op together we are just a few hours away from the beginning of Rosh HaShanah i.e. the Day of Judgment when the Books are opened before HaShem and all humanity comes before Him to be judged and our fate determined for another year! It is a somber time to know we are being examined by HaShem, the Elohim of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the Elohim of Israel, Sovereign of the Universe, Master of the Legions of Heaven! I have previously discussed Rosh HaShanah in the previous Op so I won’t do so here (Here is the link if anyone is interested: https://torahandtempleinvestigations.com/2020/08/29/tribulation-begets-salvation-part-2/)

Walking in the Ways of HaShem i.e. His Torah is NOT easy! It is full of pressures, troubles, attacks on all levels and is just plain difficult to say the least! The world despises HaShem and certainly despises His Torah and as such a follower of HaShem i.e. Israel, is NOT popular nor well received! I know, an understatement!

HaShem makes several references to how He knows very well how tough this walk with Him will be for each of us! To use the analogy of an escalator going down, the world is all going down and we, followers of HaShem and His Torah, must walk up that escalator against the flow of the world. This is what we will be discussing in this Op along with how HaShem reacts to a world gone mad with sin and rebellion i.e. the Day of Judgment!

But before we can jump into this, always remember the following 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 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

A theme has emerged from our Torah portion studies which caused me to examine on a deeper level i.e. the command by HaShem for us “To be strong and courageous… per Devarim (Deuteronomy) 31:6-7, which says “BE STRONG AND COURAGEOUS, do not be afraid and do not be broken before them, for HaShem, your Elohim, IT IS HE WHO GOES BEFORE YOU, He will NOT release you nor will He forsake you. Moshe summoned Yehoshua (Joshua) and said to him before the eyes of all Israel, ‘BE STRONG AND COURAGEOUS, for you shall come with this people to the Land that HaShem swore to their forefathers to give them, and you shall cause them to inherit it.'”

In light of Rosh HaShanah, the following verses sum it up well what each of us faces today in this utterly wicked world: “That is why He says, ‘Wake up, you who sleep, and arise from the dead, and Messiah shall shine on you.’ See that you walk exactly, not as unwise, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are wicked quoting Ephesians 5:14-16. These verses are directly connected to Rosh HaShanah as they not only reference waking up i.e. resurrection from the dead, but to walk exactly i.e. walk in the Torah of HaShem and be wise not reject the Torah of HaShem and walk as the unwise going on our own way which leads to our own destruction. May it be so VERY, VERY soon in our days simply for the sake of the innocent who are being destroyed, exploited, trafficked and every other terrible thing happening to them by the wicked! I digress.

It takes courage to walk with HaShem! Especially in the world we live in today! In my delving deeper into this theme of Rosh HaShanah and being strong and courageous, it has led to me to explore some very interesting and surprising topics and I will explain. Before we go into this, remember, whatever is in the Apostolic Writings, MUST be found in the Tanakh (Old Testament) otherwise we have a major problem because there is nothing new under the sun nor anything new in the Apostolic Writings, its all one long, consistent narrative from Genesis through Revelation!

This all said, consider the following: “For the rest, my brothers, BE STRONG IN THE MASTER AND IN THE MIGHTINESS OF HIS STRENGTH. Put on the complete armor of Elohim, for you have power to stand against the schemes of the Adversary. Because we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against authorities, against the world rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual matters of wickedness in the heavenlies. Because of this, take up the complete armor of Elohim, so that you have power to withstand in the wicked day, and having done all, to stand. Stand, then, having girded your waist with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having fitted your feet with the preparation of the Good News of peace; above all, having taken up the shield of faith with which you shall have power to quench all the burning arrows of the wicked one. Take also the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Ruach, which is the Word of HaShem.” Ephesians 6:10-17

I wanted to examine each component of the Armor of Elohim as listed here in Ephesians 6 as, in my opinion, they connect with the command by HaShem for each of us to be strong and courageous as we strive to walk out His Torah in this utterly depraved and wicked world. In the process of examining this information, it led me to Isaiah 59:17 which says “He (HaShem) donned righteousness like armor and a helmet of salvation on His head; and He donned garments of vengeance as His attire and clothed Himself in zealousness like a cloke.” These are the same elements of the armor described in Ephesians 6!

Now what really astounded me was in the commentary on Isaiah 59:17 where it says “He donned righteousness like armor…and clothed Himself in zealousness like a coat. This is the source for the line recited before the Kedushah of the ROSH HASHANAH MORNING SERVICE i.e. His raiment of righteousness, His cloak is zealousness. The various forms of armor mentioned in the verse represent HaShem’s righteous salvation of Israel and zealous revenge against their enemies. Each of these pieces of armor signify some form of Divine manifestation at the time of the Final Redemption, but we will not know precisely what they are until that time comes, speedily in our days!”

WOW…so the armor HaShem puts on is directly connected to the Day of Judgment i.e. Rosh HaShannah when He judges the enemies of Israel i.e. the World! Baruch HaShem! May it be so very soon in our days!

This is supported in Isaiah 26:19-21 among many, many other verses, which says “May Your dead come to life, may my corpse arise (Resurrection). Awake and shout for joy, you who dwell in the dust! For Your dew is like the dew that revives the vegetation. May You topple the lifeless wicked to the ground! Go, My people, enter your chambers and close your door behind you (Seven years in the Heavenly Temple for the Wedding of the Messiah and the Coronation of the King); hide for a brief moment until the wrath has passed. For behold, HASHEM IS GOING FORTH FROM HIS PLACE, to bring punishment for the sin of the inhabitant of the land upon him; and the land will reveal its blood, and no longer cover over its slain.” This event happens on a Rosh HaShanah i.e. the Day of Judgment!

Consider what some of the Shacharit (Morning Service) of the Rosh HaShanah prayers says. These are found in the Rosh HaShanah Machzor which contain the entire Rosh HaShanah prayer service. There is a machzorim for each Feast of HaShem. The intent for me to post some of these is to see the theme emerging i.e. The King being acknowledged i.e. Coronation of the King as well as HaShem going forth to stomp the living guts out of our enemies! These prayers are ALL derived from Scripture for those who would challenge the validity and authenticity of the Machzor.

The following are from the prayers from the First Day of Rosh HaShanah. I will put the Scriptural references where they are derived from in parenthesis:

Day One: “O King Who is girded with strength, great is Your Name in strength (Ps 65:7, Jer 10:6); Yours is the arm with strength. O King, Who garments of vengeance will don on the Day of Vengeance (Ps 89:14, Is 59:17); to His enemies He will repay to their bosom. O King Who grandeur dons, Who the seas dries up and the arrogance of the mighty suppresses (Deut 32:43, Ps 79:12, Ps 93:1). O King Who with ten garments has girded Himself for the sake of the holy ones of Israel. O Elohim Who is revered in the assemblage of holy ones O Holy One! O King Who dwells amid light, Who dons as if it were a garment of light our judgment may He bring forth like a light (Ps 89:8, Dan 2:22, Ps 104:2). O King, Who girded Himself with strength to give the Torah His right hand will be strengthened in vengeance, and let man feel strong enough to resist. O King Who dons righteousness and is sanctified with righteousness Yours, Elohim, is the righteousness (Ps 93:1, 89:14, 9:20, Is 59:17, 5:16, Dan 9:7). O King this One Who is majestic in His garment, with a helmet of salvation on His head O Elohim Who sits on His throne of holiness. O King bloodied garments when He tramples the traitors, He will cut down the arrogance of the nobles (Is 63:1, 59:17, Ps 47:9, 76:13).

O King Whose cloak is like snow at its whitest, He is pure and with pureness will whiten those who purify their deeds so as to triumph in judgment. O King Who is garbed in vengeance; He acts with great zeal and is greatly exalted; like a man of war He arouses His vengeance (Is 59:17, I Kgs 19:10, Ex 15:1, Is 42:13). O King from all the ends of the world they will bow down to the One Who is King over all the world, for He is coming to judge the world. O King on the day when He will arise to judge, every creature before Him will tremble; exalted and uplifted, He dwells forever (Ps 22:28, Zech 14:9, I Chr 16:33, Zeph 3:8, Is 57:15). O King Who rules the universe with His strength quake do mountains at His majesty and like rams skip at His rebuke. O King Who is awesome to the kings of the world, tremble intensely does the world; (Ps 66:7, 46:4, 114:4, 76:13, Ezek 30:16, Ps 97:4) before Him Who is enthroned upon the Cherubim quake does the world. O King to bear His fearfulness who can gather strength? But He sustains everything with strength; He Who gives to the weary strength (Ps 99:1, II Chron 2:5, Is 40:29).

O King when He persists in judgment on the Day of Judgment, He is judging the arrogant with harsh justice. O King Who penetrates the secret of those who devise deviously to conceal their schemes in the depths; He bares and reveals the hidden deviousness (Is 3:13, 29:15, Job 12:22). O King command from every direction that the powerful ones of arrogant spirit be surrounded by the torrent of the winds of Your anger (Prov 27:4). O King gather the kings of the earth. When He remembers the prophecy of Edom, He will also deal with the host of Edom’s messengers above (Is 21:11, 24:21). O King Who is exalted and lofty in judgment, Mighty is the King Who loves justice the foundation of His throne is righteousness and justice. O King Who judges in righteousness, before Him goes righteousness to advocate on behalf of those who pursue righteousness (Prov 99:4, 97:2, Ps 7:12, 85:14, Is 51:1).

O King Who is almighty in dominion, His throne is suspended on high; and His kingdom over all does reign. O King Who subjugated the world through His gaze; He makes tremble the very foundation with His gaze; over everything scans His gaze (Ps 103:19, 104:32). O King Who investigates every deed, everything that is done in the worlds below and above. O King, the Elohim Who is eternal, proclaim Him King, O nation of eternity; HaShem shall reign forever; the Holy One! (Is 40:28, 44:7, Ex 15:18).”

WOW…this should really open up our eyes to what Rosh HaShanah is truly ALL about…HaShem IS the King and as King all of His creation is acknowledging Him and declaring Him King as well as Him going forth to bring judgment to the wicked. This is why it will be on a Rosh HaShanah Messiah Yeshua (Not Replacement Theology Jesus) will be crowned King and the Wedding will take place while the seven years of the Birth Pangs are going on in the world! This is also why the resurrection of the righteous and the living righteous MUST be gathered up on Rosh HaShanah so we can attend the Coronation of the King and the Wedding!

So what is the point for all of this thus far? HaShem commands we are to be strong and courageous, don the armor of HaShem, walk in His Ways i.e. His Torah, submit ourselves to Him as our King all done out of love, devotion and loyalty unto Him. Sadly, we cannot do this perfectly right now, but we rely upon His mercy and compassion when we do fall. Baruch HaShem!

Now more than ever in the midst of all the utter wickedness, rebellion and debauchery our society is being consumed with, we need to draw ever closer to HaShem! Only He is our Source of Protection, Sanity, Provision, Shield, High-tower and Redemption! May His Great Name be honored and esteemed!

With the Books that are now open and the next TEN DAYS, known as the ‘Yamim Nora’im’ or The Days of Awe, as we head towards Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) when HaShem’s judgments are sealed, we trust HaShem that our salvation and hope of the Final Redemption is secure because of Messiah Yeshua. May it be so VERY soon in our days! Baruch HaShem!

Something to consider!

Shana Tova and Shabbat Shalom!

SOURCE MATERIALS:

  • The Schottenstein Edition Machzor for Rosh HaShanah by Artscroll
  • The Scriptures by the Institute for Scripture Research
  • The Milstein Edition Devarim Chumash with the Teachings of the Talmud by Artscroll

TO EMULATE THE WAYS OF HASHEM

“A man’s steps are from HaShem, but what does a man understand of His way?” Proverbs 20:24

With all that is going on around each of us, on a daily basis now, many people are feeling overwhelmed and exhausted, I won’t lie, myself included. Things are changing rapidly, nothing is certain and now we live in a culture in which it has fully adopted the concept that ‘right is now wrong and wrong is now right.’ This can lead to sense of hopelessness for those who are striving to do what is right in a world gone mad, however, in the midst of all this, there is always hope for HaShem has NOT forgotten His people and while He may delay His return, we have this hope that He WILL always be our Shield, High-tower, Place of refuge, Safety, and our Provision! Baruch HaShem!

The opening verse above from Proverbs is a very good reminder that everything around us is controlled by HaShem and per the commentary on this verse “Acknowledges that our ability to understand Divine Providence is limited, but we know that HaShem controls history. This is a source of encouragement, for we trust that HaShem has our best interest at heart.”

There is a great reminder we read in Tractate Chullin 7b from the Talmud Bavli which is widely celebrated because it reminds that “No one so much as bruises his finger unless it has been so ordained from above. EVERYTHING is part of HaShem’s master plan, implemented solely for our benefit!” Baruch HaShem!!

Is it therefore a coincidence that this weeks Torah portion is Ki Tavos, which is found in Devarim (Deuteronomy) 26:1-29:9, which lists out all the blessings and curses for keeping or rejecting HaShem and His Torah? We know there are no such things as coincidences with HaShem!! America can be clearly seen in all the consequences which will befall as we see these consequences each day in the news! Perhaps another giant indicator we are truly at the very end!

But before we can jump into this short Op, as always, remember the following eternal characteristics of HaShem!

  • HaShem never changes per Num 23:19/Mal 3:6/Hebrews 13:8/James 1:17
  • His Word is firmly established per Psalm 119:89
  • He reveals the end out of the beginning per Is 46:10
  • He does nothing without first revealing it to His prophets per Amos 3:7
  • He says there is nothing new under the sun per Ecclesiastes 1:9
  • He says His Torah is 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

The focus of this Op will be a specific verse from this weeks Torah portion i.e. Devarim (Deuteronomy) 28:9 which says “HaShem will confirm you for Himself as a holy people, as He swore to you, IF you will observe the commandments of HaShem, your Elohim AND YOU WILL GO IN HIS WAYS…

That word ‘IF’ jumps out because it implies the choice is up to each of us to decide to whom we will choose to serve. Further, it implies if we are to serve HaShem, then there are specific ways in which we must adhere too and not left up to our own decisions as too how to serve Him, meaning, He has specific protocols which must be followed in order to serve Him and in doing so, we will be set apart to Him as His people. This also implies, refusing to adhere to His protocols means we are choosing to serve other gods. But we will explore this further as well as see how this connects to the Apostolic Writings in what prove once more there is absolutely nothing new in the Apostolic Writings!

So the question to ask is then, ‘How do we walk in His Ways?’

Mitzvah #611 out of 613, is the ‘Obligation to Emulate the Good and Just Ways of HaShem‘ which is derived from Devarim 28:9! The Book of the Mitzvot discussing #611 says “We are commanded to conduct all of our actions in accordance with the path of uprightness and goodness, to the utmost of our abilities, and to direct all of our affairs with others in the way of kindness and compassion. For we know from our Torah, this mode of conduct is known as the ‘Way of HaShem’ and it is what He desires from His creation i.e. ALL of mankind!”

Interesting! So, the Way of HaShem is summed up in walking in His Torah! Per, Devarim 28:9 and I will paraphrase, HaShem says IF we choose to serve Him and walk in His Ways and strive to keep His commandments, THEN we will be His people set apart to Him! How then is it possible for a group of people adhering to a theology that considers the Torah of HaShem as something burdensome, dung, the epitome of bondage, death, destruction, etc, to now be the people of HaShem who walk according to their own ways when HaShem says the exact opposite coupled with the fact He never changes? The only way to make this be true is for HaShem to be a proven liar, which we know is absolutely impossible! I digress!

Consider the following verses:

  • Devarim 8:6 says “Take care lest you forget HaShem, your Elohim, by NOT observing His commandments, His ordinances, and His decrees, which I command you today.”
  • Devarim 10:12-13 says “Now, O Israel, what does HaShem, your Elohim ask of you? Only to fear HaShem, your Elohim, to go IN ALL HIS WAYS and to love Him, and to serve HaShem, your Elohim, with all your heart and with all your soul, to observe the commandments of HaShem and His decrees, which I command you today, for your benefit.”
  • Devarim 11:22 says “For IF you will observe this entire commandment that I command you, to perform it, to love HaShem, your Elohim, to walk IN ALL HIS WAYS and to cleave to Him…”
  • Devarim 13:5 says “HaShem, your Elohim, shall you follow and Him shall you fear; His commandments shall you observe and to His voice shall you hearken; Him shall you serve and to Him shall you cleave.

Can you see an emerging pattern here? If we are going to be His people then the only way to do that is walk in His Ways out of love, devotion and loyalty unto Him and His Ways are found in His Torah!!

Now consider what is said in the Apostolic Writings and see for yourself there is NOTHING new and its the exact same message being taught!

  • Matthew 22:16 says “And they sent to Yeshua (Not Jesus) their taught ones (Talmidim/Students) with the Herodians, saying, ‘Rabbi, we know that You are true, AND TEACH THE WAY OF HASHEM in truth, and it does not concern You about anyone, for You are not partial to any man.” WHOA!! This one verse here completely separates Yeshua from Christendom’s Jesus….Yeshua teaches the Way of HaShem i.e. the Torah as opposed to Christendom’s Jesus who according to the Replacement Theology doctrine teaches the Torah is now rendered obsolete, replaced and tossed aside!
  • Mark 12:14 says “And when they came, they said to Him, ‘Rabbi, we know that You are true, and it does not concern You about anyone, for You are not partial to any, BUT TEACH THE WAY OF HASHEM in truth. Is it right to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?'”
  • Luke 20:21 says “So they asked Yeshua, saying, ‘Rabbi, we know that You say and teach rightly, and You are not partial to any, BUT TEACH THE WAY OF HASHEM truly.”
  • Acts 18:26 says “And he (The Yehudi/Jew Apollos, a learned man and mighty in the Torah) began to speak boldly in the congregation. And when Aqulas and Priscilla heard him, they took him aside and explained to him THE WAY OF HASHEM more exactly.”

Again, can you see an emerging theme in these four verses from the Apostolic Writings? The Torah of HaShem was VERY much taught by Yeshua as being the Way of HaShem, not some new, Torahless doctrine nor the establishment of some new religious system called ‘Christianity!’ There is NOTHING new under the sun (Ecclesiastes 1:9)!! Further, Yeshua would have been completely discredited as being the Messiah had He come teaching a doctrine devoid of the Torah and HaShem would NOT have resurrected Him out of the grave if He was teaching something opposed to Torah i.e. the Way of HaShem!

I will close with this one verse from Yirmiyah (Jeremiah) 6:13 which says “Thus said HaShem: ‘Stand on the roads and see; ask about the various paths of history (Old paths), which path is best, and walk on it and find solace for your soul.’ But they said, ‘We will NOT walk.'” What are the ‘Old Paths?’ He is once more talking about the Torah i.e. the Way of HaShem! And notice what the response from the people He was addressing was? “We will NOT walk!” Does that unfortunately sound familiar? And then we wonder why the world and the country is in the unbelievable mess it is in today!

What path will you choose to walk on today? Your own way which will lead to chaos, destruction and death? Or the Way of HaShem which will lead to life, blessing and a real relationship with the Great King? Choose wisely because your life literally depends on it!

Shabbat Shalom!

SOURCE MATERIALS

  • The Scriptures by the Institute for Scripture Research
  • Tractate Chullin from the Talmud Bavli by Steinsaltz
  • The Stone Edition Chumash by Artscroll
  • The Milstein Edition of the Prophets Jeremiah by Artscroll
  • The Writings Proverbs by Artscroll
  • The Schottenstein Edition of The Book of the Mitzvot by Artscroll

TRIBULATION BEGETS SALVATION – PART 2

‘Joseph’s Coat Climbing Rose’

“The wilderness and the wasteland will rejoice over them; the desert will be glad and blossom like a rose.” Isaiah 35:1

How many have looked at a garden of roses and were amazed not just by the colors but also the fragrances that come from them? I am an avid gardener and one of my favorite plants to grow are roses simply because they are very hardy, easy to grow and when grown together produce a lot of color in an environment devoid of color.

Why am I citing roses in this Op? Because once again, HaShem is using His creation to teach us something important which we can experience via our eyes, our noses and our senses which He has blessed us with. Consider what HaShem says about roses in Shir HaShirim (Song of Songs) chapter 2:1-2: “I am but a rose of Sharon, even an ever fresh rose of the valleys. Like a rose maintaining its beauty among the thorns, so is My faithful beloved among the nations.” The point I am attempting to make is that HaShem is likening His people Israel to a rose! This is will be very important as we delve into part two of this study concerning Jeremiah chapter 31!

What I find to be very interesting is how Jeremiah chapter 31 connects to Rosh HaShanah! We will explore more deeply into Rosh HaShanah to help us better understand Jeremiah 31! Keep this in mind as we progress. But as always, remember the following eternal characteristics of HaShem as they are vital to this study:

  • HaShem never changes per Num 23:19/Mal 3:6/Hebrews 13:8/James 1:17
  • His Word is firmly established per Psalm 119:89
  • He reveals the end out of the beginning per Is 46:10
  • He does nothing without first revealing it to His prophets per Amos 3:7
  • He says there is nothing new under the sun per Ecclesiastes 1:9
  • He says His Torah is 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

The introduction to Jeremiah 31 is very interesting! It says “This moving prophecy, which includes a dialogue between HaShem and Israel, continues with visions of the ultimate redemption and, among other things, expresses the depth of Israel’s relationship with HaShem. HaShem speaks of His everlasting love for Israel and they express their anguish at the long and bitter exile, and their hope that He will speedily redeem them. HaShem responds that although the exile is long, He has NOT forgotten us and WILL redeem us when the time comes. The prophecy depicts the joy of the Messianic era, the chain of events which it will commence, and the reasons Israel will FINALLY be redeemed.”

“We read the first nineteen verses of this chapter as the Haftarah (Selected readings from the Prophets on Shabbat, the Feasts and Fasting days) on the second day of Rosh HaShanah.” It is very significant the first nineteen verses of Jeremiah 31 are connected with Rosh HaShanah and we will find out why here shortly, but before we can explore this, we need to quickly cover what is the significance of Rosh HaShanah and what is happening on this Moedim (Feast) of HaShem!

Further, verses 1-21 refers to the ultimate redemption of the Ten Tribes i.e. The Kingdom of Israel; verses 22-24 refer to the ultimate redemption of the Kingdom of Judah; verses 26-30 refer to the reunification of the two kingdoms under the Messiah! Baruch HaShem! May it be VERY soon in our days!!

On the Civil Calendar, Rosh HaShanah is on Tishrei 1, the first day of the first month of HaShem which we read from Genesis 1 through Exodus 11. It begins the Yamim Nora’im or the Ten Days of Awe (Judgment), which are the ten days in between Rosh HaShanah and Tishrei 10 which is Yom Kippur, the most solemn day of the year! This is followed up by Tishrei 15 which is the most joyous Moedim (Feast) of HaShem i.e. Sukkot!

Rosh HaShanah is when “The books are opened!”

The following excerpt is from the book ‘Rosh HaShanah – Its Significance, Laws, and Prayers’ by Artscroll, which says “G-d’s sovereignty is the PRIMARY theme of Rosh HaShanah and the Ten Days of Judgment in inaugurates. The service of the day is filled with references to G-d as King and with prayers that His mastery be acknowledged by all human beings. The shofar service of the Mussaf Amidah begins with ten Scriptural verses speaking of G-d’s Kingship and as the Talmud teaches, we recite these verses so that we should proclaim Him as our King. It would seem that the title ‘King’ carries with it a dimension beyond that expressed even by the Name ‘HaShem’, with all the infinite power and perfection that it implies.” It is very interesting that this Moedim is about declaring HaShem King over His Creation i.e. He is crowned King! Hint…hint…hint! Keep this in mind!

“With trumpets and the sound of a shofar make joyous acclamation before the King, the Master!” Psalms 98:6. Per Tractate Rosh HaShanah 3.3 from the Mishnah it states “The shofar of Rosh HaShanah is of a wild goat, straight, and its mouthpiece is coated with gold…”

On Rosh HaShanah three books are opened before HaShem: The Book of the Wholly Righteous, the Book of the Wholly Wicked and the Book of the Intermediate. Tractate Rosh HaShanah 16b from the Talmud Bavli explains it: “Three books are opened on Rosh HaShana before the Holy One, Blessed be He – One of wholly wicked people, and one of wholly righteous people, and one of middling people whose good and bad deeds are equally balanced (Bulk of humanity is here). Wholly righteous people are immediately written and sealed for life; wholly wicked people are immediately written and sealed for death; and the middling people are left with their judgment suspended from RoShanah until Yom Kippur, their fate remaining undecided.” The bulk of humanity is in the intermediate, meaning they haven’t fully decided if they will respond to the call of HaShem to repent and enter into His covenant. Those who have chosen to serve HaShem and acknowledge Yeshua as Messiah are written in the Book of Life, forever sealed. Those who have knowingly and willfully rejected HaShem and embrace a life of wickedness are written in the Book of the Wicked and are forever sealed to the Second Death.

I know there are many out there who would claim this has all been added by the Rabbis and is complete nonsense. Consider that this concept of these three books is derived from Scriptures i.e. Shemot (Exodus) 32:32 which says “And if not, blot me, I pray You, out of Your book, which You have written.” The commentary on this verse says “‘Blot me, I pray You’ is the Book of the wholly wicked people, who are blotted out from the world. ‘Out of Your book’, this is the book of wholly righteous people, which are special and attributed to HaShem Himself. ‘Which You have written’, this is the book of the middling people.” Psalms 69:29 says “May they (The wicked) be erased from the Book of Life, and let them not be inscribed with the righteous.” The point is, these two among many Scriptures makes reference to these books, so no the Rabbis did NOT add this!

The following excerpt from the book “Rosh HaShanah and the Messianic Kingdom to Come” by Joseph Good of HaTikvah Ministries says “The Gesenius Hebrew Lexicon states that the Hebrew word ‘Teruah’ is an ‘Awakening Blast’. The theme of awakening is often associated with Rosh HaShanah. Many times this refers to mankind’s hearing the blast of the shofar and repenting of their sins before Rosh HaShanah, the Day of Judgment, arrives.” The awakening blast is much more than just a call to repentance, as we will see shortly!

From Hilchot Teshuvah by Rambam and the Mishneh Torah says “Awaken you sleepers from your sleep, and you slumberers, arise from your slumber, examine your deeds, repent and remember your Creator. Those of you who forget the truth in the vanities of the times and dwell all year in vanity and emptiness, look into your souls, improve your ways and actions, let each of you forsake his evil path and his thoughts which are not good.”

Joseph Good goes on from his book and says “Rav (Rabbi) Shaul in his letter to the Ephesians expressed this same message. More than likely, this and the following quote were drawn from an ancient Temple prayer for Rosh HaShanah: ‘Wherefore he saith, awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Messiah shall give thee light. See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the L-rd is.’ Ephesians 5:14-17.”

“In addition to calling to repent with the blast of the shofar, the awakening was also associated with the coming of The Messiah: ‘Awake, awake, put on strength, O Arm of the L-rd; awake, as in the ancient days, in the generations of old. Art thou not it that hath cut Rahab, and wounded the dragon?”

“According to Rav Se’adiah Gaon, there are ten symbolic meanings for the sounding of the shofar:

  • The day marks Creation’s beginning; thereon G-d created the world and became its Sovereign. And at the beginning of a reign, it is customary to sound the trumpets before the newly crowned king, and to proclaim his ascent to sovereignty throughout the realm. Similarly do we accept the Creator’s sovereignty upon ourselves.
  • Rosh HaShanah is the first of the Ten Days of Repentance, ‘asseret yemei teshuvah’ and shofar is sounded thereon to proclaim and to warn: Whoever wishes to repent, let him repent; if not, let him have remorse later. And this is the way of kings; first they forewarn the people through decrees, and whoever transgresses has no complaint.
  • To remind us of the stand at Mt. Sinai, of which it was said, ‘And the sound of the shofar was exceedingly strong’. So that we might accept upon ourselves what our fathers accepted when they said, ‘We will do and we will hear (Understand and accept).’ Shemot (Exodus) 19:8, 16-25.
  • To remind us of the words of the Nevi’im (Prophets such as Isaiah, Jeremiah, etc) which were compared to the sounding of a shofar: ‘And whoever hears the sound of the shofar i.e. the call of the Prophets, and takes no warning, if the sword comes and takes him away, his blood shall be upon his own head; whereas, if he had taken warning he would have saved his soul.’ Ezekiel 33:1-7.
  • To remind us of the destruction of Beit HaMikdash (The Temple in Jerusalem) and the trumpet blasting of the enemy attack. When we hear the shofar’s sound, we are to pray to G-d for the rebuilding of the Sanctuary.
  • To remind us, through the sounding of a ram’s horn of the binding of Itzchak (Isaac), who offered his life to G-d, and of the ram slaughtered in his place. Likewise, we are to offer our lives for the sanctification of His Name, so that our remembrance may ascend before Him for the good.
  • When we hear the sound of the shofar, we are to feel fear and trembling, and are to humble ourselves before the Creator. For this is the effect of the shofar, that it arouses fright and trembling, as it is written: ‘If a shofar is sounded in the city, shall the people not tremble?’ Amos 3.
  • To recall in fear the forthcoming great Day of Judgment, as it is said: ‘Near is the great day of the L-rd, near and exceedingly soon is the day of shofar and shouting.’ Zephaniah 1.
  • To recall our faith in the future INGATHERING of Israel’s dispersed, and to awaken our yearning for it. As it is said: ‘And it shall be on that day a great shofar, Shofar HaGadol, will be sounded, and those who have perished in the land of Assyria and those who were dispersed in the land of Egypt will come…’ Isaiah 27.
  • To recall our faith in the FUTURE RESURRECTION OF THE DEAD. As it is said, ‘All you inhabitants of the world, and you who dwell in the earth; when an ensign is lifted on the mountains you shall see, and when the shofar is sounded you shall hear.’ Isaiah 18.

Very interesting! Rosh HaShanah is the Day of Judgment, but also the day of the resurrection of the dead!

Joe goes on “Another name for the Festival (Rosh HaShanah) is Yom HaZikkaron, the Day of Remembrance. Yom HaZikkron is both a Biblical and Talmudic term for Rosh HaShanah. In the Bible it is found in Vayikra (Leviticus) 23: ‘Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, ‘In the seventh month, in the first day of the month, shall ye have a sabbath, a memorial (zikkaron) of blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation.”

“In the Talmud, as well as the liturgy for Rosh HaShanah, the term of remembrance plays a prominent part. The Creation created by G-d, as well as His relationship with His people is brought into focus. During the Rosh HaShanah service, a portion is known as ‘Zikhronot’ (Remembrances) – it is a portion of the Mussaf (Additional) afternoon service held on Sabbath and Holy Days of the New Year’s Day which deals with Divine Remembrance. Several books are opened by G-d on Rosh HaShanah. One of these is known as the Book of Remembrance. ‘Then they that feared the L-rd spake often one to another; and the L-rd hearkened, and heard it, and a Book of Remembrance was written before Him for them that feared the L-rd, and that thought upon His Name.’ Malachi 3:16”

“This Book of Remembrance, Sefer HaZikkaron, certainly ties in with an event that follows the Natzal (Catching away of the believers). Along with the coronation (Of Yeshua as King) and the marriage there is also a rewarding of the believers. Rav Shaul (Paul) referred to this in the following passages:

‘But why dost thou judge thy brother? Or why dost thou set naught thy brother? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Messiah. Romans 14:10.

‘For we are laborers together with G-d: ye are G-d’s husbandry, ye are G-d’s building. According to the grace of G-d which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon. For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Yeshua HaMashiach. Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; every man’s work shall be made manifest; for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss; but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.’ 1 Corinthians 3:9-15.”

Can you see, Rosh HaShanah is a VERY significant day, a day of Judgment followed by these Ten Days of Repentance and then on Yom Kippur, everyone’s fates are sealed by their names being inscribed in one of these three books! It is also the Feast in which the Gathering will occur, the resurrection of the righteous dead will occur and the destruction of Babylon (America), but that is for another Op.

Now it makes much more sense when we read in Revelation 19:11-12 which says “And I saw the heaven opened (Rosh HaShanah), and there was a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Trustworthy and True, and in righteousness He judges and fights. And His eyes were as a flame of fire and on His head were many crowns, having a Name that has been written, which no one had perceived except Himself, and having been dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and His Name is called: The Word of HaShem.”

How do we rectify the concept that since Yeshua is NOT HaShem, then how can He be likened to HaShem? Remember, the concept of Agency? I would recommend you reading this article from the Jewish Encyclopedia discussing ‘The Law of Agency’ as it will help explain my position: http://www.jewishencyclopedia.com/articles/894-agency-law-of

Now with all this said, we can now delve into Jeremiah 31!

Jeremiah 31, this is also the chapter which discusses and explains the ‘Renewed/New Covenant!’ We will see just exactly when, how and to whom this applies too! Stand by!

Jeremiah 31:1 says “Thus said HaShem: ‘You (Israel) found favor in My eyes in the Wilderness, the nation that survived the sword, as I led Israel to its place of tranquility.'” Not only does this verse reference the 40 years in the Wilderness after the Exodus from Egypt, but also alludes to the long and painful ordeal of the exile we are currently in. The place of our tranquility is the Land of Israel, with a fully functioning Temple with the Divine Presence of HaShem inhabiting it and all of our enemies have been defeated once and for all!

For those who claim that grace/favor never existed in the time of the Tanakh (Erroneously called the Old Testament) period and only arrived after Messiah died then they would have to explain why then HaShem showed Israel grace/favor while in the Wilderness after the Exodus? I digress.

Jeremiah 31:2 says (Israel interjects) “From the distant past HaShem appeared to me.’ (HaShem continues) “And I have loved you with an eternal love, therefore I have extended kindness to you.” The commentary says “My love for you is not a thing of the past. It is everlasting. This is why I appeared to you on Mount Sinai and gave you My Torah, a gift of eternal kindness, which symbolizes our never ending relationship.” Those in Replacement Theology who again erroneously claim Messiah claim to free us from the “bondage of the Torah”, clearly do NOT know HaShem’s Word!!

Jeremiah 31:3 says “I shall yet rebuild you and you shall be rebuilt, O Maiden of Israel; you will yet adorn yourself with drums and go forth in the dance of merrymakers.” The commentary on this verse says “Although I have left you in exile all these years, I have NOT forgotten you and I shall yet rebuild you. O Maiden of Israel refers to the the Ten Tribes which is compared to an untainted woman who is beloved to her husband. You will witness such great miracles that you will celebrate with dance and song to musical accompaniment, like the woman who sang with Miriam the prophetess after the Splitting of the Sea (The Exodus) as referenced in Exodus 15:20.)” See again, HaShem is revealing the end out of the beginning in that He is referencing the Exodus from Egypt…if He saved Israel once before He WILL do it again! Further, He will do so many miracles in the Final Redemption of Israel, that Israel will dance and sing unto HaShem in love, gratitude and loyalty and will forevermore remain loyal and faithful to HaShem, never again to walk away from Him!! Baruch HaShem! May it be SO very soon in our days!

Jeremiah 31:4 says “You will yet plant vineyards in the mountains of Samaria; the planters will plant and redeem.” The commentary says “Grapes grown on mountaintops result in especially good wines due to their constant exposure to the sun. Formerly, the Jews had been afraid to venture out to their vineyards or to plant new ones because of the lurking enemies who had invaded their land. When the Jews abandoned their vineyards, the Cutheans planted vines in the hills of Samaria. Now HaShem promises that Israel will yet plant without fear and reap the fruits of their labor. Samaria was the seat of the Kingdom of Israel and this prophecy foretells their return.”

Jeremiah 31:5 says “For there will be a day when watchmen will call out on Mount Ephraim, ‘Arise, let us ascend to Zion, to HaShem our Elohim.'” The commentary says “The watchmen are the prophets who anticipate the ultimate redemption and will urge the nation to ascend to Zion (Jerusalem) to serve HaShem.” Zion is another name for Jerusalem and the Temple on the Temple Mount! This again proves there WILL be a rebuilt Temple and NO it is NOT for the False Messiah as Christendom likes to teach!

Jeremiah 31:6 says “For thus said HaShem: ‘Sing, O Ya’akov (Jacob), with gladness, exult on the peaks of the nations; announce, laud HaShem, and say, ‘O HaShem, save Your people, the remnant of Israel!'” The commentary on this verse says “This verse describes what will happen when news of the final redemption arrives. In contrast to the low profile that the Jews must maintain in exile, they will sing in the streets and open squares, and exult from the tall buildings and prominent sites of the nations, from which their voices will carry far and wide, proclaiming, ‘O HaShem, you have saved Your people, the remnant of Israel!'” Remember this in connection to Rosh HaShanah!!

Jeremiah 31:7 says “Behold, I will bring them from the land of the North and gather them from the ends of the earth. Among them will be blind and the lame, the pregnant and the birthing woman together; a great congregation will return here.” HaShem will gather ALL of Israel from every corner of the earth and from every nook and cranny of the furthest points on the planet! He will leave NONE behind nor will one be lost because He knows them all by name and knows exactly where each one is!

Jeremiah 31:8 says “With weeping they will come and through supplications I will bring them; I will guide them on streams of water, on a direct path in which they will not stumble; for I have been a father to Israel, and Ephraim is My firstborn.” The commentary says “Through prayer and penitence they will be redeemed. These are tears of joy that the returnees will shed upon entering the Land. ‘I will guide them on streams of water’ refers to the Torah, for the world will be filled with knowledge of HaShem like water covering the seabed (Isaiah 11:9). The verse concludes that the returnees will follow the path of Torah, which is direct and straight; as a result, the nation will no longer stumble into sin as their forefathers had. HaShem will teach them like a father to a son. Water is a metaphor for Torah. Just as a person cannot survive without water, so the nation of Israel cannot survive without Torah.”

Jeremiah 31:9-10 says “Hear the Word of HaShem, ‘O nations, relate it in distant islands and say ‘The One Who scattered Israel, He shall gather him in and guard him as a shepherd guards his flock.’ For HaShem will have redeemed Jacob and delivered him from the hand of one mightier than he.'” Can you again see the connection with being Gathered and Rosh HaShanah?

Jeremiah 31:11 says “And they will come and sing joyously on the height of Zion; they will stream to HaShem’s bounty, upon grain, upon wine, upon oil, and upon young sheep and cattle; then their soul shall be like a well watered garden, and they shall not continue to agonize any more.” This is another verse proving the Temple will be rebuilt and the korbonot (Offerings) will resume because of the mention of grain, wine, oil, sheep, cattle, etc…all used in the Temple Services in order to draw near to HaShem!

Jeremiah 31:12 says “Then the maiden shall rejoice with dance, and young men and old men will rejoice together; I shall transform their mourning into joy and I shall comfort them and gladden them from their grief.” Have you noticed how many verses discuss the dancing and rejoicing going on at this time? Can you imagine the joy and rejoicing? To go from our current exile, oppression, suffering, illnesses, disabilities, etc, to being Gathered by HaShem Home and to know never again will we be exiled from Him! What an amazing King we serve! Who else promises to do this for His people? There is no One like HaShem, the Elohim of Israel! Baruch HaShem!

Jeremiah 31:13 says “I shall satisfy the desire of the Kohanim (Priests who serve and officiate the Temple Services) with the fat of korbonot (Offerings), and My people will be sated with My bounty, the Word of HaShem.” Again, another proof text of the Temple being fully rebuilt, the korbonot to fully resume and it is with HaShem’s desire and blessing! That flushing sound is Replacement Theology anti-Temple doctrine being flushed down the sewer once more…:)

Now HaShem switches the narrative a bit from verses 14-19. The commentary says “After depicting the spiritual ecstasy and physical contentment of the Messianic times, HaShem reveals why He redeemed Israel from their exile: Rachel’s weeping, Israel’s repentance, the Torah that they study and HaShem’s deep love for His nation.”

Jeremiah 31:14 says “Thus said HaShem: ‘A voice is heard on high, wailing, bitter weeping, Rachel weeps for her children; she refuses to be consoled for her children, for they are gone.'” The commentary says “The tribe of Benjamin, children of Rachel, was exiled together with Judah; for them, as for the rest of the Kingdom of Judah, Rachel weeps. Judah and Benjamin would return after seventy years to build the Second Temple, but the tribes of her son Joseph i.e. Ephraim and Manasseh, were exiled with the Kingdom of Israel and have not been heard from since. For them and the rest of the Kingdom of Israel Rachel refuses to be consoled, for they are gone.”

Jeremiah 31:15-16 says “Thus said HaShem: ‘Restrain your voice from weeping and your eyes from tears; for there is reward for your accomplishment, the Word of HaShem, and they will return from the enemy’s land. There is hope for your future, the Word of HaShem, and your children will return to their border.'” The tribes of Joseph i.e. Ephraim and Manasseh will return to the Land at the time of Messiah, therefore there is still hope!

Jeremiah 31:17-18 says “I have indeed heard Ephraim moaning, ‘You have chastised me and I have become chastened, like an untrained calf; bring me back to You and I shall return, for You are HaShem, my Elohim. For after my returning, I regretted; and after my being made aware of my sinfulness, I slapped my thigh in anguish; I was ashamed and also humiliated, for I bore the disgrace of my youth.'” Again can you see the theme of repentance i.e. teshuvah and its connection to Rosh HaShanah?

Jeremiah 31:19 says “Is Ephraim 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.” The commentary says “Israel agonizes and inspires HaShem’s compassion, like a father who feels compelled to assuage his only child’s distress. He wonders, as it were, why He feels such compassion for wayward Ephraim, whose descendant Jeroboam led the entire Kingdom of Israel into idolatry. HaShem concludes that His love for Israel runs so deep that when Israel is contrite, it overwhelms all else and for this reason He will ultimately redeem them.” This also concludes this section which is connected to Rosh HaShanah! Can you see the the theme of repentance, the Gathering, the resurrection and the final redemption? Much going on here in these verses which further helps us understand Rosh HaShanah and this appointed time….May it be so very soon in our days!

HaShem now changes the narrative once again and from verses 20-33 will discuss remembering the road home. The commentary says “Now that the future of the nation has been clearly established, that they will be redeemed, HaShem encourages them to consider the exile to be temporary and to metaphorically place markers on the road to remember the way home. Alternatively, HaShem imparts the recipe of redemption: Follow the paths of your righteous ancestors, pour out your hearts in prayer, carefully analyze your actions. That will hasten the redemption.”

Jeremiah 31:20-21 says “Make road markers for yourself, set up landmarks for yourself; set the thoughts of your heart upon the road, the route that you are walking. Return, O Maiden of Israel, return to these cities of yours! How long will you slip away, O wayward daughter? For HaShem has created something new in the world, that the woman will court the man.” HaShem is asking how long will it take Israel to repent and return to Him! His statement of the woman courting the man is a metaphor of Israel repenting and will seek out HaShem.

Now this prophecy focuses on the ultimate redemption of the Kingdom of Judah!

Jeremiah 31:22-24 says “Thus said HaShem, Master of Legions, Elohim of Israel: People will again say this thing in the land of Judah and in its cities, when I return their captivity: ‘May HaShem bless you, O Abode of Righteousness, O Holy Mountain!’ Judah will dwell in it and in its cities together, plowmen and those who travel with the herd. For I have quenched the thirsty soul and have replenished every distraught soul.'” The Abode of Righteousness is another term for the Temple of HaShem on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem!

Jeremiah 31:25 says “Because of this vision, when I woke up after I saw it, my sleep was pleasant to me!” Jeremiah expresses his own thoughts that what HaShem was revealing to him was pleasing and as such he was not overwhelmed with sorrow but was pleased at what the reality in the End for Israel is i.e. to be gathered back home in the Land with HaShem!

“The next prophecy i.e. verses 26-36, deals with the reunification of the two kingdoms i.e. Judah and Israel, upon their return to the Holy Land.”

Jeremiah 31:26-27 says “Behold, days are coming, the Word of HaShem, when I shall sow the House of Israel and the House of Judah, the seed of man and the seed of animal. And it shall be that just as I was diligent concerning them, to uproot, to smash, to destroy, to annihilate and to bring evil, so will I be diligent concerning them to build and to plant, the Word of HaShem.” Here is another example of how tribulation leads to salvation/redemption in that HaShem is able to take something as terrible as the exile and use it to the good in preparing all of Israel for the future that awaits!

Jeremiah 31:28-29 says “In those days (Idiom to mean in the Day of HaShem) it will no longer be said, ‘The fathers ate sour grapes, but the teeth of the sons are set on edge.’ Rather, every man will die for his own sin, and the man who eats the sour grapes, his own teeth will be set on edge.” ‘Sour grapes’ is a euphemism for sin and ‘the teeth of the sons’ are the descendants who are punished. What is He saying here? The commentary explains it “The previous generations sinned and were punished, whereas the generation of redemption will live sin free and not be affected by their ancestors transgressions.”

Now HaShem is going to discuss a topic which Replacement Theology Christendom has completely twisted up and spun into something HaShem never once said…what am I referring to? The Renewed/New Covenant! Most of Christendom has taught the covenant has been completely replaced with a brand new covenant devoid of the Torah where everything HaShem gave is now rendered obsolete and is in fact a sin to even look back towards to what Christendom refers too as the Old Covenant. This is where the justification for replacing the Feasts of HaShem with Christmas/Easter/Valentines Day/Halloween, replacing Shabbat with Sunday, declaring all unclean animals now clean to eat, declaring the Torah to now be tossed aside comes from! You will see this is absolutely, 1000000% not the case and you will see that narrative Christendom teaches is a flat out lie!

Jeremiah 31:30-31 says “Behold, days are coming, the Word of HaShem, when I will seal a new covenant with the House of Israel and with the House of Judah: Not like the covenant that I sealed with their forefathers on the day I took hold of their hand to take them out of the land of Egypt, for they abrogated My covenant, although I became their Master, the Word of HaShem.” First off, this term ‘Behold, days are coming’ is a reference to the Messianic times, which HAVE NOT COME YET because the House of Judah and the House of Israel are not yet redeemed into the Land! Now, what usually gets Christendom all tripped up is His statement that ‘this covenant is not like the covenant He made with our forefathers’. What did our forefathers do? They abrogated His covenant by rebelling against HaShem! Therefore He is saying this covenant yet to come into being will be unlike the covenant He made with our forefathers because this one no one will rebel against Him….we all will keep His Torah perfectly and will never rebel again!

Jeremiah 31:32 says “For this is the covenant that I shall seal with the House of Israel after those days, the Word of HaShem, I will place My Torah within them and I will write it onto their heart; I will be a Elohim for them and they will be a people for Me.” This verse is usually completely ignored by Christendom and why is that? Because it completely renders their narrative that the so called Old Covenant is now rendered obsolete and replaced! HaShem says He will ‘place His Torah within them and will write it onto their heart’. Does HaShem have more than one Torah? Nope! So, the Torah He is referring too is the only one there is, the one He gave to Moshe on Mount Sinai! Another proof HaShem never changes, reveals the end from the beginning and that His Torah is eternal! Further, He says He seals this covenant with the House of Israel because all of Israel and Judah are regathered into the Land and unified as one nation! Has this happened yet? Nope!

Jeremiah 31:33 says “They will no longer teach, each man his fellow, each man his brother, saying: ‘Know HaShem!’ For all of them will know Me, from their smallest to their greatest, the Word of HaShem, when I will forgive their iniquity and will no longer recall their sin.” Everyone in the world will know HaShem therefore no one will have to try and draw others to learn about HaShem for ALL will know Him! This right here is the biggest proof text this covenant has yet to come into fruition because does everyone in the world today know HaShem? Sadly, we are catastrophically far away from that reality! Christendom has a real problem on its hand because their whole narrative the so called Old Covenant to include the Torah is now rendered obsolete and replaced is clearly proven to be a giant lie! I digress.

Now HaShem gives His promise that Israel, while in exile, are still His people and that will never change!

Jeremiah 31:34-36 says “Thus said HaShem, Who gives the sun as a light by day and the laws of the moon and the stars as a light by night; Who agitates the sea so that its waves roar; HaShem, Master of Legions, is His Name: If these laws could be removed from before Me, the Word of HaShem, so could the seed of Israel cease from being a people before Me forever. Thus said HaShem: If the heavens above could be measured or the foundations of the earth plumbed below, so too would I reject the entire seed of Israel because of everything they did, the Word of HaShem.” Can you see why it is so important for us to pay attention to His creation and nature around us? HaShem is communicating to us His principles and thus they tell us a narrative that He is unchanging and when He makes a declaration, He will NOT rescind that declaration! Perhaps this is why NASA works so hard to try and find the edge of the visible universe….because if the stars, planets, moons, etc, could be measured i.e. determined the distance from end to the other, then Israel could be tossed aside and replaced by Christendom? Many in Christendom per the Replacement Theology doctrine already claim to have replaced Israel as the new people of HaShem…….well these verses clearly show that is impossible because the heavens are immeasurable!

HaShem ends this prophecy in here with the promise to rebuild Jerusalem!

Jeremiah 31:37-39 says “Behold, days are coming, the Word of HaShem, when the City will be built up unto HaShem, from the Tower of Hananel until the Corner Gate. The measuring line will once again be stretched out over Gareb Hill and around To Goah. And all the valley of the corpses and the place of the ashes and all the fields up to the Kidron Valley until the corner of the Horses Gate to the east will be holy unto HaShem; it will not be abandoned nor destroyed again forever.” This is where we must be familiar with the Temple of HaShem and how it functions because the places He mentions are important such as ‘The valley of the corpses’ which is the valley where Sennacherib’s army was stricken per 2 Kings 19:35, this also happens to be the same valley where prophetically He refers to it as ‘The Valley of Jehoshaphat’ which is where the nations of the world will be gathered and judged by Messiah per Joel 4:2-12. Further, ‘The place of the ashes’ which is where the ashes of the korbonot burnt on the Mizbe’ach (Altar) are removed and taken too.

Are you overwhelmed with information yet? I know there is a ton of information here, but I would encourage you to re-read this as many times as possible as well as look up the passages for yourself.

Time is very quickly coming to a close…perhaps much closer than we realize! I do feel a great sense of urgency to get this Op done and published so perhaps that is an indicator? I know of others who also feel a great sense of urgency in getting HaShem’s information out and as soon as possible because only HaShem knows if this upcoming Rosh HaShanah is THE ONE!! I pray it is!! Baruch HaShem!

Remember the Feasts of HaShem are basically appointments He has set and we are to take the time to make the appointment with Him!

I will close this Op out with the following excerpt from Tractate Rosh HaShanah 34b from the Talmud Bavli which says “What is the reason that all the blasts and blessings are indispensable on Rosh HaShanah? The Holy One, Blessed be He, said: Recite before Me on Rosh HaShanah Kingship, Remembrances, and Shofarot. Kingship, so that you will crown Me as King over you; Remembrances, so that your remembrances will rise before Me for good. And with what? With the shofar!”

Basically it comes down to: “Choose you this day whom you will serve!”

Much to consider…….Shabbat Shalom!

SOURCE MATERIALS

  • The Scriptures
  • The Writings the Psalms by Artscroll
  • Rosh HaShanah Its Significance, Laws, And Prayers by Artscroll
  • Rosh HaShanah and the Messianic Kingdom to Come by Joseph Good of HaTikvah Ministries
  • The Milstein Edition The Prophets Jeremiah by Artscroll
  • Tractate Rosh HaShanah Talmud Bavli by Steinsaltz

ROSH CHODESH – ELUL: RETURN TO HASHEM!

“Seek HaShem when He can be found; call upon Him when He is near.” Yeshayah (Isaiah) 55:6

In the midst of all the madness going on around us, the days continue to open and close as HaShem has decreed them, bringing us one day closer to that appointed time. We know we are getting closer and closer by the day because of the global interest that is growing for the rebuilding of the Third Temple in Jerusalem! This week alone I have read three articles discussing not only the potential Parah Adumah (Red Heifer) candidates in Israel, but also how the ancient species of grapes have been revived in Israel for use in the Temple along with the plan for people to blow the shofar on the Mount of Olives on Rosh Chodesh (The New Moon) to demand that construction on the Third Temple begins!! Very exciting!!!

This said, I am prompted to put this Op together discussing Rosh Chodesh and the biblical month of Elul and its significance since Elul begins the count towards the Fall Feasts of HaShem i.e. Rosh HaShanah on 1 Tishrei, Yom Kippur on 10 Tishrei and Sukkot on 15 Tishrei!

What I am going to include is some information on just how serious HaShem is about Rosh Chodesh using the examples of the various korbonot (Offerings) which are required to be offered on Rosh Chodesh! This is after all a blog channel which discusses not just the Torah but also the Temple! Since we are getting closer and closer to the Temple becoming a reality, perhaps its time we really begin to focus on the Temple and for the record NO, the Third Temple is NOT solely for the False Messiah to defile as Replacement Theology Christendom constantly blathers on about in its ignorance of HaShem, Eschatology, Messiah, Torah and His Temple! I digress.

But before we can begin to dive into this important topic, always remember the following unchanging characteristics of HaShem as they are crucial to this Op:

  • HaShem never changes per Num 23:19/Mal 3:6/Hebrews 13:8/James 1:17
  • His Word is firmly established per Psalm 119:89
  • He reveals the end out of the beginning per Is 46:10
  • He does nothing without first revealing it to His prophets per Amos 3:7
  • He says there is nothing new under the sun per Ecclesiastes 1:9
  • He says His Torah is 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

The Calendars of HaShem are vital we learn and adopt into our lives because it is the calendars of the Kingdom of HaShem. Now I know in the Hebrew Roots/Messianic world, of which I am not a part of either, there are many different calendars as well as many opinions which unfortunately tend to end with many disagreements and arguments. This being said, the biblical months we find in His Word are as follows:

  1. Tishrei
  2. Cheshvan
  3. Kislev
  4. Tevet
  5. Shevat
  6. Adar
  7. Nissan
  8. Iyar
  9. Sivan
  10. Tammuz
  11. Av
  12. Elul

How do we understand His calendars? Well there are two main calendar systems HaShem uses in His Word i.e. the Civil Calendar and the Religious Calendar. The Civil Calendar begins with the month of Tishrei and it remains like this from Genesis 1 through Exodus 11. Then HaShem modifies the calendar and in Exodus 12 the month of Nissan becomes the first month since it is the month the Exodus from Egypt occurs and it remains this way through Revelation 22.

The Mishnah for Rosh HaShanah says “There are FOUR New Year days (In the calendar of HaShem): On the first of Nissan is the new year for the reckoning of the reigns of Jewish Kings and for establishing the order of the annual Feasts (Moedim). On the first of Elul is the new year for the bikkurim (Tithe) of animals. The first of Tishrei is the new year for reckoning the years, for the Sabbatical years and for the Jubilee years, for the planting of trees and for the vegetables. On the first of Shevat is the new year for the tree.”

Then it goes on to further state “At FOUR junctures of the year the world is judged: On Pesach (Passover) for the grain (HaShem will at this time determine if the harvest will be meager or plentiful); on Shavuot for the fruit of the tree (HaShem will at this time determine if the harvest of the fruit will be meager or plentiful); on Rosh HaShanah all who walk the earth pass before Him like young sheep (At this time everyone’s names are sealed in either the Book of Life or the Book of Death or remain in the Book of the Intermediary as they still haven’t made their choice on who to serve), and on the Festival i.e. Sukkot when they are judged for the water (HaShem will determine how much rain the world will receive for that year).” Keep this all in mind.

It should be noted that the current fixed calendar we are on right now during the Exile is very much endorsed and supported by HaShem! I cite this because unfortunately the topic of the calendar can cause a lot of arguments among various groups. Tractate Beitza 4b in the Talmud Bavli states the fixed calendar was established by the Sanhedrin under Hillel the Second, specifically for the Diaspora since they knew with Israel being exiled across the world there was no way to keep using the calendar as it was then. With this being a ruling of the Sanhedrin then means HaShem supports this ruling per Devarim 17:8-13.

The following excerpt is from the book ‘The Book of Our Heritage’ by Rabbi Eliyahu Kitov, page 1037 which says “Since Elul is the last month of the year and immediately precedes Rosh HaShanah – The Day of Judgment for all the world’s inhabitants, it was established as a time for repentance.” So, even the configuration of the months, HaShem makes a way for people to make teshuvah (Repentance) before the appointed time of judgment! My point is, another example of His mercy and compassion for He desires that none perish! He gives another month focuses solely on teshuvah to give everyone every opportunity to get right with Him!

The month of Elul is the most opportune time for teshuvah of the year! HaShem is ALWAYS willing to hear our prayers of teshuvah at any time of the year, but the month of Elul, He is especially willing to hear and act upon our prayers of teshuvah!

Devarim (Deuteronomy) 30:8-10 are very much connected to the theme of Elul which says “You shall return (Teshuvah) and listen to the voice of HaShem, and perform all His commandments that I command you today. HaShem will make you abundant in all your handiwork, in the fruit of your womb, the fruit of your animals, and the fruit of your land, for good, when HaShem will return to rejoice over you for good, as He rejoiced over your forefathers, when you listen to the voice of HaShem, your Elohim, to observe His commandments and His decrees, that are written in this Book of the Torah, when you shall return to HaShem, your Elohim, with all your heart and all your soul.” The point is, making teshuvah (Repentance) i.e. returning to HaShem means to grab hold of His Torah and begin to learn and walk out His Word as the evidence of salvation, not to obtain or maintain salvation!

An excerpt from ‘The Book of Our Heritage’ on page 1039 it says regarding the sounding of the shofar “Beginning with the second day of Rosh Chodesh Elul until the eve of Rosh HaShanah, four sounds, tekiah, shevarim, teruah and tekiah (Types of shofar blasts) are blown from the shofar daily at the end of the Shacharis (Morning) service (Prayers). This sounding of the shofar is not a Torah requirement, but originates in Jewish custom. When Moshe ascended Mount Sinai on Rosh Chodesh Elul to receive the second tablets of the Torah, the shofar was sounded in the encampment of Israel so that all would know that Moshe had ascended on high and they would take care not to err and once again be guilty of idolatry. It thus became customary to sound the shofar on Rosh Chodesh Elul so that the nation of Israel would recall the ascent of Moshe, which was only possible because Israel had repented of the sin of the golden calf and had been granted forgiveness. Recalling these events is thus intended to stir us toward repentance.”

“The shofar is sounded during the entire month to warn the people of the approach of the Day of Judgment (Rosh HaShanah) and thereby arouse them to repent. It is in the nature of the shofar sounds to arouse trepidation in men’s hearts as the verse in Amos 3:6 states: ‘If a shofar is sounded in the city, will the people not tremble?’ The very sounding of the shofar announces to the people: ‘Awaken, you sleepers from your sleep, you slumberers from your slumber, search your actions and return in penitence!'”

From the second day of Rosh Chodesh Elul through the month, Psalms 27 is recited at the end of the Shacharis (Morning) prayers which says : “By David. HaShem is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear? HaShem is my life’s strength, whom shall I dread? When evildoers approach me to devour my flesh, my tormentors and my foes against me, it is they who stumble and fall. Though an army would besiege me, my heart would not fear; though war would arise against me, in this I trust. One thing I asked of HaShem, that shall I seek: Would that I dwell in the House of HaShem (Temple) all the days of my life, to behold the sweetness of HaShem and to contemplate in His Sanctuary. Indeed, He will hide me in His Shelter on the day of evil (The Day of HaShem); He will conceal me in the concealment of His Tent; He will life me upon a rock. Now my head is raised above my enemies around me, and I will slaughter offerings in His Tent accompanied by joyous song; I will sing and chant praise to HaShem. HaShem, hear my voice when I call, be gracious toward me and answer me. In Your behalf, my heart has said, ‘Seek My Presence.’ Your Presence, HaShem, do I seek. Conceal not Your Presence from me, repel not Your servant in anger. You have been my Helper, abandon me not, forsake me not, O Elohim of my salvation. Though my father and mother have forsaken me, HaShem will GATHER me in. Teach me Your way, HaShem, and lead me on the path of integrity, because of my watchful foes. Deliver me not to the wishes of my tormentors, for there have arisen against me false witnesses who breathe out violence. Had I not trusted that I would see the goodness of HaShem in the land of life! Hope to HaShem, strengthen yourself and He will give you courage, and hope to HaShem.” Is it a coincidence this Psalm is recited every day during the month of Elul just prior to the appointed Rosh HaShanah when The Gathering will take place? Nothing is a coincidence with HaShem!

Now let’s do a quick cursory look at what happens in the Temple on Rosh Chodesh!

HaShem commands in Bamidbar (Numbers) 28:11 that on each Rosh Chodesh that two bulls, one ram, seven lambs and one male goat be offered up in addition to the daily Tamid (lamb for an Olah/Burnt korbonot every morning and afternoon). These are offered up as Communal Olah/Burnt korbonot (Not for atonement but for a sweet aroma to HaShem), with the exception of the one male goat, which is offered up as a Communal Chatat/Sin korbonot to atone for the entering the Temple or eating sanctified food inside the Temple while in a state of unclean purity and not knowing it per Bamidbar 28:15. Remember there is no korbonot for INTENTIONAL sin! The Chatat/Sin and Asham/Guilt Korbonot are the only korbonot that deal with UNINTENTIONAL sin! HaShem deals with INTENTIONAL sin on Yom Kippur!

These two types of korbonot i.e. Olah and Chatat, are considered to be ‘Korbon Kodshai Kodashim’ or ‘Most Holy Offerings’ and thus per the Torah, they are required to be specifically slaughtered in the Beit HaMitbechayim (The Slaughter Area) NORTH of the Mizbe’ach (Altar)! The point is, the level of kedusha or sanctification of the type of korbonot will determine where in the Temple they must be slaughtered and prepared! Further, the Olah korbonot must be completely burned on the Mizbe’ach. The Chatat on the other hand must be eaten by either the owner or the kohen who slaughtered it in the prescribed amount of time and in the specific location required in the Temple! The Temple and everything going on inside it is ALL about KEDUSHA (HOLINESS) and is the tool HaShem uses to teach us what it means to be kadosh/holy unto Him, thus the reason for His command in Ezekiel 43:10 to learn and study EVERYTHING and every service in His Temple! I digress.

Remember, the purpose of the animal and grain korbonot are to do what the meaning of the word ‘korbonot’ means i.e. ‘To draw near to HaShem!’ 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 to make himself 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.

How many times do we hear from those in Christendom that the one they claim is Messiah ended ALL the animal and grain offerings once and for all? They clearly do not understand the Temple or the korbonot and how they function because we can see from many examples in the Apostolic Writings the animal and grain korbonot NEVER ended and only ended when the Temple was destroyed by Rome in 70 AD. We see per Ezekiel 40-48 when the Temple is rebuilt, the animal and grain korbonot fully resume and with HaShem’s endorsement and per His commandment!! So when the Mizbe’ach is re-dedicated to HaShem on the Temple Mount and the daily Tamid korbonot resume, it is NOT a blasphemy against HaShem as many in Christendom teach, but is commanded by HaShem! May it be VERY soon in our days!

Have you ever considered how many Kohanim (Priests) are required to slaughter and prepare one animal korbonot for offering on the Mizbe’ach (Altar)? There is a set number for each one per Tractate Yoma from the Mishnah:

  • A minimum of nine kohanim for one lamb
  • Eleven kohanim for one ram
  • Twenty-four kohanim for one bull

So, this means on each Rosh Chodesh/Moedim (Feast) there will need to be 48 Kohanim for the two bulls, 11 Kohanim for the ram and a minimum of 63 Kohanim for the lambs plus another nine Kohanim for the goat as a Chatat/Sin korbonot.

In addition to the animal korbonot, Minchah (Meal/Bread) korbonot are required to be offered up:

  • 1/10th Ephah of fine wheat flour per sheep/goat
  • 2/10th Ephah of fine wheat flour per ram
  • 3/10th Ephah of fine wheat flour per bull

Additionally, Wine Libations are also required to be offered up per animal korbont:

  • 1/2 Hin of wine for each bull
  • 1/3 Hin of wine for each ram
  • 1/4 Hin of wine for each lamb/goat

Once the animal designated as an Olah (Burnt) korbonot is slaughtered, the blood is received in a sanctified vessel and taken to the Mizbe’ach (Altar) and is applied a total of two times, once on the lower half of the North-East corner of the Mizbe’ach and once on the lower half of the South-West corner of the Mizbe’ach. It is applied in such a manner that there are two applications, but in reality the blood is applied four times i.e. it splashes on all four corners! Now I know there are many out there who would shrug all this off as being “Just ridiculous traditions added by the rabbis!” However, people have to remember all of these Temple Services were given by HaShem via His Ruach (Holy Spirit) per Shemot (Exodus) 25 and I Chronicles 28 when He gave the tavnit (Blueprints) to both Moshe and David! Its important to remember to pay attention to the details of these Temple Services as they pertain to each korbonot!

The male goat designated as the Chatat (Sin) korbonot is slaughtered in the Beit HaMitbechayim (Slaughter Area) north of the Mizbe’ach and its blood is collected and taken to the Mizbe’ach where is it applied four times, once on each corner horn of the Mizbe’ach. The meat is cooked and then it is eaten by the Kohen who slaughtered it.

Some may think I am on a ramble as it pertains to discussing these korbonot for Rosh Chodesh, but it is my hope that some may read this and be inspired to want to know more and see just how serious HaShem still is about His appointed times!

This topic of the Temple is absolutely mind boggling as too how much information there is required to learn to fully understand how it functions. Studying it for multiple lifetimes would still only scratch the surface! But if we want to truly know HaShem and recognize the real Messiah as presented in the Apostolic Writings, then the Temple is ONLY way to do it. Further, I should add, the Temple is the key that unlocks the Scriptures from Genesis to Revelation because the Scriptures are centered around the Temple and all the Temple Services! Without it, all there is error which leads to anti-Semitic Replacement Theology doctrine and culminates with a false version of the Messiah. I digress.

In summary, the month of Elul is ALL about teshuvah i.e. repentance or returning to HaShem and His Torah! It is NOT a coincidence that He has established this month just before Rosh HaShanah when the Books are opened in Heaven and the Ten Days of Awe begin between Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur! It is a time when He is even more open to hearing our prayers of teshuvah and will act even faster to help us learn and walk in His Torah!

Time is so very short and He desires that NONE perish but that all come into covenant with Him! Consider all this as we proceed through this month and approach Rosh HaShanah! May it be so very soon in our days!

Shalom!

SOURCE MATERIALS:

  • The Writings – Psalms by Artscroll
  • The Milstein Edition of the Prophets – Isaiah by Artscroll
  • The Milstein Edition of the Chumash with the Talmud – Shemot by Artscroll
  • The Milstein Edition of the Chumash with the Talmud – Bamidbar by Artscroll
  • The Milstein Edition of the Chumash with the Talmud – Devarim by Artscroll
  • Tractate Beitza Talmud Bavli by Steinsaltz

TRIBULATION BEGETS SALVATION – PART 1

“May Your kindness come to me, HaShem, Your salvation, as You promised.” Psalms 119:41

I hesitated putting this Op out simply because the subject matter is very in-depth and also very controversial in nature, but I feel HaShem is directing me to embark on this topic, which will require at a minimum two separate Op’s in which this will be the first one. I will be posting them as I complete them so there may be other Op’s posted which are not continuing on in this theme. This said, I hope and pray you bear with me on this to the end.

Can we all agree life in general is nothing like it was just six months ago? The world and the country has changed and is continuing to change very rapidly now, literally by the day. COVID-19, the economic troubles, the political infighting, etc, all very important issues which are developing by the day.

Recently I have heard more and more people, all publicly talking about how they can sense in their spirits how they feel, from a biblical perspective, that HaShem is wrapping things up, the End is very near now. The beginning of the Birth Pangs of Messiah is truly at the door! This is nothing to fear, but should strengthen our hope and faith in HaShem that everything He said would happen in the End is beginning to unfold in full view of our eyes today…Baruch HaShem!! But, it is VERY important as we rapidly approach Rosh HaShanah next month i.e. 19 September 2020! Now for the record I am NOT IN ANY WAY predicting this Rosh HaShanah is the one where the Gathering occurs, I am just pointing out that it will be on A Rosh HaShanah that the Gathering occurs. Could it be this one? I do not know, but I certainly hope and pray it is!!

This said, the focus of these next two Op’s will center around Jeremiah chapters 30-31. Each Op will focus on one specific chapter of Jeremiah as well as the associated resources which are relevant to the discussion! I hope it will answer many questions, but will also challenge what we all were taught in Replacement Theology and hopefully see that tribulation does indeed beget salvation…one cannot happen without the other!

But before we can begin, always remember the following characteristics of HaShem as they are very relevant to this discussion:

  • 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 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

The prophecies HaShem listed in Jeremiah chapters 30-31 are unique in themselves. When most of the prophecies in Jeremiah are focusing on all the terrible things which will befall Israel for the various sins, the prophecies in chapters 30-31 are different in that they address the Ultimate and Final Redemption and are intended to infuse hope in Israel until the appointed time arrives! These prophecies are in fact, ‘Prophecies of Consolation!‘ Keep all this in mind as we progress in this long study!

Here is something that may interest you…..we know HaShem has allocated a total of 7,000 years for humanity to exist on the earth…how do we know this? Six days of creation followed by one day to rest i.e. Shabbat and HaShem says that one day is as a thousand years for a grand total of 7,000 years and after that we go into the Olam Haba or otherwise known as ‘The World to Come.’ So, on the year 6,000 will begin the last one thousand years otherwise known as ‘The Day of HaShem.’ This is important to understand because currently we are in the year 5780 and on Tishrei 1 i.e. Rosh HaShanah (This year it is on Shabbat, 19 September 2020), is the beginning of the New Year and we will enter into the year 5781. Now you may say to yourself we are are a long ways away from the year 6,000, nearly 220 years away, however, it should be noted that per the Sages, there are approximately 230 years which are unaccounted for in this current counting of the year, therefore if we add the 230 to the 5780, we end up with 6,010! The point I am attempting to drive home is that we don’t know exactly what year we are in, BUT we know we are VERY, VERY close to the year 6,000 and obviously HaShem knows exactly what year it is. The beginning of the ‘Day of HaShem’ and the Birth Pangs could literally be right around the corner…Baruch HaShem, may it be so VERY soon in our days!

On a quick side note, there was a very interesting statement made recently in an article I read from Breaking Israel News in which the excerpt said the following regarding the upcoming US Presidential election and the coming of Mashiach: “Many hidden sages are saying now that one way or the other, Trump is the end,” Rabbi Fish said. “Either he wins and we have a little more time to repent or he loses and that is it. It is not by chance that the elections come right after the holidays. Five weeks after Yom Kippur, the day of judgment, the US goes to elections. And it may also be that Israel will have yet another as well. We know that on Yom Kippur, the world is on the scales of judgment but this year that is especially clear. You must choose where you are standing on the day of judgment.” https://www.breakingisraelnews.com/156621/the-hidden-meanings-of-a-biden-harris-pairing-destruction-and-messiah/

I find it very interesting that many of those keeping a watch on world events as they pertain to biblical prophecies are acknowledging that they can see Pres Trump is the finality of America one way or another. I liken it to the term which is associated with the Feasts of HaShem i.e. ‘The Last Trump’ which is synonymous with Rosh HaShanah! To clarify ‘The Great Trump’ is blown on Yom Kippur and will herald the arrival of Messiah as He marches into Jerusalem at the end of the seven year Birth Pangs and destroys the False Messiah! Point is, is it possible this idiom of ‘The Last Trump’ is more literal than we realized?

Further, it is interesting to note from Tractate Ketubot 112b from the Talmud Bavli when discussing the state of the generation of people who will witness the coming of Messiah, the Sages state “In the generation in which the Son of David (Messiah) will come there will be indictments i.e. denouncements and incitements (accusations and verbal attacks) against Torah scholars. When I (Rabbi Yirmeya bar Abba) said this before Shmuel he said: ‘The generation will undergo refinement after refinement i.e. several stages of cleansing, as it is stated ‘And if there be a tenth in it, it shall again be eaten up’ quoting Isaiah 6:13. Rav Yosef taught about the messianic era: ‘Despoilers (Pillage, sack, waste, plunder, ransack) and despoilers of despoilers will plunder Eretz Yisrael at that time.'” Gee, do we see today constant verbal attacks against Torah scholars by Christendom as well as many in the Messianic/Hebrew Roots crowds? Have we witnessed the Land of Israel constantly being ransacked, plundered, etc by the nations pressuring Israel to give up more land for so called peace? Something to keep in mind as we now jump into Jeremiah chapter 30!

Jeremiah 30 is a prophecy of Messianic times:

Jeremiah 30:1-2 which says “This is the word that came to Jeremiah from HaShem, saying: ‘Thus said HaShem, Elohim of Israel, saying: ‘Write down for yourself all these things that I am telling you into a book.'” It is interesting to pay attention too how HaShem still refers to Himself as ‘The Elohim of Israel’ even despite all the suffering and punishment which was decreed to befall Israel. Point is, again HaShem is expressing His eternal love for Israel!! Further, remember, HaShem says He does NOTHING without FIRST revealing it to His prophets!! This is why I have asked people in the past, where the prophecy is located where Replacement Theology Christendom will arise and replace Israel as HaShem’s people? Or where is the prophecy where one day the Messiah will arise and His main job will be to render the Torah of HaShem obsolete, replaced and irrelevant? Obviously there are no prophecies which state such blasphemous nonsense, but I digress!

Jeremiah 30:3 says “For behold, days are coming, the Word of HaShem, when I will return the captivity of My people Israel and Judah, said HaShem, and I will return them to the land that I gave their forefathers and they will possess it.” This idiom ‘Days are coming’ is pointing to a very specific time i.e. the End of Days, the Day of HaShem and to a very specific event i.e. the Final Redemption!

In a previous Op, we discussed who exactly comprises the 12 Tribes of Israel and how they are divided up: https://torahandtempleinvestigations.com/2020/06/22/why-is-madness-consuming-the-world-today-are-we-close-to-the-end/

The House of David is comprised of: Judah and Benjamin

The House of Israel is comprised of the remaining ten tribes, thus some refer to Israel as ‘Ten-Israel’.

Jeremiah 30:4-5 says “These are the things HaShem spoke concerning Israel and concerning Judah: For thus said HaShem: ‘A sound of terror have we heard; of fear; and not peace.'” It is interesting, the commentary on these two verses says “HaShem is quoting the nations will witness the fearsome War of Gog and Magog in the time of the Messiah. The verse refers to the battles that overthrew the Babylonian Empire.” Now why do I find this very interesting? In addition to the fact that HaShem reveals the End out of the beginning and there is nothing new under the sun, it is Russia and her allies today who will launch a surprise and devastating attack on modern Babylon i.e. America, and destroy Babylon in one literal hour, see Jeremiah 50-51. The rest of the world will witness this sudden destruction of the most powerful and wealthy nation on the earth by Russia and her allies and the world will panic i.e. “A sound of terror have we heard; of fear; and not peace.” It is this sudden destruction which will give rise to the False Messiah i.e. ‘Jesus Christ’ out of Europe, to the world stage as the nations will cede their authority to him seeking him to save the nations from Russia and their allies, and thus will begin the seven years of the Birth Pangs! Now in the sequence of events, the Gathering of HaShem’s people out of the earth to include the resurrection of the righteous, will occur just immediately before the destruction of Babylon, possibly literally minutes before. Those taken out will have been taken out to attend the Coronation of Messiah as the King in the Heavenly Temple. Those left behind on earth must endure seven years of the Birth Pangs.

Jeremiah 30:6 says “Ask now and see if a male has ever given birth. Why, then, do I see that every man puts his hand upon his loins like a woman in childbirth, and all faces turn pallid?” This verse describes the intense fear that will prevail during this time. The commentary says “Even the most hardened warriors will clutch themselves in fear and turn pallid, similar to a woman in the throes of childbirth, because they will sense that their annihilation is imminent.” It is also an idiomatic expression to describe this seven year period known as the ‘Birth Pangs’! Anytime we read in Scripture about a woman in labor, labor pains, travails of childbirth, etc, they are usually talking prophetically about these seven year Birth Pangs!

Jeremiah 30:7 says “Woe! For that day will be momentous, there is nothing like it; it will be a time of trouble for Jacob, but he shall be saved from it. Now this is a very interesting verse because HaShem is saying while it is a time of great trouble for Jacob i.e. Israel, HaShem will rescue out His Own first, leaving the unbelievers behind, who will turn to HaShem immediately thereafter!

  • Daniel 12:1-2 says “And at that time (Idiom to mean the Day of HaShem) there will stand, Michael, the great heavenly prince, who stands in support of the children of your people (Israel), and there shall be a time of trouble such as never was since there was a nation till that time. At that time your people will escape; everything that is found written in the book will occur. Many of those who sleep in the dusty earth shall awaken, these for everlasting life, and these for shame, for everlasting abhorrence.”
    • The commentary on these verses says: “Those who will awaken (Resurrection of the righteous) will have everlasting life, and those who will not awaken will be for shame and for everlasting abhorrence. For all the righteous, including those who repented, will live; only the unbelieving and those who died without repentance will remain.”
    • What is the point of this? Just as HaShem rescued out Noach and his family via the Ark before He destroyed the earth in the flood and just as He rescued out His Own from Egypt before destroying Egypt, He will do so once again, just before He destroys Babylon i.e. America and the rise of the False Messiah occurs concurrently thereafter.

Jeremiah 30:8 says “It shall be on that day (An idiom to mean the Day of HaShem), the Word of HaShem, Master of Legions, that I will break off the yoke of the conqueror from your neck and I will tear your straps, and foreigners will no longer enslave him.” It will be at this time that HaShem will remove the domination of foreign governments from Israel and Israel will begin to ascend in stature on the world stage.

Jeremiah 30:9 says “They will serve their Elohim and David their king, whom I will establish over them.” At this point Israel will forevermore serve HaShem and will never walk away from Him again. ‘David their king’ is a reference to Messiah Yeshua.

  • There is a teaching by the Sages found in Tractate Sanhedrin 98b in the Talmud Bavli that the literal King David will have been resurrected at this point and will be ruling as the deputy to King Messiah over Israel.

Jeremiah 30:10 says “But as for you, do not fear, My servant Jacob, the Word of HaShem, and do not be afraid, Israel; for behold, I am saving you from distant places, and your descendants from the land of their captivity, and Jacob will return and be at peace and tranquil, and none will make him afraid.” The reference to Jacob and Israel is akin to Judah and Israel as we discussed above in identifying who they are. They are the people who are scattered across the globe and at this point HaShem is gathering them all up and bringing them home into the Land. Is it possible these people are those who were not believers in HaShem at the point The Gathering occurred at the beginning the Birth Pangs and HaShem is now going to bring them home into the Land after the Birth Pangs?

Jeremiah 30:11 says “For I am with you, the Word of HaShem, to save you; for I will bring annihilation upon all the nations among whom I have dispersed you, but upon you I will not bring annihilation; I will chastise you with justice, but I will never eliminate you completely.” This is in reference to the Battle of Gog and Magog which is when HaShem will obliterate the nations, but HaShem promises He will preserve and protect Israel.

We have to remember that HaShem scattered out Israel into the world because of their rebellion and as such is the reason why Yeshua said in Matthew 15:24 that He came ONLY for the lost sheep of the House of Israel! Judah was and is still in the covenant….HaShem divorced Israel, NOT Judah, which again we discussed in the link to the previous op above. Keep this in mind for the next few verses.

Jeremiah 30:12-17 says “For thus said HaShem: Your injury is grave, your wound is acute. No one judges your wound to have a cure; medications or remedy do not exist for you. All your paramours have forgotten you, they do not inquire after you. For I struck you the blow of an enemy, with a cruel reproof, because of your many sins, your transgressions that were so numerous. How can you cry out over your injury, over your pain that is graves? It is because of your many sins, your transgressions that were so numerous, that I inflicted these upon you! Nevertheless, all who devoured you shall themselves be devoured; all who oppressed you will all go into captivity; who trampled you will be trampled; and all who despoiled you, I shall deliver to become spoils. For I will make a cure for you, and I will heal you from your wounds, the Word of HaShem; although they called you ‘Discarded! saying ‘She is Zion, no one cares about her!'”

  • The commentary to these verses is very interesting and says “Driven from her land, expelled from other lands, poverty stricken, brutally beaten and murdered, reviled by her hosts, abandoned by her friends, and struggling spiritually, the nation absorbs cruel and murderous blows as an atonement for her sins and as a purification that will prepare her for the ultimate redemption. The tribulations are so great that the nations of the world assume that HaShem has abandoned the Jews and chosen others in their stead. HaShem swears to take revenge against the oppressors and heal the nation. Although the nations claim to be acting as agents of HaShem to bring atonement upon the Jews, they will nevertheless be annihilated for acting with impunity.”
  • How many times have we read from various Christian doctrinal sources that, to paraphrase, Israel blew it and now HaShem has replaced Israel with a whole new group i.e. the Church of Christendom? Again, this is pure Replacement Theology and this verse here i.e. Jeremiah 30:17 tells us this would be stated and taught in the End of Days.

Jeremiah 30:18 says “Thus said HaShem: Behold, I am returning the captivity of the tents of Jacob and I will have mercy on his abodes, and the City (Jerusalem) will be built upon its hill, and the Palace will sit in its proper place.” This one verse right here utterly destroys Replacement Theology Christian doctrine! Why? Because HaShem promises to not only return Jacob to the Land, but He will settle Jacob in Jerusalem which will be fully rebuilt in its original location. Further, the Palace will sit in its proper place is speaking directly to the Temple of HaShem which will sit on the Temple Mount i.e. its original location and to the right of the Temple will sit the Palace of the King, i.e. King Messiah i.e. who will sit at the right hand of HaShem. Remember the Temple in Jerusalem is the Throne of HaShem on the earth and the King of Israel will sit at His right hand! So all those who adhere to the ludicrous doctrine that the Temple was originally located down in the City of David, again have been exposed as a false doctrine out of the pit of Hell itself. I digress.

Further, the commentary on this verse highlights the importance of the Hebrew letter ‘Vav’ which is used in the name of ‘Jacob’ or ‘Yaakov’. The letter Vav has the numerical value of six and represents the Messiah, who is described with six attributes which are listed in Isaiah 11:2 “The Spirit of HaShem will rest upon Him”:

  • A spirit of Wisdom
  • A spirit of Understanding
  • A spirit of Counsel
  • A spirit of Strength
  • A spirit of Knowledge
  • A spirit of Fear of HaShem

All of these six attributes are vital and very important in helping identify who Messiah is, but the greatest one of these six is the Fear of HaShem! It denotes being a true Servant of HaShem, just as Moshe was considered to be a Servant of HaShem, so too must the real Messiah be as well. I point this out because once more does the one Replacement Theology claim to be the Messiah fit this description? No, that one does NOT fit the description of who the Messiah must be simply because that one points to himself and claims to be HaShem…does that mean he fears himself then? Obviously not. I digress. For further information discussing what fearing HaShem looks like, I would direct you to the recent Op I did discussing this very topic: https://torahandtempleinvestigations.com/2020/08/08/the-fear-of-hashem/.

Jeremiah 30:19 says “The sound of thanksgiving and the sound of merrymaking will emanate from them; I will multiply them, and they will not be diminished; and I will make them heavy of number, and they will not dwindle.” Consider what the commentary on this verse says “There will be outpourings of thanksgiving to HaShem in gratitude for His abundant blessing. The sound of thanksgiving will emanate from the synagogues and the reverberations of Torah learning from the study halls. Torah study is described as ‘Merrymaking’ because all the learned scholars will understand the Torah thoroughly, without dispute. They will not debate its meaning due to differences of opinion, as is the norm prior to the Ultimate Redemption. Their study will be characterized by undiluted joy and happiness with each other and the Torah.” What a day this will be!! All I can say is may it be so VERY, VERY soon in our days!!

Jeremiah 30:20 says “His (Jacob’s) sons will be beloved as in the past, and his assembly will be established before Me, and I shall deal with all his oppressors.” Consider what Hosea 2:1 says: “Yet the number of the Children of Israel will be like the sand of the sea, which can neither be measured nor counted; and it will happen that in the place of their exile where it was said to them, ‘You are not My people,’ it will be said to them, ‘Children of the living Elohim.'”

The reference here to how the assembly of Jacob will be established before HaShem is a reference to HaShem resting His Presence among them i.e. His Temple as well as rest His Spirit upon the Sanhedrin which will rule on how to walk in the Torah of HaShem i.e. the Oral Torah! Can you see once more the Torah of HaShem, His Temple, the Oral Torah, etc, were never ended, replaced, displaced, rejected, tossed aside as being something HaShem up and decided He didn’t want any longer? He is restoring all of Israel and that includes the Torah, the Oral Torah, His Temple, etc! Nothing changed because He never changes! Baruch HaShem!

Jeremiah 30:21 says “His leader will be from his midst and his ruler will emerge from within him. I will bring him close and then he will be able to approach Me; for who then would embolden his heart to approach Me? The Word of HaShem.” This verse is speaks of the Messiah emerging from within Jacob and He will rule as King over all of Israel! Further, Messiah will have a special relationship with HaShem like past leaders of Israel such as Moshe, Aaron and David, which again aces out the one Replacement Theology props up as being the Messiah.

Jeremiah 30:22 says “You will be a people unto Me, and I will be an Elohim unto you.” This verse here again reinforces that one day, may it be very soon, all of Israel will be under the leadership of Messiah as King and the entire nation will be completely righteous, Torah observant in service to HaShem! May that day come very quickly!

Jeremiah 30:23-25 says “Behold, the storm of HaShem: A rage shall go forth, a tempest shall seek rest; it will rest upon the head of the wicked. HaShem’s burning wrath will not recede until He has accomplished it, and until He has upheld the plans of His heart. In the End of Days you will be able to understand it. At that time, the Word of HaShem, I will be an Elohim for all the families of Israel, and they will be a people for Me.” These verses here describe the fury and rage of HaShem which will settle upon the nations of the world who persecuted Israel. It will be at this time that although Israel has waited for HaShem to act, we will see that His biding His time was not because He forgave the nations for their mistreatment of Israel, but because of His justice. Again, may it be so VERY, VERY soon in our days!

One final thought before closing this Op, why is every prophecy HaShem gives always concerns Judah and Israel in some fashion or another? I ask this rhetorical question because I read constantly from many leaders of Replacement Theology that HaShem is finished with Israel and has now replaced Israel with Christianity as being the people He desires. Again, its an insane doctrine because the only way to make it work is for HaShem to be revealed as a liar and a fraud for He would have to go back on His Word, which we know for a fact He is NOT! So which is it? Is HaShem a liar or is Replacement Theology a liar? Is He going to restore Christianity in the city of Jerusalem? Or is He going to restore Israel in the city of Jerusalem? You see the point I am trying to make? He has only one people Whom He calls Israel….ALL are invited and encouraged to come into the covenant with HaShem, but once a person enters into that covenant, now we must live as He commands Israel to live i.e. His Torah. Not to obtain or maintain salvation, but as the evidence of being redeemed by HaShem through faith.

We may not know anything about the Torah, but as we see in Acts 15 neither did the non-Jewish believers either and as such they began their journey knowing they would meet in the synagogues each Shabbat and hear Moshe (Torah) taught. They would grow and mature more and more each week. Its a long process and it is not quick either and we who are in the exile today are even more limited and restricted than those in Acts 15 were and as such we can only do so much and HaShem knows that. We do the best we can but desire to be perfect out of love, devotion and loyalty unto HaShem because He is worthy and deserving of it!

So while our lives today are wracked with ever increasing troubles and pressures, HaShem is using it and will one day, I pray very, very soon, bring about our Final Redemption! We can see via His pattern throughout history that tribulation does indeed beget salvation….therefore I hope and pray that our redemption is VERY, VERY near today.

Much to consider.

Shalom

SOURCE MATERIALS

  • The Scriptures
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  • The Milstein Edition of The Prophets Jeremiah by Artscroll
  • Tractate Sanhedrin by the Steinsaltz Talmud Bavli
  • Tractate Ketubot by the Steinsaltz Talmud Bavli
  • The Artscroll Tanach Series Daniel by Artscroll
  • The Milstein Edition of The Twelve Prophets Hosea by Artscroll
  • The Milstein Edition of the Prophets Isaiah by Artscroll

THE FEAR OF HASHEM

“The fear of HaShem will increase days, but the years of the wicked will be shortened.” Proverbs 10:27

The one word I would use to describe the emotion that is consuming society in America today is ‘Fear!’ Fear of the COVID virus, fear of these riots and civil unrest, fear of lack of finances, fear of tyranny, fear of just about everything imaginable and unimaginable is rising by the day; therefore is it a coincidence that in today’s Torah portion i.e. Eikev, the command by HaShem for us to fear Him is specifically commanded? Nothing is a coincidence with HaShem! This is what I want to explore further in this short Op is what it means and looks like to fear HaShem and to whom does this apply too!

But, before we dive into the deep end of the pool, per se, always remember and take to heart the following characteristics of HaShem because they never 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 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

“And I saw another messenger flying in mid-heaven, holding the everlasting Good News to announce to those dwelling on the earth, even to every nation and tribe and tongue and people, saying with a loud voice, ‘Fear HaShem and give esteem to Him, because the hour of His judgment has come. And worship Him Who made the heaven and the earth, and sea, and fountains of water.” Revelation 14:6-7

HaShem commands in Devarim (Deuteronomy) 10:20 “HaShem, your Elohim, shall you fear, Him shall you serve, to Him shall you cleave, and in His Name shall you swear.” So the question must be asked, ‘what does it mean to fear HaShem?’

Per the Book of the Mitzvos #432 ‘The Obligation to Fear HaShem’ the commentary says “There are two forms or levels of ‘Fear of HaShem’. The basic level, known as ‘Yiras Ha’Onesh’ means to fear HaShem’s punishment if we sin. This form of fear is readily attainable by everyone, since fear of punishment is a basic human trait. There is, however, a more elevated form of ‘Fear of HaShem’, known as ‘Yiras Ha’Romemus’ means the awe of HaShem’s exaltedness. This is a sense of reverence rather than simple fear. This form of fear of HaShem may be attained through the contemplation of HaShem’s immense power and wisdom, and by contrast, one’s own fragile existence and limited understanding. Yiras Ha’Romemus will surely prevent a person from sinning since one who perceives HaShem’s greatness is ashamed to transgress His Word. However, it requires contemplation and intellect, and is internalized through much effort.”

It is one thing to fear HaShem for the punishment He can and does invoke upon each of us for our sin, but it is a much better state to be in to truly fear HaShem out of reverence and awe for His greatness!! I know from experience, learning Who HaShem is and actually stopping to breathe for a few minutes and look at His Creation around us, does truly change my perspective of Him. Not only is He merciful, compassionate, kind, etc, He is also ALL Powerful and there is none like Him! He shares His glory with no one and when I do in fact fall, it makes my teshuvah (Repentance) that much more authentic because I do hate my sin nature more and more everyday and I hate bringing shame to His Great Name! Further, it enhances what Messiah Yeshua did on our behalf…..He paid the price, NOT to free me from HaShem or His Torah, but freed me from the eternal penalty of my sin i.e. eternal separation from HaShem and His Torah…in other words, He made redemption possible so that I can walk with HaShem and live out His Torah, Baruch HaShem!

The purpose for this command to fear HaShem is pretty self explanatory as having proper fear of HaShem either fear of His punishment or holy reverence and awe for His Power will protect us from falling into the clutches of sin i.e. breaking His Torah! Further, this command applies to every single location on the planet and in all times! Most importantly to know, this command applies to EVERY single human being on the planet, regardless of DNA! If we are going to serve HaShem then this command applies!!

The commentary from the Book of the Mitzvos discussing this command says “One who is confronted by the temptation to sin is obligated to arouse his spirit and take to heart particularly at that point that HaShem, blessed is He, observes all the actions of mankind, and that He will bring retribution upon those who sin. He will punish in accordance with the severity of their sinful act. Through bringing this matter to focus, he will hopefully refrain from committing the sin.”

It is interesting Tractate Sanhedrin 56b from the Talmud Bavli expounds on this topic and references Genesis 2:15-17 as being its source which says “HaShem Elohim took the man and placed him in the Garden of Eden, to work it and to guard it. And HaShem Elohim COMMANDED the man, saying ‘Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, you must not eat thereof; for on the day you eat of it, you shall surely die.” Sanhedrin 56b from the Talmud Bavli says “HaShem, Elohim, commanded Adam, as conveying the idea of HaShem commanded i.e. imposed His Godliness upon Adam, meaning, HaShem commanded Adam and all mankind to fear Him.”

With this said thus far, what are the benefits for us to learn to fear HaShem? Let’s examine some scriptural references HaShem has given to tell us from the Book of Psalms:

  • Psalms 2:11 says “Serve HaShem in FEAR and rejoice with trembling.”
  • Psalms 5:8 says “As for me, through Your abundant kindness, I will enter Your House (Temple); I will prostrate myself toward Your Holy Sanctuary in FEAR of You.”
  • Psalms 19:10 says “The FEAR of HaShem is pure, enduring forever. The judgments of HaShem are true; altogether righteous.”
  • Psalms 22:24 says “You, who FEAR HaShem, praise Him! All of you, the seed of Jacob, glorify Him! Be frightened of Him all you seed of Israel.”
  • Psalms 25:14 says “The secret of HaShem is for those who FEAR Him, and His covenant is to let them know.”
    • The commentary on this astounding verse says “He will NOT reveal the secrets of His Being to anyone other than the scholars who study His Torah. This study must be accompanied by fear of HaShem and scrupulous observance of the commandments.”
  • Psalms 33:8 says FEAR HaShem, all the earth; of Him be in dread, all inhabitants of the world.”
  • Psalms 34:7 says “The Angel of HaShem encamps around them who FEAR Him, and He releases them.”
  • Psalms 34:9 says FEAR HaShem, you, His holy ones, for there is no deprivation for His reverent ones.”
  • Psalms 85:9 says “Surely His salvation (Yeshua) is close for those who FEAR Him, to settle glory in the land.”
  • Psalms 103:13 says “As merciful as a father to his children, so has HaShem shown mercy to those who FEAR Him.”
  • Psalms 103:17-18 says “But the kindness of HaShem is forever and ever upon those who FEAR Him, and His righteousness upon children’s children. To those who keep His covenant, and to those who remember (Guard and do) His commands (Torah) to do them.
  • Psalms 111:10 says “The beginning of wisdom is the FEAR of HaShem, good understanding to all their practitioners. His praise endures forever.”
    • The commentary on this verse sums it all up: “ALL Torah study is oriented towards one goal – gaining a genuine and sincere fear of HaShem. This fact is repeated often throughout Scripture. King Solomon emphasized it in Proverbs 1:7 ‘The beginning of wisdom is the FEAR of HaShem.'”
  • Psalms 115:13 says “He will bless those who FEAR HaShem, the small as well as the great.”
  • Psalms 119:63 David says “I (David) am a friend to all who FEAR You, and to those who keep Your precepts (Torah).”
  • Psalms 145:19 says “He does the will of those who FEAR Him; and He hears their cry and saves them.”
  • Psalms 147:11 says “HaShem favors those who FEAR Him, those who hope for His kindness.”

Can you see the theme which is developed? Fear of HaShem is defined and then displayed by walking in the Torah of HaShem! It is acknowledging Who HaShem is, His Authority, His Kingship and submitting to Him, not perfectly, but a desire to serve HaShem out of love, devotion and loyalty unto Him. Trust me, from my own experience, the more one pursues HaShem and His Torah, the more He reveals and in turn makes you want to do better in serving HaShem and pointing others towards HaShem so they may see how awesome and good He truly is!

So, while everything around us in life crumbles and collapses, if we can embrace the Fear of HaShem and trust Him to see us through it, He WILL be faithful to His Word and He WILL get us through to the other side!! Is it easy? Not a chance!! Life WILL come at each of us to try and draw us away or draw our attention away from HaShem, so in many cases, it comes down to making a conscious decision to choose to FEAR HaShem over fearing all that is going on around us!

This is why it is SO vitally important we learn to integrate Torah study into our lives each and everyday…this way we can learn it, but more importantly learn to walk it out where it becomes a part of us, like breathing or drinking water. In doing so, we not only learn Who He is, but our foundation becomes solidified during the times of crisis and chaos.

This is just a short Op, one that I hope and pray will encourage someone out there in the midst of all that is going on around us! HaShem is GOOD and as only He is the One Who spoke everything into existence means He is the only One Who can provide for everything…He can bring water from a rock, manna out of thin air, split the sea and lead His people Home! May it be SO VERY soon in our days!

Shabbat Shalom!

SOURCE MATERIALS:

  • The Scriptures by the Institute for Scripture Research
  • The Stone Edition Chumash by Artscroll
  • The Book of the Mitzvos by Artscroll
  • The Koren Talmud Bavli Tractate Sanhedrin by Steinsaltz

“LISTEN, FOR I WILL SPEAK NOBLE THINGS!”

“The Book of the Torah shall not depart from your mouth; rather you should contemplate it day and night in order that you observe to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way successful, and then you will act wisely.” Joshua 1:8

HaShem, the Elohim of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the Elohim of Israel, Master of the Legions of Heaven, Master over all of Creation, has granted a great gift to humanity if we would just stop our own selfish pursuits and grab hold of it! What am I talking about? Once again, I am pointing to HaShem and His Torah!

In our continuing theme which we have discussed in the last two Ops discussing Justice and Righteousness followed by Psalms 119 and the Torah of HaShem, now I want to delve into Proverbs Chapter 8, which is an astounding chapter in and of itself. It is in this chapter of Proverbs where once more HaShem pleads with humanity to stop going our own ways and embrace His Torah as the way to live and walk as His people!

Let me say it again, striving to learn, study and live out His Torah in our lives is NOT for obtaining or maintaining salvation/redemption……Torah is the FRUIT of salvation, meaning if a person is redeemed by HaShem, they will want/desire to walk in the Torah, not perfectly, as again that is not possible. First Abraham believed/trusted/faith THEN he walked in the Torah of HaShem. First, Israel was redeemed from Egypt, THEN HaShem gave His Torah to walk as His people…nothing has changed! Again please keep this in mind as we proceed.

I should also add that I will be referencing excerpts from the Oral Torah in this Op once again i.e. the Mishnah and the Talmud Bavli. Let me again reiterate the Mishnah contains the recorded rulings of the Sanhedrin who rule on how we are to walk in the Torah of HaShem, which is commanded by HaShem in Devarim (Deuteronomy) 17:8-13. HaShem commands we are to obey the rulings of the Sanhedrin! Additionally, the Talmud is the commentary of the Mishnah in which the Mishnah is discussed and expounded upon. This said, since the Mishnah contains the rulings of the Sanhedrin, means by default the Mishnah and the Talmud ARE indeed from and endorsed by HaShem. I just wanted to clarify this before we proceed.

As always, never forget the following characteristics of HaShem! I have added a few new ones at the bottom:

  • 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 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
HaShem used His Torah as the means to bring about His creation – Sunrise over Mt Hood in Oregon

As we now dive into the deep end of the pool, per se, keep in mind that Proverbs chapter eight is unique in that it is written from the perspective of HaShem’s Torah actually speaking. The commentary from the Book ‘Mishlei’ (Proverbs) says “After warning against the influences of heretics in Proverbs chapter seven, Solomon now turns to the benefits that will be enjoyed by those who recognize the importance of the Torah. Verses 1-3 introduce ‘Chochmah/Wisdom’ as the speaker. Throughout Proverbs, ‘Wisdom’ is synonymous with Torah. Verses 4-36 speaks in the first person, as Torah describes some of its many virtues and benefits and its pivotal role in Creation.” Keep this in mind as we proceed in this chapter!

Proverbs 8:1-3 says “Surely wisdom (Torah) will call out, and understanding will raise her voice. Atop the heights along the way, at the place where pathways diverge, she stands. Near the gateways of the city, at the approach to the entrances, she cries out.” Very interesting! So the Torah calls out publicly to everyone, wherever people are at in their walks with HaShem. Further, there are FOUR levels of interpretation of the Torah, as is described by the following descriptions:

  • Atop the heights along the way“Torah makes its words heard from afar as if it would be calling out from atop the mountains. The Torah proclaims its message on the busy highway, from which multitudes of people branch off to their respective byways. These two verses indicate that the Torah speaks to people wherever they may be found. Refers to the literal meaning of the Torah.”
  • At the place where pathways diverge“The message of the Torah is found at the crossroads, where there are many passerby, the place where they may mistakenly choose a wrong path. The Torah is found there to direct and guide them onto the correct path. These phrases may be applied to a person’s Torah study. Initially, the Torah appears to be found only atop the heights, but subsequently it appears even along the way. At the outset, it is very difficult to understand the Torah, but after continued exposure, one realizes that it is easily accessible and available, as if it were along the way where all people walk. Refers to the deeper meanings of the Torah which are reserved for scholars, such as homiletical expositions or the reasons for commandments i.e. paths.”
  • Near the gateways to the city“The Torah directs a passerby to the entrance that will lead him to his desired destination. Refers to the teachings reserved for the Sanhedrin (Court established by HaShem to render the right rulings on how to walk in the Torah).”
  • At the approach to the entrances“Refers to the hidden mystical teachings of Torah, and the secrets of Creation, which are only revealed to a select few.”

To add to this and show you where these four levels of interpretation derive from, it has been taught for thousands of years the following four levels of understanding of the Torah:

  • Peshat – The literal understanding of Torah, the foundation
  • Remez – Alluding Too
  • Derash – Interpretations i.e. Parables/Stories, where we get the Midrash from
  • Sod – Deeper meanings i.e. Paul uses the term ‘Mystery’, not as in the mystery religions, but deeper meanings of the Torah.

If we take the first letter of each word we just looked at above and put them together we get the Hebrew word ‘Pardes’ which means ‘Paradise!’

Proverbs 8:4 says “To you, O men, do I call, and my voice is to the sons of man.” This verse right here, among countless others in HaShem’s Word, destroys Replacement Theology and its “Torah is only for the Jews” doctrine! Read this verse carefully, who is the Torah calling out too? Does the verse say “To you, O Israel, do I call and my voice is to the sons of Judah?” Nope….Torah is calling to ALL of humanity!! Further, the commentary on this verse says “The term ‘Men’ is a reference to rich people, and the ‘Sons of men’ means the poor. Both are OBLIGATED to hear the words of Torah!”

Proverbs 8:5 says “Simpletons, understand shrewdness; and fools, understand in your heart.” The commentary says “Simpletons lack the shrewdness (Practice good judgment) to avoid being seduced by their Evil Inclination, therefore they are exhorted to understand cleverness, so that they will be able to see through its (Evil Inclination) wiles.” Remember, the Evil Inclination, is our sin nature which we battle down every single day of our lives…sadly, myself included, we give into that inclination far too many times…Baruch HaShem, however, for His abundant mercy, compassion and forgiveness when we fail Him! But more than this, Baruch HaShem, He promises in Jeremiah 31 when He completely renews the covenant, He will forever remove the Evil Inclination from us and write His Torah onto our hearts, which means we will NEVER again have to contend with the Evil Inclination again, we will walk in His Torah perfectly as Messiah walks in Torah perfectly! May it be so VERY soon in our days! I digress!

  • A profound statement from the commentary on verse five says “Wisdom (Torah) invites EVERYONE to drink from its fountain before trying to solve problems and carry out tasks in public life, in the circle of one’s family, or even in private. If anyone tries to fulfill his duties, whether in the role of spouse, family member, citizen, or decent human being, without previously arming his mind with the lessons of Wisdom (Torah), he will ultimately be a dismal failure.” Remember, HaShem says in Psalms 119:29-30/98 that “Torah is the path of Faith and will make us wiser than our enemies!”

Proverbs 8:6-9 says “Listen, for I will speak noble thoughts; the opinion of my lips will be fair words. For my palate will utter truth; wickedness is an abomination to my lips. All the words of my mouth are said with righteousness; they contain no twisting or perversity. They are all correct to one who understands, and upright to those who find knowledge.” Is there anything here in the verses which suggests Torah is something terrible, bondage, death, destruction, misery and something humanity has been begging HaShem to be delivered from as many in Christendom teach? Nope, nothing here and in fact its just the opposite!

  • Solomon says concerning these verses: “In these verses Solomon teaches the value of the words of Torah. Its every letter is perfect; nothing in it is extraneous, redundant, or irrelevant. The exact phraseology and order of each statement is vital to its understanding; even a change in the spelling of a word may imply a vital halachic (How to walk in the Torah) determination. If someone fails to see the significance of the Torah’s words, it is due to his lack of understanding and not to any deficiency in the Torah. That its truth and righteousness are beyond question becomes more and more self evident the deeper one delves into it.” I can completely attest to the accuracy of this statement from my own personal experience in studying and learning the Torah of HaShem!
  • Further commentary on these verses say “They contain no twisting or perversity – The words of a mortal may contain irrelevancies and mistakes. Not so the Divine words of Torah; every instance of a so called missing letter, an extra letter or a change in the order of the words contains profound interpretations, deep wisdom and hidden meanings known only to those who delve to full depths of the Torah’s wisdom.”
    • Tractate Shabbos 88b from the Talmud Bavli says “Rabbi Yishmael taught with regard to the verse: ‘Behold, is My word not like fire, declares HaShem, and like a hammer that shatters a rock?’ quoting Jeremiah 23:29. Just as this hammer breaks a stone into several fragments, so too, each and very utterance that emerged from the mouth of the Holy One, Blessed be He, divided into seventy languages. The Gemara (Analysis) continues in praise of the Torah. Rav Hananel bar Pappa said: ‘What is the meaning of that which is written: ‘Listen, for I will speak royal/noble things, and my lips will be open with upright statements’ quoting Proverbs 8:6? Why are matters of Torah likened to a king? To teach you that just as this king has the power to kill and to grant life, so too, matters of Torah have the power to kill and to grant life.'” I included this excerpt because I wanted to show again that Paul in his letters taught NOTHING new and he himself talked about how life and death are in the Torah! Where did he learn this from? From his extensive studies of the Torah under Rabbi Gamaliel, the grandson of Hillel!
Sunrise at Mt St Helens in Washington State

Proverbs 8:10-11 says “Accept my discipline and not silver, for knowledge is choicer than fine gold, for wisdom (Torah) is better than pearls, and all desires cannot compare to it.” Who are we to submit too? To ourselves or to HaShem? Clearly we are to submit ourselves to HaShem and His Ways and not the other way around. In striving to do so, I can attest that truly His Torah is beyond compare to anything in this life! As the commentary on these verses so well says it “Pearls are valuable because they are rare and hard to find, but the hidden meanings of the Torah surpass even pearls in their rarity.”

In my dealings with those in Christendom via the blogs I have been accused several times over the years of ‘Worshiping the Torah’. I do NOT in any way worship the Torah, I worship HaShem, the Giver of the Torah. Even Yeshua Himself points to HaShem as the focus of worship per Revelation 22:9 when Yochanan (John) bows at the feet of Yeshua and He corrects Him and tells Him to NOT do that! Worship HaShem and HaShem alone! Is there a time and place where Yeshua will be respected and people will bow to Him as King of the Earth? Yes, there is, but still Yeshua submits to HaShem the Ultimate Authority and Great King over ALL of His Creation. There is a hierarchy just like a military structure…HaShem on top and Yeshua as His Agent, Who sits at His right hand. I just wanted to clarify this before proceeding.

Proverbs 8:12-13 says “I am wisdom; I dwell in shrewdness; I provide knowledge of designs. Fear of HaShem is hatred of evil. I hate pride and haughtiness, the way of evil, and a duplicitous mouth.” The commentary on this says “Once a person has studied Torah, he attains shrewdness in all other areas as well.”

The commentary on these verses says “Without the Torah’s wisdom, a person cannot have the shrewdness to outwit his Evil Inclination.” “Fear of HaShem is hatred of evil. I hate pride and haughtiness, the way of evil and a duplicitous mouth. These are the words of discipline that wisdom makes known to mankind. Hatred of these evil qualities is the essence of fear of HaShem; therefore I hate them.” With this said, let me make this clarification which I hope will put the function of the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) into proper perspective. The Ruach of HaShem is NOT a person, but is the essence of HaShem and is what helps us to walk in His Torah. I pray every morning that HaShem strengthen me with His Ruach that I might walk in His Torah. The Ruach of HaShem is NOTHING new as unfortunately Replacement Theology teaches. His Ruach has been interacting with humanity from the very beginning! It is by HaShem sending His Ruach upon on us that we can even learn and study His Torah in the first place! It is a long and arduous process to learn the Torah of HaShem as there are enormous amounts of resistance to doing so, but with HaShem it IS possible and it is SO very much worth it!! As He says to Joshua “Be strong and DO IT!” Nothing worthwhile comes easy!!

  • Tractate Sanhedrin 99a from the Talmud Bavli says concerning studying Torah: “Sing every day, i.e. review your studies like a song that one sings over and over. Rav (Rabbi) Yitzhak bar Avudimi says: ‘From what verse is this derived? It is as it is stated ‘The hunger of the laborer labors for him; for his mouth presses upon him’ quoting Proverbs 16:26, i.e. he exhausts his mouth through constant review and study. He labors in the Torah in this place i.e. this world, and his Torah labors for him in another place i.e. the World to Come.'” Point is, it takes effort and determination to study His Torah, but don’t let that scare you off, it is SO very much worth it!
  • Tractate Sanhedrin 99a from the Talmud Bavli says concerning studying Torah: “Rabbi Elazar says ‘Every man was created for labor, as it is stated, ‘Man was born for toil’ quoting Job 5:7. Based on this verse, I do not know whether he was created for toil of the mouth, speech, or whether he was created for the toil of labor. When the verse states ‘For his mouth presses upon him’ quoting Proverbs 16:26, you must say that he was created for toil of the mouth. And still I do not know with regard to the toil of the mouth whether it is for the toil of Torah or for the toil of conversation. When the verse states ‘This Torah scroll shall not depart from your mouth’ quoting Joshua 1:8, you must say that he was created for the toil of Torah. And that is the meaning of what Rava said ‘All bodies are like receptacles to store items until use. Happy is one who is privileged, who is a receptacle for Torah.'”
  • Tractate Avoda Zara 19a from the Talmud Bavli says concerning studying the Torah “‘But his delight is in the Torah of HaShem’ quoting Psalms 1:2. Rabbi Yehuda HaNasi says ‘A person can learn Torah only from a place in the Torah that his heart desires, as it is stated: ‘But his desire is in the Torah of HaShem’ i.e. his delight is in the part of the Torah that he wishes to study.'” It further says “Initially the Torah is called by the name of the Holy One, Blessed be He, but ultimately it is called by the name of the one who studies it. As it is first stated: ‘His delight is in the Torah of HaShem,’ and in the continuation of the verse it states: ‘And in his Torah he meditates day and night.’ This teaches that through study one acquires ownership, as it were, of the Torah.”

Proverbs 8:14-16 says “Mine are counsel and wisdom; I am understanding, mine is strength. Through me, kings will reign, and rulers will decree righteousness; through me officials will rule, and nobles, all who judge righteously.” Very interesting commentary on these verses which says “I, the Torah, will teach them laws and justice. If a king follows the Torah’s dictates, his reign will endure and his laws will be just and correct. All judgments and advice needed by a ruler can be found in Torah.” So, for the Kingdom of HaShem to exist eternally and for Yeshua to reign as King of the world would mean Torah will be the means to do so. I point this out because its another nail in the coffin of Replacement Theology which teaches Torah is now tossed aside and rendered obsolete, which would mean, there can be no kingdom and certainly no King to rule!

  • Tractate Gittin 62a from the Talmud Bavli says concerning Torah scholars i.e. Sages “Peace be upon you kings, peace be upon you kings. They said to him: ‘From where do you know that the Sages are called kings?’ He said to them: ‘As it is written with regard to the Torah in the book of Proverbs ‘Through me kings rule’ quoting Proverbs 8:15.” So, Torah scholars are called ‘Kings’. Why do I find this VERY interesting? Because it clarifies a puzzling verse in the Apostolic Writings i.e. Revelation 5:9-10 which says “And they sang a renewed song, saying ‘You are worthy to take the scroll, and to open its seals, because You were slain, and have redeemed us to Elohim by Your blood out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, and made us KINGS and priests (Exodus 19:6) to our Elohim, and we shall reign upon the earth.” Now, does this make more sense in light of what we learned from Proverbs and the Talmud? If we are going to serve HaShem in His Kingdom under the leadership of His Agent i.e. Messiah Yeshua, and Torah is the ONLY means through which His Kingdom operates, then it stands to reason to rule with Yeshua means we will all have to be experts in the Torah! Better start studying and learning it now!! Baruch HaShem!
  • Tractate Shabbos 114a from the Talmud Bavli says concerning Torah scholars i.e. Sages “‘Who are the Builders?’ Rabbi Yochanan said: ‘These are the Torah scholars, who are engaged in building the world all of their days.'” Why is this so important to understand? Because Yosef, the step-father of Yeshua, was called a ‘carpenter/builder’ which means very likely he was NOT a construction worker, but was in fact a Torah scholar!!! Doesn’t that change the narrative of Yeshua’s early life a ton from what Christianity taught all of us about Jesus? While Yeshua was born of a virgin, He certainly wasn’t born automatically imbued with all knowledge, He had to learn it just like you and I do, however, He was anointed per se with the Ruach which gave Him incredible insight and understanding of the Torah. Consider Luke 2:52 which says that Yeshua “Grew in wisdom and in stature……” Remember wisdom is synonymous with Torah!!! All of the teachings Yeshua gave were ALL derived from Torah and the Oral Torah…all of His talmidim (Students/Disciples) learned everything from the Torah and the Oral Torah just as Messiah did!! Can you see the major differences between what is of HaShem and the Replacement Theology doctrine of Christendom? Two vastly different and opposing doctrines to one another. I digress.
Mt Hood in Oregon

Proverbs 8:17 says “I love those who love me, and those who search for me shall find me.” Again another verse where Torah is for EVERYONE!! The commentary says “Those who search for the meaning of the Torah’s words will find many explanations and reasons by delving into its wisdom.” I can personally attest studying Torah is very much akin to a treasure hunt and believe me, when you find the treasure, it is ALWAYS more than what you could have imagined and will make His entire Word explode into life!

Proverbs 8:18-20 says “Riches and honor are with me, a powerful fortune and righteousness. My fruits are better than refined gold, even fine gold, and my produce better than choice silver. I will lead in the path of righteousness, amid the pathways of justice.” The commentary says “Our verse indicates that in the merit of his Torah study, a person will be treated with justice, he will be supplied with all his needs, regardless of whether he merits them or not.” The point is, we know we cannot take anything with us after we die, not wealth, possessions, etc. But, however, what we do take with us into the World to Come is what we learned from His Torah and I believe, and this is just opinion, that we will all sit in the Yeshiva and learn the Torah of HaShem in the World to Come! May it be so very soon in our days!

  • The question is asked “Why is it that the righteous may not enjoy wealth and honor in this world, despite the promise of the previous verse? Since the rewards of the World to Come are far greater than the best pleasures of this world, the righteous prefer that even the fruits i.e. the part of their reward that can be awarded in this world, should be saved for the World to Come.” Doesn’t Yeshua say something similar in Mark 8 where He says “What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul?”
  • The commentary on these verses says “The righteous realize that they are just ‘traveling through’ this world; they work hard amassing a fortune in Torah and good deeds here, living frugally in this world, for they know that ‘My fruits’ i.e. even the smallest part of their reward for keeping the Torah, surpasses the finest which symbolizes the finest pleasures of this world. They save their wealth to enjoy it in the World to Come.”
  • Tractate Shabbos 127a in the Talmud Bavli concerning enjoyment in this word says “Rav Yehuda bar Sheila said that Rabbi Asi said that Rabbi Yohanan said: ‘There are six matters a person enjoys the profits in this world, and nevertheless the principle exists for him for the World to Come, and they are: Hospitality toward guests, visiting the sick, and consideration during prayer, and rising early to the study hall, and on who raises his sons to engage in Torah study, and one who judges another favorably, giving him the benefit of the doubt.’ The Gemara asks: ‘Is that so? And did we not learn in a mishna: These are the matters that a person does them and enjoys their profits in this world, and nevertheless the principle exists for him for the World to Come, and they are: Honoring ones father and mother, and acts of loving kindness, and bringing peace between a person and another, and Torah study is equal to all of them. By inference, these matters, yes, one enjoys their profits in this world and the principle exists for him in the World to Come, other matters, no.'”

Proverbs 8:21 says “I have what to bequeath to those who love me, and I shall fill their storehouses.” HaShem is reiterating the great inheritance awaiting those in the World to Come. The commentary says “True benefit does not accrue from gold and riches; it is the fruit of wisdom (Torah).” Further, the commentary says “When a mortal invites others to share in his bounty, the size of each guest’s share is diminished as the numbers of participants increase. However, this is not true of Heavenly good. The reward the righteous in Gan (Garden) of Eden does not lessen as the numbers of righteous increase. No matter how many people are deserving of eternal reward, HaShem declares, ‘I shall fill their storehouses, and everyone will still receive his full measure.’ In this sense, Gan Eden, is comparable to the courtyard of the Holy Temple, where there was always room for the hundreds of thousands of Jews who came to Jerusalem on each festival. Just as HaShem is unbounded by space, His dwelling place is not limited by physical constraints.”

  • Tractate Avot 5:5 in the Mishnah concerning the miracles in the Temple says “Ten miracles were performed for our fathers in the Temple”:
    • No woman ever miscarried from the odor of the sacrificial flesh
    • The sacrificial flesh never became putrid
    • No fly was ever seen in the slaughterhouse
    • No pollution ever befell the High Priest on Yom Kippur
    • The rains never extinguished the fire of the woodpile on the Altar
    • The wind never prevailed over the column of smoke (Going up from the Altar)
    • There was never found a disqualifying defect in the Omer (Brought on the 16th of Nissan i.e. Pesach) or in the Two Loaves (Offered up on Shavuot) or in the Shewbread (Baked each 6th day of the week and placed on the Table in the Holy Place on Shabbat)
    • The people stood tightly pressed together, yet prostrated themselves at ease
    • Neither snake or scorpion ever injured anyone in Jerusalem
    • No man ever said to his fellow: The space is too narrow for me to lodge overnight in Jerusalem

THE TORAH PRECEDED EVERYTHING, IT IS THE BLUEPRINT OF CREATION

An excerpt from the Book of Proverbs says “The following group of verses i.e. 22-29, emphasizes the primacy of Torah. The speaker in 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 that 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 conform to the needs of society; rather, it is society that was created to conform to the dictates of Torah. It follows, then, that the continuity of Creation is contingent upon man’s adherence to the Torah.”

Proverbs 8:22 says “HaShem made me at the beginning of His way, before His deeds of yore.” The commentary on this verse 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’ quoting Bereshit Rabbah 1:2 (Midrash). The Torah begins with the words ‘In the beginning’ which may be interpreted to mean, ‘With the Torah, which is called ‘Beginning’, HaShem 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 Talmud Bavli concerning the seven things which were created before Creation says:
    • Torah
    • Repentance
    • The Garden of Eden
    • Gehinnom
    • The Throne of Glory
    • The Holy Temple
    • The Name of the Messiah

Proverbs 8:23 says “I have reigned since the distant past; from the beginning, from before there was the earth.” Since Torah was one of the seven creations that preceded the creation of the world, and is the blueprints for all of creation, then I must ask the question, how then can creation exist if the Torah was now tossed aside and rendered obsolete as Replacement Theology teaches?

  • Matthew 5:18 says “For truly, I say to you, till the heaven and the earth pass away, one yod (Smallest Hebrew letter in the alphabet) or one tittle (Dots placed above the Hebrew letters) shall by no means pass from the Torah till all be done.” Unfortunately Replacement Theology teaches that when Yeshua uttered the words ‘It is finished’ that is the point where the Torah ended and ‘Grace’ entered the world….absolute absurd and extremely dangerous doctrine! What they don’t realize is the phrase ‘It is finished’ was spoken by the Kohen HaGadol (High Priest) when the Pesach (Passover) lamb was slaughtered on behalf of Israel. Point I am trying to make, is Replacement Theology has fashioned its own idol and their own version of the Messiah in their own image based simply because of the satanic doctrine that the Torah is the height of bondage, death, destruction and something humanity needed to be freed from. Paul warned of this when he talked about the ‘Mystery of Lawlessness (Without the Torah) was already at work’ (2 Thess 2:7) in his day. Clearly from what we read in HaShem’s Word His Torah is eternal and will NEVER pass away…a universe without His Torah is nothing, it will cease to exist any longer.

Proverbs 8:24-26 says “When there were no depths, I was formed; when there were no springs rich with water, before mountains were settled, before hills, I was formed; when He had not yet made the earth and its environs on the first dust of the inhabited world.” The Torah is reiterating it was created before the mountains were sunk into the water. Rashi says “‘When He had not yet made the earth and its environs’ explains that this refers to the Land of Israel and the all the other lands.”

Proverbs 8:27-31 says “When He prepared the heavens, I was there; when He etched out the glove upon the face of the depths; when He strengthened the heavens above; when fortifying the wellsprings of the depths; when He set for the sea its limit, so that the waters would not transgress His word; when He forged the foundations of the earth; I was a nursling beside Him, I was then His delight every day, playing before Him at all times, playing in the inhabited areas of His world, my delights are with mankind.” There are many comments on these verses so we will go through them one by one:

  • “In forming the world, HaShem made the laws of Torah inherent in everything. Therefore, a person who looks at the wonders of the world with open eyes will perceive that they were fashioned to facilitate the performance of the Torah’s commandments, which serve as the spiritual foundation holding up the structure of Creation. This lesson may be learned not only from living things, but from inanimate objects as well. Each of HaShem’s creations is linked to a precept of Divine wisdom. Those who seek it will find this wisdom everywhere, for it is present in all aspects of creation.” In other words, Torah can be seen in ALL of HaShem’s creation!
  • “When He set for the sea its limit, so that the waters would not transgress His Word.” The ocean provides a good physical example of what it means to ‘Fear’ HaShem in that when we fear Him, we will only do, go and say what He has ordained or endorsed to say. Just as the waters of the ocean only go as far as He has commanded.
  • “I was like a nursling…” The Torah was like HaShem’s beloved child, nurtured by Him and His source of constant delight.
  • “Playing in the inhabited areas of His world.” The Torah brings happiness and rejoicing to the inhabitants of the world.

Proverbs 8:32-36 says “And now, children, listen to me; praiseworthy are those who heed my ways. Hearken to discipline and grow wise, and do not reject wisdom. Praiseworthy is a person who listens to me, to be constantly at my doors everyday, to guard the doorposts of my entrances. For one who finds me has found life and he has elicited favor from HaShem. But one who sins against me despoils his soul; all who hate me love death.”

Very interesting, so one who grows wiser, increases discipline, is one who does NOT reject His Torah! Further, He says one who finds His Torah has found life and has elicited favor from HaShem! So, Torah isn’t the source of darkness, bondage, destruction and death, many in Replacement Theology teach? This means either Paul and his letters are false and should be removed, OR we are not correctly understanding what he is writing!! I side that we are not fully understanding what he is writings as the man himself on a few occasions in his letters tells everyone he is Hebrew speaking and a Pharisee (Hillel), not ‘WAS’ a Pharisee but currently as of his writings a Pharisee.

With all this said, I hope and pray this Op has been a blessing and makes the importance of His Torah to come alive! Remember, ‘Know Torah = Know Messiah’ vs ‘No Torah = No Messiah!’

Much to consider!

Shalom

SOURCE MATERIALS:

  • The Scriptures by the Institute for Scripture Research
  • The Stone Edition Tanakh by Artscroll
  • The Stone Edition Chumash by Artscroll
  • Artscroll Tanakh Series ‘Mishlei’ (Proverbs)
  • Tractate Pesachim from the Talmud Bavli by Steinsaltz
  • Tractate Avot from the Mishnah by Kehati
  • Tractate Gittin from the Talmud Bavli by Steinsaltz
  • Tractate Shabbos from the Talmud Bavli by Steinsaltz
  • Tractate Avoda Zara from the Talmud Bavli by Steinsaltz
  • Tractate Sanhedrin from the Talmud Bavli by Steinsaltz

THE PATH OF RIGHTEOUSNESS

“I love those who love me, and those who search for me shall find me.”  Proverbs 8:17

Continuing the theme from the previous Op I posted i.e. “We hope for light, but there is only darkness – Justice vs Injustice”, we discussed the definitions of Justice vs Injustice.  In this Op, we will be exploring the longest chapter of the entire Bible i.e. Psalms 119 and all 176 verses!  I know it is a ton of information, but my motivation for doing so is to once more show how important His Torah is in our lives especially in light of all the insanity going on around us in the world today!  Further, it is a good reminder and great opportunity to reaffirm the Tanakh (Erroneously called the Old Testament) is the dictionary for the Apostolic Writings!!

Additionally, again in light of all that is going on around us today, I thought an Op discussing the greatness of HaShem and His Torah!  For example, the above verse from Proverbs 8:17 is an amazing verse because the entirety of Proverbs chapter 8 is written by Solomon in the perspective of the Torah itself speaking!  Therefore, this verse is saying “I (Torah) love those who love Torah, and those who search for Torah shall find Torah!”  HaShem is saying that He loves those who love His Torah and that to study His Torah is how to grow in our relationship with Him!  Baruch HaShem! 

HaShem says time and again that it was with His Torah that He created ALL of the universe (Explains why I posted pictures of His creation in this Op) and it is His Torah which sustains everything each day…Baruch HaShem!  This is why creation falls apart and is destroyed when mankind rejects His Torah and embraces lawlessness (Without the Torah)…cause and effect. 

Keep all this mind as we proceed, but as always, never forget the following scriptural facts of HaShem’s characteristics and attributes:

  • 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 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

“The end of the matter, everything is heard.  Fear HaShem and keep His Commandments, FOR THIS IS THE WHOLE DUTY OF MAN.”  Ecclesiastes 12:13

Before we jump into this Op, let’s first explore the definition of what the ‘Torah’ truly is outside of the fact it is the 613 Commandments given in the first five books of the Bible i.e. Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy i.e. the Books of Moshe. 

The word “Torah” is a Hebrew word which means “Law, direction, instruction, body of prophetic teaching, instruction in the Messianic Age.  The direction one is to take in life.  A throwing of the finger to point towards a direction to walk or live, the throwing down of water in rain.  To point the way one is to walk in life, shooting at a target.  Comprised of the Five Books of Moshe and the Mishnah (Oral Torah).” 

So, we see Torah is NOT just a list of do’s and don’ts as Replacement Theology condemns and teaches, Torah is the vehicle to walk in service to HaShem, the means to grow in a relationship with Him!  We will see this play out as we read through Psalms 119 shortly!  I hope and pray you will see HaShem and His Torah in a whole new light when we are done with this Op and further see Yeshua didn’t come teaching against Torah, but just the opposite!  A Messiah of HaShem MUST come teaching Torah observance otherwise that one claiming to be Messiah is disqualified, which is why I keep saying that per the doctrine of Replacement Theology, Jesus Christ, is disqualified as being the Messiah of HaShem simply because he teaches Torah is now “Fulfilled/obsolete/replaced” by grace….an utterly absurd and demonically inspired doctrine by the way!  I digress.

This word “Torah” is first used in Genesis 26:5 which says “Because Avraham obeyed My voice, and observed My safeguards, My commandments, My decrees, and My Torahs.”  This one verse utterly destroys Replacement Theology as Avraham is clearly walking in the Torah of HaShem BEFORE He gave the Torah to Moshe at Sinai!  This proves HaShem’s Torah was known from the very beginning and Avraham who was NOT ethnically Jewish is walking in the Torah as the evidence and fruit of his faith/trust/belief in HaShem, meaning FIRST Avraham trusted in what HaShem promised and THEN he walked in the Torah out of love, devotion and loyalty to HaShem! 

  • Yoma 28b from the Talmud Bavli says “Abraham had great knowledge of astronomy in his heart.  He was able to precisely calculate the movements of the heavenly bodies and was therefore able to discern immediately after noon that the sun had begun its descent. 
    • Abraham was an Elder and sat and studied Torah in a yeshiva (Torah school) where the Divine Presence rests.  There he developed the expertise to determine the precise hour (When the sun would set). 
    • Abraham our Patriarch was himself an Elder and would sit in Yeshiva as it is stated ‘And Abraham was old, advanced in years’ (Genesis 24:1).  From the apparent redundancy of the terms old and advanced in years, it is derived that ‘old’ means that he was a wise Elder and prominent in Torah, and ‘advanced in years’ means that he was elderly. 
      • Similarly, Isaac our Patriarch was an Elder and sat in Yeshiva, as it is stated ‘And it came to pass when Isaac was old and his eyes were dim’ (Genesis 27:1). 
      • Similarly, Jacob our Patriarch was an Elder and sat in Yeshiva, as it is stated ‘And Israel’s eyes were heavy with age’ (Genesis 48:10).

Even though the verses cited here refer to the advanced age of the Patriarchs, clearly these verses do not come to disparage them by asserting that they were frail.  The point of these verses is that their eyes were heavy with age from their Torah study.”

Now let’s quickly lay the foundation for Psalms 119 and see this word in action in the following verses:

Exodus 12:49 says “One Law (Torah) shall there be for the native and the proselyte who lives among you.”  Another pesky verse which destroys Replacement Theology as this verse says there is ONE Torah for everyone who comprises Israel regardless of DNA!  If a person chooses to serve HaShem, the Elohim of Israel and follow the example of Yeshua, we WILL and MUST walk in the Torah as our instruction of how to live in this life! 

Psalm 19:8-9 says “The Torah of HaShem is perfect, it restores the soul, the testimony of HaShem is trustworthy, making the simple one wise.  The orders of HaShem are upright, gladdening the heart.  The command of HaShem is clear, enlightening the eyes.”  A very good statement in the commentary on these verses says “Whoever takes the words of Torah to heart merits that all disturbing thoughts and fears should not molest him.  He is freed from anxiety over violence and hunger, mad illusions and erotic fantasies, evil impulses of sin and adultery, worthless thoughts and fears of oppression by others.  This is as it says ‘The order of HaShem are upright, gladdening the heart.’”

Prov 28:9 says “If one turns his ear aside from hearing the Torah, his prayer, too, will be considered an abomination.”  The commentary says “This person has no interest in learning Torah.  Such a person’s prayer cannot possibly be sincere; and it must be mere lip service.”

Is 42:21 says “HaShem desired for the sake of Israel’s righteousness that the Torah be made great and glorious.”  The commentary on this verse is very interesting and says “HaShem will magnify the Torah at the time of the Redemption (Where we are right now in preparing for the Final Redemption!) to glorify the people of Israel.  At that time, HaShem’s righteousness will be acknowledged when the eyes of the blind will see and the ears of the deaf will hear.  Until then, however, they will remain blind and deaf.  Homiletically, the source for the Oral Torah is the Shechinah (Divine Presence), which is referred to as ‘Righteousness’, and all novella concerning the Torah are included in the Oral Torah.  Accordingly, HaShem desired, for the sake of His Shechinah, to increase the Oral Torah emanating from the novella of Torah scholars.  Therefore, He gave them the power to broaden their horizons (concerning understanding in Torah).”

Hos 8:12 says “I wrote for them (Israel) the great principles of My Torah, but they were regarded as something alien.”  Israel at that time had chosen to embrace idolatry over HaShem and such they had forgotten His Torah and could no longer relate to His Instructions. 

Mal 3:22 (4:4) says “Remember the Torah of Moshe My servant, which I commanded him at Horeb for all Israel, its decrees and its statutes.”  Very interesting this verse in the very last chapter of the Tanakh in which HaShem declares once again how Israel, His people, is NOT to forget His Torah!  So, right after He makes this statement then He suddenly sends Replacement Theology Jesus to do away with everything He said in His Torah?  This means HaShem is now a proven liar, a fraud and completely and utterly untrustworthy!  Another reason why I absolutely abhor and have such disdain for Replacement Theology Christian doctrine and thank HaShem every day He delivered me from that abominable system of deception, lies and destruction.  Baruch HaShem!

Now that we have laid this foundation, let’s now begin to examine this VERY long chapter of Psalms and see what King David is saying to HaShem regarding His Torah!  On a side note, remember Messiah Yeshua is to be in the likeness of David, so if David is Torah observant, then Messiah MUST be as well.  Further, Messiah is to be in the likeness of Moshe otherwise He isn’t Messiah!  Just more reasons why there is such a huge divide between Replacement Theology Jesus Christ and the Messiah of HaShem as revealed in His Word i.e. Yeshua!  I digress.

WALKING IN THE WAYS OF HASHEM

Now we need to quickly examine the layout of Psalms 119 as it is very significant in and of itself how HaShem has set this chapter up and reveals a ton! 

There are twenty-two letters which comprise the Hebrew alphabet – see the below picture for the letters.  Remember Hebrew is read from right to left:

This said, it is important to note there are 176 verses in Psalms 119!  Further, this Psalm is divided up into twenty-two sections, one section for each letter of the Hebrew alphabet!  In each section, there are eight verses! 

In Hebrew, numbers and letters are interconnected…meaning the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet i.e. Alef, has a value of one; Beit has a value of two, etc.  Further, each letter and number have a significant meaning attached to it.  For example:

  • The number ‘8’ represents the Torah.  Per the book ‘Jewish Wisdom in the Numbers’ says “Torah is not of this natural world.  It originates from On High and essentially belongs to the Heavenly realm.”  “There are eight sprinklings of blood on Yom Kippur were performed by the High Priest on the curtain of the Holy of Holies.  The sprinkling of one above and seven below symbolizes how the 8th dimension goes over and above the seven of the natural order.  Indeed, it was only the High Priest, himself elevated by his usual wearing of eight special garments, who was permitted entry into the Kodesh HaKodashim (Holy of Holies on Yom Kippur).  Other appearances of eight in the Mishkan (Tabernacle) include the inauguration of the Sanctuary transpired on the eighth day, its animals were suitable for sacrificial offerings from the eighth day forward; there were eight poles used to transport the main vessels; and there were eight types of spices – four for oil anointment and four for incense.  The number eight relates to Shemini Atzeres, Shavuot and Chanukah.  The miraculous oil of Chanukah is a harbinger of the anointing oil used to inaugurate the coming of the Messianic Era.  This process can be traced to King David, who was the eighth of Yishai’s sons.  The purpose of the Messianic Era is to restore the world to the level of Adam before his sin.”
  • The number ‘22’ represent the “sacred letters of the Hebrew alphabet, the building blocks of creation that establish the ideal sequence that constitutes order.”

Very interesting!  The commentary from Psalms 119 adds to this by saying in the opening of this chapter: “The first letter of the Hebrew alphabet symbolizes the head, the source of human intellect.  David taught that the way to come close to HaShem is not through an emotional outburst or an ecstatic fit of inspiration.  Rather, true faith is an odyssey of the mind, a quest for intellectual discovery and recognition of HaShem’s Omnipotence.  The Talmud Tractate Shabbat 104a teaches that the literal meaning of ‘Aleph’ (First letter of the Hebrew alphabet) is ‘Engage in study’ as Job 33:33 states:  ‘And I shall teach you wisdom.’  The term ‘Aleph/study’ appears at the beginning of the alphabet to emphasize that Torah study is the highest priority of Jewish life.  These eight verses beginning with the letter Aleph teach that one should not serve HaShem by rote.  He MUST study and understand the mitzvot (Commandments) in order to subsequently perform them properly.”

So, the entire Hebrew Alphabet means ‘To engage in the study of Torah!’  This is very interesting to me because Yeshua refers to Himself as the ‘Aleph and the Tav’ i.e. the first and last letters of the Hebrew alphabet in Revelation 1:8 (For the record the Apostolic Writings were written in Hebrew, NOT Greek as is commonly taught, but that is another Op in and of itself).  This reinforces if we want to know HaShem and know His Agent i.e. Messiah Yeshua, then we MUST be studying His Torah otherwise we are very susceptible to falling into deception and delusion and believing a lie! 

Let me now ask you, “Is it a coincidence then that the longest chapter of any Book in the Word of HaShem is ALL about the Torah and its importance in our lives and to creation as a whole?”  Is it any wonder then why the adversary has worked so hard to convince the masses of people to shun and reject HaShem and His Torah and teach a Replacement Theology doctrine?  Can you see why Replacement Theology and its Torah abolishing Jesus Christ is quite literally the greatest deception ever in the history of mankind which sets the stage for the rise of the False Messiah?  Also, remember Torah is the doctrine Yeshua taught and reinforced in His time here…He is the Agent of HaShem and cannot in any way change what HaShem established in the beginning!  Point is and let me reinforce, ‘Know Torah = Know Messiah, No Torah = No Messiah!’  Consider this as you read through Psalms 119!

With all this said thus far, now let’s get into the heart of this Op i.e. Psalms 119!!  Baruch HaShem!!

EMBRACE THE FOUNT OF JOY – THE TORAH OF HASHEM!

It should be noted there are ten key words in this Psalm, one of which appears in every verse in this Psalm: 

  • Torah
  • Way
  • Statute
  • Commandment
  • Judgment
  • Testimony
  • Precepts
  • Righteousness
  • Word
  • Saying

Each of these words are a different way to point to the Torah of HaShem!

(ALEPH) Psalms 119:1-8 says “Praiseworthy are those whose way is wholesome, who walk with the Torah of HaShem.  Praiseworthy are those who cherish His testimonies, whole heartedly they seek Him.  Indeed, they do no wrong, they walk in His ways.  You have issued Your precepts to be kept diligently.  My hopes:  may my ways be firmly guided to keep Your statutes.  Then I will not be ashamed when I gaze at all Your commandments.  I will thank You with upright heart, when I study Your righteous judgments.  I will keep Your statutes, do not forsake me, so much!”

  • Remember the Hebrew letter ‘Aleph’ is all about being directed to study HaShem’s Torah! And what does David say here? He says those who walk in the Torah of HaShem are wholesome and will not sin! Does that mean we can keep His Torah perfectly right now? Sadly, no! May it be very soon in our days!

(BEIT) Psalms 119:9-16 says “How can a youngster purify his path?  By observing Your word.  With all my heart I sought You, let me not stray from Your commandments.  In my heart I treasured Your word, so that I would not sin against You.  Blessed are You, HaShem, teach me Your statutes.  With my lips I recounted all the judgments of Your mouth.  I rejoiced over the way of Your testimonies as much as in all riches.  Of Your precepts I will speak and I will peer at Your paths.  I will occupy myself with Your statutes, I will not forget Your word.”

  • According to Shabbat 104a from the Talmud Bavli, the letter ‘Beit’ represents ‘Understanding’. David requests HaShem to teach him His Torah…gaining understanding of His Torah does NOT come quickly or easily! It is a long process, but it is SO very much worth the price and the process! Never a dull moment!! Baruch HaShem!

(GIMEL) Psalms 119:17-24 says “Deal kindly with Your servant, let me live that I may keep Your word.  Unveil my eyes that I may perceive wonders from Your Torah.  I am a sojourner in the world, hide not Your commandments from me.  My soul is shattered with yearning for Your judgments always.  You rebuked the accursed willful sinners who stray from Your commandments.  Remove from upon me scorn and contempt, for I have cherished Your testimonies.  Though princes sat and spoke against me, Your servant discusses Your statutes.  Indeed Your testimonies are my preoccupation, my counselors.”

  • According to Shabbat 104a from the Talmud Bavli, the letter ‘Gimel’ represents ‘To do kindness’. To love HaShem is to obey His Torah which also means to deal kindly with other people and treat them justly and with compassion as He shows us compassion. Sound like a familiar teaching? It is, because it is what Yeshua taught…remember He taught nothing new, He just reiterated what HaShem had already stated!

(DALET) Psalms 119:25-32 says “My soul clings to the dust, revive me in accordance with Your word.  I have recounted my ways and You answered me, teach me Your statutes.  Let me understand the way of Your precepts, then I shall discuss Your wonders.  My soul melts from sorrow, sustain me in accordance with Your word.  Remove from me the way of falsehood, and graciously endow me with Your Torah.  I have chosen the way of faith, I have submitted to Your judgments.  I clung to Your testimonies, HaShem, put me not to shame.  I will run on the way of Your commandments when You will broaden my understanding.”

  • According to Shabbat 104a from the Talmud Bavli, the letter ‘Dalet’ represents ‘A door‘. David seeks the door which will open the way for him to learn the path of truth i.e. the Torah! It connects to the letter Gimel teaching ‘Deal kindly with the poor.’

(HEY) Psalms 119:33-40 says “Teach me, HaShem, the way of Your statutes, and I will cherish it step by step.  Make me understand, so that I may cherish Your Torah, and I will keep it with all my heart.  Lead me on the trail of Your commandments, for that is my desire.  Incline my heart toward Your testimonies and not to greed.  Avert my eyes from seeing futility, through Your ways preserve me.  Fulfill Your promise to Your servant, regarding fear of You.  Remove the scorn that I dreaded for Your judgments are good.  Behold, I yearn for Your precepts, through Your righteousness preserve me.”

  • According to Shabbat 104a from the Talmud Bavli, the letter ‘Hey’ represents ‘HaShem’s ineffable Name’. It connects with the next letter ‘Vav’ which when both are connected form one of the ineffable Names of HaShem! Further, the letter ‘Hey’ is the numerical number for the Five Books of Moshe i.e. Torah!

(VAV) Psalms 119:41-48 says “May Your kindness come to me, HaShem, Your salvation, as You promised.  I shall offer a response to those who scorn me, for I trusted in Your word.  Do not remove from my mouth the word of utmost truth, because I hoped for Your judgment.  I will safeguard Your Torah constantly, forever and ever.  Then I will walk in broad pathways, for I sought Your precepts.  I will speak of Your testimonies before kings and not be ashamed.  I will be preoccupied with Your commandments, which I love.  I will lift my hands to Your commandments, which I love, and I will discuss Your statutes.”

  • According to Shabbat 104a from the Talmud Bavli, the letter Vav’ represents ‘HaShem’s ineffable Name’. The letter ‘Vav’ has a numerical value of six which correspond to the Six Orders of the Mishnah, the foundation for the Oral Torah, HaShem’s greatest gifts to His creation.

(ZAYIN) Psalms 119:49-56 says “Remember the word to Your servant, by which You gave me hope.  This is my comfort in my affliction, for Your word preserved me.  Willful sinners taunted me exceedingly, but I did not swerve from Your Torah.  I remembered Your judgments of old, HaShem, and I was comforted.  Trembling seized me because of the wicked who forsake Your Torah.  Your statutes were music to me, in my dwelling place.  In the night I remembered Your Name, HaShem, and I kept Your Torah.  This was my lot because I cherished Your precepts.”

  • According to Shabbat 104a from the Talmud Bavli, the letter ‘Zayin’ represents ‘Livelihood, sustenance’. HaShem is teaching that if person who studies and understands, does kindness to the poor and cherishes the Name of HaShem, then they will certainly be blessed.

(CHET) Psalms 119:57-64 says “HaShem is my portion, I said, to keep Your words.  I pleaded before You whole heartedly, favor me as You promised.  I considered my ways and returned my feet to Your testimonies.  I hastened and I did not delay to keep Your commandments.  Bands of wicked men plundered me, but I did not forget Your Torah.  At midnight I will arise to thank You, because of Your righteous judgments.  I am a friend to all you fear You, and to those who keep Your precepts.  Your kindness, HaShem, fills the earth, teach me Your statutes.” 

  • According to Shabbat 104a from the Talmud Bavli, the letter ‘Chet’ represents ‘Grace and charm’. If someone walks in the Torah of HaShem, He will grant them this gift!

(TET) Psalms 119:65-72 says “You did good with Your servant, HaShem, according to Your word.  Teach me good reasoning and knowledge, for I believe in Your commandments.  Before I learned, I erred, but now I keep Your word.  You are good and beneficent, teach me Your statutes.  Willful sinners piled falsehood on me, but I cherish Your precepts with all my heart.  Their heart grew thick as fat, but for me, Your Torah is my preoccupation.  It is good for me that I was afflicted, so that I might learn Your statutes.  I prefer the Torah of Your mouth above thousands in gold and silver.”

  • According to Shabbat 104a from the Talmud Bavli, the letter ‘Tet’ represents ‘Goodness’. The Talmud teaches those who learns the lessons of the preceding letters with be blessed with goodness by HaShem.

(YOD) Psalms 119:73-80 says “Your hands made me and prepared me, make me understand, so that I may learn Your commandments.  Those who revere You shall see me and rejoice, because I put hope in Your word.  I know, HaShem, that Your judgment is righteous, and that You afflicted me in good faith.  May Your kindness comfort me, as You promised to Your servant.  May Your mercies come upon me so that I may live, for Your Torah is my preoccupation.  May the willful sinners be shamed, for they malign me with lies, but I will discuss Your precepts.  May they return to me, those who fear You, who know Your testimonies.  May I be whole hearted with Your statutes, so that I be not shamed.” 

  • According to Shabbat 104a from the Talmud Bavli, the letter ‘Yod’ represents ‘Inheritance’. Those who walk in the Torah of HaShem will have an inheritance in the World to Come! Baruch HaShem!

(KAPH) Psalms 119:81-88 says “My soul pines for Your salvation, for Your word I hope.  My eyes pine for Your promise, saying, ‘When will You comfort me?’  Though I have been like a wineskin dried in smoke, I did not forget Your statutes.  How many are Your servant’s days?  When will You execute judgment upon my pursuers?  Willful sinners dug pits for me, which does not accord with Your Torah.  All Your commandments are faithful, they pursue me with lies, help me!  They had almost destroyed me on earth, but I did not forsake Your precepts.  In accordance with Your kindness, preserve me!  And I will keep the testimony of Your mouth.” 

  • According to Shabbat 104a from the Talmud Bavli, the letter ‘Kaph’ represents ‘Crown’. The person who has faith in HaShem and walks in His Torah will be ‘crowned’ with His Ruach (Spirit).

(LAMED) Psalms 119:89-96 says “Forever, HaShem, Your word stands firm in heaven.  Your faithfulness endures from generation to generation, You established the earth and it endures.  To fulfill Your judgment they stand each day, for all are Your servants.  Had Your Torah not been my preoccupation, I would have perished in my suffering.  I will never forget Your precepts, for through them You have preserved me.  I am Yours, save me!  For I have sought Your precepts.  The wicked hoped to destroy me, but I contemplate Your testimonies.  To every goal I have seen a limit, but Your commandment is exceedingly broad.”

According to Shabbat 104a from the Talmud Bavli, the letter ‘Lamed’ represents ‘The World to Come’. The greatest reward HaShem has promised to those who believe in Him is resurrection, eternal life in the World to Come!! May it be so very soon!!

(MEM) Psalms 119:97-104 says “Oh how I love Your Torah!  All day long it is my conversation.  Your commandments make me wiser than my enemies, for it is ever with me.  From all my teachers I grew wise, for Your testimonies are my conversation.  From the elders I gain understanding, for I have cherished Your precepts.  From every evil path I restrained my feet, so that I might keep Your word.  From Your judgments I did not depart, for You have taught me.  How sweet to my palate is Your word, more than honey to my mouth.  Through Your precepts I acquire understanding, therefore I hate every path of falsehood.” 

  • According to Shabbat 104a from the Talmud Bavli, the letter ‘Mem’ represents ‘Pronouncement’. This refers to the Ten Pronouncements with which HaShem created the world. This letter has a numerical value of 40. The human embryo is created and formed in 40 days. Israel wandered the desert for 40 years being shaped from a multitude of fugitive slaves to HaShem’s nation!

(NUN) Psalms 119:105-112 says “Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path.  I have sworn, and I will fulfull, to keep Your righteous judgments.  I am exceedingly afflicted, HaShem, preserve me in accord with Your word.  Please accept with favor the offerings of my mouth HaShem, and teach me Your judgments.  My life is always at risk, but I did not forget Your Torah.  The wicked laid a snare for me, but I did not stray from Your percepts.  Your testimonies are my eternal heritage, for they are the joy of my heart.  I have inclined my heart to perform Your statutes, forever, to the utmost.”

  • According to Shabbat 104a from the Talmud Bavli, the letter ‘Nun’ represents ‘Loyal person’. This loyal person is completely devoted to HaShem! This person is subservient to HaShem and walks in His Torah.

(SAMECH) Psalms 119:113-120 says “I hate the irresolute, but I love Your Torah.  You are my concealment and my shield, I put hope in Your word.  Depart from me, you evildoers, and I will cherish the commandments of my Elohim.  Support me as You promised, that I may live, disgrace me not in my hope.  Sustain that I may be saved, and I will always be engrossed in Your statutes.  You trampled all who stray from Your statutes, for their deceit is falsehood.  Like dross, You purged all the wicked of the earth, therefore I love Your testimonies.  My flesh shuddered from dread of You, and I feared Your judgments.” 

  • According to Shabbat 104a from the Talmud Bavli, the letter ‘Samech’ represents ‘Support’. HaShem supports all those who rely on Him. This letter has the numerical value of 60 and best described by the verse in Song of Solomon 3:7 where we read “Behold the bed of Solomon with sixty warriors guarding it.”

(AYIN) Psalms 119:121-128 says “I practiced justice and righteousness, abandon me not to those who exploit me.  Be Your servant’s guarantor for good, let not willful sinners exploit me.  My eyes pine for Your salvation, and for Your promised righteousness.  Treat Your servant according to Your kindness, and teach me Your statutes.  I am Your servant, grant me understanding, so that I may know Your testimonies.  There is a time when HaShem will act, they voided Your Torah.  Therefore I loved Your commandments, more than gold, even more than fine gold.  Therefore I declared the fairness of every precept regarding everything!  I hated every path of falsehood.”

  • According to Shabbat 104a from the Talmud Bavli, the letter ‘Ayin’ represents ‘A pauper’. It is man’s duty to support the poor and poverty doesn’t just mean financial poverty, but true poverty i.e. those who have zero knowledge of HaShem or His Torah!

(PEY) Psalms 119:129-136 says “Your testimonies are wonders, therefore my soul has cherished them.  Your opening words illuminate, making simpletons understand.  I opened my mouth and swallowed deeply, because I lust for Your commandments.  Turn to me and favor me, as is just for those who love Your Name.  Ready my steps toward Your word, and let no iniquity have power over me.  Redeem me from human exploitation, and I will observe Your precepts.  Let Your face shine upon Your servant, and teach me Your statute.  My eyes shed streams of water, because they did not keep Your Torah.” 

  • According to Shabbat 104a from the Talmud Bavli, the letter ‘Pey’ represents ‘Mouth’. This teaches that a person should not speak before he studies and sees the truth with his own eyes!

TZADE) Psalms 119:137-144 says “Righteous are You, HaShem, and Your judgments are fair.  You commanded Your testimonies of righteousness and great faithfulness.  My zeal incenses me, for my oppressors have ignored Your words.  Your word is very pure, and Your servant loves it.  I am young and despised, yet I do not forget Your precepts.  Your righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and Your Torah is truth.  Distress and anguish have overtaken me, Your commandments are my preoccupation.  Your testimonies are righteous forever, grant me understanding so that I may live.”

  • According to Shabbat 104a from the Talmud Bavli, the letter ‘Tzade’ represents ‘A tzaddik follows ‘Ayin’ and ‘Pey’. A person who guards their eyes, mouth and humbly submits his voice and vision to HaShem will be considered a righteous person…all of which comes by faith in HaShem!

(KUF) Psalms 119:145-152 says “I called with all my heart, answer me, HaShem, I will cherish Your statutes.  I called You, save me, and I will keep Your testimonies.  I arose before dawn and I cried out, I hoped for Your word.  My eyes preceded the night watches, that I may discuss Your word.  Hear my voice in accord with Your kindness, HaShem, preserve me in accord with Your judgment.  The pursuers of intrigue approach, they are far from Your Torah.  You are nearby, HaShem, and all Your commandments are true.  From the start I knew from Your testimonies, that You established them forever.”

  • According to Shabbat 104a from the Talmud Bavli, the letter ‘Kuf’ represents ‘Sanctity’. This letter basically represents ‘Teshuvah/Repentance’ which means a person has returned to HaShem and His Torah!

(RESH) Psalms 119:153-160 says “See my affliction and release me, for I have not forgotten Your Torah.  Champion my cause and redeem me, for Your word’s sake, preserve me.  Salvation is far from the wicked, for they sought not Your statutes.  Your mercies, HaShem, are abundant, preserve me in accordance with Your judgments.  Many were my pursuers and tormentors, but I did not swerve from Your testimonies.  I saw traitors and I quarreled with them, because they kept not Your word.  Observe that I loved Your precepts, HaShem, preserve me in accordance with Your kindness.  Your very first utterance is truth, and Your righteous judgment is eternal.” 

  • According to Shabbat 104a from the Talmud Bavli, the letter ‘Resh’ represents ‘Wicked’. The wicked man is so arrogant that he puts himself ahead of everyone else, including HaShem, Whom he defies and rebels against. HaShem is clear, at the appointed time He will judge and forever destroy these people!

(SHIN) Psalms 119:161-168 says “Princes pursued me without cause, but my heart feared Your utterance.  I rejoice over Your word, like one who finds abundant spoils.  I hate falsehood and I abhor it, but Your Torah I love.  Seven times a day I praise You for Your righteous judgments.  There is abundant peace for the lovers of Your Torah, and there is no stumbling block for them.  I hoped for Your salvation, HaShem, and I performed Your commandments.  My soul kept Your testimonies, and I loved them very much.  I have kept Your orders and Your testimonies, for all my ways are before You.”

  • According to Shabbat 104a from the Talmud Bavli, the letter ‘Shin’ represents ‘Falsehood’. This represents the ultimate destruction of those who represent falsehood and evil.

(TAV) Psalms 119:169-176 says “May my prayerful song approach Your Presence, HaShem, grant me understanding in according with Your utterance.  May my supplication come before You, rescue me in accordance with Your word.  My lips will overflow with praise when You teach me Your statute.  My tongue shall proclaim Your word, because all Your commandments are righteous.  Let Your hand be ready to assist me, for I have chosen Your precepts.  I lust for Your salvation, HaShem, and Your Torah is my preoccupation.  Let my soul live and it shall praise You, and let Your judgments assist me.  I have strayed like a lost sheep, seek out Your servant, for I have not forgotten Your commandments.”

  • According to Shabbat 104a from the Talmud Bavli, the letter ‘Tav’ represents ‘Truth’. As this is the final letter of the alphabet, it teaches that truth is the final and ultimate purpose of all pursuits and action and what is the truth of HaShem? “Your Torah is truth” per Psalms 119:142!!

Can you see HaShem is absolutely serious about His Torah and how much of a blessing it is? If we want to develop relationship with HaShem, like I said earlier, His Torah is the ONLY way to do that!! Trust me, from personal experience, it will utterly change your entire life and His Word will suddenly explode into life! Further, it will make the words of the Apostolic Writings finally make real and significant sense and not have to cherry pick through verses to find ones that agree with whatever the latest message of Replacement Theology is.

So, in these very trying times we are living in, now more than ever HaShem is calling for His people to come to Him and learn and live by His Torah, because doing so, we will know HaShem, we will know His Messiah and will NOT fall into deception and delusion and certainly will not be seduced by the doctrine of the Impostor i.e. the False Messiah and his Replacement Theology doctrine!

Be encouraged! It cannot be much longer until the Final Redemption happens! May it be so VERY soon in our days!!!

Shalom!

SOURCE MATERIALS:

  • The Scriptures by the Institute for Scripture Research
  • The Stone Tanakh by Artscroll
  • The Stone Chumash by Artscroll
  • Artscroll Tanakh Series Tehillim (Psalms) by Artscroll
  • Tractate Shabbos from the Talmud Bavli by Artscroll and Steinsaltz

“WE HOPE FOR LIGHT, BUT THERE IS DARKNESS” – JUSTICE VS INJUSTICE

“Behold, the king will rule for the sake of righteousness and the officers will govern for justice.” Isaiah 32:1

Would you all agree the world today as we know it is in serious trouble? Would you also agree that we all need to be seeking out HaShem, the Elohim of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the Elohim of Israel, more than ever? I must warn you all up front, this Op will be VERY long…I have been researching this topic now for a few weeks and it just keeps getting longer and longer as there is SOOOOO much information that I want to share with you all and trying to pack it all into one Op is a bit difficult! So, thank you in advance for your patience. Now let me state for the record, this Op is NOT intended to highlight the horrible nature of humanity and what is currently going on around us…it is meant to be an Op of hope and anticipation, meaning highlighting how horrible things are is meant to be an indicator of how soon our Redeemer may be showing up to rescue His Own, like seeing the glimmer of light in the distance. For example, HaShem uses the picture of a woman in labor and her labor pains to teach us of the End, meaning the greater the pains i.e. turmoil, injustice, corruption, violence, etc, the sooner that baby will be born i.e. the Gathering of His people and later the arrival of Messiah to Jerusalem!! Please keep this in mind! May it be so very soon in our days!

With all the insanity going on around us with the ‘Cancel Culture’ and the efforts to actually de-fund and/or disband the police in our cities, we see there is a major effort underway to erase any forms of justice which remained in our country. This is unleashing the criminals, lawless and the corrupt in unprecedented acts of violence; meanwhile criminals walk free and the victims face harsh punishments…it is truly surreal.

However, one aspect of all this, is that HaShem is not only beginning to unleash His judgment upon the world and America, but is by extension, revealing how the justice of mankind is corrupt, hopeless and will lead to ruin apart from Him. On the flip side and more importantly, we are being given a first row glimpse at how corrupt man is, and in doing so, HaShem is revealing by contrast His righteousness and justice which He rules in His Kingdom and soon to be on the earth via the righteousness and justice of His Agent i.e. Messiah Yeshua! I hope to explain all of this better in this very long Op as we will be examining what Yeshua said with regards to the End of Days.

But as I always include in my Op’s, never forget the following attributes and characteristics of HaShem, especially in conjunction to this Op as these attributes will help explain the Op in their own right:

  • 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 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

INJUSTICE VS JUSTICE

To understand why the world, to include America, is in the state it is in today with all the riots and the efforts to free society from the oppressive shackles of law and order, yes I am being sarcastic, we need to examine what Yeshua said concerning the End:

Yeshua warns us in Matthew 24:37-39 “And as the days of Noach, so also shall the coming of the Son of Adam be. For as they were in the days before the flood, eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noach entered the ark, and they did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also shall the coming of the Son of Adam be.”

Further, He said in Luke 17:28-30 says “And likewise, as it came to be in the days of Lot: They were eating, they were drinking, they were buying, they were selling, they were planting, they were building, but on the day Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and sulfur from heaven and destroyed all.”

What were the conditions of the Days of Noach and the Days of Lot? Yeshua is referencing two distinct time periods and pointing to the states of the societies in these two time periods and telling us how these societies were is how it will be in the End! Remember HaShem reveals the end from the beginning and there is nothing new under the sun! We will shortly examine in depth the societies of these two different time periods here shortly.

In light of this thus far, consider the words of King David which ring out louder today than ever before, in my opinion, when choosing to ‘believe’ HaShem and Who He is, in the face of the times we currently live in, when David said “HaShem is my Rock, my Fortress, and my Rescuer. Elohim, my Rock in Whom I take shelter, my Shield, and the Horn of my Salvation, my Stronghold and my Refuge. My Savior, You save me from injustice!” 2 Samuel 22:2-3. Keep this in mind as we proceed! Baruch HaShem for He is unchanging and His Word stands forever!!

Before we can jump into the deep end of the pool in this Op, we need to first examine how HaShem define’s the words ‘Injustice’ and ‘Justice’ from His Word.

  • ‘Injustice’ is the Hebrew word ‘Chamas’ which means “Violence, wrong, cruelty, robbery, injustice, a violent shaking, false, damage, unrighteous, commit evil incrementally, doing petty wrongs, law evading evil, to insult, to rob, wicked government, extortion, to be ruined.” It is first used in Genesis 6:11 “The earth was also corrupt before Elohim, and the earth was filled with violence (Chamas).”
    • Commentary from the Genesis Chumash says ‘Injustice/Chamas’ can also be translated as ‘Prohibited relationships’ or ‘Idolatry’.
    • Corruption seems to go with ‘Chamas’ so let’s see what this is about: Genesis 6:11 says the “whole earth was corrupted, for all flesh had corrupted its way.” This is understood to mean that humanity mated domestic animals with wild animals AND all sorts of animals WITH humans per Tractate Sanhedrin 108a of the Talmud Bavli. Gee, how many articles do we read per year of how scientists are combining the DNA of animals with humans in labs?
      • Sanhedrin 57a from the Talmud Bavli says “Anywhere the term ‘Corruption’ is stated in the Torah, it is referring ONLY to sexual matters (Illicit) or idolatry.” Let’s look at some key verses and see how ‘Chamas’ is used for further clarification:
        • Proverbs 21:7 says “The robbery (Chamas) of the wicked will cause them to fear, since they have refuse to execute justice.” The commentary on this verse says “Robbery is a direct result of the failure of the authorities to enforce justice; therefore, they will have to take responsibility for such crime.”
        • Psalms 73:6 says “Therefore their necklace is pride enwrapping their body in their own violence (Chamas).” The commentary says concerning these wicked people “Use their ill gotten gains to purchase respectability so that their nakedness i.e. shameful reputation, will be concealed.”
        • Psalms 140:2 says “Release me, HaShem, from the wicked man, from the man of violence (Chamas) preserve me.” The commentary on this verse says The man of violence is not stirred by gain, greed, nor glory; rather he enjoys the perpetration of violence and crime for its own sake. To him, evil is an end and a value in itself. He enjoys causing pain or damage. He derives even greater pleasure from openly and brazenly committed violence.” Good grief, sound like the riots we see today?
        • Psalms 140:5 says “Guard me, HaShem, from the hands of the wicked, from the man of violence (Chamas) preserve me, those who contrive to jostle my feet.” This verse is an allusion to the exile of Israel into the world. The term ‘The wicked’ is in reference to Islam/Ishmaelites while ‘The man of violence’ refers to Edom i.e. Rome otherwise known as Replacement Theology Christianity! Very interesting…Christendom and its doctrine is called ‘The man of violence’….very good description of Christendom!
        • Psalms 140:12 says “Let not the slanderous man be established on earth, let evil hunt down the man of violence (Chamas) and overthrow him.” The commentary on this verse says “The evil man has sown the seeds of his own destruction within himself. He has so perverted his nature that he prefers evil and despises good. At first such a person indulges in forbidden but normal lusts. Eventually, he becomes so corrupted that he can be sated only by perverted pleasures. His instinctive attraction to evil does not allow him to rest. It hunts him down and forces him to act violently, and this ingrained nature will eventually cause his overthrow and destruction.”
        • Isaiah 60:18 says “No longer will violence (Chamas) be heard of in your land, nor plunder and calamity in your borders. And you will call Elohim’s salvation your protective walls, and His praise will be your gateways.” This is a prophetic verse which has yet to occur in which Israel will not need walls for protection against the enemy, instead all of Israel will rely upon HaShem and in doing so Israel will proclaim the Salvation (Yeshua) of HaShem!
        • Jeremiah 51:45-46 says “Go out from its (Babylon) midst, My people, and let each man save his soul from the burning anger of HaShem. Lest you be disheartened and frightened by the report that will be heard in the land, a report will come that year and after it a report the next year; violence (Chamas) in the land, and one ruler after another.” These are verses speaking of the End and the coming destruction of Babylon (United States).
        • Amos 3:9-10 says “Announce atop the palaces of Ashdod and atop the palaces in the land of Egypt; say, ‘Gather together on the mountains o Samaria and observe the great turmoils within it and the oppressed people in its midst.’ They do not know how to do right, the Word of HaShem, they store up violence (Chamas) and plunder in their palaces.” The commentary on these verses says “So immersed have these people become in their evil ways that they are no longer capable of righteous behavior.”

Very interesting! Can you see how the definition and the Scriptural examples of the meaning of ‘Chamas’ seems to be very similar to what we are seeing today in American society and politics?

Now let’s examine the opposite of ‘Injustice/Chamas’ and see how HaShem defines this concept and how He applies it:

  • Justice is the Hebrew word ‘Tsedeqah’ which means “Righteousness, justice, righteous acts, justify, cleansed, one who is upright or righteous is one who walks a straight path (Torah), exonerating, universal truth, clemency, purity, equity, liberality, virtue.” It is first used in Genesis 15:6 which says “And he (Abraham) trusted (Faith – Believed) HaShem, and He reckoned it to him as righteousness (Tsedeqah).” This verse here in Genesis, again destroys the accusations of Replacement Theology Christendom that those who strive to keep the Torah are trying to “earn their salvation.” Point is, it has ALWAYS been first faith/trust/believe HaShem and what He says, THEN learn and strive to walk out His Torah as the demonstration of that faith….remember “Faith/trust/belief without works (Torah) is dead” quoting James 2:26, meaning it means nothing and counts for nothing if Torah is tossed aside. Keep this in mind as we continue!
    • The commentary on Genesis 15:6 says “The Jewish people are called ‘believers’, the children of believers. The Jews themselves are called ‘believers’ because when they were in Egypt and Moshe told them that HaShem would redeem them, they accepted his words and believed HaShem would truly redeem them.” Point is, they believed HaShem (Faith) and then they did what He commanded them to do i.e. slaughter a lamb, put the blood on the door posts, stay in their homes while He passed over and wiped the Egyptian firstborn out and then He delivered them out! I digress.
      • Deuteronomy 6:24-25 says “HaShem commanded us to perform all these decrees, to fear HaShem, our Elohim, for our good, all the days, to give us life, as this very day. And it will be a merit (Tsedeqah) if we are careful to perform this entire commandment before HaShem, our Elohim, as He commanded.” Very interesting as HaShem connects living and walking out His Torah with ‘Tsedeqah/Righteousness’!
      • Psalms 103:6 says “HaShem does righteous (Tsedeqah) deeds, and judgments for all the oppressed.” The commentary on this verse says “In order to rescue all the oppressed, HaShem issues judgments and punishments against those who oppress them.”
      • Psalms 103:17 says “But the kindness of HaShem is forever and ever upon those who fear Him, and His righteousness (Tsedeqah) upon children’s children.”
      • Psalms 119:142 says “Your righteousness (Tsedeqah) is an everlasting righteousness (Tsedeqah) and Your Torah is truth.” The commentary on this verse says “There is only one reality, Torah! All else is illusion. Torah is the source of all creation, and only by virtue of Torah does the world continue to exist. Moreover, it is the Torah that established the basic standards of decency, morality, and honesty. Without this fundamental ethic of truth, the world would cease to exist.” So why would we want to be free from HaShem and His Torah as Replacement Theology teaches?
      • Proverbs 15:9 says “The way of a wicked person is an abomination to HaShem, but He loves a pursuer of righteousness (Tsedeqah).” A person who strives to walk in the Torah of HaShem, seeking to help others at every opportunity, treating others correctly, etc, HaShem loves this person.
      • Proverbs 21:3 says “Doing what is right (Tsedeqah) and just is preferable to HaShem than an offering.” This states what HaShem expresses several times throughout His Word that He prefers obedience and sincerity to offerings brought in a sanctimonious spirit.
      • Isaiah 1:27-28 says “Zion will be redeemed through justice, and those who return to her through righteousness (Tsedeqah); but calamity awaits rebels and sinners together, and those who forsake HaShem will perish.”
      • Isaiah 54:17 says “Any weapon sharpened against you will not succeed, and any tongue that will rise against you in judgment, you will condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of HaShem and their righteousness (Tsedeqah) from Me, the Word of HaShem.” Those who slander and mock, especially for the sake of the Torah, will one day be condemned when the truth of the Torah is revealed to them and their accusations and wicked ways are fully exposed.
      • Jeremiah 23:5-6 says “Behold, days are coming, the Word of HaShem, when I will establish a righteous (Tsedeqah) sprout from David; a king will reign and prosper and he will administer justice and righteousness (Tsedeqah) 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‘ (Tsedeqah).”****This does NOT mean Yeshua IS HaShem in the flesh, it in fact is a Hebraic way of praising HaShem and acknowledging Who provides and Who is the source of all things!**** These two verses are prophetic in nature and speak directly of Yeshua as the sprout of David, ruling as King over all of Judah and Israel! I would recommend you refer to the following Op I did discussing who exactly HaShem divorced and how He will redeem and restore all of Israel: https://torahandtempleinvestigations.com/2020/06/22/why-is-madness-consuming-the-world-today-are-we-close-to-the-end/

WOW…I hope you can see the contrast between Chamas/Injustice vs Tsedeqah/Justice – Righteousness and see how HaShem rules via Tsedeqah and therefore His Agent i.e. Messiah Yeshua will rule as King via Tsedeqah. Further, I hope thus far you can see that only by walking in HaShem’s Torah is one being and walking in Tsedeqah/Justice – Righteousness!

ERA OF NOACH

So, now with all this said, I want to now examine the societies of the era of Noach and the era of Lot in Sodom and Gomorrah and see how it relates and compares to what we see around us today in the world and here in America! Perhaps, we will see that we truly are in the End of Days, on the very cusp or on the precipice of the beginning of the ‘Chevlei Mashiach (birthpangs of Mashiach)’ or the seven years of Ya’akov’s Trouble, which will begin on A Rosh HaShanah which is a Fall Feast!

We will be examining many different sources as we investigate the societies of Noach and Lot.

Genesis 6:5 says “HaShem saw that the wickedness of Man was great upon the earth, and that every produce of the thoughts/imagination of his heart was but evil always.” Very interesting HaShem is singling out the thoughts/imagination of the hearts of men and that it was evil constantly in the era of Noach. We need to therefore examine what this word ‘Imagination’ means to get a better idea of what was going on then and see how it relates to our society and world today:

  • Imagination – It is the Hebrew word ‘Yetser’ which means ‘Mind, purpose, graven image, the forming of thought in the mind, shaping, forcing, inclination, desire, sensual passion, hatred, passion for idolatry’. From the Hebrew word ‘Yatsar’ which means ‘To form, fashion, frame.’ Very interesting, so the imagination HaShem is zeroing in on here is the evil inclination which results in corrupted sensual passion and idolatry. Let’s examine a few key verses and other sources to get better clarification:
    • Deuteronomy 31:21 says “It shall be when many evils and distresses come upon it (Israel), then this song (Torah) shall speak up before it as a witness, for it (Torah) shall not be forgotten from the mouth of its offspring (Israel), for I know its (Israel) inclination (Yetser), what it does today, before I bring them to the Land that I have sworn.” Deuteronomy 31 is literally packed full of prophetic pictures HaShem paints for Israel in the End of Days; this verse is one of them. Remember, HaShem reveals the end from the beginning!! On a side note – Verses 10-12 from Chapter 31 is especially important because of the picture it paints of the end of the seven years of the Chevlei Mashiach which says “Moshe commanded them, saying ‘At the end of seven years, at the time of the Sabbatical year, during the Sukkot festival, when ALL Israel comes to appear before HaShem, your Elohim, in the place that He will choose (The Temple in Jerusalem), you shall read this Torah before all Israel, in their ears. Gather together the people, the men, the women, and the small children, and your stranger (Non-Jewish believers in HaShem – Notice they are with Israel and COMMANDED by HaShem to not only fear Him, but to hear and DO the Torah!) who is in your cities, so that they will hear and so that they will learn, and they shall fear HaShem, your Elohim, and be careful to perform all the words of this Torah.'” This is important because Yeshua ‘Gathers’ the living and the resurrected on that specific Rosh HaShanah…seven years later on that Yom Kippur He returns to Jerusalem and defeats the Impostor/False Messiah and then five days later on that Sukkot He gathers ALL of Israel to the Temple in Jerusalem and will have the greatest celebration ever recorded in human history….then the Temple will be re-dedicated to HaShem on that Chanukah. I digress.
      • Sanhedrin 138b from the Talmud Bavli says concerning Deut 31:21 “The Torah will eventually be forgotten from the nation of Israel, as it is stated per Amos 8:11-12 ‘Behold, days are coming, declares HaShem, that I will send a hunger into the Land, not a hunger for bread and not a thirst for water, but to hear the Words of HaShem.'” I firmly believe that time of famine for hearing HaShem’s Word is being fulfilled because there is an explosion of interest now not just by Jews but by non-Jews who are running out of the systems of religion and grasping onto the Torah of HaShem like never before…Baruch HaShem!
    • Psalms 103:14 says “For He knew our nature (Yetser), He remembers that we are dust.” The commentary on this verse says “HaShem recognizes that our physicality drags us toward the animal aspect of our natures, and therefore He is lenient and merciful with us.”
    • Isaiah 26:3 says “The being (Yetser) that relied on You, protect him with peace, peace; for in You did he trust.” The commentary says “Those who have absolute trust in HaShem despite numerous disappointments will have HaShem’s blessing that they find absolute shalom (peace).”
    • Habbakuk 2:18 says “Of what avail is the graven image that its maker (Yetser) has carved (Yetser), the molten image or teacher of falsehood, that its maker should place his trust in it to make mute idols?” This verse is asking the question to what avail, what help, can a mute, man-made image be on the day of destruction? It obviously can’t be of any help and will only hasten a persons destruction.

Now that we have examined what HaShem meant by the ‘imagination’ being evil continually, let’s now examine what the Midrash Rabbah and the Talmud Bavli has to say about the era of Noach…I think you will be astounded at how similar we see the country and the world around us today! But let me first clarify, for those who do not know what the Midrash Rabbah is, it is the interpretation and discussions recorded concerning the Torah of HaShem. It is a VERY useful tool that helps us understand what is being taught by HaShem.

Now here is the part where we delve into the deep end of the pool!

Genesis 6:2 says “The sons of Elohim saw that the daughters of man were good and they took for themselves wives from whomever they chose.” The underlined portion of this verse is what I want to highlight.

  • Midrash Rabbah Genesis 26:5 says “‘And they took for themselves wives’ which is a reference these men took wives of other men, meaning they took married women to themselves.” Point is there was zero sanctity of marriage!
    • “The members of the generation of the Flood were not blotted out from the world UNTIL they WROTE MARRIAGE DOCUMENTS FOR MALES MARRYING OTHER MALES AND ANIMALS!” Gee, do we celebrate homosexual marriage in America today? Yup, every day commercials and television shows, politicians, movies, etc, all celebrate homosexuality and homosexual marriage! If this is what sealed the fate of the generation of the Flood, then what does that say about America? Means, in my opinion, the destruction of America has been sealed and nothing can stop it now!
      • Note #87 says “This is derived from that which it states, ‘And they took for themselves wives from whomever they chose.’ The term which is indicative of marriage i.e. Deuteronomy 24:1, refers not only to wives, but also to the males and animals included in the words from ‘Whomever they chose’. This practice SEALED their fates, as not only did they engage in such acts privately, they SHAMELESSLY PUBLICIZED THEIR ABOMINABLE LIFESTYLES.”
        • INSIGHTS: “Our Midrash indicates that these sinful unions, in and of themselves, would not have been sufficient cause to destroy the world; it was only the marriage contracts that sealed the world’s fate. For these contracts showed just how perverse the people had become: In their ‘progressive’ worldview, there was no objective right or wrong; one’s overriding obligation was to be true to himself, to express his personality by following his desires wherever they lead. Consequently, these marriages were not only natural and legitimate, they were as sacred and noble as any conventional union between man and women. Only when this practice gained currency was it impossible for Elohim’s goals for the world to be realized through mankind as then constituted. Sinners who guiltily yield to temptation can be reformed. But those who perversely cast sin as virtue will be set right.”
    • Midrash Rabbah Genesis 31:2 says “G-d said to Noach, ‘The end of all flesh as come before Me, for the earth is filled with robbery through them’ Genesis 6:13. The Midrash states that the generation of the Flood became haughty and sinned due to the abundance that HaShem granted them, shortly before the Flood He began to punish them and curse their handiwork.” In my opinion, HaShem began to strip away their abundance as an effort to cause them to repent of their wickedness, sadly all it they did was to dig their heels in and run that much harder and faster into embracing wickedness and perversion. I bring this up because I see the same happening in America today where HaShem is allowing COVID and the subsequent financial problems to include the riots to force people to consider their ways and repent…sadly no one is teaching anything about repentance, just that America will survive and come out the other end even stronger. Sadly, that WILL NOT happen….an unrepentant America is a finished America. I digress.
    • Midrash Rabbah Numbers 9:24 says “The members of the generation of the Flood became arrogant before the Omnipresent only because of the bounty that He lavished upon them, as it is stated, ‘Their homes are peaceful (safe), from fear; the rod of Elohim is not against them. His bull impregnates without fail; his cow gives birth and does not miscarry. They send out their young ones like sheep; their children prance about. They raise their voices like a drum and a harp; they rejoice at the sound of the flute. They spend their days with good fortune, and they descend to the grave in a moment (Job 21:9-13).’ This is what caused them to become arrogant, as the passage continues, they said to Elohim ‘Go away from us! WE HAVE NO DESIRE TO KNOW YOUR WAYS (TORAH)! What is the Almighty that we should serve Him? What will we gain if we pray to Him?” Should send shivers down your spine because how many times do I read on these blogs how the adherents of Replacement Theology shake their fists, figuratively speaking, in the Face of HaShem and say “Go away from us! We have no desire to know Your ways!”
  • Sanhedrin 108b Tamud Bavli says “The people of the generation of the Flood acted corruptly in a manner characterized by Scripture as ‘Great’ and they were punished in a manner similarly characterized as ‘Great’. Since they eclipsed all boundaries of decent behavior with their evil ways, they were visited with a catastrophe that transcended the normal boundaries of natural disasters.”

Now why is this something to pay attention too? Because HaShem is very clear in Jeremiah 50-51 and Isaiah 13, He WILL destroy Babylon i.e. America, in the End of Days just before the Chevlei Mashiach (Birth Pains) begin in one literal hour! This sudden destruction will come as a result of the abominations and corruption that has gone out to the entire earth. It is this sudden destruction which then propels the Impostor/False Messiah to rise in Assyria (Europe) and take power. I digress.

WOW…so we can see the generation of the Flood were haughty, arrogant, perverted pretty much anything and everything, embraced homosexuality/transgenderism, declared homosexual marriage to be just as sacred as normal marriage, they publicly and with lots of pomp and circumstance celebrated their abominable lifestyles without any shame! Finally, they declared to HaShem Himself to get away from them and that they had zero desire to learn the Torah of HaShem! Sound like today?

Now we will discuss the era of Sodom and Gomorrah since Yeshua Himself pointed to this time as how the people of the End would be!

ERA OF SODOM AND GOMORAH

Genesis 18:20-21 says “So HaShem said, ‘Because the outcry of Sedom and Amorah (Gomorah) has become great and because their sin has been very grave. I will descend and see: If they act in accordance with its outcry which has come to Me, then destruction! And if not, I will know.”

Sodom and Gomorah was an extremely wicked, vile and corrupt society as we shall soon see!

  • Sanhedrin 109b Talmud Bavli says “There was a young woman in Sedom who would secretly hide bread in her pitcher and bring it out to the poor. Her actions were eventually discovered by the wicked Sedomites. To punish her, they smeared her with honey and placed her on top of the city wall. Attracted by the honey covering her, bees came and ate her i.e. stung her to death. The ultimate outcry against Sedom and Amorah was a result of the crime against this young woman.” The point for this example is the justice system of Sodom was completely corrupt which included laws that made it illegal to help the poor.
  • Sanhedrin 109b Talmud Bavli says “This section of the Talmud describes the utter depravity of the Sodomite judicial system: There were four judges in Sodom: Shakrai, Shakrurai, Zaifai and Matzeli Dina:
    • If there was a person who struck his fellow’s wife and as a result she miscarried, the judges would say to the husband: ‘It is our verdict that you shall give your wife to the attacker, so that he may impregnate her for you and thereby replace the unborn child whose death he caused.’
    • If there was a person who lopped off the ear of his fellow’s donkey, the judges would say to the owner: ‘Give the donkey to the damager until such time as the ear grows back.
    • If there was a person who wounded his fellow, the judges would say to the injured: ‘Give your assailant his wage, for he let blood for you, and this is a medical procedure for which you ordinarily pay a specialist.'” Can you see the judicial system was completely corrupted i.e. no justice! Gee, see any similarities especially as of late in the American justice system today i.e. victims of ANTIFA/BLM rioters who are punished and the rioters are let go or the de-funding the police crowd. The corrupt politicians and celebrities i.e. Epstein’s Pedophile Island, etc?
  • Midrash Rabbah Leviticus 5:1 says “It is noteworthy that not only were they (Sodom and Gomorah) destroyed but also their verdant, fertile land, as it states: ‘Now HaShem had caused sulfur and fire to rain upon Sodom and Gomorah, from HaShem, out of heaven. He overturned these cities and the entire plain, with all the inhabitants of the cities and the vegetation of the soil (Genesis 19:24-25). It was the rich and fertile land that HaShem bestowed upon them that led to their cruelty and perverse behavior, as we discussed in Sanhedrin 109b, that the people of Sodom became arrogant only because of the bounty that the Holy One, blessed is He, lavished upon them. The people of Sodom said: ‘Why do we need wayfarers, who come to us only to deprive us our money! Let us undertake to mistreat all non-Sodomites so terribly that they will no longer desire to travel through our territory.’ The root of Sodom’s evil was selfishness and greed. Sodom’s rich and fertile earth made it a magnet for people wishing to make their fortune. But the Sodomites wished to maintain their own prosperity and not be encumbered by a flood of poor immigrants. To discourage undesirable newcomers, the people of Sodom institutionalized cruelty, making it a crime to feed a starving person or offer alms to a beggar. Since it was the precious land with which HaShem had blessed them, and which they selfishly refused to share with anyone else, that led to their depravity, it was fitting that not only did they themselves perish but their land was destroyed as well. The blessed land they had misused would be inhabited no more.” WOW…read Jeremiah 50-51 about how He will make Babylon (America) inhabited no more after the one hour attack is completed!

As we know, Sodom and Gomorah were completely destroyed and it was their injustice and sexual perversions i.e. homosexuality which sealed its fate and all that is left today is the Dead Sea region in Israel…a barren, landscape with a sea of water that is literal poison and is deadly to a person who drinks it i.e. the Dead Sea! HaShem means exactly what He says and His warnings must be fully embraced and understood!

So the question I hear people ask is why does HaShem allow these terrible events to occur? The best answer I have read comes from the Midrash Rabbah Genesis 42:5 which says “This is the message of our Midrash. When we see that countries are involved with diplomatic or military aggression against one another, we should understand that HaShem has orchestrated it for the benefit of His people. And when He intervenes in history i.e. the Flood, Sodom, etc, we must see it as a harbinger that He is prepared to bring the ultimate REDEMPTION and we should respond by intensifying our service of HaShem.” In other words, every event in human history is all leading to our Final Redemption i.e. the Greater Exodus, Baruch HaShem!

To summarize: The generation of the Flood is about idolatry, homosexuality/perversion run amok, pride, arrogance and the willful rejection of HaShem and His Torah. The generation of Sodom is about injustice, homosexuality/perversion, pride, greed, arrogance and idolatry! Does this sound like America today?

Since HaShem is unchanging and reveals the end from the beginning, then what should we take away from these two examples since Yeshua cited them as being the indicator for when the End was at hand? We should now more than ever run to HaShem, pour ourselves as much as possible into His Torah and then look up and lift up our heads for our redemption draws near!

One final thought: I want to include this paragraph from a great book entitled “Social Justice in Ancient Israel and in the Ancient Near East’ by Moshe Weinfeld on page 7 which says “Israel’s mission to do justice and righteousness first appears in the Bible in G-d’s call to the father of the nation, Abraham: ‘For I have singled him out, that he may instruct his children and his posterity to keep the way of HaShem, by performing righteousness and justice (Gen 18:19).’ Israel’s prophets saw the fulfillment of this goal as the basis of the nation’s existence (See Is 5:7, Jer 4:2, Amos 5:24; Mic 6:8; etc), depicting the image of an ideal, future king of the Davidic house WHO WILL PERFORM JUSTICE AND RIGHTEOUSNESS LIKE DAVID (Speaking of King Messiah).”

Only when Messiah is ruling with justice and righteousness will the earth finally be at peace!

Point is, the mandate of the people of HaShem i.e. Israel, is to perform justice and righteousness in the world as an imitation of our Great King HaShem Himself Who rules and executes justice and righteousness over His Creation and will mandate His Agent, Messiah Yeshua, to rule exactly the same way! This is why in the world around us today, we desire, we long and we constantly pray to HaShem, may that day come swiftly where His Agent, His Messiah will rule with justice and righteousness and put the world back into the state it was created and the way He originally designed for it to operate!! Remember the vehicle per se of performing justice and righteousness is HaShem’s Torah!! So no wonder the adversary is working so hard to convince the masses to disregard it and toss it out!

So with all the craziness going on around us today, instead of being overwhelmed, perhaps we need to see it as a message of hope that very soon our redemption draws near!! Very soon our King will gather us up and take us to the Coronation Ceremony in the Heavenly Temple!

I Kings 10:9 says “May HaShem, your Elohim, be blessed, Who has chosen you (David/Picture of Messiah), to place you upon the throne of Israel; in HaShem’s everlasting love for Israel He has established you as king, TO DO JUSTICE AND RIGHTEOUSNESS.” Baruch HaShem!

I hope this Op wasn’t overwhelming or too in depth…I just hope and pray this Op was helpful in getting some understanding of what is going on around us and why it is so! May it be so VERY soon in our days!

Shalom!

SOURCE MATERIALS:

  • The Stone Edition Chumash by Artscroll
  • The Stone Edition Tanakh by Artscroll
  • The Scriptures by the Institute for Scripture Research
  • Tehillim (Psalms) by Artscroll
  • The Milstein Edition The Prophets by Artscroll
  • The Schottenstein Edition Talmud Bavli by Artscroll
  • The Writings Proverbs by Artscroll
  • The Milstein Edition The Prophets Isaiah and Jeremiah by Artscroll
  • The Kleinman Edition Midrash Rabbah by Artscroll
  • The Artscroll Tanach Series Job

THE COMMAND TO GUARD THE TEMPLE AND HOW IT APPLIES TODAY

“He who observes a commandment safeguards his soul; one who scorns his proper ways will die.” Proverbs 19:16

What is the one single element that must be present for a society to exist and endure throughout history? It is the concept of ‘Law and Order’! Without law and order society will quickly fall apart into chaos and tyranny will emerge because it is the desire of sinful, wicked man to dominate and oppressively rule over others!

America today is sadly very far and away now from anything remotely indicating ‘Law and Order’! There are those in our society who demand law and order be restored, but in reality, the judgment of HaShem is falling and as such law and order will only continue to deteriorate in the coming days and weeks and by our society’s own hands in its demand to obtain freedom from law and order.

Is it a coincidence then that this weeks Torah portion is ‘Korach’ which is found in Bamidbar (Numbers) 16:1-18:32? We know there is no such thing as coincidences with HaShem!! This portion discusses the reasons for and the final outcome of the rebellion i.e. the desire to be free from the law and order HaShem established in His new nation i.e. Israel, and the plot to move against Moshe and Aharon which resulted in Korach and his followers being swallowed alive into the pit when the ground underneath them opened up by the Hand of HaShem!

Is it any wonder then that in this Torah portion HaShem gives His command that the Beit HaMishkan (Tabernacle and subsequently the Beit HaMikdash i.e. Temple in Jerusalem) are to be guarded? This is what we will be discussing in this Op as it pertains to today’s Torah portion! But before we jump into this topic of this Op, always remember the following attributes 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 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 Ps 119:45 and James 1:25
– He says His Torah is the only good doctrine there is Proverbs 4:2
– He says His Torah will add length of days and years of life and peace per Proverbs 3:2
– He says all of the ways of His Torah are ways of pleasantness and peace per Proverbs 3:17
– He says His Torah is for our good and well-being per Deuteronomy 6:24
– He says His Torah is health for our lives per Proverbs 3:8
– He says His Torah is life to our soul and a graceful ornament for our neck per Prov 3:22
– He says His Torah is better than pearls and all desires cannot compare to it per Prov 8:11
– He says those who walk with His Torah are praiseworthy per Psalms 119:1
– He says observing His Torah is how we purify our path per Psalms 119:9
– He says His Torah is better than thousands in gold and silver per Psalms 119:72
– He says His Torah brings abundant peace to those who love Him and His Torah per Psalms 119:165
– He says there is one Torah for all per Exodus 12:49/Leviticus 24:22
– He says those who hate His Torah love death per Proverbs 8:36

As many of you know by now, studying and learning about the Temple of HaShem in Jerusalem is my passion! To say His House is amazing just doesn’t encapsulate the grandeur of His House! Why His House can be a topic of such animosity among people is truly baffling to me, but that is another topic.

For a quick review, the Temple of HaShem i.e. Beit HaMikdash in Jerusalem, has several names, but one that stands out for the purpose of this Op is ‘House of Kedusha’ or House of Holiness, why is it called this? Because the Temple of HaShem is not only the Throne of HaShem but also an interactive teaching tool to learn the concepts of Torah and kedusha! Per 2 Chronicles 6:6 He says “But I chose Jerusalem for My Name to be there, and I chose David to rule over My people Israel.” 2 Chronicles 7:16 says “And now, I have chosen and sanctified this Temple, that My Name should remain there FOREVER, and My eyes and My heart should remain there all the days.” So, we can see the Temple of HaShem in Jerusalem IS the place of His Throne on earth and this will NEVER change! Plus, He says His eyes and His heart will remain here forever, which again flushes Replacement Theology’s antisemitic doctrine that the rebuilt Temple is the height of blasphemy into the dung pile of history, but I digress.

There are a total of 613 Commandments which comprise the Torah of HaShem. Out of these 613, 271 of them pertain directly to the Temple of HaShem! Further, the tavnit (Blueprints) for how the Temple is laid out, the functions of each korbonot (offering), the Temple Services, the liturgy, every single minuscule detail was NOT derived from man as some in Replacement Theology claim, but were given directly by the Ruach of HaShem per Shemot (Exodus) chapter 25 to Moshe and I Chronicles 28 to David!

So with this said thus far, what is the definition of ‘Kedusha?’ It is best summed up with this statement by my teacher who said “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!” This parallels what HaShem commands in Ezekiel 43:10-11 which says “You Son of Adam! Tell the family of Israel of the Temple and let them be ashamed of their sins, and measure the design. And if they are ashamed, the form (Blueprint) of the House and its design, its exits and entrances, and all its appearance, its laws, all its decoration, and all its regulations make known to them and write it down before their eyes, that they may remember its form and its decrees and perform them.” Point is, HaShem commands that we all, you and I, study, learn and apply the concepts of His House to our daily lives! Paul reiterates this when he said in his letter to the Corinthians in verse 3:16 when he says we are likened to the Temple of HaShem! He did NOT say, we replaced the Temple of HaShem, that is just more Replacement Theology garbage doctrine, but he was reiterating a very Jewish concept of that day that we are to look to the Temple as the model of how to conduct our lives with understanding the concept of kedusha! Remember, HaShem commands we are to be kadosh (Holy) as He is kadosh per Vayikra (Leviticus) 19:1-2 and every single time HaShem commands this, which is over a dozen times alone, in every instance it is in conjunction with a call for Israel to guard and keep His Torah!

Now understand the Feasts of HaShem have what’s called a ‘Kedusha’ attached to them in that they are Feasts in which time is set apart for service to HaShem, where we do not engage in our own affairs, but focus solely upon HaShem. The same is true for His weekly Shabbat in which there is a kedusha attached to it where time is set aside and reserved for His service! He commands in Vayikra 19:30 “Keep/Guard My Shabbat AND reverence My Sanctuary (Temple).” He says it again in Vayikra 26:2 “Keep/Guard My Shabbat AND reference My Sanctuary (Temple).” So we see being kadosh like HaShem commands us to be, requires we relinquish some control in every sphere of our existence and reserve those elements for His service!

Now that this foundation is laid, we can jump into the command to guard the Temple! Bamidbar (Numbers) 18:1-4 says “HaShem said to Aharon, ‘You, your sons, and your father’s household with you shall bear the iniquity of the Sanctuary (Temple); and you and your sons with you shall bear the iniquity of your priesthood. Also your brethren the tribe of Levi, the tribe of your father, shall you draw near with you, and they shall be joined to you and minister to you. You and your sons with you shall be before the Tent of the Testimony (Ohel Moed – Tent of Meeting). They shall SAFEGUARD your charge and the charge of the ENTIRE TENT, but to the holy vessels and to the Mizbe’ach (Altar) they shall not approach, that they not die, they as well as you. They shall be joined to you and SAFEGUARD the charge of the Ohel Moed for the ENTIRE service of the Tent, and an alien shall not approach you.”

So, the responsibility to guard the Temple falls upon Levi! Now, what needs to be clarified here with regards to the Priesthood is that it is divided up between TWO elements you might say: Kohanim i.e. Priests, and Leviim. Depending on which element a person from Levi was on, determined what functions were performed and how far in the Temple one could go as it pertains to kedusha! Point is, ALL the Kohanim are Leviites, BUT not all the Leviites are Kohanim!!! Further, remember the higher the level of kedusha, the closer one draws towards HaShem and the Most Holy Place, which means if that kohen did something to defile himself while performing his part of the avodah (Service) inside the Temple, that kohen died because of the kedusha!! Very serious stuff here folks when dealing with the Sovereign of the Universe!!

This said, from the Mishnah Tractate Middot 1.1 it tells us “At THREE sites the Kohanim stood guard in the Temple: In Beit Avtinas and in Beit HaNitzotz and in Beit HaMokeid (See the picture I modified below to get oriented…Hopefully you an read my scribbling)“:

“And the Levites, in twenty one sites: Five for the five gates of Har HaBayit (Temple Mount); four for its four corners, from inside it; five for the five gates of the azarah (Interior Courtyard); four for its four corners, from the outside; and one in Lishkat HaKorban (Chamber of the Offering – The holding area for the lambs to be offered in each day’s services), and one in Lishkat HaParokhet (Chamber of the Curtain – The chamber in which the Temple curtains were woven); and one for behind Beit HaKaporet (House of the Kaporet – The innermost chamber of the Temple i.e. Holy of Holies which contained the Ark of the Covenant and its cover which is called the Kaporet….this guard stood BEHIND Beit HaKaporet, NOT inside it, I want to make this clear!).”

So, we can see there are 24 guard posts within the Temple of HaShem! Three belong to the Kohanim because they are in areas which have a higher level of kedusha and twenty one belong to the Leviim.

Middot 1.1 goes on to say “It is a Torah command to guard the Temple all night long, NOT against enemies, thieves and marauders as the gates were locked at night, BUT TO ENHANCE ITS GLORY, just as royal palaces are watched by a ceremonial guard.” Can you see the concept here? We are to guard our lives, because we are LIKENED to the Temple of HaShem, therefore when we guard our lives and strive to keep His Torah and eat only clean, keep His Feasts, keep His Shabbat, etc, it enhances the glory of HaShem in our lives!!! It points to HaShem as being our King!! So, when you have an entire doctrine devoted to teaching all of the Torah is tossed aside and the Temple of HaShem is now the greatest example of blasphemy, can the glory of HaShem be enhanced in Replacement Theology? Not a chance…in fact HaShem isn’t there in Replacement Theology at all!! No wonder the adversary has worked so hard to convince people the Torah and HaShem’s Temple are evil and akin to dung!! I digress.

Middot 1.2 says “The Har HaBayit Levite would circuit each of the watches, and the torches were burning before him, and any watch that did not stand, the Har HaBayit person would call out to him: ‘Peace unto you!’ If it was evident that he was asleep, he would strike him with his staff, and he was empowered to burn his garment. And they (The people of Jerusalem) would say: ‘What is the sound in the azarah? The sound of a Levite being struck and his clothes being burned, because he was asleep on his watch.'” Sleeping while on guard duty is not only a great offense in the Temple of HaShem, but is also a great offense for those charged with guarding and defending the community as a whole, whether the police, security or military personnel, so it is in HaShem’s Temple!

I want to quickly describe what each of these four corner buildings in the azarah are and what their functions are that they needed to be guarded:

The following information is derived from the book ‘Measure the Pattern’ by Joseph Good of HaTikvah Ministries…he is my teacher and is referenced with his permission:

Please refer to the above picture to get oriented on which building is being discussed.

Beit HaMokeid – House of the Hearth

  • This is the building that supplied the necessary items for the daily services
  • The lambs kept for the daily Tamid (Twice daily Olah/Burnt offerings) in the Lishkat HaT’La’ei (Chamber of the Lambs).
  • The Bakery i.e. Lishkat Osei Lechem HaPanim i.e. Chamber of the Makers of the Bread of the Face which probably supplied not only the Lechem HaPanim but also many of the required bread offerings for each day’s service.
  • Chamber of the Tokens i.e. Lishkat HaChotamot where the tokens for the items to be used in the offerings were secured.
  • The dormitory for the Mishmar (Temple Course on duty at the time – there are 24 Mishmarot in total that serve throughout the year) lodged in the Lishkat Beit HaMokeid.
  • Shaar HaMokeid i.e. Gate of the Mokeid passed through this building.
  • A Levitical Superintendent had a chamber within this building.

Beit HaNitzotz – House of the Spark

  • Had chambers that dealt with the slaughtered korbonot
  • They rinsed in the Lishkat HaMedichin i.e. Chamber of Rinsing
  • Salted and processed in the Lishkat HaParvah i.e. Chamber of Skins
  • Salt for the Mizbe’ach (Altar) and the korbonot were stored in the Lishkat HaMelach i.e. Chamber of Salt.
  • The proximity to the Beit HaMitbechayim (Slaughter House in the Azarah north of the Mizbe’ach) made these tasks very efficient.
  • The Kohen selected to slaughter the Parah Adumah (Red Heifer) was sequestered in the Beit Evan i.e. House of Stone for seven days prior to the slaughter.
  • Chamber for the choir is in this building
  • Shaar HaNitzotz i.e. Gate of the Spark passed through this building.

Beit Avtinas – House of Avtinas

  • Where the Kohanim prepared for their daily services in the azarah
  • The Sanhedrin Gedolah (Great Sanhedrin of 71 members met) in Lishkat HaGazit i.e. Chamber of Hewn Stone.
  • Here they inspected the Kohanim reporting for duty according to their mishmar (Priestly Order).
  • Garments for the Kohanim were kept in this building in windows designed for the different garments and mishmarot.
  • The Kohanim washed their hands and feet from the Kior (Laver) in this building BEFORE entering the azarah for service.
  • The Galgal (Wheel) in the Lishkat HaGolah i.e. Chamber of the Exile/Bowl, drew water to supply the azarah.
  • The Amah (One cubit deep and one cubit wide water channel) passed through this building into the azarah and emptied the bloody water from the Kohanim who washed their hands and feet at the kior as well as the washing down of the azarah each Shabbat.
  • The Kohen HaGadol (High Priest) had his chamber here in the Lishkat HaEitz i.e. Chamber of Wood.
  • On the roof of this building in the Non-Sanctified section of the building was a mikveh for the Kohen HaGadol on Yom Kippur.
  • The Levitical Choir had their second set of chambers here for both practice and sleeping.
  • Bakers for the Chavatim (Pancakes) and possibly other bread offerings were prepared in the bakery in Beit Avtinas
  • A Levitical Superintendent had a chamber within this building.

Beit Otzarot – House of the Treasuries

  • Where the main store houses were located
  • Levitical supervisors had their command center and is where the guards operated from i.e. the Ta HaRatzim or Chamber of the Guards.
  • Contained the main admin offices and was the security center of the Temple complex
  • Storehouses for the oil designated as Terumot (Priestly offering) was in this building
  • Storehouses for the oil designated for Ma’aser (Tithes) stored in separate store rooms in this building.
  • All the monies, precious metals, precious gems and war trophies were stored in this building.
  • All the wine, flour and all items necessary for the Temple Services and its maintenance stored in this building.
  • A chamber beneath Beit HaOtzarot PROBABLY stored the hidden Ark of the Covenant, which was hidden by Jeremiah in chambers beneath the Temple Mount.
  • A Levitical Superintendent had a chamber within this building.

I know I am throwing a ton of information at you in this Op, but I want you to see how complex His House is and believe me when I say, this is barely scratching the surface of what goes on in His House and how complex the tavnit (Blueprints) are and how rebuilding His Temple will truly be an act of HaShem to complete!

Further, can you see how the concept for the guards not only enhances the glory of HaShem and His Throne on earth, but also provides for a visual reminder of ‘Law and Order?’ Again, if there is no law and order in His Temple, then His Temple doesn’t exist, His Name is defiled and shamed and His Presence will be withdrawn and chaos reigns, just like we see happening in the United States today with the withdrawing of law and order by the removing of the police!! Chaos erupts, tyranny arises and oppression takes hold and then the American society ceases to exist.

Ultimately, my point for this Op is to again highlight how necessary reading His Torah portions are each week because they do indeed relate to events going on in the world at that time!! Because He is unchanging and reveals the end from the beginning means nothing has changed in history and events will unfold just as they have done so time and time again, which means we can take comfort knowing HaShem provided for His people once before and He will do so for us, IF we stay close to Him and guard our lives to walk in His Torah!

Hope you were not overwhelmed with this Op. As always much to consider.

Shabbat Shalom

SOURCE MATERIALS:

  • The Scriptures
  • The Stone Edition Chumash by Artscroll
  • Mishlei by Artscroll
  • The Milstein Edition of the Prophets by Artscroll
  • The Kehati Mishnah Tractate Middot
  • Measure the Pattern by Joseph Good of HaTikvah Ministries