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

PREPARE FOR THE COMING OF MESSIAH!

“You, HaShem, withhold not Your mercy from me; may Your kindness and Your truth always protect me.” Psalms 40:12

The Temple of HaShem in Jerusalem: What a magnificent structure and an amazing teaching tool HaShem has given to us to learn about Who He is! In addition to His Temple being His literal Throne on earth, it is also the embodiment of His Torah in action and the definition of kedusha (Holiness) on display in which each of us is to strive to liken ourselves after!

What I find very interesting is the more I study and learn about the Temple of HaShem in Jerusalem, the more aware of His kedusha (Holiness) along with understanding what it takes to draw closer to Him and the higher the level of kedusha is required the closer one draws to Him! By default it also makes me more aware of the sin I struggle with in my life and strive to do better each day! Further, it enhances what Messiah Yeshua did on our behalf! Baruch HaShem!!

Tehillim (Psalms) 40:13 says it best “For evils without number encircled me, my sins have overtaken me, and I could not see; they were more than the hairs on my head and my heart failed me.” Tractate Sukkah 51a from the Talmud Bavli says concerning this verse “The righteous refrain from sin because they realize the gravity of transgression. To them the evil inclination which attempts to persuade them to transgress appears to be a great mountain i.e. a formidable force to be reckoned with. The wicked, however, take sin lightly and consider it to be a minor, trivial matter. They visualize the evil inclination as a flimsy hair with which they need not bother to contend. Therefore, the Psalmist who laments his many sins attributes them to his failure to treat the specter of sin with due seriousness. Now these individual sins which he once considered to be worthy of note than the hairs of my head, have become too numerous to count.”

What is being said here in? Sin is a VERY serious problem we ALL contend with. None of us are immune and all of us have and will fail and succumb to this evil inclination. Only upon our death and resurrection in Messiah Yeshua will that inclination finally be excised out of our nature once and for all….Baruch HaShem! Point is, we all, myself included, must be constantly on guard against the evil inclination that seeks to devour each of us and how do we guard ourselves? There is only ONE way to do so and that is what we will be discussing in this Op as we prepare ourselves for Messiah…May it be so VERY, VERY soon in our days!

But, first as I always state, never forget the following attributes about 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 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

While the world spins into chaos and rips itself apart, one thing is absolutely certain, we all, myself included, MUST strive to endeavor to draw closer to HaShem and take hold of His Torah, as this is the ONLY way we are going to get through these very tough times we find ourselves living in.

With this said, how many would be surprised to find out there is a specific commandment given by HaShem for each of us to study the Torah?

There is a book series I have from Artscroll which is entitled ‘The Book of the Mitzvot’ and this series has a section discussing every one of the 613 Torah commandments in detail! It is a great and very useful resource tool I would encourage people to acquire if possible! This said, I will be referencing this resource in this Op.

Mitzvah #419 – ‘The Obligation to Study Torah’. This commandment is found in Devarim (Deuteronomy) 6:7 which says “You shall teach them diligently to your sons, and you shall speak of them while you sit in your home, while you walk on the way, when you retire and when you arise.”

HaShem is absolutely serious here in this command! This word ‘Diligently’ in Hebrew is ‘Shanan’ which means “To sharpen, focus, teaching repeatedly, precise instructional tool, directed speech.” His command to teach is not just a cursory form of teaching where you present it to someone once and then call it a day, no, He is saying to teach repeatedly, focus on each commandment and truly learn and apply it.

The Book of the Mitzvah commentary on this says “It is a mitvah obligation to study the wisdom of the Torah and to teach it to others! That is to say, that we must study and teach others HOW to perform the mitzvos and how to avoid that which the Almighty prohibited us from doing, and we MUST also attain an accurate knowledge of all the Torah’s laws. With regard to all this, it is stated in Devarim 6:7 ‘You shall teach them i.e. the words of Torah diligently to your sons’. And although the verse seems to require only that one teach to his sons, the Sages, of blessed memory, stated that your ‘sons’ refers also to one’s disciples.”

It further says “The word ‘Son’ shares letters (Hebrew letters) with the word ‘Building’. A teacher of Torah ‘builds’ his disciple, just as a father ‘builds’ his son.” What I find very interesting about this, is that when we read in the Apostolic Writings how Yeshua was a carpenter like Yosef was a carpenter, this word ‘Carpenter’ in Hebrew has the connotation of not necessarily being a woodworker, but being a Torah scholar! There is a Jewish concept in the Jewish writings discussing how just before the First Temple was destroyed and Israel was taken into Babylonian captivity, that HaShem sent ‘Carpenters’ and ‘Locksmiths’ to Israel which is an allegory for ‘Torah Scholars’ to teach Torah to Israel and prepare them. Point is, it then is VERY likely Yosef was NOT a woodworker, but in fact was a Torah Scholar who taught Yeshua Torah as a child, in full compliance with Devarim 6:7!! I digress.

Let’s continue…“Similarly, you find elsewhere that disciples are referred to as ‘Sons’, as it is stated in II Kings 2:3 ‘The disciples (literally sons) of the prophets went out.’ This verse also teaches that one is obligated to study and acquire a THOROUGH knowledge of Torah FOR HIMSELF, for there, it is stated further that the term ‘Veshinantam’ teaches that the laws of the Torah should be orderly in your mouth, so that when a person asks you something related to a Torah subject you should not stammer while responding to him, but rather you should be able to answer him directly.”

“The term ‘Veshinantam’ is related to the term ‘Shanan’ which connotes ‘Sharpness’. The Sages explain that the Torah uses this term in order to teach that a person must acquire a sharp knowledge of the Torah; that is, a knowledge that is clear, concise, and can readily be explained to others.”

This command of HaShem’s is reiterated in many other places in the Tanakh; “It is stated, you shall learn, and you shall perform, which teaches that one must study Torah in order to properly observe the Mitzvot. Likewise, regarding the mitzvah of Hakkeil it is stated in Devarim 31:12 ‘Gather together the people so that they shall learn and be careful to perform all the words of this Torah.’ Regarding the obligation to teach the laws of the Torah to others, and specifically to one’s sons, it states elsewhere, ‘You shall teach them to your sons per Devarim 11:19′”

So you may be asking, ‘What is the purpose of learning Torah?’ Well, this book answers that question: “The underlying purpose of this mitzvah is obvious, for through the study of Torah, a person can attain knowledge of the ways of HaShem, blessed be He. By contrast, without Torah knowledge, one will neither know nor understand HaShem’s ways, and, as such, he will be likened to an animal (Pursues physical pleasures and has no desire or concept for the spiritual matters of HaShem).”

Can you see how serious the studying, learning and then teaching Torah to others is to HaShem? In teaching Torah to others, we actually benefit from doing so, because it reinforces what He is teaching us, at least that has been my experience…in teaching others, I actually learn more and perhaps that is the reason why HaShem commands us to do so!

Now, I know those in Replacement Theology would argue that the one they acknowledge to be Messiah has ‘fulfilled’ and replaced the Torah and certainly has done away with the need for the Torah, based upon a very badly interpreted understanding of Jeremiah 31 and the Renewed Covenant and I will explain.

HaShem says in Jeremiah 31:30-33 “Behold, days are coming (An idiom to mean the Messianic Era which has NOT arrived yet), the Word of HaShem, when I will seal a new (Renewed) covenant with the House of Israel and with the House of Judah (Refer to the previous Op discussing the importance of understanding the differences between these two – https://torahandtempleinvestigations.com/2020/06/22/why-is-madness-consuming-the-world-today-are-we-close-to-the-end/) not like the covenant that I sealed with their forefathers on the day that 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. For this is the covenant that I shall seal with the House of Israel AFTER THOSE DAYS (The Messianic Era which again has NOT arrived yet), 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. 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.”

So, He promises a renewed covenant will come in which we all will walk perfectly in His Torah and no one will have to teach anyone, for everyone will know HaShem! Has this happened yet? Just look at the state of the world around us today and you will clearly see, no this has not yet happened yet! May it be so VERY, VERY soon in our days!!! Therefore, what does this mean? It means, we all MUST study, learn and teach His Torah to others as He commands because nothing has been replaced, tossed aside or abrogated!

Yeshua Himself taught this very command and reiterated the need to study, learn and teach His Torah to others! Matthew 22:36-40 says “Rabbi, which is the great command in the Torah? And Yeshua said to him, ‘You shall love HaShem your Elohim with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the FIRST and GREAT COMMAND.’ And the second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself (Quoting Vayikra i.e. Leviticus 19:18)'” How do we know Yeshua is teaching us the command to study, learn and teach Torah? Because when He says “You shall love HaShem your Elohim…….” He is quoting what we know as the ‘Shema’ prayer which is found in Devarim 6:5-9 and in the Shema contains HaShem’s command to study, learn and teach His Torah i.e. Devarim 6:7!! Again, that flushing sound is Replacement Theology garbage doctrine being flushed down into trash pile! Baruch HaShem!

So, how do we prepare for the arrival of Messiah? We study, learn and teach His Torah to others! In doing so, we will not fall to the deception of the Impostor i.e. the False Messiah of Replacement Theology and recognize the lies. Further, we will separate ourselves out to HaShem as His one and only people Whom He calls ‘Israel!’ But most importantly, we will develop a truly personal relationship with HaShem our Great King, something that is so very important in these very troubling days we are currently living and will be facing.

I would encourage you to read all of Tehillim (Psalms) 119, the longest chapter in the entire Tanakh as it is David talking about the wonders of HaShem and His Torah! He says in verse 77 “May Your mercies come upon me so that I may live, for Your Torah is my preoccupation!” I won’t lie, there is tremendous opposition from the adversary and from people in general who neither desire HaShem or outright hate Him and His Torah, which is why David made this statement in verse 77 because the tole on his physical body was enormous, but the rewards for drawing closer to HaShem is immeasurable!

Now, remember I am not in any way suggesting redemption/salvation is obtained or maintained through the Torah! I am saying, when a person truly gives their life over to HaShem in Messiah Yeshua, Torah is the fruit of that decision, meaning, first comes redemption THEN a person begins the journey of learning the Torah and living it out, not perfectly, but out of love, devotion and loyalty to HaShem! In doing so we are preparing ourselves for the arrival of Messiah!! May it be so very soon in our days!

We will explore other specific commandments in future Op’s as HaShem directs.

Everyone stay safe and draw near to our Great King in these very dangerous days we live in!

Shalom.

SOURCE MATERIALS:

  • The Scriptures
  • The Stone Edition Chumash by Artscroll
  • Tehillim by Artscroll
  • The Milstein Edition of the Prophets by Artscroll
  • The Schottenstein Edition Tractate Sukkah Talmud Bavli by Artscroll

THE PROVISION OF HASHEM IN THE MIDST OF MADNESS

“The lawless witness will mock judgment, and the mouth of the wicked will swallow his words of iniquity. Judgments are readied for the scoffers, and blows for the backs of fools.” Mishlei (Proverbs) 19:28-29

Folks, I think we can say pretty confidently that we are witnessing very troubled times in the United States as of late! Unprecedented violence, protests, rioting, looting and publicized threats one thought they would only see in the sci fi movies.

Now we have literal sections of the country being overrun by violent so called protesters, the police run out and surrendered and those sections announcing how they are formally seceding from the United States to form their own country and government! Again, something we thought we would only either read about in history books or see in the latest Hollywood movies, but sadly its reality and in our faces! America is burning in fury and fear.

Law Enforcement and the rule of law is now not only shamed but now fully rejected. Many who comprise the powers that be are hard at work seeking ways to be free from any law enforcement presence, which would then allow the criminals, thugs and enemies of the United States to gain a foothold, terrorize and hold hostage the American citizens. In a nut shell, right is now wrong and wrong is now right, and all of it is and was completely avoidable!!!

I have been asked by a few people in the last few days, my assessment of what is currently blossoming inside the United States and how it pertains to my opinion of how the end will unfold. Further, a follow up question was asked as to how do we maintain ourselves in the midst of the madness around us and not be overwhelmed with the chaos, stress and fear; both are good questions. I can only provide answers based upon my own opinion and experiences, so please bear that in mind. But before we delve into the meat of this Op, as I always state, always remember the following:

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

The verses I constantly highlight in my Op’s, which are listed above, are now more important to understand than ever before, in my opinion. We are witnessing the chaos of humanity blossom before our eyes….the fruits of man having told HaShem to take His Torah and get out. Because HaShem is just and righteous, He gives man exactly what he desires and to be separate and apart from HaShem and His Ways leaves only one option: Chaos which will lead to oppression and finally destruction.

This Op could be wrapped up right here in highlighting HaShem, the Master of the Legions of Heaven, Sovereign of all Creation, is absolutely, completely and totally unchanging (Num 23:19/Mal 3:6/Hebrews 13:8/James 1:17)! He is in absolute control over all of His Creation, nothing is too difficult for Him and He uses all things to not only teach us but to take care of us! He is completely capable of getting each of us exactly where we need to be in our relationship and walk with Him! Our job is to make sure our hearts and minds are focused upon Him despite being surrounded by insanity and madness!

In my effort to answer the question concerning how do we strengthen ourselves in the midst of all this chaos around us, the answers are, in my opinion, derived from HaShem Who has reminded me. Again, as I have repeatedly stated, it is so completely vital each of us understand and truly apply to our walks with HaShem His attribute that He reveals the end out of the beginning (Is 46:10). Why is this so important? Because it summarizes His attribute He is completely unchanging! Further, it reinforces IF He took specific events to rescue and sustain His people in the beginning, THEN He WILL do so again in the end!

Consider what we read in Shemot (Exodus) 16 when Israel, who had just been delivered and rescued by the Hand of HaShem as He waged war on Egypt on their behalf, is now in the Wilderness and uncertain as to what will happen next. HaShem then tells Israel via Moshe “Behold! I shall rain down for you food from heaven; let the people go out and pick up each day’s portion on its day, so that I can test them, whether they will follow My teaching (Torah) or not. And it shall be that on the sixth day when they prepare what they bring, it will be double what they pick every day.” So, we see HaShem is now promising to provide the daily food needs for Israel, i.e. Manna. He did this every day of the week other than Shabbat, for forty years! It is interesting to note, He specifies how much is to be taken i.e. only take enough for that one day. Why does He do this? Because He wants His people to fully trust in Him and trust that because He promised, the Manna WILL be there tomorrow and not trust in obtaining enough Manna for the next day by their own efforts. Its all about getting away from self reliance and embracing reliance upon HaShem and HaShem alone! Something MUCH easier said than actually done!

It is interesting because later in Shemot 16, HaShem commands that a jar with a full omer of Manna be placed inside of the Ark for all of the generations of Israel! Why does He command this be done? It is to be a constant reminder to Israel how HaShem provided the Manna while in the Wilderness, and since He reveals the end from the beginning, is unchanging and His Word is firmly established, then He can do so once again!

There is an interesting note in chapter 4 of Hilchot Beit HaBechirah in the Mishneh Torah by Rambam where it is discussing the container of Manna in the Ark: “Rashi relates that in the time of Jeremiah, the people rationalized the fact that they did not study Torah, because the pressures they faced in earning a livelihood. Jeremiah took the container of manna from before the Ark and exclaimed: ‘See how Elohim sustained your ancestors for forty years! Do you doubt whether He can sustain you today?'”

Jeremiah was able to use the physical object of the jar of manna as a real reminder to Israel that HaShem is unchanging, reveals the end from the beginning which again means He will do so again! Unlike humanity who constantly changes and is ruled by our emotions, HaShem knows everything from beginning to end, is in absolute control of everything and thus is not hampered with emotions except when He deems it appropriate!

Yoma 75a from the Talmud Bavli, when discussing the Manna from Heaven, gives us a little more detail based upon the verses we read from Shemot 16. It says “It is written in one verse ‘When the dew descended upon the camp at night, the manna would descend upon it’, which implies that the manna fell in the camp itself; and it is written elsewhere, ‘And the people shall go out and collect each days portion of manna’, which implies that the manna fell just outside the camp; and it is written in yet another verse, ‘The people would roam and collect’, which implies that they had to wander far from the camp before encountering the manna. How is this? How do we reconcile these three conflicting verses? We must say that the three situations described here applied to three different groups of people, as follows: For the righteous, the manna fell inside the camp at the entrance to their homes. For the average people, the manna fell just outside the camp; hence, they went out of the camp and collected their portions. For the wicked, the manna fell at a great distance from the camp, and so they roamed far afield and collected their portions.”

So, what does this excerpt from the Talmud above teach us? In my opinion, it teaches us the principle of stay close to HaShem and His Torah, and He will not just provide provisions for life, but will make them much easier to obtain as opposed to the wicked, who have to travel a great distance and have a much harder time obtaining the provisions of life. It may appear the wicked have things handed to them on a silver platter per se, but in reality, it is very short lived and their success in this life is all they will ever have, then they face the judgment in which because they rejected HaShem and His Messiah Yeshua, will sadly lose everything and be condemned to the second death. I digress.

How can this apply to our current day and time with all the madness going on around us? Again, in my opinion, it points to how each of us MUST stay close to HaShem, study and strive to live out His Torah in our lives as Messiah Yeshua demonstrated for us! He says time and again His Torah is not only the the only truth there is (Psalm 119:142) but is also a tree of life to those who take hold of it (Proverbs 3:18).

I hope you can see how understanding His attributes of being unchanging and revealing the end out of the beginning are absolutely vital to our walk and relationship with Him especially today with all the madness going on around us? Let’s keep exploring.

Yoma 75a from the Talmud Bavli goes on and says “It is written in one verse ‘I shall rain down for you bread from heaven’, and it is written elsewhere regarding the manna ‘And they made them as round cakes’, which implies that it required baking. And it is also written ‘And they ground it in a mill’, which implies that the manna fell totally unprocessed, and required even grinding. How is this? How do we reconcile these three conflicting verses? We must say that the three forms in which the manna was given correspond to the three different groups of recipients, as follows: For the righteous the manna fell in the form of bread. For the average people, the manna fell as unprocessed round cakes. For the wicked, the manna fell as kernels which they ground in a mill.”

This is very interesting, in my opinion, because HaShem is again demonstrating there are real benefits to staying close to Him and striving to live life according to His Torah! Further, Yoma 75a states “They (the people) experienced in the manna the complete taste of all food species, both their taste and their substance. The manna would adopt both the taste and the substance of any desired food.”

Can you see the compassion and mercy of HaShem here in that He doesn’t just give us our provisions, but He makes a way that our desires are met simply because of His compassion!! Now does the verse from Psalms 34:9 make more sense which says “Taste and see that HaShem is good, praiseworthy is the man who takes refuge in Him.”

I will end this quick Op here with these verses in light of what is going on around us from Psalms 31:22-24 which says “Blessed be HaShem, for He has been wondrously kind to me in the city besieged. But I said in my panic, ‘I am cut off from Your sight!’ But in truth, You heard the sound of my pleas when I cried to You. Love HaShem, all His devout ones! The truthful, HaShem safeguards!”

We are in VERY uncertain times and it is only going to get worse in the days and weeks to come, BUT, we have this great hope that because HaShem is unchanging and reveals the end from the beginning, then we can refer to the beginning and be assured He WILL act as long as we stay close to Him! Be encouraged and look up, lift up your heads, for our redemption draws closer!

Shabbat Shalom!

SOURCE MATERIALS

  • The Milstein Edition The Chumash by Artscroll
  • The Stone Edition Tanakh by Artscroll
  • The Schottenstein Edition Tractate Yoma Talmud Bavli by Artscroll

SHAVUOT – THE BETROTHAL TO THE BRIDE

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

As I put this Op together, it is Shabbat, 23 May 2020, just a few days before the great Feast of Shavuot arrives…Baruch HaShem! Now more than ever, with all that is going on around us in the world, it seems like we need to truly understand His Feasts and what they represent because the major prophetic events we read about in His Word all occur on or around His annual Feasts! The term we hear used in His Word i.e. ‘The Early and Late Rains’ is a Hebrew idiom referring to HaShem’s annual Feasts…the Spring Feasts i.e. Pesach, Unleavened Bread, Firstfruits and Shavuot and then the Late Rains i.e. Rosh HaShanah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot. Keep this in mind as we progress in this Op.

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

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

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

– HaShem never changes per Num 23:19/Mal 3:6/Hebrews 13:8/James 1:17
– His Word is firmly established per Psalm 119:89
– He reveals the end out of the beginning per Is 46:10
– He does nothing without first revealing it to His prophets per Amos 3:7
– He says there is nothing new under the sun per Ecclesiastes 1:9
– He says His Torah is eternal per Proverbs 3:19 and Psalm 119:160
– He says His Torah is perfect and restores the soul per Psalm 19:7
– He says His Torah makes the simple one wise per Psalm 19:7
– He says His Torah Is freedom and liberty per Psalm Ps 119:45 and James 1:25
– He says His Torah is the only good doctrine there is Proverbs 4:2
– He says His Torah will add length of days and years of life and peace per Proverbs 3:2
– He says all of the ways of His Torah are ways of pleasantness and peace per Proverbs 3:17
– He says His Torah is for our good and well-being per Deuteronomy 6:24
– He says His Torah is health for our lives per Proverbs 3:8
– He says His Torah is life to our soul and a graceful ornament for our neck per Prov 3:22
– He says His Torah is better than pearls and all desires cannot compare to it per Prov 8:11
– He says those who walk with His Torah are praiseworthy per Psalms 119:1
– He says observing His Torah is how we purify our path per Psalms 119:9
– He says His Torah is better than thousands in gold and silver per Psalms 119:72
– He says His Torah brings abundant peace to those who love Him and His Torah per Psalms 119:165
– He says there is one Torah for all per Exodus 12:49/Leviticus 24:22
– He says those who hate His Torah love death per Proverbs 8:36

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

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

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

Shavuot has several names in His Word:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

With this all said, to be His people means we MUST have boundaries in our lives and MUST be kadosh…which is best defined by my teacher who defined kedusha as: “The time, space and objects that are limited to us through the agency of kedusha (Holiness) are signs that as HaShem’s covenantal partners, we must relinquish some control in every sphere of our existence and reserve those elements for His service!” Can we be His people when we toss His Torah out and declare it null and void as Replacement Theology teaches? Nope! It is utterly impossible! I digress…moving on.

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

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

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

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

Remember the Shabbat day to sanctify it. Six days shall you work and do all your labor; but the seventh day is Shabbat to HaShem, your Elohim; you shall not do any work, you, your son, your daughter; your slave, your maidservant, your animal, and your convert within your gates, for in six days HaShem made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them, and He rested on the seventh day. Therefore, HaShem blessed the Shabbat day and sanctified it (So what gives Replacement Theology the authority to declare HaShem’s Shabbat day now null and void and any ole day can be Shabbat? The answer is, they CANNOT change what HaShem has decreed to be sanctified! Another reason why He will destroy Replacement Theology in the End!).

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

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

Does this change your perception of the Torah now? Can the so called ‘Church’ of Replacement Theology be the bride? Not a chance in Hades! Why? Because the Church has tossed out the Torah declaring it ‘Bondage, dung, human feces, deception, shackles of death, destruction, etc!’ I am not exaggerating either…many, many people in Replacement Theology really do believe this and claim Paul said these things in his letters, which is utter garbage and blasphemy! I digress.

THE JEWISH WEDDING PROCESS

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

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

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

There are TWO phases to a Jewish wedding:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Much to consider.

Shabbat Shalom!

SOURCE MATERIALS:

  • The Stone Edition Chumash by Artscroll
  • Song of Songs by Artscroll
  • The Milstein Edition Jeremiah by Artscroll
  • Tehillim by Artscroll
  • The Scriptures by the Institute for Scripture Research
  • The Milstein Edition Shemot of The Chumash with the Talmud by Artscroll
  • The Milstein Edition Vayikra of The Chumash with the Talmud by Artscroll
  • The Milstein Edition Bamidbar of The Chumash with the Talmud by Artscroll
  • The Milstein Edition Devarim of The Chumash with the Talmud by Artscroll

A CHANGE IN PERCEPTION – WHY WE MUST CHANGE

I have recounted my ways and You answered me, teach me Your statutes (Torah). Let me understand the way of Your precepts (Torah), then I shall discuss Your wonders (My desire for clear understanding is not a selfish one, rather my wish is to comprehend Your wonders so that I may relate them to others and attract them to Your service).” Psalms 119:26-27

So many times in conversations with folks online, when discussing the Word of HaShem, the clashes usually erupt over different perceptions of His Word. Adherents to Replacement Theology perceive His Word as one long objective towards the goal of being freed from the Torah of HaShem. Those who perceive His Word as one long consistent, unchanging narrative from Bereshit (Genesis) to Revelation, strive to study, learn and walk out His Torah as an expression of our faith, love, devotion and loyalty to HaShem. As such the two perceptions do not mix well and are literally night and day.

Just as a quick example of what we will be discussing in this Op, consider the role of the King.

Here is Adam, when he was created, was given authority and dominion over all the earth by HaShem. HaShem maintains His Sovereignty over all of His Creation, but He gave Adam the authority and dominion to rule over the earth, while he submitted to HaShem’s ultimate authority. Sadly Adam fell which transferred that authority and dominion to Satan. At this point, Adam abdicated his authority as King to Satan. A Redeemer would now be needed if HaShem wanted to legally restore what He had intended from the beginning i.e. the Mashiach!

It is interesting the name ‘Adam’ in Hebrew spelled with three Hebrew letters:  Aleph Dalet Mem, represent three major figures in HaShem’s Word:  Aleph = Adam, Dalet = David, Mem = Mashiach!

We need to always understand, HaShem is the Sovereign over all of His Creation, which means He is literally King and Master of all things. Yeshua, Who I need to clarify, is NOT HaShem in the flesh, but is the Agent of HaShem, Who submits to HaShem, points too HaShem as the object of worship and is called ‘The Last Adam’ per I Cor 15:45 and as such WILL one day be crowned King by HaShem on the designated Rosh HaShanah. Where is His authority and dominion? It is on the earth just as where HaShem had intended for man to rule from the beginning. HaShem rules everything but He give authority and dominion over the earth to Yeshua, Who prepares the world for the ultimate arrival of HaShem at the very end of time per what we read in Revelation 21 with the ‘New Heavens and New Earth’ and we enter into the Olam Haba i.e. the World to Come where HaShem rules over all of creation and Yeshua sits at His Right Hand.

I would recommend you reading this article from the Jewish Encyclopedia discussing ‘The Law of Agency’ as it will help explain my position: http://www.jewishencyclopedia.com/articles/894-agency-law-of

My point is, can you see the perception of what we have been reading in His Scriptures will determine our interpretation of His Scriptures. If our perception is per the indoctrination of Replacement Theology, then we will interpret His Scriptures from a Torahless perspective where everything HaShem established in the beginning has been replaced and/or changed and everything left of Matthew has been either tossed aside, rendered obsolete or reduced to nothing more than just good stories no longer applicable. If our perception is supporting the Torah as HaShem established in the beginning, then we will interpret His Scriptures from a pro-Torah perspective in which nothing has changed or has been replaced. One perspective leads to death and one leads to life. You will have to choose for yourself which one applies. I digress.

In this Op we will be discussing the Book of Psalms to further explain why our perception must change and conform to HaShem’s perception.  But first, always remember the following:

– HaShem never changes per Num 23:19/Mal 3:6/Hebrews 13:8/James 1:17
– His Word is firmly established per Psalm 119:89
– He reveals the end out of the beginning per Is 46:10
– He does nothing without first revealing it to His prophets per Amos 3:7
– He says there is nothing new under the sun per Ecclesiastes 1:9
– He says His Torah is eternal per Proverbs 3:19 and Psalm 119:160
– He says His Torah is perfect and restores the soul per Psalm 19:7
– He says His Torah makes the simple one wise per Psalm 19:7
– He says His Torah Is freedom and liberty per Psalm Ps 119:45 and James 1:25
– He says His Torah is the only good doctrine there is Proverbs 4:2
– He says His Torah will add length of days and years of life and peace per Proverbs 3:2
– He says all of the ways of His Torah are ways of pleasantness and peace per Proverbs 3:17
– He says His Torah is for our good and well-being per Deuteronomy 6:24
– He says His Torah is health for our lives per Proverbs 3:8
– He says His Torah is life to our soul and a graceful ornament for our neck per Prov 3:22
– He says His Torah is better than pearls and all desires cannot compare to it per Prov 8:11
– He says those who walk with His Torah are praiseworthy per Psalms 119:1
– He says observing His Torah is how we purify our path per Psalms 119:9
– He says His Torah is better than thousands in gold and silver per Psalms 119:72
– He says His Torah brings abundant peace to those who love Him and His Torah per Psalms 119:165
– He says there is one Torah for all per Exodus 12:49/Leviticus 24:22
– He says those who hate His Torah love death per Proverbs 8:36

For many, only a few Psalms have been emphasized and taught over the years such as Psalms 23 or Psalms 91 and perhaps Psalms 53, but how many would be interested to know that the entire Book of Psalms is in actuality comprised of five separate books which connect to the beginning of HaShem’s Word?  Consider the following:

  • Book 1 is comprised of Psalms 1 – 41
  • Book 2 is comprised of Psalms 42 – 72
  • Book 3 is comprised of Psalms 73 – 89
  • Book 4 is comprised of Psalms 90 – 106
  • Book 5 is comprised of Psalms 107 – 150

Each book has its own theme which connects directly with a specific Book of the Torah!  Remember there are five books which comprise the Torah of HaShem i.e. Bereshit (Genesis), Shemot (Exodus), Vayikra (Leviticus), Bamidbar (Numbers) and Devarim (Deuteronomy):

  • Book 1 connects to Bereshit
  • Book 2 connects to Shemot
  • Book 3 connects to Vayikra
  • Book 4 connects to Bamidbar
  • Book 5 connects to Devarim

We will explore the first Psalm of each one here shortly just to use as an example, but I would encourage everyone to read each Book of the Psalms for yourselves and compare it to the Torah! On a side note, I find the similarities between Moshe and David very interesting in that Moshe presented Israel with the five Books of the Torah and David presented Israel with the five Books of the Psalms…just a coincidence or is HaShem communicating something to His people?  Obviously, it is NOT a coincidence! 

Consider, Bereshit discusses the creation of all the universe and the placement of Adam and Eve in the Garden on the sixth day.  HaShem gives Adam his mandate to guard and work the Garden and if he obeyed, he would live in perfect paradise where everything would be in abundance.  Sadly, we know Adam and Eve both fell and sin entered the world and they both were expelled from the Garden and went into exile. 

Now consider, Psalms 1 from Book 1 and its connection to Bereshit.  We will see Psalms 1 discusses what man can and prophetically will be in a restored world, when having a legitimate zeal and passion for HaShem and His Torah! 

Psalms 1:1-6 says “The praises of Man are that he walked not in the counsel of the wicked, and stood not in the path of the sinful, and sat not in the session of scorners.  But his desire is in the Torah of HaShem, and in his Torah (After the student toils to understand HaShem and His Torah, Torah is considered to be his possession and thus is called ‘his Torah), where he meditates day and night.  He shall be like a tree replanted by streams of water that yields its fruit in due season, and whose leaf never withers.  And everything he does will succeed.  Not so the wicked; they are like the chaff which the wind drives away.  Therefore, the wicked shall not be vindicated in judgment, nor the sinful in the assembly of the righteous.  For HaShem recognizes the way of the righteous, while the way of the wicked is doomed.”

Very interesting…can you see the connection to Bereshit and the prophetic implications of how HaShem will restore all things in the very end and His Torah will be the center of everyone’s lives and everyone will live forever, succeed and enjoy serving HaShem?  Baruch HaShem, may it be so VERY soon in our days!

Now consider Psalms 42 from Book 2 and its connection to Shemot, which is the Book which we read about the Exodus from Egypt i.e. the Redemption. 

Psalms 42:1-12 which says “For the Conductor, a Maskil (This Psalm is such universal significance that it is dedicated as a instruction, for all to hear) by the sons of Korach.  As the hart entreats by the springs of water, as does my soul entreat You, O Elohim.  My soul thirsts for Elohim, the living Elohim.  When shall I come and appear before Elohim?  For me my tears were sustenance day and night, as they taunt me all day long, ‘Where is your Elohim?’  These do I recall and pour out my soul within me, how I passed with the throng, walking gingerly with them up to the House of Elohim with joyous song and thanks a celebrating multitude.  Why are you downcast, my soul, and why do you yearn for me?  Anticipate Elohim!  For I shall yet thank Him for salvations of His Presence.  O my Elohim, within me my soul is downcast, because I remember You, from the land of Jordan and Hermon’s peaks, from Mount Mitzor.  Watery deep to watery deep calls out to the roar of Your torrents, all Your breakers and Your waves have swept over me.  Let dawn arrive!  May HaShem command His lovingkindness, but by night, may His resting place be with me; a prayer to the Elohim of my life!  I will say to Elohim:  ‘My Rock, why have You forgotten me?  Why must I walk in gloom because of the foe’s oppression?’  Like a sword in my bones are the taunts of my tormentors when they revile me all day long ‘Where is your Elohim?’  Why are you down cast, my soul, and why do you yearn for me?  Anticipate Elohim!  For I shall yet thank Him, my salvation the light of my countenance and my Elohim.”

WOW…can you see the connection to the Book of Shemot considering Shemot discusses the Exodus from the oppression of Egypt?  Again if HaShem reveals the end from the beginning, then we can take great hope that He will redeem His people once again in the end!

Now consider Psalms 73 from Book 3 and its connection to Vayikra which is the Book of the Kohanim (Priests) for it is here HaShem gives His mitzvot (Commandments) on how to perform the Temple Avodah (Services) where HaShem can dwell among His people, just as He has always desired!  It is also a prophetic Book for it also shows us how His people will serve Him in the Temple under the leadership of Messiah Yeshua Who is both King and Kohen HaGadol (High Priest)! 

Psalms 73:1-28 says A psalm of Asaf:  How good Elohim is to Isra’el, to those who are pure in heart!  But as for me, I lost my balance, my feet nearly slipped, when I grew envious of the arrogant and saw how the wicked prosper.  For when their death comes, it is painless; and meanwhile, their bodies are healthy; they don’t have ordinary people’s troubles, they aren’t plagued like others.  So, for them, pride is a necklace; and violence clothes them like a robe.  Their eyes peep out through folds of fat; evil thoughts overflow from their hearts.  They scoff and speak with malice, they loftily utter threats.  They set their mouths against heaven; their tongues swagger through the earth.  Therefore, His people return here and thoughtlessly suck up that whole cup of water.  Then they ask, ‘How does Elohim know? Does the Most High really have knowledge?’  Yes, this is what the wicked are like; those free of misfortune keep increasing their wealth.  It’s all for nothing that I’ve kept my heart clean and washed my hands, staying free of guilt; for all day long I am plagued; my punishment comes every morning.  If I had said, ‘I will talk like them,’ I would have betrayed a generation of Your children.

When I tried to understand all this, I found it too hard for me, until I went into the Sanctuaries of Elohim and grasped what their destiny would be.  Indeed, You place them on a slippery slope and make them fall to their ruin.  How suddenly they are destroyed, swept away by terrors!  They are like a dream when one awakens; HaShem, when You rouse Yourself, You will despise their phantoms. 

When I had a sour attitude and felt stung by pained emotions, I was too stupid to understand; I was like a brute beast with You.  Nevertheless, I am always with You; You hold my right hand.  You will guide me with Your advice; and afterwards, You will receive me with honor.

Whom do I have in heaven but You?  And with You, I lack nothing on earth.  My mind and body may fail; but Elohim is the Rock for my mind and my portion forever.  Those who are far from You will perish; You destroy all who adulterously leave You.  But for me, the nearness of Elohim is my good; I have made HaShem Elohim my Refuge, so that I can tell of all Your works.”

This Psalms highlights not only how He is everything we each need in our daily lives to survive, but also the purity required to approach HaShem which is a continuing topic in the Book of Bamidbar with the Kohanim (Priests) and the Leviim officiating the Services in the Mishkan (Tabernacle), the Place where HaShem dwells among His people! 

Now let’s move on to Psalms 90 from Book 4 and consider its connection to Bamidbar. Bamidbar discusses the formation of the camp of Israel and placement of the tribes, etc, with HaShem in the center of the camp via His Mikdash (Tabernacle).  It is upon the Mizbeach (Altar) that redemption and atonement for sin is obtained officiated by the Kohanim in the bringing of the korbonot (Offerings) and the sprinkling of the blood. 

The theme of Psalms 90 is Teshuvah (Repentance) as we will see.

Psalms 90:1-17 says “A prayer by Moshe, the man of Elohim:  My Master, a dwelling place have You been for us in all generations.  Before the mountains were born and You had not yet convulsed the earth and the inhabited land, and from before the world to the end of the world You are Elohim.  You reduce man to pulp and You say, ‘Repent, O sons of man.’  For a thousand years in Your eyes are but a bygone yesterday, and like a watch in the night.  You flood them away, they become sleep like, by morning they are like grass that withers.  In the morning it blossoms an then it withers, by evening it is cut down and brittle.  For we are consumed by Your fury; and we are terrified by Your wrath.  You have set our iniquities before Yourself, our immaturity before the light of Your countenance.

For all our days passed by because of Your anger, we consumed our years like a fleeting word.  The days of our years, among them are seventy years, and with strength, eighty years; their proudest success is but toil and pain, for it is cut off swiftly and we fly away.  Who knows the power of Your fury?  As You are feared so is Your anger.  According to the count of our days so make known, then we shall acquire a heart of wisdom.  Return, HaShem, how long?  And relent concerning Your servants.  Satisfy us in the morning with Your kindness, then we shall sing out and rejoice all our days. 

Gladden us according to the days You afflicted us, the years when we saw evil.  May Your works be visible to Your servants, and Your majesty upon their children.  May the pleasantness of my Master, our Elohim, be upon us, may He establish our handiwork for us; our handiwork, may He establish.”

So, we can see the connection with teshuvah and fearing HaShem as His people, which then leads into our final Book of the Psalms.

Psalms 107 opens the fifth and final Book of the Psalms which corresponds to the fifth Book of the Torah i.e. Devarim.  Psalms 107 is primarily a composition expressing thanks of those who were in places of danger but were ultimately rescued an arrived home safely.  Devarim, also discusses the blessings and curses for keeping and rejecting His Torah, but ultimately prophecies the Final Redemption in the End of Days when all of Israel will repent and return to HaShem and His Torah. Then HaShem will return all of Israel back into the Land where He will dwell among us for eternity thereafter. 

Psalms 107:1-43 says:  “Give thanks to Adonai; for He is good, for His grace continues forever.  Let those redeemed by HaShem it, those He redeemed from the power of the foe.   He gathered them from the lands, from the east and from the west, from the north and from the sea.  They wandered in the desert, on paths through the wastes, without finding any inhabited city.  They were hungry and thirsty, their life was ebbing away.   In their trouble they cried to HaShem, and He rescued them from their distress.   He led them by a direct path to a city where they could live.   Let them give thanks to HaShem for His grace, for His wonders bestowed on humanity!

 For He has satisfied the hungry, filled the starving with good.   Some lived in darkness, in death-dark gloom, bound in misery and iron chains, because they defied Elohim’s Word, scorned the counsel of the Most High.   So, He humbled their hearts by hard labor; when they stumbled, no one came to their aid.   In their trouble they cried to HaShem, and He rescued them from their distress.   He led them from darkness, from death-dark gloom, shattering their chains.   Let them give thanks to HaShem for His grace, for His wonders bestowed on humanity!

 For He shattered bronze doors and cut through iron bars.  There were foolish people who suffered affliction because of their crimes and sins; they couldn’t stand to eat anything; they were near the gates of death.   In their trouble they cried to HaShem, and He rescued them from their distress; He sent his word and healed them, He delivered them from destruction.   Let them give thanks to HaShem for His grace, for His wonders bestowed on humanity!

 Let them offer sacrifices of thanksgiving and proclaim His great deeds with songs of joy.   Those who go down to the sea in ships, plying their trade on the great ocean, saw the works of HaShem, His wonders in the deep.  For at His word the storm-wind arose, lifting up towering waves.   The sailors were raised up to the sky, then plunged into the depths.  At the danger, their courage failed them, they reeled and staggered like drunk men, and all their skill was swallowed up.   In their trouble they cried to HaShem, and He rescued them from their distress.   He silenced the storm and stilled its waves, and they rejoiced as the sea grew calm.  Then He brought them safely to their desired port.   Let them give thanks to HaShem for His grace, for His wonders bestowed on humanity!

 Let them extol Him in the assembly of the people and praise Him in the leaders’ council.  He turns rivers into desert, flowing springs into thirsty ground, productive land into salt flats, because the people living there are so wicked.  But He also turns desert into pools of water, dry land into flowing springs; there He gives the hungry a home, and they build a city to live in; there they sow fields and plant vineyards, which yield an abundant harvest.  He blesses them, their numbers grow, and He doesn’t let their livestock decrease.

 When their numbers fall, and they grow weak, because of oppression, disaster and sorrow, He pours contempt on princes and leaves them to wander in trackless wastes.  But the needy He raises up from their distress
and increases their families like sheep.  When the upright see this, they rejoice; while the wicked are reduced to silence.  Let whoever is wise observe these things and consider HaShem’s loving deeds.”

WOW…can you see the lengths HaShem goes too to redeem His people Israel?  Even when we do things the wrong way and disaster strikes us, we still can cry out to HaShem and He will hear us and respond and get us where we need to be!  Baruch HaShem!

I hope and pray this Op is helpful to people in seeing the greatness of HaShem?  It is my greatest desire to draw people to HaShem so they too can see how awesome and wonderful He is and how much is being lost by the systems of religion to include Replacement Theology!  It further reinforces why we all must change our perception of His Word and why we all must submit and conform to HaShem and NOT the other way around.  In doing so, THEN we will see the wonders that are within His Torah!

May He grant us His Ruach to open our hearts and minds to see and understand His Word.  Then we can discuss His Word with others and draw them to HaShem, and on and on the cycle goes. 

David said it best: “Your righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and Your Torah is truth” Tehillim (Psalms) 119:142.  How truer is this statement in light of our current world around us today?  All I can say is, may it be SO very, very soon in our days, Master HaShem! 

Much to consider.

Shabbat Shalom!

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“HASHEM, PLEASE REMEMBER US!”

“Treat Your servant according to Your kindness, and teach me Your statutes. I am Your servant, grant me understanding, so that I may know Your testimonies. There is a time when HaShem will act, they voided Your Torah. Therefore I loved Your commandments, more than gold, even more than fine gold.” Psalms 119:124-127

As I put this Op together, it is Shabbat, 9 May 2020. America is still in lock-down due to COVID-19, the cases of infections and deaths continue to rise each day. The American economy is in ruin and our leaders are falling ever faster into the abyss of becoming tyrannical dictators. The people are becoming restless and frustrated as the fear and panic of the loss of income and the ability to feed the family and pay the bills takes hold. Yes, it is truly a very dark time in America today.

With this said, I thought it would be a good time to be reminded of the faithfulness of HaShem in the midst of dark times. After all, He never changes and He reveals the end out of the beginning, therefore if He did it once before, it means He will do so again! Baruch HaShem! This is what this Op will be addressing. But before we jump into this, always remember the following attributes of HaShem because they are key to dispelling the lies and deceptions of Replacement Theology:

– HaShem never changes per Num 23:19/Mal 3:6/Hebrews 13:8/James 1:17
– His Word is firmly established per Psalm 119:89
– He reveals the end out of the beginning per Is 46:10
– He does nothing without first revealing it to His prophets per Amos 3:7
– He says there is nothing new under the sun per Ecclesiastes 1:9
– He says His Torah is eternal per Proverbs 3:19 and Psalm 119:160
– He says His Torah is perfect and restores the soul per Psalm 19:7
– He says His Torah makes the simple one wise per Psalm 19:7
– He says His Torah Is freedom and liberty per Psalm Ps 119:45 and James 1:25
– He says His Torah is the only good doctrine there is Proverbs 4:2
– He says His Torah will add length of days and years of life and peace per Proverbs 3:2
– He says all of the ways of His Torah are ways of pleasantness and peace per Proverbs 3:17
– He says His Torah is for our good and well-being per Deuteronomy 6:24
– He says His Torah is health for our lives per Proverbs 3:8
– He says His Torah is life to our soul and a graceful ornament for our neck per Prov 3:22
– He says His Torah is better than pearls and all desires cannot compare to it per Prov 8:11
– He says those who walk with His Torah are praiseworthy per Psalms 119:1
– He says observing His Torah is how we purify our path per Psalms 119:9
– He says His Torah is better than thousands in gold and silver per Psalms 119:72
– He says His Torah brings abundant peace to those who love Him and His Torah per Psalms 119:165
– He says there is one Torah for all per Exodus 12:49/Leviticus 24:22
– He says those who hate His Torah love death per Proverbs 8:36

“Do not associate with evildoers; do not envy the wicked. For there will be no lasting outcome to evil; the light of the wicked will be extinguished. Fear HaShem, my child, and the king. Do not mix with dissenters, for their destruction will arise suddenly, and who knows the punishment of both?” Mishlei (Proverbs) 24:19-22.

There is a very interesting word in the Tanakh (Erroneously called the Old Testament) which encapsulates the rescuing and redeeming nature of HaShem and that word in English is ‘Remembered’ as in ‘HaShem remembered.’ Now the English definition of course doesn’t capture the essence of this word at all. Most read this word and equate it to ‘Joe remembered to pay his electric bill on time.’ So when HaShem ‘remembered’ something or someone, is it because He forgot about that person and suddenly read the post it note He left behind and said ‘Oh that’s right, I forgot to do such and such…?’ Not a chance!

In the Hebrew text this word ‘Remembered’ is ‘Zakar’ and it means ‘To act on behalf of another, to redeem.’ I think it would be prudent to examine several key verses in which HaShem ‘remembered’ and we can see for ourselves what it means for HaShem to remember. I would highly encourage you all to read these verses for yourselves in your own Bibles as it will help you retain the information and you can make it your own, should you desire too.

Keep in mind the events which are occurring in the background in the verses we read because often they are very dark and oppressive times as well. Also keep in mind the Names of HaShem Scripture uses because they denote different attributes. HaShem denotes mercy, compassion, kindness, etc. Elohim denotes a Judge, judgment, justice, etc.

We should also keep in mind that the judgment of Elohim upon man is ALWAYS because of sin, rebellion, wickedness, etc. In most cases, when the judgment falls and the people are being crushed by His judgment, they cry out and He hears their cries and relents. Tehillim (Psalms) 107:17-22 perfectly explains why America is being struck with COVID-19 today…in my opinion. These verses say “The fools, because of their sinful path and of their iniquities they were afflicted. Their soul abhorred all food, and they reached until the portals of death. Then they cried out to HaShem in their distress; from their woes He saved them. He dispatched His Word and cured them, and let them escape their destruction. Let them thank HaShem for His kindness and for His wonders to mankind.”

The commentary on these verses is very interesting, which states: “The Psalmist commences his description of the third group of endangered people i.e. the sick. They are described as ‘fools’ because per Tractate Sotah 5a (Talmud Bavli) that a man only sins when he is overcome by a spirit of foolishness and sickness is the punishment for sin. The basic differences between captivity and sickness: Captivity is seized and imprisoned in one fell swoop, whereas sickness overcomes a person slowly. Indeed, sickness may be compared to a messenger from Elohim warning a man to repent. At the very first sign of illness a man should immediately repent if he has the wisdom to understand the Divine signal, but if he is foolish and ignores the first sign, then the illness is progressively intensified until it cannot be ignored. Therefore, one who ignores the early warning signs of sickness is labeled a fool.” Very interesting!! This description is what, again in my own opinion, I see happening in America today with COVID-19! I digress.

Now let’s discuss key verses which reference our topic:

Bereshit (Genesis) 8:1 says “Elohim zakar (Remembered) Noach and all the beasts and all the animals that were with him in the Ark, and Elohim caused a spirit to pass over the earth, and the waters subsided.” So we see here Noach and the animals on the Ark as the flood waters brought judgment onto a horrendously wicked and evil world, wiping out all the wickedness. Then HaShem zakar i.e. He acts on behalf of Noach and the animals on the Ark and sends a ruach (Spirit/wind) to pass over or cover the earth and the tool of judgment i.e. the waters subsided, eventually allowing Noach and the animals to depart the Ark and walk on dry land again and on an earth which had now been cleansed from the wickedness and evil of man. Hmmm…is this a prophetic picture HaShem is giving us concerning the end? You decide!

First HaShem provides a way to save Noach and the animals i.e. the Ark. It was however, Noach’s choice to obey and get on the Ark or he could have refused and said ‘Nope, its all now fulfilled and done away with, I can do what I want’ and then he would have died like the rest. Instead, he listened and heard the Word of HaShem and entered the Ark. At the appointed time, HaShem shut the door, meaning the era for the opportunity for teshuvah (Repentance/returning to HaShem) was over and now the door was closed which means judgment would now fall. The people who refused to repent, now their fates were sealed and their names were all written in the Book of Death (There are three books in Heaven which HaShem maintains in which every human being’s name will be written in i.e. the Book of Death, the Book of the Intermediate and the Book of Life. Once a person’s names are inscribed in either the Book of Death or Life, their fates are sealed for eternity. This is found in the Fall Feasts i.e. Rosh HaShanah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot). I digress.

Let’s now jump to Avraham. Bereshit 19:29 says “It was when Elohim destroyed the cities of the plain (Sodom and Gomorrah and the five cities of the Plain) that Elohim zakar (Remembered) Avraham; so He sent Lot from amid the upheaval when He overturned the cities in which Lot had lived.” Very interesting! HaShem zakar Avraham at the event of Sodom and Gomorrah and because of Avraham and his faithfulness to HaShem, HaShem then rescues Lot, Avraham’s nephew and takes him out of the city AND then destroys the cities! Another prophetic picture being painted?

The commentary on this verse says “Even when HaShem has to express anger to destroy wicked people, He remembers (Zakar) the righteous ones. For example, at the very time that HaShem was destroying the city of Sodom, He remembered (Zakar) Avraham and rescued his nephew Lot from the destruction.” It is interesting to note the comment from the Talmud Bavli Berachot 54b says “In regard to the miracle of Lot’s rescue, we do not say the blessing ‘Who performed miracles in this place’. This is because Lot was a wicked man, undeserving of a miracle. Rather, we praise HaShem for performing miracles even on behalf of the undeserving, in the merit of the righteous i.e. in this case Avraham).”

Bereshit 30:22-23 says “Elohim zakar (remembered) Rachel; Elohim hearkened to her and He opened her womb. She conceived and bore a son, and said: ‘HaShem has taken away my disgrace.’ So she called his name ‘Yosef’, saying, ‘May HaShem add on for me another son.'” Very interesting she names her son ‘Yosef’ i.e. ‘HaShem has taken away my disgrace’ because one of the attributes of Mashiach Yeshua is He is called ‘Mashiach ben Yosef’ not only meaning ‘The suffering Messiah’ but could it also mean ‘The Messiah who takes away my disgrace?’ Perhaps another prophetic picture? See again He reveals the end from the beginning?

Here is a VERY key event we are commanded to always recall: Shemot (Exodus) 2:23-25 says “During those many days, it happened that the king of Egypt died, and the Children of Israel groaned because of the work AND THEY CRIED OUT. Their outcry because of the work when up to HaShem. HaShem HEARD THEIR MOANING, and HaShem zakar (remembered) His covenant with Avraham, with Yitzchak, and with Yaakov. HaShem saw the Children of Israel; and HaShem knew.” HaShem could act because of the ETERNAL covenant He made with Avraham, Yitzchak and Yaakov, a covenant I might add which is still in effect today! So do we really want the covenant to be torn to pieces and replaced by what Replacement Theology describes as the ‘New Covenant’ devoid of any of these promises? Not a chance!!

The commentary on these verses is very interesting because again it describes how HaShem heard their cries and He knew i.e. He knew the time of the End had arrived. “Our pesukim (Verses) hint to the five reasons Israel were taken out of Egypt:

  • They groaned i.e. intense suffering
  • HaShem heard their cries in their prayers
  • HaShem zakar His covenant i.e. the merit of their forefathers
  • HaShem saw Israel i.e. the nation’s own repentance
  • HaShem knew i.e. the time of the End had finally arrived”

Consider now what we read in Shemot 6:5-8 which says “Moreover, I have heard the groan of the Children of Israel whom Egypt enslaves and I have zakar (remembered) the covenant. Therefore, say to the Children of Israel: ‘I am HaShem, and I shall take you out from under the burdens of Egypt; I shall rescue you from their service; I shall redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great judgments. I shall take you to Me for a people and I shall be an Elohim to you; and you shall know that I am HaShem your Elohim, Who takes you out from under the burdens of Egypt. I shall take you to the Land about which I raised My hand to give it to Avraham, Yitzchak, and Yaakov; and I shall give it to you as an inheritance, I am HaShem.'” WOW…these verses are the foundation of our faith in HaShem! Remember if He reveals the End from the beginning and He is unchanging and His Word is firmly established and there is nothing new under the sun, THEN these promises are still valid for you and I today!! Baruch HaShem! Remember Yeshua will bring about the Final Redemption or also known as The Greater Exodus!

So again I have to ask the question, do we really want the doctrine of Replacement Theology to be the correct doctrine where all of this is now null and void, tossed aside and rendered obsolete? I certainly don’t…what a terrible disaster for the world that would be! I digress.

Vayikra (Leviticus) 26:40-45 says “Then they will confess their sin and the sin of their forefathers, for the treachery with which they betrayed Me, and also for having behaved toward Me with casualness. I, too, will behave toward them with casualness and I will bring them into the land of their enemies, perhaps then their unfeeling heart will be humbled and then they will gain appeasement for their sin. I will zakar (remember) My covenant with Yaakov, and also My covenant with Yitzchak, and also My covenant with Avraham will I zakar, and I will zakar the Land. The Land will be bereft of them; and it will be appeased for its sabbaticals having become desolate of them; and they must gain appeasement for their iniquity; because they were revolted by My ordinances and because their spirit rejected My decrees. But despite all this, while they will be in the land of their enemies, I will not cast them away, nor will I abhor them to destroy them, to annul My covenant with them, for I am HaShem, their Elohim. I will zakar for them the covenant of the ancients, those whom I have taken out of the land of Egypt before the eyes of the nations, to be Elohim to them, I am HaShem.” Point is, HaShem will never annul His covenant and will never cast away Israel His people!

Nehemiah 13:22 says “Then I told the Levites that they should regularly purify themselves and come as guards of the gates, to sanctify the Shabbat day. This, too, zakar for me, O my Elohim, and be compassionate towards me according to Your abundant kindness!”

An interesting question is asked of HaShem as recorded in Tehillim (Psalms) 8:5 which says “What is the frail human that You should zakar (remember) him? And what is the son of mortal man that You should be mindful of him?” Why should HaShem act on our behalf when we are racked full of sin, rebellion, wickedness and are made of flesh which grows old, dies and decays? Why does He wish to dwell among us via His Temple in Jerusalem? Baruch HaShem the Sovereign of the Universe, Master of Creation, cares so much about each of us! Truly there is no other! May His great Name be honored and esteemed!

Tehillim 98:3 says “He zakar (remembered) His kindness and faithful pledge to the House of Israel; all ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our Elohim!” The commentary on this verse says “Because of this commitment of HaShem towards Israel, His kindness and faith, HaShem will deliver Israel from the present exile and announce the advent of the Mashiach.” May it be so very soon in our days!

Tehillim 105:8-10 says “He zakar (remembered) His covenant FOREVER, the Word He commanded for a thousand generations that He made with Avraham and His vow to Yitzchak. Then He established it for Yaakov as a statute, for Israel as an EVERLASTING covenant.” Again do we really want His covenant to be rendered obsolete? And again it must asked, if HaShem established His covenant and declared it to be eternal and forever, then can Messiah come along later and change it or annul it? Not a chance! Anyone claiming they have done so has only revealed themselves to be a False Messiah! I digress.

Consider another example in Tehillim (Psalms) 107:23-32 which says “Those who go down to the sea in ships, who do their work in the great waters. They have seen the deeds of HaShem, and His wonders in the watery deep. He spoke and raised the stormy wind and lifted its waves. They rise heavenward, they descend to the depths, their soul melts with trouble. They reel, they stagger like a drunkard, and all their wisdom is swallowed up. THEN THEY CRIED OUT TO HASHEM IN THEIR DISTRESS, and He would take them out from their straits. He would halt the storm to restore calmness, and their waves were stilled. And they rejoiced because they were quiet, and He guided them to their desired boundary. Let them give thanks to HaShem for His kindness, and His wonders to the children of Man. Let them exalt Him in the assembly of people, and praise Him in the session of the elders.” WOW..these verses perfectly encapsulate life in general for each of us!!! This is why it is SO important to do as He commands i.e. to Fear HaShem as in respect Him, honor and esteem His great Name, etc, because He does promise to rescue, save, redeem and zakar (remember) those who fear Him and His great Name!

So with all this said, we will conclude with this last thought….’The Day of Remembrance’ is the Feast of Rosh HaShanah because it is the Feast where not only is it a rest day, but the day to ‘remember’ the sounding of the shofar!! Why is this so incredibly significant? Because it will be on THE Rosh HaShanah HaShem has designated, that at the sound of the shofar the righteous dead will arise, those living will be caught up and gathered to HaShem in the Heavenly Temple for the first seven years of the Birth Pains of Messiah!! This is the ultimate remembrance of HaShem!! May He remember us SO very soon in our days!!!

Shabbat Shalom!

SOURCE MATERIALS:

  • The Scriptures by the Institute for Scripture Research
  • The Stone Edition of the Chumash by Artscroll
  • The Milstein Edition of the Chumash with the Talmud Bereshit by Artscroll
  • The Milstein Edition of the Chumash with the Talmud Shemot by Artscroll
  • The Milstein Edition of the Chumash with the Talmud Yayikra by Artscroll
  • The Milstein Edition of the Chumash with the Talmud Devarim by Artscroll
  • Tractate Berachot Talmud Bavli by Artscroll
  • Tehillim by Artscroll
  • Mishlei by Artscroll
  • The Twelve Prophets by Artscroll

TORAH – A SYSTEM OF GOVERNMENT

“For a commandment is a lamp and the Torah is light; and reproving discipline is the way of life, to guard you from an evil woman (Idiom for idolatry), from the smoothness of a foreign woman’s tongue.” Proverbs 6:23-24

As of late, the cyber world is ablaze in discussions concerning the End of Days, end of the world, end times prophecies, etc. However, many of these discussions are also delving into very heated discussions concerning the validity of the Torah of HaShem today. Many of the adherents of Replacement Theology are digging in their heels per se, in absolute defiance to the validity and applicability of the Torah of HaShem to people today in 2020. The name calling and slandering is very intense and frankly I rarely participate as it is truly a prime example of just shaking the dust off your feet and move on to better things.

These discussions however, have led me to decide perhaps it is time to post another Op reinforcing how the Torah of HaShem is truly the Constitution of the Kingdom of Heaven i.e. it is the way we all will live for all eternity if we are to enter HaShem’s Kingdom. There is no debate on this….HaShem, the Great King is the One Who has established this and there isn’t a force in existence which can ever change this…besides, why would a person not want to live out His Torah? The blessings are astounding and the opportunity to develop a true, lasting and personal relationship with HaShem is beyond compare.

Now for this Op it is my plan to focus on a few examples which will require us to dive into the deep end of the pool per se and will culminate with what we read in the Apostolic Writings concerning Yeshua celebrating ‘The Water Libation Ceremony’ in the Temple on Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) and the significance of this event!

I will interject this statement right here and please keep it in mind as you proceed in this Op….Yeshua did NOT come to start a new religion called ‘Christianity’ as Replacement Theology teaches. He is a Torah observant Orthodox Jew Who came as the Agent of HaShem to restore and renew the covenant which was broken! He Himself, from His Own words state “I was sent ONLY for the lost sheep of the House of Israel!” per Matthew 15:24. In coming for the lost sheep of the House of Israel, who are scattered across the globe in the exile, He also gathers in all those who are not of Israel, who wish to serve HaShem, thus the entire world has the opportunity to be gathered into the Kingdom of HaShem, Baruch HaShem! But we will discuss this further later on. In the meantime, always remember the following because it never changes:

– HaShem never changes per Num 23:19/Mal 3:6/Hebrews 13:8/James 1:17
– His Word is firmly established per Psalm 119:89
– He reveals the end out of the beginning per Is 46:10
– He does nothing without first revealing it to His prophets per Amos 3:7
– He says there is nothing new under the sun per Ecclesiastes 1:9
– He says His Torah is eternal per Proverbs 3:19 and Psalm 119:160
– He says His Torah is perfect and restores the soul per Psalm 19:7
– He says His Torah makes the simple one wise per Psalm 19:7
– He says His Torah Is freedom and liberty per Psalm Ps 119:45 and James 1:25
– He says His Torah is the only good doctrine there is Proverbs 4:2
– He says His Torah will add length of days and years of life and peace per Proverbs 3:2
– He says all of the ways of His Torah are ways of pleasantness and peace per Proverbs 3:17
– He says His Torah is for our good and well-being per Deuteronomy 6:24
– He says His Torah is health for our lives per Proverbs 3:8
– He says His Torah is life to our soul and a graceful ornament for our neck per Prov 3:22
– He says His Torah is better than pearls and all desires cannot compare to it per Prov 8:11
– He says those who walk with His Torah are praiseworthy per Psalms 119:1
– He says observing His Torah is how we purify our path per Psalms 119:9
– He says His Torah is better than thousands in gold and silver per Psalms 119:72
– He says His Torah brings abundant peace to those who love Him and His Torah per Psalms 119:165
– He says there is one Torah for all per Exodus 12:49/Leviticus 24:22
– He says those who hate His Torah love death per Proverbs 8:36

The word ‘Torah’ is a Hebrew word which means “Instruction”. It also has a Hebraic pictographic image which shows a loving Father pointing with His finger the way to walk. It is NOT bondage, legalism, destruction, death, etc, which has sadly been taught by Replacement Theology Christendom for centuries now. Torah is truly a system of government HaShem has established for our blessing and to sustain our lives here and now as His people Whom He calls ‘Israel’ comprised of everyone regardless of DNA who wishes to serve HaShem and walk in His ways.

He has established His Own court system i.e. The Sanhedrin imbued with His authority and anointing to render rulings on how to walk in His Torah and to preserve and render justice within the Kingdom per Shemot (Exodus) 18:21-23 and Devarim (Deuteronomy) 17:8-13. He has established His annual Moedim (Feasts) which are literally appointments we have with the Great King i.e. Pesach, Unleavened Bread, Firstfruits, Shavuot, Rosh HaShanah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot. He has established which three of the seven of the annual Moedim all of Israel is to present ourselves before the Great King in His Temple i.e. Pesach, Shavuot and Sukkot. He has established His weekly Shabbat as well as established what is and isn’t considered to be food in His Kingdom. He has established the place and system of protocols for how and when He as our Great King is to be approached and interacted with i.e. His Temple in Jerusalem and officiated by the Kohanim (Priests) and Levites. He has commanded if we are to be His people then we must be kadosh (Holy i.e. set apart from the world) as He is kadosh (Holy) per Vayikra (Leviticus) 19:2 as well as 1 Peter 1:16, and the Torah is the ONLY way to we can strive to do that.

HaShem has established four specific calendars for His Kingdom, which we have discussed in previous Ops (https://torahandtempleinvestigations.com/2020/03/25/the-times-and-the-seasons/), but for review – 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 switches 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 Hm 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).” 

Then we have the Tithing Season which HaShem reinforces in 2 Chronicles 31:6-7 in which He restates the First Tithe will be brought in to the Temple during the biblical month of Sivan on the Feast of Shavuot. Then the Second Tithe will be brought in to the Temple on the Feast of Sukkot in the Fall. He then has established a seven year tithing cycle per Devarim (Deuteronomy 14 and 15) which its purpose per Devarim 14:23 is “So that you will learn to fear HaShem, your Elohim, all the days”:

  • 1st Year – Person gathers the tithes and brings them to the Temple and may eat them inside the walls of Jerusalem after presenting them to HaShem.
  • 2nd Year – Person gathers the tithes and brings them to the Temple and may eat them inside the walls of Jerusalem after presenting them to HaShem.
  • 3rd Year – The tithes are given to the Levites in the Temple and they eat them.
  • 4th Year – Person gathers the tithes and brings them to the Temple and may eat them inside the walls of Jerusalem after presenting them to HaShem.
  • 5th Year – Person gathers the tithes and brings them to the Temple and may eat them inside the walls of Jerusalem after presenting them to HaShem.
  • 6th Year – The tithes are given to the Levites in the Temple and they eat them.
  • 7th Year – No tithes are gathered as it is a Shmita (Rest) and then the following year the cycle renews.

Now what is very interesting regarding these seven year tithing cycles is what HaShem says in Devarim 31:10-13 which says “Moshe commanded them, saying, ‘At the end of seven years, at the time of the Shmita, 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 who is in your cities, so that they will hear and so they will learn, and they shall fear HaShem, your Elohim, and be careful to perform all the words of this Torah. And their children who do not know, they shall hear and they shall learn to fear HaShem, your Elohim, all the days that you live on the Land to which you are crossing the Jordan, to possess it.'”

WOW…these verses right here, among many others, again just destroys Replacement Theology Christendom and its Torah rejecting doctrine! How? Because read carefully these verses how everyone, men, women, children AND the strangers are all gathered in the parts of the Temple each group can enter, and they ALL are taught the entire Torah so that they shall perform the Torah in service to HaShem! The strangers are the non-Jews who are living with Israel in the Land…today we would say they are gentiles and they are given the Torah just like Israel is given the Torah and the non-Jews are required to obey and walk in the Torah of HaShem just like He commands Israel to walk in the Torah of HaShem!! Remember He says there is ONE Torah for both the Israelite and the stranger per Shemot (Exodus) 12:49 and Vayikra (Leviticus) 24:22! Since HaShem never changes, there is nothing new under the sun, He reveals the end from the beginning, then this means Torah IS for EVERYONE!

So with all this said, let’s now jump to Yochanan (John) 7:37 which says “And on the last day, the great day of the Festival (Sukkot), Yeshua stood and cried out saying: ‘If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me, and let him who believes in Me drink.'” What does this verse mean? Remember Sukkot is ALL about celebrating and joy…it is a rehearsal and is THE Feast of the year and is prophesied to be the Feast were we all will celebrate after Yeshua marches into Jerusalem, defeats and destroys the False Messiah and the enemies of Israel are obliterated from the planet! I digress.

Well, we know Yeshua is in the Temple on the last day of Sukkot and He is making a statement referencing drinking living water. Isaiah 12:3 says “You can draw water with joy from the springs of salvation (Yeshua).” The commentary on this verse is very interesting and says “The prophet Isaiah metaphorically describes the unending blessing and salvation that will be prevalent at that time (The Day of HaShem). When one has a spring, from which to draw, he never doubts his water supply because a spring always flows with fresh, bubbling water. Such a fortunate person is always happy. So, too, will it be in Messianic times. Because their salvation will come from HaShem, a never ending spring of compassion, miracles an salvation, they will always joyously draw from it. Alternatively, HaShem’s salvation will open the hearts and minds of the people and enable them to understand the secrets of the Torah that had been forgotten during the long bitter exile. The salvation will then serve to reveal a fountain from which the people can draw words of Torah, which is likened to water.”

To get more context let’s go to the Mishnah and see what is happening during Sukkot and the significance of the last day of this Festival.

Tractate Sukkah 5:1 from the Mishnah says “The flute on five or on six. This was the flute of Beit Ha-Sho’evah, The House of the Water Drawing (Ceremony), since it does not override the Shabbat or Yom Tov. They said: ‘Whoever has not seen the rejoicing of the Beit Ha-Sho’evah had never seen rejoicing in his life.'”

Okay, so we are seeing there is a specific ceremony involving drawing water on each of the eight days of this Feast as well as on the last day of Sukkot and that it is a ceremony which has rejoicing and celebrating as its core reason!

So how was this ceremony performed? Per Sukkah 4.9 in the Mishnah it says “How was the Water Libation observed? A golden flagon holding three logs of water would be filled from the Shiloach (A fresh water spring in Jerusalem south of the Temple near the City of David). When they reached the Water Gate (One of the southern gates of the Temple Courtyard, so named since through it the flagon of water for the libation on Sukkot would be carried into the Temple precincts), they sounded a Teki’ah, Teru’ah and Teki’ah (Types of blasts of the trumpet in order to comply with the prophecy ‘And with joy, shall you draw water’ quoting Isaiah 12:3). He (The Kohen selected for this right) would ascend the ramp (On the Mizbe’ach/Altar) and turn to his left (To the southwestern horn/corner of the Altar, where the libations are poured). Two bowls of silver stood there. And both had apertures like two thin snouts. One hole was wide, while the other was narrow, so that both might empty at the same time. The western bowl was for water; the eastern bowl was for wine. If he poured of water into the wine or of wine into the water bowl he has fulfilled.”

It is interesting to note the Sadducee’s rejected this ceremony because it is expounded upon in the Oral Torah i.e. the Mishnah/Talmud, etc. The Sadducee’s rejected anything which came from the Oral Torah. The basis for this ceremony can be found in the Torah, in Bamidbar (Numbers) 29:19 in which the Hebrew letters of this verse contain the word ‘Beit Ha-Sho’evah!’

So what is the significance of this ceremony as it relates to Yeshua? Isaiah 12:3 is a prophecy of the Messianic era and likens living water to the Torah of HaShem and during the Messianic era, when Yeshua is ruling, Torah will flow forth from Jerusalem into all the world. Then we have Yeshua Himself participating in this ceremony as He is in the Temple rejoicing with the people, which again means Yeshua is NOT a Sadducee and He does support the Oral Torah as we can see from several verses in the Apostolic Writings, not just this one in Yochanan! He cries out for everyone to come to Him to drink which is an idiomatic way of telling everyone in the Temple He is the Tzemach (The Branch), the Mighty Right Arm of HaShem, the Messiah, the Son of Elohim (A scriptural idiom to mean the King of Israel as all kings of Israel from the line of David are called ‘The Son of Elohim). The point is, again we see Yeshua and Torah go hand in hand…get rid of the Torah and you have tossed aside Yeshua, which is why I will to my dying breath completely and totally reject the ‘Jesus Christ’ of Replacement Theology!

Consider the following excerpts from a very good book I recommend people purchase entitled ‘Jewish Secrets Hidden in the New Testament’ by Rabbi Avraham Feld. On pages 310-312 it states: “The author in this review from a Halachic Jewish platform, has thus far extracted from the New Testament (NT) Scriptures itself, massive and convincing evidence that the ‘Gospel of the NT’ is in fact based NOT on Christian fundamentals which had been accorded it, but on true, ancient Halachic Oral Torah (Mishnah/Talmud) principles. It should be convincingly clear therefore, as more and more Hebraic Restorers are discovering and proclaiming:

  • The NT Gospel is NOT a Gospel which frees you from all obligations. It does NOT put the responsibility on G-d to save you by Grace only ‘Because He understands and forgives your inability to comply with His stringent and impossible Laws’
  • That the NT Gospel is NOT a Gospel which has done away with the Laws of G-d, ‘nailing them to the Cross.’
  • That the NT Gospel is NOT a Gospel which ‘annulled the Old Jewish’ Covenant and replaced it with a ‘New Covenant of Love and Grace only.’
  • That the NT Gospel is NOT a Gospel which transplanted the ‘Old and outdated, burdensome religion of Judaism with a new, revitalized religion of freedom in the spirit.’

But according to these hidden Jewish Secrets in the NT it IS a ‘Hebraic Gospel’ which is based upon the ETERNAL PROMISES to Avraham and Israel and conditional upon compliance with the Torah Requirements of the Covenant.

The need to observe the Law according to Jewish teachings and the Mosaic Code has been well hidden under cover of alternative translations in the NT. Following is a perfect example of this:

  • The Greek word ‘Paradosis’ according to Strong’s Concordance G3862 refers to: transmission, that is, concretely a precept; specifically the Jewish traditionary law: – ordinance, tradition. The word ‘Paradosis’ has been used in the following texts, translated as ‘doctrines’ and ‘teachings’:
  • I Cor 11:2 ‘But I praise you brothers, that in all things you have remembered me, and even as I delivered them to you, you hold fast the doctrines.’
  • 2 Tim 2:15 ‘So, then, brothers, stand firm and strongly hold the teachings you were taught, whether by word or by our letter.’
  • 2 Tim 3:6 ‘…draw yourselves back from every brother walking disorderly\way, and not according to the teaching which you received from us.’

Why on earth then should Jews be expected to accept this non-Hebraic Faith and Torah-rejecting ‘Messiah’ presented by Christianity?

G-d is perfect and He does not change. He does not change a Perfect System.

The Gospel of Salvation offers the same ultimate benefit to all mankind, whether you are physically part of His Covenant People or part of the other nations. The ultimate reward is eternal life in the physical Kingdom of G-d. The compliance parameters are also the same for Jews as for non-Jews i.e. observance of G-d’s Laws and Customs.

The authentic Hebrew Gospel has been contorted and replaced by a watered down version of ‘Grace only’ and ‘Holy Spirit’ inspired licentious anti-Torah ‘Gospel’, to deceive and mislead the personal believer.”

I hope once again people will be able to see the Torah of HaShem IS truly a system of government that has NOT changed, has NOT been replaced, has NOT been tossed aside nor ‘fulfilled’ as Replacement Theology Christendom twists and spins the meaning of the word.

Torah on the flip side is peaceful, light, joy, blessing, fulfillment, purpose, as satiating as when drinking clear, cold living water on a hot dry day in the desert. Torah is like blooming roses with the colors and fragrance. Torah can be experienced by all of our senses HaShem has blessed us with. Torah is life!

This is the purpose of this Op, to simply once more an attempt to refute all the Replacement Theology garbage being poured out on the various blogs which are leading so many to their ruin! My angst is NOT with the people, but with the doctrine and teachings of Replacement Theology which is stealing away peoples lives, their hopes and their futures all for what? Futile idolatry.

I take great hope in the prophecy HaShem gave as recorded in Zechariah 8:23 which says “Thus said HaShem, Master of Legions: In those days (A reference to the End of Days) it will happen that ten men (Gentiles) of all the different languages of the nations will take hold, they will take hold of the corner of the tallit of a Jewish man, saying, ‘Let us go with you, for we have heard that HaShem is with you!'” This is happening right now today!!! Baruch HaShem!

May it be VERY soon in our days!!

Shalom!

SOURCE MATERIALS

  • The Scriptures by the Institute for Scripture Research
  • The Stone Edition Chumash by Artscroll
  • The Kehati Mishnah Tractate Sukkah
  • The Twelve Prophets Zechariah by Artscroll
  • The Milstein Edition The Prophets Isaiah by Artscroll
  • Jewish Secrets Hidden in the New Testament by Rabbi Avraham Feld

PESACH AND THE SONG OF SOLOMON

“Through kindness and truth, iniquity will be forgiven, and through fear of HaShem one turns from evil.” Mishlei (Proverbs) 16:6

This Op is a follow up to the previous Op discussing Pesach (Passover) which is coming up very shortly. I have included in this Op all eight chapters of the book of the Song of Songs, which you may know as the Song of Solomon. Why am I highlighting this book?

From the book titled ‘The Book of Our Heritage the Jewish Year and its Days of Significance’ by Rabbi Eliyahu Kittov, “It is customary to read Shir Ha-Shirim (Song of Songs) on the first night of Pesach at the end of the Seder.”

Rabbi Kitov further explains why it is customary to read the Song of Songs: “The Song of Songs embodies the entire Torah, the story of the exile in Egypt, and the redemption of Israel from there, as well as from the other oppressors, so that by reading it we are enhancing the mitzvah of recounting the story of the Exodus.”

Additionally, reading the Song of Songs one can see the complete and total affection HaShem has for His people, Israel, comprised of everyone, regardless of DNA, who have chosen to serve HaShem and make Him their King! Further, the Song of Songs is full of allusions and references to the Final Redemption and to Messiah and His coming to gather all of Israel home into the Land, may it be so VERY soon in our days!

You may wonder why I have used pictures of roses in this Op. It is because HaShem likens Israel to a blooming rose in the desert, which you will see in various chapters of the Song of Songs. But before we jump into this, always remember the following:

– HaShem never changes per Num 23:19/Mal 3:6/Hebrews 13:8/James 1:17
– His Word is firmly established per Psalm 119:89
– He reveals the end out of the beginning per Is 46:10
– He does nothing without first revealing it to His prophets per Amos 3:7
– He says there is nothing new under the sun per Ecclesiastes 1:9
– He says His Torah is eternal per Proverbs 3:19 and Psalm 119:160
– He says His Torah is perfect and restores the soul per Psalm 19:7
– He says His Torah makes the simple one wise per Psalm 19:7
– He says His Torah Is freedom and liberty per Psalm Ps 119:45 and James 1:25
– He says His Torah is the only good doctrine there is Proverbs 4:2
– He says His Torah will add length of days and years of life and peace per Proverbs 3:2
– He says all of the ways of His Torah are ways of pleasantness and peace per Proverbs 3:17
– He says His Torah is for our good and well-being per Deuteronomy 6:24
– He says His Torah is health for our lives per Proverbs 3:8
– He says His Torah is life to our soul and a graceful ornament for our neck per Prov 3:22
– He says His Torah is better than pearls and all desires cannot compare to it per Prov 8:11
– He says those who walk with His Torah are praiseworthy per Psalms 119:1
– He says observing His Torah is how we purify our path per Psalms 119:9
– He says His Torah is better than thousands in gold and silver per Psalms 119:72
– He says His Torah brings abundant peace to those who love Him and His Torah per Psalms 119:165
– He says there is one Torah for all per Exodus 12:49/Leviticus 24:22
– He says those who hate His Torah love death per Proverbs 8:36

Let’s now explore all eight chapters of the Song of Songs! I hope and pray you will be blessed! Baruch HaShem!

Shir HaShirim 1:1-17 says “The song that excels all songs dedicated to HaShem, the King to Whom peace belongs.

(Israel) Communicate Your innermost wisdom to me again in loving closeness, for Your friendship is dearer than all earthly delights. Like the scent of goodly oils is the spreading fame of Your great deeds; Your very Name is Flowing Oil, therefore have nations loved You.

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

Though I am black with sin, I am comely with virtue, O nations who are destined to ascend to Jerusalem; though sullied as the tents of Kedar, I will be immaculate as the draperies of Shlomo (Solomon). Do not view me with contempt despite my swarthiness, for it is but the sun which has glared upon me. The alien children of my mother were incensed with me and made me a keeper of the vineyards of idols, but the vineyard of my own true Elohim I did not keep.

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

(HaShem) If you know not where to graze, o fairest of nations, follow the footsteps of the sheep, your forefathers who traced a straight, unswerving path after My Torah. Then you can graze your tender kids even among the dwellings of foreign shepherds.

With My mighty steeds who battled Pharoah’s riders I revealed that you (Israel) are My beloved. Your cheeks are lovely with rows of gems, your neck with necklaces, My gifts to you from the splitting sea, by inducing Pharaoh to engage in pursuit, to add circlets of gold to your spangles of silver.

(Israel) While the King was yet at Sinai my malodrous deed gave forth its scent as my Golden Calf defiled the covenant. But my Beloved responded with a bundle of myrrh, the fragrant atonement of erecting a Tabernacle where His Presence would dwell amid the Holy Ark’s staves. Like a cluster of henna in Ein Gedi vineyards has my Beloved multiplied His forgiveness to me.

I forgive you, My friend, for you are lovely in deed and lovely in resolve. The righteous among you are loyal as a dove.

It is You Who are lovely, my Beloved, so pleasant that You pardoned my sin enabling our Temple to make me ever fresh. The beams of our House are cedar, our panels are cypress.”

Shir HaShirim 2:1-17 says “I am but a rose of Sharon, even an ever fresh rose of the valleys. Like the rose maintaining its beauty among the thorns, so is My faithful beloved among the nations.

(Israel) Like the fruitful fragrant apple tree among the barren trees of the forest, so is my Beloved among the gods. In His shade I delighted and there I sat, and the fruit of His Torah was sweet to my palate. He brought me to the chamber of Torah delights and clustered my encampments about Him in love.

Sustain me in exile with dainty cakes, spread fragrant apples about me to comfort my dispersion, for bereft of Your Presence, I am sick with love. With memories of His loving support in the desert, of His left hand under my head, of His right hand enveloping me. I adjure you, O nations who are destined to ascend to Jerusalem, lest you become as defenseless as gazelles or hinds of the field, if you dare cause hatred or disturb this love while it yet gratifies.

The voice of my Beloved! Behold it came suddenly to redeem me, as if leaping over mountains, skipping over hills. In His swiftness to redeem me, my Beloved is like a gazelle or a young hart. I thought I would be forever alone, but behold! He was standing behind our wall, observing through the windows, peering through the lattices.

My Beloved called out and said to me: ‘Arise My love, My fair one, and go forth. For the winter of bondage has passed, the deluge of suffering is over and gone. The righteous blossoms are seen in the land, the time of your song has arrived, and the voice of your guide is heard in the land. The fig tree has formed its first small figs, ready for ascent to the Temple. The vines are in blossom, their fragrance declaring they are ready for libation. Arise My love, My fair one and go forth!’

O My dove, trapped at the sea as if in the clefts of the rock, the concealment of the terrace. Show Me your prayerful gaze, let Me hear your supplicating voice, for your voice is sweet and your countenance comely. Seize for us the Egyptian foxes, even the small foxes who spoiled Israel’s vineyards while our vineyards had just begun to blossom.

My Beloved is mine, He fills all my needs and I seek from Him and none other. He grazes me in rose like bounty. Until my sin blows His friendship away and sears me like the midday sun and His protection departs, my sin caused Him to turn away. My Beloved, You became like a gazelle or a young hart on the distant mountains..”

Shir HaShirim chapter 3:1-11 says “As I lay on my bed in the night of my desert travail, I sought Him Whom my soul loves. I sought Him but I found Him not, for He maintained His aloofness. I resolved to arise then, and roam through the city, in the streets and squares; that I would seek through Moshe (Torah), Him Whom my soul loved. I sought Him, but I found Him not.

They found me, Moshe and Aaron, the watchmen patrolling the city. ‘You have seen Him Whom my soul loves, what has He said?’ Scarcely had I departed from them when, in the days of Yehoshua (Joshua), I found Him Whom my soul loves. I grasped Him, determined that my deeds would never again cause me to lose hold of Him, until I brought His Presence to the Tabernacle of my mother and to the chamber of her that conceived me.

I adjure you, O nations (Gentiles) who are destined to ascend to Jerusalem, lest you become as defenseless as gazelles or hinds of the field, if you dare cause hatred or disturb this love while it yet gratifies.

(Quoting the Gentiles) ‘Who is this ascending from the desert, its way secured and smoothed by palm like pillars of smoke, burning fragrant myrrh and frankincense, of all the perfumer’s powders?’

(Israel) Behold the resting place of Shlomo (Tend of Meeting), with sixty myriads (refers to the sixty Hebrew letters of the Priestly blessing) of Israel’s mighty encircling it. All of them gripping the sword of tradition, skilled in the battle of Torah (Those who know how to dispute in the warfare of Torah), each with his sword ready at his side for fear lest he succumb in the nights of exile.

A Tabernacle for His Presence has the King Shlomo made of the wood of Lebanon. Its pillars He made of silver, His resting place was gold, its suspended curtain was purple wool, its midst was decked with implements bespeaking love by the daughters of Jerusalem.

Go forth and gaze, O daughters distinguished by loyalty to HaShem, upon the King Shlomo adorned with the crown His nation made Him, on the day His Torah was given and He became one with Israel, and on the day His heart was gladdened by His Tabernacle’s consecration.'”

Shir HaShirim 4:1-16 says “(HaShem) Behold, you are lovely My friend, behold you are lovely, your very appearance radiates dove like constancy from behind your modest veil. The most common sons within your encampments are as dearly beloved are as dearly beloved as the children of Jacob in the goat like procession descending the slopes of Gilead Mountain.

Accountable in deed are your fiercest warriors like a well numbered flock come up from the washing, all of them unblemished with no miscarriage of action in them (This allegorizes the mighty warriors of Israel who figuratively tear apart and consume their enemies round about them with their teeth but refrain from stealing and lewdness so they do not become tainted by sin).

Like the scarlet thread, guarantor of Rachav’s safety, is the sincerity of your lips, and your word is unfeigned. As many as a pomegranate’s seeds are the merits of your unworthiest within your modest veil. As stated as the Tower of David is the site of your Sanhedrin built as a model to emulate, with a thousand shields of Torah armor hung upon it, all the disciple filled quivers of the mighty. Moshe and Aaron, your two sustainers, are like two fawns, twins of the gazelle, who graze their sheep in rose like bounty.

Until My sunny benevolence was withdrawn from Shiloh and the protective shadows were dispersed by your sin. I will go to Mount Moriah ( The Temple on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem) and the hill of frankincense where you will be completely fair My beloved, and no blemish will be in you.

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

You captured My heart, My sister, O bride; you captured My heart with but on of your virtues, with but one of the precepts that adorn you like beads of a necklace resplendent. How fair was your love in so many settings, My sister, O bride; so superior is your love to wine and your spreading fame to all perfumes.

The sweetness of Torah drops from your lips, like honey and milk it lies under your tongue; your very garments are scented with precepts like the scent of Lebanon (He is talking about the incense offerings in the Temple as well as the aroma of the offerings on the Altar).

As chaste as a garden locked, My sister, O bride; a spring locked up, a fountain sealed. Your least gifted ones are a pomegranate orchard with luscious fruit, henna with nard. Nard and saffron, calamus and cinnamon, with all trees of frankincense, myrrh and aloes with all the chief spices. Purified in the garden spring a well of waters alive, and flowing clean from Lebanon (The Temple).

Awake from the north and come from the south! Like winds let My exiles return to My garden, let their fragrant goodness flow in Jerusalem. (Israel) Let but my Beloved come to His garden and enjoy His precious people.”

Shir HaShirim/Song of Songs 5: 1-16 says (HaShem) “To your Tabernacle Dedication, My sister, O bride, I came as if to My garden. I gathered My myrrh with My spice from your princely incense; I accepted your unbidden as well as your bidden offerings to Me; I drank your libations pure as milk. Eat, My beloved kohen! Drink and become HaShem intoxicated, O friends (an allegory for a spiritual intoxication resulting from the love of HaShem)!

(Israel) I let my devotion slumber, but the Elohim of my heart was awake! My Beloved knocks! ‘Open your heart to Me, My sister, My love, My dove, My perfection; admit Me and My head is filled with dew like memories of Abraham; spurn me and I bear collections of punishing rains in exile nights.’ I have doffed my robe of devotion; how can I don it? I have washed my feet that trod Your path; how can I soil them?

In anger at my recalcitrance, my Beloved sent forth His hand from the portal in wrath, and my intestines churned with longing for Him. I arose to open for my Beloved and my hands dripped myrrh of repentant devotion to Torah and Elohim and my fingers flowing with myrrh to remove the traces of my foolish rebuke from the handles of the lock. I opened for my Beloved; but, alas, my Beloved had turned His back on my plea and gone. My soul departed at His decree! I sought His closeness but could not fine it; I beseeched Him but He would not answer.

They found me, the enemy watchmen patrolling the city; they struck me, they bloodied me wreaking Elohim’s revenge on me. They stripped y mantle of holiness from me, the angelic watchmen of the wall.

I adjure you, O gentiles who are destined to ascend to Jerusalem, when you see my Beloved on the future Day of Judgment, won’t you tell Him that I bore all travails for love of Him?

(Gentiles) With what does your beloved Elohim excel all others that you suffer for His Name, O fairest of nations? With what does your beloved Elohim excel all others that you dare to adjure us?

(Israel) My Beloved is pure and purifies sin, and ruddy with vengeance to punish betrayers, surrounded with myriad angels. His opening words were finest gold, His crowns hold mounds of statues written in raven black flame.

Like the gaze of doves toward their cotes, His eyes are fixed on the waters of Torah, bathing all things in clarity, established upon creation’s fullness. Like a bed of spices are His words at Sinai, like towers of perfume. His comforting words from the Tabernacle are roses dripping flowing myrrh. The tablets, His handiwork, are desirable above even rolls of fine gold; they are studded with commandments precious as gems, the Torah’s innards are sparkling as ivory intricately overlaid with precious stone.

The Torah’s columns are marble set in contexts of pure gold, its contemplation flowers like Lebanon, it is sturdy as cedars. The words of His palate are sweet and He is all delight. THIS is my Beloved and THIS is my Friend, O gentiles who are destined to ascend to Jerusalem.”

Shir HaShirim 6:1-12 which says “(Gentiles) Where has your Beloved gone, O forsaken fairest among women? Where has your Beloved turned to rejoin you? Let us seek Him with you and build His Temple with you!

***MY NOTE: This proves here that gentiles are more than welcome to serve HaShem BUT they must join Israel and live as He has commanded Israel to live i.e. keep His Torah! His people are NOT those who toss Torah aside and declare it fulfilled and rendered obsolete!

(Israel) My Beloved has descended to His Temple garden, to His incense altar, yet still He grazes my brethren remaining in the gardens of exile to gather the roseate fragrance of their words of Torah. I alone am my Beloved’s and my Beloved is mine, He Who grazes His sheep in rose like pastures.

(HaShem) You are beautiful My love when your deeds are pleasing, as comely now as once you were in Jerusalem of old, hosts of angels stand in awe of you. Turn your pleading eyes from Me lest I be tempted to bestow upon you holiness more than you can bear.

But with all your flaws, your most common cons are as dearly beloved as the children of Jacob in the goat like procession descending the slopes of Gilead Mountain. Your mighty leaders are perfect, as a flock of ewes come up from the washing all of them unblemished with no miscarriage of action in them.

As many as a pomegranate’s seeds (Pomegranates are an idiom for performing the commandments of the Torah as Pomegranates traditionally have 613 seeds. Remember one of the ornaments on the garments of the High Priest are pomegranates in between bells on the hem of the garment) are the merits of your unworthiest within your modest veil. The queenly offering of Abraham are sixty (The family heads who descended from Abraham from both Isaac and Ishmael were sixty persons), compared to whom the eighty Noachides (Noah and his descendants until Abraham were eighty) and all their countless nations are like concubines.Unique is she, My constant dove, My perfect one. Unique is she, this nation striving for the truth (Torah) pure is she to Jacob who begot her. Gentiles saw her and acclaimed her; queens and concubines and praised her; ‘Who is this that gazes down from atop the Temple Mount, brightening like the dawn, beautiful as the moon, brilliant as the sun, awesome as the bannered (A Hebraic idiom to mean who is this awesome nation i.e. Israel who went from slavery to great heights as HaShem’s people into liberty and freedom. To raise a banner in Hebrew is an idiom for freedom and liberty. It can also be an idiom for the Messiah), it hosts of kings?’

I descended upon the deceptively simple holiness of the Second Temple to see your moisture laden deeds in valleys. Had your Torah scholars budded on the vine, had your merit laden righteous flowered like the pomegranates filled with seeds?

(Israel) Alas, I knew not how to guard myself from sin! My own devices harnessed me, like chariots subject to a foreign nation’s mercies.”

Shir HaShirim 7:1-14 says “(Gentiles) Turn away, turn away from HaShem, O nation whose faith in Him is perfect, turn away, turn away, and we shall choose nobility from you. (Gee sounds just like Replacement Theology Christendom today who are desperately trying to separate Israel from HaShem and His Torah in order to embrace the Torahless one i.e. the False Messiah!)

(Israel) What can you bestow upon a nation whole in faith to Him commensurate even with the desert camps encircling? (In other words ‘What good is it to you, O you false prophets, to mislead the people of Jerusalem by means of your messages of prophecy which you utter in rebellion against HaShem, and to defile the camp of Judah and Israel?’)

(Gentiles) But your footsteps were so lovely when shod in pilgrim’s sandals, O daughter of nobles. The rounded shafts for your libation’s abyss like trenches, handiwork of the Master Craftsman. At earth’s very center your Sanhedrin site is an ivory basin of ceaseless, flowing teaching, your national center an indispensable heap of nourishing knowledge  hedged about with roses (The words of Torah are as delicate as roses). Your twin sustainers, the Tablets of the Torah, are like two fawns, twins of a gazelle (An idiom for King and Kohen HaGadol/High Priest complementing each other and striving for mutuality: The King in affairs of state, and the High Priest in the service of HaShem).

Your altar and Temple, erect and stately as an ivory tower; your wise men aflow with springs of complex wisdom at the gate of the many peopled city, your face like a Lebanese tower, looks to your future boundary as as Damascus (In the Messianic Era the borders of Israel will expand to their entirety in which HaShem initially decreed to Abraham).

The G-dly name on your head is as mighty as Carmel; your crowning braid is royal purple, your King is bound in nazarite tresses. How beautiful and pleasant are you, befitting the pleasures of spiritual love. Such is your stature, likened to a towering palm tree, from your teachers flow sustenance like wine filled clusters.

(HaShem) I boast on High that your deeds cause Me to ascend on your palm tree, I grasp onto your branches. I beg now your teachers that they may remain like clusters of grapes from which flow strength to your weakest ones, and the fragrance of your face like apples, and may your utterance be like finest wine.

(Israel to HaShem) I shall heed Your plea to uphold my faith before my Beloved in love so upright and honest that my slumbering fathers will move their lips in approval.

(Israel to the Gentiles) I am my Beloved’s and He longs for my perfection.

Israel to HaShem) Come my Beloved, let us go the fields where Your children serve You in want, there let us lodge with Esau’s children (Unbelievers in HaShem) who are blessed with plenty yet still deny.

Let us wake at dawn in the vineyards of prayer and study. Let us see if students of Writ have budded, if students of Oral Torah have blossomed, if ripened scholars have bloomed, there I will display my finest products to You (This is straight out of the Hebrew text! I did not interpret this and add it according to my desires. This is directly from the text! What does this mean as it pertains to HaShem and the Oral Torah? The commentary on this verse says: The stages of the ripening grape are: budding, flowering, fruiting and symbolize the progress of the developing Torah scholars, from Scripture to Mishnah to Talmud). All my baskets, good and bad, emit a fragrance, all at our doors have the precious fruits of comely deeds, those the Scribes have newly ordained and Your Torah’s timeless wisdom, for You, Beloved, has my heart stored them.”

Shir HaShirim chapter 8:1-14 “(Israel to HaShem) If only, despite my wrongs, You could comfort me as Joseph did, like a brother nurtured at the bosom of my mother, if in the streets I found Your prophets I would kiss You and embrace You through them, nor could anyone despise me for it. I would lead You, I would bring You to my mother’s Temple for You to teach me as You did in Moshe’s Tent (Tabernacle), to drink I’d give You spiced libations, wines like pomegranate nectar.

Despite my laments in Exile, His left hand supports my head and His right hand embraces me in support. I adjure you, O gentiles destined to ascend to Jerusalem, to what vain purpose do you dare cause hatred or disturb this love while it yet gratifies? 

(HaShem to Israel) How worthy she is who rises from the desert bearing Torah and His Presence, clinging to her Beloved!

(Israel to HaShem) Under Sinai suspended above me, there I roused Your love, there was Your people born a mother to other gentiles, there she endured the travail of her birth. For the sake of my love, place me like a seal on Your heart, like a seal to dedicate Your strength for me, for strong ‘Till death is my love though their zeal for vengeance is hard as the grave, its flashes are flashes of fire from the flame of Elohim. Many waters of heathen tribulation cannot extinguish the fire of this love, nor rivers of royal seduction or torture wash it away.’ (This speaks to the hatred and jealousy the gentiles have against Israel and their burning hatred for HaShem and His Torah. Further it speaks to Israel’s steadfast devotion, loyalty and love to HaShem, our Beloved in that even being offered royal goods or being tortured will not separate all of Israel from HaShem!)

(HaShem to Israel) Were any man to offer all the treasure of his home to entice you away from your love, they would scorn him to extreme (Any gentile nation or religious system i.e. Christendom, that attempts to entice Israel away from HaShem and His Torah will be laughed at and utterly ridiculed for being foolish enough to make the attempt. Torah hating Christendom had better pay attention!)Israel desires to cleave to us (Torah), the small and humble one, but her time of spiritual maturity has not come (Speaking of the final Redemption). What shall we (Exiles of Israel scattered abroad the world) do for our cleaving one on the day the nations plot against her (All of Israel)?

If her faith and belief are strong as a wall withstanding incursions from without, we shall become her fortress and beauty, building her City (Jerusalem) and Holy Temple; but if she wavers like a door, succumbing to every alien knock, with fragile cedar panels, shall we then enclose her (If Israel repents and returns to HaShem and His Torah THEN He will rebuild the city and the Temple, but if she does not then her Exile will continue).

(Israel to HaShem) My faith is firm as a wall, and my nourishing synagogues and study halls are strong as towers! Then, having said so, I become in His eyes like a Bride found perfect. (Again we see the connection of Israel + Torah = being His Bride. Can the Torahless Church be the bride? Not a chance in Hades!).

Israel was Shlomo’s (Solomon’s) vineyard in populous Jerusalem. He gave His vineyard to harsh, cruel guardians (Babylon, Media, Greece and Edom i.e. Rome/Christendom); each one came to extort his fruit, even a thousand silver pieces.

(HaShem to Israel) The Vineyard is Mine! Your iniquities are before Me! The thousand pieces of silver are Yours, Shlomo, and two hundred more to the Sages who guarded the fruit of Torah from our designs (HaShem will demand the gentile nations and religious systems who have afflicted, stolen, manipulated and killed Israel while in Exile will be required to pay back in full all they stole plus add a fifth on top of it!)

O My beloved dwelling in far flung gardens, your fellows, the angels hearken to your voice of Torah and prayer. Let Me hear it that they may then sanctify Me. (Interesting the angels hearken to our voices of Torah and prayer. We have been told Torah is miserable bondage that is no longer relevant and Paul called dung. So why would the angels respond to our voices of Torah if its all done away with as Replacement Theology teaches?)

(Israel to HaShem) Flee, my Beloved, from our common Exile and be like a gazelle or a young hart in Your swiftness to redeem and rest Your Presence among us on the fragrant Mount Moriah, site of Your Temple.”

I hope you can see the once again the incredible lengths HaShem has gone to get us to understand He means what He says and says what He means? In the Seder He uses all of our senses i.e. visual, taste, smell, feel, etc to experience His promises of liberation and redemption. Here in the Song of Songs He again is using the image, texture and the fragrance of roses to help us experience His feelings towards His people, Israel! Baruch HaShem! He uses ALL of His creation to communicate with us, if we will just slow down and listen!

May our Final Redemption be SO very soon in these very dark and difficult times!

Much to consider!

SOURCE MATERIALS:

  • Mishlei (Proverbs) by Artscroll
  • The Song of Songs by Artscroll
  • The Book of Our Heritage the Jewish Year and its Days of Significance by Rabbi Eliyahu Kitov