*Prologue: I began this delightful ‘work’ near the beginning of Elul- the Days of Repentance… and it has been a journey through trials in the wilderness of my life. I can not express what the Lord has done in these days from Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Leading right into the most delightful feast of Sukkoth! I can only say this, I am His and I pray I can be of some use to the Kingdom someday! I pray you will be blessed by this and that the Eternal Word speak to you wherever you are, God be with you!

Psalm 139; O HASHEM, You have scrutinized me and You know. 2 You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thoughts from afar. 3 You encompass my path and my repose, You are familiar with my ways. 4 For the word is not yet on my tongue, behold, HASHEM, you knew it all. 5 Back and front You have restricted me, and You have laid Your hand upon me. 6 Knowledge is beyond me; exalted, I am incapable of it.
16 Your eyes saw my unshaped form, and in Your book all were recorded; though they will be fashioned through many days, to Him they are one. 17 To me- how glorious are Your thoughts, O God! How very great are their headings!

And the time of testing

Luke 17;20…“The kingdom of God,” he answered, “does not come with visible signs; 21 nor will people be able to say, ‘Look! Here it is!’ or ‘Over there!’ Because, you see, the Kingdom of God is among you.” 22 Then he said to his talmidim, “The time is coming when you will long to see even one of the days of the Son of Man, but you will not see it. 23 People will say to you, ‘Look! Right here!’ or ‘See! Over there!’ Don’t run off, don’t follow them, 24 because the Son of Man in his day will be like lightning that flashes and lights up the sky from one horizon to the other. 25 But first he must endure horrible suffering and be rejected by this generation. 26 Also, at the time of the Son of Man, it will be just as it was at the time of Noach. 27 People ate and drank, and men and women married, right up until the day Noach entered the Ark; then the Flood came and destroyed them all.

*We will be tested by suffering and our Master who endured death on our behalf, promises us that if can just stay strong and wait for Him, remain faithful through these times of testing, we will be victorious and join Him on His Day. (Zechariah 14; 5 And HASHEM, My God will come; all of His Holy Ones will be with you. 6 It will be on that day, the light will not be either very bright or very dim. 7 It will be a unique day; it will be known as HASHEM’s [day],…) Yom Kippur is known as The Day, God’s Day.

Genesis 7;1 Then HASHEM said to Noah, “Come to the Ark, you and all your household, for it is you that I have seen to be righteous before me in this generation. 2 Of every clean animal take unto you seven pairs, a male with its mate, and of the animal that is not clean, two, a male with its mate;….
6 Noah was six hundred years old when the Flood was water upon the earth. 7 Noah, with his sons, his wife, and his sons’ wives with him, went into the Ark because of the waters of the Flood.
10 And it came to pass after the seven-day period that the waters of the Flood were upon the earth.
11 In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, on the seventeenth day of the month, on that day all the fountains of the great deep burst forth; and the windows of the heavens were opened.
12 And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights.
16 This they that came, came male and female of all flesh, as God had commanded him. And HASHEM shut it on his behalf
17 When the Flood was on the earth. Forty days, the waters increased and raised the Ark so that it was lifted above the earth. 18 The waters strengthened and increased greatly upon the earth, and the Ark drifted upon the surface of the waters. 19 The waters strengthened very much upon the earth, all the high mountains which are under the entire heavens were covered. 20 Fifteen cubits upward did the water strengthen, and the mountains were covered. 21 And all flesh that moves upon the earth expired- among the birds, the animals, the beasts, and all the creeping things that creep upon the earth, and all mankind.
22 All in whose nostrils was the breath of the spirit of life, of everything that was on dry land, died.
23 And He blotted out all existence that was on the face of the ground- from to animals to creeping things and to the bird of the heavens; and they were blotted out from the earth. Only Noah survived, and this with him in the Ark. 24 And the waters strengthened on the earth a hundred and fifty days.
Genesis 8;1 God remembered Noah and all the beasts and all the animals that were with him in the Ark, and God caused a spirit to pass over the earth, and the waters subsided.
4And the Ark came to rest in the seventh [month], on the seventeenth day of the month, upon the mountains of Ararat. 5 The waters were continuously diminishing until the tenth month. In the tenth [month], on the first of the month, to tops of the mountains became visible.
6 And it came to pass at the end of forty days, that Noah opened the window of the Ark which he had made.
7 He sent out the raven, and it kept going and returning until the waters dried from upon the earth. 8 He then sent out the dove from him to see whether the waters had subsided from the face of the ground.
9 But the dove could not find a resting place for the sole of its foot, and it returned to him to the Ark, for the water was upon the surface of all the earth. So he put forth his hand, and took it, and brought it to him to the Ark. 10 He waited again another seven days, and again sent out the dove from the Ark. 11 The dove came back to him in the evening- and behold! An olive leaf it had plucked with its bill! And Noah knew that the waters had subsided from upon the earth. 12 Then he waited again another seven days and sent the dove forth; and it did not return to him any more. 13 And it came to pass in the six hundred and first year, and the first [month] on the first month, the waters dried from upon the earth; Noah removed the covering of the Ark, and looked- and behold! The surface of the ground had dried.
15 God spoke to Noah, saying, 16 “Go forth from the Ark:…”
20 Then Noah built and altar to HASHEM and took of every clean animal and of every clean bird, and offered burnt-offerings on the altar. 21 HASHEM smelled the pleasing aroma, and HASHEM said in His heart: “I will not continue to curse again the ground because of man, since the imagery of man’s heart is evil from his youth; nor will I again continue to smite every living being, as I have done.
22 Continuously, all the days of the earth, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease.”

**Forty days and forty nights and the earth was washed of all its sin, it was immersed in this Mikvah. At the second coming of the dove, an Olive leaf was grasped in its beak, a sign that God had kept His promise to give a fresh start and a new life to those in the Ark. Israel is the Olive Tree and we are grafted in, by Torah through Yeshua- Jesus who died that all may be atoned for and have new life in Him.
Exodus 24;4 Moses wrote all the words of HASHEM, he arose early in the morning and built an altar at the foot of the mountain, and twelve pillars for the twelve tribes of Israel. 7 He took the Book of the Covenant and read it in earshot of the people, and they said, “Everything that HASHEM has said, we will do and we will obey!” 12 HASHEM said to Moses, “Ascend to Me to the mountain and remain there, and I shall give you the stone Tablets and the teaching of the commandments that I have written, to teach them.”
15 Moses ascended the mountain, and the cloud covered the mountain. 16 The glory of HASHEM rested upon Mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it for a six-day period. He called to Moses on the seventh day from the midst of the cloud. 17 The appearance of the glory of HASHEM was like a consuming fire on the mountaintop before the eyes of the Children of Israel. 18 Moses arrived in the midst of the cloud and ascended the mountain; and Moses was on the mountain for forty days and forty nights.

Exodus 31;16 “The children of Israel shall observe the Sabbath, to make the Sabbath an eternal covenant for their generations. 17 Between Me and the Children of Israel it is a sign forever that in a six-day period HASHEM made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day He rested and was refreshed.”
18 When He finished speaking to him on Mount Sinai, He gave Moses the two Tablets of Testimony, stone tablets inscribed by the finger of God.

Exodus 32;1 The people saw that Moses had delayed in descending the mountain, and the people gathered around Aaron and said to him, “Rise up, make for us gods that will go before us, for this man Moses who brought us up from the land of Egypt – we do not know what became of him!”
7 HASHEM spoke to Moses: “Go, descend- for your people that you brought up from the land of Egypt has become corrupt. 8 They have strayed quickly from the way I have commanded them.

*This forty day period was a time of testing, perhaps for Moses…but more so for the people who were waiting for him back in the camp. This period turns into one of the biggest failures for God’s chosen, as some of them choose to build a golden calf and completely stray from all that had been set up for them…the path to life there at their fingertips. Aaron had the Book of the Torah that Moses was commanded by God to write and leave with them while he was away. (Exodus 17;14 HASHEM said to Moses, “Write this as a remembrance in the Book and recite it in the ears of Joshua. Ex. 23;7 HE took the Book of the Covenant and read it in the earshot of the people, and they said, “everything that HASHEM has spoken, we will do and we will obey!“) The people had the Torah, their instruction, that which could keep them on the right path right there for their use and application yet they lost sight of it, reasoned that it could be of no protection or value for the way of worship they had been become accustomed to in Egypt…and they did away with the Torah in exchange for idolatry. This took place during the forty days, their time of testing while their leader Moses was “away”, with God…and they forgot the teaching that he had left them as well.. they forgot their leader. Could this in any way mirror what is happening in our days? In more than a few ways? Is this age a time of testing for all of us?

Exodus 32;30 on the next day Moses, said to the people, “You have committed a grievous sin! And now I shall ascend to HASHEM- perhaps I can win atonement in the face of your sin.” 31 Moses returned to HASHEM and said, “I implore! This people has committed a grievous sin and made themselves a god of gold. 32 And now if You would but forgive their sin!- but if not, erase me now from Your book that You have written.” 33 HASHEM said to Moses, “Whoever has sinned against Me, I shall erase him from My book. 34 Now, go and lead the people to where I have told you. Behold! My angel shall go before you, and on the day that I make My account, I shall bring their sin to account against them.”

*This is indeed a picture of our Righteous Judge at Yom Kippur, Fair and Magnanimous…we will stand before him and ask for mercy, and all of our sins…those revealed and those hidden will be laid out and we will be held responsible for our own sin. Moses, the ever serving intercessor pleads with God on behalf of the people; he even offers his own name-his life if God would but forgive their sin. It was Yeshua, the ‘prophet like unto Moses’ who did give his life for the sins of Israel and all mankind…

Deuteronomy 18;15 A prophet from your midst, from your brethren, like me, shall HASHEM, your God, establish for you- to him shall you hearken. 16 According to all that you asked of HASHEM, your God, in Horeb on the day of the congregation saying, “I can no longer hear the voice of HASHEM, my God, and this great fire I can no longer see, so that I shall not die.” 17 Then HASHEM said to me: They have done well in what they have said. 18 I will establish a prophet for them from among their brethren, like you, and I will place My words in his mouth; He shall speak from everything I will command him. 19 And it shall be that the man who will not hearken to My words that he shall speak in My Name, I will exact it from him.

*It is said that the adversary accuses us before God at the beginning of the Torah cycle “so they began to read Your Torah, but they will not continue and finish it!” then as we reach the ‘end’ he again accuses us saying “they have read Your Torah but they will not return anew!” (The ‘end’ of a Torah cycle is in fact a new beginning of the new cycle for we will read the Torah as new people having changed over the year, through these seasons of testing and come with new hearts and new eyes, having God reveal new things to us and filling up our lives with new ways we can refine and build our service to Him. This is what is celebrated following Sukkot at Simchat Torah=Rejoicing with the Torah! So we immediately go back to Genesis 1 and read with new eyes the words of Bereshit, showing our King that though we have completed this cycle we are thirsty for His Torah and faithful to return to Him.) When we read the last words about Moses, by Moses at the ‘end‘ of the Torah we contemplate the text…Yom Kippur is also known as “Face to Face”. The Kohen Gadol- High priest could only enter the Holy of Holies once a year, the place where God’s Sh’kinah-Divine presence or glory rested between the cherubim on the Kapporet (meaning-place of atonement or atonement seat, which is the golden Ark cover also known as the mercy seat) and when he entered he couldn’t raise his eyes.
Exodus 33;11 HASHEM would speak to Moses face to face, as a man would speak with his fellow…
*Sha’ul -Paul wrote about Yom Kippur, The Day of Judgment, the day we will know fully, that God fully knows us.
I Corinthians 13;12 For now we see obscurely in a mirror, but then it will be face to face. Now I know partly; then I will know fully, just as God has fully known me.

*Yeshua our High priest is now before the Throne and on Yom Kippur, by him we are able to be ‘face to face’ so to speak as we open our self completely confessing our sins, repenting and returning and begging for mercy upon us and our fellow, and we are heard through this faithful service of Yeshua ha Mashiac- Yeshua the Messiah!

Deuteronomy 34;10 Never again has there arisen in Israel a prophet like Moses, whom HASHEM had known face to face, 12 as evidenced by all the signs and wonders that HASHEM sent him to perform in the land of Egypt against Pharaoh and all his courtiers and all his land, and by all the strong hand and awesome power that Moses performed before the eyes of all Israel.
*Chazak! Chazak! Venischazeik! (Be strong! be strong! And may we be strengthened!

John 1;19 Here is Yochanan’s testimony: when the Judeans sent cohanim and L’vi’im from Yerushalayim to ask him, “Who are you?” 20 he was very straightforward and stated clearly, “I am not the Messiah.” 21 “Then who are you?” they asked him. “Are you Eliyahu?” “No, I am not,” he said. “Are you ‘the prophet,’ the one we’re expecting?” “No,” he replied.

John 6;14 When the people saw the miracle he had performed, they said, “This has to be ‘the prophet’ who is supposed to come into the world.”

Acts 3;19 “Therefore, repent and turn to God, so that your sins may be erased; 20 so that times of refreshing may come from the Lord’s presence; and he may send the Messiah appointed in advance for you, that is, Yeshua. 21 He has to remain in heaven until the time comes for restoring everything, as God said long ago, when he spoke through the holy prophets.

*Yeshua our High Priest- Kohen Gadol, our intercessor who takes our prayers as incense to the Father. Our High Priest who on The Day of Yom Kippur makes atonement of all the sins we have committed cleansing us for the year to come…charging us with this incredible forgiveness and purity to enter the days to come as a new born child; a new creation, a new and improving you…ready to strive to do better in service to your King and service to your fellow man and service in your life which is your testimony to the Awesome mercy and glory of God…staying healthy and strong, on track and always returning to your Healer for help.

Isaiah 40;1 ‘Comfort, comfort My people,’ says your God. 2’Speak consolingly of Jerusalem and proclaim to her that her period [of exile] has been completed, that her iniquity has been forgiven; for she has received double for all her sins from the hand of HASHEM.’ 3 A voice calls out, in the wilderness, clear the way of HASHEM; make a straight path in the desert, a road for our God.’

Exodus 34;1 HASHEM said to Moses, “Carve for yourself two stone Tablets like the first ones, and I shall inscribe on the Tablets the words that were on the first Tablets, which you shattered.
5 HASHEM descended in a cloud and stood with him there, and He called out with the Name of HASHEM. 6 HASHEM passed before him and proclaimed : HASHEM, HASHEM, God, Compassionate and Gracious, Slow to Anger, and Abundant in Kindness and Truth; 7 Preserver of Kindness for thousands of generations, Forgiver of Iniquity, Willful Sin, and Error, and Who Cleanses- but does not cleanse completely, recalling the iniquity of parents upon children and grandchildren to the third and fourth generations. 8 Moses hastened to bow his head toward the ground and prostrate himself . 9 He said, “If I have now found favor in Your eyes, my Lord, let my Lord go among us- for it is a stiff-necked people, and You shall forgive our iniquity and error, and make us Your heritage.” 10 He said, “Behold! I seal a covenant: Before your entire people I shall make distinctions such as have never been created in the entire world and among all the nations; and the entire people among whom you are will see the work of HASHEM- which is awesome- that I am about to do with you.

* In the bible text what is again now at this renewal of the covenant repeated : commandments about not sealing a covenant with the people of the land, to tear down the high places, pillars and idolatrous trees, not to make idols and then to observe the Festivals, the redemption of the firstborn, to observe the Shemitah year, the pilgrimage feasts observance and more about the Pesach offering. The Feasts of the Lord are the signs and seasons, they are our indicators according to His instructions as to where to be what to do and how to do it. Discover what might be being hidden or diminished by the adversary that we might not miss out an appointment with God! Uncover how Messiah Yeshua fulfills each and every Feast! May you be blessed!

Exodus 34;27 HASHEM said to Moses, “Write these words for yourself for according to these words have I sealed a covenant with you and Israel.“ 28 He remained there with HASHEM for forty days and forty nights- he did not eat bread and he did not drink water- and He wrote on the Tablets the words of the covenant, the Ten Commandments.

*Fasting is connected with wholeheartedness, Daniel speaks where things go wrong and of repentance:

Daniel 9;9 To the Lord our God [belong] compassion and forgiveness, for we have rebelled against Him. 10 and we did not heed the voice of HASHEM our God, to follow His teachings which He put before us through the hand of His servants the prophets. 11 All Israel transgressed Your Torah and has deviated, not heeding Your voice; so the curse of the oath that are written in the Torah of Moses, servant of God, have been poured upon us, for we have sinned against Him. 12 He upheld His word that He spoke about us and about our judges who judged us, to bring upon us a great calamity; for under the entire heaven there has never been done as has been done in Jerusalem. 13 Just as it is written in the Torah of Moses, all this calamity has come upon us; yet we have not entreated the countenance of HASHEM, our God, to repent from our iniquities and to comprehend Your truth.

*The forty day’s example in scripture below is very significant. It is said the time when the spies brought the evil report back to the camp about the Land of promise is the same time that immeasurable catastrophe’s have befallen the Jewish people -Tisha B’Av, also known as “The Ninth of Av,” is a fast day that commemorates the destruction of the two Temples. It also happens to be the day that many other calamities have befallen the Jewish people, some of which are listed below:
587 BCE (3338)- The First Temple is destroyed by the Babylonians, led by Nebuchadnezzar. The Jews are sent into what later became known as the Babylonian Exile.
70 CE (3830)- The Second Temple is destroyed by the Romans, led by Titus.
135 CE (3895) – The Romans defeat Bar Kochba’s last fortress, Betar, and destroy his army. Bar Kochba himself is killed along with more than 100,000 other Jews. The Roman Emperor Hadrian turns Jerusalem into a Roman city.
1290 (5050) – King Edward I of England signs an edict expelling all Jews from England.
1492 (5252) – The Alhambra Decree takes effect, expelling the Jews from Spain and from all Spanish territories.
1914 (5674) – World War I begins when Germany declares war on Russia, setting the stage for World War II and the Holocaust.
1940 (5700) – Himmler presents his plan for the “Final Solution” to the Jewish problem to the Nazi Party. 1942 (5702) – Nazis begin deporting Jews from the Warsaw Ghetto.
*At the time when the Children of Israel left Egypt there were Ex. 12;37…about six hundred thousand men on foot, aside from children. 38 Also a mixed multitude went up with them…when they finally entered the Land there were even more. The census taken toward the end of the wilderness period mentioned 601,730 as being over 20 years old and able-bodied for war. Though the actual numbers are not definite in my mind I think on the Righteous Judgment of our King in all the things that happened along the way, all the fire and war and plague yet how many He brought in…then I think on the incredible trials of the Jewish people throughout history, all the death and sorrow yet as with their ancestors God kept His promise and led them to the Land and has prospered them greatly! His Hand is protecting them and they will return again to the Land as a whole people under their King!

Numbers 13;17 Moses sent them to spy out the Land of Canaan, and he said to the, “Ascend here in the south and climb the mountain. 18 See the land- how is it? And the people that dwells in it- is it strong or weak? Is it few or numerous? 19 And how is the Land in which it dwells- are they open or fortified? 20 And how is the land- is it fertile or is it lean? Are there trees in it or not? You shall strengthen yourselves and take from the fruit of the Land.”
25 They returned from spying out the Land at the end of forty days. 26 They went and came to Moses and to Aaron and to the assembly of the Children of Israel, to the Wilderness of Paran at Kadesh, and brought back the report to them and the entire assembly, and they showed them the fruit of the Land. 27 They reported to him and said, “We arrived at the Land to which you sent us, and indeed it flows with milk and honey, and this is its fruit. 28 But- the people that dwells in the Land is powerful, the cities are fortified and very great, and we also saw there the offspring of the giant.
30 Caleb silenced the people toward Moses and said, “We shall surely ascend and conquer it, for we can surely do it!” 31 But the men with him said, “WE cannot ascend to that people for it is too strong for us!”
14; 1 The entire assembly raised up and issued its voice; the people wept that night.
3”Why is HASHEM bringing us to this Land to die by the sword? Our wives and young children will be taken captive! Is it not better for us to return to Egypt?”
*Joshua son of Nun and Caleb son of Jephunneh speak to the entire assembly: Num.14; 7 “ The Land that we passed through , to spy it out- the Land is very, very good! 8 If HASHEM desires us, He will bring us to this Land and give it to us, a Land that flows with milk on honey. 9 But do not rebel against HASHEM! You should not fear the people of the Land, for they are our bread. Their protection has departed from them; HASHEM is with us. Do not fear them!”

*For this immense lack of trust…for even having the idea that God who had done such great wonders and miracles wasn’t powerful enough to defeat the people of the Land He Himself swore to them…for returning and inciting despair, chaos and fear among the people….for declaring an evil report about the Land of Israel…and for longing to return to slavery and bondage true trials and tribulation-Egypt…the punishment is very severe. After Moses again humbly intercedes using God‘s own attributes of Mercy and Kindness before Him, HASHEM once again forgives the people.

Numbers 14;20 And HASHEM said, “I have forgiven because of your word. 21 But as I live- and the glory of HASHEM shall fill the entire world-22 that all the men who have seen My glory and My signs that I performed in Egypt and in the Wilderness, and have tested Me these ten times and have not heeded My voice, 23 if they will see the Land that I have sworn to give their forefathers!- and all who anger Me shall not see it.
14;31 {Caleb and Joshua} And your young children of whom you said they will be taken captive, I shall bring them; they shall know the Land that you have despised. 32 But your carcasses shall drop in the Wilderness. 33 Your children will roam in the Wilderness for forty years and bear your guilt, until the last of your carcasses in the Wilderness. 34 Like the number of the days that you spied out the Land, forty days, a day for a year, a day for a year, shall you bear your iniquities-forty years- and you shall comprehend straying from Me.

*The test of character and allegiance for the forty days into the Land was failed by all the distinguished men of Israel but Joshua and Caleb. The test of the people to trust in God or in the counsel of men was failed. And the verdict was dealt from our Righteous Judge, measure for measure. Forty years. Here too God recalls how the people tested Him ten times: Once as the Egyptians pursued them to the Sea of Reeds – Exodus 14;11 They said to Moses, “Were there no graves in Egypt that you took us to die in the Wilderness? (to which Moses replies in verse 13 “Do not fear! Stand fast and see the salvation [yeshua] of the Lord” ); when they had nothing to drink but the bitter waters of Marah- Exodus 15; 24 The people complained against Moses saying, “What shall we drink?” 25 He cried out to HASHEM, and HASHEM showed him a tree; he threw it into the water and the water became sweet. There He established for [the nation] a decree and an ordinance. And there He tested it. 26 He said, “If you hearken diligently to the voice of HASHEM, your God, and do what is just in His eyes, give ear to His commandments and observe all His decrees, then any of the diseases that I placed in Egypt, I will not bring upon you, for I am HASHEM, your Healer.”; then again when their food ran out; when they left manna over, even though they had been told not to, when they left the camp to gather manna on the Sabbath even though they had been told not to, when their water ran out at Refidim; when they worshipped the golden calf; when they rebelled against God’s mitzvos-Numbers 11;1 The people took to seeking complaints; it was evil in the ears of HASHEM, and HASHEM heard and His wrath flared…; when they complained that the manna was not good; and when they believed the spies’ evil report about Eretz Yisrael- the Land of Israel.

Matthew 4;1 The Spirit led Yeshua up into the wilderness to be tempted by the Adversary. 2 After Yeshua had fasted forty days and nights, he was hungry. 3 The Tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, order these stones to become bread.” 4 But he answered, “The Tanakh says, ‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of Adonai.’” 5 Then the Adversary took him to the holy city and set him on the highest point of the Temple. 6 “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “jump! For the Tanakh says, ‘He will order his angels to be responsible for you…They will support you with their hands, so that you will not hurt your feet on the stones.’” 7Yeshua replied to him, “But it also says, ‘Do not put ADONAI your God to the test.’” 8 Once more, the Adversary took him to the summit of a very high mountain, showed him all the kingdoms of the world in their glory, 9 and said to him, “All this I will give to you if you will bow down and worship me.” 10 “Away with you, Satan!” Yeshua told him, “For the Tanakh says, ‘ Worship ADONAI your God, and serve only him.’” 11 Then the Adversary let him alone, and angels came down and too care of him.

*What is the first weapon that Yeshua wields as he is attacked by the destroyer? The words of the Torah! The sword of truth, and what portion of the eternal does he speak at the height of his forty day fast, there he himself in the wilderness?

Deuteronomy 8; 1 The entire commandment that I command you today you shall observe to perform, so that you may live and increase, and come and possess the Land that HASHEM swore to your forefathers. 2 You shall remember the entire road on which HASHEM, your God, led you these forty years in the Wilderness so as to afflict you, to test you, to know what is in your heart, whether you would observe His commandments or not. 3 He afflicted you and let you hunger, then he fed you manna that you did not know, nor did your forefathers know, in order to make you know that not by bread alone does man live. 4 Your garment did not wear out upon you and your feet did not swell, these forty years. 5 You should know in your heart that just as a father chastises his son, so HASHEM, your God, chastises you. 6 You shall observe the commandments of HASHEM, your God, to go in His ways and fear Him.

*Have you ever known or heard of a situation where someone took the word of God and misused, twisted, mistranslated, manipulated or expressed with evil intent…the word of God? I have sadly seen this happen in several people’s lives that I have known…and they were corrupted by this evil intent even to the point of death. Do you remember the ‘Heaven’s Gate’ cult, or ‘Movement for the Restoration of the Ten Commandments of God’ in Uganda? Research the Spanish inquisitions or the Crusades? What were some tools of Hitler which led to the horrifying events of the Holocaust? The enemy knows well what is written in the ‘Good Book‘. He knows his time is short and he wishes nothing more than to strip us of our armor, our weapons which ARE the Living Eternal Unchanging Word and to distract us from searching, veil and have us not pay attention to the warnings signs inscribed therein. Here with Yeshua he takes Psalm 91, the armor for all those who ever have even a hint or fear or doubt….to attempt to manipulate Yeshua, using Scripture no less, onto a path to death. (Yeshua is not defeated, the very words of this Psalm are about deliverance from the ensnaring trap!! May the Lord our God allow you to be armed and shielded by this incredible Psalm- it is part of the ‘Bedtime Shema‘ which is read/prayed over our children/ourselves, invoking protection as we are most vulnerable (in sleep)! May all of this be sustenance in any time of testing that may arrive for you and for your loved ones. God be with you! Amein.)

Psalm 91;1 Whoever sits in the refuge of the Most High, he shall dwell in the [protective] shade of the Almighty. 2 I will say of HASHEM, “[He is] my refuge and my fortress, my God, I will trust in Him.” 3 For He will deliver you from the ensnaring trap, from devastating pestilence. 4 With His pinion He will cover you, and beneath His wings you will be protected; Hi truth is shield and armor. 5 You shall not fear the terror of night; nor the arrow that flies by day; 6 not the pestilence that walks in gloom; nor the destroyer who lays waste at noon. 7 A thousand may fall victim at your side and a myriad at your right hand, but to you it shall not approach. 8 You will merely peer with your eyes and you will see the retribution of the wicked. 9 Because [you said], “You, HASHEM, are my refuge,” you have made the Most High your abode. 10 No evil will befall you, nor will any plague come near your tent. 11 He will charge His angels for you, to protect you in all your ways. 12 On [their] palms they will carry you, lest you strike your foot against a stone. 13 Upon the lion and the viper you will tread; you will trample the young lion and the serpent. 14 For he has yearned for Me and I will deliver him; I will elevate him because he knows My Name. 15 He will call upon Me and I will answer him, I am with him in distress; I will release him and I will bring him honor. 16 With long life will I satisfy him, and I will show him My salvation.

*The next swing of the Sword of Truth Yeshua speaks is from the very portion of the Torah that contains the Shema ( the verses from the Torah Yeshua answered with at another time when he was being tested/ questioned by a Pharisee in Luke 10;25-28 An expert in Torah stood up to try and trap him by asking, “Rabbi, what should I do to obtain eternal life? But Yeshua said to him, “What is written in the Torah? How do you read it?” He answered, “You are to love ADONAI your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength and with all your understanding; and your neighbor as yourself.” “That’s the right answer,” Yeshua said, “Do this and you will have life.”) Yeshua speaks during this time of testing the Torah text directing God’s people not to test Him, and to observe His commandments.

Deuteronomy 6;4 Hear, O Israel: HASHEM is our God, HASHEM is the One and Only. 5 You shall love HASHEM, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your resources. 6 And these matters that I command you today shall be upon your heart. 7 You shall teach them to your children 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. 8 Bind them as a sign upon your arm and let them be ornaments between your eyes. 9 And write them on the doorposts of your houses and upon your gates….
Deuteronomy 6;12 beware for yourself lest you forget HASHEM Who took you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of slavery.
16 You shall not test HASHEM, your God, as you tested Him at Massah, 17 You shall surely observe the commandments of HASHEM, your God, and His testimonies and His decrees that He commanded you. 18 You shall do what is fair and good in the eyes of HASHEM, so that it will be good for you, and you shall come and possess the good Land that HASHEM swore to your forefathers, to thrust away all your enemies from before you, as HASHEM spoke.

* It is from this same text of Deuteronomy that Yeshua casts satan away and speaks the words of the Torah once more:
Deut. 6;13 HASHEM, your God, shall you fear, Him shall you serve, and in His name shall you swear. 14 You shall not follow after gods of others, the gods of the peoples that are around you. 15 For a jealous God is HASHEM, your God, among you- lest the wrath of HASHEM, your God, will flare against you and He destroy you from upon the face of the earth.

*It was at Massah U’Meribah (Test and contention) that …..
Exodus 17;1 The entire assembly of the Children of Israel journeyed from the Wilderness of Sin to their journeys, according to the word of HASHEM. They encamped in Rephidim and there was no water for the people to drink. 2 The people contended with Moses and they said, “give us water that we may drink!” Moses said to them, “Why do you contend with me? Why do you test HASHEM?”3 The people thirsted for water, and the people complained against Moses, and it said, “Why is this that you have brought us up from Egypt to kill me and my children and my livestock through thirst?” 4 Moses cried out to HASHEM saying, “What shall I do for this people? A bit more and they will stone me!” 5 HASHEM said to Moses, “Pass before the people and take with you some of the elders of Israel; and in your hand take your staff with which you struck the River, and go. 6 Behold! – I shall stand before you by the rock in Horeb; you shall strike the rock and water will come forth from it and the people will drink.” Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel. 7 He called the place Massah U’Meribah, because the contention of the Children of Israel and because of the their test of HASHEM, saying, “Is HASHEM among us or not?”

*In these times of trial it is the adversary who brings in the confusion, the questions, the insecurity, doubt and fear: “Will I really be able to get through this?” “Will I really be able to be forgiven?” “Can I do something worthwhile with my life after all that has happened?” “Is this armor really strong enough?” “Will I be strong enough when things get really tough?” “Is God really with me?”….none of this is your King, He wants you to know you ARE strong enough and if you aren’t right now He is molding you and giving you the tests now, to make you strong enough for the things to come! He has tells you His armor is SURE, TRUE and TRUSTWORTHY and it WILL NOT FAIL!! If you return to Him, He will hold you and you ARE forgiven! GOD IS WITH YOU, FEAR NOT!

Matthew 12; 33 “If you make a tree good, its fruit will be good; and if you make a tree bad, its fruit will be bad; for a tree is known by its fruit.
36 Moreover I tell you this: on the Day of Judgment people will give account for every careless word they have spoken; 37 for by your own words you will be acquitted, and by your own words you will be condemned.” 38 At this time some of the Torah-teachers said, “Rabbi, we want to see a miraculous sign from you.” 39 He replied, “A wicked and adulterous generation asks for a sign? No! None will be given to it but the sign of the prophet Yonah. 40 For just as Yonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the sea-monster, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the depths of the earth. 41 The people of Ninveh will stand up at Judgment with this generation and condemn it, for they turned from their sins to God when Yonah preached, but what is here now is greater than Yonah.

Jonah 3;1 The word of HASHEM came to Jonah a second time, saying: 2 “Arise! Go to Nineveh the great city, and call out against her the proclamation that I tell you.” 3 So Jonah arose and went to Nineveh, in accordance with God’s word. 4 Jonah commenced to enter the city, a distance of one day’s journey, then he called out and said, “Forty days more and Nineveh shall be overturned!” 5 The people of Nineveh believed in God, so they proclaimed a fast and donned sackcloth, from their great to their small. 6 The matter reached the king of Nineveh; he rose from his throne, removed his robe from upon himself, covered himself with sackcloth and sat on ashes, 7 and had it promulgated and declared in Nineveh by the counsel of the king and his nobles ,saying: “The man and the animal, the herd and the flock shall not taste anything; they shall neither graze, nor drink water. 8 Both man and animal shall cover themselves with sackcloth; and they shall call out mightily to God. Every man shall turn back from his evil way, and from the robbery that is in their hands. 9 He who knows shall repent and God will relent; He will turn away from His burning wrath so that we not perish.” 10 And God saw their deeds, that they repented from their evil way; and God relented concerning the evil He had said He would bring upon them, and did not do it.

*We fast at Yom Kippur for several reasons: as an offering or sort to God, to allow ourselves to get in touch with what we should really be focusing on every day- praising God for sustaining us and asking for forgiveness as we repent-shuv- return, to recall the times of our fathers when hunger caused them to question their King and to groan and complain which brought about punishment, to look forward and contemplate the days of the Kingdom to come where there will no longer be pain…

Revelation 21;1 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth. For the old heaven and the old earth had passed away, and the sea was no longer there. 2 I also saw the holy city, New Yerushalayim, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared like a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. 3 I heard a loud voice from the throne say, “See! God’s Sh’khinah is with mankind, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and he himself, God-with-them, will be their God. 4 He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. There will no longer be any death; and there will no longer be any mourning, crying or pain; because the old order has passed away.” 5 Then the One sitting on the throne said, “Look! I am making everything new!” Also he said, “Write, ;These words are true and trustworthy!”’ 6 And he said to me, “It is done! I am the ‘A’ [aleph] and the ‘Z’ [tav], the Beginning and the End. To anyone who is thirsty I myself will give water free of chard from the Fountain of Life. 7 He who wins the victory will receive these things, and I will be his God, and he will be my son.

*Rosh Hashanah is the Day of the Sounding, The Day of Blowing the Shofar, the day when the call is made…the Alarm is sounded and we awaken (Daniel 7; 10 A stream of fire was flowing forth from before Him, a thousand thousands were serving Him and myriad myraids were standing before Him. The judgement was set, the books were opened.) The ten days that follow are the Ten Days of Awe, the Days of Wonder, the Time of Testing in which we take stock of ourselves and contemplate our lives, our thoughts our deeds…all that is hidden and revealed. Yom Kippur is The Day, the Sabbath of Sabbaths, the Day of Judgement, the Day of Atonement, it is called Face to Face…the day we humbly confess tearing open ourselves and repent and He hears and works with us up close and personally. The feast ahead is Sukkot, the Feast of Tabernacles, the Feast of Booths, the sukkah is likened to a Chuppa or bridal canopy….this IS the dress rehearsal of the Wedding Supper of the Lamb!!

Joel 2; 11 HASHEM has emitted His voice before [the advent of] His army, for His camp is very numerous, for those who carry out His word are mighty. For the day of HASHEM is great, and very awesome; who will be able to bear it? 12 ’Even now-the word of HASHEM- return to Me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with lamentation.’ 13 Rend your hearts and not your garments, and return to HASHEM your God, for He is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and of great kindness, and He relents of evil. 14 Whoever knows, let him repent and regret, and it will leave a blessing behind it, for a meal-offering and libation to HASHEM your God. 15 Blow the shofar in Zion; decree a fast; call an assembly;16 gather the people; summon the congregation; assemble the elders; gather the young children and suckling’s; let the bridegroom go forth from his chamber and the bride from her canopy.

*The number 10 corresponds to a time of testing, a time of trial, a chance to prove yourself. You have been armed friends, do nor be afraid!

Daniel 1;8 Daniel ser [the resolve] in his heart not to be defiled by the king’s food nor by his drinking-wine, so he requested of the chief officer that he not be defiled.
12”Please test your servants for ten days, and let them give us of the pulse and we will eat, and [give us] water and we will drink. 13 Then let our appearance and the appearance of the youths who eat the king’s food be seen by you, and act toward your servants in accordance with what you see.
14 He heeded this matter and tested them for ten days. 15 At the end of ten days their appearance seemed better and they were of healthier flesh than all the youths who eat the kings food.

Revelation 2; 10 Don’t be afraid of what you are about to suffer. Look, the Adversary is going to have some of you thrown in prison, in order to put you to the test; and you will face an ordeal for ten days. Remain faithful, even to the point of death; and I will give you life as your crown. 11 Those who have ears, let them hear what the Spirit is saying to the Messianic communities. He who wins the victory will not be hurt at all by the second death.

*We know that God tested his servant Avraham with ten major trials…
according to Rambam:
1) Abraham’s exile from his family and homeland. 2) The hunger in Canaan after God assured him that he would become a great nation there. 3) The corruption in Egypt that resulted in the abduction of Sarah. 4) The war with the four kings. 5) His marriage to Hagar after having despaired that Sarah would ever give birth. 6) The commandment of circumcision. 7) Abimelech’s abduction of Sarah. 8)Driving away Hagar after she had given birth. 9) The very distasteful command to drive away Ishmael. 10) The binding of Isaac on the altar.
The pinnacle being the akeidah- binding of Isaac. It was that when Abraham showed his complete faith in God and answered him “Here I am”/ “Henani “- ready and at Your service that God rewards his trust and ends his time of testing with a precious promise!! It is because Abraham listened to God. I pray that in these last days we will open our hearts wide to the tests and trials that God will perform in our lives to strengthen us and to cut from us all that which holds us BACK! I pray that we will not hold on to anything from our PAST guilt and sin and truly give all to God! I pray that we will be able to heal and accept the incredible forgiveness and redemption bought and paid for by Messiah Yeshua, moving forward clothed in white always at His service.

Genesis 22: 16 And he said, “By Myself I swear- the word of HASHEM- that because you have done this thing, and have not withheld your son, your only one, 17 that I shall surely bless you and greatly increase your offspring like the stars of the heavens and like the sand on the seashore; and your offspring shall inherit the gate of its enemy. 18 And all the nations of the earth shall bless themselves by your offspring, because you have listened to My voice.”

Revelation 7;3 “Do not harm the land or the sea or the trees until we have sealed the servants of our God on their foreheads! 4 I heard how many were sealed- 144,000 from every tribe of the people of Isra’el…
9 After this, I looked; and there before me was a huge crowd, too large for any one to count, from every nation, tribe, people and language. They were standing in front of the throne and in front of the Lamb, dressed in white robes and holding palm branches in their hands; 10 and they shouted, “Victory to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!”

Isaiah 64;7 So now, HASHEM, You are our Father. We are clay and You are the Potter, and we are all your handiwork. 8 O HASHEM, do not become greatly enraged and do not remember iniquity forever; behold, see now, all of us are Your people.

*On Yom Kippur we wear white which speaks of purity. Faithfully we realize that we have come before the King and asked by Yeshua that He take pity on us an our family, friends and all Israel…and that He has forgiven us. Walking forward into this year we should be encouraged by trails and in testing always praising God, for He is molding you! It is by the sword that we are cut open…and all that is contaminated within us….revealed. This is how God can get inside and clean us from the inside and inscribe on our hearts all that He intends for us and heal us!

Micah 7;18 Who is a God like You, who pardons iniquity and overlooks transgression for the remnant of His heritage? He does not maintain His wrath forever, for He desires kindness. 19 He will once again show us mercy, He will suppress our iniquities. You will cast all their sins into the depths of the sea. 20 Grant truth to Jacob, kindness to Abraham, as you swore to our forefathers in days of old.

Jeremiah 31;32 For this is the covenant that I shall seal with the House of Israel after those days- the word of HASHEM- I will place My Torah within them and I will write it onto their heart; I will be a God for them and they will be a people for Me. 33 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.

***The following are parts of some Yom Kippur prayer, identifying and contemplating all kinds of sins a human can commit…prayed in the plural…so as to take charge and responsibility for ourselves but also for our fellow man. What more can we do in the time to ahead, thinking about others and speaking up when we see one in danger….and taking real steps in our lives to change positively? This prayer ties together our insights into the time of testing, repentance, The Day of Atonement and being molded a new by our Father. May you be blessed:

May the expressions of my mouth and the thoughts of my heart find favor before You, HASHEM, my Rock and my Redeemer.
Our God and the God of our forefathers, may our prayer come before You, and please do not ignore our supplication for we are not so brazen and obstinate as to say before You, HASHEM, our God, and the God of our forefathers, that we are righteous and have not sinned- rather, we and our forefathers have sinned. We have become guilty, we have betrayed, we have robbed, we have spoken slander. We have caused perversion, we have caused wickedness, we have sinned willfully, we have extorted, we have accused falsely. We have given evil counsel, we have been deceitful, we have scorned, we have rebelled, we have provoked, we have turned away, we have been perverse, we have acted wantonly, we have persecuted \, we have been obstinate. We have been wicked, we have corrupted, we have been abominable, we have strayed, You have let us go astray. We have turned away from Your commandments and from Your good laws but to no avail. But you are righteous in all that has come upon us, for you have acted truthfully while we have caused wickedness.
What can we say before You, Who dwells on high, and what can we relate to You, Who abides in the highest heavens- for indeed, everything that is hidden and revealed You know.
You know the secrets of the universe, and the hidden most mysteries of all the living. You probe the innermost chambers and test thoughts and emotions.
Nothing is hidden from You and nothing is concealed from Your eyes.
And so may it be Your will, HASHEM, our God and the God of our forefathers, that You forgive us all our errors, and You pardon us all our iniquities, and You atone for is all our willful sins.
My God, before I was formed I was unworthy, and now that I have been formed, it is as if I had not been formed. I am dust in my life and will surely be so in my death.
Behold- before you I am like a vessel filled with shame and humiliation.
May it be You will, HASHEM, my God and the God of my forefathers, that I not sin again.
And what I have sinned before You, may You cleanse with Your abundant mercy….
Avinu Malkeinu- Our Father our King, forgive and pardon all our iniquities.
Avinu Malkeinu- Our Father our King, wipe away and remove our willful sins and errors from Your sight. Avinu Malkeinu- Our Father our King, erase through Your abundant compassion all records of our guilt. Avinu Malkeinu- Our Father our King , return us to You in perfect repentance.
Avinu Malkeinu- Our Father our King, send a complete recovery to the sick of Your people.
Avinu Malkeinu- Our Father our King, tear up the evil decree of our verdict.
Avinu Malkeinu- Our Father our King, recall us with a favorable memory before You.
Avinu Malkeinu- Our Father our King , inscribe us in the book of good life.
Avinu Malkeinu- Our Father our King, inscribe us in the book of redemption and salvation.
Avinu Malkeinu- Our Father our King, inscribe us in the book of sustenance and support.
Avinu Malkeinu- Our Father our King, inscribe us in the book of merits.
Avinu Malkeinu- Our Father our King, inscribe us in the book of forgiveness and pardon.
Avinu Malkeinu- Our Father our King, act for Your sake if not for our sake.
Avinu Malkeinu- Our Father our King, act for Your sake and save us.
Avinu Malkeinu- Our Father our King, act for the sake of Your great, mighty, and awesome Name that is proclaimed upon us.
Avinu Malkeinu- Our Father our King, be gracious with us and answer us,
Though we have no worthy deeds; treat us with charity and kindness, and save us.

In Yeshua’s name we pray…

*By Yeshua service is performed, by Yeshua our prayers are heard, by Yeshua’s blood we are atoned for. By Yeshua we are saved!

Come quickly! We need you!

Stone Edition Tanakh- art scroll
The Complete Jewish Bible- translated by David H. Stern
The Complete Artscroll Siddur
Stone Edition Chumash-art scroll

Jim Staley Yom Kippur Sermon 2012


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