Readers:These Bible Study posts are taken from a Facebook group I started last year. Therefore they will be more ‘light hearted’ and ‘open’ than the other posts on the blog. As the Torah cycle has resumed I have been learning much more and will do some editing. God bless you.

Part 1:In the Hebrew text you can see two Characters written (the letters Aleph and tav את …..this means the beginning and the end, the first and the last, in greek the alpha and the omega) so we see in the very first sentence of Genesis: In the beginning of God’s creating the heavens and the earth- Yeshua is there!! (remember when he said I am the first and the last?!)

In the Targums the word Memra is used as the expression of the invisble God, (The word or Memra was with God at the beginning…) this is YESHUA! It is then taken to read the Yeshua is the one there with the Divine Presence doing the actual creating of the world. Incredible!

One of the most crucial indentifications of purpose is right here at the very foundations of the world. on the fourth day God makes the Luminaries (sun, moon and stars) He then indicates their purpose. Ch1v14 God said, “Let there be luminaries in the firmament of the heaven to separate between the day and the night; -FIRST/primary purpose: “; and they shall serve as signs, and for festivals, and for days and years;” What festivals? The feasts of the Lord that He goes on to teach us about throughout the Torah and whole bible. If Yeshua kept these feasts and set times shouldn’t they be important to us? They sure are to God. This is the main reason my family does them. Not because “we’re Jewish now” or whatever, because they are appointed by God from the very beginning…and they are signs of things to come. Genesis ch1v27 So God created man in His image, in the image of God He created him;male and female He created them. * Only man like the Creator is endowed with morality, reason and free will. He can know and love God and can hold spiritual communion with Him; man alone can guide his actions through reason. This is how man is created in Gods likeness. The Sabbath, the Seventh Day. Genesis Ch2v3 God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it because on it He abstained from all His work which God created to make. *Prior to this God blesses the creatures, the animals and the man and woman. This is the only day I see in the text that he actually Blesses. We see throughout the entire Torah God reminding us to keep the Sabbath holy (holy means set apart), to refrain from our endeavors, furthering our interests and to rest and to study. To prepare for it and rejoice in it. When my family began to figure out “how can we keep Gods commands?” The first step we took was to keep the Sabbath. It wasn’t always easy, sometimes I had catering jobs and other things come up…but soon I made it a point to ask for this time off. To set it apart. We tried not to shop or make others labor for us on it. We tried to prepare for it making double portions of food (as they did in the Desert,

a double portion of manna the heavenly bread was gathered to sustain the household through the Sabbath). We are getting better at keeping this appointment with our King and this is a special time where we open the word together as a family and I truly believe things are revealed at this time to an open and obedient heart. (The Sabbath begins Friday at sundown and ends sat. sundown, Yeshua and the Apostles kept the Sabbath. It is GREAT to study and worship all the time, it is wonderful to go to church on Sunday. But the Sabbath is the sabbath and has never changed, this is Gods appointment and it is clear through His Torah and through the Prophets, through Yeshua and his Talmidim, it is dear to God and should be remembered,) Genesis Ch2v23 And the man said, “This time it is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh. This shall be called Woman, for from man was she taken. *The Hebrew word for man is ISH איש (aleph yod shin) The Hebrew word for woman is ISHAH אשה (aleph shin hey) The Divine Name is YAHWEH (Yod Hey Vav Hey) The Yod was added to the ISH The Hey was added to the ISHAH The word ISH comes from the word ESH אש which means FIRE Without the Divine addition to both man and woman…..without God in us, in our lives….we have a destructive fire (esh אש is contained in both ISH and ISHA both man and woman) With the union, true union of man and wife God must be present. ♥ “The woman said to the serpent, “Of the fruit of any tree of the garden we may eat. Of the fruit of the tree which is in the center of the garden GOd has said: You shall neither eat of it nor touch it, lest you die.” *Here we come to a core issue. “Adding” to the word of God. We are to neither add or subtract, here we see in the very beginning a detrimental addition the the woman makes for God never said not to touch the fruit. She adds to Gods command and thereby diminishes it. Offering the destroyer a place to enter (with her “sin” too of lying…sin opens the door to the wicked one. Otherwise he has NO authority. NONE.

When we stray from Gods commands that is when he has the stage to manipulate as he does here. Otherwise he has NO authority. NONE.) This is one reason my family and I have searched and researched prayed and counceled to find the closest to the most untouched translations….there will always be some of mans handiwork, but the closest to the original tounge (Hebrew) and the proper perspective on the Greek and Aramaic writings….the better the product. ♥ The translators have taken a lot of words and replaced them, added their own,etc etc. For the purposes of furthering their own interests. King James made Yaacov into James. It should be the book of Jacob. But here we have the book of James. Why do you think he may have done that? hmmmmm Genesis Ch.3 v6 And the woman percieved that the tree was good for eating and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable as a means to wisdom, and she took of its fruit and ate…. *Ok here’s what I see: We must follow Gods commands. They are all right there for us. We can reason, we can justify, we can excuse…we can percieve things all we want to…..(you can argue against the laws of gravity all you want, you can reason in your own mind and excuse your actions but surely without fail if you stand at the edge of a 20 story building and step off of it…you will fall.) She used her eyes to stray, how often as sin entered through the eyes in my life?!! I am trying to dress more and more conservative not to even look at the gossips magazines at the stores, turn off a gorey or sexy movie (sadly even commercials now)….closing more and more little cracks for the destroyer to seep in. A means of wisdom: It is a wonderful thing to be smart and go to school for years and years to make more and more money….We need doctors and lawyers and scientists. We need them. But if we forget the source this is a problem. If we become disconnected to the Creator and only desire our own wants and gains I think in general you end up somewhat empty. Genesis Ch3v8 “Where are you?” God asks. Clearly He knew where they were. He knows us so well and is so kind and gentle and patient with us….This question is a means to initiate dialoge and not to scare them. Ch 3 v 17 and 20 I always found it fascinating that until these verses Adam and Eve are referred to as man and woman…why now does God refer to them like this? Ch3v21 And HASHEM made for Adam and his wife garments of skin,and He clothed them. *Our God is so longsuffering, so kind….our Daddy. He must have been SO hurt but yet he not only lovingly made these garments but he lovingly clothed his children to show He STILL LOVED THEM!!! Connecting Genesis with Yeshua Gen.1;3 God said “Let there be light,” and there was light. We can see that it isn’t until the fourth day that the luminaries are made. So what is this Light?


The city has no need for the sun or the moon to shine on it, because God’s Sh’khinah gives it light, and its lamp is the Lamb. The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it. John 1;1-5 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God at the beginning. All things came to be through him, and without him nothing had been made. In him was life,and the life was the light of mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not suppressed it. The first Adam and the Last Adam Gen.1;27 So God created man in His image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Colosians 1;15-17 He is the visible image of the invisible God. he is supreme over all creation, because in connection with him were created all things-in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones, lordships, rulers or authorities- they have all been created through him and for him. He existed before all things, and he holds everything together. 1Corinth. 15;45 If there is an ordinary human body, there is also a body controlled by the Spirit. In fact, the Tanakh says so: Adam the first man, became a human being, but the last “Adam” has become a life giving Spirit. *In Luke 3;36 we read Adam, son of God…in the geneology of Yeshua. Neither Adam nor Yeshua had an earthly father. Adam’s sin brought destruction to the world, Yeshua brings salvation. Romans 5;17-19 For if, because of the offense of one man, death ruled through that one man; how much more will those receiving the overflowing grace, that is, the gift of being considered righteous, rule in life through the one man Yeshua the Messiah! In other words, just as it was through one offense that all people came under condemnation, so also it is through one righteous act that all people come to be considered righteous.

For just as through the disobedience of the one man, many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the other man, many will be made righteous. *How was Adam disobedient? He transgressed Gods commands,law,Torah. How was Yeshua obedient? He obeyed Gods commands, law,Torah perfectly. With its original intent. He came to clear up the stumbling blocks men were using the commands to present…to clarify their true purposes. (Not do aways with them) He came to teach us how to be obedient. Who was more obedient than Yeshua to the father?!!

—Awesome link to an aleph tav teaching:

http://www.yah-tube.com/videos/rico/Alef_Tav_1/index.html Comprehensive teachings about the crucial Feasts of The Lord http://www.elshaddaiministries.us/storefront/dvd_n.html YahTube: Rico Cortes – Mystery of the Alef Tav – Part 1 http://www.yah-tube.com YahTube: Rico Cortes – Mystery of the Alef Tav – Part 1

Genesis 4;3-5

After a period of time, Cain brought an offering to HASHEM of the fruit of the ground; and as for Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and from their choicest. HAHSEM turned to Abel and hi offering, but to Cain and to his offering He did not turn. This annoyed Cain exceedingly, and his countenance fell. From the subtle contrast between the simple description of Cain’s offering and the more specific description of Abel’s offering- from the firstlings of the flock and from their choicest- the Sages derive that Cain’s offering was from the inferior portions of the crop, while Abel’s chose only the finest of his flock. Therefore, Abel’s sacrifice (offering) was accepted but not Cain’s. *God asks us to love Him with all our heart with all our soul and with everything that we have…all of our resources. 70% of the offerings brought in the Desert Mishkan (Tabernacle) and Temple were what were called Feast Peace Offerings, why? Because they were brought freely by the people to give thanks to God…only part was burned and the rest was for the person bringing the offering

to share and feast with his loved ones.

Today how can we bring offering to God? Our prayers are offered as the incense, who offers them? Yeshua serving right now in his role as our High priest (Kohen HaGadol). How are we to come before our king? With Kavanah (concentration) and with reverence. Sometimes I have called out to God in an unsuitable state, perhaps in a place I never should have put myself in…does this mean he turns His face from us? Are prayers (offerings) only for those who “know” Him? Certainly not. He always hears us and I believe in HIS way He always responds. However there are offerings and there are offerings, I do think when we give of the best we have to give…

He turns toward us all the more. Gen.4;7 “Surely, if you improve yourself, you will be forgiven. But if you do not improve yourself, sin rests at the door. Its desire is toward you, yet you can conquer it. ” God wished to teach Cain how to repent: A sinner can atone for sins if he will but repent (Teshuva) sincerely. Sin rests at the door….its desire….: The Evil Inclination desires continually to entice you, yet you can conquer it- you can prevail over it if you wish, for you can cast off your sin. Thus God taught Cain that man can always repent and God will forgive him. *This concept to me is incredible. I still have big “issues” with believing this FACT. Sometimes I feel I have failed to utterly that there is no way I can even come back before my King to even ask forgiveness of Him…this is a lie of the destroyer to keep us from repentance. I hear myself tell it to my family and friends to encourage them yet I often fail to listen to my own advice. Noach’s wife: 4;22 Naamah means lovely, her deeds were lovely and pleasant. Noach comes from the root- Rest. *Often in the bible we come to these seemingly long drawn out genealogies. They may seem “tedious” but are incredible if you do a little research. It can take time BUT if you look into the Hebrew meanings of names written in the Bible you can find hidden and valuable meanings…the meaning alone of the “name” of a person was intended to tell something about their personality/future personality/merits/roles in the world, etc. * 2 Peter 2; 5 And He did not spare the ancient world; on the contrary, he preserved Noach, a herald of righteousness, with seven others, and brought the Flood upon a world of ungodly people. Gen.6;5-8 HASHEM saw that the wickedness of Man was great upon the earth, and that every product of the thoughts of his heart was but evil always. And HASHEM reconsidered having made Man on earth, and He had heartfelt sadness. And HASHEM said, ” I will blot out Man whom I created from the face of the earth.-from man to animal, to creeping thing, and to birds of the sky; for I have reconsidered My having made them.”

But Noah found grace in the eyes of HASHEM. * OFTEN you will hear things to the effect of : “The God of the ‘old’ testament is wrathful, LAW! The God of the “new’ testament is love, Grace. When I see this written by the hand of Moses whom we know was like a friend to God , who spoke to him face to face….written in Gods own words to describe His ’emotion’ about the state the world was in it make me so sad…..he isn’t just a mean God ready to erase and start over…..He has heartfelt sadness!!! Heartfelt sadness, do we even attempt to being to be able to grasp the depth and scale of Gods heart,

and He mourns as a father mourns when His children go astray, etc. Not to mention He is magnanimous in all, righteous in all decisions. This Flood was a Mikveh of the earth. A Mikveh is what the church has based “baptism” upon. There was a Mikveh of the Hebrews (and the assembly with them) as they passed through the split parts of the sea of reeds. Yeshua surely took part in several Mikveh (ritual cleansings) as he often became unclean (becoming unclean from raising the dead, coming into contact with someone with Zara’at(Leprosy),

having the woman in her menstrual cycle touch the techelet of his Tzitzit (prayer shawl) to be healed, etc. etc.) The link below is to a great teaching about Mikveh but it comes up a lot in the bible so I’m sure we’ll “talk” about it more. http://www.yah-tube.com/videos/rico/Mikveh_1/index.html *Noach’s sons in order of succession: Japheth, Ham and Shem. Gen 6;11-12 Now the earth had become corrupt before God; and the earth had become filled with robbery. And God saw the earth and behold it was corrupted, for all flesh had corrupted its way upon the earth. * There is a progression of sin, it begins private when people still have a sense of right and wrong. But once people develop the habit of sinning, they gradually loose their shame, and immoral behavior becomes the accepted even the required- norm. Does this ring as familiar to you at all? I took my daughter to the park yesterday and there were ten year old girls talking about sex and cursing. I have been judged by the world and belittled because I have issues tolerating certain things I used to partake in (language, some music, some dress, etc. etc.) You can’t even watch a program about animals on TV without a commercial with sex, etc. (Yeshua speaks to his talmidim about ‘when the Kingdom of God would come’) Luke 17; 26-30 “Also, at the time of the Son of Man, it will be just as it was at the time of Noach. People at and drank, and men and women married, right up until the day Noach entered the ark; then the flood came and destroyed them all. Likewise, as it was in the time of Lot- people ate and drank, bought and sold, planted and built; but the day Lot left S’dom, fire and sulfur rained down from heaven and destroyed them all.

That is how it will be on the day the Son of Man is revealed. ” Isaiah 5;20 Woe to those who speak of evil as good and of good as evil; who make darkness into light and light into darkness; they make bitter into sweet and sweet into bitter! *I surely have SO much to work on myself so that I can better serve my Maker. But I’d like to think that sometimes I am alert and watching, there are many signs in the world we live in. Below is a link to a great teaching about declaring the ends from the Beginning, clearly we are studying the beginning but its good to think about. http://www.yah-tube.com/videos/rico/End_Beginning_1/index.html Genesis 6;13 “…the earth is filled with robbery….” * I needed to note the word for robbery, the Hebrew word Hamas is translated as Violence. Hamas=Violence, pretty accurate I’d say (I’m assuming you know about Hamas, if not google that for sure.) v14 Make for yourself an Ark of gopher wood; make the Ark with compartments, and cover it inside and out with pitch. *Noach is a “redeemer” of his generation (well all that were smart enough to follow him, only his close relatives. It is said that he preached but that no one heeded, even as the rain fell…by the time the water rose it was far to late to repent. God did allow a lot of time for repentance. He is good.) Moshe is a “redeemer” of his generation. The word ark in the text is not translated as the same meaning for Ark such as “Ark of testimony” we see in the Mishkan-Tabernacle in Exodus on…it is translated as the same sort of “vessel” Moshe’s mother Yocheved put him in to save his life. This too was covered in pitch to seal it. There are several miraculous things that happen regarding Noach’s Ark and the Flood. In the text it is downplayed so to speak because God does not want us to rely on miracles to trust/believe, etc. Genesis 6;18 But I will establish My covenant with you. First covenant= God and Adam….broken by Adam Next covenant= God and Noach

Genesis 6;21 ” And as for you, to take yourself of every food that is eaten and gather it in to yourself, that it shall be food for you and for them.”

*It is a miracle that for all the time from the gathering to the departure post Flood the food not only sustains all the living beings in the Ark but that it does not perish! 7;2 Of every clean animal…. *Suggests (strongly to me anyway) that from Adam the ‘Torah’ was existent, a guide for morality and conduct for eternity, Handed down orally through generations and people to Noach who thus could distinguish between clean and unclean animals. 7;2-3 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…(goes on to say seven pairs of all birds not specification on 7pairs clean/2 of the unclean total…why: 3″, to keep seed alive upon the face of the earth.” All birds spread seed about. * Only two total of every kind of unclean animals- to continue those species existence post flood. Seven Pairs of each clean animal- to ensure survival of specie, to ensure there would be food, and to allow for offerings to God if Man found it in his heart to do so (we see later the FIRST thing Noach does when he leaves the Ark is bring a “freewill” offering to God.) * Inside the Ark there was enough room for all these creatures!! Miracle. All the animals, birds, creeping things…even if compartmentalized….predator and prey of all kinds coexisted in such a small space!!! Miracle. 7;16 Thus, they that came, came male and female of all flesh, as God commanded him. And HASHEM shut it on his behalf. *This is incredible. On his behalf, Noach? He did just do ALOT of work, blindly trusting in the Creator… I love these words because in a way it’s Gods hand sealing the deal. Safety for those inside, destruction for those outside. He takes the step to finish off so to speak the physical compliance of His children. Gen.7;22 All in whose nostrils was the breath of life, of everything that was on dry land, died. *God spared all the fish life because “they” weren’t involved in the inappropriate activities on land (bestiality. Ew.) I am starting at Genesis 8 8;7 Noach sends out the Raven. The raven, an unclean bird, a bird of prey. There will surely be plenty of dead to feed upon, he does not return. 8;19-20 Every living being, every creeping thing, and every bird, everything that creeps on the earth came out of the Ark by their families. Then Noach built and altar to HASHEM and took of every clean animal and of every clean bird, and offered burnt offerings on the altar. * Not only does Noach wait for the Lord to tell them they may leave the ark, but the very first thing he does is offer in thanks for their salvation!! 9;12-17 And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant that I give between Me and you, and every living being that is with you, to generations forever. I have set my rainbow in the cloud, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between Me and the earth. And it shall happen, when I place a cloud over the earth, and the bow will be seen in the cloud, I will remember My covenant between Me and every living being among all flesh,

and the water shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. And the bow shall be in the cloud, and I will look upon it to remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living being, among all flesh that is on the earth.” And God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant that I have confirmed between Me and all flesh that is on the earth.” *The rainbow is God’s bow. In that sense, it is a sign of judgment. When we see the rainbow, it reminds us that we are worthy of the same fate as the generation of Noach. One day, God’s judgment will be unleashed. In that regard, the rainbow also serves as a warning. Though God has promised not to flood the earth again, He said nothing about other forms of utter obliteration.

Though the rainbow is a token of God’s covenant with us it is also a weapon of God’s hand. torah club vol.2 *Ezekiel 1;28 Like the appearance of a bow that would be in he clouds on a rainy day, so was the appearance of the brilliance all around. That was the appearance of the likeness of the likeness of the glory of HASHEM! When I saw, I fell upon my face, and I heard a voice speaking. *Isaiah 49;2-3 He made my mouth sharp like a sharp sword; in the shadow of His hand He hid me; He made me like a smooth arrow, in His quiver He concealed me. He said to me: “You are My servant, Israel, in whom I take glory.” The Intoxication and Shame of Noach Genesis 9; 18-27 The sons of Noach who came out of the Ark were Shem, Ham and Japheth- ham being the father of Canaan. These three were the sons of Noach, and from these the whole world was spread out. (*from Shem- Asia Ham-Africa Japheth- Europe) 20 Noah, the man of the earth (*he devoted himself to cultivating the earth rather than building cities*), debased himself and planted a vineyard(*by craving wine so much he planted a vineyard before any other trees.*). He drank of the wine and became drunk, and he uncovered himself within his tent. ***Drinking has never been “outlawed” by scripture. It is getting drunk that is condemned. That being said, if you have a propensity toward drinking more than a few and if one leads to more its wise to stay away all together. I will say personally: EVERY decision I have made and later regretted.

From the range of silly choices or behaviors to drastically dangerous and life changing….

have involved drinking alcohol or being around alcohol. It is what it is. This situation demonstrates that even the greatest people can become degraded if they lose control of themselves, and it shows through the different reactions of his sons and grandson, that crisis brings out the true character of people. Thus this is a powerful lesson in history and morality. 22 Ham, the father of Canaan, saw his father’s nakedness and told his two brothers outside. And Shem and Japheth took a garment, laid it upon both their shoulders, and they walked backwards, and covered their father’s nakedness; their faces were turned away, and they saw not their father’s nakedness. 24Noah awoke from his wine and realized what his small son had done to him. and he said, “Cursed is Canaan; a slave of slaves shall he be to his brothers.” As we read on ch 10 we see that Ham is father of Canaan, Mizraim, Put and Cush. From Cush comes NIMROD. 10;8…He was the first to be a mighty man on earth. *Not as good as it sounds. We shall see what Nimrod gets himself up to. Noach’s curse comes true. Genesis 11;1 The whole earth was of one language and of common purpose. Acts 2;1-4 The festival of Shavout had arrived, and the believers all gathered together in one place. Suddenly there came a sound from the sky like the roar of a violent wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then they saw what looked like tongues of fire,

which separated and came to rest on each one of them. They were all filled with the Ruach HaKodesh (*Holy Spirit) and began to talk in different languages, as the Spirit enabled them to speak. Genesis 11;4 And they said, “Come, let us build us a city, and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be dispersed across the whole earth.” (*I, me, my, mine!!! Even after the flood this is what man proposes to do. They find a way of rationalizing God’s control of events, but such is man’s capacity for self-deception that he can negate reality and build substance around a vacuum. The sages say Nimord was the primary force behind this rebellion. It is clear to me that people in the world will use any God given measurement (media,science,medicine,etc.) to dispute and explain/reason out what is written in the bible/amazing “natural” disasters (birds falling from the sky, extreme weather,etc.)…it is no longer astonishing or disappointing to me.

What does sadden my soul is when a believer rejects Yeshua or completely changes their path to serve something sinister. Unfortunately it is becoming more and more common. Good rule of thumb: Let us strive to serve, not to make a name for ourselves but to have His Name written upon our lives.) 7 “Come, let us descend and there confuse their language, that they should not understand one another’s language.” Acts 2;5-13 Now there were staying in Yerushalayim religious Jew’s from every nation under heaven. When they heard this sound, a crowd gathered; they were confused, because each one heard the believers speaking his own language. Totally amazed, they asked, “How is this possible? Aren’t all these people who are speaking from the Galil?

How is it that we hear them speaking in our native languages…..about the great things God has done?” Amazed and confused, they all went on asking each other, “What can this mean?” But others made fun of them and said, “They’ve just had too much wine!” Genesis 11;8-9 And HASHEM dispersed them over the face of the whole earth; and they stopped building the city. That is why it was called Babel, because it was there that HASHEM confused the language of the whole earth, and from there HASHEM scattered them over the face of the whole earth. *The Hebrew language in the bible text is an incredible wealth of knowledge and “hidden” insight! Prophecy!! Each character tells a story. Each name. I find it very interesting that many believers are not interested. Either in this beautiful ancient language that God has preserved and still is used today (the only one that remains written, spoken,etc.)

or in the amount of mistranslation or separation from the closest thing we have to the original intent of our Maker. I think it’s be a great success for the destroyer to keep us from digging in and investigating the wonderful things not only in Gods Torah but in the Hebrew language. Thank you again Linda SO much for getting me in the word more! I hope you are okay. Joel 3 And it will happen after this, that I will pour out My spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and daughters will prophesy; your elders will dream prophetic dreams, and your young men will see visions. Even also upon the slaves and maidservants in those days I will pour out My spirit. I will set wonders in the heavens and on earth: blood and fire and pillars of smoke;

the sun will turn to darkness and the moon to blood red, before the coming of the great and awesome Day of HASHEM. *The world is quick to cover their ears and eyes and hum la la la I’m not listening, or say “They’ve just had too much wine!” Confused by the destroyer, confused by the flesh…without faith without hope. In a bubble of television series and dance clubs. Let’s not be confused by the signs of these days, lets stay alter and not try to reason things out.

Lets just let our Father reveal to us what He wills and lets learn from each other and prepare. Have a blessed day! –YahTube: Rico Cortes – Mikveh – Part 1 http://www.yah-tube.com YahTube: Rico Cortes – Mikveh – Part 1

Genesis 11;10-26 We read the genealogy from Shem to Abram. Terah bore Abram, Nahor and Haran Haran bore Lot, Milcah and Iscah(Sarai) We know that Terah was an idolater and not just that he made and sold idols. Iscah means to see or gaze, Sarai means my princess…we know that as women we have two identities. The one we have in our single youth and then as fitting we change and come into our role when we marry and have children as wives and mothers often with a very different identity. I absolutely LOVE these chapters about Abraham. I love his struggles and this story is the typology of Israel. Chosen in a world of idolatry to receive covenant promises forever and carry on a legacy that will never die. Wrought with trials and miracles! Abram is faced with what are known as “The Ten Trials Of Abraham” ten tests of Abrahams faith. God gives the most outstanding hope of promises everlasting to Abram but first he is tested!! We are tested every single day….all the time. For each of us it is different.

God takes our shortcomings or things that He desires to refine in us or remove from us and uses them as a means to present tests to mold us into “better” people. What tests might have presented themselves in your day? Did you pass? How? *The first trial of Abram “Lech Lecha” – “Go out…” Abram with Sarai, Lot ,Milcah, servants and possessions leave the land of their relatives. God asks for Abram to trust Him. To pick up and leave. To journey “blindly” and to trust the One True but Invisible God. To leave his home, his family, his parents. Abram was 75 years old when he left Haran. Genesis 12;1 -3 HASHEM said to Abram, “Go for yourself from your land, from your relatives, and from your father’s house to the land I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation.; I will bless you, and make your name great, and you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who curses you I will curse; and all the families of the earth shall bless themselves by you. (I can’t help but think about the incredible advances in technology, science, medicine, etc. Israel has given to the world. Truly the entire world has been blessed through this promise! Look up some of the numbers of things Israel has contributed. It will blow your mind!) 12;7 HASHEM appeared to Abram and said, “To your offspring I will give this land.” So he built and altar there to HASHEM Who appeared to him. *God is not physical, but the Torah tells us that He appeared to Abram in a tangible way. Abram builds an altar. In verse 8 we see Abram builds another altar and “…invoked HASHEM by Name. Is this the Name that God gives Moshe before he returns to Egypt? (I was, I am , I will be) This altar is at Beth-el….REMEMBER this name/place it will come up again a lot. The Second trial of Abraham Now that he was journeyed as God commanded he comes to a new homeland and immediately is faced with a severe famine in the land. Abraham’s faith directly tested doesn’t waver, God commands him to go to Egypt and foreshadows Jacobs descends to Egypt because of famine. Not only this famine which drives him to Egypt but once there his beloved wife is abducted. Genesis12;10 There was a famine in the land, and Abram descended to Egypt to sojourn there, for the famine was severe in the land. 12;15 When the officials of Pharaoh saw her (*Sarai), they lauded her for Pharaoh, and the woman was taken to Pharaoh’s house. (*Abram in 12;11-13 asks Sarai to say she is his sister. Did he outright lie?! Abram?!! Remember Haran, Abram’s brother is Sarai’s father. Sarai is his niece.) Abram remains faithful to God and ends up leaving unscathed with his wife undefiled and laden with “…sheep, cattle, donkeys, slaves and maidservants, female donkeys, and camels.” 12;16. Richer and unharmed he journey’s up from Egypt. Hagar will come into a leading role as we read on, she was one of the Egyptian acquisitions. God bless the rest of this week, my hands are very busy but THIS…Torah of YAHWEH is my best part. Thank you YAHWEH for this time. May it always be a blessing to everyone as it is to me, thank You for This Light and Truth I pray we will absorb as much of it as possible while we are still living free to do so! “Brothers, let me make an analogy from everyday life: When someone swears an oath, no one else can set it aside or add to it. Now the promises were made to Avraham and his seed. It doesn’t say, “and to seeds,” as if to many; on the contrary, it speaks of one- “and to your seed”- and this “one” is the Messiah. Galations3;15-16 Romans 15;8 For I say that the Messiah became a servant of the Jewish people in order to show God’s truthfulness by making good His promises to the Patriarchs, * God’s Promises to Avraham: 1) I will make you a great nation 2) I will bless you 3) I will make your name great 4) You shall be a blessing 5) I will bless those who bless you 6) The ones who curse you I will curse 7) In you all the families of the earth will be blessed 8) To your descendants I will give this land

Genesis 12:2-3;7 Before we go into the text lets think ahead to the kind of decisions Lot made: after being blessed in family unit Abram suggests he move on, Lot chooses the choice Jordan as his “take”; he moves himself and his household into sinful surroundings- Sodom; he lingers there even after divine warning. What do you think the nature of his herdsman were?

I’m not saying that Lot and his herdsmen were immoral at this point but why were they “getting into it” with Abram’s herdsmen and what do you think it was about? If Abram was upright and despised idolatry and sinfulness…if we know he was the most open and generous of hosts to all types of people….if Abram saw the chance that Lot and “his” were

infecting so to speak the “camp”, could this be a reason why he kindly suggested there be a parting here? I have read that here was more than enough land and space and sustenance for all of them yet Abram uses the excuse (kindly, I believe not to hurt anyone’s feelings or pride) that the land won’t support them both…… Next we see Lot choose the whole plain of the Jordan. The very next thing we read is how God assures Abram that ALL the land will go to he and his descendants. Genesis 13; 5-15 Also Lot who went with Abram had flocks, cattle, and tents. And the land could not support them dwelling together for their possessions were abundant and they were unable to dwell together. (*They were unable to dwell together. To me this rings as “drama!” ) And there was quarreling between the herdsman of Abram’s livestock and the herdsmen of Lot’s livestock- and the Canaanite and the Perizzite were dwelling in the land. So Abram said to Lot: “Please let there be no strife between me and you, and between my herdsmen and your herdsmen, for we are kinsmen. {*In this I see Abram intervening before things get too troubled. Even between THEM as men…for this he mentions first. Lot is Sarai’s brother, his nephew. Abram being in covenant with Sarai is thus in covenant with Lot. We see this faithfulness later when he intercedes with God for Sodom/Lot’s family…Being in covenant means you are in “deep”,

life and death “deep”. Ancient covenant means that while a person you are in covenant with is in your care you are to protect them even by means of giving up your life for theirs (Lot demonstrates this in a way when he presents his daughters to the men at the door in Sodom, having come into covenant with the Malachim-angels who entered his threshold= threshold covenant.) “Is not the land before you? Please separate from me: If you go left then I will go right, and if you go right then I will go left.” So Lot raised his eyes and saw the entire plain of the Jordan that it was well watered everywhere- before HASHEM destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah- like the garden of HASHEM. like the land of Egypt going toward Zoar. So Lot chose for himself the whole plain of the Jordan, and Lot journeyed from the east; thus they parted, one from his brother.

Abram dwelled in the land of Canaan while Lot dwelled in the cities of the plain and pitched tents as far as Sodom. Now the people of Sodom were wicked and sinful toward HASHEM, exceedingly. HASHEM said to Abram after Lot had parted from him, “Raise now your eyes and look out from where you are; northward, southward, eastward, and westward. For all the land that you see, to you I will give it, and to your descendants forever. ” I have done a good amount of research about Abraham’s life. It’s an incredible story and SO much of it is unmentioned (at least in my church upbringing) to Christians. Some tidbits: Abraham’s mother’s name was Amathlaah Abraham was the tenth generation removed from Noah, being a direct descendant of Shem, (Noah’s son), the father of all the “Semitic” peoples. When Abraham was born, Shem was 390 years Old, and his father Noah was 892 years old, Abraham was 58 years old when Noah died, and 110 years old when Shem died. The baby Abraham, with his mother and nurse, were hidden in a cave for ten years. He was imprisoned for ten years before he was thrown into a fiery furnace by Nimrod, he was saved by God and came out unscathed.

The article below is great but I suggest even further research. It is incredible! http://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/112063/jewish/Abrahams-Early-Life.htm The link below is a must see to better understand the upcoming text : http://www.yah-tube.com/videos/rico/Covenant_Pieces_1/index.html

The Third Trial of Abram the capture of Lot/ War with the kings Genesis 14;10-12 The Valley of siddim was full of bitumen wells. The kings of Sodom and Gomorrah fled and fell into them while the rest fled to the mountain. They seized all the wealth of Sodom and Gomorrah and all their food and departed. And they captured Lot and his possessions- Abram’s nephew- and they left; for he was residing in Sodom. **We read in the about the war between the four kings against the five kings during which the five kings were defeated. One of the kings who were defeated was the King of Sodom. The Torah tells us, “The Valley of Siddim was full of lime pits (or bitumen wells). The King of Sodom and Gomorrah fled and fell into them while the rest fled to the mountain.”9 The obvious question is why does the Torah need to teach us that the King of Sodom

fell into a lime pit while he was fleeing? Rashi explains by quoting the Chazal who teach us that normally if one were to fall into this kind of pit it would be lethal; however, a miracle was performed and the King of Sodom was saved. Why should such as miracle have been performed for this evil man? Some people of the world did not believe that Avraham was saved from the fire at Kasdim by a miracle from Hashem. However,

now that the people witnessed the King of Sodom being saved from the lime pits, they were able to retroactively believe that Hashem brought Avraham from the fire. Therefore this pasuk is needed to teach us about the King of Sodom’s falling into the lime pit in order to explain that the world was forced to believe the miracle at Ur Kasdim as a result of this second miracle. Genesis 14; 13-16 Then there came the fugitive and told Abram, the Ivri, who dwelt in the plains of Mamre, the Amorite, the brother of Eshcol and the brother of Aner, these being Abram’s allies. And when Abram heard that his kinsman was taken captive, he armed his disciples who had been born in his house- (**Why does it mention that the men he mustered were born in his house? Maybe to indicate he hadn’t included the slaves brought from Egypt who may not have had the same allegiance to the “cause”. Maybe to indicate that though they were outnumbered greatly Abram didn’t hesitate or panic calling all men capable of “bearing arms” to battle but rather relied on YAHWEH and his God given skills (intelligence and tactics) in this huge task which faced him.) -three hundred and eighteen- and he pursued them as far as Dan. And he with his servants deployed against them at night and struck them; he pursued them as far as Hobah which is to the north of Damascus. He brought back all the possessions; he also brought back his kinsman, Lot, with his possessions, as well as the women and the people. (**Here we see an example of Abram keeping covenant with Lot. Taking on this daring rescue at great risk and returning him and all that was his to their place. Here we see Abram staying true to his faith in God and trusting him with even what seems to be the impossible. I see Israel over the years and today being guarded and protected from an impossible situation. Surrounded by enemies who daily attack them, deserted by the nations who are quiet in their support…God keeps His promises, can you imagine what it would be like if the leadership in the Israeli government and in the military

would submit themselves to YAHWEH and call upon His instruction? What an example is father Abraham, he didn’t hesitate to help his family member. He put himself and his livelihood on the line to stand for what was right to do. He trusted YAHWEH would provide for his every need and went in with both feet, without fear….IT would be a great thing if we could do more of this in our giving of our “livelihood”, in our communities…in supporting Israel.) It is a beautiful day! Thank You YAHWEH! These images of triumph and bravery will be swimming through my head! How great it is to replace some of the junk I have accumulated over the years in the recesses of my vagrant thoughts with the wondrous things of the Torah. Eternally inspiring. http://www.torah.org/learning/beyond-pshat/5763/lechlecha.html I Chronicles 29;10-13 And David blessed HASHEM in the presence of the entire congregation; David said, “Blessed are You, HASHEM, the God of Israel our forefather from this world to the World to Come. Yours, HASHEM, is the greatness, the strength , the splendor the triumph, and the glory, even everything in heaven and earth; Yours HASHEM, is the kingdom, and the sovereignty over every leader. Wealth and honor come from You and You rule everything- in Your hand is power and strength and it is in Your hand to make anyone great or strong. So now, our Go, we thank You and praise Your splendorous Name.

–Abraham’s Early Life http://www.chabad.org Very little is told in Chumash of Abraham’s early life. Except for a few hints, here and there, hardly anything is told in the Torah of the father of our nation until be was seventy five years.

I pray this brings glory to my King for His Words are living and enduring, I pray I can find more time to be a safeguardian of His Eternal and shout it from my heart to as far as I can reach.

We will continue from Genesis 14;17 for part to of The Well that wont run dry Bible Study.

May you be blessed in Yeshua’s name.


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