Parashah Phinehas: Zeal, Desire, Dedication, Courage and The Appointments of God
Psalm 119;131 I opened my mouth and swallowed deeply, because I crave for Your commandments. 132 Turn to me and favor me, as is Your practice to those who love Your Name. 133 Ready my steps in Your word, and do not let any iniquity dominate me. 134 Redeem me from human exploitation, and I will keep Your precepts. 135 Cause Your countenance to shine upon Your servant, and teach me Your statutes. 136 My eyes shed streams of water, because they did not keep Your Torah. 137 Righteous are You, HASHEM and each of Your ordinances is fair. 138 You commanded the righteousness of Your testimonies, and great faithfulness. 139 My zeal has consumed me, for my oppressors have forgotten Your words. 140 Your word is very pure, and Your servant loves it. 141 I am young and despised, yet I do not forget Your precepts. 142 Your righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and Your Torah is truth. 143 Distress and anguish have overtaken me, Your commandments are my preoccupation. 144 Your testimonies are righteous forever, grant me understanding so that I may live.
In this Torah Sedra (Parashah/ Portion) we continue in the book of Bamidbar (Numbers) and we come to the continuation of last weeks Portion (Balak) where at the end we read about the Midianite women (the wolves) who were sent in to the camp and seduced the Israelite men (the sheep) to the point where they worshipping their idol and fornicating with them. This debauchery came to the very Sanctum of HASHEM, in the Holy Place when Zimri and Cozbi come into the Tent of Meeting before the eyes of the assembly and in the face of God.
Zimri is no lay Israelite man, he is a leader of the House of Simeon….the descendant of the brother who once was zealous for the virtue of his sister Dinah and exacted vengeance against her rapist and his entire city now defiles the sanctity of the marriage covenant God provided us with as a picture of the relationship He desires to have with us. The men who succumbed and Zimri also commit idolatry which is spiritual adultery and betray their Groom, in His inner chambers so to speak and before His eyes…heartbreaking. The people lament and cry for the plague had entered the camp and many were dying…even Moshe does not act. There is speculation as to whether he felt it was not his place in this matter because he himself had taken a Midianite wife prior to the giving of the Torah which forbids intermarrying. We see one stand, the descendant of the brother (Levi) who too went with Simeon to exact the revenge and “defend the honor” of his sister at the slaughter in Shechem…Phinehas, (whose name means mouth of the serpent). He stands and as if asking permission in some way comes “before the sight of Moses” and becomes judge, jury and executioner against the two transgressors.
As we read we uncover that he was accused of being wrong in this matter by some of the people and sages of the community. Why? They accused him of being out of line, after all he is the descendant on his mother’s side of Jethro, a man who was a priest in a pagan nation, ‘coincidentally’ Midian, one who ‘fatted calves’ for idol worship. Phinehas hadn’t waited for the delegation of the Judges of Israel he acted from passion and intensity, from severity and necessity. But who’s passion, intensity, severity and necessity is he acting out? His own, or God’s?
Bamidbar 25;10 HASHEM spoke to Moses, saying: 11″Phinehas son of Elazar son of Aaron the Kohen, turned back My wrath from upon the Children of Israel, when he zealously avenged My vengeance among them, so I did now consume the Children of Israel in My vengeance. 12 Therefore, say: Behold! I give him My covenant of peace. 13 And it shall be for him and his offspring after him a covenant of eternal priesthood, because he took vengeance for his God, and he atoned for the Children of Israel.” 14 The name of the slain Israelite man who was slain with the Midianite woman was Zimri son of Salu, leader of a father’s house of the Simeonites. 15 And the name of the slain Midianite woman was Cozbi daughter of Zur, who was head of the peoples of a father’s house of Midian. 16 HASHEM spoke to Moses, saying: 17 Harass the Midianites and smite them; 18 for they harassed you through their conspiracy that they conspired against you in the matter of Peor, and in the matter of Cozbi, daughter of the a leader of Midian, their sister, who was slain on the day of the plague, in the matter of Peor.”
Psalm 79;1 The nations have entered into Your inheritance, they have defiled the Sanctuary of Your holiness, they have turned Jerusalem into heaps of rubble. 2 They have given the corpse of Your servants as food for the birds of the sky, the flesh of Your devout ones to the beasts of the earth. 3 They have shed their blood like water round about Jerusalem, and there is none who buries. 4 We became an object of disgrace to our neighbors, of mockery and scorn to those around us. 5 Until when, HASHEM, will You be ceaselessly angry, will Your jealousy burn like fire? 6 Pour out You wrath upon the nations that do not recognize You, upon the kingdoms that do not invoke Your Name. 7 For they have devoured Jacob and destroyed His habitation. 8 Recall not against us the sins of the ancients; may Your mercies meet us swiftly, for we have become exceedingly impoverished. 9 Assist us, O god, of our salvation, for the sake of Your Name’s glory, rescue us and atone for our sins for Your Name’s sake.
–Phinehas was also the descendant of Joseph from his father’s side. Joseph was severely tested with temptation when Potiphar’s day after day flirted and enticed him. The day they were alone in his masters house and he had the choice to give in or to flee from infidelity he chose to run from wickedness and stand up for the honor of the Name of God declared upon him and his life. (Genesis 39;7-18)
Joseph is the grandfather whom Phinehas ‘took after’, and because the Kohanim were in charge of the Tabernacle, to safeguard its service and sanctity he was not out of line in making a judgment call outside of the sages circle. Furthermore HASHEM makes it clear that this act was not only acceptable to Him but He endorsed it with a covenant of Priesthood and peace. For Midian He makes it clear that they should not go unpunished for between they and Israel there is a mandated contentious separation and remembrance of the plague which was stopped by the zeal of Phinehas.
Phinehas actions could not have been accepted and backed by our righteous and Just King if they weren’t completely and totally out of the intention to ‘redeem’ the recognition and honor of the Name of God in the camp of Israel. His own feelings, opinions, agenda’s or objectives must have (and were) completely void at the time of this capital punishment…he acted upon the will of the Lord, and in so doing saved countless lives.
What can we learn? As people who want to serve the Lord and shine through our lives His light and all He has shown us…we want to do the right thing at all times. Is it enough to just do the right thing? If we are simply doing what is right because we know it is the proper “Christian” thing to do, this is what is expected of a “believer”, I submit that we may be missing a piece of the fullness of the righteous deeds our Father has charged us with.
In doing the right things we need to be sure we are doing them for the right reasons as well. If we can evaluate the deeper inner motives, reasons and purposes for doing what is right and ensure that we are acting with the passion and zeal of the Lord for His Namesake to fulfill His every wish and bring Him ALONE honor and not for our own elevation these duties we discharge will become, enriched and we will be transformed (like Phinehas) into inspired, passionate and vibrant ambassadors of God!
Bamidbar 26; 1 It was after the plague- HASHEM spoke to Moses and to Elazar son of Aaron the Kohen, saying: 2 “Take a census of the entire assembly of the Children of Israel, from twenty years of age and up, according to their fathers’ houses, all who go out to the legion in Israel.” 3 Moses and Elazar the Kohen spoke to them in the plains of Moab, by the Jordan near Jericho, saying: 4″ From twenty years of age and up, as HASHEM commanded Moses and the Children of Israel, who were coming out of the land of Egypt.”
–The wolves invaded the camp and causes a great number of the Shepherd’s sheep to perish. After an attack the Shepherd counts His sheep for several reasons. Our Father wanted to make an account of how many of His Children He had left, who had survived the plague? The Land is about to be entered and apportioned according to the populations of the twelve tribes, thus their numbers had to be determined. This is the generation of war, the people who are alive ‘today’ are the ones who will take part in the acquisition of the Land of Israel and there will be fighting, thus the Lord makes an account of the eligible fighting men.
As we studied this Sabbath with our daughter I asked “what is the first thing, as a shepherd, you would have done after the attack on your sheep?” My daughter answered that she would build a strong fence all around them. Has the Lord created for us such a protective fence? Had He placed one around the Children of Israel? The teaching, instruction, the Torah of the Lord is the fence that He has placed around us to guard us from the enemy who seeks to lure us from the cover and hand of the Lord. Throughout all scripture it is clear that when we do stray out of this protection we are extremely vulnerable which is the very goal of the enemy, for from here he attacks.
Jeremiah 9;11 Who is the wise man who will understand this? Who is he to whom the mouth of HASHEM speaks, that he may explain this? ‘For what reason did the land perish and become parched like the desert, without a passerby?’ 12 But HASHEM has said: Because of their forsaking My Torah that I put before them; moreover, they did not heed My voice nor follow it.
Psalm 89;29 Forever shall I preserve My kindness for him, and My covenant shall remain true to him. 30 And I shall establish his seed eternally, and his throne like the days of the heavens. 31 If his sons should forsake My Torah and not walk in My judgments; 32 if they should profane My statues, and not observe My commandments, 33 then I will punish their transgression with the rod, and their iniquity with plagues; 34 but I shall not utterly remove My kindness from him, and I will not be false to My faithfulness. 35 I shall not profane My covenant, and I shall not alter the utterance of My lips.
Bamidbar 26;5 Rueben the firstborn of Israel- the sons of Rueben: of Hanoach, the Hanochite family; of Pallu, the Palluite family; 6 of Hezron, the Hezronite family; of Carmi, the Carmite family. 7 These are the families of the Reubenite; their count was forty-three thousand, seven hundred and thirty. 8 The sons of Pallu: Eliab. 9 And the sons of Eliab: Nemuel and Dathan and Abiram, the same Dathan and Abiram who were summoned by the assembly, who contended against Moses and Aaron among the assembly of Korah, when they contented against HASHEM. 10 Then the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them and Korah with the death of the assembly, when the fire consumed the two hundred and fifty men- and they became a sign. 11 But the sons of Korah did not die.
–The death of ‘mother of nations’ Sarah passes and the Torah uses one verse. Miriam the prophetess passes, one Torah verse spent. Not only do we have the account of Korah, Dathan and Abiriam inscribed in the whole of Chapter 17 of numbers but they are mentioned many times in scripture and in this text we review today. Why? While Sarah and Miriam are eternally memorialized in honor, God wants to ensure that we learn from the past…the good, the bad and the ugly are all part of life and this is one thing I love about the Torah…God didn’t want Moshe to whitewash the blood or soften the glare of the flashing sword of retribution, He didn’t want to minimize the vast extent of the failures of His children because from these mistakes and blunders not only do we learn a lesson of reproof and redemption but from this we are truly able to see the extent of the magnitude of our King’s grandeur…His unbreakable love and forgiveness of His Children. The Holy Scriptures are the Word, they are the Torah and Good News of the Kingdom declared from the beginning the entire counsel of the Living Word made flesh, Yeshua the Messiah…He is the word, the Torah, the Good News unchanging and True.
II Timothy 3;14 But you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, recalling the people from whom you learned it; 15 and recalling too how from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which can give you the wisdom that leads to deliverance through trusting in Yeshua the Messiah. 16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is valuable for teaching the truth, convicting of sin, correcting faults and training in right living; 17 thus anyone who belongs to God may be fully equipped for every good work.
4;1 I solemnly charge you before God and the Messiah Yeshua, who will judge the living and the dead when he appears and establishes his Kingdom: 2 proclaim the Word! Be on hand with it whether the time seems right or not. Convict, censure and exhort with unfailing patience and with teaching. 3 For the time is coming when people will not have patience for sound teaching, but will cater to their passions and gather around themselves teachers who will say whatever their ears itch to hear. 4 Yes, they will stop listening to the truth, but will turn aside to follow myths.
Bamidbar 26;18 These are the families of the sons of Gad according to their count forty thousand, five hundred.
22 These are the families of Judah according to their count: seventy-six thousand, five hundred.
27 These are the families of Issachar according to their count: sixty four thousand, three hundred.
28 These are the families of the Zebulunite according to their count: sixty thousand, five hundred.
34 These are the families of Manasseh, and their count: fifty-two thousand, seven hundred.
37 These are the families of the sons of Ephriam according to their count: thirty-two thousand, five hundred.
31 These are the sons of Benjamin according to their families, and their count: forty-five thousand, six hundred.
42 These are the sons of Dan according to their families: of Shuham, the Shuhamite family. These are the families of Dan according to their families. 43 All the Shuhamite families according to their count: sixty-four thousand , four hundred.
47 These are the families of the sons of Asher according to their count: fifty- three thousand, four hundred.
50 These are the families of Naphtali according to their families, and their count: forty-five thousand, four hundred.
50 These are the counting’s of the sons of Israel: six hundred and one thousand, seven hundred and thirty.
–If we fail to take note of this census or brush over the tribal names and accounting…we miss the picture, a people swept from slavery and oppression by the steadfast and mighty arm of their Father and cradled in the vast and frightening Wilderness, an incredible journey lay before them. This journey to Promise is wrought with trials that make an impression into eternity. The very notion that we are meditating on them and relishing these accounts at this very moment is a testimony to how enduring the Love of our King is. Its easy to hasten in saying “And the Lord took them through the desert.” It wonder and majesty that the Lord brought this vast assembly intact through the heat and drought, through inner strife and torrents of human conflict and angst. The counting’s of the sons of Israel including the Levites at the time of their deliverance from the bondage of Egypt was 603,550. About forty years later, at this point in Sedra Phinehas the number is 601,730. Seven of the tribes increased in population and five decreased during this period in the Wilderness. Simeon had the greatest decrease while Manasseh had the largest increase. This means that not only were the numbers of able bodied men maintained close to the number they had leaving Egypt (recollecting loss of lives due to self wrought consequences of sin, plague and phenomenon) but the people have in some circles grown in more ways than one and in effect, the Lord has sustained them through great trial and darkness and caused them to flourished despite the difficult wilderness and social conditions. By all rites they should never have even made it forty years, yet this is still the picture of Israel we see. By all rational imagine a people who have been afflicted for centuries and nearly exterminated came back to the Land and turned a dry and barren wasteland into the most blessed and flourishing…heart, center of the whole world. The picture is not to be missed for it truly does sound the victory of the Lord Who keeps His promises for generations!
Bamidbar 26;52 HASHEM spoke to Moses, saying: 53 “To these shall the Land be divided as an inheritance, according to the number of names. 54 For the numerous one you shall increase its inheritance, and for the fewer one you shall lessen its inheritance; each one according to his count shall his inheritance be given. 55 Only by lot shall the Land be divided, according to the names of their fathers’ tribes shall they inherit. 56 According to the lot shall one’s inheritance be divided, between the numerous and the few.”
–The daughters of Zelophehad are often misused as the icons for a sort of women’s ‘lib’ movement in this age. What is accurate is that they are the examples of what can happen when within the structure of Torah one stands up for ones God given rights and with integrity speaks up for the sake of their future generations. These women are very brave. They come to their leadership directly without murmuring and complaining and Moshe goes directly to God with their request. Instead of attempting to reason things in his own mind or according to the his own motives He goes to the Righteous Judge. God says something that we should long to hear from our Lord: “The daughters of Zelophehad speak properly.” He finds so much favor in their request because they have a deep desire for the land. They desire it with the passion that the Lord wanted all Israel to yearn for it and the Law established here will have lasting benefits for many generations to come. Their legacy will be that their children will be a part of the promises of God manifest when the Children of Israel dwell in security in the Land of Israel. The condition for them was that they must marry within the tribe of Manasseh to ensure that they wouldn’t take a husband, whose name would then be bound to that land rite.
Bamidbar 27;1 The daughters of Zelophehad, son of Hepher, son of Gilead, son of Machir, son of Mannasseh, of the families of Manasseh son of Joseph drew near- and these are the names of his daughters: Mahalah, Noah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Tirzah- 2 and they stood before Moses, before Elazar the Kohen, and before the leaders of the assembly at the entrance of the Tent of Meeting, saying: 3 “Our fathers died in the Wilderness, but he was not among the assembly that was gathering against HASHEM in the assembly of Korah, but he died of his own sin; and he had no sons. 4 Why should the name of our father be omitted from among his family because he had no son? Give us a possession among our father’s brothers. 5 And Moses brought their claim before HASHEM. 6 HASHEM said to Moses, saying, 7″The daughters of Zelophehad speak properly. You shall surely give them a possession of inheritance among the brothers of their father, and you shall cause the inheritance of their father to pass over to them. 8 And to the Children of Israel you shall speak, saying: If a man will die and he has no son, you shall cause his inheritance to pass over to his daughter. 9 If he has no daughter, you shall give his inheritance to his brothers. 10 If he has no brothers, you shall give his inheritance to the brothers of his father. 11 If there are no brothers of his father, you shall give his inheritance to his relative who is closest to him of his family, and he shall inherit it. This shall be for the Children of Israel as a decree of justice, as HASHEM commanded Moses.”
Matthew 9;35 Yeshua went about all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the Good News of the Kingdom, and healing every kind of disease and weakness. 36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were harried and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then he said to his talmidim, “The harvest is rich, but the workers are few. 38 Pray that the Lord of the harvest will send out workers to gather in his harvest.”
–Moshe, what a leader! Here his heart is surely breaking, he has been leading the people all this time and from the start he said ” Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and that I should take the Children of Israel out of Egypt?” Exodus 3;11 “But they will not believe me and they will not heed my voice…” Exodus 4;1
He was continually murmured against, attacked and questioned by the people and yet at nearly every instance where did we find Moshe? On his face in prayer for the people before the Lord. Even now, faced with his mortality, having been told he is going to die and reminded he will not enter the Land to take the people in…his foremost concern is “Who will lead the people when I am gone?” Amazing, Moshe, what a servant! He quietly accepts what the Lord’s decision and continues to involve himself with the affairs and needs of the people. May it be a lesson to us, that as we struggle with affliction, persecution and forces beyond our control that we remember to work hard to discern where the ‘messages’ we are having hurled at us are coming from. Are they from a place of light and restoration, of building and growth, of the rod of our Shepherd used to push us in the right direction or His sword blocking our feet from traversing a path He has not ordained for us to go down? Or are some of these questions and challenges, accusations that meet us from a place of discouragement, distraction, shadow and doubt, depreciation and decay? From forces which seek to take our eye off the promises the Lord has placed before us and get us off track from our devoted service to Him and cheapen our God given charges and abilities? It is a mistake to either completely push aside or to totally embrace the voices that meet us throughout our walk…but with consistent prayer from a desire in the heart to hear ONLY what GOD is trying to tell us, and rational use of what HE has already revealed to us, we will not wander far nor become discouraged to a point where we wont find restoration and the answers we seek from before our Good Shepherd.
Joshua has become this shepherd, leader and voice of reason and we see that he is appointed at the man who will go out before them in battle and lead them in. Placing of the hands upon Joshua is the transferal of the authority which God had bestowed upon Moshe. Before the eyes of all the people, before Elazar so that there would not be a question of usurpation. The entire people will see and the Hebrew text says: Shama= to hear intelligently (with attention and obedience); consent; consider; be content; listen; regard; understand; witness.
Bamidbar 27;12 HASHEM said to Moses, “Go up to this mountain of Abiram and see the Land that I have given to the Children of Israel. 13 You shall see it and you shall be gathered unto your people, you, too, as Aaron your brother was gathered in; 14 because you rebelled against My word in the Wilderness of Zin, in the assembly’s strife, to sanctify Me at the water before their eyes. They were waters of strife at Kadesh, in the Wilderness of Zin. 15 Moses spoke to HASHEM, saying, 16″May HASHEM, God of the spirits of all flesh, appoint a man over the assembly, 17 who shall go out before them and come in before them, who shall take them out and bring them in; and let the assembly of HASHEM not be like sheep that have no shepherd. 18 HASHEM said to Moses, “Take for yourself Joshua son of Nun, a man in whom there is spirit and lean your hands upon him. 19 You shall stand him before Elazar the Kohen and before the entire assembly, and command him before their eyes. 20 You shall place some of your majesty upon him, so that the entire assembly of the Children of Israel will pay heed. 21 Before Elazar the Kohen shall he stand, who shall inquire for him of the judgment of the Urim before HASHEM; at his word shall they go out and at his word shall they come in, he and all the Children of Israel with him, and the entire assembly. 22 Moses did as HASHEM commanded him. He took Joshua and stood him before Elazar the Kohen and before the entire assembly. 23 He leaned his hands upon him and commanded him, as HASHEM had spoken through Moses.
–The Lord asked Moshe to lay his ‘hand’ on Joshua and Moshe gives him a double portion, showing his love for Joshua, humility and generosity he puts his ‘hands’ on him. Joshua will be the mediator between the Kohen Gadol (high priest) and the people. When the congregation has a question that is not answerable with the sources they have they will come divinely to the Kohen gadol by means of the Urim (Ex. 28;30 ) and be related to the people by their leader Joshua. He is to hear the message accurately and convey it without changing it. Our leadership today should be expected to do the very same thing. Learning the original languages and sticking to the proper translations of Scripture without tapering or honing a message to produce a desired effect or elicit donations is essential. This way it is clear, the leader of the people is not a man but the LORD. In the Joshua text below we can read exactly how he is armed and encouraged by El Elyon (our Most High God) that he will be able to stay on track and keep the people headed in the right direction. It is a message we read often and the instruction is eternal: Torah shall not depart from your mouth, contemplate it day and night, observe and keep the commandments of the Lord and your way will be successful!!
Joshua 1;6 Be strong and courageous for it is you who will cause this people to inherit the Land that I have sworn to their fathers to give them. 7 Only be very strong and courageous, to observe, to do, according to the entire Torah that Moses My servant commanded you; do not deviate from it to the right or to the left, in order that you may succeed wherever you will go. 8 This book of the Torah shall not depart from your mouth; rather you should contemplate it day and night in order that you observe to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way successful, and you will act wisely. 9 Behold, I have commanded you, “Be strong and courageous,’ do not fear and do not loose resolve, for HASHEM, your God, is with you wherever you will go.”….
16 They (the people) answered Joshua, saying, “All that you have commanded us we will do, and wherever you send us we will go. 17 As fully as we heeded Moses, so shall we heed you, provided that HASHEM, your God, is with you as He was with Moses! 18 Any man who will rebel against your utterance or will not listen to your words, in whatever you may command him, will be put to death. Only be strong and courageous!”
Deuteronomy 11; 13 It will be that if you hearken to My commandments that I command you today, to love HASHEM, your God, and to serve Him with all your heart and with all your soul, 14 then I shall provide rain for your Land in its proper time, the early and the late rains, that you may gather in your grain, your wine, and your oil. 15 I shall provide grass in your field for your cattle and you will eat and be satisfied. 16 Beware for yourselves, lest your heart be seduced and you turn astray and serve the gods of others and prostrate yourselves to them. 17 Then the wrath of HASHEM will blaze against you; He will restrain the heaven so there will be no rain, and the ground will not yield its produce; and you will swiftly be banished from the goodly land which HASHEM gives you. 18 You shall place these words of Mine upon your heart and upon your soul; you shall bind them for a sign upon your arm and let them be an ornament between your eyes. 19 You shall teach them to your children to discuss them, while you sit in your home, while you walk on the way, when you retire and when you arise. 20 And you shall write them on the doorposts of your house and upon your gates. 21 In order to prolong your days and the days of children upon the Land HASHEM has sworn to your forefathers to give them, like the days of the heaven over the earth.
Joel 1;13 Gird yourselves [with sackcloth] and lament, O Kohanim; wail, O ministers of the Altar; come spend the night in sackcloth, O ministers of my God, for meal-offering and libation have been withheld from the Temple of your God. 14 Decree a fast; declare an assembly; gather the elders and all the inhabitants of the land to the Temple of HASHEM your God, and cry out to HASHEM. 15 Woe for that day! For the day of HASHEM is near, and like [sudden] plunder it will come from the Almighty. 16 Is not food cut off from before your eyes, and happiness and exultation from the Temple of our God? 17 Casks of wine have become moldy under their lids; storehouses are laid desolate and silos destroyed, for the grain has withered. 18 How the animals groan; herds of cattle are bewildered, for there is no pasture for them; also flocks of sheep were made desolate. 19 To You HASHEM, I call out, for fire has consumed the dwellings of the wilderness, and flame has scorched the trees of the trees of the field. 20 Also the animals of the field cry out to You, for the springs of water have dried up and fire has consumed the dwellings of the wilderness.
–There is but one giver of the Torah; he is also the Judge, with the power to deliver and to destroy.
I solemnly charge you before God and the Messiah Yeshua, who will judge the living and the dead when he appears and establishes the Kingdom: proclaim the Word!
II Timothy 4; 1-2
Yeshua is our King, Yeshua is our Judge, Yeshua is our Lawgiver and his commandments are the Torah.
He sent the prophets to warn his people Israel to return to the Torah and to the safety and life within its shelter, to flee from the Torah and the Divine Moral guide instilled therein, the blueprint for the Kingdom we should be reviewing repeatedly as if it were our very vitality, our essence…the length of our days…to flee from it is a lack of blessing (rain), a lack of grass (sustenance), a lack of wine (happiness).
The Deuteronomy text above explains God’s promise if we hearken to His Torah, to His commandments. The Joel text above explains what will happen when the people do not return to their savior and his Torah. In connection with the Torah portion, we read about the Festivals of the Lord and before entering the Land He reviews for us the offerings that a expected…for closeness, for atonement, for understanding.
Each Feast is a picture of Messiah, as are the offerings. When the rain stops, the food stops, there is no wine for the Libation offerings, there is no fine flour or oil for the Meal offerings, there are no animals for the elevation-offerings and in effect the joy and delight in the Temple service, the service constructed by the Lord to reveal Messiah is unable to continue…this is truly cause for lament.
Every Feast in ancient times was centered completely on this Temple service and there was such immense celebration and joy it has remained unmatched until the day Yeshua returns and restores all things, including the offerings in His House.
(Isaiah 56;6 And the foreigners who join themselves to HASHEM to serve Him and to love the Name of HASHEM to become servants unto Him, all who guard the Sabbath against desecration, and grasp My covenant tightly- 7 I will bring them to MY holy mountain, and I will gladden them in My house of prayer; their elevation-offerings and their feast-offerings will find favor upon My Altar, for my House will be called a house of prayer for all the peoples.)
The things we do now are in memoriam, to vitalize and remember, to safeguard these Feasts and offerings of the Lord (He says, My Food= THAT WHICH IS MOST ESSENTIAL, My offerings, My fire!!)….to keep His fire burning, are the prayers that faithfully daily (Tamid- continually) are lifted toward Israel at the Moadim- appointed or set times in the morning and afternoon near the times the Tamid lambs were offered.
Perhaps some might say, for every opinion there are five other rabbinical explanations to disprove it. Maybe it might appear that the Jews are not on the “same page”, but I submit that these prayers and their observance of the Lords Feasts draws them together and unifies the Name of God in a way that 41,000 Christian denominations in the US alone have not done.
The same words cross lips at the same time, the same prayers are sung, the same service is rendered at the time appointed as established by the King in His word, as found in your bible, as practiced by Yeshua while he was here in flesh among ‘us’.
[Disclaimer: I am not saying it is a perfect, unified practice where every single Jew or biblically observant believer says and does the exact same thing, the point I attempt to make is that as a shadow of the Kingdom, the Ekklesia or Assembly (or the mistranslated word- Church) that the Master is even now gathering and calling…assembling, as an example of the unified body he has designed….they seem to be on the right track as far as devotion, faithfulness, submission, obedience and biblical directive.]
So the study of the Temple Service is Old? The Feasts of the Lord are archaic and unnecessary for believers today? God forbid. They are the very picture of the repentance, restoration and delight for the millennial reign of the Messiah and I pray as the fall feasts approach all those seeking to draw near to Him and keep his commandments will respond YES to the invitation to these dress rehearsals.
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Isaiah 66;20 They will bring all your brethren from all the nations as an offering to HASHEM- with horses and with chariots and with covered wagons and with mules- with joyous dances, to My holy mountain, Jerusalem, says HASHEM; just as the Children of Israel bring an offering in a pure vessel to the House of HASHEM. 21 From them, too, I will take men to be Kohanim and Levites, says HASHEM. 22 For just as the new heavens and the new earth that I will make will endure before Me- the word of HASHEM- so will your offspring and your name endure. 23 It shall be that every New Moon and on every Sabbath all mankind will come to prostrate themselves before Me, says HASHEM.
Bamidbar 28;1 HASHEM spoke to Moses, saying: Command the Children of Israel and say to them: My offering, My food for My fires, My satisfying aroma, shall you be scrupulous to offer to Me in its appointed time.
Bamidbar 28; 4 The one lamb shall you make in the morning and the second lamb shall you make in the afternoon, 5 with a tenth- ephah of fine flour as a meal-offering, mixed with a quarter hin of crushed oil. 6 It is the continual elevation-offering that was done at Mount Sinai, for a satisfying aroma, a fire-offering to HASHEM.
Acts 3; 1 One afternoon at three o’clock, the hour of minchah prayers, as Kefa and Yochanan were going up to the Temple….
–Tamid- Continual; constant; regular; daily; perpetual.
This is the daily appointed time where there is one lamb offered in the morning and one in the evening. As touched on above, the ‘appointed time prayers’ known as the Moadim or set time prayers are lifted at the estimated times these offerings were to take place. They are referred to in Scripture as “at the time of prayer” and even more amazing is that these are the very times that the Lamb of God was put on the execution stake and the time he lifted his spirit and passed.
Mark 15;25 It was nine in the morning when they nailed him to the stake.
34 At three, he uttered a loud cry, “Elohi! Elohi! L’mah sh’vaktani?” (Which means, “My God! My God! Why have You deserted me?)
37 Yeshua let out a loud cry and gave up his spirit.
Bamidbar 28;9 And on the Sabbath day: two male lambs in their first year, unblemished, two tenth- ephah of fine flour for a meal offering, mixed with oil, and its libation. 10 The elevation-offering of each Sabbath on its own Sabbath, in addition to the continual elevation-offering and its libation.
–The Sabbath double portion, double blessing, the weekly appointed time…the daily tamid-continual offerings are doubled. What is the Sabbath? The Sabbath is a weekly chance to regroup with God, a sanctified time, a chance to claim the calm spirit of peace that comes from the presence of the Messiah and exit the troubles, stresses and anxieties of the present age. Holy means set apart, and by keeping the Sabbath we separate ourselves for God, from the world and its schedule. Social and sporting events, busy days for commerce all seem to fall on the Sabbath. The urgency of these days melts away as we sanctify God in the dimension of time and seek intimacy with the Father on the day He appointed as an eternal sign…that He is Creator and continually renews life, just as He ceased creating, producing, making and providing so too we are to imitate Him in His honor on the Sabbath. Why do you think Yeshua choose to heal on the Sabbath day? This is the day that he will meet us and touch us and give us this gift…there is nothing we can add in this place and time, nothing we can subtract from we simply fall into the rest of the Messiah and realize that he is our Sabbath rest!
If there is any confusion or question in your mind as to what day the Sabbath of the Lord is according to Yeshua and Scripture I highly recommend you take the time to listen to this teaching which will clarify in the Word the precise answer to the question “Sabbath on Sunday?”
Luke 6;2 Some of the P’rushim said, “Why are you violating Shabbat?” 3 Yeshua answered them, “Haven’t you ever read what David did when he and his companions were hungry? 4 He entered the House of God and took and ate the Bread of the Presence’- which no one is permitted to eat but the cohanim. 5 “The Son of Man,” he concluded, “is Lord of the Shabbat.”
ROSH CHODESH/ The New Moon
Bamidbar 28;11 On your New Moons, you shall bring an elevation-offering to HASHEM: two young bulls, one ram, seven male lambs in their first year, unblemished.
–The Head=Rosh of the new month, this is a monthly appointed time fixed around the lunar calendar. Rosh Chodesh begins at the beginning of the new month when the first visible sliver of the moon appears. We are to observe and take note of the appearance of the moon, we are to mark out seasons according to its waxing and waning. The new moon is rebirth and renewal, before the feasts are celebrated this renewal must occur, in ourselves as well…spiritual rebirth should precede any ritual observance. How else are we to find this rebirth, this re- creation but from the Messiah? Someone who has died to the world and to one’s former self, someone who is truly born again in the Messiah (Greek-Christos=Anointed; Messiah; Christ) will produce and exhibit true CHANGE in their lives. They will continually be changing and growing, being led and molded through the cycles of life by the hand of the Lord until…. the former ‘person’ is unrecognizable, memory blackened, gone forever. The Greek word in the II Corinthians text for reconciliation is Katallasso= to change mutually; to compound a difference; reconcile. This is the Message of the Messiah found in the observance of Rosh Chodesh, continual renewal and change, every day counts.
II Corinthians 5; 17 Therefore, if anyone is united with the Messiah, he is a new creation- the old has passed; look, what has come is fresh and new! 18 And it is all from God, who through the Messiah has reconciled us to himself and has given us the work of the reconciliation, 19 which is that God in the Messiah was reconciling mankind to himself, not counting their sins against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.
Romans 6; 6 We know that our old self was put to death on the execution stake with him, so that the entire body of our sinful propensities might be destroyed, and we might no longer be enslaved to sin. 7 For someone who has died has been cleared from sin. 8 Now since we died with the Messiah, we trust that we will also live with him. 9 We know that the Messiah has been raised from the dead, never to die again; death has no authority over him. 10 For his death was a unique event that need not be repeated; but his life, he keeps on living for God. 11 In the same way, consider yourselves to be dead to sin but alive for God, by your union with the Messiah Yeshua.
Luke 9; 23 Then to everyone he said, “If anyone wants to come after me, let him say ‘No’ to himself, and take up his execution-stake daily and keep following me.
Bamidbar 28;16 In the first month, on the fourteenth day month, shall be a pesach- offering to HASHEM. 17 And on the fifteenth day of this month is a festival; for a seven-day period matzos shall be eaten. 18 On the first day is a holy convocation; you shall not do any laborious work. 19 You shall offer a fire-offering, an elevation-offering to HASHEM: two young bulls, one ram, seven male lambs within their first year, unblemished shall they be for you.
25The seventh day shall be a holy convocation for you; you shall not do any laborious work.
Matthew 26; 17 On the first day for matzah, the talmidim came to Yeshua and asked, “Where do you want us to prepare your Seder?” 18 Go into the city, and so-and-so,” he replied, “and tell him that the Rabbi says, ‘My time is near, my talmidim and I are celebrating Pesach at your house.'” 19 The Talmidim did as Yeshua directed and prepared the Seder.
26 While they were eating Yeshua took a piece of matzah, and made a b’rakhah (blessing), broke it, and gave it to the talmidim (disciples) and said, “Take! Eat! This is my body!” 27 Also he took a cup of wine, made the b’rakhah, and gave it to them saying, “All of you, drink from it! 28 For this is my blood, which ratifies the New Covenant, my blood shed on behalf of many, so that they may have their sins forgiven.”
–Pesach-Passover is the first annual appointed time. Leaven is removed from our dwelling places preparing for the occasion, likened to the sin we must scrape from our hearts. The anniversary of the redemption from exile and slavery in Egypt, the anniversary of the death of the Messiah Yeshua by whose blood we have transitioned from bondage to the sin of our past and the eternal death which awaits the soul parted from Him…to liberation from the yoke of sin and the path to eternal life and deliverance he etched out with his suffering, death and resurrection. It was he who led his people from Egypt and protected them all along the way and still he who guards us and leads us who keep his flame continually lit within us!
The Seder=order meal eaten on the first night of Pesach is the ‘last meal’ of the Master. Each element speaks of him, this covenantal meal is what he said to do in remembrance of him and we obey his command when we observe Pesach each cycle. It was at the Seder of the Master that he chose to ‘ratify the New Covenant’. What is the New Covenant?= The Torah, Yeshua places the Torah within us and writes it upon our hearts.
[Behold, days are coming- the word of HASHEM- when I will seal a new covenant with the House of Israel and with the House of Judah: not like the covenant that I sealed with their forefathers on the day that I took hold of their hand to take them out of the land of Egypt, for they abrogated My covenant, although I became their Master- the word of HASHEM. For this is the covenant that I shall seal with the House of Israel after those days-the 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.] So may it be our Master Yeshua!
I Corinthians 5;7 Get rid of the old hametz (leavening), so that you can be a new batch of dough, because in reality you are unleavened. For our Pesach lamb, the Messiah, has been sacrificed. 8 So let us celebrate Seder not with leftover hametz, the hametz of wickedness and evil, but with the matzah of purity and truth.
Bamidbar 28; 26 On the day of the first-fruits, when you offer a new meal-offering to HASHEM on your Festival of Weeks, it shall be a holy convocation to you; you shall not do any laborious work. 27 You shall offer an elevation-offering for a satisfying aroma to HASHEM: two young bulls, one ram, seven lambs in their first year.
30 One male of the goats to atone for you.
–The next appointed annual feast of the Lord is Shavuos-Shavuoth-The Feast of Weeks-Pentecost. It is the anniversary of the giving of the Torah at mount Sinai, and the out pouring of the Spirit as recorded in the book of Acts. From the rejoicing in our freedom at Pesach and the feast of unleavened bread, we come to this point where the Lord shows us although we have the gift of freedom from sin and bondage we are not free to serve ourselves or serve God by our own definitions. We are no longer slaves to Pharaoh or sin but we are now slaves to righteousness, and the Torah is God’s standard for righteousness.
[Romans 6;19 For just as you used to offer your various parts as slaves to impurity and lawlessness (Torahlessness); so now offer your various parts as slaves to righteousness, which leads to being made holy, set apart for God.]
The first fruits of the wheat and other agricultural products are brought to the Temple, in the cycle, the fruit of the good work God began in us starts at Pesach and bears a harvest at Shavuot. Equipped with the Torah and empowered by a fresh sanction of the Holy Spirit, we are able to be effective vehicles for the growth of God’s Kingdom, bearing the good fruit holy, Torah, living produces. The Lawgiver, the one who’s spirit was poured out is about changing us from the inside, unconstrained by any man made laws…He works within the boundaries of the Torah for these are his own design. This is the very thing that transpires when we come to his appointed times and seasons with a willing heart ready for the Master to work, here we offer the first fruits to him who nurtured, tended and watered his creation. Let us give him the very best produce!
Ezekiel 36; 26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. 27 I will put My spirit within you, and I will make it so that you will follow My decrees and guard My ordinances and fulfill them. 28 You will dwell in the land that I gave your forefathers; you will be a people to Me, and I will be a God to you.
Bamidbar 29;1 In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, there shall be a holy convocation for you; you shall do no laborious work, it shall be a day of shofar-sounding for you. 2 You shall make an elevation-offering for a satisfying aroma to HASHEM: one young bull, one ram, seven male lambs in their first year, unblemished.
–Until this third appointed annual feast of the Lord- Yom Teruah (The Day of Shouting), The Feast of Trumpets- Rosh Hashanah- the Head of the Year there is a long period, summer passes reminding us that in our spiritual lives we will walk through dry spells. The sounding of the rams horn- Shofar summons us back to the cycle of sanctification.
It is at “Rosh Shanah” in Ezekiel’s vision the Lord shows him the future Temple.
[Ezekiel 40;1 In the twenty-fifth year of our exile, at the beginning ( rosh-the head; beginning; height; forefront) of the year (shanah- year; whole age), on the tenth of the month, in the fourteenth year after the City was conquered- on that very day the hand of HASHEM came upon me and He brought me there.]
Rosh Hashanah is known as the ‘Coronation of the King’ , this feast allows us to look forward to the day when God will rule as King over all the earth. The sound of the shofar is a call to the assembly of God and before we stand before Him this time is taken as a period of ‘settling accounts’. Repenting, apologizing, forgiving and reconciling with one another. The tradition of casting out stones or bread crumbs into living water (the Tashlich-“you will cast out” service) is symbolic of the casting out of sin, this is not a ritual of motion….its purpose is intense introspection and evaluation, where we are charged to honestly measure our shortcomings and are symbolically able to purge ourselves of any remaining sins that the Lord has revealed to us during this time of preparation, our perspective and ‘bar’ with which to measure ourselves comes from the Torah, the Lord’s standard. We repent with fervency and urgency knowing that our King can come at any moment, in the blink of an eye!
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 (shalak) 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.
I Corinthians 15; 51 Look, I will tell you a secret- not all of us will die! But we will all be changed! 52 It will take but a moment, the blink of an eye, at the final shofar. For the shofar will sound, and the dead will be raised to live forever, and we too will be changed.
Bamidbar 29;7 On the tenth day of this seventh month there shall be a holy convocation for you and you shall afflict yourselves; you shall not do any work. 8 You shall offer an elevation-offering to HASHEM for a satisfying aroma- one young bull, one ram, seven male lambs in their first year; unblemished shall they be for you.
–The Day of Atonement- ten days from Rosh Hashanah (ten being the biblically significant number often representing a period of trial and testing), the holiest day of the appointed annual cycle arrives and it a day of fasting. It is the only appointed time we are commanded to humble ourselves. We are to remember our inadequacy, that: We have become defiled and all our righteousness is like a worn-out garment; we whither like a leaf; and like a wind, our sins carry us off. Isaiah 64;5 …What is man that You recognize him? Man is like a breath; his days are like a passing shadow. Psalm 144;3
And in this we recall that though we have striven to walk upright we surely have failed in many ways. We depend solely and completely on the gracious mercy of God through the Messiah for forgiveness and cleansing. The Day of Atonement remembers the annual ceremony during which the sin and uncleanness of Israel was removed from the Tabernacle, an appropriate day for dealing with sin. This is the one day a year that the Kohen Gadol (high priest) would enter the Holy of Holies and stand before the Lord, we are to remember this day as if we are offered entry in a special way and can stand before the Lord and settle accounts, how? Measure, test, question, evaluate and inspect yourself according to the commandments of the Lord Yeshua and His Torah. We have a high priest and he serves before the Lord daily, but it is on this day especially that we look to the future time when we will stand before him and he will judge, his books will be opened and all will be held accountable. Knowing this we pray for mercy and forgiveness from a truly repentant heart, for only from the purity of the heart is the ‘offering’ accepted…we ask him for grace and for his salvation!
Hebrews 4;12 See, the Word of God is alive! It is at work and is sharper than any double edged sword- it cuts right through to where soul meets spirit and joints meet marrow, and it is quick to judge the inner reflections and attitudes of the heart. 13 Before God, nothing created is hidden, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of him to whom we must render an account. 14 Therefore, since we have a great cohen gadol who has passed through to the highest heaven, Yeshua, the Son of God, let us hold firmly to what we acknowledge as true. 15 For we do not have a cohen gadol unable to empathize with our weaknesses; since in every respect he was tempted just as we are, the only difference being that he did not sin. 16 Therefore, let us confidently approach the throne from which God gives grace, so that we may receive the mercy and find grace in our time of need.
Bamidbar 29;12 On the fifteenth day of the seventh month, there shall be a holy convocation for you; you shall do laborious work; you shall celebrate a festival to HASHEM for a seven-day period. 13 You shall offer an elevation-offering, a fire-offering, a satisfying aroma to HASHEM: thirteen young bulls, two rams, fourteen male lambs in their first year; they shall be unblemished.
17 And on the second day: twelve young bulls, two rams, fourteen male lambs in their first year, unblemished.
20 And on the third day: eleven bulls, two rams, fourteen male lambs in their first year, unblemished.
23 And on the fourth day: ten bulls, two rams, fourteen male lambs in their first year, unblemished.
26 And on the fifth day: nine bulls, two rams, fourteen male lambs in their first year, unblemished.
29 And on the sixth day: eight bulls, two rams, fourteen male lambs in their first year, unblemished.
32 And on the seventh day: seven bulls, two rams, fourteen lambs in their first year, unblemished. 22 And their meal-offering and their libations for the bulls the rams, and the lambs, in their proper numbers, in their requirements. 34 One he-goat for a sin-offering; aside from the continual elevation-offering, its meal-offering and its libation.
–Sukkot, the Feast of Tabernacles, Feast of Booths, “The season of rejoicing”. This appointed Fall Feast of the Lord is such a picture of our King, after the intense introspection and repentance of Yom Teruah and Yom Kippur our Groom wishes to bless us with a week of joy! It is the picture of the wedding supper of the Lamb. The offerings during this Feast are significantly greater in number than any other of the Feasts. There are no fewer than seventy offerings which become a startling reminder that during this feast it is said the Priests made atonement not only for the people but for the seventy nations of the earth as well. Had the invading nations realized the significance they would never have sought to destroy the Temple’s, for they were in effect destroying the very thing that God was using to make atonement for them!
Sukkot is a celebration where one is to remove oneself from our homes and habitations and go out under the heavens with HASHEM. We erect booths (Tabernacles), Temporary Dwelling Places in which to rejoice, worship, study, have guests, feast and remember. We are to make them as beautiful and comfortable as possible, decorating using produce or harvest decor.
(The Holiday of Thanksgiving is actually based upon Sukkot. See: http://www.hebrew4christians.com/Holidays/Fall_Holidays/Sukkot/Thanksgiving/thanksgiving.html and http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/loc/loc12a.html)
This is the most joyous holiday because it is the time that the last harvest has been gathered!
There are numerous references to Sukkot , Tabernacles, in scripture but the meaning remains the same…the temporary nature of this life and our bodies. Our structures of comfort (physical, and spiritual) are in the hand of HASHEM and if we are not paying attention to the appointed times and seasons of the Lord we may be inside when the walls crumble, instead of at the appointed place in the appointed time treasuring His commands, learning His Torah to further equip ourselves that we not be caught off guard. [Ezekiel 38;20 They will quake before Me- the fish of the sea. the bird of the heavens, the beast of the field, every creeping thing that creeps on the ground and every human being that is on the face of the earth; the mountains will be broken apart and the cliffs will topple, and every wall will topple to the ground.]
It is at this time of plenty and comfort in all our own reason and resource that God commands us to leave it behind and be reminded that He is our source of provision and peace. In That Day, EVERY YEAR, the nations will gather to Jerusalem to celebrate Succos and those who do not, forfeit the blessings God wishes to bestow. Who would want to decline to come worship the King, the invitation to this dress rehearsal of things sure to come!
[Zechariah 14; 16 It shall be that all who are left over from all the nations who had invaded Jerusalem will come up every year to worship the King HASHEM, Master of Legions, and to celebrate the festival of Succos. 17 And it shall be that whichever of the families of the land does not go up to Jerusalem to bow down before the King, HASHEM, Master of Legions, there will be no rain upon them. ]
Some year, the end of the age will come, whether in this or another generation…the time of the last of the harvest, the time of Succos….let us familiarize ourselves with its meaning and the purposes in it while we await the one who sows the good seed!
Matthew 13; 37 “The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man; 38 the field is the world. as for the good seed, these are the people who belong to the Kingdom; and the weeds are the people who belong to the Evil One. 39 The enemy who sows them is the Adversary, the harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are the angels. 40 Just as the weeds are collected and burned up in the fire, so will it be at the end of the age. 41 The Son of Man will send forth his angels, and they will collect out of his Kingdom all the things that cause people to sin and all the people who are far from Torah; 42 and they will throw them into the fiery furnace, where people will wail and grind their teeth. 43 Then the righteous will shine forth like the sun in the Kingdom of their Father. Whoever has ears, let him hear!”
–The imagery of the Isaiah text we will close with is perfect, we can be convicted and encouraged to think upon the things that the Lord has revealed to us, His appointments are precious and they are the essence or body of Messiah Yeshua! They all are all connected directly to him and bind us to our King. Our Lawgiver, willing and able to save…there is nothing firm but the promises he has left us with, there is nothing secure but to rest in his commandments, for they are life and length of days! His forgiveness is sure, is our faithfulness? His devotion to his bride is profound, are our vows nearly as steadfast? He has made an appointment with us, will we be present? I pray for the zeal of Phinehas, the desire of the daughters of Zelophad, the dedication of Moshe, and the courage of Joshua for all of us as we learn to fall away from all other paths but to that which proves a genuine trust in the Judge, King, Lawgiver… the Mighty One who will save us and in His eternal Word!!
Isaiah 33;17 Your eyes will behold the King in His splendor; they will see Him from a faraway land. 18 Your heart will muse in dread, “Where is the one who counts? Where is the one who weighs? Where is the one who counts the towers? 19 You will not see bold people, the people whose speech is too difficult to understand, of garbled tongue, without comprehension. 20 Behold Zion, the city of our festivals; your eyes will see Jerusalem, the tranquil abode, the tent that will not be displaced, whose stakes will not be uprooted forever, and none of whose ropes will be severed. 21 For only there will HASHEM be our Mighty One; [it will be like] a place of wide rivers and channels; a boat cannot traverse it, and a mighty vessel cannot cross it. 22 For HASHEM is our Judge; HASHEM is our Lawgiver; HASHEM is our King; He will save us. 23 Your ropes have been abandoned; they will not firmly secure their mast; they will not spread sail. Then abundant spoils and plunder will be distributed; [even] the lame will take booty. 24 A dweller [of Jerusalem] will not say,’ I am sick’; the people dwelling there shall be forgiven of sin.
Baruch atta ADONAI, Eloheinu Melech ha’olam
Blessed are You, LORD our God, King of the universe
You alone have planted among us life eternal,
Blessed are You Lord our God, Gracious Giver of the Torah.
In Yeshua’s Name, Amein
–My King You have been cradling your children through the harsh conditions of the world in which we live, You have been restoring the resolve and return to Your prescription for being Holy as You are Holy…the Torah of our Savior, I pray that at all times the seeds You plant will be watered and blossom. I pray that all those with pruning shears and the willingness to tear the foundations of the faith of Your own will be thwarted and that You work with a strong hand and loud voice to hone us all into the shape we need to be in before the return of Yeshua. Thank You for Your mercy and immeasurable grace…for we fail and fall yet You build and restore. I praise You in the darkness, I praise You in the streams of tears, I praise You in the crashing thunder and I praise You through all fear, I delight in Your heart and Your word and my Savior and I pray that in some way in some time in some place anything You servant has done could find favor. There is no message, but from Your truth…there is no glory but what I seek to give to You!
In Yeshua’s Name I ask You to draw us nearer as You are so lovingly making things become clearer, Amein.
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