Genesis High Lights Prayer, in Love- Ingredients To Fill.
Parashah Toldot (generations)
I Corinthians 13;1 I may speak in the tongues of men, even angels; but if I lack love, I have become merely blaring brass or a cymbal clanging. 2I may have the gift of prophecy, I may fathom all mysteries, know all things, have all faith- enough to move mountains; but if I lack love, I am nothing. 3 I may give away everything that I own, I may even hand over my body to be burned; but if I lack love, I gain nothing. 4 Love is patient and kind, not jealous, not boastful, 5 not proud, rude or selfish, not easily angered, and it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not gloat over other people’s sins but takes its delight in the truth. 7 Love always bears up, always trusts, always hopes, always endures. 8 Love never ends; but prophesies will pass, tongues will cease, knowledge will pass.9 For our knowledge is partial, and our prophesy is partial; 10 but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass. 11When I was a child, I spoke like a child, thought like a child, argued like a child; now that I have become a man, I have finished with childish ways. 12 For now we see obscurely in a mirror, but then it will be face to face. Now I know partly; then I will know fully, just as God has fully known me. 13 But for now, three things last- trust, hope, love; and the greatest of these is love. 14;1 Pursue love!
–What is love? Is it physical? Emotional? Spiritual? Elemental? Can it be earned, maintained, won, proven? Can it heal, grow, produce? Can love ever cause separation? Division? The first thing that was lit up for me as I discovered the Torah portion this week was the rich ingredient of prayer in the text. Prayer. Have you ever wondered if your prayers had been answered? Is it a clear manifestation when things drastically change in your favor or is it more gradual and subtle? Does it seem sometimes your prayers remain unanswered? (Surely, NEVER unheard.) [Psalm 116;1 I love [Him], for HASHEM hears my voice, my supplications. 2 He has inclined His ear to me, so in my days I shall call.] Is there a better way to pray? A more opportune time? It is interesting that as the portion begins we read in the context of the offspring of Abraham, “Abraham begot Isaac.” Abraham had Ishmael by Hagar, and six other sons late in life with Keturah. Only Isaac, the son of the promise who would continue to safeguard and fill the covenant responsibilities is named. Did Sarah pray for Isaac? Did Abraham? Did they pray together? What did they do when their longings for a son went unanswered? The text goes on to specifically indicate that Rebecca was a daughter born in a pagan home (her father and brother were both idolaters-Gen. 24;31, 31;30 ) yet she was the bride sought out and chosen by God for the promised son Isaac. She was able to overcome and rise above her situation and remain chaste and wholesome. How did she pray? We know that it was when the Lord had closed her womb she prayed, Isaac prayed…they prayed together. It was Isaac’s prayer for her that God responded to. What does this tell us about prayer for and with our spouses? We also know that when she was in distress during her pregnancy there is no account of her going to the midwife, she went to inquire in prayer unto the Lord. He answers her with a prophecy. Our daily lives need to be peppered with prayer. From the minute we arise we should ask the Lord to come into our day, lead us through it and nourish us with all we will need to act and respond in each and every day. Prayer over food, prayer over study, even thankful prayer at the often overlooked functioning of our physical bodies (as we age, the necessity to give thanks in this way becomes more evident.) Prayer for those in need, prayer for those we love, prayer for our nation, prayer for Israel. Prayer should be an absolute staple in the diet of our walk with God.
Genesis 25;19 And these are the offspring of Isaac son of Abraham- Abraham begot Isaac. 20 Isaac was forty years old when he took Rebecca, daughter of Bethuel the Aramean from Paddan-aram, sister of Laban the Aramean, as a wife for himself. 21 Isaac entreated HASHEM opposite his wife, because she was barren. HASHEM allowed Himself to be entreated by him, and his wife Rebecca conceived. 22 The children agitated within her, and she said, “If so, why am I thus?” And she went to inquire of HASHEM. 23 And HASHEM said to her: “Two nations are in your womb; two regimes from your insides shall be separated; the might shall pass from one regime to the other, and the elder shall serve the younger.”
Philippians 2;4 Rejoice in union with the Lord always! I will say it again: rejoice! 5Let everyone see how reasonable and gentle you are. The Lord is near! 6 Don’t worry about anything; on the contrary, make your requests known to God by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving. 7 Then God’s shalom, passing understanding, will keep your hearts and minds safe in union with the Messiah Yeshua.
—Is it hard to worship and praise God when things aren’t going so well with us? Is it difficult to sing a Psalm when you feel like you’re about to collapse and weep? Try it. Its no challenge to praise God when we get a raise or our children are obedient, when the bills are paid and our relationships are intact. When the trial and the error come in, the pain and challenge…this is the way we can administer the kind of love and praise God seeks. Praise Him in the midst of chaos, sing to Him in the moments you are most weak…see the Lord glorified even in your angst and observe Him transform it into yet another avenue of faithful service.
I John 5;14 This is the confidence we have in his presence: if we ask anything that accords with his will, he will hear us. 15 And if we know that he hears us- whatever we ask- then we know that we have what we have asked from him.
James 4;1 What is causing all the quarrels and fights among you? Isn’t it your desires battling inside you? 2 You desire things and don’t have them. You kill, and you are jealous, and you still can’t get them. So you fight and quarrel. The reason you don’t have is that you don’t pray! 3 Or you pray and don’t receive, because you pray with the wrong motive, that of wanting to indulge your own desires.
–Prayers are never unheard, nor do they go unanswered. If you think that they have been unanswered consider what you have asked for. Would what I have prayed for align with the nature of God and His given design for my life? Did I ask in delight, in sincerity, with humility and awe? Did I inquire with the right motives or was it a selfish outcome I sought? Did I ask in the Name of Yeshua?
The Lord has His reasons, He has a design much grander than we could ever imagine. If what we are praying for is not coming about, we have to consider we are praying for the wrong thing. [Isaiah 55;8 For My thoughts are not your thoughts and your ways are not My ways-the word of HASHEM. 9 As high as the heavens over the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.]
Luke 6;28 “Love your enemies! Do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.
–Ratsats (raw-tsats) to crack in pieces; break; bruise; crush; oppress; struggle together; DISCOURAGE.
–The Isaiah text speaks of the kind of Love that surpasses our understanding. This is the love of our Father who caused himself, his flesh, his son, Yeshua to die on our behalf. This is the kind of love Yeshua calls for us to pray for, the kind that is beyond our reasoning. To do good even when you could ‘justly’ react badly in a bad situation. To pray for and bless those who have totally cracked a relationship, broken your heart or continually discouraged you. At the end of the text which beautifully describes our Savior who will not raise his voice or discourage any seeker, who will remain resilient even bearing each and every one of our burdens (which he freely offers to take from us…Psalm 55;23 Cast upon HASHEM your burden and He will sustain you; He will never allow the faltering of the righteous), at the end is His justice and a worldwide longing for its source…the teaching, the Torah of the Lord.
Isaiah 42;1 Behold My servant, whom I shall uphold; My chosen one, whom My soul desired; I have placed My spirit upon him so he can bring forth justice to the nations. 2 He will not shout nor raise his voice, nor make his voice heard in the street. 3 He will not break (RATSATS) [even] a bruised reed nor extinguish even flickering flax; but he will administer justice in truth. 4 He will not slacken nor tire (RATSATS) until he sets justice in the land and islands will long for his teaching (TOWRAH).
–Ahab-to have affection for (physically or otherwise).
Tsayid (tsah-yid)- the chase; game (thus taken); trapping; hunting.
Tam (tawm)- complete; pious; gentle; dear; upright; perfect.
La’at (law-at)- to swallow greedily; feed.
Makar (maw-kar)- to sell, literally (as merchandise, a daughter in marriage, into slavery; to surrender.
Bazah (baw-zaw)- to disesteem; despise; disdain; contemn; scorn.
–What is it that causes a parent to favor one child over the other? If there is such favoritism does that mean there is a complete lack of love for one or the other? What benefits can this kind of love have, if any? What consequences can it have? Isaac loved (AHAB) Esau more, why? Surely he was strong and energetic, he was good at providing and boisterous. The Hebrew text sheds light on the fact that although he was a skilled hunter of game, he was also shrewd at trapping human beings as well. Namely, his father Isaac. The midrashim (sages commentaries) on this subject teach that Esau would feign a deep love and devotion, a deep interest in Torah (the teaching of his father handed down from Abraham, the source being the Lord Yeshua in the Garden as he taught Adam). How then could a man who was so connected with God and His designs for a moral life become trapped by a son we read is as wicked as they come. He married multiple idolatrous women, he was capable of if not practiced in murder, he was a liar, he spoke irreverently and disrespectfully to his father (surely even more so to his mother who was convinced he was beyond ‘saving’), and he loathed the covenant of the Lord. He spurned his rights to being a part of the priesthood, and his position in being the carrier of the torch for HASHEM’s light to the world. So was it right that Isaac loved him, or had his eye’s been truly dimmed to the deceit of his son? Was it unfair that Rachel love Jacob and aided the deception of her husband on behalf of the family legacy, in the Name of God?
Genesis 25;27 The lads grew up and Esau became one who knows hunting (TSAYID), a man of the field; but Jacob was a wholesome (TAM) man, abiding in tents. 28 Isaac loved Esau for game was in his mouth; but Rebecca loved (AHAB) Jacob.
Genesis 25;29 Jacob simmered a stew, and Esau came in from the field, and he was exhausted. 30 Esau said to Jacob, “Pour into me (LA’AT), now, some of that very red stuff for I am exhausted.” ( He therefore called his name Edom.) 31 Jacob said, “Sell (MAKAR), as this day, your birthright to me.” 32 Esau said, “Look, I am going to die, so of what use to me is a birthright?” 33 Jacob said, “Swear to me as this day”; he swore to him and sold (MAKAR) his birthright to Jacob. 34 Jacob gave Esau bread and lentil stew, and he ate and drank, got up and left; thus, Esau spurned (BAZAH) the birthright.
— The same word, AHAB, translated as LOVE, in the Hebrew is used many different ways in Scripture. How can the same word be used in so many different places for so many varied contexts? Here we read that Isaac asks Esau to bring him foods that he loves before the blessing will be bestowed upon him. We know a meal is a key element in scripture when making covenant, but aside from that why plural foods, and why do they have to be that which he loved. It makes me wonder, did Esau often tend to his fathers meals so that he knew just what to bring him? Why is it that AFTER we have eaten and are satisfied we are asked to remember God and to bless Him? [Deuteronomy 8;11 Take care lest you forget HASHEM, by not observing His commandments, His ordinances, and His decrees, which I command you today, 12 lest you eat and be satisfied, and you build good houses and settle…14 and your heart become haughty and you will forget, HASHEM, your God…] This physical love of the food, the desire for its taste, the heightening of our senses from delicious aroma’s can be a metaphor for our walk. We must keep it balanced and healthy, we should strive to follow God’s recipe as given in His eternal word, never forget to season it with all the good fruit and spices the Lord has given us as we learn to be doers and not just readers, or hearers….lest it become bland and tasteless. It is that when we are full of the word in the spirit, our souls become sated and we are able to in turn give more and more blessing in our daily lives.
Genesis 27;1 And it came to pass, when Isaac had become old, and his eyes dimmed from seeing, that he summoned Esau, his older son , and said to him, “My son.” And he said to him, “Here I am.” 2 And he said, “See, now, I have aged; I know not the day of my death. 3 Now sharpen, if you please, your gear- your sword and your bow- and go out to the field and hunt game for me. 4 Then make me delicacies such as I love (AHAB) and bring it to me and I will eat, so that my soul may bless you before I die.”
–Can love be transcendental? When someone we love is in danger, each moment that passes can seem like eternity. When someone we are separated from a loved one, even if cities away it can seem worlds apart. Jacob’s love for Rachel has eyes that see years of hard labor in a strange land as mere days. The years he was assigned to serve for her hand were just the beginning of a long journey in a path marked with trials, just as he was hidden in the garments of goat skin to hide his identity from his father whose eyes were dim, he was given Leah, clothed in the bridal garments…his own eyes dulled from wine and he was deceived by Laban (Gen. 29;22-27).
Genesis 29;16 Laban had two daughters. The name of the older was Leah and the name of the younger one was Rachel. 17 Leah’s eyes were tender, while Rachel was beautiful of form and beautiful of appearance. 18 Jacob loved Rachel, so he said, “I will work for you seven years, for Rachel your younger daughter.” 19 Laban said, “It is better that I give her to you then that I give her to another man; remain with me.” 20 So Jacob worked seven years for Rachel and they seemed to him a few days because of his love (AHAB) for her.
–Sane (saw-nay)- to hate (personally); enemy, foe, odious.
There are reasons the Lord designed for marriage to be between one man and one woman (I Corinthians 6;15-7;17), it eliminates the elements of jealousy and competition in the marriage with multiple wives and saves the parties involved a lot of heartache. Although Leah is the wife who ends up at Jacobs side, laid to rest in the cave at Machpelah, and is the womb from which the line of Judah comes (progeny, the line of the Messiah Yeshua), the Hebrew text explains that she was more than just unloved, or un-preferable…she was actually hated. Hated by whom? Rachel, Jacob, or herself for having been party to such a breach of covenant? God saw her plight and had mercy on her, he opened her womb and so begins the bibles own “battle of the bulge”, with the wives both employing prayer. It was Jacob who reminded Rachel that she should be entreating the Lord with prayer for her requests ( Genesis 30;1 Rachel saw that she had not borne children to Jacob, so Rachel became envious of her sister; she said to Jacob, “Give me children- otherwise I am dead.” 2 Jacob’s anger flared up at Rachel, and he said, “Am I instead of God Who has withheld from you the fruit of the womb?’ Who prayed correctly? Who was answered? We could say both did, both were. What we see is a competition for the love of their husband and in this case the weight of his love was thought to be determined by which wife bore him children, or more children. Imagine the competition raging as the kids grow up, only this time its whose children are better. Sadly for Leah, her ability to bear did not change her status with her husband. Sadly for Rachel she would die on the playing field, so to speak, just after giving birth to Benjamin. Sadly for Jacob, he continues this cycle of favoritism in his relationship with Joseph and it plagues his family.
Genesis 29;31 HASHEM saw that Leah was unloved (SANE), so He opened her womb; but Rachel remained barren. 32 Leah conceived and bore a son, and she called his name Reuben, as she declared, “Because HASHEM has discerned my humiliation, for now my husband will love (AHAB) me.”
–“Love enters through the eyes”, I am not sure who said it, but you have most likely heard it. These days it is much truer than in the period of our scriptures where marriages were arranged. Marriages were arranged according to profitability, security, family compatibility, family name, etc. and yes, the woman or girl did have a say in arranged ‘Jewish’ marriages. Today the idea that love can grow from fidelity, responsibility, and duty seems archaic and entirely unromantic. The world is adrift, floating on preferences and profiles…image and status are far more important than moral compatibility. A relationship or marriage where there is no solidarity regarding faith in God, is not going to blossom in fruit and blessing. If there is no alliance as to whom this household revolves around and lives before…the house will crumble. Here we see the instance of Dinah, leaving the safety of her home to go get a glimpse of how the pagan girls lived and she was stunned into the reality which swept her from her curiosity into a bed of defilement. She was raped by a spoiled pagan prince, accustomed to getting his way. The text tells us he loved her. What kind of love is this? He saw her, wanted her, longed for her and took her by force. Then having become obsessed with her, he couldn’t be without her. His physical desire for her made way for the agreement (which would have been considered outrageous to the pagan man under normal circumstances) to circumcise himself and all the men of his place, and eventually his physical defilement of her led to the loss of his and many other lives at the hand of disgraced brothers seeking justice.
Genesis 34;1 Now Dinah- the daughter of Leah, whom she had borne to Jacob- went out to look over the daughters of the land. 2 Shechem, son of Hamor the Hivvite, the prince of the region, saw her; he took her, lay with her, and violated her. 3 He became deeply attached to Dinah, the daughter of Jacob; he loved (AHAB) the maiden and appealed to the maiden’s emotions.
—We will see further that often in the AHAB (Love) scriptures the word SANE (hate) appears. Why is this? Why should it be that from an abundance of love between two parties, hate can formulate within a third party. In this case it is the abundant love of Jacob for Joseph that caused at least nine brothers to hate him. What lesson can we learn here? If we are favoring one child over another, one household over another for whatever reason, this can cause strife between us and them and even worse between the ‘kids’, favoritism can be detrimental to sibling relationships. What about God? Didn’t He favor Abel? And is it fair that He chose Israel aside from all the other nations? Gods choice to take up Abel’s offering was due to the fact that he gave of the very best of his flock. With all of His heart. Aside from the all important understanding that it is God’s sovereign right and authority to do as He wills, God’s choice of Israel among the nations was a knowledge that they would through blood and fire, over the test of time remain the witnesses who, despite failures, keep the flame and light of the Lord to the world lit…they would furnish it with endurance and uphold it with all their strength. The answer then? A perfect balance of seasoning to make the taste memorable and lasting, we have to adapt to the needs and capabilities of each child reasonably and be aware of where we might be neglecting a need. How to discern? Prayer. Making God’s thoughts higher than our own and going into His word for the guided and asking for the presence of the Lord, the wisdom and guidance of the Spirit in all our decision making, and disciplining with prayer.
Genesis 37;3 Now Israel loved (AHAB) Joseph more than all his sons since he was a child of his old age and he made him a fine woolen tunic. 4 His brothers saw that it was he whom their father loved (AHAB) most of all his brothers so they hated (SANE) him; and they could not speak to him peaceably.
–How do you love someone? How do we love God? Mutual love and respect is the understanding of each parties expectations, it is the attachment of one to the desires of the other and the intentional striving to fill up these expectations and desires. Love means catering to the preferences of one another to make life happier and more enjoyable…in unity. It is the same with our Savior, He gave us clear commands that we are expected to apply to our lives wherever possible and to do so with love. A love of the commandments is a love of the heart of the King, His design is to become that which we hunger for. He promises He will show love to those who observe and walk in His ways. The Torah is the recipe of our King, if we follow it and put our heart into the presentation and execution the taste will be so much better.
Exodus 20; 1 God spoke all these statements, saying: 2 I am HASHEM, you God, Who has taken you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of slavery. 3 You shall not recognize the gods of others in My presence. 4 You shall not make yourself a carved image nor any likeness of that which is in the heavens above or on the earth below or the water beneath the earth. 5 You shall not prostrate yourself to them nor worship them, for I am HASHEM, your God- a jealous God, Who visits the sin of fathers upon the children to the third generations, for My enemies; 6 but who shows kindness for thousands [of generations] to those who love (AHAB) Me and observe My commandments.
–If we have truly died to our flesh, to our former selves, we are slaves to God, to Yeshua (Romans 6;22 However, now, freed from sin and enslaved to God, you do get the benefit- it consists of being made holy, set apart for God, and its end result is eternal life.) God wants for us all to have free will, to be able to choose to produce and work with our own hands to provide for our families. The Jewish bondsman is one who got into debt and was hired out to work off his debt. In the Ancient Near East no other slaves or bondsmen were treated in the way that the Torah mandates. The master was to provide food, clothing and shelter for the bondsman; he was not to mistreat or abuse him, and if he had children or took a wife while in his masters care the master was to provide for them as well. In the seventh year the slave and bondsman is to go free. This AHAB, love, that the Jewish bondsman has for his master is not affection for him, it is an attachment to the security he has with his master. He figures he would have to work very hard to have it as good as he does with his master and thus opts for the awl at the doorpost, it is a lazy way out, he rejects the freedom that the Torah allows. Our love toward our master can not be like this. We can love the security we have in the grace, mercy and favor we have found in the Lord by Yeshua the Messiah but we are expected to produce. We are expected to use all the talents and tools the Lord has given us to be productive members of the human race and within our homes and communities. There is rest in the Lord, and then there is just banking on grace without doing any walking. Freedom in the Lord, this is what He wants for us, the freedom to make the decision to put in the work for the Kingdom. Spreading the Good News and living His commands, with love that expects nothing in return, being obedient simply to please God, because we know our place as His faithful slave.
Exodus 21;2 If you buy a Jewish bondsman, he shall work for six years; and in the seventh he shall go free, for no charge. 5But if the bondsman shall say, “I love (AHAB) my master, my wife, and my children- I shall not go free”; 6 then his master shall bring him to the court and shall bring him to the door or to the doorpost, and his master shall bore through his ear with the awl, and he shall serve him forever.
–Brethren (fellow believers = family members) are to love one another, reproving one another, improving one another, holding one another accountable with patience and tenderness. There will be trial and struggle among believers but we are to pray for each other, not gossiping or holding grudges. We are to fill a need when there is a need, not waiting till our accounts are comfortable to make one big payment on some treasure in heaven.
Leviticus 19;16 You shall not be a gossipmonger among your people, you shall not stand aside while your fellow’s blood is shed- I am HASHEM. 17 You shall not hate (SANE) your brother in your heart; you shall reprove your fellow and do not bear a grudge against the members of your people; you shall love (AHAB) your fellow as yourself- I am HASHEM.
–God expects us to show love and consider the proselyte (‘new’ convert or ‘new’ believer or one who is attaching themselves to the covenant people and who commit to strive to keep the commands of the Covenant Maker.) as the native. Consider that. Loving someone who may not know as much as you or whom may not have been walking in the light of ‘wanting to know’ the One God as long as you….considering that persons thoughts and opinions as valid as your own. Not harming or discouraging or somehow belittling said person. What about our children? There is a storehouse of treasure in the thoughts and questions of our children, much purer and closer to the source than we are…it’d be a shame to ever discredit or diminish any delight they have in learning about God and His word just to make a point or correction (corrections and points should always be made through scripture and in prayer.)
Leviticus 19;33 When a proselyte dwells among you in your land, do not taunt him. 34 The proselyte who dwells with you shall be like a native among you, and you shall love (AHAB) him like yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt- I am HASHEM, your God.
Deuteronomy 10; 17 For HASHEM, your God- He is the God of the powers of the Lord of the lords, the great, mighty, and awesome God, Who does not show favor and Who does not accept a bribe. 18 He carries out the judgment of the orphan and the widow, and loves (AHAB) the proselyte to give him bread and garment. 19 You shall love (AHAB) the proselyte for you were strangers in the land of Egypt. 20 HASHEM, your God, shall you fear, Him shall you serve, to Him shall you cleave, and in His Name shall you swear. 21 He is your praise and He is your God, Who did for you these great and awesome things that your eyes saw.
–Love of the Forefathers. If there was ever a doubt as to why the Lord remained faithful and still remains faithful to His covenant people and those who are grafted into it…we need only look to His own words. He loved the forefathers and for the reason of this AHAB and His honor of their covenants, born from grace expressed in trust and faith mutual love…He kept His word to make them and their offspring great, to give them the Land of promise and to bind them to Him as a people forever.
Deuteronomy 10;12 Now, O Israel, what does HASHEM, your God ask of you? Only to fear HASHEM, your God, to go in all His ways and to love (AHAB) Him, and to serve HASHEM, your God, with all your heart and will all your soul, 13 to observe to commandments of HASHEM and His decrees, which I command you today, for your benefit. 14 Behold! To HASHEM, your God, are the heaven and highest heaven, the earth and everything that is in it. 15 Only your forefathers did HASHEM cherish (CHASHAQ) to love (AHAB) them, and He chose their offspring after them- you- from among all the peoples, as this day. 16 You shall cut away the barrier of your heart and no longer stiffen your neck.
–Chashaq (khaw-shak)- to cling; join; to love; delight in; desire; long; DELIVER.
The Lord not only Loves the forefathers and their offspring (the Jewish people, and Israel- all those grafted in, the remnant) but He chose them to CHERISH, and He did deliver them…as He will deliver all who remain faithful to the covenant in Yeshua. He will reveal himself to them in the appointed time, and just like the rest of the world they have the choice to accept him and love him or not. [ Romans 2;9 Yes, he will pay back misery and anguish to every human being who does evil, to the Jew first, then to the Gentile; 19 but glory and honor and shalom to everyone who keeps doing what is good, to the Jew first, then to the Gentile. 11 For God does not show favoritism. 12 All who have sinned outside the framework of Torah will die outside the framework of Torah; and all who have sinned inside the framework of Torah with be judged by Torah. 12 For it is not merely hearers of Torah whom God considers righteous; rather, it is the doers of what Torah says who will be made righteous in God’s sight.]
Deuteronomy 4;36 From heaven He caused you to hear His voice in order to teach you, and on earth He showed you His great fire, and you heard His words from the midst of the fire, 37 because He loved (AHAB) your forefathers, and He chose his offspring after him, and took you out before Himself with great strength from Egypt;…
Deuteronomy 7;6 For you are a holy people to HASHEM, your God; HASHEM, your God, has chosen you to be for Him a treasured people above all the peoples that are on the face of the earth. 7 Not because you are more numerous than all the peoples did HASHEM desire you and choose you, for you are the fewest of all the peoples. 8 Rather, because of HASHEM’s love (AHAB) for you and because He observes the oath that He swore to your forefathers did He take you out with a strong hand and redeem you from the house of slavery, from the hand of Pharaoh, king of Egypt.
Deuteronomy 7;9 You must know that HASHEM, your God- He is the God, the faithful God, Who safeguards the covenant and kindness for those who love (AHAB) Him and for those who observe His commandments, for a thousand generations.
–Where does love come from? Only real love comes from God. If you are having trouble forgiving, honoring, or loving someone….pray for this AHAB. Not the physical kind, not the temporary kind, not the kind that causes us to loose self control or to become forgetful of what really matters…not that kind that in its contrast creates a sort or resentment, jealousy or even hatred, ask for the love God holds out for us to use in all aspects of our life…ask for it in prayer, ask for the ability to wield it…by the power of the Holy Spirit in the Name of the messiah Yeshua. Ask for it with intention and selfless motivation. [I John 3;1 See what love the Father has lavished on us in letting us be called God’s children! For that is what we are. The reason the world does not know us is that it has not known him. 2 Dear friends, we are God’s children now; and it has not yet been made clear what we will become. We do know that when he appears, we will be like him; because we will see him as he really is. 3 And everyone who has this hope in him continues purifying himself, since God is pure. 4 Everyone who keeps sinning is violating Torah- indeed, sin is violation of Torah. ]
-Pleroo (Play-roo)- to make replete; to furnish; to level up; satisfy; verify; EXECUTE (in doing).
Anakephalaiomai (ana-kefa-lah-ee-omah-ee)- briefly comprehend; gather together into one.
Pleroma (play-ro-mah)-repletion; completion; what fills; supplement; put in to fill up; full.
Romans 13;7 Pay everyone what he is owed; if you owe the tax-collector, pay your taxes; if you owe the revenue-collector, pay revenue; if you owe someone respect, pay him respect; if you owe someone honor, pay him honor. 8 Don’t owe anyone anything-except to love one another; for whoever loves his fellow human being has fulfilled (PLEROO) Torah. 9 For the commandments, “Don’t commit adultery,” “Don’t murder,” “Don’t steal,” “Don’t covet,” and any others are summed up (ANAKEPHALAIOMAI) in this one rule: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” 10 Love does not do harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fullness (PLEROMA) of the Torah.
–The fullness of the Torah is love. The way the Torah comes to life, the way that we become attached to the commandments of our King, the way that it becomes inscribed onto our hearts is when we fall in love with it. When we begin to cherish it as the heart of the King. The love that furnishes the Torah is in the command to love your neighbor as yourself. This command verifies the other commands of the Torah, for once we are capable of this sort of thought, to pray for and forgive and connect with and aide and serve our neighbor as we would our self…we can keep the rest of the commandments and avoid breaking the others because it wont even be a possibility. Does Paul tell us that having love makes the rest of the keeping of the Torah completed? Done away with? Finished? If you were eating a delicious dish that you absolutely love, and you recognized a certain spice that was used, a spice which you knew really completed that dish, that really fulfilled the orchestra of tastes and aroma’s. In saying “that spice fulfilled the entire dish”, does that by any means the spice replaced the dish? Did away with the dish?
Or, would you be attempting to express that the spice made the dish full, and rich…more delicious?
Love of the Torah is what makes it full, rich and more wondrous.
It is this love of the Torah that Yeshua came to express. This is what he came to make us understand.
The only right way to follow, keep and cherish the Torah, with the Love as expressed by and through the Messiah Yeshua.
Matthew 5;17 “Don’t think that I have come to abolish the Torah or the Prophets. I have not come to abolish but to fulfill (pleroo).”
Baruch Attah 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 Gracious Giver of the Torah
Father again at Your feet, I am humbled.
I could never scratch the surface of this lofty topic in all my days,
but I thank You so much for the wonder in Your word.
Truly, I love Your word….
I love it because it is the flesh of my Savior and the shadow of Your kingdom.
I love it because it is a glimpse into Your precious heart…
I can never deign to fathom the extent of Your love, my king…
I only know You paid the highest price for my flesh and I pray
for Your presence, for Your Spirit, I ask for the ability to love my fellow with the kind of love You have shown us….
please open the hearts of Your people soon to know that we must be in prayer for each other and for that love. I ask these things in the Name of Messiah Yeshua. Amein.
May You be honored and glorified.