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Devarim; Highlights from The Words- The Voice From Amidst the Fire 

Psalm 104;1 Bless the Lord, O my soul! O Lord my God, You are very great; You are clothed with splendor and majesty, Covering Yourself with light as with a cloak, Stretching out heaven like a tent curtain.
He lays the beams of His upper chambers in the waters; He makes the clouds His chariot; He walks upon the wings of the wind; He makes the winds His messengers, flaming fire His ministers.

Devarim- the Words, the book of Deuteronomy is a sort of “summary” of the previous four books of the Torah. This book is Moshe’s recap of all that came before. It is the synopsis of the accounts from creation to the of the children of Israel and the Exodus to their wilderness wanderings. As Moshe reaches the end of his life this is his last attempt, his last plea with his people and these words are treasure. As the Bible ends in Revelation with the Song of Moshe and the Song of the Lamb, the Torah concludes with these accounts and exhortations and that actual song of Moshe. This highlight from this week’s Torah portion entitled Vaetchanan from Chanan (Khaw-nan)- to bend or stoop in kindness; to favor, bestow; causitively to implore (i.e. move to favor by petition), is in respect to a theme I found radiant! We began this section (Deuteronomy 3;23-7;11) with Moshe petitioning the Lord to allow him to enter the Land of Canaan. I believe there is another series of occasions of petition in this portion. I believe this petition involves Moshe and his people. There is a point he is driving home and I’d like to attempt to investigate it in part here. By the power of the Holy Spirit,according to the will of HaShem and in the Name of Yeshua HaMashiac (Jesus the Anointed), for glory, honor and praise to the Fiery King of Kings!

I John 3; 3 See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God; and we are. For this reason the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is. And everyone who has this hope on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure. Everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness; and sin is lawlessness. You know that He appeared in order to take away sins; and in Him there is no sin.

Hebrew Words from the Texts Studied:

H8085 shama` shaw-mah’ – a primitive root; to hear intelligently (often with implication of attention, obedience, etc.; causatively, to tell, etc.).

H8544 tmuwnah -tem-oo-naw’ or tmunah {tem-oo-naw’}; from H4327; something portioned (i.e. fashioned) out, as a shape, i.e. (indefinitely) phantom, or (specifically) embodiment, or (figuratively) manifestation (of favor). KJV: image, likeness, similitude.

H8403 tabniyth tab-neeth’ – from H1129; structure; by implication, a model, resemblance. KJV: figure, form, likeness, pattern, similitude.

H784 ‘esh aysh- a primitive word; fire (literally or figuratively). KJV: burning, fiery, fire, flaming, hot.

H6963 qowl kole or qol {kole}; from an unused root meaning to call aloud; a voice or sound. KJV: + aloud, bleating, crackling, cry (+ out), fame, lightness, lowing, noise, + hold peace, (pro-)claim, proclamation, + sing, sound, + spark, thunder(-ing), voice, + yell.

H1696 dabar daw-bar’ -a primitive root; perhaps properly, to arrange; but used figuratively (of words), to speak; rarely (in a destructive sense) to subdue. KJV: answer, appoint, bid, command, commune, declare, destroy, give, name, promise, pronounce, rehearse, say, speak, be spokesman, subdue, talk, teach, tell, think, use (entreaties), utter, X well, X work.

H8432 tavek taw’-vek- from an unused root meaning to sever; a bisection, i.e. (by implication) the centre.KJV: among(-st), X between, half, X (there- ,where-), in(-to), middle, mid(-night), midst (among), X out (of), X through, X with(-in).

H1197 ba`ar baw-ar’- a primitive root; to kindle, i.e. consume (by fire or by eating); also (as denominative from H1198) to be(-come) brutish. KJV: be brutish, bring (put, take) away, burn, (cause to) eat (up), feed, heat, kindle, set ((on fire)), waste.

H1419 gadowl gaw-dole’- or (shortened) gadol {gaw-dole’}; from H1431; great (in any sense); hence, older; also insolent. KJV: + aloud, elder(-est), + exceeding(-ly), + far, (man of) great (man, matter, thing,-er,-ness), high, long, loud, mighty, more, much, noble, proud thing, X sore, (X ) very.

H6383 pil’iy pil-ee’- or paliy  {paw-lee’}; from H6381; remarkable. KJV: secret, wonderful.

H3851 lahab lah’-hab from an usused root meaning to gleam; a flash; figuratively, a sharply polished blade or point of a weapon. KJV: blade, bright, flame, glittering.

H3827 labbah lab-baw’ -for H3852; flame. KJV: flame.

H2224 zarach zaw-rakh’- a primitive root; properly, to irradiate (or shoot forth beams), i.e. to rise (as the sun);specifically, to appear (as a symptom of leprosy).

H3313 yapha` yaw-fah’ a primitive root; to shine.
KJV: be light, shew self, (cause to) shine (forth).

H799 ‘eshdath esh-dawth’ – from H784 and H1881; a fire-law.
KJV: fiery law.

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Experiencing The Voice from Amidst the Fire:

Deuteronomy 4; 11 You came near and stood at the foot of the mountain, and the mountain burned with fire to the very heart of the heavens: darkness, cloud and thick gloom. 12 Then the Lord(YHVH) spoke to you from the midst of the fire (ESH); you heard (SHAMA) the sound of words, but you saw no form (tmuwnah )—only a voice (qowl). 13 So He declared to you His covenant which He commanded you to perform, that is, the Ten Commandments; and He wrote them on two tablets of stone. 14 The Lord commanded me at that time to teach you statutes and judgments, that you might perform them in the land where you are going over to possess it. 15 “So watch yourselves carefully, since you did not see any form on the day the Lord spoke (dabar )to you at Horeb from the midst (tavek) of the fire (ESH), 16 so that you do not act corruptly and make a graven image for yourselves in the form of any figure….

32 “Indeed, ask now concerning the former days which were before you, since the day that God created man on the earth, and inquire from one end of the heavens to the other.Has anything been done like this great thing, or has anything been heard like it? 33 Has any people heard the voice of God speaking (dabar )from the midst (tavek) of the fire (ESH), as you have heard (SHAMA)  it, and survived? 34 Or has a god tried to go to take for himself a nation from within another nation by trials, by signs and wonders and by war and by a mighty hand and by an outstretched arm and by great terrors, as the Lord your God did for you in Egypt before your eyes? 35 To you it was shown that you might know that the Lord, He is God;there is no other besides Him. 36 Out of the heavens He let you hear (SHAMA) His voice to discipline you; and on earth He let you see His great (gadowl) fire (ESH), and you heard (SHAMA) His words from the midst (tavek) of the fire (ESH). 37 Because He loved your fathers, therefore He chose their descendants after them.

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–There were several instances where Moshe invokes the imagery of the voice of the Lord which came forth from the midst of the fire. By the end of the portion one is left with the sense of awe that Moshe was attempting to portray for the people. Much of the generation which now stood before him were not firsthand witnesses to the event of the giving of the Torah at Sinai however Moshe makes it clear these people (as are we) are to consider it as if they had been there on that day. They are witnesses, and this witness is to continue through to the latter or final days, by teaching and repeating these commandments, ordinances and statues to their children for posterity [See Deuteronomy 4;4 “But you who held fast to the Lord your God, are ALL ALIVE TODAY, every one of you.”/5;3 “The Lord did not make this covenant with our fathers, but WITH US, with all those of US ALIVE here TODAY/6;24 “So the Lord our God commanded US to observe ALL these statutes, to fear the Lord our God ALWAYS and for our SURVIVAL, as it is TODAY.]

Deuteronomy 5; 1 “Hear (SHAMA), O Israel, the statutes and the ordinances which I am speaking today in your hearing, that you may learn them and observe them carefully. The Lord our God made a covenant with us at Horeb. The Lord did not make this covenant with our fathers, but with us, with all those of us alive here today. 4 The Lord spoke to you face to face at the mountain from the midst (tavek) of the fire (ESH), 5 I was standing between the Lord and you at that time, to declare to you the word of the Lord; for you were afraid because of the fire (ESH) and did not go up the mountain.

22 “These words the Lord (YHVH) spoke to all your assembly at the mountain from the midst (tavek) of the fire (ESH), of the cloud and of the thick gloom, with a great voice, and He added no more. He wrote them on two tablets of stone and gave them to me. 23 And when you heard (SHAMA) the voice (qowl) from the midst (tavek) of the darkness, while the mountain was burning (ba’ar) with fire (ESH), you came near to me, all the heads of your tribes and your elders. 24 You said, ‘Behold, the Lord our God has shown us His glory and His greatness, and we have heard (SHAMA) His voice (qowl) from the midst (tavek) of the fire (ESH) ; we have seen today that God speaks (dabar) with man, yet he lives. 25 Now then why should we die? For this great fire will consume us; if we hear the voice of the Lord our God any longer, then we will die.

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–From the center of the fire comes this voice of God. From the voice is the Word of God. Of the Word the people could hear. They heard with intelligence and the intention of obedience, Shama. But, the people were frightened and intimidated by the scope and scale of this experience. They asked Moshe to proceed communicating with the thunder and lightning, the Almighty Voice, qowl. There is a sense that the sheer magnitude of this experience, the utter profusion of Sanctity and holiness was, and is overwhelming to mortal beings, groaning within our flesh…the sentiment of Isaiah below is an example of this impression: Coming this close to the Glory of God is like coming close to the most brilliant fire. Sin in this presence, which man is wrought with, should mean death.

Isaiah 6

Isaiah 6;1  In the year of King Uzziah’s death I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, lofty and exalted, with the train of His robe filling the temple. Seraphim stood above Him, each having six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one called out to another and said, “Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord of hosts, The whole earth is full of His glory.” And the foundations of the thresholds trembled at the voice of him who called out, while the temple was filling with smoke. Then I said, “Woe is me, for I am ruined! Because I am a man of unclean lips, And I live among a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts.” Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a burning coal in his hand, which he had taken from the altar with tongs. He touched my mouth and said, “Behold, this has touched your lips; and your iniquity is taken away and your sin is forgiven.”

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–Why does Isaiah despair before the Fire from the Altar cleansed his sin and iniquity? He pronounces his death because he says his “eyes have seen the King, Lord of Hosts.”  So too the people say, “We have heard the voice of the Lord, yet we have lived.” I can not help but think of the two phrases in our parashah (Torah Portion) which connect with a point in scripture where a “man” with the authority to change Jacob’s name wrestles with him and blesses him. In the Deuteronomy texts Moshe says in 4;33 Has a people ever heard the voice of God speaking from amidst the fire as you have heard, and survived? He says in 5;4 The Lord (YHVH) spoke to you face to face at the mountain from the midst of the fire,…” Who is speaking from the fire? Who did Jacob experience when he says nearly the same two phrases in Genesis 32; 30…seen God face to face and survived.” And then, the “sun” rises upon him.

Jacob and angel

Genesis 32; 24 Then Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him until daybreak. 25 When he saw that he had not prevailed against him, he touched the socket of his thigh; so the socket of Jacob’s thigh was dislocated while he wrestled with him. 26 Then he said, “Let me go, for the dawn is breaking.” But he said, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.” 27 So he said to him, “What is your name?” And he said, “Jacob.” 28 He said, “Your name shall no longer be Jacob, but Israel; for you have striven with God and with men and have prevailed.” 29 Then Jacob asked him and said, “Please tell me your name.” But he said, “Why is it that you ask my name?” And he blessed him there. 30 So Jacob named the place Peniel, for he said, “I have seen God face to face, yet my life has been preserved. 31 Now the sun rose upon him just as he crossed over Penuel, and he was limping on his thigh.

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Judges 13; 15 Then Manoah said to the angel of the Lord, “Please let us detain you so that we may prepare a young goat for you.” 16 The angel of the Lord (YHVH) said to Manoah, “Though you detain me, I will not eat your food, but if you prepare a burnt offering, then offer it to the Lord.” For Manoah did not know that he was the angel of the Lord. 17 Manoah said to the angel of the Lord, “What is your name, so that when your words come to pass, we may honor you?” 18 But the angel of the Lord said to him, “Why do you ask my name, seeing it is wonderful (pil’iy )?” 19 So Manoah took the young goat with the grain offering and offered it on the rock to the Lord, and He performed wonders while Manoah and his wife looked on. 20 For it came about when the flame (lahab) went up from the altar toward heaven, that the angel of the Lord ascended in the flame (lahab) of the altar. When Manoah and his wife saw this, they fell on their faces to the ground.

-Who did Jacob interact with? Who did Manoah interact with? The “man” and “angel” both with unique authority to rename, bless, perform wonders…bring us back to this topic of Fire, Esh, as He ascends in the gleam from the altar!

H3851 lahab lah’-hab from an usused root meaning to gleam; a flash; figuratively, a sharply polished blade or point of a weapon. KJV: blade, bright, flame, glittering.

Burning Bush

Exodus 3; 2 The angel of the Lord appeared to him in a blazing (labbah) fire (ESH) from the midst(tavek) of a bush; and he looked, and behold, the bush was burning (ba’ar) with fire (ESH), yet the bush was not consumed. So Moses said, “I must turn aside now and see this marvelous (gadowl) sight, why the bush is not burned up.” When the Lord saw that he turned aside to look, God called to him from the midst of the bush and said, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.” Then He said, “Do not come near here; remove your sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.” He said also, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” Then Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God.

–Take a minute to pray and visualize that text above and read it again. The “angel” of the Lord appears to Moshe and speaks from amidst the bush which was burning with fire just as the mountain later would. Moshe see the “great fire” gadowl esh, just as the people later would. But who is this “angel”, this voice speaking…because in verse 6 we read that is was God who interacts with Moshe here…he is afraid to look at God. Just as the people would later be.

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Genesis 15; 17 It came about when the sun had set, that it was very dark, and behold, there appeared a smoking oven and a flaming torch which passed between these pieces.18 On that day the (YHVH) Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, “To your descendants I have given this land, From the river of Egypt as far as the great river, the river Euphrates:19 the Kenite and the Kenizzite and the Kadmonite 20 and the Hittite and the Perizzite and the Rephaim 21 and the Amorite and the Canaanite and the Girgashite and the Jebusite.” 

–So we have a torch of fire, smoking oven…(far too similar to the appearance of the smoke, furnace and fire on Mount Sinai at the giving of the Torah to ignore the connection) and it is the YHVH, the Lord making covenant with Abraham as the fire passes through the pieces. Next we’ll see that it is the Lord, YHVH, who goes before the people “in a pillar of fire and cloud”. What is this fire, what is this cloud? Or we might ask, who is it? Is it the Father- Yud Hey Vav Hey- YahWeh-YHVH? Is it Yeshua, the Living Word, the Word who became flesh and dwelt among us? Or is it simply some manifestation of a spiritual being, a dispatched messenger or angel? We should ask ourselves these questions while reviewing all these texts and all the Holy Spirit to reveal what God would like to illuminate.

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Exodus 13; 21 The Lord (YHVH) was going before them in a pillar of cloud by day to lead them on the way, and in a pillar of fire by night to give them light, that they might travel by day and by night. 22 He did not take away the pillar of cloud by day, nor the pillar of fire by night, from before the people.

–These texts say The angel of God, which angel? Could it be that same ‘angel’ in the fire of the bush? But like in the texts of the burning bush it switches once again, and it is the Lord, YHVH, looking through the cloud and confounding the enemies of Israel, while He stands guard between them.

Exodus 14; 19 The angel of God, who had been going before the camp of Israel, moved and went behind them; and the pillar of cloud moved from before them and stood behind them.20 So it came between the camp of Egypt and the camp of Israel; and there was the cloud along with the darkness, yet it gave light at night. Thus the one did not come near the other all night.

24 At the morning watch, the Lord (YHVH) looked down on the army of the Egyptians through the pillar of fire and cloud and brought the army of the Egyptians into confusion.

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Exodus 19;16 So it came about on the third day, when it was morning, that there were thunder and lightning flashes and a thick cloud upon the mountain and a very loud trumpet sound, so that all the people who were in the camp trembled. 17 And Moses brought the people out of the camp to meet God, and they stood at the foot of the mountain.18 Now Mount Sinai was all in smoke because the Lord (YHVH) descended upon it in fire; and its smoke ascended like the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mountain quaked violently. 19 When the sound of the trumpet grew louder and louder, Moses spoke and God answered him with thunder.

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–Here comes something amazing to me. Deuteronomy 33 speaks of the Lord, YHVH, coming from Sinai and dawning (remember as before, the sun rose over Jacob) on the sons of Israel, shining forth from their midst and what happens, but from His Right Hand comes a fire-law, then it repeats a fire, statute…for them. Interestingly in the English translations I looked at this fire law or Fiery Torah was not written, as you can see from the NASB translation it says there was ‘flashing lightning’. What a connection we could have missed! Also it is repeated which is a sure sign of “pay attention”.

Deuteronomy 33;1 Now this is the blessing with which Moses the man of God blessed the sons of Israel before his death. He said, “The Lord came from Sinai, And dawned on them from Seir; He shone forth (zarach) from Mount Paran, And He came from the midst of ten thousand holy ones; At His right hand there was flashing lightning (from his right hand a fire-law ‘eshdath אשדת  , a fire ‘esh  statute dath אשדת )  for them. “Indeed, He loves the people; All Your holy ones are in Your hand, And they followed in Your steps; receives of Your words. “Moses charged us with a law, A possession for the assembly of Jacob. “And He was king in Jeshurun, When the heads of the people were gathered, The tribes of Israel together.

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–We know that Yeshua, Jesus, is the Word of God. Yes, this includes the Torah. So if he was and is the living Word this means He too is the living Torah which dwelt among us, which dwells within us. I want to look at another instance of an interaction with fire.The Messiah himself pointed us back to the Torah text which related himself . There were serpents of fire and the people were dying, then God commanded Moshe to make a burning. The italicized word serpent in the text below is NOT in the Hebrew. What Moshe does is make an image, not for veneration or worship but as a symbol of facing their fears, facing their sin…the very thing which was beating them, biting and killing them. They were to look upon the raised up one and be healed.                                      (Interesting side note, the word for serpent in Numbers 21, as the people say: Remove the serpent from us! is the same word for serpent introduced in Genesis 3-  H5175 nachash naw-khawsh’ from H5172; a snake (from its hiss). Unlike the verses of Exodus where the term for the staff’s which changed in to snakes were eaten by Aaron’s staff- Exodus 7;12 H8577 tanniyn tan-neen’ or tanniym (Ezek. 29:3) {tan-neem’}; intensive from the same as H8565; a marine or land monster, i.e. sea-serpent or jackal.)

H8314 saraph saw-rawf’- from H8313; burning, i.e. (figuratively) poisonous (serpent); specifically, a saraph or symbolical creature (from their copper color). KJV: fiery (serpent), seraph.

Numbers 21; 6 The Lord sent fiery (saraph) serpents (nachash) among the people and they bit the people, so that many people of Israel died. So the people came to Moses and said, “We have sinned, because we have spoken against the Lord and you; intercede with the Lord, that He may remove the serpents from us.” And Moses interceded for the people. Then the Lord said to Moses, “Make a fiery (saraph) serpent, and set it on a standard; and it shall come about, that everyone who is bitten, when he looks at it, he will live.” And Moses made a bronze serpent (nachash) and set it on the standard; and it came about, that if a serpent (nachash) bit any man, when he looked to the bronze serpent (nachash), he lived.

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John 3; 11 Truly, truly, I say to you, we speak of what we know and testify of what we have seen, and you do not accept our testimony. 12 If I told you earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things? 13 No one has ascended into heaven, but He who descended from heaven: the Son of Man. 14 As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up; 15 so that whoever believes will in Him have eternal life.

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-If it has not become clear to you by now, I believe that Yeshua, in some form, some manifestation came in all these texts…with authority above other angelic beings, with wonders, with power, with fire and smoke and cloud and thunder and lightning. With the Word, with the Torah, from amidst the fire. Whenever we ‘see’ him there is some connection, some reminder of this fire.

Matthew 3; 11 “As for me, I baptize you with water for repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, and I am not fit to remove His sandals; He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. 12 His winnowing fork is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clear His threshing floor; and He will gather His wheat into the barn, but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”

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–Remember this II Peter text and how it references the Flood. Remember the sign of the Covenant post flood.  At that time, the earth was cleansed by water. In the times to come, with fire.

II Peter 3;1  Know this first of all, that in the last days mockers will come with their mocking,following after their own lusts, and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all continues just as it was from the beginning of creation.” For when they maintain this, it escapes their notice that by the word of God the heavens existed long ago and the earth was formed out of water and by water,through which the world at that time was destroyed, being flooded with water. But by His word the present heavens and earth are being reserved for fire, kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men. 8 But do not let this one fact escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day. The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up11 Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, 12 looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be destroyed by burning, and the elements will melt with intense heat! 13 But according to His promise we are looking for new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness dwells.

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–The text of Ezekiel’s vision was a gift from above this week as we studied the Torah portions and I asked myself, “Is it really as it seems?” Can this be Yeshua in all these places, is there really a connection here? Then we found the text below one I had read before but never seen…picture it:

Ezekiel 1; 26 Now above the expanse that was over their heads there was something resembling(mar’eh) a throne, like lapis lazuli in appearance (dmuwth; and on that which resembled (dmuwth) a throne, high up, was a figure (dmuwth ) with the appearance (mar’eh) of a man. 27 Then I noticed from the appearance of His loins and upward something like glowing metal that looked like fire (ESH) all around within it, and from the appearance of His loins and downward I saw something like fire (ESH); and there was a radiance (nogahh) around Him. 28 As the appearance of the rainbow in the clouds on a rainy day, so was the appearance of the surrounding radiance. Such was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord. And when I saw it, I fell on my face and heard a voice speaking.

H4758 mar’eh mar-eh’ -from H7200; a view (the act of seeing); also an appearance (the thing seen), whether (real) a shape (especially if handsome, comeliness; often plural the looks), or (mental) a vision.

H1823 dmuwth dem-ooth’-from H1819; resemblance; concretely, model, shape; adverbially, like. KJV: fashion, like (-ness, as), manner, similitude.

H5051 nogahh no’-gah- from H5050; brilliancy (literally or figuratively). KJV: bright(-ness), light, (clear) shining.

-And such was the appearance of the Glory of the Lord! The Lord! YHVH. But I thought God has no semblance of a body? Yeshua is His Image, the manifestation of God. This is a man on the throne, we will see him, his image…his shape, his form. He came in many forms but he is one with God. Yes I believe there is God the Father, but His connection to being of Yeshua….than we can fully explain. They are one.

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Colossians 1; 13 For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by Him all things were created, in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him. 17 He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. 18 He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything. 19 For it was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him, 20 and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven.

Hebrews 12; 18 For you have not come to that can be touched and to a blazing fire, and to darkness and gloom and whirlwind, 19 and to the blast of a trumpet and the sound of words which those who heard begged that no further word be spoken to them. 20 For they could not bear the command, “If even a beast touches the mountain, it will be stoned.” 21 And so terrible was the sight, Moses said, “I am full of fear and trembling.” 22 But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to myriads of angels, 23 to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the Judge of all, and to the spirits of righteous made perfect, 24 and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood, which speaks better than of Abel.25 See to it that you do not refuse Him who is speaking. For if those did not escape when they refused him who warned on earth, much less we who turn away from Him who warns from heaven. 26 And His voice shook the earth then, but now He has promised, saying, “Yet once more I will shake not only the earth, but also the heaven.” 27 This, “Yet once more,” denotes the removing of those things which can be shaken, as of created things, so that those things which cannot be shaken may remain.28 Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe; 29 for our God is a consuming fire.

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– We should experience the word as if we were firsthand witnesses. We should testify that we have felt the warmth of the fire, smelled the smoke on the mountain and trembled in the wake of the thunder. The voice which speaks from amidst the fire is speaking to us. Are we listening? What is He saying?

Deuteronomy 4; 6 You shall safeguard and perform them, for it is your wisdom and discernment in the eyes of the peoples, who shall hear all these decrees and who shall say, “Surely a wise and discerning people is this great nation!” 7 For which is a great nation that has a God Who is close to it, as is HASHEM, our God, whenever we call Him? 8 And which is a great nation that has RIGHTEOUS decrees and ordinances such as this ENTIRE TORAH that I place before you this day? 9 Only beware for yourself and greatly beware for your soul lest you forget the things that your eyes have beheld, lest you remove them from your HEART all the days of your life, and make them known to your children and your children’s children- 10 the day that you stood before HASHEM, your God, at Horeb, when HASHEM said to me, “Gather the people to Me and I shall let them hear MY WORDS, so that they shall learn to fear Me ALL THE DAYS that they live on the earth, and they shall TEACH their children. ”

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Baruch attah ADONAI Eloheinu Melech HaOlam, Blessed are You Lord our God Creator and King of the universe.  You have blessed us with Your Torah of Truth, You have blessed us with the entire counsel of Your living word. You alone have planted among us life eternal. Blessed are You! Lord our God…B’Shem Yeshua HaMashiac, in the Name of Yeshua the Messiah, amein.

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