Saturday, October 6, 2018

Torah Portion Resources - B'REISHEET - In The Beginning

TORAH : GENESIS 1:1-6:8| PROPHETS : ISAIAH 42:5-43:10| GOSPEL : JOHN 1:1-17

To read or listen online

For a free Torah Portion chart

The Messiah in Genesis 5

The Creation Prophesy

Additional Related Resources

Parashah Points: B’reisheet – Life or Death - 119 Ministries

Enoch: Instructions for believers living at the END (2018) Part 1

Saturday, January 6, 2018

A Closer Look - Isaiah 28:10

This weeks torah portion includes an often quoted verse from Isaiah 28.

Isaiah 28:10 KJV
For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:

Isaiah 28:13 KJV
But the word of the LORD was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken.

There is some debate about what this might mean.  Some say that the word is mocking Isaiah. Some say that each law was built on another law. Some say we must repeat the laws until they are ingrained in our hearts.

But I see it quite differently.

Let us look at the hebrew words used in this verse.
Tsav = Precept, Commandment, Law
Qav = Line, Rule
Ze'eyr = Little, root = Dwindling, Taking away, Loss

So the hebrew text says only =
tsav tsav tsav tsav qav qav qav qav ze'eyr ze'eyr

law law law law rule rule rule rule loss loss

Isaiah 28:13 then gives us these same words within more context.

What does it look like if we put JUST a direct translation into this statement?

"But the word of YHWH was to them, "law law law law rule rule rule rule loss loss" that they might go and fall backward and be broken and snared and taken."

Interestingly the word tsav is used in ONE other verse that I believe adds to this understanding.

Hos 5:11 KJV
Ephraim is oppressed and broken in judgment, because he willingly walked after the commandment. tsav H6673

In our current english language this sounds like Ephraim was oppressed and broken BECAUSE they walked in the law?  But looking closely again at the hebrew language we find that this verse implies something very different.
Ephraim is oppressed and broken in judgement, because he WILLFULLY (ya'al = foolishness, mental weakness) walked, after (achar = after, as in time) the tsav.

So we see that Ephraim did not walk in the law, but walked 'willfully' after the law was given.

Brought together these three verses make the concept of Isaiah 28:13 much more clear.

We were given the law.  But when we looked at it we (our forefathers) saw only rules, and lines, and continued loss of freedoms and goods.  We saw a to do list and no gains.  We chose to walk willfully instead.

The root here is that we SAW the law incorrectly.  So many use it as a checklist, do this, don't do that. We end up trudging along and losing sight of HIM.

"But the word of YHWH was to them, "law law law law rule rule rule rule loss loss" that they might go and fall backward and be broken and snared and taken."

This is a test.  When you see Torah, do you see 'law law law law rule rule rule rule loss loss"?

Or do you have eyes to see and ears to hear, The Father safeguarding and guiding His children?  Do you see HIM?

Keep looking and listening. HE is in there. And HE is beautiful.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Hanukkah - Dedicating Our Temples, Day 8

Oh what a joyous time this has been.  This testing, for me, was hard and at times very painful.  But having rooted some dirt out I feel braver and freer and closer to facing the future YHWH has for me and my family.

1 Cor 2:9
But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.

Isa 64:4
For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him.

Tonight is when my family will be lighting the candles for the last time for Hanukkah.  Of course this is not an ending.  This is the beginning of the rest of our walk with Him.  And here is where we LOUDLY declare our allegiance, our purpose and our master.

Mat 6:24
No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

Romans 6:15-23
15 What then? Are we to sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means! 16 Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves,[a] you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness? 17 But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed, 18 and, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness. 19 I am speaking in human terms, because of your natural limitations. For just as you once presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness leading to sanctification.
20 For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. 21 But what fruit were you getting at that time from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. 22 But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life. 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

For this last day of Hanukkah, my husband and I will set aside the necessary time to DEDICATE our home and family.

2Ch 7:9
And in the eighth day they made a solemn assembly: for they kept the dedication of the altar seven days, and the feast seven days.

Neh 8:18
Also day by day, from the first day unto the last day, he read in the book of the law of God. And they kept the feast seven days; and on the eighth day was a solemn assembly, according unto the manner.

We will use pure olive oil.

Exo 27:20
And thou shalt command the children of Israel, that they bring thee pure oil olive beaten for the light, to cause the lamp to burn always.

Lev 24:2
Command the children of Israel, that they bring unto thee pure oil olive beaten for the light, to cause the lamps to burn continually.

Exo 25:6
Oil for the light, spices for anointing oil, and for sweet incense,

We will mark the doors and windows.  We will mark the beds.  We will mark the children's foreheads.  We will sprinkle our gardening spaces.  We will mark each other's foreheads.

Exo 29:7
Then shalt thou take the anointing oil, and pour it upon his head, and anoint him.

Exo 29:21
And thou shalt take of the blood that is upon the altar, and of the anointing oil, and sprinkle it upon Aaron, and upon his garments, and upon his sons, and upon the garments of his sons with him: and he shall be hallowed, and his garments, and his sons, and his sons' garments with him.

We will declare that THIS belongs to YHWH, for His glory, for HIS will. We declare that we willingly ask YHWH to have His way with us and do whatever He wants in our lives and in this space.  We shema, hear and do, the law of YHWH and ask that He be our Elohim, and we be His people.

Jos 24:15
And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.

And we will REJOICE.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

To Till or Not To Till

The Bible does not say to till the ground. The word means to put in subjection and to work.  It is the same word for a man working. Our current farm practices of tilling destroy soil structure and kill beneficial bacteria, nemotodes and worms by cutting, breaking and crushing the soil. Does this sound like the labor put on man? Definitely not by YHWH!

To learn about the no till garden


Mark Biltz: Chanukah and the End Times

Hanukkah - Cleaning Out Our Temples, Day 7

Prayers for your blessing as you gird up your strength and continue this FIGHT for purity and cleanliness before our Holy and Set Apart Elohim!

We have really been studying and digging deep.  And for my part, I was really feeling overwhelmed, despairing, and defeated.

Here I am, trying so hard to please this Perfect YAH!  Here I am, working and studying and praying and 'keepin on'.  And let's face it, it isn't enough.

There are some who have lied to themselves and believe that they are free to do anything under Christ because grace will cover it.  I assure you that this is NOT TRUE and you are deceiving yourself.  Yahshua said that they will hear, "DEPART FROM ME WORKERS OF LAWLESSNESS!"

Matthew 7:21-23
21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ 23 And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’

Oh my heart trembles to think of His loving and mighty voice saying that to me!

There are some who have lied to themselves and believe that they can follow the law so perfectly and be considered pure and do not need a saviour.  James reminds us that if we have EVER FAILED IN ONE POINT WE WILL BE FOUND GUILTY.  YHWH wants PERFECTION in spirit and truth.  And no man has learned to control all his words and thoughts.  And even great and very wise men, such as David and Solomon, have fallen into transgressing the law.

James 2:10-13
10 For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become guilty of all of it. 11 For he who said, “Do not commit adultery,” also said, “Do not murder.” If you do not commit adultery but do murder, you have become a transgressor of the law. 12 So speak and so act as those who are to be judged under the law of liberty. 13 For judgment is without mercy to one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.

How sad I am to hear that these are throwing away our beautiful saviour. How I weep to know they have trampled on the sacrifice and will not be offered it again!

And here I am.... trying to win this race. And not just for me!  But for my husband, and for my children. For my friends and for my extended family. For the Glory of Israel!

And I know I am not good enough....

Exodus 3:5 Then he said, “Do not come near; take your sandals off your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.”

I must remove everything that stands between me and HIm.

Exodus 19:22 Also let the priests who come near to the Lord consecrate themselves, lest the Lord break out against them.”

I must cleanse myself inside and out.

Exodus 24:2 Moses alone shall come near to the Lord, but the others shall not come near, and the people shall not come up with him.”

I must lean upon my beautiful, mighty and glorious annointed one, Yahshua to cover the ground that I cannot.

Hebrews 4:14-16
14 Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

And I must KEEP FAITH.

Hebrew 11:6
And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.

So tonight I lift my prayers that we can all remind ourselves of WHO Yahshua is, WHAT He did for us, and WHY He did it.  Then we can remind ourselves of WHO that makes us, WHAT He wants of us, and WHY would we ever let go of that perfect and Holy joy!

Thank you so much Yahshua for coming and saving me. Please be my light.