Women of Valor

Yahweh (God) uses women for very important roles.

Shemot- Names שמות

Names (Shemot) שמות

Exodus 1:1-6:1 ~ Isaiah 27:6-28:13; 29:22-23 ~ Mark 1-2

As we continue our journey in the Torah Portions, we will have a better understanding of why “Names” are important to Yahweh. The ones who love Yahweh and will give glory to Him, their names become very important to HIM.

It is amazing how Genesis and Exodus are tied together! As we delve into this Torah Portion you’ll be able to see the connections in Creation. YHVH separated the light from the darkness, and it happened again in Exodus when YHVH separated the Israelites (with light), and Mitsrayim (Egypt) with darkness. It’s interesting to learn that the fall and redemption are interrelated. Also, as we study these Portions, you’ll often see a phrase that is used often: seeing, saw, or to see. It is more than just seeing with the eyes, but to actually see within, taking notice, and having empathy for others.

I find the following connections (patterns) very exciting: The Ark that Noah built under the direction of Yahweh and the Ark (basket) that Moses floated in, in the reeds were both covered in tar and pitch—the exact same substance! Moses, as a baby, floated along the Nile in the REEDS, and when Yah used him as the Deliverer, they were taken through the water—the REED Sea.

Looking back, when Joseph (Yosef) was in Egypt with his family, life was good. They were taken very well care of so why would they want to go back to the Promised Land? Isn’t it interesting to note that we, as people, tend to be like that too? When life is going great and everything seems to be going our way (in our comfort zone), do we like to be moved into a different place or given a different agenda? Hummmm.

Let’s continue on our exciting study of Mosheh (Moses) in Exodus and see what it is that Yahweh calls for.

~These are the names of the people who are exiting Mitsrayim (Egypt) ~

Parashah 13: Sh’mot (Names) 1:1–6:1

“1 These are the names of the sons of Isra’el who came into Egypt with Ya‘akov; each man came with his household: Re’uven, Shim‘on, Levi, Y’hudah, Yissakhar, Z’vulun, Binyamin, Dan, Naftali, Gad and Asher. All told, there were seventy descendants of Ya‘akov; Yosef was already in Egypt.

Yosef died, as did all his brothers and all that generation. The descendants of Isra’el were fruitful, increased abundantly, multiplied and grew very powerful; the land became filled with them.

Now there arose a new king over Egypt. He knew nothing about Yosef but said to his people, “Look, the descendants of Isra’el have become a people too numerous and powerful for us. 10 Come, let’s use wisdom in dealing with them. Otherwise, they’ll continue to multiply; and in the event of war they might ally themselves with our enemies, fight against us and leave the land altogether.”

11 So they put slavemasters over them to oppress them with forced labor, and they built for Pharaoh the storage cities of Pitom and Ra‘amses. 12 But the more the Egyptians oppressed them, the more they multiplied and expanded, until the Egyptians came to dread the people of Isra’el 13 and worked them relentlessly, 14 making their lives bitter with hard labor — digging clay, making bricks, all kinds of field work; and in all this toil they were shown no mercy.

15 Moreover, the king of Egypt spoke to the Hebrew midwives, one of whom was called Shifrah and the other Pu‘ah. 16 “When you attend the Hebrew women and see them giving birth,” he said, “if it’s a boy, kill him; but if it’s a girl, let her live.” 17 However, the midwives were God-fearing women, so they didn’t do as the king of Egypt ordered but let the boys live. (ii) 18 The king of Egypt summoned the midwives and demanded of them, “Why have you done this and let the boys live?” 19 The midwives answered Pharaoh, “It’s because the Hebrew women aren’t like the Egyptian women — they go into labor and give birth before the midwife arrives.” 20 Therefore God prospered the midwives, and the people continued to multiply and grow very powerful. 21 Indeed, because the midwives feared God, he made them founders of families. 22 Then Pharaoh gave this order to all his people: “Every boy that is born, throw in the river; but let all the girls live.[1]

The Pharaoh decreed for all of the baby boys to be cast into the river, but to keep the female children.

To cast out is a very strong word as in to “throw out the trash.” Strongs# 7993. shalak, to throw out. A decree to kill children is a very evil act; having much violence, fear, and hate.

The meaning behind the name of “Pharaoh” is “The mouth of evil being spoken.”[2] I will submit that “The mouth of evil being spoken” certainly is true, and very fitting.

It is interesting to note that the Pharaoh’s name isn’t mentioned, but the names of the two Hebrew midwives are: Shifrah and Pu‘ah. Their names mean Shofar and Beautiful.[3] The midwives, given an order to kill all baby boys born would have been very scary and tragic, but they were in greater fear/respect for Yahweh and refused to kill the baby boys. The Israelites grew abundantly, and multiplied.

The women of Israel actually set the foundation….

Pharaoh’s plans for the annihilation of the Israelite children are defeated by women—the human feelings of the midwives, and the tender sympathy of a woman of a royal birth, and a sister’s watchfulness in extremity. It was to the merit of the pious women that Israel owed it’s redemption in Egypt, say the Rabbis.”[4]

A side note: Indecently on the count of “70” descendants, the mother of Moses was the “70th” ( 69 +1). [5]She was also older than Sarah when Sarah conceived. Because of the age of Moses’ mother, she married her nephew for a man young enough to father children. Mosheh (Moses) was born just as they arrived in Mitsrayim (Egypt). Aaron was born 3 years earlier, and Miriam was the oldest sibling.

 

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The mother of Mosheh (Moses) could no longer hide her baby after 3 months. She made a wicker ark, coated it with tar and pitch, and laid the baby boy in the basket in the reeds of the river. She sent Miriam, the sister, to keep watch to where the ark went. The Pharaoh’s daughter was down at the river to wash. When she saw something floating, she sent her maidservant to get it. When the Pharaoh’s daughter opened up the wicker ark, saw a weeping baby, she took compassion upon the child and said, “This is one of the children of the Hebrews.”[6] The sister of the baby asked if she should go and call for a nurse from the Hebrew women to nurse the child. Of course, she said “yes.” Interesting that the Egyptian women would have never done that, but a blessing they didn’t! Miriam fetched her mom.

The Pharaoh’s daughter told the woman to take the baby and nurse him, and to bring him to her when he no longer needed to be nursed, and paid her wages. The mother brought Mosheh back to the Pharaoh’s daughter when he was older, became the Pharaoh’s daughter’s son by adoption, and that was when his new mom named him Mosheh saying, “Because I have drawn him out of the water.”[7]

And when Mosheh had grown, and became great, he had empathy for others. He was able to set aside his “role” and have understanding and compassion for the feelings of others—he noticed!

He looked and noticed the burdens of the Hebrew slaves, and when he saw a Mitsrian (Egyptian) striking (whip) a Hebrew slave (his brother), he looked this way and that way, smote the Egyptian, and buried him in the sand. And the next day, he broke-up a fight between two Hebrews (it would seem he wanted to resolve matters, keep others from being oppressed, and desired people to live in harmony). But when they asked Moses who made him the judge, and if he was going to kill them like the Egyptian, Moses became fearful that the Pharaoh would then kill him and fled to Midian. As he sat by the well in Midian, the priest’s (7) daughters came to their father’s well to draw water, and they poured water into the troughs to water the flock. Some shepherds arrived and drove them away, but Mosheh stood up, helped the women, and watered their flock.

Let’s stop here a minute before moving forward in the story, and touch base on how the Israelites were being oppressed.

“The foreign ruler (Hyksos that conquered lower Egypt using bronze weapons, and horse-drawn chariots, and they we related to Jacob and Joseph) over Egypt was over thrown by an Egyptian ruler who wanted nothing to do with Israel. The Egyptian ruler was afraid of the Israelites as they were large in number. That was when he put in place the taskmasters (can be translated into tax collectors—beaten into forced labor) to burden them with oppression, and to build him treasure cities.

A Rabbi said: “Wealth leads to power. Power leads to independence. Strip away wealth and power, and independence are stripped away with it.” So the first step taken to enslave free a population is to first tax their wealth. The practice of taxing a free population into outright slavery began long ago in Ancient Egypt when the Pharaoh was the first tax-man. Taxation in Ancient Egypt was not only the people’s physical possession, but also of their time. Not only did they have to hand over 30% of their financial wealth, one would also have to surrender 30% of their time; working on government projects without any compensation for any of their time or efforts. The people were left with no freedom, no wealth, no hope, and no feature. Slavery to governments always begins with subtle, social, manipulations, and then ends with total destitution. Tax collectors are authorized by the ruling government to take other people’s money. In Ancient Egypt, National Service begins as a patriotic duty. Overtime, it degenerations into a type of government enslavement. Evil empires never come out and say they want to enslave their population. On the contrary, they proclaim messages of freedom (population control). God said to be fruitful and multiply, but “they” do not want that.” [8]

We now have a better feel for what kind of fierce ruling they were under. The Israelites were heavily under man’s harsh bondage, very oppressed, and had no hope; crying out to the Lord-Yahweh—and HE HEARD!

Now it is amazing to see that Mosheh’s mother’s name, Yokebed, means “Glory of God”. Moses’ father’s name, Amram, means “An exalted people.” Moses’ name was Egyptian, but Jews give names to their sons on the 8th day during circumcision. His Jewish name is believed to be “Tovia.” He was a “Goodly” child.

 ~When the Glory of God is wed with the exalted people, the Redeemer comes!~[9]

I think this is fascinating. Not only are names important to Yahweh, they also have a deeper meaning; giving a reason and a purpose for those names.

Now we will continue with Mosheh at the well, and meeting the seven daughters.

  Exodus 2

18 When they came to Re‘u’el their father, he said, “How come you’re back so soon today?” 19 They answered, “An Egyptian rescued us from the shepherds; more than that, he drew water for us and watered the sheep.” 20 He asked his daughters, “Where is he? Why did you leave the man there? Invite him to have something to eat.” 21 Moshe was glad to stay on with the man, and he gave Moshe his daughter Tzipporah in marriage. 22 She gave birth to a son, and he named him Gershom [foreigner there], for he said, “I have been a foreigner in a foreign land.”

23 Sometime during those many years the king of Egypt died, but the people of Isra’el still groaned under the yoke of slavery, and they cried out, and their cry for rescue from slavery came up to God. 24 God heard their groaning, and God remembered his covenant with Avraham, Yitz’chak and Ya‘akov. 25 God saw the people of Isra’el, and God acknowledged them.”[10]

Re’u’el is a title of Yitro- meaning “Friend of God.”

 

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Exodus 3

1(iv) Now Moshe was tending the sheep of Yitro his father-in-law, the priest of Midyan. Leading the flock to the far side of the desert, he came to the mountain of God, to Horev. The angel of Adonai appeared to him in a fire blazing from the middle of a bush. He looked and saw that although the bush was flaming with fire, yet the bush was not being burned up. Moshe said, “I’m going to go over and see this amazing sight and find out why the bush isn’t being burned up.” When Adonai saw that he had gone over to see, God called to him from the middle of the bush, “Moshe! Moshe!” He answered, “Here I am.” He said, “Don’t come any closer! Take your sandals off your feet, because the place where you are standing is holy ground. I am the God of your father,” he continued, “the God of Avraham, the God of Yitz’chak and the God of Ya‘akov.” Moshe covered his face, because he was afraid to look at God. Adonai said, “I have seen how my people are being oppressed in Egypt and heard their cry for release from their slavemasters, because I know their pain. I have come down to rescue them from the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that country to a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey, the place of the Kena‘ani, Hitti, Emori, P’rizi, Hivi and Y’vusi. Yes, the cry of the people of Isra’el has come to me, and I have seen how terribly the Egyptians oppress them. 10 Therefore, now, come; and I will send you to Pharaoh; so that you can lead my people, the descendants of Isra’el, out of Egypt.”

11 Moshe said to God, “Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh and lead the people of Isra’el out of Egypt?” 12 He replied, “I will surely be with you. Your sign that I have sent you will be that when you have led the people out of Egypt, you will worship God on this mountain.”

13 Moshe said to God, “Look, when I appear before the people of Isra’el and say to them, ‘The God of your ancestors has sent me to you’; and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ what am I to tell them?” 14 God said to Moshe, “Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh [I am/will be what I am/will be],” and added, “Here is what to say to the people of Isra’el: ‘Ehyeh [I Am or I Will Be] has sent me to you.’” 15 God said further to Moshe, “Say this to the people of Isra’el: ‘Yud-Heh-Vav-Heh [Adonai], the God of your fathers, the God of Avraham, the God of Yitz’chak and the God of Ya‘akov, has sent me to you.’ This is my name forever; this is how I am to be remembered generation after generation.[11]

Yahweh SAW that Mosheh SAW that the bush was burning, yet Mosheh NOTICED it was not being consumed. He didn’t just walk by it….Not only did Yahweh reveal to Mosheh (Moses) who HE was by stating the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob (Israel), but He ALSO told Mosheh His name, which He never revealed to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

‘Yud-Heh-Vav-Heh – YHVH- This is my name forever; this is how I am to be remembered generation after generation.

WOW!! This is so powerful, and so humbling. HIS name is above all others, and the Creator of all things; seen and unseen. He wants us to personally know HIS name; He wants us to remember HIS name, and to remember to tell others! There are no words to express the awesomeness and joy of HIS GOOD NEWS! And yet, I have noticed there are some people who don’t want to know His name, acknowledge it, or are too fearful to accept it.

As I mentioned earlier on this blog, some may not want to be moved from their comfort zone. They may be too prideful, fearful, or set in their own “beliefs.” Only the Ruach ha’Kodesh (Holy Spirit) can set their hearts on HIM, and allow them to be moved from their position. The Pharaoh was set in his ways, and his arrogance and pride hardened his heart from allowing Yahweh to teach him differently (though he learned later—the hard way).

We need to remain teachable so that our hearts don’t harden from HIS WAYS, and self-destruct in lawlessness/Torahlessness.

At the burning bush, Mosheh was given Elohim’s word that HE would be with HIM, and would be his voice. He said, “Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh [I am/will be what I am/will be].” Yahweh wanted Moses to be sure to tell the children of Israel that HE has surly visited him…They would then know Elohim has sent the deliverer as Joseph told the people  before he died —that Yahweh would surly visit them and carry his (Joseph’s) bones out of Egypt. So this phrase would be like a secret code (Pikod Pikad—unsure of spelling), and they would know it was true![12]

The amazing thing about this is the children of Israel knew Moses had a speech impediment, and with Moses saying this Hebrew word, “Pikod Pikad” perfectly, they would see a miracle had taken place!

Exodus 4

“1And Mosheh answered and said, “And if they do not believe me, nor listen to my voice, and say, ‘יהוה has not appeared to you?

2And יהוה said to him, “What is that in your hand?” And he said, “A rod.”

3And He said, “Throw it on the ground.” So he threw it on the ground, and it became a serpent. And Mosheh fled from it.

4And יהוה said to Mosheh, Reach out your hand and take it by the tail so he reached out his hand and caught it, and it became a rod in his hand –

5so that they believe that יהוה Elohim of their fathers, the Elohim of Aḇraham, the Elohim of Yitsḥaq, and the Elohim of Yaaqoḇ, has appeared to you.

6And יהוה said to him again, “Now put your hand in your bosom.” And he put his hand in his bosom, and when he took it out, and see, his hand was leprous, like snow.

7And He said, “Put your hand in your bosom again.” So he put his hand in his bosom again, and drew it out of his bosom, and see, it was restored like his other flesh.

8“And it shall be, if they do not believe you, nor listen to the voice of the first sign, they shall believe the voice of the latter sign.

9“And it shall be, if they do not believe even these two signs, or listen to your voice, that you shall take water from the river and pour it on the dry land. And the water which you take from the river shall become blood on the dry land.[13]

I need to point out some interesting connections:

  1. Did you notice that Mosheh “fled from the serpent” in fear and Yah wanted him to overcome the serpent; yet in Genesis, the serpent ruled over man by trickery? We need to trust that Yahweh has this! Interesting spin on this!
  2. There are (3) signs Yah speaks of that will come into play, yet our God is a God of patterns, and it will happen again through Yeshua. Yah gave three signs for the Pharaoh to see: The staff (serpent), healing of the hand and water turned to blood. The significance of these signs is mind-blowing! Through Yeshua the three signs were: turned water into wine (blood, life, spiritual), healed son in Capernaum (signs to believe healing), staff- Son of man lifted up- I AM.

This is so amazing, and how many have missed this because we have only been taught how to surface read with a Greek mind-set? We need to learn how to read with a Hebrew mind-set, looking for Chiasms, and the connections/patterns.

Exodus 4:10 And Mosheh said to יהוה, O יהוה, I am not a man of words, neither before nor since You have spoken to Your servant, for I am slow of speech and slow of tongue.

11And יהוה said to him, Who has made mans mouth? Or who makes dumb, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? Is it not I, יהוה?

12“And now, go, and I shall be with your mouth and teach you what to say.”

13But he said, “O יהוה, please send by the hand of him whom You would send.

14And the displeasure of יהוה burned against Mosheh, and He said, Is not Aharon the Lĕwite your brother? I know that he speaks well. And see, he is also coming out to meet you. And when he sees you, he shall be glad in his heart.

“15“And you shall speak to him and put the words in his mouth. And I am with your mouth and with his mouth, and I shall teach you what to do.

16“And he shall speak for you to the people. And it shall be that he shall be a mouth for you, and you shall be an elohim for him.

17“And take this rod in your hand, with which you shall do the signs.”

18Then Mosheh went and returned to Yithro his father-in-law, and said to him, “Please let me go and return to my brothers who are in Mitsrayim to see whether they are still alive.” And Yithro said to Mosheh, “Go in peace.”

19And יהוה said to Mosheh in Miḏyan, Go, return to Mitsrayim, for all the men are dead who sought your life.

20So Mosheh took his wife and his sons and set them on a donkey, and he returned to the land of Mitsrayim. And Mosheh took the rod of Elohim in his hand.

21And יהוה said to Mosheh, As you go back to Mitsrayim, see that you do all those wonders before Pharaoh which I have put in your hand. But I am going to harden his heart, so that he does not let the people go.”[14]

Mosheh , like us, sometimes feel as though we are not qualified to do things. We tend to forget that Yah doesn’t call the qualified; He calls those who are available and willing. Why do we limit Yahweh’s power to perform miracles through us? He called Mosheh by name, and showed him the signs, and yet, HIS power was still questioned. Often, too many times, we do not trust the ONE who created us.

Our NEFESH (flesh) cannot see or know what is spiritual because the NEFESH only knows what is carnal. It’s important that we remember to place our Nefesh under our heel and allow Yahweh to lead us through the Ruach ha’Kodesh (Holy Spirit) to light our path; always trusting and believing in HIM. When we allow fear to rise up, we cannot function correctly; giving into the adversary to lie to us—bondage!

How many times have we said to Yahweh, or heard others say, “I can’t do it, I am not qualified, send someone else.” Let’s be mindful and let Yahweh lead, and trust that our Creator has a purpose and a plan for each and everyone one of us.

He loves us and wants to bless us with great rewards. But He can’t reward those who keep running away from Him to hide. I think Mosheh felt very intimidated having a speech impediment, and unknowingly to what he was actually doing; placing his problems above Yahweh’s capabilities (pride).

 

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When Yahweh/God “hardened” Pharaoh’s heart, in the Hebrew, “hardened” means to strengthen. Yahweh didn’t want the Pharaoh to give up his challenge and just let God have His way out of fear. He wanted the Pharaoh to have a change of heart, to turn his direction to Yah’s way, and to have a different outlook. He knew Pharaoh would need the strength to able to stand up against God without feeling fearful. Yah “strengthened/ chazak” Pharaoh’s heart. The difference is Yah strengthened Pharaoh’s heart, and when Pharaoh hardened his own heart when he let pride and arrogance rule him. Because the word “hardened” is in the English, the meaning of that word has a different meaning in the Hebrew.

We wouldn’t know that by just reading the English translations. Sometimes the same English word used has a different Hebrew meaning. It’s so important to understand that.

 

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The Israelites only experienced the first 3 signs, while Egypt experienced the last 7 as well. The Israelites were given light, and they were covered (protected) while Egypt was not under HIS covering. Of course, the lamb’s blood on the doorways for death to Passover was a sign of the coming Messiah Yeshua, as well as, a Feast to be kept from then on…. This also connects with Creation-separation of the light from the darkness. Yahweh separates before the in-gathering. And Yah will show His signs again in Revelation–separation for HIS in-gathering. When Yahweh separates, it is for righteousness.

Sadly, there are others who knowingly (or unknownly) teach or have been taught the opposite (anti-Semitism) by attempting to separate the Jewish people by removing them as far as they can, and have placed themselves first–by whose authority?

Rick Spurlock stated: “Many nations have risen up against Israel and subjugated her. They are gone, Israel remains. Many have said in ages past that the G-d of Israel was finished with Israel. They are gone, Israel remains. Even some so-called followers of Messiah have declared that Israel is no longer the chosen of G-d, because “they have rejected Christ.” This is a dangerous and untenable position. It completely ignores one of the greatest facts of history. Those opposed to Israel in the past are all gone, Israel remains. It completely ignores the promises made to the Patriarchs. It completely ignores Scripture.

I say then, has G-d cast away His people? Certainly not!… G-d has not cast away His people whom He foreknew… Romans 11:1a, 2a”

And he goes on to say, “I would suggest to all who fear the One true G-d to take heed to this unconditional and eternal word from the Creator of the Universe:

I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you… Genesis 12:3a

Then I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvelous: seven angels having the seven last plagues, for in them the wrath of G-d is complete. And I saw something like a sea of glass mingled with fire, and those who have the victory over the beast, over his image and over his mark and over the number of his name, standing on the sea of glass, having harps of G-d. They sing the song of Moses, the servant of G-d, and the song of the Lamb, saying: “Great and marvelous are Your works, HaShem G-d Almighty! Just and true are Your ways, O King of the holy ones!” Revelation 15:1-3”[15]

It is such a blessing to know that we do not have to remain gentiles (which means heathen) anymore. We can cross that Jordan and follow the God of Abraham, Issac, and Jacob and be “GRAFTED-IN” like the roots of an olive tree. The roots are so interwoven tightly, they cannot be separated. Once we cross the Jordon, we are a Hebrew/Israelite. It is my conviction that Yahweh/Yeshua wants the Jewish to believe, love, accept, and embrace their Messiah Yeshua, and for the gentiles to love, believe, accept, and embrace the Torah (HIS Instructions= Word= Yeshua= Salvation). One belief, One accord, One baptism, One Yahweh/God.

Isaiah 29: 19And the meek ones shall increase their joy in יהוה, and the poor among men rejoice in the Set-apart One of Yisra’ĕl.

20For the ruthless one is brought to naught, the scorner is consumed, and all who watch for evil shall be cut off,

21those who make a man to sin in word, and lay a snare for him who reproves in the gate, and turn aside the righteous with empty reasoning.

22Therefore thus said יהוה, who ransomed Aḇraham, concerning the house of Yaaqoḇ, Yaaqoḇ is no longer put to shame, no longer does his face grow pale.

23“For when he sees his children, the work of My hands, in his midst, they shall set apart My Name, and set apart the Set-apart One of Ya‛aqoḇ, and fear the Elohim of Yisra’ĕl.[16]

 

 ~Yah keeps HIS promises and will not be mocked. He will gather HIS people—the SET APART ones~

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Mark 1:1 The beginning of the Good News of Yeshua the Messiah, the Son of God:

It is written in the prophet Yesha‘yahu,

“See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you; he will prepare the way before you.”[a] “The voice of someone crying out: ‘In the desert prepare the way for Adonai! Make straight paths for him!’”[b]

So it was that Yochanan the Immerser appeared in the desert, proclaiming an immersion involving turning to God from sin in order to be forgiven. People went out to him from all over Y’hudah, as did all the inhabitants of Yerushalayim. Confessing their sins, they were immersed by him in the Yarden River. Yochanan wore clothes of camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist; he ate locusts and wild honey. He proclaimed: “After me is coming someone who is more powerful than I — I’m not worthy even to bend down and untie his sandals. I have immersed you in water, but he will immerse you in the Ruach HaKodesh.”

Shortly thereafter, Yeshua came from Natzeret in the Galil and was immersed in the Yarden by Yochanan. 10 Immediately upon coming up out of the water, he saw heaven torn open and the Spirit descending upon him like a dove; 11 then a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, whom I love; I am well pleased with you.”

12 Immediately the Spirit drove him out into the wilderness, 13 and he was in the wilderness forty days being tempted by the Adversary. He was with the wild animals, and the angels took care of him.

14 After Yochanan had been arrested, Yeshua came into the Galil proclaiming the Good News from God:

15 “The time has come, God’s Kingdom is near! Turn to God from your sins and believe the Good News!”

16 As he walked beside Lake Kinneret, he saw Shim‘on and Andrew, Shim‘on’s brother, casting a net into the lake; for they were fishermen. 17 Yeshua said to them, “Come, follow me, and I will make you into fishers for men!” 18 At once they left their nets and followed him.[17]

 Let’s review some highlights. YHVH sent Mosheh (as the deliver) to bring the Good News to HIS people. They were about to be redeemed and brought out of Egypt—out of bondage, and into the righteousness of Yahweh into the Promised land. When they went through the REED Sea, which was their “baptism/Mikveh.” They were given the Torah at Mount Sinai. This foreshadowed the coming Messiah Yeshua, our redeemer, who would save us from the sin of death by the shedding of His blood on the wooded tree/cross (this also connects the lamb’s blood on the doorways on the first Passover), death passing over those who come to Yeshua in repentance and have a changed heart (not one of stone like the Pharaohs). He said, “If you love me, keep my commandments.” He also said that the commandments are not burdensome. Only man has decided they are too hard. Like the serpent, Yeshua has given us the authority (in HIM) to overcome evil and rebuke what is evil.

We are HIS bondservant, and Yah is our Father Abba and has promised to provide for us. Just like the mixed multitude in the wilderness and manna, He is always faith to us.

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YHVH gave us the Torah (His Instructions), and Yeshua certainly didn’t come here to remove what Yahweh has given for HIS Bride to follow. Those who are willing to drop their net (self wants), and follow HIS WAYS (not ours) will have redemption. It’s time to leave Mitsrayim (Egypt), and “Come out of Her and be SET APART.”

We have worked ourselves through this Torah Portion. Hopefully, more connections were made. It is so humbling and amazing learning how much love Yah has for us. It is hard to understand a God with so much power and Glory WHO is full of majesty that He wants to “Tabernacle” with us! Praising HIM for HE is the Living Water!!

Shamira the Shepherdess (P. Miller)

 

[1] 1. CJB – Ex 1:1-22

[2] EL Shaddai Ministries

[3] El Shaddai Ministries

[4] Pentateuch & Haftorahs- Hebrew Text English Translation & Commentary- Hertz; pg  210.

[5] Monte Judah

[6] The Scriptures (ISR) Ex. 2:6

[7] The Scriptures (ISR) Ex. 2:10

[8] Pastor Mark Biltz, El Shaddai Ministries

[9] Pastor Mark Biltz, El Shaddai Ministries

[10] Exodus 2:18-23, Complete Jewish Bible

[11] Exodus 3: 1-15 Complete Jewish Bible

[12] Pastor Mark Biltz, El Shaddai Ministries

[13] Exodus 4:1-9 The Scriptures ISR98

[14] The Scriptures ISR98 Ex.4:10-21

[15] Rick Spurlock- Rumination #15

[16] Is 29: 19-25 The Scriptures ISR98

[17] Complete Jewish Bible Mark 1:1-18

 

 

 

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My Testimony- I FINALLY left Egypt!

A Princess of the KING!

I am a seventh-generation Ex-Mormon. My ancestors go back to the days of Joseph Smith; one was his personal body guard. Many Latter-day Saints think that anyone that leaves the Church must have had a bad experience, or want to sin–otherwise why would anyone leave? I left when the Lord, in answer to prayer, showed me the truth.

My grandparents were temple Mormons. My grandmother had ten children: nine girls and one boy. She would spend Saturdays getting all of the dresses ready for Sunday. She curled the girls’ hair. Many Sundays after church they would sing while driving to a picnic area, and she’d take out the picnic basket she had prepared from the trunk. Sadly, after about one-half of the kids had married, my grandfather left my grandmother. Grandma continued to rear the remaining kids at her knee: teaching LDS doctrine and living the ways in which they believe. They continued to press forward after losing the farm. They hit many hard times. But Grandma canned, loved gardening, knitted, crocheted, mended, cooked and urged all of her kids to be educated. She believed wholeheartedly in her scriptures and read avidly.

I referred to Grandma as the family’s “wise owl.” Everyone turned to her for advice for almost everything. She was the glue of our family: she held us together in many ways. She initiated family reunions and gatherings on holidays, ensuring their success. She adamantly drove home the importance of family and heritage. She showed me, through my mom, the importance of keeping on when times were tough. She gave her son, daughters and grand kids that same drive to never give up.

Before I became a Christian, having that drive during the tough times meant working hard to get through. I did it because I had to. I could count on myself and on my family. But as a believer in Christ Jesus, I acquired a different outlook. Though that drive is still there, I now can turn everything over to G-d, and He will carry the weight. I saw that there are things in life that I, as well as any human, cannot fix, and we need His guidance and His mercy. I have learned that when the cross is too heavy to carry through the storm, joy, peace, and hope come through leaning on Him.

My mom taught me sewing, crocheting, some cooking, and also the importance of morals and values. All of these things have greatly impacted me, especially now that I am older and raising my own children. My dad loved to take the family on camping and fishing trips. He was also on Jeep Patrol; therefore, the family expeditions we went on were sometimes adventurous! I also enjoyed listening to him play many songs on the organ late at night. I’m thankful for my family and our traditions.

When I was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I went to Primary, Beehives, Mia-Maids, Laurels, Young Adults (Mutual), Seminary, Camps/Retreats, Relief Society, played sports on the church team, and was a substitute teacher. With such fun times, love, and positive family influences, how could I leave the Church? It was not easy. They were not receptive to my leaving. But the truth is, the LDS doctrine left me empty inside. Attempting to become a temple Mormon was really me trying to fill a void in my life that only Jesus Christ could satisfy. I was still unsaved.

When I moved to California to get my sister and I more closely involved becoming temple Mormons, G-d had different plans–a higher calling! Some of my family members falsely accused me of setting out to look for faults within the Church–some still do! In truth, I set out to become the “temple girl.” I took classes taught by missionaries in the young adults ward in California. I wanted to be worthy in that church. I wanted a temple recommend and to marry a temple-worthy man and be sealed for time and eternity. I wanted all of it! It was the plan I set out for myself. During this journey to become temple worthy and taking LDS classes, things began to change.

I was involved in a truck accident, and I needed chiropractic care (my sister worked for a chiropractor at the time). Although I couldn’t afford the payments, the doctor allowed me to barter for service. This gave his wife an opportunity to witness to me. He also was a Christian, and began sharing things about the Bible. Soon my sister and I attended Bible Study Fellowship (BSF), though we still attended the LDS Church. The Bible study centered on the Gospel of John! Chapter one told of the “only begotten of the Father.” Wow! Then Satan was not, as I had been taught, the brother of Christ. John 1:14 opened my eyes: “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” The Word was Jesus and the Word was God; Jesus and God are one. He was the Savior, dying for my sins on the cross and rising again. Yet according to Mormon doctrine, “There is no salvation outside The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints” (Bruce McConkie, Mormon Doctrine, 670). Again, “There is no salvation without accepting Joseph Smith as a prophet of God (Doctrines of Salvation, Vol. 1, p. 188). But the Bible records, “Jesus said, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6). Acts 4:12 says, “Neither is there salvation in any other; for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”

I began to ask questions, prayed, shed tears, and stood amazed as I found comfort, yet wondered about “Salvation?” I saw discrepancies in the LDS Church that I couldn’t overlook.

I asked G-d to show me the truth. A few things about Joseph Smith didn’t add up! Why was he so important? Was he a true prophet? I didn’t ask to see if the LDS teachings were false. I simply asked G-d for the truth. And the truth set me free! The harder I looked to find Joseph Smith truthful, the more He revealed to me that Smith wasn’t. For example, many times Smith said, “Thus saith the Lord,” but over fifty of his prophecies never came to pass. He prophesied, for example, that within fifty-six years, the Lord would return. Fifty-six years were fulfilled in 1891 (History of the Church, Vol. 2, p. 182).

Deuteronomy 18:20-22 states: “But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other g-ds, even that prophet shall die. And if thou say in thine heart, How shall we know the word which the LORD hath not spoken? When a prophet speaketh in the name of the Lord, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him.”

Considering that Joseph Smith is the foundation of the Book of Mormon, it felt like sand falling through my fingers realizing he was a false prophet. Scripture says, “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world” (1 John 4:1).

I had other concerns: in Mormonism there are many g-ds, but Isaiah 43:10 clearly states, “Before me there was no G-d formed, neither shall there be after me.” Therefore it is false that the Mormon god has a father, and thus, LDS elders cannot become g-ds of their own planet, nor can the women become goddesses. This eliminates the teachings on preexistence and eternal progression. To believe that Jesus and Satan are brothers demeans Jesus who is G-d, and lowers His standards. To place ourselves worthy enough to become G-ds is blasphemy!
It became evident to me that we are not from a planet near a star named Kolob, born as spirits to be born again on earth. Joseph Smith had no idea what born again meant (cf. John 3:3-8)!

Through more study, I found another troubling area. How can an LDS member have true forgiveness? In Mormonism, it could take centuries and is granted on the basis of a Mormon’s humility, sincerity, works, and attitudes. It would be granted only by living all of the commandments, can be canceled on reversion to sin, the discontinuance of sin must be permanent, and the transgressor must even lose the very desire or urge to sin (The Miracle of Forgiveness, by Spencer W Kimball, 325)! Yet, the Bible clearly states there is complete forgiveness: “For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and iniquities will I remember no more” (Hebrews 8:12).

When I compared Mormon teachings with the Bible, I went through heartache, anger, and fear knowing I had been deceived. LDS prophets such as Joseph Smith and Brigham Young lied. Their own scriptures proved these prophets false.

My sister gave me Beyond Mormonism–an Elder’s Story by James R. Spencer. He shared many things in this book of darkness in the LDS teachings with reliable references. My research revealed that the LDS doctrines contradicted themselves. It became very obvious to me that the Bible does not instruct us to abide all the ordinances, tokens, temple works, secret handshakes, to believe that Joseph Smith is a true prophet, stay worthy, keep the word of wisdom, all of the commandments and more in order to have everlasting life… should Joseph Smith grant it! If all of these works are required for our salvation, that would declare that Jesus went to the cross in vain. That would state that Jesus isn’t a redeemer if we have to earn our way to heaven.

Which Master did I want to follow? The G-d of the Bible who is omnipotent reigning or the one who leads to everlasting burning? On my knees, I asked the Lord G-d–as revealed in the Bible–to forgive me for my sins and to be my one and only personal Lord and Savior. After I spent time in prayer with the Lord, I soon knew I needed to be re-baptized. I was baptized in the Pacific Ocean. Then the Lord brought me back to my home town!

About one and a half years after leaving the LDS Church, the Lord blessed me with an amazing Christian husband. I had my name removed from the temple/Church records. I have a strong desire to help LDS members seek the true gospel, have salvation in Yeshua (Christ), and be free from bondage.

I give praise to Adonai (the Lord) for the appointments He has given me; allowing many opportunities to witness the true gospel. My husband and I have been blessed to establish Mormonism discussion/support groups over the years. One of my most cherished witnessing opportunities was when the Lord sent me to witness to my LDS grandma, “Nana.” Though I was scared of rejection (she was so mean to me over the years) and cried, in obedience to my Father, I went in prayer. I spent over five hours witnessing to her. We went to lunch and I prayed with her. I also left the book of John and Romans, and located her Bible. A month later, Adonai nudged me to call Nana. She accepted Christ, and we prayed on the phone together. Four months later, she went home to be with our Lord. She was 97!

“If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation” (Romans 10:9-10).

The Lord has brought many Believers into my life: my husband, beautiful children, sister, brother-in-law, church family, friends, and many wonderful ministries–all for His Yeshua (Jesus) is sovereign and my Lord has blessed me and has brought me through many trials (witnessing many miracles). HaShem (The Name) will continue to be with me every step of the way. I rejoice knowing He loved me enough to die on the cross for my sins. His salvation is a free gift for those who so desire Him. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His ONLY begotten Son, and whoever believes in Him has eternal life” (John 3:16).My G-d is HOLY, forgiving, all-powerful, everlasting, and His promises are kept.

HE was not done with me yet…..

Through the years of attending different Christian churches, there was still something missing! Though they had some of it right, something was still missing– there had to be more! The blessings of Adonai (God) didn’t stop after HE delivered me from Mormonism.

My journey now continues as the gate becomes even narrower. Matthew 7: 13 “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. 14″For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.”

I am beginning to see and understand why He said “few who find it.”

Delving into my new journey (summer 2013), something unexpected happened. YHVH called me while I was busy taking theology courses (planning to become an Apologist). I was lead to hosting a summer study on Revelation –Torah Treasures Revealed using material from El Shaddai Ministries –Pastor Mark Biltz. During the course of these studies (Torah and Systematic Theology), Adonai exposed a severe problematic disaster arising in the mainstream Christianity that’s indoctrinated in man’s traditions. Doctrines of man and their traditions are anti-semantic, and have removed the important appointed Feasts (Holy Days) of Adonai that He made before man for our appointed times. Gen 1: 14-19. He created the signs and seasons – Modiem.

Some might ask who is HaShem and what does Yeshua mean? Yeshua means “Salvation,” and HaShem is God (יהוה YHVH). From the very beginning He already told us WHO He is and brought forth grace in the Torah.

Many Christian churches, pastors, and priests have alluded to the Torah being abolished by “Jesus” using Romans 6:14 “For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.” Yet, we need to value the next verse 15 “What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? May it never be! “ In other words, many have misunderstood Paul quoting Moses out of the Old Testament in Deuteronomy 11:26 “See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse: 27the blessing, if you listen to the commandments of the LORD your G-d, which I am commanding you today;28and the curse, if you do not listen to the commandments of the LORD your G-d, but turn aside from the way which I am commanding you today, by following other gods which you have not known.”

As we continue to read Deuteronomy 15 “But if you will not obey the voice of the LORD your G-d or be careful to do all his commandments and his statutes that I command you today, then all these curses shall come upon you and overtake you”.

Yeshua (Jesus), our Savior and Redeemer, took our sins to the cross on Calvary; giving us eternal life upon repentance and reconciliation in HIS Covenant. We are still expected to follow all of HIS Commandments, but by grace (removal of the curse of death), our sins are forgiven by repentance. This is not a license to sin. HE knows who wants to renew their life (Covenant) in HIM and those who sin deliberately in their wicked ways.

YHVH is sending us a great warning and we should listen Rev. 18:4 “And I heard another voice from heaven saying, “Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues. ”

I have found and believe that Adonai doesn’t change. He wouldn’t tell us to keep His commandments and then change His mind by telling us is OK to keep nine out of ten.

As I continue to prayerfully learn HIS Ways, the following verse has given me so much to think about and distinguish that this is the “wake-up call” of the narrowed gate as many find excuses to run from : Matthew 5:17-19 17 “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. 18 For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. 19 Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.” This is a very serious verse to not over-look. The Earth has not “passed away,” therefore, not all has been fulfilled.

There are more prophecies to come before Yeshua fulfills the law; again, “fulfilling the law” has been misunderstood. He will fulfill—meaning He will make the completion (only the curse of death has been removed). The New Covenant means that HE has written HIS Laws upon our hearts. We know right from wrong and have the choice and desire to follow HIS WAYS– keeping HIS Feasts- His appointed times. Adonai has knitted EVERYTHING together to point mankind to His Plan of Redemption from HIS foundation-Blueprints! The 7 days of Creation, the 7 lamps (lights) of the Menorah, His 7 Feasts (HIS Feasts – not “feasts of the Jews”), His 7 Spirits, His Message to the 7 Churches, 40 weeks of a woman’s pregnancy (HIS Feasts connection- chiastically), His Gospel written in the stars, and more!

It is alarming that HIS Feasts have been “changed” by mankind such as Easter & Christmas (and other paganism traditions mixed in). What a wake-up call HE has given me! Thankfully, I have been given an opportunity to really, really seek after Him!

My family studied Hanukkah and the significance behind it. It was such a blessing to know that our Messiah also attended Hanukkah because of its importance! I am carefully removing myself from the “Doctrines/Traditions of man” and following HIS WAY, and leaving paganism behind. Sad, as I thought I left Egypt when I was delivered out of Mormonism only to find myself still there– stuck in “Man’s Doctrines” and “Replacement Theology”(duped twice)!

Many churches still acknowledge the Sabbath on Sunday when it was sanctified, blessed, and called HOLY by YHVH on Saturday (Sunset Friday –Sunset Saturday). Constantine (Catholicism) made that change and many followed that alteration; forgetting what Adonai said: Mark 7:7-9 “Their worship of me is useless, because they teach man-made rules as if they were doctrines.’ “You depart from G-d’s command and hold onto human tradition. Indeed,” he said to them, “you have made a fine art of departing from G-d’s command in order to keep your tradition! ”

I am torn that so many (myself included) have missed knowing why Adonai said “To remember the Sabbath (Shabbat) and keep it Holy.” Reading through the 10 Commandments (10 Words), how many commandments did HE make a point to tell us to “Remember?” Was it because He knew we wouldn’t honor the 4th Commandment and justify reasons not to?

It is humbling to know that Adonai has such a deep love for mankind that HE has made a way for non-Jews to be grafted-in with Israel as an “Israelite”, through the seed Abraham. Just like the root of an olive tree, the roots are so tightly intertwined they cannot separate. Yeshua desires the Jewish-chosen people and the Gentiles to become “One” which can only happen when the Jews submit to and embrace Yeshua as their Messiah, and the Gentiles (Non Jews) submit to and embrace the Torah—as Yeshua IS the Torah and our Salvation. If the foundations are removed, what righteousness is left? YHVH — G-d changes not.

Recently, my husband and I both discovered (through genealogy) that we both are Jews! It is incredible that we have so many surnames that go back many generations on all sides of each of our parents. What an amazing blessing Father Abba has revealed. The timing is rather interesting, too. This is our third year of leaving Egypt, and three has a huge significance (3rd day of Creation resembles- GATHERING, life, fruit bearing seeds, trees). Our Father is faithful to HIS promises: what Elohim has scattered HE regathers! The past year, Adonai has been telling me who I am, but now, He has confirmed  my identity with a tangible.

What man has taken (our Jewish identity), HaShem  restored by revealing and regathering His scattered people.

Can anyone claim with their lips they follow “Jesus” and yet, not follow HIS Ways (Holy Feasts)? How many Christians really know what HIS Ways are when they haven’t been taught?

I plan to continue to study the Creation Gospel, Hebrew letters (each letter holds a significance to what HaShem is revealing to us), the Feasts (HIS Holy Days of APPOINTED TIMES- Moedim), Torah– HIS Word –the Bible (with real Hebrew names i.e. Esther’s real name is Hadassah), as each one has a substantial purpose to everything He is telling us.

I stand amazed and humbled of what Adonai is teaching me; drawing me in even closer– intimately. I have missed so much over the years being deceived by doctrines of man. I am breath-taken in the awesomeness the Father is revealing to me—I can‘t keep up!!

May Adonai continue to draw my loved ones “out of her,” and into His Divine appointments through the Ruach Kodeshka (רוּחַ קָדְשְׁךָ, “thy Holy Spirit”).

Blessings and Shalom!

P. Miller
( Shamira the Shepherdess )

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