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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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The Sheep Shall Follow His Shepherd/Shepherdess

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The Sheep Shall Follow His Shepherd/Shepherdess

Have you ever questioned why Yahweh always refers to human beings as sheep? Is it because we’re cute and cuddly? Maybe it’s because we like to run about merrily. There are other reasons that would be more accurate; of course, the above ones certainly contribute, too. I would add that running in an opened field is how we get into mischief.

Yeshua is our Shepherd, and HIS flock knows and hears HIS voice. HE is always watching us, and HE comes to us when we call out. We may not always understand HIS ways, but HIS ways surpass our ideals. Likewise, having raised sheep myself, I can certainly testify that our sheep needed a Shepherd/Shepherdess.

I will share two stores about two different herds, and by the time you’re done reading, you will have come to the conclusion that us being referred to sheep is very fitting.

The first group was a wild bunch- a mixed multitude of breeds. Most were the typical all white in color. However, there was an additional one that was a blackish-cinnamon mix. He was different from the others. He would spend the day with the group eating, sleeping, and running every which way.

Whenever I walked into the pasture, called out his name, he would stop what he was doing and run to me. It was so amazing to watch in the center of the crowded flock, when I called out to him, up popped his head; facing directly at me. He would then make way and run to me. It never seemed to matter what he was doing. When his shepherdess called his name, he came running towards the familiar voice. I do believe that is what we’re supposed to do when our Master calls. But until we, HIS Flock, know HIS voice and remember to OBEY, will we be like my Blackish-Cinnamon mixed lamb, and run to our Shepherd, Yeshua.

Now, the rest of that group wasn’t so inspiring. They constantly needed their shepherd or shepherdess nearby. They would crawl under fences (if they found a gap), and have to be chased home. They were too naïve to know that large dogs lived down the way and might want lamb chops for dinner. It wasn’t easy getting them back into their pasture. They had plenty to eat, but their stubbornness seemed to float their boats. One would hope since they followed each other out of the gate (not so nice neighbors liked to open it at times), that returning they would follow suit. NOPE! They would go in all different directions! ~Sound familiar?~

Another interesting character of sheep is that if they get in lodged into a corner, they cannot figure out all they need to do is turn their face to the light, out of darkness , and they are freed. But instead, they remain in darkness and would actually starve to death and die. Likewise with us, without turning our face to HIS light, we will remain in darkness and starve our walk in the Spirit of Yahweh. ~Sound Familiar?~

Now for the second group:

My husband & I took in a herd of sheep. They were the black-faced sheep called Suffolks. They were all pregnant and ready to lamb-out in 4-6 weeks. Sadly, the farmer wasn’t caring for them. They kept going into farmer’s fields to find food. They were very scrawny. They needed nutrition if they were to deliver healthy, live lambs.

During that time, we prepared everything that would give them needed nutrition, special paint, iodine, string, and a clean sheepfold so when the time came for all of those mommies to deliver, everything would be ready.

Of course the time arrived, almost midnight—during a BLIZZARD!
While hubby was at his employment, I was on watch, and sure enough, they had begun to deliver- all at once! Thankfully, I knew what to do, except the blizzard seemed to have been a stressful time, not just for me, but the sheep especially. The sheep, being as clueless as they are, would deliver their young, and get up and walk off with baby in tote—connected to the umbilical cord!

I had the string, scissors, iodine, and special paints on hand. Trying to keep mommy down long enough to tie the strings, iodine, and cut was a bit tricky. The paint was the easy part. I know you are asking why the paint? Sheep don’t always accept their babies, and it’s important to know which babies belong to which mom. It’s very rare they’ll let others suck from them. So the paint was to mark the same alphabet letter on mommy and baby in the same color. Considering ALL of the sheep delivered twins and triplets that night, the letter/paint system especially came in handy!

Some of the sheep would deliver their lambs on top of the snow drifts, muddy areas, or just keep walking while delivering! While some acknowledged their babies, others were new moms and didn’t know what to do.

I am thankful that we had a spot light set up from the house that shined towards the corral, and sheepfold. Being their shepherdess, I helped in their deliveries, guided them to where they were supposed to be, provided the opened doorway into their clean, warm sheepfold where fresh food was provided, and families together.I cannot recall the amount I lambed-out (twins and triplets), but the moms in count were 13 or 14.

I picked up one baby lamb that wasn’t doing very well. I took it into our home and provide additional care, but the poor baby couldn’t keep its temperature to warm up (I had placed him on the bathroom floor on towels as the heater vent was nice and cozy). I did all I could do, but sadly, it died.

Even though I lost one lamb during that horrible blizzard during a long and cold night, others have told me that was amazing to have only lost one during those circumstances. I was still sad that I had lost even one.

We, as HIS sheep, may not always do what we’re supposed to do correctly, we may stand there dumbfounded, lie in the mud, or just walk around aimlessly –totally clueless before we start to learn and get it right.

Thankfully, we have the Torah (HIS Instructions) to follow. Yeshua is our Shepherd Who will never lose HIS sheep. HE IS always there to guide us, and to provide for our every need. He is our Savior, Redeemer, Spiritual food (Torah), Great Physician, and our KING! Yahweh is all glory, and Sovereignty, who calls us HIS friend.

Will we know HIS voice when HE calls? Will we turn our faces towards HIM? Will we come running to our Shepherd; letting NOTHING stop us? Will we trust in HIM and HIS promises? Will we obey our Shepherd Who has laid down HIS life for us?

John 10:1-18 (CJB)

10 “Yes, indeed! I tell you, the person who doesn’t enter the sheep-pen through the door, but climbs in some other way, is a thief and a robber. 2 But the one who goes in through the gate is the sheep’s own shepherd. 3 This is the one the gate-keeper admits, and the sheep hear his voice. He calls his own sheep, each one by name, and leads them out. 4 After taking out all that are his own, he goes on ahead of them; and the sheep follow him because they recognize his voice. 5 They never follow a stranger but will run away from him, because strangers’ voices are unfamiliar to them.”
6 Yeshua used this indirect manner of speaking with them, but they didn’t understand what he was talking to them about. 7 So Yeshua said to them again, “Yes, indeed! I tell you that I am the gate for the sheep. 8 All those who have come before me have been thieves and robbers, but the sheep didn’t listen to them. 9 I am the gate; if someone enters through me, he will be safe and will go in and out and find pasture. 10 The thief comes only in order to steal, kill and destroy; I have come so that they may have life, life in its fullest measure.
11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12 The hired hand, since he isn’t a shepherd and the sheep aren’t his own, sees the wolf coming, abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf drags them off and scatters them. 13 The hired worker behaves like this because that’s all he is, a hired worker; so it doesn’t matter to him what happens to the sheep. 14 I am the good shepherd; I know my own, and my own know me — 15 just as the Father knows me, and I know the Father — and I lay down my life on behalf of the sheep. 16 Also I have other sheep which are not from this pen; I need to bring them, and they will hear my voice; and there will be one flock, one shepherd.
17 “This is why the Father loves me: because I lay down my life — in order to take it up again! 18 No one takes it away from me; on the contrary, I lay it down of my own free will. I have the power to lay it down, and I have the power to take it up again. This is what my Father commanded me to do.”

Shamira the Shepherdess (P. Miller)

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