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Stay in the Box, Jack!

Stay in the box, Jack!

I am sure many of us can remember the boxed toy “Jack-in-the-Box” that when the handle was cranked, that catchy song would play; leading up to “Jack” popping out of the box. The younger children would laugh and wait in anticipation for “Jack” to jump out of the box, but as the children grew older, were no longer interested in Jack-in-the-Box (Poor Jack!). But what if in life, following Yahweh’s Path, HE wanted us to remain under HIS PROTECTIVE COVERING (a box, such as a Sukkah- awesome observation, TEKOA!). The Father wants us under HIS Covering in order to be protected from the serpents.

After receiving a hurtful text “I do not live in a box” after my loving reminder that not all movies are good choices just because they claim to be Christian, verifies this is truly a heart matter.

Teens today have many obstacles and side attractions that are taking preeminence; leading them with distractions that are turning the tables of what has real validity.  Social media, movies and sitcoms of today’s desires (feeding the Nefesh), Facebook, and super heroes (shouldn’t YAHWEH be the real Hero?) are taking precedence of Torah- God’s Instructions.

Sadly, many teens today are becoming caught up in a snare by not having discernment, and the “Destroyer” has already set up the bait.

Many teens in the world have never lived a life where having a love for the Torah (God’s Instructions) are considered. Instead, they are raised up by their own” needs and wants” of the Nefesh. Unfortunately, they are not receiving good wisdom and godly counsel for guidance, only the poor guidance of their desires. “These desires mirror television, movies, games, and internet images of the beast; they do not look into the perfect Torah of Liberty as a mirror by which to measure their behavior.”[1]

Unfortunately, many teens are becoming desensitized by self-deceptions that stem from fear and pride. Many feel as though they have to “fit-in” in order to be accepted. Believers feel as though they can’t speak the truth about their Savior in case they offend.  Are stubborn agendas getting in the way of Abba’s Will? Yes! Believers, as well as unbelievers can easily fall into “self-deception.” Believers are not exempt from falling into self-deceit, which is a sickness of lies from the accuser- Ha’satan! We need to realize that Torah is written on our heart.

“The heart is more deceitful than anything else
and mortally sick. Who can fathom it? [2]–Jeremiah 17:9 CJB

“A disciple of Yeshua Messiah is one who is in the transformational process of removing veils of self-deceit in order to find truth. “[3][4]

“A true disciple finds the word of truth through obedience to the Living Torah by practicing an ongoing lifestyle of leaning into the discomfort of finding or removing his own distorted beliefs and attitudes.” [5][6]

We need to fully rely on the Ruach Ha’Kodesh as our Comforter, and Compass to keep us on the NARROW PATH. When we do not compare distortions to the Word of God, and begin to justify our ways and behaviors that do not line up with Yahweh, we place ourselves on a slippery slope with an opened invitation for the Adversary. Some people deceive their own hearts when they believe that they are saved alone by grace, but continue to live in disobedience. We cannot continue to disobey the Living Torah!

Greg Bahnsen (1995), a Christian Apologist wrote, “There is something of a cognitive mess at the core of our lives. We are inconsistent in our choices, incoherent in our convictions, persuaded where we ought not to be, and deluded that we know ourselves transparently.”  This describes Balaam and believers.

  • Balaam was so distracted and arrogant that when the donkey wasn’t responding to his demands, and began to yell at a talking donkey –Self-deception misses the miracles.
  • Balaam was so blinded by his own self-will that Hashem uncovered his eyes so that he could see the Angel standing in front of him. How interesting that he chose to not listen to sound advice, he had to see it instead. We are deceived when we don’t listen to “Good Counsel.”
  • Balaam tells the Angel of Adonai, “I didn’t know you opposed me in the path I’m taking.” Really? Didn’t G-d already tell him “You shall not go?”  –We lie to ourselves with self-deception.
  • Balaam says, “If it is evil in your eyes (but not mine). I shall return.” He already knew Hashem knew it was evil, but his willingness to comply with HIS will was reluctant. He obviously didn’t agree that was a bad idea. When we question G-d’s will and think we know a better way, we self-deceive.
  • Balak was so fearful of Israel’s’ presence [7]

We need to elevate ourselves, our attitudes, what we watch, say (Text), and do. We self-deceive and place ourselves in bondage when we ignore godly wisdom from others, disrespect our elders, think our way is better, justify our own desires, ignore the effects of our sins, remain unteachable by not listening to Good Counsel, and remain passive to Torah.

Self-deception is sorcery (witchcraft) and accompanies disobedience. The Father’s children should not depend on goods (materialistic items), money, titles, honors, accomplishments, or on people to make them feel good about themselves. We, as His children, need to depend on the Father in Heaven.

Yeshua tells us : The Truth Will Make You Free!

31 So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”[8] John 8:31-32

A true Disciple is able to teach another person how to discern from “Self-Deceit” because they are obedient to Yahweh’s Word–living and walking in the Way.

The Torah is a mirror that removes the distortions from man’s ideas.  A person who does not remain in the teachings of the Torah is a poor marksman. His eyes deceive him. Sadly, deceived believers may be a leader and misleading many others.

According to Crosswalk (dot) com .70% of teens end up leaving the churches, but after a while two-thirds return. But it said mainly they leave because it’s not important to them.

Though one would hope they would actually leave the churches because of “Doctrines of Man” and the antisemitism of “Replacement Theology” to study Torah, sadly, this isn’t the case, I believe, in most cases for teens alone.

So the question is, “Why don’t they feel church is important?”  I conclude that many place their Nefesh (a bundle of appetites, desires, and intellect) above their Ruach (spirit), and they are allowing the Nefesh to lead. I would suggest that social media and “other” worldly interests are taking priority. Some may see hypocrisy and they want to hang out with friends; having no interest in obedience to the 10 Commandments, and a good portion of students do not want to have accountability for their choices and/or lifestyles (so much corruption in movies , TV and music) with much confusion.—Self-Deception runs deep.

There is another issue that teens struggle with and that’s with concrete evidence. If they do not understand something, and it really doesn’t pertain to them as a tangible, they find it hard to believe it if it doesn’t appear to fit their needs personally. It really doesn’t help when school curriculum is all based on concrete evidence, not faith. Obviously, one doesn’t need faith to believe that 2×2=4. That understanding is learned.

Ha’satan is working overtime whispering lies to our children—adding to self-deception. If Ha’satan can convince our children that not all of the 10 Commandments are important (becoming passive and ignoring HIS SABBATHS), prey on their weakness, or puff them up on their strengths, then he (Ha’satan) can get them to sabotage themselves (in sin) just like when Balaam deceived the Israelites to mix sexually (corruption) with the Moabites. It was the Moabites who tempted the Israelite men to commit adultery and idolatry. The Adversary will use what people “like” against them to fall. The Nefesh (a bundle of appetites, desires, and intellect) is very strong, and if we allow it rise up above our Ruach (Spirit), we place our Ruach under our heel—at ground level. That isn’t a good place to be (ground level is placed in the dirt).

It seems today that most teens in America are given almost everything instantly. For example, they have an abundance of clothing, car, play money, trips, the newest devises, music downloads, X-boxes and more. I am not alluding to they shouldn’t have any clothes, and a phone, I am just pointing out that in the Western world it doesn’t appear many are working hard for “wanted” items. It as if it’s given just as quickly as getting results from a touch screen instant gratification. The Nefesh doesn’t like the words “no” or “wait”. It thinks it is going to die. If you can recall Esau, he sold his birthright for some red soup. He thought he was going to die, He wasn’t going to die, he wanted what he wanted and NOW!

Balaam’s sin was a heart matter and left to his Nefesh (Soul/flesh) to lead, not his Ruach (spirit). Because of that being left unchecked to accountability in HIS righteousness, he devised wicked plans. His sin came from the fourth of the “Wicked Lamp” which is an abomination. Interestingly enough, the presence of the Adversary can work for good if it reveals a heart sickness that the individual can choose to remove with the Helper, the Ruach Ha’Kodesh (Holy Spirit).[9]

It is very interesting that “Balaam” means “Burning” such as the burning of the desires of the Nefesh. Balak” means Destroyer-no promise of Eternal Good.

“This is the sin of Balaam, setting our minds on our own interests, not Adonai’s, which calls for suffering, which call for suffering at times. To resist the times of suffering is to resist the Spirit of Adonai, which demands suffering in order to demonstrate the Holy Spirit of Resurrection Power. Resisting the suffering transforms us, like the Angel of the Lord against Balaam, into an Adversary, a Satan, because our way was contrary to the Father’s!”[10]

What or who do we “mirror” with our actions and attitudes? Our hearts really are a heart matter and reflect who we are. Who/what are we listening to? Do we want our ears tickled? What kind of movies are we watching at the expense of our Spirit being forced to watch? Are we holding our Ruach captive to the desires of the Nefesh?  Are we entertaining our Nefesh by justifying poor reasoning, and dancing with forbidden fruit? –A heart matter, indeed. “WWJD?” Yeshua/Jesus would be following the Ancient Path of the Father in obedience (Living the 10 Commandments, keeping Sabbaths, keeping dietary laws, keeping the Feasts, and living Torah), not entertaining HIS thoughts with corruption.

We, as believers, and even unbelievers, need to understand the despondency of the 7 abominations that G-d hates.

Proverbs 6:16-19

  • A proud look
  • A lying tongue
  • Hands that shed innocent blood
  • A heart that deviseth wicked imaginations/plans
  • Feet that be swift in running to mischief/evil
  • A false witness that speaketh lies
  • He that soweth discord among brethren.

We need to have GOOD COUNSEL and HIS discernment where we are getting our information from. Are we seeking those who have no relationship with the Father and/or despise HIS name and willfully living in sin for advice? Are we listening to others who are speaking negatively (Evil Speak) without hope for others? Are we listening to Ha’satan whisper lies into our ears? Perhaps we should go to the individual for truth (having godly wisdom) before seeking to have our ears tickled.

The Adversary has many angles to work on our children. After all, he is an expert in his work—the father of lies!

When teens (and people in general) are unable to accept certain Biblical truths because there are no tangibles, and it doesn’t meet their needs personally, have lost interest in Biblical teachings (Tanakh- OT), fallen into false teachings that the law was abolished, become desensitized from loving-kindness by disrespecting elders, expecting instant gratification, and to be compensated (lusts of the flesh/Nefesh from feeling slighted), it really comes down to “heart” matters and self-deceit, as well as listening to the lies of Ha’satan.

Eve (Chavah) was asked by the serpent, “Did He really say……?” Had Chavah gone back to the Father before answering, the outcome for her would have been different. Also, we have “Doubting Thomas” who wouldn’t believe the resurrected Christ/Yeshua without feeling HIS Wounds, seeing it for himself. This is a tangible. Faith by believing in the hope He has given us is to be praised!

 John 20:29Yeshua said to him, “Have you trusted because you have seen me? How blessed are those who do not see, but trust anyway!” [11]

Abba loves us so much. He desires for us to Follow HIM—HIS WAY, no ours. Man’s ways lead to destruction, HIS WAY leads to Life Eternity through the Living Water. He is the Bread of Life through YESHUA!

We need to be careful how we treat HIS Messengers.

Proverbs 14:12There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death. [12]

 

Perhaps, we, like Jack, need to get back in the box, THE SUKKAH, under HIS Covering—HIS PROTECTION—HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS.

“The seventh (and final) feast given to Israel is called Sukkot (סֻכּוֹת) or the “Feast of Tabernacles.” Sukkot is observed in the fall, from the 15th to the 22nd of Tishri. During this time many Jewish families construct a sukkah (סֻכָּה), a small hastily built hut in which meals are eaten throughout the festival. The sukkah is used to remember the huts [plural: sukkot] Israel lived in during their 40 year sojourn in the desert after the exodus from Egypt.

You shall keep the Feast of Sukkot seven days, when you have gathered in the produce… You shall rejoice in your feast… because the LORD your God will bless you in all your produce and in all the work of your hands, so that you will be altogether joyful. (Deut. 16:13-15)

From a spiritual perspective, Sukkot corresponds to the joy of knowing your sins were forgiven (during Yom Kippur), and also recalls God’s miraculous provision and care after the deliverance from bondage in Egypt (Lev. 23:43). Prophetically, Sukkot anticipates the coming kingdom of Yeshua the Messiah wherein all the nations shall come up to Jerusalem to worship the LORD during the festival (see Zech. 14:16). Today Sukkot is a time to remember God’s Sheltering Presence and Provision for us for the start of the New Year. In light of the work of Yeshua as our Kohen Gadol (high priest) of the New Covenant, we now have access to the Heavenly Temple of God (Heb. 4:16). We are now members of the greater Temple of His body; we are now part of His great Sukkah!” [13]

We need to have Teshuva (repent and return to HIM), and have a desire to follow HIM –HIS WAY. We need to stop justifying our own ways (Spiritual adultery), and value Yahweh’s’ Word (TORAH-YESHUA) completely. We need to have a change of heart—one that is flesh, not hardened. It is so important we have a true relationship with our Father Abba, our Creator; honoring HIS Name on High. And allow the Ruach Ha’Kodesh in our lives for comfort and good counsel.

I pray that believers in the body will stop acting like the wild beast of the field, stop allowing the lil’ Esau’s from selling their birthright for red soup (desires by justifying, which is self-deceit), and set fear and pride aside (under the heel) by honoring one another; giving all glory back to Father Abba-Yahweh.

Let’s join together under Yahweh’s protective covering, HIS Cloud of righteousness, His sukkah, and allow HIS provision to surround us, not remaining opened to the world.

Blessings and Shalom,

Shamira the Shepherdess (P. Miller)

 

[1] Alewine, Bamidbar, Creation Gospel pp 159

[2] Jeremiah 17:9 (CJB)

[3] Alewine, Bamidbar, Creation Gospel pp130

[4] Alewine, Bamidbar, Creation Gospel, pp 130

[5] Alewine, Bamidbar, Creation Gospel, pp 131

[6] Alewine, Bamidbar, Creation Gospel, pp 130

[7] Alewine, Bamidbar, Creation Gospel, pp 131

[8] John 8:31-32 (NASB)

 

[9] Alewine, Bamidbar, Creation Gospel, pp 141

[10] Alewine, The Wicked Lamp, Creation Gospel series, pp 10

[11] Complete Jewish Bible

[12] KJV

[13] Hebrew4Christians-internet

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Bereishit (Part 1)

 

Torah Portions: Tishrei 27, 5776 Gen. 1:1-6:8 ~ Is. 42:5-43:10 ~ Matt 1-2

“Elohim’s Torah is a hidden treasure of light and Life.”[1]

As we open up our Holy Scriptures to Gen1:1, we are blessed to read:” In the Beginning Elohim created both the heavens and the earth.”

This topic with be a combined commentary that is biblically backed up using information from El Shaddai Ministries, Dr. Hollisa Alewine’s Creation Gospel, and my own commentary based off of the Holy Scriptures interpretations.

Elohim speaks of God as King and ruler. He is above all and has created everything.

YHVH (Behold the hand, behold the nail) also means merciful, and isn’t introduced until later in Genesis, as man cannot live under strict justice alone. Man needs a merciful God or else we couldn’t exist. HIS righteous is too powerful against our sinful nature.

Let’s take a closer look at “Bereishit.” It means “In the Beginning.” HE is the beginning and the end. The first letter of the Hebrew letter is “Aleph;” which is silent. “Beit” is the second letter of the Hebrew alphabet. The Father is silent and speaks through HIS son, the Messiah. Beit is the second Hebrew letter which means “to build.” This clearly tells us that Yahweh created through the Messiah (Merciful).

“Reshit” also means First Fruits (the Messiah). And even the Jews believe that the Messiah’s name is “Reshit (ray-sheet).” “Beit” also means by or for. So we can see that Creation was built/made in the beginning, by the Messiah. This is so amazing!!

One thing we have to understand is that our English Bibles lost some things during translation. One might say we got “ripped-off.” As we look back in Genesis 1:1 the 4th word is missing the Hebraic meaning Aleph Tav (את). The Aleph Tav is the beginning and the end. HE is the beginning and the end. As in their (22) Hebrew letters, we have (24) English letters in our alphabet.

heblet1

Now some may not know, but in Hebrew, they read in the opposite direction that we do. So you have to look at the letter (symbol) on the right; reading right to left.

Now let’s stop a minute and look up John 1:1 in our Holy Scriptures.

John 1:1 “In the beginning was the Word,  and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”[2]

Isn’t interesting, as we look into the New Testament (Writings), it tells us to go back to the beginning –the Tanack (Old Testament). Looking closer into John 1:1, we can easily see that the WORD is from the beginning at Creation—YESHUA!

Some may be surprised to hear this, but let’s look at the second and third verse:

John 1:2-3 2 “He was with God in the beginning.All things came to be through him, and without him nothing made had being.”[3]

The Holy Scriptures solidify that YESHUA is the Word of YAHWEH and spoke everything into existence through the Ruah ha’Kodesh (Holy Spirit).

John 1:14 is one of my favorite verses verifies my above statement:

John 1:14 “The Word became a human being and lived with us, and we saw his Sh’khinah, the Sh’khinah of the Father’s only Son, full of grace and truth.”[4]

Genesis 1:1-5

 1”In the beginning Elohim created the heavens and the earth.2And the earth came to bea formless and empty, and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of Elohim was moving on the face of the waters.3And Elohim said, “Let light come to be,” and light came to be.4And Elohim saw the light, that it was good. And Elohim separated the light from the darkness.5And Elohim called the light ‘day’ and the darkness He called ‘night.’ And there came to be evening and there came to be morning, the first day.”[5]

Now, if you flip your pages over to 1 Timothy 1:88 And we know that the Torah is good if one uses it legitimately”[6]

It is very important to understand that “Torah/Law” also means God’s instructions. And Yahweh (God) said that the Torah is Good. Also, Paul loved to follow and teach from the Torah. He, too, said it was good for instruction.

 

2 Timothy 3:15-17

15 “and recalling too how from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which can give you the wisdom that leads to deliverance through trusting in Yeshua the Messiah. 16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is valuable for teaching the truth, convicting of sin, correcting faults and training in right living; 17 thus anyone who belongs to God may be fully equipped for every good work.”[7]

We certainly can’t forget Proverbs 6:23

3 “For the mitzvah is a lamp, Torah is light, and reproofs that discipline are the way to life.”[8]

Mitzvah is Hebrew for Commandments. So right there, it says, that HIS Torah (Law/Instructions) is Light! WHO is light? YESHUA! And reproofs that discipline is the way to life. ‘WHO’ is the way, the truth and the life? YESHUA, of course!! So WHO is TORAH? YESHUA! He is the Word; breathed out by the Ruach ha’Kodesh.

One cannot remove Torah by calling it abolished. That would remove Yeshua (Light). Yeshua means Salvation. Who in their right mind would want to abolish Salvation? Only Ha’satan wants to remove salvation. It IS very critical and wrong-thinking when Christians say the Torah has been abolished. Ha’satan is the father of lies and will stop at nothing to deceive others. Let’s stop here and think for just a minute and ask ourselves if Ha’satan would desire to remove HIS WAY and place it with our own desires, or a counterfeit? Did he not question God’s authority back in the garden when he asked Eve did God really said that….?

Today Ha’satan is doing the same thing in the churches by asking us did He really say to follow Torah…?

Yeshua is the living Torah!

Sadly, many have no idea what they’re saying and that is because “Doctrines of Men” teachings are through Greek/Western glasses, not Hebrew. Yeshua is/was Hebrew.

Isaiah 8:20

20 ‘”To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.”[9]

Who is the testimony? Yeshua (Salvation)! If they do not speak according to THIS Word, there is NO light in them! So to abolish Torah then that brings forth DARKNESS!

Now let’s look at Revelation 12:17

17”And the dragon was enraged with the woman, and he went to fight with the remnant of her seed, those guarding the commands of Elohim and possessing the witness of יהושע Messiah.”[10]

The dragon, Ha’satan, went off and waged war against those who kept the commands of Elohim by possessing the witness of Yeshua Messiah ha’ Mashiach! Are you sure we should abolish the testimony? NO!

John 3:16-21

16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his only and unique Son, so that everyone who trusts in him may have eternal life, instead of being utterly destroyed. 17 For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but rather so that through him, the world might be saved. 18 Those who trust in him are not judged; those who do not trust have been judged already, in that they have not trusted in the one who is God’s only and unique Son.

19 “Now this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, but people loved the darkness rather than the light. Why? Because their actions were wicked. 20 For everyone who does evil things hates the light and avoids it, so that his actions won’t be exposed. 21 But everyone who does what is true comes to the light, so that all may see that his actions are accomplished through God.”[11]

Torah is the Light and Truth and only the wicked want to abolish it. We need to have right thinking– Hebraic understanding. This is very serious!

Let’s briefly recap:

Let there be light, and light came into the world. There was light, but man hated darkness. God created the light and said it was good, but wicked men hated the light, and therefore God separated the light from the darkness. Those who hate darkness do not want light, and those who love truth, want to walk in the light—TORAH!

Torah is the living truth and light. If we do not want to be reproved (to be teachable), then the alternative states we do not want the light, nor Yeshua; who is the light!!

 

 Genesis 3:23- 24

23 “therefore Adonai, God, sent him out of the garden of ‘Eden to cultivate the ground from which he was taken. 24 So he drove the man out, and he placed at the east of the garden of ‘Eden the k’ruvim and a flaming sword which turned in every direction to guard the way to the tree of life.”[12]

When Adam and Eve sinned, they had to leave the garden. When they sinned, there was a separation between them and the Father. The Tree of Life was then guarded by Angels with swords until Elohim prepared a WAY back to HIM-through Yeshua!

For us to enter back into the garden to have immortality, we need SOMEONE WHO can take us through the WAY!

“Lord Yeshua proclaimed in Revelation 1:8 “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End,” says the Lord, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.” (The Aleph and Tav תא)

In Revelation1:11 saying, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last,” and, “What you see, write in a book and send it to the seven churches which are in Asia: to Ephesus, to Smyrna, to Pergamos, to Thyatira, to Sardis, to Philadelphia, and to Laodicea.” (The Aleph and Tav תא)

Revelation 21:6 He said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts. (The Aleph and Tav תא) Revelation 22:13“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.” (The Aleph and Tav תא)

Adonai Yeshua is the Aleph and Tav תא found within the Torah. By seeing the Aleph and the Tav we know that these are Yeshua words. Yeshua said in John 5:46 “For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me; for he wrote about Me.(We see the Aleph and Tav תא also validating this as Yeshua’s words found within Torah).”[13]

The Good News!!

Exodus 26:31

31“And you shall make a veil of blue and purple and scarlet material, and fine woven linen, the work of a skilled workman, made with keruḇim.”[14]

Just like the Kerubims that guarded the Tree of Life, we cannot just go through the Holy of Holies by ourselves as there is a sword. We need ONE who can take us there.

Leviticus 16:2

2 “Adonai said to Moshe, “Tell your brother Aharon not to come at just any time into the Holy Place beyond the curtain, in front of the ark-cover which is on the ark, so that he will not die; because I appear in the cloud over the ark-cover.”[15]

Elohim is telling us that we cannot return by ourselves; especially based on our own terms (prideful). HE is an all- consuming fire. We cannot return to the garden without HIS help that HE has provided—YESHUA! Yeshua is the WAY to the Tree of Life.

It is amazing to know that the Garden of Eden was not part of the Creation. He didn’t speak it into existence. He planted it HIMSELF. HE IS the gardener!!

When Elohim created Adam, he formed Adam outside of the garden, breathed-life into him, and then placed him in the garden. Do you recall back when Yeshua died, was buried, and rose when Miriam came to the tomb? She didn’t recognize her Savior. And when Yeshua asked her “Why are you weeping?” “Who are you looking for?” She thought he was the gardener.

HE WAS THE GARDERNER of all creation!!!

I find it amazing to learn (many miss this), that Adam was the one who was given the commandment not to eat the fruit from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. Eve wasn’t even made yet. She was designed from Adam’s rib later on. It was Adam who forgot about God. Yes, Eve sinned because she desired to have more knowledge (pride). But Adam blamed God and Eve without taking any responsibility that he had forgotten about God and listened to a different master. OUCH!

Genesis 2:7

7And יהוה Elohim formed the man out of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils breath of life. And the man became a living being.” [16]

Genesis 2:15-23

15 “[i]Adonai, God, took the person and put him in the garden of ‘Eden to cultivate and care for it. 16 Adonai, God, gave the person this order: “You may freely eat from every tree in the garden 17 except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. You are not to eat from it, because on the day that you eat from it, it will become certain that you will die.”

18 Adonai, God, said, “It isn’t good that the person should be alone. I will make for him a companion suitable for helping him.” 19 So from the ground Adonai, God, formed every wild animal and every bird that flies in the air, and he brought them to the person to see what he would call them. Whatever the person would call each living creature, that was to be its name. (S: iii) 20 So the person gave names to all the livestock, to the birds in the air and to every wild animal. But for Adam there was not found a companion suitable for helping him.

21 Then God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the person; and while he was sleeping, he took one of his ribs and closed up the place from which he took it with flesh. 22 The rib which Adonai, God, had taken from the person, he made a woman-person; and he brought her to the man-person. 23 The man-person said, “At last! This is bone from my bones and flesh from my flesh. She is to be called Woman [c], because she was taken out of Man [d].[17]

God brought forth the woman to be Adam’s “protector.” We will talk more on that later on a different topic.

This Torah Portion is about the Creation of the heavens and the earth. Man was nothing until Elohim breathed life into him. The Haftorah is about the creation of the Nation of Israel.

Isaiah 42:5-8

“Thus says God, Adonai, who created the heavens and spread them out, who stretched out the earth and all that grows from it, who gives breath to the people on it and spirit to those who walk on it: “I, Adonai, called you righteously, I took hold of you by the hand, I shaped you and made you a covenant for the people, to be a light for the Goyim, so that you can open blind eyes, free the prisoners from confinement, those living in darkness from the dungeon. I am Adonai; that is my name. I yield my glory to no one else, nor my praise to any idol.”[18]

Just as YHVH gave light in Creation (before the sun, moon and stars were created), He is also going to build up Israel for them to bring HIS light to the Gentiles, and to the nations that are in darkness. As he separated light from the darkness in Creation, HE also separated Israel from the Nations with HIS covenant to be SET APART. Yah is going to hold the hand of Israel, and lead them to HIM.

We, too, have been called to be SET APART from the world, but we are to be “Grafted-in” with Israel to be in One Accord, One Belief, and One Yahweh (God).

Isaiah 42:21-23

21 “Adonai was pleased, for his righteousness’ sake, to make the Torah great and glorious. 22 But this is a people pillaged and plundered, all trapped in holes and sequestered in prisons. They are there to be plundered, with no one to rescue them; there to be pillaged, and no one says, “Return them!” 23 Which of you will listen to this? Who will hear and give heed in the times to come?” [19]

Acts 3:19-2219“Repent therefore and turn back, for the blotting out of your sins, in order that times of refreshing might come from the presence of the Master,20and that He sends יהושע Messiah, pre-appointed for you,21whom heaven needs to receive until the times of restoration of all matters, of which Elohim spoke through the mouth of all His set-apart prophets since of old.22“For Mosheh truly said to the fathers, ‘יהוה your Elohim shall raise up for you a Prophet like me from your brothers. Him you shall hear according to all matters, whatever He says to you.”[20]

Acts was written after Yeshua had died, was buried, resurrected, and ascended to heaven. So Acts is talking about the 2nd coming, not the first.

The Father is telling us that HIS Torah must be restored and the Light/Torah is not abolished. He is the Way the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father without going through Yeshua, the Redeemer. Yeshua isn’t coming back until all things are restored through HIM. The Torah (Yeshua/Light/Truth) is to be honored and magnified. Darkness wants to put it away and say it was abolished, and not to follow the law/Torah. Why would we want to put out the light/Salvation?

Isaiah 43:1

“But now thus saith the Lord that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine.

Isaiah 43:5-7

Fear not: for I am with thee: I will bring thy seed from the east, and gather thee from the west; I will say to the north, Give up; and to the south, Keep not back: bring my sons from far, and my daughters from the ends of the earth; Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him.

Isaiah 43:10,11

Ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me. I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no Messiah.

YAHWEY has separated Israel, and they became scattered. But Yah will have an ingathering; calling back HIS people to Israel when there is a restoration of Israel, and perhaps the temple.”[21]

In Matthew 1:1 it records that the Messiah came from the house of David. Yeshua is the son of David.

John 8:12

12 “ Yeshua spoke to them again: “I am the light of the world; whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light which gives life.” [22]

Now here is a verse that will knock your socks off:

Zechariah 12:10

10“And I shall pour on the house of Dawiḏ and on the inhabitants of Yerushalayim a spirit of favour and prayers. And they shall look on Me whom they pierced, and they shall mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son. And they shall be in bitterness over Him as a bitterness over the first-born.”[23]

After reading through these verses, we can now verify the truth of the Torah is our Savior, Yeshua the Messiah. He is the light of this world, and whoever follows Yeshua/Torah will never walk in darkness but will have the light of LIFE! Imagine how many mainstream Christians cry out stating that the “Torah has been done away with”, “It was nailed to the cross”, and “It’s abolished!” Only to come to the understanding that it’s Ha’satan who has been deceiving us/them. This is craziness and wrong-thinking.

Only those who live in darkness would want to get rid of the Torah and not live by HIS Instructions.

Without the Torah there is no Yeshua, no light, no salvation, and no Word to live by. If there wasn’t a Word that was breathed-out by the Ruach ha’ Kodesh, there wouldn’t be Yahweh (One Who took the mercy seat), and we couldn’t exist in our sinful nature, and no truth.

Praise Yah that HE did bring forth Torah for us to have the WAY back to HIM through Yeshua .

He is the living water!!

 

John 7:37-38

37 Now on the last day of the festival, Hoshana Rabbah, Yeshua stood and cried out, “If anyone is thirsty, let him keep coming to me and drinking! 38 Whoever puts his trust in me, as the Scripture says, rivers of living water will flow from his inmost being!” [24]

The (4) Rivers will flow out from HIS inmost being. Just like in the beginning, in the Garden of Eden, the (4) Rivers flowed.

Genesis 2:10-14

10” A river went out of ‘Eden to water the garden, and from there it divided into four streams. 11 The name of the first is Pishon; it winds throughout the land of Havilah, where there is gold. 12 The gold of that land is good; aromatic resin and onyx stone are also found there. 13 The name of the second river is Gichon; it winds throughout the land of Kush. 14 The name of the third river is Tigris; it is the one that flows toward the east of Ashur. The fourth river is the Euphrates.”[25]

Stay-tuned to Bereishit Part 2 as we venture into the Creation Gospel where we explore the 4 rivers and its significance to Creation and the Living water of our Savior, Yeshua!

Footnotes:

[1] El Shaddai Ministries

[2] Complete Jewish Bible John 1:1/Yohanan

[3] Complete Jewish Bible John 1:2,3/Yohanan

[4] Complete Jewish Bible John 1:2,3/Yohanan

[5] The Scriptures (ISR 1998)- Genesis 1:1-5

[6] The Scriptures (ISR) -1 Timothy 1:8

[7] Complete Jewish Bible -2 Timothy 3:15-17

[8] Complete Jewish Bible -Proverbs 6:23

[9] NKJV- Isaiah 8:20

[10]The Scriptures ( ISR) -Revelation 12:17

[11] Complete Jewish Bible- John 3:16-21

[12] Complete Jewish Bible- Genesis 3:23,24

[13] Last Trumpet (dot) org

[14] The Scriptures (ISR) -Exodus 26:31

[15] Complete Jewish Bible Leviticus 16:2

[16] The Scriptures (ISR) Genesis 2:7

[17] Complete Jewish Bible- Genesis 2:15-23

[18] Complete Jewish Bible- Isaiah 42: 5-8

[19] Complete Jewish Bible- Isaiah 42: 21-23

[20] The Scriptures (ISR) Acts 3:19-22

[21] El Shaddai Ministries Torah Portions notes. Isaiah: 43:1,5-7,10,11

[22] Complete Jewish Bible John 8:12

[23] The Scriptures (ISR) Zechariah 12:10

[24] Complete Jewish Bible- John 7:37-38

[25] Complete Jewish Bible- Genesis 2:10-14

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