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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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Bereishit (Part 2)

Torah Portions: Tishrei 27, 5776

Gen. 1:1-6:8 ~ Is. 42:5-43:10 ~ Matt 1-2

Welcome back to Bereishit Part 2. If you haven’t read Bereishit part 1, you can click here. We will now venture into the Creation Gospel where we will explore the four rivers and its significance to Creation and the Living Water– our Savior, Yeshua!

Again, I will be sharing from the Creation Gospel series from Dr. Hollisa Alewine. As we recall, Bereishit means “In the Beginning.” So in the beginning, there were events that were very significant: The creation of the heavens and the earth, Adam and Eve in the Garden, first sins, and the first argument with Cain and Abel over the appointed times, curses, and consequences.

We will focus on the four rivers.

Isaiah 48:16-18

16 “Come close to me, and listen to this: since the beginning I have not spoken in secret, since the time things began to be, I have been there; and now Adonai Elohim has sent me and his Spirit.”

17 Thus says Adonai, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Isra’el: “I am Adonai, your God, who teaches you for your own good, who guides you on the path you should take. 18 If only you would heed my mitzvot! Then your peace would flow on like a river, and your righteousness like the waves of the sea.”[1]

Elohim is telling us to heed HIS Ways. He is teaching us that HE is the Way, the truth and the Life that we should go (follow). He is our Redeemer, Savior, and God. We need to pay very close attention to obey His commandments so that our well-being would flow like a river…

The seven days of Creation were set in patterns, and those patterns are found in Genesis through Revelation. These patterns have chiastic connections as well as contranyms (at their opposite). God is a God of order. In other words, these Ancient Biblical events that took place in the seven days of creation, Kain and Abel, Esau and Jacob, and others were established with a purpose—not randomly.

The Gospel is found in Creation. The seven assemblies in Revelation parallel to specific festivals, Yahweh’s Appointed times, that are known as calendar dates of the Moed; connecting the fourth day of creation: sun, moon, and stars- the Moedim. Kain and Abel brought their offerings to Elohim at Sukkot, but Kain’s did not meet the criteria and fell short because his offering wasn’t firstfruits, just fruits. Kain didn’t give his best to Elohim, just the leftovers.

Though Eden’s primary river isn’t mentioned by Name, Elohim is the source of living waters as well as the Tree of Life. Significantly at Sukkot. Yeshua claimed to be the River of Living Waters, the source of the four rivers[2] :

John 7:37-39

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!” 39 (Now he said this about the Spirit, whom those who trusted in him were to receive later — the Spirit had not yet been given, because Yeshua had not yet been glorified.)”[3]

Yeshua submitted obediently to the Father. He is the Living Water. He is the source that will nourish mankind, and because the Living Water, man (we) can return to the Garden by drinking (those who thirst) from those rivers in seasons. Those seasons are also the (3) pilgrimages: Pesach (Passover), Shavuot (Pentecost), and Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles)—The Moedim.

“The rivers teach a common lesson. First, the water source divided into four “heads” that gave drink for the Garden in circle-type path. Two of the rivers, Pishon and Gihon, are specifically described as having cyclical qualities, like our Moedim, for they savav (surround) like a circle. Moses asked Pharaoh to let the Israelites go into the wilderness to observe chag (pilgrimage- festival), meaning a circle. The cycle of the feasts was part of the circle of the seasons. Those in Havilah within the circle of the rivers drink from the life in the rivers, and they are described as “good gold” and “precious stones.” [4]

The essence of the four rivers is to increase and burst forth with fruit. This includes the seasons of chag: Pesach, Shavuot, and Sukkot, which also are the firstfruits offerings. The moed river also gives off a mist that controls the climate and atmosphere for the Garden. Because it is a carbon-based earth, it makes it the perfect environment for trees, plants, all living creatures, including man. This plan was not only perfect, but very soothing for the man’s souls and spirt and a body made from dirt. It was also a dwelling for the Father to communicate with man. This was the plan for man to exist within the boundaries of the Moedim in which man and God could fellowship together.

What is fascinating is the chiastic Menorah’s description that not only applies to the seven spirits of Yahweh, seven feasts, seven assemblies (churches in Revelation), and the seven days of Creation, but within those branches are also ample for the four rivers.

Genesis 2:4-15

“(A: iv, S: ii) Here is the history of the heavens and the earth when they were created. On the day when Adonai, God, made earth and heaven, there was as yet no wild bush on the earth, and no wild plant had as yet sprung up; for Adonai, God, had not caused it to rain on the earth, and there was no one to cultivate the ground. Rather, a mist went up from the earth which watered the entire surface of the ground.

Then Adonai, God, formed a person [a] from the dust of the ground [b] and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, so that he became a living being. Adonai, God, planted a garden toward the east, in ‘Eden, and there he put the person whom he had formed. Out of the ground Adonai, God, caused to grow every tree pleasing in appearance and good for food, including the tree of life in the middle of the garden and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

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.

15 Adonai, God, took the person and put him in the garden of ‘Eden to cultivate and care for it.”[5]

The river flowed out of Eden to water the Garden. It then divided into four rivers.

Rivers of the Moedim

As you view the Menorah, you’ll be able to see the 4 rivers. The Creation Gospel students are familiar with the 7-branched Menorah, and are learning the connections of each branch as it is HIS Light and Truth.

rivers

EUPHRATES/PERAT  #6578 (Strong’s) is the middle branch, which is the furthest boundary of Israel; yet, the fruit of it is being the Great River. The middle branch also holds the Spirit of Adonai (Holy Spirit/ Ruach ha’Kodesh) as it feeds out to the others.

Exodus 23:31

31“And I shall set your border from the Sea of Reeds to the Sea of the Philistines, and from the wilderness to the River, for I shall give the inhabitants of the land into your hand, and you shall drive them out before you.”[6]

Even though there isn’t a description of its movement, it is still synonymous with Shavuot and it corresponds with Sukkot. The chagim (3 pilgrimages) are all firstfruit offerings. Shavuot is firstfruits of wheat. This represents the Ruach ha’Kodesh (Holy Spirit), which is located on the 4th menorah candlestick—Center!

PISHON #6376 (Strong’s)

Pishon means to increase. Looking at the menorah of the 4 rivers provided, you will notice that the Pishon River “heads” or divides into the 1st and the 7th branches.

The movement of the Pishon river is surrounding (savav), and is thought to represent the Nile.

“One rabbinic view is that Pishon represent the Nile because it was known that flax (pishton) grew freely beside it. (Suchat, 2002, p. 244). The linen (shesh) garments of the priesthood are made of flax. The pattern of the Edenic rivers are paralleled in the High Priests garments.”[7]

The plagues and the Nile originated during the Exodus Passover. Looking at the menorah provided, on the far left branch (branch one) it is also Passover (first feast) which is Israel’s account to have increase. When Moses warned the Pharaoh of the oncoming plagues, Egypt was affected, but Goshen remained free from plagues. Just like in Creation when Elohim separated the light from the darkness, Goshen was separated from the darkness that was sent to Egypt. The more the Egyptians afflicted the Israelites, the more the Israelites increased in number; which was concerning to the Pharaoh! The increase of the Pishon river and the increase of the Israelites (Plagues of the Nile) do parallel concisely.

Now, let’s look at the seventh branch (far one to the right—last one).The 7th branch is also the Sukkot; Feast of Tabernacles. Sukkot is celebrated in remembrance of the Passover—a chiastic connection!

“The plagues Elohim sent begin with the Nile in Egypt end with Babylon in Revelation. Pishon also surrounded Havilah (tribulation, birth pangs, and labor; to circle and writhe). Which contained:

  1. Zahav Tov/ Good Gold (Jerusalem). Located in the space between the first and second branches.
  2. Bedolach/bdellium (divide). Located in the space of the sixth and seventh branches.
  3. Shoham/onyx (to blanch or pale, yet it is seen as a black stone). Located in the space between the first and second branches.

The Good Gold and precious stones of Havilah are shining, representing the first Light of the first day of Creation and the reward of Sukkot, which will also have light without the sun or moon. The prophets often describe the millennial Sukkot as radiant and glorious.” [8]

This also represents Wisdom/Chokmah and Reverence of Adonai/ Yirat Adonai, which are two of the Seven Spirits of YHVH.

Let’s back up for just a minute to gather some additional information that might help clarify some things. We know there are seven days in creation, seven Spirits of God, seven Feasts that are God’s Appointed times, seven churches and seven branches on the Menorah. So let’s try and place the dot-to-dots on this.

Menorah 4 rivers

The Seven Spirits, Seven Feasts, Seven days of Creation, and the Seven Assemblies (Churches) are set up on the Menorah branches 1-7. One will begin on the far left branch; working its way over to the last branch on the far right of the Menorah.

  1. Spirit of Wisdom (Chokmah)/Passover (Pesach)/Light & Darkness/ Ephesus
  2. Spirit of Understanding (Binah)/ Unleavened Bread(Chag HaMatzah)/ Upper and Lower Waters/ Smyrna
  3. Spirit of Counsel (Etzah)/First fruits of Barley(Yom HaBikkurim)/Earth, Fruit, Seed, plants/Pergamum
  4. Spirit of Adonai (Ruach Adonai)/ Pentecost (Shavuot)/Sun, moon, stars/ Thyatira
  5. Spirit of Power (Gvurah)/ Trumpets (Yom Teruah)/ Birds and Fish/ Sardis
  6. Spirit of Knowledge (Daat)/ Day of Atonement (Yom Hakippurim)/ Man & Beast/ Philadelphia
  7. Spirit of Reverence/Fear (Yirat Adonai)/ Tabernacles (Sukkot)/ Sabbath/ Laodicea [9]

Please don’t let this overwhelm you; it takes time for it to soak into our thoughts. We all have been programmed to just surface read; scratching the surface. But YHVH’s Word in much deeper that just surface reading. I don’t know of you like onions, or not, but imagine one in front of you. I will imagine the red onion—yummy, sweet with a kick. One can cut that onion easily enough right in half. But if you take the onion and begin to peel off each layer, one layer at a time, you’re going to be there awhile soaking up its juices. Like reading the Word, it doesn’t just end by quickly scraping the surface; HIS Word, meaning, and patterns are like layers upon layers. In other words, the more you dig into HIS Word (finding Hebrew meanings as Yeshua is/was Hebrew), the more we will have a better understanding on a deeper level in YAH’s presence; soaking up HIS Truth. Until we leave the Western/Greek way of learning, and begin to learn the Hebrew way will we finally begin to see things how HE desires us to!

OK, before I trail off too far, let’s get back to the Four Rivers!

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GICHON #1521 (Strong’s)

Gichon divides into the second and sixth branch, and is described as bursting forth; draw forth as to give birth. These “meanings” can be found in your Strong’s Concordance.

I find this interesting that this river also is savav, surrounding. “A spring in Jerusalem where Solomon was anointed and crowned; his older brother was actually coroneted first, but he was sent away in a Yom Hakippurim picture of L’Adonai vs. L’Azazel.[10]

On the second and the sixth branch, there is a chiastic connection on what more this represents. On the second branch, there is Binah which means to build (Understanding), Chag Hamatzah (Unleavened Bread) chiastically connects to the sixth branch of Daat which means knowledge (sacrificial love), Yom HaKippurium (Day of Atonements). “It also surrounds the Cush (black), which extends from India to Ethiopia. Cush denotes people of a darker color.”[11] Cush is also related to “heat/hot.”

“King David had a Cushite messenger who relayed to him good news of his enemies’ defeat, which included Absalom’s death. Absalom’s death was a usurper, just as Solomon’s other brother tried to usurper his throne. Absalom’s death was bittersweet news, just as the burial of Messiah Yeshua as the Good News was a bittersweet as the Pesach herbs (Passover). Death and burial in darkness must precede the dawning resurrection of the Third Day firstfruits.

Cush means black or dark. This correlates to:

  1. Darkness and burial on Second day
  2. Mosses married a Cushite woman, corresponding to the Yom Kippur/marriage theme
  3. Moses means “Drawn forth” from the water; he married a Cushite; the Torah is drawn forth from the Living Waters of Eden, and the Bride of the Torah will be “black, but comely,” drawn forth from the darkness of the night. This parallels King Solomon’s metaphorical Messianic kingship and his relationship to the lover of Song of Songs.”[12]

Song of Solomon 6:10

““Who is this, shining forth like the dawn, fair as the moon, bright as the sun” — but formidable as an army marching under banners?”[13]

On Yom Kippur, which is the 6th day, the High Priest is anointed just as King Solomon (builder/Ruach Binah) of the first temple. The anointing was at Gihon—another connection!

CHIDEKKEL #2313 (Strong’s)

Chidekkel (noisy, rapid, roaring, Tigris)This will be a division into the third and fifth branches of the Menorah.

The Hebrew word, holekh, means “walks” or “goes” in a movement. There are many connections as this is on the fifth branch that brings in the 5th day of Creation-Birds and fish that moved rapidly. This is also the fifth feast that ties in Trumpets (Day of Blowing), which is characterized by shouting, trumpets, blowing the shofar that is very noisy!

So birth pangs, contractions/growth that become rapid and suddenly busts forward on the third and fourth day, we can see that this connects both Feasts of Firstfruits: First Fruits of Barley and Feasts of Trumpets. This also ties in Etzah (Spirit of Counsel) and Gvurah (Power).[14]

The main river came from the Throne itself, giving nourishment to the Garden of Eden. Adam was in charge of moving the water, but he was not the creator of the water. Adam was able to freely irrigate the garden, trees included (trees symbolize man). Adam was given charge over the care and keep of the Garden, even though that “work” was not hard to cause body aches. Adam’s physical and spiritual strength soon came to a weakened area after he sinned. After the fall, cultivating the soil became a lot harder- breaking sweat; fighting weeds.

Since Adam was placed in the Garden after he was created, we need to remember that it was Elohim Who caused the trees and plant life to grow. Adam was his partner; having the reward of the Ruach ha’ Kodesh (Holy Spirit).

Adonai is the source of this nourishment The Living Water. He sustains life, and we, as His servants, are happy to help sow the seeds (works) for harvest, as that is the fruit. Pesach, Shavuot, and Sukkot are the rivers that give nourishment/drink in order to provide that water to “Good Gold” and “Precious Stones.” In other words, humans were created to walk through this water—Eden’s Four Rivers—the Moedim (Appointed times of Yah).The Seven Spirits of Adonai was moving through the water.

The Good News is that the second Adam will restore this “irrigation” as HIS Garden will reach to offer HIS drink of nourishment to others to never thirst again—YESHUA is the Living Water!

Revelation 7:17

17” because the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne shall shepherd them and lead them to fountains of waters of life. And Elohim shall wipe away every tear from their eyes.”[15]

So from what we have read thus far, the four rivers divided up from the “Head.” Head represents authority. As Yeshua explained in the Book of Revelation, the Father would pass down that authority to Yeshua, and HE would then pass the authority to the bondservants.

Luke 20:17

17”But He looked at them and said, “What then is this that has been written, ‘The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief corner-stone’?”[16]

The Messiah is the head of the cornerstone!

1 Peter 2:4-12

4” As you come to him, the living stone, rejected by people but chosen by God and precious to him, you yourselves, as living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be cohanim set apart for God to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to him through Yeshua the Messiah. This is why the Tanakh says,

“Look! I am laying in Tziyon a stone, a chosen and precious cornerstone; and whoever rests his trust on it will certainly not be humiliated.”[b]

Now to you who keep trusting, he is precious. But to those who are not trusting,

“The very stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone”;[c]8 also he is

a stone that will make people stumble, a rock over which they will trip.[d]

They are stumbling at the Word, disobeying it — as had been planned. But you are a chosen people,[e] the King’s cohanim,[f] a holy nation,[g] a people for God to possess![h] Why? In order for you to declare the praises of the One who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; before, you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.[i]

11 Dear friends, I urge you as aliens and temporary residents[j] not to give in to the desires of your old nature, which keep warring against you; 12 but to live such good lives among the pagans that even though they now speak against you as evil-doers, they will, as a result of seeing your good actions, give glory to God on the Day of his coming.” [17]

PRECIOUS STONES & GEMS!

You may want to scroll back up and review the Menorah (provided above) as we look into the connections. For further study on this, as I certainly will not be able to get into the meat of this, you can continue your journey using Dr. Hollisa Alewine’s Creation Gospel series. Her books are so amazing, and you’ll be blessed.

BDELLIUM

When the Israelites were in the wilderness with Moses for 40 years, Yahweh sustained their needs. For example, their leather shoes and clothing lasted as the material never wore out. The ROCK of water that followed them (the Living Water- YESHUA) never ran dry.

How many of us could get by wearing the same shirt, pants, dress, socks and/or shoes (only one set) day after day for 1 year; let alone 40 years! Those who are fortunate enough to have one of those awesome water cooler stands, imagine using the same large water bottle (without replacing it) for a month or two. Would it last, or would it run dry? For forty years the Father provided and gave them Manna for their daily food. The manna was a miracle that happened every six days. On the sixth day, they would gather a double portion to have rest on the seventh day. Manna was not given on the seventh day so they had to plan accordingly.

Exodus 16:31

  1. “And the house of Israel called the name thereof Manna: and it was like coriander seed, white; and the taste of it was like wafers made with honey.”[18]

The appearance of manna resembled Bdellium, which was a precious stone that was encircled in the land of Havilah of the Pishon River.

Bdellium stone also has some characteristics:

“Bedolach ( Bdellium) From Badal

  1. To divide, separate
  2. (Hiphil) to make a distinction, difference, divide into parts
  3. (Niphal) to separate oneself from OR unto; to be set apart

On the drawing of the menorah, the seventh River, Pishon, boarders the land of Havilah where the bedolach was, and Sabbath is therefore identified with that set apart or holy, quality. Indeed, each moed contains at least one Shabbat. Precious stones irrigated by the rivers of Eden have a holy quality about them.”[19]

I think it is fascinating that the connection of the bdellium is found to be sparkling and glisten like a rainbow-crystal clear, and Manna also was sparkly as wet clear dew for the Israelites! The dew would have glistened in the sunlight; refracting the prism of the rainbow. Moreover, if you take the menorah and tip it upside down, you’ll see a rainbow. It also looks like a bow and arrow readily to hit the mark—to be on target in His Truth. Doesn’t this sound like a wonderful message given to us from our Father directly from the Throne of Yahweh! AMEN!

Manna was also their reminder for them WHO their Source was (Ruach ha’Kodesh) and a foreshadowing of the coming Messiah Yeshua, the Bread of Life, sent from Heaven for the Throne room.

Psalm 63:1-3

63 “ O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;To see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary.Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee.”[20]

Luke 13:34

34 “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent unto thee; how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye would not!” [21]

Perhaps the dew, as in the dew on leaves of a ‘tree’ was symbolic of Yeshua’s tears for the love he has for HIS Bride.

John 6:26-35

26 “Yeshua answered, “Yes, indeed! I tell you, you’re not looking for me because you saw miraculous signs, but because you ate the bread and had all you wanted! 27 Don’t work for the food which passes away but for the food that stays on into eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For this is the one on whom God the Father has put his seal.”

28 So they said to him, “What should we do in order to perform the works of God?” 29 Yeshua answered, “Here’s what the work of God is: to trust in the one he sent!”

30 They said to him, “Nu, what miracle will you do for us, so that we may see it and trust you? What work can you perform? 31 Our fathers ate man in the desert — as it says in the Tanakh, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’[a] 32 Yeshua said to them, “Yes, indeed! I tell you it wasn’t Moshe who gave you the bread from heaven. But my Father is giving you the genuine bread from heaven; 33 for God’s bread is the one who comes down out of heaven and gives life to the world.”

34 They said to him, “Sir, give us this bread from now on.” 35 Yeshua answered, “I am the bread which is life! Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever trusts in me will never be thirsty.”[22]

Yes! Yeshua is the Manna, the Bread of Life, the Torah (God’s Instructions), the Living Water that flows from the Throne of the Father in Heaven, the Resurrection of Life, the ROCK, the LIGHT, and the One Who is the Father and our Savior! Now, you can verify completely why the Torah can never be abolished, nor done away with. How foolish to accept that belief, HE is life that is everlasting to everlasting! AMEN!

The Onyx Stone

The Onyx is another precious stone of Havilah which appears black, but’s contranym (opposite of itself) is likely a whitening process. Shoham, Hebrew word for onyx appears to mean “ to blanch.” This would be the idea of making something holy by whitening.

“As Jacob in his tribulations in the Land of Lavan (white), became set apart and matured in holiness, so the precious stones of Havilah go through the process of being set apart and matured holiness by the River Pishon. Before sin, Passover, Unleavened Bread, and Firstfruits of the Spirit nourished adam (man) perpetually without great effort. After sin, the whitening process really does incur the sweat of the brow.”[23]

The priests of the Temple wore white linen garments. The linen was made of shesh.

Shesh, Strong’s # 8336; Definition: something bleached white, byssus, linen, fine linen, alabaster, similar stone, marble.

Shen is one of the Hebrew letters in their alphabet. Shen means teeth. And let’s not forget the shon, means tongue in which James refers the tongue as being a fire.

James 3: 5-6

5 “So too the tongue is a little member, yet boasts greatly. See how a little fire kindles a great forest!

6And the tongue is a fire, the world of unrighteousness. Among our members the tongue is set, the one defiling the entire body, and setting on fire the wheel of life, and it is set on fire by Gehenna.” [24]

In Hebrew, the Shesh is spelled with (2) shens, which literally places the whiteness of the linen, and it also has a fiery connotation with the number six. If you look back to the menorah, or day 6 of Creation, you’ll soon recognize that on day six was the day that beast and man were created.

“The linen garments of the priests were connected thematically to both shoham and the bedolach. They were set apart in holy garments of WHITE FIRE.” [25]

The 12 stones represented the 12 tribes of Israel. The shoham stones were connected to the breastplate (choshen) upon the priest’s shoulder using gold chains.

Isaiah 9:6

6 “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counseller, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” [26]

I am sure by now; you just saw another connection shoulder! The breast-plate that the priest wore on his shoulder was a foreshadowing of the Messiah wearing the government upon His shoulders. Look back at the menorah and view the fourth branch. Do you recall that being the Ruach Adonai? The forth branch balances evenly both sides of the menorah branches to hold the light. The fourth branch also feeds out to the other branches, and the weight of the other branches depends on the strength of the ONE/ Ruach Adonai to hold them up!! THIS IS POWERFUL!!!

When we just surface read, as taught in Western/ Greek cultures, we miss ALL of this! It is so exciting to have a whole new way of really “seeing” HIS Torah (Instructions) in the WAY He wanted us to learn. I can only hope and pray for many others to be able to peel back those onion layers to really get into the depth of HIS precious word- The Holy Scriptures.

There is so much more to this, and if you’re interested in digging deeper than what you have read on my Bereishit Torah Portion part 2, please consider checking out Dr. Hollisa Alewine’s Creation Gospel workbooks. Her in-depth study will challenge you to think, and dig in the scriptures; beyond the surface reading.

Conclusion

Yahweh has always been the Aleph and the Tav. He is the beginning and the end; which of course after the seventh day (completeness), the eighth day is a new beginning—full circle!

He is our Creator, and we are His creation. The Gospel is found in Creation. The seven assemblies in Revelation parallel to specific festivals, Yahweh’s Appointed times, that are known as calendar dates of the Moed; connecting the fourth day of creation: sun, moon, and stars- the Moedim. Yeshua is the Manna, the Bread of Life, the Torah (God’s Instructions), the Living Water that flows from the Throne of the Father in Heaven, the Resurrection of Life, the ROCK, the LIGHT, and the One Who is the Father and our Savior!

The main river came from the Throne itself, giving nourishment to the Garden of Eden. Adam was in charge of moving the water, but he was not the creator of the water. Adam was able to freely irrigate the garden, trees included (trees symbolize man). Adonai is the source of this nourishment- The Living Water. He sustains life, and we, as His servants, are happy to help sow the seeds (works) for harvest, as that is the fruit. Pesach, Shavuot, and Sukkot are the rivers that give nourishment/drink in order to provide that water to “Good Gold” and “Precious Stones.”

As the four rivers represent the Living Water, its contranym is also fiery water. Though with the Rainbow came the promise that the earth will not flood again, there will come a time the earth with once again have to be purified by fire because of wickedness. So we have the Salvation of the Living Water, Yeshua, as we enter the waters of salvation, and the fiery contranym of the waters being a “Lake of Fire” for evil.

Let’s take and drink from the fountain of the Living Water (Yeshua/Torah) and never thirst again.

Shalom!

[1] Complete Jewish Bible- Isaiah 48:16-18

[2] Creation Gospel, Bereishit Torah Portions Vol 1 (pg 11)

[3] Complete Jewish Bible- John 7:37-39

[4] Creation Gospel, Bereishit Torah Portions Vol 1 (pg 14)

[5] The Complete Jewish Bible- Genesis 2:4-15

[6] The Scriptures (ISR 1998)- Exodus 23:31

[7] Alewine, Bereishit Torah Portions, pg 15

[8] Alewine, Bereishit Torah Portions, pg 15

[9] Alewine, Creation Gospel pamphlet

[10] Alewine, Bereishit Torah Portions, Vol 1, pg 16

[11] Alewine, Bereishit, Torah Portions Vol 1, pg 16

[12] Alewine, Bereishit, Torah Portions Vol 1, pg 16

[13] Complete Jewish Bible Song of Solomon 6:10

[14] Alewine, Bereishit Torah Portions Vol 1, pg 16

[15] The Scriptures (ISR 1998)- Revelation 7:17

[16] The Scriptures (ISR 1998)- Luke 20:17

[17] Complete Jewish Bible- 1 Peter 2: 4-12

[18] King James Version Exodus 16:31

[19] Alewine, Bereishit Torah Portions,Vol 1, pg 18

[20] King James Version- Psalm 63:1-3

[21] King James Version- Luke 13:34

[22] Complete Jewish Bible- John 6:26-35

[23] Alewine, Bereishit Torah Portions Vol 1, pg 21

[24] The Scriptures (ISR 1998) James 3: 5-6

[25] The 2012 revision of Creation Gospel One contains information on white light and the human eye.

[26] King James Version- Isaiah 9:6

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