The Double Wave of Love!

John 13:34 – A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.

I AM giving you a new command: that you keep on loving each other. In this same way that I have loved you, you are also to keep on loving each other. ~ John 13:34

I AM giving you a new command: that you keep on loving each other. In this same way that I have loved you, you are also to keep on loving each other. ~ John 13:34

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[Be] kindly1 affectioned2 one to another with brotherly love3; in honor4 preferring5 one another [KJV] ~ Romans 12:10

Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honor preferring one another. ~ Romans 12:10 [KJV]

Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honor preferring one another. ~ Romans 12:10 [KJV]

1. kindly: #5387 [Greek]: philostorgos: cherishing one’s kindred, especially parents and children; fond of natural relatives philos: dear, a friend; act fondly + storgos: to cherish affectionately
2. affectioned [same] #5387 : philostorgos Implication: double the philostorgos, cherish relatives and ‘strangers’ and ‘foreigners’! Go beyond, pay it forward!
3. How? with brotherly love #5360 philadelphia [Greek] fraternal affection, love of the brethren, from philadelphos: fond of brethren, fraternal
4. in honor #5092 time [tee-may, Greek] a value, i.e. money paid, or valuables; esteem [especially of the highest degree], or the dignity itself– precious, price; from #5099 tio: to pay a price, i.e. as a penalty:–to be punished with.
5. preferring #4285 proegeomai [Greek] : to lead the way for others, to show deference for one another, to consider, esteem the other.
 “proegeomai” comes from “hegeomai“, to lead, to command, to deem, consider, esteem
Message: Cherish one another, even strangers with the love of brethren showing deference for one another, esteeming them as valuable and precious, as Christ the Messiah paid the price for all.
Is His commandment to love of God?
 A “law” is an instruction or rule; it requires certain conduct or activities; it is something considered to be authoritative which must be obeyed!
 A “law” is an enactment binding by the sanction of God

Galatians 6:2 – Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Messiah

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John the Beloved also thought so:

1 John 3:23 – And this is His commandment, That we should believe on the Name of His Son Yeshua Messiah, and love one another, as He gave us commandment.

A parable tells of a young man who loved a girl to folly. One evening he could stand it no more. He knocked at her door and begged, ” Let me come in. I must be with you”. She asked, “But who is it”?
He answered, “It is I, your beloved”, to which she replied,” My room is narrow and my bed is straight. There is no place for you”. He left and wandered for years through the world, not understanding her refusal. He had assumed that she loved him, too.
But the moment of enlightenment came. He knocked at her door again. She asked, “Who is it”? He answered, “It is you”! The door opened for him. He was received with embraces. She said, “For years I have waited for this moment”!
–quote: Richard Wurmbrand, If Prison Walls Could Speak, pg. 52

Reward truly shall come quickly by placing others first and helping others to succeed. Is not this part of “dying to self” or “carrying your cross” and “not I but Messiah in me”?
We should all say, “It is you”!

1 Peter 5:5 – Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all [of you] be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resists the proud, and gives grace to the humble.

Bible Verses About Prefer One Another

– Love each other devotedly and with brotherly love; and set examples for each other in showing respect. [CJB] Romans 12:10

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Use parallel translations; read the original in Hebrew and Greek if you can.

Bible verses related to Prefer One Another from the King James Version (KJV)

Romans 12:10 – [Be] kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honor preferring one another;

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Philippians 2:3 – [Let] nothing [be done] through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.

1 Peter 5:5 – Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all [of you] be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resists the proud, and gives grace to the humble.

1 Peter 4:9 – Use hospitality one to another without grudging.

Galatians 6:2 – Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

Hebrews 10:25 – Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some [is]; but exhorting [one another]: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

1 Thessalonians 5:11 – Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.

Ephesians 4:32 – And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.

James 5:16 – Confess [your] faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

Hebrews 13:17 – Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that [is] unprofitable for you.

Hebrews 10:24 – And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:

1 Timothy 5:1-2 – Rebuke not an elder, but entreat [him] as a father; [and] the younger men as brethren; (Read More…)

John 13:34-35 – A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. (Read More…)

1 Corinthians 13:1-13 – Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become [as] sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. (Read More…)

Romans 12:16 – [Be] of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.

Matthew 22:37 – Jesus said unto him, Thou shall love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.

1 John 3:11 – For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.

1 Thessalonians 4:18 – Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

Colossians 3:16 – Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

Ephesians 5:21-33 – Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God. (Read More…)

Ephesians 5:21 – Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.

Ephesians 4:25 – Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another.

Ephesians 4:2 – With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;

Romans 14:13 – Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in [his] brother’s way.

1 John 4:12 – No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwells in us, and his love is perfected in us.

1 Peter 5:3 – Neither as being lords over [God’s] heritage, but being ensamples to the flock.

1 Peter 4:8 – And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.

1 Peter 3:5-6 – For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands: (Read More…)

1 Thessalonians 4:1 – Furthermore then we beseech you, brethren, and exhort [you] by the Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God, [so] ye would abound more and more.

Colossians 3:13 – Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also [do] ye.

Ephesians 5:24 – Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so [let] the wives [be] to their own husbands in every thing.

Ephesians 5:23 – For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the Savior of the body.

Galatians 6:1 – Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.

1 Corinthians 13:4 – Charity suffers long, [and] is kind; charity envies not; charity vaunts not itself, is not puffed up,

1 Corinthians 12:25 – That there should be no schism in the body; but [that] the members should have the same care one for another.

Romans 13:8 – Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.

Romans 7:4 – Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, [even] to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.

Acts 4:18-20 – And they called them, and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus. (Read More…)

John 15:17 – These things I command you, that ye love one another.

John 15:12 – This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.

Matthew 28:19 – Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

Matthew 18:20 – For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

Matthew 1:18-25 – Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. (Read More…)

Genesis 16:5-6 – And Sarai said unto Abram, My wrong [be] upon thee: I have given my maid into thy bosom; and when she saw that she had conceived, I was despised in her eyes: the LORD judge between me and thee. (Read More…)

1 John 5:2 – By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.

1 John 4:8 – He that loves not knows not God; for God is love.

1 Peter 5:1-2 – The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed: (Read More…)

Galatians 5:13 – For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only [use] not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.

Romans 15:14 – And I myself also am persuaded of you, my brethren, that ye also are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, able also to admonish one another.

Romans 14:19 – Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.

Romans 12:13 – Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.

Acts 2:38 – Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

Luke 1:26-38 – And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, (Read More…)

Proverbs 21:9 – [It is] better to dwell in a corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman in a wide house.

1 Samuel 25:17-19 – Now therefore know and consider what thou wilt do; for evil is determined against our master, and against all his household: for he [is such] a son of Belial, that [a man] cannot speak to him. (Read More…)

1 Samuel 25:4-42 – And David heard in the wilderness that Nabal did shear his sheep. (Read More…)

Joshua 6:25 – And Joshua saved Rahab the harlot alive, and her father’s household, and all that she had; and she dwells in Israel [even] unto this day; because she hid the messengers, which Joshua sent to spy out Jericho.

Genesis 21:10-12 – Wherefore she said unto Abraham, Cast out this bondwoman and her son: for the son of this bondwoman shall not be heir with my son, [even] with Isaac. (Read More…)

1 John 5:3 – For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.

1 John 4:7 – Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loves is born of God, and knows God.

1 John 4:2 – Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:

1 John 3:23 – And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment.

1 John 1:9 – If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

1 Peter 4:10 – As every man hath received the gift, [even so] minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

1 Peter 3:8 – Finally, [be ye] all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, [be] pitiful, [be] courteous:

1 Peter 1:16 – Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.

James 5:9 – Grudge not one against another, brethren, lest ye be condemned: behold, the judge stands before the door.

James 4:11 – Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He that speaks evil of [his] brother, and judges his brother, speaks evil of the law, and judges the law
Hebrews 3:13 – But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.

2 Timothy 2:15 – Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

2 Timothy 2:2 – And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.

1 Timothy 5:21 – I charge [thee] before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, and the elect angels, that thou observe these things without preferring one before another, doing nothing by partiality.

1 Timothy 3:13 – For they that have used the office of a deacon well purchase to themselves a good degree, and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.

1 Timothy 3:10 – And let these also first be proved; then let them use the office of a deacon, being [found] blameless.

1 Timothy 3:2 – A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behavior, given to hospitality, apt to teach;

1 Thessalonians 3:12 – And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all [men], even as we [do] toward you:

1 Thessalonians 3:1 – Wherefore when we could no longer forbear, we thought it good to be left at Athens alone;

1 Thessalonians 2:2 – But even after that we had suffered before, and were shamefully entreated, as ye know, at Philippi, we were bold in our God to speak unto you the gospel of God with much contention.

Colossians 3:9 – Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;

Colossians 3:3 – For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.

Colossians 1:18 – And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all [things] he might have the preeminence.

Ephesians 5:25 – Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;

Ephesians 4:16 – From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplies, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, makes increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.

Ephesians 2:8-9 – For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: [it is] the gift of God: (Read More…)

Galatians 5:26 – Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.

Galatians 5:22-23 – But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, (Read More…)

Galatians 5:22 – But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,

Galatians 5:15 – But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another.

Galatians 5:13-15 – For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only [use] not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. (Read More…)

2 Corinthians 12:7 – And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.

2 Corinthians 8:9 – For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.

2 Corinthians 5:20 – Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech [you] by us: we pray [you] in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.

1 Corinthians 13:8 – Charity never fails: but whether [there be] prophecies, they shall fail; whether [there be] tongues, they shall cease; whether [there be] knowledge, it shall vanish away.

1 Corinthians 13:7 – Bear all things, believe all things, hope all things, endure all things.

1 Corinthians 13:1 – Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become [as] sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.

1 Corinthians 12:27 – Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.

1 Corinthians 12:1-31 – Now concerning spiritual [gifts], brethren, I would not have you ignorant. (Read More…)

1 Corinthians 9:14 – Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel.

1 Corinthians 4:6 – And these things, brethren, I have in a figure transferred to myself and [to] Apollos for your sakes; that ye might learn in us not to think [of men] above that which is written, that no one of you be puffed up for one against another.

Prefer one another and be doubly blessed!

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Asher, Happiness & the Number 8

Are you “happy”? Are you supposed to be “happy”? What is “happiness”?avinu-shebashamayim-1-9-11

“Happy” as 1st seen in the Holy Scriptures is in Genesis 30: 12-13:

 Zilpah Leah’s slave-girl bore Jacob a 2nd son, and Leah said, ‘How happy [in Hebrew, ‘asher] I am! Women will say I am happy!’ and called him Asher.

Asher derives from the primitive Hebrew root ‘asher: to be straight, be level, right, or happy , to go forward, be honest, prosper, as also in Job 29:11, Psalms 72:17, Proverbs 31:28, and Malachi 3:12, 15.

 So, Asher is pronounce ‘ happy’ or call blessed, one who is honest and prosperous in right level way of living! If so, you are happy!

Asher” or happy is son #8, after Reuben #1 [see, a son]; Simeon #2 [Shi’mon, hearing]; Levi #3 [joining, attaching]; Judah #4 [Y’hudah, praise]; Dan #5 [He judged]; Naphtali #6 [my wrestling]; and Gad #7 [good fortune].

  • Message in the  8 sons of Jacob:

See [that God is good]  +Hear [His Word ] +Join or Marry [to God] +Praise [His Name] +Reason [Together with God, Isaiah 1:16] +Contend [fight the good fight of faith]—> Good Fortune and Happiness!                        100_3438 (1024x683)

  •  In Hebrew the number eight is (Sh’moneh), from the root (Shah’meyn), “to make fat,” “cover with fat,” “to super-abound.” “Fatness” symbolizes the blessing of abundance and oils and fats become poured out &  sacrificed by Jacob in chapter 28 and by the Levites later on.
  • Of Asher Moses says in Deuteronomy 33:24-25:

May Asher be most blessed of sons [out of Reuben, Judah, Levi, Benjamin, Joseph, Zebulon, Gad, Dan, Naphtali; Simeon (hearing)  and Issachar (reward) not mentioned; ] , May he be the favorite among his brothers and bathe his feet in oil. May your bolts be of iron and bronze and your strength last as long as you live.

  • Moses continues to teach “Yeshurun” the beloved one that there is “no one like God, riding through the heavens to help you [v.26]! “

The God of old is a dwelling-place, with everlasting arms beneath. He expelled the enemy before you and He said, “Destroy!” So Israel lives in security…Happy [‘asher, O thy happiness] are you, Israel! Who is like you, a people saved by Yehovah, your defender helping you and your sword of triumph. Your enemies will cringe before you, but you will trample down their high places [Dt. 33:27-29].100_3365 (1024x683)

 

The queen of Sheba was breathless when she saw the wisdom and prosperity of Solomon in 1 Kings 10. In verse 8 she states how “happy your people must be, how happy these servants of yours who are always here attending  you and get to hear your wisdom! 9 Blessed be Yehovah your God, who took pleasure in you to put you on the throne of Israel.” She gave him 4 tons of gold!

How happy [‘asher] are we when we receive the Father’s spirit, the 7 as in Isaiah 11: 1-2: the same spirit  of Yehovah which rested on Yeshua Jesus the Messiah rests on and in us if we believe: with  His Spirit of wisdom, understanding,  counsel, power, knowledge, and fearing [revering] Yehovah!

David sang in a song [Psalms 144:15] :  “How happy the people who live in such conditions [the blessings]! How happy the people whose God is Yehovah!”

Happy is he whose help is Jacob’s God, whose hope is in Yehovah his God [Psalms 146:5]

Happy the person who finds wisdom, the person who acquires understanding, for her [wisdom’s] profit exceeds that of silver, gaining her [wisdom] is better than gold, she is more precious than pearls–nothing you want can compare with her [wisdom] [Proverbs 3:13-15].

How happy is everyone who fears Yehovah, who lives by His ways. You will eat what your hands have produced, you will be happy and prosperous [Psalms 128:1-2].

There was also a prophet named Anna [Hannah] daughter of Penuel of the tribe of Asher [happy] . She was a very old woman [84= 10 x 8  , complete abundance +4 corners of earth]…She never left the Temple grounds but worshipped there night and day, fasting and praying. She came by at that moment [Mary & Joseph brought baby Jesus] and began thanking God and speaking about the child to everyone  who was waiting for Jerusalem to be liberated [Luke 2:36-38].

“Now if I , the Lord and Rabbi, have washed your feet, you also should wash each other’s feet. For I have set an example, so you may do as I have done to you…If you know these things, you will be blessed [happy] if you do them [John 13:14-17]”.

  • This ‘happy‘ is in Greek : “makarios“, supremely blest, fortunate, well off, blessed! Blessed is he who obeys and follows as taught.

Look, we regard those who persevered as blessed [happy]. You have heard of the perseverance of Job, and you know what the purpose of Yehovah was, that Yehovah is very compassionate and merciful [James 5:11].

How happy [asher] the person whom God corrects! So don’t despise Shaddai’s   [the Almighty’s] discipline. For He wounds, but he bandages the sore; His hands may strike, but they also heal [Job 5:17-18].

There is power in contentment, to choose to be happy over sad, to “count your blessings one by one and see what God has done” in your life. Look not to others. Choose not to be discontent. We are created to worship Yehovah [Psalm 150]. This journey is “not about us but about Him”. We are here to glorify God:

Romans 11:36″ For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever! Amen”.

Once we submit our lives to Him, He fills us with the abundant life, the fatness, the #8, the ‘asher, happiness. Shalom

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Not Done In A Corner (Acts 26:26)

          “But (Sha’ul or Paul, his gentile name) said, I am not Imagemeshugas (crazy)…but speak out the words of emet/ truth & common sense…for I am persuaded that none of these things are hidden from you; for the thing was not done in a corner.” (Acts 26: 25-26)

          Corners can be signifigant in YHWH‘s Word.  YHWH speaks in His Word about many different corners and also corners that are not really corners ! His work of salvation of Yeshua was a mystery, hidden but not in a corner. It was revealed in a place, Israel, and spread to the four “corners” of the earth.

  •        One biblical corner  is revealed  on His talit, or prayer shawl.

                   “But to you that fear My Name (YHWH) shall the Sun of Tzedakah/ Righteousness arise with healing in His 4- cornered tzitzit ; and you shall go forth, & grow up as calves of the stall. ” (Malachi/ Malaki 4: 2)

Tzitzit is the fringe of the edges of the talit. The corners are as wings of a bird or flaps of a garment, from the Hebrew, kanaph: to project laterally.  Image

  •  Steps to healing:  Kaphaph [kaw-phaph], bow down, revere & truly worship YHWH.
  1.  Confess in your heart & believe in Yeshua as your cover or kaphar.  As “the Son” rises up in your life, He blesses you with healing, wholesomeness, & completeness.  You see, Yeshua wore the talit with tzitzit as part of His torah-observant piety.
  2.  As we enter His tabernacle, tent or talit of meeting, worship YHWH, we receive the promises which include healing, joy, peace, & love of YHWH. We receive His Holy Spirit, the Ruach Ha’Kodesh!
  3. As we repent, & shuv or turn from our ways, Yeshua’s sacrifice appeases YHWH, makes atonement for our sins, cleanses us, forgives us, pardons us, covers us, reconciling us to YHWH. Healing can be automatic or take years!  YHWH is Sovereign.  Ultimately, He wants us to be clean vessels for His use.( see note on “Pots for Service”).

  •   A corner can mean “to the uttermost part” of the land, object, or earth!  A corner is 3-dimensional not flat, with height, depth & length.  A corner is bent, an angle, sharp or dull.  The boards  or support of the Tabernacle had bending, turning corners, called mekutsah, as in Exodus 26:23, 24.  The altar corners were pinnah, chieftain, pinnacle & tower or bulwark corners, seen by all in the court.
  • Blood of the sin offering was dripped on the horns at these 4 corners of the altar while blood was also poured on the sides & at the bottom, completely covering the altar of sacrifice: a foreshadow of the complete blood atonement for our sins by Messiah. ( See note on “Washing of Regeneration) [Also Exodus  27:2, 38:2]
  • There is no height, width, or length which can separate us from the love of Yeshua. No “corner” can keep us from the love, neither trouble, hardship, persecution, hunger, poverty, danger, war [Romans 8:35].

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  • The corners of the shulhan or gold-covered table in the Tabernacle were pe-ah, the mouth, direction, region or extremity: certainly more morphemic, as if describing body parts. So, it is not surprising that the “Bread of Presence” or Lechem Ha Panayim was placed on this shulhan!
  • Also, the Menorah , the 7-branch lamp beaten out of one piece of solid gold, was placed across the Holy Place from the  shulhan. The bread & lamp are symbolic of Messiah, who became our Light & body broken for us.
  • The tabernacle formed a cross shape, with the altar, the sea basin at the southern bar; the Menorah, the table, and the altar of incense forming the cross bar; and the Holy of Holies with the ark, forming the northern bar, +! Image
  • When Ba‘alam and Barak looked down upon Israelite camp in Numbers 24, they saw the cross formation of the 12 tribes placed by 3’s around the “corners” of the tabernacle, forming the +.Image
  •            The gold-covered ark held the Testimony, the tablets, the manna, & the blooming rod of Aaron & had a lid of kepporah [covering] on the Mercy Seat, with hovering cherubim overhead.
  • The ark’s  corner is pa-am, an anvil which is an iron or steel block used to hammer softened metals into a desired shape! Also, pa-am is a foot-step:
  • We are molded as our hearts soften into YHWH’s image through the witness of the Holy Spirit in our lives. As we eat the body of Messiah, His Word, we see miracles.  The closer we step toward YHWH, the closer He comes to us & fills us with His presence. YHWH has become man & through Yeshua, man becomes like Him!
  • Pa-am is also a stroke, of music or rythmn, a tapbeat!  Song in worship is the very essence of praise of YHWH, coming from the heart of man.

“So this is what the Sovereign Master YHWH says, See, I lay a stone in Tzion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation; the one who relies on it will never be stricken with panic.  I will make justice the measuring line & righteousness the plumb line…”. (Isaiah 28: 16-17a)

  •  Yeshua is the Chief Corner Stone, our foundation & our emunah or faith. If we rely on Him, & follow His Way, we will not panic at the signs of the second coming, but rejoice awaiting His Justice & Righteousness.
  • This ‘corner’ is chief, from pinnah , of the sacrificial altar (above),  to stay or be our tower also, as in “YHWH is my tower & I run to Him”!

          “Yeshua said to them, Did you never read in the Scripture, The Stone that the builders rejected, the same has become the Head of the corner: this is the Master YHWH’s doing & it is marvelous in our eyes?” (Matthew 21:42; see also Mark 12:10, Luke 20:17)

“And whoever shall fall on this Stone shall be broken (in spirit, as I, to receive Him as the Messiah!): but on whomever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder & they will be broken apart.” (Mat.21:44)

“Be it known…by the Name of Yeshua Ha’ Moshiach of Natzeret…even by Him does this man (Peter or Kepha, which means a piece of rock or the Rock!) stand here before you healthy (in spirit, body & mind through Messiah).

This is the Stone that was rejected by you builders, that has become the Rosh Pina (the Head Cornerstone).

Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is no other Name under the shamayim given among men, whereby we must be saved.” ( Acts 4:10-12)

“Therefore also it is contained in the Scripture, Behold, I lay in Tzion a chief Corner Stone, elect, precious : & he that believes on Him shall not be put to shame.”

“To you therefore who believe He is precious: but to those who are disobedient, the Stone that the builders disallowed, the same is made the Rosh Pina, & a Stone of stumbling, & a Rock of offense, even to them who stumble at the word, being disobedient…” . ( 1Peter/ Kepha 2:6-8)

“Beit Yisrael (one “new” House of Yisrael~congregation of believers) is built upon the foundation of the apostles(sent ones or messengers) & prophets (neviim), Yeshua Ha Moshiach Himself being the Rosh Pina.” (Ephesians 2:20)

All true congregations are built on the foundation of the head cornerstone, Messiah with the writings of the TaNaK , known as the 1st covenant [ never “old”; Tanakh =Torah,Nevim, Ketuvim].  The writings [Ketuvim] of the  prophets [Nevim] are rewritten in the Brit Chadasha, the Renewed Covenant, known as the “New Testament”, of the apostles/disciples of the renewed covenant [Ezekiel 36:26]!

YHWH has not spoken to us in secret: He, the Son, & the Ruach Ha Kadosh have spoken to us from the very beginning (Isaiah 48:16)  YHWH gave us things with corners, like the altar, the Tabernacle, the shulhan, to help us come to Him.  Then YHWH sent His Son , the chief Corner Stone.  Many of us have stumbled & been broken over the Stone.

“For this thing was not done in a corner.  Melech Agrippa, do you believe the neviim? I know that you believe. Then Agrippa said to Shaul, You almost are persuading me to be a Notsri…And Shaul said, I would to Eloah…”.Image

[I myself tripped over that stone, fell flat on my face, saw the shed blood of Yeshua and His forgiveness for my sins, and surrendered my heart to Him. These years of submission have been the best of my life. I can not even fathom a life without believing in Yeshua as the Messiah for the Jew and the gentile.]

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**originally published by Joanne Daniel (Notes) on Monday, December 27, 2010 at 7:37pm on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/joanne.daniel3; edited version
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Shout, O barren one, You who bore no child! Shout aloud for joy, You who did not travail! For the children of the wife forlorn shall outnumber those of the espoused–said Yehovah the LORD! ~ Isaiah 54:1

In Genesis 38, Tamar, a  young childless widow, probably prayed for a child and humbly received the “duty [Levitical law of inheritance, Deuteronomy 25:5]” of her brother-in-laws to provide offspring by her, for their brother. However, they did not right as we shall study, and “sin crouching at the door”, almost prevented the Messiah to come through the line of Judah!

We can see an example of sin “crouching at the door” in Genesis 4: the LORD was not accepting Cain and his offerings to Him because Cain’s heart was not acceptable. Rather than repent and turn from his sin, he became distressed.

Yehovah God  said to Cain ,

“Why are you wroth? And why is your face fallen? [Genesis 4:6] If you do well, is there not acceptance?

And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should master it [v.7]”!

Cain~ Qayin [Hebrew= striking fast, a lance or spear]~  does not do right, murders his  twin brother, Abel, and is driven into the wilderness marked [v.15].

Since man is sinful, the Holy Spirit, the very breath of Yehovah,  “shall not abide in man forever”, [Genesis 6:3]. Yehovah will not strive forever in our going astray. We are flesh and our days are numbered [6:3, 5]. We need to be masters over sin and death, made in His image. But we are flesh and… little “sin” or “missing the mark” leads often to more sin unless we “nip it in the bud”!

  • With sin forever crouching at the door, how do we master it?

Judah [~Yahudah, in Hebrew,  means “worshipper of YHVH”] is  Ya’akov/ Jacob’s  4th son] and goes astray. He had gone astray long before he deceived Tamar, his daughter-in-law to wait at her father’s house with no intention of giving his son, Shelach, to her [Gen. 38:11].

Sin crouched earlier at his door and that of his 9 brethren, when they became jealous of Joseph [Yoseph], envious of his multi-colored coat, and hated him for his dreams of the “sun and moon and the eleven stars [his brothers] bowing down” to him [Gen. 37:3-11] . Yoseph was only 17 and Benyamin [Benjamin] was younger and stayed behind with Ya’akov.

Sin became evident when they conspired to murder Yoseph . At the counsel of the eldest, Re’uben, they stripped Yoseph and threw him into a dry pit [v.22].  And Yahudah [Hebrew, “one who worshiped Yehovah”]  advised they sell Yoseph so ‘their hands would be clean’!

“And at that time [Yoseph sold to Potiphar in Egypt] it came to be that Yahudah (1) left his brothers [and Ya’akov ] and (2) turned aside to a man [not Yehovah!] an Adullamite whose name was Chirah [in the sense of false ‘splendor’] {Gen. 38:1}”.

“And Yahudah (3) saw there a daughter of a certain Kena’anite whose name was Shuwa [halloo, a cry of freedom]. And he (4) took her and went in to her [v. 2].”

Yahudah was even in Chezib, a Canaanite [Kena’anite] village, at the birth of Shelah, his third son [v.5].

  • Chezib , in Hebrew, is “falsified” from “kazab“, to lie, deceive, fail.

Yahudah took  Tamar [ Hebrew=palm tree] for Er [Hebrew=watchful] , his first-born son, to wife. But Er “was evil in the eyes of YHWH, and YHWH took his life [v.7]”.

Onan [Hebrew=strong], his second son, was told to “go in to your brother’s wife and marry her and raise up an heir to your brother [v.8]”. But Onan refused, wasted his ‘seed’ on the ground, not wanting to give an offspring for his brother Er [v.9]. Yehovah takes his life too [v.10]! What Onan did displeased Yehovah.

  • The custom both among the Hebrews, Ya’akov and 12 sons, and throughout the ancient world was that, if a man died without having any heirs, it was the duty of his younger brothers or his nearest surviving male relative to take his widow and have children by her who would carry on his family name. It was always Yehovah’s way to multiply Yisra’el among the nations.

When brothers live together and one of them dies and has no son, the wife of the deceased shall not be married outside the family to a strange man. Her husband’s brother shall go in to her and take her to himself as wife and perform the duty of a husband’s brother to her.  (Deuteronomy 25:5)

  • 400 years later, at Mt. Sinai, it became ” Torah ” or   “teaching”, instructions : the Levitical law of inheritance, Yehovah’s desire for our best way of life!

And it shall be that the first-born whom she bears shall assume the name of his dead brother, that his name may not be blotted out from Yisrael.” (Deuteronomy 25:6).

Yahudah deceives by sending Tamar back to her father’s home and fails to see Yehovah’s hand:

“‘Remain a widow in your father’s house until my son Shelah is grown’. For he said, ‘Lest he also die as his brothers did’ [v.11].”

Yahudah neither gives Tamar to his son Shelah nor takes Tamar to wife after the death of his wife [Gen. 38:12]. Also there are no heirs for Er and Onan.

Yahudah has forsaken the ways of his fathers Ya’akov , Yitzchak and Avraham, and  ‘errs ‘ in so many ways!

“In You our fathers trusted; they trusted, and You rescued them. To You they cried out and they escaped; In You they trusted and were not disappointed [Psalm 22:5-6]”!

  • His father Ya’akov marries Rivkah’s nieces, worships Yehovah, builds altars of sacrifice and praise, confesses his sin and fault, swears by fear of Yehovah, prays to the Elohim of his father in thanksgiving and supplication, even dreams in the Spirit with understanding! [Genesis 28:1-5,10-22; 31:53, 54; 32:10-13; 35:6-7, 9-12]

Rather, Yahudah is comforted [nacham, to sigh or breath deeply] after his wife’s death by ascending to his sheep-shearers, “gazaz-tse’own” to cut off his flock’s wool, figuratively to destroy an enemy himself, rather than through a sin sacrifice or supplication to Yehovah.

  • Ya’akov , his father, would have ascended to Beyth-El [House of El], and offered a prayer of supplication, to receive Yehovah’s open portal of forgiveness and blessings.

In Isaiah 1:15-16, Yehovah appeals to those whose heart is corrupt and full of evil:

“Wash yourself and make yourself clean; put away the evil of your doings from before My eyes…learn to do good; seek mishpat [right-ruling], relieve the oppressed, defend the fatherless, and plead for the widow.

“Come now, and let us reason together, says YHWH: though your sins are as scarlet, they shall be white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool “.

  • If Yahudah were willing and obedient to Yehovah and His Way, his sins would be clipped, removed like wool, and be as far as the East is from the West!

Rather, Yahudah goes to Timnath with his chaver [friend] Chirah [false splendor] the Adullamite.  Timnah in Hebrew means “portion assigned”, from manah, to weigh out, allot, or prepare. Timnah was also a clan with families of Esau in Edom [Genesis 36:40].

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Judah Gives his Signet, Bracelets and Staff in Pledge to Tamar (illustration from the 1728 Figures de la Bible) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

  • Timna in Genesis 36:12 is Esau’s son’s concubine, giving birth to Amalek, future enemy of  Israel [Yisra’el] the nation. Over 400 years later, Timnath is where Joshua is buried in Judah [Yahudah] and Sampson meets his first wife, in Dan [Judges 14:1].

Tamar rises like a palm tree to claim her “portion assigned” and right the wrongs of the Yahudah clan. Disguised as a harlot, she sits in the gate Enaim [~ ‘ayin: eye or fountain] or “the way to Timnath”! Yahudah turns to her by the way, pledges a kid goat and gives his seal, cord and staff to hold. Tamar conceives and reveals the father when Yahudah is about to have her burnt for fornication.

“And Yahudah acknowledged them [the seal, cord and staff], and said, She has been more tzadik [righteous] than I; because that I gave her not to Shelach my son. And he knew her no more [Genesis 38:26].”

The seal, cord and staff of Yahudah foreshadow the King and Messiah to come through the line of Yahudah:

Tamar holds the seal, cord & staff of Yehudah as proof…

  • Seal of the signet ring of rulership: “your brothers praise you; your hand is on the neck of your enemies; your father’s children bow down to you [Genesis 49:8”;
  • Cord or twine to bind “the donkey to the vine and the donkey’s colt to the choice vine [v.11];
  • Staff or sceptre that ” shall not turn aside from Yehudah nor a Lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh comes and to Him is the obedience of peoples [prophecy of Ya’akov, [ v.10]”.
  • Shiloh [shiy’loh] is “tranquil”, and a descriptive word for “Messiah”.
  • “Shiloh”  derives from “shalah” or “shalav”, to be tranquil, secure or successful, prosperous, happy. Messiah Yeshua promises life abundant with His peace, in Him.
  • Shelah, the son of Yahudah, is “petition and request”; however, the same name, Shelah, in 1 Chronicles 1:18, the son of Arphaxad, the son of Shem, is ” shoot of growth, a branch or missile such as a spear”, Shelach, from “shalach” to send away/ for or out, stretch forth, spread.
  • Siloam, the pool in Jerusalem, by the king’s garden is the same as Shiloah or Siloah, both derived from Shelach or Shiloach, a rill or fountain.

“And it came to be, when she [Tamar] was giving birth, that the one put out his hand. And the midwife took a scarlet thread and bound it on his hand, saying, ‘This one came out first’…as he drew back his hand…his brother came out! And she said, ‘How did you break through? This breach be upon you!’ So his name was called Perets.[Genesis 38:27-30]”!

” The sons of Yahudah : Er [WATCHFUL], AND Onan [STRONG] , and Shelach [SHOOT OF GROWTH]; the three of them were born to him by the daughter of Shuwa [ CRY OF FREEDOM, RICHES], the Kena’anitess. And Er, the first-born of Yehudah, was evil in the eyes of Yehovah, and He slew him [1 Chronicles 2: 3]”.

Watchful Strong Shoot of Growth Cries Freedom Abundance of Life: joy peace longsuffering in the Branch, the Nazarene Yeshua.

4) And Tamar [PALM tree], his daughter-in-law, bore him Perets [BREACH] and Zerach [RISING of LIGHT]. All the sons of Yahudah were five…5)  the sons of Perets… 6) and the sons of Zerach…”.

So the son of Yahudah, Perets, is ” a break “, from parats : to break out, make a breach, break away/ up/ forth, burst out, compel, disperse, open & press~ the rachamim [mercies] of Yehovah on the house of Yahudah!

“And those from among you shall build the old waste places. You shall raise up the foundations of many generations. And you would be called the Repairer of the breach [peretz], the Restorer of streets to dwell in.” ~ “light break forth..whose waters fail not” prophecy, Yeshayahu/ Isaiah 58:12

  • Job declares during his broken-mess, until Yehovah blesses him double :

“I was at ease, but He broke me. And He took me by the neck and shattered me, and He has stood me up for His target…He made a breach [peretz] in me, breach upon breach. He runs upon me like a mighty man [Job 16: 12 & 14].”

Perets’ twin, Zerach, becomes a hint of “rising of light”, from zarach, to irradiate, shoot forth beams of light, to rise as the sun; to appear suddenly, as soon as it is up!

Tamar pressed on , dioko, [ Greek ], to pursue, press toward, follow after:

“I press [dioko] on toward the goal for the prize of the high calling of Elohim in Mashiach Yeshua [ of God in Messiah Jesus]”. ~ Rabbi Sha’ul/ Paul, in Philippians 3:14

The genealogy of Perets [ the son of Tamar with Yahudah] :  Perets–> Chetsron–>Ram–> Amminadab–> Nahshon–>Salmon–>Boaz–>Obed–>Yishai [Jesse]–>  David —> 14 generations –> Messiah Yeshua.

“In that day, there shall be a Root of Yishai/Jesse standing as a banner to peoples– Unto Him [Messiah Yeshua] the gentiles/nations shall seek,   and His Rest shall be esteem…And it shall be in that day that YHWH puts His hand again a second time to recover the remnant of His people…And He shall raise a banner and gather the outcasts…and assemble the dispersed of Yahudah from the four corners of the earth [ Yeshayahu/ Isaiah 11:10-12]”.

  •  Widow Naomi sells her husband’s land and now destitute, seeks a “redeemer”. But the ‘next-in-line’ redeemer was ‘unavailable; instead he tells Boaz, next in line,to buy it himself!  He takes off his shoe before elders and the people to confirm the sale to Boaz, that he would no longer ‘walk on the land’ nor own it. So Boaz redeems or buys all that was Naomi’s husband’s, and her deceased sons and acquires Ruth, her daughter-in-law, as his wife to raise up the name of the dead on his inheritance . Boaz becomes “the kinsman redeemer”!
  • Ruth the Mo’abitess, a gentile, an alien and foreigner ,  is blessed through a  Hebrew redeemer!

” YHWH make the woman …as Rachel and as Leah [Ya’akov’s wives]…and proclaim the NAME in Beyth Lechem [ House of Bread~,  birthplace of Messiah, Bethlehem] (Ruth 4:11)”!

“And let your house be like the house of Perets whom Tamar bore to Yahudah, of the seed which YHWH gives you from this young woman [v. 12]”!

  • Naomi  had said to call her “Mara, for El Shaddai has dealt very bitterly with me [1:20]”!
  • Now, the women in praise  to Yehovah, esteem:

“Baruch [blessed] be YHWH, who has not left you this day without a Redeemer. And let His NAME be proclaimed in Yisra’el. And He shall be to you a Restorer of Life and a sustainer of your old age [Ruth 4:14-15]”!

“And the sons of Yehudah, according to their clans: of Shelah, the clan of the Shelanites; of Perets, the clan of the Partsites; of Zerach, the clan of the Zarchites. And the sons of Perets: of Chetsron, the clan of Chetsronites; of Chamul, the clan of Chamulites.

These are the clans of Yahudah according to their registered ones: 76,500 [Numbers 26: 20-22]”!

“So all the generations from Abraham to David were 14…and from David until the exile to Babel were 14…and from the exile to Babel until Messiah were 14…. [Mattityahu/ Matthew 1:17]”.

“And she shall give birth to a  Son [Ben] and you shall call His Name Yeshua for He shall save His people from their sins [Mattityahu/ Matthew 1:21]”.

May you receive this Son in your life. Yehovah has insured a Way for us to be saved from “sin crouching at the door”. If we believe on this Son and receive Him as LORD and Savior we shall reign with Him in the coming millennium and live eternal, amen.

Link: other studies such as https://kumi07.wordpress.com/2012/08/08/seeking-your-portion-of-yah-the-gate-of-huldah/ about Huldah the prophetess

other strong women: http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/5-strong-women-from-the-bible/

Press on to Your Assigned Portion: the Story of Tamar

Tamar rises like a palm tree to claim her “portion assigned” and right the wrongs of the Yehudah clan. Disguised as a harlot, she sits in the gate Enaim [~ ‘ayin: eye or fountain] or way to Timnath! Yehudah turns to her by the way, pledges a kid goat and gives his seal, cord and staff to hold. Tamar conceives and reveals the father when Yehudah is about to have her burnt for fornication.

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“And why be anxious about clothing? Think about the fields of wild irises [lilies], and how they grow. They neither work nor spin thread, yet I tell you that not

Consider the lily….

even Shlomo in all his glory was clothed as beautifully as one of these.”~ Yeshua Jesus , in Mattiyahu/ Matthew 6:28

Think about, consider, and ponder the lily?

“The capitals on the columns in the hall had shapes like lilies and were 7 feet tall.” ~  [description of  King Shlomo’s Temple, 1Kings 7:19]

Lily, in Hebrew, is Susanna or Shoshana (Hebrew: שׁוֹשַׁנָּה, Modern Šošana Tiberian Šôšannâ: “lily”); also, whiteness;  also a  [silver] trumpet with a shape like a lily.  As we read, lilies used on the columns could be symbolic of a  call to assemble  the people to worship. Susanna answered His call and became a disciple of Yeshua,[ Luke 8:3].

Consider the lily:

“On the tops of the  [ 2, named Yakhin , “Yah will erect/ establish” and Bo’az ], columns [in the hall of the Temple] were shapes like lilies; thus the work of the columns was finished.” ~ [v. 22]

Consider this also: lily, in Hebrew, can be : shuwshan, showshan, shoshan or showshannah, for its whiteness! This  derives from suws [soos] or siys [sece], a primitive root to be bright, cheerful, be glad, joy, make mirth, rejoice!

  • The ‘ lily connection’   connects some dots! Lily used as a symbol  in Shlomo’s Temple is a reminder for us to rejoice and be pure and established or firm in Yah ; for then we shall be as glad, erect, strong & tall as the column Yakhin, and pure!

More to consider:

“He made the cast metal “Sea” circular, 17.5 feet from rim to rim, 8.75 feet high & 52.5 feet in circumference. Under its rim, 300 gourds encircled it in 2 rows…rested on 12 oxen…the Sea was set on top of them…its rim was made like the flower of a lily; and its capacity was 11,000 gallons.” ~ [v.23-26]

This “Sea” was to cleanse the cohenim [priests] and was placed on the right [covenant] side of the Temple, toward the southeast. Arranged near the Sea were 5 of the 10 bronze basins ,with their own 220 gallon capacity within 7 foot diameters. All were made of burnished bronze, cast in the Jordan plain in clay ground between Sukkot [~tabernacle] and Tzartan [ ~ to pierce, puncture] [v.46] !

  • The Sea would have been located near the Eastern gate which was bronze. This Sea to cleanse began in the clay between the tabernacle and the piercing: we are only cleansed by the blood of Yeshua who traveled in circuit in the Jordan valley. His Name is Emmanuel, El with us. He who came to tabernacle with us, has been pierced for us, and is said to return during Sukkot.
  • The Sea symbolizes the  cleansing  of the Ruach HaKodesh [the Holy Spirit] which produces fruit & seed [as seen in the gourds],  Isra’el’s strength [as in the 12 oxen], and purity [ or whiteness as in the lily].
“Lily” also appears symbolic of the bride in Song of Songs, the bride to be pure, glad & chosen:
2: 1 {She} I am but a rose from the Sharon, just a lily in the valleys,
      2 {He} Like a lily among thorns, is my darling among the other women.
    16 {She} My darling is mine, and I am His, as He pastures His flock among the lilies.
Yeshua is the Good Shepherd of the purified, rejoicing,  and established among the lilies.
4:5 {He} Your two breasts are like two fawns, twins of a gazelle grazing among the lilies.
We wear the ‘breast’ plate of faith and love, the 2  columns erect & pure white in Him! We hop, skip and rejoice in His pasture as He shepherds us!
5:13 {She} His cheeks are like beds of spices, like banks of fragrant herbs. His lips are like lilies dripping with sweet myrrh.
  • The spices are sap of thorny bushes, bled from cuts in bark, gathered & ground into powder or heated to extract the oil. The spices symbolize the nature of the death and crucifixion of the Messiah [ Isaiah 53]. For example, myrrh is from a thorny and bitter bush but when burnt its fragrance is sweet; same as with frankincense, which is bitter but has ‘white’ fragrant smoke.
  • His Word is fragrant with sweet aroma, purifying the soul, and denying self, carrying the cross at the same time.
6:2 & 3 {She} 2   My darling went down to His garden, to the bed of spices, to pasture His flock in the gardens and to gather lilies.
                         3    I belong to the Man I love, and He belongs to me; He pastures His flock among the lilies.
7:2  {He}  Your navel is like a round goblet that never lacks spiced wine.  Your belly is a heap of wheat encircled by lilies.
  • Yeshua taught that out of our bellies would come “rivers of living waters”. Wheat is symbolic of the Bread , Yeshua. In Him is life abundant, a life of joy, purity, and steadfastness, in His Way, the Truth & the Life. He is the Life & the Resurrection! In Him we never lack “spiced wine” nor bread!
Hoshea the prophet prayed for Isra’el to return to ADONAI for she had rebelled. “Ashur will not save us…for it is only in You that the fatherless can find mercy.” [14:3]
“I will heal their disloyalty, I will love them freely; for My anger has turned from him.
I will be like dew to Isra’el; he will blossom like a lily…” [v.4-5].
May we all blossom like a lily, strike roots like the cedar of L’vanon, our branches spread out, our beauty like an olive tree! Ahmein and shalom!
For further study:
Shusan or Susa [from the Wikipedia]

Susa is also mentioned  by the name Shushan, mainly in Esther, but also once each in Nehemiah and Daniel. Both Daniel and Nehemiah lived in Susa during the Babylonian captivity of the 6th century BCE. Esther became queen there, and saved the Jews from genocide. A tomb presumed to be that of Daniel is located in the area, known as Shush-Daniel. The tomb is marked by an unusual white stone cone, which is neither regular nor symmetric. Many scholars believe it was at one point a Star of David. Susa is further mentioned in the Book of Jubilees (8:21 & 9:2) as one of the places within the inheritance of Shem and his eldest son Elam; and in 8:1, “Susan” is also named as the son (or daughter, in some translations) of Elam.

The Book of Susanna [from Wikipedia]

Both abiding and refuting God’s law are at the core of Susanna. From the beginning, we are told that Susanna had been trained ‘according to the law of Moses’  and this is clearly visible throughout the text. When forced to choose between adultery or accusations of adultery (leading to certain death), Susanna is aware of God’s law as it is written in Leviticus 20:10, ‘If a man commits adultery with the wife of his neighbor, both the adulterer and the adulteress shall be put to death’ and Deuteronomy 22:22, ‘If a man is caught lying with the wife of another man, both of them shall die, the man who lay with the woman as well as the woman. So you shall purge the evil from Israel.’

When facing possible rape , Susanna knows that the law instructs that a woman must cry for help, for if she doesn’t, she will not be seen as having been violated (Deuteronomy 22:24). When placed on trial before the accusing elders, Susanna shouts to the Lord that ‘these men have given false evidence,’  indicating her understanding of law in accordance with Deuteronomy 19:16-21. Later, it is Daniel who refers to the same law when asking ‘Are you such fools, O Israelites, as to condemn a daughter of Israel without examination and without learning the facts?’ .

The ‘two elders from [whom] the people… appointed judges’ , are clearly aware of the law of Moses, handed down from God, but choose to disobey them. The elders ‘began to lust’ after Susanna, despite the law in Exodus 20:17: ‘you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife.’ Before they give false testimony against Susanna, they ‘laid their hands on her head,’ as written in Leviticus 24:14, ‘Take the blasphemer outside the camp; and let all who were within hearing lay their hands on his head, and let the whole congregation stone him.’ The elders are clearly aware that two witnesses are required when trying a Jew that has been charged with a crime, as attested in Numbers 35:30, ‘no one shall be put to death on the testimony of a single witness’ and Deuteronomy 17:6, ‘On the evidence of two or three witnesses the death sentence shall be executed; a person must not be put to death on the evidence of only one witness.’ In an ironic twist, when the elders are found to be liars and have mocked God’s law, those same laws deal them their fate  in accordance with Deuteronomy 19:16-21.

Consider the Lily

4:5 {He} Your two breasts are like two fawns, twins of a gazelle grazing among the lilies.

We wear the ‘breast’ plate of faith and love, the 2 columns erect & pure white in Him! We hop, skip and rejoice in His pasture as He shepherds us!

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How Attached Are We?

Where are you, Levites , The Temple Servants? originally published title, edited

by Joanne Daniel on Saturday, June 2, 2012 at 4:36pm ·
  • After the 70 year captivity of Yahudah / Judah in Babylon, rose Ezra the priestly scribe & some of the children of  Yahudah, to come UP to Yahrushalayim [ Ezra 7:1,6,7].
  •  Ezra prepared his heart to seek the Torah of Yahweh & to DO IT  [Yah’s  laws & commandments] & TO TEACH to Yahudah !
  •  Ezra began to go up on the 1st day of the 1st month,[ at sundown after Rosh Chodesh, [the new moon] ; it was a 5- month journey [v.8,9].
  1. Ezra gathered those from Babylon [ Bavel. in Hebrew] to the river of Ahava/ love, stayed 3 days in tents [or under talits / prayer shawls ?].
  2.  BUT Ezra found not one of  the sons of Levites with him!….YET there were 220 Nethinim, servants to the Levites.          [ Ezra 8:15]   [Nethinim, in Hebrew, comes from nathan: gift !]

Ezra 8:15:

“And I gathered them together…”

qabats  (kaw-bats’)

to grasp, i.e. collect — assemble (selves), gather (bring) (together, selves together, up), heap, resort, surely, take up.

“to the river… “

nahar  (naw-hawr’)

a stream (including the sea; expec. the Nile, Euphrates, etc.); figuratively, prosperity — flood, river.

“that runneth… “

bow’  (bo)

to go or come (in a wide variety of applications)

“to Ahava…”

‘Ahava’  (a-hav-aw’)  godly  love, not selfish nor lustful

Ahava, a river of Babylonia — Ahava.

“and there abode we in tents…”

chanah  (khaw-naw’)

to incline; by implication, to decline (of the slanting rays of evening); specifically, to pitch a tent; gen. to encamp (for abode or siege); to bend as in bow to G-D under prayer shawl or talit

“three…”

shalowsh  (shaw-loshe’)

masculine shlowshah {shel-o-shaw’}; or shloshah {shel-o-shaw’}; a primitive number; three; occasionally (ordinal) third, or (multipl.) thrice

“days…”

yowm  (yome)

a day (as the warm hours),

“and I viewed…”

biyn  (bene)

to separate mentally (or distinguish), i.e.(generally) understand

“the people…”

`am  (am)

a people (as a congregated unit); specifically, a tribe (as those of Israel); hence (collectively) troops or attendants; figuratively, a flock — folk, men, nation, people.

“and the priests…”

kohen  (ko-hane’)

literally, one officiating, a priest; also (by courtesy) an acting priest (although a layman) — chief ruler, own, priest, prince, principal officer.

and found

matsa’  (maw-tsaw’)

to come forth to, i.e. appear or exist; transitively, to attain, i.e. find or acquire; figuratively, to occur, meet or be present

“there none of the sons…”

ben  (bane)

a son (as a builder of the family name), in the widest sense (of literal and figurative relationship, including grandson, subject, nation, quality or condition, etc.

“of Levi…”

Leviy  (lay-vee’)

“attached ”  A Levi was to be attached, fastened, connected, joined, bound with personal ties, affection, even added by legal authority, to YHWH ; Levi, a son of Jacob — Levi.

 

 

3. Levites were to be attached to Yahweh &  attend to the things of Yahweh. They did perform some things such as set to and build the altar and offer burnt sacrifices, celebrating Tabernacles and the dedication of the Temple with joy; age 20 & up supervised, while some blew trumpets, played cymbals & gave praise with the Psalms! The Levites celebrated the Passover, had purified themselves & “were all pure [Ezra 6:20]! The Nethinim [ the given ones ] were to assist the Levites ! Opposite the Water Gate was to be their official residence, symbolic of cleansing or purification!

 

4. No tax, excise or toll was imposed on any of the kohenim [lay priests] and Levites, singers, gatekeepers, Nethinim, and servants of this House of Eloah! ~ decree to all the treasurers beyond the River Ahava [Ezra 7:24, 21]. However, none lived in the Temple but had gone & took up residence in their towns and all Israel in their towns. The foundation had not been laid [Ezra 2:70]! The Temple was not begun to be rebuilt until Haggai the prophet & Zechariah, priestly son of Iddo both encouraged & spoke the Word of Elohim. Thereupon Zerubbabel & Yeshua began rebuilding the House of Elohim [Ezra 5:1-2]!

 

5. So Ezra had to send for men of understanding & gave them a command for Iddo [timely, as in passing by or advancing]. “In time”, Iddo the chief man & his brother, both temple servants at the place,  would  bring Ezra servants [Levites] for the House of Elohim [Ezra 8:16,17]. Iddo was leader at the  Babylonian place Casiphia [silvery, from keseph, to long for, desire, so much as to become pale!].

 

6. “Then by the good hand of our Elohim upon us, they brought us a man of understanding, of the sons of Machli sons of Lewi, son of Yisra’el,  and Sherebyah, with his sons and brothers, 18; and Hashabyah and with him Yeshayah of the sons of Merari, his brothers and their son, 20…[v. 18-19]”.  The Levites present now were 38 in all, compared to the 220 Nethinims!

  • Machli/ Mahli : in Hebrew, means “sick”! from “chalah”, to be worn, afflicted, pounded ~ bread or challah!
  • Sherebyah: “Yah has brought heat”! to  glare with a quivering trembling glow of the air; mirage
  • Hashabyah : Chashabyah, used 14x, “Yah has regarded”; from chasab, to penetrate, weave,value 
  • Yeshayah : ~ Yeshayahu / Isaiah : Yah has saved 
  • Merari : bitter; from marar, to be grieved
  • ? Is there a secret message here: The Bread, Yeshua Ha’Mashiach, brings the fire for He has regarded or valued and will save those who grieve or repent of the sinfulness!

6. Then Ezra could continue the “work” of Yahweh: he proclaimed a fast there at the river of Ahava ” to humble ourselves before our Elohim, to seek from Him the right way for us and our little ones and all our possessions… [v.21]”!

 

7. Then Ezra separated 12 leaders of the Lewi/ Levite  priests, weighed out to them pure gold & silver & utensils for the House of Elohim and said to them,

You are qodesh/ holy to Yahweh and the objects are qodesh…watch & guard them [Ezra 8:28-29]”.

8. The problem: “The priests, the Levites and some of the people and the singers  did not separate out and live in the Temple but lived outside of Yerushalayim [Jerusalem] & also intermarried with  “foreigners”  around them.

“But you are a chosen race, a royal kehunnah [priesthood], a qodesh nation, a people for a possession, that you should proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light [Kepha 1/ 1 Peter 2:9] “!

 

[We are to be available, present always before Him, ready in season and out, to serve Him, speak His word and do His Will- it is the only Way! Then…we will see miracles and His glory in His temple! HalleluYah!]

 

9. “Now when these things were done [ burnt offering sacrifices to the Elohim of Yisrael [Ezra 8:35], the leaders came to  me [Ezra] saying,

“The people of Yisrael & the Kohanim [laymen priests officiating] & the Levites [sons of Lewi sons of Aaron] have not separated themselves from the people of the lands & are doing according to their abominations [pagan worship & intermarriage]…so that the kadosh zera [holy seed] has mingled…even the hand of the leaders & rulers…[9:1-2]“!

“And when I heard this thing, I tore my garment [sign of mourning, repentance] & my mantle [talit or prayer shawl] & plucked off the hair of my head & my beard & sat down astonished [v. 3]“!

  • Ezra assembled all “that trembled at the words of the Elohim of Yisrael. At the evening service [the ma’ariv], he fell upon his knees, spread out his hands and prayed [v. 6-15]!
  • After  Ezra made prayer [tefillah], confession, weeping & casting himself down,  then did Yisrael assemble before Ezra, cry out, confess, & make an oath to put away their foreign wives [10: 1-44].
  • Now they were clean, to serve & join in worship of YHWH! Now they would appear for service. Now Ezra would not have to say, ‘Where are the Levites? ‘ For we must be holy as He is Holy!

 

 

The priest after cleansing, sacrifices the offerings, and enters into the Holy Place which is dark, to light the Menorah, set out the Bread of Presence with oil anointing, and light the fragrant incense. Then, and only then, can the priest enter  into the Holy of Holies,  only once a year, on the day of Atonement, Yom Kippur. There the priest meets the Glory of Yahweh, the cherebim over the Mercy Seat covering the Testimony, the tablets of the Torah & the blooming rod of Aaron!

The priests only could carry using the poles the Ark with the Mercy Seat! The poles would later be symbolic of the stake upon which the Messiah was pierced for our transgressions!

The Glory & Mercies of Yahweh: our sins are as far as the West is from the East!

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Secrets from the Garden of Eden

Y’shua said to search the Scriptures, for they tell of Him!

Indirectly I happened on a secret I have not yet heard, as I dwell in the Word~ I have been searching for a natural herb to activate my ” hypo” thyroid ; gentian bitters, oats, greens, kelp all help to warm me up! An MD recommended “guggul”. When “googled”, guggul becomes also  bdellium or bedolach, which happens to also be not only in the Sriptures but is also Hebrew! Bedolach was in the Scriptures, in Numbers and Genesis; also it may be myrrh, amber and pearl in the Scriptures.

All can be relative : our inactive, low energized, cold , dead lives can be brought to life! Through the works of Y’shua . as the Separate One,we are separated through His Spirit, in His Blood, giving us Life Eternal in Him! I am ‘warm’ in Him, as He fills me with oil and keeps me lit!

 

Here is a verse in which bedolach or bdellium appears: note that manna is like coriander seed, with stripes:

“The manna [bread from Heaven~Y’shua] by the WAY, was like coriander seed [with stripes!] & WHITE like gum resin [bedolach] [from  bdellium shrub] (Numbers 11:7)”!

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The second verse with bedolach is  found in Genesis! The river of life in the Garden of Eden divided into 4 streams: one stream,  Pishon winds through Havilah, land of gold, with this bedolach and onyx stone [Genesis 2:10-12]!

 

Points to note:

  • Bedolach implies bitter and separated, symbolic of Y’shua, who went through bitterness of Isaiah 53 for us, to make us separated and holy, as He is the Separate-One, Holy One of Yisrael!
  • Pishon *the river, in Hebrew = dispersive~ the Gospel , the Good News, has been dispersed to the 4 corners of the world; the 12 tribes of Yisrael have been dispersed to the 4 corners of the earth, sent out as Adam & Eve were sent out from the Garden! The rachamim or unmerited favors of Yahweh have been dispersed through the blood of Y’shua! The rivers of Living Waters have been dispersed by the Holy Spirit, giving us fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace,  faithfulness, patience, kindness, goodness, humility, self control!
  • Havilah, land west of Ural, in Hebrew , Chavilah = circular! similar to chiyl, to twist or whirl, to dance to writhe in pain or fear, to bring forth, calve, grieve sorrow, stay, tarry, BE WOUNDED!
  • The Pishon winds or dances through Havilah, the circular or circuit ~ Galilee, Galil, galiyl= circle~ Y’shua ministered mostly in Galilee, started His ministry there [Mt. 2:22] and finished there in Galilee[Mt. 28:16]!
  • We dance rejoicing in the joy of Salvation brought through tears, sweat and blood of Y’shua! We have been birthed, born again out of the bitter pain of the execution torture at Golgotha of Y’shua, King of the Yahudim![Luke 23:38]

Bedolach is aromatic & white~ holy, gummy resin or sap of a tree! A tree refers to a shoot from the ” Root of Yishai/ Jesse and The Branch, the Netzer, as in Isaiah 11: 1, upon which the 7 Spirits of Yahweh rest ; also the tree upon which they hung Y’shua for our sin! Aromatic oils of Bedolach were used as myrhh, both bitter to taste, but sweet in fragrance.

Now we have not only stripped corriander but white aromatic gummy resin! Why?

Bedolach is a white ~ holy, aromatic gummy resin, tapped, or exudes as the juice or fruit sap of the bdellium shrub tree! Y’shua, by hung on a tree, makes us holy; we will be wearing fine white linen as His Bride, we who believe in Him as Savior and Messiah and Yahweh! He is the Firstfruits and we are the fruit of His Vine, as long as we remain in Him

  • Aromatic: having an aroma; fragrant!
  • “..like a column of smoke [prayers of the altar of incense] perfumed with myrrh and frankincense…”~ Song of Songs 3:6 Our prayers are as smoke of incense reaching up to Heaven!

My sister, My Bride, is a GARDEN locked up, a pool COVERED over, a SPRING sealed shut. You are an orchard that puts forth pomegranates and other precious fruits, henna & [spike]-nard–saffron and aromatic cane, cinnamon & all kinds of frankincense trees, MYRRH, aloes, all the BEST spices. [Song of Songs 4:13-14]

We are to be fragrant as well as holy, separated unto Yahweh, covered by the blood of Y’shua, a spring of living waters sealed shut, awaiting our Bridegroom.

Your [Y’shua’s] anointing oils have a wonderful fragrance; Your Name is like anointing oil poured out! ~Song of Songs 1:3

  • “…I will get myself to the mountain of myrrh to the hill of frankincense.”~ SOS 4:6

Bedolach, #916 Strong’s Concordance =”something in pieces“; could be in other verses “amber” or “pearl” used often to describe the appearance of the throne and gates in Heaven! Seems when this white gum resin dries, it turns dark brown and clumpy, as exposed to the environment! When we expose our selves to this world, we become ‘dirty’ and dusty and dry, without the Waters of Living Word, and must wipe the dust off our feet, after travel!

Bedolach =Bdellium, an aromatic but bitter gum resin, similar to “myrrh

or “mor”, bitter! Miryam, or Mary,  Y’shua’s mother’s name derives from same root mar or bitter as myrrh, an oil spice applied to Y’shua’s body and given to him as a gift when young.[Mt 2:11]

Bedolach is probably from #914 SC,  “ba-dal”: to divide; divided, severed, separated!

 

**”But thanks be to Elohim, who in the Messiah constantly leads us in a triumphal procession & THROUGH US spreads everywhere the fragrance of what it means to KNOW HIM! For to Elohim we are the AROMA  of the Messiah, both among those being saved and among those being lost; to the latter, we are the SMELL of death leading only to more death; but to the former, we are the sweet smell of LIFE leading to MORE LIFE. [1 Corinthians 14-17]”!**

 

PRAYER: May we be a fragrant aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, one that pleases Elohim well. May our Elohim fill every need of ours according to His glorious wealth, IN UNION WITH THE MESSIAH Y’SHUA! And to Elohim be the glory forever and ever. Ahmein!

 

SPIKENARD: “…sends forth the smell…”~SOS 1:12; ‘very precious ointment’, Mark 14:3; Mary wiped the feet of Y’shua with a pound of ointment of spikenard, John 12:3

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