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February 01, 2012

"Torah" - It Points to Messiah

In my Scripture studies, as I've written before, I discovered that the Hebrew word Torah means teaching and instruction. 

It's matches God's words with our action.

In Genesis 26 we find where the word Torah is first spoken by Almighty God.

Long ago there was a famine and the Lord God gave Issac some basic instruction, do NOT GO down to Egypt as his father Abraham had done before him. When Abraham went there it almost cost him the life of Sarah, but God intervened.

If we look at the situation, in that famine, Isaac struggled big time and God knew that. After all, the land was parched and people were starving. There there were no supplies, no supermarkets, no bottled water to rely on, yet The LORD had a big purpose in store for the famine that would eventually bless Isaac. 

The LORD God wanted Isaac to depend on Him.

Isaac chose to do that and he relied on Almighty God in faithful, trusting obedience even if it meant hunger and struggle in famine while barely surviving in the parched dust among the Philistines that had plugged the water wells that Abraham had dug to provide life giving water. 

The Philistines did that in a feeble attempt to undo God's land grant.

Think about that, and now think about Gaza, think about Hamas' rockets.

Thank God Isaac learned a big time lesson from his father Abraham... be faithful and God will provide. 

Issac dolt just believe, he lived out his faith at "the binding" (the Akedah) by what he did of his own free will. 

He believed in the power of being in God's will. He believed his father Abraham and at the end of the Akedah he saw the ram for the sacrifice in the thorn bush (Genesis 22:8). Paul referenced it in his letter to the Corinthians (1Corinthians 10:13).

El Shaddai - Almighty God had given Isaac the God "reason" to not leave the land, it was not just for his own family's sake, but his faithfulness in the struggle that will one day allow all "nations" (gowy גּוֹי) of the earth to be blessed because in the end, his father Abraham kept God's instruction.

Yes, Abraham struggled and made mistakes, he lost faith for awhile in God's promise but in the end he repented and chose obedience. Because of that choice, Isaac knew Almighty God would keep His word and bless the planet in the end:
“I will multiply your descendants as the stars of heaven, and will give your descendants all these lands and by your descendants all the nations of the earth shall be blessed because Abraham obeyed Me and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes and My Torah.”
Why did God chose to bless "all" nations? 

It's simple, God made a covenant with a friend and God's plan, His promise is to restore the planet:

"Abraham obeyed Me and kept My charge, 
My commandments, My statutes and My Torah.”

Do you want to be God's friend, if so what should you do?

Abraham is our faith witness to friendship and relationship because Abraham kept God's teaching and instruction. 

Abraham like us made mistakes but in the end he acted in faith, he didn't just believe,. Abraham did something about his faith and because of that God repeated the covenant promise to Isaac that "all nations" would be blessed because of his father's faith action. 

The same promise was given to Jacob that "all nations" would be blessed because of his father and grandfather's faith action.

Almighty God's eternal blessing started with Abraham as he turned and walked in God's instruction and that blessing ties all nations grafted into the same charge, commandments, statutes and Torah that The Lord God passed on to Moses and Aaron.

This friend of God link to the blessing of the Kingdom of God instruction to be given to all nations is declared by the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in Exodus 12:49:
"There shall be one Torah for the native and for the stranger who sojourns among you.”
The blessing reveals a path of God friendship for both native and stranger and this Torah points to Messiah King who will rule the planet with God's Torah for all.

Since Torah means teaching and instruction, it's much bigger than the word "law" we use today, yet law is also found in the Bible. So where so we find it?

The first appearance of the English word meaning "law" as we know it today, is the word "statute" placed in Genesis 47:26. It is the Hebrew word "choq" and it's linked to Egypt, the same place Issac was told DO NOT GO:
"So Joseph made it a 'statute' [choq] concerning the land of Egypt..."
Here, the "choq" law statute is an ordinance, but a statute, a law does not fully convey God's Torah teaching and instruction.

The statute is speaking of Joseph's law, the ordiance he established during the famine in Egypt as he required all but priests to give one-fifth of their harvest as a tax to the Pharaoh. It was a "choq" to be kept for survival! Joseph did this after he bought the land with crop seed following the failure of Egypt's money system during the long seven year famine when seed for food became much more important than gold or silver.

Joseph's "choq" is an accurate description of our modern use of the word law. Choq appears 127 times in The Hebrew Scriptures, but "choq" is not the the term so many commingle today in reference to God's "law" which is the Hebrew word “Torah.”

This is important! 

It is my prayer that this commentary might show you the difference, so that you also see how the Torah of God points to Messiah, the living Torah.

Yeshua is the resurrected son of man and the prophet like Moses who is the Master Rabbi, the teacher of God's Word that restores the image of God that Adam lost by ignoring God's command "tsavah" in Genesis 2:16 when He put Adam in the garden of Eden to work it and to keep it. 

That "keeping" command includes listening to and doing God's eternal instruction for life in The Kingdom of God. 

The transformation back to the image of God is what Paul wrote about when he penned this referencing the veil Moses wore only after he stood in the presence of The LORD. In the tent of meeting, in freedom from sin he never wore the veil:
But when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit. 2 Corinthians 3:16-18 
Since many in a church pew do not keep Torah, that sad fact is the big reason why Jewish people cannot not see Yeshua because the people who claim to follow Jesus, do not believe the Torah He taught and explained, no or act like His Jewish disciples.

As we have seen, the Hebrew word “Torah” is a big part of the teaching and instruction declared in Exodus 12:49 when God says this:

"One law [Torah] shall be to him that is homeborn 
and unto the stranger that sojourneth among you."

The Bible shows us plainly that Abraham was not born in Canaan, he was a stranger there, a sojouner from Ur of the Chaldeans. Abraham said so himself (you can read it in Genesis 23:4) and Moses was a sojourner too (check it out in Exodus 2:22). Yet, Moses never made it to the Promised Land!!

Abraham's promise has revealed the blessing of Messiah for Judah and all nations of people, all sojourners. 

That's the big time link to the blessing Moses wrote about, and the covenant given Abraham is the reason the House of God is a house of prayer for all peoples (see Isaiah 56:7 for the proof text).

Hebrew is important if you want to understand the Bible. 

The Hebrew word "Torah" תּוֹרָה is spelled as “Tav-Vav-Resh-Hey” in Hebrew and it means "teaching and instruction." Check תּוֹרָה out for yourself, test it, that fact in any reliable Bible dictionary.

Each Hebrew letter has a literal meaning to, we need to learn to understand תּוֹרָה literally...
"Tav-Vav-Resh-Hey" means "Covenant-Stake-Head-Reveal."

Think about it. Can you see Messiah Yeshua in the word Torah?

Messiah is the head, the leader, the Messiah King. Yeshua is the living Torah that was seen at the covenant stake. He reveals the Torah, He is the Messiah nailed at the stake for both the home born, and the sojourner!

Unlike Joseph's "law" in Genesis 47, Torah is not quite “choq” and "choq" is not quite Torah.

Chow is a part, but the Torah is bigger, its God's teaching and instruction for living in God's Kingdom, not just a survival statute out of Egypt. 

Torah is God’s teaching for righteousness, holiness to be like He is. It's the live in God's image constitution for His Kingdom that delivers this message:

God's heart is that each of us to behave in such a way that our hearts are transformed. It's the concept of mitzvoth, doing good for others with a need.

“You shall be holy because the Lord your God is holy.”

The Torah is God's instruction for drawing near to His almighty shekinah glory in a set apart (holy) life. His grace is the reason we should want to show our love for Almighty God and help our fellow man and friends do the same.

The Torah of God connects heaven to planet earth and "Torah" point to Messiah.

After all, the Torah is the written record of the voice of the Sovereign Creator of the Universe for His Kingdom that is led by His Messiah King. Being a citizen of the Kingdom of God makes you responsible and liable to the King. Belief alone without faith is not a vaccine, belief alone does not make a person immune to sin's curse; on the contrary, faith is taking responsibility for the constitution of the Holy King of the Universe.

The God of Israel intricately designed the universe and His Torah as He spoke both into life. 

The Torah includes the words that the Almighty gave to Moses to write down at Sinai so that they could be used forever by God's children to I've His way, set apart from the world's ways.

Moses wrote what he heard and taught God's Torah to all Israel including the adopted strangers sojourning with the the native born of Israel because they all were afraid to hear all that Almighty God had to say to them. They thought they might die and God understood. 

Yeshua was like Moses. He did, taught and explained Torah as the prophet like Moses. He's the intercessor people asked for when they feared for their lives:
"All the people perceived the thunder and the lightning flashes and the sound of the trumpet and the mountain smoking; and when the people saw [it,] they trembled and stood at a distance. 
Then they said to Moses, "Speak to us yourself and we will listen; but let not God speak to us, or we will die."" Exodus 20:18-19 NASB 

“The LORD your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your countrymen, you shall listen to him. 
This is according to all that you asked of the LORD your God in Horeb on the day of the assembly, saying, ‘Let me not hear again the voice of the LORD my God, let me not see this great fire anymore, or I will die.’ The LORD said to me, ‘They have spoken well.

I will raise up a prophet from among their countrymen like you, and I will put My words in his mouth, and he shall speak to them all that I command him
It shall come about that whoever will not listen to My words which he shall speak in My name, I Myself will require it of him. Deuteronomy 18:15-19NASB 
The "strangers" and "sojouners" at Horeb were a big part of "all the people" at the mountain and they were linked to Abraham's blessing so are you so listen to Yeshua. At Horeb, they included the slaves from other nations that were held in bondage in Egypt with the descendants of Israel. They included many Egyptians that witnessed the ten plagues and feared the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. You should fear Him too, the bondage of sin will kill you.

Bottomline, despite what you may have heard, the Torah was given to all people at Sinai and they all heard the Ten Commandments as spoken to all of them by the Almighty God of all Israel. They all said I do.

God's repeating design in the cycle of the Hebrew Bible continually points to Messiah and you can get closer to Yeshua of Nazareth by learning a lot more about the language of the Bible.

Richard S. Ellis is a Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and he gives us a unique perspective on the Torah:
"If we step back and consider the imagery of the Torah, we can see it is much like a fractal because, as the mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot explained, each small portion can be viewed as a reduced scale replica of the whole. The focus in parashah Be-har on Shabbat, on the giving of the land, on ethical behavior, on living in peace and love with our sisters and our brothers, on living in active support of our sisters and our brothers: this is the focus of the entire Torah. 
Thus the fractal law of mathematics, created in the opening verses of Torah to ensure the smooth functioning of the universe, helps us to explicate this same Torah. Line by line, breath by breath, stem by stem, blossom by blossom, each verse of our parashah, like each verse of Leviticus, mirrors fractal-like the glorious and transcendent vision of the whole."
Now, consider what you will never see in an English Bible. It was pointed out by Rabbi Weissmandel just after World War II when he moved to New York. Weissmandel was the founder of the "Europe Plan" to rescue the survivors of the Holocaust.

In Numbers 1:1-4, we can see  50 letter skips spells the word "Torah". Reading a Torah scroll we can see the spelling is in reverse as it points to Leviticus. Why Leviticus, because something else is written in God's word there, just keep reading below for the answer and we look at the word Torah (Tav, Vav, Resh, Heh) הוֹרַתָ

וַיְדַבֵּר יְהוָה אֶל מֹשֶׁה בְּמִדְבַּר סִינַי בְּאֹהֶל מוֹעֵד
בְּאֶחָד לַחֹדֶשׁ הַשֵּׁנִי בַּשָּׁנָה הַשֵּׁנִית לְצֵאתָם מֵאֶרֶץ
מִצְרַיִם לֵאמֹר שְׂאוּ אֶת רֹאשׁ כָּל עֲדַת בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל
לְמִשְׁפְּחֹתָם לְבֵית אֲבֹתָם בְּמִסְפַּר שֵׁמוֹת כָּל זָכָר
לְגֻלְגְּלֹתָם מִבֶּן עֶשְׂרִים שָׁנָה וָמַעְלָה כָּל יֹצֵא צָבָא
בְּיִשְׂרָאֵל תִּפְקְדוּ אֹתָם לְצִבְאֹתָם אַתָּה וְאַהֲרֹן

Now, if we look at Deuteronomy 1:5-8, we can see there are exactly 49 letter skips that spell Torah. Reading the letter skips we can see the spelling points back toward the Scriptures that precede it.

בְּעֵבֶר הַיַּרְדֵּן, בְּאֶרֶץ מוֹאָב, הוֹאִיל מֹשֶׁה בֵּאֵר אֶת הַתּוֹרָה הַזֹּאת לֵאמֹר
יְהוָה אֱלֹהֵינוּ דִּבֶּר אֵלֵינוּ בְּחֹרֵב לֵאמֹר  רַב לָכֶם שֶׁבֶת בָּהָר הַזֶּה
פְּנוּ וּסְעוּ לָכֶם וּבֹאוּ הַר הָאֱמֹרִי וְאֶל כָּל שְׁכֵנָיו בָּעֲרָבָה בָהָר
וּבַשְּׁפֵלָה וּבַנֶּגֶב וּבְחוֹף הַיָּם אֶרֶץ הַכְּנַעֲנִי וְהַלְּבָנוֹן עַד הַנָּהָר הַגָּדֹל נְהַר פְּרָת
רְאֵה נָתַתִּי לִפְנֵיכֶם, אֶת הָאָרֶץ; בֹּאוּ, וּרְשׁוּ אֶת-הָאָרֶץ אֲשֶׁר
נִשְׁבַּע יְהוָה לַאֲבֹתֵיכֶם לְאַבְרָהָם לְיִצְחָק וּלְיַעֲקֹב לָתֵת לָהֶם, וּלְזַרְעָם אַחֲרֵיהֶם

What is going on here?

Guess what, this occurs in the books of Genesis and Exodus too, only the word Torah is not spelled in reverse with the letter skips, instead it points forward to Leviticus.

The very letters that spell Torah in the Bible are a fractal, they point to a Jubilee to come (49+1=50).

Not only that, the deliverance and restoration message of evry Jubilee is pointing toward something important.

Deuteronomy has 49 letter skips, this tells us one is to be searched for. Who is the One? It is none other than Messiah. How do we know? In the middle of these, with a Hebrew Bible, we can see the Hebrew letters Aleph Tav אֶת, known by many Christians as the Greek Alpha Omega noted in Revelation.

For more on אֶת click HERE to read more on the Aleph Tav in the Bible.

Leviticus is the place where the letters that spell Torah from Numbers and Deuteronomy are pointing toward because Leviticus is in the heart of the Torah, the first five books of the Bible that declare God's voice and His Kingdom Constitution.

Bottomline, we have to look closely at Leviticus, not ignore it as old or done away with. In Leviticus 1:1 we can see that every seventh letter from the first Yod, which happens to be the first letter of God's name, spells Y-H-V-H.

The red letters are Yod-Hey-Vav-Hey יִּהוָה and in Hebrew we can find that YHVH’s name is declared in plain sight in the very first verse of Leviticus, that is if you can read Hebrew!

וַיִּקְרָא אֶל מֹשֶׁה וַיְדַבֵּר יְהוָה אֵלָיו מֵאֹהֶל מוֹעֵד לֵאמֹר

The Torah was declared, spoken by God and the Hebrew word Torah literally points to Y-H-V-H, His mighty name.

One of the many amazing things we can find in God's word is the living Torah - who is Messiah Yeshua since the Torah, after all was written of Him:
"Then beginning with Moses and with all the prophets, He explained to them the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures." Luke 24:27 NASB

"And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth." John 1:14 NASB

"For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ." John 1:17 NASB

"For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me, for he wrote about Me. "But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words?" John 5:46-47 NASB

"I have manifested Your name to the men whom You gave Me out of the world; they were Yours and You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word.

Now they have come to know that everything You have given Me is from You; for the words which You gave Me [Torah] I have given to them; and they received [them] and truly understood that I came forth from You, and they believed that You sent Me." John 17:6-8 NASB
Yeshua manifested HaShen (the name) Y-H-V-H to the disciples and they kept the Torah like Yeshua, that's why they are called disciples. 

I pray this begins to show you Messiah's disciple teaching, “His” words point us all back to God's instruction to believe and walk in the way of Moses' writing:
"The same law shall apply to the native as to the stranger who sojourns among you." Exodus 12:49 NASB
It's time to put Jesus back in the synagogue. We should follow the example of Yeshua, the living Torah not because we have to, but because we get to. God's law was given to everyone as a gift full of mercy and grace because grace is how our Heavenly Father shows His Love for us and our obedience to Him is how we show our love for Him.

The Torah's weightier matters are "separation, mercy and faith"... these we are to do as Messiah instructs us (see Matthew 23:23).

You may have not noticed it, but the word "separation" which means "to set apart" is the Hebrew word "qodesh." We see this word translated as "Holy" some 611 times throughout the Bible.

The Torah points to Yeshua in the themes and storyline context found in each story. Yeshua said "Moses wrote of me" for a reason and He also said this, so hear it:
“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished.” Matthew 5:17-18
There is a reason, the Exodus story gives us many incredible examples of why it is everlasting.

Some are plain as day, others need to be examined. One is from the deeper meaning of the Exodus story about the waters at Marah and Elim shown in Exodus 15 that is repeated in the list recounting Israel’s stops along their journey noted in Numbers 33.

After the great mikveh miracle with the parting of the Red Sea, God brought the children of Israel and the sojourners with them as He guided them to Elim. The Torah tells us Elim was a beautiful oasis where they all camped beside twelve springs and seventy palm trees. This account points to the good new of Messiah. After Yeshua's baptism (mikveh), He chose twelve close disciples, and He sent out seventy to proclaim the Gospel of the Kingdom (see Luke 10:1).

This was shown at the Red Sea and at Marah. Not only that, Yeshua will overcome obstacles and bitterness if we rely on Him.

When the Israelites arrived at Marah after the wind allowed them to cross the sea on dry land. They were parched and thirsty, they all new they could not continue long without water but they did not drink the water at Marah because it was bitter, so God showed Moses some wood to throw into the bitter water to make it sweet.

God did this as a test He placed before them just as any believer is set free from the bitterness of sin by the sweet wood of Messiah's cross, if we just repent and believe the Gospel of The Kingdom.

You may have missed it, but the apostle James taught about the lesson learned at Marah:
"Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind." James 1:2-6 
Not only that, God revealed the imagery of Eden restored at Elim as there was no bitter water present.

The twelve springs of water at Elim represent the prophetic future of the twelve tribes of Israel and the 70 plams point to the sojourners with them. After all the sojouners that went to Egypt were 70 souls (Genesis 46:27 and Exodus 1:5).

The royal priesthood has springs of living water to administer God’s Gospel of the Kingdom to both native born and all nations. The seventy palm trees represent the seventy nations, al allegory that all peoples must rely on living water to survive.

The twelve springs of water show us the twelve tribes as all Israel are to supply living water of salvation (Yeshua) to all nations in spirit and truth.

They all left Elim in the fourth week after leaving Egypt. That number four in Hebrew is a reference to four thousand years from Creation to Messiah, when the living water of Messiah arrived on His first trip and He will retun on day seven.

Everyone that chose God instead of Pharaoh, left Egypt (slavery to sin) on the 15th day of the first month and…
“They set out from Elim, and all the congregation of the people of Israel came to the wilderness of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after they had departed from the land of Egypt.”
Messiah's living water Passover is the tree of life that we may drink and live forever as shown in Revelation 22:2:
“On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree of life (the living Torah) are for the healing of the nations. No longer will there be anything accursed (bitter), but the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him”
This shows us a picture of the fruit of believers after returning to God’s Torah that Yeshua walked in so that we can all teach and disciple other nations in God’s instruction until He returns. If we walk in Messiah’s ways, there will be springs of living water flowing from us to nourish others with Messiah, the living Torah.

Believe it or not, Yeshua referenced Elim's living water when He stopped and spoke to the Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well: “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”

Later, at the conclusion of the Feast of Tabernacles that year, at the water pouring ceremony in Jerusalem, Yeshua shouted in a loud voice to give everyone there a flashback to Elim as promised in Isaiah 58:11; Ezekiel 47:1-12 and Zechariah 14:8. Yeshua declared this:
“Whoever believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.”
Can can believe the Revelation 22 message will be fulfilled one day looking back to Messiah’s time in Jerusalem when He spoke as a prophet like Moses. Today, it has been nearly two days (2,000 years) and Yeshua serves as High Priest at the right hand. We are standing before the day of The Lord when He will return to Earth as Priest King.

God declares that He declares the end from the beginning. He uses the prophets to do that, so we have to remember God gave light from heaven to earth on the fourth day when the sun, moon and the stars were put into their proper place to separate the darkness, And God saw that it was good. What was will be, and God will restore creation as He intended. That is the meaning of: “These are the generations of the heavens and the earth” Genesis 2:4.

Revelation shows us Messiah will fulfill the Torah of Genesis 2:15... “The LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it.”

Elim is just one stop in the amazing Torah stories that all point to Messiah in some way. By this fact we can begin to understand why Yeshua is the “Living Word” and we can begin to see what John was teaching of when he wrote this:
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not." John 1:1-5

"Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth." John 17:17

"And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth." John 17:19
The Torah is truth, indeed all of the Bible speaks of unchanging truth. The "teaching" of God, the "Torah" gives us a graphic picture of the promise given to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

The sojourner storyline goes like this: Abram left his home because Y-H-V-H spoke to him and called him out of the land of Ur, the pagan center of organized idol worship at the time. With his father and family, Abram stopped in Haran, a town at today's Syrian border with the modern map of Turkey.

Genesis 12:4 tells us: “So Abram left, as the LORD had told him.”

Abram believed God and obeyed. He did something and the trip from Ur to Haran brought Abraham great wealth, but the walk from Haran to Canaan was different on the pilgrimage journey mission from God.

When Abraham arrived, a big famine hit the land and Abram had to leave to seek refuge in Egypt just as the descendants of Israel did years later.

Plagues fell on the Pharaoh and Abram left. Jacob did the same as did his descendants. Plagues fell on Pharaoh and Israel left. A plague of death sought young Yeshua too and he went to Egypt as well, yet He returned to Abraham's land of promise.

When we look at the story of Abram’s calling, we can see Jesus (Yeshua) and his disciples if we look closely. Just like God’s call to Abram, Jesus called his twelve disciples to leave and follow him. They left their everyday life and occupations, they left their homes and Yeshua taught them Torah and the gospel promise in it about the restoration of the Kingdom of God, the Bible's restoration goal.

When Abraham arrived as a sojourner in Canaan, God told him that the next four hundred years would end in servitude in Egypt. Meanwhile, Hagar gave birth to Ishmael, Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed and only after Abraham's circucision Sarah give birth to Isaac.

Isaac had two sons like Adam. Fleeing Esau's revenge of death, Jacob headed at his mother's advice to Haran where Abraham had sojourned. There, Jacob married Leah and Rachel and worked as a slave for Rebecca's brother Laban. Before he entered returned to Canaan, Jacob wrestled with God messenger the night before he crossed over the Jabbok brook. During the night, at the end of the struggle, he was blessed, but only after he was injured. After the struggle, his walk was changed as was his name. He was reborn if you will as Israel.

Israel then meets up with his enemy brother Esau, and Esau repents. Israel then loses his beloved wife Rachel.

The Bible reinforces the reward of the Promised Land. This is promised over and again, yet this story is actually a picture of four thousand years in the future and our time. The land promised Abraham is the reward bestowed only after suffering in dark tribulation in Hitler's holocaust. The Jewish suffering is a picture of Messiah. He suffered too at the hands of the Romans.

This timeline to redemption looks much like the four hundred years when Moses finally led Israel out of the bondage of Egypt just as God had promised Abraham, and they wandered forty years due to disobedience. A new circumcised generation finally crossed over the Jordan River.

As sojourner followers of Messiah and native born too, we all need to remember that we will receive the promise given Abraham:
"I will bless you;
I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing."
God called out a man, that became a people, that received a name, that included adopted children of an Egyptian named Asenath. They were grafted into the household and Israel is the family name for children, all nations in the House of God for all people that choose Him after a struggle. That's why Israel means "God prevails."

By a miracle of the Spirit of God, His son became the Living Torah King in the family line of David and He suffered to bring forth salvation for the world as the Torah keeping prophet, Messiah Yeshua of Nazareth.

Yeshua walked a perfect life in God's Torah given Abraham and to Moses in the wilderness journey at Sinai, He suffered, died and arose in resurrection as the lamb of God shown to Isaac for the salvation of the world with the purpose to overcome the death penalty Adam brought toe the world in disobedience to God's command.

Whether you think His return to the Promised Land is His first trip or second, you can know He is coming soon to restore everyone's journey out of Babylon and Egypt: "Come out of her my people lest you take part in her sins, lest you share in her plagues" (Revelation 18:4). It's time to repent and work to keep God’s Kingdom commandments in the faith of Messiah (Revelation 14:2). The Kingdom is near, time is short.

Right now we are all being called to begin our journey from Babylon to return to the Promised Land. Are you listening to God and doing what He asks of you?

Home is not back there in Ur of the Chaldees. It’s not in Egypt either. Israel is now, where God has the Jewish people to prepare the and for Messiah. Or real Home is in the land of Abraham's promise, even if some of us don’t fully possess the land right now. There's a reason for that it not ready just yet. Esau is still angry, the Palestinians want to divide the land and take it as his own birthright, but one day he will kiss his brother.

By faith, we must trust God and be willing to go wherever He sends us and do what He asks.

We are headed fast and forward into the big Yovel, the Jubilee year of Messiahn, the day of The Lord and God’s word is the thing that needs to be put back in order in our lives the way God has ordained it. The final Jubilee the promise of restoration, but right now we are in the time before the final Jubilee, it will include a time of trial. But, we will see redemptions and restoration, observing a Sabbath rest in recognition of God’s sovereignty over the planet. God’s kingdom will come in all its fullness and God’s people that He calls by the family name of Israel will live in the land that God intended from the beginning in Eden restored with Messiah as King of All.

God required Abraham, Issac and Jacob to follow His instruction to take hold of the homeland that God had given them. As we wait for the day that in which we will inherit the land of that promise for all nations, we must all listen to God and reorder our lives to hold on to the blessing God has promised. Yet when our lives move away from God’s will, we will not see the light. So, we must what is necessary to return to our Father and do the things Messiah taught. That is why Yeshua asked the disciples:
"Why do you call me, Lord, Lord, and do not do what I say?" Luke 6:46
Jesus is making a statement of truth about the Torah of God: Many call Him Lord, Lord, but very few actually do what He says. Jesus is asking you right now, today, why not do what I say?

To do this requires our understanding that Messiah Yeshua is the prophet like Moses, the messenger of the Torah and the Torah teacher. He is the image of God, the Word of God living in the flesh s the son of man. One way is to understand this is that God gives us His teaching and instruction for living in the Kingdom because the God of Israel loves us.

His Torah instruction that points us to Messiah teaches some simple guidelines about how we are to live "near Him." It's the original message of the "deceiver" to fall for the lie that God does not mean what He says or that He changes His mind. Don't listen to the deceiver any longer. God does not change.

Like I used to, many believe a flawed tradition that God's teaching and instruction, His voice is imperfect, that it enslaves us under the law and cannot be kept calling it a burden of curses and that it has been "hung on the cross" by Jesus. A law was hung there alright and it is one of the great mysteries of the Bible.

Many that think the Torah is obsolete believe that Jesus is Messiah rightly say "the One" who is called Jesus is the Son of God. That is the truth, but then that of course means it is Jesus who is the Son that walks in His Father's instruction and keeps them.

No wonder He says, "If you love me, keep my commandments." John 14:15

When we truly understand that Jesus, the one called "salvation" in Hebrew or Yeshua keeps God's Totah, all of these words suddenly make sense as they tie the end of the Bible to the beginning:
1John 2:7 Brethren, I write no new commandment unto you, but an old commandment which you had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which you have heard from the beginning.

1John 2:3 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.

1John 2:4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.

1John 3:22 And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.

1John 3:24 And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us.

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

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

2John 1:6 And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, you should walk in it.

Revelation 14:12 Here is the patience of the saints: here [are] they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.

Revelation 22:14 Blessed [are] they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.
It is time for you to stand and soak in the latter day rain of God's word.

What does this all mean? 

It's time for you to repent and return to God's voice, return to hear and do His word and walk in the faith of His Kingdom path so that you can ready your lamp for your coming assignment. 

It means we need to know "Who is the One Called Jesus.

Consider a prayer: Please, God guide me by your Spirit as to what I should hear and do.

It's time to repent and return to God's voice, return to hear and do His words and walk in the faith of His Kingdom path so that you can ready your lamp for your assignment. 

Stretch out your hand, and take from the tree of life, and live forever.

Open a Bible, read it, listen to God's voice and do Yeshua's teaching about the forever jots and tittles. 

You can learn how the things which are written in the Torah, the Prophets, and the Psalms are concerning Messiah and you can teach others to live life like Jesus, it's love in God's way:
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 

For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved." John 3:16-17
Today is the time, open your eyes if you're dead in your own valley of dry bones.

Look up and you'll recognize Messiah from Abraham's promise passed on to Isaac and Jacob as written by Moses in the Torah. You can see Him too in the Prophets and the Writings.

Repent and walk your Emmaus Road with Messiah. Study the Scriptures He taught every Sabbath that are filled with doing life God's way in the Kingdom, and tell others about Him. Be a gatekeeper until the house is complete.

Preach the Kingdom gospel always and when necessary use words.