Aaronic Blessing sung by Rico Cortes

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This is one of the most beautiful sounds on earth!  If you have never heard Rico sing it before, you will be blessed indeed!

 

Shabbat Shalom!

Trish


Dear Father in the Make-Up Aisle

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As beautiful as this letter is, it misses the point entirely!  This father, who obviously understands what the World wants from his precious daughter, misses how to protect those so innocent.

Here is my letter to this dad …

dear father in the make-up aisle

Dear father in the make-up aisle,

I don’t have girls, but I am the mom of three young boys. As I contemplate your letter to your daughter, I think about what a loving dad you are, who obviously wants to protect his daughter from the influence of the “world”.  And I, like you, worry about what the world wants and expects from my boys.  Our generation’s children.  

So, after being lured to the make-up aisle by a friend’s text, you sat there, studying the names of the products, scanning magazine images and felt complete disgust, as you mulled this freshly-discovered message these products are collectively and individually sending your daughter … as you should.  You recorded your thoughts…

… “Words have power, and the words on display in this aisle have a deep power. Words and phrases like:

Affordably gorgeous,

Infallible,

Flawless finish,

Brilliant strength,

Liquid power,

Go nude,

Age defying,

Instant age rewind,

Choose your dream,

Nearly naked, and

Natural beauty.”

Is this really your very first realization of the insane message being pulsed day in and day out to any person paying attention? There, on the floor of the make-up aisle? I have to ask… where have you been? Have you not noticed (maybe even purchased) one of those magazines that have been there in the checkout lane for decades? Those images of half-dressed women (and men) screaming “LOOK AT ME” from a half-dozen magazine covers? Those images parents are forced to deal with as we do everything in our power to divert our children’s attention while we wait to checkout? Oh, and while I’m thinking about it… have you not noticed you are standing among half-dressed women IN the malls, IN the restaurants, IN the stores, IN the airport, etc?  Did you miss them somehow? The world has been saying this to the children for a very long time…. “a pretty face and a body to enjoy” and how you must “look a certain way to have any worth or influence.” Where have you been dad? 

I know the answer, just like most of us know the answer … because most of us didn’t stop to think about this before we had children. Many of us not only didn’t think about it, we participated in it. Dressing like the World, thinking like the World, acting like the World. Well, guess what… If you walk it, talk it and act it, YOU ARE THE WORLD!  It was only after we had children did it start to sink in. Believe me. I.Get.It.

What is the answer?  It was there, in your letter the whole time, albeit not the answer you thought you penned.  

But words do have power and maybe, just maybe, the words of a father can begin to compete with the words of the world. Maybe a father’s words can deliver his daughter through this gauntlet of institutionalized shame and into a deep, unshakeable sense of her own worthiness and beauty.

You had the right answer, just the wrong  Father in mind. Our Father in Heaven does not use the words from the make-up aisle … as a matter of fact, they are pretty much the opposite from His Word. He focuses more on our walk, our action, our motivation, how we treat others, how we provide for the less fortunate. He discourages us from focusing so much on ourselves.

1 John 2:15-17 (CJB) 15 Do not love the world or the things of the world. If someone loves the world, then love for the Father is not in him;16 because all the things of the world — the desires of the old nature, the desires of the eyes, and the pretensions of life — are not from the Father but from the world. 17 And the world is passing away, along with its desires. But whoever does God’s will remains forever.

Titus 2:11-12 (CJB) 11 For God’s grace, which brings deliverance, has appeared to all people. 12 It teaches us to renounce godlessness and worldly pleasures, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives now, in this age;

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (CJB) 19 Or don’t you know that your body is a temple for the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) who lives inside you, whom you received from God? The fact is, you don’t belong to yourselves; 20 for you were bought at a price. So use your bodies to glorify God.

Romans 12:2 (CJB) 2 In other words, do not let yourselves be conformed to the standards of the ‘olam hazeh (the world). Instead, keep letting yourselves be transformed by the renewing of your minds; so that you will know what God wants and will agree that what he wants is good, satisfying and able to succeed.

Jeremiah 17:9-10 (CJB) 9 “The heart is more deceitful than anything else and mortally sick. Who can fathom it? 10 I, Adonai, search the heart; I test inner motivations; in order to give to everyone what his actions and conduct deserve.”

I would encourage you to seek His ways and path in teaching your children:

Deuteronomy 6:4 (CJB) “Sh’ma, Yisra’elAdonai Eloheinu, Adonai echad [Hear, Isra’el! Adonai our God, Adonai is one]; 5 and you are bibleto love Adonai your God with all your heart, all your being and all your resources. 6 These words, which I am ordering you today, are to be on your heart; 7 and you are to teach them carefully to your children. You are to talk about them when you sit at home, when you are traveling on the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 8 Tie them on your hand as a sign, put them at the front of a headband around your forehead, 9 and write them on the door-frames of your house and on your gates.

Proverbs 22:6 (CJB) 6 Train a child in the way he [should] go; and, even when old, he will not swerve from it.

As much as we love our children, once they reach adulthood, we cannot protect them from the world. It’s too late for us once they are “of age”. Only our children themselves and Abba can protect them at that point. We have to teach them to walk on His path and to desire His ways while they are still in our homes and throughout their childhood. It is our responsibility to help them learn to focus on His Kingdom with their whole hearts, minds and bodies.

I am so thankful that God placed this desire on my heart when my children were young. What a blessing to learn His ways and be able to teach them to my children. I pray you will feel this calling as well…

A mom who cares!

Trish

 

 


Thoughts as I read Yeshua by Dr. Ron Moseley Part Two

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Well Dr. Moseley stunned me on page one of Chapter One!  I’m sharing this in this article because you can read Chapter 1 on Amazon, so I’m not giving away secrets from the book 🙂

 

Sharing my Thoughts as I read Yeshua by Dr. Ron Moseley

Eusebius documents the first “bishops” of the Church in Jerusalem and shares that the first FIFTEEN were Hebrew, believing Jews!!  Can you believe it? Further, did you know that in AD 117 Jerusalem was seized (and renamed) and Jews were BANNED from entering Jerusalem for one hundred years?  Think that might have prevented them from being the next group of bishops of the Church? So only after the believing Jews were no longer even in the city did Gentiles take that role. The exciled believing Jews that were “led by James and Simeon were still clinging tightly to the Judaic traditions while crouched at Pella.” (Baring Gould, Lost and Hostile History. “Schonfield’s History” 1936 page 35.

NPNF2-01. Eusebius Pamphilius: Church History, Life of Constantine, Oration in Praise of Constantine

Chapter V.—The Bishops of Jerusalem from the Age of our Saviour to the Period under Consideration
1. The chronology of the bishops of Jerusalem I have nowhere found preserved in writing;994 for tradition says that they were all short lived.
2. But I have learned this much from writings,995 that until the siege of the Jews, which took place under Adrian,996 there were fifteen bishops in succession there,997 all of whom are said to have been of Hebrew descent, and to have received the knowledge of Christ in purity, so that they were approved by those who were able to judge of such matters, and were deemed worthy of the episcopate. For their whole church consisted then of believing Hebrews who continued from the days of the apostles until the siege which took place at this time; in which siege the Jews, having again rebelled against the Romans, were conquered after severe battles.
3. But since the bishops of the circumcision ceased at this time, it is proper to give here a list of their names from the beginning. The first, then, was James, the so-called brother of the Lord;998 the second, Symeon;999 the third, Justus;1000 the fourth, Zacchæus;1001 the fifth, Tobias; the sixth, Benjamin; the seventh, John; the eighth, Matthias; the ninth, Philip; the tenth, Seneca;1002 the eleventh, Justus; the twelfth, Levi; the thirteenth, Ephres;1003 the fourteenth, Joseph;1004 and finally, the fifteenth, Judas.
4. These are the bishops of Jerusalem that lived between the age of the apostles and the time referred to, all of them belonging to the circumcision.
5. In the twelfth year of the reign of Adrian, Xystus, having completed the tenth year of
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his episcopate,1005 was succeeded by Telesphorus,1006 the seventh in succession from the apostles. In the meantime, after the lapse of a year and some months, Eumenes,1007 the sixth in order, succeeded to the leadership of the Alexandrian church, his predecessor having held office eleven years.1008

Herod's Temple

So, the first century Church is still absolutely a sect of Judaism, just as Paul said it was in Acts.

Act 28:17 And it came to pass, that after three days Paul called the chief of the Jews together: and when they were come together, he said unto them, Men and brethren, though I have committed nothing against the people, or customs of our fathers, yet was I delivered prisoner from Jerusalem into the hands of the Romans.
Act 28:18 Who, when they had examined me, would have let me go, because there was no cause of death in me.
Act 28:19 But when the Jews spake against it, I was constrained to appeal unto Caesar; not that I had ought to accuse my nation of.
Act 28:20 For this cause therefore have I called for you, to see you, and to speak with you: because that for the hope of Israel I am bound with this chain.
Act 28:21 And they said unto him, We neither received letters out of Judaea concerning thee, neither any of the brethren that came shewed or spake any harm of thee.
Act 28:22 But we desire to hear of thee what thou thinkest: for as concerning this sect, we know that every where it is spoken against.
Act 28:23 And when they had appointed him a day, there came many to him into his lodging; to whom he expounded and testified the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus, both out of the law of Moses, and out of the prophets, from morning till evening.

There is just absolutely no doubt that Paul was Jewish and a Pharisee and a believer in Yeshua. THIS is exactly what convinced me that somehow the Church had lost its way … WAY back then to divorce its “Jewishness”. If “Messianic” Judaism was good enough for Yeshua and the Apostles… it’s good enough for me (it was not called Messianic back then, of course).  I have been walking the path of Messianic Judaism now for almost six years and have never looked back. Scripture finally makes sense. If you think anything in the New Testament contradicts anything in the Old Testament then you are calling God a liar, because He said He doesn’t change His mind… Yeshua said throughout His ministry that He came to do His Father’s will… The Bible was divided by a man… not by God. Even the titles of the Books, the Chapters, the verses… ALL of that was added by man. The only Scriptures the apostles had to teach and preach about Yeshua was the “Old Testament”.

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Reading through Yeshua, there is a lot of information to digest… some information I knew some I didn’t know. The parts I didn’t know, I will not take Dr. Moseley’s word for it. Even the historical aspect, I am confirming as I go. The information about Eusebius at the beginning of this article is an example of me confirming what Dr. Moseley said… I had to research it to be sure it was accurate.

Note… I didn’t discuss every aspect of Chapter one. I have the entire chapter highlighted in my book, so I just picked out the pieces that I identified with and was either shocked by or so identified with that I wanted to share it with you!  I encourage you to read the Scriptures for yourself… We are told to be Bereans and study the Word and test everything you hear and read.

Next time I’ll cover Chapter Two… until next time, Shalom!

Trish

 

 

 

Part one to this series is here.


Thoughts as I read Yeshua by Dr. Ron Moseley Part One

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So, I’m reading this fantastic book, Yeshua: A Guide to the Real Jesus and the Original Church by Dr. Ron Moseley with a Foreward by Marvin Wilson, Ph.D. and I thought I would come here and share my thoughts on this great book as I read it.

Thoughts and Perspective on Yeshua by Dr. Ron Moseley

I stumbled upon this book when a group of friends had mentioned wanting to read it as part of a book club.  Unfortunately, I just don’t have time to participate in a formal book club these days, but I did purchase the book and have started reading it.

It is rare that I read a Foreward or Preface in a book (I know… it’s a character flaw 🙂 I’m impatient, I want to get to the meat of the matter!)… but I did for this book and I’m glad I did!

The foreward is written by Marvin Wilson, Ph.D., Ockenga Professor of Biblical Theological Studies, Chairman of the Department of Biblical Studies at Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts.  I knew I would read this book just based on this one comment…

If one desires to be radically Christian, a thorough understanding of the Jewish origin of the Church is, by no means optional, it is foundational.

I could not agree with him more!!  It is literally the beginning of understanding… You can’t start a book two-thirds through and expect to understand the content without the first portion of the book… which is what so many want to do.

The Preface is written by Dr. Moseley himself.  It’s funny as I sit here to type up my thoughts, I am thumbing back through what I’ve read… I don’t have many books where practically the entire preface had highlighter marks all over it!  I am going to share word-for-word from the Preface, since it is free out there to be read on Amazon (as well as the Foreward and Introduction).

Scholars agree, on the most basic level, that Jesus was a Jew who was born, lived, and died within first-century Judaism. His teaching methods, parables, proverbs, and symbolic style were characteristic of the Judaism of that day. Since both the Old and New Testaments are highly Hebraic, with the background, writers, culture, religion, traditions, and concepts being Hebrew, any analysis should be done from this perspective.

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 And a final quote from the Preface…

Finally, our study will suggest that the early Church was one of the many sects within first century Judaism, which neither Jesus nor Paul ever tried to leave.  Because the early Church remained within Judaism for the first hundred years, the proto-rabbi and the Hebrew culture are essential to understanding it organizational structure.

In the introduction, Dr. Moseley discusses if Paul and Jesus were rebels  or outcasts of Judaism…. which of course they were NOT.  Research shows that there were over twenty different denominations within first century Judaism – including the Pharisees, Sadducees, Zealots, Essenes, Hellenists, etc. And each of these were considered outside the mainstream at one point or another, yet still firmly welcomed and a part of Judaism.  You can see that Jesus (Yeshua is his Hebraic name) was called rabbi by both Pharisees and his disciples in multiple areas of scripture… here are just a few examples from Scripture…

Joh 1:38  And Jesus turned around and saw them following him, and he said to them, What do you want? They said to him, Rabbi (Teacher), where do you live?

Joh 1:49  Nathanael answered, saying to him, Rabbi, you are the Son of God, you are the King of Israel.

Joh 3:1 THERE was there a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews;

Joh 3:2 He came at night to Jesus and said to him, Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher sent from God; for no man can do these miracles that you are doing, except God is with him.

Dr. Moseley set out to delve into five areas that would greatly increase our understanding of Jesus and His Church:

  1. The commonly ignored fact that the Church was totally Jewish, long before it became the Gentile institution of today;
  2. The fuzzy picture of the organizational structure of the early Church, specifically in relation to its synagogue counterpart; 
  3. The nearly complete absence of any knowledge concerning Jewish idioms used by Jesus;
  4. the difficulty understanding the purpose and requirements of the Torah, particularly pertaining to Christians;
  5. and The distorted image many have of the Pharisees.

Well, if this doesn’t whet your appetite to start reading this book with me, nothing will!  I am actually already in Chapter Three, one-third the way into the book. But it is so good and so needed, I decided to stop and write about what I’m reading!  I hope you will pick up a copy and read this book for yourself!  You will see why my book has highlighting almost across the whole page!

Until next time… shalom!

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February 15th Messianic Torah Portion Ki Tisa

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Next Shabbat, February 15th Messianic Torah portion Ki Tisa (in Hebrew it means “where you elevate”):  Exodus 30:11-34:35; 1 Kings 18:1-39; Psalm 75; Matthew 9:35-11:1

Torah Portion Ki Tisa

Daily Torah Reading:

1st section of Parsha Ki Tisa, (Exodus 30:11-31:17) Sunday, February 9th

2nd section of Parsha Ki Tisa, (Exodus 31:18-33:11)  Monday, February 10th

3rd section of Parsha Ki Tisa, (Exodus 33:12-33:16)  Tuesday, February 11th

4th section of Parsha Ki Tisa, (Exodus 33:17-33:23)  Wednesday, February 12th

5th section of Parsha Ki Tisa, (Exodus 34:1-34:9)  Thursday, February 13th

6th section of Parsha Ki Tisa, (Exodus 34:10-34:26)  Friday February 14th

7th section of Parsha Ki Tisa, (Exodus 34:27-34:35)  Shabbat, February 15th

Torah Studies for Children:

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21-Ki-Tisa-Kindershul-Picture-Page

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Tools for Adults Studying Torah

I highly recommend reading scripture each year from a different Hebraic translation. Below are the different versions I’ve read:

2013 – 2014 Torah Cycle:  Shocken Bible.  I have to tell you I DO NOT like the commentary part, but I love the language of the Scriptures. Just being honest in my evaluation of the translation.  I like having a book to hold, but if you want to read it online, here is a pdf.

2012 – 2013 Torah Cycle: Onkelos. This is a GREAT set of 5 books.  I refer back to these regularly.  It is my favorite. Period.

2009 – 2012 Torah Cycle: Stone’s Chumash.  My second favorite.

I use the Complete Jewish Bible online all the time for reference.  If you are like me, I need to hold a book!  Here is one on Amazon.

I have several different sets of commentary (Onkelos and Stone’s Chumash are my favorites for the Torah Portions).  For the Tanakh (rest of the Old Testament), I use Keil and Delitzsch. You can get this MUCH cheaper than this price at Amazon, but wanted you to see what it is and you can search for a better price.

In my humble opinion, the absolute BEST translation of the Gospels is Delitzsch’s Hebrew Gospels.

Again, I use many different translations, but this is one I use regularly Complete Jewish Bible as well as The Scriptures.

Just about anything from Artscroll… I could go broke at this store! (Note, if you visit this store on Shabbat, they will be closed… they honor the Sabbath)!

eSword.  It is a free Bible Study Software.  I got mine from this church years ago and have never received one piece of junk mail due to it. This software has multiple version of scripture (and you know how I love to read different translations) including KJV, Scriptures, JPS, Peshitta, etc. And it has several different lexicons including Strongs, BDB and Thayers.  I highly recommend you get this software and it is free.

Blue Letter Bible.  Is a website that I take the Strong’s number from eSword and go search to see how the word has been used in other verses. It has the Gesenius’ definition of Hebrew words, which I just love!

Commentaries for Torah Portions:

Lists of Messianic Commentary on Torah Portions:

Torah Portion studies for Children: **

I am always looking for my next year’s translation to read Torah from.  If you have a great Hebraic perspective Bible that I did not list here, please leave me a comment below!

Until next week… Shalom Mishpocha!

Trish

 

 


Psalm 91 Song by Paul David Daniel

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This has to be one of my all time favorite songs.  It is from Psalman Music written and performed by Paul David Daniel entitled “Psalm 91”.

 

And it happens to be one of my favorite Psalms too!  Might as well read it while you listen… I do!

Psa 91:1 HE who dwells in the protection of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
Psa 91:2 I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress; my God; in him will I trust.
Psa 91:3 Surely he shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler, and from vain gossip.
Psa 91:4 He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you shall trust; his truth shall be your shield and buckler.
Psa 91:5 You shall not be afraid for the terror by night, nor for the arrow that flies by day,
Psa 91:6 Nor for the conspiracy that spreads in darkness; nor for the pestilence that wastes at noonday.
Psa 91:7 Thousands shall fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand; but it shall not come near you.
Psa 91:8 Only with your eyes shall you behold the reward of the wicked.
Psa 91:9 For thou, O LORD, art my trust; thou hast established thy habitation in the highest.
Psa 91:10 There shall no evil befall you, neither shall any plague come near your dwelling.
Psa 91:11 For he shall give his angels charge over you to keep you in all your ways.
Psa 91:12 They shall bear you up in their hands, lest you dash your foot against a stone.
Psa 91:13 You shall tread upon the viper and adder; you shall trample under foot the lion and the great serpent.
Psa 91:14 Because he has loved me, therefore will I deliver him; I will set him on high because he has known my name.
Psa 91:15 He shall call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him.
Psa 91:16 With long life will I satisfy him, and show him my salvation.

 

 


My Thoughts on Torah Portion Tetzaveh

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These are my thoughts on Torah Portion Tetzaveh, this Shabbat’s Torah portion.

Thoughts about Tetzaveh

 

At the beginning of this portion, we are told the children of Israel are to provide pure olive oil for the Light  in the Tent of Appointment. Don’t you just LOVE that language… Tent of Appointment.  Doesn’t that give such a clear picture of what the purpose of the tent was?  And light… notice the children of Israel played a critical role in the provision of Light… if they didn’t bring the olive oil, the lampstand had no light.  Of course, if Abba wanted that light there, He would provide… but I think this is a great way to start the portion; we have a role in the walk of not only ourselves, but those around us. Notice the lampstand is only lit through the night and that the Priest is responsible for maintaining this light… so the Children of Israel have a role in the light as well as the Priests. We have an action item!  And it is an everlasting law… however, since we don’t have a “Tent of Appointment”, this is one of the laws that cannot be fulfilled until we have a Temple.

We now get to the Priestly Garments and their pattern.  I love the details that are in this portion.  Try to slow down and really study these words, each one is so rich in meaning and so much can easily be overlooked.  For example, so many want to say that the Ruach (Holy Spirit) was not given in the “old testament”, but that is not what scripture says.  Here in Exodus, we see another example of people filled with the Ruach….

Exo 28:3  And thou shalt speak unto all that are wise hearted, whom I have filled with the spirit of wisdom, that they may make Aaron’s garments to consecrate him, that he may minister unto me in the priest’s office.

I also love the “wise hearted” language being used here.  In Scripture, wise is always associated with knowing Abba’s Word and will. So, the one’s that are wise hearted are filled with the Ruach.  B’H!  Do a study just on the word “Wise”… it is fantastic!  Another word to research is consecrate (H6942). We hear all the time that means “set-apart”.  I really like how the AHLB (Ancient Hebrew Lexicon of the Bible) defines it:

Set apart from the rest for a special function. Separating and joining to something. {emphasis is mine}

Another word to look up is minister (H3547).  In the AHLB its definition reads…

The base which supports the people.

In the Priestly garments’ description, we see that the 12 Tribes names are engraved on two onyx stones which are part of the shoulder pieces of the efod.  Isn’t that amazing?  The very definition of the word means base that supports and then we read in scripture that the names are on the shoulders of the Priestly garments.  That is Hebrew for you.  It usually focuses on the function and purpose, not the description like Greek.  Take a Pencil, for instance..  In Greek thought, you might say it is yellow, long, has an eraser on one end, lead on the other, made of wood, etc.  In Hebrew thought, you would say, it is a writing instrument.  Function, purpose.

We move onto the “breastpiece of judgment”.  Here we see a list of stones that are used for each Tribe.  I have not fully studied this section out, but I can guarantee you there is meaning in these stones associated with each Tribe!  One thought that comes to mind though is that now we have the tribes on the Priest’s chest. First they were on the shoulder’s and now on his breastplate near his heart.  Near and dear and supported by the Priests.  That is how I see this description.  Remember the priest went in to atone for their sins. Act as their mediator. We already have Moses as a model… he was always on his face praying for this people, protecting this people, interceding on their behalf. Exactly what the priest was to do.

We have very, very, very precise pattern here. Do you think Abba is about happenstance or precision? Yeah… we have patterns to live by, like everything else in nature.  There is so much more here than I have studied out… the pomegranates, the bells, the Urim and the Tummim.. what do they all mean?  Don’t just rush past this section (or any section for that matter). Spend some time here really studying the Word!

Did you notice in Chapter 29 it is Matza (unleavened) bread?  Does that give you a clue as to the time of year?  If you are familiar with the feasts, it should.  What feast do you only have Matza?

I love the description of the Turban.  That is such a foreign thought and not many of the Cohen Gadol (High Priest) images I see have them in turbans.  But, these were Middle Eastern men. So when we give up our westernized vision of Scripture, we realize, this is exactly fitting! When we striped all the “jewishness” out of scripture, we stole the meaning and richness of it!

Another section that fascinates me is

Exo 29:20  Then shalt thou kill the ram, and take of his blood, and put it upon the tip of the right ear of Aaron, and upon the tip of the right ear of his sons, and upon the thumb of their right hand, and upon the great toe of their right foot, and sprinkle the blood upon the altar round about.

What is up with the ear, thumb and toe being slathered in blood?  Well the ear represents hearing… Shema, Hear O Israel. (Hear and DO). The hand represents work. Our hands are to be doing His work and will.  And toe represents walk / path. Walking Abba’s path. Remember Hebrew is about function and purpose not description!  Makes so much sense, doesn’t it?  I know!

There is more to this portion, but I think I’ll close it here.  I encourage you to really slow down and put some effort into studying the Word and learning what the intended meaning was (not our westernized version… but the Ancient Middle Eastern version that it was written in, by and for). In my humble opinion, the fact that the West assumes it is all about their understanding is another form of pride and arrogance.  The entire Bible is about the Middle East, that is the location where everything takes place, to Hebrew people, that spoke a Middle Eastern language in ancient times with ancient customs and thoughts.  Study it out… there is so much richness there!  Abba will grant wisdom to those that seek it!  He promised that!

Until next time, Shabbat Shalom!


February 8th Messianic Torah Portion Tetzaveh

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Next Shabbat, February 8th Messianic Torah portion Tetzaveh (in Hebrew it means “you shall command”):  Exodus 27:20-30:10; Ezekiel 43:10-27; Psalm 65; Mark 4:35-5:43

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Daily Torah Reading:

1st section of Parsha Tetzaveh, (Exodus 27:20 – 28:12) Sunday, February 2nd

2nd section of Parsha Tetzaveh, (Exodus 28:13-28:30)  Monday, February 3rd

3rd section of Parsha Tetzaveh, (Exodus 28:31-28:43)  Tuesday, February 4th

4th section of Parsha Tetzaveh, (Exodus 29:1-29:18)  Wednesday, February 5th

5th section of Parsha Tetzaveh, (Exodus 29:19-22:37)  Thursday, February 6th

6th section of Parsha Tetzaveh, (Exodus 29:38-29:46)  Friday February 7th

7th section of Parsha Tetzaveh, (Exodus 30:1-30:10)  Shabbat, February 8th

Torah Studies for Children:

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Tools for Adults Studying Torah

I highly recommend reading scripture each year from a different Hebraic translation. Below are the different versions I’ve read:

2013 – 2014 Torah Cycle:  Shocken Bible.  I like having a book to hold, but if you want to read it online, here is a pdf.

2012 – 2013 Torah Cycle: Onkelos.  This is a GREAT set of 5 books.  I refer back to these regularly.

2009 – 2012 Torah Cycle: Stone’s Chumash.

I use the Complete Jewish Bible online all the time for reference.  If you are like me, I need to hold a book!  Here is one on Amazon.

I have several different sets of commentary (Onkelos and Stone’s Chumash are my favorites for the Torah Portions).  For the Tanakh (rest of the Old Testament), I use Keil and Delitzsch. You can get this MUCH cheaper than this price at Amazon, but wanted you to see what it is and you can search for a better price.

In my humble opinion, the absolute BEST translation of the Gospels is Delitzsch’s Hebrew Gospels.

Again, I use many different translations, but this is one I use regularly Complete Jewish Bible as well as The Scriptures.

Just about anything from Artscroll… I could go broke at this store! (Note, if you visit this store on Shabbat, they will be closed… they honor the Sabbath)!

eSword.  It is a free Bible Study Software.  I got mine from this church years ago and have never received one piece of junk mail due to it. This software has multiple version of scripture (and you know how I love to read different translations) including KJV, Scriptures, JPS, Peshitta, etc. And it has several different lexicons including Strongs, BDB and Thayers.  I highly recommend you get this software and it is free.

Blue Letter Bible.  Is a website that I take the Strong’s number from eSword and go search to see how the word has been used in other verses. It has the Gesenius’ definition of Hebrew words, which I just love!

Commentaries for Torah Portions:

Lists of Messianic Commentary on Torah Portions:

Torah Portion studies for Children: **

I am always looking for my next year’s translation to read Torah from.  If you have a great Hebraic perspective Bible that I did not list here, please leave me a comment below!

Until next week… Shalom Mishpocha!

Trish


Thoughts on the Messianic Torah Portion Terumah

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My thoughts on Torah Terumah

As I read this portion it is so obvious that Abba intended for there to be a pattern, a very precise pattern for the Tabernacle. One that Moshe took great care to follow to the letter.  Precision.  That is the word that comes to mind.

Exodus 25:8 “They are to make me a sanctuary, so that I may live among them. 9 You are to make it according to everything I show you — the design of the tabernacle and the design of its furnishings. This is how you are to make it.

What was the point of the Tabernacle? It was a place for Abba to reside among His people. When you look up the word “pattern” it is Strongs H8403. It’s root word is H1129.  I LOVE the meaning of this word.

ba?na?h: to build, rebuild, establish, cause to continue

1a) 1a1) to build, rebuild
1a2) to build a house (i.e., establish a family)

He is going to reside among us… establish a family. How beautiful is that?

In the rest of this Torah portion, we are given very specific details for the construction… almost like a blueprint. But everything has a symbolic meaning. We have to be careful not to stray here and I urge you to seek Abba in this area. We can get to the point where we spiritualize everything and nothing is literal. But we can make it all about the physical and nothing spiritual which is wrong as well. It takes both and the only way we know both is for Abba to reveal it to us. The Ruach, the Holy Spirit, reveals it to us. But you have to be pursuing understanding, reading His Word, learning His Heart!  I love the language of the following verse in the Shocken Bible Translation:

Exodus 25:40 Now see and make, according to their building-pattern which you are granted to see upon the mountain.

So, I encourage you to pray for understanding and then study His word.

The first thing we see being built is the Ark of the Covenant. Today, listening to Rabbi Greg at Beth Yeshua International, I learned that Acacia wood, the wood used, means incorruptible wood. It is like iron… it is so hard. On top of the Ark is a lid or covering. It is not made of wood, but is made of solid gold and the cherubim are to be one with it… so all are one piece.  These Cherubim are not what we see of smiling childlike beings with rosy cheeks and wings. It is dramatically different in Hebraic thought and wow, does it make a difference!

The concept  of Cherubim is represented in ancient Middle East as a lion or bull with eagles’ wings and a human face. (three animals, which together with man, symbolize power and wisdom.) Read Ezekiel 1:5-13 to see this concept for yourself.  AND then go read Revelation 4! Not understanding the basis of our religion, losing the Jewishness has caused us to misinterpret so much of scripture!

This place, between the Cherubim, is where Abba had appointed meetings with Moses. Inside the Ark were the ten words He spoke… better known as the Torah. The gold covering is the footstool and the Torah is said to be the pillar upon which the footstool rests, per Keil and Deliitzsch commentary from

Psalm 97:2 Clouds and thick darkness surround him;
righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne.

Which makes absolute perfect sense… His judgement has to be righteous and just.  How do we know what is right and just? It is defined by His testimony which is IN the Ark (the Throne)… which is Torah!!!

There is so much more in this portion.  I will end this post here, but may return for part two. Please read it for yourself. Study and research the words. Don’t assume you know their meaning… because chances are, you don’t. These were written by middle eastern men… unless you understand that perspective, you won’t automatically understand the meaning!  Be Bereans!  Search the Word for yourself!

Until next time… Shalom, Shalom!

Trish