5th of the 10th month 2018/2019
Kěpha Bět/2 Peter 1:12 “Favour and peace be increased to you in the knowledge of Elohim and of יהושע our Master, as His Mighty-like power has given to us all we need for life and reverence, through the knowledge of Him who called us to esteem and uprightness.”
We, as a called out and set-apart royal priesthood, have been called to esteem and uprightness, which means that we are to walk in the ways of our Husband, High Priest and King! And we have been given all that we need to do this, through knowledge of Him, given to us through His Torah and Prophets and Writings! And as we consider the call for us to be trustworthy ambassadors as we sojourn here, it becomes so much clearer for us that we can only be building His way or else it is sadly in vain. Our total dependency is upon Him and His sure Word, without which we have no life and Dawiḏ understood just how much He could do nothing on his own and realised that our salvation and redemption and deliverance is in יהוה alone. In:
Tehillah/Psalm 51:1-7 “Show me favour, O Elohim, according to Your loving-commitment; according to the greatness of Your compassion, blot out my transgressions. 2 Wash me completely from my guilt, and cleanse me from my sin. 3 For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. 4 Against You, You alone, have I sinned, and done evil in Your eyes; that You might be proven right in Your words; be clear when You judge. 5 See, I was brought forth in crookedness, and in sin my mother conceived me. 6 See, You have desired truth in the inward parts, and in the hidden part You make me know wisdom. 7 Cleanse me with hyssop, and I am clean; wash me, and I am whiter than snow.”
These were the words of a man who understood that He needed cleansing from the stain of sin, that he alone could not remove; but he knew that יהוה, according to His great loving-commitment and loving compassion could.
Only יהוה can remove the stain of blood guilt that has been shed because of the evil done before Him. And Dawiḏ understood that walking outside of the Torah is sin, as the Torah is to be upon our hearts and in our mouths in order to do it.
Sadly, in a time where so many are wilfully choosing to neglect the need to walk in the Torah, we see so many who are attempting to bring before יהוה a mixed form of worship that simply does not carry the exact picture of the Tabernacle, which is key to understanding how we are to follow the clear and concise plans, as given us through His Torah – without which we cannot see Elohim.
What is also sad to see today, is the lack of willingness of most as they do not want to actually come and sit and reason out the Scriptures, but they would rather hold fast to the vain and empty traditions and dogmas of man, while in their stubbornness are walking outside of the Torah and will have no part in the Covenant, unless they turn and walk in His ways.
When we see the dealings of יהוה with Yisra’ĕl and Yehuḏah, in Scripture we can certainly see how the very same words are as applicable to us who are grafted in to Yisra’ĕl – a scattered nation being brought back and how we are to learn from the warnings and instructions given to His called-out Bride, who had sadly strayed.
In a message called, “COME NOW AND LET US REASON TOGETHER!” I would like to take you through Yeshayahu/Isaiah Chapter 1, which records for us a vision which Yeshayahu saw concerning Yehuḏah and Yerushalayim, before they were about to be exiled because of her rebellion.
(Read Yeshayahu/Isaiah 1)
Yeshayahu is such a powerful book, and it is so relevant to us all today, as it clearly pictures for us the need to embrace the Saving Favour of יהוה, and his name defines this for us: The Hebrew name Yeshayahu יְשַׁעְיָהוּ means ‘salvation of Yah/ Yahweh saves’.
We will do well to heed the prophetic words of Yeshayahu/Isaiah, as the call to live set-apart lives and walk in the light of יהושע is being proclaimed louder and louder!
The question remains – who will hear and who is dull of hearing?
This chapter speaks of the urgency and need to hear the Word of יהוה, and walk in the Torah (His instructions for righteous living).
This vision and call that we see being given here in Yeshayahu/Isaiah 1 was not only for Yehuḏah back then, but it still an extremely important vision and Word for the entire Bride of Messiah and it carries much power and significance today, as Ephrayim (used metaphorically for the lost 10 tribes) hears this call and returns!
And so, with that in mind, I would like to run through some key elements that we see contained within these verses, wherein we will also take a look at a few of the Hebrew words that are used here, in order to gain a better understanding of this text and see just how alive it is for us today!
At this point in history, Yisra’ĕl (northern 10 tribes) had already been scattered, and were still yet to return. The House of Yehuḏah had committed whoring, just as her sister Yisra’ĕl had, and in many ways, they were actually worse than the House of Yisra’ěl and here in the beginning of this vision we see the urgent call to listen up, being given directly from יהוה.
In Verse 2 we see the terms “Hear, oh heavens, and listen, o earth”
Now this would have sounded very familiar to them.
This was an alluding to, and a referring back to, the song that Mosheh taught the descendants of Yisra’ĕl before he died and he instructed that this song be passed down through the generations. And so, the very things that Mosheh warned about were coming to pass, and these opening words were a very vivid and sobering reminder of where they were headed, in their whoring and apostasy!
This opening statement was a call for the heavens and earth to bear witness of the True and clear Words of Elohim and is an opening statement that is found to be similar than that which is in:
Deḇarim/Deuteronomy 32:1 “Give ear, O heavens, and let me speak; and hear, O earth, the words of my mouth.”
The two words that stand out here in these verses are:
1 – Hear – in Hebrew this comes from the root word שָׁמַע shama – Strong’s H8085, which carries a greater meaning than just to simply hear, as it means, ‘listen with attention, comprehend and discern, give heed to what is being spoken’.
So, when we hear the words, ‘he who has ears to hear let him hear what the Spirit says’, we are able to clearly see that it is only those who are truly standing on their feet (that is – those who are faithfully obeying and walking in the commands) that will have ears to hear.
Any disobedience to the commands, or any rejection to walking according to the Torah of Elohim, will result in one being deaf to the Spirit, and so be unable to be led forth in the Truth, as they who do so have turned their ear away from the hearing of the Torah!
Those who have ears to hear, in order to do, as they stand firm on their feet, will hear the clear instructions attentively with great care and guard to do them.
We can certainly see that this kind of hearing that is called for, is not very apparent among the masses today!
Most people are simply seeking to having their ears tickled and are not listening attentively, because they forget what they hear and are doing that which Ya’aqoḇ/James warns against – do not be like a man who looks in the mirror and forgets what he sees!
2 – Listen/ Give ear – In Hebrew, this comes from the root word אָזַן azan – Strong’s H238 which means, ‘to give, ear, listen, pay attention, perceived by ear’, and while this also carries the meaning, ‘to listen and listen attentively’, it literally means to ‘cup the ear’! In other words, it means, ‘give your complete attention and be obedient to take it all in’.
The terms that are used here, in regards to heaven and earth, were once again a reminder of the Covenant and the two witnesses of heaven and earth; as life and death were set before them, for which He encourages His Covenanted called out ones to choose life!!!
This was a reality check that was being given to the nation, declaring once again that יהוה’s Covenant was still in effect and it always is! He never operates outside of His Covenant; and rebellion to that Covenant will result in death, whereas obedience to it will result in life, of which the heaven and earth are faithful witnesses to! יהוה had risen up and delivered a nation and taught them His ways; and as stubborn rebellious children they sinned against the Marriage Covenant that had been entered into!
Verse 3 – יהוה further highlights the depravity of their rebellion by saying that even an ox knows its owner and a donkey would know and recognise his master’s feeding trough – that is to say that they would know where to get the right food! Yet here Yisra’ĕl are reduced to less than animals, due to their lack of knowledge and obedience!
KNOWS AND UNDERSTANDS:
1 – The Hebrew word that is translated as ‘knows’ comes from the root word יָדַע yaḏa – Strong’s H3045 which means ‘to acknowledge, clearly understand, to perceive, distinguish and discern’ and it implies the ability to respond to, and recognise, the Master’s voice.
Yoḥanan/John 10:27 “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.”
So many may claim to hear His voice today, yet by the fruit of their lives it is clear to see that He does not know them and they do not follow Him, nor do they know where the feeding trough of His Word is:
Mattithyahu/Matthew 7: 21-23 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Master, Master,’ shall enter into the reign of the heavens, but he who is doing the desire of My Father in the heavens. 22 “Many shall say to Me in that day, ‘Master, Master, have we not prophesied in Your Name, and cast out demons in Your Name, and done many mighty works in Your Name?’ 23 “And then I shall declare to them, ‘I never knew you, depart from Me, you who work lawlessness!”
After these words יהושע proceeded to tell the parable of the one who ‘hears’ His Words and does them will be a wise man who builds on the rock!!!
Yehuḏah were NOT ‘hearing’ and because of this they were not acknowledging their Master’s voice and so their ears had turned away from the hearing of the Torah and had turned to ear-tickling falsehood as they were feeding on pagan traditions, rather than eating the daily manna of the truth! This is a clear mirror image of what we see happening today, by so many and more specifically, by the church who operate, not on the Rock of Truth, but rather on the twisted application of man-made and man-driven dogmas that are rooted in pagan worship – these are those that do not know Him and He will declare He never knew them!
We are to pursue to know His word, seeking it out and discern and rightly handle the truth:
Hoshěa/Hosea 6:3 “So let us know, let us pursue to know יהוה. His going forth is as certain as the morning. And He comes to us like the rain, like the latter rain watering the earth.”
To ‘know’ יהוה implies the clear ability to ‘hear’ His voice and guard to do what He commands, for then He shall know His own!!! To know His voice implies that one is able to know the sounding and take heed of what is coming, making sure that they hear His voice and follow Him!
Yoḥanan Aleph/1 John 2:3-5 “And by this we know that we know Him, if we guard His commands. 4 The one who says, “I know Him,” and does not guard His commands, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 5 But whoever guards His Word, truly the love of Elohim has been perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him.”
Qorintiyim Aleph/1 Corinthians 8:3 “But if anyone loves Elohim, this one is known by Him.”
To love Elohim, gives us the sure promise that we are known by Him!
Sadly, many do not ‘know’ what love for Elohim is:
Yoḥanan Aleph/1 John 5:3 “For this is the love for Elohim, that we guard His commands, and His commands are not heavy”
Yoḥanan Aleph/1 John 4:8 “The one who does not love does not know Elohim, for Elohim is love.”
The Greek word that is used for ‘know’ in Yoḥanan Aleph/1 John is γινώσκω ginōskō – Strong’s G1097 which means, ‘to perceive, to learn, to come to know, comprehend, understand, recognise, learn to know, get a knowledge of’.
As we sit under the instructions of our Creator and Redeemer, we learn to know Him and get a knowledge of who He is and come to know how we are to live in obedience to His clear Torah. There are so many liars out there today who claim to know Elohim, yet they have no knowledge of His Torah at all, as they refuse to sit and learn His Word – how can they know Him!!! It is one thing to claim that you know Him, yet whether we know Him or not is seen in the fruit of our obedience to His commands, and all will be clearly revealed when He returns – as many will come running claiming they know Him, yet will be rejected!
2 – The Hebrew word that is translated as for ‘understands’ in verse 3 comes from the root word בִּין bin – Strong’s H995 which means ‘to understand, perceive, consider with full attention and have knowledge and respond appropriately’, and this root word is also used in:
Tehillah/Psalm 119:34 “Make me understand, that I might observe Your Torah, and guard it with all my heart.”
Tehillah/Psalm 119:104 “From Your orders I get understanding; therefore I have hated every false way.”
Mishlĕ/Proverbs 2:4-5 “If you seek her as silver, and search for her as hidden treasures, 5 then you would understand the fear of יהוה, and find the knowledge of Elohim.”
Understanding comes in the doing of the Word and we recognise that the one doing the Word is one who earnestly seeks יהוה, for true seeking brings about a proper application of what one hears, so that they hear, guard and do His Word, thus gaining understanding as they do what is clearly commanded!
Mishlĕ/Proverbs 28:5 “Evil men do not understand right-ruling, but those who seek יהוה understand all.”
Evil men are those who are not paying attention and observing and are therefore dysfunctional!
Those who are hearing but not understanding are not seeking – in other words they are hearers only!!!
Mishlĕ/Proverbs 3:5 “Trust in יהוה with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding”.
We are to trust יהוה with all our heart, which entails trusting Him with all of the understanding and wisdom that is contained in His Word and not seek out our own vain and selfish reasonings.
We are to guard the proper understanding of the Word, which comes in the doing of the Word, and in doing so we must grow in our understanding of the Word and be able to discern the set-apart from the profane, becoming skilled in the Sword of the Spirit, and guard ourselves from becoming hard faced before the Master, as we take note that Mishlĕ/Proverbs 21:30 tells us that there is no wisdom or understanding against יהוה, for it is His!
Who is wise and understands these words? He who has ears to hear, hear what the Spirit says!!!
If one does not seek יהוה and guard to keep His Word then they can never be wise and understand His Word! So many today think that they are extremely wise, as they assume that they have so much knowledge of ‘the bible’, while the do not guard to do what is instructed therein and simply reveal that they are not wise at all but are rather foolish in their lawless mind-set!
To be wise, understanding and know the Word of Elohim entails a proper observance of guarding to do all He has commanded us and when we walk in His straight way of righteousness then we shall not stumble at all!
So many today may want to claim ignorance and, to a certain degree, we were all ignorant, yet His word is not far off – we have His Word and we have no right to claim ignorance today but rather, we are to respond appropriately to His Torah!
Ma’asei/Acts 17:30-31 “Truly, then, having overlooked these times of ignorance, Elohim now commands all men everywhere to repent, 31 because He has set a day on which He is going to judge the world in righteousness by a Man whom He has appointed, having given proof of this to all by raising Him from the dead.”
Sha’ul was addressing the very religious men of Athens when he stood in the midst of the Areopagus and began to tell them who יהוה is.
They had altars to every mighty one imaginable and even had one with the inscription “TO THE UNKNOWN MIGHTY ONE”, and in trying to appease the whole world they wanted to cover all their bases of many proclaimed worship practices. Sha’ul addresses these men very boldly and makes a very clear and profound statement which clearly declares that ignorance of יהוה can no longer be accepted as an excuse!
The Greek word that is translated as ‘ignorance’ is ἄγνοια agnoia – Strong’s G52 which means, ‘ignorance, uninformed, lack of knowledge’.
This word is used in the LXX (Septuagint – Greek text of the Tanak – O.T.) in terms of the sins of ignorance or by mistake, and in Hebrew the word used ‘by mistake’ is שְׁגָגָה shegagah – Strong’s H7684 and means, ‘sin of error, inadvertent sin’ and comes from the root word שָׁגַג shagag – Strong’s H7683 meaning, ‘to go astray, to err, commit sin ignorantly’.
The sin offering was for the being who sinned ‘by mistake’ and what is therefore being made very clear here, in Sha’ul’s words, is that by Messiah having been offered up once for all, and that there no longer remains an offering for sin – there is now no more excuse to not repent and walk in the Truth – thus the clear command to repent; as the warning is that if one does not repent and turn to the Master, then there awaits only a severe judgement and punishment for the disobedient and rebellious!
While many today may claim an ignorance of knowledge we must take note that since the physical manifestation of the esteem of Elohim that was made visible to all through the life, death and resurrection of Messiah, this ignorance of the knowledge of Him can no longer be accepted as a valid reason for any person on the earth!
2000 years later many are still ignorant of who יהוה is and lack a proper knowledge of Elohim, due to the false pen of the scribes and the commands of men that have been taught as teachings!”
The people of Elohim had, due to the compromise of mixing, not known nor understood the Truth!
We see similar words being spoken in:
Yirmeyahu/Jeremiah 8:7 “Even a stork in the heavens knows her appointed times. And a turtledove, and a swallow, and a thrush observe the time of their coming. But My people do not know the right-ruling of יהוה.”
Animals know their master’s voice and their appointed times, while Yehuḏah did not – and this was not due to ignorance but rather due to wilful failure to respond to that which they have been given.
Verse 4 – a sinning nation loaded with crookedness!
In Hebrew, the root word that is translated as sin is חָטָא ḥata – Strong’s H2398 which means, ‘to miss, go wrong, sin, error, fault’ and in essence means ‘to miss the mark or target’!
With this is mind it makes perfect sense and brings great clarity in understanding that the Torah becomes very vital to us if we do not want to miss the purpose and fulfilment of our life or ‘miss the mark’.
Remember, the proper understanding of the definition of the word Torah is ‘aiming in the right direction and moving in that direction’ – Sha’ul describes this as fixing our eyes on יהושע – the author and perfecter of our faith. We aim our sights at יהושע, lock them in and run with perseverance that which has been marked out.
Sin is simply therefore ‘missing the mark’ – running off the mark as you take your eyes off of יהושע!!!
The Torah is the way to aim and go, in Him!
Yehuḏah were ‘loaded with crookedness’!
The Hebrew word that is translated as ‘crookedness’ is עָוֹן avon – Strong’s H5771 which means, ‘iniquity, guilt, punishment for iniquity, blame, perversity, depravity’, which comes from the root verb עָוָה avah – Strong’s H5753 which means, ‘to twist, bend, distort, make crooked, pervert’.
A sinning nation loaded with crookedness! – in other words – they were a lawless nation – acting corruptly and were a nation that was not walking in the Torah of Elohim that they were required to, as they had:
1 – Forsaken יהוה – that is – they had left the path of righteousness and the need to walk in the Torah.
In being dysfunctional, our fathers had forsaken Elohim, and the Hebrew word that is translated as ‘forsaken’ comes from the root word עָזַב azaḇ – Strong’s H5800 which means, ‘to leave, forsake, loose, loosen, abandon, leave behind, neglect’. We are told in:
Mishlĕ/Proverbs 3:3 “Let not loving-commitment and truth forsake you – bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart”
They had Forsaken יהוה – and as a result, they had:
2 – Provoked יהוה – that is they had blasphemed and despised His Torah,
The Hebrew word that is translated as ‘provoked’ comes from the root word נָאַץ na‘ats – Strong’s H5006 which means, ‘to spurn, treat with contempt, blaspheme, scorn’, and it is used in:
Tehillah/Psalm 10:13 “Why do the wrong scorn Elohim? He has said in his heart, “It is not required.”
Those who disregard the commands of Elohim, blaspheme Him – especially when they say regarding the Torah, ‘it is not required’!
They had Provoked יהוה – and as a result of despising the Truth, they:
3 – Went backwards – They had turned back to the wicked ways from which they had been delivered.
The Hebrew word that is translated as ‘went backwards’ comes from the root word אָחוֹר aḥor – Strong’s H268 which means, ‘the hind side, back part, afterward, rear, behind’, and comes from the root verb אָחַר aḥar – Strong’s H309 which means, ‘to remain behind, tarry, delay, defer, slack, hesitate’.
This is the pattern of anyone who, in any way, forsakes the Torah, or compromises in the slightest – you will end despising His Word and will backslide very quickly.
This is the downward path of the lawless that corrupt His very word for self-gain!
Verse 5 – יהוה appeals to them here by saying, ‘Why should you continue to be beaten down’ – there is not a part of the body that has not been beaten – why do you keep disobeying!!!
You continue in apostasy!
The English word apostasy means ‘a renunciation of one’s belief and an abandonment to loyalty’ – and this is exactly what Yehuḏah had done.
We get our English word ‘apostasy’ from the Greek word ἀποστασία ‘apostasia’ – Strong’s G646 and it is translated as a ‘falling away’, in reference to how many will abandon their faith and belief in the Truth before the man of lawlessness is revealed:
Tas’loniqim Bět/2 Thessalonians 2:3 “Let no one deceive you in any way, because the falling away is to come first, and the man of lawlessness is to be revealed, the son of destruction,”
In Hebrew however, the word used here in Yeshayahu/Isaiah 1:5 for apostasy carries a wonderful picture for us, showing us the direct contrast between who Yisra’ĕl and Yehuḏah had been called to be and what they had become, as we see in the Hebrew a wonderful play on words:
The Hebrew word used for apostasy in verse 5 is סָרָה sarah – Strong’s H5627 and this word phonetically sounds exactly the same as the name of Aḇraham’s wife: שָׂרָה Sarah – Strong’s H8283, yet these two similar sounding words do not carry the same meaning!
The Hebrew word סָרָה sarah – Strong’s H5627, which is translated as apostasy, is spelt with the letters: סָ ‘samek’, רָ ‘resh’ and ה ‘hey’; while שָׂרָה Sarah – Strong’s H8283, Aḇraham’s wife, is spelt with the letters: שָׂ ‘Sin’, רָ ‘resh’ and ה ‘hey’ and her name carries the opposite picture of an apostate Bride, as her name means ‘princess or noble woman’.
And as we know, she is used in Scripture as a picture of the obedient wife; and therefore, the play on words here is profound, as this apostate nation was being called to look into the mirror of His Word that would show them how they were not what they ought to be, but were rather being the complete opposite and had become a disobedient and rebellious wife that was sick from head to toe! They were not being the picture of a princess or noble woman and Bride of יהוה. Yehuḏah looked like the adulterous whore and were not being a faithful Bride – and while so many today claim to be the bride – through the mirror of the Word of Truth, they will be found out to be nothing more than an adulterous and dressed up whore!!!
As a result of continuing in apostasy, Yehuḏah was completely sick from head to toe, with no soundness in it! There land was laid waste and their cities were being burned with fire!
The Hebrew word that is translated as ‘soundness’ is מְתֹם methom – Strong’s H4974 which means, ‘soundness, entirety, totality’ and is used to describe a state of physical soundness of the body, representing a complete and good bill of health! It comes from the primitive root word תָּמַם tamam – Strong’s H8552 meaning, ‘to be complete, to be finished, be at an end’.
Apostate Yehuḏah was far from being a complete and sound bride!!! While there are so many today who think that they are being a reflection of the Bride of Messiah, due to their lawlessness they are an apostate whore that has no soundness in their body – and are sick from head to toe and do not even know it as they assume that they are complete and perfect, walking under a falsified lawless grace that is so far from being sound and complete before Elohim!
So depraved that the daughter of Tsiyon had been left as a booth in a vineyard and as a hut in a garden of cucumbers, which is a picture of desolation after a harvest, where there is nobody around! The booths and huts being described here were temporary structures that were built to provide shade from the sun for any persons who guarded the crops against thieves and animals. Such huts were usually “alone” and were easily attacked. The picture that is being clearly presented this apostate bride was that they were vulnerable to being attacked and destroyed as they had no refuge in the Master!
Despite this devastating reality of the state of a corrupted nation, we are able to see that יהוה had left a remnant!
יהוה has a remnant – and all throughout Scripture we see that there is always a remnant – there is always a faithful few!
When we hear the words of many who have been led astray saying, ‘but they all can’t be wrong’, may we realise that ‘oh yes they can!’ And in fact, the likelihood is that they are indeed very wrong!
If it were not for the remnant – we would have been made like Seḏom and Amorah and the call has gone out before destruction does come upon the world!
It is always a remnant few who obeys and are preserved – It was only Noaḥ and 7 others in the ark!
With Seḏom and Amorah it was only Lot and his wife and two of his daughters who had escaped, while his wife did not make it very far!
It was only Yehoshua and Kalěḇ who were left from the generation of adults that came out of Mitsrayim and were able to enter the Promised land – there is always a remnant!
Verse 10 – we see a repeat being given, of the words: hear and listen/give ear! This time it was to the rulers and the people of Seḏom and Amorah – which is a play on words again, being given to an apostate people who had backslidden and were clearly being just like the pagan nations! The call being given here was to ‘come out’ and do so by hearing and listening to His Torah!
Give ear to the Torah of Elohim!
This same call is still being given out today, to a people who are so intermingled with lawlessness and are living corrupt and compromised lives, without listening to and paying attention to the Torah, while their attempts at worship are in vain, as יהוה will not accept, or hear, our worship and prayer if it is not done His way!
Here Yehuḏah were bringing slaughterings and offerings, as the temple service was seemingly still going on while יהוה was, in essence, saying to them, “Why are you even coming to Me with your offerings, since you also have idols in your homes and all you are doing is bringing mud into My House and your feet/walk is muddied with falsehood!”
STOP MIXING YOUR ASSUMED WORSHIP UNTO יהוה WITH PAGANISM!!!
יהוה is unable to bear unrighteousness and assembly (verse 13).
Yehuḏah was wicked, while they were indeed pretending to be righteous, yet refused to walk in His Torah! Their claim to be righteous is the great error they made back then and it is the same error that so many make today!
The false teaching that has set-aside Torah observance is nothing more than a sick trampling of mud over His Torah, with the appearance of assembling in righteousness while profaning His Word and His commands and His appointed Times, which He will not tolerate.
At this point in history, Yehuḏah may have been keeping some kind of observance of the New moons, Sabbaths and Appointed Times, yet their compromised mixing with the idolatry of the nations, rendered their attempts at guarding יהוה ’s Sabbaths and Appointed times as futile! When one mixes their worship, they render any attempt at worship being futile in the eyes of יהוה. Today many have attempted to change יהוה’s Sabbaths and Appointed Times by replacing them with a falsified sun-day worship and the corrupted pagan rooted days that follow such wicked patterns of attempted changes! יהוה’s times do not change and any attempt at worshipping Him through the observance of an alternative Christian sun-day service or Christian feasts are simply a violation of His Word and is clearly futile worship, which HE is unable to bear! Christian sun-day observance, along with corrupted feasts of Easter and Christmas are unrighteous assemblies that יהוה is unable to bear and His command is clear – STOP BRINGING FUTILE WORSHIP!
While many of us may recognise that all forms of westernised Christianity are a futile corrupt worship system, there are some who have come out of the whoring of false worship systems that were inherited from our fathers, yet are still bringing futile worship before YHWH! By that I mean, there may be some who are indeed assembling on the True Sabbaths and Feasts of יהוה, yet their lives do not reflect the proper set-apartness that the True called-out Bride ought to, as they continue to lead compromised lifestyles that do not uphold the set-apartness of the Torah in their daily lives, which renders their attempts at assembling before His face as futile!
In verse 14 – we see clearly the use of the term ‘your New Moons and appointed times’ being used.
יהוה says that they are a trouble to Him and He is weary of bearing them!!!
Does this contradict the Torah and the commands to keep יהוה’s Feasts? As much as many try to twist this verse into teaching that keeping His Feasts is no longer necessary, we must note that the key term in this verse spoken by יהוה is ‘YOUR’!
The way Yehuḏah were carrying out His feasts, showed that they had turned them into a creation of their own hands, by doing it their own way and doing it however it suited them and, in the process, they mixed in pagan worship practices with it – and this form of worship was no longer as יהוה had prescribed, but had become their own, which He no longer saw as worship unto Him.
Today it has even become worse, as the church not only worships their own way, but has, at its root, pagan influences and traditions that have even changed the appointed times to fit in with pagan sun-worship traditions – and יהוה hates – and I repeat – יהוה hates these man-made traditional feasts. He also hates that which rabbinic tradition presents as a form of worship that sets aside the purity of Torah, through the addition of oral laws and commands that יהוה has not commanded or instructed!
Adding or taking away from His instructions is forbidden and we must carefully hear and give ear to this and not fall into the trap of false worship that has been shaped by the hands of man – for when we do that we render His Feasts no longer His but make it our own and these He hates!!!
Verse 15 – יהוה does not hear the prayer of the wrong!
Tehillah/Psalm 50:16-17 “But to the wrong Elohim said, “What right have you to recite My laws, or take My covenant in your mouth, 17 while you hated instruction and cast My Words behind you?”
Mishlĕ/Proverbs 15:8-9 “The slaughtering of the wrong ones is an abomination to יהוה, but the prayer of the straight is His delight. 9 The way of the wrong one is an abomination to יהוה, but He loves him who pursues righteousness.”
Mishlĕ/Proverbs 28:9 “He who turns away his ear from hearing the Torah, even his prayer is an abomination.”
This parable is one that many have turned their ears from hearing, literally! So many today claim that the Torah is no longer valid and simply view the Torah and the prophets simply as good stories while they do not recognise the need to hear, guard and do what is instructed therein!
This parable is a severe warning against turning one’s ear from hearing the Torah! The concept of turning one’s ear from hearing the Torah implies one who does not hear and do what the Torah says. There are many who may hear the words of the Torah and even read the ‘stories’ of what they call the ‘Old Testament’, yet by their refusal to guard to do what is commanded therein is also understood as turning one’s ear from hearing the Torah!
The Hebrew root verb for ‘turns away’ סוּר sur – Strong’s H5493 meaning, ‘turn, turn aside, depart from a way, avoid, be removed from, put away’, and is used in Scripture in reference to ‘putting away’ that which we should not be associated with, which highlights the truth that many who claim that the Torah has been ‘done away with’ and is no longer necessary to keep are turning away from hearing the Torah!
The Hebrew word used here for ‘ear’ is the word אֹזֶן ozen – Strong’s H241 which means, ‘an ear, hear, attentive, closely, recite, reveal’ and comes from the root verb אָזַן azan – Strong’s H238 which means, ‘to give, ear, listen, pay attention, perceived by ear’, and while this also carries the meaning to listen and listen attentively, it literally means to ‘cup the ear’ – in other words give your complete attention and be obedient to take it all in.
The Hebrew word that is translated here as ‘hearing’ is שָׁמַע shama – Strong’s H8085, which carries a far greater meaning that to simply just hear something as it is understood to mean, ‘to hear with attention and comprehend and discern and give heed to what is being spoken’.
Shemoth/Exodus 19:5-6 “And now, if you diligently obey My voice, and shall guard My covenant, then you shall be My treasured possession above all the peoples – for all the earth is Mine – 6 ‘and you shall be to Me a reign of priests and a set-apart nation.’ Those are the words which you are to speak to the children of Yisra’ĕl.”
These verses make it very clear – for us to truly be a treasured possession of the Most-High, we are to make sure that we obey His voice and guard His Covenant.
In the above verse the root word שָׁמַע shama – Strong’s H8085is used twice in a row, which means to ‘hear, listen and obey’.
The phrase is as follows:
אִם־שָׁמוֹעַ תִּשְׁמְעוּ – ‘im-shamoa tishmau’ which literally translates as: “If hearing, you shall hear” and this reminds me of how often we see the term being used in Ḥazon/Revelation to the assemblies: “He who has ears let him hear what the Spirit says.”
Everybody has ears! Despite this physiological truth many do not use their ears to hear attentively as they should!
Shelomoh highlights for us the dangers of turning one’s ear from hearing the Torah as he makes it clear that anyone who does this does not have an effective prayer life, for even his prayers are an abomination!
The Hebrew word תּוֹרָה torah – Strong’s H8451 means, ‘utterance’, ‘teaching’, ‘instruction’ or ‘revelation’ from Elohim’. Other definitions include: ‘information that is imparted to a student; direction; body of prophetic teaching; instruction on Messianic Age; body of priestly direction’, and this comes from the primitive root verb יָרָה yarah – Strong’s H3384 meaning, ‘to shoot, throw, instruct, direct, teach’, which therefore can give us the understanding of ‘Torah’ to mean the following:
TO AIM OR POINT IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION and MOVE IN THAT DIRECTION
The Torah gives us our ‘direction’ and bearings as we sojourn here, looking forward to the sure and promised hope of the return of our King and Teacher of Righteousness!
To turn one’s ear away from hearing the Torah is to turn one’s ear from hearing the clear and vital instructions of Elohim. Those who do this seek out false teachers who will tickle their ears with things they want to hear and reject the clear Truth of the Torah of Elohim that is to be heard and obeyed!
Timotiyos Bět/2 Timothy 4:3-4 “For there shall be a time when they shall not bear sound teaching, but according to their own desires, they shall heap up for themselves teachers tickling the ear 4 and they shall indeed turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to myths.”
Refusing to hear the Torah of Elohim and guard to do what His Torah instructs will result in one’s prayers not being heard, as we also take note of the clear rebuke given to a stubborn people who refused to listen to the Torah:
Zeḵaryah/Zechariah 7:11-13 “But they refused to listen, and they shrugged their shoulders, and stopped their ears from hearing. 12 “And they made their hearts like flint against hearing the Torah, and the words, which יהוה of hosts had sent by His Spirit through the former prophets. Therefore great wrath came from יהוה of hosts. 13 “And it came to be: as He called and they did not hear, so let them call, but I shall not hear,” said יהוה of hosts.”
In Ma’asei/Acts 15 it is made clear that every Sabbath the Torah of Mosheh is read and this is how the nations who were being grafted in would be able to hear and learn how to live set-apart lives. Those who refuse to remember to guard the Sabbath and set it apart are, in essence, also turning their ear from hearing the Torah, which renders their assumed prayers as fruitless and an abomination!
Verse 16 –
Here we see the clear instruction to stop all the evil and get cleaned up!
If only people would open their ears and hear this today!!! But just how do we get clean? יהוה has just highlighted the terrible picture of their lawlessness and then in Verse 17 He makes it clear -:
1 – Learn to do good; 2 – Seek Right-Ruling; 3 – Reprove the oppressor;
4 – Defend the fatherless; 5 – plead for the widow.
In other words, seek His Kingdom and His Righteousness and be a voice for those that are unable to speak for themselves! Learning to discern and do good requires a returning to the Torah which teaches us to distinguish between the clean and the unclean, the set-apart and the profane!
1 – Learn to do good:
The Hebrew word for ‘learn’ is לָמַד lamaḏ – Strong’s H3925 which carries the meaning, ‘to exercise in, learn, instruct, teach, train’. We come to the ‘door’ (Messiah) and submit to ‘learning’ His ways so that we can make good our ways in order to function as the set-apart, chosen and royal priesthood that we are!
The Hebrew word for ‘good’ is the primary verb טוֹב toḇ – Strong’s H2895 and carries the meaning, ‘pleasant, good, agreeable, beautiful, to be pleasing, done well’, and in a practical sense can carry the understanding of being ‘functional’, according the good and functional design of our Creator, by walking in His commands!
2 – Seek right-ruling:
The Hebrew word used for ‘seek’ is דָּרַשׁ darash – Strong’s H1875 means, ‘to resort to, seek out, ask, avenge, consult, investigate, search carefully, make inquiry, question’. Now we see that this word carries more than simply just to take a quick peek, but rather emphasises the need to be digging deep in seeking out carefully and with great diligence, through consultation, and asking. When we are told to ‘seek’ first the Kingdom – we must recognise that this is not an instruction that gives the notion that you look at it and now that you have seen it you can go on your merry way – NO!
To seek His Kingdom requires hard work and discipline each and every day.
Here we are being clearly instructed to ‘seek’ יהוה and His strength. We need to ‘seek’ Him and this implies an inquiry after knowledge, advice, and insight into any situation or circumstance we find ourselves in.
A word that is derived from דָּרַשׁ darash is מִדְרָשׁ miḏrash – Strong’s H4097 means, ‘a study, record, writings or story, commentary’. A ‘midrash’ speaks of the ability to search out something and often refers to that which is written to teach, and later became known as a Hebrew word relating to the in-depth study of the word, often done together.
The point is that we are to be a people who are earnestly growing in wisdom and understanding of the Scriptures so we can remember what we look like when we look intently into the mirror of His Word!
Ěḵah/Lamentations 3:25 “יהוה is good to those waiting for Him, to the being who seeks Him.”
The Hebrew word used for ‘right-ruling’ is מִשְׁפָּט mishpat – Strong’s H4941 – ‘judgement, ordinance, regulations’ and comes from the word שָׁפַט shaphat – Strong’s H8199 – meaning, ‘to judge, govern, rule, pronounce judgement, give law’.
Yeshayahu/Isaiah 33:22 “for יהוה is our Judge, יהוה is our Lawgiver, יהוה is our Sovereign, He saves us”
There is only One who gives us the Law by which we must live and by which we are governed and these judgements and right-rulings and regulations given by Him we must DO!!!
3 – Reprove the oppressor:
The Hebrew word used here for ‘reprove’ is אָשַׁר ashar – Strong’s H833 meaning, ‘to go straight, go on, advance, blessed’, and when written in the ‘piel’ form can carry the meaning, ‘to go straight, lead on, set straight, righten, correct and reprove’.
The Hebrew word for ‘oppressor’ is חָמוֹץ ḥamots – Strong’s H2541 which means, ‘ruthless, oppressed’, which comes from the primitive root verb חָמֵץ ḥamets – Strong’s H2556 – which means, ‘to be sour or leavened, or that which is leavened’.
In other words, we are to set straight and correct that which has been leavened through sin and falsehood, and remove the leaven of sin from our midst!
4 – Defend the fatherless:
The Hebrew word used here for ‘defend’ is שָׁפַט shaphat – Strong’s H8199 meaning, ‘judge, to judge, to govern, rule, ruler, execute judgement’.
The Hebrew word translated as ‘fatherless’ is יָתוֹם yathom – Strong’s H3490 which means, ‘fatherless, orphan’.
The commands are very clear – act as a proper law-giver and judge for those who do not have a father to do so!
Help the fatherless to have proper government of Torah exercised in their lives and be the one to rule them and judges them as a father, who is head of the home, would!
5 – Plead for the widow:
The Hebrew word used here for ‘plead’ is רִיב riḇ – Strong’s H7378 meaning, ‘to strive, contend, argue, complain, find fault, quarrel’, and in the tense that it is written in it also carries the understanding/meaning of conducting a legal case or lawsuit.
The Hebrew word used here for ‘widow’ is אַלְמָנָה almanah – Strong’s H490 which means, ‘widow, desolate house, desolate place’, and comes from the word אַלְמָן alman – Strong’s H488 which means, ‘forsaken, widowed’, which comes from the root verb אָלַם alam – Strong’s H481 meaning, ‘put to silence, to bind, become speechless’.
What is clear here is that the need to restore doing what is good and right in יהוה’s eyes is to strive and contend for those who have been forsaken and put to silence as they have no authoritive voice that is able to speak and contend on their behalf!
Ya’aqoḇ/James 1:27 “Clean and undefiled religion before the Elohim and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.”
Yirmeyahu/Jeremiah 7:5-7 “For if you truly make your ways and your deeds good, if you truly do right-ruling between a man and his neighbour, 6 if you do not oppress the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, and do not shed innocent blood in this place, or walk after other mighty ones to your own evil, 7 then I shall let you dwell in this place, in the land that I gave to your fathers forever and ever.”
The orphan, generally associated with the sojourner and the widow, is the object of special concern.
The quality of one’s devotion is measured by how one treats the widow and the orphan. Justice is especially due to them:
Deḇarim/Deuteronomy 24:17 “Do not twist the right-ruling of a stranger or the fatherless, nor take the garment of a widow.”
Often the stranger, fatherless, widow or poor were overlooked and neglected and rulings were made that excluded them from receiving a fair right-ruling and such ‘twisting’ of the Torah is sin! Many will try to ‘twist’ the Word to suite themselves and as a result they do not recognise that it is to their own destruction.
The Torah makes it very clear that there is only One Torah for all and it applies to all and no partiality can be made, lest the rich end up oppressing the poor and needy through twisting right-ruling and giving them no ability to be rightly defended by the Truth!
Deḇarim/Deuteronomy 24:19-21 “When you reap your harvest in your field, and have forgotten a sheaf in the field, do not go back to get it. Let it be for the stranger, for the fatherless, and for the widow, so that יהוה your Elohim might bless you in all the work of your hands. 20 “When you beat your olive trees, do not examine the branch behind you. Let it be for the stranger, for the fatherless, and for the widow. 21 “When you gather the grapes of your vineyard, do not glean behind you. Let it be for the stranger, for the fatherless, and for the widow.”
Here in these 3 verses we see that provision is clearly made for the stranger, fatherless and widow.
Once the barley was harvested, or olives and grapes were gathered, the farmer was not permitted to go back and glean over his fields again but was to leave it for the needy of the land and this would in fact be a further provision for them that worked on your land, remembering that we are not slaves anymore but take care of each other in all we do.
The fatherless, stranger and widow that worked in the field would also have ‘payment’ from the field, so to speak, and this shows יהוה’s clear provision for all, with the clear instruction that would guard against the sin of greed and lust!
Bo’az kept this command and in fact made a special effort to go beyond this command by purposefully bundling a leaving for Ruth much to glean; and we see that because of this we see how Ruth and Na’omi was provided for:
Ruth 2:16 “Rather, draw out from the bundles for her, and leave it for her to glean, and do not restrain her.”
This gleaning of the field and not going back over it again for self is a picture of the true testing of one’s heart towards those in your midst that do not have.
And we can even recognise the principle of how when we make much available for others that much will be given back as Elohim blesses the work of your hands!
Qorintiyim Bět/2 Corinthians 9:6-8 “And this: He who sows sparingly shall also reap sparingly, and he who sows on blessing shall also reap on blessing. 7 Let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not of grief or of necessity, for Elohim loves a joyous giver. 8 And Elohim is able to make all favour overflow toward you, that you, always having all you need in every way, have plenty for every good work.”
Yoḥanan Aleph/ 1 John 3:16-18 “By this we have known love, because He laid down His life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. 17 But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his tender affections from him, how does the love of Elohim stay in him? 18 My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth.”
We are able and called to do as commanded here as we remember that we were slaves and have been bought at a price and recognise that Messiah laid down His life for us, showing us that we too ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and be earnest in our caring for one another. Having the poor and needy among us always gives us the opportunity to express true love and obedience to His Torah as we do not neglect the stranger, the fatherless or the widow in our midst.
Taking care of the widows and orphans is a clear command and blessings come as a result of walking in obedience to this command. In the literal sense, when there is a widow or orphan among us who is not properly cared for and they cry out against us, we may suffer the consequence of our families becoming fatherless.
Metaphorically, in the spiritual sense, if husbands forsake their responsibilities in their own homes toward their wives and children, they are indeed making them spiritual widows and orphans, and when they cry out against the injustice, יהוה’s anger will burn against us. The Word makes it very clear that lives will be taken for any acts of injustice against widows and orphans, and harshness against the poor will lead to poverty in our own lives. This is a very sobering thought that we ought to carefully consider as it is very clear as we go through these right-rulings that how we treat our families and those around us affects our very lives.
There are sadly far too many widows and orphans in our midst today, even though the husband or father may be physically still alive – spiritually he is dead and absent, and we as community are to take care of those spiritual widows and orphans too, while doing our utmost to get the husband and father to take up his mandated role as designated by יהוה.
The Greek word used in the LXX (Septuagint) for ‘widow’ is χήρα chēra – Strong’s G5503 and we see Sha’ul giving Timotiyos some very clear and detailed instructions in regards to widows and the called for care for true widows as seen in:
Timotiyos Aleph/1 Timothy 5:3-16 “Respect widows who are truly widows. 4 But if any widow has children or grandchildren, let them first learn to treat their own house reverently, and to repay their parents. For this is good and acceptable before Elohim. 5 And she who is truly a widow, and left alone, trusts in Elohim and continues in petitions and prayers night and day. 6 But she who is living in luxury is dead while she lives. 7 And command these matters, in order for them to be blameless. 8 And if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the belief and is worse than an unbeliever. 9 Do not enrol a widow unless she is over sixty years of age, having been the wife of one man, 10 well reported for good works, if she has brought up children, if she has lodged strangers, if she has washed the feet of the set-apart ones, if she has assisted the afflicted, if she has closely followed every good work. 11 But refuse the younger widows, for when they become headstrong against the Messiah, they desire to marry, 12 having guilt because they set aside their first belief. 13 Moreover, they learn to be idle, going about from house to house, and not only idle but also gossips and busybodies, speaking what is improper. 14 So I resolve that the younger widows marry, bear children, manage the house, giving no occasion to the adversary for reviling. 15 For already some have turned aside after Satan. 16 If any believing man or woman has widows, let such assist them, and do not let the assembly be burdened, in order to assist those who are truly widows.”
From our more in-depth look at the need to defend the fatherless and plead for the widows, we are able to recognise how important it is for us, as a functioning body of Messiah, to be properly aware of the expected responsibilities the body has toward those who do not have the ability to defend or plead for themselves as they lack the proper authoritive role in the home that is supposed to be governed by the Torah of Elohim, and true widows and orphans do not, nor are they designed to, have the capacity to be the authoritive figure in the home, for which the command is clear – make sure that widows and orphans are judged and governed rightly and that they are given assistance in having their voices heard in order for their needs to be met so that they too can function, not as forsaken, but as true loved ones of the Most-High!
Here we now come to verse 18 of Yeshayahu/Isaiah 1, and is a verse that is often taken out of context and misunderstood, as it is often used as a stand-alone verse without continuing with that which follows in verse 19 and further!!!
Come and let us reason together – Though your sins are like scarlet – they will be white as snow.
The Hebrew word used here for the phrase, ‘let us reason together’ is וְנִוָּכְחָה ‘venivaḵeḥah’ and comes from the root word יָכַח ‘yaḵaḥ’ – Strong’s H3198 which means ‘to decide, prove, judge or correct’.
In effect, what יהוה is saying here to a sinful nation is this:
“Come let Me prove to you… that you will be cleaned up… if you …”
Here He is using court like language that has been addressing the guilty to seek judgement and right-ruling, and is submitting His case here, as if on a trial and proceeds to show them on what principles they may be pardoned!
So many love this verse on its own but do not proceed to the next and do not understand the seriousness of the stain of sin and lawlessness!
The Hebrew word for ‘scarlet’ is שָׁנִי ‘shani’ – Strong’s H8144 and is a bright red colour and vivid dye that is obtained from the crushed body of an insect (worm) that attaches itself to the leaves and twigs of the oak/terebinth tree, lays eggs on it, puts a sack of red juice around the eggs to protect them, then dies, having emptied itself out for them–a wonderful picture of יהושע.
The colour scarlet speaks of sacrifice and typifies Messiah in His sufferings and His giving of Himself to be crushed for our iniquities. But what is also important to note is that it is impossible to get the stain of this scarlet out of linen – impossible for man that is – no amount of scrubbing and washing or bleaching can actually take this red worm substance dye out of clothing and materials!
So, as we read Tehillah/Psalm 51 at the beginning, we see that Dawiḏ understood this and here יהוה was telling Yehuḏah that they were so stained, yet they would be made white – what a wonderful promise.
Looking back at verse 15 we see that they were so stained as their hands were full of blood – their worship had become unacceptable because of their bloodguiltiness on their hands – their works were not pure – the command to be cleansed and cease from evil comes with this invitation to be made clean, as He proved to them their bloodguilt, and as impossible as it may be to get the stain of blood out – יהוה would make their garments pure and shining white through His own Blood!!!
Ḥazon/Revelation 7:14 “And I said to him, “Master, you know.” And he said to me, “These are those coming out of the great distress, having washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.”
Our sin is guilty of His bloodshed – the works of our hands are stained with the blood guilt of His sacrifice – and He through His Blood removes the stain from us.
What is interesting to note is that this word, שָׁנִי ‘shani’, is used 42 times in the Scriptures – a very significant number for us indeed! As you will remember that there were 42 stops in the Wilderness journey from leaving Mitsrayim to entering in to the Promised Land and there are 42 generations in the genealogy of Messiah, from Aḇraham to Messiah! Therefore, we see that His Blood that was poured out at Pěsaḥ as the Lamb that was slain has our ‘wilderness journey’ covered that we may be made white and ready to enter in to His Promises as a Bride prepared!
And it is in this wilderness journey where we learn to hear His voice with great care and attention!
What is often forgotten when given this verse by is what follows – He will make us white as snow – but what are we, who have been proven guilty, to do?
Verse 19-20 makes it clear:
EAT OR BE EATEN!
“If you submit and obey, you shall eat the good of the land; 20 but if you refuse and rebel, you shall be devoured by the sword, for the mouth of יהוה has spoken.”
The Hebrew word that is translated as ‘eat’ and ‘devoured’ comes from the same root word, which is the root word אָכַל aḵal – H398 and means ‘eat, consume, devour or be devoured’.
So, in essence, what is being declared here is simply this:
if you submit and obey you will eat and enjoy the good of the land –
if you rebel and refuse to submit and obey you will be eaten by the sword –
Refuse and disobey and His Word will consume you up and devour you in judgement according to His righteous right ruling!
We have a choice – eat His Word and walk in Him and be satisfied or eat all the junk that is on offer and neglect His Word and be eaten by the very Word that is rejected.
It is not a difficult concept to grasp – the question remains – how is your diet, and more importantly – what is filling you?
EAT RIGHT AND LIVE OR LIVE WRONG AND BE EATEN:
Ḥazon/Revelation 19:15 “And out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should smite the nations. And He shall shepherd them with a rod of iron. And He treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Ěl Shaddai.”
Ḥazon/Revelation 19:21 “And the rest were killed with the sword which came from the mouth of Him who sat on the horse, and all the birds were filled with their flesh.”
Verses 21-25 makes the picture very clear:
Yehuḏah had become a nation of whoring and murder and their silver had become dross and wine was mixed with water and as a result, rulers were corrupt and the fatherless and widows were neglected having nobody to speak for them and יהוה makes it clear that He will bring about a refining and remove the dross and all alloy:
In light of what we go through in our weekly torah portions on the tabernacle and its furnishings, we came to understand the symbolic picture of silver, as it speaks of redemption as well as the purity of His Word that has been refined 7 times! And what is interesting to know is that pure silver does not tarnish!
Silver that you see today is mixed with another metal to form an alloy and may consist of up to 92.5% silver with the rest being made up of another metal to bring durability and hardness into the product, which causes the silver to tarnish and needs to be maintained through regular cleaning and polishing.
Well that is exactly what has happened with the Word that is being presented by the church, as well as in rabbinic Judaism – it has been made into an alloy, through the addition of foreign substances, such as man-made dogmas, doctrines and traditions and is therefore no longer pure. And as a result, that which is being erroneously presented as truth, needs to be continuously maintained and kept shining in its appearance of worship through programmes and systems and structures that are in no way close to reflecting the service of the Tabernacle; and יהוה says He is going to remove all alloys!!!
His message has been made dirty and the false ‘grace’ message has made it ‘cheap’; and so we also see the mixed wine with water also being a picture of watering down the Word; and with both of these analogies together, we see that what has happened is that His redemption message has been tarnished and His Pěsaḥ/Passover has been watered down!
And so, the Church has presented a falsified system of worship that has taken up the form of pagan rituals – and it is time for all to hear and listen and carefully consider, as יהוה clearly proves, through His refining Word, that they are indeed worshipping in a foreign manner.
Verse 26 – States that He will give back the judges and counsellors!
He is restoring the Authority of His Word and His Kingdom to a people of His Kingdom and so shall His obedient Bride be ransomed and return – through His right-ruling and righteousness and those who forsake יהוה and His commands shall be consumed!
In verse 29-30 it is made clear that the guilty will be ashamed of their pagan worship.
The mentioning of terebinth trees and gardens that they had chosen, is a picture of that which they chose to engage themselves in, through the following of pagan practices that took place on the high places and under the terebinth trees that were often symbolic of fertility rites and worship.
It was under a terebinth tree where יהוה met with Aḇraham and it was also under the terebinth tree where Ya’aqoḇ buried the idols, and that which their forefathers had shown them was quickly forgotten as they strayed from the Covenant and dug up idol worship and, as a result, their ‘leaves’, where they thought they would be able to find shade under, would fade and they would be exposed to the heat of the displeasure of יהוה, yet those who mediate day and night on His Torah will be like a tree planted by the waters and their ‘leaf’ will not fade when the heat comes!!!
The heart of this message is simple: Let us walk right and keep His commands – as the stain of our sin is before Him and He is proven right in His words. Therefore, let us cleanse ourselves from all unrighteousness and allow His Word to cleanse us and make us white as snow and then, may we be urgent in being attentive with our ears, to hear, guard and do all He commands us to, as we walk in righteousness, keeping our linen white – for fine linen is the righteousnesses of the set-apart ones!
As we, His Bride, make ourselves ready with His garments of righteousness, through hearing attentively, and being fully focused on Him may we be likened to the noble woman rather than the apostate whore.
COME NOW – AND LET US REASON TOGETHER – declares יהוה
Are you hearing His voice? Are you paying attention? Are you being completely obedient to His Word (half-hearted measures don’t apply)? Are you submitting and obeying – always?
If so, then keep on doing so and shine His light and you shall eat the good of the land! But if not; then hear this clear warning to get rid of the dross and alloy worship, or you will be eaten by the Word.
He desires truth in the inward parts – let us seek them out and with joy walk in His Truth.
The foundation has been laid and we must be set-apart – which ‘Sarah’ are you?
סָרָה sarah – Strong’s H5627 (Apostate bride)
שָׂרָה Sarah – Strong’s H8283 (Princess and noble Bride)
Qorintiyim Aleph/1 Corinthians 3:11-17 “For no one is able to lay any other foundation except that which is laid, which is יהושע Messiah. 12 And if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, 13 each one’s work shall be revealed, for the day shall show it up, because it is revealed by fire. And the fire shall prove the work of each one, what sort it is. 14 If anyone’s work remains, which he has built on, he shall receive a reward. 15 If anyone’s work is burned, he shall suffer loss, but he himself shall be saved, but so as through fire. 16 Do you not know that you are a Dwelling Place of Elohim and that the Spirit of Elohim dwells in you? 17 If anyone destroys the Dwelling Place of Elohim, Elohim shall destroy him. For the Dwelling Place of Elohim is set-apart, which you are.”
יהוה bless you and guard you; יהוה make His face shine upon you and show favour to you; יהוה lift up His face upon you and give you shalom!