19th of the 11th month 2019/2020
Yeshayahu/Isiah 41:8-10 “But you, Yisra’ĕl, are My servant, Yaʽaqoḇ, whom I have chosen, the descendants of Aḇraham My friend, 9 whom I have taken from the ends of the earth, and called from its farthest parts, and said to You, ‘You are My servant, I have chosen you and have not rejected you. 10 ‘Do not fear, for I am with you. Do not look around, for I am your Elohim. I shall strengthen you, I shall also help you, I shall also uphold you with the right hand of My righteousness.’”.
In a message called: ‘DO NOT FEAR O YISRA’ĔL FOR יהוה IS WITH YOU!’ I want is to be greatly encouraged in the clear Truth, that our Master, Elohim, Saviour and Redeemer is with us, in order to be properly equipped which much boldness, in our clear duty, as servants of the Most-High, to not grow weary in doing good and therefore, be faithful in proclaiming the Good News of His Kingdom!
In Yeshayahu, we are able to clearly see, that from Chapter 41 onwards, how Yisra’ĕl/Ya’aqoḇ is called the servant of יהוה.
We, as the body of Messiah, are bondservants of Elohim and are therefore able to take heed of the clear ‘call of duty’ that is given to the servant of יהוה.
When I say ‘call of duty’, I do so with good reason as we are able to recognise that the modern day understanding of this phrase is used as a legal term that describes the necessity to carry out a job or duty, such as a police case, military assault/wartime actions, or other military or highly important jobs.
Once again, a call to/of duty can be a highly important position of work, but is more commonly used for wartime legal terminology.
When we understand our need to be dressed in the armour of Elohim and are called to stand, stand and stand, and after having done all to stand, then we begin to realise that we are ‘in a war’, so to speak.
We are called to stand firm in the Master who fights for us, as we proclaim His Reign and live as true ambassadors of His Kingdom, by being servants who obey their Master and guard to do all He has commanded us to..
As we have discussed on many occasions, we know that the name of Yisra’ĕl means, ‘one who rules with Ěl’.
The name יִשְׂרָאֵל Yisra’ĕl – Strong’s H3478 which means, ‘he who prevails, overcomes with Ěl’, comes from the primitive root words:
1)אֵל ĕl – Strong’s H410 which means, ‘Mighty, power, shortened form of Elohim – Mighty One’ and
2)the root word verb שָׂרָה sarah – Strong’s H8280 which means, ‘to persist, exert oneself, persevere, wrestle, contend’, is spelt the same as the name of Aḇraham’s wife, שָׂרָה ‘Sarah’ – Strong’s H8283 which means ‘princess or noble woman’; which is the feminine of the word שַׂר sar – Strong’s H8269 which means, ‘prince, captain, chieftain, ruler’!
.Only those who endure and overcome in Messiah, by the guarding and keeping of His Torah, will receive a crown of life, to rule with Him as princes in His Kingdom!
The root word that is used here, in the Hebrew, for servant is עֶבֶד eḇeḏ – Strong’s H5650 which means, ‘servant, slave, bondservant’.And, as a child of Yisra’ĕl, which we have become by the Blood of Messiah, we are servants of יהוה:
Wayyiqra/Leviticus 25:55 “Because the children of Yisra’ĕl are servantsto Me, they are My servantswhom I brought out of the land of Mitsrayim. I am יהוה your Elohim.” The equivalent Greek word for servant is δοῦλος doulos – Strong’s G1401 and is translated as, ‘slave, servant, bondservant, bondslaves – both men and women’, and is used repeatedly throughout the renewed Writings, as we take note how Sha’ul, Ya’aqoḇ, Kěpha and Yehuḏah called themselves a ‘servant’ (doulos) of יהושע Messiah.
Romiyim/Romans 1:1 “Sha’ul, a servant of יהושע Messiah, a called emissary, separated to the Good News of Elohim”
Ya’aqoḇ/James 1:1 “Yaʽaqoḇ, a servant of Elohim and of the Master יהושע Messiah, to the twelve tribes who are in the dispersion: Greetings.”
Kěpha Bět/2 Peter 1:1 “Shimʽon Kěpha, a servant and emissary of יהושע Messiah, to those who have obtained a belief as precious as ours by the righteousness of our Elohim and Saviour יהושע Messiah”
Yehuḏah/Jude 1:1 “Yehuḏah, a servant of יהושע Messiah, and brother of Yaʽaqoḇ, to those who are called, set-apart by Elohim the Father, and preserved in יהושע Messiah”.
The word עֶבֶד eḇeḏ is used 800 times in the Tanak (O.T.) and is used as a noun and comes from the primitive root verb עָבַד aḇaḏ – Strong’s H5647 meaning, ‘to work, serve, observe, do the work, cultivate, worship’ and carries the understanding of ‘expending considerable energy and intensity in performing a task or function’ – in other words – ‘giving it your all’!.
The Hebrew word for servant is עֶבֶד eḇeḏ – Strong’s H5650 meaning, ‘servant, slave, bondservant’ and in the ancient script the word עֶבֶד eḇeḏ – Strong’s H5650 is pictured as:
Ayin – עֶ
The original pictograph for this letter is and represents the idea of seeing and watching, as well as knowledge as the eye is the window of knowledge.
Beyt – בֶ:
The ancient script has this letter as , which pictures a tent floor plan and means, ‘house’ or ‘tent’. It represents family and the importance of those who are inside the tent as opposed to the tent structure itself..
Dalet – ד
The ancient script has this letter as and is pictured as a ‘tent door’. It can also have the meaning of a back and forth movement as one goes back and forth through a tent door and so speaks of an access point. It can also carry the meaning of ‘dangle’ or hanging as the tent door would hang from the roof pole of the tent. It speaks a great deal in terms of understanding the door of the tent of appointment as the only means of access..
When we look at this word in the ancient script for a servant, we can see that it speaks of:
ONE WHO WATCHES AT THE DOOR OF THE HOUSE
This is what our Master calls us to do; and when we consider that יהושע Messiah is The Door, then we further see our need to continually be looking at Him, guarding to do all His commands – and this is how we too keep watch over the House/Body of Messiah!.
A true faithful servant of יהושע Messiah is one who serves with their all and does so in complete set-apartness.
Sha’ul told Timotiyos the following:
Timotiyos Bět/2 Timothy 2:3-5 “Suffer hardship with us as a good soldier of יהושע Messiah. 4 No one serving as a soldier gets involved in the affairs of this life, in order to please only him who enlisted him as a soldier. 5 And if anyone competes in a game, he is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules.”.
A faithful servant is also a good soldier of יהושע Messiah and continually seeks to please Him, for our Master has caused us to be enlisted, so to speak, by grafting us into the Covenants of Promise by His Blood.
As faithful servants and soldiers, we are called to fight to good fight, be strong and courageous and not be afraid of what the enemy can or cannot do, for our Master is with us and He strengthens us and helps us and upholds us in righteousness, as we guard to do all He commands us to.
The reason I am mentioning all of this, is to make it clear that the ‘call of duty’ that we each have, as servants of Messiah, calls for us to be strong and courageous and not fear.
Any soldier that is afraid, when on the battlefield, can weaken others and cause others to lose heart and grow weary!
Deḇarim/Deuteronomy 20:8 “And the officers shall speak further to the people, and say, ‘Who is the man who is afraid and tender of heart? Let him go and return to his house, lest the heart of his brothers faint like his heart.’”
We are called to encourage one another daily and build each other up!
To do so, we need to hear the clear command that our Master gives His servant, as He says:
“DO NOT FEAR FOR I AM WITH YOU!”
Please turn with me to Yeshayahu/Isaiah 43 (read).
In a continual address, being given to His chosen servant Yisra’ĕl, יהוה once again gives a clear call for a steadfast and committed faith and reminds Yisra’ĕl who He is; that He is their Elohim and Saviour and there is none else, yet they had grown weary in serving Him as they should.
I would like to take a look at a few key aspects, within this chapter, in terms of our call to be good soldiers that do not fear nor do they grow weary in doing good!.
This Chapter 43 begins with a ‘But now…’, and highlights for us the continuation from the previous chapter, which is a continual message being spoken to Ya’aqoḇ/Yisra’ĕl.
The phrase that is translated as ‘But now’, is written in the Hebrew as: וְעַתָּה ve’attah, which comes from the word עַתָּה attah – Strong’s H6258 which means ‘now, at this time’ and with the conjunction of the letter – וְ – ‘waw’ in front of the word, it renders it as ‘and now’ or ‘but now’.
This was a clear call to have ears to hear what יהוה was saying, and it is still a very loud and clear call that is to be heard today!
But now, thus says יהוה …!
The Hebrew word that is translated as ‘says’ is the primitive root verb אָמַר amar – Strong’s H559 which means, ‘utter, say, speak, commanded, give an order, declared’..
In the previous chapter, Chapter 42, we take note how Yisra’ĕl had not listened and did not walk in the ways of Elohim, and when corrected for their disobedience, they were stubborn and did not take it to heart.
This opening statement ought to be a clear wake up call and reminder, that we are to have ears to hear what our Creator, Saviour and Elohim is speaking!
We are clearly told that it has delighted יהוה to make His Torah great and esteemed, yet they did not obey His Torah and so, He poured out on them His burning displeasure and the strength of battle, with fire all around, and they still did not understand or take it to heart!
So many people today stubbornly refuse to walk in the Torah and when disciplined, they still do not take it to heart, just how serious walking in the Torah is!
Many have shut their ears to the proper hearing of the Torah and, as a result, risk facing the fiery wrath of the burning displeasure of יהוה.
Mishlĕ/Proverbs 28:9 “He who turns away his ear from hearing the Torah, even his prayer is an abomination.”
Yoḥanan/John 9:31 “And we know that Elohim does not hear sinners. But if anyone fears Elohim and does His desire, He hears him.”.
Here then, begins this Chapter with a very big ‘BUT NOW…’ emphasising a clear command that is coming.
Here, in this first verse, we are able to see the clear loving-commitment of Elohim, and while many would have expected Him to reject His chosen, He makes it clear that He is the One who created and formed His servant, and it was time for the clay to listen to the Potter!.
The ‘I AM’ has caused us to be!
The Name of יהוה is derived from the root word הָיָה hayah – Strong’s H1961 which means, ‘to be, to become, to be in existence’, and when Elohim spoke to Mosheh He said, “I AM that which I AM”, and told Him to tell the Yisra’ĕlites that the I AM had sent him.
I AM THAT WHICH I AM – in Hebrew is written as: אֶהְיֶה אֲשֶׁר אֶהְיֶה – eyeh asher eyeh
The Hebrew word ‘eyeh’ comes from the root word הָיָה hayah – Strong’s H1961; and the Hebrew word אֲשֶׁר asher – Strong’s H834 is a primitive pronoun that means, ‘who, which, that, that which’ and is a marker of a relative reference to an entity, event, or state.
The first ‘eyeh’ is written as a proper noun, singular, masculine, while the second ‘eyeh’ is written in the qal active verb tense and, in essence, we see Elohim making it clear here to Mosheh that:
“The One who exists is the One who causes to exist, or gives existence” or
“The All existing One is the One who gives existence”
Literally speaking, it can render:
“I AM the One who causes to be”, or
“I AM the One who brings into being”, as well as
“I AM the life-giver, the giver of all existence”, and
“I AM the ever living self-consistent and unchangeable One”.
This however is not The Name of Elohim, but was rather an explanation that would lead up to the revelation of His Name, which is clearly declared as: יהוה YAHWEH – Strong’s H3068 which is derived from the root word הָיָה hayah – Strong’s H1961.
The Name of יהוה YAHWEH – Strong’s H3068 is pictured in the ancient script as follows:
Yod – י
In the Ancient Script, this is the letter ‘yad or yod’ which is pictured as – – which is the picture of an arm and hand and carries the meaning of ‘work, make, throw’ from the primary functions of the arm and hand and also represents worship or giving thanks in the extending of hands as a gesture of this. This also reveals to us a stretched-out arm and hand..
Hey – ה
The ancient script has this letter as and is pictured as a man standing with his arms raised up and out as if pointing to something, and in essence carries the meaning of ‘behold’ as in when looking at something very great. It can also have the meaning to ‘breath’ or ‘sigh’ as when looking at a great sight and having your breath taken away so to speak! It also has the meaning of revelation or to reveal something by pointing it out..
Waw – ו
The ancient pictographic form of this letter is , which is a peg or ‘tent peg’ or nail, which was used for securing or tying the tent or other items. The possibility of it having a Y-shape is to show that it prevents the rope from slipping off. The root meaning of this letter is ‘to add, secure or hook’..
In the pictographic representation of the Name of Elohim, we are able to clearly see how He, the All Existing One, revealed Himself to His Creation through His Outstretched Arm and Hand.
The two pictures of the man and the peg in between them also gives us insight as to how He would come and reveal Himself in the form of a man and secure the Covenants of promise, and in this we are able to see the two comings of Messiah.
BEHOLD THE OUTSTRETCHED ARM OF THE ALL EXISTING ONE SHALL COME AND SECURE HIS COVENANT AND REDEEM US IN ORDER TO ESTABLISH HIS HOUSE FOR WHICH HE IS
The correct grammatical way to pronounce the Name of יהוה is ‘YAHWEH’.
For more on this please see the article I wrote called, “Grammatical study from Scripture on confirming the pronunciation of the Name of יהוה” which can be found under the articles menu on our site (https://atfotc.com) or by simply clicking on the following link:
So many people have not been able to truly return to our Mighty Creator and Saviour, due to the crookedness that has brought His Name to nought!
His Name is vital for deliverance and this is what many have sadly not recognised and therefore, this call to repentance, involves the earnest appeal to return to the only Name that Saves!
Tehillah/Psalm 9:9-10 “And יהוה is a refuge for the crushed one, a refuge in times of distress. 10 And those who know Your Name trust in You, for You have not forsaken those who seek You, O יהוה.”
The reason for me highlighting this passage, is to emphasise that those who know the Name of יהוה trust in Him and that יהוה does not forsake those who seek Him!
This shows me that true seekers know His Name!!!
Those who have no regard for His Name, are not seeking as they should and, as a result, may find themselves continually stumbling in the crookedness of false traditions, that have changed His Name for a false counterfeit!.
Returning to obedience, begins with His Name, just as Mosheh was told to go and declare to Yisra’ěl who Elohim was and who it is that would deliver them from bondage to slavery!
Today, this urgent call, to return to יהוה, is an earnest call to forsake all falsehood and the vain use of foreign titles, that have been used, in crookedness, to replace His True Name!.
When we say the Name of יהוה, we are proclaiming that it is the ‘I AM’ who gives existence and that He is the One who causes us to be!
יהוה is our Creator and He has formed us!
The Hebrew word that is translated as ‘created’ comes from the root word בָּרָא bara – Strong’s H1254 which means, ‘to shape, fashion, create (always with Elohim as subject)’
The Hebrew word that is translated as ‘formed’ comes from the root verb יָצַר yatsar – Strong’s H3335 and means, ‘to form, fashion, create, devise, ordain, plan, frame’. .
He is the Potter and we are the clay! He has created us and He has formed us and we would do well to hear, guard and do, what He commands!
When we do so, we need not fear the elements of the world and the battles of life that we find ourselves in the midst of, for He is with His called-out ones!!!.
We need not fear for He has redeemed us!
He is our Redeemer, and the Hebrew word that is translated as ‘I have redeemed you’ is גְאַלְתִּיךָ ge’aletiyḵa , which comes from the root word גָּאַל ga’al – Strong’s H1350 which means, ‘to redeem, act as kinsman, avenge, buy back, claim, redeemer, redeem from slavery, avenger of blood, rescue’.
He has ransomed us and bought us at a price, with His own Blood, and He has called us by name!
The Hebrew word that is translated as ‘called’ is קָרָאתִי qara’atiy and comes from the root word קָרָא qara – Strong’s H7121 meaning, ‘proclaim, call, read, summons, invite, to be called out’.
We have been called out of darkness into His marvellous light, and have been summonsed, to hear our Redeemer’s voice, so that we are properly equipped, in Him, to stand and hold firm, the calling of our Master and Elohim!
We are now His and therefore, we must remain in Him and walk in the Covenants of promise, that we have been grafted in to!
And we do so by hearing, guarding and doing His Torah, that He has esteemed!
It is for this reason that we are commanded by Him to not fear or be afraid!
While we are to have reverence and the proper fear of Elohim, we are not to be afraid of the enemy and circumstances we face, for our Master is with us!.
The previous chapter ended with the truth that the burning displeasure of יהוה had been poured out and that fire had been set all around His servant, and here, in this next chapter, we are given a clear call to not be afraid of the fire!.
Verse 2 starts with ‘when you…’, which highlights for us the clear reality that teaches us that we are not immune to facing, or going through, tough times, yet the promise given here, is that when we go through the heavy waters or burning fires, that we will overcome and not be harmed!
When we pass through the waters, He is with us, and when we pass through the rivers, they will not overflow us!.
The Hebrew word for ‘waters’ is מַיִם mayim – Strong’s H4325 and is often understood to carry the meaning of ‘chaos’ (from the storms of the sea) and can also picture for us that which is mighty or massive as well as the unknown.
Waters can also represent that which cleanses us, and can picture for us His Word that washes us and keeps us clean!
The promise that He is with us as we pass through the waters is made clear when looking at the ancient pictographic rendering of this word, which is as follows:
Mem – מַ: and final mem – ם:
The ancient script has this letter as and is pictured as ‘water’, and also carries the meaning of ‘chaos’ (from the storms of the sea) and can also picture that which is mighty or massive as well as the unknown. We are also able to understand this letter as representing the nations, for the nations are often likened to the seas in Scripture. Knowing this letter represents ‘water’, we are also able to see how this can render for us the meaning of ‘washing’ or ‘cleansing’..
Yod – יִ:
The ancient script has this letter as which is ‘an arm and hand’, and carries the meaning of ‘work, make, throw’, from the primary functions of the arm and hand, and it also represents worship or giving thanks in the extending of hands as a gesture of this. The work of one’s hands is the basic meaning of this letter! And this letter also pictures for us the outstretched Arm and working Hand of Elohim that is not too short to save!.
When looking at this word, in its pictographic form, and then hearing the clear promise given to His servant, we are able to clearly see that the Outstretched Arm and Hand of Elohim is with us in the midst of the waters. He is with us to protect us and to cleanse us with His Word!.
Tehillah/Psalm 33:6 “Therefore, let every lovingly-committed one pray to You while You might be found; even in a flood of great waters they would not reach him.”.
I AM WITH YOU!!!
This clear statement of truth, ought to strengthen us in our weakness and cause us not to fear!
In the Hebrew text, this phrase, in verse 2, is written as אִתְּךָ־אָנִי itteḵa-aniy and is found, in this construct, 7 times in the Tanak, as also seen in the following 6 verses:
Yeshayahu/Isaiah 43:5 “Do not fear, for I am with you. I shall bring your seed from the east, and gather you from the west.”
Yirmeyahu/Jeremiah 1:8 “Do not fear their faces, for I am with you to deliver you,” declares יהוה.”
Yirmeyahu/Jeremiah 1:19 “And they shall fight against you, but not prevail against you. For I am with you,” declares יהוה, “to deliver you.”
Yirmeyahu/Jeremiah 15:20 “And I shall make you to this people a strong bronze wall. And they shall fight against you, but not overcome you. For I am with you to save you and deliver you,” declares יהוה.”
Yirmeyahu/Jeremiah 30:11 “For I am with you,’ declares יהוה, ‘to save you. Though I make a complete end of all nations where I have scattered you, yet I do not make a complete end of you. But I shall reprove you in judgment, and by no means leave you unpunished.’”
Yirmeyahu/Jeremiah 46:28 “Do not fear, O Yaʽaqoḇ My servant,” declares יהוה, “for I am with you. Though I make a complete end of all the gentiles to which I have driven you, yet I do not make a complete end of you. But I shall reprove you in right-ruling, and by no means leave you unpunished.”.
The clear promise of our Master being with us, His servant, is given to us repeatedly in Scripture, as we see this phrase ‘I am with you’, in the English text, being used 19 times in the Tanak, in reference to יהוה speaking to His chosen servants!.
We also take note of the clear promise that our Master gives us when commanding us to go and make taught ones of the nations:
Mattithyahu/Matthew 28:19-20 “Therefore, go and make taught ones of all the nations, immersing them in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Set-apart Spirit, 20 teaching them to guard all that I have commanded you. And see, I am with you always, until the end of the age.” Aměn.”
We have the full assurance that He is with us always, until the end of the age, and therefore, we need not fear the chaotic waters that we may go through and, in midst of all the chaos, we can be enabled, equipped and made ready, to be His pure Bride through the cleansing of His Word..
Passing through the seas and rivers, are a clear metaphor of being called out of darkness and entering into the Covenants of Promise, as we take note that we have been called out of the nations (seas/chaos) and we also recognise the picture of passing through the rivers, that teach us that our immersion, in His Name, is necessary for us to enter in.
Yisra’ĕl had to pass through the Sea of Reeds and be led into the Wilderness, where she would be betrothed and then, the second generation had to pass through the Yardĕn, in order to enter into the Promised Land!.
In Tehillah/Psalm 124 Dawiḏ says that if it were not for יהוה, who was on our side, then the waters would have overwhelmed us and the stream would have gone over our being!
Dawiḏ uses the metaphor of a raging flood, and the Hebrew word that is translated as ‘overwhelmed’ in Tehillah/Psalm 124:4 comes from the root word שָׁטַף shataph – Strong’s H7857 which means, ‘overflow, wash off, engulfed, overwhelming, washed away’, and is the same root word that is translated as ‘overflow’ in Yeshayahu/Isaiah 43:2.
This word שָׁטַף shataph – Strong’s H7857 is usually used as a figure of speech, in reference to judgement, and more specifically, to Elohim’s judgement on His people.
The ‘positive’ side of this word, is seen in:
Yeshayahu/Isaiah 66:12 “For thus said יהוה, “See, I am extending peace to her like a river, and the esteem of the nations like a flowing stream. And you shall feed; you shall be carried on the side, and be fondled on her knees.”
If it were not for יהוה, who is on our side, we would be overwhelmed, engulfed and washed away in judgement, just as the inhabitants of the earth were, in the days of Noaḥ.
We who have entered His rest, and continue to do so, through walking in loving obedience to His commands, and continue to stay in Him, shall be protected from the overwhelming waters of destruction.
He then goes on to assure us, that we shall be protected when walking through fire, and that the flames will not burn us.
The imagery of walking through fire and not being harmed reminds us of the account we see in Dani’ěl:
Dani’ěl/Daniel 3:25-27 “He answered and said, “Look! I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire. And they are not hurt, and the form of the fourth is like the Son of Elah.” 26 Then Neḇuḵaḏnetstsar went near the mouth of the burning furnace of fire. He spoke and said, “Shaḏraḵ, Mĕyshaḵ, and Aḇĕḏ-Neḡo, servants of the Most–High Elah, come out, and come here.” Then Shaḏraḵ, Mĕyshaḵ, and Aḇĕḏ-Neḡo came from the midst of the fire. 27 And the viceroys, the nobles, and the governors, and the sovereign’s counsellors gathered together, seeing these men on whose bodies the fire had no power, and the hair of their head was not singed nor were their garments changed, nor did the smell of fire come on them.”
These three faithful servants of the Most-High, suffered no harm when thrown into the fiery furnace of Baḇelon and they did not even have the smell of fire on them!
These 3 are a great example to us, of the kind of courage and strength that we are to have in our Master and not be afraid of the fiery trials that come upon us:
Kěpha Aleph/1 Peter 4:12-13 “Beloved ones, do not be surprised at the fiery trial that is coming upon you, to try you, as though some unusual matter has befallen you, 13 but as you share Messiah’s sufferings, rejoice, in order that you might rejoice exultingly at the revelation of His esteem.”
In a call for endurance and steadfast faith that does not fear, we are also reminded of our Master’s words in:
Luqas/Luke 21:16-19 “And you shall also be betrayed by parents and brothers and relatives and friends. And some of you shall be put to death. 17 “And you shall be hated by all because of My Name. 18 “But not a hair of your head shall be lost at all. 19 “Possess your lives by your endurance!”
Not a hair on our head shall be lost at all, for He is with us!.
The Hebrew word that is translated as ‘scorched’ comes from the root word כָּוָה kavah – Strong’s H3554 which means, ‘scorched, burnt, branded’, and is only used twice in Scripture – here in Yeshayahu/Isaiah 43:2 and in:
Mishlĕ/Proverbs 6:28 “Would a man walk on hot coals, and his feet not be scorched?”
This is a clear promise for the redeemed who walk in the Torah – their feet shall not be scorched, whereas those who walk contrary to the Torah and whore in their walk, their feet will be scorched!
Those who stay in the Master and guard righteousness, are protected against the fiery arrows of the enemy, and this takes an active lifting up of the shield of faith, which speaks of our continued obedience to His Torah and commands!.
The fiery darts of the enemy will not burn us!
The Hebrew word that is translated as ‘burn’ is verse 2 comes from the root verb בָּעַר ba‘ar – Strong’s H1197 which means, ‘to burn, consume, kindle, destroy’.
It is from this root word that we get the Hebrew word Taḇʽĕrah – תַּבְעֵרָה – Strong’s H8404 meaning, ‘burning’.
In Bemiḏbar/Numbers 11, the people complained about their hardships in the hearing of יהוה and the fire of יהוה consumed the outskirts of the camp. Mosheh prayed to יהוה and the fire died down, and he called the place Taḇʽĕrah.
The clear lesson here is that we must NOT be complainers!
How many times have you found yourself complaining about the hardships you are facing?
Complaining may cause you to put yourself in a position where you are not protected from the fiery darts of the enemy as well as the fiery wrath of Elohim that is coming upon the disobedient!.
The assurance of being protected against the waters and fires we will pass through, is further given in verse 3 where יהוה continues to make it very clear who He is! Here we are clearly told that יהוה is our Elohim and Saviour!!!
The term ‘your Saviour’ is written as מוֹשִׁיעֶךָ – Moshiyeḥa (Moshiyecha), which literally renders ‘your Saviour’, or ‘the one who saves you’, as this is clear who the Saviour of Yisra’ĕl is.
This is written in the masculine second person, which clearly shows that יהוה, as Husband, is referring to Himself as Yisra’ĕl’s Saviour.
מוֹשִׁיעֶךָ – Moshiyeḥa’ comes from the root word יָשַׁע yasha – Strong’s H3467 which means, ‘deliver, brought salvation, saviour, saves’.
For more on this and the various constructs that we find in Scripture that clearly proclaim that יהוה is our Saviour and that there is none else, please see the article called “YHWH our Saviour – YHWH our Messiah” on our site (https://atfotc.com) under the articles menu, or by clicking on the following link:
What is made very clear here in this text is this – יהוה is our Messiah and in verse 11 we see this being confirmed again, as we see יהוה making it clear that there is no saviour besides Him.
The root word יָשַׁע yasha – Strong’s H3467 is used here and written as מוֹשִׁיעַ Moshiya and is written in the causative tense.
What is being expressed here is that יהוה is the ‘causer’ of Salvation/Deliverance and there is no one else besides Him!!!
יהוה is your Messiah and that is why you need not fear!
He gives a clear promise in this chapter that He will gather His Bride.
In verse 6 the north can be a reference to Ashshur who took Yisra’ĕl into captivity and represents a return of the Lost House of Yisra’ĕl from among the nations!
The south can represent for us the corruption of the flesh, as we know that Eḏom, which is Ěsaw, was south of Yerushalayim and from where our Master will come, after treading the winepress of Botsrah, which is in Eḏom!
The south can also represent the corrupted House of Yehuḏah and a clear warning against the rabbinic traditions of man that have tried to keep back the true remnant returning to, and following, the Master and Saviour who came and died and rose again!.
When we consider verses 6-7, in terms of those whom יהוה has created, formed and made, returning to Him, as a faithful remnant Bride, we can see the following from Yirmeyahu fitting in here with these words:
Yirmeyahu/Jeremiah 23:6 “In His days Yehuḏah shall be saved, and Yisra’ĕl dwell safely. And this is His Name whereby He shall be called: ‘יהוה our Righteousness.’”
Yirmeyahu/Jeremiah 33:16 “In those days Yehuḏah shall be saved, and Yerushalayim dwell in safety. And this is that which shall be proclaimed to her: ‘יהוה our Righteousness.’”
You will notice that, in these two verses, the Branch that is spoken of, in both of these chapters (which is Messiah), is called יהוה our Righteousness and the city, which, in Hebrew, is a feminine noun, will be called by the same name as her Bridegroom, for the people who make up the city will be married to יהושע as His bride.
Ḥazon/Revelation 21 clearly tells us that the Lamb’s wife is the set-apart Yerushalayim that comes from above and has 12 gates with the names of the 12 tribes of Yisra’ĕl written upon them!!!
Here, in Yeshayahu/Isaiah 43:8, we see the clear promise of those who have ears to hear, will be brought out, as we see that the deaf who have ears shall be brought out as well as the blind who have eyes!
This is a metaphor for those who have turned to the Master and had the veil lifted so as to see who our Saviour and Elohim is and are those who have opened their ears to the Truth and guarded His witness.
A repeated phrase given to each of the 7 assemblies in Ḥazon/Revelation is the call for those who have ears to hear what the Spirit says!.
The chosen called out servants of יהוה are His witnesses.
The Hebrew root word for ‘witness’ is עֵד eyḏ – Strong’s H5707 which means, ‘witness, evidence, testimony’, which comes from the root word עוּד uḏ/ooḏ – Strong’s H5749, which means, ‘to return, go about, repeat, do again, encircle, supports’..
In the ancient pictographic text, we see the root word for witness – עֵד eyḏ – Strong’s H5707 – being pictured as follows:
Ayin – עָ:
The original pictograph for this letter is: and represents the idea of ‘seeing and watching’, as well as ‘knowledge’ as the eye is the window of knowledge..
Dalet – דֶ:
The ancient script has this letter as and is pictured as a ‘tent door’. It can also have the meaning of ‘a back and forth movement’, as one goes back and forth through a tent door, and so speaks of an access point. It can also carry the meaning of ‘dangle’ or hanging as the tent door would hang from the roof pole of the tent. It speaks a great deal in terms of understanding the door of the tent of appointment as the only means of access..
When we consider these two pictographs, which represent the idea of being a witness, we can see the following being declared:
EYE ON THE DOOR / LOOKING AT THE DOOR!.
Our Master made it clear to us that He is The Door, and we can only be true witnesses of Messiah when we fix our eyes upon Him and have ears to hear what His Spirit says, as we guard to do all He has commanded us to and meditate day and night on His Torah!.
While making it abundantly clear throughout this Chapter 43 that יהוה is the Creator, Redeemer, Saviour and Elohim of Yisra’ĕl and that they are not to fear we take note of the reality that they did not heed this command to not fear!
While the chosen servant is called to praise the Name of יהוה (verse 21) we see that יהוה says in verse 22 that Ya’aqoḇ had not called upon Him and they had been weary of Him!
The Hebrew word that is translated as ‘weary’ is יָגַע yaga – Strong’s H3021 which means, ‘to toil, to grow or become weary, tired, worn’.
Yeshayahu/Isaiah 40:28-31 “Did you not know? Have you not heard? The everlasting Elohim, יהוה, the Creator of the ends of the earth, neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable. 29 He gives power to the faint, and to those who have no might He increases strength. 30 Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men stumble and fall, 31 but those who wait on יהוה renew their strength, they raise up the wing like eagles, they run and are not weary, they walk and do not faint.”.
How many times have you found yourself growing weary and tired and have not been seeking יהוה and His righteousness, all because you have allowed fear and the worries of this age get to you? How many times have you found that your ability to praise has grown cold due to your being weary under the pressures and trials that you face?.
The clear command that is given here is this:
DO NOT FEAR O YISRA’ĔL FOR יהוה IS WITH YOU!
He is the One who forgives and cleanses us. He blots out our transgressions and remembers our sins no more! What do we need to fear if we have Him with us!.
This command ‘DO NOT FEAR’ is written here as follows: אַל־תִּירָא – ‘al–tiyra’ which comes from the two-root word:
1) אַל al – Strong’s H408 which is a negative participle meaning, ‘not, neither, nor, no, do not, let not’; and
2) יָרֵא yare – Strong’s H3372 which means, ‘to fear, be afraid, be in awe, show reverence and respect’.
This verb carries the meaning of being afraid as well as the meaning of having proper reverence and respect.
We know that we are to fear יהוה which indicates our proper reverence shown to Him as we humbly submit to Him as Master and Elohim and guard to do all He commands while recognising the clear consequences of not doing so.
The command given here to the servant of יהוה is to not be afraid and is not a command to not have reverence, for the one who fears יהוה need not fear for יהוה is with him..
What I found very interesting to take note of is that the exact construct of this phrase אַל־תִּירָא – ‘al–tiyra’ is only found 40 times in 38 verses and primarily speaks of the clear command of encouragement given from יהוה to His chosen servants!
For the sake of time, we cannot go through all 38 verses; however, I will list them so that you can take time to go through these yourself in order to be strengthened in this clear command!.
These exact words were spoken by יהוה to Aḇraham, Yitsḥaq, Ya’aqoḇ, Mosheh, Yehoshua, Giḏ’on, Ěliyahu, Dani’ěl, Ḥizqiyahu, Yeḥezqěl and repeatedly to Ya’aqoḇ/Yisra’ĕl as servant of יהוה .
It is also spoken by Dawiḏ to Eḇyathar the priest, by Dawiḏ to Mephiḇosheth, by Elisha to his servant, and by Dawiḏ to Shelomoh..
The point I am trying to highlight here is that this command given, ‘Do not be afraid’ (אַל־תִּירָא – ‘al-tiyra’) is related to יהוה and His chosen who can put their full trust in Him and His Word and walk in the proper fear of Elohim!.
The following verses are where you will find these words:
Berěshith/Genesis 15:1/ 26:24/ 46:3 // Bemiḏbar/Numbers 21:34 // Deḇarim/Deuteronomy 1:21/ 3:2 // Yehoshua/Joshua 8:1/ 10:8/ 11:6 // Shophetim/Judges 4:18/ 6:23 // Shemu’ĕl Aleph/1 Samuel 22:23/ 23:17 // Shemu’ĕl Bet/2 Samuel 9:7 // Melaḵim Bět/2 Kings 1:15/ 6:16/ 19:6 // Yeshayahu/Isaiah 7:4/ 10:24/ 37:6/ 41:10/ 41:13/ 43:1/ 43:5/ 44:2 // Yirmeyahu/Jeremiah 1:8/ 30:10/ 46:27/ 46:28 // Yeḥezqěl/Ezekiel 2:6 (3 times) // Dani’ěl/Daniel 10:12/ 10:19 // Tehillah/Psalm 49:16 // Mishlĕ/Proverbs 3:25 // Iyoḇ/Job 5:22 // Ěḵah/Lamentations 3:57 // Diḇre haYamim Aleph/1 Chronicles 22:13/ 28:20..
While there is certainly so much more that we can go through in this chapter, I simply wanted to highlight the clear command that we are given from our Elohim, Redeemer, Saviour and Husband – and that is this:
DO NOT FEAR O YISRA’ĔL FOR יהוה IS WITH YOU!
We have no other Saviour or Elohim – and in our knowledge of who He is we can faithfully heed this command and be strong and courageous and not grow weary!.
While our fathers had sinned and inherited falsehood and lies and the interpreters had transgressed against יהוה , we recognise that those who do so are given up to the curse and to scorn!
Let us not be found to do the same and heed the command given to the servant of יהוה ..
What fears, if any, have kept you from the full blessing of “the shalom” of Elohim?
What, if anything, has caused you to grow weary in doing good?
Galatiyim/Galatians 6:9 “And let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not grow weary.”
The Greek word translated as ‘lose heart’ is ἐκκακέω ekkakeō – Strong’s G1573 meaning, ‘lose heart, grow weary, exhausted, become faint’ and comes from two words:
1 – ἐκ ek – Strong’s G1537 which means, ‘from, from out of’ and is used as a preposition denoting the origin or point from where the action proceeds; and
2 – κακός kakos – Strong’s G2556 meaning, ‘evil, wicked, bad things, loathsome, wrong’.
To lose heart speaks of growing weary of doing good as a result of wickedness and evil being present in one’s life, or as a result of being involved in doing that which is wrong and loathsome in the sight of Elohim as measured against the clear plumb line of His Word..
The Greek word for ‘grow weary’ is ἐκλύω ekluō – Strong’s G1590 which means, ‘to loosen, grow weary, faint, to weaken, relax, exhaust, become feint hearted’, and comes from the two words
1 – ἐκ ek – Strong’s G1537 which means, ‘from, from out of’, and
2 – λύω luō – Strong’s G3089 which means, ‘to loose, to release, dissolve, annul, break, take off, unbind, untie’.
In other words, ‘to grow weary’ is to break off from one’s called for set-apartness and in a manner of speaking, relax oneself from guarding the Torah that is to be upon our hearts and in our mouths, as compromise seems to be an easy reprieve from impending pressures, and this we are to guard against and ensure that we do not grow weary in doing good!
The idea of doing good implies walking in the commands of Elohim and doing the ‘good works’ that have been prepared beforehand for us to do!
To do good, is to be functional, according to the clear design of the Torah of Elohim, as opposed to being dysfunctional and cease from doing what is good, by doing that which is bad and evil!
Tas’loniqim Bět/2 Thessalonians 3:13 “And you, brothers, do not grow weary in doing good.”.
Whatever pressures, trials, battles, persecutions and troubles you have or are facing, know that, as you stay in the Master and do not lose heart, you will not be crushed or in despair, nor shall you be forsaken or destroyed!
The way we are able to guard against growing weary in doing good is to heed the command to not fear with the full knowledge and assurance that our Elohim is with us!
Tehillah/Psalm 25:14 “The secret of יהוה is with those who fear Him, and He makes His covenant known to them.”.
Deḇarim/Deuteronomy 20:1-4 “When you go out to battle against your enemies, and shall see horses and chariots and people more numerous than you, do not be afraid of them, for יהוה your Elohim, who brought you up from the land of Mitsrayim, is with you. 2 And it shall be, when you draw near to the battle, that the priest shall come and speak to the people, 3 and shall say to them, ‘Hear, O Yisra’ĕl: You are drawing near today to battle with your enemies. Do not let your heart faint, do not fear, or tremble, or be afraid before them, 4 for יהוה your Elohim is He who goes with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.”
We can stand firm and not faint knowing that our Master fights for us and He saves us!
The Hebrew word that is translated as ‘to save you’ is לְהוֹשִׁיעַ lehoshiya which comes from the root word יָשַׁע yasha – Strong’s H3467 which means, ‘deliver, brought salvation, saviour, saves’.
We can be confident in facing the battles of life knowing who our Saviour is and standing firm in His Truth, for this is how we know that we know Him – when we guard His commands!
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.”.
DO NOT FEAR O YISRA’ĔL FOR יהוה IS WITH YOU!.
יהוה bless you and guard you; יהוה make His face shine upon you and show you favour; יהוה lift up His face upon you and give you Shalom!