26th of the 1st month 2021/2022.
As part of this week’s Shabbat readings, with the Torah portion from Berěshith/Genesis 44:18-47:27, we are also reading from Yeḥezq’ěl/Ezekiel 37:15-28, and it is this passage that I want to take a closer look at in this message.
This passage from Yeḥezq’ěl/Ezekiel 37:15-28 speaks of a reuniting of Ephrayim and Yehuḏah, and from this passage we can see 4 clear pictures that the fulfilment of the working of deliverance of our Master brings to us, as the body or Bride of Messiah.
The 4 pictures not only represent for us the fulfilment of the Bride being made whole, but also what the work of Atonement has done for us individually in our own lives, and that which we have been given to work out our deliverance with fear and trembling, as we earnestly follow יהושע Messiah:.
1 – Reconciled – from division to unity (verse 15-22)
It is through His atoning work that יהוה brings the two houses together as ‘one’ in Him and highlights the clear authority of Him being The One Good Shepherd, so that there will no longer be any division, but a perfect unity, where once the fullness of the nations has come in, that יהוה will open the eyes of Yehuḏah and they will see the one they have pierced and accept Him as Messiah.
We know that by His Blood we are reconciled to Him, and we are to no longer be divided but walk in unity of the Spirit of יהוה!.
What becomes abundantly clear, in Scripture, is that the term/title of THE WORD OF יהוה is a compound Name that is used for Elohim, and is first used in Berěshith/Genesis 15:1, when THE WORD OF יהוה came to Aḇram:
Berěshith/Genesis 15:1 “After these events the word of יהוה came to Aḇram in a vision, saying, “Do not be afraid, Aḇram. I am your shield, your reward is exceedingly great.” .
Here, in Yeḥezq’ěl/Ezekiel, we see the phrase of verse 15 being written in the Hebrew text as follows:
וַיְהִי דְבַר־יהוה אֵלַי
Vayhiy deḇar-YAHWEH eylay.
This can be translated as:
‘And came the Word of YAHWEH to me’.
The phrase ‘The Word of YAHWEH came to me’ is seen in the ISR Scriptures 61 times, with the above construct being seen 52 times and another 9 times we see the following phrase being translated from the Hebrew text:
הָיָה דְבַר־יהוה אֵלַי
Hayah deḇar-YAHWEH eylay
This can be translated as:
‘came the Word of YAHWEH to me’.
Of the 61 combined occurrences of these two Hebrew phrases that I have quoted, we see it being used 10 times in Yirmeyahu/Jeremiah, with 9 times being a direct record of The Word of YAHWEH coming to Yirmeyahu and 1 occurrence where Yirmeyahu is telling the people that The Word of YAHWEH came to him.
We see these phrases being used in Yeḥezq’ěl/Ezekiel 49 times, with 48 times being a direct record of The Word of YAHWEH coming to Yeḥezq’ěl and 1 occurrence where Yeḥezq’ěl gives a reference to The Word of YAHWEH coming to him.
The remaining 2 occurrences of the construct of Hebrew phrase ‘and The Word of YAHWEH came to me’ is found in Zeḵaryah/Zechariah.
These 61 occurrences are personal witnesses that are given to us by these 3 prophets, declaring the clear witness of how The Word of YAHWEH came to them..
What we also do have, in the Scriptures, are other records of The Word of YAHWEH coming to His prophets, in order to speak His Word, with the clear rendering of “The Word of YAHWEH came to…”, starting with Aḇram, as already quoted from Berěshith/Genesis 15:1, to Shemu’ěl, Nathan, Yĕhu, Shelomoh, Gaḏ, Eliyahu, Yeshayahu, Shemayahu, Yonah, Ḥaggai as well as an unnamed prophet who was sent to rebuke a wicked and rebellious Yaroḇ’am. .
The point that I want to bring across, is the clear identification of The Word of YAHWEH coming to His prophets, in order to speak His clear Word that is used to call people back unto Himself and be redeemed from all lawlessness and sin.
The Hebrew word that is translated as ‘came’ comes from the root word הָיָה hayah – Strong’s H1961 which means, ‘to be, to happen, to become, to be in existence, to arise, to appear’..
What is clear, from all of the accounts that we see these words being used, is that THE WORD OF יהוה ‘happened’ to all of these prophets, making Himself clearly known to His servants the prophets and giving them a very clear mandate of declaring His Word of Truth!.
THE WORD OF יהוה is a term or compound title that is frequently used to represent the physical appearance or manifestation of יהוה to His servants the prophets!
What is very clear, in the Hebraic text, is that THE WORD OF יהוה is a clear reference to יהוה and His supreme power to create and the term or title of ‘THE WORD OF יהוה’, represented the personification of יהוה Himself.
It was clearly understood, by the Hebrews of the Tanak, that THE WORD OF יהוה was and is the Messiah..
When Yoḥanan wrote his letter, he knew exactly what he was proclaiming as the Good News, and in his introduction, it was clear that he was referring to יהושע Messiah as being the Messiah and THE WORD OF יהוה.
Yoḥanan/John 1:1 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with Elohim, and the Word was Elohim.”
Yoḥanan/John 1:14 “And the Word became flesh and pitched His tent among us, and we saw His esteem, esteem as of an only brought-forth of a father, complete in favour and truth.”.
A clear text that we see in the revelation of Messiah is that He is called THE WORD OF יהוה:
Ḥazon/Revelation 19:11-13 “And I saw the heaven opened, and there was a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Trustworthy and True, and in righteousness He judges and fights. 12 And His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns, having a Name that had been written, which no one had perceived except Himself 13 and having been dressed in a robe dipped in blood – and His Name is called: The Word of יהוה.”
The Word of יהוה is Master of Masters!!!
Just take a look at what is said, a couple of verses later:
Ḥazon/Revelation 19:16 “And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written: SOVEREIGN OF SOVEREIGNS AND MASTER OF MASTERS.”
יהוה is Master of Masters!
Deḇarim/Deuteronomy 10:17 “For יהוה your Elohim is Elohim of mighty ones and Master of masters, the great Ěl, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality nor takes a bribe.”
The Lamb is Master of Masters!
Ḥazon/Revelation 17:14 “They shall fight with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them, for He is Master of masters and Sovereign of sovereigns. And those with Him are called, and chosen, and trustworthy.”
There is only ONE Master of Masters and the point that I am trying to make here, is that יהושע Messiah is THE WORD OF יהוה, which most people would not argue with, yet what we can clearly see, from that which we have looked at, is that יהוה is THE WORD OF יהוה, and while we take note that THE WORD OF יהוה came and appeared to some of His faithful servants and prophets, He came in the form of human flesh to be made visible to all!
There is only ONE WORD OF יהוה and He remains forever!
Kěpha Aleph/1 Peter 1:25 “but the Word of Elohim remains forever.” And this is the Word, announced as Good News to you.”.
What becomes clear to us, is that THE WORD OF יהוה was made visible to many, before He came and took on the form of human flesh, for then He was revealed to all at that time.
Our Master made it clear, after T’oma’s confession that יהושע Messiah is Master and Elohim, that while he had believed because he had seen the Master alive, blessed are those who have not seen and have believed! .
In Ḥazon/Revelation 21:7 we are told that ‘blessed is he who guards the words of the prophecy of this book’.
This book of Ḥazon is the clear revelation/vision of who our Master and Saviour is, and is a vision and revelation of who THE WORD OF יהוה is and that He is יהוה our Elohim.
This same Master and Elohim that T’oma saw, is THE WORD OF יהוה who came to Aḇram, Shemu’ĕl, Yirmeyahu, Yeḥezq’ěl, Zeḵaryah and many others as I have already mentioned… and this is THE GOOD NEWS!.
I have shown you that THE WORD OF יהוה was physically made visible to many and Ma’asei tells us what the Good News is:
Ma’asei/Acts 5:42 “And daily in the Set-apart Place, and in every house, they did not cease teaching and bringing the Good News: יהושע the Messiah!”
Ma’asei/Acts 8:4 “Then those who had been scattered went everywhere bringing the Good News: the Word!”
Ma’asei/Acts 8:35 “And Philip opening his mouth, and beginning at this Scripture, brought to him the Good News: יהושע!”
Ma’asei/Acts 11:20 “But some of them were men from Cyprus and Cyrene, who, when they had come to Antioch, spoke to the Hellenists, bringing the Good News: the Master יהושע!”
Ma’asei/Acts 15:35 “And Sha’ul and Barnaḇa continued in Antioch, teaching and bringing, with many others also, the Good News: the Word of יהוה!”
The Good News is that THE WORD OF יהוה has been revealed!
The question is – do you see, or has the veil of false traditions of man that deny the deity of Messiah covered your eyes?
Qorintiyim Bět/2 Corinthians 3:16 “And when one turns to the Master, the veil is taken away.”.
THE GOOD NEWS is THE WORD OF יהוה – and by that, I mean that the Good News is that יהוה has made Himself visible to all, by coming in the form of human flesh!
He has revealed Himself, and this is what the early apostle’s bear witness of!
Yoḥanan Aleph/1 John 1:1-2 “What was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of life: 2 And the life was manifested, and we have seen, and bear witness, and announce to you that everlasting life which was with the Father and was manifested to us.”.
In this passage from Yeḥezq’ěl/Ezekiel 37:15-28, we are also able to recognise the clear revelation of the Good News of reconciliation and redemption, through the unfailing and everlasting Word of Elohim!.
In the announcement of the Good News of The Word of YAHWEH, Yeḥezq’ěl was told to take two sticks and on the one stick he was to write ‘for Yehuḏah and for the children of Yisra’ěl’ and on the other stick he was to write ‘for Yosěph, the stick of Ephrayim and for all the house of Yisra’ěl’.
Then he was to bring the two sticks together into one stick and they would become one in His hand!
This is a clear prophecy of restoration of the complete Bride of Messiah and highlights the clear promise of the completed work of atonement that shall be made complete upon Yom Kippur, when he comes to fetch His ready Bride.
The Good News of the good is that The Word has been made known and made available for all to be reconciled to the truth and be grafted in to the Covenants of Promise.
The bringing of the 2 sticks together, highlights a clear message of the authority and rulership of The Word of YAHWEH being firmly established as the only authority that the true children of Yisra’ěl shall submit under.
The 2 Houses of Yehuḏah and Yisra’ěl, are no longer to be split into 2, but are now brought together as one, under the authority and headship of Messiah, The Word of YAHWEH, who came to dwell among us and bring us back under His rod of authority!.
While this certainly speaks of a fulfilment of prophecy at Yom Kippur, we also take note that the clear announcement of this Good News has already been made manifest, through the life, death and resurrection of Messiah… and the Word of YAHWEH is the only authority under which the true children of Yisra’ěl are to submit to.
This means that the House of Yehuḏah also need to accept The Word of YAHWEH – יהושע Messiah, for without a true repentance and immersion in his Name, they have no access to becoming One with Him and having His authority firmly established in their lives.
The Hand of יהוה has been made known, through the clear working of His deliverance and all who do not submit under the Hand of יהושע Messiah shall not be reconciled to Elohim..
The Hebrew word that is translated as ‘stick’ is עֵץ ets – Strong’s H6086 which means, ‘trees, wood, timber, staff’, and is primarily the basic term that is used in Scripture for trees and wood products. .
In Scripture, we find many agricultural word pictures that are used to describe man, and Dawiḏ tells us what the faithful, who meditate on the Torah day and night, will be like:
Tehillah/Psalm 1:3 “For he shall be as a tree planted by the rivers of water, that yields its fruit in its season, and whose leaf does not wither, and whatever he does prospers.”
In this verse, the Hebrew word translated as ‘tree’ is עֵץ ets – Strong’s H6086.
While this is the most common word for trees, we see how the picture or reference to man, as metaphorically referred to as trees, gives us insight into how we, as righteous trees in the field of the world, ought to be praising Elohim and bringing esteem to Him in all we do:
Tehillah/Psalm 96:12-13 “Let the field exult, and all that is in it. Let all the trees of the forest then shout for joy, 13 at the presence of יהוה. For He shall come, for He shall come to judge the earth. He judges the world in righteousness, and the peoples with His truth.”.
The Hebrew word that is used here in Tehillah/Psalm 1:3 for ‘planted’ is שָׁתַל shathal– Strong’s H8362 which means, ‘to transplant, planted’, which in itself carries a great picture for us in understanding the great and mighty work of our Master, who ‘transplants’ us into His Pure root, after having been far off due to sin!
This word שָׁתַל shathal– Strong’s H8362 is used 10 times in Scripture, and once again, it pictures for us the effect of being firmly rooted and grounded in love, which is being rooted in Messiah and guarding to do all He commands, as a pure expression of our love for Him!
Tehillah/Psalm 92:13 “Those who are planted in the House of יהוה flourish in the courts of our Elohim.”.
Yirmeyahu/Jeremiah 17:7-8 “Blessed is the man who trusts in יהוה, and whose trust is יהוה. 8 “For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, which spreads out its roots by the river, and does not see when heat comes. And his leaf shall be green, and in the year of drought he is not anxious, nor does he cease from yielding fruit.”.
Our continued trust in יהוה causes us to be ‘transplanted’ into His satisfying root system, and be able to sustain the pressures of the heat of trials that blow across our lives!.
This prophetic act of bringing the two sticks together, as One, in the hand of The Word of YAHWEH, is a clear announcement of The Good News of being reconciled to Him, as we take note that we who were once far off from the covenants of Promise, are brought near by the Blood of Messiah and are grafted in as branches of The Vine that is equipped to bear the peaceable fruit of righteousness!.
The bringing together of these sticks is a clear prophetic announcement of יהוה knitting together His Bride, as one.
The Hebrew word that is translated as ‘his companions’ in verses 16 & 19 is חֲבֵרָו
– ḥaḇeru and comes from the root word חָבֵר ḥaḇer – Strong’s H2270 which means, ‘united, associate, companion, knit together’ and is used 12 times in 11 verses, being used to describe those who are either joined to evil ones or those who are joined to righteous ones.
The Psalmist of Tehillah/Psalm 119 made it clear who he was a companion of:
Tehillah/Psalm 119:63 “I am a companion of all who fear You, and of those guarding Your orders.”
The Greek word that is used in the LXX (Septuagint – Greek translation of the Tanak), as an equivalent to this root word חָבֵר ḥaḇer – Strong’s H2270, is the root word μέτοχος metochos – Strong’s G3353 which means, ‘companion, partaker, sharer, partner’ and comes from the root word μετέχω metechō – Strong’s G3348 which means, ‘to partake of, share in, belong to’, which is derived from the construct of the two root words:
1) μετά meta – Strong’s G3326 which is a primary preposition which means, ‘with, among, accompany, together’ and
2) ἔχω echo – Strong’s G2192 which means, ‘to have, hold, consider, obtain, possess’ and expresses an active verb which can render the meaning, ‘to have (hold) in the hand, in the sense of wearing, to have (hold) possession of the mind (refers to alarm, agitating emotions, etc.), to hold fast keep’..
The reason I am mentioning these various Greek words, is to highlight the understanding of true companionship, in the Master!
The root word μέτοχος metochos – Strong’s G3353 is translated as ‘partakers’, in:
Iḇ’rim/Hebrews 3:14 “For we have become partakers of Messiah if we hold fast the beginning of our trust firm to the end”
The root word μετέχω metechō – Strong’s G3348 is translated as ‘partake’ in:
Qorintiyim Aleph/1 Corinthians 10:17 “Because there is one bread, we, who are many, are one body, for we all partake of the one bread.”
What we can clearly see from these verses that I have quoted, is that true companions of Messiah, are those who are knit together with those who are holding fast to the Word of Elohim and have a firm hold of the Truth, guarding to do His Word!
Those who lose their grip and are falling away are not true companions of Ephrayim!
Those who are clinging to The Word of Elohim are knit together perfectly in Messiah, who is The One who causes us to be His treasured possession that is knit perfectly together held secure as One in His Hand!.
It is The Word of יהוה that brings us from a place of disunity to a secure position and place of unity, in Messiah our Head! And as true companions of the Yisra’ěl, we hold fast to the witness of יהושע Messiah through the proper guarding of His commands, for we submit under the authority of His rod, for He is our Good Shepherd!.
2 – Redeemed – from rebellion to obedience (verses 23-24)
Rebellion was the root cause for Yisra’ěl to be divided into two houses!
There was a clear rebellion against יהוה in their worship, and both of the Houses of Yehuḏah and Ephrayim departed from true obedience to His Torah.
יהוה is restoring obedience, where we can clearly see how Ephrayim, who had rebelled by worshipping after the world’s ways, is being restored to Torah obedience – and this will certainly provoke Yehuḏah to jealousy and will cause them to turn themselves from their own wicked and false traditions, in order to truly accept יהושע as Messiah and the Bride will no more walk in rebellion, but in obedience to יהוה.
The Torah is for our own good – it is the guide on how we are to live a fruitful life and walk in our Master’s protection. .
Living in obedience to the Torah is the way in which יהוה’s people are to distinguish themselves from the nations, with the purpose of bringing the proper esteem to Elohim.
A restoration to obedience will cause the Bride to be the light to the nations that she is supposed to be. We have been redeemed from our rebellion, so that we can now obey!.
Titos/Titos 2:11-14 “For the saving Gift of Elohim has appeared to all men, 12 instructing us to renounce wickedness and worldly lusts, and to live sensibly, righteously, and reverently in the present age, 13 looking for the blessed expectation and esteemed appearance of the great Elohim and our Saviour יהושע Messiah, 14 who gave Himself for us, to redeem us from all lawlessness and to cleanse for Himself a people, His own possession, ardent for good works.”.
Being redeemed and atoned for, brings about a change – a washing that causes us to no longer rebel against His Torah, but rather to walk in complete obedience to it, as a great expression of our love for Him, after all, being redeemed from all lawlessness means just that – we have been redeemed so that we shall no longer be lawless!!!.
Those who are knit together in Messiah and are true partakers who hold fast to His Word, no longer defile themselves with the wickedness of idolatry, nor with any of the disgusting matters of lawlessness and sin.
Yoḥanan makes this very clear, in:
Yoḥanan Aleph/1 John 3:16 “Everyone staying in Him does not sin. Everyone sinning has neither seen Him nor known Him”
The Word has been revealed and we who look intently into the mirror of The Word and meditate on it day and night, shall be like trees that are firmly planted and equipped to bear the abundant fruit of righteousness and be lawless no more!!!.
Our Master’s sacrifice has met the requirements for our sin, so that we can be cleansed and be a people for a possession, ardent to do the good works of righteousness!.
In verse 24 we are given the clear prophetic language of a proper restoration of authority and Kingship, as presented through the leadership or Dawiḏ.
The kingship of Dawiḏ being restored, is a clear metaphoric picture of the firm establishment of the authority of the Throne of righteousness, established as a promise given to Dawiḏ, that upon His throne his sons would sit forever.
Tehillah/Psalm 132:11-12 “יהוה has sworn in truth to Dawiḏ; He does not turn from it, “Of the fruit of your body I set upon your throne. 12 If your sons guard My covenant and My witnesses that I teach them, their sons shall sit upon your throne forever.””
As a clear fulfilment of prophecy, Messiah came in the line of Dawiḏ, in order to take up His rightful place of the throne of the authority of the Word of Elohim:
Yeshayahu/Isaiah 9:6-7 “For a Child is born unto us, a Son is given unto us, and the rule is on His shoulder. And His Name is called Wonder, Counsellor, Strong Ěl, Father of Continuity, Prince of Peace. 7 Of the increase of His rule and peace there is no end, upon the throne of Dawiḏ and over His reign, to establish it and sustain it with right-ruling and with righteousness from now on, even forever. The ardour of יהוה of hosts does this.”.
Many people often misunderstand the prophetic language being used here in Yeḥezq’ěl, and what we are to take note of, is that this is a clear announcement of the Good News: The Word of YAHWEH shall sit enthroned as King, on the earthly throne/lineage of Dawiḏ, when He comes to establish His reign here in earth.
The sovereign who sits on the Throne is The One Shepherd that shall rule forever!
יהושע as Messiah is The Good Shepherd!
Tehillah/Psalm 23:1 “יהוה is my shepherd; I do not lack.”
Making this powerful declaration, must come with the realisation of how protected and cared for we are by our Great Shepherd!.
Having laid the foundation of who our Elohim is – let us further see how יהוה clearly tells us that He is the Shepherd, of whom the beloved king Dawiḏ made the bold declaration.
Yeḥezqěl/Ezekiel 34:11-12 “For thus said the Master יהוה, “See, I Myself shall search for My sheep and seek them out. 12 “As a shepherd seeks out his flock on the day he is among his scattered sheep, so I shall seek out My sheep and deliver them from all the places where they were scattered in a day of cloud and thick darkness.”
Yeḥezqěl/Ezekiel 34:15 “I shall feed My flock and make them lie down,” declares the Master יהוה.”
In this great woe, against the false shepherds, יהוה was making it very clear that He Himself would search, seek out, deliver and feed His flock and make them lie down!.
In the blessing of Ya’aqoḇ that was given to Yosĕph, we are able to see how the life of Yosĕph was truly a shadow picture of the Messiah, who would come forth and Shepherd Yisra’ĕl. We have already looked at the word for ‘shepherd’, which clearly reveals to us that Messiah is our Good Shepherd:
Berěshith/Genesis 49:24 “But his bow remained in strength, and the arms of his hands were made strong by the hands of the Mighty One of Ya’aqoḇ – from there is the Shepherd, the Stone of Yisra’ĕl”
Messiah tells us in:
Luqas/Luke 19:10 “For the Son of Aḏam has come to seek and to save what was lost.”
When we understand these words and see what Messiah was proclaiming, and revealing, in the flesh, we see that as יהוה had spoken by the prophet Yeḥezqěl, and that it is He Himself who would come to seek and deliver His lost sheep and feed them, we see how the religious Pharisees of the day who rejected Him, were rejecting The Shepherd and Stone of Yisra’ĕl – that is: they were rejecting יהוה who is our Shepherd!.
Our Good Shepherd, who gave His life for us His sheep, has given us abundant life, through His resurrection and it is He who has redeemed us to obey!
Kěpha Aleph/1 Peter 2:25 “For you were like sheep going astray, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your lives.”.
There is only One Shepherd!
Yoḥanan/John 10:14-16 “I am the good shepherd. And I know Mine, and Mine know Me, 15 even as the Father knows Me, and I know the Father. And I lay down My life for the sheep. 16 “And other sheep I have which are not of this fold – I have to bring them as well, and they shall hear My voice, and there shall be one flock, one shepherd.”.
3 – Restored – from barrenness to fruitfulness (verses 25-26)
Yo’ěl/Joel 2 speaks of the restoration of all the years that the locusts had eaten and Amos 9 speaks of the harvest that is so plentiful.
We can only be fruitful if we remain in the True Vine, and we recognise the clear significance of Shaḇuoth being the Feast which celebrates His Spirit being poured out and a Covenant people now being able to bear the fruit of the Spirit, having been restored to right relationship in the Master. .
It is also true that when we, as individuals, come to the fullness of what He has done for us and allow His Word to wash us, then as we abide in Him, we are able to bear much fruit that lasts.
We go from being barren to being fruitful – restored! .
The Covenant of Peace is firmly established!
Our Master and Elohim remains lovingly-committed to His Covenant and for this reason, we can hold firm to the sure hope that we have in Him, knowing that, in Him, we shall not be moved!
When He comes in the raging storm of His wrath, we who are standing firm on the Rock of our deliverance, as wise maidens, shall not be shaken, as we have the firm assurance of His Covenant of Peace never being broken, for we now have peace with Elohim!.
In Bemiḏbar/Numbers 25:12 we are told that the promise given to Pineḥas, was יהוה’s COVENANT OF PEACE – and he was literally given the ‘shalom’ of יהוה, as an everlasting covenant – and, in Hebrew, the root word שָׁלוֹם shalom – Strong’s H7965 means, ‘wholeness, completeness, soundness, welfare, peace, health, prosperity, well-being, safety, protection’, which comes from the primitive root verb שָׁלֵם shalem – Strong’s H7999 which means, ‘to be complete or sound, rewarded, make full restitution’..
Here in Yeḥezq’ěl, we are able to see how The Word of יהוה does not fail, as His Covenant of peace stands firm forever, and this is Good News!
Through the redeeming work of our Good Shepherd, we have the assurance of peace in Him, as long as we stay in Him, that is!.
Tehillah/Psalm 119:165 “Great peace have those loving Your Torah, and for them there is no stumbling-block.”
Great emphasis is being placed here, in Tehillah/Psalm 119:165, on how much peace that those loving the Torah have!.
We are also told of the perfect peace that the steadfast have, in:
Yeshayahu/Isaiah 26:3 “The one steadfast of mind You guard in perfect peace, for he trusts in You.”
This verse in written in the Hebrew text as follows:
יֵצֶר סָמוּךְ תִּצֹּר שָׁלוֹם שָׁלוֹם כִּי בְךָ בָּטוּחַ
‘yetser samuḵ titsor shalom shalom ki ḇeḵa batuaḥ’.
This can be literally translated as:
‘he whose mind is steadfast you keep in perfect peace, because in you he trusts’
The term ‘perfect peace’ is translated from the repetition of the root word שָׁלוֹם shalom – Strong’s H7965. .
Yeshayahu was picturing himself standing in the redeemed land with the remnant, listening to the people express they’re thanks to, and confidence in, יהוה our Saviour!
And the true thanks of the reality of the deliverance being made complete for those who are steadfast in mind is expressed in the complete shalom that is experienced by those who trust in יהוה.
Those loving the Torah have perfect peace and are not shaken by threatening circumstances but stand firm on the Rock of their deliverance!.
The root meaning of the Hebrew word שָׁלוֹם shalom – Strong’s H7965 is ‘to be whole or sound’, and this leads to various translations that speak of ‘completeness, wholeness, well-being, welfare and peace’.
The understanding of שָׁלוֹם shalom also includes the idea of vigour and vitality, in all dimensions of life..
The Hebrew word שָׁלוֹם shalom – Strong’s H7965 carries a wealth of meaning that is almost impossible to summarise in a few sittings, yet the concept of shalom entails a completeness and wholeness in our Master and Elohim, who has redeemed us from enslavement to the chaos of sin!.
In the ancient pictographic text, the word שָׁלוֹם shalom – Strong’s H7965 looks like this:.
Shin – שֵׁ:
This is the letter ‘shin’ which in the ancient script is pictured as, , which is ‘two front teeth’ and carries the meaning of ‘sharp or press, chew or devour’; which is what the teeth do, and also speaks of the sharpened word that comes forth from the mouth as the teeth ‘chew’ or ‘meditate’
on the Truth, making what comes forth pure and sharp! It also carries the understanding of consuming or destroying – as teeth do to food.
Lamed – לֵ:
The ancient script has this letter as , and is pictured as a ‘shepherd’s staff’, can give the meaning of ‘to or toward’ and can represent that which pushes or pulls a flock in a direction, and can speak of authority or a yoke that is used to lead and guide, as well as the ability to bring back by Authority..
Waw/Vav – וּ:
This is the Hebrew letter ‘waw’ or ‘vav’ which in the ancient script is pictured as , which is a peg or ‘tent peg’, 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’ as well as ‘bind’..
Mem – מ:
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’..
Now, when looking at this word in the ancient pictographic script, we are able to recognise what the true Shalom of Elohim brings and does for us, for its ancient meaning could be rendered, among others, as follows:
THAT WHICH DESTROYS OR BREAKS THE FALSE AUTHORITY
THAT BOUND US TO THE CHAOS OF THE NATIONS!.
And further renders the meaning:
THE WORD OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD
THAT SECURES FOR US A COMPLETE CLEANSING!.
This word speaks of a complete restoration of that which what was lost and broken and is a word that ensures the provision for what is needed to make one whole and complete, lacking nought!
For we have been given all that we need for life and reverence, having been grafted into the Covenant of Peace by the Blood of Messiah!.
For those who stand up and are zealous for the esteem of יהוה, there shall be no lack!
The actions of one man turned the wrath of Elohim away from a nation – which is a beautiful picture of how Pineḥas represents for us a type, or picture, of Messiah, who, by His actions appeased the wrath of Elohim!.
And what we can learn from these accounts of Pineḥas, is that the difference between life and death is a matter of being in the proper order or not and those who guard righteousness and stand firm in the Master, armed with His Truth, have the full assurance of being grafted into the Everlasting Covenant of Shalom, and shall never be shaken, for they have the comforting peace of Elohim, amidst the storms of life, being joyfully equipped to endure!.
The Hebrew word that is translated as ‘covenant’ is בְּרִית beriyth – Strong’s H1285 which means, ‘covenant, confederacy, alliance, pledge, treaty, constitution, ordinance, agreement’.
Primarily, we take note that this term is used to describe the agreement or constitution that is established between Elohim and man, and such ordinances are accompanied by a sign or pledge.
This noun is believed to come from the root verb בָּרָה barah – Strong’s H1262 which means, ‘to eat, choose’, which gives us a better understanding in terms of a ‘Covenant Meal’, where eating together establishes the covenant between the parties!.
With this promise of giving Pineḥas יהוה’s covenant of peace, to him and his seed after him, as an everlasting priesthood, we must take note that this was the assurance of being established to serve as a royal priesthood forever!
This is not a separate covenant that stands outside of His covenant with Aḇraham, that was established and confirmed with Yisra’ĕl, but rather that the establishment of a priesthood is secured in the covenant of Peace..
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The Hebrew word for covenant – בְּרִית beriyth – Strong’s H1285 in the ancient text, looks like this:.
Beyt – בְּ:
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.
We also recognise that the House/Dwelling Place of Elohim is the body of Elohim that is built up as living stones in our Master, יהושע Messiah.
A house/tent speaks of your family and to whom you belong and under whom you submit and adhere to, as the House of Elohim has clear instructions for those in the House! The Light (that is His Word) is for those in the House!.
Resh – רִ:
The ancient script has this letter as and is pictured as ‘the head of a man’ and has the meaning of the head of a man as well as ‘chief, top, begging or first’.
It means ‘top’, as in the top or head of a body; and ‘chief’, as in a head of a tribe or people; as well as the one who rules the people.
Every House has a head of the home, and all in the House submit to the instructions of the One who is head of the home, listening to and obeying the words that the Head speaks!.
Yod – י:
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!
Taw – ת
The ancient script has this letter as which is pictured as two crossed sticks, and can represent for us ‘seal, covenant, mark or sign’; as this once again points to the complete work of Messiah in the renewal of the Covenant in His Blood that brings the two Houses of Yisra’ĕl and Yehuḏah together in Him, as One, for He is not only the ‘aleph’, but is also the ‘taw’ – the beginning and the end of all creation!.
As we consider this word for ‘covenant’: בְּרִית beriyth – Strong’s H1285, in the ancient pictographic text, then we are able to understand the clear assurance that we have, as the House or Dwelling Place of Elohim!.
THE HEAD OF THE HOUSE HAS, BY HIS OUTSTRETCHED ARM AND HAND, SECURED FOR US AN EVERLASTING COVENANT, BY SEALING IT IN HIS OWN BLOOD!.
While we certainly recognise and understand that there are many facets to the Covenant that our Creator has made, and established, with His chosen and called out priesthood, we recognise that our Master and Elohim does not break Covenant and He remains lovingly-committed to His ‘Covenants of Promise’ with Aḇraham, Yitsḥaq and Ya’aqoḇ..
As a covenant people of Elohim, we are to guard to do all His commands as we express our love to Him in complete loving-commitment to the Covenants of Promise that we have been grafted into!.
The bold actions of Pineḥas pictures for us a clear shadow picture of the redemptive work of our Master and Elohim, יהושע Messiah, and with the covenant of peace, being given to him and his seed forever, as a covenant of an everlasting priesthood, we can recognise the shadow picture of Messiah, who is High Priest forever in the order of Malkitseḏeq, and how we, who have been grafted in to His Covenants of Promise, are to serve as a fervent and zealous priesthood forever!
This means that we have complete peace with Elohim and are able to be perfectly comforted by Him, even in the darkest of storms!
We are told in Bemiḏbar/Numbers 25:13 that Pineḥas, through his brave and zealous actions, made atonement for the children of Yisra’ĕl, and it is from these words that we can further see, the shadow picture of redemption through יהושע Messiah, who, through His own blood, has made atonement for us, having put to death the punishment for sin and whoring, which is death, in order that we can be made alive in Him and serve as an everlasting priesthood that is zealous for Him and His esteem!.
For those who stand up and are zealous for the esteem of יהוה, there shall be no lack and they shall serve forever as a set-apart and royal priesthood unto Him, never to be shaken or moved!.
The Righteous root will never be shaken or moved; therefore, we who stay in the Righteous Root shall never be shaken as we are firmly established in him!
Romiyim/Romans 5:1-2 “Therefore, having been declared right by belief, we have peace with Elohim through our Master יהושע Messiah, 2 through whom also we have access by belief into this favour in which we stand, and we exult in the expectation of the esteem of Elohim.”.
4 – Reposed – from distress to rest (27-28)
It is after these events that we will enter His rest – and we will reign with Him and rest in Him fully forever!
And so, we will find rest by pursuing a relationship with יהוה!
As bold ambassadors of his coming Kingdom, we are to shine the light of His presence here and now, for we are His Dwelling Place and therefore we are to live like it!
Even as we may see the times of distress growing more and more, we have the complete shalom of our Master giving us all we need to hold firm to the end and therefore we should not be shaken by the increase in lawlessness but rather, be on guard that the lawlessness does not cause us to be pulled away from our firm and steadfast position in Messiah, as we are to encourage one another, all the more as we see the Day of our Master drawing near!
Our ability to truly find rest in Him, highlights our need to guard the proper keeping of His Sabbaths and Feasts, finding our rest in Him and His Word that sustains us!.
We are called to be set-apart as יהוה is set-apart and it is יהוה who sets us apart.
When we live our lives in complete obedience to His Word and are being steadfast in pursuing apartness, then we shall be clearly identified as being the set-apart children of Elohim..
We are ambassadors of Our Master and Elohim and therefore we are also ambassadors of His set-apart place.
Wayyiqra/Leviticus 19:30 “Guard My Sabbaths and reverence My set-apart place. I am יהוה.”
Part of ‘guarding’ His Sabbath is to have the utmost reverence for His set-apart place – we are the Dwelling Place of Elohim and when we come and gather on His Shabbat we must not come with ulterior motives and attitudes that have no regard for His Dwelling Place and the reverence required for being set-apart in His presence.
Proper reverence for His set-apart place is of utmost importance!
His set-apart place shall be in our midst forever!
The Hebrew word that is used for ‘set-apart place’ is מִקְדָּשׁ miqdash – Strong’s H4720 which means, ‘a set-apart place, sanctuary’ and this comes from the primitive root verb קָדַשׁ qaḏash – Strong’s H6942 which means, ‘set-apart, consecrated, dedicated’!!!.
Our ability to be properly set-apart involves our ability to properly meditate on the Word on a daily basis as well as making sure that we do not neglect the set-apart Appointed Times that are clearly commanded as ‘set-apart gatherings’, which are All the Appointed Times of יהוה, as outlined and instructed in Wayyiqra/Leviticus 23, which includes the weekly Sabbath! .
With the Set-Apart Place being called מִקְדָּשׁ miqdash – Strong’s H4720 we take note of the following form the ancient pictographic script, as it is rendered as follows:.
You will notice that with the Hebrew word מִקְדָּשׁ miqdash – Strong’s H4720 the letter ‘mem’ (מִ) is at the front of the three letters that are used to describe or represent set-apartness, which comes from the primitive root verb קָדַשׁ qaḏash – Strong’s H6942 which means, ‘to be set-apart, consecrated, dedicated’ – and that is what we have been called to be, and it is from this root that we get the noun קֹדֶשׁ qoḏesh – Strong’s H6944 which means ‘apartness/ consecrated/ dedicated/ that which is dedicated and separated unto יהוה’ and this word is rendered as follows in the ancient pictographic letter/symbols:.
Quph – קֹ:
This is the letter ‘quph’, which is pictured as , and is a ‘horizon’ and depicts the elements of ‘time’, as it pictures the sun in its rising and setting. It therefore carries the meaning of ‘circle’ or ‘to go around’, representing for us both, appointed cycles or times as well as eternity and speaks of continual adherence to the Appointed Times..
Dalet – דֶ:
This is the letter ‘dalet’ which is pictured as , which is 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. And we also know that Messiah is ‘The Door’, for we only are able to have access into the Kingdom through Him! The commands are also to be written on the doorposts teaching us to remember to guard the commands of Elohim as we go out and come in, so that our going out and coming is in peace!.
Shin – שׁ:
This is the letter ‘shin’ which in the ancient script is pictured as, , which is ‘two front teeth’ and carries the meaning of ‘sharp or press, chew or devour’; which is what the teeth do, and also speaks of the sharpened word that comes forth from the mouth as the teeth ‘chew’ or ‘meditate’ on the Truth, making what comes forth pure and sharp! It also carries the understanding of consuming or destroying – as teeth do to food..
Looking at the rendering of this Hebrew word קֹדֶשׁ qoḏesh – Strong’s H6944, in the pictographic form that renders set-apartness or to be set-apart we, are able to see what this clearly implies as we take note that this word can render for us the following meaning: .
TO THE DOOR OF APPOINTMENT
TO MEDITATE ON THE WORD!.
Now, when we take a look at the word used for ‘set-apart place’, we see the addition of the letter ‘mem’ being added to make the word מִקְדָּשׁ miqdash – Strong’s H4720:.
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.
Water is also a very clear picture for us of that which washes or cleanses us, as we understand from the picture of the bronze laver in the Tabernacle that was used to clean the priests, and was made from the bronze mirrors that was used by the women who worshipped at the Door of the Tabernacle. .
As we look into the mirror of the Word of Elohim, we are to allow it to cleanse us and cause us to remember how we are to look, speak and act, in complete adherence to His clear words of instructions contained therein!
As we study the clear and precise pattern of the Tabernacle and Dwelling Place, we are able to get a great picture from these ancient pictographic renderings of the word מִקְדָּשׁ miqdash – Strong’s H4720, especially as we see that the bronze laver that was used for the priests to wash their hands and feet before entering into the Dwelling Place. .
As we allow the Word of Elohim to wash us and set us apart, we recognise that we are cleansed through proper obedience to His Word and the proper coming to the Door of Appointment and guard to keep His Sabbaths and Feasts with joy!
It is by the Blood of Messiah that we have been grafted in to His covenants of promise and through the complete washing of the Word we are equipped through His Word to be:.
CLEANSED TO CONTINUALLY COME
TO THE DOOR OF APPOINTMENT
TO MEDITATE ON THE WORD!.
The Hebrew word that is translated as ‘reverence’ comes from the root word – יָרֵא yare – Strong’s H3372 which means, ‘to fear, be afraid, be in awe, show reverence and respect’. True obedience and set-apart servanthood, begins with the proper fear of יהוה, which was greatly lacking back then and is still lacking today! The root word יָרֵא yare – Strong’s H3372 is used in:
Qoheleth/Ecclesiastes 12:13 “Let us hear the conclusion of the entire matter: Fear Elohim and guard His commands, for this applies to all mankind!”.
This word יָרֵא yare – Strong’s H3372 is used to describe the reverence and respect we ought to have for Elohim, by being dutiful in our obedience, yet when one is disobedient this ‘fear’ is not out of reverence but is rather a fear as a result of being afraid for being disobedient and the consequences of the punishment for disobedience that are due!.
It is used in:
Berěshith/Genesis 3:10 “And he said, “I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked, so I hid myself.”
Here Aḏam was afraid because he had sinned, however we see this same root word – יָרֵא yare – Strong’s H3372 being used in a positive sense in:
Deḇarim/Deuteronomy 6:13 “Fear יהוה your Elohim and serve Him, and swear by His Name.”
The one that fears יהוה will refrain from doing that which is displeasing to Him.
Fear of Him does not cause us to shrink back as one would from a fierce enemy or wild beast, but rather it causes us to draw near to Him and fills us with a reverent awe with the urgent zeal and desire in doing our utmost to please Him in every way!.
Proper fear of Elohim will lead to a proper service unto Him, revealing who His true set-apart servants are – which are those who guard His commands and hold fast and overcome!
Ḥazon/Revelation 21:7 “The one who overcomes shall inherit all this, and I shall be his Elohim and he shall be My son.”
Ḥazon/Revelation 22:14 “Blessed are those doing His commands, so that the authority shall be theirs unto the tree of life, and to enter through the gates into the city.”.
יהושע Messiah is our Good Shepherd and King! He is The Word of יהוה and He has proclaimed the release! Have you heard the voice of the Good Shepherd? Are you submitting under the authority of His perfect Hand? He who has an ear, hear what the Spirit is saying to the assembly of the redeemed and do your utmost to live in the Freedom of His life-giving Torah!
Our Good Shepherd – The Word of יהוה has…
Now live like it – set-apart companions of Yisra’ěl and partakers in Messiah!!!.
יהוה bless you and guard you; יהוה make His face shine upon you and give you favour; יהוה lift up His face upon you and give you peace!..