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Friday, June 13, 2008

Shavuot (Weeks)

(Shavuot, also known as Pentecost, begins at sunset on the Roman date 06/14/2008 and ends at sunset on the Roman date 06/15/2008. I originally wrote and posted this to my previous blog on 06/09/2007.)

TORAH: Shemot (Exodus) 19:1-20:23; Bemidbar (Numbers) 28:26-31; Debarim (Deuteronomy) 15:19-16:17
HAFTARAH: Yehezqel (Ezekiel) 1:1-28, 3:12; Habakkuk 2:20-3:19
KETUVIM: Ruth
KETUVIM NETZARIM: MattithYahu (Matthew) 3:11-17; Yohanan (John) 1:32-34

Exo 19:1 In the third month after the children of Yisra'el had come out of the land of Mitsrayim, on this day they came to the Wilderness of Sinai.

Shavuot is traditionally celebrated as the time when the Israelites newly freed from Egyptian slavery were given the Torah at Mt. Sinai.

Exo 19:3 And Mosheh went up to Elohim, and יהוה called to him from the mountain, saying, "This is what you are to say to the house of Ya'aqob, and declare to the children of Yisra'el:
Exo 19:4 'You have seen what I did to the Mitsrites, and how I bore you on eagles' wings and brought you to Myself.
Exo 19:5 '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 -
Exo 19:6 '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'el."
Exo 19:7 And Mosheh came and called for the elders of the people, and set before them all these words which יהוה commanded him.
Exo 19:8 And all the people answered together and said, "All that יהוה has spoken we shall do." So Mosheh brought back the words of the people to יהוה.

Essentially YHWH made a marriage proposal to Israel, and Israel accepted, so Israel became betrothed to YHWH.

Exo 19:14 And Mosheh came down from the mountain to the people and set the people apart, and they washed their garments.
Exo 19:15 And he said to the people, "Be prepared by the third day. Do not come near a wife."

The people were to be ritually clean and prepared to meet their Husband on the third day.

Once the mountain was secure and the people not near enough to be in danger, YHWH spoke the Ten Words (or Ten Commandments) to them.

Exo 20:2 "I am יהוה your Elohim, who brought you out of the land of Mitsrayim, out of the house of slavery.

This is actually the first commandment. He wants us to know and acknowledge exactly who He is so that we will not fall into idolatry. We must know to whom we are bowing down because there are many deceiving spirits. He wants us to focus solely on Him, to not only believe in Him, but to believe Him--that He says what He means and means what He says.

It is the second commandment--contained in verses 3 through 6--that forbids idolatry.

Exo 20:18 And all the people saw the thunders, the lightning flashes, the sound of the ram's horn, and the mountain smoking. And the people saw it, and they trembled and stood at a distance,
What an amazing phenomenon--the people SAW thunders and the sound of the ram's horn! No wonder they trembled and stood at a distance!

Exo 20:19 and said to Mosheh, "You speak with us and we hear, but let not Elohim speak with us, lest we die."
Exo 20:20 And Mosheh said to the people, "Do not fear, for Elohim has come to prove you, and in order that His fear be before you, so that you do not sin."

The people did not want to hear YHWH directly speaking to them and preferred to have Mosheh as their intermediary, but Mosheh explains that the manifestation of YHWH was for their good--so that they would not sin.

Eze 1:28 As the appearance of a rainbow in a cloud on a rainy day, so was the appearance of the brightness all around it. This was the appearance of the likeness of the esteem of יהוה. And when I saw it, I fell on my face, and I heard a voice of One speaking.

Yehezqel (Ezekiel) also experienced a magnificent manifestation of YHWH and fell on his face.

Hab 3:16 I heard, and my body trembled, My lips quivered at the sound, Rottenness came into my bones. And I trembled within myself, That I might rest for the day of distress, To come upon the people who would attack us.

Hababbuk also trembled and had fear of YHWH and empathy for those YHWH would take vengeance upon.

Fearing YHWH is essential because it comes from an understanding of the difference between He and us. If we are not careful, we can end up being far too casual with the King of Kings until we have brought Him down to our level in our own minds, and worse, even elevated ourselves above Him. Instead, we should always be mindful that He is the King, and we are His humble servants. If we humble ourselves, HE will lift us up. But if we are proud and arrogant, He will oppose us.
Ruth is a good example for us to follow. She chose to follow YHWH, the Elohim of Israel, instead of the false gods of her native country of Moab. She was humble and accepted the authority of her mother-in-law over her, doing as she advised, and because of her devotion, humility and virtue, she was blessed to be part of the bloodline into which the Messiah was born. The way Ruth clung to Naomi and the Elohim of Naomi is the same way we should cling to YHWH. It is customary to read the book of Ruth during Shavuot.

Mat 3:16 And having been immersed, Yeshua went up immediately from the water, and see, the heavens were opened, and He saw the Spirit of Elohim descending like a dove and coming upon Him,
Mat 3:17 and see, a voice out of the heavens, saying, "This is My Son, the Beloved, in whom I did delight."

Those witnessing the immersion of Yeshua also experienced the manifestation of YHWH and heard His voice.

Even though we haven't experienced these more amazing kinds of manifestations, Yeshua has pronounced a special blessing on us:

Joh 20:29 Yeshua said to him, "T'oma, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed."

Even if we don't see and hear all the 'big' things, we can be quiet and listen for the still small voice of YHWH.

Jam 4:8a Draw near to Elohim and He shall draw near to you.
Shavuot is also the day the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) was poured out on the disciples of Yeshua Messiah in the first century.
It is traditional to stay up all night studying Torah on Shavuot, so that is likely what they were all doing together at that time.

6 comments:

Anders said...

Hello! I found your blog. My name is Anders Branderud and I am a talmid (disciple) of the authentic and only Netzarim. It is in Ra’anna in Israel and is led by Paqid Yirmeyahu ha-Tzadiq, an Orthodox Jew in good standing in Moreshot Avot, a Beit ha-Kneset (some would translate it orthodox synagogue) in Ra’anna in Israel.

NT is not a נצרים (Netzarim)-work.

• The earliest extant Church historian, Eusebius further documented (EH III.xxvii.4-6) that the original Nәtzarim accepted only the Jewish Tana"kh as Bible and only The Netzarim ("their own") Hebrew Matityahu (NHM) as an authentic account of the life and teachings of Ribi Yәhoshua, never accepting the the 2nd-4th century, heavily gentile-redacted (Greek), NT.

You are a Christian, not a Netzarim, and should stop deceiving people by imposturing yourself.

The only way to become a talmid of Netzarim is to be accepted by the Beit Din ha-Netzarim in Ra’anna in Israel. To become accepted as a Netzarim one cannot adhere to NT and its Christian doctrines.

From
Anders Branderud
Follower of Ribi Yehoshua - Mashiakh (some translate it Mashiakh) - in Orthodox Judaism
If you want to learn more about my life and religion; then click at our website www.netzarim.co.il -- than click at the link "Christians" – then click at my photo.

Tuppence said...

Anders,

I have chosen not to pay Paqid a bunch of money to belong to his exclusive club.

All of us today can do the same as those at Mt. Sinai--we can listen and answer: "All that HaShem has spoken, we shall do, and obey." (Shemot/Exodus 34:7)

We can embrace and obey Torah and follow Yeshua HaMashiach whether Paqid's Beit Din (or that of any other man) accepts us or not.

It is acceptance by HaShem with which all need to be concerned.

Mat 23:13 “But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because you shut up the reign of the heavens before men, for you do not go in, nor do you allow those who are entering to go in."

Anders said...

It’s not about paying money; it’s about adhering to the Shëva Mitzwot Bәnei-Noakh (seven laws of Noakh) – and then get a decision by our Beit-Din to practice Torah non-selectively with the help and guidance of Paqid Yirmeyahu ha-Tzadiq.

You think that you can join Hasheims covenant with Jews and geirim without a Beit-Din-decision; no you can’t!

Study Torah in Hebrew and you will see you can’t.

You are reading Torah and practicing Torah selectively – and you practice the parts which you like. That is selective love of Hasheim – and that is rejection of Torah.

You can only follow Ribi Yehoshua if you practice Orthodox Judaism. Ribi Yehoshua was a Pharisee and practiced what is today’s Orthodox Judaism. It was impossible to become a Netzarim in the first century without a decision by the Beit Din ha-Netzarim and it still is today. You can only be a pretend-Netzarim, but that won’t help in the day of judgement.

You quote Matthew, which we don’t accept; and Netzarim has never accepted Matthew.

“The earliest extant Church historian, Eusebius further documented (EH III.xxvii.4-6) that the original Nәtzarim accepted only the Jewish Tana"kh as Bible and only The Netzarim ("their own") Hebrew Matityahu (NHM) as an authentic account of the life and teachings of Ribi Yәhoshua, never accepting the the 2nd-4th century, heavily gentile-redacted (Greek), NT.”

Quote from our website (www.netzarim.co.il; see Glossaries at our first page; about Beit-Din):

-quote “
The original beit din court system included, as its highest court, the Beit-Din ha-Jâdol (the Great House of Law; Hellenized / de-Judaized (Hellenized) to 'Great Sanhedrin').

Only the beit din could decide mishpat — and obedience of the mishpatim is explicitly and unambiguously commanded in Torâh hundreds of times!!!
To wrest these passages from their contextual dependence on a legitimate beit din of Torâh-observant Jews, the Church translates mishpat simply as "judgment" — giving the false, and deceiving, impression that anyone can make such "judgments"!!!
Beside the well known Beit-Din ha-Jâdol, the beit din system comprised, under the aegis of the Beit-Din ha-Jâdol, Batei-Din ha-Qâtân and, under the aegis of the Batei-Din ha-Qâtân, Batei-Din representing the various communities recognized as legitimate by the higher Batei-Din.

Both books of our Khavruta plus "Bet Din and Judges," EJ are MUST reads.
It is only with this Judaic phrase 'beit din' that the uninterrupted chain is obvious between the batei-din established by Mosheh, the Beit-Din ha-Jâdol which operated in the Beit-ha-Miqdâsh with the many batei-din under its supervision, and the batei-din which continue to operate today in the legitimate Orthodox Jewish community.
Beware of deceivers operating outside of the legitimate Jewish community who self-proclaim themselves to be a beit din but have no connection to the legitimate Jewish community of any era, or to Israel. Setting up a so-called "beit din" to rival the historically authentic batei-din is Replacement Theology!!!
”-end of quote

Anders Branderud
Follower of Ribi Yehoshua - Mashiakh (some translate it Mashiakh) - in Orthodox Judaism
If you want to learn more about my life and religion; then click at our website www.netzarim.co.il -- than click at the link "Christians" – then click at my photo.

Tuppence said...

It certainly is about paying money to your leader so that he will give you his secrets as to how to finesse an orthodox synogogue beit din into letting you in; at least that's how it was when I looked into it a few years ago. Is he giving away that advice for free now?

Anders said...

So now you are slandering an Orthodox Jewish leader - another breach of Torah.

You do again show your selectively Torah-observant == selectively love of Hasheim.
You are shall not a follower of the first century pro-Torah Ribi Yehoshua. You do indeed slander Ribi Yehoshuas authentic followers Netzarim.

From
Anders Branderud
Follower of Ribi Yehoshua - Mashiakh (some translate it Mashiakh) - in Orthodox Judaism
If you want to learn more about my life and religion; then click at our website www.netzarim.co.il -- than click at the link "Christians" – then click at my photo.

Tuppence said...

May you be blessed.

 

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