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Open My Eyes: Wonders of Torah

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The catalyst for publishing Open My Eyes – Wonders of Torah came from the myriads of people who, in these last days, are denying the deity of Yeshua and his sonship to the Father.  This is a Bible study of the first five books of the Bible or Torah that reveal Yeshua throughout its written words, it’s language and its shadows.  

The Torah includes the history and foundations of a Biblical faith necessary for a walk with the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of Isra’el and is the most obvious place to begin learning about the Creator, His Kingdom, His People, His plan of redemption and His restoration of Isra’el and to delve deeper into Yeshua and His teachings.  

When the Torah was written down by Moshe, he didn’t have the fullness of the Scriptures we have today with the prophets,  the writings, the gospels and the letters.  We have a more complete picture of God’s eternal plan while he had only a glimpse.

When Yeshua became flesh and walked on earth, he only had the Hebrew Scriptures – the Torah, the Prophets and the Writings – for teaching about repentance and the Kingdom of God.  Each Torah portion includes words and actions of Yeshua that prove his faithfulness to the instructions of his Father, the Torah, and his divinity.  

The Torah portion commentary comes from questions my family asked, searched out, and may even still have.  Because Biblical names and Hebrew words have unique meanings different from English,  Hebrew Word Pictures are included that illuminate those nuances. Selah, meaning ‘pause and think about this,’ are also found throughout the text.  At the end of each parashah, traditional readings from the prophets as well as the new testament readings are listed along with a suggested midrash.

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Ten Commandments with the Hebrew Alef-Bet

In Hebrew, each letter has a word picture based on its shape.    After learning the word pictures through the book Hebrew Word Pictures by Frank T. Seekins, I replaced the ‘roman numerals’ of the 10 Commandments with the numerical word pictures.  In this way, I saw the commands in a new and unique way.    This is how I taught my children the 10 Commandments after teaching them the Hebrew alphabet.  Remembering a concept with a letter was easier than remembering the order and phrases of the commands.    This is only MY interpretation of things  – it’s not ‘set in stone.’  I also included a New Testament verse with each command as there are some who say that one of the commands (specifically Sabbath) was not reiterated by Yeshua.

א Alef

This is the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet.  The Hebrew letter picture is an Ox.  The Ox is symbolic of strength leader, first.

“I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery, You shall have no other gods before me” (Exodus 20:2-3).

“Yeshua answered, ‘It is written: ‘Worship the LORD your God and serve him only‘” (Luke 4:8).

Yahweh is the One and only God, the first strength.  There is no other God like Him.

ב Bet

The Hebrew letter picture for Bet is a Tent or House.  It symbolizes a household, in, into and a family.

“You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.  You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments” (Exodus 20:4-6).

1 John 5:21 “Dear children, keep yourselves from idols” (1 John 5:21).

In Egypt, the gods were called ‘household gods’.  Rachel was guilty of sitting on hers when Laban came to Jacob.

ג Gimel

The Hebrew letter picture for Gimel  is a Camel and means ‘camel.’  The symbolic meaning is to lift up or pride.

“You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name” (Exodus 20:7).

Some of the traveling Jewish men who adjure evil spirits also undertook to call the name of the Lord Yeshua over those who had evil spirits, saying, I solemnly implore and charge you by the Yeshua whom Paul preaches!  Seven sons of a certain Jewish chief priest named Sceva were doing this.  But one evil spirit retorted, Yeshua I know, and Paul I know about, but who are you?  Then the man in whom the evil spirit dwelt leaped upon them, master two of them, and was so violent against them that they dashed out of that house in fear, stripped and naked and wounded” (Acts 19:13-16).

We, as believers in Yahweh are not to pridefully use His name, but to respect it.  When we live lawlessly, against the commands,  and call ourselves by His name, we are misusing His name and profaning it among the people with whom we live.

ד Dalet

The Hebrew letter picture for Dalet is a door and Dalet is means ‘door.’  The symbolic meaning is a door, pathway, or a place to enter.

“Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it ‘set apart’.  Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God” (Exodus 20:8).

“Then Yeshua said to them, ‘The Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath” (Luke 6:5).

“There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from his own work (of creation), just as God did from his” (Hebrews 4:9,10).

Yeshua stands at the ‘dalet’ and knocks. For anyone who opens the door, he enters in and feasts with them (Revelation 3:20).  Sabbath is the first Feast listed in Leviticus 23.  The Sabbath is a ‘door’ we enter so we can have a more intimate relationship/fellowship with the Father.

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The first three commandments are about how to love the LORD and the last 6 about how to love our neighbor.  The door is the pathway that takes us from one love (our first love) to the second greatest  commandment of loving our neighbor.

“If anyone says, ‘I love God,’ yet hates his brother, he is a liar.  For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen” (1 John 4:20).

ה Hey

The Hebrew letter picture for Hey is a Window and means ‘to reveal’ or ‘behold’.  It is symbolic of revelation and is ‘the’ like in  ‘Ha Shem’ (The Name).

“Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you” (Exodus 2:10).

Yeshua, on the cross, looks at John and tells him, “John, behold your mother. Mother, behold your son” (John 19:26).

ו Vav

The Hebrew letter picture for Vav is a Nail or Peg.   It is symbolic of binding and securing, and the connector ‘and’.  It is found in phrases  like ‘chesed v’ahava’ (mercy and love).  Yeshua was nailed, secured to the cross.

“You shall not murder/kill” (Exodus 20:13).

“Do not murder,  and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’  But I tell you that anyone who is angry with is brother will be subject to judgment” (Matthew 5:22).

ז Zayin

The Hebrew letter picture for Zayin is a Weapon like an axe.  It is symbolic of dividing or cutting off.

“You shall not commit adultery” (Exodus 20:14).  

“Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate (cut apart)” (Mark 10:9).

ח Chet

The Hebrew letter picture for Chet is a Fence or Inner Room.  The symbolic meaning is to keep private or to separate.

“You shall not steal” (Exodus 20:15).

He who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with his own hands, that he may have something to share with those in need” (Epheisans 4:28).

Fences keep one neighbor’s things from another.   A fence protects and keeps certain things in and other things out.  In Hebrew thought, the Torah is considered a ‘fence’ because it guards those who walk in its ways.  The Torah protects from the deceptions of the outside world and guards the inner chamber of the believer’s heart.

ט Tet

The Hebrew letter  picture for Tet is a Snake.  It is symbolic of twisting or surrounding.

“You shall not bear false witness (lie) against your neighbor” (Exodus 20:16).

“You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desire.  He was a murderer from the beginning,  not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him.  When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies” (John 8:44).

The ‘father of lies’ twists the truth.  We are not to surround our neighbors with lies, twisted truths, and false testimony.

י Yod

The Hebrew letter picture for Yod is a  Closed Hand.  This is symbolic of  a finished work or deed.

“You shall not covet your neighbors house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor’s (Exodus 20:17).

“Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have.  For He has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Hebrew 13:5).

Be content with what your hands have completed and don’t desire what the work of others has brought to them.

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Selah and the Psalms

Selah means ‘pause and carefully weigh the meaning of what is written …”  As you read what is written on Tent Stake, please ‘pause and carefully weigh’ whatever is written.  There are nuggets of gold and there are probably lumps of coal, but it is for you to study and know the Truth for yourself.  Those writings that convict and challenge, seek the Lord’s wisdom in how to proceed into a deeper walk with Him.  May you be blessed and encouraged in your walk of faith with the Messiah of Israel, Yeshua.  

The Psalms use Selah 71 times; Habakkuk, 3.  Below are some selah.   May you be blessed to find one that causes you to stop, pause and think about.  

“Who may ascend the hill of Yahweh? Who may stand in his holy place?  He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to an idol or swear by what is false. He will receive blessing from Yahweh and vindication from God his Savior.  Such is the generation of those who seek him, who seek your face, O God of Jacob. Selah” (Psalm 27:3-6).

“Who is he, this King of glory? Yahweh Almighty— he is the King of glory. Selah” (Psalm 24:10).

“To Yahweh I cry aloud, and he answers me from his holy hill. Selah” (Psalm 3:4).

“From Yahweh comes deliverance. May your blessing be on your people. Selah” (Psalm 3:8).

“You have granted him the desire of his heart and have not withheld the request of his lips. Selah” (Psalm 21:2).

“You rebuke and discipline men for their sin; you consume their wealth like a moth— each man is but a breath. Selah” (Psalm 39:11).

“In your anger do not sin; when you are on your beds, search your hearts and be silent. Selah” (Psalm 4:4).

“Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to Yahweh”— and you forgave the guilt of my sin. Selah” (Psalm 32:5).

“Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. Selah” (Psalm 46:2-3).

“Yahweh Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah” (Psalm 46:11).

“He chose our inheritance for us, the pride of Jacob, whom he loved. Selah” (Psalm 47:4).

“But God will redeem my life from the grave; he will surely take me to himself. Selah” (Psalm 49:15).

“And the heavens proclaim his righteousness, for God himself is judge. Selah” (Psalm 50:6).

“He sends from heaven and saves me, rebuking those who hotly pursue me; Selah God sends his love and his faithfulness”  (Psalm 57:3).

“But for those who fear you, you have raised a banner to be unfurled against the bow. Selah” (Psalm 60:4).

“Therefore let everyone who is godly pray to you while you may be found; surely when the mighty waters rise, they will not reach him.  You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah”  (Psalm 32:6-8).

“I long to dwell in your tent forever and take refuge in the shelter of your wings. Selah” (Psalm 61:4).

“Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge. Selah” (Psalm 62:8).

“For the director of music. With stringed instruments. A psalm. A song. May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face shine upon us …. Selah”  (Psalm 67:1).

“May the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you rule the peoples justly and guide the nations of the earth. Selah” (Psalm 67:4).

“Praise be to Yahweh, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens. Selah”  (Psalm 68:19).

“Blessed are those who dwell in your house; they are ever praising you. Selah” (Psalm 84:4).

“You forgave the iniquity of your people and covered all their sins. Selah” (Psalm 85:2).

“Yahweh will write in the register of the peoples: “This one was born in Zion.” Selah”  (Psalm 87:6).

“Do you show your wonders to the dead? Do those who are dead rise up and praise you? Selah” (Psalm 88:10)

“Once for all, I have sworn by my holiness— and I will not lie to David— that his line will continue forever and his throne endure before me like the sun; it will be established forever like the moon, the faithful witness in the sky.” Selah”  (Psalm 89:35-37).

“I spread out my hands to you; my soul thirsts for you like a parched land. Selah” (Psalm 143:6).

“You came out to deliver your people, to save your anointed one. You crushed the leader of the land of wickedness, you stripped him from head to foot. Selah” (Habakkuk 3:13).

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The National Day of Prayer – Yom Kippur

“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.  Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place.  I have chosen and consecrated this temple so that my Name may be there forever. My eyes and my heart will always be there” (2 Chronicles 7:14-15).

Every year Christians in America celebrate a national day of prayer.  They use 2 Chronicles 7 as their mantra and recite it with the hope that ‘God will heal the land of America.’  It is obvious that no one considers the context in which the prayer was spoken and who it was for.  This prayer was not a call for the repentance of America or India or Russia, but for national Isra’el. 

I have also wondered why and how the first Thursday in May was chosen for the national day to pray for America when it has nothing to do with the Scriptures or God’s holy days. As Christians pray for God to ‘heal the land of America,’ they choose a day that has nothing to do with God of Isra’el to whom they are praying. They don’t acknowledge Isra’el or the Jewish people nor learn from their mistakes. What happened to Israel was written for our learning (1 Corinthians 10:11), but it doesn’t seem anyone is learning.

But if you turn away and abandon my regulations and mitzvot [commandments] which I have set before you, and go and serve other gods, worshipping them; then I will pull them up by the roots out of the land I have given them. This house, which I consecrated for my name, I will eject from my sight; and I will make it an example to avoid and an object of scorn among all peoples.  This house, now so exalted — everyone passing by will be shocked at the sight of it and will ask, ‘Why has the LORD done this to this land and to this house?’ But the answer will be, ‘It’s because they abandoned the LORD the God of their ancestors, who brought them out of the land of Egypt, and took hold of other gods, worshipping and serving them; this is why [the LORD] brought all these calamities on them.’”

God chose and consecrated ‘this temple’ in Jerusalem so that His name would be there forever, but there were conditions linked to His Temple, His Land and His people.  Since Elohim is the same yesterday and tomorrow, His conditions for forgiveness, healing and restoration remain the same today especially if Americans want ‘healing in their land.’

Like Israel, the America has definitely gone astray.  God’s commandments have been abandoned by those who should be a light of the world for a lawless grace that negates obedience.  Pagan gods and goddesses are worshipped in the ‘name of Jesus’ creating a very lukewarm religious American culture.   Doctrines of grace teach the ‘end of the law’ and the commands of Elohim are considered ‘done away with.’ Lawlessness abounds and Americans pray for healing without repenting of these grievous sins.

Yom Kippur Wall

As the day of Yom Kippur approaches, as ‘temples of God’s Spirit and  people called by His Name,’ we should be joining with the nation of Israel and Jewish people around the world to corporately repent of abandoning the God of Isra’el for other gods, customs and traditions; other ways of worshipping Him than the way He desires.   If we want to claim the Scripture “If my people who are called by my name,”  we must also claim the reasons that have brought havoc on this country and the world. We must accept responsibility for turning against the God of Isra’el.  We must mourn for our unrighteous judgments and sins against Elohim.    If we truly desire a national day of prayer,  Yom Kippur has stood the test of time.   If we truly desire national repentance, why not join with Isra’el on the Day of Atonement, God’s ‘appointed time’.

“In that day …  I will pour out on the house of David and on those living in Yerushalayim a spirit of grace and prayer; and they will look to me, whom they pierced.” They will mourn for him as one mourns for an only son; they will be in bitterness on his behalf like the bitterness for a firstborn son. When that day comes, there will be great mourning in Yerushalayim, mourning like that for Hadad-Rimmon in the Megiddo Valley. Then the land will mourn, each family by itself —“ (Zechariah 12:10-11).

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