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Psalm 119:17-24 (Gimel)

Psalm 119 is about loving God’s Torah, His statutes, commands and precepts.  It is broken up into sections with strange looking words or letters which are the Hebrew alphabet.  In the Hebrew Scriptures, each line of each section starts with a word beginning with this letter.  This is called an acrostic poem.    Each Hebrew letter also has a  word picture associated with it giving greater meaning and symbolism to each line of the specific letter-ed section.

Word Picture - Camel

ג Gimel – Camel

Self-will or pride (obstinate)

“Deal generously with your servant; then I will live and observe your word. Open my eyes, so that I will see wonders from your Torah. Though I’m just a wanderer on the earth, don’t hide your mitzvot* from me. I am continually consumed with longing for your rulings. You rebuke the proud, the cursed, who stray from your mitzvot. Remove scorn and contempt from me, because I observe your instruction. Even when princes sit and plot against me, your servant meditates on your laws. Also your instructions are my delight; they are my counselors.”

Mitzvot is the Hebrew word for precepts and statutes commanded by God.  In our American culture founded on personal rights and freedoms, obeying God’s mitzvot makes us feel as though we are losing our right to choose.  However, when we chose to become part of God’s Kingdom, His family,  we chose to give up our earthly rights to follow His commandments as His adopted children.

The pride of life does not come not from the Father, but from the world (1 John 2:16).   When we walk on the earth in pride and obstinacy, we need God to deal generously (bountifully) with us because we wander aimlessly according to the lust of our eyes and flesh.  We need the Spirit of God to open our eyes  to the spiritual wonders in the Torah so it becomes a delight and the wise counsel we desperately need in this fallen world.  Obedience to His instructions removes scorn and contempt from our lives setting us free from rebuke and drawing us back into fellowship with our Father and ultimately making us like Yeshua who humbled himself and became a man and obedient even to the point of death.

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Shabbat in Jerusalem – February 8

Oh, it was difficult to get up after 14 hours of sleep.  The jet lag has finally caught up and the walking, too.  With stiff legs and sore feet, we trudged our way to Roeh Israel, a Messianic congregation very close to where we are staying.  We learned about this congregation from Har Tzion, the congregation we visited in Belo Horizonte, Brasil two years ago.   It’s kind of ironic that we found our Biblical roots at Roeh Israel in Denver, Colorado almost 23 years ago to the day.  What is even more interesting is that we had to travel through a snow storm to get there.  Toronto was our snow storm to Roeh Israel, Jerusalem! 

We passed so many men, women and children, walking toward their synagogues.  It reminded me of my childhood days when everyone made their way to worship services on Sunday.   As we passed by the Great Jerusalem Synagogue, there was this cute little girl holding her daddy’s hand wearing a pink tutu.

Our little congregation was held on the fifth floor of the City Building on Ben Yehuda Street.  About fifty people filled the room.   Prayers in Hebrew from the Sidur were sung and the singing was beautiful.   Singing the Shema in Israel – priceless.  Listening  to the Torah read in Jerusalem, prophetic.

Micah 4:2 “Many nations will come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the temple of the God of Jacob. He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths.” The law will go out from Zion, the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.”

The Torah Portion –

The leader of the congregation spoke about the dress of the priests and how it was to be for their glory and splendor.  It was an honor to dress as a priest for Elohim.  By putting the priests in ‘set apart’ clothing, they would be recognized by as priests.  Just as important, their clothing was a reminder to them of the importance and holiness of their position before God.

We, too must consider our dress as people in the presence of the Lord.  Though we are not to be judged by our outward appearance, our outward appearance affects our heart and our heart affects our outward appearance.  We should dress ‘in the congregation’ according to our means as those who are in the presence of the Lord.  Our dress affects our hearts, and when we dress as a royal priesthood, we will act like a royal priesthood.  According to Yeshua, we should not worry about what we wear, but we are to have the right clothes for the right occasion as explained in the Parable of the Wedding Feast.

The message was translated into English though it was fun to try to listen for Hebrew words that I recognized as the leader spoke.  The final prayers were for the IDF soldiers and protection over Jerusalem and Israel.  How blessed we were to stand ‘in the epicenter’ and  pray for those who protect this country as they have for centuries before.

After the service, we introduced ourselves to the woman sitting next us.  Believe it or not, she moved to Israel from Lakewood, Colorado.

After a quick lunch, we took a taxi to the Mount of Olives.  Because it was Shabbat, our taxi driver was Arab.   He took us through every Arab village he could find and it was definitely an experience in confusion and disorder on the roads.  When he finally dropped us off at the top of the Mount of Olives where we could view the Old City, we were not only overjoyed to see the beauty of Jerusalem from such a vantage point, but relieved we lived to see it. Think worse than NYC taxi drivers.

From the top of the Mount of Olives we could see the whole city of Jerusalem and the Kidron Valley below.  The Kidron Valley goes from Jerusalem all the way to the Dead Sea.

John 18:1 “When he had finished praying, Jesus left with his disciples and crossed the Kidron Valley. On the other side there was a garden, and he and his disciples went into it.”

We took the short walk from the top of the Mount of Olives to the Garden of Gethsemane passing cemetery after cemetery.  If you notice on the tombs there are little rocks.  It is the Jewish tradition to place rocks on tombs as we would flowers.   It is thought that these little rocks were the beginning of what we know as actual tombstones today.  There are many reasons for the stones ranging from the eternality of the stone as the soul of the deceased,  to let others know that the grave was visited and to remind everyone of the strength and presence of the Rock of Israel.   Next time you visit a huge cemetery, look for rocks on the tombstones and you will know that a Jewish person is buried there.

At the bottom of the Mount of Olives, we entered the little walled area claimed to be the place where Yeshua spent his last hours before being betrayed by Judas.  I’m sure in the summer it is lovely with flowering plants, but on this day, it was nothing but Olive trees.  I even ‘bought’ a little olive branch as a reminder to the olive trees.

We entered the Old City through the  King’s Gate or Sheep Gate in the Arab Quarter.  From this gate we followed the Via Doloroso route so we could see the remains of the Bethsesda Pools where Yeshua healed a lame man.   We did not enter into any churches built to memorialize some ‘station’ along the route that ‘might have happened there’.  We did not want to be distracted with the silver and gold of others’ temples when Yeshua walked through Jerusalem in simplicity and sorrow toward his impending death on the cross.  This is just the way we decided we wanted to visit the Land and why there are no photographs of churches.

John 5:1-9 “Some time later, Yeshua went up to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish festivals. Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate (King’s Gate) a pool, which in Aramaic is called Bethesda and which is surrounded by five covered colonnades. Here a great number of disabled people used to lie—the blind, the lame, the paralyzed. One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. When Yeshua saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him,“Do you want to get well?” “Sir,” the invalid replied, “I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.” Then Yeshua said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked. The day on which this took place was a Sabbath ….”

The Via Dolorso runs into  Al-Wad Street.  This Arab street holds significant value for our family as many years ago through a British ministry to Israel, we were given this street in Jerusalem to pray for.  I had envisioned a quiet narrow street filled with Arab families and children playing in the street.   Though families may live there and children were running in the streets,  it was a very busy street with lots of venders screaming and yelling trying to entice people to buy their stuff.   It was packed with people, people, people and loud, loud, loud.   There were lots of men sitting in their storeways smoking hukkah.  I did relent and bought some fresh strawberries from a vendor which were bright red and deliciously sweet. One kind man did stop us to make sure we were going the right direction when we had our map open.  I believe he may have been an  answer to our prayers years ago, and, we were actually heading in the right direction.

We exited the Old City through the Damascus Gate where Arab venders were still everywhere yelling and selling everything imaginable.  People push and shove and it’s not conducive to feeling ‘safe’ except when you see IDF soldiers carrying their firearms.  And, yes, they are everywhere protecting the city and the country.

The traffic was crazy as we tried to cross the main thoroughfare to Nablus Street.  We wanted to make our way to the Garden Tomb via a very run-down trashed out street.  Normal tourists don’t walk this route we realized after we arrived at the tomb entrance and saw the parking lot full of tourist buses.

The Garden Tomb is a quiet place with lots of trees and again, probably flowers in the summer.  We walked to the Place of the Skull first.  As I was standing there looking at the rock that has eyes, nose and mouth like a skull, I overheard the tour guide for a group of people.  Strangely enough, I understood the language and it wasn’t English. He was speaking Brasilian Portuguese.  It was such a blessing from the Lord as I know people are here from around the world.   I was actually able to speak to some Brasilians in Jerusalem at the Garden Tomb.  How cool is that?  Yes, the nations.

Back home again.  Tired feet.  Trying to decide if we want to go to Ben Yehuda Street for post-Shabbat activities and food.  What would you do?

We went to Ben Yehuda Street.   It was like Boulder’s Pearl Street Mall only in the center of Jerusalem.  We heard it is the ‘hopping’ place for young people after the end of Sabbath.  True, that is.  Lots of young people either break dancing, singing, or just hanging out like regular young people.  Street musicians play guitars, violins, or accordians.  One man was playing a conck shell – big sea shell type thing we saw everywhere in the Bahamas.

We found a Kosher pizza place called “The Avenue”  and went in to order, but everything was in Hebrew – too much Hebrew for my slow mind to read.  I’m sure we not only looked hungry, but very bewildered.  A very nice young Jewish boy who spoke a little English asked us what we wanted.  We ordered what he had – a pizza –  and added some toppings.  I did recognize a Large Water and a Small Water and ordered 2 large ones.  THEY WERE HUGE which meant we would have to carry them all the way back to our apartment.  Though it’s not far, remember, we were tired and had sore feet!

This particular evening on Ben Yehuda Street I will always remember because you always remember where you are with something shocking happens in the world or your life.  While walking down Ben Yehuda Street, I received a text message from the woman who led me to the Lord 35 years ago.  Her son, who I love like my own children, whose little heart beat I heard while in his momma’s womb, decided to take his life.  For the moment, he was on life support, but with no brain activity.  My husband and I had to sit down and consider the impact on our hearts.  Memories flooded my mind while I walked the street in shock trying to embrace all the excitement post-Shabbat.  I saw a baby at my wedding, a young boy who spent time with my children, a young man who had a rebellious heart, and a grown man who struggled from so many undeserved events in his life.  I knew I had to call home to talk to my friend who has no idea what the future is for her 31-year old son.   While it’s wonderful to be here, it is so difficult to be away from her when her son, the joy of her life, is dying.

As I was getting ready to post this, I received a message that he passed away.

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Parashah 5: Hayyei-Sarah (Sarah’s Life)

Parashah 5: Genesis 23:1-25:18

“Sarah lived to be 127 years old; these were the years of Sarah’s life” (Genesis 23:1).

I read a cute little cartoon that had Abraham and Sarah sitting in chairs with their backs to each other.  Abraham says, “I must be getting old.  I just can’t remember what this week’s parsasha is.”  Sarah replies, “The story of my life!”

This parashah is titled with the first few words of the week’s reading as are all the titles of the parashot.   Sarah’s life does not cover two chapters of Scripture, but this is where the rabbis, who developed the Torah divisions, decided to begin this particular one.

Sarah lived 127 years and died in Hebron and Abraham mourned for her.   This is the extent of her life mentioned in this passage. 

After Sarah dies, Abraham buys a plot of land for burying his wife.  He approaches Efron, the son of Tzochar to purchase the cave of Makhpelah with the agreement that he would pay full value for the property, the cave and all the trees around it.  Efron deeded the property to Abraham and it became his possession. Abraham owned the land on which he buried his wife long before Joshua enters the same area and takes possession of it for the children of Isra’el.

Makhpelah means ‘cave of the double tombs.’  Ancient Hebron is found on Tel Rumeida in the modern-day city of Hebron, south of Jerusalem in the mountains. This is the same location where David is anointed King of Isra’el.  Hebron also became one of the six cities of refuge and remained part of Isra’el, known as Samaria, until the destruction of the Temple in 70 CE.

318 and Eliezer

After Sarah’s death, Isaac needs to be comforted.  Abraham decides that his son, who is between 30 and 40 years of age, needs a wife.  Finding the right wife for Isaac has divine importance for the promise El Shaddai gave to Abraham to be realized.  Abraham sends his servant, Eliezer, back to his homeland to choose a wife from one of his family members and not from the Canaanites.

When Abraham went to fight Kedorlaomer and rescue Lot, he took 318 ‘trained men.’  The Hebrew word for ‘trained men’ has its root in chanak which means ‘dedicated’ and Eliezer, whose name means ‘my Elohim is help,’ is a ‘dedicated’ servant of Abraham.

Elohim always has a purpose for giving exact numbers so what could be the significance of 318?  In Hebrew, there are no actual written numbers; they are represented by individual letters of the alef-bet.  For example, the number 5 is represented by the letter hey, the number 50 by the letter noon andthe number 100 by the letter koof.  By using this system, the numerical value of Hebrew names and words can be calculated.   

The name Eliezer has a numerical value of 318, the exact number of ‘dedicated men’ that Abraham took with him to fight the king of Ilam.  This could be evidence that Abraham had 318 warriors or Eliezer was the only warrior he needed because Eliezer was Abraham’s help from El Shaddai, the Ruach HaKodesh (the Holy Spirit)

Putting a hand under the thigh or the ‘loins’ was a symbol of authority and the customary way for taking an oath in ancient times.  Because the thigh is close to the genitals, the oath takers shared a deep love and respect for one another.   Abraham’s ‘loins’ represented the source of his posterity, the covenant blessing of the ‘promised seed.’  Abraham had received circumcision as the ‘sign’ of El Shaddai’s covenant.  While western nations swear on a Bible or place one’s hand over the heart, the Hebrew tradition was to swear on the ‘sign’ of Elohim’s covenant, the circumcision in the genital area. 

Eliezer and Rebekah

Eliezer takes 10 camels along with gifts on his journey.   He goes to the city of Nachor, the home of Abraham’s brother.  When the women come to draw water from the well, Eliezer makes his camels kneel.

Ten is the number of divine order in Biblical symbolism. There were ten generations from Adam until Noah, ten generations between Noah and Abraham.  There are Ten Commandments, ten plagues that Elohim brought on Egypt, ten spies that were sent to investigate the Promised Land and there were ten virgins who waited for the arrival of their bridegroom.  A gathering of ten men is called a minyan and is necessary for certain observances in Judaism to be completed. Ten or a minyan is the number of men from the nations that will take hold of the tzizit of one Jew saying, “We want to go with you, because we have heard that God is with you” (Zechariah 8:23).  In this passage, ten camels kneel while Eliezer prays for Elohim’s divine order to come to pass.

The third letter in the Hebrew alef-bet is gimel and means ‘camel.’  The Hebrew letter picture for gimel symbolizes ‘pride’ or being ‘raised up.’ Eliezer has the camels kneel, a necessary action in order to dismount a camel; however, kneeling also is symbolic of humility.  Eliezer humbly seeks the Elohim of Abraham for favor and wisdom.   He also ‘puts out a fleece’ so he will recognize the answer to his prayer.  Elohim is faithful to Eliezer and opens his eyes to see the woman chosen to be the wife for Isaac.

Rebekah or Rivkah is the daughter of Betu’el, the son of Milkah and Nahor, Abraham’s brother and niece.  She comes to the well to draw water and sees Eliezar.  She not only draws water for him, but also for his camels.  This is quite a feat for this young woman.  The water jar she carried on her shoulder held maybe three gallons of water.  One camel typically consumes 30 gallons of water in 13 minutes depending on how far it has traveled.  The distance between Hebron and Haran is about 450 miles with short water stops along the way.  By the time they arrived at the well, the camels needed to be refreshed with water.  In order to provide water “until they finished drinking,” Rebekah would have had to make about 10 trips to the well per camel or 100 trips for all ten camels.  The Scripture says “she went down” to the well suggesting that she had to descend numerous steps in order to retrieve water.   This activity of descending stairs, retrieving water, ascending stairs and pouring the water into the trough took hours to complete. The Scripture continues,

“The man gazed at her in [reverent] silence, waiting to find out whether the LORD had made his trip successful or not” (Genesis 24:21, Amplified Bible). 

According to the dictionary, the word gaze means to ‘look steadily and intently with interest, especially in admiration, surprise, or thought.’  Eliezer watched Rebekah intently with admiration as she faithfully continued to water his camels.  In Hebrew, the word ‘macharish’ is used for ‘silence’ and means ‘speechless.’  His silence came from the fact that her actions rendered him speechless.

When he learns that Rebekah is the granddaughter of Abraham’s brother, Eliezer places a ring in her nose and gives her gold bracelets.  Piercing Rebekah’s nose with a ring was not a fashion statement, it was a Middle Eastern symbol of betrothal.  Though a nose ring or a jewel place on the forehead was a symbol of wealth, Eliezer saw a beautiful woman who exemplified great discretion, humility, faithfulness, strength and a servant’s heart. 

When Rebekah leaves with Eliezer to marry the son of Abraham, her mother and brother bless her,

“Our sister, may you be the mother of millions, and may your descendants possess the cities of those who hate them” (Genesis 24:60).  

This prophetic blessing is still spoken over Jewish daughters every Shabbat, “May you be like Sarah, Rebekah, Rachel and Leah” in honor of the faithful matriarchs and the millions of their children. 

Eleazar takes Rebekah along with his camels and returns to Abraham.  From a distance Isaac sees the ten camels and knows El Shaddai’s divine purpose for Eliezer’s  journey has been successful.

The Veil of Betrothal

Rebekah also sees Isaac in the distance and covers herself with a veil.  Veiling was cultural, especially for an unmarried woman who was in the presence of her betrothed. 

The most detailed description of the woman’s veil is found in 1 Corinthians 11:2-16.  These verses are usually removed from their spiritual context and attributed to an ancient tradition or some culture where men wore hats, giving it no relevance for the Body of Messiah.  The veil, according to Sha’ul, contains a spiritual aspect regarding the glory of Elohim.  Men, the glory of Elohim, and women, the glory of man, are to reflect the glory of “I AM”. This was understood by all of the Messianic congregations who kept the tradition commended by Sha’ul.   When Sha’ul writes his second letter to Corinth, it is apparent they learned from the first letter the purpose for the veil,

“With unveiled faces, we see as in a mirror the glory of the Lord as we are being changed into his very image” (2 Corinthians 3:18).

Sha’ul also says the veil is a ‘sign of power.’  According to the prophet Ezekiel, the veils of false prophetesses are removed so they no longer have the power lead the people of Elohim astray (Ezekiel 13:17-23).  Today, the veils of women in western cultures have been removed by Elohim because ‘equality of women’ neglects the importance and value of expressing His line of authority when men and women pray in public. 

Moshe veiled himself when he came down from the mountain and the glory of yod-hey-vav-hey radiated from his face.  The veil protected the Israelites from the over-powering glory of Elohim. He only removed it when he was in the presence of yod-hey-vav-hey and spoke directly with Him (Exodus 34:34).

There was also a veil in the Tabernacle which separated the people from the presence of Elohim’s glory in the Holy of Holies.  This veil was torn in two at the time of Messiah’s death revealing the man-glory of Elohim, Yeshua.

As Isaac’s betrothed, Rebekah veiled herself keeping her glory (her hair) only for her husband.  This is a tradition that even modern-day brides use, but its greater significance for the betrothed women in the congregation of the Bride of Messiah has been neglected.

Hebrew Word Pictures

Isaac (He laughs) or Yitz’ak  – יץחק – yod, tzadik, chet, koof

the finished work pulls toward and protects what is behind

Rebekah (To Bind) or Rivkah – רבקה – resh, bet, koof, hey

the head of the house that follows, behold

Abraham’s Other Children

After Sarah dies, Abraham takes another wife named Keturah, meaning ‘fragrant  incense.’   Through her Abraham’s grief is satisfied.  Together they have six children who become tribes that move south and east of Canaan.

Hebrew Word Pictures

Zimran (Musical) – זמרן – zayin, mem, resh, noon

divide the head waters of life

Zimran settled west of Mecca in Zimri

Jokshan (Snarer) – יקסן – yod, koof, samech, noon

finished work behind the twisting of life

Jokshan settled in northern Arabia and became known as ‘Arabs’

Medan (Contention), who settled Indonesia – מדן – mem, dalet, noon

chaotic pathway of life

Became northern Arabian tribes settling near Taima

Midian (Strife) – מדין – mem, dalet, yod, noon

chaotic pathway finished work of life

Became the Ethiopian culture

Moshe’s wife was from Midian and was called an Ethiopian.

Ishbak (He Releases) – ישבק – yod, shin, bet, koof

finished work consumes the family behind

Settled east of Canaan

Shuah (Incline) – שוח – shin, vav, chet

consumed and bound to the inner chamber

Settled on the right bank of the Euphrates River

Abraham’s wives Sarah and Keturah along with his concubine, Hagar, birthed the descendants of three great nations.  Through Hagar came the Arab nations including Saudi Arabia. Through Keturah came the nations of Assyria including Iran, Iraq, Syria, Turkey, Lebanon, Afghanistan and Jordan.  Through Sarah came the nation of Isra’el.

Isaac received the entire inheritance from his father, Abraham, while the sons of Keturah received ‘grants’ and were sent east of Canaan.  When Abraham died, Isaac was 75 years of age.  Isaac and Ishma’el buried their father in the cave on the land that their father owned.

The Tribes of Ishma’el

In the genealogy of Ishma’el, it is recorded that he had 12 sons who became the 12  wandering bedouin tribes around the Middle East.   Many of the names of his sons are found in the Hebrew Scriptures as the lands they possessed.

Navayot (Firstborn)

According to the Jewish historian Josephus, this tribe was known as the Nabateans and were famous for raising sheep.

“All the flocks of Kedar will be gathered for you, the rams of N’vayot will be at your service; they will come up and be received on my altar, as I glorify my glorious house” (Isaiah 60:7).

Kedar (Sorrow)

This tribe settled around the Persian Gulf, Sinai Peninsula and became the  lineage of the prophet Mohammed, the founder of Islam.

“For this is what Adonai has told me: “Within a year [and not a day more], as if a hired worker were keeping track of the time, the glory of Kedar will come to an end.  Few of Kedar’s valiant archers will be left. Adonai the God of Isra’el has spoken” (Isaiah 21:16).

Adbeel or Idibilu (God’s Servant)

This tribe settled in northwest Arabia.   Historically this tribe was defeated in battle and became the border guards for Egypt.

Mivsam (Sweet Smelling)

This tribe is believed to have intermarried with the Simeonites and disappeared from history as a separate entity.

“The sons of Shim‘on: N’mu’el, Yamin, Yariv, Zerach and Sha’ul.  His son was Shalum, his son was Mivsam, and his son was Mishma. The descendants of Mishma: his son Hamu’el, his son Zakur, his son Shim‘i. Shim‘i had sixteen sons and six daughters, but his brothers did not have many children, so their clans did not increase like those of Judah” (1 Chronicles 4:24-27).

Mishma (Obeyed)

This tribe settled in what is known today as Jebel Mishma in the vicinity of Dumah. Dumah or Idumaea, a city located in Canaan, became associated with Edom and Seir.   Dumah el Jandal are at the southeastern end of Al Jawf situated between Syria and Mesopotamia and was an oasis for travel between Syria and Babylonia.  Herod the Great was Idumaean.

“A prophecy about Dumah: Someone is calling to me from Se’ir: “Watchman, how much longer is it night? Watchman, how much longer is it night?” The watchman answers: “Morning is coming, but also the night. If you want to ask, ask! Come back again!” (Isaiah 21:11-12)

Massa (Nightfall)

This is the probable location where the Israelites murmured if they crossed the Red Sea into Arabia.  Found in the records of Tilgath Pileser III saying that Massa and Tema offered him gifts.

“The place was named Massah [testing] and M’rivah [quarreling] because of the quarreling of the people of Isra’el and because they tested Adonai by asking, “Is Adonai with us or not?” (Exodus 17:7)

Hadad (Rolling Stone)

This may be the Hadad tribe in Arabia which are now Christians and located throughout Jordan, Syria, Lebanon and Palestine.

Tema (Good News)

Known today as Taima and located in the Nafud desert.  Tilgath Pileser III receives tributes from Tema as well as Massa.  The Assyrian King Sennecherib named one of the gates in the city of Nineveh, the Desert Gate, and records that the Teymeite enter through it.  The father of Belshazzar made the city of Tayma his residence (Daniel 7:1). This land was part of the caravan route from Babylon to Sheba.

“A prophecy about Arabia: You caravans of D’danim will camp in the desert growth of Arabia. Bring water to the thirsty, you who live in Teima, greet the fugitives with food …” (Isaiah 21:13-14).

Y’tur (Rebel)

Was known as a tribe of robbers

Nafish (Genuine)

Kedmah (Scout)

This tribe settled in the wilderness of Kedemoth, known today as es-Za’feran.

Ishma’el also had a daughter named Basemath who became the third wife of Isaac’s brother, Esau.

Yeshua and His Bride

“As for husbands, love your wives, just as the Messiah loved the Messianic Community, indeed, gave himself up on its behalf,  in order to set it apart for God, making it clean through immersion in the mikveh, so to speak, in order to present the Messianic Community to himself as a bride to be proud of, without a spot, wrinkle or any such thing, but holy and without defect“ (Ephesians 5:25-27).

“Let us rejoice and be glad! Let us give him the glory! For the time has come for the wedding of the Lamb, and his Bride has prepared herself — fine linen, bright and clean has been given her to wear. (“Fine linen” means the righteous deeds of God’s people.”) (Revelation 19:7-8).

“One of the seven angels having the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues approached me and said, “Come! I will show you the Bride, the Wife of the Lamb.” He carried me off in the Spirit to the top of a great, high mountain and showed me the holy city, Yerushalayim, coming down out of heaven from God.  It had the Sh’khinah of God, so that its brilliance was like that of a priceless jewel, like a crystal-clear diamond” (Revelation 21:9-11).

“I, Yeshua, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the Messianic communities. I am the Root and Offspring of David, the bright Morning Star. The Spirit and the Bride say, ‘Come!’ Let anyone who hears say, ‘Come!’ And let anyone who is thirsty come — let anyone who wishes, take the water of life free of charge” (Revelation 22:16-17).

Haftarah (Readings from the Prophets)

1 Kings 1:1-31

B’rit Chadashah (New Testament Readings)

Matthew 8:19-22

Matthew 27:3-10

Luke 9:57-62

James 1:4-24

Midrash Chayei: The Ruach HaKodesh

Discuss the purpose of the Ruach HaKodesh (the Holy Spirit) according to Yeshua and Sha’ul (John 16:8-12, Romans 14:16-18).  Discuss why King David asks Elohim not to take His Ruach HaKodesh from him (Psalm 51:13, 1 Samuel 16:14).

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