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November 14, 2018 – The Ox and the Manger

Proverbs 14:4

“Where there are no oxen, the manger is empty, but from the strength of an ox come abundant harvests.”

In the Hebrew alphabet, the first letter alef coincides with the first commandment, Exodus 20:2-3:

“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.”

The Hebrew word picture for alef is an ‘ox’ symbolizing ‘first, strength’.

In this Proverb, the ‘ox’ is ‘the first’, the LORD your God.  Where there are no oxen, the manger is empty.

However,  from the ‘strength’ of the alef comes an abundant harvest. 

Elohim is plural for ‘God,’ but not in that there is a plurality of gods.  When it is used in Scripture, it is found with the singular article.  Yeshua, part of the essence of Elohim is the Word of God that became flesh.  He the ‘strength’ of Elohim and through a manger will come an abundant harvest.

©2018 Tentstake Ministries

Psalm 119:169-176 (Tav)

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 - A Sign

Word Picture – A Sign

ת Tav – A Sign, Two Crossed Sticks

Ownership, to seal, to make a covenant, join to things together

“Let my cry come before you, Adonai; in keeping with your word, give me understanding. Let my prayer come before you; in keeping with your promise, rescue me. Let my lips speak praise, because you teach me your laws. Let my tongue sing of your promise, because all your mitzvot are righteous. Let your hand be ready to help me, because I choose your precepts. I long for your deliverance, Adonai; and your Torah is my delight. Let me live, and I will praise you; let your rulings help me. I strayed like a lost sheep; seek out your servant; for I do not forget your mitzvot.”

The letter tav symbolizes ‘the sign of a covenant’ or a ‘seal.’  There are seven covenants in Scripture and each one has a sign attached to it.  The covenant God made with Noah and all mankind never to destroy the earth by water had the sign of the rainbow.   The covenant God made with Abraham in Genesis 17 had the sign of circumcision.  The covenant God made with David had the sign of an eternal kingship (Messiah).  The covenant of Torah (a wedding covenant) God made with Israel was the sign of Sabbath (Ezekiel 20:20).  When they broke that covenant, they retained the ‘sign’ because God promised a ‘new’ or ‘renewal of the covenant’.  

“See! The days are coming,’ says Adonai, ‘when I will establish over the house of Israel and over the house of Judah a new covenant” (Jeremiah 31:31, Hebrew 8:4). 

This covenant would have several differences from the original covenant because of Israel’s unfaithfulness. God  did not change His mind about the ‘original’ covenant and throw it away for something else.   Because of their disobedience, their violation to the covenant relationship in which God established Himself as their husband something had to change.  According to God through His prophets, it was their hard-like-diamond, stiff-necked hearts (Zechariah 7:12, Nehemiah 9:16, Hebrews 4:7).

“’It will not be like the covenant which I made with their fathers on the day when I took them by their hand and led them forth out of the land of Egypt; because they, for their part, did not remain faithful to my covenant; so I, for my part, stopped concerning myself with them,’ says the LORD.”

He reveals the covenant in Jeremiah 31 (Hebrews 8).  The ‘new covenant’ is not made with the nations, gentiles or Christians,  it is a ‘renewal’ of the covenant with Israel and the Torah will be written in their minds and on their hearts.  

“‘For this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Isra’el after those days,’ says Adonai: ‘I will put my Torah in their minds and write it on their hearts; I will be their God, and they will be my people.”

Ezekiel 36:26-27  explains that the covenant will brought about through a new heart.   And, it also reveals the ‘sign’ of the ‘new covenant’:   The Spirit of God inside the individual.  The Spirit of God would change the hard heart to flesh and cause all Israel to live by God’s commandments, respect His rulings,  and obey them.  The evidence of the ‘new covenant’ in their hearts would be their obedience to Torah.  

“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit inside you; I will take the stony heart out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put my Spirit inside you and cause you to live by my laws, respect my rulings and obey them.”

The culmination of the ‘new covenant’ will eventually be that all Israel knows the Lord from the least to the greatest.  Their wickedness will no longer be remembered and their sins against their Husband will be forgiven. 

“‘None of them will teach his fellow-citizen or his brother, saying, “Know the LORD!” For all will know me (YHVH),  from the least of them to the greatest  because I will be merciful toward their wickednesses and remember their sins no more.’”

David has written the entire Psalm 119 about his love for God’s Torah.  It is obvious that he is in ‘new covenant’ relationship with God and has a ‘new spirit’, the heart that seeks after God.  The Torah is his delight, and even though he may stray like a lost sheep, he does not forget God’s commandments.  He longs for God’s deliverance and His hand of salvation, Yeshua (Psalm 98:1).

In John 14:15, Yeshua made a promise to his disciples.   If they would love him and obey his commandments, he would ask his Father to send them the Comforter, known as the Holy Spirit.  Not only would it would convict the world of sin and unrighteousness,  it would guide them and all who enter the ‘new covenant’ into all Truth.   Through the outpouring of the Spirit of God into the hearts of men,  the new covenant would come to Israel,  Torah would be written on their hearts, and they would take the message of Yeshua to all the nations.  When those of the nations received by faith the covenant given to Israel, instituted by Yeshua, they also receive a new heart of flesh, the Spirit of God, and Torah written on their hearts.  

The ancient Hebrew letter tav looks like a cross.  The cross was only beginning of the covenant.   The cross was more than Yeshua’s victory over death through his resurrection. The covenant includes his ascension to the right hand of his Father who then pours out His Spirit on those who love His Son and obey His commandments.  This pouring of the Spirit of God began on Shavuot, the Feast of Weeks (Pentecost) when 3000 Jews (Israelis) were born again by the Spirit, immersed in water for the repentance of sins, and took the message of Yeshua to the nations.  

King David was filled with the Spirit of God (Psalm 51).  Like him, if we are filled with the Spirit of God and have received a new heart, we should love the Torah.  This is the complete essence of the new covenant.

What is the ‘sign’ of this new covenant?  Tav also means ‘join together’.  The Torah says that a witness of two establishes any matter (Deut. 19:15).  When those of the nations join together with Israel through adoption into God’s Kingdom, His family by faith, there is a witness of two worshipping God as He promised to Abraham.   When the nations  ‘join together’ with Israel through ingrafting into the new covenant promised and given to them, we are  ‘sealed’ by the Spirit with them and the ‘sign’ of the Sabbath because our sign of covenant as well.    When we ‘join together’ with the commonwealth of Israel, we will worship God as Yeshua told the woman at the well: “in Spirit and in Truth’ (John 4:23-24).  We will live out our faith, worship and praise the God of Israel,  and love the Torah just as King David did.

“There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor freeman, neither male nor female; for in union with the Messiah Yeshua, you are all one.  Also, if you belong to the Messiah, you are seed of Abraham and heirs according to the promise” (Galatians 3:28-29).

“Furthermore, you who heard the message of the truth, the Good News offering you deliverance, and put your trust in the Messiah were sealed by him with the promised Ruach HaKodesh who guarantees our inheritance until we come into possession of it and thus bring him praise commensurate with his glory. ….” (Ephesians 1:13-14).  

““And the foreigners who join themselves (tav) to the LORD to serve him, to love the name of Adonai, and to be his workers, all who keep Shabbat and do not profane it, and hold fast to my covenant, I will bring them to my holy mountain and make them joyful in my house of prayer … for my house will be called a house of prayer for all nations”  (Isaiah 56:6-8). 

©2014 Tent Stake Ministries

Psalm 119:161-168 (Shin)

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 - A Tooth

ש Shin – A Tooth

To devour, to destroy, something sharp

The letter Shin is also representative of ‘the divine presence of God’ or the Shekinah Glory that ‘consumes’.

“Princes persecute me for no reason, but my heart stands in awe of your words. I take joy in your promise, like someone who finds much booty. I hate falsehood, I detest it; but I love your Torah. I praise you seven times a day because of your righteous rulings. Those who love your Torah have great peace; nothing makes them stumble. I hope for your deliverance, Adonai; I obey your mitzvot. My soul observes your instruction, and I love it so much! I observe your precepts and instruction, for all my ways lie open before you.”

“Those who love your Torah have great peace; nothing makes them stumble.”  Within this verse is the word, peace or shalom in Hebrew.  Shalom or שלום with the ‘shin’ means the ‘destruction, devouring of the leader of chaos’.  The one who causes ‘chaos’ can be haSatan in the grand scheme of world chaos or those princes who persecute for no reason and cause chaos in our lives.  The destruction of chaos comes from loving God’s Torah, observing His precepts and instructions, and obeying His commandments; being completely submitted to His will.   When a person is in this type of soul relationship with the heart of God, he is ‘consumed’ with God’s presence and nothing and no one becomes a stumbling block including falsehood, because the Torah is truth through which the Lord delivers.  

David’s last statement, “For all my ways lie open before you” reveals a man who is not afraid of being convicted and corrected by God’s instructions.  This is obvious when Samuel confronts him about his relationship with Batsheva and the murdering of her husband.  Psalm 51 comes from David’s understanding of correction and rebuke, mercy and grace.    The Word of God made him stand in awe at revealing his sin and the joy he receives in God’s promise of deliverance is like one who has found great plunder after a battle.  

God is going to raise King David from the dead in order that Israel may serve him as king once again.  “Instead, they will serve Adonai their God and David their king, whom I will raise up for them” (Jeremiah 30:9).   I believe King David will rule over Israel while Yeshua rules the world from Jerusalem.  It makes perfect sense that a man who loved God’s Torah as much as David and was not afraid to proclaim it in psalms, would be resurrected to the honor of ruling with such high authority under King Messiah.  Those who are like David ‘consumed and devoured’ by a love for the Torah of God, will be given the same honor in the first resurrection of ruling and reigning with Messiah for 1000 years (Rev. 20:6).   The King and his priesthood will destroy  chaos bringing in a reign of shalom in the world through a sharp iron rod or scepter proclaiming  God’s righteous rulings.

©2014 Tent Stake Ministries

Psalm 119:145-152 (Koof)

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 - Back of Head

Word PIcture – Back of Head

ק Koof – The Back of the Head

What is behind, what is the ‘last’, what is final, what is the ‘least’

“Wholeheartedly I am calling on you; answer me, Adonai; I will keep your laws.  I am calling on you; save me; and I will observe your instruction. I rise before dawn and cry for help; I put my hope in your word. My eyes are open before the night watches, so that I can meditate on your promise. In your grace, hear my voice;  Adonai, in keeping with your justice, revive me.  The pursuers of carnality are getting close; they are distancing themselves from your Torah. You are close by, Adonai; and all your mitzvot are truth. Long ago I learned from your instruction that you established it forever.”

David speaks of the pursuers of carnality and how they distance themselves from Torah.  Carnality as described by Paul is when there is strife and jealousy, walking like mere men without the Spirit of God.  Second Timothy 3:2-6 gets even more specific in the actions of those who live carnal, unspiritual lives, but consider themselves followers of God and believers in Christ.  

People will be self-loving, money-loving, proud, arrogant, insulting, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy,  heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, uncontrolled, brutal, hateful of good, traitorous, headstrong, swollen with conceit, loving pleasure rather than God, as they retain the outer form of religion but deny its power.”

In Matthew 24, Yeshua reveals some signs of the end times.  Along with famines and earthquakes are false prophets who fool people along with many people’s love will growing cold because of increased lawlessness and iniquity.   Iniquity is the seed in the heart that when it comes to fruition is blatant sin.  Sin according to 1 John 3:4 is ‘breaking God’s commandments (laws)’.  Because of blatant sin lawlessness will escalate.   The Complete Jewish Bible describes lawlessness as increased distance from Torah both in koof and in Yeshua’s discourse.  

As more and more people distance themselves from the teachings and instructions of God,  they will become more carnal and incapable of pleasing God.   Paul explains in Romans 8 that the carnal man, the one who lives according to the flesh and what the flesh desires is hostile (antagonistic and opposed) to God.  The carnal person does not submit to God’s Torah nor can he/she submit because it is impossible.  In order to please God, we must become spiritual people.  To become spiritual, each person  must be born again of water and the Spirit so that the iniquity of sin can be removed from the heart and  Torah can be written on it.

These are powerful words. For decades, even centuries,  a lawless doctrine has been taught in churches giving the ‘man of lawlessness’ a huge following ‘of many’ falling away from Biblical Truth.  This is also called the ‘great apostasy’ with ‘apostasy’ meaning ‘falling away from apostolic teachings’ (Vines).  Hearts that should be spiritual and walking in sync with God’s commandments have become hardened by carnal doctrines.  

David is pursued by carnal men, men who have no redemption and hate God’s Torah.  Yet, he does not whine and complain about their lawless behavior, he continues to seek God with his whole heart.  He calls on the Lord by rising before dawn and crying for help.  During the night watches, his eyes are open and he meditates on God’s promises.  He completely understands God’s ultimate justices because he knows that “long ago I learned from your instructions that you established it forever.” 

In Matthew 5, Yeshua speaks of the Torah as existing until there is a new heaven and new earth.  This is the witness of two for Torah.  As long as heaven and earth exist, thee will be God’s instructions.   Those who obey the commandments and teach others to do the same will be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven.  This is King David.  He will be great in the coming Kingdom of God.  He will be raised up by the LORD to rule with King Yeshua (Jeremiah 30:6).   Those who disobey the least of the commandments and teach others to do the same (even teaching that Torah is ‘done away with’), will be called ‘the least’ in the Kingdom of God.  Instead of seeing the face of YHVH Elohim rise upon them, looking into his countenance and receiving ultimate grace, the carnal ones will see the back of His head, His koof, as He turns his face away.

“But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear” (Isaiah 59:2). 

©2014 Tent Stake Ministries