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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

ת Tav – Crossed Sticks

Sign or Covenant, To Seal

“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 is the final letter of the Hebrew alef bet. The letter tav as ‘Crossed Sticks’ 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 had the ‘sign’ of the rainbow.   The promise of land and descendants covenant God made with Abraham had the ‘sign’ of circumcision.  The covenant of an eternal kingship God made with David had the ‘sign’ of a descendant sitting on the throne –– Messiah.   The marriage covenant of Torah God made with Israel had the ‘sign’ of the Sabbath (Ezekiel 20:20).

The new marriage covenant would have some differences from the original marriage covenant because of Israel’s unfaithfulness (Jeremiah 31:31-34). God did not change His mind about the ‘original’ marriage covenant and throw it away or abolish it to begin something new. God established Himself as Israel’s husband and that would never change.

The Hebrew word for ‘new’ is chodesh and means ‘renew.’ The ‘renewed’ covenant is not made with the nations, the gentiles or Christians. It is a ‘renewal’ of the covenant God made with Israel. Rather than Torah being written on stone tablets or stony hearts, it would be written on hearts of flesh. The new covenant would bring the Spirit of God into the heart of individuals causing Israel to live by His commandments and respect His precepts (Ezekiel 36:24-25).

Yeshua told his disciples that if they loved him and obeyed his commandments, he would ask his Father to send them the Comforter.  The Spirit of God would convict the world of sin and unrighteousness;  it would guide them into all Truth.  Through the outpouring of God’s Spirit into the hearts of men and women,  the new covenant came to Israel. Torah began to be written on their hearts and they preached the message of Yeshua in all nations.

The evidence of the new covenant would be Israel’s obedience to Torah and the culmination that all Israel will know Adonai from the least to the greatest. Their lawlessness, their Torah-lessness will be forgotten and their sin of infidelity will be forgiven. 

David has written Psalm 119 with 176 verses about his love for God’s Torah.  He is in a new covenant relationship with God, has been filled with the Spirit, and has a circumcised heart that seeks to obey God.  The Torah is his delight even though he may stray like a lost sheep. He does not forget God’s commandments and he longs for Yeshua (Psalm 98:1).

The ancient Hebrew letter tav resembles a cross. Is the ‘cross’ the ‘sign’ of the new covenant or the ‘sign’ that it has been instituted? What is the ‘sign’ of the new covenant? Torah says that every matter is established by a witness of two (Deuteronomy 19:15). What are the two witnesses of the new covenant? Judah and Israel joining together in the stick of Ezekiel? (Ezekiel 37:17) Jew and gentile making up the Commonwealth of Israel? (Galatians 3:28-29).

The tav also means ‘sealed.’ Those who are ‘sealed’ by the Holy Spirit have the ‘sign’ of the new covenant (Ephesians 1:13-14.) Both Jews and gentiles who are born again into the Kingdom are ‘sealed’ and become ‘one new man.’ As we worship the God of Israel together in Spirit and Truth, singing praises for God’s laws, choosing to obey Torah, and keeping its ‘sign’ of Sabbath, we become the ‘sign’ of the renewed covenant and will live out our faith loving God’s Torah just like King David.

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Witnesses of Two Establishes Truth

“A matter must be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses”  (Deuteronomy 19:15).

Heaven and Earth

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1).

Heaven and earth establish yod-hey-vav-hey as Creator of the Universe, the only Elohim (God) (Isaiah 48:13). Heaven and earth are the ‘witness of two’ proving Him Creator. The heaven and earth became the witness of Elohim to the ancient world as he used heaven and earth to judge the sinfulness of mankind –– the floodgates of heaven opened and the springs of the earth burst forth.

Elohim used heaven and the earth as the ‘witness of two’ against Isra’el before they entered the Promised Land (Psalm 50:4). As they heard the commands of Elohim, they had to choose between life and death, blessings and curses. Even so, Elohim told them to ‘choose life’ that they may live.

“This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses.  Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love Adonai your God… (Deuteronomy 30:19-20).

The ‘witness of two,’ the heavens and the earth, will eternally establish Elohim as Creator when He renews the heavens and the earth along with the New Jerusalem (Isaiah 66:22, Revelation 21:1-5).

“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth  for the old heaven and the old earth had passed away, and the sea was no longer there.  Also I saw the holy city, New Yerushalayim, coming down out of heaven from God …” (Revelation 21:1-2).

Life or Death Sentence

“On the testimony of two or three witnesses a person is to be put to death, but no one is to be put to death on the testimony of only one witness” (Deuteronomy 17:6).

The ‘witness of two’ is used to establish the a death sentence.  No one was arbitrarily sentenced to death. . No one killed their children for simple disobedience.  There was a system of justice rendered after there was a judicial hearing with two or three witnesses.

Yeshua used the ‘witness of two’ Torah regulation with the woman caught in the act of adultery (John 8:1-11).   The Pharisees and Torah teachers understood the death penalty of stoning the woman caught in adultery; however, they had forgotten about establishing innocence or guilt on the ‘witness of two.’

Knowing  the death penalty could not be carried out without two or three witnesses, Yeshua called for these men who knew  Torah to put their own lives on the line.   Witnesses had to be upright, honest, and present at the time of adultery to be authentic witnesses.  This meant that two or three of the accusing men had to come forth and incriminate themselves for either being the adulterer or watching the act.   This would mean death for them as well.  Clearly, none of the men were being honest or willing to condemn themselves to death along with the woman they accused.

Yeshua could have been been a witness against this woman; as the Son of Elohim, he could have called heaven and earth against her.  However, he chose instead to follow his Father’s instructions and set her free because there were no witnesses to establish her guilt.

Torah and Prophets

“And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself” (Luke 24:27).

Yeshua is established as Messiah of Israel by a ‘witness of two’: Torah and Prophets.  False messiahs will not teach the Torah or the Prophets.   Because many in the church have been taught the Torah has been ‘abolished at the cross,’ they no longer have ‘two witnesses’ for the Messiah.  By abandoning Torah, they have also abandoned the greatest prophet who was a ‘shadow’ of Messiah –– Moshe (Deuteronomy 18:15). ‘Jesus’ no longer has the ‘two witnesses’ of the Messiah who walked on the Road to Emmaus and declared that the Torah and Prophets testify about him.  This lack of a ‘witness of two’ has changed Jesus from the Jewish Messiah who came for the ‘lost sheep of the House of Israel’ into someone unrecognizable to the Jewish people.

Without the Torah and the Prophets as the ‘witness of two,’  the Jewish Messiah of Isra’el cannot be established for Christianity.  Yeshua cannot be considered the Messiah without the testimony of Moshe, the greatest Prophet who was given the Torah ‘face to face’ with Adonai.   Without the Torah and the Prophets, a false messiah and false Jesus is taught around the world.

Body of Messiah

“For all of you who were immersed into Messiah have clothed yourselves with Messiah.  There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Messiah Yeshua” (Galatians 3:27-28).

The ‘witness of two’ for the Body of Messiah is Jew and the gentile worshiping God together as He outlined in Torah –– ‘one new man.’  In the first century, the Sabbath was being kept on the seventh day by all believers in Messiah –– ‘one new man’.  Gentiles were being taught God’s Torah in the synagogue –– ‘one new man’  (Acts 15:21).  Gentiles were encouraged to keep the feasts of Passover and Unleavened Bread, were being taught about the Feast of Trumpets and the restoration of Isra’el –– ‘one new man’   (1 Corinthians 5:6-8, 1 Corinthians 15:52, 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17, Acts 1:6).

In the second century, a man named Marcion decided that there were two Gods: the angry God called Yahweh and the merciful God named Jesus.   He was considered a heretic, yet his heresy remains with page that divides the Old Testament from the New. Separating the Torah and the Prophets from the New Testament creates a huge dividing wall; a dividing wall that Yeshua removed by his death.   Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Hosea and Moshe must be taught along with Peter, James, and John. Other dividing walls like anti-semitic doctrines that have removed everything Jewish, keep Jews and Gentiles from unifying and becoming ‘one new man.’ 

When the barriers are removed, the ‘witness of two’ for the Body of Messiah will be fulfilled and the ‘one new man’ will come forth.   Jews will accept the Jewish Messiah and Christians will accept their Biblical roots. Together, they will build on the foundation of the Apostles and Prophets, proclaiming Yeshua as Messiah as ‘one new man.’

True Worship

“Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshippers worship the Father in the Spirit and in Truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.  God is spirit and his worshipers must worship in Spirit and in Truth” (John 4:23-24).

When Yeshua met the woman at the well, he offered her living water.  In their discourse he described true worship that includes another ‘witness of two’:  the Spirit and Truth.

Yeshua says the Word is Truth and it sanctifies those who use it (John 17:17). The only Word that Yeshua had to teach from was the Torah and the Prophets. True worshipers will worship the Father in the ways He desires to be worshiped as proclaimed by Moshe, Isaiah, Ezekiel, Zechariah, and King David in the Psalms.

Yeshua tells his disciples if they love him, then they will obey his commands. Once they obeyed his commands, he would then ask his Father to send them the Comforter –– the Spirit of Truth (John 14:15).  

The Spirit is the ‘breath of Elohim’ that writes the Truth –– Torah –– on hearts of flesh (Jeremiah 31:31, Ezekiel 36:26-27).  The ‘breath of Elohim’ helps us to remember the Word of Truth and leads us into a fruit-filled life giving us gifts to build up the Body of Yeshua (John 14:26,1 Corinthians 6:11, Galatians 5:22-23, 1 Corinthians 12:4-7).  The ‘breath of Elohim’ seals us until we receive our inheritance and ‘the breath of Elohim’ empowers us to be witnesses of Yeshua (John 15:26, Acts 1:8, Ephesians 1:13-14).

The Spirit and the Truth are a ‘witness of two;’ they need each other.  Without the Truth, worship becomes nothing but confusion and disorder (1 Corinthians 14:33).   Without the Spirit, worship becomes dogmatic.  When we worship, we need the ‘witness of two:’ Spirit and Truth.

The Saints

“This calls for patient endurance on the part of the saints who keep his commands and remain faithful to Yeshua” (Revelation 14:12).

The sanctified part of the Body of Yeshua has a ‘witness of two.’  The first witness is having a testimony of Yeshua’s saving power. The second witness is obeying the commandments. To only have faith in Yeshua is ‘faith without action and is dead.’ This is the state of Christianity today –– a testimony of Jesus only. To only obey God’s commandments is ‘good works.’ This is the state of Judaism –– obedience to Torah only.  According to John, saints or those who are sanctified have a testimony of Yeshua and obey the commandments (Revelation 14:12). It is those who are sanctified by their righteous acts that become the Bride of Messiah. As with the testimony of the Body of Messiah, Jews who obey the commandments and Gentiles who have faith in Yeshua need to become ‘one new man.’

There are more witnesses of two: marriage between a man and woman (Genesis 2:24), the born again experience through water and the Spirit (John 3:5), the witnesses of the Menorah and the Two Olive Trees (Zechariah 4), and the coming Messianic Era through the armies of Yeshua and the Bride of Messiah.

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