Friday, January 5, 2018

Torah Portion - January 5, 2018

Weekly Torah Studies

Today's Torah Reading: Genesis 5

The Hebrew Alphabet: Gimel

Spiritual Meaning of the Gimel

 Gimel = 3 and is the G of Hebrew (pronounced Gee-mal)
·         Gimel is the Hebrew letter for CAMEL and for FORERUNNER.
·         Gimel is the number of Yahweh’s COVENANT.
It is the letter associated with preparing the Way for the Coming Messiah.

The Messiah must have a forerunner. Even as Yahweh prepared our world for 6 days for the reception of man, so He commands us to prepare ourselves for the reception of God. Yah’s Voice cries out to the human heart, “Prepare the Way of the Master.” The name Elijah means “My God is Yahweh”. It is Yahweh’s desire that we also make this our declaration and serve Him by preparing the Way for our coming King.

John the Baptist (who came in the Spirit and Power of Elijah) was Messiah’s forerunner at His First Coming. Elijah will be the forerunner of Messiah at His Second Coming (Malachi 4:5). And the Spirit of Yahweh is the spiritual Forerunner of Messiah as He comes now, spiritually to human hearts. In all three cases the message is the same, “Prepare the Way of Yahweh”.

Gimel is said to represent a man with head bent, determined to travel from the second letter (beit) to the fourth letter (dalet).

Gimel’s deep, spiritual meaning is that of a man walking FROM the second letter (BetYahshua)

Putting it together the Gimel is the forerunner of the bet – the reference to the camel is the garment…  As is shown by how the word garment is spelled in Hebrew: bet, Gimel, dalet (beged).

The name of the letter Gimel is spelled:


It literally means “CAMEL”. But according to the Hebrew scholars, the spiritual form of the letter is that of a man walking from the second letter, Bet (the “House”) towards the fourth letter, Dalet. In other words, the letter Gimel sig-nifies a man dressed up like a camel (the Bible tells us that John the Baptist wore a garment made of camel’s hair – Matthew 3:4), emerging from the letter Bet. He was God’s Voice, dressed up in camel’s hair, signifying the covering of righteousness and that the Messiah would appear common (Isaiah 53:2). Yet under the common appearance was the Special Presence of the Spirit! Notably the second, third, and fourth letters of the aleph bet, taken in order, spell (beged), which means “garment”.

This Week's Torah Studies: (Statutes 1-20)
The Torah studies are provided in two formats for your convenience. The first option (below) is the blank worksheets for this week, which will allow you to print out the worksheets and hand-write the studies yourself. If you have less time, you may wish to read/print my completed Statute studies. The completed worksheets are in Microsoft Word format and are the second option (below):

An Overview of this Week's Torah Studies:
While we will be reading through the Torah in order (see this week's Torah Reading), we will not be studying the Commandments and Statutes in order. Since the Shema (Deuteronomy 6:4-9) is the heart of the Torah, it is appropriate to start with it. The Shema is the Torah portion which is written in the Mezzuzah and put upon the doorposts of the house. So, our Torah studies will be following another order. Also, in order to study all Ten Commandments and all 613 Statutes in a year, it is necessary to complete several studies each day, as shown below. Happy studying!

Statute 1 Summary:
(1) Submit to Yahweh as the One and only God in the Universe. Make Him First in your life, thinking and heart.
Deuteronomy 6:4  “Hear, O Israel: Yahweh our God is one Yah.”  
Statute 2 Summary:
(2) Love Yahweh with every fiber of your being.
Deuteronomy 6:5  “And thou shalt love Yahweh thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.”
Statute 3 Summary:
(3) In Keeping His Commands, we Worship and reverence Yahweh, as our Heavenly Father.
Deuteronomy 6:1-2,13, 25  “Now these are the Commandments, the Statutes, and the Judgments, which Yahweh your God commanded to teach you, that ye might do them in the land whither ye go to possess it: That thou mightest fear Yahweh thy God, to keep all His Statutes and His Commandments, which I command thee, thou, and thy son, and thy son's son, all the days of thy life; and that thy days may be prolonged… Thou shalt fear Yahweh thy God, and serve Him, and shalt swear by His Name… And it shall be our righteousness, if we observe to do all these commandments before Yahweh our God, as He hath commanded us.”
Statute 4 Summary:
(4) Serve Yahweh as Your Heavenly Father.
Exodus 23:25  “And ye shall serve Yahweh your God, and He shall bless thy bread, and thy water; and I will take sickness away from the midst of thee.”
Statute 5 Summary:
(5) Hold fast to Yahweh and take all your vows and oaths in His Name.
Deuteronomy 10:20  “Thou shalt fear Yahweh thy God; Him shalt thou serve, and to Him shalt thou cleave, and swear by His Name.”
Statute 6 Summary:
(6) Only take oaths in Yahweh’s Name, when you reverence Him as your Father.
Deuteronomy 6:13 “Thou shalt fear Yahweh thy God, and serve Him, and shalt swear by His Name.”
Statute 7 Summary:
(7) Keep Yahweh’s Law and walk in all His Ways. When we do Yahweh swears to make us holy.
Deuteronomy 28:9 “Yahweh shall establish thee an holy people unto Himself, as He hath sworn unto thee, if thou shalt keep the Commandments of Yahweh thy God, and walk in His ways.”
Statute 8 Summary:
(8) Hallow Yahweh and do not profane His Holy Name.
Leviticus 22:32 “Neither shall ye profane My Holy Name; but I will be hallowed among the children of Israel: I Am Yahweh which hallow you.”
Statutes 9-10 Summary:
(9) Meditate on Yahweh’s Law, (10) teaching it to your household, in your “down time,” when you travel, before bed at night and first thing in the morning.
Deuteronomy 6:7  “And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.” 
Statute 11 Summary:
(11) Do not trust in any power but Yahweh.. Worship Him alone.
Leviticus 19:4  “Turn ye not unto idols, nor make to yourselves molten gods: I Am Yahweh your God.”
Statute 12 Summary:
(12) Do not make gods out of anything.
Exodus 20:23  “Ye shall not make with Me gods of silver, neither shall ye make unto you gods of gold.”
Statutes 13-16 Summary:
(13) Do not worship representations of God, for He has not shown us His form. (14) Do not make, (15) bow down to, (16) nor worship images of any created thing.
Deuteronomy 4:15-19  “Take ye therefore good heed unto yourselves; for ye saw no manner of similitude on the day that Yahweh spake unto you in Horeb out of the midst of the fire: Lest ye corrupt yourselves, and make you a graven image, the similitude of any figure, the likeness of male or female, the likeness of any beast that is on the earth, the likeness of any winged fowl that flieth in the air,  the likeness of anything that creepeth on the ground, the likeness of any fish that is in the waters beneath the earth: And lest thou lift up thine eyes unto heaven, and when thou seest the sun, and the moon, and the stars, even all the host of heaven, shouldest be driven to worship them, and serve them, which Yahweh thy God hath divided unto all nations under the whole heaven.”  
Statutes 17-18 Summary:
(17) Do not give your children to any false god, nor offer them as sacrifices to them. (18) Do not profane Yahweh’s Name.
Leviticus 18:21  “And thou shalt not let any of thy seed pass through the fire to Molech, neither shalt thou profane the Name of thy God: I Am Yahweh.”
Statutes 19-20 Summary:
(19) Do not turn to mediums or familiar spirits. (20) Do not seek after them.
Leviticus 19:31 “Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them: I Am Yahweh your God.”

Daily Bible Reading - January 5, 2018

Today's Reading:

Luke 7:18-50

Genesis 11

Psalm 5

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Thoughts and Commentary on Today's Reading:

In today's reading, I suppose the one point which most jumped out to me was one I've considered many times... the story of Mary Magdalene anointing the Saviour's Feet. What a story! I've been blessed, in the past, by looking at a variety of elements in it - the principle that he (or she) who is forgiven much will love much, the role of Messiah in Spiritual warfare (casting out seven devils from Mary)...  etc...  

Well, today, I decided to look into the spiritual significance of spikenard. Have you ever wondered why Mary chose that particular ointment to anoint the Messiah's Feet? Surely it couldn't just have been a random oil, chosen only for its lovely scent. Mary was the only one who had the privilege of anointing our Saviour before His Death. And if the Gospel writers bother to tell us what oil she used, it's because it's important to know. There is meaning to be found...  And I wasn't disappointed. Here's what I discovered about the spiritual significance of spikenard, shedding light on why Mary chose it.

We've read Luke's account of Mary anointing the Saviour's Feet...  Well, here's the story from John:

"Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus (Yahshua), and wiped His Feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odor of the ointment." — John 12:3

Spikenard is an expensive spice which comes from a very rare plant  - the Nardostachys jatamansi, which is a flowering plant of the Valerian family. It grows in the Himalayas of Nepal, China, and India. So, it would have had to have been imported at great cost and over quite a distance.

Spikenard, also called nard, nardin, and muskroot, is a class of aromatic amber-colored essential oil derived from Nardostachys jatamansi, a flowering plant of the Valerian family which grows in the Himalayas of Nepal, China, and India. Spikenard was carried from the region of the Himalayas over the Silk Road, over 4000 miles, to Jerusalem. No wonder it cost a "king's ransom" to buy this special ointment!

The word “spikenard” in Hebrew is Nard and means “light.” In Greek, the word for “spikenard” means “genuine and pure.” No wonder, just days before His death and burial, Mary chose spikenard to anoint Jesus (Yahshua), Who was the Light of the world- the pure and spotless Lamb.

"I am come a Light into the world, that whosoever believeth on Me should not abide in darkness,"  John 12:46.

"Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world,"  John 1:29

By anointing the Saviour with spikenard, Mary was revealing a tremendous depth of understanding - both of Who Jesus (Yahshua) really was, and also of Who He was to her - personally. This woman, who had formerly been possessed by seven devils, but whom the Saviour had set free, was gratefully washing His Feet with her tears and with the perfect anointing oil:

- one that had come from so far and it cost a king's ransom - for He had come from so far to provide Salvation - and WAS the King's Ransom.

- one that was from a plant which is a natural herb for lifting pain (Valerian is a natural painkiller) - for He had blessed her so deeply, healing her soul from the pain of demonic possession.

- one that was named for "light" - for He was the Light of the World and the one Who had enlightened her personal darkness.

- one that was named for "purity" - for He was the spotless Lamb of God, Who had come to die for her sins, for yours, and for mine.

​Yes, Mary's choice of spikenard was absolutely the perfect gift - the perfect response - to the Messiah. But did you know that it was also a fulfillment of a Messianic prophecy? Solomon prophesied a thousand years earlier of this momentous event. Song of Solomon 1:12 says,

“While the king sitteth at his table, my spikenard sendeth forth the smell thereof.”

In this verse, the King is sitting, which is symbolic of His finished work at Calvary. He is inviting His Bride to come and join Him at the Marriage Supper feast. The bride’s fragrance emanates out of her spirit in worship and adoration for the King’s provision. This is the kind of lavish love and adoration which each of us should freely render unto our Heavenly King. Truly, he who is forgiven much -loves much. 

Do you realize just how much He has done for you? If so, you can join Mary in seeking powerful ways to worship and honor Him - like Mary with her spikenard anointing.

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