A Declarations & Decrees: God Almighty Is Sovereign, Omniscient & Eternal!

I write these decrees in the Name of Jesus Christ and in His authority and through His power.

The Angelic troops stand ready to dispatch these decrees to the heavenly realms to the rulers, and authorities, and to post in the King’s Palace (Revelations 2-3, Esther 8:10,13).

◦ We decree and declare the Lord Elohim God Almighty is KING, robed in MAJESTY; He is robed, girded with STRENGTH; He ESTABLISHED the World and it cannot be moved.

◦ His Throne was established long ago; He has existed FOREVER!

◦ We declare the DEEP is raising up, the DEEP is raising up its VOICE, the deep is raising its CRASHING WAVES.

◦ More than the SOUND of rushing waters or the mighty BREAKERS of the sea, the Lord on HIGH is MIGHTY!

◦ We decree and declare the Lord God sets kings and rulers in place to carry out His WILL.

◦ Those who are OBEDIENT and TRUSTWORTHY will remain and be STRENGTHENED.

◦ Those who are determined to follow their own AGENDA will be removed.

◦ Those contrary to Elohim God’s design are being REMOVED!

◦ We decree and declare men and women are being POSITIONED in government positions throughout this nation.

◦ They are DEPENDABLE and have INTEGRITY in carrying out Elohim God’s directives.

◦ These are the Ones who will SUCCEED in this nation.

◦ They have hearts after their Father Elohim God.

◦ We decree and declare FAITHFULNESS and OBEDIENCE is RISING up among Believers in high offices in the Land.

◦ The TIDE is being turned, the RIGHTEOUSNESS of the Most High Elohim God is becoming EVIDENT in the Land!

◦ We decree and declare the PROPHETS in this Nation will stand soundly on the Word of Elohim God, and SPEAK His Words and His Words only.

◦ We decree STRENGTH and RESOLVE for the Prophets of the Most High!

◦ We decree and declare THOSE WHO ARE CHOSEN by the Lord Elohim God Almighty, are MIGHTY by the Hand of Elohim God.

◦ They will move NATIONS and BOUNDARIES.

◦ We BLESS the Lord for desiring to use men and women after His Heart to carry out His DEEDS, His DESIGN.

◦ We declare the Lord takes pleasure in your OBEDIENCE, more so than in sacrifices in the midst of disobedience.

◦ Surely OBEYING is better than sacrifice, and heeding orders is better than the fat of rams.

◦ We decree and declare REBELLION is like the sin of sorcery, STUBBORNNESS like the crime of idolatry.

◦ Those who REJECT the Word of the Lord, are being REJECTED and REMOVED by the Hand of God.

◦ We decree and declare the High Priest is APPOINTED to act on the People’s behalf with regard to things concerning God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sin.

◦ No one takes this Honor upon himself, rather, her is CALLED by Elohim God, just as Aaron was.

◦ So neither did Christ/ Messiah glorify Himself to become High Priest, rather, it was the One Who said to Him, “You are my Son; today I have become your Father.”

◦ We decree and declare Christ Jesus/ Messiah Yeshua is a PRIEST FOREVER to be compared with During His life on Earth, He offered up PRAYERS and PETITIONS to the One Who had the POWER to deliver Him from Death; and He was HEARD because of His GODLINESS!

◦ We decree and declare that Jesus/ Yeshua learned OBEDIENCE through SUFFERINGS.

◦ After He was brought to the GOAL, He became the SOURCE of ETERNAL DELIVERANCE to all who OBEY Him!

◦ We declare a CLEANSING and UNIFYING of the people of this land as these decrees go forth.

In the name of King Jesus Christ, empowered and led of the Holy Spirit of Elohim God, we dispatch the Angelic troops, throughout this land and in the spirit realm, to deliver these decrees to all, both flesh and spirit.

The enemy, the principalities and powers, have no authority to act against these decrees of our King, the Lord Elohim God Almighty; their actions will be of no effect to Elohim God’s chosen ones, but will be turned back on themselves for destruction.

The Lord Elohim God Almighty, Maker of Heaven and Earth, we praise Your Name for You are True and Faithful and Just to perform it.  Amen!

“1 The Lord reigns, He is clothed with majesty; the Lord has clothed and girded Himself with strength; indeed, the world is firmly established, it will not be moved. 2 Your throne is established from of old; You are from everlasting. 3 The floods have lifted up, O Lord, the floods have lifted up their voice, the floods lift up their pounding waves. 4 More than the sounds of many waters, than the mighty breakers of the sea, the Lord on high is mighty. 5 Your testimonies are fully confirmed; holiness befits Your house, O Lord, forevermore,”   Psalm 93:1-5.

“1 Then Samuel said to Saul, “The Lord sent me to anoint you as king over His people, over Israel; now therefore, listen to the words of the Lord. 2 Thus says the Lord of hosts, ‘I will punish Amalek for what he did to Israel, how he set himself against him on the way while he was coming up from Egypt. 3 Now go and strike Amalek and utterly destroy all that he has, and do not spare him; but put to death both man and woman, child and infant, ox and sheep, camel and donkey’”……
…..  7 So Saul defeated the Amalekites, from Havilah as you go to Shur, which is east of Egypt. 8 He captured Agag the king of the Amalekites alive, and utterly destroyed all the people with the edge of the sword. 9 But Saul and the people spared Agag and the best of the sheep, the oxen, the fatlings, the lambs, and all that was good, and were not willing to destroy them utterly; but everything despised and worthless, that they utterly destroyed. 10 Then the word of the Lord came to Samuel, saying, 11 “I regret that I have made Saul king, for he has turned back from following Me and has not carried out My commands.” And Samuel was distressed and cried out to the Lord all night. 12 Samuel rose early in the morning to meet Saul; and it was told Samuel, saying, “Saul came to Carmel, and behold, he set up a monument for himself, then turned and proceeded on down to Gilgal.” 13 Samuel came to Saul, and Saul said to him, “Blessed are you of the Lord! I have carried out the command of the Lord.” 14 But Samuel said, “What then is this bleating of the sheep in my ears, and the lowing of the oxen which I hear?” 15 Saul said, “They have brought them from the Amalekites, for the people spared the best of the sheep and oxen, to sacrifice to the Lord  your God; but the rest we have utterly destroyed.” 16 Then Samuel said to Saul, “Wait, and let me tell you what the Lord said to me last night.” And he said to him, “Speak!” 17 Samuel said, “Is it not true, though you were little in your own eyes, you were made the head of the tribes of Israel? And the Lord anointed you king over Israel, 18 and the Lord sent you on a mission, and said, ‘Go and utterly destroy the sinners, the Amalekites, and fight against them until they are exterminated.’ 19 Why then did you not obey the voice of the Lord, but rushed upon the spoil and did what was evil in the sight of the Lord?”……
……  22 Samuel said, “Has the Lord as much delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed than the fat of rams. 23 “For rebellion is as the sin of divination, and insubordination is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the Lord, He has also rejected you from being king,”   1 Samuel 15:1-3, 7-19, 22-23.

“1 For every high priest taken from among men is appointed on behalf of men in things pertaining to God, in order to offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins; 2 he can deal gently with the ignorant and misguided, since he himself also is beset with weakness; 3 and because of it he is obligated to offer sacrifices for sins, as for the people, so also for himself. 4 And no one takes the honor to himself, but receives it when he is called by God, even as Aaron was. 5 So also Christ did not glorify Himself so as to become a high priest, but He who said to Him, “You are My Son, today I have begotten You”; 6 just as He says also in another passage, “You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.” 7 In the days of His flesh, He offered up both prayers and supplications with loud crying and tears to the One able to save Him from death, and He was heard because of His piety. 8 Although He was a Son, He learned obedience from the things which He suffered. 9 And having been made perfect, He became to all those who obey Him the source of eternal salvation, 10 being designated by God as a high priest according to the order of Melchizedek,”   Hebrews 5:1-10.

This Week’s Torah Portion | 4 Feb – 10 Feb, 2018 – 19 Shevat – 25 Shevat, 5778

Mishpatim (Ordinances) Parsha – Weekly Torah Portion

TORAH : EXODUS 21:1-24:18
PROPHETS : 2 KINGS 11:17-12:17
GOSPEL : MATTHEW 26:20-30

About the Weekly Torah Portion

From ancient times there has been a weekly portion (Parashah) from the first five books of Moses (The Torah) and an ending (Haftarah) from the Prophets read on the Sabbath in synagogues around the world. This portion is given a Hebrew name drawn from the opening words of the Torah passage.

We have found that in perusing these weekly readings, not only are we provided opportunity to identify in the context of God’s Word with millions of Jewish people around the world, but very often the Holy Spirit will highlight specific passages pertinent that week in our intercession for the Land and people of Israel.

The Haftarah, unless otherwise noted, will be that read in Ashkenazy synagogues around the world.

“The word of the LORD came to me saying, ‘What do you see, Jeremiah?’ And I said, ‘I see a rod of an almond tree.’ Then the LORD said to me, ‘You have seen well, for I am watching over My word to perform it.’”

“Unless the LORD builds the house, they labor in vain who build it; Unless the LORD guards the city, the watchman keeps awake in vain.” (Psalm 127:1)

“Blessed is the man who listens to me [i.e. wisdom], watching daily at my doors, waiting at my doorway. For those who find me find life and receive favor from the LORD.” (Proverbs 8:34).

The readings for this week 4-10 February 2018 are called Mishpatim—“Judgments”:

NOTE: The Sabbath preceding the 1st of Adar (this year February 16th) is traditionally set apart for honoring the giving in ancient times of a “Shekel Tax” for the Tabernacle/Temple. On this Sabbath an additional Torah portion (Exodus 30:11-16) is read in synagogues; and a reading from II Kings mentioning “each man’s census money” often replaces the usual Haftarah reading from Jeremiah.

Mishpatim—“Judgments”

Almond Tree in Israel

Last week’s Portion began with the appointments of judges in Israel. The first three chapters of this week’s readings provide these judges with guidelines for the working out of righteous judgments (mishpatim) in Israel’s governance. They include laws and ordinances, with instructions for situations related to various moral issues and offenses. These might be seen as subheadings to the Ten Commandments of Chapter 20 (Instructions for the Priesthood related to its intercession between the people and heaven will come later in Exodus and through the entire Book of Leviticus.). Chapter 23 also contains sections regarding the rest (Sabbaths) God has provided—both for man, his animals, and for the land within which they will be living. There are instructions regarding the three “pilgrim feasts”, which will be observed once the land is conquered. And there are revelations and instructions pertaining to that conquest itself, including the extent of the land’s future boundaries. In a remarkable passage in Chapter 24, YHVH calls Moses, Aaron and his two sons, and 70 elders of the people to a special personal meeting with Himself. At the last, His Glory rests on Mount Sinai and Moses goes up into the cloud to be with God for forty days and forty nights. To the eyes of the Israelites, the glory of the LORD is “as a consuming fire on the mountain top.”

*Exodus 21:2. “If you buy a Hebrew servant…” There are passages in this reading dealing with the fair treatment of servants or slaves (the Hebrew word is the same for either). They are instructions specifically for Israel and the circumstances she would encounter as a people set apart and with her God present with her. During this period it appears to have been permitted for a family beset by financial difficulties to sell their services to a fellow Hebrew. But such arrangements were to be administered within certain guidelines, and for a restricted period of time, with release coming on the seventh year (Israel’s failure to follow these guidelines is part of the subject of this week’s normal Haftarah in Jeremiah). Other passages in this reading deal with treatment of those brought into servitude after being captured on the battlefield (always excepting the nations within Canaan itself, which were under God’s judgment and not to be given quarter). In the New Covenant, instructions were given to believers regarding servants and their masters (Ephesians 6:5-9; I Peter 2:18-25), with a special reminder to masters that “your own Master also is in heaven, and there is no partiality with Him.”

*Exodus 21:5-6 (NKJV). “But if the servant plainly says, ‘I love my master, my wife, and my children; I will not go out free,’ then his master shall bring him to the judges…” The word here translated “judges” is actually Hebrew Elohim – “God”. The judgments made by Moses (Exodus 18:19) and by the “judges” set up at the counsel of Jethro 18:17-27 were considered to be those of God Himself (See also Deuteronomy 1:17a: “You shall not show partiality in judgment; you shall hear the small as well as the great; you shall not be afraid in any man’s presence, for the judgment is God’s…”).

*Exodus 22:21; 23:9. “You shall not wrong a stranger or oppress him….since you yourselves know the feelings of a stranger, for you also were strangers in the land of Egypt.” The word “stranger” is Hebrew ger, a “sojourner, temporary dweller, new-comer with no inherited rights” (Brown-Driver-Briggs 1616).

Israel is presently in a serious dilemma related to some 38,000 persons who migrated from Africa (mostly Eritrea and Sudan) and crossed into Israel through her border with the Sinai Peninsula between 2006 and 2012. At its height in 2010, the flux of those pouring into the land reached 1,300 a month. In 2014 Israel constructed a 150-mile long fence along that border, one which electrically alerts border security when it is breached; and the entrances have since stopped. Today around 90% of those immigrants live in southern Tel Aviv. They are considered illegal and are without a status and unable to obtain good jobs or societal benefits. These people claim to be seeking asylum from repressive, in some cases genocidal regimes. Israeli officials believe that the majority are actually “economic migrants”—entering Israel illegally in search of better way of life. Recently, the present government has begun enacting plans to deport large numbers of those they don’t believe qualify as refugees back to the African continent. It is a very complicated difficult and distressing situation. Many have already been here for over eight years, have begun to learn Hebrew, have raised children; all wish to become Israeli citizens. There is no doubt that many are legitimate refugees who could face terrible hardships if deported. It is also true that many are not. Israel is in need of showing mercy and humanitarianism. Yet, if Israel opens its borders to everyone who would like to take advantage of our economy and civil opportunities, this tiny and crowded country which feels a strong responsibility that it maintain a Jewish majority would be flooded. Those in our present government who hold the authority over who may enter are presently ultra-Orthodox, who have a very narrow view of who should be allowed into the country. May the God of Israel guide and clarify clearly who are the sojourners He has brought to live in the midst of His land long side His returned chosen people Israel! To err here could bring judgment upon our nation.

PLEASE PRAY: for wisdom, mingled with compassion and the fear of the Lord amongst Israel’s leaders regarding the continuing difficulties of illegal immigration to Israel, especially the crisis of the African refugees in Tel Aviv. Pray that those immigrants God is drawing to abide in His land will be welcomed and cared for here; that those being sent by the evil one to cause division will be kept out. That God’s mercy and protection attend those who are sent away. Pray for the life of the Son to come into the peoples of this Land—so that the harmony of the Holy Spirit will rule over the Jews He has appointed to oversee His land—over the Arabs and others peoples the Lord appoints to live out their lives before Him in Israel.

*Exodus 22:22-24. “You shall not afflict any widow or fatherless child. If you afflict them in any way, and they cry at all to Me, I will surely hear their cry, and My wrath will become hot…” The plight of these people has always been and continues to be close to God’s heart. “Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world” (James 1:27).

*Exodus 22:28. “You shall not revile God, nor curse a ruler of your people.” We find it instructive that the Hebrew words for “revile” and “curse” are the same two words used in a warning relevant to the seed of Abraham in Genesis 12:3: “I will bless those who bless you, and those who revile you, I will curse.” “Cursing” is a solemn prerogative of the Most High.

PLEASE PRAY: for grace among believers in Israel to bless our leaders with intercession on their behalf—that, while not being blind to their faults, we will not curse them by reviling them with our words, either by mouth or on the internet. It is God who raises up authorities…it is to Him that we have recourse if they misbehave.

*Exodus 23:20. “Behold, I am going to send an angel before you to guard you along the way and to bring you into the place which I have prepared. Be on your guard before him and obey his voice, to not be rebellious toward him, for he will not pardon your transgression, since My name is in him.” Although the Hebrew word for “angel” can also mean “messenger” (some Jewish commentators even equate this angel with Moses himself), it is virtually certain that a supernatural being is referred to here. It is this being who will “bring them in” to the land (something which Moses will, alas, not ultimately be allowed to take part in). In this passage, God also mentions sending His “terror” ahead of Israel, along with “hornets” (vss 27, 28). The battle would be won “little by little” until Israel would “become fruitful and take possession of the Land” (vs. 30); and the LORD would ‘fix’ her boundaries (vs 31).

PLEASE PRAY: that Israel become again aware of the supernatural element which is required in her warfare. Pray for believers to receive revelation as how best to “be on their guard” for the voice of angels whose assignments from God include ministering on their behalf (Hebrews 1:14). Pray for patience regarding the battle, in which at times victory must be accomplished “little by little” (Vs 30); and for an awareness that “fruitfulness” must precede taking full “possession of the Land” (Vs 30). Pray that Israel’s borders would be “fixed in God’s timing according to His Word (Vs 31).

*Exodus 23:25-26. “So you shall serve the LORD your God, and He will bless your bread and your water. And I will take sickness away from the midst of you. No one shall suffer miscarriage or be barren in your land; I will fulfill the number of your days.”

PLEASE PRAY: That the Body of Messiah in Israel will grasp these promises in faith in our own day.

*Exodus 24:6-8. “And Moses took half the blood and put it in basins and half the blood he sprinkled on the altar. Then he took the Book of the Covenant and read in the hearing of the people. And they said, ‘All that YHVH has said we will do, and be obedient.’ And Moses took the blood sprinkled it on the people, and said, ‘This is the blood of the covenant which YHVH has made with you according to all these words.” Perhaps in this case the blood was sprinkled upon the seventy elders as representative of the million+ congregation of Israel. Hebrews 9:19-22 appears to quote from this passage to show that “according to the Torah, almost all things are purified with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no remission”—“But (Hebrews 9:11-15) Messiah came as High Priest of the good things to come…Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption…How much more shall the blood of Messiah, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? For this reason He is the Mediator of the New Covenant, by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions under the First Covenant, that those who are called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance.”

PLEASE PRAY: That through this same “Eternal Spirit” revelation would come to Jews that a New Covenant (Jeremiah 31:31) is come—in the blood of Messiah Yeshua (Luke 22:20) which has been shed for them and for all children of Adam.

*Exodus 24:9-11. “Then Moses went up with Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel, and they saw the God of Israel; and under His feet there appeared to be a pavement of sapphire, as clear as the sky itself, yet He did not stretch out His hand against the nobles of the sons of Israel; and they saw God, and they ate and drank.” Twice in this passage we are told that these leaders of Israel “saw God”. Since “no one has seen God at any time”, but “He who has seen the Son has seen the Father”—we believe that this can only have been an encounter with the pre-incarnate Yeshua. There are two different Hebrew words used here for ‘saw’. The first (root: ra’ah) most generally means simply “to see”. The second (root: ha’zah) has more to do with “gazing upon”…in fact, it is often used in both Biblical and Modern Hebrew in a prophetic sense. It is this word which is used in Psalm 27:4, where the poet’s greatest longing is to dwell in the LORD’s house so as to “gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to inquire in His temple.”

PLEASE PRAY: for leaders of present-day Israel to be granted to “see” the God of their father Israel/Jacob, and to have (and to take) opportunity to “gaze” at the beauty of His risen Son. Pray for an opening of the eyes of leaders in the Body of Messiah in Israel to “see” prophetically. In ancient Israel, these included worship leaders such as Heman (I Chron. 25:5), Asaph (II Chron. 29:30) and Jeduthan (II Chron. 35:15) who were referred to as “seers” and whose descendants ‘prophesied’ on their instruments (I Chron. 25:1).

*Exodus 24:17. “The sight of the glory of the LORD was like a consuming fire on the top of the mountain in the eyes of the children of Israel.”

PLEASE PRAY: Hebrews 12:28-29 into our lives as believers here in Israel—even as we would pray the same for you: “Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. For our God is a consuming fire.”

*Jeremiah 33:25-26. “Thus says the LORD: ‘If I have not established my covenant with day and night and the fixed order of heaven and earth, then I will reject the offspring of Jacob and David my servant and will not choose one of his offspring to rule over the offspring of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. For I will restore their fortunes and will have mercy on them.’”

PLEASE PRAY: For leaders of God’s choosing to arise into the offices of leadership in the Land—those in whom will awaken the lineage with the anointing, the courage and wisdom, and passion after God that David the king had in His day.

[The readings for next week (11-17 February 2018) are called T’rumah—“Donation”: TORAH: Exodus 25:1—28:19; HAFTARAH: I Kings 5:12—6:13]
In A Nutshell
In the portion, Mishpatim (Ordinances), the Creator gives to Moses a collection of laws and judgments pertaining to various topics: between man and man, Hebrew slaves, Hebrew maidservant, murder, theft, lending money, and others. The Creator also dictates laws concerning man and God, meat and dairy foods, the Sabbath, Shmita (year of omission, refraining from growing crops), etc.

Moses conveys to the children of Israel the message that the Creator will help them enter the land of Israel, and warns them about practicing idolatry. Moses reads before them from the book of covenant, and the people reply, “We will do and we will hear” (Exodus, 24:7). Moses builds an altar and offers sacrifices to the Creator, and a covenant is signed between the people and the Creator. Moses carries out the Creator’s command, ascends Mount Sinai to receive the tablets of the covenant, accompanied by his servant, Joshua, and stays there forty days and forty nights.

Commentary
In the portion, Mishpatim (Ordinances), Moses ascends Mount Sinai although he had already received all the laws and ordinances and the children of Israel had already kept the Torah and the laws regarding the offerings. This tells us that laws and ordinances are one thing, and the Torah is another.

The portion details all the laws of the spiritual world, everything a person needs to do. In order to be able to do it we must receive the Torah. The Torah was given because “I have created the evil inclination, I have created for it the Torah as a spice.”[1] That is, one is shown who one is compared to what one should be at the degree of “man,” in a state of loving others and connection among everyone, a state of correction of all the egoistic desires.

This is why the laws come first. One who begins to study the wisdom of Kabbalah understands that first one must correct oneself, one’s attitude toward the group, toward the people, and toward the world. There are many internal corrections of the evil inclination that one must perform. When one understands what one must do is when the time of reception of the Torah arrives. A person learns to receive the light that corrects one during the study.

This is how we gradually obtain the upper world, the Creator, the upper force that fills the upper world. This is why it was said, “We will do and we will hear”: first we must do, and then—in the corrected Kelim (vessels) that we build—we discover the Creator filling those Kelim.

The portion explains the structure of the soul because it is all there is. Although we are living in the soul now, too, we feel and understand this world within the soul to a very limited degree, still (inanimate) degree. The portion tells us how to open up the soul, the Kli (vessel), and how to correct and expand it. This allows us to transcend the boundaries of this world.

When we correct all the levels in the soul, namely the corrupt the desires, we open them up and discover within them the higher dimension, the upper world. Thus, in addition to our perception of this world, we also feel the upper world, as it is written, “You will see your world in your life.”[2] The Torah was given to us in order to open ourselves up to the perception of the spiritual world, so we could live in both worlds through our present perception, through our bodies, until we understand that it isn’t really our body.

Today, the entire world, the whole of humanity, is in a crisis. It is a stage of transitioning from the perception of this world into the perception of the additional, spiritual world.

In conferences that discuss the future of the world, scientists and psychologists claim that the whole of humanity is in transition to a new perception. We therefore see that we are shifting to new laws and a new perception of reality.

Mishpatim is pertinent today, as well, as we are discovering that we do not know the rules affecting our world, making it difficult for us to cope with it. When we begin to know the world, we will discover that to cope with it we need the Torah, an instruction, for “I have created the evil inclination; I have created for it the Torah as a spice.”

We should recognize that we do not have the power of the light that reforms, the Torah of light, namely the wisdom of Kabbalah, by which to achieve the correction of human nature. With the corrected nature we will see the new, expanded reality.

When Moses arrives with Joshua at Mount Sinai, he leaves him below and ascends. He stays on the mountain for “forty days and forty nights” (Genesis, 7:4) in order to receive the power of the Torah. This is considered that he has risen a degree.

Man is a small world. Therefore, we must come to see that the whole of reality is in us. Within us are all the laws, all the ordinances, the people of Israel, all the parts of our will to receive that we must arrange as the structure of the soul. We leave what is considered “Joshua” below, while Moses climbs to the top of the mountain. When we set up the picture correctly at the stage of our spiritual progress called “the portion, Mishpatim,” we advance toward attaining the goal of creation. In that state, we feel as one who is climbing up the mountain and is already in contact with the Creator.

Questions and Answers

The portion details many rules, such as concerning Hebrew slaves, and meat and dairy foods. These are divided into to parts: between man and man, and between man and God. On the one hand, we say that everything is about relations between people. On the other hand, we say that everything is about connecting to the Creator; why do we make that division?

All the rules were intended for the correction of the soul, meaning our will to receive. All that was created is the will to receive, and each of us is immersed in our own will to receive. The will to receive is divided into ten Sephirot: Keter, Hochma, Bina, Hesed, Gevura, Tifferet, Netzah, Hod, Yesod, and Malchut. It is also divided into three lines, into five Behinot (discernments), and into Aviut (thickness, levels of desire) Shoresh (root)-1-2-3-4. It contains everything.

We are living inside our will to receive, which is called a Neshama (soul), and the Creator is the general force of bestowal, of love. When inside our will to receive, and not in bestowal and love, we do not discover the Creator in our soul; He is hidden. We can discover Him only if we correct our will to receive so it works in order to bestow, in love of others. In the process appears the force of bestowal and love, called “the Creator.”

So how do we correct it and how do we approach the correction? The whole world is mistaken in that question. Everyone thinks that they understand what we need to do in life; this is why there are so many religions and belief systems. But none but real Kabbalists have any clear notion.

In fact, our Torah is very simple. It is even written, “It is one, easy thing.”[3] A person needs to join a group that engages only is in love of friends, and that this is its goal. If we are “as one man with one heart,”[4] we will receive the Torah. If we do not, here will be our burial, as it is written, “If you receive the Torah (law), very well; if you do not, there will it be your burial.”[5] That is, everything relates to connection.

There are two stages in love of humanity. First, there is “that which you hate, do not do to your friend.”[6] Next, there is “love your neighbor as yourself … it is a great rule in the Torah.”[7] Both stages are to be carried out in a group. In a group we learn all the rules concerning man and man.

When we understand, know, and have mastered these laws, and can feel and sense them, we understand how to advance from the love of man to the love of God, the Creator. This is when we ascend to a state of “and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and with all your might” (Deuteronomy, 6:5). In that state we acquire the mind, heart, understanding, and the inclination toward it when we engage in love of others. This is why we go from loving people into love of the Creator.

There are rules concerning man and man, and there are rules concerning man and God. Why do we feel it is easier to observe the commandments concerning man and God?

It is easier because when we perform Mitzvot concerning man and God we feel that we can say anything. It is enough to shove a note into a crack in the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem to calm ourselves. It is nice; we get no response; no one tells us if we are right or wrong, if it is enough or not. However, toward friends, relatives, general people, the nation, state, and humanity, we need to actually reach the goal—to scrutinize whether we love them or not.

“Love” means that one takes the desires of others and satisfies them however one can, caring for them before caring for one’s own. This is the meaning of love. It is serving others in every way, instead of serving myself. Today it seems impossible, so it is easier to cover it up by saying, “Don’t worry, I get on with the Creator.” However, this leads us very far from the true Torah.

From The Zohar: Administer Justice in the Morning

Why did the Creator see fit to give the Dinim to Israel, meaning the portion Mishpatim [Ordinances], after the ten commandments? The Torah was given to Israel from the side of Gevura. For this reason, they must establish peace among them through judgments and ordinances, so that the Torah will be kept on all its sides. The world exists only on Din, for without the Din it would not exist. And for this reason, the world was created in Din and exists.

Zohar for All, Mishpatim (Ordinances), item 517

The world leaves by judgment because the Creator created only the will to receive, an egoistic desire that wants to satisfy itself and feel good. There is nothing in reality but the desire to bestow, which is the upper force, and the desire to receive, which is the force of the creature. All that exists is the balance between these two forces. We can also see how it unfolds in the order of the worlds, in Yod–Hey–Vav–Hey, how it is rooted and hangs down to this world.

This world, too, is built on four basic principles. If they did not exist it would not be possible to sustain the universe with all its stars, the earth, and life upon it. These four principles exist in atoms, and in the relations between the parts of the atom.

The will to receive is the foundation. When we begin to work with that foundation in order to bestow, we permeate creation. We have never done this because we have always been using only those laws that are in us egoistically.

Until now we have been following the path paved for us by nature. Now, for the first time, once we have come to the wisdom of Kabbalah, we are beginning to seemingly work against our nature. This is why this work is called “My sons defeated Me,”[8] because we are seemingly going against the Creator.

The Creator created the evil inclination and we turn it into a good inclination. We open ourselves up to a completely new reality. Only in this world are we feeling only our nature.

As it is written in The Zohar, the corrections are through the correction of Gevura, which is why we become Gevarim, from the Hebrew word Hitgabrut (to overcome). That is, we rise above our egos and enter the world that is above the ego, the other world—the world of bestowal.

The Book of Zohar is special because of the influence of the light on our correction. Never in history has there been another an event where ten great Kabbalists gathered, each corresponding to a different Sephira at the head of the system of governance. They assembled and wrote the master plan of governance and guidance of the whole of reality first-hand. In fact, they were in that source themselves.

Therefore, when reading what they wrote, we draw on ourselves that light so it may sanctify us and bring us to the level of Bina, which is called “holy” or “sanctified,” meaning bestowal—love of others. This is when we receive our best weapon against our egos.

From The Zohar: The Grandfather

Many are the people in the world whose minds are confused and they do not see truthfully in the Torah. Each day, the Torah calls upon them with love for them, yet they do not wish to turn their heads back and listen to her. In the Torah, a thing comes out of its sheath, appears briefly, and promptly hides. When it appears out of the sheath and promptly hides, the Torah does it only for those who know her and are known in her.

… So is a word of Torah: it appears only to the one who loves her. The Torah knows that that wise of heart circles the gate to her house each day. What does she do? She shows her face from within the palace, gives him a hint, and promptly returns to her place and hides. All those from there neither know nor look, but he alone, whose guts and heart, and soul follow her. This is why the Torah appears and covers, and goes to her loved one with love, to awaken the love with him.

Zohar for All, Mishpatim (Ordinances), items 97-99

When we need to reveal, we also need to conceal. And yet, it is particularly when we conceal that we reveal. This is the Torah—the Megila of Esther (the story of Esther). It becomes Meguleh (revealed) particularly in concealment. The more one conceals one’s ego, the more one reveals the place above the ego, where the Creator appears. This is the oppositeness that people do not understand. Our senses cannot perceive it because the technique of concealment and disclosure is built on oppositeness.

What do the commandments that the portion discusses mean?

All commandments are laws pertaining to the soul. Meat and dairy foods correspond to right and left, and observing the Sabbath pertains to the prohibition to touch the last part of the will to receive, which for now remains unattended to because we haven’t the strength for it. Only once we complete all of our corrections and reach the seventh millennium, after six thousand years—the six days of working on our corrections, our will to receive—we will reach the Sabbath, namely rest. On Sabbath we avoid touching desires that pertain to the seventh part.

The portion describes humanity seemingly jumping a degree; what is that jump?

When Moses and the people of Israel approach Mount Sinai, the nature they are in—which they must correct—appears to them. Today that state of required correction is gradually appearing before humanity, and many academic and scientific conferences around the world are discussing the correction that humanity is going through.

Will new laws appear before humanity?

Yes, and people will begin to talk about it. They will understand it and feel it. We are changing each day. A new awareness, new sensation, new perception is coming to the world making people more sensitive. All of a sudden we can perceive that there is another dimension outside of us, that we are living in our egos, inside our will to receive, and that this is where we perceive reality. We feel through our desires. Should they change, we will perceive a different reality, as it is written, “I saw an opposite world.”[9]

What does it mean to see an opposite world?

All the laws of Torah were meant only to explain how to discover laws that are opposite from us, how to move from love of self to love of others. This is the meaning of being opposite.

[1] Babylonian Talmud, Masechet Kidushin, 30b.
[2] Masechet Berachot, 17a.
[3] Midrash Rabah, Devarim, Portion 11, item 11.
[4] RASHI, Exodus, 19b.
[5] Babylonian Talmud, Masechet Avoda Zarah, p 2b.
[6] Masechet Shabbat, 31a.
[7] Jerusalem Talmud, Seder Nashim, Masechet Nedarim, Chapter 9, p 30b.
[8] Babylonian Talmud, Masechet Nezikin, Baba Metzia, 59b
[9] Babylonian Talmud, Masechet Nezikin, Baba Batra, 10b.

The Professors Discover Copy Of Jesus Secret Revelations To His Brother James

The Austin professors discover copy of Jesus’ secret revelations to his brother
A piece of the Coptic translation of the First Apocalypse of James from the Nag Hammadi Codex V. Credit: Nag Hammadi Library, Oxford University.
The first-known original Greek copy of a heretical Christian writing describing Jesus’ secret teachings to his brother James has been discovered at Oxford University by biblical scholars at The University of Texas at Austin.

To date, only a small number of texts from the Nag Hammadi library—a collection of 13 Coptic Gnostic books discovered in 1945 in Upper Egypt—have been found in Greek, their original language of composition. But earlier this year, UT Austin religious studies scholars Geoffrey Smith and Brent Landau added to the list with their discovery of several fifth- or sixth-century Greek fragments of the First Apocalypse of James, which was thought to have been preserved only in its Coptic translations until now.

“To say that we were excited once we realized what we’d found is an understatement,” said Smith, an assistant professor of religious studies. “We never suspected that Greek fragments of the First Apocalypse of James survived from antiquity. But there they were, right in front of us.”

The ancient narrative describes the secret teachings of Jesus to his brother James, in which Jesus reveals information about the heavenly realm and future events, including James’ inevitable death.

“The text supplements the biblical account of Jesus’ life and ministry by allowing us access to conversations that purportedly took place between Jesus and his brother, James—secret teachings that allowed James to be a good teacher after Jesus’ death,” Smith said.

The Austin professors discover copy of Jesus’ secret revelations to his brother
Geoffrey Smith and Brent Landau take a closer look at the Greek fragment identified as the First Apocalypse of James. The fragments–and rights to published images of them–are owned by the Egypt Exploration Society. Credit: Geoffrey Smith, UT Austin.
Such apocryphal writings, Smith said, would have fallen outside the canonical boundaries set by Athanasius, Bishop of Alexandria, in his “Easter letter of 367” that defined the 27-book New Testament: “No one may add to them, and nothing may be taken away from them.”

With its neat, uniform handwriting and words separated into syllables, the original manuscript was probably a teacher’s model used to help students learn to read and write, Smith and Landau said.

“The scribe has divided most of the text into syllables by using mid-dots. Such divisions are very uncommon in ancient manuscripts, but they do show up frequently in manuscripts that were used in educational contexts,” said Landau, a lecturer in the UT Austin Department of Religious Studies.

The teacher who produced this manuscript must have “had a particular affinity for the text,” Landau said. It does not appear to be a brief excerpt from the text, as was common in school exercises, but rather a complete copy of this forbidden ancient writing.

Smith and Landau announced the discovery at the Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting in Boston in November and are working to publish their preliminary findings in the Greco Roman Memoirs series of the Oxyrhynchus Papyri.

A Declarations & Decrees: Salvation to the Jews First & the Nations – Masses Are Coming to Christ!

I write these decrees in the Name of Jesus Christ and in His authority and through His power.

The Angelic troops stand ready to dispatch these decrees to the heavenly realms to the rulers, and authorities, and to post in the King’s Palace (Revelations 2-3, Esther 8:10,13).

◦ We declare the Lord of Hosts is EXTREMELY JEALOUS on Zion’s behalf, and He is jealous for her with GREAT FURY.

◦ The Lord is RETURNING to Zion and He will live in Jerusalem.

◦ Then Jerusalem will be called the City of Truth, the Mountain of the Lord of Hosts, the Mountain of the Holy One!

◦ We decree and declare PROTECTION and PEACE for the State of Israel.

◦ Though the terror is on all sides, we speak PEACE in the hearts of those who have called upon the Lord Elohim Almighty God and also Jesus/Yeshua, for SALVATION.

◦ We decree and declare Old men and old women will once again sit in the open places of Jerusalem; the city’s open places will also be full of boys and girls playing.

◦ The Lord of Hosts has saved His People from lands East and West.

◦ He is bringing them back, and they will live in Jerusalem.

◦ We decree and declare that the Jewish People are SEEING the TRUTH as their eyes are being opened; they are TURNING to Christ Jesus/ Messiah Yeshua for SALVATION.

◦ Through the centuries, there has been a Remnant, NOW the MASSES are returning to the Lord their Elohim God.

◦ We declare the GOOD NEWS was PROMISED in advance through the Prophets.

◦ Elohim God’s Son is physically descended from David; He was powerfully demonstrated to be the Son of God spiritually, SET APART by His having been RESURRECTED from the dead; He is Jesus Christ/ Yeshua Messiah, our Lord!

◦ We declare we receive GRACE and are given the work of being emissaries on His behalf promoting TRUST-GROUNDED OBEDIENCE among all Nations.

◦ We declare we are not ashamed of the GOOD NEWS, because it is Elohim God’s powerful means to bring SALVATION to EVERYONE who TRUSTS, to the Jew especially, but also to the Nations.

◦ We decree and declare Salvation REVEALS how Elohim God makes People RIGHTEOUS in His sight; and from beginning to end it is through trust – as the Scriptures state, “But the person who is righteous will live his life by trust.”

◦ We decree and declare to the People of Israel and to all the Nations of the Earth, it is in the NAME OF CHRIST JESUS/ MESSIAH YESHUA, that MIRACLES are INCREASING at a RAPID RATE: bind eyes are opened, the lame walk, and the deaf hear.

◦ We declare Jesus Christ/ Yeshua Messiah is the STONE rejected by the builders which has become the CORNERSTONE.

◦ There is SALVATION in NO ONE ELSE!

◦ For there is no other Name under Heaven given to humankind by whom we must be saved!

◦ We declare a CLEANSING and UNIFYING of the people of this land as these decrees go forth.

In the name of King Jesus Christ, empowered and led of the Holy Spirit of Elohim God, we dispatch the Angelic troops, throughout this land and in the spirit realm, to deliver these decrees to all, both flesh and spirit.

The enemy, the principalities and powers, have no authority to act against these decrees of our King, the Lord Elohim God Almighty; their actions will be of no effect to Elohim God’s chosen ones, but will be turned back on themselves for destruction.

The Lord Elohim God Almighty, Maker of Heaven and Earth, we praise Your Name for You are True and Faithful and Just to perform it.  Amen!

“1 Then the word of the Lord of hosts came, saying, 2 “Thus says the Lord of hosts, ‘I am exceedingly jealous for Zion, yes, with great wrath I am jealous for her.’ 3 Thus says the Lord, ‘I will return to Zion and will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem. Then Jerusalem will be called the City of Truth, and the mountain of the Lord of hosts will be called the Holy Mountain.’ 4 Thus says the Lord of hosts, ‘Old men and old women will again sit in the streets of Jerusalem, each man with his staff in his hand because of age. 5 And the streets of the city will be filled with boys and girls playing in its streets.’ 6 Thus says the Lord of hosts, ‘If it is too difficult in the sight of the remnant of this people in those days, will it also be too difficult in My sight?’ declares the Lord of hosts. 7 Thus says the Lord of hosts, ‘Behold, I am going to save My people from the land of the east and from the land of the west; 8 and I will bring them back and they will live in the midst of Jerusalem; and they shall be My people, and I will be their God in truth and righteousness’,……

…..  11 But now I will not treat the remnant of this people as in the former days,’ declares the Lord of hosts. 12 ‘For there will be peace for the seed: the vine will yield its fruit, the land will yield its produce and the heavens will give their dew; and I will cause the remnant of this people to inherit all these things. 13 It will come about that just as you were a curse among the nations, O house of Judah and house of Israel, so I will save you that you may become a blessing. Do not fear; let your hands be strong.’ 14 “For thus says the Lord of hosts, ‘Just as I purposed to do harm to you when your fathers provoked Me to wrath,’ says the Lord of hosts, ‘and I have not relented, 15 so I have again purposed in these days to do good to Jerusalem and to the house of Judah. Do not fear! 16 These are the things which you should do: speak the truth to one another; judge with truth and judgment for peace in your gates. 17 Also let none of you devise evil in your heart against another, and do not love perjury; for all these are what I hate,’ declares the Lord.” 18 Then the word of the Lord of hosts came to me, saying, 19 “Thus says the Lord of hosts, ‘The fast of the fourth, the fast of the fifth, the fast of the seventh and the fast of the tenth months will become joy, gladness, and cheerful feasts for the house of Judah; so love truth and peace.’ 20 “Thus says the Lord of hosts, ‘It will yet be that peoples will come, even the inhabitants of many cities. 21 The inhabitants of one will go to another, saying, “Let us go at once to entreat the favor of the Lord, and to seek the Lord of hosts; I will also go.” 22 So many peoples and mighty nations will come to seek the Lord of hosts in Jerusalem and to entreat the favor of the Lord.’ 23 Thus says the Lord of hosts, ‘In those days ten men from all the nations will grasp the garment of a Jew, saying, “Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you,””    Zechariah 8:1-8, 11-23.

“2 which He promised beforehand through His prophets in the holy Scriptures, 3 concerning His Son, who was born of a descendant of David according to the flesh, 4 who was declared the Son of God with power by the resurrection from the dead, according to the Spirit of holiness, Jesus Christ our Lord, 5 through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith among all the Gentiles for His name’s sake, 6 among whom you also are the called of Jesus Christ,…..

…… 16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. 17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “But the righteous man shall live by faith,””   Romans 1:2-6, 16-17.

“8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers and elders of the people, 9 if we are on trial today for a benefit done to a sick man, as to how this man has been made well, 10 let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead — by this name this man stands here before you in good health. 11 He is the stone which was rejected by you, the builders, but which became the chief corner stone,””   Acts 4:8-11.

This Week’s Torah Portion | 28 Jan – 3 Feb, 2018 – 12 Shevat – 18 Shevat, 5778

Jethro Parsha – Weekly Torah Portion

TORAH : EXODUS 18:1-20:23
PROPHETS : ISAIAH 6:1-7:6, 9:5-6
GOSPEL : MATTHEW 19:16

About the Weekly Torah Portion

From ancient times there has been a weekly portion (Parashah) from the first five books of Moses (The Torah) and an ending (Haftarah) from the Prophets read on the Sabbath in synagogues around the world. This portion is given a Hebrew name drawn from the opening words of the Torah passage.

We have found that in perusing these weekly readings, not only are we provided opportunity to identify in the context of God’s Word with millions of Jewish people around the world, but very often the Holy Spirit will highlight specific passages pertinent that week in our intercession for the Land and people of Israel.

The Haftarah, unless otherwise noted, will be that read in Ashkenazy synagogues around the world.

The readings for this week 28 January—3 February 2018 are called Yitro — “Jethro”:

We focus this week upon one of the most powerful Torah Portions of the Year, centered round the descent of the LORD onto Mount Sinai and the release through His Living Word of the Ten Commandments to His people. Israel has just been given judges, but now they are given God’s standard by which they can judge what is GOOD. These Ten Commandments (or Ten Words) were not given to Moses alone up on the Mountain, but were heard coming forth from the fire by all of Israel. The release of these Words changed the direction of history for Israel and the world, and continues to instruct of His nature and ways today.

Torah

*Exodus 18:1— “Now Jethro, the priest of Midian, Moses’ father-in-law, heard of all that God (“Elohim”) had done for Moses and for Israel His people, how the LORD (“YHWH”) had brought Israel our of Egypt.”

This chapter is devoted to the counsels of Moses’ father-in-law Jethro, who came with Moses’ wife and two sons to meet him at the Mountain of God (near to the place where Moses had been pasturing Jethro’s flocks when God first appeared to him in the burning bush). Through his counsels, a system of judicial governance will be set up among the people (see below), which would remain in effect for some 400 years, until the people demanded a king. Jethro (which means “His Excellence”) is perhaps an honorary title for Reu’El (“Friend of God”; the name used in Ex. 2:18.). Jethro was a priest of God in Midian. Having hosted Moses as a son-in-law for many decades before his return to Egypt, he was probably to some degree familiar with the Hebrew concept of deity—and had heard of His name YHVH (Yehovah, the LORD). However, now the priest realizes and confesses that it is YHVH “who delivered you [Moses] from the hand of the Egyptians and from the hand of Pharaoh” (18:10); that it is YHVH who “is greater than all the gods” (18:11)…indeed, he rejoices “over all the goodness which YHVH had done to Israel.” (18:9)

It is remarkable that, rather than just making use of Jethro’s name, the Hebrew word ho-ten—“father-in-law” is mentioned repeatedly (13 times) in this short chapter. Moses honors his father-in-law, listening to his counsels (18:24). Honoring one’s parents, including those of one’s spouse, will be the fifth of the Commandments released on the mountain in chapter 20).

Exodus 18:21-22: “Furthermore, you shall select out of all the people able men who fear God, men of truth, those who hate dishonest gain; and you shall place these over them as leaders…let them judge the people at all times…”

Moses is counseled by his father-in-law to set up a system of “judges” amongt the people. Yet the word for “select” here is not the same as that for “chose” in verse 25. Rather it is Hebrew “hazeh”—to watch, envision, see prophetically, to foresee. It is of critical importance for the Body of Messiah in Israel that the choosing of leaders of godly fear, truth and honesty be done with supernatural vision and prophetic insight. That this system would include women as well as men is evidenced by the beginning of last week’s Haftarah: “Now Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lappidoth, was judging Israel at that time…and the sons of Israel came up to her for judgment.” (Judges 4:4-5).

Moses will give more details regarding the qualifications for these judicial leaders forty years later (Deuteronomy 1:9-18. That this was God’s first choice of governance for His people is corroborated by Isaiah 1:26, where the LORD declares a coming day after Israel has been purified: “Then I will restore your judges as at the first, and your counselors as at the beginning; after that you will be called the city of righteousness, a Faithful city.”

*Exodus 19:1-2. “On the third new moon (Rosh Chodesh—“head of the month”) of the setting out of the people of Israel from the land of Egypt, on that day they came into the desert of Sinai” …there Israel encamped before the mountain, while Moses went up to God” (Exodus 19: 1-2).

The “mountain” is Horeb, the Mountain of God, where Moses had first encountered the LORD in the burning bush (Exodus 3:1-2). The Hebrew for “bush” in that passage is sneh. Some scholars believe that the name by which this mountain would be most often remembered in Israel’s future Sinai, was itself taken from sneh, which in the Hebrew it very much resembles. In that case, Mount Sinai would be the mountain of the bush out of which the LORD had spoken to Moses, and the mountain out of which He would now speak in the hearing of all Israel. Today, its location is not certain. Although traditionally assumed to lie either in the center or south-central of the Sinai peninsula, in recent years strong reasons have been advanced for suspecting that the “far side of the desert” (Exodus 3:1; Midian straddled both sides of the Gulf of Aqaba) referred in fact to the north-western corner of the Arabian peninsula—in which case the crossing of the Red Sea might have taken place at the southern end of the Gulf.

The arrival of Moses with the Children of Israel at Mt. Sinai where they would remain for a year ministering to YHVH (rather than to the Pharaohs as they had done for the previous 400 years) began the fulfillment of God’s promise to Moses in Exodus 3:12, “I will certainly be with you. And this shall be a sign to you that I have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall serve Elohim on this mountain.”

*Exodus 19:4b. “…I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to Myself.” Compare Deuteronomy 32:10-12, “He found him in a desert land and in the wasteland, a howling wilderness; He encircled him, He instructed him, He kept him as the apple of His eye. As an eagle stirs up its nest, hovers over its young, spreading out its wings, taking them up, carrying them on its wings, so YHVH (the LORD) alone led him, and there was no foreign god with him.”

*Exodus 19:5. “And now, if you will truly heed My voice and guard My covenant, you will become for Me a treasure among all the peoples, for all the earth is Mine.” Compare Psalm 25:10, “All the paths of the LORD are grace and truth (Heb: chesed and emet), to such as guard His covenant and His testimonies.”

PLEASE PRAY: For Israelis to realize that God still longs to “bring her to Himself”, that He has released a New Covenant (Jeremiah 31:31-33) in the blood of His Son Yeshua, in whom “grace and truth are realized” (John 1:17); that as she embraces that Covenant, she will find that He is still speaking, and as she hears and responds to His voice, she will find again the treasured place in His heart.

*Exodus 19:6, 10. “You shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation… ‘Go to the people and consecrate them today and tomorrow, and let them wash their clothes.’” In Revelation 1:5-6 this call, made first to Israel, is now extended to all those children of Adam who receive the love of Yeshua by being washed from their sins in His blood. In this washing, they enter their destiny, being made into “a kingdom of priests to His God and Father.”

*Exodus 19:12-13. “You shall set bounds for the people all around, saying, ‘Beware that you do not go up on the mountain or touch the border of it; whoever touches the mountain shall surely be put to death…When the ram’s horn sounds a long blast, they shall come up to the mountain.”

This is the first specific mention of the “ram’s horn” in Scripture (apart from the ram caught “by its horns” in the thicket on Mount Moriah—Genesis 22:13). Here the Hebrew word is yovel. It is the name from which the English word “Jubilee” is derived—a day (Leviticus 25) every fifty years when blasts of a ram’s horn on Yom Kippur would signal liberty, and captives would be set free. The words used hereafter in this chapter (vss. 13, 16) when strong blasts of a rams horn would be released as the YHVH descends on Mount Sinai is shofar. Although both words will be used to describe the sounding of the rams horn at the battle of Jericho, it is shofar which is by far the most used throughout the Hebrew Scriptures. Almost every time the English translates “trumpet”, the word is shofar (the exceptions being the silver trumpets mentioned in Numbers 10, which is a different word still).

“When the ram’s horn sounds a long blast, they shall come up to the mountain…” Some Hebrew commentators understand this to mean that the people were forbidden from ascending the mountain while the manifestation of God’s presence (signaled by short, increasingly powerful blasts) was resting upon it. After that had come to an end, there was one last long blast of the yovel/shofar—at which time the mountain became as any other mountain and could be approached by the people. The mountain was holy because of the presence of the Holy One upon it.

*Exodus 19:16-20. “Then it came to pass on the third day, in the morning, that there were thundering and lightnings, and a thick cloud on the mountain; and the sound of the shofar was very loud, so that all the people who were in the camp trembled…Now Mount Sinai was completely in smoke, because YHVH descended upon it in fire. Its smoke ascended like the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mountain quaked greatly. And when the blast of the shofar sounded long and became louder and louder, Moses spoke, and Elohim answered him by voice. Then YHVH came down upon Mount Sinai, on the top of the mountain. And YHVH called Moses to the top of the mountain, and Moses went up.”

Compare Hebrews 12:18-29, “For you have not come to the mountain that may be touched and that burned with fire, and to blackness and darkness and tempest, and the sound of a shofar and the voice…But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels, to the general assembly and church of the firstborn registered in Heaven, to God the Judge of all, to the spirits of just men made perfect, to Yeshua the Mediator of the New Covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better things than that of Abel. See that you do not refuse Him who speaks…Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. FOR OUR GOD IS A CONSUMING FIRE.”

*Exodus 19:20; 20:1. “Then YHVH came down upon Mount Sinai, on the top of the mountain…And Elohim spoke all these words, saying…” The Scriptures testify that just as God Himself was present in the burning bush (Ex. 3:4), so was He present at Mount Sinai—He “came down” (19:11, 20) and “spoke all these words” (the Ten Commandments). It is difficult for religious Jews to grasp the concept of God taking a literal form, of coming physically into our experience (If they allowed such a possibility, they might then be compelled to consider the claims of His having taken on human form in the person of Yeshua/Jesus!) To explain away the Scriptural implications, they have contrived many complex theories regarding such manifestations, whether to Abraham at Hebron, or to the other Patriarchs, or to His appearance to Moses in the bush and here at Mt. Sinai.. John 1 speaks powerfully of the “Living Word” which was with God and which was God, and which was made flesh and came into the world in the form of Yeshua the Messiah.

PLEASE PRAY: for revelation that this same WORD/TORAH which came down and was released at Sinai in the hearing of all Israel, is that Word which took on flesh and came to bear away Her sin—and will return to rule and reign over a Kingdom of Peace. It is traditionally held that this giving of the Torah took place on what would later be celebrated as the Feast of Shavuot (Weeks, Pentecost).

PLEASE PRAY: that this Holy Spirit, which breathed forth the Torah and all of the Scriptures and was released on Pentecost, would awaken revelation within Jewish hearts regarding the Living Word of God which has come down to Earth.

All of the Ten Commandments are released grammatically in the 2nd person singular. They are God’s Law directed not to humankind in general, but towards each individual son and daughter of Adam.

*Exodus 20:4. “You shall not make for yourself a carved image…you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I am YHVH your God, a Jealous god…” This word for “Jealous” (kana) is used in its noun form in the last sentence of this week’s Reading from the Prophets, Isaiah 9:7. However, there it is translated “zeal” (through which the LORD will establish the government of His SON forever). Righteous jealousy or zeal is released on behalf of someone or something which is intensely loved. However, when activated in the flesh for selfish motives, the same word is translated “envy.”

*Exodus 20:13. “You shall not murder.” In some older English translations the word “kill” was used. But the words for kill, for slaughter (as, for a sacrifice) and for murder are three different words in the Hebrew.

*Exodus 20:21. “So the people stood afar off, but Moses drew near the thick cloud where God was.” This “thick cloud” (araphel) is translated “deep darkness” in Isaiah 60:2. But that darkness is over the “peoples”, and will be dispelled by the rising of the LORD, when His glory shall be “seen.” Today in Modern Hebrew araphel means “fog”—and Israel for the most part is “in a fog” regarding finding her God.

PLEASE PRAY: For the veil to be removed from the eyes of God’s ancient people—that a light rise in their hearts and God’s glory will be seen—that they will be drawn into the “Cloud of Unknowing” to discover the One who has known them from afar and drawn them in lovingkindness.

*Exodus 20:26. “Nor shall you go up by steps to My altar, that your nakedness may not be exposed on it.” It was God who first provided suitable clothing for hiding that which had awakened shame in Adam and Eve (Gen. 3:21). It would only be through the work of the Son that all humankind could again find themselves clothed—in His righteousness, and their shame taken away. “Clothe yourselves with the Lord Yeshua Messiah, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the sinful nature” (Romans 13:14).

Haftarah

Isaiah 6:1-7:6; 9:6-7

The readings from the Prophets for this week (Isaiah 6:1-7:6) contain, in parallel to the manifestation of the LORD’s presence in power on Mount Sinai, the awesome revelation of Holiness made to the prophet Isaiah. Before the holy presence of the LORD “high and lifted up”— the seraphim, the Voice, the shaking and smoke, Isaiah sees himself as unclean and his lips as unclean. Yet as he humbles himself and confesses his uncleanness and inadequacy, his lips are touched with the coal, his iniquity taken away, his sin purged. And he is given a message for his people—a message describing a “veil” which would settle upon the House of Israel (and which continues until the present day)…and the promise of a remnant. After a shorter message of instruction related to current events, the reading incredibly leaps two chapters to Isaiah 9:6-7, “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given; and the government will be upon his shoulder. And his name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end, upon the throne of David and over his kingdom, to order it and establish it with judgment and justice from that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the LORD of HOSTS will perform this!”

PLEASE PRAY: For divine revelation of the Holiness of the LORD to accompany this reading—and of His Zeal and Jealousy which has already seen the birth of the “Child”—who will soon be released to return and rule over His kingdom in judgment and justice forever!

[The readings for next week (4-10 February 2018) are called Mishpatim—“Judgments”: TORAH: Exodus 21:1—24:18 + Shabbat Sh’kalim: Exodus 30:11-16. HAFTARAH: II Kings 12:1-17]

In A Nutshell

The portion, Jethro, starts with Jethro, priest of Midian, coming out with Zipporah and Moses’ two sons to meet Moses and the nation, which has come out of Egypt. Jethro gives to Moses some organizational tips regarding how to judge the people, explaining that he should divide them into ministers of thousands, ministers of hundreds, ministers of fifty, and ministers of ten.

The children of Israel arrive at Sinai Desert on the third month of their exodus from Egypt, as it is written, “And Israel camped there, before the mountain” (Exodus, 19:2). Moses climbs Mount Sinai and the Creator tells him, “And now, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be to Me a Segula (chosen/virtue/remedy) out of all the nations, for all the earth is Mine. And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation. These are the words that you shall speak to the children of Israel” (Exodus, 19:5-6).

Moses informs the elders of the people about the words of the Creator, and they say, “All that the Lord has spoken we will do” (Exodus 19:8). The Creator commands the people through Moses to sanctify themselves for two days, and be ready on the third day, for this is when the Creator will appear before the whole nation.

On the third day, the children of Israel stand at the bottom of the mountain, but they do not want to meet the Creator face to face, so Moses and Aaron climb Mount Sinai and Moses brings down the Ten Commandments.

The children of Israel ask Moses to speak to them instead of the Creator because they are afraid to die. Moses explains to them that they need not fear because the Creator is coming down in order to test them, and to set the fear of Him in them so they will not sin.

The Creator instructs Moses to tell the children of Israel that because they saw Him speaking with them they are forbidden to make gods of silver and gold. Instead, they must build an altar on the ground and sacrifice on it.

Commentary

Jethro, priest of Midian, is not from Israel. He is from the will to receive in order to receive, a Klipa (shell/peel) that has been mitigated by Moses. Jethro rises and connects to Moses through his Nukva (female), his daughter Zipporah, with whom Moses has two sons. This is the big and broken will to receive that the Moses in us is gradually correcting.

When Moses comes to Jethro after he has fled, a connection is made between the point in the heart, Moses, and the ego. Thus, a correction is made so that afterward it will be easier for a person to make corrections on the more advanced stages.

The correction helps one begin to divide oneself into tens, fifties, hundreds, and thousands, meaning to build the structure of the soul. The whole Torah deals with the construction of our soul and how we turn our egoistic desire into a desire with the aim to bestow. When the desire acquires the aim to bestow, it is called a “soul.”

The force of reception is called the “self,” “this world.” Everything I see and everything I feel is the force of reception. The force of bestowal is exit from reception. When I work in order to bestow, in “love your neighbor as yourself,”[1] I obtain my soul. My inner Moses is pulling away from the quality of reception toward the quality of bestowal, bringing me out of myself, and allowing me to see the upper world and begin to feel the Creator.

The Book of Zohar speaks about it in great detail in the portion, Jethro, but it is still not easy to grasp. It concerns the three lines, the structure of the soul, reception, bestowal, and the middle line, which is the proper combination between them. The Zohar describes how to divide the soul—first into ten Sephirot, according to the Ten Commandments, then according to the three lines, which is thirty. There is also a division into Rosh, Toch, Sof (head, interior, end respectively), and there are many other inner divisions that include the Sephira (singular for Sephirot) Daat.

When we relate to ourselves as coming out of Egypt, examining ourselves from the outside, we examine how we can use our egos to advance us spiritually, toward the aim to bestow. We go through difficult situations such as the escape from Egypt, the tearing of the Red Sea, until we reach Mount Sinai. This is how we build ourselves on the way to correction—through Jethro’s counsels, as well as though actions.

Being at the foot of Mount Sinai requires preparation. This is the “main event,” when we meet the Creator. While we are in the dark, we do not understand why we need to advance. We follow the point in our hearts, Moses.

In a sense, Moses helps us out of Egypt when we escape in the dark. However, we are not conscious participants in this process. At the foot of Mount Sinai is where the upper force first appears to us. This is when we begin to understand our own essence and the essence of the upper force, as well as how to relate to our situation and the way we need to move forward.

In this portion, the first awareness happens. With it awaken all of man’s desires, called “the people,” or the “nation,” and they are afraid. These desires still cannot connect to the Creator; they cannot see or hear Him. They tell Moses, “You speak.” This is the state at which we arrive from the exile, Egypt, our ego. We begin to hear a little bit only by coming down from Keter (crown), which is the Creator. This process unfolds through Hochma and Bina—when Moses and Aaron begin to bring down the great light that appears to the will to receive as laws, as the Ten Commandments, beginning with the first commandment, “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery” (Exodus, 20:2), and ends with the final commandment.

The Ten Commandments include all 620 Mitzvot (commandments). These are 620 corrections, which are 613 plus seven Mitzvot of our sages, by which we have to correct our desires. That is, we consist of 620 desires that divide into 613+7 desires.

The 613 Mitzvot connect within them into 248 and 365, and these comprise the structure of the soul. The soul itself consists of ten parts, ten Sephirot, and their correction is called Ten Mitzvot, or Ten Commandments, which are the primary Mitzvot that were given to man. We ascend according to our position, by how we stand before the light that appears to us. Hearing is the degree of Bina, and seeing is the degree of Hochma.

One who has gone through the entire process and has come out of Egypt rises above the ego and is willing to receive the program of bestowal, the program of connecting with the whole of humanity. Such a person is ready for the revelation of Godliness in the connection between all people, as it is written, “Love your neighbor as yourself; Rabbi Akiva says, ‘It is a great rule in the Torah.’”[2] This rule is both the foundation and the result of keeping the Ten Commandments, with the goal being Keter, achieving love, and through the love of others to achieve the love of the Creator.

In our current state, part of humanity is discovering it is in Egypt, another part is discovering that it wants to come out of Egypt, and a part is discovering how to come out and advance toward Mount Sinai. We are beginning to feel we are in the dark, in a process we do not understand. Each day our need for the light is growing, for the revelation of the Creator, for it to shine a tiny illumination on our lives so we may understand what is happening to us.

We need to fix Jethro, the egoistic will to receive, as it is written, “If one should tell you, ‘there is wisdom in the nations, believe.”[3] If Moses did not connect to the desire called Jethro, he would not receive from him the knowledge of judgment and ruling, which is a necessary part for the reception of the Torah.

By disseminating the method of correction to the nations of the world, the method of Arvut (mutual guarantee), and by circulating the necessity for the wisdom of Kabbalah, we are doing the work that Moses did with Jethro. By that we will be rewarded with standing at the foot of Mount Sinai.

In the portion, Jethro, the people of Israel receives the Ten Commandments. This may be the most important portion because the Torah is correction. So why is this portion named after an “external” desire, Jethro?

Jethro is the priest of Midian, a Klipa that stands opposite. He is one of Pharaoh’s servants, similar to other forces that stood next to the will to receive and helped Pharaoh connect and elicit as much as possible from the desire to bestow—Israel. The Zohar appears to be writing bad things about him, but he is help made against us. After all, everything is within us.

What comes out of Egypt is Kelim (vessels), meaning desires. In the desires that come out there is still no intention to work with the will to receive. Moses, the force of Bina, wants to judge the will to receive, which is detached from him. Even while standing before Pharaoh, he wanted to draw the will to receive, though not in order to connect or to elicit anything from it, but to judge it. However, he was unsuccessful.

When we arrive at the state that exists between Moses and the nation that has come out of Egypt, including the mixed multitude and all the layers that oppose the process of bestowal and love of others, there has to be a special system built according to the will to receive, according to corporeality. Moses cannot build it; he can only give from above, seemingly “pouring down,” this is not absorbed in the people. As it is written, Moses grows tired, and the people, who cannot find the right connection, stands next to him all day.

We cannot find the proper relationship between our desire upward, toward the Creator, and our egos—in the family, at work, and in the rest of our worldly life. We need a system that will provide us with Jethro. The wisdom must come specifically from the will to receive, as it is written, “If one should tell you, ‘there is wisdom in the nations, believe.” Although it does not belong to the degree of Bina, it was previously included in it, when Moses spent forty years with Jethro. Moses grew to the degree of Bina with Jethro; now Jethro is seemingly paying back.

Does Jethro put order between Moses and the desires so that Moses can free himself for the real thing—the receiving of the Torah?

Jethro returns to Moses what he received from him when Moses was with him. Moses came to Jethro after fleeing from Pharaoh. He grew while at Jethro’s from the degree of Malchut to the degree of Bina, pure bestowal. He grew at Jethro’s home and “over” Jethro, through his connection with Zipporah and the two sons that he had—from the right and from the left, with him in the middle. Everything that Moses has given to Jethro and instilled in him is now returning to him—Jethro, Zipporah, and the two sons. There was a mingling of Bina in Malchut, and now Malchut is giving back to Bina.

In this way Moses can now build the entire system of connecting Bina to Malchut, and he is ready to receive the Torah. This is why the first encounter with the Creator is named after Jethro, since precisely because of the system that was built before, it is now possible to reach the state of being at Mount Sinai.

On the one hand, the children of Israel were afraid of turning to the Creator for fear of dying. On the other hand, it is known that the Creator receives specifically prayers that come from the heart. So where does the fear come from? Why were the children of Israel afraid?

Our will to receive is still not equipped with a Masach (screen) that can withstand the light. That is, the light still seems like darkness. What is the exodus from Egypt in the dark? There is no dark, but it seems dark to us because we are still not corrected. The Aramaic word Ohrta (night) is very similar to the Hebrew word Ohr (light). That is, at one time it is night, and at another time it is light, depending on how a person experiences it.

From The Zohar: And Jethro Heard

They all shook and looked at Jethro, who was wise and the great appointee over all the idols of the world. When they saw him approaching and serving the Creator, saying, “Now I know that the Lord is greater than all the gods,” they all veered away from their works and knew that they were futile. Then the glory of the holy Name of the Creator was glorified on all sides. This is why this portion was written in the Torah, and the beginning of the portion is with Jethro.

Zohar for All, Jethro, item 42

Jethro is the first will to receive that surrenders and accepts the sovereignty of the Creator. This is why this portion is named after him. The Zohar also mentions Gematria, why Jethro is called Jethro, why Zipporah is called Zipporah, and all the other events in the portion.

In this portion we hear that the children of Israel camped at the foot of Mount Sinai. What does it mean to camp there?

Camping is similar to what happens on Hanukah. It is clear that we cannot correct our ego at that time, but only take an advice, a way, a program, a goal that can be implemented over time according to the level of our understanding of the program. Only at the end of the desert, at the entrance to the land of Israel, does the people discover everything that Moses said to them in his final words prior to his demise.

From The Zohar: You Shall Not Kill; You Shall Not Commit Adultery

When that filth was removed from them, Israel remained pure bodies without any filth, and the soul inside the body was as the brightness of the firmament to receive light. So were Israel, who saw and regarded the glory of their master. This was not so on the sea because the filth was not removed from them at that time, while here in Sinai, when the filth stopped from the body, even fetuses in their mothers’ intestine saw and looked at the glory of their Master. All of them, each and every one, received as befitted him.

Zohar for All, Jethro, items 572-573

Spiritual ascension can be the result of two states—an awakening from above and an awakening from below. In an awakening from above, the light shines from above and sanctifies the person, giving one the force of bestowal through which one begins to look into the distance against one’s ego. Such a person sees the world outside oneself, the spiritual world. That person knows the upper force, the Creator. An awakening from below comes from the person through extensive work on connecting with others. When one collects awakenings from everyone, one reaches the same awakening as the one that can be received from above.

Naturally, our own work from below is more desirable and appreciated because if we collect the forces from the friends, and each of them collects strength from the friends, as well, and each has his or her own strength, that force becomes permanently theirs. Here a person is seemingly camping only to take advice as to what to do. To hear the advice, one must wake up. It is similar to the exodus from Egypt through a force from above, an external force that pushes us and pulls us. But afterward we must actualize the forces we have received during the forty years in the desert.

Something special happens at Mount Sinai, purification, a special force we receive.

The light that affects us is called “the light that reforms.” It is written, “I have created the evil inclination; I have created for it the Torah as a spice”[4] because “the light in it reforms them.”[5] It reforms the evil inclination and makes it good. Initially, we are all in the evil inclination, egoists, and all we need is the Torah, assuming it is the real Torah, as it is written, “If one should tell you, ‘there is wisdom in the nations, believe; there is Torah in the nations, do not believe.”[6]

A “person from the nations” is a desire to receive that wants to receive for itself. Israel is one who strives to achieve bestowal, love of others, and from the love of others to achieve the love of the Creator.

This is why those how are craving are called “Israel,” and they learn the wisdom of Kabbalah because it brings the light that reforms. This is how we become sanctified, acquiring the force of bestowal and rise through it. The greater the force of bestowal one possesses, the greater the love of others, and the holier that person is considered to be.

Summary

From this portion we can learn that to an extent, our connection between the desire to bestow and the will to receive has to constantly exist. The wisdom of Kabbalah does not tell us to ruin our egos, but rather to use it correctly. This is why it is called Hochmat ha Kabbalah (the wisdom of receiving); it is the wisdom of how to use the vessels of reception.

We do not need to avoid using the vessels of reception, or to be “above” the worldly life. Rather, we need to discover the evil inclination detaching us from connection with the rest of the world, as it was said to Moses, “And you will be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nations” (Exodus, 19:6). That is, the role of the people of Israel is to offer itself to the service of the rest of the world.

[1] “Love your neighbor as yourself. Rabbi Akiva says, ‘It is a great rule in the Torah’” (Jerusalem Talmud, Seder Nashim, Masechet Nedarim, Chapter 9, p 30b)..
[2] Jerusalem Talmud, Seder Nashim, Masechet Nedarim, Chapter 9, p 30b
[3] Midrash Rabah, Eicha, Parasha 2, Paragraph 13
[4] Babylonian Talmud, Masechet Kidushin, 30b
[5] Midrash Rabah, Eicha, “Introduction,” Paragraph 2
[6] Midrash Rabah, Eicha, Parasha 2, Paragraph 13