"Precepts & Principles of the Torah. Yahweh's Memorials"
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..We’re going to embark on a multiple study journey, and I don’t know when it will end, or if it will end, but we are going to get into the Torah.
You know, a lot of us talk about the importance of keeping Yahweh’s law, which is called the ‘Torah’ in Hebrew. The word ‘Torah’ is the Hebrew word translated ‘Law’. It has nothing to do with Talmud…which is Jewish tradition.
And so, we’d like to get into what’s called the Torah, and try to go in and extract all of the principles that we can find…precepts that we can find.
Many people would say, “Well, what parts of the law do we keep?” “Do we keep this part, or that part?” Or, “How do we apply that today? “How does it work?”
So we want to kind of ‘deep-sea-dive’ into the Torah. And instead of water-skiing across the top of many verses…A brother said to me, “Why don’t you do some deep-sea diving?” So, we’re going deep-sea diving into the Torah, and we’re going to find some important principles.
And so, our study topic is entitled, “Precepts and Principles of the Torah”. And on this particular segment we’re going to focus in on “Yahweh’s Memorials”. Yahweh’s Memorials….Halelluyah!
So, what does this mean…’Principles of the Torah’? What is this all about?
You know, the law has things to say to us; Yahweh’s scriptures have things to say to us… but it’s more than what’s just plainly written.
And what I mean is, Yahweh has things that He wants to tell us, that is more than just the basic commands.
You know, the Torah is not just some list of do’s and don’ts…and if you follow the codes then you’ll be ok. You just follow the codes, and dos and don’ts.
We can’t treat it like American people treat their legal codes…with loopholes in the law, and lawyers coming along.
You see, there won’t be no lawyer standing there with his ‘Loopholes in the Law’ on the Day of Judgment to tell you you’re going to be ok. He won’t be there….because you can’t fool Yahweh.
He is going to look at the heart. That’s exactly what He’s going to look at. And if we’re just looking for external observance then we’re really missing something.
You know, Yahushua pointed this out on a number of occasions. And we see this in the writings, for instance, of the apostles. Let’s take a look here at…
1 Ti 5:17-18 – Let the elders who rule well be counted worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in the word and doctrine.
…Especially those who labor in the word and doctrine. And he gives the reason for that. The reason is…
For the Scripture says, “You shall not muzzle an ox while it treads out the grain,” and, “The laborer is worthy of his wages.”
And so, there’s a couple of scriptures here he’s referring to.
Now what is an ox, being muzzled while it treads out the grain, have to do with an elder not receiving double honor? Well part of, (obviously here), the reward of laboring in the word of doctrine is the reward that comes with it…toward an elder. (I’m not an elder, by the way).
So….while he’s laboring. And there are also principles for receiving material assistance, as well. And that’s not unbiblical, or against Torah. We know that the Levites received tithes, for their labor in the temple, in the ministry they were doing.
Now, I myself, I don’t receive any personal income…any donations that go to EliYah.com go straight to the ministry, they don’t go to me. I work for a living.So, I don’t need that. I’d rather be like Paul and not have any reason for anyone to suspect anything negative.
But the point I’m trying to make here is, that Paul himself is pulling a Torah command out of the Torah, specifically out of Deuteronomy chapter 25 verse 4….
Deut 25:4 – You shall not muzzle an ox while it treads out the grain.
…and applying it in a broad way. In a way that is broader than the original commandment.
You know, there are some people that say, (they’re very narrow), and they want to say, “Well, you got to find that exact, precise commandment in the law….that says, “Thou shalt not”…and then I’ll do it.
Well, don’t be so hard-hearted! The law is not just some list of ‘dos’ and ‘don’ts’. There are principles by which we are expected to live. And it’s for that reason that I want to get into the precepts and the principles of the Torah.
Not just laws, and commands, and ‘dos’ and ‘don’ts’, ye shall, and thou shalt not. I want to go deeper than that. I want to go into a realm that Paul himself went into; in not just the law, but the New Testament also, and the writings of the prophets.
Yahusha, He went into the temple and He started to drive out those who bought and sold in it…
Luk 19:45-46 – Then He went into the temple and began to drive out those who bought and sold in it, saying to them, “It is written, ‘My house is a house of prayer, but you have made it a den of thieves.’”
And so, He’s applying this…’My house is a house of prayer’.
In other words, the house is for prayer not for merchandise. It’s not for merchandising and capitalism. That’s not what it’s for! And He applied that principle in a way that’s broader than the actual text itself.
And we see Yahushua doing this, also, when He was faced with temptation.
Mat 4:1-4 – Then Yahushua was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry. Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, “If You are the Son of Elohim, command that these stones become bread.”
Now, since He’s the Son of Elohim, what would be wrong with that? I mean, go make some bread so you can eat. Forty days are up…alright, cook yourself some bread over the fire, or make bread yourself. Turn the stones here into some bread. Get some grub…
But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of Elohim.’
He was applying a word here, (in the Torah… in the Law), in a broader way than was originally written….just the words themselves.
Yahweh was speaking to the children of Israel. He said that…
Deu 8:3 – So He humbled you, allowed you to hunger, and fed you with manna which you did not know nor did your fathers know, that He might make you know that man shall not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of Yahweh.
And so, in a time of hunger that Yahweh may allow…. in this case the Spirit led Yahushua into the wilderness, and apparently wouldn’t let Him leave.
And so He had to fast for forty days and forty nights. This is where the Spirit had led Him to be.
In the same way the Spirit led the children of Israel into the wilderness, Yahushua had to have His own wilderness experience. And I dare say, everyone of us have a wilderness experience.
And the question is, are we going to murmur and complain as they did? Or, are we going to say, “You know what? I don’t live by bread alone by word.
I don’t live by the things of this world alone. I don’t live by what comes in my mouth. I live by what comes in my heart…that’s the Word of Elohim. By that I live.
And so, Yahushua was not deceived by the devil. And He was also being tempted to probably…“Well, if you’re really the Son of Elohim… do this”.
Mat: 5-7 – Then the devil took Him up into the holy city, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, “If You are the Son of Elohim, throw Yourself down. For it is written: He shall give His angels charge over you’, and, ‘In their hands they shall bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone.’” Yahushua said to him, “It is written again, You shall not tempt Yahweh your Elohim.’”
In other words, don’t put Yahweh to the test to see if He will do what He will do. In another scripture He’s referring to…
Deu 6:16 – You shall not tempt Yahweh your Elohim as you tempted Him in Massah.
What was going on in Massah? What was it that was happening there? It says…
Exo 17:1-2 – Then all the congregation of the children of Israel set out on their journey from the Wilderness of Sin, according to the commandment of Yahweh, and camped in Rephidim; but there was no water for the people to drink. Therefore the people contended with Moses, and said, “Give us water to drink.”
What’s wrong with asking for water? You might think, “Well, what’s the big deal?”
The Spirit was leading them into the wilderness, and they were expected to be content and just trust in Elohim.
The same way Messiah was led into the wilderness and was expected to be content, and was not willing to test Yahweh.
And it says…
And Moses said to them, “Why do you contend with me? Why do you tempt Yahweh?”
Why do you test Him…like, “Can He really bring us water out here?”
Exo 17: 3-5 – and the people thirsted there for water, and the people complained against Moses, and said, “Why is it you have brought us up out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and our livestock with thirst?” so Moses cried out to Yahweh, saying, “What shall I do with this people? They are almost ready to stone me!” And Yahweh said to Moses, “Go on before the people, and take with you some of the elders of Israel. Also take in your hand your rod with which you struck the river, and go.”
And we know what happened…He brought water out of the rock. And so, they were testing Yahweh, “Can He bring us rivers in the wilderness? Can He really do this?”
In the same way, Yahushua was being tempted to test Yahweh…”Can He really….if I jump off the top of this here” (he was being tempted to…) “Yahweh will send the angels. Will Yahweh do what he says?”
And so, Yahushua was taking a Torah principle and applying it in a way that was broader than just the fixed interpretation of the exact event.
And the third instance we have:
Mat 4: 8-10 – Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to Him, “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.” Then Yahushua said to him, “Away with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship Yahweh your Elohim, and Him only you shall serve.’”
So He was not fooled by the enemy. He was not deceived by Him.
Another instance Yahushua pulled a principle out of the Torah is Mark chapter 12 verse 26…. He’s talking to the Sadducees who did not believe in a resurrection. And He said to them…
Mar 12:26-27 – “But concerning the dead, that they rise, have you not read in the book of Moses, in the burning bush passage, how Elohim spoke to him, saying, ‘I am the Elohim of Abraham, the Elohim of Isaac, and the Elohim of Jacob’? He is not the Elohim of the dead, but the Elohim of the living. You are therefore greatly mistaken.”
And so He was taking this passage here, where Yahweh was talking about something a little bit different actually…
…But from this passage we can discern that, you know… ’Abraham’s not dead and gone. He has more. There’s going to be Abraham again in the future’. Otherwise, you have Elohim being an Elohim of a dead person that doesn’t exist anymore. And so He’s pulling this scripture out.
But speaking of this, what’s called the ‘burning bush passage’…we want to get started there, actually. Because this is where, when Yahweh comes to the children of Israel, the first thing He does is tell them who He is.
So, my plan here again, is to go through the Torah. We’re going to find principles and precepts by which we can live…by which we can understand the way we ought to conduct ourselves on this earth.
And so many times Yahushua would say to people, ‘To him that has ears to hear, let him hear.’
You know, Yahweh’s word is speaking to those who are willing to hear. If we’re stubborn then we won’t want to hear what Yahweh has to say to us, and we’ll just skip around and do the bare minimum.
Isn’t that what the Pharisees were doing? You know, treating it like some list of do’s and don’ts, or legal code, or something. And that’s not the way Yahweh’s word is intended to be read, at all.
That’s not the way he wants us to treat the Scriptures. There are principles by which He wants us to live.
And so, Yahweh wants to speak to those who are willing to listen. To those who turn their ear away from hearing the law, even their prayer is an abomination. That’s Proverbs 28 verse 9.
But I shared the last couple weeks, the Psalm 119, because I feel if we have this man’s heart…(whoever wrote Psalm 119)…then we’re going to find things in the scriptures that we’ll marvel at.
Psa 119: 19-20 – I am a stranger in the earth; do not hide Your commandments from me. My soul breaks with longing for Your judgments at all times.
Psa 119:131 – I opened my mouth and panted, for I longed for Your commandments.
If that’s our longing, brothers and sisters…if that’s our desire, it will be granted to us.
Mat 5:6 – Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.
If we have this hunger, this thirst for righteousness within our souls…He will fill us! He will not hide His commandments from us as He hides them from them that do not have the ears to hear. He will give us the ears to hear.
You know, even as I share with you the things that I’m going to share with you in the following studies, it’s very likely that I’m going to cover some things that, even though you hear me, it won’t fully sink in. And this is not because I’m better than you or better than anybody else.
I’m sure I can listen to some others go over some commands in Torah, or other places in the New Testament, and even though I hear them it doesn’t completely sink in. And actually I’ll probably even be sharing some things here myself that even though I share them with you, and it’s in the Word, it may not have even fully sunk into me, yet.
Why? Because even though we hear it, we may not fully understand all the ways in which we’re not applying them to our lives, unknowingly. But that’s because it’s a growth process. Sanctification is a process of hearing, learning, applying. And it all starts though, with a hunger and a thirst for righteousness, and for the things of Elohim.
Jer 29:13 – And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.
Pro 25:2 – It is the glory of Elohim to conceal a matter, but the glory of kings is to search out a matter.
We are kings, aren’t we? I hope we think ourselves as being kings. I’ll get more into that later.
So, Yahushua talked about that burning bush passage. And from that He said we can gain an understanding of the fact that we will be raised again.
And so, the resurrection, (although there’s no such word as resurrection in the Torah)…Yahushua shared how one could look at the book of Exodus (Shemot)…could look at the book of Exodus and say, ‘There must be a resurrection!’ …Because Yahweh is the Elohim of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
And so, if He is today the Elohim of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, then that means Abraham is going to be alive again. He’s not dead and that’s it.
Now, let’s look at that passage…
Exo 3:9-11 – “Now therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel has come to Me, and I have also seen the oppression with which the Egyptians oppress them. Come now, therefore, and I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring My people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.” But Moses said to Elohim, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I should bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?”
It goes on to say…
Ex 3:12-14 – So He said, “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.” Then Moses said to Elohim, “Indeed, when I come to the children of Israel and say to them, The Elohim of your fathers has sent me to you, ‘and they say to me, ‘What is His name?; What shall I say to them?” And Elohim said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And He said, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’”
Now this phrase here in Hebrew reads, ‘Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh’. ‘Ehyeh’ is from this Hebrew word here ‘I AM’ and translated as ‘Ehyeh’ - (aleph, hey, yod, hey). Ehyeh is this verb ‘hayah’ in the first person….I am.
But then, He goes on to say…
Exo 3:15 – Moreover Elohim said to Moses, Thus you shall say to the children of Israel: ‘Yahweh Elohim of your fathers, the Elohim of Abraham, the Elohim of Isaac, and the Elohim of Jacob, has sent me to you. This is My name forever, and this is My memorial to all generations.’
Now, why did He say ‘Ehyeh’? Why did He say, call me’ Ehyeh’? He said earlier, in the previous verse…’Ehyeh’ has sent me to you. But over here He’s saying ‘Yahweh’.
Well, Yahweh is this same Hebrew root word…in the third person. In other words, ‘Ehyeh’ is ‘I am’ but when we’re referring to ‘Yahweh’ we say ‘He is’. And it’s also in the causative form, which means ‘He is, and He will cause you to know who He is, by what He does’. So anyway, that’s a side note….
I don’t know of any other pronunciation that is actually a verb, at all, in Hebrew. Only this, right here… (Yahweh). That’s the strongest evidence we have for the pronunciation.
Exo 3:15 – Moreover Elohim said to Moses, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel: ‘Yahweh Elohim of your fathers, the Elohim of Abraham, the Elohim of Isaac, and the Elohim of Jacob, has sent you. This is My name forever, and this is My memorial…
…To who? Just to the Jews?
…to all generations.
Now I find that passage very interesting. Not just because of what it tells us about the resurrection of the dead, but because….You know, the very first thing, if I was going to introduce you to another person… the first thing I would say to you is, ‘This is Sally’. ‘Here’s Sally’. ‘Sally, meet Jerry.’ Or, ‘Sally, meet Sandra’.
The first thing you know about a person is their name. Before you even know who they are, or what they’re about, or where they’re from, or anything. You would say, ‘Here is Sally’, and ‘Here is Sandra’..Here is Jerry’, ‘Here is Joe’, or whatever…the first thing you would say…. here is this person’s name…and after you know their name, that’s what you call them.
But sadly, this has not been true of those who profess to know our Heavenly Father. His name has been suppressed by men…until the last fifty years, or so. Not very many people even knew what His name was.
But Yahweh set up His name as a memorial. It’s more than just His name. It’s a memorial! A memorial to all generations!
Now, we know that man has his memorials. Here is the Vietnam War Memorial. A big wall, and on this wall there are 50,000 some odd names on the wall…of men who died in the war. They’re all there. And the purpose was so the names of those men who fought and died in the Vietnam War would not be forgotten.
Well, Yahweh has His memorial, also. And His memorial is His name. Now, there’s no doubt that He’s speaking directly as to the vocalization. Not just….like, if I said to you, I come in the name of peace…that means, I’m coming to you in the character of peace. But the vocalization that Yahweh chose is, Yahweh.
The Hebrew word ‘shame’ …‘Shem’/’shame’...(actually pronounced ‘shame’)…can mean either one. Can mean physically…a literal, spoken name; or it can mean ‘a character’.
Now in this case, I think it means both, but the vocalization ‘Yahweh’ is what He chose to associate with His character. ‘Yahweh’ is the name that He chose to attach to Himself. …And the word chosen, to bring remembrance to His character.
Now some people say, “Well, He has many names….Father, Creator, Master, Redeemer.” Now wait! Those are all titles.
You have many names, also, if you want to go into that. You might be a father; you might be a mother; you might be an uncle; you might be an aunt; you might be a builder; you might be a seamstress…you might be all kinds of different things that describe you. But you have one personal name, and that’s what, mainly, people use when they call you….when they talk to you.
And it’s no different with our Heavenly Father. Yes, He’s our Father, Creator, Master, Redeemer, Savior…and the list goes on and on, but He has one personal name…just like you and I.
And that personal name is Yahweh. And that name is His memorial.
Now, what if somebody went into this area here, Washington DC, and took a sledge hammer…. and they decided they were going to just start destroying and pulling…destroying the names off the wall here?
How popular would that person be in the United States? Obviously, they would prosecute him to the fullest extent of the law, wouldn’t they? And they would be wishing they could do more than that. Because… how could somebody do such a thing? Because it would be so terribly wrong to hurt and destroy one of man’s memorials.
Get what I’m saying here? Yahweh has His memorial, too. And His memorial is His name. We have no business taking it out, or ignoring it, or setting it aside…or worse, replacing it with one of our memorials that we like better.
Now the word ‘memorial’ in the Hebrew is from the Hebrew word ‘zeker’,(…zay’-ker is how it’s pronounced), which means ‘memorial’, ‘remembrance’….remembrance or ‘memory’. We see here it’s from 2142, and we’re going to get into that later…but that’s what it means…’something to remember someone by’.
And the name ‘Yahweh’ is what we’ll remember Him by. When the name ‘Yahweh’ enters our mind, all of what Yahweh is about should come into our minds.
Now, look at some scriptures here….
Psa 34:16 – The face of Yahweh is against those who do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.
So, Yahweh is against the evil people and He will cut off their memorial… the remembrance of them from the earth. There it is…’zeker’ (remembrance).
So, what about us? You think we have the right to go and cut-off Yahweh’s ‘zeker from the earth….by taking it out of our bibles? By taking it out of our language in the way we speak? By setting it aside, and ignoring it, and putting our own thoughts, our own names, our own titles in there? …Obviously not.
Psa 135: 13 – Thy name, O Yahweh, endureth for ever; and Thy memorial,
…same word – ‘zeker’…
O Yahweh, throughout all generations.
…Endures forever. I don’t care what generation you live in. Yahweh’s name is His memorial.
But what man has done is they have taken Yahweh’s name out of the bible, out of their speech, out of their life (for the most part) and minimize it. And we’ll get into motives here in a minute.
But it’s no different….actually it’s a little bit different, but it’s very similar to what was going on in Jeremiah’s day.
Jer 23:26-27 – How long shall this be in the heart of the prophets that prophesy lies? yea, they are prophets of the deceit of their own heart; which think to cause my people to forget my name by their dreams which they tell every man to his neighbor, as their fathers have forgotten my name for Baal.
Ba ‘al - that’s how you say this in Hebrew…(Ba-al).
So, the people had forgotten Yahweh’s name for Baal. Now, Yahweh says in Psalm 44 verse 20…
Psa 44: 20-21 – If we had forgotten the name of our Elohim, or stretched out our hands to a foreign elohim, would not Elohim search this out? For He knows the secrets of the heart.
See, man today has forgotten the name of our Elohim. And just as they did…they forgot His name for Baal. In the Hebrew, the word for ‘Baal’ means… ‘Lord’. No joke.
Now, it’s interesting to me… you can look this up (it’s number 1168 in your Strong’s), this word ‘lord’. It’s interesting to me that in the same way ancient Israel forgot Yahweh’s name for ‘lord’ or ‘baal’, we can look into most modern bibles today and found that man has set side Yahweh’s memorial name for ‘Lord’!
Now, is that just a coincidence? I don’t think so.
It seems to me that Satan has been trying to cause people to forget Yahweh’s memorial name for thousands of years…and that what happened in Jeremiah’s day was no different.
And anything that Yahweh seeks to establish and memorialize Himself with…the enemy would rather cause people to forget.
Now, I understand the excuse that people use for replacing Yahweh’s name with ‘Lord’ is that they believe, (it actually comes from a Jewish tradition), the name is too holy to be pronounced. Some rabbis asserted that the person who pronounces the name or Yahweh, according to its’ letters, (instead of using a substitute), has not a place in the world to come.
That’s what the rabbis taught. And they should be put to death even. And only the High Priest, on the Day of Atonement, it’d be pronounced 10 times on the Day of Atonement by the priest…and that was it.
Now, there was some evidence that people were allowed to pronounce it if they were in the temple area… but outside of the temple area, they weren’t.
But the idea that Yahweh’s name is too holy to be pronounced, and only the high priest should utter that name, is completely foreign to scripture. Nowhere does it say that.
In fact, the term ‘baal’ that we have in our text here, this word ‘baal’ actually was a substitute itself for the name of another god that the Israelites worshipped. The name of that god the Israelites worshipped was ‘hadad’, but they would not pronounce the name hadad.
If you look up the word Baal in your Wikipedia, you’ll find out that it says that, ‘in some texts, hadad…the god of rain, thunder, fertility and what not…that only the priests were allowed to utter that divine name ‘hadad’. Only the priests could do that.
And so, the idea that Yahweh’s name is too holy to be pronounced by the common people, and only the priests should utter on the Day of Atonement…that is actually a pagan tradition!
Nowhere in scripture does Yahweh say such a thing. Yahweh told us the exact opposite. We don’t want to imitate demon worshipping idolaters and their doctrines, and try to apply them to Yahweh.
That’s the whole problem with adding to His commands. That’s the whole problem. Yahweh says His name is His memorial. That means it’s something we remember, something we use, and in fact it’s found in scripture nearly 7,000 times…
Now, what’s very interesting, just to show you how frequent the name of Yahweh is in our bibles today…I had a Hebrew flash card module in my bible program, and with that they had the frequency of Hebrew words in the text. (…It’s part of something …you want to memorize that words that are used the most).
Now here’s the first one: the ‘waw’…which means ‘and’. That’s the most frequently used Hebrew word. It’s actually just one letter here, in the Hebrew bible…this ‘waw’ which means ‘and’.
I think that’s interesting, you know, that just one Hebrew letter and they actually attach that to other words - (if you actually read the text, that’s what they do).
Now, how many times is this word used? ‘And’…let me look it up here. It’s actually used 50,262 times.
Alright, second most frequently used word is…‘the’…pronounced in Hebrew ‘ha’. And that’s used 30,516 times.
The third most frequently used word is “L” which is ‘to’, or ‘for’. And that’s found 20,248 times.
…And then, fourthly… ‘B’ which means ‘in’, ‘at’, or ‘by’. And that is found 15,545 times.
And then we have this un-translated verb meaning proximity…’et’ is how it’s pronounced. It’s never actually translated. But it simply has to do with the accusative case in the Hebrew structure.
The sixth most commonly used word we see here (mem-nun) means ‘from’, ‘out’, ‘of’, ‘by, or ‘by reason of’.
And then finally, the seventh most commonly used word in the bible…and what they have here is 6,828 times, but when you add the 134 places that the Nazarites took it out, we have 6,962 times that the name is actually in the text. I would venture to say that there may have been another. You know, if you take 62, (100 minus 62)… you probably another 38 locations that somewhere it got missed.
And so, my point is this…that, not only is Yahweh’s name found in the text nearly 7,000 times…it’s also the seventh most commonly used word in the Hebrew text. It is found over 1000 times more than the words that are translated ‘into’, ‘who’, and ‘all’. Each of them are used about 5,500 times.
And so Yahweh put His memorial, His name, into the scriptures nearly 7,000 times…and nearly 7,000 times man takes it out of the modern bibles. And they admit doing it. They admit it.
The New International Version tells us….it says, ‘In regarding the divine name, YHWH, commonly referred to as the ‘Tetragrammaton’, that translators adopted the vice used in most English versions, of rendering that name ‘Lord’.
Look it up in the NIV translation. And here’s the Revised Standard Version:
Mal 1:11a – For from the rising of the sun, even to its going down, My name shall be great among the Gentiles…
The Revised Standard preface says, ‘The use of any proper name for the one and only G-o-d, as though there were other gods between whom He needed to be distinguished were discontinued in Judiasm before the Christian era and is entirely inappropriate for the universal faith of the Christian church. They said the use of any proper name is entirely inappropriate….and therefore took it out.
Now my question is, who are they to decide what’s appropriate? I thought their job was to translate….not decide what we believe.
Who was the one that came up with the idea of having a name for the Creator? Wasn’t it Yahweh? Who is the one that came up with, ‘I will put My name in the text 7,000 times?’ Is He entirely inappropriate because He put His name there?
They must have thought so…that’s why they took it out. And they talk about, ‘Oh, we want to have one universal thing for the whole church’.
Well, wouldn’t it be more universal to use one name instead of everyone’s translation of ‘lord’ in their language?
And so, translators are participating in a tradition which undermines Yahweh’s desire to make His name great among the Gentiles. Yahweh says…
Mal 1:11a – For from the rising of the sun, even to its going down, My name shall be great among the Gentiles…
And there actually thwarting that. They’re actually undermining that… and it is wrong.
The scripture says…
Pro 30:4-6 – Who has ascended into heaven, or descended? Who has gathered the wind in His fists? Who has bound the waters in a garment? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is His name, and what is His Son’s name, if you know?
Even then…His Son…Old Testament verse here.
Every word of Elohim is pure; He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him. Do not add to His words, lest He rebuke you, and you be found a liar.
Do not add.
Every word of Elohim is pure, Brothers and Sisters. We have not business adding to it.
He did not put ‘Lord’ in all those places that the translators put them. He put His memorial name. How dare anyone change that?! It is arrogant to think that we can. They will be found liars.
For instance, we read this in their bible– the Revised Standard Version…
(REVISED STANDARD VERSION) Isaiah 42:8 I am the LORD, that is my name; my glory I give to no other, nor my praise to graven images. A LIE
That is a lie! That is not His name! Yuck!
They will be rebuked by Yahweh and be found liars….because they have added to His word. Even worse, they took away from it.
Deu 4:2 – You shall not add to the word which I command you, nor take from it, that you may keep the commandments of Yahweh your Elohim which I command you.
Because they added to the word and they took away from it…they added, “Lord” and they took away His memorial…they are preventing people from keeping the commandments which tell us not to do that…not to take His name in vain; not to bring His name to nothing. And also, Revelation 22: 18 says…
Rev 22:18-19 – For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, Elohim will add to him the plauges that are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, Elohim shall take away his part from the Book of life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
…Woe! This tells us how Yahweh feels about those that add and take away from His Holy Word….very harsh words. I didn’t write them. He did. I’m not going to take them away, either….sorry.
So, what about us? What are we going to do when we read things like this? What do we do?
(REVISED STANDARD VERSION)
Isaiah 42:8 I am the LORD, that is my name; my glory I give to no other, nor my praise to graven images. A LIE
…Very simple. We restore. We restore the truth…
Isaiah 42:8 I am YAHWEH, that is my name; my glory I give to no other, nor my praise to graven images. RESTORE TRUTH!!
We restore the name back into the text. We don’t read it like they put it. We read it as He put it!
Now, I know many of you listening have not known these things and so ignorantly you’re just doing what the translators wrote. And I understand that.
But now that you do know, do you want to memorialize their practice of removing Yahweh’s name from His own book, or do you want to memorialize man’s traditions which are actually rooted in paganism? …The idea that only the priests can say the name.
You want to memorialize Yahweh’s name, I certainly hope. Just as He said, ‘…This is My memorial to all generations’… are we part of that ‘all generations’? Absolutely, we are.
Now that’s not the only memorial that’s forgotten today. In Exodus 12 verse 1 …
Ex 13:1-13 – Then Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying, ‘Consecrate to Me all the firstborn, whatever opens the womb among the children of Israel, both of man and beast; it is Mine.’ And Moses said to the people: ‘Remember this day in which you went out of Egypt, out of the house of bondage; for by strength of hand Yahweh brought you out of this place. No leavened bread shall be eaten.
Part of remembering what Yahweh’s awesome act of bringing the children out of the place of bondage is that they would eat no leavened bread among them.
So what about us? It’s talking about the Feast of Unleavened Bread here. When Yahweh called the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt, after telling them He had a memorial name for them to use, the first thing He told them was a memorial day…Passover…the Feast of Unleavened Bread. He said to them…
Exo 12:14 – So this day shall be to you a memorial; and you shall keep it as a feast to Yahweh throughout your generations. You shall keep it as a feast by an everlasting ordinance.
It’s an everlasting memorial. So we need to keep it that way. Yahweh’s memorials are important.
So many times, when Yahweh….He spoke to the children of Israel, He would identify Himself this way, ‘I am Yahweh. Who brought you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage’. Yahweh calls us to remember this event.
Now the Hebrew word remember is, again from this 2143 ‘zecker’. Now, notice here it’s from 2142. In other words, ‘zeker is rooted in the Hebrew word ‘zakar’…which means ‘to remember, ’recall’, ‘call to mind’. And you see down here it’s translated ‘remember’ 172 times. And the only difference between ‘zeker’ and ‘zakar’ is... ‘zakar’ is a verb; and ‘zeker’ converts that verb to a noun. That’s the only difference.
But as I said earlier, many people choose to forget Yahweh’s memorials. Well ‘zakar’ is used in this verse (Exodus 20 verses 8)…’remember’ the Sabbath day…remember.
Ex 20: 8-11 – Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of Yahweh your Elohim. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. For in six days Yahweh made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore Yahweh blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.
So, it’s a memorial of something. He wants us to remember these acts of creation…He created the heavens and the earth.
And we see later, He told them to observe Passover when they crossed the Red Sea, and the very next thing He expected them to keep was, in Exodus 16…the Sabbath day.
So Yahweh is all about memorials…remembrances… things that He wants to be remembered by.
But the enemy would rather that we forget those things. It’s for this reason Yahweh’s memorials are absent from modern day Christianity.
Instead we have memorials of sun worship. Satan wants to memorialize his observances, and what he inspired men to do.
And that’s why we have the modern holidays, such as Christmas, which are rooted in the worship of demons or paganism. Those are Satan’s memorials. Those are not Yahweh’s memorials. They are substitutions for Yahweh’s memorials.
The enemy has inspired an alternative Sabbath day. And rather than on the 7th day, which memorializes Yahweh’s acts of creation on which He rested the 7th day, we have a Sunday Sabbath which, today, isn’t usually observed as a Sabbath. Today it’s… a day to go to church in the morning and watch football in the afternoon; go to church in the evening and watch Sunday night football after that.
But do we see the enemy’s hand here? Do we see it? We have Yahweh’s memorials, and then we have man’s memorials.
Yahweh’s memorial is: His one true memorial name…’Yahweh’. Man has his memorials: the Lord, God, Adonai, haShem.
Yahweh has His memorials: Remember the Sabbath…Memorial to creation. Man has his memorials: the venerable day of the sun…which is Constantine’s memorial.
Yahweh has His Passover memorial, and man has his Sun-day Eucharist…which divorces the Messiah from Passover.
Now, there’s a connection between eating unleavened bread and partaking of the Master’s supper.
Exo 12: 14:15 – So this day shall be to you a memorial; and you shall keep it as a feast to Yahweh throughout your generations. You shall keep it as a feast by an everlasting ordinance. Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread. On the first day you shall remove leaven from your houses. For whoever eats leavened bread from the first day until the seventh day, that person shall be cut off from Israel.
Exo:12 16-17 – On the first day there shall be a holy convocation, and on the seventh day there shall be a holy convocation for you. No manner of work shall be done on them; but that which everyone must eat—that only may be prepared by you. So you shall observe the Feast of Unleavened Bread, for on this same day I will have brought your armies out of the land of Egypt. Therefore you shall observe this day throughout your generations as an everlasting ordinance.
Now, some of you are thinking, ’Well, that’s them. That’s the children of Israel. What does that have to do with me? I’m a Gentile.”
Well, when we read Galatians 3:29 it says if your Messiah’s you are Abraham’s seed. And we read in Romans 11 - it says we’re grafted into Israel. We read where in Galatians 2:20 it’s no longer we who live, it’s Messiah who lives in us. We need to take on Messiahs’ identity, which is an Israelite.
And so, we do identify ourselves with these things.
So Yahushua is represented in the unleavened bread that is eaten during this Feast of Unleavened bread. Now, modern Christians do observe a form of this. They tie it to their own memorial: Constantine’s Day; or, the ‘Day of the Sun’, rather than Yahweh’s memorial, which is Passover.
Now, the early church, (actually …all the way up to 450 A.D. at least), were observing the 7th day Sabbath.
Because we find here in the writings of a church historian who lived during the time from 400 to 450 A.D…. His name was Sozoman. He said this:
Sozoman (400-450 a.d)
“Assemblies are not held in all churches on the same time or manner. The people of Constantinople, and almost everywhere, assemble together on the Sabbath, as well as on the first day of the week, which custom is never observed at Rome or at Alexandria.”
I wonder why? Ok. We know why.
But by that time, Constantine Christianity had not quite made its full mark everywhere. The Roman Catholic had not yet propagated its ways to the whole Christian world. But we can see its gaining influence. It’s gaining influence, as believers were keeping both days…both Sabbath and what’s called the ‘Day of the Sun’.
And they had to keep both days in order to subscribe to Constantine’s command, which was….it says, (this was his edict he set out there)…it says,
“On the venerable Day of the Sun let the magistrates and people residing in cities rest, and let all workshops be closed.”
(Constantine, March 7, 321. Codex Justinianus lib. 3, tit. 12, 3: trans. In Philip Schaff, History of the Christian Church, Vol. 3, p. 380, note 1)
So, there’s a little history lesson. Satan kept whittling away at Yahweh’s memorial. Slowly but surely, the removal of Yahweh’s name had already done. And then he’s now whittling away, and taking away the thing that we are commanded to remember which today is what most people forget… the Sabbath day.
The removal of Yahweh’s name from the Greek texts was already complete. Justin Martyr - the time around 150 A.D., he taught everyone (..it says in this Hortatory Address to the Greeks). He said…
Justin Martyr (150 a.d.)
“For …(Theos, or translated)… God cannot be called by any proper name” (Justin’s Hortatory Address to the Greeks, 21)
He went on to say…“For no one can utter the name of the ineffable God; and if any one dare to say that there is a name, he raves with hopeless madness.” (l Apol.,61)
Now, Justin Martyr was a very, very influential early, Grecianized believer.
But my question to Justin, if he was alive today…I’d say, “Well, let me ask you a question, Justin. Did Yahweh Himself rave with hopeless madness, when He said, ‘…This is my name forever, My memorial for all generations’?
Did Yahweh Himself rave with hopeless madness … or David in Psalm 116 verse 17 where it says, ‘I will take the cup of salvation and call upon the name of Yahweh’? Was he raving with hopeless madness?”
But you see that corruption had entered at a fairly early time. The enemy inspired men to take away the memorials of Yahweh…from a very early time. And they’ve been desecrated. They’ve been desecrated.
Yahweh’s memorials have been corrupted Yahweh’s memorials have been forgotten. It’s our job to restore them.
Isaiah 42 verse 1, talking about Messiah here, it says..
Isa 42: 21-22 – Yahweh is well pleased for His righteousness’ sake; He will exalt the law and make it honorable. But this is a people robbed and plundered; all of them snared in holes, and they are hidden in prison houses; they are for prey, and no one delivers, for plunder, and no one says, “Restore!”
Just as the Jewish people were robbed and plundered, hidden in the prison houses of sectarianism, and denominationalism…(Scribes, Pharisees, whatever)…so are the people today.
And it’s because of the preference of traditions of men over the commandments of Yahweh. It’s because man prefers his own memorials rather than Yahweh’s memorials. Man seeks to exist in the place of Elohim.
I want to read about another memorial:
Exo 17:14-16 – Then Yahweh said to Moses, “Write this for a memorial in the book and recount it in the hearing of Joshua,that I will utterly blot out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven.”
That would be a memorial.
And Moses built an altar and called its name, Yahweh-Is-My-Banner (Yahweh-Nissi); for he said,”Because Yahweh has sworn: Yahweh will have war with Amalek from generation to generation.”
Now King Saul came along and was going to do this. Yahweh says He would blot out the remembrance of Amelek. He was going to do this. Yahweh commanded Saul to do it. And in Deuteronomy 25 verse 17 He said…
Deu 25:17-19 – Remember what Amalek did to you on the way as you were coming out of Egypt, how he met you on the way and attacked your rear ranks, all the stragglers at your rear, when you were tired and weary; and he did not fear Elohim. Therefore it shall be, when Yahweh your Elohim has given you rest from your enemies all around, in the land which Yahweh your Elohim is giving you to possess as an inheritance, that you will blot out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven. You shall not forget.
So, who does He send to do this? He sends Saul to do this. ...This very thing. This is something you’re supposed to remember.
So here’s Saul…
I Sa 15:7-9 – And Saul attacked the Amalekites, from Havilah all the way to Shur, which is east of Egypt. He also took Agag king of the Amalekites alive, and utterly destroyed all the people with the edge of the sword. 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 unwilling to utterly destroy them. But everything despised and worthless, that they utterly destroyed.
I Sa 15:10-11- Now the word of Yahweh cam to Samuel, saying, “I greatly regret that I have set up Saul as king, for he has turned back from following Me, and has not performed My commandments.” And it grieved Samuel, and he cried out to Yahweh all night.
I Sa 15:12-13 – So when Samuel rose early in the morning to meet Saul, it was told Samuel, saying, “Saul went to Carmel, and indeed, he set up a monument for himself;
His own memorial…
..and he has gone on around, passed by, and gone down to Gilgal.” The Samuel went to Saul, and Saul said to him, “Blessed are you of Yahweh! I have performed the commandment of Yahweh.”
And he didn’t! He didn’t perform the commandment of Yahweh, and he knew he didn’t. But he wanted to pretend like he did.
Now, we got to be thinking about this. You know, partial obedience is disobedience. Partial obedience…yeah, he went and destroyed almost everything. But he left the best of the sheep and thought it would be ok to do something his own way.
And then he sets up this memorial here for himself, whereas Yahweh had set up this memorial to be something that He would be remembered by…not for Saul to be remembered by!
And so, you know we have this same thing today…Yahweh has His memorials, but then man sets up his memorials to himself, right?
…The name versus the Titles; the Sabbath versus Sunday; the Passover versus the Eucharist…it’s no different! Man has his own memorials he prefers. It’s no different than what Saul did in setting up a monument for himself.
Now, how did Yahweh feel about that?
1 Sa 15:13-15 –Then Samuel went to Saul, and Saul said to him, “Blessed are you of Yahweh! I have performed the commandment of Yahweh.” But Samuel said, “What then is this bleating of the sheep in my ears, and the lowing of the oxen which I hear?”
‘…if you really kept the commandment…’
And Saul said, “They have brought them from the Amalekites; for the people spared the best of the sheep and the oxen..
…they did it. Like Adam…‘This woman you gave me’.
…spared the best of the sheep and the oxen, to sacrifice to Yahweh your Elohim; and the rest we have utterly destroyed.”
Isn’t that what people do? There are leaders, brothers…I’m telling you right now, there are leaders that use this same excuse.
I have heard from pastors…they say, “Well, that’s what the people want. They want this Sun-day observance… they want their Christmas….they want their Easter. They don’t want to call Him ‘Yahweh’….they want to call Him ‘Lord’. That’s what they’re used to. The people want their own way”.
The reality is, the pastor wants glory for himself so he listens to the people and obeys their voice. Shame on them! They got their own memorials to themselves.
And the pastor, because he fears the people and obeys their voice, lets the people do it. I’m not saying every pastor, but I have had emails from pastors, and conversations with them along these same lines.
Now, he goes on to say…
1 Sa 15:18-20 – “Now Yahweh sent you on a mission, and said, ‘Go, and utterly destroy the sinners, the Amalekites, and fight against them until they are consumed.’ Why then did you not obey the voice of Yahweh? Why did you swoop down on the spoil, and do evil in the sight of Yahweh?” And Saul said to Samuel, “but I have obeyed the voice of Yahweh, and gone on the mission on which Yhweh sent me, and brought back Agag king of Amalek; I have utterly destroyed the Amalekites.
1 Sa 15:21-22 – “But the people took of the plunder, sheep and oxen, the best of the things which should have been utterly destroyed, to sacrifice to Yahweh your Elohim in Gilgal.” Then Samuel said: “Has Yahweh as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of Yahweh? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed than the fat of rams.
1 Sam 15:23-24 – For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of Yahweh, He also has rejected you from being king.” Then Saul said to Samuel, I have sinned, for I have transgressed the commandment of Yahweh and your words, because I feared the people and obeyed their voice.
Whose voice are we going to obey?
Just as Saul, who rejected the memorials of Yahweh, was rejected from being a leader of Yahweh’s people… those who disregard the memorials of Yahweh and would rather set up monuments to themselves, they have no business being leaders over the people of Yahweh, at all…period.
We must choose to put Yahweh first in everything. And rather than fearing the people and obeying their voice, we need to fear Yahweh and obey His voice.
I’ll show you whom you should fear. Fear Him who after He has cast you into…you understand what I am saying.
And Saul says back…
1 Sa 15:25-26 – “Now therefore, please pardon my sin, and return with me, that I may worship Yahweh.” But Samuel said to Saul, “I will not return with you, for you have rejected the word of Yahweh, and Yahweh has rejected you from being king over Israel.”
This is such a heart wrenching thing. And that’s why Samuel was crying all night long. You know, Saul doesn’t seem like too terrible of a person in the eyes of man. But Yahweh utterly despised the man for taking away His memorial…and putting himself in that place.
And Samuel had to tell Saul…
1 Sa 15:22-23a – Then Samuel said: “Has Yahweh as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of Yahweh? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed than the fat of rams. For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry.
This is a very interesting statement…’rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft’.
Yahweh doesn’t care so much about your song services, your sacrifices of praise to Him, as He does in obeying His voice…. (I don’t even know who I’m talking to here).
The voice of the Shepherd, who gave His life for the sheep…that’s the voice we need to heed.
And if people choose to go on and keep their own memorials, rather than the memorials of Yahweh…if people choose their own memorials instead, and they choose to be stubborn and rebellious and continue like Saul, in their own memorials…(as you continue to read Saul he’s all… “Oh come, honor me now…please, before the people’). If you keep reading in chapter 15 it’s obvious he still wanted his own memorial. He wasn’t really repenting.
… We choose to be stubborn and rebellious and continue our own memorials like he did his, and we do it willfully…if people do it willfully, purposefully, intentionally…because they fear the people and obey their voice; if they want to continue in their own ways and do what comes out of their own heart rather than what comes out of the Holy scriptures…this is nothing more than witchcraft and idolatry.
Why? Why is it witchcraft?
See, the enemy is nothing but a rebel. He’s the first rebel…the one who leads others into rebellion. And he wants others to join forces with him.
The enemy sought to gain glory for himself rather than glorifying Yahweh. He decided to sit in that spot that belongs to Yahweh.
And when a person acts like the devil and rebels against Yahweh’s commands, and rejecting Yahweh’s memorials because they fear the people and obey their voice…they’re making the people their idol.
That’s idolatry. That’s why they’re stubborn to begin with. They want to do what the people say. They are making people their idol and they’re walking in the ways of Satan.
That’s the heart of what witchcraft is…seeking to use the power of the devil, and the ways of the devil for selfish gain. That’s what witchcraft is. It is joining forces with him...‘Satan’, in rebellion against Yahweh.
Now, I’m not trying to condemn. Please don’t get me wrong. I’m not trying to condemn anyone who maybe, unknowingly, were disregarding the memorials of Yahweh, out of ignorance…. not knowing any better…just being blind to realizing the importance He places on them.
I don’t believe anyone, who is doing the best that they know to do at the time, is walking in rebellion or stubbornness. What I’m talking about is those who know full well what the will of Yahweh is, but in their heart they’re saying, (and maybe somebody listening to this study today is doing this…I don’t know), but in their heart their saying, ‘Oh, what will people think of me if I start using the true memorial name instead of ‘the Lord’? What will people think of me if I memorialize ‘Yahweh’ instead of man’s memorials?
What will people think of me if I start keeping the real day to remember…the Sabbath, instead of man’s memorial… the memorial of Constantine…Sun-day worship?
What will people think of me if I start keeping Passover? What would they think of me…instead of Sun-day Eucharist, or Sun-day worship? What will people think of me if I keep Passover as a way to honor Messiah?
If you’re too concerned what people think of you and because of that you prefer your own memorials and monuments…man’s memorials, man’s monuments…over what Yahweh has said of His memorials, and you fear the people and obey their voice instead…then I’m sorry, but you’re no better than Saul. You’re no better.
And if that’s your attitude, you need to repent… or you, like Saul, will be rejected from being king. You say, Well, I’m not a king. Maybe the kings have a higher standard than me…Oh yes you are a king, if you’re His. Don’t be so stubborn…
Rev 1:5b-7 - …Yahushua Messiah, the faithful winess, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His won blood, and has made us kings and preists to His Elohim and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
Behold, He is coming with cloud, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him. Even so, Amen.”
What has he made us? …Kings and priests. We are kings. Will He reject us from being kings like He rejected Saul? I hope not. I hope not.
It is Yahushua who will make kings and priests. He’s the one we need to follow. He feared Yahweh and obeyed Yahweh’s voice to the death.
Today many choose to memorialize the Messiah’s birth, even though He didn’t ask us to. And they do it on a day He wasn’t’ born. They also memorialize the resurrection. And they call that day ‘Easter’, which ‘Easter’ is the name of a pagan goddess….memorializing other god’s names.
You ever notice that? All the names of idols are preserved in the scriptures…even Satan himself…’Satan’ - that’s still there…still in your bible. But the Creator of heaven and earth, the Author of the Scriptures, His name is absent. That’s wrong.
So they memorialize His birth on a day He wasn’t born, they memorialize His resurrection on the day He wasn’t resurrected, and they also divorce Messiah from Passover, an observance that Yahweh desired to memorialize Messiah’s death…as well as memorialize our own deliverances from own Egypts…that I’ll be sharing more about next week.
Well, as I was preparing this study today, I came across something very interesting…
Exo 17: 14-16 – Then Yahweh said to Moses, “Write this for a memorial in the book and recount it in the hearing of Joshua, that I will utterly blot out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven.” And Moses built an altar and called its name, Yahweh-Is-My-Banner…
I got to looking at this…the banner part…and this word ‘banner’ is from the Hebrew word ‘nec’ (nace) (nun-samech), and it means ‘something lifted up’…standard, signal, signal pole, ensign, banner, sign, sail…something lifted up…a standard, a rallying point. And this word is used, also, in this particular verse…
Num 21:8 – Then Yahweh said to Moses, “make a fiery serpent, and set it on a pole;
‘Pole’…which is the same Hebrew word <5251, nayce>
and it shall be that everyone who is bitten, when he looks at it, shall live.”
…Interesting. Alright, so there’s a serpent on a pole. Now, Yahushua said…
Joh 3:14-15 – And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up,
And how was he lifted up? …On a ‘nayce’…on a pole.
that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.
So Yahushua was lifted up from the earth on this ‘nayce’, (which is ‘something lifted up’), but why would Yahusha compare Himself to a fiery serpent?
…because on him was laid the iniquity of us all.
Isa 53:6 – All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one, to his own way; and Yahweh has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.
2 Co 5:21 – For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of Elohim in Him.
So, Messiah was lifted up and our sins were placed on Him and for that reason the innocent lamb of Yahweh was cursed, hanged on a tree. On Him was our sins, and thus He was depicted as a serpent.
But remember, in Numbers 21, just before they did this… the serpents were destroying the people of Israel.
Num 21:5-6 – And the people spoke against Elohim and against Moses: “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is not food and water, and our soul loathes this worthless bread.
They were calling Yahweh’s manna ‘worthless bread’.
So, Yahweh sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and many of the people of Israel died.
Didn’t accept the goodness of Yahweh…they complained about their circumstances, so they want the enemy’s way….in their stubbornness and rebelliousness…they want the enemy’s way. And so He sends them the serpent which is from the enemy.
21:7-9 – Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, “We have sinned, for we have spoken against Yahweh and against you; pray to Yahweh that He take away the serpents from us.”
So they repented.
So Moses prayed for the people. Then Yahweh said to Moses, “Make a fiery serpent, and set it on a pole; and it shall be that everyone who is bitten, when he looks at it, shall live.” So Moses made a bronze serpent, and put it on a pole; and so it was, if a serpent had bitten anyone, when he looked at the bronze serpent, he lived.
So the people here despised Yahweh’s bread sent from heaven…the manna (Yahushua is the manna that came down from Heaven)… so Yahweh gave them a serpent. They don’t want Yahushua as their king then they get the serpent, instead.
So, when they repented Yahweh placed the serpent on this ‘nayce’, and when they looked at the pole they lived. Well, the same Hebrew word ‘nayce’ is used here. (This is a messianic prophecy)…
Isa 11:10 – And in that day there shall be a Root of Jess, Who shall stand as a banner <5251, nayce> to the people; for the Gentiles shall seek Him, and His resting place shall be glorious.”
…Messianic prophecy. The Gentiles…the Gentiles seek Hm. See that? Jews haven’t done that yet, but they will.
But Yahushua had to be lifted up as a banner…stood as this ‘nayce’ on the earth. But not only is he lifted up as the serpent was lifted up in the wilderness…and becomes something, as Messiah says…
Joh 12:32-33 – “And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself.” This He said, signifying by what death He would die.
So it was all that we might be drawn to Him. Not drawn to Him only in the sense…wow, we need to look to Messiah and get cleansing for our sins and be delivered from the fiery serpent, from the devil.
…But also, that we would be drawn to Him in the sense that, He would become a standard by which we would choose to live our lives. When the enemy comes in like a flood, the spirit of Yahweh will lift up a standard against him.
And so, He upheld Yahweh’s memorials. What did Yahushuah do with Yahweh’s memorials?
Says Yahusha is the one to whom we are drawn we are drawn to Him now only in the sense that He bore our sins, but also, He’s our example. What did he do?
Joh 17:6 – I have manifested Your name to the men whom You have given Me out of the world. They were Yours, You gave them to Me and they have kept Your word.
Joh 17: 25-26 - O righteous Father! The world has not known You, but I have known You; and these have known that You sent Me. And I have declared to them Your name, and will declare it, that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.
As if it was a condition with which… the love with which Messiah was loved, may also be upon them. As if it was a condition. As if…unless He had declared to them His name…Wow!
Another time, Yahushua said…
Joh 12:26-28 – “If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me;
What did He do? He proclaimed the name of Yahweh.
..and where I am, there My servant will be also. If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor. Now My soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save Me from this hour’? but for this purpose I came to this hour. Father, glorify Your name.” Then a voice came from heaven, saying, “I have both glorified it and will glorify it again.”
See, Yahweh couldn’t hold back. When Yahushua said, ‘…glorify Your name’…He’s like, “…I’ll glorify it and I’ll glorify it again!” Halelluyah!
When did He glorify it the first time? …When He brought the children of Israel out of Egypt. He’ll glorify it again when He brings us out of Egypt…out of our house of bondage.
And so, since He is glorified in this awesome act of dying for our sins, the name of Yahweh becomes our banner on the altar. ‘Yahweh-Nissi’…’Yahweh-Our-Banner’: the standard that’s lifted up against the enemy. And you know, the name of Yahweh, being associated in this way, to me…is just awesome.
Exo 17:14-16 - Verse 15…The-Yahweh-Is-My-Banner…It’s hard to put ‘the’ there…That shouldn’t be there…scratch that. That’s an addition to Yahweh’s word here. The word ‘the’ is nowhere there. The ‘ha’ (hey) is no where there. Ok. Yahweh-Is-My-Banner…
So the altars name was ‘Yahweh-Nissi’. ‘Nissi’ is a possessive, or first-person of ‘nayce’.
The authors have called this ‘Yahushua was offered up as an offering’. And if you do any research, at all, as to what Yahweh’s name is about, you’ll discover His name is all about grace.
Ex 34:5-7 – Now Yahweh descended in the cloud and stood with him there, and proclaimed…
proclaimed the name of Yahweh.
What’s the name of Yahweh? How do you proclaim the name?
And Yahweh passed before him and proclaimed, “Yahweh, Yahweh Elohim, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children and the children’s children to the third and the fourth generation.”
So, He’s not going to clear the guilty. Those who are guilty are those who refuse to repent.
But if we come in repentance, His name is all over the place associated with His grace. That’s why Yahweh is our banner. His memorial is our banner.
Do we see why Yahushua being lifted up from the earth…His name, His grace…it’s all one here. Do we see that?
His name and His Messiah are a manifestation (Exo 34: 5-7) of His mercy, graciousness, longsuffering, and forgiveness of sin.
It says Yahushua has drawn all men to Himself with this awesome act. Why don’t we live like He did? Why don’t we cleave to Yahweh’s memorial and glorify it?
His Sabbath…why don’t we remember that, as Messiah did? Why don’t we call upon the memorial name like He did? Why don’t we choose to obey Yahweh, rather than fearing man…like He did? Why don’t we do the things He asked us to do, and memorialize the Messiah’s death, on Passover and Feast of Unleavened Bread…like He asked us to?
If we do, you know what? Then we are His disciples.
The word ‘disciple’ means ‘a taught one’. If we do, then we are honoring Yahweh’s memorials, rather than man’s. All of Yahweh’s feast days, actually…are memorials. They are memorials to the celebration … and they’re basically the festivals of Messiah.
So let’s cease from setting aside Yahweh’s memorials in favor of our own. Let’s restore Yahweh’s memorials…that we might truly give him the glory that is due his name.
And as we do so, my brothers and sisters, may Yahweh bless you and may Yahweh have mercy on us all.