THIS WEEK’S TORAH PORTION

THIS WEEK’S 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. An illustration of this practice appears to have been recorded in Luke 4:16 where Yeshua (Jesus) arrived in the synagogue in Nazareth and was asked to read the portion (Isaiah 61) from the Prophets. 

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 illumine 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 references for all texts are those found in English translations of the Scriptures.

The readings for this week February 19-25, 2017 are called Mishpatim—“Judgments”

 

TORAH:  Exodus 21:1—24:18

Shabbat Sh’kalim:  Add Exodus 30:11-16

 

HAFTARAH: 

II Kings 12:1-17

(Jeremiah 34:8-22; 33:25-26)

NOTE:  The normally-read  Haftarah is Jeremiah 34:8-22; 33:25-26  (which we recommend reading, because of its relation to the Exodus portion).  However, since the day for traditionally honoring the giving of a “Shekel Tax” for the Tabernacle/Temple falls this year on the Sabbath preceding the 1st of Adar, an additional Torah portion Exodus 30:11-16  and a different Haftarah which mentions “each man’s census money” (II Kings 12:4) are read in synagogues.

Mishpatim—“Judgments”

 

judge's gavel

 

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 in the entire Book of Leviticus).

Chapter 23 also contains sections regarding God’s rest (Sabbaths), both for man, his animals, and for the land they will be living in.  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. 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 Haftarah in Jeremiah).

Other passages in this reading deal with treatment of those captured after being brought into servitude on the battlefield (always excepting the nations within Canaan itself, who were under God’s judgment and were 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).

PLEASE PRAY:  for wisdom amongst Israel’s leaders regarding the continuing difficulties of illegal immigration to Israel.  That those immigrants God is drawing to dwell 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.  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 Jew and Arab and others the Lord appoints to live 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 regarding 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 amongst 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 in 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:  for believers in Israel to 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.’”israel-homeland

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His leadership and television interviews have gone trough out the world Uriel has done close to 500 interviews in Israel Jerusalem, and many more to come our main goal is to educate the world about Israel and its right to protect herself from any form of terrorism .Israel is facing many challenges and dangers, and has been for a very long time. There is, an unprecedented propaganda campaign initiated by the Arab League to demonize, to discredit and delegitimize the Jewish people and its state, in its own land!. In order to achieve their goals, the Arabs have for more than 30 years resorted to a deliberate misinformation campaign.This propaganda campaign by the Arab League - both in their own countries and for the last three decades exported to Europe and North America - has caused to Israel what would seem irreparable damage and indeed, it was the main culprit in the reawakening of dormant European anti-Semitism Israel has suffered many terror attacks from terrorist .Israel should not bow down to any pressure imposed by the USA the EU. the Quartet nor the UN The current Obama administration continues to work behind the scenes by using John Kerry and others to fulfill their hidden agenda as I call it. The Obama administration is trying to force Israel to give up more land for false peace as we have seen in the past .Judea and Samaria and possibly the Jordan Valley are at the negotiating table and if the so called Palestinians obtain Judea and Samaria and possibly the Jordan Valley, Givat Haroe'eh in the Samaria community of Eli, Ramat Gilad and Giv'at Assaf (also in Samaria), and Mitzpeh Lachish, near Nehogot, outside Hevron. they can easily rain down rockets towards any city within Israel and Israel will be left without defensible borders . We say no land for false peace as we have seen in the past. Barrack Hussein Obama has a hidden agenda against Israel. Israel will face many difficult days ahead See Psalms 83' as we have seen what happened with Gush Katif were almost 9,000 Jews were forced out of their own Jewish land due to US pressure , now Bet El Almuna and Migron and Judea and Samaria face the same consequence .More than 17,000 rockets have been fired from the Gaza Strip into Israel over 11,000, just to Sderot by Islamist extremist who want the total destruction of my people Israel. Hamas terrorist who are supported by Iran and now Hamas has joined hands with Fatah.Iran Lebanon Hezbollah Syria want the total destruction of Israel and now Al Qaeda and ISIS who are operating in Syria Egypt and the Sinai Desert will do anything in their power to destroy my people Israel and all Jews. The Moslem/ Arabs in that area started calling themselves “Palestinians” nearly 40 years ago. “Palestinian” refers to people who live in Palestine: Arabs (“Arabic speaking peoples”), Bedouins, Druze, Christians, and Jews. No people or nation ever ruled as a sovereign national entity on this land there is no Palestinian language or culture in past history. Palestine, as a country does not presently exist. No Arab nation has their historical roots on the land and no one have cl...aim to this territory other than the Jews. The Jewish rule of this land extended over a period of over 2000 years. Israel became a nation in the land in 1312 BC. God gave them the land in a covenant (Deuteronomy 29:1-30:20) and they lived there See Quote from Quran', Death to the enemies of Allah Those that make war against Allah and His apostle and spread disorder in the land shall be slain or crucified or have their hands and feet cut off on alternate sides, or be banished from the land. They shall be held up to shame in this world and sternly punished in the hereafter: except those that repent before you reduce them. For you must know that Allah is forgiving and merciful.Al-Maidah The Table 5:33-34 This is what radical Islam say's about us Jews' "The Day of Judgement will not come about until Muslims fight the Jews (killing the Jews), when the Jew will hide behind stones and trees. The stones and trees will say O Muslims, O Abdullah, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him. Only the Gharkad tree, (a certain kind of tree) would not do that because it is one of the trees of the Jews." (related by al-Bukhari and Muslim). Judea and Samaria also faces many challenges in the days to come as Abbu Massen will try to pressure the entire world and US President Barrack Hussein Obama the EU and the Quartet into giving more land for false peace we saw what happened after the Oslo Accords were signed more terror against Israel . Abbu Massen the PA. leader approached the United Nations this past November 2012 and has ask them to declare them a recognized nation within Israel known borders. The time has come to tell the entire world the real truth about the enemies of Israel .We speak on the Quran with a Power Point with videos. We have spoken on CNN TV and radio stations on the current issues of Israel, Uriel has a heart for his people Israel and will continue to inform the entire world the real truth as many News Media trough out the world are anti-Semitic and won't tell you the real truth. Born in the USA lives in Israel Jerusalem knows karate and Boxing played semi pro baseball married to Efrat and we have two children a girl and a son all three of them are born in Jerusalem . I discovered in 2004 that were possible Converso Marrano Jews from Spain who's ancestors were forced to convert to Catholicism during the time of the Inquisition in 1492 .Our family names Centeno and Perez are registered in El Libro Verde De Aragon in Spain were the catholic Inquisitors maintained all the names of all Jewish families who were forced to convert to Catholicism during that horrible time period in Spain.A former police officer who knows Karate boxing played semi pro Baseball studied at Temple University political science. Since 2004 we have been Flying back and forth from the USA speaking to the nations on the current issues of the the state of Israel see Psalms 83' as the nations gather against Israel.Have spoken on CNN AL Jazeera Al Arabiya Dubai TV Holland TV German TV also American Family Radio which links up with 700 radio stations .Our goal is to educate the entire world that Israel has the right to self determination and the right to defend itself from terrorism For Bookings call USA-1321-593-0960 Israel 972526357088 Support our work Via Paypal to judah92@gmail.com Visit our Youtube News Channel directly from Israel Jerusalem http://youtu.be/6IdveOM-Njg https://twitter.com/Jerusalem2004 https://www.youtube.com/user/MrUriel2004 http://youtu.be/jleJ9zKQqUU https://www.facebook.com/pages/News-videos-from-Israel/482484308485691 https://www.facebook.com/pages/Breaking-News-from-Israel-Jerusalem/238100002867219 https://urielperezcenteno.wordpress.com/ https://www.facebook.com/groups/ForthesakeofJerusalem/ י חָשַׂף יְהוָה אֶת-זְרוֹעַ קָדְשׁוֹ, לְעֵינֵי כָּל-הַגּוֹיִם; וְרָאוּ, כָּל-אַפְסֵי-אָרֶץ, אֵת, יְשׁוּעַת אֱלֹהֵינוּ. {ס} The LORD hath made bare His holy arm in the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.
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