February 26, 2011

A Law of Fire

An update, as requested- (lol)

Yesterday afternoon I finished my project from the last several days- a tablecloth. I borrowed the serger- and floor-space of a friend so that I could trim and hem the tablecloth. It turned out much better than I had anticipated...But I haven't taken any pictures of it yet. Hopefully I'll remember to put some on here... :-)

Okay, now for the real post. haha...

In my Scripture studies this week, I have mostly been in the book of Ruth... A fascinating story that! I have begun an article writing (or rather, typing) down some of what I have learned, or am presently learning. So far it is nine pages long... but that may just be because of maps and the font used... anyway- Ruth is pretty neat. :-)

During our Shabbat studies today, Mom and I discovered something really interesting. In Deuteronomy 33, YHWH is speaking through Moshe to bless the Messiah and the Children of Yisrael. Verse two says,

"And he said, "יהוה came from Sinai, and rose from Sĕʽir for them. He shone forth from Mount Paran, and came with ten thousands of set-apart ones – at His right hand a law of fire for them."

Deuteronomy 33:2

What is a "law of fire"? In the Hebrew, Strong's #H799 is Eshdoth. This is the only time anywhere in Scripture that I could find this word being used. The image that I made this morning to see the Paleo-Hebrew of the word is below.

The letters which form "Eshdoth" are Alef, Shin, Dalet, Tav. The pictographic form of these letters give us- in one word- all of the Torah of YHWH. I will try to explain.

Alef- is a Bull or Ox's head. It represents a strong one, a leader, power. It is the first letter of the Hebrew AlefBet.
Shin- is said to be the two front teeth. This letter represents something sharp, pressing, or to eat.
Dalet- is the door of a tent or dwelling. It means to move, hang, or an entrance.
Tav- is two crossed sticks. This letter is a sign, seal, or mark. It is also the last letter of the Hebrew AlefBet.

I will now attempt to make this into one sentence. Hopefully one that makes sense. :-)

The animal (sin offering?) is slaughtered and offered on the altar of YHWH, as a sign.

Alef-Tav- the Messiah, is our final sin offering. He, a strong one- the powerful Son of YHWH, humbled himself and was slaughtered as the sacrifice for all sin, which is transgression of YHWH's Torah. He was hung on a cross as a sign that this work has been completed. This prophecy is fulfilled. He has been our redemption by taking our sins upon himself and taking our penalty of death, because he knew that we couldn't.

The altar is a place of cleansing, fire separates the good from the bad. Torah is the line which tells us what is True Truth and what is not. It gives us the pattern for salvation. It gives us instructions on how to better live our life, so that by it we may have life more abundant. As the Torah made flesh has said,

"And יהושע said to him, “ ‘You shall love יהוה your Elohim with all your heart, and with all your being, and with all your mind.This is the first and great command. And the second is like it, You shall love your neighbour as yourself.’ On these two commands hang all the Torah and the Prophets." (dalet- door- the entrance to life- get it? :-)
Matthew 22:37-40 

And again:
"And see, one came and said to Him, “Good Teacher, what good shall I do to have everlasting life?” And He said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good except One – Elohim. But if you wish to enter into life, guard the commands.”
Matthew 19:16-17

Eshdoth is the Alef-Tav -the Messiah. The Word of YHWH. Torah. He sits at the right-hand of the throne of YHWH. He is the end from the beginning, and the blueprint for the existence of life. Yahshua- Alef Tav- is the Law of Fire for us.

I know that I probably haven't explained it very well- and there is so much there. But I hope that you get the gist of what I'm trying to say. :-) I don't know that I can type it better that this... :-) It has been a really cool nugget from this week's Portion for me though!

Shabbat Shalom!

4 comments:

  1. Umm nope... but i did stay up past my bed time to watch a video on Torah Teachers last night.
    Hey maybe one of these day i might be as smart as you?. ( Thats a complement by the way, just stating the facts just in case you didn't catch that)LOL.
    Anyways i hope you had a good day.
    I'm pretty sure i did. lol.

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  2. Thanks for the compliment but...I think that everybody puts too much stock into my brain power... I like the reputation of having good "thinking abilities," but it really gets annoying to have people comparing their relative knowledge/ability to learn/etc. to my own all the time...

    Anybody who has a brain can choose whether they use it or not, and for what purpose. Just 'cause I know something that others don't doesn't make me smarter than them. Others know lots of things that I probably never will know. -And that is just fine with me. :-)

    ...Anyway...Be careful what you watch on Torah Teachers. Most of it is okay, others may not be so much... I don't listen to very much of that stuff, so I'm not familiar with everything that the teachers He puts on there believe... Just remember to confirm what you hear with Scripture, take nothing for granted, and take everything with a grain of salt. :-)

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  3. I apologize, didn't mean to ruffle and feathers.
    And BTW, I've been just taking notes on all that Ive been watching... kinda like somebody else i know.

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