Noah Prepared - What About You & I?

Saturday, October 24, 2009 TM

Shabbat Shalom Loved One!

It’s that time again. You may ask time again for what? It’s time again to remind ourselves who we are. Once again we need to remind ourselves why you are “Loved Ones”! I consider all “Truth Seekers” family and therefore loved ones. Once again, here’s why; (Matthew 12:46) While he yet talked to the people, behold, his mother and his brothers stood without, desiring to speak with him.(Matthew 12:47) Then one said unto him, Behold, your mother and your brothers stand without, desiring to speak with you. (Matthew 12:48) But he answered and said unto him that told him, who is my mother? And who are my brothers?

(Matthew 12:49) And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, behold my mother and my brothers! (Matthew 12:50) For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.

There it is in a nutshell once again. Are you one who is doing the will of the Father? His word and His will are the same. Remember we are told by Yahshua (John 17:17) sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. (John 14:6) Yahshua said to him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes to the Father, but by me. What or whose will was Yahshua doing? (John 5:30) I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which has sent me.

As we die to our own will, we become more like Him, we will walk like He walked and do even greater works because He has gone to the Father. Together, let’s look closely at this thought of walking like He walked. Hebraic thought on this is called Halacha, but Judaism has totally rerouted the meanings. They have added takanot or added rules they say supersede the word of YHWH. In other words they have added to and taken away from the Scriptures which according to Deuteronomy 4:2 is an absolute No, No, No by our Father. (Deu 4:2) "You shall not add to the word which I am commanding you, nor take away from it, that you may keep the commandments of YHWH your Elohim which I command you.

They have created their own religion and would have you obey them much like we in the Christian world have inherited added feasts. This is NOT what the Scriptures command in any way! (1Jn 2:1) My little children, I write this to you, so that you do not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Intercessor with the Father, יהושע Messiah, a righteous One. (1Jn 2:2) And He Himself is an atoning offering for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the entire world. (1Jn 2:3) And by this we know that we know Him, if we guard His commands.1 Footnote: 1See 3:6. (1Jn 2:4) The one who says, “I know Him,” and does not guard His commands, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. (1Jn 2:5) But whoever guards His Word, truly the love of Elohim has been perfected1 in him. By this we know that we are in Him.2 Footnotes: 1Gen. 17:1, Ps. 119:1, Mt. 5:48. 2See 3:24. (1Jn 2:6) The one who says he stays in Him ought himself also to walk, even as He walked.

Understand, Loved One that our goal is to learn to walk like He walked. This requires us by our choice to become family! You are family if you are humble enough to be a truth searcher. One who desires truth and obedience to your Creator- more than you want acceptance from men and their traditions. This group would include us who are willing to pick up our burial stake and follow Him. Why do I use burial stake? Because you and I must be willing to decrease as He increases in us. He changes not and that only leaves you and I to do the changing, Yahshua put it like this: (Matthew 16:24) Then said Yahshua to his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. (Matthew 16:25) For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. (Matthew 16:26) For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?

We must be willing to humble ourselves and accept the engrafted word when we discover truth. This losing our life for Him is not just physical. As we are changed into His image we are losing our old person (ality) and gaining HIM! Remember to the degree we are hungry for Him (desire Him) we will be changed or filled with imHimHim- no more or less. (Matthew 5:6) Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

James 4:7) So then subject (submit/humble) yourselves to Elohim. Resist the devil1 and he shall flee from you. Footnote: 1Or adversary. (James 4:8) Draw near to Elohim and He shall draw near to you. Cleanse hands, sinners. And cleanse the hearts, you double-minded! (James 4:9) Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to dejection. (James 4:10) Humble yourselves in the sight of the Master, and He shall lift you up.

Today we turn our hearts to prepare for trouble coming. This will require a FAST TRACK of humbling ourselves and changing! We learn of NOAH and preparing today!

Here are our Torah Scriptures this week: Noach- Noah

Genesis 6:9-11:32
Isaiah 54:1-55-13
Joshua Chapters 4, 5, and 6

Today we see YHWH’s promise preparing to manifest. This means we, too should take
notice and prepare as we see The Day approaching! These men who laughed and scorned Noah for preparing and ARK; probably like most in the “church” today; were not preparing. They were walking by faith and praying against the rain. It may sound humorous to you and me, but we might as well get ready for the same mocking as we prepare by having seed, water and sustainable surroundings as we move out of cities, move out of varying countries as we are led by the Spirit NOT FEAR! If you are fleeing in fear do not leave. You may be fleeing to a worse place. Be motivated by your peace and inward warning of your heart. The idea is to help others and produce fruit for the Kingdom! In order that we are a help to others, we must prepare as He leads us. When wickedness and violence once again fills the earth, He promises to not destroy the earth again with a flood. This judgment is by FIRE! (2Pe 3:3) knowing this first: that mockers shall come in the last days with mocking, walking according to their own lusts,

(2Pe 3:4) and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? Since the fathers fell asleep, all continues as from the beginning of creation.” (2Pe 3:5) For they choose to have this hidden from them: that the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of water and in the water, by the Word of Elohim, 1Footnote: 1Heb. 11:3. (2Pe 3:6) through which the world at that time was destroyed, being flooded with water. (2Pe 3:7) And the present heavens and the earth are treasured up by the same Word, being kept for fire, to a Day of Judgment and destruction of wicked men. (2Pe 3:8) But, beloved ones let not this one matter be hidden from you: that with יהוה one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. (2Pe 3:9) יהוה is not slow in regard to the promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward us, not wishing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.1 Footnote: 11 Tim. 2:4. (2Pe 3:10) But the day of יהוה shall come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with intense heat, and the earth and the works that are in it shall be burned up. (2Pe 3:11) Seeing all these are to be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be in set-apart behavior and reverence, (2Pe 3:12) looking for and hastening the coming of the day of Elohim, through which the heavens shall be destroyed, being set on fire, and the elements melt with intense heat! (2Pe 3:13) But according to His promise we wait for a renewed heavens and a renewed earth in which righteousness dwells.

Earth is filled with violence- PREPARE

Gen 6:9) This is the genealogy of Noaḥ. Noaḥ was a righteous man, perfect in his generations. Noaḥ walked with Elohim. (Gen 6:10) And Noaḥ brought forth three sons: Shĕm, Ḥam, and Yepheth. (Gen 6:11) And the earth was corrupt before Elohim, and the earth was filled with violence. (Gen 6:12) And Elohim looked upon the earth and saw that it was corrupt – for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth – (Gen 6:13) and Elohim said to Noaḥ, “The end of all flesh has come before me, for the earth is filled with violence through them. And see, I am going to destroy them from the earth. (Gen 6:14) “Make yourself an ark of gopher wood. Make rooms in the ark, and cover it inside and outside with tar. (Gen 6:15) “And this is how you are to make it: The length of the ark is three hundred cubits, its width fifty cubits, and its height thirty cubits. (Gen 6:16) “Make a window for the ark, and complete it to a cubit from above. And set the door of the ark in its side. Make it with lower, second, and third decks.

(Gen 6:17) “And see, I myself am bringing floodwaters on the earth, to destroy all flesh in which is the breath of life from under the heavens – all that is on the earth is to die.

Note the reason for the judgment is to establish a covenant of righteousness with us

(Gen 6:18) “And I shall establish my covenant with you, and you shall come into the ark, you and your sons and your wife and your sons’ wives with you. (Gen 6:19) “And of all the living creatures of all flesh, two of each, you are to bring into the ark, to keep them alive with you – a male and a female. (Gen 6:20) “Of the birds after their kind, and of the cattle after their kind, and of all creeping creatures of the earth after their kind, two of each are to come to you, to keep them alive. (Gen 6:21) “As for you, take of all food that is eaten and gather it to yourself. And it shall be food for you and for them.”

(Gen 6:22) And Noaḥ did according to all that Elohim commanded him, so he did. (Gen 7:1) And יהוה said to Noaḥ, “Come into the ark, you and your entire household, because I have seen that you are righteous before me in this generation. (Gen 7:2) “Of all the clean beasts take with you seven pairs, a male and his female; and of the beasts that are unclean two, a male and his female; (Gen 7:3) and of birds of the heavens seven pairs, male and female, to keep offspring alive on the face of all the earth. (Gen 7:4) “For after seven more days I am sending rain on the earth, forty days and forty nights, and shall wipe from the face of the earth all that stand that I created.” (Gen 7:5) And Noaḥ did according to all that יהוה commanded him.

(Gen 7:6) Now Noaḥ was six hundred years old when the flood-waters were on the earth. (Gen 7:7) And Noaḥ and his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives went into the ark because of the waters of the flood. (Gen 7:8) Of the clean beasts and of the beasts that are unclean, and of birds, and of all that creep on the earth, (Gen 7:9) two by two they went into the ark to Noaḥ, male and female, as Elohim had commanded Noaḥ.

(Gen 7:10) And it came to be after seven days that the waters of the flood were on the earth. (Gen 7:11) In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, on that day all the fountains of the great deep were broken up, and the windows of the heavens were opened. (Gen 7:12) And the rain was on the earth forty days and forty nights. (Gen 7:13) On that same day Noaḥ and Shĕm and Ḥam and Yepheth, the sons of Noaḥ, and Noah’s wife and the three wives of his sons with them, went into the ark, (Gen 7:14) they and every living creature after its kind, and every beast after its kind, and every creeping creature that creeps on the earth after its kind, and every bird after its kind, every bird of every sort.

(Gen 7:15) And they went into the ark to Noaḥ, two by two, of all flesh in which is the breath of life. (Gen 7:16) And those going in, male and female of all flesh, went in as Elohim had commanded him, and יהוה shut him in. (Gen 7:17) And the flood was on the earth forty days, and the waters increased and lifted up the ark, and it rose high above the earth. (Gen 7:18) And the waters were mighty and greatly increased on the earth, and the ark moved about on the surface of the waters. (Gen 7:19) And the waters were exceedingly mighty on the earth, and all the high mountains under all the heavens were covered. (Gen 7:20) The waters became mighty, fifteen cubits upward, and the mountains were covered.

Destruction of all wickedness!

(Gen 7:21) And all flesh died that moved on the earth – birds and cattle and beasts and every creeping creature that creeps on the earth, and all mankind. (Gen 7:22) All in whose nostrils was the breath of the spirit of life, all that was on the dry land, died.

(Gen 7:23) So He wiped off that entire stand, which was on the face of the ground – both man and beast, creeping creature and bird of the heavens. And they were wiped off from the earth. And only Noaḥ was left and those with him in the ark. (Gen 7:24) And the waters were mighty on the earth, one hundred and fifty days. (Gen 8:1) And Elohim remembered Noaḥ, and all the beasts and all the cattle that were with him in the ark. And Elohim made a wind to pass over the earth, and the waters subsided. (Gen 8:2) And the fountains of the deep and the windows of the heavens were stopped, and the rain from the heavens was withheld. (Gen 8:3) And the waters receded steadily from the earth, and at the end of the hundred and fifty days the waters diminished.

Ark rested in the mountains-plural right where a petrified boat with the exact dimensions was found.

(Gen 8:4) And in the seventh month, the seventeenth day of the month, the ark rested on the mountains of Ararat. (Gen 8:5) And the waters decreased steadily until the tenth month. In the tenth month, on the first day of the month, the tops of the mountains became visible. (Gen 8:6) And it came to be, at the end of forty days, that Noaḥ opened the window of the ark which he had made, (Gen 8:7) and he sent out a raven, which kept going out and turning back until the waters had dried up from the earth. (Gen 8:8) Then he sent out a dove from him, to see if the waters had receded from the face of the ground. (Gen 8:9) But the dove found no resting place for its feet and returned into the ark to him, for the waters were on the face of all the earth. So he put out his hand and took it, and pulled it into the ark to himself. (Gen 8:10) And he waited yet another seven days, and again he sent the dove out from the ark. (Gen 8:11) And the dove came to him in the evening, and see, a freshly plucked olive leaf was in its mouth. And Noaḥ knew that the waters had receded from the earth. (Gen 8:12) And he waited yet another seven days and sent out the dove, which did not return to him again.

(Gen 8:13) And it came to be in the six hundred and first year, in the first month, the first day of the month, that the waters were dried up from the earth. And Noaḥ removed the covering of the ark and looked, and saw the surface of the ground was dry. (Gen 8:14) And in the second month, on the twenty-seventh day of the month, the earth was dry. (Gen 8:15) And Elohim spoke to Noaḥ, saying, (Gen 8:16) “Go out of the ark, you and your wife and your sons and your sons’ wives with you. (Gen 8:17) “Bring out with you every living creature of all flesh that is with you: of birds, of cattle and all creeping creatures that creep on the earth. And let them teem on the earth and bear and increase on the earth.” (Gen 8:18) So Noaḥ went out, and his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives with him, (Gen 8:19) every beast, every creeping creature, and every bird, whatever creeps on the earth, according to their kinds, went out of the ark. (Gen 8:20) And Noaḥ built an altar to יהוה, and took of every clean beast and of every clean bird, and offered burnt offerings on the altar.

Prayer and worship is a sweet incense to YHWH! It spells RELIEF! (Note that as long as there is earth-there is seedtime AND harvest!)

(Gen 8:21) And יהוה smelled a soothing fragrance, and יהוה said in His heart, “Never again shall I curse the ground because of man, although the inclination of man’s heart is evil from his youth, and never again smite all living creatures, as I have done,

(Gen 8:22) as long as the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and winter and summer, and day and night shall not cease.” (Gen 9:1) And Elohim blessed Noaḥ and his sons, and said to them, “Bear fruit and increase, and fill the earth. (Gen 9:2) “And the fear of you and the dread of you is on every beast of the earth, on every bird of the heavens, on all that creeps on the ground, and on all the fish of the sea – into your hand they have been given.

After the flood YHWH increases our food supply to include certain clean animals and adds that to the green plants or reference to seed bearing plants! But NOT BLOOD!

(Gen 9:3) “Every moving creature that lives is food for you. I have given you all, as I gave the green plants. (Gen 9:4) “But do not eat flesh with its life, its blood. (Gen 9:5) “But only your blood for your lives I require, from the hand of every beast I require it, and from the hand of man. From the hand of every man’s brother I require the life of man. (Gen 9:6) “Whoever sheds man’s blood, by man his blood is shed, for in the image of Elohim has He made man. (Gen 9:7) “As for you, bear fruit and increase, bring forth teemingly in the earth and increase in it.”(Gen 9:8) And Elohim spoke to Noaḥ and to his sons with him, saying, (Gen 9:9) “And I, see, I establish My covenant with you and with your seed after you, (Gen 9:10) and with every living creature that is with you: of the birds, of the cattle, and of every beast of the earth with you, of all that go out of the ark, every beast of the earth. (Gen 9:11) “And I shall establish my covenant with you, and never again is all flesh cut off by the waters of the flood, and never again is there a flood to destroy the earth.”

(Gen 9:12) And Elohim said, “This is the sign of the covenant which I make between me and you, and every living creature that is with you, for all generations to come: (Gen 9:13) “I shall set My rainbow in the cloud, and it shall be for the sign of the covenant between Me and the earth. (Gen 9:14) “And it shall be, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the rainbow shall be seen in the cloud, (Gen 9:15) and I shall remember My covenant which is between Me and you and every living creature of all flesh, and never again let the waters become a flood to destroy all flesh. (Gen 9:16) “And the rainbow shall be in the cloud, and I shall see it, to remember the everlasting covenant between Elohim and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.” (Gen 9:17) And Elohim said to Noaḥ, “This is the sign of the covenant which I have established between me and all flesh that is on the earth.” (Gen 9:18) And the sons of Noaḥ who went out of the ark were Shĕm and Ḥam and Yepheth. And Ḥam was the father of Kenaʽan. (Gen 9:19) these three were the sons of Noaḥ, and all the earth was overspread from them.

Noah was a farmer! Note the cause of curse coming to Ham

(Gen 9:20) And Noaḥ, a man of the soil, began and planted a vineyard. (Gen 9:21) And he drank of the wine and was drunk, and became uncovered in his tent. (Gen 9:22) And Ḥam, the father of Kenaʽan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brothers outside. (Gen 9:23) So Shĕm and Yepheth took a garment, laid it on both their shoulders, and went backward and covered the nakedness of their father, but their faces were turned away, and they did not see their father’s nakedness. (Gen 9:24) And Noaḥ awoke from his wine, and he knew what his younger son had done to him, (Gen 9:25) and he said, “Cursed is Kenaʽan, let him become a servant of servants to his brothers.”

Note that blessings come from doing what is honorable!

(Gen 9:26) And he said, “Blessed be יהוה, the Elohim of Shĕm, and let Kenaʽan become his servant. (Gen 9:27) “Let Elohim enlarge Yepheth, and let him dwell in the tents of Shĕm. And let Kenaʽan become his servant.” (Gen 9:28) And Noaḥ lived after the flood three hundred and fifty years. (Gen 9:29) So all the days of Noaḥ were nine hundred and fifty years, and he died. (Gen 10:1) And this is the genealogy of the sons of Noaḥ: Shĕm, Ḥam, and Yepheth. And sons were born to them after the flood. (Gen 10:2) The sons of Yepheth: Gomer, and Maḡoḡ, and Maḏai, and Yawan, and Tuḇal, and Mesheḵ, and Tiras. (Gen 10:3) And the sons of Gomer: Ashkenaz, and Riphath, and Toḡarmah. (Gen 10:4) And the sons of Yawan: Elishah and Tarshish, Kittim and Doḏanim.

(Gen 10:5) From these the coastland peoples of the nations were separated into their lands, everyone according to his language, according to their clans, into their nations. (Gen 10:6) And the sons of Ḥam: Kush, and Mitsrayim, and Put, and Kenaʽan. (Gen 10:7) and the sons of Kush: Seḇa, and Ḥawilah, and Saḇtah, and Raʽmah, and Saḇteḵa. And the sons of Raʽmah: Sheḇa and Deḏan.

Nimrod was the self exalting mighty hunter (self-made-self sufficient) that brought forth the self worship at BABEL

(Note that Nineveh was where Jonah refused to go and offer repentance!)

(Gen 10:8) And Kush brought forth Nimroḏ, he began to be a mighty one on the earth. (Gen 10:9) He was a mighty hunter before יהוה, therefore it is said, “Like Nimroḏ the mighty hunter before יהוה.” (Gen 10:10) And the beginning of his reign was Baḇel, and Ereḵ, and Akkaḏ, and Kalnĕh, in the land of Shinʽar. (Gen 10:11) From that land he went to Ashshur and built Ninewĕh, and Reḥoḇoth Ir, and Kelaḥ, (Gen 10:12) and Resen between Ninewĕh and Kelaḥ, the great city. (Gen 10:13) And Mitsrayim brought forth Luḏim, and Anamim, and Lehaḇim, and Naphtuḥim, (Gen 10:14) and Pathrusim, and Kasluḥim, from whom came the Philistines and Kaphtorim. (Gen 10:15) And Kenaʽan brought forth Tsiḏon his first-born, and Ḥĕth, (Gen 10:16) and the Yeḇusite, and the Amorite, and the Girgashite, (Gen 10:17) and the Ḥiwwite, and the Arqite, and the Sinite, (Gen 10:18) and the Arwaḏite, and the Tsemarite, and the Ḥamathite. And afterward the clans of the Kenaʽanites were spread abroad. (Gen 10:19) And the border of the Kenaʽanites was from Tsiḏon as you go toward Gerar, as far as Azzah, as you go toward Seḏom, and Amorah, and Aḏmah, and Tseḇoyim, as far as Lasha. (Gen 10:20) These were the sons of Ḥam, according to their clans, according to their languages, in their lands, in their nations.

(Gen 10:21) And also to Shĕm, the father of all the children of Ěḇer, the brother of Yepheth the elder, children were born. (Gen 10:22) The sons of Shĕm: Ěylam, and Asshur, and Arpaḵshaḏ, and Luḏ, and Aram. (Gen 10:23) And the sons of Aram: Uts, and Ḥul, and Gether, and Mash. (Gen 10:24) And Arpaḵshaḏ brought forth Shelaḥ, and Shelaḥ brought forth Ěḇer. (Gen 10:25) And to Ěḇer were born two sons, the name of one was Peleḡ, for in his days the earth was divided, and his brother’s name was Yoqtan. (Gen 10:26) And Yoqtan brought forth Almoḏaḏ, and Sheleph, and Ḥatsarmaweth, and Yeraḥ, (Gen 10:27) and Haḏoram, and Uzal, and Diqlah, (Gen 10:28) and Oḇal, and Aḇima’ĕl, and Sheḇa, (Gen 10:29) and Ophir, and Ḥawilah, and Yoḇaḇ. All these were sons of Yoqtan. (Gen 10:30) And their dwelling place was from Mĕysha as you go toward Sephar, a mountain of the east. (Gen 10:31) These were the sons of Shĕm, according to their clans, according to their languages, in their lands, according to their nations. (Gen 10:32) These were the clans of the sons of Noaḥ, according to their generations, in their nations. And from these the nations were divided on the earth after the flood. (Gen 11:1) And all the earth had one language1 and one speech. Footnote: 1Hebrew lip (Gen 11:2) And it came to be, as they set out from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinʽar1, and they dwelt there. Footnote: 1Earlier name for Baḇel

Self Exaltation starts at the Tower of Babel-YHWH makes the “babblers” confusing languages- from this time the sun gods all had different names in various parts of the earth but the same calendar dates of birth-December 25th- then the winter solstice.

(Gen 11:3) And they said to each other, “Come, let us make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” And they had brick for stone, and they had asphalt for mortar. (Gen 11:4) And they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top is in the heavens, and make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered over all the face of the earth.” (Gen 11:5) Then יהוה came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of men had built. (Gen 11:6) And יהוה said, “Look, they are one people and they all have one language, and this is what they begin to do! And now, they are not going to be withheld from doing whatever they plan to do. (Gen 11:7) “Come, let Us go there and confuse their language, so that they do not understand one another’s speech.” (Gen 11:8) And יהוה scattered them from there, over the face of all the earth, and they left off building the city. (Gen 11:9) That is why its name was called Baḇel1, because there יהוה confused the language of all the earth, and from there יהוה scattered them over the face of all the earth. Footnote: 1Baḇel is derived from a verb which means “to confuse".

(Gen 11:10) This is the genealogy of Shĕm: Shĕm was a hundred years old and brought forth Arpaḵshaḏ, two years after the flood. (Gen 11:11) And after he brought forth Arpaḵshaḏ, Shĕm lived five hundred years, and brought forth sons and daughters. (Gen 11:12) And Arpaḵshaḏ lived thirty-five years, and brought forth Shelaḥ. (Gen 11:13) And after he brought forth Shelaḥ, Arpaḵshaḏ lived four hundred and three years, and brought forth sons and daughters. (Gen 11:14) And Shelaḥ lived thirty years, and brought forth Ěḇer. (Gen 11:15) And after he brought forth Ěḇer, Shelaḥ lived four hundred and three years, and brought forth sons and daughters. (Gen 11:16) And Ěḇer lived thirty-four years, and brought forth Peleḡ. (Gen 11:17) And after he brought forth Peleḡ, Ěḇer lived four hundred and thirty years, and brought forth sons and daughters. (Gen 11:18) And Peleḡ lived thirty years, and brought forth Reʽu. (Gen 11:19) And after he brought forth Reʽu, Peleḡ lived two hundred and nine years, and brought forth sons and daughters. (Gen 11:20) And Reʽu lived thirty-two years, and brought forth Seruḡ. (Gen 11:21) And after he brought forth Seruḡ, Reʽu lived two hundred and seven years, and brought forth sons and daughters. (Gen 11:22) And Seruḡ lived thirty years, and brought forth Naḥor. (Gen 11:23) And after he brought forth Naḥor, Seruḡ lived two hundred years, and brought forth sons and daughters. (Gen 11:24) And Naḥor lived twenty-nine years, and brought forth Teraḥ. (The father of Abraham the Father of our faith) (Gen 11:25) And after he brought forth Teraḥ, Naḥor lived one hundred and nineteen years, and brought forth sons and daughters. (Gen 11:26) And Teraḥ lived seventy years, and brought forth Aḇram, Naḥor, and Haran. (Gen 11:27) And this is the genealogy of Teraḥ: Teraḥ brought forth Aḇram, Naḥor, and Haran. And Haran brought forth Lot. (Gen 11:28) And Haran died before his father Teraḥ in the land of his birth, in Ur of the Chaldeans. (Gen 11:29) And Aḇram and Naḥor took wives: the name of Aḇram’s wife was Sarai, and the name of Naḥor’s wife, Milkah, the daughter of Haran the father of Milkah and the father of Yiskah. (Gen 11:30) And Sarai was barren, she had no child. (Gen 11:31) And Teraḥ took his son Aḇram and his grandson Lot, son of Haran, and his daughter-in-law Sarai, his son Aḇram’s wife, and they went out with them from Ur of the Chaldeans to go to the land of Kenaʽan. And they came to Ḥaran and dwelt there. (Gen 11:32) And the days of Teraḥ came to be two hundred and five years, and Teraḥ died in Ḥaran.

Since I believe this portion is so important for us living in this day and hour; I have increased the reading of haftorah to include the remainder of Isaiah Chapter 11

(Isa 54:1) “Sing, O barren one, you who did not bear! Break forth into singing, and cry aloud, you who have not been in labor! For the children of the deserted one are more than the children of the married woman,” said יהוה. (Isa 54:2) “Enlarge the place of your tent, and let them stretch out the curtains of your dwellings, spare not. Lengthen your cords, and strengthen your stakes. (Isa 54:3) “For you shall break forth to the right and to the left, and your seed inherit the nations, and make the deserted cities inhabited.

(Isa 54:4) “Do not fear, for you shall not be put to shame, nor hurt, you shall not be humiliated. For the shame of your youth you shall forget, and not remember the reproach of your widowhood any more. (Isa 54:5) “For your Maker is your husband, יהוה of hosts is His Name, and the Set-apart One of Yisra’ĕl is your Redeemer. He is called the Elohim of all the earth. (Isa 54:6) “For יהוה has called you like a woman forsaken and grieved in spirit, like a wife of youth when you were refused,” declares your Elohim. (Isa 54:7) “For a little while I have forsaken you, but with great compassion I shall gather you. (Isa 54:8) “In an overflow of wrath I hid my face from you for a moment, but with everlasting kindness I shall have compassion on you,” said יהוה, your Redeemer. (Isa 54:9) “For this is the waters of Noaḥ to Me, in that I have sworn that the waters of Noaḥ would never again cover the earth, so have I sworn not to be wroth with you, nor to rebuke you.

Are you afflicted? Are you facing fiery trials? REJOICE! Again I say REJOICE! All your children shall be taught of YHWH!

(Isa 54:10) “For though the mountains be removed and the hills be shaken, my kindness is not removed from you, nor is my covenant of peace shaken,” said יהוה, who has compassion on you. (Isa 54:11) “O you afflicted one, tossed with storm, and not comforted, see, I am setting your stones in antimony, and shall lay your foundations with sapphires, (Isa 54:12) and shall make your battlements of rubies, your gates of crystal, and all your walls of precious stones, (Isa 54:13) and all your children taught by יהוה, and the peace of your children great. (Isa 54:14) “In righteousness you shall be established – far from oppression, for you shall not fear, and far from ruin, for it does not come near you.(Isa 54:15) “See, they shall indeed assemble, but not because of Me. Whoever shall assemble against you falls for your sake! (Isa 54:16) “See, I myself have created the blacksmith who blows the coals in the fire, who brings forth an instrument for his work. And I have created the waster to destroy.

About 15 years ago I told Yahshua the verse below was not true!

(Isa 54:17) “No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment you shall prove wrong. This is the inheritance of the servants of יהוה, and their righteousness from me,” declares יהוה.

My reason for making such a bold statement was the fiery trial I and many of my believing friends found ourselves in. We were losing wives, jobs, businesses, etc.; from that position I made my statement. Yahshua replied, “I destroyed the works of hell!” I replied, “How can you say that- you destroyed the works of hell when they are working so well against me and my friends who love you?” Again, Yahshua replied sternly this time, “I destroyed the works of hell!” Again I stated, “If you destroyed the works of hell why are they working so well against us?” This brought a quick teaching reply, “I did not destroy your tongues son, hasatan shows you the storm and you agree with the facts with your tongues. Remember my words are spirit and truth. What is seen is temporal (temporary) and subject to change. I am the TRUTH and my word never changes! You report the storm (evil report and facts) and you therefore have prophesied your agreement with hells work. When you disagree with me- you are the liar and I am still the TRUTH!

(Isa 55:1) “Oh everyone who thirsts, come to the waters. And you who have no silver, come, buy and eat. Come; buy wine and milk without silver and without price. (Isa 55:2) “Why do you weigh out silver for what is not bread, and your labor for what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and let your being delight itself in fatness.(Isa 55:3) “Incline your ear, and come to Me. Hear me so that your being lives. And let me make an everlasting covenant with you, the trustworthy kindnesses of Dawiḏ. (Isa 55:4) “See, I have given Him as a witness to the people, a Leader and a Commander for the people. (Isa 55:5) “See, a nation you do not know you shall call, and a nation who does not know you run to you, because of יהוה your Elohim, and the Set-apart One of Yisra’ĕl, for He has adorned you.” (Isa 55:6) Seek יהוה while He is to be found, call on Him while He is near. (Isa 55:7) Let the wrong forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts. Let him return to יהוה, who has compassion on him, and to our Elohim, for He pardons much.

We should speak His word in agreement no matter what the facts appear to be- they are not necessarily the TRUTH! His words will always produce the fruit He sent them for!

(Isa 55:8) “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares יהוה. (Isa 55:9) “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. (Isa 55:10) “For as the rain comes down, and the snow from the heavens, and do not return there, but water the earth, and make it bring forth and bud, and give seed to the sower and bread to the eater, (Isa 55:11) so is My Word that goes forth from My mouth – it does not return to Me empty, but shall do what I please, and shall certainly accomplish what I sent it for. (Isa 55:12) “For with joy you go out, and with peace you are brought in – the mountains and the hills break forth into singing before you, and all the trees of the field clap the hands. (Isa 55:13) “Instead of the thorn the cypress comes up, and instead of the nettle the myrtle comes up. And it shall be to יהוה for a name, for an everlasting sign which is not cut off.”

Gather the spies to enter the Promised Land! Beware of what you speak! Whose report will you believe- the facts or TRUTH?

(Joshua 4:1) And it came to be, when the entire nation had completely passed over the Yardĕn, that יהוה spoke to Yehoshua, saying, (Joshua 4:2) “Take for yourselves twelve men from the people, one man from every tribe, (Joshua 4:3) and command them, saying, ‘Take for yourselves twelve stones from here, out of the midst of the Yardĕn, from the place where the priests’ feet stood firm. And you shall bring them with you and leave them in the camp in which you spend the night.’ ” (Joshua 4:4) And Yehoshua called the twelve men whom he had appointed from the children of Yisra’ĕl, one man from every tribe, (Joshua 4:5) and Yehoshua said to them, “Pass over before the ark of יהוה your Elohim into the midst of the Yardĕn, and each one of you take up a stone on his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the children of Yisra’ĕl, (Joshua 4:6) so that this shall be a sign in your midst when your children ask in time to come, saying, ‘What do these stones mean to you?’ (Joshua 4:7) “Then you shall answer them that the waters of the Yardĕn were cut off before the ark of the covenant of יהוה. When it passed over the Yardĕn, the waters of the Yardĕn were cut off. And these stones shall be for a remembrance to the children of Yisra’ĕl forever.” (Joshua 4:8) And the children of Yisra’ĕl did so, as Yehoshua commanded, and took up twelve stones from the midst of the Yardĕn, as יהוה had spoken to Yehoshua, according to the number of the tribes of the children of Yisra’ĕl, and took them over with them to their camp, and laid them down there. (Joshua 4:9) Yehoshua also set up twelve stones in the midst of the Yardĕn, in the place where the feet of the priests who bore the Ark of the Covenant stood. And they are there to this day. (Joshua 4:10) And the priests who bore the ark stood in the midst of the Yardĕn until every matter was finished that יהוה had commanded Yehoshua to speak to the people, according to all that Mosheh had commanded Yehoshua. And the people hastened and passed over. (Joshua 4:11) And it came to be, when all the people had completely passed over, that the ark of יהוה and the priests passed over in the presence of the people. (Joshua 4:12) And the sons of Re’uḇĕn, and the sons of Gaḏ, and half the tribe of Menashsheh passed over in fives before the children of Yisra’ĕl, as Mosheh had spoken to them. (Joshua 4:13) About forty thousand armed ones of the army passed over before יהוה for battle, to the desert plains of Yeriḥo. (Joshua 4:14) On that day יהוה made Yehoshua great before the eyes of all Yisra’ĕl. And they feared him, as they had feared Mosheh, all the days of his life.

(Joshua 4:15) And יהוה spoke to Yehoshua, saying, (Joshua 4:16) “Command the priests who bear the ark of the Witness, and let them come up from the Yardĕn.” (Joshua 4:17) And Yehoshua commanded the priests, saying, “Come up from the Yardĕn.” (Joshua 4:18) And it came to be, when the priests who bore the ark of the covenant of יהוה had come from the midst of the Yardĕn, and the soles of the priests’ feet touched the dry land, that the waters of the Yardĕn returned to their place and flowed over all its banks as before. (Joshua 4:19) And the people came up from the Yardĕn on the tenth day of the first month, and they camped in Gilgal on the east border of Yeriḥo. (Joshua 4:20) and those twelve stones which they took out of the Yardĕn, Yehoshua set up in Gilgal.

(Joshua 4:21) And he said to the children of Yisra’ĕl, saying, “When your children ask their fathers in time to come, saying, ‘what are these stones?’ (Joshua 4:22) then you shall let your children know, saying, ‘Yisra’ĕl passed over this Yardĕn on dry land,’

(Joshua 4:23) for יהוה your Elohim dried up the waters of the Yardĕn before you until you had passed over, as יהוה your Elohim did to the Sea of Reeds, which He dried up before us until we had passed over, (Joshua 4:24) so that all the peoples of the earth shall know the hand of יהוה, that it is strong, so that you shall fear יהוה your Elohim forever.” (Joshua 5:1) And it came to be, when all the sovereigns of the Amorites who were beyond the Yardĕn westward, and all the sovereigns of the Kenaʽanites who were by the sea, heard that יהוה had dried up the waters of the Yardĕn from before the children of Yisra’ĕl until we had passed over, that their heart melted. And there was no spirit in them any longer, because of the children of Yisra’ĕl. (Joshua 5:2) At that time יהוה said to Yehoshua, “Make knives of flint for yourself, and circumcise the sons of Yisra’ĕl again the second time.”

Cleaning up for the covenant- Now written on our hearts!

(Joshua 5:3) So Yehoshua made knives of flint for himself, and circumcised the sons of Yisra’ĕl at the Hill of Foreskins. (Joshua 5:4) And this is why Yehoshua circumcised them: All the people who came out of Mitsrayim who were males, all the men of battle, had died in the wilderness on the way, after they had come out of Mitsrayim. (Joshua 5:5) For all the people who came out had been circumcised, but all the people who were born in the wilderness on the way as they came out of Mitsrayim had not been circumcised. (Joshua 5:6) For the children of Yisra’ĕl walked forty years in the wilderness, till all the nation – the men of battle who came out of Mitsrayim – were consumed, because they did not obey the voice of יהוה, to whom יהוה swore not to show them the land which יהוה had sworn to their fathers that He would give us, “a land flowing with milk and honey.” (Joshua 5:7) And Yehoshua circumcised their sons whom He raised up in their place; for they were uncircumcised, because they had not been circumcised on the way. (Joshua 5:8) And it came to be, when they had completed circumcising the entire nation that they stayed in their places in the camp till they were healed.

(Joshua 5:9) And יהוה said to Yehoshua, “Today I have rolled away the reproach of Mitsrayim from you.” So the name of the place is called Gilgal to this day. (Joshua 5:10) And the children of Yisra’ĕl camped in Gilgal, and performed the Passover on the fourteenth day of the month at evening on the desert plains of Yeriḥo. (Joshua 5:11) and they ate of the stored grain of the land on the morrow after the Passover, unleavened bread and roasted grain on this same day. (Joshua 5:12) And the manna ceased on the day after they had eaten the stored grain of the land. And the children of Yisra’ĕl no longer had manna, but they ate the food of the land of Kenaʽan that year.

Question is the Captain of the Host of YHWH Yahshua? Most likely- it is Holy Ground!

(Joshua 5:13) And it came to be, when Yehoshua was by Yeriḥo, that he lifted his eyes and looked and saw a Man (Messenger of YHWH- Yahshua?) standing opposite him with His sword drawn in His hand. And Yehoshua went to Him and said to Him, “Are you for us or for our adversaries?” (Joshua 5:14) And He said, “No, for I have now come as Captain of the host of יהוה.” And Yehoshua fell on his face to the earth and did obeisance, and said to Him, “What is my Master saying to His servant?” (Joshua 5:15) And the Captain of the host of יהוה said to Yehoshua, “Take your sandal off your foot, for the place where you stand is set-apart.” And Yehoshua did so. (Joshua 6:1) And Yeriḥo was shut up tight because of the presence of the sons of Yisra’ĕl – none going out, and none coming in.

YEP. (Yes in Texan) It’s Yahshua giving instructions-(Torah in Hebrew!)

(Joshua 6:2) And יהוה said to Yehoshua, “See! I have given Yeriḥo and its sovereign, mighty brave men, into your hand. (Joshua 6:3) “And you shall go around the city, all the men of battle going around the city once. Do this for six days. (Joshua 6:4) “And let seven priests bear seven rams’ horns before the ark, and on the seventh day go around the city seven times while the priests blow the horns. (Joshua 6:5) “And it shall be, when they make a long blast with the ram’s horn, and when you hear the sound of the horn, that all the people shout with a great shout. And the wall of the city shall fall down flat, and the people shall go up every man straight before him.” (Joshua 6:6) And Yehoshua son of Nun called the priests and said to them, “Take up the Ark of the Covenant, and let seven priests bear seven rams’ horns before the ark of יהוה.” (Joshua 6:7) And he said to the people, “Pass over, and go around the city, and let him who is armed pass over before the ark of יהוה.” (Joshua 6:8) And it came to be, when Yehoshua had spoken to the people, that the seven priests bearing the seven rams’ horns before יהוה passed over and blew the horns, and the ark of the covenant of יהוה went after them. (Joshua 6:9) And the armed men went before the priests who blew the horns, and the rear guard came after the ark, going on and blowing the horns. (Joshua 6:10) But Yehoshua had commanded the people, saying, “Do not shout or cause your voice to be heard, nor let any word come out of your mouth, until the day I say to you, ‘Shout!’ Then you shall shout.” (Joshua 6:11) And the ark of יהוה went around the city, going around once. And they came into the camp and stayed in the camp. (Joshua 6:12) And Yehoshua rose early in the morning, and the priests took up the ark of יהוה. (Joshua 6:13) And seven priests bearing seven rams’ horns before the ark of יהוה were walking, going on, and they blew the horns, and the armed men went before them. But the rear guard came after the ark of יהוה, going on, and blowing the horns. (Joshua 6:14) And the second day they went around the city once and returned to the camp. Thus they did six days. (Joshua 6:15) And it came to be on the seventh day that they rose early, about the dawning of the day, and went around the city seven times in this way. Only on that day they went around the city seven times. (Joshua 6:16) And it came to be at the seventh time, when the priests blew the horns that Yehoshua said to the people, “Shout, for יהוה has given you the city! (Joshua 6:17) “And the city shall be put under the ban, it and all that is in it belongs to יהוה. Only Raḥaḇ the whore is to live, she and all who are with her in the house, because she hid the messengers that we sent.

(Joshua 6:18) “And you, by all means guard yourselves from that which is under the ban, lest you come under the ban when you take of that which is under the ban, and make the camp of Yisra’ĕl a curse, and shall trouble it. (Joshua 6:19) “But all the silver and gold, and vessels of bronze and iron, are set-apart to יהוה, they go into the treasury of יהוה.”

(Joshua 6:20) And the people shouted when the priests blew the horns. And it came to be when the people heard the sound of the horn (trumpet/shofar), and the people shouted with a great shout, that the wall fell down flat. And the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they captured the city. (Joshua 6:21) And they put under the ban all that was in the city, both man and woman, young and old, and ox and sheep and donkey, with the edge of the sword. (Joshua 6:22) And to the two men who had spied out the land Yehoshua said, “Go into the house of the woman, the whore, and from there bring out the woman and all that she has, as you swore to her.” (Joshua 6:23) And the young men, the spies, went in and brought out Raḥaḇ, and her father, and her mother, and her brothers, and all that she had. So they brought out all her relatives and set them outside the camp of Yisra’ĕl. (Joshua 6:24) And they burned the city and all that was in it with fire. Only the silver and gold, and the vessels of bronze and of iron, they put into the treasury of the House of יהוה. (Joshua 6:25) However, Yehoshua kept Raḥaḇ the whore alive, and her father’s household, and all that she had. And she dwelt in the midst of Yisra’ĕl to this day, because she hid the messengers whom Yehoshua sent to spy out Yeriḥo. (Joshua 6:26) And Yehoshua warned them at that time, saying, “Cursed is the man before יהוה who rises up and builds this city Yeriḥo – he lays its foundation with his first-born, and with his youngest he sets up its gates.” (Joshua 6:27) And יהוה was with Yehoshua, and a report about him was in all the land.

Rejoice in your fiery trial, YHWH is refining us to make us without spot or blemish! May YHWH bless you and your loved ones: (1Pe 1:6) In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, (1Pe 1:7) so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Messiah Yahshua; (1Pe 1:8) and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, (1Pe 1:9) obtaining as the outcome of your faith the salvation of your souls.