Dreams & Ears to Hear

Saturday, December 26, 2009 TM

Shabbat Shalom Loved Ones!

Last week we followed Joseph’s fiery trials and “unfair” opportunities for growth. You and I should take notice. Throughout his hard times, he never murmured, complained, blamed or disobeyed YHWH but he grew in faith and trust. Our own troubles will most likely increase also as these times of “Jacob’s Troubles” are upon us on the Earth (Comment: Israel the people-not the Jews’ only troubles as we may have been taught.) We are grafted into Israel and heirs according to the promise of Abraham by believing on and following Messiah Yahshua according to (Gal 3:29) And if you belong to Messiah, then you are Abraham's descendants, heirs according to promise; and (Rom 11:17) But if some of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive, were grafted in among them and became partaker with them of the rich root of the olive tree, (Rom 11:18) do not be arrogant toward the branches; but if you are arrogant, remember that it is not you who supports the root, but the root supports you. (Rom 11:19) You will say then, "Branches were broken off so that I might be grafted in." (Rom 11:20) Quite right, they were broken off for their unbelief, but you stand by your faith. Do not be conceited, but fear; (Rom 11:21) for if YHWH did not spare the natural branches, He will not spare you, either. (Rom 11:22) Behold then the kindness and severity of YHWH; to those who fell, severity, but to you, YHWH's kindness, if you continue in His kindness; otherwise you also will be cut off. (Rom 11:23) And they also, if they do not continue in their unbelief, will be grafted in, for YHWH is able to graft them in again.” If we do not continue in our unbelief, we also will be grafted into Israel!

Joseph never took credit for his favor from Potiphar or Pharaoh but as we see in our quick reminder that even in his interpreting dreams he gave credit to YHWH-where it belonged! This is a lesson for us to humble ourselves. We must decrease and He must increase in us! (Gen 40:5) Then the cupbearer and the baker of the sovereign of Mitsrayim, who were confined in the prison, dreamed a dream, both of them, each man’s dream in one night and each man’s dream with its own interpretation. (Gen 40:6) And Yosĕph came in to them in the morning and looked at them and saw that they were sad. (Gen 40:7) And he asked Pharaoh’s officers who were with him in confinement of his master’s house, saying, “Why do you look so sad today?” (Gen 40:8) And they said to him, “We each have dreamed a dream, and there is no one to interpret it.” And Yosĕph said to them, “Do not interpretations belong to Elohim? Relate them to me, please.”

Dream interpretations do belong to YHWH. We must seek intimacy with Him!

(Rom 11:23) And they (we) also, if they (we) do not continue in their (our) unbelief, will be grafted in… I think we can now see truth glaring at us. We must get rid of unbelief. You may respond, we are believers, we are not in unbelief! I expect we may not know how deceived we really are. Imagine with me for a moment that you and I are and have been greatly deceived by the enemy of our souls. Were we possibly deceived doing or having done Churchianity and its added pagan feasts and holidays? Are many being or have already been deceived by Rabbinic Judaism’s added laws and rules for men to obey other men? Most likely we must come out of darkness into light; it is not legalism to obey YHWH laws and precepts- that is called obedience and always brings blessings. Legalism is obeying religion; those manmade traditions which always entails obeying added or subtracted from YHWH’s precepts. (Deu 4:2) “Do not add to the Word which I command you, and do not take away from it1, so as to guard the commands of יהוה your Elohim which I am commanding you. Footnote: 1See also 12:32, Prov. 30:6, Rev. 22:18-19. Perhaps we should consider doing what He says, maybe starting with doing His Sabbath. If He is truly the Creator and we are the created it is in the realm of possibilities that we don’t get to create or name our own Sabbath, perhaps He expects us to keep His Sabbath as the first of the Moedim or set apart appointments with Him. Could we possibly be playing into hasatan’s hands by following other than YHWH’s commands, still believing we are justified before the Father of all Creation? (Mat 15:1) Then some Pharisees and scribes *came to Yahshua from Jerusalem and said, (Mat 15:2) "Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands when they eat bread." (Comment: tradition is literally takanot- added rules and precepts by the Pharisees that override Moses as they say they sit in the seat of Moses and you must obey them- Yahshua told them – “Do what Moses says. But do not do what they (Pharisees) say- for they say and do not do!” what Moses says) (Mat 15:3) And He answered and said to them, "Why do you yourselves transgress the commandment of YHWH for the sake of your tradition? (Mat 15:4) "For YHWH said, 'HONOR YOUR FATHER AND MOTHER,' and, 'HE WHO SPEAKS EVIL OF FATHER OR MOTHER IS TO BE PUT TO DEATH.' (Mat 15:5) "But you say, 'Whoever says to his father or mother, "Whatever I have that would help you has been given to YHWH," (Mat 15:6) he is not to honor his father or his mother.' And by this you invalidated the word of YHWH for the sake of your tradition. (Mat 15:7) "You hypocrites, rightly did Isaiah prophesy of you: (Mat 15:8) 'THIS PEOPLE HONORS ME WITH THEIR LIPS, BUT THEIR HEART IS FAR AWAY FROM ME. (Mat 15:9) 'BUT IN VAIN DO THEY WORSHIP ME, TEACHING AS DOCTRINES THE PRECEPTS OF MEN.'"

Yikes- in VAIN they worship? Yikes again. In VAIN we may worship? This is astonishing and should waken us from our slumber. Now we may see; how far we have fallen unaware.

We must come out from her my people or now partake of her plagues. We are approaching a great storm of apoplectic proportions. His Moedim or appointed times are upon us and we know not the time of day. What appointed times you question. He satisfied His Spring Feasts down to the day and hour upon His first coming as Messiah Ben Joseph, the suffering servant sent to gather the 12 brothers, as these Moedim are His appointments promised as a shadow of good things to come. He will soon satisfy the Fall Feasts of YHWH with uncanny precision. He even warned us that we would understand His appointments and they would not surprise us, (because we obey and actually DO them) but would surprise those in the world who did not keep nor even understand His Feasts or appointed times. Let’s take a quick look at the Scripture:

(1Th 5:1) Now, brothers, as to the times and the seasons, (Comment: Moedim- set apart appointments also known as rehearsals of things to come) you do not need to be written to. (1Th 5:2) For you (yourselves) know very well that the day of יהוה comes as a thief in the night.

(1Th 5:3) For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then suddenly destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman, and they shall not escape. (1Th 5:4) But you, brothers, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief. (1Th 5:5) For you are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night or of darkness. (1Th 5:6) So, then, we should not sleep, as others do, but we should watch and be sober. (1Th 5:7) For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk are drunk at night.


We make a choice to honor YHWH rather than honor men; friends and family. (John 5:41) I receive not honor from men. (John 5:42) But I know you, that ye have not the love of YHWH in you. (John 5:43) I am come in my Father's name, and you receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him you will receive. (John 5:44) How can you believe, which receive honor one of another, and seek not the honor that comes from YHWH only? (John 5:45) Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father: there is one that accuses you, even Moses, in whom you trust. (John 5:46) For had you believed Moses, you would have believed me: for he wrote of me. (John 5:47) But if you believe not his writings, how shall you believe my words? This is how we come out of her. We make the decision to obey and honor YHWH rather than receive the honor of men given us by our keeping inherited EXTRA-BIBLICAL traditions!

That rids us of pagan traditions but how do we rid ourselves of unbelief?

Remember all things are possible for YHWH, the only reason they are not possible for you and I is our UNBELIEF! What gets rid of unbelief? PRAYER AND FASTING according to Yahshua! Prayer AND Fasting, not prayer without fasting or fasting without prayer! If we really care about our loved ones we will seek YHWH’s face with prayer and fasting and quit worrying…Yahshua promises in Revelation to throw the fearful (worriers) into hell with the adulterers, murderers etc. Why? Because, if that is who we become under great fiery trials we have trusted the power of hasatan to do us harm, more than the power of YHWH to deliver us! (Could this apply to you and me? NOT IF we pray and fast and overcome! Let’s look at the Scripture and please note the real topic: Belief or Unbelief; the topic is not the size of the demon passenger.

(Mar 9:17) And one of the crowd answering, said, “Teacher, I brought you my son, who has a dumb spirit. (Mar 9:18) “And wherever he seizes him, he throws him down, and he foams at the mouth, and gnashes his teeth, and he wastes away. And I spoke to your taught ones that they should cast him out, but they were not able.” (Mar 9:19) And He answered him and said, “O unbelieving generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring him to me.” (Mar 9:20) So they brought him to Him. And when he saw Him, immediately the spirit threw him into convulsions. And falling on the ground, he rolled about, foaming at the mouth. (Mar 9:21) And He asked his father, “How long has he been like this?” And he said, “From childhood, (Mar 9:22) and often he has thrown him both into the fire and into the water to destroy him. But if it is at all possible for you, have compassion on us and help us.” (Mar 9:23) And יהושע said to him, “If you are able to believe, all is possible to him who believes.” (Mar 9:24) And immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “I believe Master, help my unbelief!” (Mar 9:25) And when יהושע (Yahshua) saw that a crowd came running together, He rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to him, “You deaf and dumb spirit, I order you, come out of him, and never again enter into him!” (Mar 9:26) And crying out, and convulsing him much, it came out of him. And he became as one dead, so that many said that he was dead. (Mar 9:27) But יהושע, taking him by the hand, lifted him up, and he arose. (Mar 9:28) And when He came in to a house, His taught ones asked Him separately, “Why were we unable to cast him out?” (Mar 9:29) And He said to them, “It is impossible for this kind (Comment: the topic is unbelief) to come out except through prayer and fasting.” Now that we are prepared to enter in to Yahshua’s destruction of the works of the devil by obedience and prayer and fasting, let’s turn our study toward this week’s Torah portion and draw near to the restoration of YHWH’s plan.

This week’s Torah Scriptures: Vayigash “And He drew near”

Genesis 44:18-47:27; Ezekiel 37:15-28; Luke 5:1-35 (increased);

Judges Chapters 7, 8, and 9

(Gen 44:18) And Yehuḏah came near to him and said, “O my master, please let your servant speak a word in my master’s hearing, and do not let your displeasure burn against your servant, for you are like Pharaoh. (Gen 44:19) “My master asked his servants, saying, ‘Have you a father or a brother?’ (Gen 44:20) “And we said to my master, ‘We have a father, an old man, and a young child of his old age and his brother is dead, and he alone is left of his mother’s children, and his father loves him.’ (Gen 44:21) “And you said to your servants, ‘Bring him down to me, and let me set my eyes on him.’ (Gen 44:22) “And we said to my master, ‘The boy is not able to leave his father, for if he leaves his father, his father shall die.’ (Gen 44:23) “But you said to your servants, ‘Unless your youngest brother comes down with you, you do not see my face again.’

(Gen 44:24) “And it came to be, when we went up to your servant my father, that we told him the words of my master. (Gen 44:25) “And our father said, ‘Go back and buy us a little food.’

(Gen 44:26) “But we said, ‘We are not able to go down. If our youngest brother is with us, then we shall go down, for we are not able to see the man’s face unless our youngest brother is with us.’ (Gen 44:27) “Then your servant my father said to us, ‘You know that my wife bore me two sons, (Gen 44:28) and the one went out from me, and I said, “Truly, he is torn, torn to pieces!” And I have not seen him since. (Gen 44:29) ‘And if you take this one from me too, and harm comes to him, you shall bring down my grey hair with evil to the grave.’

Joseph finally sees that his brothers really love their father.

(Gen 44:30) “And now, if I come to your servant my father and the boy is not with us – since his own life is bound up in his life – (Gen 44:31) then it shall be, when he sees that the boy is not with us, that he shall die. So your servants shall bring down the grey hair of your servant our father with evil to the grave. (Gen 44:32) “For your servant went guaranty for the boy to my father, saying, ‘If I do not bring him back to you, then I shall be a sinner before my father forever.’ (Gen 44:33) “And now, please let your servant remain instead of the boy as a slave to my master, and let the boy go up with his brothers. (Gen 44:34) “For how do I go up to my father if the boy is not with me, lest I see the evil that would come upon my father?” (Gen 45:1) And Yosĕph was unable to restrain himself before all those who stood by him, and he called out, “Have everyone go out from me!” So no one stood with him while Yosĕph made himself known to his brothers.

Joseph confesses YHWH’s plan details and reveals it is meant for good!

(Gen 45:2) And he wept aloud, and the Mitsrites and the house of Pharaoh heard it. (Gen 45:3) And Yosĕph said to his brothers, “I am Yosĕph, is my father still alive?” But his brothers were unable to answer him, for they trembled before him. (Gen 45:4) Then Yosĕph said to his brothers, “Please come near to me.” And when they came near, he said, “I am Yosĕph your brother, whom you sold into Mitsrayim. (Gen 45:5) “And now, do not be grieved nor displeased with yourselves because you sold me here, for Elohim sent me before you to preserve life. (Gen 45:6) “For two years now the scarcity of food has been in the land, and there are still five years in which there is neither plowing nor harvesting. (Gen 45:7) “And Elohim sent me before you to preserve for you a remnant in the earth, and to give life to you by a great escape. (Gen 45:8) “So then, you did not send me here, but Elohim. And He has set me for a father to Pharaoh, and master of his entire house, and a ruler throughout all the land of Mitsrayim. (Gen 45:9) “Hurry and go up to my father, and say to him, ‘Thus says your son Yosĕph, “Elohim has made me master of all Mitsrayim. Come down to me, do not delay. (Gen 45:10) “And you shall dwell in the land of Goshen, and be near to me, you and your children, your children’s children, your flocks and your herds, and all that you have. (Gen 45:11) “And I shall provide for you there, lest you and your household, and all that you have, come to poverty, because five years of scarcity of food are still to come.” ’ (Gen 45:12) “And look, your eyes and the eyes of my brother Binyamin see that it is my mouth that speaks to you. (Gen 45:13) “And you shall inform my father of all my esteem in Mitsrayim, and of all that you have seen. And you shall hurry and bring my father down here.” (Gen 45:14) And he fell on his brother Binyamin’s neck and wept, and Binyamin wept on his neck. (Gen 45:15) And he kissed all his brothers and wept over them, and after that his brothers spoke with him.

Note that YHWH does not offer only survival- but the very best!

(Gen 45:16) And the report of it was heard by the house of Pharaoh, saying, “The brothers of Yosĕph have come.” And it was good in the eyes of Pharaoh and in the eyes of his servants. Gen 45:17) And Pharaoh said to Yosĕph, “Say to your brothers, ‘do this: Load your beasts and go, enter the land of Kenaʽan, (Gen 45:18) and take your father and your households and come to me, and I give you the best of the land of Mitsrayim, and you eat the fat of the land. (Gen 45:19) ‘And you, you have been commanded to do this: Take wagons out of the land of Mitsrayim for your little ones and your wives. And you shall bring your father, and come. (Gen 45:20) ‘And do not be concerned about your goods, for the best of all the land of Mitsrayim is yours.’ ” (Gen 45:21) and the sons of Yisra’ĕl did so. And Yosĕph gave them wagons according to the command of Pharaoh, and he gave them food for the journey. (Gen 45:22) He gave to all of them, to each man, changes of garments, but to Binyamin he gave three hundred pieces of silver and five changes of garments. (Gen 45:23) And he sent to his father this: ten donkeys loaded with the best of Mitsrayim, and ten female donkeys loaded with grain, and bread, and food for his father for the journey. (Gen 45:24) So he sent his brothers away, and they left. And he said to them, “Do not quarrel along the way.” (Gen 45:25) And they went up out of Mitsrayim, and came to the land of Kenaʽan to Yaʽaqoḇ their father. (Gen 45:26) And they told him, saying, “Yosĕph is still alive, and he is governor over all the land of Mitsrayim.” And Yaʽaqoḇ’s heart ceased, for he did not believe them. (Gen 45:27) But when they spoke to him all the words which Yosĕph had spoken to them, and when he saw the wagons which Yosĕph had sent to transport him, the spirit of Yaʽaqoḇ their father revived. (Gen 45:28) And Yisra’ĕl said, “Enough! My son Yosĕph is still alive. Let me go and see him before I die.” (Gen 46:1) And Yisra’ĕl set out with all that he had, and came to Be’ĕrsheḇa, and brought offerings to the Elohim of his father Yitsḥaq. (Gen 46:2) And Elohim spoke to Yisra’ĕl in the visions of the night, and said, “Yaʽaqoḇ, Yaʽaqoḇ!” And he said, “Here I am.” (Gen 46:3) And He said, “I am the Ěl, Elohim of your father. Do not be afraid to go down to Mitsrayim, for I shall make you there into a great nation. (Gen 46:4) “I myself am going down with you to Mitsrayim and I myself shall certainly bring you up again. And let Yosĕph put his hand on your eyes.”

(Gen 46:5) Yaʽaqoḇ rose up from be’ĕrsheḇa. And the sons of Yisra’ĕl brought their father Yaʽaqoḇ, and their little ones, and their wives, in the wagons which Pharaoh had sent to transport him. (Gen 46:6) And they took their livestock and their property which they had acquired in the land of Kenaʽan, and came into Mitsrayim, Yaʽaqoḇ and all his seed with him. (Gen 46:7) His sons and his sons’ sons, his daughters and his sons’ daughters, and all his seed he brought with him to Mitsrayim. (Gen 46:8) And these were the names of the children of Yisra’ĕl, Yaʽaqoḇ and his sons, who came into Mitsrayim: Re’uḇĕn was Yaʽaqoḇ’s first-born. (Gen 46:9) And the sons of Re’uḇĕn: Ḥanoḵ, and Pallu, and Ḥetsron, and Karmi. (Gen 46:10) And the sons of Shimʽon: Yemu’ĕl, and Yamin, and Ohaḏ, and Yaḵin, and Tsoḥar, and Sha’ul, son of a Kenaʽanite woman. (Gen 46:11) And the sons of Lĕwi: Gĕreshon, Qehath, and Merari. (Gen 46:12) And the sons of Yehuḏah: Ěr, and Onan, and Shĕlah, and Perets, and Zeraḥ – but Ěr and Onan died in the land of Kenaʽan. And the sons of Perets were Ḥetsron and Ḥamul. (Gen 46:13) And the sons of Yissasḵar: Tola, and Puwʽah, and Yoḇ, and Shimron. (Gen 46:14) And the sons of Zeḇulun: Sereḏ, and Ělon, and Yaḥle’ĕl. (Gen 46:15) These were the sons of Lĕ’ah, whom she bore to Yaʽaqoḇ in Paddan Aram, with his daughter Dinah. All the beings, his sons and his daughters, were thirty-three. (Gen 46:16) And the sons of Gaḏ: Tsiphyon and Ḥaggi, Shuni and Etsbon, Ěri and Aroḏi, and Arĕli. (Gen 46:17) And the sons of Ashĕr: Yimnah, and Yishwah, and Yishwi, and Beriʽah, and Seraḥ, their sister. And the sons of Beriʽah: Ḥeḇer and Malki’ĕl. (Gen 46:18) These were the sons of Zilpah, whom Laḇan gave to Lĕ’ah his daughter. And these she bore to Yaʽaqoḇ: sixteen beings. (Gen 46:19) The sons of Raḥĕl, Yaʽaqoḇ’s wife: Yosĕph and Binyamin. (Gen 46:20) And to Yosĕph in the land of Mitsrayim were born Menashsheh and Ephrayim, whom Asenath, the daughter of Poti-Pherah priest of On, bore to him. (Gen 46:21) And the sons of Binyamin: Belah, and Beḵer, and Ashbĕl, Gĕra and Naʽaman, Ěḥi and Rosh, Muppim and Ḥuppim, and Ard. (Gen 46:22) These were the sons of Raḥĕl who were born to Yaʽaqoḇ: fourteen beings in all. (Gen 46:23) And the son of Dan: Ḥushim. (Gen 46:24) And the sons of Naphtali: Yaḥtse’ĕl, and Guni, and Yĕtser, and Shillĕm. (Gen 46:25) These were the sons of Bilhah, whom Laḇan gave to Raḥĕl his daughter, and she bore these to Yaʽaqoḇ: seven beings in all. (Gen 46:26) All the beings that went with Yaʽaqoḇ to Mitsrayim, who came from his body, besides Yaʽaqoḇ’s sons’ wives, were sixty-six beings in all. (Gen 46:27) And the sons of Yosĕph who were born to him in Mitsrayim were two beings. All the beings of the house of Yaʽaqoḇ who went to Mitsrayim were seventy.

Restoration of the son to the Father

(Gen 46:28) And he sent Yehuḏah before him to Yosĕph, to point out before him the way to Goshen. And they came to the land of Goshen. (Gen 46:29) And Yosĕph made ready his chariot and went up to Goshen to meet his father Yisra’ĕl. And he appeared to him, and fell on his neck and wept on his neck a long time. (Gen 46:30) And Yisra’ĕl said to Yosĕph, “Now let me die, since I have seen your face, that you are still alive.” (Gen 46:31) And Yosĕph said to his brothers and to his father’s household, “I am going up to inform Pharaoh, and say to him, ‘My brothers and those of my father’s house, who were in the land of Kenaʽan, have come to me. (Gen 46:32) ‘And the men are shepherds, that they have been men of livestock, and they have brought their flocks and their herds, and all that they have.’ (Gen 46:33) “And it shall be, when Pharaoh calls you and says, ‘What is your occupation?’ (Gen 46:34) that you shall say, ‘Your servants have been men of livestock from our youth even till now, both we and also our fathers,’ so that you dwell in the land of Goshen, for every shepherd is an abomination to the Mitsrites.” (Gen 47:1) Then Yosĕph went and spoke to Pharaoh, and said, “My father and my brothers, their flocks and their herds and all that they possess, have come from the land of Kenaʽan. And see, they are in the land of Goshen.” (Gen 47:2) And he took five men from among his brothers and presented them to Pharaoh. (Gen 47:3) And Pharaoh said to his brothers, “What is your occupation?” And they said to Pharaoh, “Your servants are shepherds, both we and also our fathers.” (Gen 47:4) And they said to Pharaoh, “We have come to dwell in the land, because there is no pasture for your servant’s flocks, for the scarcity of food is severe in the land of Kenaʽan. And now, please let your servants dwell in the land of Goshen.”

Pharaoh gets blessed for his kindness! Note that Joseph had mercy on all- keeping only ownership but giving up 4/5 of production giving hope!

(Gen 47:5) And Pharaoh spoke to Yosĕph, saying, “Your father and your brothers have come to you. (Gen 47:6) “The land of Mitsrayim is before you. Settle your father and brothers in the best of the land; let them dwell in the land of Goshen. And if you know of capable men among them, then make them chief herdsmen over my livestock.” (Gen 47:7) And Yosĕph brought in his father Yaʽaqoḇ and set him before Pharaoh. And Yaʽaqoḇ blessed Pharaoh. (Gen 47:8) And Pharaoh said to Yaʽaqoḇ, “How old are you?” (Gen 47:9) And Yaʽaqoḇ said to Pharaoh, “The days of the years of my sojourning are one hundred and thirty years. Few and evil have been the days of the years of my life, and they have not reached the days of the years of the life of my fathers in the days of their sojourning.” (Gen 47:10) And Yaʽaqoḇ blessed Pharaoh, and went out from before Pharaoh. (Gen 47:11) So Yosĕph settled his father and his brothers, and gave them a possession in the land of Mitsrayim, in the best of the land, in the land of Raʽmeses, as Pharaoh had commanded. (Gen 47:12) And Yosĕph provided his father, and his brothers, and his entire father’s household with bread for the mouth of the little ones. (Gen 47:13) Now there was no bread in all the land, because the scarcity of food was very severe, and the land of Mitsrayim and all the land of Kenaʽan became exhausted from the scarcity of food. (Gen 47:14) And Yosĕph gathered up all the silver that was found in the land of Mitsrayim and in the land of Kenaʽan, for the grain which they bought. And Yosĕph brought the silver into Pharaoh’s house. (Gen 47:15) And when the silver was all spent in the land of Mitsrayim and in the land of Kenaʽan, all the Mitsrites came to Yosĕph and said, “Give us bread, why should we die in your presence? For the silver is gone!” (Gen 47:16) And Yosĕph said, “Give your livestock, and I give you bread for your livestock, if the silver is gone.” (Gen 47:17) So they brought their livestock to Yosĕph, and Yosĕph gave them bread in exchange for the horses, and for the flocks they owned, and for the herds they owned, and for the donkeys. Thus he fed them with bread in exchange for all their livestock that year. (Gen 47:18) And when that year had ended, they came to him the next year and said to him, “We do not hide from my master that our silver is all spent, and my master also has the livestock we owned. There has not any been left before my master but our bodies and our land. (Gen 47:19) “Why should we die before your eyes, both we and our land? Buy us and our land for bread, and let us and our land be servants of Pharaoh. And give us seed, and let us live and not die, and let the land not lay waste.” (Gen 47:20) And Yosĕph bought the entire land of Mitsrayim for Pharaoh, because every man of the Mitsrites sold his field, because the scarcity of food was severe upon them. And the land came to be Pharaoh’s. (Gen 47:21) And as for the people, he moved them into the cities, from one end of the borders of Mitsrayim to the other end. (Gen 47:22) Only the ground of the priests he did not buy, for the priests had portions allotted to them by Pharaoh, and they ate their portions which Pharaoh gave them. Therefore they did not sell their ground. (Gen 47:23) And Yosĕph said to the people, “Look, I have bought you and your land today for Pharaoh. Look, here is seed for you, and you shall sow the land. (Gen 47:24) “And it shall be that in the harvest you shall give one-fifth to Pharaoh. And four-fifths is your own, as seed for the field and for your food, for those of your households and as food for your little ones.” (Gen 47:25) And they said, “You have saved our lives. Let us find favor in the eyes of my master, and we shall become Pharaoh’s servants.” (Gen 47:26) And Yosĕph made it a law over the land of Mitsrayim to this day, that Pharaoh should have one-fifth, except for the ground of the priests only, which did not become Pharaoh’s. (Gen 47:27) And Yisra’ĕl dwelt in the land of Mitsrayim, in the land of Goshen. And they had possessions there and bore fruit and increased exceedingly.

Now we see the joining back together of Judah and all his companions and Ephraim (Scattered and lost sheep of Israel-YOU) and your companions- What Yahshua came to do! Gather the 12 brothers back as family! YHWH shall be our Elohim BACK in the promised land- Israel! We flee paganism!

(Eze 37:15) And the word of יהוה came to me, saying, (Eze 37:16) “And you, son of man, take a stick for yourself and write on it, ‘For Yehuḏah and for the children of Yisra’ĕl, his companions.’ Then take another stick and write on it, ‘For Yosĕph, the stick of Ephrayim, and for all the house of Yisra’ĕl, his companions.’ (Eze 37:17) “Then bring them together for yourself into one stick, and they shall become one in your hand. (Eze 37:18) “And when the children of your people speak to you, saying, ‘Won’t you show us what you mean by these?’ (Eze 37:19) say to them, ‘Thus said the Master יהוה, “See, I am taking the stick of Yosĕph, which is in the hand of Ephrayim, and the tribes of Yisra’ĕl, his companions. And I shall give them unto him, with the stick of Yehuḏah, and make them one stick, and they shall be one in my hand.” ’ (Eze 37:20) “And the sticks on which you write shall be in your hand before their eyes. (Eze 37:21) “And speak to them, ‘Thus said the Master יהוה, “See, I am taking the children of Yisra’ĕl from among the gentiles, wherever they have gone, and shall gather them from all around, and I shall bring them into their land. (Eze 37:22) “And I shall make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Yisra’ĕl. And one sovereign shall be sovereign over them all, and let them no longer be two nations, and let them no longer be divided into two reigns. (Eze 37:23) “And they shall no longer defile themselves with their idols, nor with their disgusting matters, nor with any of their transgressions. And I shall save them from all their dwelling places in which they have sinned, and I shall cleanse them. And they shall be my people, and I be their Elohim, (Eze 37:24) while Dawiḏ My servant is sovereign over them. And they shall all have one shepherd and walk in my right-rulings and guard my laws, and shall do them. (Eze 37:25) “And they shall dwell in the land that I have given to Yaʽaqoḇ My servant, where your fathers dwelt. And they shall dwell in it, they and their children and their children’s children, forever, and my servant Dawiḏ be their prince forever. (Eze 37:26) “And I shall make a covenant of peace with them – an everlasting covenant it is with them. And I shall place them and increase them, and shall place my set-apart place in their midst, forever. (Eze 37:27) “And My Dwelling Place shall be over them. And I shall be their Elohim, and they shall be my people. (Eze 37:28) “And the gentiles shall know that I, יהוה, am setting Yisra’ĕl apart, when my set-apart place is in their midst – forever.” ’ ”

Obedience moves us from the Natural to the Supernatural realm

(Luke 5:1) And it came to be, while the crowd was pressing upon Him to hear the word of Elohim, He stood by the Lake of Gennĕsar, (Sea of Galilee) (Luke 5:2) and He saw two boats standing by the lake, but the fishermen had gone from them and were washing their nets. (Luke 5:3) And entering into one of the boats, which belonged to Shimʽon, He asked him to pull away a little from the land. And He sat down and was teaching the crowds from the boat. (Luke 5:4) And when He ceased speaking, He said to Shimʽon, “Pull out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” (Luke 5:5) And Shimʽon answering, said to Him, “Master, we have toiled all night and caught none, but at your word I shall let down the net.” (Luke 5:6) And when they did so, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking, (Luke 5:7) and they motioned to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they were sinking. (Luke 5:8) And when Shimʽon Kĕpha saw it, he fell down at the knees of יהושע, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a man, a sinner, O Master!” (Luke 5:9) For astonishment had seized him and all those with him, at the catch of fish which they took, (Luke 5:10) so too were Yaʽaqoḇ and Yoḥanan, the sons of Zaḇdai, who were partners with Shimʽon. Then יהושע said to Shimʽon, “Do not fear, from now on you shall catch men.” (Luke 5:11) And having brought the boats to land, they left all and followed Him. (Luke 5:12) And it came to be when He was in a certain city that see, a man covered with leprosy saw יהושע. And he fell on his face and begged Him, saying, “Master, if you desire, you are able to cleanse me.” (Luke 5:13) And He stretched out His hand and touched him, saying, “I desire it. Be cleansed.” And immediately the leprosy left him. (Luke 5:14) And He ordered him to say it to no one, “But go and show yourself to the priest, and make an offering for your cleansing, as a witness to them, as Mosheh commanded.” (Luke 5:15) And the news about Him was spreading even more. And large crowds were coming together to hear, and to be healed by Him of their sicknesses.

Sometimes it is necessary to pull away and spend time with your Father

(Luke 5:16) But He was often withdrawing Himself to lonely places and praying. (Luke 5:17) And on a certain day it came to be, as He was teaching, that there were Pharisees and teachers of the Torah sitting by, who had come out of every village of Galil, Yehuḏah, and Yerushalayim. And the power of יהוה was there to heal them. (Luke 5:18) And see, men brought on a bed a man who was paralyzed. And they were seeking to bring him in and lay him before Him. (Luke 5:19) But having found no way to bring him in because of the crowd, they went up on the house-top and let him down with his bed through the tiles into the midst before יהושע. (Luke 5:20) And having seen their belief, He said to him, “Man, your sins are forgiven you.” (Luke 5:21) And the scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, “Who is this who speaks blasphemies? Who is able to forgive sins except Elohim alone?” (Luke 5:22) And יהושע, knowing their thoughts, answering, said to them, “Why are you reasoning in your hearts? (Luke 5:23) “Which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Rise up and walk’? (Luke 5:24) “But in order for you to know that the Son of Aḏam possesses authority on earth to forgive sins...” He said to the man who was paralyzed, “I say to you, rise, take up your bed, and go to your house.” (Luke 5:25) And at once, having risen up before them, he took up what he had been lying on, and went away to his house, praising Elohim. (Luke 5:26) And astonishment seized them all, and they praised Elohim and were filled with fear, saying, “We have seen extra-ordinary feats today!” (Luke 5:27) And after this He went out and saw a tax collector named Lĕwi, sitting at the tax office, and said to him, “Follow Me.” (Luke 5:28) And he, having left all, rose up and followed Him. (Luke 5:29) And Lĕwi made a great feast for Him in his house. And there were a great number of tax collectors and others who sat down with them. (Luke 5:30) And the Pharisees and their scribes grumbled against His taught ones, saying, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?” (Luke 5:31) And יהושע answering, said to them, “Those who are well do not need a physician, but those who are sick. (Luke 5:32) “I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”

Fasting anyone?

(Luke 5:33) And they said to Him, “Why do the taught ones of Yoḥanan fast often and make prayers, and likewise those of the Pharisees, but Yours eat and drink?” (Luke 5:34) And He said to them, “Are you able to make the friends of the bridegroom fast while the bridegroom is with them? (Luke 5:35) “But days shall come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, then they shall fast in those days.”

YHWH knows us: if we are self made/powerful- we tend to take all the credit!

(Judges 7:1) And Yerubbaʽal, that is Giḏʽon, and all the people who were with him rose up early and encamped by the fountain of Ḥaroḏ, so that the camp of Miḏyan was on the north side of them by the hill of Moreh in the valley. (Judges 7:2) And יהוה said to Giḏʽon, “The people who are with you are too many for me to give Miḏyan into their hands, lest Yisra’ĕl boast against me, saying, ‘my own hand has saved me.’ (Judges 7:3) “And now, proclaim in the hearing of the people, saying, ‘Whoever is afraid and trembling, let him turn back,. (Judges 7:4) and leave Mount Gilʽaḏ.’ ” And twenty-two thousand of the people turned back, while ten thousand remained and יהוה said to Giḏʽon, “The people are still too many. Bring them down to the water, and let me prove them for you there. And it shall be that of whom I say to you, ‘This one goes with you,’ let him go with you. And of whomever I say to you, ‘This one does not go with you,’ let him not go.” (Judges 7:5) So he brought the people down to the water. And יהוה said to Giḏʽon, “Everyone who laps the water with his tongue, as a dog laps, separate him from everyone who bows down on his knees to drink.” (Judges 7:6) And the number of those who lapped, putting their hand to their mouth, was three hundred men, and all the rest of the people bowed down on their knees to drink water. (Judges 7:7) And יהוה said to Giḏʽon, “By the three hundred men who lapped I’ve you, and shall give Miḏyan into your hand. Let all the other people go, each to his place.” Judges 7:8) And the people took food and their ram’s horns in their hands. And he sent away all the rest of Yisra’ĕl, each to his tent, but kept those three hundred men. Now the camp of Miḏyan was below him in the valley. (Judges 7:9) And it came to be, on that night, that יהוה said to him, “Arise, go down against the camp, for I have given it into your hand. (Judges 7:10) “But if you are afraid to go down, go down, you and Purah your servant, to the camp. (Judges 7:11) “And you shall hear what they say, and after that let your hands be strengthened. And you shall go down against the camp.” So he went down with Purah his servant to the edge of the formation of fives who were in the camp.


(Judges 7:12) And Miḏyan and Amalĕq, and all the people of the East, were lying in the valley as many as locusts. And their camels were as numerous as the sand by the seashore. (Judges 7:13) And Giḏʽon came, and see, a man was relating a dream to his companion, and said, “See I had a dream, and see, a loaf of barley bread tumbled into the camp of Miḏyan, and it came to a tent and smote it so that it fell and overturned, and the tent fell down.” (Judges 7:14) And his companion answered and said, “This is nil else than the sword of Giḏʽon son of Yo’ash, a man of Yisra’ĕl. Elohim has given Miḏyan and all the camp into his hand.” (Judges 7:15) And it came to be, when Giḏʽon heard this dream related, and its interpretation, that he bowed himself down. And he returned to the camp of Yisra’ĕl, and said, “Arise, for יהוה has given the camp of Miḏyan into your hand.”(Judges 7:16) And he divided the three hundred men into three companies, and he put a ram’s horn into the hands of all of them, with empty jars, and torches inside the jars. (Judges 7:17) And he said to them, “Watch me and do likewise. And see, when I come to the edge of the camp do as I do. (Judges 7:18) “And I shall blow the ram’s horn, I and all those with me, then you shall also blow the ram’s horns round about all the camp, and say, ‘For יהוה and for Giḏʽon!’ ” (Judges 7:19) And Giḏʽon and the hundred men who were with him came to the edge of the camp at the beginning of the middle watch, as they had but newly posted the watch. And they blew the ram’s horns and broke the jars that were in their hands. (Judges 7:20) And the three companies blew the ram’s horns and broke the jars, and held the torches in their left hands and the ram’s horns in their right hands for blowing. And they cried, “For יהוה and for Giḏʽon!” (Judges 7:21) And each stood in his place, round about the camp. And all the army ran and cried out and fled, (Judges 7:22) and the three hundred blew the ram’s horns, and יהוה set the sword of each one against the other throughout all the camp. And the army fled to Bĕyth Shittah, toward Tserĕrah, as far as the border of Aḇĕl Meḥolah, by Tabbath. (Judges 7:23) And the men of Yisra’ĕl were called from Naphtali, and from Ashĕr, and from all Menashsheh, and pursued Miḏyan. (Judges 7:24) Then Giḏʽon sent messengers throughout all the mountains of Ephrayim, saying, “Come down to meet Miḏyan, and capture from them the watering places as far as Bĕyth Barah and the Yardĕn.” So all the men of Ephrayim were called and captured the watering places as far as Bĕyth Barah and the Yardĕn. (Judges 7:25) And they captured two princes of Miḏyan, Orĕḇ and Ze’ĕḇ, and slew Orĕḇ at the rock of Orĕḇ, and Ze’ĕḇ they slew at the winepress of Ze’ĕḇ while they pursued Miḏyan. And they brought the heads of Orĕḇ and Ze’ĕḇ to Giḏʽon beyond the Yardĕn. (Judges 8:1) And the men of Ephrayim said to him, “What is this you have done to us by not calling us when you went to fight with Miḏyan?” And they contended with him sharply, (Judges 8:2) and he said to them, “What have I done as compared with you? Are the gleanings of Ephrayim not better than the grape harvest of Aḇiʽezer? (Judges 8:3) “Elohim has given into your hands the princes of Miḏyan, Orĕḇ and Ze’ĕḇ. And what was I able to do as compared with you?” After he had said that their rage toward him subsided. (Judges 8:4) And Giḏʽon and the three hundred men who were with him came to the Yardĕn, passing over, weary yet pursuing. (Judges 8:5) And he said to the men of Sukkoth, “Please give loaves of bread to the people who follow me, for they are weary, and I am pursuing Zeḇaḥ and Tsalmunna, sovereigns of Miḏyan.” (Judges 8:6) But the leaders of Sukkoth said, “Are the hands of Zeḇaḥ and Tsalmunna now in your hand, that we should give bread to your army?” (Judges 8:7) And Giḏʽon said, “Because of this, when יהוה has given Zeḇaḥ and Tsalmunna into my hand, I shall tear your flesh with the thorns of the wilderness and with briers!” (Judges 8:8) And he went up from there to Penu’ĕl and spoke to them in the same way. And the men of Penu’ĕl answered him as the men of Sukkoth had answered him. (Judges 8:9) So he spoke also to the men of Penu’ĕl, saying, “When I come back in peace I shall break down this tower!” (Judges 8:10) And Zeḇaḥ and Tsalmunna were at Qarqor, and their armies with them, about fifteen thousand men, all who were left of all the army of the people of the East. Now those who had already fallen were one hundred and twenty thousand men who drew the sword. (Judges 8:11) And Giḏʽon went up by the way of those who dwell in tents on the east of Noḇaḥ and Yoḡbehah. And he smote the camp while the camp was at ease. (Judges 8:12) And Zeḇaḥ and Tsalmunna fled, and he pursued them, and captured the two sovereigns of Miḏyan, Zeḇaḥ and Tsalmunna, and shuddered the entire army. (Judges 8:13) And Giḏʽon son of Yo’ash returned from battle, from the Ascent of Ḥeres, (Judges 8:14) and captured a youth of the men of Sukkoth and questioned him. So the youth wrote down for him the leaders of Sukkoth and its elders, seventy-seven men. (Judges 8:15) And he came to the men of Sukkoth and said, “See: Zeḇaḥ and Tsalmunna, about whom you taunted me, saying, ‘Are the hands of Zeḇaḥ and Tsalmunna now in your hand, that we should give bread to your men who are weary?’ ” (Judges 8:16) And he took the elders of the city, and thorns of the wilderness and briers, and with them he taught the men of Sukkoth a lesson. (Judges 8:17) And he broke down the tower of Penu’ĕl and slew the men of the city. (Judges 8:18) And he said to Zeḇaḥ and Tsalmunna, “How were the men whom you killed at Taḇor?” So they answered, “They were like you, each one looked like the son of a sovereign.” (Judges 8:19) And he said, “They were my brothers, the sons of my mother. As יהוה lives, if you had let them live, I would not slay you.” (Judges 8:20) And he said to Yether his first-born, “Rise, slay them!” But the youth would not draw his sword, for he was afraid, because he was still a youth. (Judges 8:21) Then Zeḇaḥ and Tsalmunna said, “Rise yourself, and fall on us. For as a man is, so is his might.” So Giḏʽon arose and slew Zeḇaḥ and Tsalmunna, and took the crescent ornaments which were on their camels’ necks. (Judges 8:22) So the men of Yisra’ĕl said to Giḏʽon, “Rule over us, both you and your son, also your son’s son, for you have saved us from the hand of Miḏyan.” (Judges 8:23) But Giḏʽon said to them, “I do not rule over you, nor does my son rule over you. יהוה does rule over you.” (Judges 8:24) And Giḏʽon said to them, “I have a request to make of you, that each of you gives me the ring from his spoil.” They had rings of gold, because they were Yishmaʽĕlites. (Judges 8:25) And they said, “We shall certainly give them.” And they spread out a garment, and each man threw into it the ring from his spoil. (Judges 8:26) And the weight of the gold rings that he requested was one thousand seven hundred pieces of gold – besides the crescent ornaments, and the pendants, and purple robes which were on the sovereigns of Miḏyan, and besides the chains that were around their camels’ necks. (Judges 8:27) And Giḏʽon made it into a shoulder garment and set it up in his city, Ophrah. And all Yisra’ĕl went whoring after it there. And it became a snare to Giḏʽon and to his house. (Judges 8:28) Thus Miḏyan was humbled before the children of Yisra’ĕl, and they lifted their heads no more. And the land had rest for forty years in the days of Giḏʽon. (Judges 8:29) And Yerubbaʽal son of Yo’ash went and dwelt in his own house. (Judges 8:30) And Giḏʽon had seventy sons who were his own offspring, for he had many wives. (Judges 8:31) And his concubine who was in Sheḵem also bore him a son, and he gave him the name Aḇimeleḵ. (Judges 8:32) And Giḏʽon son of Yo’ash died at a good old age, and was buried in the tomb of Yo’ash his father, in Ophrah of the Aḇiʽezerites. (Judges 8:33) And it came to be, when Giḏʽon was dead, that the children of Yisra’ĕl again went whoring after the Baʽals, and made Baʽal-Berith their mighty one. (Judges 8:34) Thus the children of Yisra’ĕl did not remember יהוה their Elohim, who had delivered them from the hands of all their enemies round about, (Judges 8:35) nor did they show kindness to the house of Yerubbaʽal, Giḏʽon, according to all the good which he did for Yisra’ĕl. (Judges 9:1) And Aḇimeleḵ son of Yerubbaʽal went to Sheḵem, to his mother’s brothers, and spoke with them and with all the clan of the house of his mother’s father, saying, (Judges 9:2) “Please speak in the hearing of all the masters of Sheḵem, ‘Which is better for you, that seventy men, all the sons of Yerubbaʽal rule over you, or that one man rule over you?’ And you shall remember that I am your own flesh and bone.” (Judges 9:3) And his mother’s brothers spoke all these words concerning him in the hearing of all the masters of Sheḵem. And their heart inclined toward Aḇimeleḵ, for they said, “He is our brother.” (Judges 9:4) And they gave him seventy pieces of silver from the house of Baʽal-Berith, with which Aḇimeleḵ hired worthless and reckless men. And they followed him. (Judges 9:5) And he went to his father’s house at Ophrah and slew his brothers, the seventy sons of Yerubbaʽal, on one stone. But Yotham the youngest son of Yerubbaʽal was left, because he hid himself. (Judges 9:6) And all the masters of Sheḵem gathered together, and all of Bĕyth Millo, and they went and made Aḇimeleḵ sovereign beside the terebinth tree at the post that was in Sheḵem. (Judges 9:7) And they informed Yotham, and he went and stood on top of Mount Gerizim, and lifted his voice and cried out, and said to them, “Hear me, you masters of Sheḵem, and let Elohim hear you! (Judges 9:8) “The trees went forth to anoint a sovereign over them. And they said to the olive tree, ‘reign over us!’ (Judges 9:9) “And the olive tree said to them, ‘shall I leave my oil, with which they esteem mighty ones and men, and go to sway over trees?’ (Judges 9:10) “Then the trees said to the fig tree, ‘Come, reign over us!’ (Judges 9:11) “And the fig tree said to them, ‘Shall I leave my sweetness and my good fruit, and go to sway over trees?’ (Judges 9:12) “Then the trees said to the vine, ‘Come, reign over us!’ (Judges 9:13) “And the vine said to them, ‘Shall I leave my new wine, which rejoices mighty ones and men, and go to sway over trees?’ (Judges 9:14) “Then all the trees said to the bramble, ‘Come, reign over us!’ (Judges 9:15) “And the bramble said to the trees, ‘If in truth you anoint me as sovereign over you, come, take shelter in my shade. But if not, let fire come out of the bramble and devour the cedars of Leḇanon!’ (Judges 9:16) “And now, if you have acted in truth and integrity in setting up Aḇimeleḵ to reign, and if you have acted well with Yerubbaʽal and his house, and have done to him as his hands did to you – (Judges 9:17) for my father fought for you and risked his life, and delivered you out of the hand of Miḏyan, (Judges 9:18) but you have risen up against my father’s house today, and slew his seventy sons on one stone, and set up Aḇimeleḵ, the son of his female servant, to reign over the masters of Sheḵem, because he is your brother – (Judges 9:19) if then you have acted in truth and integrity with Yerubbaʽal and with his house this day, then rejoice in Aḇimeleḵ, and let him also rejoice in you. (Judges 9:20) “But if not, let fire come out from Aḇimeleḵ and devour the masters of Sheḵem and Bĕyth Millo, and let fire come out from the masters of Sheḵem and from Bĕyth Millo and devour Aḇimeleḵ!” (Judges 9:21) Then Yotham ran away and fled, and he went to be’ĕr and dwelt there, for fear of Aḇimeleḵ his brother. (Judges 9:22) And Aḇimeleḵ governed Yisra’ĕl three years, (Judges 9:23) and Elohim sent an evil spirit between Aḇimeleḵ and the masters of Sheḵem. And the masters of Sheḵem acted treacherously against Aḇimeleḵ, (Judges 9:24) in order that the violence done to the seventy sons of Yerubbaʽal might come, and their blood be laid on Aḇimeleḵ their brother, who slew them, and on the masters of Sheḵem, who strengthened his hands to slay his brothers. (Judges 9:25) And the masters of Sheḵem set men in ambush against him on the tops of the mountains, and they robbed all who passed over by them along that way. And it was reported to Aḇimeleḵ. (Judges 9:26) And Gaʽal son of Eḇeḏ came with his brothers and passed over to Sheḵem. And the masters of Sheḵem put their trust in him, (Judges 9:27) and went out into the fields, and gathered their vineyards and trod out, and held a feast. And they went into the house of their mighty one, and ate and drank, and cursed Aḇimeleḵ. (Judges 9:28) And Gaʽal son of Eḇeḏ said, “Who is Aḇimeleḵ, and who is Sheḵem, that we should serve him? Is he not the son of Yerubbaʽal, and is not Zeḇul his officer? Serve the men of Ḥamor the father of Sheḵem! But why should we serve him? (Judges 9:29) “If only this people were under my hand! Then I would remove Aḇimeleḵ.” And he said to Aḇimeleḵ, “Increase your army and come out!”

(Judges 9:30) And when Zeḇul, the governor of the city, heard the words of Gaʽal son of Eḇeḏ, his displeasure burned. (Judges 9:31) And he sent messengers to Aḇimeleḵ by deceit, saying, “See, Gaʽal son of Eḇeḏ and his brothers have come to Sheḵem. And see, they are besieging the city against you. (Judges 9:32) “And now, get up by night, you and the people who are with you, and lie in wait in the field. (Judges 9:33) “And it shall be, as soon as the sun is up in the morning, then rise early and rush upon the city. And see, when he and the people who are with him come out against you, you shall do to them as your hand finds to do.” (Judges 9:34) And Aḇimeleḵ and all the people who were with him rose up by night, and laid in wait against Sheḵem in four companies. (Judges 9:35) Now Gaʽal son of Eḇeḏ went out and stood in the entrance to the city gate and Aḇimeleḵ and the people who were with him rose from lying in wait. (Judges 9:36) And when Gaʽal saw the people, he said to Zeḇul, “See, people are coming down from the tops of the mountains!” But Zeḇul said to him, “You are seeing the shadows of the mountains like men.” (Judges 9:37) And Gaʽal spoke again and said, “See, people are coming down from the high part of the land, and another company is coming from the Diviners’ Terebinth Tree.” (Judges 9:38) And Zeḇul said to him, “Now where is your mouth with which you said, ‘Who is Aḇimeleḵ, that we should serve him?’ Are not these the people whom you despised? I beg you, go out and fight them now.” (Judges 9:39) So Gaʽal went out, leading the masters of Sheḵem, and fought Aḇimeleḵ. (Judges 9:40) And Aḇimeleḵ pursued him, and he fled from him. And many fell wounded, up to the entrance of the gate. (Judges 9:41) And Aḇimeleḵ stayed at Arumah, and Zeḇul drove out Gaʽal and his brothers, so that they would not dwell in Sheḵem. (Judges 9:42) And it came to be the next day that the people went out into the field, and they informed Aḇimeleḵ. (Judges 9:43) And he took his people, and divided them into three companies, and laid in wait in the field, and looked and saw the people coming out of the city. And he rose against them and smote them. (Judges 9:44) And Aḇimeleḵ and the company that was with him rushed forward and stood at the entrance of the gate of the city. And the other two companies rushed upon all who were in the fields and smote them. (Judges 9:45) And Aḇimeleḵ fought against the city all that day, and captured the city and slew the people who were in it. And he broke down the city and sowed it with salt. (Judges 9:46) And all the masters of the tower of Sheḵem had heard that, and entered the stronghold of the house of Ěl Berith. (Judges 9:47) And it was reported to Aḇimeleḵ that all the masters of the tower of Sheḵem were gathered together. (Judges 9:48) So Aḇimeleḵ went up to Mount Tsalmon, he and all the people who were with him. And Aḇimeleḵ took an axe in his hand and cut down a branch from the trees, and took it and laid it on his shoulder. Then he said to the people who were with him, “What you have seen me do, hurry, do as I have done.” (Judges 9:49) And all the people likewise cut down each one his own branch and followed Aḇimeleḵ, and put them against the stronghold, and set the stronghold on fire above them, so that all the men of the tower of Sheḵem died, about a thousand men and women. (Judges 9:50) Aḇimeleḵ then went to Thĕḇĕts, and he encamped against Thĕḇĕts and captured it. (Judges 9:51) However, there was a strong tower in the city, and all the men and women and all the masters of the city fled there and shut themselves in, and went up to the top of the tower. (Judges 9:52) And Aḇimeleḵ came to the tower and fought against it, and approached the door of the tower to burn it with fire.

If YHWH be against you who can stand? Evil may triumph for a time but righteous judgment from the Righteous Judge is coming!

(Judges 9:53) But a certain woman dropped an upper millstone on the head of Aḇimeleḵ, and crushed his skull. (Judges 9:54) He then immediately called the young man, his armor-bearer, and said to him, “Draw your sword and kill me, lest men say of me, ‘A woman killed him.’ ” And his young man thrust him through, and he died. (Judges 9:55) And when the men of Yisra’ĕl saw that Aḇimeleḵ was dead, each one went to his own place. (Judges 9:56) Thus did Elohim repay the evil of Aḇimeleḵ, which he had done to his father to slay his seventy brothers. (Judges 9:57) And all the evil of the men of Sheḵem Elohim turned back on their own heads, and the curse of Yotham son of Yerubbaʽal came on them.

(Psa 30:2) O YHWH my Elohim, I cried to you for help, and you healed me. (Psa 30:3) O YHWH, you have brought up my soul from Sheol; you have kept me alive, that I would not go down to the pit. (Psa 30:4) Sing praise to YHWH, you His righteous ones, and give thanks to His holy name. (Psa 30:5) For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for a lifetime; Weeping may last for the night, but a shout of joy comes in the morning.

May YHWH bless you loved one! May He keep you and may He lift up His countenance upon you and give you the SAR Shalom, the Prince of all Peace, Yahshua Messiah! May He hear your yes agreement with His word and instructions in prayer and amen agreement of His Word in all your prayers, that your joy for your loved ones comes in the morning!

(Rom 13:12) The night is far spent, the day has come near. So let us put off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. (Rom 13:13) Let us walk becomingly, as in the day, not in wild parties and drunkenness, not in living together and indecencies, not in fighting and envy, (Rom 13:14) but put on the Master יהושע (Yahshua) Messiah, and make no provision for the lusts of the flesh. Thanks Loved One, for your prayers for us!

Shalom to your home Loved One,