Saturday, October 10, 2015

Torah Trails #1 B'resheet

Torah Trails #1 B'resheet
Rabbi Yehudah ben Shomeyr
Kristopher Shoemaker

Gen. 1:1-6:8
Isa. 42:5-43:10
John 1:1-6

Gen. 1:1-5
In the New Hebraic Year, the previous year has been obliterated and only that which was of God remains standing and the rest was blown away like chaff. Now the Ruach of Elohim (Spirit of God) hovers over the freshly prepared landscape of our lives, ready for a new creation, a new work for the New Year.
The good and bad has been declared, divided and separated, the lines and boundaries made distinctly clear.

Creation, the created order submits to and obeys the Creator, Abba YHWH Elohim (God the Father). The wind does not blow without His say so. The water does not over flow its bounds unless permitted by The Almighty. Creation quietly obeys.
We too are His Creation, if only we were as obedient as the sun, the sprouting plant, or the singing bird, without a peep of protest or complaint. We must take to heart the lesson in this.

If our year was a creation week:
In Tishri and Cheshvan let us allow His Divine Light to reveal and expose any residual chaos or evil in our lives with His Light so that we may deal with such, repent and cast such out into the darkness so that there would be order. May our lives be clearly and properly divided and squared away, ready for His New Work in us.

Gen. 1:6-8
In Kislev and Tevet may the heights of and depths of our being be divided, clarified and expanded and be made ready to receive and contain all that HaShem wishes to fill us with in this New year. May we also gain new insight into the Heights and Depths of our God and become more intimate with Him.

Gen. 1:9-13
In Shevat and Adar let us allow the seeds that had been planted by God in Tishri and Cheshvan in our freshly, divinely weeded garden or our lives to sprout, grow and thrive!

Gen. 1:14-19
In Nissan and Iyyar may we let Abba YHWH Elohim be our sun, moon and stars to rule, light and guide us every moment of everyday of this New Year. May His Divine plan and will for our lives for this year be revealed and made clear that we may work to fulfill His will. May we submit, follow and worship Him more zealously!

Gen. 1:20-23
In Sivan and Tammuz may we allow Him to breathe new life and a new creation and a new work into our sky and sea; the height and depths of our being which we made ready for Him in Kislev and Tevet.

Gen. 1:24-2:3
In Av and Elul as new people may we have a new sense of divine dominion and control over all YHWH has given us and done for us in this New Year; that we’d be found good stewards of what has been entrusted to us. Then we can rest in Him as yet another New Year approaches.

Isa. 42:5-43:10
He has made us a new creation, he has done a new work in us for this New Year; blessed to be a blessing to others! To be not only light bearers but life bringers and givers to the people that are dark, formless, void and troubled waters of a fallen shattered creation (Gen. 1:2).

John 1:1-6
Again, He wants us to be that light such as He is for others, to bring light and life to what was dark and dead. For we are made in His Image (Gen. 1:27).
Let John 1:6 be our motto this year, “There was a man/woman sent from God whose name was (insert your name here).”
Let us allow nothing to stand in our way of drawing closer to Him and being transformed into the Image of His Son, Yeshua the Messiah.

Prayer: “Abba YHWH Elohim, please make us new creations as the Psalmist prayed, “create in us a clean heart oh God and renew a right spirit within us” that we may be successful and profitable for You and Your Glory and Your Kingdom this Year. In Yeshua’s Name, Amen!”

Memory Verses: Gen. 1:1, 1:27, 2:7,  Isa. 43:10, John 1:1-6