Thursday, October 12, 2017

Haftarah and Brit Chadasha #1 B'reshit

RaYBaSH’s Haftarah Hashings
Parashah # 1: B’reshiet “In the Beginning”
Yesha’yahu/Isaiah 42:5 - 43:10
By: Yehudah ben Shomeyr


We have seen in the Torah portion and the Brit Chadasha portion that Yeshua the Messiah, the Word of God, according to Genesis 1, John 1 and Colossians (Gen.1:1-3, 2:7, John 1:1:1-3, 10-14, Col. 1:14-17), is The One who created the universe. He spoke it in to existence. Here in Isaiah, in the Haftarah portion he says that the Creator is also the Redeemer of the fallen world that decided to turn away from God.

Isaiah 42:5 Thus saith the God ADONAI, He that created the heavens, stretched them out; He that spread forth the earth, and that which cometh out of it; He giveth breath unto the people upon it, and spirit to them that walk therein;

Isaiah then says that the Creator (Yeshua) is also the Redeemer and Saviour (Messiah) of  Israel and the world He created.


Isaiah 42:6-8 I the LORD have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles; To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house. I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.

The Jews, the Nation of Israel is to be a Light to the Nations? How? Two ways:
1.    Torah (The Law): It has been called Israel’s wisdom (Duet. 4:6)
2.    Yeshua the Messiah which is the Living Manifestation of the Written Torah. The Saviour and Deliverer of the world! He enables us to follow and keep the Torah by following in His footsteps.

Isaiah 43:1-3 But now thus saith the LORD that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine. When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.  For I am the LORD thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour: I gave Egypt for thy ransom, Ethiopia and Seba for thee.

If any doubt God’s existence, look at Israel from the Exodus of Egypt till now. By all accounts we should not exist and be wiped out of existence, LORD knows many have tried. But we are still alive and exist today despite all the wars, pogroms, exiles, captivities, holocausts, and terrorist attacks. God clearly loves and has His Hand on Israel and has a purpose for her, and that is as mentioned before, to be a light and bring salvation to the nations throught the Written and Living Torah.

God has chosen us, Israel, and those who have decided to join themselves to Israel, through Adoption/Conversion, to be God’s servant under the leadership of His servant, the Messiah, the Living Torah, to proclaim The Truth to the world that ADONAI, He alone is God, and through Him alone is Yeshua/Salvation!

Isaiah 43:10-11 Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me. I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour.

What an awesome responsibility!

The Besorah (Gospel) message and the plan of redemption is spelled out from Genesis, to Isaiah and to John; a continuous congruent thread. And as we have seen in the Torah portion, the message is so thorough that it saturates the very letters of the texts themselves to even detail prophetically via the symbolism of the Hebrew letters and even the Kabbalah, the plans that has been revealed in the Brit Chadashah (New Testament).

Shabbat Shalom and Shavuah Tov!
-- Yehudah ben Shomeyr

RaYBaSH’s Brit Chadashah Connections
Parashah # 1: B’reshiet “In the Beginning”
John 1:1-18, Col. 1:14-17, II Pet. 3:3-14, Rev. 21:1
By: Yehudah ben Shomeyr

We have seen in the Torah portion that Yeshua the Messiah, the Word of God, according to Genesis 1, John 1, and Colossians 1 is The One who created the universe. He spoke it in to existence. We see the Godhead present at and in creation in Genesis 1:1-3a. In the beginning God… God the Father. The Spirit of God moved upon the waters… The Holy Spirit. God said let there be… Yehsua, the Living Word. Isaiah said in the Haftarah portion that The Creator is also the Redeemer of the world that decided to turn away from God (Isaiah 42:5 - 43:10).

Genesis 1:1-3a 2:7 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the spirit (breath) of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said… And ADONAI God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life. And man became a living soul.

The Living Word of God (Yeshua the Messiah). All things were made by and through Him.

John 1:1-3, 10-14 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made… He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.


Yeshua, who is the manifest image of the invisible God created everything.


Col. 1:14-17 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.

Just as there was a creation of the world, there will be its destruction and recreation. Where He washed the sin and evil of the world away by the flood waters of Naoh’s time, He will in the future burn away the sin and evil through a refining fire which lines up with the Laws of cleanisng of leprosy in Leviticus 13.

 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, and saying, Where is the promise of his coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless. - II Pet. 3:3-14

And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. – Rev. 21:1

We all long for the redemption of the world and the created order to be the Eden it was meant to be as we await the World to Come.

For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. – Rom. 8:22

Shabbat Shalom and Shavuah Tov!
-- Yehudah ben Shomeyr