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Joseph F. Dumond

Joe Started Sightedmoon in 2005 to assist him in spreading his understanding of the Sabbatical and Jubilee Years according to Torah.
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News Letter 5850-002
12th day of the 1st month 5850 years after the creation of Adam
The 1st Month of Aviv in the Fifth year of the Third Sabbatical Cycle
The Third Sabbatical Cycle of the 119th Jubilee Cycle
The Sabbatical Cycle of Earthquakes, Famines and Pestilence

April 12, 2014

Shabbat Shalom Brethren,

I want to remind all of you that April 15th is the first blood moon in the coming series of blood moons over the next three years and will be visible over North and South America. Please note that this blood moon will be below the feet of the Constellation Bethulah which is also known as Virgo. The blood moon will appear beside the star Spica which will be in the left hand of Virgo. Mars can be located just to the right of it and Saturn to the left of the blood moon in the constellation Libra. To see when the blood moon will be visible where you live, please watch this video. https://vimeo.com/89766307

Spica is noted as The BRANCH.

Isa 11:1  And a Shoot goes out from the stump of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots. 2  And the Spirit of Jehovah shall rest on Him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of Jehovah.

Jer 23:5  Behold, the days come, says Jehovah, that I will raise to David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and act wisely, and shall do judgment and justice in the earth. 6  In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely. And this is His name by which He shall be called, JEHOVAH, OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS. 7  Therefore, behold, the days come, says Jehovah, that they shall no more say, Jehovah lives, who brought the sons of Israel up out of the land of Egypt; 8  but, Jehovah lives, who brought up and led the seed of the house of Israel out of the north country, and from all countries where I have driven them. And they shall dwell in their own land.

Virgo represents Israel and Libra represents judgment; Mars, as we all know, is associated with war.

In our video teaching entitled The Prophecy of the Law of Niddah we show you that Israel, in the next Sabbatical cycle, is in her “menstruation” cycle where she is “bleeding out.” Her soldiers will die during this time. Here we have all of the signs in the heavens of this same scenario. The blood moon below her feet; with Mars and Saturn on either side of the moon warning of the coming WAR judgment. Israel is going to be bleeding out. Spica, our BRANCH, is coming to rescue those who obey and keep the Commandments.

Yes, I know these are MY thoughts on this. After all, it could simply be a warning of “taxes due” in the USA on this date April 15. But for some reason, I do not think that is it at all.

I would like to share this book review about The 2300 Days of Hell book we now have available as an e-book on our website. Soon, we should have the printed version available. What makes this book review so special? It comes from a reader who has, in the past, been one of my harshest critics. He does not follow anyone but rather, diligently proves all things true or false. So this review from him is very special. May it be the blessing you need to motivate you so you, too, begin reading this heavy-duty teaching.

Shalom Joseph, this will constitute the book review I promised you.
The 2300 Days of Hell and The 70 Shabua of Daniel.
This book is an amazing expression that follows the thread of the House of Israel from YHVH’s making of the Covenant with Abraham, concerning Abraham’s seed through Isaac, all the way to the present day. For those who are first descendants of the House of Israel, but most importantly, the Children of YHWH, who are the obedient ones of that Covenant in this present day.
Joseph has repeatedly stated that all this information is in the history books and that it is a mystery to him that it is not being taught in all the schools today. Joseph is a man of the earth, a ditch digger; whose fingernails, like mine, (I am a Soil Scientist) get dirt under them every day. I give him credit that he persevered in this search and expression like no one else has done. YHWH has blessed him in giving him understanding through which these conclusions, until these books, have not been given expression. Daniel is “sealed up until the end” for the specific reason that it is an end-time prophecy that is unlocked by what is written in The 2300 Days of Hell and the 70 Shabua of Daniel and Joseph’s other books as well.
This thread, most certainly, can only be understood when Joseph Dumond’s three books, The Prophecies of Abraham, Remembering the Sabbatical Years of 2016  and The 2300 Days of Hell and the 70 Shabua of Daniel are understood from beginning to end. Understanding comes from the knowledge of the Jubilee Cycles and Shabua (sevens) Cycles, which are the manner in which YHWH’s “periods of time” (Gen 6:3) are measured.
Once we are armed with this simple fact, that Jubilees are cycles that are paralleled by the Feast of Weeks manner of counting seven “sevens” plus one; the “plus one” being the first day of the the next cycle of days (or the next week). It is then that the 7 Shabua or cycles of weeks/years becomes clearly understood as the completed Jubilee. The Jubilee year is simply the first year of the following Jubilee cycle. Within this definition, all known Shabbats; whether weekly, yearly (7 Feasts), seven year land rests or Jubilee (double land rests) those Commanded of YHWH, fall into place. I spent 3 months proving to myself that the Prophecies of Abraham was, in fact, true. With this as my personal testimony, my understanding of The 2300 Days of Hell and the 70 Shabua of Daniel was easily discernible; even for me. I confess I have nowhere near the appetite nor endurance for history that Joseph has. However, through his well documented and referenced publications, even I was able to gain understanding of who I am, where I am and what it will take for me to become a participant in the greatest event this earth will ever experience: the return of Yeshua our Bridegroom! Who, by shedding His blood and gaining power over death, returns as a new man. He will overcome the divorce required by Deuteronomy 24 of his unclean wife (Israel) who was and still is unclean, by whoring after all the other mighty ones- the false gods of HaSatan. Yeshua, being a new “man” by being resurrected, can retake His bride; those who voluntarily return to the Sinai Covenant and do as Yeshua stated in Joh 14:15 which states: If ye love me, keep my commandments.
The 2300 Days of Hell and the 70 Shabua of Daniel reveals when the Jubilees occurred as well as at what point within the Jubilees the curses fell on disobedient Israel. It also explains when these curses are most likely to fall on us, disobedient Israel. YHWH’s cycles appear to be highly repetitive and that means it can be predicted with some degree of certainty when curses will affect us. Brothers and sisters, time is short and knowledge of just how short has given me added strength to prepare to face what is coming. I no longer have to guess where we are in this last Jubilee, Yah’s cycles reveal it!
The House of Israel is YHWH’s chosen people. Being part of Israel is your choice since it is a matter of adoption by entering the Covenant and obeying His commands. His plan for us is right on schedule. The clock is ticking and if you are still unaware of the impending 2300 Days of HELL that are approaching, you need to read these books.
In my opinion, without following the thread described above, you cannot understand one of the most definitive keys to the Daniel prophecies of the Bible! That includes its Covenants, both its promises as well as curses; which means you may very well miss your destiny of being part of the Marriage with the resurrected new man who is YHWH  thru His right Arm, Yeshua our Messiah.
James Fincham, Chardon, Ohio
We are now just days away from the start of Passover. Have you removed the leaven out of your homes? When you do this, it is an exercise showing you how much work you need to do to put sin out of your personal life. How well are you doing?

This is also the first step in the restoration of the Kingdom of Yehovah. The removal of sin. With this understanding, I find it extremely ironic today to know that there are many Christians who are going to willfully sin by not observing Passover and the Days of Unleavened Bread, which the Bible clearly states Yehshua (Jesus) did. These same Christians will then use events from Passover to justify their keeping of Sunday instead of the Saturday Sabbath which, again, the Bible plainly says Yehshua and the Apostles did keep.

There are many Hebrew Roots and/or Messianic believers who are going to sin by keeping the wrong days Holy which are not Holy at all.

So let us go to Scripture to learn the truth of the events of the week Yehshua was killed:

Mat 21:1  And when they drew near Jerusalem, and had come to Bethphage, to the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, 2  saying to them, Go into the village across from you. And immediately you will find an ass tied, and a colt with her. Untie them and bring them to Me. 3  And if anyone says anything to you, you shall say, The Lord has need of them, and immediately He will send them. 4  All this was done so that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, 5  “Tell the daughter of Zion, Behold, your King comes to you, meek, and sitting on an ass, even a colt the foal of an ass.” 6  And the disciples went and did as Jesus commanded them. 7  And they brought the ass, even the colt, and put their clothes on them, and He sat on them. 8  And a very great crowd spread their garments in the way. Others cut down branches from the trees and spread them in the way. 9  And the crowds who went before, and those who followed, cried out, saying, Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest! 10  And when He had come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, Who is this? 11  And the crowd said, This is Jesus the prophet, from Nazareth of Galilee.

Luk 19:29  And it happened as He drew near Bethphage and Bethany, toward the mount called Mount of Olives, He sent two of the disciples, 30  saying, Go into the village across from you, and having entered, you will find a colt tied up, on which no one of men has yet sat. Untie it and bring it. 31  And if anyone asks you, Why are you untying it? You will say this to him, Because the Lord has need of it. 32  And going, those who were sent found as He had said to them. 33  And as they were untying the colt, its owners said to them, Why are you untying the colt? 34  And they said, The Lord has need of him. 35  And they brought him to Jesus. And they threw their garments on the colt. And they set Jesus on it. 36  And as He went, they spread their clothes in the way. 37  And when He had come near, even now at the descent of the Mount of Olives, all the multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works which they had seen, 38  saying, Blessed is the King coming in the name of the Lord! Peace in Heaven and glory in the highest! 39  And some of the Pharisees from the crowd said to Him, Teacher, rebuke your disciples. 40  And He answered and said to them, I tell you that if these should be silent, the stones would cry out. 41  And as He drew near, He beheld the city and wept over it, 42  saying, If you had known, even you, even at least in this day of yours, the things for your peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes. 43  For the days will come on you that your enemies will raise up a rampart to you, and will surround you, and will keep you in on every side. 44  And they will tear you down, and your children within you, and will not leave a stone on a stone because you did not know the time of your visitation. 45  And entering into the temple, He began to cast out those selling and buying in it, 46  saying to them, It is written, “My house is a house of prayer,” but you have made it a den of thieves. 47  And He taught in the temple daily. But the chief priests and the scribes and the chief of the people sought to destroy Him. 48  And they could not find what they might do, for all the people were hanging on Him, listening.

Joh 12:1  Then, six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus was (who had died, whom He raised from the dead). 2  Then they made a supper there for Him. And Martha served, but Lazarus was one of those reclining with Him. 3  Then Mary took a pound of ointment of pure spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped His feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the odor of the ointment. 4  Then said one of His disciples (Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, who was to betray Him) 5  Why was this ointment not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor? 6  He said this, not that he cared for the poor, but because he was a thief and held the moneybag and carried the things put in. 7  Then Jesus said, Let her alone. She has kept this for the day of My burial. 8  For you have the poor with you always; but you do not always have Me. 9  Then a great crowd of the Jews learned that He was there. And they did not come for Jesus’ sake only, but also that they might see Lazarus, whom He had raised from the dead. 10  But the chief priests consulted that they might put Lazarus to death also, 11  because many of the Jews went away and believed on Jesus because of him. 12  On the next day, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, a great crowd who had come to the Feast 13  took branches of palm trees and went out to meet Him. And they cried, Hosanna! “Blessed is the King of Israel who comes in the name of the Lord!” 14  And finding an ass colt, Jesus sat on it; as it is written, 15  “Fear not, daughter of Zion; behold, your King comes sitting on the foal of an ass.” 16  But His disciples did not know these things at the first. But when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things were written of Him, and that they had done these things to Him. 17  Then the crowd witnessed, those who were with Him when He called Lazarus out of the tomb and raised him from the dead. 18  Because of this the crowd also met Him, because they heard that He had done this miracle.

We have learned a lot from these three gospels which tell us of the events surrounding the arrival of Yehshua at the Temple on a colt. John gives us the information that it was six days before Passover when Yehshua arrived at Bethany. John is also the one who will give us a play by play of the day Yehshua was killed in a Chronological order. We have shared this teaching in the newsletter at: https://sightedmoon.com/sightedmoon_2015/the-last-supper/

Passover is on the 15h day of Aviv, with the 14th day being the preparation day. When John tells us Yehshua arrived six days before Passover on the 15th, he is telling us that Yehshua arrived at Bethany as the weekly Sabbath began. John then tells us that on the next day, which was the first day of the week, Yehshua rides the colt into Jerusalem which would be Sunday, the 1st day of the week. This is where we get the name “Palm Sunday,” because of all the palm leaves they laid down for Him to ride on. This is foretold to us in the book of Zechariah:

Zec 9:9  Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem; behold, your King comes to you. He is righteous and victorious, meek and riding on an ass, even on a colt, the son of an ass.

Isa 62:11  Behold, Jehovah has sent a message to the end of the earth, Tell the daughter of Zion, Behold, your salvation comes. Behold, His reward is with Him, and His work before Him.

 

What is going on here?

Does this justify Christians keeping Sunday as the Day of the Lord? This day, as well as “resurrection Sunday” and “Pentecost” are the reasons they use to justify the keeping of Sunday – but lets dig a little deeper.

When we go back to the original Passover we are told in chapter 11 that the Israelites had already plundered the Egyptians before the Preparation Day arrived.

Exo 11:1  And Jehovah said to Moses, I will still bring one plague yet on Pharaoh and on Egypt. Afterward he will let you go from here. When he shall let you go, he shall surely thrust you out from here altogether. 2  Speak now in the ears of the people, and let every man ask from his neighbor, and every woman from her neighbor, articles of silver and jewels of gold. 3  And Jehovah gave the people favor in the sight of the Egyptians. And the man Moses was very great in the land of Egypt, in the sight of Pharaoh’s servants, and in the sight of the people.

After this event we read in Exodus chapter 12 of the taking of a lamb or a goat into the home to be inspected for any blemishes.The reason a goat is also acceptable to use is because it ties in with the day of Atonement. Whichever one is used, it is to be one year old and they are to take it on the 10th day of Aviv.

Exo 12:1  And Jehovah spoke to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying, 2  This month shall be to you the beginning of months. It shall be the first month of the year to you. 3  Speak to all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth of this month they shall take to them each man a lamb for a father’s house, a lamb for a house. 4  And if the household is too little for the lamb, let him and his neighbor next to his house take according to the number of the souls, each one, according to the eating of his mouth, you shall count concerning the lamb. 5  Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year. You shall take from the sheep or from the goats. 6  And you shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month.

Yehshua came to Bethany, which is just a short walk down the road from Jerusalem. I have walked this road before. It can be done in less than a half hour. He arrived in Bethany on the 10th day of Aviv, which was a weekly Sabbath. There, Mary anointed His feet and He ate with Lazarus and the Apostles. The next day, on the 11th of Aviv, He rode the colt down into Jerusalem; down the road leading from the Mount of Olives from Bethpage which is still there to this day.

On the first day of the week Yehshua is riding a colt. This is not the Sabbath or else He would be guilty of breaking it by making the colt work on the Sabbath. This day is now known by the church as “Palm Sunday.” That Sunday, Monday and Tuesday Yehshua taught in the Temple, and the scribes and the chief of the people sought to destroy Him but could not find fault with Him.

During this time Yehshua is, in actuality, the lamb that was taken in to be examined, to be sure the lamb was without blemish. He was found to be “blemish free” according to the standard mentioned above. As such, He was then slated to be killed ON the 14th Day at dusk.

Exo 12:5  Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year; ye shall take it from the sheep, or from the goats; 6  and ye shall keep it unto the fourteenth day of the same month; and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it at dusk.

We need to look at this word here “dusk,” as this is when the lamb was to be killed in preparing for the Passover.

H6153     ???     ?ereb      eh’-reb

From H6150; dusk: –  + day, even (-ing, tide), night.

H6150     ???      ?a?rab      aw-rab’

A primitive root (rather identical with H6148 through the idea of covering with a texture); to grow dusky at sundown: – be darkened, (toward) evening.

So on the 14th day of Aviv, as the sun is going down, the lamb is to be killed. Many a confused Messianic thinks that this means the lamb is to be killed on the 13th as the sun is going down, but that is not what it says. The lamb is killed on the 14th, not the 13th, but on the 14th as the sun sets.

Yehshua is our lamb. He was killed on the 14th after being examined. Pilate also having said he found no fault in Him.

Joh 18:38  Pilate said to Him, What is truth? And when he had said this, he went out again to the Jews and said to them, “I find no fault in Him.”

It is now Wednesday. Christians rightly so believe in “Palm Sunday” BUT… it was now Sunday and He was examined for four days and then killed on “Good Friday”, rising from the grave on “Easter Sunday.” But this is not the case at all.

Again, let us look at the facts:

Yehshua was anointed by Mary and hailed as the King and examined from Saturday until Tuesday. This is now the 13th of Aviv. Yehshua eats the memorial meal with the Apostles Tuesday night which is now the 14th. He journeys across the Kidron to pray and there He is arrested and brought before the four judges: Annas, then Caiaphas, Pilate, Herod and then back to Pilate again – where He is sent to be hung on a tree.

For many of you, some of this is new, so I want to give you a little more here. From Yah’s Watchman we have the following:

At Passover, the lamb that the high priest chose was staked at the temple mount for the public to inspect. All could inspect it for four days before it was offered up for sacrifice. The thousands of lambs would then be sacrificed, starting at around 9:00am. The shofar would sound to announce to the surrounding areas that the last lamb of about 250,000 (over 40,000 per hour) had been slaughtered. This would be about 3:00pm. The blood from the slaughter was in such volume that it shone in the brazen pans as the sunlight reflected on it. This red glow (shine) was evident from the hills a long distance away. The High Priest who had closely inspected the lamb, satisfied it was unblemished (perfect), would say: ”I find no fault in him” (John 18:38, 19:4, 6). The main lamb offering at the temple mount during Passover was made by the High Priest after all the others had been made, about 3:00pm. Starting at about 9:00am the High Priest was required (by tradition) to stand there for about six hours and supervise until all the lambs were sacrificed. It was exactly six hours that Yeshua hung on the stake before He died. After the High Priest offered up the last lamb the High Priest would say “I thirst”. He would then wet his lips with water and proclaim that “it is finished,” meaning the slaughtering of all the lambs for Passover. It was exactly 3:00 pm when Yeshua gave up His Spirit and said His last words: “It is finished.” If you recall, as part of the Jewish wedding tradition the father of the groom to be would declare to his son “it is finished” when the grooms house was complete. He was then able to go get his bride. Does this sound familiar?

Yeshua, too, was the last lamb sacrificed and He would have heard the sound of the shofar blasting as He gave up His life for us. Yeshua wasn’t killed for us, He died for us.  Luke 23:44-45 “It was now about the sixth hour, and darkness fell over the whole land until the ninth hour, because the sun was obscured; and the veil of the temple was torn in two. Just so you can get a good idea of how strong the Temple veil was, keep this in mind. When testing the second veil in front of the Holy of Holies in the Temple, two pair of oxen were attached to either end of the veil. If the oxen could split the veil, it was not made strong enough. Luke 23 was the fulfillment of Isa. 50:3 clothe the heavens with blackness and make sackcloth their covering.”  John 19:30Therefore when Yeshua had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And He bowed His head and gave up His spirit.” The analogy is so beautiful. The more we learn about the Feasts, the more analogies we see between Yeshua and everything associated with Him in the Scriptures. (see also Ps. 22:31)

Yehshua is the Passover lamb that is killed on Preparation day of the 14th and then after the lambs are killed they are eaten at the beginning of the 15th day – the beginning of the 7 day Feast of Unleavened Bread.

Exo 12:5  Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year. You shall take from the sheep or from the goats. 6  And you shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month. And the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening.

Here is that word “evening” again. The lamb is killed as the sun is going down at the end of the 14th.

7  And they shall take some of the blood and strike on the two side posts and upon the upper door post of the houses in which they shall eat it. 8  And they shall eat the flesh in that night, roasted with fire, and unleavened bread. They shall eat it with bitter herbs.

So the sun has now set and the 15th has now begun. The blood from the lambs that were killed are smeared on the doorposts.

 9  Do not eat of it raw, nor boiled at all with water, but roasted with fire, its head with its legs, and with its inward parts. 10  And you shall not let any of it remain until the morning. And that which remains of it until the morning you shall burn with fire. 11  And you shall eat of it this way, with your loins girded, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand. And you shall eat it in a hurry. It is Jehovah’s passover.

We are to eat this in a hurry, ready to flee in preparation for a future flight at Passover. That is why it is important to understand the right day. If you do not, then you will be caught and killed. As we read in verse 12, it is now on the 15th of the month that the Angel PASSED OVER the Israelite homes that had the blood smeared on the doorposts.

12  For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the first-born in the land of Egypt, both man and beast. And I will execute judgments against all the gods of Egypt. I am Jehovah. 13  And the blood shall be a sign to you upon the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you. And the plague shall not be upon you for a destruction when I smite in the land of Egypt. 14  And this day shall be a memorial to you. And you shall keep it as a feast to Jehovah throughout your generations. You shall keep it as a feast by a law forever.

Returning to the Crucifixion week we are only up to the 4th day of the week, Wednesday. A picture is worth a thousand words and the next one is just that. Please examine this closely and notice a few things. The Passover meal which was to be eaten after the lambs were killed on the 14th were then eaten on the 15th as it began. Passover is at the beginning of the 15th day of the month which is also the first day of Unleavened Bread.

Wednesday is Aviv 14 and Thursday, the first Holy Day of Unleavened Bread, is Aviv 15. Then Friday is Aviv 16 and Saturday is Aviv 17; the day when Yehshua rises from the grave late Sabbath (Saturday) afternoon. So Sunday is not “resurrection Sunday.” And by doing this little exercise we can all now easily prove the “lunar Sabbath” theory false as well, because now you can see for yourself that the Saturday Sabbath is the 17 day of Aviv and we also know the women came to the tomb on the first day of the week which was, that year, Sunday Aviv 18.

3 Days & 3 Nights

 

The one and only proof given by Yehshua Himself that He is our Messiah is the “sign of Jonah.”  If Yehshua was not in the grave 3 complete days and 3 complete nights then He is not the promised Messiah. The Christian “Jesus” who died on Good Friday and rose “Easter Sunday” is not the Messiah. Friday evening and Saturday day does not constitute 3 days and 3 nights. This is a blatantly false teaching. It is a lie.

Joh 20:1  The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre.

Yehshua had already risen from the grave before the 1st day of the week; that is before Sunday while it was still dark.

But here comes the next proof that Christians use to justify the keeping of Sunday as the “Lords day.”

Joh 20:11  But Mary stood outside of the tomb, weeping. And as she wept, she stooped down into the tomb. 12  And she saw two angels in white sitting there, the one at the head and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain. 13  And they said to her, Woman, why do you weep? She said to them, Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid Him. 14  And when she had said this, she turned backward and saw Jesus standing, but she did not know that it was Jesus. 15  Jesus said to her, Woman, why do you weep? Whom do you seek? Supposing Him to be the gardener, she said to Him, Sir, if you have carried Him away from here, tell me where you have laid Him and I will take Him away. 16  Jesus said to her, Mary! She turned herself and said to Him, Rabboni! (which is to say, Master!) 17  Jesus said to her, Do not touch Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father. But go to My brothers and say to them, I ascend to My Father and Your Father, and to My God and your God.

Here is the Messiah ALIVE and Mary has just found Him on the first day of the week and it is still dark, but she is NOT allowed to touch Him! Why? Again, we read of this in Lev 23 which tells us how to keep and when to keep special events and Holy Days commanded by Yehovah. On this Sunday, which is the day after the weekly Sabbath, we are told to wave the wave offering, which is barley. It is for this reason we must have ripe barley to begin the new year!

Lev 23:9  And Jehovah spoke to Moses, saying, 10  Speak to the sons of Israel and say to them, When you have come into the land which I give to you, and shall reap the harvest of it, then you shall bring a sheaf of the first fruits of your harvest to the priest. 11  And he shall wave the sheaf before Jehovah to be received for you. On the next day after the sabbath the priest shall wave it. 12  And you shall offer that day when you wave the sheaf, a male lamb without blemish of the first year for a burnt offering to Jehovah. 13  And its food offering shall be two-tenths part of fine flour mixed with oil, a fire offering to Jehovah for a sweet savor. And the drink offering of it shall be of wine, the fourth part of a hin. 14  And you shall eat neither bread, nor parched grain, nor green ears, until the same day, until you have brought an offering to your God. It shall be a statute forever throughout your generations in all your dwellings.

Paul even tells us that Yehshua is this first fruits offering, but even more so, he goes on to say the first fruits of what:  Yehshua had become the first fruits of all of those who had already died up until this time in history.

1Co 15:20  But now Christ has risen from the dead, and has become the first fruit of those who slept. 21  For since death is through man, the resurrection of the dead also is through a Man. 22  For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all will be made alive. 23  But each in his own order: Christ the first-fruit, and afterward they who are Christ’s at His coming;

Paul then, in another letter, quotes Psalm 68 again, speaking of this one event that we are told about in Lev 23.

Psa 68:18  You have gone up on high; You have led captivity captive; You have received gifts for men, yes, for the rebellious also, that You might dwell among them, O Jehovah God.

Eph 4:8  Therefore He says, “When He ascended up on high, He led captivity captive and gave gifts to men.”

The next wave offering is an extension of the first one and it, too, ends up on yet another one of Yehovah’s Feasts from Leviticus ch. 23. That Feast is called in the Hebrew “Shavuot” and is known in the church as “Pentecost Sunday.”

Lev 23:15  And you shall count to you from the next day after the sabbath, from the day that you brought the sheaf of the wave offering; seven Sabbaths shall be complete. 16  To the next day after the seventh sabbath you shall number fifty days. And you shall offer a new food offering to Jehovah. 17  You shall bring out of your homes two wave loaves of two-tenth parts. They shall be of fine flour. They shall be baked with leaven, firstfruits to Jehovah. 18  And you shall offer with the bread seven lambs without blemish of the first year, and one young bull, and two rams. They shall be for a burnt offering to Jehovah, with their food offering, and their drink offerings, a fire offering of sweet savor to Jehovah.

Those of you who keep Sunday as your day of rest and use these events to justify your belief that “Pentecost” falls on Sunday, do err. How? You keep Pentecost based on the laws found in Lev 23 and yet at the same time you do, you also reject the other commands in Lev 23 which explain the plan of Salvation as well as when key events in the future are to take place! But you have continued to reject these important prophecies in Yehovah’s Feast days. Do you not see the hypocrisy of what you are doing? Each and every event Yehshua performed was done according to those Feasts found in Lev 23 and the events around Passover and the other Holy Days. Yet you will not keep Passover or the Holy Days of Unleavened Bread. You “confess Jesus” but do not understand that, by confessing, you admit to having broken the covenant of Mount Sinai, also known as the 10 Commandments. The 4th Commandment is about the weekly Sabbath, the Holy Days of Lev 23 and the Sabbatical Years. You deny these things, yet claim to follow Jesus/Yehshua. The SAME Yehshua who said “If you Love me keep the commandments”

Are you aware that Satan is not making war with those who do not keep the commandments? In Revelation it says:

Rev 12:17  And the dragon was enraged over the woman, and went to make war with the rest of her seed, who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.

If you are not keeping the Commandments, then Satan already has you on his side. If you do not keep the Commandments, you are going to be destroyed by Yehovah.

Deu 7:9  Therefore, know that Jehovah your God, He is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and mercy with them that love Him and keep His commandments, to a thousand generations. 10  And He repays those who hate Him to their face, to destroy them. He will not be slow to repay him who hates Him. He will repay him to his face. 11  And you shall keep the commandments and the statutes and the judgments which I command you today, to do them.

Deu 28:45  And all these curses shall come on you, and shall pursue you and overtake you, until you are destroyed, because you did not listen to the voice of Jehovah your God, to keep His commandments and His statutes which He commanded you.

1Jn 2:3  And by this we know that we have known Him, if we keep His commandments. 4  He who says, I have known Him, and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.

Palm Sunday is found in the Bible as the day Yehshua rode into Jerusalem to begin the examination, as commanded to do for the lamb, leading up to Passover. Ascension Sunday is the day Yehshua went up to heaven and then came back down. He told Mary not to touch Him and later that same day told the Apostles they could touch Him. That Sunday is the wave sheaf day, another commandment from Lev 23.

We count 50 days from this day to arrive at Shavuot (Pentecost) Sunday, yet another commanded day from Lev 23. By using these days to justify the keeping of Sunday as “the Lords day” you condemn yourself before Yehovah! How? Because you are acknowledging these commands from Lev 23 and yet at the same time you ignore the other commands also found in Lev 23. All of them together explain the rest of the plan of Salvation.

Now is the best time to repent of this rebellious behavior and begin to keep these Holy Days of Lev 23 found in your own Bible. They are not Jewish – they are Yehovah’s laws. His Appointed Set-Apart Times when He will do His mighty works. Don’t you think you need to get in sync with the Creator who does not and has not changed?  All of those who refuse to obey Him will be killed, just as He has warned us time and time again.
It is time now to change and begin to do things His way. The clock is ticking!

 


Triennial Tanach Cycle

12/04/2014      Gen 33  1 Sam 22-24   Ps 69   Mark 11-12:17

Reconciliation (Genesis 33)

In the morning, Jacob departed, and after a short journey he caught sight of Esau advancing with 400 men. Jacob had ordered his family, dividing the children among their mothers, placing the concubines first, followed by Leah, with Rachel trailing the caravan. This was done to provide maximum protection for Rachel (possibly pregnant with Benjamin) and Joseph. For if Esau attacked, perhaps he would have had enough of slaughter by the time he reached Rachel. Jacob positioned himself at the head of the caravan, alternately walking and prostrating himself as he approached Esau, thereby showing the highest regard and deepest humility.

The meeting with Esau, however, was anything but hostile. Esau was genuinely glad to see Jacob. Twenty years had significantly moderated his feelings and, given the size of the fighting force accompanying him, it appears that Esau had achieved a good deal of personal success—enough, at least, for him to feel sufficiently blessed. Jacob presented gifts and introduced his family, but wisely begged-off accompanying Esau back to Seir, perhaps anticipating that Esau’s mercurial nature would once again change and he would revert to his former embitterment over the evil Jacob had done to him.

After departing from his encounter with Esau, Jacob came to Shechem (verses 18-19). Here he bought a parcel of land and dug a well. This is apparently the same well at which, long afterward, Yeshua met and talked with a Samaritan woman—the place at this much later time being known as Sychar (John 4:5-6), near today’s city of Nablus in the West Bank. Jacob, renamed Israel, also built an altar to God here, which he named El Elohe Israel, meaning “God, the God of Israel” (Genesis 33:20). Jacob’s “conversion process” is well underway at this point. No longer does he look upon God as simply the God of His fathers. Rather, he sees God as his God—seeming to indicate that he has developed a personal relationship with Him.

 

Murders the Priests of God (1 Samuel 22:6-23; Psalm 52)

Saul has become a coercive, wrathful man full of curses for his son and his soldiers—essentially calling them a bunch of dirty double-crossers (verses 7-8). His paranoia indicates that he is losing his grip on reality. Such paranoia often accompanies demonic influence. His jealous and unreasonable anger toward those in his high command reminds one of the aberrations of Hitler and other corrupt rulers of history.

Doeg the Edomite, seeking to ingratiate himself with Saul, tells the king what he had witnessed—that the high priest Ahimelech had helped David (verses 9; 21:7).

Ahimelech explains that he considered David to be a faithful servant of Saul (verse 14). Nevertheless, Saul orders that Ahimelech be put to death along with all of the priests! It is such a heinous order that, to their credit, Saul’s men refuse to carry it out (verse 17). But Doeg is up to the gruesome task. He puts to the sword 85 priests, their wives, children and animals.

It is interesting to consider here that, although Doeg’s actions were inexcusable, God apparently used him to carry out part of the curse He had placed on Eli (compare 1 Samuel 2:27-36). These priests and their families were probably all Eli’s descendants. Only Abiathar escapes—and he will eventually be deposed by Solomon. God often uses unrighteous men and circumstances in carrying out His will.

Still, Saul proves himself an evil tyrant by this wholesale slaughter. He has done in anger to the many priests of God and their families what he was unwilling to do, at God’s command, to Israel’s enemy King Agag of the Edomite Amalekites (see 1 Samuel 15). And Saul has committed this atrocity by the hand of an Edomite. He is clearly becoming more and more deranged.

But it is David who will feel the burden of responsibility in the matter and suffer the pain of guilt. He laments to Abiathar, the one escapee of Saul’s carnage, “It’s all my fault. I’ve caused the death of all your relatives” (compare verse 22). In Psalm 52 we see how David brings this unbearable burden to God in prayer, asking God’s vengeance on Doeg along with all those who love evil, and to avenge those who love righteousness. David ends his Psalm with the sure faith that God will come through—we have only to wait on Him.

 

David Gathers a Following (1 Samuel 22:1-5; Psalm 142; 1 Chronicles 12:8-18)

David flees from the Philistine city of Gath to a cave near the city of Adullam, “about ten miles southeast of Gath and sixteen miles southwest of Jerusalem” (Nelson Study Bible, note on 1 Samuel 22:1). At first, he is a man who feels all alone with no one to help him. In that forlorn condition, David cries out to God for help and deliverance. It is with these thoughts that David composes Psalm 142.

But God answers David’s prayer. His family and followers soon gather to him (1 Samuel 22:1-2). Indeed, an ever-charismatic, inspiring leader, David puts together a militia of fighting men from the tribes of Gad, Benjamin and Judah with powerful captains. We read in 1 Chronicles 12 about the makeup of this force and how God through the Holy Spirit inspires these men to accept David as their leader (verse 18). In 1 Samuel 22:2, we see that this group of men is not some noble knighthood. Rather, they are malcontents, the dregs of society, men on the run like David himself. And yet, they form a rather formidable force of about 400 men that grows to 600—the cave of Adullam being referred to in 1 Chronicles 12 as a stronghold.

Realizing that his parents are in imminent danger from King Saul, David asks the King of Moab to provide refuge for them, which is granted (verses 3-4). It is to Moab’s advantage that Israel be weakened through an internal power struggle. Furthermore, David’s family has Moabite connections, as his father Jesse’s grandmother or earlier ancestor was Ruth, a Moabitess (Ruth 1:4; 4:21-22; Matthew 1:5).

Jonathan’s Encouragement;

 

David Betrayed Again (1 Samuel 23:15-29; Psalm 54)

Jonathan understands and believes that David is destined to be king of Israel and that nothing can upset God’s plan. Incredibly, Jonathan reveals that, deep down, Saul realizes it too (1 Samuel 23:17). David and Jonathan, so much alike, renew their covenant pledge to one another (verses 18; 18:3; 20:8).

Notice these particular words of Jonathan: “You shall be king over Israel, and I shall be next to you” (23:17). Jonathan, heir to Saul’s throne, is content to take second place beside David. However, this is not to be, as Jonathan will soon die.

Yet who knows what God has in store? We know that David, when resurrected at Christ’s return, will again reign as king over Israel (Ezekiel 37:24). And it appears that Jonathan, by the amazing character he displays and the deep closeness and fellowship he shares with the spiritually-minded David, may himself have been one of the few in the Old Testament period who, like David, received God’s Spirit before it was more generally given in New Testament times. If so, then Jonathan too will be in the first resurrection with David. Then, might he not at last stand next to David, assisting him in ruling over Israel? That would, perhaps, give Jonathan’s words a prophetic sense. Whether or not his words were inspired, this scenario as fulfillment of them remains an intriguing possibility.

But God’s Kingdom is yet far away as we read these verses. David is here betrayed again. First the Keilahites and this time the Ziphites betray him to Saul (verses 19-20). Saul then takes God’s name in vain as before by crediting God with the Ziphites’ evil betrayal of David (verses 7, 21).

Saul’s forces surround David (verses 22-26). Betrayed and seemingly facing imminent death, David goes to God with the words recorded in Psalm 54. In cases like this, when all seems lost, deliverance arises in unseen ways. This time a Philistine invasion diverts Saul’s attention so that David and his men are saved once again. Here is a lesson for us to look to when it seems that things just aren’t going to work out.

 

David Saves Keilah;

In the Shadow of God’s Wings (1 Samuel 23:1-14; Psalm 63)

As we study the life of David, we see some similarities between his life and the life of Yeshua. In chapter 23, we see David as “savior.” Furthermore, David does not act on his own initiative. Instead, he inquires of the Lord whether or not to fight the Philistines, who are assailing the city of Keilah, a city about 15 miles southwest of Jerusalem belonging to Judah (see Joshua 15:44) and just south of David’s stronghold at the cave of Adullam. Likewise, all of Christ’s saving work is subject to and in harmony with the will of God the Father.

Moreover, David renews his inquiry as conditions warrant, the condition in this case being the fear David’s men naturally have in facing such a formidable foe. Though not fearful himself, David is understanding of his men’s fears and goes back to God for their reassurance. Yeshua is the same way with us. He knows our frame (Psalm 103:8-14), sympathizes with our weaknesses (Hebrews 4:15) and intercedes for us with the Father. (The Father, of course, knows our frame too—yet He has appointed Christ, who has actually walked in our shoes, as intercessor.)

David then saves the inhabitants of Keilah (verse 5). But in doing so, he puts himself in jeopardy by giving away his position to Saul. In Christ’s saving work, He divested himself of divine glory to die an ignominious death in human flesh (Philippians 2:5-8). Part of Christ’s saving work, which we must all learn to emulate, was laying down His life for others (compare John 15:13). While David did not literally die for others in this case, it is clear that he was willing to. He certainly endangered himself.

Saul, in 1 Samuel 23, makes a classic mistake in the way he deludes himself and takes God’s name in vain—crediting God for his own evil plan seeming to work out (verse 7). Sadly, people sometimes use God’s name this way to lend credibility to their clearly ungodly wrong motivations or actions. In verses 6 and 9, we find out how David was able to inquire of the Lord—through the use of the ephod, to which was attached the Urim and Thummim. Abiathar had managed to take it when he escaped from the scene of Saul’s massacre (22:20).

With the ephod, David learns very distressing news—the people of Keilah will betray him to Saul. In this world, loyalty is too often only one-sided. David has been loyal to the Keilahites, but they do not reciprocate. How often Yeshua has experienced this with mankind. He has laid down his life for us but even the whole professing believing world, though considering Him Savior, betrays Him time and again through failing to always honor and obey Him.

God saves David by revealing to him that the ungrateful Keilahites are about to betray his presence (verses 10-12). God’s plan is sure. Our prayers are always answered when they are in accordance with His will. David and his men depart to the Wilderness of Ziph (verses 13-14), “about four miles southeast of Hebron [in Judah]. This region had many ravines and caves in which David’s men could hide” (Nelson, note on 23:13-14).

 

Psalm 63

Psalm 63 is introduced as being written by David “when he was in the wilderness of Judah,” so it was likely written around this time. Though still pursued by Saul, things are going somewhat better for David as God continues to give him victories. David remains humble and gives God all the credit. As we read this psalm, we sense that David is more secure, realizing that God is working out His plan. David, enjoying true fellowship with God, knows he has God’s protection: “Because You have been my help, therefore in the shadow of Your wings I will rejoice” (verse 7).

When David mentions “the king” in verse 11, he is referring to himself. Despite present conditions, He knows that he is the rightful king—anointed of God by Samuel. And he knows that God will yet fulfill this purpose in him. As believers, we too can be confident in God’s promise to make us kings and priests in His coming Kingdom (see Revelation 1:6).

 

Prayer for Safety from Enemies; David Spares Saul (Psalm 57; 1 Samuel 24)

David and his men are hiding out in En Gedi, a lush oasis with rugged cliffs, canyons and caves near the Dead Sea. As soon as Saul finishes with the Philistines, he receives word that David is hiding out here and returns to seek him. David and his men are taking refuge in a particular cave (1 Samuel 24:3). What must have been going through David’s mind as he once again appears hopelessly trapped? The answer is Psalm 57. David pleads with God to be protected from his enemies.

In answering David’s plea, God must have been driving the point home to him: “I will protect you and save you—I will always be there for you.” And what an answer it is! While hidden deep within their cave, David and his men are astounded to see Saul choose this particular cave for a restroom. David’s men tell him, “This is the day we’ve been waiting for—God has delivered your enemy for you to do whatever you like” (compare 1 Samuel 24:4). Indeed, David could have easily killed Saul and assumed the royal throne—particularly since it was clear that this must have been from God. But David’s heart isn’t like that. Instead, he evidently sees what God is doing here as a test. David has the faith to realize that since God had established Saul, only God should remove him. David trusted God to handle the problem in His own time and way. Again, David sets an example of godly leadership, resisting bad advice.

However, David can’t resist the temptation to cut a piece from Saul’s robe, demonstrating that he could have easily killed him. Some even see the cutting of the hem as symbolic of taking the emblem of royalty. But David would not be the one to take Saul out. He immediately regrets shaming the king in the eyes of his 3,000 soldiers (verse 5). The men with David would take matters into their own hands so David has to restrain them from killing Saul (verse 7). David explains to his men, and then to Saul, that he will not lift his hand to harm God’s anointed king (verses 6, 10). “Isn’t this proof that I’ve never sought, nor ever will seek, to harm you or take your throne?” David asks Saul (compare verses 8-14).

Verse 15 explains what has been going on since Saul set out to destroy David. God had already delivered David out of Saul’s hand time and again. Indeed, what has just happened in the opportunity to spare Saul is itself an amazing deliverance—as Saul responds gratefully to it, even acknowledging David as the successor to the throne (verse 20). But even with Saul’s public display of remorse and sorrow, David knows that he can’t count on Saul keeping his word, so he continues to keep his distance from the unstable king (verse 22).

 

“Let Me Be Delivered From Those Who Hate Me” (Psalms 69-70)

With Psalm 69 we come to the final group of psalms in Book II (Psalms 69-72). The Zondervan NIV Study Bible comments on these four psalms: “Book II of the Psalter closes with a cluster of three prayers and an attached royal psalm-in perfect balance with its beginning (…Ps 42-45). These three prayers [69-71] were originally all pleas of a king in Israel [stated to be David in the superscriptions of 69 and 70] for deliverance from enemies (apparently internal) determined to do away with him. They all contain certain key words that are found elsewhere in Book II only in Ps 42-44 and in the seven psalms (54-60) placed at the center of the Book. Another link between Ps 69-71 and 42-44 is the placement of a short psalm at the center of each triad. These placements have the appearance of deliberate editorial design. In the former cluster Ps 43 has been artificially separated from 42…while in the latter cluster Ps 70 repeats (with some revision) Ps 40:13-17 and was probably intended to serve as an introduction to Ps 71. The attached prayer for the king [also referred to as the king’s son] (Ps 72) stands in similar relationship to Ps 69-71 as Ps 45 stands to Ps 42-44 and brings Book II to its conclusion. Thus, as with Ps 45, its placement here hints at a Messianic reading of the psalm already by the editors of the Psalter…. It should be further noted that in Ps 65-68 all peoples on earth are drawn into the community of those praising God…. Here in Ps 69 all creation is called to join that chorus (v. 34), and Ps 72 envisions that all peoples and kings will submit to the son of David (vv. 8-11) and be blessed through his reign (v. 17)” (note on Psalms 69-72).

Yet the resounding praise in Psalm 69 does not come until the end. Most of the psalm constitutes an urgent prayer by David for deliverance while lamenting over life-threatening circumstances and enemy persecution. While he meant himself as the sufferer, this was also prophetic. “The authors of the N[ew] T[estament] viewed this cry of a godly sufferer as foreshadowing the sufferings of Christ; no psalm, except Ps 22, is quoted more frequently in the N[ew] T[estament]” (note on Psalm 69). As The Nelson Study Bible states: “This highly messianic psalm presents a remarkable description of the sufferings of Yeshua. Whereas Ps. 22 describes Yeshua’s physical sufferings, Ps. 69 focuses more on His emotional and spiritual suffering. Yet like Ps. 22, this psalm was written by David approximately a thousand years before the events it describes. Both psalms begin with the sufferings of David but have their full meaning in the sufferings of Yeshua. For these reasons, the apostles in the New Testament acknowledge that David was a prophet of God (Acts 2:30)” (note on Psalm 69).

David likens his anguish to sinking in mud and deep water, being swallowed by the ocean deep or the pit-that is, the grave (verses 1-2, 14-15). This imagery was also used in Psalm 40 (see verse 2), another messianic psalm quoted in the New Testament. Psalm 40 is part of the cluster of psalms closing Book I of the Psalter, just as Psalm 69 is part of the cluster of psalms closing Book II. A further link here can be found in the fact that the very next psalm, Psalm 70, is, as was noted above, a reprise of Psalm 40:13-17-and it seems like a quick summary of Psalm 69.

David has sought God so earnestly, through crying and constant prayer, that he says, “My throat is dry; my eyes fail while I wait for my God” (verse 3). While the latter expression may denote in part his eyes being swollen from crying, it probably also has to do with diminished joy and hope. (For more on the metaphor of eyes failing, see the Bible Reading Program comments on Psalm 38.)

David is wearied by his host of enemies who, he says, “hate me without a cause” (69:4). We saw this same description earlier in Psalm 35:19 and will see a similar one in Psalm 109:3-5. As pointed out in the Bible Reading Program comments on Psalm 35, this baseless antagonism was prophetic of Yeshua’s experience-as He specifically declared it to be (John 15:25).

David does confess sins to God, but his point here is to say that God knows his enemies aren’t opposing him for this reason (Psalm 69:5). As in other messianic passages, Yeshua does not share the fault of sin-yet He did suffer for sins (the sins of others, including David’s).

In verse 6, the implication is that others on David’s side are praying for him. David prays that none of these will suffer shame and discouragement as a result of what happens to him. Indeed, Yeshua no doubt prayed for His disciples this way in the time before His trial, crucifixion and death. In David’s case, he was asking for God to rescue Him and thereby demonstrate that those who were praying for Him were in the right. In Yeshua’s case, He would have been asking for His disciples to be helped through what was happening until they were completely vindicated when God truly rescued Yeshua from death by resurrecting Him. We should learn a lesson from the fact that Christ was not preserved from death but was ultimately saved out of it. If God does not deliver us from some circumstance in the here and now, we should not let that discourage us. Indeed, God is always alongside the believer, whether He rescues him now or not.

David further states: “For Your sake I have borne reproach…and the reproaches of those who reproach You have fallen on me” (verses 7, 9). He is speaking here of the life of the righteous in general terms-of which his present circumstance is only an example. The godly suffer when they turn away from the world to obey God. They often go through difficulties not of their own doing: “Yet for your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered” (Psalm 44:22, NIV). As Yeshua told His followers: “Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you” (Matthew 5:11-12)-David having been one of these prophets. Yeshua Himself was, of course, the premier example of being hated for following God.

In describing his devotion to God for which he is persecuted, David says, “Zeal for Your house has eaten me up” (verse 9). David was consumed with wanting to honor God-filled with desire to serve God’s tabernacle and God’s nation and to build God’s temple. Christ’s disciples recognized this passage as applying to Him after He ran the moneychangers out of the temple of His day-evidently already having understood Psalm 69 to be a messianic psalm (see John 2:17). God’s people today should have this same zeal for His house, which at this time is His People (see 1 Timothy 3:15).

David was in sore grief, which in itself became something for others to ridicule (verses 10-11). He was scorned by many at all levels of society-from “those who sit in the gate” (city elders) to drunk commoners singing mocking bar songs about him in the taverns (verse 12). Yeshua also faced such contempt.

In verses 13-18 David returns to pleading with God to rescue him-“speedily,” he asks (verse 17), trusting that he is praying “in the acceptable time” (verse 13)-also translated “in the time of your favor” (NIV). Considering the messianic nature of this psalm, it is interesting that God will later declare that He has heard His Servant (representative of both the Messiah and Israel) “in an acceptable time” (Isaiah 49:8; see also 2 Corinthians 6:2).

David can’t find anyone to comfort him (Psalm 69:20). Consider that Yeshua’s disciples abandoned Him during His trial and suffering so that the only ones to turn to for pity were His adversaries and other onlookers, and they gave him none. David further states that those from whom he sought comfort instead gave him “gall” (denoting a bitter substance) to eat and, for his thirst (compare verse 3), vinegar to drink (verse 21). David was here employing “vivid metaphors for the bitter scorn they made him eat and drink when his whole being craved the nourishment of refreshment and comfort” (Zondervan, note on verse 21). Yet this was prophetic of what Christ experienced, both figurativeely and literally (see Matthew 27:34, 48; Mark 15:23, 36; Luke 23:36; John 19:28-29).

For their mistreatment of him, amounting to defiance of God, David calls on God to curse his enemies with punishment (Psalm 69:22-28). Verse 25, combined with Psalm 109:8, is understood in the New Testament as prophetic of Judas Iscariot no longer having a place among the apostles following his treachery and suicide (see Acts 1:20). Indeed, we should understand David’s words here more as a prophecy of judgment on God’s enemies than as a model to follow in our own prayers. Yeshua gave us the pattern of what to say during persecution when He was being executed: “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do” (Luke 23:34). We are to pray for our enemies (Matthew 5:44)-the best thing we can pray for being that they will repent.

Of course, there are circumstances where it is proper to seek God’s intervention and justice against those who refuse to repent. This, however, does not mean wishing people out of God’s Kingdom forever. David’s prayer about blotting his enemies out of the book of life and that they not be written with the righteous (Psalm 69:28) might seem to imply this-leaving them utterly hopeless. Yet we should consider that what David was really saying here is that God would not accept these enemies as they were at that time-giving them eternal life in spite of the evil they had done. And in fact God does not do this. None of the enemies David speaks of here may ever receive eternal life in God’s family-until, that is, their repentance, acceptance of Christ’s atonement for their sin and their transformation into wholly new people. The people they were will never be in the Kingdom of God. (Even David’s old self-which, frankly, was his greatest enemy-will not be in God’s Kingdom. And so it is with all of us today.) Indeed, knowing David’s character as a man after God’s own heart, we can be confident that if one of those of whom he spoke here sincerely repented and begged him for mercy, he would have shown it-making it clear that he did not mean that they should never be able to repent.

David’s statement in verse 29, “But I am poor and sorrowful,” again calls to mind Psalm 40: “But I am poor and needy” (verse 17), which is repeated in Psalm 70:5. As before, “poor” in this context does not mean financially indigent but, rather, broken in spirit (humbled) and in great need of help-as Yeshua also was in His fatal circumstances.

Yet David is confident of God’s intervention, declaring that he will praise and thank God (69:30)-stating that the proper attitude is what God desires more than the ritualism of the sacrificial system (verse 31), as David also stated in Psalm 40 (verse 6) and in other psalms.

The humble seeking God on his behalf will then rejoice (69:32-33)-just as Christ’s followers would later rejoice after His resurrection (and just as all His followers today will rejoice after His return in power and glory to rule all nations).

Verse 34, as pointed out earlier, calls on all creation to join in praising God. And verses 35-36 speak of the salvation and restoration of Zion and Judah. David may have been referring to present circumstances-perhaps to Jerusalem and outlying towns taken over by enemies during Absalom’s or Sheba’s rebellion afterward reverting to David and those loyal to him. Yet some contend that David did not write these words-seeing the specific reference to Judah and the need to rebuild its cities (in a literal sense) as an indication that verses 34-36 were added to David’s psalm by a later king in Jerusalem, such as Hezekiah at the time of Assyria’s invasion. That could be. In any case, the words here likely refer not just to ancient Zion, but prophetically to spiritual Zion today (God’s People) and to Jerusalem at the time Christ returns to establish God’s Kingdom.

 

Mark 11 – 12:17

It is near the Passover and Yeshua commands two of His taught ones to go and find a colt tied, on which no one has sat and to loosen it and bring it.

As Yeshua rode on the back of the colt, people praised Him, laid down branches for Him, and laid down garments for Him in His path into Jerusalem.

The next day He and the twelve travel to Beyth Anyah and He was hungry. He saw a fig tree and went to see about picking some figs to eat them. But the tree had no figs, only leaves for it was not the season for figs. Yeshua cursed the fig tree such that no one should ever eat figs from it again.

Yeshua enters into the Set apart Place and overturns the money-changers there and prohibits anyone entering who was carrying a vessel to enter in. He accused them of turning His Father’s House into a “den of robbers.”

The scribes and Pharisees plotted on how they would destroy Him because the people were being moved greatly by His truth and authority.

Yeshua teaches on prayer and on forgiveness. As they traveled again to Jerusalem and into the Set apart place, He was met by the Priests and Scribes and they asked Him by what authority was it that He was teaching as He was and doing the things He was doing in the Temple. There was a temple tax and other things one had to do to be able to have recognized authority in the temple during those times. Yeshua refused to answer them plainly, for they would not have believed anyway.

Chapter 12

Parable of the Farmer who sent out servants to gather the increase of his land, but each time a servant was sent out… the workers would seize him, beat him, and send him away empty handed. Two servants were done this way until the man sent his own son thinking surely the workers would honor the son. But in fact, the workers murdered his son in order to steal his inheritance.

Testing Yeshua yet again, the Pharisees and Herodians asked Yeshua about paying taxes. They were trying to catch Him in some sort of self incrimination or imposed sedition of some sort. He simply said, “Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to Elohim what is Elohim’s.” And the people marveled.

 

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