Miketz

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Portion Miketz (מקץ “From the End”)
Date 16 Dec 2017 / 28 Kislev 5778
Torah Genesis 41:1-44:17
Haftarah Zechariah 2:14-4:7
Brit Hadasha Romans 10:1-13; 1 Corinthians 2:1-5

Miketz (מקץ | “From the End”)

Torah

Day 1 (Genesis 41:1-14)

Genesis 41:1 (TLV) 1 Now at the end of two whole years, Pharaoh was dreaming. Behold, there he was standing by the Nile.

  • Ecclesiastes 3:1 (TLV) 3 For everything there is a season and a time for every activity under heaven:
Season
H2165 – זְמָן zᵉmân, zem-awn’; from H2163; an appointed occasion:—season, time.

Genesis 41:14 (TLV) 14 Then Pharaoh sent and called for Joseph. So they quickly fetched him from the pit. He shaved, changed his clothes, and came to Pharaoh.

changed
H2498 – חָלַף châlaph, khaw-laf’

(Piel) to cause to pass, change
clothes
H8071 – שִׂמְלָה simlâh, sim-law’; perhaps by permutation for the feminine of H5566 (through the idea of a cover assuming the shape of the object beneath); a dress, especially a mantle:—apparel, cloth(-es, -ing), garment, raiment. Compare H8008.
  • Colossians 3:12-14 (TLV) 12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves in tender compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience— 13 bearing with one another and forgiving each other, if anyone has a grievance against another. Just as the Lord pardoned you, so also you must pardon others. 14 But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfect harmony.
pit
H953 – בּוֹר bôwr, bore; from H952 (in the sense of H877); a pit hole (especially one used as a cistern or a prison):—cistern, dungeon, fountain, pit, well.

H952 – בּוּר bûwr, boor; a primitive root; to bore, i.e. (figuratively) examine:—declare.
  1. (Qal) to make clear, clear up, explain, prove
  1. (CLBL) to bore into
  2. (TWOT) to declare
  • James 4:10 (TLV) 10 Humble yourselves in the sight of Adonai, and He shall lift you up.
  • 1 Peter 5:6 (TLV) 6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, so that He may lift you up at the appropriate time.

Day 2 (Genesis 41:15-38)

Genesis 41:16 (TLV) Then Joseph answered Pharaoh saying, “It’s not within me. God will answer with shalom for Pharaoh.”

It’s not within me
Gesenius’ Hebrew-Chaldee Lexicon: “(It is) not I; God will answer as to the welfare of Pharaoh.”

Genesis 41:32 (TLV) “Now as for repeating Pharaoh’s dream twice: it’s because the matter has been settled by God and God will quickly make it happen.

settled – First usage here (Law of First Mention)
H3559 (Niphal) – כּוּן kûwn, koon; a primitive root; properly, to be erect (i.e. stand perpendicular); hence (causatively) to set up, in a great variety of applications, whether literal (establish, fix, prepare, apply), or figurative (appoint, render sure, proper or prosperous):—certain(-ty), confirm, direct, faithfulness, fashion, fasten, firm, be fitted, be fixed, frame, be meet, ordain, order, perfect, (make) preparation, prepare (self), provide, make provision, (be, make) ready, right, set (aright, fast, forth), be stable, (e-) stablish, stand, tarry, × very deed.
  1. (Niphal)
    1. to be set up, be established, be fixed
      1. to be firmly established
      2. to be established, be stable, be secure, be enduring
      3. to be fixed, be securely determined
    2. to be directed aright, be fixed aright, be steadfast (moral sense)
    3. to prepare, be ready
    4. to be prepared, be arranged, be settled

Day 3 (Genesis 41:39-52)

Genesis 41:39 (TLV) Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Since God has made all this known to you, there is no one as discerning and wise as you.

  • Psalm 111:10 (TLV) 10 The fear of Adonai is the beginning of wisdom. All who follow His precepts have good understanding. His praise endures forever!
  • Proverbs 1:7 (TLV) 7 The fear of Adonai is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.
  • Proverbs 9:10 (TLV) 10 The fear of Adonai is the beginning of wisdom and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
  • Proverbs 15:33 (TLV) 33 The fear of Adonai is the discipline of wisdom, and humility comes before honor.
  • Job 28:28 (TLV) 28 And He said to mankind, ‘The fear of the Lord—that is wisdom, and to turn away from evil is understanding.”’
  • James 1:5 (TLV) 5 But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all without hesitation and without reproach; and it will be given to him.

Wisdom prepares. Wisdom buys oil while there is still time (daylight). Wisdom is ready for the Master at all times, and in all circumstances. Wisdom listens; Shema Israel, hearing with the intent of doing.

  • Matthew 25:1-13 (TLV) 25 “Then the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2 Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. 3 For when the foolish ones took their lamps, they took no oil with them. 4 But the wise ones took oil in jars along with their lamps. 5 “Now while the bridegroom was taking a long time, they all got drowsy and started falling asleep. 6 But in the middle of the night there was a shout, ‘Look, the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’ 7 Then all those virgins got up and trimmed their lamps. 8 Now the foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, since our lamps are going out.’ 9 But the wise ones replied, ‘No, there won’t be enough for us and for you. Instead, go to those who sell, and buy some for yourselves.’ 10 “But while they were going off to buy, the bridegroom came. And those who were ready went in with him to the wedding feast, and the door was shut. 11 Now later, the other virgins came, saying, ‘Sir, Sir, open up for us!’ 12 “But he replied, ‘Amen, I tell you, I do not know you.’ 13 Therefore stay alert, for you know neither the day nor the hour.”
  • Amos 3:7 (TLV) 7 For the Lord Adonai, will do nothing, unless He has revealed His counsel to His servants the prophets.
  • John 15:15 (TLV) 15 “I am no longer calling you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing. Now I have called you friends, because everything I have heard from My Father I have made known to you.

Day 4 (Genesis 41:53-42:18)

Day 5 (Genesis 42:19-43:15)

  • Galatians 6:6-10 (TLV) 6 Now let the one who is taught the word share all good things with his teacher. 7 Do not be deceived—God is not mocked. For whatever a man sows, that he also shall reap. 8 For the one who sows in the flesh will reap corruption from the flesh. But the one who sows in the Ruach will reap from the Ruach eternal life. 9 So let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we don’t give up. 10 Therefore, whenever we have an opportunity, let us do good toward all—especially those who belong to the household of faith.
  • Job 4:8 (TLV) 8 As I have seen, those who plow iniquity and sow harm, reap them.
  • Proverbs 3:27 (TLV) 27 Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act.
  • Genesis 42:27-28 (TLV) 27 As one of them opened his sack to give fodder to his donkey at the lodge, he saw his money—behold, it was in the opening of his bag. 28 So he said to his brothers, “My money has been returned! Look, it’s in my bag.” Their hearts sank. Trembling, each one turned to his brother and said, “What is this that God has done to us?”
  • Philippians 2:12 (TLV) 12 Therefore, my loved ones, just as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now even more in my absence—work out your salvation with fear and trembling.

We know what we have done, and in the presence of our King we are uncovered. In His Holiness our sin is revealed, but in His Mercy He provides for us. In our nakedness He cloths us, in our filth He washes us. His bread is given, and we tremble. He returns our treasure, and we fear. Nothing do we deserve, and yet everything is given.

  • Revelation 15:3-4 (TLV) 3 And they are singing the song of Moses the servant of God and the song of the Lamb, saying,
“Great and wonderful are Your deeds,

Adonai Elohei-Tzva’ot!
Just and true are Your ways,

O King of the nations!
4 Who shall not fear and glorify Your name, O Lord?

For You alone are Holy.
All the nations shall come and worship before You,

for Your righteous acts have been revealed!”
  • Jeremiah 5:22 (TLV)
22 Do you not fear Me?’ says Adonai.

‘Do you not tremble in My presence?’
For I made the sand a boundary of the sea,

an everlasting decree that cannot be broken.
Though the waves roll, they cannot prevail.
Though they roar, they cannot cross it.

In Hebrew, yirah (Jon 1:16, Ps 90:11), yare (above, Mal 3:16) and pachad (Job 3:25a, Ps 119:120) mean reverent fear, terror, or dread, normally translated simply fear. There are other words in Hebrew for mere respect, reverence, or honor, such as kabad (Ex 20:12). In Greek fear/terror is phobo (Mat 28:4,1 Pet 2:17c), where reverence or honor is timao (1 Pet 2:17a/d).

With this distinction in both Hebrew and Greek, some still assert that “fear merely means reverence.” As if God through His Spirit could not select the right word hundreds of times! Some would prefer to believe this than to understand that God really ought to be feared.

Why is it we will not accept the fear of God? Why do we try to “explain away” the fear of God in Scripture? What is it in our unconscious minds that creeps up when the Spirit leads us into the revelation of the fear of God?[1]

  • Joshua 24:14 (TLV) 14 “Now therefore, fear Adonai and worship Him in sincerity and in truth. Get rid of the gods that your fathers had worshipped beyond the River and in Egypt, and worship Adonai.
  • Isaiah 50:10 (TLV) 10 Who among you fears Adonai?
Who hears the voice of His servant?
Who walks in darkness and has no light?
Let him trust in the Name of Adonai
and lean on his God.
  • Jeremiah 2:19 (TLV) 19 Your own wickedness will rebuke you
and your backslidings will chide you.
Know then and see
how bad and bitter it is for you
to forsake Adonai your God.
Nor is fear of Me in you.”

It is a declaration of the Lord Adonai-Tzva’ot.

  • Malachi 3:5 (TLV) 5 “Then I will draw near to you in judgment,
and I will be a swift witness against sorcerers, adulterers, :perjurers

those who extort a worker’s wage,
or oppress the widow or an orphan,
those who mislead a stranger.
They do not fear Me,”
says Adonai-Tzva’ot.
  • Psalm 34:10 (TLV)10 Fear Adonai, His kedoshim,
For those who fear Him lack nothing.
  • Ecclesiastes 8:12 (TLV) 12 Even though a sinner might commit a hundred crimes and prolong his days, yet I know that it will be well for those who fear God, for those who revere Him.

  • Ecclesiastes 12:13 (TLV) 13 A final word, when all has been heard:
Fear God and keep His mitzvot!
For this applies to all mankind.

Day 6 (Genesis 43:16-43:29)

Genesis 43:23-24 (TLV)23 “Be at peace,” he replied. “Don’t be afraid. Your God and the God of your father has given you treasure in your sacks. Your money had come to me.” Then he brought Simeon out to them, 24 and the man brought the men into Joseph’s house, gave them water and they washed their feet. He also provided fodder for their donkeys.

  • John 13:4-17 (TLV)4 So He gets up from the meal and lays aside His outer garment; and taking a towel, He wrapped it around His waist. 5 Then He pours water into a basin. He began to wash the disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel wrapped around Him. 6 Then He comes to Simon Peter, who says to Him, “Master, are You going to wash my feet?” 7 Yeshua responded, “You don’t know what I am doing now, but you will understand after these things.” 8 Peter said to Him, “You shall never wash my feet!” Yeshua answered him, “If I don’t wash you, you have no part with Me.” 9 Simon Peter said to Him, “Master, then not only my feet, but also my hands and my head!” 10 Yeshua said to him, “He who has bathed has no need to wash, except the feet; he is completely clean. And you all are clean, though not every one.” 11 He knew who was betraying Him; for this reason, He said, “Not all of you are clean.” 12 So after He had washed their feet and put His robe back on and reclined again, He said to them, “Do you understand what I have done for you? 13 You call Me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Master’—and rightly you say, for I am. 14 So if I, your Master and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash each other’s feet. 15 I have given you an example—you should do for each other what I have done for you. 16 “Amen, amen I tell you, a servant isn’t greater than his master, and the one who is sent isn’t greater than the one who sent him. 17 If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them!”

Genesis 43:25-34 (TLV) 25 So they prepared the offering for Joseph’s coming at noon, for they had heard that they were going to eat there. 26 When Joseph came home, they brought him the offering in their hand into the house, and they bowed down to the ground to him. 27 Then he asked if they were well, and said, “Is he well—your elderly father that you told me about? Is he still alive?” 28 “Your servant, our father, is well,” they said. “He’s still alive.” Then they knelt and bowed down. 29 Then he lifted his eyes and saw his brother Benjamin, his mother’s son, and said, “Is this your youngest brother whom you mentioned to me?” Then he said, “May God be gracious to you, my son.” 30 Then Joseph hurried out because his compassion grew warm and tender toward his brother so that he wanted to cry. So he went into an inner room and wept there. 31 Then he washed his face, came out, and controlled himself. “Serve the food,” he said. 32 So they served him by himself, them by themselves, and the Egyptians who were eating with him by themselves (for Egyptians could not eat with the Hebrews because it was an abomination to Egyptians). 33 They were seated before him, the firstborn according to his birthright and the youngest according to his youth. The men looked at each other in astonishment. 34 Then portions were brought to them from before him—and Benjamin’s portion was five times larger than any of their portions. Yet they drank and made merry with him.

  • Matthew 22:1-14 (TLV) 22 Yeshua answered and spoke to them again in parables, saying, 2 “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who made a wedding feast for his son. 3 He sent out his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding feast, but they wouldn’t come. 4 Again he sent out other servants, saying, ‘Tell those who were invited, “Look, I’ve prepared my meal. My oxen and fattened cattle are killed, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding feast!”’ 5 “But paying no attention, they went away, one to his own farm, another to his business. 6 And the rest grabbed his servants, humiliated them, and killed them. 7 Now the king became furious! Sending his troops, he destroyed those murderers and set fire to their city. 8 “Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding feast is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy. 9 So go into the highways and byways, and invite everyone you find to the wedding feast.’ 10 And those servants went out into the highways and gathered together all they found, both bad and good; and the wedding was filled with guests. 11 “But when the king came in to look over the guests, he saw a man there who wasn’t dressed in wedding clothes. 12 ‘Friend,’ he said to him, ‘how did you get in here without wedding clothes?’ But the man was silent. 13 Then the king said to his servants, ‘Tie him up hand and foot, and throw him into the outer darkness; in that place will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ 14 For many are called, but few are chosen.”
  • Revelation 19:6-9 (TLV) 6 Then I heard something like the voice of a great multitude—like the roar of rushing waters or like the rumbling of powerful thunder—saying,
“Halleluyah!
For Adonai Elohei-Tzva’ot reigns!
7 Let us rejoice and be glad

and give the glory to Him!
For the wedding of the Lamb has come,

and His bride has made herself ready,
8 She was given fine linen to wear, bright and clean!
For the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the kedoshim.”
9 Then the angel tells me, “Write: How fortunate are those who have been invited to the wedding banquet of the Lamb!” He also tells me, “These are the true words of God.”
  • Exodus 19:14-25 (TLV) 14 Then Moses went down from the mountain to the people, consecrated them, and then, they washed their clothing. 15 He said to the people, “Be ready for the third day. Do not draw near your wives.” 16 In the morning of the third day, there was thundering[a] and lightning, a thick cloud on the mountain, and the blast of an exceedingly loud shofar. All the people in the camp trembled. 17 Then Moses brought the people out of the camp to meet God, and they stood at the lowest part of the mountain. 18 Now the entire Mount Sinai was in smoke, because Adonai had descended upon it in fire. The smoke ascended like the smoke of a furnace. The whole mountain quaked greatly. 19 When the sound of the shofar grew louder and louder, Moses spoke, and God answered him with a thunderous sound. 20 Then Adonai came down onto Mount Sinai, to the top of the mountain. Adonai called Moses to the top of the mountain, so Moses went up. 21 Then Adonai said to Moses, “Go down and warn the people, lest they break through to see Adonai, and many of them die. 22 Even the kohanim who come near to Adonai must consecrate themselves, so that Adonai does not break out against them.” 23 Moses said to Adonai, “The people cannot come up to Mount Sinai, for You are the One who warned us, saying, ‘Set boundaries around the mountain, and consecrate it.’” 24 Then Adonai said to him, “Go down. You are to come back up, you and Aaron with you. But do not let the kohanim and the people break through to come up to Adonai, or He will break out against them.” 25 So Moses went down to the people and told them.
  • Hebrews 12:18-29 (TLV) 18 For you have not come to a mountain that can be touched, and to a blazing fire, and to darkness and gloom and storm, 19 and to the blast of a shofar and a voice whose words made those who heard it beg that not another word be spoken to them. 20 For they could not bear what was commanded: “If even an animal touches the mountain, it shall be stoned.” 21 So terrifying was the sight that Moses said, “I am quaking with fear.” 22 But you have come to Mount Zion—to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to myriads of angels, a joyous gathering, 23 and to the assembly of the firstborn who are written in a scroll in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous ones made perfect, 24 and to Yeshua, the Mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks of something better than the blood of Abel. 25 See to it that you do not refuse the One who is speaking! For if they did not escape when they refused the One who was warning them on earth, much less will we escape if we reject the One who warns us from heaven. 26 His voice shook the earth then, but now He has promised, saying, “Yet once more I will shake not only the earth, but also the heavens.” 27 Now this phrase, “Yet once more,” shows the removal of those things that are shaken—that is, created things—so that what cannot be shaken may remain. 28 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude—through this we may offer worship in a manner pleasing to God, with reverence and awe. 29 For our God is a consuming fire.
  • Isaiah 54:10 (TLV)
10 Though the mountains depart and the hills be shaken,
My love will not depart from you,
nor will My covenant of peace be shaken,
says Adonai who has compassion on you.
  • Jeremiah 31:30 (TLV)
30 “Behold, days are coming”
—it is a declaration of Adonai—
“when I will make a new covenant
with the house of Israel
and with the house of Judah—
  • 2 Corinthians 3:1-11 (TLV) 3 Are we beginning to commend ourselves again? Or do we need, as some do, letters of recommendation to you or from you? 2 You are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everyone. 3 It is clear that you are a letter from Messiah delivered by us—written not with ink but with the Ruach of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts. 4 Such is the confidence we have through Messiah toward God— 5 not that we are competent in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our competence is from God. 6 He also made us competent as servants of a new covenant—not of the letter, but of the Ruach. For the letter kills, but the Ruach gives life. 7 Now if the ministry of death, carved in letters on stone, came with such glory that Bnei-Yisrael could not look intently upon Moses’ face because of its glory—although it was passing away— 8 how will the ministry of the Ruach not be even more glorious? 9 For if there is glory in the ministry of condemnation, the ministry of righteousness overflows even more in glory. 10 For even what was glorious is not glorious in comparison to the glory that surpasses it. 11 For if what is passing away is glorious, much more what remains is glorious.
  • Hebrews 9:15 (TLV) 15 For this reason He is the mediator of a new covenant [brit hadashah], in order that those called may receive the promised eternal inheritance—since a death has taken place that redeems them from violations under the first covenant.
  • Isaiah 28:10 (TLV)
10 For it must be ‘precept upon precept,
precept upon precept,
line upon line, line upon line,
here a little, there a little.’

Day 7 (Genesis 43:30-44:17)

Genesis 44:1-17 (TLV)

Joseph Tests His Brothers

44 Then he commanded the one over his household saying, “Fill the men’s sacks with as much food as they are able to carry and put money in the opening of each man’s sack. 2 Put my cup, the silver cup, in the opening of the sack of the youngest along with his grain money.” So he did as Joseph told him. 3 When the morning dawned, the men were sent off, they and their donkeys. 4 They left the city and did not get far, when Joseph said to the one over his household, “Get up, go after the men. When you catch up to them, say to them, “Why have you repaid evil for good? 5 Isn’t this the one from which my lord drinks? He even uses it especially to discern by divination. What you’ve done is evil!” 6 So he caught up to them and spoke these words to them. 7 They said to him, “Why does my lord say such things? Far be it from your servants to do such a thing as this. 8 Look, the money we found in the opening of our bags, we brought back to you from the land of Canaan. So how could we steal silver or gold from your lord’s house? 9 Whoever among your servants is found with it, let him die! And we, we’ll also be my lord’s slaves.” 10 “Even now let it be according to your words,” he said. “The one with whom it is found shall be my slave. But the rest of you shall be innocent.” 11 Then each man quickly lowered his sack to the ground and each man opened his sack. 12 He searched them beginning with the eldest and finishing with the youngest, and the cup was found in Benjamin’s sack. 13 Then they tore their clothing, and each one loaded up his donkey and they returned to the city. 14 When Judah and his brothers entered Joseph’s house, he was still there. They fell to the ground before him. 15 “What’s this deed you’ve done?” Joseph said to them, “Didn’t you know that a man like me can discern by divination?” 16 Then Judah said, “What can we say to my lord? What can we speak? How can we justify ourselves? God has exposed your servants’ guilt. We are now my lord’s slaves—both we as well as the one in whose hand the cup was found.” 17 But he said, “Far be it from me to do this. The one in whose hand the cup was found—he will be my slave. But you, go up to your father in peace.”

  • Exodus 20:20 (TLV) 20 So Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid, for God has come to test you, so that His fear may be in you, so that you do not sin.”
  • Deuteronomy 8:2 (TLV) 2 You are to remember all the way that Adonai your God has led you these 40 years in the wilderness—in order to humble you, to test you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His mitzvot or not.
  • Deuteronomy 8:11-18 (TLV) 11 “Take care that you do not forget Adonai your God by not keeping His mitzvot, ordinances and statutes that I am commanding you today. 12 Otherwise, when you have eaten and are full and have built good houses and lived in them, 13 and when your herds and flocks multiply, and silver and gold multiplies for you and all that is yours multiplies, 14 then your heart will be haughty and you will forget Adonai your God. He bought you out from the land of Egypt, from the house of slavery. 15 He led you through the great and terrible wilderness—fiery serpents and scorpions, and thirsty ground where there was no water. He brought forth water for you from the flinty rock. 16 He fed you in the wilderness with manna that your fathers did not know, in order to afflict you and test you, to do you good in the end. 17 You may say in your heart, ‘My power and the might of my hand has made me this wealth.’ 18 Rather you are to remember Adonai your God, for it is He who gives you power to make wealth, in order to establish His covenant that He swore to your fathers—as it is this day.
  • Deuteronomy 13:4 (TLV) 4 You must not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams—for Adonai your God is testing you, to find out whether you love Adonai your God with all your heart and with all your soul.
  • 2 Peter 2:1-2 (TLV) 2 But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will also be false teachers among you. They will secretly bring in destructive heresies. They will even deny the Master who bought them—bringing swift destruction upon themselves. 2 Many will follow their immoral ways, and as a result the way of the truth will be maligned.
  • Judges 3:1-8 (TLV) 3 Now these are the nations that Adonai left, to test all Israel who had not experienced any of the wars of Canaan. 2 It was only in order that the generations of Bnei-Yisrael might learn from war, which they had not experienced before. 3 These nations included the five Philistine lords, and all the Canaanites, Zidonians and the Hivites living in the hill country of Lebanon from Mount Baal-hermon to the entrance of Hamath. 4 They were for testing Israel, to know whether they would obey the mitzvot of Adonai, which He had commanded their fathers by Moses’ hand. 5 But Bnei-Yisrael settled among the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites and the Jebusites, 6 and took their daughters for themselves as wives, gave their own daughters to their sons, and worshipped their gods. 7 Bnei-Yisrael did what was evil in Adonai’s eyes, forgot Adonai their God and worshipped the Baalim and the Asherahs. 8 So Adonai’s anger burned against Israel, and He sold them over into the hand of King Cushan-rishathaim of Aram-naharaim, and Bnei-Yisrael served Cushan-rishathaim for eight years.
  • Jeremiah 9:6-8 (TLV)
6 Therefore thus says Adonai-Tzva’ot:

“I am about to refine them and test them.
For what else can I do

for the daughter of My people?
7Their tongue is a deadly arrow,

speaking deceit.
With his mouth
each says shalom to his neighbor,
while inwardly setting a trap for him.
8 For such things shall I not punish them?”
It is a declaration of Adonai.

“Should I not avenge Myself

on such a nation as this?”
  • Jeremiah 20:12 (TLV)
12 Yet, Adonai–Tzva’ot—testing the righteous,
seeing the mind and the heart,
let me see Your vengeance on them!
For to You have I presented my case.
  • Zechariah 13:9 (TLV)
9 This third I will bring through the fire.

I will refine them as silver is refined,
and will test them as gold is tested.
They will call on My Name

and I will answer them.
I will say, ‘They are My people,’
and they will answer, ‘Adonai is my God.’
  • Psalm 17:3 (TLV)
3 You have examined my heart.
You searched me at night.
Though You test me, You find nothing.
I resolved that my mouth will not sin.
  • Psalm 26:2 (TLV)
2 Probe me, Adonai, and test me,
refine my mind and my heart.
  • Psalm 66:10 (TLV)
10 For You have tested us, O God—
You have purified us, as silver is refined.
  • Proverbs 17:3 (TLV)
3 A crucible is for silver
and a furnace is for gold,
but Adonai tests the heart.
  • Lamentations 3:40 (TLV)
40 Let us examine and test our ways,

and let us return to Adonai.
  • 2 Chronicles 32:31 (TLV) 31 But when the ambassadors of the princes of Babylon were sent to him to inquire about the wonder that had happened in the land, God left him alone to test him, to know all that was in his heart.
  • John 6:5-6 (TLV) 5 Lifting up His eyes and seeing a large crowd coming to Him, Yeshua said to Philip, “Where will we buy bread so these may eat?” 6 Now Yeshua was saying this to test him, for He knew what He was about to do.
  • 1 Corinthians 3:10-15 (TLV) 10 According to the grace of God which was given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and another builds on it. But let each consider carefully how he builds on it. 11 For no one can lay any other foundation than what is already laid[a]—which is Yeshua the Messiah. 12 Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, 13 each one’s work will become clear. For the Day will show it, because it is to be revealed by fire; and the fire itself will test each one’s work—what sort it is. 14 If anyone’s work built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward. 15 If anyone’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss—he himself will be saved, but as through fire.
  • 2 Corinthians 8:1-4 (TLV) Eagerness to Give 8 Now we make known to you, brothers and sisters, the grace God has given to Messiah’s communities in Macedonia— 2 that in much testing by affliction, the abundance of their joy and their extreme poverty overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part. 3 For I testify that according to their ability, and even beyond their ability, they gave of their own free will— 4 begging us with much urging for the favor of sharing in the relief of the kedoshim.
  • 2 Corinthians 13:5 (TLV) 5 Test yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Examine yourselves! Or don’t you know yourselves—that Messiah Yeshua is in you? Unless of course you failed the test.
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:12-23 (TLV) Instructions for Community Life 12 Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to recognize those who work hard among you and are over you in the Lord and correct[a] you, 13 and to esteem them beyond all measure in love because of their work. Keep shalom among yourselves. 14 We urge you, brothers and sisters, correct the unruly, comfort the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with everyone. 15 See that no one repays evil for evil to anyone, but always pursue what is good for one another and for all.
16 Rejoice always,
17 pray constantly,
18 in everything give thanks;
for this is God’s will for you in Messiah Yeshua.
19 Do not quench the Spirit,
20 do not despise prophetic messages,
21 but test all things, hold fast to what is good,
22 keep away from every kind of evil.
23 Now may the God of shalom Himself make you completely holy; and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept complete, blameless at the coming of our Lord Yeshua the Messiah.
  • 1 Peter 4:12-19 (TLV) 12 Loved ones, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal taking place among you to test you—as though something strange were happening to you. 13 Instead, rejoice insofar as you share in the sufferings of Messiah, so that at the revelation of His glory you may also rejoice and be glad. 14 If you are insulted for the name of Messiah,[a] you are fortunate, for the Spirit of glory[b] and of God rests on you. 15 For let none of you suffer as a murderer or thief or evildoer or as a troublemaker. 16 But if anyone suffers for following Messiah,[c] let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in this name. 17 For the time has come for judgment to begin with the house of God.[d] If judgment begins with us first, what will be the end for those who disobey the Good News of God?
18 Now, “if it is hard for the righteous to be saved,
what shall become of the ungodly and the sinner?”
19 So then, those who suffer according to God’s will—let them trust their souls to a faithful Creator while continuing to do good.
  • Revelation 2:1-7 (TLV) Ephesus: Return to Your First Love 2 To the angel of Messiah’s community in Ephesus write: “Thus says the One who holds the seven stars in His right hand, the One who walks in the midst of the seven golden menorot: 2 I know all about your deeds and your toil and your patient endurance, and that you cannot bear those who are evil. You have tested those who call themselves emissaries and are not, and have found them to be liars. 3 You have perseverance and have endured for My name’s sake, and you have not grown weary. 4 “But this I have against you, that you have forsaken your first love. 5 Remember then from where you have fallen. Repent and do the deeds you did at first. If not, I will come to you and remove your menorah from its place—unless you repent. 6 “Yet you have this going for you, that you hate the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. 7 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Ruach is saying to Messiah’s communities. To the one who overcomes, I will grant the right to eat from the Tree of Life, which is in the Paradise of God.”

Haftarah

Zechariah 2:14-4:7 (TLV)

14 “‘Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion! For behold, I am coming and I will live among you’—it is a declaration of Adonai. 15 ‘In that day many nations will join themselves to Adonai and they will be My people and I will dwell among you.’ Then you will know that Adonai-Tzva’ot has sent me to you. 16 Adonai will inherit Judah as His portion in the holy land and will once again choose Jerusalem. 17 Be silent before Adonai, all flesh, for He has aroused Himself from His holy dwelling.”

Joshua the Kohen Gadol

3 Then he showed me Joshua the kohen gadol standing before the angel of Adonai and the satan[2], standing at his right hand to accuse him. 2 Adonai said to the satan, ‘Adonai rebukes you, the satan. Indeed Adonai, who has chosen Jerusalem, rebukes you. Is not this man a brand plucked out of the fire?’

3 Now Joshua was wearing filthy garments and standing before the angel 4 who answered and spoke to those standing before him saying, ‘Remove the filthy garments from him.’ Then to Joshua he said, ‘See, I have removed your iniquity from you and will dress you with fine clothing.’[3]

5 Then I said, ‘Place a clean turban on his head.’

So they put a pure turban on his head and clothed him with garments while the angel of Adonai stood by.

6 The angel of Adonai exhorted Joshua saying:

7 ‘Thus says Adonai-Tzva’ot, “If you will walk in My ways and keep My charge, then you will judge My House and watch over My courts and I will give you a place to walk among these standing here. 8 Listen well, Joshua kohen gadol, both you and your companions seated before you, because they are men who are a sign—behold, I will bring forth My servant the Branch. 9 For behold! The stone I have laid before Joshua is one stone with seven facets. On it I will engrave an inscription,” declares Adonai-Tzva’ot, “that I will remove the iniquity of this land in one day. 10 In that day,” declares Adonai-Tzva’ot, “every man will invite his neighbor to sit under the vine and under the fig tree.’”

Two Olive Trees and the Capstone

4 Then the angel who had been speaking with me returned and woke me—like a man who is wakened from his sleep.

2 He asked me, ‘What do you see?’

I replied, ‘Behold, I see a solid gold menorah with its bowl at the top of it, and its seven lamps on it with seven pipes for the lamps that are on the top of it. 3 Also two olive trees are by it, one on the right side of the bowl and the other on the left side of it.’

4 Then I responded by saying to the angel speaking with me, ‘What are these, my lord?’

5 The angel who spoke with me responded by asking me, ‘You do not know what these are?’

I replied, ‘No, my lord.’

6 Then he responded to me by saying, ‘This is the word of Adonai to Zerubbabel saying: “Not by might, nor by power, but by My Ruach!” says Adonai-Tzva’ot. 7 “What are you, great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you will become a plain. He will bring out the capstone with shouts of “Grace, grace” to it.’”

Brit Hadasha

Romans 10:1-13 (TLV)

10 Brothers and sisters, my heart’s desire and my prayer to God for Israel is for their salvation. 2 For I testify about them that they have zeal for God—but not based on knowledge. 3 For being ignorant of God’s righteousness and seeking to establish their own, they did not submit themselves to the righteousness of God. 4 For Messiah is the goal[4] of the Torah as a means to righteousness for everyone who keeps trusting.

5 For Moses writes about the righteousness that is based on Torah, “The man who does these things shall live by them.” 6 But the righteousness based on faith speaks in this way:

“Do not say in your heart,
‘Who will go up into heaven?’

(that is, to bring Messiah down),

7 or, ‘Who will go down into the abyss?’

(that is, to bring Messiah up from the dead).”

8 But what does it say?

“The word is near you,

in your mouth and in your heart”

—that is, the word of faith
that we are proclaiming:
9 For if you confess with your mouth

that Yeshua is Lord,

and believe in your heart

that God raised Him from the dead,
you will be saved.

10 For with the heart it is believed for righteousness,
and with the mouth it is confessed for salvation.
11 For the Scripture says, “Whoever trusts in Him will not be put to shame.” 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord is Lord of all—richly generous to all who call on Him. 13 For “Everyone who calls upon the name of Adonai shall be saved.”

1 Corinthians 2:1-5 (TLV)

2 When I came to you, brothers and sisters, I did not come with excellence of speech or wisdom, proclaiming to you the mystery of God. 2 For I decided not to know about anything among you except Yeshua the Messiah—and Him crucified. 3 I was with you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling. 4 My speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power — 5 so that your faith would not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.

Footnotes

  1. http://www.acts17-11.com/fear.html
  2. Meaning, the accuser or the adversary
  3. Revelation. 19:8
  4. G5056 τέλος télos, tel’-os; from a primary τέλλω téllō (to set out for a definite point or goal). 1 Timothy 1:5; 1 Peter 3:8

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