This Week’s Bible Study

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The scroll of the Torah/ Pentateuch is the oldest (other than Job) and most sacred of all our Scriptures. It contains the “five books of Moses”. The Hebrew name for the first one is B’reisheet (בראשית). It is also the first word of the book in the Hebrew text, as well as the name for the first Bible Study (the first week’s reading). B’reisheet means “in the beginning.”

The fourth week of the “Bible-in-a-year” study is named “And he appeared”, or Vayera (וירא). That name is chosen because the first story in the study describes how the LORD (YHVH | יְהֹוָה [Yᵉhôvâh/ Yäˌwā]) appeared to Abraham one day as he sat outside his tent. Vayera continues with the series of tests of faith for Abraham, concluding in one great and final trial, just as we will see a final trial after continuous testing and failing. That is the sad truth of our history, and why we must all “repent” (Hebrew תשובה, Greek μετάνοια). Join us in our 4th Genesis-to-Revelation weekly Bible study.


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TORAH/ PENTATEUCH

  • Genesis 18:1| A Son Promised to Abraham and Sarah
  • Genesis 18:16| Judgment Pronounced on Sodom
  • Genesis 19:1| The Depravity of Sodom
  • Genesis 19:12| Sodom and Gomorrah Destroyed
  • Genesis 19:30| The Shameful Origin of Moab and Ammon
  • Genesis 20:1| Abraham and Sarah at Gerar
  • Genesis 21:1| The Birth of Isaac
  • Genesis 21:8| Hagar and Ishmael Sent Away
  • Genesis 21:22| Abraham and Abimelech Make a Covenant
  • Genesis 22:1| The Command to Sacrifice Isaac
  • Genesis 22:20| The Children of Nahor

WRITINGS

  • 2Ki 4:1 | Elisha and the Widow’s Oil
  • 2Ki 4:8 | Elisha Raises the Shunammite’s Son

PROPHETS

  • Jeremiah 23 | THE BRANCH of David Regathers the House of Israel
  • Jeremiah 23:1 | He prophesies a restoration of the scattered flock.
  • Jeremiah 23:5 | Christ shall rule and save them.
  • Jeremiah 23:9 | Against false prophets;
  • Jeremiah 23:33 | and mockers of the true prophets.

GOSPELS

    • Mathew 1:1 | THE BRANCH of David arrives and is named “Salvation” in Hebrew
    • Mathew 1:1|The genealogy of Jesus/ Yeshua from Abraham to Joseph.
    • Mathew 1:18|He is miraculously conceived of the Holy Spirit by the Virgin Mary.
    • Mathew 1:19|The angel satisfies the doubts of Joseph,
    • Mathew 1:21|and declares the names and office of Jesus/ Yeshua;
    • Mathew 1:25|Jesus/ Yeshua is born

    Mathew Chapter 1 Study Guide

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Bible Study Commentary

The English name Genesis comes from the Septuagint (LXX), the Greek translation of the Hebrew Bible. Genesis means “origins.” Therefore, the Greek name for the first book of the Bible means “The Book of Origins.”

Genesis describes the origins of everything. It begins with the origins of the universe, focuses on the origins of man and then explores the origins of the nation of Israel.
As we study the first week’s reading from the book of Genesis, we will learn a great deal about God, but even more about ourselves. After all, this is the story of our origins. When properly understood, the story of our origin helps us find our destination.

Adam and Eve had choices: The tree of life or the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Choosing is an essential part of being human. We can choose good, which is the way of life, or disobedience, which results in death. We choose between the two trees countless times every day.

The mystics say that God made Adam in the image of the Heavenly Adam, the firstborn of all creation, the spiritual image of God. The theology of the heavenly Adam attempts to reconcile the conflict between the idea that God is incorporeal, that is without image and form, and the idea that man is created in the image of God.

The apostles say, “Yeshua is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation” (Colossians 1:15). “He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature” (Hebrews 1:3).

Paul also alludes to the same mystical ideas when he states: “Just as we have borne the image of the earthly [i.e., Adam], we will also bear the image of the heavenly [i.e., Yeshua]” (1 Corinthians 15:49). Paul calls Adam “the first Adam” and Messiah “the second Adam.” According to Paul, “The first Adam is from the earth, earthy; the second Adam is from heaven” (1 Corinthians 15:47), “an impression of Him who was to come” (Romans 5:14). That is to say that Adam was made in the image of Messiah.

Tz’nah Ur’enah says, “Just as Adam was created in God’s image, so the Messiah is anointed by God, and God’s Spirit will be upon him.” God created Adam in His image, and the Messiah is the image of God: “He is the image of the invisible God” (Colossians 1:15); “He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature” (Hebrews 1:3). Luke even refers to Adam as “the son of God” (Luke 3:38).

The Messiah, as the second Adam, provides humanity with a fresh start. In Messiah, the human race can go back to Eden, so to speak, and start over in perfect innocence and righteousness.

Adam’s name means “man.” Sin and death came to humanity as the result of one man’s sin. Through one single act of disobedience, Adam forfeited his right to the tree of life, so human death came through Adam. Death came “even over those who had not sinned in the likeness of the offense of Adam” (Romans 5:14), which is to say that everyone dies.

It does seem frightfully unfair that one man’s single transgression consigns all humanity to death, but it is equally unfair that one man’s righteousness also offers all of humanity the reward of righteousness: “The right to the tree of life” (Revelation 22:14). Those who cast their allegiance with “the last Adam,” the life-giving Spirit, receive that reward.

The Messiah is a second Adam, but unlike the first Adam, He did not transgress. If the first Adam’s sin was sufficient to merit death for all mankind, the righteousness of Messiah—the last Adam—is sufficient to merit life for all of us: “For as in Adam all die, so also in Messiah all will be made alive” (1 Corinthians 15:22). This is the hope of eternal life through the resurrection of the dead. Resurrection reverses Adam’s bane.


Hidden Aleph-Tav’s

In the Hebrew Scriptures there are hidden aleph-tav’s [את] that aren’t usually translated into English. But they are very enlightening when we read them in the Hebrew, especially because Jesus/ Yeshua said He WAS the aleph-tav. The את identifies covenant peoples, persons, places, things and titles pertaining to the ownership of property by יהוה Father through את Yeshua our Messiah. As you move through the Laws of Liberty (Torah) notice where the את is placed and where it is not placed. Paul declares in Romans 7:12 the TORAH (nomos) is Holy and the Commandments are Holy (Set apart), Righteous (Just) and Good (of Benefit). Following are the aleph-tav’s [את] we find in this week’s study:

In the beginning of Genesis take notice where both the את and the ואת are placed during the creation starting with Genesis 1:1 which links the working of יהוה Father with and through את Yeshua as the Creator of the new Heavens and Earth as John states in John 1:1-3

In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with Elohim and the Word was Elohim. 2 The same was in the beginning with Elohim. 3 All things were made THROUGH Him and without Him nothing was made that was made.

Gen 1:2 gives us a key to understanding Father’s Ruach ha-Kodesh (Holy Spirit),which is above the surface of the waters and is actually the working of יהוה Father’s Spirit, His presence in conjunction with Jesus/ Yeshua. Notice that on the third day that the Hebrew word “bara” for “create” or “asah” for “made” is not used and implies that the God-head causes the land to appear and then the plants to grow but nothing is actually created or made and consequently there are no Aleph/Tav Symbols!

But on all the other days of creation, when the God-head is actually making or creating, the Aleph/Tav’s are always there. Amazing! The entire Tanakh gives us a perfect picture of the God-head as יהוה Father works His will in conjunction with and through את Jesus/ Yeshua together as ONE, but please understand, it is Father’s will that is predominate and insight into this is every time Jesus/ Yeshua speaks about Father in the Gospels. Case in Point:

Matt 20:23 to sit on My right hand and on My left, is not Mine to give, but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared of My Father…John 14:10 The Words that I speak unto you I speak NOT of Myself: but the Father that dwells in Me, He does the Works.

For it is unto יהוה Father that the 24 elders in the throne room bow down and cast their crowns before His feet in Revelation 4:10.

Genesis 3:8 And they heard את voice of יהוה our Elohim walking in the garden in the cool of the day…confirming what we thought all along, that the one walking and speaking to Adam and Eve in the cool of the day was את Jesus/ Yeshua working together as ONE with יהוה Father by the power of His Holy Spirit.

As you will see the Aleph/Tav את Symbols also show the connection of covenant ownership by יהוה Father with and through את Jesus/ Yeshua the Messiah in every aspect of His creation both of whom are Elohim (plural form). The day Adam is created there appears an את in front of Adam’s name (Gen 1:27) and the rib which is taken from Adam to create Eve is marked by the את (Gen 2:22). The first and only time an את appears in front of Eve’s name is after the fall in the Garden, when Adam has intercourse with her perhaps for the first time and she conceives Cain (Gen 4:1). In Genesis 5 there is an את in front of each male’s name recorded from Adam’s generation to Noah. Also the meaning of their names in the order they were born tell the Gospel Story of Jesus/ Yeshua the Messiah just like the meaning of the names of the sons of Jacob (Israel), whose descendants are the 12 tribes also tell the Gospel Story. This is important to note because the את does not appear in front of everyone’s name in the Old Testament (TaNaK) and when it does it is relevant and is either a sign of covenant relationship, ownership or judgment. From this study I believe you will come to understand that יהוה Father and the extension through whom He has created everything and established His everlasting covenants and by whom atones for sin is in conjunction with and through the workings of את Jesus/ Yeshua the Messiah. Insight into this is Psalm 40:7 and Hebrews 10:7

Then said I, Lo, I come in the volume of the scroll it is written of Me, TO DO THY WILL, O Elohim.

As Isaiah proclaims also in 53:1 Who has believed our reportAND TO WHOM HAS THE ARM OF יהוה BEEN REVEALED?

Both יהוה and את Yeshua working together as ONE, as we shall see.


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Jews have been studying the Scriptures for centuries longer than Christians. And while most of them don’t believe in the “new testament”, their studies of the “old testament” are priceless, especially regarding the Jewish Messiah we know as Jesus/ Yeshua. We read in the 3rd chapter of Romans regarding the Jews that “unto them were committed the oracles of God”.

Heb 5:12 For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.

How often are we as believers in this category described in the book of Hebrews? How much more is there to learn besides what we hear every Sunday from someone else? This website and app is designed to help and empower individuals and HomeGroups.

How often are we as believers in this category described in the book of Hebrews? How much more is there to learn besides what we hear every Sunday from someone else? This website and app is designed to help and empower individuals and HomeGroups.

Although most Jews today don’t “believe in Jesus”, MANY Jewish writings confirm His Messiahship!

THE BINDING

In the account of the Binding, the text makes includes an unusual detail that Isaac carried the wood to the place of sacrifice,

“Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on Isaac his son. He took in his hand the fire and the knife. They both went together.” Genesis 22:6

The Midrash Rabbah makes a stunning comment on this passage,

“And Abraham placed the wood of the burnt-offering on Isaac his son” (Gen 22:5). Like a man who carries his cross (tzaluv) on his shoulder.” Genesis Rabbah 56:3, Soncino Press Edition

Isaac, the only son, is carrying the wood like a cross, and will be sacrificed “like a lamb.” While most illustrations and depictions portray Isaac as a young boy, the Rabbis teach that he was in his thirties, just like Jesus/ Yeshua. Exodus Rabbah says,

“Abraham begot Isaac (25:19), to teach you that he was like his father in all things: in beauty, wisdom, riches, and good deeds. You must know that Isaac was thirty-seven years old when his father was about to sacrifice him, yet though it says: And Abraham was old and advanced in years, he bound him like a lamb and he did not restrain him” Exodus Rabbah 1:1, Soncino Press Edition

The phrase “like a lamb” links to Isaiah 53,

“He was oppressed, yet when he was afflicted he didn’t open his mouth. Like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and as a sheep that before its shearers is mute, so he didn’t open his mouth.” Isaiah 53:7

Isaac asked his father a heartbreaking question as they journeyed to the destination, and Avraham’s response is incredibly prophetic,

“Isaac spoke to Abraham his father, and said, “My father?” He said, “Here I am, my son.” He said, “Here is the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?” Abraham said, “God will provide himself the lamb for a burnt offering, my son.” So they both went together.” Genesis 22:7-8

The Hebrew is just as telling as the English translation. God did indeed provide HIMSELF.

The Targum speaks of the merit, of the act,

“And Abraham prayed in the name of the Word of the Lord, and said, ‘You are the L-rd who sees, and are not seen. I pray for mercy before You, O L-rd. It is wholly manifest and known before You that in my heart there was no division, in the time that You commanded me to offer Yitzchak my son, and to make him dust and ashes before You; but that forthwith I arose in the morning and performed Your word with joy, and I have fulfilled Your word. And now I pray for mercies before You, O L-rd G-d, that when the children of Yitzchak offer in the hour of need, the binding of Yitzchak their father You may remember on their behalf, and remit and forgive their sins, and deliver them out of all need. . . .” Jerusalem Targum on Genesis 22

The Midrash says that the Binding of Yitzhak atones for everyone, Jew and non-Jew (!), slave and free,

“The Sages said: When Abraham, our father, bound Isaac his son, the Holy One, blessed be He, instituted the sacrifice of two he-lambs, one in the morning and one in the evening. Why did He do this? When Israel offer up the daily sacrifices on the altar…the Holy One, blessed be He, remembers the binding of Isaac. [Elijah says]: “I call heaven and earth to witness that whether a heathen or an Israelite, a man or a woman, a man-servant or a maidservant, reads this verse, viz. ‘Zafonah (northward) before the Lord’, the Holy One, blessed be He, remembers the binding of Isaac…” Leviticus Rabbah 2:11, Soncino Press Edition

M. Avrum Ehrlich writes,

“It is striking that the rabbinic portrayal of Isaac parallels a number of aspects of the Christian understanding of Jesus. Like Jesus, Isaac was willing to give up his life (Lamentations Rabbah Proem 24). Like Jesus, Isaac was not forced to offer himself as a sacrifice but willingly gave Himself up to his father (Fragmentary Targum 22:10). . . the Akedah is described as atoning for all, Jew and non-Jew (Leviticus Rabbah 2:11). Perhaps most remarkably, Isaac is described as having died and having been resurrected (Pirke de Rabbi Eliezer 31).” Encyclopedia of the Jewish Diaspora: Origins, Experiences and Culture, Vol. I, M. Avrum Ehrlich, pg. 128

The Targum says,

“And all the peoples of the earth shall be blessed through the righteousness of your son, because you have obeyed My word.” Targum Pseudo-Jonathan on Genesis 22

In fact, the Talmud teaches that Yitzhak intercedes for Israel,

“In the future to come the Holy One, blessed be He, will say to Abraham and Jacob, “Your children have sinned against Me.” [They] shall answer Him, “Sovereign of the Universe! Let them be wiped out for the sanctification of Your Name” . . . He shall retort, “There is no reason in old men, and no counsel in children!” Then shall he say to Isaac, “Your children have sinned against me.” But he (Isaac) shall answer Him, “Sovereign of the Universe! Are they my children and not Your children? When they ave precedence to “we will do” over “we will hearken” before You, You called them, “Israel my son, my firstborn” now they are my sons, not Your sons?! Moreover, how much have they sinned? How many are the years of man? Seventy. Subtract twenty, for which You do not punish, and there remain fifty. Subtract twenty-five which comprise the nights, and there remain twenty-five. Subtract twelve and a half of prayer, eating, and Nature’s calls, [and] there remain twelve and a half. If You will bear all, it is well; if not, half be upon me and half upon You. And should You say, they must all be upon me, lo! I offered myself up before You (as a sacrifice)! [Thereupon] they shall commence and say, “For you [i.e., Isaac] are our father. Then shall Isaac say to them, “Instead of praising me, praise the Holy One, blessed be He, and Isaac shall show them the Holy One, blessed be He, with their own eyes. Immediately they shall lift up their eyes on high and exclaim, “You, O Lord, are our father; our redeemer from everlasting is your name.” Shabbat 89b, Soncino Press Edition

The Pesikta Rabbati speaks of the awesome task of the Mashiach, which echoes the binding of Yitzhak,

“In the month of Nisan, the Patriarchs will arise and say to the Messiah: ‘Ephraim, our true Messiah, you are greater than we are because you suffered for the iniquities of our children, and terrible ordeals befell you, such ordeals as did not befall earlier generations or later ones. For the sake of Israel, you became a laughingstock and a derision among the nations of the earth, and sat in darkness, in thick darkness, and your eyes saw no light. And your skin cleaved to your bones, and your body was as dry as a piece of wood. And your eyes grew dim from fasting, and ‘your strength was dried up like a potsherd – All of these afflictions on account of the iniquities of our children…the Holy One, Blessed be He, will lift the Messiah up to the heaven of heavens, and cloak him in something of the splendor of His own glory…” Pesikta Rabbati, Piska 37, translated by William Braude, Yale University Press, pgs. 685-686

RESURRECTION

“So Abraham returned to his young men, and they rose up and went together to Beersheba. Abraham lived at Beersheba.” Genesis 22:19

Where is Isaac? He seems to have disappeared from the text. The Torah only says that Avraham returned, and Yitzhak’s fate and whereabouts are unknown. Pirkei d’Rebbi Eliezer makes a stunning statement,

“Rabbi Yehudah says: As the knife touched Yitzchak’s throat, his soul left him, but when G-d’s Voice emerged from between the two keruvim, saying Do not harm the boy, do not do anything to him (Bereshis 22:12), his soul came back into his body. He was untied, and stood up, experiencing the revival of the dead. Immediately he realized that the dead will be revived in the time to come and he recited [the berachah]: “Blessed are You HaShem, who revives the dead.” Pirkei D’Rebbi Eliezer, Chapter 31, translated by Avraham Yaakov Finkel, Yeshivath Beth Moshe, pg 22

Yitzhak was resurrected?! Most who read the Midrash on this passage will be quick to note that Yitzhak was not sacrificed or killed. However, midrashim are figurative, not literal. The Book of Hebrews illustrates this point

“By faith, Abraham, being tested, offered up Isaac. Yes, he who had gladly received the promises was offering up his one and only son; even he to whom it was said, In Isaac will your seed be called, concluding that God is able to raise up even from the dead. Figuratively speaking, he also did receive him back from the dead.” Hebrews 11:17-19

All of these events took place “on the third day.” As Genesis says,

“On the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes, and saw the place far off.” Genesis 22:4

This may sound strangely familiar. Yitzhak’s life forms a prophetic prototype of Yeshua of Nazareth. This is the meaning of ma’aseh avot siman l’banim, the actions of the fathers serve as a portent for the children.

His Birth was Prophesied
He was Born Miraculously
His Paternity was Questioned by Mockers
He was the Beloved “Only” Son of His Father
He was the Image of His Father
He Carried the Wood like a Cross to the Mountain
The Donkey Was With Him Going toward the Place of Sacrifice
He Was Bound
He Was in his 30’s
He Willing Participated and Obeyed His Father
His Sacrifice Atoned for the Sins of the World
He Offered his life on Mount Moriah
He was Laid upon the Wood
His Blood is Linked to Passover
His Sacrifice gives Merit to the Sacrifices of the Torah
As the Ram was Caught in Thorns, so was Yeshua’s Head Wrapped in Thorns
He Resurrected on the Third Day
He Intercedes for Israel
Seemingly, the only aspect of Yitzhak left to parallel Yeshua is a return from Gan Eden to meet his bride…

THE RETURN OF THE SON

According to Louis Ginzberg’s Legends of the Jews,

“After the sacrifice on Mount Moriah, Abraham returned to Beer-sheba, the scene of so many of his joys. Isaac was carried to Paradise by angels, and there he sojourned for three years.” Legends of the Jews, Volume 1:V, Louis Ginzberg 

When he returned, the Torah says,

“Isaac came from the way of Beer Lahai Roi, for he lived in the land of the South. Isaac went out to meditate in the field at the evening. He lifted up his eyes, and saw, and, behold, there were camels coming. Rebekah lifted up her eyes, and when she saw Isaac, she fell from the camel.” Genesis 24:62-64

Where is Be’er Lachai Roi? The name of the word literally means, “The well of the Living One who Sees me.” On a peshat level, this is the place where the Angel of YHVH appeared to Hagar. The Targum says,

“And Yitzhak ascended in coming from the well over which the Angel of Life (malak qayama, “the Eternal Angel”) had appeared.” Targum Onkelos on Genesis 24 

On a deeper level, this refers to the Garden of Eden. The Midrashim tell us that Yitzhak spent three years in Gan Eden, learning the Torah, and that when Rivka saw him, he was glorified, a different being. The Nuremberg Haggadah says,

“Isaac returned glorified from the Garden (of Eden) that God planted for our protection…when Rebecca rode this camel, she saw from a distance this glorified man.” Nuremberg Haggadah, Folio 31 

Rashi, R’ Shlomo Yitzhaki, comments,

ותרא את יצחק: ראתה אותו הדור ותוהא מפניו:
“And saw Isaac: She saw his majestic appearance, and she was astounded by him (Gen. Rabbah 60:14).” Rashi on Genesis 24:64, cited at Chabad.org 

R’ Moshe Moshe Alshich comments,

“The face of Yitzhak, radiating some of his holiness, might have frightened Rivkah into falling off the camel. . . she asked, “Who is this man?” She indicated that this must be a remarkable person.” R’ Moshe Alshich on Genesis 24:64, translated by R’ Eliyahu Munk, Volume 1, Lambda Publishers, pg. 160

R’ Yeshayahu Horowitz, known as the Holy Shelah, makes an astounding commentary,

“Isaac was the spiritual equivalent of Adam before his sin, since he was the first person who was both conceived and born by parents who had sanctified themselves. The removal of Abraham’s foreskin repaired the damage Adam had done by sinning and acquiring a קליפה, husk…This may well account for the fact that he was not allowed to leave the holy soil of eretz Yisrael (Genesis 27:2)…When Abraham was about to slaughter Isaac, the latter’s soul flew away to be replaced later by a holy spirit from the Celestial Regions. It follows then that Isaac’s life after the akeidah, was the life of a human being who had not originated from a drop of semen. We must view Isaac as someone re-born in consequence of that experience: a totally new creature. G’d had applied the strictest yardstick to him by letting him die, and subsequently infusing him with a new soul. He had also sanctified his body; from that time on Isaac’s body resembled that of Adam HaRishon, also not the product of a drop of semen. Now we understand why the ram which Abraham sacrificed in lieu of Isaac was not the product of natural procreation, i.e. through semen, but was created during the period of dusk on the six day of Creation as reported in Avot 5:6.” Shney Luchot HaBrit, Vayera, Volume 1, translated by Eliyahu Munk, pg. 111

D. Thomas Lancaster writes,

“And Isaac came from the way of Beer-le-hai-roi…And Isaac went out…” From where did he go out? From Paradise. No wonder Rebekah lost her equilibrium as it says “and she fell from the camel” -for what she perceived was Isaac coming down from Paradise…” So much for the Jewish reading of the story. At least in the version of the Akeidah presented by this collection of parables, the Jewish reading sounds more Christian than the Christian reading of the story. How is that possible? Is it possible that the Torah is trying to suggest something to her people? Akeidat Yeshua: Genesis 22 in Midrash, Beth Immanuel 

Abraham then saw the special Ram created from the twilight of that first Shabbat,

“Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and saw that behind him was a ram caught in the thicket by his horns. Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering instead of his son.” Genesis 22:13

According to the Midrash, this special Ram waited in the Garden of Eden until moments before the Akeidah. The following is a summary of the Midrash as retold by Mordicai Gerstein, in his wonderful book, The White Ram:

After spending ages in the Garden, God told the Ram, “It is time.”

The Ram then bolted out of the Garden of Eden, but the evil serpent was near the gate. He said, “Do not leave this Garden! It will mean your death!” The Ram replied, “I must save the child!”

He ran as fast as he could, over hills, valleys and mountains. The tempter tried to slow him down, offering fresh water, or grass to graze, “Stop here, and rest for a moment.” The Ram replied, “I must save the child!”

The tempter appeared as a great threatening lion, and blocked the path of the Ram. The Ram leaped over the lion, and began running faster than ever, as he saw the mountain in the distance.

“I am here! I am here! Take me instead!” the Ram shouted.

The man atop the hill, knife in hand, could not hear the cries of the Ram, who continued to race up the mountain.

All of a sudden, the evil one trapped the Ram, wrapping a thornbush around his horns!

At that moment, the Voice of an Angel spoke from heaven, “Do not touch the boy.”

Avraham looked back, and saw the White Ram. Avraham freed the Ram, who leaped upon the Altar, and gave His life to save Yitzhak.

From one horn of this Ram came the shofar that was blown at Shavuot.

And its other horn will be used for the shofar of Redemption.

As this special Ram had thorns wrapped around his head, so did Jesus/ Yeshua of Nazareth. Yeshua is the Ram from Gan Eden. It is he who is coming from above, skipping upon the hills, leaping upon the mountains. His voice calls out for all Israel to repent. The Binding of Yitzhak is the earthly shadow of the Messiah ben Yosef, the Only Son, who died for the sins of Israel, and for the world.”



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