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The 12th and last reading (next week we will start in Exodus) starting from the book of Genesis to Revelation in this yearly Bible Study is named “and he lived”, or Vayechi (ויחי). It’s a VERY special Bible study. The title comes from the first verse of the reading, which says in English, “Jacob lived in the land of Egypt seventeen years after his arrival in Egypt, so he lived 147 years” (Genesis 47:28). We will see in the advanced portion of the Study, that it may be connected to the #Qanon phenomenon (how many “q’s” do you see?). In this Bible study finishing off Genesis, Jacob prepares for his death by securing a double portion of inheritance for Joseph. In this study we also see Jacob/ Israel prophesy Ephraim and Manasseh’s roles in the last days, adopting his grandsons as his own. Then he continues to prophesy the rest of his childrens’ futures and then blesses each of his sons. The book of Genesis ends with the death of Jacob, followed shortly by the death of Joseph and a promise of redemption from Egypt . . . Continue the study below.
You will also find study guides by chapter and advanced study of the original languages following the Bible study outline. While it is our belief that many of the letters of the New Testament were originally written in Aramaic and/ or Hebrew, the Greek texts are used for study even when there are known Hebrew manuscripts (eg. Mathew and Hebrews).
This Week’s Bible Audio, Outlines & Study Guides
Jacob’s Last Days
Prophets & Writings
Solomon’s Throne Secured
Yeshua (Jesus) Reveals His Betrayer, Judah (Judas)
Jesus (Yeshua) Returns to the 12 Apostles, IS HE Restoring the kingdom to the house of Israel?
- Chapter 1 Printout Outline
ReSTORING the original priesthood
(English) Hebrews 7
Be Patient for His RETURN
- Chapter 5 Printout Outline
Letters to the Seven Churches
Listen/ Read- Revelation: Revelation 2-3
- Chapter 2 Printout Chapter 3 Printout
Review from last 2 weeks
Israel, Judah (Two Olive Trees, Two Houses, Two Witnesses, Two Candlesticks) and the Mystery of the Gentiles Grafting in
This Week’s Bible Study Commentary
Some cynics say that religion is a crutch for people who fear death. That may sometimes be the case, but it certainly does not apply to those who study the Bible. The Bible does not say much about life after death. It’s really not a book about how to go to heaven or what happens after we die. The Bible is more concerned with how we live in this lifetime, not the next. It is possible to read the entire Bible and conclude that there is no afterlife or resurrection from the dead. In the days of the apostles, a sect of Judaism called the Sadducees did exactly that. They read the Bible, did not see anything about an afterlife, and concluded that there is no afterlife, no heaven or hell, no resurrection from the dead. (As Sunday School teachers are quick to quip, “That is why they were Sad-you-see.”)
Another sect of Judaism from the days of the apostles disagreed. They were called the Pharisees. They read the same Torah as the Sadducees, but came to a different conclusion. Though the Torah/ Pentateuch is not textually about the afterlife or how to receive eternal life, the Pharisees found many hints and clues that pointed toward the afterlife and the resurrection from the dead.
There was another sect of Judaism still that did not view the Herodian priests as valid. They are called Ebionites or Nazarines. James (Jacob) the brother of Jesus (Yeshua) is said to be leader of them in the first century.
Many Christians today do not see that Genesis is also a prophetic book. After looking at the last days of Jacob, Joseph and David we then look at the last days of Jesus/ Yeshua and Jacob/ James. The final blessings of the 12 sons in Genesis are some of the most powerful introductions to prophecy in the books of what many call the “Old Testament”.
As we see the prophecies of the future of the 12 tribes, we then see in 1 Kings that as David prepares to leave the 12 tribes’ kingdom to be ruled under King Solomon, they were already divided into 2 armies
—Abner son of Ner, commander of the army of Israel, and Amasa son of Jether, commander of the army of Judah—
Solomon will soon be the last king of a unified Israel until the last days when we see the 2 houses restored that we have studied the last 2 weeks:
Israel, Judah (Two Olive Trees, Two Houses, Two Witnesses) and the Mystery of the Gentile Grafting in
No longer will there be 2 houses, but the 2 houses will unite under King Messiah ben David at the return of Jesus, the Christ (Yeshua haMashiach). This is one of the powerful keys to unlocking prophecy in the Bible. Without understanding that there are 2 houses, it is almost impossible to understand end times, or the “new testament”.
This Week’s 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. These are the ones we find in this week’s study:
As Jacob’s (Israel’s) life is coming to a close Joseph brings him his two sons Manasseh and Ephraim for him to bless. In Gen 48:1 and 13 we see that both Manasseh and Ephraim belong to את. In Gen 48:5 Jacob tells Joseph that Manasseh and Ephraim are now his sons and in verse 11 Jacob reveals that Elohim has revealed to him what will happen to את seed, his descendants. When Jacob lays his hands on Manasseh and Ephraim in Gen 48:14 to bless them, Jacob’s hands are now את Yeshua’s hands as Jacob crosses his forearms making the sign of the Paleo-Hebrew Tav (covenant) and grafts Joseph’s two sons into the covenant tribes of Israel. In Gen 49:1 it is את Yeshua that reveals to the sons of Jacob what will befall them in the last days and it is interesting to notice through the prophecy where the few את with adjoining Hebrew letters are placed and their possible meaning. In chapter 50 it is interesting to see that the word father is used 13 times to describe Jacob (Israel) after his death and 6 times there is an את in front of his title reflecting respect to Jacob’s authority and covenant position relative to Yeshua the Messiah as Father of the 12 tribes.
Bible Study for Kids
It’s sometimes hard to make the Old Testament fun for kids. Try these Children’s activities:
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This Bible study is the ONLY Bible study that not only has 17 words in the first verse, but is also the only one starting with a CLOSED portion of the Hebrew. That means that the Bible order of reading chosen by ( אַנְשֵׁי כְּנֶסֶת הַגְּדוֹלָה, “The Men of the Great Assembly”). The Great Assembly was an assembly of 120 scribes, and prophets, in the period from the end of the Biblical prophets since the early Second Temple period to the early Hellenistic period. It comprised such prophets as Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi (who is Ezra), Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, Azariah, Nehemiah b. Hachaliah, Mordechai and Zerubabel b. Shaaltiel, among others. Sometimes, the Great Assembly is simply designated as “Ezra and his court of law”.
Before there was a “new covenant”, they were the greatest experts of all the covenants. And the importance of understanding covenants CANNOT be overstated. If you are not certain that you are in a Covenant with the the Creator and what that means, it is very possible that you could hear those dreaded words, “I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness“. Lawlessness is related to the “lawless one” that we read (2Th 2:1-17) will be revealed in the last days. This week’s Bible study is also one of the most important chapters in the Bible regarding the “Last days”.
Remember, that “Q” has told us multiple times that what we are watching/ witnessing is BIBLICAL, and that it is bigger than we could ever understand. They have also revealed that at least one meaning of D5 was December 5th. That gave us time to figure out that this week was VERY significant BIBLICALLY. We just exited Hanukkah, we’re entering the time when most of the world ignorantly celebrates the birthday of the Messiah based on the lies of mainstream christianity just like they celebrate the lies of mainstream media. BOTH of these institutions are dying. We are maybe seeing the prophesies that we would awaken to the fact that we “inherited lies from our fathers” come to pass. No coincidences.
Last week I introduced the idea that this Great Awakening might be prophecy unfolding in an actual Blog. Even though I have believed for a long time that it was, I never really shared it until last week. But what is the ONLY thing that can actually take us from DARK TO LIGHT?
The Lion of Judah
The Torah predicts a warrior-Messiah who will battle against Israel’s enemies and a peaceful Messiah who will bring world peace. The Lion of Judah symbolizes both.
Jacob compared the future victory and ascension of Judah to a lion resting after a kill. He compared Judah’s enemies to the lion’s slain prey. A parallel prophecy in the Torah says the lion “will not lie down until it devours the prey, and drinks the blood of the slain” (Numbers 23:24).
Like a sleeping lion, satiated after the kill, Judah will be at peace. Just as the surviving animals would never dare to rouse the slumbering lion, neither will any of the surviving nations dare to challenge Judah again. Rashi explains the prophecies of the lion as referring to the era of King David and King Solomon. The lion tearing the prey symbolizes King David, who made war on Israel’s enemies and subdued them. The lion lying down to rest refers to David’s son King Solomon, who enjoyed an era of peace and prosperity, as Scripture says, “So Judah and Israel lived in safety, every man under his vine and his fig tree, from Dan even to Beersheba, all the days of Solomon” (1 Kings 4:25).
King David and his son Solomon prefigure the wars of Messiah followed by the peace of the Messianic Era. The lion-prophecies also speak of the time of peace that will come after the wars of Messiah. The Messiah son of David will defeat the enemies of Israel and usher in an era of peace during which no nation will dare rise up against Israel. The people of Israel will enjoy a time of unparalleled peace and prosperity—the Messianic Kingdom.
As the conquering hero who will defeat Judah’s enemies, Yeshua receives the title Lion of the Tribe of Judah:
Stop weeping; behold, the Lion that is from the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has overcome. (Revelation 5:5)
A lion fears nothing, but everything fears the lion: “A lion has roared! Who will not fear? The Lord GOD has spoken! Who can but prophesy?” (Amos 3:8). This is King Messiah. (Lekach Tov)
THE GOSPEL OF JOHN
From the first sentence of John, it is immediately obvious it is on a different level than the Synoptic Gospels. Mark begins his account at the beginning of Yeshua’s ministry, proclaiming the Kingdom of Heaven. Matthew traces the genealogy of Yeshua to Abraham, the beginning of the nation of Israel. Luke’s genealogy digs to the very root of the human family tree to Adam HaRishonֹ, the First Man. John begins with B’resheet, the Beginning, the very origins of the Universe, revealing Mashiach as the embodiment of the Living Torah, the Instrument of all Creation.
While all of the events in John are true, and literally happened, he did not write his Gospel on a literal level. Like the Torah itself, it is not even chronological. John arranged his book to explore Yeshua through the Sod Level. In John 21, the disciples are fishing on the “sea of Tiberius.” In the Bible and in Rabbinic literature, ‘sea’ refers to the nations, or gentiles, as the book of Revelation (also written by John), illustrates,
“He said to me, “The waters which you saw… are peoples, multitudes, nations, and languages.” Revelation 17:15
It then states that the disciples have been fishing in the darkness, as it says “That night, they caught nothing.” In the morning, Yeshua was revealed upon the seashore. Light represents Messiah,
“God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” There was evening and there was morning, day one.” Genesis 1:5
Yeshua/ Jesus then told them, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat.” Why the right side and not the left side? The “right side” in the Jewish thought mindset represents mercy, while the left represents judgment. In the Midrash, when God created the Garden of Eden it was on His right, while Gey-hinnom was on his left. The net was then full of fish being drawn out of the waters to the land:
“The Kingdom of Heaven is like a dragnet that was cast into the sea, and gathered some fish of every kind, which, when it was filled, they drew up on the beach. They sat down, and gathered the good into containers, but the bad they threw away. So will it be in the end of the world. The angels will come forth, and separate the wicked from among the righteous. . .” Matthew 13:47-51
The net represents the Kingdom of Heaven, drawing his people out of the nations to the land – that is Israel. One of the missions of Messiah is to gather the exiles. Yeshua said to the disciples,
“I will make you fishers of men.” Matthew 4:19
EPHRAIM AND MENASHE
In our study Jacob says a blessing over Ephraim and Menashe, which forms the basis for the blessing spoken over children on every Sabbath evening, by Jewish believers.
For the Boys: Yesimkha Elokim k’Ephraim v’khi Menashe
“May G-d make you like Ephraim and Manasseh
For the Girls: Yesmeich Elokim k’Sarah, Rivka, Rachel v’Leah
“May G-d make you like Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel and Leah.”
Jacob recounts his history to Joseph,
“Jacob said to Joseph, “God Almighty appeared to me at Luz in the land of Canaan, and blessed me, and said to me, ‘Behold, I will make you fruitful, and multiply you, and I will make of you a congregation of peoples, and will give this land to your seed after you for an everlasting possession.’ Genesis 48:3-4
The phrase in Hebrew for a “congregation of peoples” is the word קְהַל עַמִּים (kahal amim). The Septuagint renders word as συναγωγὰς ἐθνῶν (sunagoge ethnos), a synagogue of peoples. The word kahal was later translated into Greek as ekklesia, which today is often translated as ‘church.’ Today, with theologies based on translation, the “church” has become a separate entity from Israel, and it is even taught that the “church” was born in the book of Acts, chapter 2. Yet, the “church,” that is the mystical body of Israel, existed far before this. Even the King James translation speaks of Moses, being “in the church,”
“This is [Moses], that was in the church in the wilderness with the angel which spake to him in the mount Sina, and with our fathers: who received the lively oracles to give unto us.” Acts 7:38
Jacob continues and makes a remarkable declaration,
“Now your two sons, who were born to you in the land of Egypt before I came to you into Egypt, are mine. Ephraim and Manasseh, even as Reuben and Simeon, will be mine. Your issue, whom you become the father of after them, will be yours. They will be called after the name of their brothers in their inheritance.” Genesis 48:5-6
Jacob adopted the two sons of Joseph, to be counted among the tribes of Israel. While in Egypt, Joseph married Osnat, the daughter of Poti-phera. Like the wives of Moshe and Boaz, Joseph’s wife was raised in a Gentile world. Ephraim and Menashe, were raised in Egypt apart from Israel.
“Israel stretched out his right hand, and laid it on Ephraim’s head, who was the younger, and his left hand on Manasseh’s head… “The God before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac walked. . . the Angel who has redeemed me from all evil, bless the lads, and let my name be named on them, and the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac. Let them grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth.” Genesis 48:14-16
The phrase “let them grow into a multitude” in Hebrew is the word וְיִדְגּו (v’yidgu). This is etymologically related to the word for fish, דָּג. The visual picture that the Hebrew is communicating is that the Ephraim and Menashe will teem like a gigantic school of fish. Jacob them speaks of Ephraim that he “shall become a multitude of nations” (Gen 48:19). This phrase translates the Hebrew, מְלֹא־הַגֹּויִם – m’lo hagoyim. This is the same exact Hebrew phrase that Paul uses when he says,
“For I don’t desire you to be ignorant, brothers, of this mystery, so that you won’t be wise in your own conceits, that a partial hardening has happened to Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in, and so all Israel will be saved.” Romans 11:25-26
It is the author’s opinion that Ephraim symbolically represents the non-Jewish believers on a deeper level, and not necessarily a literal bloodline via the Ten Lost Tribes. Taken this way, this passage beautifully illustrates the relationship of Jews and non-Jews in the body of the Messiah, which may be the most controversial topic in the Messianic movement today, dividing it between Two-House and Non-Two House movements. Attempting to connect oneself via genetics to Israel diminishes the work of the Messiah, who has made the non-Jewish believer an adopted son or daughter of Israel. Like Ephraim and Menashe, Gentile believers have a special connection to Israel though Yosef. Isaiah 56 says,
“Neither let the foreigner, who has joined himself to YHVH, speak, saying, ‘YHVH will surely separate me from his people; neither let the eunuch say, ‘Behold, I am a dry tree.’ For thus says YHVH, ‘To the eunuchs who keep my Sabbaths, and choose the things that please me, and hold fast my covenant: to them I will give in my house and within my walls a memorial and a name better than of sons and of daughters; I will give them an everlasting name, that shall not be cut off. Also the foreigners who join themselves to YHVH, to minister to him, and to love the name of YHVH, to be his servants, everyone who keeps the Sabbath from profaning it, and holds fast my covenant; even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted on my altar, for my house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples. YHVH, who gathers the outcasts of Israel, says, ‘Yet will I gather others to him, besides his own who are gathered.’ Isaiah 56:3-8
Yeshua quotes this passage,
“I am the Good Shepherd. I know my own, and Im known by my own; even as the Father knows me, and I know the Father. I lay down my life for the sheep. I have other sheep, which are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will hear my voice. They will become one flock with one shepherd.” John 10:14-16
Paul explains this in Ephesians chapter 2. It appears that Ezekiel prophesied of this,
“It shall happen, that you shall divide it by lot for an inheritance to you and to the aliens who live among you, who shall father children among you; and they shall be to you as the native-born among the children of Israel; they shall have inheritance with you among the tribes of Israel. It shall happen, that in what tribe the stranger lives, there you shall give him his inheritance, says YHVH.” Ezekiel 47:22-23
Paul explains these ideas in Ephesians 2,
“Therefore remember that once you, the Gentiles in the flesh, who are called uncircumcision by that which is called circumcision, (in the flesh, made by hands); that you were at that time separate from Messiah, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of the promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Messiah Yeshua you who once were far off are made near in the blood of Messiah. For he is our peace, who made both one, and broke down the middle wall of partition…”Ephesians 2:11-14
He also explains to the adopted children, the non-Jews, not to boast against the natural branches (Romans 11:8), but to support them. Unfortunately, throughout history Christianity has done just the opposite, and many in the Two-House movement have followed suit. Non-Jewish believers should support the Jewish people and have nothing but gratitude and honor for them, as they are brothers, but also as Yeshua said to the Samaritan woman,
“You worship that which you don’t know. We worship that which we know, for salvation is from the Jews.” John 4:22
“Moses said to the children of Israel, “Behold, Godhas called by name Betzalel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. He has filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding, in knowledge, and in all kinds of workmanship; and to make skillful works, to work in gold, in silver, in brass, in cutting of stones for setting, and in carving of wood, to work in all kinds of skillful workmanship.” Exodus 35:30-33
Betzalel was the builder of the Tabernacle on earth. He was of the Tribe of Judah, and filled with the Spirit of God. This verse connects with a prophecy regarding the Messiah,
“A shoot will come out of the stock of Jesse, and a branch out of his roots will bear fruit. The Spirit of God will rest on him: the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of God.” Isaiah 11:1-2
Philo of Alexandria (20 BCE-40 CE) makes this statement regarding Betzalel,
“…God also calls Betzalel by name, and says that “He will give him wisdom and knowledge, and that He will make him the builder and the architect of all things which are in his tabernacle” . . . Now, Betzalel, being interpreted, means God in his shadow. But the Shadow of God is his Word, which he used like an instrument when he was making the world. And this Shadow, as it were, is the archetype of all other things. . . . “And God made man according to the image of God,” as the Image was modeled according to God, man was modeled according to the Image, which thus received the power and character of the model.” Philo, Allegorical Interpretation, II:31:95
Betzalel the son of Uri (My Light) was a shadow (tzal) of things to come. The Talmud makes the observation:
“Rab Judah said in the name of Rab: Bezalel knew how to combine the letters by which the heavens and earth were created. It is written here, And He hath filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom and in understanding, and in knowledge, and it is written elsewhere, YHVH by wisdom founded the earth; by understanding He established the heavens, and it is also written, By His knowledge the depths were broken up.” Berakhot 55a, Soncino Press Edition
It is fascinating to note that the Messiah is called a “carpenter” in Judaism,
“And I said to the angel who talked with me, “What are these?” And he said to me, “These are the horns that have scattered Judah, Israel, and Jerusalem.” Then YHVH showed me four craftsmen. And I said, “What are these coming to do?” He said, “These are the horns that scattered Judah, so that no one raised his head. And these have come to terrify them, to cast down the horns of the nations who lifted up their horns against the land of Judah to scatter it.” Zechariah 2:13 (Hebrew), 1:19-21 (English)
The Talmud comments on this unusual passage,
“And the L-rd showed me four craftsmen. Who are these ‘four craftsmen’? — R. Hana b. Bizna citing R. Simeon Hasida replied: “The Messiah the son of David, the Messiah the son of Joseph, Elijah and the Righteous Priest.” Sukkah 52b, Soncino Press Edition
ארבעה חרשים. נגרים היודעים לנסר את הקרנות ורבותינו פירשו במסכת סוכה מי הם
“four craftsmen: Carpenters who know how to saw the horns. And our Rabbis explained in Tractate Sukkah (52b) who they are.” Rashi on Zechariah 2, Chabad.org
In the Gospels, the question is asked,
“Isn’t this the carpenter, the son of Miriam, and brother of Jacob, Yosi, Judah, and Simon? Aren’t his sisters here with us?” They were offended at him.” Mark 6:3
The Gospel of Matthew adds an interesting detail,
“Isn’t he the carpenter’s son?” Matthew 13:55
Yeshua is revealed to be the carpenter, the son of the carpenter. The Greek word for carpenter in the Gospels is the word tekton(τέκτων), which literally means ‘builder’, and is related to the word, “architecture” and “architect,” the ‘master builder.’
Proverbs chapter 8 reveals an amazing secret about the nature of the Torah:
“YHVH possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his deeds of old. I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, before the earth existed. When there were no depths, I was brought forth, when there were no springs abounding with water. Before the mountains were settled in place, before the hills, I was brought forth; while as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the beginning of the dust of the world. When he established the heavens, I was there; when he set a circle on the surface of the deep, when he established the clouds above, when the springs of the deep became strong, when he gave to the sea its boundary, that the waters should not violate his commandment, when he marked out the foundations of the earth; then I was the craftsman by his side. I was a delight day by day, always rejoicing before him, rejoicing in his whole world. My delight was with the sons of men.” Proverbs 8:22-31
Based on this remarkable passage, Chazal  say that the name of the Torah is רֵאשִׁית Reisheet, or Beginning, as it states,
יי קָנָנִי רֵאשִׁית דַּרְכֹּו
“YHVH possessed me, the Beginning of His Way” Proverbs 8:22
Using the Jewish principles of interpretation, the word “Beginning” links to Genesis 1:1,
בְּרֵאשִׁית בָּרָא אֱלֹקים אֵת הַשָּׁמַיִם וְאֵת הָאָֽרֶץ
“In the Beginning, G־d created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis 1:1
The letter beit, which begins B‘resheet, can mean “in” or “with.” In fact, this is exactly how the Jerusalem Targum renders the passage,
“In wisdom (be-hukema) the L-rd created.” Jerusalem Targum
Therefore, the interpretation follows that if name of the Torah is “Beginning,” then the passage may be interpreted,
‘With the Torah, G-d created the heavens and the earth.”
This statement is source for the Johannine Prologue,
“In the beginning (בְּרֵאשִׁית) was the Word, and the Word was with G-d, and the Word was G-d. The same was in the beginning with G-d. All things were made through him. Without him was not anything made that has been made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” John 1:1
In the Zohar, based on the Midrash, a fascinating statement is spoken by the Torah,
“The Torah proclaims: I was by Him an architect, through me He created the world!” Zohar II:161a, Soncino Press Edition
The Torah is the Instrument of creation. Here in Proverbs 8, the Torah describes itself as the “Uman”, or Craftsman,
וָאֶהְיֶה אֶצְלֹו אָמֹון
“…then I was the craftsman by his side.” Proverbs 8:30
The Midrash Rabbah describes this multifaceted word אומן (amon) as a nursling, covered, hidden,great, and craftsman. The Artscroll commentary to Proverbs comments on the word ‘nursling,’
“I was a nursing beside him. The Torah was like God’s beloved child, nurtured by Him and His source of constant delight (Metzudos).” Artscroll Commentary to Proverbs 8:30, Volume I, Mesorah Publishers, pg 156
Genesis Rabbah says,
“R’ Hoshayah the Great opened his discourse on our passage with the following exposition: The Torah describes its relationship with God before the advent of Creation: I was then His “amon”…The word “amon” is to be understood in the sense of “uman” אומן, a craftsman…Thus in this verse the Torah declares, “I was the craftsman’s tool, so to speak, in the hands of the Holy One, blessed is He, through which He created the world.” Artscroll Genesis Rabbah 1:1, Mesorah Publishers, pg.3
R’ Aryeh Kaplan comments,
“The Torah is Wisdom, and is therefore the “head” of creation . . . It might be thought that the Torah was created only to rectify creation as it already exists. If this were so, the Torah would have been created after the earth. But actually, the Torah was the blueprint of creation, and therefore preceded it.” Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan, the Bahir, pg. 96
Michael Munk elucidates the concept of the Torah in the Wisdom of the Hebrew Alefbet,
“The sum total of human knowledge derives from the Torah because the universe is a product of Torah which is the blueprint of the world…When His Ineffable Word took physical form, heaven and earth became the clothing for the word of God which infuses Creation, and without which Creation would not continue to exist. The spiritual Torah which preceded the world became clothed in ink and parchment…the wisdom of God took for the form of the 613 commandments. But the precepts are not isolated phenomena; they are all interrelated aspects of a single Torah, like the organs and vessels of a single human body to which the totality of the commandments are likened.” The Wisdom in the Hebrew Alphabet, Artscroll, Michael L. Munk, pg. 47
“The Word became flesh, and lived among us. We saw his glory, such glory as of the one and only Son of the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14
The Zohar says explains the unity between YHVH and the Torah,
“…the Holy One and the Torah are one.” Zohar, Shemoth, Section 2, Page 60a, Soncino Press Edition
The Zohar also explains that the Torah is the Name of God, and “He and his Name are one,”
“For the Torah is the Name of the Holy One, blessed be He. As the Name of the Holy One is engraved in the Ten Words (creative utterances) of Creation, so is the whole Torah engraved in the Ten Words (Decalogue), and these Ten Words are the Name of the Holy One, and the whole Torah is thus one Name, the Holy Name of God Himself. Blessed is he who is worthy of her, the Torah, for he will be worthy of the Holy Name. Said R. Jose: “This means that he will be worthy of the Holy One Himself, as He and His Name are one. Blessed be His Name for ever and ever. Amen.” Zohar, Shemoth, Section 2, Page 90b, Soncino Press Edition
Yeshua/ Jesus says,
“I and the Father are one.” John 10:30
The word “Torah” is one of the titles given to Zeir Anpin,
אָמַר רִבִּי אֶלְעָזָר, אִינּוּן נָפְקוּ לְמַדְבְּרָא לְאִסְתַּכְּלָא, קוּדְשָׁא בְּרִיךְ הוּא נָטַל זִיוָא יְקָרָא דִּילֵיהּ מִתַּמָּן, וְאִינּוּן אָזְלוּ לְאִסְתַּכְּלָא בֵּיהּ, וְלָא אַשְׁכְּחוּהוּ. וְאוֹלִיפְנָא דְּקוּדְשָׁא בְּרִיךְ הוּא תּוֹרָה אִקְרֵי, וְאֵין מַיִם אֶלָּא תּוֹרָה, וְאֵין תּוֹרָה אֶלָּא קוּדְשָׁא בְּרִיךְ הוּא
“Rabbi Elazar said, ‘They went out into the wilderness to gaze and perceive, but the Holy One, blessed be He, removed His precious splendor from there. They went in order to conceive Him, but did not find Him. We have learned that the Holy One, blessed be He, is called ‘Torah’. Therefore, water is Torah, and Torah is the Holy One, blessed be He.” Zohar, Shemot, Beshalach, Zohar.com
THE TABERNACLE OF THE UNIVERSE
Chabad.org makes a startling observation in regarding the Universe and its relationship to the Mishkan, the Tabernacle,
“No less than 13 chapters in the Book of Exodus are filled with the details of the Sanctuary’s construction, from the dimensions of every pillar to the colors in every tapestry. In contrast, the Torah devotes one chapter to its account of the creation of the universe and three chapters to the revelation at Mount Sinai.” Chabad.org, The Anatomy of a Dwelling
The Midrash understands the Mishkan(Temple) as microcosmic universe. Numbers Rabbah 12:13 brilliantly weaves the two together with the following verses:
The Bible does not need to elaborate the the details of Creation in Genesis, because using gezera shavah, the details are hidden in the Tabernacle. As Betzalel oversaw the construction the Tabernacle below, he and the Tabernacle are a shadow of what happened above.
Exodus 31:1 says that Betzalel built the Aron HaBrit, the Ark of the Covenant,
וַיַּעַשׂ בְּצַלְאֵל אֶת־הָאָרֹן
“Betzalel made the Ark…” Exodus 31:1
The Baal HaTurim comments,
“The name Betzalel is not mentioned in conjunction with any of the furnishings [of the Mishkan], except regarding the Ark.betzalel153 This teaches us that he was [as his name implies] בצל אל, in God’s Shadow, i.e. he knew the secret of the Ark and of the Chariot, for the Ark corresponds to the Throne of Glory.” Artscroll Baal HaTurim Chumash Exodus 37:1, pg 948
On earth, the Tabernacle was built by Betzalel just as the universe was built by God through the Torah. Betzalel was the tekton of the earthly Tabernacle, and he is the earthly shadow of the heavenly reality. The Zohar makes the fascinating statement commenting on “Betzalel”,
“The son of Uri – the son of primeval light (ohr) . . . The son of Hur – the son of absolute freedom (herut); or the son of the whitest (havra) of all colors. And he is appropriately of the tribe of Judah.” Zohar, Vol II:152a, Soncino Press Edition
The numerical value (gematria) of Betzalel equals 153. Interestingly, there are 153 verses in Parashat Noach. The Artscroll Chumash comments on the Masoretic note:
קנ”ג פסוקים. בצלאל סימן. אבי יסכה לוט סימן
“This Masoretic note means: There are 153 verses in the Sidrah, numerically corresponding to mnemonics, בצלאל , Bezalel, and אבי יסכה לוט, father of Iscah and Lot. The name alludes to the Sidrah of Noach in two ways: (a) The name בצלאל compounded of בצל אל, in the protective shelter of God, an allusion to Noah and his family in the ark (R’ David Feinstein); and (b) just as Noah was ordered to build a ark, to house his family aand thus preserve humanity from the ravages of the flood, so was Bezalel the son of Uri instructed to build a תבה ark, to house the Tablets of the Ten Commandments.” The Stone Edition Chumash, Mesorah Publishers, pg. 52
The secret of the 153 fish is revealed in the King Messiah, who is calling the fisherman (the disciples) to cast the net (the Gospel of the Kingdom) to bring the fish (the exiles, Jews and non-Jews) back to the Land (Israel), out of the seas (nations), to be together on the seashore amidst the grains of sand (the sons of Abraham), to inherit the land, as it is written,
“…Caiaphas, being high priest that year, said to them, ‘You know nothing at all, nor do you consider that it is advantageous for us that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation not perish. Now he didn’t say this of himself, but being high priest that year, he prophesied that Yeshua would die for the nation, and not for the nation only, but that he might also gather together into one the children of God who are scattered abroad..” John 11:49-54
Yeshua therefore is the Heavenly Betzalel, who is gathering the exiles of the Jewish people, and inviting the non-Jews to grasp onto the tzitzit of the Jewish people and follow him to the Land grafting us in to the house of Israel. He is calling us all up to His Holy Mountain, that every person who desires the Kingdom of Heaven will become a supernatural stone within the Heavenly Temple, as He is the Tekton(τέκτων), the Architect, the Builder of the Tabernacle assembling all the stones to fit together whose purpose is to bring Heaven to earth.
“Putting away therefore all wickedness, all deceit, hypocrisies, envies, and all evil speaking, as newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the Word, that you may grow thereby, if indeed you have tasted that YHVH is gracious: coming to him, a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God, precious. You also, as living stones, are built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God through Yeshua the Messiah.” 1 Peter 2:1-5
When He calls us be the stones of the Heavenly Temple, this also means He calls to become His sons,
“… as many as received him, to them he gave the right to become God’s children, to those who believe in his name: who were born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” John 1:12-13
The Heavenly Torah, the Architect, is not only revealed as the Instrument of the Builder, but also the Restorer. Through his merit, he has accomplished and will complete the ultimate tikkun olam, the Repair of the World. He prepares a place for us, that is Pardes, the Paradise of YHVH. The exile is coming to an end, and redemption is about to be revealed. We must open our eyes, and look as John the Immerser proclaimed,
הִנֵּה שֵׂה הָאֱלֹקים הַנֹּשֵׂא חַטַּאת הָעוֹלָם
“Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” John 1:29
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