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January 5, 2019 (28 Tevet 5779) Va'era "and I appeared

Va`era

“and I appeared”

Exodus 6:1-9:35

Ezekiel 28:25-29:21

Matthew 12:1-14

This Torah study titled “Va’era” in Hebrew means “and I appeared.” It shows us that we need to recognize our God and His authority in our lives, we need to know that God wants a deeper more personal relationship with us. God wants us to know Him, not just about Him. He wants a relationship with us not just a religion about Him.

Additional Scripture

Psalm 8:4; 16:18

Matthew 10:32

Romans 1:21-25; 10:8-13

Va’era “and I appeared

This week’s Torah portion is in Exodus 6:1-9, 35 and is titled “Va’era” in Hebrew. It means “and I appeared.”

Exodus 6:1 records that the Lord appeared to Moses.

Exodus 6:14 records the family lineage of Aaron and Moses.

Exodus 6:28 records Aaron being made Moses’ spokesman.

Exodus 7:1 records the miracle of Aaron’s rod.

Exodus 7:14 records the first plague: the waters turning to blood.

Exodus 8:1-30 records the second, third and fourth plagues: frogs, lice and flies.

Exodus 9:1-35 records the fifth, sixth and seventh plagues: livestock disease, boils and hail.

The Haftarah or prophet’s portion is in Ezekiel 28:25-29:21

Ezekiel 28:25 records a future blessing for Israel.

Ezekiel 29:1-21 records a proclamation that Egypt will be plundered by Babylon.

The Gospel portion is in Matthew 12:1-14

Matthew 12:1-14 records the controversy over Sabbath labor, Sabbath healing and the Pharisees’ plan to kill Yeshua.

Va’era “and I appeared

Torah Study

Exodus 6:1-9:35

Exodus 6:2-3 (Interlinear Bible) is where we get the title to this week’s Torah portion. Exodus 6:3 reads, “Va’era#7200,” “and I appeared” to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob as God “Almighty# 7706 El Shaddai,” and by My name “YHVH #3068 translated as Lord,” I never made Myself known to them.”

Here in the first part of Exodus 6, God is making Himself known as Yahweh, YHVH, instead of El Shaddai, God Almighty as the patriarchs Abraham, Isaac and Jacob knew Him. It’s not like they never knew God, it’s just that no one ever knew God in this intimate way before. The patriarchs knew a great deal about God and experienced His goodness in many ways, but they never had the revelation that was granted to Moses, Aaron and the people of this day. God wanted a deeper more personal relationship with them/us. Not only does God want people to know about Him, He desires for us to know Him personally, so we can establish a relationship with Him, rather than a religion about Him. Amen.

God began to reveal more and more about Himself through His many names and attributes. This is understandable, because really if you think about it, how can God’s greatness be contained or represented by just one name. I urge you to read the Scriptures with an open heart and an open mind, being willing to let God reveal Himself to you as your personal God.

Exodus 7:13 records, “and Pharaoh’s heart grew hard, and he did not heed them, as the Lord had said.” Pharaoh did not want to acknowledge any authority in his life except his own, and his selfish actions caused many lives to be lost. We should examine our own attitudes toward others with a soft heart, repenting in the name of Jesus Christ.

God exalts Himself in many ways, His characteristics and attributes testify to His goodness. If all was said about Him, He would have to be spoken of by thousands of names, but He is One God, omnipotent and omnipresent, One God.

The Egyptians, on the other hand, worshipped hundreds of idols but none of them were real. None could walk, none could talk, none could act, no, not one. Even Pharaoh himself, who was deemed a god incarnate on earth, could not do or say anything that would alter even the smallest of YHVH’s decrees in the land of Egypt or on earth.

Exodus 7:13 (Interlinear Bible) reads, “and the heart of Pharaoh was hard, and he did not listen to them, as Jehovah had said.” Here, the word “hardened” in Hebrew is “chazaq #2388, meaning to become arrogant, make stronger, to become prideful or to display strength, it can also mean to be caught or captured.” God caught Pharaoh in his own words, his own actions and his sins, because of his pride.

Proverbs 16:18 reads, “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.” Amen. So, God hardens Pharaoh’s heart to show Himself to be God Omnipotent. There’s only one God. Amen.

The Egyptians worshiped many hundreds of idols. They had idols of fertility, idols of war, idols of rain, idols of thunder, idols of the underworld and heavens, sun and moon, idols for the river, lakes and streams, every species of wildlife was represented in their idol worship, male and female. With that in mind, let us look at the signs Moses and Aaron did before Pharaoh and his servants.

Aaron’s miraculous rod, being turned into a snake, then devouring the snake/rods of the pharaoh’s magicians. All the signs or plagues were designed of Yahweh, our Lord God, to show Himself as the One True and Only God by directly attacking one of Egypt’s main idol/gods.

The cobra, a symbol of Egypt’s deadly power and authority, was part of pharaoh’s crown or headdress. As such, the first miracle was having Aaron’s rod devour a snake created by Pharaoh’s magicians. This was God’s way of showing His authority and power over life and death.

The plague on the waters of Egypt was the first public plague. Water representing life, and the Nile River idol, a crocodile headed man figure, who was worshiped as a living, life bringing god, was turned to blood. In Leviticus 17:11 it records, “For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the altar, to make atonement for your soul.” The Nile River turning to blood, was God showing that He alone is the giver of life and it would be the blood of His Son that would bring eternal life to all the world.

The second plague: frogs. Everyplace and in everything, frogs appeared.

The frog headed, human body idol represented fertility and was regarded as a symbol of renewal, life and happiness. This idol could now only be seen as a plague brought by God Almighty, who multiplied their numbers into the millions, covering the land of Egypt with the stink of death, not the joy of birth.

The third and fourth plagues: lice and flies. When the lice came, pharaoh’s own magicians said, “this must be the finger of God!” (Exodus 8:19 Note: this verse is not recorded in the Interlinear Bible). The flies are associated with the idol of the underworld, death. By multiplying the flies, YHVH showed His power over the grave and death. And He did so again in John 20;21.

The fifth plague: livestock disease. The Egyptians worshiped idols shaped with the heads of bulls and horses on human bodies. Once again, God shows Himself to be greater than these idols. As all the livestock of the Egyptians fall dead, not a single animal of the Israelites was harmed.

The sixth plague: boils. Even Pharaoh himself was afflicted with boils, as well as the lice and the flies and the frogs. This was especially humiliating as the Pharaoh was considered to be the earthly representation of the sun-idol. He could do nothing, except to suffer along with his servants. God Almighty shows Himself superior yet again.

Hail was the seventh plague: wind, rain, thunder, lightning, all these storms were attributed to one deity or another, and our God, the God of the Hebrews, shows Himself the One in control of the very weather. This was so evident that Pharaoh admits that the Lord is righteous and asks Moses to stop the hail. Moses then informs the Pharaoh that the earth is the Lords. But, after the hail had stopped, Pharaoh sinned yet again and hardened his heart (Exodus 9:27-35).

I want to ask you, just what would it take to convince you that God is real? What would it take to convince you that we need to recognize God and His authority in our lives? What would it take you to realize that God wants a relationship with us? Know this, God will shake us up first, if He has to, all so He can say “Va’era,” “and I appeared” to you.

I pray it doesn’t take a plague to make you recognize Him and make Him sovereign ruler, God and friend in your life.

Haftarah Portion

Ezekiel 28:25-29:21

In Ezekiel 28:25-26, the prophet describes God’s blessings that will fall on future Israel and the Gentiles when they hallow Him, worship Him and adore Him; not just acknowledge Him religiously, but when they begin to know Him personally as their God.

Ezekiel 29:3 reads, “Speak, and say, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “Behold, I am against you, O Pharaoh king of Egypt, O great monster that lies in the midst of his rivers, who has said, my river is my own; “I have made it for myself.”’” Whoa! Now that’s pride, a hard heart, represented by a half man half crocodile idol, worshiped by the ancient Egyptians then and even now as ancient cultural traditions are being re-embraced by this modern generation of New Age, neo-paganism and self-enlightenment seekers who are such a big part of the great apostasy of the end times (self being the key word).

Ezekiel 29:9 reads, “and the land of Egypt shall become desolate and waste; then they will know that I am the Lord, because he said, ‘the river is mine, and I have made it.’” But the truth is, God Almighty created it all. He is El Shaddai, God as Creator, and He created the earth, the skies, the seas, rivers and the heavens. Then the Lord God Almighty created all their inhabitants. In ancient Egypt, we see the result of the created worshiping things created rather than worshiping the Creator (Romans 1:21-25). The Creator is worthy to be praised and He desires a relationship with us. Think about it, the Creator wants to have fellowship with His creation! Honor and power be unto Him who has said, “Va’era” and I appeared to Moses”. That was then, and He will appear in your life now. Just look for Him, He’s everywhere!

Gospel Portion

Matthew 12:1-14

Matthew 12:1-14 highlights the hardness of the Sadducees’ and Pharisees’ hearts. Because they didn’t know God personally, they did not recognize Him when He walked among them. Sad, very sad. “Va’era” and appeared Jesus and said to them plainly in Matthew 11:25, “at that time Jesus answered and said, “I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and have revealed them to babes.”

And I appeared, “Va’era,” doing signs and wonders all over ancient Egypt, for all the world to see; yet, they were still hard of heart. Over 1,000 years passed, and then God came to dwell among men as Yeshua Messiah, Jesus Christ, to do signs, wonders and miracles before man again, that we might develop a relationship with Him, again, as He had with Adam and Eve in the garden. It has been 2,000 years since God dwelt among men, and He still desires to have a relationship with us.

Psalm 8:4 reads, “What is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You visit him?” Wow! Put yourself in that Scripture, I think it should read, “what am I, that you are mindful of me, and me the son of man that You visit me?” Think about the fact that the One and only Creator of all the heavens and earth wants to have a personal relationship with you. Again Wow!

Well, there’s only one way to that relationship and that’s through Yeshua Messiah, Jesus and He is ever waiting for you. Do you want that relationship? Do you search for truth?

Has your hard heart started to soften? God wants to be able to appear to you personally. People, God is real and He wants a REAL-ationship with you and it’s as easy to find as ABC.

A. Admit, admit you have sinned and you’re sorry you did.

B. Believe, Jesus died for that sin, then rose from the grave on the third day.

C. Confess, confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and make Him King in your life.

Read Romans 10:8-13 and Matthew 10:32, then pray with a repentant heart and ask the Father of us all to fill you with His Spirit that He would appear to you.

If you prayed that prayer in Jesus’ name, I would like to be the first one to welcome you to the family, second I would like to encourage you to tell a messianic rabbi, pastor or Christian friend what you did, and third I would like to encourage you to contact us here at jewandgentileministiers.org

Bibliography for Va’era “and I appeared”

Interlinear Bible, the, Hendrickson publishing, 2016

New King James Version of the Bible, Thomas Nelson publishers, 2007

Strong’s Complete Dictionary of Bible Words, Thomas Nelson publishers

January 5, 2019 (28 Tevet 5779) Va'era "and I appeared"

January 5, 2019 (28 Tevet 5779) Va'era "and I appeared