Messiah in Yom HaBikkurim Chapter 77

Miracle #6. A multitude healed after sunset.

  1. The Sixth Miracle of Messiah
  2. Opening-up questions and clues
  3. House of Shimon (Hearing), Andrew (Man), and Messiah
  4. Healing at the Mezuzot (Doorposts) of the House of Messiah
  5. Affixing the Word of God to your Heart
  6. The First Love that is the Source of all love
  7. The all-powerful grip of the Hand of the Father
  8. He has lifted our sicknesses and carried our sufferings
  9. The afflicted were assembled before the Doorposts of Messiah
  10. All the people of Kefar Nachum were healed on Yom Rishon

The Sixth Miracle of Messiah:

Mattai 8:16-17

{Classical & Mishnaic Hebrew}

וַיְהִי לְעֵת עֶרֶב וַיָּבִיאוּ אֵלָיו רַבִּים אֲחוּזֵי שֵׁדִים וַיְגָרֶשׁ אֵת־הָרוּחוֹת בִּדְבַר פִּיו וַיְרַפֵּא אֵת כָּל־הַחוֹלִים׃ לְמַלּאת אֵת אֲשֶׁר דִּבֶּר יְשַׁעְיָהוּ הַנָּבִיא לֵאמֹר חֳלָיֵנוּ הוּא נָשָׂא וּמַכְאֹבֵינוּ סְבָלָם׃

{Modern Hebrew}

לְעֵת עֶרֶב הֵבִיאוּ אֵלָיו רַבִּים שֶׁהָיוּ אֲחוּזֵי שֵׁדִים וְהוּא גֵּרֵשׁ אֶת הָרוּחוֹת בִּדְבַר פִּיו וְרִפֵּא אֶת כָּל הַחוֹלִים, לְקַיֵּם אֶת אֲשֶׁר נֶאֱמַר בְּפִי יְשַׁעְיָהוּ הַנָּבִיא: חֳלָיֵנוּ הוּא נָשָׂא וּמַכְאֹבֵינוּ סְבָלָם.פ

לעת ערב הביאו אליו רבים שהיו אחוזי שדים והוא גרש את הרוחות בדבר פיו ורפא את כל החולים, לקים את אשר נאמר בפי ישעיהו הנביא: חלינו הוא נשא ומכאבינו סבלם.פ

At evening time, they brought him (the Messiah) many who were gripped by demons, and he drove out the spirits with the word of his mouth (דבר פיו), and he healed all the sick, fulfilling what Yeshayah the Prophet spoke, saying, “He has lifted our sicknesses and carried our sufferings.”

Markos 1:32-34

וַיְהִי בָעֶרֶב כְּבוֹא הַשָּׁמֶשׁ וַיָּבִיאוּ אֵלָיו אֵת כָּל־הַחוֹלִים וְאֵת אֲחוּזֵי הַשֵּׁדִים׃ וְכָל־הָעִיר נֶאֶסְפוּ יַחְדָּו פֶּתַח הַבַּיִת׃ וַיְּרַפֵּא רַבִּים אֲשֶׁר הָיוּ חוֹלִים חֳלָיִים שׁוֹנִים וַיְגָרֵשׁ שֵׁדִים הַרְבֵּה וְלֹא־נָתַן אֶת־הַשֵּׁדִים לְדַבֵּר כִּי יְדָעֻהוּ׃

בָּעֶרֶב, עִם שְׁקִיעַת הַשֶּׁמֶשׁ, הֵבִיאוּ אֵלָיו אֶת כָּל הַחוֹלִים וַאֲחוּזֵי הַשֵּׁדִים. כָּל הָעִיר נֶאֶסְפָה אֶל פֶּתַח הַבַּיִת וְהוּא רִפֵּא רַבִּים שֶׁהָיוּ חוֹלִים בְּמַחֲלוֹת לְמִינֵיהֶן; גַּם שֵׁדִים רַבִּים גֵּרֵשׁ וְלֹא הִנִּיחַ לַשֵּׁדִים לְדַבֵּר מִפְּנֵי שֶׁהִכִּירוּהוּ. פ

בערב, עם שקיעת השמש, הביאו אליו את כל החולים ואחוזי השדים. כל העיר נאספה אל פתח הבית והוא רפא רבים שהיו חולים במחלות למיניהן; גם שדים רבים גרש ולא הניח לשדים לדבר מפני שהכירוהו. פ

In the evening, about sunset, they brought to him all those who were sick and gripped by demons. The whole town was gathered together at the door (פֶּתַח-doorway, entrance) of the house. He healed many who were sick with various illnesses, and he drove out many demons, but he did not permit the demons to speak, for they knew him.

Lukas 4:40-41

וְהָיָה כֹּל אֲשֶׁר לָהֶם חֹלִים חֳלָיִים שׁוֹנִים וַיְבִיאוּם אֵלָיו כְּבוֹא הַשָּׁמֶשׁ וַיָּשֶׂם אֶת־יָדָיו עַל־כָּל־אֶחָד מֵהֶם וַיְרַפֵּא אוֹתָם׃ וְגַם־שֵׁדִים יָצְאוּ מֵרַבִּים וְהֵם קֹרְאִים וְאֹמְרִים אַתָּה הוּא (הַמָּשִׁיחַ) בֶּן־הָאֱלֹהִים וַיִּגְעַר־בָּם וְלֹא נְתָנָם לְדַבֵּר כִּי יָדְעוּ אֲשֶׁר הוּא הַמָּשִׁיחַ׃

עִם שְׁקִיעַת הַשֶּׁמֶשׁ, כָּל הָאֲנָשִׁים אֲשֶׁר הָיוּ לָהֶם חוֹלִים בְּמַחֲלוֹת לְמִינֵיהֶן הֵבִיאוּ אוֹתָם אֵלָיו. הוּא שָׂם אֶת יָדָיו עַל כָּל אֶחָד מֵהֶם וְרִפֵּא אוֹתָם. מֵרַבִּים יָצְאוּ שֵׁדִים כְּשֶׁהֵם קוֹרְאִים אַתָּה הוּא בֶּן־הָאֱלֹהִים! אַךְ הוּא גָּעַר בָּהֶם וְלֹא הִנִּיחַ לָהֶם לְדַבֵּר, כִּי יָדְעוּ שֶׁהוּא הַמָּשִׁיחַ.פ

עם שקיעת השמש, כל האנשים אשר היו להם חולים במחלות למיניהן הביאו אותם אליו. הוא שם את ידיו על כל אחד מהם ורפא אותם. מרבים יצאו שדים כשהם קוראים אתה הוא בן-האלהים! אך הוא גער בהם ולא הניח להם לדבר, כי ידעו שהוא המשיח.פ

All those who had people afflicted with various ailments brought them to him at about sunset (while the sun was setting), and he placed his hands (יָדָיו) upon every one of them and healed them. Demons also came out from many, and they were calling out and saying, “You are the ben Ha-Elohim!” (בֶּן־הָאֱלֹהִים) He reprimanded them and did not allow them to speak, because they knew that he was Ha-Mashiach (הַמָּשִׁיחַ).

Opening-up questions and clues:

The following opening-up questions and clues are provided as an introduction to this study on the 6th Miracle of Messiah:

1.  Look at the symbolism of the above miracle narrative: At what location do the miracles occur? In the Tanakh what do the doorposts of the house symbolize? Clue: What is it that Moses instructed our Jewish ancestors to put upon the lintels and posts of the doors of their homes? Also, what does the Torah say that each of us should write upon the doorposts of our homes?

2.  At what time does this miracle occur?  When does the Hebrew day begin? What day of the week was this the beginning of?

3.  On what day of the week did the Mashiach resurrect from the dead?

4.  Who are the people who are being referenced to here? How many of the citizens of Kefar Nachum were present outside the door of the house of Shimon and Andrew? What do these two personal names mean—Shimon and Andrew?

5.  What physical illnesses and spiritual conditions are the Yehudim of Kefar Nachum being healed of?

6.  Was this an individual or corporate healing? Why is this distinction important to know?

7.  Why did the Messiah lay His hands on the people when He healed them? What are the hands a symbol of? Which letter (pictograph) in the Ancient Hebrew alphabet – that Moses wrote in – is configured in the shape of a (closed) extended hand?

8.  Whose Hand is the Mashiach an extension of? Clue: read 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8).

9.  What passage of Isaiah the prophet is being referenced in this miracle at the entrance (doorway) of the house? What does Isaiah mean when he says, “He has lifted our sicknesses and carried our sufferings”?

10. Therefore, what does Yeshayah (Isaiah) say is the personal cost to the sinless Messiah for our (Israel) receiving corporate healing and permanent deliverance from evil?

House of Shimon (Hearing), Andrew (Man), and Messiah:

Today’s *corporate miracle of “A multitude healed after sunset” is the fourth miracle of twelve recorded miracle events (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12) that occur in Kefar Nachum (כפר נחום); the village of [God’s] Comfort, Consolation, Compassion, and [His] giving of Rest.

*Also this corporate miracle is the first of twelve corporate miracle events (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12) that occur overall in the Seven Signs and Forty-nine Miracles of Messiah.

For much of his three and one half year ministry (1, 2), the Messiah made his home in the house of Shimon (Hearing) and Andrew (Man). The personal names of Shimon and Andrew (Hebrew: Adam) are providential. The hidden message here is: the Spirit of the Holy One makes His permanent dwelling place in M’shicho (His Messiah) who is the perfect “Man” (אַנְדְּרַי-Greek: Andrew, אָדָם-Hebrew: Adam) who alwaysHears, Understands, and Obeys” Him (שִׁמְעוֹן-Shim’on from shama-שָׁמַע).

It was in this fishing village of Galilee that the M’shiach of Adonai began his prophetic teaching ministry in the Kefar Nachum synagogue, recruited his first talmidin (students), and became known throughout all Israel as the Rabbi who healed the sick and disabled, and the Messiah who drove out the unclean spirits from those who were possessed (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10).

Healing at the Mezuzot (Doorposts) of the House of Messiah:

As you enter the home of an observant Jew  you will notice a small rectangular box attached to the outer doorpost. This small box is the mezuzah (המזוזה). Inside each mezuzah is a rectangular piece of parchment called a klaf (קלף), which is made from a specially prepared skin of a ritually clean (כשרה-kosher) animal. The klaf is scribed with Hebrew lettering from key scriptures found in the Word of God: Deuteronomy 6:4–9 and Deuteronomy 11:13–21. The tiny scroll is then rolled up with the Scripture facing inward.

Often, the small box of the mezuzah displays the Hebrew letter shin (ש) on the outside, which stands for [El] Shaddai (אל שדי-All-Sufficient One) The three Hebrew letters that make up the name Shaddai — shin (ש-SH) dalet (ד-D) and yud ( י -Y) — are often interpreted as an acronym standing for Shomer Dlatot Yisrael (שומר דלתות ישראל-Keeper of Israel’s doors).

In the Hebrew Scriptures the word mezuzah  (מְזוּזוֹת-plural, mezuzot) simply refers to the doorpost(s) of a house. The mezuzah was where the blood was applied at the first Pesach (1, 2, 3). The mezuzah was where a servant who wanted to serve his master for life would have his ear pierced. We read that Eli, the priest, sat by the mezuzot (מְזוּזוֹת-doorposts) of the sanctuary. In Proverbs 8:34 we  are informed that blessedness belongs to the one who eagerly waits for instruction at the mezuzot – at the entrance of the home of the Wisdom of God (חכמת אלהים-Ma’amar (מאמר); Aramaic: Memra; Greek: Logos):

אַ֥שְֽׁרֵי אָדָם֮ שֹׁמֵ֪עַֽ֫ לִ֥י לִשְׁקֹ֣ד עַל־דַּ֭לְתֹתַי יֹ֤ום ׀ יֹ֑ום לִ֝שְׁמֹ֗ר מְזוּזֹ֥ת פְּתָחָֽי׃

אשרי אדם שמע לי לשקד על־דלתתי יום ׀ יום לשמר מזוזות פתחי׃

Those who listen to me [חכמת אלהים-the wisdom of God] will be blessed (אשרי-ashrei, happy)–those who stay at my doorposts (מזוזות) every day, who continuously wait for me at the entrance to my (פתחי-gateway) home.

Affixing the Word of God to your Heart:

Orthodox Jews believe they are commanded to literally nail God’s Word to their doorposts. For those Jews who obey the command it is believed that God’s Word will guard them and all of their household. The first century (CE) historian Josephus (יוסף בן מתתיהו) described the use of the mezuzah as a well-known custom in his day and that in addition to the Scriptures the first century Yehudim (Jews) would also inscribe the blessings they had received from God upon their doorposts. (Antiquities 4:8:13; קדמוניות היהודים).

The First Love that is the Source of all love:

Deuteronomy 6:4-9, the Shema, and Deuteronomy 11:13-21 speak first of God’s love for us (Israel) and second of our (Israel’s) love of God. God loves us first by speaking His love into us: by giving us His written and Oral Torah; the latter being the Indwelling Presence of His Spirit. Secondly, these very special passages speak of our responsiveness to God’s love. In our response to God’s love we are called to love God and each other by hearing, understanding, and obeying God’s love that is conveyed to us by His Spirit and His Word. It is therefore a true saying:

.אנחנו אוהבים מפני שהוא אהב אותנו תחלה

“We love because He loved us first.”

The all-powerful grip of the Hand of the Father:

וַאֲנִי אֶתֵּן לָהֶן חַיֵּי עוֹלָם וְלֹא תֹאבַדְנָה לָנֶצַח וְאִישׁ לֹא־יַחֲטֹף אֶתְהֶן מִיָּדִי׃ הָאָב אֲשֶׁר נְתָנָן לִי גָּדוֹל הוּא עַל־כֹּל וְאִישׁ לֹא־יַחֲטֹף אֶתְהֶן מִיַּד הָאָב׃ אֲנִי וְאָבִי אֶחָד אֲנָחְנוּ׃

ואני נותן להן חיי עולם; ולא תאבדנה לעולם, אף לא יחטף אותן איש מידי. אבי שנתן אותן לי גדול מכל ואין איש יכול לחטף אותן מיד האב. אני והאב אחד אנחנו.פ

“I will give them eternal life, and they will not perish for eternity. No one will snatch them from My Hand. The Father who gave them to Me is greater than anyone; therefore, no one will snatch them from the Hand of My Father. I and My Father are One (אֶחָד-echad).”

Question: If one is without any sin whatsoever can it be said that such a one is in complete unity (echad) with Adonai?

Answer: Yes. And what person has ever rightfully made such a claim? Only one—the Messiah!

If however one has sinned by breaking even the smallest of commandments can it be said that such a one is still in complete unity (echad) with Adonai? Answer: No. What Yehudi (Jew) has lived his or her entire lifetime without sinning and has, therefore, remained completely blameless under the Law of Moses? Even Moses sinned. Only the sinless Messiah can say:

.אני והאב אחד אנחנו

“I and my Father are one (perfect unity).”

He has lifted our sicknesses and carried our sufferings:

What passage of Isaiah the prophet is being referenced in this miracle at the door of the house? What does Isaiah mean when he says:

אכן חלינו הוא נשא ומכאבינו סבלם ואנחנו חשבנהו נגוע מכה אלהים ומענה׃

Surely our griefs (חֳלָיֵנוּ) he himself bore,
And our sorrows (מַכְאֹבֵינוּ) he carried;
Yet we ourselves esteemed him stricken (נָגוּעַ),
Smitten (אֲנַחְנוּ) of the Almighty, and afflicted (מְעֻנֶּֽה).

חלינו הוא נשא ומכאבינו סבלם.פ

What does the Hebrew phrase mean: “He has lifted our sicknesses and carried our sufferings”?

The afflicted were assembled before the Doorposts of Messiah:

The door posts are a symbol of the entrance and governance of the heart. The heart is the eternal core (center) of our being; also called ‘spirit.’ Only through the atonement sacrifice of Messiah are our hearts cleansed sufficient for the life-sustaining Presence of the Spirit of the Holy One to dwell within our spirits. Messiah has made it possible for us all to become cleansed of our sins before the doorposts of the House of God. He has lifted our sicknesses and carried our sufferings away that we might become the Temple (House) of the Spirit of Holiness:

This work of Divine Redemption is all entirely the gracious work of the rich mercy and great love of the Holy One.

Therefore, we (the afflicted ones) may not ascribe any credit to anything that we have done. We have not delivered ourselves from sin unto righteousness. God has! Therefore no one may ever boast that they are equal in righteousness to the Holy One. Since all have sinned, our salvation must come from Adonai our Father.

Adonai (YHWH) alone is Perfect. He is complete morally and developmentally. He does not learn. He does not grow. Adonai is never-changing. Man (Adam) is not perfect. *El Shaddai (אל שדי-All-Sufficient One) is Perfect. He needs no help from anyone.

In contrast, Man desperately needs the help of our heavenly Father. We are delivered from sin to live in the righteousness of our heavenly Father only by His graciousness. The Messiah is the Perfect Man who was sent to perfect us. However we do not give to him the glory for the things that God the Father has done through him and in him. We ascribe glory only to the Everlasting Father (Avi’ad). It is His Presence that indwells M’shicho (His Messiah) that has already perfected him (Messiah) and shall on the day of our resurrection also perfect us (למענו).

Question: What was it that only the sinless Messiah (the Perfect Man) could do that no other person could ever do?

Answer: He sacrificed his life for our sin so that we too might one day be made perfect as our heavenly Father is perfect.

Once Messiah perfectly obeyed all of the Torah of Adonai and made satisfaction for sin He rendered death powerless. It was only then that the Messiah’s perfection (love) was made complete. Only when the Messiah sacrificed his perfect life for our imperfect lives was the love of God made complete in him. Without the sacrifice of “love” it is impossible to please God. Therefore, due to the Messiah’s perfect sacrifice of love – Avinu Shebashamayim (our heavenly father) could say of M’shicho (His Messiah):

יצא קול מתוך הענן לאמר: זה בני אהובי אשר חפצתי בו; אליו תשמעון!פ

A Voice came out of the Cloud, saying, “This is My Beloved Son, whom I desire; Listen to him!

In holy love the Messiah is our “Strong One” (בֹּעַז). He is the one sent by the Father to be our Kinsman Redeemer. He has borne in his own body the immeasurable burden of the judgment that rightfully is ours. In this way the Messiah’s fulfillment of the law and His sacrificial victory over death is the victory of Abba Avinu’s redeeming love. So when we gather at the Doorposts of the Messiah we gather as afflicted ones to be healed and made whole (perfect, complete), even as our heavenly Father is whole (perfect, complete). Therefore, the Messiah has declared to us:

לָכֵן הֱיוּ שְׁלֵמִים, כְּמוֹ שֶׁאֲבִיכֶם שֶׁבַּשָּׁמַיִם שָׁלֵם הוּא.פ

Therefore, you are to be perfect (shelamim), as your heavenly Father is Perfect (Shalem).

This means our Father Adonai’s redemptive powers are in no way dependent on fallen man (us) but reside solely in His own Divine moral perfection (virtue). This leads us to two irrefutable facts: first, the Father wants to deliver us (Israel) from our imprisonment to sin and our suffering at the hands of our age old enemy, death; and  second, the *All-Powerful One (אל שדי) unilaterally has given us through M’shicho (His Messiah) the means for us to be eternally delivered from these two twin oppressors of sin and death.

*El Shaddai (אל שדי), the Almighty One, the All-Sufficient One.

All the people of Kefar Nachum were healed on Yom Rishon:

The double reference to time: “in the evening, at sunset” (בערב, עם שקיעת השמש), makes it clear that the Yehudim of Kefar Nachum waited until Shabbat was over (when the sun was setting) before moving the sick and afflicted; otherwise they would have violated the Torah:

וְיֹ֙ום֙ הַשְּׁבִיעִ֔֜י שַׁבָּ֖֣ת ׀ לַ ה’ אֱלֹהֶ֑֗יךָ לֹֽ֣א־תַעֲשֶׂ֣֨ה כָל־מְלָאכָ֡֜ה אַתָּ֣ה ׀ וּבִנְךָֽ֣־וּ֠בִתֶּ֗ךָ עַבְדְּךָ֤֨ וַאֲמָֽתְךָ֜֙ וּבְהֶמְתֶּ֔֗ךָ וְגֵרְךָ֖֙ אֲשֶׁ֥֣ר בִּשְׁעָרֶֽ֔יךָ׃

ויום השביעי שבת ׀ ל ה’ אלהיך לא־תעשה כל־מלאכה אתה ׀ ובנך־ובתך עבדך ואמתך ובהמתך וגרך אשר בשעריך׃

For the seventh day is a sabbath of Adonai Eloheikha (the LORD your God); in it do not do any work, you, and your son, and your daughter, your male servant, and your female servant, and your cattle, and your sojourner (גרך) who stays within your city (ערי).

Therefore, the community-wide (corporate) miracle of healing all of the afflicted ones of Kefar Nachum occurred on the first day (יום ראשון-Yom Rishon) of the new (symbol: new creation) week that immediately follows Shabbat. Yom Rishon, the first day of the Jewish week, begins Saturday evening and ends Sunday evening.

The whole town – with all of their afflicted loved ones – had assembled together at the door of the house of Shimon and Andrew (Adam) – to meet the Man who (perfectly) Hears, Understands, and Obeys Adonai Eloheinu (the LORD our God). Yeshua the Messiah had not only brought healing to the physically ill but he had also exercised *power over demonic forces—and he healed all of the afflicted who had come to him at this special time of Yom Rishon (the First Day).

*By casting out the unclean spirits the Messiah demonstrated his power over Satan (השטן-the Adversary), the ruler of demons (השר השדים).

As the demons came out of many people, they were shouting, “You are ben Ha-Elohim!” (the Son of God). When this happened the Messiah immediately silenced them. He did this because they were an inappropriate witness. The appropriate witness of the Messiah must come from people like us; not demons.

Question: What is so special abut the first day of the week, the Jewish day of Yom Rishon?

Answer: On Yom Rishon the world was created and Messiah was resurreced from the dead.

Point #1:  Over three hundred prophecies in the Tanakh make it absolutely clear that the Suffering Messiah is the true Passover Lamb whose sacrificial death and shed blood (sacrificed life, both physical and spiritual) causes the wrath of Adonai to “pass over” (pasach) those of us who have put our trust in Him. The sacrifice of the Mashiach provides us atonement for sin. In addition on HaBikkurim, at the techiyat ha-Mashiach (the resurrection of Messiah), the Righteous One goes beyond the work of securing forgiveness for our sins. At his resurrection the Messiah vindicates the righteousness of the heavenly Father and he secures the promise of eternal life for all who believe in him.

The resurrection of the Suffering Messiah (ben Yosef) validates his message and his works.

Point #2:  The Messiah has already been declared with power to be the ben Ha-Elohim (בן-האלהים-Son of God) by the evidence of his resurrection from the dead. Due to Messiah’s willingness to humble himself to become our sin-offering the Father (אבי ישוע המשיח אדוננו-Avi Yeshua Hamashiach Adoneinu) has raised him from the dead and exalted his Name (ישוע-Yeshua:ה’  ישועה של-Adonai‘s salvation) above every other name, forever.

Rabbi Yeshua is the Messiah, the Anointed One. His name is a compound word that means, “salvation of Adonai.” The Messiah did not come to us in his own name but he came in the Name of our Father and our God—-Adonai (HaShem). Our Messiah has never sought to glorify himself but to bring glory only to his Father and our Father, his God and our God—-Adonai (HaShem).

The personal name of the Messiah does not mean, “Self is Savior.” Avinu Shebashamayim has declared M’shicho (משיחו-His Messiah) Yeshua to be the only source, means, and agent of His (ה’) salvation. He is the Messiah ben Yosef, the Suffering Servant, the Deliverer promised by Moses and the prophets who came to be born (תשרי 15-on the first day of Sukkot) in Beit-Lechem (בית־לחם-House of Bread), in the city of his ancestor King David.

* Since the first day of the week was the day when the world was created and the Messiah was raised from the dead on the first day the first century (CE) messianic Yehudim called every Yom Rishon—“Yom ha-Adon” (יום האדון-the Lord’s Day).

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