- No greater mitzvah
- The Torah that is engraved in our hearts by the Spirit
- The Royal Torah of the Spirit
- The Fulfillment of Yom Kippur and Shavuot in the coming Golden Age of Israel
- Shavuot and commandment, word, law, witness, and decree
- The Divine starter kit
- Adonai Avinu shall fill the entirety of our being!
- The Twelve Festivals of Messiah
No greater mitzvah:
?איזוהי המצוה הראשונה מכל
ההמצוה הראשונה היא: שמע ישראל ה’ אלהינו ה’ אחד, ואהבת את ה’ אלהיך בכל לבבך ובכל-נפשך ובכל שכלך ובכל-מאדך. והשניה היא ואהבת לרעך כמוך. אין מצוה אחרת גדולה מאלה. פ
What is the first mitzvah of all?
The first commandment is: “Shema Israel, ADONAI our God, ADONAI is One,” and love ADONAI your God with all your heart and all your soul and all your mind and with all your might. And the second is love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other mitzvah greater than these.
The Torah that is engraved in our hearts by the Spirit:
Do you know the difference between the written Torah and the engraved Torah?
The engraved Torah of the Spirit is also called the Royal Torah. Unlike the imprinted Torah that was imprinted “upon parchment” (a mirror reflection of HaShem) written down by Moses—-the royal “engravings” of the Ten Commandments were inscribed by the actual Hand of God.
These royal engravings that were inscribed by the Hand of God (בְּאֶצְבַּ֥ע אֱלֹהִֽים-literally by the Finger of God) completely penetrated throughout “all” of the two tablets of the Ten Commandments.
This penetration of the actual Presence of HaShem—all the way through His two tablets—represents the penetration of the Spirit of the Holy One “upon, in and through” all of our physical and spiritual being.
This penetration throughout all of our being is exactly like that event whereby the all-consuming fiery Hand of God completely penetrated the two tablets of the Ten Commandments. The letters of the Ten Commandments were burned completely all the way through the tablets (upon, within, and through). For this reason:
The letters (pictographs) of the Ten Commandments became completely invisible; just as Adonai (the LORD) is invisible.
However, the invisibility of the Ten Commandments was ultimately made visible. How was the invisible Presence of God made visible? The invisibility of the Ten Commandments was made visible by the physical form (background) that remained as a visible contrast to the actual Letters from God’s Hand that remained after He had burned His invisible Presence all the way through the two stone tablets.
In this manner of revelation, therefore, the tablets of the Ten Commandments retained a dual physical form and Spiritual nature.
The dual form and nature of the Ten Commandments included both a visible physical form – the visible stone background that made the invisible letters visible – and a Spiritual nature that included the actual Indwelling Presence of the Spirit of the Holy One that Indwelt the two tablets of stone. This means that present in the Ten Commandments there was both the invisible Presence of the invisible God and a “visible image” of His Presence that was revealed in the surrounding stone background. Therefore we read regarding the Messiah (1, 2):
.הוא צלם של האלוהים הבלתי נראה, בכור כל בריאה
“He is the image of the invisible God (Tselem Elohim), the firstborn of all creation”
The Royal Torah of the Spirit:
The Little Torah that is the Great Torah (more precious than the written Torah) is the Torah of the Spirit that penetrates “beyond” our inner being. This is the Royal Law of the actual Indwelling Presence of the Spirit of the Holy One. The Spirit Himself is The Hand of Adonai. He is the One who will never leave or forsake us (Israel). The Spirit of Adonai (our Father and our God) is our Helper (1, 2). Our Helper will never cease communicating “upon, within, and through” us His ineffable perfecting works of ahavah and chesed.
In the invisible Presence of Adonai that Indwells us, in the Little Torah (בְיָדוֹ סֵפֶר קָטָן-cf. in His Hand a Little Book) we discover how we shall one day live our lives in Perfect Friendship with Adonai Avinu (shalem) and each other (shelamim). For it is written:
.לָכֵן הֱיוּ א שְׁלֵמִים, כְּמוֹ שֶׁאֲבִיכֶם שֶׁבַּשָּׁמַיִם שָׁלֵם הוּא
“So be perfect (שלמים-shelamim, a peace offering) as your heavenly Father is perfect (שלם-shalem; our Perfect Friend).”
We must voluntarily, therefore, now offer up our lives to Adonai Avinu as a living sacrifice. It is time for our people and our nation (Israel) to be consumed all the way through with the Indwelling Presence of His Spirit of Holiness. Then like Avinu Shebashamayim (our Father in heaven) we shall dwell in His Shalem—-a perpetual, unending relational state of harmony and Friendship with Abba Avinu (and one another).
Therefore if we (Israel) by the mercies of Avi HaRachamim present our bodies a living and holy sacrifice, a peace offering that is acceptable to Abba Avinu (Father our Father), then we will all receive the permanent Indwelling Presence of the Spirit of Holiness. The Spirit of Holiness: He is the One who will remove all of our sins and thereafter transform our minds so that we (Israel) may prove what the will of Adonai Eloheinu is. For He desires that we behave in a manner that makes for perfect Friendship.
We must strive to do what is good and expedient for we owe an eternal debt of friendship to Adonai (our Father, our God, and our Friend).
So like our father Abraham (the friend of God) we (all Israel) are willing to become a peace offering (shelamim) to Adonai Avinu so that then all of His promises (to our father Abraham) will come true. For so He has sworn everlasting friendship to our father Abraham and through him to all of the prophets (and His Word cannot be broken). Therefore, we believe that it is time for change:
It is time for our people to be reconciled to Adonai Avinu and our nation of Israel to be fully restored!
It is time now for our Messiah to return to us from the far country (heaven) and restore to us the kingdom of Adonai. Therefore, it is now time for all of us to receive the gift of our Father which is the permanent Indwelling Presence of His Spirit. Therefore, it is now time for all of us to receive His gift of the LIttle Torah (Scroll) that is the Great Torah of the actual Indwelling Presence of the Living One (Ruach Elohim Chayim). Therefore, it is written (Ezekiel 11:19-20):
ונתתי להם לב אחד ורוח חדשה אתן בקרבכם והסרתי לב האבן מבשרם ונתתי להם לב בשר׃ למען בחקתי ילכו ואת־משפטי ישמרו ועשו אתם והיו־לי לעם ואני אהיה להם לאלוהים׃
וְנָתַתִּ֤י לָהֶם֙ לֵ֣ב אֶחָ֔ד וְר֥וּחַ חֲדָשָׁ֖ה אֶתֵּ֣ן בְּקִרְבְּכֶ֑ם וַהֲסִ֨רֹתִ֜י לֵ֤ב הָאֶ֙בֶן֙ מִבְּשָׂרָ֔ם וְנָתַתִּ֥י לָהֶ֖ם לֵ֥ב בָּשָֽׂר׃ לְמַ֙עַן֙ בְּחֻקֹּתַ֣י יֵלֵ֔כוּ וְאֶת־מִשְׁפָּטַ֥י יִשְׁמְר֖וּ וְעָשׂ֣וּ אֹתָ֑ם וְהָיוּ־לִ֣י לְעָ֔ם וַאֲנִ֕י אֶהְיֶ֥ה לָהֶ֖ם לֵאלֹהִֽים׃
“And I will give you one heart, and put a new spirit [of friendship] within you. And I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh (the Indwelling Presence of the Spirit of the Holy One), that you [Israel] may walk in My statutes [walk in My Spirit] and keep My ordinances and do them. Then you will be My people, and I shall be your God.” [Forever]
The Fulfillment of Yom Kippur and Shavuot in the coming Golden Age of Israel:
Why did the prophet Ezekiel and Yochanan ben Zevedi (יוחנן בן זבדי), the Spokesperson for the Shlichim (Sent Ones), both leave out of their sacred writings the very important festivals of Yom Kippur and Shavuot?
In the messianic age all Israel will be saved!
The simple reason is because in the (near future) messianic age all Israel will be saved. All Israel will finally have experienced both the permanent atonement, the once-in-eternity forgiveness of the sins of our people and our nation, and the permanent return of the Presence of the Spirit of Holiness Indwelling every man, woman and child of Israel.
In short, the purpose of the two festivals of the Day of Atonement and Shavuot will soon be completely fulfilled when all Israel comes to fully understand that the Messiah Yeshua is the Promised One who HaShem (the NAME) sent in His Name to redeem our people and nation of Israel and to endow us with the Living Torah of the Indwelling Presence of the Spirit of the Holy One.
Shavuot and commandment, word, law, witness, and decree:
The purpose of the gift of Shavuot, the Gift of (Living) Torah is to return us to the Unity of the Spirit in the bond of Shalom which is the fulfillment of the petition of the Shema, the Prayer of Unity. We are to be possessed of “one” Spirit. Therefore, it is written:
שמע ישראל ה’ אלוהינו ה’ אחד׃
Shema Yisra’el, Adonai Eloheinu, Adonai echad!
שְׁמַע יִשְׂרָאֵל ה’ אֱלֹהֵינוּ ה’ אֶחָֽד׃
Hear, understand, and obey (שמע) Rule of God (ישראל), Adonai our God (אלוהינו ה’) Adonai is one whole, complete, perfect unity (ה’ אחד).
The fulfillment of the Shema (Unity Prayer) is a numerical process of seven ones. Israel is expected to walk in a manner that is worthy of our high calling. With all humility and gentleness, with patience showing tolerance for one another in love (אַהֲבָה), being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit (אַחְדוּת הָרוּחַ) in the bond of shalom (שָׁלוֹם) there is (הִנֵּה) to be:
הנה: גוף אחד ורוח אחת, כשם שגם אתם נקראתם אל תקות יעודכם האחת; אדון אחד, אמונה אחת, טבילה אחת, אל ואב אחד לכל, הוא אשר מעל כל, פועל בכל, ובתוך הכל. פ
(1) One body (גּוּף אֶחָד)
(2) One Spirit (וְרוּחַ אַחַת), just as also you were called in (כְּשֵׁם שֶׁגַּם אַתֶּם נִקְרֵאתֶם אֶל)
(3) One hope of your calling; (תִּקְוַת יִעוּדְכֶם הָאַחַת)
(4) One Master, Lord (אָדוֹן אֶחָד),
(5) One faith (אֱמוּנָה אַחַת),
(6) One immersion (טְבִילָה אַחַת),
(7) One God and Father of all (וְאָב אֶחָד לַכֹּל)
Who is over all (הוּא אֲשֶׁר מֵעַל כֹּל),
Works in all (פּוֹעֵל בַּכֹּל),
Who [permanently dwells forever] inside [us] all (וּבְתוֹךְ הַכֹּל).
*Echad (אחד-one), echat (אחת-one) is referenced seven times; in the Jewish scriptures seven is the number of completeness and perfection. Kol (כל-all, whole) is referenced four times – four is the number of universality.
Therefore, it was never the intent of Avinu Shebashamayim (our heavenly Father) that His children of Israel be possessed by any spirit other than “His” own Spirit. How can God do this? Such a thing is both desirable and easy for God to do. For Adonai Avinu (ה’ אבינו) possesses the attribute of being omnipresent. His Spirit can be at one place and everyplace at the same time!
The Spirit of Adonai (the LORD) our Father is supposed to be permanently residing within the hearts of every Jewish man, woman, and child living in the world today! For this reason Israel is destined to one day, we pray soon, live in a state of complete harmony (אַחְדוּת) with our heavenly Father; rather than a general state of independence, opposition, and open hostility toward Him.
The Divine starter kit:
The 613 Divine commandments are a “means” (a kind of Divine starter kit) to achieving the ends of the echad (unity) of the Spirit in the bond of Shalom. The 613 Divine commandments use a variety of synonyms to assist the process of our deliverance from a (temporary) state of sin to a state of perfect (unending) righteousness. The 613 Divine commandment terms (synonyms) being reviewed here are five in number (there are others):
Term #1. Mitzvah (commandment),
Term #2. Dibbur (word),
Term #3. Mishpat (law),
Term #4. Ed (witness), and
Term #5. Chok (decree).
The Hebrew word used for ‘decree’ (Term #5 above) indicates a law observed in submission to an unquestionable authority. Chok is the name of a specific class of mitzvot (the chukim) which the human mind cannot rationalize. Its literal meaning is “engraving:”
רוֹאִים בְּבֵרוּר שֶׁאַתֶּם אִגֶּרֶת הַמָּשִׁיחַ הַנֶּעֱזֶרֶת עַל־יָדֵינוּ – כְּתוּבָה לֹא בִּדְיוֹ, אֶלָּא בְּרוּחַ אֱלֹהִים חַיִּים, לֹא עַל לוּחוֹת אֶבֶן, אֶלָּא עַל לוּחוֹת שֶׁל לֵב בָּשָׂר.פ
It being manifestly (רוֹאִים) clear (בֵרוּר) that you are a letter (אִגֶּרֶת) of the Messiah, cared for by us, not written with ink (כְּתוּבָה לֹא בִּדְיוֹ) but with the Spirit of the living God (בְּרוּחַ אֱלֹהִים חַיִּים), not on tablets of stone (לֹא עַל לוּחוֹת אֶבֶן) but on tablets of hearts of flesh (עַל לוּחוֹת שֶׁל לֵב בָּשָׂר).
וְנָתַתִּי לָהֶם לֵב אֶחָד וְרוּחַ חֲדָשָׁה אֶתֵּן בְּקִרְבְּכֶם וַהֲסִרֹתִי לֵב הָאֶבֶן מִבְּשָׂרָם וְנָתַתִּי לָהֶם לֵב בָּשָֽׂר׃
And I will give them one heart, and put a new spirit within you (Israel). And I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh (לֵב בָּשָֽׂר).
וְנָתַתִּי לָכֶם לֵב חָדָשׁ וְרוּחַ חֲדָשָׁה אֶתֵּן בְּקִרְבְּכֶם וַהֲסִרֹתִי אֶת־לֵב הָאֶבֶן מִבְּשַׂרְכֶם וְנָתַתִּי לָכֶם לֵב בָּשָֽׂר׃
Moreover, I will give you (Israel) a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh (לֵב בָּשָֽׂר).
הִנֵּה יָמִים בָּאִים נְאֻם־ה’ וְכָרַתִּי אֶת־בֵּית יִשְׂרָאֵל וְאֶת־בֵּית יְהוּדָה בְּרִית חֲדָשָֽׁה׃ לֹא כַבְּרִית אֲשֶׁר כָּרַתִּי אֶת־אֲבֹותָם בְּיֹום הֶחֱזִיקִי בְיָדָם לְהֹוצִיאָם מֵאֶרֶץ מִצְרָיִם אֲשֶׁר־הֵמָּה הֵפֵרוּ אֶת־בְּרִיתִי וְאָנֹכִי בָּעַלְתִּי בָם נְאֻם־ה’׃ כִּי זֹאת הַבְּרִית אֲשֶׁר אֶכְרֹת אֶת־בֵּית יִשְׂרָאֵל אַחֲרֵי הַיָּמִים הָהֵם נְאֻם־ה’ נָתַתִּי אֶת־תֹּֽורָתִי בְּקִרְבָּם וְעַל־לִבָּם אֶכְתֲּבֶנָּה וְהָיִיתִי לָהֶם לֵֽאלֹהִים וְהֵמָּה יִֽהְיוּ־לִי לְעָֽם׃ וְלֹא יְלַמְּדוּ עֹוד אִישׁ אֶת־רֵעֵהוּ וְאִישׁ אֶת־אָחִיו לֵאמֹר דְּעוּ אֶת־ה’ כִּֽי־כוּלָּם יֵדְעוּ אֹותִי לְמִקְטַנָּם וְעַד־גְּדֹולָם נְאֻם־ה’ כִּי אֶסְלַח לַֽעֲוֹנָם וּלְחַטָּאתָם לֹא אֶזְכָּר־עֹֽוד׃
“Behold, days are coming,” declares Adonai (the LORD), “when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah, not like the covenant which I made with their fathers in the day I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, although I was a husband to them,” declares Adonai. “But this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel after those days,” declares Adonai (the LORD), “I will put My law within them and on their heart I will write it; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. They will not teach again, each man his neighbor and each man his brother, saying, ‘Know Adonai,’ for they will all know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them,” declares Adonai, “for I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.”
In the Torah there is a difference between engraved (not with ink) Hebrew letters and written Hebrew letters (with ink). Written letters are only partially penetrating to the objects they are impressed upon. In contrast, engravings are completely penetrating. This is the difference between the written Torah and the Living Torah (the one true Oral Torah of the Spirit).
First, the written Torah (the law of Moses) is written upon us, it does not dwell within us, and it is not living through us.
Second, in contrast, the Living Torah (the Oral Torah of the Spirit) dwells upon us, in us, and through us.
On the first Shavuot, Moses came down from Mount Sinai and gave us the Ten Commandments that were engraved by the Hand of Adonai. This was a promise that one day our hearts would not just be written upon but they also would be engraved like the two tablets prophetically were.
In the second and final Shavuot, after our (Israel’s) redemption was *secured, the ‘Moses to come’ (the Messiah) sent down from heaven to us the Living Torah that is the Indwelling Presence of the Hand of God. The Hand of God is the omnipresent Spirit of the Holy One Who indwells us forever.
*Our redemption has already come; yet most of Israel has yet to believe.
The Holy Spirit Himself is the One Who is our Living Torah.
He is our never-ending Oral Torah for He is eternally present “upon,” “in,” and “through” us and He will never cease from communicating His unending love for us. Therefore it is a true saying that:
The Engraved Torah is superior to the written Torah.
Prophecy will “cease” because all of the written Torah of God our Father will one day be fulfilled. Greater than the temporal fulfillment of the written Torah is the never-ending relational Presence of the Spirit of Adonai.
כִּי חֶלְקִית הִיא יְדִיעָתֵנוּ וּבְאֺרַח חֶלְקִי מִתְנַבְּאִים אָנוּ, אַךְ בְּבוֹא הַמֻּשְׁלָם יְבֻטַּל הַחֶלְקִי.פ
“For we know in part and we prophesy in part; but when the perfect comes (הַמֻּשְׁלָם), the partial will be done away.”
Therefore, the engraved gift of the Father—the Holy Spirit, the Oral Torah of the Messiah given to us on the second and final Shavuot (almost two millennia ago)—is the complete fulfillment of all of the written Torah of Moses given to us on the first Shavuot. Therefore, it is the Holy Spirit Himself Who will perfect us on the day of resurrection and it is the Spirit Himself Who will maintain our perfection for all eternity!
Adonai Avinu shall fill the entirety of our being!
What does this mean? We have learned that there is the Great Torah that is the Indwelling Presence of the Holy Spirit (engraved) and there is the written Torah that is made up of thousands of tiny ancient written images (pictographs and ideograms) whose magnificent meanings are meant to be impressed “upon” and “in” and “through” our conscious being.
It is this Great Torah that forever abides “in” the depths of our Jewish bodies, minds, souls and spirits. The Great Torah is not like the visible indelible ink that abides – is imprinted on parchment; rather, the Great Torah is like the invisible engraved Presence that pierced all the way through the entire visible being of the rock background of the Ten Commandments (עשרת הדיברות). Prophetically this means:
When the invisible Living Torah Presence of the Spirit is received by Israel; then He [God our Father] shall fill the entirety of our being.
Therefore, the Oral Torah of the living Presence of the Holy Spirit is not a perfect (visible) mirror ‘image’ of God, as is the case with written Torah. The Oral Torah of the (invible) living Presence of the Holy Spirit is Adonai Avinu Himself Indwelling all of our being, all of our spirit, all of our soul, all of our mind, and all of our body! [Forever] Shalom! Shalom!
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