Wednesday, July 18, 2018

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Av 6
The Word of Elohim

“… so is MY WORD that goes forth from My mouth – it DOES NOT RETURN TO ME EMPTY, but shall do what I please, and shall certainly accomplish what I sent it for.”  (Isa 55:11 ISR, emphasis mine)

Oftentimes, in order to get the best definition and interpretation of a word, it is necessary to look elsewhere in Scriptures to see how it is used.  Such is the case with dâbâr (Strong’s H1697), which has been translated as ‘word’ in our opening verse.  I found two examples in the Torah of where this word was used that stood out to me emphatically: in Ex 20:1 (“And Elohim spoke all these Words, saying,” – the introduction to what we know as the Ten Words, or Ten Commandments), and in Deu 6:6 (“And these Words which I am commanding you today shall be in your heart,” – part of what we know as the Sh’ma).  In both instances, the critical importance of the ‘Words’ of our Elohim is something that we are well familiar with.

The dâbâr of our Elohim will always produce results.  We are told that His Word is “is living, and working, and sharper than any two-edged sword, cutting through even to the dividing of being and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart (Heb 4:12).  For those of us who diligently study the Scriptures, making every effort to walk the Torah walk to the best of our ability, the result is a changed life and lifestyle.  Our goal is to reflect and portray the image of Yeshua as best as we can.  For others, the Words of our Elohim will bring them to the place of teshuvah, of repentance, of turning away from all that was displeasing to our Father, and turning back to Him, with the desire to please Him, always.  And for many others, the result is a further decline into lawlessness (Torah-lessness), and a turning away from the One who created them.

We are to ‘guard’ His Words (Deu 12:28, 32), we are to ‘treasure’ (Pro 2:1; 7:1) these Words, and we are to ‘keep’ and ‘do’ them as well (Lev 18:4-5).  Let us never forget that the way and manner we respond to His Word is indicative of our relationship with our Creator.  If we treasure His Words, we do Him honor.  If we ignore and forget His Words, we bring Him shame and disdain.  Abba, let me not be counted among those who do so …

As an added note, I found a translation of this verse that I had never seen before.  This particular version of the Scriptures is called The Orthodox Jewish Bible (© Copyright 2002, 2003, AFI International Publishers[1]), and this verse from Isaiah reads as follows:

So shall My Davar (the Word of Hashem) be that goeth forth out of My mouth; He shall not return unto Me reikam (empty, void) but He [the Davar Hashem, see Yn 1:1,14] shall do that which I please, and He [the Davar Hashem] shall accomplish the purpose whereto I sent Him.

This translation interprets ‘the Word’ with a masculine pronoun (He), and uses the references from John chapter one to link it with Messiah Yeshua.  Yes, it could fit, as Messiah did not return to the Father empty and void, but accomplished everything and every purpose He was sent to do.  Something to think about, eh?


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Av 5
Ears to Hear

“And He said to them, be careful WHAT you are hearing. The measure [of thought and study] you give [to the TRUTH YOU HEAR] will be the measure [of virtue and knowledge] that comes back to you—and more [besides] will be given to you WHO hear.”  (Mark 4:24 AMPC, emphasis mine)

Throughout the course of any given day, the sounds that we hear are many, and of a great variety.  Some of us have developed the ability to filter what is of importance, of what needs to be retained, and of what needs to be rejected and discarded.  Unfortunately, too often the wires get crossed, and many of those things that do need to be kept and cultivated are being thrown away, while the ‘junk’ is being fertilized and fed.  Only with the help of the Spirit of YHWH can we be successful in hearing correctly, and then allow him to teach and train us from what we hear and retain.

In both the Hebrew and the Greek, the words from the Scriptures that have been translated as ‘hear’ include the sense of not only listening, but also of comprehending, understanding andobeying, all within the sense of hearing.  It therefore appears that accountability and responsibility rests with us.  We can no longer limit ourselves to just hearing sounds; we must recognize, understand, and obey the given instructions. 

“My sheep recognize MY voice, and I know them, AND they follow me.” (John 10:27 TLB, emphasis mine)

“But He said, “Blessed rather are those HEARING the Word of Elohim AND watching over it!”
 (Luke 11:28 ISR, emphasis mine)

"Sh'ma, Yisra'el! YHWH Eloheinu, YHWH echad!” (Deu 6:4)

ABBA Father, we come to You in the Name of Your Son, Messiah Yeshua.  We repent of our inattention, of not rightly handling Your Word of Truth.  We ask that You – the Elohim that made the hearing ear and the seeing eye (Pro 20:12) - give us ears to hear, and a heart ready and willing to receive the goodness of Your life-giving Torah, Your Word.  Teach us to be attentive; help us to be willing, and may we ever be Your obedient and loving children. Amein and amein.


Monday, July 16, 2018

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Av 4

“But the hour comes, and now is, when the true worshiper will worship the Father in spirit AND in truth, for indeed the Father seeks worshipers who are like these.  For Eloah is spirit, and those who worship Him ought to worship in spirit AND in truth.”  (John 4:23-24 HRVS, emphasis mine)

Noah Webster defines ‘worship’ as “to adore; to pay divine honors to; to reverence with supreme respect and veneration”[1].  The biblical verse that Mr. Webster quotes as an example in his definition is Ex 34:14:  “For thou shalt WORSHIP no other god: for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God” (KJV, emphasis mine).

Interesting to note that the Greek word that is translated as ‘worship’ in our opening verses is the word proskuneō (Strong’s G4352), and literally means to fall to one’s knees, touching the ground with your forehead in obeisance and profound reverence.  I believe that the key here is the phrase ‘profound reverence’, something that I wonder how many of us will truthfully admit to.  Are we really in awe and amazement at our Creator, and all that He has done, and continues to do?  Are we humbled at the unconditional love that He has for us, a love that will never end?  Do we hold Him, and His Torah, in high esteem and honor?

To the Jew, the highest form of worship is the study of Torah, the divine instructions in moral and righteous living.  I would suggest that the application of this study would also qualify as worship, especially if it is done with ‘profound reverence’ toward the One who created us.  We were created to do the will of our Elohim, and we know that Sh’ma – to hear and obey – is His will (Deu 6:4-9).  We also know that the Scriptures define Torah as truth (Ps 119:142); therefore, if we are to worship in spirit and in truth, it would stand to reason that the application of the truth, the Torah, would somehow be involved.

Always remember, folks, the very rocks would praise Him if the need arose (Luke 19:38-40).

for you do not bow yourselves to another mighty one, for יהוה, whose Name is jealous, is a jealous Ěl” (Ex 34:14 ISR)

“And they sing the song of Mosheh the servant of Elohim, and the song of the Lamb, saying, “Great and marvellous are Your works, יהוה Ěl Shaddai! Righteous and true are Your ways, O Sovereign of the set-apart ones! Who shall not fear You, O יהוה, and esteem Your Name? Because You alone are kind. Because all nations shall come and worship before You, for Your righteousnesses have been made manifest.” (Rev 15:3-4 ISR)


[1] American Dictionary of the English Language, Noah Webster, 1828

Sunday, July 15, 2018

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Av 3

“They visit me as if they were my friends, but all the while they gather GOSSIP, and when they leave, they spread it everywhere.”  (Ps 41:6 NLT, emphasis mine)

Some years ago, my husband and I found ourselves involved in a situation that we had no desire to be a part of, a situation that did irreparable harm to a couple that were, at that time, close friends of ours.  It was a situation all caused by ‘gossip’, and fueled by the leader of a local congregation.  Folks, this is a situation that ought never to be.

How many of us – in all honesty – have started a conversation with the words, “Have you talked to (or seen) so-and-so lately?”  Or what about, “Have you heard what’s happened to ‘what’s his name’?”  Brothers and sisters, beware of people trying to ‘pump’ you for information.  Our kadosh, holy and set-apart Father, knows whom He can trust with what He chooses to reveal, and He knows who will go straight into prayer with what He reveals to them.  If we, as children of Elohei Mikkarov, (the God who is near), cannot be faithful with the secrets of our brothers and sisters, how dare we think that Elohim will take and reveal His hidden secrets to those who are nothing but talebearers and slanderers?

What many do not realize is that gossip is a form of pride, and operates out of a critical spirit – a side show of the yetzer hara, our evil inclination.  When it comes from the pulpit, it is ‘doubly’ damned, because it is setting an example for the congregation that is not according to Torah.   We are all called to be living epistles, read by all men (2Cor 3:2-3), we are all called to love our neighbor as ourselves (Lev 19:18), and there is nothing that will destroy our witness and testimony for the Master faster that ugly gossip.

If you are asked, in confidence, to pray – then pray.  We have to prove ourselves faithful in the little, before more will be added (see Mat 25:14-23; Luke 19:12-19).  Are you aware of a congregation that appears stagnant, that does not seem to grow?  Look and see if perhaps gossip is a problem in that assembly.  This principal can also apply to our personal lives as well; if we would be honest and open with ourselves, can we say that we are maturing as our Creator would have us to do?  Perhaps it is time to pray more and ‘talk about it’ (gossip) less.

“If there's no wood, the fire goes out; if nobody gossips, contention stops.”  (Pro 26:20 CJB)

יהוה, who does sojourn in Your Tent? Who does dwell in Your set-apart mountain? … He has NOT SLANDERED with his tongue, He has not done evil to his neighbour, Nor LIFTED UP A REPROACH against his friend ...” (Ps 15:1-3 ISR, emphasis mine)

“What you don’t see with your eyes, don’t invent with your mouth.” (Old Yiddish Proverb)


Saturday, July 14, 2018

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Av 2
I Called

“The hangman’s noose was tight at my throat; devil waters rushed over me. Hell’s ropes cinched me tight; death traps barred every exit.” (Ps 18:4-5 MB)

I have never suffered from an anxiety or panic attack; I understand it is a tremendous blessing to be free from these afflictions.  I do have close friends who deal with such encounters, and my heart goes out to them.  A panic attack puts a whole new meaning on the phrase ‘frozen with fear’.

Researchers and scientists recognize that anxiety and panic originate within a form of fear, which is something that the Word of our Elohim confirms, in that we know that “fear has torment” (1John 4:18).  A person in the tight grips of a panic attack generally has breathing difficulties (see our opening verses), and many bodily functions just ‘shut down’.  Beloved, this has never been our Father’s plan, or desire, for our lives.

We know that fear does not come from our Father; He is the Author and Originator of love (1John 4:8-10).  The Scriptures also tells us that “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear” (1John 4:18).  The opposite of fear is peace and security, and we believe that our Messiah is the Sar Shalom, the Prince of Peace (Isa 9:6); it is as we cultivate and nurture our relationship with Him, that He gives us of His peace (John 14:27).  However, the consequences of those who defy parental discipline (both spiritual as well as physical) will bring fear and punishment, for “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the Elohim Chayyim” (Heb 10:31 OJB).

With every trial, every testing, every battle, every encounter, our Creator always has one avenue open that spells victory.  It is the road that leads to the “secret place of the Most High”, and the street called “shadow of the ALL-Mighty” (Psalm 91).  Within the pages of this book that we call The Scriptures, the Bible, there are estimated to be over 7700 promises that our Abba Father has given to us, and over 100 times we are admonished to “fear not”.  Why?  Because we are to intimately know Him in whom we trust.

“You have been put to no test but such as is common to man: and God is true, who will not let any test come on you which you are not able to undergo; but He will make with the test a way OUT of it, so that you may be able to go through it.”  (1Cor 10:13 BBE, emphasis mine)

“In my distress I called upon יהוה, And to my Elohim I cried; He heard my voice from His Hĕḵal, And my cry went before Him, into His ears And He brought me out into a large place; He delivered me for He delighted in me.” (Ps 18:6, 19 ISR)


Friday, July 13, 2018

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Av 1

“’YHWH is my portion’, says my soul; ‘Therefore will I hope in Him.’ YHWH is good unto them that WAIT for Him, to the soul that seeks Him.  It is good that a man should QUIETLY WAIT for the salvation of YHWH.” (Lam 3:24-26 HRVS, emphasis mine)

We presently live in what is commonly called a “microwave society”.  Most everything is accomplished at speeds we do not try to measure; we complain when our computers run slow, and signal is poor for our cell phones.  The U.S. Postal Service verifies that postal patrons usually only receive hand written, personal correspondence once in a two week period – the days of letter writing (certainly by hand) are long gone. 

However, Abba Father, the Elohim who created not only we frail humans, but the world we live in, is not on our time-table, and never will be.  He cannot be coerced or manipulated into operating on our schedule.  All too often we forget who holds the reins of the universe in His hands …

“The earth is YHWH's, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein. For He has founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the floods.” (Ps 24:1-2 HRVS)

A few of the ways Noah Webster defines “wait” are to 1. To stay or rest in expectation; to stop or remain stationary, till the arrival of some person or event; 2. To rest in expectation and patience; 3. To stay; not to depart; 4. To wait on {included in this are these definitions:}; 5. To look watchfully; 6. To be ready to serve; to obey”[1].  All of these definitions are in direct opposition to the way we currently live our lives – in the fast lane – yet they will all be found within various fruit of the Spirit (Gal 5:22-23). Can we have self-control without learning how to wait?  And what of patience – there is a LOT of waiting involved while this fruit is being developed in our lives.

We wait on Him, our YHWH Elohim, the One who was, who is, and who is to come (Rev 1:8).  To demand that He answer us immediately, yesterday, and in a way that we expect is nothing but arrogance and pride, and stinks in the nostrils of our Elohim (Isa 64:6).  Where are the times of seeking His face, not His hand?  Of listening for His heart-beat, instead of hearing our own voices, reciting our ‘wish’ lists? 

As for me, I look to יהוה, I wait for the Elohim of my deliverance, my Elohim does hear me.”  (Mic 7:7 ISR)

“… But they that wait for YHWH shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”  (Isa 40:31 HRVS)


[1] American Dictionary of the English Language, Noah Webster, 1828, insert mine

Thursday, July 12, 2018

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Tammuz 29

‘But the being who does WHATEVER defiantly, whether he is native or a stranger, he reviles יהוה, and that being shall be CUT OFF from among his people. Because he has despised the word of יהוה, and has broken His command, that being shall certainly be CUT OFF, his crookedness is upon him.’ ” (Num 15:30-31 ISR, emphasis mine)
Did y’all know that the word ‘delete’ is not found in the pages of our Scriptures, and I searched through about a half a dozen different translations.  The word ‘delete’ means “to strike out or remove (something written or printed); cancel, erase; expunge.”[1]  I like Noah Webster’s definition also: “To blot out.”[2]  These are definitions that are found within the pages of Elohim’s Word, and it is well worth looking at them.

However, let us look first at the actual explanation of the word itself.  When something is deleted or erased, all trace of its presence is gone, as if it never existed in the first place.  I have an excellent example of this:  I purchased my very first computer back in the early 1990’s.  While learning the in’s and out’s, I accidently deleted my entire hard drive, and needless to say, it would no longer function.  Period.  I ended up taking it to a friend that knew more about computers than I did, and he was able to restore everything, complete with a new operating system, etc.  But imagine, if you will, that black screen, with nothing on it.  And imagine, if you will, that could possibly be you, or me, if we do not line up with how the Scriptures say we should be.

The Hebrew word that has been translated as ‘cut off’ in our opening verses is the word kârath
 (Strong’s H3772), and it also carries an alternative meaning dealing with the cutting of the sacrificial offerings when making a covenant.  However, in the majority of its use throughout the Scriptures, it means total annihilation, cut off, and blotted out.  Rûm (Strong’s H7311) is the Hebrew word that has been translated as ‘defiantly’ – the KJV uses ‘presumptuously’ – and has to do with self-exaltation, pride and arrogance.  When we look again at our opening verses, we can see flashing yellow lights everywhere.

These verses from the book of Numbers deal with transgression, sin, or wrong-doing that was done deliberately; in other words, something (in our opening verse, the word used is ‘whatever’) was done with the full knowledge that the particular action was completely against and violated what has been written down in Torah.  It was a deliberate action, knowing that it was wrong.  Any individual that continues to engage in this type of activity, without genuine teshuva and tikkun (restitution and restoration), will be kârath, or cut off.

We have recounted for us in the book of Daniel the story of a ruler who ate grass like an animal, but many of us have never really looked closely at the ‘rest of the story’.  We learn, in Dan 4:2-3, that Neḇuḵaḏnetstsar acknowledged YHWH as Elohim; however, his pride and arrogance revealed itself in an attitude of “look what Elohim has done for me.”  The sovereign was given a dream as a word of warning, and the dream did disturb him greatly.  Daniel was able to interpret the dream, and counselled Neḇuḵaḏnetstsar to turn away from all of his wrong doing (see 4:27), or suffer the consequences.  Twelve months later, the sovereign was still as he had been, and the Word from YHWH was “executed” (see 4:32).  Neḇuḵaḏnetstsar was reduced to eating grass like a cow, and was effectively “cut off” for his transgressions.  It was after the season had been fulfilled that Neḇuḵaḏnetstsar was restored to his right mind, at which time he acknowledged Elohim for who and what He is (see 4:34-37).

It is a universal law: for every cause, there is an effect.  Elohim said it: “whatever a man sows, that he shall also reap” (Gal 6:7), and He “shall render to each one according to his works” (Rom 2:6).  Brethren, we cannot, we must not, continue to live in the realm of self-rule while calling ourselves Torah observant.  The two are not compatible.  We cannot willfully transgress the dictates of Torah, and respond that “Elohim is love; He knows my heart.”  Yes, our Father is a God of love, but He is also an Elohim of justice.  If we do not turn, do teshuvah, (and tikkum, if it is required), then the ‘Word must be executed’.  We will find ourselves kârath, cut off, and deleted.

“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Master, Master,’ shall enter into the reign of the heavens, but he who is doing the desire of My Father in the heavens. Many shall say to Me in that day, ‘Master, Master, have we not prophesied in Your Name, and cast out demons in Your Name, and done many mighty works in Your Name?’ And then I shall declare to them, ‘I never knew you, depart from Me, you who work lawlessness!(Mat 7:21-23 ISR)


[2] American Dictionary of the English Language, Noah Webster, 1828

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

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Tammuz 28

A talmid [disciple] is not above his moreh. But everyone, having been fully trained, will be like his moreh (teacher). (Luke 6:40 OJB, emphasis and insert mine)

When asked concerning my religious affiliation, I most generally respond that I am a ‘disciple’ of the Jewish Messiah, Yeshua of Nazareth.  But what is a disciple? According to Noah Webster, a disciple is “a learner; a scholar; one who receives instruction from another; a follower; an adherent to the doctrines of another”[1]  However, when we study the lives of the first disciples, and the relationship that they enjoyed with Messiah Yeshua, we are missing something.  Yes, they had one-on-one fellowship with Him; so do we, for He is in us.  The difference, I believe, is that after a period of time, they began to ‘copy-cat’ Him, as an understudy would do the lead actor of a play.  And in reality, is that not what we also are to do?

Letting ‘our light shine before men’ is a commandment from our Master (Mat 5:16), but whose light are we filled with, if not our Creator’s?  If we make the claim, as I have done, to be a disciple of Messiah Yeshua, then we are to be ‘mirror images’, if you will, of who He is, and what He represents, in the Kingdom of Elohim.  Am I perfect?  No, I am not; but “I keep pursuing the goal in order to win the prize offered by God's upward calling in the Messiah Yeshua.” (Phi 3:14 CJB). 

We are to study and learn of our Messiah Yeshua.  Who is He?  He was and is a Jew, and He is returning as a Jew.  Am I to become a Jew, to be a proselyte?  No, I am not; however, I believe that I have been grafted in to the tree that is Israel (see Rom 11:16-20).  Because of this, I am to follow His example in everything, and emulate His lifestyle to the best of my ability.  The only way any of us can achieve this is to go back to the beginning, to the same foundation from which our Master started from, the Torah, and learn as He learned.  Perhaps then we might truly begin to resemble Messiah Yeshua that lived, and still lives …

Show me Your ways, O יהוה; Teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, For You are the Elohim of my deliverance; On You I wait all the day.”  (Ps 25:4-5 ISR)


[1] American Dictionary of the English Language, Noah Webster, 1828

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

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Tammuz 27
Sound of Silence

“And in the naked light I saw
ten thousand people, maybe more
People talking without speaking
People hearing without listening
People writing songs that voices never share
No one dare
Disturb the sound of silence”
(©1964 Simon & Garfunkel)

We live in an advanced, high tech world, where electronic devices abound by the billions.  Everything from cell phones to ceiling fans, from televisions to tablets, from vacuum cleaners to freezers to HD entertainment centers.  And they all make their own noise, most are audible to the human ear, though some are not.  There is no such thing in our modern world as true silence; as I sit in my office writing this, I can hear the sound of my computer tower, in addition to the sound of the ceiling fan in the next room.  I believe we have lost something valuable in the advancement of our modern world.

My husband and I enjoy taking our horses and traveling to what is known as the ‘wilderness areas’ within the National Forests of Wyoming.  These are areas that are only accessible to the non-motorist; there are no motorized vehicles (or equipment, such as chainsaws) allowed in these specific regions, and the only way to travel in and through them is either on foot, or by riding, be it a horse or a mule.  The only sounds to be heard within the boundaries of these areas are the sounds of nature, disturbed occasionally by the sound of a plane high above.  We cherish our time spent on these ‘retreats’, for we find that when we return to civilization, we are more in balance, our relationship with our Creator is once again where it should be, and our batteries have been ‘recharged’,

The prophet Elijah also found refuge in a place of silence.  Running in fear for his life, Elijah ended up on Mt Horeb, known as the mountain of Elohim (see 1Kin 19:8), and it was there that Elohim met with the prophet.  From the vociferous great wind, to the violent earthquake, ending with the wild and raging fire, Elijah learned the value of silence, for it was then he was able to hear the “still small voice” of our Creator as He spoke and ministered to Elijah (see 1Kin 19:11-13).

I have heard schizophrenia defined as hearing ‘many voices’, all at the same time.  In truth, is that not true of many of us, in this modern world we live in?  I know of several people who cannot stand to be home alone without some kind of noise playing, be it the television, radio, or CD player. How is our Father supposed to speak with us through all of the racket and din we surround ourselves with?  Yes, I am well aware of the saying “my Father knows how to get my attention when He needs to”, but are we not told we are to seek Him, not the other way around (see Ps 24:6; 27:8; Mat 6:33; Col 3:1)  ?  Whatever happened to ‘ask/seek/knock’ (Mat 7:7)?

I would like to issue a challenge to all of us (myself included) who claim to children of the Elohim of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.  I would challenge each one of us to take a set amount of time each day, be it 15 minutes, or 60 minutes, and set it aside as a time of silence.  Let us learn again the value of being quiet and still in the presence of our Creator, sitting at His feet.

“Be still, and know that I am Elohim; I am exalted among nations, I am exalted in the earth!” (Ps 46:10 ISR)

“But יהוה is in His set-apart Hĕḵal. Let all the earth be silent before Him. (Hab 2:20 ISR)

“Therefore thus says the LORD, the Holy One of Israel: When you will repent and rest you will be saved; IN QUIETNESS AND IN HOPE SHALL BE YOUR STRENGTH; but you would not listen.” (Isa 30:15 LBP, emphasis mine)


Monday, July 9, 2018

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Tammuz 26
Walk the Way

“The unclean does not pass over it, but it is for those who walk the way, and no fools wander on it.” (Isa 35:8 ISR)

The Hebrew word that has been translated as ‘unclean’ in our opening verse is a word we are well familiar with from our yearly Torah cycle; it is the word ṭâmê' (Strong’s H2931), and it means one that is ceremonially and religiously impure, defiled, and unclean.  Torah is filled with examples of what is unclean (see the book of Leviticus); however, let me go one step further, as it would apply to our verse from Isaiah.  Someone who is unclean is one who has deliberately and repeatedly chosen to reject and defile the Torah of our Elohim, one who has no remorse, and one who has treated as common the kadosh things of our Creator.  Such a one will never be found on this “Way of Set-apartness”.

The word that has been translated as ‘fool’ is the Hebrew word 'ĕvı̂yl (Strong’s H191), and I believe that Jeff Benner has the best definition of this word:  One who acts without consideration or regard for a desirable outcome.”[1]  Other dictionaries include the sense of perverseness with their definition, as well as one who despises wisdom.  According to Isaiah, such a one could not even accidently stumble upon the “Way of Set-apartness”; it is beyond their comprehension and understanding.

This highway, this “Way of Set-apartness”, is for those who have fulfilled the Deu 10:12-13 requirements.  The love and commitment that they have for the One who created them, the desire to serve Him, carefully watching over and keeping the Torah to the best of their ability, is evident in their life and lifestyle, their halacha.  This highway is for them, as they have chosen, this day, whom they would serve (see Jos 24:15).

The Peshitta has a slightly different twist on this verse, which is worth a second look:

And a highway shall be there, and it shall be called the way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; AND THERE SHALL BE NO ROAD BESIDE IT; fools shall not err therein.” (Holy Bible From The Ancient Eastern Texts: Aramaic Of The Peshitta by George M. Lamsa (1933), emphasis mine)

We have all seen frontage roads that run parallel to a major interstate or highway.  These frontage roads appear to be headed in the same direction as the highway; however, they are not the highway, and eventually they veer off to only a map can tell us where.  Beware, brethren, of those ‘roads’ that seem to be headed in the same direction as this “Way of Set-apartness.”  They are nothing but deception, and will take you where you do not want to go.

Blessed are the perfect in the way, Who walk in the Torah of יהוה!” (Ps 119:1 ISR)


[1] Ancient Hebrew Dictionary, ©2009 Jeff Benner

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