Shabbat Sabbath

July 15, 2023

Hear O Israel

What you just read from two of the most popular Hebraic-based English Bible translations today is a passage of Scripture called the Sh’ma, or Shema. It is the central prayer of Israel and the Hebrew people. It is at the heart of the faith of all who call upon YHWH as their God and their Creator. Sadly, though, many today are not even fully aware of the importance of this passage of Scripture or what it even tells us.

I want to take a journey through this passage of Scripture and examine its key elements, breaking it down into an in depth study of what this really means in the life of the Believer. Before I do that, however, I want to consider commentary from two authors regarding this passage, one Christian and the other Jewish.

Victor P. Hamilton, Ph.D. served as Professor of Old Testament and Theology at Asbury University from 1971 to 2007. Among his written works is the Handbook On The Pentateuch, which obviously covers the five books of the Torah, since the word “Pentateuch” is the Greek word that references these five books.


CHAPTER 5: The Gospel in Britain

Perhaps no one caught the imagination of the Church in the Middle Ages more than Joseph of Arimathea. Much lore rose up around him as the centuries passed. However, there are some basic truths that stand out, proven by subsequent events as well as by genuine scholars, ancient and modern.

There is one undisputable fact that emerges from any serious study of early Church history: the Church in Britain was among the first to be established after the day of Pentecost. The Roman Church, of course, has long been embarrassed by this and has worked hard to hide the facts proving this. The British Church was not subject to Rome for many centuries, and thus the later Roman Church did not recognize them as being Christian until they came under Rome’s headship over six centuries after Pentecost.

The Epistles of Paul - Romans Part 19: Christian Disagreement

In Romans chapter 12 Paul explains, to a great degree, how Christians should treat one another. Of course, when we read these passages from Paul’s letters, we must remember that he is only talking about the members of the body, “those who are Israel”, which has nothing to do with aliens. From Romans chapter 12: “4 Just as in one body we have many members, but the members all do not have the same function; 5 in this manner we are many in one body with Christ, and each one members of one another. 6 But having varying gifts according to the favor which is given to us: whether interpretation of prophecy according to the proportion of faith; 7 or service in the ministry; or he that is teaching, in education; 8 or he that encourages, in encouragement; he that is sharing, with simplicity; he that is leading, with diligence; he showing mercy, with cheerfulness. 9 Love without acting; abhorring wickedness, cleaving to goodness: 10 brotherly love affectioned towards one another; in…

Which Covenant Could Christ Be?

Concerning Matthew’s quote of “in His name Gentiles will trust.”, this is more directly expanded upon in  Isaiah 11 where the passage describes the ‘Branch’, the “root of Jesse” to whom the “Gentiles seek”.  In Romans 15 Paul quotes Isaiah (11?) describing Jesus as the “minister of (to) the circumcision for the truth of God” which truth “confirms the promises made unto the fathers”. Those promises made to the fathers, Paul explains, are related (in part) to the “mercy” Yahweh will show the gentiles.

God Tests the Righteous

This lengthy Midrashic commentary has three Meshalim, Parables of how God tests the righteous: a flax worker who beats his flax, a potter who strikes his well-made pots, and a householder who places his yoke upon the strong cow. God does and will test His children. God tested Israel in the wilderness. For us who are in Christ, the church we also find ourselves in situations where we are being tested through trial and tribulation. “In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if…” (1 Peter 1:6-7).


After the article, Forgiveness (click on highlighted words to view content), Jim wrote to ask, “I’m grappling with the idea mentioned at the end of the article that to worship Jesus is following another god. Doesn’t Yeshua declare in Matthew 10:32 that we must come to the Father through Him? Again, Matthew 11:27 says all things were given to Yeshua. John 10:25-31 says He and the Father are one and in Hebrews 1:5-8, YaHoVeH refers to Yeshua as God.”The Name, YaHoVeH, appears over 6,500 times in scripture – yet, not once does His Name ever appear in any of our “modern” translations. It has been replaced in these translations by the names Jehovah, Adonai, or LORD – none of which has any equivalency to what appears in the original Hebrew those scriptures were written in. Wherever you see the capitalization of Lord or God in the scriptures, that is where the Name of YaHoVeH appeared in the original manuscripts (refer to Deuteronomy 6:4). The same is true for the name of the Son, Yeshua – it has been replaced by the name “Jesus” which does not appear in the original scriptures and did not even show up in the English language until the mid-17th century (reference the first KJV printed in 1611). Why do you think that is? Did that just happen by accident – a quirk? Or was it by design? Does the term replacement theology come to mind? Things became really muddled with the translation of the Messianic Writings because of the carry-over of this agenda of the translators to enhance the doctrine of a triune godhead which tells us, that since Yeshua IS the Father, the words “God”, “Jesus” and “Lord” now become interchangeable. But, for these Hebrews writing these letters from a Hebrew perspective formed out of a Hebrew mindset that was influenced by Hebrew culture and were addressed primarily to a Hebrew audience which understood the nuances of the Hebrew language, they were well aware of what all of these words are alluding to – the one True Holy One of Israel.

The Two Resurrections

The resurrection of the human body from the grave is clearly taught in God’s Word. Job, the oldest of the patriarchs, said: “For I know that my Redeemer liveth, and that He shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God” (Job 19:25-26). It is evident that Job was firm in his belief in the resurrection of his body and a future life beyond the grave.

Abraham, the founder and father of his race, lived to be one hundred seventy-five years old, and “died in a good old age” (Genesis 25:7-8), but “he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God” (Hebrews 11:10). He never saw that city in his earthly pilgrimage, for earth to him was a “strange country.” The godly old patriarch shared with others who “desire a better country, that is, an heavenly; wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God; for He hath prepared for them a city” (Hebrews 11:16). But Abraham believed that the heavenly city would be inhabited by a fleshly body, “accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead . . .” (Hebrews 11:19).

David was confident of a future life. He said: “My flesh also shall rest in hope” (Psalm 16:9), and “I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with Thy likeness” (Psalm 17:15). These words of the man of God refute the erroneous teaching that the resurrection refers to the spirit of man, and not to his body. Neither the soul nor the spirit of man dies, but it is his body which dies and is buried. Therefore it must be the body that is raised from the dead, and not the soul or spirit.

When our Lord Jesus was here upon earth, He taught that all men who die will be raised again at some future date. “Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in which all that are in the graves shall hear His voice, And shall come forth . . .” (John 5:28, 29). We affirm and avow our belief in the resurrection of the human body from death and the grave. Without this hope our Christian faith is vain, our brightest hopes are merely bursting bubbles, the Bible is not a true and reliable record, the men who wrote it were poor deluded victims of falsehood, and Jesus Christ is the….

Paths of Old – Ancient Paths

Jeremiah 6:16; 18:15; Acts 15:21

“Thus said יהוה (Yahweh), “Stand in the ways and see, and ask for the old paths, where the good way is, and walk in it; and find rest for yourselves….” (Jeremiah 6:16)

“But My people have forgotten Me, they have burned incense to what is false, and they have stumbled from their ways, from the ancient paths, to walk in bypaths and not on a highway.” (Jeremiah 18:15)

Regular public reading of the Torah was introduced by Ezra the Scribe after the return of the Jewish people from their Babylonian captivity (c. 537 BCE), as described in the Book of Nehemiah 8. In the modern era, adherents of Orthodox Judaism practice Torah reading according to a set procedure they believe has remained unchanged in the two thousand years since the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem (70 CE).

“For from ancient generations Mosheh has, in every city, those proclaiming him – being read in the congregations every Sabbath.” (Acts 15:21)

This week, we have a double Torah Portion. Bible readings for July 15, 2023. In the 7th solar month of the Hebrew 4th month of Tammuz (June/July).

Torah Portions Matot & Massei
מַסְעֵי / מַּטּוֹת
Tribes / Journeys

If you are interested in downloading the annual Torah reading schedule with projected new moon sightings, Feast Days, click HERE.

Three Year Bible Reading Schedule

Genesis to Revelation

Exodus 15:1-21 | 2 Samuel 11:1—12:25 | Psalm 70:1—71:24 | Jeremiah 6:1—7:28 | Luke 12:35—13:35

If you are interested in downloading the complete 3 year Bible reading schedule, click HERE. You can break up your Bible reading into 5 days of your choosing or combine the above readings of your choice.

Potential New Moon Sighting

This month (July), we have two Conjunctions (Dark Moons). The first Conjunction falls on Monday, July 17, 2023 and the second Conjunction falls on Tuesday, July 18, 2023.

At sunset on Wednesday, July 19, 2023 the Percent of Full illumination is calculated to be at 2% of Full (visible). So, barring any cloud cover, rain, etc., the New Moon should be sighted.

The last New Moon was sighted in Israel was on June 19, 2023. Counting forward 29 days, we come to July 18, 2023 which is the second Conjunction (Dark Moon). On July 19th, we come to the 30th day from the sighting of the last New Moon. A Hebrew month cannot be no less than 29 days and no more than 30 days long. Thus, the first visible New Moon will fall on the 30th day which will be July 19, 2023.

Ancient Hebrew Curse Reveals True Name of God

For Scott Stripling, one archaeologist’s trash has become his treasure.

Through a process called wet sifting—a methodological revolution bringing to light small or hidden artifacts that were previously missed at many archaeological digs—Stripling and his team have made an incredible discovery on Mount Ebal in the mountains of Samaria that could very well be one of the most significant finds in biblical history.

Stripling, the Director of Excavations for the Associates for Biblical Research, and his team traveled to Mount Ebal, about 50 miles north of Jerusalem, for a dig at the altar described in Joshua 8:30: “Then Joshua built an altar to the Lord God of Israel on Mount Ebal, as Moses commanded the children of Israel.”

It was a site that Stripling said Israeli archaeologist Adam Zertal had excavated in the 1980s and had “done a very good job on it.” Stripling said he wanted to “check his dump pile there” to see if Zertal had missed anything of significance.

Through wet sifting, what Stripling and his team found in Zertal’s “dump pile” was a lead folding tablet with writing on the inside estimated to be 3,400 years old. Stripling says it’s the oldest Hebrew writing that has ever been found, in a proto-alphabetic script.

“That predates biblical Hebrew, or paleo-Hebrew, which is what we think of from the First Temple period, the earliest writings we had previously,” Stripling says.

The entire context of Stripling’s team’s findings can be found here.

The inscription on the tablet included the name of Yahweh, the Hebrew name for God used in the Bible, twice.

Stripling said the tablet was about the “size of a business card folded in half.

“Think about the book of Job, for example, which is the oldest book in the Bible,” Stripling says. “And listen to what Job said in Job 19:23-24: ‘Oh, that my words were written! Oh, that they were inscribed in a book! That they were engraved with an iron pen and lead in the rock forever!'”

Stripling screenshot

Stripling said hundreds of these types of tablets have been found in Israel, what they call death pixels or curse tablets. But all of them to this point, Stripling says, had writing with very “petty or stupid” curses on them.” But this one, he says, was a “very serious thing.”

“In this case, this is a judicial type of curse and it’s self-imprecatory (to invoke or call down evil or curses upon a person), which is exactly what they did at the end of Deuteronomy. They pronounced blessings from Mount Gerazim and self-imprecatory curses from Mount Ebal. And what did we find on Mount Ebal, on the altar, by the way, the one that Joshua built, but a table with a curse inscription on it.”

“All my life I’ve wanted to be known as a blessing, but as it turns out, what we found was a curse,” Stripling says. “And the curse is actually a blessing in disguise. Essentially, there are 48 very small letters and the curse reads like this: ‘Cursed, cursed, cursed, cursed are you by the God, Yahweh. Cursed you will surely die. Cursed you are by Yahweh, cursed, cursed, cursed.’ It has a literary structure to it what we call a chiasm. Some of the Psalms are written this way.

“It is a self-imprecatory curse the Israelites [used], just like Deuteronomy says: ‘We’re bringing upon themselves and it may happen to us if we don’t keep the terms of God’s Covenant.'”

Stripling says that most scholars and places of higher learning have denied the literacy of Moses and Joshua, but this tablet proves otherwise.

“[Scholars assumed] The Bible couldn’t have been written until 1000 years later because there was no alphabet with which they could write,” Stripling says. “Well, now we know there was. They have said the Israelites were illiterate. Well, then why is God telling them to write, why was He telling the people to read. Why would people write things down if nobody could read it. And now we have proof of that literacy.

“So, the tablet is written and then laid on the altar. … An innocent animal is slaughtered and the blood…that covers the curse. So, this starts way back in Genesis—the shedding of innocent blood to cover the guilty. And so, this blood covers the tablet and now the man who will come to the altar, in other words, repent and accept responsibility for his actions. Those curses are not going to come to him. It’s only the man who will not repent, who will have those curses upon him.

“And the curse is a big problem because it doesn’t say cursed you are by Satan. We could deal with that. This is cursed by Yahweh. That’s checkmate, okay? There’s no getting out of this curse, except through the blood. So, Leviticus 17:11 says that ‘through the shedding of blood, there is forgiveness of sin.'”

Sound familiar? Does Jesus’ crucifixion ring a bell?

While Stripling says the discovery was made in 2019, he and his team left Israel and thought the project was over. Everything that was found was put in storage, and Stripling assumed he would return to Israel a few months later to take the research project through the “normal protocols.”

But then the COVID pandemic hit, and Stripling and his team were “locked out” of Israel for two years. Once they returned and accessed the tablet again, they took it to a lab in Prague where they had formed a collaborative partnership with a company that had expertise in tomography and scanning through lead.

On his collaborative team, Stripling says two scientists, two experienced tomographers from Prague, were able to independently verify the tablet. Stripling said that the tablet they found was “several hundred years older than the earliest version that we have. And it includes the name of God.”

The Land Before Time—PART 17: A Matter of Perspective

Perhaps you are thinking that our perspective is off, and we are looking at this experiment through distrustful eyes simply because our worldview is faith-based. If that is the case, it might be a good idea to see how the scientists themselves view the activities at the LHC.

Physicist Lisa Randall, an active participant in the LHC experiment, wrote a best-selling book titled Knocking on Heaven’s Door: How Physics and Scientific Thinking Illuminate the Universe and the Modern World (emphasis added) about her work in 2011. The cover features an endorsement by former President Bill Clinton, who wrote, “Just might make you think differently and encourage you to make smarter decisions about the world.” If he is suggesting that we think differently, perhaps suspicion is in order.

The Land Before Time—PART 18: Why CERN?

What could possibly be the motivation to risk everything?  At the LHC restart in March of 2015, even Stephen Hawking was concerned about the creation of mini black holes. However, the brainiac physicists at the LHC dismissed the concern out of hand because they said that the chances were so infinitesimal that no one needed to be concerned about it. Excuse me? Infinitesimal? Isn’t any fraction of 1 percent enough to make one reconsider the consequences of the experiment? Especially, because if that fraction of a percentage did happen, the world would be destroyed? Instead, this arrogance from the academics and intelligentsia says, “Don’t worry about it. We have it all under control.”

What could be worth the risk of blowing up the world? Surely even the search…

The Land Before Time—PART 19: The Re-Making Of Monsters

We started this series with a quote from the book of Joshua, in which the Lord told the people to be “strong and courageous.” We reasoned that this was because they were about to see giants.

One can surmise from the various Bible verses and text out of pseudepigraphical books that giants not only were present during those days, but they were common. As such, people of this era and for centuries afterward would not have been shocked to see a giant. Then what was it about this experience? So severe was the judgment of a bad report that all but two spies died in the wilderness, and they wandered the desert for forty years.

Gary Stearman, formally of Prophecy in the News, has some interesting insight on the kind of beings the Israelites must have encountered…

Great Mountainous Gulf of Sheol Hades Inside Earth Mystify Scientists

Mount Everest may be the highest peak on Earth, but the BBC reports that there are staggeringly tall mountains deep inside our planet’s interior that dwarf the tallest ranges on the surface — and scientists are puzzling over the origin of these geological marvels. These gigantic buried mountain ranges, called ultra-low velocity zones (ULVZ), are located in the core-mantle boundary inside Earth, around 1,800 miles deep. Some can be “4.5 times the height of Everest” or more than 24 miles in height, researchers told the BBC, and completely hidden until they were revealed by seismic data from earthquakes and even atomic explosions. “We found evidence for ULVZs kind of everywhere,” University of Alabama…


When Paul wrote 1 Corinthians, sacred prostitution was influencing the entire city. Men were sleeping with their fathers’ wives. Whether this meant their mothers-in-law or their mothers by blood (both have been suggested; neither would be hard to believe in this culture), Paul rightfully saw this perversion as a defilement among the brethren who called themselves followers of Christ. He made no bones about the fact that they were headed straight for Hell through the destruction of the flesh if they allowed this behavior to continue.

Chapter 6 takes a quick break from this subject to talk about disputes again—and how the believers were taking issues of a spiritual nature into the pagan courts systems for legal rulings against one another…

WHAT’S THE FUSS OVER FEMALE PASTORS—PART 10: This brings us to chapter 14

This section of Paul’s writing not only has been confused regarding women ministers, it also has launched endless interpretation debates about the use of tongues during the church service. I don’t plan to make a theologically “absolute” statement on tongues (as that is not the purpose of this series), but I do wish to point out that Paul, to the church at Corinth, was: a) in favor of tongues (14:5), but b) in opposition to them under circumstances wherein they disrupt the service (14:6–25). Consider his words in verse 23: “If therefore the whole church be come together into one place, and all speak with tongues, and there come in those that are unlearned, or unbelievers, will they not say that ye are mad?” The ESV renders this: “If, therefore, the whole church comes together and all speak in tongues, and outsiders or unbelievers enter, will they not say that you are out of your minds?”


Before we tackle the 1 Timothy issue, there remains to be several other popular interpretations of Paul’s intent within 1 Corinthians 14, the nature of which are innately flawed. I will address them quickly.

Women Can Teach, but Only in Certain Roles

Some assert that Paul allowed women to prophesy or pray only (viewing “prophesy” as a kind of foretelling role, not as the Greek word also defined it as a teacher), and others say that women can teach other women or children, but never men. First, as repeatedly shown herein, Paul never placed gender restrictions upon Holy Spirit gifts, which without a doubt includes public expounding (teaching, preaching, etc.). Second, as mentioned in the previous chapter, internal biblical evidence exists to show women as leaders of the very first fledgling churches that gathered in homes. That list again is: John Mark’s mother Mary in Jerusalem (Acts 12:12); Lydia in Philippi (Acts 16:14–15); Priscilla (alongside her husband Aquila) in Ephesus and Rome (Acts: 18:19, 26; 1 Corinthians 16:19; Romans 16:3–5); Phoebe in Cenchrea (Romans 16:1); and Apphia in Colossae (Philemon 2). Third, Jesus Christ personally inspired women to go and preach the Gospel (see chapters 5 and 6). The limitations and hierarchal segregation that we observe in our culture today—often tied up in arguments of who can have what kind of paper certificate or title—is of mankind’s making, not God’s.

UNESCO Is A Key Vehicle For Injecting Occult ‘Spirituality’ Into Classrooms Worldwide

Weaponizing public schools for sinister purposes, an obscure United Nations institute is quietly working to transform education worldwide to impose radical political and spiritual values and beliefs on children. It is all happening under the guise of “social-emotional learning,” or SEL, a scheme hatched at a New Age organization whose founder and namesake was a follower of Lucifer Publishing Company chief Alice Bailey.   

The organization in question, part of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), is known as the Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development, or UNESCO MGIEP for short. Dominated by pagans, communists, New Agers, and fringe psychiatrists, the India-based UN institute has global reach, boasting that it guides education policy worldwide. Even a brief perusal of its website and reports reveals serious cause for alarm. 

At first glance, those unfamiliar with the manipulation of language used by New Agers and communists may not even notice the warning signs. For instance, the organization publicly claims it is merely working to give children “kinder brains” through its programs so the world can be more peaceful and “sustainable.” But in reality, the institute is a key vehicle for injecting occult “spirituality” into classrooms worldwide, as called for in Chapter 36 of the UN’s Agenda 21 global plan for “sustainable development.”

The Israelis set for new Jewish temple on Al-Aqsa site

In a suburb of Tel Aviv, a group of choristers were getting ready for the moment they will rejoice at the reconstruction of the Jewish temple some 2,000 years after its destruction, which they believe will accelerate the arrival of the messiah.

But for others, realising their goal would massively inflame tensions around the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem.

Chorister Shmuel Kam said Jews have been “waiting” two millennia for the revival of the temple.

Members of the Orthodox Jewish group claim to be descendants of the biblical Tribe of Levi, which performed hymns and music at the holy site.

“When the temple will be built, we will ask the Levites to come sing and they won’t know. They have to learn,” said Menahem Rozenthal, director of the men-only choir created a few months ago by the Temple Institute.