1 In the beginning of God’s creation of the heavens and the earth
2 Now the earth was astonishingly empty, and darkness was on the face of the deep, and the spirit of God was hovering over the face of the water.
3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.
4 And God saw the light that it was good, and God separated between the light and between the darkness.
5 And God called the light day, and the darkness He called night, and it was evening and it was morning, one day.
After creation God transformed Earth from a condition of “astonishingly empty, and darkness” to one that is filled with life by the power and authority of His words.
Scripture revealed the first six days God called forth all of what we see and experience here on Earth – the light that illuminate the day, the stars in the heavens, plant lives, sea creatures, birds, insects, and formed man of dust from the ground.
God is the creator of life.
God laid the foundations of the Earth we are currently living on today.
God intended for man to populate Earth and be in everlasting state of shalom (Heb. שָׁלוֹם) with Him through obeying His words.
However, our living environment on Earth today is saturated with pervasive lack of peace and human strive, not according to what was created to be. The world today is heading towards being more chaotic and overflow of spiritual darkness.
Sin separated man from the presence of God and forfeited our access to God’s blessing of shalom (שָׁלוֹם).
Sin is in human acts of disbelieve in God’s words, disobedience against God’s teachings, willful rejection of God’s truth, and ignoring God’s judgement.
Sin darkens our understanding, depleted our knowledge of truth, and crippled our ability to express righteousness and justice as how God created us to function.
We lost shalom (שָׁלוֹם) with God and Earth suffered the consequences of humanity’s sin against God’s words.
WHAT MUST WE DO TO RECOVER SHALOM (שָׁלוֹם) WITH GOD?
God provided redemption for those who will turn away from sin in order to obey His words.
God’s provision for redemption is humanity’s only hope and path to shalom (שָׁלוֹם).
God’s way of redemption is revealed and recorded in Holy Scripture – everything written in the Torah and Prophets
NOAH, ABRAHAM, MOSES and A HOLY NATION
God’s way of redemption has been revealed through His chosen people who trusted and obeyed His words.
NOAH – Noah and his three sons survived the Generation of The Flood when God judged the world.
Noah’s acts of obedience to God’s words established a pattern of redemption designated by God. Through Noah’s acts of obedience God expressed His approval for righteous living but executed His wrath and judgement on sin.
God separated and selected Noah for redemption due to his acts of obedience.
5 And the Lord (Heb. יְהֹוָ֔ה YHVH) saw that the evil of man was great in the earth, and every imagination of his heart was only evil all the time.
6 And the Lord (יְהֹוָ֔ה YHVH) regretted that He had made man upon the earth, and He became grieved in His heart.
7 And the Lord (יְהֹוָ֔ה YHVH) said, “I will blot out man, whom I created, from upon the face of the earth, from man to cattle to creeping thing, to the fowl of the heavens, for I regret that I made them.”
8 But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord (יְהֹוָ֔ה YHVH).
9 These are the generations of Noah, Noah was a righteous man he was perfect in his generations; Noah walked with God.
10 And Noah begot three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth.
God redeemed Noah from the Generation of The Flood and the Earth was again populated from the line of Noah’s three sons with the expectation they keep convent with God through obeying His words.
Genesis 10:32 – These are the families of the sons of Noah according to their generations, in their nations, and from these, the nations were separated on the earth after the Flood.
ABRAHAM – Abraham from the line of Shem one of the sons of Noah separated and chosen of God to inherit The Promised Land.
When God called Abraham to leave his land (Heb. אֶרֶץ erets), his birthplace (Heb. מוֹלֶדֶת moledeth), and his human father’s house (Heb. בּיִת אָב ab bayith) it revealed and affirmed a pattern of ongoing division, separation, and selection, to build up a set-apart people under obligation to keep covenant with God.
Abraham was divided, separated, and chosen for redemption and blessing due to his acts of obedience to God’s words and teachings. Through Abraham’s acts of obedience God expressed His approval for those who obey but rejection to those who strayed.
The blessing of receiving possession of The Promised Land as an everlasting inheritance from God is reserved for the redeemed who keep covenant with God.
The Promised Land separated and set apart for God’s redeemed and chosen.
1 And Abram was ninety-nine years old, God (Heb. יְהֹוָ֔ה YHVH) appeared to Abram, and He said to him, “I am the Almighty God; walk before Me and be perfect.
2 And I will place My covenant between Me and between you, and I will multiply you very greatly.”
3 And Abram fell upon his face, and God spoke with him, saying,
4 “As for Me, behold My covenant is with you, and you shall become the father of a multitude of nations.
5 And your name shall no longer be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham, for I have made you the father of a multitude of nations.
6 And I will make you exceedingly fruitful, and I will make you into nations, and kings will emerge from you.
7 And I will establish My covenant between Me and between you and between your seed after you throughout their generations as an everlasting covenant, to be to you for a God and to your seed after you.
8 And I will give you and your seed after you the land of your sojourning, the entire land of Canaan for an everlasting possession, and I will be to them for a God.”
MOSES – Moses separated and chosen of God to deliver (Heb. נָצַל natsal) the children of Israel from Egypt.
By the time of Moses the children of Israel had grown in multitude collectively through the 12 tribes named after the 12 sons of Jacob but were living as sojourners in Egypt since the days of Joseph.
God fulfilled His promise to Abraham in delivering the children of Israel from bondage in Egypt to inherit The Promised Land.
2 God spoke to Moses, and He said to him, “I am the Lord (Heb. יְהֹוָ֔ה YHVH).
3 I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob as Almighty God, but My name YHVH (יְהֹוָ֔ה), I did not become known to them.
4 And also, I established My covenant with them to give them the land of Canaan, the land of their sojourning in which they sojourned.
5 And also, I heard the moans of the children of Israel, whom the Egyptians are holding in bondage, and I remembered My covenant.
6 Therefore, say to the children of Israel, ‘I am the Lord, and I will take you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will save you from their labor, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great judgments.
7 And I will take you to Me as a people, and I will be a God to you, and you will know that I am the Lord your God, Who has brought you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians.
8 I will bring you to the land, concerning which I raised My hand to give to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, and I will give it to you as a heritage; I am the Lord.’ “
The children of Israel leaving Egypt were to receive possession of The Promised Land with the condition they keep covenant with God as Abraham did and be a holy nation set-apart for God.
Israel as a nation is to be separated, chosen, and redeemed to serve God through living in obedience to His words.
1 In the third month of the children of Israel’s departure from Egypt, on this day they arrived in the desert of Sinai.
2 They journeyed from Rephidim, and they arrived in the desert of Sinai, and they encamped in the desert, and Israel encamped there opposite the mountain.
3 Moses ascended to God, and the Lord (Heb. יְהֹוָ֔ה YHVH) called to him from the mountain, saying, “So shall you say to the house of Jacob and tell the sons of Israel,
4 ‘You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and I bore you on eagles’ wings, and I brought you to Me.
5 And now, if you obey Me and keep My covenant, you shall be to Me a treasure out of all peoples, for Mine is the entire earth.
6 And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words that you shall speak to the children of Israel.”
Israel as a kingdom of priests and a holy nation was to be prepared for the reign of God’s anointed The Mashiach (Heb. מָשִׁיחַ).
MASHIACH AND THE MESSIANIC ERA
1 Why have nations gathered and kingdoms think vain things?
2 Kings of a land stand up, and nobles take counsel together against the Lord (Heb. יְהֹוָ֔ה YHVH) and against His anointed (Heb. מְשִׁיחֽוֹ׃ Mashiach)?
3 “Let us break their bands and cast off their cords from us.”
4 He Who dwells in Heaven laughs; the Lord mocks them.
5 Then He speaks to them in His wrath; and He frightens them with His sore displeasure.
6 “But I have enthroned My king on Zion, My holy mount.”
7 I will tell of the decree; the Lord (Heb. יְהֹוָ֔ה YHVH) said to me, “You are My son; this day have I begotten you.
8 Request of Me, and I will make nations your inheritance, and the ends of the earth your possession.
9 You shall break them with an iron rod; like a potter’s vessel you shall shatter them.”
10 And now, kings, be wise; be admonished, judges of the earth.
11 Serve the Lord (יְהֹוָ֔ה YHVH) with fear, and rejoice with quaking.
12 Arm yourselves with purity lest He become angry and you perish in the way, for in a moment His wrath will be kindled; the praises of all who take refuge in Him.
The Mashiach chosen of God is to reign from Zion.
The Messianic Era will commence with the rule of The Mashiach chosen of God and the magnification of God’s decree (Heb. חֹ֥ק choq) already revealed in Holy Scripture everything written in the Torah and Prophets
MASHIACH THE SEED OF ABRAHAM AND THE AFFILCTIONS OF THE RIGHTEOUS
The appointed Mashiach chosen of God will be of the seed of Abraham to receive possession of The Promised Land as an everlasting inheritance from God.
Genesis 17:7 – And I will establish My covenant between Me and between you and between your seed (Heb. זֶרַע zera) after you throughout their generations as an everlasting covenant, to be to you for a God and to your seed after you.
The person and identity of the Mashiach have been highly anticipated, debated, disputed, and will remain a divisive issue till the day The Messianic Era begin with the Mashiach reigning from Mount Zion.
Yeshua of Nazareth is of the line of King David and seed of Abraham.
The writer of Matthew identifies Yeshua of Nazareth as the Messiah.
Matthew 1:1 (Complete Jewish Bible) – This is the genealogy of Yeshua the Messiah, son of David, son of Avraham
Matthew’s writing seem to establish Yeshua of Nazareth as the seed (Heb. זֶרַע zera) of Abraham who will be the final recipient of God’s covenant as an everlasting covenant.
Abraham ultimate test of obedience was the Akedah “binding of Isaac” which foretold the suffering of the seed of Abraham in fulfilling God’s will.
1 Who would have believed our report, and to whom was the arm of the Lord (Heb. יְהֹוָ֔ה YHVH) revealed?
2 And he came up like a sapling before it, and like a root from dry ground, he had neither form nor comeliness; and we saw him that he had no appearance. Now shall we desire him?
3 Despised and rejected by men, a man of pains and accustomed to illness, and as one who hides his face from us, despised and we held him of no account.
4 Indeed, he bore our illnesses, and our pains-he carried them, yet we accounted him as plagued, smitten by God and oppressed.
5 But he was pained because of our transgressions, crushed because of our iniquities; the chastisement of our welfare was upon him, and with his wound we were healed.
6 We all went astray like sheep, we have turned, each one on his way, and the Lord (יְהֹוָ֔ה YHVH) accepted his prayers for the iniquity of all of us.
7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he would not open his mouth; like a lamb to the slaughter he would be brought, and like a ewe that is mute before her shearers, and he would not open his mouth.
8 From imprisonment and from judgment he is taken, and his generation who shall tell? For he was cut off from the land of the living; because of the transgression of my people, a plague befell them.
9 And he gave his grave to the wicked, and to the wealthy with his kinds of death, because he committed no violence, and there was no deceit in his mouth.
10 And the Lord (Heb. יְהֹוָ֔ה YHVH) wished to crush him, He made him ill; if his soul makes itself restitution, he shall see children, he shall prolong his days, and God’s purpose shall prosper in his hand.
11 From the toil of his soul he would see, he would be satisfied; with his knowledge My servant would vindicate the just for many, and their iniquities he would bear.
12 Therefore, I will allot him a portion in public, and with the strong he shall share plunder, because he poured out his soul to death, and with transgressors he was counted; and he bore the sin of many, and interceded for the transgressors.
Isaac’s life was offered in Abraham’s act of obedience to God’s word and a ram (Heb. אַיִל ayil) was killed for burnt offering (Heb. עֹלָה olah) to God.
Yeshua of Nazareth offered his life in complete obedience to God’s will but was killed by order of Pontius Pilate (governor of the Roman province of Judaea serving under Emperor Tiberius) motivated by the Sanhedrin of that time.
The birth, life, suffering, and death of Yeshua of Nazareth fulfilled Scripture of unwavering trust and obedient in doing God’s words but suffered affliction by the hands of the unrighteous.
Yeshua of Nazareth being raised from the dead caused even more division and dispute about the identity of the Mashiach because Israel remained under subjugation to Rome and the Second Temple (reconstructed, refurbished, and overhauled by Herod) destroyed in 70 AD.
Kefa a disciple of Yeshua of Nazareth testified at the festival of Shavu‘ot following the death of Yeshua on Pesach
22 “Men of Isra’el! Listen to this! Yeshua from Natzeret was a man demonstrated to you to have been from God by the powerful works, miracles and signs that God performed through him in your presence. You yourselves know this. 23 This man was arrested in accordance with God’s predetermined plan and foreknowledge; and, through the agency of persons not bound by the Torah, you nailed him up on a stake and killed him!
24 “But God has raised him up and freed him from the suffering of death; it was impossible that death could keep its hold on him.
25 For David says this about him: ‘I saw Adonai always before me, for he is at my right hand, so that I will not be shaken. 26 For this reason, my heart was glad; and my tongue rejoiced; and now my body too will live on in the certain hope 27 that you will not abandon me to Sh’ol or let your Holy One see decay. 28 You have made known to me the ways of life; you will fill me with joy by your presence.’
29 “Brothers, I know I can say to you frankly that the patriarch David died and was buried — his tomb is with us to this day. 30 Therefore, since he was a prophet and knew that God had sworn an oath to him that one of his descendants would sit on his throne, 31 he was speaking in advance about the resurrection of the Messiah, that it was he who was not abandoned in Sh’ol and whose flesh did not see decay. 32 God raised up this Yeshua! And we are all witnesses of it!
33 “Moreover, he has been exalted to the right hand of God; has received from the Father what he promised, namely, the Ruach HaKodesh; and has poured out this gift, which you are both seeing and hearing. 34 For David did not ascend into heaven. But he says,
35 ‘Adonai said to my Lord, “Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.”’
36 Therefore, let the whole house of Isra’el know beyond doubt that God has made him both Lord and Messiah — this Yeshua, whom you executed on a stake!”
Yeshua of Nazareth being raised from the dead foreshadow of things to come when God brings about the ultimate restoration of His chosen and redeemed and the start of The Messianic Era.
Scripture revealed God’s designated pattern of division, separation, selection, based on doing God’s words and being chosen of God for redemption and restoration.
The person and identity of the Mashiach will continue to be sharply debated and disputed, and will remain a divisive issue till the day The Messianic Era begin with the Mashiach reigning from Mount Zion but we have received instructions to be ready
Deuteronomy 29:28(29) – the hidden things belong to the Lord (Heb. יְהֹוָ֔ה YHVH) our God, but the revealed things apply to us and to our children forever: that we must fulfill all the words of this Torah.