Hebrew Gospel Pearls #4 – Matthew 2:13-15

In Hebrew Gospel Pearls #4 (Matthew 2:1-12), Nehemia and Keith discuss why Yehovah's name is missing from the Greek New Testament, how a curious word in Greek leads to ambiguity, and the identity of the "angel of the Lord".

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23 thoughts on “Hebrew Gospel Pearls #4 – Matthew 2:13-15

  1. This was interesting and I think I have something useful to add. When I was watching a video of Nehemia and Michael Rood discussing Matthew 2:15 on a video recently, a Spirit of God suggested that I turn this passage over in my mind for a clear understanding of it and that there was a clear explanation. I did, but kept coming up against the Egypt connection that wasn’t a satisfying answer. Then at one point it came to me. The long sentence in Matthew contains many things that the prophecy could be referring to. What I got was that Yeshua was able to fulfill the second part of the prophecy in Hosea 11:1 because Joseph took him out of Israel at that time and Herod was not able to kill him. Hosea, as discussed, talks about bringing Israel out of Egypt and then they went into Ba’al and idol worship. What Yeshua fulfilled is giving the Israelites a way out of “spiritual Egypt” after God had brought them out of physical Egypt. His way out of spiritual Egypt involved Yeshua dying on the cross voluntarily to atone for the sins of all, including for Adam and Eve’s original disobedient actions, and allow a legal way back to almighty God for all who accept that way out. So it has nothing to do with Yeshua being in Egypt at all, even though it seems to at first glance.

  2. Another aspect concerning „out of Egypt I called out my son“: if we would say Micrajim instead of Egypt, and look at what it means, from Brown-Driver-Briggs we get „siege, entrenchment“. Many of those adamim who were touched by Yehovah and became his sons (and daughters) were called out from enslavement by sin when living within the limits or traps and could not find the way out..

  3. (Part 3 of 3)
    Lastly, it was mentioned that Yehovah violated His Law in telling Moses to engrave a serpent (Num. 21:4-9) on a pole for the people to look at if bitten by fiery serpents sent by Yehovah. It seems to me that the looking upon/considering the figurine of judgement about the very thing biting and killing the people for their horrible complaining is very much a display of a way of escape for those that would confess and repent–hardly a violation by God of His Law. God, nor Moses, told the people to worship the image; rather, the object lesson served its purpose.

    In reading the whole Bible for the time that I have, it is evident to me that YeHoVaH does not contradict or violate His own Law. Any passage thought to demonstrate such a claim (e.g., Ez. 4:12; Acts 10:9-16) are evidence of those who recognize a test…and pass [Exo 20:20; 1Th 5:21] unlike those in Genesis 2:15-17; ch3.

    As Hebrew Gospel Pearls continues, I hope the searching for pearls won’t miss the obvious…to me anyway.

  4. (Part 2 of 3)
    Cherubs inside (Exodus 25: 17-22) the tabernacle artwork are not in violation of Exodus 20:4,5. The priests themselves were not bowing before the artistic representations of heavenly things to serve/worship them.
    Exo 20:4,5 – Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God,…

    Artwork throughout the tabernacle as instructed to Moses by Yehovah is not a violation of Exodus 20:4-5.

  5. (Part 1 of 3)
    This 4th episode is the first that caused me a bit of concerned curiosity. Why? Bullet point: Yehovah can/does violate His own Law. That is not a ‘pearl’ I expected to hear from the recorded life of Joseph in Matthew ch. 2. I admit that I am not a prophet nor the son of a prophet–-not even a Hebrew scholar. Yet, it seems to me that certain confidence in saying Yehovah violates His own Law by some people is also doubtful to others. The examples mentioned only confirm to me that Yehovah did not violate His own Law.

    Deut. 17:16 – But [the king] shall not multiply horses to himself, nor cause the people to return to Egypt, to the end that he should multiply horses: forasmuch as the LORD hath said unto you, Ye shall henceforth return no more that way.

    In Num 14:4, Moses tells us when Israel wanted to make a captain and return to Egypt: a passage that surely informed Jeremiah in Jer 42:15 when Yehovah points out the desire of people that “set your faces to enter into Egypt to sojourn there.”

    Egypt abounded in horses and a cavalry with chariots. Notice the command is that the king not use the people of Israel to aid him in multiplying horses from or like Egypt. As it pertains to episode #4 and Joseph being told by an angel of Yehovah to go to Egypt, the context is entirely different and Deut. 17:16 in no way applies. Joseph is being sent there to hideout for a while, not deal in horses. Yehovah did not violate His Law.

      • Anonymous,
        I’ll reiterate what I stated in “(Part 2 of 3)” above. [People should read the three parts from bottom up to best understand—I didn’t think about it displaying in reverse.] Since I don’t think YeHoVaH contradicts His Torah/Law/Word, to instruct Moses how to make the Heaven-on-Earth tabernacle (as Moses saw), is not an example of YeHoVaH violating His Torah. Consider reading Ex. 20:4 and 5 together, as a continuous thought; it is one commandment. Thus, the artistic example of the real heavenlies is valid, BUT to bow down and worship the images, examples, etc. is the error, sin, fault. To make a model on earth of things in heaven is just that: Heaven on Earth.

  6. Hey guys, this episode reminded me of the Torah Pearls and the Prophet Pearls that I have come to love. Great job on the interaction and information and hearing about the Jewish perspectives on prophecy and how it fits in to Matthew’s text. Keeping you in prayer for all you need to do the work.

    • He has a unique ability to scan a document and find the name of Yehovah very quickly, helping Nehemia immensely. He likes to remain anonymous.

  7. Hello Nehemia!!

    Once I did read about a theory about John 19:19 that says abut the title that was put in the cross (Jesus/Yeshua Of Nazareth The King Of The Jews) could actually be “Jesus/Yeshua of Nazareth AND King of the Jews”, because, according to this theory, in Hebrew, when taking the first letter of each word, we would have YHVH… I don’t speak Hebrew, and Google translator doesn’t seems to help. So, have you read anything about it? Is it possible?

    Thank you, I’m learning a lot with your messages, and I’m very excited about your Hebrew Gospel Pearls PLUS project with Keith Johnson.

    Yehovah bless you!


  8. Shalom, to my heroes, Keith & Nehemia!

    Nehemia, an explanation of why (from versions in English) it’s taught that “the” messenger/angel of the LORD (but not “an” angel of the LORD) in the Tanakh can be preincarnate Yeshua has to do with that entitiy “the Word” of Elohiym before that entitiy “put on flesh and dwelt amongst us,” John chap 1: Who better to be “the” Messenger of Elohiym than the very Word of Elohiym? (For example, Exod 3:2, or other places where, as you mentioned, the angel/messenger speaks, but the words are first-person Elohiym.)

    Some add to this the teaching that Michael the chief messenger/the archangel must be this same “the” angel of the LORD, that is, the preincarnate Yeshua, citing 1st Thessalonians 4:13, where they identify “the voice of the archangel” as Yeshua’s voice. They then connect this verse to Daniel chap 12..

  9. Does Deut. 17:16 have to do with not returning to Egypt to dwell there permanently, not just visiting for a short time?

  10. Thank you both for another great episode. I appreciated your discussion of LORD, Lord, and lord as this is something that i have been grappling with in my personal studies I also am glad that you brought up the Mel’ach Yehovah topic. I find the on-screen notes very helpful. Thank you to everyone who has a hand in creating these episodes.

  11. Y’all can not imagine how important your programs are to me as I am alone in central Texas without the ability to fellowship in person with even slightly “likeminded” people. I feel honored that you allow me to listen in on your conversations and share your thoughts and discoveries. Thank you and all the behind the scenes folks who make this Shabbat blessing possible. Just a tiny housekeeping thing, would you be able to respect the prayer at the close of the program by not interrupting it with music? Shalom!!

  12. WOW! I can’t believe nobody has commented yet! I started watching live Friday night, then company came so I had to wait til Sabbath morning to listen. THANKFULLY it has been recorded to watch later.

    I REALLY, TRULY appreciate what you guys are doing/teaching. This is invaluable knowledge for ANYONE seeking truth and the Kingdom! My mind likens Nehemia to a more updated and valuable resource as Professor James Strong was.

    Angel of Yehovah appearing in dreams in Tanakh. While such does not show up in tap tap search, does not the term ‘angel of “God”‘ (Elohim) appears in dream in Gen 31:11? Which raises the question, what is the difference between YeHoVaH and God? Are they not the same?

    This also leads to the question as to why there is a distinct difference in the Name usage between chapter 1 of Genesis’ creation & chapter 2, the creation of Adam. It’s “almost” as if there was a creation by God, a family, Elohim, plural, then in chapter 2 of Genesis there is a creation of man by ONE specific God, Yehovah.

    Could this explain WHY science says Cro Magnon man, Lucy, & Neanderthat are fossils upwards of 250,000 years ago, while Adam is less than 6,000 years ago? In the millions of years this earth has been in existence, is it “possible” that there were at least 2 creations of man, one by God, and the second by Yehovah God?

    Would that not explain where Nod came from? Where Cain’s wife came from? And who Cain was afraid would kill him? Could there have been other humans left from a first creation, making Adam like an “upgrade” to a new and better model of man?

    I KNOW this is totally against both Jewish and Christian beliefs, but is it possible this is what gen 1 &2 teaches?

    • So, J.W., another interpretation is that “Elohiym” is in a plural form because it has a dual application, rather than because it simply means a plurality of entities. Without going into many details, here’s a summary:

      Realizing that separating the Scriptures into chapters & verses was a relatively recent development, the process beginning at Genesis 1:1 actually completes at Genesis 2:3. Everything created (spoken into existence) therein occurs in the unseen/”spirit” realm; thus, the Source is Elohiym, as in Revelation chap 4.

      Genesis 2:4-25 descibes how everything created is then brought into and made/formed in the seen/earthy-physical realm, see Romans 1:20. Thus the Maker, Yehovah Elohiym, may freely manifest in this realm, cf. Gen 3:7, 12:7, 18:1; Exod 33:18-23.

      Yeshua makes clear that both the Breath/Spirit of Elohiym and the Word/Son of Elohiym came forth from Elohiym (John 1:18), whose realm is the unseen/invisible, 1st Timothy 1:17.

      John 1:3, “All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.” Not two creations, but two realms.

      I’ll leave it to another who cares to elaborate on your reference to Gap Theories, especially between Genesis 1:1 and 1:2. There are versions which do read, And the earth came to be Tohu wa-Bohu..


  13. I don’t think Matthew was saying, the prophet was foretelling about Y’shua, but that Israel failed to keep the father’s word, by coming out of Egypt And worshiping Him.
    God’s Word cannot come back void. Matthew say’s Y’shua competed it. I know Rabbi’s have always thought there was a righteous man that covered Israel sin’s in their generation.
    When reading you would ask why would Y’shua go to Egypt, to complete God’s word to Israel, because Y’shua was Israelite.

  14. Great episode. The part when you were talking about the Tetragrammaton in NT was very informative. I remember reading an article that was addressing this subject and the article’s goal was to prove that the Tetragrammaton was not used in the NT. You can go read the article at irr.org called Was the Name Jehovah Originally Used in the New Testament. The article addressed the LXX and how we do find the Name in the earliest fragments,but it left open the possibility that the LXX originally did not use the Name. It was inconclusive regarding the topic though. It then addressed how first century Jews quoting the LXX handled the Name. It stated that Philo of Alexandria did not use the Name in his quotations even though he would some times use the word “Tetragrammaton” in his writings. This sounds like a good argument however the article failed to mention that the earliest manuscripts of Philo only exist in fragments from the third century A.D. It also failed all the other Jewish writings that I don’t have time to go into.
    Regarding the angel of Yehovah appearing in a dream, that’s something that only happens (at least based off of my computer search) in the NT, I can’t find anywhere in the Tanakh where it specifically mentions the angel of Yehovah appearing in a dream.
    Continue doing what you are doing and may Yehovah bless you.

      • Ah, good eye Robert. I didn’t think about searching for the angel of Yehovah as the angel of God. I just checked and now based off of my new computer search Genesis 31:10-13 is the only place where the Tanakh specifically mentions the angel of Yehovah/God appearing in a dream. Thanks for commenting!

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