Prophet Pearls #46 – Eikev (Isaiah 49:14-51:3)

Prophet Pearls, comfort zion, eikev, eikev haftarah, eikev prophets portion, ekev, ekev haftarah, gather kibbutz, god as mother, haftarah, hebrew gender rules, hebrew grammar, Ingathering, isaiah, Isaiah 49:14-51:3, jeremiah, Keith Johnson, nehemia gordon, Parsha, parshas, parshat, Prophet Pearls, prophets, Torah PortionThis week, Nehemia Gordon and Keith Johnson discuss the Prophets portion for Eikev covering Isaiah 49:14-51:3. The gender rules of Hebrew grammar are explored in this portion as well as Isaiah’s (and Moses’) metaphorical references to God as a mother. We learn that the suffering servant’s message is one of great hope—that we can fully trust and lean on God. In addition to grammar goodies, word studies include “gather/kibbutz”—as we see nations gathering in the Land—fulfilling God’s word to Isaiah.

Gordon and Johnson rejoice with the suffering servant’s message that one day all flesh—perhaps all living creatures—will know the Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob. Gordon reveals the verse he would thump if he were a Christian missionary and closes in a prayer of thankfulness to the Comforter of Zion for joy and gladness in the streets of Jerusalem.

"See, I have engraved you On the palms of My hands, Your walls are ever before Me." Isaiah 49:16

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Artwork for this week's episode is a painting by Mara Hofmann, artist.

22 thoughts on “Prophet Pearls #46 – Eikev (Isaiah 49:14-51:3)

  1. I think it is crucial for all of us to understand, that there is “masculine” and “feminine” energy. Importantly, this does not refer to gender, but the fundamental bipolarity in everything within the physical universe and beyond. The kabbalistic Tree of Life depicts this concept very well, it should not be disregarded as occult or something. JHVH is referred to as Ain Soph or Keter, from which the male and female energy emanates from, but who himself is in perfect balance (Deut.6:4 “JHVH your God is a unified, eternal being”; this also perfectly represents the meaning of the Name JHVH).

    We should also be aware of the fact that JHVH is darkness and light, peace and calamity (Jesaja 45: 6-7), and since we are in the image of JHVH, we as mankind display all these traits. The “Star of David” represents the same form of alignment, where the upward triangle (masculine) and downward triangle (feminine) are perfectly balanced. There are always two extremes, and the key is to find the balance. That´s also the main aspect of the teachings of Salomo (compare the Salomonic Axiom).

    Shabbat Shalom! The teachings of the Torah are key to a righteous life!

  2. I just love Torah and Prophet Pearls and how humble you guys are as you share these with us. It has opened my eyes to so many things. Nehemia, I sit in tears when I listen to you read the Scripture in Hebrew. The language is so beautiful and it affects me every time I hear it. You guys are wonderful, thank you for taking the time to do these recordings.

  3. Call me crazy, but I believe Nehemia already believes and is saved, because he follows in Yahushua’s footsteps, the Torah, more than most Christian’s I know who say they believe, but do not do. I’ve never heard Nehemia say negative things about the way Yahushua lived. Some Christian’s say he did away with Torah, which is truly blasphemy against YHWH, and Yahushua, and all Israelite believers who walk in Torah because of belief, and love for YHWH and His set-apart -people, and even those strangers who persecute them.

  4. Thanks Nehemia and Keith for your insights into this amazing portion of Scripture.

    I had to smile when Keith mentioned the lady who asked how come you (Nehemia) are not a believer in Yeshua …. I say the same thing just about every time I listen to you. Just try to imagine, Nehemia, if you knew someone who was intensely studying the Tanak but told you that he didn’t believe in God. You would probably wonder how that could be possible. How could someone with such knowledge and understanding not believe. And so it is for us when you share your knowledge and understanding of the Jewish Yeshua. It is just a little puzzling to us that you do not believe that He is the Messiah. So I hope this explains the “annoying” behavior of us Christians/Messianics.

    Your love of the Scriptures is inspiring!

    Amanda

    • Amanda.

      You answered your own question when you said “How could someone with such knowledge and understanding not believe.” the problem would be if someone blindly accepted what they were told to believe based on emotion, guilt or fear.

      Thread lightly with your seed of announce because history has proven that the fruit of that seed springs forth a heavy burden on the children of Israel. Martin Luther began to have a love for the Jew and all things Hebrew but later became “annoyed” when the Jews of his day would not believe in his Jesus and he become a vehement anti-Semite which in turn became fodder for Hitler’s movement against Yehovah’s first born son and suffering servant – Israel.

  5. I wonder why “la-oth” can’t mean “to establish”, making a longer sentence with more prepositional phrases for the giving of the language of learning?

  6. Hi Nehemia/Keith,

    Jermiah 3:8 speaks of Abba giving a certiicate of divorccce to Israel. One of my favorite is Ezekiel 16:7-8 specially when Yahovah covered Israel and claimed her as mine. So manly, lol. sorry but it made me feel as if as a man showing his love for a woman.

  7. Regarding the masculine and feminine distinctions for GOD it makes sense to think of if like this:

    Masculine traits are strength, protector, provider and leader, etc.
    Feminine traits are nurshering, teacher, healer, etc.
    GOD posesses all of these as a whole.

    At creation he distributed these traits accordingly between man and woman.
    These traits are then reunited at marriage when the man is joined to the woman
    in the presence of GOD.

  8. Thank you for this – Question – Is it a ‘divorce’ God has enacted or just a ‘putting away’ that has been done? If Israel played the harlot but never remarried, she is free to return to her husband, correct? If she has remarried she cannot return to her first husband according to the Law, correct? It is surprising that Christians do not cite Isaiah 50:4-6 – (Jesus) – slapped in the face-scourged at Pilate’s direction and spit on as a support of Orthodox belief – Matt. 27:26-31.

  9. Concerning the use of neged as negative (there’s a cognate for you!), it leaves one with a conflict of interest in the phrase ‘ezer k’negdo’, if the wife is always negative with her husband….what do you think?

  10. I always come back from doubts to belief that every word is inspired and sanctioned by Yehovah. The use of the feminine and the masculine to refer to our Creator must have been placed in the text for a purpose or purposes. Yehovah’s word does not return empty so I wonder? What do all y’all think are his purposes? Is there a complimentary verse in the feminine to “Am I a man that I should…?”

  11. Nehemia, I’m not looking or waiting for you to convert to anything. I look forward to all of us being “converted” to the truth of Yahovah. I’m so thankful that He has called two of His children to expose and reenforce what Yahovah meant and expects of us. We don’t deserve this opportunity, its His loving kindness and grace that has given us opportunity to come out of ignorance. Our hearts and minds are being challenged and He is giving us a clear choice. Praise Yahovak!

  12. Thank you, Nehemia, for continuing to obey your calling. I always pray that the erudite teachings you bring will be fired by your love and devotion to YHVH.

      • You said it, and it is so, Eileen! Y’all listen up out there – Eileen knows her Southern!

        In my personal opinion, “all y’all” is simply an emphatic version of “y’all” (that uses repetition as the literary device) – but both are plural and of equal meaning.

        Eileen, I think you and I should write a new version of the Bible wherein we replace “ye” and/or “YOU” with “y’all”! And we’ll replace “Hallelujah!” with “Y’all praise YaH!” We could call it the RNSV – Restored Name Southern Version. 🙂

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