Prophet Pearls #18 – Mishpatim (Jeremiah 34:8-22; 33:25-26)

Prophet Pearls Mishpatim, Jeremiah, deror liberty, haftarah, haftarah mishpatim, hebrew word play, hebrew word puns, indentured servants tanakh, Keith Johnson, mishpatim prophets, missing verses in Septuagint, nehemia gordon, parashah, Parsha, parshas, parshat, prophet jeremiah, prophets, slavery in tanakh, spelling Isaac in TanakhIn this episode of Prophet Pearls, Nehemia Gordon and Keith Johnson discuss the Prophets portion for Mishpatim covering Jeremiah 34:8-22; 33:25-26. Ever obedient servants of context, Gordon and Johnson begin at the beginning—with two verses moved to the end of this Portion by the Rabbis.  In these two verses in which the unfailing laws of nature are equated with God’s promises to Israel, Gordon makes a connection between the theories of physicists and the views of pundits regarding the land of Israel.  Gordon and Johnson further explore why these two verses (and eight others) are missing from the Septuagint and why the spelling of Isaac differs here from elsewhere in the Tanakh.

Gordon gives Torah definitions for slavery and indentured servitude and compares current U.S. penal policies to the slavery of which Jeremiah spoke. We learn the concrete and abstract meanings of the word-of-the-week, “liberty-deror” (dalet-reish-vav-reish) and through a classic example of Hebrew word play we learn the consequences of denying “deror” to others. In closing, Johnson prays that love of neighbor will grow from hearts that receive the ancient and relevant words of the prophet.

"...As surely as I have established My covenant with day and night... so I will never reject the offspring of Jacob and My servant David..." Jeremiah 33:25-26

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The original artwork at the top of this page was made specially for this week's episode of Prophet Pearls by Katie Swamp of Huntsville, Alabama. Here is her explanation:

"How wonderful our Heavenly Father is, that He would compare the covenant He has made with Israel (the offspring of Jacob and David) to the unbreakable laws of day and night, of heaven and of earth. As shown by the heart around Israel in the artwork, God’s love for His chosen people is steadfast and will never come to an end. A 12-pointed crown symbolizing the 12 tribes of Israel is placed upon this special nation to represent the covenant God has made with them to take rulers from their offspring. The heavenly bodies look down upon this coronation, and they are ever a reminder to Israel of the promise in Lamentations 3:22-23, “The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases, His mercies never come to an end;...great is Your faithfulness.” "

25 thoughts on “Prophet Pearls #18 – Mishpatim (Jeremiah 34:8-22; 33:25-26)

  1. My guess for the meaning of the name of Isaac is ‘he dry laughs’ and the different spelling of Isaac in Jeremiah 33:26 is ‘he humbly laughs’.

  2. Keith, when you touch the slavery in America, the breaking of the indenture servant deal and the escaping to another town…google “Anthony Johnson”!!!

  3. I know some may disagree with me, but I think being in debt is a form of slavery. Specifically, it is indentured servitude. We sell ourselves into slavery every time we ask a creditor to loan us money for a house, car, or anything. In addition to this, there are some very disturbing statistics about the prevalence in human trafficking all over the world. I often wonder how YHVH will judge us for this… heavy and powerful topic.

  4. I think there is an important distinction that Nehemia is not making. There is a difference between slaves that are Hebrews and slaves that come from the nations (Gentiles). Jeremiah does not covenant with the leaders of Jerusalem to free the slaves from the nations, only those slaves who are Hebrews, or fellow countrymen to those in Jerusalem.

    All the rules about slaves going free in the seventh year, or in the Jubilee year, only apply to slaves who are Hebrew males. Ex 21 specifically says females do not go out (go free) as the men do in the seventh year.

    American style slavery (I’m not sure why we pick on America since this type of slavery existed everywhere in the world, and still does today in some places) certainly did exist in the context of the Torah, slaves who were not Hebrew/Israelites. There are some rules that apply to all slaves, Hebrew or Gentile. if you strike a slave and they lose an eye (or tooth, or finger) they go free, even if they are not Hebrew. If you buy a female slave and you lay with her, you cannot then sell her if you are not pleased with her but she goes out free without money, even if she is not Hebrew. Gentile slaves of the Hebrews do not get the freedom option in the seventh year (or Jubilee). One perfect example is the Gibeonites who are slaves forever – and forever does not mean until Jubilee.

    I absolutely love the work Keith and Nehemiah (and sometimes Jono) have done. It seems like I only comment on things where there is disagreement. Please let me say I agree 99.999%. You guys are great!

    – David

  5. Great Prophet Portion. Much to expound upon regarding the immutable laws of the universe and slavery. I was taught early to respect my elders, but it was much later a wise old sage explained it was an immutable law of the universe. Respect must be ‘paid forward’ to those who have gone before – to those who walked the miles you now walk, and sat in the seats you now sit, and lived the lives you hope to. It won’t work the other way around. In that regard, Respect is like a Job; you can give a job to someone who doesn’t deserve it, and everyone might suffer for it – they may not have the experience or skill to perform the task, or the desire to even learn. Someone more deserving may have been passed over who has been groomed for the position, and business may fail as clients seek out your competition. When I hear youngsters say something like “don’t Dis’ me, old man.”, I have to think most folks aren’t being taught “what it is”. If you don’t give respect where it’s due, you probably won’t get it when it’s due. There is much we don’t understand about these laws of YHVH, but studies in the Tanakh (like Proverbs, etc.) can give us great insight. Regarding contract ‘slavery’ or indentured servitude, many of us have been down that road or ‘in that boat’; Merchant Mariners sign Articles of Agreement, US Military enlistments are typically six year obligations, Defense Contractors often have very thick one-year contracts (I’ve done all three). And once you’re shipboard, you’re kinda at the mercy of the employer, and bad things can happen to good people(but it’s nothing like hard-core Slavery). Before, during and after the American Revolution indentured servitude was very common. Half of the people who sailed to America on the Mayflower were actually contract laborers. Notables like Ben Franklin, Daniel Boone and others sold or ‘leased’ themselves out like that to learn a trade, get to a better place, or pay off a debt. Curious to know how many of those were ‘Torah Compliant’, i.e., if the master knocked the servant’s tooth out did the servant get set free? It was terrible how scripture was twisted to justify the hard-core slavery perpetuated throughout the South, and those who knew it was morally wrong thought their economy was absolutely dependent on its continuance (and yet the abolishonist North was an economic powerhouse without ever practicing slavery). We can say we got it from England, and England got it from Arabia. But in fact, the British Isles were rife with slavery of the brutal type long before (St. Patrick was a Scot enslaved by the Irish, St. Columba was Irish enslaved by the Picts). The slave trade in Africa is at an all time high, and where is the outcry? This is a tough topic, I know – but I thank you so much Brothers Keith and Nehemia for having the courage (doesn’t YHVH hate cowardice?) to discuss these things in Honesty and Truth, in proper biblical context. We have enslavement of the body, the mind, even the soul…perpetuated for generations… but it all boils down to each one individually taking a stand, “As for me, The buck stops here. I will not manipulate, control, nor force anyone into my paradigm and I expect the same from others”. Blessed is he who comes in the name of YHVH, and may He come quickly!

  6. This prophet pearls episode coincides with the Torah pearls reading about the Yovel/Jubilee passages; some of the discussions was to the effect that when the messiah will come he will show us when is the correct year is for the Jubilee. I am a believer in Yshua as the messiah of all Israel, I also believe he has already told us the year of the Jubilee when he stood and proclaimed that, “this day this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing” when he quoting from Isaiah 61 as stated in the book of Luke 4:18. The date of Yshuas Jubilee declaration according my calculations was the 7 month (Tishri) 10 day on Yom Kippor 3784 according to the Jewish calendar and on a weekday of Monday by the Gregorian calendar September 11, 23 AD. Yshua did complete three and a half years of ministry and died on a weekday of a Wednesday; the bible says they crucified him and prepared his body for burial before a high holy sabbath not the weekly sabbath. People look at the Greek closely they will find that Yshua rose at the end of the Sabbath not Sunday morning… Look at the word in Greek being “early in the morning” making it exactly three days and nights in the earth just as he said he would be. Dates to consider counting the Jubilees In Luke 3:32 it says Yshua was about thirty years of age when he started his ministry Luke 3:23 and knowing he was born March 18, 6 BC of the Gregorian calendar and Nisan 1 3755 of the Jewish calendar and convinced he defined the Jubilee then the Yovel date of the year 2023 years should make the 40 Jubilees since his Yshuas teaching and according to my personal belief it will be the middle of the tribulation and redemption Geullah of the land and people of haretz Israel.

    • What Septuagint are your reading from? My copy, “The Septuagint with Apocrypha : Greek and English” by Sir Lancelot C.L. Brenton, stops at verse 24.

  7. Nehemia,
    I had an amusing thought when I heard you explain that דרור can mean both a type of bird ( the sparrow of Psalms 84:3) as well as freedom (Lev 25:10). Could Ronnie Van Zant, founding member and lead singer of Lynyrd Skynyrd, have been aware of this when he wrote “Freebird”?


  8. Am surprised no one asked WHEN the covenant with day and night will cease. Surely you can’t read all the way through the prophecies about ‘the day of the Lord’ without realizing that the time will come. Or rather, time will come to an end. And yet the reign of messiah goes on past that. Was hoping for some clarity on this.


    I believe these passages in Jeremiah are dealing with this topic. Politicians who make laws after an tragic event in order to get elected (ie.. the 3 strikes law with the 3rd for stealing pizza) makes your point somewhat valid about wrongful imprisonment.

    However, a general statement saying that the US imprisons men as slaves is somewhat an uneducated assumption. The alternative is Boca Haram, Isis, the Muslim Nations treatment of someone caught stealing, being gay, or adultery?

    Consider the prison of Mexico run by Drug Gangs where the worst run them from the inside? A gay man being thrown off a tall building just recently? You get m point.

    To say that men are wrongly imprisoned as SLAVES is very politically charged. When sexual predators are released, the same people don’t want them in their neighborhoods?

    So if we stick to teaching what the Tanakh says : “Be righteous in your judgements” which is what Jeremiah says, makes more sense? This is the 2nd time this the PRISON statement is made as a general statement!

    So in the same way Jeremiah, repeats what Moses has said, with the same mandate – Follow what Yehovah has said otherwise the same will be done unto you!

    Excellent insight about slaves – but I wish THOU would stick to the Hebrew Word Root insights instead of leaning left? lol Be Blessed….

  10. Nehemia, my understanding is that the Qumran version of Hebrew Jeremiah actually matches the LXX version (Rahlfs). I know you worked on parts of the Dead Sea Scrolls, but don’t know if you worked on the Jeremiah text.

    In addition, comparison charts of the Septuagints vs. commonly published Hebrew and English versions (such as show that some (not all) of the “missing” portions (as compared to the Masoretic text) actually show up elsewhere in the text (i.e. they are not all missing; some are just in different locations).

    I am aware that there are some who claim that the Septuagint’s origin under Ptolemy is a myth (they say the LXX is actually from the first few centuries AD) and that the NT quotations supposed by some to be from the Septuagints may instead be the *source* for the (much later) Septuagints. This position seems very suspect to me, as some Septuagint fragments are dated to times BC.

    If the Qumran Hebrew Jeremiah really does closely match the Septuagint version, to which theory (Septuagint as source, or Septuagint as a later fake) does that fact lend credence? Boy, this stuff sure can get complicated.

    This all makes me wonder if the Hebrew Matthew quotations from the Tanakh appear to be from different original sources than do the Greek Matthew’s quotations.

    Would you care to comment on any of this to help shed light?

  11. YoAv,
    “As to any corrupt, Hebrew translation of the King James divine text — we must align our theology”…?
    King James Version is not a divine text! It is an uninspired TRANSLATION which contains proveable errors, as many translations do! The only divine text would be the ORIGINAL Hebrew text! The miracle is that in spite of the errors in the English Translation we can still, with diligent study, find the truth!

    ” ‘It is SAID; It is taught’ “. A lot of things are said and taught! Errors are said/spoken and taught but just because someone says something or teaches something it doesn’t give it legitimacy.

    “because it is said that you cannot trust what comes out of Egypt” CLEARLY is referring to what is Egyptian (whether it is a doctrine or teaching in connection with Egyptian paganism ) thought and NOT Hebrew thought! CONTEXT, CONTEXT, CONTEXT has to always be considered!

    If what comes out of Egypt cannot be trusted then YoAv, don’t ever go to Egypt and send any communique to anyone outside of Egypt because according to what you say, IN THAT CONTEXT, it cannot be trusted!


  12. First, Yeshua (Psalm 82) & Yehovah (Deu. 10:17) are 2 separate individuals (if Yehovah, bless His holy name, can be described as an individual), the 2 NEVER become One in Revelation or in the Gospel text.

    Indentured Brother verses Enslaved Foreigner
    There is a distinction made between ‘your brother’ and ‘the foreigner.’ I believe the subject of slavery in biblical text is one reason Gentiles need to differentiate NT from OT (good god / bloody G-D) to establish Jesus. Servitude of ‘Israelite upon Israelite’ is contrasted with ‘Israelite upon foreigner’ slavery (severe slavery) Leviticus 25:39. Christianity was birthed because Gentiles need to be ‘the chosen’ also – apart from the Jew.

    Gentile-slaves of Israelites could be treated with severity, as African slaves were treated in America, but not Israelite indentured servants (your brother – kinsmen).

    Technically, Americans did not enslave ‘their brothers’ but rather, the foreigner – as Leviticus 25:39 permits. Leviticus 25:44 ‘As for your male and female slaves whom you may have — you may acquire male and female slaves from the pagan nations that are around you.’ Yehovah does not instruct the Israelites to NOT treat their foreign slaves with severity, as He does their kinsmen, nor to set them free.

    Gents, I love the “Pearls” – please keep ’em coming.

    Fashioning or re-framing history…
    As to any corrupt, Hebrew translation of the King James divine text — we must align our theology. The Alexandrian Codices must not align with the Textus Receptus, because it is said that you cannot trust what comes out of Egypt; even though it is the source of the Torah portion of the Septuagint. It is also taught, that the Dead Sea Scrolls were buried in caves and unused, because they are “corrupt text” – to the AKJO cult.

    As to placing Jeremiah 33:25-26 with the prophets’ parallel for Mishpatim’s Torah portion, it is far more innocent than Tomb Raiders stealing Tanakh text, devoid of context, to claim undeserved blessings or to justify twisted doctrines. (( Doctrine on Matthew 24, is a better example of going backwards with text. [ O why did Yeshua screw-up there?] ))

    Again, Todah Raba for your ministry.

  13. Reply regarding Nicholas Mansfield’s post on February 13, 2015 at 4:19 pm said:
    Those who believe there is a semblance of truth in the gospel traditions acknowledge that the covenant of night and day was broken at Golgotha, when day became night for an extended period of time. Therefore Yeshua, a descendant of David and Aaron, through Miriam, could not reign as an Israelite king. There is no monarchy in Israel today and how will it come to pass?

    My REPLY to this comment:

    1.) Addressing the lineage of Yeshua to David and Aaron. How can Yeshua, who was born in the Tribe of Judah be of the lineage of Aaron, who was the High Priest and of the Tribe of Levi, which formed the Levitical priesthood?

    2.) Yeshua reigning as an “Israelite king” presents difficulties because Yeshua is currently serving in the heavenly sanctuary even today as our High Priest under the order of Melchizedek not under the order of Aaron. He will not be King until he comes the 2nd time as KING OF KINGS and LORD OF LORDS. Describing Yeshua, Paul in the Book of Hebrews (the New Testament, which is translated as The Renewing of the Covenant) describes Melchizedek as our High Priest forever, Hebrews 7:1. The description of Melchizedek is:
    a.) Melchizedek is said to be “without father, without mother, (i.e.) without genealogy”; and
    b.) he is described as “having neither beginning of days nor end of life”; he “abideth a priest continually.”

    3.) How can the covenant of night and day be broken, even to this day? Are you referring to Genesis 8:22, “While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease?” If you consider the few hours of darkness at the cross as proof that God has repealed his word that “night and day shall not cease,” following that vein of thought, the covenant that YOU SPEAK OF would have been abolished LONG, LONG before way back in Joshua’s time, when He made the sun and moon to stand still:

    a.) Joshua 10:12-13, “12Then spake Joshua to the Lord in the day when the Lord delivered up the Amorites before the children of Israel, and He said in the sight of Israel, Sun, stand thou still upon Gibeon; and thou, Moon, in the valley of Ajalon.
    b.) 13And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies. Is not this written in the book of Jasher? So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and hasted not to go down about a whole day.”
    Your argument does not stand to logic or to scripture because the covenant of Night and Day is in place until the earth “remaineth” no more, which means to the end of time.
    4.) As for your question about how it will happen that Yeshua will reign as King in Jerusalem you must consider these texts to answer your question:

    Revelation 21:1-3, “1And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. 2And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, (this is not the earthly Jerusalem) prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.”

    Revelation 21:10, 10 “And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God…”

    I will only write a few highlights here but suggest one read the entire chapter of Revelation 21.
    a.) 1”And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.
    2And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband,
    3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.
    Zechariah 14:4 And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south.
    Zechariah 14 can be interpreted in many ways to include we will all be in Jerusalem before Yeshua comes the 2nd time. However, it is quite prophetic, and many verses are clear that they point to future events that coincide with Revelation: It is full of indications that Zechariah sees the time of the Lord being in Jerusalem in conjunction with Revelation when the New Earth is set up, as well as other indications of the end times…


    The Promise to David
    2 Samuel 7:12-16 12 And when thy days be fulfilled, and thou shalt sleep with thy fathers, I will set up thy seed after thee, which shall proceed out of thy bowels, and I will establish his kingdom.
    13 He shall build an house for my name, and I will stablish the throne of his kingdom for ever.
    14 I will be his father, and he shall be my son. If he commit iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men, and with the stripes of the children of men:
    15 But my mercy shall not depart away from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I put away before thee.
    16 And thine house and thy kingdom shall be established for ever before thee: thy throne shall be established for ever. “
    1 Kings 2:45 And king Solomon shall be blessed, and the throne of David shall be established before the Lord for ever.
    1 Kings 8:25 Therefore now, Lord God of Israel, keep with thy servant David my father that thou promisedst him, saying, There shall not fail thee a man in my sight to sit on the throne of Israel; so that thy children take heed to their way, that they walk before me as thou hast walked before me
    1 Kings 9:5 And king Solomon shall be blessed, and the throne of David shall be established before the Lord for ever.
    PROMISE to DAVID: 17 For thus saith the Lord; David shall never want a man to sit upon the throne of the house of Israel;
    God perpetuated Judah until Messiah came and when the plan of redemption is finished, Messiah will reign FOREVER!
    Matthew 1:17 list of lineage, Matthew organizes the lineage in 3 Groups,
    Abraham to David – 14 Generations,
    David to Babylon – 14 Generations,
    Babylon to Christ – 14 Generations.
    These groups are IMPORTANT because God promised Abraham to become the FATHER OF THE MANY NATIONS – or ultimately the FATHER OF THE FAITHFUL;
    David is promised not to lack a man to sit on the throne FOREVER (Genesis 49:8-12);
    Babylon (Daniel 7:4 Christ) to CHRIST! (Revelation 5) Christ is born through the TRIBE OF JUDAH.
    When God separated out the tribes of Israel after the death of Solomon, he gave 10 tribes to Solomon’s servant, Jeroboam; and he gave 2 Tribes, Judah and Benjamin (actually 3, Levi – not usually counted as a Tribe because it was the priesthood), to Solomon’s son, Rehoboam. These became the Tribes of Israel (10 Tribes) and the other group Judah. (1 Kings 11:31 – 36) The reason God did this dividing up is because of the disobedience of Solomon, and hence the people. All of the Kings of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord. We will look later at the sin of Jeroboam.
    The importance of all this information is the fact that God promised David that he would not lack a man to sit on his throne, in his lineage, until Messiah. Messiah came from the line of DAVID. The 10 Tribes are captured and eventually scattered and lost. However the Tribe of Judah only remained because of God’s promise to David.
    Daniel 7:4 – the prophecy on which all other prophecy is built, the CORNERSTONE – it ties all the Bible together!
    Now in Daniel we see this Lion standing up out of Judah…with Eagle’s wings, Judah lived for 70 years in Babylon (They were to make peace with them and raise their children and grandchildren there.) Daniel sees the Eagle picking up the Lion and carrying it out of captivity and restoring it to Jerusalem (also compare to Exodus 19:4-6 brought out of Egypt on Eagle’s Wings to the Lord Himself)
    Exodus 19:4-6
    “4 Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I bare you on eagles’ wings, and brought you unto myself.
    5 Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine:
    6 And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel.”
    God did this to preserve Judah because of his promise to his servant DAVID
    Read Ezekiel 17 and 19 also about the Eagle and the Lion, The Lion is picked up and replanted back in Jerusalem.
    1 Kings 11 – What is EVIL IN THE SIGHT OF THE LORD?
    5 For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians, and after Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites.
    6 And Solomon did evil in the sight of the Lord, and went not fully after the Lord, as did David his father.
    7 Then did Solomon build an high place for Chemosh, the abomination of Moab, in the hill that is before Jerusalem, and for Molech, the abomination of the children of Ammon.
    8 And likewise did he for all his strange wives, which burnt incense and sacrificed unto their gods.
    1st KINGS 12 – Jeroboam is worried that the 10 Tribes that were given to him would go to Jerusalem and worship the true God there and then become under the allegiance of Rehoboam, so he devises a plan to set up his OWN worship gods and places of worship instead of what God had commanded for the people to do, he SUBSTITUTES a FALSE WORSHIP!
    Jeroboam thinks to change TIMES & LAWS, do we have this going on today too? Has the Sabbath been changed by man? Have the Feast Days been changed and Pagan substitutes instituted? Have you researched where the world’s holidays come from???
    Rehoboam changed the Feast of Tabernacles and God’s Worship 1 Kings 12: 26-33
    This counterfeit WORSHIP is the reason the 10 Tribes are destroyed. 1 Kings 14:16
    This sin continues all through History, I think we better start paying attention and ask ourselves, “Are we tied to a counterfeit worship?” “Do we really think we are pleasing God by the customs we adopt and the lives we lead before him?”
    Back in 1989 God started, among those people who would listen, to restore his FEASTS, his COVENANT LAW, the Torah. Folks, that is 26 years ago! And today, a snare has been planted to lead the masses away from Gods true WORSHIP while they think they are doing right. WE MUST SEARCH THE SCRIPTURES to make sure of what God is saying to us and what we believe!

    Jeroboam’s SIN
    1st Kings 10
    26 And Jeroboam said in his heart, now shall the kingdom return to the house of David:
    27 If this people go up to do sacrifice in the house of the Lord at Jerusalem, then shall the heart of this people turn again unto their lord, even unto Rehoboam king of Judah, and they shall kill me, and go again to Rehoboam king of Judah.
    28 Whereupon the king took counsel, and made two calves of gold, and said unto them, It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem: behold thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.
    29 And he set the one in Bethel, and the other put he in Dan.
    30 And this thing became a sin: for the people went to worship before the one, even unto Dan.
    31 And he made an house of high places, and made priests of the lowest of the people, which were not of the sons of Levi.
    32 And Jeroboam ordained a feast in the eighth month, on the fifteenth day of the month, like unto the feast that is in Judah, and he offered upon the altar. So did he in Bethel, sacrificing unto the calves that he had made: and he placed in Bethel the priests of the high places which he had made.
    33 So he offered upon the altar which he had made in Bethel the fifteenth day of the eighth month, even in the month which he had devised of his own heart; and ordained a feast unto the children of Israel: and he offered upon the altar, and burnt incense.

    NOTE: He replaced the true Feast of Tabernacles! Has it been replaced today in society by another “feast” – called Christmas? Go study it out and see for yourself.

    REMEMBER: Jeroboams SIN was the CAUSE of the destruction of Israel 1 Kings 14:16 We are spiritual Israel today folks. Don’t think this is just something from the past.
    God’s PROMISE to the Jews were CONDITIONAL upon obedience, and the time period they had to do it was 70 sevens (weeks – Sabbatical, a 7 year period), or 7 x 70. Peter asked Yeshua how many times should we forgive? (Matthew 18:21-22)Yeshua answered 7 x 70! Abraham is the father of those who BELIEVE – so obey with your understanding and DOING what God is telling us to do.
    INTERESTING NOTE: Shama Kol (Exodus 19:5) Shama – OBEY; Kol – Voice. This Shama means to hear with your understanding and OBEY…Shama, Shama…indeed OBEY!

    So what happens in Zechariah 14?
    Zechariah 14:16 says: I believe this is still future, and it is also prophetic and needs to be woven into what we know in Revelation of WHEN the Lord God will be present in Jerusalem, and at what point he will be KING. This is a tuff chapter and I am still studying, but one thing is FOR SURE, and that is GODs TRUE WORSHIP is re-established.
    16 And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles.
    17 And it shall be, that whoso will not come up of all the families of the earth unto Jerusalem to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, even upon them shall be no rain.
    18 And if the family of Egypt go not up, and come not, that have no rain; there shall be the plague, wherewith the Lord will smite the heathen that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles.
    19 This shall be the punishment of Egypt, and the punishment of all nations that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles.
    20 In that day shall there be upon the bells of the horses, Holiness Unto The Lord; and the pots in the Lord’s house shall be like the bowls before the altar.
    21 Yea, every pot in Jerusalem and in Judah shall be holiness unto the Lord of hosts: and all they that sacrifice shall come and take of them, and see therein: and in that day there shall be no more the Canaanite in the house of the Lord of hosts.
    JEROBOAM CORRUPTED GOD’S WORSHIP, but NOW Jeroboam’s sin is CORRECTED and God’s true worship, feast days, and holy days are re-established!
    THE MESSIAH has become the KING, the Lord of hosts, and his KINGDOM will be forever, and his reign will be in the lineage of DAVID FOREVER!
    Hope this has been an inspiration to you, and causes to study for yourself.
    Shabbat Shalom

    • Nicole-Are not the lineages given in the NT the lineages of Joseph’s father and mother rather than Joseph’s and Mary’s. Is the ‘Order of Melchizedek’ an eternal order or position rather than a physically ordained inherited order? For example the ‘position’ of a President or Prime Minister. Mary, being of the tribe of Levi and the mother of Yeshua thus, Yeshua takes the High Priest position as well as the Kingly position as ‘One Office’. The Lamb slain from the foundation of the world is the blu print of Yeshua to come. You have written a very insightful response. Thank you and I would like to hear your view on this.

      • There are several problems with these assessments made about Yeshua from a Torah perspective.

        First, In Torah, the priesthood was given to the lineage of Levi. The role of the High Priest, was given to the direct descendants of Aaron forever by Yehovah, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob (no exception and no end).

        Melchizedek, was a priest of a pagan religion who referred to their god as “The Most High God” but he was not in covenant with the God of Abraham, Yehovah. There is no such thing as the Melchizedek priesthood in the Torah.

        Yeshua, a Jewish Rabbi, was a descendant of the house of Judah as said in the NT. Being a descendant of the house of Judah would automatically disqualify him by Torah standards to be the High Priest forever.

        The next problem arises because the lineage of the Jewish are tracked through the father. If Yeshua’s father is God, then he is not from the house of Judah and would not qualify based on the promises from Yehovah to David and what is written in the Prophets, that the Messiah would be a literal descendant of David. One could argue that it came from Mary, but this is not how lineage is handed down.

        In order to fulfill the Messianic requirements, Yeshua, would have had to bring physical salvation, peace would be in the land forever, there would be no missionary work because as the Prophets promised “all would know God”, the messiah would build the temple (from a destroyed state- which at Yeshua’s time was still built) and the literal priesthood of Levi with Aaron’s descendants operating in the temple would be re established forever. This has not happened.

        Yeshua did not do this during his lifetime. The scriptures never say he gets to do a do over. Also, child sacrifice was an abhorrent pagan practice that God said never entered his heart. So why would he send his “son” to be sacrificed like the pagan’s did. Yehovah also said that each man is responsible for his own sins and that the way to be forgiven or gain atonement was to repent. That was all.

        Yehovah said he gives his glory to no one. Yehovah said there is none before or none after him. Yehovah said he is one, not one in purpose or 1 in 3 person. One God. Yehovah said he is the redeemer. Yehovah said his first born is Israel (children of Israel). Yehovah said his Torah and covenant are forever. Yehovah says he keeps his promises. Yehovah said we are not to add or take away from the Torah.

        So if Yehovah said this, then why do we not do it. Yehovah said that false prophets would come doing miracles but the moment they lead you away from Yehovah and his Torah, you are not to listen to the false prophets and the false prophets are to be killed. Yehovah will send these false prophets to see if you really love Yehovah and are faithful to him.

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  15. I really appreciate this topic. I am passionate about this promise that YHVH has made. It is unfortunate that many who claim YHVH deny this promise. It is unbreakable and key to understanding who He is. Baruch HaShem YHVH.

  16. Those who believe there is a semblance of truth in the gospel traditions acknowledge that the covenant of night and day was broken at Golgotha, when day became night for an extended period of time. Therefore Yeshua, a descendant of David and Aaron, through Miriam, could not reign as an Israelite king. There is no monarchy in Israel today and how will it come to pass?

    • Nicholas, can your allegation of the “covenant of day and night” being broken, endure the light of Gen8:27? “As long as the earth endures… day and night will never cease.” We still have earth, we still have day and night, and prophecy is happening…

    • No my friend, day never became night, this was a supernatural darkness as was the plague in Egypt at the time of Moshe. Joshua also made the Sun stand still but no covenant with day and night were broken. Neither with seed time and harvest.

  17. I’m wondering if Keith consults the ESV. the NIV is not only dated but seems to have wanted to be “politically correct”. I am not technically or linguistically qualified to evaluate the ESV but it is pleasant to read and is enjoying a good reputation.

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