Prophet Pearls #13 – Shemot (Isaiah 27:6-28:13; 29:22-23)

Jewish exiles returning to the Land of Israel ,Prophet Pearls Shemot, Isaiah, exile, redemption, restoration, haftarah, prophets, Keith Johnson, nehemia gordon, parashah, Parsha, parshas, parshat, proof texting, shemot, shofar, tanakh, preceptThis week Nehemia Gordon and Keith Johnson discuss the Prophets portion for Shemot covering Isaiah 27:6-28:13; 29:22-23. The theme of exile and restoration in this Prophet’s portion corresponds to the turning point in the Egyptian exile when the midwives were told to murder, the Israelites were told to make bricks without straw and Moses was told, “Now you will see what I will do.”

The Portion begins with a translation quandary (“those that come” versus “days to come”) and Gordon relates how sages have interpreted this passage through the centuries. We learn the different purposes of the shofar in the Tanakh and Gordon explains how this portion’s simple instruction to “give rest to the weary” has morphed into more than 600 commandments. Regarding the “here a little, there a little” passage: Gordon and Johnson discuss whether this means we should piece together God’s word or understand it in context. Word studies include: “fruit/tenuvah,” “smite/lehakot” “atone/kaper,” “line/qav,” and “sanctify/qadesh.” In closing, we are challenged to learn that sanctifying God’s name is a call to action and comforted to learn that whatever an “east wind” may scatter, Yehovah will glean “one by one.”

"And they shall come who are lost in the land of Assyria and those cast off in the land of Egypt" Isaiah 27:13

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  1. Isaiah 27.
    7Was he beaten as his beater has been?
    Did he suffer such slaughter as his slayers?
    8 Assailing them with fury unchained,{“Striving with her”, meaning of verse uncertain}
    His pitiless blast bore them off
    On a day of gale.

    Commentary above from:
    A New Translation of The Holy Scriptures According to the Traditional Hebrew Text
    The Jewish Publication Society
    First Edition, 1985
    ISBN 0-8276-0252-9

    • I agree Nehemia,
      Isaiah prophecies of the destruction and regathering of YHVH’s seeds in these verses.
      We indeed, the chosen righteous seed of Yehovah are being “winnowed” from the whole of the diaspora that has been cast across the earth. We are being collected at present. the restoration of HIS people is in process. We are being called, threshed, and blow by HIS wind back into fertile ground, where they will be reseeded into his righteous people.

      Amein. amein.

      Shalom.

  2. …. Jacob was renamed Israel ~ true? Judea is what is returning to the land ~ true? Judea and Israel are not the same… true? Thus two separate houses. Yet He says He scattered them and scattered … to the edges of the earth. He divorced Israel .. yet sent / gave His only son to die for her ~ (those to whom Christ sent the apostles to – to spread the good news of His return i.e. the house of Israel) thus redeeming her ( the lost scattered tribes ) so Christ includes her for His bride. WE can not forget those that may have been “fruit” of the Queen of Sheba after her time with King Solomon … Fruit as meaning children.

    Egypt … was the land … Egypt is also a term used for ” being in captivity” … To see more of this we need to look at both Jacob, Judea … and Esau. Our Great God the Most High is calling HIS children home … but …. He has to show not just Israel who they are … but as I said before … to those who say are Jews and are not. If this is not addressed the land and it’s people will suffer…

    Hope this will guide your studies! Shalom ~;-)

  3. To me,when I read chapters 26&27, it looks like that monster of pride Livyatan (there’s a good description in Iyov) will be slayed by Yehovah. I see this as being a beautiful description of rescue forgiveness and salvation when the descendants of Ya’akov and Israel will take root and flower. He will make atonement for us and bring us back to Him. He will do it.

  4. Who is God?
    Every religion has a god and some many gods. From the Babylonians, to the Egyptians; from the Greeks to the Romans; from the dark ages to the new world; even today, they all have idols made of wood and stone which they called god. The Christians (every denominations–demon nations) called their God and their Jesus, “God.” The Muslims called their Allah, “god;” the Hindus too, called their Krishna, Siva and Vishnu “god,” so do all the pagans and the heathens called their idols, “god.” Herein is Babylon, or confusion. Whose God is God or which God is the true God and which one is yours? Only in planet earth, everybody has a god and there are many gods–such as the sun god, the moon god, the wind god, the rain god, the water god, money god, monkey god, pig god, kitchen god, a thousand and one gods, and a host of ‘goddesses too, you name it–just like there are many religions.

    All Christians today, regardless of their denominations, called their heavenly father, “God” just like the heathen and all other idol worshippers called their gods, “god,” and they teach their fellow fallen man so, to do thus. But god is not a name, it is a noun, a generic which is pagan and unfit to ascribe to our ELOAH, (Mighty One), our Creator. How does a Christian identify (or differentiate) his god from the gods of the heathen and all other religions since they are ALL called god?
    Similarly, when a Christian prays and, or calls on God, which god is he calling on or praying to, since they are all gods or are called god? How do they distinguish between the gods of the heathen, the gods of other religions and the Christian God, since they are all God, or are called god. Therefore, the God of the Christians must be the God of the Hindus and the Muslims and the pagans. Are they all not the same? God is UNIVERSAL; God is a misnomer! This is what the Revelator called, “Babylon,” or Confusion. They are confused about their Gods. They (ALL) do not know who is their God; they (ALL) do not know who they worship.

    In 2 Corinthians 4:4, Satan is alluded to as “the God of this world,” and indeed he is! He has seized the dominion of this earth from Adam and subtly set himself up or enthroned himself as “the God of this world” to be worshipped–He said this before his fall, “I will mount on the hills of the clouds, I will match the Most High!” Isaiah 14:14. Now that he has overtaken planet earth he is doing just that. Paul referring to Satan put it thus: “Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called ELOHIM, or that is worshipped; so that he is God sitteth in the temple of ELOHIM, shewing himself that he is God.” 2 Thessalonians 2:3,4. So, like it or not, knowingly or otherwise, when anyone prays or says god, he is in effect, unwittingly praying to Satan, or calling on him. By distinction, our Heavenly Father, YaHWeH ELOHIM is Echad (One) and there is no other ELOHIM besides Him. Could you see the striking difference? There are many Gods but only One ELOHIM, Hallelu YaH!

    “God” is a highly deceptive profanity used by both Jews and Christians as in ALL religions for false worship. The Jews spell it G_D, the Christians “GOD or God” and the pagans and all other religions “god,” or “gods.”.” Whichever way you spell it, and however you say or pronounced it, it is still the same; it is God; it is Satan in disguise; it is a deception of the highest order. What difference does the spelling made? They are all god; and they all refers to the one who sets himself up as “the God of this world”–Satan–to be worshipped. Here is a solid example of how Satan gave fallen man religion–with himself as God–and fallen man use religious teachings to fool their fellow fallen man. Satan is behind them all; he conquers them all; he captivates them all; and, he deceives them all… Revelation 12:9.
    This article was taken from another source, that I fully agree with.
    Almighty YAH bless HIS people.

    • You say the article was taken from another source in which you fully agree. That source can only stand if Isaiah 14:14 is read in context. If read in context the assumption that this is talking about satan is incorrect thus causing your stalk of cards to come tumbling down.

      Take of your eisegeses glasses and you will see that verse 16 clearly identifies this as a mere man with delusions of greatness and human ruler during the time of Isaiah.

      “eisegeses” an interpretation, especially of Scripture, that expresses the interpreter’s own ideas, bias, or the like, rather than the meaning of the text.

      Reading out of context can cause extreme speculation and thus a whole new theology is born.

  5. He contended with Israel by sending her away limping, and not killing her.
    So, the beginning verses of Isaiah 27 remind me of:

    Genesis 32:22-32 (NIV)
    Jacob Wrestles With God

    22 That night Jacob got up and took his two wives, his two female servants and his eleven sons and crossed the ford of the Jabbok. 23 After he had sent them across the stream, he sent over all his possessions. 24 So Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him till daybreak. 25 When the man saw that he could not overpower him, he touched the socket of Jacob’s hip so that his hip was wrenched as he wrestled with the man. 26 Then the man said, “Let me go, for it is daybreak.”

    But Jacob replied, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.”

    27 The man asked him, “What is your name?”

    “Jacob,” he answered.

    28 Then the man said, “Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel,[a] because you have struggled with God and with humans and have overcome.”

    29 Jacob said, “Please tell me your name.”

    But he replied, “Why do you ask my name?” Then he blessed him there.

    30 So Jacob called the place Peniel,[b] saying, “It is because I saw God face to face, and yet my life was spared.”

    31 The sun rose above him as he passed Peniel,[c] and he was limping because of his hip. 32 Therefore to this day the Israelites do not eat the tendon attached to the socket of the hip, because the socket of Jacob’s hip was touched near the tendon.

  6. I enjoy your studies, keep up the good work! You challenged us to leave our best guess to Isaiah 27:7, here goes;

    The summation is the Father taking revenge on Leviathan, the Serpent, the Dragon for his continual oppression of Jacob.

  7. Reference Isaiah 27.7 with two sets of three consecutive same root words. Happened to come across three same root words in one verse today in my regular bible reading. Mark 4.24 (also found in Matt 7 and Luke 6)”with whatever measure you measure, it will be measured to you”. μέτρῳ I wonder what an analogous Hebrew root would be, and when it is first used.

  8. CONTEXT:
    Isaiah is probably writing this some 6 to 10 years before the fall of Israel, or the 10 northern tribes. Some 120 years before the fall of Judah.

    It seems to me that when Jacob is mentioned along with Egypt that would be better correlated with the time of Slavery and the Exodus? So the smitten may be better seen when God tells Abraham that Israel will be enslaved for 400 years and then He will smite those that have smitten Jacob?

    Gen 15:
    13 [God] said to Abram, “Know for certain that your descendants will be strangers in a land that is not theirs, where they will be ENSLAVED and OPPRESSED 400 years.
    14 “But I will also JUDGE (smite) the nation whom they will serve, and afterward they will come out with many possessions. (Ex 12:23 ‘the LORD will smite’)
    18 On that day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, “To your descendants I have given this land, From the river of Egypt as far as the great river, the river Euphrates:

    While we also can use any other applications, we know for sure that the Assyrians will surely have a part in the SIN of Israel in the next couple of years:

    1 Kings 14:
    15 “For the LORD will strike Israel, as a reed is shaken in the water; and He will uproot Israel from this good land which He gave to their fathers, and will scatter them beyond the [Euphrates] River, because they have made their Asherim, provoking the LORD to anger.
    16 “He will give up Israel on account of the sins of Jeroboam, which he committed and with which he made Israel to sin.”

    I have learned from Nehemia’s constant reminder, “if it does not say it, don’t add to it”.

    That being said, we can apply to POETRY what scriptures use the same phrases and words since a Poetic Verse is exactly that!

    I TRULY loved the explanation of the Precept upon Precept.
    I must learn to read the Original Tanakh.

  9. Shalom, Shalom Nehemia and Keith…
    Nehemia what happened to the blessing? I said whoa he’s going to give the blessing, and time is running out. Time ran out , and No blessing. I wait for that after each study. I appreciate all the work it takes to bring these studies to us every week. Nehemia the unique perspective is always enlightening. תודה yolanda

  10. About Prophet Pearls 13 – Shemot – Isaiah 27:6-28:13; 29:22-23
    “the smiting of the smiter who smites…”
    Yah will have vengeance on those who do these things with the same way they smite, He will smite them, except we know from other verses that His smiting will be double.
    This is my understanding.
    Vengance is mine saith YHWH.

    About the Asherim, have you seen those statues of Mary in the yards of the Catholics? Statures of Ashera/Diana/Guadalupe/Easter/Ishtar’Mary etc… and yes, they did worship on groves like the Druids. They worship creation not the Creator.

    Ashera trees=Xmass trees, yes.

  11. One of the best! All the struggles & interruptions can not stop these awesome studies. Thank you for all your work, study, persistence, & determination. You continue to enrich my walk with יהוה . May He bless you richly & hold you close as you wander about.
    Pam In Texas

  12. Inspired…..and beautifully presented. The ingathering, I am dancing in body and spirit. Blessing upon blessing to you both and all associated with you….!

  13. My impression of Prophet Pearls 13 is that this is the process by which Jacob will be saved. The beginning verses seem to state how and why God will do what He will do. He does not destroy Jacob as He does the enemies of Jacob. He uproots and then re-plants Jacob. Then He shows how Jacob must repent and have his iniquity purged: a deep repentance. The example of Moses beating the golden calf to powder comes to mind. 27: 10-11 briefly describes the state Jacob is in while he has been uprooted. Then Isa. continues the prophecy of the restoration. The great trumpet is blown and Jacob returns.
    Isa. 28:1-13 summarizes the process of Jacob’s repentance, contrasting two types of people: those who hear the word and continue in it and those who hear the word and fall back into sin. 29: 22-24 shows the end result, that even those who erred in spirit have been brought to understanding, repentance and salvation, and now fear the God of Israel.
    Thank you for a great session.

  14. I think Is. 27:7 can be interpreted (parenthesis mine) as:
    “Has he (Yehovah) struck them (Israel) as he (Yehovah) struck those who struck them? Or have they been slain as their slayers were slain?” I think it shows that Yehovah will discipline his children…but w/more severity those who persecute them!

  15. really great work
    its really interesting how in all denominations of the world there are people who speak of this “oral law” and give it a place above the tanakh, when in this simple prophet portion it speaks against it, against interpreting and putting it “commandment by commandement, measure by measure”…
    there were people like that during Isaiah’s life and there are people like that, in our, current lives. Really astounding

    Aaaaall the best from Serbia! Shabbat shalom!

    • Christian orthodoxy has done this with their twisting and turning of the apostle Paul’s writings in the NT.It is in my view their imposition of ‘oral law’ on the writers of the NT.
      The ‘church fathers’ fulfill the same role that Rabbinic Judaism does. The plain written Law of God is sidelined and in many cases ridiculed as ‘works’ salvation’ by their theology. Especially the Sabbath Commandment.

      • Couldn’t agree more. Its like, when discussing it with them, they always take “their understanding” of Paul’s writings without the context, without the situation, reason, why did the Paul write it like that and put it above the actual law.
        What is most interesting that a lot has been saved, f.e. one of the reasons for the Schism between Roman-Catholic and the Orthodox was that the Orthodox still celebrated the Sabbath at that time (that was changed a while later)

  16. Isa 27:7 may have to do with what we read in the book of Yasher 64 before the Egyption decree to kill the Israelis male children.

    Starting in vs 45 Wherefore did you go from us and leave us, being a few people, to fight against these kings who had a great people to smite us, that you might thereby deliver your own souls?

    46 And of some which the Israelites met on the road, they the children of Israel spoke to each other, saying, Smite, smite, for he is an Ishmaelite, or an Edomite, or from the children of Chittim, and they stood over him and slew him, and they knew that he was an Egyptian.

    47 And the children of Israel did these things cunningly against the Egyptians, because they had deserted them in battle and had fled from them.

    48 And the children of Israel slew of the men of Egypt in the road in this manner, about two hundred men.

    49 And all the men of Egypt saw the evil which the children of Israel had done to them, so all Egypt feared greatly the children of Israel, for they had seen their great power, and that not one man of them had fallen.

    50 So all the children of Israel returned with joy on their road to Goshen, and the rest of Egypt returned each man to his place.

    But….. it would be good to go back and read in Yashser starting in Chp 63 to 64 to get the context of the story.

    Shalom
    Craig and Lorie Zulauf

  17. YHVH’s smitting is to serve as an example,correction, to turn back someone back to him and away from Satan’s ways.
    This is vastly different from destruction for destruction sake. What do we see with radical groups.Kill kill maim,maim.It’s destruction.
    YHVH’s slain are slain to show that they hold to him, and his way(have faith)and they will be resurrected back to life. Whereas,those slain for being denying, having disbelief or non-belief, rebellion against YHVH will be given a final death.

    A measuring line is still important. In that the line keeps the stones, bricks, walls straight so it does not become crooked, weak, fall over from careless ,slipshod construction of a building. Who wants or needs a building that will fall over and crush those who it was suppose to protect.

  18. I fell asleep erev shabbath part way through the presentation, so please excuse my half-baked comment. I have noticed the same puzzling pattern in most Tanak poetry as in the first couple verses. It seems that a comprehensive literal meaning is simply less important to the writer than making the words fit the form of the poetry. It seems that the “feel” of the words increase in importance with poetry, while the cerebral understanding of them is allowed to diminish. That is poetry, and although frustrating at times, is the reality of the medium. Yah Bless! (signed) The Good Psalmaritan

  19. Teach about “b’yom hahu” please! It’s in Isa 27 a grand total of 4 times, and I’m instructed that each time that is seen on scripture, it refers to a Lev23 Appointed Time.
    And I MUST be taught the song you sang, Nehemiah, verse 13! I will sing it too, I must I must!

  20. Shalom Nehemia and Keith!
    This one really spoke to me, because I am one of “the called out ones!” I literally heard a voice saying “Learn My Holy Scriptures in the language it was originally written … Hebrew” back in 2006. As I speak with others who have had the same desire to learn Hebrew … the timing has been very similar! ALL I CAN SAY IS …THERE ARE NO COINCIDENCES WITH YAHOVEH! IT IS ALSO SO OVERWHELMING and AMAZING TO THINK WE ARE ALL A PART OF THE RESTORATION PROCESS IN THE END OF DAYS!
    Blessings to you both may the knowledge continue to increase and cover the earth!
    In HIS Service ~
    Cyn

    • A deep love of languages, was the hook this scattered remnant fish chomped on, just like you! Uri Harel’s “Learn Hebrew Through Scripture” online class fixed my eyes on Gen 1:3 in Hebrew. TORAH, with obedience to His Appointed Times, is YHVH’s call to me to “Come out of her, my child,”! I know YAHUSHUAH Ha’MASHIACH is TORAT CHAYYIM.
      Uzo eleikha eshmora ki ELOHIM misgabi.”
      “Because of His strength, I will wait for Thee for ELOHIM is my high tower.” Mizmor 59:10

  21. the shofar! the ingathering! and finally understanding everything! Thrilling! I must say vs 28:12 reminds me of what Yeshua said in Mt 11:29. His easy yoke vs. 613 commands.

    • Mt 11:29 – Yes, Yeshua’s message was not against the Torah; it was to the Pharisees (today’s Orthodox Rabbis) about their oral traditions, which were such a heavy burden on the people. He was pointing the way back to the Torah and for the people to cast off the burden of the thousands of oral (Rabbinical, i.e., man made) edicts. To return to the Torah which Yehovah Sabaoth made so easy a seven year old child could begin to understand and follow from one reading every seven years. Yeshua’s “Easy Yoke” was the Torah and Yeshua’s “Light Burden” was Yehovah’s instructions.

      Yeshua’s message still applies to many if not all organized religions and their man made traditions.

      By the way, wonderful information gentlemen, thanks.
      Hallelu Yah

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