Prophet Pearls #24 – Vayikra (Isaiah 43:21-44:23)

Prophet Pearls Vayikra, haftarah, isaiah, prophets, jeshurun, israel, poetic name, Keith Johnson, nehemia gordon, obedience, sacrifice, parashah, Parsha, parshas, parshat, vayikra, portionThis week Nehemia Gordon and Keith Johnson discuss the Prophets portion for Vayikra covering Isaiah 43:21-44:23. In this haftarah portion paralleling the Torah’s central section on sacrifices, Gordon and Johnson delve deep into the issues of sacrifice, obedience and idolatry.  Word studies include:  “blot out” (with its historical context of a debt certificate), “first father” (with Jewish and Christian perspectives on original sin), and “bow down” (with its exclusive connection to idolatry).

“Jeshurun,” the poetic nickname for Israel, offers a particularly lustrous pearl, as we learn its meaning, its usage in the Tanakh and its connection to the name Israel. Gordon and Johnson reveal the transgression of the “mediators” and the danger of blindly following anyone—reminding listeners that they serve only as river guides; all can access information, expect inspiration and receive revelation. In closing, Gordon prays that we be worthy of the name of Israel and that the day comes soon when trees and rocks cry out the redemption of Israel.

"Your translators transgressed against me" Isaiah 43:27

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24 thoughts on “Prophet Pearls #24 – Vayikra (Isaiah 43:21-44:23)

  1. Shalom ~ Another good program. Thank you both so much.

    Nehemia ~ “Stuck in Canada”. Whats’ that all about? As a proud Canadian blessed to be living in a beautiful country with beautiful people I don’t quite get your negative comment. I know sabra’s who have moved here and as far as I know they do not feel one bit ‘stuck’.

    Will those of us from Yisrael/Yehudah return one day to our promised Land? You bet. But til then we are thankful to be living in this wonderful peace loving country. My ancestors have been here since 1700’s so I have a great love for my home away from Home!

    Shalom, Shalom
    Annette Cohen

    • Anyone heard: “I must ask my pastor abot this”, not being eager to read by themselves, asking God for guidance, wisdom and revelation?

  2. What about Stan Tenen and his toroid in the first verse of breshyt?
    It being the reason why the levites in Babylon preserved their work by coding it into the text.

  3. Can I replace the Babylonian script with paleo Hebrew?
    And do you believe Jeff Benner’s theory that the hebrew letters and words have a symbolic relationship? E.g. mem-water/ aleph-ox/ vav-hook/tav-crossed sticks.

  4. In addition, and correct me if I’m wrong, but the very premise of Karate Judaism is that people make up their own mind after careful consideration of scripture and prayer based on ones relationship with our Creator. And yet, according to my understanding, I would be rejected as a Karaite Jew because that very process gets me to a place of understanding that other Karaite Jews disagree with even though we agree on the same Father and scripture and so on.

    Sorry I don’t mean to annoy anyone with this but am genuinely wondering. Haven’t we all got one Father? has not one God created us?

      • I’m sorry Nehemiah, it’s my spell check on the computer, I correct it and when it’s out of my sight it mucks it up again. I apologise. I believe in the Tanakh as the perfect Word of God too.

        I love Aikido so maybe I can join the Karate Jews? Getting sidetracked here I think…

  5. Nehemia, I am surprised that towards the end of todays pearl when you were discussing the rocks crying out that Luke 19:40 wasn’t mentioned. It ties in completely. Luk 19:40 He answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out.”

  6. Mark 15:38 And the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom. Giving humans access to their God.

    John 19:28 After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulled, saith, I thirst.
    Who is the Ultimate refresher?

  7. Your astute observations spoke volumes (the reading of Rev and comparing it to Qur’an. That is exactly why I believe Islam to be of darkness. By the way I have a T-shirt with this verse in Hebrew. Thank you both for all that you two do to bring these studies to us.

  8. Love your teachings!!! Thank you for opening up your mouth and speaking YeHoveas words over us!!!! WOOHOO doing the Torah Dance!!!
    Tammi McAfee…California USA

  9. Hi Nehemia and Keith,

    After listening to you today (Thank You) the following thought came to me. I would call myself a Karate Jew if it weren’t that Karaites don’t ‘believe’ in Jesus. Yet Karate Jews are encouraged to think for themselves and Jesus was a Jewish person who merely pointed to what the prophets taught.
    1. As a Jewish person Jesus was also referred to as the son (man) of God as you both are being addressed also and I imagine consider yourself as such.
    2. It cannot be denied that Jesus is considered the saviour of many, albeit not Karate Jews, just the same bringing many people to read their bible and accept the Word of God, just as you both do the same also.

    So Nehemia and Keith, why can a person not be a Karate Jew if they accept Jesus as a Jewish person who was referred to as the Son of God and brings many to repentance?

    How does that work if Karaite Jews are supposed to be making up their own minds about scripture, given all the information available to them, and after considerate prayer and study and introspection?

    This is a genuine question and apologies in advance if I have missed something obvious.

    Mimi

    posted on both your websites cause I would like a response from both of you when possible, at your leisure. I know that you’re both very busy.

  10. Isaiah 44:3-6
    3 For I will pour out water on the thirsty land and streams on the dry ground; I will pour out My Spirit on your offspring and My blessing on your descendants;
    4 And they will spring up among the grass Like poplars by streams of water.
    5 This one will say, “I am Yehovah’s”; and that one will call on the name of Jacob; and another will write on his hand, “Belonging to Yehovah,” and will name himself by Israel’s name
    6 Thus says Yehovah, the King of Israel and his Redeemer, Yehovah of hosts: “I am the first and I am the last, and there is no God besides Me.”

    Revelation 1:8
    “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord (Yehovah) God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”

    Revelation 21:6
    Then He said to me, “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give to the one who thirsts from the spring of the water of life without cost.”

    Revelation 22:13
    “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.”

  11. Nehemia refers to a verse in the Qur’an which is being much abused. Surely the verse was a contemporary statement for some of the Jews in Midian who were initially in conflict with Mohammad. Furthermore the Islamic forces took Jerusalem and held it for most of history until the colonial period and the current process of Israel’s return. The fact that believers in Islam prostrate, or nun, to Bacca goes back to Psalm 84:6.
    Nehemia please find balance and remind us of the evils perpetrated in the name of christianity, for example the genocide of the Samaritan people. People of all faiths are guilty, like the Islamic factions you most despise, of killing in the name of the lord. Until you guys acknowledge what the Tanakh really says, like Gen.17:20 and Isa.29:9-14, your eyes will continue to be veiled. Pour scorn on Islam and the LDS, it will get you nowhere. Until you and Keith comprehend the finer point of the Torah; that Yeshua was not crucified because his legs were not broken and he was run through by a Roman with a romphaia, you will continue to miss the mark. King Alfred knew better how to defeat his enemies a thousand years ago and he made those Danes believers.
    A house of prayer for all peoples… except non-Jews. Get real.

    • Respectfully submit to Nicholas that you have missed the point.

      The multiple counts of violence committed by humanity is not the point. No matter what faith or denomination, the true character of the One Living God Almighty Creator is the point.

      Jehovah, the God of Ishmael and Isaac revealed his character thru Moses in the Torah and thru the prophets (repeatedly to the Jewish nation and anyone else who would listen and hear.)

      The Jews thru the Almighty God’s grace have been able to preserve the record of Jehovah’s name and character throughout our bloody history and Satans multiple attempts to erase it.
      Thank God for the dispersion and preservation of Gods record throughout the world. In the dark ages, the record was not available for people to study and know God or what He is like. Many atrocities were and still are committed because people don’t know God, who He is or what He values. How privileged we are to be able to read, millenniums later, God’s very word to Moses!

      Christians trust in Jesus and believe He faithfully demonstrated the Almighty God’s character in His life teachings and testimonies about the Father, His healing ministry, incomparable love/sacrifice and His mighty power to conquer death.

      The light that Nehemiah and Keith are shining on Jehovah God’s character by revealing nuances in the Hebrew language and the context of the Hebrew history are priceless especially to the Christian believers who in general do not know the Hebrew language. Be thankful there is a Nehemiah and a Keith to share knowledge about God’s likeness with you! And me and anyone else who is seeking truth about Who God Is.

      A few things I believe are evident by studying God in Scriptures and getting to know Him thru His Word:

      1. God does not coerce… He would not starve people (Viking or not) to force anything. He would not make you do anything against your will. There is no truth or love without Free Choice.
      2. God would prefer to go before us and defeat those against Him non-violently. He is not severe or violent. He is love.
      3. God does not need or want worship or sacrifice. He wants us to know him, study Him, admire him, so we in our fallen state can be changed. You become like what you admire. Who do you admire? Do you know Him?
      4. God is not arbitrary. He does not demand obedience for His own satisfaction. Obedience to the Law, including Sabbath time/rest, is for our benefit, our joy, our health and ultimately our eternal life with Him.

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      • Future Event-Notice who the King is: Not a man. Zech 14:17, And it shall be, whoso will not come up of 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 Eygpt go not up, and come not, that no; 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 Eygpt, and the punishment of all nations that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles. Drought can cause severe hunger whether physical or spiritual. He will get the nation’s attention.

    • Why do we need to be reminded of what some who overtly throws the concepts of Christianity under the Bus? Example: The Crusaders may have claimed connection Christ. They were not. When did Jesus/Yahshua/Yeshua EVER say go out and vandalize, or murder? Separate out the person or group and their offensive actions. Don’t let them hide behind, justify their inappropriate actions in the name of Christ or God.Crucified(to be hung)-Christ was hung on a Staros. Once he was placed there. They were not going to be taking him down until he was dead. The soldiers needed to confirm his death. Their heads would have been on the block if they gave a false report. They were confirming his death by spearing him. He was already hung.Breaking his legs only speeds up death, because the person can not raise up to expand their lungs and catch a breath. The Roman government did not care about whether to removing a deceased person from a Staros or leave the body longer. The Romans were only acting in a manner to cooperate with Anna and Cahapais who were corrupt Leaders and played two ends against the middle.They were men who were Faking/playing at being religious.They pretend just enough so as to not anger,upset or cause doubts in the public regarding the feasts. They did not want to loose their social status. or Their power and riches, They did not believe in God. They gave Lip Service to God while reaping the rewards of aligning themselves with and under Ceasar’s rule. Moral of story: Identify the person. People can be corrupt no matter how they look on the outside or what position they hold.

  12. What a wonderful word picture of having our sins “blotted out.” When Nehemia explained the origin of the debt being dissolved (beginning at 16:50), my heart was filled with gratitude for the enormity of forgiveness performed by our wonderful creator. Baruch Yehovah.

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