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A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . .
GOD hides HIMSELF in HIS manifestations and shows HIMSELF in HIS concealments.
CUTTING OF THE COVENANT
"When the sun set and it was very dark, there appeared a Smoking OVEN, and a Flaming TORCH which passed between those pieces. On that day the LORD made a covenant with Abram." [Genesis (Bereshith) 15. 17 - 18 Tanakh, Torah]
EL ELYON, GOD MOST HIGH promised Abram that he and his descendents would inherit the land of Israel. When Abram asked the LORD GOD how he would know this for certain, the ALMIGHTY ONE commanded Abram — "Bring ME a three-year-old heifer, a three-year-old female goat, a three-year-old ram, a turtledove, and a young pigeon." When Abram brought them, he cut them in two — down the middle — and placed each piece opposite the other, except the birds were not cut in half. [Genesis (Bereshith) 15. 8 - 10 Tanakh, Torah]
This "cutting of the covenant" was prepared by Abram; but entered into by the great SOVEREIGN GOD alone in the form of a SMOKING OVEN (Hebrew: 'ashan tannuwr) and FLAMING TORCH (Hebrew: 'esh lappiyd), ALMIGHTY GOD passed between the sacrificed animals. Abram did not pass between them, as a great horror and darkness fell upon him and he fell into a deep sleep during that time. [Genesis/Bereshith 15. 12]
The HOLY ONE knows man's weakness and that HE (ALMIGHTY GOD) alone would remain faithful. This is an "unconditional blood covenant" called in Hebrew the "karat berit." When the COVENANT MAKER made the promise to Abraham, "because HE could swear by no one greater, HE swore by HIMSELF...determining to show more abundantly to the heirs of promise the immutability of HIS counsel, confirmed it by an oath, that by two immutable things, in which it is impossible for GOD to lie." [Hebrews 6. 13 - 18]
To understand the importance of the consequence in the "cutting of the covenant" one needs to realize first that, a covenant is entered into between at least two people. If either party breaks the covenant, that which happened to the sacrificial animals is what will happen to the one who breaks the covenant. Therefore, in HIS great mercy, GOD caused Abram to fall asleep while HE took on the entire responsibility for both parties. "And now, O ADONAI YEHOWAH, YOU are ELOHIYM and YOUR WORDS will surely come true, and YOU have made this gracious promise to YOUR servant." [2 Samuel (Shemuel Bet) 7. 28 Tanakh, Nevi'im]
Our EXCEEDINGLY WONDERFUL GOD is faithful throughout time. Again as the PILLAR OF CLOUD (Hebrew: 'ammuwd 'aanan) and the PILLAR OF FIRE (Hebrew: 'ammuwd 'esh), HE led the Israelites day and night bringing them out of Egypt and through the wilderness. [Exodus/Shemot 13. 21] In HIS manifold mercies, the MAJESTIC GOD OF ISRAEL did not forsake HIS people, ever going before them to give them light and show the way they should go in spite of the fact that they sinned against HIM continually with their much murmurings, complainings, and making of the golden calf. The SOVEREIGN HOLY ONE was continually present, even in their times of rest, "over the Tabernacle a CLOUD OF THE LORD rested by day, and FIRE would appear in the CLOUD by night, in the view of all the House of Israel throughout their journeys." [Exodus (Shemot) 40. 38 Tanakh, Torah]
We look forward to the day when the HIGH & EXALTED ONE again becomes the Pillar and Fire, "When the LORD has washed away the filth of the Daughter Zion, and from Jerusalem's midst has rinsed out her infamy — in a spirit of judgment and in a spirit of purging — the LORD will create and spread over the whole shrine and meeting place of Mount Zion, a CLOUD by day and SMOKE with a glow of FLAMING FIRE by night. Indeed, over all the glory of HIS whole shrine shall hang a canopy which shall serve as a pavilion for shade from heat by day and as a shelter for protection against drenching rain or storm." [Isaiah (Yeshayah) 4. 4 - 6 Tanakh, Nevi'im] The GREAT GOD OF PRESENCE will fulfill HIS promises to us, performing HIS WORD, and completing HIS Covenant.
Sha’alu (Pray) for the shalom (Peace) of Jerusalem and all of Israel!
Remembering the Fast of Gedaliah (Tzom Gedaliah — governor of Judea) in commemoration of the end of Jewish rule in the Holy Land at the time of the first destruction of the First Holy Temple some 2,500 years ago. The fast day is observed every year on Tishri. The events are described in the HOLY BIBLE. [see Jeremiah/Yirmeyah 40 – 41; 2 Kings/Melakhim Bet 25.25–26] The Fast Day was establish and called the "Fast of the Seventh." (see Zechariah 8.19 —Tishri is the 7th month of the Hebrew calendar.) Gedaliah was probably killed on Rosh ha'Shanah, but the fast was pushed off due to the holiday. The TALMUDIC TRACTATE ROSH ha'SHANAH equates Gedaliah's murder with the destruction of the Holy Temple, citing the fact that fasts were instituted to commemorate both events.
This is the 33rd of 40 Days of Repentance, and the 3rd Day of Awe (10 Days of Awe) before Yom Kippur
We have a MIGHTY AWESOME GOD, and HE is on the Throne ruling over the affairs of men. HE is worthy of all our praise and worship, even in difficult times.
Praying for the peace of Jerusalem, is praying for the return of our Messiah and Lord and for the Kingdom of God He is bringing when He comes. Then God's Will shall be done on earth as it is in Heaven and the world will experience true godly universal peace.
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