THIS WEEK’S TORAH PORTION:
From ancient times there has been a weekly portion (Parashah) from the first five books of Moses (The Torah) and an ending (Haftarah) from the Prophets read on the Sabbath in synagogues around the world. This portion is given a Hebrew name drawn from the opening words of the Torah passage. An illustration of this practice appears to have been recorded in Luke 4:16 where Yeshua (Jesus) arrived in the synagogue in Nazareth and was asked to read the portion (Isaiah 61) from the Prophets.
We have found that in perusing these weekly readings, not only are we provided opportunity to identify in the context of God’s Word with millions of Jewish people around the world, but very often the Holy Spirit will illumine specific passages pertinent that week in our intercession for the Land and people of Israel. The Haftarah, unless otherwise noted, will be that read in Ashkenazy synagogues around the world. The references for all texts are those found in English translations of the Scriptures.
The readings for this week February 5-11, 2017 are called B’Shalach—“In the Sending.”
TORAH: Exodus 13:17—17:16
HAFTARAH: Judges 4:4—5:31
Exodus 15:1-18 contains one of the most exalted, beautiful and truth-filled victory songs in any language:
Shirat haYam—The Song of the Sea
*15:2. “My strength and song is YAH; and He is become to me salvation (yeshu’ah); He is my God, and I will adorn Him with praises.”
PLEASE PRAY: That present-day Israel will recognize that the LORD is indeed become her Salvation (The name Yeshua (Jesus) is a contraction of a compound Hebrew name combining the Covenant name of the LORD (YHVH) with “He will Save” (yoshia).
*15:3. “YHVH [the LORD] is a man of war; YHVH is His name.”
In this verse, the LORD YHVH is literally referred to as an ish—“man”. We do not believe this to be merely metaphorical. How could the Most High call Himself a man—unless He would actually become one?
PLEASE PRAY: That the Holy Spirit will shine divine illumination onto his written Word—that minds will be opened to comprehend what is written about Yeshua in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms (Luke 24:44-45).
*15:11. “Who is like You, YHVH, among the gods? Who is like You, sublime in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders?”
PLEASE PRAY: that these wonderful attributes of the LORD will be released in new understanding in His congregation throughout the world—1. Sublime HOLINESS; 2. PRAISES in spirit and truth which nurture GODLY FEAR in His servants, terror in His enemies. 3. A release of signs and WONDERS in the name of His “holy servant Yeshua” (Acts 4:30).
*15:17. “You will bring them in and plant them in the mountain of Your inheritance, in the place, O YHVH, which You have made for Your own dwelling, the sanctuary, Adonai, which Your hands have established. YHVH shall reign forever and ever.” T
his is a prophecy regarding what, many hundreds of years later, would become the “Temple Mount” in Jerusalem. Since 1967, Israel has claimed sovereignty over this mountain. Yet non-Muslims are only allowed to ascend for a few specified hours on certain days of the week. It has been said that “the Last Battle will be fought over who will be worshipped on this mountain.” Over the interior doors of the Dome of the Rock is a passage from the Muslim holy book proclaiming that that religion’s deity “has no helper (son)”. The Second Psalm of the Hebrew Bible says that the LORD (YHVH) not only has a Son, that Son will reign as King on that Mountain. In Ezekiel 20:40 the Lord GOD (Adonai YHVH) declares that “On My holy mountain, on the mountain height of Israel, there all the house of Israel, all of them in the land, shall serve Me; there I will accept them…” At that time, it will truly be said that Israel has been “brought in and planted in the mountain”. But at present, she is only a wary custodian of a highly disputed area inhabited by structures of desolation.
PLEASE PRAY: that God’s Kingdom come and His will be done on the “mountain of His inheritance” in Jerusalem. We know teams of believers who ascend the mountain weekly to walk round it, praying this. Also, please pray for divine wisdom and guidance over our nation’s leaders in how best to administer Israel’s present sovereignty of this holy site.
*Exodus 15:26b. “For I am YHVH (The LORD) who heals you.”
PLEASE PRAY: For release, revelation and progression concerning the healing gifts in the Body of Messiah in Israel!
*Exodus 16:8b. “Your complaints are not against us but against the LORD.” A similar rebuke and warning is echoed in the New Covenant in Acts 5:4, “You have not lied to men but to God.”
PLEASE PRAY: That the fear of the Lord would be on the Body of Messiah in Israel regarding their honour and conduct towards God’s appointed leaders.
*Exodus 16:23, 29. “Then he said to them, ‘This is what YHVH has said: “Tomorrow is a Sabbath, a Holy Sabbath to YHVH…”‘ “See! For YHVH has given you the Sabbath…” (Emphases ours). “Sabbath” (Hebrew: Shabbat) comes from a verb meaning “to cease work”. The first place in the Bible where the word “holiness” is used relates to this word, “Elohim blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy” (Genesis 2:3a). Yeshua taught that “The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath. So the Son of Man is lord even of the Sabbath” (Mark 2:27-28).
PLEASE PRAY: For Israel to be freed from the legalistic structures of man, and enter into the true Rest given by God. Pray especially for leaders in the Body of Messiah to not ignore the necessity of availing themselves of the rests from normal work which God has ordained for His children.
Martin & Norma Sarvis
The readings for next week (February 12-18, 2017) are called Yitro—“Jethro.”
TORAH: Exodus 18:1—20:26
HAFTARAH: Judges Isaiah 6:1—7:6; 9:6-7