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Understanding Torah Society continuing series
October 10, 2012
In this issue
Understanding Torah Society
Finding the Fall Feasts
Idioms and Word Meanings
Shalom Dear Brothers and Sisters in Mashiach Yeshua,

During the feasts we took off a couple of weeks to publish a couple of studies outside of the parameter of our series Understanding Torah Society.  This week we take back up this mantle with a study examining the shemittah and jubilee years.  This is a challenging study.

We have a few thoughts we would like to share about this year's feasts.  Hope you enjoy them.

We have another idiom this week, which we have a similar one in our own culture.

Understanding Torah Society - part 14,
Land ownership and stewardship - a closer look at the shemittah and jubilee  ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~



Vayyiqra (Leviticus) 25:23 

"And the land shall not be sold in perpetuity; for the land is mine; for you are strangers and sojourners with Me."


As the Creator, YHWH is the owner of the land-all land.  He assigns the stewardship of His land to whomever He chooses.  Once He assigns the stewardship of His land to a group of people, He expects certain things on how His land is to be treated.  If His land is not treated according to what He expects, then the people to whom He has assigned stewardship lose that stewardship, at least in the very minimum, for a season, and in some cases, permanently.


B'midbar (Numbers) 26:53-55

53 "Unto these the land shall be divided for an inheritance according to the number of names.

54 To the more you shall give more inheritance, and to the fewer you shall give less inheritance; to every one according to those that were numbered of him shall his inheritance be given.

55 Notwithstanding, the land shall be divided by lot; according to the names of the tribes of their fathers they shall inherit."


The words "inheritance" and "inherit" have a slightly different connotation in Torah than one understands these words in the West.  In the West, one would understand that when a person inherits some property, then the ownership of that property passes on to the person who inherits it.  However, that is not the case in Scripture when dealing with land.  As we showed above, and there are many more passages of Scripture, YHWH is the owner of the land.  Therefore, when the Torah speaks of inheritance, it is not the ownership which is being passed down to the next generation.  Rather, it is the stewardship which is being passed down to the next generation.  The English word "inherit" is translated from the Hebrew word נחל     nachal - to move downward.


YHWH commands that the stewardship of His land be divided by lot, and that the stewardship of that land be perpetual throughout the generations of Israel.  However, because she did not keep His stewardship as assigned by Him in a way that was pleasing to Him, He removed them from His land.


Dibre Hayamim Beit (2nd Chronicles) 36:20-21 

20 And them that had escaped from the sword He carried away to Babylon; and they were servants to him and his sons until the reign of the kingdom of Persia;

21 to fulfill the word of YHWH by the mouth of Yirmeyah, until the land had enjoyed its shabbatot; for as long as it lay desolate it kept shabbat, to fulfill seventy years.


YHWH is serious about His people keeping and obeying each and every one of His Torah commandments.  Each commandment carries with it its own particular discipline if not obeyed.  Disobedience to the Shemittah is expulsion from His land in order for the land to have the rest which it has missed.


In part 7 of this series, we examined the Shemittah as it relates to a person; specifically, that all debts are released every seven years.  However, we did not really examine the Shemittah as it relates to the land, which is what we shall do in this study.



Continue reading here. PDF.

Finding the Fall Feasts 2012
 - reflections and thoughts 
Sukkot    There are several different calendars in use to determine the feast and high days of the appointed times of YHWH.  Which one is right?  Which ever one you hold to, obviously you are convinced it is the correct one, otherwise you would not follow it.  However, the next person who holds to a slightly different calendar is just as convinced as you are, hence the differences.

Here is an observation that I have had over the years.  Regardless of which calendar one uses, YHWH seems to do some amazing things on those days for the people who hold to that particular calendar.  Apparently this is true regardless of the calendar used.  For example, most of modern day Israel uses the calculated Jewish calendar.  With little effort, one can find all sorts of miracles and such, on appointed days according to this calculated calendar.

Those who follow a sighted calendar, like the Karaites, for example, have just as many miracles which they can point to as "proof" that they are using the correct calendar.

From this, one might well extrapolate that YHWH is not nearly as fussy about the calendar as humans are.  Many men today act as if one is going straight to hell if a person does not keep the appointed days on the exact right days.  They have it right and every one else has it wrong (and according to some, are in sin).  Is such a position warranted? 

If YHWH was as picky about the exact right day, then don't you think He would have been just a little more explicit in having Moshe write down some more exact instructions on how the calendar was supposed to work?  He is certainly capable of such, is He not?  So then, why didn't He?

There is strong evidence to suggest that YHWH comes and meets with all of His people who are sincere and are doing their best to meet with Him on His appointed days, regardless of which calendar they are using.

Perhaps, just perhaps, what He wants us to learn is how to give grace to others as well as being humble towards one another as we extend love and respect to others who are not of the same exact understanding of Scripture as we are.

Of course, I reserve the right to be wrong.

Selah - think about it!
Idioms and Word meanings
Idioms  Luke 12:11
 And when they bring you before the synagogues, and the rulers, and the authorities, be not anxious how or what ye shall answer, or what ye shall say:  


In the above verse, the word answer literally means for the breath to go out.  It is in this way one makes a defense for himself.


Here, Yeshua is teaching us that we do not need to lose our breath in a stressful situation, for He shall give us His own breath, that is, His Spirit (breath).

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