Israel in The Beginning

The world is in turmoil once again one nation rising up against another. As Israel seeks to defend itself many people and nations speak out not only Israel’s right and obligation to defend itself against terrorist and oppressors but against those who do not believe it has a right to exist as a nation on its own soil.

Regardless what any man or nation has to say Israel was planned by HASHEM G-d from the beginning. G-d’s plan for the nation was set forth during the Creation week. When the time came He gave birth to this nation, He has sustained it now for well over 3300 years and never had in mind to replace it with another – G-d does not replace His children though they go through times of disobedience, He sends correction then draws them back into His arms.

When reading a Christian bible you will not find many things as it was the creation of the Roman Catholic Church. Within it you will find many mistakes, mis quotations, outright mistranslations and changing of the order of books. All of that is a series of blogs alone.

Israel, In The Beginning

What you do not see in the KJV

Genesis 1:14

And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:

Lost in translation there is a very important word that identifies Israel within this passage, one only can find it when returning back to the original Hebrew language that HASHEM spoke in the creation of all that exist.

A better English translation that gets you closer

Bereishis/Genesis 1:14

God said, “Let there be luminaries in the firmament of the heavens to separate between day and the night; and they shall serve as signs, and for festivals, and for days and years;” Artscroll Tanach Stone Edition

The word, ‘festivals’ gets us closer but it’s the Hebrew word that reveals the truth of G-d’s plan for Israel in this passage.

The word in Hebrew is, ‘moadim’

Moadim, means appointed times; we find this word again in Leviticus 23:1-2

Vayikra/Leviticus 23:1-2

HASHEM spoke to Moshe, saying: Speak to the children of Israel and say to them: HASHEM’S appointed festivals that you are to designate as holy convocations – these are My appointed festivals.

Here in verse 2 the word, moadim’ is used twice and once they are called HASHEM’S  moadim.

These moadim or appointed times was times that G-d told Israel they are dates preset for an appointments – these were dates set by G-d for Israel to have a national meeting with Him.

Nowhere in the Torah is there any moadim given to any other person or nation than to Israel. The moadim were created on the 4th day of the week during creation but were not revealed until G-d met with Israel at Mount Sinai.

This is why in the 7 Laws of Noah that is given to all nations to keep for the obedience to G-d there are no religious observance of times given. There is not a day of worship given to the nations. The appointed times are given to Israel only. They are His, G-d’s Moadim and He gave them to no other nation or peoples.

There are groups out there that have taken on the moadim as their form of worship times – this is considered for the non- Jew as theft, they have stolen what is not theirs to keep or observe, they have taken that which is G-d’s and His gift to Israel and stolen it for themselves thinking they serve G-d but in the end will bring judgment for theft.

Taking on any commandment to observe that is not given to you as a non-Jew this is theft and is considered stealing from the Jews as written in the Talmud in Tractate Sanhedrin 59a.

The Door to G-d

Just as a side note. The lights that set forth for the moadim was done on the 4th day of creation; the Hebrew letter dalet has the numerical value of 4 and the dalet can represent a door. It is interesting that not only would Israel be a light unto the nations but also a door in which the nations would come to the knowledge of the One true G-d.

Zechariah 8:23

Thus saith HASHEM of hosts: In those days it shall come to pass, that ten men shall take hold, out of all the languages of the nations, shall even take hold of the corner of the garment of a Jewish man, saying: Let us go with you, for we have heard that G-d is with you.’

Terry W. Hayes

11/2012

References:

The Artscoll Tanach Stone Edition

KJV

The Divine Code by Rabbi Moshe Weiner

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