This Sabbath’s video Torah study at 4pm Central Time with the staff and friends of Sabbath Keepers Fellowship.
Here is the Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/4731209848
This week’s parasha is:
B’reishith – בראשׁית – “In the beginning”
Torah reading: B’reishith (Genesis) 1:1 – 6:8
Haftarah reading: Yeshiyah (Isaiah) 42:5 – 43:10
Ketuvym Hatalmidym reading: John 1:1 – 18
Shalom aleykhem, achym, b’shem YHWH Eloheynu, v’boreynu. ~ Peace to you, my brothers, in the name of YHWH our Mighty One, and our Creator.
B’reishyth bara Elohym et hashamayim v’et ha’aretz ~ “In the beginning, Elohym created the heavens and the earth.”
“In the beginning…” In the beginning of what? Of time, of course. YHWH exists in timelessness, entirely unto Himself. All His creation, all of the myriad universes, exist within time. Time is part of the framework of creation, but YHWH in His essence, exists apart from time.
And how did He create all things? With a Word. He could have chosen to do His creating with a thought, or with some action of another sort, but He did not. He chose to use words. “Y’hiy Or!” – “Exist Light!” These were His first words in the beginning, and light came to be. Not the light of the sun, moon and stars, which came later, but of His esteem and beauty—the Shekanyah “the Dwelling of Yah” which, impossibly, is manifested for us here within His creation.
Yochanan has described this for us in another way: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with Elohym, and the Word was Elohym. All came to be through Him, and without Him not even one came to be that came to be. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.” When YHWH spoke His word, it seemed to somehow take on a life of its own. In fact, it ultimately did, as Yochanan also describes: “And the Word became flesh and pitched his tent among us, and we saw his esteem and beauty—as of an only one brought forth of a Father, perfect in grace and truth.” The Word, the Light, the Esteem and Beauty, the Life, the Truth, and The Way were all manifested ultimately in Yehoshua Hamashiach—Yeshua the Messiah.
Since this is true, then all of these other things must also be true and are summed up in Yehoshua: he was the agent of creation, he was the ram in the thicket, he was the voice from the burning bush, he was the pillar of fire, he was the column of smoke, the presence between the keruvym, he was the warnings of the Prophets, and he became our saving Messiah. In fact, he is every single word of scripture, from “In the beginning…” to “…come, Adonay Yehoshua.” None of these things can exist, one without the other, and all are very physical manifestations of His Word for us to see and hear. None of these can contradict or conflict with one another. And none of them can ever change, as is written, “I am YHWH, I do not change”; and also, “Yehoshua Hamashiach, the same yesterday, today and forever.”
Remember these things, brethren, when someone comes to you and says YHWH has changed His mind about something, or that His commands have been done away with. Remember that the same One who created the Light and inspired, “In the beginning,” said “I am the Aleph and the Tav”—the beginning and the end. May you all live by every Word that proceeds from the mouth of YHWH.
B’Shalom, Ovadyah Ben Yisrael