Here is your weekly Torah commentary from Ovadyah Ben Yisrael:
Mishpatym – פרשת משפטים – “Judgments”
Torah reading: Sh’moth (Exodus) 21:1 – 24:18
Haftarah reading: Yirmeyahu (Jeremiah) 34:8 – 22; 33:25-26
Ketuvim Hatamidym reading: Yochanan (John) 14:6, Ma’asei (Acts) 24:14
Shalom aleykhem, achym, b’shem Yehoshua Hamashiach, Hadavar YHWH~ Peace unto you, my brothers, in the name of Yehoshua the Messiah, The Word of YHWH.
Hineh anoki sholeach malak l’phaneka lishmar’ka baderek v’lahavi’aka el-hamaqom asher Hakinotiy ~ “Behold I send a messenger before thy face to guard thee in The Wayand to bring thee to the place that I have prepared”. (YHWH)
“And this I confess to you that according to The Way, which they call a sect, so I worship the Elohym of my fathers, believing all that has been written in the Torah and the Prophets.”(Paul of Tarsus)
“I am The Way, The Truth, and The Life, and no one comes to the Father except through me.” (Yehoshua Hamashiach)
The Way is a simple, unadulterated method for walking out the Torah of YHWH. Moshe, all of the prophets, Yehoshua himself, and all of his talmidym, walked out their lives according to this method. The Way hasn’t changed from the moment of creation until now. It never will. YHWH Himself has promised it will not; as it is written,
“I, YHWH, change not. Therefore you, O sons of Ya’akov, are not
If He could break that promise, He could break any promise. But YHWH is faithful. Yehoshua taught this. Paul understood it. He forsook the man made ways which he had spent a lifetime learning under the greatest teachers of his day, but that ultimately contradicted Torah and embraced the pure Word that Yehoshua brought. That Yehoshua is. He is the Torah and every other word YHWH has spoken; such as,
“Thus saith YHWH; ‘Stand in The Way and see, and ask for the ancient path, where the excellent Way is, and walk in it—and find rest for your souls.’
But they said, ‘We do not walk!’ And I raised up watchmen over you. Listen for the sound of the shofar! But they said, ‘We do not listen!’ Therefore hear, you nations, and know, O congregation, what is upon them.
Hear O earth. See I am bringing evil upon this people, even the fruit of their thoughts, because they have not listened to My Word, or My Torah, and they have rejected it.”
It was through this Word that YHWH created all things, and that same Word has been with Him from the beginning. It will not change, nor contradict itself. Do not reject it brothers, but submit yourself to it with humility and grace—to the one of whom it is said,
“Yehoshua Hamashiach, the same yesterday, and today, and forever.”
Embrace the Word—the Torah—Yehoshua, as Paul did. Embrace The Way, and He will go before your face to guard you in it and bring you to the place that YHWH has prepared.
B’Shalom, Ovadyah Ben Yisrael