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2014-2015 Torah Portion Schedule

Posted by on Nov 11, 2014

2014-2015ParshaSchedule

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Introducing Emet en la Torah Ministries

Posted by on Jan 13, 2013

 Manna from Heaven Ministries introduces Emet en la Torah Ministries:

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Welcome

Posted by on Oct 28, 2012

As a Messianic congregation, having also an upbringing in the western church community, we want to welcome those visitors to our website who may also be currently members of either the gentile church or the orthodox assembly. To those who are new, we will be using the Hebrew names of both the Father (YHVH -Yahweh) and Messiah (Yahshua), rather than the more common titles of, lord, god, or Ha-Shem (The Name), or, the Greek rendering of, “Jesus”, as well as, the hybrid name of JeHoVaH.

The use of the more accurate Hebrew names is not meant to cause confusion or division among those seeking the Truth, but, our attempt to be as scripturally accurate as possible.

Manna From Heaven Ministries was founded on September 15, 1999. We are a Messianic congregation in keeping with the example of the early church as defined in the New Testament. Along with a balance of Integrity, Maturity, and Discipline, we pursue the attributes and character of YHVH that His Word mandates for the Set-Apart ones.

We would hope that our common desire for relationship with the Father and our love of Torah (The Word) will be sufficient to enable those who disagree regarding the use of His Name, to overlook that point of issue, and strive to search the Scriptures to see if what we are teaching is indeed, Truth.

We have a multi-racial congregation that welcomes anyone wishing for an exciting, exuberant relationship with Messiah. Our objective is to offer to the community a fellowship motivated by the Love of Yahshua, to minister the full counsel of His Word.

It is that mission alone that will minister to the spiritual and physical needs of the Bride preparing for these last days.

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Terumah 2015 by B. Scott

Posted by on Feb 20, 2015

Terumah 2015

 Terumah/”Contribution”, covers Exodus 25:1-27:19 and is all about the instructions for building of the Tabernacle! It not only describes the materials needed, but also begins to describe the blueprint plans and how each vessel was to be made. The amazing thing though is that the building of the Tabernacle was a test for the people! They were to bring the materials, but it was not required in the sense that it must be taken from every individual in the camp, and there was also not a set amount that each individual had to bring. Instead we’re told “every man that giveth it willingly with his heart” that’s whom the offering was taken from. The choice was up to the individual! Could it be that this is still happening today? We’ve been given the option of aiding in building the House of Yahweh, how much we choose to give, or if we give at all, once again is up to the individual. The question arises, how important is this and what happens if we’re not willing? Let’s look and see!

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Mishpatim 2015 by D. Mathews

Posted by on Feb 16, 2015

Mishpatim 2-14-15

Exodus 21:1–24:18.

I.         This Parsha follows on the heels of Ex. 20 and the giving of the 10 commandments, which can be divided into 2 distinct groups: #1. Specifications for relationship with YHVH which include the first 4 commandments. #2. Specifications for extended relationships with ‘others’ and includes the latter 6 commandments.

 

We should look here at these simple ‘innocuous’ numbers. 4 – 6 because Hebrew is an Alph-numeric language. As such, these numbers should introduce us to our Parsha.

 

·      4 is written with a Dalet, דֹ, meaning a doorway. (Ironically, it first appears in scripture in Gen. 1: verse 4, while in this Parsha, it also first appears in the 4th verse). It represents a door. In the word picture painted by all 22 Hebrew letters, their message is progressive. I.E. Alef indicates the head, husband who take a Bet-wife. Bet means the house, or wife. It indicates ‘in or into’. The Alef goes in to the Bet, producing Seed – the Gimel, the ‘lifted up’ one, The First-Born. The Gimel becomes the DOOR, the access to the Father. The gate, bridge or ladder that brings the Hey or breath, word, the revelation of the Father. Hey reveals the DNA, character or nature of YHVH. This word connects earth and heaven, physical and spiritual; the word became flesh – the Vav, the connector, also known as the ‘humbled or bent one’ who is the mediator between Yahweh and man. (We can finish the remaining 18 letters at a later date). As a side note: following the pattern above the Vav should have appeared only in the 6th verse of Gen. 1 and here in Ex. 21 like the Dalet. However, in Gen. 1 the Vav appears 29 times in the first 6 verses. Guess what? It also appears 29 times in the first 6 verses of this parsha. Does this hint at a peculiar role for the Vav?

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Yitro 2015 by B. Scott

Posted by on Feb 6, 2015

Yitro 2015

 Yitro/”Jethro”, Exodus 18:1-20:23, covers one of the most fundamental aspects of our faith – the giving of the Torah at Mt. Sinai and the proclamation of the 10 commandments. It’s the betrothal ceremony where the Ketubah, the wedding contract is being drawn up! Yet the parshah begins with the arrival of Mosheh’s father-in-law and it’s his name that lends itself to the title. It seems at first glance to be a minor event, with little significance compared to the Sinai encounter later in the parshah. Yet we know nothing is for filler material, and with few portions bearing the name of an individual as it’s title it causes this one to stand out, let’s take a closer look, shall we?

 Jethro: Strong’s #3503 Yithrow יִתְרוֹ his abundance; from #3499 yether יֶתֶר remainder, excess, rest, remnant, or excellence, can also be used to refer to a cord or rope; the idea of a remnant is dealt with a lot in the Scriptures, it’s the remnant that is gathered and returns, Jeremiah 23:3 – “And I will gather the remnant of my flock out of all countries whither I have driven them, and will bring them again to their folds; and they shall be fruitful and increase.”

The existence of a remnant brings about the idea that something can’t be exterminated, that there is more than enough (hence the idea of abundance). But notice the connection as well to a rope or cord – it can refer to tent cords, such as used to tie down the Tabernacle, and it’s the breaking of the tent cords that’s symbolic of one being destroyed by their enemies!

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BeShalach 2015 by D. Mathews

Posted by on Feb 4, 2015

B’Shalach 1/31/15

When He Let Go:

Exodus 13:17–17:16

I.       The title of the Parsha is our starting point to begin to understand the pattern being revealed here. Its prophetic nature is relative to us as well. Translated, ‘when he let go’, the phrase ‘בְּשַׁלַּח’ comes from a powerful root: H#7971, שָׁלַח shalach, indicating to send away or out, to let loose, by implication, to divorce. Ironically, the ‘entity’ being divorced is assumed to be ha Am, the people – Israel. However, note the Alef-Tav appended to the front: אֶת־הָעָם. Is it possible that Pharaoh is rejecting, expelling the Alef-Tav – Messiah, and thus, the People? We see the physical illustration in 12: 31, where Pharaoh expels Moshe, Aaron and the People. Why is this significant?

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Bo’ 2015 by B. Scott

Posted by on Jan 23, 2015

Bo 2015 – “Enter!”

Bo’/Enter, Exodus 10:1-13:16, covers the final 3 plagues of Egypt and Israel’s preparation to leave. We find with these final 3 (1. Locusts 2. Darkness 3. Death of the Firstborn), the intensity level is turned up. All of these judgments, when looked at a little closer, reveal some very powerful messages not only to Egypt, but especially to Israel as well! These same messages speak just as powerfully today because once again the house is preparing to be delivered and redeemed, brought out of bondage by the mighty hand, and set once again on a journey into the wilderness, Jacob’s trouble once again birthing the nation of Israel/Yashar-El = those who stand upright before Elohim – but there’s a specific method and order that Yahweh chooses to work within! If we don’t understand His process then we may find that we’re not adequately prepared, not knowing what time it is and not knowing what He’s expecting of us.

Exodus 10:1-3

Go: Strong’s #935 bow’ בּוֹא to go in, to enter, come; it can also infer to bring as in to bring justice or to bring a legal case; in other words Mosheh is being sent before Pharaoh to present a legal case before him and to bring justice! This then must be the framework that the rest of the encounter builds off of, and in order to properly understand what’s taking place we must keep in mind that this is a legal court case that is taking place.

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Va’era 2015 by D. Mathews

Posted by on Jan 16, 2015

Va’era 1-17-15

And I Appeared:

Exodus 6:2–9:35.

  1. As always, great care must be taken when dissecting the Torah, specifically when reading it in any language other than Hebrew! Why? Because in the original text there was no chapter divisions. The existence of which, can contribute to confusion in the following couple of verses without a fundamental understanding of Hebrew.

With that in mind, let’s begin this Parsha, (Gen. 6:2) where the Creator -‘re-identifies’ Himself as: “I am YHVH”, יְהוָֽה׃ אֲנִי as opposed to the Name given in verse 3, שַׁדָּי אֵל, El Shadday. The English text leads one to believe that Abraham, Isaac and Jacob knew Him by the latter name (El Shadday) but, not as YHVH. However, in Gen. 15:7 the exact words ‘Ani YHVH’ are used by Yahweh to introduce Himself to Abraham! So, is this a contradiction?

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Vayechi 2015 by B. Scott

Posted by on Jan 2, 2015

Vayechi – “And He Lived”, covering Genesis 47:28-50:26, closes out the book of Genesis/Bereshith as well as the time of the Patriarchs! It records the details concerning the death of Jacob, the prophecies that he speaks over his sons (the tribes of Israel), and then closes out with the death of Joseph, setting the stage for the descendants to become enslaved in Egypt and in need of deliverance. There’s a lot more going on than meets the eye though, for that we must delve into the Hebrew language!

The name of the parshah provides our first clues, vayechi – and he lived, Lived: Strong’s #2421 chayah חָיָה to live, have life, remain alive, sustain, live prosperously, be restored to health or life, to revive, quicken, or refresh, the original idea of this word is for breathing (also the winds as breathing or blowing) – in other words there’s a clue about to be given of how the house can be prosperous, restored to life, sustained in the midst of the bondage that’s about to ensue, quickened, and refreshed!

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HaDabar by Manuel & Ada Chavarria

Posted by on Dec 27, 2014

HA DABAR

 

In the beginning nothing was and from the nothing everything was made. [Ber 1.2, Job 26.7,Heb 11.3]

And the earth was out of order and empty [H8414 תֹּהוּtohu; to desolate; desolation (of surface), i.e. deserted; fig. thing that has no value/worth; adv. in vane:-solitude, emptiness, vanity,]…

Ber 1.2

Extend the north over the empty space [H8414 תֹּהוּtohu; to desolate; desolation (of surface), i.e. deserted; fig. thing that has no value/worth; adv. in vane:- solitude, emptiness, vanity,], Hang the earth over nothing [H1099בְּלִימָה belimah; de H1097 y H4100; (as indef.) absolutely nothing:-nothing.]

 

Job 26.7

 

H1099בְּלִימָה belimah; of H1097 and H4100; (as indef.) nothing absolutely nothing:-nothing

H1097 בְּלִי belí; without gain, uselessness, destruction, evil, perversity, exempt.

H1098 בְּלִיל belíl; of 1101; mixed, i.e. (espec.) to feed.

H 1100 בְּלִיַּעַלbeliyaal; of 1097 y 3276; without gain, futility; by extens. destruction, evil. (2 Co 6.15) “what agreement does Machiach have with Belial?”

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Hanukkah 2014

Posted by on Dec 23, 2014

Shalom!

We hope that you are enjoying this festival of lights as much as we are here at Manna.  It’s inspiring to remember the events of the Maccabees and how they chose, no matter the cost, to uphold the Torah of Yahweh.  It is easy to see how this historical event is a prophetic shadow picture for the events that will transpire on the horizon, once again the temple of Yahweh being desecrated by another who attempts to take His place and His worship.  Yet every day we fight this same battle whether we realize it or not!

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 – “What?  Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Ruach HaKodesh which is in you, which ye have of Yahweh, and ye are not your own?  For ye are bought with a price; therefore glorify Yahweh in your body, and in your spirit, which are Yahweh’s.”

Even more than the enemy’s desire to desecrate the place of worship/the Temple of Yahweh, is his desire to compromise you and I!  If we’re willing to compromise in our own lives, then we have no business protesting the desecration of the physical building.  This is what Hanukkah is our reminder of – the need to guard our thoughts and our steps, to make sure that we are operating as a kadosh/set apart people.  Will we choose to stand in the face of adversity just as the Macabees did so long ago?  If we’re not living it out daily now when things are the easy, then the answer is most likely a resounding no!  So this Hanukkah season, it’s our desire to make sure we’ve dedicated our lives unto Yahweh and that the light of Yeshua burns brightly within us!

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Vayeshev 2014 by D. Mathews

Posted by on Dec 12, 2014

 

Vayeshev 12-13-14

Genesis 37:1–40:23.

 I.       Our Parsha begins with the Hebrew phrase ‘Vayeshev’, translated as ‘And he dwelt or settled’. Though the first verse reveals a specific reference to Jacob dwelling in Canaan, the rest of the study is about the life of Joseph. However, a peculiar, hidden message is embedded here. Remember, Hebrew is an ‘Alpha-Numeric’ language. I.E. each letter also represents a numeral. What’s the message? Let’s look first at the title phrase and its root word:

 

  • Dwelt, H#3427, יָשַׁב yashab, to dwell, remain, abide. To cohabitate with (as in marriage). It conveys the primary idea of ‘sitting’. As one would on a throne indicating to rule. Further, as we examine the word picture presented by the individual letters, the ‘Yod’ as a prefix, indicates the third person qal imperfect – indicating continuing action in the past or future. Thus, Yod as a prefix means “He was, is and will be DOING something”. It implies Action. Next, we have the combination of Shin-Bet, spelling the Hebrew word ‘Shuv’. This root-stem conveys the idea of repentance and/or return. To repent means to return to Torah. Another obscure meaning indicates to become aged or gray. It also points toward the idea of captivity. I.E. the condition of confinement and subjection to, others. Thus, we can surmise that this word hints at ‘One who would be confined and subjected to others, but would later sit on the throne in judgment of those who would repent and return’. Doesn’t this sound like Joseph and Messiah?

 

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