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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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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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Vayishlach 2014 by B. Scott

Posted by on Dec 5, 2014

Vayishlach 2014

Vayishlach/”And He Sent”, Genesis 32:3-36:43, records the return of Jacob from Laban’s house to his homeland.  It’s a portion that seems to be full of paradoxes, from the time in the womb, it’s been prophesied over Jacob that his brother (Esau) would bow to him, yet in this portion Jacob’s entire house (minus Benjamin who is not yet born) bows to Esau.  Jacob receives a name change, much like Abraham & Sarah, yet in this portion the name is hardly used in reference to him, in fact he has 2 separate encounters where his name change takes place.  All of this seems to contradict itself, until we begin to look into the Hebrew language!

 

First let’s look at the name of this parshah – vayishlach וישלח “And He Sent”.

Gematria = 354, same as #1880 deshen דֶּשֶׁן fat ashes (ashes from the burnt offerings), fatness, abundance, fertility, to anoint; (Leviticus 6:11 – “And he shall put off his garments, and put on other garments, and carry forth the ashes/deshen without the camp unto a clean place.”) ד = door & שן = to change, to learn; there’s something about these ashes and the journey that gives one access/a doorway to be changed and to learn!  Yet the שן root can also infer destruction, it seems then how we approach this door or what we choose to do with this opportunity then slates us either for destruction or for change – one who learns and is changed for the better!

These ashes were from the Burnt Offering: Strong’s #5930 ‘olah עֹלָה whole burnt offering; cognate of #5929 עָלֶה leaf, first used in Gen. 3:7 describing the fig leaves that Adam and Eve clothe themselves with after the fall, it’s a false covering that’s not sufficient connected with the carnal flesh, our own attempts to cover ourselves – this is what must be burnt up!

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Vayetste 2014 by D. Mathews

Posted by on Nov 28, 2014

 

VaYetse: 11/29/14

Genesis 28:10–32:3

 

I.       Our Torah portion begins with a conjunction in Hebrew: וַיֵּצֵא, rendered ‘And he went out’. This indicates we need to back up and see what is connected to the introduction here in order to properly understand. We know Jacob is being sent ‘home’ to Padanaram to choose a wife, which seems to prompt what occurs in these connecting verses with Jacob’s brother Esau.

 

In verse 8 we’re told: And Esau seeing that the daughters of Canaan pleased not Isaac his father; verse 9: Then went Esau unto Ishmael, and took unto the wives which he had Mahalath the daughter of Ishmael Abraham’s son, the sister of Nebajoth, to be his wife.

 

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Toldot 2014 by B. Scott

Posted by on Nov 21, 2014

 

Toldot 2014

Toldot/”Generations”, Genesis 25:19-28:9, picks up the narrative after the death of Abraham, the focus now being on the next forefather of Israel – Isaac!  Not much time is spent describing his role as the leader of the family instead the focus seems to quickly switch to his two sons whose births begin one of the greatest feuds in history that still wages today, the war between Jacob and Esau.  Yet it’s not a new battle, just new faces to the war between the two seed lines started in the Garden.  But to properly understand exactly what this battle is about, let’s take a closer look at Isaac and Rebekah because the spiritual battle begins long before it’s manifested in Jacob & Esau!  If we don’t understand what the battle is about, then we have the potential to be deceived!

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Chayei Sarah 2014 by D. Mathews

Posted by on Nov 14, 2014

Chayei Sarah

Genesis 23:1–25:18.

  

I.      This Parsha begins with a conjunction in Hebrew and English thus, linking it with the previous chapter. This indicates Sarah’s death is inexorably linked with the main subject of the last Parsha, which happens to be the sacrifice of Isaac by Abraham. In fact, most Rabbinic Scholars believe Sarah’s demise to be connected with the news of Abraham offering Isaac – the shock being what causes her death. If these two singular occurrences are intertwined, then we need to find out not only how, but, why.

 

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Vayera 2014 by B. Scott

Posted by on Nov 7, 2014

 Vayera 2014

This parshah, Vayera – “And He Appeared” (Genesis 18:1-22:24), opens up with an encounter between Yahweh and Abraham discussing the arrival of the Promised Son (Isaac), with this same topic having been discussed multiple times before between these two parties it doesn’t immediately stand out, yet this time a date is given for the arrival of Isaac – exactly one year from this visit!  From the English translations, we immediately assume that this was the purpose of the visit, to announce the birth date, but if we’re willing to lay aside what we think we know of this encounter, then perhaps upon a closer examination of the Hebrew text you’ll find that it’s because of the results of this visit that the Promised Son is finally made manifest!  Our investigation starts with this question.  What was the purpose of this “appearing” or this visitation from Yahweh?

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Lekh Lekha 2014 by B. Scott

Posted by on Oct 31, 2014

Lekh Lekha 2014

 Lekh Lekha – “Go Forth”, Genesis 12:1 – 17:27, provides the details concerning the divine call upon the life of Abraham and it’s easy to see in this parshah how he becomes the epitome of faith, in fact the first reference of faith is in connection with Abraham. Yet what is faith from a Hebrew perspective? It’s interesting that the idea of faith has actually become one of the arguments usually used against the idea of keeping Torah, so often quoted (out of context) is Ephesians 2:8-9 “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” But upon closer examination, we find that faith/emunah is used throughout the Torah and it’s always used in connection with being obedient to the Word of Yahweh! In fact to not have faith literally becomes defined as not hearkening to His voice or keeping His commands (Deut. 9:23 – “…then ye rebelled against the commandment of Yahweh your Elohim, and ye believed/emunah him not, nor hearkened to his voice.”).

In fact it comes from the root ‘aman אָמַן meaning to support, to be firm, something that is secure; emunah/faith can then infer firmness, something or someone that is firm in their actions; the Hebrew meaning (and therefore Scriptural/Torah meaning) of faith is a firm action, not merely just knowing that Yahweh exists, rather it infers that the one who has emunah will act with firmness towards Yahweh’s will!

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Noach 2014 by D. Mathews

Posted by on Oct 24, 2014

Noach – 10/25/14

Genesis 6:9–11:32.

 I.       To begin, we must remember each Parsha is prophetic, bringing clarity to our day and the future, when properly understood. Therefore, since Yahshua Himself made reference to Noah’s Day in connection to His own return (Matt. 24: 37- 39) then perhaps we should take careful note of this Parshas’ prophecy concerning our future. (*Also see Is. 46: 10). Both this text in Matthew and our Parsha contrasts two distinct groups: Noah (and the 7 with him) and the wicked generation who refused to hear, thus, perverting its way. Matt. 24: 38 uses the pronoun ‘they’ to describe this last group who were …“eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the Ark”…

 For context’s sake, we will examine a few words here that are translated from Greek into English; however, their renderings give little understanding and in fact, detract from the severity of their actions which are more vividly described in the Hebrew language. Let’s examine a few words in Matt. 24: 38: For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,

 

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Seneh by Manual & Ada Chavarria

Posted by on Oct 22, 2014

 HA SENEH

Every time the privilege to live according to the eternal truth of Elohim is given to the people of Yisrael and has deliberately rejected it, by general rule is sent to exile in the midst of other nations that do not know יהוה.

The parasha of this week corresponds to Ha Azinu (listen); it consists of 70 lines of the song of Moshe to the people of Yisrael during his last days with them. It is interesting that the message corresponds with the ending of an event such as the departing of the one carrying the Torah; although evidently it corresponds to only one period of transition to which Moshe introduces with the phrase Ha Azinu הַאֲזִינוְּהַשָּׁמַיִם

 

“Listen, o heavens [הַאֲזִינוְּהַשָּׁמַיִם], and let me speak [דָּבַרdabar]; let earth hear the words of my mouth.

Let my teaching fall on you like rain”

Debarim 32:1-2

 

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Nitzavim 2014 by B. Scott

Posted by on Sep 22, 2014

Nitzavim – Vayelech 2014

 Nitzavim/”Standing”, covering Deuteronomy 29:10-30:20, is paired with Vayelech/”And He Went” covering Deuteronomy 31:1-30. This is the parshah where the actual Covenant cutting ceremony is taking place with the generation that’s about to enter into the Promised Land. It’s a very powerful passage that completely eradicates any excuses for failing to keep the covenant and commandments. A lot of times, we’ve attempted to paint them as too hard, or we hide behind a persona of being super spiritual and above anyone else’s judgment, yet this parshah serves to put these things back into perspective! They are not too hard, they’re not too difficult, in fact it’s the direct opposite, they are within our reach to do them, why? Because it’s a matter of the heart! Deuteronomy 30:14 – “But the word is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart, that thou mayest do it.”

Deuteronomy 29:10-13

Stand: Strong’s #5324 natsab נָצַב to stand, to take one’s stand, stand upright, be set over, or to establish; cognate of #5326 nitsbah נִצְבָּה firmness, strength, toughness, refers to the ability of something to hold together or to perform difficult tasks; seems quite comical that the very thing that’s supposed to cause us to have the ability to hold together, to perform difficult tasks together (the Covenant), has been the very thing that the majority of us have argued and divided over! It seems that we’ve missed the point – we’re being given this Covenant because it is the very thing that will hold us together in the midst of trials and under pressure!

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