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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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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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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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