Gathering the Manna: Fruits of the Spirit

Galatians 5:22-23 – “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance; against such there is no law”.

*The following is a study that Regina Scott (Brittney’s mother) shared with us concerning this past week’s Torah Portion Terumah and it’s connections with the Fruit of the Spirit!

Torah portion Terumah-

Contribution, offering, free will offering, gift. It’s from the root word Rum-“to lift up.”  This is the 19th Torah portion, the 19th Hebrew letter is the Qoof ק- a picture of the back of the head, can also mean to cover, it infers a remnant, or the Bride plus the groom; it can also be connected and associated with the captain of the Hosts. By connecting this letter to this parshah we see that as the Bride of Messiah, we are to be that free will offering covered by the blood of the Lamb.

 In Romans 12:1-2, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of Yah, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice(free will offering) holy-(Kadosh-set apart), acceptable to Yahweh, which is your reasonable service(the least we should doing). And do not conformed to this world, but transformed by the renewing of your mind, the mind of Messiah, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of Yahweh.”

What does it look like to be a Terumah/free will offering?  What are some of the characteristics we should be displaying?  Answer: Galatians 5:22-23 – the Fruit of the Spirit!

Middot ha-lev, are qualities of the heart that are to mark the follower of Yahshua, it is the fruit of the Spirit. While there is one fruit, this fruit is singular, but the expression of the “innerseed” produces a manifold yield – it multiplies, just as the tree of life.

John 15:1-2- I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine dresser(husbandman). Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. (Also read on to verse 12.)

John 12:24-25- Truly, truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. Whoever loves his life is destroying it, but whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.

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1)     Love-Ahavah is the “first fruit” of the Spirit, since Yahweh is love and the mark of the follower of Yahshua  is to be love. Loving Yahweh is the primary obligation of life: The Shema (to hear and obey), the practice of love is the fulfillment of the Torah. Love is the source from which all the other virtues flow and is their underlying reason. Yahweh’s love is expressed in sacrificial giving (a freewill offering), since He is the  source and reason for all that exists. Love rejoices in the truth, bears all things, is full of trust and hope for the good. Such is the portrait of Messiah. Though the love of Yahweh has been “poured out” into the hearts of believers in Yahshua by the Spirit (Rom.5:5), love is nevertheless a matter of the will, an act of duty and a divine obligation. Also in the Ve’ahavta, it tells us how to love Yahweh with all your might. And to love your neighbor as yourself.

The numerical value for Ahavah is 13 which is also the number associated with the Bride. Looking at the Hebrew Alef-Bet, the Alef א is first and connects with this first fruit (love). Alef א being the Head, strong one, which is Yahweh and Yahweh is love. In John 3:16, “For Yahweh so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

The color for the Alef is clear (iridescent), bright pale yellow- yellow can represent the Shekinah Glory. Iridescent of course will show all colors. This reminds us that Yahweh embodies everything, He created everything. Yahweh will fill His Temple with His Glory and consume the offering as in 2 Chron.7:1-3.

Psalms 63:2 – “So I have looked for you in the sanctuary, to see your power and your Glory.”

1 Corn.13:1 – “Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or clanging cymbal.”

Philippians 1:9-10,11 – “And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Messiah, being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Yahshua, to the Glory and praise of Yahweh.”

2)     Joy-Simchah We rejoice in Yahweh through Yahshua our Messiah, through whom we have received  atonement. An inward sense of Joy, regardless of circumstances, a sense of rejoicing – even in the midst of sorrow. The second letter of Hebrew is the Bet which corresponds to this 2nd fruit of the spirit- it represents the house, inside, the body, woman (Bride). The Bet, however, can also represent Yahshua who is building the house, as in to build a family name through children/fruit/offspring. Yahshua came, and we can count it all Joy.

Psalm 16:11 – “You will show me the path of life; in Your Presence is fullness of Joy; at Your right hand (Yahshua) are pleasures forevermore (at the turning of His face).”

Isaiah 12:3 – “Therefore with Joy you will draw water from the wells of Salvation (Yahoshua).”

The color associated with the Bet is yellow – which represents the Shekinah Glory.

John 1:14 – “And the word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His Glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.”

Psalm 24:8 – “Who is the King of Glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle.”

1 Thess.2:20 – “For you are our glory and joy.”

Is.56:7 – “Even and their sacrifices will be accepted on My alter; for My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations.”  (Matt.25:21)

3)     Peace-Shalom In the Greek absence of strife, in Hebrew “Shalom” means the idea of wholeness, health, balance, reconciliation. Shalom- having peace with Yahweh; Shalom implies the peace of Yahweh, which passes all understanding. (Phil.4:7). 

The 3rd Hebrew letter is Gimel ג- to lift up, also represents the Holy Spirit. To be filled with the Holy Spirit is to have the peace of Yahshua flowing through us.

Romans 14:17 – “For the kingdom of Yahweh is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.

Numbers 6:24-26 – “Yahweh bless you and keep you; may Yahweh make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you; Yahweh lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.”

The color associated with Gimel ג is blue -associate with Heaven, Holy Spirit, commandments, & throne in heaven.

John 14:15-16: “If you love me, keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another helper, the He may abide with you forever.”

Psalm 119;165 – “Great peace have those who love Your laws, and nothing causes them to stumble.”

4)     Long suffering-Erekh Apayim The Hebrew phrase means “long of nose”- the word Erekh means “long” and Af means “nose”, and idiom used to picture the slow venting of air through the nostrils which characteristic of someone who is slow to anger. The idea implies that we are not easily offended by the faults and character defects of others. In Greek- Patient, endurance of wrong doing, “(sacrifice)”.

The 4th  Hebrew letter is Dalet corresponding with this 4th fruit, it represents – the door, thresh-hold, access. Through the sacrifice of Yahshua, we now have access to Yahweh, John 10:9- “I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved.” (2Peter 3:15).

The color associated with Dalet is emerald green – Mercy

Ephesians 2:4 – “But Yah, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us.”

1Chron.16:34 – “Oh, give thanks to Yahweh, for He is good! For his mercy endures forever.”

James 1:4 – “But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.”

Eph.4:2 -“With all lowliness and gentleness, with long suffering, bearing with one another in love.”

Colossians 1:11 – “Strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and long suffering.”

5)     Generosity-Nedivut Generosity or benevolence; and Nedivut Lev means having a generous heart. A Nedavah is a “free-will” offering or donation from the heart. In Greek is Krestotes- which refers to the disposition of kindness toward others, Krestotes is used to translate the Hebrew for Tov(good), as well as Yahshar (upright) (Proverbs 2:21); tenderheartedness, and compassion.

The 5th Hebrew letter is Hey ה- to behold, reveal, revelation. Revealing your heart to Yahweh.

Psalm 26:2-3 – “Examine me, O Yah, and prove me; try my mind and my heart. For your loving kindness is before my eyes. And I have walked in your truth.”

The color associated with Hey is scarlet- it can represent blood atonement, love, forgiveness, deliverance, and praise. By offering ourselves up to Yahweh under the blood atonement we are cleansed and purified to be Yashar, one that is upright before Yahweh.

6)     Goodness, Kindess-Gemilut Chasadim the “bestowal of kindness” or the practice of love. Such benevolence is regarded as greater than Tzedakkah, doing the right thing out of a sense of duty, because love anticipates the needs of others and acts from a sense of compassion. A Jewish proverb states: “Tzedakah awaits the cry of distress; benevolence anticipates the cry of distress.

 Jeremiah 31:3-6 – “Yahweh has appeared of old to me, saying: Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love, therefore with loving kindness I have drawn you.”

The 6th Hebrew letter is the Vav ו- humble man(Yahshua)

James 4:10 – “Humble yourselves in the sight of Yahweh, and He will lift you up.”

Isaiah 57:15 – “For thus says the High and Lofty one who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: I dwell in the high and Holy place, with him who has a contrite and humble Spirit, to revive the Spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.”

The color associated with Vav ו is red orange- Red- Blood atonement; love, forgiveness. Orange-Praise; intercession; spiritual/warfare.

We praise Yahshua for the loving kindness He has shown us, and thankful that we have the blood atonement applied to our lives.

Matthew 5:5 – “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.”

7)     Faithfulness-Ne’emunut In Greek- The attitude of believing(trust), the content of belief. Faithfulness is associated with truth-“Hebrew word Emet”- that is reliability, trust worthiness, dependability. Yahweh is faithful (trusted or depended upon). The Hebrew word Bittachon is sometimes used to describe this dimension of faith, which comes from a root “Bitach” that means to trust, to feel safe and secure. The Holy Spirit enables the heart to be safe source of counsel and strength for others. Also Bittachon is the conviction that Yahweh is involved in events and that their outcome accords with His will. Trust involves the faith that there is no coincidence in the world and that every occurrence under the sun was by His proclamation.

Faith- Emunah- is belief that Yahweh exsists.

The 7th Hebrew letter is Zayin ז- weapon(sword); set apart; guarded.

Hebrews 4:12 – “For the word of Yahweh is living and powerful, and sharper than any two edge sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit.”

Psalm 40:10 – “I have declared your faithfulness and your salvation; I have not concealed your loving kindness and your truth from the great assembly.”

The color associated with Zayin is orange- Praise, Spiritual warfare, intercession.

Hebrews 7:25 –  “Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to Yahweh through Him (Yahshua). Since He always lives to make intercession for them.”

Also we are to put on the whole armor of Yahweh (Eph.6:10-20)

Romans 10:17 – “So then faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of Yahweh”– His truth!

Also, that we can  stand in the day of calamity (Psalm 91) to know that Yahshua is our rock and our firm foundation our strength and our song!

8)     Humility- Anavah The Hebrew word Anavah implies a sense of inner poverty that can be healed by giving and serving others.”Blessed are the poor in Spirits,” is the opposite of pride. Can mean moderation, gentleness, and even the inability to get angry. The Greek word indicates “moderation” and courtesy by esteeming others as worthy of honor. Humility in this sense means being “teachable” and open minded towards others. The humble or meek soul has the courage to ask the Lord, “search me, and know my ways; test me and know my thoughts; and see the wicked ways in me, and lead me in the way everlasting” (Psalm 139-:23-24).  Sages ask, “who then is wise?” and answer “the one who learns from every man.”  Especially from the learned man Yahshua.

 Matthew 20:28 – “Just as the son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” –  We are also to be servants.

 John 12:26 – “If anyone serves Me, let him follow me; and where I am, there My servant will be also. If anyone serves Me, Him my Father will honor.”

The 8thHebrew letter (corresponding with this 8th fruit) is the Chet ח – fenced off; place of intimacy. Those that are humble will have access to the intimate place, but the prideful will not have access. The color associated with the letter Chet is Amber- can mean the Glory of Yahweh; or what surrounds the throne (intimate place). (Isaiah 6:1-10, Psalm 45:6)

Hebrews 1:8 – “Your throne, O Yah, is forever and ever; a scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom.”

9)     Modesty, self-control-Tzeniut “self-control”, especially in reference to sexual affections or desire(chastity); inner strength. This virtue is given last, as a sort of summation of the other virtues. Just as the love of Yahweh is the source of all grace, so the life of Yahweh is its end.

 The 9th Hebrew letter (associated with this final fruit) is Tet ט – can mean snake, surround, mark; the Tet ט can also mean to protect; full, saturated; authorized signatory of the kingdom; sealed, secured, confirmed, safe; branded, marked, claimed; allegiance also under authority.

The number 9 is also judgment. By walking in the fruit of the Spirit we can be sealed, marked as followers of Yahshua.(Acts 1:7-8). A Witness is in a sense to be a Martyr: to die to yourself is also a testimony, to duplicate Yahshua. So by the fruit of the Spirit being evident in our lives, we can be judged righteous. But those that walk after the flesh will be judged unrighteous, not having any evidence  of the fruit of the Spirit; instead portraying the fruit the seed of the Serpent (Romans 8:1-15).

 Proverbs 8:19 – “My fruit is better than gold, yes, than fine gold.”

The color associated with Tet ט is greenish yellow- Mercy, life everlasting, fruitfulness, growth. So looking back at the “Ve’ahavta”, we’re reminded that we are to love Yahweh with all of our heart, soul, and mind.

The numerical value is 414= which added together is the  number 9-Tet ט. Even in Yahweh’s judgment we find mercy by walking in the fruit of the Spirit, being that “free will” offering is what enables us to receive and have everlasting life.

1 Peter 1:15-16 – “But as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy”.”

 Just as the Tabernacle was patterned after Yahshua, we are also to  be conformed after that pattern in (Romans 12:1-2).

Conformed is strongs #4964-  to fashion alike, conform to the same pattern, fashion self according to.

In Malachi 3:3 – “He will sit as a refiner and a purifier of silver; He will purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer to Yahweh an offering in righteousness” (Zech.13:9)

Hebrews 12:29 – “For our Yah is a consuming fire we are to be that mirror image of Yahshua in the earth.”

The formation of “Messiah”- like character is the result of discipline, a word that means to instruct or rear  a child and therefore is connected with discipleship and education. The Hebrew word for “discipline” is Musar- a term that refers to moral instruction and guidance. The word for “education” is Chinukh, a term that shares the same root as the word”dedication”- Chanukah. The Hebrew idea implies dedication, direction to Yahweh and His concrete purposes on the earth. Disiples of Yahshua are called Talmidim, a word that comes from Lamad meaning “to learn”, the word for teachers Melamad, shares the same root.

There can be no discipline apart from education. The “heart of scripture” is the book of Psalms with the declaration that the one who delights in Yah’s Torah and meditates upon it “day and night”, will be blessed with a genuinely fruitful life.

 Psalm 1:3 – “He is like a tree transplanted by streams of water(living water) that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.”

We should be “bearing fruit in every good work and growing in the knowledge of Yahweh- Da’at Hashem. “the fruit of righteous is a tree of life” etz chayim, the tree of lives”(Proverbs 11:30) . it is the fruit of Yahshua, the righteous One, who bears fruit of healing for the lives of those who turn to Him in trust. Yahshua is the tree of life-the source of all our strength.(Eph.3:16).

 Psalm 125:1 – “Those who trust in Yahweh, are like Mount Zion, which cannot be moved, enduring forever-Ha-botechim bAdonai Ke har Tsyion.”

This is how we should be walking in Torah: 2 Corithians 6:3-10 –  “We give no offense in anything, that our ministry may not be blamed. But in all things we commend ourselves as ministers of Yah: in much patience, in tribulations, in needs, in distress, in stripes, in imprisonment, in tumults, in labors, in sleeplessness, in fasting; by purity, by knowledge, by long suffering, by kindness, by the Holy Spirit, by sincere love, by the word of truth, by the power of Yah, by the armor of righteousness on the right hand and on the left, by honor and dishonor, by evil report and good report; as deceivers, and yet true; as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold we live; as chastened, and yet not killed; as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.”