Bereshit בְּרֵאשִׁית - In the Beginning
Torah Portion Genesis 1:1-6:8
Haftarah: Isaiah 42:5-43:10
Apostolic Scripture: John 1:1-17
SHABBAT READING #7 - Genesis 5:25–6:8
Everyone has thoughts on who the “Sons of G-d” are and the “Daughters of Men” (Genesis 6:1). Many people believe that the “Sons of G-d” are demons or fallen angels. I disagree. My idea is that the “Sons of G-d” are actually the set apart Hebrew people of G-d descending from Adam. Including Seth’s line of ancestry. If you look throughout Scripture this term of being “sons” or “children” relates to people in covenant relationship with Hashem. Click on this for more verses: Sons of G-d.
So that leaves - who are the daughters of men? I have this theory that there was a “pre-creation” (Genesis 1) before Hashem created Adam and the Garden. This population of peoples, male and female, were most likely not following G-d entirely so I believe He created a “set apart” Hebrew people through Adam. If this were true, then at some point His set apart people meet up with His first creation of people and they begin to marry. This is the Bible’s first sign of “mixed” marriages. And the result does not fare well. The descendants of these mixed marriages become corrupt and sinful - so much that Hashem wishes He did not create them.
Except for one man - Noah. He found favor. Hashem always has a “remnant” that truly loves and serves Him. I want to be a part of this group - those who love Hashem with their whole heart, soul and being. Don’t you?
Do you desire to be a “son/daughter of men” or a “son/daughter of G-d”. I want to be a daughter of G-d. I want to be picked to be a part of His remnant. I challenge you and myself to find out how we can do that.
READING #7 - Genesis 5:25–6:8
5:25 Methuselah lived one hundred eighty-seven years, then became the father of Lamech. 26 Methuselah lived after he became the father of Lamech seven hundred eighty-two years, and became the father of other sons and daughters. 27 All the days of Methuselah were nine hundred sixty-nine years, then he died.
28 Lamech lived one hundred eighty-two years, then became the father of a son. 29 He named him Noah, saying, “This one will comfort us in our work and in the toil of our hands, caused by the ground which Hashem has cursed.” 30 Lamech lived after he became the father of Noah five hundred ninety-five years, and became the father of other sons and daughters. 31 All the days of Lamech were seven hundred seventy-seven years, then he died.
32 Noah was five hundred years old, then Noah became the father of Shem, Ham, and Japheth.
6 When men began to multiply on the surface of the ground, and daughters were born to them, 2 Elohim’s sons saw that men’s daughters were beautiful, and they took any that they wanted for themselves as wives. 3 Hashem said, “My Spirit will not strive with man forever, because he also is flesh; so his days will be one hundred twenty years.” 4 The Nephilim were in the earth in those days, and also after that, when Elohim’s sons came in to men’s daughters and had children with them. Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown.
5 Hashem saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of man’s heart was continually only evil. 6 Hashem was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and it grieved him in His heart. 7 Hashem said, “I will destroy man whom I have created from the surface of the ground—man, along with animals, creeping things, and birds of the sky—for I am sorry that I have made them.” 8 But Noah found favor in Hashem’s eyes.
THIS WEEK’S HAFTARAH:
What promises we have from our great and mighty G-d! If only we could understand that He requires us to be active in our love for Him! That means following His commandments and displaying true worship to Him in every waking moment.
He says, “But now Hashem who created you, Jacob, and He who formed you, Israel, says: “Don’t be afraid, for I have redeemed you. I have called you by your name. You are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you, and through the rivers, they will not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned, and flame will not scorch you. For I am Hashem your Elohim, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.”
He knows our name! He has redeemed us! And He will be with us through every trial and test. For He is G-D!!! Amen!
In this verse think about how He has redeemed you. Yes, He sent His son Yeshua. How else has He redeemed you? Go deep.
Isaiah 42:5 - 43:10
42:5 Hashem Elohim, He who created the heavens and stretched them out, He who spread out the earth and that which comes out of it, He who gives breath to its people and spirit to those who walk in it, says:
6 “I, Hashem, have called you in righteousness. I will hold your hand. I will keep you and make you a covenant for the people, as a light for the nations, 7 to open the blind eyes, to bring the prisoners out of the dungeon, and those who sit in darkness out of the prison.
8 “I am Hashem That is My name.I will not give my glory to another, nor my praise to engraved images. 9 Behold, the former things have happened and I declare new things, I tell you about them before they come up.”
10 Sing to Hashem a new song, and his praise from the end of the earth, you who go down to the sea, and all that is therein,the islands and their inhabitants, 11 Let the wilderness and its cities raise their voices, with the villages that Kedar inhabits. Let the inhabitants of Sela sing. Let them shout from the top of the mountains!
12 Let them give glory to Hashem, and declare his praise in the islands. 13 Hashem will go out like a mighty man. He will stir up zeal like a man of war. He will raise a war cry. Yes, he will shout aloud. He will triumph over his enemies.
14 “I have been silent a long time.I have been quiet and restrained myself. Now I will cry out like a travailing woman. I will both gasp and pant. 15 I will destroy mountains and hills, and dry up all their herbs.I will make the rivers islands, and will dry up the pools, 16 I will bring the blind by a way that they don’t know. I will lead them in paths that they don’t know. I will make darkness light before them, and crooked places straight. I will do these things, and I will not forsake them.
17 “Those who trust in engraved images, who tell molten images, ‘You are our gods,’ will be turned back. They will be utterly disappointed.
18 “Hear, you deaf, and look, you blind, that you may see. 19 Who is blind, but my servant? Or who is as deaf as my messenger whom I send? Who is as blind as he who is at peace, and as blind as Hashem’s servant? 20 You see many things, but don’t observe. His ears are open, but he doesn’t listen. 21 It pleased Hashem, for His righteousness’ sake, to magnify the law and make it honorable. 22 But this is a robbed and plundered people. All of them are snared in holes,and they are hidden in prisons. They have become captives, and no one delivers,and a plunder, and no one says, ‘Restore them!’
23 Who is there among you who will give ear to this? Who will listen and hear for the time to come? 24 Who gave Jacob as plunder, and Israel to the robbers? Didn’t Hashem, He against whom we have sinned? For they would not walk in His ways, and they disobeyed his law. 25 Therefore he poured the fierceness of his anger on him, and the strength of battle. It set him on fire all around, but he didn’t know. It burned him, but he didn’t take it to heart.”
43 But now Hashem who created you, Jacob, and He who formed you, Israel, says: “Don’t be afraid, for I have redeemed you.I have called you by your name. you are mine. 2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you, and through the rivers, they will not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned, and flame will not scorch you.
3 For I am Hashem your Elohim, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior. I have given Egypt as your ransom, Ethiopia and Seba in your place. 4 Since you have been precious and honored in My sight, and I have loved you, therefore I will give people in your place, and nations instead of your life.
5 Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. I will bring your offspring from the east, and gather you from the west. 6 I will tell the north, ‘Give them up!’ and tell the south, ‘Don’t hold them back! Bring my sons from far away, and my daughters from the ends of the earth—7 everyone who is called by my name, and whom I have created for my glory, whom I have formed, yes, whom I have made.’”
8 Bring out the blind people who have eyes,and the deaf who have ears.9 Let all the nations be gathered together, and let the peoples be assembled. Who among them can declare this, and show us former things? Let them bring their witnesses, that they may be justified, or let them hear, and say, “That is true.” 10 “You are my witnesses,” says Hashem,“With my servant whom I have chosen; that you may know and believe me and understand that I am he.
Before me there was no God formed, neither will there be after Me.”
THIS WEEK’S APOSTOLIC SCRIPTURE:
Yeshua is the Word. He is Torah. He was there as an “emanation” of Hashem at the creation of the world. How beautiful and wonderful that He would come to us as a human to walk with us once again. His purpose I believe in doing this was to bring us back to Hashem. People had strayed away and Hashem knew He was going to disperse His people for doing this. But, in one last attempt, He sends His only begotten Son to save the world. To bring us back to Truth and the Covenant.
We rejected Him back then. But, now our eyes are opened. Now we see the magnificence of His appearance. And now we can pray that He will return in full glory. To the Temple in Jerusalem to rule and reign forever. Amen.
I challenge you to study in Hashem’s Word about the return of Yeshua. What are the signs? Where will He come to rule and reign? Look in the Tanakh (Old Testament) for your answers about the return of the Mashiach (Messiah).
1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with Elohim, and the Word was Elohim. 2 The same was in the beginning with Elohim. 3 All things were made through Him. Without Him, nothing was made that has been made. 4 In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness hasn’t overcome it. 6 There came a man, sent from Elohim, whose name was John. 7 The same came as a witness, that he might testify about the light, that all might believe through him. 8 He was not the light, but was sent that he might testify about the light. 9 The true light that enlightens everyone was coming into the world.
10 He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world didn’t recognize Him. 11 He came to His own, and those who were His own didn’t receive Him. 12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become Elohim’s children, to those who believe in His name: 13 who were born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of Elohim. 14 The Word became flesh, and lived among us. We saw His glory, such glory as of the one and only Son of the Father, full of grace and truth. 15 John testified about Him. He cried out, saying, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me has surpassed me, for He was before me.’” 16 From his fullness we all received grace upon grace. 17 For the law was given through Moses. Grace and truth were realized through Yeshua HaMashiach.