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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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Bechukotai 2015 by B. Scott

Posted by on May 15, 2015

Bechukotai 2015

Bechukotai/”In My Statutes”, Leviticus 26:3 – 27:34, is the last portion of the book of Leviticus or Vayikra. We find that at the end of a book filled with commandments and laws that will govern the nation that belongs to Yahweh, He finishes with an explanation of how our obedience or our disobedience to these statutes will affect us as an individual and as a nation as a whole! To walk in the statutes causes His blessings to be poured out and to refuse brings the curses in increasing levels of severity for the express purpose of getting our attention and causing us to return and once again walk in the statutes. This becomes a very important passage for you and I, as we look around we see the world we live in, in a state of steady decay doing the very actions that will cause Yahweh to judge us. Yet in this passage a promise is given, if I will walk in His statutes, blessings are available. Could it be that His statutes also become a source of provision in the midst of the calamities and disasters? Let’s look closer and see!

Leviticus 26:3

If: Strong’s #518 ‘im אִם if, oath contexts; it’s a cognate of ‘em (#517) אֵם mother, to womb something, seeming to infer that what’s being asked of you and I is to be one that would womb His Word/Covenant; breaking it apart א = I will & ם = waters, but also is connected to judgment; the opening statement “if” actually reveals that Yahweh will judge us and pour out either blessings or curses based on what we have chosen to place within us, whether we were willing or not to carry His covenant within us!

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Behar 2015 by D. Mathews

Posted by on May 8, 2015

Behar – In The Mountain:

Leviticus 25:1–26:2

5-9-2015.

This Parsha is of particular interest because it clarifies much regarding the Shmittah year cycle. This year is a Shmittah year and thus, our understanding will affect how we practice and prepare before, during and after this climatic event! The English title – ‘In the Mountain’ – Behar, בְּהַר; is a phrase that becomes quite prophetic when examined. We’ll begin by looking at its numeric value; 207, which is the same as H#216, אוֹר ‘owr, translated as ‘light’, meaning to illuminate or enlighten. This suggests that understanding this parsha should enlighten us. But, enlighten us regarding what? If we examine the 3 principal root letters Bet-Hey-Resh, written backwards they spell the word Rahab a corrupted spelling of the name of the harlot of Jericho (Rachab). This word is difficult to translate but most agree it seems to have to do with experiencing a forceful intimacy; as in Prov. 6:3 where a young man importunes his creditor who had become a surety for him. In other words, we’re being enlightened regarding how to properly exercise the terms of the Covenant – LEGALLY – which will ensure that we are in fact, released – Shmittah – from bondage – because of our obedience!

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Emor 2015 by B. Scott

Posted by on May 1, 2015

Emor 2015

Emor/”Say!” covers Leviticus 21:1-24:23 and begins with a specific set of laws/commandments for the Priests. The tendency is to immediately disregard these and skim over this section seeing as there is no temple and not a functioning priesthood in the manner that they served in the Tabernacle/Temple. However, Revelation 5:10 – “And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.” It would seem then that in order to reign on the earth (to rule and have dominion) hinges upon our ability to understand and function in the role of a priest! In fact the term here for reign: (Greek) #936 basileuo βασιλεύω to exercise the highest influence or control, kingly power, to reign; from the root #939 basis βάσις a stepping, walking, that with which one steps, the foot – this affects the way we walk (our way of life)!

It’s interesting to note that before we begin looking into the passage itself, that the number 7 makes several innocuous appearances. This is the 7th parshah of Leviticus/Vayikra, it starts at the 21st chapter (7,7,7 or 7 x 3), the first verse has 56 letters (7 x 8) and the value/gematria of the title Emor = 241 (2 + 4 + 1 = 7).
7 = the number of Covenant, perfection, and completion; it’s connected to the ז which is a picture of a sword/weapon, meaning to cut, interestingly though the word zayin itself derives from a root word that means sustenance or nourishment
*Tying this all together the number 7 seems to infer that in order for you and I to be sustained, nourished, and be able to grow it will require something to be cut off (circumcised) and it’s only by coming in contact with this sword/weapon that we’re able to complete this covenant and to walk in it!

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Tazria 2015 by D. Mathews

Posted by on Apr 21, 2015

Tazria – Metzora: 4-18-15

Leviticus 12:1–15:33.

  1. These two Torah portions are normally read as one. We will begin by looking at the names and their definitions for direction as to how we should examine this Parsha and its’ contents.
  • Tazria, תַזְרִיעַ from H#2232, זָרַע zara` indicating to sow or scatter seed, to be or become pregnant. If we break the word apart, the word-picture gives us the meaning of the word. Tzade-Resh, zer, indicates a border. As in the border around the Ark of the Covenant, while the letter Ayin indicates the eye or euphemistically, the womb. The implication is that of a barrier or border upon the womb that must be crossed by the seed. It has a numeric value of 277. This number is intriguing. It connects us to H#6160, H#6161, Arabah, which means a desert plain, an arid or sterile land. It can also indicate to become a pledge or surety. Ironically, it was in the Arabah on the wilderness side of Jordan where Moshe spoke his last to the people. Is it possible that we have a physical picture being painted? The people of Israel represented the SEED of YHVH who would exit the sterile place and cross-over, penetrate the Jordan –the border or barrier – and thereby cause the Promised Land to become zara – pregnant! As such, they become a Remnant who is security or pledge for those of us who will inherit the land! Doesn’t this fit the pattern of the Man (Messiah) born of woman?
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Passover 2015 by B. Scott

Posted by on Apr 10, 2015

Passover 2015

 The Festival of Passover/Pesach, of all the feasts, is probably the most well known, whether Hebrew roots or not. Yet the interesting thing is that it is almost always associated as a feast of remembrance connected to past events. Immediately when Passover is thought of the story of the Exodus from Egypt and the passing over of the firstborn comes to mind as well as the role of the Messiah at His first coming as the Passover lamb that was slaughtered on our behalf! Yet in addition to these events, there are still so many other important facets to this feast!

In connection with the event of Passover and the exodus from Egypt, we find there’s also a change in the calendar! In fact before Moses is ever given the instructions of bringing in the lamb and slaughtering it, first Yahweh begins with this statement concerning the calendar. Exodus 12:2 – “This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you.”

Beginning: Strong’s #7218 ro’sh רֹאשׁ beginning, head, chief, but it’s also connected with the concepts of the sum or total of something, as in a total number of people or a census, a numbering; it’s a cognate of #7219 ro’sh רֹאשׁ gall, bitterness, venom, poisonous, specifically connected with turning away from Yahweh and rebelling, seen in Hosea 10:4 –“They have spoken words, swearing falsely in making a covenant: thus judgment springeth up as hemlock/ro’sh in the furrows of the field.”

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VaYakel 2015 by D. Mathews

Posted by on Mar 16, 2015

VaYakel 3-14-15

Exodus 35:1–38:20.

Caution! Only For Those Who Want to Dig Deeper!

  1. Remembering that Hebrew is an ‘alpha-numeric’ language, should give us pause as we reflect upon this being the 22nd Torah portion of the yearly cycle. Why? There are 22 letters in the Hebrew Alef-Bet, the language of Creation. It would seem then, that a connection between the Language and this Parsha’s title – VaYakel – ‘And He Gathered/Assembled’ should be seen. In fact, Israel is being assembled to hear the words they are supposed to “DO”. In view of that, the Hebrew word for assembled needs to be examined:

 

  • Assembled, H#6950, קָהַל qahal, to gather, to summon. It specifically indicates a group assembled for a holy convocation. The Tabernacle represents the Adam-Messiah, while Israel represents the Bride, thus, collectively, this ‘gathered assembly’ represents the Gen. 1 Adam; a union of both the man and woman! In this fashion the number 22 relates to the letters which are the building blocks of creation, each letter forming part of the total makeup of the Man – Messiah, just as it does yours! Ironically, the number 22 above is the gematria of the Hebrew word ‘Yachad’, meaning to become one – united. It seems the purpose then of the Qahal is that of becoming ONE! To add further intrigue, the value of qahal equals 135, the same as that of the word Matzah, the unleavened bread of affliction. Partaking of this “Bread” – symbolizing His Word – or Flesh unites us with the Living Bread! Thus, this assembly or ‘calling forth’ seems to hint at Eden in reverse; i.e. a (re)union of Adam-Messiah and Eve-those assembled!
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Journey to Mitsraim by Manuel & Ada Chavarria

Posted by on Mar 4, 2015

Journey to Mitsraim

 From the beginning the prophesies, the poetic books and the very same Torah are important fountains of information that bind all that concerns the eternal promises of the word to a people in particular. From the beginnings of history Yisrael had been established to be sent to all the other nations as dispersed in the midst of it, in the same way the promise for the times of restoration has been the return of all the dispersed to the heredity of their Elohim. Within the plans of the Creator the dispersion will always be accompanied by restoration.

In contrary to the universal perspective the nation of Yisrael was established back in the times of Abraham, having come out from a place called Ur of the Chaldeans [which literally means; Light of the Astrologist] to be guided to a place called Moreh [Teaching] where it would be instructed not under the dictation of a pagan and perverse system, but under the light of an eternal and immutable teaching. This is the reason by which we shall understand that Abraham and his descendants were knowers of the teaching of Torah and carriers of the Dabar יהוה.

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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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