“The 5 Neg-ism’s” by Ariel E………….
This Week’s Torah Portion is Shemot: The Names
Haftarah is Jeremiah 1:1-2:3
Priesthood Instructions: Acts 5-9
“The 5 Negism’s”
Today’s Reading: Exodus 3:6-10
6 Then he said, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.” At this, Moses hid his face, because he was afraid to look at God. The LORD said, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey-the home of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites. And now the cry of the Israelites has reached me, and I have seen the way the Egyptians are oppressing them. So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.”
The Burning “Thorny” Bush
Moses is tending His Fathers (Father in Law’s) Flocks when He see’s something strange off in the distance!
He comes upon a burning bush (It was a Thorny Bush from the Hebrew word O’nah—meaning to prick—or thorny)
Moses sees a Bush on fire that is NOT consumed by the flame!
YHWH calls Moses from the midst of the burning bush and Moses responds “Hineini”—which means “Hear I am!”
This burning Bush is a preincarnate theophany of Yeshua the Messiah—full of the Ruach’s Fire-Which burns inside—but does not destroy—and will be crowned with the same “thorns” for the sin of Jacob!
Moses is commanded to remove His shoes—the sign of the Hebrew marriage: The Bride removes her shoes and dances around the groom 7 Times—signifying her life is being completely joined to her Groom as ONE!
#1 FEAR OF FAILURE BASED ON OUR WORTHINESS
–Exodus 3:9-11 says “9 And now the cry of the Israelites has reached me, and I have seen the way the Egyptians are oppressing them. 10 So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.” 11 But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”
In Deuteronomy 18:5 the Torah says “Those who DO THESE THINGS shall LIVE BY THEM.” This was the standard under the Levitical Priesthood—you had to do everything without failure. If you did, then your hope could be in the keeping of the Mitzvot (Commandments). However, this was flawed on our part because we have an ever present “Yetzer Hara” or “Evil Inclination” which is far too often our default programming that we fall back upon. The presence of the “Yetzer Hara” –this Evil Inclination located in our flesh—passed on from our Fathers prevented us from doing the good things that Torah required—thus there had to be another way.
Jeremiah 23:5-6 says “5 “The days are coming,” declares the LORD, “when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, a King who will reign wisely and do what is just and right in the land. 6 In his days Judah will be saved and Israel will live in safety. This is the name by which he will be called:
The LORD Our Righteous Savior.
You’ll please note that it does not say “Ariel” or “Skip” or “Sarah” or “Tom” our righteous savior—but it states that the Righteous Savior—the King FOR David will be called “ADONAI –TZADEK” or the LORD YHWH our RIGHTEOUSNESS. If you call upon the name of Yeshua our Messiah—then you have exchanged the righteousness that could be attained through strict and perfect adherence to the Torah’s Righteous Commandments and you have put on the Name which is ABOVE EVERY NAME—that at the Name of Yeshua YHWH—Adonai Tzadek—every knee will bow and tongue confess that YESHUA IS ADONAI to the glory—the radiated glory of God the Father—or Source.
Our answering a calling is not a promise to achieve a certain set of results—because that would be works based faith. Faith comes from the Hebrew word “EMUNAH” meaning “Steadfast Obedience to God’s Teaching and Instructions found in the Torah. This steadfast obedience to the Torah is PURE PROOF of your love for the Messiah; and if adherence to this plan of obedience is missing from your life—then the critical sign that you have found the road to Zion is missing from your heart and life and must be put in place.
God’s plans for your life are YES and AMEIN in Messiah Yeshua—and the results are based on Him and not on you. However, like Moses in this week’s portion we are keenly aware of how far we fall short. This self-condemnation keeps us trapped in endless cycles of non-productivity and non-involvement in the hurting lives of those around us who need more than anything to know that it is not what you can produce (Works) but it is in whom you trust with undying love demonstrated by obedience.
Let Go and Let God: seems simple enough—even to me!
5 Bad Attitudes
#2 FEAR OF MAN
—Exodus 3:13 says, “13 Moses said to God, “Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what shall I tell them?” Psalm 111:10 goes on to say, “10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding. To him belongs eternal praise.”
If you are always afraid of what Man will think—you cannot break through to intimacy with God (Fearing the Lord) as you are being distracted by others and not keeping focused on the lover of your soul!
Our Fear of Man—is really defining what we feel God CANNOT protect us from! It also is our overriding desire to have a reputation that is well thought of in our community. What does Pastor “So and So” or Rabbi “whosoever” think about this or that. This is “STINKING THINKING” and not thinking that is that of royal Sons and Daughters of a King—but is more akin to “PEASANT THOUGHT” that manifests in nothing but excuses.
I went to Law School after I was 40 years old; and yes, I thought and often felt ridiculous when a 22 year old in my study group began to instruct me on how things are done. Certainly going to Law School would be easier at 22 than at 40 plus—but the Scripture says “That Fear of Man BRINGS A SNARE.” A Snare is a trap—a device to prevent you from moving forward or retreating.
As if this were not enough—when God called me to play golf as a professional—I was almost ready for the senior’s tour. Often I told my Caddie that I was not certain why God has me out here with all these young and strong children—a few of which are not even as old as my golf shoes 😉 But just two weeks ago, one year into my playing as a professional—I got to play a round with the City Champion.
He is a prototypical golfer—young, strong, tall and hits the ball so hard that it sounds like a cannon firing when he hits that little white orb. However, it wasn’t long before I tied him and we split the match—my 40 something to his 23 something years of age. So why do I bring this up? Only to show you that you are never too old to obey and walk in the way that YHWH has called upon you to walk. Do not fear Men—but fear the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob who has determined your outcome before He ever called you.
5 Bad Attitudes
#3 FEAR OF REJECTION
Exodus 4:1 says “1 Moses answered, “What if they do not believe me or listen to me and say, ‘The LORD did not appear to you’?” Colossians 3:3 says, “For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.”
Poor Moshe, He was so worried about credibility; and he had every right to be. Remember there was a Murder Warrant out for his arrest in Egypt—so unless he could convince both the Jewish people and the Court of Pharaoh that it was YHWH who had sent him—he just knew that he would be killed. We have little to fear in the “being killed” department—and much more to fear in the rejection department. Rejection is perhaps the greatest of all hurts that carves through our heart like a river cuts through the Grand Canyon in the United States.
Rabbi Shaul—Paul said—that we are dead already and that our former way of life is hidden IN MESSIAH which is hidden in God. Since this is true—then too are the following thoughts about death and its effect upon our lives:
A Dead Person seeks NO REPUTATION—and has NO PUBLIC IMAGE TO UPHOLD! Thus there is NO WAY of being rejected!
Philippians 4:7 says of Messiah, “But made Himself nothing taking on the very nature of a servant being made in human likeness”
A servant seeks to BLESS OTHERS—not themselves! If this became the centerpiece of our thought life in Messiah—there is little that could hold us back. Further—we would PROUDLY and LOUDLY confess our conversion to JUDAISM and the FAITH OF ISRAEL instead of being the “undercover brother” or “sister” who wants all to think well of you. Thought of how people saw Him drove Shimon Kepha—Simon Peter—to deny knowing the Lord Yeshua those three times. Examine your own heart and see if there is any of that Peter spirit lurking for a future denial and repent of it as soon as you can.
5 Bad Attitudes
#4 THE INFLUENCE OF PAST EXPERIENCES
Exodus 4:10 says, “Moses said to the LORD , “O Lord, I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.” THIS DID NOT MEAN MOSES HAD A STUDDER AS MOST MINISTERS TEACH—NO—Moshe was saying in a very Hebrew way “I DO NOT SPEAK GOOD HEBREW!” Remember, Moshe had grown up in the House of Pharaoh and spoke the language of that house with fluidity; Scholars venture to say that Moses/Moshe had a rudimentary grasp of Hebrew…..just enough to sound silly to the average Hebrew. It is like Spanish today—I know just enough to ask for Ice at the market and to say “God Bless You.” But think about it—if someone did not speak English and they were talking with you at the Market and they said to you “God Bless You” in perfect English—would you not think that they were a native English speaker? Yes—you most certainly would.
This happens in Israel every day. New believers will be in Israel for the first time and some Israeli will ask them if they want “this” or “that” in English and the newbie will say “KEN” for Yes or “LO” for No….and the next thing you know, the Israeli thinks they speak Hebrew and they ask them a question in follow up—but the poor non-hebrew speaker cannot understand or answer their question. This too was Moshe’s fear.
Moses reasoned according to the Sages—that the Hebrews would hear Moshe’s telling them what God had said in flawless Hebrew—and then they would think Moshe was able to speak Hebrew—only to make Moshe appear to be a false representative. This was what he feared—and what is meant when the Torah says Moshe was “slow in Tongue”—he simply spoke broken Hebrew.
Philippians 3:13-14 Says, “Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”
THIS IS A COMMAND TO HELP US MOVE BEYOND THE MISTAKES OF THE PAST! FORGET THE PAST and STRAIN TO ATTAIN THE FUTURE. Don’t be like those who “act” like they can speak—learn TO SPEAK the language of your new people. Learn their ways and their customs—and imitate Messiah Son of David: King of ALL Judah!!
5 Bad Attitudes
#5 NEED FOR A MANDATE FROM GOD
Exodus 4:13 says, “But Moses said, “O Lord, please send someone else to do it.”
This is Moses 5th chance–remember 5 represents God’s Grace in Torah—Now God’s anger begins to burn—So He sends Aharon to come and HELP Moses! Sometimes we cannot overcome our self view until God sends us a helper to help us to see clearly. Aharon—Moshe’s older brother was searching for Moshe in the desert. Ask yourself—who is my Aharon—the Priest to my Prophet??
We all love to use excuses to “cop out” of what God has called us to do—it is false religious PRIDE (i.e. “I’ll Pray About It –“It=Helping?” Do you really have to pray about HELPING SOMEONE CREATED IN GOD’S IMAGE and LIKENESS?? Must we pray about things as simple as helping your neighbor??
People always say “I just do not want to miss God” but King David was told by Nathan the Prophet exactly how to handle these types of situations.
1 Chronicles 17:2 says, “Nathan replied to David, “Whatever you have in mind, do it, for God is with you.”
WE ARE MOST LIKE MOSES IN EXODUS 4:13 which says “13 But Moses said, “Pardon your servant, Lord. Please send someone else.”
In Deuteronomy 18:15 Moses prophesies, “The LORD your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own brothers. You must listen to him” Moshe was God’s suffering servant in the wilderness with the children of Israel as we were led out of darkness into His glorious light. That PROPHET “LIKE ME” the PROPHET who was also PRIEST and KING is none other than YESHUA ben David.
The Greeked out version of “Jesus” that we are told about by the great whore of Rome—looks NOTHING LIKE MOSHE. He doesn’t worship like Moshe, keep the holidays of Moshe—or act in any way like Moshe—which is why Jewish people for the most part do not believe in “Jesus” as the “JEWISH MESSIAH.”
However, when you reintroduce the Jewishness of the story and look at it in that context—then you clearly can see that Yeshua is –was and forever will be the PROPHET LIKE MOSHE who is to come first. Come—FIRST: that is an idiom to “coming to our senses” FIRST. Before Messiah returns then we must first understand what it is that keeps us from receiving Him as King of the Jews.
The sign under which Messiah Yeshua hung upon the Execution Stake—was not one which read “King of the World.” No, it read Yeshua KING OF THE JEWS; Yeshua Messiah –the same—yesterday—today and forever.
Stop chasing the counterfeit and follow hard after the ways of the Jewish people and our Messiah and let the transformation be completed in your life. You have never known a change of attitude like this and what it will bring to you in blessing. Stop worshipping after the ways and doctrines of the Roman Catholic Church—the great Harlot of the book of Revelation and Repent—turn around and run the other way to Israel and her Master Savior Yeshua OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.
Renew your mind to this way of life we call Torah: God’s teaching and instructions on basic living for your time here in the realm of earth and you will find joy unspeakable and power beyond that you have ever known.
A Prophetic Reading of Exodus 4
A-THE STAFF AND THE SNAKE 4:1-5 Num 21:9
B- THE LEPROUS HAND 4:6-7
C- THE TWO MIRACULOUS SIGNS 4:6-7
D- “BROTHER” AHARON IS COMING! 4:14-16;10, 13
E- TAKE THE STAFF!
Beloved, I hope that you have a holiday season that is blessed and peaceful fulfilling and restorative as you seek the God of the Universe. Renew your mind—and the rest will follow.
One final note—in an interesting twist of fate—I was born on Christmas morning in 1962 in Coeurd’Alene, Idaho to my parents Milo Ehrmantrout and the late Judith “Ehrmantrout” of blessed memory. God has blessed me more than I could ever imagine in that I have 5 beautiful Children– and 10 beautiful Grandchildren with more on the way; and a Wife that is YHWH’s personal gift to me in my life. Like many of you—we are not yet perfect, but each day we “Think on whatever is GOOD –PURE—and LOVELY” as Philippians 4:8 tells us to do and we follow the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob: YHWH. This is my 48th birthday and I almost cannot believe that I am in Law School finishing my Juris Doctorate, and that I am a Professional Golfer and Teacher of the Torah. God has been very compassionate to me and I give Him all praise, glory and honor for the 48 wonderful years he has given me on this planet.
This week I went with a dear friend to the hospital to get some test results; and this friend who means a great–great deal to me– was told that he has an advanced form of Cancer and needed to start Chemotherapy as soon as possible. If I think about it hard enough I can still feel the sting of those words as they scrape across my heart to this very moment. Today, as I turn 48—I realize more than ever how short and fragile life is. Make the most of each day—tell those who need to know—how much you love them and hold those Kids and Grandchildren as close as you can –while you can– for in an instant—your whole life can go from care free to a fight for your very survival as it has for our dear friend.
Thank you for your prayers, and pray that my “Friend” is healed in Yeshua’s Name. Good Shabbos to each of you who pray and study here.
Shabbat Shalom and Shavuatov!