Jeremiah 31:31-34


Behold, the days come”, says YHWH, “that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah; not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; forasmuch as they broke My covenant, although I was a ruler over them”, says YHWH.

“But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days”, says YHWH:

I will put My law in their inward parts, and in their heart will I write it; and I will be their Elohim, and they shall be My people;  and they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying: ‘Know YHWH’; for they shall all know Me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them”, says YHWH; “for I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin will I remember no more.”

There are several things I see in this passage.

  1. This new covenant is only made with the house of Israel and the house of Judah.  My conclusion would be that if a person does not consider themselves and/or behave as the house of Israel or Judah, this covenant does not belong to them
  2. The covenant is: YHWH putting His TORAH inside of His people, in their hearts, so that they no longer have to teach it, everyone KNOWS Him.  This does not sound like Torah observance will stop, but rather that it will be followed from the heart and with devotion and love.  It also sounds like something in the future.  I don’t see in history or in our present day that this is true.
  3. The final part of the covenant is that He will forgive their iniquity and remember their sin no more.  Is this as a result of everyone observing Torah from the heart?  It seems to be implied, but it does not say directly.

 

I  am doing some studying today and this passage came up in the process.  Does anyone have thoughts they want to share?  Post them in the comments!

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A Prayer for Ephraim and Manasseh


Eagle above oceanThis period of time preceding Yom Kippur is traditionally a period of introspection, reconciliation and repentance before the King, so that we may enter the new year as a bride without spot or blemish, having already dealt with our own sins, and without holding on to bitterness or resentment toward others.  With that in mind, I found a thoughtprovoking and soul searching prayer at Torah Driven Life . com that I wanted to share with you all.  Won’t you pray this with me?

A Prayer for the Days of Awe (Adapted from Daniel 9:4-19 and Psalm 80)

O YHWH, the great and awesome Elohim, Who keeps covenant and mercy with them that love You and keep Your commandments: we have sinned and done wrong, acted wickedly and rebelled, and have turned aside from Your commandments and from Your ordinances; neither have we listened to Your servants the prophets, that spoke in Your name to our kings, our princes, and our fathers, and to all the people of the land.

To You, O Yah, belongs righteousness; but to us belongs open shame, as at this day; to the men of Ephraim, to those who live as foreigners in a foreign land, and to all Israel, that are near, and that are far off, through all the countries to which You have driven them, because they dealt treacherously with You. O YHWH, to us belongs open shame, to our kings, our princes, and our fathers, because we have sinned against You.

To YHWH our Elohim belongs compassion and forgiveness; for we have rebelled against Him; neither have we listened to the voice of YHWH our Elohim, to walk in His laws, which He set before us by His servants the prophets.

All Israel has transgressed Your Torah, and has turned aside, so as not to listen to Your voice; and so there has been poured out upon us the curse and the oath that is written in the Torah of Moses the servant of El; for we have sinned against Him. And He has confirmed His Word, which He spoke against us, and against our judges that judged us, by bringing upon us a great evil.

As it is written in the Torah of Moses, all this evil is come upon us; yet have we not sought the favor of YHWH our Elohim, that we might turn from our iniquities, and have discernment in Your truth. And so YHWH has watched over the evil, and brought it upon us; for YHWH our Elohim is righteous in all His works which He has done, and we have not listened to His voice.

And now, O YHWH our Elohim, that has brought Your people forth out of the land of Egypt with a mighty hand, and has made Your name renown, as at this day: we have sinned, we have done wickedly.

O Yah according to all Your righteousness, let Your anger and Your fury, I pray You, be turned away from us.

Now therefore, O our El, listen to the prayer of Your servants, and to our supplications, and cause Your face to shine upon us, for Yah’s sake.

O our El, incline Your ear, and hear; open Your eyes, and behold; for we do not present our supplications before You because of our righteousness, but because of Your great compassion.

O YHWH, hear; O Yah, forgive; O Yah, attend and do, and do not defer; for Your own sake, O our El, because Your name is called upon Your people.

Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, You that lead Joseph like a flock; You that are enthroned upon the cherubim, shine forth! Before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh, stir up Your might, and come to save us.

O Elohim, restore us, and cause Your face to shine; and we shall be saved.

O YHWH Elohim of hosts, how long will You be angry against the prayer of Your people? You have fed them with the bread of tears, and given them tears to drink in large measure. You make us a strife to our neighbors; and our enemies mock as they please.

O Elohim of hosts, restore us, and cause Your face to shine; and we shall be saved. You plucked up a vine out of Egypt; and You drove out the nations, and planted it. You cleared a place before it, and it took deep root, and filled the land. The mountains were covered with its shadow, and the mighty cedars with its boughs. She sent out her branches to the sea, and her shoots to the River.

Why have You broken down her fences, so that all they that pass by the way do pluck her? The boar out of the wood ravages it, and that which moves in the field feeds on it.

O Elohim of hosts, return, we beseech You; look from heaven, and behold, and be mindful of this vine, and of the stock which Your right hand has planted, and the branch that You made strong for Yourself. It is burned with fire, it is cut down; they perish at the rebuke of Your countenance.

Let Your hand be upon the man of Your right hand, upon the son of man whom You made strong for Yourself. So shall we not turn back from You; give us life, and we will call upon Your name.

O YHWH, Elohim of hosts, restore us; cause Your face to shine, and we shall be saved.

The Wisdom of Proverbs – Chapter 14


Every wise woman has built her house, But the foolish breaks it down with her hands.

He who walks in his straightness fears יהוה, But he whose ways are crooked despises Him.

In the mouth of a fool is a rod of pride, But the lips of the wise guard them.

Where there are no oxen, the crib is clean; But from the strength of an ox comes much increase.

A trustworthy witness does not lie, But a false witness breathes out lies.

A scoffer shall seek wisdom but find none, But knowledge is swift to him who has understanding.

Leave the presence of a foolish man, For you shall not perceive the lips of knowledge.

The wisdom of the clever is to understand His way, But the folly of fools is deceit.

Fools scoff at guilt, But among the straight there is delight.

The heart knows its own bitterness, And no stranger shares its joy.

The house of the wrong is destroyed, But the tent of the straight flourishes.

There is a way which seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.

Even in laughter the heart is in pain, And the end of that joy is heaviness.

The backslider in heart is satisfied with his own ways, But a good man is satisfied from his.

The simple believes every word, But the clever one watches his step.

The wise fears and turns away from evil, But a fool rushes on and is reckless.

He who is impatient acts foolishly, And a man who plans wickedness is hated.

The simple shall inherit folly, But the clever are crowned with knowledge.

The evil ones shall bow before the good, And the wrong ones at the gates of the righteous.

The poor is hated even by his own neighbour, But the rich has many friends.

He who despises his neighbour sins; But he who shows favour to the poor, O blessed is he.

Do not those who plan evil go astray? But kindness and truth are to those who plan good.

In all labour there is profit, But talk of the lips leads only to poverty.

The crown of the wise is their wealth, The folly of fools is folly.

A true witness saves lives, But he who breathes out lies is a betrayer.

In the fear of יהוה is strong trust, And His children have a place of refuge.

The fear of יהוה is a fountain of life, To turn away from the snares of death.

In a multitude of people is a sovereign’s splendour, But in the lack of people is the ruin of a prince.

He who is patient has great understanding, But he who is short of spirit exalts folly.

A healthy heart is life to the body, But envy is rottenness to the bones.

He who oppresses the poor reproaches his Maker, But he who esteems Him shows favour to the needy.

By his own evildoing the wrong is thrust down, But the righteous has a refuge in his death.

Wisdom rests in the heart of him who has understanding, And even among fools it becomes known.

Righteousness exalts a nation, But sin is a reproach to peoples.

The sovereign’s delight is toward a wise servant, But his wrath is towards him who causes shame.

Isaiah Chapter 2


Another powerful passage from Isaiah, the prophet.

The word that Yeshayahu the son of Amots saw concerning Yehuḏah and Yerushalayim:

And it shall be in the latter days that the mountain of the House of יהוה is established on the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills. And ALL NATIONS shall flow to it.  And many peoples shall come and say, “Come, and let us go up to the mountain of יהוה, to the House of the Elohim of Ya‛aqoḇ, and let Him teach us His ways, and let us walk in His paths, for out of Tsiyon comes forth the Torah, and the Word of יהוה from Yerushalayim.”

And He shall judge between the nations, and shall reprove many peoples.

And they shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither teach battle any more.

O house of Ya‛aqoḇ, come and let us walk in the light of יהוה.

For You have forsaken Your people, the house of Ya‛aqoḇ, because

  • they have been filled from the East,
  • and practise magic like the Philistines,
  • and they are pleased with the children of foreigners.
  • And their land is filled with silver and gold,
  • and there is no end to their treasures.
  • And their land is filled with horses,
  • and there is no end to their chariots.
  • And their land is filled with idols; they bow themselves to the work of their own hands, to what their own fingers have made.
  • And the lowly bows down,
  • and the high is humbled;

therefore You do not forgive them.

Enter into the rock, and hide in the dust, because of the fear of יהוה and the splendour of His excellency.

The lofty looks of man shall be humbled, the pride of men shall be bowed down, and יהוה ALONE shall be exalted in that day.

For יהוה of hosts has a day against all that is proud and lofty, against all that is lifted up, so that it is brought low; and against all the cedars of Leḇanon that are high and lifted up, and against all the oaks of Bashan; and against all the high mountains, and against all the hills that are lifted up; and against every lofty tower, and against every strong wall; and against all the ships of Tarshish, and against all the desirable craft. And the loftiness of man shall be bowed down, and the pride of men shall be brought low. And יהוה ALONE shall be exalted in that day, and the idols completely pass away. And they shall go into the holes of the rocks, and into the caves of the earth, from dread of יהוה and the splendour of His excellency, when He arises to shake the earth mightily.

In that day man shall throw away his idols of silver and his idols of gold, which they made, each for himself to worship, to the moles and bats, to go into the clefts of the rocks, and into the crags of the rugged rocks, because of the fear of יהוה and the splendour of His excellency, when He arises to shake the earth mightily.

Cease from man, whose breath is in his nostrils, for in what is he to be reckoned upon?