Wednesday 20th of September 2017
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MIKVEH IN THE KANAGANVALLEY

And Elohim said, “Let the MAYIM (waters) under the SHAMAYIM (heaven) be Qavah (gathered together)
unto ECHAD (one) MAQOWM (place), and let the YABAHSHA (dry) ERETZ (land)
RA’AH (see or appear): and it was so. And Elohim QARA (called) the dry [land] Earth;
and the Mikveh (gathering together) of the MAYIM (waters) QARA (called) He YAM (Seas):
and Elohim saw that [it was] good.

B’resheet / Genesis 1:9, 10

Each Shabbat the disciples of Yeshua enter into a Miqra HaKodesh unto YHWH. Each annual High Day of the Feasts of YHWH are Miqra HaKodesh unto YHWH. Each soul has a unique calling to return and make Teshuva unto YHWH and be joined with Him for all these special days. Mikveh symbolizes the coming together of the waters, which makes that symbolic place for a person to enter into a Life in Mashiyach. Elohim Qara = Elohim called the waters together and He is also calling His People unto Himself, every soul on earth has endures a separation from YHWH because of sin, and because of being born into families who have refused to give thanks to YHWH for the live he has given them, and to sanctify the Name of YHWH and live according to His Torah.

Shemot 23: 3 “Six days shall work be done: but the seventh day [is] the Sabbath of rest, an KADOSH (holy) MIQRA (convocation) ; you shall do no work [therein]: it [is] the Shabbat of YHWH in all your dwellings.

The miqra (gathering) of YHWH’s people is vitally important to understand, Miqra is most often translated as “convocation”, but there are also places where this word is hidden in Scripture, for example: Bamidbar 10:2 “Make thee two trumpets of silver; of a whole piece shall you make them: that you may use them for the MIQRA (calling) of the assembly, and for the journeying of the camps.” The calling of the assembly is not only a physical voice broadcasting the calling, but more importantly this is the Ruach HaKodesh which is speaking to us, calling us to gather with YHWH and His people.

Nehemiah 8:6 “And Ezra blessed YHWH, the great Elohim. And all the people answered, Amen, Amen, with lifting up their hands: and they bowed their heads, and worshipped YHWH with [their] faces to the ground. 7 Also 1) Jeshua, and 2) Bani, and 3) Sherebiah, 4) Jamin, 5) Akkub, 6) Shabbethai, 7) Hodijah, 8) Maaseiah, 9) Kelita, 10) Azariah, 11) Jozabad, 12) Hanan, 13) Pelaiah, and the Levites, caused the people to understand the Torah: and the people [stood] in their place. 8 So they read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused [them] to understand the MIQRA (reading).” Note that the word MIQRA has been translated as “reading”, but the reality is that the READING within much of Torah has to do with the calling and obedience of YHWH’s people. Undoubtedly these 13 men were helping the people of Israel understand how to observe Torah, which of course means to draw close to YHWH and be His people. Torah is not an external, cerebral theological book, it is about having a relationship with YHWH and His people based on the moral, just and righteous requirements that YHWH has set forth for all people. Therefore the Mikveh is a demonstration of the relationship one is having with YHWH, together with His people.

A brief side note here, look at the names of these 13 men and what they mean, 13 of course being the number of unity. Each one has a unique, meaningful name so does every soul on earth, each man here has an identity and calling unique to their own soul, and so it is that everyone who has a mikveh into YHWH and His Mashiyach do so to by their own personal revelation according to YHWH and His Mashiyach.

YeshuaBaniSherebiahJaminAkkub

Shabbethai

Hodiyah

Maaseiah

Kelita

Azariah

Jozabad

Hanan

Pelaiah

Yah’s SalvationBuiltYah scorched (glare, burnt)Right HandInsidious (from Akav as in supplant, take by the heal)

Sabbatical

Majesty of Yah

Work of Yah

Crippled or Stunted

Yah has helped

Yah has endowed

He is Merciful

Yah does wonders

The Mikveh or Immersion or Baptism is required by YHWH for all people of Yisrael as a sign between them. From ancient times, we are commanded to be immersed in “living waters”. We are called to gather unto YHWH and unto His people in the Malchut Elohim. Each soul who puts their trust in Yeshua makes up the Body of Mashiyach, the Family who belong to YHWH and His Mashiyach, who are One People. The Mikveh indicates this coming together of souls, just as the water is gathered together in one place to make a body of water. If we consider the physical properties of our bodies, we know that our bodies are mostly composed of water. Blood is made up of 83 percent water, bones are 22 percent water, muscle is 75 percent water, the average body contains more than 50% water. From a physical perspective when a person is immersed in water, they become one with the water that surrounds them, rather than the usual air environment. During the Mikveh a person must be totally immersed in water, which means they have to hold their breath as if they were dead, and of course the symbol of this is burial and resurrection. The “old man” is buried and the “new man” comes forth from the water.

Torah uses and demonstrates how water is used to clean, restore and make pure, but we also know that people are to be joined together as water is joined together into one. We get a picture of water flowing through the streams, lakes and rivers and finding it’s way into the oceans to be “joined together” and when we look upon the ocean we see One Body of water which ultimately has One Name, coming from many places. The Mikveh shows the gathering together of the waters, and we see that we are to join ourselves with YHWH and His People as the waters of the mikveh. These waters must be alive, (living waters) that are flowing, not stagnant. YHWH Himself refers to Himself as the Fountain of Living waters.

Yeremeyahu 2:13 “For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the MAQOR fountain of MAYIM (waters) CHAYIM (living), [and] hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water .

John 4:13 “Yeshua answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinks of this water shall thirst again: 14 But whosoever drinks of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.”

John 7:38 He that believeth on me, as the Scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.

We know that Yeshua refers to the Maqor Mayim Chayim (fountain of living water) which is the Ruach HaKodesh that sustains our spiritual lives in Mashiyach. It is through the confession of sins and acknowledgement of YHWH and His Mashiyach that we enter into New Life through the waters of the Mikveh. YHWH has called us to be gathered together to Himself in newness of life, after the Spirit, not after our old former ways of living.

Acts 2:38. Shimon said to them, “Repent and be immersed each of you in the name of Master YHWH–Y’shua[1]– for the forgiveness of sins, that you may receive the gift of the Spirit of Holiness. 39. For to you was the promise, and to your children, and to all those who are far away whom Elohim will call. 40. And with many other words he would witness to them and he would beseech them while saying, Save (yourselves) from this perverse generation.” 41. And some of them readily received his word and believed and were immersed. And there were added in that day about three thousand souls. 42. And they were steadfast in their teaching of the Apostles and they were fellowshipping in prayer and in the breaking of bread. 43. And fear came to every soul, and signs and many mighty deeds occurred by the hands of the Apostles in Urishlim.

Acts 4:12. And there is not salvation by another man[2] for there is not another name under heaven which is given to men by which it is proper to have life!”

Acts 10:44. And while Shimon was speaking these words, the Spirit of Holiness rested on all of them who were hearing the Word. 45. And the brothers, those circumcised, who came with him, were amazed and astonished that the gift of the Spirit was even poured out upon Gentiles. 46. For they were hearing them speaking in different tongues and they were magnifying Elohim. And Shimon was saying, 47. “<Why> can any man forbid water that those should not be immersed, who behold have received the Spirit of Holiness as we [have].” 48. Then he commanded them to be immersed in the name of our Master Y’shua the Messiah[3].

Romans 6: 1. What shall we then say? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? 2. Far be it: for if we are persons that have died to sin, how can we again live in it? 3. Or do you not know, that we who are immersed into Y’shua the Messiah, are immersed into his death? 4 For we are buried with him in immersion to death; that as Y’shua the Messiah arose from the dead into the glory of his Father, so also we, to walk in a new life. 5. For if we have been planted together with him into the likeness of his death, so shall we be also into his resurrection. 6. For we know, that our old man is crucified with him; that the body of sin might be abolished, and we be no more servants to sin: 7. For he that is dead [to it], is emancipated from sin. 8. If then we are dead with Messiah, let us believe that we shall live with the same Messiah. 9. For we know that Messiah rose from the dead, and no more dies; death has no dominion over him. 10. For in dying, he died for sin, once; and in living, he lives to Elohim. 11. So also do you account yourselves as being dead to sin, and alive to Elohim, through our Master Y’shua the Messiah. 12. Therefore let not sin reign in your dead body, so that you obey its lusts. 13. And also give not up your members as instruments of evil to sin, but give up yourselves to Elohim, as those who have been resuscitated from the dead; and let your members be instruments for the righteousness of Elohim. 14. And sin shall not have dominion over you; for you are not under the Torah, but under grace. 15. What then? Shall we sin, because we are not under the Torah, but under grace? May it never be! 16. Know you not, that to whomsoever you give up yourselves to serve in bondage, his servants you are, whom you serve; whether it be to sin, or whether it be to righteousness, that you give ear? 17. But thanks be to Elohim, that you were [once] the servants of sin but have [now] from the heart obeyed that form of doctrine to which you are devoted. 18. And when you were emancipated from sin, you became servants to righteousness.

Colossians 2: 11. And in him you have been circumcised with a circumcision without hands, by casting off the flesh of sins, by a circumcision of the Messiah. 12. And you have been buried with him, by immersion; and by it you have risen with him; while you believed in the power of Elohim, who raised him from the dead. 13. And you, who were dead in your sins, and by the uncircumcision of your flesh, he has resurrected with him; and he has forgiven us all our sins: 14. and, by his mandates, he blotted out the handwriting of our debts, which [handwriting] existed against us, and took [it] from the midst, and affixed [it] to his stake. 15. And, by yielding up his body, he showed contempt for principalities and authorities; and put them to shame, openly, in his own person. 16. Let no (pagan)[4] therefore judge you about food and drink, or about the distinctions of festivals, and new moons, and Shabbats;

1 Corinthians 12: 12. For as the body is one, and in it are many members; and all those members of the body, though many, are one body; so also is the Messiah.[5] 13. For all of us, likewise, by one Spirit, have been immersed into one body, whether Jews or Arameans[6], whether slaves or free; and all of us have drank in one Spirit. 14. For a body also, is not one member, but many.

Galatians 3: 26. For you are all the children of Elohim by faith in Y’shua the Messiah. 27. For those who have been immersed in Messiah, have been clothed[7] with Messiah. 28. For there is neither Jew nor Aramean, nor slave nor free, nor male nor female, but you are all one in Y’shua the Messiah. 29. And if you are of the Messiah, then you are seeds of Awraham and inheritors by the promise.

YHWH be with you,

Shalom U’Vrachot,

Baruch Ben Daniel
[1] MarYah and Y’shua appear next to one another! Therefore Keefa is saying that the divine part of Y’shua and YHWH Himself are one and the same, he is referring to Him in both ways.

[2] In other words, no other human can claim the title of Messiah and only the true Messiah can assume the name of YHWH, in which there is total power. The only man who was pierced with the Spirit of YHWH inside him (Zechariah 12:10) is He who was conceived by the Ruach HaKodesh. Without these vital qualifications other candidates are null and void. The ONE Name under heaven is YHWH, Y’shua’s name points to YHWH. But notice that not only did christo-paganism choose to switch and replace the authority of the Name of YHWH with “the son”, but it also imparted a division within diety and coined a Grecianized name, thereby attempting to annul the Word of YHWH, and the authority within the office of Mashiyach that is sealed in and by the Name of YHWH.

[3] Because they acknowledged that Y’shua was YHWH, and that YHWH is salvation (verse 36 ).

[4] Pagans outside the Malchut Elohim who know not Torah or Messiah, were and are still judging Netzarim (Nazarene) and Elohim Fearers who are diligently keeping the Faith. Given the location of the audience, and the fact that Rav Shaul always references Jews directly, it is clear that Rav Shaul is referring to the talk of the pagans who dominate the region.

[5] One the clearest statements about “Godhead” in the entire NT. The relationship between YHWH and Y’shua is like that of the mind/head to a limb of the body. The arm is not a separate entity from the body, nor does it move in any way other than with the full power and intent of the mind. Y’shua is literally the arm of YHWH in this manner (Exodus 6:6, 23:20-22, Isaiah 53:1). This statement by Rav Shaul proves this idea is not some modernized Nazarene doctrine, but the original doctrine of Mashiyach which is founded in the Tanakh, not the expansion of this in verses 14-28.

[6] Again the word is “Armaya”—Arameans. All the tribes of Israel are comprised of Hebrews and Arameans. Others graft in to the faith though both Messiah and Torah observance. Rav Shaul is assuming his audience is similarly grafted in.

[7] That is, as a garment wraps a person inside. This is a very common idiom in both Hebrew and Aramaic. Rav Shaul uses it elsewhere in Ephesians when talking about putting on the armor of Elohim and the breastplate of righteousness. A very similar idiomatic usage, “clothed a zeal like a cloak”, is found in Isaiah 59:17.

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