Welcome to our friends all over the world! Whoever you are, whatever time of day it is for you, the amazing and wonderful thing is that we are together for this hour, fulfilling Yahuah's prophecy through Yeshua: “This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come!” (Matthew 24:14)
Last week I read the story of Joseph, to you; and I pray it was meaningful and helpful to you. It is an amazing story of how Yahuah Hayah takes the worst behavior His children can dish out and turns it around to accomplish amazing good in the world; and that should encourage the worst of us to look to Him for the best of all things, as we make our way through life!
Being a student of the bible for some 42 years now, I know some things about the story of Joseph that I would like to share with you; because it is only part of the long history recorded in Yahuah's Holy Bible about His work to bring His children into the best of all possible fulfillment!
As we heard Joseph's story unfold last week, we saw how Yahuah Hayah used Joseph's betrayal by his wicked brothers to take him to Egypt, where he caused the Pharaoh of Egypt to agree to a way by which to save Egypt and the world from starvation during a terrible famine! I have to believe that Yahuah caused that famine, to drive Joseph's large family into Egypt; and there was a reason for that move; in fact there were two significant reasons for it; and, since this is a Bible study, I want to take you to a place in the Bible where we see one of those reasons!
During our reading of Joseph's story, we learned that his father Jacob, whom Yahuah Hayah had named Israel, had two wives who were sisters, Leah and Rachel! Leah's response to giving birth to Israel's sixth son by her was to say:
20 God hath endued me with a good dowry; now will my husband dwell with me, because I have born him six sons: and she called his name Zebulun! 21 Afterward she bare a daughter, and called her name Dinah! (Genesis 30:20 and 21)
Dinah became an important part of the story; because, when she grew up, she
1 went out to see the daughters of the land. 2 And when Shechem the son of Hamor the Hivite, prince of the country, saw her, he took her, lay with her and defiled her. 3 And his soul clave, unto Dinah, the daughter of Jacob; He loved the damsel and spake kindly, unto her. 4 So Shechem spake, unto his father Hamor, saying, Get me this damsel to wife! 5 And Jacob heard that he had defiled Dinah, his daughter! His sons were with his cattle in the field: and Jacob held his peace, until they were come. 6 ¶Hamor, the father of Shechem, went out, unto Jacob, to commune with him. 7 The sons of Jacob came out of the field, when they heard it; the men were grieved, and they were very wroth, because he had wrought folly in Israel in lying with Jacob’s daughter; which thing ought not to be done! 8 And Hamor communed, with them, saying, The soul of my son Shechem longeth for your daughter! I pray you give her him to wife! 9 And make ye marriages, with us; give your daughters unto us and take our daughters unto you. 10 And ye shall dwell with us: and the land shall be before you. Dwell and trade ye, therein, and get you possessions therein. 11 Shechem said, unto Dinah's father and unto her brethren, Let me find grace in your eyes, and what ye shall say unto me I will give. 12 Ask me never so much dowry and gift, and I will give according as ye shall say unto me: but give me the damsel to wife! 13 But the sons of Jacob answered Shechem and Hamor, his father, deceitfully, because he had defiled Dinah, their sister! 14 So they said, unto them, We cannot do this thing, to give our sister to one who is uncircumcised! For that were a reproach unto us: 15 But in this will we consent, unto you: If ye will be as we be, that every male of you be circumcised, 16 then will we give our daughters, unto you, and we will take your daughters to us, and we will dwell with you, and we will become one people! 17 But, if ye will not hearken unto us, to be circumcised, then will we take our daughter, and we will be gone! 18 And their words pleased Hamor and Shechem, Hamor’s son! 19 And the young man deferred not to do the thing, because he had delight in Jacob’s daughter! And he was more honorable than all the house of his father. 20 ¶So Hamor and Shechem, his son, came unto the gate of their city and communed with the men of their city, saying, 21 These men are peaceable with us; therefore let them dwell in the land and trade therein; for the land, behold, it is large enough for them. Let us take their daughters to us, for wives, and let us give them our daughters. 22 Only herein will the men consent, unto us, to dwell with us, to be one people, if every male among us be circumcised, as they are circumcised. 23 Shall not their cattle and their substance and every beast of theirs be ours? So let us consent unto them, and they will dwell with us. 24 To Hamor and to Shechem, his son, hearkened all who went out of the gate of his city; and every male was circumcised, all who went out of the gate of his city! 25 ¶And it came to pass on the third day, when they were sore, that two of the sons of Jacob, Simeon and Levi, Dinah’s brethren, took each man his sword, and came upon the city, boldly, and slew all the males! 26 They slew Hamor and Shechem, his son, with the edge of the sword, and took Dinah, out of Shechem’s house, and went out! 27 The sons of Jacob came, upon the slain, and spoiled the city, because they had defiled their sister! 28 They took their sheep, their oxen, their asses, that which was in the city, that which was in the field 29 and all their wealth! All their little ones and their wives took they captive and spoiled even all that was in the house! 30 And Jacob said, to Simeon and Levi, Ye have troubled me, to make me to stink among the inhabitants of the land, among the Canaanites and the Perizzites! I being few in number, they shall gather themselves together, against me, and slay me; and I shall be destroyed, I and my house! 31 And they said, Should he deal with our sister as with an harlot? (Genesis 34:1 to 31)
Were Israel's son's wrong in avenging their sister Dinah with such contempt and violence toward all the people of the man who loved her?
Apparently Yahuah Hayah thought so; for, as the history of His children unfolds, we find His forcing them into Egypt with the famine, which eventually made them subject to tremendous abuse at the hands of the Egyptians! For the Pharaoh who was so grateful for Joseph's deliverance of his people during the famine died and was replaced by another Pharaoh, who said:
9 Behold, the people of the children of Israel are more and mightier than we! 10 Come on, let us deal wisely with them; lest they multiply, and it come to pass, that, when there falleth out any war, they join unto our enemies and fight against us and so get them up out of the land! 11 Therefore, they set over them taskmasters, to afflict them with their burdens. And they built, for Pharaoh, treasure cities, Pithom and Raamses. 12 But the more the Egyptians afflicted them, the more the children of Israel multiplied and grew! And the Egyptians were grieved, because of the children of Israel. 13 And the Egyptians made the children of Israel to serve with rigor! 14 And they made their lives bitter, with hard bondage, in mortar and brick and in all manner of service in the field! And all their service wherein they made them serve was with rigor.! (Exodus 1:9 to 14)
15 ¶The king of Egypt spake to the Hebrew midwives, the name of the one being Shiphrah and the name of the other Puah! 16 And he said, When ye do the office of a midwife to the Hebrew women, if it be a son, then ye shall kill him; but, if it be a daughter, then she shall live! 17 But the midwives feared God and did not as the king of Egypt commanded them but saved the men children alive! 18 And the king of Egypt called for the midwives and said, unto them, Why have ye saved the men children alive? 19 And the midwives said, unto Pharaoh, Because the Hebrew women are not as the Egyptian women; for they are lively and are delivered ere the midwives come in unto them. 20 Therefore, God dealt well with the midwives: and the people multiplied and waxed very mighty! 21 And it came to pass, because the midwives feared God, that he made them houses! 22 But Pharaoh charged all his people, saying, Every son who is born ye shall cast into the river! And every daughter ye shall save alive! (Exodus 1:15 to 22)
So we see, here, two things happening that are helpful to our understanding of how Yahuah Hayah works, both to bless and to curse! First of all is the “rigor” that the Egyptians imposed on the children of Israel. Looking up the word from which “rigor” is a translation, we find that it means to “fracture” or “to break apart”! It speaks of “severity” and is translated elsewhere as “cruelty”! (Strong: Hebrew: 6531) The conduct of Jacob's sons to make a covenant with the people of the man who loved their sister to become a part of Israel by taking the circumcision and then murdering and looting them brought them and their descendants under Yahuah's judgment for 400 years!
In the meanwhile, Yahuah Hayah was fulfilling His prophecy to Abraham:
He brought him forth abroad and said, Look now toward Heaven and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and He said, unto him, So shall thy seed be! (Genesis 15:5)
Thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years; 14 But that nation whom they shall serve will I judge! And afterward shall they come out with great substance! (Genesis 15:13 and 14)
In the same day Yahuah made a covenant, with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates” (Genesis 15:18)
“This land”, which Yahuah Hayah gave to Abraham's children was the land of Canaan, where Israel and his family were living before the famine drove them into Egypt, both to suffer Yahuah's judgment for what they had done to men who had taken His circumcision and their families but also to grow into the mighty nation that He had promised Abraham his children would be!
Egypt's vicious policy of killing off male Israelites led to what the the mother of Moses did to save his life:
1 There went a man of the house of Levi, who took to wife a daughter of Levi. 2 And the woman conceived and bare a son! And, when she saw that he was a goodly child, she hid him three months! 3 And, when she could not longer hide him, she took for him an ark of bulrushes and daubed it with pitch and put the child therein! She laid it in the flags by the river’s brink! 4 And his sister stood afar off, to know what would be done to him. 5 ¶The daughter of Pharaoh came down, to wash herself at the river; and her maidens walked along by the river’s side! And, when she saw the ark among the flags, she sent her maid to fetch it. 6 When she had opened it, she saw the child: and, behold, the babe wept! And she had compassion, on him, and said, This is one of the Hebrews’ children. 7 Then said his sister to Pharaoh’s daughter, Shall I go and call to thee a nurse of the Hebrew women, that she may nurse the child for thee? 8 And Pharaoh’s daughter said, to her, Go! So the maid went and called the child’s mother! 9 And Pharaoh’s daughter said, unto her, Take this child away and nurse it, for me, and I will give thee thy wages! So the mother of the child took the child and nursed it. 10 The child grew; she brought him unto Pharaoh’s daughter, and he became her son. And she called his name Moses, she said, Because I drew him out of the water! (Exodus 2:1 to 10)
So Yahuah had in place the child who would become the man He used to deliver His children from the “rigor” or “cruelty” of Egypt and bring them to the land of Canaan, which He had promised Abraham would be theirs!
But Yahuah Hayah's promises to us are not fulfilled, until His children ask Him for them, which requires that one believe that He will do what His child asks! And the children of Israel did not understand His purpose for returning them to that land, even though He had told Moses that it would be “a good land and a large, ... a land flowing with milk and honey”! (Exodus 3:8)
The biggest problem Yahuah Hayah's children had with the promised land was that it was full of “giants, the sons of Anak, who come of the giants; We were, in our own sight, as grasshoppers,” they said; “and so we were in their sight”. (Numbers 13:33)
In contrast to that report was the report of Joshua and Caleb, who were men of faith among them, who said: “The land that we passed through to search it is an exceedingly good land. 8 If Yahuah delight in us, then He will bring us into this land and give it to us, a land that floweth with milk and honey!” (Numbers 14:7 and 8)
So Yahuah Hayah said, through Moses, to the children of His who were without faith: “Your children shall wander in the wilderness forty years and bear your whoredoms, until your carcases be wasted in the wilderness!” (Numbers 14:33)
But the children of this older generation, who had known only the supernatural care of Yahuah Hayah in the wilderness, would have the faith by which to trust Him to overcome the inhabitants of the land of Canaan for them; so they would go on in and inhabit it.
So a land of His chosen people, the children of Israel, would be established, in which He would cause Yeshua, His Son, to be born, to establish “31 a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah, 32 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, which covenant they brake, although I was an Husband, unto them, saith Yahuah! 33 But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith Yahuah, I will put My law in their inward parts and write it in their hearts! And I will be their God, and they shall be My people!” (Jeremiah 31:31 to 33)
To prepare His children for the day when He would establish this “New Covenant”, Yahuah Hayah said, through Yeshua, through Moses:
18 I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee! I will put My words in His mouth; He shall speak, unto them, all that I shall command Him; 19 and it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto My words, which He shall speak in My name, I will require it of him. (Deuteronomy 18:18 and 19)
And, when Yahuah Hayah did send Yeshua to Earth, to walk among His children and teach them, Yeshua said:
I have not spoken of Myself; but the Father Who sent Me, He gave Me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak! 50 And I know that His commandment is life everlasting! (John 12:49 and 50)
So, when we believe Yeshua, we are believing Yahuah Hayah! He said, through Yeshua:
God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life! (John 3:16)
So believing Yeshua is to believe Yahuah Hayah, which is to “not perish but have everlasting life”, which figures, if Yahuah's “commandment is life everlasting”, which is why Yeshua said:
If thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments! (Matthew 19:17)
Yeshua was answering the question: “What good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?” (Matthew 19:16) So, He was talking about “eternal life”, when He said through Moses: “I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing” (Deuteronomy 30:19) and when He said through Moses: “Set your hearts unto all the words that I testify among you this day, which ye shall command your children to observe to do, all the words of this law! 47 For it is not a vain thing, for you; because it is your life!” (Deuteronomy 32:46 and 47) He wrote, through His author:
Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today and for ever! (Hebrews 13:8)
For Yeshua was “the Word” of God (John 1:1), from “the beginning”! (Verse 1); He was “with God” (Verse 1); and He “was God”. (Verse 1)
14 And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth! 15 ¶John bare witness of Him, crying, This was He of whom I spake! He Who cometh after me is preferred before me: for He was before me. 16 And of His fulness have all we received and grace for grace! 17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ! (John 1:14 to 17)
But Yeshua Himself said, of Moses: “46 He wrote of Me. 47 So, if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe My words?” (John 5:46 and 47) And to believe Him is to “not perish but have everlasting life”! (John 3:16)
To have “everlasting life” one must go to Heaven! And Yeshua said: “Except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of Heaven!” (Matthew 5:20) And where is that “righteousness” found? In Yahuah Hayah's Torah, where He said, through Yeshua, through Moses:
It shall be our righteousness, if we observe to do all these commandments before Yahuah, our God! (Deuteronomy 6:25)
I have jumped into the middle of the New Testament from clear back when Moses led the children of Israel into the promised land! So let us back up and give Yeshua's birth some attention: His apostle wrote:
26 The angel Gabriel was sent, from God, unto a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David! And the virgin’s name was Mary. 28 The angel came in, unto her, and said, Hail, thou who art highly favored, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women! 29 And, when she saw him, she was troubled, at his saying, and cast, in her mind, what manner of salutation this should be! 30 The angel said, unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favor with God! 31 And, behold, thou shalt conceive, in thy womb, and bring forth a Son and shalt call His name JESUS! (Luke 1:26 to 31)
I am going to stop here and help you to understand why I keep calling this Person of God “Yeshua”! It is because the Messianic Jews, who accept Him as their Messiah, call Him “Yeshua”, which is their Hebrew equivalent of “Jesus”! And I believe, at least for the names of the Godhead, as my way of honoring Them, in using Hebrew, the language that Yahuah Hayah gave to His children of Israel. So Yahuah Hayah is the name I use for God; and ha Kodesh Ruach is the name I use for His Holy Spirit! Now, to continue with Gabriel's announcement to Mary:
32 He shall be great and shall be called the Son of the Highest! And Yahuah God shall give, unto Him, the throne of His father David! 33 And He shall reign, over the house of Jacob for ever! And of His kingdom there shall be no end! (Luke 1:32 and 33)
34 Then said Mary, unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? 35 And the angel answered and said, unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore that holy one who shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God! 36 And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she, also, hath conceived a son, in her old age! And this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren! 37 For with God nothing is impossible. 38 And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of Yahuah; be it unto me according to thy word! And the angel departed from her. (Luke 1:34 to 38)
18 The birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost! 19 Then Joseph, her husband, being a just man and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily. 20 But, while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of Yahuah appeared, unto him, in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary, thy wife! For Him Who is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost! 21 And she shall bring forth a Son, and thou shalt call His name JESUS! For He shall save His people from their sins! 22 Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of Yeshua by the prophet, saying, 23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child and shall bring forth a Son! And they shall call His name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. 24 Then Joseph, being raised from sleep, did as the angel of Yahuah had bidden him and took, unto him, his wife 25 and knew her not, till she had brought forth her firstborn Son: and Joseph called his name JESUS! (Matthew 1:18 to 25)
1 It came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed! 2 (This taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria!) 3 So all went to be taxed, every one into his own city! 4 And Joseph, also, went up, from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; because he was of the house and lineage of David, 5 to be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child! 6 And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered!. 7 And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes and laid Him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn! 8 There were, in the same country, shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night! 9 And, lo, the angel of Yahuah came upon them, and the glory of Yahuah shone round about them: and they were sore afraid! 10 And the angel said, unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people! 11 For unto you is born, this day, in the city of David, a Savior, Who is Christ the Lord! 12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger! 13 And, suddenly, there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, 14 Glory to God, in the highest, and, on Earth, peace, good will toward men! As the angels were gone away from them into Heaven, the shepherds said, one to another, Let us now go, even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing that is come to pass, which Yahuah hath made known unto us. 16 And they came with haste and found Mary, Joseph and the babe lying in a manger! 17 And, when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child. 18 And all they who heard it wondered at those things that were told them by the shepherds! 19 But Mary kept all these things and pondered them, in her heart! 20 So the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God, for all the things that they had heard and seen! (Luke 2:1 to 20)
1 When Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, 2 saying, Where is He Who is born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star, in the East, and are come to worship Him. 3 When Herod, the king, heard these things, he was troubled and all Jerusalem with him. 4 When he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born! 5 And they said, unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet, 6 Thou, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, art not the least among the princes of Judah: for out of thee shall come a Governor, Who shall rule My people Israel! 7 Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, inquired, of them, diligently, what time the star appeared! 8 And he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, Go and search diligently for the young Child; and, when ye have found Him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship Him also! 9 So, when they had heard the king, they departed! And, lo, the star that they saw in the East went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was! 10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy! 11 ¶And, when they were come into the house, they saw the young Child, with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him: and, when they had opened their treasures, they presented, unto Him, gifts - gold, frankincense and myrrh! (Matthew 2:1 to 11)
12 Being warned, of God, in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way! 13 And, when they were departed, behold, the angel of Yahuah appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise and take the young Child and His mother and flee into Egypt, and be thou there, until I bring thee word! For Herod will seek the young Child to destroy Him. 14 When he arose, he took the young Child and his mother, by night, and departed into Egypt 15 and was there until the death of Herod, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of Yahuah by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my Son! 16 ¶Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceedingly wroth and sent forth and slew all the children who were in Bethlehem and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time that he had diligently inquired of the wise men. 17 Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying, 18 In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, who would not be comforted, because they are not! 19 ¶But, when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of Yahuah appeared, in a dream, to Joseph, in Egypt, 20 saying, Arise and take the young Child and his mother and go into the land of Israel! For they are dead who sought the young Child’s life! 21 And he arose and took the young Child and his mother and came into the land of Israel! 22 But, when he heard that Archelaus reigned in Judaea in the room of his father Herod, he was afraid to go thither! And, being warned of God in a dream, he turned aside into parts of Galilee: 23 And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, He shall be called a Nazarene! (Matthew 2:12 to 23)
21 When eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, his name was called JESUS, which was so named of the angel before he was conceived in the womb! 22 And, when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were accomplished, they brought Him to Jerusalem, to present him to Yahuah! 23 As it is written in the law of Yahuah, Every male who openeth the womb shall be called holy to Yahuah. 24 And they offered a sacrifice according to that which is said in the law of Yahuah, A pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons! 25 And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon! He was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel! And the Holy Ghost was upon him. 26 And it was revealed, unto him, by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen Yahuah’s Christ! 27 And he came by the Spirit into the temple! And, when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him after the custom of the law, 28 then took he him up, in his arms, and blessed God, saying, 29 Lord, now lettest Thou thy servant depart in peace, according to Thy word! 30 For mine eyes have seen Thy salvation, 31 which Thou hast prepared before the face of all people! 32 a light to lighten the Gentiles and the glory of thy people Israel! 33 And Joseph and his mother marveled at those things that were spoken of Him. 34 And Simeon blessed them and said, unto Mary his mother, Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel and for a sign that shall be spoken against; 35 yea, a sword shall pierce through thine own soul, that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed! (Luke 2:21 to 35)
36 There also was one Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Aser! She was of a great age; she had lived with an husband seven years from her virginity; 37 and she was a widow of about fourscore and four years [which is eighty-four years in our language], who departed not, from the temple, but served God, with fastings and prayers, night and day! 38 Coming in that instant, she gave thanks likewise, unto Yahuah, and spake of Yeshua to all them who looked for redemption in Jerusalem! (Luke 2:36 to 38)
39 When Mary and Joseph had performed all things according to the law of Yahuah, they returned to Galilee, to their own city Nazareth! 40 The Child grew and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom! And the grace of God was upon Him. (Luke 2:39 and 40)
This Bible study has brought us from the trial of the children of Israel in Egypt through their deliverance by Moses, through their being established in the land of Israel and through the birth and childhood of Yeshua in that land, Who being "the Word" of Yahuah Hayah, our Creator and King, would become our Friend, King, Savior and Redeemer! So I am looking forward to our meeting next Sabbath, for another "holy convocation" (Leviticus 23:3), during which we will see how Yeshua did become all of those amazing things for us, Yahuah's beloved children!