Exodus 5 Observations
Exodus 5 :21 Pharaoh abhorred and detested the Children of Israel already. His enslaving them was evidence of that. Instead of rebuking and getting upset with Moses and Aaron, they should have been upset at Pharaoh and they should have cried out to YAH.
We have to be careful ourselves with this in every area of our life where we are genuinely oppressed or at least, “feel” that we are. Such a situation and/or feeling will drive us— if we let this—to sin with our mouths and/or sin with our actions against those who are not even the source of the oppression.
In desperation to receive some sort of relief in the oppression, it is easy to blame others who are absolutely not responsible for the oppression, even though, on the surface this may appear to be so.
How do we overcome this? Paul shows us one way. He points out what was more obvious in his time. This has not been so obvious in ours, but is coming out of concealment more and more each day. Paul wrote in Ephesians 6:12:
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
People are not our adversary. More and more these days, I am convinced that we are either controlled by YAH or by wicked entities. I know that sounds radical, but according to the written Word of YAH, this is truth.
I have a few questions about this verse. Do we think we can overcome dark forces by fleshly thoughts, attitudes, and means? Do we see neutrality in Paul’s statement in Ephesians? Do we see atheism?
I don’t believe in that. Therefore it cannot exist. La, la, la, la (fingers sticking in ears). I’m not listening. I don’t hear you. So the spiritual world and the Creator are not real. Therefore, my beef is with people and not devils.
In Paul’s statement, do we see agnosticism?
I don’t care one way or another if there is a spiritual world. I’m going to live my life and not think about such things. If I don’t care and I don’t acknowledge this, then devils/demons cannot affect me.
Neither of these attitudes are valid according to Scripture.
Also note that there is a big and significant NOT in Paul’s statement–NOT against flesh and blood. If the leaders of the Children of Israel had realized who or what their true enemy was, they would not have derided Moses and Aaron who were flesh and blood just as they were. They would have realized that mere flesh and blood would not have treated them so cruely unless flesh and blood is influenced, controlled and/or possessed by principalities, powers, rulers of the darkness of this world, spiritual wickedness in high places.
We are all done for if we think that we, mere flesh and blood, can vote cruelty (principalities, powers, rulers of the darkness of this world, spiritual wickedness in high places) away. Flesh is no match for these. Also, true is that these agents of cruelty are no match for the Most High, the Mighty, Mighty Elohim who is waiting on us to get more and more uncomfortable in our ease that we begin to cry out to Him for deliverance.
As beings, we can not just wish anything in creation away. Therefore, when we are aware of this truth, we understand that there are only two streams—freshwater or bitter water—that can flow out of us.
Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter? Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh. James 3:11-12
The source of all oppression is not from flesh and blood. Rather, the source is the occupants, either in or around individuals—even us when we miss the mark when we move and/or moved out of our position of being submitted and committed to Abba’s loving instruction—that compel unrighteous thoughts, actions and attitudes.
Exodus 6 Observations
Exodus 6:2-3 Another example of the connection of YAHUAH to His covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob before He performs a mighty act. YAHUAH is the Elohim of Creation. He does not change. He has not changed. He was all-powerful then, and He is all-powerful now.
Also, by making the conection with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, we see that YAH’s power in our lives is connected to covenant, specifically His covenant with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
Exodus 6:4-5 Deliverance is connected to covenant.
Exodus 6:5 2 components of deliverance by the blood of the Lamb—1) Crying out and 2) Beng in covenant with Him—specifically, the covenant that YAH made with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
Exodus 6:8 Covenant connected to YAH’s power again.
Acts 3 Observations
Acts 3 (12-13-20 date of this observation; This observation is an excerpt from a longer word) What is amiss with the abundant Bible talks and teachings that we hear broadcast through every known medium? Another question: How have people gotten to the point of making idols out of “ministers” of the good news? With the availability of the written and spoken Word of the Bible (at least in the USA), righteousness should be increasing. Instead, lawlessness is prevalent (there’s always a remnant) and we see the Second Thessalonians 2:3 scenario steadily developing as time goes on.
Why is this? Succinctly put, “ministers” of the good news have not made a conscious effort to draw hearers to the Ancient of Days. Instead, people have been pointed to pulpit personalities and away from the unadulterated Word of YAH. A new and ever evolving Elohim that is not the Ancient of Days of Scripture is being presented.
Observations about Acts 3 offers a key to adding more hearers of the true good news to the ranks of the remnant. After healing the lame man at the temple, Peter could have done what many false ministers delight in doing. He could have drawn the people who were “greatly wondering” to himself (3:11). If Peter had encouraged this behavior, he would have become a false minister too. No doubt Peter could have been taken out by YAH had he gone down the road that Anaias and Saphira walked (Acts 5).
What YAHUAH was establishing in the first century could not be tainted by Peter or anyone else. Just as he was severely rebuked by YAHUSHA in Matthew 16:23, he would have at the very least been rebuked by YAH, had he drawn those hungry souls to himself.
Immediately Peter made known that that the lame man’s healing was not by his own power or holiness (3:12). Right away, he connected the miracle to the ANCIENT of DAYS.
Lately, I’ve been noticing an important connection in the Bible that will be very important to emphasize in these last of the last days. Several, several, times in Scripture when YAH does a supernatural work on behalf of the Children of Israel a key truth is proclaimed to those involved. This statement of truth reminds those involved that the powerful act is done through the Elohim of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob—not just any elohim or gods—but the specific Elohim of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob—the Ancient of Days. This is also the case here in the New Testament in Acts 3:13 and 3:25.
Peter speaks of YAHUSHA as the Elohim of Abraham, Isaac an Jacob.
The Elohim of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the Elohim of our fathers, hath glorified his Son YAHUSHA; whom ye delivered up, and denied him in the presence of Pilate, when he was determined to let him go. Acts 3:13
I point this out because common thinking today is that there is one Elohim of the Old Testament (God) who is mean, vindictive and unjust. Common thinking also says that there is a different Elohim of the New Testament who is all luvy duvy.
It is very, very, significant that Peter does not preach in Acts 3 nor any other place in the New Testament that the Elohim of the Old Testament changed to become a different Elohim of the New Testament. YAHUAH is the Elohim of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and thus Israel. The Elohim we serve today, is the same Elohim (He does not change.) throughout the Bible, Old and New Testament.
Here are a few Old Testament examples of this truth that we should always remember.
And it came to pass at the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that Elijah the prophet came near, and said, YAHUAH Elohim of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, let it be known this day that thou art Elohim in Israel, and that I am thy servant, and that I have done all these things at thy word. 1 Kings 18:36
Elijah made it very clear that the One and Only Elohim of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is who he served. He prayed loud and clear to YAHUAH in the hearing of all present on that day. He made sure that they did not ascribe the great miracle on Mt. Carmel to a false god. Elijah made sure that Israel did not confuse the one true Elohim with Baal who is a mighty one or el (little e). He specifically said the “Elohim of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel.”
Moreover he said, I am the Elohim of thy father, the Elohim of Abraham, the Elohim of Isaac, and the Elohim of Jacob. And Moses hid his face; for he was afraid to look upon Elohim. Exodus 3:6
Go, and gather the elders of Israel together, and say unto them, YAHUAH Elohim of your fathers, the Elohim of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, appeared unto me, saying, I have surely visited you, and seen that which is done to you in Egypt: Exodus 3:16
Another instance of YAH distinguishing Himself as the Elohim of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
Acts 3 :13 Once again, the connection is made back to the everlasting Elohim. Peter immediately connected the miracle concerning the lame man back to the same Elohim of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
Acts 3:16 Peter was quick to correct his initial statement. He first said, “And his name,” but right away, made a connection with faith. He said, “through faith in his name.”
YAHUSHA’s name alone does not render power. The sons of Sceva showed us that (Acts 19). Rather faith, belief, eumena (H530), “in his name.” So, then what is faith or what does faith look like? James chapter two gives us some insight into what the Hebrew people thought faith is.
Further, Peter, a born and raised Hebrew, was not thinking of the actual name of Messiah (although his name is significant, but not in an incantation sort of way). He was thinking of all YAHUSHA, himself, represented. Matthew 5:17-19 gives us insight into the mind and heart of the Messiah and thus what His name represents.
Acts 3:25 Again, Peter makes the connection that YAHUAH of the Old Testament is the same Elohim of the New Testament.
Ye are the children of the prophets, and of the covenant which Elohim made with our fathers, saying unto Abraham, And in thy seed shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed. Acts 3:25
Acts 3:26 Peter tells the priority of YAH—to reconcile Israel back to covenant with Him by the redemptive blood of YAHUSHA. By saying, “first” in reference to Israel, he showed that all mankind who come into covenant through YAHUSHA can also be redeemed also.
Please, please comment below if you see ANYTHING that is contrary to Scripture that I have presented in these Scripture Observations. I want Truth and when I see that I have made a mistake, I want to correct that. No chips on my shoulders here.
I also ask one thing, though. Please, please present your thoughts in the context of two or three Scripture references, not just one (see Deuteronomy 17:6; Matthew 18:16; 2 Corinthians 13:1). One verse (especially one verse out of context) will not be received as evidence. I am just not one to interpret Scripture or accept other’s interpretation of Scripture apart from the written Word of YAH found in the whole counsel of His written Word.
I try my best to limit the use of the precursor words of “I think” or “I believe” without Scripture to back up my “I thinks” and “I believes.” Not only on this site, but be on the lookout anywhere else for excessive “I think” and “I believe” statements presented as Truth, with no Scriptural evidence to back up the statements.
The written Word of YAHUAH is the standard, the vanguard against deception which as you know is quite rampant these days.