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Commentary - Year 1 Sabbath 6

Genesis 8:1-14   -   Habakkuk 3:1-5   -   Psalm 6   -   Acts 1:1-14
 

 

Iyyar 10, 5764 / May   1, 2004

Iyyar 10, 5767 / April 28, 2007 

Iyyar 10, 5770 / April 24, 2010

Iyyar 10, 5773 / April 20, 2013

Iyyar 13, 5776 / May  21, 2016

Blessed are You, Yahweh our God, King of the Universe,

Who has sanctified us by His Word, and instructed us to count the Omer.

Today is twenty-eight days of the Omer; it is four weeks of the Omer.”

 

Vayizchar Elohim et-Noach / Elohim Remembered Noah   SCRIPTURES should be read first

 

The Prophet Habakkuk complained (ch.1) of a world of iniquity, violence, and destruction.

 

Yahweh replied (ch.2): judgment may tarry, but it will come. Disgrace will come to the wicked. Woe comes to him who makes his own gods! “Yahweh is in His Holy Temple; let all the earth be silent before Him!

 

Then Habakkuk prayed in a wild, passionate song (ch.3):  “Yahweh, I have heard the report about You and I fear. . . . In wrath remember mercy.  . . The Holy One comes from Mount Paran (Sinai). . . He has rays flashing from His hand . . . Before Him goes pestilence, and plague comes after Him.”

 

David sang (Psalm 6):O Yahweh, do not rebuke me in Your anger, nor chasten me in Your wrath. Be gracious to me, O Yahweh, . . . Depart from me, all you who do iniquity, for Yahweh has heard the voice of my weeping. Yahweh has heard my supplication, Yahweh receives my prayer. All my enemies will be ashamed and greatly dismayed; they shall turn back, they will suddenly be ashamed.”

 

As in Noah's day, the earth awaits judgment.

 

Today (Iyyar 10, 5764) is the Sabbath before the date that the rains of Noah’s flood began.

 

Months of the Year

 

Nisan

 

Iyyar       17     rain began

                                                   40 days (hot?) rain and fountains

Sivan       28    rain stopped

                                                   Flood prevailed 150 days

Tammuz

 

Av

 

Elul

 

Tishrei     17   Ark landed (Tabernacles - Kingdoms of world become God's Kingdom)

 

Heshvan

 

Kislev      1     waters receding (Hanukkah)

 

Tevet       1      tops of mountains visible (Hanukkah)

                                                   40 days

Shevat     12  Noah opened window, sent out raven and dove

                                                   7 days

Shevat     19  Noah sent out dove

                                                   7 days

Shevat     26  Noah sent out dove

 

Adar

 

Nisan       1      waters gone – earth muddy (New Year)

                                                  + 13 days to crucifixion,

                                                  + 3 days to resurrection,

                                                  + 40 days to ascension

Iyyar       27     earth dry

 

40 days for rain and fountains-of-the-deep to deluge the earth.

6 months of total coverage – on sixth month water receded to mountain tops (at Hanukkah).

5 more months for earth to become dry (on ascension day).

 

From Iyyar 17 to Iyyar 27, Noah was in the ark exactly one Solar year.

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Then Elohim remembered Noah – a type of Yeshua.

 

(Gen 8:14) – “And in the second month, on the twenty-seventh day of the month, the earth was dry.”

On the twenty-seventh day of Iyyar – forty-three days after Nisan 14, the Preparation of the Passover – the earth was dry.

 

Yeshua was crucified on Nisan 14, at the Preparation of the Passover. He rose after three days and three nights. After forty more days, on Iyyar 27, He ascended into the heavens. The “Water of Life” was gone from the earth.

Nisan 14: “Let the children of Israel also prepare the Passover at his appointed season. "On the fourteenth day of this month, between noon and sunset, you shall prepare it (the Passover lamb) at its appointed time; you shall prepare it according to all its statutes and according to all its ordinances.” Numbers 9:3 (explained in Talmud: Pesachim 66a); see also Exodus 12:6.   "Preparation of the Passover sacrifices started at noon. The daily burnt offering was slaughtered at the seventh-hour-and-a-half (1:30 PM) and offered up at the eighth-hour-and-a-half (2:30 PM), followed by the Passover sacrifice." - Mishnah: Pesachim 4:1 & 5:1.   “And it was the Preparation of the Passover, and about the sixth hour (noon): and . . . they crucified him, and two other with him, on either side one, and Yeshua in the midst.” - John 19:14-18   “Now from the sixth hour (noon) there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour (3:00 PM).” Matthew 27:45.   “The Jews therefore, because it was the Preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the Sabbath day, (for that Sabbath day was an high day,) besought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away.” - John 19:21.

Nisan 17 is the third day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread. It is three days and nights after the Passover was slain and Yeshua was placed in the heart of the earth. The end of the day (before sunset) is time for a resurrection. “For just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the fish, so shall the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.” Matthew 12:40. Moses had the children of Israel slay lambs on Nisan 14, and eat the Passover Feast on Nisan 15: then three days after slaying the lambs, on Nisan 17, he led God's people out of the Red Sea onto the shore - in a prophetic type of Yeshua’s resurrection.

Iyyar 27: “The first account I composed, Theophilus, about all that Jesus began to do and teach, until the day when He was taken up, after He had by the Holy Spirit given orders to the apostles whom He had chosen. To these He also presented Himself alive, after His suffering, by many convincing proofs, appearing to them for a period of forty days, and speaking of the things concerning the kingdom of God.” – Acts 1:1-3.

 

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Noah obeyed one-day-at-a-time.

He waited for God’s command to enter the ark (v.7:1);

he waited for God to close the door (v.7:16);

he waited for God to tell him to leave (v.8:15).

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“He had by the Holy Spirit given orders to the apostles whom He had chosen”.

 

Considering Acts 1:

 

(V.3-8) For these forty days (we are in the forty days between the resurrection and ascension), He presented Himself alive to the Apostles, with many convincing proofs. He taught the Apostles concerning the Kingdom of God, and told them that it was not for them to know the times for events that God had determined. He gathered them together to give them commandments:

The Apostles were the “Sheliach Tzibbur”(Angels of the Church), the messengers from Jerusalem to the churches – He told them not to leave Jerusalem;

He told them to wait for the promise of being empowered by the Holy Spirit, and then they would be witnesses to the whole world.

 

We will consider the ascension in three weeks, on the Sabbath preceding its date.

Readings:

Amen* 1 Then God (Elohim) remembered Noah and all the beasts and all the cattle that were with him in the ark; and God caused a wind to pass over the earth, and the water subsided. 2 Also the fountains of the deep and the floodgates of the sky were closed, and the rain from the sky was restrained; 3 and the water receded steadily from the earth, and at the end of one hundred and fifty days the water decreased.
Amen* 4 And in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, the ark rested upon the mountains of Ararat. 5 And the water decreased steadily until the tenth month; in the tenth month, on the first day of the month, the tops of the mountains became visible. 6 Then it came about at the end of forty days, that Noah opened the window of the ark which he had made; 7 and he sent out a raven, and it flew here and there until the water was dried up from the earth. 8 Then he sent out a dove from him, to see if the water was abated from the face of the land; 9 but the dove found no resting place for the sole of her foot, so she returned to him into the ark; for the water was on the surface of all the earth. Then he put out his hand and took her, and brought her into the ark to himself. 10 So he waited yet another seven days; and again he sent out the dove from the ark. 11 And the dove came to him toward evening; and behold, in her beak was a freshly picked olive leaf. So Noah knew that the water was abated from the earth.
Amen* 12 Then he waited yet another seven days, and sent out the dove; but she did not return to him again. 13 Now it came about in the six hundred and first year, in the first month, on the first of the month, the water was dried up from the earth. Then Noah removed the covering of the ark, and looked, and behold, the surface of the ground was dried up. 14 And in the second month, on the twenty-seventh day of the month, the earth was dry.

Habakkuk 3:1-5
A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet, according to Shigionoth. 2 Yahweh, I have heard the report about Thee and I fear. O Yahweh, revive Thy work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make it known; in wrath remember mercy. 3 God comes from Teman, and the Holy One from Mount Paran. Selah. His splendor covers the heavens, and the earth is full of His praise. 4 His radiance is like the sunlight; He has rays flashing from His hand, and there is the hiding of His power. 5 Before Him goes pestilence, and plague comes after Him.

Psalm 6   For the choir director; with stringed instruments, upon an eight-string lyre. A Psalm of David.
1 O Lord, do not rebuke me in Thine anger, nor chasten me in Thy wrath. 2 Be gracious to me, O Yahweh, for I am pining away; heal me, O Yahweh, for my bones are dismayed. 3 And my soul is greatly dismayed; but Thou, O Yahweh -- how long? 4 Return, O Yahweh, rescue my soul; save me because of Thy lovingkindness. 5 For there is no mention of Thee in death; in Sheol who will give Thee thanks? 6 I am weary with my sighing; every night I make my bed swim, I dissolve my couch with my tears. 7 My eye has wasted away with grief; it has become old because of all my adversaries. 8 Depart from me, all you who do iniquity, for Yahweh has heard the voice of my weeping. 9 Yahweh has heard my supplication, Yahweh receives my prayer. 10 All my enemies shall be ashamed and greatly dismayed; they shall turn back, they shall suddenly be ashamed.

Acts 1:1-14
1 The first account I composed, Theophilus, about all that Yeshua began to do and teach, 2 until the day when He was taken up, after He had by the Holy Spirit given orders to the apostles whom He had chosen. 3 To these He also presented Himself alive, after His suffering, by many convincing proofs, appearing to them over a period of forty days, and speaking of the things concerning the kingdom of God. 4 And gathering them together, He commanded them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait for what the Father had promised, "Which," He said, "you heard of from Me; 5 for John baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now." 6 And so when they had come together, they were asking Him, saying, "Lord, is it at this time You are restoring the kingdom to Israel?" 7 He said to them, "It is not for you to know times or epochs which the Father has fixed by His own authority; 8 but you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth. 9 And after He had said these things, He was lifted up while they were looking on, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. 10 And as they were gazing intently into the sky while He was departing, behold, two men in white clothing stood beside them; 11 and they also said, "Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into the sky? This Yeshua, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in just the same way as you have watched Him go into heaven." 12 Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day's journey away. 13 And when they had entered, they went up to the upper room, where they were staying; that is, Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon the Zealot, and Judas the son of James. 14 These all with one mind were continually devoting themselves to prayer, along with the women, and Mary the mother of Yeshua, and with His brothers.


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