B’resheet (In the beginning)
Revelation 21:1-5; 22:1-5
Day 25, Month 7, 5775; 27 October 2016
We are all familiar with the English word history. It is defined as the study of man’s past. It is a word which takes many of us back in our minds to days of school and memorizing names, dates and events so we could pass a test. For some, the word became a nightmare we endured through. For others, a lifelong hobby or even a career. For me, it was a bother through much of life until I came to understand that the word history is not merely about man’s past, but also about The Creator’s work in man’s past. We see this if we break the word history into the two English words which make it up, His and Story.
His story begins in a physical sense in Genesis 1, but the idea and ‘why’ of it all can be found in Revelation 21:1-8. Take a moment to read those verses. In them you will find the purpose of Genesis 1, to bring forth a people who, when the dust of history settled, would be called His and He called theirs. Creation began with a vision of a people who would choose to enter into eternal covenant with One who would be referred to as I AM, YHVH, The Almighty, The Creator, Yah, El Shaddai, and many other terms so man could begin to grasp and stand in awe of Him who was, is, and will ever be.
In the first verse of Genesis we are introduced to letters which only appear in Hebrew, Aleph and Tav. English translators did not understand these letters of Hebrew so they did not bring them into their translations. Hebrew scholars would see things a bit different and ask the question, “Who or what is this Aleph Tav?” Discussions would take place and volumes would be written trying to answer this question. The answer came forth in Revelation 1 when Yeshua came to John on the Isle of Patmos and introduced Himself as none other than Aleph Tav. I wonder if, when John heard those words from Yeshua, his jaw dropped as all of a sudden history, His Story, made sense. It had all been about Him from the beginning of time.
John had earlier, in chapter 5 of the book which bears his name, quoted Yeshua who challenged the leaders of that day to take another look at Torah, the books of Moshe and find, “..it was all about me that he wrote.” Stop and listen quietly for a moment. Do you hear those words of Yeshua’s resounding again? Maybe we would hear it this way: “Torah is all about Me, make sure you do not miss Me as you study it. Don’t miss that it is My Story within The Story.”
So, with that said, we begin a new cycle of studying Torah. It is my desire to bring forth the person of Yeshua from its pages. I encourage you to not only see Him where I see Him, but to search for yourself. One resource you may want to have for this is a translation which reveals the Aleph and Tav such as “The Messianic Aleph Tav Scriptures.” There are many others resources online which can help you with this. What can we find without even going to the level of Aleph Tav? Let’s take a look.
Who is The Creator? The word used in Gen 1 is Elohim, which is a plurality of a singular. I see it as this; Yeshua came forth out of YHVH to become the Him of history. Colossians 1:16 tells us it was Yeshua. This verse goes on to tell us it was created not for us, but for Him. We were created for His pleasure, not He for ours.
It was Yeshua who came forth as light. In verse 4 we read “Elohim saw ‘The light’.” In Hebrew the words were ‘et ha’ or ‘Aleph Tav the light’. A system called gematria is used to put a number value to each Hebrew letter. Using this method, we see the words ‘Aleph Tav the light’ equal 613, the number of instructions in Torah. John 1 speaks of the Torah being light and being manifested among us.
Who walked in the Garden with Adam and Eve? Yeshua, the physical manifestation of Yah.
Who gave Adam and Eve instructions of righteous living, watched as they failed, then came looking for them to provide restoration, Yeshua, the physical manifestation of Yah.
Who was prophesied of in Gen 3:15
Whose blood was prophesied through righteous blood calling from the ground for redemption?
Who was prophesied of in the names of the genealogy in Gen 5 which could read, “Man is appointed to mortal sorrow, but the blessed Elohim shall come down teaching that His death shall bring the despairing comfort.”
Who was prophesied in Noah as a righteous man who you could look to in evil days?
In Whose eyes did Noah find grace?
The answer to me is obvious.
These questions begin a journey this year of finding Yeshua in Torah, His grace, His mercy, His life and His Story. Let us look to Torah and see through the eyes of another imperfect man whose heart was fully toward Yah, who wrote in Psalm 40:8 that the scroll truly was and still is His Story. (Click to Article)