Torah Portion EKEV – Devarim (Deuteronomy) 7:12-11:25. Haftarah: Isa. 49:14-51:3
I will set apart the land of Goshen, where My people are living. Exodus 8:22
Shabbat Shalom, dearly beloved!
As we have mentioned in previous issues, the world is facing tremendous judgment because of how the nations have treated the Jewish People and Israel in the present and past. For example, during the Shoa (Nazi Holocaust), most nations ignored the mass extermination of Jews. They chose not to open their doors to give shelter to the Jewish population in danger. During the Evian conference in France in 1938, not one nation was willing to take in some Jews to rescue them from Hitler.
Because of violence to your brother Jacob, you will be covered with shame, and you will be cut off forever. “On the day that you stood aloof, on the day that strangers carried off his wealth, and foreigners entered his gate And cast lots for Jerusalem— Obadiah 10,11
YHVH will always keep His Word, and He has promised from the beginning of times that He will bless, do well and favor those who do well, bless and favor Abraham and His natural descendants from Isaac, the Jewish People of today.
And I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse. And in you, all the families of the earth will be blessed. Genesis 12:3
Nations that have failed to extend a hand of help and blessing to the Jews in times of need will suffer terrible consequences for those erroneous decisions, even if they were made in the far past.
“But when the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered before Him; and He will separate them from one another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats; and He will put the sheep on His right, and the goats on the left. Matthew 25:31-33
One day unto YHVH is like One Thousand Years (Psalms 90:4). He does not judge time the way we judge it. There have been many opportunities in the last 2000 years to extend a helping hand to the Jewish People in their time of suffering, since the fall of the Second Temple, the Great Exile, and the Awesome Re-gathering and Rebirth in their land on the 14th of May of 1948. During times of judgment, it is a matter of life and death to secure a place of shelter and refuge for yourself and your loved ones. This secure place I will call Goshen.
Goshen is protected
But on that day I will set apart the land of Goshen, where My people are living, so that no swarms of flies will be there, in order that you may know that I, YHVH, am in the midst of the land. Exodus 8:22
When the Israelites were being delivered from 430 years of bitter slavery to the Egyptians, YHVH raised a deliverer by the name of Moshe (Moses). He was sent in the power and might of the Creator to entreat Pharaoh to let the People of the Covenant go out of Egypt and slavery to worship the Almighty in the desert. Every time that Pharaoh refused to let go of his slave labor, YHVH Plagued the Egyptians severely. Finally, after the 10th plague, Pharaoh let Israel go reluctantly.
During these ten terrible plagues, Egypt suffered except for the Jewish people who lived in the Land of Goshen. They were protected from all the plagues. When there was darkness in all of Egypt (the 9th plague), there was light in Goshen! YHVH made a distinction between the People of Israel and the Egyptians.
So Moses stretched out his hand toward the sky, and there was a thick darkness in all the land of Egypt for three days. They did not see one another, nor did anyone rise from his place for three days, but all the sons of Israel had light in their dwellings. Exodus 10:22, 23
Location, location, location
The good news is that also those people from other nations and even Egyptians that moved over to Goshen to take shelter with the Jews were protected from the plagues. The determining factor at that time was “where do you live?” Please understand that the Jews were the most despicable slaves in the sight of the Egyptians, and though they were (and still are) the People of the Covenant, they were in bitter bondage. Yet those from the nations that realized that Elohim-God was with them and took shelter with them under the Shadow of the Almighty in the Land of Goshen were also protected from the plagues and even left Egypt to worship YHVH in the desert.
Now the sons of Israel journeyed from Rameses to Succoth, about six hundred thousand men on foot, aside from children. A mixed multitude also went up with them, along with flocks and herds, a very large number of livestock. Exodus 12:37, 38
Egypt was under judgment much like the nations are today because of the “cause of Zion.”
For YHVH has a day of vengeance, a year of recompense for the cause of Zion. Isaiah 34:8
The wise ones from among the nations (the “mixed multitude”) in Egypt realized that it would be better to GO with the Jews than to perish under judgment in Egypt, and they were indeed rescued.
This principle is repeated many times in the Holy Scriptures! During the time of Queen Esther and Mordechai, wicked Haman from the nation of Amalek sought to annihilate Israel.
But he disdained to lay hands on Mordecai alone, for they had told him who the people of Mordecai were; therefore Haman sought to destroy all the Jews, the people of Mordecai, who were throughout the whole kingdom of Ahasuerus. Esther 3:6
Through the intervention of Jewish Queen Esther and Mordechai the Jew, there was an overturning of the situation, and judgment fell on Haman-Amalek instead.
The wise ones among the Persian Empire “became Jews” to escape the judgment falling on all that raised their hands to harm the Jews. Those wise ones moved over to the Jewish neighborhood, and they became Jews; they converted and came under the Shadow of the Wings of Israel’s God, YHVH.
In every province and each city, wherever the king’s commandment and his decree arrived, there was gladness and joy for the Jews, a feast and a holiday. And many among the peoples of the land became Jews, for the dread of the Jews had fallen on them. Esther 8:17
Recognizing the sign of the times
The Word of Yah (God) tells us clearly that there will be a time when the nations will grab ahold of the fringes of the garments (TSITSIT) of some God-fearing Jews and decide to join them. The reason is “because we have heard that Elohim-God is with you!”
Thus says YHVH Tzevaot, ‘In those days ten men from all the nations will grasp the garment of a Jew, saying, “Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you. Zechariah 8:23 STB
During these End of Times, all the wise people from the nations will do very good to move over to the Land of Goshen, “to become as Jews” (by accepting the Jewish Messiah in His fullness as a Jew!) and to grab the hem of the garments, the tzitzit of some believing Jews. The nations are already under judgment; storms, earthquakes, pestilences, famines, and acts of terrorism seem to
be the “norm .” We do not need to wait for the “End of the World” to see that the End of this Age as we know it is near.
Since the beginning of time, YHVH has made a distinction between Israel and the nations. Though He has punished His People severely for their disobedience, He is now turning to the nations that have taken advantage of Israel’s weak and humble state.
But Judah will be inhabited forever and Jerusalem for all generations. And I will avenge their blood which I have not avenged, for YHVH dwells in Zion. Joel 3:20, 21
The nations are right now in the same position as that wicked city of Nineveh, the capital of the cruel Assyrian Empire that had dismantled 10 of the Tribes of Israel (Northern Kingdom) and replaced them with Assyrians in the area of Samaria and the Galilee. YHVH was about to destroy Nineveh because they had exercised much brutality against the Israeli tribes. When Jonah came with his message, it was not a nice, mild, and ambivalent Prophetic Word, but a clear word of destruction fulfilling the Divine Promise in Genesis 12:3.
“I will curse (utter a word of total destruction) those who curse (take you lightly and humiliate you!) You (Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and all of Israel!)
A surprising wisdom
The King of Nineveh displayed surprising wisdom born of the true Fear of YHVH for such wicked people as they were. He called the entire nation, including babies, children, and animals, to a total fast! He repented in dust and ashes for harming the People of the Covenant, the People of Israel.
True repentance always touches the Almighty, who forgave their sin and relented from the destruction.
If that “surprising wisdom” can be found even in nations like Germany, Spain, UK and USA, and others, YHVH will forgive.
When Elohim saw their deeds, that they turned from their wicked way, then Elohim relented concerning the calamity which He had declared He would bring upon them. And He did not do it. Jonah 3:10
The Goshen Principle
Only in the land of Goshen, where the sons of Israel were, there was no hail. Exodus 9:26
When individuals in the nations turn to join with Israel and Yah’s Covenant Plan of Restoration for her, they will find an outstanding favor and all-encompassing protection from storms, earthquakes, terror attacks, and the like. When Ministries choose to align themselves with the God of Israel and His Covenant People and work actively for the restoration of Israel, they will find the fullness of the blessing in Genesis 12:3.
We must remember that when the foreigners in Egypt from a mixed multitude of nations moved over to Goshen, they also moved over from their idolatrous ways to put their trust in YHVH, the God of Israel. There was also a change of “religious orientation.” When they came under the roofs of the Israelites, they had to leave their idols outside and enter under their roof, keeping their customs and commandments.
Even though the Torah had not yet been given, remember that Abraham knew the Laws of the Creator because he had an intimate walk with Him, and he taught it to His children and all of his descendants.
I will multiply your descendants as the stars of heaven and will give your descendants all these lands, and by your descendants, all the nations of the earth shall be blessed; because Abraham obeyed Me and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes, and My laws.” Genesis 26:4-6
So the foreigners that joined Israel in Goshen also had to walk in obedience to Elohim’s Commandments as handed to Abraham. Since YHVH is the same yesterday, today, and forever, those Commandments and Statutes would be the same as the ones Moses would receive later in Sinai. The only difference would be that now they would be written down, thus making it easier to teach them to all coming generations.
Also, during the time of Queen Esther, the foreigners that joined the Jews “became as Jews,” which means that they also forsook idolatry and their idolatrous festivities and joined Israel’s Shabbat, Holy Feasts and convocations, dietary commandments, and the like.
Those Wise Ones from among the nations that will apply the Goshen Principle will be protected from the present-day judgment against the nations and will thrive, revive and prosper amid the most terrible distress the world has ever seen. YHVH will put a mark of distinction between you and the rest of the people! You will be able to stand on the Promise of the Key of Abraham and The Goshen Principle in Genesis 12:3. You will be able to declare it and appropriate this Promise as your own!
“I will bless those who bless you, curse those who curse you and in you all the families of the earth will be blessed!”
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