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FI Y5 WK 10 MIKEITZ (AT THE END [of two full years to the day]) –PAGAN PHAROAH’S AWAKENING TO THE LIVING GOD—THE GOD OF HOPE – December 24th – December 30th

VERSE 7b: VA’YI’KEYTZ PAROH—”Pharoah awoke.”

 

A curious insight into the verb for “awoke” (va’yi’keytz)—root YUD-QOOF-TZADEE—is that the interior root QOOF TZADEE means “end”—especially with regard to a period of time (BDB). So then, at the end of his two troubling dreams about the cows and the ears of corn, Pharoah came out of his subconscious into consciousness in the real world of circumstance: he AWOKE!

 

When we jump ahead in the story (vv.7-43), we discover that Pharoah made a spiritual journey from pagan death to Joseph’s living GOD! In verse 39 Pharoah said to Joseph, “Since [GOD Who is your God] has informed you” of the meaning of my dreams, there can be no one more-wise than you to implement the solution to the coming famine. [author’s paraphrase]

 

Back to the early part of the story, before the Head Cupbearer of Pharoah informed him about Joseph, Pharoah resorted to what was near at hand to him for interpretation of dreams: he called for his necromancers [those who seek to communicate with the dead through occultic spiritualism] and his wise men [who were practiced in occultic arts]. When one considers that the culture of Egypt was steeped in the mysticism of death it is only natural to see that Pharoah sought answers from those who were devoted to spiritual forces surrounding necromancy. But when the Cupbearer informed him about Joseph, Pharoah suddenly came face-to-face with the God of LIFE!

 

The dreams of Pharoah were about the impending DEATH of his kingdom (Famine); the necromancers had no life-oriented insight into this horrible future. But Joseph—the slave buried deep within the tomb-like prisons of Egypt after surviving the ordeal of the pit into which his brothers had cast him but who had come out from the pit into a symbolic resurrection of life—came forth from the prison of despair with a word of HOPE, a renewing word from the God whom Pharoah did not know! That word became the stepping stone from Joseph’s circumstantial grave to his instantaneous and glorious reign as Viceroy of Egypt!

 

For you and me this tells us that it is GOD who is the LIVING GOD! OUR GOD IS THE GOD OF HOPE! And just as our LORD Yeshua arose both from prison and the grave, so do we arise with him through baptism into NEW LIFE. We overcome the fate of the world by the LIVING WORD OF GOD and by our practical implementation of the WISDOM that God’s LOGOS-WORD imparts!

 

Halelleujah!

 

Let us arise in faith and overcome! Let us AWAKEN TO THE HOPE OF SALVATION in the midst of the despairing world around us! Let us do so by proclaiming the Gospel! Let us speak boldly to all who will hear the word of our testimony! And let us demonstrate the truth of our faith by our consecrated lives of discipleship in Jesus!

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FI Y5 WK 9 VA’YEISHEV: (HE DWELT) DWELLING IN THE LAND OF THE FATHER’S SOJOURN – December 17th – December 23rd

VA’YEI’SHEIV YAAKOV BE’ERETZ ME’GU’REI A’VIV BE’ERETZ CE’NA’AN

Jacob dwelt in the land of his father’s sojourn, in the land of Canaan.

 

It was a sobering but scintillating experience I had in 2022, walking down a path in the hills of Jerusalem which is known to be a place where the Patriarchs strode nearly four thousand years ago. An actual spot where they placed their feet as they ambled through the Land of Promise. My feet where their feet roamed.

 

This is metaphorical. We walk the pathways of our forebears.

 

1 Corinthians 13:11, “When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child…” We are reared by parents who impart to us their ways and knowledge. While we are children we speak and think as they do. Our understanding is conditioned by their understanding, their view of the world. Our actions and habits mimic theirs.

 

But when we become adults, we move from the track they traveled and explore the world on our own. Do we improve on their journey?

 

Jacob found himself returning to the path of Isaac. At the end, he lay down next to his father and mother in the Double Cave of Machpelah. (Genesis 23)

 

What led him there?

 

It was not mere repetition that brought Jacob to the destination marked out by Abraham and Isaac, Sarah and Rebecca. It was the revelation of God to him as it had been the revelation of God to them that led him there. God appeared to Jacob, just as God had appeared to his fathers. (Genesis 28, 31)

 

May the LORD grant to each of us that personal Divine Encounter that leads us into the “strait gate” and guides us along the “narrow way” that leads to Eternal Life. (Matthew 7:13-14)

 

It is not merely the lifestyle of our fathers that we need. We need the godly revelation they received. It is our own encounter with Jesus that will be for us “The Way, The Truth and The Life” that will lead us to the Eternal Father. (John 14:6)

 

Do not settle for second-hand faith. Do not be satisfied with anything less than your own living walk with Yeshua. (Luke 24:13-32)

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FI Y5 WK 8 VA’YISHLACH (HE SENT) THE JOURNEY TO BETHEL—DIVINE PROTECTION THROUGH PURITY – December 10th – December 16th

GENESIS 35:1-5

THEME: THIS JOURNEY TO BETHEL (WHERE JACOB BUILT AN ALTAR TO THE LORD AFTER THE DELIVERANCE FROM ESAU) AFTER THE SLAUGHTER OF THE MEN OF SHECHEM WAS ACCOMPLISHED ONLY BY MEANS OF DIVINE PROTECTION, WHICH ITSELF WAS AT THE COST OF COMPLETE CONSECRATION WITH THE PUTTING AWAY OF ALL FOREIGN “GODS.” THERE ARE KEY MARKERS IN LIFE WHICH ARE SET APART BY SPECIAL PERIODS OF CONSECRATION TO GOD.

 

 

Hear the word of the Lord to Jacob after his sons Simeon and Levi slaughtered the men of Shechem while they were defenseless after being circumcised:

 

1

“Then God said to Jacob, ‘Arise, go up to Bethel and dwell there;

and make there an altar to God who appeared to you when you fled from the face of Esau your brother.’

2

“And Jacob said to his household and to all who were with him, ‘Put away the foreign gods that are among you, purify yourselves, and change your garments.

3

“Then let us arise and go up to Bethel; and I will make an altar there to God, who answered me in the day of my distress and has been with me in the way which I have gone.’

4

“So they gave Jacob all the foreign gods which were in their hands, and the earrings which were in their ears; and Jacob hid them under the terebinth tree which was by Shechem.

5

“And they journeyed, and the terror of God was upon the cities that were all around them, and they did not pursue the sons of Jacob.”

 

I have numbered these verses in special sections so that this devotion may take on an interpretive form. I expect you to contemplate the words more deeply than my brief comments since each section is full of deep spiritual insight.

 

Section 1:

The name “Bethel” means “House of God.” Here in the city of Bethel (also called Luz) Abram had made his first sortie into the land of Canaan as he moved southward, and there he built an altar and called on the Name of the LORD. Later, it was here that Jacob slept on a stone pillow and dreamt of the ladder that connected heaven and earth on which the angels of God ascended and descended. (See also John 1:51) This occurred in Jacob’s life in Genesis 28 when he fled from Esau and went to the house of Laban where he spent twenty years working for his two wives Leah and Rachel. He renamed the place “El-Elohei-Bethel”—GOD, the God of Bethel. It was here again (Genesis 35) that Jacob returned after the slaughter of the men of Shechem and here he renewed the altar and consecration of his first visit in chapter 28.

 

Bethel is a key marker in the lives of the Patriarchs. In John 1 we see the fulness of “THE LORD THE GOD OF THE HOUSE OF GOD” in the life of our Lord Jesus the Messiah who is the VERY HOUSE OF THE WORD OF GOD INCARNATE (IMMANUEL). In Him is the Fulness of the Godhead bodily and of the Spirit of Revelation and of the Manifestation of the Glory of God.

 

God told Jacob to “go up”. This is the term used when ascending to Jerusalem—the City of God. What is this but the fulness of Revelation 21-22 in the Transcendent Realm? At Bethel Jacob came to a portal into Eternity.

 

May you experience such transcendent moments in your life.

 

Section 2.

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FI Y5 WK 7 VA’YEITZEI (HE DEPARTED) THE DUDAIM & RENEWED CONCEPTION – December 3rd – December 9th

THEME: THE WRESTLING OF LEAH WITH RACHEL LED TO A RENEWAL OF CONCEPTION FOR LEAH WHEN RACHEL EXCHANGED REUBEN’S “DUDAIM” FOR JACOB’S AFFECTION. (Genesis 30:14-21)

 

This is a mystery related to how we must continually struggle to produce an increase of fruitfulness in our spiritual lives. Our wrestling is with our flesh, our natural selves—our rationalistic minds and our physical instincts. These continually strive for the ascendency. They seek to reduce our relationship with the LORD to mere habit and ritual performance. We must continually put them under the control of the Spirit. We must maintain our intimate freshness with Jesus.

 

The story here is paradigmatic: it contains a mystery for us in that there are periods of waning and waxing of affection that result in an increase of fruitfulness later in life after the early fruitfulness that we bear when we first come to know the LORD. We condition our lives for “later fruitfulness” when we draw near to the LORD by intentional consecration.

 

In connection with this, we should remember the letter to the church of Ephesus in Revelation 2. We must renew our “first love” so that we not become spiritually barren after having produced good fruit in the initial stages of our walk with our Beloved.

 

 

Keeping in mind the themes outlined above, let us think on the passage in Genesis 30:14-21 which relates the story of the Dudaiim, the “mandrakes” that Reuben was bringing to his mother Leah, “the unloved wife” of Jacob whom his father-in-law Laban had tricked him into marrying instead of her younger sister.

 

Leah had left childbearing. Jacob habitually slept with Rachel, the wife of his love. Reuben, Leah’s son and Jacob’s firstborn,* found some mandrakes (Heb., DUDAIM)—a fruit that was reputed to be an aphrodisiac—and Rachel wanted some of them. She bargained with Leah to forfeit her nightly relations with Jacob in exchange for some of the mysterious fruit. That night Jacob lay with Leah and she conceived Issachar, saying “God has granted me my reward….” Soon thereafter, she conceived again and bore Zebulun, saying, “God has endowed me with a good endowment.” Again thereafter, she bore to Jacob his only daughter, “Dinah.” Her name is the feminine form of “Judge.”

 

What about these mysterious “dudaim?” The STONE Tanakh seems indeterminate about what they were. That commentary notes various possible meanings for the word: “jasmine, violets, mandrakes, and baskets of figs.” Again, some commentaries say they were an aphrodisiac. Did Rachel need them to initiate connubial intimacy with her husband? Or did she simply want them for their beauty, fragrance or taste?

 

The building of a house (a lineage of sons and daughters for continuance into the future through reproductive generations and for assistance in the daily life of a family surviving the harsh conditions of life in the wild world) was vital to wives. Therefore, whatever promoted childbearing was of utmost importance. Leah bargained with Rachel in order to obtain the right to have relations with Jacob. It worked. She bore her last three children—they became for her a reward, an endowment and a justification in the eyes of God.

 

In the letter of Messiah through John to the Ephesians in Revelation 2 (the church which Paul is said to have left to Timothy as Pastoral Overseer and where John is said to have concluded his life on earth)—that glorious congregation of Messiah to which the exalted letter of Paul to the Ephesians was written, Messiah exhorts the believers to return to their “first love.” Their spiritual devotion had waned; they were in danger of becoming barren altogether.

 

We must stir up love. As it says in the Song of Solomon, “I charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem, by the roes, and by the hinds of the field, that you stir not up, nor awake love, until he please.”

 

It is the dudaim that awakens the love of the Groom toward his Bride, that stirs up in him his desire for her marital communion. This is a mystery. This is the beauty of Esther that displaced the complacency and haughty formalism of Vashti.

 

May the Church renew her first love for the LORD—the love that draws him intimately toward her day by day. May our individual prayer lives maintain in us the fragrance of the dudaim, both now and always. And may we continue to be fruitful, even into advanced age throughout all the days of our journey on earth.

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*[“Jacob’s firstborn”: the legal heir to the leadership of the family when Jacob died—though this privilege was later transferred to Rachel’s firstborn son Joseph through the youngest of her two grandsons by him, Ephraim. The transfer was due to Reuben’s sin against his father when Reuben lay with one of Jacob’s wives.]

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FI Y5 WK 6 TOLDOT (GENERATIONS) VICARIOUS CLOTHING / FRACTAL THEOLOGY – November 26th – December 2nd

THEME: Biblical theology is fractal—that is, it exhibits patterns that replicate infinitely in macro and micro directions. Therefore, the types of the Old Testament and those of the New Testament reflect each other. One such pattern is that of “Clothing with the garments of another”—a vicarious (substitutionary) work of identity represented by the garments of one which are then transferred to another; in this case, the garments of Esau transferred by Rebecca to the younger son Jacob so that Jacob may receive the inheritance and blessing of the elder son from their father Isaac. This elder-younger-son transference is another fractal pattern replicated over and over again in the Bible. Also, the Biblical Blood Covenant Ritual reflects this in the transfer of garments from each party to the other: the most glorious of which is that Yeshua ha’Mashiach took on our garment of Humanity so that he might take away the curse of Adam and so that we by grace might receive the transfer of his garment of Divine Sonship with all its blessings. By this means we become capable of being called “the children of God.” (John 1:12-13 seq.)

 

 

The crux of this devotion is in the THEME section above. I will simply add to that summation that it was the agency of the Mother (Rebecca) that brought to pass this transference. The Mother corresponds to the Kehillat / Ecclesia of the Church. (See Revelation 12, the Woman clothed in the celestial symbols of the Holy Nation of Israel giving birth to the Conquering Seed, the Man Child—the Great Messianic King symbol). The exchange was from the Wild Twin (Esau the Hunter) to the Cultured Twin (Jacob the Domesticated). [Thus, Messiah is both the Son of “David the Conqueror / Savior” and the “Son of Joseph the Provider / Preserver.”] Esau was the Aggressive Masculine brother while Jacob was the Passive Feminized brother (Esau discipled by the Father Isaac; Jacob discipled by the Mother Rebecca). Both were strong men (Jacob was not effeminate), as can be seen by the fact that Jacob won his place in the earth by the power of his sword and his bow (Genesis 48:22). There is much to be said in relation to these matters—Sword and Bow in the hand and mouth of the Messianic Sovereign (hand and mouth—first the natural, then the spiritual—cf. 1 Corinthians 15:46).

 

It is very interesting that that STONE Tanakh commentary indicates that the “precious garments” of Esau with which Rebecca clothed Jacob were the “precious garments” that Esau stole from the Great Hunter Nimrod! Thus, the symbolism translates in Christian theology to the fact that Christ has robbed Satan of all his treasures and has led captivity captive and has then given gifts unto men—to those persons who have received their new human identity in Christ the Son of the Father! (Ephesians 4 et al)

 

The most important thing for each of us after we receive the new birth and the adoption into the Eternal Family of God is that we be CLOTHED UPON with the wedding garment of the Righteousness of Christ! (Luke 2:7-12—the identity of Jesus the son of Mary the prophesied Virgin with the Messianic royal ritual of the house of David, the Kingly House through Solomon in the person of the adoptive father Joseph; 2 Corinthians 5:4 with context; contra. Matthew 22:11-14)

 

So be it. For me. For you.

 

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FI Y5 WK 5 P. CHAYEI SARAH (LIFE OF SARAH) SUCCESSION

THEME: There is succession in the out-workings of the Kingdom of God. It is important that we know our time and come into our own inheritance when the passing of the former generation leaves in our care the continuing maintenance of the holiness of God in the world.

 

“And it came to pass, after the death of Abraham, that God blessed his son Isaac.” (Genesis 25:11)

 

Recently Queen Elizabeth II of England passed on September 8, 2022 and her heir, Charles the Prince of Wales, became King Charles III. There were ten days of solemn remembrance of the Queen and her amazing 70-year reign—the longest reign in English history, surpassing even the reign of Queen Victoria of the 19th century during the great expansion of the British Empire that ultimately extended to one-third of humanity.

 

Then the spotlight of history turned to Elizabeth’s son—the unpopular prince who divorced his wife Diana, mother of his sons William (the next heir to the throne) and Harry (the maverick prince whose love for his American wife Megan led him to leave royal status and move to the United States).

 

It appears that Charles the King will be more beloved of his people than he was as Charles the Prince. He is paying sincere homage to his beloved mother and father. And the people of Scotland and England and all the peoples of the Commonwealth love him for it.

 

Succession. As it says in Psalm 145:4, “One generation shall praise your name to another, and shall declare your mighty acts.” It is vital that we understand that we are participants of life in our own time—and that we make our presence here such as honors God and establishes for all generations after us the holiness of his Name in the Earth.

 

For it is to the honor of the Name of our Father in Heaven that Yeshua came to us. As he prayed in John 17:4-6, “I have glorified you on the earth: I have finished the work which you gave me to do. And now, O Father, glorify me with your own self with the glory which I had with you before the world was. I have manifested your name unto the men which you gave me out of the world: yours they were, and you gave them to me; and they have kept your word.”

 

Indeed, they kept his word. And they faithfully handed it down to us. And now, it is ours to keep and to pass on faithfully to those whom the Father has given to us.

 

Be not afraid, my beloved. Be faithful in your time. There is great reward for this from our Beloved Lord and Savior. (2 Timothy 4:5-8)

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FI Y5 WK 4 VAYEIRA (HE APPEARED) FROM ABRAHAM TO ALL NATIONS THROUGH THE GOSPEL

THEME:

ALL NATIONS ARE TO BE FUNTIONALLY GRAFFED INTO THE ABRAHAMIC COVENANT AND THEREFORE INTO THE COMMONWEALTH OF ISRAEL THROUGH ISAAC THE PROMISED SEED OF ABRAHAM THROUGH SARAH, TO INCLUDE ISHMAEL AND ALL HIS NATIONS—ISHMAEL, THE SON OF HAGAR THE BOND-WOMAN, RECONCILED TO HIS BROTHER ISAAC—ISAAC WHO IS THE HIER OF ABRAHAM BY BIRTHRIGHT OF THE FIRSTBORN OF ABRAHAM THROUGH HIS MARRIED WIFE SARAH—AND TO INCLUDE ALL SPIRITUAL OFFSPRING OF YESHUA THE MESSIAH THROUGH THE GOSPEL, YESHUA THE SEED OF THE WOMAN, YESHUA WHO IS THE RIGHTFUL HEIR TO THE MESSIANIC THRONE OF DAVID (BY LEGAL LINEAGE AS TO NATURAL DESCENT THROUGH JOSEPH BEN SOLOMON BY ADOPTION), YESHUA WHOSE SPIRITUAL-AND-ADOPTED OFFSPRING ARE THE HOLY, BORN-AGAIN AND RECONCILED NOTZRIM OF ALL VIRGIN NATIONS, TO THE JEW FIRST AND ALSO TO ALL THE GENTILE NATIONS.

 

 

Genesis 21:9-13, “And Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, whom she had borne to Abraham, scoffing. Therefore she said to Abraham, ‘Cast out this bondwoman and her son: for the son of this bondwoman shall not be heir with my son, namely with Isaac.’ And the matter was very displeasing in Abraham’s sight because of his son. But God said to Abraham, ‘Do not let it be displeasing in your sight because of the lad or because of your bondwoman. Whatever Sarah has said to you, listen to her voice; for in Isaac your seed shall be called. Yet I will also make a nation of the son of the bondwoman, because he is your seed.’” (NKJV, with Galatians 4 et al)

 

 

 

 

This devotion is a vision of the future of Mankind in the Covenants of God in the OLAM HA’BA—The World to Come. It is the vision of the Universal Family of Humanity dwelling in unity under the Son of Man, Yeshua Ha’Mashiach, Monarchical Head of the Commonwealth of Israel throughout the World reigning from the New Jerusalem, descended from Heaven and united with the Jerusalem of Earth in Eretz Yisrael, Eternal Home of the Twelve Tribes of Israel and Headquarters of the Universal Kingdom of God among Humanity. It is the fulness of the Promise made to Abraham that through him all families of the earth would be blessed by covenantal union with the One True God—the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. (Genesis 12:1-3; Revelation 21-22)

 

This is the Ultimate Goal of the Mission of Yeshua which He gave to His disciples when He commanded them to go into All Nations, Preach the Gospel and Make Disciples of All Nations. (Matthew 28; Mark 16; Luke 24; Acts 1:8) It is the ultimate union of the Song of Moses and the Song of the Lamb, the Perfecting of the Redemptive Plan of God for the Whole Creation through Redeemed Humanity. (Revelation 15:3; Romans 8:18-21 with context)

 

Who but GOD could accomplish such a thing?

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FI Y5 WK 3 P. LECH L’CHA (GO) TROUBLE ON THE WAY

Genesis 14:12, “They also took Lot, Abram’s brother’s son who dwelt in Sodom, and his goods, and departed.”

 

One might think that answering the call of God leads to a gentle road of life. But this is not so. Abram was on a divinely inspired journey when his nephew Lot was captured in a war between a confederacy of four city-states and the five city-states that included Sodom—the place Lot had chosen for himself to live and to tend his cattle. That capture forced Abram to mount a rescue to save his brother’s son.

 

Many contingencies arise to obstruct the way of the one who will follow God. Life is full of currents and cross-currents of social conflict and natural woe. But the child of God will find that there is more than enough resource to face the difficulties. A wise disciple will be prepared for whatever might arise on the way to fulfilling the will of God.

 

Abram armed his 318 servants born in his own house and skilled in desert warfare. He pursued the marauders who had his nephew. He created a pincer attack at night, surprised the thieves, and took back all that had been lost.

 

May the LORD grant to us the wisdom to prepare for problems before they arise. Then may we have his wisdom in countering evil when it comes against us.

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FI Y5 WEEK 2 – P. NOACH (Noah) THE FOUNTAINS OF THE GREAT DEEP BROKEN UP

THEME: THE RELIABLE RECORD OF THE BIBLE CONCERNING THE CURRENT GEOLOGY OF EARTH
FOLLOWING THE GREAT FLOOD. THE MECHANICS OF THE GREAT FLOOD CITED IN GENESIS AND
CONFIRMED IN JOB. THE COMFORTING ASSURANCE OF THOSE WHO ARE IN CHIRST THAT IN
MESSIAH WE ARE THE HEIRS OF GOD TO THE EARTH AND TO ALL THINGS.

FIRST:
The matter of the “ancient-and-young” realities of the creation are reconciled by the difference
between the Transcendent View of God during the first cycles of creation and the impartation
of the neshamah to humanity in Genesis 2 at the end of the creation cycles, at which time the
point of view became that of humanity “under the sun.” (Ecclesiastes) This is well explained by
Gerald Schroeder as documented in my book DESIGNED LIFE: Reflections of a Theologian
(Hebraic Heritage Press, 2021, Atlanta, Georgia). Keeping this in mind provides the context for
the “recent” changes to the geology of earth in the days of Noah (Genesis 6-9).
SECOND:
It should impress the mind that the ancient testimony of humanity to the core factuality of the
earth’s recent history immediately after the Great Flood is preserved in the Bible in Genesis 6-
11. It is also significantly preserved in the Book of Job—the man who lived very early in the
repopulating phase of the earth and who had a visitation from God that disclosed many facts
and metaphysical truths about creation, especially in chapter 38 seq. This ancient testimony of
man has been corroborated with regard to the Great Flood in every ancient civilization of
humanity world-wide, including such renditions as the Gilgamesh Epic. But it has been
especially preserved with accuracy in the divinely inspired record of Genesis.
THIRD:
It should be noted that Catastrophic Geology explains why sedimentary rock covers ca. 85% of
the surface geology of earth*, a fact that implies a world-wide immersion of earth in
water—corresponding to the narrative of the Global Flood of the Bible. It also explains why
there are fossils on the tops of mountains world-wide. The tectonic theories of evolutionary
geologists come up against inversions in layers of rock that are too difficult to explain by vast
evolutionary ages of slow processes of uplift. Catastrophic geology explains the severe features
of earth geology (such as the Grand Canyon in Arizona, USA) whereas evolutionary theories like
the carving of the Grand Canyon out of the deep layers of rock-substructure of earth by the
erosion of the Colorado River over millions of years are fanciful and insufficient. The rapid
breaking, gouging, scarring and eroding effects of the violent tectonics of the Global Flood are
collectively the only sufficient explanation for the Grand Canyon of Arizona. In the catastrophic
biblical account is the record of the breakup of the miles-thick rock formations that held the

subsurface reservoirs of water in vast vaults around the globe. The rupture of that mantle, the
resulting geyser’s and atmospheric downpours (that eroded masses of land in rapid depositions
and left behind severe formations) and the deep splitting of “pangea’s” structure which
separated the single mass of surface land into the present continents of earth are recorded in
the Bible.**
[*85%: cf. Ray Comfort, SCIENTIFIC FACTS IN THE BIBLE, 2001, Bridge-Logos, p. 27.]
[** Genesis 10:25, one of two possible interpretations in which the drifting of the continents from each other
after the Flood in the early days of the descendants of Noah is mentioned. The other interpretation is that the
assigned regions of earth for occupation by the families of Noah as they expanded to cover the earth was
initiated in the days of Peleg. Both interpretations have merit.]

FINALLY:
These background considerations bring us to the simple fact noted in this devotion:
The fountains of the Great Deep were broken up in the Great Flood of Noah. This is testified to
and confirmed by God as he spoke to Job concerning the closing phase of the Flood in chapter
38:8, saying, “Or who shut up the sea with doors, when it broke forth, as if it had issued out of
the womb?” The breaking up phase is described in Genesis 7:11 where it is written, “In the six
hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the
same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were
opened.”
In my book is a citation and summary of “The Hydroplate Theory” of Dr. Walt Brown* who used
the simple fact of the global rupture of the rock mantle which separated the subterranean
waters of earth from the surface waters of the earth of original human occupation to explain
how the violent tectonics of the Great Flood transformed the geology of the pre-Flood earth
into what it is today.
[*Dr. Walt Brown, from his book IN THE BEGINNING, referenced in the DESIGNED LIFE bibliography.]
It should comfort us to know that God is in charge of both the history and the future of
earth. It is our habitat. It was designed for us. And we can settle our hearts in the assurance
that our Creator God is faithful to provide for all our needs according to his riches in glory by
Christ Jesus—The Creative Word of God Incarnate “by whom all things were made, and without
whom was not anything made that was made.” (John 1) Even the seas obey him. (Mark 4:39-
41). The transcendent riches of Christ include his possession of the Title Deed to Creation, even
to our amazing Earth! (Book of Revelation, chapters 4-5, seq.) And since we are joint-heirs with
him, the Earth and all things have become ours too as inheritors of God with Messiah.

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FI Y5 WK 1 P. B’RESHIT (In the beginning) SHAMAI(IM) & RAQIA (Heavens & Firmament) – September 30th

THEME: This is an intricate word study that seeks to biblically unravel mysteries concerning the creation of (layered) heavens. This will include the possibility that the Raqia [“firmament”] was possibly layered in such a way as to allow for divisions of water below the earth as well as above the mantle of earth based on the Torah definition of the Raqia as “that which divided” waters into portions below the Raqia and above the Raqia. (Genesis 1:6 seq.) There is much speculation in this devotion, but it is for the purpose of seeking a Biblical basis for current scientific understanding of Earth as it exists within the Solar System and the Cosmos.

 

The contemplation concerns the idea of layered “Skies” (the Hebrew term will be studied to postulate that concept). First will be the ordinary reference to “Sky” (Earth’s enveloping atmosphere); second will be a reference to “Space” (that part of the cosmos that contains the Stars, etc. beyond the atmosphere of Earth but which are viewed by humanity through the atmosphere); third will be a reference to the Raqia as possibly having a non-obvious reference to the miles-thick mantle of Earth that (theoretically) separated surface water from pre-Flood, sub-surface reservoirs of water that erupted in the Great Flood of Genesis.

 

The “definition” of Raqia in Genesis 1 as that which “separated waters above from waters below” is the basis for the layered concept. If one is able to accept the dual / plural term “Shamaim” as indicating that “Heavens” were layered as delineated here, then it will give credibility to Dr. Walt Brown’s “Hydroplate Theory” which is dealt with in my book DESIGNED LIFE: Reflections of a Theologian, Hebraic Heritage Christian Press, 2021. That theory answers many questions about the contrast of evolutionary Uniformitarian Geology with creationist Catastrophic Geology.

 

 

THERE ARE TWO PRIMARY CONSIDERATIONS for this devotion, both of which are necessary for the “layered” interpretation of “heavens” and “firmament” to be acceptable in both biblical and scientific terms. Those two considerations are:

 

FIRST that the Hebrew word “Shamaim” is both a dual and a plural word. The singular form is “Shamai” (Deuteronomy 33:28, “Shamaiv”, “his heaven” (sky), BDB).

 

The dual / plural form of the word for “heavens” contains a possible implication that “heaven” is layered (heavens). This is a notable concept when it is considered that in the opening sentence of Genesis “Shamaiim” (Heavens) as a plural (or dual) is in contrast with “Aretz” (Earth) which is a singular. It is the dual / plural form of the Hebrew word “Shamaiim” that is used consistently throughout the Biblical record (with the one exception in Deuteronomy 33:28, as far as I know). The ordinary understanding of the plural Hebrew term is “the atmosphere that surrounds the earth” (STONE Tanakh commentary). But the thesis of this devotion is that there are two other possible meanings of the term*: “Space” (beyond the atmospheric water of Earth], and the “Rock Mantle of Earth” (the “firm, flat thing” that “separated” (from the surface waters) the pre-Flood subterranean reservoirs that erupted in the Genesis account of the Flood in the form of geysers that shot into the atmosphere and then gathered into the surface waters of the original seas. This event significantly enlarged both the seas and the original (relatively-low) “mountains” of earth due to the violent tectonics of the Great Flood. That event resulted in the division of the early unified land mass of earth (“Pangea”) into the continents that we now have on the planet.

[*Shamaiim. There is another, mystical meaning of the term that should be considered: “heavens” also contains in it a metaphysical reference to the Transcendent realm of spirit in which God in His essential manifestation dwells (John 4:24) and in which there exist interdimensional beings such as the angels as well as the spirits and souls of departed humans.]

 

It should be noted that oil drillers consistently encounter salt water in sub-surface layers of the Earth and that such a routine phenomenon gives substance to Dr. Brown’s Hydroplate Theory and to the concept of the Raqia as a “firm, flat thing” that separates surface and sub-surface waters of Earth.

 

SECOND that the Hebrew word “Firmament” is properly understood as a “firm, flat thing” (to quote my Hebrew Professor at Perkins Seminary at SMU, Dallas, Texas USA, Dr. Roy Heller). Thus, BDB (p. 956) comments, “2. the vault of heaven, or ‘firmament,’ [was] regarded by Hebrews as solid, and supporting ‘waters’ above it, Gn 1:6, 7, 7, 7, 8 (called SHAMAIIM, all plural”) [Owens, dual: the spellings of dual and plural are identical and the interpretation is contextual].

 

These two concepts when taken together in the manner described above allow for a contemporary scientific understanding of the Biblical record that harmonizes with the biblical record. Then the Hydroplate Theory of Dr. Brown postulates that the Great Flood is explained by this means in simple geological terms—internal heating of the earth’s core increasing until the stability of the inner water systems of Earth erupted and produced the phenomenon I have described above. The tectonics of the Flood were then resolved into the scarred, marred, overturned, uplifted and divided condition of the earth that we see today (for instance, the Grand Canyon in Arizona, USA and the presence of fossils on the tops of mountains world-wide). This was accomplished naturally by the simple working of the law of gravity. Dr. Brown comments that his theory answers all geological questions without the many anomalies involved in Uniformitarian Geology.

 

TO SUMMARIZE: The bible contains within it all the core knowledge we need to unravel the scientific conundrums of our time. We must simply dig out the potential that is in the Hebrew Bible along with the conditions we observe on Earth to unite both Human Science and Divine Revelation into a cohesive whole.