Rastafari Talmud

Biblical Reasonings based on The Teaching of Qedamawi Haile Sellassie

Parashah Lekh Lekha פָּרָשָׁה לֶךְ-לְךָ Sabbath Portion 3 & Commemoration of the 84th Anniversary of The King of Kings.

 

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In honor of this glorious 84th Anniversary of the Revelation of The Conquering Lion of The Tribe of Judah,  Qedamawi Haile Sellassie and His Christ Eyesus, Elect of HaElohim, King of Kings of Ethiopia (King of Israel Upon the Throne of David which is The Throne of Yahweh/ see Isaiah 9:7 and 2 Chronicles 9:8) and His Queen of Queens Menen Asfaw, RasTafari Talmud will be presenting the following Parashah dissemination from a more fundamental approach, identifying the general thought, as an exhortation to all of I&I: “the King’s Children, in Yeshua,”. We hope that may all readers will benefit from the applicable object lesson contained within this reading (which the author Amens/”Admits to be True” in Life), as we are admonished in 1 Corinthians 10:11 “Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.”. In our humble effort to be faithful to The Teaching of His Majesty and in diligently seeking The Glory of H.I.M. by applying our studies and the  knowledge acquired in our daily halakah walk/”trod”, we have found the following  Utterance of H.I.M. to be without doubt:  “Today man sees all his hopes and aspirations crumbling before him. He is perplexed and knows not whither he is drifting. But he must realise that the Bible is his refuge, and the rallying point for all humanity. In it man will find the solution of his present difficulties and guidance for his future action, and unless he accepts with clear conscience the Bible and its great Message, he cannot hope for salvation. For my part I glory in the Bible.” Utterance of H.I.M. Haile Sellassie I

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Romans 13:4 For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.

Introductions

For Parashah Lekh Lekha “Walk, Walk Forward; Yourself” overview please visit our Brother Site “RasTafari Renaissance” link: http://rastafarirenaissance.wordpress.com/2014/11/01/3rd-%e1%8a%ad%e1%8d%8d%e1%88%8d%d7%a4%d7%a8%d7%a9%d7%94-study-ras-tafari-renaissance-revelations/

A general sketch of the Torah reading reveals 5 “aspects” that are crucial as we learn to walk in the Way, Truth and Life of Our Salvation/ Yeshua “Jesus”;

1) Calling: from Yahweh “(HaShem) Covenant Name of the Triune GOD of The Bible”, The recognition of our calling usually proceeds to unfold as we become conscious of the fact that seeking after the illusion of worldly promises has always failed to provide us with any lasting and substantial sense of contentment. This realization is further confirmed when we are able to acknowledge that apart from a personal covenant relationship, with Yahweh, we are wholly incapable of finding that contentment. (See Matthew 20:16)

2) Separation: from the illusions of temporary worldly indulgences, so prevalent in the time, and entering into a state of Christ “Annointed” Mindfulness. The Separation is related to the calling. It should be noted that Separation not merely a physical or outward action but an inward spiritual working of the Holy “Set Apart” Spirit of Truth that progressively manifests itself as an visible expression. (See Matthew 23:26)

3) Promise: in the sense of; From Yahweh toward us/Hope in the sense of; admitting the Truth of that Promise from us toward Yahweh. (In the Haile Sellassie Revised Amharic Bible, Promise and Hope are both expressed as Tesfa [ተስፋ] see 1 Kimgs 8:56 and Ezra 10:2 in H.I.M.’s R.A.B. for example). We learn more of Yahweh’s Promise and our Hope by studying HIS Word of which “HE will not repent” (see 1 Samuel 15:29/Note Amharic Translation of “Strength” Hayile [ ኃይል] )

4) Faith: It is for us to look toward Yahweh as our Source of Life, placing complete trust in HIM because HE is faithful and to fulfill all that HE has promised, as HIS Word will not return to HIM void, regardless of the appearances of situations we may temporarily find ourselves in. (See Isaiah 55:11)

5) Grace: In the Salvation of Yahweh, in and through the Atonement of Yeshua HaMashiakh “Jesus Christ”, we are assured that even if we fall short we are able to remain in HIS “undeserved merit” and favor through seeking forgiveness by “repentance” or having a change of heart and mind. As King David proclaims in Psalms 103:4 “Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;”

Link to Online Version of His Majesty’s Revised Amharic Bible “R.A.B.”: https://bible.org/foreign/amharic/

Central Thought of Parashah Lekh Lekha revealing the “5 aspects” of our walk:

Calling/Seperation/Promise are each evident in the very first verse of the portion reading Genesis Chapter 12:1; Now Yahweh had said unto Abram  (Calling) Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house (Seperation/compare Luke 14:26), unto a land that I will shew thee (Promise):

The reason for Yahweh choosing Abram to be called according to His Purpose was due to Abram’s unwillingness to engage in the practices of idolatry, which Yahweh abhors, that was the common culture in Ur of the Chaldees. The Kebra Negast Chapter 13 further expounds on this matter: And TÂRÂ (TERAH) begot a son and called him “ABRAHAM” (or, ABRÂM). And when ABRAHAM was twelve years old his father TERAH sent him to sell idols. And ABRAHAM said, “These are not gods that can make deliverance”; and he took away the idols to sell even as his father had commanded him. And he said unto those unto whom he would sell them, “Do ye wish to buy gods that cannot make deliverance, [things] made of wood, and stone, and iron, and brass, which the hand of an artificer hath made?” And they refused to buy the idols from ABRAHAM because he himself had defamed the images of his father. And as he was returning he stepped aside from the road, and he set the images down, and looked at them, and said unto them, “I wonder now if ye are able to do what I ask you at this moment, and whether ye are able to give me bread to eat or water to drink?” And none of them answered him, for they were pieces of stone and wood; and he abused them and heaped revilings upon them, and they spake never a word. And he buffeted the face of one, and kicked another with his feet, and a third he knocked over and broke to pieces with stones, and he said unto them, “If ye are unable to deliver yourselves from him that buffeteth you, and ye cannot requite with injury him that injureth you, how can ye be called ‘gods’? Those who worship you do so in vain, and as for myself I utterly despise you, and ye shall not be my gods.” Then he turned his face to the East, and he stretched out his hands and said, “Be Thou my God, O Lord, Creator of the heavens and the earth, Creator of the sun and the moon, Creator of the sea and the dry land, Maker of the majesty of the heavens and the earth, and of that which is visible and that which is invisible; O Maker of the universe, be Thou my God. I place my trust in Thee, and from this day forth I will place my trust in no other save Thyself.” And then there appeared unto him a chariot of fire which blazed, and ABRAHAM was afraid and fell on his face on the ground; and [God] said unto him, “Fear thou not, stand upright.” And He removed fear from him.

In considering the above except from Kebra Negast, we should ponder on whether or not we are currently in the custom of idolatry. This is not merely the worshipping of images, carvings or objects of the like but in the spiritual sense it would amount to placing any person, place or thing in higher reverence or assigning to them greater worth than Yahweh which is the only Sovereign of the Universe, able to bestow blessings and higher than all HIS creation.

In verse 2-3: We are able to see the beginning of Yahweh’s Great Promise to Abram through the Blessing “And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.”

In verse 4: We see that Abram demonstrated Faith and Hope by Trusting in Yahweh’s Promise. Abram departed as Yahweh commanded at the age of 75. Without any doubt, Abram journeyed with his wife Sarai, Nephew Lot and (the souls which he got from Haran: compare with the Exodus led by Moses Exodus 12:35-38), until they reached the Plain of Moreh where in verse 6-7 “Yahweh appeared unto Abram, and said, Unto thy seed will I give this land”.  

However, when famine came Abram’s faith was shook, as in the reading it was not recorded that Abram supplicated to Yahweh for his needs but rather went into Egypt and encountered a difficult situation. Yet Yahweh revealed His Grace to Abram and released him from that situation, moreover with greater wealth. (Genesis 12:19,10/again compare with Exodus:35-38). The object lesson to be interpreted from this depiction is that Egypt symbolizes our tendency during times of difficulty to resort to our previous carnal instincts to search for a solution to our circumstances without asking for our necessities whether material, emotional or spiritual from Yahweh and trusting that HE will provide. Yeshua testifies to this in Matthew 6:25-32 “ Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?  (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.”

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The entire portion continues in the theme of the “5 aspects’ of our trod. Including the Highlight, when Abram rescues Lot during the War of the five & four Kings and is met by MelkiTzedek (מַלְכִּי־צֶדֶק ) “King of Righteousness/My King is Righteous/King of Salem” Priest of “The Most High” El Elyon (לְאֵל עֶלְיֹֽון) who appears with Bread (Son/See John 6:35) and Wine (Holy Spirit/See Matthew 26:29). Abrams gives tithes to MelkiTzedek and refuses any solicitation, on his own part, from the King of Sodom, furthering his faith and in a sense supping with The Father and The Son. This passage Genesis 14:18-20 is extremely interesting in that it reveals, as will the next Parashah WaYeira “and He Appeared” the Unity of the Trinity (Father /Son/Holy Spirit)  in the Old Testament , as it is from the very beginning in Genesis 1:1-2 (See RasTafari Talmud Parashah Bereshit Study Notes). The following verses should also be taken into consideration for this revelation: John 10:30 “I and my Father are one” Revelations 3:20 “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” Phillipians 2:9 “Wherefore HaElohim hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name (Speaking of Yeshua HaMashiakh):” as well as Hebrews 7 (ENTIRE CHAPTER)

At this point, we will leave it up to the reader to discern the areas of revelation and we pray to Our Father, in The Name of Yeshua, that each one, growing in grace, will learn to identify and apply the principles in daily life. Amen

Related Reflections contained within this portion:

-Emphasizing the 5 aspects may be in Genesis 17 as the Hebrew letter “He” (ה) equivilent to 5 in gematria is associated with HaElohim’s Breath and Grace: Notice that Abram (אַבְרָם) “Exalted Father” and Sarai (שָׂרַי) “princess” when blessed by Yahweh (יְהוָה; notice the two ה’s in The Covenant Name of HaElohim)  in recieving the Abrahamic Covenant recieved the He in their names, thus becoming Abraham (אַבְרָהָם ) “Father of the Multitudes/Many Nations” and Sarah (שָׂרָה) “Noble Wombman” (Genesis 17:5 & 17:15; this understanding should be taken in the context of Hebrews 11:18 Galatians 4:24.) Also, there are 5 readings during this portion.

Coronation

-His Imperial Majesty Qedamawi Haile Sellassie and Her Imperial Majesty Menen Asfaw foreshadowed in the Type of Abraham and Sarah. Romans 4:16 Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all. (See also, Akedah “The Binding of Isaac Genesis 22:3-14 )

-Chapter 15 The 400 “Vision”/Prophecy Genesis 12-17 for the Black physical descendants of Abraham (Compare with the Curses for Disobedience  see Deuteronomy 28:15-68)

-Area of Land in Covenant with the Black physical seed of Abraham. ” I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates:” in context with Hebrews 11:18 “Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called:” (However, though scripture relates that this verse is applicable regarding the Land Covenant,  in many senses Hebrews 11:18 could be applied to both Abraham’s physical and spiritual descendants)

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RESTORE THE DAVIDIC MONARCHY (We also call on the “State” of Israel of Benjamin Ze’ev Herzl and The Knesset to Repent to HaShem and just be honest of your true identity and truly observe Torah, there is forgiveness! זָכַר  And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee) Link to The Crown Council of Ethiopia : http://www.ethiopiancrown.org/

 

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