Va’era | ???? | ” And I appeared ” – I appeared to them with the Power [El Shaddai ], This is, the force of the soul of Messiah ben Yosef(i.e Divine Heavenly Tzaddik)
The second reading from the book of Exodus and fourteenth reading from the Torah is named Va’era (????), which means “And I appeared.” The first words of the second verse of the reading, which says, “And I appeared to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, as G-d Almighty” (Exodus 6:3). The portion begins with four expressions of redemption whereby G-d promises to bring Israel out of the Egyptian bondage. The narrative progresses to tell the story of the first seven of the ten plagues that G-d unleashed on Egypt.
Zohar Writings: “And Elohim spoke to Moses and said to him, ‘I am Hashem and I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, by the name of El Shadai…’” (Shemot 6:2-3). Rabbi Aba opened the discussion saying, “Trust in Hashem forever (Heb. adei ad), for Yah Hashem is an everlasting rock” (Yeshayah 26:4). “Trust in Hashem” Means that all the people of the world have to strengthen themselves in the Holy One, blessed be He, and trust in Him.
The level of knowledge/power that G-d ordained Moses with is seen in Exodus 6:2-3: In a matter of fact, it’s because Moshe’s need for answers that the Sacred Name is revealed to him. “If they ask me, what is His name, what will I tell them?” (Exodus 3:13) (cf. Sanh 111a).
In Kabbalah, Moshe in this aspect embodies the Sefirah of ‘Hokhmah’ (Wisdom, or Mindfulness). After the verse: “In the lips of he who has discernment wisdom is found” (Prov 10:13). Thus the Scripture states : “Taste and see that G-d is good” (Psalm 34:9). After all Moses spoke with G-d “Mouth to Mouth” (Numbers 12:8). And because in this aspect Moses represents the Sefirah of ‘Hokhmah’, the Torah itself will be called after his name: “The Torah of Moses”.
In the same manner, the Hidden Wisdom (Hokhmah Nistara – acronym: ‘Hen’ [grace – ??]) is called after Messiah: “The Torah of Messiah”.
Messiah himself posses a lofty sense of selflessness and thus, Hokhmah is another attribute of Messiah, according to the verse: “a shoot will come up from the stump of Yisai… and the Spirit of HaShem will rest on him, the spirit of Hokhmah” (Isaiah 11:1-2) (cf. Torah Shleima 31:10; Pirkei D’Rabbi Eliezer 3).
….but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, this same Messiah is G-d’s power and G-d’s wisdom- 1 Corinthians 1:24
Just like Moses our Teacher, Messiah ben Yosef embodies both, selflessness (Hokhmah) and Compassion (Tiferet). The level of Messiah’s selflessness and compassion is taught in a Midrash with the following words:
“Messiah will say: Master of the Universe with joy in my soul and gladness in my heart I take this suffering upon myself provided that not one person in Israel shall perish, so that not only those who are alive be saved in my days, but also those who are dead, who died from the days of Adam up to the time of redemption.” (Pesikta Rabbati, Piska 36.1)
And G-d spoke to Moses, and said to him, I am YHVH And I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, by the name EL SHADDAI,but by My name ‘Havaya’ (Yod-Hei-Vav-Hei) I did not make me known to them” (Exodus 6:2).
So when G-d says: “I appeared [to them] In El Shaddai”, it can be interpreted as: ‘I appeared to them with the Power [El] Shaddai]’. This is, the force of the soul of Messiah ben Yosef; because he [the Righteous = haTzadik = Yosef = Messiah ben Yosef] is Yesod Olam, the foundation of all things (cf. Bahir 102).
An important teaching in Judaism is that last redemption will be very much like the first from Egypt. And the last redemption will make the impact not only on the Israel but also on the whole world.
The below “Anochi” word defines as signifies the first redemption from Egypt and the last redemption through Mashiach.” Anochi is an explicit expression of compassion, consolation and comfort.
Midrash Rabbah, Exodus III:4 – What is the meaning of G-d’s statement, THAT I (ANOKI) HAVE SENT THEE? Our Sages said it is symbolic of the first deliverance, for with an anoki Israel came into Egypt, as it is said: ‘ I (anoki) will go down with thee into Egypt’ (Genesis 46:4), and with an anoki will I take you out. It is also symbolic of the latter redemption, for with an anoki will they be healed and redeemed, as it is said: Behold, I (anoki) will send you Elijah the prophet.
Consider this: in Exodus, the first three plagues were shared by all the inhabitants of Egypt, both Israelite and Egyptian. However, the last seven plagues, as only Egyptians experienced the plagues. Interestingly the same seven plagues we can be find in the chapter of Revelation 15.Then I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvelous: seven angels having the seven last plagues, for in them the wrath of G-d is complete – Revelation 15: 1
This appearing is for the purpose of redeeming a people for Himself, but it is also to reveal what His redemption: And here it is, Take heart, beloved. You have been grafted into olive tree i. e Joined to Israel in Messiah- (Ezekiel 37, Romans 11, Ephesians 2-3), this is a time of testing that is coming upon the whole earth. If Israel listen and obey’s his VOICE under the divine mandate of Mashiach ben Yosef (Deut 30:1-10) , so G-d will shelter and save all Israel – not by taking her out of the world, but by preserving her as an eternal testimony among the nations.
Beloved, in the days of Noah, and in the prophecy of Yeshua , the Wicked that are taken away, the righteous were not “taken away” . The righteous are the ones left behind on earth. Read carefully in the chapter of Matthew 24. Seriously? the righteous are always left and it is the wicked that are taken away.
But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. Then two men will be in the field: one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding at the mill: one will be taken and the other left. – Matthew 24:37-41
Exodus 3: 13-14
Genesis 46: 4-5
Numbers 12 : 7-8
Revelation 15: 1-3
1 Corinthians 1:24
In G-d’s answer to Moses, He says that He appeared to the patriarchs Abraham, Isaac and Jacob as “the Eternal G-d” but “WITH MY NAME YKVK I WAS NOT KNOWN TO THEM” (Exodus 6:3). What does this mean? It is a fact that the essential name of HaShem, YKVK –– expressing the perfect unity of G-d within and beyond all.
From these studies we understand , the Master of the World, reveals Himself to be not only the HaShem Who interacts with individuals – but the Most High Who interacts with nations, and peoples.
The process of the redemption : This can be seen in how he dealt with those coming out of Egypt with Moses: Exodus 6:6-7 – Therefore, say to the B’nei Yisra’el: “I am YHVH, and I WILL BRING YOU OUT (v’hotzeiti et’khem) from under the yoke of the Egyptians. I WILL FREE YOU (vhitzalti et’khem) from being slaves to them, and I WILL REDEEM YOU (v’ga’alti et’khem) with an outstretched arm and with mighty acts of judgment. I WILL TAKE YOU AS MY OWN PEOPLE (v’lakachti et’khem li l’am), and I will be your G-d…” ….. And He physically took them out of Egypt (Egypt / “Mitzrayim” / confined place).
The below are the basis steps for the four Passover cups that we share in remembrance of our Redeemer. This is what Most High redemption process and looks like:
- I am YHVH and I will bring you out
- I will rescue you
- I will redeem you with an outstretched arm
- I will take you as My people, and I will be your G-d
We can find some of the statements in New Testament about the process of Redemption:
- He brought us out from under the burden of sin – I peter 2: 24 ( I will bring you out).
- He rescued us from the bondage of sin ( I will rescue you). he delivered us. It was not on the ground of any righteous deeds we had done, but on the ground of his own mercy. He did it by means of the mikveh of rebirth and the renewal brought about by the Ruach HaKodesh. –Titus 3:5
- He redeemed us with outstretched arm(s) ( I will redeem you with an outstretched arm). The Messiah redeemed us from the curse …… – Galatians 3 : 13
- He has taken us as His own people (I will take you as My people, and I will be your G-d). …… in order to make the people holy through his own blood ( In above Mishkyan ). – Hebrews 13 : 12
And this is about the future redemption: Get out of Bavel! Flee the Kasdim! With shouts of joy announce it, proclaim it! Send the news out to the ends of the earth! Say, “Adonai has redeemed his servant Ya‘akov.” – Isaiah 48:20
In them, we remember our Master who showed us what they meant for us eternally. We remember these are the process of the Four Cups of wine. It was the Third Cup, the Cup of Redemption that prompted by Rabbienu Yeshua :
Likewise He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is shed for you.” Luke 22:20
Just before the Third Cup, Yeshua had shared with them, as we share each year, the “Bread of Affliction” – the unleavened bread of Passover.
And He took bread, gave thanks [ha-motzi, the blessing for bread] and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” Luke 22:19
This is what redemption process looks like and this is how Most Ancient Holy one of Israel appears. Note that at the Passover Seder conducted by Yeshua prior to His death, He defers from drinking of this third cup of the New Covenant, until He returns to establish the Kingdom:
And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; For this is my blood of the New Covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom– Matthew 26:27-29
As followers of Yeshua and the Torah, we are welcomed into the “New Covenant” in the present time, based on His promise. We will experience the reality of this when he returns and drinks of this cup with us in the Kingdom, upon establishment of the New Covenant.
The original intention of Torah is blessings only on better terms under the divine mandate of Mashiach ben Yosef – (Deuteronomy 30: 1- 10)
The promise of Restoration:
If any of you are driven out to the farthest parts under heaven, from there YHWH your G-d will gather you, and from there he will bring you. (Deut. 30:4) Then YHWH your G-d will bring you to the land which your fathers possessed, and you shall possess it. He will prosper you and multiply you more than your fathers. And YHWH your G-d will circumcise your heart and the heart of your descendants, to love YHWH your G-d with all your heart and with all your soul, that you may live. (Deut. 30:5-6)
if you obey the voice of the Lord your God, by keeping His commandments and His statutes which are written in this Book of the Law, and if you return to the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul.(Deut 30:10)
And parallel which speaks about “New Covenant” with “the House of Israel and the House of Judah” – (Jeremiah 31:31, Hebrews 9:9)
The better terms of “New Covenant” are:
- Establishing the New Covenant (House of Israel & House of Judah) and writing Torah in our hearts and restoration of all the tribes as a One people, One Nation Under One King. (Jeremiah 31:33, Ezekiel 37:23-25) – My Servant David shall be their prince forever- (Ezek)
- And special relationship with Israel (Jeremiah 31:33; Ezekiel 37:27-28)
- All of them shall know Most High. (Jeremiah 31:34)
- Their transgressions will be forgiven. (Jeremiah 31:35; Ezekiel 16:63; Heb. 9:15, 22)
- The promised land will be given to Israel. (Jeremiah 32:41-44; Ezekiel 37:26)
Gentile believers have a special connection to Israel through Mashiach ben Yosef, as it is mentioned in Isaiah, Ezekiel : ………..The Strangers will be joined with them, and they will Cling to the house of Jacob– Isaiah 14:1.
Please read the scriptures carefully Ezekiel 37, Romans 11, Ephesians 2-3.
- Blessings and Peace for those who have been en grafted into Israel in Messiah.
- Blessings to the Gentiles/Friends who are Joining into Kingdom of Israel/ Joining the Stick of Yosef.
- Remember, the G-d Who redeems does not only redeem an individual, He redeems a people for His own. How much more should we be a people who love one another, seeing as he has redeemed not only us individually (as He is known as EL” Shaddai), but us as a nation and people for His own (He is revealed as Most Holy One of Israel).
From rabbinical sources to support the statements stated above:
The Jewish sages speak of a time coming in the future called “the final redemption” when the outcasts and exiled of Israel (both houses) will return to the land of Israel, return to Torah and will be reunited into one kingdom as they once were under King David, but this time under the rule of Messiah Ben (son of) David.
The future King Messiah (Messiah Ben David) will not only redeem the Jews from exile, but will restore the observance of the Torah-commandments to its complete state, which will only be possible when the Israelites are living in the Land of Israel. At this same time, “there will be an ingathering of the dispersed remnant of Israel. This will make it possible for the Davidic dynasty to be reinstated and for the observance of the Torah and its mitsvot [commandments] to be restored in its totality” (I Await His Coming Every Day, p. 35, [see also p. 38 quoting Rambam] by Menachem Schneerson). According to the Rambam in his Thirteen Principles of the Jewish Faith the resurrection of the dead will occur just after the coming of the Messiah and that the resurrection of the dead is a key element of the Final Redemption.
Haftarat Vaera – ‘And I appeared’
The second connection between this week’s Torah portion and haftarah from the Prophets is G-d’s covenant Name and His promises to Abraham and Jacob. This is how the haftarah begins:
Thus says Ad-nai HaShem: “When I have gathered the house of Israel from the peoples among whom they are scattered, and am hallowed in them in the sight of the Gentiles, then they will dwell in their own land which I gave to My servant Jacob. And they will dwell safely there, build houses, and plant vineyards; yes, they will dwell securely, when I execute judgments on all those around them who despise them. Then they shall know that I am HaShem their G-d.” – Ezekiel 28:25-26
It is used when Most High made His covenant with Abraham, promising Him a Messianic Redeemer (i.e. a Seed), descendants, and a land (Genesis 15). It is the same Name combination that Most High uses when He promises David a Messianic King to sit on his throne (2 Samuel 7). It is a Name combination that reflects this truth: G-d has made a covenant with Abraham and with David. Israel will forever be the beneficiaries of his covenant love. He will defend them because of His holy Name.
May the Glory of Most High endure forever, let G-d rejoice in His works. Blessed be the Name of Most High from this time and forever.
Gaddi – President