Messianic Torah Portion B'reisheet


B'reisheet "In the Beginning" B'resheet

B'resheet (Genesis) 1:1- 6:8 29

HaShem wants His people to be a reflection of His image. One way we can display His image to the world is by living a lifestyle that reflects the presence of Yeshua. Yeshua was the perfect image of HaShem because He was totally obedient. To project the image of HaShem to the world we must learn to be totally obedient to HaShem. One-way Yeshua displayed his total obedience was his desire to imitate the HaShem's actions. John 5:19 states "Verily, verily, I say to you, The Son is not able to do anything of himself, if he may not see the Father doing anything; for whatever things He may do, these also the Son in like manner doth". Like Yeshua, Adam was also created as a reflection of HaShem's image. B'reisheet 1:26 states "God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth." As a reflection of HaShem's image Adam was to demonstrate to the world HaShem's authority over all living creatures. Therefore, Adam was given dominion over all living creatures. Like Adam and like Yeshua, the calling of all of HaShem's people is to reflect His image to the rest of the world. To accomplish our calling we must learn how to become an example of HaShem's actions to the world to demonstrate HaShem's presence. In B'resheet we can see that one of HaShem's actions was to rest on the seventh day. HaShem chose resting as a way for mankind to reflect upon His creative activities, and at the same time to display those activities to the rest of the world.

B'reisheet 2:2-3 states "on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made." And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made." Of all of HaShem's creations in the first week only the Shabbat was declared holy. The Shabbat was the only part of creation that was perfect from the beginning. Adam and Eve were not perfect because of their disobedience. The earth was not perfect because of Adam and Eve's sin. B'reisheet 3:18 states "unto Adam He said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shall not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shall thou eat of it all the days of thy life; Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shall eat the herb of the field." Only the Shabbat was perfect. Everything in creation except the Shabbat needed healing. Healing for the sins of Adam and Eve ultimately came through the Messiah as 1Corinthians 15:22 states, "For as in Adam all die, even so in Messiah shall all be made alive". The earth became corrupt and also needed healing as a result of Adam and Eve's sin. Healing for the earth will come when the new heavens and earth are created, as Revelations 21:1 states: "I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea". The heavens and the earth will pass away, and men will live and die. In spite of this type of change, HaShem uses the seventh day as a reminder of the healing His rest brings. Therefore, the seventh-day Shabbat will always exist, regardless of how the world changes. Even future generations will be able to reflect on the healing HaShem's rest brings by observing the Shabbat. We can see an example of this in Yesha'Yahu 66:22-23, which states, "For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, says the LORD, so shall your seed and your name remain. And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one Shabbat to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, says the LORD". Rest on the seventh-day existed in the beginning, and it is clear that rest on the seventh-day will exist in the end.

HaShem's desire is that every generation, and every race will learn to enter His rest. Shemot 20:8-11 states "remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shall thou labor, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shall not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day, and hallowed it." Following HaShem's example and resting on the seventh-day gives us the chance to renew ourselves and enter into HaShem's healing. The seventh-day rest was created for our benefit as Yeshua states in Mark 2:27 "The Shabbat was made for man, not man for the Shabbat". We should keep the seventh-day Shabbat because it is a blessing for mankind and a way for us to experience the healing power of HaShem.

By Rabbi Yaakov benYosef ­

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