Here in a few short weeks we will enter the time of the fall feasts of The LORD and the Ingathering of The Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot). We will have completed another yearly cycle of the Torah readings and come to the final portion – Vezot HaBerachah – ‘And This is The Blessing’. ‘HaBerachah’ is a word for ‘the blessing’. But this is not just any blessing. Vezot is an unusual word. It is an adjective according to grammar, and means ‘and this’, as pointing to something very specific. It is spelled ‘vav, zayin, aleph, tav. (Take note, anytime we see the ‘AlephTav’ together – ‘the first and the last’, the beginning and the end – we need to ‘take note’). The ‘Vav’ is the ‘nail’ that connects heaven and earth.. ‘Zayin’ is a weapon, a shining sword, brightness, light. Interestingly. the gemmatria ( numeric value) of zayin is ‘seven’ depicting an oath. If you spell out the word’zayin’ it’s gemmatria is 77, or two sevens, if you will. Perhaps for Ephraim and Judah?
So we are not speaking of just any ‘berachah’, just any blessing. We are speaking of ‘Vezot’, this particular blessing in which we can see a picture of the Father and the Son and the performance of the ‘oath’ spoken in the garden. The Word that was from before the beginning – The AlephTav – willingly allows His heel to be bruised but will crush the head of the enemy. This One, the Son of our Father, is the Vav – the nail that connects heaven and earth – and He is the ‘-Zayin’ – the Weapon, the two-edged Sword that is the Light of the world and the Light and Life to mankind. It is This Blessing, the Blessing from our Father, the Promised Messiah that is depicted in this word and blessing. He is the Promised King of Yeshurun when all the tribes are gathered together, which is the time of Sukkot, the Great Harvest and Ingathering (Zechariah 14).
Funny how all this comes together.
“Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times that which is not yet done, Saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, And I will do all My pleasure,’ Isaiah 46:10
But before we can step into Sukkot, there is Yom Teruah – Feast of Trumpets – which announces the coming of something of tremendous magnitude. And there is Yom Kippur – Atonement – which must be completed against all those that still rebel and refuse Our Father’s Gift and Blessing.
But before we arrive at the Homecoming of Homecomings, there is much to endure spiritually, as well as physically and emotionally. We must prepare for all three in all the ways Abba would lead, direct and provide. And when we have done all, then we stand firm on the Rock and see the Salvation of the ages.
“Blessed are you, O Israel! Who is like you, a people saved by The LORD? He is your shield (Magen) and Helper and your Glorious Sword. Your enemies will cower before you, and you will trample down their high places.” Deuteronomy 33:29
“11 Therefore, remember that formerly you who were Gentiles by birth . . . 12 remember that at that time you were separate from Messiah, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. 13 But now in Messiah Yeshua, you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Messiah.” Ephesians 2
Shabbat Shalom to you and yours in these days and the days to come – J&R