Nehemia Gordon & Keith Johnson – Pearls from the Torah Portion – Va’eira – Exodus 6:2-9:35

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  1. John Roberts says

    here is the quote “Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth.” another good teaching

  2. jennifer says

    can i ask the name of the israeli woman, that nehemiah mentioned about interpreting the bible by how one reads it? I’m not good at spelling out hebrew names, and thank you very much for this another enjoyable teaching.

  3. Tammy says

    Here is a link to a video that is about getting water from a river indirectly. It is even referred to as an Egyptian well. Move up to about the 6:00 minute mark and she is getting ready to explain the process.
    I thought it was pretty interesting that I had just come across this video prior to hearing this segment.

  4. The Remnant says

    Nehemiah mentioned that “El Shaddai” can be translated as “Great Spirit” the ancient peoples of North America who even though they did not know the name of the Creator of all things, called upon the “Great Spirit”.

    “Great Spirit Prayer” ….Ancient Prayer….

    “Oh, Great Spirit, whose voice I hear in the wind,
    Whose breath gives life to all the world.
    Hear me; I need your strength and wisdom.

    Let me walk in beauty, and make my eyes ever
    behold the red and purple sunset.

    Make my hands respect the things you have made
    and my ears sharp to hear your voice.
    Make me wise so that I may understand
    the things you have taught my people.
    Help me to remain calm and strong in the
    face of all that comes towards me.

    Let me learn the lessons you have hidden
    in every leaf and rock.
    Help me seek pure thoughts and act with the
    intention of helping others.
    Help me find compassion without empathy
    overwhelming me.
    I seek strength, not to be greater than my brother,
    but to fight my greatest enemy – Myself.
    Make me always ready to come to you with clean hands
    and straight eyes.
    So when life fades, as the fading sunset,
    my spirit may come to you without shame.

    “May you always walk in Beauty.”

  5. Sylvia says

    Thank you T Remnant for posting the Native prayer

  6. John Holsti says

    Something I noticed in this parsha was the water stored in containers also turned to blood. This seems to indicate more than an algal bloom found in the river. Without invoking Catholicism, this sounds like transubstantiation.

    The gnats we have in Western South Dakota do bite and deet doesn’t have any effect on them. They are usually only a problem for a couple of weeks in the summer but it makes working outside miserable. There is a continual cloud of these things swarming around ones ears when they are in season. I can empathize with the Egyptians of the Exodus. Shalom.

  7. John Holsti says

    P.S. I absolutely loved the intro. When Nehemia said the prayer and then you went to music, the hair on my arm stood up. That was soooo cool. I felt the guiding presence of the Ruach. You guys have something special.

  8. Elaine says

    Love, love this teaching!

  9. Elaine says

    love this teaching

  10. Anthony says

    This was the best teaching to date for me. Thanks you three in arms. Slowing down throughout the Word, works for me.

  11. jennifer says

    Thanks, Elizabeth, for the links!

  12. Ester says

    Shalom ‘Fantastic Three’!
    I AGREE wholeheartedly and say Amein, to using and calling ABBA’s beautiful , mighty Name above ALL names.
    And especially since ABBA’s Name is being restored to us, why would we rather say God, LORD (as all other gods/idols are also known) which personally I think is more irreverent refering to YHWH, than using YAHuWAH that fills me with such shalom and joy!,
    Thank you, Keith, for bringing up Zikri, that was a bonus!
    Beautiful misrashing. thank you.

  13. shirley gibson says

    i love this teaching – i kinda got stuck here – this is my fourth time listening to this. Did anyone else see/sense a spiritual parallel between this and the scene in revelation of the tribulation period?The parallel between the beginning of the tribulation period of which ” we” will be going through some stuff – then the period where HE makes a clear distinction between HIS people and the people of the world and “we” are set part, protected and sheltered in a place of safety! Zikri!!!!! When HE makes the clear distinction between HIS people and the people of the world.

  14. Chuck says

    The Egyptian Goddess ‘Heqet’ was represented with the head of a frog is the way I heard it. Re: va’eira.

  15. Linda Wells says

    Amazing teaching. Tons of insights and truly enjoy Nehemia educating us on how the Hebrew language works and the words that are the same in other scriptures. My head is still spinning! Love and appreciate all you guys!

  16. Rick Winkler says

    Given what Keith and Nehemia pointed out concerning the word נוֹדַ֖עְתִּי and how it was used in Ezekiel could it not be translated as “renown” as opposed to “known”? He had not made His name renown to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. His name is not just what He is called by, but it His essence as the Eternal, All Encompassing One who works great wonders. It is also His reputation. The “I will’s”, vs. 6-8, are Him explaining how He will accomplish to make His Name renown. The ten plagues and the children of Israel being driven out of Egypt by the Egyptians were His fulfillment of His promise to make His name renown. He made His name so renown by these actions that His name is remembered to this very day throughout the world where His name is proclaimed.

    This is what I got from the teachings of Keith and Nehemia. Thanks again, guys.

  17. andrew yachad says

    Questions in Hebrew are introduced by a specific interrogative, or by the letter Heh in front of the pertinent phrase’s pronoun or verb. Since neither of these are in Ex. 6:3, it cannot be interpreted as a question, it has to be a statement.

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