Nehemia Gordon & Keith Johnson – Pearls from the Torah Portion – Shoftim – Deuteronomy 16:18-21:9


If we are not to make a sacred pillar why was Jacobs pillar accepted? Must we always have two or three witnesses? Who has the authority today? Are we guilty of rejecting Yehovah as King? What of the Harry Potter question and how far do we take Deuteronomy 18:9-14? Who is the prophet likened unto Moses?

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23 Comments

  1. Miri Burgin says

    What dates for the 2013 Aviv Search?

  2. Miri Burgin says

    yikes, when I posted my question, the broadcast went away and had to start over!

  3. Chrisso says

    I agree 100% that Yeshua wrote out the commandments in the sand and probably left out the commandment – thou shalt not commit adultery…

  4. Nick says

    I completely agree with Keith that the prophet in Deu 18:15-19 is the Messiah, namely Yeshua. The Thirteenth Century Rabbinic commentator Ralbag (Rabbit Levi ben Gershon) did not understand it as a “collective singular” concerning this passage. He wrote: A prophet from the midst of you.- In fact the Messiah is such a Prophet as it is stated in the Midrash [Tanhuma] on the verse “Behold my Servant shall prosper” [Is. 52:13]… Moses by the miracles which he wrought brought a single nation to worship Elohim, but the Messiah will draw all peoples to the worship of Elohim. (Ralbag on Duet. 18:18)

    The Midrash Tanhuma (cited above) says:
    It is written, Behold, my servant shall deal wisely, He shall be exalted, and extolled, and be very high (Isa_52:13). It means, He shall be more exalted than Abraham of whom it is written, ‘I lift up my hand’ (Gen_14:22). He shall be more extolled than Moses of whom it is said, ‘As a nursing father beareth the nursing child’ (Num_11:12). ‘And shall be very high’—that is, Messiah shall be higher than the ministering angels. (Midrash Tanhuma Is. 52:13)

    Certainly the Torah foretells the coming of Messiah. A tradition found in Midrash Rabbah provides: Like Moses, Messiah will be revealed, then hidden, then revealed again. (Bamidbar Rabbah 11:2) Or, we may recall the very words of Yeshua, “Mosheh wrote about Me.” (Joh_5:46)

    Thank you Keith!

  5. Sheryl says

    Preach it Keith! love it. 🙂

  6. Dorinda Russell says

    I love you guys & listen every week but this week I had to dis agree with Nehemiah A person with a solid knowledge & belief would not be affected by such things as H Potter but young people even believers are still struggling with their faith & beliefs can be affected by reading & watching these kind of materials & may end up dabbling in the occult

  7. Dan n Heidi says

    What a resource these pearls have been 4 my family. May Ya bless and keep u, because this program has been one of the best resources for our faith/study EVER! We will re-review torah pearls many times b4 our work is done on this third rok from the sun! We love y’all!

  8. Darren Chan says

    I understand how Keith feels about the Harry Potter thing and the potential influence upon our children. I believe Nehemia has a different take on this matter because currently …

    1- He doesn’t have any children… yet.

    Deu 6:6 And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart.
    Deu 6:7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.

    2- He’s homeless.

    Deu 7:26 And you shall not bring an abominable thing into your house and become devoted to destruction like it. You shall utterly detest and abhor it, for it is devoted to destruction.

  9. Chrisso says

    Melchizedek was Shem, King of Jerusalem, then Eber then Isaac then Jacob the 12th…

    Adam the first, Seth the second, Enos the 3rd, Cainan the 4th, Mahalaleel the 5th, Jared the 6th, Methuselah the 7th, whuch brings you to Noah the 8th…

    the 13th brings you to Levi and Aaron the 14th…

    Yeshua was of the order of Melchizedek as his father was YHVY and gave to Him all knowledge of Himself…

    I think these first 14 mentioned are part of the 24 elders all about the throne of god – Of the Order of the Melchizedek….

  10. jono vandor says

    Chrisso, you cited “the order of Melchizedek”, but do you know what the English word “order” is in the Hebrew?

  11. Chrisso says

    Basically my understanding is that the word “order” comes from the primitive root Hebrew word “dabar” – pronounced dä·var’ –

    Translated in English basically meaning Commanded of God…

    Therefore, the Order of the Melchizedek, is the same as saying the Kingly High Priest of YHVH commanded to be so by YHVH to hold and share the truth and peace of the one and only God YHVH…

  12. jono vandor says

    Chrisso, What do you base that information on?

  13. Rick Winkler says

    Thank you, Keith, for not engaging in speculation. One day I would like to hear what you have discovered concerning Yeshua’s words recorded in the Gospels, and their connection to the Torah/Tanakh.

  14. Ester says

    Much wisdom (from Keith) and knowledge (from Nehemia) and both, from Jono, to glean from. :- ))
    I absolutely agree with Keith, that such as witchcraft books, from the depths of dark imagination ought not to be read by kids, nor to be brought into the house, which has been set apart to YHWH,
    they would be considered unclean, as a bad influence to the minds of innocent kids, that witchcraft is acceptable. No way, Nehemia! Can you be so naive? Slicha! Such books do not build up ones’ walk with YHWH.
    Absolutely true, Nehemia, we are accountable for ourselves, to seek for understanding first and foremost through the Ruach, Who leads us to all truth and not solely from men.
    Appreciate all these programs, Jono, thank you to the three of you, interesting characters! lol.
    Shalom!

  15. Engin says

    Jono, Keith and Nehemia: you are providing people with authentic textual insights obscured to us by centuries of cultural layers expressed through philosophy and derived theology; in short, things that make up our cultural perceptions and tell us how to experience the world and ourselves. We’ve had enough and this precisely is the way to say No to culture-mediated indoctrination.

    It seems that you and others like you are starting a worldwide movement of individuals genuinely interested in understanding God through a serious textual instrument that measures His personality.

    You are certainly encouraged to continue and pump more energy and skill into it.

    Engin
    Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

  16. Sigrun Einarsdottir says

    It is such a blessing to be able to reach this program, download it and listen whenever I have time.

    I have marked this to my weekly “to do” list. I do not want to miss one single program.

    Thank you!

    Blessings and shalom,
    Sigrun
    Reykjavik, Iceland

  17. Julio Medina says

    Order is seder in Hebrew. What were you getting at Jono with that question Jono?

  18. Margie Loubser says

    PRAISE YAHSHUA ALL,
    JUST MY HUMBLE INPUT THE ORDER OR MELCHIZEDEK WOULD BE BOTH KING AND PRIEST, MELCHI-KING AND ZEDEK-RIGHTEOUS. IF MY HEBREW IS NOT AS POLISHED, THE SCRIPTURE EXPLAINS THIS ONE TO HAVE BEEN THE KING OF SELEM CONECTING TO SHALOM (WE KNOW WHO THE PRINCE AND EVEN THE KING OF SHALOM IS) AND THE PRIEST OF ELOHIM. SO MELCHIZEDEK BOTH KING AND PRIEST. WELL YAHSHUA IS FROM THR TRIBE OF YEHUDAH THE ROYAL TRIBE-KING AND HE OFFERED HIS OWN LIFE NO ONE TOOK IT, SO AS HE OFFERED HIS LIFE AND ENETERED BY HIS OWN BLOOD THE HOLY OF HOLIES ONCE FOR ALL AND ONLY THE HIGH PRIEST WOULD DO THIS, HE IS HIGH PRIEST. SO YAHSHUA BOTH KING AND HIGH PRIEST MELCHIZEDEK. SORRY FOR MY LAYMANS TERMS, BUT AS SOME ARE DOING i am NOT LOOKING FOR ANOTHER. i AS MANY OTHERS HAVE THE CORRECT MESSIAH AND REFUSE TO REJECT THE REAL TORAH/YAHSHUA BASED ON ANYONES KNOWLEDGE OF THE WRITTEN TORAH. YOU KNOW THAT THE EXCLUSIONS THAT YEHUDAH CITE SUCH AS HE/YAHSHUA DID NOT BRING SHALOM, HAS NO SUBSTANCE. THEY ARE LAYING DOWN RULES AS TO HOW ELOHIM SHOULD FULFILL HIS WORD. GIVE ME SCRIPTURES OR ORAL WRITINGS THAT LAYS OUT HOW AND WHEN ELOHIM SHOULD FULFILL HIS WORD. YAHSHUA DID BRING SHALOM INNER SHALOM AND SHALOM WITH HIS WORD, AND HE WILL BRING SHALOM IN A PHYSICAL SENSE WHEN HE RETURNS. SO WE HAVE AS IT WERE A DOWN PAYMENT SO TO SPEAK, HE WILL FULFILL THE REST IN HIS TIME, NOT AS WE DICTATE THE TERMS TO HIM. AS i HAVE ASKED PREVIOUSLY AND WILL ASK BOTH YOU AND YEHUDAH ONCE AGAIN NO BEATING AROUND THE BUSH AS IT IS APPROPRIATE RIGHT NOW, WHERE IS YOUR BLOOD SACRIFICE? MAY YOU BE BLESSED IN YAHSHUA. YOU DON’T HAVE TO POST THIS. IF YOU DO OR DON’T IT DOES NOT CHANGE THE TRUTH, YAHSHUA IS THE TRUTH NOT A TRUTH, THE ONLY TRUTH. AS KIETH HAS TITLED HIS BOOK, TIME WILL TELL AND BY THE LOOKS OF THINGS NOT TOO LONG TO GO NOW. THE BLOOD MOONS, THE SUN DARKENED, WILL COME BEFORE THE DAY OF YAHWEH. AGAIN NOT WHEN WE DICTATE, A WEEK BEFORE, A MONTH BEFORE, A YEAR BEFORE, A DECADE BEFORE, JUST BEFORE, IT WILL PRECEED THATS ALL. IT IS A SIGN OR LOVE LETTER TO WARN US THAT HE IS GETTING READY TO RETURN IN HIS TIME, NOT AS WE LAY DOWN THE RULES OR INTERPRET THE SCRIPTURES. THE FORBIDDEN BRIT CHADESHA STATES THAT THE SCRIPTURE ARE NOT OF PRIVATE INTERPRETATION. ANYWAY ONCE AGAIN MAY YOU BE BLESSED IN YAHSHUA JONO. BROTHER KEITH WILL PRAY FOR YOU AND YOU ARE NOT ON FIRE FOR THE WRONG REASONS IF YOU ARE ON FIRE FOR YAHSHUA. THE PEARLS ARE A BLESSING BUT i PRAY THAT YAHSHUA HELPS ME NOT TO INGEST THE BONES.

  19. Margie Loubser says

    PRAISE YAHSHUA ALL,
    BROTHER KIETH YOU ARE QUITE CORRECT ABOUT THE HARRY POTTER AND OTHER SUGAR COATED ATTEMPTS TO DECEIVE. THE SCRIPTURE SAYS WE ARE TO BE SET APART AS YAHSHUA IS SET APART. A SIMPLE APPLICATION IN FOLLOWING YAHSHUA IS TO ASK OURSELVES IF YAHSHUA WOULD BE THINKING, DOING, SAYING OR INTERTAINING THOUGHTS THAT WE ARE ENGAGED IN. WHATEVER THE ANSWER WOULD BE IS OUR ANSWER. HARRY POTTER? A CLEAR NO. NO ROCKET SCIENCE REQUIRED. SHALOM AND MAY WE ALL BE BLESSED AS WE ARE LEAD BY YAHSHUA, FOR HE IS THE ONLY ONE THAT CAN LEAD US HOME. LET US CONTINUE TO REMEMBER THAT HE LOVES US SO MUCH SO THE HE DIED FOR US THAT WE MAY ENTER BACK INTO ENTERNITY WITH HIM.

  20. bells says

    I agree that we should try to interprete sciputure for ourselves before we go to someone else to help us, Just as God says, IF you find a scriputure too wonderful for you..” in other words, we are advised to go to the judges WHEN we find a scripture too wonderful to understand and not before we find the scriputure to wonderful to understand.

  21. George says

    Don’t really see a problem with Yeshua’s reaction when the adulteress is brought.
    What he could have written: “Where is the adulterer? She can’t have committed adultery alone! Where are the judges who investigated diligently? Where are the witnesses?”
    In short, emphasize rule of court and not mob rule.
    Shalom.

  22. Geaorge says

    I think both are right. Nehemia sees nothing wrong in watching Harry Potter, since it is entertaining only. Like Eliyahu had certainly fun at Mt Karmel with the dancing Ba’al priests. Keith is correct that kids are vulnerable and might not just enjoy it but might fall for it.
    Shalom

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