Miriam and Elisheva X 2
Sisters-in-Torah, Sisters-in-Law
Shemot ("Names") Exodus 1:1-6:1

Moses's brother Aharon was married to a woman named Elisheva.[1]  Elisheva means "oath of God," or "My God has sworn."  The oath that El Shaddai swore to Abraham and Jacob was that although they would be slaves in Egypt, He would lead them out.  Another Elisheva appears just before the birth of Yeshua HaMashiach in Luke.  Her name is translated Elizabeth, but her Hebrew name is Elisheva.  If God remembered His oath to send a redeemer to bring Israel out of Egypt, then He also would remember his oath to send that prophet "like unto Moses" to lead Israel from sin slavery.  How do we know this? 

The later Elisheva also married a Levite, a priest named Zechariah, which means "Yah remembers."  From the union of Yah Remembers His Oath comes the birth of Yochanan (John the Baptist), a messenger who prepares the way of the Mashiach with a message, just as the prominent women of Exodus, Yocheved, Miriam, Pharaoh's daughter, and Tzipporah, prepared the way for Moses. 

Casting off of the bonds of slavery can happen in both remarkable and quiet ways.  After the 2nd Miriam (Mary) is told by the angel that she will conceive the Mashiach, she encounters the later Elisheva: 

Now at this time Mary arose and went in a hurry to the hill country, to a city of Judah, and entered the house of Zacharias and greeted Elizabeth.  When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the baby leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.  And she cried out with a loud voice and said, 'Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! And how has it happened to me, that the mother of my Lord would come to me? For behold, when the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby leaped in my womb for joy.  And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what had been spoken to her by the Lord.' 

And Mary said: 'My soul exalts the Lord, and my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior. For He has had regard for the humble state of His bondslave;[2] for behold, from this time on all generations will count me blessed.  For the Mighty One has done great things for me; and holy is His name.  AND HIS MERCY[3] IS UPON GENERATION AFTER GENERATION         TOWARD THOSE WHO FEAR HIM.  He has done mighty deeds with His arm; He has scattered those who were proud in the thoughts of their heart.  He has brought down rulers from their thrones, and has exalted those who were humble.[4]  HE HAS FILLED THE HUNGRY WITH GOOD THINGS; and sent away the rich empty-handed.  He has given help to Israel His servant, in remembrance of His mercy, as He spoke to our fathers, to  Abraham and his descendants forever.'  And Mary stayed with her about three months, and then returned to her home.  (Lu 1:39-56)

Three is the number of resurrection, Counsel, and hope.  On the Third Day of Creation, the First Fruits appeared in the Earth.  The fruit appeared even before there were hungry creatures to eat it!

Like Tamar's pregnancy was hidden from Judah for three months, Yah's Glory, or Yocheved, hid her son Moses for three months after his birth.[5]  For three months of her pregnancy, Miriam the mother of Yeshua remained with Elisheva, possibly being instructed how to care for and nurture the Redeemer in her womb.  Who knows what hopeful plans the women discussed and made in those three months for their future Salvation and Witness of the Light?

The Quality of Mercy

The first Miriam continued to share in the redemptive vision that she saw in Moses.  As an old woman, she continued as a leader in Israel. Indeed, in the matter of disagreement and evil talk in the wilderness, YHVH summons the three of them before Him:  "Come out, you three." (Nu 12:4)  Although Miriam is corrected, all three, Moses, Aharon, and Miriam, are seen as a unified leadership, and for Aharon and Miriam to speak against Moses was to present a terrible picture of disunity to all Israel. 

It might be compared to children who witness their parents quarreling in public or one parent speaking lashon hara[6] against the other to the children.  Because all the women followed Miriam and her teaching, Moses recognized the terrible damage potential of Miriam's untimely banishment, and he interceded for her, restoring her position of leadership.  Her potential for merciful good in Israel far outweighed the value of strict judgment to separate her from life.  From all historical accounts, the mother of Yeshua also remained active in evangelism until old age, taking her place alongside the disciples and apostles of her son in ministry.

More mystically, Miriam is seen as a testimony of water to Moses.  Water played an important part in Moses's personal redemption and as tools of redemption through the hand of the Lord.  Miriam was a spiritual picture of the wells of living water.  Notice the attention that is given upon Miriam's death:

Then the sons of Israel, the whole congregation, came to the wilderness of Zin in the first month; and the people stayed at Kadesh. Now Miriam died there and was buried there. There was no water for the congregation, and they assembled themselves against Moses and Aaron.  (Nu 20:1-2)

As long as Miriam was alive, her leadership was a merciful well of water for the people like she was for her baby brother Moses.  When she died, they feared that the waters would be cut off; they lost faith.  It was at this crucial point that Moses made a mistake.  Instead of being merciful of their grief, Moses emphasized their bad behavior.  This was completely out of character for Moses, who had always interceded for his people in terms of mercy and compassion.  Was he also feeling the loss of Miriam's merciful well?  It may be that Moses and Miriam were both disciplined for the same sin! 

Strong's H4813 
Miriam = "rebellion"

Miriam spoke concerning the Cushite, Moses' wife.  Moses spoke against Miriam and the Israelites, calling them "you rebels," implying, "You followers of Miriam," and he struck the rock.  He struck against his own quality of mercy in the Torah, for it was Miriam's cool river of mercy and Pharaoh's daughter's mercy that drew him safely through and up from the waters.  Without the quality of compassion, the letter of the Torah has no strengthening, resurrecting hope, only destruction.

Are you curious to know more about Miriam's Well in the wilderness and what it has to do with Yeshua's ministry in the Galilee?  How about the Well's connection to David's Harp?  How much of Yeshua's last seder is Biblical and how much was tradition?  It is in Creation Gospel Workbook Six, which is available on Amazon.

[1] Exodus 6:23.  Elisheva was the wife and mother of High Priests in Israel
[2] Miriam acknowledges that humility is the prerequisite for a people to be lifted up, alluding to Amram
[3] Like a mother, El Shaddai continues to have mercy on His children and His children's children
[4] Another allusion to Amram
[5] "Now it was about three months later that Judah was informed, 'Your daughter-in-law Tamar has played the harlot, and behold, she is also with child by harlotry.' Then Judah said, 'Bring her out and let her be burned!'" (Ge 38:24)
[6] Gossip, evil tongue

Passover in Israel
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Next year in Jerusalem...no, this year in Jerusalem.

Shabbat shalom.

Wintertime is Study Time!

Wintertime is a great time to start a new group study.  We have several options available in workbook form, each with lesson objectives, study material, and questions for additional learning and review.  Browse through the options on our website, www.thecreationgospel.com or on Amazon. Workbook Five Volume Two: Shemot (Exodus) or Workbook Six: Hebrew Prayer and Worship Traditions are available on Amazon.

LaMalah Children's Centre
Orphanage Update

Thank you
to all who contributed to the purchase of a car for the orphanage. The orphanage is shopping for an appropriate vehicle, and we hope to be able to post a picture for you as soon as it is purchased.  We have had increasing difficulty transferring funds to Kenya, but we believe we have finally found a solution.  The US and foreign governments and banks are working very hard to force all non-profits or NGOs to work through...you guessed it...government-regulated and politicized organizations.  We have received extra funds toward a solar boiler, so we plan for that to be our next major purchase.

Once we reconcile our year-end finances, we will be sending assistance toward the building of the new facility at the Hadassah Orphanage in India, a Torah-based orphanage managed by Beit HaTorah.  

Special thanks to our regular donors and our new donors.  Click on  http://www.thecreationgospel.com/orphanage/ for more info.

If you have children's clothes or children's books (in English) to send, you can mail them to:   
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Another way to help...

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