G-d’s House of Prayer and His House in Heaven

5Then the king of Assyria marched against the whole land; he came to Samaria and besieged it for three years. 6In the ninth year of Hoshea, the king of Assyria captured Samaria. He deported the Israelites to Assyria and settled them in Halah, at the [River] Habor, at the River Gozan, and in the towns of Media.     2Kings 17/5-6 Tanakh JPS 1985.

 

24“The king of Assyria brought [people] from Babylon, Cuthah, Avva, Hamath, and Sepharvaim, and he settled them in the towns of Samaria in place of the Israelites; they took possession of Samaria and dwelt in its towns.

25When they first settled there, they did not worship the Lord; so the Lord sent lions against them which killed some of them.

26They said to the king of Assyria: “The nations which you deported and resettled in the towns of Samaria do not know the rules of the God of the land; therefore He has let lions loose against them which are killing them—for they do not know the rules of the God of the land.”

27The king of Assyria gave an order: “Send there one of the priests whom you have deported; let him go and dwell there, and let him teach them the practices of the God of the land.”

28So one of the priests whom they had exiled from Samaria came and settled in Bethel; he taught them how to worship the Lord.

29However, each nation continued to make its own gods and to set them up in the cult places which had been made by the people of Samaria; each nation [set them up] in the towns in which it lived.

30The Babylonians made Succoth-benoth, and the men of Cuth made Nergal, and the men of Hamath made Ashima,

31and the Avvites made Nibhaz and Tartak; and the Sepharvites burned their children [as offerings] to Adrammelech and Anamelech, the gods of Sepharvaim.

32They worshiped the Lord, but they also appointed from their own ranks priests of the shrines, who officiated for them in the cult places.

33They worshiped the Lord, while serving their own gods according to the practices of the nations from which they had been deported.

34To this day, they follow their former practices. They do not worship the Lord [properly]. They do not follow the laws and practices, the Teaching and Instruction that the Lord enjoined upon the descendants of Jacob—who was given the name Israel—

35with whom He made a covenant and whom He commanded: “You shall worship no other gods; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them nor sacrifice to them.” 2Kings 17/24-35 Tanakh JPS 1985.

 

2The first to settle in their towns, on their property, were Israelites, priests, Levites, and temple servants, 3while some of the Judahites and some of the Benjaminites and some of the Ephraimites and Manassehites settled in Jerusalem; 1 Chronicles 9/2-3 Tanakh JPS 1985.

 

6As for the foreigners
Who attach themselves to the Lord,
To minister to Him,
And to love the name of the Lord,
To be His servants—
All who keep the sabbath and do not profane it,
And who hold fast to My covenant—

7I will bring them to My sacred mount
And let them rejoice in My house of prayer.
Their burnt offerings and sacrifices
Shall be welcome on My altar;
For My House shall be called
A house of prayer for all peoples.”     Isaiah 56/6-7 Tanakh JPS 1985.

 

22For as the new heaven and the new earth
Which I will make
Shall endure by My will
—declares the Lord—
So shall your seed and your name endure.     Isaiah 66/22 Tanakh JPS 1985.

 

17For behold! I am creating
A new heaven and a new earth;
The former things shall not be remembered,
They shall never come to mind.
18Be glad, then, and rejoice forever
In what I am creating.
For I shall create Jerusalem as a joy,
And her people as a delight;     Isaiah 65/17-18 Tanakh JPS 1985.

 

13You have spoken hard words against Me—said the Lord. But you ask, “What have we been saying among ourselves against You?” 14You have said, “It is useless to serve God. What have we gained by keeping His charge and walking in abject awe of the Lord of Hosts? 15And so, we account the arrogant happy: they have indeed done evil and endured; they have indeed dared God and escaped.” 16In this vein have those who revere the Lord been talking to one another. The Lord has heard and noted it, and a scroll of remembrance has been written at His behest concerning those who revere the Lord and esteem His name. 17And on the day that I am preparing, said the Lord of Hosts, they shall be My treasured possession; I will be tender toward them as a man is tender toward a son who ministers to him. 18And you shall come to see the difference between the righteous and the wicked, between him who has served the Lord and him who has not served Him.

19For lo! That day is at hand, burning like an oven. All the arrogant and all the doers of evil shall be straw, and the day that is coming—said the Lord of Hosts—shall burn them to ashes and leave of them neither stock nor boughs. 20But for you who revere My name a sun of victory shall rise to bring healing. You shall go forth and stamp like stall-fed calves, 21and you shall trample the wicked to a pulp, for they shall be dust beneath your feet on the day that I am preparing—said the Lord of Hosts.     Malachi 3/13-21 Tanakh JPS 1985.

 

Commentary:

The northern Kingdom of Samaria was often referred to as the kingdom of Israel and sometimes the Kingdom of Ephraim. Samaria was a town where King Ahab once ruled the northern Kingdom from and is why the northern Kingdom is sometimes called Samaria.

Ephraim was an adopted child of Jacob born in Egypt of an Egyptian mother whose father was Joseph. The allotment of the promised land given to the tribe of Ephraim was the largest in the northern Kingdom.

Ephraim’s brother Manasseh was the largest of all tribes and had the second largest lot in the northern kingdom for 1/2 of his tribe. The other 1/2 of the tribe of Manasseh was allotted lands east of the Jordan river with the tribes of Gad and Reuben. These three tribes were the first to be defeated and deported by the Assyrians.

After the southern Kingdom of Judah was defeated and deported by the Chaldeans and Babylonians all of the twelve tribes and the Levites were scattered throughout Assyria which became Babylonia and then the lands of the Persian Empire.

By proclamation of the gentile HaMoshiach Cyrus of Persia all twelve tribes returned to the promised lands with the priestly tribe of the Levites among them and rebuilt the second Temple of G-d.

Some of the Ephraimites and Manassehites settled in Jerusalem of the lands of the tribe of Benjamin and others in towns within Judah since gentiles imported by the Assyrians were occupying the northern Kingdom.

The imported gentiles recognized the G-d of Israel but continued to make their own gods and to set them up in the cult places which had been made by the people of Samaria.

The King of Assyria was told that the nations which he deported and resettled in the towns of Samaria did not know the rules of the God of the land; therefore He had let lions loose against them which were killing them—for they do not know the rules of the God of the land.

2Kings 17/34 says of these rules and the gentiles of the northern Kingdom lands they occupied:

“To this day, they follow their former practices. They do not worship the Lord [properly]. They do not follow the laws and practices, the Teaching and Instruction that the Lord enjoined upon the descendants of Jacob—who was given the name Israel—with whom He made a covenant and whom He commanded: ‘You shall worship no other gods; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them nor sacrifice to them.”

The Sabbath in the land of Israel is Saturday. For the foreigner to hold fast to G-d’s covenant which is between Him and the Jewish people the foreigner must follow the commandment emphasized in this story of the rules of the G-d of the land:

“You shall worship no other gods; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them nor sacrifice to them.”

Jesus and Allah are other gods in Judaism.

These rules of the G-d of the land are made a part of the end times prophecy of Isaiah where G-d says:

“As for the foreigners Who attach themselves to the Lord, To minister to Him, And to love the name of the Lord, To be His servants—All who keep the sabbath and do not profane it, And who hold fast to My covenant— I will bring them to My sacred mount And let them rejoice in My house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and sacrifices Shall be welcome on My altar; For My House shall be called A house of prayer for all peoples.”

A house of prayer for all peoples means a house of prayer for all Jewish people who are peoples from the nations of all of the earth. G-d knew they would be from the beginning. Defeated, deported, exiled and dispersed throughout the world was a part of G-d’s plan when He formed Israel and chose them and a land for them and wrote for them the Jewish Bible by His anointed and His prophets.

G-d is creating a new heaven of the spirits and souls of the Jewish people for the name of Israel to endure forever. They will all be placed in angelic bodies as a new host of the L-rd of Hosts. Not an army. A host of angels each of whom is a host of the L-rd of Hosts and the angel of His Presence who is the person of the spirit of the Holy G-d. All angels will be fluent in the Jewish culture and the practice of Judaism with knowledge of the Torah, The Scripture, The Prophets and the Talmud.

And I have been taught and experienced the mysteries of Heaven that explain why the practice of Judaism is so important to become an angel of the L-rd of Hosts in Heaven. And there are exceptions for many of the Jewish people who G-d will receive in Heaven simply for the suffering they endured as Jews. Regardless of their practice of Judaism and whether they heeded and revered G-d or not.

Heaven is different for different eras of the Jewish people. From the ancient Jew to the middle-ages Jew to the Holocaust Jew and now to the Jew when G-d speaks to His prophets again. For them being written into the scroll of remembrance in the days of Elijah, the HaMoshiach is more important to G-d than their suffering (with exceptions).

Heaven is for G-d. It is for His entertainment and to occupy His mind while He forms a new earth to create another new heaven. G-d created man and He formed Israel to be of all men for His Heaven for Him. Heaven is not created for man. Man will be a part of Heaven. The Jewish people who are the man Israel for the name Israel to endure forever.

And Heaven will include all peoples who know the rules of the God of the land. All those “who follow the laws and practices, the Teaching and Instruction that the Lord enjoined upon the descendants of Jacob—who was given the name Israel—with whom He made a covenant and whom He commanded: ‘You shall worship no other gods; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them nor sacrifice to them.”

And this means that all people of the nations (gentiles) who convert to Judaism will be included not only in G-d’s house of prayer in life but also to His house in Heaven.

Psalms 2 with the Commentary of G-d’s Anointed

 

(An interpretation for today. The day of the L-rd)

1Why do nations assemble,
and peoples plot vain things;

Why do nations assemble: Antisemitism and hatred of the Jewish people.

and peoples plot vain things: Throughout the world and particularly the middle east there are plans and schemes to destroy Israel and the Jewish people.

 

2kings of the earth take their stand,
and regents intrigue together
against the Lord and against His anointed?

kings of the earth: The world leaders and heads of nations, leaders of states and government organizations and leaders of religious foundations and organizations including Churches and Synagogues and leaders of groups of people in general and those that promote antisemitism.

against the Lord and against His anointed?: The G-d of Israel and Elijah the HaMoshiach.

 

3“Let us break the cords of their yoke,
shake off their ropes from us!”

Let us break the cords of their yoke: Kings who take their stand and regents who intrigue together do not bind the L-rd and His anointed.

 

4He who is enthroned in heaven laughs;
the Lord mocks at them.

5Then He speaks to them in anger,
terrifying them in His rage,

Then He speaks to them in anger: The L-rd speaks through His scripture and His anointed.

 

6“But I have installed My king
on Zion, My holy mountain!”

But I have installed My king on Zion: This verse is originally for King David. Today it is prophetic for His anointed Elijah the HaMoshiach who is to clear the way for the L-rd to return to His Temple which must be rebuilt first. When the Temple is installed so to will His anointed be installed in an abode to be honored (Isaiah 11/10).

 

7Let me tell of the decree:
the Lord said to me,
“You are My son,
I have fathered you this day.

You are My son: Israel was G-d’s first begotten son and then David and then Solomon. Son of G-d is a term of endearment and signifies a close relationship with G-d. This verse was originally for King David. Today it is for Elijah the HaMoshaich who is His anointed Keith Ellis McCarty. A man after G-d’s own heart.

 

8Ask it of Me,
and I will make the nations your domain;
your estate, the limits of the earth.

your estate, the limits of the earth: G-d’s anointed king is described in Isaiah 53 which provides in verse 12 “Assuredly, I will give him the many as his portion, He shall receive the multitude as his spoil.” The portion and the spoil will cover the earth.

 

9You can smash them with an iron mace,
shatter them like potter’s ware.”

smash them with an iron mace: “them” in the days of King David were all of the enemies of G-d that he defeated with the sword, mace, rod and arrow. For today “them” are the world leaders and heads of nations, leaders of states and government organizations and leaders of religious foundations and organizations including Churches and Synagogues and leaders of groups of people in general and those that promote antisemitism.

Isaiah 11/4 says that G-d’s anointed king “shall strike down a land with the rod of his mouth And slay the wicked with the breath of his lips.” It will be with the Jewish Bible and the words G-d has His anointed speak and write (type) spoken to him and through him by G-d and the word of the L-rd.

 

10So now, O kings, be prudent;
accept discipline, you rulers of the earth!

11Serve the Lord in awe;
tremble with fright,

12 pay homage in good faith,
lest He be angered, and your way be doomed
in the mere flash of His anger.
Happy are all who take refuge in Him.

A Psalm of David (22)

1For the leader; on ayyeleth ha-shahar. A psalm of David.

ayyeleth ha-shahar: The earliest part of the dawn before the light. An instrument played in the Temple.

 

2My God, my God,
why have You abandoned me;
why so far from delivering me
and from my anguished roaring?

why so far from delivering me and from my anguished roaring: In the stories of David there are many times he would have said the words of this song. When he was fleeing from Saul and his men and hiding in the desert, fighting the Philistines and his exile in Philistine lands with Akish as his master.

 

3My God,
I cry by day—You answer not;
by night, and have no respite.

4But You are the Holy One,
enthroned,
the Praise of Israel.

5In You our fathers trusted;
they trusted, and You rescued them.

6To You they cried out
and they escaped;
in You they trusted
and were not disappointed.

in You they trusted and were not disappointed: This is a reference to the Exodus from Egypt. G-d rescued the Israelites from bondage in Egypt using Moses as His spokesman. G-d was constantly with Him controlling the words and actions of Moses. The miracles G-d performed using Moses as His visible presence had far more to do with knowledge of G-d in creation than it did in freeing the Hebrews.

 

7But I am a worm, less than human;
scorned by men, despised by people.

8All who see me mock me;
they curl (“open”) their lips,
they shake their heads.

9“Let him commit himself to the Lord;
let Him rescue him,
let Him save him,
for He is pleased with him.”

let Him save him, for He is pleased with him: Those who scorn David will not help him. David was born in sin the iniquity of having a mother who was not of the tribes of Israel and he does not have the support of anyone that believe he is G-d’s anointed King. Even his family who were present when Samuel anointed David according to the words of the L-rd to Samuel. Words only Samuel could hear. They are the haters and naysayers and enemies of David who ignore David and shame him for his being “said to be” anointed by G-d. Most, if not all do not believe G-d spoke to Samuel in his anointment of David and that David is not G-d’s anointed King.

They mockingly say if David is really G-d’s anointed King let G-d save him from his troubles. They do not know that G-d works through men and expects them to save David. G-d does not use a magic wand in creation. He moves through men. More often than not they disappoint Him. If G-d used His power and not men in the natural order of humanity and creation all of His prophets and anointed men would have been heeded and obeyed. That has never been the case.

Creation is for G-d first and man second. Always. It is exactly and perfectly want He wanted it to be. Using His power to make others believe David is His anointed King would never happen. G-d does not change the will of men in His power except with His prophets and anointed and then it is in conjunction with chastisement and punishment. They know the reasons for their suffering.

G-d always lets men show who they are even though He already knows who will “surprise” Him and who will “disappoint” Him. G-d loves a testimony for others to see. He has absolute knowledge of all things and already knows what each man will and will not do.

It is nothing for G-d to change men and the world if He so chooses. The challenge for G-d is to take a man and through him achieve His purpose. And His purpose in all that He does is always multiple. It is the scripture itself that is the sword G-d has His anointed and prophets use against their enemies. G-d’s power and control of creation is through His words written in the Jewish Bible. His prophecy and His commands are written with more purposes than man can conceive. And they are written at His direction with more creativity than can be imagined.

 

10You drew me from the womb,
made me secure at my mother’s breast.

11I became Your charge at birth;
from my mother’s womb You have been my God.

12Do not be far from me,
for trouble is near,
and there is none to help.

13Many bulls surround me,
mighty ones of Bashan encircle me.

14They open their mouths at me
like tearing, roaring lions.

They open their mouths at me like tearing, roaring lions: The enemy before David seem to him to be best described as great bulls with mouths like lions; large strong men with a temper looking for battle or a fight with knives and swords.

 

15My life ebbs away:
all my bones are disjointed;
my heart is like wax,
melting within me;

16my vigor dries up like a shard;
my tongue cleaves to my palate;
You commit me to the dust of death.

17Dogs surround me;
a pack of evil ones closes in on me,
like lions [they maul] my hands and feet.

Dogs surround me; a pack of evil ones closes in on me, like lions [they maul] my hands and feet: David has used bulls and lions to describe his enemy and now a pack of dogs. He is in a knife or sword fight and his hands and feet have been cut.

 

18I take the count of all my bones
while they look on and gloat.

I take the count of all my bones while they look on and gloat: David has lost weight and His enemies laugh at him for being so skinny. Or, they have thrown David to the ground and gloat while David checks for broken bones.

 

19They divide my clothes among themselves,
casting lots for my garments.

and cast lots for my raiment: This enemy is so certain of victory that they are casting lots to determine how they will divide the spoil of defeating David by means that normally would be considered random such as the rolling of dice, drawing straws or flipping coins. Or, victory is theirs and David is on the ground naked stripped of all of his clothes.

 

20But You, O Lord, be not far off;
my strength, hasten to my aid.

21Save my life from the sword,
my precious life from the clutches of a dog.

22Deliver me from a lion’s mouth;
from the horns of wild oxen rescue me.

23Then will I proclaim Your fame to my brethren,
praise You in the congregation.

24You who fear the Lord, praise Him!
All you offspring of Jacob, honor Him!
Be in dread of Him, all you offspring of Israel!

Be in dread of Him, all you offspring of Israel: To honor the L-rd is to be in dread of Him. G-d is not a human being. He is a living being beyond our comprehension to be feared. G-d will cast down many for a testimony to keep the few from going astray.

17Moses answered the people, “Be not afraid; for God has come only in order to test you, and in order that the fear of Him may be ever with you, so that you do not go astray.” 18So the people remained at a distance, while Moses approached the thick cloud where G-d was.     Exodus 20/17-18.

 

25For He did not scorn, He did not spurn
the plea of the lowly;
He did not hide His face from him;
when he cried out to Him, He listened.

26 Because of You I offer praise in the great congregation;
I pay my vows in the presence of His worshipers.

27Let the lowly eat and be satisfied;
let all who seek the Lord praise Him.
Always be of good cheer!

28Let all the ends of the earth pay heed and turn to the Lord,
and the peoples of all nations prostrate themselves before You;

29for kingship is the Lord’s
and He rules the nations.

30All those in full vigor shall eat and prostrate themselves;
all those at death’s door, whose spirits flag,
shall bend the knee before Him.

31Offspring shall serve Him;
the Lord’s fame shall be proclaimed to the generation.

32to come;
they shall tell of His beneficence
to people yet to be born,
for He has acted.

No Man Ever Died for the Sins of the Jewish People; G-d Forgives by His Words

From the Jewish Virtual Library on the subject of the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Teacher of Righteousness. (edited).

The Teacher of Righteousness is a figure found in some of the Dead Sea Scrolls at Qumran, most prominently in the Damascus Document. This document speaks briefly of the origins of the sect, probably Essenes, 390 years after the Babylonian exile.

The Scrolls appear to be the library of a Jewish sect. The library was hidden away in caves around the outbreak of the First Jewish Revolt (A.D. 66-70) as the Roman army advanced against the rebel Jews.

The Dead Sea Sect or Qumran Community refers to a Jewish community which lived in the Second Temple period and which adopted a strict and separatist way of life. It is so called because the main source of knowledge about it derives from the discovery of a settlement at Khirbat Qumran, near the northwest shore of the Dead Sea, where it is believed to have lived, and where remnants of its library were found in neighboring caves (The Dead Sea Scrolls).

One of the first leaders of the Qumran community was the “Teacher of righteousness” identified chiefly in the Damascus Document and the Habakkuk Pesher. In the Pesher literature he is presented as a founding figure who directly clashed with an opponent called the “wicked priest”.

The Qumran sect like the broader Jewish movement from which it sprang took a critical view of the established orthodoxy of its time believing Israel to be under divine judgment, regarding itself as the true remnant of Israel and awaiting its imminent vindication at the “end of days.” With its advent, evil would cease, the wicked would be destroyed, and the righteous would live under divine blessing.

The persecution of the Essenes and their leader the Teacher of righteousness probably elicited the sect’s apocalyptic visions. These included the overthrow of “the wicked priest” of Jerusalem and of the evil people and in the dawn of the Messianic Age the recognition of their community as the true Israel.

 

From: The Essenes and the Dead Sea Scrolls by L. Michael White (edited).

Subsequent to that first discovery, eleven different caves have been found at Qumran. And new discoveries are expected even now. Among the caves were found, then, thousand of fragments of manuscripts and quite a number of whole, or mostly complete, manuscripts in scrolls stored in these jars. Among the cache of scrolls that we now call the Dead Sea Scrolls, are three distinct types of material. First, we have a collection of copies of the actual books of the Hebrew Scriptures.

These people were copyists. They were preserving the texts of the Bible itself. Secondly, there were commentaries on these biblical texts. But these commentaries also show their own interpretation of what would happen. This is where we begin to get some of the insights into the way the Essenes at Qumran believed, because of the way they interpret the prophecies of Isaiah, or the prophesies of Habakkuk as well as the way they read the Torah, itself. So among the scrolls, then, we have a complete set of almost all the biblical books, and commentaries on many of them. “The Isaiah Scroll” is one of the most famous of the biblical manuscripts. And the commentaries on Isaiah is also very important for our understanding of Jewish interpretation of Scripture in this period.

Who were the Essenes?

The Dead Sea Scrolls are usually thought to have been produced by a group known as the Essenes. And the Essenes are a group that literally abandoned Jerusalem, it seems, in protest… against the way the Temple was being run. So here’s a group that went out in the desert to prepare the way of the Lord, following the commands, as they saw it, of the prophet Isaiah. And they go to the desert to get away from what they see to be the worldliness of Jerusalem and the worldliness of the Temple. Now the Essenes aren’t a new group in Jesus’ day. They too, had been around for a hundred years at that point in time. But it would appear that the reign of Herod, and probably even more so, the reign of his sons and the Roman Procurators, probably stimulated a new phase of life of the Essene community, rising as a growing protest against Roman rule and worldliness.

The Essenes are what we might best call an apocalyptic sect of Judaism. An apocalyptic sect is one that thinks of itself as, first of all, the true form of their religion. In fact, that’s part of their terminology. Again, using the prophet Isaiah, they think of themselves as the righteous remnant … the chosen ones … the elect. But they’re also standing over against the mainstream … most of Jewish life, and especially everything going on at Jerusalem. So they’re sectarian. They’re separatists. They’re people who move away.

The basis for that understanding is their reading of Scripture. They interpret Scripture, especially the prophets, Isaiah, the Torah itself, to suggest that the course of Judaism is going through a profound change. “Far too many people are becoming worldly,” they would have said. The end, as they understood it, of the present evil age is moving upon them inexorably. And they want to be on the right side when it comes. In their understanding, there will come a day when the Lord revisits the Earth with power. And in the process establishes a new kingdom for Judaism. It will be like the kingdom of David and Solomon. A return to the golden age mentality. And this is part of that apocalyptic mind set.

…The Dead Sea Scrolls show us a lot about the beliefs of the Essenes. Now, we typically think of this language of the coming kingdom as reflecting a belief in the end of the world … as somehow coming upon them or us soon. But in fact, that’s not exactly what they thought. They use language like “the end” or “the last things” or “the last days”, but what they mean is the present evil age is coming to an end. Now this “end time” language is what we typically call “the eschaton” or “eschatology” … thinking about the end. But in Jewish eschatology of this period, what they usually seem to be talking about is an end of a present evil age and a coming new glorious age … a new kingdom.

 

From: biblewalks.com: Qumran (edited).

Qumran Hellenistic period:

During the end of the 2nd C BC the site was resettled during the times of the Hasmonean kings – John Hyrcanus I or Alexander Jannaeus. The new settlers were a break-away sect known as the Essenes (or Essences), who populated the caves and oasis sites along the western shore of the Dead Sea.  They preferred to live in a remote area, far from the normal life in the cities and villages of Israel. Qumran was a regional center, since most of them resided in caves and tents. It was built as a self supporting communal village, functioning as a a sort of Monastery (which is one of the oldest known).

Josephus Flavius describes this sect, one of the main “three philosophical sects among the Jews”, with a very detailed description. Excerpts from his book (Wars 2 Chapter 8) include:  “…the third sect, which pretends to a severer discipline…these men are despisers of riches, and so very communicative as raises our admiration… And as for their piety towards God, it is very extraordinary…”. Josephus also added that the Essenes were subdivided between themselves, each with slightly different practices.

Qumran Roman period:

After the earthquake of 31BC in the Jordan valley, during the times of King Herod the Great, the settlement was severely damaged and deserted. The Essenes returned to rebuild the site in 4BC.

During the Great revolt against the Romans, the sect sided with the rebels. John the Essene was a local hero and general in the rebel army, and a messenger on behalf of the government to recruit other cities to the Jewish forces (Wars 2 20 4): “John, the Esscue, to the toparchy of Thamna; Lydda … and Joppa, and Emmaus”. He was killed in the military campaign near Ashqelon (Ascalon), as per Josephus (Wars 3 2 1-2): “This excursion was led on by three men, who were the chief of them all, both for strength and sagacity; Niger, called the Persite, Silas of Babylon, and besides them John the Essene”.

The residents of Qumran prepared themselves to the worst, and hid their precious treasures (the scrolls) in the caves.  The Romans indeed conquered Qumran (68AD), destroyed it and dispersed the sect. According to Josephus, the Dead Sea (“lake Asphaltitis”) was full of bodies from the Jordan valley cities and villages, killed by the Roman troops which were commanded by Placidus (Wars 4 7 6): “And now Placidus, after this good success that he had, fell violently upon the neighboring smaller cities and villages; when he took Abila, and Julias, and Bezemoth, and all those that lay as far as the lake Asphaltitis, and put such of the deserters into each of them as he thought proper. He then put his soldiers on board the ships, and slew such as had fled to the lake…”.

Years later, during the Bar-Kochba revolt (132-135AD) a Roman Garrison was stationed here to control the regional traffic. They left after 20 years, and Qumran was abandoned and left in ruins for 1800 years.

Scriptorium:

This was the scribes’ room, where the Essenes wrote their scrolls. The room is located in the center of the settlement, on the southern side of the tower, as indicated by a red square on the right diagram. The scribes wrote on papyrus, leather and copper Biblical books, Apocrypha (external books) and the sect’s own books.

Cave 4:

In this cave and 10 others in the area around Qumran, 15,000 fragments of scrolls were found during 1947-1956. They were later pieced together to produce 530 different scrolls, with about 200 books from the Old Testament. This restoration work was finally completed and published in 2001, and also published online in 2011. The Dead Sea scrolls are one of the most important archeological findings and an amazing discovery that shed light on the early Roman period and the Biblical research.

 

From: Jewishvirtuallibrary.com: Archaeology in Israel: Qumran (edited).

Perhaps only a few dozen of the leaders of the community lived permanently at Qumran. Most of the members of the sect, probably totaling several thousand, lived in villages and cities. A large Essene community certainly lived in Jerusalem (according to Josephus, the name of the gate in the southern wall of Jerusalem, at Mt. Zion, was called the Essenes’ Gate). For certain periods of time, members of the sect lived in the desert near Qumran and during holidays and community events, many more arrived and lived in tents, huts and the caves nearby. In a survey and excavations conducted recently in the caves on the marl slopes north of the site, pottery vessels were found, indicating the use of the caves as dwellings. Stone circles nearby also indicate a tent encampment.

In the 1950s and 1960s, many caves in the canyons of the Judean Desert along the Dead Sea were surveyed and excavated. The documents found there, and in the caves around Qumran, include copies of all of the books of the Bible (except for the Scroll of Esther). The most famous of these is the complete scroll of Isaiah, which was written sometime between the 2nd century BCE and the destruction of the site in 68 CE. This date was recently confirmed by a radiocarbon examination of a sample of the parchment of the scroll. The books of the Qumran library are regarded as the oldest existing copies of the books of the Bible. Writings of the Essene sect, whose spiritual center was located here in the 200 years preceding the destruction of Jerusalem and of the Temple, were also found in the caves near Qumran.

 

Commentary:

One of the first leaders of the Qumran community was the “Teacher of righteousness” identified chiefly in the Damascus Document and the Habakkuk Pesher (a type of commentary in Hebrew). In the Pesher literature he is presented as a founding figure who directly clashed with an opponent called the “wicked priest”.

This man, the Teacher of righteousness left a library of information on his teachings, himself and scripture. The complete scroll of Isaiah which was written sometime between the 2nd century BCE and the destruction of the site in 68 CE was a part of this library. The library was hidden away in caves around the outbreak of the First Jewish Revolt (A.D. 66-70) as the Roman army advanced against the rebel Jews.

Josephus Flavius describes this sect (the Essenes) as one of the main “three philosophical sects among the Jews”, with a very detailed description. Excerpts from his book (Wars 2 Chapter 8) include: “…the third sect, which pretends to a severer discipline…these men are despisers of riches, and so very communicative as raises our admiration… And as for their piety towards God, it is very extraordinary…”.

The Essenes were copyists. They were preserving the texts of the Bible itself with commentaries that show their own interpretation of what they mean including the way they interpret the prophecies of “The Isaiah Scroll”.

The Qumran sect like the broader Jewish movement from which it sprang took a critical view of the established orthodoxy of its time believing Israel to be under divine judgment, regarding itself as the true remnant of Israel and awaiting its imminent vindication at the “end of days.” With its advent, evil would cease, the wicked would be destroyed, and the righteous would live under divine blessing.

The persecution of the Essenes and their leader the Teacher of righteousness probably elicited the sect’s apocalyptic visions. These included the overthrow of “the wicked priest” of Jerusalem and of the evil people and in the dawn of the Messianic Age the recognition of their community as the true Israel.

To the extent the people of Jerusalem in general were aware of the Teacher of righteousness and the Essenes of Qumran who gathered at the city gates daily it was by storytelling.

Few could read in a world where literacy was restricted to just a few and this did not begin to change until the middle ages. While the earliest forms of written communication date back to about 3,500-3,000 BCE, literacy remained for centuries a very restricted ability closely associated with the exercise of power. Schools in ancient Israel, if any existed, served only the sons of royalty and trained scribes.

The flexibility of oral storytelling extends to the teller. Each teller will incorporate their own personality and may choose to add characters into the story. As a result, there will be numerous variations of a single story. The Gospels of the New Testament and the many Gospels not canonized are good examples of a story with many variations.

There are no writings referring to Jesus during his lifetime. There are no writings by Jesus, writings from Herod or Pilate, or any Roman newspaper, poem or book of this man who healed the multitudes, fed the poor, walked on water, raised the dead and turned water to wine.

And this is the only explanation for there being no writings by Jesus or of Jesus by his contemporaries in life. He never existed.

Jesus is the man who died for the sins of the Jewish people. That never happened. No man has ever died for the sins of the Jewish people.

All of the stories of miracles and dialogue and speeches in quotes and teachings that can be found in the Jewish Bible and in the Dead Sea Scrolls of the Gospels have no meaning if you take away that Jesus died for the sins of the Jewish people. They are just stories. Stories written after the death of the storybook figure Jesus.

Stories which may well have been started by the Essenes writing about the Teacher of righteousness and commentating on the scroll of Isaiah. The history of the Essenes and their beliefs embodied in a storybook figure called Jesus.

No man has ever died for the sins of another man. G-d has forgiven the Jewish people of their sins twice. And He did it in writing. The writing of Isaiah and the writing of Jeremiah. G-d forgave the sins of the Assyrian/Babylon exiles and He has forgiven the sins of the Roman exiles and dispersal by covenant.

A covenant for a time to come. A time when the people of Israel have returned to the lands of Abraham and the desert blooms again and Jerusalem is rebuilt and they are never to be overthrown or uprooted again.

The time to come of the covenant of G-d to forgive the sins of the Jewish people who are the Roman exiles and dispersal of the world is here.

I am Elijah the messenger. And with me is the angel of that covenant. The angel of the Presence of G-d. And with us is His Presence of the person of the Holy G-d to fulfill His prophecy written by His prophet Malachi in Chapter 3:

1Behold, I am sending My messenger [Elijah] to clear the way before Me, and the Lord whom you seek shall come to His Temple suddenly. As for the angel [angel of His Presence] of the covenant that you desire, he is already coming. 2But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can hold out when he appears? For he is like a smelter’s fire and like fuller’s lye [G-d}.”

And;

23Lo, I will send the prophet Elijah to you before the coming of the awesome, fearful day of the Lord. 24He shall reconcile parents with children and children with their parents, so that, when I come, I do not strike the whole land with utter destruction.
Lo, I will send the prophet Elijah to you before
the coming of the awesome, fearful day of the Lord.

Vindication by Our G-d

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Isaiah Chapter 61

1The spirit of the Lord God is upon me,
Because the Lord has anointed me;
He has sent me as a herald of joy to the humble,
To bind up the wounded of heart,
To proclaim release to the captives,
Liberation to the imprisoned;

The spirit of the Lord God is upon me, Because the Lord has anointed me: This chapter of Isaiah can be interpreted in three ways to fit three men. Isaiah, Cyrus of Persia and Elijah, the teacher of righteousness of Malachi 3 described in Isaiah 53 as G-d’s righteous servant upon whom the spirit of G-d alights upon. I am that man. The L-rd G-d’s anointed is anointed by G-d not with oil but by the spirit of G-d alighting upon him.

He has sent me as a herald of joy to the humble: Isaiah brings joy with his prophecy of G-d for those who heed and revere G-d in his time that tell of better times to come during Judah’s battles with the Assyrians and Chaldeans and Babylonians.

Cyrus of Persia proclaims his anointment by G-d and the liberation of the Assyrian/Babylon exiles to return to the unoccupied lands of Benjamin and Judah to rebuild the Temple in Jerusalem.

Elijah is the herald that comes with the person of the spirit of G-d that alights upon him who is the angel of the covenant that the Jewish people desire. The covenant of the forgiveness of their sins G-d declared in Jeremiah 31.

 

2To proclaim a year of the Lord’s favor
And a day of vindication by our God;
To comfort all who mourn—

And a day of vindication by our God: The day of the L-rd in Malachi 3 and vindication are a part of the great, fearful day of the L-rd.

In Isaiah 51/22-23 G-d says “Thus said the Lord, your Lord, Your God who champions His people: Herewith I take from your hand The cup of reeling, The bowl, the cup of My wrath; You shall never drink it again. I will put it in the hands of your tormentors, Who have commanded you, “Get down, that we may walk over you”—So that you made your back like the ground, Like a street for passersby.”

The cup of G-d’s wrath has been passed to Christianity for His vindication. Those who worship a man and call him G-d and son of G-d. Those who believe G-d made a human sacrifice to mankind. A human sacrifice of His son for the forgiveness of sins. The G-d who forgives the sins of the Jewish people by speaking it to His prophets and having it written in scripture not once, but twice. The recurring theme of the Jewish Bible is exile, return, forgiveness and a new Temple. G-d is married to the Jewish people. He does not divorce and seek another.

When Jesus describes his cousin as John the Baptist he uses the very verse of Malachi 3/1 that says Elijah comes with the angel of the covenant which can only be the covenant of sin forgiveness for the Jewish people G-d declared in Jeremiah 31 for a time to come. There are no others to be brought in a time to come.

Jesus leaves out and omits the angel of the covenant of sin forgiveness for the Jewish people from the verse to fit the story he wanted everyone to believe. That he died for the sins of the Jewish people. If John the Baptist was Elijah as Jesus believed then Jesus believed they were already forgiven of their sins. And Jesus told no one. John for his part denied he was Elijah.

 

3To provide for the mourners in Zion—
To give them a turban instead of ashes,
The festive ointment instead of mourning,
A garment of splendor instead of a drooping spirit.
They shall be called terebinths of victory,
Planted by the Lord for His glory.

4And they shall build the ancient ruins,
Raise up the desolations of old,
And renew the ruined cities,
The desolations of many ages.

renew the ruined cities, The desolations of many ages: The Assyrian/Babylon exiles renewed the cities and the Roman exiles and dispersal have returned and renewed the ruined cities and the desolations of many ages.

In Jeremiah 31/38 after G-d declares the new covenant of sin forgiveness for a time to come He says “See, a time is coming—declares the Lord—when the city shall be rebuilt for the Lord from the Tower of Hananel to the Corner Gate; 39and the measuring line shall go straight out to the Gareb Hill, and then turn toward Goah. 40And the entire Valley of the Corpses and Ashes, and all the fields as far as the Wadi Kidron, and the corner of the Horse Gate on the east, shall be holy to the Lord. They shall never again be uprooted or overthrown.”

This is Jerusalem today. It cannot be Jerusalem in the days of Jesus and John the Baptist for the reason the Jewish people were uprooted and overthrown by Rome and dispersed and exiled throughout the world. The time to come of sin forgiveness was for the return of the Roman dispersal and desolation of the lands of Abraham. Today, when there is a Temple to be built for G-d to return to.

G-d could see Greece and Rome and their mythology of G-d’s and men who are G-d’s in the days of Jeremiah and knew they were coming one day. And when they found the people of the Book of one G-d destruction and exile were coming with them.

G-d’s prophecy is based on absolute knowledge of humanity from beginning to end. In the days of Jeremiah it was time to look forward to the days of another Temple and G-d had Jeremiah write His words accordingly. G-d set it all up first with Isaiah 53 and finished it with Malachi 3. The day of the L-rd and the final Temple of G-d.

Sin forgiveness in the book of Isaiah for the Assyrian/Babylon exiles and the second Temple and sin forgiveness for the Roman exiles and the third Temple in the book of Jeremiah for a time to come. The time when Israel returns to the land of desolation and makes it bloom again and renews all of the old cities. And that is today.

 

5Strangers shall stand and pasture your flocks,
Aliens shall be your plowmen and vine-trimmers;

Strangers: In the return of the Assyrian/Babylon exiles the northern Kingdom was inhabited by gentiles imported by the Assyrians. Today, the stranger among the Israelites are the Israeli Arabs and Israeli Christians.

Aliens: The Palestinians.

 

6While you shall be called “Priests of the Lord,”
And termed “Servants of our God.”
You shall enjoy the wealth of nations
And revel in their riches.

While you shall be called “Priests of the Lord: The Assyrian/Babylon exiles were forgiven of all sins to become a Holy seed of G-d and rebuilt the second Temple. Elijah comes with the covenant of sin forgiveness for a Holy seed to rebuild the third Temple for G-d to return to suddenly. In the days of Jesus and John the Baptist G-d was in his temple and the people were not a Holy seed.

You shall enjoy the wealth of nations And revel in their riches: Israel is one of the  greatest countries on earth. They have wealth equal to any nation for its size and live good happy lives.

 

7Because your shame was double—
Men cried, “Disgrace is their portion”—
Assuredly,
They shall have a double share in their land,
Joy shall be theirs for all time.

8For I the Lord love justice,
I hate robbery with a burnt offering.
I will pay them their wages faithfully,
And make a covenant with them for all time.

9Their offspring shall be known among the nations,
Their descendants in the midst of the peoples.
All who see them shall recognize
That they are a stock the Lord has blessed.

All who see them shall recognize That they are a stock the Lord has blessed: Verses 8 and 9 are the Abrahamic covenant which is eternal but never complete until the vindication of the L-rd in the great, fearful day of the L-rd of Malachi 3. The recognition among the nations that the Jewish people are the stock the L-rd has blessed requires knowledge throughout the world that Judaism is the only religion of Abraham.

Knowledge and belief are not the same thing. This is poetic writing to be uplifting to the Jewish people as much as for those who hear it by word of mouth in the days of Isaiah and thereafter until today. The reality is the knowledge will be there and most people of the world will ignore it. But it will be better than it has ever been.

And that begins with the covenant of sin forgiveness of the Jewish people and the teachings of Elijah that brings the many who will be made righteous back to the Jewish family of Judaism. The many who are made righteous of Isaiah 53 that describes Elijah are those that are reconciled by Elijah to heed and revere the name of the L-rd. (and those Christians who convert to Judaism). Their past sins are forgiven but they have to return to Synagogue and the practice of Judaism.

 

10I greatly rejoice in the Lord,
My whole being exults in my God.
For He has clothed me with garments of triumph,
Wrapped me in a robe of victory,
Like a bridegroom adorned with a turban,
Like a bride bedecked with her finery.

11For as the earth brings forth her growth
And a garden makes the seed shoot up,
So the Lord God will make
Victory and renown shoot up
In the presence of all the nations.

The HaMoshiach, God’s Anointed King for a Time to Come

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Isaiah Chapter 11

(Tanakh JPS 1985. The Tanakh completely revised with a modern translation of the Hebrew of the Jewish Bible to English begun in 1955 and copyrighted in 1985 by the Jewish Publication Society.)

 

1But a shoot shall grow out of the stump of Jesse,
A twig shall sprout from his stock.

the stump of Jesse, A twig shall sprout from his stock: Isaiah prophetically refers to the “stump” of Jesse (father of King David) as a prophetic announcement of the “Curse of Jeconia”, the cutting down and ending by declaration of G-d of the line of the Kings of Judah in the Books of Samuel and Kings, the branch of David forbidden to ever rule over Judah in Jerusalem again, the line set forth in the Book of Matthew of the New Testament, the line of Jesus. G-d’s anointed king will come from a line of King David through Solomon that was not banished.

 

2The spirit of the Lord shall alight upon him:
A spirit of wisdom and insight,
A spirit of counsel and valor,
A spirit of devotion and reverence for the Lord.

A spirit of wisdom and insight, A spirit of counsel:  These are attributes of Elijah in Malachi 3 as the messenger who arrives with the angel of the covenant of the forgiveness of the sins of the Jewish people that G-d declared for a time to come in Jeremiah 31. He has the wisdom and insight to reconcile the Jewish families one to the other with the teachings of G-d given to Moses at Horeb (Sinai). Teachings to make the many righteous.

A spirit of devotion and reverence for the Lord: These attributes of the spirit of G-d are upon G-d’s righteous servant of Isaiah 53/11. G-d says with regard to His purpose “He shall enjoy it to the full through his devotion. ‘My righteous servant makes the many righteous”. The HaMoshiach is G-d’s righteous servant and Elijah who make the many righteous.

The HaMoshiach counsels the Jewish people that their past sins are remembered no more and the need to return to Synagogue, the worship of G-d and performing good deeds with repentance and atonement for their wrongs. Many will be made righteous and heed and revere the name of G-d.

With the spirit of G-d is always the person of the spirit of the Holy G-d who is the angel of the Presence of G-d without form and is the angel of the covenant of sin forgiveness for the Jewish people. The very Presence of G-d alights upon the HaMoshiach with the person of His spirit. All three are together in the first verse of Malachi 3.

1Behold, I am sending My messenger [Elijah] to clear the way before Me, and the Lord whom you seek shall come to His Temple suddenly. As for the angel [angel of His Presence] of the covenant that you desire, he is already coming. 2But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can hold out when he appears? For he is like a smelter’s fire and like fuller’s lye [G-d}.”

 

3He shall sense the truth by his reverence for the Lord:
He shall not judge by what his eyes behold,
Nor decide by what his ears perceive.

He shall not judge by what his eyes behold, Nor decide by what his ears perceive: The HaMoshiach is with the person of G-d’s spirit and the Presence of G-d that have alighted upon him everywhere he goes and in everything that he does. G-d is in control of his actions and his words forming HaMoshiach’s perception of all matters, people and situations before him by His power and by His words. The opinions and decisions of the HaMoshiach are determined by G-d not by what he sees and hears.

 

4Thus he shall judge the poor with equity
And decide with justice for the lowly of the land.
He shall strike down a land with the rod of his mouth
And slay the wicked with the breath of his lips.

He shall strike down a land with the rod of his mouth: G-d controls HaMoshiach’s very words and can speak through him in those words changing them as they leave his mouth in His power just as G-d spoke through Ezekiel. G-d speaks through spirits, angels and men with His words spoken directly to them and by His power.

He will be a great speaker and orator and the world will hear that Judaism is the only true religion of Abraham. The enemies of the Jewish people of the lands of the middle-east will hear his words and feel as though they have been struck to the ground. The land of three religions of Abraham will be struck down (though they will  continue). And all those who threaten war in the land of Israel will be removed by his valor, counseling, wisdom and insights to the nations and devotion to G-d.

 

5Justice shall be the girdle of his loins,
And faithfulness the girdle of his waist.

Justice shall be the girdle of his loins, And faithfulness the girdle of his waist: Several scriptures in the Bible make use of the girdle (belt) as a symbol for readiness and preparation. Justice and the whole of morality is the authoritative command of God. The HaMoshiach in Isaiah 53 is prepared and made ready for the commands of G-d like a soldier with chastisement and punishment and with devotion, faithfulness and valor he teaches of the morality and justice of G-d. The HaMoshiach is the teacher of righteousness, morality, justice and faithfulness.

 

6The wolf shall dwell with the lamb,
The leopard lie down with the kid;
The calf, the beast of prey, and the fatling together,
With a little boy to herd them.

7The cow and the bear shall graze,
Their young shall lie down together;
And the lion, like the ox, shall eat straw.

8A babe shall play
Over a viper’s hole,
And an infant pass his hand
Over an adder’s den.

9In all of My sacred mount
Nothing evil or vile shall be done;
For the land shall be filled with devotion to the Lord
As water covers the sea.

10In that day,
The stock of Jesse that has remained standing
Shall become a standard to peoples—
Nations shall seek his counsel
And his abode shall be honored.

Nations shall seek his counsel: The description of the HaMoshiach who is G-d’s righteous servant in Isaiah 53 actually begins in Isaiah 52/14-15. In verse 15 “Just so he shall startle many nations. Kings shall be silenced because of him, For they shall see what has not been told them, Shall behold what they never have heard.”

Kings (Leaders of people) will be surprised at the report of witnesses that the HaMoshiach is G-d’s righteous servant of Isaiah 53, Elijah the messenger and the prophet like Moses. That He is the visible presence of G-d and the angel of His Presence who dwell with him. And that his interpretations of the scripture have never been seen or heard before as prophetically written by Isaiah.

Nevertheless, nations (gentiles) will seek the counsel of this servant of G-d who will have the wisdom of Solomon provided by G-d.

And his abode shall be honored:

His abode will be honored not a throne. There is no reference by Isaiah to a kingdom for this twig from the stump of Jesse. G-d’s righteous servant of Isaiah 53 is given a portion and spoil and dies a rich man and will have a famous place of residence. Where he dwells G-d and the person of G-d’s spirit dwell.

 

11In that day, My Lord will apply His hand again to redeeming the other part of His people from Assyria—as also from Egypt, Pathros, Nubia, Elam, Shinar, Hamath, and the coastlands.

12He will hold up a signal to the nations
And assemble the banished of Israel,
And gather the dispersed of Judah
From the four corners of the earth.

13Then Ephraim’s envy shall cease
And Judah’s harassment shall end;
Ephraim shall not envy Judah,
And Judah shall not harass Ephraim.

14They shall pounce on the back of Philistia to the west,
And together plunder the peoples of the east;
Edom and Moab shall be subject to them
And the children of Ammon shall obey them.

15The Lord will dry up the tongue of the Egyptian sea.—He will raise His hand over the Euphrates with the might of His wind and break it into seven wadis, so that it can be trodden dry-shod.

16Thus there shall be a highway for the other part of His people out of Assyria, such as there was for Israel when it left the land of Egypt.

My Midrash of Isaiah 53; Suffering Servant Jesus Christ, Suffering Servant Israel or G-d’s Righteous Servant Keith Ellis McCarty (Elijah)

 

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ISAIAH 53  (Tanakh JPS 1985)

The witnesses of the righteous servant (verses 1-6)

1 “Who can believe what we have heard? Upon whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?

the arm of the Lord: his vindication and redemption. Jesus spoke a prophecy on more than one occasion that he would return in his generation and the eyes of those that pierced him with the spear would see it. It did not happen. His brazen oath to return was not vindicated. Jesus called out on the cross to G-d “why have you forsaken me”. Forsaken means to abandon forever.

2For he has grown, by His favor, like a tree crown, Like a tree trunk out of arid ground. He had no form or beauty, that we should look at him: No charm, that we should find him pleasing.

This could never describe Jesus. Everyone except for certain Jewish religious leaders found Jesus pleasing and charming. A wonderful holy Jewish man who never sinned.

The early sages expected a personal Messiah to fulfill the Isaiah prophecy. No alternative interpretation was applied to this passage until the Middle Ages. And then, a completely different view was presented. This view was popularized by Jewish commentator Rashi (Rabbi Shlomo Itzchaki), who lived one thousand years after Jesus.

Rashi held the position that the servant passages of Isaiah referred to the collective fate of the nation of Israel rather than a personal Messiah. Some rabbis, such as Ibn Ezra and Kimchi, agreed. However, many other rabbinic sages during this same period and later—including Maimonides—realized the inconsistencies of Rashi’s views and would not abandon the original messianic interpretations.

Yet to this day, many rabbis persist in citing Rashi as the definitive word on how to interpret the righteous servant of the Lord in Isaiah 53. Others admit the weakness of this view and say that the passage applies to an individual. They usually cite the prophet Isaiah himself, King Cyrus, King Hezekiah, Josiah, Ezekiel, Jeremiah, Moses, Job or even some anonymous contemporaries of Isaiah as the one spoken of by the prophet.

No one cites the obvious individual that I have seen and the correlation between the purpose of G-d’s righteous servant and the purpose of Elijah in the book of Malachi. The man who comes with the angel of the covenant of sin forgiveness of the Jewish people G-d declared for a time to come in Jeremiah 31. Elijah. He brings the redemption. He is the HaMoshiach. He has to be described. Just as the twig of the stump of Jesse of Isaiah 11/2 has to be described.

Rashi’s commentary on verse 2, in his contrary opinion that the righteous servant is Israel the people, for my interpretation of the righteous servant being the descendant of David from Chapter 11, would read: “This man, before this greatness came to him, was a very humble man, and he came up by himself like a sapling of the saplings of the trees, and like a root: he came up from dry land, neither form: had he in the beginning, nor comeliness. Now shall we desire him?: This is a question.”

Shall we desire him? If the dry land were atheism and his form was a gentile under the Jewish law, the Halacha (in the beginning), would he be attractive to the Jewish people. No. And that is a description of me. Keith Ellis McCarty.

3He was despised, shunned by men, A man of suffering, familiar with disease. As one who hid his face from us, He was despised, we held him of no account.

He was despised, shunned by men: Jesus was not despised and shunned by men. Multitudes followed him everywhere he went. Twelve men left their way of life to follow and care for him. He was loved and highly esteemed. He did have religious enemies and intentionally infuriated religious leaders at synagogue’s and merchant’s at the Temple. But they could not attack him because of his legion of followers.

This verse fits me today. And there will be many more who despise, shun and hold me of no account simply for declaring this truth: I am the Lord’s righteous servant described in this chapter.

a man of suffering, familiar with disease: Jesus wept one time. He is never portrayed as a man of suffering, familiar with disease. Yes, he suffered at death as did legions of others in his time but he was not a man of suffering during his life.

As a colon and skin cancer survivor with over twenty-two surgical scars from many different accidents including a gun shot to the abdomen, emotional scars from a dysfunctional home as a child, and 20 years of head and jaw pain from nightmares and grinding my teeth I am a man of suffering familiar with disease.

None of which prepared me for the suffering I have endured by the hand and power of G-d after I offered myself for guilt to HaShem (though He removed the nightmares and constant head pain).

4Yet it was our sickness that he was bearing, Our suffering that he endured. We accounted him plagued, Smitten and afflicted by God;

Yet it was our sickness that he was bearing, Our suffering that he endured: The sickness is not being righteous. They suffer the sickness of not being in right standing with G-d. I have suffered by the chastisement and punishment laid on me by the hand, words and power of G-d to make me suitable for His purpose (just as G-d does with Ezekiel). A purpose that includes making the many righteous.

Ezekiel is treated harshly and punished for 430 consecutive days. This punishment is for the sins of the House of Israel and the House of Judah which is the Jewish people. This is the same manner G-d prepares His righteous servant of Isaiah 53. In some translations of Isaiah 53 the words “Through the sin of my people, who deserved the punishment.” and “It is their punishment that he bears” are used instead of “you shall bear their punishment”.

Ezekiel does not relieve the punishment of the House of Israel and the House of Judah or their sins. It describes a great ordeal Ezekiel is being put through to make him suitable for G-d’s purpose to be a prophet to the Jewish people.

We accounted him plagued, Smitten and afflicted by God: This describes a man that G-d does not like, a sinner whose life is full of bad events, sickness and sorrows. It could never apply to Jesus.

A person with flawed features from birth was considered cursed and afflicted by G-d. King David would have nothing to do with the lame, blind and disfigured. I was born disfigured with no right breast with a smaller right shoulder and withered arm.

5But he was wounded because of our sins, Crushed because of our iniquities. He bore the chastisement that made us whole, And by his bruises we were healed.

But he was wounded because of our sins: I have been wounded, crushed, chastised and bruised by the hand, words and power of G-d to make me suitable for His purpose. That purpose includes being the messenger and herald of the new covenant of sin forgiveness to the Jewish people.

“By his bruises [or stripes] we are healed” means that the marks of the fire of refinement the L-rd has put me through have prepared me to be the teacher of righteousness and those who listen are healed of their sinful ways. It does not mean my bruises and scars (stripes) bore the sins of others.

6We all went astray like sheep, Each going his own way; And the Lord visited upon him The guilt of all of us.”

And the Lord visited upon him The guilt of all of us: I offered myself to G-d for guilt in return for long life and to serve His purpose. I accepted the guilt of the Jewish people as my own and G-d sentenced me to suffering chastisement and punishment by His hand, words and power until I was suitable for His purpose to make intercession for the many sinners through the teaching of righteousness and to be the messenger of the new covenant of sin forgiveness for the Jewish people. And much more.

Isaiah (verses 7-10)

7He was maltreated, yet he was submissive He did not open his mouth; Like a sheep being led to slaughter, Like a ewe, dumb before those who shear her, He did not open his mouth.

He was maltreated, yet he was submissive: Maltreatment is a part of being chastised and punished by the hand, words and power of G-d. It is necessary to break the will of a man and to cleanse, temper and calm his soul. It is a tedious slow process. G-d is the one who maltreated me not man. So I was submissive and did all I was told to do day in and day out. It is the same process as breaking a wild horse for riding, making a convict in prison obey the rules and making a recruit into a soldier in boot camp. The maltreatment is harsh physically and mentally and an emotional roller-coaster. Your soul screams. G-d created the emotions of a human being and a body that responds to them. His method of changing them requires pain and suffering. In nine years I have suffered mental and physical anguish every single day and night. G-d does not sleep and He is relentless. It is G-d’s way of tempering and cleansing the spirit and soul. It is a removal of self will to be made suitable for G-d’s purpose.

He did not open his mouth: Jesus talked until his last breath. In one Gospel Jesus is asked are you going to remain silent and Jesus talks verse after verse in answer to the question.

When G-d revealed himself to me in 2007 He took me from the world, the land of the living and material things. Alone, no more working, no phone, no car, no computer, no law license’s, no bank account, no credit cards, and no money without explanation to friends and family, silent as a lamb. Maltreated is an understatement to how I felt being chastised and punished by the hand and power of G-d.

8By oppressive judgment he was taken away, Who could describe his abode? For he was cut off from the land of the living Through the sin of my people, who deserved the punishment.

By oppressive judgment he was taken away: The judgement against Jesus by Pilate was “not guilty”. To wash his hands of the whole religious controversy Pilate asked the multitude that had gathered what they would have him do with Jesus. Release him or crucify him. The multitude said crucify him. This was not a judgement. He was not taken away he was executed by crucifixion as thousands of Jewish people were.

The oppressive judgement is being guilty and receiving a sentence of maltreatment, chastisement, punishment, bruising and crushing until suitable for G-d’s purpose. A purpose for which I have been given long life. I had the sins and guilt of Israel laid on me that I am not guilty of so that G-d could pronounce an oppressive judgement of maltreatment, chastisement, punishment, bruising and crushing, after I offered myself for that guilt, to be made suitable for G-d’s purpose and receive long life.

Who could describe his abode?: Jesus has a house in the Gospels but it is never described. “And it came to pass, that, as Jesus sat at meat in his house, many publicans and sinners sat also together with Jesus and his disciples: for there were many, and they followed him.” Mark 2/15 King James Version (KJV).

My abode is room and board in return for care and assistance to my elderly parents in a town home in Houston, Texas. What is special about describing my abode is that where I dwell G-d dwells. His presence does not leave me. At least until the third Temple is built.

For he was cut off from the land of the living: Jesus was removed not cut off from the land of the living.

G-d took me away from society and the material things of the world cutting me off from those living their lives with cars and phones and computers and houses and bank accounts and credit cards and money and jobs.

Ezekiel also had the spirit of the Holy G-d who is the angel of His Presence alight upon him and was cut off from the land of the living as he went through this process of refinement of soul and self to be made suitable for G-d’s purpose of being a prophet to the Jewish people.

“A spirit seized me and carried me away. I went in bitterness, in the fury of my spirit, while the hand of the Lord was strong upon me.” Ezekiel 3/14.  “And a spirit entered into me and set me upon my feet. And He spoke to me, and said to me: “Go, shut yourself up in your house.” Ezekiel 3/24.  “As for you, O mortal, cords have been placed upon you, and you have been bound with them, and you shall not go out among them.” Ezekiel 3/25.

Through the sin of my people: The people of Isaiah who are the Jewish people.

who deserved the punishment: I have been punished by the hand, words and power of the G-d of Israel to make me suitable for His purpose. That purpose includes being the messenger and herald of the new covenant of sin forgiveness to the Jewish people. It is for His names sake and His promise to them that He remembers their sins no more and for the building of the third Temple for G-d’s return to Jerusalem.

Ezekiel is treated harshly and punished for 430 consecutive days. This punishment is for the sins of the House of Israel and the House of Judah which is the Jewish people. This is the same manner G-d prepares His righteous servant. The words “Through the sin of my people, who deserved the punishment.” and “It is their punishment that he bears” are used instead of “you shall bear their punishment” in Ezekiel 4/4.

Ezekiel does not relieve the punishment of the House of Israel and the House of Judah or atone vicariously for their sins by lying on his side for 390 days for the House of Israel and 40 days for the House of Judah.

G-d and the person of the spirit of the Holy G-d have come to Ezekiel (Chapter 3/12-15 and 22-27) to prepare him to be a prophet to the Jewish people. The hand of the Lord of chastisement and punishment is infuriating his spirit. His power covering Ezekiel like cords. The Presence of G-d causes Ezekiel to fall to his face. His tongue is no longer his own for he speaks the words G-d would have him speak.

9And his grave was set among the wicked, And with the rich, in his death— Though he had done no injustice And had spoken no falsehood.

his grave was set among the wicked, And with the rich, in his death: Jesus taught that the rich man is almost always a sinner. Being buried with the rich is the same thing as a sinner making his grave with the wicked. This verse simply says the righteous servant of G-d was poor but dies a rich man. Jesus did not die a rich man. The righteous servant of G-d who is given the many as his portion and receives the multitude as his spoil will die a rich man.

10But the Lord chose to crush him by disease, That, if he made himself an offering for guilt, He might see offspring and have long life, And that through him the Lord’s purpose might prosper.

the Lord chose to crush him by disease: Jesus was never crushed by disease (or brought to grief by illness).

The people Israel as one have never been crushed by disease at the L-rd’s choosing. I agree with the sage Maimonides (Rambam) that Israel as one man cannot be G-d’s righteous servant of Isaiah 53. This view has many inconsistencies. Foremost is the idea of a collective offering of the Jewish people to G-d of themselves as a guilt offering in the holocaust by G-d Himself as the Christians believe G-d did to Jesus.

How all of those six million people were first crushed by G-d with disease or otherwise so that they would offer to be a guilt offering under the animal sacrificial atonement and worship laws is never explained. And six million is not all of the Jewish people representing the man Israel. Nor were these six million all people of a life of suffering familiar with disease (53/3).

The only time there was ever a collective agreement by the people of Israel was at Sinai when the Jewish people received the Torah and it did not include an offering of themselves for guilt. And there is no account that the Israelites were crushed with disease by G-d so that they would make such an offer.

This interpretation does not explain how the sins of the Jewish people can be put on all of the Jewish people; why such a covenant with G-d is made and left out of the Torah; why offering oneself for guilt is an animal guilt sacrifice applied to a human being and the man is given long life; or why this is a vicarious sin sacrifice so that the gentiles can share in the world to come.

G-d has shown me how he orchestrated my being shot in the abdomen. The bullet passed through my colon, bladder and intestines. I was eighteen and this is when the doctors said a tumor began growing in my colon based on its size when surgically removed when I was in my early forties shortly after the 9/11 terrorist attack on New York. I was close to death and seeing how grief stricken so many relatives were on the news I asked my father for the money to pay for a colon examination. The doctors finally found what was making me so ill and unable to eat. A malignant tumor the size of an ear of corn that had burst through my colon and I was bleeding internally.

To say it crushed me and my life is an understatement.

That, if he made himself an offering for guilt: There are no testimonies in the New Testament that Jesus offered himself for guilt to G-d.

I offered myself for guilt to G-d and the offer was accepted. I did not know what an offering for guilt meant at the time G-d began speaking to me and revealing His power and the weight of His presence. G-d had to teach me the scripture first. One night G-d told me to read Isaiah 53 and when I finished He asked who I thought that was. I said I did not know and G-d said that is you. From there we went back to the first verse and He began to show me how I fit the description and Jesus does not as explained here. I did not know about Ezekiel or the suffering servant Israel at that time. I have learned many of these things as G-d has me type these writings. As He is doing right now in editing this writing and adding more information.

I cannot begin to describe how painful it has been and I have been through many injuries and sorrowful times. I became guilty of sins that were not my own and G-d sentenced me to chastisement, crushing, bruising and punishment until suitable for His purpose. Now my soul has been cleansed and tempered and remains in His power that envelops me always. I was not born with the soul of the Moshiach. G-d took my sinful soul and created the soul of the Moshiach while it rested in me. A soul G-d can dwell with and not be offended.

He might see offspring and have long life: Jesus died in his early thirties unmarried and without children.

My gunshot accident on a ranch in Texas that led to the cancer that crushed me also led to my marrying the girl who lived next door and we had three children.

The Lord (verses 11-12)

11Out of his anguish he shall see it; He shall enjoy it to the full through his devotion. My righteous servant makes the many righteous, It is their punishment that he bears;

Out of his anguish he shall see it; He shall enjoy it to the full through his devotion: Jesus did not come out of his anguish to make the many righteous through his devotion to G-d.

The anguish is the emotional and physical pain I have suffered by punishment in the power of the Lord of Hosts to make me suitable for His purpose. Being suitable for His purpose includes knowledge of the scripture and perfect communication between myself and G-d and the person of His spirit. I am devoted to G-d and His purpose. He has prepared me well through this process of refinement by punishment and teaching me the scripture.

12Assuredly, I will give him the many as his portion, He shall receive the multitude as his spoil. For he exposed himself to death And was numbered among the sinners, Whereas he bore the guilt of the many And made intercession for sinners.”

For he exposed himself to death: Jesus was not exposed to death. He died.

I was exposed to death by a near fatal bullet wound and colon cancer which had spread to my lungs. I was told I was going to die. G-d has told me that by His power I survived and by His power I will have long life. During the refinement of my soul and spirit He has exposed me to death as a part of my offering myself for guilt in vision and in the real world similar to the account of Jonah at the bottom of the ocean.

And was numbered among the sinners: Jesus was without sin.

I was numbered a sinner just like all men and was a sinner who did not know that G-d accepts repentance. I have been brought into righteousness with Him and now He is in charge of everything I do and say to make intercession for the many sinners through the teaching of righteousness and as the messenger of the new covenant of sin forgiveness for the Jewish people.

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After World War II, the Jewish Publication Society began to consider a new edition of the Bible and the concept of a completely new translation gradually took hold and the task was begun in 1955.

Harry M. Orlinsky, Professor of Bible at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (New York) was editor-in-chief along with H. L. Ginsberg, Professor of the Bible at the Jewish Theological Seminary, and Ephraim A. Speiser, Professor of Semitic and Oriental Languages at the University of Pennsylvania, as fellow editors.

Associated with them were three rabbis: Max Arzt, Bernard J. Bamberger, and Harry Freedman, representing the Conservative, Reform, and Orthodox branches of organized Jewish religious life.

Copyright @ 1985 by the Jewish Publication Society.

 

Through the Sin of My People

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7But the House of Israel will refuse to listen to you, for they refuse to listen to Me; for the whole House of Israel are brazen of forehead and stubborn of heart. 8But I will make your face as hard as theirs, and your forehead as brazen as theirs. 9I will make your forehead like adamant (shamir), harder than flint. Do not fear them, and do not be dismayed by them, though they are a rebellious breed.”     Ezekiel 3/7-9 Tanakh JPS 1985.

 

14A spirit seized me and carried me away. I went in bitterness, in the fury of my spirit, while the hand of the Lord was strong upon me.     Ezekiel 3/14 Tanakh JPS 1985.

 

24And a spirit entered into me and set me upon my feet. And He spoke to me, and said to me: “Go, shut yourself up in your house.     Ezekiel 3/24 Tanakh JPS 1985.

 

25As for you, O mortal, cords have been placed upon you, and you have been bound with them, and you shall not go out among them.     Ezekiel 3/25 Tanakh JPS 1985.

 

4“Then lie on your left side, and let it bear the punishment of the House of Israel; for as many days as you lie on it you shall bear their punishment. 5For I impose upon you three hundred and ninety days, corresponding to the number of the years of their punishment; and so you shall bear the punishment for the House of Israel. 6When you have completed these, you shall lie another forty days on your right side, and bear the punishment of the House of Judah. I impose on you one day for each year.     Ezekiel 4/4 Tanakh JPS 1985.

 

8Now I put cords upon you, so that you cannot turn from side to side until you complete your days of siege.     Ezekiel 4/8 Tanakh JPS 1985.

 

31See, a time is coming—declares the Lord—when I will make a new covenant with the House of Israel and the House of Judah. 32It will not be like the covenant I made with their fathers, when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt, a covenant which they broke, though I espoused them—declares the Lord. 33But such is the covenant I will make with the House of Israel after these days—declares the Lord: I will put My Teaching into their inmost being and inscribe it upon their hearts. Then I will be their God, and they shall be My people. 34No longer will they need to teach one another and say to one another, “Heed the Lord“; for all of them, from the least of them to the greatest, shall heed Me—declares the Lord.
For I will forgive their iniquities,
And remember their sins no more.     Jeremiah 31/34 Tanakh JPS 1985.

 

5But he was wounded because of our sins, Crushed because of our iniquities. He bore the chastisement that made us whole, And by his bruises we were healed.     Isaiah 53/5 Tanakh JPS 1985.

 

6We all went astray like sheep, Each going his own way; And the Lord visited upon him The guilt of all of us.”     Isaiah 53/6 Tanakh JPS 1985.

 

8By oppressive judgment he was taken away, Who could describe his abode? For he was cut off from the land of the living Through the sin of my people, who deserved the punishment.     Isaiah 53/8 Tanakh JPS 1985.

 

10But the Lord chose to crush him by disease, That, if he made himself an offering for guilt, He might see offspring and have long life, And that through him the Lord’s purpose might prosper.     Isaiah 53/10 Tanakh JPS 1985.

 

11Out of his anguish he shall see it; He shall enjoy it to the full through his devotion. My righteous servant makes the many righteous, It is their punishment that he bears;     Isaiah 53/11 Tanakh JPS 1985.

 

1Behold, I am sending My messenger to clear the way before Me, and the Lord whom you seek shall come to His Temple suddenly. As for the angel of the covenant that you desire, he is already coming.     Malachi 3/1 Tanakh JPS 1985.

 

18I will raise up a prophet for them from among their own people, like yourself: I will put My words in his mouth and he will speak to them all that I command him; 19and if anybody fails to heed the words he speaks in My name, I myself will call him to account. Deuteronomy 18-19 Tanakh JPS 1985.

 

1But a shoot shall grow out of the stump of Jesse,
A twig shall sprout from his stock.
2The spirit of the Lord shall alight upon him:
A spirit of wisdom and insight,
A spirit of counsel and valor,
A spirit of devotion and reverence for the Lord. Isaiah 11/1-2 Tanakh JPS 1985.

 

Commentary:

The early Sages expected a personal Messiah to fulfill the Isaiah prophecy. No alternative interpretation was applied to this passage until the Middle Ages. And then, a completely different view was presented. This view was popularized by Jewish commentator Rashi (Rabbi Shlomo Itzchaki), who lived one thousand years after Jesus.

Rashi held the position that the servant passages of Isaiah referred to the collective fate of the nation of Israel rather than a personal Messiah. Some rabbis, such as Ibn Ezra and Kimchi, agreed. However, many other rabbinic sages during this same period and later—including Maimonides—realized the inconsistencies of Rashi’s views and would not abandon the original messianic interpretations.

Yet to this day, many rabbis persist in citing Rashi as the definitive word on how to interpret the servant of the Lord in Isaiah 53. Others admit the weakness of this view and say that the passage applies to an individual. They usually cite the prophet Isaiah himself, King Cyrus, King Hezekiah, Josiah, Ezekiel, Jeremiah, Moses, Job or even some anonymous contemporaries of Isaiah as the one spoken of by the prophet.

The Christian idea directly contradicts the basic Jewish teaching that God promises forgiveness to all who sincerely return to Him; thus there is no need for the Messiah to atone for others.

There is no vicarious suffering or atonement for others in Isaiah 53. There is no animal guilt sacrifice applied to humans. The man described is given long life. He is punished with chastisement by the words of G-d and wounded and bruised not killed or sacrificed. It does not describe Jesus or the Jewish people.

And I can explain the true meaning of the verses as none have before me for one simple reason. I am that man.

I have been wounded, crushed, chastised and bruised by the hand, words and power of G-d to make me suitable for His purpose since 2007 when His spirit and the person of His spirit alighted upon me in fulfillment of Isaiah 11/1-2. This purpose includes being the messenger and herald of the new covenant of sin forgiveness to the Jewish people G-d declared for a time to come in Jeremiah 31.

There is no vicarious atonement in Isaiah 53 by one man or a nation or a part thereof for others. When G-d forgives sins He declares it through His prophets in writing and in Malachi 3 He sends the prophet Elijah with the angel of the covenant of sin forgiveness previously declared in Jeremiah 31.

The chastisement, punishment, bruising and crushing is to make me stronger emotionally. To be more of a soldier to God’s purpose. To protect me emotionally from the haters and naysayers, to move to a country of a foreign language I have never known all alone, and to speak God’s words to the Jewish people. The same chastisement and punishment G-d laid on Ezekiel for the sins of the House of Israel and the House of Judah.

And much more. The constant interaction created my devotion to God and to the prosperity of His purpose, our communication when alone and when I am with others is perfect and on many levels, and I obey His every command with little emotional resistance. G-d has the power to stop any emotional response I may have to anything. We work on this all the time. But I have to be made ready for this power and it is through chastisement and punishment.

This is what G-d is referring to in Isaiah 53/11 when He says “Out of his anguish he shall see it; He shall enjoy it to the full through his devotion.” Out of the anguish of chastisement and punishment I will see the prosperity of His purpose and enjoy it to the full through my devotion to His purpose.

This same chastisement and punishment for the sins of others in Isaiah 53 is also in Ezekiel where God says:

 

“But I will make your face as hard as theirs, and your forehead as brazen as theirs. 9I will make your forehead like adamant (shamir), harder than flint.”

 

How will HaShem make Ezekiel suitable for His purpose, making him as hard and brazen as the House of Israel?

By crushing, punishing, bruising and chastising him just as he does with the righteous servant of Isaiah 53 to remove his will and refine and cleanse his soul and remove the fury of his spirit. All this makes Ezekiel more suitable for G-d’s purpose with him to prosper, so that Ezekiel will do and say whatever he is commanded to do and say by G-d without hesitation.

And G-d says to Ezekiel:

 

“As for you, O mortal, cords have been placed upon you, and you have been bound with them, and you shall not go out among them. And “Now I put cords upon you, so that you cannot turn from side to side until you complete your days of siege.”

 

These are not references to physical ropes. Ezekiel is being constrained by the power of G-d that envelops him from leaving his house. Just like the man described in Isaiah 53 Ezekiel is cut off from the world. And then he is enduring punishment for the House of Israel by having these cords of God’s power prevent him from turning from side to side. For 430 days pinned to the ground.

And the Jewish people were not vicariously relieved of their punishment. The complete fall of Jerusalem and final deportation occurs in Ezekiel’s lifetime. It is figurative speech. Just as in Isaiah 53 where the man has the sins and guilt of Israel laid on him that he is not guilty of so that G-d can pronounce an oppressive judgement of chastisement and punishment, bruising and crushing, after he offers himself for that guilt, is really just for the man to be made suitable for G-d’s purpose.

It can be seen in this discussion between God and Ezekiel, a Priestly man who followed the laws of a kosher diet who would be beside himself at such a seemingly unrighteous punishment. But that is the point. God treating you as you could never imagine is very humbling and causes great change to your spirit and soul:

 

“Then I said, “Ah, Lord God, my person was never defiled; nor have I eaten anything that died of itself or was torn by beasts from my youth until now, nor has foul flesh entered my mouth.” He answered me, “See, I allow you cow’s dung instead of human excrement; prepare your bread on that.”

 

I know what Ezekiel is going through in this punishment. I have experienced it. I cannot describe exactly what Ezekiel went through during those 430 days but I do know what 5 days was for me.

In the second year after the spirit and the person of the spirit of G-d alighted upon me and G-d first spoke to me in 2007 everything changed when G-d told me I was going to sacrifice for 5 days. I had not experienced any crushing, bruising, chastisement or punishment before this. And those are the very words from Isaiah 53.

As I lay in bed the cords of G-d’s power enveloped me. I simply could not move. G-d never stopped talking to me and was explaining to me everything that was happening. He showed me how His power could slowly crush my chest until I could not breath and He let the fear of that overwhelm me.

He used this example to teach and discuss with me Jonah on the bottom of the ocean. He also gave me tremendous visions related to death and was showing me that He could keep me alive without air.

This only took a few hours of the five days. G-d is very creative and there was very little let up in this method of teaching me of His power, the scripture, the Jewish people, fear of Him and the level of pain He would lay on me. I saw His goodness and I saw His backside. A side no man wants to see and hear much less feel. G-d is fearsome and to be feared.

It changed our relationship, how I thought of Him and took a lot of the fight out of my soul. And this process has continued in many ways and experiences over the years. It is how I learned about creation, the scripture and mysteries of heaven while being made suitable for the purposes of G-d.

Ezekiel is told that he is suffering the punishment of the Jewish people. G-d then tells Ezekiel that “I impose on you one day for each year” of their punishment which is armies G-d says he raised up against them, destruction of the first Temple and exile for their disobedience to Him.

You shall bear their punishment really means I am punishing you as they have been punished to make Ezekiel’s forehead like adamant (flint); meaning as hard and tough emotionally as they are and to calm his temperament. To reduce his personal affront to their laughter at him and disbelief that he is actually speaking the words of G-d. To prepare him to be a prophet to the Jewish people in exile.

And what G-d puts me through to learn the scripture and write His words and prepare to speak to the Jewish people as the man described in Isaiah 53 is very involved and emotionally and physically painful. A demanding and harsh teacher is HaShem. At least until I am suitable for His purpose. And out of my anguish I shall see His purpose prosper.

And that purpose which might prosper in Isaiah 53 is the same purpose in Malachi three that might prosper and if not utter destruction will come to the land. Re-counseling the Jewish families to each other through HaShem and Judaism.

This is done primarily by removing the idea that Jesus was the Jewish Messiah and establishing who I am to those that heed, revere and fear HaShem. I am Elijah and it all begins with heralding that the covenant of sin forgiveness of the Jewish people by G-d for a time to come is here as G-d declared in Jeremiah 31 which causes Torah to be written on the hearts of those who revere and heed HaShem as further explained in Malachi 3 and being instrumental in the building of the third Temple for HaShem to return to “quickly”.

The knowledge that the prophecy of G-d in Isaiah, Jeremiah and Malachi are being fulfilled and G-d’s anointed king (leader) has arrived with sin forgiveness for all who revere and heed HaShem who has personal knowledge of the Heaven where the name Israel will endure forever just as the biblical Elijah would, and he is Elijah and the prophet like Moses who speaks to G-d face to face, should go far in reuniting the Jewish people with HaShem and each other.

 

220px-JPS_Tanakh

After World War II, the Jewish Publication Society began to consider a new edition of the Bible and the concept of a completely new translation gradually took hold and the task was begun in 1955.

Harry M. Orlinsky, Professor of Bible at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (New York) was editor-in-chief along with H. L. Ginsberg, Professor of the Bible at the Jewish Theological Seminary, and Ephraim A. Speiser, Professor of Semitic and Oriental Languages at the University of Pennsylvania, as fellow editors.

Associated with them were three rabbis: Max Arzt, Bernard J. Bamberger, and Harry Freedman, representing the Conservative, Reform, and Orthodox branches of organized Jewish religious life.

Copyright @ 1985 by the Jewish Publication Society.

David, the Anointed of G-d Shunned, Despised, Reviled, Shamed and Disgraced

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Psalm 69 (from Chabad.org English translation of the entire Tanach with Rashi’s commentary. This Tanakh translation has been completely revised with a modern translation of the Hebrew of the Jewish Bible to English begun in 1955 and copyrighted in 1985 by the Jewish Publication Society. I have used the JPS Tanakh for the verses without changing the commentary of Rashi. There are minor differences in the words he comments on in some of the verses).

1For the leader. On shoshannim. Of David.

Rashi:

on shoshannim: Concerning Israel, who are like a rose (שושנה) among the thorns, pricked by the thorns, and he prayed for them.

Keith: No commentary.

 

2Deliver me, O God,
for the waters have reached my neck;

Rashi:

for water has come up: the nations.

Keith: No commentary.

 

3I am sinking into the slimy deep
and find no foothold;
I have come into the watery depths;
the flood sweeps me away.

Rashi:

in muddy depths: In the mire, the mud of the deep.

and the current: That is the flood of the strength of the river, fil in Old French, current.

Keith: No commentary.

 

4I am weary with calling;
my throat is dry;
my eyes fail
while I wait for God.

Rashi:

has become parched: Heb. נחר, dry, as (Job 30:30): “are burned (חרה) with heat.”

my eyes fail: Any drawn-out hope is called “failure of the eyes,” as (Deut. 28:32): “and pine after them all day” . [Similarly] (Lev. 26:16): “that cause the eyes to pine away” ; (Job 11:20), “and the eyes of the wicked will pine away.”

Keith: No commentary.

 

5More numerous than the hairs of my head
are those who hate me without reason;
many are those who would destroy me,
my treacherous enemies.
Must I restore what I have not stolen?

Rashi:

who are my enemies because of lies: They hate me because of a lie, because I do not pursue their lies to adopt their error.

I will then return: When they gather against me, I bribe them with money that I did not steal from them.

Keith:

More numerous than the hairs of my head are those who hate me without reason: Like the man described in Isaiah 53/3 “He was despised, shunned by men,” and “He was despised, we held him of no account” David was hated without reason. David was  G-d’s anointed of Jesse to be King of the Israelites but to others he was David the lowly shepherd who “was said to be” G-d’s anointed King. 

Must I restore what I have not stolen?: Must David deny the anointment that was freely given to him by G-d?

 

6God, You know my folly;
my guilty deeds are not hidden from You.

7Let those who look to You,
O Lord, God of hosts,
not be disappointed on my account;
let those who seek You,
O God of Israel,
not be shamed because of me.

Rashi:

Do not let those who hope for You be shamed: Do not leave me in their hands lest those who hope for You be shamed by what happens to me and say, “Didn’t that happen to one who hopes to the Holy One, blessed be He?”.

Keith:

Let those who look to You, O Lord, God of hosts, not be disappointed on my account: People do not believe G-d anointed David a lowly shepherd born in sin to be King of Israel. David does not want people who worship G-d to be disappointed in G-d that he never becomes King.

 

8It is for Your sake that I have been reviled,
that shame covers my face;

9I am a stranger to my brothers,
an alien to my kin.

Rashi:

to my brothers: To Esau.

Keith:

I am a stranger to my brothers, an alien to my kin: In Psalm 110/7 David says “Indeed I was born with iniquity; with sin my mother conceived me.” In the days of David men had many wives and many concubines as is well known with his son Solomon. The iniquity came from his father Jesse fathering a child with a woman outside of the tribes. That is why there is no mention of his mother in the Jewish Bible that G-d had written by His prophets with few exceptions. The Talmud says the mother of David was a Jewish women named Nitzevet.

David is confessing a deep emotional pain in a Psalm for all to read and it is a lesson of the pain of interfaith marriages for children. A sin he had nothing to do with that he had to bear all of his life. Today under the Halacha David would be a gentile of the tribe of Judah as I am.

Rashi says “to my brothers: To Esau.” Esau is a brother of Jacob and the scripture tells why they did not get along. But this does not tell us why David is a stranger and alien to his brothers. It is because David’s mother was not an Israelite.

 

10My zeal for Your house has been my undoing;
the reproaches of those who revile You have fallen upon me.

Rashi:

the envy of Your house: They saw the love that You showed us when Your house was still existing, and they envied me.

Keith:

the reproaches of those who revile You have fallen upon me: David’s zeal for G-d has caused those who revile G-d to reproach and revile David and made him ashamed of himself (from above “shame covers my face”).

 

11When I wept and fasted,
I was reviled for it.

Rashi:

And I bewailed my soul in fast: In my fast.

and it was a disgrace for me: When I weep and fast before You, they mock me.

Keith:

When I wept and fasted, I was reviled for it: When David cried and went without food in his shame his brothers and enemies assailed him with scornful and abusive language.

 

12I made sackcloth my garment;
I became a byword among them.

13Those who sit in the gate talk about me;
I am the taunt of drunkards.

Rashi:

and melodies: they made of me for those who imbibe strong drink.

Keith: No commentary.

 

14As for me, may my prayer come to You, O Lord,
at a favorable moment;
O God, in Your abundant faithfulness,
answer me with Your sure deliverance.

Rashi:

But, as for me, may my prayer to You, O Lord, be: may the time of my prayer be a desirable time.

Keith: No commentary.

 

15Rescue me from the mire;
let me not sink;
let me be rescued from my enemies,
and from the watery depths.

16Let the floodwaters not sweep me away;
let the deep not swallow me;
let the mouth of the Pit not close over me.

Rashi:

and let not… close: And let it not close over me.

a well: This strange trouble [shall not close] its mouth to swallow me up.

close: Heb. תאטר, as (Jud. 3:15): “with a shriveled (אטר) right hand” that he does not use it.

Keith:

let the mouth of the Pit not close over me: David is a lowly shepherd who was born in sin and G-d has anointed David to be King of all Israel according to Samuel and David feels as though he is living in a pit of shame and despair.

 

17Answer me, O Lord,
according to Your great steadfastness;
in accordance with Your abundant mercy
turn to me;

18do not hide Your face from Your servant,
for I am in distress;
answer me quickly.

19Come near to me and redeem me;
free me from my enemies.

Rashi:

Come close to my soul: (Come close to me.)

redeem it: Heb. גאלה, [equivalent to] גְאוֹל אוֹתָה.

Keith: No commentary.

 

20You know my reproach,
my shame, my disgrace;
You are aware of all my foes.

Rashi: No commentary.

Keith:

You are aware of all my foes: G-d has absolute knowledge of all things and all people He chooses to follow closely. That would include all naysayers and haters and enemies of His anointed King.

 

21Reproach breaks my heart,
I am in despair;
I hope for consolation, but there is none,
for comforters, but find none.

Rashi:

and I have become ill: Heb. ואנושה, I am ailing and sick, as (Micah 1:9): “For she is mortally ill (אנושה) [from] her wounds,” and as (II Sam. 12:15): “and the child (sic) became mortally ill (ויאנש) ,” of Bathsheba. Now if you ask how this “aleph” serves as a radical and also as a prefix denoting the first person, this is the way of a word beginning with “aleph.” For example, (Mal. 1:2): “and I loved (וָאֹהַב) Jacob” ; (Prov. 8:17), “I will love (אֵהָב) those who love me.” It is equivalent to וָאֶאֶהַב Similarly, (Zeph. 1:2): “I will totally destroy (אָסֹף אָסֵף),” like אֶאֶסֹף.

for sympathy: Heb. לנוד, to shake. That friends should come to me to shake [their heads] over me and to comfort me.

Keith:

I hope for consolation, but there is none, for comforters, but find none: David does not have the support of anyone. Anyone that believes he is G-d’s anointed King. Even his family who were present when Samuel anointed David according to the words of the L-rd to Samuel. Words only Samuel could hear.

1Samuel 16/12 “So they sent and brought him. He was ruddy-cheeked, bright-eyed, and handsome. And the Lord said, “Rise and anoint him, for this is the one.” 13Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers; and the spirit of the Lord gripped David from that day on. Samuel then set out for Ramah.”

 

22They give me gall for food,
vinegar to quench my thirst.

23May their table be a trap for them,
a snare for their allies.

Rashi:

into my food: Heb. בברותי, into my food, as (II Sam. 13:6): “Let my sister Tamar come now, etc., that I may eat (ואברה) from her hand.”

Keith:

May their table be a trap for them, a snare for their allies: May the haters and naysayers and enemies and those who ignore David and shame him and all those who believe in their talk and words and opinions about David which is the “table” they have set for themselves against G-d’s anointed King be their undoing before G-d and when David is King.

 

24May their eyes grow dim so that they cannot see;
may their loins collapse continually.

25Pour out Your wrath on them;
may Your blazing anger overtake them;

26may their encampments be desolate;
may their tents stand empty.

27For they persecute those You have struck;
they talk about the pain of those You have felled.

Rashi:

For: this nation, which You smote.

they pursued: For You were a little angry, and they helped cause harm.

and about the pain of those whom You wounded they tell: their words, to plot: “Let us destroy them while they are in pain.”

Keith:

For they persecute those You have struck: They, the haters and naysayers and enemies and those who ignore David and shame him and all those who believe in their talk and words and opinions about David persecute him for being anointed by G-d. Most, if not all do not believe G-d spoke to Samuel in his anointment of David. David feels as though G-d’s anointment of him has been a physical blow to his life and feelings. “Those” would include others that had been anointed or selected by G-d as his prophets whose words are rarely believed and heeded as the words of G-d and go through the same ordeal as David.

they talk about the pain of those You have felled: “Those” would be men who failed or died in the name of the L-rd.

 

28Add that to their guilt;
let them have no share of Your beneficence;

29may they be erased from the book of life,
and not be inscribed with the righteous.

Rashi: No commentary.

Keith:

be erased from the book of life, and not be inscribed with the righteous: According to the Talmud it is open on Rosh Hashanah, as is its analog for the wicked, the Book of the Dead. For this reason extra mention is made for the Book of Life during Amidah recitations during the Days of Awe, the ten days between Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year, and Yom Kippur, the day of atonement (the two High Holidays, particularly in the prayer Unetaneh Tokef). (From:Wikipedia)

The Jewish Bible does not have a Book of the Dead. “In the Hebrew Bible the Book of Life – the book or muster-roll of God – records forever all people considered righteous before God. God has such a book, and to be blotted out of it signifies death. It is with reference to the Book of Life that the holy remnant is spoken of as being written unto life in Jerusalem, compare also Ezekiel ix. 4, where one of the six heavenly envoys “who had the scribe’s inkhorn upon his loins” is told to mark the righteous for life, while the remainder of the inhabitants of Jerusalem are doomed. The Psalmist likewise speaks of the Book of Life in which only the names of the righteous are written “and from which the unrighteous are blotted out”. Even the tears of men are recorded in this Book of God. “Every one that shall be found written in the book . . . shall awake to everlasting life”. This book is probably identical with the “Book of Remembrance” in which are recorded the deeds of those that fear the Lord.” (From: Wikipedia.)

The scroll of remembrance in Malachi 3/16 is not the book of life. “16In this vein have those who revere the Lord been talking to one another. The Lord has heard and noted it, and a scroll of remembrance has been written at His behest concerning those who revere the Lord and esteem His name. 17And on the day that I am preparing, said the Lord of Hosts, they shall be My treasured possession; I will be tender toward them as a man is tender toward a son who ministers to him. 18And you shall come to see the difference between the righteous and the wicked, between him who has served the Lord and him who has not served Him. 19For lo! That day is at hand, burning like an oven.”

The scroll of remembrance is about a special place in the heart of G-d for those who revere the L-rd and esteem His name on the day of the L-rd that He is preparing. Not a specific day but the days of Elijah the Teacher of Righteousness of Isaiah 53 who G-d sends before him with the angel of the covenant of the forgiveness of the sins of the Jewish people to clear the way for His return.

 

30But I am lowly and in pain;
Your help, O God, keeps me safe.

31I will extol God’s name with song,
and exalt Him with praise.

32That will please the Lord more than oxen,
than bulls with horns and hooves.

Rashi:

And it will appeal to the Lord: My praise to the Lord.

more than a young bull that is mature: That is the bull sacrificed by Adam, which was created at its height. On the day it was called שּׁוֹר, on that very day, he brought it, for a bull on day of its birth is called שּׁוֹר, as it is said (Lev. 22:27): “A bull (שור), a lamb, or a goat, that is born.” On that very day, it resembled a פַּר, which is a three-year old.

with horns and hooves: Its horns preceded its hooves, because it was created at its height with its horns, and its head emerged from the ground first; the earth thrust them forth in the manner in which all creatures are born, so that its horns preceded its feet.

Keith: No commentary.

 

33The lowly will see and rejoice;
you who are mindful of God, take heart!

34For the Lord listens to the needy,
and does not spurn His captives.

35Heaven and earth shall extol Him,
the seas, and all that moves in them.

36For God will deliver Zion
and rebuild the cities of Judah;
they shall live there and inherit it;

37the offspring of His servants shall possess it;
those who cherish His name shall dwell there.

David, a Host of the L-rd of Hosts and a Teacher of Righteousness

Psalms 51
(from Chabad.org English translation of the entire Tanach with Rashi’s commentary. This Tanakh translation has been completely revised with a modern translation of the Hebrew of the Jewish Bible to English begun in 1955 and copyrighted in 1985 by the Jewish Publication Society. I have used the JPS Tanakh for the verses without changing the commentary of Rashi. There are minor differences in the words he comments on in some of the verses).

1For the leader. A psalm of David,

2when Nathan the prophet came to him after he had come to Bathsheba.

3Have mercy upon me, O God,
as befits Your faithfulness;
in keeping with Your abundant compassion,
blot out my transgressions.

4Wash me thoroughly of my iniquity,
and purify me of my sin;

5for I recognize my transgressions,
and am ever conscious of my sin.

Rashi:

and my sin is always before me: Since I regret [my sin] and worry about it, it is as though it is constantly before me, always.

Keith: No commentary.

 

6Against You alone have I sinned,
and done what is evil in Your sight;
so You are just in Your sentence,
and right in Your judgment.

Rashi:

Against You alone have I sinned: Therefore, it is in Your power to forgive [me]. Even in my sin against Uriah, I sinned against You, for You warned against the matter.

in order that You be justified in Your conduct: like במנהגך, in Your conduct. I had the strength to overpower my evil inclination, but, so that they should not say, “The servant overpowered his master,” for I said to You (Ps. 26:2), “Test me, O Lord, and try me,” and You tested me and I was not found perfect, in order that You should be justified and not I (Sanh. 107a). Another explanation:

in order that You be justified in Your conduct: If You forgive me, You will be justified in Your judgment against all the wicked who do not repent, so that they will not be able to say, “If we had repented, it would not have availed us.”

Keith:

Against You alone have I sinned: David professes that he has a sinned. Like the man described in Isaiah 53/12 “And was numbered among the sinners” David is counted as a sinner.

 

7Indeed I was born with iniquity;
with sin my mother conceived me.

Rashi:

Behold, with iniquity I was formed: Now how could I not sin when the main part of my creation was through coitus, the source of many iniquities? Another explanation: The main part of my creation is from a male and a female, both of whom are full of iniquity. There are many midrashim to this verse, but they do not fit the context of the psalm.

conceived me: Heb. יחמתני, an expression of heat, as (Gen. 30:38): “And they came into heat (ויחמנה) when they came to drink.”

Keith:

I was born with iniquity: In the days of David men had many wives and many concubines as is well known with his son Solomon. The iniquity came from his father Jesse fathering a child with a woman outside of the tribes. That is why there is no mention of his mother in the Jewish Bible. The Talmud says the mother of David was a Jewish women named Nitzevet.

This is an example of the stories and lore of the Talmud taking from the meaning and lessons of G-d’s stories and Psalms. If G-d wanted stories that showed all of the central men and women as perfect and holy or excuses given for their conduct He would have had them written that way.

David is confessing a deep emotional pain in a Psalm for all to read and it is a lesson of the pain of interfaith marriages for children. A sin he had nothing to do with that he had to bear all of his life. Today under the Halacha David would be a gentile of the tribe of Judah as I am.

 

8 Indeed You desire truth about that which is hidden;
teach me wisdom about secret things.

Rashi:

Behold, You desired that truth be in the hidden places: and behold, I confess to the truth, that I sinned.

in the hidden places: Heb. בטחות. These are the reins, which are smooth. Menachem (p. 97), however, associated it with (Gen. 21: 16): “as it were a bowshot (כמטחוי קשת) ” ; and so (Job 38: 36): “Who placed wisdom in the inward parts (בטחות).” And their interpretation is an expression of drawing, for just as a bow is drawn, so is their yearning for knowledge.

and in the concealed part You teach me wisdom: And in the heart, which is concealed, You have taught me wisdom to confess.

Keith:

teach me wisdom about secret things: For G-d to teach David secret things He and David have conversations as one friend speaks to another friend.

 

9Purge me with hyssop till I am pure;
wash me till I am whiter than snow.

Rashi:

Purify me with a hyssop: As one purifies the “mezora” and the one who became unclean through contact with a corpse.

Keith:

wash me till I am whiter than snow: I am the man described in Isaiah 53 and I offered my soul to G-d for guilt which He accepted. I became a host of the L-rd of Hosts. G-d took my sinful soul and cleansed me while it rested in me with elements of His unseen realm and His power. The soul of a host that G-d can dwell with and not be offended. This Psalm and many other Psalms of David and the stories of him show that David was a host of the L-rd of Hosts off and on.

 

10Let me hear tidings of joy and gladness;
let the bones You have crushed exult.

Rashi:

Make me hear joy and gladness: The forgiveness of the sin.

the bones that You crushed: when You were wroth with me.

Keith:

let the bones You have crushed exult: Like the man described in Isaiah 53/5 “Crushed because of our iniquities” David’s bones had been crushed by G-d. I also have had my bones crushed through the power of G-d. A broken hand and cracked ribs.

 

11Hide Your face from my sins;
blot out all my iniquities.

12Fashion a pure heart for me, O God;
create in me a steadfast spirit.

Rashi:

Create for me a pure heart, O God: so that I do not stumble again.

Keith: No commentary.

 

13Do not cast me out of Your presence,
or take Your holy spirit away from me.

Rashi:

and do not take Your holy spirit from me: that the holy spirit should not be withdrawn from me.

Keith:

Do not cast me out of Your presence, or take Your holy spirit away from me: I am a host of the L-rd of Hosts. The holy spirit is the angel of the Presence of G-d and he had alighted upon David as he alighted upon me in fulfillment of Isaiah 11/1-2 in the year 2007. The holy spirit alights upon and enters a man and My Name (G-d) is in him. G-d’s Presence is always with a host. He dwells with them.

Isaiah 63/9-10 “In all their troubles He was troubled, And the angel of His Presence delivered them. In His love and pity He Himself redeemed them, Raised them, and exalted them All the days of old. 10But they rebelled, and grieved His holy spirit; Then He became their enemy, And Himself made war against them.”

David is not a permanent host and does not want to be without the person of the spirit of the Holy G-d and the Presence of G-d. Once the holy spirit and G-d’s Presence become a part of your existence you never want them to leave. His holy spirit is a person that can be grieved and G-d  created him in part for the host. I am sure David like me considered him a friend above all friends. He is an angel guide who enjoys making me laugh.

 

14Let me again rejoice in Your help;
let a vigorous spirit sustain me.

Rashi:

Restore to me the joy of Your salvation: The holy spirit, which has left me.
noble: Heb. נדיבה, an expression of nobility and leadership.

Keith: No commentary.

 

15I will teach transgressors Your ways,
that sinners may return to You.

Rashi:

I will teach transgressors Your ways: and they will learn from me. They will repent if they see that You forgive me.

Keith:

I will teach transgressors Your ways: Like the man described in Isaiah 53/11 “My righteous servant makes the many righteous” and Elijah in Malachi 3/24 “He shall reconcile parents with children and children with their parents” with the teachings of G-d David is knowledgeable in the Torah and a teacher of righteousness.

that sinners may return to You: Like the man described in Isaiah 53/12 “And made intercession for sinners” and Elijah in Malachi 3/24 David will bring sinners back to G-d.

 

16Save me from bloodguilt,
O God, God, my deliverer,
that I may sing forth Your beneficence.

Rashi:

Save me from blood: that I should not die by the sword as a punishment for Uriah, whom I killed.

Keith: No commentary.

 

17O Lord, open my lips,
and let my mouth declare Your praise.

Rashi:

O Lord, You shall open my lips: Forgive me so that I will be able to open my lips to recite Your praise.

Keith:

Lord, open my lips, and let my mouth declare: Like myself and all hosts G-d controls the words we speak and can speak through us just as He can angels and spirits. G-d says in Ezekiel 3/26 “And I will make your tongue cleave to your palate, and you shall be dumb; you shall not be a reprover to them, for they are a rebellious breed. 27But when I speak with you, I will open your mouth,”.

G-d is not saying when He speaks with Ezekiel as in a conversation. He means literally speaking to the Jewish exiles using Ezekiel to speak His own words. In other words, G-d is not telling Ezekiel what to say He is controlling and directing the words that come from Ezekiel. It is a complicated process and G-d and I have been working on it for ten years.

.

18You do not want me to bring sacrifices;
You do not desire burnt offerings;

Rashi:

For You do not wish a sacrifice: Because a sacrifice of a sin offering is not brought for a willful transgression.

or I should give it: For if You desired it, I would give it to You.

Keith: No commentary.

 

19True sacrifice to God is a contrite spirit;
God, You will not despise
a contrite and crushed heart.

20May it please You to make Zion prosper;
rebuild the walls of Jerusalem.

Rashi:

do good: to build Your Temple in its midst in the days of my son, Solomon.

Keith: No commentary.

 

21Then You will want sacrifices offered in righteousness,
burnt and whole offerings;
then bulls will be offered on Your altar.