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Updated   July 12,  2013

 

Judah as the "Mechoqeck/Lawgiver of God"

(Part 1 of 5 on the Mechoqeck)

 

Author Anonymous

 

Who is the Lawgiver of Israel? Do you know the answer to that question? Let’s explore that question today in this teaching, and continue to explore it over the next few teachings [Judah as the Mechoceqk, The Seat of Moses, What the Rebellion was All About, Bowing Down to Judah] because it is a very important question with profound ramifications for you, for me, and for all Israel.

Let’s turn to the prophecy of Isaiah/Yesha'yahu 33:22:

“For YHVH is our judge, YHVH is our lawgiver, YHVH is our king, He will save us.”

Now, that’s a pretty accurate translation. Let’s read now the original Hebrew text to see why the translation is translated in that way.

Ki Adonai shofeteinu, Adonai Mechoqeckeinu, Adonai malkeinu, hu yoshieinu.” There are really four separate statements here. The first statement is “Adonai shofeteinu,” translated in the KJV as “Adonai is our Judge,” and that is an accurate translation. The next phrase says “Adonai Mechoqeckeinu.” That is translated as “Adonai is our Lawgiver,” and that is a pretty reasonable translation of that phrase too. “Adonai Mechoqeckeinu” – we are going to look at that phrase a little bit more as we continue this teaching. The third little phrase in this verse says “Adonai malkeinu,” and that is “Adonai is our king.” And the last little statement, which again is two words, is “hu yoshieinu,” – “He will save us.” It is beautiful and wonderful – four separate statements in one verse.

Adonai is our judge, He is our Lawgiver, He is our King, and He will save us – implying, therefore, that He is our Savior.

Now, let’s look at this word translated as “lawgiver.” The Hebrew word is Mechoqeckeinu – based on the word Mechoqeck. Now this word Mechoqeck comes from another word – of course it comes from a verb (in fact, most Hebrew nouns derive themselves from verbs) – so if we look at the source of this word Mechoqeck, and we look at the verb from which it is derived, and this verb is chaqaq, this verb means to cut out, or to decree, to inscribe, to establish, to set, to engrave, to portray, and even to govern. Now, how are all these different meanings wrapped up in this word chaqaq? Well, it’s not too difficult if you understand that a Hebrew root word, a Hebrew “shoresh,” a root, oftentimes is grounded in something very physical, something very real. And then if we understand what that “real” thing is, that is symbolic now of all kinds of other issues that are tied to it. For example, we see the definition “to cut out” which is obviously related to inscribing and engraving, so you are actually taking a tool and you are literally cutting out, engraving or inscribing something in a different medium. You are using a tool to write out some particular set of words. This is the idea of chaqaq. Now, how does that word, chaqaq, also relate to the extended meanings of decreeing and governing? It’s not too complicated. Again, let’s just think about what the word means. If you are going to cut out or inscribe or engrave words so that everybody can see them, what are you doing? You are actually making a decree. You are making a formal statute that is now known and publicized or promulgated to your nation or your people, and the result of that is that now there is an aspect of governing that goes along with it. This is very interesting!  A simple word like chaqaq, literally means to engrave or inscribe, but the extended meanings are to decree and to establish, to set and, therefore, also implies the idea of governing. And so, chaqaq as the verb leads us to the noun Mechoqeck, which of course now means the individual who is responsible for doing all that. Doesn’t that make perfectly good sense? So, in English we translate the word Mechoqeck as “lawgiver” – and that’s fine…that’s a pretty decent translation. In other words, it’s somebody who is responsible for inscribing, engraving, cutting these words out into a medium thereby decreeing what needs to be known by the people…and, therefore, is the one responsible for governing or governance within the community. This is the word Mechoqeck.

So, in Isaiah, or Yesha’yahu 33:22 we read these two words, “Adonai Mechoqeckeinu.” The “einu” ending means “our.” Thus, what we have there is Adonai is our Mechoqeck. He is the One in heaven who is responsible for decreeing, and establishing, and inscribing laws and statutes and so forth that are incumbent upon the Nation of Israel to follow. Therefore, He is the ultimate Lawgiver. He is the ultimate One who governs and rules His people. It shouldn’t be too complicated. Why do we need a whole program devoted to answering this simple little question, “Who is our Lawgiver?” We’ve just answered that question, haven’t we? But as with just about everything else in life, things get a little bit more complicated when you begin to explore further and dig a little bit deeper. And that is what we are going to explore some more.

Let’s turn to the epistle, the letter that Ya’akov wrote. Ya’akov is James, the half-brother of Yeshua, the one whom we believe to be Mashiach, the Messiah [ben Yosef]. Let’s turn to his letter in the apostolic writings, chapter four, verses eleven and twelve:

“Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He that speaketh evil of his brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law: but if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge. There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy: who art thou that judgest another.”

These words are pretty hardcore, aren’t they? They are very, very supportive of the validity of the Torah for all Israel. How do we know that it is important for all Israel? Because if we go back to Ya’akov 1:1, we read that Ya’akov is actually writing this letter to the twelve tribes that are scattered abroad. And those twelve tribes include all kinds of people who are not “Jewish,” of course, but are those from the Ten Tribes. So this letter is written to people like you and me who are not Jewish, but are learning to return to the faith that Judah, our brother, has preserved—the very faith that Yeshua followed, the very faith that the apostles were part of. This verse in James 4:11-12 agrees with what we read in Isaiah 33:22, doesn’t it? Because in Isaiah/Yesha’yahu 33:22 we read that Adonai is our Lawgiver….our Mechoqeck. And here in James/Ya’akov 4:12 we read that there is one Mechoqeck – there is ONE lawgiver, and it is not our responsibility – the 12 tribes – it’s not our responsibility to judge the Lawgiver, to judge the Torah, to judge our brother. Our responsibility is rather to be a “doer” of the Torah and stop trying to judge the Torah, and stop trying to judge our brother – because if we do that, then what are we doing? The implication is, we’re not just judging the Torah; we are now acting as judge of the Judge! We are being a judge of the Lawgiver. We are being a judge of Adonai in heaven! And we are not supposed to do that! Why? Because there is only one Lawgiver! It is Adonai in heaven! And what can He do? Well? He can save, and He can destroy. And that is, in part, what we also read in Isaiah 33:22, if you remember the end of the verse said “hu yoshieinu” (that’s the Hebrew) – and that means, He will save us. And this is also mirrored in Ya’akov’s statement in chapter 4:12 where he says there is one lawgiver who is able to save. But he adds another flavor to this equation…and he says, to destroy. In other words we have to be careful lest we set ourselves up as judge, as lawgiver, as Mechoqeck. Now, this is a very important issue when it comes to the Ten Tribes in particular.

We have to be very careful as we begin to learn what we are going to learn over the next few teachings, that we not become a “lawgiver” in and amongst ourselves. That we not be the ones to judge the Torah and to determine what is valid and what isn’t valid, and what “this” means and what “that” means. It is the Lawgivers responsibility to do that, right? That is what we read! It is the job of the Mechoqeck, which as we have learned so far is Hashem, our Father in heaven, Avinu shebashamayim – Our Father in heaven – it is His responsibility to ensure that His laws, His statutes, His decrees, are interpreted correctly and understood within Israel. That is His responsibility.

Now, the question is, as we are going to slowly answer, one bit at a time…how does He ensure that? How does He ensure that His decrees and His laws and His statutes and His judgments, and so on…how does He ensure that those things that have come out of His mouth, that He has inscribed, that He has decreed, that He has engraved – (you see, back to the meaning of that word chaqaq, that verb), how does He ensure that it is properly done on earth? That’s a vital question! Because it is one thing to say and to believe and to know that Adonai is Mechoqeck. He is the Lawgiver…great! But how does He do it, on this earth, today? How has He done it in this earth yesterday? And how is He going to do it in this earth tomorrow?

Now, let’s go back to Yesha’yahu/Isaiah 33:22 because in that verse we have four distinct offices that are ascribed to our Father in heaven. And what are those offices? Judge, Lawgiver, King, and Savior. Let’s look at each one of these. It says there in that verse in Yesha’yahu/Isaiah 33:22, “For Adonai is our judge.” Yes, He is the Judge. That is what that verse says, but does Him sitting as Judge mean that there are no other judges on earth? Think about Israelite history. Were there judges? Of course there were judges on earth! You can go through the whole book of Judges, and you can list out a whole bunch of judges! So even though Adonai in heaven is our judge, that doesn’t prevent Him from appointing other judges – His representatives, His administrators on earth, does it? No it doesn’t.

Now let’s go to the third one on the list – we are going to skip Mechoqeck/lawgiver for now – because that is the question we are going to explore through this series of teachings - but let’s go to the third one on the list: Adonai malkeinu – Adonai is our King. Right! He’s our King…we like that! But does Him sitting in the office of King prevent Him from appointing and ensuring that there are kings on earth? Even in the Nation of Israel? Of course not! Of course there are kings on earth in the Nation of Israel. Saul/Sha’ul, King Saul, he was king. He was appointed by Adonai! David was appointed by Adonai, and David’s whole line of descendants was promised that they would continue to be king in Israel. So, Adonai malkeinu, absolutely – He is our King, but that doesn’t prevent Him from delegating that task and that responsibility to His appointed kings - His appointed guardians of rulership on earth, now being the line of David.

What about the last statement, “hu yoshieinu”…He will save us! He is the Savior. Of course He is our Savior! Adonai is our Savior. Well, we like to think of somebody else being Savior…Yeshua, our Mashiach, He is also Savior. Does that now contradict? No, it doesn’t contradict it at all! Because one is merely the extension of the other, a physical manifestation in flesh and blood of the other. What about other saviors? Could there be other people, physical people, that could be saviors? Of course there are!

Let me give you one verse here that you can think about. This verse comes from the prophecy of Ovadyah/Obadiah. It’s a short little prophecy, one chapter only, and it is part of “The Twelve.” The very last verse in that book says this: “And saviours shall come up on mount Zion to judge the mount of Esau; and the kingdom shall be Adonai’s.”

Now, let’s just read that again a little bit more carefully. This is talking about a time that is yet to happen, when the enemies of Israel are cut off from the Land, when the Tribes will have returned, and when the kingdom will be again re-established and restored to all Israel. This is what we pray for when we pray, “Thy Kingdom come”… so let’s read this and learn something about it. The Hebrew says this: “V’alu moshi’im – that means, “and they shall come up” – who? Moshi’im – saviors - plural – not just one savior, not just “moshia,” but rather, moshi’im, - saviors, so even though we learn in Isaiah 33:22 that Adonai is the One Who saves, we also learn here in Obadiah/Ovadyah 1:21, the last verse in the book, we learn that there is actually more than one savior. There are saviors…v’alu moshi’im …saviors shall come up to Mt. Zion. Now, what are they going to do? They are going to judge the Mt. Esau. And that word judge is the same word we saw back in Isaiah 33:22! For the Hebrew says: lishpot et Har Esav, - to judge Mt. Esau (lishpot, to judge). We saw in Isaiah 33:22, Adonai shofeteinu – He is our judge. And in the last part of the verse, just to wrap it up, it says: v’hai’tah l’Adonai ha-melukhah – which means, and the kingdom, or the sovereignty shall be to Adonai.

So, this is very interesting. It is very important for us to understand it. What are we learning? Let’s go back to Isaiah 33:22 because this is our pivotal verse. If we can understand this verse then we can begin to understand its implications. Isaiah 33:22, again: Adonai is our Judge. Yes, true, but there are actual people on earth who are judges. Adonai is our Lawgiver. Could it be that there are actually people on earth who also are lawgivers? That is the question we are going to address over these programs. Because the next part of the verse says that He is our King – and we know definitely that there are men as kings in Israel on earth. And the last part, hu yoshieinu – He will save us – He is our Savior. Absolutely! But that does not prohibit Him from appointing saviors on earth. And so now we arrive at the real crux issue – and this is the question. It is true that Adonai is Lawgiver. It is true that Adonai is the Mechoqeck, the One who has the responsibility to prescribe decrees and promulgate them to the nation. The question is this: does He delegate that office to people in the Nation of Israel on this planet earth? Has He done that in the past? And does He continue to do that in the present? That is what we want to learn about in this series of teachings.

Now, what we are going to do to start this exploration is to look at a few verses in the Torah that mention “Mechoqeck.” Let’s start in the book of Bemidbar. “Bemidbar” is the Hebrew for the book we call the book of Numbers. Bemidbar actually means “in the wilderness” – chapter 21:16-18. It’s just a little passage here in the middle of a narrative that describes a portion of the journeys and wanderings that we as a people had in those days back in the wilderness.

“And from thence they went to Beer [well]: that is the well whereof Adonai spake unto Moses, Gather the people together, and I will give them water.”

So apparently they were without water, and of course there is not a whole lot of water in the wilderness, and water needs to be supplied. So you travel, therefore, from one watering hole to another watering hole in a sense, and so, this place is called “well.” A place there was a well. And Adonai spoke to Moses and He told Moses, “you gather to the people together at this place and I am going to give them water.” Well, that’s great…wonderful.

Now, who heard this word of Adonai to Moses? The only one to hear it was, of course, Moses. He was the one to whom Hashem spoke in the wilderness, and then what did Moses do? Moses then promulgated those words to the rest of the people, acting as the mediator. So, now we read in verses 17-18 this little interesting song that the people sang as a result of receiving water. It must have been a wonderfully exciting day when that happened. You know, they are hot and they are thirsty. They go to this place and Moses says, “Look everybody, you come here, we’re going to go to this place, and when we get there Hashem is going to give us water!” So they do that, and they get the water! And they are all singing and dancing and they are all so excited. And this is the song it says they actually sang!

“Then Israel sang this song, Spring up, O well; sing ye unto it: The princes digged the well, the nobles of the people digged it, by the direction of the lawgiver, with their staves. And from the wilderness they went to Mattanah.”

Why would you sing to a well? You’d sing to a well because the well is symbolic of living water!  Mayim chayim…living water! The word of Adonai is living water….the Torah is living water, Mashiach is living water! So they are singing to the well – this is profound spiritual stuff here! Let’s not be too quick to pass over its implications.

The princes digged the well it says in verse 18 – the nobles of the people digged it…now, how did they know where to dig? Well, Moses obviously told them. How did Moses know? Because Hashem told Moses! That’s what we read in verse 16. Hashem spoke to Moses – you gather the people together and I’ll give them water. Now, in verse 18 we read…the people digged. How did they know where to dig? By the direction of the lawgiver. By the direction of the Mechoqeck. Hmm. Interesting. That’s the same word that we have been focusing on starting with Isaiah 33:22 where we read that Adonai is our Mechoqeck. And yet here we read that the people learned where to dig by the direction of the Mechoqeck. Are you beginning to see the implications of this passage? Who is the Mechoqeck in this verse, from whom they received instructions on where to dig? Well yes, it was Adonai, but you know what? The people didn’t hear Adonai’s voice…Moses did! And Moses, Moshe, he is the one now that told them where to dig. And yes, believe it or not, Moses is the Mechoqeck. He is the lawgiver, he is the one that they actually had to listen to, and had to believe, and had to trust in.

Now, to support that idea, I want us to understand something that happened a little while earlier when we stood at the edge (or the lip) of the Red SeaYam Suf – the Sea of Reeds. Exodus, the book of Shemot, chapter 14, the very end of this…we’ve come through the Red Sea , and saw the Egyptians dead on the shore…verse 31:

“And Israel saw that great work which Adonai did upon the Egyptians: and the people feared Adonai, and believed Adonai, and his servant Moses.”

You see, it wasn’t just a matter of saying: “Oh yes, we believe in our Father in heaven. We believe in the Creator of the Universe. We believe in Adonai. We believe in Him…” But you see, “He” is in heaven, He’s not down here on earth, and so He appoints His representatives to execute His office on the earth! And so it wasn’t enough for our fathers to simply believe, or trust in, Hashem that day. They actually had to believe in and trust in Moses, Hashem’s servant. And so, even as it happened at the edge of the Red Sea, so it also happened here in this place in Numbers 21. It wasn’t enough for the people to say, “Oh yes, we believe in Hashem, we trust Him…” Well, how do you know that you trust Him? How do you know you believe Him? You have to believe and trust in His appointed messengers, His appointed servants, and yes, even as Numbers 21:18 says, the Mechoqeck on the earth.

Profound….very profound, with incredible ramifications for us. Moses was the Mechoqeck. Even as Adonai is The Mechoqeck. And there is no contradiction there, because even as we learned Adonai is our Judge, that He still appoints judges on earth, and even though He is our King, He still appoints kings on earth, and even though He is our Savior, He appoints saviors on earth. And yes, even though He is our Lawgiver, He appoints lawgivers on earth. And so our faithfulness, and our loyalty, and our trust in Him in heaven are actually based in how we respond to His delegates, to His appointed guardians, to His administrators here on earth.

Now, we may not like that. In fact, many of us in the Ten Tribes immediately have resistance to that, This is tough stuff! Isn’t it so much easier just to say, “Well, I believe in Adonai, and I’ll do what He says”? But how are you going to know what He says, and how are you going to understand what He meant? You’re going to interpret it aren’t you? But, how do you know that your interpretation is the correct interpretation? You’re going to rely on your own wisdom, and your own understanding, and the “spirit” that leads you apparently.

Well then, what happens if “ Joe Blow” down the street comes up with a completely different understanding than you do, and you both say, “Oh, yes, well, the spirit led me…”? Well, how do you know that the Spirit led you? And so what happens is we end up doing that which is right in our own eyes…and that brothers, and sisters is re-bel-lion!

Yes! That’s that word that we don’t like to hear – but it is, that’s rebellion. When we do that which is right in our own eyes and we interpret things in our own ways, and we act as the judge of the Torah then, you see, we were told already in James not to be a judge of the Torah, but yet, we want to be the judge of the Torah. And when we act as the judge of the Torah, we do that which is right in our own eyes, and we end up judging the Lawgiver, who is in heaven.

Now, if we can understand what I am saying, and we are not too opposed to it intellectually – we might be emotionally, but let’s reserve our emotional reaction, put it in the back seat - and let’s put our mental attitudes in the front seat. Let’s learn to govern our emotions from our mind, and not have our mind being governed by our emotions. OK. Let’s keep things in the right order.

Now, let’s go to Deuteronomy 33. That’s the book known as Devarim. Practically the entire Book of Deuteronomy is one long sermon, one long speech that Moses gives at the end of his life when he is 120, just before he dies, and just before the children of Israel entered into the Promised Land. Let’s go to Devarim 33:4.

This chapter is an outline of blessings that Moses, the man of Elohim, bestowed upon the various tribes at that day just before he died. There is a very interesting statement made in verse four. I’d like us to read it first and be aware of it before we read this specific blessing that he gives to the Tribe of Gad.

“Moses commanded us a law, even the inheritance of the congregation of Jacob.”

This word translated “inheritance” here comes from the Hebrew word “morashah.” Morashah means not so much inheritance, as it means a legacy. So, this is interesting because you might say, “Well, who commanded Israel to keep the Torah?” And most people would answer “Hashem commanded Israel to keep the Torah.” But again, here we see another interesting statement! Verse 4: Moses commanded us a Torah, and this Torah is a legacy…is a legacy for the congregation of Ya’akov/Jacob. That is a legacy for all Israel – not just a legacy for Judah, brothers and sisters. All of us in the Ten Tribes, this is a part of our legacy…so we have to either choose to be a part of that legacy and achieve the destiny that it encompasses … or … we can choose not to. But it is the legacy of the congregation of Yisrael/Israel.

So, Moses commanded us the Torah…Wow!

Now let’s read verse 20. See, Moses is a tremendous man! There was nobody, ever, like Moses. You might say “Oh, I’m wrong … Yeshua was greater than Moses.” Well yes, I didn’t say there was nobody greater than Moses…I said there was nobody like Moses. And there is a difference. Yes! Yeshua is greater than Moses – but that is a separate point. Moses is the lawgiver. Moses is the one who commanded us this Torah. Nobody else has had that honor bestowed upon him!

Let’s read this blessing that he gives to Gad.

“And of Gad he said, Blessed be he that enlargeth Gad: he dwelleth as a lion, and teareth the arm with the crown of the head.”

This implies Gad is a bit of a violent fellow, and his descendants would be known for their violent ways—so violent that they could literally tear off arms along with heads.

Verse 21:

“And he provided the first part for himself, because there, in a portion of the lawgiver, was he seated; and he came with the heads of the people, he executed the justice of Adonai, and his judgments with Israel.”

What does this mean? Let’s look at verse 21 a little more closely, please. King James has not exactly translated it particularly correctly. But let’s read it because that is what I have in front of me, and let’s work our way through it.

“And he provided the first part for himself, because there, in…”

“In” shouldn’t be in our text –

“a portion of the lawgiver [Mechoqeck], was he…”

“was,” there should be no “he” either. If you look at your KJV you will see that that word also is in italics. It should simply be “was seated.” But even then, the word “seated” isn’t properly translated. It comes from a Hebrew verb that means to conceal or to hide. What we have here is an interesting statement that says the following…“because there…[where?] – in the land of Gad – in the tribal territory of Gad, a portion of the Mechoqeck, of the lawgiver was hidden…a portion of the lawgiver was hidden in Gad!

What does that mean? This could simply be a reference to the burial grounds of Moses. We don’t know exactly where Moses was buried. In fact, nobody knows the place where Moses was buried. We have a reference that it was in Mt. Nebo . We have some guesses where Mt. Nebo is today. Is it the exact same place that Hashem told Moses about 3,400 years ago? I don’t know, but what we do know is very interesting – that wherever Mt. Nebo is, and it is very close to the Dead Sea, on the East side, in the current land of Jordan…it is very near the borders of the ancient tribal land of Gad and the ancient tribal lands of Reuben. That we know.

So, it is highly likely that this verse is actually a reference to the burial grounds in the tribal land of Gad, and there is a specific portion assigned for the lawgiver…for Moses! For the Mechoqeck! And if you remember, this burial ground of Moses is apparently very important…it’s very important even for the angels to know!

Look at this verse here in the Book of Jude…or Yehudah… verse 9:

“Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, Adonai rebuke thee.”

So apparently the enemy, Satan, wanted to know where the burial place of Moses was - Even he doesn’t know where it is, let alone any of us! And so we read in this blessing (Deut. 33:21) that there, in Gad, a portion, yes, Moses actually has his portion assigned to him right there in Gad. And it is hidden as it says here in verse 21, a portion of the Mechoqeck was hidden. A beautiful statement, very obscure, and in a sense, quite hidden from us for many years – to even understand what this verse said. Then the rest of the verse makes sense…”and he came with the heads of the people, he executed the justice of Adonai, and his judgments with Israel.”

Of course! This is the great destiny of Moses our teacher! So, what have we seen so far?

So far we have addressed the fact that:

1 -- That Adonai in heaven is Mechoqeck…not us…and we’d better be careful lest we try to judge the Torah on our own.

2 -- We have learned that even Moses is Mechoqeck, as Adonai’s special representative to the Nation of Israel.

We are going to end today’s teaching with a new revelation that we are going to continue to expand on in our next lesson. Let’s turn now to the Book of Psalms, known as Tehillim – or actually the Book of Praises, 60:7-8:

“Gilead is mine, and Manasseh is mine; Ephraim also is the strength of mine head; Judah is my lawgiver; Moab is my washpot; over Edom will I cast out my shoe: Philistia , triumph thou because of me.”

Interesting, isn’t it? Adonai establishes who He wants to establish. He makes some vessels of honor. He makes some vessels of dishonour. That is His choice. That is His sovereignty – it’s not ours….nor is it ours to judge. Look what He says…He says, Gilead is His, He says Manasseh is His. Then He mentions Ephraim and Judah – in different rolls. Listen brothers and sisters amongst the Ten Tribes…Ephraim has a position of honor! What kind of honor? The strength of Hashem’s head! That is a beautiful statement…strength! You know, that kind of strength has tremendous implications in this world today! The strength of Ephraim - and it is the strength of Hashem’s head!

We need to begin to understand Ephraim’s prophetic roll, and Ephraim’s prophetic destiny. But that is a separate topic. Our topic today is, Who is the Lawgiver?

Look at the end of the verse…Judah/Yehudah is My Mechoqeck! Judah is My lawgiver!  How did that happen? Just as Hashem has the right to make Moab His washpot…He also has the right to make Judah His Mechoqeck.

Let’s read another verse…please…same book, Psalms/Tehillim 108:8-9 – same statement…

“Gilead is mine; Manasseh is mine; Ephraim also is the strength of mine head; Judah is my lawgiver; Moab is my washpot; over Edom will I cast out my shoe; over Philistia will I triumph.”

Same basic idea we read earlier in the previous Psalm – so in Psalm 60 and in Psalms 108 we have a dual witness to the fact that, very clearly now, Judah is Hashem’s Mechoqeck! Judah is Hashem’s Lawgiver! Judah is the appointed administrator with the delegated authority to be the “lawgiver” on this planet to the people of Israel.

Now, that‘s pretty hardcore. That’s pretty far reaching. That has tremendous implications for all of us, believers from the Ten Tribes who are non-Jewish. Yes! All of us Messianic Ten Tribers, and to you Christians who are listening who are beginning to hear these words, and are beginning to respond to them, its vital for you too. Because it’s part of the “calling”…it’s part of the “return”… it’s part of the “awakening”… It’s part of the “final restoration”…it’s part of what needs to take place in order for the words of Yeshua’s prayer that He taught us to pray, to come true!

Our Father, which is in heaven: Avinu shebashamayim

Yitqadash sh’mekha: May Your name be set-apart…

Tavo Malchutekha: May Your kingdom come…

And that’s our prayer, isn’t it? We pray for that Kingdom to come. How is it going to come? Do we have any part to play in it? Do we have any responsibility in it? Is there anything that we can do to usher it forward, and move the whole process forward, to move it along, to hasten the Day of the Coming of our Master? Ah-ha! You see, isn’t it interesting…Peter/Kefa, the apostle, in his book, II Peter…or Kefa Bet…wrote in chapter 3 these words:

“But the day of Adonai will come as a thief in the night; in which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what m anner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of Elohim, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.”

Did you catch that, in verse 12? “Looking for and hastening the coming…” or… “hasting unto the coming of the day of Elohim.” The margin says, “hasting the coming.”

There are things that you and I have the responsibility to fulfill – that will actually hasten, or speed up, the coming of our Master, the one whom we look forward to returning. The Mashiach …Yeshua …who is the manifestation of Adonai as He comes down and plants His foot on the Mount of Olives. And in that day, Adonai will be One, and His Name One. If we want the Mashiach to come...if we want Yeshua to come a second time to bring salvation, are there things that we can do to expedite that, to hasten that? And if there are things that we can do, will we do them? Will we have the courage to do them? How much do we want the Mashiach to come? How much do we long for the re-establishment of the Kingdom over all Israel ? I hope an awful lot!

This is tough stuff, no doubt about this, but we can achieve these things if we can be honest with ourselves, if we would seek our Father in heaven with all of our heart, with all of our soul, with all of our might, all of our mind, all of our wealth, all of our possessions, all of our strength, all of our work, all of our effort…and put Him first in everything!

If we will do that…then we can overcome all these things that challenge us so deeply. It will happen. I pray that we will be a part of it, all of us…everyone reading this will grab the vision and hold on tight – and make it happen!

So, even as Adonai in heaven is our Lawgiver, He assigned that responsibility, that office to Moshe/Moses. And then we learned that He also has passed on that responsibility to Judah , to the Jewish people.

Now, how the Mechoqeck office went from Moses to Judah is the question we are going to explore as we continue in this study. That is where we are going to go because it’s really, really important.

Go on to Part 2.