Parshas Bechukosai
Leviticus 26:3 - 27:34

Remember My Holy Land! ©
By Dr. Akiva G. Belk

This study of mysticism in Hebrew Gematrias dedicated by the family of Akiva G. Belk in the loving memory of Mrs. Ethel Channah Sakash Belk, may she rest in peace.

In this week's parsha we read Hashem's words, "I will remember." We also read, "and I will remember the land." Leviticus 26:42

Hashem made these comments in reference to His faithfulness to His Covenant with B'nei Yisroel even when we failed to keep the Sabbatical year and Sabbaths and because we despised His laws. He stated, "The land, being bereft of them, will be appeased for its Sabbaths, during the time of its desolation from them and their iniquities will then be appeased {forgiven} since what certainly caused {this} is that they despised My laws and their soul loathed {rejected} My statutes." Leviticus 26:43

This past week I was approached by a man while I was waiting in a checkout line. He was not Messianic even though he carried Messianic literature. He was not mean. He was friendly! He was attempting to make conversation with me about the bible. He was observant to his doctrine as expressed in Mark 16:15.16,

And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. {also Matthew 28:19,20 and Acts 1:18 plus...}

Now, I was in a hurry! My time was very tight. Often that is the situation when I'm out and about. Yet Hashem allowed the man to approach me. I felt like looking up and shouting, " Why now? I'm very busy! This man is not Jewish. He is not a Messianic. I have no responsibility to speak with him."

As we stood in line he began making attempts to direct the conversation towards religion, his religion. I didn't bite. He questioned, "You'rrrrre Jewish?"

I replied, "I'm a mountain man."

He said, "Oh! You are?" with a curious look, a puzzled look.

I said, "No! I was only kidding. Why do you think I'm Jewish, already knowing the answer?"

He responded, "Because of your long white beard, your black hat, etc."

After I checked out he was waiting for me by the exit to the parking lot. I turned to him eyeball to eyeball and said,

"I understand that you are following your faith. I don't believe in Jesus! I don't want to discuss it! I am in a hurry {hoping he would leave me alone}."

He got in his truck and drove over to where I was loading the car and began discussing his beliefs with me again. I did not want to pick a fight with this man. My schedule was very limited that day so I invited him to visit and warned him in the same breath that if he visited he would never be the same again. Visiting was at his own risk!

We each had a few parting words...
In the brief conversation with this man, as I continued to load the car, I asked, "Do you know why Israel is called the Holy Land?" He did not answer...

Dear reader, this man is very convinced that he is doing the right thing. Undoubtedly his faith has changed his life which is good, BUT his belief to witness to Jews is VERY, VERY BAD!

I questioned him, "You're searching for the truth? Right?"

He stated, {like most do} "I have already found the truth."

I stated, "You believe you have found the truth. All that you have is based upon belief. In Judaism we know because our faith is based upon historical evidence." It is doubtful that the man understood. Holy reader, our deliverance from Mitzriam, our deliverance from the plagues are documented. Plus many non Jews acknowledge a variety of historical proofs as stated in Dr. Josh McDowel's book, Evidence that Demands a Verdict.

Yet the point to this discussion was the confusing way Christians / Messianics approach what they term the Old Testament. On one hand they strongly state it is done away with. On the other hand they attempt to witness to you with such conviction out of the Book that they believe to be done away with. They attempt to prove that the New Testament is divinely inspired by pointing to historical evidences from the Book that they claim to be done away with.

I am stating this so you will see the fallacy of their argument....

Now, holy reader, why is the land of Israel called the Holy Land? A brief review of the past several weeks will explain. Please visit Parshas Behar, Thank Hashem For Jubilee! Our Beautiful Torah! Our Beautiful Heritage! Parshas Emor: Defining Holiness and Gematria 591.

In addition to the above lessons on why Israel is holy, this week we learn that Hashem, the Creator, takes great offense at the desecration of the laws of the Sabbatical year and our Sabbaths. In fact, our Bais HaMikdosh is destroyed and most of us are scattered throughout the world because we failed as Jews to properly elevate the Sabbatical year and the Sabbaths. I suggest that you visit our link to Click on community. Observe the hundreds of communities scattered throughout the world. It was foretold in the Torah!

Holy reader, dear reader, Hashem took offense at our loathing for His laws. That is why we are so scattered throughout the world! Now believing in Jesus will not reunite Israel or restore the Divine Blessings discussed in this parsha of:

Fruit producing rain at convenient times - Leviticus 26:4
The land producing like in Adam's time - Leviticus 26:4
The trees producing like in Adam's time - Leviticus 26:4
Abundance - Leviticus 26:5
Contentment - Leviticus 26:5
Miraculous Victories - Leviticus 26:7-8
Growing Numbers - Leviticus 26:9
Happy Mishpachah - Leviticus 26:9
Establishment of His Covenant - Leviticus 26:9
Vast Harvest - Leviticus 26:10
Harvest improves while being stored - Leviticus 26:10
The Shechina will dwell in our midst - Leviticus 2611

Now some say this passage was only intended for those living in the time of the destruction of the first Bais HaMikdosh, however the results are still very comparable to our time. Please observe Deuteronomy 28.

Our first point is that Hashem is forgiving. Hashem said, " Ehz Cor " meaning "I will remember." When Hashem remembers our blessings " Oo Vah Rayk " meaning "and He will bless" will be restored as described in Leviticus 26 and Deuteronomy 28.

The Gematria for both Ehz Cor and Oo Vah Rayk are 228.

{From Right to Left}

Ehz Cor
228 = Reish = 200 + Chof = 20 + Zayin = 7 + Aleph = 1

Oo Vah Rayk
228 = Chof = 20 + Reish = 200 + Bais = 2 + Vav = 6

When Hashem said, " Vi Haw Aw Rehzt Ehz Cor" meaning, "And I will remember the land" we see the connection with " Shawv" meaning "Return, Repent, Dwell, Restore." While the Gematria for " Vi Haw Aw Rehzt Ehz Cor" is 530 the Gematria for " Vi Haw Aw Rehzt" meaning "And the land" is only 302.

The Gematria for both Vi Haw Aw Rehzt and Shoov is 302. This directs our attention to the area of wrong doing. When one does not honor the Sabbatical year and the year of Jubilee the sin is against Hashem, against the Torah, the Jewish people and AGAINST THE LAND!

{From Right to Left}

Vi Haw Aw Rehzt
302 = Tzaddi = 90 + Reish = 200 + Aleph = 1 + Hey = 5 + Vav = 6

302 = Bais = 2 + Shin = 300

From the Gematria of 530 " Vi Haw Aw Rehzt Ehz Cor" meaning, "And I will remember the land" we observe the test of honoring Hashem's command of the Sabbatical year and the year of Jubilee. The Gematria for Nah See Seh Chaw, meaning "He might prove you" is also 530.

{From Right to Left}

Vi Haw Aw Rehzt
302 = Tzaddi = 90 + Reish = 200 + Aleph = 1 + Hey = 5 + Vav = 6
Ehz Cor
228 = Reish = 200 + Chof = 20 + Zayin = 7 + Aleph = 1

530 = 228 + 302

Nah See Seh Chaw
530 + Chof = 20 + Sav = 400 + Samech = 60 + Nun = 50

Again it is the Torah that directs our lives to repentance, to shuvah and NO OTHER BOOK OR RELIGION OR BELIEF!! Restoring includes but is not limited to:

Learning Torah
Observing Mitzvahs
Honoring all Jews
Honoring Torah Scholars
Encouraging all Jews to: learn Torah, observe mitzvahs, honor all Jews and
Torah scholars
Uniting together
Uplifting Hashem's Holiness

So when we fulfill our areas of responsibilities Hashem will remember us, will bless us. We do this by returning to the Torah and values of our past. When we do this, in fact, we are uplifting the level of holiness in Eretz Yisroel, and Hashem will remember the land and restore / establish the third and final Bais HaMikdosh.

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Wishing you the best,

Dr. Akiva G. Belk

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