10/20/2017

Parashat 36 Portion 105 B’ha’alotcha – B’midbar/Num 8:1 -9:23 Zech 4:2-14 Rom 8:14


Blessing of Torah.
Bar’chu et YHVH ha-m’vorach, Baruch YHVH ha-m’vorach l’O’lam va-ed!
Baruch ata YHVH Eloheinu melech ha-olam asher bachar banu m’kol ha-amim, v’na-tan lanu eht Torah-to. Baruch atah YHVH, noteyn ha-Torah. Ameyn.”)

(Bless YHVH the blessed One; Blessed is YHVH, the blessed One for all eternity. Blessed are you, YHVH, our Elohim, King of the Universe, you have selected us from among all the peoples, and have given us your Torah.)

The title of this parasha “b’ha’alotcha” stems from the Hebrew word “alah” which means to ascend or “to go up.” In its hiphyl form it means that which causes to go up or ascend. It is the light of His Revelation that causes us to ascend.

Isa 60:1  “Arise, shine, for your light has come! And the esteem of יהוה has risen upon you.
Isa 60:2  “For look, darkness covers the earth, and thick darkness the peoples. But יהוה arises over you, and His esteem is seen upon you.
Isa 60:3  “And the gentiles shall come to your light1, and sovereigns to the brightness of your rising. Footnote: 1Isa. 60:19,20, Rev. 21:23,24.
Isa 60:4  “Lift up your eyes all around and see: all of them have gathered, they have come to you; your sons come from afar, and your daughters are supported on the side.
Isa 60:5  “Then you shall see and be bright, and your heart shall throb and swell, for the wealth of the sea is turned to you, the riches of the gentiles come to you.

Num 8:2  “Speak to Aharon, and say to him, ‘When you set up the lamps, let the seven lamps give light in front(Heb word “mul” also means to circumcise) of the lampstand.’

ב  דַּבֵּר, אֶל-אַהֲרֹן, וְאָמַרְתָּ, אֵלָיו:  בְּהַעֲלֹתְךָ, אֶת-הַנֵּרֹת, אֶל-מוּל פְּנֵי הַמְּנוֹרָה, יָאִירוּ שִׁבְעַת הַנֵּרוֹת.
2 'Speak unto Aaron, and say unto him: When thou lightest the lamps, the seven lamps shall give light in front of the candlestick.'

No dimensions are ever given of the size of the menorah, because how can anyone measure the revelation of YHVH. We do know it was made form one talent of gold (about 50 kg) so it could not have been so difficult to kindle its lamps. (Shemot 25:31-40)

“Be ha a lot cha” contains an infinitive Hebrew verb which in this Torah portion comes with a preposition (“b’”- “when”) and a second person masculine personal pronoun suffix (cha). An infinitive verb has no limits with regard to person. Gender, number or tense, it does not need to agree grammatically with any other word in the sentence.
YHVH knew that the Temple and the Levitical system would be temporary suspended. So He appointed “priests” from the nations, however He would always have dedicated and gifted men and woman who would keep the knowledge of His covenant alive – see Yer 33:20,21. He would take priests from the nations - Isa 66:21  “And from them too I shall take for priests – for Lĕwites,” declares יהוה.
The Torah has so much to teach His people and the nations. An appointed priesthood has always been called for this purpose.

The Torah teaches us in a parable that Yosef provided bread – seed – for the nations. Will this repeat itself again in the last days? Remember Yosef was not a Levite, but kept the Spirit of all that belongs to Yisrael alive.
Amo 8:11  “See, days are coming,” declares the Master יהוה, “that I shall send a hunger in the land, not a hunger for bread, nor a thirst for water, but for hearing the Words of יהוה.
Amo 8:12  “And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from north to east – they shall diligently search, seeking the Word of יהוה, but they shall not find it1. Footnote: 1Jer. 5:13, Hos. 8:12, Ezek. 34:3-10.

Why will the Word be so scarce? Spiritual leaders are teaching their own doctrine and not the Torah the way it was meant to be taught.

Joh 7:15  And the Yehuḏim were marvelling, saying, “How does this Man know letters, not having learned?”
Joh 7:16  יהושע answered them and said, “My teaching is not Mine, but His who sent Me.1 Footnote: 1Deut. 18:15-20.
Joh 7:17  “If anyone desires to do His desire, he shall know concerning the teaching, whether it is from Elohim, or whether I speak from Myself.
Joh 7:18  “He who speaks from himself is seeking his own esteem, but He who seeks the esteem of the One who sent Him is true, and no unrighteousness is in Him.
Joh 7:19  “Did not Mosheh give you the Torah? Yet not one of you does the Torah!1 Why do you seek to kill Me?” Footnote: 1See Mt. 5:20.

Pro 4:2  For I gave you good instruction: Do not forsake my Torah.
How many spiritual leaders today equate good doctrine with Torah?
But for the doctrine to be good one needs the revelation of YHVH’s Ruach – symbolized in the lighting of the Menorah.
Maybe “Be ha a lot cha” (hipyl infinitive) implies that we can only truly return to the ways of YHVH and His Torah when the light of His Ruach (symbolized in the Menorah)  “lifts us up” to a spiritual realm where we can see as we ought to see and hear as we ought to hear. This reminds us prophetically of the seven fold Ruach Ha Kodesh “lifting up” Messiah in Isaiah 11 – also a symbol of the Menorah.

Isa 11:2  The Spirit of יהוה shall rest upon Him – the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of יהוה,

This Torah portion when completed in the annual cycle( the One Year Torah cycle) strategically follows “Shavuot” also known as “Pentecost” and once again implies that the Ruach Ha Kodesh has been poured out to reveal the Father and His Son and His Torah and to show us “the way of return.”
Note the “light” symbolic of YHVH’s Ruach that comes from YHVH, will always return to honour YHVH.
Maybe this explains why so many devout Jews without the revelation of  Yahshua Ha Moshiach resort to the deception of “kabbala” to receive a “deeper” understanding of YHVH and His ways.
Menorah – Levites – Pesach.
Num 8:1  And יהוה spoke to Mosheh, saying,
Num 8:2  “Speak to Aharon, and say to him, ‘When you set up the lamps, let the seven lamps give light in front of the lampstand.’ ”
Num 8:3  And Aharon did so. He set up the lamps to face toward the front of the lampstand, as יהוה commanded Mosheh.
Num 8:4  And this is the work of the lampstand: beaten work of gold, from its base to its blossoms it is beaten work. According to the pattern which יהוה had shown Mosheh, so he made the lampstand.
Num 8:5  And יהוה spoke to Mosheh, saying,
Num 8:6  “Take the Lĕwites from among the children of Yisra’ĕl, and you shall cleanse them,
Num 8:7  and do this to them to cleanse them: Sprinkle water of sin offering on them, and they shall shave all their body, and shall wash their garments, and cleanse themselves,
Num 8:8  and shall take a young bull with its grain offering of fine flour mixed with oil, while you take another young bull as a sin offering.

Why should such a thorough cleansing take place? When an appointed priesthood is “elevated” by the Ruach to see things as YHVH sees them, they will be deeply impacted by the defilement of everything else that does not come from YHVH. This priesthood must be pure before YHVH as they will intercede and represent the people of YHVH to YHVH. (Lev 10:10)

Num 8:9  “And you shall bring the Lĕwites before the Tent of Meeting, and you shall assemble all the congregation of the children of Yisra’ĕl.
Num 8:10  “And you shall bring the Lĕwites before יהוה, and the children of Yisra’ĕl shall lay their hands on the Lĕwites,

This refers to the law of transference …of blessings as well as iniquities. The priest would both bring blessing as well as bear the burden of the sins of the people before YHVH.

Num 8:11  and Aharon shall wave the Lĕwites before יהוה, a wave offering from the children of Yisra’ĕl – so shall they be for doing the service of יהוה.
Num 8:12  “And the Lĕwites shall lay their hands on the heads of the young bulls. And one shall be prepared as a sin offering and the other as a burnt offering to יהוה, to make atonement for the Lĕwites.
Num 8:13  “And you shall have the Lĕwites stand before Aharon and his sons, and then wave them, a wave offering to יהוה.
Num 8:14  “Thus you shall separate the Lĕwites from among the children of Yisra’ĕl, and the Lĕwites shall be Mine.
Num 8:15  “Then after that the Lĕwites shall go in to do service in the Tent of Meeting, when you have cleansed them and waved them as a wave offering.
Num 8:16  “For they are given ones, given to Me from among the children of Yisra’ĕl. I have taken them for Myself instead of all who open the womb, the first-born of all the children of Yisra’ĕl.
Num 8:17  “For all the first-born among the children of Yisra’ĕl are Mine, both man and beast. On the day that I smote all the first-born in the land of Mitsrayim I set them apart unto Myself.
Num 8:18  “And I have taken the Lĕwites instead of all the first-born of the children of Yisra’ĕl.
Num 8:19  “And I have given the Lĕwites as a gift to Aharon and his sons from among the children of Yisra’ĕl, to do the service of the children of Yisra’ĕl in the Tent of Meeting, and to make atonement for the children of Yisra’ĕl, that there be no plague among the children of Yisra’ĕl when the children of Yisra’ĕl come near the set-apart place.”
Num 8:20  Thus Mosheh and Aharon and all the congregation of the children of Yisra’ĕl did to the Lĕwites according to all that יהוה commanded Mosheh concerning the Lĕwites, so the children of Yisra’ĕl did to them.
Num 8:21  And the Lĕwites cleansed themselves and washed their garments, and Aharon waved them, a wave offering before יהוה, and Aharon made atonement for them to cleanse them.
Num 8:22  Then after that the Lĕwites went in to do their service in the Tent of Meeting before Aharon and his sons as יהוה commanded Mosheh concerning the Lĕwites, so they did to them.
Num 8:23  And יהוה spoke to Mosheh, saying,
Num 8:24  “This applies to the Lĕwites: From twenty-five years old and above let him come into active service in the service of the Tent of Meeting,
Num 8:25  and at the age of fifty years they retire from active service of the service, and serve no more,
Num 8:26  but they shall attend with their brothers in the Tent of Meeting, to guard the duty, but shall do no service. Thus you shall do to the Lĕwites regarding their duties.”
Num 9:1  And יהוה spoke to Mosheh in the Wilderness of Sinai, in the first month of the second year after they had come out of the land of Mitsrayim, (this was the secind time and last time since they left Mitsrayim, that they kept Pesach and the other Appointments untill they came to Gilgal ( Yahushua/Joshua 5:10) ) saying,
Num 9:2  “Now, let the children of Yisra’ĕl perform the Passover at its appointed time.
Num 9:3  “On the fourteenth day of this month, between the evenings, perform it at its appointed time. According to all its laws and right-rulings you perform it.”
Num 9:4  And Mosheh spoke to the children of Yisra’ĕl to perform the Passover.
Num 9:5  So they performed the Passover on the fourteenth day of the first month, between the evenings, in the Wilderness of Sinai. According to all that יהוה commanded Mosheh, so the children of Yisra’ĕl did.
Num 9:6  But there were men who were defiled for a being of a man, so that they were not able to perform the Passover on that day. So they came before Mosheh and Aharon that day,
Num 9:7  and those men said to him, “We are defiled for the being of a man. Why are we withheld from bringing near the offering of יהוה at its appointed time among the children of Yisra’ĕl?”
Num 9:8  And Mosheh said to them, “Wait, let me hear what יהוה commands concerning you.”
Num 9:9  And יהוה spoke to Mosheh, saying,
Num 9:10  “Speak to the children of Yisra’ĕl, saying, ‘When any male of you or your generations is unclean1 for a being, or is far away on a journey, he shall still perform the Passover of יהוה. Footnote: 1Defilement can be imparted from one to another.
Num 9:11  ‘On the fourteenth day of the second month, between the evenings, they perform it – with unleavened bread and bitter herbs they eat it. (This is called Pesach Sheni. “Sheni” means “second”)
Num 9:12  ‘They do not leave of it until morning, and they do not break a bone of it. According to all the laws of the Passover they perform it.

Unless you have a revelation of the true Messiah you bring defilement upon yourself when you partake of the Passover. That is why Paul says you must examine yourself before partaking of Pesach – (1 Cor 11)- Its not about “Holy Communion.”

 Maybe all of us will need to make use of Pesach sheni (Pesach in the Second Month if you were defiled in the First Month at the Appointed Time) in the last days.

Joh 6:53  יהושע therefore said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Aḏam and drink His blood, you possess no life in yourselves.
Joh 6:54  “He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood possesses everlasting life, and I shall raise him up in the last day.
Joh 6:55  “For My flesh is truly food, and My blood is truly drink.
Joh 6:56  “He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood stays in Me, and I in him.

Num 9:13  ‘But the man who is clean and is not on a journey, and has failed to perform the Passover ( that is in the First Month at the Appointed Time), that same being shall be cut off from among his people, because he did not bring the offering of יהוה at its appointed time – that man bears his sin.
Num 9:14  ‘And when a stranger sojourns among you, then he shall perform the Passover of יהוה. He shall do so according to the law of the Passover and according to its right-ruling. You have one law, both for the stranger and the native of the land.’ ”

Num 9:15  And on the day that the Dwelling Place was raised up, (hiphyl verb to lift up)the cloud covered the Dwelling Place, the Tent of the Witness. From evening until morning it was above the Dwelling Place like the appearance of fire.
Num 9:16  Thus it was continually: the cloud covered it by day, and the appearance of fire by night.
Num 9:17  And whenever the cloud was taken up from above the Tent, after that the children of Yisra’ĕl would depart. And in the place where the cloud dwelt, there the children of Yisra’ĕl would camp.
Num 9:18  At the command of יהוה the children of Yisra’ĕl departed, and at the command of יהוה they camped. They remained camped as long as the cloud dwelt above the Dwelling Place.
Num 9:19  Even when the cloud lingered many days above the Dwelling Place, the children of Yisra’ĕl guarded the Charge of יהוה, and did not depart.
Num 9:20  And so it was, when the cloud was above the Dwelling Place a few days: according to the command of יהוה they camped, and according to the command of יהוה they would depart.
Num 9:21  And so it was, when the cloud dwelt only from evening until morning: when the cloud was taken up in the morning, then they departed. Whether by day or by night, whenever the cloud was taken up, they departed.
Num 9:22  Whether two days, or a month, or a year that the cloud lingered above the Dwelling Place to dwell upon it, the children of Yisra’ĕl camped, and did not depart. But when it was taken up, they departed.
Num 9:23  At the command of יהוה they camped, and at the command of יהוה they departed. They guarded the Charge of יהוה, at the command of יהוה by the hand of Mosheh.

Baruch atah YHVH, Eloheynu, Melech ha-‘Olam, asher natan lanu Toraht-emet, v’chay-yeh o’lam nata-b’tochenu. Baruch atah YHVH, noteyn ha-Torah. Ameyn.”

(Blessed are you YHVH, our Elohim, King of the Universe, you have given us your Torah of truth, and have planted everlasting life within our midst. Blessed are you, YHVH giver of the Torah – Ameyn)

10/13/2017

Parashat 35 Portion 104 B’Midbar 6:22- 7:89 Yer 31:21-34 1 Cor 6:18-20


Blessing of Torah.
Bar’chu et YHVH ha-m’vorach, Baruch YHVH ha-m’vorach l’O’lam va-ed!
Baruch ata YHVHEloheinu melech ha-olam asher bachar banu m’kol ha-amim, v’na-tan lanu eht Torah-to. Baruch atah YHVH, noteyn ha-Torah. Ameyn.”

(Bless YHVH the blessed One; Blessed is YHVH, the blessed One for all eternity. Blessed are you, YHVH, our Elohim, King of the Universe, you have selected us from among all the peoples, and have given us your Torah.)

       Parashat Naso seems to have a common theme of “lifting up” a set apart priesthood. This priesthood includes the other Levites who were not commissioned to take care of the most set apart matters; individual men and woman who undergo the Nazarite vow and even the nation of Yisrael, who bring set apart offerings for the functioning of the priesthood – see beginning of this parasha – Num 4:21.

The apostolic scriptures confirm this priesthood. 1Pe 2:9  But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a set-apart nation, a people for a possession, that you should proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvellous light,
1Pe 2:10  who once were not a people, but now the people of Elohim; who had not obtained compassion, but now obtained compassion.

Yahshua stated that only a few would be faithful to this calling.

Luk 13:23  and someone said to Him, “Master, are there few who are being saved?” And He said to them,
Luk 13:24  “Strive to enter through the narrow gate, because many, I say to you, shall seek to enter in and shall not be able.
Luk 13:25  “When once the Master of the house has risen up and shut the door, and you begin to stand outside and knock at the door, saying, ‘Master, Master, open for us,’ and He shall answer and say to you, ‘I do not know you, where you are from,’
Luk 13:26  then you shall begin to say, ‘We ate and drank in Your presence, and You taught in our streets.’
Luk 13:27  “But He shall say, ‘I say to you I do not know you, where you are from. Depart from Me, all you workers of unrighteousness.’ (teaching disobedience to Torah is unrighteous)
Luk 13:28  “There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when you see Aḇraham and Yitsḥaq and Yaʽaqoḇ and all the prophets in the reign of Elohim, and yourselves thrown outside.

Mat 7:13  “Enter in through the narrow gate! Because the gate is wide – and the way is broad – that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter in through it.
Mat 7:14  “Because the gate is narrow and the way is hard pressed1 which leads to life, and there are few who find it. Footnote: 1Or the way is afflicted.
Mat 7:15  “But beware of the false prophets,1 who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are savage wolves. Footnote: 1See v. 23

Believers have been robbed and plundered of being included in this set apart priesthood.

Isa 42:19  “Who is blind but My servant, or deaf as My messenger whom I send? Who is blind as he who is at peace, and blind as servant of יהוה?
Isa 42:20  “You see much, but do not observe; ears are open, but do not hear.”
Isa 42:21  It has delighted יהוה, for the sake of His righteousness, to make the Torah great and esteemed.
Isa 42:22  But this is a people robbed and plundered, all of them are snared in holes, and they are hidden in prison houses. They have become a prey, with no one to deliver – for plunder, and no one to say, “Restore!” (“ha shav” or return)
Isa 42:23  Who among you gives ear to this, pays attention and hears for the time to come?
Isa 42:24  Who gave Yaʽaqoḇ for plunder, and Yisra’ĕl to the robbers? Was it not יהוה, He against whom we sinned? For they would not walk in His ways, and they did not obey His Torah!
Isa 42:25  So He has poured on him His burning displeasure and the strength of battle, and it set him on fire all around, yet he did not understand. And it burned against him, yet he did not take it to heart!

We need YHVH to bless us, to really bless us in such a way as to cause us not only to return but to remain in His Ways - the ancient paths of our fathers – Avraham, Yitzchak and Yakov. To bring us to the eighth day – shemeni atzaret, when the “lights are switched on” and we understand all truth.

This week’s Torah portion teaches us about such a blessing.

Num 6:22  And יהוה spoke to Mosheh, saying,
Num 6:23  “Speak to Aharon and his sons, saying, ‘This is how you bless the children of Yisra’ĕl. Say to them:

The Hebrew word for “bless” comes from the Hebrew verb “barach.” This verb means to kneel. The image is created of YHVH “kneeling” down to reach mankind on their level of need. This reminds us of a parent kneeling down to the level of their child to connect with them in their need.

The Aaronic blessing consists of three sections:

1.The first section is in vs 24.

Num 6:24  “יהוה bless you and guard you;

It is possible to blessed by YHVH and then to lose that blessing.

Deu 28:1  “And it shall be, if you diligently obey the voice of יהוה your Elohim, to guard to do all His commands which I command you today, that יהוה your Elohim shall set you high above all nations of the earth.
Deu 28:2  “And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, if you obey the voice of יהוה your Elohim:

Deu 30:9  “And יהוה your Elohim shall make you have excess in all the work of your hand, in the fruit of your body, and in the fruit of your livestock, and in the fruit of your ground for good. For יהוה turns back to rejoice over you for good as He rejoiced over your fathers,
Deu 30:10  if you obey the voice of יהוה your Elohim, to guard His commands and His laws which are written in this Book of the Torah, if you turn back to יהוה your Elohim with all your heart and with all your being.
Deu 30:11  “For this command which I am commanding you today, it is not too hard for you, nor is it far off.