Parashat 41 Portion 118 - Pinchas – B’Midbar 25:10-26:51 Mal 2:1-9 Yoh 3:31-36

Blessing for the 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.)

Some rabbis compare Pinchas to Eliyahu (Elijah) the prophet.

Mal 4:4  “Remember the Torah of Mosheh, My servant, which I commanded him in Ḥorĕḇ for all Yisra’ĕl – laws and right-rulings.
Mal 4:5  “See, I am sending you Ěliyah1 the prophet before the coming of the great and awesome day of יהוה. Footnote: 1Lk. 1:17.
Mal 4:6  “And he shall turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with utter destruction1.” Footnote: 1Zech. 14:11.

“Pinchas” means “bronze mouth” or “serpent’s mouth.” The two mean essentially the same thing. The episode of the bronze serpent raised up in the wilderness for Yisrael’s repentance and healing demonstrates a strong spiritual link between the metal and the creature. They are both symbols of judgment. In this incident, Pinchas acted as the teeth of the serpent, carrying out judgment against the worst perpetrators of rebellion in the camp, by publicly and violently punishing those who violate YHVH’s standards of sexual and spiritual purity.  Pinchas temporarily halted the defilement of the nation of Israel as well as securing YHVH’s blessing of peace on himself for generations.

The two perpetrators Kozbi and Zimri that were executed by Pinchas were most probably committing the most unspeakable of all crimes -  fornicating in the most set apart place of the tabernacle (this is a conclusion that some scholars come to).

Why snake mouth? –  The Father is bringing a restoration of a prophetic priesthood in these days, the kind of restoration that will be hard to hear. They may even accuse such an unpopular “priesthood” of “speaking like the devil” – “Snake mouth”

“The true greatness of Pinchas lay in that he acted in complete opposition to his nature, transcending his inborn instincts to bring peace between YHVH and Israel.”(The Lubavitcher Rebbe)

Pinchas had a passion for truth and righteousness that would not allow him to stand by and simply watch and grieve the wickedness of his people. His actions brought redemption and a personal promise of an everlasting covenant of peace.  The plague that came upon Yisrael was stopped because of his actions. This may once again be the case in the last days that a “Pinchas” people will save many from the plague and destruction of the coming great tribulation by acting in complete opposition to the way they would normally have acted.

This ministry of Pincahas also points to the ministry of Yochanan the immerser – John the bapist – his message was that people must repent and prepare their hearts for the coming Messiah.

Joh 3:23  And Yoḥanan was also immersing in Ayin near Salim, because there was plenty of water there. And they were coming and were being immersed,

The commentaries tell us that the place of “Ayin” was close to Shechem – the entry point of the Yisraelites when the entered the land of Yisrael. This is near the very place the events of this parashah occurred.

Joh 3:27  Yoḥanan answered and said, “No man is able to receive(get-active verb) any matter unless it is given(passive verb) to him from the heaven.

Joh 3:33  “He who receives(one getting – ongoing verb action) His witness has set his seal that Elohim is true.

Joh 3:34  “For He whom Elohim has sent speaks the Words of Elohim, for Elohim does not give the Spirit by measure.

Aliyah Rishon 25:10-26:4
Bemidbar/Num 25:10  And יהוה spoke to Mosheh, saying,
Num 25:11  “Pineḥas, son of El’azar, son of Aharon the priest, has turned back My wrath from the children of Yisra’ĕl, because he was ardent with My ardour in their midst, so that I did not consume the children of Yisra’ĕl in My ardour
Num 25:12  “Therefore say, ‘See, I am giving him My covenant of peace,
Num 25:13  and it shall be to him and to his seed after him a covenant of an everlasting priesthood, because he was ardent for his Elohim, and made atonement for the children of Yisra’ĕl.’ ”
Num 25:14  And the name of the Yisra’ĕlite who was killed, who was killed with the Miḏyanite woman, was Zimri, son of Salu, a leader of a father’s house among the Shim’onites.
Num 25:15  And the name of the Miḏyanite woman who was killed was Kozbi the daughter of Tsur. He was head of the people of a father’s house in Miḏyan.

There are two jots or tittles in the opening verses of this parasha (Mat 5:18.). In verse 11 there is a tittle over the “yud” in “Pinchas” – which is unusually placed and there is a broken “vav” in the word “shalom” in verse 12. What do they mean?
There is much speculation as to the meaning of these marked words. Obviously Moshe was attempting to draw our attention to some important hidden truth in the text.
Perhaps by the hand (yud) of Pinchas would come an imperfect but much needed peace –( broken vav in shalom)

I believe these tittles always have some reference to the Messiah. Pinchas and his actions were a type of Messianic restoration. I believe this could be referring to an end time group of believers who have embraced a Torah observant Jewish Messiah that will bring a prophetic message of warning against many who have been proclaiming a false or broken peace (broken vav).  This small remnant has always existed. The broken vav could also refer to the fact that these faithful end time witness in themselves could not bring perfect peace into the world because there is only one who can do that – Yahshua Ha Mashiach.

Num 25:16  And יהוה spoke to Mosheh, saying,
Num 25:17  “Distress the Miḏyanites! And you shall smite them,
Num 25:18  for they distressed you with their tricks with which they deceived you in the matter of Pe’or and in the matter of Kozbi, the daughter of a leader of Miḏyan, their sister, who was killed in the day of the plague because of Pe’or.”
Num 26:1  And it came to be, after the plague, that יהוה spoke to Mosheh and El’azar, son of Aharon the priest, saying,
Num 26:2  “Take a census of all the congregation of the children of Yisra’ĕl from twenty years old and above, by their fathers’ houses, everyone going out to the army in Yisra’ĕl.”
Num 26:3  So Mosheh and El’azar the priest spoke with them in the desert plains of Mo’aḇ by the Yardĕn of Yeriḥo, saying,
Num 26:4  “Take a census of the people from twenty years old and above, as יהוה commanded Mosheh and the children of Yisra’ĕl who came out of the land of Mitsrayim.”
Why did YHVH command a census at this time? (v. 1ff.)

Rashi: This could be compared to a shepherd whose flock was attacked by wolves and some sheep were killed, so he counted them to know how many were left. Earlier, at the end of Parshat Balak, we read how the Jewish people were punished for the sin of Ba'al Pe'or in two ways: i.) There was a plague which killed 24,000 people (25:9). ii.) "Moshe said to the judges of Israel, 'Each of you should kill men who became attached to Ba'al Pe'or'" (v. 5 ibid.). Rashi explains: "Each one of the Jewish judges executed two men, and there were 88,000 Jewish judges." From this it follows that 166,000 people were executed by the judges, a much greater loss than that which occurred through the plague.”
The term used for the first counting Yisraelites (census) that took place was “gulgoleth” or skull, the same word that comes from “Golgotha” This second counting of Yisrealites, the word “adat” or congregation. The first time they counted the skulls and this second time they counted the congregation. Could this possibly refer to the possibility that not all those who are “saved” or “born again” will be included in the final count of the Assembly of YHVH (the bride of Messiah) that are to enter into the promised land?  (see vs 26:63-65)

Num 26:63  These are the ones registered by Mosheh and Elʽazar the priest, who registered the sons of Yisra’ĕl in the desert plains of Mo’aḇ by the Yardĕn of Yeriḥo.
Num 26:64  But among these there was not a man of those registered by Mosheh and Aharon the priest when they registered the sons of Yisra’ĕl in the Wilderness of Sinai.
Num 26:65  For יהוה had said of them, “They shall certainly die in the wilderness.” And not a man was left of them, except Kalĕḇ son of Yephunneh, and Yehoshua son of Nun.

Aliyah Sheni 26:5-51

The Israelites are counted, and the totals are given for each of the twelve tribes. The grand total of all the tribes combined is 601,730. The tribe of Levi is not included in this census. The census total given in vs 51 is almost identical to the census taken shortly after the exodus (Num 1:46) Here it is 1820 fewer which is surprising given the amazing fertility of the nation in Egypt. Statisticians claim from the number of families given by the number of first borns, it is evident that most men must have had several wives - (do the maths, if there are approximately 22 000 families and the census yields more than 600 000 men over 20 years old, the only conclusion is that the families must have been very large).

Is this perhaps a prophetic picture of an end time counting before Messiah returns and all of Israel returns to the land?

This parashah like all others contain profound and deep lessons concerning the Messiah.
The teaching and life of Messiah may prove contradictory and confusing to those who don’t know YHVH.

Scholars believe the name of YHVH contains the Hebrew verb “havah – hey, vav, hey” This root is the verb which means to exist, to form, to cause to be, when this verb appears in a future tense third person masculine form it contains the letter – yud, hey, vav, hey – which means “He will cause to exist.”
Heh, vav, hey is also a feminine noun meaning destruction, ruin and calamity.

We know that YHVH creates and destroys – this appears to be a great an inexplicable paradox.

Jer 45:4  “Say this to him, ‘Thus said יהוה, “See, what I have built I am breaking down, and what I have planted I am plucking up, that is, the entire land.
Jer 45:5  “And do you seek great matters for yourself? Do not seek them, for look, I am bringing evil on all flesh,” declares יהוה. “But I shall give your life to you as a prize in all places, wherever you go.” ’ ”

Isa 54:16  “See, I Myself have created the blacksmith who blows the coals in the fire, who brings forth an instrument for his work. And I have created the waster to destroy.
Isa 54:17  “No weapon(kol kli – every instrument) formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment you shall prove wrong. This is the inheritance of the servants of יהוה, and their righteousness from Me,” declares יהוה.

YHVH has given us weapons to pull down enemy strongholds.

2Co 10:3  For though we walk in the flesh, we do not fight according to the flesh.
2Co 10:4  For the weapons we fight with are not fleshly but mighty in Elohim for overthrowing strongholds,
2Co 10:5  overthrowing reasonings and every high matter that exalts itself against the knowledge of Elohim, taking captive every thought to make it obedient to the Messiah,
2Co 10:6  and being ready to punish all disobedience, when your obedience is complete.1 Footnote: 1John 3:36.

Perhaps in the last days the only hope many believers will have from the death and plague of the great tribulation, will be a small remnant “Pichas people” The time is coming where there should be a serious call for those who are called by YHVH to leave all forms of mixture and false immoral doctrines.

Rev 18:4  And I heard another voice from the heaven saying, “Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues.1 Footnote: 1Jer. 51:6 & 45.

Joh 3:32  “And what He has seen and heard, that He witnesses. And no one(or very few) receives His witness. (or no one can receive this revelation it can only be given by YHVH)
Joh 3:33  “He who receives His witness has set his seal that Elohim is true.
Joh 3:34  “For He whom Elohim has sent speaks the Words of Elohim, for Elohim does not give the Spirit by measure.
Joh 3:35  “The Father loves the Son, and has given all into His hand.
Joh 3:36  “He who believes in the Son possesses everlasting life, but he who does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of Elohim remains on him

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 Yahveh, 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


Parashat 40 Portion 117 B’Midbar 22:41- 25:9 Yesh 49:23-26 Yoh 10:27-30

Blessing for the 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.)

Bilaam utters seven proverbs or 
“mashalim”over the nation of Yisrael.
 The proverbs contain
cryptic and hidden messages

Aliyah Reviee 22:39-23:12
Num 22:39  And Bilʽam went with Balaq, and they came to Qiryath Ḥutsoth – (city of streets- creates impression that this was a busy place)
Num 22:40  And Balaq slaughtered cattle and sheep, and he sent some to Bilʽam and to the heads who were with him.
Num 22:41  And it came to be the next day, that Balaq took Bilʽam and brought him up to the high places of Baʽal, and from there he saw the extremity of the camp.

“High place worship is a false system that rebels against YHVH’s call to go up to Yerushalayim.” It is not based on worshipping YHVH in spirit and in truth – Yoh 4:23
Today “high places” could be considered to be places that offer up a kind of religion which in essence opposes the instructions of the way Messiah taught Torah.

The prophet speaks directly to this problem in a very graphic and almost crude way.

Eze 16:24  that you also built an arched(Hb “gav”) place for yourself, and made a high place in every street for yourself.
Eze 16:25  “You built your high places at the head of every way, and made your loveliness to be loathed. And you parted – “pasak”(opened wide) your feet(or legs) to everyone who passed by, and increased your whorings.

“Gav” or arched building was commonly known as a place of idol worship as well as a brothel.
“High place” was a place of false worship – A place of worship with a high tower.
A false place of worship is a place where you received an impure or mixed “seed.”

Pro 29:18  Where there is no vision,(Hb “chazon” or heavenly communication of Torah) the people are let loose,(become spiritually immoral) But blessed is he who guards the Torah.

“ Proverbs 29:18 teaches that when a nation is without the Torah of YHVH, the people become unbridled and give free expression to their sinful desires. They become lawless and rush towards anarchy and destruction. YHVH’s Torah empowered by the Ruach Ha Kodesh (the Set apart Spirit) has the power to restrain man so that he does not give free reign to the lusts of his flesh.”

High places are strongholds in our thought patterns often brought through pagan influences and the Torahless teachings of religion.

2Co 10:3  For though we walk in the flesh, we do not fight according to the flesh.
2Co 10:4  For the weapons we fight with are not fleshly but mighty in Elohim for overthrowing strongholds,
2Co 10:5  overthrowing reasonings and every high matter that exalts itself against the knowledge of Elohim, taking captive every thought to make it obedient to the Messiah,
2Co 10:6  and being ready to punish all disobedience, when your obedience is complete.1 Footnote: 1John 3:36.  (disobedience to what? -  Torah!)

Eze 16:32  “The wife who commits adultery who takes strangers instead of her husband!
Eze 16:33  “To all whores they give gifts, but you gave gifts to all your lovers, and bribed them to come to you from all around in your whorings.
Eze 16:34  “Thus you are different from other women in your whorings, because no one whores after you, and in you giving a gift, while a gift was not given to you. Thus you are different.”
Eze 16:35  ‘Therefore, O whore, hear the word of יהוה!

YHVH is speaking to Yisrael.

We have opened up our hearts to receive a strange seed or a mixed seed. – You cannot sow two different seeds in a same field. Lev 19:19. The Torah is the perfect seed and cannot be mixed with other seed.

Psa 19:7  The Torah of יהוה is perfect, bringing back the being;

Perfect law of liberty - Jas/Yakov 1:25  But he that looked into the perfect Torah, that of freedom,1 and continues in it, not becoming a hearer that forgets, but a doer of work, this one shall be blessed in his doing of the Torah. Footnote: 1See 2:12.