10/25/2014

Parashat 35 Portion 101 Naso – Bemidbar 4:21 – 5: 10 2 Kings 15:1-7 1 Cor 12:12-18


Blessing of Torah.

Hebrew: Baruch atah YHVH eloheinu melech ha-olam, asher kideshanu b'mitzvotav, v'tzivanu la'asok b'divrei Torah. V'ha'arev na YHVH eloheinu et divrei toratecha befinu uvfi amecha beit Yisrael. V'niyeh anachnu v'tze'etze'einu v'tze'etza'ei amecha beit Yisrael kullanu yodei sh'mecha v'lomdei toratecha lishmah. Baruch atah YHVH hamelamed Torah le'amo Yisrael. Baruch atah YHVH Eloheinu melech ha-olam, asher bachar banu mikol ha'amim venatan lanu et torato. Baruch atah YHVH, notein haTorah.

English translation: Blessed are You, YHVH our Elohim, King of the universe, who has made us set apart through His commandments and commanded us to actively study Torah. Please YHVH, our Elohim, sweeten the words of Your Torah in our mouths and in the mouths of all Your people Israel. May we and our offspring, and the offspring of Your people, the House of Israel, may we all, together, know Your Name and study Your Torah for the sake of fulfilling Your desire. Blessed are You, YHVH, Who teaches Torah to His people Israel. Blessed are You, YHVH our Elohim, King of the universe, , Who chose us from all the nations and gave us the Torah. Blessed are You, YHVH, Giver of the Torah.



“ Nasso” –to lift up or Make an Accounting–  is a very interesting Hebrew verb, it is called an infinitive of emphasis or an infinitive absolute verb. This conveys the idea of a command as well as an ongoing action.

“The infinitive absolute is employed to emphasize the idea of the verb in the abstract, i.e. it speaks of an action (or state) without any regard to the agent or to the circumstances of time and mood under which it takes place. On the whole it is rare.” Wilhelm Gesenius.

I believe YHVH is showing us in this portion how significant and central the Levitical priesthood is to our spiritual well-being. We are reminded that YHVH Himself chooses and appoints (nasso) those who are to represent Him and we have an enormous responsibility of sharing their burden and remaining accountable to YHVH through them.
The Ruach of YHVH is still calling and preparing a priesthood to carry the burden of the Word and ministry of YHVH into the world. This Torah portion teaches us once again how to yield to His mighty leading and allow Him to place us in that set apart space where we find true and everlasting meaning and purpose for our lives and so fulfil the calling He has upon each one of our lives.
The ministry given to the Levites was a ministry until the end of this age.

Exo 29:9  …. – Aharon and his sons – and put the turbans on them. And the priesthood shall be theirs for an everlasting law. So you shall ordain Aharon and his sons.

Even if the Levites are presently not a visibly appointed authority in the Kingdom of YHVH they still have a voice. We need to pay careful attention to what it would be that they would say to us if they were officially operating in our time again.

General Overview: This week's Torah portion, Naso, is the longest single portion in the Torah, containing 176 verses, the same number of verses found in Psalm 119, reminding us of the importance of the priestly responsibility and burden to carry the Word of the Torah. The reading starts with a continuation of the Levite census and a discussion regarding their Tabernacle duties, and the preserving of purity in the camp. The laws of the “sotah” woman and the Nazirite vow follow. The portion concludes with the Priestly Blessing and the offerings which the Tribal leaders brought in honour of the Tabernacle inauguration.

The Levitical ministry will be restored when Messiah returns and the Temple is rebuilt in Jerusalem.
What about Messiah’s Melchizedek ministry? It is most definitely superior but does not replace the Levitical ministry. Both these ministries work in harmony with each other and are required to bring us into purity and perfection. We know and believe that Messiah accomplished a finished work in terms of our salvation on the execution stake but we are still called to work out our own salvation with fear and trembling (Phil 2:12)

The future ministry of the Levites when Messiah returns is found in chapters 40 to 48 in the book of Ezekiel.

This Torah portion also points us to the temporary restricting and removing from the camp those who bring defilement into the camp. The purpose is for protection and restoration of Yisrael- (sotah – the law of the jealous husband who suspects his wife of unfaithfulness).

Finally this Torah portion brings to our attention the responsibility of the on- going material support required by the Levitical ministry.

Our Torah portion begins:

Num 4:21  And יהוה spoke to Mosheh, saying,
Num 4:22  “Take a census(nasso) also of the sons of Gĕreshon, by their fathers’ house, by their clans.

“Nasso” in its context stresses the importance that this accounting of Levites should never ever be neglected. This same word is used in describing the setting up of a register for the Kohathites, but not the Merarites.

Num 4:23  “Register them, from thirty years old and above, even to fifty years old, all who enter to perform the service, to do the service in the Tent of Meeting.

Num 4:24  “This is the service(“avodah” or burden) of the clans(“mishpachah” or families) of the Gĕreshonites, in serving and in bearing burdens:
Num 4:25  “And they shall bear the curtains of the Dwelling Place and the Tent of Meeting with its covering, the covering of fine leather that is on it, the covering for the door of the Tent of Meeting,
Num 4:26  and the screens of the courtyard and the covering for the door of the gate of the courtyard, which is around the Dwelling Place and altar, and their cords, all the equipment for their service and all that is made for them – so shall they serve.
Num 4:27  “Aharon and his sons are to command all the service of the sons of the Gĕreshonites, all their burden and all their service. And you shall appoint to them all the duty of all their burden.
Num 4:28  “This is the service of the clans of the sons of Gĕreshon in the Tent of Meeting. And let their duties be under the hand of Ithamar, son of Aharon the priest.

Num 4:29  “As for the sons of Merari, register them by their clans and by their fathers’ house.

The verb “muster or register”(tiphkod in Hebrew) is used and implies being “called up” for duty – note the Hebrew verb “nasso” is not used.

Num 4:30  “Register(tiphkod) them, from thirty years old and above, even to fifty years old, all who enter the service to do the work of the Tent of Meeting.
Num 4:31  “And this is the duty of their burden,(Heb “massa” connected to “nassah”) according to all their service for the Tent of Meeting: the boards of the Dwelling Place, and its bars, and its columns, and its sockets,
Num 4:32  and the columns around the courtyard with their sockets, and their pegs, and their cords, with all their equipment and all their service. And assign to each by name the equipment of the duty of their burden.
Num 4:33  “This is the service of the clans of the sons of Merari, as all their service for the Tent of Meeting, under the hand of Ithamar, son of Aharon the priest.”

Why does it appear that some seemed to have had a nicer job than some of the others. Merari which comes from the Hebrew word meaning “bitter” seemed to have received the “wrong end of the stick.”

Maybe the answer lies in the fact that not all our service to YHVH seems pleasant and inspiring. As the old adage goes “its 10% inspiration and 90% perspiration.”
Shemot 12:8 during the Passover meal we eat bitter herbs – maror – normally horse radish.

While Yahshua was been executed on the execution stake he drank vinegar - Joh 19:28  After this, יהושע, knowing that all had been accomplished, in order that the Scripture might be accomplished, said, “I thirst!” (Ps 69:21)
Joh 19:29  A bowl of sour wine stood there, and they filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on hyssop, and held it to His mouth.
Joh 19:30  So when יהושע took the sour wine He said, “It has been accomplished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.

We see later on in chapter 16 that Korach(a Kohathite) Moshes’ cousin felt that the system was unfair and incited a rebellion against Moshe.

Num 4:34  So Mosheh and Aharon and the leaders of the congregation registered the sons of the Qehathites by their clans and by their fathers’ house,
Num 4:35  from thirty years old and above, even to fifty years old, all who entered the service for work in the Tent of Meeting.
Num 4:36  And their registered ones, by their clans, were two thousand seven hundred and fifty.
Num 4:37  These were the registered ones of the clans of the Qehathites, all those serving in the Tent of Meeting, whom Mosheh and Aharon registered according to the command of יהוה by the hand of Mosheh.
Num 4:38  And those registered ones of the sons of Gĕreshon, by their clans and by their fathers’ house,
Num 4:39  from thirty years old and above, even to fifty years old, all who entered the service for work in the Tent of Meeting,
Num 4:40  the registered ones, by their clans, by their fathers’ house, were two thousand six hundred and thirty.
Num 4:41  These were the registered ones of the clans of the sons of Gĕreshon, of all who serve in the Tent of Meeting, whom Mosheh and Aharon registered according to the command of יהוה.
Num 4:42  And those of the clans of the sons of Merari who were registered, by their clans, by their fathers’ house,
Num 4:43  from thirty years old and above, even to fifty years old, all who entered the service for work in the Tent of Meeting,
Num 4:44  the registered ones, by their clans were three thousand two hundred.
Num 4:45  These were the registered ones of the clans of the sons of Merari, whom Mosheh and Aharon registered according to the command of יהוה by the hand of Mosheh.
Num 4:46  All the registered ones of the Lĕwites, whom Mosheh and Aharon and the leaders of Yisra’ĕl registered, by their clans and by their fathers’ houses,
Num 4:47  from thirty years old and above, even to fifty years old, all who came to do the work of service and the work of bearing burdens in the Tent of Meeting,
Num 4:48  their registered ones were eight thousand five hundred and eighty.
Num 4:49  According to the command of יהוה they were registered by the hand of Mosheh, each according to his service and according to his burden, thus were they registered by him, as יהוה commanded Mosheh.

Only once the priesthood had been properly accounted for and put in order could the camp of Yisrael be put in order.

Num 5:1  And יהוה spoke to Mosheh, saying,
Num 5:2  “Command the children of Yisra’ĕl to send out of the camp every leper, and everyone who has a discharge, and whoever becomes defiled1 for a being. Footnote: 1Defilement can be imparted from one to another.
Num 5:3  “Send out both male and female, send them outside the camp, so that they do not defile their camps in the midst of which I dwell.”
Num 5:4  And the children of Yisra’ĕl did so, to send them outside the camp. As יהוה had spoken to Mosheh, so the children of Yisra’ĕl did.

We must assume that these physical ailments were manifestations of spiritual conditions that needed to be addressed – See Deut 28.

Num 5:5  And יהוה spoke to Mosheh, saying,
Num 5:6  “Speak to the children of Yisra’ĕl, ‘When a man or woman commits any sin that men commit in trespass against יהוה, and that being is guilty,
Num 5:7  then they shall confess their sin which they have done. And he shall restore his guilt in its principal, plus one-fifth of it, and give it to whom he has been guilty.
Num 5:8  ‘But if the man has no relative to restore the guilt to, the guilt which is restored goes to יהוה, for the priest, in addition to the ram of the atonement with which atonement is made for him.

Vs 8 has possibly been poorly interpreted.

ח  וְאִם-אֵין לָאִישׁ גֹּאֵל, לְהָשִׁיב הָאָשָׁם אֵלָיו--הָאָשָׁם הַמּוּשָׁב לַיהוָה, לַכֹּהֵן:  מִלְּבַד, אֵיל הַכִּפֻּרִים, אֲשֶׁר יְכַפֶּר-בּוֹ, עָלָיו. 
8 But if the man have no kinsman to whom restitution may be made for the guilt, the restitution for guilt which is made shall be YHVH’s, even the priest's; besides the ram of the atonement, whereby atonement shall be made for him.

The Hebrew word for relative of kinsman is “goel” which is more accurately translated as “redeemer” the Hebrew structure is impossible to translate into English. One may assume the interpretation to mean that when a trespass cannot be atoned for, for the guilty party, a Redeemer will come for YHVH, through the intercessory ministry of a priesthood. This is a foreshadow of the Messiah who will make perfect our redemption.

We need to consider that often times we just don’t know why we are sick or things are not going well for us. There may be some other reason we are not aware of, there may even be a hidden sin or iniquity we are unaware of. We can however enjoy the protection now of “been covered.”

Jer 17:9  “The heart is crooked1 above all, and desperately sick – who shall know it? Footnote: 1See 7:24, 16:12, 18:12, 23:17.
Jer 17:10  “I, יהוה, search the heart, I try the kidneys, and give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his deeds.
Jer 17:14  Heal me, O יהוה, so that I am healed. Save me, so that I am saved, for You are my praise.

Jer 15:18  Why is my pain without end and my wound incurable, which refuses to be healed? Are You to me like a failing stream, as waters not steadfast?
Jer 15:19  Therefore thus said יהוה, “If you turn back, then I shall bring you back. Before Me you shall stand. And if you take out the precious from the worthless, you shall become as My mouth. Let them return to you, but do not return to them.

Jer 30:12  “For thus said יהוה, ‘Your breach is incurable, your wound is grievous.
Jer 30:13  ‘No one pleads your cause, to bind up. There are no healing medicines for you.

“The Hebrew word for "Kinsman" and the Hebrew word for "Redeemer" are the same - , ga'al meaning to redeem, act as kinsman-redeemer, do the part of a kinsman, avenge, revenge, to regain possession of by payment, to buy back. The responsibilities of a Kinsman Redeemer are described in the Book of  Ruth. 

Redemption means to buy back, to secure - payment secures redemption. Redemption of property or of individuals that have been given over to
 bondage (slavery) , either forcefully or voluntarily, can only be accomplished by a family member who had the price of redemption and was prepared to pay it if the individual affected could not effect his own redemption. A person in need of redemption himself could not redeem somebody else in need of redemption because he would not have the price. If he did have the price, he would not be in slavery or destitution himself. This problem is alluded to in  Psalm 49 and what it means to be a "slave to sin".

Psa 49:7  A brother does not redeem anyone at all, Neither give to Elohim a ransom for him;
Psa 49:8  For the redemption of their lives is costly, And it shall cease forever;

Psa 49:15  But Elohim does redeem my being From the power of the grave, For He does receive me. Selah.

“Redemption from sin (darkness) can only be accomplished by someone who was never in slavery or bondage to sin. Sinful men(including priests) cannot redeem themselves or their friends. In spite of the popularity of the Christian doctrine,  Psalm 31:5 does not teach that Yeshua needed redemption - "Into your hand I commend my spirit: You have redeemed me, O YHVH of Truth." Yeshua quoted the first half of this passage, but not the second half, which did not apply to him. If the whole of Psalm 31 were to apply to Yeshua, then so must verse 10, which says "My strength fails because of my iniquity, and my bones are wasted away." This cannot apply to Yeshua because He had no iniquity, and His bones did not waste away. Psalm 31 is a Psalm of David, who was a person in need of redemption. Yeshua only quoted the part of the verse that was appropriate to His circumstance at the time. End quote.

Num 5:9  ‘And every contribution of all the set-apart gifts of the children of Yisra’ĕl, which they bring to the priest, becomes his.
Num 5:10  ‘And every man’s set-apart gifts becomes his, whatever any man gives the priest becomes his.’ ”

That gift is yours; it cannot purchase your redemption.

In the light of these scriptures it is possible for us to live in health and victory. We have been robbed, we are covered from the destruction of loss and sickness by the covering – kippur – by the word of YHVH made good by Yahshua.

Psa 103:1  Bless יהוה, O my being, And all that is within me, Bless His set-apart Name!
Psa 103:2  Bless יהוה, O my being, And do not forget all His dealings,
Psa 103:3  Who forgives all your crookednesses, Who heals all your diseases,
Psa 103:4  Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with kindness and compassion,
Psa 103:5  Who satisfies your desire with the good, Your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
Psa 103:6  יהוה is doing righteousness And right-ruling for all the oppressed.
Psa 103:7  He made known His ways to Mosheh, His acts to the children of Yisra’ĕl.

1Jn 5:1  Everyone who believes that יהושע is the Messiah has been born of Elohim, and everyone who loves the One bringing forth also loves the one having been born of Him.
1Jn 5:2  By this we know that we love the children of Elohim, when we love Elohim and guard His commands.
1Jn 5:3  For this is the love for Elohim, that we guard His commands,1 and His commands are not heavy, Footnote: 1See 5:2, 2 John v. 6, John 14:15. – Torah.
1Jn 5:4  because everyone having been born of Elohim overcomes the world. And this is the overcoming that has overcome the world: our belief. (The ancient faith handed down to us by our fathers)
1Jn 5:5  Who is the one who overcomes the world but he who believes that יהושע is the Son of Elohim?

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

Please note these notes are under construction and are subject to correction and are in no way a final authority on any subject.




10/18/2014

Parashat 34 Portion 100 Bamidbar 4:17-20 1 Samuel 6:10 -16; Heb 9:24-28


Blessing of Torah.

Hebrew: Baruch atah YHVH eloheinu melech ha-olam, asher kideshanu b'mitzvotav, v'tzivanu la'asok b'divrei Torah. V'ha'arev na YHVH eloheinu et divrei toratecha befinu uvfi amecha beit Yisrael. V'niyeh anachnu v'tze'etze'einu v'tze'etza'ei amecha beit Yisrael kullanu yodei sh'mecha v'lomdei toratecha lishmah. Baruch atah YHVH hamelamed Torah le'amo Yisrael. Baruch atah YHVH Eloheinu melech ha-olam, asher bachar banu mikol ha'amim venatan lanu et torato. Baruch atah YHVH, notein haTorah.

English translation: Blessed are You, YHVH our Elohim, King of the universe, who has made us set apart through His commandments and commanded us to actively study Torah. Please YHVH, our Elohim, sweeten the words of Your Torah in our mouths and in the mouths of all Your people Israel. May we and our offspring, and the offspring of Your people, the House of Israel, may we all, together, know Your Name and study Your Torah for the sake of fulfilling Your desire. Blessed are You, YHVH, Who teaches Torah to His people Israel. Blessed are You, YHVH our Elohim, King of the universe, , Who chose us from all the nations and gave us the Torah. Blessed are You, YHVH, Giver of the Torah.

This is the shortest Torah portion in the Triennial Torah cycle. Perhaps this is because these few verses have more significance than we could ever have imagined.

Remember there is NO IDLE word in the Torah.

Deu 4:2  “Do not add to the Word which I command you, and do not take away from it, so as to guard the commands of יהוה your Elohim which I am commanding you.