Parashat 39 Portion 114 B’Midbar 19:1-20:13 Ezekiel 36:16-36 Matt 6:19-24

Parashat Chukat.
The sages say that the commandment of the Red Heifer (para aduma) is “beyond human understanding”  The “chukat” or “statutes” of this portion can only begin to make sense when view them in the light of  Messianic redemption. These “chukat” unravel some of the deepest mysteries of our Messiah’s deep love and desire to be united with his bride, so that we can all one day be united to the Father. The meaning of the word “chukat” comes from the Hebrew verb “chukak” and means to cut upon, engrave or inscribe.

Some believe that Yahshua will always bear the scars of his nail pierced hands, evidence that will remind us forever of the Fathers love for us.
After his resurrection Yahshua invited Thomas to examine the scars on his body caused by his execution.

Joh 20:27  Then He said to T’oma, “Bring your finger here, and see My hands. And bring your hand and put it into My side – and do not be unbelieving, but believing.”
Joh 20:28  And T’oma answered and said to Him, “My Master and my Elohim!”1 Footnote: 1See Heb. 1:8-9.
Joh 20:29  יהושע said to him, “T’oma, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.”
Joh 20:30  There were indeed many other signs that יהושע did in the presence of His taught ones, which are not written in this book,

Joh 21:25  Now there is much else that יהושע did. If every one of them were written down, I think that the world itself would not contain the written books. Amĕn.

Talking of the Messiah the prophet speaks:

Isa 49:16  “See, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands; your walls are always before Me.

 הֵן עַל-כַּפַּיִם, חַקֹּתִיךְ; חוֹמֹתַיִךְ נֶגְדִּי, תָּמִיד

This verse is very misleading in the English translation.

The verse starts off by saying – behold – “hen” or pay careful attention. Then it says “al Kapaim chakotich” which literally means “on palms I have inscribed you” Please note it does not say that YHVH has inscribed our names on His hands. The question then remains “on whose palms then have we been inscribed?”

I believe we were inscribed in Messiah’s palms -Yesh/Is 49 is a Messianic prophecy.

The palms of Messiah have been “inscribed” the Hebrew root comes from the title of this parashah – “chukat’
The “chakikot” or engravings in the palms in Yahshua’s palms indicate that so far Yahshua has been the only man to fully obey YHVH perfectly without any question or any form of disobedience.
Psa 40:7  Then I said, “See, I have come; In the scroll of the Book it is prescribed for me.
Psa 40:8  I have delighted to do Your pleasure, O my Elohim, And Your Torah is within my heart1.” Footnote: 1Ps. 37:31, Ps. 119:11, Isa. 51:7, Heb. 10:7-9.
In modern Hebrew a “chukah” is a constitution. “The phrase in B’Midbar 19:2 “zot chuckat ha torah” this is the chukat of the Torah” appears only twice in the Torah (see also 31:21) This could be interpreted to mean “ this is the whole essence of the Torah” or “this is the constitution found in the Word of YHVH.”
We must not say we are saved because we are obedient. We should rather say we are obedient because we are saved.
Eph 2:8  For by favour you have been saved, through belief,(noun) and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of Elohim, (the verb –“saving” is an act of YHVH)
Eph 2:9  it is not by works,(actions you have taken) so that no one should boast.
It is important to know that we did initiate our salvation, YHVH did.  If we have been called and chosen by YHVH then works and fruitfulness will follow our lives as a confirmation of our calling.

Joh 15:16  “You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain…

Joh 15:9  “As the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you. Stay in My love.
Joh 15:10  “If you guard My commands, you shall stay in My love,1 even as I have guarded My Father’s commands and stay in His love. Footnote: 1See 14:15.

Sadly in the last days there seems to be only a remnant that will guard His commands.

Rev 12:17  And the dragon was enraged with the woman, and he went to fight with the remnant of her seed, those guarding the commands of Elohim and possessing the witness of יהושע Messiah.

Joh 6:44  “No one is able to come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him. And I shall raise him up in the last day.
So then who does the Father chose to come to the true Yahshua?

Those that Father knows will obey Him. So once again we are not saved and called by YHVH because we are obedient – we are obedient because He has chosen and saved us – even before the foundation of the world.

Eph 1:4  even as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be set-apart and blameless before Him in love,1 Footnote: 12 Thess. 2:13.
That doesn’t mean we sit back and do nothing. We are not saved and chosen to do nothing.

2Pe 1:10  For this reason, brothers, all the more do your utmost to make firm your calling and choosing,1 for if you are doing these matters you shall never stumble at all, Footnote: 1Mt. 20:16, Mt. 22:14, Rev. 17:14.

What do we do? Read the previous verses and you will know.
2Pe 1:2  Favour and peace be increased to you in the knowledge of Elohim and of יהושע our Master,
2Pe 1:3  as His Mighty-like power has given to us all we need for life and reverence, through the knowledge of Him who called us to esteem and uprightness.
2Pe 1:4  Through these there have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, so that through these you might be partakers of the Mighty-like nature, having escaped from the corruption in the world, caused by lust.
2Pe 1:5  And for this reason do your utmost to add to your belief uprightness, to uprightness knowledge,
2Pe 1:6  to knowledge self-control, to self-control endurance, to endurance reverence,
2Pe 1:7  to reverence brotherly affection, and to brotherly affection love.
2Pe 1:8  For if these are in you and increase, they cause you to be neither inactive nor without fruit in the knowledge of our Master יהושע Messiah.
2Pe 1:9  For he in whom these are not present is blind, being shortsighted, and has forgotten that he has been cleansed from his old sins. (Even though they had been called and chosen they didn’t do what was proper and right according to the Word)
2Pe 1:10  For this reason, brothers, all the more do your utmost to make firm your calling and choosing,1 for if you are doing these matters you shall never stumble at all, Footnote: 1Mt. 20:16, Mt. 22:14, Rev. 17:14.

So once again our parashah not only points us to Messiah it reminds us that we too must become like him in all things even to the obedience of laying down our lives.
Php 2:5  For, let this mind be in you which was also in Messiah יהושע, Php 2:6  who, being in the nature of Elohim, did not regard equality with Elohim a matter to be grasped,
Php 2:7  but emptied Himself, taking the form of a servant, and came to be in the likeness of men. Php 2:8  And having been found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient unto death, death even of a stake.

Gal 2:20  “I have been impaled with Messiah, and I no longer live, but Messiah lives in me.1 And that which I now live in the flesh I live by belief in the Son of Elohim, who loved me and gave Himself for me. Footnote: 1Rom. 8:10, 2 Cor. 6:16, 2 Cor. 13:5, Eph. 3:17, Col. 1:27, 1 John 4:4.
Gal 2:21  “I do not set aside the favour of Elohim, for if righteousness is through Torah, then Messiah died for naught.”  

Aliyah Rishon 19:1-17
Bemidbar/Num 19:1  And יהוה spoke to Mosheh and to Aharon, saying,

Num 19:2  “This is a law of the Torah(zot chukat ha Torah) which יהוה has commanded, saying, ‘Speak to the children of Yisra’ĕl, that they bring you a red heifer, a perfect one, in which there is no blemish and on which a yoke has never come.

It is believed that there have been nine perfect red heifers offered for the service of the Temple so far in history of the two temples that have stood in Yerushalyim.

Rabban Maimonides, who codified the Torah, prophesied that the Messiah would sacrifice the tenth Parah Adumah in human history [at his coming].

There are conflicting reports as to the present day existence of a Red Hefer (female cow). She is to have no blemish- if two hairs on her body are not red then she is considered to have a blemish.
  “No yoke” could imply that there was no burden on this animal which implies our messianic redemption did not come as a result of the effort of a man but as the result of the perfect obedience of one sinless man – Yahshua, by the will  and initiative of  YHVH.

Isa 53:7  He was oppressed and He was afflicted, but He did not open His mouth. He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, but He did not open His mouth.

Parashat 38 Portion 113 B’Midbar 17:1-18:32 Ezekiel 44:15-28 Heb 5:1-6

The spirit of Korach is alive and well on planet earth – the greatest manifestation of this spirit is the almost
complete ignorance and denial or even consideration of the eternal importance of the Levitical priesthood. Today Rabbi’s and pastors have attempted to replace or even obliterate the relevance of the Levitical priesthood.
Four times in this Torah portion when speaking of the Levititcal priesthood and their responsibilities – it states that it is a law forever… 18: vs 8,11,19,23

We often hear these words “things have changed”-  however the truth is that Yahshua did not come to change  the truth – He came to establish the truth, the truth of every word that ever came out of the mouth of YHVH – that also means every word YHVH spoke to Moshe – Yahshua came to say – Amein to every word that YHVH spoke and continues to speak.
The Law or Torah was forever throughout all generations ….not a law until Yahshua came or even returns – as long as there is a heaven and an earth – this word is still as true as it is now as it was then – Mat5:17-19

The very essence of most theology today – Christian or Jewish is that things have changed. “We must adapt to the times.”

In the apostolic scripture for this Torah portion every verb is written in the present tense.

Heb 5:1  For every priest(Cohen) taken from among men is appointed on behalf of men in matters relating to Elohim, to offer both gifts and offerings for sins,
Heb 5:2  being able to have a measure of feeling for those not knowing and being led astray, since he himself is also surrounded by weakness.
Heb 5:3  And on account of this he has to offer for sins – as for the people, so also for himself.

This is why Yahshua could not be an Aaronic High Priest – Yahshua was without sin.

Heb 5:4  And no one obtains this esteem for himself, but he who is called by Elohim, even as Aharon also was.
Heb 5:5  So also the Messiah did not extol Himself to become High Priest, but it was He who said to Him, “You are My Son, today I have brought You forth.”1 Footnote: 1See 1:5, Ps. 2:7.
Heb 5:6  As He also says in another place, “You are a priest forever according to the order of Malkitseḏeq,”1 Footnote: 1Ps. 110:4.

Melech Tzadic – king of righteousness. No Levite could lay claim to such a title because YHVH appointed His sinless Son to have all the authority in heaven and on earth(Mt 28:18). His son has power to give and to withhold righteousness from men and woman. There was never another human being who was worthy or able to have such a title and responsibility. There is only one way to become righteous -  Rom 10:1-4.

Rom 10:1  Truly brothers, my heart’s desire and prayer to Elohim for Yisra’ĕl is for deliverance.
Rom 10:2  For I bear them witness that they have an ardour for Elohim, but not according to knowledge.
Rom 10:3  For not knowing the righteousness of Elohim, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, they did not subject themselves to1 the righteousness of Elohim. Footnote: 1Or did not obey.
Rom 10:4  For Messiah is the goal1 of the ‘Torah unto righteousness to everyone who believes. Footnote: 1Or end purpose; not termination.

So then why the Levitical priesthood?

The very essence and nature of the calling and duties of the priests reveals the very essence of the establishing of the righteousness of YHVH in Yahshua in our lives.

First of all we see that it is YHVH that chooses and calls the priests. It’s YHVH that calls us to His Son to become the righteous of YHVH in Yahshua.

Joh 6:44  “No one is able to come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him. And I shall raise him up in the last day.

Secondly YHVH would not permit a priesthood to approach Him through any effort of their own. The chosen priests were not allowed to sweat in the presence of YHVH. So the very heart of our salvation is His favour and not our works – Eph 2:8. Even Yahshua did nothing on his own.
Joh 5:19  Therefore יהושע responded and said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son is able to do none at all by Himself, but only that which He sees the Father doing, because whatever He does, the Son also likewise does.

Eze 44:15  “But the priests, the Lĕwites, the sons of Tsaḏoq, who guarded the duty of My set-apart place when the children of Yisra’ĕl went astray from Me, they shall draw near to Me to serve Me, and shall stand before Me to bring to Me the fat and the blood,” declares the Master יהוה.
Eze 44:16  “They shall enter My set-apart place, and they shall draw near to My table to serve Me, and they shall guard My charge.
Eze 44:17  “And it shall be, when they enter the gates of the inner courtyard, that they put on linen garments, and no wool shall come upon them while they attend within the gates of the inner courtyard or within the house.
Eze 44:18  “They shall have linen turbans on their heads and linen trousers on their bodies, they shall not gird themselves with sweat.

Eze 44:23  “And they are to teach My people the difference between the set-apart and the profane, and make them know what is unclean and clean.
Eze 44:24  “And they are to stand as judges in a dispute, and judge it according to My right-rulings. And they are to guard My Torot and My laws in all My appointed festivals, and set apart My Sabbaths.

It was the rod of Aaron that put forth buds and fruit when it was placed to rest in the tabernacle. It is when a dead piece of wood (an impaled life in Messiah –Gal 2:20) is placed in the presence of the reality of all that Torah, the manna and the rod of Aaron represent (contents of the tabernacle); only then can true spiritual life manifest itself; only then can the true gifts and fruit of the Ruach Ha Kodesh (the Set Apart Spirit) be manifested.

There is no other way; there is no other pattern except the one given to us by the Levitical priesthood in the Torah to become righteousness – that’s why when you trample the blood of the covenant underfoot and treat the Levital priesthood and all that it represents as some light matter – Heb10:29- that you destroy any hope you could ever have had of becoming the righteousness of Elohim in Messiah.