Thursday, August 26, 2021

 August 2021 for the week of August 19th.



Ki Tetze
When You Go Forth

  TORAH : DEUTERONOMY 21:10-25:19| PROPHETS : ISAIAH 54:1-10

 

“No one may take a mill or even an upper millstone as collateral for a loan, because that would be taking as collateral the debtor’s very means of sustenance.

“If a man kidnaps any of his brothers, fellow members of the community of Israel, and makes him his slave or sells him, that kidnapper must die; in this way you will put an end to such wickedness among you.

“When there is an outbreak of tzara‘at, be careful to observe and do just what the cohanim, who are L’vi’im, teach you. Take care to do as I ordered them. Remember what Adonai your God did to Miryam on the road after you left Egypt.

10 “When you make any kind of loan to your neighbor, you are not to enter his house to take his collateral. 11 You must stand outside, and the borrower will bring the collateral outside to you. 12 If he is poor, you are not to go to bed with what he gave as collateral in your possession; 13 rather, you must restore the pledged item at sunset; then he will go to sleep wearing his garment and bless you. This will be an upright deed of yours before Adonai your God.

(vii) 14 “You are not to exploit a hired worker who is poor and needy, whether one of your brothers or a foreigner living in your land in your town. 15 You are to pay him his wages the day he earns them, before sunset; for he is poor and looks forward to being paid. Otherwise he will cry out against you to Adonai, and it will be your sin.

16 “Fathers are not to be executed for the children, nor are children to be executed for the fathers; every person will be executed for his own sin.

17 “You are not to deprive the foreigner or the orphan of the justice which is his due, and you are not to take a widow’s clothing as collateral for a loan. 18 Rather, remember that you were a slave in Egypt; and Adonai your God redeemed you from there. That is why I am ordering you to do this.

19 “When harvesting the grain in your field, if you forgot a sheaf of grain there, you are not to go back and get it; it will remain there for the foreigner, the orphan and the widow, so that Adonai your God will bless you in all the work you do. 20 When you beat your olive tree, you are not to go back over the branches again; the olives that are left will be for the foreigner, the orphan and the widow. 21 When you gather the grapes from your vineyard, you are not to return and pick grapes a second time; what is left will be for the foreigner, the orphan and the widow. 22 Remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt. That is why I am ordering you to do this. Deuteronomy 24:6-22

 

A Few of the Practical Community Ways of the Kingdom

 Those loaning money may not take a person’s source of income as collateral it would deny them the ability to get out of debt and maintain their human dignity.. Kidnapping and slavery or selling a brother or community member earns the kidnapper the death penalty. Citizens of the Kingdom for their and the community protection must follow the instructions of the priests when dealing with contagious diseases. Citizens of the Kingdom are not to enter the home of someone you loaned money, take their clothing, and thereby take their ability to stay warm away from them. Exploiting your fellow community members is never allowed .Each person is responsible for their own sin. Justice you shall   pursue.Leave the second round of harvest for those in need do not be greedy.I encourage us all to embrace the culture and instruction{The Ways} of the Kingdom of Heaven

Shalom,

Tree of Life


Friday, July 2, 2021

 

a make up blog for February 2020



                                                                        BO –COME בוא

                                                                       Exodus 10-13: 16   

                                                                       Jeremiah 46:13–28

DEATH OF THE FIRST BORN THROUGH CONSECRATION OF THE FIRST BORN {Exodus 12:29-42}

vi) 29 At midnight Ad-nai killed all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh sitting on his throne to the firstborn of the prisoner in the dungeon, and all the firstborn of livestock. 30 Pharaoh got up in the night, he, all his servants and all the Egyptians; and there was horrendous wailing in Egypt; for there wasn’t a single house without someone dead in it. 31 He summoned Moshe and Aharon by night and said, “Up and leave my people, both you and the people of Isra’el; and go, serve Adonai as you said. 32 Take both your flocks and your herds, as you said; and get out of here! But bless me, too.” 33 The Egyptians pressed to send the people out of the land quickly, because they said, “Otherwise we’ll all be dead!”

34 The people took their dough before it had become leavened and wrapped their kneading bowls in their clothes on their shoulders. 35 The people of Isra’el had done what Moshe had said — they had asked the Egyptians to give them silver and gold jewelry and clothing; 36 and Adonai had made the Egyptians so favorably disposed toward the people that they had let them have whatever they requested. Thus they plundered the Egyptians.

37 The people of Isra’el traveled from Rameses to Sukkot, some six hundred thousand men on foot, not counting children. 38 A mixed crowd also went up with them, as well as livestock in large numbers, both flocks and herds. 39 They baked matzah loaves from the dough they had brought out of Egypt, since it was unleavened; because they had been driven out of Egypt without time to prepare supplies for themselves.

40 The time the people of Isra’el lived in Egypt was 430 years. 41 At the end of 430 years to the day, all the divisions of Adonai left the land of Egypt. 42 This was a night when Adonai kept vigil to bring them out of the land of Egypt, and this same night continues to be a night when Adonai keeps vigil for all the people of Isra’el through all their generations.

 

                                   SCRIPTURE EXODUS 12:43-13:13 CONTINUED

43 Adonai said to Moshe and Aharon, “This is the regulation for the Pesach lamb: no foreigner is to eat it. 44 But if anyone has a slave he bought for money, when you have circumcised him, he may eat it. 45 Neither a traveler nor a hired servant may eat it. 46 It is to be eaten in one house. You are not to take any of the meat outside the house, and you are not to break any of its bones. 47 The whole community of Isra’el is to keep it. 48 If a foreigner staying with you wants to observe Adonai’s Pesach, all his males must be circumcised. Then he may take part and observe it; he will be like a citizen of the land. But no uncircumcised person is to eat it. 49 The same teaching is to apply equally to the citizen and to the foreigner living among you.”

50 All the people of Isra’el did just as Adonai had ordered Moshe and Aharon. 51 On that very day, Adonai brought the people of Isra’el out of the land of Egypt by their divisions.

13 (vii) Adonai said to Moshe, “Set aside for me all the firstborn. Whatever is first from the womb among the people of Isra’el, both of humans and of animals, belongs to me.” Moshe said to the people, “Remember this day, on which you left Egypt, the abode of slavery; because Adonai, by the strength of his hand, has brought you out of this place. Do not eat hametz. You are leaving today, in the month of Aviv. When Adonai brings you into the land of the Kena‘ani, Hitti, Emori, Hivi and Y’vusi, which he swore to your ancestors to give you, a land flowing with milk and honey, you are to observe this ceremony in this month. For seven days you are to eat matzah, and the seventh day is to be a festival for Adonai. Matzah is to be eaten throughout the seven days; neither hametz nor leavening agents are to be seen with you throughout your territory. On that day you are to tell your son, ‘It is because of what Adonai did for me when I left Egypt.’

“Moreover, it will serve you as a sign on your hand and as a reminder between your eyes, so that Adonai’s Torah may be on your lips; because with a strong hand Adonai brought you out of Egypt. 10 Therefore you are to observe this regulation at its proper time, year after year. 11 When Adonai brings you into the land of the Kena‘ani, as he swore to you and your ancestors, and gives it to you, 12 you are to set apart for Adonai everything that is first from the womb. Every firstborn male animal will belong to Adonai. 13 Every firstborn from a donkey, you are to redeem with a lamb; but if you choose not to redeem it, you must break its neck. But from people, you are to redeem every firstborn son.

 

                                                      TENTH PLAGUE

The tenth plague was the death of the first born. The first born from Pharaohs palace to the lowliest Egyptian family. Any other peoples who may have been in the land from other nations would have lost their first born as well, anyone who did not have the lamb’s blood on the door would have had the sad experience of losing their first born.  This plague also included the first born animals.

Why this for the tenth plague?

Rabbi Ari Kahn of Aish .com shares the following insight” The killing of the first-born stands out from all the other plagues as Divine retribution directed toward Pharaoh and all of Egypt. The Midrash (based on the verse, "Behold, I will slay your son, even your first-born" – Exodus 4:23) teaches that initially when God sought to bring the plagues upon Egypt, He intended to commence with the plague of the first-born. (The other plagues were a reaction to Pharaoh's insolence.)

In order to fully understand this plague we must appreciate the hierarchy within Egyptian civilization. It was a society ruled by primogeniture. The first-born had absolute power within the family unit. Pharaoh was the first-born of the first-born of the first-born. It was from this birthright that he exercised power.

The attack against the first-born was therefore a powerful polemic against the entire culture of Egypt. The eldest ruled the younger siblings. “

                                                                  AND

                            “The Netziv (Naftali Zvi Yehuda Berlin) explains this idea based on the song that was sung after the splitting of the sea: "Then sang Moshe and the people of Israel this song to the Lord, and spoke, saying, I will sing to the Lord, for he has triumphed gloriously... the horse and his rider has he thrown into the sea." (15:1, 15:21)

The main part of the song seems to be the idea of "horse and the rider." The Netziv explains that this verse encapsulates the defeat of Egypt: the philosophy of the "horse and the rider." As the rider rides on the subjugated horse, so must the rider listen to the officer, and that officer listen to the general, and that general listen to the commander-in-chief.

      According to Netziv, this describes the horrors of the Egyptian society, a series of horse and riders,   where the Jewish slaves became the bottom of the proverbial "totem pole" – the lowest horse supporting the entire structure. This is why they were loath to release the slaves, since the entire society would crumble without them.

We now understand why the death of the first-born was so essential to the Exodus, and why the splitting of the sea evoked such a powerful response. The "horse and rider" philosophy had sunk at sea. The death of the first-born was the beginning of this final chapter of liberation, where the leading "riders" were to die.

      We now understand that the death of the first-born was not just another sign of Divine might. No,   this plague struck at the very epicenter of the Egyptian civilization, and paved the way for liberation.”

 

                                                                CONSECRATION OF THE FIRST BORN

Exodus 13 (vii) Adonai said to Moshe, “Set aside for me all the firstborn. Whatever is first from the womb among the people of Isra’el, both of humans and of animals, belongs to me.”

The first born sons of Israel   were to be set a part to G-D and until the golden calf incident they fulfilled the role of priests in the family.

 

                                                           LEVITES SET APART BY G-D

Exodus 32:  25 When Moshe saw that the people had gotten out of control — because Aharon had allowed them to get out of control, to the derision of their enemies — 26 Moshe stood at the entrance to the camp and shouted, “Whoever is for Adonai, come to me!” All the descendants of Levi rallied around him. 27 He told them, “Here is what Adonai, the God of Isra’el, says: ‘Each of you, put his sword on his side; and go up and down the camp, from gate to gate; and every man is to kill his own kinsman, his own friend and his own neighbor!” 28 The sons of Levi did what Moshe said, and that day three thousand of the people died. 29 Moshe said, “You have consecrated yourselves today to Adonai, because every one of you has been against his own son and against his own kinsman, in order to bring a blessing on yourselves today

So originally the first born of Israel were to be the priests of Israel the worship of the calf changed that.

Those willing to kill even those close to them who had participated were set apart. They were the Levites so the Levites became the priests.

For G-D your G-D has chosen him of all your tribes to stand and serve with the name of G-D him and his sons forever. (Deuteronomy 18:5)  The Levitical Priesthood is not ended by G-D it is not temporary

 

                      IN THE TORAH WE ALSO HAVE THE Malki-Tzedek PRIESTHOOD {Genesis 14:10-20}

10 Now the Siddim Valley was full of clay pits; and when the kings of S’dom and ‘Amora fled, some fell into them; while the rest fled to the hills. 11 The victors took all the possessions of S’dom and ‘Amora and all their food supply; then they left. 12 But as they left, they took Lot, Avram’s brother’s son, and his possessions; since he was living in S’dom. 13 Someone who had escaped came and told Avram the Hebrew, who was living by the oaks of Mamre the Emori, brother of Eshkol and brother of ‘Aner; all of them allies of Avram. 14 When Avram heard that his nephew had been taken captive, he led out his trained men, who had been born in his house, 318 of them, and went in pursuit as far as Dan. 15 During the night he and his servants divided his forces against them, then attacked and pursued them all the way to Hovel, north of Dammesek. 16 He recovered all the goods and brought back his nephew Lot with his goods, together with the women and the other people. 17 After his return from slaughtering K’dorla‘omer and the kings with him, the king of S’dom went out to meet him in the Shaveh Valley, also known as the King’s Valley.

18 Malki-Tzedek king of Shalem brought out bread and wine. He was Cohen of El ‘Elyon [God Most High], 19 so he blessed him with these words:

“Blessed be Avram by El ‘Elyon,
maker of heaven of earth.
20 and blessed be El ‘Elyon,
who handed your enemies over to you.”

Avram gave him a tenth of everything.

 

                                                           MALKI-TZEDEK
                                                         BRIEF EXPLANATION

Malik= King

Tzedek= Righteous or righteousness

Shalem = Complete, safe, at peace

18 Malki-Tzedek king of Shalem brought out bread and wine. He was Cohen of El ‘Elyon [G-D Most High], 19 so he blessed him with these words

So who ever this individual was, he was a priest of El ‘Elyon [G-D Most High] his title proclaimed him King   of Righteousness and Peace which in Hebrew is not just an absence of problems but Completeness.

Equally important to understand is what G-D states in Psalms 110

110 The L-rd said unto my L-rd, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool. The all CAPS

L-RD is the most holy name of G-D. He is in conversation with King David’s L-rd, the prophesied Messiah

 

                                             PSALM 110 CONTINUED

The conversation between The Holy one of Israel and the Messiah continues throughout the whole Psalm.  In verse 4 of the chapter The Holy One Blessed be He says to the prophesied Messiah

 4” The Lord hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.”

So in Torah and the rest of the scriptures two different Priesthoods exist .Not only that but one is not only a priest but also a king.     Malki – Tzedek

 

 

                                                                                  ISAIAH 44

Then he brought me through the north gate to the front of the house. I looked, saw Adonai’s glory filling the house of Adonai, and fell on my face. Adonai said to me, “Human being, pay attention; see with your eyes and hear with your ears everything I tell you about all the regulations of Adonai’s house and about all its Torah; pay attention to who can enter the house and who must be excluded from the sanctuary. You are to tell the rebels, the house of Isra’el, that this is what Adonai Elohim says: ‘House of Isra’el, enough of all your disgusting practices! You brought in foreigners, uncircumcised in both heart and flesh, to be in my sanctuary and profane it — yes, my house — when you offered my food, the fat and the blood; thus in addition to all your disgusting practices, they broke my covenant. Instead of taking care of my holy things yourselves, you have put these people in charge of my sanctuary.’ Here is what Adonai Elohim says: ‘No foreigner, uncircumcised in both heart and flesh, is to enter my sanctuary — no foreigner living among the people of Isra’el.

10 “‘Rather, the L’vi’im, who went far away from me when Isra’el went astray, going astray after their idols — they will bear the consequences of their guilt, 11 but they are to serve in my sanctuary. They will have charge of the gates of the house and of serving in the house; they will slaughter the burnt offering and the sacrifice for the people; and they will attend and serve them. 12 Because they served them in the presence of their idols and became an occasion of sin for the house of Isra’el, I am raising my hand against them,’ says Adonai Elohim, ‘and they will bear the consequences of their guilt. 13 They will not approach me to serve me in the office of Cohen or approach any of the holy things or the especially holy things; but they will bear their shame for the disgusting practices they committed. 14 Yet I will put them in charge of the house and all its maintenance and everything to be done in it.

15 “‘However, the cohanim, who are L’vi’im and descendants of Tzadok, who took care of my sanctuary when the people of Isra’el went astray from me — they are the ones who will approach me and serve me; it is they who will attend me and offer me the fat and the blood,’ says Adonai Elohim. 16 ‘They will enter my sanctuary, approach my table to minister to me and perform my service.

 

                                                        ISAIAH 44 CONTINUED

17 “‘Once they enter the gates of the inner courtyard, they are to wear linen clothing; they are not to wear any wool while serving at the gates of the inner courtyard or inside it. 18 They are to wear linen turbans on their heads and linen underclothes on their bodies, and they are not to wear anything that makes them sweat. 19 Before going out to the people in the outer courtyard, they are to remove the clothes in which they minister, lay them in the holy rooms, and put on other clothes; so that they won’t transmit holiness to the people by means of their clothing. 20 They are not to shave their heads or let their hair grow long, but must keep their hair carefully trimmed. 21 No Cohen is to drink wine when he enters the inner courtyard. 22 They may not marry a widow or a divorcee but must marry virgins descended from the house of Isra’el or a widow whose deceased husband was a Cohen.

23 “‘They are to teach my people the difference between holy and common and enable them to distinguish between clean and unclean. 24 They are to be judges in controversies, and they are to render decisions in keeping with my rulings. At all my designated festivals they are to keep my laws and regulations, and they are to keep my Shabbat’s holy. 25 They are not to come to any dead person, because this would make them unclean; however, for father, mother, son, daughter, brother or sister who has had no husband they may make themselves unclean. 26 After a Cohen has been purified, he is to wait seven days. 27 Then, on the day he enters the sanctuary, when he goes into the inner courtyard to minister in the sanctuary, he is to offer his sin offering,’ says Adonai Elohim.

28 “‘Their inheritance is to be this: I myself am their inheritance. You are not to grant them any possession in Isra’el — I myself am their possession. 29 They are to eat the grain offerings, sin offerings and guilt offerings; and everything in Isra’el devoted [to God] will be theirs. 30 The first of all the first fruits of everything, and every voluntary contribution of everything, from all your offerings, will be for the cohanim. You are also to give the Cohen the first of your dough, so that a blessing will rest on your house. 31 The cohanim are not to eat anything, bird or animal, that dies naturally or is torn to death.

 

 

                                                                                HEBREWS 7-8

                                                              Discuss Messiah being the Malki-Tzedek.

7: 18 Thus, on the one hand, the earlier rule is set aside because of its weakness and inefficacy 19 (for the Torah did not bring anything to the goal); and, on the other hand, a hope of something better is introduced, through which we are drawing near to God.

What is being set aside? THE Levitical Priesthood? The Torah? What?

23 Moreover, the present cohanim are many in number, because they are prevented by death from continuing in office.

 Levitical High Priests all died. The Malik-Tzedek from the tribe of Judah can remain High Priest forever no death. The Levitical Priests continue the change is that we have a perfect ever living high priest Yeshua.

Is Torah thrown away? NO it goes from being outward to being written on our hearts.

For this covenant has been given as Torah on the basis of better promises. Indeed, if the first covenant had not given ground for faultfinding, there would have been no need for a second one. For God does find fault with the people when he says,

“‘See! The days are coming,’ says Adonai,
‘when I will establish
over the house of Isra’el and over the house of Y’hudah
a new covenant.

“‘It will not be like the covenant
which I made with their fathers
on the day when I took them by their hand
and led them forth out of the land of Egypt;
because they, for their part,
did not remain faithful to my covenant;
so I, for my part,
stopped concerning myself with them,’
says Adonai.

10 “‘For this is the covenant which I will make
with the house of Isra’el after those days,’
says Adonai:

‘I will put my Torah in their minds
and write it on their hearts;
I will be their God,
and they will be my people.

11 “‘None of them will teach his fellow-citizen
or his brother, saying, “Know Adonai!”
For all will know me,
from the least of them to the greatest,
12 because I will be merciful toward their wickednesses
and remember their sins no more.’”[
f]

 

                                           HEBREWS 7-8 CONTINUED

Is Torah thrown away? NO it goes from being outward to being written on our hearts.

 

SO MESSIAH IS OUR PERMANET HIGH PRIEST/THE LEVITES WILL CONTINUE TO SERVE AND THE TORAH IS WRITTEN ON ISRAELS HEART

. For this covenant has been given as Torah on the basis of better promises. Indeed, if the first covenant had not given ground for faultfinding, there would have been no need for a second one. For God does find fault with the people when he says

“‘See! The days are coming,’ says Adonai,
‘when I will establish
over the house of Isra’el and over the house of Y’hudah
a new covenant.

“‘It will not be like the covenant
with made with their fathers
on the day when I took them by their hand
and led them forth out of the land of Egypt;
because they, for their part,
did not remain faithful to my covenant;
so I, for my part, 10 “‘For this is the covenant which I will make
with the house of Isra’el after those days,’
says Adonai:

‘I will put my Torah in their minds
and write it on their hearts;
I will be their God,
and they will be my people.

11 “‘None of them will teach his fellow-citizen
or his brother, saying, “Know Adonai!”
For all will know me,
from the least of them to the greatest,


stopped concerning myself with them,’
says Adonai.    Jeremiah 31

 

WE RETURN TO THE PRIESTHOOD OF THE FIRST BORN

Yochanan 1:18 No one has ever seen God; but the only and unique Son, who is identical with God and is at the Father’s side — he has made him known.

First born amongst many brethren each also first born

2nd Cor.5:17 Therefore, if anyone is united with the Messiah, he is a new creation — the old has passed; look, what has come is fresh and new! 18 And it is all from God, who through the Messiah has reconciled us to himself and has given us the work of that reconciliation, 19 which is that God in the Messiah was reconciling mankind to himself, not counting their sins against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. 20 Therefore we are ambassadors of the Messiah; in effect, God is making his appeal through us. What we do is appeal on behalf of the Messiah, “Be reconciled to God!

We are all Priests of the First Born in the order of Malki Tzedik

1Kefa 2:9But you are a chosen people,[e] the King’s cohanim,[f] a holy nation,[g] a people for God to possess![h] Why? In order for you to declare the praises of the One who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

AND NOW YOU KNOW THE REST OF THE STORY OF THE FIRST BORN


Shalom,

Tree of Life


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Thursday, July 1, 2021

  


Pinchas    Phinehas — פנחס

Numbers 27:1-11 | The Daughters of Tz’lof’chad

27 1 Then the daughters of Tz’lof’chad the son of Hefer, the son of Gil‘ad, the son of Machir, the son of M’nasheh, of the families of M’nasheh, the son of Yosef, approached. These were the names of his daughters: Machlah, No‘ah, Hoglah, Milkah and Tirtzah. They stood in front of Moshe, El‘azar the cohen, the leaders and the whole community at the entrance to the tent of meeting and said, “Our father died in the desert. He wasn’t part of the group who assembled themselves to rebel against Adonai in Korach’s group, but he died in his own sin, and he had no sons. Why should the name of our father be eliminated from his family just because he didn’t have a son? Give us property to possess along with the brothers of our father.” Moshe brought their cause before Adonai.

(iv) Adonai answered Moshe, “The daughters of Tz’lof’chad are right in what they say. You must give them property to be inherited along with that of their father’s brothers; have what their father would have inherited pass to them. Moreover, say to the people of Isra’el, ‘If a man dies and does not have a son, you are to have his inheritance pass to his daughter. If he doesn’t have a daughter, give his inheritance to his brothers. 10 If he has no brothers, give his inheritance to his father’s brothers. 11 If his father doesn’t have brothers, give his inheritance to the closest relative in his family, and he will possess it. This will be the standard for judgment to be used by the people of Isra’el, as Adonai ordered Moshe.’”

 

                                COMMUNITY STANDING/INHERITANCE

        I chose this section because of all the issues in society today. Many in society say they want what is just good or right. There are many who have emotional scares because of their life experiences somewhere in the world. Our world is sooooooooo broken because of mankind individually and in larger groups walking away from the ways of The Kingdom of Heaven.

      So in practical daily life what does a just and loving G-D say concerning community standing and inheritance? Let’s peak in and see what we can glean.

 

POINTS AT ISSUE TO CONSIDER

v       Then the daughters of Tz’lof’chad the son of Hefer, the son of Gil‘ad, the son of Machir, the son of M’nasheh, of the families of M’nasheh, the son ofYosef, approached. These were the names of his daughters: Machlah, No‘ah,Hoglah, Milkah and Tirtzah.  {Plantiffs in issue}

v  They stood in front of Moshe, El‘azar the cohen, the leaders and the whole    community at the entrance to the tent of meeting{who  they are  presenting their case to } {Proper authorities in the community}

v   “Our father died in the desert. He wasn’t part of the group who assembled themselves to rebel against Adonai in Korach’s group, but he died in his own sin, { situation  not part of the rebellion, acknowledged their  fathers sin like others who fell in the wilderness}.

v  We have no brothers does that mean our  fathers’ name should  forgotten and we not inherit.{?what is our provision /what is our inheritance/ how does our father/ family name continue}

 

 

MOSES SEAKS AD-NAI FOR WISDOM

        AD-NAI S’ Response

        The daughters of Tz’lof’chad are right

You must give them property to be inherited along with that of their father’s brothers; have what their father would have inherited pass to them. {Action required}

‘If a man dies and does not have a son, you are to have his inheritance pass to his daughter. If he doesn’t have a daughter, give his inheritance to his brothers. 10 If he has no brothers, give his inheritance to his father’s brothers. 11 If his father doesn’t have brothers, give his inheritance to the closest relative in his family, and he will possess it.{ case law standards for future inheritance issues}

G-D IS FAIR, JUST, COMPASSIONATE, SEES THE END FROM THE BEGINNING.

 

 

APPLICATION FOR TODAY

So what should we take away?

When an issues presents itself it would be wise to get an accurate big picture first.

Second when working through to a solution we must frame our response within the ways of the Kingdom of Heaven.

Third we should make decision which will make sense in the particular circumstance but have a strong ability to apply in related but different circumstance.

All issues should be decided in a fair, just, and compassionate manner with an eye on the whole picture past present future.

None of this one standard for thee but not for me.

May we all walk in His ways Shalom,

Tree of life

Thursday, June 17, 2021

  


                                                                                          חוקת

                                                                               Numbers 19–22:1---

                                                                               -Judges 11:1–33

                                                                                    STATUTE

                                                                                     CHUKAT



Statute

 

 Choq :Strong’s:  H2706The word often translated as “statute” is choq in Hebrew.  Choq is a statute (a condition or civil enactment from God), an ordinance (enactment or decree), a limit, or something prescribed (a task, portion, limit/boundary).  Another word that could be used to define choq is a requirement. { 119 Ministries}

 

                                   THE BRAZEN SERPENT

Numbers 21 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

21 Then the king of ‘Arad, a Kena‘ani who lived in the Negev, heard that Isra’el was approaching by way of Atarim, so he attacked Isra’el and took some of them captive. Isra’el made a vow to Adonai, “If you will hand this people over to me, I will completely destroy their cities.” Adonai listened to what Isra’el said and handed over the Kena‘anim, so they completely destroyed them and their cities and named the place Hormah [complete destruction].Then they traveled from Mount Hor on the road toward the Sea of Suf in order to go around the land of Edom; but the people’s tempers grew short because of the detour. The people spoke against God and against Moshe: “Why did you bring us up out of Egypt? To die in the desert? There’s no real food, there’s no water, and we’re sick of this miserable stuff we’re eating!”(LY: vi) In response, Adonai sent poisonous snakes among the people; they bit the people, and many of Isra’el’s people died. The people came to Moshe and said, “We sinned by speaking against Adonai and against you. Pray to Adonai that he rid us of these snakes.” Moshe prayed for the people, and Adonai answered Moshe: “Make a poisonous snake and put it on a pole. When anyone who has been bitten sees it, he will live.” Moshe made a bronze snake and put it on the pole; if a snake had bitten someone, then, when he looked toward the bronze snake, he stayed alive

                     A  VERY ODD REMEDY

 Murmuring Again Hashem sent fiery serpents to bite the Israelites when they continued to kvetch about the manna and travel route G-D and Moses led them in. Moses Prayed G-D instructed Moses when he interceded to make a bronze snake .G-D stated that all who looked at it would be healed.

 

INSIGHTS

SYMBOL OF JUDGEMENT The metal brass was used in the  alter where all the various offerings were made. It was the first object inside the Mishkan and was made of brass a mixed metal which was appropriate because of our unclean state to that point. The snake was made out of the same metal for possibly the same reason.

                                                        SNAKE = SATAN

 Bresheet  3 :14-15

14 Adonai, God, said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, you are cursed more than all livestock and wild animals. You will crawl on your belly and eat dust as long as you live. 15 I will put animosity between you and the woman, and between your descendant and her descendant; he will bruise your head, and you will bruise his heel. “Snake now becomes symbol of sin and evil. Good picture for them and us to understand the evil.

 

MESSIANIC CONNECTIONS

Yeshua tied the Brazen Serpent to himself in scripture.  As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. - John 3:14, 15.   Shaul said: For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. - 2 Corinthians 5:21

    CLOSURE MODERN MEDICINE ODDITY

 

This incident during Israel’s wilderness wanderings led to the Greek legends of Aesculapius, the god of healing, who was symbolized as a brass serpent on a pole, or cross. (It is amusing to notice that many medical professionals have adopted the caduceus, which includes two serpents entwined on a staff. What makes this amusing is that this was actually the symbol for Hermes, the god of commerce! Medicine in western society does seem to have commerce as a goal because often symptoms are treated disease is mostly not cured.


Shalom.

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Thursday, June 10, 2021

 

For Jan 2020 Makeup


                                Shemot  Names ----שמות

                 EXODUS/SHEMOT 1:1-6:1

                            Isaiah / YESH’AYAHU 27:6–28:13

 

                     Comment on the Portions Name

      Shemot – Means names in Hebrew .The reason for the name of the book and Parasha is because the first line of the book begins with. “1. These are the names of the sons of Isra’el who came into Egypt “.The English name comes from the Septuagint  An ancient Greek translation by Hebrew scholars    Exodus Aigyptou, which translates as "Departure from Egypt. The Title was shortened to just Exodus.

                     WHAT DO WE LEARN ABOUT AND FROM MOSHE?

1:15    Moreover, the king of Egypt spoke to the Hebrew midwives, one of whom was called Shifrah and the other Pu‘ah. 16 “When you attend the Hebrew women and see them giving birth,” he said, “if it’s a boy, kill him; but if it’s a girl, let her live.” 17 However, the midwives were God-fearing women, so they didn’t do as the king of Egypt ordered but let the boys live. Moshe was born with an execution order on his life.2:1 A man from the family of Levi took a woman also descended from Levi as his wife. When she conceived and had a son, upon seeing what a fine child he was, she hid him for three months. When she could no longer hide him, she took a papyrus basket, coated it with clay and tar, put the child in it and placed it among the reeds on the riverbank.

 

  WHAT DO WE KNOW ABOUT THE BACKGROUND OF MOSES?

           He was born into the Tribe of Levi. He was the youngest son of a Levitical family. His sister’s name was Miriam, his brother Aaron. Amram and Yocheved were his father and mother. Moses means drawn out. He was drawn out of the Nile River. He was adopted by Pharaoh's Daughter, therefore he was born a slave raised a Prince.

 

           

                          BEING RAISED IN PHARAOHS HOUSE

          Moses would have eaten the best food, dressed  in the best clothing, have been educated by royal tutors in all that a royal child would need to know to take their proper place in the family responsibilities as an adult . He would have learned in-depth the Egyptian religion, diplomacy and yes I dare suggest public speaking skills, military strategies and more.

G-D made sure that Moses received all the education, training and practical experience he would need to lead Israel in the future {we will discuss speaking at the appropriate place}.

 

MOSES AS AN ADULT PROCESSING THE SLAVERY OF HIS PEOPLE/TAKING ACTION/CONSEQUENCES

2 (iii) 11     One day, when Moshe was a grown man, he went out to visit his kinsmen; and he watched them struggling at forced labor. He saw an Egyptian strike a Hebrew, one of his kinsmen. 12 He looked this way and that; and when he saw that no one was around, he killed the Egyptian and hid his body in the sand. 13 The next day, he went out and saw two Hebrew men fighting with each other. To the one in the wrong he said, “Why are you hitting your companion?” 14 He retorted, “Who appointed you ruler and judge over us? Do you intend to kill me the way you killed the Egyptian?” Moshe became frightened. “Clearly,” he thought, “the matter has become known.” 15 When Pharaoh heard of it, he tried to have Moshe put to death. But Moshe fled from Pharaoh to live in the land of Midyan.

           Moses at this point was 40 years old and now beginning to deal with the reality of his      peoples position compared to his own .He took spontaneous action but soon was confronted with the fact that many including people with more power than he knew that an Egyptian had been killed to help slaves and Moses in fear fled to Midyan which is part of modern day Saudi Arabia.

 

                                      FROM LIFE IN THE PALACE TO THE LIFE OF A SHEPARD

        G-D facilitates a change of venue, life style, responsibilities, and skills to be learned. All to prepare Moses for the future role of leading Israel out of slavery. G-D makes sure to include the lessons of humility, and undergirding relationship with the one true G-D {as opposed to the many gods of the Egyptians }  We will see that soon in this Parasha

 

                                           

 

                                        MOSES THE FAMILY MAN

21     Moshe was glad to stay on with the man, and he gave Moshe his daughter Tzipporah {which means bird} in marriage. 22 She gave birth to a son, and he named him Gershom [foreigner there], for he said, “I have been a foreigner in a foreign land.”

       Moses ended up having two sons. His second son was Eliezer {The G-D of my ancestors is my helper}. His wife was  the daughter of a Priest to the Most High G-D .Most likely her physical features would be similar to modern Arab or African women not totally sure which one is accurate as of yet.

                            CLOSE ENCOUNTER OF THE G-D KIND/HOLY FEAR {Terror}

(iv)     Now Moshe was tending the sheep of Yitro his father-in-law, the priest of Midyan. Leading the flock to the far side of the desert, he came to the mountain of God, to Horev. The angel of Adonai appeared to him in a fire blazing from the middle of a bush. He looked and saw that although the bush was flaming with fire, yet the bush was not being burned up. Moshe said, “I’m going to go over and see this amazing sight and find out why the bush isn’t being burned up.” When Adonai saw that he had gone over to see, God called to him from the middle of the bush, “Moshe! Moshe!” He answered, “Here I am.” He said, “Don’t come any closer! Take your sandals off your feet, because the place where you are standing is holy ground. I am the God of your father,” he continued, “the God of Avraham, the God of Yitz’chak and the God of Ya‘akov.” Moshe covered his face, because he was afraid to look at God

 

                                      G-D CALLING MOSES TO SPEAK TO PHAROAH

4         Moshe replied, “But I’m certain they won’t believe me, and they won’t listen to what I say, because they’ll say, ‘Adonai did not appear to you.’” Adonai answered him, “What is that in your hand?” and he said, “A staff.” He said, “Throw it on the ground!” and he threw it on the ground. It turned into a snake, and Moshe recoiled from it. Then Adonai said to Moshe, “Put your hand out and take it by the tail.” He reached out with his hand and took hold of it, and it became a staff in his hand. “This is so that they will believe that Adonai, the God of their fathers, the God of Avraham, the God of Yitz’chak and the God of Ya‘akov, has appeared to you!”

6        Furthermore Adonai said to him, “Now put your hand inside your coat.” He put his hand in his coat; and when he took it out his hand was leprous, as white as snow. Then God said, “Now put your hand back in your coat.” He put his hand back in his coat; and when he took it out, it was as healthy as the rest of his body. “If they won’t believe you or heed the evidence of the first sign, they will be convinced by the second. But if they aren’t persuaded even by both these signs and still won’t listen to what you say, then take some water from the river, and pour it on the ground. The water you take from the river will turn into blood on the dry land.”

10     Moshe said to Adonai, “Oh, Adonai, I’m a terrible speaker. I always have been, and I’m no better now, even after you’ve spoken to your servant! My words come slowly, my tongue moves slowly.” 11 Adonai answered him, “Who gives a person a mouth? Who makes a person dumb or deaf, keen-sighted or blind? Isn’t it I, Adonai? 12 Now, therefore, go; and I will be with your mouth and will teach you what to say.”

Some have suggested that Moses had a speech impediment. I do not see support for that in the text or in the writings of scholars or Rabbis. It is possible Moses feared being face to face with the Pharaoh. He had fled from The Pharaoh in the past out fear  of Judgement.The Hebrew  word  most translate slow  is kabed  כָּבֵד means more Burdensome .The word    for mouth Is straight forward   peh  no issue. The word for speech is Lashon   meaning language.

   Maybe a latter Torah Parasha has the insight we need. Va-era, 6: 12 speaks of uncircumcised lips.  Biblically circumcision deals with covenant / cleanness. Maybe in the context of covenant after living in Egyptian culture for half of his life and in total isolation from his people for another forty years the sense was uncleanness, not in proper community relationship to.    I pose it as a question for discussion for now.

 

                                                DISOBEDIENCE COSTS

24                           At a lodging-place on the way, Adonai met Moshe and would have killed him, 25 had not Tzipporah taken a flintstone and cut off the foreskin of her son. She threw it at his feet, saying, “What a bloody bridegroom you are for me!” 26 But then, God let Moshe be. She added, “A bloody bridegroom because of the circumcision! Disobedience almost cost Moses his life. His wife obeyed and saved him.

                                            

                                     MOSES AND AARON COMING TOGETHER

u  27    Adonai said to Aharon, “Go into the desert to meet Moshe.” He went, met him at the mountain of God and kissed him. 28 Moshe told him everything Adonai had said in sending him, including all the signs he had ordered him to perform. 29 Then Moshe and Aharon went and gathered together all the leaders of the people of Isra’el. 30 Aharon said everything Adonai had told Moshe, who then performed the signs for the people to see. 31 The people believed; when they heard that Adonai had remembered the people of Isra’el and seen how they were oppressed, they bowed their heads and worshipped. I did not focus on the signs all of which are important and mentioned again here THE Focus was more on background, character, and some heart condition.

                                                     TYING THINGS TOGETHER

 

           Moses was born into slavery and a death warrant. G-D had other plans ,gave him a rich and full life with the best Egyptian society could give him. He was also a Levite. While dealing with the reality of his biological and spiritual family he committed murder and fled. He embraced a simple life, the blessings of marriage and reconnected to his G-D while not totally walking in obedience. G-D used all of life's experiences and lessons to prepare him to Lead Israel out of bondage into blessing and covenantal relationship. The last part of the equipping was the supernatural miracles He enabled Moses to do. Proper Identity, education, character, work, relationships, covenant and obedience all came first. Some enjoyable some painful even dangerous and none at microwave speed much to our Shagrin .Last thought if G-D doesn’t have you saving the world at twenty five you haven’t missed it G-DS ways are different than the worlds.


    Shalom,

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