Thursday, June 2, 2011

Parash Bamidbar

Parashah Bamidbar 1:1-4:20 , Hosea2:1-22 and John 15:1-17:26

Looking at Bamidbar, the thing that strikes me the most is the detail in the arrangement around the Tabernacle. It got me thinking what was the purpose of so much detail and why was it so important that the tribes were firstly counted then arranged around the Tabernacle. From a personal perspective we protect what we value and place boundaries and what is precious to us. We are created in His image therefore instinctively we do as our Creator does. So my next question was how does this applies to me today and to us as a His congregation or assembly, I think its a reasonable question to ask. Since my start in the walk towards a return to my Hebrew roots I have been learning the difference between our abstract way of thinking and the ancient concrete way of thinking. We are instructed to Love our God with all heart and with all our soul and all our resources,also in the Brit Chadasha it is also expanded on this concept. We are commanded to obey His commandments, but how does one obey His commandments that was always my question? is it blind obedience do it or else or is it another concept that was foreign to me, I mean obedience is an abstract word yet if look in the original Hebrew we find ourselves with a totally different concept, that brings back to the the scriptures in Bamidbar. The concept of obedience in ancient times was to support and protect , and isn’t it that what was done here in these passages that tribes were arranged around the Tabernacle first the Levites around according to the families that served and supported the Tabernacle? How about the rest of the tribes they also were arranged around according to the families and the men fit for war ready to defend and protect at any cost the most precious possession the arc of the covenant the Torah the place where Hashem spoke to them.

In todays terms are we not call to be obedient to uphold the new Brit and to observe the Torah like our fore Fathers (either in the physical or Spiritual, as Avinu Abraham is both the father of Israel as well as the believers in Yeshua that are not descendant of Yaakov). Therefore with this new understanding that we are to obey his commandments we see that we are to do the same, to arrange meticulously our lives and our thoughts around the word that is now written in our hearts, we are to protect the Torah by bringing captive all thoughts, as stated by Rav Shaul 2Cor 10:5 failure to do this in our part and we fall into the category of people that are described in Hosea 2! We do not keep Torah, we follow teachings that are based in allegories, and tales and the scripture is hardly mentioned, our heart goes cold and more and more we begin to compromise and the end we find ourselves in the position that we have compromised so much that we no longer are pure and are considered to be in equal par with whoredom. However even though I was there once I was shown mercy, and that I was not forgotten nor discarded. that he took His time to call me into the wilderness and romanced me back to and re-ignited the Torah in my heart for His purposes.

Again in the passages from John we find the Torah being expanded and applied at much higher standard that what was accustomed. Even though we may be physical descendants of our Fathers it does not gives a sure guaranty that we are in because of lineage. Messiah Yeshua says abide in me, obey my commandments, its the same all re-occurrent theme from ancient days to the days Yeshua walked the earth to today. We are commanded to obey, but the definition is not our western abstract thought but the ancient Hebrew way, something totally different. Earthly kingdom and spiritual kingdom, we belong to the earthly kingdom our DNA attests to it, but to the spiritual kingdom we need to be grafted in. Here again there is a reminder that is nothing that we did that makes us new and are saved from sin, but rather we were chosen.

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