Thursday, June 9, 2011

Parashah Behaalotecha

Num.8:1-12:16 Ze.2:14-4:7 Jn.19:1-42

Two things that the children of Israel did not see once they were delivered from Egypt was their own potential and their calling as the chosen people. From this we can now draw in hindsight that they were taken step by step by HaShem to develop them into the chosen people that He wanted them to be. Moses and Aaron most probably knew the significance of the placing of the Menorah in such a way that the light reflected forward only. The significance of the Menorah for us and its teaching is that we are a living Menorah, the physical item was made of gold which is significant of purity, and we are called to this lifestyle of purity. The Menorah was filled with olive oil, and in today's terms this is significant of the in-filling of Ruach Hakodesh and the light reflected is our set apart life that testifies of our commitment to the chosen people’s lifestyle. Further to this is the fact that the commandment was specific, that the light was to reflect forward. For us this should be significant that the past is history that that need not be the center point of our life we were redeemed and our trespasses are cast out never to be remembered and that from our present the light of the in-filling of the Ruach Hakodesh the testimony of our set apart condition should emanate forward towards the future, so that our lives brings forth light that is synonymous of life for others to see and be brought to eternal life.

The Levites were chosen to be a replacement for the first born of Israel, but before they could be consecrated and brought as a special offering to HaShem from the people of Israel they needed to be purified. The preparation ritual was very specific the sprinkling of water the washing and preparation of their body and clothes before they were to be considered ceremoniously clean. The ceremony and the dedication was also very specific, the reason behind is that they were the only ones allowed to enter the Tabernacle to come near the tent of the meeting and to labour in the holy rituals. They were no longer a member of the congregation of Israel but a a special people a special offering that would serve in place of all the First born of Israel and their service was to be done in place of all the children of Israel. They were to make sacrifices for the people to prevent plagues. They had a specific time line for service 25 years starting at age 25 and finishing at age 50, however their involvement did not just end there they were to help a serve as guards. What do we apply from this in our current time line? well for starters we no longer need to come to the temple to offer sacrifices we come direct to the throne-room through the Ruach, however we need to keep in mind our spiritual condition. What applied then still applies today, we cannot come into His presence with sin in our lives, we do not need to offer sacrifice by killing an animal to be justified but rather the sacrifice was done once and for all, but still repentance and self examination is our duty and if restitution needs to be done it must be so. Coming into the presence of HaShem without being purified in the heart and mind and in the correct spiritual state can be very detrimental so proper care one must take.

What applied then still applies today as it can be seen in the following chapters, how the keeping of HaShem’s festivals is important to observe. even in situations when one is not capable of coming to his presence because of defilement or other circumstances, there is always grace on His behalf that allows to come and enjoy His presence. Observing and celebrating Pesach is as important today as it was then, these are his feasts and more important Pesach was to remind us of the deliverance that we got from Egypt and how the seed that was delivered then meant that we also that carry our forefathers DNA were delivered on that day in the seed of our forefathers. Further to this our forefathers were taught obedience in a physical way it was visible, when the cloud or the pillar of fire moved or rested over the Tabernacle, accordingly they would have remained in the camp or broken the camp and moved where they were led and followed HaShem’s presence. So it is today however we do not have a physical column of smoke or pillar of fire, but we do have the Ruach Hakodesh in us that gide us and corrects us through impressions, dreams, and words of exhortations from the Tanach and Brit-Hadasha or a brother. What was in the past is a foreshadow of the present. We can see by studying the word that as he delivered our forefathers (physical or spiritual forefathers) he delivered us then and now and into the future.

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