Beha’alotecha 2019 “When you set up” June 22, 2019
Haftorah: Zechariah 2:14-4:7
New Testament: Mat. 14:14-21
Num 8:1-4 Now the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, (2″Speak to Aaron and say to him, When you set up the lamps, the seven lamps shall give light in front of the lampstand.” (3 And Aaron did so: he set up its lamps in front of the lampstand, as the LORD commanded Moses. (4 And this was the workmanship of the lampstand, hammered work of gold. From its base to its flowers, it was hammered work; according to the pattern that the LORD had shown Moses, so he made the lampstand.
The root of the phrase beha’alotecha is “alah” (ayin-lamed-hey) means to raise or to rise or to go up. Jews make aliyah when they relocate to Israel. Aliyah means to ascend. Regarding the Holy City where Elohim has chosen to put His great name, it is always said, no matter if one comes from the north, south, east, or west, one “goes up” to Jerusalem. In the physical, it is because Jerusalem is located on a mountain. Thus, a steep ascent is necessary. It is true in the spiritual, as well. Continue reading Beha’alotecha 2019 →
Numbers 4:21-7:89, haftarah Judges 13:2-5, New Covenant: Luke 1:11-20
At 176 verses, Naso is the longest single parsha in all the Torah. It covers five important topics, including the Aaronic blessing, which we have come to dearly love and proclaim upon all for whom we are praying. The census of the Levites, the gifts presented by the leaders of the 12 tribes for the dedication of the Tabernacle, the instructions regarding the wife suspected of adultery, and, the Nazarite vow are also included this week. We will briefly comment on each and demonstrate how they are related.
The word “naso”, Strong’s 5375, deserves some attention. The English translation used in the opening of our parsha is generally “take” and it also means to “elevate”, “lift up” and “bear”. But, according to Strong’s Concordance, it also means “to forgive, to pardon, to accept, to marry, and to exalt. Continue reading Naso 2019→
Many Christians, upon beginning to examine the Hebrew roots of their faith, are surprised to learn that devout Jewish people understand themselves to be betrothed to God. Our appetizer this week from Ray Gardner’s notes for this torah portion, includes fascinating insight into the 12 steps of a Hebrew wedding taken from Eddie Chumney’s Seven Festivals of Messiah, pages 125-135.
“Measure for measure: Just as the Egyptians had drowned the Israelites babies, so they were drowned in the Red Sea. The drowning of the Egyptian army occurred eighty years after the sons of Israel were drowned in the Nile river. This means that the generation of the Egyptians that were killed in the sea would have been the children of the ones who commanded the death of the children of Israel.” –Ray Gardner
Shabbat shalom, saints! As a reminder, ALL of Ray Gardner’s study notes for the complete yearly torah cycle are available on this page, truly a well of living water. This week’s parsha, Bo, is especially good. Watch for the number three! Can you count them? [Hint: you have to look at the Hebrew.] Curl up on the sofa and prepare to feast!
This week as I pondered the assigned Scripture and Ray Gardner’s rich and detailed study notes , a few thoughts came to mind.
“Noah walked with God.” This phrase is used only for one other person in Scripture–Noah’s great-grandfather Enoch, the one who lived 365 years “and he was not, for God took him.” (Gen. 5:24) Scripture emphasizes Enoch’s righteousness by TWICE stating “Enoch walked with God.” [Gen. 5:22,24). The name Enoch means “dedicated, initiated, trained.” In Hebrew, to “walk” [halak הלך Strong’s H1980] means much more than to put one foot in front of the other and shuffle along. Rather, it is a euphemism for a manner of thought and, therefore, a manner of life. It is a life view or paradigm and, also, hints at one’s ability to influence. Continue reading Noach 5777→