Parasha "B"Midbar" (in the wilderne
Written on 06/02/19 at 06:03:56 EST by BenAvraham
PARASHA: “B’Midbar” (in the wilderness)

NUMBERS 1:1-4:20………HOSEAS 2:1-22……. LUKE 11:1-12:59

    We start the new Torah Sefer called “Numbers” in English because
it talks about “numbering” the tribes of Israel.  We wonder why the
reason of “numbering the people?” for this reason, we need to go back
to the beginning to see.
    In Egypt, Israel was a hodge-podge of undisciplined slaves
working for Pharaoh, In Adonai’s timing, He sent Moshe, a “Messiah
Type” to lead the people out of slavery to freedom.  Once out of
Egypt, came the task of taking Egypt out of the Israelites.  They
came to Har Sinai, ready to become a nation united under YHVH. The
Ten Commandments served as the document in stone, a “Ketubah” to
solidify the covenant.  Now, the United Tribes of Israel under YHVH
is established. But this is only the first part.  Each Shavuot, we
remember the giving of the “Torah in Stone” in the midst of thunder
and fire.
    Now that the nation is established, YHVH takes a count, why the
count? As a nation, as every nation in the world has, the Nation of
Israel needs an army! So, the count is taken to form the very first
IDF (Israel Defense Force).  I am sure that many of you that are
reading this have served in one of the branches of the Armed Forces
of the USA, or of other countries.  I myself served in the US Army
from 1972-1984.  I met many people and learned many things.  It was a
great experience and a special time in my life.  Quite a few of my
family members also served in the Armed Forces, the first being an
ancestor of mine, Richard Ellis, who served in the Massachusetts
Militia in 1640.  
    YHVH takes up the count and “enlists” every man who is 20 years
old and older.  They will serve in the armies of Israel.  All those
who are …”20 years old and upward who are able to go to war.”  After
the numbering, part of the daily life would have been practicing and
learning how to use different combat weapons, back then would have
been swords, spears, bows and arrows, and slingshots.  
    Every soldier has a job to do.  Today we call these jobs MOS,
(Military Occupation Specialties) One of mine was that of chaplain
assistant.  I was to assist a Catholic chaplain who everyone called;
“Father McCarthy” who had a bulldog named “Gus” who also went to
chapel with him.  11 of the 12 tribes were called to be fighting men
yet the tribe of Levi, was called to be the “chaplain tribe” They
were exempt from combat duty, they would attend the Tabernacle and
services.  There were the kohanim (the priests) who would be the
“chaplains” and the “Levites” who would serve as the “chaplain
assistants” sort of speaking.
    So, you are thinking, what does this numbering have to do with
us as born-again believers in Messiah Yeshua? We need to again, go
back and look at our lives before and after Messiah Yeshua.  Before,
we were just a bunch of “hodge-podge lost sinners in the camp of
HaSatan, until Yeshua took us out of that camp by shedding his blood
on the cross of Calvary, when we accepted his sacrifice, we were
officially “out” of the camp. Yet, there would still be a lot of
“HaSatan and worldly influence” still in us, so, like the Israelites,
“Egypt” was still in us.  
When we accepted Messiah Yeshua as our Mashiach and Goel (Redeemer)
we were added to the Commonwealth of Israel, now part of the
Community, the “Adat” which began at Sinai 3500 years ago.  We are
the “olive branches” that have been “grafted into” the Olive Tree.  
    Now that we are members and citizens of “HIS People” we also are
considered “soldiers” and in the LORD’s Army.  However, we fight a
different type of war.  In this world, armies fight with RPGs, M-16s,
Kalashnikovs, Berettas, M-60s, etc. We fight against, “spirits and
principalities of darkness” it is a spiritual war against HaSatan and
his demons.  Only through the Ruach HaKodesh (The Holy Spirit) and
the power of His WORD can we overcome the onslaughts of the enemy.  
He realizes he has lost the war, yet still continues to fight a
losing battle, which was won at the cross 2000 years ago.  
    As the Cohenim ministered and had jobs to do, and also the
soldiers had their jobs to do, we believers also have jobs within our
“Kehilot” and “Adat” (congregations).  That is why the Holy Spirit
has given gifts of the Spirit so that we might all serve in different
capacities in the body of Messiah.  In this way, the body grows and
prospers.  Some of us are rabbis, pastors, who also serve as
teachers, also we have ministers in music and praise, finances,
maintenance, prayer intercessors, counselors, and the list can go on.  
    The twelve tribes of Israel encircled the Tabernacle, with the
tribe of Levi next to it.  The “Mishkan” was at the center of the
People.  So also, YHVH should be the “Center” of our life.  The whole
purpose of our life is to serve our God and Creator, while loving and
supporting our brothers and sisters in the faith, reaching out to
others who are lost and teaching Torah to those who have ears to hear
and learn.  We are “numbered” in the eyes of Elohim, HE knows who we
are, He has numbered the hairs on our head, and there is no such
thing as “retirement” in the work of YHVH, well, there is…. It is
called d-e-at-h.
    Another detail which I would like to add to this Midrash.  When
Adonai numbered the people, he chose leaders out of each tribe.  In
all groups of “chosen,” there are “leaders”.  They can be pastors,
rabbis, Sunday school teachers, Torah teachers, counselors, etc.  But
every group needs a leader or leaders.  If not, we have a lot of
sheep running around without shepherds.  We see the names of the
leaders.  Many ask about the meanings of the names.  Well, here they
are as follows.  Starting with chapter 1, verse 5;
    “Elizur’ = My God is the rock;” Shelumiel” = At peace with God.  
(I know, it sounds like “Schlemiel” but it isn’t.  “Zurishaddai” = My
Rock is Shaddai; “Nahshon” = Serpent, “Amminadab” = The (Divine)
kinsman is generous ; “Nethaniel” = God hath given; “Eliab” = God is
Father; “Elishama” = God hath heard, or God hears; “Ammihud” = The
(Divine) kinsman is glorious; “Gammaliel” = God is my reward.  In
later times, it was the name of many famous rabbis, like the rabbi of
Apostle Paul; “Pedahzur” = The Rock hath redeemed; “Abidan” = The
Father hath judged;
“Ahiezer” = The (divine) Brother is a help; “Ammishaddai” = The
People of Shaddai; “Pagiel” = The lot (or fate) is given by God;
“Eliasaph” = God has added; “Deuel” or “Reuel” = God is a friend;
“Ahira” the (divine) brother is a friend.


HOSEA 2:1-22

    How would you react if God spoke to you in a dream or vision,
and you knew that is was really HIM, and he told you, “Hey_________ I
want you to marry a prostitute!” Weeelll, you would think, was it
really God who spoke to me, or was it the pizza I ate last night
giving me nightmares?  Hosea was told to marry a prostitute, a “wife
of harlotry” and…he obeys! Even though he knows that she will be
unfaithful to him.  He still loves her, in spite of her
unfaithfulness.  
    This mirrors the love of God toward his people.  Israel was
unfaithful to YHVH. They went after false gods and committed
“spiritual adultery” yet…the love of our LORD and Savior is beyond
measure, and he forgave them, Yes, there was punishment, as all
fathers will chastise and punish their sons and daughters, so Israel
suffered captivity, banishment from the land, dispersion among the
nations, yet we have not been forgotten, we are being gathered
together and being brought back to the roots of our faith.
    Will be unfaithful to our God? Every time we break the
commandments, we are in a way, being unfaithful, we are being
disobedient sons and daughters, but we have a forgiving Father, King,
Savior.  If we wander away, let us return to the bridegroom, who
awaits the return of his bride.

LUKE 11:1-12:59  

    This portion has quite a few themes.  One of the most important
is the “LORD’s prayer”.  Many people “pray” this in a robotic way, a
series of words in repetition, many “pray” this without really
thinking, “What am I saying really?” Yeshua wanted his talmidim to do
more than just “pray” the words, but to “think and meditate on what
the words are saying;  
    OUR FATHER…only believers can call God “Father” it is a special
relationship, to a lost person, God is their creator and will be
their judge in the future, to a born-again believer, there is a
“father-son/daughter” relationship….IN HEAVEN…He lives in the heavens
(plural) in Hebrew it is always plural “HaShamayim” He is in the New
Jerusalem, in Outer Space, in our atmosphere, in our back yard, in
our front yard, in our living room, and living inside of us.  KADOSH
BE YOUR NAME.  His name “YHVH” is HOLY, and being Holy, His name
should be spoken with reverence, whether we call him Yod Hey Vav Hey,
or Adonai, or HaShem, or Adonai-Yeshua, Is our comportment as
believers reflecting the holiness of HIS name?  YOUR KINGDOM COME.
His kingdom is already here! His kingdom is his activity on earth.  
His activity began with creation.  There will be a political Kingdom
that WILL COME down to earth in the future, and we will all be part
of it…. YOUR WILL BE DONE ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN… We should
always ask for and expect his PERFECT will for our lives.  There is
his “permissive will” and his “perfect will” We want to be in his
“perfect will” as He wants the best for us All the time.  GIVE US
THIS DAY OUR DAILY BREAD… We ask for our daily needs to be met, and
when we are in his will, our needs will be met, and many times, our
wants as well.  HOWEVER, be careful for what we ask for, since
sometimes “He will give us want we want, but we won’t want what we
get! If you catch the drift! Sometimes, when we don’t ask for much,
he gives us that, and much more, and sometimes, he gives us just a
“little at a time” to keep us humble.  FORGIVE US OUR SINS AS WE
FORGIVE THOSE WHO SIN AGAINST US.   How can our Heavenly father
forgive us if we hold grudges against others who have offended us?  
Sometimes, forgiveness is hard, but our Father commands it, and only
through the Holy Spirit can we do it
Hosea forgave Gomer, his harlot wife, just like YHVH forgives us,
LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION BUT DELIVER US FROM THE EVIL ONE.  But
wasn’t Yeshua tempted? Yes, and he called upon the Father for
strength.  When temptations come our way, and they will, we should
ask that we not succumb to the temptation and pray for an escape
route.  The enemy preys on our weaknesses, our eyes, our mind, our
ears, however, if we have our sight on Yeshua, our mind tuned to HIM,
and our ears to hear his WORD, we will overcome temptation.

Shavuah Tov…..Rabbi Ben Avraham

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