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Serpents are quiet, cunning, quick to act when a threat is imminent. A serpent bought a curse on mankind (Genesis 3) and we now meet a “serpent” who boldly and decisively saved his people from those who would deceive them to destruction. Later, Eliyahu (Elijah) also learned that God’s preferred way to communicate with His people is not through thunder and lightning but a “still small voice.”
The Torah reading פינחס Pinchas (“Phinehas,” Numbers 25:10–29:40) starts with the culmination of the events in the prior portion (parashah). The culmination of Israel “playing the harlot” with idolatry ended when Pinchas (Phineas), Aaron’s grandson, speared a Shimonite chieftain and a Midianite chieftain’s daughter through with a spear. Both of them were mentioned by name so they were both people of reputation.
“While Israel remained at Shittim, the people began to play the harlot with the daughters of Moab.” (Numbers 25:1 NASB)
This event was so significant, it’s even spoken about in the book of Revelation (Jude 1:11; Revelation 2:14). We can miss the why if we don’t understand the why of the original event.
Continue reading Numbers 25:10-29:40: A ‘snake’ again becomes an icon of salvation
Adultery is seen as no big deal in today’s society. Consider, though, how the hurt person in the relationship feels. That’s why Israel’s running after false gods and treating YHWH with contempt or apathy is compared to adultery many times in Scripture. This kind of unfaithfulness and rebuilding of the relationship between Creator and created is the subtext of this passage — פינחס Pinchas (“Phinehas”).
Continue reading Parashat Pinchas (פינחס): Numbers 25:10-30:1
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Adultery is seen as no big deal in today’s society. Consider, though, how the hurt person in the relationship feels. That’s why Israel’s running after false gods and treating YHWH with contempt or apathy is compared to adultery many times in Scripture. This kind of unfaithfulness and rebuilding of the relationship between Creator and created is the subtext of the Torah reading פינחס Pinchas (“Phinehas”).
Continue reading Numbers 25:10–30:1: Losing your first love
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Learn how to see Messiah Yeshua (Christ Jesus) in the קרבנות qorbanot (offerings, sacrifices) presented in the Tabernacle on the מועדים moedim (appointed times, festivals) of יום תרעה Yom Teruah (Day of Blowing Trumpets), יום כפרים Yom haKippurim (Day of Atonement) and סכות Sukkot (Tabernacles).
These annual memorials of God’s action pointed forward to what Yeshua would do, has done, is doing and will do in the last days.
- What patterns are there in which sacrifices are offer on which Holy Day? What do those patterns tell us?
- Why must each grain/minhakh offering have salt, and what does it have to do with Abraham?
- Should we “count the omer” between Firstfruits or count the weeks heading to Shavuot (Feast of Weeks or Pentecost)?
- What’s the significance of 14 lambs offered each day of Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles)? How does that relate to apostle Paul’s statement in Romans 8:36 that he was like sheep “killed all day long”?
- Where did the animals for the sacrifices come from? How many animals did each family have? What responsibility did the leadership have in this regard?
- What do each of the offerings represent?
- What happens to a priest who acts contrary to the will of the LORD?
- How are the leaders reconciled? Why are five different offerings required of errant leaders? What if there is not “peace” between a leader, and God when the leader approaches with a peace/fellowship offering?
- Why were there so many dynasties in the Kingdom of Israel (the northern kingdom) and only one in the Kingdom of Judah (the southern kingdom)?
- How do these offerings relate to us today?What do we offer God for sin today?
- Chol offering = whole body, all of us
- Minhakh/grain offering = sincerity & truth
- Sin/guilt offering = eliminate half of the offering and burn the rest on the altar to eliminate it from your life
- Repentance/fellowship offering = turn around
- What’s the process for reconciliation with our High Priest, Messiah Yeshua?
- How does this relate to the two greatest commandments?
- Can Yeshua offer us without repentence of sin, transgression and iniquity, if the high priests of Israel couldn’t do so?
- What is the object of the Holy Days? How much does God require of us?