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Numbers 33:1-36:13

There are 45 Aleph-Tavs in this week's Torah portion




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CHAPTER 33

Numbers 33:1-56

Num 33:1 These are the journeys of the Sons of Israel, whom they went out from the land of Egypt, by their armies, on the hand of Moses and Aaron, 2 and Moses wrote ta-their outgoings, by their journeys, upon the Mouth of hwhy: and these are their journeys, by their outgoings.

3 And they pulled up from Rameses in the first month, on the fifteenth day of the first month; after the Passover, the Sons of Israel, they went out on a high hand to the eyes of all the Egypt. 4 And Egypt was burying
ta whom hwhy had struck among them: every firstborn, and on their elohim, hwhy executed judgments.

5 And the Sons of Israel, they pulled up from Rameses, and they pitched in Succoth,

6 and they pulled up from Succoth, and they pitched in Etham, which is in the edge of the wilderness,

7 and they pulled up from Etham, and returned upon Pi Hahiroth, which is upon the face of Baal Zephon:

and they pulled up to the face of Migdol,

8 and they pulled up from the face of Hahiroth, and passed over in the midst of the sea to the wilderness, and they went a direction of three days in the Wilderness of Etham, and they pitched in Marah,

9 and they pulled up from Marah, and came to Elim: and in Elim were twelve eyes of water, and seventy palm trees; and they pitched there,

10 and they pulled up from Elim, and they pitched upon the Reeds Sea,

11 and they pulled up from the Reeds Sea, and they pitched in the Wilderness of Sin,

12 and they pulled up from the Wilderness of Sin, and pitched in Dophkah,

13 and they pulled up from Dophkah, and they pitched in Alush,

14 and they pulled up from Alush, and they pitched in Rephidim, and water was not there for the people to drink,

15 and they pulled up from Rephidim, and they pitched in the Wilderness of Sinai,

16 and they pulled up from the Wilderness of Sinai, and they pitched in Kibroth-Hattaavah,

17 and they pulled up from Kibroth-Hattaavah, and they pitched in Hazeroth,

18 and they pulled up from Hazeroth, and they pitched in Rithmah,

19 and they pulled up from Rithmah, and they pitched at Rimmon-Parez,

20 and they pulled up from Rimmon-Parez, and they pitched in Libnah,

21 and they pulled up from Libnah, and they pitched in Rissah,

22 and they pulled up from Rissah, and they pitched in Kehelathah,

23 and they pulled up from Kehelathah, and they pitched in Mount Shapher,

24 and they pulled up from Mount Shapher, and they pitched in Haradah,

25 and they pulled up from Haradah, and they pitched in Makheloth,

26 and they pulled up from Makheloth, and they pitched in Tahath,

27 and they pulled up from Tahath, and they pitched in Tarah,

28 and they pulled up from Tarah, and they pitched in Mithcah,

29 and they pulled up from Mithcah, and they pitched in Hashmonah,

30 and they pulled up from Hashmonah, and they pitched in Moseroth,

31 and they pulled up from Moseroth, and they pitched in Bene Jaakan,

32 and they pulled up from Bene Jaakan, and they pitched in Hor Hagidgad,

33 and they pulled up from Hor Hagidgad, and they pitched in Jotbathah,

34 and they pulled up from Jotbathah, and they pitched in Ebronah,

35 and they pulled up from Ebronah, and they pitched in Ezion Gaber,

36 and they pulled up from Ezion Gaber, and they pitched in the Wilderness of Zin, she is Kadesh,

37 and they pulled up from Kadesh, and they pitched in Mount of the Hor, in the edge of the land of Edom, 38 and Aaron, the Priest, ascended to Mount of the Hor upon the Mouth of 
hwhy, and died there, in the fortieth year of the outgoing of the Sons of Israel from the land of Egypt, in the fifth month, in the one (first) of the month, 39 and Aaron was a son of three and twenty and a hundred years in his death on Mount of the Hor,

40 and King Arad, the Canaanite, heard, and he dwelled in the negeb in the land of Canaan, as the coming of the Sons of Israel,

41 and they pulled up from Mount of the Hor, and they pitched in Zalmonah,

42 and they pulled up from Zalmonah, and they pitched in Punon,

43 and they pulled up from Punon, and they pitched in Oboth,

44 and they pulled up from Oboth, and they pitched in Ije of the Abarim, in the border of Moab,

45 and they pulled up from Iim, and they pitched in Dibon Gad,

46 and they pulled up from Dibon Gad, and they pitched in Almon Diblathaim,

47 and they pulled up from Almon Diblathaim, and they pitched in the Mountains of the Abarim, toward the face of Nebo,

48 and they pulled up from the Mountains of the Abarim, and they pitched in the plains of Moab upon Jordan-Jericho,

49 and they pitched upon the Jordan, from House of the Jesimoth unto Abel of the Shittim in the plains of Moab.

50 And 
hwhy spoke to Moses in the plains of Moab upon Jordan-Jericho, to say, 51 Speak to the Sons of Israel, and you shall say to them, When you have gone over ta-the Jordan to the land of Canaan; 52 and you shall shall drive out ta-all the dwellers of the land from your faces, and you shall destroy ta all their carved images, and you shall destroy ta all their casted idols, and you shall smash down ta all their high places: 53 And you shall possess ta-the land, and you shall dwell in her: for I have given to you ta-the land to possess her. 54 And you shall inherit ta-the land on the lot, by your families: to the many, you shall increase ta-his inheritance, and to the few, you shall diminish ta-his inheritance: to which, the lot shall go out to him there, to him shall be; you shall inherit by the tribes of your fathers. 55 And if you will not drive out ta-the dwellers of the land from your faces; and shall be whom you let remain of them for pricks (entwining, hedge) in your eyes, and thorns in your sides, and they shall vex you upon the land which you shall dwell in her. 56 And shall be, as which I devise to do to them, I shall do to you.


(Note: Not all verses will have comments)


These are the Israelite's encampments throughout their journeys and their definitions (Note: Strong's concordance references are noted by the "S"):


Verses three and four

3 And they pulled up from Rameses in the first month, on the fifteenth day of the first month; after the Passover, the Sons of Israel, they went out on a high hand to the eyes of all the Egypt. 4 And Egypt was burying ta whom hwhy had struck among them: every firstborn, and on their elohim, hwhy executed judgments.

1. RAMESES


This is the location where the Israelites began their journey on the fifteenth day of the first month of Aviv/Nissan. It is noted in the Torah portion of Bo, in the book of Exodus

Exodus 12:51 And was in this same day that hwhy brought out ta-the Sons of Israel from the land of Egypt, upon their armies.

Exodus 13:4 Today, you came out in the month of the Aviv.

RAMSES [in Egypt, in ancient Egypt] (In Hebrew "Rah-m'seys" (
oomer) S7486): Unknown

In Egypt, "Ra" is their sun god, but according to Bill Cloud of Shoreshim Ministries,
"ra"- Resh, Ayin- (er) is the word for "evil". Continuing, "meses"- Mem, Samek, Samek (oom) is the Egyptian equivalence to "moshe"- Mem, Shin, Heh (hsm), meaning "to draw out", which Moses' name was called when the Pharaoh's daughter drew him out of the water of the nile. This is noted in the Torah portion of Sh'moth, in the book of Numbers

Exodus 2:5 And the daughter of Pharaoh, she went down to wash upon the river; And her young women were walking over the hand of the river; and she saw ta-the ark in the midst of the reeds, and she sent ta-her female servant, and she took her. 6 And she opened her, and she saw him ta-the child: and behold, a young male crying. And she had compassion upon him, and she said, This one is from the children of the Hebrews. 7 And his sister, she said to the daughter of Pharaoh, I can go and I can call a nurse from the Hebrew women for you, and she may nurse ta-the child for you. 8 And the daughter of Pharaoh, she said to her, Go. And the secret young girl, she went and she called ta-the mother of the child. 9 And the daughter of Pharaoh, she said to her, Travel with ta-this child, and nurse him for me, and I, I will give ta-your wages. And the woman, she took the child, and she nursed him. 10 And the child grew, and she came with him to the daughter of Pharaoh, and became to her for a son. And she called his name Moses: And she said, For I drew him from the water.

In this instance, Rameses in Egypt means "the sun god draws out", but also, in Hebrew, it means "evil draws out".
One can also say that the Israelites left the place that draws out evil, but the name can also a play on the other meaning by saying "the Son of God draws out", who is Yeshua the Messiah.


This next theory gives it a more emphatic meaning to Rameses. As I mentioned earlier, mases and moshe are the same, but there is another theory. Moshe 
(hsm) (meses in Egyptian (oom)) is also an abbreviation for the Hebrew word "Moh-shee-akh"- Mem, Shin, Yod, Khet (xysm), meaning "anointed", which is the Greek equivalent for "Christ", in English, "Messiah". This would also be Moses' full name of Moses, a symbolic "Messiah". In my humble, but strong opinion, Rameses (oomer) means "Evil Messiah", or in a way "Anti-Messiah", which is the Greek equivalent for "Anti-Christ". Moses, or Moshe, who was the symbol of the Messiah, brought out the Israelites from the land of Egypt from "the Anti-Messiah". Spiritually, Yeshua HaMashiakh- Yeshua the Messiah, (in Greek, Jesus Christ) delivered us from the spiritual Egyptian world, from the worldly city of Rameses- the "Anti-Messiah".

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A couple of examples regarding the Anti-Messiah coming in these last days, and they are in the apostle John's epistles

1 John 2:18 Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that Anti-Messiah shall come, even now are there many anti-messiahs; whereby we know that it is the last time. 19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us. 20 But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things. 21 I have not written unto you because ye know not the Truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the Truth. 22 Who is a liar but he that denieth that Yeshua is the Messiah? He is Anti-Messiah, that denieth the Father and the Son. 23 Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: (but) he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also. 24 Let that therefore abide in you, which ye have heard from the beginning. If that which ye have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, ye also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father.

1 John 4:1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of hwhy: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. 2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of hwhy: Every spirit that confesseth that Yeshua the Messiah is come in the Flesh is of hwhy: 3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Yeshua the Messiah is come in the Flesh is not of hwhy: and this is that spirit of Anti-Messiah, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world. 4 Ye are of hwhy, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world. 5 They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them. 6 We are of hwhy: he that knoweth hwhy heareth us; he that is not of hwhy heareth not us. Hereby know we the Spirit of Truth, and the spirit of error. 7 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of hwhy; and every one that loveth is born of hwhy, and knoweth hwhy. 8 He that loveth not knoweth not hwhy; for hwhy is Love.

In my humble, but strong opinion, we are in these last days, not just within years, but within months. Based on the information from Jonathan Cahn of Beth Israel Worship Center, these time lines regarding the harbingers he mentioned, We could be either in the Biblical seventh Shemitah year or within the Jubilee Year. In my humble, but strong opinion, the Jewish people in Israel had political talks regarding creating their own state of Israel in 1917 via the Balfour Declaration. Fifty years later, the Jubilee Year, in 1967, the Jewish people recaptured the eastern part of Jerusalem, and now have claimed the whole territory of Jerusalem for the first time in 1900 years. What is fifty years from 1967? 2017!!!, the next Jubilee Year, which is this year. I am not prophecying. This is just an observation. If this time line is correct, the religious Jews should be in talks with the Israeli government, at minimum, to have a claim to the Temple Mount to start building the Jewish Temple for the first time since King Herod. If this does occur, will this be the approach, or the beginning, of the following year, 2018, of the new cycle of the seven years Shemitah, to start the Seven Years Tribulation? I cannot say, but I can tell you that we are approaching this account not within years, but within "months".

This is another potential sign that has occurred early in 2016. A new exibit of a full and life size Noah's Ark, named Ark Encounter, in Kentucky, has just recently opened to the public, a first in human history. It is based on this account in the Torah portion of Noakh, in the book of Genesis

Genesis 6:12 And Elohim saw ta-the earth, and, behold, was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted ta-His way upon the earth. 13 And Elohim said to Noah, The end of all flesh has come to My Face; for the earth is filled with violence from their faces; and, behold I with destroying them ta-the earth. 14 Make for yourself an ark of gopher wood; rooms you shall make in ta-the ark, and you shall coat her from the housing and from without among pitch. 15 And this is which you shall make her: three hundred cubits shall be the length of the ark, fifty cubits shall be her breadth, and thirty cubits shall be her height. 16 You shall make a window to the ark, and to a cubit you shall finish her above; and the door of the ark you shall set in her side; a lower, a second, and a third you shall make her. 17 And I, behold, I, will bring ta-the flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, which is in him the Breath of Life, from under the heavens; all that are in the earth shall perish.

Is this a "sign" that we are approaching the end times? If so, could this make us "Noahs"? We'll see. Could we also be experiencing this account in the apostle Paul's letter to the assembly in Thessalonica?

1 Thessalonians 4:13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. 14 For if we believe that Yeshua died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Yeshua will hwhy bring with Him. 15 For this we say unto you by the Word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. 16 For the Lord, Himself, shall descend from the heavens with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the Trump (or Shofar) of hwhy: and the dead in Messiah shall rise first: 17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. 18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

We will soon find out, if the account of the Temple Mount talks come to fruition.



Verse five

5 and the Sons of Israel, they pulled up from Rameses, and they pitched in Succoth,

2. SUCCOTH


This was the Israelites' first stop of their journeys while they were still in Egypt. This is the same Hebrew word for the Biblical Fall High Holy of the Feast of Sukkoth, on the seventh Biblical month, starting the fifteenth day of the month, noted in the book of Leviticus

Leviticus 23:33 And hwhy spoke to Moses, to say, 34 Speak to the Sons of Israel, to say, On the fifteenth day of this seventh month, shall be the Feast of the Booths [Sukkoth], seven days to hwhy.

SUCCOTH [in Egypt, in the Sinai Peninsula, in ancient Egypt] (In Hebrew "Soo-koth" (tko) S5523): Booths, from S5521- Hut, tabernacle, tent

 I have shown in my teaching "When was Yeshua born? Evidence based on scriptural facts" that Yeshua the Messiah was born on the first day of the Biblical feast of Sukkoth (
twko). Based on this, hwhy was providing this place, Succoth, as the place for the Israelites to celebrate their deliverance from Egypt. Yeshua will ultimately do the same thing for us by snatching us away for His seven year "Sukkoth Wedding Feast" for us in Yeshua. You can find my Sukkoth teaching, "When Was Yeshua Born? Evidence Based on Scriptural Facts", by clicking on the link below to get to the webpage.

WHEN WAS YESHUA BORN? EVIDENCE BASED ON SCRIPTURAL FACTS

Another
example of Sukkoth is in the parable of the virgins, located in the Gospel of Matthew

Matthew 25:10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut. 11 Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. 12 But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not. 13 Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of Man cometh.

I connected this Gospel parable to the Feast of Sukkoth. You can find my teaching "The Parable of the Ten Virgins" by clicking on the link below to get to the webpage.

THE PARABLE OF THE TEN VIRGINS



Verse six

6 and they pulled up from Succoth, and they pitched in Etham, which is in the edge of the wilderness,

3. ETHAM


There is no information about this location, but it is now known that it is at the edge of the wilderness in the modern day Sinai Peninsula, in Egypt, which I will explain in location number 4.

ETHAM [in Egypt, in the Sinai Peninsula, in ancient Egypt] (In Hebrew "Eythahm" (
Mta) S864): Arrive, It could also be the plural of S854 "eyth" (ta)- Nearness

This place was where 
hwhy wanted His People to be "drawn near" to Him. Our Heavenly Father wants us to do the same thing by drawing ourselves near to Himself through Yeshua, the Messiah. This is what Yeshua said to His disciples, which is noted in the Gospel of John

John 12:31 Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out. 32 And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto Me.



Verse seven

7 and they pulled up from Etham, and returned upon Pi Hahiroth, which is upon the face of Baal Zephon:

4. PI HAHIROTH


I will provide the scripture information in location number 6.


This place was located at the shore in the traditional Wilderness of Sinai, which is now proven to be still part of Egyptian territory. This is a map during the time of Moses, before 1400 BC, showing the ancient territorial area of Egypt, which includes the Sinai Peninsula

Egypt Map

Sinai Peninsula

This reveals that the Sinai Peninsula was part of Egypt at the time of Moses, meaning that the Red Sea crossing wasn't west of the Sinai Peninsula. It is located at the entrance of the high mountain that enter today's Nuweiba Beach at the Gulf of Aqaba (also known as "the Gulf of Ya'akov" (the Gulf of Jacob) between modern day Saudi Arabia and Egypt

Gulf of Aqaba

Pi HaHiroth was commonly named to be the high mountains next to the Israelites, where the Israelites were trapped between the ocean and the mountains, but researching further, it is the opening, or entrance, to modern day Nuweiba Beach, on the east coast of the traditional Sinai Peninsula, in modern day Egypt, as well as ancient Egypt.

This was the entrance in which Pharaoh and his army occupied at their arrival, to make sure the Israelites didn't escape.


This is a satelite image of the area of Pi Hahiroth, highlighted in red

Pi Hahiroth


This is an image of the entrance, which is Pi Hahiroth

Pi Hahiroth


This is a street view of the entrance at Pi Hahiroth. Based on the size of the vehicle, the size of the entrance's proximity is between 150 and 200 feet wide

Pi Hahiroth

This was the entrance in which Pharaoh and his army occupied at their arrival

PI HAHIROTH [in Egypt, in the Sinai Peninsula, in ancient Egypt] (In Hebrew "Pee Ha-Khee-roth" (tryxh yp) S6367): Mouth of the gorges; Pi: from S6310- mouth, edge, portion, side, from S6284- to puff, blow away; Hiroth: from S2356- cavity, socket, den, from S3252- crevice of a serpent, cell of a prison.

This was one of the the areas
hwhy wanted His People to look up and cry out to Him for deliverance. This was the Egyptian army's symbolic act to "close the mouth", or "close the door", and to entrap the Israelites from escaping from behind and symbolically look back and go back to their old lifestyle of slavery. This is also in a spiritual sense for us as believers in the Messiah to not look back to our old ways and our worldly lifestyles. Yeshua noted an example of this in the Gospel of Luke

Luke 9:61 And another also said, Lord, I will follow Thee; but let me first go bid them farewell, which are at home at my house. 62 And Yeshua said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the Kingdom of hwhy.


5. BAAL ZEPHON


These were the mountains located on the other side of the Sea of Reeds (the Gulf of Aqaba) opposite of Pi Hahirtoh at the entrance of Nuweiba Beach in Egypt. This is the edge of the Midianite terrirory, the modern day northeastern part of Saudi Arabia, where Moses dwelled for forty years while residing with his father-in-law, Jethro, the Midianite. While there, Moses became well familiarized with this territory.

This is a satelite image of Baal Zephon highlighted in red

Baal Zephon

BAAL ZEPHON [in Saudi Arabia, in ancient Midian] (In Hebrew "Bah'ahl Ts'phohn" (Nwpu leb) S1189): Master of darkness (winter); Baal: from S1168 A Phoenician diety, from S1167 and 1166- master;  from S1166- to marry; Zephon: from 6828- hidden, dark, used only of the north as a quarter (gloomy and unknown), from S6845- to hide (by covering over), hoard or reserve, to deny, to protect, to lurk

This is the Israelite's position in facing "the Master of Darkness", which is symbolically HaSatan (Satan). This is the same situation in our lives as believers in the Messiah when we are stuck at our spiritual Pi Hahiroth facing the Master of Darkness" in our spiritual walk with our Heavenly Father.




Verse seven


7 ...and they pulled up to the face of Migdol.

6. MIGDOL


These were the mountains on the Isaraelites' back side of the entrapment where they could not escape. From these three places, located in the area, with no place to turn, the Israelites should have looked up and cried out to hwhy. Instead, the Israelites spoke evil against Moses. This is noted, as well as the information of these last three stops, noted in the Torah portion of B'shalakh, in the book of Exodus

Exodus 14:1 And hwhy spoke to Moses, to say, 2 Speak to the Sons of Israel, and they will turn, and they will camp by the face of Pi Hahiroth, between Migdol and between the sea; you shall camp by the sea by facing opposite of Baal Zephon. 3 And Pharaoh will say of the Sons of Israel, They are entangled in the land, The wilderness has shut upon them. 4 And I will strengthen ta-the heart of Pharaoh and pursue after them; and I will be glorified on Pharaoh, and on all his host; and Egypt, they may know that I am hwhy. And they did so.... 9 And Egypt, they pursued after them, and all the horses and chariots of Pharaoh, and his horsemen, and his army, they overtook them camping by the sea, upon Pi Hahiroth, by the facing of Baal Zephon. 10 And Pharaoh drew near, and the Sons of Israel lifted up ta-their eyes, and behold, Egypt was marching after them; and they feared greatly: and the Sons of Israel, they cried to hwhy. 11 And they said to Moses, Because no graves were in Egypt, to take us to die in the wilderness? What is this you have done to us to bring us out from Egypt?

This is a satelite image of the location of Migdol, highlighted in red



Migdol

MIGDOL [in Egypt, in the Sinai Peninsula, in ancient Egypt] (In Hebrew "Meeg-dohl" (
ldgm) S4024): Tower (from gadol- great)

This area was properly named "Migdol", because of its "greatness", or "highness". It was, and is, considered "one great and high wall". For us as believers in the Messiah, this location is symbolized by our spiritual great mountains, or spiritual walls, that we cannot go through. There are times in our lives where we would be spiritually trapped between a spiritual ocean and spiritual mountains with a spiritual closed mouth, or spiritual closed door, with nowhere to go, or to escape, and our Heavenly Father wants us to look up to Him to cry out to Him to deliver us from our spiritual entrapment. Also, with all three spiritual places in this spiritual area, there is nowhere to spiritually turn, or go back, and the only thing we can do is to look up and cry out to our Heavenly Father, through the Messiah, to save us and deliever us from these blockades, which the Israelites should have done at modern day Nuweiba Beach. As Yeshua said in the Gospel of Luke

Luke 21:28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.

In another spiritual sense, we could also say to those Migdol Mountains to be moved from our paths in our walk with Him, as Yeshua said in the Gospel of Matthew

Matthew 17:20 And Yeshua said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.

This would be our last resort. If it doesn't happen, then the last thing to do is to "look up".

We believers in the Messiah have the right to look up to Him for salvation and deliverance, because we have Yeshua (meaning "salvation") in our lives. This connects us with the Kingdom of Heaven, a.k.a. the "vertical" relationship, with Him, because it connects with our relationship with Him through the "vertical" first five words (commandments). Whereas, the world only looks at the world, a.k.a. the "horizontal" relationship, with mankind only (a.k.a. the "Babylonial Society"), and don't have a relationship with the Messiah to complete the vertical-Kingdom connection to the vertical-horizontal relationship between the heavens and Earth. The world tries to make laws based on the last five words (commandments), but in vain, because they cannot have the last five
words (commandments) without the first five words (commandments).

This is an image of all three locations in Egypt and Saudi Arabia

Red Sea Crossing Red Sea Crossing
Red Sea Crossing
Red Sea Crossing


This image is an idea how the cloud have covered Pi Hahiroth between the Egyptian army and the Israelites

Pi Hahiroth


Ending this section, you can read my teaching "The Exodus Story", by clicking on the link below to get to the webpage

THE EXODUS STORY



Verse eight

8 and they pulled up from the face of Hahiroth, and passed over in the midst of the sea to the wilderness, and they went a direction of three days in the Wilderness of Etham, and they pitched in Marah,

7. WILDERNESS OF ETHAM


This was not a place, but a region in Saudi Arabia
. This was also called the Wilderness of Shur. This was the Israelites' first stop in Midianite territory since they were delievered and saved from Pharaoh and his army, as noted in the Torah portion of B'shalakh, in the book of Exodus

Exodus 15:22 And Moses pulled up Israel from the Sea of Reeds, and they went to the Wilderness of Shur [Wilderness of Etham]; and they went three days in the wilderness, and they did not find water.

WILDERNESS OF ETHAM [in Saudi Arabia, in Midian] (In Hebrew "Meed-bahr Ey-thahm" (Mta rbdm) S864): Unkown, but most likely from S854- Nearness, as in the Wilderness of Nearness.

This was where the Israelites would be going through a period of journeying to be drawn near to 
hwhy. We as believers at times experience this same situation in our lives, by "drawing near" to our Heavenly Father in this time in our walk with Him, whether by prayer, and/or giving thanks, and/or praising and/or worshipping Him, as well as talking to Him, and also by being still to listen to our Heavenly Father's Voice, and following His Word and His Rhema Words.


8. MARAH


This is the area where the Israelites were getting bitter against Moses for not finding water, as noted in the Torah portion of B'shalakh, in the book of Exodus

Exodus 15:23 And they came to Marah, and they were not able to drink the waters from Marah, for they were bitter: upon thus, her name was called Marah. 24 And the People, they murmured against Moses, to say, What shall we drink? 25 And cried to hwhy; and hwhy shewed him a tree, and was thrown to the waters, and the waters, they became sweet:

MARAH [in Saudi Arabia, in Midian] (In Hebrew "Mah-rah" (hrm) S4785, S4751, S4843): Bitter

The water is symbolized by the Ruakh HaKodesh (the Holy Spirit) where they were spiritually refreshed. Spiritually, our Heavenly Father allows us as believers in the Messiah to experience this, by not being restored with the Ruakh HaKodesh (the Holy Spirit) in order to test us to see if we get bitter ourselves against Him. We can pray to Him to restore us with the Ruakh HaKodesh (the Holy Spirit), but it is up to Him, in His timing, where He will choose to restore it. I have been experiencing this myself recently as I am still today.



Verse nine

9 and they pulled up from Marah, and came to Elim: and in Elim were twelve eyes of water, and seventy palm trees; and they pitched there,

9. ELIM


This was the location where the seventy date palm trees are located, as noted in the Torah portion of B'shalakh, in the book of Exodus

Exodus 15:27 And they came to Elim, where were twelve wells of water, and threescore and ten palm trees: and they encamped there by the waters.

This is a satelite image of Elim

Elim

This is a picture of the palm trees in Elim

Elim

ELIM [in Saudi Arabia, in Midian] (In Hebrew "Ey-leem" (Myla) S362): Palm trees, from S352- strong, ram, oak or other strong trees

This was 
hwhy's way for the Israelites to be "strengthened" as well as getting their strength restored. We as believers in the Messiah also experience this when our Heavenly Father renews our strength via the Ruakh HaKodesh (the Holy Spirit). The Prophet Isaiah explains this well in his book

Isaiah 40:28 Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting Elohim, hwhy, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of His understanding. 29 He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might He increaseth strength. 30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: 31 But they that wait upon hwhy shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.



Verse ten

10 and they pulled up from Elim, and they pitched upon the Reeds Sea,

10. YAM SUPH


As I mentioned earlier, this is located between modern day Egypt and modern day Saudi Arabia. It is noted in the Torah portion of B'shalakh, in the book of Exodus

Exodus 13:17 And was, in Pharaoh sending away ta-the People, and Elohim did not lead them of the way of the land of the Philistines, for he was near; for Elohim said, Lest the People shall repent in their seeing war, and they return to Egypt: 18 And Elohim circumvented ta-the People of the way of the wilderness of the Sea of Reeds: and the Sons of Israel, armed, they went up from the land of Egypt.

This sea is named, because of Egypt's use of the Papyrus plant to make "paper". This is an image of the Papyrus Plants

Papyrus Plant

This is the the same location on the other side of the Gulf of Aqaba (the Gulf of Jacob (Red Sea (Sea of Reeds))), which was their fourth and final part of the Israelites location where they could not go any further.

Gulf of Aqaba

YAM SUPH [at the shore in Saudi Arabia, in Midian] (In Hebrew "Yahm Sooph" (Pwo My) S3220, S5448, S5489: Sea of Reeds, Sea of Papyrus

 The Israelites were kind of "back tracking" in their journey by returning to the Sea of Reeds, but most likely not at the same location where they crossed through the sea. W
hile they were on Egypt's side of the Sea, one way of symbolizing this was for hwhy to start symboically "write a new chapter" in their lives by looking up and crying out to Him to deliver them from the mighty Egyptian army, which hwhy did by parting the Yam Suph, or Sea of Papyrus, to create a dry sandy highway for them to cross over. This also shows us that after they were on the Saudi Arabian (the Midianite) side of the Sea, hwhy was starting to write that new chapter for them in their lives. This is also applied in our lives as believers in the Messiah in our walk with the Heavenly Father writing that new chapter in our lives, when we accepted Yeshua the Messiah as our Lord and Savior. As the apostle Paul wrote this in his letter to the assembly in Corinth

2 Corinthains 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Messiah, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.



Verse eleven

11 and they pulled up from the Reeds Sea, and they pitched in the Wilderness of Sin,

11. WILDERNESS OF SIN


This is a region in Saudi Arabia.

WILDERNESS OF SIN [in Saudi Arabia, in Midian] (In Hebrew "Meed-bahr Seen" (Nyo rbdm) S5512): (From Hebrew-Greek Key Study Bible and Genesius' Hebrew Grammar) clay, mire (Sin is also a pagan moon god)

It is part of the Israelites walk by walking through a symbolic "mire" in their lives, an act of spritual struggling in their walk. This is applied to us believers in our spiritual walk with our Heavenly Father by taking us through a spiritual mire of issues in our lives, whatever they may be, but He will provide a way to get us through this wilderness period.



Verse twelve

12 and they pulled up from the Wilderness of Sin, and pitched in Dophkah.

12. DOPHKAH


There is no information about this location.

DOPHKAH [in Saudi Arabia, in Midian] (In Hebrew "Doph-kah" (
hqpd) S1850): Knock, from S1849- by analogy to press severely, beat knock, drive

This is the time for the Israelites to press forward as well as being pressed, like an olive press to press the olives to bring forth olive oil. This is applied to us as believers in our walk, when we are "pressed" so that the oil of the Ruakh HaKodesh (the Holy Spirit) will come forth. An example of this pressing is when Yeshua spoke to the multitude in the Gospel of Luke

Luke 6:38 Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.

Another way looking at this, is when we are pressed in the spirit, as is exampled in the book of Acts

Acts 18:5 And when Silas and Timotheus were come from Macedonia, Paul was pressed in the spirit, and testified to the Jews that Yeshua was the Messiah.

And the apostle Paul noted of his experience of being pressed by the people in Asia, as he wrote in his letter to the assembly in Corinth

2 Corinthians 1:8 For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant of our trouble which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure, above strength, insomuch that we despaired even of life:



Verse thirteen

13 and they pulled up from Dophkah, and they pitched in Alush,

13. ALUSH


There is no information about his location.

ALUSH [in Saudi Arabia, in Midian] (In Hebrew "Ah-loosh" (
swla) S442): Unknown. The best I can figure out that it could have came from the word Lush (swl), from S3888- To knead, as in kneading dough from a kneading trough

If the meaning of this location is correct, the Israelites were symbolically put through the kneading trough to be "kneaded" into 
hwhy's bread, which required them to be "grounded" in their lives. Our Heavenly Father does this same thing in our lives by spiritually kneading us, an act of spiritual grinding, to be "little living breads" in Yeshua, the Messiah.



Verse fourteen

14 and they pulled up from Alush, and they pitched in Rephidim, and water was not there for the people to drink,

14. REPHIDIM


This place, in satelite view, shows the location of Rephidim in its narrow and spread out location




This is where the gigantic split rock pillar is located, and if you notice, it looks like a spread out pillar (to me, it almost looks like a catcher's mit)

Rephidim Hebron 7 Split Rock
Split Rock
Split Rock
Split Rock 
Split Rock

This is the location where the Israelites contended with Moses for water, and were given water from this rock. For the Israelites, it is where they were becoming thirsty. This is noted in the Torah portion of B'shalakh, in the book of Exodus

Exodus 17:1 And all the Congregation of the Sons of Israel pulled up from the Wilderness of Sin, of their journeys, by the Mouth of hwhy, and they camped in Rephidim: and was no water for the People to drink. 2 And the People contended with Moses, and they said, Give us water, and we may drink. And Moses said to them, Why are you contending with me? Why are you tempting ta-hwhy? 3 And the People thirsted there for the water; and the People murmured against Moses, and said, To why is this that you have brought us out from Egypt to kill me, and ta-my sons, and ta-my livestock on the thirst? 4 And Moses cried to hwhy, to say, What shall I do to this People? A little yet, and they will stone me. 5 And hwhy said to Moses, Go over to the face of the People, and take with you the Elders of Israel; And your staff which you struck ta-the river on him, take in your hand, and you go. 6 Behold, I will stand to your face there upon the rock in Horeb; and you shall strike on the rock, and water shall come out from him, and the people may drink. And Moses did so to the eyes of the Elders of Israel.

REPHIDIM [in Saudi Arabia, in Midian] (In Hebrew "R'phee-deem" (Mdypr) S7508): Ballusters, from S7507- railing (as spread along), from S7502- spread (like a bed), comfort

This location could be where the Israelite's patience was spead out thin by becoming impatient. We as believers are placed in a spiritual state to be spiritually spread out to test our patience, when we get spiritually thirsty, to see if we get spiritually spread out thin in our faith, while waiting for results and answer from our Father, as well as to get spiritually refreshed with the Ruakh HaKodesh (Holy Spirit). But His timing is always perfect, and we need to be patient with Him to provide.



Verse fifteen

15 and they pulled up from Rephidim, and they pitched in the Wilderness of Sinai,

15. WILDERNESS OF SINAI


This is the location where Moses and hwhy met at Mount Sinai, which is located in the Wilderness of Sinai, in northeastern Saudi Arabia. It is known today as Jebel al Lawz.

Mount Sinai Mount Sinai

Calculating their stay at Mount Sinai, they stayed at this location for eleven months and five days, and this is where they received most of the Torah. This is the account of their arrival which is noted in the Torah portion of Yithro, in the book of Exodus

Exodus 18:5 And Jethro, father-in-law of Moses, and his sons, and his wife, came to Moses to the wilderness, where he camped there at the Mount of the Elohim:

WILDERNESS OF SINAI [in Saudi Arabia, also known as Jebel al Lawz, in Midian] (In Hebrew "Meed-bahr See-nai" (ynyo rbdm) S5514): Unkown, but after researching, it is from S5572- "s'neh" (hno), meaning prick, bramble bush

This is where the Israelites get "pricked" in receiving the Ten Words (Commandments) from hwhy. As believers, we get spiritually pricked when we are to receive the word from our Heavenly Father, especially a rhema word, from our Heavenly Father. Yeshua is "the Word" made Flesh, as noted in the Gospel of John

John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with Elohim, and the Word was Elohim. 2 The same was in the beginning with Elohim. 3 All things were made by Him; and without Him was not any thing made that was made.... 14 And the Word was made Flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld His Glory, the Glory as of the Only Begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

We have been spiritually pricked to receive Yeshua as our Lord and Savior, and are continuously pricked to continuously receive His Word in our daily walk with Him.
 
You can see a little more information of the Ten Words (Commandments) in the Torah portion of Yithro, by clicking on the link below to get to the webpage.

YITHRO



Verse sixteen

16 and they pulled up from the Wilderness of Sinai, and they pitched in Kibroth-Hattaavah,

16. KIBROTH HATTAAVAH


This is the location where the Israelites complained of the various kinds of foods they had in Egypt and were eating only manna, forgetting that they were in severe slavery in Egypt. They asked, or "lusted", for flesh. They got what they wanted, and were slain for it, and were buried there. This is the account of their arrival which is noted in the Torah portion of B'ha-alothkhah, in the book of Exodus

Numbers 11:4 And the mixed multitude that were in their midst lusted a lust: and the Sons of Israel, they turned, and they wept also, and they said, Who shall have us eat flesh? 5 We remember ta-the fish, which we ate in Egypt freely; ta the cucumbers, and ta the melons, and ta-the leeks, and ta-the onions, and ta-the garlic: 6 And now, our soul is dried up: is not any, except to the manna of our eyes.

KIBROTH HATTAAVAH [in Saudi Arabia, in Midian] (In Hebrew "Kee-vroth Hah-Tah-ah-vah" (
hwath trbq) S6914, from S6913 and S8378: Graves of the lust (longing), from S8378- lust, longing, delight, satisfaction, charm

We as believers need to be careful ourselves by not lusting after things, especially spiritual things, for we could get ourselves into trouble. As the apostle James noted in his epistle

James 1:12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the Crown of Life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love Him. 13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of hwhy: for hwhy cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: 14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. 15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. 16 Do not err, my beloved brethren.

The aposlte John noted this in his epistle

1 John 2:15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the Love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. 17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of hwhy abideth for ever.

We are to be contempt, as the apostle Paul noted in his letter to the assembly in Phillipia

Phillipians 4:11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.

and in his letter to Timothy

1 Timothy 6:8 And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.

and in the book of the Hebrews

Hebrew 13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

In other words, be content in Yeshua the Messiah.



Verse seventeen

17 and they pulled up from Kibroth-Hattaavah, and they pitched in Hazeroth,

17. HAZEROTH


This was the location where Miriam, Moses' elder sister, was plagued for seven days, because she attacked Moses, as noted in the Torah portion of B'ha-alothkhah, in the book of Numbers

Numbers 12:1 And Miriam and Aaron, she spoke against Moses upon the account of the Cushite woman whom was taken: for a had taken Cushite woman. 2 And they said, that only hwhy spoke on Moses? That had not also spoken among us? And hwhy heard....  10 And the Cloud turned away from upon the Tent; and, behold, Miriam was leprous as snow: and Aaron faced to Miriam, and behold, was leprous.... 14 And hwhy said to Moses, And her father, spitting, had spit in her face, that she be not reproached seven days? She shall be shut out seven days outside of the Camp, and afterwards, she shall be gathered. 15 And Miriam, she was shut out from outside of the Camp seven days: and the People were not pulled up until the gathering of Miriam. 16 And afterward, the People, they pulled up from Hazeroth, and encamped in the Wilderness of Paran.

HAZEROTH [Unknown] (In Hebrew "Khah-tsey-roth" (
trux) S2698): Yards (as in enclosed), hamlet (as in surrounded with walls), from S2691- yard, court, village, from S2690- trumpet, blow (on an instrument)

Regarding this journey stop, it is a place where they were considered as a hamlet, or as a place where they were isolated. In relation to us as believers in the Messiah, we are at times put in isolation, feel alone and feel that no one is there to help us. The Prophet Elijah felt this simialar way when he faced the prophets of Baal regarding who's elohim is The Elohim, in the book of the Kings

1 Kings 18:21 And Elijah came unto all the People, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if hwhy be the Elohim, follow Him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the People answered him not a word. 22 Then said Elijah unto the People, I, even I only, remain a prophet of hwhy; but Baal's prophets are four hundred and fifty men.

Later, Isaiah isolated himself, escaping from the death threat by Queen Jezebel, and went into hiding at a cave on Mount Sinai

1 Kings 19:8 And he arose, and did eat and drink, and went in the strength of that meat forty days and forty nights unto Horeb, the Mount of the Elohim [Mount Sinai]. 9 And he came thither unto a cave, and lodged there; and, behold, the Word of hwhy came to him, and he said unto him, What doest thou here, Elijah?

This is an image of Mount Sinai showing the location of Elijah's Cave

Mount Sinai Elijah's Cave

Elijah's Cave

Mount Sinai 

That's how we as believers feel at times too. We have to hide and be like hamlets in our own cave locations, sometimes we are isolated from others based on personal tragic situations, like losing a loved one. We also experince this when we teach others, or preach the Gospel of truth, to others, then we get spiritually spent, or get attacked spiritually, mentally, emotionally, psychologically, and physically, etc., and have to hide to get restored. Our Heavenly Father knows that we need this time at this spiritual location in these kinds of situations in our lives, and He is there to be with us until it is time for us to get up and move on in our walk of life in Him. As Yeshua noted in the Gospel of Matthew

Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.



Verse eighteen

18 and they pulled up from Hazeroth, and they pitched in Rithmah,

18. RITHMAH


This location was probably named for their Juniper trees.

RITHMAH [Unknown] (In Hebrew "Reeth-mah" (hmtr) S7575): from S7574- a Spanish broom, Juniper tree, from S7573- a pole, to bind, to yoke up (to the pole of a vehicle)

This is probably a location where the Israelites were to be "yoked" to 
hwhy. This also applies to us as believers to be yoked to our Heavenly Father through Yeshua, via the Ruakh HaKodesh (the Holy Spirit). Yeshua said for us to take on His yoke, as He noted in the Gospel of Matthew

Matthew11:29 Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.

The apostle Paul noted not to be yoked with unbelievers, as he wrote in his letter to the assembly in Corinth

2 Corinthians 6:14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? 15 And what concord hath Messiah with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? 16 And what agreement hath the Temple of hwhy with idols? for ye are the Temple of the Living Elohim; as hwhy hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their Elohim, and they shall be My people. 17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith hwhy, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, 18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be My sons and daughters, saith hwhy Almighty.



Verse nineteen

19 and they pulled up from Rithmah, and they pitched at Rimmon-Parez,

19. RIMMON PAREZ


This was probably a place that had Pomegranite trees.

RIMMON PAREZ [Unkown] (In Hebrew "Ree-mohn Pah-rehts" (
urp Nmr) S7428): Pomegranate of the Breach (Or a risen breach); Rimmon: S7416- pomegranate, from S7426- to rise; Parez: S6556- to break, from S6555- to break out, breach, disperse, scatter

It looks like that the Israelites experienced those who rose up to be "breaches" against Moses and the People, within their camps again, in their walk with 
hwhy, to disobey Him and His Word. Bill Cloud of Shoreshim Ministries noted that the enemy doesn't attack from the outside, but within the assembly. This could be also those in our assemblies and congregations, or friends or brethren who will rise up and try to breach our relationship with our Heavenly Father. Be alert and watchful. Also test their spirits, as the apostle John noted in his epistle

1 John 4:1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of hwhy: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. 2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of hwhy: Every spirit that confesseth that Yeshua the Messiah is come in the Flesh is of hwhy: 3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Yeshua the Messiah is come in the Flesh is not of hwhy: and this is that spirit of Anti-Christ, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world. 4 Ye are of hwhy, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world.



Verse twenty

20 and they pulled up from Rimmon-Parez, and they pitched in Libnah,

20. LIBNAH


This was probably a location where there were white Storax trees.

LIBNAH [Unkown] (In Hebrew "Leev-nah" (
hnbl) S3841): From S3839- whitish tree, perhaps the storax, from S3835- white, from S3843- a brick (build)

This was a place where the Israelites were to be built up in their walk with 
hwhy and his word after the breaching at the previous location. This also applies to us as believes in the Messiah if something happened to us in being tempted in order to provoke us to breach. Then our Heavenly Father will take us to a period to be built up in our faith in Him.

Notice that these past three locations all had to do with trees:  The Juniper tree, The Pomegranite tree and the Storax tree, and they were symbolically an act to yoke, an act to be breached and an act to build)



Verse twenty-one

21 and they pulled up from Libnah, and they pitched in Rissah,

21. RISSAH


This had to be a place where it was well known to have a lot of dew, most likely in the morning.

RISSAH [Unkown] (In Hebrew "Rees-sah" (
hor) S7446): Ruin, from S7450- to comminute, to moisten, from S7447- dripping into pieces, a ruin, dew-drop

This is symbolized by His mercies that are new in the morning, as the prophet Jeremiah noted in the book of Lamentations

Lamentation 3:22 It is of hwhy's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. 23 They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.

King Solomon symbolized the Bridegroom, whom later was revealed as Yeshua, coming to His love, the believers, with dew of the morning, as King Solomon wrote in the book of the Song of Solomon

Song of Solomon 5:2 I sleep, but my heart waketh: it is the voice of my beloved that knocketh, saying, Open to me, my sister, my love, my dove, my undefiled: for my head is filled with dew, and my locks with the drops of the night.

The dew could also be symbolized by the Ruakh HaKodesh (the Holy Spirit). We as believers always have to ask our Heavenly Father to be renewed with the Ruakh HaKodesh (the Holy Spirit) in our minds, as the apostle Paul noted in his letter to the assembly in Ephesus

Ephesians 4:23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;

The apostle Paul noted to Titus to be renewed of His Spirit, as noted in his letter to Titus

Titus 3:3 For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another. 4 But after that the kindness and love of hwhy our Saviour toward man appeared, 5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Spirit;



Verse twenty two

22 and they pulled up from Rissah, and they pitched in Kehelathah,

22. KEKELATH


This was probably a place with a lot of assemblies located within the area.

KEKELATH [Unkown] (In Hebrew "K'hey-lah-thah" (
htlhq) S6954): Convocation, congregation, from S6950- to congregate, convoke, assemble

It was a period of time where the Israelites did much gathering. There are times where we as believers need to be assembling with other believers, whether online, or at a congregation, to be built up and be encouraged.



Verse twenty three

23 and they pulled up from Kehelathah, and they pitched in Mount Shapher,

23. MOUNT SHAPHER


This mountain location must have been a beautiful place they have resided.

MOUNT SHAPHER [Unkown] (In Hebrew " Hahr Shah-phehr" (
rps rh) S2022; S8234): A goodly mountain: Shapher: From S8233- beauty, from S8231- glisten, fair, goodly

Shapher has the similar Hebrew word as the shophar (
rpws), a ram's horn, and they have the same Hebrew root word. It was a time for the Israelites to bring out their beauty as a result in following hwhy and His Word. This also applies to us as believers by following our Heavenly Father and obeying His Heavenly Word, and to bring out His Beautiness through us, as well as our Heavenly Father revealing our spiritual beautiness through Him, in Yeshua.

Another issue relates having a shofar blown on the Mountain in Jerusalem. The times that it has been done is during the Biblical Festive High Holy Days of 
hwhy, and the new moons, as King David noted in the book of Psalms

Psalms 81:3 Blow the shofar in the new moon, in the full moon, for the day of our Feast. 4 For He is a Statute for Israel, and an Ordinance for the Elohim of Jacob.

But in the negative, the shofar could be used on the Mountain of Jerusalem for to warn Jerusalem, and the Israelites, that danger is coming. It is noted in the book of prophet Joel

Joel 2:1 Blow ye the shofar in Zion, and sound an alarm in My Holy Mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of hwhy cometh, for it is nigh at hand; 2 A day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness, as the morning spread upon the mountains: a great people and a strong; there hath not been ever the like, neither shall be any more after it, even to the years of many generations. 3 A fire devoureth before them; and behind them a flame burneth: the land is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness; yea, and nothing shall escape them. 4 The appearance of them is as the appearance of horses; and as horsemen, so shall they run. 5 Like the noise of chariots on the tops of mountains shall they leap, like the noise of a flame of fire that devoureth the stubble, as a strong people set in battle array. 6 Before their face the people shall be much pained: all faces shall gather blackness. 7 They shall run like mighty men; they shall climb the wall like men of war; and they shall march every one on his ways, and they shall not break their ranks: 8 Neither shall one thrust another; they shall walk every one in his path: and when they fall upon the sword, they shall not be wounded. 9 They shall run to and fro in the city; they shall run upon the wall, they shall climb up upon the houses; they shall enter in at the windows like a thief. 10 The earth shall quake before them; the heavens shall tremble: the sun and the moon shall be dark, and the stars shall withdraw their shining: 11 And hwhy shall utter His Voice before His army: for His Camp is very great: for He is strong that executeth His Word: for the day of hwhy is great and very terrible; and who can abide it? 12 Therefore also now, saith hwhy, turn ye even to Me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning: 13 And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto hwhy, your Elohim: for He is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil. 14 Who knoweth if he will return and repent, and leave a blessing behind him; even a Food (Grain) offering and a Drink Offering unto hwhy, your Elohim?

We as believers are watchmen and watchwomen on the walls on the Mountain of Jerusalem, as the Prophet Isaiah noted in his book

Isaiah 62:6 I have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, which shall never hold their peace day nor night: ye that make mention of ta-hwhy, keep not silence,

When we see trouble, or warning signs, we are to blow our own shofars on the mountains, whether venue we are called by our Heavenly Father to use, otherwise their souls will be required of us, as the Prophet Ezekiel noted in his book

Ezekiel 3:17 Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the House of Israel: therefore hear the Word at My Mouth, and give them warning from Me. 18 When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand. 19 Yet if thou warn the wicked, and he turn not from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered ta-thy soul. 20 Again, When a righteous man doth turn from his righteousness, and commit iniquity, and I lay a stumblingblock before him, he shall die: because thou hast not given him warning, he shall die in his sin, and his righteousness which he hath done shall not be remembered; but his blood will I require at thine hand. 21 Nevertheless if thou warn the righteous man, that the righteous sin not, and he doth not sin, he shall surely live, because he is warned; also thou hast delivered ta-thy soul.

The prophet Isaiah noted those who resided in Zion, which is the Kingdom's nickname of Jerusalem, this in his book

Isaiah 61:3 To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of hwhy, that He might be glorified.

We as believers also need to be like a Jerusalem in the Messiah, as well as being the Temple of the Ruakh HaKodesh (the Holy Spirit).

Mount Zion is also called the City of David, and King David made note of its beauty in the book of Psalms

Psalms 48:1 A Song and Psalm for the sons of Korah. Great is hwhy, and greatly to be praised in the city of our Elohim, in the mountain of His holiness. 2 Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is Mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the Great King.

W
e are also to look to the City of David, in Jerusalem, a.k.a. Mount Zion, of its beauty as well, because it is symbolically our Heavenly Father's beauty, and we are cherish its beauty in our hearts.



Verse twenty four

24 and they pulled up from Mount Shapher, and they pitched in Haradah,

24. HARADAH


Going from beauty to dreadfulness, and from joy to fear, this must have been one dreadful place for the Israelites.

HARADAH [Unkown] (In Hebrew "Hah-rah-dah" (
hdrh) S2732): From S2731 fear, anxiety, from S2730- fearful, reverential, from S2729- to shudder with terror, to fear, to hasten (with anxiety). This is where we get our English word "horrid"

The Israelites were taken to an area where they were most likely experience things that could be dreadful and fearful. We as believers will experience this time in our spiritual lives as well, but we have the Heavenly Father to depend on, and He is with us, as the Prophet Isaiah noted in his book

Isaiah 41:10 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am Thy Elohim: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the Right Hand of My Righteousness.

This is a similar matter when the Israelites were to go over the Jordan to take possession of the land after the twelve spies returned, but they believed the evil report and feared, as Moses noted in the Torah portion of D'varim, in the book of Deuteronomy

Deuteronomy 1:29 And I said to you, Do you not dread, and do you not be afraid from them. 30 hwhy, your Elohim, that faces to you, He shall fight for you, according to all that He did for you in Egypt to your eyes;

The apostle Paul noted to Titus to not fear, because he was not given a spirit of fear. It was noted
in his letter to Titus

2 Timothy 1:7 For hwhy hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

and indirectly related, to fear to work out one's salvation with fear and trembling, as the apostle Paul wrote in his letter to the assembly in Phillipia

Phillipians2:12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.



Verse twenty five

25 and they pulled up from Haradah, and they pitched in Makheloth,

25. MAKHELOTH


This must have been another place where there were a lot of assembling.

MAKHELOTH [Unkown] (In Hebrew "Mahk-hey-loth" (
tlhq) S4722): Assemblies, from S4721- an assembly, from S6950- to congregate, convoke, assemble

It makes sense that after going though a period of dread and fear, they needed to be encouraged and strenghtened again by congregating and assembling. This also applies to us as believers in the Messiah for us to go to our assemblies and congregations to be restored, whatever venue of congregations one uses.



Verse twenty six

26 and they pulled up from Makheloth, and they pitched in Tahath,

26. TAHATH


This place must have looked depressing.

TAHATH [Unkown] (In Hebrew "Thah-khath" (
txt) S8480): From S8478- the bottom (as depressed), below, from S8430- humble

This must have been a time the Israelites experienced depression, as well as humbleness to 
hwhy. If the Israelites don't humble themselves, they will get depressed. We as believers will experience depression at times in our lives, but we also need the time to humble ourselves to our Heavenly Father. And weird as it sounds, if we don't, we will be brought to a spiritual depression. Yeshua noted that we are to be humbled as little children, as it is written in the Gospel of Matthew

Matthew 18:4 Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven.

If we humble ourselves, Yeshua will lift us up, as is also noted in the Gospel of Matthew

Matthew 23:12 And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.

If we as believers don't humble ourselves, He will humble us to depression. Let's be humble before Him continually.



Verse twenty seven

27 and they pulled up from Tahath, and they pitched in Tarah,

27. TARAH


This probably was a place known to have troubles.

TARAH [Unkown] (In Hebrew "Thahr-akh" (
xrt) S8646): Unknown. It's probably from S2960 "tohr-akh" (xrj), from S2959 "tarakh" (xrj)- burdensome, trouble, weary

If this is the right definition, the Israelites were brought here, because they were weary and burdened. They could have also experienced some troubling times as well. We as believers in the Messiah will experience these issues in our lives. This could have been another location for them to be restored.




Verse twenty eight

28 and they pulled up from Tarah, and they pitched in Mithcah,

28. MITHCAH


This was probably a place that looked sweet.

MITHCAH [Unkown] (In Hebrew "Meeth-kah" (
hqtm) S4989, S4987): Sweetness, from S4985- to suck, to relish, to be sweet

It is possible that the Israelites were there to suck the sweetness of the Word of
hwhy. We as believers in the Messiah are also to suck the sweetness of His Word, as well as His Rhemas, when He speaks to us. As King David noted in the book of Psalms

Psalms 119:103 How sweet are Thy Words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!

Indirectly, sweetness could be an act of meditation, as King David also noted in the book of Pslams

Psalms 104:34 My meditation of Him shall be sweet: I will be glad in hwhy.



Verse twenty nine

29 and they pulled up from Mithcah, and they pitched in Hashmonah,

29. HASHMONAH


This place must have been fertile.

HASHMONAH [Unkown] (In Hebrew "Khash-moh-nah" (
hnmsx) S2832): Fertile, from S2831- apparently wealthy

The Israelites were led to a good place for their livestock to feed on the pastures. It was also a place for the Israelites to symbolically become fertile in their souls in their relationship with
hwhy and His Word, as they just left the place of weariness. This spiritually applies to us as believers when our Heavenly Father takes us from weariness to spiritual fertile land and makes us spiritually fertile in Him. This is also related to us as believes in what King David said in the book of Psalms

Psalms 23:1 A Psalm of David. hwhy is my Shepherd; I shall not want. 2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: He leadeth me beside the still waters. 3 He restoreth my soul: He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His Name's sake.



Verse thirty

30 and they pulled up from Hashmonah, and they pitched in Moseroth,

30. MOSEROTH


This was probably a place where the Israelites were chastised. This is also called Mosera, and it is the same location that Mount Hor is located where Aaron, the High Priest died, as noted in the Torah portion of Eykev, in the book of Deuteronomy

Deuteronomy 10:6 And the Sons of Israel, they pulled up from Beeroth of the sons of Jaakan to Mosera: there Aaron died, and was buried there; and Eleazar, his son, was acting Priest of his stead.

 It was located south below the Dead Sea, along the border where the Israeites would settle. It is strongly possible that it is known today as Jubal Nebi Harun.


MOSEROTH [in Syria, outside Edom] (In Hebrew "Moh-sey-roth" (
twrom) S4149): Correction, or corrections, from S4147- chastisement, halter, restraint, from S3256- chastise (literally with blows or figuratively with words), to instruct

The Israelites must have done something that caused hwhy to chastise them. This also applies to us as believers in the Messiah if we disobey our Heavenly Father, whether by our words, attitudes, our decisions or our actions. The apostle Paul noted of one goes through chastisement, in the book of Hebrews

Hebrews 12:3 For consider Him that endured such contradiction of sinners against Himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds. 4 Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin. 5 And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the Chastening of hwhy, nor faint when thou art rebuked of Him: 6 For whom hwhy loveth He chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom He receiveth. 7 If ye endure chastening, hwhy dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is He whom the father chasteneth not? 8 But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. 9 Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? 10 For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but He for our profit, that we might be partakers of His Holiness. 11 Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.



Verse thirty-one

31 and they pulled up from Moseroth, and they pitched in Bene Jaakan,

31. BENE JAAKAN


This was a location that was settled by the sons of Yaakan. It is also called Beeroth, as noted in the previous stop.

BENE JAAKAN [in Syria, outside Edom] (In Hebrew "B'ney Yah-ah-kahn" (
Nqey ynb) S1142): Sons of Yaakan (or sons of torture); Bene: from S1121- a son, from S1129- to build; Yaakan: from S3292, from S6130- tortuous, to twist

There must have been inhabitants around this location that were torturing the Israelites. There are people like that in our areas that will torture us as believers, as well as times when we have been spiritually tortured. We have seen many examples of it in our society today, in our own nation, which has been unheard of in times past. This is a spiritual point in our lives where our faiths are tested, and we need to be strenghtened in righteous and in truth, as well as to stand for the truth. As the apostle Paul wrote in his letter to the assembly in Rome

Romans 5:2 By whom also we have access by faith into this Grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the Glory of hwhy.



Verse thirty two

32 and they pulled up from Bene Jaakan, and they pitched in Hor Hagidgad,

32. HOR HAGIDGAD


There must have been a cave at this location. It was also called Gudgodah in the Torah portion of Eykev, in the book of Deuteronomy

Deuteronomy 10:7 from there they pulled up to the Gudgodah;...

HOR HAGIDGAD [in Syria, outside Edom] (In Hebrew "Khohr Hah-geed-gahd" (
dgdgh rx) S2735): Hole of the cleft; Hor: from S2356- cavity, socket, den, from S3252- crevice of a serpernt, cell of a prison; Hagidgad: from S1412, from S1413- to crowd, to gash (as if by pressing into), cut selves

This is symbolically "a crowded crevice", which is not easy to move. We as believers feel spiritually crowded at times, whatever the spiritual crowdedness is.



Verse thirty three

33 and they pulled up from Hor Hagidgad, and they pitched in Jotbathah,

33. JOTBATHAH


This place was also called "Jotbath" in the Torah portion of Eykev, in the book of Deuteronomy

Deuteronomy 10:7 From there they pulled up to the Gudgodah; and from the Gudgodah to Jotbath, a land of torrents of waters.

This must have been another pleasant location.


JOTBATHAH [possibly in Syria, outside Edom] (In Hebrew "Yaht-vah-thah" (
htbjy) S3193): From S3192- pleasantness, from S3190- make well (literally- beautiful, figuratively- happy, successful), benefit, goodly

Symbolically, after being "crowded" from the previous location, they are relieved to be at a much better place. This is also symbolically how hwhy wants us as believers to see Him. Spiritually, we as believers are to express our happiness and goodness toward Him, as well as others, to show and reveal the beauty of our Heavenly Father. As the prophet Isaiah wrote in his book

Isaiah 52:7 How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of Him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy Elohim reigneth!

King David wrote this in the book of Psalms

Psalms 144:15 Happy is that People, that is in such a case: yea, happy is that People, whose Elohim is hwhy.

Yeshua expressed an example to His disciples to express their happiness in their acts in the Gospel of John

John 13:13 Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am. 14 If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another's feet. 15 For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you. 16 Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither He that is sent greater than He that sent Him. 17 If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.



Verse thirty four

34 and they pulled up from Jotbathah, and they pitched in Ebronah,

34. EBRONAH


This place was most likely known to be a regional location, based on the information noted in the Torah portion of D'varim, in the book of Deuteronomy

Deuteronomy 2:8 And we have gone over from ta our brothers the sons of Esau, that dwell in Seir, from the way of the Arabah, from Elath, and from Ezion Gaber, and we faced, and we went over of the way of the Wilderness of Moab.

EBRONAH [probably in Syria, outside Edom] (In Hebrew "Ah-vroh-nah" (
hnrbe) S5684): From S5683- transitional, from S5676- a region across, from S5674- cross over, go over

To the Israelites, this was symbolically their "transitional period", or their "crossing over period". We was believers in the Messiah go through spiritual transitions in our lives, whether we are going through changes in our callings, or our jobs, or in our relationships, etc. Abraham and Joseph were called "the Hebrew" (
yrbe), the similar Hebrew word, meaning "the crossed over one". When we accepted and recieved Yeshua as our Lord and Savior, we "crossed over" into eternity, and away from the symbolic Egyptian world. This is the same thing the Israelites did when they left Egypt.



Verse thirty five

35 and they pulled up from Ebronah, and they pitched in Ezion Gaber,

35. EZION GABER


This was at the border noted in the Torah potion of D'varim, in the book of Deuteronomy, as mentioned in the Israelites' previous stop, in number 34.

EZION GABER [in Syria, outside Edom] (In Hebrew "Eh-tsee-ohn Gah-vehr" (
rbg Nwyue) S6100): Backbone-like of a man (mighty man); Ezion: from S6096- to spine (as giving firmness to the body), from S6095- to fasten; Gaber: from S3197- mighty man or warrior, a person simply, from S3196- to be strong, to prevail, act insolently

This was most likely a stage where the Israelites will symbolically get their spine as a mighty man in order to fight their enemies when the time comes for them to cross over the Jordan, as from the previous location's name, to the promised land. We as believers will be facing these transitions in our lives by receiving our spiritual backbones to be spiritual mighty ones, whether to fight spiritual enemies, also known as spiritual warfare, or on a next spiritual calling, etc. Guaranteed, it always start with prayers by going to our Heavenly Father. Regarding fighting our enemies, the apostle Paul noted this in his letter to the assembly in Ephesus

Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.



Verse thirty six

36 and they pulled up from Ezion Gaber, and they pitched in the Wilderness of Zin, she is Kadesh,

36. WILDERNESS OF ZIN


This is the location outside Edom where Miriam died and Moses struck the rock twice in anger instead of speaking to it, as hwhy commanded to Moses and Aaron. It is noted in the Torah portion of Khukath, in the book of Numbers

Numbers 20:1 And the Sons of Israel, of all the Congregation, they came in the Wilderness of Zin in the first month: and the People dwelled in Kadesh; and Miriam, she died there, and she was buried there. 2 And was no water for the Congregation: and they assembled upon Moses and upon Aaron....  6 And Moses and Aaron went from the face of the Assembly to the Entrance of the Tent of Appointment, and they fell upon their faces: and the Glory of hwhy appeared to them. 7 And hwhy spoke to Moses, to say, 8 Take ta-the rod, and assemble ta-the Congregation, you, and Aaron, your brother, and you shall speak to the rock to their eyes; and shall give his water, and you shall make the water from the rock go out for them: and you shall make ta-the Congregation and ta-their beasts drink.... 11 And Moses raised ta-his hand, and struck ta-the rock by his rod twice: and much of the waters came out, and the Congregation drank and their beasts also.

WILDERNESS OF ZIN [in Syria, outside Edom] (In Hebrew "Meed-bahr Tseen" (
Nu rbdm) S6790): A crag

This is what www.vocabulary.com says regarding a crag:

"A crag is a rough, jagged section of a rock. Some sections of Maine are made up of rugged crags and rocky beaches".


In the State of Maine, in the United States, there are a lot of shale rocks. Those rocks are layered stone, and when it is broken, it would look like rugged rocks. This was a region containing rough rugged rocks. This is symbolized for the Israelites going through "craggy" times, or rough times. This also applies to us as belivers in the Messiah when we go through a spiritual "rough and craggy ride". This occurs when things are going fine until there are issues that throw spiritual monkey wrenches at us out of nowhere. I have personally experienced this while working on these Torah portions. I will be working on these no problem until I come to a point where there is something that I cannot figure out and have a rough time with it. This is just one example out of many.


37. KADESH


This is a lcoation in the Wilderness of Zin, as noted in scripture in the previous stop, and is located at the borders of Edom, as noted in the Torah portion of Khukath, in the book of Numbers

Numbers 20:16 And we cried to hwhy, and has heard our voice, and sent a Messenger, and brought us out of Egypt: and, behold, we are in Kadesh, a city at the edge of your border:

KADESH [in Syria, outside Edom] (In Hebrew "Kah-deysh" (
sdq) S6946): Sanctuary, from S6942- sanctify, to be clean

This was the Israelites' symbolic next step to be sanctified after the rough times in their previous stop. This spiritually applies to us as believers by being sanctified by the Blood of the Messiah as well as being sanctified by His Word. Yeshua gave an example of sanctification with the Word toward His disciples, (as well as us), and it is noted in the Gospel of John

John 17:15 I pray not that Thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that Thou shouldest keep them from the evil. 16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. 17 Sanctify them through Thy truth: Thy Word is truth. 18 As Thou hast sent Me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world. 19 And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.



Verse thirty seven through thirty nine

37 and they pulled up from Kadesh, and they pitched in Mount of the Hor, in the edge of the land of Edom, 38 and Aaron, the Priest, ascended to Mount of the Hor upon the Mouth of hwhy, and died there, in the fortieth year of the outgoing of the Sons of Israel from the land of Egypt, in the fifth month, in the one (first) of the month, 39 and Aaron was a son of three and twenty and a hundred years in his death on Mount of the Hor,

38. MOUNT OF THE HOR

As I mentioned earlier, it is the mountain located in Moseroth, and is the location where Aaron, the High Priest, died on the top of it, as noted in the Torah portion of Khukath, in the book of Numbers

Numbers 20:22 And pulled from Kadesh. And the Sons of Israel, of all the Congregation, they came to Mount Hor. 23 And hwhy spoke to Moses and to Aaron on Mount Hor, upon the edge of the land of Edom, to say, 24 Aaron shall be gathered to his People: for shall not go to the land which I have given to the Sons of Israel, upon which you rebelled to ta-My Mouth to the waters of Meribah. 25 Take ta-Aaron and ta-Eleazar his son, and ascend them to Mount Hor: 26 And strip ta-Aaron of ta-his garments, and you shall clothe ta-Eleazar, his son: and Aaron shall be gathered, and die there.

MOUNT OF THE HOR [Syria, outside Edom] (in Hebrew "Hohr Hah-Har" (
rhh rhbe) S2022): From S2023, same of S2024- literally- Mount of the Mount

Aaron had to die, because he also rebelled against 
hwhy with Moses at the Rock of Meribah, and his son, Eleazar, became the new High Priest. This was symbolic of dying to the old man (symbolically Aaron), and giving life to the new man (symbolically Eleazar).  The Israelites were symbolically dying to their old selves, and being renewed with a new self (symbollically through Aaron's son Eleazar). Also, the previous Israelite generation died, and the new Israelite generation is alive. This act could be compared to Yeshua, our eternal High Priest, dying on the Mount of Olives, and coming alive again, and later ascended from the Mount of Olives, and ascended to the Kingdom of Heaven. This is a state where we as believers are to spiritually ascend to the mountain and die to our old selves, but revive with a new self in the Messiah. As the apostle Paul noted in his letter to the assembly in Corinth

2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in the Messiah, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.



Verse forty-one

41 and they pulled up from Mount of the Hor, and they pitched in Zalmonah,

39. ZALMONAH


The Israelites must have went through an area that looked like a shadow of death.

ZALMONAH [in Syria, outside southeast Edom](In Hebrew "Tsahl-moh-nah" (
hnmlu) S6758): Shadiness, from 6757- shade of death (i.e. the grave); from Tsel: S6738- shade, from S6751- to shade as in twilight or an opaque object, from S6750- to tinkle, i.e. rattle together (as the ears in reddening with shame, or the teeth in chattering with fear), from S6749- to tumble down, i.e. settle by a waving motion, sink; and Maveth: S4194- death, pestilence, ruin, from S4191- to die, to kill

The Israelites were probably symbolically going through a shadow of death stage in their lives. We as believers have gone through this spiritual experience of being in the shadow of death, when we are going through spiritual situations that could result in spiritual death. The best general example of this is the spiritual deadness of the world we experience on a daily basis. A great example of this is King David's experience when he actually went through the valley of the shadow of death, noted in the book of the Pslams

Psalms 23:4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for Thou art with me; Thy Rod and Thy Staff they comfort me.

The Rod and Staff is Yeshua, the Messiah.



Verse forty two

42 and they pulled up from Zalmonah, and they pitched in Punon,

40. PUNON


This was most likely a place of doom, and gloom, and darkness, and probably.

PUNON [in Syria, in Edom] (In Hebrew "Poo-nohn" (
Nnwp) S6325): Perplexity, from S6323- be distracted, from S6373 in Hebrew-Greek Key Study Bible- darkness

This was a location where the Israelites were put into "distractions". We as believers will experience spiritual distractions as well as being in the spiritual darkness, both phsyically as well as spiritually. One major example is the cares of this world, as Yeshua noted in the Gospels of Mark and Luke

Mark 4:19 And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.

Luke 8:14 And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection.

Luke 21:34 And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares.


Yeshua says that we as believers are the light of the world, as it is noted in the Gospel of Matthew

Matthew 5:14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
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because Yeshua is the Light of the world, as is also noted in the Gospel of Matthew

John 8:12 Then spake Yeshua again unto them, saying, I am the Light of the world: he that followeth Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the Light of Life.

John 9:5 As long as I am in the world, I am the Light of the world.




Verse forty three

43 and they pulled up from Punon, and they pitched in Oboth,

41. OBOTH


This was probably a place that people did their enchantments through mumbling.

OBOTH [in Syria, outside Moab] (In Hebrew "Ovoth" (
tba) S88): Water-skins, from S178- a mumble (i.e. a water skin- from its hollow sound), a necromancer (ventriloquist, as from a jar)

The Israelites were "water-skins", in other words, vessels, facing this state of mumbling, which is an act of HaSatan using ventriloquism, or a "false voice". They could be lured to do this kind of activity, if they gave in to it. We as believers in the Messiah experience these issues as earthen vessels, or water-skins, in the Messiah. We face people on a daily basis who are spiritually "mumbling" and some of those speak with "false voices". We as believers also need to not adhere to mumbling voices that are not of our Heavenly Father. The aposlte John noted this in his epistle

1 John 4:1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of hwhy: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. 2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of hwhy: Every spirit that confesseth that Yeshua the Messiah is come in the flesh is of hwhy: 3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Yeshua the Messiah is come in the flesh is not of hwhy: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.

This includes the mumbling false voices.



Verse forty four

44 and they pulled up from Oboth, and they pitched in Ije of the Abarim, in the border of Moab,

42. IJE OF THE ABARIM


This must have been a place where an army came by the place and pillaged it, then destroyed it. This could be compared to the Civil War during the famous "Sherman's March to the Sea", where Union soldiers marched through the southeast section of the states, crossed over areas, pillaged and burned buildings along their route, and put towns into ruin.

42 IJE OF THE ABARIM [in Syria, east of Moab] (In Hebrew "Ee-yey Hah-Ah-vah-reem" (
Myrbeh yye) S5863): Ruins of the passers; Iy: S5856- a ruin (as if overturned), a heap, from S5753- to crook, literally or figuratively; Avar: S5674- to cross over, go over

This was probably symbolically a test period for the Israelites to see if they will not be ruined in going over this phase. We as believers in Yeshua will experience this spiritual attack by HaSatan in passing over areas, as well as spiritual areas, whether spiritually, mentally, psychologically or physically to make our bodies, as Temples of the Ruakh HaKodesh (the Holy Spirit), a heap of ruin, as well as making us a ruin.



Verse forty five

45 and they pulled up from Iim, and they pitched in Dibon Gad,

43. DIBON GAD


DIBON GAD [in Syria, in Moab] (In Hebrew "Dee-vohn Gahd" (
dg Nbyd) S1769 and S1410): A sorrowing invasion; Dibon: S1769- pining, from S1727- to mope, i.e. (figuratively) pine, sorrow; Gad: S1410- from S1464- to crowd upon, attack, invade, overcome, from S1413- to crowd, to gash (as if by pressing into), troop

This was probably a place where the Israelites were symbolically going through a period of an invasion of solmenity, or sorrowness. We as blievers will spiritually go through this at times, to see if we can "overcome" it. In the Torah, Moses warned the Isrelites what would happen to them if they disobey 
hwhy and His Word, and it is noted in the Torah portion of B'khukothai, in the book of Leviticus

Leviticus 26:14 And if you will not listen to Me, and you will not do ta all of these Commandments; 15 And if you despise My Statutes, and if your soul, she abhors ta-My Judgments to fail doing ta-all of My Commandments, by your breaking ta-My Covenant: 16 also I, I will do this to you; And I will appoint upon you terror, ta-consumption, and ta-the fever, with consuming the eyes, and with sorrowing the soul: and you shall sow your seed for vanity, and your enemies shall eat him.

hwhy's Judgment includes sorrowing the souls of the Israelites.

Job also noted this experince when he was suffering with sorrow in his book

Job 6:10 Then should I yet have comfort; yea, I would harden myself in sorrow: let him not spare; for I have not concealed the words of the Holy One.

It also applies to us as believers if we disobey our Heavenly Father and His Word. We don't want to be invaded with spiritual sorrow that can be prevented.



Verse forty six

46 and they pulled up from Dibon Gad, and they pitched in Almon Diblathaim,

44. ALMON DIBLATHAIM


ALMON DIBLATHAIM [Syria, in Moab] (In Hebrew "Ahl-mohn Deev-lah-thai-mah" (
hmytlbd Nmle) S5963): Veiled pressing (or forever pressing); Almon: S5960- hidden, from S5956- to veil from sight, i.e. conceal (literally or figuratively), Related to S5967- forever, everlasting; Diblathaim: S1690- a cake of pressed figs, press together, akin to Zabal: S2082- apparently properly, to inclose, i.e. to reside

This is a place where the Israelites came to a point to be, symbolically, continually pressed in their lives. We as believers in Messiah are spiritually pressed continually in our walk with the Heavenly Father, from all the various matters in life as long as the prince of this world has dominance until Yeshua saves us from it.



Verse torty seven

47 and they pulled up from Almon Diblathaim, and they pitched in the Mountains of the Abarim, toward the face of Nebo,

45. MOUNTAINS OF THE ABARIM


This is the location where Moses will ascend to one of the mountains to die, as noted in the Torah portion of Ha'azinu, in the book of Deuteronomy

Deuteronomy 32:48 And 
hwhy spoke to Moses in that same day, to say, 49 Ascend to this Mount Abarim, Mount Nebo, which is in the land of Moab, which is upon the facing of Jericho; and see ta-the land of Canaan which I am giving to the Sons of Israel for a possession: 50 and shall die in the mountain where you are ascending there, and be gathered to your People; as which died Aaron, your brother, in the Mount of the Hor, and was gathered to his People: 51 upon which you transgressed against Me in the midst of the Sons of Israel, in the waters of Meribah-Kadesh, from the Wilderness of Zin; upon which you did not sanctify Me in the midst of the Sons of Israel, 52 for opposite, you shall see ta-the land; and there you shall not go to the land which I am giving to the Sons of Israel.

MOUNTAINS OF THE ABARIM [in Syria, in Moab]
(In Hebrew "Hah-rey Hah-Ah-vah-reem" (Myrbeh yrhy): Mountains of the crossings over; Harei: S2022 and S2023, same of S2024- literally- mountains of the regions; Abarim: S5682- regions beyond, from S5676- a region across, beyond, but used only adverbially (with or without a preposition) on the opposite side (especially of the Jordan), from S5674- to cross over, go over

This was most likely a location where leadership will exchange hands before the Isarelites crosses over into the promised land.

In some instances, this is a point in our lives where we as believers will experience a crossing point of mountains in our lives in which we need to let go of things and put them to death, before we continue in our walk with the Heavenly Father, like a "crossing point". It could change the outcome in our future, whether we let go of them, or do we stay stuck in the wilderness in life.

This is also the point when Yeshua died on the Mount of Olives as the anointed one, the Messiah (our symbolic Moses (Moshe, short for Mashiakh)), and crossed over to be our salvation, as Yeshua (the symbolic Joshua, meaning "Yah saves").



46. NEBO


This is the mountain of Nebo where Moses died, as noted in the Torah portion of V'zoth Ha-B'rakhah, in the book of Deuteronomy

Deuteronomy 34:1 And Moses acsended from the circumvent region of Moab to Mount Nebo, the head of the Pisgah, which is upon the facing of Jericho. And hwhy showed him all ta-the land of ta-the Gilead, unto Dan, 2 and ta all Naphtali, and ta-the land of Ephraim, and Manasseh, and ta all the land of Judah, unto the hindermost sea, 3 and ta-the Negeb, and ta-the plain of the valley of Jericho, the city of the palm trees, unto Zoar. 4 And hwhy said to him, This is the land which I swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to say, I will give her to your seed: the seeing of you among your eyes, and there, you will not go over. 5 And Moses, the servant of hwhy, died there in the land of Moab, upon the Mouth of hwhy, 6 and buried him in a gorge in the land of Moab, opposite Beth Peor: and a man does not know ta-his burial place unto this day. 7 And Moses was a son of a hundred and twenty years in his death: his eye was not faint, and the vigor was not fled.

NEBO [in Syria, in Moab](In Hebrew "N'voh"
(wbn) S5015): The name of a Babylonian deity

This is what the Nelson's Illustrated Bible Dictionary says regarding the Babylonian god, Nebo:

"KJV word for a Babylonian god (Is. 46:1; Nabu, NKJV) who was believed to preside over literature, the arts, and the sciences. Borsippa, near Babylon, was the seat of Nebo worship".

These all respresent the acts of the using the crafts for worldly purposes, and 
hwhy wanted Moses (In Hebrew "Moshe"), an abbreviation of "Moshiakh, or Messiah, to die for "the world", including the use of our gifts of crafts for worldly purposes. These things are used for purposes for self, and not for His Glory. We as believers put our use of our gifts of crafts for the world to death by laying them at the foot of the cross of the Messiah, and let Him decide where He wants us to use His gifts for His purpose, and if He wants to use some of those gifts that were put at the foot of the cross for His purpose.



Verse forty eight

48 and they pulled up from the Mountains of the Abarim, and they pitched in the plains of Moab upon Jordan-Jericho,

47. ARBOTH MOAB


This is where the Israelites settle by Jordan-Jericho, and mourned for Moses' death for thirty days. This is also the same region that Balak inquired Balaam to arrive and curse the Israelites. It is noted in the Torah portions of Khukath and Balak, in the book of Numbers

Numbers 22:1 
And the Sons of Israel, they pulled up, and and they camped in the plains of Moab [Arboth Moab] of the region of Jordan-Jericho. 2 And Balak, son of Zippor, saw ta all that Israel did to the Amorites.... 5 And sent messengers to Balaam, son of Beor, to Pethor, which is upon the river of the land of the sons of his people, to call for him, to say, Behold, a People has come from Egypt: behold, has covered ta-the eye of the earth, and he dwells opposite of me: 6 And now, come now, curse ta-this People for me; for he is mightier than me: perhaps I shall be able to smite against him, and I will expel him from the land: for I know ta-whom you bless is blessed, and whom you curse is cursed.

ARBOTH MOAB
[in Syria, in Moab] (In Hebrew "Ahr-voth Moh-ahv" (bawm tbre): Arboth: S6160- desert, from S6150- to grow dusky at sundown; Moab: S4124- her (mother's) father

This is where the Israelites face the point in which they are going start the new Biblical day at sundown to trust in 
hwhy, and not in their mother and father. We as believers have to let go of our parents to pursue our Heavenly Father, and to love Him more than our parents. Yeshua said this to the people in the Gospel of Matthew

Matthew 10:37 He that loveth father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me.

Yeshua also applied it to fellow believers, as Yeshua said to Peter in the Gospel of John

John 21:15 So when they had dined, Yeshua saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou Me more than these? He saith unto Him, Yea, Lord; Thou knowest that I love Thee. He saith unto him, Feed My lambs.



48. JORDAN


This was an area where the Israelites settled, as sourced in verse forty eight of this week's Torah portion, in the stop at Nebo.

JORDAN [Syria, in Moab]
(In Hebrew "Yahrhdeyn" (Ndry) S3383): Descender, from S3381- to descend, to go downwards, to go to a lower region, as the shore, a boundary, the enemy, etc, to fall, to bring down

Continuing with the next location



49. JERICHO


This was also an area where the Israelites settled, as sourced in verse forty eight of this week's Torah portion, in the stop at Nebo.

JERICHO
[Syria, in Moab] (In Hebrew "Y'ree-khoh" (wxry) S3405): Fragrant, from S3394- the moon, from S3391-  a lunation, i.e. month, moon

Putting the two locations together, Jordan-Jericho means "the Descending of the Moon". 
This is telling us that this is the symbolic mother, based on Joseph's dream in the Torah portion Vay-yeyshev, in the book of Genesis

Genesis 37:9 And dreamed yet another dream, and told him to his brothers, and said, Behold, I have dreamed a dream still; and, behold, the sun and the moon and the eleven stars were bowing to me. 10 And was told to his father, and to his brothers: and his father rebuked on him, and said to him, What is this dream that you have dreamed? That coming, I, and your mother and your brothers, we shall come to bow to you to the earth?

This ties in to the mountains of Moab (the mother of the father), and that this symbolic Moabite mother is "descending". This represents "the mother of the world". In the book of Revelation, this could be considered "the Harlot of Babylon" at the end times, as the apostle John noted in the book of Revelation

Revelation 17:1 And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters: 2 With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication. 3 So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. 4 And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication: 5 And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. 6 And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration.

Revelation 18:1 And after these things I saw another angel come down from the heavens, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory. 2 And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the Great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. 3 For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.


We are not to be involved, or participate, with the mother of this world, nor of this nation, which are all part of "the Babylonian System and Society", especially this time in the United States, where the Babylonian Society is definitely being strongly formed as we speak during this current administration.

Indirectly related, Abraham commanded Eliezer, his head servant, to do something unusual. It is located in the Torah portion of Khay-yey Sarah, in the book of Genesis

Genesis 24:1 And Abraham was old, going in the days: and hwhy had blessed ta-Abraham in allness. 2 And Abraham said to his servant, the elder of his house that ruled over all that he had, Put now, your hand under my testicles: 3 And I will make you swear in hwhy, the Elohim of the Heavens, and the Elohim of the Earth, that you will not take a wife to my son from the daughters of the Canaanites whom I dwell in his midst: 4 But you will go to my land, and to my kindred, and you will take a wife for my son, for Isaac. 5 And the servant said to him, Perhaps the woman, she is not willing to go after me to this land: that returning, I shall return ta-your son to the land which you came out from there? 6 And Abraham said to him, Take heed for yourself lest you return ta-my son there. 7 hwhy, Elohim of the Heavens, who took me from the house of my father, and from the land of my kindred, and who spoke to me, and who swore to me, to say, I will give ta-this land to your seed; He shall send His Messenger to your face, and you shall take a wife for my son from there. 8 And the woman, if she shall not be willing to go after you, and you shall be innocent from this of my oath: only do you not return ta-my son there. 9 And the servant put ta-his hand under the testacles of Abraham his master, and sware to him upon this word.

Abraham commanded his head servant in verse two to put his hand under Abraham's testicles. The King James Version translates this word as "thigh", but he was emphasizing his servant to place his hand under his testicles.

Looking at the word TESTACLES

The Hebrew word for testacles is "yah-reyk"- Yod, Resh, Kaph Sophit (
Kry). It is from Strong's Concordance number 3409, and its definition

From an unused root meaning to be soft; the thigh (from its fleshy softness); by euphemism the generative parts; figuratively a shank, flank, side: -  X body, loins, shaft, side, thigh.

This is where we get our modern English "rack", that is "the testicles".

 If ones thinks of it, the word "testicles" is based on the word "testimony". This was a swearing of testimony between Abraham and his elder servant, whom is commonly known to be Eliezer, because he was the supposed heir to "Abram" before the name change, as noted in the Torah portion of Lekh L'kha, in the book of Genesis

Genesis 15:2 And Abram said, Adonai hwhy, what will you give to me, and I am going childless, and a son, a steward of my house, he is Eliezer of Damascus?

There was no doubt Eliezer became Abraham's elder servant as years went by. Eliezer would have been roughly twenty years old at minimum when Abram was 85 years old. This was like Joseph being the elder servant to Potiphar, noted in the Torah portion of Vay-yeyshev, in the book of Genesis

Genesis 39:1 And Joseph descended to Egypt; and Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, Chief of the Executioners, an Egyptian man, bought him from the hands of the Ishmaelim, who had brought him down there. 2 And hwhy was with ta-Joseph, and was a prosperous man; and was in the house of his master, the Egyptian. 3 And his master saw that hwhy was with him, and all that He did, hwhy was prospering in his hand. 4 And Joseph found favor in his eyes, and served him: and made him overseer over his house, and all was to him, was given in his hand.

The reason that Abraham made Eliezer put his hand under his testacles, because that was where Abraham's source of his seed comes from, meaning that this is not just for him, but for his "seed" after him.

Indirectly related, in the future, Joshua brought the Israelites to cross over the Jordan River into the promised land, and the first place they went to destroy was the city of Jericho. It is noted in the book of Joshua

Joshua 6:1 Now Jericho was straitly shut up because of the Sons of Israel: none went out, and none came in. 2 And hwhy said unto Joshua, See, I have given into thine hand Jericho, and ta-the king thereof, and the mighty men of valour.... 26 And Joshua adjured them at that time, saying, Cursed be the man before hwhy, that riseth up and buildeth ta-this city ta-Jericho: he shall lay the foundation thereof in his firstborn, and in his youngest son shall he set up the gates of it.

As I mentioned, Jericho is "Y'rey-khoh" (wxyry), meaning "moon". Though the Hebrew letters aren't the same, they are the same in sound, and Jericho could also be a play on the word "yah-reyk" (Kry). Jericho could also be an alternate meaning for "testacles". If this is true, we can say that hwhy was telling Joshua to have the Israelites destroy the symbolic "testacles" of the Canaanites, because that would be the place where they produce the symbolic "seed" of the nation. When Jericho is destroyed, it destroyed Canaan's symbolic seed, their symbolic "reproductive system of their testacles", so that they couldn't reproduce . This would be why Joshua told the Israelites that those who would try to rebuild Jericho (the symbolic "testicles" of Canaan) would be cursed for it, because it would be a symbolic act to restore Canaan's symbolic reproductive system.

Ending with this indirectly related segment, we are to make sure that the symbolic Jericho seed in our lives, which is sin, stays destroyed, or dead, and not to allow it to be rebuilt. As the apostle James said in his epistle

James 1:12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love Him. 13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of hwhy: for hwhy cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth He any man: 14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. 15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. 16 Do not err, my beloved brethren.

Amen to that.




Verse forty nine

49 and they pitched upon the Jordan, from House of the Jesimoth unto Abel of the Shittim in the plains of Moab,

50. BETH OF THE JESIMOTH


This was most likely a place of desolation.

BETH OF THE JESIMOTH [in Syira, in Moab]
(In Hebrew "Beyth Ha-Y'shee-moth" (tmsyh tyb) S1020): House of the desolation (or House of the waste), from S1004 and plural form of S3451; Jesimoth: S3451- desolation, from S3456- to lie waste

One possibility of this place could have been to show the Israelites that this was not part of the promised land. Another aspect could be that they were to be in a place where they were to be symbolically "desolate", before they cross over to the promised land. There are times for us as believers in our spiritual walk with our Heavenly Father that we would feel "desolate" and "wasted" with the issues of the day. We have to go to Him and ask Him to save us and help us out in these times in need.



51. ABEL OF THE SHITTIM


This is a location that had Acacia trees.

ABEL OF THE SHITTIM [in Syria, in Moab] (In Hebrew "Ah-vehl Ha-Sheet-teem"
(Myjsh lba) S63): Meadow of the Acacias (or Meadow of the thorns) From S58 and plural form of S7848; Abel: S58- a meadow, plain, to be grassy; Shittim: S7848- the acacia (from its scourging thorns), from S7850-  but only as a denominative from H7752) to flog, a goad, scourge, from S7752- a lash (literally or figuratively), from S7751-  to push forth, to lash (the sea with oars), to row, to travel, mariner, rower, run to and fro

This place was probably known to contain thorns that could be used for scourging. This is the same location, with the other location names in verse forty nine, where Joshua sent two men to spy out Jericho, as well as Balaam prophecying in favor of Israel against Balak's wishes. They are noted in the books of Joshua and the prophet Micah

Joshua 2:1 And Joshua, son of Nun, sent out of Shittim two men to spy secretly, saying, Go view ta-the land, and ta-Jericho. And they went, and came into an harlot's house, named Rahab, and lodged there.

Micah 6:5 O my People, remember now what Balak, King of Moab consulted, and what Balaam, son of Beor, answered him from Shittim unto Gilgal; that ye may know the Righteousness of hwhy

This was the Israelites' symbolic act to be "scourged" with the Word of 
hwhy before they crossed over to the promised land. This would also be the Israelites' final stage before the Israelites arrive into the promised land. We as believers received "spiritual scourging" from the Gospel of Yeshua, the Word made Flesh, before we received Him as our Savior and Lord, to live in eternity with Him, and being continually "spiritually scourged" through His written Word, as well as His Rema Word to stay in eternity, all because we have received Yeshua who was "scourged" for us. We couldn't get into eternity if Yeshua didn't get scourged for our sins first.



These are their name locations, their definitions, their symbolisms, and their spiritual applications in their journeys. Many Messianic/Hebraic Roots teachers noted that each of us experience these similar kind of journies with our relationship with 
hwhy/Yeshua, as we go through these kinds stops in our lives.



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Verses thirty seven through thirty nine

37 and they pulled up from Kadesh, and they pitched in Mount of the Hor, in the edge of the land of Edom, 38 and Aaron, the Priest, ascended to Mount of the Hor upon the Mouth of hwhy, and died there, in the fortieth year of the outgoing of the Sons of Israel from the land of Egypt, in the fifth month, in the one (first) of the month, 39 and Aaron was a son of three and twenty and a hundred years in his death on Mount of the Hor,

Notice that Aaron died in Mount Hor on the fortieth year in the fifth month. The people mourned for Aaron's death for thirty days, as noted in the Torah portion of Khukath, in the book of Numbers

Numbers 20:28 And Moses stripped ta-Aaron of ta-his garments, and clothed them on ta-Eleazar, his son; and Aaron died there in the head of the mountain: and Moses and Eleazar came down from the mountain. 29 And all the Congregation, they saw, for Aaron had expired. And all the House of Israel, they mourned ta-Aaron for thirty days.

That means that the Israelites did not leave Mount Hor until, at the earliest, the first day, of the sixth month, in the fortieth year.


This means that all the journeys from Mount Hor in Moseroth to the plains of Jordan-Jericho were within four months on the fortieth year, at the earliest, on the first day of the sixth month, and it was during the eleventh month of the fortieth year that they landed at Jordan-Jericho, as noted in the Torah portion of D'varim, in the book of Deuteronomy

Deuteronomy 1:1 These are the Words which Moses spoke to all Israel in over the Jordan in the wilderness, in the plain opposite Suph, between Paran, and between Tophel, and Laban, and Hazeroth, and Di Zahab, 2 eleven days from Horeb of the way of Mount Seir, unto Kadesh Barnea. 3 And was in the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, in the one (first) of the month, Moses spoke to the Sons of Israel, according to all that hwhy commanded him to them; 4 after had slain him, ta Sihon, King of the Amorites, which dwelled in Heshbon, and ta Og, King of the Bashan, who dwelled in Astaroth, in Edrei: 5 in over the Jordan, in the land of Moab, ascended Moses in declaring ta-this Torah,...



Verses fifty-one through fifty three

50 And hwhy spoke to Moses in the plains of Moab upon Jordan-Jericho, to say, 51 Speak to the Sons of Israel, and you shall say to them, When you have gone over ta-the Jordan to the land of Canaan; 52 and you shall shall drive out ta-all the dwellers of the land from your faces, and you shall destroy ta all their carved images, and you shall destroy ta all their casted idols, and you shall smash down ta all their high places: 53 And you shall possess ta-the land, and you shall dwell in her: for I have given to you ta-the land to possess her.

This will be the Israelites' next step after they entered the promised land, to destroy all the elohim. This would be an act of honoring and obeying the Third Word (Commandment)



Verses fifty four through fifty six

54 And you shall inherit ta-the land on the lot, by your families: to the many, you shall increase ta-his inheritance, and to the few, you shall diminish ta-his inheritance: to which, the lot shall go out to him there, to him shall be; you shall inherit by the tribes of your fathers. 55 And if you will not drive out ta-the dwellers of the land from your faces; and shall be whom you let remain of them for pricks (entwining, hedge) in your eyes, and thorns in your sides, and they shall vex you upon the land which you shall dwell in her. 56 And shall be, as which I devise to do to them, I shall do to you.

When they entered the land, they did not do what they were told to do, and they let some of the Canaanites live, and they became a snare to them.


Later in time, the people of Zidon were being a thorn to the Northern House of Israel, and were a cause to scatter them from the land. The prophet Ezekiel made this prophecy against Zidon in his book

Ezekiel 28:20 Again the Word of hwhy came unto me, saying, 21 Son of man, set thy face against Zidon, and prophesy against it, 22 And say, Thus saith Adonai hwhy; Behold, I am against thee, O Zidon; and I will be glorified in the midst of thee: and they shall know that I am hwhy, when I shall have executed judgments in her, and shall be sanctified in her. 23 For I will send into her pestilence, and blood into her streets; and the wounded shall be judged in the midst of her by the sword upon her on every side; and they shall know that I am hwhy. 24 And there shall be no more a pricking brier unto the House of Israel, nor any grieving thorn of all that are round about them, that despised them; and they shall know that I am Adona hwhiy. 25 Thus saith Adonai hwhy; When I shall have gathered ta-the House of Israel from the people among whom they are scattered, and shall be sanctified in them in the sight of the heathen, then shall they dwell in their land that I have given to My servant, Jacob. 26 And they shall dwell safely therein, and shall build houses, and plant vineyards; yea, they shall dwell with confidence, when I have executed judgments upon all those that despise them round about them; and they shall know that I am hwhy, their Elohim.

Indirectly related, in contrast, the apostle Paul, had to deal with his own thorn, as he wrote in his letter to the assembly in Corinth

2 Corinthians 12:6 For though I would desire to glory, I shall not be a fool; for I will say the truth: but now I forbear, lest any man should think of me above that which he seeth me to be, or that he heareth of me. 7 And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of HaSatan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. 8 For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. 9 And he said unto me, My Grace is sufficient for thee: for My Strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the Power of Messiah may rest upon me. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Messiah's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong. 11 I am become a fool in glorying; ye have compelled me: for I ought to have been commended of you: for in nothing am I behind the very chiefest apostles, though I be nothing.

In this case, Paul's thorn was used for a benefit for him to stay humble to not exalt himself in the knowledge and revelations he received from our Lord. I know the feeling personally, because I am currently experiencing this myself.

Relating back to this week's Torah portion passage, if we as believers in the Messiah don't get rid of the "spiritual Canaanities" in our lives, it could mean certain peoples we have relationships with, even our family members and ourselves, would be thorns in our flesh. This is what Yeshua said in the Gospel of Luke

Luke 14:25 And there went great multitudes with him: and he turned, and said unto them, 26  If any man come to Me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple.

The act of not hating our biological family, and ourselves, can be thorns in our own flesh.



This is also a personal issue in our lives as believers as well. We have problems with items, issues, people, and our internal matters, that we did not get rid in our lives that we should not have allowed around us. Are they giving problems in our lives still? Did we nip them in the bud when the issues arose? We need to get the "spiritual briers", "spiritual thorns" and "spiritual Canaanites" out of our lives.







CHAPTER 34

Numbers 34:1-29

Num 34:1 And 
hwhy spoke to Moses, to say, 2 Command ta-the Sons of Israel, and you shall say to them, When you shall come to the land of Canaan; this is the land which she shall fall for youselves on an inheritance of the land of Canaan by her borders:

3 And the negeb (south) end shall be for yourselves from the Wilderness of Zin, upon the hand of Edom, and shall be for yourselves a negeb (southern) border from the Sea of Salt, eastward: 4 and you shall turn for yourselves of the border from the negeb (south) to the ascent of Akrabbim, and shall go over to Zin: and shall be his exit from the negeb (south) to Kadesh Barnea, and shall go to Hazar Addar, and shall go over to Azmon: 5 And shall surround the border from Azmon to the river of Egypt, and shall be his exit toward the sea.

6 And a sea (west) border shall be for yourselves the Great Sea: and this border shall be the sea (west) border for yourselves.

7 And this shall be a north border for yourselves: from the Great Sea you shall mark for yourselves the Mount of the Hor: 8 From the Mount of the Hor, you shall mark to the entrance of Hamath; and shall be the exit of the border of Zedad: 9 And the border shall go to Ziphron, and his exit shall be at Hazar Enan: this shall be the north border.

10 And you shall mark for yourselves for an east border from Hazar Enan to Shepham: 11 And the border shall go down from Shepham to Riblah, from the east of the Ain; and the border shall go down, and shall reach upon the shoulder of the Sea of Kinnereth eastward: 12 And the border shall go down to the Jordan, and shall be his exit at the Salt Sea: This, she shall be for yourselves, the land by her borders around.

13 And Moses commanded
ta-the Sons of Israel, to say, This is the land which you shall inherit her among the lot, which hwhy commanded to give to the nine tribes, and the half tribe: 14 for the tribe of the sons of Reuben by the house of their fathers, and the tribe of the sons of Gad by the house of their fathers, they have received, and the half tribe of Manasseh, they have received their inheritance: 15 the two tribes and the half tribe, they have received their inheritance over by Jordan-Jericho eastward of the sunrising.

16 And 
hwhy spoke to Moses, to say, 17 These are the names of the men whom they shall disribute ta-the land for yourselves: Eleazar, the Priest, and Joshua, son of Nun. 18 And you shall take one ruler, one ruler, from a tribe to inherit ta-the land. 19 And these are the names of the men:

Of the tribe of Judah, Caleb, son of Jephunneh,
20 and of the tribe of the sons of Simeon, Shemuel, son of Ammihud.
21 Of the tribe of Benjamin, Elidad, son of Chislon,
22 and of the tribe of the sons of Dan, the ruler Bukki, son of Jogli.
23 Of the sons of Joseph, of the tribe of the sons of Manasseh, the ruler Hanniel, son of Ephod,
24 and of the tribe of the sons of Ephraim, the ruler Kemuel, son of Shiphtan,
25 and of the tribe of the sons of Zebulun, the ruler Elizaphan, son of Parnach,
26 and of the tribe of the sons of Issachar, the ruler Paltiel, son of Azzan, 27 and of the tribe of the sons of Asher, the ruler Ahihud, son of Shelomi, 28 and of the tribe of the sons of Naphtali, the ruler Pedahel, son of Ammihud.

29 These are whom 
hwhy commanded to inherit, ta-the sons of Israel, in the land of Canaan.


(Note: Not all verses will have comments)


Verses one through fifteen

This is a map of the borders of Israel that Moses stated in this week's Torah portion's chapter, and the comparison of the borders noted in Ezekiel chapter forty seven

Moses' Map Of The Land Of Israel

It covered most of modern day Israel and about all of Beirut.



Verses sixteen through twenty nine

These are the rulers whom Eleazar, the Priest, and Joshua will be in charge of distributing the land by the leaders of every tribe.

These are the sons' names and their definitions (Note: Strong's Concordance numbers will be noted by an "S"):
 
THE SONS

JUDAH: Caleb (In Hebrew "Kaleyv" (
blk) S3611): Dog, yelp
SIMEON: Shemuel (In Hebrew "Sh'moo-eyl"
(lawms) S8050 [8085 + 410]): El hears
BENJAMIN: Elidad (In Hebrew "Eleedad"
(ddyla) S449): El of love
DAN: Bukki
(In Hebrew "Bookee" (yqb) S1231): Wasteful, empty, depopulate, spread out
OF JOSEPH: MANASSEH: Hanniel
(In Hebrew "Khanee-eyl" (laynx) S2592 [2603 + 410]): Favor of El
OF JOSEPH: EPHRAIM: Kemuel (In Hebrew "K'moo-eyl"
(lawmq) S7055 [6965 + 410]): Raised of El
ZEBULUN: Elizaphan
(In Hebrew "Elee-tsaphahn" (Npuyla) S469 [410 + 6845]): El of treasure
ISSACHAR: Paltiel (In Hebrew "Paltee-eyl"
(layjlp) S6409 [6404 + 410]): Deliverance of El
ASHER: Ahihud (In Hebrew "Akhee-hood"
(dwhyxa) S282 [251 + 1935]): Brother of renown
NAPHTALI: Pedahel (In Hebrew "P'dah-eyl"
(lahdp) S6300 [6299 + 410]): El has ransomed


These are the fathers' names and their definitions (Note: Strong's Concordance numbers will be noted by an "S"):

THE FATHERS

JUDAH: Jephunneh (In Hebrew "Y'phooneh" (hnpy) S3312): Prepare, respect, turn
SIMEON: Ammihud (In Hebrew "Ameehood" (dwhyme) S5989 [5971 + 1935]): People of splendor
BENJAMIN: Chislon (In Hebrew "Kees-lohn" (Nwlok) S3692): Hopeful, fat, silly
DAN: Jogli (In Hebrew "Yaglee" (ylgy) S3020): Exile, reveal
OF JOSEPH: MANASSEH: Ephod (In Hebrew "Ey-phohd" (dpa) S641): Girdle, shoulder piece, image
OF JOSEPH: EPHRAIM: Shiphtan (In Hebrew "Sheeph-tahn" (Njps) S8204): Judge
ZEBULUN: Parnach (In Hebrew "Parnakh" (Knrp) S6355): Unknown (Could be two different words; Par- bullock, and Nakh- struck, hence "a struck bullock")
ISSACHAR: Azzan (In Hebrew "ahz-zahn" (Nze) S5821): Strong one
ASHER: Shelomi (In Hebrew "Sh'oh-mee" (ymls) S8015): Peaceable
NAPHTALI: Ammihud (In Hebrew "Ahmee-hood" (dwhyme) S5989 [5971 + 1935]): People of splendor


Putting the definitions of each of the sons and fathers from each tribe together provides a phrase:

THE SONS AND FATHERS TOGETHER


JUDAH: A yelper of respect

This relates to Yeshua who was a big "yelper" against the Jewish leaders of the day, but is a respectful person in righteousness and truth for those who believed in Him.


SIMEON: El hears the 
people of splendor

This is 
hwhy who hears His People of splendor, the Isrelites, as well as He, through Yeshua the Messiah, hears us, because we are His People of splendor, who is the Bride of the Messiah.


BENJAMIN: El of love for the
hopeful

Throughout the Tanakh (Old Testament) and the Brith Khadashah (New Testament), 
hwhy/Yeshua is Love as confirmed by the apostle John in his epistle

1 John 4:16 And we have known and believed the love that hwhy hath to us. hwhy is Love; and he that dwelleth in Love dwelleth in hwhy, and hwhy in him.

He also gives love to His hopeful ones, both His heritage People, the Isarelites, as well as the people of the world, especially for those who are believers in the Messiah.


DAN: Spread out in
exile

The Israelites, both the Lost Ten Northern Tribes (Known as the House of Ephraim, also known as Joseph, or Israel) and the Two Southern Tribes (the House of Judah) were spread out in exile, because of they disobeyed His Word, and part of the purpose of Yeshua's existence on the earth was to redeem them, as the "Redeemed and Renewed First Husband" for His Bride "the Israelites".


OF JOSEPH: MANASSEH: The favor of El is his image


This is Yeshua manefested in the flesh revealing His Image to the people, while He was on the earth.


OF JOSEPH: EPHRAIM: Raised of El shall
judge

This relates to Yeshua, who was raised by the Heavenly Father on the day of First Fruits, during the days of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, on the first day of the Biblical week (at sunset on Saturday night), and shall judge the people of the world at the end times.


ZEBULUN: El of treasure of a
struck bullock

This relates to Yeshua, being the symbolic bullock, a domesticated animal, was sacrificed.


ISSACHAR: The deliverance of El is a
strong one

This is Yeshua, who is "the Deliverer", who is "the Creator", and is the strength is His Father's Word.


ASHER: Brother of renown is peaceable


Yeshua is renown all over the world for about two thousand years, He is "the Prince of Peace" (Isaiah 9:6), and He is peacable in our hearts.


NAPHTALI: El has ransomed the
people of splendor

This is also Yeshua who ransomed the People of splendor, the Israelites, as well as the people of the world, who receive Him as their Lord and Savior.


Question: "Where are the other two tribes, Reuben and Gad, and why were they not included in the roster"? Because Moses only noted the tribes who going over to inherit the land across the Jordan in verses sixteen and seventeen

16 And hwhy spoke to Moses, to say, 17 These are the names of the men, whom they shall inherit, ta-the land to you:...

 These two tribes had already received their inheritance on the east side of the Jordan River, in their fulfillment of their agreement with Moses, as noted in the Torah portion of Matoth, in the book of Numbers, and in the book of Joshua

Numbers 32:6 And Moses said to the sons of Gad, and to the sons of Reuben, The brothers of you, shall they go to the war, and you, shall you dwell here?...  16 And they approached to him, and they said, We will build here inclosures of sheep for our livestock, and cities for our little ones: 17 and we, we will depart of haste toward the face of the Sons of Israel, which until we have brought them to their place: and shall dwell our little ones in the fortified cities from the face of the dwellers of the land. 18 We will not return to our houses, until the Sons of Israel have inherited a man of his inheritance, 19 for we will not inherit with them with the going over of the Jordan, and the beyond; for our inheritance has come to us from eastward of this going over the Jordan. 20 And Moses said to them, If you will do ta-this word, if you will arm toward the Face of hwhy for the war, 21 and all of you armed, going over ta-the Jordan toward the Face of hwhy, until  ta-His enemies are driven out of Him from His Face, 22 and shall subdue her, the land, toward the Face of hwhy: and afterward, you shall return, and you shall be guiltless from hwhy, and from Israel; and this land, she shall be to you for a possession toward the Face of hwhy, 23 and if you will not do so, behold, you have sinned toward hwhy: and your sin shall be known, which she shall find you. 24 Build for yourselves cities for your little ones, and inclosures for your flocks; and you shall do that went forth your mouth. 25 And the sons of Gad and the sons of Reuben spoke to Moses, to say, Your servants shall do as which my lord commands. 26 Our little ones, our wives, our livestock, and all our animals, they shall be there in the cities of the Gilead: 27 and your servants shall go over, all armed for battle, toward the Face of hwhy to war, as which my lord spoke.

Joshua 22:9 And the sons of Reuben and the sons of Gad and the half tribe of Manasseh returned, and departed from the Sons of Israel out of Shiloh, which is in the land of Canaan, to go unto the country of Gilead, to the land of their possession, whereof they were possessed, according to the word of hwhy by the hand of Moses.







CHAPTER 35

Numbers 35:1-34

Num 35:1 And 
hwhy spoke to Moses in the Plains of Moab upon Jordan-Jericho, to say, 2 Command ta-the Sons of Israel, and they shall give to the Levites their possessions of cities to dwell; and the grazing lands of the cities surrounding them, you shall give to the Levites, 3 and they shall be the cities for them to dwell; and their grazing lands, they shall be for their animals, and for their substance, and for all their beasts. 4 And the grazing lands of the cities which you shall give to the Levites, from the wall of the city and outward shall be a thousand cubits around, 5 and you shall measure outside of the city ta-the east end of two thousand cubits, and ta-the negeb [south] end of two thousand cubits, and ta-the sea [west] end of two thousand cubits, and ta the north end of two thousand cubits; and the city shall be in the midst: this shall be to them the grazing lands of the cities.

6 And
ta the cities which you shall give to the Levites shall be ta six Cities of the Refuge, which you shall give for the one fleeing there, the slayer: and you shall give upon them forty and two cities. 7 All of the cities which you shall give to the Levites shall be forty and eight cities: them, and ta-their grazing lands, 8 and the cities which you shall give from the possession of the Sons of Israel: from ta the many you shall multiply; and from ta the few you shall diminish: a man according the mouth of his inheritance which they shall inherit, shall give of his cities to the Levites.

9 And 
hwhy spoke to Moses, to, 10 Speak to the Sons of Israel, and you shall say to them, When you go over ta-the Jordan to the land of Canaan; 11 and you shall appoint for yourselves cities, they shall be for yourselves Cities of Refuge; and the slayer that kills a soul in ignorance shall flee there. 12 And they shall be to you the Cities for refuge from the avenger; and the slayer shall not die until he stands to the face of the Congregation for judgment. 13 And the Cities which you shall give: six Cities of Refuge, they shall be for yourselves. 14 ta Three of the Cities you shall give over the Jordan, and ta three Cities shall you shall give in the land of Canaan, they shall be Cities of Refuge. 15 To the Sons of Israel, and to the stranger, and to the dweller in their midst, they shall be these six Cities for refuge: for the ones fleeing there of any killing a soul in ignorance.

16 And if has killed him on a vessel of iron, and dies, he is a murderer. Dying, the slayer shall die,

17 and if on a stone at hand which shall die on her, strikes him and dies, he is a slayer. Dying, the slayer shall die.

18 Or on a vessel of wood at hand which shall die on him has killed him, and dies, he is a slayer. Dying, the slayer shall die.

19 The avenger of the blood, he shall execute
ta-the slayer: he shall execute him in his meeting against him.

20 And if has pushed him in hatred, or has thrown upon him in laying of wait, and dies; 21 Or in enmity has struck him on his hand, and dies: dying, the striker shall die; he is a slayer: the avenger of the blood shall execute
ta-the slayer in his meeting on him.

22 And if in a moment, in no emnity, he pushed him, or threw any vessel upon him on no laying of wait, 23 or on any stone, which shall die on her, in not seeing him, and shall fall upon him, and shall die, and he was not an enemy to him, and was not seeking his evil: 24 And the Congregation shall judge between the slayer and between the avenger of the blood upon these judgments: 25 and the Congregation shall deliver
ta-the slayer from the hand of the avenger of the blood, and the Congregation shall return him to the City of his Refuge which had fled there: and shall return in her until the death of the High Priest, whom was anointed him on the Holy Oil.

26 And if going out, the slayer shall go out of
ta-the border of the city of his refuge which was fled there; 27 and the avenger of the blood finds him outside of the border of the city of his refuge, and the avenger of the blood kills ta-the slayer; blood is not to him: 28 for was to dwell in the city of his refuge until the death of the High Priest: and after the death of the High Priest, the slayer shall return to the land of his possession. 29 And these shall be to you for a Statute of Judgment for your generations in all of your dwellings.

30 Anyone that kills a soul, by the mouth of two witnessess shall kill
ta-the slayer: and one witness shall not be heeded against a soul to the death. 31 And you shall not take a cover-ransom for the soul of a slayer, whom he was guilty to the death: for dying, shall die. 32 And you shall not take a cover-ransom to flee to the City of his refuge, to return to dwell in the land, until the death of the Priest. 33 And you shall not defile ta-the land which you are in her: for the blood, he defiles ta-the land: and for the land, shall not be cover-ransomed, for the blood that was shed in her, for but on the blood shedded of him. 34 And you shall not make ta-the land which you shall dwell in her, which I dwell in her midst, unclean: for I, hwhy, am dwelling in the midst of the Sons of Israel.


(Note: Not all verses will have comments)


Verses one through eight

Each of the forty eight citities the Levites were to occupy would include 2,000 cubits of the length of each side of the city walls.

These are the measurements relating to the Levitical city:

1 mile = 5,280 feet 

1 cubit = 1.5 feet, or 18 inches

2,000 cubits x 1.5 feet = 3000 feet

3,000 feet / 5,280 feet = about .57 miles

This calculated the Levitical grazing land distance to just over a half a mile


Looking at the word GRAZING

The Hebrew word for grazing is "mee-grash"- Mem, Gimel, Resh, Shin (
srgm). It is from Strong's Concordance number 4054, and its definition

From H1644; a suburb (that is, open country whither flocks are driven for pasture); hence the area around a building, or the margin of the sea: - cast out, suburb.

from 1644 "gah-rash" (
srg), and its definition

A primitive root; to drive out from a possession; especially to expatriate or divorce: - cast up (out), divorced (woman), drive away (forth, out), expel, X surely put away, trouble, thrust out.

This is where we get our modern englis word "grass" and "graze".




Verses nine through twenty nine

These were the jails of ancient times, but they were mainly for those who didn't intend to kill anyone.

About all of the Cities of Refuge are noted in the book of Joshua. Thsese are the locations of the cities mentioned in the book of Joshua: (Note: they are colored coded for the different Levitical tribes, the twelve tribes which gave the cities, and the Cities of Refuge):

KEY

YELLOW: The sons of Aaron, the tribal cities the grazing areas were alotted to, and the grazing areas they obtained.
GREEN: The sons of Kohath, the tribeal cities they were alotted to, and the grazing areas they obtained.
RED: The sons of Gershon, the tribal cities they were alotted to, and the grazing areas they obtained.
BLUE: The sons of Merari, the tribal cities they were alotted to, and the grazing areas they obtained.
PUPRLE: The places of the Cities of Refuge.

About all of the cities of refuge are noted in the book of Joshua

Joshua 21:1 Then came near the heads of the fathers of the Levites unto Eleazar the Priest, and unto Joshua the son of Nun, and unto the heads of the fathers of the tribes of the Sons of Israel; 2 And they spake unto them at Shiloh in the land of Canaan, saying, 
hwhy commanded by the hand of Moses to give us cities to dwell in, with the grazing areas thereof for our cattle. 3 And the Sons of Israel gave unto the Levites out of their inheritance, at the Commandment of hwhyta-these cities and ta-their grazing areas.

4 And the lot came out for the families of the Kohathites: and the sons of Aaron the Priest, which were of the Levites, had by lot from the tribe of Judah, and from the tribe of Simeon, and from the tribe of Benjamin, thirteen cities.

And the rest of the sons of Kohath had by lot out from families from tribe of Ephraim, and from the tribe of Dan, and from the half tribe of Manasseh, ten cities.

6 And the sons of Gershon had by lot out from families of the tribe of Issachar, and out of the tribe of Asher, and out of the tribe of Naphtali, and out of the half tribe of Manasseh in Bashan, thirteen cities.

The sons of Merari by their families had out from tribe of Reuben, and out from tribe of Gad, and out from tribe of Zebulun, twelve cities. 8 And the Sons of Israel gave by lot unto the Levites 
ta-these cities with ta-their suburbs, as hwhy commanded by the hand of Moses.

And they gave from the tribe of the sons of 
Judah, and from the tribe of the sons of Simeon, 
ta these cities which are here mentioned by name, 10 Which the sons of Aaron, being of the families of the Kohathites, who were of the sons of Levi, had: for theirs was the first lot. 11 And they gave them ta-the city of Arba the father of Anak, which is the city Hebron, in the hill country of Judah, with ta-the suburbs thereof round about it. 12 But ta-the fields of the city, and ta-the villages thereof, gave they to Caleb the son of Jephunneh for his possession.

13 Thus they gave to
the sons of Aaron the Priest
ta-Hebron with ta-her grazing areas, to be ta-a city of refuge for the slayer; and ta-Libnah with ta-her grazing areas, 14 And ta-Jattir with ta-her suburbs, and ta-Eshtemoa with ta-her grazing areas, 15 And ta-Holon with ta-her suburbs, and ta-Debir with ta-her grazing areas, 16 And ta-Ain with ta-her suburbs, and ta-Juttah with ta-her grazing areas, and ta-Bethshemesh with ta-her grazing areas; nine cities from ta those two tribes.

17 And from the tribe of
Benjamin, 
ta-Gibeon with ta-her grazing areas, ta-Geba with ta-her grazing areas, 18 ta-Anathoth with ta-her grazing areas, and ta-Almon with ta-her grazing areas; four cities. 19 All the cities of the sons of Aaron, the Priests, were thirteen cities with their grazing areas.

20 And the families of
the sons of Kohath, the Levites which remained of the sons of Kohath, even they had the cities of their lot out from the tribe of Ephraim. 21 For they gave them
ta-Shechem with ta-her grazing areas in Mount Ephraim, to be ta-a city of refuge for the slayer; and ta-Gezer with ta-her grazing areas, 22 And ta-Kibzaim with ta-her grazing areas, and ta-Bethhoron with ta-her grazing areas; four cities.

23 And from the tribe of
Dan, 
ta-Eltekeh with ta-her grazing areas, ta-Gibbethon with ta-her grazing areas, 24 ta-Aijalon with ta-her grazing areas, ta-Gathrimmon with ta-her grazing areas; four cities.

25 And from the
half tribe of Manasseh, 
ta-Tanach with ta-her grazing areas, and ta-Gathrimmon with ta-her grazing areas; two cities. 26 All the cities were ten with their grazing areas for the families of the sons of Kohath that remained.


27 And unto 
the sons of Gershon, of the families of the Levites, from the other half tribe of Manasseh they gave
ta-Golan in Bashan with ta-her grazing areas, to be ta-a city of refuge for the slayer; and ta-Beeshterah with ta-her grazing areas; two cities.

28 And from the tribe of 
Issachar, 
ta-Kishon with ta-her grazing areas, ta-Dabareh with ta-her grazing areas, 29 ta-Jarmuth with ta-her grazing areas, ta-Engannim with ta-her grazing areas; four cities.

30 And from the tribe of
Asher, 
ta-Mishal with ta-her grazing areas, ta-Abdon with ta-her grazing areas, 31 ta-Helkath with ta-her grazing areas, and ta-Rehob with ta-her suburbs; four cities.

32 And from the tribe of
Naphtali, 
ta-Kedesh in Galilee with ta-her suburbs, to be ta-a city of refuge for the slayer; and ta-Hammothdor with ta-her suburbs, and ta-Kartan with ta-her grazing areas; three cities. 33 All the cities of the Gershonites according to their families were thirteen cities with their grazing areas.

34 And unto the families of
the sons of Merari, the rest of the Levites, from
ta the tribe of Zebulunta-Jokneam with ta-her grazing areas, and ta-Kartah with ta-her grazing areas, 35 ta-Dimnah with ta-her grazing areasta-Nahalal with ta-her grazing areas; four cities.

36 And from the tribe of
Reuben
ta-Bezer with ta-her grazing areas, and ta-Jahazah with ta-her grazing areas, 37 ta-Kedemoth with ta-her grazing areas, and ta-Mephaath with ta-her grazing areas; four cities.

38 And from the tribe of
Gad, 
ta-Ramoth in Gilead with ta-her grazing areas, to be ta-a city of refuge for the slayer; and ta-Mahanaim with ta-her grazing areas, 39 ta-Heshbon with ta-her grazing areas, ta-Jazer with ta-her grazing areas; four cities in all. 40 All the cities for the sons of Merari by their families, which were remaining of the families of the Levites, were by their lot twelve cities.

41 All the cities of the Levites within the inheritance of the Sons of Israel were forty and eight cities with their grazing areas. 42 These cities were every one with their grazing areas all around them: thus were all these cities.


There are 112 Aleph-Tavs found in this chapter mentioned. If you include the last few verses of the chapter, there are a total of 114 Aleph-Tavs. This chapter has the most Aleph-Tavs of any chapter outside of the Torah, and it is based on the Levitical cities. 
hwhy made it very important to emphasize the Aleph-Tavs here. Yeshua is The Aleph-Tav, and He is most emphasized in this issue, because He is a descendant of the High Priestly Levitical line of Aaron.


Notice that there are only five Cities of Refuges mentioned in this chapter. So why wasn't the sixth City of Refuge mentioned, and what was the sixth City of Refuge? It is noted in the Torah portion of Va'Ethkhanan, in the book of Deuteronomy

Deuteronomy 4:41
Then Moses separated three Cities on over the Jordan of the rising of the sun; 42 for the slayer fleeing there who killed ta-his neighbor in not knowing, and he was not of hatred towards him from yesterday, of three; and fled to one from these Cities and live: 43 ta-Bezer in the wilderness in the leveled land of the Reubenites; and ta-Ramoth in the Gilead of the Gadites; and ta-Golan in the Bashan of the Manassites.

The sixth City of Refuge was Bezer, located in the eastern side of the Jordan River.


Below are a couple of maps showing the Levitical cities and their cities of refuge. Both maps showing the Cities of Refuge are marked in red.

The Levitical Cities

Levitical Cities 2


Mark Biltz of El Shaddai Ministries noted that the locations of these Ciites of Refuges relate to each of Jacob's wives in their separate borders based on six of their sons' tribal locations. This is a map on how Jacob's wives were situated based on these Cities of Refuges




This list contain the meanings of each of the cities' names, using the same color key representing each of the Levitical families
(Note: Strong's Concordance numbers will be noted by an "S"):

THE SONS OF AARON

OF JUDAH


Hebron (In Hebrew "Khevrohn" (
Nwrbx) S2275): Seat of association (Arba- four, Anak- strangling, chain)
Libnah (In Hebrew "Leevnah" (
hnbl) S3841): Whitish
Jattir (In Hebrew "Yat-teer" (
rty) S3492): Redundant, excel, to be remain or left
Eshtemoa (In Hebrew "Esh-t'mo-ah" (
emtsa) S851): To hear intelligently, obedience
Holon (In Hebrew "Kholohn" (
Nlx) S2473): Sandy
Debir (In Hebrew "D'veer" (
rbd) S1688): The shrine of the innermost part of the sanctuary, arrange, speak, subdue
Ayin (In Hebrew "Ah-yeen" (
Nye) S5871): Fountain
Juttah (In Hebrew "Yootah" (
hjy) S3194): Extended
Beth Shemesh (In Hebrew "Beyth Shemesh" (
sms tyb) S1053): House of the sun


OF BENJAMIN

Gibeon (In Hebrew "Geev-ohn" (
Nwebg) S1391): Hilly
Geba (In Hebrew "Geva" (
ebg) S1387): A hillock
Anathoth (In Hebrew "Anathoth" (
twtne) S6068): Answers
Almon (In Hebrew "Almohn" (
Nwmle) S5960): Hidden



THE SONS OF KOHATH

OF EPHRAIM

Shechem (In Hebrew "Sh'khehm" (
Mks) S7927): Ridge, neck
Gezer (In Hebrew "Gehzehr" (
rzg) S1507): Something cut off, a portion
Kibzaim (In Hebrew "Keev-tsa-yeem" (
Myubq) S6911): Double heap
Beth Horon (In Hebrew "Beyth Khorohn" (
Nwrx tyb) S1302): House of hollowness


OF DAN

Eltekeh (In Hebrew "Ehl-t'key" (
aqtla) S514): [From Hebrew-Greek Key Study Bible] Meeting place
Gibbethon (In Hebrew "Geeb-b'thohn" (
Nwtbg) S1405): A hilly spot
Aijalon (In Hebrew "Ai-yalohn" (
Nwlya) S357): Deer-field
Gath Rimmon (In Hebrew "Gath Reemohn" (
Nwmr tg) S1667): Wine-press of the pomegranate


OF THE HALF TRIBE OF MANASSEH

Tanach (In Hebrew "Ta-nakh" (
Knet) S8590): (Unknown)
Gath Rimmon (In Hebrew 
"Gath Reemohn" (Nwmr tg) S1667): Wine-press of the pomegranate



THE SONS OF GERSHON

OF THE HALF TRIBE OF MANASSEH


Golan (In Hebrew "Golahn" (
Nwlg) S1474): Captive
Beeshterah (In Hebrew "B'esh-t'rah" (
hrtseb) S1203): With Ashtoreth (increase)


OF ISSACHAR

Kishon (In Hebrew "Keesh-yohn" (
Nwysq) S7191):- Hard ground
Dabareh (In Hebrew "Davrath" (
trbd) S1705): Word
Jarmuth (In Hebrew "Yarmooth" (
twmry) S3142): Elevation
En Gannim (In Hebrew "Eyn Gahn-neem" (
Myng Nye) S5873): Fountain of gardens


OF ASHER

Mishal (In Hebrew "Meesh-ahl" (
lasm) S4861): Request
Abdon (In Hebrew "Ahv-dohn" (
Nwdbe) S5658): Servitude
Helkath (In Hebrew "Khel-kath" (
tqlx) S2520): Smoothness
Rehob (In Hebrew "R'khohv" (
bxr) S7340): A width, avenue or area


OF NAPHTALI

Kedesh (In Hebrew "Kedesh" (
sdq) S6943): Sanctum (or clean) of circle (turning, round)
Hammoth Dor (In Hebrew "Khamoth Dohr" (
rad tmx) S2576): Hot springs of dwelling (generation)
Kartan (In Hebrew "Kartahn" (
Ntrq) S7178): City-plot



THE SONS OF MERARI

OF ZEBULUN


Jokneam (In Hebrew "Yak-n'ahm" (
Menqy) S3362): People will be lamented
Kartah (In Hebrew "Kahr-tah" (
htrq) S7177): City
Dimnah (In Hebrew "Deemnah" (
hnmd) S1829): Dung heap (this is where we get our English word "damn" from)
Nahalal (In Hebrew "Na-halal" (
llhn) S5096): Pasture


OF REUBEN

Bezer (In Hebrew "Betsehr" (
rub) S1221): Clipping, cut off, fenced, fortify, gold (as dug out)
Jahazah (In Hebrew "Yah-tsah" (
huhy) S3096): Perhaps threshing-floor
Kedemoth (In Hebrew "K'dey-moth" (
twmdq) S6932): Beginnings
Mephaath (In Hebrew "Mey-pha-ath" (
tepym) S4158): Illuminative, shine


OF GAD

Ramoth Gilead (In Hebrew "Ramoth" (
tmr) S7433): Heights
Mahanaim (In Hebrew "Ma-khana-yeem (
Mynxm) S4266): Double camp
Heshbon (In Hebrew "Khesh-bohn" (
Nwbsx) S2809): Contrivance, intelligence, think, regard
Jazer (In Hebrew "Ya-zeyr" (
rzey) S3270): Helpful


These are the names of the cities of refuge and their definitions mentioned above:

Hebron: Seat of association, society, spell, join, fascinate; Arba- four; Anak- strangling, chain)
Shechem: Ridge, neck
Golan: Captive
Kedesh of Galilee: Sanctum (or clean) of circle (turning, round)
Bezer: Clipping, cut off, fenced, fortify, gold (as dug out)
Ramoth: Heights


These names of the cities of refuge creates a story:

At the seat of association, after four days of His inspection [a.k.a. the Lamb], He was strangled at the neck with chains and was taken captive. Then He was sanctified to be cut off at the heights.

The meanings of the names of these Cities of Refuge tell a prophetic story of Yeshua going into Jerusalem on the tenth day of the first Biblical month of Aviv/Nissan, then is captured at the Garden of Gethsemene on the fourteenth day of Aviv/Nissan on the night of Passover, was taken captive in Jerusalem, and then sent to be crucified at the Mount of Olives during the daytime on the same Passover day. It is Yeshua's fulfillment of the Israelites' Exodus story, noted in the Torah portion Bo, in the book of Exodus

Exodus 12:1 And hwhy spoke to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, to say, 2 This month shall be to you the head of months: he shall be to you the first for the months of the year. 3 Speak to all the Congregation of Israel, to say, In the tenth of this month, and they shall take each for themselves a lamb for the house of their fathers, a lamb for the house:... 6 And shall be for you to keep until the fourteenth day of this month: and all of the Assembly of the Congregation of Israel shall kill him between the mixings. 7 And they shall take from the blood and put him upon the two side posts, and upon the upper door post of the houses which they shall eat him in them. 8 And they shall eat ta-the flesh in this night roasted of fire and unleavened bread; they shall eat upon bitters.

Yeshua came in to the city of Jerusalem four days before the Passover, as noted in the Gospel of John

John 12:12 On the next day [10th day of Aviv/Nissan] much people that were come to the Feast, when they heard that Yeshua was coming to Jerusalem, 13 Took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet Him, and cried, Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the Name of hwhy. 14 And Yeshua, when He had found a young ass, sat thereon; as it is written, 15 Fear not, daughter of Sion: behold, thy King cometh, sitting on an ass's colt. 16 These things understood not His disciples at the first: but when Yeshua was glorified, then remembered they that these things were written of him, and that they had done these things unto him.

This become the annual Spring High Holy Day of Passover, noted in the Torah portion of Emor, in the book of Leviticus

Leviticus 23:5 In the first month, on the fourteenth of the month, between the mixing periods, is the Passover to hwhy.

Yeshua became our Passover sacrifice as the apostle Paul noted in his letter to the assembly in Corinth

1 Corinthians 5:7 Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Messiah, our Passover is sacrificed for us:

!!!hwhyl dbk

Indirectly related, King David noted 
hwhy being his Refuge which is noted in the book of the Psalms

Psalms 46:1 To the chief Musician for the sons of Korah, A Song upon Alamoth. Elohim is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

Psalms 46:7 
hwhy of Hosts is with us; the Elohim of Jacob is our Refuge. Selah.

Psalms 46:11 
hwhy of Hosts is with us; the Elohim of Jacob is our Refuge. Selah.



Verse twenty five

25 and the Congregation shall deliver ta-the slayer from the hand of the avenger of the blood, and the Congregation shall return him to the City of his Refuge which had fled there: and shall return in her until the death of the High Priest, whom was anointed him on the Holy Oil.

Mark Biltz of El Shaddai Ministries displayed a chart of the amount of High Priests to the years of certain periods of time:

From the time of Moses to the time of Solomon's Temple erected:
612 years / 13 High Priest = 47 years average

From the time of Solomon's Temple to the time of the destruction of Solomon's Temple:
466.5 years / 18 High Priests = 25.9 years average

Mark Biltz noted that those innocent manslayers who went to the Cities of Refuge hoped that the High Priests were about to die, so that they wouldn't be there for a long time.



Verse twenty eight

28 for was to dwell in the city of his refuge until the death of the High Priest: and after the death of the High Priest, the slayer shall return to the land of his possession.

As I commented multiple times in previous certain Torah portions, Yeshua became the last physical legitimite High Priest on earth before He was crucified. In the application to this verse, when Yeshua died, He became the last legitimate physical High Priest to die for all the slayers of Israel. Now He has became the Saviour for ALL slayers. There have been many examples of that in recent times. One of the most well known is Nicki Cruz, who was portrayed by Eric Estrada with Pat Boone playing David Wilkerson in "The Cross and the Switchblade".


Indirectly realted, Yeshua also followed this week's Torah portion chapter, and a scenario could have occurred, which could have been based in the Gospels of Matthew and John

Matthew 26:51 And, behold, one of them which were with Yeshua stretched out his hand, and drew his sword, and struck a servant of the High Priest's, and smote off his ear. 52 Then said Yeshua unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.

John 18:10 Then Simon Peter having a sword drew it, and smote the High Priest's servant, and cut off his right ear. The servant's name was Malchus. 11 Then said 
Yeshua unto Peter, Put up thy sword into the sheath: the cup which my Father hath given me, shall I not drink it?

Based on this week's Torah portion chapter, if this is correct, Yeshua knew that if this servant could have potentially died, Peter would have had to escape to one of the Cities of Refuge, but would have been tried and be killed by the relative, would could have been the potential avenger of blood, noted in the Gospel of John

John 18:26 One of the servants of the High Priest, being his kinsman whose ear Peter cut off, saith, Did not I see thee in the garden with Him? 27 Peter then denied again: and immediately the cock crew.

This servant of the High Priest who relative's ear Peter cut off, and died, could have been the avenger of blood, and could have killed Peter by right according the Torah.


One can also say that Yeshua, the Messiah, is our City of Refuge when we accepted Him as our Savior and Lord and now lives in our hearts

!!!hwhyl dbk



Today, instead of Cities of Refuge, we have jails. We do not have a legitimite High Priest on earth, but the government. If we went by the Torah in this matter today, none of those who are in jail for killing someone will be let out, because Yeshua is our Eternal High Priest today, and He is never going to die again.



There was a true story of a woman from Texas years ago that was sent to jail and was put on death row for murdering a woman with an axe while her husband was having an affair. While in jail, she found the Messiah via a ministry, and the man that led her to the Messiah later married her. She became a completely changed person and worshiped Messiah with all her heart. Her husband appealed her execution to the governor, who at the time was George W. Bush. On the day of the execution, Governor Bush refused to stay the execution, and they put her to death. A Christian company made a movie about it.

 In my opinion, Bush, a believer himself, showed no compassion in her case. Even if former governor Bush could have given her a chance to live, did this Torah segment apply to her, because she killed a person on purpose? I will end it on that question.




Verse thirty three

33 And you shall not defile ta-the land which you are in her: for the blood, he defiles ta-the land: and for the land, shall not be cover-ransomed, for the blood that was shed in her, for but on the blood shedded of him.

This began with the first shedding of blood shedded on the ground, which is noted in the Torah portion of B'reyshith, in the book of Genesis

Genesis 4:8 And Cain spoke to Abel his brother: and was, in their being in the field, and Cain rose up to Abel his brother, and killed him. 9 And hwhy said to Cain, Where is Abel your brother? And said, I do not know: Am I the guardian of my brother? 10 And said, What have you done? The voice of the blood of your brother cries to me from the ground. 11 And now, cursed are you from the ground which hath opened ta-her mouth to receive ta-the blood of your brother from your hand; 12 When you till ta-the ground, she shall not again give her strength to you; a fugitive and a vagabond you shall be in the earth.

Because Cain defiled the earth with Abel's blood, 
hwhy punished Cain with the earth not providing him with food.







CHAPTER 36

Numbers 36:1-13

Num 36:1 And approached the heads of the fathers of the families of the sons of Gilead, son of Machir, son of Manasseh, from the families of the sons of Joseph, and they spoke toward the face of Moses, and toward the face of the Rulers, the Heads of the Fathers of the Sons of Israel: 2 and they said, 
hwhy commanded ta-my lord to give ta-the land on an inheritance on the lot to the Sons of Israel: and my lord was commanded on hwhy to give ta-the inheritance of Zelophehad, our brother, to his daughters. 3 And they were to one from the sons of the tribes of the Sons of Israel for wives, and their inheritance shall be taken from the inheritance of our fathers, and shall be added upon the inheritance of the tribe whom they shall be to them: and our inheritance shall be taken from the lot. 4 And when the Jubilee shall be of the Sons of Israel, and their inheritance shall be added upon the inheritance of the tribe which they shall be to them: and of the inheritance of the tribe of our fathers, their inheritance shall be taken.

5 And Moses commanded
ta-the Sons of Israel upon the Mouth of hwhy, to say, Thus, the tribe of the sons of Joseph speaks. 6 This is the Word which hwhy commanded to the daughters of Zelophehad, to say, They shall be for wives for the goodness in their eyes, they shall be wives only to the family of the tribe of their father, 7 and she shall not circumvent the inheritance to the Sons of Israel, removing from tribe to tribe: for a man of the Sons of Israel shall cling on the inheritance of the tribe of his fathers, 8 and every daughter shall possess an inheritance from the tribes of the Sons of Israel, she shall be for a wife to one from the families of the tribe of her father, so that a man of the Sons of Israel shall possess an inheritance of his fathers. 9 and she shall not circumvent the inheritance from a tribe to another tribe, for a man of the tribes of the Sons of Israel shall cling on his inheritance.

10
So the daughters of Zelophehad, they did as which hwhy commanded ta-Moses: 11 And Mahlah, Tirzah, and Hoglah, and Milcah, and Noah, the daughters of Zelophehad, they were for wives to the sons of their brothers: 12 they were for wives with the families of the sons of Manasseh, son of Joseph. and she was their inheritance upon the tribe of the family of their father. 13 These are the Commandments and the Judgments, which hwhy commanded by the hand of Moses to the Sons of Israel, in the plains of Moab, upon Jordan-Jericho.


(Note: Not all verses will have comments)


This was "Part Two" on the saga of the daughters of Zelophehad entitled, "The Inter-Tribal Marriage Case", from the Torah portion Pinkhas, in the book of Numbers

Numbers 27:1 And the daughters of Zelophehad, son of Hepher, son of Gilead, son of Machir, son of Manasseh, of the family of Manasseh, son of Joseph, they came: and these are the names of his daughters; Mahlah, Noah, and Hoglah, and Milcah, and Tirzah. 2 And they stood to the face of Moses, and to the face of Eleazar, the Priest, and to the face of the Rulers and all of the Congregation, at the Entrance of the Tent of Appointment, to say, 3 Our father died in the wilderness, and he was not in the midst of the Congregation that met upon hwhy in the congregation of Korah; but died in his sin, and there were no sons. 4 To why should the name of our father be removed from the midst of his family, for is not to him a son? Give to us a possession in the midst of the brothers of our father.

5 And Moses brought
ta-their cause to the Face of hwhy. 6 And hwhy spoke to Moses, to say, 7 Thus speaks the daughters of Zelophehad: Giving, you shall give to them a possession of an inheritance in the midst of the brothers of their father; and you shall pass over ta-the inheritance of their father to them. 8 And you shall speak to the Sons of Israel, to say, If a man shall die, and has not a son to him, And you shall pass over ta-his inheritance to his daughter. 9 And if has not a daughter to him, and you shall give ta-his inheritance to his brother. 10 And if has not to him brothers, and you shall give ta-his inheritance to the brothers of his father. 11 And if have no brothers to his father, and you shall give ta-his inheritance to his relative that are near to him from his family, and shall possess her: and she shall be to the Sons of Israel for a Statute of Judgment, as which hwhy commanded ta-Moses.

It is now the men of Manasseh's turn to bring a case to Moses regarding the daughters of Zelophehad. In this issue, they were concerned that Zelophehad's daughters could marry men from another Israelite tribe, and the men of Manasseh were also concerned that the land of their tribe would diminish by having it given to another tribe through "Inter-Tribal Marriage". Also, they were concerned that in the year of the Jubilee, they would not get the land back, because of the Inter-Tribal Marriage.

Moses went to
hwhy to state their case. The reason their case came to Moses, was that the men of Manasseh went through the steps of the lower courts, as was suggested by Moses' father-in-law, Jethro, which is noted in the Torah portion Yithro, in the book of Exodus

Exodus 18:17 And the father-in-law of Moses said to him, The word which you are doing is not good. 18 Wearing, you will wear away, also you, also this People who are with you: for the matter is heavy with you; You are not able to do him by your aloneness. 19 Now listen in my voice, and I will consult you, and Elohim shall be with you: You will be for the People before the Elohim, and you, you will bring ta-the words to the Elohim: 20 And you shall delegate them ta-the Statutes and ta-the Torahs, and you shall make known to them ta-the way they shall walk in her and ta-the work that they should do. 21 And you, you shall provide from all the People men of valor, fearing Elohim, men of truth, haters of dishonest gain; and you will set over them for rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens: 22 And they will judge ta-the People in all times: And shall be, that every great word, they shall bring to you, and every small word, they shall judge themseles: And shall be easier with upon yourself, and they shall bear with you. 23 If you do ta-this word, and Elohim commands you, and you shall be able to stand, and also all this People shall go upon their place in peace.

24 And Moses listened to the voice of his father-in-law, and did all that was said. 25 And Moses chose men of valor from all Israel, and put them of heads over the People, rulers of Thousands, rulers of Hundreds, rulers of Fifties, and rulers of Tens. 26 And they judged
ta-the People in all times: They brought to Moses ta-the hard word, and they judged themselves every small word. 27 And Moses sent away ta-his father-in-law; and went by himself to his own land.

Based on this week's Torah portion chapter, the men of Menasseh went through the lower courts, and after all the appeals, they now have reached the "Supreme Court" of the Israelite judicial system.... Moses.

After the men stated their case to Moses, and Moses went to
hwhy about it, hwhy made the judgement that any daughter having an inheritance were to marry within their own tribes and not another tribe, so that the Jubilee will be valid within their own tribe.


Today, in the United States, it would be impossible to apply this Commandment, with all the past influx of immigrants compared to the original landowners in the early years of this nation. The first phase of this destruction of mainting the family lands came with the G.I.'s that came back from World War II, and there was a home building boom by the government, in which applied "Eminent Domain" that was based from the Fifth Amendment in the United States Constitution in 1791. The Eminent Domain gives the United States government the right to take property away for the Government's purpose, even if the land rightly belongs to the owner.



In the end of the men of Menasseh's case, one can say that the men were satisfied with 
hwhy's decision.

"CASE CLOSED"!!!




That ends this week's Torah portion commentary.



This also ends the book of Numbers

Numbers

Don't cry. We will read you again next year, 
hwhy willing.



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