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Numbers 30:1-32:42 (30:2-32:42 in Hebrew)

There are 90 Aleph-Tavs in this week's Torah portion




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CHAPTER 30

Numbers 30:1-16


Num 30:1 And Moses spoke to the heads of the tribes of the Sons of Israel, to say, This is the Word which hwhy commanded. 2 If a man vows a vow to hwhy, or the oathing of an oath, to bind a bond upon his soul; shall not break his word according to all that came out of his mouth.

3 And if a woman vows a vow to 
hwhy, and binds herself by a bond, being in the house of her father in her youth; 4 and her father has heard ta-her vow and her bond which was bound upon her soul, and her father was silent to her: and all of her vows, and every bond which her soul has bounded shall be risen (be established, stand). 5 And if her father nullifies her in the day of his hearing; of any of her vows and her bonds which was bound upon her soul, shall not be risen: and hwhy shall forgive her, because her father has nullified her.

6 And if his being, she be to a man, and her vows are upon her, or a rash utterance of her lips, which was bound upon her soul; 7 and her man heard in the day of his hearing, and was silent to her: and her vow
shall be risen (be established, stand), and her bond which was bound upon her soul. 8 And if in the day her man hears, shall nullify her, and has broken ta-her vow which was upon her, and ta the rash utterance of her lips which was bound upon her soul: and hwhy shall forgive her.

9 And the vow of a widow, or of a divorced one, which was bound upon her soul, shall be risen
(be established, stand) upon her.

10 Or if of the house of her man was vowed, or was bound a bond on an oath upon her soul; 11 And her man heard, and was silent to her, not nullifying her: and all her vows
shall be risen (be established, stand), and every bond which was bound upon her soul shall be risen (be established, stand). 12 Or if the breaking, her husband shall break them in the day of his hearing; any going forth of her lips to her vows, and to the bond of her soul, shall not rise: her man broke them; and hwhy shall forgive her. 13 Every vow, or every oath of a bond to afflict a soul, her man shall let him rise (establish, stand), or her man shall break him. 14 Or if the silencing, her man shall be silent to her from day to day; and shall rise (establish, stand) ta-all her vows, or ta-all her bonds, which are upon her: they shall be risen (be established, stand), for was the silence to her in the day of his hearing. 15 Or if the breaking, shall break them after his hearing; and shall bear ta-her iniquity. 16 These are the Statutes, which hwhy commanded ta-Moses between a man to his wife, between a father to his daughter in her youth, in the house of her father.


(Note: Not all verses will have comments)


There is a reason I used the primary translation of "rise", or "risen".

Looking at the word RISE (ESTABLISH, STAND)

The Hebrew word for rise (establish, stand) is "koom"- Kuph, Vav, Mem Sophit (
Mwq). It is from Strong's Concordance number 6965, and its definition

A primitive root; to rise (in various applications, literally, figuratively, intensively and causatively): - abide, accomplish, X be clearer, confirm, continue, decree, X be dim, endure, X enemy, enjoin, get up, make good, help, hold, (help to) lift up (again), make, X but newly, ordain, perform, pitch, raise (up), rear (up), remain, (a-) rise (up) (again, against), rouse up, set (up), (e-) stablish, (make to) stand (up), stir up, strengthen, succeed, (as-, make) sure (-ly), (be) up (-hold, -rising).

In relation to the vows, and bonds, and oaths, the reason for the main translation of risen, because it is the general meaning from this Hebrew word. Also, the reason of this translation to rise, because in my opinion, it has the same effect as our prayers, as our prayers are commonly known to be "risen" to hwhy in the heavens. An example of this is noted in the book of the Acts

Acts 10:4 And when he looked on Him, he was afraid, and said, What is it, Lord? And he said unto him, Thy prayers and thine alms are come up for a Memorial before hwhy.

This is the same idea for vows and oaths, which they are also risen to the heavens where 
hwhy sits on His Throne to hear them. Thus the heavens-earth connection.

An example of this is from one of our founding fathers, Jacob, was the first in the Torah to make a vow, and it is noted in the Torah portion of Vay-Yeytsey, in the book of Genesis

Genesis 28:20 And Jacob vowed a vow, to say, If Elohim will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I am going, and will give to me bread to eat, and garments to clothe, 21 and I return to the house of my father in peace; and hwhy shall be to me for Elohim: 22 and this stone, which I have set for a pillar, shall be the House of Elohim: and of all which You shall give to me I will tithe a tenth to You.

Indirectly related, King Solomon made statements regarding vows based on this Torah portion, and it is in his book of Ecclesiastes

Ecclesiastes 5:4 When thou vowest a vow unto Elohim, defer not to pay it; for he hath no pleasure in fools: pay that ta-which thou hast vowed. 5  Better is it that thou shouldest not vow, than that thou shouldest vow and not pay.

Yeshua related this week's Torah portion chapter of swearing oaths which is noted in the Gospel of Matthew:

Matthew 5:33
 Again, ye have heard that it hath been said by them of old time, Thou shalt not forswear thyself, but shalt perform unto 
hwhy thine oaths: 34 But I say unto you, Swear not at all; neither by the heavens; for it is hwhy's Throne: 35 Nor by the earth; for it is His Footstool: neither by Jerusalem; for it is the City of the Great King. 36 Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black. 37 But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.

It was probable that He used this Torah portion to his teaching.



First of all, these following comments are not an act to be against women. I am just making an observation of the actions in our modern society.

These teachings can be applied to us today. Unfortunately there a lot of single women, who are not around their fathers, or their uncles for those who do not have fathers around, who made vows and oaths and bonds, especially in colleges and at work places. Married women who are working, do not have their husbands at their sides. They do not have their fathers or their husbands present to give their options to override it or not, and the women have to maintain those vows, bonds and oaths until their fathers or husbands hear it.

Unfortunately, many women mentioned above do not tell their fathers, or uncles, of their vows, bonds, or oaths. I feel sorry for them. If they only knew these Torah Commandments today, and in my opinion, they would be and feel more secure in themselves and have more respect the men they are with, being more covered and protected in the world's society.

I suggest for you who are fathers, uncles, and husbands, and for women who have fathers, uncles, or husbands, to sit at the dinner table, or in the living room, and discuss about any vows, bonds, or oaths that were made before the father, the uncle, or the husband's knowledge. Our Heavenly Father is merciful in this matter until the issue is discussed, even if it was twenty or thirty days ago or longer prior to the discussion. Until it is mentioned on the day the fathers and husbands hear them, in a way, the daughters and wives would be more protected, but the downside is that the wives and daughters are bound to what they said until it is discussed.

Indirectly related, Yeshua also said in the Gospels concerning the Tanakh, which is noted in the Gospel of Matthew

Matthew 5:17 Think not that I am come to destroy the Torah, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. 18 For verily I say unto you, Till the heavens and the earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the Torah, till all be fulfilled. 19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least Commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the Kingdom of Heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven.

Yet, Yeshua said this regarding the heavens and the earth, noted in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke

Matthew 24:35; Mark 13:31; Luke 21:33 The heavens and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.

The reason is Yeshua is the Living Word, and He is His own Vow, Bond and Oath, is that if His words pass away, then Yeshua would have to pass away as well. That will not happen, because He lives and reigns forever. There was a clear example of 
hwhy/Yeshua giving an example of His own Vow to Himself, which is noted in the Torah portion of Lekh, L'kha, in the book of Genesis

Genesis 15:7 And said to him, I am hwhy who brought you out from Ur of the Kasdim, to give to you ta-this land to possess her. 8 And said, Adonai hwhy, on what shall I know that I shall possess her? 9 And said to him, Take for Me a heifer from three years, and a she goat of three years, and a ram of three years, and a turtledove, and a nestling.

10 And took to himself
ta-all these, and divided them in the midst, and laid each of his piece to the opposite of his neighbor: and ta-the birds were not divided. 11 And came down birds of prey upon the carcases, and Abram drove them away. 12 And was the sun to go down, and a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and, behold, a terror of great darkness fell upon him. 13 And said to Abram, You know that your seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not to them, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years; 14 And also ta-the nation, whom they shall serve, I will judge: and after thus shall they come out on a great substance. 15 And you, you shall go to your fathers in peace; you shall be buried in good satisfaction. 16 And the fourth generation, they shall return here: for the iniquity of the Amorites is not complete until now.

17 And was, the sun went down, and was dark, and behold a Smoking Furnace, and a Fiery Lamp (Torch) that passed over between those pieces. 18 In his day 
hwhy cut a Covenant with ta-Abram, to say, To your seed I have given ta-this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates: 19 ta-The Kenites, and ta-the Kenizzites, and ta the Kadmonites, 20 And ta-the Hittites, and ta-the Perizzites, and ta-the Rephaim, 21 And ta-the Amorites, and ta-the Canaanites, and ta-the Girgashites, and ta-the Jebusites.

Which 
hwhy fulfilled in the book of Joshua.



Blessed are the women who have fathers and husbands that can protect them. Men do not have that privilege. "BUT" there is one factor that we as believers do have, and, no pun intended, it is a "Kingdom Trump Card". Aren't all of us believers the Bride of Messiah, and our souls, which are "female" submitted to our Heavenly Father? We as believers have the Heavenly Father as our Kingdom Trump Card to nullify any of our vows, whether we are His sons or daughters, the He sees is not profitable for us. In other words, because we are His "spiritual virgins" in the Messiah, we are under our Heavenly Father's covering to override our vows.

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CHAPTER 31

Numbers 31:1-54

Num 31:1 And 
hwhy spoke to Moses, to say, 2 Avenge vengance of the Sons of Israel from ta the Midianim: afterward, you shall be gathered to your People. 3 And Moses spoke to the People, to say, Arm with you men for the army, and they shall be upon Midian, to give the Vengance of hwhy on Midian, 4 a thousand to a tribe, a thousand to a tribe, for all the tribes of Israel, you shall send to the battle. 5 And they were comitted from the thousands of Israel, a thousand to a tribe, twelve thousand armed ones of the battle. 6 And Moses sent them, a thousand of every tribe, to the battle, them, and ta-Phinehas, son of Eleazar, the Priest, to the battle, and the Holy Vessels and the Trumpets of the sounding were in his hand. 7 And they battled upon Midian, as which hwhy commanded ta-Moses; and they killed every male, 8 and they killed ta-the kings of Midian, upon their slain; ta-Evi, and ta-Rekem, and ta-Zur, and ta-Hur, and ta-Reba, five kings of Midian: and ta Balaam, son of Beor they killed on the sword.

9 And the Sons of Israel, they took captive all
ta-the women of Midian, and ta-their little ones, and ta all their animals, and ta-all their substance, and all their wealth they plundered. 10 And ta all their cities among their habitations, and they burned ta all their towered walls in the fire, 11 and they took ta-all the spoil, and ta all the prey, among adam and among beasts. 12 And they were brought to Moses and to the Eleazar, the Priest, and to the Congregation of the Sons of Israel, ta-the captives, and ta-the booty, and ta-the spoil, to the Camp, toward the plains of Moab which are upon Jordan-Jericho.

13 And Moses, and Eleazar, the Priest, and all the Rulers of the Congregation, they went out to meet them outside of the Camp, 14 and Moses was wroth upon the Officers of the Force, of the Captains of the Thousands, and the Captains of the Hundreds, that came from the battle. 15 And Moses said to them, Have you kept alive all the females? 16 Behold, they were these toward the Sons of Israel in the word of Balaam to commit transgression against 
hwhy upon the matter of Peor, and the plague, she was on the Congregation of hwhy. 17 And now, kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman known to a man by lying of a male, 18 and all the little ones among the females who have not known lying to a male, keep alive for yourselves. 19 And you, pitch outside of the Camp seven days: all that killed a soul, and all that touched on a slained one, you shall purify yourselves on the third day and on the seventh day, you and your captives, 20 and you shall purify every garment, and every vessel of skin, and every work of goats, and every vessel of wood.

21 And Eleazar, the Priest, said to the men of the army that went to the war, This is the Statute of the Torah which 
hwhy commanded ta-Moses; 22 Only ta-the gold, and ta-the silver, ta-the copper, ta-the iron, ta-the tin, and ta-the lead, 23 every thing that shall go in the fire, you shall pass over in the fire, and shall be clean: shall be purified in the Water of Impurity: and of all that shall not go in the fire, you shall pass over in the water, 24 and you shall wash your garments on the seventh day, and you shall be clean, and afterward, you shall come to the Camp.

25 And 
hwhy spoke to Moses, to say, 26 Lift up ta the heads of the booty of the captives, among adam, and among animals, you, and Eleazar, the Priest, and the heads of the fathers of the Congregation: 27 And you shall divide ta-the booty; between those handling the war, gone out to the battle, and between all the Congregation: 28 and you shall raise a Tribute to hwhy from ta the men of the war that went out to the battle: one soul from five hundred from the adam, and from the herd, and from the donkeys, and from the flock: 29 You shall take from their half, and you shall give to Eleazar, the Priest, of a Heave Offering of hwhy. 30 And from the half of the Sons of Israel, you shall take one portion from the fifty, from the adam, from the herd, from the asses, and from the flock, from all the livestock, and you shall give them to the Levites, keeping the Charge of the Tabernacle of hwhy. 31 And Moses and Eleazar, the Priest, did as which hwhy commanded ta-Moses, 32 and was the booty, the rest of the plunder which the People of the army, they plundered of sheep were six hundred thousand, and seventy thousand, and five thousand, 33 and oxen were two and seventy thousand, 34 and donkeys were one and sixty asses, 35 and the souls of adam, from the women whom they have not know lying to a male, all the souls were two and thirty thousand.

36 And she was the half of the portion of the ones gone out in the battle: the number of the sheep were three hundred thousand, and thirty thousand, and seven thousand, and five hundred: 37 and the Tribute to
hwhy from the sheep was six hundred, five and seventy. 38 And the oxen were six and thirty thousand; and their Tribute to hwhy was two and seventy, 39 and the donkeys were thirty thousand, and five hundred; and their Tribute to hwhy was one and sixty, 40 and the souls of adam were sixteen thousand; and their Tribute to hwhy was two and thirty souls. 41 And Moses gave ta-the Tribute of the Heave Offering of hwhy, to Eleazar, the Priest, as which hwhy commanded ta-Moses.

42 And from the half of the Sons of Israel which Moses divided from the men that warred, 43 and she was the half of the Congregation, from the sheep were three hundred thousand, and thirty thousand, seven thousand, and five hundred, 44 and the oxen were six and thirty thousand, 45 and donkeys were thirty thousand and five hundred, 46 and the souls of adam were sixteen thousand; 47 and Moses took from the half of the Sons of Israel
ta-the one portion from the fifty, from the adam, and from the animal, and gave them to the Levites keeping the Charge of the Tabernacle of hwhy; as which hwhy commanded ta-Moses.

48 And the Officers who were to the thousands of the army, Chiefs of the Thousands, and Chiefs of the Hundreds, they drew near to Moses: 49 and they said to Moses, Your servants, they have lifted
ta-the heads of the men of the war who were in our hand, and a man was not missing from us, 50 and we brought ta-a Karban Offering of hwhy, a man who was found vessels of gold: chains, and bracelets, rings, earrings, and beads to atone upon our souls toward the Face of hwhy. 51 And Moses and Eleazar, the Priest, took ta-the gold from them, all vessels of work, 52 and all of the gold of the Heave Offering which they heaved up to hwhy was sixteen thousand, seven hundred, and fifty shekels from ta the Chiefs of the Thousands, and from ta Chiefs of the Hundreds, 53 men of the army, they plundered a man for himself. 54 And Moses and Eleazar, the Priest, took ta-the gold from ta Chiefs of the Thousands and the Hundreds, and they brought him to the Tent of Appointment of a Memorial for the Sons of Israel toward the Face of hwhy.


(Note: Not all verses will have comments)


Verses one through seven

1 And hwhy spoke to Moses, to say, 2 Avenge vengance of the Sons of Israel from ta the Midianim: afterward, you shall be gathered to your People. 3 And Moses spoke to the People, to say, Arm with you men for the army, and they shall be upon Midian, to give the Vengance of hwhy on Midian, 4 a thousand to a tribe, a thousand to a tribe, for all the tribes of Israel, you shall send to the battle. 5 And they were comitted from the thousands of Israel, a thousand to a tribe, twelve thousand armed ones of the battle. 6 And Moses sent them, a thousand of every tribe, to the battle, them, and ta-Phinehas, son of Eleazar, the Priest, to the battle, and the Holy Vessels and the Trumpets of the sounding were in his hand.

I heard from some that said Phinehas fought with the Isralites in battle. No, he did not. He was in charge of the Holy Vessels and the Trumpets. Also, this was not the only time that the High Priest stayed home while the son, or sons, of the High Priest went out with the Holy Vessels.

In the book of 1st Samuel, the Israelites went out to fight the Philistines. Eli, the High Priest, stayed at home while his two sons, Hophni, and the other named, ironically, Phinehas, went out with the Ark of the Covenant to the battle. In this case, the problem was that both sons were defiled and rebellious against 
hwhy, and the People looked to the Ark to deliver them from the Philistines instead of looking to hwhy to be their Deliverer. Because of these reasons, they were defeated, and Eli and his sons died as a result.

Looking at the word TRUMPETS

The Hebrew word for trumpets is "khah-tsoh-tsrah"- Khet, Tsade, Tsade, Resh, Heh (hruux). It is from Strong's Concordance number 2689, and its definition

By reduplication from H2690; a trumpet (from its sundered or quavering note): - trumpet (-er).

from 2690 "khah-tsahr", "khah-tsoh-tseyr", "khah-tsoh-reyr" (rux, ruux, rrux), and its definition

A primitive root; properly to surround with a stockade, and thus separate from the open country; but used only in the reduplicated form (the second and third forms; to trumpet, that is, blow on that instrument): - blow, sound, trumpeter.


These are the two silver trumpets that Phinehas carried, which are noted in the Torah portion of Sh'lakh L'kha, in the book of Numbers

Numbers 10:1 And hwhy spoke to Moses, to say, 2 Make for yourself two trumpets of silver; you shall make them beaten: and they shall be to you for the calling of the Congregation, and for moving ta-the camps. 3 And they shall blow on them, and all of the Congregation, they shall gather to you to the Entrance of the Tent of Appointment. 4 And if they blow on one, and the rulers of the Heads of the Thousands of Israel, they shall gather to you. 5 And of your blowing of a signal, and the camps, they shall pull up that camp to the east. 6 And of your blowing of a signal a second time, and shall pull up the camps that are encamped to the right (south): they shall blow a signal for their journeys. 7 And in the assembling of ta-the Assembly, you shall blow, and not signal. 8 And the sons of Aaron, the Priests, they shall blow on the trumpets; and they shall be to you for a Statute of Ages for your generations.

Phinehas was in charge of having the silver trumpets blown for each of the camps, 12,000 men per camp, in this battle. 



Verses seven and eight

7 And they battled upon Midian, as which hwhy commanded ta-Moses; and they killed every male, 8 and they killed ta-the kings of Midian, upon their slain; ta-Evi, and ta-Rekem, and ta-Zur, and ta-Hur, and ta-Reba, five kings of Midian: and ta Balaam, son of Beor they killed on the sword.

Looking at the following names of the kings and their definitions (Note: Strong's Concordance numbers are noted by an "S"):

Evi (In Hebrew "Eh-vee" (ywa) S189): Long, lust, desirous, covet
Rekem (In Hebrew "Reh-kehm" (Mqr) S7552): Versicolor, fabricate
Zur (In Hebrew "Tsoor" (rwu) S6698): Rock, cliff
Hur (In Hebrew "Khoor" (rwx) S2354): Blanch, wax pale, white, crevice, cell, bore, hole
Reba (In Hebrew "Reh-vah" (ebr) S7254): Long, lust, desirous, covet

Putting the definitions of their names together, it makes a story:

"One who is desirous, who will fabricate the rock, is white who became a longing"

This is HaSatan fabricating "the Rock", who is Yeshua, the Messiah, and HaSatan will be in white, and be longed by the people of the world. An example of this is from the apostle Paul's letter to the assembly in Corinth

2 Corinthians 11:14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.



Verses thirtten through twenty

13 And Moses, and Eleazar, the Priest, and all the Rulers of the Congregation, they went out to meet them outside of the Camp, 14 and Moses was wroth upon the Officers of the Force, of the Captains of the Thousands, and the Captains of the Hundreds, that came from the battle. 15 And Moses said to them, Have you kept alive all the females? 16 Behold, they were these toward the Sons of Israel in the word of Balaam to commit transgression against hwhy upon the matter of Peor, and the plague, she was on the Congregation of hwhy. 17 And now, kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman known to a man by lying of a male, 18 and all the little ones among the females who have not known lying to a male, keep alive for yourselves. 19 And you, pitch outside of the Camp seven days: all that killed a soul, and all that touched on a slained one, you shall purify yourselves on the third day and on the seventh day, you and your captives, 20 and you shall purify every garment, and every vessel of skin, and every work of goats, and every vessel of wood.

This is the Torah regarding those touching a dead human noted in the Torah portion of Khukath, in the book of Numbers

Numbers 19:11 The one touching on the dead of any soul of an Adam, and shall be unclean seven days. 12 He shall purify among himself on the third day, and shall be clean on the seventh day: and if not shall purify on the third day and on the seventh day, shall not be clean. 13 All of the ones touching on the dead on a soul of the Adam who shall die, and shall not purify ta-the Tabernacle of hwhy, shall be unclean; and that soul, she shall be cut off from Israel: for the Water of Impurity was not sprinkled upon him, shall still be unclean; his uncleanness is on him.

They were to be cleansed with the hyssop by the Purge Offering from the Water of Nidah, from the burning of the red heifer, the scarlet thread, the cedar tree and the hyssop.

Numbers 19:1 And hwhy spoke to Moses and to Aaron, to say, 2 this is the Statute of the Torah that hwhy commanded, to say: Speak to the Sons of Israel, and they shall bring to you a perfect red heifer, which shall not be a blemish in her, which a yoke has not been elevated upon her. 3 And you shall give her to Eleazar, the Priest, and bring her to outside of the Camp, and shall kill her toward His Face. 4 And Eleazar, the Priest, shall take from her blood on his finger, and sprinkle of her blood toward the front of the face of the Tent of Appointment seven times. 5 And shall burn ta-the heifer to His Eyes; ta-her skin, and ta-her flesh, and ta-her blood, upon her dung shall burn. 6 And the Priest shall take cedar wood, and hyssop, and the crimson worm, and shall cast to the midst of the burning of the heifer. 7 And the Priest shall wash his garments and bathe his flesh in the water, and afterward shall come to the Camp, and the Priest shall be unclean until the mixing time (evening).

Yeshua noted of one form of dealing with the dead, which is noted in the Gospel of Matthew

Matthew 8:21 And another of His disciples said unto Him, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father. 22 But Yeshua said unto him, Follow Me; and let the dead bury their dead.

In other words, Yeshua did not want future disciples to deal with people who are dead (physically and spiritually). He knew that in the future that the Temple would be destroyed, and the Water of Impurity would not be effective.



Verses twenty-one through twenty four

21 And Eleazar, the Priest, said to the men of the army that went to the war, This is the Statute of the Torah which hwhy commanded ta-Moses; 22 Only ta-the gold, and ta-the silver, ta-the copper, ta-the iron, ta-the tin, and ta-the lead, 23 every thing that shall go in the fire, you shall pass over in the fire, and shall be clean: shall be purified in the Water of Impurity: and of all that shall not go in the fire, you shall pass over in the water, 24 and you shall wash your garments on the seventh day, and you shall be clean, and afterward, you shall come to the Camp.

Those items that the men of war brought to the Camp that were not metals that cannot be cleansed through the fire have to go through the water, like wood. Also, though not mentioned, but understood, they have to go through the Water of Nidah. These had to be done while the men were still in their unclean state until the third and seventh days when they purify themselves, and they themselves were purified by the Water of Nidah, and could return to their camps in the Camp. The reason they cleansed these materials, because, spiritually speaking, any demonic spirits from Midian on these items would be "removed" from the items.

The fire and water are symbols of the Ruakh HaKodesh (the Holy Spirit, and He purges us with fire and water so that we will be purified before our Heavenly Father in Yeshua, the Messiah.

There have been many accounts of items that have been possessed. An example of this is from one popular evangelist whose wife was given a book. Innocent as it was, her husband discerned that it was possessed with evil spirits, and told his wife to take the book out of the house immediately. HaSatan can use materials that look good to us, but we are not to take them because of those evil spirits.



Verses twenty five through thirty-five

25 And hwhy spoke to Moses, to say, 26 Lift up ta the heads of the booty of the captives, among adam, and among animals, you, and Eleazar, the Priest, and the heads of the fathers of the Congregation: 27 And you shall divide ta-the booty; between those handling the war, gone out to the battle, and between all the Congregation: 28 and you shall raise a Tribute to hwhy from ta the men of the war that went out to the battle: one soul from five hundred from the adam, and from the herd, and from the donkeys, and from the flock: 29 You shall take from their half, and you shall give to Eleazar, the Priest, of a Heave Offering of hwhy. 30 And from the half of the Sons of Israel, you shall take one portion from the fifty, from the adam, from the herd, from the asses, and from the flock, from all the livestock, and you shall give them to the Levites, keeping the Charge of the Tabernacle of hwhy. 31 And Moses and Eleazar, the Priest, did as which hwhy commanded ta-Moses, 32 and was the booty, the rest of the plunder which the People of the army, they plundered of sheep were six hundred thousand, and seventy thousand, and five thousand, 33 and oxen were two and seventy thousand, 34 and donkeys were one and sixty asses, 35 and the souls of adam, from the women whom they have not know lying to a male, all the souls were two and thirty thousand.

They divided the spoils into two parts: One part for those who were in the battle and one part for the rest of Israel. Each of the half of their portions were to take out one out of every five hundred (1/500) animals and virgins out for the Levites, because they are taking care of the Tabernacle.

These were the total of animals and humans that were taken from the battle:

Sheep: 675,000
Cattle: 72,000
Donkeys: 61,000
Virgins (adam): 32,000



Verses thirty six through forty seven

36 And she was the half of the portion of the ones gone out in the battle: the number of the sheep were three hundred thousand, and thirty thousand, and seven thousand, and five hundred: 37 and the Tribute to hwhy from the sheep was six hundred, five and seventy. 38 And the oxen were six and thirty thousand; and their Tribute to hwhy was two and seventy, 39 and the donkeys were thirty thousand, and five hundred; and their Tribute to hwhy was one and sixty, 40 and the souls of adam were sixteen thousand; and their Tribute to hwhy was two and thirty souls. 41 And Moses gave ta-the Tribute of the Heave Offering of hwhy, to Eleazar, the Priest, as which hwhy commanded ta-Moses.

42 And from the half of the Sons of Israel which Moses divided from the men that warred, 43 and she was the half of the Congregation, from the sheep were three hundred thousand, and thirty thousand, seven thousand, and five hundred, 44 and the oxen were six and thirty thousand, 45 and donkeys were thirty thousand and five hundred, 46 and the souls of adam were sixteen thousand; 47 and Moses took from the half of the Sons of Israel
ta-the one portion from the fifty, from the adam, and from the animal, and gave them to the Levites keeping the Charge of the Tabernacle of hwhy; as which hwhy commanded ta-Moses.


This is a chart on how the spoil was divided

12,000 Men From The Battle The Rest Of Israel
Sheep- 337,500 Sheep- 337,500
Cattle- 36,000 Cattle- 36,000
Donkeys- 30,500 Donkeys- 30,500
Virgins (adam)- 16,000 Virgins (adam)- 16,000
The 1/500 Given To The Levites From The 12,000 Men From The Battle The 1/500 Given To The Levites From The Rest Of Israel
Sheep- 337,500/500 = 675 Sheep- 337,500/500 = 675
Cattle- 36,000/500 = 72 Cattle- 36,000/500 = 72
Donkeys- 30,500/500 = 61 Donkeys- 30,500/500 = 61
Virgins- 16,000/500 = 32 Virgins- 16,000/500 = 32

Total Given To The Levites
Sheep- 1,350
Cattle- 144
Donkeys- 122
Virgins- 64


Indirectly related, there is another account about spoils. David, before he was king, had to deal with a post battle spoil dispute after David and his men fought against the Amalekites. It is noted in the book of Samuel


1 Samuel 30:16 And when he had brought him down, behold, they were spread abroad upon all the earth, eating and drinking, and dancing, because of all the great spoil that they had taken out of the land of the Philistines, and out of the land of Judah. 17 And David smote them from the twilight even unto the evening of the next day: and there escaped not a man of them, save four hundred young men, which rode upon camels, and fled. 18 And David recovered 
ta-all that the Amalekites had carried away: and David rescued ta-his two wives. 19 And there was nothing lacking to them, neither small nor great, neither sons nor daughters, neither spoil, nor any thing that they had taken to them: David recovered all. 20 And David took ta-all the flocks and the herds, which they drave before those other cattle, and said, This is David's spoil. 21 And David came to the two hundred men, which were so faint that they could not follow David, whom they had made also to abide at the brook Besor: and they went forth to meet David, and to meet the People that were with him: and when David came near to ta-the People, he saluted them. 22 Then answered all the wicked men and men of Belial, of those that went with David, and said, Because they went not with us, we will not give them ought of the spoil that we have recovered, save to every man ta-his wife and ta-his children, that they may lead them away, and depart. 23 Then said David, Ye shall not do so, my brethren, with ta that which hwhy hath given us, who hath preserved us, and delivered ta-the company that came against us into our hand. 24 For who will hearken unto you in this matter? but as his part is that goeth down to the battle, so shall his part be that tarrieth by the stuff: they shall part alike. 25 And it was so from that day forward, that he made it a statute and an ordinance for Israel unto this day.

This commandment made by David was similar to this week's Torah portion chapter. In David's case, he made this command, so that those who were armed for war, but stayed behind guarding the supplies, would obtain spoils as well.




Verses forty eight and forty nine

48 And the Officers who were to the thousands of the army, Chiefs of the Thousands, and Chiefs of the Hundreds, they drew near to Moses: 49 and they said to Moses, Your servants, they have lifted ta-the heads of the men of the war who were in our hand, and a man was not missing from us,

This battle was the only biblical account in which all the 12,000 men who were fighting man to man combat survived. Not one man died in it, and there was no other account like it throughout Bible history ever since.

There was a different kind of battle that was won without a loss of men, but it did not involve a man to man combat. It was Gideon and his 300 men in the book of Judges. All they did was to put a torch in the clay vessels and then broke them, and they blew the shofars shouting "The Sword of 
hwhy and of Gideon!", and won the battle that way, with hwhy's help.

In another confrontation without men involved, but with 
hwhy invovled, was in the book of 2nd Kings when King Hezekiah, as he and the Southern House of Judah were in Jerusalem, prayed to hwhy to deliver them from the hand of the King of Assyria. hwhy had Isaiah, the Prophet, send a message to King Hezekiah that hwhy will deliver them from their hand. That night, a Messenger of hwhy came over the Assyrian camp and smote 185,000 men without one Israelite man involved in the fight.

There will be one more battle which will not contain one death for the believers. It is when Yeshua comes back to rule on the earth, and it is noted in the book of Revelation

Revelation 19:11 And I saw the heavens opened, and behold a white horse; and He that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He doth judge and make war. 12 His Eyes were as a flame of fire, and on His Head were many crowns; and He had a Name written, that no man knew, but He Himself. 13 And He was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and His name is called The Word of hwhy. 14 And the armies which were in the heavens followed Him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. 15 And out of His Mouth goeth a Sharp Sword, that with it He should smite the nations: and He shall rule them with a rod of iron: and He treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty El. 16 And He hath on His vesture and on His thigh a Name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS. 17 And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great Elohim; 18 That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great. 19 And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against Him that sat on the horse, and against His Army. 20 And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone. 21 And the remnant were slain with the sword of Him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of His Mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.
 
Not one saint died in this battle.



Verse fifty

50 and we brought ta-a Karban Offering of hwhy, a man who was found vessels of gold: chains, and bracelets, rings, earrings, and beads to atone upon our souls toward the Face of hwhy.

The Captains of Thousands and the Captains of Hundreds were thankful to 
hwhy for not losing one man, that they brought their Karban Offering to Him.

Looking at the word KARBAN OFFERING

The Hebrew word for Karban Offering is "kahr-bahn"- Kuph Resh, Bet, Nun Sophit (
Nbrq). It is from Strong's Concordance number 7133, and its definition

From H7126; something brought near the altar, that is, a sacrificial present: - oblation, that is offered, offering

from 7126 "kah-rahv" (
brq), and its definition

A primitive root; to approach (causatively bring near) for whatever purpose: - (cause to) approach, (cause to) bring (forth, near), (cause to) come (near, nigh), (cause to) draw near (nigh), go (near), be at hand, join, be near, offer, present, produce, make ready, stand, take.

This word is translated in various English versions as gift, oblation, or offering. It is a general gift offering, and Yeshua noted it in the Gospel of Mark

Mark 7:11 But ye say, If a man shall say to his father or mother, It is Corban [Karban Offering], that is to say, a gift, by whatsoeuer thou mightest be profited by Me: he shalbe free.

This is where we get our modern English word "carbon".



Verses fifty-one through fifty four

51 And Moses and Eleazar, the Priest, took ta-the gold from them, all vessels of work, 52 and all of the gold of the Heave Offering which they heaved up to hwhy was sixteen thousand, seven hundred, and fifty shekels from ta the Chiefs of the Thousands, and from ta Chiefs of the Hundreds, 53 men of the army, they plundered a man for himself. 54 And Moses and Eleazar, the Priest, took ta-the gold from ta Chiefs of the Thousands and the Hundreds, and they brought him to the Tent of Appointment of a Memorial for the Sons of Israel toward the Face of hwhy.

 They brought vessels of gold: chains, bracelets, rings, ear rings, and jewels to atone for their souls before 
hwhyMoses and Eleazar, the Priest, weighed the gold, and it came to 16,750 shekels. There are various sources that have different weights to the shekel. Some have it over 9.5 grams while another source shows it as much as 17 grams. Let us say that one shekel equals 10 grams. One pound equals about 453.6 grams. Divide that by 10 grams and you get 45.36 shekels per one pound. Divide 45.36 shekels per pound, by 16,750 shekels and it comes to almost 370 pounds. That is a lot of weight in gold. It also says there was more spoil the army took for themselves besides the gold that was given to the Levites. How much of it was taken by them? We do not know, but multiply it by 12,000 men and you will get an idea.







CHAPTER 32

Numbers 32:1-42

Num 32:1 And were many livestock to the sons of Reuben and to the sons of Gad, numerously many: and they saw
ta-the land of Jazer, and ta-the land of Gilead, and behold, the place was a place for livestock; 2 and the sons of Gad and the sons of Reuben came, and they spoke to Moses, and to Eleazar, the Priest, and to the Rulers of the Congregation, to say, 3 Ataroth, and Dibon, and Jazer, and Nimrah, and Heshbon, and Elealeh, and Shebam, and Nebo, and Beon, 4 the land which hwhy had struck toward the face of the Congregation of Israel, she is a land for livestock, and livestock is to your servants: 5 And they said, If we have found grace in your eyes, shall be given ta-this land to your servants for a possession, not do you make us go over ta-the Jordan.

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? 7 And to why do you discourage
ta-the heart of the Sons of Israel from going over to the land which hwhy has given to them? 8 Thus did your fathers in my sending them from Kadesh-Barnea to see ta-the land, 9 and they went up unto the valley of Eshcol, and they saw ta-the land, and they discouraged ta-the heart of the Sons of Israel for not to go to the land, which hwhy had given to them. 10 And the Anger of hwhy glowed in that day, and swore to say, 11 Yet, the men that ascend from Egypt, from a son of twenty years and upward, they shall not see ta the ground which I swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob; for they are not fully after Me: 12 except Caleb, son of Jephunneh, the Kenezite, and Joshua, son of Nun: for they were fully after hwhy. 13 And the Anger of hwhy glowed against Israel, and wandered them in the wilderness forty years, until all the generation that did the evil in the Eyes of hwhy deceased. 14 And behold, you have risen up instead of your fathers of an increase of sinful men to augment still the Fierce Anger of hwhy toward Israel, 15 for if you turn from following Him, and yet again leave Him in the wilderness; and you shall cause destruction to all this People.

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.

28 And Moses commanded to them
ta Eleazar, the Priest, and ta Joshua, son of Nun, and ta-the heads of the fathers of the tribes of the Sons of Israel: 29 And Moses said to them, If the sons of Gad and the sons of Reuben shall go over ta-the Jordan with you, all armed for war, toward the Face of hwhy, and shall subdue her, the land, to your faces; and you shall give to them ta-the land of the Gilead for the possession: 30 and if they will not go over armed with you, and they shall inherit in your midst, in the land of Canaan. 31 And the sons of Gad and the sons of Reuben answered, to say, ta-What has spoken hwhy to your servants, so will we do. 32 We, we will go over the land of Canaan armed toward the Face of hwhy, and shall be with us the possession of our inheritance over the Jordan. 33 And Moses gave to them, to the sons of Gad, and to the sons of Reuben, and to the half tribe of Manasseh, son of Joseph, the land of ta-the kingdom of Sihon, King of the Amorites, and ta-the kingdom of Og, King of the Bashan, to her cities in their borders, the cities of the land all around.

34 And the sons of Gad built
ta-Dibon, and ta-Ataroth, and ta Aroer, 35 and ta-Atroth-Shophan, and ta-Jaazer, and Jogbehah, 36 and ta-Beth Nimrah, and ta-Beth Haran, fortified cities: and inclosures for sheep. 37 And the sons of Reuben built ta-Heshbon, and ta-Elealeh, and ta-Kirjathaim, 38 and ta-Nebo, and ta-Baal Meon, with the change of name, and ta-Shibmah: and they called by their name ta-the names of the cities which they built. 39 And the sons of Machir, son of Manasseh, to Gilead, they went, and siezed her, and expelled ta-the Amorites who were in her. 40 And Moses gave ta-the Gilead to Machir, son of Manasseh; and dwelled in her. 41 And Jair, son of Manasseh went and seized their towns, and called them Havoth-Jair. 42 And Nobah went and seized ta-Kenath, and ta-her buildings, and called to her Nobah, on his name.


(Note: Not all verses will have comments)


Verses one through six

1 And were many livestock to the sons of Reuben and to the sons of Gad, numerously many: and they saw ta-the land of Jazer, and ta-the land of Gilead, and behold, the place was a place for livestock; 2 and the sons of Gad and the sons of Reuben came, and they spoke to Moses, and to Eleazar, the Priest, and to the Rulers of the Congregation, to say, 3 Ataroth, and Dibon, and Jazer, and Nimrah, and Heshbon, and Elealeh, and Shebam, and Nebo, and Beon, 4 the land which hwhy had struck toward the face of the Congregation of Israel, she is a land for livestock, and livestock is to your servants: 5 And they said, If we have found grace in your eyes, shall be given ta-this land to your servants for a possession, not do you make us go over ta-the Jordan.

Well, we come to another form of "Dumb and Dumber", a.k.a. the sons of Reuben and Gad. They came to Moses, Eleazar and the leaders of another bad idea, at first. Another interesting thing about this Toraic account is that both of theses tribes were located at the southern Israelite Camp

Israel Camp

 It seems that the southern camp had the most problems during Israel's journey in the wilderness.



Providing another perspective regarding this issue, going back to point out a couple of certain previous major incidents during the Israelites' journey in the wilderness, starting with this account in the Torah portion of Korakh, in the book of Numbers, the tribes of the individuals who were involved in the Korah's Rebellion, were Korah, of the Levitical Kohathite People, and Dathan and Abiram of the tribe of Reuben, and most likely, the 250 men. This is a chart of the Camp showing their tribal locations

Israelite Camp


Another account is located in the Torah portions of Balak and Phinehas, in the book of Numbers, where the tribe of Simeon was the major and majority tribe that were involved with the Midianite women worshipping their pagan elohim. They were also of the southern Israelite Camp. This is a chart of the Israelite Camp showing the tribe of Simeon's location

Israel Camp

And of this week's Torah portion passage regarding Reuben and Gad wanting to stay on the east side of the Jordan and live there. This is a chart of the Israelite Camp revealing their tribal locations

Israel Camp

Comparing all of these three accounts and their tribal locations of each of the peoples  shown above, they are all located on the SOUTHERN CAMP AREA. It does not make sense if one sees the English text of the word south. Looking at the text of the South Camp in the book of Numbers

Numbers 2:1 1 And hwhy spoke to Moses and to Aaron, to say, 2 A man upon his standard among the signs of the house of their fathers, the Sons of Israel, they shall pitch: all around they shall pitch from before the Tent of Appointment.... 10 The standard of the camp of Reuben shall be to the right (south) by their armies: and the ruler of the sons of Reuben was Elizur, son of Shedeur. 11 And his army, and their count was six and forty thousand and five hundred. 12 And the ones pitched upon him was the tribe of Simeon: and the ruler of the sons of Simeon was Shelumiel, son of Zurishaddai. 13 And his army, and their count was nine and fifty thousand and three hundred. 14 And the tribe of Gad: and the ruler of the sons of Gad was Eliasaph, son of Reuel. 15 And his army, and their count was five and forty thousand and six hundred and fifty. 16 All that were counted of the camp of Reuben were a hundred thousand and one and fifty thousand and four hundred and fifty, by their armies. And they shall pull up second.

Also, looking at the Levitcal camp of the Kohathites

Numbers 3:29 The families of the sons of Kohath shall pitch upon the side of the Tabernacle to the right (south). 30 And the ruler of the house of the father of the families of the Kohathites is Elizaphan, son of Uzziel. 31 And their charge shall be the Ark, and the Table, and the Menorah, and the Altars, and the vessels of the Sanctuary which they shall minister on them, and the Veil, and all his service.

These were the tribes placed on the southern camp, and looking at the Hebrew, in the contextual perspective of the basis regarding the location the Tent of Appointment.

Looking at the word RIGHT (SOUTH)

The Hebrew word for right (south) is "tey-meen"- Tav, Yod, Mem, Nun Sophit (
Nmyt). It is from Strong's Concordance number 8486, and its definition

Denominative from H3225; the south (as being on the right hand of a person facing the east): - south (side, -ward, wind).

from 3225 "yah-meen"
(Nymy), and its definition

From H3231; the right hand or side (leg, eye) of a person or other object (as the stronger and more dexterous); locally, the south: -  + left-handed, right (hand, side), south.

from 3231 "yah-mahn" (
Nmy), and its definiton

From H3231; the right hand or side (leg, eye) of a person or other object (as the stronger and more dexterous); locally, the south: -  + left-handed, right (hand, side), south.


If one compares to all these three accounts and the tribal locations of each of the Peoples above, they are all located on the right (south) camp area. It is clear, in the Hebraic perspective, that the location, from the basis of the context of the Tent of Appointment, is called the "right side", because the Entrance of the Tent of Appointment is located on the east side, or in Hebriac terms the "rising side". The purpose of bringing these out, is that these three accounts regarding these certain tribes were the result of HaSatan attacking these peoples from the right (south) camp, or what is Hebraically called the "right hand" of the Tent of Appointment, by using these certain Peoples as vessels of HaSatan to rebel against hwhy. As Bill Cloud of Shoreshim Ministries noted that the enemy cannot attack from the outside, but is attacking from "within" the Camp. In other words, in this case, HaSatan was attacking the "right hand" of the Camp, which is considered the "strong hand", because, Hebraically speaking, the right hand is the strong hand. HaSatan was trying to destroy the "strong hand" of the Camp in order to dramatically weaken the Camp. HaSatan was also trying to symbolically destroy "the future Son of the Right Hand", who is Yeshua, because Yeshua represents the Tent of Appointment manifested in the flesh. This was HaSatan's way back then, to try to destroy the future coming of Yeshua, the Son of the Right Hand, because if HaSatan succeeded, the Israelites would have not gone into the promised land and would have died in the wilderness. HaSatan would have also prevented Yeshua, the Son of the Right Hand, to come to the earth in a future time and redeem all the tribes of Israel as well as the rest of the world. This is what Yeshua said in the Gospel of John

Matthew 26:64 Yeshua saith unto him, Thou hast said: nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of Man sitting on the Right Hand of Power, and coming in the clouds of the heavens.

Yeshua is what HaSatan tried to destroy from being our salvation, as well as our future King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

We as believers in the Messiah have "the Right Hand" in our lives, and HaSatan.

This is what the apostle Paul noted 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. 13 Wherefore take unto you the whole Armour of hwhy, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of hwhy: 18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

We are not dealing with fleshly matters spiriritual matters. What we as believers in Yeshua need to do is to pray against the spirit of Korah, and to break that spirit in Yeshua's Name, who is our Right Hand.


Relating back to this week's Torah portion passage, this was HaSatan's last opportunity to defeat hwhy's purpose to destroy the future "Seed of the Woman" by making the sons of Reuben and Gad to stay on the east side of the Jordan to prevent the Israelites from succeeding to take over and dwell in the promised land.

Notice also that the sons of Simeon were not involved with their tribal brothers as they were in the time of Korah's Rebellion. Was it possible that the sons Reuben thought twice regarding the sons of Simeon when they considered this current idea? Reuben must have been smart enough not to have Simeon involved in this, because of their account with the Midianite women, but he was not smart enough in the bigger picture, at first. Or was is possible that the tribe of Simeon thought twice before getting involved with their fellow southern tribal brothers after their devestating loss of men after their fornication with the daughters of Moab? We don't know, but they cannot be ruled out of possibilities.

The sons of Reuben and Gad judged the land by sight, and made them lose discernment that they were to cross over the Jordan and inherit the promise land west of the Jordan, not east of it. This can be compared to during the time of Abraham when he and Lot had to separate, which is noted in the Torah portion of Lekh L'kha, in the book of Genesis

Genesis 13:8 and Abram said to Lot, Not now she shall be no strife now between me and between you, and between my shepherds and between your shepherds; for we are men, brothers. 9 That not all the land is to your face? Separate, now from upon me: if the left, and I to the right; and if the right, and I to the left. 10 And Lot lifted ta-his eyes, and saw ta-all the surrounding of the Jordan, for all of her was well watered to the facing of hwhy destroying ta-Sodom and ta-Amorrah as the garden of hwhy, as the land of Egypt in your coming to Zoar. 11 And Lot chose for himself ta all the plain of Jordan; and Lot pulled up, Risingward: and they separated a man from upon his brother.

Lot chose the land based by sight, instead of the promised land that was given to Abraham, which was 
hwhy's timing for Lot to leave Abraham, by exposing the lush land. We as believers in the Messiah have to live by faith and not by sight, as the apostle Paul noted in his letter to the assembly in Corinth

2 Corinthians 5:7 For we walk by faith, not by sight:


Throughout the Torah so far, the tribe of Reuben has been the major tribe for getting themselves into trouble.
Reuben made bad decisions by joining with Korah against Moses, and Reuben himself offered his father, Jacob-Israel, to kill his two sons if he did not bring Benjamin and Simeon back from Egypt. On top of that, Reuben took his step mother, his father's wife, Bilhah, Rachel's handmaid, and went in unto her. As Forrest Gump said in the movie, "Stupid is as stupid does", and Moses scorned them in verses six through eighteen that if they did this, that the whole nation would be destroyed.


Yair Davidiy, a Chasidic Rabbi from Jerusalem,
originally from Australia, not a believer in Yeshua, but believes in the existence of Ten Nortern Tribes and studied their migrations, stated that Reuben has settled in France. Also in migration history, the ancient Gauls (in the Hebrew, "Galah"- Gimel, Lamed, Heh (
hlg) meaning "exile") traveled in some western european areas, and one of them is the modern territory of France. I was in a world history class while in college. In one class meeting, we were studying the Hundred Years War between Britain and France. I have never forgotten what my history teacher told us regarding France. He stated that the government of France was about one hundred years behind Britain's government, especially in finances and financial order. The clearest example of proof of that that was Britian's Domesday Book by William the Conqueror (King William I) in 1086 AD. It revolutionized the tax system for centuries, putting Britain ahead of France. This week's Torah portion account also connects to France being "behind" Britain. Before Jacob-Israel died, he prophecised to Reuben, in the Torah portion of Va-Y'khi, in the book of Genesis

Genesis 49:3 Reuben, you are my firstborn, my power, and the beginning of my might, the excellency of dignity, and the excellency of strength: 4 Bubbling as water, you shall not excel; for you went up to the bed of your father; then went up to my bed chamber, you defiled.

 
Based on this information, France could definitely fit the description of Reuben.

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Verses sixteen through nineteen

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.

What the sons of Reuben and Gad did was that they made a vow to Moses, and Moses told them they had to fulfill it. What they did is based on the Commandment by 
hwhy as noted earlier, in chapter thirty, regarding vows, oaths and bonds.

Numbers 30:2 If a man vows a vow to hwhy, or the oathing of an oath to bind a bond upon his soul; shall not break his word, according to all that came out of his mouth.

Then the sons of Reuben and Gad realized their ignorance and redeemed themselves by compromising without breaking hwhy's Commandment. Moses compromised many times to hwhy in the books of Exodus and Numbers by pleading to hwhy to repent of His previous decisions to destroy the entire Israelite nation. In my opinion, Moses saw in them what he, himself, did to hwhy through their offer to him.



Verses twenty through twenty three

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.

In verse twenty three, it says that their sin "she" shall find you. Why does "she" relate to sin? Because sin is feminine, and it relates to our souls which are also feminine. We as believers in Messiah are called "the Bride of Messiah", because our sould are feminie.




Verses twenty four through twenty seven

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.

Mark Biltz of El Shaddai Ministries compared this week's Torah portion passage to what the sons of Reuben and Gad said in verse sixteen

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:

What Mark noted was that in verse sixteen the sons of Reuben and Gad mentioned their livestocks first, then their sons, which according to Mark, doesn't make sense. Mark said that Moses, in many ways, overrode them and reversed the order by stating the sons first, and then the livestock, and the sons of Reuben and Gad agreed to Moses' order and offer.

Thank you Mark, and thank you Abba Father for Moses.

hwhyl dbk



Verse thirty three

33 And Moses gave to them, to the sons of Gad, and to the sons of Reuben, and to the half tribe of Manasseh, son of Joseph, the land of ta-the kingdom of Sihon, King of the Amorites, and ta-the kingdom of Og, King of the Bashan, to her cities in their borders, the cities of the land all around.

After all that representatives of the two tribes suggested, Moses gave that part of the land east of the Jordan River to Reuben and Gad and the half tribe of Manasseh.... Manasseh?! Wait a minute! It was just Reuben and Gad. How did Manasseh get involved with this? They were not part of the conversation with Moses. The only possibility Moses included Manasseh, becuase Moses put half of tribe of Manasseh with the tribes of Reuben and Gad on purpose with this premise

Looking at the word MANASSEH

The Hebrew word for Manasseh is "M'nah-sheh"- Mem, Nun, Shin, Heh (
hsnm). It is from Strong's Concordance number 4519, and its definition

From H5382; causing to forget; Menashsheh, a grandson of jacob, also the tribe descendant from him, and its territory: - Manasseh.

from 5382 "nah-shah" (
hsn), and its definition

A primitive root; to forget; figuratively, to neglect; causatively, to remit, remove: - forget, deprive, exact.


Moses put half of the tribe of Manasseh with the sons of Reuben and Gad on purpose as a symbolic act to them as a way of Moses reminding them "Do not forget this matter of your obligation to fight with Israel over the Jordan to inherit the land, and also, just because you are residing on this side of the Jordan and not on the side with the rest of your brothers,
do not forget that you are also part of Israel".

In a way, as Bill Cloud of Shoreshim Ministries and Brad Scott of Wildbranch Ministry noted that "history repeats itself". In this case, Reuben, Gad and the half tribe of Manasseh in the end will get to settle on the east side of the Jordan, like Abraham's nephew, Lot, did in their day.




Verses thirty nine and forty

39 And the sons of Machir, son of Manasseh, to Gilead, they went, and siezed her, and expelled ta-the Amorites who were in her. 40 And Moses gave ta-the Gilead to Machir, son of Manasseh; and dwelled in her.

Indirectly related, Laban caught up with Jacob at Mount Gilead, east of the Jordan River while Jacob was fleeing from Laban to return to Canaan. Laban and Jacob made a heap of witness to not cross over the marker for purpose to harm each other. Jacob called the heap "Gilead", meaning "heap of testimony".
This was also a reminder to Israel not to "forget" the "oath" that Jacob and Laban made. It is noted in the Torah portion of Vay-Yeytsey, in the book of Genesis

Genesis 31:44 And now come, we will cut a covenant, me and you; and be for a witness between me and between you. 45 And Jacob took a stone and erected her of a pillar. 46 And Jacob said to his brothers, Gather stones; And they took stones, and they made a heap: and they ate there upon the heap. 47 And Laban called to him Jegar Sahadutha: and Jacob called to him Galeed. 48 And Laban said, This heap is a witness between me and between you today. Upon thus was called his name Galeed; 49 And the Mizpah; which was said, hwhy shall watch between me and between you, for we are absent a man from his neighbor. 50 If you shall afflict ta-my daughters, and if you take wives over my daughters, no man is with us; See, Elohim is a witness between me and between you. 51 And Laban said to Jacob, Behold this heap, and behold the pillar, which I have pointed out between me and between you; 52 This heap is a witness, and the pillar is a witness, that I, I will not pass over ta-this heap to you, and that you, you will not pass over ta-this heap and ta-this pillar to me, for evil. 53 The Elohim of Abraham, and the Elohim of Nahor, the Elohim of their father, shall judge between us. And Jacob sware in the fear of his father Isaac. 54 Then Jacob sacrificed a sacrifice on the mountain, and called to his brothers to eat bread: and they ate bread, and they lodged on the mountain. 55 And Laban rose early in the morning, and kissed to his sons and to his daughters, and blessed them: and Laban left and returned to his place.

I have a question: "Why didn't Moses say to the sons of Reuben and Gad, "No, we need to dwell over the Jordan, becuase the promised land is on the other side of this Jordan"? This is where the Israelites suffered, because of their unbelief that 
hwhy will give them the upper hand "on the other side of the Jordan", as noted in the Torah portion of Sh'lakh L'kha, in the book of Numbers. I don't have an answer at this time.



Verses thirty four through forty two

34 And the sons of Gad built ta-Dibon, and ta-Ataroth, and ta Aroer, 35 and ta-Atroth-Shophan, and ta-Jaazer, and Jogbehah, 36 and ta-Beth Nimrah, and ta-Beth Haran, fortified cities: and inclosures for sheep. 37 And the sons of Reuben built ta-Heshbon, and ta-Elealeh, and ta-Kirjathaim, 38 and ta-Nebo, and ta-Baal Meon, with the change of name, and ta-Shibmah: and they called by their name ta-the names of the cities which they built. 39 And the sons of Machir, son of Manasseh, to Gilead, they went, and siezed her, and expelled ta-the Amorites who were in her. 40 And Moses gave ta-the Gilead to Machir, son of Manasseh; and dwelled in her. 41 And Jair, son of Manasseh went and seized their towns, and called them Havoth-Jair. 42 And Nobah went and seized ta-Kenath, and ta-her buildings, and called to her Nobah, on his name.

Moses allowed them to build their places. Based on the timing, it took them a very short period to build their places before they crossed over to Canaan to fight with their brethren, because Moses was to die very shortly.


Indirectly related to verses thirty nine and forty, Laban caught up with Jacob at Mount Gilead, east of the Jordan River while Jacob was fleeing from Laban to return to Canaan. Laban and Jacob made a heap of witness to not cross over the marker for purpose to harm each other. Jacob called the heap "Gilead", meaning "heap of testimony". This was also a reminder to Israel not to "forget" the "oath" that Jacob and Laban made. It is noted in the Torah portion of Vay-Yeytsey, in the book of Genesis

Genesis 31:44 And now come, we will cut a covenant, me and you; and be for a witness between me and between you. 45 And Jacob took a stone and erected her of a pillar. 46 And Jacob said to his brothers, Gather stones; And they took stones, and they made a heap: and they ate there upon the heap. 47 And Laban called to him Jegar Sahadutha: and Jacob called to him Galeed. 48 And Laban said, This heap is a witness between me and between you today. Upon thus was called his name Galeed; 49 And the Mizpah; which was said, hwhy shall watch between me and between you, for we are absent a man from his neighbor. 50 If you shall afflict ta-my daughters, and if you take wives over my daughters, no man is with us; See, Elohim is a witness between me and between you. 51 And Laban said to Jacob, Behold this heap, and behold the pillar, which I have pointed out between me and between you; 52 This heap is a witness, and the pillar is a witness, that I, I will not pass over ta-this heap to you, and that you, you will not pass over ta-this heap and ta-this pillar to me, for evil. 53 The Elohim of Abraham, and the Elohim of Nahor, the Elohim of their father, shall judge between us. And Jacob sware in the fear of his father Isaac. 54 Then Jacob sacrificed a sacrifice on the mountain, and called to his brothers to eat bread: and they ate bread, and they lodged on the mountain. 55 And Laban rose early in the morning, and kissed to his sons and to his daughters, and blessed them: and Laban left and returned to his place.

I have a question: "Why didn't Moses say to the sons of Reuben and Gad, "No, we need to dwell over the Jordan, becuase the promised land is on the other side of this Jordan"? This is where the Israelites suffered, because of their unbelief that 
hwhy will give them the upper hand "on the other side of the Jordan", as noted in the Torah portion of Sh'lakh L'kha, in the book of Numbers. I don't have an answer at this time.


Looking at the following definitions of the places they built (Note: Strong's Concordance reference numbers will identified with an "S"):

GAD

Dibon (In Hebrew "Dee-vohn" (
Nbyd) S1769): Pinning, sorrow
Ataroth (In Hebrew "Ah-tah-roth (
trje) S5852): Crown
Aroer (In Hebrew "Ah-roh-eyr" (
rere) S6167): Bare, demolish
Atroth Shophan (In Hebrew "Ah-troth Shoh-phahn" (
Npws trje) S5855 [5852 + 8226]): Hidden crowns (or concealed crowns)
Jaazer (In Hebrew "Yah-zeyr" (
rzey) S3270): Help
Jagbehah (In Hebrew "Yahg-b'hah" (
hhbgy) S3011): Hillock, haughty, mount up
Beth Nimrah (In Hebrew "Beyth Neemrah" (
hrmn tyb) S1039 [1004 + 5246]): House of a leopard
Beth Haran (In Hebrew "Beyth Haran" (
Nrh tyb) S1028 [1004 + 7311]): House of height


REUBEN

Heshbon (In Hebrew "Khesh-bohn" (Nwbsx) S2809): Contrivance, intelligence
Elealeh (In Hebrew "El-ah-ley" (
alela) S500): El is ascending
Kirjathaim (In Hebrew "keer-yah-th
ai-yeem" [thai as in "thigh"] (
Mytyrq) S7156): Double city
Nebo (In Hebrew "N'voh" (
wbn) S5015): A Babylon deity
Baal Meon (In Hebrew "Ba'ahl M'ohn" (
Nwem leb) S1186 [1168 + 4583]): Master of abode
Shibmah (In Hebrew "Seev-mah" (
hmbs) S7643): Spice


MANASSEH

Machir (In Hebrew "Mah-kheer" (
rykm) S4353): Salesman
Gilead (In Hebrew "Gee-lahd" (
delg) S1568): Heap of testimony (or witness)

Jair (In Hebrew "Yah-eer" (
ryay) S2971): City
Havoth Jair (In Hebrew "Khahv-voth Yah-eer" (
ryay twx) S1334 [2333 + 3265]): Village of Yair, Hamlets of Yair, [could also be Living city]

Nobah (In Hebrew "Noh-vakh" (
xbn) S5025): Bark (as a dog)
Kenath (In Hebrew "K'nath" (
tnq) S7079): Erect, create, own, purchase, sell


Reuben, Gad, and the half tribe of Menasseh fulfilled their oath to Moses, as noted in the book of Joshua

Joshua 22:1 Then Joshua called the Reubenites, and the Gadites, and the half tribe of Manasseh, 2 And said unto them, Ye have kept ta all that Moses, the servant of hwhy, commanded you, and have obeyed my voice in all that I commanded you: 3 Ye have not left ta-your brethren these many days unto this day, but have kept ta-the Charge of the Commandment of hwhy, your Elohim. 4 And now hwhy, your Elohim, hath given rest unto your brethren, as he promised them: therefore now return ye, and get you unto your tents, and unto the land of your possession, which Moses, the servant of hwhy, gave you on the other side Jordan. 5 But take diligent heed to do ta-the Commandment and ta-the Torah, which Moses, the servant of hwhy, charged you, to love ta-hwhy, your Elohim, and to walk in all His Ways, and to keep His Commandments, and to cleave unto Him, and to serve Him with all your heart and with all your soul. 6 So Joshua blessed them, and sent them away: and they went unto their tents.

Joshua allowed them to return to the lands they built on the east side of the Jordan.




That ends this week's Torah portion commentary.



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