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Numbers 4:21-7:89

There are 77 Aleph-Tavs in this week's Torah portion




Mount Sinai Tent Of Appointment

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CHAPTER 4

Numbers 4:21-49

Num 4:21 And hwhy spoke to Moses, to say, 22 Lift up ta-the heads of the sons of Gershon, also them, by the house of their fathers, by their families; 23 You shall count them from a son of thirty years and upward unto a son of fifty years; all that enter to mass a host, to serve the Service in the Tent of Appointment. 24 This is the service of the families of the Gershonites, to serve, and to bear: 25 And they shall bear ta-the curtains of the Tabernacle, and ta-the Tent of Appointment, his covering, and the covering of the antelope (a kosher animal) that is upon Him, from above her, and ta-the Covering of the Entrance of the Tent of Appointment, 26 And ta the slings of the Court, and ta-the hanging of the Entrance of the Gate of the Court, which is upon the Tabernacle, and upon the Altar all around, and ta their cords, and ta-all the vessels of their service, and ta all which shall be done to them: and they shall serve. 27 Upon the mouth of Aaron and his sons, she shall be all the service of the sons of the Gershonites, to all their burdens, and to all their service: and you shall oversee upon them, on the charge of ta-all their burdens. 28 This is the service of the families of the sons of the Gershonites in the Tent of Appointment: and their charge on the hand of Ithamar, son of Aaron, the Priest.

29 Of the sons of Merari, you shall count them by their families, by the house of their fathers; 30 You shall count them from a son of thirty years and upward, and unto a son of fifty years, all that are going to the campaign, to serve
ta-the service of the Tent of Appointment. 31 And this is the charge of their burden to all of their service in the Tent of Appointment; the boards of the Tabernacle, and his bars, and his pillars, and his sockets, 32 And the pillars of the Court all around, and their sockets, and their pins, and their cords, of all their vessels, and of all their service: and you shall count in name ta-the vessels of the charge of their burden. 33 This is the service of the families of the sons of Merari, to all their service, in the Tent of Appointment, on the hand of Ithamar, son of Aaron, the Priest.

34 And Moses, and Aaron, and the rulers of the Congregation counted
ta-the sons of the Kohathites, by their families, and by the house of their fathers, 35 from a son of thirty years and upward, and unto a son of fifty years, all the ones going to the campaign, to the service in the Tent of Appointment: 36 And they were their count by their families, two thousand seven hundred and fifty. 37 These were the counted ones of the families of the Kohathites, all the ones serving in the Tent of Appointment, who Moses and Aaron counted upon the mouth of hwhy, by the hand of Moses.

38 And the counting of the sons of Gershon, by their families, and by the house of their fathers, 39 from a son of thirty years and upward, and unto a son of fifty years, all the ones going to the campaign to serve in the Tent of Appointment, 40 And they were their count, by their families, by the house of their fathers, two thousand and six hundred and thirty. 41 These were the countings of the families of the sons of Gershon, all that served in the Tent of Appointment, whom Moses and Aaron had counted, upon the mouth of 
hwhy.

42 And the counting of the families of the sons of Merari, by their families, by the house of their fathers, 43 from a son of thirty years and upward, and unto a son of fifty years, all the ones going to the to the campaign, to the service in the Tent of Appointment, 44 And they were their count by their families, three thousand and two hundred. 45 These were the countings of the families, of the sons of Merari, whom Moses and Aaron counted, upon the mouth of 
hwhy by the hand of Moses.

46 All
whom Moses and Aaron and the rulers of Israel counted ta-the Levites by their families, and by the house of their fathers, 47 From a son of thirty years and upward and unto a son of fifty years, all going to serve the service of a Servant, and the burden in the Tent of Appointment, 48 and they were their count, eight thousand and five hundred and eighty. 49 Upon the mouth of hwhy counted them, on the hand of Moses, a man, a man, upon his service, and upon his burden: and his count, which hwhy commanded ta-Moses.


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First of all, whoever it was that made the decision to cut this chapter in half, between last week's Torah portion of B'midbar, and this Torah portion, was not in their right minds. Why they did it that way? I don't know.


Theses are the numbers of the Levitical Patriarchs mentioned above:

LEVITES

All males from thirty to fifty years old:

Gershonites: 2,630
Merari: 3,200
Kohathites: 2,750

Total Levites: 8,580

These do not count the men below thirty and above fifty. If can estimate the total amount of Levites based on the total amounts in the Torah portion of B'midbar, in the book of Numbers

Numbers 3:43 And were all the firstborn males on the number of names, from a son of a month and upward, of their count, were two and twenty thousand three and seventy and two hundred.

When one substracts 8,580 from 22,273, that leaves 13,693 males below thirty and above fifty. If one can estimate the totality of the Levites, including all the females and children, it could be in the ballpark of 75,000, if every male from thirty to fifty years old were married.


The Gershonites were in charge of the fabrics of the Tent of Appointment, as it is also noted in the Torah portion of B'midbar in the book of Numbers

Numbers 3:25 And the charge of the sons of Gershon in the Tent of Appointment shall be the Tabernacle, and the Tent, his covering, and the Veil of the Entrance of the Tent of Apointment, 26 And the hangings of the Court, and ta-the Veil of the Entrance of the Court, which is upon the Tabernacle, and upon the Altar all around, and ta-his cords for all his service.


The Merarites were in charge of the hardware of the Tent of Appointment, also noted in the book of Numbers chapter three

Numbers 3:36 And the oversight of the charge of the sons of Merari shall be the boards of the Tabernacle, and his bars, and his pillars, and his sockets, and all his vessels, and all his service,

The Kohathites were in charge of the major appliances of the Tent of Appointment, also mentioned in the book of Numbers chapter three

Numbers 3:31 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.



Looking at the duties of the Levites for the Tabernacle, all under Aaron's son, Ithamar:

THE GERSHONITES

This is the duties from last week's Torah portion of B'midbar:

*The Tabernacle
*The Tent
*His Covering
*The Veil of the Entrance of the Tent of Appointment
*The Hangings of the Court
*The Veil of the Entrancce of the Court, upon the Tabernacle
*The Altar all around
*His cords for all his service

Comparing the Gershonites' responsibiblities for the service in this week's Torah portion:

*The Curtains of the Tabernacle
*The Curtains of the Tent of Appointment
*His covering
*The Antleope (Waterproof) skins
*The Covering of the Entrance of the Tent of Appointment
*The Slings of the Court
*The Hanging of the Entrance of the Gate of the Court
*The Hangings' cords
*All the vessels of their service, and all which shall be done to them

This week's list shows more detail than what was mentioned in last week's Torah portion.


THE KOHATHITES

This is the list from last week's Torah portion of B'midbar:

*The Ark
*The Table
*The Menorah
*The Other Altars
*The Vessels of the Sanctuary
*The Veil, and his service


RULERS OF THE LEVITES

*Oversee the keepers of the charge of the Sanctuary


THE MERARITES

This is the list from last week's Torah portion of B'midbar:

*Boards of the Tabernacle
*His Bars
*His Pillars
*His Sockets
*All His vessels
*All His service
*Pillars of the Court
*The Court's Sockets
*The Court's  Pins
*The Court's Cords


Comparing the Gershonites' responsibiblities for the service in this week's Torah portion:

*The Boards of the Tabernacle
*The Tabernacle's bars
*The Tabernacle's pillars
*The Tabernacle's sockets
*Pillars of the Court
*The Court's sockets
*The Court's pins
*The Court's cords
*All their vessels, and their service

Practically, the same thing mentioned from last week's Torah portion.



Verse forty seven

47 From a son of thirty years and upward and unto a son of fifty years, all going towards the serving of the service of a Servant, and the burden in the Tent of Appointment,

Looking at the word SERVANT

The Hebrew word for servant is "ahvoh-dah"- Ayin, Bet, Dalet, Heh (
hdbe). It is from Strong's Concordance number 5656, and its definition

From H5647; work of any kind: - act, bondage, + bondservant, effect, labour, ministering (-try), office, service (-ile, -itude), tillage, use, work, X wrought.

from 5647 "ah-vahd" (
dbe), and its definition

A primitive root; to work (in any sense); by implication to serve, till, (causatively) enslave, etc.: -    X be, keep in bondage, be bondmen, bond-service, compel, do, dress, ear, execute, + husbandman, keep, labour (-ing man), bring to pass, (cause to, make to) serve (-ing, self), (be, become) servant (-s), do (use) service, till (-er), transgress [from margin], (set a) work, be wrought, worshipper.

Normally, this Hebrew word is translated as "ministry" in this Torah verse, as used in the King James Version. The question is "Why did I translate this as 'servant'"? Because one, this Torah verse has used these two Hebrew words, four consecutive times together. In the Hebrew text, it reads

מִבֶּ֨ן שְׁלֹשִׁ֤ים שָׁנָה֙ וָמַ֔עְלָה וְעַ֖ד בֶּנ־חֲמִשִּׁ֣ים שָׁנָ֑ה כָּל־הַבָּ֗א לַעֲבֹ֨ד עֲבֹדַ֧ת עֲבֹדָ֛ה וַעֲבֹדַ֥ת מַשָּׂ֖א בְּאֹ֥הֶל מֹועֵֽד׃e

The two Hebrew "avodath" (
tdbe) words used is properly translated as "the service of". The key word "avodah" (hdbe) with the context of this verse, shows that it was used for the emphasis of the Levites' title. Title could also be translated as "servant", or "minstry".

 The apostles also called themselves "servants" in the Brith Khadashah, as exampled in the apostle Paul's letters to the assemlbies in Rome and Colossia, and in the apostle Peter's epistle

Roman 1:1 Paul, a servant of Yeshua the Messiah, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of hwhy,

Colossians 4:12 Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Messiah, saluteth you,...

2 Peter 1:1 Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Yeshua the Messiah,...


Looking at the word SERVANT

The Greek word for servant is "doolohs" (douloj). It is from Strong's Concordanc number 1401, and its defnition

From G1210; a slave (literally or figuratively, involuntarily or voluntarily; frequently therefore in a qualified sense of subjection or subserviency): - bond (-man), servant.

from 1210 "deh-oh" (
dew), and its definition

A primary verb; to bind (in various applications, literally or figuratively): - bind, be in bonds, knit, tie, wind. See also G1163, G1189.

This could also be translated as "bondservant".

We as belivers in Yeshua are also His "servants", and we are also Yeshua's "priests" as noted in the book of Revelation

Revelation 1:1 The Revelation of Yeshua, the Messiah, which hwhy gave unto Him, to shew unto His servants things which must shortly come to pass; and He sent and signified it by His angel unto His servant, John: 2 Who bare record of the Word of hwhy, and of the testimony of Yeshua, the Messiah, and of all things that He saw. 3 Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand. 4 John to the seven assemblies which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from Him who Is, and who Was, and who Is To Come; and from the seven Spirits which are before His throne; 5 And from Yeshua, the Messiah, who is the Faithful Witness, and the First Begotten of the Dead, and the Prince of the kings of the earth. Unto Him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in His own blood, 6 And hath made us kings and priests unto hwhy and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

We are His servants and His priests doing the "Service of the Servant", in Yeshua our Messiah.







CHAPTER 5

Numbers 5:1-31

Num 5:1 And 
hwhy spoke to Moses, to say, 2 Command ta-the Sons of Israel, and they shall send out from the Camp of every leper, and everyone having an issue-flow, and every unclean one by the soul: 3 From male unto female, you shall send out, you shall send them outside of the Camp; and they shall not defile ta-their camps, which I dwell in their midst. 4 And so the Sons of Israel, they did, and they sent them to outside of the Camp: as which hwhy spoke to Moses, so the Sons of Israel, they did.

5 And 
hwhy spoke to Moses, to say, 6 Speak to the Sons of Israel, If a man or a woman, they did from any of the sins of the Adam to transgress a transgression against hwhy, and that soul is guitly; 7 And they shall confess ta-their sin which they have done: and shall restore ta-his guilt in his principal, and shall add his fifth upon him, and give, to whom the guilt was, to him. 8 And if is not a redeemer to a man, for the restoration of the guilt for him, the guilt that is restored to hwhy, to the Priest; besides the Ram of the Atonements, which shall be atoned upon him. 9 And every Heave Offering for all the Holy Things of the Sons of Israel, which they shall bring to the Priest, shall be for him. 10 And a man of ta-his dedicated things, they shall be to him: a man who shall give to the Priest, shall be for him.

11 And 
hwhy spoke to Moses, to say, 12 Speak to the Sons of Israel, and you shall say to them, A man, a man, if his wife, she goes astray, and has trespassed against him a trespass, 13 And a man lays with her, lying with seed, and was concealed from the eyes of her husband, and was hidden, and she was defiled, and was not a witness against her, and she was not caught; 14 and has gone over upon him a Spirit of Jealousy, and was jealous of ta-his wife, and she was defiled: or has gone over upon him a Spirit of Jealousy, and was jealous of ta-his wife, and she was not defiled: 15 and the man shall bring ta-his wife to the Priest, and shall bring ta-her Karban Offering upon her of a tenth of the ephah of grounded barley; shall not pour oil upon him, and shall not put frankincense upon him; for he is a Food Offering of Jealousy, of a Food Offering of a Memorial, of a Remembrance of Iniquity. 16 And the Priest shall bring her, and and stand her to the Face of hwhy: 17 And the Priest shall take Holy Water in an earthen vessel; and from the dust which shall be on the floor of the Tabernacle, the Priest shall take, and shall be put to the water:

18 And the Priest shall stand
ta-the woman toward the Face of hwhy, and shall uncover ta-the head of the woman, and shall put upon her palm ta the Food Offering of the Memorial, she is a Food Offering of Jealousy: and in the hand of the Priest shall be the Water of the Bitters that curses: 19 and the Priest shall make her swear, and shall say to the woman, If a man has not lain with you, and if you have not strayed of impurity under your husband, be free from the Water of the Bitters that curse these: 20 And you, if you have strayed under your husband, and if you have been defiled, and has given a man in you ta-his laying besides your husband: 21 And the Priest shall make ta-the woman swear on an Oath of the Cursing, and the Priest shall say to the woman, hwhy shall put a curse with you and of an oath in the midst of your People in hwhy making ta-your genitals fall off, and ta-your womb shall swell; 22 And the waters that curse these, they shall go in your uterus to swell the womb, and to make the genitals fall off: and the womans shall say, Amen, amen.

23 And the Priest shall write
ta-these curses in a scroll, and shall be blotted to the Water of the Bitters: 24 and ta-the woman shall drink ta-the Water of the Bitters that curses: and the waters that curses, they shall enter in her for bitters. 25 And the Priest shall take from the hand of the woman ta-the Food Offering of the Jealousy, and shall wave ta-the Food Offering toward the Face of hwhy, and shall bring her to the Altar: 26 And the Priest shall grasp from the Food Offering ta-her Memorial Offering, and shall burn as incense to the Altar, and afterward ta-the woman shall drink ta-the waters. 27 And shall make her drink ta-the waters, and if she shall be defiled, and she trespassed a trespass against her husband, and the waters that curses of the bitters, they shall enter in her, and her womb shall swell, and her genitals shall fall off: and the woman, she shall be for a curse in the midst of her People. 28 And if the woman was not defiled, and she is pure; and shall be blameless, and shall seed seed.

29 This is the Torah of the Jealousies, which a wife strays under her husband, and is defiled; 30 Or a man, whom she goes over upon him a Spirit of Jealousy, and is jealous of
ta-his wife, and shall stand ta-the woman toward the Face of hwhy, and the Priest shall do to her ta all this Torah. 31 And the man shall be blameless from iniquity, and that woman, she shall bear her iniquity.


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Verses one through four


1 And hwhy spoke to Moses, to say, 2 Command ta-the Sons of Israel, and they shall send out from the Camp of every leper, and everyone having an issue-flow, and every unclean one by the soul: 3 From male unto female, you shall send out, you shall send them outside of the Camp; and they shall not defile ta-their camps, which I dwell in their midst. 4 And so the Sons of Israel, they did, and they sent them to outside of the Camp: as which hwhy spoke to Moses, so the Sons of Israel, they did.

In the beginning of chapter five, the Israelites were told to take all the unclean people outside of the Camp. Notice it didn't occur until after the Tent of Appointment was erected.
Another way of saying it, is, "OK, Folks! Time to clean camp!"

Looking at this week's Torah portion passage, did 
hwhy say to Moses "They cannot return to the Camp anymore, and they cannot follow us, because they are unclean"? No, He didn't. They were following the Camp throughout the Israelite's journey, outside of the Camp, as long as they did not enter into it, because there was a chance that they were going to be clean at one point in time, as well as those hoping to be healed from leprosy.

A couple of questions came to me: "How many people, roughly, were existing outside the Camp during their journey"? I would roughly guess as low as about 200, but it could be as high as 10,000 that were outside the Camp. There could have also been three separate camps outside of the Camp: One camp was for those who were unclean from touching a dead soul, and those who had issues. The second camp were for those who had the plague, but were not guaranteed to stay unclean. The third camp were for the "loners" who were defined as unclean, as mentioned in the Torah portion of Thazria, in the book of Leviticus

Leviticus 13:42 And if shall be on the bald head or the bald forehead a white-reddish plague; she is a leprosy breaking on his bald head or on his bald forehead. 43 And the Priest shall look at him: and behold, is a swelling of the plague of white-reddishness on his bald head or on his bald forehead of the skin of the flesh is as the appearance of leprosy; 44 he is a leprous man, he is unclean: unclean, the Priest shall make him unclean; his plague is on his head. 45 And the leper whom the plague is on him, his garments shall be rent, and his head shall be exposed, and upon the upper lip he shall cover, and shall cry, Unclean! Unclean! 46 All the days that the plague is on him shall be unclean; he is unclean: shall dwell alone; shall be his dwelling outside of the Camp.

The next question is "How do they eat and drink while they are outside of the Camp"? The obvious answer would be their family members provide them food. They would provide their sustanance while they were outside of the Camp until they hopefully become clean.

Indirectly related, this is an unusual exception to the rule, and it is noted in the book of the prophet Samuel

2 Samuel 10:1 And it came to pass after this, that the king of the sons of Ammon died, and Hanun his son reigned in his stead. 2 Then said David, I will shew kindness unto Hanun, son of Nahash, as his father shewed kindness unto me. And David sent to comfort him by the hand of his servants for his father. And David's servants came into the land of the sons of Ammon. 3 And the princes of the sons of Ammon said unto Hanun, their lord, Thinkest thou that David doth honour ta-thy father, that he hath sent comforters unto thee? hath not David rather sent ta-his servants unto thee, to search ta-the city, and to spy it out, and to overthrow it? 4 Wherefore Hanun took ta-David's servants, and shaved off ta-the one half of their beards, and cut off ta-their garments in the middle, even to their buttocks, and sent them away. 5 When they told it unto David, he sent to meet them, because the men were greatly ashamed: and the king said, Tarry at Jericho until your beards be grown, and then return.

This was a type of the men being "outside the camp" of Jerusalem, until their beards were grown to its proper appearance.


In the end of days, in comparison to the clean and the unclean ones, Yeshua is going to separate the believers who follow Yeshua from the unbelieves who do not. It is noted in the Gospel of Matthew

Matthew 25:31 When the Son of Man shall come in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then shall He sit upon the throne of His glory: 32 And before Him shall be gathered all nations: and He shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: 33 And He shall set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. 34 Then shall the King say unto them on His right hand, Come, ye blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave Me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave Me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took Me in: 36 Naked, and ye clothed Me: I was sick, and ye visited Me: I was in prison, and ye came unto Me. 37 Then shall the righteous answer Him, saying, Lord, when saw we Thee an hungred, and fed Thee? or thirsty, and gave Thee drink? 38 When saw we Thee a stranger, and took Thee in? or naked, and clothed Thee? 39 Or when saw we Thee sick, or in prison, and came unto Thee? 40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these My brethren, ye have done it unto Me.

41 Then shall He say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from Me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: 42 For I was an hungred, and ye gave Me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave Me no drink: 43 I was a stranger, and ye took Me not in: naked, and ye clothed Me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited Me not. 44 Then shall they also answer Him, saying, Lord, when saw we Thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto Thee? 45 Then shall He answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to Me. 46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.


The sheep are the righteous, symbolically, the clean ones, who excepted Yeshua and follow and do
hwhy's Commandments by doing things unto Him, but the goats are of the world, a.k.a Egypt, symbolically the unclean of the lepers, who rejected Yeshua and hwhy's Commandments by not following Yeshua and by not doing things unto Him.



Verses five through ten


5 And hwhy spoke to Moses, to say, 6 Speak to the Sons of Israel, If a man or a woman, they did from any of the sins of the Adam to transgress a transgression against hwhy, and that soul is guitly; 7 And they shall confess ta-their sin which they have done: and shall restore ta-his guilt in his principal, and shall add his fifth upon him, and give, to whom the guilt was, to him. 8 And if is not a redeemer to a man, for the restoration of the guilt for him, the guilt that is restored to hwhy, to the Priest; besides the Ram of the Atonements, which shall be atoned upon him. 9 And every Heave Offering for all the Holy Things of the Sons of Israel, which they shall bring to the Priest, shall be for him. 10 And a man of ta-his dedicated things, they shall be to him: a man who shall give to the Priest, shall be for him.

This was taken from the Torah of transgression in the Torah portion of Vay-Yirkra, in the book of Leviticus

Leviticus 6:1 
And hwhy spoke to Moses, to say, 2 If a soul, she sins, and transgresses a transgression against hwhy and deceives against ta-his neighbor in counting, or in a deposit of hand, or in a robbery, or has extorted his neighbor; 3 or has found a lost thing, and was lying against her, or had sworn upon falsehood; upon one from any which the Adam does by sinning in them: 4 And shall be, if had sinned and is guilty, and shall return ta-the robbed thing that was robbed, or ta-the extorted thing that was extorted, or ta-the deposit that was deposited with him, or ta-the lost thing which was found, 5 or from all that was sworn upon him for falsehood, and shall repay him on his headness (principal), and his fifth shall be added upon him, to whomever he is to him shall give him in the day of his Guilt Offering. 6 And shall bring ta-his Guilt Offering to hwhy of a perfect ram from the flock in your evaluation for a Guilt Offering to the Priest: 7 And the Priest shall atone upon him to the Face of hwhy: and shall be forgiven to him from any that was done to be guilty on her.

The word "transgression" is usually translated in the English version Bibles as "trespass".

This is the Bible Study Tools website's definition of the word "trespass"

"To pass over, to go beyond one's right in place or act; to injure another; to do that which annoys or inconveniences another; any violation of law, civil or moral; it may relate to a person, a community, or the state, or to offenses against God".


and their definition of "transgression"

"From "transgress," to pass over or beyond; to overpass, as any rule presscribed as the limit of duty, to break or violate, as a law, civil or moral;... the violation of of a law or known principle of rectitude; breach or command; offesnse; crime; sin."

In any case, it ultimately is against 
hwhy, and that soul is the one that broke the connection between ones own soul and hwhy. As I mentioned before in past Torah portions, the soul is feminine, and it consists of the mind, emotions and will. The parts of the offerings given to the Priests have a significance with the soul, and it is also located in the Torah portion of Vay-Yikra, in the book of Leviticus

Leviticus 3:1 And if a Sacrifice of a Peace Offering shall be his Karban Offering, if he is bringing from the herd; if a male, if a female, shall bring a perfect one to the Face of hwhy. 2 And shall lay his hand upon the head of his Karban Offering, and slaughter him at the Entrance of the Tent of Appointment: and the sons of Aaron, the Priests, they shall sprinkle ta-the blood upon the Altar all around. 3 And shall bring the Sacrifice of the Peace Offering of a Fire Offering to hwhyta-the kheylev-fat which covers ta-the inwards, and ta all the kheylev-fat which is upon the inwards, 4 and ta the two kidneys, and ta-the kheylev-fat which is upon them which is upon the loins, and ta-the caul (fold) upon the liver, upon the kidneys, shall be removed.

There are three items here being separated, and it is probable that it relates to these three areas:

THE KHEYLAV FAT

This is fat. The brain also contains fat. Each organ has a "mind" of its own, and the fat is connected to them, which is the result of the organs. It is probable that the Kheylev Fat is symbolized by the brain, which is fat, and it is related to the MIND.


THE CAUL (LOBE)

This is connected to the liver, which represents strength, and it is probable that the caul (lobe) relates to the WILL.

THE TWO KIDNEYS

It is well known that the kidneys relates to the EMOTIONS.

These three items represents the three parts of the SOUL: THE MIND, THE EMOTIONS, AND THE WILL.

Those who transgressed were to pay one fifth, or twenty percent, on top of the principal to repay their guilt. The purpose of the additional fifth was probably to make that soul think that this costs the soul one's silver for the extra charge to the principal. Don't forget that as I noted in the Torah portion of Vay-Yigash, in the book of Genesis, for the common farmers of the day, silver was not a major commodity for them, but their livestock, and when the famine hit Egypt during Joseph's reign as Viceroy to Pharaoh, the silver by the Egyptians were spent in a shorter period of time than their livestock. Livestock is the only element that multiplies, but not silver.

 The fifth is the number five, and five is well known to be symbolized for grace. When the transgressor is giving a fifth, he is giving a grace amount, so that he would receive grace in return. In other words, if one needs grace, one is to give grace in order to receive it. Grace is what we received when we accepted Yeshua as our Lord and Savior. The Apostle Paul noted this in his letter to the assembly in Ephesus

Ephesians 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of hwhy: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.


Believers would think that confessing their sins was only mentioned in the Brith Khadahah (the New Covenant), but it is in the Torah. The apostle John noted about confessing one's sins in his epistle

1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.



Verses eleven through thirty-one

THIS SPIRIT OF JEALOUSY


hwhy
 took the issue regarding the women lay with a man who is not her husband very seriously. This is how the King James Version translates verses twenty-one and twenty two

(KJV) 21 Then the priest shall charge the woman with an oath of cursing, and the priest shall say unto the woman, The LORD make thee a curse and an oath among thy people, when the LORD doth make thy thigh to rot, and thy belly to swell; 22 And this water that causeth the curse shall go into thy bowels, to make thy belly to swell, and thy thigh to rot: And the woman shall say, Amen, amen.

It sounds strong, but it doesn't hit the correct places of a woman. What's the point of a woman's thigh to rot? To me, the thigh doesn't make sense.

Looking at the following King James Version's words:

THIGH


The Hebrew word for thigh is "rah-ryek"- 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.


Looking at these defenitions, one can see that one translation is "the genereative parts". This is the same Hebrew word used when Abraham asked his elder servant, commonly accepted as Eliezer, to put his hand under his "testacles", because it doesn't just apply to Abraham, but to Abraham's descendants as well. In the woman's case, this would apply "to her genitals" as well.


BELLY

The Hebrew word for belly is "beh-tehn"- Bet, Tet, Nun Sophit (
Njb). It is from Strong's Concordance number 990, and its definition

From an unused root probably meaning to be hollow; the belly, especially the womb; also the bosom or body of anything: - belly, body, + as they be born, + within, womb.


The KJV's translation of belly is a general area in a woman's body. Looking for something more specific, it would make sense that it would affect her generative parts, and one defintion shows one, which is the "womb".


BOWELS

The Hebrew word for bowels is "mey-eh"- Mem, Ayin, Heh (
hem). It is from Strong's Concordance number 4578, and its definition

From an unused root probably meaning to be soft; used only in plural the intestines, or (collectively) the abdomen, figuratively sympathy; by implication a vest; by extension the stomach, the uterus (or of men, the seat of generation), the heart (figuratively): - belly, bowels, X heart, womb.


The bowels are also a various lower area in a human being. Looking for a definition to fit the area of a woman's reproduction area, since the uterus was already clearly defined, the best one revealed by Strong is "the uterus"
.

Putting these three crucial definitions together, this is how it should be translated:

21 And the Priest shall make ta-the woman swear on an Oath of the Cursing, and the Priest shall say to the woman, hwhy shall put a curse with you and of an oath in the midst of your People in hwhy making ta-your genitals fall off, and ta-your womb shall swell; 22 And the waters that curse these, they shall go in your uterus to swell the womb, and to make the genitals fall off: and the womans shall say, Amen, amen.

These results really hits a woman "below the belt", by affecting her reproductive areas. As one can see, if a woman did lay with another man and put seed in her,
hwhy's judgment on a woman would be more dramatic and traumatic, that hwhy took away two things from her:

One: The woman's ability to mate and enjoy the pleasure of mating with her husband, by having her genitals fall off.

Two: The woman's reproductivity and her blessing to have sons and daughters, by making her womb swell. During Biblical times, a wife's reputation was to have children, and if she was not able to bear children, she was not fruitful as 
hwhy
commanded Adam and Khavah, as noted in the Torah portion of B'reyshith, in the book of Genesis

Genesis 1:
26 And Elohim said, We shall make Adam in our image according to our likeness, and rule over the fishes of the sea, and over the birds of the heavens, and over the animals and over all the earth, and among all creepers of the ones creeping upon the earth. 27 And Elohim created ta-the Adam in His image, created him in the image of Elohim, created them male and female. 28 And Elohim blessed them, and Elohim said to them Fructify, and multiply, and fill ta-the earth, and subdue her.

hwhy's judgment on a woman would so dramatic and so traumatic, and she would also not conisdered blessed. This would really cause a scare to the women at that time to be scared at the result, and would make them think twice before considering straying from their husbands, and would think that they could have it done to them as well. In verse twenty two, when the judgemnt would cause a woman's womb to  swell, this was an act of a mockery to that woman by hwhy by making her look pregnant. But it was "an empty pregnancy", for the fruit of her womb by lying with another man who is not her husband is "emptiness", and she will stay in that state for the rest of her life.

Indirectly related, the Torah of a man lying with a woman is mentioned in the Torah portion of Ki Theytsey, in the book of Deuteronomy

Deuteronomy 22:22 If a man shall be found lying with a woman married to a husband, and they shall die, also both of them, the man, the one lying with the woman, and the woman: and you shall consume the evil from Israel.

In verse twenty three, the Priest is to take the written scroll of the curses and blot it with Water of the Bitters.

Looking at the word BLOT

 The Hebrew word for blot is "mah-khah"- Mem, Khet, Heh (
hxm
). It is from Strong's Concordance number , and its definition

"A primitive root; properly to stroke or rub; by implication to erase; also to smooth (as if with oil), that is, grease or make fat; also to touch, that is, reach to: - abolish, blot out, destroy, full of marrow, put out, reach unto, X utterly, wipe (away, out)".

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

This is the same word used when Moses talked with 
hwhy
on Mount Sinai, after the Israelites defiled themselves with the Golden Calf. It is noted in the Torah portion of of Ki Thisa, in the book of Exodus

Exodus 32:31 
And Moses returned to hwhy, and said, Oh now, this People have sinned a great sin, and they have made for themselves an elohim of gold. 32 And now, if You will lift away their sin, and if not, blot me now from Your Scroll which You have written. 33 And hwhy said to Moses, Whom that has sinned to Me, I blot him out from My Scroll. 34 And now, go, lead ta-the People to which I have spoken to you: behold, My Messenger shall go to your face: and in the day of My visiting, I will visit their sin upon them. 35 And hwhy plagued ta-the People, upon which they made ta-the calf which Aaron made.

Moses warns the Israelites that they would be blotted out, if they go and serve other elohim. It is noted in the Torah portion of Nitsavim, in the book of Deuteronomy

Deuteronomy 29:16 For you, you know ta how we dwelled in the land of Egypt; and ta how we went over in the midst the nations whom you went over; 17 and you have seen ta-their abominations, and ta-their log idols of wood and stone, silver and gold, which were with them: 18 lest should be among you a man, or a woman, or family, or a tribe, whom his heart faces today from with hwhy, our Elohim, to go to serve the elohim of ta-these nations; lest should be among you a root that fructifies gall and wormwood; 19 And shall be, in his hearing ta-the words of this curse, and shall bless in his heart, to say, Peace is to me, for I walk in the stubborness of my heart, by that, to add the drunkenness to ta-the thirsty: 20 hwhy will not breathe forgivenes to him, for then, shall smoke the anger of hwhy, and His jealousy shall be on that man, and shall crouch on Him all the curses of the writing in this scroll, and hwhy shall blot out ta-his name from under the heavens.

This principle was similarly applied in the Brith Khadashah (the New Covenant), and it
regarded the assembly in Sardis, noted in the book of Revelation

Revelation 3:1 And unto the angel of the assembly in Sardis write; These things saith He that hath the seven Spirits of 
hwhy, and the seven stars; I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead. 2 Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before hwhy. 3 Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee. 4 Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with Me in white: for they are worthy. 5 He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the Book of Life, but I will confess his name before My Father, and before His angels.

Some brethren in Sardis were not walking completely in the truth, and they in many ways were in danger of being blotted out from the book of life.

This is the same Hebrew word used regarding David's sin with Bathsheba, noted in the book of the Psalms

Psalms 51:9 Hide Thy Face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities.

Also in this week's Torah portion verse, t
he woman's reproductive organs are being "blot out" from bearing fruit of having children, especially children who could have been potential ancestors of the future Yeshua, the Messiah.


Monte Judah of Lion and Lamb Ministries noted in this segment regarding the woman, is that the spiritual implication to this, is that one would commit spiritual adultery with other elohim, i.e. the world, or other things they make elohim in their lives. In my two cents worth, what happens to those who serve other elohim in their lives, is that they give labor to things related to the world, which is "vain labor", or in the Kingdom sense, in this week's Torah portion segment "empty labor".


Looking at the word CURSE

The Hebrew word for curse is "ah-lah"- Ayin, Lamed, Heh (
hle). It is from Strong's Concordance number 423, and its definition

From H422; an imprecation: - curse, cursing, execration, oath, swearing.

from 422 "ah-lah"
(hle), and its definition

A primitive root; properly to adjure, that is, (usually in a bad sense) imprecate: - adjure, curse, swear.

This is the same word that the Muslims use for the name of their perverse pagan god.


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CHAPTER 6

Numbers 6:1-27

Num 6:1 And 
hwhy spoke to Moses, to say, 2 Speak to the Sons of Israel, and you shall say to them, If a man or a woman shall accomplish to a vow of a Vow of a Nazarite, for the separation to hwhy: 3 Shall be separated from wine, and strong drink; from vinegar of wine, and shall not drink vinegar of strong drink; and shall not drink any juice of grapes; and shall not eat the fresh and dry grapes. 4 All the days of his separation, from all which shall be made from the vine; of the wine, from the pressed ones, and unto a grapeskin, shall not eat. 5 All the days of the Vow of his Separation, a razor shall not come over upon his head: until the days are fulfilled, whom was separated to hwhy, shall be Holy, and shall grow the locks of the hair of his head. 6 All the days of his separation to hwhy shall not come upon a dead soul. 7 For his father, or for his mother, for his brother or for his sister, shall not be defiled for them in their death: for a separation of his Elohim is upon his head. 8 All the days of his separation he shall be Holy to hwhy.

9 And if a dead one shall die upon him in suddenness, and defiles the head of his separation; and shall shave his head in the day of his cleansing, shall shave him on the seventh day. 10 And on the eighth day, shall bring two turtledoves, or two sons of a dove, to the Priest, to the Entrance of the Tent of Appointment: 11 And the Priest shall offer one for a Sin Offering, and one for an Elevation Offering, and shall atone upon him which had sinned upon the soul, and shall dedicate
ta-his head that day. 12 And shall separate to hwhy ta-the days of his separation, and shall bring a lamb of a son of his year, for a Guilt Offering: and the days of the beginning, they shall fall, for his separation was defiled.

13 And this is the Torah of the Nazarite in the days are fulfilled the days of his separation: shall bring himself to the Entrance of the Tent of Appointment: 14 And shall bring
ta-his Karban Offering to hwhy, a perfect lamb of a son of his year for an Elevation Offering, and one perfect ewe lamb of a daughter of her year for a Sin Offering, and one perfect ram for a Peace Offering, 15 And a basket of unleavened bread of flour, of cakes mixed in the oil, and wafers of unleavened bread anointed in the oil, and their Food Offering, and their Drink Offering. 16 And the Priest shall bring them to the Face of hwhy, and shall offer ta-his Sin Offering, and ta-his Elevation Offering: 17 And shall offer ta-the ram of a Sacrifice of the Peace Offering to hwhy, upon the basket of the unleavened bread: and the Priest shall offer ta-his Food Offering, and ta-his Drink Offering. 18 And the Nazarite shall shave at the Entrance of the Tent of Appointment ta-the head of his separation, and shall take the hair of the head of his separation, and shall put upon the fire under the Sacrifice of the Peace Offering. 19 And the Priest shall take ta-the boiled shoulder from the ram, and one unleavened cake from the basket, and one unleavened wafer, and shall put upon the palms of the Nazarite, after his shaving of ta-his separation: 20 and the Priest shall wave them of a Wave Offering to the Face of hwhy: he is Holy to the Priest, upon the breast of the Wave Offering, and upon the shoulder-leg of the Heave Offering: and afterward, the Nazarite shall drink wine. 21 This is the Torah of the Nazarite who shall vow his Karban Offering to hwhy upon his separation, besides which his hand, she shall reach: according to the mouth of his vow, which shall vow, so shall do upon the Torah of his separation.

22 And hwhy spoke to Moses, to say, 23 Speak to Aaron and to his sons, to say, Thus, you shall bless ta-the Sons of Israel, saying to them, 24 hwhy shall bless you, and shall keep you: 25 hwhy shall shine His Face to you, and be gracious to you: 26 hwhy shall lift up His Face to you, and shall give to you peace. 27 And they shall put ta-My Name upon the Sons of Israel; and I, I will bless them.


(Note: Not all verses will have comments)


Verses one through twenty-one

THE NAZARITE VOW

There are two well known people in the Bible who did the vow of the Nazarite, and they were Sampson and the apostle Paul.

SAMPSON

Judges 13:1 And the Sons of Israel did evil again in the sight of 
hwhy; and hwhy delivered them into the hand of the Philistines forty years. 2 And there was a certain man of Zorah, of the family of the Danites, whose name was Manoah; and his wife was barren, and bare not. 3 And the Messenger of hwhy appeared unto the woman, and said unto her, Behold now, thou art barren, and bearest not: but thou shalt conceive, and bear a son. 4 Now therefore beware, I pray thee, and drink not wine nor strong drink, and eat not any unclean thing: 5 For, lo, thou shalt conceive, and bear a son; and no razor shall come on his head: for the young boy shall be a Nazarite of Elohim from the womb: and he shall begin to deliver Israel out of the hand of the Philistines. 6 Then the woman came and told her husband, saying, A man of the Elohim came unto me, and his countenance was like the countenance of a Messenger of Elohim, very terrible: but I asked him not whence he was, neither told he me his name: 7 But he said unto me, Behold, thou shalt conceive, and bear a son; and now drink no wine nor strong drink, neither eat any unclean thing: for the child shall be a Nazarite to Elohim from the womb to the day of his death. 8 Then Manoah intreated hwhy, and said, O my Adonai, let the man of the Elohim which thou didst send come again unto us, and teach us what we shall do unto the young boy that shall be born. 9 And the Elohim hearkened to the voice of Manoah; and the Messenger of the Elohim came again unto the woman as she sat in the field: but Manoah her husband was not with her. 10 And the woman made haste, and ran, and shewed her husband, and said unto him, Behold, the man hath appeared unto me, that came unto me the other day. 11 And Manoah arose, and went after his wife, and came to the man, and said unto him, Art thou the man that spakest unto the woman? And he said, I am. 12 And Manoah said, Now let thy words come to pass. How shall we order the young boy, and how shall we do unto him? 13 And the Messenger of hwhy said unto Manoah, Of all that I said unto the woman let her beware. 14 She may not eat of any thing that cometh of the vine, neither let her drink wine or strong drink, nor eat any unclean thing: all that I commanded her let her observe. 15 And Manoah said unto the Messenger of hwhy, I pray thee, let us detain thee, until we shall have made ready a kid for thee. 16 And the Messenger of hwhy said unto Manoah, Though thou detain me, I will not eat of thy bread: and if thou wilt offer an Elevation Offering, thou must offer it unto hwhy. For Manoah knew not that he was a Messenger of hwhy. 17 And Manoah said unto the Messenger of hwhy, What is Thy Name, that when thy sayings come to pass we may do thee honour? 18 And the Messenger of hwhy said unto him, Why askest thou thus after My Name, seeing it is secret? 19 So Manoah took a kid with the Food (Grain) Offering, and offered it upon a rock unto hwhy: and the Messenger did wondrously; and Manoah and his wife looked on. 20 For it came to pass, when the flame went up toward heaven from off the altar, that the angel of hwhy ascended in the flame of the altar. And Manoah and his wife looked on it, and fell on their faces to the ground. 21 But the Messenger of hwhy did no more appear to Manoah and to his wife. Then Manoah knew that he was a Messenger of hwhy. 22 And Manoah said unto his wife, We shall surely die, because we have seen Elohim. 23 But his wife said unto him, If hwhy were pleased to kill us, he would not have received  an Elevation Offering and a Food (Grain) Offering at our hands, neither would he have shewed us all these things, nor would as at this time have told us such things as these. 24 And the woman bare a son, and called his name Samson: and the young man grew, and hwhy blessed him.

The future mother of Samson was not to have anything to do with the grape items, and Samson was not to eat grape items throughout his life.


THE APOSTLE PAUL (FORMALY SAUL)

Acts 18:18 And Paul after this tarried there yet a good while, and then took his leave of the brethren, and sailed thence into Syria, and with him Priscilla and Aquila; having shorn his head in Cenchrea: for he had a vow.

It is clear in this passage of Acts that Paul did a Nazarite vow. When Paul was present at the time of the stoning of Stephen in Jerusalem, to the time Yeshua met him, to the time his eyes were open by Ananias, meeting Barabbas, meeting the disciples, meeting Lydia, meeting of woman of divination, teaching in Antioch, all these before the time of appealing to Caesar, Paul was under the Nazarite vow, and had long locks of hair.

By the way, this is how the apsotle Paul got his name, and it was based of an account in the book of the Acts

Acts 9:1 And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the High Priest, 2 And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem. 3 And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from the heavens: 4 And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou Me? 5 And he said, Who art Thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Yeshua whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. 6 And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt Thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do.

The key part of this passage is

And he fell to the earth...

In the Hebrew, the root word for fall is "nah-phahl"- Nun, Peh, Lamed (
lpn) Take that last two letters and we get "phal" (lp). The apostle "Paul" got his name by his experience "falling" off from his animal, most likely a horse.

In similarness, John the Immerser abstained from drinking wine and strong drink, mentioned in the Gospel of Luke

Luke 1:8 And it came to pass, that while he executed the Priest's Office before hwhy in the order of his course, 9 According to the custom of the Priest's Office, his lot was to burn incense when he went into the Temple of hwhy. 10 And the whole multitude of the people were praying without at the time of incense. 11 And there appeared unto him an angel of hwhy standing on the right side of the Altar of Incense. 12 And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him. 13 But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John. 14 And thou shalt have joy and gladness; and many shall rejoice at his birth. 15 For he shall be great in the eyes of hwhy, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother's womb. 16 And many of the children of Israel shall he turn to hwhy, their Elohim. 17 And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for hwhy.

A question comes to me "Why did 
hwhy abstain the Nazarite from only grapes of any format"? Wine was a main staple for drinking in any culture.

The My Olive Tree website, under the article "The Historical Symbolism of Grapes and Grapevines", said this

"Symbolism involving the grapevine dates back thousands of years, to the times of the ancient Greeks. In Greek mythology there was even a god of a vintage (Dionysus, known as Bacchus in the Roman tradition). Dionysus would carry around a grape vine or bunches of grapes whenever he was represented in paintings and images. Many festivals and banquets had wine toasts to Dionysus as a tradition, and Greek wine cups were often even decorated with wine and grapes as a tribute to the god.

The grapevine also frequently occurs as a symbol in Christianity and the New Testament. One parable told by Jesus likens the Kingdom of Heaven to a father engaging laborers within his vineyard. Jesus even uses the vine as a symbol of Himself, saying "I am the vine." Because of this symbolism, many important Roman figures (after the Roman Empire had adopted Christianity) use the images of vines and grapes on their graves or in mosaics in which they are depicted. The grapevine makes frequent occurrences in the older scriptures as well, with the vine being the symbol of God';s chosen people, the children of Abraham.

In most of these situations, you can see that the use of a grapevine as a symbol that is tied into fertility and prosperity.

It is therefore appropriate that My Olive Tree helps to literally create more fertility in the desert by using grape vines, a symbol of fertility that stretches back to Israel's early history.In most of these situations, you can see that the use of a grapevine as a symbol that is tied into fertility and prosperity".


The purpose of abstaining of drinking or eating from the grapes is an act of having no fertility and no prosperity. Anyone heard of a religion during the Medival times through today having nothing to do with fertility and prosperity? How about the Roman church? Also, the Benedictine monasteries and the Jesuits did it too, by abstaining from fertility and living in poverty. My ancester, Robert de Newburgh (c.1100-1159), during the latter years of his life, became a monk at the Abbey of Bec, in Normandy, France, and is buried there. He had that experience in the years he became a monk. Samson and the apostle Paul were abstained from these things as well.


Regarding the Nazarite Vow in this week's Torah portion chapter, the Nazarine's purpose is that they were to abstain from any form of grapes, the symbol of fertility and prosperity- the grapes' symbol. In relation to Yeshua, Yeshua came to earth without having sex and offspring and was poor throughout His life. He was the Nazarine, which makes sense, because He lived, since as early as twelve years old, in "Nazareth". It is noted in the Gospel of Matthew

Matthew 2:19 But when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of hwhy appeareth in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, 20 Saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel: for they are dead which sought the young child's life. 21 And he arose, and took the young child and his mother, and came into the land of Israel. 22 But when he heard that Archelaus did reign in Judaea in the room of his father Herod, he was afraid to go thither: notwithstanding, being warned of hwhy in a dream, he turned aside into the parts of Galilee: 23 And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, He shall be called a Nazarene.

Common sources say that it is from the book of Judges regarding Samson, the Judge. But on the Christian Courier website, in the article "Was Matthew Mistaken in the Nazarene Prophecy?" noted that it could be a play on words, based in the book of the Prophet Isaiah

Isaiah 11:1 And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots:

It doesn't show it in English, but in the Hebrew text, the Hebrew word for branch is "neh-tsehr"- Nun, Tsade, Resh (
run), which would fit the name of the location that Yeshua dwelled, as well as His title, a "Nazarene".



Verses twenty to through twenty seven

THE AARONIC BLESSING


22 And 
hwhy spoke to Moses, to say, 23 Speak to Aaron and to his sons, to say, Thus, you shall bless ta-the Sons of Israel, saying to them, 24 hwhy shall bless you, and shall keep you: 25 hwhy shall shine His Face to you, and be gracious to you: 26 hwhy shall lift up His Face to you, and shall give to you peace. 27 And they shall put ta-My Name upon the Sons of Israel; and I, I will bless them.

This is the actual Hebrew text of the blessing

יְבָרֶכְךָ֥ יְהוָ֖ה וְיִשְׁמְרֶֽךָ׃
יָאֵ֨ר יְהוָ֧ה׀ פָּנָ֛יו אֵלֶ֖יךָ וִֽיחֻנֶּֽךָּ׃
יִשָּׂ֨א יְהוָ֤ה׀ פָּנָיו֙ אֵלֶ֔יךָ וְיָשֵׂ֥ם לְךָ֖ שָׁלֹֽום׃

The Hebrew phoenetic translation

Yee'v'reh-kh'khah Y'hoh-wah v'yeesh-m'reh-khah, yah'eyr Y'hoh-wah pah-naiv eyley-khah vee'khooneh-khah, yee-sah Y'hoh-wah panaiv eyeley-khah, v'yaseym l'khah shah-lom.

It has been traditional that the Jews hold their hands in the air in the shape of a Shin

Hand Sign Shin


This is a topical view of Jerusalem showing the three rivers making the Hebrew letter Shin (Backwards shaped)

Jerusalem

The scripture though, does not say that Aaron put out his hands in the shape of the letter Shin. This is the first account of Aaron as the High Priest, when he blessed the People, as noted in the Torah portion of Sh'mini, in the book of Leviticus

Leviticus 9:22 And Aaron lifted up ta-his hands to the People, and blessed them,...

It doesn't say though that Aaron didn't to do it. Mr Spock from "Star Trek" Leonard Nimoy, who is Jewish,
who played Mr Spock from "Star Trek", thinks it's ok to use this Shin symbol in the Star Trek episode series.

Leonard Nimoy


But don't forget, it is only the High Priest that does it, and we have our Eternal High Priest, and He is Yeshua, the Messiah.







CHAPTER 7

Numbers 7:1-89

Num 7:1 And it was in the day, Moses had finished setting up
ta-the Tabernacle, and anointed him, and sanctified him, and ta-all his vessels, and ta-the Altar and ta-all his vessels, and anointed them, and sanctified them; 2 And the Rulers of Israel, the heads of the house of their fathers, they offered. They were the rulers of the tribes, they were the ones standing over the counted ones: 3 and they brought ta-their Karban Offering to the Face of hwhy, six covered wagons, and twelve oxen; a wagon upon two of the rulers, and an ox for one: and they brought them to the face of the Tabernacle.

4 And 
hwhy spoke to Moses, to say, 5 Take from them, and they shall be to serve ta-the service of the Tent of Appointment; and you shall give them to the Levites, a man according to the mouth of his service. 6 And Moses took ta-the wagons, and ta-the oxen, and gave them to the Levites. 7 ta The two wagons, and ta the four oxen were given to the sons of Gershon, according to the mouth of their service: 8 And ta the four wagons and ta the eight oxen were given to the sons of Merari, according to the mouth of their service, by the hand of Ithamar, son of Aaron, the Priest. 9 And to the sons of Kohath were not given: for the service of the Holy Things was upon them, they bore them on their shoulders. 10 And the rulers, they brought ta the Dedication Offering of the Altar in the day he was anointed, and the rulers, they brought ta-their Karban Offering to the face of the Altar.

11 And 
hwhy said to Moses, One ruler for the day, one ruler for the day, they shall bring ta-their Karban Offering for the dedication of the Altar.

EASTERN CAMP

JUDAH, tribe leader of the Eastern Camp

12 And the one bringing
ta-his Karban Offering on the first day, was Nahshon, son of Amminadab, of the tribe of Judah: 13 And his Karban Offering was one silver bowl, thirty and a hundred her weight; one silver basin of seventy shekels, on the Shekel of the Sanctuary; both of them full of flour mixed in the oil for a Food Offering: 14 One golden spoon of ten, full of incense: 15 One bullock of a son of a herd, one ram, one lamb son of his year for an Elevation Offering: 16 One kid of the goats for a Sin Offering: 17 and for the Sacrifice of the Peace Offering was two oxen, five rams, five he goats, five lambs of sons of a year: This was the Karban Offering of Nahshon, son of Amminadab.


ISSACHAR

18 In the second day, brought Nethaneel, son of Zuar, ruler of Issachar. 19 The bringing of
ta-his Karban Offering was one silver bowl, thirty and a hundred her weight, one silver basin of seventy shekels, on the Shekel of the Sanctuary; both of them full of flour mixed in the oil for a Food Offering: 20 One golden spoon of ten, full of incense: 21 One bullock of a son of a herd, one ram, one lamb of a son of his year for an Elevation Offering: 22 One kid of the goats for a Sin Offering: 23 And for the Sacrifice of the Peace Offering was two oxen, five rams, five he goats, five lambs of sons of a year: This was the Karban Offering of Nethaneel, son of Zuar.


ZEBULUN

24 On the third day, the ruler of the son of Zebulun was Eliab, son of Helon. 25 His Karban Offering was one silver bowl, thirty and a hundred her weight, one silver basin of seventy shekels, on the Shekel of the Sanctuary; both of them full of flour mixed in the oil for a Sin Offering: 26 One golden spoon of ten, full of incense: 27 One bullock son of a herd, one ram, one lamb of a son of his year for an Elevation Offering: 28 One kid of the goats for a Sin Offering: 29 And for the Sacrifice of the Peace Offering was two oxen, five rams, five he goats, five lambs of sons of a year: This was the Karban Offering of Eliab, son of Helon.


RIGHT (SOUTH) CAMP

REUBEN, tribe leader of the Southern Camp

30 On the fourth day, the ruler of the sons of Reuben was Elizur, son of Shedeur: 31 His Karban Offering was one silver bowl thirty and a hundred her weight, one silver basin of seventy shekels, on the Shekel of the Sanctuary; both of them full of flour mixed in the oil for a Food Offering: 32 One golden spoon of ten full of incense: 33 One bullock of a son of a herd, one ram, one lamb of a son of his year for an Elevation Offering: 34 One kid of the goats for a Sin Offering: 35 And for the Sacrifice of the Peace Offering was two oxen, five rams, five he goats, five lambs of sons of a year: This was the Karban Offering of Elizur, son of Shedeur.


SIMEON

36 On the fifth day, the ruler of the sons of Simeon was Shelumiel, son of Zurishaddai: 37 His Karban Offering was one silver bowl thirty and a hundred her weight, one silver basin of seventy shekels, on the Shekel of the Sanctuary; both of them full of flour mixed in the oil for a Food Offering: 38 One golden spoon of ten, full of incense: 39 One bullock of a son of a herd, one ram, one lamb of a son of his year for an Elevation Offering: 40 One kid of the goats for a Sin Offering: 41 And for the Sacrifice of the Peace Offering was two oxen, five rams, five he goats, five lambs of sons of a year: This was the Karban Offering of Shelumiel, son of Zurishaddai.


GAD

42 On the sixth day, the ruler of the sons of Gad was Eliasaph, son of Deuel: 43 His Karban Offering was one silver bowl thirty and a hundred her weight, one silver basin of seventy shekels, on the Shekel of the Sanctuary; both of them full of flour mixed in the oil for a Food Offering: 44 One golden spoon of ten, full of incense: 45 One bullock of a son of a year, one ram, one lamb of a son of his year for an Elevation Offering: 46 One kid of the goats for a Sin Offering: 47 And for the Sacrifice of the Peace Offering was two oxen, five rams, five he goats, five lambs of sons of a year: This was the Karban Offering of Eliasaph, son of Deuel.


SEA (WEST) CAMP

EPHRAIM, tribe leader of the Western Camp

48 On the seventh day, the ruler of the sons of Ephraim was Elishama, son of Ammihud: 49 His Karban Offering was one silver bowl thirty and a hundred her weight, one silver basin of seventy shekels, on the Shekel of the Sanctuary; both of them full of flour mixed in the oil for a Food Offering: 50 One golden spoon of ten, full of incense: 51 One bullock of a son of a herd, one ram, one lamb of a son of his year, for an Elevation Offering: 52 One kid of the goats for a Sin Offering: 53 And for a sacrifice of the Peace Offering was two oxen, five rams, five he goats, five lambs of sons of a year: This was the Karban Offering of Elishama, son of Ammihud.


MANASSEH

54 On the eighth day, the ruler of the sons of Manasseh was Gamaliel, son of Pedahzur: 55 His Karban Offering was one silver bowl thirty and a hundred her weight, one silver basin of seventy shekels, on the Shekel of the Sanctuary; both of them full of flour mixed in the oil for a Food Offering: 56 One golden spoon of ten, full of incense: 57 One bullock of a son of a herd, one ram, one lamb of a son of his year for an Elevation Offering: 58 One kid of the goats for a Sin Offering: 59 And for the Sacrifice of the Peace Offering was two oxen, five rams, five he goats, five lambs of sons of a year: This was the Karban Offering of Gamaliel, son of Pedahzur.


BENJAMIN

60 On the ninth day: the ruler of the sons of Benjamin was Abidan, son of Gideoni: 61 His Karban Offering was one silver bowl thirty and a hundred her weight, one silver basin of seventy shekels, on the Shekel of the Sanctuary; both of them full of flour mixed in the oil for a Food Offering: 62 One golden spoon of ten, full of incense: 63 One bullock of a son of a herd, one ram, one lamb of a son of his year for an Elevation Offering: 64 One kid of the goats for a Sin Offering: 65 And for the Sacrifice of the Peace Offering was two oxen, five rams, five he goats, five lambs of sons of a year: This was the Karban Offering of Abidan, son of Gideoni.


HIDDEN (NORTH) CAMP

DAN, tribe leader of the Northern Camp

66 On the tenth day, the ruler of the sons of Dan was Ahiezer, son of Ammishaddai: 67 His Karban Offering was one silver bowl thirty and a hundred her weight, one silver basin of seventy shekels, on the Shekel of the Sanctuary; both of them full of flour mixed in the oil for a Food Offering: 68 One golden spoon of ten, full of incense: 69 One bullock of a son of a herd, one ram, one lamb of a son of his year for an Elevation Offering: 70 One kid of the goats for a Sin Offering: 71 And for the Sacrifice of the Peace Offering was two oxen, five rams, five he goats, five lambs of sons of a year: This was the Karban Offering of Ahiezer, son of Ammishaddai.


ASHER

72 On the eleventh day, the ruler of the sons of Asher was Pagiel, son of Ocran: 73 His Karban Offering was one silver bowl thirty and a hundred her weight, one silver basin of seventy shekels, on the Shekel of the Sanctuary; both of them full of flour mixed in the oil for a Food Offering: 74 One golden spoon of ten, full of incense: 75 One bullock of a son of a herd, one ram, one lamb of a son of his year for an Elevation Offering: 76 One kid of the goats for a Sin Offering: 77 And for the Sacrifice of the Peace Offering was two oxen, five rams, five he goats, five lambs of sons of a year: This was the Karban Offering of Pagiel, son of Ocran.


NAPHTALI

78 On the twelfth day, the ruler of the sons of Naphtali was Ahira, son of Enan: 79 His Karban Offering was one silver bowl thirty and a hundred her weight, one silver basin of seventy shekels, on the Shekel of the Sanctuary; both of them full of flour mixed in the oil for a Food Offering: 80 One golden spoon of ten, full of incense: 81 One bullock of a son of a herd, one ram, one lamb of a son of his year for an Elevation Offering: 82 One kid of the goats for a Sin Offering: 83 And for the Sacrifice of the Peace Offering was two oxen, five rams, five he goats, five lambs of sons of a year: This was the Karban Offering of Ahira, son of Enan.

84 This was the Dedication Offering of the Altar, in the day he was anointed, from
ta the Rulers of Israel: twelve silver bowls, twelve silver basins, twelve golden spoons: 85 Thirty and a hundred of the one silver bowl, and seventy of the one basin: all the silver vessels were two thousand and four hundred, on the Shekel of the Sanctuary: 86 Twelve golden spoons, full of incense, ten, ten, of the spoons on the Shekel of the Sanctuary: all the gold of the spoons were twenty and a hundred. 87 All the oxen for the Elevation Offering were twelve bullocks, twelve rams, twelve lambs of sons of a year, and their Food Offering: and twelve kids of the goats for a Sin Offering. 88 And all the oxen for the Sacrifice of the Peace Offerings were twenty and four bullocks, sixty rams, sixty he goats, sixty lambs of sons of a year.

This was the Dedication Offering of the Altar, after that he was anointed. 89 And Moses in entering to the Tent of Appointment to speak with Him, and heard
ta-the Voice speaking to him from upon the Mercy Seat which was upon the Ark of the Testimony, from between the two cherubims: and spoke to him.


(Note: Not all verses will have comments)


If anyone knows a popular secular Christmas tune called "The Twelve Days of Christmas", it is probable that it was based on this chapter.



Notice that the order the rulers came to the Tent of Appointment were based on the order of their military camps and not by their birth order. Why? I do not know.



There are symbols to some of these elements:

Gold: Eternity
Silver: Redemption
Flour: Yeshua without leavening
Oil: The Ruakh HaKodesh (the Holy Spirit)
Incense: Prayers for the tribes/saints
Oxen/Bullocks/Rams/Lambs/Kid of the Goats: Yeshua, the Living sacrifice


The Tabernacle was assembled and sanctified in first day of the first month of Aviv, as noted in the Torah portion of P'kudey, in the book of Exodus.

Exodus 40:17 
And was, on the first month in the second year, on the one of the month, the Tabernacle was raised up. 18 And Moses raised up ta-the Tabernacle,...

A question came to me: "What days were the twelve days the rulers dedicated the Tabernacle"? We know that the Levites were in the tent to be consecrated seven days, as noted in the Torah portion of Sh'mini, in the book of Leviticus

Leviticus 8:35 And you shall dwell at the Entrance of the Tent of Appointment, daily and nightly, seven days, and you shall keep ta-the Charge of hwhy, and you will not die: for so I have commanded.

Based in my calculation, it was probable that the Levites were in the Tent of Appointment from the fifteenth day of the month of Aviv to the twenty-first day of the month of Aviv.

The next question is "When did the leaders of the twelve camps bring their Karban Offerings to the Tent of Appointment"? We can get a point of time when the Camp was made, from last week's Torah portion of B'midbar, in the book of Numbers

Numbers 1:1 And hwhy spoke to Moses in the Wilderness of Sinai, in the Tent of Appointment, on the one of the second month, in the second year of their going out from the land of Egypt, to say, 2 Lift up ta-the heads of all the Congregation of the Sons of Israel, by their families, by the house of their fathers, on the number of names, every male by their rolls; 3 from a son of twenty years and upward, all going to war in Israel: you, you and Aaron shall count them by their armies. 4 And with you shall be a man, a man, of the tribe; a man, a head of the house of his fathers.

The last day they stayed at Mount Sinai is noted in next week's Torah portion of B'ha-alothkha, in the book of Numbers

Numbers 10:11 And it was in the second year, on the second month, in the twentieth of the month, the Cloud was taken up from upon the Tabernacle of the Testimony. 12 And the Sons of Israel, they pulled up for their journeys from the Wilderness of Sinai;

Which means they had to do the twelve days of Karban Offerings between the twenty second day of the first month of Aviv/Nissan and the nineteenth day of the second month of Iyar.



That ends this week's Torah portion commentary.



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