Weekly Torah Readings: Masei – (from One New Man Bible translated by William Morford) – Jul 21, 2017 | Numbers

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Masei

33.1. These are the journeys of the children of Israel when they went out of the land of Egypt with their armies under the hand of Moses and Aaron. 2. And Moses wrote their goings out according to their journeys by the commandment of the LORD*, and these are their journeys according to their goings out.

33:3. And they departed from Rameses in the first month on the fifteenth day of the first month. On the day after the Passover the children of Israel went out with a high hand in the sight of all the Egyptians. 4. For the Egyptians buried all the firstborn that the LORD* had smitten among them: the LORD* also executed judgments upon their gods. 5. And the children of Israel left Rameses and pitched in Sukkot. 6. Then they left Sukkot and pitched in Itam, which is in the edge of the wilderness. 7. And they left Itam and turned again to Pi Hakhirot, which isbefore Baal Zephon, and they pitched before Migdol. 8. And they left Pi Hakhirot and crossed through the midst of the sea into the wilderness and went three days’ journey in the wilderness of Itam and pitched in Marah. 9. And they left Marah and came to Elim and in Elim there were twelve fountains of water and seventy palm trees, and they pitched there. 10. Then they left Elim and camped by the Reed Sea. 11. And they left the Reed Sea and camped in the wilderness of Sin. 12. And they took their journey from the wilderness of Sin and camped in Dafkah. 13. And they left Dafkah and camped in Alush. 14. And they left Alush and camped at Refidim, where there was no water for the people to drink. 15. And they left Refidim and pitched in the wilderness of Sinai. 16. Then they left the desert of Sinai and pitched at Kibrot Hattaavah. 17. And they left Kibrot Hattaavah and camped at Hazerot, 18. and they left Hazerot and pitched in Ritmah. 19. And they left Ritmah and pitched at Rimmon Perez. 20. And they left Rimmon Perez and pitched in Libnah. 21. And they left Libnah and pitched at Rissah.22. And they traveled from Rissah and pitched in Keheletah. 23. Then they went from Keheletah and pitched at Mount Shefer. 24. And they left Mount Shefer and camped at Haradah. 25. And they left Haradah and pitched in Makehelot. 26.Then they left Makehelot and camped at Tahat. 27. And they departed from Tahat and pitched at Terah. 28. And they left Terah and pitched in Mitkah. 29. And they went from Mitkah and pitched in Hashmonah. 30. And they departed from Hashmonah and camped at Moserot. 31. And they left Moserot and pitched in Benai Jaakan. 32. And they traveled from Benai Jaakan and camped at Hor Hagidgad. 33. And they went from Hor Hagidgad and pitched in Jotbah. 34. And they left Jotbah and camped at Avronah. 35. And they left Avronah and camped at Ezion-geber. 36. And they left Ezion-geber and camped in the wilderness of Zin, which is Kadesh. 37. And they left Kadesh and pitched at Mount Hor, in the edge of the land of Edom.

33:38. And Aaron the priest went up on Mount Hor at the commandment of the LORD* and died there, in the fortieth year after the children of Israel came out of the land of Egypt, on the first of the fifth month. 39. And Aaron was a hundred twenty-three years old when he died on Mount Hor.

33:40. And king Arad the Canaanite, who dwelled in the south in the land of Canaan, heard of the coming of the children of Israel. 41. And they departed from Mount Hor and camped in Zalmonah. 42. And they left Zalmonah and camped in Punon. 43. And they left Punon and pitched in Obot. 44. And they left Obot and camped in Ije Haavarim, in the border of Moab.  45. And they left Ijim and camped in Dibon Gad. 46. And they traveled from Dibon Gad and camped in Almon Diblathaim. 47. And they left Almon Diblathaim and camped in the mountains of Avarim, before Nebo. 48. And they left the mountains of Abarim and camped in the plains of Moab by the Jordan near Jericho. 49. And they camped by the Jordan from Beit Jeshimoth to Abel Shittim in the plains of Moab.

Marching Orders

33:50. And the LORD* spoke to Moses in the plains of Moab by the Jordan near Jericho saying, 51. “Speak to the children of Israel and say to them,

‘When you have crossed over the Jordan into the land of Canaan, 52. then you will drive out all the inhabitants of the land from before you and destroy all their wood and stone images, destroy all their molten images, and demolish all their high places. 53. And you will dispossess the inhabitants of the land and live there, for I have given you the land to possess it.54. And you will divide the land by lot for an inheritance among your families. To the more numerous you will give more inheritance, and to the fewer you will give less inheritance: every man’s inheritance will be in the place where his lot falls. You will inherit according to the tribes of your fathers. 55. But if you will not drive out the inhabitants of the land from before you, then it will be that those that you let remain of them will be pricks in your eyes and thorns in your sides and will trouble you in the land in which you live. 56. And it will be that I shall do to you as I thought to do to them.’” (Click to Site)

New Bill Takes Jerusalem Off Negotiating Table

Jerusalem Comes Off the Table With Advance of “United Jerusalem Bill”

And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places, thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of paths to dwell in.” Isaiah 58:12 (The Israel Bible™)

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Legislation preventing the division of Jerusalem in a possible peace deal is advancing through the Knesset, making it increasingly unlikely that the holy city will become a Palestinian capital in the future.

Nicknamed the “United Jerusalem Bill”, the bill was approved on Sunday morning by the Ministerial Committee for Legislation, allowing it to continue through to the Knesset floor.

First proposed by Education Minister Naftali Bennett (Jewish Home), the bill places a large legal stumbling block before any parties hoping to split Jerusalem into separate Israeli and Palestinian territories in pursuit of a peace deal.

If the bill is passed, a supermajority, or three-fourths, of Knesset members will be required to approve any negotiations calling for Jerusalem’s division, rather than the usual majority. Gaining the approval of three-fourths of the Knesset would be a difficult task. (Click to Site)

The land shall not be sold for ever: for the land is mine, for ye are strangers and sojourners with me. Leviticus 25:23

Torah Commentary – Mattot/Massei “Tribes” / “Journeys” – On The Edge of Destiny – SCRIPTURES FOR July 22, 2017

Torah Commentary
Mattot/Massei “Tribes” / “Journeys”
Numbers 30:2-36:13
Jeremiah 2:4-28, 3:4
Hebrews 1-6

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On The Edge of Destiny
We come to the end of the Book of Numbers this week. Forty years have passed since Israel stood on the bank of the Red Sea. All that stands between the Hebrews and their destiny is another river, a war with the Midyanim, a few instructions to get to the end of Numbers and a pretty long sermon by Pastor Moshe. Oh yea, and Pastor Moshe has to die.
Imagine the thoughts running through the minds of the Hebrews here. They are on the edge of their future. Yet there is one major requirement given by Yah before crossing; a battle. Destroy the Midyanim! Why not just enter the Land then deal with these wicked people? Of course the answer, I am sure has many levels of meaning. Let us examine the base level. It was the women of Midyanim who caused 24,000 Hebrew men to die in a plague. We ask, “Who sent those Midyanim women into the camp in the first place?” Sadly, it was the Midyanim men, their spiritual leaders. Men, whose responsibility is to guard and protect them, instead sent them off to insight grievous sin. This battle was a test to see if the men of Israel would step up to the standard Pinchas set for them or would they sit back and watch as the next sin tried to enter the camp.
Last week, it appears, I touched a few nerves in my written commentary. If you missed it, the archive is posted on my website. I received feedback from some men who shared that my words brought conviction in their walk. They took a good look in their own mirrors, pulled up their big boy training pants and took action on areas Holy Spirit revealed to them were out of order. The overwhelming response I received was more from women who said they were yearning and praying for men to take their place in the Biblical roles mandated in Scripture. (Click to Site)

 

SHOCK CLAIM! U.N. ‘Schools of Jihadi TERROR’ WorldWide (R$E)

Weekly Torah Readings: Balak – from One New Man Bible translated by William Morford – Jul 7, 2017 | Numbers

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Balak

22:2. And Balak the son of Zippor saw all that Israel had done to the Amorites. 3. And Moab was very afraid of the people because they were many, and Moab was distressed because of the children of Israel. 4. And Moab said to the elders of Midian, “Now this company will lick up all that are around us, like the ox licks up the grass of the field.” And Balak the son of Zippor was king of the Moabites at that time. 5. He sent messengers therefore to Balaam the son of Beor, to Petorah that is by the river of the land of the children of his people, to call him saying, “Behold, a people came out from Egypt. Behold, they cover the face of the earth and they live next to me. 6. Therefore now come, I pray you, curse this people for me, for they are too mighty for me. Perhaps I shall prevail, so we can strike them and so I can drive them out of the land, for I know that he whom you bless is blessed and he whom you curse is cursed.”

Balaam

22:7. And the elders of Moab and the elders of Midian left with the rewards of divination in their hand, and they came to Balaam and spoke the words of Balak to him. (Jude 11) 8. And he said to them, “Lodge here this night and I shall bring you word again, as the LORD* will speak to me.” And the princes of Moab stayed with Balaam. 9. And God came to Balaam and said, “Who are these men with you?”

10. And Balaam said to God, “Balak the son of Zippor, king of Moab, has sent to me saying, 11. ‘Behold, there is a people that has come out of Egypt and it covers the face of the earth. Come now, curse them for me. Perhaps I shall be able to overcome them and drive them out.’”

22:12. And God said to Balaam, “You will not go with them! You will not curse the people, for they are blessed.”

22:13. And Balaam rose up in the morning and said to the princes of Balak, “Go back to your land, for the LORD* refuses to give me leave to go with you.”

22:14. And the princes of Moab rose up and they went to Balak and said, “Balaam refuses to come with us.”

22:15. And Balak sent still again princes, more, even greater than they. 16. And they came to Balaam and said to him, “Thus says Balak the son of Zippor, Let nothing, I pray you, hinder you from coming to me, 17. for I shall promote you to very great honor and I shall do whatever you say to me. Come therefore, I pray you, curse this people for me.”

22:18. And Balaam answered and said to the servants of Balak, “If Balak would give me his house full of silver and gold, I cannot go beyond the word of the LORD* my God, to do less or more. 19. Now therefore, I pray you, stay here this night too, so I may know what more the LORD* will say to me.”

22:20. And God came to Balaam at night and said to him, “If the men come to call you, rise up, go with them, but yet the word which I shall say to you, that will you do.” 21. And Balaam rose up in the morning and saddled his donkey and went with the princes of Moab.

The LORD* Uses a Donkey

22:22. And God’s anger was kindled because he went, and the angel of the LORD* stood in the road to be an adversary against him. Now he was riding on his donkey and his two servants were with him. 23. And the donkey saw the angel of the LORD* standing in the way, and his sword drawn in his hand and the donkey turned aside out of the way and went into the field, and Balaam struck the donkey, to turn her into the road. 24. But the angel of the LORD* stood in a path of the vineyards, a wall being on this side and a wall on that side.

22:25. And when the donkey saw the angel of the LORD*, it thrust itself to the wall and crushed Balaam’s foot against the wall and he struck it again. 26. And the angel of the LORD* went further and stood in a narrow place, where there was no way to turn either to the right hand or to the left. 27. And when the donkey saw the angel of the LORD*, she fell down under Balaam, and Balaam’s anger was kindled and he struck the donkey with his staff. 28. And the LORD* opened the mouth of the donkey and it said to Balaam, “What have I done to you, that you have hit me these three times?” (2 Pe. 2:16)

22:29. And Balaam said to the donkey, “Because you have mocked me I wish there were a sword in my hand, for now I would kill you.”

22:30. And the donkey said to Balaam, “Am I not your donkey, upon which you have ridden ever since I was yours to this day? Did I ever attempt to do so to you?”

And he said, “No.” 31. Then the LORD* opened Balaam’s eyes and he saw the angel of the LORD* standing in the way, and his sword drawn in his hand: and he bowed down his head and fell on his face. 32. And the angel of the LORD* said to him, “Why have you hit your donkey these three times? Look, I purposely came out to stop you because your way is perverse before me. 33. And the donkey saw me, and turned from me these three times: if it had not turned from me, surely now I would have slain you and saved it alive.”

22:34. And Balaam said to the angel of the LORD*, “I have sinned, for I did not know that. You stood in the way against me. Now therefore, if it displeases you, I shall go back again.”

22:35. And the angel of the LORD* said to Balaam, “Go with the men, but you will speak only the word that I shall speak to you.” So Balaam went with the princes of Balak.

22:36. And when Balak heard that Balaam had come, he went out to a city of Moab to meet him, which is at the border of Arnon, which is at the furthest end of the border. 37. And Balak said to Balaam, “Did I not earnestly send for you to call you? Why did you not come to me? Am I not indeed able to promote you to honor?”

22:38. And Balaam said to Balak, “See, I have come to you. Now do I have any power at all to say anything? The word that God puts in my mouth, that will I speak.” 39. And Balaam went with Balak and they came to Kiriat Huzot. 40. And Balak offered oxen and sheep and sent to Balaam and to the princes that were with him. 41. And it happened on the next day that Balak took Balaam and brought him up into the high places of Baal, that there he might see the farthest part of the people. (Click to Scripture)

Torah Commentary – Balak – Dwelling Alone – SCRIPTURES FOR July 8, 2017

Torah Commentary

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Balak
Numbers 22:2-25:9
Micah 5:6-6:8
John 13-14
Dwelling Alone
Word of the defeat of Sichon, king of Emori must have traveled to Balak quickly, even without TV and the Internet. Balak most likely saw himself next in line for defeat. Immediate action and strategic planning were needed to defeat Israel and avoid catastrophe. Their reputation for having great strength preceded them. We can read in Joshua that the exploits of Israel leaving Egypt were still being talked about. Balak needed to get the upper hand of this situation so he sought a weapon far greater than human strength. As an interesting side note, I wonder what the outcome of this Torah portion would have been if instead of trying to defeat Israel, Balak had sought to bless Israel. We will never know.
Balak’s strategy was to utilize Balaam, a priest known for his power to curse people. The curses he had spoken over armies powerfully defeated them. Balaam’s destructive words were successful numerous times. Could they bring Balak victory?
We all know well the account of Balaam and his apparent struggle to do good.  How many of us who grew up in Sunday school will ever forget the day they heard the story of the talking donkey? We were instructed in school on the sin of cursing Yah’s people. The important lesson of being sensitive to hear Yah’s guidance, before He had to use our favorite pet to give us the message was also etched in our hearts.
There is more to the story of Balaam’s greediness for us to glean. In Numbers 23:9 Balaam says, “yes, a people that will dwell alone and not think itself one of the nations.” This verse is very rich in its meaning to us today.
A number of years ago, then prime minister of Israel, Yitzchak Rabin made an infamous speech in Jerusalem. In that speech he stated that the people of Israel were only interested in being like all other nations. How do we interpret this statement? He was saying that although the State of Israel was founded by a miracle of Elohim Himself and they were called by Elohim to live by His commandments, they just wanted to look like, act like and be like all the other nations of the world. They did not want to be different; they did not desire to dwell alone as a nation clearly devoted to the One who had brought them out of the ashes of the Holocaust. Although Yitzchak Rabin was a citizen of the State of Israel, his words in that speech, before his assassination, proved he had not learned what it was to be part of the Nation of Israel, a nation called to be unique from others, even if it meant living alone. (Click to Article)

 

Four Outrages In This Week’s UNESCO’s Anti-Israel Resolution On Jerusalem

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TEL AVIV — The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on Tuesday passed a highly biased anti-Israel resolution regarding Jerusalem’s Old City and its ancient walls.

Below, in no particular order, are four outrages inside the brief text of the Jordanian-sponsored resolution, affirmed by the UN body’s World Heritage Council:

1 – The resolution refers to the Old City of Jerusalem as “occupied territories” and claims that Israel is the “occupying power” there.

This would make Israel the “occupying power” over the Temple Mount and Western Wall and implies that the Palestinian Authority, which never had a state or legal entity in Jerusalem (or the West Bank, for that matter) are the rightful authorities over the ancient city of Jerusalem.

Jordan illegally occupied and annexed eastern Jerusalem, which includes the Old City, from 1948 until Israel captured the lands in a defensive war in 1967. Known as the Six Day War, the conflict was launched after Arab countries used the West Bank and eastern Jerusalem to stage attacks against the Jewish state. In 1988, Jordan officially renounced its claims to the West Bank and eastern Jerusalem and unilaterally recognized terrorist Yasser Arafat’s Palestine Liberation Organization as “the sole legitimate representative of the Palestinian people.”

2 – The text refers to “East Jerusalem,” a nonexistent entity.

Here, the UN has entirely fabricated the existence of an entity called East Jerusalem. In reality, Jerusalem is one city; there is no East Jerusalem. The term is largely utilized to claim that Israel is occupying “East Jerusalem,” referring to the eastern sections of the city, which should supposedly become part of a future Palestinian state.

Jews maintained a historic presence in Jerusalem, including in the eastern sections, until they were forced to leave the Old City en masse in 1948 and eastern Jerusalem fell under illegal Jordanian occupation. (Click to Article)

Torah Commentary – Chukat “Statute” – Give or It Shall Be Taken From You – SCRIPTURES FOR July 1, 2017

The Hebrews have been in the wilderness for 38 years. There are still trials to go through and people who must die before they can move on. Let us not miss the personal nature and just read over the deaths of Moshe’s brother and sister. Their deaths will bring many changes in the camp.  

Torah Commentary

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Chukat “Statute”
Numbers 19:1-22:1
Judges 11:1-33
John 11-12
Give or It Shall Be Taken From You
A common thread we have seen the past few weeks with grumbling, murmuring and complaining continues this week. I pray we have learned the importance of having an “attitude of gratitude” to help us overcome these unwelcome sins. Sadly, in this portion Israel’s grumbling not only affected them, but their leader. Their sin permeated the camp. Moshe had enough of the people and entered into their spirit of frustration. This mistake cost him a price higher than he desired to pay. Because he disobeyed a direct command from Yah by striking the rock the second time, instead of speaking to it, he was judged. His consequence was painful; the inability to enter the Promise Land with Israel. Although he would not enter the Land, he still had the job of taking the people to their destination.
There was an obstacle in the way between Israel’s current location and the Land they were to enter – the land controlled by Sichon, king of the Emori. Moshe sent word to Sichon explaining he wanted to lead Israel through the land Sichon occupied. After all, they have been in the desert for a long time and a shortcut is a shortcut. Moshe made sure Sichon understood he did not desire to take the land, eat from its fields and vineyards or even drink the water of the land. Israel did not need any of those things. They had the land HaShem promised them, they had all the manna a person could ever want; manna burgers, manna pancakes, manna upside down cake. (You know the rest.) Moshe had one interest the shortcut through the land of the Emori.
It seems Sichon was never told about the wonders of giving to Yah or Genesis 12:3. I am sure if he understood who these people were and Whom they served and that by giving Israel access to the King’s Highway, he would have been blessed beyond measure, Sichon’s decision would have been different. Instead of giving to Yah, self service thinking provoked him to take from Yah. In this case he greedily desired to take the lives and possessions of HaShem’s people. What he failed to recognize was the Creator of the universe owned the people and their possessions. We read as expected Sichon was defeated. Not only defeated, but what he controlled was taken from him and given to Israel as a temporary dwelling place until they moved on to their inheritance. Don’t mess with what belongs to HaShem!
What can we learn from the account of Sichon, king of the Emori? Here are a few suggestions.  (Click to Article)