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Jesus is my Best Friend

December 31, 2013

Did you know that your self-esteem affects how you feel? Your self-esteem is there when you look at yourself in the mirror. Your self-esteem can be expressed when you talk about how much you value yourself. Your self-esteem is important, and that is why I carry my self-esteem on my arm as a badge of honor; because I value my deeds, my speech, my beliefs, my opinions, and my ideas; my achievements; and who I think that I am and how I see myself.

What makes me feel great and priceless is the love I have from Jesus, in Jesus name, I pray. I know the sacrifice he made on Calvary for me, his death (3 days); his burial; and resurrection tells me more than anyone else in the Church of God that I am really important. That the missionary will send me, and I shall send myself because I am a clergy, I am an Evangelist. I know that no matter how many Christians don’t support me, encourage me and lift me up that I am important, I see myself as a highly prized player in the end time prophecy. Jesus is still with me in Spirit (John 4:24), because I am transformed by His word, the Word of God. It is nothing but the blood of Jesus (Matthew 9:17). However, there are too many to name but I will give recognition to Community Services Growth & Development (CSG&D) in Lanham, Maryland. http://www.csgd.org/. I received a beautiful computer to help me disseminate the issues that matter the most for me.

Therefore, Jesus taught that sharing is a good thing. He said that blessed is he that shall not be offended in me (Matthew 11:6). Yet perception is everything to those with opposing views.

Before I go into the sermon of the day taken from John 15th, I just wanted to share the word, which can be interpreted as a parable about sharing (Matthew 13: 4-9), Matthew 13:3: Behold a sower went forth to sow; 4) And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the (birds) fowls came and devoured them up: 5) Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth; and for-with they spring up because they had no deepness of earth (depth of soil): 6) And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away. 7) And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them: 8) But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some a hundredfold, some sixty-fold, some thirty-fold. 9) Who hath ears to hear let him hear. 11) Now the Church, like the disciples of Jesus, were given the ability to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven – while you are in the Church (1st Cor. 2:10). In the body of Christ, if you have love for your children and you preserve that bond it shall be given unto you in more abundance. Therefore, Jesus said, “I speak to them in Parables, the ones that were not in the Church of God, surely they don’t see, they don’t hear and neither do they understand.” Yet, Jesus said that all that come unto him heavy laden, will fulfill the Prophesy of Esias and you shall hear even though you don’t understand. And that you shall see even though you don’t perceive. Man will testify against you:> The Lord’s Great Victory Over the Nations (Ezekial 38) “The word of the Lord came to me: 2 “Son of man, set your face against Gog, of the land of Magog, the chief prince of[a] Meshek and Tubal; prophesy against him 3 and say: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I am against you, Gog, chief prince of[b] Meshek and Tubal. 4 I will turn you around, put hooks in your jaws and bring you out with your whole army—your horses, your horsemen fully armed, and a great horde with large and small shields, all of them brandishing their swords. 5 Persia, Cush[c] and Put will be with them, all with shields and helmets, 6 also Gomer with all its troops, and Beth Togarmah from the far north with all its troops—the many nations with you.

Then and only then, in Jesus name will people understand with their heart and shall be converted unto the body of Christ, in the Church of God and Jesus shall heal them (John 3:5). When I think of Jesus, I think of a friend, who if I tell him I don’t have any minutes on my phone, he will determine the need and get me a phone. When I think of a friend that I have in Jesus, I think of a friend who will use the church to solve all the problems in the world. I think of a world that will review my resume and let me leverage my skills, because I can.

In Parsha Noah, there is a message that Moses blessing (Deuteronomy 32:1-52), which is also my doctrine says that it is the “the Word of God will drop down like the dew of the earth.” This message is to all which meant that when Noah gathered every flock unto the ship for the journey, to avoid the flood but you have to be obedient to complete an anointed task. In your journey, like Noah you can’t forget the word of God carry. You must go forward with the word of God, hang the word of God on your door. Know the word of God in your heart, and carry the word of God with you in everything that you do, for the Word of God is perfect. Our self-esteem should never be equated to the word of God, our self-esteem does not make us perfect. Neither is God a respecter of persons. Jesus sacrifice makes the word of God perfect unto the Church of God (Psalm 91:1-64). Jesus is the Messiah, the bridegroom of the Church of God. He is the bridegroom for what cannot be seen – that which is invisible and the eternal – the Church of God. As an Evangelist, I am so glad the God gave the Church a gift.

In a moving and spirited sermon, Pastor Bobby preached that as Children of God that it doesn’t matter what we decide to share or when decide to share it, as leader of the worship service he said that according to the Word we have been ordained “appointed” to bear [the] fruit (John 15). You cannot bear fruit unless you are a part of the vine, and God will purge any fruit that does not bear his worthiness. Though you may cry Lord, and you grew together with the Saints, if you are not deemed worthy you will be purged from the vine. Pastor Bobby talked about how people that attended Church today will be accused because of their deeds, many fell and others failed to get back up again. My best friend for ever is Jesus, he said, John 5:43-47, “I am come in my Father’s name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, you will receive. How can ye believe, which receive honor one of another and seek not the honor that cometh from God only? (Romans 2:29). Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father: there is one who accuseth you, even Moses, in who ye trust (Romans 2:12). For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me (Acts 26:22). But if you believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words?” As Saints of the Church it is important to prefer and honor one another to encourage one another to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

A & E Duck Dynast

Perception is everything.

I have learned that when you are in the Church of God, that is the only people who can and will make a difference for you, when you ask the Father in Jesus name, then whatever you will desire shall be given. So many times I have asked for the prosperity of my posterity – and to this date, God has given me what I have wanted – in the name of Jesus. My faith has made me grateful for all that I have, rather it was suffering through the bad times or sharing through the good times. I can truly say that most of the time I received the word on good ground, that the bear of the good news was good enough to me, I did not look down on this individual.

In closing, on December 2nd, 2013, I went to a workshop on a Monday, well I was the only woman of wisdom there… The workshop was thoughtfully prepared and it was called “Leveraging Your Strength,” but to my surprise, I was the only one who was able to enjoy the workshop. If I did not know it then, I knew it now that we can walk in our confidence. And in walking in our confidence, we can use our skills that we value as our strength; and that you can  leverage your talents to gain the resources that you want or need. First, I am concerned about the word of God, preferably the concerns of the Church. Second, I am concerned about a leader that impacts me to share the message that I have been sought to send, my testimony. However, I couldn’t help but notice that I was the only one there and so privileged to hear a wonderful presentation about my skills, but was not limited to leveraging my talents. For instance there are other workshops like the vision boards and  the career portfolio’s, etc. I came out of that workshop knowing that not only was I happiest when I share but I was even happier when I received. Though I know it is better to always give, in Jesus name. To me there is a difference in saying that I am a Christian versus saying that there is a Higher Source. A person that says that there is a higher source is in my perception an atheist. However, it is possible that as Jesus taught though they don’t perceive the word of the Kingdom of God can see it, if they receive the seed, regardless of where this seed grows (among thorns, Matthew 13:29-30). The saints will rule with Jesus, the saints are the children of God that are the body of Christ in the Church in which Jesus, the son of God died and resurrected.

Finally, if I could leverage my strength, I would leverage my strength to share, this is what makes me so happy. I want to thank everyone who sent me on a testimony of the word of the Kingdom of God. I would have never been able to care for my son, without those being obedient to the word of God. I had a wonderful Christmas, it was the best Christmas ever. I was not too fat (Jeremiah 4:3; Matthew 13: 22). You gave so that others could go and share the fruit that you have bared. Your fruit shall remain because someone will praise the Lord in Spirit and truth (John 4:24,37-38). They will know you as a Disciple of Jesus Christ, by the love that you have for one another in the Church of God (John 10:1-5; John 14:15; and John 15:12). When you show love and concern for one another, people will know you love one another. Maybe you looked down on me this year. Maybe you refused to help me, when you did look down on me, but it is not too late to get salvation i.e., my heart was broken a thousand times watching my bond with the Syrian people. Nevertheless, whatever I do, I do in peace, and I walk in my faith. In ending, the Saints absolutely positively must share the word of God, when you have an outstanding presentation you must spread the good news. Lastly, maybe my testimony may not have been good enough for you; and that you weren’t striving to the Kingdom of Heaven. Then may the peace of God be upon you, in Jesus name.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

The Disciples of Jesus Christs’ Parsha Vayeishev, Genesis 37:1-36. Sabbath Dec. 17 2011

December 23, 2011

THE DISCIPLES OF JESUS CHRISTS’ PARSHA VAYEISHEV, GENESIS 37:1-36. SABBATH DEC. 17 2011

Haftorah Amos 2:6 through Amos 3:8

The Book of Genesis, in Chapter 37:1-36


Jacob dwelt in the land of Canaan, a land that Isaac sojourned as a stranger (Genesis 37:1)

Joseph was 17 years old, he fled the flock with his brethren and he would bring unto their father an evil report (Genesis 37:2).

Jacob immediately transforms into Israel because he loved Joseph, which like was the baby,  more than all of his children. He also made Joseph a coat of colours. When the other children saw that their father loved Joseph the most, and the other siblings hated Joseph all the more, because his father Israel first loved he, or him.

It is so funny that in this story I am the baby, and I have had to triumph over zeal for my parents affection and attention, time after time. My mother would go through great pains to protect me. I am very fortunate to that all of us are still alive and no one is in jail. One situation I will talk about is the time my father paid my rent, we had both lived in the same apartment building. The resident manager refunded his check, and I was soon evicted. I should have known that my siblings could not stand for my father to outwardly display his affection (half sisters and brothers who can not prove their relation; and that retalliation was soon impending because the pipes in the tier, of at least the 8th floor had busted, and I had lost a lot of clothes that were just laying on the floor – supposedly insurance didn’t pay for house keeping issues.


Nevertheless, there was some jealousy that rendered the tribe inoperable. It has gotten so bad that when I need something, I have to get on my knees and pray to God. “Oh God, this is the house of Jacob, and I come to you in the name of Jesus.” For me, this petition is a formal prayer, and hopefully the prayer seals the deal. Most importantly, I feel a whole lot better coming up then when I initially got down on my knees. I can certainly say that I got up off my knees a better person than when I went down on my knees.

Believe it or not, my father is also named “Abraham,” so I take a Abrahamaic Covenant very seriously. Yet, if it weren’t for my dual Cherokee lineage, I too would be a stranger sojourned in this land. But, I tell you no lie this is where most of the dissent comes from, even thought I maintained that I didn’t dram that anyone would be serving me.

For instance, many people hate children – your children, then they already know that what the ends going to be, the glory of a man. Then there is also people who believe that since you are good at bringing people together which doesn’t mean that you should be in obeisance to me. Nevertheless, after Joseph had obeyed Israel and left the valley of Hebron and sought his brothers in Schechem, that were supposed to be feeding the flock, but where was the flock? We shall see. (Genesis 37:6-11) Nevertheless there are times when I have tried to spend time with my sisters and they were they could not let me come along for the ride, on behalf of my son, to wash clothes or go to the grocery store. I mean this is so totally irrational, that you make people catch the bus to church, the local church and to the grocery store. Obviously, I don’t have a friend in my family, because my kids are too small to drive me anywhere. Well, Joseph went to check on his brothers as his father had requested and the rest of his life was ruined, he ended up in slavery. (Genesis 37:19-28)  So I understand this parable because I know what it is like for a family, starting with your third cousins to decide that they do not want to take to you to church, or the grocery store, it is a feeling of dirty shame, but I can’t control how people feel about me (Genesis 37:12-17,18)

To make a long story short, family can be your worst enemy, but I prefer them to be my best enemy. You have to hope that God says it shall come to pass; because if man says it shall come to pass, then if you go looking for your family they can either grant you favor through the grace of Jesus Christ, because he is the firstborn son of God. (Genesis 37:29-35)  Jesus saves, he gives us an identity and he gives us love. Or your family really do something dirty to you like disrupt your home with witchcraft, and usher in an evil and unshakeable spirit of poverty; like bacteria poverty won’t willingly go away. If you were only trying to help me, well that’s all good but did you ever stop and think that you have set the achievements of the civil rights movment back by atleast sixty years. By doing this, you render feeble and incapacitated people hopeless, and we are talking about the widows and the orphans — this is what the church is designated to do and that is to care for the widows and the orphans and to preach the good news to the downtrodden and the broken hearted and the poor. You lack maternal nurturing, and you won’t let Jesus be your Heavenly Father, so what do you really have to offer anyone that you choose to work with and under your guise they get your favor. You have to stop using blood money (money from your family and giving it to your boy) that otherwise would have been applied to the proceeds of their probate estate (Genesis 37:36)

Disciples Reference

Jeremiah 49:13,17,18

Ezekial 25:14

Luke 15:11-32; Luke 21:15

Hosea 12:13-14:10; Hosea 11:7-13:5

Joel 2:26

1st Kings 18:4

Amos 5:6,21-23

Malachi 4:1

Genesis 28:12,18-22; Genesis 35:1-15; Genesis 39:2 (Genesis 37:4)

Deuteronomy 14:23

2nd Corinthians 3:18; 2nd Corinthians 12:10

Ephesians 4:12-15,20-24

Matthew 5:12,41; Matthew 15:13,35

Isaiah 8:10

Proverbs 8:10; Proverbs 21:30

Psalm 105:17

Hebrews 10:34

James 1:12

1st Peter 4:13

Mark 13:19

Romans 5:3

Phillipians 1:29

1 John 3:2

Acts 5:33-42; Acts 22:3,34; Acts 2:33,37,46; Acts 7:9,51; Acts 4:20,42; Acts 4:19,40

The Book of Obadiah (The Bible)

Recommended Readings

Lambert Dolphin. “Brief History and Final Destiny of Edom.” http://ldophin.org/edom.html. Last reviewed, Dec. 8th 2009.

Introduction to Obadiah; The Identity of Edom (Obadiah). http://www.ucgstp.org/bible/brp/oba1.htm. Last reviewed, Dec. 8th, 2009.

Bible Magazine. “The Way to Jerusalem: Edom of the Latter Days.” http://www.biblemagazine.com/library/wj-jrsm/wj-chapter4.html. Last reviewed, December 8th, 2009.

Parsha Toldot, Sabbath Nov. 25 2011

November 27, 2011

http://youtu.be/HYurqlr1E7g

Sabbath, November 26th, 2011. Parshah Toldot – Genesis 25:19-28:9

Torah Reading for Week of November 20-26, 2011 – Cheshvan 23-29 5772
{Black Friday} (Friday, November 25th, 2011 at Sundown to Saturday, November 26th, 2011)

Haftorah Toldot, Malachi 1:1 through Malach 2:7

Commentary: It is very interested here that the word of God explicitly says’ Abraham’s only son is Isaac. The word of God says that he ran everyone away from his son, Isaac. Why is Israel occupied with inhabitants that do not want to see sovereignty of a nation. We can agree to disagree, but the word of God is permanent. (Mark 13:31;

Genesis 25:1-34
The Death of Abraham
1 Abraham had taken another wife, whose name was Keturah. 2 She bore him Zimran, Jokshan, Medan, Midian, Ishbak and Shuah. 3 Jokshan was the father of Sheba and Dedan; the descendants of Dedan were the Ashurites, the Letushites and the Leummites. 4 The sons of Midian were Ephah, Epher, Hanok, Abida and Eldaah. All these were descendants of Keturah.

5 Abraham left everything he owned to Isaac. 6 But while he was still living, he gave gifts to the sons of his concubines and sent them away from his son Isaac to the land of the east.

7 Abraham lived a hundred and seventy-five years. 8 Then Abraham breathed his last and died at a good old age, an old man and full of years; and he was gathered to his people. 9 His sons Isaac and Ishmael buried him in the cave of Machpelah near Mamre, in the field of Ephron son of Zohar the Hittite, 10 the field Abraham had bought from the Hittites.[a] There Abraham was buried with his wife Sarah. 11 After Abraham’s death, God blessed his son Isaac, who then lived near Beer Lahai Roi.

Jacob and Esau
19 This is the account of the family line of Abraham’s son Isaac.

Abraham became the father of Isaac, 20 and Isaac was forty years old when he married Rebekah daughter of Bethuel the Aramean from Paddan Aram[c] and sister of Laban the Aramean.

21 Isaac prayed to the LORD on behalf of his wife, because she was childless. The LORD answered his prayer, and his wife Rebekah became pregnant. 22 The babies jostled each other within her, and she said, “Why is this happening to me?” So she went to inquire of the LORD.

23 The LORD said to her,

“Two nations are in your womb,
and two peoples from within you will be separated;
one people will be stronger than the other,
and the older will serve the younger.”

24 When the time came for her to give birth, there were twin boys in her womb. 25 The first to come out was red, and his whole body was like a hairy garment; so they named him Esau.[d] 26 After this, his brother came out, with his hand grasping Esau’s heel; so he was named Jacob.[e] Isaac was sixty years old when Rebekah gave birth to them.

27 The boys grew up, and Esau became a skillful hunter, a man of the open country, while Jacob was content to stay at home among the tents. 28 Isaac, who had a taste for wild game, loved Esau, but Rebekah loved Jacob.

29 Once when Jacob was cooking some stew, Esau came in from the open country, famished. 30 He said to Jacob, “Quick, let me have some of that red stew! I’m famished!” (That is why he was also called Edom.[f])

31 Jacob replied, “First sell me your birthright.”

32 “Look, I am about to die,” Esau said. “What good is the birthright to me?”

33 But Jacob said, “Swear to me first.” So he swore an oath to him, selling his birthright to Jacob.

34 Then Jacob gave Esau some bread and some lentil stew. He ate and drank, and then got up and left.

So Esau despised his birthright.

Recommended References:

1 Chronicles 5

Reuben

1Now the sons of Reuben the firstborn of Israel, (for he was the firstborn; but forasmuch as he defiled his father’s bed, his birthright was given unto the sons of Joseph the son of Israel: and the genealogy is not to be reckoned after the birthright.

 2For Judah prevailed above his brethren, and of him came the chief ruler; but the birthright was Joseph’s:)

3The sons, I say, of Reuben the firstborn of Israel were, Hanoch, and Pallu, Hezron, and Carmi.

4The sons of Joel; Shemaiah his son, Gog his son, Shimei his son,

5Micah his son, Reaia his son, Baal his son,

6Beerah his son, whom Tilgathpilneser king of Assyria carried away captive: he was prince of the Reubenites.

7And his brethren by their families, when the genealogy of their generations was reckoned, were the chief, Jeiel, and Zechariah,

8And Bela the son of Azaz, the son of Shema, the son of Joel, who dwelt in Aroer, even unto Nebo and Baalmeon:

9And eastward he inhabited unto the entering in of the wilderness from the river Euphrates: because their cattle were multiplied in the land of Gilead.

10And in the days of Saul they made war with the Hagarites, who fell by their hand: and they dwelt in their tents throughout all the east land of Gilead.


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Disciples Reference:

Mark 13:1-37

The Destruction of the Temple and Signs of the End Times
1 As Jesus was leaving the temple, one of his disciples said to him, “Look, Teacher! What massive stones! What magnificent buildings!”

2 “Do you see all these great buildings?” replied Jesus. “Not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down.”

3 As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter, James, John and Andrew asked him privately, 4 “Tell us, when will these things happen? And what will be the sign that they are all about to be fulfilled?”

5 Jesus said to them: “Watch out that no one deceives you. 6 Many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am he,’ and will deceive many. 7 When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. 8 Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places, and famines. These are the beginning of birth pains.

9 “You must be on your guard. You will be handed over to the local councils and flogged in the synagogues. On account of me you will stand before governors and kings as witnesses to them. 10 And the gospel must first be preached to all nations. 11 Whenever you are arrested and brought to trial, do not worry beforehand about what to say. Just say whatever is given you at the time, for it is not you speaking, but the Holy Spirit.

12 “Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child. Children will rebel against their parents and have them put to death. 13 Everyone will hate you because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.

14 “When you see ‘the abomination that causes desolation’[a] standing where it[b] does not belong—let the reader understand—then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. 15 Let no one on the housetop go down or enter the house to take anything out. 16 Let no one in the field go back to get their cloak. 17 How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers! 18 Pray that this will not take place in winter, 19 because those will be days of distress unequaled from the beginning, when God created the world, until now—and never to be equaled again.

20 “If the Lord had not cut short those days, no one would survive. But for the sake of the elect, whom he has chosen, he has shortened them. 21 At that time if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Messiah!’ or, ‘Look, there he is!’ do not believe it. 22 For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. 23 So be on your guard; I have told you everything ahead of time.

24 “But in those days, following that distress,

“‘the sun will be darkened,
and the moon will not give its light;
25 the stars will fall from the sky,
and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.’[c]

26 “At that time people will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory. 27 And he will send his angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of the heavens.

28 “Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. 29 Even so, when you see these things happening, you know that it[d] is near, right at the door. 30 Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. 31 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.
The Day and Hour Unknown
32 “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 33 Be on guard! Be alert[e]! You do not know when that time will come. 34 It’s like a man going away: He leaves his house and puts his servants in charge, each with their assigned task, and tells the one at the door to keep watch.

35 “Therefore keep watch because you do not know when the owner of the house will come back—whether in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or at dawn. 36 If he comes suddenly, do not let him find you sleeping. 37 What I say to you, I say to everyone: ‘Watch!’”

Footnotes:

Mark 13:14; Daniel 9:27; 11:31; 12:11
Mark 13:14 Or he
Mark 13:25 Isaiah 13:10; 34:4
Mark 13:29 Or he
Mark 13:33 Some manuscripts alert and pray

See also, Isaiah 40:6-8 and 1st Peter 1:24-25

Cafe of the book, “The Word of God Endures Forever: A Sermon on Isa 40:6-8; 1 Peter 1:24-25.” March 3rd, 2011. http://cafeofthebook.wordpress.com/2011/03/03/the-word-of-god-endures-forever-a-sermon-on-isa-406-8-1-peter-124-25/

Parsha in a Nutshell. Parsha Toldot. Chabad.org. Sabbath, November 26 2011. http://www.chabad.org/parshah/article_cdo/aid/3178/jewish/Toldot.htm

Haftorah Toldot. Chabad.org. Sabbath, November 26, 2011. http://www.chabad.org/parshah/article_cdo/aid/587261/jewish/Haftorah-in-a-Nutshell.htm

Disciples of Jesus Christs Memorial Parsha Shelach Num. 13-15

June 16, 2011

The Disciples of Jesus Christs’ Memorial Parsha Shelach

Welcome! To the Memorial Parsha of Shelach. Torah Numbers 13:15. Sabbath – June 18th, 2011 (Sivan 16 5771). Shelach Haftorah: Joshua 2:1-24

Numbers 13-15

King James Version (KJV)

Numbers 13

 1And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
 2Send thou men, that they may search the land of Canaan, which I give unto the children of Israel: of every tribe of their fathers shall ye send a man, every one a ruler among them.
 3And Moses by the commandment of the LORD sent them from the wilderness of Paran: all those men were heads of the children of Israel.
 4And these were their names: of the tribe of Reuben, Shammua the son of Zaccur.
 5Of the tribe of Simeon, Shaphat the son of Hori.
 6Of the tribe of Judah, Caleb the son of Jephunneh.
 7Of the tribe of Issachar, Igal the son of Joseph.
 8Of the tribe of Ephraim, Oshea the son of Nun.
 9Of the tribe of Benjamin, Palti the son of Raphu.
 10Of the tribe of Zebulun, Gaddiel the son of Sodi.
 11Of the tribe of Joseph, namely, of the tribe of Manasseh, Gaddi the son of Susi.
 12Of the tribe of Dan, Ammiel the son of Gemalli.
 13Of the tribe of Asher, Sethur the son of Michael.
 14Of the tribe of Naphtali, Nahbi the son of Vophsi.
 15Of the tribe of Gad, Geuel the son of Machi.
 16These are the names of the men which Moses sent to spy out the land. And Moses called Oshea the son of Nun Jehoshua.
 17And Moses sent them to spy out the land of Canaan, and said unto them, “Get you up this way southward, and go up into the mountain:

 18And see the land, what it is, and the people that dwelleth therein, whether they be strong or weak, few or many;
 19And what the land is that they dwell in, whether it be good or bad; and what cities they be that they dwell in, whether in tents, or in strong holds;

 20And what the land is, whether it be fat or lean, whether there be wood therein, or not. And be ye of good courage, and bring of the fruit of the land. Now the time was the time of the firstripe grapes.”
 21So they went up, and searched the land from the wilderness of Zin unto Rehob, as men come to Hamath.
 22And they ascended by the south, and came unto Hebron; where Ahiman, Sheshai, and Talmai, the children of Anak, were. (Now Hebron was built seven years before Zoan in Egypt.)
 23And they came unto the brook of Eshcol, and cut down from thence a branch with one cluster of grapes, and they bare it between two upon a staff; and they brought of the pomegranates, and of the figs.
 24The place was called the brook Eshcol, because of the cluster of grapes which the children of Israel cut down from thence.
 25And they returned from searching of the land after forty days.
 26And they went and came to Moses, and to Aaron, and to all the congregation of the children of Israel, unto the wilderness of Paran, to Kadesh; and brought back word unto them, and unto all the congregation, and shewed them the fruit of the land.
 27And they told him, and said, “We came unto the land whither thou sentest us, and surely it floweth with milk and honey; and this is the fruit of it.

 28Nevertheless the people be strong that dwell in the land, and the cities are walled, and very great: and moreover we saw the children of Anak there.
 29The Amalekites dwell in the land of the south: and the Hittites, and the Jebusites, and the Amorites, dwell in the mountains: and the Canaanites dwell by the sea, and by the coast of Jordan.”

 30And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it.
 31But the men that went up with him said, “We be not able to go up against the people; for they are stronger than we.”
 32And they brought up an evil report of the land which they had searched unto the children of Israel, saying, The land, through which we have gone to search it, is a land that eateth up the inhabitants thereof; and all the people that we saw in it are men of a great stature.
 33And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.

Numbers 14: 1-45

 1And all the congregation lifted up their voice, and cried; and the people wept that night.
 2And all the children of Israel murmured against Moses and against Aaron: and the whole congregation said unto them, “Would God that we had died in the land of Egypt! or would God we had died in this wilderness!
 3And wherefore hath the LORD brought us unto this land, to fall by the sword, that our wives and our children should be a prey? were it not better for us to return into Egypt?”
 4And they said one to another, “Let us make a captain, and let us return into Egypt.”
 5Then Moses and Aaron fell on their faces before all the assembly of the congregation of the children of Israel.
 6And Joshua the son of Nun, and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, which were of them that searched the land, rent their clothes:
 7And they spake unto all the company of the children of Israel, saying, “The land, which we passed through to search it, is an exceeding good land.

 8If the LORD delight in us, then he will bring us into this land, and give it us; a land which floweth with milk and honey.

 9Only rebel not ye against the LORD, neither fear ye the people of the land; for they are bread for us: their defence is departed from them, and the LORD is with us: fear them not.”
 10But all the congregation bade stone them with stones. And the glory of the LORD appeared in the tabernacle of the congregation before all the children of Israel.
 11And the LORD said unto Moses, How long will this people provoke me? and how long will it be ere they believe me, for all the signs which I have shewed among them?

 12I will smite them with the pestilence, and disinherit them, and will make of thee a greater nation and mightier than they.

 13And Moses said unto the LORD, Then the Egyptians shall hear it, (for thou broughtest up this people in thy might from among them;)

 14And they will tell it to the inhabitants of this land: for they have heard that thou LORD art among this people, that thou LORD art seen face to face, and that thy cloud standeth over them, and that thou goest before them, by day time in a pillar of a cloud, and in a pillar of fire by night.
 15Now if thou shalt kill all this people as one man, then the nations which have heard the fame of thee will speak, saying,
 16Because the LORD was not able to bring this people into the land which he sware unto them, therefore he hath slain them in the wilderness.
 17And now, I beseech thee, let the power of my lord be great, according as thou hast spoken, saying,
 18The LORD is longsuffering, and of great mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression, and by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation.

 19Pardon, I beseech thee, the iniquity of this people according unto the greatness of thy mercy, and as thou hast forgiven this people, from Egypt even until now.
 20And the LORD said, I have pardoned according to thy word:

 21But as truly as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the LORD.
 22Because all those men which have seen my glory, and my miracles, which I did in Egypt and in the wilderness, and have tempted me now these ten times, and have not hearkened to my voice;
 23Surely they shall not see the land which I sware unto their fathers, neither shall any of them that provoked me see it:

 24But my servant Caleb, because he had another spirit with him, and hath followed me fully, him will I bring into the land whereinto he went; and his seed shall possess it.
 25(Now the Amalekites and the Canaanites dwelt in the valley.) Tomorrow turn you, and get you into the wilderness by the way of the Red sea.
 26And the LORD spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying,
 27How long shall I bear with this evil congregation, which murmur against me? I have heard the murmurings of the children of Israel, which they murmur against me.

 28Say unto them, As truly as I live, saith the LORD, as ye have spoken in mine ears, so will I do to you:
 29Your carcases shall fall in this wilderness; and all that were numbered of you, according to your whole number, from twenty years old and upward which have murmured against me.
 30Doubtless ye shall not come into the land, concerning which I sware to make you dwell therein, save Caleb the son of Jephunneh, and Joshua the son of Nun.
 31But your little ones, which ye said should be a prey, them will I bring in, and they shall know the land which ye have despised.
 32But as for you, your carcases, they shall fall in this wilderness.
 33And your children shall wander in the wilderness forty years, and bear your whoredoms, until your carcases be wasted in the wilderness.
 34After the number of the days in which ye searched the land, even forty days, each day for a year, shall ye bear your iniquities, even forty years, and ye shall know my breach of promise.
 35I the LORD have said, I will surely do it unto all this evil congregation, that are gathered together against me: in this wilderness they shall be consumed, and there they shall die.
 36And the men, which Moses sent to search the land, who returned, and made all the congregation to murmur against him, by bringing up a slander upon the land,
 37Even those men that did bring up the evil report upon the land, died by the plague before the LORD.
 38But Joshua the son of Nun, and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, which were of the men that went to search the land, lived still.

 39And Moses told these sayings unto all the children of Israel: and the people mourned greatly.
 40And they rose up early in the morning, and gat them up into the top of the mountain, saying, Lo, we be here, and will go up unto the place which the LORD hath promised: for we have sinned.
 41And Moses said, Wherefore now do ye transgress the commandment of the LORD? but it shall not prosper.

 42Go not up, for the LORD is not among you; that ye be not smitten before your enemies.
 43For the Amalekites and the Canaanites are there before you, and ye shall fall by the sword: because ye are turned away from the LORD, therefore the LORD will not be with you.

 44But they presumed to go up unto the hill top: nevertheless the ark of the covenant of the LORD, and Moses, departed not out of the camp.
 45Then the Amalekites came down, and the Canaanites which dwelt in that hill, and smote them, and discomfited them, even unto Hormah.

Numbers 15:1-41

 1And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
 2Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye be come into the land of your habitations, which I give unto you,

 3And will make an offering by fire unto the LORD, a burnt offering, or a sacrifice in performing a vow, or in a freewill offering, or in your solemn feasts, to make a sweet savour unto the LORD, of the herd or of the flock:
 4Then shall he that offereth his offering unto the LORD bring a meat offering of a tenth deal of flour mingled with the fourth part of an hin of oil.
 5And the fourth part of an hin of wine for a drink offering shalt thou prepare with the burnt offering or sacrifice, for one lamb.
 6Or for a ram, thou shalt prepare for a meat offering two tenth deals of flour mingled with the third part of an hin of oil.
 7And for a drink offering thou shalt offer the third part of an hin of wine, for a sweet savour unto the LORD.
 8And when thou preparest a bullock for a burnt offering, or for a sacrifice in performing a vow, or peace offerings unto the LORD:
 9Then shall he bring with a bullock a meat offering of three tenth deals of flour mingled with half an hin of oil.
 10And thou shalt bring for a drink offering half an hin of wine, for an offering made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the LORD.
 11Thus shall it be done for one bullock, or for one ram, or for a lamb, or a kid.
 12According to the number that ye shall prepare, so shall ye do to every one according to their number.
 13All that are born of the country shall do these things after this manner, in offering an offering made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the LORD.
 14And if a stranger sojourn with you, or whosoever be among you in your generations, and will offer an offering made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the LORD; as ye do, so he shall do.
 15One ordinance shall be both for you of the congregation, and also for the stranger that sojourneth with you, an ordinance for ever in your generations: as ye are, so shall the stranger be before the LORD.
 16One law and one manner shall be for you, and for the stranger that sojourneth with you.

 17And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
 18Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye come into the land whither I bring you,

 19Then it shall be, that, when ye eat of the bread of the land, ye shall offer up an heave offering unto the LORD.
 20Ye shall offer up a cake of the first of your dough for an heave offering: as ye do the heave offering of the threshingfloor, so shall ye heave it.
 21Of the first of your dough ye shall give unto the LORD an heave offering in your generations.
 22And if ye have erred, and not observed all these commandments, which the LORD hath spoken unto Moses,
 23Even all that the LORD hath commanded you by the hand of Moses, from the day that the LORD commanded Moses, and henceforward among your generations;
 24Then it shall be, if ought be committed by ignorance without the knowledge of the congregation, that all the congregation shall offer one young bullock for a burnt offering, for a sweet savour unto the LORD, with his meat offering, and his drink offering, according to the manner, and one kid of the goats for a sin offering.
 25And the priest shall make an atonement for all the congregation of the children of Israel, and it shall be forgiven them; for it is ignorance: and they shall bring their offering, a sacrifice made by fire unto the LORD, and their sin offering before the LORD, for their ignorance:
 26And it shall be forgiven all the congregation of the children of Israel, and the stranger that sojourneth among them; seeing all the people were in ignorance.
 27And if any soul sin through ignorance, then he shall bring a she goat of the first year for a sin offering.
 28And the priest shall make an atonement for the soul that sinneth ignorantly, when he sinneth by ignorance before the LORD, to make an atonement for him; and it shall be forgiven him.
 29Ye shall have one law for him that sinneth through ignorance, both for him that is born among the children of Israel, and for the stranger that sojourneth among them.
 30But the soul that doeth ought presumptuously, whether he be born in the land, or a stranger, the same reproacheth the LORD; and that soul shall be cut off from among his people.
 31Because he hath despised the word of the LORD, and hath broken his commandment, that soul shall utterly be cut off; his iniquity shall be upon him.

 32And while the children of Israel were in the wilderness, they found a man that gathered sticks upon the sabbath day.
 33And they that found him gathering sticks brought him unto Moses and Aaron, and unto all the congregation.
 34And they put him in ward, because it was not declared what should be done to him.
 35And the LORD said unto Moses, The man shall be surely put to death: all the congregation shall stone him with stones without the camp.
 36And all the congregation brought him without the camp, and stoned him with stones, and he died; as the LORD commanded Moses.
 37And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
 38Speak unto the children of Israel, and bid them that they make them fringes in the borders of their garments throughout their generations, and that they put upon the fringe of the borders a ribband of blue:

 39And it shall be unto you for a fringe, that ye may look upon it, and remember all the commandments of the LORD, and do them ; and that ye seek not after your own heart and your own eyes, after which ye use to go a whoring:
 40That ye may remember, and do all my commandments, and be holy unto your God.
 41I am the LORD your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: I am the LORD your God.


Video. Revelation Song. Phillips, Craig & Dean. http://youtu.be/u8Pj2ha9uzM  

COMMENTARY:

Numbers 13:1-25: Exploring Canaan
In chapter 13, God commands Moses to gather ancestral leaders from each of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel to go explore the land, of the Canaanites – the promise land (Numbers 13:1-16). Moses sends the spies each from a tribe of Israel and the wilderness of Paran, throughout the mountainous region – through Negev, the Wilderness of Zin, Rehob, Lebo Hamath, Hebron and the Valley of Eshkol to see if the land was fertile, or not, and to determine how the people were living in a town or city, even to the region was fortified or not with courage the spies were told to bring back the first ripe grapes, and some of the other first fruit of the lands.
Of the tribe of Judah, Caleb the son of Jephunneh
Jephunneh was of African descent

The spikes gathered a branch bearing a single cluster of grapes, on a pole by two men. The others care some pomegranates’ and figs from the valley of Eshkol, at the end of the forty days from exploring the land (Numbers 13:23-25).

Numbers 13:26- Report on the Exploration
The spies, the ancestral tribal leaders of the children returned back to Moses and Aaron and the whole Israelite community as well as the whole assembly at Kadesh in the Desert of Paran, with a report and the fruit of the land. The ancestral tribal leaders sent to explore the land of Canaan said that the land was wonderful, fruitful. However, they were afraid of the people and described the inhabitants of the land of Canaan as being like a big tree with little or no weak branches (the spies gave the report that the land was fruitful, and the people are strong; the cities are fortified; the children of Anak are in Hebron). The explorers basically felt that they did not fit in with people who were doing well and prosperous and that living peacefully alongside the people, as well as conquering the people would not be a good idea because the people are powerful, population (statistics), large fortified cities and the descendants of Anak were in Hebron, the Nephilim (Giant possibly cannibalistic)the Amalekites were in Negev; the Hittites’, Jebusites’ (Jerusalem) and the Amorites’ were living in the hill country; and the Canaanites were living near the ear by the Jordan (river). (Numbers 13:26-39)
Then, Caleb quieted the people and said to Moses and the other people; we can obey God’s word. We can inhabit the promise land. “Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it.” (Numbers 13:30). Caleb had a different spirit. He was positive that God would see him through and do all that he said he would do. God is not a man that would lie, God can do anything but fail.

Caleb was positive throughout the entire trip. He knew that if God was before him then no one could be against him. Unfortunately the other men that went to scout the promise land had a different report, a report that was very unfavorable to God and disheartened the hopes and dreams of the entire Israelite community. Whose report will you believe? It is true that sometimes you can become a part of something that takes up all of your time and you won’t be able to tithe God your treasures like your time, your money, your first fruits etc. You have to believe that God will come first, and you have to trust God and expect the best even in the very worst of crisis. 

In Chapter 13, the spies were sent to explore the land of Canaan to see the mountainous land, the people that dewell and to determine of the people to see if they were strong, or week, few or many. Moses wanted to know how the people were living. Most of all when he investigated the life style he said be sure that you are courageous, and then believe that you can bring a sample of fruit (13:17-20).


In Chapter 14, Moses instead got a turn of events. He tried to act as intermediary to the people. He petitioned God, to not destroy the people that gave the evil report. So God obliged his prayer. However God said that there would be grave consequences for giving an evil report. At this time there was only the law – there was not much grace. So the individuals except Caleb that gave an evil report with lack of confidence were sentenced to wonder in the desert one year for each day that they wondered into the promise land and did not believe that God would deliver the Israelite community, just as he said that when the Amorites iniquity was full then they would receive their promise land, as promised to the Descendants of Abraham. Somehow during the forty days of exploring the promised land something went wrong when the explorers gave an ill report to Moses, Aaron and the entire Israelite community (Numbers 13:26).


Unfortunately there probably had been many attempts to flee Egyptian oppression, and probably six figures died in the process and so God lead the new formed nation, the Israelite community. Nevertheless, the rebellious and the ones with little faith decided to go to the promise land on their own, and they were met with opposition because the Ark of the Covenant of God was not with them. Like Joshua, even King David knew the importance of regulation in battle and seizing, doubling your proportion and warfare with the ark of the covenant. The rebellious were smoted and discomfited by the Amalekites and the Canaanites (Numbers 14:44).


The good lesson in this Parsha is that God agrees to keep the covenant with the children of the rebellious people, and God protects the children for forty years, and eventually in the book of Deuteronomy by the fifth chapter, these very same children inherit the promise land.


In Chapter 15, there is a Supplementary Offering Law to be observed because he has already given you the promise land as an inheritance. The supplementary (drink, meal, burnt, or meat) offering can be prepared as burnt, vow, special offering, fellowship offering or a sacrificial offering, much like the Saints drink the symbolical blood of the Lord Jesus Christ with the Bread, the one ordinance to the Church. God encourages the Israelite community to bless Him with their threshing floor, to offer offerings this way there will be no idolatry amongst even the stranger or the sojourners (Numbers 15:1-20).


Lastly, in Chapter 15, God commands Moses to ordain the heave offering unto Jehovah. The Heave offering is not only symbolical but this offering causes healing in the body. You don’t have to worry about the giants that give their friends jobs while you idoly sit back and envy the heathen, and the idolater. This offering alone ceremoniously and miraculously cleansed the community from intentional sin ignorantly committed without voluntary knowledge of committing a sin. (Numbers 15:17-30).  Then a man gathered sticks on the Sabbath Day, we all know that Jesus is Lord of the Sabbath, but in ancient times a man was stoned to death because he gathered sticks on the Sabbath (Numbers 15:32-37).



Finally, a common icon that you see often are the fringes on the borders of the garments (tallits). Many people kiss the garment and pray before the alters of physical sanctuaries. Hopefully you will follow Gods law to look upon it and follow all of his commandments and do them because if you don’t then you will go whoring. Otherwise you will remember all the commandments of God and be Holy to your God, for he is Holy. (Numbers 15:36-41). God is Jehovah, He brought you out of the land of Egypt, He will be your God. Jehovah. (Numbers 15:41).

Disciples Reference:

  1. Matthew 4:7
    Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’ ”
    Matthew 4:6-8 (in Context) Matthew 4 (Whole Chapter)
  2. Matthew 4:10
    Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’ ”
    Matthew 4:9-11 (in Context) Matthew 4 (Whole Chapter)
  3. Matthew 12:1
    [ Jesus Is Lord of the Sabbath ] At that time Jesus went through the grainfields on the Sabbath. His disciples were hungry and began to pick some heads of grain and eat them.
    Matthew 12:1-3 (in Context) Matthew 12 (Whole Chapter)
  4. Matthew 17:4
    Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you wish, I will put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.”
    Matthew 17:3-5 (in Context) Matthew 17 (Whole Chapter)
  5. Matthew 21:42
    Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the Scriptures: “‘The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes’ ?
    Matthew 21:41-43 (in Context) Matthew 21 (Whole Chapter)
  6. Mark 2:23
    [ Jesus Is Lord of the Sabbath ] One Sabbath Jesus was going through the grainfields, and as his disciples walked along, they began to pick some heads of grain.
    Mark 2:22-24 (in Context) Mark 2 (Whole Chapter)
  7. Mark 12:29
    “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.
    Mark 12:28-30 (in Context) Mark 12 (Whole Chapter)
  8. Luke 4:8
    Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.’ ”
    Luke 4:7-9 (in Context) Luke 4 (Whole Chapter)
  9. Luke 4:12
    Jesus answered, “It is said: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’ ”
    Luke 4:11-13 (in Context) Luke 4 (Whole Chapter)
  10. Luke 6:1
    [ Jesus Is Lord of the Sabbath ] One Sabbath Jesus was going through the grainfields, and his disciples began to pick some heads of grain, rub them in their hands and eat the kernels.
    Luke 6:1-3 (in Context) Luke 6 (Whole Chapter)

Recommended References:


Parsha in a Nutshell. Shelach. Sabbath June 18, 2011. http://www.chabad.org/parshah/article_cdo/aid/2201/jewish/Shelach.htm

E-Drash. Parasha: Shelach. Shelach - שלח : “Send thou” .Torah : Numbers 13:1-15:41.Haftarah : Joshua 2:1-24.Gospel : John 7, 8. http://www.ffoz.org. Sabbath, June 18, 2011.

 Parsha Eikev. Thalia’s Blogspot. http://thalia-journal.blogspot.com/2010/08/memorial-parsha-of-jesus-christs-eikev.html August 2nd, 2010. Deuteronomy 7 through 11.

STANDARD LESSON COMMENTARY: International Sunday School Lessons. 
Unit One. Summer Quarter. Lesson 2: God’s People Learn from Prosperity.

Mon. June 13. The Promises of God. 2nd Corinthians 1:16-20
Tue. June 14. God’s Promises Kept. Joshua 21:43-22-6
Wed. June 15. Rahab’s Confession of God. Joshua 2:10-14
Thu. June 16. Rahab’s Pact with the Spies. Joshua 2:17-21
Fri. June 17. Rahab’s Help Rewarded. Joshua 6:22-25
Sat. June 18. Rahab and Her Works. James 2:18-25
Sun. June 19. Rahab’s Protection of the Spies. Joshua 2:2-9, 15, 16, 22-24

Disciples of Jesus Christs Memorial Parsha Shelach Num. 13-15

June 14, 2011

The Disciples of Jesus Christs’ Memorial Parsha Shelach

Welcome! To the Memorial Parsha of Shelach. Torah Numbers 13:15. Sabbath – June 18th, 2011 (Sivan 16 5771). Shelach Haftorah: Joshua 2:1-24

Numbers 13-15

King James Version (KJV)

Numbers 13

 1And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
 2Send thou men, that they may search the land of Canaan, which I give unto the children of Israel: of every tribe of their fathers shall ye send a man, every one a ruler among them.
 3And Moses by the commandment of the LORD sent them from the wilderness of Paran: all those men were heads of the children of Israel.
 4And these were their names: of the tribe of Reuben, Shammua the son of Zaccur.
 5Of the tribe of Simeon, Shaphat the son of Hori.
 6Of the tribe of Judah, Caleb the son of Jephunneh.
 7Of the tribe of Issachar, Igal the son of Joseph.
 8Of the tribe of Ephraim, Oshea the son of Nun.
 9Of the tribe of Benjamin, Palti the son of Raphu.
 10Of the tribe of Zebulun, Gaddiel the son of Sodi.
 11Of the tribe of Joseph, namely, of the tribe of Manasseh, Gaddi the son of Susi.
 12Of the tribe of Dan, Ammiel the son of Gemalli.
 13Of the tribe of Asher, Sethur the son of Michael.
 14Of the tribe of Naphtali, Nahbi the son of Vophsi.
 15Of the tribe of Gad, Geuel the son of Machi.
 16These are the names of the men which Moses sent to spy out the land. And Moses called Oshea the son of Nun Jehoshua.
 17And Moses sent them to spy out the land of Canaan, and said unto them, “Get you up this way southward, and go up into the mountain:

 18And see the land, what it is, and the people that dwelleth therein, whether they be strong or weak, few or many;
 19And what the land is that they dwell in, whether it be good or bad; and what cities they be that they dwell in, whether in tents, or in strong holds;

 20And what the land is, whether it be fat or lean, whether there be wood therein, or not. And be ye of good courage, and bring of the fruit of the land. Now the time was the time of the firstripe grapes.”
 21So they went up, and searched the land from the wilderness of Zin unto Rehob, as men come to Hamath.
 22And they ascended by the south, and came unto Hebron; where Ahiman, Sheshai, and Talmai, the children of Anak, were. (Now Hebron was built seven years before Zoan in Egypt.)
 23And they came unto the brook of Eshcol, and cut down from thence a branch with one cluster of grapes, and they bare it between two upon a staff; and they brought of the pomegranates, and of the figs.
 24The place was called the brook Eshcol, because of the cluster of grapes which the children of Israel cut down from thence.
 25And they returned from searching of the land after forty days.
 26And they went and came to Moses, and to Aaron, and to all the congregation of the children of Israel, unto the wilderness of Paran, to Kadesh; and brought back word unto them, and unto all the congregation, and shewed them the fruit of the land.
 27And they told him, and said, “We came unto the land whither thou sentest us, and surely it floweth with milk and honey; and this is the fruit of it.

 28Nevertheless the people be strong that dwell in the land, and the cities are walled, and very great: and moreover we saw the children of Anak there.
 29The Amalekites dwell in the land of the south: and the Hittites, and the Jebusites, and the Amorites, dwell in the mountains: and the Canaanites dwell by the sea, and by the coast of Jordan.”

 30And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it.
 31But the men that went up with him said, “We be not able to go up against the people; for they are stronger than we.”
 32And they brought up an evil report of the land which they had searched unto the children of Israel, saying, The land, through which we have gone to search it, is a land that eateth up the inhabitants thereof; and all the people that we saw in it are men of a great stature.
 33And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.

Numbers 14: 1-45

 1And all the congregation lifted up their voice, and cried; and the people wept that night.
 2And all the children of Israel murmured against Moses and against Aaron: and the whole congregation said unto them, “Would God that we had died in the land of Egypt! or would God we had died in this wilderness!
 3And wherefore hath the LORD brought us unto this land, to fall by the sword, that our wives and our children should be a prey? were it not better for us to return into Egypt?”
 4And they said one to another, “Let us make a captain, and let us return into Egypt.”
 5Then Moses and Aaron fell on their faces before all the assembly of the congregation of the children of Israel.
 6And Joshua the son of Nun, and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, which were of them that searched the land, rent their clothes:
 7And they spake unto all the company of the children of Israel, saying, “The land, which we passed through to search it, is an exceeding good land.

 8If the LORD delight in us, then he will bring us into this land, and give it us; a land which floweth with milk and honey.

 9Only rebel not ye against the LORD, neither fear ye the people of the land; for they are bread for us: their defence is departed from them, and the LORD is with us: fear them not.”
 10But all the congregation bade stone them with stones. And the glory of the LORD appeared in the tabernacle of the congregation before all the children of Israel.
 11And the LORD said unto Moses, How long will this people provoke me? and how long will it be ere they believe me, for all the signs which I have shewed among them?

 12I will smite them with the pestilence, and disinherit them, and will make of thee a greater nation and mightier than they.

 13And Moses said unto the LORD, Then the Egyptians shall hear it, (for thou broughtest up this people in thy might from among them;)

 14And they will tell it to the inhabitants of this land: for they have heard that thou LORD art among this people, that thou LORD art seen face to face, and that thy cloud standeth over them, and that thou goest before them, by day time in a pillar of a cloud, and in a pillar of fire by night.
 15Now if thou shalt kill all this people as one man, then the nations which have heard the fame of thee will speak, saying,
 16Because the LORD was not able to bring this people into the land which he sware unto them, therefore he hath slain them in the wilderness.
 17And now, I beseech thee, let the power of my lord be great, according as thou hast spoken, saying,
 18The LORD is longsuffering, and of great mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression, and by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation.

 19Pardon, I beseech thee, the iniquity of this people according unto the greatness of thy mercy, and as thou hast forgiven this people, from Egypt even until now.
 20And the LORD said, I have pardoned according to thy word:

 21But as truly as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the LORD.
 22Because all those men which have seen my glory, and my miracles, which I did in Egypt and in the wilderness, and have tempted me now these ten times, and have not hearkened to my voice;
 23Surely they shall not see the land which I sware unto their fathers, neither shall any of them that provoked me see it:

 24But my servant Caleb, because he had another spirit with him, and hath followed me fully, him will I bring into the land whereinto he went; and his seed shall possess it.
 25(Now the Amalekites and the Canaanites dwelt in the valley.) Tomorrow turn you, and get you into the wilderness by the way of the Red sea.
 26And the LORD spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying,
 27How long shall I bear with this evil congregation, which murmur against me? I have heard the murmurings of the children of Israel, which they murmur against me.

 28Say unto them, As truly as I live, saith the LORD, as ye have spoken in mine ears, so will I do to you:
 29Your carcases shall fall in this wilderness; and all that were numbered of you, according to your whole number, from twenty years old and upward which have murmured against me.
 30Doubtless ye shall not come into the land, concerning which I sware to make you dwell therein, save Caleb the son of Jephunneh, and Joshua the son of Nun.
 31But your little ones, which ye said should be a prey, them will I bring in, and they shall know the land which ye have despised.
 32But as for you, your carcases, they shall fall in this wilderness.
 33And your children shall wander in the wilderness forty years, and bear your whoredoms, until your carcases be wasted in the wilderness.
 34After the number of the days in which ye searched the land, even forty days, each day for a year, shall ye bear your iniquities, even forty years, and ye shall know my breach of promise.
 35I the LORD have said, I will surely do it unto all this evil congregation, that are gathered together against me: in this wilderness they shall be consumed, and there they shall die.
 36And the men, which Moses sent to search the land, who returned, and made all the congregation to murmur against him, by bringing up a slander upon the land,
 37Even those men that did bring up the evil report upon the land, died by the plague before the LORD.
 38But Joshua the son of Nun, and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, which were of the men that went to search the land, lived still.

 39And Moses told these sayings unto all the children of Israel: and the people mourned greatly.
 40And they rose up early in the morning, and gat them up into the top of the mountain, saying, Lo, we be here, and will go up unto the place which the LORD hath promised: for we have sinned.
 41And Moses said, Wherefore now do ye transgress the commandment of the LORD? but it shall not prosper.

 42Go not up, for the LORD is not among you; that ye be not smitten before your enemies.
 43For the Amalekites and the Canaanites are there before you, and ye shall fall by the sword: because ye are turned away from the LORD, therefore the LORD will not be with you.

 44But they presumed to go up unto the hill top: nevertheless the ark of the covenant of the LORD, and Moses, departed not out of the camp.
 45Then the Amalekites came down, and the Canaanites which dwelt in that hill, and smote them, and discomfited them, even unto Hormah.

Numbers 15:1-41

 1And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
 2Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye be come into the land of your habitations, which I give unto you,

 3And will make an offering by fire unto the LORD, a burnt offering, or a sacrifice in performing a vow, or in a freewill offering, or in your solemn feasts, to make a sweet savour unto the LORD, of the herd or of the flock:
 4Then shall he that offereth his offering unto the LORD bring a meat offering of a tenth deal of flour mingled with the fourth part of an hin of oil.
 5And the fourth part of an hin of wine for a drink offering shalt thou prepare with the burnt offering or sacrifice, for one lamb.
 6Or for a ram, thou shalt prepare for a meat offering two tenth deals of flour mingled with the third part of an hin of oil.
 7And for a drink offering thou shalt offer the third part of an hin of wine, for a sweet savour unto the LORD.
 8And when thou preparest a bullock for a burnt offering, or for a sacrifice in performing a vow, or peace offerings unto the LORD:
 9Then shall he bring with a bullock a meat offering of three tenth deals of flour mingled with half an hin of oil.
 10And thou shalt bring for a drink offering half an hin of wine, for an offering made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the LORD.
 11Thus shall it be done for one bullock, or for one ram, or for a lamb, or a kid.
 12According to the number that ye shall prepare, so shall ye do to every one according to their number.
 13All that are born of the country shall do these things after this manner, in offering an offering made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the LORD.
 14And if a stranger sojourn with you, or whosoever be among you in your generations, and will offer an offering made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the LORD; as ye do, so he shall do.
 15One ordinance shall be both for you of the congregation, and also for the stranger that sojourneth with you, an ordinance for ever in your generations: as ye are, so shall the stranger be before the LORD.
 16One law and one manner shall be for you, and for the stranger that sojourneth with you.

 17And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
 18Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye come into the land whither I bring you,

 19Then it shall be, that, when ye eat of the bread of the land, ye shall offer up an heave offering unto the LORD.
 20Ye shall offer up a cake of the first of your dough for an heave offering: as ye do the heave offering of the threshingfloor, so shall ye heave it.
 21Of the first of your dough ye shall give unto the LORD an heave offering in your generations.
 22And if ye have erred, and not observed all these commandments, which the LORD hath spoken unto Moses,
 23Even all that the LORD hath commanded you by the hand of Moses, from the day that the LORD commanded Moses, and henceforward among your generations;
 24Then it shall be, if ought be committed by ignorance without the knowledge of the congregation, that all the congregation shall offer one young bullock for a burnt offering, for a sweet savour unto the LORD, with his meat offering, and his drink offering, according to the manner, and one kid of the goats for a sin offering.
 25And the priest shall make an atonement for all the congregation of the children of Israel, and it shall be forgiven them; for it is ignorance: and they shall bring their offering, a sacrifice made by fire unto the LORD, and their sin offering before the LORD, for their ignorance:
 26And it shall be forgiven all the congregation of the children of Israel, and the stranger that sojourneth among them; seeing all the people were in ignorance.
 27And if any soul sin through ignorance, then he shall bring a she goat of the first year for a sin offering.
 28And the priest shall make an atonement for the soul that sinneth ignorantly, when he sinneth by ignorance before the LORD, to make an atonement for him; and it shall be forgiven him.
 29Ye shall have one law for him that sinneth through ignorance, both for him that is born among the children of Israel, and for the stranger that sojourneth among them.
 30But the soul that doeth ought presumptuously, whether he be born in the land, or a stranger, the same reproacheth the LORD; and that soul shall be cut off from among his people.
 31Because he hath despised the word of the LORD, and hath broken his commandment, that soul shall utterly be cut off; his iniquity shall be upon him.

 32And while the children of Israel were in the wilderness, they found a man that gathered sticks upon the sabbath day.
 33And they that found him gathering sticks brought him unto Moses and Aaron, and unto all the congregation.
 34And they put him in ward, because it was not declared what should be done to him.
 35And the LORD said unto Moses, The man shall be surely put to death: all the congregation shall stone him with stones without the camp.
 36And all the congregation brought him without the camp, and stoned him with stones, and he died; as the LORD commanded Moses.
 37And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
 38Speak unto the children of Israel, and bid them that they make them fringes in the borders of their garments throughout their generations, and that they put upon the fringe of the borders a ribband of blue:

 39And it shall be unto you for a fringe, that ye may look upon it, and remember all the commandments of the LORD, and do them ; and that ye seek not after your own heart and your own eyes, after which ye use to go a whoring:
 40That ye may remember, and do all my commandments, and be holy unto your God.
 41I am the LORD your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: I am the LORD your God.


Video. Revelation Song. Phillips, Craig & Dean. http://youtu.be/u8Pj2ha9uzM  

COMMENTARY:

Numbers 13:1-25: Exploring Canaan
In chapter 13, God commands Moses to gather ancestral leaders from each of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel to go explore the land, of the Canaanites – the promise land (Numbers 13:1-16). Moses sends the spies each from a tribe of Israel and the wilderness of Paran, throughout the mountainous region – through Negev, the Wilderness of Zin, Rehob, Lebo Hamath, Hebron and the Valley of Eshkol to see if the land was fertile, or not, and to determine how the people were living in a town or city, even to the region was fortified or not with courage the spies were told to bring back the first ripe grapes, and some of the other first fruit of the lands.
Of the tribe of Judah, Caleb the son of Jephunneh
Jephunneh was of African descent

The spikes gathered a branch bearing a single cluster of grapes, on a pole by two men. The others care some pomegranates’ and figs from the valley of Eshkol, at the end of the forty days from exploring the land (Numbers 13:23-25).

Numbers 13:26- Report on the Exploration
The spies, the ancestral tribal leaders of the children returned back to Moses and Aaron and the whole Israelite community as well as the whole assembly at Kadesh in the Desert of Paran, with a report and the fruit of the land. The ancestral tribal leaders sent to explore the land of Canaan said that the land was wonderful, fruitful. However, they were afraid of the people and described the inhabitants of the land of Canaan as being like a big tree with little or no weak branches (the spies gave the report that the land was fruitful, and the people are strong; the cities are fortified; the children of Anak are in Hebron). The explorers basically felt that they did not fit in with people who were doing well and prosperous and that living peacefully alongside the people, as well as conquering the people would not be a good idea because the people are powerful, population (statistics), large fortified cities and the descendants of Anak were in Hebron, the Nephilim (Giant possibly cannibalistic)the Amalekites were in Negev; the Hittites’, Jebusites’ (Jerusalem) and the Amorites’ were living in the hill country; and the Canaanites were living near the ear by the Jordan (river). (Numbers 13:26-39)
Then, Caleb quieted the people and said to Moses and the other people; we can obey God’s word. We can inhabit the promise land. “Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it.” (Numbers 13:30). Caleb had a different spirit. He was positive that God would see him through and do all that he said he would do. God is not a man that would lie, God can do anything but fail.

Caleb was positive throughout the entire trip. He knew that if God was before him then no one could be against him. Unfortunately the other men that went to scout the promise land had a different report, a report that was very unfavorable to God and disheartened the hopes and dreams of the entire Israelite community. Whose report will you believe? It is true that sometimes you can become a part of something that takes up all of your time and you won’t be able to tithe God your treasures like your time, your money, your first fruits etc. You have to believe that God will come first, and you have to trust God and expect the best even in the very worst of crisis. 

In Chapter 13, the spies were sent to explore the land of Canaan to see the mountainous land, the people that dewell and to determine of the people to see if they were strong, or week, few or many. Moses wanted to know how the people were living. Most of all when he investigated the life style he said be sure that you are courageous, and then believe that you can bring a sample of fruit (13:17-20).


In Chapter 14, Moses instead got a turn of events. He tried to act as intermediary to the people. He petitioned God, to not destroy the people that gave the evil report. So God obliged his prayer. However God said that there would be grave consequences for giving an evil report. At this time there was only the law – there was not much grace. So the individuals except Caleb that gave an evil report with lack of confidence were sentenced to wonder in the desert one year for each day that they wondered into the promise land and did not believe that God would deliver the Israelite community, just as he said that when the Amorites iniquity was full then they would receive their promise land, as promised to the Descendants of Abraham. Somehow during the forty days of exploring the promised land something went wrong when the explorers gave an ill report to Moses, Aaron and the entire Israelite community (Numbers 13:26).


Unfortunately there probably had been many attempts to flee Egyptian oppression, and probably six figures died in the process and so God lead the new formed nation, the Israelite community. Nevertheless, the rebellious and the ones with little faith decided to go to the promise land on their own, and they were met with opposition because the Ark of the Covenant of God was not with them. Like Joshua, even King David knew the importance of regulation in battle and seizing, doubling your proportion and warfare with the ark of the covenant. The rebellious were smoted and discomfited by the Amalekites and the Canaanites (Numbers 14:44).


The good lesson in this Parsha is that God agrees to keep the covenant with the children of the rebellious people, and God protects the children for forty years, and eventually in the book of Deuteronomy by the fifth chapter, these very same children inherit the promise land.


In Chapter 15, there is a Supplementary Offering Law to be observed because he has already given you the promise land as an inheritance. The supplementary (drink, meal, burnt, or meat) offering can be prepared as burnt, vow, special offering, fellowship offering or a sacrificial offering, much like the Saints drink the symbolical blood of the Lord Jesus Christ with the Bread, the one ordinance to the Church. God encourages the Israelite community to bless Him with their threshing floor, to offer offerings this way there will be no idolatry amongst even the stranger or the sojourners (Numbers 15:1-20).


Lastly, in Chapter 15, God commands Moses to ordain the heave offering unto Jehovah. The Heave offering is not only symbolical but this offering causes healing in the body. You don’t have to worry about the giants that give their friends jobs while you idoly sit back and envy the heathen, and the idolater. This offering alone ceremoniously and miraculously cleansed the community from intentional sin ignorantly committed without voluntary knowledge of committing a sin. (Numbers 15:17-30).  Then a man gathered sticks on the Sabbath Day, we all know that Jesus is Lord of the Sabbath, but in ancient times a man was stoned to death because he gathered sticks on the Sabbath (Numbers 15:32-37).



Finally, a common icon that you see often are the fringes on the borders of the garments (tallits). Many people kiss the garment and pray before the alters of physical sanctuaries. Hopefully you will follow Gods law to look upon it and follow all of his commandments and do them because if you don’t then you will go whoring. Otherwise you will remember all the commandments of God and be Holy to your God, for he is Holy. (Numbers 15:36-41). God is Jehovah, He brought you out of the land of Egypt, He will be your God. Jehovah. (Numbers 15:41).

Disciples Reference:

  1. Matthew 4:7
    Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’ ”
    Matthew 4:6-8 (in Context) Matthew 4 (Whole Chapter)
  2. Matthew 4:10
    Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’ ”
    Matthew 4:9-11 (in Context) Matthew 4 (Whole Chapter)
  3. Matthew 12:1
    [ Jesus Is Lord of the Sabbath ] At that time Jesus went through the grainfields on the Sabbath. His disciples were hungry and began to pick some heads of grain and eat them.
    Matthew 12:1-3 (in Context) Matthew 12 (Whole Chapter)
  4. Matthew 17:4
    Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you wish, I will put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.”
    Matthew 17:3-5 (in Context) Matthew 17 (Whole Chapter)
  5. Matthew 21:42
    Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the Scriptures: “‘The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes’ ?
    Matthew 21:41-43 (in Context) Matthew 21 (Whole Chapter)
  6. Mark 2:23
    [ Jesus Is Lord of the Sabbath ] One Sabbath Jesus was going through the grainfields, and as his disciples walked along, they began to pick some heads of grain.
    Mark 2:22-24 (in Context) Mark 2 (Whole Chapter)
  7. Mark 12:29
    “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.
    Mark 12:28-30 (in Context) Mark 12 (Whole Chapter)
  8. Luke 4:8
    Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.’ ”
    Luke 4:7-9 (in Context) Luke 4 (Whole Chapter)
  9. Luke 4:12
    Jesus answered, “It is said: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’ ”
    Luke 4:11-13 (in Context) Luke 4 (Whole Chapter)
  10. Luke 6:1
    [ Jesus Is Lord of the Sabbath ] One Sabbath Jesus was going through the grainfields, and his disciples began to pick some heads of grain, rub them in their hands and eat the kernels.
    Luke 6:1-3 (in Context) Luke 6 (Whole Chapter)

Recommended References:


Parsha in a Nutshell. Shelach. Sabbath June 18, 2011. http://www.chabad.org/parshah/article_cdo/aid/2201/jewish/Shelach.htm

E-Drash. Parasha: Shelach. Shelach - שלח : “Send thou” .Torah : Numbers 13:1-15:41.Haftarah : Joshua 2:1-24.Gospel : John 7, 8. http://www.ffoz.org. Sabbath, June 18, 2011.

 Parsha Eikev. Thalia’s Blogspot. http://thalia-journal.blogspot.com/2010/08/memorial-parsha-of-jesus-christs-eikev.html August 2nd, 2010. Deuteronomy 7 through 11.

STANDARD LESSON COMMENTARY: International Sunday School Lessons. 
Unit One. Summer Quarter. Lesson 2: God’s People Learn from Prosperity.

Mon. June 13. The Promises of God. 2nd Corinthians 1:16-20
Tue. June 14. God’s Promises Kept. Joshua 21:43-22-6
Wed. June 15. Rahab’s Confession of God. Joshua 2:10-14
Thu. June 16. Rahab’s Pact with the Spies. Joshua 2:17-21
Fri. June 17. Rahab’s Help Rewarded. Joshua 6:22-25
Sat. June 18. Rahab and Her Works. James 2:18-25
Sun. June 19. Rahab’s Protection of the Spies. Joshua 2:2-9, 15, 16, 22-24

Disciples of Jesus Christs Memorial Parsha Bamidar, May 28 2011

June 13, 2011
WELCOME TO THE DISCIPLES OF JESUS CHRISTS MEMORIAL PARSHA BAMIDAR
Sabbath, May 28th, 2011. Torah Parsha Numbers 3 through Numbers 4:20
Haftorah 1st Samuel 20:18-42 - 24 Iyar, 5771 Omer: Day 39 – Netzach sheb’Yesod
Video. REV JAMES FLOWERS -RIDE OUT THE STORM http://youtu.be/3ulJAXNthXk
Numbers 3
 1These also are the generations of Aaron and Moses in the day that the LORD spake with Moses in mount Sinai.
 2And these are the names of the sons of Aaron; Nadab the firstborn, and Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar.
 3These are the names of the sons of Aaron, the priests which were anointed, whom he consecrated to minister in the priest’s office.
 4And Nadab and Abihu died before the LORD, when they offered strange fire before the LORD, in the wilderness of Sinai, and they had no children: and Eleazar and Ithamar ministered in the priest’s office in the sight of Aaron their father.
 5And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
 6Bring the tribe of Levi near, and present them before Aaron the priest, that they may minister unto him.
 7And they shall keep his charge, and the charge of the whole congregation before the tabernacle of the congregation, to do the service of the tabernacle.
 8And they shall keep all the instruments of the tabernacle of the congregation, and the charge of the children of Israel, to do the service of the tabernacle.
 9And thou shalt give the Levites unto Aaron and to his sons: they are wholly given unto him out of the children of Israel.
 10And thou shalt appoint Aaron and his sons, and they shall wait on their priest’s office: and the stranger that cometh nigh shall be put to death.
 11And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
 12And I, behold, I have taken the Levites from among the children of Israel instead of all the firstborn that openeth the matrix among the children of Israel: therefore the Levites shall be mine;
 13Because all the firstborn are mine; for on the day that I smote all the firstborn in the land of Egypt I hallowed unto me all the firstborn in Israel, both man and beast: mine shall they be: I am the LORD.
 14And the LORD spake unto Moses in the wilderness of Sinai, saying,
 15Number the children of Levi after the house of their fathers, by their families: every male from a month old and upward shalt thou number them.
 16And Moses numbered them according to the word of the LORD, as he was commanded.
 17And these were the sons of Levi by their names; Gershon, and Kohath, and Merari.
 18And these are the names of the sons of Gershon by their families; Libni, and Shimei.
 19And the sons of Kohath by their families; Amram, and Izehar, Hebron, and Uzziel.
 20And the sons of Merari by their families; Mahli, and Mushi. These are the families of the Levites according to the house of their fathers.
 21Of Gershon was the family of the Libnites, and the family of the Shimites: these are the families of the Gershonites.
 22Those that were numbered of them, according to the number of all the males, from a month old and upward, even those that were numbered of them were seven thousand and five hundred.
 23The families of the Gershonites shall pitch behind the tabernacle westward.
 24And the chief of the house of the father of the Gershonites shall be Eliasaph the son of Lael.
 25And the charge of the sons of Gershon in the tabernacle of the congregation shall be the tabernacle, and the tent, the covering thereof, and the hanging for the door of the tabernacle of the congregation,
 26And the hangings of the court, and the curtain for the door of the court, which is by the tabernacle, and by the altar round about, and the cords of it for all the service thereof.
 27And of Kohath was the family of the Amramites, and the family of the Izeharites, and the family of the Hebronites, and the family of the Uzzielites: these are the families of the Kohathites.
 28In the number of all the males, from a month old and upward, were eight thousand and six hundred, keeping the charge of the sanctuary.
 29The families of the sons of Kohath shall pitch on the side of the tabernacle southward.
 30And the chief of the house of the father of the families of the Kohathites shall be Elizaphan the son of Uzziel.
 31And their charge shall be the ark, and the table, and the candlestick, and the altars, and the vessels of the sanctuary wherewith they minister, and the hanging, and all the service thereof.
 32And Eleazar the son of Aaron the priest shall be chief over the chief of the Levites, and have the oversight of them that keep the charge of the sanctuary.
 33Of Merari was the family of the Mahlites, and the family of the Mushites: these are the families of Merari.
 34And those that were numbered of them, according to the number of all the males, from a month old and upward, were six thousand and two hundred.
 35And the chief of the house of the father of the families of Merari was Zuriel the son of Abihail: these shall pitch on the side of the tabernacle northward.
 36And under the custody and charge of the sons of Merari shall be the boards of the tabernacle, and the bars thereof, and the pillars thereof, and the sockets thereof, and all the vessels thereof, and all that serveth thereto,
 37And the pillars of the court round about, and their sockets, and their pins, and their cords.
 38But those that encamp before the tabernacle toward the east, even before the tabernacle of the congregation eastward, shall be Moses, and Aaron and his sons, keeping the charge of the sanctuary for the charge of the children of Israel; and the stranger that cometh nigh shall be put to death.
 39All that were numbered of the Levites, which Moses and Aaron numbered at the commandment of the LORD, throughout their families, all the males from a month old and upward, were twenty and two thousand.
 40And the LORD said unto Moses, Number all the firstborn of the males of the children of Israel from a month old and upward, and take the number of their names.
 41And thou shalt take the Levites for me (I am the LORD) instead of all the firstborn among the children of Israel; and the cattle of the Levites instead of all the firstlings among the cattle of the children of Israel.
 42And Moses numbered, as the LORD commanded him, all the firstborn among the children of Israel.
 43And all the firstborn males by the number of names, from a month old and upward, of those that were numbered of them, were twenty and two thousand two hundred and threescore and thirteen.
 44And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
 45Take the Levites instead of all the firstborn among the children of Israel, and the cattle of the Levites instead of their cattle; and the Levites shall be mine: I am the LORD.
 46And for those that are to be redeemed of the two hundred and threescore and thirteen of the firstborn of the children of Israel, which are more than the Levites;
 47Thou shalt even take five shekels apiece by the poll, after the shekel of the sanctuary shalt thou take them: (the shekel is twenty gerahs:)
 48And thou shalt give the money, wherewith the odd number of them is to be redeemed, unto Aaron and to his sons.
 49And Moses took the redemption money of them that were over and above them that were redeemed by the Levites:
 50Of the firstborn of the children of Israel took he the money; a thousand three hundred and threescore and five shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary:
 51And Moses gave the money of them that were redeemed unto Aaron and to his sons, according to the word of the LORD, as the LORD commanded Moses.

Video. Psalm 119:68. You Are Good – Israel & New Breed with Lyrics http://youtu.be/b-zGuoc9RKY

Numbers 4

King James Version (KJV)

Numbers 4:1 through 4:20

1And the LORD spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying,
2Take the sum of the sons of Kohath from among the sons of Levi, after their families, by the house of their fathers,
 3From thirty years old and upward even until fifty years old, all that enter into the host, to do the work in the tabernacle of the congregation.
 4This shall be the service of the sons of Kohath in the tabernacle of the congregation, about the most holy things:
 5And when the camp setteth forward, Aaron shall come, and his sons, and they shall take down the covering vail (veil), and cover the ark of testimony with it:
 6And shall put thereon the covering of badgers’ skins, and shall spread over it a cloth wholly of blue, and shall put in the staves thereof.
 7And upon the table of shewbread they shall spread a cloth of blue, and put thereon the dishes, and the spoons, and the bowls, and covers to cover withal: and the continual bread shall be thereon:
 8And they shall spread upon them a cloth of scarlet, and cover the same with a covering of badgers’ skins, and shall put in the staves thereof.
 9And they shall take a cloth of blue, and cover the candlestick of the light, and his lamps, and his tongs, and his snuffdishes, and all the oil vessels thereof, wherewith they minister unto it:
 10And they shall put it and all the vessels thereof within a covering of badgers’ skins, and shall put it upon a bar.
 11And upon the golden altar they shall spread a cloth of blue, and cover it with a covering of badgers’ skins, and shall put to the staves thereof:
 12And they shall take all the instruments of ministry, wherewith they minister in the sanctuary, and put them in a cloth of blue, and cover them with a covering of badgers’ skins, and shall put them on a bar:
 13And they shall take away the ashes from the altar, and spread a purple cloth thereon:
 14And they shall put upon it all the vessels thereof, wherewith they minister about it, even the censers, the fleshhooks, and the shovels, and the basons, all the vessels of the altar; and they shall spread upon it a covering of badgers’ skins, and put to the staves of it.
 15And when Aaron and his sons have made an end of covering the sanctuary, and all the vessels of the sanctuary, as the camp is to set forward; after that, the sons of Kohath shall come to bear it: but they shall not touch any holy thing, lest they die. These things are the burden of the sons of Kohath in the tabernacle of the congregation.
 16And to the office of Eleazar the son of Aaron the priest pertaineth the oil for the light, and the sweet incense, and the daily meat offering, and the anointing oil, and the oversight of all the tabernacle, and of all that therein is, in the sanctuary, and in the vessels thereof.
17And the LORD spake unto Moses and unto Aaron saying,
18Cut ye not off the tribe of the families of the Kohathites from among the Levites:
 19But thus do unto them, that they may live, and not die, when they approach unto the most holy things: Aaron and his sons shall go in, and appoint them every one to his service and to his burden:
 20But they shall not go in to see when the holy things are covered, lest they die.

COMMENTARY:

MEMORIAL PARSHA BAMIDAR, Numbers 1-2

June 11, 2011
WELCOME TO THE DISCIPLES OF JESUS CHRISTS MEMORIAL PARSHA BAMIDAR
Sabbath, May 28th, 2011. Torah Parsha Numbers 1:30 through Numbers 4:20
Haftorah 1st Samuel 20:18-42 - 24 Iyar, 5771 Omer: Day 39 – Netzach sheb’Yesod

Memorial Portion of Jesus Christ – BAMIDBAR
Friday, May 14 through Saturday, May 15th, 2010
Parsha – Numbers 1:30 through Number 4:20
Haftorah – 1st Samuel 20:18-42

Day 39 of the Omer to Shavuot

NUMBERS ONE:
 1And the LORD spake unto Moses in the wilderness of Sinai, in the tabernacle of the congregation, on the first day of the second month, in the second year after they were come out of the land of Egypt, saying,
 2Take ye the sum of all the congregation of the children of Israel, after their families, by the house of their fathers, with the number of their names, every male by their polls;
 3From twenty years old and upward, all that are able to go forth to war in Israel: thou and Aaron shall number them by their armies.
 4And with you there shall be a man of every tribe; every one head of the house of his fathers.
 5And these are the names of the men that shall stand with you: of the tribe of Reuben; Elizur the son of Shedeur.
 6Of Simeon; Shelumiel the son of Zurishaddai.
 7Of Judah; Nahshon the son of Amminadab.
 8Of Issachar; Nethaneel the son of Zuar.
 9Of Zebulun; Eliab the son of Helon.
 10Of the children of Joseph: of Ephraim; Elishama the son of Ammihud: of Manasseh; Gamaliel the son of Pedahzur.
 11Of Benjamin; Abidan the son of Gideoni.
 12Of Dan; Ahiezer the son of Ammishaddai.
 13Of Asher; Pagiel the son of Ocran.
 14Of Gad; Eliasaph the son of Deuel.
 15Of Naphtali; Ahira the son of Enan.
 16These were the renowned of the congregation, princes of the tribes of their fathers, heads of thousands in Israel.
 17And Moses and Aaron took these men which are expressed by their names:
 18And they assembled all the congregation together on the first day of the second month, and they declared their pedigrees after their families, by the house of their fathers, according to the number of the names, from twenty years old and upward, by their polls.
 19As the LORD commanded Moses, so he numbered them in the wilderness of Sinai.
 20And the children of Reuben, Israel’s eldest son, by their generations, after their families, by the house of their fathers, according to the number of the names, by their polls, every male from twenty years old and upward, all that were able to go forth to war;
 21Those that were numbered of them, even of the tribe of Reuben, were forty and six thousand and five hundred.
 22Of the children of Simeon, by their generations, after their families, by the house of their fathers, those that were numbered of them, according to the number of the names, by their polls, every male from twenty years old and upward, all that were able to go forth to war;
 23Those that were numbered of them, even of the tribe of Simeon, were fifty and nine thousand and three hundred.
 24Of the children of Gad, by their generations, after their families, by the house of their fathers, according to the number of the names, from twenty years old and upward, all that were able to go forth to war;
 25Those that were numbered of them, even of the tribe of Gad, were forty and five thousand six hundred and fifty.
 26Of the children of Judah, by their generations, after their families, by the house of their fathers, according to the number of the names, from twenty years old and upward, all that were able to go forth to war;
 27Those that were numbered of them, even of the tribe of Judah, were threescore and fourteen thousand and six hundred.
 28Of the children of Issachar, by their generations, after their families, by the house of their fathers, according to the number of the names, from twenty years old and upward, all that were able to go forth to war;
 29Those that were numbered of them, even of the tribe of Issachar, were fifty and four thousand and four hundred.
 30Of the children of Zebulun, by their generations, after their families, by the house of their fathers, according to the number of the names, from twenty years old and upward, all that were able to go forth to war;
 31Those that were numbered of them, even of the tribe of Zebulun, were fifty and seven thousand and four hundred.

 32Of the children of Joseph, namely, of the children of Ephraim, by their generations, after their families, by the house of their fathers, according to the number of the names, from twenty years old and upward, all that were able to go forth to war;
 33Those that were numbered of them, even of the tribe of Ephraim, were forty thousand and five hundred.
 34Of the children of Manasseh, by their generations, after their families, by the house of their fathers, according to the number of the names, from twenty years old and upward, all that were able to go forth to war;
 35Those that were numbered of them, even of the tribe of Manasseh, were thirty and two thousand and two hundred.
 36Of the children of Benjamin, by their generations, after their families, by the house of their fathers, according to the number of the names, from twenty years old and upward, all that were able to go forth to war;
 37Those that were numbered of them, even of the tribe of Benjamin, were thirty and five thousand and four hundred.
 38Of the children of Dan, by their generations, after their families, by the house of their fathers, according to the number of the names, from twenty years old and upward, all that were able to go forth to war;
 39Those that were numbered of them, even of the tribe of Dan, were threescore and two thousand and seven hundred.
 40Of the children of Asher, by their generations, after their families, by the house of their fathers, according to the number of the names, from twenty years old and upward, all that were able to go forth to war;
 41Those that were numbered of them, even of the tribe of Asher, were forty and one thousand and five hundred.
 42Of the children of Naphtali, throughout their generations, after their families, by the house of their fathers, according to the number of the names, from twenty years old and upward, all that were able to go forth to war;
 43Those that were numbered of them, even of the tribe of Naphtali, were fifty and three thousand and four hundred.
 44These are those that were numbered, which Moses and Aaron numbered, and the princes of Israel, being twelve men: each one was for the house of his fathers.
 45So were all those that were numbered of the children of Israel, by the house of their fathers, from twenty years old and upward, all that were able to go forth to war in Israel;
 46Even all they that were numbered were six hundred thousand and three thousand and five hundred and fifty.
 47But the Levites after the tribe of their fathers were not numbered among them.
 48For the LORD had spoken unto Moses, saying,
 49Only thou shalt not number the tribe of Levi, neither take the sum of them among the children of Israel:
 50But thou shalt appoint the Levites over the tabernacle of testimony, and over all the vessels thereof, and over all things that belong to it: they shall bear the tabernacle, and all the vessels thereof; and they shall minister unto it, and shall encamp round about the tabernacle.
 51And when the tabernacle setteth forward, the Levites shall take it down: and when the tabernacle is to be pitched, the Levites shall set it up: and the stranger that cometh nigh shall be put to death.
 52And the children of Israel shall pitch their tents, every man by his own camp, and every man by his own standard, throughout their hosts.
 53But the Levites shall pitch round about the tabernacle of testimony, that there be no wrath upon the congregation of the children of Israel: and the Levites shall keep the charge of the tabernacle of testimony.

 54And the children of Israel did according to all that the LORD commanded Moses, so did they. 
(Numbers 1, King James Version)

NUMBERS TWO:
 1And the LORD spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying,
 2Every man of the children of Israel shall pitch by his own standard, with the ensign of their father’s house: far off about the tabernacle of the congregation shall they pitch.
 3And on the east side toward the rising of the sun shall they of the standard of the camp of Judah pitch throughout their armies: and Nahshon the son of Amminadab shall be captain of the children of Judah.
 4And his host, and those that were numbered of them, were threescore and fourteen thousand and six hundred.
 5And those that do pitch next unto him shall be the tribe of Issachar: and Nethaneel the son of Zuar shall be captain of the children of Issachar.
 6And his host, and those that were numbered thereof, were fifty and four thousand and four hundred.
 7Then the tribe of Zebulun: and Eliab the son of Helon shall be captain of the children of Zebulun.
 8And his host, and those that were numbered thereof, were fifty and seven thousand and four hundred.
 9All that were numbered in the camp of Judah were an hundred thousand and fourscore thousand and six thousand and four hundred, throughout their armies. These shall first set forth.
 10On the south side shall be the standard of the camp of Reuben according to their armies: and the captain of the children of Reuben shall be Elizur the son of Shedeur.
 11And his host, and those that were numbered thereof, were forty and six thousand and five hundred.
 12And those which pitch by him shall be the tribe of Simeon: and the captain of the children of Simeon shall be Shelumiel the son of Zurishaddai.
 13And his host, and those that were numbered of them, were fifty and nine thousand and three hundred.
 14Then the tribe of Gad: and the captain of the sons of Gad shall be Eliasaph the son of Reuel.
 15And his host, and those that were numbered of them, were forty and five thousand and six hundred and fifty.
 16All that were numbered in the camp of Reuben were an hundred thousand and fifty and one thousand and four hundred and fifty, throughout their armies. And they shall set forth in the second rank.
 17Then the tabernacle of the congregation shall set forward with the camp of the Levites in the midst of the camp: as they encamp, so shall they set forward, every man in his place by their standards.
 18On the west side shall be the standard of the camp of Ephraim according to their armies: and the captain of the sons of Ephraim shall be Elishama the son of Ammihud.
 19And his host, and those that were numbered of them, were forty thousand and five hundred.
 20And by him shall be the tribe of Manasseh: and the captain of the children of Manasseh shall be Gamaliel the son of Pedahzur.
 21And his host, and those that were numbered of them, were thirty and two thousand and two hundred.
 22Then the tribe of Benjamin: and the captain of the sons of Benjamin shall be Abidan the son of Gideoni.
 23And his host, and those that were numbered of them, were thirty and five thousand and four hundred.
 24All that were numbered of the camp of Ephraim were an hundred thousand and eight thousand and an hundred, throughout their armies. And they shall go forward in the third rank.
 25The standard of the camp of Dan shall be on the north side by their armies: and the captain of the children of Dan shall be Ahiezer the son of Ammishaddai.
 26And his host, and those that were numbered of them, were threescore and two thousand and seven hundred.
 27And those that encamp by him shall be the tribe of Asher: and the captain of the children of Asher shall be Pagiel the son of Ocran.
 28And his host, and those that were numbered of them, were forty and one thousand and five hundred.
 29Then the tribe of Naphtali: and the captain of the children of Naphtali shall be Ahira the son of Enan.
 30And his host, and those that were numbered of them, were fifty and three thousand and four hundred. (Numbers 2, King James Version)

COMMENTARY:

This memorial portion starts from the first chapter of the book of Numbers, to the fourth chapter of the book of Numbers. The memorial portion of this book is called Bamidbar, which means numbering by God, in the desert. The children of Israel were numbered in the desert by God. There are very few times that God speaks of numbering the children of Israel, now King David numbered the children of Israel however, there were grave repercussions for numbering the children of Israel. Only God can number the children of Israel. The children are numbered by God because the children of Israel count, the reason the children of Israel count is because the children of Israel have been redeemed by God, and are his chosen people. Why? I think because the children of Israel were willing to share their glory with the world, and that is God. I have met people who are not willing to share their glory with anyone, but not the children of Israel. Even when Christ walked the earth, before he would share the glory of God with anyone,  he shared his glory and the Holy Ghost had not ascended on him. The children of Israel, not the gentile church, gave birth to the seed that would one day bruise the serpent’s head and all points of hell would come after Him, and it is Jesus who is caught up in the throne of God – information that the Pharisees can not know and is hidden to the necked eye, persecution is always hidden to the enemy, but once you know who the son of Perdition is and the son of Perdition knows who you are then it is on.

Although Moses, my lord, is the perfect first born he believed God in righteousness that this is the hour that his people would receive atonement from the passover, and redemption from the egyptian tyranny, and so he numbered the firstborn of God, a people that God had looked upon in their distress that had been caused by Pharaoh and his servants: the sorrows, the oppression, and the affliction. Yes, one of the tiniest nation tribes in the whole world, among gentiles that now number eight billion (2010), that are stronger than their foes was about to be delivered. After the children of Israel were delivered, then God asked Moses to number each person according to his tribal flag, his fathers house – any man age twenty and up.

Wow, our faith ought to be like that…., that God numbers every head on our head that he keeps his promises to our loved ones in the grave and that we will receive ultimate and final atonement and ultimate and final redemption. Families are forever.  Amen.

Video.The Blessing of Abraham (written by Donald Lawrence) (recorded by Donald Lawrence & The Tri-City Singers) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iqrMnwz0U7E.

DISCIPLES REFERENCES:

MICAH 5:7-9,15
 7And the remnant of Jacob shall be in the midst of many people as a dew from the LORD, as the showers upon the grass, that tarrieth not for man, nor waiteth for the sons of men.
 8And the remnant of Jacob shall be among the Gentiles in the midst of many people as a lion among the beasts of the forest, as a young lion among the flocks of sheep: who, if he go through, both treadeth down, and teareth in pieces, and none can deliver.
 9Thine hand shall be lifted up upon thine adversaries, and all thine enemies shall be cut off.
 10And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the LORD, that I will cut off thy horses out of the midst of thee, and I will destroy thy chariots:
 11And I will cut off the cities of thy land, and throw down all thy strong holds:
 12And I will cut off witchcrafts out of thine hand; and thou shalt have no more soothsayers:
 13Thy graven images also will I cut off, and thy standing images out of the midst of thee; and thou shalt no more worship the work of thine hands.
 14And I will pluck up thy groves out of the midst of thee: so will I destroy thy cities.
 15And I will execute vengeance in anger and fury upon the heathen, such as they have not heard. (Micah 5:7-15, King James Version)

MARK 14:12-31
 12And the first day of unleavened bread, when they killed the passover, his disciples said unto him, Where wilt thou that we go and prepare that thou mayest eat the passover?
 13And he sendeth forth two of his disciples, and saith unto them, Go ye into the city, and there shall meet you a man bearing a pitcher of water: follow him.
 14And wheresoever he shall go in, say ye to the goodman of the house, The Master saith, Where is the guestchamber, where I shall eat the passover with my disciples?
 15And he will shew you a large upper room furnished and prepared: there make ready for us.
 16And his disciples went forth, and came into the city, and found as he had said unto them: and they made ready the passover.
 17And in the evening he cometh with the twelve.
 18And as they sat and did eat, Jesus said, Verily I say unto you, One of you which eateth with me shall betray me.
 19And they began to be sorrowful, and to say unto him one by one, “Is it I?” and another said, “Is it I?”
 20And he answered and said unto them, It is one of the twelve, that dippeth with me in the dish.
 21The Son of man indeed goeth, as it is written of him: but woe to that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! good were it for that man if he had never been born.
 22And as they did eat, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and brake it, and gave to them, and said, Take, eat: this is my body.
 23And he took the cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them: and they all drank of it.
 24And he said unto them, This is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many.
 25Verily I say unto you, I will drink no more of the fruit of the vine, until that day that I drink it new in the kingdom of God.
 26And when they had sung an hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives.
 27And Jesus saith unto them, All ye shall be offended because of me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered.
 28But after that I am risen, I will go before you into Galilee.
 29But Peter said unto him, “Although all shall be offended, yet will not I.”
 30And Jesus saith unto him, Verily I say unto thee, That this day, even in this night, before the cock crow twice, thou shalt deny me thrice.
 31But he spake the more vehemently, “If I should die with thee, I will not deny thee in any wise.” Likewise also said they all. (Mark 14:12-31, King James Version)

Jesus Prays in Gethsemane
Mark 14:32-42
 32And they came to a place which was named Gethsemane: and he saith to his disciples, Sit ye here, while I shall pray.
 33And he taketh with him Peter and James and John, and began to be sore amazed, and to be very heavy;
 34And saith unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful unto death: tarry ye here, and watch.
 35And he went forward a little, and fell on the ground, and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him.
 36And he said, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt.
 37And he cometh, and findeth them sleeping, and saith unto Peter, Simon, sleepest thou? couldest not thou watch one hour?
 38Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. The spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak.
 39And again he went away, and prayed, and spake the same words.
 40And when he returned, he found them asleep again, (for their eyes were heavy,) neither wist they what to answer him.
 41And he cometh the third time, and saith unto them, Sleep on now, and take your rest: it is enough, the hour is come; behold, the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.
 42Rise up, let us go; lo, he that betrayeth me is at hand. (Mark 14:32-42, King James Version)
Mark 14:17 : For Mark 14:17-21, Matt 26:20-24; Luke 22:14, 21-23; John 13:21-26

Recommended References:

Standard Publishing. KJV Standard Lesson Commentary. International Sunday School Lessons. Uniform Series International Bible Lessons
Mon. May 23. Bowing Before the Father. Ephesians 14-21
Tue. May 24. A Glimpse of God’s Glory. Exodus 33:17-23
Wed. May 25. The Throne of God. Psalm 47:5-9
Thur. May 26. Living Water. John 4:7-15
Fri. May 27. The Tree of Life. Revelation 2:1-7
Sat. May 28. I Am Coming Soon. Revelation 22:10-21
Sun. May 29. Worship God! Revelations 22:1-9

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