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Disciples of Jesus Christ Memorial Parsha Behaalotecha

June 3, 2010

The Disciples of Jesus Christ’s Memorial Parsha Behaalotecha: Numbers 8 – 12. Haftorah Zech 2:14-17 and Zechariah 3:1-10.

The Memorial Parsha of Behaalotecha is comproised of Numbers 8th Chapter through Numbers 12th Chapter and verses one through sixteen. This Memorial Parsha is studied on the weekend, Sabbath of May 20th, 2010. In this passage, we will study the twelveth verse.

Numbers 12
 1And Miriam and Aaron spake against Moses because of the Ethiopian woman whom he had married: for he had married an Ethiopian woman.
 2And they said, Hath the LORD indeed spoken only by Moses? hath he not spoken also by us? And the LORD heard it.
 3(Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth.)
 4And the LORD spake suddenly unto Moses, and unto Aaron, and unto Miriam, Come out ye three unto the tabernacle of the congregation. And they three came out.
 5And the LORD came down in the pillar of the cloud, and stood in the door of the tabernacle, and called Aaron and Miriam: and they both came forth.
 6And he said, Hear now my words: If there be a prophet among you, I the LORD will make myself known unto him in a vision, and will speak unto him in a dream.
 7My servant Moses is not so, who is faithful in all mine house.
 8With him will I speak mouth to mouth, even apparently, and not in dark speeches; and the similitude of the LORD shall he behold: wherefore then were ye not afraid to speak against my servant Moses?
 9And the anger of the LORD was kindled against them; and he departed.
 10And the cloud departed from off the tabernacle; and, behold, Miriam became leprous, white as snow: and Aaron looked upon Miriam, and, behold, she was leprous.
 11And Aaron said unto “Moses, Alas, my lord, I beseech thee, lay not the sin upon us, wherein we have done foolishly, and wherein we have sinned.
 12Let her not be as one dead, of whom the flesh is half consumed when he cometh out of his mother’s womb.”
 13And Moses cried unto the LORD, saying, “Heal her now, O God, I beseech thee.”
 14And the LORD said unto Moses, If her father had but spit in her face, should she not be ashamed seven days? let her be shut out from the camp seven days, and after that let her be received in again.
 15And Miriam was shut out from the camp seven days: and the people journeyed not till Miriam was brought in again.
 16And afterward the people removed from Hazeroth, and pitched in the wilderness of Paran. (Numbers 12, King James Version)

Thalia’s Commentary: 12 Numbers

The twelveth Chapter in the book of Numbers discusses an episode of sibling rivalry, Moses, Aaron and Miriam. Aaron and Miriam strive against Moses because he is the visionary and speaker of the tribe and also because he has an Ethiopian wife. Moses wife’s nationality is not Israeli, his wife is not a Hebrew. The siblings speak against Moses wife which is an Ethiopian national, named Zipporah. Moses married his wife, Zipporah the daughter of Jethro, the Midianite priest (Exodus 18:1-4 and Exodus 4:25).

Here in the twelveth chapter we see that Moses asks for pardon on behalf of Miriam, the Messianic era has not been completely ushered in yet because Jesus said that the Kingdom of God is within you. That means that all we have to do is seek the Kingdom of God first and all things will be added with good measure and busting over. There are so many good stories about willing and God fearing Blacks or Ethiopians in the Bible. However there are few that are willing to tell the story – to preach the gospel and to teach the gospel.  Most of all in the first Chapter in the book of Exodus and also in the book of Numbers tells us what people need to know and that is that Israel is God’s firstborn. God says that his first born is liken unto a thousand generations and keeps his mercy for thousands (Exodus 34:6-7).

It seems as if Moses siblings bellieved that Moses couldn’t be the only divine messenger since he had married an Ethiopian wife. As a matter of fact, “I get that alot. People think when I hang around that I am the black girl looking to convert into their world of religion. I am a native of America, and I do not require that you convert into my religion or way of life and the land can never be yours. Why someone would tell me to convert into a movement is beyond my wildest dreams, I would rather stay here in my ancestral land. America. Sometimes I fantacize and think about going to another country. Then there is the issue of whether or not you would be converted into the Northern Kingdom or whether or not you would be converted into the Southern Kingdom; but the Northern Kingdom probably would want to restore King Saul’s perpetual line. However an individual would probably need to sit and think that I have always been there with our birth right then we don’t need to be converted.”  “I have always honored the Lord God with all of my strength now some days I am a little weaker than other days because all points of hell has just been thrown at me. I even had my sister tell me well Jesus is Lord of all of that… I then told her, unless the people in Prince Georges County “little egypt,” has the fear of God, then they will continue to be the servants of the devil and this behaviour requires final redemption.”

After being consumed by the land of the foreigner, sometimes you ask “is this the glory of God?” (Leviticus 26:45) Sometimes I try to do all of God’s laws, ordinances, and statutes to the best of my ability; and I know God has anointed my head with oil (Psalm 105:6-8 and Luke 1:72). No matter what your spouses nationality is, don’t let race or nationality getting in the way of the word, Jesus is Lord in my life, over my sex life, dating and he is on the throne of King David.

Nevertheless, this scripture teaches something that we should not forget, and that is what is the Godly attributes that Moses personifies?  The word of God says that he was the meekest man on earth, of the firstborn. Moses is also faithful. Moses spoke mouth to mouth with God. Moses this and Moses that…. I love Moses almost as much as I love Aaron and the Lord Jesus Christ. Moses, Moses, Moses. Therefore in this verse, alone in the chapter of twele, in the book of Numbers there is a very accurate description from all the Memorial Portions beginning at Exodus 2 throughout the entire book of Deuteronomy, that God corroborated the personal dignity and integrity of Moses in a one on one relationship.

Numbers 12: 9 – And the anger of the LORD was kindled against them; and he departed.
Numbers 12:10 – And the cloud departed from off the tabernacle; and, behold, Miriam became leprous, white as snow: and Aaron looked upon Miriam, and, behold, she was leprous.

After seven days, Miriam was healed of leprousy, then she was allowed back into the camp. The people moved from HAZEROTH and camped in the Wilderness of PARAN.


Luke 17:17-25
 12And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off:
 13And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, “Master, have mercy on us.”
 14And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go shew yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed.
 15And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God,
 16And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan.
 17And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine?
 18There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger.
 19And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.
 20And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation:
 21Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.
 22And he said unto the disciples, The days will come, when ye shall desire to see one of the days of the Son of man, and ye shall not see it.
 23And they shall say to you, See here; or, see there: go not after them, nor follow them.
 24For as the lightning, that lighteneth out of the one part under heaven, shineth unto the other part under heaven; so shall also the Son of man be in his day.
 25But first must he suffer many things, and be rejected of this generation. (Luke 17:12-25, King James Version)

Luke 1:72 – 72To perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember his holy covenant; (Luke 1:72, King James Version)

Psalm 104:31 – 31The glory of the LORD shall endure for ever: the LORD shall rejoice in his works. (Psalm 104:31, King James Version)

Genesis 1:31 – 31And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day. (Genesis 1:31, King James Version)

Psalm 146
 1Praise ye the LORD. Praise the LORD, O my soul.
 2While I live will I praise the LORD: I will sing praises unto my God while I have any being.
 3Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help.
 4His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish.
 5Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the LORD his God:
 6Which made heaven, and earth, the sea, and all that therein is: which keepeth truth for ever:
 7Which executeth judgment for the oppressed: which giveth food to the hungry. The LORD looseth the prisoners:
 8The LORD openeth the eyes of the blind: the LORD raiseth them that are bowed down: the LORD loveth the righteous:
 9The LORD preserveth the strangers; he relieveth the fatherless and widow: but the way of the wicked he turneth upside down.
 10The LORD shall reign for ever, even thy God, O Zion, unto all generations. Praise ye the LORD. (Psalm 146, King James Version)

Revelations 11:15 – 15And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever. (Revelation 11:15, King James Version)

Jeremiah 17:7 – 7Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is. (Jeremiah 17:7, King James Version)

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