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Memorial Parsha Pinchas of Jesus Christ at Numbers 25

July 1, 2010

This is the Memorial Parsha of Jesus Christ, in the book of Numbers, chapters 25 through 30. The Memorial Portion of Pinchas can be found from Numbers 25 through Numbers 30. The Haftorah for Balak can be found at Micah 5:6-14 and Micah 6:1-8 and Jeremiah 1 – 2.  Enjoy your lesson.

The virtuous cycle is determined and set in motion from this event. Rain on Us, by Earnest Pugh

NUMBERS 25:
 1And Israel abode in Shittim, and the people began to commit whoredom with the daughters of Moab.
 2And they called the people unto the sacrifices of their gods: and the people did eat, and bowed down to their gods.
 3And Israel joined himself unto Baal-peor: and the anger of the LORD was kindled against Israel.
 4And the LORD said unto Moses, Take all the heads of the people, and hang them up before the LORD against the sun, that the fierce anger of the LORD may be turned away from Israel.
 5And Moses said unto the judges of Israel, “Slay ye every one his men that were joined unto Baalpeor.”
 6And, behold, one of the children of Israel came and brought unto his brethren a Midianitish woman in the sight of Moses, and in the sight of all the congregation of the children of Israel, who were weeping before the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.
 7And when Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, saw it, he rose up from among the congregation, and took a javelin in his hand;
 8And he went after the man of Israel into the tent, and thrust both of them through, the man of Israel, and the woman through her belly. So the plague was stayed from the children of Israel.
 9And those that died in the plague were twenty and four thousand.
 10And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
 11Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, hath turned my wrath away from the children of Israel, while he was zealous for my sake among them, that I consumed not the children of Israel in my jealousy.
 12Wherefore say, Behold, I give unto him my covenant of peace:
 13And he shall have it, and his seed after him, even the covenant of an everlasting priesthood; because he was zealous for his God, and made an atonement for the children of Israel.
 14Now the name of the Israelite that was slain, even that was slain with the Midianitish woman, was Zimri, the son of Salu, a prince of a chief house among the Simeonites.
 15And the name of the Midianitish woman that was slain was ‘Cozbi,’ the daughter of Zur; he was head over a people, and of a chief house in Midian.
 16And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
 17Vex the Midianites, and smite them:
 18For they vex you with their wiles, wherewith they have beguiled you in the matter of Peor, and in the matter of Cozbi, the daughter of a prince of Midian, their sister, which was slain in the day of the plague for Peor’s sake. (Numbers 25, King James Version)

Commentary:
In the chapter Israel plays the harlot arouses the anger of the LORD God.  The Israelites practice false religion, which is whoredom with the Moabites (Numbers 25:1-4).  This one acts sets into motion the virtuous cycle, that is eternal of the priesthood. The decisions as to executing judgment rest in the hand of the priesthood, not the Beth Din, Muhammad, Buddha, Krishna, none of that…, neither you, me or anyone that is not going before the House of David, the throne of God. I bet when the people cried at the Tabernacle in the Wilderness at Shittim, in for Jesus they were saying Jesus….  As brother Earnest saying at this time, there was nothing to bow down before the presence of the Lord Jesus but the Angels because Israel was practicing a false religion i.e., harlotry.

Rain on Us by Earnest Pugh Lead Verse
Let your glory fill this place
Let your all-consuming fire, fill this tabernacle
Purify our hearts
Surround us in this place
and breathe new life within us
Send a refreshing glory
Purify our ~~ hearts

The people were crying at the door of the tabernacle,while a tribesman from Simeon, Zimri, flaunted a Midianitish woman Cozbi in front of Moses, and it is harlotry. The relationship is arroused the Anger of God against all of Israel that had offended God, and the result was divine punishment, which is a plague.  Phinehas fulfills the command of Moses, the word of God, and he kills the Midianite Princess and a tribal leader from Simeon.  Phinehas also descends from the sons of Aaron and Midianite heritage. Likewise, Moses is married to a wife of Midianite descent.

Nevertheless, Phinehas does as commanded by Moses to the princess of Baal Peor, and a Simeon tribal leader is thrust in the groin and later to be hung for alll the people t see. Phinehas executes judgment on the exact area where the plague is affecting the entire campl.  The Plague is immediately eradicated, after Phinhas slays Zimri and Cozbi. Phinehas did not follow the word of God hoping to help himself to the Priesthood but he was willing to help, he is now committed to the priesthood and dedicated to the priesthood by accepting who God chooses and following the unadulterated word of God. Pinchas is the grandson of Aaron, the High Priest, and he was not born at the time that God brought the Israelites fleeing out of Egypt, from the house of bondage (Numbers 24:8). Andre Crouch, “I’ll be thinking of you.”

It is more important to obey a commandment of Moses, a prophet that has heard from God.  The Gospel is the truth, and you don’t have to worry about seduction and harrassment. This is why Jesus said, Capernum should repent and he also said a prophet has no honor (Matthew 13:57 and John 4:44).  Upon hearing the gospel, you ought to repent because Capernum was one of the unrepentant cities. (Matthew 11:33).  Nevertheless, there are some people who think Phinehas zeal was done to steal the everlasting Priesthood.  Phinehas may have counted on the plague being everlasting, and could not be stopped because Israel joined the enemy and served Baal Peor (Numbers 25:3).  On the contrast, only God can give you an everlasting covenant for your people.  Phinehas lied to see the next generation enter in the Promise Land.  Therefore, the enemy counts on you serving Baal in your lowest point in the valley, remember the Shepherd of Israel, the shepherd of your salvation, the descendant of Aaron and a Descendant of King David – from Phinehas to Jesus – an everlasting high priest. Amen. Thank God Almighty for the Gentle Gentile Redeemer, he did what he said he would do!!! -“God wants to heal you,” by Earnest Pugh.

The Lord Jesus’ Reference:
Luke 12:8-12
 8Also I say unto you, Whosoever shall confess me before men, him shall the Son of man also confess before the angels of God:
 9But he that denieth me before men shall be denied before the angels of God.
 10And whosoever shall speak a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but unto him that blasphemeth against the Holy Ghost it shall not be forgiven.
 11And when they bring you unto the synagogues, and unto magistrates, and powers, take ye no thought how or what thing ye shall answer, or what ye shall say:
 12For the Holy Ghost shall teach you in the same hour what ye ought to say. (Luke 12:8-12, King James Version)

DISCIPLES REFERENCES:

1 Kings 11:1,9-11,31-36 – Undivided Jerusalem
 1But king Solomon loved many strange women, together with the daughter of Pharaoh, women of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Zidonians, and Hittites:
 9And the LORD was angry with Solomon, because his heart was turned from the LORD God of Israel, which had appeared unto him twice,
 10And had commanded him concerning this thing, that he should not go after other gods: but he kept not that which the LORD commanded.
 11Wherefore the LORD said unto Solomon, Forasmuch as this is done of thee, and thou hast not kept my covenant and my statutes, which I have commanded thee, I will surely rend the kingdom from thee, and will give it to thy servant.  (1 Kings 11, King James Version)
 31And he said to Jeroboam, Take thee ten pieces: for thus saith the LORD, the God of Israel, Behold, I will rend the kingdom out of the hand of Solomon, and will give ten tribes to thee:
 32(But he shall have one tribe for my servant David’s sake, and for Jerusalem’s sake, the city which I have chosen out of all the tribes of Israel:)
 33Because that they have forsaken me, and have worshipped Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians, Chemosh the god of the Moabites, and Milcom the god of the children of Ammon, and have not walked in my ways, to do that which is right in mine eyes, and to keep my statutes and my judgments, as did David his father.
 34Howbeit I will not take the whole kingdom out of his hand: but I will make him prince all the days of his life for David my servant’s sake, whom I chose, because he kept my commandments and my statutes:
 35But I will take the kingdom out of his son’s hand, and will give it unto thee, even ten tribes.
 36And unto his son will I give one tribe, that David my servant may have a light alway before me in Jerusalem, the city which I have chosen me to put my name there. (1 Kings 11:31-36, King James Version)

1 Kings 12:16-20 – The Rebellion of Israel against the House of Judah
 16So when all Israel saw that the king hearkened not unto them, the people answered the king, saying, What portion have we in David? neither have we inheritance in the son of Jesse: to your tents, O Israel: now see to thine own house, David. So Israel departed unto their tents.
 17But as for the children of Israel which dwelt in the cities of Judah, Rehoboam reigned over them.
 18Then king Rehoboam sent Adoram, who was over the tribute; and all Israel stoned him with stones, that he died. Therefore king Rehoboam made speed to get him up to his chariot, to flee to Jerusalem.
 19So Israel rebelled against the house of David unto this day.
 20And it came to pass, when all Israel heard that Jeroboam was come again, that they sent and called him unto the congregation, and made him king over all Israel: there was none that followed the house of David, but the tribe of Judah only. (1 Kings 12:16-20, King James Version)

1 Kings 19:14 – Elijah’s Zeal
 14And he said, I have been very jealous for the LORD God of hosts: because the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away. (1 Kings 19:14, King James Version)

1 Kings 12:25-33 – Jerobaom’s Golden Calves
 25Then Jeroboam built Shechem in mount Ephraim, and dwelt therein; and went out from thence, and built Penuel.
 26And Jeroboam said in his heart, Now shall the kingdom return to the house of David:
 27If this people go up to do sacrifice in the house of the LORD at Jerusalem, then shall the heart of this people turn again unto their lord, even unto Rehoboam king of Judah, and they shall kill me, and go again to Rehoboam king of Judah.
 28Whereupon the king took counsel, and made two calves of gold, and said unto them, It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem: behold thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.
 29And he set the one in Bethel, and the other put he in Dan.
 30And this thing became a sin: for the people went to worship before the one, even unto Dan.
 31And he made an house of high places, and made priests of the lowest of the people, which were not of the sons of Levi.
 32And Jeroboam ordained a feast in the eighth month, on the fifteenth day of the month, like unto the feast that is in Judah, and he offered upon the altar. So did he in Bethel, sacrificing unto the calves that he had made: and he placed in Bethel the priests of the high places which he had made.
 33So he offered upon the altar which he had made in Bethel the fifteenth day of the eighth month, even in the month which he had devised of his own heart; and ordained a feast unto the children of Israel: and he offered upon the altar, and burnt incense. (1 Kings 12:25-33, King James Version)

2nd Kings 17:18-23 – The Widow at Zarephath
 18And she said unto Elijah, What have I to do with thee, O thou man of God? art thou come unto me to call my sin to remembrance, and to slay my son?
 19And he said unto her, Give me thy son. And he took him out of her bosom, and carried him up into a loft, where he abode, and laid him upon his own bed.
 20And he cried unto the LORD, and said, O LORD my God, hast thou also brought evil upon the widow with whom I sojourn, by slaying her son?
 21And he stretched himself upon the child three times, and cried unto the LORD, and said, O LORD my God, I pray thee, let this child’s soul come into him again.
 22And the LORD heard the voice of Elijah; and the soul of the child came into him again, and he revived.
 23And Elijah took the child, and brought him down out of the chamber into the house, and delivered him unto his mother: and Elijah said, See, thy son liveth. (1 Kings 17:18-23, King James Version)
1 Kings 22:51-53 – Ahaziah Reigns King of Israel
 51Ahaziah the son of Ahab began to reign over Israel in Samaria the seventeenth year of Jehoshaphat king of Judah, and reigned two years over Israel.
 52And he did evil in the sight of the LORD, and walked in the way of his father, and in the way of his mother, and in the way of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin:
 53For he served Baal, and worshipped him, and provoked to anger the LORD God of Israel, according to all that his father had done. (1 Kings 22:51-53, King James Version)

2 Kings 2:9-11 – Elijah Ascends to Heaven
 9And it came to pass, when they were gone over, that Elijah said unto Elisha, Ask what I shall do for thee, before I be taken away from thee. And Elisha said, I pray thee, let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me.
 10And he said, Thou hast asked a hard thing: nevertheless, if thou see me when I am taken from thee, it shall be so unto thee; but if not, it shall not be so.
 11And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven. (2 Kings 2:9-11, King James Version)

1 Chronicles 21:28-30 – Census of Israel and Judah
 28At that time when David saw that the LORD had answered him in the threshingfloor of Ornan the Jebusite, then he sacrificed there.
 29For the tabernacle of the LORD, which Moses made in the wilderness, and the altar of the burnt offering, were at that season in the high place at Gibeon.
 30But David could not go before it to enquire of God: for he was afraid because of the sword of the angel of the LORD. (1 Chronicles 21:28-30, King James Version)

1 Chronicles 23:13 – Division of Levites
 13The sons of Amram; Aaron and Moses: and Aaron was separated, that he should sanctify the most holy things, he and his sons for ever, to burn incense before the LORD, to minister unto him, and to bless in his name for ever. (1 Chronicles 23:13, King James Version)

2 Kings 8:19-22 – Jehoram Reigns in Judah
 19Nevertheless thou shalt not build the house; but thy son that shall come forth out of thy loins, he shall build the house unto my name.
 20And the LORD hath performed his word that he spake, and I am risen up in the room of David my father, and sit on the throne of Israel, as the LORD promised, and have built an house for the name of the LORD God of Israel.
 21And I have set there a place for the ark, wherein is the covenant of the LORD, which he made with our fathers, when he brought them out of the land of Egypt.
 22And Solomon stood before the altar of the LORD in the presence of all the congregation of Israel, and spread forth his hands toward heaven: (1 Kings 8:19-22, King James Version)

1 Samuel 2:22-36 – Prophecy against Eli’s household
 22Now Eli was very old, and heard all that his sons did unto all Israel; and how they lay with the women that assembled at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.
 23And he said unto them, Why do ye such things? for I hear of your evil dealings by all this people.
 24Nay, my sons; for it is no good report that I hear: ye make the LORD’s people to transgress.
 25If one man sin against another, the judge shall judge him: but if a man sin against the LORD, who shall intreat for him? Notwithstanding they hearkened not unto the voice of their father, because the LORD would slay them.
 26And the child Samuel grew on, and was in favour both with the LORD, and also with men.
 27And there came a man of God unto Eli, and said unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Did I plainly appear unto the house of thy father, when they were in Egypt in Pharaoh’s house?
 28And did I choose him out of all the tribes of Israel to be my priest, to offer upon mine altar, to burn incense, to wear an ephod before me? and did I give unto the house of thy father all the offerings made by fire of the children of Israel?
 29Wherefore kick ye at my sacrifice and at mine offering, which I have commanded in my habitation; and honourest thy sons above me, to make yourselves fat with the chiefest of all the offerings of Israel my people?
 30Wherefore the LORD God of Israel saith, I said indeed that thy house, and the house of thy father, should walk before me for ever: but now the LORD saith, Be it far from me; for them that honour me I will honour, and they that despise me shall be lightly esteemed.
 31Behold, the days come, that I will cut off thine arm, and the arm of thy father’s house, that there shall not be an old man in thine house.
 32And thou shalt see an enemy in my habitation, in all the wealth which God shall give Israel: and there shall not be an old man in thine house for ever.
 33And the man of thine, whom I shall not cut off from mine altar, shall be to consume thine eyes, and to grieve thine heart: and all the increase of thine house shall die in the flower of their age.
 34And this shall be a sign unto thee, that shall come upon thy two sons, on Hophni and Phinehas; in one day they shall die both of them.
 35And I will raise me up a faithful priest, that shall do according to that which is in mine heart and in my mind: and I will build him a sure house; and he shall walk before mine anointed for ever.
 36And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left in thine house shall come and crouch to him for a piece of silver and a morsel of bread, and shall say, Put me, I pray thee, into one of the priests’ offices, that I may eat a piece of bread. (1 Samuel 2:22-36, King James Version)

Judges 11:22-25 – Jephthah
 22And they possessed all the coasts of the Amorites, from Arnon even unto Jabbok, and from the wilderness even unto Jordan.
 23So now the LORD God of Israel hath dispossessed the Amorites from before his people Israel, and shouldest thou possess it?
 24Wilt not thou possess that which Chemosh thy god giveth thee to possess? So whomsoever the LORD our God shall drive out from before us, them will we possess.
 25And now art thou any thing better than Balak the son of Zippor, king of Moab? did he ever strive against Israel, or did he ever fight against them, (Judges 11:22-25, King James Version)

Johsua 24:9-10 – The Covenant at Schechem
 9Then Balak the son of Zippor, king of Moab, arose and warred against Israel, and sent and called Balaam the son of Beor to curse you:
 10But I would not hearken unto Balaam; therefore he blessed you still: so I delivered you out of his hand. (Joshua 24:9-10, King James Version)

Recommended References:

James 1:22 – To the twelve tribes scattered
John 13:17
Acts 10:35
Daniel 5:12

Hebrew-4 Christians.net. Parsha Pinchas. Reviewed on Thur. July 1, 2010. http://www.hebrew4christians.net/Scripture/Parashah/Summaries/Pinchas/pinchas.html   

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