Balak (Balak) 7 July 2012 (Numbers
Balak is the King of Moab who hears Balaam, a Midianite prophet,
to curse Israel. Israel is blessed by God and cannot be cursed.
Balaam is ready to curse the Israelites three times. Instead the
curses became a blessing. In this parashah we discover that the
ways of Torah lead to spiritual joy (Simcha). When the curses
failed Balaam tells Balak to seduce the Israelite man with the
Moabite and Midianite women. The sexual misconduct was stopped by
Pinchas, Aaron’s grandson, when he killed the couple who were
sexually in appropriate. We must always be careful not to be
entrapped by the immorality of the world.
Pinchas (Phineas) 14 July 2012 (Numbers
Phineas was rewarded for his righteous actions. He received the
blessing of Shalom and became the high priest after the death of his
Father. He was not judged as a murderer, but as a Savior of the
people of Israel in staying the plague. He was zealous for the God
of Israel. He loved God with all his heart, and with all his soul
and with all his might. In this portion we also have an illustration
of the rights of women, as portrayed by the requests of the five
daughters of Tzelafchad.
Mattat/ Massei (“Tribes/Journeys”) 21
July 2012 (Numbers 30-36)
In this double portion we discover that we are to be promise
keepers, that is we need to “keep our word.” Words have
consequences and are very powerful. That is why it is so important
to pay attention to our words. One can discover the character of a
person by listening to their words. There are words of healing and
words of destruction. In this portion Reuben and Gad wanted to stay
on the east side of the Jordan River rather than entering the
promised land. Moses had to teach these people that they were
responsible for one another. Those that did not enter the land had
to assist those who entered the land. We must always be concerned
about the welfare of our brothers.
“Massei” is about the forty year
journey and the encampments of Israel. Israel was on a journey to
the unknown. They depended upon God who met their every need.
Freedom comes at the end of our journey. We are on a spiritual
journey and God’s blessings are showered upon us until we reach our
Devarim (Words) 28 July 2012 (Deuteronomy
Devarim is Moses’ farewell address. It is a speech in the Torah
that offers us a second chance. It is meant to prepare the people
of Israel for entering Canaan. Deuteronomy is the most quoted book
of Torah by the New Testament writers. Yeshua quoted from it more
than any other book in the Bible. A disciple must immerse himself
daily in the love of God and in the words of Torah. The words of
Torah are words of life. God is with us and blesses us in both the
easy and difficult paths of life.