The Tabernacle in Branson's Monthly Newsletter

Volume 7 Issue 7
July 2012 - Tammuz-Av 5772

Balak (Balak)  7 July 2012 (Numbers 22:2-25-9)
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 25:10-30:1)
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 destination.

Devarim (Words) 28 July 2012 (Deuteronomy 1:1-3:22)
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.


On the second day of creation God made the oceans and the atmosphere which are houses for fish and birds.  Yeshua is the “Bread of Life” and was born in Bethlehem, the “House of Bread.” Yeshua is the “Word” which dwelt among us.  Yeshua’s body was the “house” in which God dwelt while He was on the earth. 

Aleph represents God the Father and Yeshua represents His Son (Ben).  “In the beginning” the first phrase in the Bible, begins with the bet.  This phrase of word in Hebrew also has an “aleph” and a “resh” which represents a “father” and a “head”.  Therefore God the Father is the head of the house. Yeshua lived in the house and therefore is included in the first word of the Torah. 

John’s gospel tells us  “In the beginning was the Word and the word was with God, and the word was God.”

In Hebrew, "Beit" means house
"Midrash" comes from the word root that means to seek, to search out, to dig for meaning.
So, a "Beit Midrash" is a House of Study.

Classes are given on many different subjects depending on who is giving the teaching.

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Psalm 122:6

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