Shelach (Numbers 13:1-15:41)

Posted on Jun 14, 2014

explained by Patrick Shannon.  (Summary) As the Israelites arrive adjacent to the promised land, spies are sent in to survey.  Caleb, comes back and reports that, truly it is filled with Milk and Honey.  And pommegranite fruit.  The people are strong.  The cities are walled.  We saw the sons of Anuk.  Giants.  So let’s go, now let’s take it. But then other spies reported conversely, opposite perspective.  The people lifted up their voices, and they cried.  They grumbled against Yahweh’s leaders.  They were depressed and they were bitter.   They questioned the motives of Yahweh.  Why? To kill us. To give us as prey to our enemies.   Egypt is better than this.  They wanted to appoint a leader and turn back to Egypt.  Back to oppressive slavery, but at least we will live, and for food, leeks, onions, fish, and melons. Joshua stood up and said.  No, no, no, this is an exceedingly good land, and if Yahweh is going to lead us, we can’t lose.  These people are bread, they are food for us.  It says that all the congregation wanted to stone him and kill him.  , No one except Joshua and Caleb would enter from the original group. The people who Yahweh committed to 40 years in the desert, one year for each day the spies were in the land, till the generation that doubted were no longer.  However they were still his people.  Their children were not cursed, they entered the promised land.  But the spies who lied to the people and caused the rebellion, they were plagued and died. More concepts that seem unrelated but have a common thread tying them together, not doubting Yahweh and remembering and following his commands.     Shelach (Numbers 13:1-15:41) Patrick Shannon Play Now | Play in Popup |...

Read More »

Be-Ha’alotcha (Numbers 8:1-12:16)

Posted on Jun 8, 2014

by Rabbi Paul Falk.  and YHVH spoke to Moses saying speak to Aaron and say to him, “When you light the lamps…. ” This is a Torah portion that has many teachings.  One aspect of it is Faith.  In the world, most believers today study only from Matthew to Revelation.   Messiah didn’t come to build something new.  He came to repair, fix what had been distorted.  We are going to start off with trying to understand Faith.   Then we are going to step back ….   “Saved by Faith,” is what has been taught.  Matthew 9:2 says this “Then behold, they brought to him a paralytic that was lying on a bed, when Yeshua saw their faith, Yeshua said, “son, be of good cheer your sins are forgiven.”  Was it the faith of the paralytic or the people who brought him.   The people who brought him.  ……   Why could we not cast it out?   Because of your faith.. “.. if you have the faith of a mustard seed..”    Strong Faith equals what?     You could be healed.  You can cast out demons.  It means forgiveness of sins.   We can cast mountains into the sea. [mountain is a metaphor for big problem, obstacle]   But we must ask in Faith for what is within YHVH’s will.   … Can we just use the Gospels to define these words.  Absolutely not.  These concepts have been being built since Genesis 1.   Be-Ha'alotcha (Numbers 8:1-12:16) 2014 by RPF Play Now | Play in Popup |...

Read More »

Nasso (Numbers) 4:21-7:89

Posted on Jun 1, 2014

by Rick Ortiz.          And the Lord spoke to Moses saying:  “Take also the sum of the sons of Gershon throughout the houses of their fathers by their families.”  “Register them, from thirty years old and above, even to fifty years old, all who enter to perform the service, to do the service in the Tent of Appointment.”  Also in this Torah portion is the challenge of a jealeous husband accusing a wife suspected of adultery.  How he brings her to the priest to make the accusation, the method of testing, and what happens in the result of either innocence or guilt.  Extending the metaphor to the nation (of Israel), proving by the waters. Nasso 4:21-7:89 by Rick Ortiz counting of Gershon and challenge of jealeous husband Play Now | Play in Popup |...

Read More »

Be-Midbar (Numbers 1:1-4:20)

Posted on May 25, 2014

explained by Rick Ortiz.  God tells Moses he wants him to count all the people, a census. The form of the camp and where each tribe and how many is pictured.  “And the Lord spoke to Moses in the wilderness of Sinai in the tent of meeting on the first day of the second month in the second year.”  To count all the males 20 and up who could go to war.   The Levites were not to be counted among them, since they were to be in place of the firstborns.  Then a census of the Levites was taken, of males one month old and upward. (Numbers 3 and 40). Be-Midbar (Numbers 1:1-4:20) 5-24-2014 Play Now | Play in Popup |...

Read More »

Be-Har (Leviticus 25:1-26:2)

Posted on May 10, 2014

by Patrick Shannon.  Moses is on the mountain (of God) bringing to God’s people the teachings.  The Sabbath year letting the land rest; God provides an abundant crop in the preceding year or time, so that it will be possible to let the land rest.  Jubilee occurs 7×7 years, then the 50th year. Be-Har (Lev.25:1-26:2) explained by PShannon Play Now | Play in Popup |...

Read More »