Commentaries & Kingdom News

June 2016

Shelach Lecha

Shalom!   This week those known as the "12 spies" will head out to the Land promised to Avraham, Yitzchak and Ya'acov, to check out the situation there before going in to take possession of it. We know that ten of these men will come back and essentially reject YHWH's plan of going before them to drive out their enemies:   Shemot/Exodus 23:27 " I will send My fear before you, I will cause confusion among all the people to whom you come, and will...

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B'ha'ahlotcha

Shalom!   In this week's Torah reading, we are introduced to the attribute of "humility".   Bemidbar/Numbers 12:3 (Now the man Moshe was very humble, more than all men who were on the face of the earth.)   Moshe was not only humble, but the Torah says he was "very humble". The Hebrew for humble, "anav", is characteristic of one's heart. The condition of one's heart will show through one's words and one's...

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Naso

Shalom!   This week, some of the most well-known and precious words of the Torah:   Bemidbar/Numbers 6:23 "Speak to Aharon and his sons, saying, 'This is the way you shall bless the children of Israel. Say to them: 24 "YHWH bless you ...   We are created to thirst after blessings from our Creator. The word translated as "bless" is barak. The first time we see it is in Genesis 1 in reference to the fish and the...

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Bemidbar

Shalom!   We are about to begin our long journey through the wilderness, but before we do, YHWH will give explicit directions for how He physically wants His people to go forth. It's interesting, don't you think, that on the trek from Egypt to Mt. Sinai, the Israelites traveled as one big mob of people. Soon, however, they will leave the Mountain in an orderly fashion set according to tribes and clans of people. One can only wonder if when the people were counted, they were...

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B'chukotai

Shalom! Here is the opening verse to B'chukotai:   Vayikra/Leviticus 26:3 ' If you walk in My statutes and keep My commandments, and do them   The Hebrew word for "walk" is sh'mar, and is one of the most common verbs in the Bible. My Bibleworks program says sh'mar is used 468 times. Mr. William Bullock gives it several meanings: to treasure to aggressively guard to carefully keep watch over (as a precious treasure) to...

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