Commentaries & Kingdom News

June 2017


Shalom!   This week we suddenly find ourselves very close to the border of the Promised Land with the second generation Israelites. In this note, we'll look at what happens as once more the Israelites resort to complaining:   Bemidbar/Numbers 21:4 Then they journeyed from Mount Hor by the Way of the Red Sea, to go around the land of Edom; and the soul of the people became very discouraged on the way. 5 And the people spoke against Elohim and against Moshe: "Why...

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Shalom!   This week in Parashat Korach, we see what happens when people rebel against YHWH by rejecting the authority of His anointed leaders. Things have not been going so well for the Israelites. Last week in Parashat Shelach Lecha, they learned that because of their lack of faith they would not be entering the Promised Land. Now the people will turn their frustration on to Moshe, Aharon, and the priesthood. One of the facts of leadership is that when things are going well,...

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Shelach Lecha

Shalom!   This week our Torah portion covers a story we know well. Twelve spies, leaders of the twelve tribes of Israel, enter the Promised Land. They find the Land to be flowing with milk and honey, producing amazing fruit…yet ten of them spread fear and doubt the promise YHWH had given them:   Shemot/Exodus 23:20 " Behold, I send an Angel before you to keep you in the way and to bring you into the place which I have prepared. 21 "Beware of Him and obey...

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Shalom!   At the end of this week's Torah portion, we read about an incident between Moshe and his siblings that the Almighty quickly took note of:   Bemidbar/Numbers 12:1 Then Miriam and Aharon spoke against Moshe because of the Cushite woman whom he had married; for he had married a Cushite woman. 2 So they said, "Has YHWH indeed spoken only through Moshe? Has He not spoken through us also?" And YHWH heard it.     It appears that...

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