Weekly Parshat Chukat for the week of July 2 2011 which is the Torah Portion is B’midbar (Numbers) 19:1-22:1. Here is my discussion on what I learned. There are some very interesting things that we find in this portion. For example Chapter 19 starts with the Ceremony of the Red Heifer; ￼the “para adama,” which presents some interesting laws regarding the ceremony of purification upon contacting a dead body. There are very detailed about the red heifer being without blemish that has not born a yoke on it. We see a fulfillment of the Red Heifer in Messiah Yeshua.
“For if the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkling those who have been defiled sanctify for the cleansing of the flesh, how much more will the blood of Messiah, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?” (Hebrews 9:13-14)
Some believe that Yeshua fulfilled the Red Heifer offering. This is why some celebrate Chavurah Yeshua at Yom Kippur. Midrash states that we must accept HaShem‘s will wether we understand or not. We should seek to have a ready defense for anyone who asks about HaShem. Rabban Yohanan connects this passage on cleaning a dead person to deliverance from demon possession.
In Chapter Numbers 19, God gives the laws for preparing the ashes of the red heifer. The red heifer is an unusual sacrifice which was slaughtered and burned outside of the Tabernacle. Its ashes were then collected and mixed with water. The water was sprinkled in a purification ceremony which removed ritual uncleanness engendered by contact with death. Bamidbar 19:11 teaches that is a person touches a human corpse will be unclean for seven days. A person must go through a seven-day purification process once they have come into contact with a dead body. Bamidbar 19:12 He shall be cleansed with it on the third day and the seventh day The significance of the 3rd and 7 day and Yeshua connected to the Red Heifer is significant. The seven days of creation, the seven days of the week, the seven days of the bridal retreat upon consummation of marriage. It is very interesting that after some 40 years wandering that Miriam dies and is buried at Kadesh around this same time. Seems like there may be a connection and a connection to the bitter water as well. This would have applied to those who would have touched Mariam’s dead body. The Midrash connects the water to the death of Miriam.
Chapter 20 starts of with the Israeli’s encounter at the Waters of Meribah again for the second time when they enter the wilderness of Zin. This reading contains the rocky story of Moses striking the rock. Once again the people arrive at Massah and Meribah. This is the second time the come to Meribah. Where Miriam dies. The first time they came to the well it would have been during the count of the Omer. Midrash states that it was due to Miriam’s merit that Adonai allowed them to receive a miraculous supply in spite of all the K’vetching over water and food in Egypt the first time around. A few years or so later the people arrive at the same spot, at “the waters of Meribah,” where the waters fall right after the death of Miriam.
The passages speak of the rock many times. We know Yeshua is the rock we look to for living water. In the Midrash the rock becomes a moveable well supplying water throughout their wandering. But Moses is understandably upset after 40 years of Israelite kvetching, and takes the opportunity to denounce the people as rebels. Again the people K’vetch at the same place they had before. Adonai commands them to gather the nation at Merivah and speak to a designated rock so that water will flow forth. Moshe rebukes the people of Israel and strikes the rock instead of speaking to it. Moshe hits the rock instead of speaking to it. Mirbah bitter water became M’rivah Spring the disputation. It doesn’t take much to go from bitter (Mirbah) to disputing (Mrivah). Yeshua is the Rock that Moshe was supposed to speak to instead of stricking.
“I do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters, that our ancestors were all under the cloud, and all passed through the sea, and all were immersed into Moses in the cloud and in the sea, and all ate the same spiritual food, and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank from the spiritual rock that followed them, and the rock was Messiah.” 1 Corinthians 10:1-4
In Numbers 20 the Passage through Edom is Refused. Israel continues their travels, but the King of Edom, blocks them. This is possibly because he made a previous covenant with the Canaanites. In Numbers 20:22 we see that when they reach Mount Hor, Aharon dies and his son Eleazar is given his priestly garments and responsibilities. The entire nation mourns him 30 days. With the deaths of Aaron and Miriam we see the switching of leadership for those who will enter the promised land. Joshua took Moshe’s place and Eleazer took Aharaon’s place. Much like Elijah’s passing his mantel to Elisha.
In Numbers 21:1 we see the Journey to Moab and Mount Hor, that the Peoples travel got cut short due to the detour. They complained of the sterile food and water. Saying were’ sick and miserable from the stuff we’re eating” Thus they were curse by poisonous serpents. In Numbers 21:10 we see the bronze serpent a picture of Yeshua lifted up. The serpent is a type of Yeshua on the cross saving them since Miriam is dead so she can intercede for them and they are still k’vetching. Its interesting there is a prayer to honor Miriam in some Passover Haggadah. They repented and Adonai had Moshe raise a bronze serpent to look to for salvation.
They then traveled to Ovot and camped in the desert of Mo’ab. We’re the assembled at the Beer (well) and Adonai provided water the refreshments. We then see King Sihon Defeated in the wars with the Amorites. Sichon the Amorite attacks the children of Israel even though they’d asked peacefully to pass through. Israel conquered the territory that Sichon had previously conquered from the Amonites along the Jordan River and then Israel crossed on the Kings Road. In 21:28-30 they sing a song about destroying the high places and lords of Moab. Thus they lived in the land of the Emori. They captured Ya’zer and drove out the Emor. They struck down Og, the king Bashan
Chapter 22 Then Israel camped across from Yericho near the Yarden River. Moab was afraid of the Hebrews. Moav and Midiyan set out to curse Israel by paying Balak to prophesy evil on Israel. God told Balaam not to curses Gods people. It took Balaam’s Ass to get His attention to not curse Israel. God, the Angel of the Lord, Yeshua, Balaam and his ass had a major show down. I do have a post on the “Doctrine of Balaam” which is teaching those who are saved, the elect or the remnant that since they are “special” and elect they can sin because G-d’s got grace for them. This is what Paul and Revelation warmed against “sloppy agape” and the Doctrine of the Nicolatines which was the Doctrine of Balaam repackaged for Christians. Go figure!!!
In the Haftarah (Prophets) Shof’tim (Judges) 11:1-33 we see Jephthah a son of a prostitute rejected from his father’s house asked to fight Amon by the Israelites. He pleaded with Amon, Amon gripped over loose of land 300 years ago in B’midbar 22. Jephthah explained what happened and explained that they should keep land that g-d K’mosh gave them and not true to come against the G-d of Israel. The came against Jephthah who fought and won, conquering them. Jephthah mad a vow to offer by fire whatever comes out his house. His daughter Mizpah came out. She went to the mountains and mourned for two months because she wouldn’t mary. The portion concludes with the host of Israel encamping on the edge of the Promised Land.
We see in the Brit’ Chadashah in the book of Messianic Jews (Hebrews) 9:11-28; that Yeshua is the Cohen Gadol, The Greater tent opposite of evil tent, who gave access to holy of holies once for all as the Red Heifer/ScapeGoat He became our Mediator, of a New Will, a New Covenant and. A New Inheritance. We see witnesses of his death in the gospels the story of the blood of the covenant. For without shedding of blood there are no forgiveness of sin. Heaven requires better than copies. Yeshua appeared once through sacrificing once, its given one to live and judgement. Yeshua Will come again to deliver those waiting for him. The New Covenant writes the law on our hearts, completes the Red Heifer and Scapegoat removing and fulfilling blood atonement forever, abolishes the Aaronic priesthood and replaces it with the Order of Melchizedek, with all believers as priests.
In Yochanan (John) 3:3-21 we see that we must be born again, Born of water through Mitzvah and Born of Spirit HaRuach. It is powerful to not that Yeshua doesn’t condemn. In VS 13 No one has seen the Father Yeshua is the Adonai of the Tanakh. Trusting in Yeshua leads to salvation.
Yeshua is the light during Hanukkah.
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