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Pinchas

Written by Mordecai Silver. Posted in Journey Through Torah.

Pinchas-Phineas (Dark-skinned)

Numbers 25:10-30:1
Revelation 21:22-22:5

Introduction

Pinchas’ spear does more than commit double homicide: it brings an end to the tragedy of Baal Pe’or, a staggering and decimating plague of punishment that destroys 24,000 sexual immoral Israelites for their reckless pursuit of Moabite women, accompanied by their unforgivable and calamitous flirtation with false gods.

Numbers 29:39

39 "'You shall present these to the LORD at your appointed times, besides your votive offerings and your freewill offerings, for your burnt offerings and for your grain offerings and for your drink offerings and for your peace offerings.'" (NAU)

<04150> moed or moed or moadah (417b)
Meaning: appointed time, place, or meeting
Origin: from 3259

The festivals of Leviticus, chapter 23, are called Moedim or Appointed Times. These are times when the Almighty has called us to meet with Him, sometimes in Jerusalem and to bring our offerings to Him. We are to rejoice in the fact the Holy One of Israel desires to have us come to Him because when Israel sinned against Him continuously, He refused to dwell in their midst and would only meet with Moses outside of the camp in a place that was called the tent of meeting, not to be confused with the Tabernacle and its Tent of Meeting. It was a stark reminder that the Lord had moved His presence, though not totally abandoning Israel. He is a covenant-keeping Creator who loves us beyond measure to the point He asked His Son, His only Son, to offer up His life on our behalf in order to pave the way for us to be able to be reconciled with the Father.

<04503> minchah (585a)
Meaning: a gift, tribute, offering

We are instructed to bring an offering to Him when we meet with Him at His Moedim. Think about that for just one moment. We meet with the Almighty to celebrate with Him, to offer Him thanks for creating us, and allowing us to come into covenant with Him. He did not give the Torah just to try to trip us up and cause us to fail. Because if you put Torah together with faith, you have the walk that set Abraham apart from the rest of mankind and caused him to be declared righteous and the father of the faithful; but do not mistake faith as something to be separate from Torah. They go hand in hand, and while Abraham may be seen as the father of the faithful, he also lived

Torah in his life validating the essence of the covenant the Almighty had put into place in the garden. You might be asking how I know this. Let’s look at Bereisheet/Genesis 26:5.

Genesis 26:5 "because Abraham obeyed Me and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes and My laws." (NAU)

Obeyed=<08085>
Meaning: to hear
shama (1033b)

Kept=<08104>
sh’mar (1036b)
Meaning: to keep, watch, preserve

Charge=<04931>
mishmereth (1038b)
Meaning: a guard, watch, charge, function

Commandments=<04687>
Meaning: commandment
mitsvah (846b)

Statutes=<02708>
chuqqah (349d)
Meaning: something prescribed, an enactment, statute

My Laws=<08451>
torah (435d)
Meaning: direction, instruction, law

In this one verse is the very heart of the faith of Abraham because he heard the voice of the Lord and obeyed. He kept watch over the word of the Almighty to keep and preserve what he had been instructed. He would guard these teachings as specified in the commandments and statutes which form the Torah of the Lord God Almighty. Abraham never wavered in his faith in the Lord as shown to us by his willingness to sacrifice his son Isaac as a burnt offering. It was only at the last possible moment the Almighty intervened to stop him, declaring He now knew the depth of Abraham’s faith. Is it possible that it was Yeshua who intervened because He knew it was to be His place to be the sacrifice? I am just thinking out loud here, but think about it.

This is what it means to have faith.

Romans 4:9 Is this blessing then only for the circumcised, or also for the uncircumcised? For we say that faith was counted to Abraham as righteousness. 10 How then was it counted to him? Was it before or after he had been circumcised? It was not after, but before he was circumcised. 11 He received the sign of circumcision as a seal of the righteousness that he had by faith while he was still uncircumcised. The purpose was to make him the father of all who believe without being circumcised, so that righteousness would be counted to them as well, 12 and to make him the father of the circumcised who are not merely circumcised but who also walk in the footsteps of the faith that our father Abraham had before he was circumcised. 13 For the promise to Abraham and his offspring that he would be heir of the world did not come through the law but through the righteousness of faith. (ESV)

The Shaliach Shaul makes the distinction that Abraham’s faith was counted to him as righteousness before walking in Torah, which was signed and sealed by the covenant of circumcision, a requirement under Torah. This shows us the covenant is one based on faith and sealed by our walk in Torah. We are not released from doing what God tells us to simply based on faith because without the works defined in Torah, how do you show your faith? To claim righteousness based on blind obedience to Torah alone is not sufficient either. There must be faith, faith for both the uncircumcised and the circumcised. We all come to the same place in faith but then we have a choice to make, and that is how do we grow in our relationship with Messiah Yeshua? We need to understand the covenant, and the only way to do this is to understand Torah. That is why He gave us the Moedim so we could learn, and the first of the Moedim is the weekly Sabbath, which then builds into the festival Sabbaths. These appointed times are all linked and part of Torah. You cannot pick and choose what you want to do because to fail or disregard one point in Torah is to fail in all of the Torah. So, my friends, I encourage you to do as Abraham did and follow the ways of Torah by faith because faith and Torah go hand in hand.

Revelation 21:22-22:5

21:22 And I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb. 23 And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and its lamp is the Lamb. 24 By its light will the nations walk, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it, 25 and its gates will never be shut by day-- and there will be no night there. 26 They will bring into it the glory and the honor of the nations. 27 But nothing unclean will ever enter it, nor anyone who does what is detestable or false, but only those who are written in the Lamb's book of life. 22:1 Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb 2 through the middle of the street of the city; also, on either side of the river, the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. 3 No longer will there be anything accursed, but the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him. 4 They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. 5 And night will be no more. They will need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever. (ESV)

Did you ever stop to think that in the New Jerusalem there will not be a temple? No temple built by man or by the Almighty. Why? It is because the Father and the Son will be the living Temple, and there is no mention of a Holy of Holies or a Holy place. Could it be the New Jerusalem will become the Holy Place, and there will not be a need for a Holy of Holies because there will no longer be a separation between us and God. As the Menorah was lit from evening to morning to provide light on the Holy of Holies, we will no longer need this because the light will come from the Father, and the menorah will be the Son. He is the lamp, the Father is the light, and the Ruach HaKodesh-the Holy Spirit of the Lord is the fire. We will walk in the streets of this new city in the Shekinah of the Lord. The water of life will flow from the throne of Father and Son, and the Tree of Life will be there once again offering its fruit to the people of God. The tree will offer healing to the nations to unite them as one people, and as the mark of the beast was on the foreheads of His enemies, now the mark of the name of the Lord Almighty will be on their foreheads. This does not bring us to the end of the story, though it may seem like it. It takes us back to the beginning when the Tree of Life once stood in the center of the Garden in Eden.

05731 ` Eden {ay'-den}
Meaning: Eden= "pleasure" n pr m loc 1) the first habitat of man after the creation; site unknown

As you should be aware of by now, Hebrew thinking is circular in nature and is an action language. Greek thinking is linear and is not an action language. In Hebrew thought, you do and think about the details later. In Greek, you analyze it first, and when you understand it, then you do it. Can you really come to a full understanding of the Lord’s ways? If you wait to do until you understand, you will always be waiting. Is this what faith is - inaction? Abraham walked out his faith by following the Torah given to him by the Lord. He was told to leave the house of his father and go to a place where the Lord would lead him. Did he stop to think about it before he did it? No! He left trusting in the Lord. When did he stop to think about things when the Lord promised him a son? In this he hesitated and listened to the voice of his wife Sarah. What happened because of this lack of faith? He fathered Ishmael and the Arab people. Ishmael was not the son of promise. It would be Isaac born to Sarah and Abraham not Abraham and Hagar.

When Abraham stepped out in faith and was willing to sacrifice his son Isaac, this was the moment of his full measure of faith and obedience. He did not stop to think about it. Neither did Isaac. He surrendered to his father’s will, the same as Messiah Yeshua did. Will you do the same?

Blessings in Messiah Yeshua,

Mordecai Silver

Torah Man says, “Do what you can today, you might not be here tomorrow.”

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