Israelul si Biserica in Lumina Bibliei – ( 4 )

Israelul si Biserica           

“  Peste toti cei ce vor lupta dupa dreptarul acesta si peste Israelul lui Dumnezeu sa fie pace si indurare  ! “
Versetul  din Galateni 6 : 16  este pasajul cel mai des folosit de sustinatorii Teologiei Substituirii , ca o  “certa  dovada” a faptului ca Biserica ar reprezinta Israelul spiritual sau ca majoritatea credinciosilor neevrei au devenit israelieni din punct de vedere spiritual, prin Evanghelia rascumparatoare a lui Christos.  Insa acest verset, din pacate, nu pledeaza in favoarea  teoriei  lor.
Epistola catre Galateni vorbeste despre neevreii care au incercat sa obtina Mantuirea prin Lege. Cei care le-au oferit aceasta invatatura au fost iudaizatori ; in general este vorba despre evreii care continuau sa respecte si sa practice Legea mozaica in toate detaliile ei.  Potrivit conceptiilor acestora , un neevreu trebuia initial sa se converteasca la iudaism inainte sa poata fi salvat de Christos. In textul din Galateni 6 : 15 , rabbi Sha`ul , alias apostolul Pavel,   evidentiaza  revelatia  ca pentru Mantuire nu este necesara decat Credinta care rezulta din nasterea din nou, dupa care rosteste o binecuvantare asupra a doua grupuri  care urmeaza acest dreptar al Salvarii numai si numai prin Credinta sincera.  La primul dintre aceste grupuri  apostolul face referire folosind pronumele demonstrativ “ c e i “ . Acestia sunt credinciosii neevrei , carora Pavel le dedica cea mai mare parte a Epistolei sale. Cel de-al doilea grup este “ I s r a e l u l   l u i  D u m n e z e u . “ Acestia sunt credinciosii evrei,  care spre deosebire de iudaizatori,  urmeaza dreptarul Salvarii numai prin Credinta in Isus Christos. Sustinatorii moderni ai Teologiei Substituirii  , probabil  ignora semnificatia primara a cuvantului “ k a i “ ( conjunctie tradusa de obicei prin “ s i “ ) care desparte cele doua grupuri distincte  in acest verset ,   entitati de-altfel bine definite in Armonia lui Dumnezeu,  ale caror destine trebuie sa functioneze in Ordinea Sa – atat  individual dar si colectiv – printr-o intrepatrundere divina, in Dragostea lui Yeshua Ha Maschiach – Isus Christos Mesia.  ( lectura continua aici )


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  1. Dana zice:

    Shabbat Shalom ,
    Welcome this week’s Torah portion, which is called Chukat (Decree). This
    is the portion of the Hebrew Scripture that will be read in synagogues all
    around the world this Shabbat (Saturday). Please join us as we study the Word
    of God together. We know you will be blessed!

    CHUKAT (Statute or Decree)
    Numbers 19:1–22:1; Judges 11:1–33; Hebrews 9:11–28; John 3:10–21
    „This is a requirement [chukat] of the law [Torah] that the Lord has commanded:
    Tell the Israelites to bring you a red heifer without defect or blemish and that
    has never been under a yoke. … it is for purification from sin.” (Numbers 19:2, 9)
    In last week’s Parsha, which was called Korach, Korach challenged the
    leadership of Moses and the calling of Aaron to the priesthood, choosing to
    believe that all of Israel was holy.

    God confirmed the leadership of Moses and Aaron with three events: the
    earth swallowed those who joined Korach’s mutiny; fire consumed the leaders
    who presumed to offer incense; and Aaron’s staff miraculously blossomed.

    In today’s Parsha, Moses is given the law of the Red Heifer, the ashes
    of which purify those who have sinned or become ritually impure (tamei)
    through contact with a dead body (tumat met) (Numbers 19: 17).

    The Israelites also arrive in wilderness of Zin, after journeying for 40 years
    in the desert, and Moses strikes the rock to bring forth water for the thirsty
    Israelites, instead of speaking to the rock as God had commanded him
    (Numbers 20).

    The Law of Purification through a Red Heifer

    God offers us no rational explanation for the divine ordinance of
    purification through the ashes of a red heifer.

    It seems somewhat like parents saying to their children, “Do this because I told
    you to do it.”

    Furthermore, there were stringent requirements for the Red Heifer (Parah
    Adumah). It was to be a young female cow (three to four years old) that had
    never given birth, had not been used for physical labor and was without defect
    or blemish. Even two hairs of another color on the red heifer’s body rendered
    it invalid for purification purposes.

    Its ashes would be stored in a ceremonially clean place to be used as needed.

    According to the Mishna (rabbinic commentary on the Torah), the ceremonial
    burning of a Red Heifer was enacted only nine times in history: once by Moses,
    once by Ezra, and seven times after Ezra.

    It disappeared from Jewish life with the destruction of the Temple.
    nward Cleansing from Defilement and Sin

    The traditional rabbinical commentary on this Parsha admits that the Red Heifer
    is a bit of a mystery. How can the ashes of a young red cow possibly
    cleanse a person from defilement?

    When we look ahead to the Messiah’s atoning sacrifice, however, we
    are better able to understand this portion of Scripture.

    We know that Yeshua (Jesus) the Messiah was declared faultless and without
    blemish (1 Peter 2:22; Hebrews 4:15; Isaiah 53:12).

    Through Him, we can be cleansed from all defilement and sin with a more perfect
    sacrifice than the ashes of the red heifer, and the blood of bulls and goats
    (Hebrews 9: 11 – 12).

    „The blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkled on those
    who are ceremonially unclean sanctify them so that they are outwardly clean.

    „How much more, then, will the blood of Messiah, who through the eternal Spirit
    offered Himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts
    that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God!” (Hebrew 9: 13 – 14)

    We not only receive outward cleansing from the defilement of this world, but
    inward cleansing and eternal redemption.

    „He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered
    the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, having obtained eternal
    redemption.” (Hebrews 9: 12)
    Blood sacrifice has always been used to cleanse us and atone for our sins; it is
    not a manmade way, but God’s way.

    “For the life of a creature is in the blood, and I have given it to you to make
    atonement for yourselves on the altar; it is the blood that makes atonement
    for one’s life.” (Leviticus 17:11)

    This aspect of God’s requirements of man has been downplayed, if not completely
    hidden by Rabbinical Judaism of today, since the Temple no longer exists, and
    we can no longer fulfill this mitzvah (commandment).
    Thirty-Eight Years of Silence

    „In the first month the whole Israelite community arrived at the Desert of Zin,
    and they stayed at Kadesh.” (Numbers 20:1)

    The Israelites arrive in the Desert of Zin in their 40th year in the wilderness.

    In a previous Parsha (Shlach), the Israelites had been condemned to wander
    for 40 years in the wilderness until the entire generation died there.

    Only two of the spies – Joshua and Caleb, would survive to enter the Promised
    Land with the new generation of Israelites who had not known slavery.

    So that leaves 38 years of silence.

    Thirty-eight years of apparently uneventful, aimless, purposeless wandering
    until they died. God was not pleased with most of those who came out of
    Egypt because of their lack of faith.

    And yet when we see the next generation preparing to enter the Promised Land,
    we may note that much spiritual growth took place in those 38 years.

    It may seem that nothing of consequence happened – no progress worthy
    of mention in the Bible.

    However, those 38 years transformed a beaten down generation of slaves into
    parents who raised children fit to possess the Land and to live free of slavery
    and the enslaving victim mentality of their parents.
    Forgetting the Former Things

    „Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on
    toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in
    Christ Jesus [Yeshua the Messiah].” (Philippians 3: 13 –14)

    Despite being on the brink of entering the Promised Land, when the
    Israelites arrived in the Desert of Zin, they grumbled and opposed Moses
    because it seemed like a hostile environment. Slavery in Egypt looked better.

    „Why did you bring us up out of Egypt to this terrible place? It has no grain
    or figs, grapevines or pomegranates. And there is no water to drink!”
    (Numbers 20:5)

    The prevailing sin of the Israelites was their inability to keep a forward,
    hopeful, trusting, faith-filled focus. Every time a challenge presented itself,
    they looked back to the past with rose-colored glasses.

    We all have a past to look back at. When God brings us out of something, we
    must resist the temptation to want to go back to it when things get hard.
    In response to the Israelites’ complaints, Moses and Aaron left the assembly
    and fell on their faces before the Lord in the Tent of Meeting to plead for the
    people, and „the glory of the Lord appeared to them. (Numbers 20:6)”

    The Hebrew word for glory is kavod, which comes from the word kaved,
    meaning weighty, heavy or burdensome.

    The glory of the Lord is a weighty, discernible presence; for example, when
    the glory (kavod) of God filled the Tabernacle, Moses could not continue to
    minister (Exodus 40: 34 – 35).

    The example of Moses and Aaron is wonderful to remember when we find
    people grumbling and opposing us, especially when we are in a position of
    leadership. Rather than striving to reason with negative, complaining people,
    we too should turn to the Lord in prayer. He will not disappoint us.
    Smiting the Rock

    „Speak to that rock before their eyes and it will pour out its water. You will
    bring water out of the rock for the community so they and their livestock can
    drink.” (Numbers 20: 7)

    God responded kindly to the prayers of Moses and Aaron and the need of
    the Israelites for water, and told Moses to take his staff and speak to the rock
    so that water would miraculously pour out.

    Even though Moses did seek God when the Israelites grumbled, his response
    was less than perfect.

    He was frustrated with the Israelites, and called them rebels. Instead of
    speaking to the rock to bring forth water as God commanded, he struck it.

    When he did that, he misrepresented God as angry. Nevertheless, out flowed
    the life-giving water.

    But there were consequences. Moses, who was God’s appointed representative
    and leader of the Israelites, would not lead the children of Israel into the
    Promised Land as he longed to do.

    To misrepresent God as angry when He is showing kindness is a serious sin with
    serious consequences.
    Looking to the Rock

    „So this is what the Sovereign Lord says: ‘See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested
    stone, a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation; the one who trusts will
    never be dismayed.” (Isaiah 28:16)

    In the Brit Chadashah (New Testament), Yeshua is called the ‘living Stone.’

    “As you come to him, the living Stone – rejected by men but chosen by God
    and precious to him.” (1 Peter 2:4–5)

    He is the living Rock from which surges forth water that satisfies our soul.

    When Yeshua (Jesus) met the Samaritan woman at the well, He said to her:

    “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the
    water I give him will never thirst. Indeed the water I give him will become in
    him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (John 4:13–14)

    It was to this Samaritan woman that Yeshua openly declared himself the
    Messiah who brings salvation to mankind.
    In John 7, Yeshua also made another reference to living water on the last day of
    the Feast of Sukkot (Tabernacles).

    “’If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in Me,
    as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.’
    By this He meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were later to
    receive.” (John 7:37–39)

    This is very much in keeping with the end-time prophecy we find in Isaiah:

    “For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground;
    I will pour out my Spirit on your offspring, and my blessing on your
    descendants.” (Isaiah 44:3)

    Today, in partial fulfillment of this prophecy, the desert is truly blooming as
    a rose, exactly as God promised.

    Because of His faithfulness, we can rest assured that God will also fulfill His
    promise to pour out His Spirit on the Jewish People. Let us pray that the will
    of our Father in Heaven will be done in the Holy Land and people of Israel.

    Life without Yeshua’s living water is a dry and thirsty existence.

    There’s simply nothing better than living a life satisfied and refreshed by
    the Spirit of God.

    Please help us as we bring the Good News of the kindness of God and the
    Living Water of Yeshua to the Jewish People and the world in these last days.

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    Shabbat Shalom and many blessings from all our ministry staff!

  2. Adrian Boluda zice:

    Shalom! Va recomand tuturor cititorilor sa cititi pana la capat acest articol al Otnielei . Este extraordinar ! Veti vedea ce bine veti intelege Biblia dupa o asemenea lectura.

  3. Bogdan zice:

    Shalom! Un articol care trebuie citit. Nu treceti peste el. Argumentele lui S.Lewis Johnson, prezentate de Otniela, sunt extraordinare ! Lectura placuta !

  4. Sebastian R. zice:

    Evrika ! Asa este , Israelul este una, Biserica este alta. Dar Dumnezeu le iubeste pe amandoua.
    Sarut mainile Otniela pentru tot efortul Dvs de-a ne face sa intelegem adevarul. Dumnezeul cel bun sa va rasplateasca.

  5. Madi zice:

    Multumim Otniela pentru studiu. Dumnezeu sa te binecuvinteze ! Am inteles ce era de inteles. Dumnezeu are un plan minunat si pentru Israel si pentru Biserica. Pentru Israel planul se va desfaura dupa Rapirea Bisericii, ramasita credincioasa face referire la Israelul credincios in Ieshua. Fii binecuvantata !

  6. un ucenic zice:

    shalom. am inteles sora Otniela ce spune dr. Johnson. am inteles ce sustineti dvs. cred ca este o treaba serioasa si scripturala. ii admir din ce in ce mai mult pe evreii mesianici. Dumnezeu fie cu dvs mereu.

  7. Samuel Clinard zice:

    Shalom ve Hessed ! Otniela bat Tzion keep your eyes to your Father and Lord. Good work for enlarging Hashem s kingdom. MayMeshiach bless all your expectations until His coming back !

  8. Rebecca and Max T. Wolvin- Bonton zice:

    Our dearest Otniella, wishing you a bleesed Shabbat Time , we pray for you and are confident in all you are doing for the glory of our Meshiach. Keep always your eyes upon Him.
    We bless you from Zion. Shabbat Shalom !

    • Shalom , Dear Friends !
      I apreciate your coming and your love shown to me , in Yeshua Ha Mashiach. I `m very glad to know that my brothers and sisters, from everywhere in the world, are coming and visiting my site. Blessed be you and your families, resting always in our Saviour and Lord. Thanks for your supportive prayers. Be blessed for Zion `sake ! Baruch Habba !

  9. Dana zice:

    Sabat Salom!!
    Welcome to our study of Parsha Balak (Destroyer). This weekly Torah portion
    will be read in every synagogue around the world during this week’s Shabbat
    (Saturday) morning service.
    BALAK (Destroyer)
    Numbers 22:2–25:9; Micah 5:6–6:8; Romans 11:25–32

    „But God said to Balaam, ‘Do not go with them. You must not put a curse on
    those people, because they are blessed.'” (Numbers 22: 12)

    In last week’s Parsha Chukat, God taught Moses the laws of the Red Heifer,
    whose ashes were to be used for the purification of the Israelites.

    In this week’s Parsha, God uses a donkey to reprimand Balaam, whom Balak,
    the king of Moab has hired to curse Israel.

    The Plans of Balak Thwarted by the Plans of God

    „Now Balak son of Zippor saw all that Israel had done to the Amorites… So
    Balak son of Zippor, who was king of Moab at that time, sent messengers to
    summon Balaam son of Beor.” (Numbers 22: 2–5)

    In this week’s Torah portion, a foreign sorcerer named Balaam is offered
    incredible riches to curse Israel. Instead of cursing, however, under the
    compulsion of the Spirit of God, he blesses Israel.
    This is a testimony to the unique character of the nation of Israel since he was
    was speaking contrary to his own intention and self-interest.

    Surprisingly enough, Balaam’s blessing over Israel has now become the opening
    prayer of every morning service in synagogues.

    “Ma tovu ohalecha Yaakov mishkenotechah Yisrael”—“How beautiful are
    your tents, Jacob, your dwelling places, Israel.” (Numbers 24:5)

    The clear message of Parsha Balak is that all attempts on the part of man to
    foil the purposes of God in regards to His people are utterly futile.
    Despite repeated attempts throughout history to destroy the Jewish People,
    every attempt has failed. Moreover, God’s Word promises that a glorious future
    awaits Israel.

    Balaam: Evil for Hire

    „Now come and put a curse on these people, because they are too powerful for
    me. Perhaps then I will be able to defeat them and drive them out of the
    land. For I know that whoever you bless is blessed, and whoever you curse is
    cursed.” (Numbers 22:6)

    Because of the Israelites’ victory over the Amorites, Balak, the king of Moab,
    dreaded Israel. In hiring Balaam to curse Israel, he thought that he had
    come up with a winning solution for a losing situation.

    Balak hired Balaam because he was a well-known soothsayer whose curse was
    feared throughout the East.

    He is a study in contradictions, making him somewhat of a compelling, enigmatic
    character. On the one hand, he’s a prophet and a self-proclaimed worshiper of
    the one true God. On the other, he is a heathen sorcerer and a willing
    accomplice in plotting the destruction of God’s people.

    As such, he fully demonstrates the complexity of humankind, which can be
    fickle and changeable in loyalty.

    It’s no wonder that the Bible says that the “ heart is deceitful above all
    things and beyond cure…” (Jeremiah 17:9), and that it’s better to place our
    trust in the Lord, who is absolutely trustworthy, than to place our confidence
    in princes (Psalm 118:8-9).

    For All the Riches in the Palace

    “Even if Balak gave me all the silver and gold in his palace, I could not do
    anything great or small to go beyond the command of the Lord my God.”
    (Numbers 22: 18)

    Balak promised Balaam heaps of riches and honor if he would comply with
    the King’s request to curse Israel.

    Nevertheless, Balaam tells Balak that if he gave him a palace full of silver and
    gold, he still could not go beyond the word of the Lord (Numbers 22:18).

    If only more people possessed a mindset to mirror God’s Word in their speech
    and attitudes about God’s people, Israel.

    Instead, people like King Balak disregard the Word of God that states the
    Israelites are a people to be blessed, and choose to curse them instead.

    God had made His will very clear to Balaam. He did not want him to go
    with Balak’s men and did not permit him to curse Israel.

    Why then, did Balaam ask the men to stay the night?

    Was the temptation of riches and fame too great for Balaam to give up so easily?
    Did he hope that maybe God would give in, or change His position on the matter?

    Too often we are like Balaam. When we don’t like the answer to our prayer,
    we hang around a bit longer, hoping that God might see things from our perspective.

    But God did come again to Balaam, this time in the night. He told him that he
    could go with the men but he could only do what God told him to do
    (Numbers 22:20).

    Curiously, when Balaam rose up in the morning and went with the princes of
    Moab, God’s anger was kindled against him. Why? Was it fair for God to
    be angry with Balaam after giving him permission to go?

    God is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of our hearts. He saw the
    double-mindedness of Balaam, and knew that despite what the man said, he
    was still hoping that things would turn around, and he would be able to curse
    Israel for his own personal gain.

    Balaam was greedy for riches; he erred in running after profit. His sin is
    is linked with that of Cain, who murdered his brother, and Korah, who led the
    rebellion against Moses.

    “Woe to them! They have taken the way of Cain; they have rushed for profit
    into Balaam’s error; they have been destroyed in Korah’s rebellion.” (Jude 1:11)

    Balaam knew that it wasn’t God’s will for him to go with Balak’s shlichim
    (emissaries), but he went anyways, likely hoping to return a rich man.

    Likewise, we must make sure that the intentions of our hearts are pure,
    even for those things which are permissible.

    Beware of greed. Even when God prospers and blesses us, we must not allow
    the desire for riches to consume us or become the root of our behavior and actions.

    “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for
    money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.”
    (1 Timothy 6:10)

    The Donkey Speaks to Balaam

    „I have come here to oppose you because your path is a reckless one before me.
    The donkey saw me and turned away from me these three times. If it had not
    turned away, I would certainly have killed you by now, but I would have spared
    it.” (Numbers 22: 32 – 33)

    Quite often, we blame ‘the devil’ for frustrating our plans and standing in
    the way of our chosen path.

    Sometimes, however, our plans are amiss, and God may send a messenger to
    keep us from following a path that leads to our own destruction.

    In Balaam’s case, he had two messengers: his donkey and an angel.

    Upon seeing an angel standing with his sword drawn, ready to strike Balaam, the
    donkey turned aside from the path and went into the field.

    In his anger, Balaam struck his donkey. Three times the donkey attempted to
    avoid the angel and three times Balaam struck his donkey.

    Then the Lord opened the donkey’s mouth to reprove Balaam, and
    Balaam’s eyes were opened, so that he too saw the angel of the Lord.

    The angel explained to Balaam that his path was reckless, and had it not been
    for the donkey, he would be dead.

    When everything seems to block our way and frustration overtakes us, we
    should ask ourselves, “Is this really the enemy or could it be possible that my
    way is contrary to the Lord’s?”

    After this encounter, when Balaam met in person with Balak, he told the
    king that he had no power to speak anything except the message God
    gave to him to speak.

    Furthermore, God gave Balak a prophetic message through Balaam in which
    Israel was blessed (Numbers 23: 5-12).

    “How can I curse those whom God has not cursed? How can I
    denounce those whom the Lord has not denounced?” (Numbers 23:8)

    When Balak finally resigns himself to the fact that Balaam will not curse
    Israel, he tells him to at least refrain from blessing them:

    “Neither curse them at all nor bless them at all.” (Numbers 23:25)

    Sadly, today some people take this stance with regards to Israel. They know
    enough to realize that they had better not be cursing God’s people, but
    they don’t want to go so far as to actively bless Israel either. And so,
    they sit on the fence, neither cursing, nor blessing Israel.

    Balaam, however, realized that “it pleased the Lord to bless Israel.
    (Numbers 24:1)” Moreover, when he looked out over the Israelites, the
    Spirit of God came upon him (Numbers 24:2).

    Who among us does not want to please the Lord and be filled with His Spirit?

    Perhaps we need to get down off that fence and ask „how can I bless Israel?”

    Speaking with the Intention of Blessing

    “The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its
    fruit.” (Proverbs 18:21)

    Although today, we tend to minimize the power of the words we speak,
    during the time of Moses and Balaam, the entire ancient world believed in the
    very real power of blessings and curses.

    In fact, the Tanakh (Hebrew Bible) clearly says that the tongue has the power
    of life and death (Proverbs 18:21).

    This is why the patriarchal blessing was so significant in ancient days, and
    why, even today, we must be careful to speak blessing and not cursing over
    our loved ones, especially our children.

    Our words are so powerful!

    When the Israelites complained in the wilderness and said that surely they were
    going to die in the wilderness—speaking through fear rather faith, God basically
    said, “Okay, you’ll have what you have said.”

    Remember, God brought the universe into existence through speaking.

    And since we are created in the image of God, our words also have the power
    to create and shape reality.

    Pause and think about this. Imagine if your life was the sum total of the
    things that you or other people had spoken. Or your children’s lives.

    If we were absolutely certain that this was the case, we might be more
    careful about the words that we allowed out of our mouth.

    We should be grateful to God that He, in His mercy, has not allowed some
    of the negative things that we have spoken out of fear, anger or distress to
    come upon us.

    The Word of God exhorts us to guard our mouths, so that we may speak
    forth life and blessings over our own lives and the lives of others.

    Thankfully, if we are willing, God can and will help us to control our mouths,
    for therein lies perfection and self-control.

    „Set a guard over my mouth, O Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips.”
    (Psalm 141:3)

    „If anyone is never at fault in what he says, he is a perfect man, able to keep
    his whole body in check.” (James 3:2)

    As Believers in Yeshua Hamashiach (Jesus the Messiah), we are a
    people whom God has blessed, and no man can reverse those blessings.

    Whereas some worldly blessings can bring with them trouble and sorrow,
    God’s blessings do not.

    “The blessing of the Lord brings wealth, and He adds no trouble with it.”
    (Proverbs 10:22)

    If God has blessed Israel, then Israel is blessed. The unconditional
    covenant God sealed with Abraham remains unbroken. Although
    Israel has many enemies who wish to curse them, God is their defense.

    Those of faith in Messiah are also the seed of Abraham, whether they are a Jew
    or Gentile. They are blessed through Messiah Yeshua (Psalm 2: 12).

    Sometimes, we are too concerned with what people may be saying about us
    behind our backs or what people may be doing to harm or cheat us.

    But our confidence should remain unshaken knowing that He loves and cares for
    us and that an undeserved curse will not come to rest upon us (Proverbs 26:2).

    What is to be our response to those who do curse us? Yeshua told us to
    bless those who curse us and despitefully use us or unjustly treat us
    (Luke 6: 27-36).

    The Star and Scepter Prophecy in Parsha Balak

    „A star will come out of Jacob; a scepter will rise out of Israel.” (Numbers 4:17)

    In Balaam’s fourth message (Numbers 24:15-19), he prophesies the coming
    of the Messiah King.

    In Matthew 2: 2, we see that Yeshua (Jesus) fulfilled this prophecy.

    “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in
    the east and have come to worship Him.” (Matthew 2:2)

    Bar Kokhba: False Messiah

    About 60 years after the destruction of the Second Temple in the First
    Jewish-Roman War, Simon Bar Kokhba led a revolt against the Roman Empire
    and re-established Israel as an independent state. It lasted three years.

    The leader of this Jewish War of Independence was born Simon Ben Kosiba, but
    he changed his name to Bar Kokhba, which translates as ‘son of star.” This name
    is an obvious reference to Balaam’s Star Prophecy. In other words, he
    proclaimed himself the messiah of Israel.

    Although he had many followers, he was proven to be a false messiah when he
    was slain in 135 AD, just 100 years after Yeshua’s (Jesus) death and resurrection.

    This war split those who followed Yeshua from the rest of the Jewish community,
    since the believers in Yeshua knew that Bar Kokhba was not a true Messiah and
    therefore refused to take part in the rebellion. They fled to the mountains,
    while those who followed Bar Kokhba perished fighting for a false messiah.

    The Messianic Jewish Believers were therefore, perceived as traitors.

    Although today, Jewish people know Bar Kokhba was a false messiah and
    rabbinical writers call him „Simon bar Kozeba” (son of lies/son of deception),
    the rift has grown and Jewish Believers in Yeshua now are perceived to be
    followers of another religion.

    Yeshua: Messiah King and Suffering Servant

    “The scepter will not depart from Judah, nor the ruler’s staff from between his
    feet, until he comes to whom it belongs and the obedience of the nations is
    his.” (Genesis 49:10)

    The second half of the Star Prophecy says that “a scepter will rise out of
    Israel,” echoing the prophecy found in Genesis 49:10.

    Both clearly refer to the Messiah, who has already come as the Lamb of
    God in order to die as atonement for our sins (Isaiah 53) and will come again
    as the Lion of Judah to defeat the enemies of God and Israel, and to
    rule the nations with justice and righteousness.

    Psalm 2 refers to this Messiah, who will rule the nations, as the Son:

    You are my Son; today I have become your Father. Ask of me, and
    I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your
    possession. You will rule them with an iron scepter; you will dash them
    to pieces like pottery. (Psalm 2:7-9)

    This psalm also contains a warning to revere God’s Son, the Messiah, and
    promises that those who take refuge in Him will be blessed:

    Kiss the son, lest he be angry and you be destroyed in your way, for His
    wrath can flare up in a moment. Blessed are all who take refuge in Him.
    (Psalm 2: 12)

    Time is short until Yeshua’s second coming as the ruling, mighty
    King Messiah and so many people have yet to take refuge in the true
    Messiah of Israel.

    Shabbat Shalom and blessings from all of the Bibles For Israel staff!

  10. David J. Stoenescu zice:

    Sarut mainile pentru acest impresionant studiu prin care ne-ati ajutat mult sa intelegem Scriptura lui Dumnezeu. Fiti intotdeauna purtata si calauzita de Dumnezeul lui Avram, Isac si Iacov, pe care Il slujiti cu atat de mult zel.

  11. Shalom , Prieteni !
    Va multumesc pentru participarea la acest topic, va multumesc pentru toate cuvintele voastre extrem de apreciative. Ma bucura destelenirea acestui pamant destul de sterp, si de nefertil, in inimile fratilor nostri din Biserica, carora nu li s-a explicat suficient de temeinic importanta intelegerii unui mesaj paulin coerent. Mesajul lui rabbi Shaul , alias apostolul Pavel, poate fi lesne scos din contextul Bibliei , si folosit in mod eronat tocmai in elaborarea mesajului antagonic al Inlocuirii. De aceea, studierea Cuvantului Sfant , prin calauzirea lui Ruach Ha Kodesh, este imperios necesara, iar contextul iudaic trebuie mereu luat in considerare , pentru ca altfel putem pierde Sensul de Baza in defavoarea unor sensuri facile.
    Cred ca tinta acestor studii este sa-L glorifice pe Mesia , sa-I dea dreptul Acestuia sa fie Yeshua Evreul, Mantuitorul Israelului si al intregii lumi. Fiti cu totii binecuvantati din Sion !

  12. Dana zice:

    Pericopa Pinchas / 7.07.2012

    Pinchas „Phineas”

    Bamidbar (Numbers) 25:10- 30:1

    During the time of Yeshua doctrinal misinterpretations of the Torah were prevalent. This is why Yeshua warned his followers that interpreting the Torah through the doctrines of men can lead to vain worship. Mathew 15:9 states „in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.” To avoid misinterpreting the Torah this way, we must always place the Torah above the doctrines we have been taught. The doctrines of men change relative to the times. The Torah does not change because HaShem does not change. Malachi 3:6 states „For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.” This steadfast nature of the Torah makes the Torah trustworthy. Therefore, the Torah, is as valid today as, when it was first given. The only way to interpret the Torah correctly is with the understanding that HaShem is steadfast and rock solid. The one Torah reading that demonstrates this steadfastness is Pinchas.

    Bamidbar 25:1-13 states „Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, hath turned my wrath away from the children of Israel, while he was zealous for my sake among them, that I consumed not the children of Israel in my jealousy. Wherefore say, Behold, I give unto him my covenant of peace: And he shall have it, and his seed after him, even the covenant of an everlasting priesthood; because he was zealous for his God, and made an atonement for the children of Israel.” To show His appreciation for Pinchas’s zealous attitude, HaShem blessed him and his descendants with a covenant of everlasting peace and eternal priesthood.

    In light of some doctrinal misinterpretations the eternal priesthood that HaShem promised Pinchas is often confused with the eternal priesthood of Melchizedek. This doctrinal misinterpretation is easy to understand when Bamidbar 25:1-13 is compared to Tehillim 110:4 which states „The LORD hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.” When considered through the unchanging nature of HaShem clearly HaShem promised the descendants of Pinchas and Melchizedek the eternal priesthood. The apostles understood that the priesthood of Pinchas and the priesthood of Melchizedek had different missions.

    Hebrews 7:13-14 states „For he of whom these things are spoken pertaineth to another tribe, of which no man gave attendance at the altar. For it is evident that our Lord sprang out of Judah; of which tribe Moses spoke nothing concerning priesthood.” The writer of Hebrews makes it clear that Yeshua came from the tribe of Judah. Therefore, the authority of Yeshua’s priesthood did not include attendance of the earthly altar. Hebrews 7:13-14 contradicts some traditional doctrinal beliefs that the priesthood of Melchizedek has replaced the priesthood of the descendants of Aaron . The only way to resolve this doctrinal conflict is to view the passages through HaShem’s unchanging nature. B’resheet 49:5-7 states „Simeon and Levi are brethren; instruments of cruelty are in their habitations. O my soul, come not thou into their secret; unto their assembly, mine honour, be not thou united: for in their anger they slew a man, and in their selfwill they digged down a wall. Cursed be their anger, for it was fierce; and their wrath, for it was cruel: I will divide them in Jacob, and scatter them in Israel.” In this passage the tribes of Levi and Simeon are judged because of their anger. HaShem’s punishment is to divide and scatter these two tribes. Therefore, tribes of Levi and Simeon would not have permanent place to live. As a result, the tribes of Levi and Simeon lost their inheritance in the land. This can be confirmed in Bamidbar 18:20 which states „the LORD spoke unto Aaron, Thou shall have no inheritance in their land, neither shall thou have any part among them: I am thy part and thine inheritance among the children of Israel.” With no inheritance in the land the decedents of Pinchas would be required to rely on the other tribes to survive.

    B’resheet 49 tells a different story about the tribe of Judah. B’resheet 49:8 states „Judah, thou art he whom thy brethren shall praise: thy hand shall be in the neck of thine enemies; thy father’s children shall bow down before thee.” This passage makes it clear that the other tribes will eventually pay homage to the tribe of Judah. In other words, the tribe of Judah will eventually rule over the other tribes. Therefore, the relationship between Judah and Levi is one of authority. For example, Levi is required to honor Judah and Levi is required to depend on Judah for sustenance. As a result, the descendants of Levi must serve the tribe of Judah. This relationship between Judah and Levi can clearly be seen in 1 Sh’mu’el 21:4-6 which states „the priest answered David, and said, There is no common bread under mine hand, but there is hallowed bread; if the young men have kept themselves at least from women. And David answered the priest, and said unto him, Of a truth women have been kept from us about these three days, since I came out, and the vessels of the young men are holy, and the bread is in a manner common, yea, though it were sanctified this day in the vessel. So the priest gave him hallowed bread: for there was no bread there but the shewbread, that was taken from before the LORD, to put hot bread in the day when it was taken away.” The showbread was normally reserved for the priests as Luke 6:3-5 states „Yeshua answering them said, Have ye not read so much as this, what David did, when himself was an hungred, and they which were with him; How he went into the house of God, and did take and eat the shewbread, and gave also to them that were with him; which it is not lawful to eat but for the priests alone? And he said unto them, That the Son of man is Lord also of the Sabbath.” Allowing David and His men to eat the showbread the Levitical priesthood, acknowledged they were under the authority of the king of Judah.

    Ezekiel visualizes this same type of relationship in the future temple. Ezekiel 44:15 states „But the priests the Levites, the sons of Zadok, that kept the charge of my sanctuary when the children of Israel went astray from me, they shall come near to me to minister unto me, and they shall stand before me to offer unto me the fat and the blood, saith the Lord GOD: They shall enter into my sanctuary, and they shall come near to my table, to minister unto me, and they shall keep my charge.” According to 1Ch 6:4 the sons of Zadok are the descendants of Eleazar through Pinchas. In fulfillment of HaShem’s promise in Bamidbar 25:1-13 these future defendants of Pinchas minister as priests in Ezekiel’s temple. However, we can also see HaShem fulfills His promise to the priest by the order of Melkesidek. Ezekiel 44:3 states „This gate shall be shut, it shall not be opened, and no man shall enter in by it; because the LORD, the God of Israel, hath entered in by it, therefore it shall be shut. It is for the prince; the prince, he shall sit in it to eat bread before the LORD; he shall enter by the way of the porch of that gate, and shall go out by the way of the same.” Ezekiel saw that the prince from the tribe of Judah would have authority over the temple. Not only will this prince have authority over the temple the prince would also continuously be in the presence of HaShem. This prince has to be Yeshua because, Ezekiel 47:8 states „Then said he unto me, These waters issue out toward the east country, and go down into the desert, and go into the sea: which being brought forth into the sea, the waters shall be healed. And it shall come to pass, that everything that lived, which moved, whithersoever the rivers shall come, shall live: and there shall be a very great multitude of fish, because these waters shall come thither: for they shall be healed” This river of healing waters that flows from the temple is also mentioned in Zechariah 14:8 and Revelations 22:1. Therefore, Ezekiel’s temple exists during Yeshua’s reign and during Yeshua’s reign there will only be one prince.

    When we don’t try to force the Torah to fit into our doctrine we get a clearer picture of HaShem’s plan. In Pinchas we can see how HaShem plans to honor both the bless the descendants of Pinchas as well as the priest by the order of Melchizedek. HaShem is unchanging. Therefore, HaShem did not to make Yeshua a priest and give him the priesthood that was not consistent with Yeshua’s tribal affiliation. HaShem’s way was to give Yeshua the priesthood that was consistent with the tribe of Judah. HaShem’s unchanging nature does not allow Him to change the rules he has already established. On the contrary HaShem’s unchanging nature gives Him the power to fulfill all His promises despite the doctrines we have been taught.

    By Rabbi Yaakov benYosef ­

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