Reminding us we are FAMILY! Shabbat Shalom Loved One Torah Bible Study!

Saturday, January 21, 2012 TM

January 21, 2012

Shabbat Shalom Loved One!    (This study is attached for printing and available at the website below)
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Again, some have asked why we are on a different schedule of the Torah Cycle than the mainstream and the Orthodox. For me it is about restoration of all things- which sometimes means walking alone. I start over annually when YHWH’s year starts over; this is not to say that I am correct and others are wrong, I just happen to believe we will never challenge our older brother Judah by following his traditions. I expect Judah will be moved by our obedience to His Torah (Words of Scripture) and seeing YHWH’s signs and wonders following our obedience-

Sometimes Loved One, the road must be repeated. That is why it is a Torah Cycle. (Comment: the cycle is likened to the ancient path we are to return to; a path is often considered “a beaten path” due to returning to it often) We must learn to seek YHWH for His love and compassion to download to us; for others in our lives. Sometimes we only understand after returning many times. We can read the Scriptures over and over and then out of nowhere it seems, YHWH reveals new Truth to us! I can remember telling Yahshua once that the job description of the angelic beings (Seraphim) flying around the Throne Room in Heaven and saying holy, holy is YHWH might get boring after a few thousand years. (Isaiah 6:1)  In the year that Sovereign Uzziyah died, I saw יהוה sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the Hĕḵal. (Temple) (Isaiah 6:2)  Above it stood seraphim. Each one had six wings: with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. (Isaiah 6:3)  And one cried to another and said, “Set-apart, set-apart, set-apart is יהוה of hosts; all the earth is filled with His esteem!” (Comment: Many versions declare holy, holy is YHWH) (Isaiah 6:4)  And the posts of the door were shaken by the voice of him who cried out, and the house was filled with smoke. (Isaiah 6:5)  And I said, “Woe to me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips – for my eyes have seen the sovereign, יהוה of hosts.” Then our loving King dropped in my spirit that He reveals more of His glory to them. (Comment: glory according to Moses’ report was a revealing of more of His goodness and mercy) This creates an instant surge of joy and enthusiasm in these angelic beings! In like manner He reveals to us as more of Himself as we seek Him with all our hearts. Why is this so important? Obviously in fiery trials and testing’s we sometimes feel abandoned and at our end. Some even become hope-less. We must join ourselves to Him by getting in His presence and being restored- regularly! (Romans 5:1)  Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with YHWH through our Master Yahshua Messiah, (Romans 5:2)  through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of YHWH. (Romans 5:3)  And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; (Romans 5:4)  and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; (Romans 5:5)  and hope does not disappoint, because the love of YHWH has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us. (Romans 5:6)  While we were still helpless, (Hopeless also?) at the right time Messiah died for the ungodly. (Romans 5:7)  For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die. (Romans 5:8)  But YHWH demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet transgressors of Torah (sinners), Messiah died for us. (Romans 5:9)  Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of YHWH through Him.

Once again we need to remind ourselves why you and I and they are Family and as such you (we) are “Loved Ones”! I consider all Truth Seekers” family and therefore loved ones. Once again, here’s why; (Matthew 12:46) While he yet talked to the people, behold, his mother and his brothers stood without, desiring to speak with him.(Matthew 12:47)  Then one said unto him, Behold, your mother and your brothers  stand without, desiring to speak with you. (Matthew 12:48)  But he answered and said unto him that told him, who is my mother? And who are my brothers?

(Matthew 12:49)  And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, behold my mother and my brothers! (Matthew 12:50) For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother. Understand if we are willing to humble ourselves and submit to the will of YHWH and do the Father’s will (His TORAH! /Instructions) we are Yahshua’s (Jesus’) family! How will we recognize family? FAMILY loves one another; (John 13:35) “By this shall all know that you are my taught ones, if you have love for one another.”

We should also realize a truth: Jeremiah prophesied that in the DAY OF AFFLICTION (Comment: Hebrew idiom for Jacob’s Trouble or also known as the Great Tribulation in the last days) we would recognize (YHWH reveals truth) and become aware of the fact that we have added to and subtracted from His FEASTS and commands! These are lies that really don’t please Him because they have pagan roots and are manmade (added and subtracted from the WORD) traditions that make the word of YHWH of none effect!  (Jeremiah 16:19)  O LORD, my strength, and my fortress, and my refuge in the day of affliction, the Gentiles shall come unto thee from the ends of the earth, and shall say, surely our fathers have inherited lies, vanity, and things wherein there is no profit. (Deuteronomy 4:2)  Do not add to the Word which I command you, and do not take away from it1, so as to guard the commands of יהוה your Elohim which I am commanding you. Footnote: 1See also 12:32, Prov. 30:6, Rev. 22:18-19.

Can we even imagine thinking we were serving YHWH our whole lives’ and hear Him tell us we inherited lies and were workers of lawlessness- that He never knew us and to depart from us; that we actually were disobedient following pagan traditions we inherited? This experience would and will cause many to go screaming in horror, weeping and gnashing of teeth, into the flames of hell! Heaven- Oh Yah- Change us NOW! Reveal your TRUTH to us that we may be pleasing in your sight! Nothing is too hard for you YHWH!

There it is in a nutshell once again. You are family if you are humble enough to be a truth searcher. One who desires truth and obedience to your Creator- more than you want acceptance from men and their traditions. This group would include us who are willing to pick up our burial stake and follow Him. Why do I use burial stake? Because you and I must be willing to decrease as He increases in us. He changes not and that only leaves you and I to do the changing, Yahshua put it like this:  (Matthew 16:24)  Then said Yahshua to his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. (Matthew 16:25)  For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. (Matthew 16:26)  For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?

We must be willing to humble ourselves and accept the engrafted word when we discover truth. This losing our life for Him is not just physical. As we are changed into His image we are losing our old person (ality) and gaining HIM! To the degree we are hungry for Him we will be changed- no more or less. (Matthew 5:6)  Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

How do we hunger and thirst for righteousness?

(James 4:7)  So then subject (submit/humble) yourselves to Elohim. Resist the devil1 and he shall flee from you. Footnote: 1Or adversary. (James 4:8)  Draw near to Elohim and He shall draw near to you. Cleanse hands, sinners. And cleanse the hearts, you double-minded! (James 4:9)  Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to dejection. (James 4:10)  Humble yourselves in the sight of the Master, and He shall lift you up. You and I must change and receive the engrafted word of LIFE, (HUMBLE OURSELVES) turn in repentance and OBEY HIM. We can no longer say we love Him and not do what He says! (Luke 6:46) And why do you call me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?

Do we call Him Lord and Master but not obey Him? Are we of those that think His LAW (Commentary: Law was translated that but it is Torah-Instructions in Hebrew) is done away with and ALL fulfilled? Hopefully, we will rethink that position! The Spring Feasts alone are fulfilled. Passover, Feast of Unleavened Bread, First Fruits, and Shavuot were fulfilled down to the day and hour! He was the Passover Lamb, 3 days later the High Priest was still in seclusion as was prescribed of the High Priest prior to offering the  thanksgiving for the first fruits of the Earth, when He said “Don’t touch me Mary,  I have not yet ascended to My Father.” He is and was the High Priest! Seven sevens (weeks) later He sent the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) on Shavuot, the anniversary of giving the Torah (Law) at Mt. Sinai. He came the first time to be Messiah Ben Joseph, the suffering servant to be the Lamb of YHWH (God) sacrifice.

He is coming a second time very soon as Messiah Ben David, the Reigning King! He will rule His Kingdom from Jerusalem! Is He now ruling? NO. It is not all fulfilled! Let’s look at what Yahshua said about the Law being done away with and WHEN this will occur! (Mat 5:17)  Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill. (Mat 5:18)  For verily I say unto you, until heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, until all be fulfilled. (Mat 5:19)  Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

Even to us casual observers, heaven and earth have not passed! Let’s acknowledge that fact as a truth and return to Him as we study this week’s portion and allow Him to restore ALL things- especially us!

(Jeremiah 30:3)  'For behold, days are coming,' declares YHWH, 'when I will restore the fortunes of my people Israel and Judah.' (Comment: this means you and I who are grafted into Israel by grace by faith in Yahshua and are heirs now of Abraham according to the promise) YHWH says, 'I will also bring them back to the land that I gave to their forefathers and they shall possess it.'" (Jeremiah 30:16)  'Therefore all who devour you will be devoured; and all your adversaries, every one of them, will go into captivity; and those who plunder you will be for plunder, And all who prey upon you I will give for prey. (Jeremiah 30:17)  'For I will restore you to health and I will heal you of your wounds,' declares YHWH, 'because they have called you an outcast, saying: "It is Zion; no one cares for her."' (Jeremiah 30:18)  "Thus says YHWH, 'Behold, I will restore the fortunes of the tents of Jacob and have compassion on his dwelling places; and the city will be rebuilt on its ruin, and the palace will stand on its rightful place. (Jeremiah 30:19)  'From them will proceed thanksgiving and the voice of those who celebrate; and I will multiply them and they will not be diminished; I will also honor them and they will not be insignificant. (Jeremiah 30:20)  'Their children also will be as formerly, and their congregation shall be established before me; and I will punish all their oppressors. (Jeremiah 30:21)  'Their leader shall be one of them, and their ruler shall come forth from their midst; and I will bring him near and he shall approach me; for who would dare to risk his life to approach me?' declares YHWH. (Jeremiah 30:22)  'You shall be my people, and I will be your Elohim.'"
Let’s also consider these Scriptures:

(John 1:1)  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with Elohim, and the Word was Elohim. (John 1:2)  He was in the beginning with Elohim. (John 1:3)  All came to be through Him,1 and without Him not even one came to be that came to be. Footnote: 1Eph. 3:9, Col. 1:16, Heb. 1:2, Heb. 11:3, 2 Peter 3:5, Ps. 33:6. (John 1:4)  In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. (John 1:5)  And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. Yes- He is and was the words of Instruction at Mt Sinai also! Grace and mercy are not some new doctrine for the New Testament- i.e. Adam and Eve received mercy by YHWH sacrificing an animal and applying the blood skins to them; of course Noah and his family found grace in eyes.

So IF He (Yahshua-Jesus) is really the word (Torah-Instructions-Law) in the beginning (Hint-GENESIS) obeying and agreeing with Him should be less burdensome than disobeying Him! Simply put, Yahshua came to do away with legalism which is obeying man added traditions, holiday practices and rules added by men. This will bring curse for disobedience of His Instructions! Obeying YHWH’s Torah (Instructions Law Word) and NOT obeying traditions and lies we have inherited from either Judaism or Christianity or better put-Churchianity brings YHWH’s guaranteed results- BLESSINGS!

Our Messiah and coming King defines love- (John 14:20) “In that day you shall know that I am in My Father, and you in me, and I in you. (John 14:21)  “He who possesses my commands and guards (obeys) them; it is he who loves me. And he who loves me shall be loved by My Father, and I shall love him and manifest myself to him.” (John 14:22)  Yehuḏah – not the one from Qerioth – said to Him, “Master, what has come about that you are about to manifest yourself to us, and not to the world?” (John 14:23) יהושע answered him, If anyone loves me, he shall guard My Word. And My Father shall love him, and we shall come to him and make our stay with him. (John 14:24)  He who does not love me does not guard My Words. The words which you hear is not mine; but of the Father who sent me. (John 14:25)  “These Words I have spoken to you while still with you. (John 14:26)  “But the Helper, the Set-apart Spirit, whom the Father shall send in My Name, He shall teach you all, and remind you of all that I said to you. (John 14:27)  “Peace I leave with you – my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. (John 14:28)  “You heard that I said to you, ‘I am going away and I am coming to you.’ If you did love me, you would have rejoiced that I said, ‘I am going to the Father,’ for My Father is greater than I. (John 14:29) “And now I have told you before it takes place, that when it does take place, you shall believe.

Here is a foundation Scripture that Yahshua would never go against- He NEVER disobeyed His Father- He only did what He saw His Father do and spoke what His Father spoke. That’s what mankind always seems to do- get religion and start changing what He said- by adding to and taking away from what He said- this would include man adding holidays (holy set apart days) that He never commanded and refusing to keep those holidays- set apart days- He commands!

(Deuteronomy 4:1)  “And now, O Yisra’ĕl, listen to the laws and the right-rulings which I am teaching you to do, so that you live, and shall go in and possess the land which יהוה Elohim of your fathers is giving you. (Deuteronomy 4:2)  Do not add to the Word which I command you, and do not take away from it1, so as to guard the commands of יהוה your Elohim which I am commanding you. Footnote: 1See also 12:32, Prov. 30:6, Rev. 22:18-19. (Deuteronomy4:3)  “Your eyes have seen what יהוה did at Baʽal Peʽor, for יהוה your Elohim has destroyed from your midst all the men who followed Baʽal Peʽor. (Deuteronomy 4:4)  “But you who are clinging to יהוה your Elohim are alive today, every one of you. (Deuteronomy 4:5)  “See, I have taught you laws and right-rulings, as יהוה my Elohim commanded me, to do thus in the land which you go to possess. (Deuteronomy 4:6)  “And you shall guard and do them, for this is your wisdom and your understanding before the eyes of the peoples who hear all these laws, and they shall say; ‘Only a wise and understanding people are this great nation!’ (Deuteronomy 4:7)  For what great nation is there which has Elohim so near to it, as יהוה our Elohim is to us, whenever we call on Him?

Here are this Week’s Torah Scriptures:  Mattot “Tribes”

Numbers 30:2-32:42; Jeremiah 2:4-28; Philippians 3:12-16, 4:4-8 (Extended)

Let’s be very careful about our vows and agreements…

(Numbers 30:2)  When a man vows a vow to יהוה, or swears an oath to bind himself by some agreement, he does not break his word; he does according to all that comes out of his mouth. (Numbers 30:3)  “Or if a woman vows a vow to יהוה, and binds herself by some agreement while in her father’s house in her youth, (Numbers 30:4) and her father hears her vow and the agreement by which she has bound herself, and her father has kept silent towards her, then all her vows shall stand, and every agreement with which she has bound herself stands. (Numbers 30:5)  “But if her father forbids her on the day that he hears, then none of her vows or her agreements by which she has bound herself stand. And יהוה pardons her, because her father has forbidden her. (Numbers 30:6)  “But if she at all belongs to a husband, while bound by her vows or by a rash utterance from her lips by which she bound herself, (Numbers 30:7) and her husband hears it, and he has kept silent towards her on the day that he hears, then her vows shall stand, and her agreements by which she bound herself do stand. (Numbers 30:8)  “But if her husband forbids her on the day that he hears it, then he has nullified her vow which she vowed, and the rash utterance of her lips by which she bound herself and יהוה pardons her. (Numbers 30:9)  “But any vow of a widow or a divorced woman, by which she has bound herself, stands against her. (Numbers 30:10)  “And if she vowed in her husband’s house, or bound herself by an agreement with an oath, (Numbers 30:11)  and her husband heard it, and has kept silent towards her and did not forbid her, then all her vows shall stand, and every agreement by which she bound herself stands. (Numbers 30:12)  “But if her husband clearly nullified them on the day he heard them, then whatever came from her lips concerning her vows or concerning the agreement binding her, it does not stand – her husband has nullified them, and יהוה pardons her. (Numbers 30:13)  “Every vow and every binding oath to afflict her being let her husband confirm it, or let her husband nullify it. (Numbers 30:14)  “But if her husband is altogether silent at her from day to day, then he confirms all her vows or all the agreements that bind her – he confirms them, because he kept silent towards her on the day that he heard. (Numbers 30:15)  “But if he nullifies them after he has heard, then he shall bear her crookedness.” (Numbers 30:16)  These are the laws which יהוה commanded Mosheh, between a man and his wife, and between a father and his daughter in her youth in her father’s house.

YHWH takes vengeance on the people of Midian and also repays Balaam son of Be-or the prophet for profit who went and told them how to do evil against the Israelites- have intermarriage and false gods

(Numbers 31:1)  And יהוה spoke to Mosheh, saying, (Numbers 31:2) “Take vengeance for the children of Yisra’ĕl on the Miḏyanites. After that you are to be gathered to your people.” (Numbers 31:3)  And Mosheh spoke to the people, saying, “Arm some of yourselves for the campaign, and let them go against the Miḏyanites to take vengeance for יהוה on Miḏyan. (Numbers 31:4)  “Send a thousand from each tribe of all the tribes of Yisra’ĕl for the campaign.” (Numbers 31:5)  So there were supplied from the tribes of Yisra’ĕl one thousand from each tribe, twelve thousand armed ones for the campaign. (Numbers 31:6)  And Mosheh sent them on the campaign, one thousand from each tribe, them and Pineḥas son of Elʽazar the priest on the campaign, with the set-apart utensils and the trumpets for sounding in his hand. (Numbers 31:7)  And they fought against the Miḏyanites, as יהוה commanded Mosheh, and slew all the males. (Numbers 31:8)  And they slew the sovereigns of Miḏyan with the rest of those who were pierced: Ewi, and Reqem, and Tsur, and Ḥur, and Reḇa, the five sovereigns of Miḏyan. And they slew Bilʽam son of Beʽor with the sword. (Numbers 31:9)  And the sons of Yisra’ĕl took all the women of Miḏyan captive, with their little ones, and took as spoil all their livestock, and all their possessions. (Numbers 31:10)  And they burned with fire all the cities where they dwelt, and all their settlements. (Numbers 31:11)  And they took all the spoil and all the booty, both of man and beast. (Numbers 31:12)  And they brought the captives, and the booty, and the spoil to Mosheh, and to Elʽazar the priest, and to the congregation of the children of Yisra’ĕl, to the camp in the desert plains of Mo’aḇ by the Yardĕn of Yeriḥo. (Numbers 31:13) And Mosheh, and Elʽazar the priest, and all the leaders of the congregation, went to meet them outside the camp. (Numbers 31:14)  But Mosheh was wroth with the officers of the army, with the commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds, who had come from the campaign. (Numbers 31:15)  And Mosheh said to them, “Have you kept all the women alive? (Numbers 31:16)  Look, they are the ones who caused the children of Yisra’ĕl, through the word of Bilʽam, to trespass against יהוה in the matter of Peʽor, and there was a plague among the congregation of יהוה. (Numbers 31:17)  “And now, slay every male among the little ones. And every woman who has known a man by laying with a man you shall slay. (Numbers 31:18)  “But keep alive for yourselves all the female children who have not known a man by lying with a man. (Numbers 31:19)  “And you, camp outside the camp seven days. Whoever has slain any being, and whoever has touched any slain, cleanse yourselves and your captives on the third day and on the seventh day. (Numbers 31:20)  “And cleanse every garment, and every object of leather and all the work of goats’ hair, and every object of wood.” (Numbers 31:21)  And Elʽazar the priest said to the men of the campaign who went to the battle, “This is the law of the Torah which יהוה commanded Mosheh: (Numbers 31:22) “Only the gold, and the silver, the bronze, the iron, the tin, and the lead, (Numbers 31:23) every object that passes through fire, you put through the fire, and it shall be clean; only, let it be cleansed with the water for uncleanness. And whatever does not pass through fire you pass through water. (Numbers 31:24)  “And you shall wash your garments on the seventh day and be clean and afterwards come into the camp.” (Numbers 31:25)  And יהוה spoke to Mosheh, saying, (Numbers 31:26) “Count up the plunder that was taken, of man and of beast, you and Elʽazar the priest and the heads of the fathers of the congregation. (Numbers 31:27)  “And you shall divide the plunder into two parts, between those who took part in the battle, who went out on the campaign, and the entire congregation. (Numbers 31:28)  “And set aside a levy for יהוה on the men of battle who went out on the campaign: one out of every five hundred, of man, and of the cattle, and of the donkeys, and of the sheep. (Numbers 31:29)  “Take it from their half, and give it to Elʽazar the priest as a contribution to יהוה. (Numbers 31:30)  “And from the children of Yisra’ĕl’s half you shall take one of every fifty, of man, of the cattle, of the donkeys, and of the sheep, of all the livestock, and give them to the Lĕwites guarding the duty of the Dwelling Place of יהוה.” (Numbers 31:31)  And Mosheh and Elʽazar the priest did as יהוה commanded Mosheh. (Numbers 31:32)  And the booty remaining from the plunder, which the people of the campaign had taken, was six hundred and seventy-five thousand sheep, (Numbers 31:33)  and seventy-two thousand cattle, (Numbers 31:34)  and sixty-one thousand donkeys, (Numbers 31:35)  and thirty-two thousand human beings in all, of women who had not known a man by lying with a man. (Numbers 31:36)  And the half, the portion for those who went out on the campaign, was in number three hundred and thirty-seven thousand five hundred sheep, (Numbers 31:37) and the levy unto יהוה of the sheep was six hundred and seventy-five. (Numbers 31:38)  And the cattle were thirty-six thousand, of which the levy unto יהוה was seventy-two. (Numbers 31:39)  And the donkeys were thirty thousand five hundred, of which the levy unto יהוה was sixty-one. (Numbers 31:40)  And the human beings were sixteen thousand, of which the levy unto יהוה was thirty-two beings. (Numbers 31:41)  So Mosheh gave the levy which was the contribution unto יהוה to Elʽazar the priest, as יהוה commanded Mosheh. (Numbers 31:42)  And from the children of Yisra’ĕl’s half, which Mosheh divided from the men who campaigned: (Numbers 31:43)  now the half belonging to the congregation was three hundred and thirty-seven thousand five hundred sheep, (Numbers 31:44)  and thirty-six thousand cattle, (Numbers 31:45)  and thirty thousand five hundred donkeys, (Numbers 31:46)  and sixteen thousand human beings. (Numbers 31:47)  Then Mosheh took from the children of Yisra’ĕl’s half: one out of every fifty, drawn from man and beast, and gave them to the Lĕwites, who guarded the duty of the Dwelling Place of יהוה, as יהוה commanded Mosheh. (Numbers 31:48)  And the officers who were over thousands of the campaign, the commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds, came near to Mosheh, (Numbers 31:49)  and they said to Mosheh, “Your servants have taken a count of the fighting men under our command, and not a man of us is missing. (Numbers 31:50)  “So we have brought an offering for יהוה, what every man found of ornaments of gold: armlets and bracelets and signet rings and earrings and necklaces, to make atonement for ourselves before יהוה.” (Numbers 31:51)  And Mosheh and Elʽazar the priest received the gold from them, all the fashioned ornaments. (Numbers 31:52)  And all the gold of the offering that they presented to יהוה, from the commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds, was sixteen thousand seven hundred and fifty sheqels. (Numbers 31:53)  The men of the campaign had taken spoil, every man for himself. (Numbers 31:54)  And Mosheh and Elʽazar the priest received the gold from the commanders of thousands and of hundreds, and brought it into the Tent of Meeting as a remembrance for the children of Yisra’ĕl before יהוה.

TAKING THE PROMISE LAND- Lesson- if we sin against YHWH our sin will always find us out-

(Numbers 32:1)  And the children of Re’uḇĕn and the children of Gaḏ had much livestock, a large number. And they saw the land of Yaʽzĕr and the land of Gilʽaḏ and saw that the place was a place for livestock. (Numbers 32:2)  So the children of Gaḏ and the children of Re’uḇĕn came and spoke to Mosheh, and to Elʽazar the priest, and to the leaders of the congregation, saying, (Numbers 32:3)  “Ataroth, and Diḇon, and Yaʽzĕr, and Nimrah, and Ḥeshbon, and Elʽalĕh, and Seḇam, and Neḇo, and Beʽon, (Numbers 32:4)  the land which יהוה had smitten before the congregation of Yisra’ĕl, is a land for livestock, and your servants have livestock.” (Numbers 32:5)  And they said, “If we have found favor in your eyes, let this land be given to your servants as a possession, and do not let us pass over the Yardĕn.” (Numbers 32:6)  And Mosheh said to the children of Gaḏ and to the children of Re’uḇĕn, “Are your brothers to go into the battle while you yourselves sit here? (Numbers 32:7)  “Now why do you discourage the heart of the children of Yisra’ĕl from passing over into the land which יהוה has given them? (Numbers 32:8)  “Thus your fathers did when I sent them away from Qaḏĕsh Barnĕa to see the land. (Numbers 32:9)  “For when they went up to the wadi Eshkol and saw the land, they discouraged the heart of the children of Yisra’ĕl, so that they did not go into the land which יהוה had given them. (Numbers 32:10)  “Then the displeasure of יהוה burned on that day, and He swore an oath, saying, (Numbers 32:11)  ‘Not one of the men who came up from Mitsrayim, from twenty years old and above, is to see the land of which I swore to Aḇraham, Yitsḥaq, and Yaʽaqoḇ, because they did not follow Me completely, (Numbers 32:12)  except Kalĕḇ son of Yephunneh, the Qenizzite, and Yehoshua son of Nun, for they have followed יהוה completely.’ (Numbers 32:13)  “So the displeasure of יהוה burned against Yisra’ĕl, and He made them wander in the wilderness forty years, until all the generation that had done evil in the eyes of יהוה was destroyed. (Numbers 32:14)  “And see, you have risen in your father’s place, an increase of men, sinners, to add still more the burning displeasure of יהוה against Yisra’ĕl. (Numbers 32:15)  “For if you turn away from following Him, He shall once again leave them in the wilderness, and you shall destroy all these people.” (Numbers 32:16)  Then they came near to him and said, “Let us build sheep-enclosures here for our livestock, and cities for our little ones, (Numbers 32:17)  but let us ourselves be armed, hastening before the children of Yisra’ĕl until we have brought them to their place. And our little ones shall dwell in the walled cities because of the inhabitants of the land. (Numbers 32:18)  “We shall not return to our homes until every one of the children of Yisra’ĕl has received his inheritance. (Numbers 32:19)  “For we shall not inherit with them on the other side of the Yardĕn and beyond, because our inheritance has fallen to us on this eastern side of the Yardĕn.” (Numbers 32:20)  And Mosheh said to them, “If you make this promise: if you arm yourselves before יהוה for battle, (Numbers 32:21) and all your armed ones pass over the Yardĕn before יהוה until He has driven out His enemies from before Him, (Numbers 32:22) and the land has been subdued before יהוה, then afterward you shall return, and be guiltless before יהוה and before Yisra’ĕl. And this land shall be your possession before יהוה. (Numbers 32:23)  But if you do not do so, then see, you shall sin against יהוה, and know: your sin is going to find you out. (Numbers 32:23)  “Build cities for your little ones and enclosures for your sheep, and do what you have promised.” (Numbers 32:25)  And the children of Gaḏ and the children of Re’uḇĕn spoke to Mosheh, saying, “Your servants are going to do as my master commands. (Numbers 32:26)  “Our little ones, our wives, our flocks, and all our livestock are going to be there in the cities of Gilʽaḏ, (Numbers 32:27)  but your servants are passing over, every armed one of the army, before יהוה, to battle, as my master says.” (Numbers 32:28)  And Mosheh gave command concerning them to Elʽazar the priest, to Yehoshua son of Nun, and to the heads of the fathers of the tribes of the children of Yisra’ĕl. (Numbers 32:29)  And Mosheh said to them, “If the children of Gaḏ and the children of Re’uḇĕn pass over the Yardĕn with you, every man armed for battle before יהוה, and the land has been subdued before you, then you shall give them the land of Gilʽaḏ as a possession. (Numbers 32:30)  “But if they do not pass over armed with you, they shall have possessions among you in the land of Kenaʽan.” (Numbers 32:31)  Then the children of Gaḏ and the children of Re’uḇĕn answered, saying, “As יהוה has said to your servants, so we do. (Numbers 32:32)  “We ourselves are passing over armed before יהוה into the land of Kenaʽan, but the possession of our inheritance remains with us beyond the Yardĕn.” (Numbers 32:33)  So Mosheh gave to the children of Gaḏ, to the children of Re’uḇĕn, and to half the tribe of Menashsheh, son of Yosĕph, the reign of Siḥon sovereign of the Amorites and the reign of Oḡ sovereign of Bashan, the land with its cities within the borders, the cities of the land round about. (Numbers 32:34)  And the children of Gaḏ built Diḇon and Ataroth and Aroʽĕr, (Numbers 32:35) and Atroth, Shophan and Yaʽzĕr and Yoḡbehah, (Numbers 32:36) and Bĕyth Nimrah and Bĕyth Haran, walled cities, and enclosures for sheep. (Numbers 32:37)  And the children of Re’uḇĕn built Ḥeshbon and Elʽalĕh and Qiryathayim, (Numbers 32:38) Neḇo and Baʽal Meʽon – the names being changed – and Shiḇmah. And they gave other names to the cities which they built. (Numbers 32:39)  And the sons of Maḵir son of Menashsheh went to Gilʽaḏ and took it, and dispossessed the Amorites who were in it. (Numbers 32:40)  So Mosheh gave Gilʽaḏ to Maḵir, son of Menashsheh, and he dwelt in it. (Numbers 32:41)  And Ya’ir son of Menashsheh went and took its small towns, and called them Ḥawoth Ya’ir. (Numbers 32:42)  And Noḇaḥ went and took Qenath and its villages, and he called it Noḇaḥ, after his own name.

(Jeremiah 2:4)  Hear the word of יהוה, O house of Yaʽaqoḇ and all the clans of the house of Yisra’ĕl. (Jeremiah 2:5)  Thus said יהוה, “What unrighteousness have your fathers found in me, that they have gone far from me, and went after worthlessness, and became worthless? (Jeremiah 2:6)  “And did not they say, ‘Where is יהוה, who brought us up out of the land of Mitsrayim, who led us through the wilderness, through a land of deserts and pits, through a land of drought and the shadow of death, a land that no one passed through and where no one dwelt?’ (Jeremiah 2:7)  “Then I brought you into a garden land, to eat its fruit and its goodness. But when you entered, you defiled my land and made my inheritance an abomination. (Jeremiah 2:8)  “The priests did not say, ‘Where is יהוה?’ And those who handle the Torah did not know me, and the shepherds1 transgressed against me, and the prophets prophesied by Baʽal (for self-profit), and walked after matters that did not profit. Footnote: 1See 10:21, 12:10-11, 50:6-7. (Jeremiah 2:9)  “Therefore I still contend with you,” declares יהוה, “and with your children’s children I contend. Jeremiah 2:10) “Pass beyond the isles of Kittim and see; and send to Qĕḏar and observe well, and see if there has been any like this. (Jeremiah 2:11)  “Has a nation changed its mighty ones, which are not mighty ones? But my people have changed my esteem1 (glory) for that which does not profit. Footnote: 1Symbolic name for His Ark. (Jeremiah 2:12) “Be amazed, O heavens, at this, and be frightened, be utterly dried up,” declares יהוה. (Jeremiah 2:13)  My people have done two evils: they have forsaken me, the fountain of living waters1, to hew out for themselves cisterns, cracked cisterns, which do not hold water. Footnote: 1See 17:13. (Jeremiah 2:14)  “Is Yisra’ĕl a servant? Was he born in the house? Why is he given to plunder? (Jeremiah 2:15)  “The young lions roared at him, they growled, and made his land waste; his cities have been burned, without inhabitant. (Jeremiah 2:16)  “Even the sons of Noph and of Taḥpanḥes have shaven the crown of your head. (Jeremiah 2:17)  “Have you not done this to yourself, by forsaking יהוה your Elohim when He led you in the way? (Jeremiah 2:18)  “And now why take the way to Mitsrayim, to drink the waters of Shiḥor? Or why take the way to Ashshur, to drink the waters of the River? (Jeremiah 2:19)  “Your own evil instructs you, and your backslidings reprove you. Know therefore and see that it is evil and bitter that you have forsaken יהוה your Elohim, and that my fear is not in you,” declares the Master יהוה of hosts. (Jeremiah 2:20)  “For of old you have broken your yoke and tore of your bonds. And you said, ‘I am not serving you,’ when on every high hill and under every green tree you lay down, a whore. (Jeremiah 2:21)  “Yet I had planted you a choice vine, all of it a true seed. How then have you turned before me into the degenerate plant of a strange vine? (Jeremiah 2:22)  “Although you wash yourself with lye, and use much soap, yet your crookedness is ingrained before me,” declares the Master יהוה. (Jeremiah 2:23)  “How do you say, ‘I am not defiled, I have not gone after the Baʽals’? See your way in the valley, know what you have done: a swift dromedary breaking loose in her ways, (Jeremiah 2:24)  a wild donkey used to the wilderness, sniffing the wind in the desire of her being – in her time of mating, who turns her away? All those who seek her need not weary themselves; in her month they find her. (Jeremiah 2:25)  “Keep your foot from being bare, and your throat from thirst. But you said, ‘It is useless, because I love strangers, and after them I go.’ (Jeremiah 2:26)  As the thief is ashamed when he is found out, so is the house of Yisra’ĕl ashamed – they and their sovereigns and their heads, and their priests and their prophets, (Jeremiah 2:27) saying to a tree, ‘You are my father,’ and to a stone, ‘You gave birth to me.’ For they have turned their back to me, and not their face. But in the time of their calamity they say, ‘Arise and save us.’ (Jeremiah 2:28) “But where are your mighty ones that you have made for yourselves? Let them arise; see if they save you in the time of your calamity. Because your mighty ones have become as many as your cities, O Yehuḏah.

Pressing on- as none of us have arrived

(Philippians 3:12)  Not that I have already received, or already been perfected, but I press on, to lay hold of that for which Messiah יהושע has also laid hold of me. (Philippians 3:13)  Brothers, I do not count myself to have laid hold of it yet, but only this: forgetting what is behind and reaching out for what lies ahead, (Philippians 3:14) I press on toward the goal for the prize of the high calling of Elohim in Messiah יהושע. (Philippians 3:15)  As many, then, as are perfect (mature), should have this mind. And if you think differently in any respect, Elohim shall also reveal this to you. (Philippians 3:16)  But to what we have already attained – walk by the same rule, be of the same mind.

Count your blessings and REJOICE! Fear not and worry not! YHWH is on His throne laughing at and holding evil leaders in derision… so think on what He promises and good reports!

(Philippians 4:4)  Rejoice in יהוה always, again I say, rejoice! (Philippians 4:5)  Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Master is near. (Philippians 4:6)  Do not worry (be anxious) at all, but in every matter, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to Elohim. (Philippians 4:7)  And the peace of Elohim, which surpasses all understanding, shall guard your hearts and minds through Messiah יהושע. (Philippians 4:8)  For the rest, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is righteous, whatever is clean, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good report, if there is any uprightness and if there is any praise – think on these.

Loved Ones, remember our prayer victory many months ago? Let’s refresh ourselves in His promise and show our love by responding to the enemies of our souls. Please look at the email I just received from a fellow believer asking for your help in prayer….

Dear Thurston--Shalom

In August our friend Steve Worral Clare asked you and you intercessors to pray for my wife as she was suffering from lung cancer. She started recovering very well for two months after coming out of hospital. Her breathing improved and she was free of pain. The last three months however, she has been in more and more pain with similar symptoms as to when she was admitted into hospital. She is having acute pain in various parts of her body especially her lungs and she is battling to breath at times. She has also not put on any weight over the last 5 months and I have to drain her lungs every two days. Could I please ask you and your intercessors to lift her up in prayer for complete healing from the cancer in her spine, lungs, brain, breast and any other part of her body and for her to be free of pain? Please can you also pray for wisdom from YHWH for us both if there is anything else we need to do. Right now we are just trusting in YHWH and His covenant promises for her healing and not accepting hasatan’s lies. Please can you also pray for YHWH's shalom to be with the kids?
Your prayers will be much appreciated. Shalom- Andrew
Loved One, you know that as you press in for others, Yahshua presses in for you and your loved ones! Thanks you for your heart felt prayers of BELIEF and TRUST! Let’s USE our authority! (Luke 10:18)  And He said to them, “I saw Satan falling out of the heaven as lightning. (Luke 10:19)  “See, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and none at all shall hurt you. (Luke 10:20)  “But do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names have been written in the heavens.”

Truth Seekers, we have studied and reviewed much about the coming darkness and fiery trials we can expect in the days ahead. Please do remember the Scriptures declare this next Exodus will be a far greater deliverance than even Moses and Israel crossing the Red Sea. Thank you for your prayers and intercession!
Shalom to your home,