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Naso /Lift Up or Elevate

Shabbat Shalom!

Welcome to Parasha Naso /Lift Up or Elevate, this week’s Torah portion.

 

Torah Reading

Numbers 4:21–7:89; 

21 YAHUVEH said to Moshe, 22 “Take a census of the descendants of Gershon also, by clans and families; 23 count all those between thirty and fifty years old, all who will enter the corps doing the work of serving in the tent of meeting.

24 “The Gershon families are to be responsible for serving and for transporting loads. 25 They are to carry the curtains of the tabernacle, the tent of meeting, its covering, the fine leather covering above it, the screen for the entrance to the tent of meeting, 26 the tapestries for the courtyard, and the screen for the entrance to the courtyard by the tabernacle and around the altar, along with the ropes and all the utensils they need for their service; and they are to do the work connected with these things. 27 Aharon and his sons are to supervise all the work of the Gershon clan in transporting loads and serving, and to assign them who is to carry what. 28 This is how the Gershon families are to serve in the tent of meeting, and they are to be under the direction of Itamar the son of Aharon the cohen.

29 “As for the descendants of M’rari, take a census by clans and families 30 of all those between thirty and fifty years old, all who will be in the corps doing the work of serving in the tent of meeting.

31 “Their service for the tent of meeting will be to carry the frames, crossbars, posts and sockets of the tabernacle; 32 also the posts for the surrounding courtyard, with their sockets, tent pegs, ropes and other accessories, and everything having to do with their service. You are to assign particular loads to specific persons by name. 33 This is how the M’rari families are to serve in the tent of meeting, directed by Itamar the son of Aharon the cohen.”

(S: ii) 34 Moshe, Aharon and the community leaders took a census of the descendants of K’hat by their clans and families, 35 all those between thirty and fifty years old who were part of the corps serving in the tent of meeting. 36 Registered by their families, they numbered 2,750. 37 These are the ones counted from the K’hat families of all those serving in the tent of meeting, whom Moshe and Aharon enumerated, in keeping with the order given by YAHUVEH through Moshe.

(A: ii) 38 The census of the descendants of Gershon, by their clans and families, 39 all those between thirty and fifty years old who were part of the corps serving in the tent of meeting, 40 yielded 2,630, registered by their clans and families. 41 These are the ones counted from the families of the descendants of Gershon of all those serving in the tent of meeting, whom Moshe and Aharon enumerated, in keeping with the order given by YAHUVEH.

42 The census of the families of the descendants of M’rari, by their clans and families, 43 all those between thirty and fifty years old who were part of the corps serving in the tent of meeting, 44 yielded 3,200, registered by their families. 45 These are the ones counted from the families of the descendants of M’rari, whom Moshe and Aharon enumerated, in keeping with the order given by YAHUVEH through Moshe.

46 The census of the L’vi’im, whom Moshe, Aharon and the leaders of Isra’el enumerated by their clans and families, 47 all those between thirty and fifty years old who were part of those working to serve and working to carry loads in the tent of meeting, 48 yielded a total of 8,580 persons.

49 According to YAHUVEH’s order they were appointed by Moshe, each one to his specific service or work. They were also enumerated, as YAHUVEH had ordered Moshe.

5 (iii) YAHUVEH said to Moshe, 2 “Order the people of Isra’el to expel from the camp everyone with tzara‘at, everyone with a discharge and whoever is unclean because of touching a corpse. 3 Both male and female you must expel; put them outside the camp; so that they won’t defile their camp, where I live among you.” 4 The people of Isra’el did this and put them outside the camp — the people of Isra’el did what YAHUVEH had said to Moshe.

5 YAHUVEH said to Moshe, 6 “Tell the people of Isra’el, ‘When a man or woman commits any kind of sin against another person and thus breaks faith with YAHUVEH, he incurs guilt. 7 He must confess the sin which he has committed; and he must make full restitution for his guilt, add twenty percent and give it to the victim of his sin. 8 But if the person has no relative to whom restitution can be made for the guilt, then what is given in restitution for guilt will belong to YAHUVEH, that is, to the cohen — in addition to the ram of atonement through which atonement is made for him.

9 “‘Every contribution which the people of Isra’el consecrate and present to the cohen will belong to him. 10 Anything an individual consecrates will be his own [to allocate among the cohanim], but what a person gives to the cohen will belong to him.’”

(A: iv) 11 YAHUVEH said to Moshe, 12 “Tell the people of Isra’el, ‘If a man’s wife goes astray and is unfaithful to him; 13 that is, if another man goes to bed with her without her husband’s knowledge, so that she becomes impure secretly, and there is no witness against her, and she was not caught in the act; 14 then, if a spirit of jealousy comes over him, and he is jealous of his wife, and she has become impure — or, for that matter, if the spirit of jealousy comes over him, and he is jealous of his wife, and she has not become impure — 15 he is to bring his wife to the cohen, along with the offering for her, two quarts of barley flour on which he has not poured olive oil or put frankincense, because it is a grain offering for jealousy, a grain offering for remembering, for recalling guilt to mind. 16 The cohen will bring her forward and place her before YAHUVEH. 17 The cohen will put holy water in a clay pot, and then the cohen will take some of the dust on the floor of the tabernacle and put it in the water. 18 The cohen will place the woman before YAHUVEH, unbind the woman’s hair and put the grain offering for remembering in her hands, the grain offering for jealousy; while the cohen has in his hand the water of embitterment and cursing. 19 The cohen will make her swear by saying to her, “If no man has gone to bed with you, if you have not gone astray to make yourself unclean while under your husband’s authority, then be free from this water of embitterment and cursing. 20 But if you have in fact gone astray while under your husband’s authority and become unclean, because some man other than your husband has gone to bed with you . . .” 21 then the cohen is to make the woman swear with an oath that includes a curse; the cohen will say to the woman, “. . .may YAHUVEH make you an object of cursing and condemnation among your people by making your private parts shrivel and your abdomen swell up! 22 May this water that causes the curse go into your inner parts and make your abdomen swell and your private parts shrivel up!” — and the woman is to respond, “Amen! Amen!” 23 The cohen is to write these curses on a scroll, wash them off into the water of embitterment 24 and make the woman drink the water of embitterment and cursing — the water of cursing will enter her and become bitter. 25 Then the cohen is to remove the grain offering for jealousy from the woman’s hand, wave the grain offering before YAHUVEH and bring it to the altar. 26 The cohen is to take a handful of the grain offering as its reminder portion and make it go up in smoke on the altar; afterwards, he is to make the woman drink the water. 27 When he has made her drink the water, then, if she is unclean and has been unfaithful to her husband, the water that causes the curse will enter her and become bitter, so that her abdomen swells and her private parts shrivel up; and the woman will become an object of cursing among her people. 28 But if the woman is not unclean but clean, then she will be innocent and will have children. 29 This is the law for jealousy: when either a wife under her husband’s authority goes astray and becomes unclean, 30 or the spirit of jealousy comes over a husband and he becomes jealous of his wife, then he is to place the woman before YAHUVEH, and the cohen is to deal with her in accordance with all of this law. 31 The husband will be clear of guilt, but the wife will bear the consequences of her guilt.’”

6 YAHUVEH said to Moshe, 2 “Tell the people of Isra’el, ‘When either a man or a woman makes a special kind of vow, the vow of a nazir, consecrating himself to YAHUVEH; 3 he is to abstain from wine and other intoxicating liquor, he is not to drink vinegar from either source, he is not to drink grape juice, and he is not to eat grapes or raisins. 4 As long as he remains a nazir he is to eat nothing derived from the grapevine, not even the grape-skins or the seeds.

5 “‘Throughout the period of his vow as a nazir, he is not to shave his head. Until the end of the time for which he has consecrated himself to YAHUVEH he is to be holy: he is to let the hair on his head grow long.

6 “‘Throughout the period for which he has consecrated himself to YAHUVEH, he is not to approach a corpse. 7 He is not to make himself unclean for his father, mother, brother or sister when they die, since his consecration to ELOHIM is on his head. 8 Throughout the time of his being a nazir he is holy for YAHUVEH.

9 “‘If someone next to him dies very suddenly, so that he defiles his consecrated head, then he is to shave his head on the day of his purification; he is to shave it on the seventh day. 10 On the eighth day he is to bring two doves or two young pigeons to the cohen at the entrance to the tent of meeting. 11 The cohen is to prepare one as a sin offering and the other as a burnt offering and thus make atonement for him, inasmuch as he sinned because of the dead person. That same day he is to re-consecrate his head; 12 he is to consecrate to YAHUVEH the full period of his being a nazir by bringing a male lamb in its first year as a guilt offering. The previous days will not be counted, because his consecration became defiled.

13 “‘This is the law for the nazir when his period of consecration is over: he is to be brought to the entrance of the tent of meeting, 14 where he will present his offering to YAHUVEH — one male lamb in its first year without defect as a burnt offering, one female lamb in its first year without defect as a sin offering, one ram without defect as peace offerings, 15 a basket of matzah, loaves made of fine flour mixed with olive oil, unleavened wafers spread with olive oil, their grain offering and their drink offerings. 16 The cohen is to bring them before YAHUVEH, offer his sin offering, his burnt offering, 17 and his ram as a sacrifice of peace offerings to YAHUVEH, with the basket of matzah. The cohen will also offer the grain offering and drink offering that go with the peace offering. 18 The nazir will shave his consecrated head at the entrance to the tent of meeting, take the hair removed from his consecrated head and put it on the fire under the sacrifice of peace offerings. 19 When the ram has been boiled, the cohen is to take its shoulder, one loaf of matzah from the basket and one unleavened wafer, and place them in the hands of the nazir, after he has shaved his consecrated head. 20 The cohen is to wave them as a wave offering before YAHUVEH; this is set aside for the cohen, along with the breast for waving and the raised-up thigh. Following that, the nazir may drink wine.

21 “‘This is the law for the nazir who makes a vow and for his offering to YAHUVEH for his being a nazir — in addition to anything more for which he has sufficient means. In keeping with whatever vow he makes, he must do it according to the law for the nazir.’”

22 YAHUVEH said to Moshe, 23 “Speak to Aharon and his sons, and tell them that this is how you are to bless the people of Isra’el: you are to say to them,

24
‘Y’varekh’kha YAHUVEH v’yishmerekha.
[May YAHUVEH bless you and keep you.]
25
Ya’er YAHUVEH panav eleikha vichunekka.
[May YAHUVEH make his face shine on you and show you his favor.]
26
Yissa YAHUVEH panav eleikha v’yasem l’kha shalom.
[May YAHUVEH lift up his face toward you and give you peace.]’

27 “In this way they are to put my name on the people of Isra’el, so that I will bless them.”

7 (A: v, S: iv) On the day Moshe finished putting up the tabernacle, he anointed and consecrated it, all its furnishings, and the altar with its utensils. After anointing and consecrating them, 2 the leaders of Isra’el, who were heads of their father’s clans, made an offering. These were the tribal leaders in charge of those counted in the census. 3 They brought their offering before YAHUVEH, six covered wagons and twelve oxen — a wagon for every two leaders and for each an ox — and presented them in front of the tabernacle.

4 YAHUVEH said to Moshe, 5 “Receive these from them; they are to be used for the service in the tent of meeting. Give them to the L’vi’im, to each as needed for his duties.” 6 So Moshe took the wagons and oxen and gave them to the L’vi’im. 7 He gave two wagons and four oxen to the descendants of Gershon, in keeping with the needs of their duties. 8 Four wagons and eight oxen he gave to the descendants of M’rari, in keeping with the needs of their duties, directed by Itamar the son of Aharon the cohen. 9 But to the descendants of K’hat he gave none, because their duties involved the holy articles, which they carried on their own shoulders.

10 The leaders brought the offering for dedicating the altar on the day it was anointed. The leaders brought their offering before the altar, 11 and YAHUVEH said to Moshe, “They are to present their offerings to dedicate the altar, each leader on his own day.”

(S: v) 12 Nachshon the son of ‘Amminadav, from the tribe of Y’hudah, presented his offering on the first day. 13 He offered one silver dish weighing 130 shekels [three-and-a-quarter pounds] and one silver basin of seventy shekels (using the sanctuary shekel) [one-and-three-quarters pounds], both full of fine flour mixed with olive oil for a grain offering; 14 one gold pan of ten shekels [one-quarter pound], full of incense; 15 one young bull, one ram, one male lamb in its first year as a burnt offering, 16 one male goat as a sin offering, 17 and, for the sacrifice of peace offerings, two oxen, five rams, five male goats and five male lambs in their first year. This was the offering of Nachshon the son of ‘Amminadav.

18 On the second day N’tan’el the son of Tzu‘ar, leader of Yissakhar, presented his offering. 19 He offered one silver dish weighing 130 shekels [three-and-a-quarter pounds] and one silver basin of seventy shekels (using the sanctuary shekel) [one-and-three-quarters pounds], both full of fine flour mixed with olive oil for a grain offering; 20 one gold pan of ten shekels [one-quarter pound], full of incense; 21 one young bull, one ram, one male lamb in its first year as a burnt offering, 22 one male goat as a sin offering, 23 and, for the sacrifice of peace offerings, two oxen, five rams, five male goats and five male lambs in their first year. This was the offering of N’tan’el the son of Tzu‘ar.

24 On the third day Eli’av the son of Helon, leader of Z’vulun, presented his offering. 25 He offered one silver dish weighing 130 shekels [three-and-a-quarter pounds] and one silver basin of seventy shekels (using the sanctuary shekel) [one-and-three-quarters pounds], both full of fine flour mixed with olive oil for a grain offering; 26 one gold pan of ten shekels [one-quarter pound], full of incense; 27 one young bull, one ram, one male lamb in its first year as a burnt offering, 28 one male goat as a sin offering, 29 and, for the sacrifice of peace offerings, two oxen, five rams, five male goats and five male lambs in their first year. This was the offering of Eli’av the son of Helon.

30 On the fourth day was Elitzur the son of Sh’de’ur, leader of the descendants of Re’uven. 31 He offered one silver dish weighing 130 shekels [three-and-a-quarter pounds] and one silver basin of seventy shekels (using the sanctuary shekel) [one-and-three-quarters pounds], both full of fine flour mixed with olive oil for a grain offering; 32 one gold pan of ten shekels [one-quarter pound], full of incense; 33 one young bull, one ram, one male lamb in its first year as a burnt offering, 34 one male goat as a sin offering, 35 and, for the sacrifice of peace offerings, two oxen, five rams, five male goats and five male lambs in their first year. This was the offering of Elitzur the son of Sh’de’ur.

36 On the fifth day was Shlumi’el the son of Tzurishaddai, leader of the descendants of Shim‘on. 37 He offered one silver dish weighing 130 shekels [three-and-a-quarter pounds] and one silver basin of seventy shekels (using the sanctuary shekel) [one-and-three-quarters pounds], both full of fine flour mixed with olive oil for a grain offering; 38 one gold pan of ten shekels [one-quarter pound], full of incense; 39 one young bull, one ram, one male lamb in its first year as a burnt offering, 40 one male goat as a sin offering, 41 and, for the sacrifice of peace offerings, two oxen, five rams, five male goats and five male lambs in their first year. This was the offering of Shlumi’el the son of Tzurishaddai.

(vi) 42 On the sixth day was Elyasaf the son of De‘u’el, leader of the descendants of Gad. 43 He offered one silver dish weighing 130 shekels [three-and-a-quarter pounds] and one silver basin of seventy shekels (using the sanctuary shekel) [one-and-three-quarters pounds], both full of fine flour mixed with olive oil for a grain offering; 44 one gold pan of ten shekels [one-quarter pound], full of incense; 45 one young bull, one ram, one male lamb in its first year as a burnt offering, 46 one male goat as a sin offering, 47 and, for the sacrifice of peace offerings, two oxen, five rams, five male goats and five male lambs in their first year. This was the offering of Elyasaf the son of De‘u’el.

48 On the seventh day was Elishama the son of ‘Ammihud, leader of the descendants of Efrayim. 49 He offered one silver dish weighing 130 shekels [three-and-a-quarter pounds] and one silver basin of seventy shekels (using the sanctuary shekel) [one-and-three-quarters pounds], both full of fine flour mixed with olive oil for a grain offering; 50 one gold pan of ten shekels [one-quarter pound], full of incense; 51 one young bull, one ram, one male lamb in its first year as a burnt offering, 52 one male goat as a sin offering, 53 and, for the sacrifice of peace offerings, two oxen, five rams, five male goats and five male lambs in their first year. This was the offering of Elishama the son of ‘Ammihud.

54 On the eighth day was Gamli’el the son of P’dahtzur, leader of the descendants of M’nasheh. 55 He offered one silver dish weighing 130 shekels [three-and-a-quarter pounds] and one silver basin of seventy shekels (using the sanctuary shekel) [one-and-three-quarters pounds], both full of fine flour mixed with olive oil for a grain offering; 56 one gold pan of ten shekels [one-quarter pound], full of incense; 57 one young bull, one ram, one male lamb in its first year as a burnt offering, 58 one male goat as a sin offering, 59 and, for the sacrifice of peace offerings, two oxen, five rams, five male goats and five male lambs in their first year. This was the offering of Gamli’el the son of P’dahtzur.

60 On the ninth day was Avidan the son of Gid‘oni, leader of the descendants of Binyamin. 61 He offered one silver dish weighing 130 shekels [three-and-a-quarter pounds] and one silver basin of seventy shekels (using the sanctuary shekel) [one-and-three-quarters pounds], both full of fine flour mixed with olive oil for a grain offering; 62 one gold pan of ten shekels [one-quarter pound], full of incense; 63 one young bull, one ram, one male lamb in its first year as a burnt offering, 64 one male goat as a sin offering, 65 and, for the sacrifice of peace offerings, two oxen, five rams, five male goats and five male lambs in their first year. This was the offering of Avidan the son of Gid‘oni.

66 On the tenth day was Achi‘ezer the son of ‘Ammishaddai, leader of the descendants of Dan. 67 He offered one silver dish weighing 130 shekels [three-and-a-quarter pounds] and one silver basin of seventy shekels (using the sanctuary shekel) [one-and-three-quarters pounds], both full of fine flour mixed with olive oil for a grain offering; 68 one gold pan of ten shekels [one-quarter pound], full of incense; 69 one young bull, one ram, one male lamb in its first year as a burnt offering, 70 one male goat as a sin offering, 71 and, for the sacrifice of peace offerings, two oxen, five rams, five male goats and five male lambs in their first year. This was the offering of Achi‘ezer the son of ‘Ammishaddai.

(vii) 72 On the eleventh day was Pag‘i’el the son of ‘Okhran, leader of the descendants of Asher. 73 He offered one silver dish weighing 130 shekels [three-and-a-quarter pounds] and one silver basin of seventy shekels (using the sanctuary shekel) [one-and-three-quarters pounds], both full of fine flour mixed with olive oil for a grain offering; 74 one gold pan of ten shekels [one-quarter pound], full of incense; 75 one young bull, one ram, one male lamb in its first year as a burnt offering, 76 one male goat as a sin offering, 77 and, for the sacrifice of peace offerings, two oxen, five rams, five male goats and five male lambs in their first year. This was the offering of Pag‘i’el the son of ‘Okhran.

78 On the twelfth day was Achira the son of ‘Enan, leader of the descendants of Naftali. 79 He offered one silver dish weighing 130 shekels [three-and-a-quarter pounds] and one silver basin of seventy shekels (using the sanctuary shekel) [one-and-three-quarters pounds], both full of fine flour mixed with olive oil for a grain offering; 80 one gold pan of ten shekels [one-quarter pound], full of incense; 81 one young bull, one ram, one male lamb in its first year as a burnt offering, 82 one male goat as a sin offering, 83 and, for the sacrifice of peace offerings, two oxen, five rams, five male goats and five male lambs in their first year. This was the offering of Achira the son of ‘Enan.

84 This was the offering for dedicating the altar which was given by the leaders of Isra’el on the day of its anointing: twelve silver dishes, twelve silver basins and twelve gold pans. 85 Each silver dish weighed 130 shekels [three-and-a-quarter pounds] and each basin seventy shekels [one-and-three-quarters pounds]; all the silver of the vessels weighed 2,400 shekels (using the sanctuary shekel) [just over sixty pounds]. 86 The twelve gold pans, full of incense, weighed ten shekels apiece (using the sanctuary shekel) [one-quarter pound]; all the gold of the pans weighed 120 shekels [three pounds]. (Maftir) 87 The livestock for the burnt offering consisted of twelve bulls, twelve rams and twelve male lambs in their first year, with their grain offering. There were twelve male goats for a sin offering. 88 The livestock for the sacrifice of peace offerings consisted of twenty-four bulls, sixty rams, sixty male goats and sixty male lambs in their first year. This was the offering for dedicating the altar after it had been anointed.

89 When Moshe went into the tent of meeting in order to speak with YAHUVEH, he heard the voice speaking to him from above the ark-cover on the ark for the testimony, from between the two k’ruvim; and he spoke to him.

 

 

Prophetic Reading

Judges 13:2–25; 

2 There was a man from Tzor‘ah from the family of Dan, whose name was Manoach; his wife was barren, childless. 3 The angel of YAHUVEH appeared to the woman and said to her, “Listen! You are barren, you haven’t had a child, but you will conceive and bear a son. 4 Now, therefore, be careful not to drink any wine or other intoxicating liquor, and don’t eat anything unclean. 5 For indeed you will conceive and bear a son. No razor is to touch his head, because the child will be a nazir for ELOHIM from the womb. Moreover, he will begin to rescue Isra’el from the power of the P’lishtim.”

6 The woman came and told her husband; she said, “A man of ELOHIM came to me; his face was fearsome, like that of the angel of ELOHIM. I didn’t ask him where he came from, and he didn’t tell me his name. 7 But he said to me, ‘Listen! You will conceive and bear a son, so now don’t drink any wine or other intoxicating liquor, and don’t eat anything unclean, because the child will be a nazir for ELOHIM from the womb until the day he dies.’”

8 Then Manoach prayed to YAHUVEH, “Please, YAHUVEH, let the man of ELOHIM you sent come again to us and teach us what we should do for the child who will be born.” 9 ELOHIM paid attention to what Manoach said, and the angel of ELOHIM came again to the woman as she sat in the field, but her husband Manoach wasn’t with her. 10 The woman hurried and ran to tell her husband, “Here! That man, the one who came to me the other day, he’s come again!” 11 Manoach got up, followed his wife, went to the man and said to him, “Are you the man who spoke to the woman?” He answered, “I am.” 12 Manoach asked, “Now, when what you said comes true, what are the guidelines for raising the child? What should be done for him?” 13 The angel of YAHUVEH said to Manoach, “The woman should take care to do everything I said to her. 14 She shouldn’t eat anything that comes from a grapevine, she shouldn’t drink wine or other intoxicating liquor, and she shouldn’t eat anything unclean. She should do everything I ordered her to do.”

15 Manoach said to the angel of YAHUVEH, “Please stay with us a bit longer, so that we can cook a young goat for you.” 16 The angel of YAHUVEH said to Manoach, “Even if I do stay, I won’t eat your food; and if you prepare a burnt offering, you must offer it to YAHUVEH.” For Manoach did not know that he was the angel of YAHUVEH. 17 Manoach said to the angel of YAHUVEH, “Tell us your name, so that when your words come true we can honor you.” 18 The angel of YAHUVEH answered him, “Why are you asking about my name? It is wonderful.” 19 Manoach took the kid and the grain offering and offered them on the rock to YAHUVEH. Then, with Manoach and his wife looking on, the angel did something wonderful — 20 as the flame went up toward the sky from the altar, the angel of YAHUVEH went up in the flame from the altar. When Manoach and his wife saw it, they fell to the ground on their faces. 21 But the angel of YAHUVEH did not appear again to Manoach or his wife. Then Manoach realized it had been the angel of YAHUVEH. 22 Manoach said to his wife, “We will surely die, because we have seen ELOHIM!” 23 But his wife said to him, “If YAHUVEH had wanted to kill us, he wouldn’t have accepted a burnt offering and a grain offering from us, and he wouldn’t have shown us all this or told us such things at this time.”

24 The woman bore a son and called him Shimshon. The child grew, and YAHUVEH blessed him. 25 The Spirit of YAHUVEH began to stir him when he was in the Camp of Dan, between Tzor‘ah and Eshta’ol.

Ephesians 1:1–23

1 From: Sha’ul, by ELOHIM’s will an emissary of the Messiah YAHUSHUA

To: ELOHIM’s people living in Ephesus, that is, those who are trusting in the Messiah YAHUSHUA:

2 Grace to you and shalom from ELOHIM our Father and the Lord YAHUSHUA the Messiah.

3 Praised be YAHUVEH, Father of our Lord YAHUSHUA the Messiah, who in the Messiah has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in heaven. 4 In the Messiah he chose us in love before the creation of the universe to be holy and without defect in his presence. 5 He determined in advance that through YAHUSHUA the Messiah we would be his sons — in keeping with his pleasure and purpose — 6 so that we would bring him praise commensurate with the glory of the grace he gave us through the Beloved One.

7 In union with him, through the shedding of his blood, we are set free — our sins are forgiven; this accords with the wealth of the grace 8 he has lavished on us. In all his wisdom and insight 9 he has made known to us his secret plan, which by his own will he designed beforehand in connection with the Messiah 10 and will put into effect when the time is ripe — his plan to place everything in heaven and on earth under the Messiah’s headship.

11 Also in union with him we were given an inheritance, we who were picked in advance according to the purpose of the One who effects everything in keeping with the decision of his will, 12 so that we who earlier had put our hope in the Messiah would bring him praise commensurate with his glory.

13 Furthermore, you who heard the message of the truth, the Good News offering you deliverance, and put your trust in the Messiah were sealed by him with the promised Ruach HaKodesh, 14 who guarantees our inheritance until we come into possession of it and thus bring him praise commensurate with his glory.

15 For this reason, ever since I heard about your trust in the Lord YAHUSHUA and your love for all ELOHIM’s people, 16 I have not stopped giving thanks for you. In my prayers I keep asking 17 the ELOHIM of our Lord YAHUSHUA the Messiah, the glorious Father, to give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you will have full knowledge of him. 18 I pray that he will give light to the eyes of your hearts, so that you will understand the hope to which he has called you, what rich glories there are in the inheritance he has promised his people, 19 and how surpassingly great is his power working in us who trust him. It works with the same mighty strength he used 20 when he worked in the Messiah to raise him from the dead and seat him at his right hand in heaven, 21 far above every ruler, authority, power, dominion or any other name that can be named either in the ‘olam hazeh or in the ‘olam haba. 22 Also, he has put all things under his feet[a] and made him head over everything for the Messianic Community, 23 which is his body, the full expression of him who fills all creation.

AmightyWind Prophecies

This is from Prophecy 105, YAHUVEH said to put this up on all Prophecies from now on: I warned you a long time ago Elisabeth (Elisheva) not to name this Ministry after a man or a woman even before there was a Ministry. I put it in your spirit for none of this has been done by your hand, none of this has come forth from your mouth. It is from the Mouth of YAHUVEH that has given birth. It is from the Mouth of YAHUSHUA your MASHIACH that has given birth. It is from the Mouth of the RUACH ha KODESH your IMMAYAH that has given birth. If it had only been by your hand it would have failed long ago. It is by the SHKHINYAH GLORY’S Wind that blows across this earth, the Holy Wind of Revival, it is not by your breath or it would have failed. (Isaiah 42:8)

May 25, 2018

 

Torah Portion: The Nazarite Vow

Prophecy 82 Last Call For MY Bride

She stands there in sparkling white, Holy and undefiled. This is the Bride that I come for; she is in this world but not of this world. There is a difference between her and others who shun her holiness. Others who are not of MY Spirit, others mock her holiness, for she refuses to take part of the sins in this world. She is faithful, holy to ME, she does not compromise with sin, she does not see how far she can lean over hell before she falls in it. She wants no part of hell. She wants no part of satan, she wants no part of satan’s vices. The peace that she longs for, she only turns to ME, the Prince of Peace.

MY Bride does not have the stench of a cigarette. MY Bride does not stagger like a drunk. MY Bride does not read porn behind the doors. That is a false bride and I only accept the genuine. So I give you a choice, for the only fragrance anyone around you should smell is the fragrance of MY anointing oil, the perfume I have given you. Your garments cannot be without holiness, the garments of MY righteousness clothe you, they cannot have even a spot or a wrinkle. They cannot have any reason for this world to accuse you of sin.

Prophecy 86 Away From ME You Disobedient So Called Bride!

But those who truly belong to ME, you will have a love like you never dreamed possible for you will embrace the truths that I speak forth. For those of you who are obedient, who truly do wait and pant for MY every word…

GREAT, GREAT, GREAT, GREAT, GREAT, GREAT, GREAT, GREAT, GREAT, GREAT, GREAT! Shall their blessings be!

Oh how I LOVE YOU! How I embrace you. When you say, “Tell me the way, light the path, I will do whatever you say even if it goes against my flesh, even if it means I have to financially sacrifice, I will do it your way.” These are MY Bride. And you recognize one another for you are a family like no other family. You think with one mind and you love with one heart and MY Name is never far apart.

Each and everyone of you embrace ME with a love anew. These are MY Bride. Your desire to live Holy before ME only grows stronger each day. You say, “Speak to me my beloved, I want a glimpse of you” and I say, “I am here and I embrace you and I kiss you and I love you and I hug you and I hold you”. These are MY Bride. They are not a disobedient so-called Bride.

Those who are in unequally yoked marriages that I never yoked, it’s like it is a rope around their neck and you are being hung, but when I come to cut the rope you say, “No, no let me hang.” Away from ME you disobedient so-called Bride. You are a Bride no more. In your eyes you call yourself a Bride, in your prayers you claim to be a Bride, but I test your obedience for I know your heart. I know who you love the most.

You can try and impress others, you can pray in MY Name, oh but I know your hearts. You will weep and you will lament one day, when you find out how many of you I had to call away. And I will say, “Away from ME, you disobedient ones who call yourself MY Bride.”

MY Bride comes together and they say, “What is it that I can share? What is it that I can do for you?” They love each other with a love that is oh so true. These are MY Bride.” I have warned and I have warned again, I said, “Give up your sin.” I am not saying that you are not saved. But I am saying you are not worthy to be called MY Bride. Oh but these gathered here, oh what a love you have for one another. I sent you forth to call the European Bride and the other Nations beside.

How many care when you have a need and you put the need out? The Bride will not let you down. The Bride will be generous, they will know that your need is their need.

Torah Portion: The Difference Between Prayers and Blessings

Prophecy 120 Don’t Give Up! Don’t Quit! Sukkot Restoration Prophecy To Hebrew Translator, Messianic Jews and All Believers!

I love you! I loved you! Never, ever, ever, ever, ever forget I love you. I know EACH & EVERY tear ALL of you shed! I know EACH & EVERY time that your name is cursed on this earth, but it is not by ME.

 

For I send you Blessings!

 

I prepare a table before you IN THE PRESENCE OF YOUR enemies (Ps 23). AND I BLESS YOU!!!! And ALL of hell RAGES because they CANNOT SILENCE the VOICE of your ALMIGHTY LIVING YAHUVEH!

 

So [enemies] gnash your teeth in rage!!!! I AM not that sacrificial LAMB that is tortured anymore! That was one time! Now I AM the LION from the Tribe of JUDAH And I’M COMING TO DEVOUR MY enemies!!!!!

 

FOR I & THE FATHER ARE ONE! WE both bless and WE both curse! Deuteronomy 28, the Blessings and the Curses: The Blessings for those who OBEY! The Curses for those who DISOBEY! You walk in MY Blessings. Those that do the Will of the HEAVENLY FATHER walk in MY Blessings.

I’m testing. I already know who is worthy to escape the Great Tribulation. All of you are in a test!

Prophecy 80 Bride of YAHUSHUA Pray That I, YAHUVEH, Send Your Enemies To The Winepress of MY Wrath

As the Bride of YAHUSHUA, who is MY Esther, prays for the peace of Jerusalem, realize as you do this it is hastening everything that has been preordained. The coming of the son of satan, who is called the son of perdition, you are also hastening the Great Tribulation, as you hasten the coming of YAHUSHUA to rule and reign from Yisrael and sit in the Holy Temple. When you say, “Come YAHUSHUA, come quickly,” realize the new anointing as you speak these words forth in anointed prayer.

The Bride of YAHUSHUA has MY permission and authority to call upon I, YAHUVEH, in YAHUSHUA’s Name and ask ME to put the demons tormenting them into MY Heavenly wine press of wrath called MY meat grinder, demons that have been sent who torment you or your redeemed loved ones or the redeemed people. You have been given a mandate to intercede in prayer for deliverance.

 

Bride of YAHUSHUA, call upon ME to deliver you from the human servants of satan who seek your death and destruction. Come before MY throne boldly without sin and ask ME in YAHUSHUA ha MASHIACH’s Name, to ask ME your Abba YAHUVEH in YAHUSHUA ha MASHIACH to put these reprobate enemies of MINE and yours into MY meat grinder, the Winepress of MY Wrath. Those who dare to cast their curses, spells, hexes and do all manner of evil to try and harm destroy or kill the Bride of YAHUSHUA who are MY sealed ones. Vengeance is MINE, saith YAHUVEH. I will repay the Bride of YAHUSHUA’s enemies and grind them up in seven different ways.

 

Bride of YAHUSHUA, you are not to take vengeance when these human servants of satan harm you. Bride of YAHUSHUA, forgive your human enemies but deliver them into I, YAHUVEH’s hands. It is a fearful thing to fall into I, YAHUVEH’s hands. You are not to take vengeance but let I, YAHUVEH, take vengeance for you. I, YAHUVEH, will grind up all your reprobate enemies’ mind, body, spirit and soul. There will not be anything left but the sound of crushing bones when I, YAHUVEH, have finished with them on earth.

 

Torah Portion: Pronouncing The Blessing Today

Prophecy 120 Don’t Give Up! Don’t Quit! Sukkot Restoration Prophecy To Hebrew Translator, Messianic Jews and All Believers!

But that very TESTIMONY proves WHO I AM—for I change lives! And great, great, great, great, great, great, great are the rewards waiting for those—in Heaven—who have been willing, willing to lay their reputations down, their names down, have been willing to be persecuted for MY NAME’S sake! Great, great, great, great, great are your rewards waiting for you in Heaven.

 

Teaching

NASO /Elevate

 

 

“YAHUVEH spoke to Moses, saying,  ‘Take a census of the sons of Gershon also, by their fathers’ houses and by their clans.’”  (Numbers 4:21–22)

 

 

Last week, in Parasha Bamidbar, a census was taken of the Israelite men of draftable age.  The Levites, who were given the duty to serve in the Sanctuary in the place of Israel’s firstborn, were excluded.

 

The title of this week’s Parasha, Naso, means lift up or elevate.  It was the term used to take a head count /census of the children of Israel.  In the Hebrew it reads, “Lift up the heads” נָשֹׂא אֶת רֹאשׁ — naso et rosh.

 

This week, the headcount of the Israelites is completed with a census of the Levites who are between the ages of 30 and 50.  They are to do the work of transporting the Mishkan /Tabernacle.

 

Besides discussing the duties of the Levites, this Scripture portion also provides the law of the nazir, or Nazirite, and the Aaronic Benediction /Birkat Kohanim — ברכת כהנים, more commonly known as the Priestly Blessing.

 

 

The Nazirite Vow

 

“When a man or a woman utters a Nazirite vow… he shall abstain from new and old wine… grape-beverages, grapes and raisins …”  (Numbers 6:2–3)

 

A man or woman who vows to abstain from cutting their hair, touching a corpse, and eating grapes and grape products, including drinking wine, is called a Nazirite, or Nazir (נָזִיר) in Hebrew.

 

The word comes from the root NZR (נזר), which means to dedicate or separate oneself as in keeping oneself separate from grapes and wine.  Another word from the same root is nezer (נֵזֶר), which means crown, consecration, and separation.

 

We can see the intersection of these ideas in Numbers 6:7–8, which discusses the Nazir.  It reads, “They must not make themselves ceremonially unclean … because the symbol of their dedication [crown (nezer—נֵזֶר)] to YAH is on their head.  Throughout the period of their dedication [nezer], they are consecrated kadosh / holy to YAHUVEH.”  (Numbers 6:7–8)

 

Through this vow, the layman’s status was raised to something approaching the status of priest.

 

This level of sanctity is seen in that, like the High Priest, the Nazirite could not contaminate him or herself by coming into contact with a corpse, even one of an immediate family member.

 

As well, the Nazirite abstains from intoxicants more stringently than the priests, who abstain only during their term in the Sanctuary.  Moreover, the focus of sanctity for both the Nazirite and High Priest is their head

(compare Numbers 6:7 to Exodus 29:7 and Leviticus 21:10).

 

 

Although most people are not to stay separate or aloof from society but, rather, to bring holiness into the world in which we live, Nazirites are allowed to do so.

 

Amos underlines the holiness of the Nazirites, connecting them to prophets:  “I set up prophets from your sons and Nazirites from your young men.”  (Amos 2:11)

 

In the Messianic Era, there will be no need for separation from worldly matters since they will no longer negatively impact us.  Instead, since all will abound in peace and beauty, our single-minded focus will be to know YAHUVEH — to love, serve, and worship Him forever.  This will fulfill the holiness of the Nazirite vow.

 

Jewish People pray for the coming of that Messianic era and YAH’s salvation in Hebrew, YAHUSHUA — יהושוע every day.  They say in their daily prayers, “Every day and all day long we hope for Your salvation”; or in the version of the Thirteen Principles of the Faith, they pray: “I await his coming every day.”

 

The Birkat Kohanim: Priestly Blessing

 

In this Parasha, YAH commands the Kohanim Jewish High Priests / descendants of Aaron, brother of Moses to impart a blessing (Numbers 6:24–26) called the Birkat Kohanim to the people of Israel through the following three-part benediction:

 

YAHUVEH bless you and guard you.

YAHUVEH make HIS face shed light upon you and be gracious unto you.

YAHUVEH lift up HIS face unto you and give you peace.

 

To impart this blessing, the priests lift their hands with palms outstretched and facing downwards.

 

While the Sephardic communities today simply raise their hands above their heads and separate their fingers with their arms outstretched,

 

compares this stance with a passage in the Song of Songs, which suggests that YAH’s SHIKHINYAH stands behind the Kohanim who bless the people:

 

“… therefore the priests spread their palms, to say that the Holy One stands behind us.  And so it is written: ‘There He stands behind our wall, gazing through the window, peering through the lattice.’  (Song of Songs 2:9)  ‘Gazing through the window’ — through the fingers of the priests; ‘peering through the lattice’ — when they spread their palms, therefore it says ‘Thus shall you bless them.’”

 

 

 

The Difference Between Prayers and Blessings

 

“The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”  (James 5:16)

 

A Distinction Between Blessing and Prayer.

 

The blessing of a tzadik /righteous man imparts to us whatever YAH as intended for our life.

 

For example, when Jacob blessed his grandchildren, Menasheh and Ephraim, Jacob crossed his hands to give the greater blessing to Ephraim rather than Menasheh.  This was not his personal decision; he was being guided by YAH to give the blessing HE intended for these particular tribes.

 

Prayer, however, can also change circumstances for the better.

 

It can cause a sick person to recover, a single person to find their bashert (chosen match), and a person plagued by poverty to have their needs met.

 

The Birkat Kohanim, however, acts as both a blessing and a prayer.  The Kohanim bless us with YAH’s peace, protection, favor, and grace; but as a prayer, it can also change our circumstances for the better.

 

 

Pronouncing the Blessing Today

 

“And HE took the children in HIS arms, placed HIS hands on them and blessed them.”  (Mark 10:16)

 

Because their lineage has been preserved over thousands of years, the Kohanim still stand up to bless the people in synagogues and Jewish communities all over the world.

 

In Israel, the Western Wall Plaza is packed with people who come at special festival times to receive the Aaronic Benediction from the Kohanim in Jerusalem.

 

Although the blessing comes through the raised hands of the Kohanim, YAH makes it clear that it is HIS blessing being transmitted through the Priests as His chosen vessels.

 

YAH said, “So they shall put MY name on the children of Israel, and I will bless them.”  (Numbers 6:27)

 

Not only did YAH place His name on the hands of the Kohanim, HE also engraved the names of the children of Israel on the palms of HIS hands (Isaiah 49:16).

 

 

This blessing continues to be recited today in Jewish families.

 

In the Brit Chadashah /New Covenant, we see that blessings are also imparted through hands.  Believers in YAHUSHUA also have the power to bless and even heal by the laying on of hands.

 

“They will be able to handle snakes with safety, and if they drink anything poisonous, it won’t hurt them.  They will be able to place their hands on the sick, and they will be healed.”  (Mark 16:18)

 

Many Messianic congregations pronounce the Birkat Kohanim, blessing those assembled in their services.

 

Ultimately, the Birkat Kohanim is about experiencing intimacy with YAHUVEH.  May our lives be a living testimony of this intimacy — of a people with holy hands and sanctified hearts and heads who carry with them the Presence of YAHUVEH of Israel.

 

 

“YAHUVEH their GOD will save HIS people on that day as a shepherd saves HIS flock.  They will sparkle in HIS land like jewels in a crown.”  (Zechariah 9:16)

 

 

 

 

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