Shelach Lecha /Send Forth
Welcome to Parasha Shelach – Send Forth, this week’s Torah portion.
13 YAHUVEH said to Moshe, 2 “Send men on your behalf to reconnoiter the land of Kena‘an, which I am giving to the people of Isra’el. From each ancestral tribe send someone who is a leader in his tribe.” 3 Moshe dispatched them from the Pa’ran Desert as YAHUVEH had ordered; all of them were leading men among the people of Isra’el. 4 Here are their names:
from the tribe of Re’uven, Shamua the son of Zakur;
from the tribe of Shim‘on, Shafat the son of Hori;
from the tribe of Y’hudah, Kalev the son of Y’funeh;
from the tribe of Yissakhar, Yig’al the son of Yosef;
from the tribe of Efrayim, Hoshea the son of Nun;
from the tribe of Binyamin, Palti the son of Rafu;
from the tribe of Z’vulun, Gadi’el the son of Sodi;
from the tribe of Yosef, that is, from the tribe of M’nasheh, Gadi the son of Susi;
from the tribe of Dan, ‘Ammi’el the son of G’malli;
from the tribe of Asher, S’tur the son of Mikha’el;
from the tribe of Naftali, Nachbi the son of Vofsi; and
from the tribe of Gad, Ge’u’el the son of Makhi.
16 These are the names of the men Moshe sent out to reconnoiter the land. Moshe gave to Hoshea the son of Nun the name Y’hoshua.
17 Moshe sent them to reconnoiter the land of Kena‘an, instructing them, “Go on up to the Negev and into the hills, 18 and see what the land is like. Notice the people living there, whether they are strong or weak, few or many; 19 and what kind of country they live in, whether it is good or bad; and what kind of cities they live in, open or fortified. 20 See whether the land is fertile or unproductive and whether there is wood in it or not. Finally, be bold enough to bring back some of the fruit of the land.”
When they left it was the season for the first grapes to ripen. (ii) 21 They went up and reconnoitered the land from the Tzin Desert to Rechov near the entrance to Hamat. 22 They went up into the Negev and arrived at Hevron; Achiman, Sheshai and Talmai, the ‘Anakim, lived there. (Hevron was built seven years before Tzo‘an in Egypt.) 23 They came to the Eshkol Valley; and there they cut off a branch bearing one cluster of grapes, which they carried on a pole between two of them; they also took pomegranates and figs. 24 That place was called the Valley of Eshkol [cluster], because of the cluster which the people of Isra’el cut down there.
25 Forty days later, they returned from reconnoitering the land 26 and went to Moshe, Aharon and the entire community of the people of Isra’el at Kadesh in the Pa’ran Desert, where they brought back word to them and to the entire community and showed them the fruit of the land. 27 What they told him was this: “We entered the land where you sent us, and indeed it does flow with milk and honey — here is its fruit! 28 However the people living in the land are fierce, and the cities are fortified and very large. Moreover, we saw the ‘Anakim there. 29 ‘Amalek lives in the area of the Negev; the Hitti, the Y’vusi and the Emori live in the hills; and the Kena‘ani live by the sea and alongside the Yarden.”
30 Kalev silenced the people around Moshe and said, “We ought to go up immediately and take possession of it; there is no question that we can conquer it.” 31 But the men who had gone with him said, “We can’t attack those people, because they are stronger than we are”; 32 and they spread a negative report about the land they had reconnoitered for the people of Isra’el by saying, “The land we passed through in order to spy it out is a land that devours its inhabitants. All the people we saw there were giant! 33 We saw the N’filim, the descendants of ‘Anak, who was from the N’filim; to ourselves we looked like grasshoppers by comparison, and we looked that way to them too!”
14 At this all the people of Isra’el cried out in dismay and wept all night long. 2 Moreover, all the people of Isra’el began grumbling against Moshe and Aharon; the whole community told them, “We wish we had died in the land of Egypt! or that we had died here in the desert! 3 Why is YAHUVEH bringing us to this land, where we will die by the sword? Our wives and our little ones will be taken as booty! Wouldn’t it be better for us to return to Egypt?” 4 And they said to each other, “Let’s appoint a leader and return to Egypt!”
5 Moshe and Aharon fell on their faces before the entire assembled community of the people of Isra’el. 6 Y’hoshua the son of Nun and Kalev the son of Y’funeh, from the detachment that had reconnoitered the land, tore their clothes 7 and said to the whole community of Isra’el, “The land we passed through in order to spy it out is an outstandingly good land! (iii) 8 If YAHUVEH is pleased with us, then he will bring us into this land and give it to us — a land flowing with milk and honey. 9 Just don’t rebel against YAHUVEH. And don’t be afraid of the people living in the land — we’ll eat them up! Their defense has been taken away from them, and YAHUVEH is with us! Don’t be afraid of them!”
10 But just as the whole community were saying they should be stoned to death, the glory of YAHUVEH appeared in the tent of meeting to all the people of Isra’el. 11 YAHUVEH said to Moshe, “How much longer is this people going to treat me with contempt? How much longer will they not trust me, especially considering all the signs I have performed among them? 12 I am going to strike them with sickness, destroy them and make from you a nation greater and stronger than they are!”
13 However, Moshe replied to YAHUVEH, “When the Egyptians hear about this — [and they will,] because it was from among them that you, by your strength, brought this people up — 14 they will tell the people living in this land. They have heard that you, YAHUVEH, are with this people; that you, YAHUVEH, are seen face to face; that your cloud stands over them; that you go ahead of them in a column of cloud by day and a column of fire by night. 15 If you kill off this people at a single stroke, then the nations that have heard of your reputation will say 16 that the reason YAHUVEH slaughtered this people in the desert is that he wasn’t able to bring them into the land which he swore to give them. 17 So now, please, let YAHUVEH’s power be as great as when you said, 18 ‘YAHUVEH is slow to anger, rich in grace, forgiving offenses and crimes; yet not exonerating the guilty, but causing the negative effects of the parents’ offenses to be experienced by their children and even by the third and fourth generations.’ 19 Please! Forgive the offense of this people according to the greatness of your grace, just as you have borne with this people from Egypt until now.”
20 YAHUVEH answered, “I have forgiven, as you have asked. 21 But as sure as I live, and that the whole earth is filled with the glory of YAHUVEH, 22 none of the people who saw my glory and the signs I did in Egypt and in the desert, yet tested me these ten times and did not listen to my voice, 23 will see the land I swore to their ancestors! None of those who treated me with contempt will see it. 24 But my servant Kalev, because he had a different Spirit with him and has fully followed me — him I will bring into the land he entered, and it will belong to his descendants.
25 “Now, since the ‘Amaleki and the Kena‘ani are living in the valley, tomorrow turn around and get yourselves into the desert along the way to the Sea of Suf.”
(iv) 26 YAHUVEH said to Moshe and Aharon, 27 “How long am I to put up with this evil community who keep grumbling about me? I have heard the complaints of the people of Isra’el, which they continue to raise against me. 28 Tell them this: ‘As surely as I live, YAHUVEH swears, as surely as you have spoken in my ears, I will do this to you: 29 your carcasses will fall in this desert! Every single one of you who were included in the census over the age of twenty, you who have complained against me, 30 will certainly not enter the land about which I raised my hand to swear that I would have you live in it — except for Kalev the son of Y’funeh and Y’hoshua the son of Nun. 31 But your little ones, who you said would be taken as booty — them I will bring in. They will know the land you have rejected. 32 But you, your carcasses will fall in this desert; 33 and your children will wander about in the desert for forty years bearing the consequences of your prostitutions until the desert eats up your carcasses. 34 It will be a year for every day you spent reconnoitering the land that you will bear the consequences of your offenses — forty days, forty years. Then you will know what it means to oppose me! 35 I, YAHUVEH, have spoken.’ I will certainly do this to this whole evil community who have assembled together against me — they will be destroyed in this desert and die there.”
36 The men whom Moshe had sent to reconnoiter the land and who, when they returned, made the entire community complain against him by giving an unfavorable report about the land — 37 those men who gave the unfavorable report about the land died by the plague in the presence of YAHUVEH. 38 Of the men who went to reconnoiter the land, only Y’hoshua the son of Nun and Kalev the son of Y’funeh remained alive.
39 When Moshe told these things to all the people of Isra’el, the people felt great remorse. 40 They arose early the next morning, came up to the top of the mountain and said, “Here we are, and we did sin, but now we’ll go up to the place YAHUVEH promised.” 41 Moshe answered, “Why are you opposing what YAHUVEH said? You won’t succeed! 42 Don’t go up there, because YAHUVEH isn’t with you. If you do, your enemies will defeat you. 43 The ‘Amalekim and the Kena‘anim are there ahead of you, and you will be struck down by the sword. The reason will be that you have turned away from following YAHUVEH, so that YAHUVEH won’t be with you.”
44 But they were presumptuous and went on up toward the high parts of the hill-country, even though the ark for the covenant of YAHUVEH — and Moshe — stayed in the camp. 45 So the ‘Amalekim and the Kena‘anim living in that hill-country descended, struck them down and beat them back all the way to Hormah.
15 YAHUVEH said to Moshe, 2 “Tell the people of Isra’el, ‘When you have come into the land where you are going to live, which I am giving to you, 3 and want to make an offering by fire to YAHUVEH — a burnt offering or sacrifice to fulfill a special vow, or to be a voluntary offering, or at your designated times, to make a fragrant aroma for YAHUVEH — then, whether it is comes from the herd or from the flock, 4 the person bringing the offering is to present YAHUVEH with a grain offering consisting of two quarts of fine flour mixed with one quart of olive oil, 5 and one quart of wine for the drink offering. This is what you are to prepare with the burnt offering or for each lamb sacrificed.
6 “‘For a ram, prepare one gallon of fine flour mixed with one-and-one-third quarts of olive oil; 7 while for the drink offering, you are to present one-and-one-third quarts of wine as a fragrant aroma for YAHUVEH.
(v) 8 “‘When you prepare a bull as a burnt offering, as a sacrifice to fulfill a special vow or as peace offerings for YAHUVEH, 9 there is to be presented with the bull a grain offering of one-and-a-half gallons of fine flour mixed with two quarts of olive oil. 10 For the drink offering, present two quarts of wine for an offering made by fire, a fragant aroma for YAHUVEH.
11 “‘Do it this way for each bull, ram, male lamb or kid. 12 For as many animals as you prepare, do this for each one, regardless of how many animals there are.
13 “‘Every citizen is to do these things in this way when presenting an offering made by fire as a fragrant aroma for YAHUVEH. 14 If a foreigner stays with you — or whoever may be with you, through all your generations — and he wants to bring an offering made by fire as a fragrant aroma for YAHUVEH, he is to do the same as you. 15 For this community there will be the same law for you as for the foreigner living with you; this is a permanent regulation through all your generations; the foreigner is to be treated the same way before YAHUVEH as yourselves. 16 The same Torah and standard of judgment will apply to both you and the foreigner living with you.’”
(vi) 17 YAHUVEH said to Moshe, 18 “Speak to the people of Isra’el; tell them, ‘When you enter the land where I am bringing you 19 and eat bread produced in the land, you are to set aside a portion as a gift for YAHUVEH. 20 Set aside from your first dough a cake as a gift; set it aside as you would set aside a portion of the grain from the threshing-floor. 21 From your first dough you will give YAHUVEH a portion as a gift through all your generations.
22 “‘If by mistake you fail to observe all these mitzvot that YAHUVEH has spoken to Moshe, 23 yes, everything that YAHUVEH has ordered you to do through Moshe, from the day YAHUVEH gave the order and onward through all your generations, 24 then, if it was done by mistake by the community and was not known to them, the whole community is to offer one young bull for a burnt offering as a fragrant aroma to YAHUVEH, with its grain and drink offerings, in keeping with the rule, and one male goat as a sin offering. 25 The cohen is to make atonement for the whole community of the people of Isra’el; and they will be forgiven; because it was a mistake; and they have brought their offering, an offering made by fire, to YAHUVEH, and their sin offering before YAHUVEH for their mistake. 26 The whole community of the people of Isra’el will be forgiven, likewise the foreigner staying with them; because for all the people it was a mistake.
(vii) 27 “‘If an individual sins by mistake, he is to offer a female goat in its first year as a sin offering. 28 The cohen will make atonement before YAHUVEH for the person who makes a mistake by sinning inadvertently; he will make atonement for him, and he will be forgiven — 29 no matter whether he is a citizen of Isra’el or a foreigner living with them. You are to have one law for whoever it is that does something wrong by mistake.
30 “‘But an individual who does something wrong intentionally, whether a citizen or a foreigner, is blaspheming YAHUVEH. That person will be cut off from his people. 31 Because he has had contempt for the word of YAHUVEH and has disobeyed his command, that person will be cut off completely; his offense will remain with him.’”
32 While the people of Isra’el were in the desert, they found a man gathering wood on Shabbat. 33 Those who found him gathering wood brought him to Moshe, Aharon and the whole congregation. 34 They kept him in custody, because it had not yet been decided what to do to him. 35 Then YAHUVEH said to Moshe, “This man must be put to death; the entire community is to stone him to death outside the camp.” 36 So the whole community brought him outside the camp and threw stones at him until he died, as YAHUVEH had ordered Moshe.
(Maftir) 37 YAHUVEH said to Moshe, 38 “Speak to the people of Isra’el, instructing them to make, through all their generations, tzitziyot on the corners of their garments, and to put with the tzitzit on each corner a blue thread. 39 It is to be a tzitzit for you to look at and thereby remember all of YAHUVEH’s mitzvot and obey them, so that you won’t go around wherever your own heart and eyes lead you to prostitute yourselves; 40 but it will help you remember and obey all my mitzvot and be holy for your ELOHIM. 41 I am YAHUVEH your ELOHIM, who brought you out of the land of Egypt in order to be your ELOHIM. I am YAHUVEH your ELOHIM.”
2 Y’hoshua the son of Nun secretly sent two spies from Sheetim with these instructions: “Go, inspect the land and Yericho.” They left and came to the house of a prostitute named Rachav, where they spent the night. 2 The king of Yericho was told about it — “Tonight some men from Isra’el came here to reconnoiter the land.”
3 The king of Yericho sent a message to Rachav, “Bring out the men who came to you and are staying in your house, because they have come to reconnoiter all the land.” 4 However, the woman, after taking the two men and hiding them, replied, “Yes, the men did come to me; but I didn’t know where they had come from. 5 The men left around the time when they shut the gate, when it was dark. Where they went I don’t know; but if you chase after them quickly, you will overtake them.” 6 Actually she had brought them up to the roof and hidden them under some stalks of flax she had spread out there. 7 The men pursued them all the way to the fords at the Yarden; as soon as the pursuit party had left, the gate was shut.
8 The two men had not yet lain down when she returned to the roof 9 and said to them, “I know that YAHUVEH has given you the land. Fear of you has fallen on us; everyone in the land is terrified at the thought of you. 10 We’ve heard how YAHUVEH dried up the water in the Sea of Suf ahead of you, when you left Egypt; and what you did to the two kings of the Emori on the other side of the Yarden, Sichon and ‘Og, that you completely destroyed them. 11 As soon as we heard it, our hearts failed us. Because of you, everyone is in a state of depression. For YAHUVEH your ELOHIM — he is ELOHIM in heaven above and on the earth below. 12 So, please, swear to me by YAHUVEH that, since I have been kind to you, you will also be kind to my father’s family. Give me some evidence of your good faith, 13 that you will spare the lives of my father, mother, brothers and sisters and all who are theirs, so that we won’t be killed.” 14 The men replied to her, “Our lives are certainly worth yours, provided you don’t betray our mission. So when YAHUVEH gives us the land, we will treat you kindly and in good faith.”
15 Then she lowered them by a rope through the window; since her house abutted the city wall, indeed was actually built into it. 16 She told them, “Head for the hills, so that the pursuit party won’t get their hands on you; and hide yourselves there for three days, until the pursuers have returned. After that, you can go on your way.” 17 The men said to her, “We will not be guilty of violating the oath you made us swear, provided that 18 when we enter the land, you tie this piece of scarlet cord in the window you let us down from; and you gather together in your house your father, mother, brothers, and your father’s entire household. 19 If anyone goes out the doors of your house into the street, he will be responsible for his own blood, and we will be guiltless. But everyone who stays with you in the house — we will be responsible for his blood if anyone lays a hand on him. 20 However, if you say a word about this business of ours, then we will be free of your oath that you made us swear.” 21 “According to your words, so be it,” she said, and sent them away. As they departed, she tied the scarlet cord in the window.
22 They left, arrived in the hills, and stayed there three days, until the pursuers had returned. The pursuers had searched for them all the way but hadn’t found them. 23 Then the two men returned. Descending from the hills they crossed over and came to Y’hoshua the son of Nun, and reported everything that had happened to them. 24 “Truly YAHUVEH has handed over all the land to us,” they told Y’hoshua. “Everyone in the land is terrified that we’re coming.”
4 Then what should we say Avraham, our forefather, obtained by his own efforts? 2 For if Avraham came to be considered righteous by ELOHIM because of legalistic observances, then he has something to boast about. But this is not how it is before ELOHIM! 3 For what does the Tanakh say? “Avraham put his trust in ELOHIM, and it was credited to his account as righteousness.” 4 Now the account of someone who is working is credited not on the ground of grace but on the ground of what is owed him. 5 However, in the case of one who is not working but rather is trusting in him who makes ungodly people righteous, his trust is credited to him as righteousness.
6 In the same way, the blessing which David pronounces is on those whom ELOHIM credits with righteousness apart from legalistic observances:
7 “Blessed are those whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered over; 8 Blessed is the man whose sin YAHUVEH will not reckon against his account.”
9 Now is this blessing for the circumcised only? Or is it also for the uncircumcised? For we say that Avraham’s trust was credited to his account as righteousness; 10 but what state was he in when it was so credited — circumcision or uncircumcision? Not in circumcision, but in uncircumcision! 11 In fact, he received circumcision as a sign, as a seal of the righteousness he had been credited with on the ground of the trust he had while he was still uncircumcised. This happened so that he could be the father of every uncircumcised person who trusts and thus has righteousness credited to him, 12 and at the same time be the father of every circumcised person who not only has had a b’rit-milah, but also follows in the footsteps of the trust which Avraham avinu had when he was still uncircumcised.
13 For the promise to Avraham and his seed that he would inherit the world did not come through legalism but through the righteousness that trust produces. 14 For if the heirs are produced by legalism, then trust is pointless and the promise worthless. 15 For what law brings is punishment. But where there is no law, there is also no violation.
16 The reason the promise is based on trusting is so that it may come as ELOHIM’s free gift, a promise that can be relied on by all the seed, not only those who live within the framework of the Torah, but also those with the kind of trust Avraham had — Avraham avinu for all of us. 17 This accords with the Tanakh, where it says, “I have appointed you to be a father to many nations.” Avraham is our father in ELOHIM’s sight because he trusted ELOHIM as the one who gives life to the dead and calls nonexistent things into existence. 18 For he was past hope, yet in hope he trusted that he would indeed become a father to many nations, in keeping with what he had been told, “So many will your seed be.” 19 His trust did not waver when he considered his own body — which was as good as dead, since he was about a hundred years old — or when he considered that Sarah’s womb was dead too. 20 He did not by lack of trust decide against ELOHIM’s promises. On the contrary, by trust he was given power as he gave glory to ELOHIM, 21 for he was fully convinced that what ELOHIM had promised he could also accomplish. 22 This is why it was credited to his account as righteousness.
23 But the words, “it was credited to his account . . . ,” were not written for him only. 24 They were written also for us, who will certainly have our account credited too, because we have trusted in him who raised YAHUSHUA our Lord from the dead — 25 YAHUSHUA, who was delivered over to death because of our offences and raised to life in order to make us righteous.
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)
June 8, 2018
Torah Portion: The Promised Land Is Bountiful
Prophecy 7 Hold On Tight To The Hem Of My Garment!
For I have promised you MY Children, bread and not the crumbs of this world. For you see judgment has come to the house of YAHUVEH and it’s not as easy as touching MY hem, or knocking softly for your answers, you better be prepared it may take wrestling for your blessing, like Jacob. But it only proves your faith and makes it stronger, which is needed in these end times. So keep on saying no more crumbs. You will not be denied. For you’re the Blood bought Bride of YAHUSHUA ha MASHIACH.
I will answer and deliver you. I do not lie. For you are promised not the crumbs of this world, but the bread of life, the children’s bread of healing, deliverance, prosperity, life abundantly and full of glory. For YAHUSHUA is your Bread of Life and I want to see if you will still praise ME, and hang on to your faith though I don’t answer right away. I am not always a microwave God.
Yes, I know about microwaves, who do you think gave you the invention? You have scripture to stand on, read Matthew 15: 22-28 about a Canaanite woman’s faith. She was worshipping YAHUSHUA, yet he ignored her, let the disciples rebuke her, call her a dog, said the blessing was for another not her. You say, “Why YAHUSHUA, why would you have done all this?” Because in these last days, all of this will happen to MY most faithful followers, those that worship ME, this will be done by others in MY Name.
You will be insulted, rejected, persecuted, yet if you continue to hold on to your faith, though I don’t rescue right away, then like this Canaanite woman you will be rewarded. For I will see how great your faith is. For in these end-times I am preparing MY body in this way, when I come again how many will have hung on to their faith? How many will turn away when they call out in prayer for a need and I don’t answer right away?
You must tell them to be willing to wrestle with ME for their blessing like Jacob did. For I desire to bless. I only want to test and see how badly you want this blessing. Will you still worship ME when I don’t answer right away? It’s not MY chastisement that is causing this, for the woman fell and worshipped at MY feet. You are worshipping at MY feet. But judgment has started at the house of YAHUVEH and one of the things I am testing is how strong is your faith?
How loyal and how much will you rely on ME? Like the Canaanite woman, your faith and loyalty will be rewarded for you shall see what you desire, and even more exceedingly and more abundantly will I shower down MY blessings like a river overflowing. You will have so much joy. And I will bless you so much. You will be forced to give unto others. Hold on tight to the hem of MY garment. Don’t let go. Keep knocking till the door opens to your blessings you have asked for. I will answer eventually. Lean not unto thy own understanding but in all thy ways acknowledge ME and I shall direct your paths.
Remember the trials of your faith are more precious than gold. Keep your eyes on your Savior and not on the turbulence of the sea or the waves will drown you. But I am here to save you. For I am your Savior and redeemer am I not? I will not fail you nor forsake you. I know how much pressure to put on the clay before it breaks, how much fire to allow you to go through before you get consumed. The waves of despair will not drown you. For I am here to rescue and deliver not only your soul, but mind, body and Spirit. Trust ME and ye shall see it come to pass. Then remember who delivered you ’twas no man or woman, but your God who created you.
Prophecy 52 I, YAHUVEH, Will Deliver You Once Again
They plant doubts in your minds if I, YAHUVEH, will rescue MY Children. They warn that all must be prepared to be attacked, everyone will die or will suffer heavy casualties, without I, YAHUVEH, and YAHUSHUA ha MASHIACH on your side, this is true. What the newscasters and many politicians, and the soothsayers forget is that I, YAHUVEH, have not forsaken MY Children. How will that bring ME Glory? Yes, MY Children will one day join ME in Heaven, this is true, but if I had not wanted to provide for a way of escape, why would I say so in MY Scriptures? MY Word will not return back to ME void, it will accomplish that which I purposed. I am YAHUVEH and I have changed not.
What I, YAHUVEH, did for Israel in the time of Moses; I shall do it again. What I did for Lot; I, YAHUVEH, shall do it again. What I did for Joseph and Mary; I, YAHUVEH, will do it again. What I did for Noah; I, YAHUVEH, will do it again. What I did for the three Hebrew children; I, YAHUVEH, will do it again. What I did for Elijah of old; I, YAHUVEH, will do it again. What I did for Enoch; I, YAHUVEH, will do it again. What I did for Elisha; I, YAHUVEH, will do it again. The gallows that Haman build; I, YAHUVEH, will hang them on it. I have an Esther and just as in the times of old, I, YAHUVEH, will deliver MY People again. I have a King David and shall use music and praises to defeat the enemies as Psalms are once again lifted up to ME in faith that I, YAHUVEH, will deliver again.
Show ME in your Scriptures where I did not deliver MY People that followed MY commands and loved and put I, YAHUVEH, first in their lives? I, YAHUVEH, will deliver MY Children from the snare of the fowler. All you have to do is pray and have faith and believe that I am greater than all these fearful things that try to come upon MY Children! I, YAHUVEH, will answer your prayers when you call to ME in the sacred Name of YAHUSHUA ha MASHIACH.
Torah Portion: Ten Spies Inspire Fear Rather Than Faith
Prophecy 52 I, YAHUVEH, Will Deliver You Again
Dearest Beloved Children of MINE, how many of you cry out to ME with wails and tears and try and hide your fears from the world and your friends, yet confide in your Daddy YAHUVEH and MESSIAH YAHUSHUA. You come to us with tear stained faces in the Name of MY Son YAHUSHUA saying, “What do we do now? Where do we go?” Darlings of MINE, oh I am not angry with you at this time, it is the evil ones that I am livid with anger. I see the evil one’s plots and schemes, and it is just like in the time of old with the serpent in the Garden of Eden, seeking to beguile you, and make you think that you cannot win without worldly knowledge. Your Father I, YAHUVEH, is all knowledge and when you seek I, YAHUVEH, and YAHUSHUA and the RUACH ha KODESH you are seeking truth, and knowledge.
Be assured, as long as you are seeking, you will find the answers when the time comes. If you do not know what to do, then be assured, it is not yet the time for you to know where to go, nor what to do. I, YAHUVEH, will not give you the ticket to ride until it is the time to leave. I, YAHUVEH, am never too early or too late, but I am always there right on time. Not a second to spare at times. But I, YAHUVEH, will never leave you, nor forsake you. I, YAHUVEH, am the Creator of all mankind. You need not fear what the evil ones will do, for I, YAHUVEH, am using the simple things, like your prayers, to confound the so-called, wise of this world.
I, YAHUVEH, am even able to change your DNA. Did you know that? Yes, if I so choose. I, YAHUVEH, can even change the color of your skin and your eyes. Marvel not. I, YAHUVEH, am the Creator remember? I, YAHUVEH, am able to make you invisible if I, YAHUVEH, so choose. You have no idea what standard I shall raise up against the evil ones. The very bondages, diseases, and plagues that the evil ones, who are called satan’s children, seek to loose upon you, shall confound them. Multitudes of MY Children will not be harmed. Instead, the evil one’s own families shall come down with the diseases and the plagues, and they will have no answer as to the reason why. All they will have to admit is that I, YAHUVEH, did it.
The evil ones seek to take your confidence, faith, trust, truth, privacy, freedoms, happiness, joy unspeakable and full of glory, and your finances, away from you. This is easy for them to do if you listen to the spirit of fear, and all the bad reports on the news. More than you listen; read the good reports, they are all written in the Scriptures. At least MY Children get in balance. How can you hope to defeat fear when all you’re doing is feeding the fear frenzy?
MY hidden ones have the knowledge, and a way around every weapon of the enemy that seeks MY children’s destruction, and this world’s destruction. Lean not on to your own understanding, but in all thy ways acknowledge I, YAHUVEH and I, YAHUVEH, shall direct thy paths. Your own understanding will cause you to fear the unknown. I, YAHUVEH, do not sleep. I, YAHUVEH, will not slumber. MY eyes are on the nations where MY People cry out to ME in prayer to save them. Listen not to the doom and gloom soothsayers. They speak and write that I, YAHUVEH, will not provide a place of escape for MY beloved ones that are following YAHUSHUA ha MASHIACH and are doing their best to obey MY laws. Why do MY Children seek to obey I, YAHUVEH? Because they love their Heavenly Father.
Torah Portion: Moses Intercedes For The People
Prophecy 127 Red Sea Crossing For Amightywind Ministries: Elisheva Eliyahu’s Exodus and Ezra Arises As Apostle
Now I bond you together with Ezra. This is your spiritual father. This is the leader you can trust. He didn’t ask for this. But I told him there would be surprises. And I join the Ministry together [i.e. one Ministry, Ezra & Elisheva are already one spirit].
You’re going to see miracles happen. For this man is anointed for miracles. Even though I blot the name of ‘Nikomia’ out—that was just a spiritual name—but this is [the] man, I call “Caleb.” He is YAH’S Helper. And he is anointed when he prays, and when he lifts that Rod to chase the enemies away. As him and Elisheva have already proven when they put their hands on that Rod, they have the attention of Heaven. And miracles shall come forth so as today, they cross the Red Sea—is as today, she tells Paul, “You no longer frighten me!”
This is why I told Elisheva to put Ezra’s face on the front page! There’s a new Anointing! There’s a new cleansing! She’s no longer yoked to the reprobate! Shout today for victory! I AM blessing thee in a new way with a new beginning, and giving you the desire of your heart to have that spiritual father. He will laugh with you. He is not untouchable!
You hear me Ezra? You are not to be untouchable. I gave you that joy and that sense of humor where in the times of past, you feared what others would say. For as Elisheva has been an example to you, the ones who love her will always respect her. And I give the same blessing to you.
Remember Ezra, they’re just but babes. Go gently with the new teachings that you have. And if you and Elisheva have doctrinal differences, remember I ABBA YAHUVEH, will always have the last Word. And you know MY Voice and that’s why MY Ezra is a man after MY Own Heart! It’s Prophecies—so many private Prophecies, lead and direct the footsteps you take together in unison.
And Ezra you only pray for her to go forward, to push her to be the best—in all ways—you only encourage where she was discouraged. You pray life where the other prayed death. You pray victory where the other prayed defeat. You will never allow her to give up. You will even guard the words she says [reminding her]: “No negativity Elisheva!” You will be patient with this woman who’s only known abuse. You will be patient with the love that I have given you.
You will be patient with “YAHUSHUA’S demon stompers.” You will remember they need the love of a spiritual father.
This is the blessing that I give you this day! As you cross the Red Sea! This is the Passover I give you this day! As you cross the Red Sea! But she doesn’t cross it alone! I raise up “YAHUSHUA’S demon stompers.” And I raise up the one—that holds that Rod—that has an Anointing as unto Moses.
Parasha Shelach Lecha /Send Forth
“Then YAHUVEH spoke to Moses saying, ‘Send out for yourself (shelach lecha שְׁלַח-לְך) men so that they may spy out the land of Canaan, which I am going to give to the sons of Israel; you shall send a man from each of their fathers’ tribes, every one a leader among them.’” (Numbers 13:1–2)
Last week in Parasha Behaalotecha, YAH commanded Aaron to light the lamps of the Menorah, and the tribe of Levi was initiated into the service of the Sanctuary.
This week’s Parasha Scripture portion describes how YAH tests the Israelites by sending out 12 meraglim /spies to check out the situation in the Promised Land as YAH had commanded them before going in to take possession of it.
The Promised Land Is Bountiful
“‘Be of good courage. And bring some of the fruit of the land.’ Now the time was the season of the first ripe grapes.” (Numbers 13:20)
YAHUVEH instructed Moses to send one chieftain from each of the 12 tribes of Israel to scout out the land of Canaan. Among the spies were Caleb, son of Yephunneh from the Tribe of Judah and Hosea (Hoshea), son of Nun from the Tribe of Ephraim. Later, Moses changed Hosea’s name to Joshua.
When Moses sent out the spies, it was the season of the first ripe grapes. They were to go in with courage and bring back a sample of the fruit of the Land. They were also to assess the characteristics of the inhabitants, the fortification of the cities, and the existence of any trees.
After 40 days, they returned with a cluster of grapes from the Valley of Eshkol (cluster), which was so bountiful that they had to tie the cluster to a pole and carry it on their shoulders. Here in Israel, the grapes will begin to ripen around mid-July in the heat of summer. So it is likely that the spies went into the Promised Land around the end of July.
The spies also brought back pomegranates and figs. These fruits grow in abundance today in the Land of Israel — a miracle since this land lay barren and lifeless for about 2,000 years.
The fact that the Land of Israel is fruitful again is evidence of YAHUVEH’s great mercy and grace, as well as His faithfulness to His covenant promises.
The Number 40
Why were the spies scouting the land of Canaan for 40 days? Why not 30 or 7?
The number 40 is significant in the Bible as it is the number of testing, preparation and leadership, as well as the harbinger of something new.
We see this pattern many times in the Scriptures:
- In a dramatic new beginning, rain fell for 40 days and nights during the Flood before the waters stopped and the world was repopulated. (Genesis 7:4)
- Moses lived in Egypt for 40 years, was prepared for leadership in Midian for 40 years, and finally led the children of Israel in the wilderness for 40 years as a new nation.
- Moses fasted on Mount Sinai for 40 days and nights before he went down the mountain with the Ten Commandments.
“Moses was there with YAHUVEH forty days and forty nights without eating bread or drinking water. And he wrote on the tablets the words of the covenant — the Ten Commandments.” (Exodus 34:28)
- Goliath challenged the Israelites twice a day for 40 days before David defeated him, which began a great following by the people. (1 Samuel 17:16)
- YAHUSHUA was tested by the devil in the wilderness for 40 days before He began His public ministry.
“Then YAHUSHUA was led up by the RUACH/SPIRIT into the wilderness to be trialed by the devil. And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward HE was hungry. Now when the tempter came to HIM, he said, ‘If YOU are the SON of GOD, command that these stones become bread.’” (Matthew 4:1–3)
- The period from the resurrection of YAHUSHUA to HIS ascension was 40 days, a period of preparing the disciples for the work that lay ahead. (Acts 1:3)
10 Spies Inspire Fear Rather Than Faith
“There we saw the Nephilim (the sons of Anak, who come from the Nephilim), and we seemed to ourselves like grasshoppers, and so we seemed to them.” (Numbers 13:33)
After 40 days, all 12 spies essentially testified to the entire Israelite community and Moses that the land “does flow with milk and honey!” just as YAHUVEH had promised. (Numbers 13:27)
Despite that, they also saw that the cities were fortified and that giants lived in the Land.
Rather than focusing on the great fruitfulness of the Land, they focused, instead, on the great size of the inhabitants in contrast to their own smallness.
Caleb tried to counter their defeatist attitude by assuring the people, “We are well able to overcome i with YAHUVEH’s help.” He urged them, “Let us go up at once and occupy it.” (Numbers 13:30)
The other 10 spies, however, instilled such fear in the people that the whole Israelite community began to cry and shout, “If only we had died in Egypt! Or in this wilderness!”
In their apprehension, they forgot how YAHUVEH had sent ten plagues and even parted a sea for them, so they cried more: “Why is YAHUVEH bringing us to this land only to let us fall by the sword? Our wives and children will be taken as plunder. … We should choose a leader and go back to Egypt.” (Numbers 14:3–4)
Of course, this is not the first time the people wanted to go back to Egypt.
In Parasha Beshalach, the people stood trapped between an advancing Egyptian army and the Red Sea. Terrified, they told Moses, “Didn’t we say to you in Egypt, ‘Leave us alone; let us serve the Egyptians’? It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert!”
Then YAHUVEH parted the Red Sea and crushed the Egyptian army.
When they reached the other side of the sea in safety, they were already craving the food back in bondage:
“If only we had died by YAHUVEH’s hand in Egypt! There we sat around pots of meat and ate all the food we wanted, but you have brought us out into this desert to starve this entire assembly to death.” (Exodus 16:3)
Then YAHUVEH sent manna every morning for them to eat.
In Parasha Behaalotecha last week, we saw that they got tired of the manna and remembered the fish they “ate in Egypt at no cost — also the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions and garlic.” (Numbers 11:5)
Then YAHUVEH sent quail, along with judgment for their continual complaining.
Throughout their wilderness journey, they complained to Moses and about Moses for many reasons. Each time, they witnessed YAHUVEH’s judgments and mercy. Yet, they still did not fully apprehend His love for them, nor His ability to keep His promise to give them a land of their own.
YAHUVEH said it best: “How long will these people treat Me with contempt? How long will they refuse to believe in Me, in spite of all the signs I have performed among them?” (Numbers 14:11)
Moses Intercedes for the People
“I will strike them with the pestilence and disinherit them, and I will make of you a nation greater and mightier than they.” (Numbers 14:12)
Because of their rebellion and unbelief during this test of faith, YAHUVEH threatened to destroy the entire community of Israel instantly and start all over again with Moses.
YAHUVEH gave Moses this same opportunity in Parasha Ki Tisa when the people He had just delivered from bondage worshiped a Golden Calf instead of Him. (Exodus 32:9–10)
Being the most humble man on the face of the earth, however, Moses refused to accept YAHUVEH’s offer to replace Israel then and, again, now.
Instead, he appealed to YAHUVEH’s merciful nature, asking to forgive the people — the same people who railed against Moses and Aaron and threatened to stone Caleb and Joshua just a short time earlier. Moses reminded YAHUVEH:
“YAHUVEH is slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, forgiving iniquity and transgression, … Pardon the iniquity of this people, I pray, according to the greatness of Your mercy, just as You have forgiven this people, from Egypt even until now.” (Numbers 14:18–19)
Moses also appealed to YAHUVEH’s reputation as a GOD of integrity who is able to do all that He promises. Moses told Him:
“They [the Egyptians] have heard that you, O YAHUVEH, are in the midst of this people. … if you kill this people as one man, then the nations who have heard your fame will say, ‘It is because YAHUVEH was not able to bring this people into the land that HE swore to give to them that HE has killed them in the wilderness.’” (Numbers 14:14–16)
Because of Moses’ intercession and appeal to YAHUVEH’s reputation and merciful nature, YAHUVEH relented from completely destroying the entire nation of Israel; nevertheless, HE decreed judgment on those who refused to trust in YAHUVEH the way Joshua and Caleb trusted in YAHUVEH.
“I have forgiven them, as you asked. Nevertheless, as surely as I live and as surely as the glory of YAHUVEH fills the whole earth, not one of those who saw my glory and the signs I performed in Egypt and in the wilderness but who disobeyed me and tested me ten times — not one of them will ever see the land I promised on oath to their ancestors.
“No one who has treated me with contempt will ever see it. But because my servant Caleb has a different spirit and follows me wholeheartedly, I will bring him into the land he went to, and his descendants will inherit it.”
The entire generation ages 20 and up who had just been counted in the census would not enter the Promised Land they so feared. Instead, they would die in the wilderness; only Joshua and Caleb would live to enter the Land.
The Lessons for Us Today
What lessons can we learn from this account of Israel in the wilderness?
First, we need to be people of faith, seeing ourselves as sons and daughters of the KING of KINGS and LORD of LORDS — and not tiny grasshoppers to be crushed under some giant’s foot. We need to believe that no matter what challenge we face today, we are “well able to overcome it” with YAHUVEH’s help.
This is the kind of faith that pleases GOD. Without it, it is impossible to please HIM. (Hebrews 11:6)
Second, as people of faith, we need to guard our speech and speak forth faith-filled words.
Why did the whole community of Israel die in the wilderness? They reaped the fruit of their faithless, fearful words.
The people said many times, “We will surely die in this wilderness,” and YAHUVEH allowed them to speak their own future into existence.
“Say to them, ‘As I live,’ says YAHUVEH, ‘just as you have spoken in My hearing, so I will do to you: The carcasses of you who have complained against Me shall fall in this wilderness, all of you who were numbered, according to your entire number, from twenty years old and above.”
For each of the 40 days that the Israelites spied out the land of Canaan, the Israelites would wander in the wilderness a year until that generation died — 40 years. Only Joshua and Caleb, who had a different spirit and wholly trusted in the LORD would enter the Promised Land along with the next generation.
“According to the number of the days in which you spied out the land, forty days, for each day you shall bear your guilt one year, namely forty years, and you shall know My rejection. I YAHUVEH have spoken this. I will surely do so to all this evil congregation who are gathered together against Me. In this wilderness they shall be consumed, and there they shall die.’” (Numbers 14:34–35)
Third, we need to repent of our unbelief and begin trusting in YAHUVEH or else we cannot move forward. And sometimes, our lack of faith may prevent us from moving forward in a particular area even after we repent.
The Israelites were suddenly remorseful for their behavior and gathered up the courage to go up and take the Land, but it was too late.
Moses warned them, “Do not go up, for YAHUVEH is not among you, lest you be struck down before your enemies,” but they rebelled again, went up in presumption and were, therefore, defeated by the Amalekites and Canaanites.
Also, the ten spies who had brought back the evil report of the Land were struck down by YAHUVEH in a plague, but Joshua and Caleb were left alive.
YAHUVEH had rendered His final decision; they were now “not able,” just as they had spoken over themselves.
Fourth, we should be a humble people given to intercession for others — from family members to complete strangers. May we all be like Moses, who pleaded for mercy on behalf of his people.
Our faith matters to GOD!
The Word of GOD says that the power of life and death is in our tongues and we shall, in a sense, eat our words. (Proverbs 18:21)
YAHUSHUA said that it is by our words that we will be acquitted and by our words we will be condemned.
May we be careful and deliberate in the words that we speak over ourselves and others, since faith comes by hearing.
May our words and actions be a testimony of the goodness and greatness of the GOD of Israel, and may we take hold of His promises by faith.
“May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, YAHUVEH, my Rock and my Redeemer.” (Psalm 19:14)
Haftarah /Prophetic Reading: Faith Moves Us into HIS Promises
In Haftarah Shelach Lecha (Joshua 2:1–24), we see that Joshua, Moses’ assistant who was one of the two spies who trusted YAHUVEH, has been appointed by YAHUVEH to lead the next generation of Israelites into the Promised Land.
As Abraham’s faith moved Him forward into the role of the Patriarch of the Chosen People and recipient of the covenant, so did Joshua’s faith move him forward into his role of a leader who, with YAH’s help, he was “well able to overcome” all the obstacles before him and take possession of the Promised Land.
In this Haftarah, Joshua sends out two of his own spies into Jericho, in preparation for battle.
Although Jericho is a well-fortified city with a well-equipped army and great walls surrounding it, the spies tell Joshua, “YAHUVEH has surely given the whole land into our hands; all the people are melting in fear because of us.” (Joshua 2:24)
Now in the land that their parents so feared, the next generation of Israelites witness YAH move and have great faith, being “fully convinced that YAH is able to do whatever HE promises.” (Romans 4:21)
May we be fully convinced of that truth as well.
“You who bring good news to Zion, go up on a high mountain. You who bring good news to Jerusalem, lift up your voice with a shout, lift it up, do not be afraid; say to the towns of Judah, “Here is your GOD!” (Isaiah 40:9)
Shabbat Shalom from AMIGHTYWIND!