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This Week's Portion #39

Chukat | חוקת | "Decree of/Statute" የሕጉ ትእዛዝ ይህ ነው | yeH’ggu t’Izaz [y’h’new]
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2. Prophets Reading

Judges 11:1-33

3. New Testament Reading

Hebrews 9:11-28; John 3:10-21

Portion Outline - TORAH

  • Numbers 19:1 | Ceremony of the Red Heifer
  • Numbers 20:1 | The Waters of Meribah
  • Numbers 20:14 | Passage through Edom Refused
  • Numbers 20:22 | The Death of Aaron
  • Numbers 21:1 | The Bronze Serpent
  • Numbers 21:10 | The Journey to Moab
  • Numbers 21:21 | King Sihon Defeated
  • Numbers 21:33 | King Og Defeated

Portion Outline - PROPHETS

  • Jdg 11:1 | Jephthah
  • Jdg 11:29 | Jephthah's Vow

Portion Study Book Download & Summary

BAMIDBAR Hebrew Book of Numbers - Torah Portion Vol.4 (FREE PDF)BAMIDBAR Hebrew Book of Numbers - Torah Portion Vol.4 (FREE PDF)

Chukat is the thirty-ninth reading from the Torah. The word chukat (חוקת) means “statute.” The name is derived from the second verse of the reading: “This is the statute of the law which the LORD has commanded” (Numbers 19:2). Chukat presents the mysterious laws of the red-heifer ceremony for purification after contact with human death. This reading also contains the story of Moses striking the rock, the stories of the deaths of Aaron and Miriam and the wars with the Amorites. The portion concludes with the host of Israel encamping on the edge of the Promised Land.

Portion Commentary

Snake Bite

Thought for the Week:

The problem with complaining is that God is listening.

Commentary:

The LORD sent fiery serpents among the people and they bit the people, so that many people of Israel died. (Numbers 21:6)

God hears our words and weighs our hearts. As the Israelites complained about the daily provision of manna, God heard their words and sent a punishment of poisonous snakes. Why did God use snakes to punish Israel?

Rashi explains that God chose snakes for two reasons. The serpent in the Garden of Eden was punished for speaking words of slander against God. God sent the serpent, who was punished for speaking slander, to punish those who were guilty of speaking slander. The second reason was that the serpent had been cursed to eat dust all the days of its life. God sent the serpent, who was punished by being given a diet of dust, to punish those who complained about their food.

When we allow ourselves to slip into self-pity and we give expression to a critical spirit, we are already victims of the evil one. He is a professional slanderer, the accuser of the brethren and the origin of rebellion against God. He was the very first to express discontentment with the lot in life God had assigned to him. When we show ingratitude toward God and complain about His ways, we are speaking the serpent's native tongue. His venom is already poisoning our hearts.

The solution to the problem is repentance. The Israelites went to Moses and said, "We have sinned, because we have spoken against the LORD and you; intercede with the LORD, that He may remove the serpents from us" (Numbers 21:7). Their words encapsulate the gospel message. Yeshua is our Moses. The serpent is the devil. We are the sinners. If we want to be healed and delivered from the serpent, we need to repent, confess our sins and seek forgiveness through Yeshua.

As soon as the Israelites asked Moses for forgiveness, he interceded on their behalf. Rashi points to this as an example for how we should also be quick to forgive others. He says, "From this we learn that a person who is asked for forgiveness should not be so cruel as to withhold forgiveness." Disciples worthy of Yeshua will be quick to extend forgiveness even to those who have spoken derisively against them or humiliated them.

Moses interceded, and the LORD provided an antidote.

RSS 39: Chukat | חוקת | Decree of/Statute የሕጉ ትእዛዝ ይህ ነው | yeH’ggu t’Izaz [y’h’new]

RSS 39: Chukat | חוקת | Decree of/Statute የሕጉ ትእዛዝ ይህ ነው | yeH’ggu t’Izaz [y’h’new]

RSS 39: Chukat | חוקת | Decree of/Statute የሕጉ ትእዛዝ ይህ ነው | yeH’ggu t’Izaz [y’h’new]

RSS 39: Chukat | חוקת | Decree of/Statute የሕጉ ትእዛዝ ይህ ነው | yeH’ggu t’Izaz [y’h’new]

RSS 39: Chukat | חוקת | Decree of/Statute የሕጉ ትእዛዝ ይህ ነው | yeH’ggu t’Izaz [y’h’new]

RSS 39: Chukat | חוקת | Decree of/Statute የሕጉ ትእዛዝ ይህ ነው | yeH’ggu t’Izaz [y’h’new]

RSS 39: Chukat | חוקת | Decree of/Statute የሕጉ ትእዛዝ ይህ ነው | yeH’ggu t’Izaz [y’h’new]

RSS 39: Chukat | חוקת | Decree of/Statute የሕጉ ትእዛዝ ይህ ነው | yeH’ggu t’Izaz [y’h’new]

This Week's Reading: Ends 6/24/17 Tags: Jah (Belief) Rastafari Movement(Religion) Biblical Sabbath Weekly Torah Portion Shabbat Korach Korah DSRradio Rss#38 LionOfJudah LOJSociety ethiopia

This Week's Portion #38

Korach | קורח | "Korah" ቆሬ | Qorey [Qorei]
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2. Prophets Reading

1 Sam 11:14-12:22

3. New Testament Reading

Rom 13:1-7

Portion Outline - TORAH

Portion Outline - PROPHETS

  • 1Sa 11:1 | Saul Defeats the Ammonites
  • 1Sa 12:1 | Samuel's Farewell Address

Portion Study Book Download & Summary

BAMIDBAR Hebrew Book of Numbers - Torah Portion Vol.4 (FREE PDF)BAMIDBAR Hebrew Book of Numbers - Torah Portion Vol.4 (FREE PDF)

Korah (korach, קורח) was the name of a prominent Levite. It is also the name of the thirty-eighth reading from the Torah. It comes from the first verse of this week’s reading, which says, “Now Korah the son of Izhar... took action” (Numbers 16:1). This week’s Torah reading tells the story of how Korah led an unsuccessful rebellion against Moses and Aaron. After thwarting the insurrection, God confirms Aaron in the priesthood and provides additional legislation regarding priestly and Levitical privileges and responsibilities.

Portion Commentary

The Two Wives

Thought for the Week:

A proverb says, "Woe to the wicked, and woe to his neighbor." This applies to Dathan and Abiram, the neighbors of Korah. Dathan and Abiram were neighbors with a contentious man. That is why they were punished with him and were swept from the world. (Numbers Rabbah 17:5)

Commentary:

Contention against leadership is contagious, and contentious people work hard to convince their companions to join their cause. Korah's initial grievances against Moses and Aaron had nothing to do with the Reubenites, but through frequent conversation and the subtle manipulation of ideas, Korah was able to draw his neighbors into sedition.

Korah the son of Izhar ... and On the son of Peleth ... (Numbers 16:1)

Three chief Reubenites joined with Korah in his rebellion against Moses: Dathan, Abiram and On. Dathan and Abiram met a grim fate for their part in the rebellion, but On was apparently spared. The Talmud tells a story to explain how the rebellion started and how it was that On was spared from judgment (b.Sanhedrin 109b-110a).

According to the story, Korah's rebellion began at his wife's instigation. She resented Moses for assigning her Levite husband the lowly status of servant. She was jealous of the wives of Aaron's household who were married to prestigious priests. So she began to subtly undermine her husband's loyalty toward Moses and Aaron. She would nag at him, saying, "See what Moses has done? He has made himself king and appointed his brother as high priest and his nephews as priests. He orders everyone to set aside portions for the priests."

Every day when Korah came back from the assembly, his wife asked him what Moses had said, and then she would ridicule his teachings. For example, when Korah told her, "Moses taught us to attach threads of blue to the tassels on the four corners of our garments," she retorted, "Moses is not hearing from God; he is just making things up. Go ask Moses if you need to attach blue threads to a garment that is completely made of blue fabric." She constantly criticized Moses and Aaron and the commandments. "Can't you see that Moses is making a fool of you and the other Levites?" she would ask. When Korah finally decided to raise a rebellion, he thought it was his own initiative, but his wife had planted the ideas in his head.

The wife of On the Reubenite was just the opposite. When she found out that her husband had joined Korah's insurrection against Moses and Aaron, she took him aside and asked, "Why are you getting involved with these Levites? What business is it of yours? You are a student of Moses. If Korah deposes him, you will be a student of Korah. How does that improve your situation? As it is, you have gotten yourself into matters in which you should not be involved." Her husband explained that he had been swept away with Korah's rhetoric and taken a vow to join him in a rebellion the next morning. "Do as I say and I will get you out of your vow," she said. She fed him a rich meal and gave him plenty of wine so that he overslept. When Korah's men came looking for him, she sat in the doorway of the tent, brushing her hair, and did not let them into the tent to wake him. So her husband, On, missed the entire affair without intentionally breaking his vow.

The story is just a folk tale, but it has an important lesson about how we influence our spouses and how we allow them to influence us. Proverbs 14:1 says, "The wise woman builds her house, but the foolish tears it down with her own hands." According to the Talmud, the wise woman is like the wife of On, but the foolish woman is like the wife of Korah.

RSS 38: Korach | קורח | Korah ቆሬ | Qorey [Qorei]

RSS 38: Korach | קורח | Korah ቆሬ | Qorey [Qorei]

RSS 38: Korach | קורח | Korah ቆሬ | Qorey [Qorei]

RSS 38: Korach | קורח | Korah ቆሬ | Qorey [Qorei]

RSS 38: Korach | קורח | Korah ቆሬ | Qorey [Qorei]

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