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 Parasha BALAK (Num 22:2-25:9)

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PostSubject: Parasha BALAK (Num 22:2-25:9)    Sat Jul 08, 2017 9:54 pm

Parashat:  “Balak” 
 

 

NUMBERS 22:2-25:9……………….MICAH 5:6-6:8……………….LUKE  22:1-71  
 

…..This is the famous story of Bilam, who was asked to “curse” Israel, and instead, “Blessed” Israel, yet before this, his donkey spoke to him.  The name “Bilam” or Baalam” might be a shorten version of the name “Baal-haAm” (lord of the people).  Some believe that he was a true prophet of G-d, others believe he was a false prophet or a corrupt prophet.  Seems like he was the later, yet YHVH used him for the purpose of blessing HaAm Israel
…..The princes of Balak, king of Moab, offered money to Balaam to curse Israel, so, Balaam consults Adonai as to what he should do.  Elohim gives the answer;   “Thou shalt not go with them, thou shalt not curse them for they are blessed” (Num 22:12) What the LORD has blessed, stays blessed, what the LORD has cursed, stays cursed UNLESS the LORD himself lifts the curse and changes the curse to a blessing.
…..Balaam tells the princes, “I can not go with you” yet Balak is stubborn, and wants Israel cursed, he offers more money, and fame, re-sends his princes and asked them again to propose to Balaam;  “Stay here tonight and I will see what the LORD will tell me” says Balaam.
…..But hey, didn’t Adonai already say NO? what more is there to ask again?...or…is there a hidden reason? Maybe a money reason? We can see perhaps a greedy prophet trying to see if “God will change his mind”.  Just a little curse for a lot of money? However, Adonai says; “Go with them, but only say what I tell you to say”.  So, the word of God says that in the morning, Balaam saddled his ass and went with the princes of Moab, BUT…God was angry because he WENT!
…..There is a problem here, didn’t Adonai already give his permission for Balaam to GO, yet he was angry because he WENT! What is the root of interpretation here?  Adonai gave his permission for Balaam to go PHYSICALLY with the princes of Moab, Yet, Balaam in his heart was GOING ALONG WITH THE IDEA, to curse for money, greed was in his heart.  One thing is to GO, another is GO ALONG WITH THE IDEA, or be in unison to do evil.  This is why the anger of the LORD was kindled, Balaam had in his heart the IDEA or the DESIRE to GO CURSE ISRAEL for riches.
…..Now Adonai used Balaam’s donkey to “wake him up” as to what is happening.  Then, “Malach-YHVH” the (Angel of the LORD) stands in the way, the ass avoids him, three times, until Balaam strikes his donkey three times for going off the road.  Finally, the LORD opens the mouth of the donkey and the donkey is made to speak;
“Why have you smitten me these three times?”  Wouldn’t you wonder that Balaam would have been impressed that an animal would speak? Hebrew at that? Even the Angel spoke;  “Why have you smitten your donkey these three times?”
…..Some wonder about the number “3” does it have meaning?  There are “3” entities in Elohim, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Yeshua was in the ground for 3 days, there are 3 parts of the Bible, the Torah, the Prophets and Hebrew poetry, and the Brit HaDasha (New Testament) Yeshua asked Kefa 3 times “Do you love me?”   The Angel of Elohim gave “3” warning to Balaam, yet he did not SEE, or perhaps, did not WANT to see or heed the warnings, until his donkey, “alerted him”
……Another thing we can see is that God is concerned for the treatment of animals.  Those who have pets should treat them with love and tender care, not mistreat them, for if the angel saw the donkey being struck and called Balaam’s attention on that, the LORD sees how YOU are treating your pet, (hopefully no one has a pet crocodile running around the house, yet there was a case of a family that DID have indeed a PET CROC in the house)
…..Balaam meets Balak, and again, they go to “3” separate places to view Israel, and Balaam orders “7” altars to be built.  7 bulls and 7 rams would be sacrificed.  “7” is the perfect number, yet all three times, Balaam opens his mouth to BLESS Israel, Whom YHVH has blessed, no man can curse.  Even in the third blessing, Balaam echoes the blessing of Abraham;  “Blessed be everyone that blesseth thee, and cursed be everyone that curseth thee!”
…..What can we learn from all this? We must always support and bless Israel, bless our brothers and sisters in our congregations, do not let money be the main interest in our doing “good” if we wish to bless our neighbor, with our prayers, labor, favors, etc, let it not be guided by monetary gain, but but our sincere desire to bless and be a witness to Yeshua our Messiah. Oh yes, and treat your cats, dogs, birds, tropical fish, etc with TLC! Adonai is watching!
 

MICAH 5:6-6:8
 

…..”and the remnant of Jacob shall be in the midst of many peoples…..”  thus begins the Prophet Micah’s message.  We can witness this account today.  In every nation of this modern world we see the Jewish people.  In almost every large city, there are Jewish neighborhoods, communities, Jewish Community Centers,
….The mission of Israel in the diaspora was to be a “light unto the nations” the nations thousands of years ago were dwelling in idolatry, the worship of pagan deities permeated their lives.  Israel’s mission was to “introduce the worship and love of “One God” Adonai-Elohim, yet even in Israel idolatry was to be found, Elohim would have to “cut off” the worship of graven images, witchcrafts, Asherim, etc,
…..”Oh my people, what have I done to thee?” (6:3) Adonai has a right to ask this question.  Did HE not take them out of Egypt? Bring them into a new land, He was to be their king, yet they fell into idol worship.
…..”and what does the LORD require of thee? only to do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with thy God”
(6:8)  And that is what it is all about, If Yeshua loved mercy, did what was just and right, and lived a humble lifestyle, shouldn’t we do the same.  Following in HIS footsteps is a meaningful goal in our lives.
 

LUKE 22:1-71
 

…..The final and last day of Yeshua on earth is here.  He is celebrating the Pesach with his Talmidim.  This is very meaningful as it illustrates what the “bread and the wine” symbolize.
…”This is my body which is being given to you”  “the cup is the New Covenant ratified by my blood which is being poured out for you”.  During the time of Pesach, and every time we take communion, which is like a “mini Pesach” we are reminded of our Messiah, who was beaten, whipped, torn apart, spat upon, and nailed to a cross, all because HE loved us SO MUCH.  He, God in the flesh, loved his creation, a creation that was once sinless, became flawed by sin, wanted a new relationship once again.  The Matzah which is marked by little holes, illustrates the nail holes, and he hung by those nails until his life paid our sin debt in full.
…..The New Covenant is ratified, by HIS BLOOD, the blood of bulls, sheep, and goats did NOT, and NEVER did have the power to remove sin, the animal sacrifices only SYMBOLIZED what Yeshua would do in the future.
That is why the New Covenant is a better covenant, because the blood of Yeshua, symbolized by the wine we drink,  had and has the power to forgive, atone for the sin of mankind.  Man only has to ACCEPT this sacrifice in a personal way, only then, can Messiah’s death on the cross benefit the person.  So, if you have never accepted Yeshua as Messiah and LORD, do it now!
 

Shabbat Shalom……….Rabbi Ben Avraham
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