The time of the Fall Feasts means that the “regular Torah portions” end up getting...Read More
David reminds us in Psalm 19 that all creation speaks to us of our Creator – Our Heavenly Father – Who has made the way for us to be restored to His original plan and design. Our recent trip to The Creation Museum...Read More
by Mark Call | Apr 29, 2023 | Biblical Basics, Biblical History, Come Out of Her My People - Mark Call, Old Testament & New Testament, Shabba Shalom Mesa - Mark Call, Uncategorized, Understanding Torah, Weekly Torah Portion Reading, Who Are We? | 0 |
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Bullet points from the Four Winds:
These Torah portions are always timed to bookend the moed of Shavuot. The opening verse of the text associates it with Sinai in the wilderness, the place where the Torah was given.
With the Mishkan built, now the tribes are counted for organizing into their boundaries for camping, movement, judgment, and for war. Their tribal blessings or clan (Leviim) attributes will influence their arrangement.
According to the Midrash, the arrangement was rectangular. The kohanim, families of Moses* and Aaron, camped close to the entrance of the Mishkan on the east side. The other clans of Levites camped north, west, and south a farther distance from the Mishkan.
Outside the Levites were the twelve tribes, and each of the four “corners” were given to livestock (hint-hint).
The clouds of glory surrounded the Camp on all four sides. The wilderness asks the question: “Are you ownerless like the midbar?”
The wilderness specifically tests for pride. It’s a pre-Jerusalem, pre-Garden step. It’s an “in-between” place between salvation and elevation. A saved human being must disentangle himself/herself from dependence upon the previous Egyptian serpent/multi-beast owner and their systems: government, economic, agricultural, sports, medicine, literature, music, etc. We covered this in the ”History of the Beast.” Dependence shifts to the Holy One of Israel.
We continue the series “Footsteps To The Coffin” This will be Pt 3.Read More