Friday, July 13, 2018

Double Portions this week: Parashah 42 (Mattot [Tribes] Numbers 30:1 through 32:42); and Parashah 43 (Masa'ei [Stages] Numbers 33:1 through 36:13)

This week features a double Torah portion:

Parashah 42 discusses how critical spoken words can be because YHWH takes oaths very seriously - especially ones that were made to Him!  As a matter of fact, volumes could be written about the very first verse in Numbers 30 where we see YHWH's instructions regarding the making of vows.

Numbers 30: 1 Then Moshe spoke to the heads of the tribes of the people of Isra'el. He said, "Here is what ADONAI has ordered: 2 when a man makes a vow to ADONAI or formally obligates himself by swearing an oath, he is not to break his word but is to do everything he said he would do.

Today, contracts don't seem to hold any meaning anymore because, many believe contracts were made to be broken and/or re-written to suit a certain purpose.  Even many couples who are married in church and pledged to stay together "unto death" demonstrate instead that they didn’t take their oath very seriously, and end up divorced.

Unbeknownst to them, the vows made before YHWH stand, regardless! YHWH doesn't care what the reasoning, whether simple carnal desire or profit of some kind. (Yes, there are certain grounds for divorce, according to Torah, but every effort must be made to restore the marriage, first.)   A contract is a contract.  We are to hold to our word.  Scripture tells us that every word that comes from our mouth has consequences!

Words...oaths...curses. We are told to guard our mouths and even to take every thought captive (Psalm 141:3, Proverbs 21:23, 2 Corinthians 10:5, etc).

In Parashah 43 YHWH prophetically declares the borders of Israel (Numbers 34:1-29). And as the Book of Numbers nears the end, we find YHWH's people anxiously waiting on the east side of the Yarden (Jordan) as they prepare to leave the Wilderness to enter the Land that he promised their forefathers many years before…

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