Special Parashah for Sukkot from the Book of Numbers

Beth Elohim Messianic Synagogue Special Parashah: Numbers 29:17-35 Haftarah: Ezekiel 38:18-39:16 B’rit Chadashah: John 7:37-39 This parashah focuses on the offerings given in the Temple during the festival of Sukkot. The sheer number of sacrifices that represent money is astounding and should cause us to consider whether anyone individually or collectively has any justification for… Read more »

Parashah #43: Masa’ei ( Stages) B’midbar (Numbers) 33:1-36:13

Beth Elohim Messianic Synagogue Parashah #43: Masa’ei (Stages) B’midbar 33:1-36:13 Haftarah: Yirmeyahu(Jeremiah) 2:4-28; 4:1-2 B’rit Chadashah: Ya’akov (James) 4:1-22 This week we are going to start our discussion on the borders of Israel as “The Land” that has not yet been completely occupied by the true “Israel” in the context of true believers defined by… Read more »

Parashah #42: Mattot (Tribes) B’midbar (Numbers) 30:2-32:42

Beth Elohim Messianic Synagogue Parashah #42: Mattot (Tribes) B’midbar ( Numbers) 30:2-32:42 Haftarah: Yirmeyahu ( Jeremiah) 1:1-2:3 B’rit Chadashah: Mattityahu (Matthew) 5:33-37 This parashah begins with specific regulations on the subject of vows. I recall a time when a handshake was sufficient to ensure the parties were going to follow through with an agreement. Even… Read more »

Parashah #41: Pinchas B’midbar (Numbers) 25:10-30:1

Beth Elohim Messianic Synagogue Parashah#41 (Pinchas) B’Midbar 25:10-30:1 Haftarah: M’lakhim Alef (1 Kings) 18:46-19:21 B’rit Chadashah: Mattityahu (Matthew) 26:1-30 As I was writing this parashah, an interesting pattern came to mind regarding dominant character attributes of some of the main biblical characters featured in our parashot. Abraham was considered the quintessential example of hospitality; Isaac… Read more »

Parashah #39 Hukkat B’midbar (Numbers) 19:1-22:1

Beth Elohim Messianic Synagogue Parashah: 39: Hukkat (Regulation) B’midbar (Numbers) 19:1-22:1 Haftarah: Shof’tim (Judges) 11:1-33 B’rit Chadashah: Yochanan (John) 3:9-21. In regular years this year Parashah #40 Balak is also read. Please read the separate teaching on the website under the Parashah link for the teaching on this Parashah. We will start today’s teaching with… Read more »

Parashah #38:Korach B’midbar (Numbers) 16:1-18:32

Beth Elohim Messianic Synagogue Parashah #38: Korach (Korah) B’midbar (Numbers) 16:1-18:32 Haftarah: Sh’mu’el (Samuel) 11:14-12:22 B’rit Chadashah: 2 Timothy 2:8-21 This week our focus is on the concept and pervasive nature of jealousy. This parashah reminds me of the Morgan and Morgan commercial where a client named “Mrs. More” always wants more of everything until… Read more »

Parashah #37: Shlach L’kha (Send on your behalf) B’midbar (Numbers) 13:1-15:41

Beth Elohim Messianic Synagogue Parashah #37: Shlach L’kha (Send on your behalf) B’midbar (Numbers) 13:1-15:41 Haftarah: Y’hoshua (Joshua) 2:1-24 B’rit Chadashah: Hebrews 3:7-19 This week we will focus on the concept and reality of qualified and limited forgiveness, and who the 10 spies saw when reconnoitering the land of Kena’an. Concerning the reality of limited… Read more »

Parashah #36: B’ha’alotkha (When you set up) B’midbar (Numbers) 8:1-12:16

Beth Elohim Messianic Synagogue Parashah #36: B’ha’alotkha( When you set up) B’midbar (Numbers) 8:1-12:16 Haftarah: Z’kharyah ( Zechariah) 2;14-4:7 B’rit Chadashah: Hebrews 3:1-6 We discussed parashah Naso two weeks ago as we celebrated Shavu’ot on June 4 according to the Essene calendar. Today we resume with the regular Messianic schedule to discuss Parashah #36. There… Read more »

Parashah #35: Naso (Take) B’midbar (Numbers) 4:21-7:89

Beth Elohim Messianic Synagogue Parashah # 35: Naso (Take): B’midbar [Numbers] 4:21-7:89 Haftarah: Shof’tim (Judges) 13: 2-25 B’rit Chadashah: Yochanan (John) 7:53-8:11; Acts 21:17-32 In this Parashah we read about the heads of the tribes bringing offerings to commemorate the consecration of the Mishkan (Tabernacle) and the offerings are identical. Knowing that the Torah does… Read more »