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The main adversary of HaShem and his people who accept and keep the Torah, has been and still
is Rome. Curiously all peoples and genealogy of nations are listed in the Tanakh, the Bible. Esav,
the elder twin born to Rebecca and Isaac became Edom (Red) when he sold his birthright for a
plate of red lentils (Gen 25:27-34). They became arch enemies and Esav swore to kill his younger
brother Jacob (Gen 27:41). The land he inhabited was Edom and located to the south of and east
of the promised land. It is present day Jordon. Moshe now needs to pass through Edom on his
journey to the promised land and maybe not surprisingly gets a response accordingly

  • Num 20:18 But Edom said to him, ‘You shall not pass through, or we will come out with the
    sword against you.’ 19 The Israelites said to him, ‘We will stay on the highway; and if we
    drink of your water, we and our livestock, then we will pay for it. It is only a small matter; just
    let us pass through on foot.’ 20 But he said, ‘You shall not pass through.’ And Edom came
    out against them with a large force, heavily armed. 21Thus Edom refused to give Israel
    passage through their territory; so Israel turned away from them.

HaShem fed the people with the manna and protected them despite there refusal and or inability
to accept his nature. The manna was easy to digest and so even limited their daily human needs...
this caused even more doubt among them instead of inspiring within them to the greatness of it
all. The Holy Angels who were created differently from mankind are the heavenly realm and do eat
nor drink and so have no normal daily bodily functions. HaShem was elevating the people to this
realm almost through the blessing of manna and they could not see it. Such compassion and
willingness to help and save people even when the behave with much evil and badness..the
greatness of a Holy God HaShem.

  • 21:5 The people spoke against God and against Moses, ‘Why have you brought us up out
    of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and we detest this
    miserable food.

The laws of nature are ever present in many different forms. HaShem informs us of that in
scripture and so his judgement in all things is among us. Whilst some turn to him out of love and
pure faith other may turn to HaShem through fear of being punished..the latter a lower form of
repentance but fearing HaShem is this sense is the first step to ultimate wisdom.

  • 21:6 The Lord incited the fiery serpents against the people. They bit the people and many of
    the people of Israel died

Had they listened and had faith in HaShem they would by now have been in the promised land and
secure. They already were secure but did not want or were able to accept it. Now again more hurt
is inflicted upon them for yet again rejecting more wonders blessed to them. Only when they are
punished do they seek Moshe' and HaShem

  • 21:7 Pray before the Lord that He remove the serpents from us

Those who talk against the creator were punished..additionally also they who grumbled when all
sorts of incredible blessings were being poured over them during their redemption to the
promised land. The evil inclination and the evil tongue was first introduced in the garden of Eden
when the serpent symbolised all that was against HaShem. The serpent was punished however
in Eden and here used against those who speak and act against HaShem. His control over nature
gives him mastery of the universe. The serpent was forced to eat the dust of the earth since Eden
(Gen 2:14) and it was over food that the fiery serpents were sent against the people now. Likewise
in Eden the only and first command given by HaShem to Adam was concerning food...and that was
not to eat from the tree of life and death in Eden. Should we then consider most carefully the
teachings concerning what is clean before HaShem in Torah and how this ultimately will affect our
spiritual system as well as physical. Another lesson about the divine creator of all things and why
he does things, and asks us to do things to be in his image that we do not fully understand until
we begin to have faith in him and trust by studying the Torah.

  • 21:8 The Lord said to Moses: "make a fiery serpent and mount it on a pole.

The Whore of Babylon that has been responsible for the evil and rebellion against the creator and
its demise and the close of the age. This great whore also carries the false doctrines in direct
conflict to the Torah and tabernacle of God. Known as the anti Messiah or the false prophet Jesus
Christ. They harbour pagan festivals and worship against the Torah. Here in this Torah HaShem
says that those who look up at the serpent on the emblem will be cured. HaShem can do anything
and turn whatever he wants into good or something to be unafraid of. It is faith and trust in him...
keeping the Torah and freeing ourselves from blathering men and women who care for only what
suits them. Biblical Israel will keep the peace but in all things rationale they have a right just to
exist, a right which seems even as always to be taken from them. Openness and requesting even
to do just that when death is at their door is still the dynamic that is in the world. Here again in
Torah seeing that the way forward is merely to traverse land belonging to evil hearts is refused.
Not even to drink their water or eat their food and respect them and their land, they ask to pass
through to survive. When the righteous follow HaShem blessings can come. The wicked when
even refusing water to peaceful people who are truthful carries with it many implications

  • Num 21:21 Then Israel sent messengers to King Sihon of the Amorites, saying, 22 ‘Let me
    pass through your land; we will not turn aside into field or vineyard; we will not drink the
    water of any well; we will go by the King’s Highway until we have passed through your
    territory.’ 23 But Sihon would not allow Israel to pass through his territory. Sihon gathered
    all his people together, and went out against Israel to the wilderness; he came to Jahaz,
    and fought against Israel 24 Israel put him to the sword, and took possession of his land
    from the Arnon to the Jabbok, as far as to the Ammonites; for the boundary of the
    Ammonites was strong

If we do as HaShem says and live by his Glory...Yeshua HaMashiach then the truth will prevail. The
true disciple will bury themselves in Torah and peace, and will live for and by the Torah and glory of
the creation, then the all turning sword will give divine protection

  • Num 21:33 Then they turned and went up the road to Bashan; and King Og of Bashan
    came out against them, he and all his people, to battle at Edrei. 34 But the Lord said to
    Moses, ‘Do not be afraid of him; for I have given him into your hand, with all his people, and
    all his land. You shall do to him as you did to King Sihon of the Amorites, who ruled in
    Heshbon.’ 35 So they killed him, his sons, and all his people, until there was no survivor
    left; and they took possession of his land.

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Chukat  "Statute" Numbers 19:1-22:1
The word "Chakak which means "to inscribe". Torah means teaching or guidance and so the highest form of
human choice is to turn to HaShem for teaching so that we can allow our hearts to be inscribed with his
teachings and or Torah...Statutes.The opening phrase appears another time in Num 31:21
.Why was a Red Cow
and its sacrifice so important given the rationale we seek with the truth. If HaShem is giving specific instructions
to keep the sanctuary clean, and keeping the Sanctuary clean means ourselves through knowledge and study of
HaShem as all part of Biblical Israel, then maybe the combination of the various components would draw
impurities from the now unclean person

  • Num 19:3 You shall give it to the priest Eleazar, and it shall be taken outside the camp and slaughtered in
    his presence. 4 The priest Eleazar shall take some of its blood with his finger and sprinkle it seven times
    towards the front of the tent of meeting. 5 Then the heifer shall be burned in his sight; its skin, its flesh,
    and its blood, with its dung, shall be burned. 6 The priest shall take cedar wood, hyssop, and crimson
    material, and throw them into the fire in which the heifer is burning.

Those that performed the ceremony actually then required re-cleansing (Num 19:7-10). It is completely accepting
the teachings of the Torah and HaShem through Yeshua that will allow us to walk in his image (Gen 1:26).
Willingness and the desire to seek him is the most divine of all human attributes and characteristics says
HaShem with this passage. Even if the Mitzvah (teaching) is not clear to us, having trust in HaShem that he knows
in his infinite wisdom what will keep us from disease and impurity. It is associated with coming into contact with a
corpse, and then being cleansed from what the Torah says is impurity for such contact

  • Num 19:11 he who touches the corpse of any human being shall be unclean for seven days

Serving HaShem is all consuming, and for his faithful followers even when at times we may not fully understand
why he asks certain things, to love HaShem is to try to understand him and do as he says.

Moshe and the Rock: One of the most difficult areas of the Torah is this next teaching where Moshe's actions
seemed to go against HaShem's instructions resulting in the great prophet not being allowed to enter the
promised land after the 40 years of complete and dedicated service to the Almighty. It must have been quite heart
rending for Moshe that he is punished with perhaps a most hurtful and upsetting instance. After the torment at
times by the Israelites and Satan upon him for so long, he in the final steps of the wilderness allows Satan to
upset his thinking and composure which causes him to react out of step with his Holy Nature. The Torah teaches
that even the most Holy servants can be tested by the evil one and we must at all times no matter how difficult
think with our hearts and Spirit of HaShem. To quarrel with Moshe is to quarrel with HaShem. Moshe was not
taking it upon himself to come with a way better than he was commanded to do by HaShem. He was antagonized
and provoked which he allowed to cloud his thinking

  • 20:3 The people quarrelled with Moses and said, ‘Would that we had died when our kindred died before
    the Lord! 4 Why have you brought the assembly of the Lord into this wilderness for us and our livestock to
    die here? 5 Why have you brought us up out of Egypt, to bring us to this wretched place? It is no place for
    grain, or figs, or vines, or pomegranates; and there is no water to drink.’

The main message here it seems is that HaShem commanded Moshe to speak to the rock and thus produce
water. On continued antagonism from the complaining people Moshe became angry and struck the rock

  • Num 20:10 Moses and Aaron gathered the assembly together before the rock, and he said to them,
    ‘Listen, you rebels, shall we bring water for you out of this rock?’ 11 Then Moses lifted up his hand and
    struck the rock twice with his staff; water came out abundantly, and the congregation and their livestock
    drank

Whilst clearly Moshe and Aaron were devoted servants, they were provoked and allowed themselves to be
influenced wrongly. Clearly again at all times are we judged by HaShem and the laws of nature are to be always
upheld by people seeking the rebuke of the evil one. This burst of anger from Moshe caused HaShem to show
his holiness before everyone and to judge the great Moshe also. Although water came forth, not is was instructed
and so HaShem's name was not made Holy

  • Num 20:12 But the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, ‘Because you did not trust in me, to show my holiness
    before the eyes of the Israelites, therefore you shall not bring this assembly into the land that I have given
    them.’ 13 These are the waters of Meribah, where the people of Israel quarrelled with the Lord, and by
    which he showed his holiness.
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