Life Skills from the Word of YHWH

Beha'alotecha (When You Kindle)
(Sefer Bamidbar) Numbers 8:1 – 12:16

 

8:2- “Speak unto Aharon, and say unto him, When thou kindle the lamps, toward the face of the Menorah shall
the seven lamps cast light.
3- And Aharon did so; toward the face of the Menorah he kindled the lamps, as YHVH commanded Moshe.
9:15- And on the day the Tabernacle was set up, the cloud covered the Tabernacle, namely, the tent of the
Testimony: and at even there was upon the tabernacle as it were the appearance of fire until the morning.
16- So it would always be : the cloud covered it by day, and the appearance of fire by night.
10:8- And the sons of Aharon, the kohanim, shall blow with the trumpets; and they shall be to you for an
ordinance forever throughout your generations.
13- And they first took their journey according to the commandment of YHVH by the hand of Moshe.
35- And it came to pass, when the ark set forward, that Moshe said, Arise, YHVH, and let Thine enemies be
scattered, and let them that hate Thee flee from Thy face.
36- And when it rested, he said, Return, O YHVH, unto the many thousands of Yisrael.
11:11- And Moshe said unto YHVH, Why has Thou afflicted Thy servant? And why have I not found favor in
Thy sight, that Thou lays the burden of all this people upon me?
14- I am not able to bear all this people alone, because it is too heavy for me.
25- And YHVH came down in a cloud, and spoke unto him and took of the spirit that was upon him, and gave
it unto the seventy elders: and when the spirit rested upon them, they prophesied, and did not cease.
29- And Moshe said unto him, Do you envy for my sake? Would Elohim that all YHVH’s people were prophets, and that YHVH would put His spirit upon them!
12:1- And Miriam and Aharon spoke against Moshe because of the Ethiopian woman whom he had married: for he had married an Ethiopian woman.
2- And they said, Has YHVH spoken only by Moshe? Has he not spoken also by us? And YHVH heard it.
3- (Now the man Moshe was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth.)
6- And he said, Hear now My words: If there be a prophet among you, I YHVH will make Myself known unto
him in a vision, and will speak unto him in a dream.
7- My servant Moshe is not so, who is faithful in all Mine house.
8- With him will I speak mouth to mouth, even apparently, and not in dark speeches; and the similitude of
YHVH shall he behold: Why then were ye not afraid to speak against my servant Moshe?”

 

“And YHVH spoke unto Moshe face to face, as a man speaks unto his friend…”
(Exodus 33:11)


“When thou said, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, YHVH, will I seek.”
(Psalms 27:8)


“Make thy face to shine upon thy servant: save me for thy mercies' sake.”
(Psalms 31:16)


“Shall a trumpet be blown in the city, and the people not be afraid? Shall there be evil in a city,
and YHVH has not done it? Surely, Adonai YHVH will do nothing, but he reveal his secret unto
His servants, the prophets. The lion has roared, who will not fear? Adonai YHVH has spoken,
Who can but prophesy?”
(Amos 3:6-8)


“…I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy;
your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions.”
(Joel 2:28)

 
“Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of YHVH is risen upon thee. For, behold, the
darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but YHVH shall arise upon thee,
and his glory shall be seen upon thee.”
(Isaiah 60:1-2)


“Turn us again, O Elohim, and cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved.”
(Psalms 80:7)


“And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep.

And the Spirit of Elohim moved upon the face of the waters.

And Elohim said, Let there be light: and there was light.”

(Genesis 1:2-3)

 

Beha’alotecha Summary:
1. Remembering the Seventy, An Invitation to Ascend:

Similar to the time the seventy elders approached and saw the Elohim of Yisrael in Exodus 24:9, once again these men received the call to represent the people and enjoy the power of His presence. Though the people had demonstrated discontent with the Heavenly manna and craved after flesh, HaShem prepared to a feast yet unfamiliar, the spirit of prophecy, as it is written in Deuteronomy 8:3:
“…that He might make thee know that man does not live by bread only, but by every word
that proceeds out of the mouth of YHVH does man live.”
Though Moshe words would be esteemed for generations to come, parasha Beha’alotecha, opening with the Menorah’s seven branches kindled to cast light, sheds further light pertaining to YHVH’s intent for all to hear and speak His Word. Job 22:23, 26, & 28 lend a pattern for entering the prophetic realm:
“If thou return to the Almighty, thou shall be built up, thou shall put away iniquity far from thy
tabernacles...then shall thou take delight in the Almighty and shall lift up thy face unto Elohim...
Thou shall decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee: and the light shine on thy ways.”
 

2. Time to Rise and Shine…and Face the Truth:
As the river daily wears its path into the yet adamant rock, so is a soul susceptible to yielding to the characteristics of a constant companion. In the life of Moshe is a telling hope of what we all may become upon an encounter and persistent fellowship with the Most High Elohim. Parallel to Moshe’s first ascent to the hill of YHVH and the dreadful realization of His glory as Exodus 3:6 records,
“Moreover He said, I am the Elohim of thy father, the Elohim of Avraham, the Elohim of Yitzchak,
and the Elohim of Yaakov. And Moshe hid his face; for he was afraid to look upon Elohim,”
Exodus 34:30 reveals the transforming power as one celebrates HaShem’s presence, as it is written:
“And when Aharon and all the children of Yisrael saw Moshe, behold, the skin of his face
shone; and they were afraid to come near him.”
Last week’s parasha, Numbers 6:25 confirms this sign of a truly blessed life:
“YHVH make His face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee.”
This week reveals the conflict which occurs when one fails to acknowledge such signs and instead contests the calling of him who has faithfully served to reflect the Glory of the One, Who dwells on high. Forgetful of the torch that was kindled on Sinai, Miriam, illustrating the words of Job 38:2, namely:
“Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge?”
models the severity of mistaking Moshe’s light for darkness by her darkness for light. This behavior continues unto this day. Many say within their hearts, “Has HaShem spoke only through Moshe?” By minimizing the authority of Moshe and Torah, it is clear that Elohim has not spoken to all. The prophet Yishayahu speaks today of the gross darkness that persistently attempts to cover the whole earth. While regarding real evidence of the radiance within a true messenger, we remember Isaiah 8:20:
“To the Torah and to the Testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because
there is no light in them.”
For those who have not yet ascended to the hill of YHVH and stood in His Holy place, ibid 50:10 says,
“Who is among you that fears YHVH, that obeys the voice of His servant, that walks in
darkness, and has no light? Let him trust in the name of YHVH, and stay upon his Elohim.”
The words of King David in Psalms 17:15 tell of the time when transformation turns to total tranquility:
“I will behold Thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with Thy likeness.”
 

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