Be-Har

Torah: Be-Har, Lev 25:1-26:2; Haftorah: Jer 32:6-27
 

Be-Har means "in the mountain". Notice how often G-d spoke "in the mountain" or the high place. Yeshua (Jesus) our Rabbi and Moshiach (Messiah) went to the mountain often, to pray. Yeshua and his talmidim visited the mountain and the glory of His kingdom was shown to them. (Matt 17:1-9)

Where is this mountain located so we can all go there?

Luke 17:20,21 And when the Pharisees demanded when the kingdom of God would come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God comes not with observation: Neither shall they say, look here! or, look there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.

John 4:20,21,23 Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; … Yeshua said unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour is coming, when you shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. … But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeks such to worship him.

Yeshua told us we would find the Father in our closet with the door closed. Baruch* HaShem!

The command that the land rest indicates that it belongs to the L-rd. We are only tenants here. If we keep G-d’s commandments He will allow us to remain here and to profit from it. The commandment was for Israel in their land, but careful observation reveals that those who break this commanded rest for the land not only wear out the land, but also experience the difficulty of being driven off their lands. Notice that the land was to be worked for six years. This is similar to the command He gave Israel regarding the Sabbath.

Often, those who are spiritual want to see G-d supply miraculously, but have worked little if at all. They think that just believing in G-d is enough. They reference the scripture, Gen. 15:6 "And he believed in the L-RD; and He counted it to him for righteousness." How was Abraham's belief discovered? Gen. 26:5 "Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws."

According to the blessings and curses found in Lev. 26 & Deut. 28, the work of our hands will be blessed. G-d can provide for you, but He does require you to do your part. If you are obeying Him, you can expect the blessings He has promised.

To allow the land to rest for an entire year seems impossible. G-d’s ways are never feasible to the mind. It is written, "The just shall live by faith." Habbakuk 2:4 Some even have difficulty just believing G-d enough to keep the weekly Sabbath.

The year of Jubilee is the most interesting of the holy celebrations mentioned in the Bible. Every fiftieth year we are commanded to observe a year of rest and the release of all debts. The land was supposed to be returned to those who received it from their families. In fact this is not what happened. G-d gave the land to the children of Israel and to their families FOREVER. The land was not to be permanently sold. He even declares that He is the landlord and we are only tenants. The Sages tell us that G-d punished Israel for not keeping the sabbatical years and the years of Jubilee. That is why we went into captivity in Babylon.

Lev. 26:11 And I will set my tabernacle among you…

The word "among" is the Hebrew word from the root "tokh" meaning "within, in the middle or center", and "khem" on the end of the word means "of, to or for you" and is first person plural. Thus, one valid translation of this sentence is "I will tabernacle within you". This is supportive of Yeshua’s words mentioned earlier, "the Kingdom of G-d is within you." (Luke 17:21)

We have become more than servants. We are the "sons of the Most High G-d" if we obey Him and do His commandments. We are heirs according to the promise and have the authority to "break through" to the goodness and greatness of the Kingdom of G-d. Baruch HaShem!

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