Be-ha’alotkha

Torah: Num 8:1-12:16; Haftorah: Zech 2:14-4:7
 

B’ha’a-lo-te-kha et-ha-ney-rot means "when you go up with the lamps…". The L-rd instructed us to light the seven lamps of the menorah before the L-rd in the temple. Since seven is the number of completion (seven days make a week, seven years to year of release, seven Spirits of HaShem, etc.) we see this as an instruction to let the fullness of the light of HaShem shine in our temple. Since we have no temple today, how would we accomplish this spiritually?

G-d called our people to be a "light to the gentiles." (Isa 42:6) How was that light to shine? By the obedience to HaShem’s commandments and charitable deeds, the Gentiles could see the Light of HaShem. Yeshua told us "you are the light of the world. … let your light shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your father which is in heaven." (Matt 5:14-16) Our sages tell us that the seven lamps in the mishkan represent the people of Israel.

Again the question, "How do I light the menorah of G-d within me?" By paying attention to His commandments and applying them to yourself in private and in front of others. When the Torah tells us "Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy…" we should make every effort to keep it the way G-d intended. Doing so will cause men to see, thereby revealing the truth of G-d to them.

The commandments were given to us and for us. The Sabbath is a wonderful example.

If I choose the first day of the week to rest, then several things happen. I have decided for myself what is right and what is wrong. Sound familiar? (Genesis 2:1-7) G-d said, "…keep the seventh day holy…" but if I decide it would be better for me to keep the first day. That’s rebellion. If I rest before I work, my mind does not perceive the coming day as significant and it is easier to justify not keeping the day since we have dislocated it from G-d’s commandments. Having a clear ending point to our week before we rest helps us know that there is nothing else I can do this week to finish my business. Therefore everything that is left can just wait till the week begins again. I can rest with a clear mind knowing the week is finished.

A’seh l’kha sh’teyt cha-tzo-tz’rot ke-sef…. "Make for yourself two trumpets of silver…." Why two trumpets? Why not three or one? A messianic view of having two trumpets, two tablets of covenant, two witnesses, two candlesticks on Shabbos, etc., is because there are two witnesses of the L-rd in this world today; traditional mainline Judaism and all messianic believers. Two witnesses are required in the Torah for a witness to be true. The two silver trumpets announced; call to assembly and time to journey. If only one trumpet was sounded, only the elders assembled before Moshe. When both trumpets sounded, everyone was being called.

Now for a very interesting phenomena in the Torah. There are two reversed nuns in the Torah. Between them is a prayer that is said during our Torah service. "Va-yi’hi bin’soa ha-a-ron va-yo-mer Moshe." "And it came to pass that when the ark set forward that Moses would say, Arise O Lord and let your enemies be scattered, Let those that hate you flee before you. And when it rested, he said, Return oh Lord to the ten thousand thousands of Yisra’el."

Because they were following the cloud, the Sages have come to the conclusion that the two reverse nuns are indicating the sh’kina (glory cloud) of HaShem. One nun for when the cloud lifted and moved out, the other nun for when it stopped and returned to the mishkan (tabernacle).

When the children of Israel complained about not having meat to eat, G-d provided mannah (similar in size and shape to coriander seed) which tasted like oily flower cakes. The people again complained and the L-rd provided quail until everyone was sick of it. Be careful what you ask for and the attitude with which you ask.

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