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DISSEMINATING WORLDWIDE MESSIANIC JUDAISM ALL OVER LATIN AMERICA, USA AND EUROPE

PARASHAH 41
PINCHAS

21 OF THE FOURTH MONTH OF 5778
JULY 15th 2017

Julio Dam
Messianic Renewed Rabbi

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PARASHAH'S COMMENTARY
THE PERSON ELOHIM WISHES US TO BE

How must the world be? How must our leaders be? How should our leaders  be? How should every one of us be? Since Adam`s fall, there is a dicotomy of views in this sense, which still exists. On one hand, is the world and its hashka/PHAH/perspective; on the other side there is Elohim with His ba/NIM/sons, with their own perspective. Both are always different; however, we rarely meditate on it, and the result is that we end up building a world according to “their” hashka/PHAH/perspective, instead of doing it exclusively from the point of view of Elohim, whom we say we serve. I don't think we do it on purpose, nor conscientiously. Among other things, the pressure of the world and its ideas, its ideosphere, is enormous, and we give in to them, and we con-form (take the form) of the world, instead of allowing Yeshua ha Mashiach to take His shape inside us. We are converted by the world to its “reflex/TZE/lem and likeness/ve DMUT” instead of us converting ourselves at His reflex and likeness, since that is the reason why Yeshua came to live and die for  us—among other things—and each day we look more and more like the (unbelieving) world, until there is no difference at all to perceive. Does the world like to earn something? Does the world steal because it does not have enough to live? Does the world think it can do things independently from Elohim? We are the ones who take our own decisions.

 

 

We are our own gods, in the measure that we live our own lives and we shape our own destiny. We should begin to salute each other as the Hindus do, with the two hands together, and making a reverence one to the others, greeting the “god which is in the other person,” since that is the way we behave to each other, since that is the way we behave to each other,as gods, even the non-believers. How should we have to be? Or better, how does Elohim expect us to be? Which class of leaders does Elohim wants us to be? This question is not something “light,” since as the leader is, that way is the way the messianic synagogue behaves, and each one of us—although to many it is irrelevant what this one says or teaches, but these are the exception, not the rule.  The example of Yeshua, Mosheh´s successor can teach us some rules of what Elohim wishes us to be, and not what we wish to become, vis-a-vis what the world wishes from its leaders, as reflexions of themselves. For the world, a leader, be it a secular or a religious one, he should be charismatic, attractive, with a gift to talk and being easy to mix with, efficient, with a good use of his time, who has success in everything he does, who has more and more followers as time passes, and these should be more and more prosperous, which every ones chooses as the most charming and agreable; in sum, a successful leader in every sense of the word.

And what is wrong with being successful in everything one does, you may think?

Is this Yehoshuah´s profile, Mosheh´s successor? Let´s look at him a little closer. The first thing the Tanakh says about Yehoshua in the book of the same name (Yehoshua 1:2-3) is “ish asher Ruach bo/a man inside which there is Spirit.” This is the first quality, that he what this one says or teaches, but these are the exception, not the rule. 

has the Ruach ha Kodesh inside himself, so that he can be guided from INSIDE by Elohim, and not by his mind and his own ideas. A man who has the Ruakh FUNCTIONING INSIDE HIMSELF is not a common man. It is the kind of man that is in constant communication with Elohim, and Elohim transmits him His will and what Elohim wishes to be done every minute of the day and every detail of each subject. Let us remember Shlomoh´s Temple. EACH MEASUREMENT of the Temple was dictated by Elohim to Shlomoh, even to the smallest detail. Every material, each form was the idea was the “copyright” of Elohim, and from no man, even though Shlomoh was the man with the strongest chachmah in all the earth, according to the Tanakh itself.

What fundamental thing does this phrase teach us, even if it sound “Ish asher Ruakh bo”? That there is no democracy with Elohim, only a rigid and strict theocracy leadered by Elohim and received by Yeshua inside each person, in every issue of the day, in each subject, from the biggest and important, to the smallest and insignificant. THIS IS A LESSON NOBODY TAUGHT YOU, ISN´T SO? The second thing we see in Yehoshua´s is that Mosheh is instructed by Elohim Himself so that he can put His hand on Yehoshua, before the whole town, especially before the Kohen/Priest, Eliezer. What does this mean “top ut His hand” over Yehoshua? That He gives him, in front of the whole people of Israel looking at them, the power, the Khakhmah/acquired wisdom and the discernment and judgment from Mosheh to Yehoshua.

This is a second lesson that Elohim gives  us about leadership, that the world pay attention to him. A leader is DESIGNED by Elohim and the qualities of his predecessor are transferred to him by Elohim´s order. There was no voting in Israel to see who the Israelis wanted to follow after Moshe, who was the most popular leader, so  he would be chosen.

With Mosheh´s rights, the responsibilities of him fell on Yehoshua, which were not a few. Go and try to gobern three million Israelis! Within this delegated authority in Yehoshua are the good decisions that Elohim gives us when we are under His Talit, and doing His will, and not ours. How can a man that is in charge of three million men, women and children govern with chachmah, with good judgment, with justice/tzedakah? It is impossible! Unless Elohim is guiding him in every step, in each decisión, in each judgment, from the most insignificant ones, to the very important ones.

The third rule, which we see in Yehoshua 1:2 is: “Get up and cross the Yarden..” i.e., not only planning and thinking the things, but he takes a decision, acts, “crosses the Yarden.” This “crossing the Yarden,” is an important thing in the life of every messianic believer. As Avraham, it means to become “ivri,” “the one who crossed” (the Yarden) in Hebrew.

The fourth rule is the one that Elohim says to the Chosen People: “I have given you every place that your foot has crossed…” That is to say, that we already have the victory waiting; the only we have to do, to get out of our depression in which sometimes we are, to go and conquest the territory that Elohim had already destined us for. There is a good saying: “From the thing that was said, to the thing that was done there is a long stretch.

The fifth rule is what Elohim tells Yehoshua: “I will not leave you, nor will I let you alone.” That is to say, we are not alone. He has not abandoned us to our destine. That is to say, we are not alone. We have to have the emunah to believe it, and take our spiritual weaponry and fight against everyone and everything, “knowing He will not leave us nor will He forsake us.”

Again, this is easy to say, but very difficult to believe, maybe because we have accustomed to live a life full of failures, and another failure only confirms what we “know”: that we are worth nothing. This might be true without Elohim, but WITH Elohim we must trust He will not leave us alone, but will give us the strength that we need.

This could be true without Elohim, but with Elohim we must trust He will give the strength we need to conquer what is ours by right and by inheritance, as part of the Chosen People that we are.

That way we shall change the type of person we are, and He will give us the class of banim/sons and leaders He wishes us to be.

May Elohim bless you and take you where He wishes you to be and to do.


 

 

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