Shalom my friends and Welcome to Scripture Scribbles – my notes and thoughts on the weekly Torah portion. This week’s Torah portion is Bamidbar meaning In the Wilderness. This portion begins with the instruction to take a census.
As always, test everything to the Word, keep what is good and throw out the rest. Remember, we are all on a journey and I am certainly no authority on anything. Honestly, I’m just stumbling along like everyone else, doing the best I can. 😉
T30 Bamidbar | במדבר | “In the Wilderness”
Torah: Numbers 1:1 – 4:20
Prophets: Hosea 2:1-22 (1:10 – 2:20)
Brit Hadasha: Matthew 4:1-17
📖 1 Thessalonians 5:21 … but test everything; hold fast what is good.
Bamidbar Numbers 1:1-4:20
The book of Numbers was written by Moses
Num 1:2-3 This is the first census and it is counting every male, 20 years old and up. The purpose of this census is for organizing an army. Every able bodied man (no age limit) was useful and given a position.
Num 1:46 The total of men 20 and up from all of the tribes was 603,550, which is approximately the whole population of Baltimore. I find this to be amazing!
Num 1:47-49 The Levites were not registered in the census because they were set apart to be over the Tabernacle and all of its furnishings.
The Levites are tasked with everything involving the Tabernacle.
-all vessels within
Num 2 YHWH placed them in specific locations around the tabernacle. He arranged them by honor, status and marching orders. I have included a picture of the camp from my bible, The Scriptures.
What did people do before there were Levitical Priests?
Num 3 Before there were Levites, these duties were given to the first born son in each family. The first born was the family “priest” or intermediary between them and whatever god they worshipped. This makes me think of Job.
📖 Job 1:5 And when the days of the feast had run their course, Job would send and consecrate them, and he would rise early in the morning and offer burnt offerings according to the number of them all. For Job said, “It may be that my children have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts.” Thus Job did continually.
👣 As you can see here, Job consecrated his children and offered burnt offerings for them.
Num 4 This chapter goes through the specific instructions for packing up the Tabernacle and all of it’s belongings and who would be in charge of what.
Bamidbar Hosea 2:1-22 (1:10 – 2:20)
The book of Hosea was written approximately around 715 BC and takes place during the declining reign of Jeroboam II of Israel. . In chapter 2, Hosea likens Israel to a whore,; however, verse 16 gives us some hope. And it shall be, in that day, declares YHWH, that you call Me “My Husband” and no longer call Me “my Ba’al”.
Bamidbar Matthew 4:1-17
In this chapter of Matthew we read about Yeshua being tested. The first thing that I noticed was verse 1, that the Spirit led Yeshua to be tried (tested).
📖 Matthew 4:1 Then YHWH was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tried by the devil.
This makes me think of Job again. In Job we see that YHWH gives Satan permission to test him and here we see that the Spirit is leading Yeshua to be tested.
This encounter with the Adversary also reminds me of the serpent in the garden with Eve. You can see in the back and forth that the Adversary tries to twist the scriptures ever so slightly but Yeshua is strong in His knowledge of the Word.
I think we forget that the Adversary knows the Word, in fact, he knows it better than most of us do. One little twist of the Word and we could be eating the fruit just like Eve did. It is SO important that we know what the Father’s Word says. How can we stand up against the Adversary if we aren’t equipped with the Word.
How do we equip ourselves?
📖 Eph 6: 11-13 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.
The Armor of God
Belt of Truth
Breastplate of Righteousness
Feet fitted with the Gospel of Peace
Shield of Faith
Helmet of Salvation
Sword of the Spirit
Do you see that?
Truth, Righteousness, Gospel, Faith, Salvation and Spirit.
THIS is something to consider and study out. What do you think this means? I challenge you to look into this from a hebraic perspective.
📖 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my rock and my Redeemer. ~Psalms 19:14
📖 I have stored up YOUR Word in my heart, that I might not sin against you ~Psalms 119:11
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