Parashat Pinchas

Lamed Messianic Studies

(Original Entry from HOD-Wordpress - 2007-07-07 8:21:51 pm)

Category - Lamed Messianic Studies, Jewish

Parashat Pinchas (Pinhas)

Torah Portion: Numbers 25:10-30:1
Haftarah Portion: I Kings 18:46-19:21

In Numbers 26:52-56, as every tribe of Israel gained an inheritance sized according to their numbers in proportions, so each person has a proportionate size of the Kingdom inheritance according to their obedience.

In Numbers 27:1-4, the case is made for the passing of inheritance from a man with no sons. Then, in Numbers 27:5-11, an order of succession for an inheritance is commanded. In this order of succession, the daughters of a man with no sons may inherit. In the Brit Chadesha (New Testament), Believers in Yeshuah are called the Bride of HaMassiah while Israelites are the daughters of Zion (or The High Place).

This text gets very exciting at Numbers 27:s15-23, for here we have our first glimpse of a Messiah after Moshe. And the name of the first man to take on the first pastorate under the High Priest was Joshua. Yeshuah, as we know the Messiah, is actually Yehoshuah [Strong’s H3091], which means G-D - (is) Saved and is from where Joshua is derived. Yeshuah as a derivative means Salvation.

Yehoshuah was lead by Eleazar - el-aw-zawr’ - [Strong’s H0499], which means G-D - (is) Helper. What is so exciting about this is that here we see our first mortal example of Kingdom Governorship as is in the Ruach HaKodesh (Spirit of Separation, or Holy Spirit) as he commissions Yehoshuah to lead the people.

Also, I found Numbers 28:30 to be interesting. Specifically, an offspring from the source of sacrifices (the herds) was to be used for the atonement of sins. This to me sounds a lot like the offspring called the “First Born” of many brethren later to come, being from the source of Him (Abba) Who created the sacrifices. Do we have yet another Messianic allusion here? I believe so. We see the reference again in Numbers 29:16, 19 as it is precisely and specifically described as a separate sacrifice unto itself.

Concerning Pinchas, there is a line of Jewish thought which states that what Moshe did as intercession and repentance for the people to HaShem in the spiritual by prayer, Pinchas did in actions in the physical. While spiritual illuminations manifested in the physical do not last in the physical when the spiritual leave (reverting back to its physical nature), things changed in the physical by physical means do last in the spiritual as well because the change becomes lasting.

This is why we can say that change is not change till it is changed. In other words, a spiritual change is not an overall effective and affective change till a physical change is manifested. This is part and parcel of “walking the faith.” To prove this lesson, ask yourself how people know you are Messiah-like unless your life and actions exemplifies it.

As Believers, we can be freed from drunkenness, and free from drugs and pollution like smoke. We have the freedom to choose our verbiage carefully and not curse. We have the freedom to choose what is good to eat. These are also the physical changes which prove the spiritual changes as lasting change.