Korach | קורח | “Korah”

Deu 6:4  שׁמע  ישׂראל  יהוה  אלהינו  יהוה  אחד׃  

Deu 6:4  “Hear, O Yisra’ĕl: יהוה our Elohim, יהוה is one!

Korach or Korah (קֹרַח — Hebrew for the nameKorah,” which in turn means “baldness, ice, hail, or frost,” the second word, and the first distinctive word, in the parashah) is the 38th weekly Torah portion (פָּרָשָׁה, parashah) in the annual Jewish cycle of Torah reading and the fifth in the Book of Numbers. It constitutes Numbers 16:1–18:32. The parashah is made up of 5,325 Hebrew letters, 1,409 Hebrew words, and 95 verses, and can occupy about 184 lines in a Torah Scroll (סֵפֶר תּוֹרָה, Sefer Torah).

There is a discrepancy of the numbering within this portion between the Hebrew text and most English translations.

Torah: Numbers 16:1 – 18:32

1st reading (עליה, aliyah)  Bemidbar 16:1-13

Num 16:1  And Qoraḥ, son of Yitshar, son of Qehath, son of Lĕwi, took both Dathan and Aḇiram the sons of Eliyaḇ, and On, son of Peleth, sons of Re’uḇĕn,

Num 16:2  and they rose up before Mosheh with some of the children of Yisra’ĕl, two hundred and fifty leaders of the congregation, called ones of the meeting, men of name.

Num 16:3  And they assembled against Mosheh and against Aharon, and said to them, “Enough of you! For all the congregation is set-apart, all of them, and יהוה is in their midst. Why then do you lift up yourselves above the assembly of יהוה?”

Num 16:4  And when Mosheh heard, he fell on his face,

Num 16:5  and spoke to Qoraḥ and all his company, saying, “Tomorrow morning יהוה shall make known who is His and who is set-apart, and bring him near to Him. And let Him bring near to Him the one whom He chooses.

Num 16:6  “Do this: Take fire holders, Qoraḥ and all your company,

Num 16:7  and put fire in them and put incense in them before יהוה tomorrow. And it shall be that the one whom יהוה chooses is the set-apart one. Enough of you, sons of Lĕwi!”

Num 16:8  And Mosheh said to Qoraḥ, “Hear now, you sons of Lĕwi:

Num 16:9  “Is it little to you that the Elohim of Yisra’ĕl has separated you from the congregation of Yisra’ĕl, to bring you near to Himself, to perform the service of the Dwelling Place of יהוה, and to stand before the congregation to serve them,

Num 16:10  and that He has brought you near to Himself, you and all your brothers, the sons of Lĕwi, with you? Yet you seek the priesthood as well?

Num 16:11  “Therefore you and all your company are set against יהוה. And Aharon, what is he that you grumble against him?”

Num 16:12  And Mosheh sent to call Dathan and Aḇiram the sons of Eliyaḇ, but they said, “We are not coming up!

Num 16:13  “Is it little that you have brought us up out of a land flowing with milk and honey, to kill us in the wilderness, that you would also seize total rule over us?

This is paramount to blasphemy, as they are condemning the great work Yahovah did by taking them out of Egypt and then calling the slavery in Egypt a land flowing with milk and honey.

2nd reading (עליה, aliyah)  Bemidbar 16:14-19

Num 16:14  “Also, you have not brought us into a land flowing with milk and honey, nor given us inheritance of fields and vineyards. Would you bore out the eyes of these men? We are not coming up!”

Num 16:15  And Mosheh became very displeased, and said to יהוה, “Do not respect their offering. I have not taken one donkey from them, nor have I done harm to any of them.”

Num 16:16  Then Mosheh said to Qoraḥ, “Tomorrow, you and all your company shall be there before יהוה, you and they and Aharon.

Num 16:17  “And take each one his fire holder, and you shall put incense in it. And let each one bring his fire holder before יהוה, two hundred and fifty fire holders, and you and Aharon, each one with his fire holder.”

Num 16:18  So each one took his fire holder, and put fire in it, and laid incense on it, and stood at the door of the Tent of Meeting with Mosheh and Aharon.

Num 16:19  And Qoraḥ assembled all the congregation against them at the door of the Tent of Meeting. Then the esteem of יהוה appeared to all the congregation.

3rd reading (עליה, aliyah)  Bemidbar 16:20-17:8 (16:20-16:43)

Num 16:20  And יהוה spoke to Mosheh, and to Aharon, saying,

Num 16:21  “Separate yourselves from the midst of this congregation, and let Me consume them in a moment.”

We see the consequences when Yahovah’s judicial order is challenged. Yahovah’s mercy is unending but only when there is repentance and not when there is a prideful hardened heart of rebellion.

Num 16:22  But they fell on their faces, and said, “O Ěl, Elohim of the spirits of all flesh! When one man sins, are You wroth with all the congregation?”

Num 16:23  And יהוה spoke to Mosheh, saying,

Num 16:24  “Speak to the congregation, saying, ‘Move away from around the tents of Qoraḥ, Dathan, and Aḇiram.’ ”

Num 16:25  So Mosheh rose up and went to Dathan and Aḇiram, and the elders of Yisra’ĕl followed him.

Num 16:26  And he spoke to the congregation, saying, “Please turn away from the tents of these wrong men! Do not touch whatever belongs to them, lest you be consumed in all their sins.”

Num 16:27  Then they moved away from around the tents of Qoraḥ, Dathan, and Aḇiram. And Dathan and Aḇiram came out and stood at the door of their tents, with their wives, and their sons, and their little children.

Num 16:28  And Mosheh said, “By this you know that יהוה has sent me to do all these works, that they are not from my own heart.

Num 16:29  “If these die as all men do, or if they are visited as all men are visited, then יהוה has not sent me.

Num 16:30  “But if יהוה creates what is unheard of, and the earth opens its mouth and swallows them up with all that belongs to them, and they go down alive into the grave, then you shall know that these men have scorned יהוה.”

Num 16:31  And it came to be, as he ended speaking all these words, that the ground under them split apart,

Num 16:32  and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them up, with their households and all the men with Qoraḥ, with all their goods.

Num 16:33  So they and all those with them went down alive into the grave, and the earth closed over them, and they perished from the midst of the assembly.

Num 16:34  And all Yisra’ĕl who were round about them fled at their cry, for they said, “Lest the earth swallow us up!”

Num 16:35  And a fire came out from יהוה and consumed the two hundred and fifty men who were offering incense.

Num 16:36  And יהוה spoke to Mosheh, saying,

Num 16:37  “Say to Elʽazar, son of Aharon the priest, to pick up the fire holders out of the blaze, for they are set-apart, and scatter the fire some distance away.

Num 16:38  “The fire holders of these men who sinned against their own lives, let them be made into beaten plates as a covering for the altar. Because they brought them before יהוה, therefore they are set-apart. And let them become a sign to the children of Yisra’ĕl.”

Once we dedicate something to Yahovah it becomes set apart and no longer our own.

Num 16:39  And Elʽazar the priest took the bronze fire holders, which those who were burned up had brought, and they were beaten out as a covering on the altar –

Num 16:40  a remembrance to the children of Yisra’ĕl that no stranger who is not of the seed of Aharon, should come near to offer incense before יהוה, and not be like Qoraḥ and his company – as יהוה had said to him through Mosheh.

Num 16:41  But all the congregation of the children of Yisra’ĕl grumbled against Mosheh and against Aharon on the next day, saying, “You, you have killed the people of יהוה.”

Num 16:42  And it came to be, when the congregation assembled against Mosheh and against Aharon, that they turned toward the Tent of Meeting. And see, the cloud covered it, and the esteem of יהוה appeared.

Num 16:43  And Mosheh and Aharon came before the Tent of Meeting.

4th reading (עליה, aliyah)  Bemidbar 17:9-15

Num 16:44  And יהוה spoke to Mosheh, saying,

Num 16:45  “Arise from amidst this congregation, and let Me consume them in a moment.” And they fell on their faces.

Num 16:46  So Mosheh said to Aharon, “Take the fire holder and put fire in it from the altar, and lay incense on, and go, hurry to the congregation and make atonement for them, for wrath has gone out from יהוה, the plague has begun.”

Num 16:47  And Aharon took it as Mosheh commanded, and ran into the midst of the assembly, and saw that the plague had begun among the people. And he laid on the incense and made atonement for the people,

Num 16:48  and stood between the dead and the living. And the plague was stopped.

Num 16:49  And those who died in the plague were fourteen thousand seven hundred, besides those who died on account of Qoraḥ.

Num 16:50  Then Aharon returned to Mosheh at the door of the Tent of Meeting, for the plague had stopped.

5th reading (עליה, aliyah)  Bemidbar 17:16-24

Num 17:1  And יהוה spoke to Mosheh, saying,

Num 17:2  “Speak to the children of Yisra’ĕl, and take from them a rod from each father’s house, all their leaders according to their fathers’ houses, twelve rods. Write each one’s name on his rod,

Num 17:3  and write Aharon’s name on the rod of Lĕwi, for there is one rod for the head of each father’s house.

Num 17:4  “You shall then place them in the Tent of Meeting before the Witness, where I meet with you.

Num 17:5  “And it shall be that the rod of the man whom I choose buds, and I shall rid Myself of the grumblings of the children of Yisra’ĕl, which they grumble against you.”

Num 17:6  And Mosheh spoke to the children of Yisra’ĕl, and all their leaders gave him a rod each, for each leader according to their fathers’ houses, twelve rods. And the rod of Aharon was among their rods.

Num 17:7  So Mosheh placed the rods before יהוה in the Tent of the Witness.

Num 17:8  And it came to be on the next day that Mosheh went into the Tent of the Witness and saw that the rod of Aharon, of the house of Lĕwi, had budded, and brought forth buds, and blossomed and bore ripe almonds.

The almond tree is the first tree each year to bear flowers and bud but the last to bear its fruit, and was known in ancient times for its diligence. Due to this Yahweh used it to show His unswerving backing of Aaron as High Priest.

Num 17:9  And Mosheh brought out all the rods from before יהוה to all the children of Yisra’ĕl. And they looked, and each man took his rod.

6th reading (עליה, aliyah)  Bemidbar 17:25-18:20

Num 17:10  And יהוה said to Mosheh, “Bring Aharon’s rod back before the Witness, to be kept as a sign against the rebels, so that you put an end to their grumblings against Me, lest they die.”

Num 17:11  And Mosheh did as יהוה had commanded him, so he did.

Num 17:12  And the children of Yisra’ĕl spoke to Mosheh, saying, “See, we shall die, we shall perish, we shall all perish!

Num 17:13  “Anyone who comes near the Dwelling Place of יהוה dies. Shall we be consumed – to die?”

Num 18:1  And יהוה said to Aharon, “You and your sons and your father’s house with you are to bear the crookedness against the set-apart place, and you and your sons with you are to bear the crookedness against your priesthood.

Num 18:2  “But bring with you your brothers of the tribe of Lĕwi too, the tribe of your father to join you and serve you while you and your sons are with you before the Tent of the Witness.

Num 18:3  “And they shall guard your charge, and the duty of all the Tent, but they do not come near the furnishings of the set-apart place and the altar, lest they die, both they and you.

Num 18:4  “And they shall be joined with you and guard the duty to the Tent of Meeting, for all the service of the Tent, but a stranger does not come near you.

Num 18:5  “And you shall guard the duty of the set-apart place and the duty of the altar, so that there be no more wrath on the children of Yisra’ĕl.

Num 18:6  “And see, I Myself have taken your brothers the Lĕwites from the midst of the children of Yisra’ĕl – a gift to you, given by יהוה, to do the service of the Tent of Meeting.

Num 18:7  “But you and your sons with you are to guard your priesthood for all matters at the altar and behind the veil, and you shall serve. I have given you the priesthood as a gift for service, but the stranger who comes near is put to death.”

Num 18:8  And יהוה spoke to Aharon, “And see, I Myself have also given you the charge of My contributions, all the set-apart gifts of the children of Yisra’ĕl. I have given them to you for the anointing, and to your sons, as a law forever.

Num 18:9  “This is yours of the most set-apart gifts, from the fire: all their offerings, all their grain offerings and all their sin offerings and all their guilt offerings which they render to Me, are most set-apart for you and your sons.

Num 18:10  “Eat it in the most set-apart place – every male eats it. It is set-apart to you.

Num 18:11  “This also is yours: the contribution of their gift, with all the wave offerings of the children of Yisra’ĕl. I have given them to you, and your sons and daughters with you, as a law forever. Everyone who is clean in your house eats it.

Num 18:12  “All the best of the oil, and all the best of the new wine and the grain – their first-fruits which they give to יהוה – I have given them to you.

Num 18:13  “The first-fruits of all that is in their land, which they bring to יהוה, are yours. Everyone who is clean in your house eats it.

Num 18:14  “All that is dedicated in Yisra’ĕl is yours.

Num 18:15  “Everyone opening a womb of all flesh, which they bring to יהוה, whether man or beast, is yours. But the first-born of man you shall certainly ransom, and the first-born of the unclean beast you ransom.

Num 18:16  “And ransom their ransomed ones when one month old, according to your valuation, five sheqels of silver, according to the sheqel of the set-apart place, which is twenty gĕrahs.

Num 18:17  “But the first-born of a cow, or the first-born of a sheep, or the first-born of a goat you do not ransom, they are set-apart. Sprinkle their blood on the altar, and burn their fat as an offering made by fire for a sweet fragrance to יהוה.

Num 18:18  “And their flesh is yours, as the wave breast and as the right thigh, it is yours.

Num 18:19  “All the contributions of the set-apart gifts, which the children of Yisra’ĕl present to יהוה, I have given to you and your sons and daughters with you as a law forever. It is a covenant of salt forever before יהוה with you and your seed with you.”

Num 18:20  And יהוה said to Aharon, “You are not to have an inheritance in their land, nor have any portion in their midst. I am your portion and your inheritance among the children of Yisra’ĕl.

True priests of Yahovah do not gather and hoard mammon, but live by faith and trust Yahweh to provide as they are His possession.

7th reading (עליה, aliyah)  Bemidbar 18:21-32

Num 18:21  “And see, I have given the children of Lĕwi all the tithes in Yisra’ĕl as an inheritance in return for the service which they are serving, the service of the Tent of Meeting.

Num 18:22  “And let the children of Yisra’ĕl no more come near the Tent of Meeting, lest they bear sin and die,

Num 18:23  because the Lĕwites shall do the service of the Tent of Meeting, so they themselves bear their crookedness. A law forever, throughout your generations: that among the children of Yisra’ĕl they are to have no inheritance,

Num 18:24  but the tithes of the children of Yisra’ĕl, which they present as a contribution to יהוה, I have given to the Lĕwites as an inheritance. That is why I have said to them, ‘Among the children of Yisra’ĕl they have no inheritance.’ ”

Num 18:25  And יהוה spoke to Mosheh, saying,

Num 18:26  “Speak to the Lĕwites and say to them, ‘When you take from the children of Yisra’ĕl the tithes which I have given you from them as your inheritance, then you shall present a contribution of it to יהוה, a tenth of the tithe.

Num 18:27  ‘And your contribution shall be reckoned to you as grain from the threshing-floor and as filling from the winepress.

Num 18:28  ‘Thus you also present a contribution unto יהוה from all your tithes which you receive from the children of Yisra’ĕl. And you shall give from it the contribution to יהוה to Aharon the priest.

Num 18:29  ‘From all your gifts you present every contribution due to יהוה, from all the best of them, the set-apart part of them.’

Num 18:30  “And you shall say to them, ‘When you have presented the best of it, then the rest shall be reckoned to the Lĕwites as the yield of the threshing-floor and as the yield of the winepress.

Num 18:31  ‘And you shall eat it in any place, you and your households, for it is your reward for your service in the Tent of Meeting,

Num 18:32  and bear no sin because of it, when you have presented the best of it, and do not profane the set-apart gifts of the children of Yisra’ĕl, lest you die.’ ”

Prophets: 1 Samuel 11:14 – 12:25

1Sa 11:14  And Shemu’ĕl said to the people, “Come, and let us go to Gilgal and renew the reign there.”

1Sa 11:15  And all the people went to Gilgal, and there they set up Sha’ul to reign before יהוה in Gilgal, and there they made slaughterings of peace offerings before יהוה. And there Sha’ul rejoiced, and all the men of Yisra’ĕl, very greatly.

1Sa 12:1  And Shemu’ĕl said to all Yisra’ĕl, “Look, I have listened to your voice in all that you said to me, and have set a sovereign over you.

1Sa 12:2  “And now, look, the sovereign is walking before you. And I am old and grey, and look, my sons are with you. And I have walked before you from my youth to this day.

1Sa 12:3  “Look, here I am. Witness against me before יהוה and before His anointed: Whose ox have I taken, or whose donkey have I taken, or whom have I oppressed? Whom have I abused, or from whose hand have I received any bribe with which to blind my eyes? – then I restore it to you.”

1Sa 12:4  And they said, “You have not oppressed us or abused us, nor have you taken any bribe from anyone’s hand.”

1Sa 12:5  So he said to them, “יהוה is witness against you, and His anointed is witness today, that you have found naught in my hand.” And they answered, “He is witness.”

1Sa 12:6  And Shemu’ĕl said to the people, “It is יהוה who appointed Mosheh and Aharon, and who brought your fathers up from the land of Mitsrayim.

1Sa 12:7  “And now, stand still, so that I judge you before יהוה concerning all the righteous acts of יהוה which He did to you and your fathers:

1Sa 12:8  “When Yaʽaqoḇ had come to Mitsrayim, and your fathers cried out to יהוה, then יהוה sent Mosheh and Aharon, who brought your fathers out of Mitsrayim and made them dwell in this place.

1Sa 12:9  “But they forgot יהוה their Elohim, so He sold them into the hand of Sisera, commander of the army of Ḥatsor, and into the hand of the Philistines, and into the hand of the sovereign of Mo’aḇ. And they fought against them.

1Sa 12:10  “And they cried out to יהוה, and said, ‘We have sinned, because we have forsaken יהוה and served the Baʽals and the Ashtaroth. And now, deliver us from the hand of our enemies, and we serve You.’

1Sa 12:11  “And יהוה sent Yerubbaʽal, and Beḏan, and Yiphtaḥ, and Shemu’ĕl, and delivered you out of the hand of your enemies round about, and you dwelt in safety.

1Sa 12:12  “And when you saw that Naḥash sovereign of the children of Ammon came against you, you said to me, ‘No, but let a sovereign reign over us,’ when יהוה your Elohim was your sovereign.

1Sa 12:13  “And now, here is the sovereign whom you have chosen and whom you have asked. And see, יהוה has set a sovereign over you.

1Sa 12:14  “If you fear יהוה, and shall serve Him and obey His voice, and not rebel against the command of יהוה, then both you and the sovereign who reigns over you shall follow יהוה your Elohim.

1Sa 12:15  “But if you do not obey the voice of יהוה, and shall rebel against the command of יהוה, then the hand of יהוה shall be against you, as it was against your fathers.

1Sa 12:16  “And now, stand and see this great matter which יהוה does before your eyes:

1Sa 12:17  “Is today not the wheat harvest? Let me call to יהוה, so that He sends thunder and rain – know then and see that your evil is great, which you have done in the eyes of יהוה, in asking for yourselves a sovereign.”

1Sa 12:18  And Shemu’ĕl called to יהוה, and יהוה sent thunder and rain that day. And all the people greatly feared יהוה and Shemu’ĕl.

1Sa 12:19  And all the people said to Shemu’ĕl, “Pray for your servants to יהוה your Elohim, that we do not die, for we have added to all our sins this evil of asking for ourselves a sovereign.”

1Sa 12:20  And Shemu’ĕl said to the people, “Do not fear. You have done all this evil. Only, do not turn aside from following יהוה. And you shall serve יהוה with all your heart,

1Sa 12:21  and do not turn aside after worthless matters which do not profit or deliver, for they are worthless.

1Sa 12:22  “For יהוה would not cast away His people, for His great Name’s sake, seeing it has pleased יהוה to make you His people.

1Sa 12:23  “Also, as for me, far be it from me that I should sin against יהוה in ceasing to pray for you, but I shall teach you the good and straight way.

1Sa 12:24  “Only fear יהוה, and you shall serve Him in truth with all your heart, for consider what marvels He has done for you.

1Sa 12:25  “But if you persist in doing evil, both you and your sovereign are consumed.”

Brit Hadasha: Luke 18:35 – 19:28

Luk 18:35  And it came to be, that as He was coming near Yeriḥo, that a certain blind man was sitting by the way begging.

Luk 18:36  And hearing a crowd passing by, he asked what it meant.

Luk 18:37  And they reported to him that יהושע of Natsareth was passing by.

Luk 18:38  And he cried out, saying, “יהושע, Son of Dawiḏ, have compassion on me!”

Luk 18:39  And those going before were rebuking him that he should be silent, but he was crying out much more, “Son of Dawiḏ, have compassion on me!”

Luk 18:40  And יהושע stopped and commanded him to be brought to Him. And when he had come near, He asked him,

Luk 18:41  saying, “What do you wish Me to do for you?” And he said, “Master, to receive my sight.”

Luk 18:42  And יהושע said to him, “Receive your sight! Your belief has saved you.”

Luk 18:43  And immediately he received his sight, and was following Him, praising Elohim. And all the people, seeing it, gave praise to Elohim.

Luk 19:1  And having entered, He was passing through Yeriḥo.

Luk 19:2  And see, a man called Zakkai! And he was a chief tax collector, and he was rich,

Luk 19:3  and he was seeking to see who יהושע was, but was unable because of the crowd, for he was small in stature.

Luk 19:4  And having run ahead, he climbed up into a sycamore tree to see Him, because He was about to pass by.

The Hebrew word for Sycamore is ‘Shickma’ and means redemption, showing about the change that was to come.

Luk 19:5  And as יהושע came to the place, He looked up and saw him, and said to him, “Zakkai, hurry and come down, for I have to stay at your house today.”

Luk 19:6  And he hurried and came down, and received Him, rejoicing.

Luk 19:7  And seeing it, they all grumbled, saying, “He has gone in to stay with a man who is a sinner.”

Luk 19:8  But Zakkai stood up and said to the Master, “Look, Master, I give half of my possessions to the poor. And if I have taken whatever from anyone by false accusation, I repay fourfold.”

Luk 19:9  And יהושע said to him, “Today deliverance has come to this house – since he also is a son of Aḇraham.

Luk 19:10  “For the Son of Aḏam has come to seek and to save what was lost.”

Luk 19:11  And as they were hearing this, He spoke another parable, because He was near Yerushalayim and they thought the reign of Elohim was about to be manifested straightaway.

Luk 19:12  He therefore said, “A certain nobleman went to a distant country to receive for himself a reign and to return.

Luk 19:13  “And calling ten of his servants, He gave them ten minas, and said to them, ‘Trade until I come.’

Luk 19:14  “But his subjects were hating him, and sent a delegation after him, to say, ‘We do not wish this one to reign over us.’

Luk 19:15  “And it came to be, when he came back, having received the reign, that he sent for these servants to whom he had given the silver, in order to know what each had gained by trading.

Luk 19:16  “And the first came, saying, ‘Master, your mina has earned ten minas.’

Luk 19:17  “And he said to him, ‘Well done, good servant. Because you were trustworthy in a small matter, have authority over ten cities.’

Luk 19:18  “And the second came, saying, ‘Master, your mina has earned five minas.’

Luk 19:19  “And he said to him also, ‘And you – be over five cities.’

Luk 19:20  “And another came, saying, ‘Master, here is your mina, which I kept laid up in a handkerchief.

Luk 19:21  ‘For I was afraid of you, because you are a hard man. You take up what you did not lay down, and reap what you did not sow.’

Luk 19:22  “And he said to him, ‘Out of your own mouth I shall judge you, you wicked servant. You knew that I was a hard man, taking up what I did not lay down and reaping what I did not sow.

Luk 19:23  ‘Why did you not put the silver in the bank, that when I come I could have collected it with interest?’

Luk 19:24  “Then he said to those who stood by, ‘Take the mina from him, and give it to him who possesses ten minas.’

Luk 19:25  “But they said to him, ‘Master, he already possesses ten minas.’

Luk 19:26  ‘For I say to you, that to everyone who possesses shall be given; and from him who does not possess, even what he possesses shall be taken away from him.

Luk 19:27  ‘But those enemies of mine who did not wish me to reign over them, bring them here and slay them before me.’ ”

Luk 19:28  And having said this, He went on ahead, going up to Yerushalayim.

Romans 13

Rom 13:1  Let every being be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from Elohim, and the authorities that exist are appointed by Elohim.

Rom 13:2  So he who opposes the authority withstands the institution of Elohim, and those who withstand shall bring judgment on themselves.

Yahweh set a judicial order from creation and all those who have been put in authority are ultimately there due to Him. To be prideful and self-willed and resist the authority ordained by Yahweh, whether in the congregation or civil government it makes no difference, the person is resisting YHWH, the one who gave the authority to him. It stands to reason that YHWH is the ultimate authority and if someone whether it be in the congregation or civil authority would want a believer to violate one of YHWH’s commands, then they would not submit to such an injunction.

Rom 13:3  For those ruling are an object of fear, not to good works, but to evil. Do you wish to be not afraid of the authority? Do the good, and you shall have praise from it,

Rom 13:4  for it is a servant of Elohim to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid, for it does not bear the sword in vain. For it is a servant of Elohim, a revenger to execute wrath on him who practises evil.

Rom 13:5  Therefore, it is necessary to be subject, not only because of wrath but also because of the conscience.

Rom 13:6  For because of this you also pay taxes, for they are servants of Elohim attending continually to these duties.

Rom 13:7  Render therefore to all what is due to them: tax to whom tax is due, toll to whom toll, fear to whom fear, respect to whom respect.

Rom 13:8  Owe no one any matter except to love one another, for he who loves another has filled the Torah.

Rom 13:9  For this, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not bear false witness,” “You shall not covet,” and if there is any other command, is summed up in this word, “You shall love your neighbour as yourself.”

Many under the false grace try to purport that this golden rule replaces the Torah when in fact it is written in the Torah (Lev 19:18). Paul’s whole point is that every law written in the Torah is to show love, either to YHWH or our fellow man.

Exodus 20:13-17; Deuteronomy 5:17-21, Leviticus 19:18

Rom 13:10  Love does no evil to a neighbour. Therefore, love is completion of the Torah.

Rom 13:11  And do this, knowing the time, that it is already the hour for us to wake up from sleep, for now our deliverance is nearer than when we did believe.

Rom 13:12  The night is far advanced, the day has come near. So let us put off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.

Rom 13:13  Let us walk becomingly, as in the day, not in wild parties and drunkenness, not in living together and indecencies, not in fighting and envy,

Rom 13:14  but put on the Master יהושע Messiah, and make no provision for the lusts of the flesh.

It was reported in early 2012 that for the first time in the USA more than 50% of couples are cohabiting instead of getting married, clearly a sign of the times we are living in.

2 Timothy 2

2Ti 2:1  You then, my son, be strong in the favour that is in Messiah יהושע.

2Ti 2:2  And what you have heard from me among many witnesses, entrust these to trustworthy men who shall be competent to teach others as well.

2Ti 2:3  Suffer hardship with us as a good soldier of יהושע Messiah.

2Ti 2:4  No one serving as a soldier gets involved in the affairs of this life, in order to please only him who enlisted him as a soldier.

2Ti 2:5  And if anyone competes in a game, he is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules.

2Ti 2:6  The hard-working farmer ought to be first to receive his share of the crops.

2Ti 2:7  Think over what I say, for the Master shall give you understanding into all this.

2Ti 2:8  Remember that יהושע Messiah, of the seed of Dawiḏ, was raised from the dead according to my Good News,

2Ti 2:9  for which I suffer hardship, as a criminal, unto chains, but the Word of Elohim is not chained.

2Ti 2:10  So I endure through it all for the sake of the chosen, so that they too obtain deliverance which is in Messiah יהושע with everlasting esteem.

2Ti 2:11  Trustworthy is the word: For if we died with Him, we shall also live with Him.

2Ti 2:12  If we endure, we shall also reign with Him. If we deny Him, He also shall deny us.

2Ti 2:13  If we are not trustworthy, He remains trustworthy, it is impossible for Him to deny Himself.

2Ti 2:14  Remind them of this, earnestly witnessing before the Master, not to wage verbal battles – which is useless – to the overthrowing of the hearers.

2Ti 2:15  Do your utmost to present yourself approved to Elohim, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly handling the Word of Truth.

2Ti 2:16  But keep away from profane, empty babblings, for they go on to more wickedness,

2Ti 2:17  and their word shall eat its way like gangrene. Humenaios and Philetos are of this sort,

2Ti 2:18  who have missed the goal concerning the truth, saying that the resurrection has already taken place, and overthrow the belief of some.

2Ti 2:19  However, the solid foundation of Elohim stands firm, having this seal, יהוה knows those who are His,” Genesis 16:5 and, “Let everyone who names the Name of Messiah turn away from unrighteous-ness.”

Numbers 16:5

2Ti 2:20  But in a large house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay, some unto value and some unto no value.

2Ti 2:21  If, then, anyone cleanses himself from these matters, he shall be a vessel unto value, having been set apart, of good use to the Master, having been prepared for every good work.

2Ti 2:22  And flee from the lusts of youth, but pursue righteousness, belief, love, peace with those calling on the Master out of a clean heart.

2Ti 2:23  But refuse foolish and stupid questions, knowing that they breed quarrels.

2Ti 2:24  And a servant of the Master should not quarrel but be gentle towards all, able to teach, patient when wronged,

2Ti 2:25  in meekness instructing those who are in opposition, lest somehow Elohim gives them repentance unto a thorough knowledge of the truth,

2Ti 2:26  and they come to their senses, out of the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his desire.

Jude (Judah) 1:1-25
The Book of Judah is a Prophecy for the end of times.

Jud 1:1  Yehuḏah, a servant of יהושע Messiah, and brother of Yaʽaqoḇ, to those who are called, set-apart by Elohim the Father, and preserved in יהושע Messiah:

Jud 1:2  Compassion, and peace, and love be increased to you.

Jud 1:3  Beloved ones, making all haste to write to you concerning our common deliverance, I felt the necessity to write to you urging you to earnestly contend for the belief which was once for all delivered to the set-apart ones.

Jud 1:4  For certain men have slipped in, whose judgment was written about long ago, wicked ones1 perverting the favour of our Elohim for indecency, and denying the only Master יהוה and our Master יהושע Messiah.

Footnote: 1See Mt. 13, 2 Thess. 2.

Judah prophesies about the lawless gospel that is being preached today.

Jud 1:5  But I intend to remind you, though you once knew this, that יהוה, having saved a people out of the land of Mitsrayim, afterward destroyed those who did not believe.

This is quite a sobering scripture considering almost 2.8 million people left Egypt and only 2 (20 and above) entered the Promised Land.

Jud 1:6  And the messengers who did not keep their own principality, but left their own dwelling, He has kept in everlasting shackles under darkness for the judgment of the great day.

Jud 1:7  Even as Seḏom and Amorah and the cities around them in a similar way to these, having given themselves over to whoring and gone after strange flesh, are set forth as an example, undergoing judicial punishment of everlasting fire.

Jud 1:8  In the same way, indeed, these dreamers defile the flesh, and reject authority, and speak evil of esteemed ones.

Judah is prophesying of the end time Laodicean attitude that is fully against Yahweh’s judicial order and ordained leadership.

Jud 1:9  But Miḵa’ĕl the chief messenger, in contending with the devil, when he disputed about the body of Mosheh, presumed not to bring against him a blasphemous accusation, but said, יהוה rebuke you!”

Zechariah 3:2

Jud 1:10  But these blaspheme that which they do not know. And that which they know naturally, like unreasoning beasts, in these they corrupt themselves.

Jud 1:11  Woe to them! Because they have gone in the way of Qayin, and gave themselves to the delusion of Bilʽam for a reward, and perished in the rebellion of Qoraḥ.

They are led by a spirit of envy, jealousy and self-preservation.

2 Peter 2:6-15

Jud 1:12  These are rocky reefs in your love feasts, feasting with you, feeding themselves without fear, waterless clouds borne about by the winds, late autumn trees without fruit, twice dead, pulled up by the roots,

Jud 1:13  wild waves of the sea foaming up their own shame, straying stars for whom blackness of darkness is kept forever.

Jud 1:14  And Ḥanoḵ (Enoch), the seventh from Adam, also prophesied of these, saying, “See, יהוה comes with His myriads of set-apart ones,

Jud 1:15  to execute judgment on all, to punish all who are wicked among them concerning all their wicked works which they have committed in a wicked way, and concerning all the harsh words which wicked sinners have spoken against Him.”

Jud 1:16  These are grumblers, complainers, who walk according to their own lusts, and their mouth speaks proudly, admiring faces of others for the sake of gain.

If YHWH is one’s shepherd (Ps 23:1) then he should be happy, satisfied and content under Yahshua’s protection, but these people are miserable and unsatisfied.

Jud 1:17  But you, beloved ones, remember the words spoken before by the emissaries of our Master יהושע Messiah,

Jud 1:18  because they told you that there would be mockers in the last time who would walk according to their own wicked lusts.

Jud 1:19  These are the ones who cause divisions, not having the Spirit.

Jud 1:20  But you, beloved ones, building yourselves up on your most set-apart belief, praying in the Set-apart Spirit,

Jud 1:21  keep yourselves in the love of Elohim, looking for the compassion of our Master יהושע Messiah unto everlasting life.

Jud 1:22  And show compassion toward some who are doubting,

Jud 1:23  but others save with fear, snatching them out of the fire, hating, even the garment defiled by the flesh.1

Footnote: 1See Gal. 5:19-21, Rom. 8:5-10.

Jud 1:24  And to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to present you blameless before the presence of His esteem with exceeding joy,

Jud 1:25  to the only wise Elohim, our Saviour, be esteem and greatness and might and authority, both now and forever. Amĕn.

Psalm 118

Psa 118:1  Oh, give thanks to יהוה, for He is good! Because His kindness is everlasting.

Psa 118:2  Let Yisra’ĕl now say, “His kindness is everlasting.”

Psa 118:3  Let the house of Aharon now say, “His kindness is everlasting.”

Psa 118:4  Let those who fear יהוה now say, “His kindness is everlasting.”

Psa 118:5  I called on Yah in distress; Yah answered me in a broad place.

Psa 118:6  יהוה is on my side; I do not fear what man does to me!

Psa 118:7  יהוה is for me among those helping me; Therefore I look on those hating me.

Psa 118:8  It is better to take refuge in יהוה Than to trust in man.

Psa 118:9  It is better to take refuge in יהוה Than to trust in princes.

Psa 118:10  All the gentiles surrounded me, In the Name of יהוה I shall cut them off.

Psa 118:11  They surrounded me, Yea, they surrounded me; In the Name of יהוה shall I cut them off.

Psa 118:12  They surrounded me like bees; They were extinguished like burning thorns; In the Name of יהוה I shall cut them off.

Psa 118:13  Pushing, the enemy pushed me to fall, But יהוה helped me.

Psa 118:14  Yah is my strength and song, And He has become my deliverance (Y’shua).

Exo 15:2  “Yah is my strength and song, and He has become my deliverance (Y’Shua). He is my Ěl, and I praise Him – Elohim of my father, and I exalt Him.

Exo 15:3  “יהוה is a man of battle, יהוה is His Name.

Isa 12:1  And in that day you shall say, “I thank You יהוה, though You were enraged with me, Your displeasure has turned back, and You have comforted me.

Isa 12:2  “See, Ěl is my deliverance (Y’shua), I trust and am not afraid. For Yah, יהוה, is my strength and my song; and He has become my deliverance (Y’shua).”

Isa 12:3  And you shall draw water with joy from the fountains of deliverance (Y’shua).

Isa 12:4  And in that day you shall say, “Praise יהוה, call upon His Name; make known His deeds among the peoples, make mention that His Name is exalted.

Isa 12:5  “Sing to יהוה, For He has done excellently; this is known in all the earth.

Isa 12:6  “Cry aloud and shout, O inhabitant of Tsiyon, for great is the Set-apart One of Yisra’ĕl in your midst!”

Psa 118:15  The voice of rejoicing and deliverance (Y’shua) Is in the tents of the righteous; The right hand of יהוה is doing mightily.

Psa 118:16  The right hand of יהוה is exalted, The right hand of יהוה acts mightily.

Psa 118:17  Let me not die, but live, And declare the works of Yah.

Psa 118:18  Yah has punished me severely, But did not give me over to death.

Psa 118:19  Open to me the gates of righteousness; I enter through them, I thank Yah.

Psa 118:20  This is the gate of יהוה, The righteous enter through it.

Psa 118:21  I thank You, For You have answered me, And have become my deliverance (Y’shua).

Psa 118:22  The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief corner-stone.

Acts 4:11

Psa 118:23  This was from יהוה, It is marvellous in our eyes.

Psa 118:24  This is the day יהוה has made, Let us rejoice and be glad in it.

Psa 118:25  I pray, O יהוה, please save us now. (Hoshianah)

Psa 118:26  Blessed is He who is coming in the Name of יהוה! We shall bless you from the House of יהוה.

Mathew 21:9, John 12:13, Deuteronomy 18:18-20

Psa 118:27  יהוה is Ěl, and He gave us light; Bind the festal offering With cords to the horns of the altar.

Psa 118:28  You are my Ěl, and I praise You; You are my Elohim, I exalt You.

Psa 118:29  Give thanks to יהוה, for He is good! For His kindness is everlasting.

Num 6:22  And יהוה spoke to Mosheh, saying,

Num 6:23  “Speak to Aharon and his sons, saying, ‘This is how you bless the children of Yisra’ĕl. Say to them:

Num 6:24  “יהוה bless you and guard you;

Num 6:25  יהוה make His face shine upon you, and show favour to you;

Num 6:26  יהוה lift up His face upon you, and give you peace.” ’

Num 6:27  “Thus they shall put My Name on the children of Yisra’ĕl, and I Myself shall bless them.”

Num 6:24         יברכך  יהוה  וישׁמרך׃  

Num 6:25         יאר  יהוה  פניו  אליך  ויחנך׃  

Num 6:26         ישׂא  יהוה  פניו  אליך  וישׂם  לך  שׁלום׃