Torah Pearls #35 – Naso (Numbers 4:21-7:89)

This episode of The Original Torah Pearls is on the Torah Portion of Naso (Numbers 4:21-7:89). In this episode Nehemia Gordon shares a peak into his book Shattering the Conspiracy of Silence: The Hebrew Power of the Priestly Blessing Unleashed. What is holy water used for? Can the Law of Jealousy be explained? Was Yeshua a Nazarite? In Numbers 7:89 who is “he” and who is “him”? All this and more in this week’s Torah Pearls!

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20 thoughts on “Torah Pearls #35 – Naso (Numbers 4:21-7:89)

  1. Oh, man, Nehemia when you sent the shout out to me, even though it was some time ago, it touched my heart! You’re the best! shalom from Atlanta~

  2. Thank you for these teachings, I have learned so much and I appreciate all your efforts to divide our man-made traditions from Yahovah’s Perfect Truth.

    Regarding your comment about a women’s head covering. There is more evidence than Numbers 5:18, although it is not a command, women covered their hair for more reasons than you presented.

    It is a form of modesty and sets a married woman’s glory (which is her hair) apart for her husband, 1 Corinthians 11:7-15.

    I personally know that it is pleasing to Yahovah, and it appears to have been the practice of the 1st century Assembly of Israel, so who changed?

  3. Torah Pearls #35 – Naso:

    The “Jesus” presented in pictures is, from my research, a representation of the Egyptian god, Sarapis (Secrets of Golgotha by Ernest L. Martin, pp. 354-356). Yeshua, looked no different from any other 1 Century Jewish man. No long hair, goatee, or Roman robes. And, sorry Mel Gibson – He was not handsome (Isaiah 53:2). Yeshua was not a Nazarite – Yochanan the Immerser most likely was a Nazarite (Matthew 11:18-19, Luke 1:13-15).

  4. I believe that this passage in Numbers/Bamidbar 5 about the wife that goes astray is a prophecy of the redemptive work of the Messiah taking on the curses that are resting on Israel. YHVH is the jealous husband (Is 54:5, Ex 20:5), Israel (and Judah) are the unfaithful wife (Hos 4:15; 5:3,5; 6:10; 9:1).
    I also believe there is a significance representing the Messiah when alef-tav precedes a word, attached with a maqquev. Alef-tav [AT] (the Greek equivalent would be alpha-omega) is attached to the word ‘his wife’ x2 in 5:14, to ‘wife’ and to ‘her offering’ in v15. In v18 it reads, “The Kohen shall stand ‘AT-the woman’ before YHVH and he shall uncover ‘AT-the head’ of the woman (Yahushua’s head was uncovered and they pulled His hair out) and he shall put upon her palms AT (as a stand alone untranslated word) the meal offering of remembrance…” This meal offering is a picture of the Messiah as firstfruits. v25 says “The Kohen shall take from the hand of the woman ‘AT-the meal offering’ of jealousies; he shall wave AT [stand alone] the meal-offering before YHVH, and he shall bring it near to the Altar. V26 reads “The Kohen shall take a handful from the meal-offering—’AT-its remembrance’—and burn [it] on the Altar; after that he shall cause ‘AT-the woman’ to drink the ‘AT-water’. He shall cause her to drink ‘AT-the water’…”
    The cup of bitter waters is the cup that Yahushua prayed that the Father would let pass from Him See Mt 20:22, 26:39 and 26:42.
    This ordeal at His crucifixion is what made his thighs waste away and his belly to swell (blood pooling in his belly).
    v31 says the man (YHVH) will be free from guilt, but that the woman (Israel) shall bear her guilt.
    (There is one place where my analogy does not work. That is in v20 where it reads “…and if you have become defiled and consorted has a man with you AT-[through] his lying [with you] other than your husband…” I have taken that to mean that AT was there and saw what she was doing. It does matter what we do behind closed doors.)
    I do not read Hebrew yet. I used the Schottenstein interlinear translation from Artscroll.

  5. why would you believe that jc actually existed…he would not be in the torah, as it would be adding to, in my opinion….no monuments or any books about him other then the council of nicea and catholics from there on…
    don murphy.

  6. Mr. Johnson, I heard your “wow” about 50 being the age of ‘that’s all she wrote!,” for Levitical service. Am I processing this correctly — Numbers 8:25 “from the age of fifty years they shall cease waiting on the service thereof . . . BUT SHALL MINISTER WITH THEIR BRETHREN IN THE TABERNACLE OF THE CONGREGATION, to keep the charge, and shall do no service.” (KJV).
    Enlighten us as to what reonsibility(ies) of ministry this entails, even tho they’re, at 50, not to do Levitical service any longer?

  7. Sometimes with the Torah we need to step back as it were from the specific words of the text to looking at who the players are and what are the actions. The wife can be singular as well as national Israel. TanKa tells us the HaShem watchers over, sees or overseas Israel from year to year. This is an allusion to the Sabbath and Feast Days, our appointments with HaShem. There was a time when Israel was not showing up for these appointments, that is she was hidden from His view, and a spirit of Jealousy arose? Where’s my wife and what is she up to? And there was evidence, as reported by the prophets, that she was having relations with other gods/husbands. What to do can only come from the Heavenly court Himself. So from the earth and water which HaShem made, He places the ketubah, DT. into the spirit. We read how the Cohens were to place HaShem’s name upon His people. The Covenant into the water erases His name; the wife no longer carries His name Israel, adopts the names of the nations; the Ba’al’s of the nations. He’s not responsible for her anymore, so all the curses come upon her. We’ve seen picutes of women in Africa who’ve been subject to sever drought and famine. They have swollen bellies due to infestation from eating rotten food or mostly impure water, and their thights have dropped, there’s no meat on them – one wonders how they can stand.They are unable to bear children, still born, or infants dies shortly after birth.
    If a man divorces his wife, and she goes and marries another, and then decides she was better off with the first husband, and they remarry, they both die, as both commited adultry.

    Yeshua, comes to reverse the curse, how? He the innocent party dies for her sins,takes on all the penalties for breaking covenant and if we beleive in Him, we partake of his death, and when He rises from the dead, we also rise with HIm – and are once again betrothed, legally married. We are returning to Him learning to walk in HIs Covenant, not yet living together. Bridal preparation. Marriage at will happen in the fall feasts, when the FAther says, all is ready and Go get your bride. First His crowning at Yom Teruah, then at the Great Wedding Yom Kippur; and then all Israel shall be saved at Tabernacles.

  8. yep, hineni, thx for the shout out! Love and shalom to you and all y’all, and praying for traveling mercies and covering for you for “re-entry”!

  9. When Yeshua had His last passover He said: Matt 26:29 I tell you, I will not drink from this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.”
    Also He has conquered/overcome death, He is a far away from death as is possible.

    I think Yeshua is fulfilling the Nazarite vow now. Because He’s the Messiah and Nazarites are prophetic of the Messiah at this time.

  10. I just finished listening to this weeks portion study and all I can say is WOW!!! There was sooooo much “meat”. I always thought the part about the wife being given the water, the dust and words was a symbol of when they were at the mountain after the golden calf situation – after they drank and their bellies swelled. That has always resembled a picture of Israel as being set apart as the “Bride” (Kings and Princes) of יהוה and the “instructions” were considered the Katuba (unsure of the spelling). Hope you (Nehemia) comment if it is or isn’t. Tks in advance.

  11. Thank you for sharing…
    The spirit of jealousy (kinah)comes because the possibility of his wife beings unfaithful. Now, Yehova is jealous (kinah) for his wife/People if we say we embrace Torah (Spirit of shavuot). Dt 29,20 Ps 78.58.
    Ez. 8.3 says something that might connect it with the passage in Nasso. He (Ezequiel) is taken by the hair and taken to Jerusalem to see the idol of jealousy that provokes jealousy (kinah). So God is jealous for His wife and giving her the opportunity to confess.
    Now following Nasso it comes the nazarite vow that a person wants to Dedicate to God Yehova. That is a Great contrast. Toda raba. Florence from Guatenala.

  12. This portion contains too much for one episode! My wife’s reaction to being sent outside the camp for a miscarriage, “Oh, wonderful.” I quickly said it doesn’t mean your family can’t come with you, but is that how it was? The RC Pope, who cares? Unless it’s relevant. Actually some of my best friends are ex-Roman-Catholic. Two received the fullness of the Aaronic Blessing on a number of different occasions, although it was not pronounced. It was ministered from on high. In Eastern religion it is called Bliss. The phenomenon is first alluded to in Exodus when Moses appears with an aura of light.
    Nehemia’s comments about head covering are a little bewildering. The word phro (Num.5:18-bible), what does it really mean vs. how are you interpreting this as messing up the hair? In terms of the Temple symbolism it would make sense that she is made naked (head naked!) before YHWH. How could her hair be messed up with her head covering on? Good work on the Lev./Num./Matt. discussion.
    Regarding the head covering controversy in other faiths-
    1Cor.11:4-10 raises further questions about head covering yet seems to firmly imply that women need to have some form of head covering. Writings attributed to Paul seem to contain some Rabbinical content not apparent in other New Testament works.
    Surah24:30 men must avert their gaze, from becomes swiftly apparent in the next verse. The implication is given in 30:30 where people are commanded to preserve their birthright fitrah; the purity of a child.
    Surah24:31 women are commanded to modesty including head cover.
    If women were not supposed to cover their bodies for modesty in the Israelite then Messianic periods it was certainly commanded by the Qur’an. However, that may not be one of the 613 Commandments Of Moses.
    It is inappropriate to say we should celebrate women’s beauty. Our Western Civilisation is overwhelmed by symbolism and behaviour that encourages relations outside of marriage. God does not want us to pursue this path.

    • Be very careful equating the quran with the Bible. Just as a quote from Hindu texts have no value in this context, nor do those from the quran. Yehovah is not allah. Not.

      The Bible, in its entirety was written by the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) through men. It’s content was not written by Moses, Zechariah, Micah, John, Paul, or Yeshua (John 12:49 / 2 Peter 1:20-21) although each individual’s personhood shines through the text.

      Secondly, 1Corinthians 11:4-10 is specific to a woman who is praying or prophesying – not everyday living whether she is married or unmarried.

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