Student Teaching in the New Millenium

5771 Matot V

In Numbers, Torah on July 23, 2011 at 11:30 pm

Listen! Listen!
Hear what I hear?
A vow, an oath,
Promise, Covenant

Jeremiah 1:1 – 2:3
Numbers 31:42 – 32:42

Why is the offering of the army a levy, and the offering of the community a withholding?

Why is the Lord’s tribute specified but the community withholding is not?

Why use the Hebrew Adam, or man, if only the women were spared?

Why say and we have brought the LORD’S offering, what every man hath gotten and later say for the men of war had taken booty, every man for himself? Merit of commanders accounted to their commanded? Merit of parents accounted to their children? Merit of the community accounted to those who are missing? Merit of the prophets accounted to the nations?

If the point is to give the promised land to all of the tribes of Israel, why conquer land that would entice some tribes away? Is this to be their own possession or their own kingdom? For it is said, we ourselves will be ready armed to go before the children of Israel…for we will not inherit with them, and, then ye shall be clear before the LORD, and before Israel, and it is also said, if the children of Gad and the children of Reuben will pass with you over the Jordan, every man that is armed to battle, before the LORD, and the land shall be subdued before you, then ye shall give them the land of Gilead for a possession; but if they will not pass over with you armed, they shall have possessions among you in the land of Canaan. Are the Reubenites and Gadites still Israel?

Does this constitute a break of the covenant, for I remember for thee the affection of thy youth…how the wentest after Me? Is this a new covenant with the Reubenites, Gadites, and half tribe of Manasseh, I have made thee this day a fortified city, and an iron pillar, and brazen walls, against the whole land, against the kings of Judah? Or an amendment? Where the terms of this amendment don’t conflict with the master agreement, the master agreement shall have control?

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