Chukat – 6/14/13 Numbers 19:1–22:1

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The mystery shrouding this Parsha and the central ordinance it opens with has intrigued both Sage and student alike for millennia! Even the Talmud discusses the perplexing issue as one which even Solomon failed to grasp! But!!! You and I have the benefit of the unsealing of those things hidden that are now being revealed! For starters, let’s look at the number of letters in verse 2: There are 84, the number of which is written Pey-Dalet. This two-letter root is connected with Redemption and ransom. This number is only seen once in scripture in Luke 2: 37 where Anna the Prophetess enters the tabernacle to behold the newborn Messiah. Perhaps a clue can be found here? • Anna, #2584, ‫חַנָּה‬, Channah, translated ‘Grace’. The root stem, ChetNun, chen is the Hebrew word for grace (favor by obedience) it is inextricably linked with Noah, Nun-Chet and the flood of Bitter Waters, which reconnects us to the Ordinance of concern in this Parsha. She is the daughter of Phanuel, #6439, ‫פְּנוּאֵל‬, rendered, ‘The Face of El’. This happens to be the name of the place where Jacob wrestles with the Angel of YHVH (Messiah) Gen. 32:31. After being “Touched”, #5060, ‫ נגע‬naga`, to reach, touch or strike, but also, a blemish, or mark, a plague of leprosy! This again connects us to the Ordinance in question. The Red Heifer sacrifice. Her father Phanuel is from the tribe of Asher, #836, ‫אָשֵׁר‬, which is generically translated, ‘happy’. The same word can mean to go straight, to go on forward and is the root of Israel – Y’sharel! In keeping with the gematria associated with the number 84, Pey-Dalet, Anna speaks to those gathered in the Tabernacle about the Redemption found in Messiah. Anna enters immediately after Simeons’ address to Mary, #4813, ‫מִרְיָם‬, trans. rebellion, from Mem-Resh, bitter, to rebel and Yod-Mem, waters. Again, a connection to the bitter waters of jealousy which are part of the cleansing process for an adulterous bride and the waters of cleansing for the leper from this Ordinance mentioned here! The name Simeon, from Shema – to hear and obey – reflects how the offer of redemption through Messiah is set in motion by the Rebellious Bride who will hear and obey!

The Parsha is titled: Chukat, ‫חֻקַּת‬, from #2708, ‫ חקה‬chuqqah, a statute, ordinance or law. In this instance, law is #8451, ‫ תורה‬towrah, teachings, instructions. The law is specific to the Red Heifer sacrifice. Let’s look a bit here: • Red Heifer, ‫ פרה אֲדֻמָּה‬parah adamah. Though parah is translated as ‘heifer’, it can also mean #6509, parah, to be fruitful, to flourish. Adamah here is translated as red, edom, the same root as Adam with the Hey suffix which indicates the ability to conceive. It hints at a fruitful womb. Ironically, Mary is born of the flesh, and thus according to Ps. 51:5 because of Adam’s sin, any issue from her would also have death working in it. Thus, she, like all of us, has a dead womb – the result of an accused, guilty verdict for an adulterous wife. However, the Father of her son is YHVH and thus neither sin nor death is able to hold him and the fruit of her womb becomes the LIFE of the World! Ps. 51:5 has 27 letters which is the value of #2420, ‫ חידה‬chiydah, an enigma, riddle, and a mystery that puzzles. The Red Heifer sacrifice was just that, a puzzle! How could one unclean approach a “Clean One” – and exchange positions? It would be through this Ordinance fulfilled in/by Messiah Yahshua! Eleazar the Priest. II. The connection between Eleazar and this Ordinance cannot be overstated: He is mentioned only 6 times previously. His ministry truly begins here and he is named 34 times in Numbers alone. 34 is the gematria of Goel, Gimmel-Alef-Lamed, to redeem! Let’s look at the name in Hebrew: • Eleazar, #499, ‫' אלעזר‬El`azar, El is my Helper. I am convinced that the Levitical priesthood represents the role of the Bride as the Helpmate of YHVH/Messiah, the Husband. Following the pattern of Adam-Eve. She was a helpmate for him: ‫עֵזֶר כְּנֶגְדֹּֽו׃‬, Note the same root here – ezer! However, the remaining phrase hides a clue: The Kaf prefix is a preposition meaning ‘for’, while the Vav suffix shows masculine possession and results in the English translation ‘for him’. Yet, the root – neged – is left alone! What does it mean? It can serve as a preposition indicating ‘in front of’, before, opposite, in the presence of. As a noun its’ original meaning was ‘that which is high or conspicuous’. (The high or conspicuous belly?) It also hints at ‘to solve or make known’ as in a mystery. Finally, it is connected with the verbal form indicating to strike or beat having the same root, Nun-Gimmel, as naga, the

term for being struck with a plague or leprosy. There was no other creature suitable for Adam who could provide a belly - womb (that which is conspicuous) that would be struck through – pierced by a sword – the Living Word of YHVH! Eleazar becomes a prophetic picture of a willing bride – like Mary – who, though an unclean vessel would be made clean by the sacrifice of Messiah. He would become the Struck One. I found it noteworthy to consider the gematria of Ezer K’negdo, 308 – which was the same as #2713, ‫חקר‬ chaqar, to search or seek out. This Parsha comes on the heels of Korach, which incidentally, has the same 3 letters! The Red Heifer is the provision of YHVH for that rebellious bride to be cleansed! Another interesting tidbit can be seen here in Numbers 19:3. And ye shall give her unto Eleazar the priest, that he may bring her forth without the camp, and [one] shall slay her before his face: The Red Heifer is to be killed in the face of ELEAZAR. Yahshua was killed in front of Mary; Adam dies in front of Eve. How powerful to realize as the Bride – 2nd Eve – we must witness the death of Messiah in our face, piercing our own soul with the sword! It becomes personal! The word for slay or kill here is #7819, ‫ שחט‬shachat, to slaughter. In Leviticus the word is used to indicate that the one who brings the sacrifice is the one who also kill it! Can you express the agony of Mary who knew she was responsible for killing her own Son in order to experience His redemption? Has the method changed for you and I? Elements of the Sacrifice: III. We know the blood is mixed with the ashes but, in addition we have the following: • Cedar, #730, ‫' ארז‬erez, this tree would resist decay (death) and become the material of tabernacle construction. Indicating a promise of victory over the flesh and redemption/immortality! It would symbolize the Long-Lived Tree, the Tree of Life to which we would again gain access! • Hyssop, #231, ‫' אזוב‬ezowb, always connected with spiritual cleansing we must look at the Alef-Bet, father and the Zayin-Vav, which means to flow from, to issue forth. • Scarlet, #8438, ‫ תולע‬towla`, translated crimson, scarlet, a dye extracted in antiquity, from a worm. When the female of the scarlet worm species was ready to give birth to her young, she would attach her body to the trunk of a tree, fixing herself so firmly and permanently that she would never leave again. In the root, Tav-Lamed, tal, we find something that is mounded,

heaped as in the protruded belly. It can also mean a ruin or devastation and is a cognate of #8511, tala, to hang, to be suspended or hung. Finally, all were cast into the midst of the burning of the heifer. Burning, #8316, ‫ שרפה‬sĕrephah, a fem. Noun meaning to be totally consumed by fire. The root Shin-Resh-Pey means to burn as well, but can also indicate to Swallow Down, to drink in, like the adulterous bride who would drink down the bitter waters that would consume her. This Ordinance would remind us of a promise to redeem - though the Bride is guilty, the death that was hers is taken by the One who would be hung; fastening himself on the Long-Lived Tree, the Word who would issue from YHVH, restoring the ruined womb, that was judged by the burning, consuming waters of Jealousy!

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