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ס ס ח ח ָ ָ ני ני ְ ְ פ פ ִּ ִּ Pinchas

ססחחָָניניְְ פפִִּּ Pinchas

6 Just then, in the sight of Moshe and the whole community of Isra'el, as they were weeping at the entrance to the tent of meeting, a man from Isra'el came by, bringing to his family a woman from Midyan.

7 When Pinchas the son of El'azar, the son of Aharon the cohen, saw it, he got up from the middle of the crowd, took a spear in his hand,

8 and pursued the man from Isra'el right into the inner part of the tent, where he thrust his spear through both of them- the man from Isra'el and the woman through her stomach. Thus was the plague among the people of Isra'el stopped; 9 nevertheless, 24,000 died in the plague.(Num 25:6-9 CJB)

Where Hard-HeartedMeets Hardcore

Shalom! What an opening scene for this week’s parsha! Scandal! Rebellion! Seduction! Betrayal! Murder! Justice! Whoever said Torah lacked passion needs to re-read this week’s portion, but before we can examine the scene we really need to

have this situation in proper context if we intend to explore some of the deeper meanings of the subtext. Just like we saw last week God oftentimes teaches us something spiritual through the natural. And so the title of this week’s parsha is Pinchas or as some translations renders it, Phinehas. So who was he, and why is his name elevated to the position of a title of one of our parshas? An attempt to provide some balance after having endured the doggedly determined and stiff- necked Korach, is the LORD now showcasing someone on the other side of the pendulum perhaps?

Allow me first to draw your attention though to a rampantly growing problem. Have you noticed as we continue making our way through the wilderness, despite the deathly consequences of their rebellion, more and more personalities and people within the camp of Israel are becoming, dare I say, defiant towards Elohim? Where has the pursuit of Holiness amongst the people gone? Where has the Holy reverence evaporated to? I can’t help but have my memory drawn to Apostle Shaul’s pivotal reminder that ‘worldly and empty chatter leads to further ungodliness, spreading like gangrene’ 1 .

Pinchas is the son of El’azar who is the son of Aaron, Israel’s first Cohen Hagadol or High Priest. Ever examine names in Hebrew? A good Bible software program comes in handy, and there are websites if you have internet access that can provide excellent support, but I find it interestingnames tend to fit the surrounding times an individual under observation is living in. Aaron, means ‘Light-bringer’. He is a foreshadowing of our Messiah the servant. In rabbinic commentary he was recognized as the peacemaker. Ever speaking the kind, encouraging word, Aaron had the type of spirit that was said to make folks want to live right. El’azar, Aaron’s son who stepped in the gap after Nadab and Abihu offered strange fire to Elohim means ‘God is my helper. Pinchas, who we read in this portion, would become the next in line to become Israel’s High Priest, means ‘mouth of brass’. Isn’t that just like a kick in the pants? Mouth of brass? So, we’ve descended from the illustrious ‘Light-Bringer’, to the mindful ‘God is my helper’, and now to the not so regal-sounding—‘Mouth of Brass’. In the western mindset

1 2Tim.2:16-17

this type of meaning if taken out of context might become misconstrued when studying Paul’s ‘Love’ chapter in 1Corinthians 13 2 .

But let’s examine Pinchas’ name a little further. Haven’t we all been reading what some might describe as a suspicious amount about Brass, Bronze & Copper

as of late? Essentially the same figurative meanings, Brass and Bronze are one in

the same, both being an amalgam of Copper mixed with a percentage of Tin, and when mixed, the metal became much, much harderable to be used in the construction of weaponry, shields and armor. But we also see Brass used in the construction of the censer of incensethe same kind used in the showdown between Aaron and Korach and his 250 ‘men of renown’ 3 . We saw it used again when the Israelites murmured against Moshe and Aaron and God sent poisonous serpents who could overcome their deadly bite only if they were to physically lookupon that ‘Brass serpent’ erected on a pole that Moshe stood up for all to look upon 4 . So what we find in a very real sense is where the Israelite people demonstrated a hard-heart towards Gods covenant, Pinchas displayed a hard-core

commitment to honoring it! Which category do we desire to be in? Right.

So if we’re going to start putting it all together we’ve got to look at Pinchas in the Hebraic alright? Let’s break it down:

H6372 סחניפ pıyn e chas ,pee-nekh-aws'. Apparently from H6310 and a variation of H5175; mouth
H6372 סחניפ
pıyn e chas ,pee-nekh-aws'. Apparently from H6310
and a
variation of H5175; mouth of a serpent; Pinechas, the name of three Israelites: -
Phinehas.
H6310
הפּ Peh,
peh. From H6284
; the mouth (as the means of blowing),

whether literally or figuratively (particularly speech); specifically edge, portion or side; adverbially (with preposition) according to: - accord (-ing as, -ing to), after, appointment, assent, collar, command (-ment), X eat, edge, end, entry, + file, hole,

X in, mind, mouth, part, portion, X (should) say (-ing), sentence, skirt, sound,

speech, X spoken, talk, tenor, X to, + two-edged, wish, word.

2 1Cor.13:1

3 Numbers 16:17

4 Numbers 21:9

H6310 From H6284 Strongs #6310: AHLB#: 1373-A (N) 1373)  ( PH) ac: Blow co:
H6310
From H6284
Strongs #6310: AHLB#: 1373-A (N) 1373)  ( PH) ac: Blow co: Mouth ab: ?: The
pictograph  is a picture of the mouth. A mouth is the edge of anything such as
the place of the beard, a sword, a region. The edge or border, is often referring to
all that is within the borders, the whole country.
H6284
האפּ
pa'ah , or paw -aw' . A primitive root; to puff, that is, blow away:

- scatter into corners.

H6284

to puff, that is, blow away: - scatter into corners. H6284 Strongs #6284: AHLB#: 1373-D (V)

Strongs #6284: AHLB#: 1373-D (V) 1373)  ( PH) ac: Blow co: Mouth ab: ?: The pictograph is a picture of the mouth. A mouth is the edge of anything such as the place of the beard, a sword, a region. The edge or border, is often referring to all that is within the borders, the whole country. This parent root is identical to both  and .

H5175 שׁחנ nachash, naw-khawsh'. From H5172 ; a snake (from its hiss): - serpent. H5172
H5175
שׁחנ
nachash, naw-khawsh'. From H5172
; a snake (from its hiss): -
serpent.
H5172
שׁחנ
nachash, naw-khash'. A primitive root; properly to hiss, that is,

whisper a (magic) spell; generally to prognosticate: - X certainly, divine, enchanter, (use) X enchantment, learn by experience, X indeed, diligently observe.

H5172
H5172

Strongs #5172: AHLB#: 2395 (V) 2395)  ( NHhSh) Bronze V)  ( N-HhSh) - Divine: To learn something through divination.

[Unknown connection to root;] [freq. 11] (vf: Piel) |kjv: enchantment, divine, enchanter, indeed, certainly, learn, experience, diligently, observe| {str: 5172}

H5172
H5172

שׁחנ

nachash BDB (Brown-Driver-Briggs) Definition: 1) to practice

divination, divine, observe signs, learn by experience, diligently observe, practice fortunetelling, take as an omen;1a) (Piel)1a1) to practice divination; 1a2) to observe the signs or omens. Part of Speech: verb A Related Word by BDB/Strong’s Number: a primitive root Same Word by TWOT Number: 1348

Peh & the Power of the Incas

Alright, so let’s recap that: Pinchas is comprised essentially of two words which we shall discuss here. First, we begin with the ‘Peh’, and it’s significant because it speaks of a mouth. Remember, you may have heard but it’s important to repeat for easy recall, the Hebrew language is just like electricity, the words and letters possess both a negative and a positive charge. Depending on the context you’ll discover words connote either a negative or positive meaning depending on the environment they’re ‘couched in’, alright? But here the Peh is referring specifically to the edge of something, or its borders (go back and read the Hebrew definitions again if you need to take a minute). Intriguing, hasn’t much of the Israelites’ journey been learning that HaShem’s Torah, Regulations and Judgments have been borders to protect and preserve life for Israel? And haven’t we seen that part of Israel’s recent struggle was to push across pagan borders to remove those contrary to God’s Word so that they could push into The Land of Promise? Originally Israel sought to tip-toe into Canaan using the ‘king’s highway’ along the ‘edge’ of the border of pagan territory. God told them No! You push throughI will drive them out! 5 Borders and boundaries are important to God!

Now then, much like borders and boundaries, so are the corners and the opening of our mouth, because out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks yes? 6 Another implicit lesson about man, or Adambeing the Adamah, or part of the Land, where God’s tent is, where He tabernacles, which is why He is so adamant about getting sin out of the campwhich is why He is constantly pleading for us to check our heart, rend our heart, to cleanse our heart, purify our heart, to give Him our heart! Because if there’s uncleanness in the camp, it will infect everyone else if left untendedthus the sin of L’shon Hara. Is it really any wonder why when we read about the ashes of the Red Heifer that Torah told us if a man died in his tent, every vessel that did not have a covering secured on it was to be destroyed? Abba told us to ‘button it up’ for a reason! Evil speech is no minor

to be destroyed? Abba told us to ‘button it up’ for a reason! Evil speech is

5 Exo.34:11

6 Lu.6:45

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issue, for it is the death of many if left to skulk through the campthis is what happened with Korach, this is what happened with the people the day after Korach, and this is what happened with Israel by way of Balaam’s counselthat word for counsel in Hebrew is the word ‘dabar’, or words. And it was Balaam’s spoken words that would lead to the compromise of Israel’s borders! 7

The ‘Incas’

So we’ve addressed Peh, now the Incas. If you study out Pinchas’ name you’ll soon discover that the second root word is naw -khash' . It’s the same root we found in week before last’s portion, Chukkat, or Regulation in regards to those fiery serpents. In Numbers 21:5 we read that the people began to speak against God and Moses and so God sent fiery serpents to bite the people. Here in Pinchas we have the same root word and if you will turn back to page four of our study you will discover that it means among other thingsbronze, to observe signs, to learn by experience, and to diligently observe. It can also mean filthiness, lust, and harlotry 8 . In the positive sense, as observed in Pinchas we observe the 3-letter root word na chash again. NunChetShin. Nun means son, life, or seed. Chet means divide, but in the positive sense it also means to protect, or fence-off. According to Rabbi Munk, ‘The שׁ (shin) represents two Names of God: Shaddai, the All-Sufficient, Unlimited One, and Shalom, Peace. With that one word, ‘shad’ (Shin-Dalet), enough, the Unlimited One fixed the measure of all objects, established the boundaries of all forces, and set the moral limits within which people are to live9 . Just like Pinchas did, can you see him living up to his name? Pinchas was zealous for the boundaries God established for Israel to live in. Pictographically strung together we now know that Pinchas’ name means he created a fence to protect life by diligently observing God’s boundaries’!

life by diligently observing God’s boundaries’ ! 7 Num.31:16 8 Theological Wordbook of the Old
life by diligently observing God’s boundaries’ ! 7 Num.31:16 8 Theological Wordbook of the Old
life by diligently observing God’s boundaries’ ! 7 Num.31:16 8 Theological Wordbook of the Old

7 Num.31:16

8 Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament 1349a; Ezekiel 16:36, Brown-Driver-Briggs 639b

9 The Wisdom in the Hebrew Alphabet, Rabbi Michael L. Munk, Chap.21 Shin, p.207

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The Physics of Bronze

We’re observing this peculiar trait of Hebrew, how it can mean something so nefarious one minute, and in another scenario be used to describe an act of redemption. In the negative it suggests divination, fortune-telling, enchantment and casting spells. This is best observed the first time the word is actually used, all the way back in Beresheet with Adam and Chava.

used, all the way back in Beresheet with Adam and Chava. Now the serpent was more

Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, "Indeed, has God said, 'You shall not eat from any tree of the garden '?" (Gen 3:1 NAS)

The serpent. The naw -kash’. It whispered, used enchantment, it practiced the art of charming, likesnake-charming. It practiced the art of fortune-telling. Through the use of diligent observation, and observing signs, they can then tell you something about yourself that you supposedly have kept a mystery. Did God really say that Eve? All the serpent did was activateEves nature to rebelawakening the ‘yetzer-hara’, or ‘evil inclination’. All Balaam did was whisper into the ear of an all-too-willing Balak, just like the serpent in the garden. Tempt Israel with the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes (daughters of Midian).

“‘Do you therefore set out the handsomest of such of your daughters as are most eminent for beauty, and proper to force and conquer the modesty of those that behold them, and these decked and trimmed to the highest degree you are able. Then do you send them to be near the Israelites’ camp and give them in charge, that when the young men of the Hebrews desire their company, they allow it them; and when they see that they are enamored of them, let them take their leaves; and if they entreat them to stay, let them not give their consent till they have persuaded them to leave off their obedience to their own laws and the worship of that God who establishes, and to worship the gods of the Midianites and Moabites; for by

this means God will be angry at them.’ Accordingly, when Balaam had suggested this counsel to them, he went his way” 10 What did Adonai say?

12 "Watch yourself that you make no covenant with the inhabitants of the land into which you are going, lest it become a snare in your midst. 13 "But rather, you are to tear down their altars and smash their sacred pillars and cut down their Asherim 14 -- for you shall not worship any other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God-- 15 lest you make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land and they play the harlot with their gods, and sacrifice to their gods, and someone invite you to eat of his sacrifice; 16 and you take some of his daughters for your sons, and his daughters play the harlot with their gods, and cause your sons also to play the harlot with their gods. (Exo 34:12-16 NAS)

Beloved, in Numbers 25:11 it says that Pinchas turned away the wrath of God because he was jealous with His (Elohim’s) jealousy. The word is kaw -naw' ,

His (Elohim’s) jealousy. The word is kaw -naw' , taken from Strongs # H7065. H7065 :

taken from Strongs #H7065.

H7065 :
H7065
:

AHLB# (Ancient Heb. Lexicon, Benner Book): 1428) 

( QN) ac: Acquire co: Nest ab: Zealous: The pictograph is a picture of the sun at the horizon and the gathering of the light, the is a picture of a seed. Combined these mean "gathering for the seeds". The parent birds go about gathering materials to build a nest where they will raise their seeds (eggs). (eng:

coin - for purchasing)

 (  QNA) Zealous: The parent bird will guard over and protect the nest and ( QNA) Zealous: The parent bird will guard over and protect the nest and eggs from predators. Man can guard over the family, wife, possessions in a positive way (protect, from an enemy) or in a negative way (by not trusting or a desire to have anothers possessions). V)  ( Q-NA) - Zealous: [freq. 33] (vf: Hiphil, Piel) |kjv: envy, jealous,

zealous, zeal| {str: 7065}

10 The Works of Josephus, book four chapter 6, p.111

One of the absolute best demonstrations of this word aside from Phinehas ’ display can

One of the absolute best demonstrations of this word aside from Phinehasdisplay can be seen in the stirring show of the agitated small bird chasing down the raptor. It captures the essence of what it means to be zealous or jealous for your family because this tiny bird thinks not for its own safety but for the preservation of its children. Qana' as shown in the Paleo-Hebrew graphic above is rooted in the two-letter word qen. The Quf-Nunconnection means to gather for the seed, and to nest. When there is the threat of an outside predator destroying the family, this tiny bird demonstrates the most heroic behavior for the sake of the eggs. This is what Adonai does for us yes? Does He not desire to dwellamong us in our midst? Etz says “One of the…commentators…sees Phinehas…replacing Aaron as part of a generational shift in leadership. Just as the stern and demanding Moses was balanced by Aaron, who avoided quarrels and confrontations, the more moderate Joshua will be balanced by the fervor of Phinehas as high priest. The tradition generally considers moral threats to be more dangerous for national survival than physical threats. We are told to wipe out the Midianites, however, for they tried to undermine Israel’s moral standing” 11 .

Checking Plagues Making Atonement

standing” 1 1 . Checking Plagues Making Atonement 1 3 and it shall be for him
standing” 1 1 . Checking Plagues Making Atonement 1 3 and it shall be for him
standing” 1 1 . Checking Plagues Making Atonement 1 3 and it shall be for him

13 and it shall be for him and his descendants after him, a covenant of a perpetual priesthood, because he was jealous for his God, and made atonement for the sons of Israel.'" (Num 25:13 NAS)

11 Etz Hayim Torah & Commentary, 25:11 p.918

Pinchas made atonement for the sons of Israel. How? Because in Numbers 25:8 we read that because of Pinchas actions the plague was checked. The word used in Hebrew there for ‘checked’ is H6113 רצע atsar, aw -tsar' and it means ‘hold back; also to maintain, rule, assemble: - X be able, close up, detain, fast, keep (self close, still), prevail, recover, refrain, X reign, restrain, retain, shut (up), slack, stay, stop, withhold (self).His actions became a ‘kaphar’or covering for the sons of Israel! Socan our actions atone for the sins of our brothers and sisters? Yes, they can! How? By being zealous for the boundaries of HaShem in the body of Messiah, by appointing God-fearing people to positions of leadership that will shepherd Israel safely in the Way of YHVH, and then by example show us how to walk in His Moedim, or Appointed Times by bringing the best offerings continually unto YHVH according to His Word. May we learn to be jealous for the boundaries of YHVH, may we like Pinchas check the plague and atone for our brothers and sisters through our accountability to one another, not with a heart of brass, but with the heart completely committed to the Way of The Father, so that we may continue to walk in His covenant of Shalom!

the heart completely committed to the Way of The Father, so that we may continue to