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Mat-teh', mat-taw' comes from

H4294 M at-teh', mat-taw' comes from Strongs H5186, the word natah, meaning a branch, a tribe

Strongs H5186,

the word

natah, meaning a branch, a tribe; also a rod, whether for chastising (figuratively correction), ruling (a sceptre), throwing (a lance), or walking (a staff; figuratively a support of life, for example bread): - rod, staff, tribe. Also carries the meaning to stretch or spread out; to bend away, spread (out), stretch (forth, out), take (aside), turn (aside, away), wrest, cause to yield. In the

(aside), turn (aside, away), wrest, cause to yield . In the H4294 Strongs #4294: AHLB#: 1285-H

H4294 Strongs #4294: AHLB#: 1285-H (N) 1285) ( MTh) ac: Shake co:

Branch. The pictograph is a picture of water, the is a picture of a basket which contains objects. Combined these mean "liquid contained". A green branch still contains water allowing the branch to be flexible. A green branch can then be bent to the desired shape and left to dry.

This week’s parasha is called Ha’Mattot , or Tribes . We need to maintain presence

This week’s parasha is called Ha’Mattot, or Tribes. We need to maintain presence of mind that the title for each parsha has special meaning. Sometimes we may think they’re random, but The Father is very specific, very ordered and is always conveying something about His character to us if we will take the time to mine the gold. After studying in the aforementioned definitions, here we have a word that means tribes, or branch, and as a verb meaning ‘to shake’. It also means a ‘branch’. As we continue our celebration of God’s appointed times, we know there are wave offerings that are shaken on His Feast days 1 . Even the Levites themselves were presented as a wave offering before The LORD, shaken, or waved in order for them to qualify as cohanim for Temple service 2 . In the book of John we read ‘"I am the vine and you are the branches. Those who stay united with me, and I with them, are the ones who bear much fruit; because apart from me you can't do a thing 3 . Like priests that make up the tribes, YHVH is communicating His heart’s cry for unity 4 .

Unity is essential for relationship to function properly. Marriage is the primary example of relationship. Two people come together, make vows to one another entering into covenant together, and begin a familyor a tribe. And the Husband is to be the leader, and the example of Abbahe holds the mattah, not to exercise a position, title or ego, but to learn that this is a high calling, a responsibility given to teach every member of the tribe that in order to be a good leader, they must lay their life down and be a servant of all in order to effectively

life down and be a servant of all in order to effectively 1 Lev.23:11, 15 2

1 Lev.23:11, 15

2 Num.8:11,13,15

3 Jn.15:5

4 Jn.17:23


teach that to everyone else, ‘The way that we have come to know love is through his (speaking of Yeshua) having laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers’ 5 !

In the book of Tehillim (Psalms) we read that one who delights in God’s Torah is likened to a tree planted by streams of water yielding its fruit in season 6 . If we examine the word for Tribes it means branch, staff, or rod. It’s the same word used to establish who in God’s economy the active High Priest is. It was Aaron’s rod with His tribal name inscribed upon it which bore fruit when all others did not. In ruling the nations we read of Messiah that ‘He will rule them with a rod of iron 7 . In Torah we read Moses had a staff as well. God’s man, the most humble man ever; but even the most humble person on earth struggled with that relentless mob of murmuring Israelites. In a moment of rage, rather than speaking to the rock, he struck it using his rodthe symbol of his authority, but also a symbol of unity. The water flowed, but the lesson had been lost. Two important meanings lost that day about tribes and staffs were that the tribe is supposed to support of life, and they are to yield to the tribal leaderand the tribal leader is to be yielded to God. The LORD has a marvelous plan for your life to bring glory to Him, but a staff of authority struck in rage sends conflicting signals. Moses forfeited a priceless opportunity that would have allowed The Father once again to reveal to His people the POWER OF THE SPOKEN WORD! Meditate on that beloved.

to His people the POWER OF THE SPOKEN WORD! Meditate on that beloved. 5 1Jn.3:16 6

5 1Jn.3:16

6 Psa.1:1-3

7 Rev.19:15-16

H5186 Strongs #5186: AHLB#: 1308-H (V) (from H4294) 1308)  (  NTh) ac: Spread

H5186 Strongs #5186: AHLB#: 1308-H (V) (from H4294) 1308)  ( NTh) ac: Spread co: Squash ab: ?: The pictograph is a picture of a seed, the is a picture of a basket. Combined these mean "seed basket". Squash seeds were planted along the routes of the travelers and nomads for future use by themselves and other travelers. The squash plant spreads out over a large area forming varied sizes and shapes of squash fruit. Dried squash fruit becomes a hard hollow shell (seed basket) with the seeds inside and when shaken they rattle inside. H)  ( NThH) ac: Spread co: ? ab: ?: The spreading growth of the squash plant.

This is just a beautiful picture of Proverbs 4:23 that says, Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life’. Whether it’s the nun, or seed of the woman in Genesis God uses to establish His covenant, or the mem, which is the water, or bloodthe blood of Yeshua our Passover Lamb smeared with Hyssop on the doorposts and lintel or our heart, God is telling us to guard our heart because it is here that we must guard it. And not just our heart, because out of the mouth comes the overflow of the heart, but the hearts of the members of the tribe! Living Water can make us clean, pure, and holy. And when analyzed pictographically it expresses that we are but clay baskets, inside which HaShem has planted His seed of continual life!

Behold; stand in awe (HEH) of the fact that God created us to be His tribe (natah), spread across the land multiplying His seed to reflect His life (NUN) back to him in vessels of clay (TET)!

Good Counsel, Wise Advice, & Sticks & Stones

(TET)! Good Counsel, Wise Advice, & Sticks & Stones Fear of sounding redundant pushed aside, this

Fear of sounding redundant pushed aside, this parashaTribes, really is all about determining your character by your words. We’ve been in Torah all this time following along with our Israelite

ancestors and much of the long and the short of it has been HaShem’s patient but measured tests to draw the dross off the top and to refine His people into a more accurate reflection of Him. We’ve been studying His ‘Word’ and we know it teaches us about YHVH’s character. But do we really allow His Word to get inside us? Question; if we say we’re going to do something, but don’t do it, can we really justify the excuse of ‘I meant to do it, or I was going to do it?’ Honestly, these are things we say as a form of ‘damage control’ to the person we’ve hurt. Torah tells us ‘even a child is known by his doings 8 , which is why we read in the same passage that ‘Wise words are more valuable than much gold and many rubies 9 ’ and ‘Plans succeed through good counsel; don't go to war without wise advice 10 . The point being is God is teaching the leaders of the sons of Israel of each tribe a lesson in the power of words as witnessed under their roof in the form of the spoken vow and oath. We are learning the weight of our words. Words win and lose wars. After Midian infiltrated the tribes through immoral behavior, we must reflect back upon that scalawag of a religious mercenary found in Balaam, who finally ‘got what was coming to him’ by the way. We read after Israel had returned from conquering Midian, ‘"Behold, these [Midianite women who originally were used to break into the tribes of Israel and compromise their devotion to YHVH] caused the sons of Israel, through the counsel of Balaam, to trespass against the LORD in the matter of Peor, so the plague was among the congregation of the LORD. (Num 31:16 NAS) Read this very carefully, I am going to distill it for you like cold, strong moonshine. It was Balaam’s words that caused Israel to break faith with YHVH, which in turn caused a plague to break out within the tribes of Israel. Words can doom or save a marriage. Words can restore or repulse a child. Words can reveal truth or cause one to walk away. The power of our wordsSticks & stones break bones, yes; but words wipe out entire nations.

& stones break bones, yes; but words wipe out entire nations. 8 Prov.20:11 9 Prov.20:15 1

8 Prov.20:11

9 Prov.20:15

10 Prov.20:18


Binding & L o o s i n g

Much like our ancestors who had to discover the hard way, we too think ourselves cleverbut miserably fail to filter our words through the gate of purpose. ‘What was my reasoning for saying that’? How many times have I bound something, only to realize it was immeasurably more perfect while loose?

"You shall be careful to perform what goes out from your lips, just as you have voluntarily vowed to the LORD your God, what you have promised. (Deu 23:23 NAS)

Edersheim states, ‘How carefully the law guarded against all profanity, or from the attempt to make merit out of what should have been the free outgoing of believing hearts, appears from such statements as Proverbs 20:25’ 11 .

‘It is a snare to dedicate a gift to God rashly and reflect on the vows only afterwards’. (Pro 20:25 CJB)

In other words, vows and oaths are not to be treated with such disregard or capriciousness, but we are to count the cost when preparing to make that vow. We read in B’midbar chapter 30 verse two,

"If a man makes a vow to the LORD, or takes an oath to bind himself with a binding obligation, he shall not violate his word; he shall do according to all that proceeds out of his mouth.

When we vow a vow, or—‘ki-yidor neder’, or if we swear an oath, that is to—‘o-hishava sh’voo●ah’, it binds our soul with a bond. We are committed to the words that come from our lips. So it is with great care we should consider them before speaking.

Taken from Strongs Number H7621 is the Hebrew word for oath, or sh e buah, and it means something sworn. Per Webster’s dictionary the word swear means 1. To affirm or utter a solemn declaration, with an appeal to God for the truth of what is affirmed, and 2. To promise upon oath. Taken from Strongs H5088 the word for vow is neder (nay'-der), and it means a promise, or where

11 The Temple: Its Ministry and Services, Alfred Edersheim, p.296.

one promises to perform an act if another performs a certain act. It reminds me of another promise made on a mountain long ago.

‘A blood covenant between two parties is the closest, the most enduring, the most solemn and the most sacred of all contracts. It absolutely cannot be broken. When you enter into blood covenant with someone, you promise to give them your life, your love, and your protection forever…till death do you part. Marriage is a blood covenant but God says it is. (See Malachi 2:14; Prov. 2:17) 12

When you said I do, you entered into a holy covenant with your spouse. When you received Messiah as your Master and King, you said I do. You entered into covenant with YHVH, For I am ADONAI, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt to be your God. Therefore you are to be holy, because I am holy 13 . So if we are to be a strong tribe of YHVH, then let our hearts be guarded and well- watered with Torah, and may we also guard one another through acts of service to lead one another in The Way of Messiah, Ahmein.

12 The Miracle of The Scarlet Thread, Booker, Dr. Richard, p.34.

13 Lev.11:45