Spy out or Scout out the Land: Words Matter

This week’s Torah Portion (The Parasha) is from Numbers chapters 13-16.  One of the most dramatic stories in the Torah is the story of the 12 leaders, presidents of the twelve tribes, who are sent by Moses to tour the land of Canaan and see what is good in it.  This account starts as an innocent story of a nation that is coming home after more than 400 years of absence.  These people have an historical memory of the land that God gave to their forefathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, but they themselves never have they seen their God given Land.  One of the things that we can learn from this text of Numbers chapter 13 is that words do matter and that translations may seldom actually capture the small, but very important nuances of a text in another language.

The English text of Numbers 13:1-2 reads like this: “And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “Send men to spy out the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the children of Israel; from each tribe of their fathers you shall send a man, every one a leader among them.”  (Num 13:1–2 NKJV)

Here is the English text as translated verbatim from the Hebrew: “And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “Send for your own self men to scout, [seek out] the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the children of Israel; from each tribe of their fathers you shall send a man, all of them dignitaries who volunteer.”  (Num 13:1–2 NKJV)

These small changes in the translation make a big difference.  First and most important is the fact that God said to Moses, you need to send men for your own knowledge to tour the land scout the land.  The word “Tour / Scout” is very different from the word “spy” – yes, what these men did was not only tour but they actually did the spying of the land.  A normal tourist comes to see the land and find out what is good about the land. The spy comes to see the weaknesses of the place, the points that make the place vulnerable so that the land can be attacked in time of war.  The twelve honorable men actually did the touring/scouting but in their report they brought the good news and an honest report but with bad and faithless conclusions.

1.     God knows everything even before it happens.  This is what prophecy is about.  God does not need to send spies to find out anything He knows even the secrets of men’s hearts.

2.    Moses and the leaders of Israel needed to know more about the land that God gave to their forefathers.  It is for the sake of Moses and the leaders themselves to tour the land and find out more about this land so that they get excited and encouraged before entering the land and having to deliver it from the hands of the invaders, like the Palestines, Jebusites, Girgasites, Hittites, Amorites, and the other foreign nations that have come from far to invade the land.

3.    The sin of the 10 spies was not about saying things that were not accurate. All the 12 dignitaries said the same thing and spoke the truth, but the 10 added a statement that was not taking into account the mega factor in this formula and that is THE LORD who created the Universe the owner of the world and all that is in it.  They didn’t give a report that took the major force that they have experienced when they put the blood on their door posts in Egypt, and when they crossed the Sea of Reads and when they received the Manna fresh every day.  Their sin was in discouraging the people and not taking FAITH in God as a major factor and the weapon that is ultimate to power above all powers.  From Rabbi Joseph Shulam.

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Feast of Pentecost 2018/5778

Shavout and Pentecost 2018

Saturday evening at Sundown begins the Feast of Pentecost 5778/2018 and goes through Monday evening at sundown.  This is a time we celebrate God’s giving of the Torah and Yeshua’s out pouring of Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit).  Exodus 20 is the first mention of the Feast of Pentecost in the Old Testament.  It was the giving of the Torah (Ten Commandments) on Mt. Sinai.  Pente means 50 in Greek and in Hebrew the numerical value of 50 “Kohl”  means “bread without scarcity; in your land you will lack nothing.” There were 50 days from Israel’s Red Sea Exodus journey to Mt Sinai.  This is when God wrote His Covenant upon the Tablet and birthed Israel as a Nation.  Rabbi’s teach that this was giving of the Torah.  Like with Acts 2, on Mt Sinai there was Thunder, an earthquake, fire, and God’s Covenant (law) given.  Unlike Acts 2, 3000 were killed for their disobedience and worshiping the golden calf.

Acts 2 refers to the New Testament Feast of Pentecost.  Like Israel’s journey of 50 days, our Lord Yeshua was on this earth 40 days following his Resurrection.  Then He told 520 disciples to gather in Jerusalem until the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) was poured out.  One hundred twenty obeyed and tarried there.  On the tenth day which was 50 days from His Resurrection, Yeshua poured out Holy Spirit on all flesh. Just like in Exodus 20 the earth quaked, there was thunder, and flames of fire flickered on their shoulders and they heard the Gospel message of Yeshua in their own dialect.  This was the birth of the Church and instead of 3000 losing their lives, 3000 were added to the church that day.  The reason Jerusalem was so filled with people is because of God’s commandment to Israel that three times a year Israel were to come to the Temple and bring a Feast offering and worship God on His Feasts.  Nowhere in Scripture does God call His Feast Jewish Feast.  They are His Feast and are to be honored and participated for all believers both Jew and Gentile.

Thus Shavout and Pentecost are the same holiday.  Shavout in the Old Testament is the culmination of Jews counting 7 weeks (49 days) from the Red Sea.  At Pentecost Jesus last words were for the Disciples not to leave Jerusalem until the Holy Spirit comes.  It was at the very day of Pentecost in Acts 2 that the Jews were at the temple celebrating Shavout.  They were obedient to the word of the Lord to bring their First Fruit Offering to the Lord on Shavout according to Leviticus 23.  The Apostle Paul understood this importance.  In Acts 20:16, Paul was bound to make it to Jerusalem knowing the importance of God’s command not to miss Pentecost and the giving of his First Fruits offering.  In Deuteronomy 8:6-20, God promises that when the Jews make it to the Promise Land they are not to forget the commandments of the Feasts.  The land would be filled with many blessings and milk and honey.  When they got there He would give them power to gain wealth, verse 20.  In fact in Jewish tradition, they pray at the end of the meal instead at the beginning after they are full.  Then they give thanks.

Malachi 3 is a conversation between the Jewish people and God.  The children of Israel gathered in a great convocation to inquire of God why they keep getting exiled?”  They asked God, “How do we keep the enemy from destroying us?”  And God said to them, “it is how you return to Me…by bringing your Tithe and Feasts offerings. “Three times a year do not come to me empty handed on my Feasts.”  By this, God’s promise is that He will rebuke the devour and keep him away. Prove God and see if He will not open the windows of heaven and pour out blessings more than Israel could withhold.  If one believes in God’s blessings then one cannot  ignore the curses also.  The power to gain wealth is in the Old Testament and the power being Filled with Holy Spirit is in the New Testament.  Power in Hebrew means, strength, wealth, influence, ability to judge situations correctly, to ascend in strength and influence with God given wisdom.  Another words God’s divine leadership.  Holy Spirit has infinite wisdom.  Prosperity is a God thing giving us power through wisdom and knowledge.  Power is in your hand so you will know it is God and by God.

YOD is the Hebrew word for power, supernatural, and presence and it looks like an apostrophe.  The Hebrew word for hand is YAD.  But when you take the vowels out of the Hebrew words it changes the meaning.  Y D  means an open hand.  The Hebrew word for DaY is enough.  Look closely, it is open hand spelled backwards which is a closed hand. Another words, I have enough and I don’t need anymore. God is saying at the Feast of Pentecost don’t come empty handed.  Come with an open hand not closed. Allow God to give you wisdom and knowledge to give a long life, riches, joy, and happiness.  Yida in Hebrew is wisdom, to know not to come with an empty hand to God.  The Hebrew name of Shavout Offering according to Malachi 3 means, “A DIVORCE FROM THE CURSE OF EGYPT.”

 What a great month God has prepared for us to walk in His divine timing with our First Fruits giving.  Thank you to our partners and prayer warriors that keep us before the Lord.  We have felt your prayers and have had increased opportunities to minister and teach this past year the hidden mysteries of Jewish Roots.  To those in the Memphis area, we look forward to being there in the month of June.  Your continued prayer and support helps us in our ministry and we greatly appreciate your faithfulness to us.

For those new to our ministry who would like to become a monthly partner and those who would like to sow a Feast of Pentecost / First Fruit offering into Wellspring Israel, you may do so the following ways:

  • Go to wellspringisrael.com and donate.
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  • Venmo by my account Jim Laymon @jim-laymon.
  • Checks can be made out to JimLaymon/Wellspring Israel, 625 Sugarloaf Ct., HighIand Village, TX. 75077.

Thank you again to each and every one who continually support us monthly.  We cover you daily in prayer with Blessings.  Much love, Jim and Debbie Laymon

Shabbat Shalom.

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Truth about Israel- Gaza Conflict this week. What the Main Stream Media is not telling.

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Biblical Month of Sivan: The Mystery of Number “3”

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WHERE WE GO ONE WE ALL GO: God enjoys counting the Israelites because of His special affection for each one.

If you’re like me when reading in Numbers 1 the calling out of Israel’s census is boring reading.  This past spring I received from the US government a census in the mail.  I was just to busy to fill it out and put it on my “get to list.”  Several weeks went by and got another reminder from US government.  I still put it on my to get to list.  Finally, a representative of the US government knocked on my door and handed me a letter that if I didn’t comply I could be fined and or put in jail.  Guess what I went and did the census online. Wow, it took me an hour and the questions that where asked seemed a little to invasive.  But unlike the United States census the Biblical census in Numbers is and represents a lot difference.  A census report makes for difficult reading. Working through the details of tribal and family tallies can be an exercise in monotony, but Rashi a Rabbi, found a sweet message about God’s love underlying the dry census data. He explained that God enjoyed counting the Israelites because of his special affection for each person. According to his interpretation, the census is a reminder that the children of Israel are not just a collective whole. Israel is a nation composed of individuals. All the people of God are real people. Moses and Aaron counted them according to their “genealogical registration by their families, by their fathers’ households, according to the number of names, head by head” (Numbers 1:20). This method gave every Israelite the opportunity to tell his name and be counted as an individual of worth. Each person is valuable and unique, a special treasure to God.

In the Talmud, there is a discussion about Adam, the first man and father of all humanity. Why does all of humanity descend from a single human being? “To teach you that whoever destroys a single person is regarded as if he had destroyed an entire world [of people] and whoever saves a single person is regarded as through he had saved an entire world” (b.Sanhedrin 37a). The meaning of this teaching is that each person is as valuable as Adam, the first man. Though Adam was only a single human being, he held within him the potential of all humanity. So, too, each person shares that same potential. No person should be dismissed as simply a number or a cog in the wheel. Every human being is a whole world.

Moreover, the same Talmudic discussion points out that every person, regardless of race, is part of the same human family. The Talmud says, “Adam was created for the sake of peace among men so that no one can say to his fellow, ‘My father was greater than yours.'” We all have Adam as our common father. The same discussion points out that while we all come from the same prototype, we are all unique individuals:

[Adam was created] to demonstrate the greatness of the Holy One, blessed be He. If a smith strikes many coins from one mold, they all look identical, but the most high King of kings, the Holy One, blessed be He, fashioned every man in the image of the first man, yet not one of them is identical to his fellow. Therefore every person is obliged to say, “The world was created for my sake.” (b.Sanhedrin 37a)

Yeshua told a parable about a shepherd who noticed that one of his hundred sheep was missing. A one percent loss is not terribly serious, but this particular shepherd had special affection and concern for every sheep in the flock. He left the ninety-nine and went out seeking the lost sheep, rejoiced when he found it and carried it on his shoulders back to the flock (Luke 15:1-7). From God’s perspective, we are not a nameless, faceless crowd of people. Each person is unique, special and beloved. God cares for you personally. He is concerned with your concerns and seeks your well-being.  (excerpts from FFOZ weekly Torah Portion)

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The Principles of Wisdom From God’s Word Will Release Blessings and Wealth

God’s word refers to Wisdom and Understanding as the Tree of Life. When Adam and Eve disobeyed God in the Garden of Eden, He banned them from Blessing and Prospering and divorced Himself from them as Jehovah Jireh.  The Angel with Flaming Sword was stationed at the Gate of Garden of Eden, not to keep them out but provide Light to return them to the Garden. This teaching you will learn the benefits of getting Wisdom and Understanding.

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Accessing The Court Room of Heaven

Accessing the Court Room of Heaven/Three Levels of Prayer. Understanding how to pray until your prayers are answered. Understanding how to pray from a Hebrew mindset. Learning the three levels of prayer so to walk in a deeper relations with God.

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