29 Iyyar 5780
May 23, 2020
“In the wilderness”
Here are the Torah, Haftarah and suggested Brit Chadasha (New Testament) readings for this week. Listen to the current Portion readings from the Tree of Life Version here.
• Numbers 1:1-4:20
• Hosea 2:1(1:10)-2:22(20)
• Romans 9:22-33
The seven aliyot readings from the Torah begin at these verses:
- Numbers 1:1
- Numbers 1:20
- Numbers 2:1
- Numbers 3:1
- Numbers 3:14
- Numbers 3:40
- Numbers 4:1
Maftir: Numbers 4:17
The Key People include Moshe (Moses), Aharon (Aaron), heads of the tribes (1:5-15); Aharon’s sons Nadav (Nadab), Avihu (Abihu), El’azar (Eleazer) and Itamar (Ithamar); Levi’s sons Gershon, K’hat (Kohath), M’rari (Merari), all their sons; and firstborn males.
The Scene is b’midbar Sinai, in the wilderness of Sinai.
The Main Events include a census for the army; tent arrangement in the camp; Levites replacing firstborns as God’s own, then set apart for tabernacle service; Kohathites counted; and instructions for Aharon and son’s to cover holy items, so Kohathites carrying them do not see them and die.
In the wilderness of Sinai, on the first day of the second month in the second year from the Exodus from the land of Egypt, Adonai spoke to Moses in the Tent of Meeting saying, “Do a head count of all the community of Bnei-Yisrael by their families and their ancestral house, with a total of every male one by one. You and Aaron are to muster by their divisions every son from 20 years and upward available to serve in the army of Israel.
(Numbers 1:1-3 TLV)
“Yet the number of Bnei-Yisrael will be like the sand of the sea, which cannot be measured or counted. Instead of ‘You are not My people’ being said to them, they will be called ‘Children of the living God.’ Then the descendants of Judah and descendants of Israel will be gathered together. They will appoint themselves one head And they will go up from the land. For the day of Jezreel will be great. Say you to your brothers, ‘Ammi’ and to your sisters, ‘Ruhamah’.
(Hosea 2:1-3 TLV)
The Brit Chadasha
Isaiah cries out concerning Israel, “Though the number of B’nei-Israel be as the sand of the sea, only the remnant shall be saved. For Adonai will carry out His word upon the earth, bringing it to an end and finishing quickly.” And just as Isaiah foretold, “Unless Adonai-Tzva’ot had left us seed, we would have become like Sodom and resembled Gomorrah.”
(Romans 9:27-29 TLV)
Torah Portion readings and the associated Haftarah readings generally follow the Stone Edition Chumash and/or the Complete Jewish Bible. Verse numbering generally follows the Hebrew tradition, and where modern Christian traditions differ those verse numbers are shown in parentheses (). Haftarah readings generally follow the Ashkenazi tradition. Where the Sephardic tradition differs, the Haftarah portions are designated as (A) and (S). Suggested New Testament readings are taken from the Walk! series of Messianic Devotion Commentaries by Dr. Jeffrey Enoch Feinberg. The Key People, The Scenes, and The Main Events are taken from the Walk! series of Messianic Devotion Commentaries by Dr. Jeffrey Enoch Feinberg. Scripture taken from the Tree of Life Version (TLV) © 2015 by the Messianic Jewish Family Bible Society. Used by permission of the Messianic Jewish Family Bible Society.