The 8th Torah Portion of the book of B’Midbar/Numbers is Pinchas, which means “Dark Skinned” or maybe “Mouth of brass” (which is dark) or maybe even “Mouth of serpent,” regardless, Pinchas is the name of the man who saved Israel from the sin of Baal P’or after Balak and Bilam failed to cause HaShem to curse Israel.
Torah Portion: Numbers 25:10 – 30:1
Haftorah Portions: 1 Kings 18:46 – 19:21
Apostolic Writings: John 2:13-22
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1 Kings 18:46 – 19:21
The hand of Adonai was on Eliyahu; he tucked up his clothing and ran ahead of Achav to the entrance of Yizreel.
Achav told Izevel everything Eliyahu had done and how he had put all the
prophets to the sword. Then Izevel sent a messenger to say to Eliyahu, May the gods do terrible things to me and worse ones besides if by this time tomorrow I havent taken your life, just as you took theirs! On seeing that, he got up and fled for his life.
When he arrived in Beer-Sheva, in Yhudah, he left his servant there; but he himself went a day farther into the desert, until he came to a broom tree. He sat down under it and prayed for his own death. Enough! he said. Now, Adonai, take my life. I’m no better than my ancestors. Then he lay down under the broom tree and went to sleep. Suddenly, an angel touched him and said to him, Get up and eat! He looked, and there by his head was a cake baked on the hot stones and a jug of water. He ate and drank, then lay down again. The angel came again, a second time, touched him and said, Get up and eat, or the journey will be too much for you. He got up, ate and drank, and, on the strength of that meal, traveled forty days and nights until he reached Horev the mountain of God.
There he went into a cave and spent the night. Then the word of Adonai came to him; he said to him, What are you doing here, Eliyahu? He answered, I have been very zealous for Adonai the God of armies, because the people of Israel have abandoned your covenant, broken down your altars and killed your prophets with the sword. Now Im the only one left, and theyre coming after me to kill me too. He said, Go outside, and stand on the mountain before Adonai; and right then and there, Adonai went past. A mighty blast of wind tore the mountains apart and broke the rocks in pieces before Adonai, but Adonai was not in the wind. After the wind came an earthquake, but Adonai was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake, fire broke out; but Adonai was not in the fire. And after the fire came a quiet, subdued voice. When Eliyahu heard it, he covered his face with his cloak, stepped out and stood at the entrance to the cave. Then a voice came to him and said, What are you doing here, Eliyahu? He answered, I have been very zealous for Adonai the God of armies; because the people of Israel have abandoned your covenant, broken down your altars and killed your prophets with the sword. Now Im the only one left, and theyre after me to kill me too.
Adonai said to him, Go back by way of the Dammesek Desert. When you get there, anoint Hazael to be king over Aram. Also anoint Yehu the son of Nimshi to be king over Israel, and anoint Elisha the son of Shafat of Avel-Mcholah to be prophet after you. Yehu will kill whoever escapes the sword of Hazael, and Elisha will kill whoever escapes the sword of Yehu. Still, I will spare seven thousand in Israel, every knee that hasnt bent down before Baal and every mouth that has not kissed him.
So he left and found Elisha the son of Shafat. He was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen; he himself was behind the twelfth. Eliyahu went over to him and threw his cloak on him. He left the oxen, ran after Eliyahu and said, Please let me kiss my father and mother good-bye; then I will follow you. He answered, Go; but return, because of what I did to you. Elisha stopped following him. Then he took the yoke of oxen, slaughtered them, cooked their meat over the wooden yokes of the oxen and gave it to the people to eat. Then he got up, went after Eliyahu and became his servant.
It was almost time for the festival of Pesach in Yhudah, so Yeshua went up to Yerushalayim. In the Temple grounds he found those who were selling cattle, sheep and pigeons, and others who were sitting at tables exchanging money. He made a whip from cords and drove them all out of the Temple grounds, the sheep and cattle as well. He knocked over the money-changers tables, scattering their coins; and to the pigeon-sellers he said, Get these things out of here! How dare you turn my Fathers house into a market? (His talmidim later recalled that the Tanakh says, Zeal for your house will devour me.) So the Judeans confronted him by asking him, What miraculous sign can you show us to prove you have the right to do all this? Yeshua answered them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up again. The Judeans said, It took 46 years to build this Temple, and youre going to raise it in three days? But the temple he had spoken of was his body. Therefore, when he was raised from the dead, his talmidim remembered that he had said this, and they trusted in the Tanakh and in what Yeshua had said.