Bamidbar 5781 Reading of Haftarah and Apostolic Writings

The first portion of the book of Bamidbar/Numbers is Bamidbar, which means “In the Wilderness,” This is the 34th Torah Portion.

Torah: Numbers 1:1-4:20

Haftarah: Hosea 2:1-22

Apostolic: 1 Corinthians 12:1-27; Revelation 7:4-9

You can read or listen to the portions below:

Haftarah

Hosea 2:1-22

“Nevertheless, the people of Isra’el will number as many as the grains of sand by the sea, which cannot be measured or counted; so that the time will come when, instead of being told, ‘You are not my people,’ it will be said to them, ‘You are the children of the living G-d.’ Then the people of Y’hudah and the people of Isra’el will be gathered together; they will appoint for themselves one leader; and they will go up out of the land; for that will be a great day, [the day] of Yizre‘el.

“Say to your brothers, ‘Ammi [My People]!’

and to your sisters, ‘Ruchamah [Pitied]!’

Rebuke your mother, rebuke her;

for she isn’t my wife, and I’m not her husband.

She must remove her whoring from her face,

and her adulteries from between her breasts.

Otherwise, I will strip her naked

and place her as she was the day she was born,

make her like a desert, place her like a dry land

and kill her with thirst.

I will have no pity on her children,

for they are children of whoring —

their mother prostituted herself,

she who conceived them behaved shamelessly;

she said, ‘I will pursue my lovers,

who give me my food and water,

wool, flax, olive oil and wine.’

Therefore, I will block her way with thorns

and put up a hedge so she can’t find her paths.

She will pursue her lovers but not catch them.

She will seek them but won’t find them.

Then she will say, ‘I will go

and return to my first husband;

because things were better for me then

than they are now.’

For she doesn’t know it was I who gave her

the grain, the wine and the oil;

I who increased her silver and gold,

which they used for Ba‘al.

So I will take back my grain at harvest-time

and my wine in its season;

I will snatch away my wool and flax,

given to cover her naked body.

Now I will uncover her shame,

while her lovers watch;

and no one will save her from me.

I will end her happiness,

her festivals, Rosh-Hodesh, and shabbats,

and all her designated times.

I will ravage her vines and fig trees,

of which she says, ‘These are my wages

that my lovers have given me.’

But I will turn them into a forest,

and wild animals will eat them.

I will punish her for offering incense

on the feast days of the ba‘alim,

when she decked herself with her earrings and jewels,

pursuing her lovers and forgetting me,” says HaShem.

“But now I am going to woo her —

I will bring her out to the desert

and I will speak to her heart.

I will give her her vineyards from there

and the Akhor Valley as a gateway to hope.

She will respond there as she did when young,

as she did when she came up from Egypt.

“On that day,” says HaShem

“you will call me Ishi [My Husband];

you will no longer call me Ba‘ali [My Master].

For I will remove the names

of the ba‘alim from her mouth;

they will never again be mentioned by name.

When that day comes, I will make

a covenant for them

with the wild animals, the birds in the air

and the creeping things of the earth.

I will break bow and sword,

sweep battle from the land,

and make them lie down securely.

I will betroth you to me forever;

yes, I will betroth you to me

in righteousness, in justice,

in grace and in compassion;

I will betroth you to me in faithfulness,

and you will know HaShem.

Apostolic Writings

1 Corinthians 12:1-27

But, brothers, I do not want you to go on being ignorant about the things of the Spirit. You know that when you were pagans, no matter how you felt you were being led, you were being led astray to idols, which can’t speak at all. Therefore, I want to make it clear to you that no one speaking by the Spirit of G-d ever says, “Yeshua is cursed!” and no one can say, “Yeshua is Lord,” except by the Ruach HaKodesh.

Now there are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit gives them. Also there are different ways of serving, but it is the same Lord being served. And there are different modes of working, but it is the same G-d working them all in everyone. Moreover, to each person is given the particular manifestation of the Spirit that will be for the common good. To one, through the Spirit, is given a word of wisdom; to another, a word of knowledge, in accordance with the same Spirit; to another, faith, by the same Spirit; and to another, gifts of healing, by the one Spirit; to another, the working of miracles; to another, prophecy; to another, the ability to judge between spirits; to another, the ability to speak in different kinds of tongues; and to yet another, the ability to interpret tongues. One and the same Spirit is at work in all these things, distributing to each person as he chooses. For just as the body is one but has many parts; and all the parts of the body, though many, constitute one body; so it is with the Messiah. For it was by one Spirit that we were all immersed into one body, whether Jews or Gentiles, slaves or free; and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.

For indeed the body is not one part but many. If the foot says, “I’m not a hand, so I’m not part of the body,” that doesn’t make it stop being part of the body. And if the ear says, “I’m not an eye, so I’m not part of the body,” that doesn’t make it stop being part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, how could it hear? If it were all hearing, how could it smell? But as it is, G-d arranged each of the parts in the body exactly as he wanted them. Now if they were all just one part, where would the body be? But as it is, there are indeed many parts, yet just one body. So the eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you”; or the head to the feet, “I don’t need you.” On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be less important turn out to be all the more necessary; and upon body parts which we consider less dignified we bestow greater dignity; and the parts that aren’t attractive are the ones we make as attractive as we can, while our attractive parts have no need for such treatment. Indeed, G-d has put the body together in such a way that he gives greater dignity to the parts that lack it, So that there will be no disagreements within the body, but rather all the parts will be equally concerned for all the others. Thus if one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it; and if one part is honored, all the parts share its happiness.

Now you together constitute the body of the Messiah, and individually you are parts of it.

Revelation 7:4-9

And I heard the number of those who were sealed. One hundred and forty-four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel were sealed:

of the tribe of Y’hudah twelve thousand were sealed;

of the tribe of Re’uven twelve thousand were sealed;

of the tribe of Gad twelve thousand were sealed;

of the tribe of Asher twelve thousand were sealed;

of the tribe of Naftali twelve thousand were sealed;

of the tribe of M’nasheh twelve thousand were sealed;

of the tribe of Shim’on twelve thousand were sealed;

of the tribe of Levi twelve thousand were sealed;

of the tribe of Yissakhar twelve thousand were sealed;

of the tribe of Z’vulun twelve thousand were sealed;

of the tribe of Yosef twelve thousand were sealed;

of the tribe of Binyamin twelve thousand were sealed.After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands,

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Husband. Father. Believer. Writer.

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