This Torah portion features an eternal covenant, a census, daughters claiming their inheritance, Moses empowering Joshua to lead Israel and a detailed list of daily and festival offerings.
In the Haftarah, HaShem calls out Jeremiah to prophesy against Israel for their disobedience. He also declares that in merit of the young love and faithfulness Israel showed in the wilderness, any who attack Israel will be punished. In the Apostolic portion, Messiah clears out the Temple grounds as Passover approaches.
The eighth portion of the book of B’midbar/Numbers is Pinchas, which means “Mouth of Brass” or “Nubian.” This is the 41st Torah Portion.
Torah Portion: Numbers 25:10-30:1
Haftorah Portions: Jeremiah 1:1-2:3
Apostolic Writings: John 2:13-22
You can read or listen to the Haftarah and Apostolic portions below:
These are the words of Yirmeyahu the son of Hilkiyahu, one of the cohanim living in ‘Anatot, in the territory of Binyamin. The word of HaShem came to him during the days of Yoshiyahu the son of Amon, king of Y’hudah, in the thirteenth year of his reign. It also came during the days of Y’hoyakim the son of Yoshiyahu, king of Y’hudah, continuing until the eleventh year of Tzidkiyahu the son of Yoshiyahu, king of Y’hudah, right up until the time Yerushalayim was carried away captive, in the fifth month. Here is the word of HaShem that came to me: “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you; before you were born, I separated you for myself. I have appointed you to be a prophet to the nations.” I said, “Oh, HaShem Elohim, I don’t even know how to speak! I’m just a child!” But HaShem said to me, “Don’t say, ‘I’m just a child.’ “For you will go to whomever I send you, and you will speak whatever I order you. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you, says HaShem, to rescue you.” Then HaShem put out his hand and touched my mouth, and HaShem said to me, “There! I have put my words in your mouth. Today I have placed you over nations and kingdoms to uproot and to tear down, to destroy and to demolish, to build and to plant.” The word of HaShem came to me, asking, “Yirmeyahu, what do you see?” I answered, “I see a branch from an almond tree. Then HaShem said to me, “You have seen well, because I am watching to fulfill my word.” A second time the word of HaShem came to me, asking, “What do you see?” I answered, “I see a caldron tilted away from the north, over a fire fanned by the wind.” Then HaShem said to me, “From the north calamity will boil over onto everyone living in the land, because I will summon all the families in the kingdoms of the north,” says HaShem, “and they will come and sit, each one, on his throne at the entrance to the gates of Yerushalayim, opposite its walls, all the way around, and opposite all the cities of Y’hudah. I will pronounce my judgments against them for all their wickedness in abandoning me, offering incense to other gods and worshipping what their own hands made. “But you, dress for action; stand up and tell them everything I order you to say. When you confront them, don’t break down; or I will break you down in front of them! For today, you see, I have made you into a fortified city, a pillar of iron, a wall of bronze against the whole land — against the kings of Y’hudah, against its princes, against its cohanim and the people of the land. They will fight against you, but they will not overcome you, for I am with you,” says HaShem, “to rescue you.”
The word of HaShem came to me: “Go and shout in the ears of Yerushalayim that this is what HaShem says: ‘I remember your devotion when you were young; how, as a bride, you loved me; how you followed me through the desert, through a land not sown. “‘Isra’el is set aside for HaShem, the firstfruits of his harvest; all who devour him will incur guilt; evil will befall them,” says HaShem.
It was almost time for the festival of Pesach in Y’hudah, 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 Father’s 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 you’re 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.