Mattot and Massei 5781 Reading of Haftorah and Apostolic Writings

The ninth and tenth portions of the book of B’Midbar/Numbers are Mattot and Massei, which mean “Tribes” and “Stages. ” These are the 42nd and 43rd Torah Portions.

Torah Portion: Numbers 30:1 – 36:13

Haftorah Portions: Isaiah 66:1-24

Apostolic Writings: Hebrews 2:14 – 3:1

Chabad has wonderful resources for studying the weekly Torah Portion.

You can read or listen to the Haftarah and Apostolic portions below:

Haftorah

Isaiah 66:1-24

“Heaven is my throne,” says HaShem, “and the earth is my footstool. What kind of house could you build for me? What sort of place could you devise for my rest? Didn’t I myself make all these things? This is how they all came to be,” says HaShem. “The kind of person on whom I look with favor is one with a poor and humble spirit, who trembles at my word. Those others might as well kill a person as an ox, as well break a dog’s neck as sacrifice a lamb, as well offer pig’s blood as offer a grain offering, as well bless an idol as burn incense. Just as these have chosen their ways and enjoy their disgusting practices, so I will enjoy making fools of them, and bring on them the very things they fear. For when I called, no one answered; when I spoke, they did not hear. Instead they did what was evil in my sight and chose what did not please me.” Hear the word of HaShem, you who tremble at his word: “Your brothers, who hate you and reject you because of my name, have said: ‘Let HaShem be glorified, so we can see your joy.’ But they will be put to shame.” That uproar in the city, that sound from the temple, is the sound of HaShem repaying his foes what they deserve. Before going into labor, she gave birth; before her pains came, she delivered a male child. Who ever heard of such a thing? Who has ever seen such things? Is a country born in one day? Is a nation brought forth all at once? For as soon as Tziyon went into labor, she brought forth her children. “Would I let the baby break through and not be born?” asks HaShem. “Would I, who cause the birth, shut the womb?” asks your G-d. Rejoice with Yerushalayim! Be glad with her, all you who love her! Rejoice, rejoice with her, all of you who mourned for her; so that you nurse and are satisfied by her comforting breast, drinking deeply and delighting in the overflow of her glory. For HaShem says, “I will spread shalom over her like a river, and the wealth of nations like a flooding stream; you will nurse and be carried in her arm and cuddled in her lap. Like someone comforted by his mother, I will comfort you; in Yerushalayim you will be comforted.” Your heart will rejoice at the sight, your bodies will flourish like newly sprouted grass. It will be known that the hand of HaShem is with his servants; but with his enemies, his fury. For — look! — HaShem will come in fire, and his chariots will be like the whirlwind, to render his anger furiously, his rebuke with blazing fire. For HaShem will judge all humanity with fire and with the sword, and those slain by HaShem will be many. “Those who consecrate and purify themselves in order to enter the gardens, then follow the one who was already there, eating pig meat, reptiles and mice, will all be destroyed together,” says HaShem. “For I [know] their deeds and their thoughts. “[The time] is coming when I will gather together all nations and languages. They will come and see my glory, and I will give them a sign. I will send some of their survivors to the nations of Tarshish, Pul, Lud (these are archers), Tuval, Greece and more distant coasts, where they have neither heard of my fame nor seen my glory. They will proclaim my glory in these nations; and they will bring all your kinsmen out of all the nations as an offering to HaShem — on horses, in chariots, in wagons, on mules, on camels — to my holy mountain Yerushalayim,” says HaShem, “just as the people of Isra’el themselves bring their offerings in clean vessels to the house of HaShem. I will also take cohanim and L’vi’im from them,” says HaShem . “For just as the new heavens and the new earth that I am making will continue in my presence,” says HaShem, “so will your descendants and your name continue. “Every month on Rosh-Hodesh and every week on Shabbat, everyone living will come to worship in my presence,” says HaShem. “As they leave, they will look on the corpses of the people who rebelled against me. For their worm will never die, and their fire will never be quenched; but they will be abhorrent to all humanity.” [“Every month on Rosh-Hodesh and every week on Shabbat, everyone living will come to worship in my presence,” says HaShem.]

Apostolic Writings

Hebrews 2:14 – 3:1

Therefore, since the children share a common physical nature as human beings, he became like them and shared that same human nature; so that by his death he might render ineffective the one who had power over death (that is, the Adversary) and thus set free those who had been in bondage all their lives because of their fear of death. Indeed, it is obvious that he does not take hold of angels to help them; on the contrary, “He takes hold of the seed of Avraham.” This is why he had to become like his brothers in every respect — so that he might become a merciful and faithful cohen gadol in the service of G-d, making a kapparah for the sins of the people. For since he himself suffered death when he was put to the test, he is able to help those who are being tested now.

Therefore, brothers whom G-d has set apart, who share in the call from heaven, think carefully about Yeshua, whom we acknowledge publicly as G-d’s emissary and as cohen gadol.

Published by MJ Muñoz

Husband. Father. Believer. Writer.

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