Mattot-Masei Double Parsha!
The book of Bamidbar (Numbers) comes to a stunning close this week with a special in-depth DOUBLE Torah portion of Mattot (the Tribes) and Masei (the Journeys). These last seven chapters of Numbers may be the most exciting of them all up to this point. As war with Midian breaks out and is now in full force, another civil war nearly breaks out as Reuben and Gad attempt to secede from the rest of the tribes and settle on the eastern side of the Jordan. Moshe can’t let this happen or else his own army ranks are depleted and vulnerable against a determined enemy and the remaining tribes may lose heart and either not want to fight with less of a fighting force or not want to go into Canaan at all. The future of Israel depends on the amazing decision Moshe is about to make, with consequences that reach down even to this day. And if that is not enough, a sequel to the case of Zelophehad’s daughters also comes at the end, and if this is not dealt with properly the entire inheritance structure for the tribes in Canaan could be permanently destroyed. No pressure! Also check out a special BONUS VIDEO, an hour long teaching I did at a local Christian TV station. More details on that are in the FEATURED section. Enjoy!