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Insight and commentary on the Torah and Gospels every week, adapted from Torah Club resources.


Moses' Uncertainty

When the daughters of Zelophehad asked Moses for a ruling, he did not decide the case himself. He brought the question to the LORD. Why did Moses need to consult God? Why was he unable to judge the case himself? Was Moses uncertain of the correct answer?

honesty, impartiality, inheritance, integrity, judge, Moses, Pinchas, wisdom, Zelophehad's daughters

From Previous Weeks

The Plot Against Israel

Balaam failed to curse Israel. Worse yet, he failed to win a large reward from Balak. Then a thought occurred to him. Perhaps he could not curse Israel, but he could induce Israel to curse themselves. In Numbers 31:16, we learn that he conspired with the Midianite and Moabite leaders and suggested a plan.

ambition, Balaam, Balak, covetousness, flesh, greed, idolatry, lust, materialism, power, provision, self-control

The Purity Paradox

The purification paradox hints toward Messiah who became unclean in order to cleanse. Human uncleanness and iniquity did not cling to Him. He stepped out from the tomb in perfect purity. He shed the mortal form, and with it He shed ritual impurity. The unclean grave clothes, tainted with the contamination of death, He left behind.

ashes of the red heifer, Chukkat, clean, cleanse, conscience, death, purity laws, red heifer, sin, unclean

The Two Wives

Contention against leadership is contagious, and contentious people work hard to convince their companions to join their cause. Korah's initial grievances against Moses and Aaron had nothing to do with the Reubenites, but through frequent conversation and the subtle manipulation of ideas, Korah was able to draw his neighbors into sedition.

evil speech, Korach, Korah's rebellion, lashon hara, marriage, wisdom

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