“The Way We Were…” by Ariel Ehrmantrout


“Journeys” “of the Tribes”

Numbers 30:1-32:42

Haftarah is:  Jeremiah 2:4-8; 4:1-2

Priesthood Instructions: James 1-2

Todays Message – “The Way We Were….”

Today’s Reading Numbers 30:1-9

“Moses said to the heads of the tribes of Israel: “This is what the LORD commands:  When a man makes a vow to the LORD or takes an oath to obligate himself by a pledge, he must not break his word but must do everything he said. “When a young woman still living in her father’s house makes a vow to the LORD or obligates herself by a pledge  and her father hears about her vow or pledge but says nothing to her, then all her vows and every pledge by which she obligated herself will stand.  But if her father forbids her when he hears about it, none of her vows or the pledges by which she obligated herself will stand; the LORD will release her because her father has forbidden her.   “If she marries after she makes a vow or after her lips utter a rash promise by which she obligates herself  and her husband hears about it but says nothing to her, then her vows or the pledges by which she obligated herself will stand.  But if her husband forbids her when he hears about it, he nullifies the vow that obligates her or the rash promise by which she obligates herself, and the LORD will release her.  “Any vow or obligation taken by a widow or divorced woman will be binding on her.”

1.  The rights of the Patriarch to annul vows

A.  A Patriarchs Right:  Vows and Oaths Number 30:3-6 says “When a young woman still living in her father’s house makes a vow to the LORD or obligates herself by a pledge 4 and her father hears about her vow or pledge but says nothing to her, then all her vows and every pledge by which she obligated herself will stand. 5 But if her father forbids her when he hears about it, none of her vows or the pledges by which she obligated herself will stand; the LORD will release her because her father has forbidden her.”

B.  VOW in English comes from the Hebrew word “Neder” which is Strongs #05087 loosely meaning to “Make a Vow”—But there is NO direct Hebrew to English equivalent to this word NEDER which can mean two possible things:

1- Someone can prohibit something for themselves that Torah otherwise permits

2- One can bring an optional offering

C. OATH comes from the Hebrew word “ SHABA” which means to “Prohibit Oneself—or Obligate Oneself to perform an ACT.

D. What is the difference between them?

1—Neder is a VOW and is a pledge that results in a “change of Status” of whatever is being offered

2-SHABA is an OATH—and involves only that person under a bondage—or obligation to what is being brought forth.

2.  The Patriarch can annul any NEDER made on behalf of His child—or a Husband His Wife

A.  If the Husband or Father of the Wife or Daughter did not make a renouncing of the VOW—when the change of status spoken is a status outside Gods Teaching and Instruction–then Her status was changed effectively forever—and as an oath—She would be obligated to act according to what She had said—if the vow is made unto the realm of death—then the realm of death will come to collect on what is required.  Ecclesiastes 5:4 saysWhen you make a vow to God, do not delay in fulfilling it. He has no pleasure in fools; fulfill your vow”

AND Samuel 1:15 saysAnd she made a vow, saying, “O LORD Almighty, if you will only look upon your servant’s misery and remember me, and not forget your servant but give her a son, then I will give him to the LORD for all the days of his life, and no razor will ever be used on his head.

AND Galatians 3:15 says “Brothers, let me take an example from everyday life. Just as no one can set aside or add to a human covenant that has been duly established, so it is in this case!

B.  When we speak outside of Torah: Gods Teaching and Instruction—God cannot come into agreement with what we have said—and then we are obligated to see it play out in our Lives.  Deuteronomy 4:1-2 says, “Hear now, O Israel, the decrees and laws I am about to teach you. Follow them so that you may live and may go in and take possession of the land that the LORD, the God of your fathers, is giving you. 2 Do not add to what I command you and do not subtract from it, but keep the commands of the LORD your God that I give you.”

Blessing or Cursing—Life or Death —we bind our Father by our “Changing the “Status of His word-” Taking Torah from being active and alive to dead and lifeless—because we rendered it null and void by our careless words! Deuteronomy 30:19-20 says “This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the LORD your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the LORD is your life, and he will give you many years in the land he swore to give to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.”

C.  When your words align with Gods Teaching and Instruction (Torah) then the Father has already spoken in agreement with our Status change—by speaking it in His word—it is then established by 2 or more witnesses—and it will come to pass –even as it is written in the Torah.  Ezekiel 24:14 says, “” ‘I the LORD have spoken. The time has come for me to act. I will not hold back; I will not have pity, nor will I relent. You will be judged according to your conduct and your actions, declares the Sovereign LORD.”

AND Matthew 18:16 says, “But if he will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.

D. When we speak AGAINST what the Word of God says about us and our situations then—even though the Word says you can have it—says that it is yours—you never see come to pass because the Father has to annul the vow—because what you’ve said doesn’t align with His Torah—this is the root word meaning of NEDER=to prohibit something for themselves that Torah otherwise permits!

Numbers 14:27-28 says “”How long will this wicked community grumble against me? I have heard the complaints of these grumbling Israelites. So tell them, ‘As surely as I live, declares the LORD, I will do to you the very things I heard you say

3. Silence is NOT a NO Vote—It’s a GO Vote!

A.  If the Patriarch annulled the vows (Change of Status) and oaths (Obligated Deeds)—they were annulled—if He has not—then they were coming to pass.  The SILENCE OF MANY MEN today—has left a generation of woman and a generation of Children—without proper covering spiritually. Ephesians 5:25 says “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her”

AND 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 says “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres

B.  We are to test the spirits of all things. 1 John 4:1 says, “Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.

The Hebrew word for Emotions–comes from the Strongs word #7306 = Ruach—which means spirit.  Spirits—that manifest as positive and negative emotions—may make us choose to go against what is written for the salvation (Yeshua) of our families.

Romans 7:16-20 saysAnd if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.

C.  We think that if we do not say anything—that we are not negatively participating—but truth be known—your silence is causing the status changes and the obligations to become permanent.  Joshua 24:27 says that even the rocks can be a witness against us, “”See!” he said to all the people.”This stone will be a witness against us. It has heard all the words the LORD has said to us. It will be a witness against you if you are untrue to your God.

Negative spirits—evil or Torahless emotions— are attacking our wives and daughters—because we are failing to stand up and speak what the Torah says about our families.  When we are silent—our vote is in agreement—we actually come into spiritual agreement with our enemies—and not the Torah—which results in the realm of death manifesting in our lives. 1 Samuel 2:9 says “He will guard the feet of his saints, but the wicked will be silenced in darkness.  “It is not by strength that one prevails;

D.  Our Heavenly Father—has already spoken the annulment of the curse of Sin and Death off of our life —he made a VOW (Neder) —which changed our status forever—taking us from death to Life—or causing us to crossover—which is a SHABA—an oath—that He is obligated Himself to perform!  Romans 8:2 Rabbi Sha’ul—the Apostle Paul’s says, ” because through Messiah Yeshua the law of the Spirit of life (which is the Torah–1 John 5:6-Psalm 119:142set me free from the law of sin and death. (Oral Tradition)

E. Since we had already gone through the Neder (vow) status change –that God gave us by opening up His Torah—where he promised to change our status into the unified commonwealth of Israel—let us be effectively keeping our oaths—(every obligated deed listed in Torah)—so that the blessings of obedience with what is ALREADY WRITTEN will come to pass in our lives and we will be free of tormenting emotions—spirits—forever!  Deuteronomy 28:45-46 says,All these curses will come upon you. They will pursue you and overtake you until you are destroyed, because you did not obey the LORD your God and observe the commands and decrees he gave you. 46 They will be a sign and a wonder to you and your descendants forever.”

CHAZAK  CHAZAK V’NIT CHAZEK–“Be Strong, Be Strong, and let Us all be stregthened…”

Shabbat Shalom

©2010 Ariel Ehrmantrout

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This Weeks Haftarah: Jeremiah 2:4 – 28 & Jeremiah 4: 1-2

Today’s Haftarah Message: “Where is GOD?”

Today’s reading Jeremiah 2:8 “The priests did not ask, ‘Where is the LORD ?’.

Have you ever asked yourself the question – “Where is GOD”? No not publicly, but in your own personal time just cry out – “Where Are You GOD” – in the midst of a situation you find yourself in? In contemporary Christianity, the leaders would accuse those that practice that of not having enough faith and just “sow your seed”, because we all know “sowing seed” invokes the presents of GOD – correct? Where does that thinking come from and is it correct?

I submit to you that even asking the question – “Where Is GOD” – is a concept that is born out of paganism. Zeus, the top Greek god, only made occasional “trips” down to earth. Those “trips” were usually for his own selfish reasons.

A pagan also had to “appease” their gods. This is done by offering them a “bribe” to get them to do what the “worshiper” wants the god to do. This only worked if the god wanted the same outcome as the “worshiper”.

So the answer to the question – “Where is GOD” – was answered by GOD Himself. Moses said that HE – GOD – would never leave us nor forsake us. If we are here, then GOD must be here – with us.

Deuteronomy 31:6 says “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.

So to even ask the question – “Where is GOD” shows either you do not know the scriptures, or do not believe them.

When the Children of Israel were complaining about going through the Wilderness to get to the Promise Land – land that was promised to Abraham – GOD was still with them. HE was leading them with a “cloud by day and fire by night”.

Jeremiah 2: 6 & 7 says “6 They did not ask, ‘Where is the LORD, who brought us up out of Egypt and led us through the barren wilderness, through a land of deserts and rifts, a land of drought and darkness, a land where no one travels and no one lives?’7 I brought you into a fertile land to eat its fruit and rich produce. But you came and defiled my land and made my inheritance detestable.

GOD was with them – Leading them through the wilderness – just like he is leading all of us through our own lives.

The question we have to ask ourselves is – Do you ask – “Where Is GOD?” or do you know – “Where GOD IS”?


Rabbi Shaun Sailor

[5th Year Torah Student and Student Rabbi Shaun S. Sailor appears the courtesy of Temple Ahavah Torah Training Center. If you enjoy Reb Sailor’s Haftarah commentary each week, take a moment and jot him and encouraging note at shaun.sailor@yahoo.com ]

Thank You!! Rabbi Ariel Ehrmantrout


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