Beth Elohenu Messianic Congregation
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N. Las Vegas, NV. 89033
Shalom. Our teaching this morning will come from Numbers 2.1-9. And again our study will cover the entire Chapter. And the title of our message is, THE LORD IS A MAN OF WAR.
So with that said, let’s read Numbers 2.1-9.
GOD’s blueprint for the Children of Israel places the Tabernacle in the center of the camp surrounded by the twelve tribes in military style. The Levites circled the Tabernacle to protect it. And The LORD assigned each tribe a specific position with regard to the Tabernacle. Three tribes were placed to the east of the Tabernacle, three tribes to the south of the Tabernacle. Three tribes west, and three tribes to the north of the Tabernacle. All at a distance, far off from the Tabernacle. But the tribe of Levi surrounded the Tabernacle close by.
The tribe of Joseph was divided into his two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh to reach the number of twelve tribes, plus the tribe of Levi.
NUMBERS 2.1-2 The central position of the Tabernacle, called in Hebrew MISHKAN, for the Dwelling Place of The LORD GOD, was in the center of all the tribes camped in their tents.
Every person camped in their tents under the banner of their father’s house. Those in the tribe of Reuben camped under the banner of Reuben. Those in the tribe of Judah camped in their tents under the banner of Judah, and so on.
NUMBERS 2.3-4 The tribe of Judah camped in the front of the Tabernacle on the east side toward the rising of the sun. The captain of the tribe of Judah was Nashon the son of Amminadab. And the army of Judah totaled 74,600 fighting men of war.
It is thought that because Judah is the father of the house of David, and the future son of David, The Messiah Yeshua, and that David’s Kingdom and his Throne will be established forever, and that Judah was called a lion when his father Jacob prophesied the future of his twelve sons, and that a lion symbolizes kingship, that GOD honored the tribe of Judah by placing them at the front of the Tabernacle on the east. GENESIS 49.9-10
THIS IS A MESSIANIC PROPHESY.
I believe that Jacob’s prophesy about his son Judah means that the line of the Kings of Israel will come from the tribe of Judah. That is to say, King David, followed in later years by The Messiah Yeshua Who is from the tribe of Judah will be King over all the earth. Zechariah 14.9.
The Lawgiver is GOD, Ha Shem Yeshua, and His Law of Moses will never depart nor will it ever be removed. Shiloh is another Name for Messiah. And to Him will all the Jewish People and all Peoples gather. The word Gather in Hebrew is YEE’KEH’HEH, meaning all the People will “Obey” Him.
2 SAMUEL 7.16 The House of David, that is his Dynasty as King, and the succession of kings that will descend from him. And his kingdom where he reigns will be established by GOD forever.
Messiah Yeshua as a human being was born from the tribe of Judah. He is the Son of David by title. And He will reign over all the earth in The Kingdom of GOD on earth in Israel for 1,000 years in His true nature, GOD ALMIGHTY, Daniel 7.13. And He will reign in Heaven forever.
MATTHEW 1.1 Messiah Yeshua is the Son of David, the son of Abraham.
NUMBERS 2.5-9 The tribes that camped next to the tribe of Judah in their tents at the front of the Tabernacle on the east were the tribes of Issachar and Zebulun.
The army of the tribe of Issachar totaled 54,400 men of war. And the tribe of Zebulun had an army of 57,400 men of war.
The three tribes of Judah, Issachar, and Zebulun under the command of the captain of Judah totaled 186,400 fighting men of war. And they were to move out first at The LORD’S Command for the People and the Tabernacle to move forward.
NUMBERS 2.10-16 The tribe of Reuben camped in their tents on the south side of the Tabernacle. And the army of Reuben totaled 46,500 men. And the tribes that camped alongside them were the tribes of Simeon and Gad. Simeon’s army totaled 59,300 fighting men of war. The tribe of Gad totaled 45,650 fighting men of war.
And the three tribes of Reuben, Simeon, and Gad under the command of the captain of the tribe of Reuben had an army of 151,450 men of war. And they were to move out second in rank at GOD’S command.
NUMBERS 2.17 When The LORD commanded the Children of Israel to move the Tabernacle forward to another location, the Levites were positioned at the center of the camp transporting the Tabernacle. While the twelve tribes also journeyed forward at a distance from the Tabernacle.
NUMBERS 2.18-24 The LORD placed the tribe of Ephraim along with the tribes of Manasseh and Benjamin on the west side of the Tabernacle. The army of Ephraim totaled 40,500. The tribe of Manasseh had an army of 32,200. And the tribe of Benjamin had an army of 35,400.
Under the command of the captain of Ephraim, the tribes of Ephraim, Manasseh, and Benjamin totaled 108,100 men of war. And they were to move out third in rank at The LORD’S command.
NUMBERS 2.25-31 GOD stationed the Tribe of Dan on the north side of the Tabernacle along with the tribes of Asher, and Naphtali. The tribe of Dan had an army of 62,700 men. The tribe of Asher had an army of 41,500, and the tribe of Naphtali had an army of 53,400.
And the three tribes of Dan, Asher, and Naphtali commanded by the captain of the tribe of Dan had an army of 157,600. And they were to move out last in rank.
NUMBERS 2.32 The Israel Army under the command of GOD totaled 603,550. EXODUS 15.3
NUMBERS 2.33-34 But the Levites were not numbered among the Children of Israel as The LORD commanded Moses. And the Children of Israel did all that The LORD commanded Moses. They positioned their armies according to their tribes and according to the command of GOD. And they moved forward in formation as The LORD GOD of Israel commanded them.
That was the beginning of the IDF, The Israel Defense forces 3,400 years ago. GOD’S army. Yesterday and today.
I’m reminded of a battle that King Jehoshaphat was drawn into because he did something that greatly displeased The LORD GOD. The Bible says that Jehoshaphat, the King of Judah (Southern Israel) did that which was right in the sight of The LORD.
But Jehoshaphat’s mistake was to help the ungodly and love them that hate The LORD.
The one who was ungodly and hated The LORD was Ahab, the King of Israel (Northern Israel). King Jehoshaphat helped and loved the evil, ungodly Ahab, King of Israel. He helped him in a battle. Ahab was killed in that battle, but Jehoshaphat, the King of Judah, returned home in peace to Jerusalem.
But shortly after his alliance with Ahab, the armies of Moab, Ammon and others crossed into Israel to battle King Jehoshaphat. 2 CHRONICLES 20.31-32, 1 KINGS 16.29-33, 2 CHRONICLES 18.1-3, 2 CHRONICLES 19.1-3, 2 CHRONICLES 20.1-2
And Jehoshaphat, the King of Judah was told that the armies of Moab, Ammon and others, nations from today’s Jordan had crossed into Israel by the Dead Sea. And Jehoshaphat was frightened, and he sought The LORD and proclaimed a fast throughout Judah. And all Judah gathered themselves together to ask help of The LORD. And they all came to seek The LORD GOD OF ISRAEL.
And Jehoshaphat stood in the Congregation of Judah and Jerusalem in The Temple before the new court. And he said, O LORD OF OUR FATHERS, are You not GOD in Heaven? And do You not rule over all the kingdoms of the heathen? And in Your Hand is there not Power and Might so that None is able to withstand You? Are You not our GOD Who drove out the inhabitants of this Land before Your People Israel and gave it to the descendants of Abraham whom You love forever?
And Your People have dwelt in this Land and built You a Sanctuary for Your Name. And we said, if when evil comes upon us as the sword, and judgment, or pestilence, or famine, and we stand before this House, and in Your Presence, for Your Name is in this House. And when we cry unto You in our affliction, then You will hear and help.
And now look, the armies of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir whom You would not let the Children of Israel invade when they came out of the land of Egypt. But they turned from them, and did not destroy them. Look at how they reward us. They seek to cast us out of Your Possession which You have given to us to inherit.
O GOD, will You not judge them for we have no might against this great army that comes against us. And we don’t know what to do. But our eyes are upon You.
And the Jewish People of Judah and Jerusalem stood before The LORD with their little ones, their wives, and their children.
And The Spirit of The LORD came upon Jahaziel, the son of Zechariah, the son of Beniah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, a Levite of the sons of Asaph in the midst of the Congregation.
And he said, Listen to me all Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem. And you King Jehoshaphat. Thus saith The LORD to you, Do not be afraid or frightened because of this great army, for the battle is not yours, but GOD’S.
Tomorrow, go down before them. They will come up by the cliff of Ziz and you will find them at the end of the brook before the wilderness of Jeruel.
You will not need to fight in the battle. Set yourselves and stand still and see the Salvation of The LORD with you O Judah and Jerusalem. Fear not nor be afraid. Tomorrow, go out against them for The LORD will be with you.
And Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground. And all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem fell before The LORD and worshipped Him.
And the Levites stood up to praise The LORD GOD OF ISRAEL with loud voices.
And they rose early in the morning, and Jehoshaphat and his army went forth to the wilderness of Tekoa. And as they went forth, Jehoshaphat stood and said, Hear me O Judah, and all you inhabitants of Jerusalem. Believe in The LORD your GOD. So will you be established. Believe in His prophets, so you will prosper.
And when Jehoshaphat consulted with the People, he appointed singers to The LORD that they should praise the beauty of Holiness AS THEY WENT BEFORE THE ARMY. And say, Praise The LORD for His mercy endures forever.
And when they began to sing and praise, The LORD set ambushes against the armies of Ammon, Moab and Mount Seir who were marching against Judah. But they were routed and killed. For the armies of Ammon and Moab turned against the armies of Mount Seir and utterly killed and destroyed them. And when they had made an end of the army of Mount Seir, they turned on each other, and they destroyed each other.
And when the armies of Judah came toward the watchtower, they looked to the enemy and they were all dead bodies fallen to the ground. And none escaped. And when Jehoshaphat and his army came to take away the spoils of them, they found so much in abundance among them, both riches with the dead bodies, and precious jewels which they stripped off for themselves, more than they could carry away. And it took them three days in gathering the spoil, it was so much.
And in the fourth day they assembled themselves in the valley, and they blessed The LORD. Therefore the name of the place was called the valley of Barucha, the valley of Blessing.
And everyone returned to Judah and Jerusalem, and Jehoshaphat at the head of them to go again to Jerusalem with great joy. For The LORD had made them rejoice over their enemies. And they came to Jerusalem with harps and trumpets to the House of The LORD. And the fear of GOD was in all the kingdoms of those countries when they heard that The LORD fought against the enemies of Israel. So the kingdom of Jehoshaphat was quiet. For GOD gave him rest on all sides.
Total victory because of THE GOD OF ISRAEL. FOR THE LORD OUR GOD IS A MAN OF WAR.
Shalom. Ira Weinstein, Congregational Leader