Fearless Before the Enemy

Saturdays: The Sabbath Torah Portions
Numbers 13:1—4:7

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Jewish tradition gives names to every Sabbath as Christians name Sundays in the sacred year. As you read the Torah readings, especially this year A (the first of the three-part division of each portion), see how the title relates to the subject matter of the reading. “Send” refers to the Lord’s command to send out spies into the land of promise.

13:16 is the very first time that the name of Joshua appears. Moses does something to his name as God did to Abraham and as Jesus did to Simon; the name is changed or slightly altered to give it special meaning. Moses changed Hoshea to Joshua, the latter meaning “Yahweh (the Lord) is Salvation.” It is the same name as Jesus, the Greek form of the Hebrew name.

Fear paralyses the hearts of the other spies. Notice the “Yes, but” to which they yield in 13:28. “But” cancels out all that goes before it. Pray that you face the “enemies” in your life as fearlessly as Joshua and Jesus faced theirs.

The Reading for Today
Text     Audio

Bible Breaths
What are these?
Inward milk and honey flows 13:27
May there be no fear in me. 13:28
No going back to Egypt 14:3
You send us into good “land.” 14:7

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Saturdays are dedicated to the Sabbath Torah portions
read in synagogues throughout the world.
This plan follows those traditions that take a third of the portion
over a three year cycle, this year, the third part.
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The Jewish Theological Seminary.

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