Torah Portion – Shelach L’cha (B’midbar 13:1-15:41)

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This is our d'rash (commentary) on the torah portion, shelach l'cha or "send for yourself." In this portion, Israel is at the threshold of crossing into the land of Canaan. However, an expedition of twelve scouts intended to discover how to take the land turned into an evil report that concluded, "we are unable to take the land." As a result, the conquest of Canaan was delayed by almost forty years.

In this torah portion we also learn how this ominous day proved to be a day of mourning and lamentation for future generations as well for tradition says this day was 9 Av. Yet, we also learn that God always has someone who goes against the grain of popular opinion as we see with Caleb and Joshua - the only two men of their generation to cross over into Canaan.

Also contained in this sidrah are the laws concerning the tzitzit ("fringes"). In this commandment we see the necessity to gaze upon that which the Creator has given us to do rather than gaze upon the giants in the land. Much more! I hope you enjoy. (Approximately 60 minutes).

 

 

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Torah Portion: Shelach L'cha
This is Bill's commentary on the torah portion, shelach l'cha or "send for yourself." Poised to cross into the land of Canaan, Israel compels Moses to send an expedition of twelve scouts to investigate how to take the land. Unfortunately, ten of them gave an evil report that concluded, "we are unable to take the land." As a result, the conquest of Canaan was delayed by almost forty years. In the end, Israel made decisions based on what they saw rather than what they heard - their eye led them astray. Ironically, this sidrah concludes with the laws concerning the tzitzit ("fringes"). In this commandment we see the necessity to gaze upon that which the Creator has given us to do rather than gaze upon the giants in the land. In focusing our eyes upon Him, we can more clearly hear what He commands. Much more! (Approximately 60 minutes).
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5 Responses to Torah Portion – Shelach L’cha (B’midbar 13:1-15:41)

  1. Ester says:

    Wow, you wouldn’t miss that revelation, Bill, in 15: 39 “Oto” אֹתֹו , translated as ‘it’ in fact refers to Y’shua! HalleluYAH! This is so exciting!
    ABBA is restoring and revealing all things to His beloved ones.
    That is what Bill Sanford has in his study MATS (Messianic AlephTav Scriptures).
    Blessings to you and yours.

  2. Kristina Lovell says:

    Shalom Bill, I recently watched your DVD teaching about the tallit and the tzitziyot. It is very good, thank you. However, I would like to know what you make of Paul’s remarks in 1.Corinthians 11 about men not covering their heads … Paul always loses me there! Thanks –

    • Bill says:

      Kristina; First of all, sorry for the delay in responding to your comment. I was looking around for a copy of the DVD you mentioned and haven’t found one yet – can you believe it? I recorded that many years ago (13+) and I’m not really sure what I said. So, understanding all that, my position has been that, most likely, Paul makes these statements to the congregation at Corinth within the context of something that was going on in Corinthian society had found its way into the fellowship there. Unfortunately, we don’t have the background information. Next, like Paul said, a man’s covering is Messiah and the wife’s covering is her husband. Consequently, I have chosen through the years not to wear a kippah unless I’m in a situation where someone would get offended – like in a synagogue or at the Western Wall. Furthermore, my wife doesn’t wear a head covering because I am her covering and a) she doesn’t go around prophesying in fellowships and b) who’s to say the covering Paul referred to at that point wasn’t her husband? So it might be that he was alluding to women who did these things outside the covering of their husbands. Again, we weren’t there to quiz Paul on all this so we’re left to speculate somewhat. After all that, Paul seems to say that fellowships need to judge among themselves and this issue should not become a contentious one. So, in the end, each of us are going to have to walk this one out as we feel led of the LORD without passing judgment on others for their different view. Wish I could be more help on this but the best I can do here is state my opinion. I’m sure there are others out there who have more to say on the matter. Shalom.
      P.S. As soon as I find that DVD I’ll force myself to watch it and see what I was saying.

      • Kristina Lovell says:

        Thank you so much for taking the time to answer! Blessings to you and your family –

        • Kim Rickman says:

          In reconciling the scriptures we have taken the perspective that the Word does not contradict itself. If you search “turban” in the Torah the verses are too many to list for the number of times it’s commanded for the priest to put a turban on their head. From Corinthians 11:14-15 we see it stated “14 Does not nature itself teach you that if a man wears long hair it is a disgrace for him, 15 but if a woman has long hair, it is her glory? For her hair is given to her for a covering.” Covering here refers to hair, and men should not have long hair. The only scriptural exception would be for those men taking a nazarite vow, which even more confirms for me, it wasn’t the norm for men to have long hair. It appears Paul’s / Shaul’s cryptic message confirms the Torah, men should look like men and women should look like women and function in a biblical order.

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