Mashal #46. Servants given talents (Kingdom of heaven):
- Today is Day #46
- The Forty-sixth Mashal of Messiah
- The Messiah will Return on Yom Kippurim
- The Closing of the Gate Ceremony will be put on Pause
- When all of the books of Human History will be Closed
- The meanings of the numbers Five, Two and One
- The meaning of the Silver Talent
- The relation of the half-shekel to the Silver Talent
- The Gift of the Holy Spirit and the 3,000 persons saved on Shavuot
- The Law of Moses and the Law of the Spirit
- The 3,000 and the Great Jubilee!
- The meanings of the numbers ten, four and one
- Peter Bar Yochanan’s Shavuot Midrash
- The Ingathering of the 3,000 Yehudim (Jews)
- The necessity of the Presence and Works of the Spirit of Grace and Truth
- The example of the mitzvah of Hachnasat Orchim
- Hospitality is the Test…
- A call to Maturity and Friendship…
- Insulting the Spirit of Grace
- The contrasting works of the Wise and the Foolish Servants
- Faith without the Works of the Spirit of Grace is a Dead Faith!
- Whose Banking System is in View Here?
Today is Day #46:
1. Today is “Day #46” in the forty-nine day Countdown to (the New) Shavuot.
2. Today is forty-six days which are six weeks and four days of the Omer.
.היום שישה וארבעים יום, שהם שישה שבועות וארבעה ימים בעומר
Haiyom shishah v-arba’im yom, shehaym shishah shavuot ve-arba’ah yamim ba’omer.
“You shall count for yourselves — from the day after the Shabbat, from the day when you bring the Omer of the waving — seven Shabbats, they shall be complete. Until the day after the seventh sabbath you shall count, fifty days.” (Leviticus). “You shall count for yourselves seven weeks, from when the sickle is first put to the standing crop shall you begin counting seven weeks. Then you will observe the Festival of Shavu’ot for Adonai Eloheinu.” (Deuteronomy).
“Blessed are You, Adonai Eloheinu, King of the Universe, who has sanctified us with His commandments and commanded us concerning the counting of the Omer.”
ברוך אתה, אדוני אלוהינו, מלך העולם, אשר קדשנו במצוותיו וצוונו על ספירת העומר.פ
Baruch atah, Adonai Eloheinu, melech ha’olam, asher kid’shanu b’mitzvotav v’tzivanu al sefirat ha’omer.
The Forty-sixth Mashal of Messiah:
כִּי הַדָּבָר דֹּמֶה לְאִישׁ נֹסֵעַ לְמֵרָחוֹק אֲשֶׁר קָרָא אֶל־עֲבָדָיו וַיַּפְקֵד בְּיָדָם אֶת־רְכוּשׁוֹ׃ וַיִּתֵּן לָזֶה חָמֵשׁ כִּכָּרִים וְלָזֶה שְׁתַּים וְלָזֶה אֶחָת לְכָל־אִישׁ לְפִי יְכָלְתּוֹ וַיְמַהֵר וַיִּסַּע מִשָׁם׃
“For the matter can be compared to a man traveling far away, who called his servants and entrusted them with his possessions. To one he gave five kikkarim (silver talents), to another two, and to another one—to each man according to his ability; then he hurried and traveled on from there.”
וַיֵּלֶךְ הָאִישׁ הַלּקֵחַ חָמֵשׁ כִּכָּרִים וַיִּסְחַר בָּהֶן וַיַּעַשׂ חָמֵשׁ כִּכָּרִים אֲחֵרוֹת׃
“The man who received five kikkarim went and traded with them and made five additional kikkarim.”
וְכֵן הַלּקֵחַ שְׁתַּיִם גַּם־הוּא הִרְוִיחַ שְׁתַּיִם אֲחֵרוֹת׃
“Likewise, the one who received two also gained two more.”
וְלֹקֵח הָאַחַת הָלַךְ וַיַּחְפֹּר בָּאֲדָמָה וַיִּטְמֹן אֶת־כֶּסֶף אֲדֹנָיו׃
“But the one who received one went and dug in the ground and buried his master’s silver.”
וְאַחֲרֵי יָמִים רַבִּים בָּא אֲדוֹנֵי הָעֲבָדִים הָהֵם וַיַּעַשׂ חֶשְׁבּוֹן עִמָּהֶם׃
After many days, the master of those servants came and made an accounting with them:
וַיִּגַּשׁ הַלּקֵחַ חֲמֵשׁ הַכִּכָּרִים וַיָּבֵא חָמֵשׁ כִּכָּרִים אֲחֵרוֹת וַיֹּאמַר אֲדֹנִי חָמֵשׁ כִּכָּרִים הִפְקַדְתָּ בְּיָדִי הִנֵּה חָמֵשׁ כִּכָּרִים אֲחֵרוֹת הִרְוַחְתִּי בָהֵן׃ וַיֹּאמֶר אֵלָיו אֲדֹנָיו הֱטִיבֹתָ לַעֲשׂוֹת עֶבֶד טוֹב וְנֶאֱמָן כִּי בִמְעַט נֶאֱמָן הָיִיתָ וְעַל־הַרְבֵּה אַפְקִידֶךָ בּוֹא לְשִׂמְחַת אֲדֹנֶיךָ׃
“The one who had received the five kikkarim approached, and he brought five additional kikkarim. He said, ‘My master, you entrusted to my hand five kikkarim. Look! I have gained five more with them.’ His master said to him, ‘You have done well, good and faithful servant. Since you were faithful with a little, I will entrust you with much. Enter your master’s simchat!'” (שִׂמְחַת-joy)
וַיִּגַּשׁ גַּם־לֹקֵחַ הַכִּכָּרַיִם וַיֹּאמַר אֲדֹנִי כִּכָּרַיִם הִפְקַדְתָּ בְיָדִי הִנֵּה כִּכָּרַיִם הִרְוַחְתִּי בָהֵן׃ וַיֹּאמֶר אֵלָיו אֲדֹנָיו הֱטִיבֹתָ לַעֲשׂוֹת עֶבֶד טוֹב וְנֶאֱמָן בַּמִּזְעָר נֶאֱמַן הָיִּיתָ וְעַל־הַרְבֵּה אַפְקִידֶךָ בּוֹא לְשִׂמְחַת אֲדֹנֶיךָ׃
“The one who received two kikkarim also approached and said, ‘Master, you entrusted to my hand two kikkarim. Look! I have earned two kikkarim with them!’ His master said to him, ‘You have done well, good and faithful servant. With a tiny amount you were faithful, and I will entrust you with much. Enter into your master’s simchat!'” (joy)
וַיִּגַּשׁ גַּם־הַלּקֵחַ אֶת־הַכִּכָּר הָאַחַת וַיֹּאמַר אֲדֹנִי יְדַעְתִּיךָ כִּי־אִישׁ קָשֶׁה אַתָּה קֹצֵר בַּאֲשֶׁר לֹא זָרַעְתָּ וְכֹנֵס מֵאֲשֶׁר לֹא פִזָּרְתָּ׃ וָאִירָא וָאֵלֵךְ וָאֶטְמֹן אֶת־כִּכָּרְךָ בָּאֲדָמָה וְעַתָּה הֵא־לְךָ אֲשֶׁר־לָךְ׃
“The one who received one kikkar also approached, and said, ‘My master, I know you; that you are a difficult man, reaping what you did not sow, and gathering from what you did not scatter. I was afraid, so I went and buried your kikkar in the ground. Now here is what is yours.'”
וַיַּעַן אֲדֹנָיו וַיֹּאמֶר אֵלָיו הָעֶבֶד הָרַע וְהֶעָצֵל אַתָּה יָדַעְתָּ כִּי־קֹצֵר אָנֹכִי בַּאֲשֶׁר לֹא זָרַעְתִּי וְכֹנֵס מֵאֲשֶׁר לֹא פִזָּרְתִּי׃ לָכֵן הָיָה עָלֶיךָ לָתֵת אֶת־כַּסְפִּי לַשֻׁלְחָנִים וַאֲנִי בְּבוֹאִי הָיִיתִי לֹקֵחַ אֵת אֲשֶׁר־לִי וְתַרְבִּיתוֹ׃ עַל־כֵּן שְׂאוּ מִמֶּנּוּ אֵת הַכִּכָּר וּתְנוּ אֶל־הָאִישׁ אֲשֶׁר־לוֹ עֶשֶׂר הַכִּכָּר׃ כִּי מִי אֲשֶׁר יֶשׁ־לוֹ יִנָּתֶן לוֹ וְיַעְדִּיף וּמִי אֲשֶׁר אֵין־לוֹ יֻקַּח מִמֶּנּוּ גַּם אֵת אֲשֶׁר־לוֹ׃ וְאֶת־עֶבֶד הַבְּלִיַּעַל הַשְׁלִיכוּ אֶל־הַחשֶׁךְ הַחִיצוֹן שָׁם תִּהְיֶה הַיְלָלָה וַחֲרֹק הַשִׁנָּיִם׃
His master answered and said to him, “Evil and lazy servant! You do know that I reap what I did not sow and gather from what I did not scatter. Therefore, you ought to have given my silver to the money changers. When I came, I would have received what is mine with its interest. Therefore, take the kikkar from him, and give it to the man who has the ten kikkarim. For whoever has, to him it will be given, and he will have extra (abundance). but from the one who does not have, even what he does have shall be taken away. But whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him. Cast the worthless servant to the outer darkness, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.”
The Messiah will return on Yom Kippurim:
“For it is just like a man about to go on a journey, who called his own slaves and entrusted his possessions to them. To one he gave five talents, to another, two, and to another, one, each according to his own ability; and he went on his journey.”
The Great High Priest (the Messiah), the Master of the Temple, has temporarily left His home here on earth. The Righteous One has ascended into His second home in heaven and will not return to earth until the time appointed by our Father in heaven. Although we do not know on what Jewish calendar day (the year) the Messiah will return, we do know on what festival day that will be. The Messiah will return to earth on a future day of Yom Kippurim.
We are referring to the Day of Atonement in the plural because when Messiah returns He will split the one day of Yom Kippur into two days.
There is only one Yom Kippur (singular) that is actually made up out of two days (Yom Kippurim, plural). This is so because the Messiah will return as the Conquering Messiah Ben David to usher in the long-awaited time of the Golden Age of the full restoration of Israel; which includes the establishment of a Commonwealth of Israel that will be the administrative vehicle through which the Messiah rules over the gentile nations.
Upon Messiah’s return to Israel from heaven (on the day of Yom Kippur) there will be a judgment of the nations and the peoples of the world. This being due to the necessity of His bringing peace to the world. However, the “final judgment” of all humankind will not occur on that day but much later. The final judgement of all humankind (both living and dead) will not come until a thousand years later; at the judgment of the Great White Throne (כסא לבן גדול). On the day that the Messiah returns to earth the observance of Yom Kippur will not conclude because:
The closing ceremony of the holy day of Yom Kippur will be put on “pause” for a thousand years.
The Closing of the Gate Ceremony will be put on Pause:
In fact, the Closing of the Gate ceremony (at the conclusion of the two day Yom Kippurim) will not occur until the entire period of one thousand years of the Messiah’s rule on earth has been completed.
Therefore, the final observance of this final Day of Atonement will remain on pause until the end of the one thousand year period of Messiah’s reign on earth. There will be no further observances of Yom Kippur until the conclusion of the messianic age. Then will the “pause” of the previous Yom Kippur observance (a thousand years before) be allowed to run out and come to a final conclusion. For it is written:
“One day must become as a thousand years and a thousand years must become as one day.”
Like bookends Yom Kippur will be split into two days of Yom KIppurim. One day of Yom Kippur will occur at the beginning of the one thousand years of the messsianic age; and the other day of Yom Kippur will occur at the conclusion of the one thousand years of the messianic age. Since the millennial Golden Age of Israel is principally a celebratory time and not a time of fasting, the annual observance of Yom Kippur will be suspended until the end of the messianic age; then will the time of our imperfect temporal (mortal) existence come to an end and the time of our perfect (immortal) eternal existence begin.
Taken together these two Yom Kippur parts become one Yom Kippurim. Yom Kippur part one occurs at the very beginning of the messianic age; Yom Kippur part two occurs at the conclusion of the messianic age.
When all of the books of Human History will be Closed:
Then all of the books of human history will be closed (sealed). All of our human history will come to a close from the creation of Adam to that day. Then the final Great White Throne Judgment will occur. Therefore:
It shall be as if there was but one Yom Kippurim for all of human history.
The one Yom Kippurim exists like a single set of bookends that straddle both sides of the thousand years rule of the Messiah (Part #1: short confession) and both sides of all human history (Part #2: long confession).
The Servants were entrusted with Silver Talents:
In yet another mashal on faithfulness, the Messiah tells us the story of a Master with three servants. The Master went on a journey and gave each of His servants a specific amount of money, silver talents. A silver talent weighed anywhere from fifty-eight to eighty pounds. Just one silver talent was worth about six thousand days of wages; around 18-19 years of income for an average day laborer or soldier; at a rate of six days of labor per week. Thus the Master entrusted to his servants a considerable amount of money. The amounts entrusted to the three servants were:
The meanings of the numbers Five, Two and One:
The meanings of the three numbers five, two, and one are important to understand. As stated multiple of times before: The number five is the number that symbolizes the “Grace of Adonai” and the number two is the number of “witness.” The number one in this context symbolizes “unity” (echad). Therefore, what is being entrusted to these three servants by the Master (the Messiah) is His besorah (Good News) of the Grace of Adonai. Therefore, the unity of the Testimony of the Grace of Adonai is what the one silver talent is a reference to.
The meaning of the Silver Talent:
The spiritual meaning of the talent is further indicated by the fact that it is made out of silver. Previously, in the mashalim of the ‘Lost Coin’ and of the ‘Ten Servants Given Mina,’ we have discussed in great detail how silver is the metal of redemption. This fact goes back all the way to the time of Jacob when he purchased the City of Shalem for the value of one hundred pieces of silver (cf. “Messiah in HaBikkurim,” chapters 40, 48, 49 and 52).
The land is redeemed with silver and the people are redeemed with silver. This is why the entire foundation of the Tabernacle was made out of silver (i.e. the half-shekel temple tax for the redemption of the soul).
The relation of the half-shekel to the Silver Talent
In the redemption of the soul money the relation between the talent and the shekel is defined. In Exodus 38:25–26, the half shekel brought by 603,550 men amounted to 100 talents and 1,775 shekels. Thus a talent is equal in exchange to 3,000 shekels. In the mashal of the ‘Ten Servants Given Mina‘ we discovered that a half- shekel is 100th part of a mina (Hebrew, maneh). Therefore, a shekel is a 50th part of the mina. Since we now know there are 3,000 shekels in a talent, we now learn that a mina is a 60th part of the talent (cf. “Messiah in HaBikkurim,” chapter 57). These insights provide us with the following tables of *metrology values:
*Metrology: the science of weights and measures.
These two little tables help us understand what denomination of spiritual treasure we are dealing with today: the Highest Denomination of Adonai’s Spiritual Treasure is symbolized in the Talent!
The Gift of the Holy Spirit and the 3,000 persons saved on Shavuot:
What happened on the first New Shavuot of the Brit Chadashah when the Spirit of the Holy One permanently Indwelt one hundred and twenty men of Israel? The answer: A Maneh of 120 Yehudim were endowed with the gift of Living Torah on Shavuot. An additional Talent of 3000 Yehdim were added to their number on the same day. These 120 Jews are a symbol of the firstfruits remnant of all of the nation and people of Israel. The 3,000 Jews are a firstfruits promise of good things yet to come (of the great harvest of souls in the messianic age). The three thousand men of Israel were inspired to believe in the Messiah by their 120 Jewish brothers and an unknown number of sisters who had already received the gift of the Living Torah, the Indwelling Presence of the Spirit of Holiness (who is our real Oral Torah, more precious to us than our written Torah).
“When the day of Shavuot had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a noise like a violent rushing wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them tongues of fire distributing themselves, and they rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues [the supernatural ability to speak the truths of G-d in languages that they previously did not know], as the Spirit was giving them utterance. Now there were Yehudim (Jews) living in Jerusalem, devout men from every nation under heaven. And when this sound occurred, the crowd came together, and were bewildered because each one of them was hearing them [מספר האחים היה מאה ועשרים-the number of brothers was one hundred and twenty] speak in his own language. They were amazed and astonished, saying, “Why, are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we each hear them in our own language to which we were born? Parthians and Medes and Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the districts of Libya around Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Yehudim (Jews) and proselytes, Cretans and Arabs—we hear them in our own tongues speaking of the mighty deeds of Adonai.” And they all continued in amazement and great perplexity, saying to one another, “What does this mean?” Some, however, made fun of them and said, “They have had too much wine.”
The Law of Moses and the Law of the Spirit:
On the day Moses came down from Mount Sinai (on earth) to give us the Torah engraved on stone 3000 men were slain, but on the day that the remnant of Israel received the Living Torah of the Spirit from Mount Zion (in heaven), engraved on our hearts (and not stone), 3000 men were delivered from sin and death. At the first the Law of Moses was a law of spiritual death to us because nobody could keep it perfectly. So 3,000 of our number died (Exodus 32:28):
“So the sons of Levi did as Moses instructed, and about 3,000 of the people fell that day.”
The Law of Moses is a help to us only in that it teaches us that we are sinners in need of a Savior. Our Deliverer is the Moses to come. He is the Messiah. Moses gave us the Law but He himself could not fulfill the Law. The Messiah alone is the one who fulfills the Law of Moses. The words of the Messiah are words of life because His sinless life and sacrifice provide for us the forgiveness of sins and the gift of eternal life. It is written:
התורה באה ובכך רבו העברות. אבל היכן שהתרבה החטא, החסד שפע עוד יותר. פ
“The Torah came in so that the transgression would increase [to convince us that we are sinners in need of a Savior]; but where sin increased, chesed (grace) abounded all the more.” [so that we might be convinced all the more of the great loving-kindness of Adonai]
Therefore, instead of the harsh punishment that we deserve as lawbreakers: through the Messiah’s fulfillment of the Torah of Adonai we have now received the mercy, love, and Grace of Adonai. Therefore, the Law of Moses teaches us repentance for sin and humility and this makes us receptive to the will of Adonai. The teaching of Messiah builds on the Law of Moses. By our repentance, humility and receptivity to the will of Adonai, we are rewarded with the Grace (chesed, chen, chanan) of Adonai that was secured for us through the good works (sacrifice) of our Messiah. In this new gracious manner of life we read:
“So then, those who had received his word were baptized (in the new mikveh); and that day there were added about 3,000 souls.”
The 3,000 and the Great Jubilee!
The number 3,000 is a number that is related to the Jubilee (50 X 60). The Jubilee has never happened in Israel. Not even once. The first Jubilee will occur only after the Messiah returns to Israel from heaven. This is so because only the Messiah possesses the authority and power to fulfill all of the promises Adonai has made to our (israel’s) fathers and the prophets. When the Messiah Ben David triumphantly returns from heaven to earth in great glory accompanied by His holy angels He will put down the rebellion of man. He will take possession of all the lands that Adonai promised to give to Israel and He will resettle the Jewish people in those lands that will become a permanent part of Israel. The number 3,000 is symbolic of 50 Jewish communities:
*For background on the mystery of the maneh study Messiah’s Mashal #38, the “Ten Servants Given [Ten] Minas.” Please note that In the Tanakh the value of a silver mina (Hebrew, המנה maneh-מָנֶה) is set at (20+20+5+10+5=60) sixty shekels (cf. Ezekiel 45:12; and Leviticus 27:25):
והשקל עשרים גרה עשרים שקלים חמשה ועשרים שקלים עשרה וחמשה שקל המנה יהיה לכם׃
The shekel shall be twenty gerahs; twenty shekels (20), five and twenty shekels (25), and ten and five shekels (15) shall be the maneh (60 total) for you.
וכל־ערכך יהיה בשקל הקדש עשרים גרה יהיה השקל׃
Every valuation of yours, moreover, shall be after the shekel of the sanctuary. The shekel shall be twenty gerahs.
Whereas the one maneh speaks of the redemption of a remnant of 120 souls. The one talent speaks all the more of the salvation of an entire assembly of 50 Jewish communities (and 50 cities). This number of the Assembly of Fifty symbolizes the future redemption and
salvation of the entire nation and people of Israel. Therefore, these numbers prophetically speak of the future first Jubilee of the messianic age, the Golden Age of Israel when both the Land of Israel and the People of Israel will be completely released from any debt of sin that is owed to Adonai (for more on the Jubilee cf. Mashal #5, the “Lender Forgives Unequal Debts,” Chapter 24).
The meaning of the numbers ten, four and one:
In addition to the doubling of the talents and its Ephraim Effect, as well as the signature meaning of the Jubilee, the Assembly of Fifty, we also need to look at the symbolic meanings of the three new numbers of ten, four, and one. Just as the original numbers of five, two, and one speak of the “witness” of the “Grace of Adonai” and the ”unity” of the testimony of the besorah (good news) of the Messiah, so these three new numbers build on the foundation of the testimony, expanding the scope of its original community-wide witness of 120 and 3000 Jews to include the additional witness of 500 and 12,000 Jews. Therefore, a summary explanation of the second new series of three numbers and their new meanings are as follows [three explanations] :
First, the first number in the doubling of the five talents is the testimony of the Ten Talents. This double portion of the Grace of Adonai (five) speaks of a legal quorum of Ten (minyan). This multiple of Ten causes the previous Assembly of Fifty to become a new Assembly of Five Hundred. This leads us to ask, “What is the legal quorum that is in view here?” In other words:
What is the witness of the five hundred a legal testimony to?
The answer is there were (more than) five hundred witnesses who the Messiah had appeared to after His resurrection from the dead, and before His ascension into heaven:
מסרתי לכם בראש ובראשונה מה שגם קבלתי, שהמשיח מת בעד חטאינו, לפי הכתובים; נקבר וקם לתחיה ביום השלישי, לפי הכתובים; ונראה אל כיפא ואחר כך אל השנים-עשר. אחרי כן נראה בבת אחת אל יותר מחמש מאות אחים, אשר רבם עודם בחיים ומקצתם מתים. אחר כך נראה אל יעקב ולאחר מכן אל כל השליחים. פ
“I gave you first and foremost what I also received, that the Messiah died for our sins, according to the Scriptures; He was buried and resurrected on the third day, according to the Scriptures; And He looked to Cephas and then to the Twelve (shlichim). Then He looked at once to more than five hundred brothers (מֵחֲמֵשׁ מֵאוֹת אַחִים), many of whom were still alive and some dead. Then he appeared to Ya’akov and Ha-Shlichim (The Sent Ones).”
Second, The second number, in the doubling of the two talents, is the testimony of the Four Talents. This doubling of the witness (two) speaks of a universal witness. In the Scriptures the number four speaks of the four corners of creation (N-S-E-W). This leads us to ask:
“What is the universal witness that is in view here?”
In other words, ‘What does the expanded witness of the doubling of the original two talents amount to?’ The answer is this amounts to a universal witness of a special body of 12,000 Yehudim (i.e. 4 X 3000= 12,000 Jews).
Third, this leads us to the buried talent that is very important to our understanding of this mashal of the Messiah. Under the ‘law of non-mention’ we must pay even closer attention to the one Talent and its meaning; since the obvious intended doubling of this Talent is not overtly stated (only implied). So again we must ask:
“What is the meaning of the one talent that for a time was buried and lost, then found, and now is profitably reinvested?”
The answer is found in the intended doubling of the 3,000 (2 X 3000=6,000). Quite remarkably (supernaturally) this amount of 6,000 shekels (2 Talents) is the exact amount necessary to redeem a special body of 12,000 Jews:
Furthermore it should be pointed out that in the doubling of the two talents that were invisibly hidden under the ground but are now visibly put back into circulation that this body of twelve thousand brethren is associated with a flock of 100 Jewish assemblies. Each of these 100 assemblies (100 maneh) is associated with the template of the first messianic assembly of 120 Yehudim. As you recall the 120 were those men of Israel who were the first to receive the baptism (new mikveh) of the Spirit of Holiness. Therefore, in Messiah’s mashal of the ‘Servants Given Talents (Kingdom of heaven)’ we have *found the testimony of the Divine Redemption that was hidden (buried in the ground) for hundreds of years due to the false testimony of the wicked servant (the first century Prushim who rejected our Messiah and replaced Him with themselves). Therefore, today
We have *found the lost maneh of the Divine Redemption and we are now most profitably reinvesting it among the people of Israel!
*Lost and found: read the Messiah’s mashal #33, the “Lost Coin.”
On the day Moses came down from Mount Sinai (on earth) to give us the Torah engraved on stone 3000 men were slain, but on the day that the remnant of Israel received the Living Torah of the Spirit from Mount Zion (in heaven), engraved on our hearts (and not stone), 3000 men were delivered from sin and death. Therefore the following information is provided to simplify and summarize the accurate messianic predictions that are cryptically embedded in today’s mashal:
Insight #1. A maneh of 120 Jews were endowed with the gift of the Indwelling Presence of the Spirit (our Living Oral Torah) on Shavuot.
Insight #2. An additional talent of 3000 Jews were added to their number on the same day.
Insight #3. The number 3,000 is a number that is related to the Jubilee (50 X 60).
Insight #4. The assembly of fifty men of Israel symbolizes the redemption and salvation of our nation and people of Israel.
Insight #5. The doubling of the five talents represents a legal quorum that is of an assembly of five hundred men of Israel.
Insight #6. Five hundred is the number of Yehudim that the resurrected Messiah appeared to at one time.
Insight #7. The doubling of the two into four talents refers to 12,000 Yehudim who are special witnesses of the Divine Redemption.
Insight #8. The doubling of the two into four talents also is a witness to a body of one hundred (messianic) assemblies.
Insight #9. Throughout the Scriptures the number one hundred has always been a testimony to the nation and people of Israel.
Insight #10. Therefore, the witness of the 12,000 persons here is definitely a witness of a special assembly of (12 X 100) 12,000 men of Israel.
וַיִּמָּֽסְרוּ מֵאַלְפֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל אֶלֶף לַמַּטֶּה שְׁנֵים־עָשָׂר אֶלֶף חֲלוּצֵי צָבָֽא׃ וַיִּשְׁלַח אֹתָם מֹשֶׁה אֶלֶף לַמַּטֶּה לַצָּבָא אֹתָם וְאֶת־פִּינְחָס בֶּן־אֶלְעָזָר הַכֹּהֵן לַצָּבָא וּכְלֵי הַקֹּדֶשׁ וַחֲצֹצְרֹות הַתְּרוּעָה בְּיָדֹֽו׃
“So there were furnished from the thousands of Israel, a thousand from each tribe, twelve thousand armed for war. Moses sent them, a thousand from each tribe, to the war, and Phinehas the son of Eleazar the priest, to the war with them, and the holy vessels and the trumpets for the alarm in his hand.”
וְשָׁמַעְתִּי אֶת מִסְפַּר הַחֲתוּמִים – מֵאָה וְאַרְבָּעִים וְאַרְבָּעָה אֶלֶף חֲתוּמִים מִכָּל שִׁבְטֵי בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל: מִשֵּׁבֶט יְהוּדָה שְׁנֵים־עָשָׂר אֶלֶף חֲתוּמִים, מִשֵּׁבֶט רְאוּבֵן שְׁנֵים־עָשָׂר אֶלֶף, מִשֵּׁבֶט גָּד שְׁנֵים־עָשָׂר אֶלֶף, מִשֵּׁבֶט אָשֵׁר שְׁנֵים־עָשָׂר אֶלֶף, מִשֵּׁבֶט נַפְתָּלִי שְׁנֵים־עָשָׂר אֶלֶף, מִשֵּׁבֶט מְנַשֶּׁה שְׁנֵים־עָשָׂר אֶלֶף, מִשֵּׁבֶט שִׁמְעוֹן שְׁנֵים־עָשָׂר אֶלֶף, מִשֵּׁבֶט לֵוִי שְׁנֵים־עָשָׂר אֶלֶף, מִשֵּׁבֶט יִשָֹשׂכָר שְׁנֵים־עָשָׂר אֶלֶף, מִשֵּׁבֶט זְבוּלוּן שְׁנֵים־עָשָׂר אֶלֶף, מִשֵּׁבֶט יוֹסֵף שְׁנֵים־עָשָׂר אֶלֶף, מִשֵּׁבֶט בִּנְיָמִין שְׁנֵים־עָשָׂר אֶלֶף חֲתוּמִים. פ
“And I heard the number of those who were sealed, one hundred and forty-four thousand (144,000) sealed from every tribe of the sons of Israel: from the tribe of Judah, twelve thousand (12,000) were sealed, from the tribe of Reuben twelve thousand (12,000), from the tribe of Gad twelve thousand (12,000), from the tribe of Asher twelve thousand (12,000) , from the tribe of Naphtali twelve thousand (12,000), from the tribe of Manasseh twelve thousand (12,000), from the tribe of Simeon twelve thousand (12,000), from the tribe of Levi twelve thousand (12,000), from the tribe of Issachar twelve thousand (12,000), from the tribe of Zebulun twelve thousand (12,000), from the tribe of Joseph twelve thousand (12,000), from the tribe of Benjamin, twelve thousand (12,000) were sealed.”
Peter Bar Yochanan’s Shavuot Midrash:
But Peter [Shimon Ben Yochanan] taking his stand with the eleven [there were Twelve appointed Hebrew shlichim], raised his voice and declared to them: “Men of Judah (אֲנָשִׁים יְהוּדִים) and all you who live in Jerusalem (וְכָל יוֹשְׁבֵי יְרוּשָׁלַיִם), let this be known to you and give heed to my words. For these men are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only the third hour of the day (of Shavuot); but this is what was spoken of through the prophet Joel: ‘and it shall be in the last days’ (אַחֲרִית הַיָּמִים) Adonai says, ‘That I will pour forth of My Spirit on all mankind; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams; even on My bondslaves, both men and women, I will in those days pour forth of My Spirit and they shall prophesy. ‘And I will grant wonders in the sky above and signs on the earth below, blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke. ‘The sun will be turned into darkness and the moon into blood, before the great and glorious day of the Lord shall come:
‘And it shall be that everyone who calls on the name of Adonai will be saved.’
“Men of Israel (אַנְשֵׁי יִשְׂרָאֵל), listen to these words: Yeshua the Nazarene, a man attested to you by Adonai with miracles and wonders and signs which Adonai performed through Him in your midst, just as you yourselves know— this Man, delivered over by the predetermined plan and foreknowledge of the Almighty One, you nailed to a cross [the accursed tree configured according to the ancient Hebrew sign of the Tav] by the hands of men without the Law [Gentile pagans, i.e. the Romans] and put Him to death.
But Adonai raised Him [M’shicho] up again, putting an end to the agony of death, since it was impossible for Him to be held in its power.
For [the Messiah’s ancestor the Prophet-King] David says of Him, ‘I saw Adonai (יהוה) always in my presence; for He is at my right hand, so that I will not be shaken. ‘Therefore my heart was glad and my tongue exulted; moreover my flesh also will live in hope; because You will not abandon my soul to Sheol, nor allow Your Holy One to undergo decay. ‘You have made known to me the ways of life; You will make me full of gladness with Your Presence’ (אֶת־פָּנֶיךָ). “Brethren (אֲנָשִׁיםאַחִים), I may confidently say to you regarding the patriarch David that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. And so, because he was a prophet and knew that Adonai had sworn to him with an oath to seat one of his descendants on his throne, he looked ahead and spoke of the resurrection of Ha-Mashiach, that He was neither abandoned to Sheol, nor did His flesh suffer decay.
This Yeshua Adonai raised up again, to which we are all witnesses.
Therefore having been exalted to the right hand of Adonai [The Majesty], and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He has poured forth this which you both see and hear. For it was not David who ascended into heaven, but he himself says: ‘Adonai (יהוה) said to my Lord (אדֺנִי-My Master), “Sit at My right hand, until I make Your enemies a footstool for Your feet.”’ Therefore let all the house of Israel (בֵּית יִשְׂרָאֵל) know for certain that Adonai has made Him both Lord (לְאָדוֹן) and Messiah(מָשִׁיחַ)—this Salvation of Adonai, Yeshua (יֵשׁוּעַ), whom you crucified.”
The Ingathering of the 3000 Yehudim (Jews):
Now when they (אַנְשֵׁי יִשְׂרָאֵל, אֲנָשִׁים אַחִים) heard this, they were pierced to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the shlichim (הַשְּׁלִיחִים), “Brethren, what shall we do?” (?אֲנָשִׁים אַחִים, מֶה עָלֵינוּ לַעֲשׂוֹת). Peter (Shimon Ben Yochanan) said to them, “Repent (שׁוּבוּבִּתְשׁוּ בָה), and each of you be immersed (הִטָּבְלוּ) in the name of Yeshua Ha-Mashiach (בְּשֵׁם יֵשׁוּעַ הַמָּשִׁיחַ) for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off [the Gentiles], as many as Adonai Eloheinu will call to Himself.” And with many other words he solemnly testified and kept on exhorting them, saying:
“Be saved from this perverse generation!”
So then, those who had received his word were immersed (in the new mikveh); and that day there were added about three thousand (3,000) souls (כִּשְׁלֹשֶׁת אֲלָפִים נְפָשׁוֹת). They were continually devoting themselves to the teaching of the [twelve] shlichim and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone kept feeling a sense of awe; and many wonders and signs were taking place through the shlichim (sent ones). And all those who had believed were together and had all things in common; and they began selling their property and possessions and were sharing them with all, as anyone might have need. Day by day continuing (working and existing) with one (mind) heart (לִהְיוֹת לֵב אֶחָד) in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart, praising Adonai and having favor with all the people. And Adonai was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved.”
The necessity of the Presence and Works of the Spirit of Grace and Truth:
“Immediately the one who had received the five talents (חָמֵשׁ כִּכָּרִים) went and traded with them, and *gained five more talents. In the same manner the one who had received the two talents (שְׁתַּיִם) gained two more. But he who received the one talent (אַחַת) went away, and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.”
Twice in today’s mashal there is a doubling of the talents. This is the “Ephraim Effect” (“Doubly Fruitful”).
In the Torah narrative of father Jacob adopting the two sons of Joseph (born of a Gentile mother in Egypt) we see that the title of the firstborn son is exchanged from Manasseh (מְנַשֶּׁ֖ה) to Ephraim (אֶפְרָֽיִם). In this manner of exchange we are given the redemptive prophecy: When the firstborn son becomes “Doubly Fruitful” (lit. Ephraim), then the sins of our family (regarding the betrayal of the Messiah) will be “Forgotten” (lit. Manasseh). For more information regarding the Ephraim Effect read the Messiah in Rosh HaShanah and Yom Teruah, Chapter 6, Section 22, “The Mystery of Israel’s Two Adopted Stars.” Do you recall in the mashal of the ‘Wise and Foolish Virgins’ (Mashal #43, Chapter 63) what the oil symbolized?
The olive oil is a symbol of the Presence and works of the Holy Spirit (the Ruach Ha-Kodesh).
The olive oil represents the Spirit’s acts of generosity, charity, and good deeds that He manifests through us. Through our constantly abiding in the Presence of our First Love (G-d’s love of us and our love of Him) we are able by the gracious help of the Spirit to do our mitzvahs (mitzvaot); our expected acts of kindness to others. In this manner of life, the Darech and Halakha of the Spirit (the Way and the Walk of the Spirit), we are able to follow in the footsteps of our Father Abraham. With the help of the Spirit of Chese (Relational-fidelity and Loving-kindness) we can learn to treat others who are in need as if they were personally sent to us by Adonai. The word “immediately” (cf. Messiah in Yom Kippur Chapter 11, section 3; also beta search 42 encampments) in today’s mashal indicates that the first two servants were being obedient to the direction and guidance of the Holy Spirit. The word “immediately” is a Hebraism that is a word picture of our call to service; which is our reflexively hearing, understanding, and obeying the (military) sound of the Messiah’s commands that are now conveyed to us through the Indwelling Presence of the Spirit of the Holy One.
The example of the mitzvah of Hachnasat Orchim:
Father Abraham left us an example of how the Holy One expects us to live. In Abraham we learn that we must persist in doing the mitzvah of being hospitable to all until ‘all become hospitable!’ It is in our obeying the mitzvah (מִצְוָה) of Hachnasat Orchim (הכנסת אורחים) that one day the entire world will become as one Great City of Shalem. The Hachnasat Orchim of father Abraham will ultimately lead to the whole world spiritually (as well as physically) coming under messianic Israel’s rule. Then will this world be a place of such great hospitality that the entire earth will become like the Garden of Eden. Hachnasat Orchim literally means “Bringing in the Guests.” The “bringing in” is an active transitive verb. This means we Jews are to cause others to come in. This leads us to the two questions:
Who are the “Guests” that Adonai Avinu has brought into His House and we (Israel) are expected to serve His Hospitality to?
Through the mitzvah of hospitality we are causing others to come into the Kingdom of heaven on earth; we are causing others to come into the generous provision of Abba Avinu’s adoptive family here on earth. This means as Jews that we are doing our part to assist our heavenly Father (Avinu Shebashamayim) in His promise to father Abraham that through the Messiah He would one day rule the earth as wonderfully as He already rules heaven.
Hospitality is the test…
Hospitality is the ultimate test in the Kingdom of Adonai!
Our prayers for all others (the Gentiles) in this Seventh Generation (of Adam, humankind; cf. 1, 2 – חֲנוֹךְ הַשְּׁבִיעִי לְאָדָם, נִבָּא עֲלֵיהֶם לֵאמֺר) must be seen as an obvious extension of the incredible prophetic mitzvah that was first instituted by Adonai Avinu and wonderfully obeyed by His friend (and our father) Abraham. Therefore, if we are just saying religious words to the Holy One and our neighbors without sincerely practicing hachnasat orchim, then we are just saying useless words. However, if we are telling others about the great truths of the D’var HaShem (the Word of Adonai), while we are also ‘bringing in’ His hospitality, then we will all become a Divine oracle of the Holy One each to the other and to the Gentiles too. We are a Divine oracle to each other (Israel) and to the Gentiles only when we are speaking the truth in the behavior of love (chesed). This is the only manner of persistent prayer that the Holy One is willing to hear and answer.
A call to Maturity and Friendship…
We pray in this special way that like our father Abraham we (Israel) too might one day all grow-up sufficient to be called the “friends” of Adonai. “May we [redeemed humanity] one day soon, by the Grace of Adonai (His chesed), all pass the test of hospitality.” We now know for a certainty that the practice of the mitzvah of hachnasat orchim is exactly what the Messiah Yeshua taught. For the Messiah explicitly teaches us the command of hospitality in His final three meshalim:
The mitzvah of Divine Hospitality is commanded by the Righteous Father and the Righteous One. So let us begin blessing the lives of others as if they were the very life of Adonai Himself. Therefore, we know that if we obey the command of hospitality, then one day it will be for us that our blessed faces will shine brighter than the sun.
“Now after a long time the master of those slaves came and settled accounts with them. The one who had received the five talents came up and brought five more talents, saying, ‘Master, you entrusted five talents to me. See, I have gained five more talents.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful slave. You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.’ Also the one who had received the two talents came up and said, ‘Master, you entrusted two talents to me. See, I have gained two more talents.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful slave. You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.’”
Therefore, at the Midnight return of our Master on the Day of Atonement, at the end (10th day) of the time of the update of the books during the Ten Great Days of Awe (Yamim Noraim), the servants given five talents and two talents will be rewarded for they had “doubled” what they were given. However, it will not be so for the third servant.
Insulting the Spirit of Grace:
And the one also who had received the one talent came up and said:
“Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow and gathering where you scattered no seed. And I was afraid, and went away and hid your talent in the ground. See, you have what is yours.”
But his master answered and said to him:
“You wicked, lazy slave, you knew that I reap where I did not sow and gather where I scattered no seed. Then you ought to have put my money in the bank, and on my arrival I would have received my money back with interest. Therefore take away the talent from him, and give it to the one who has the ten talents.’ For to everyone who has, more shall be given, and he will have an abundance; but from the one who does not have, even what he does have shall be taken away. Throw out the worthless slave into the outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
For the servant with one talent was cunning and deceitful and instead of putting that talent to work, he hid it and after his plan miserably failed, he dared return the buried talent to his Master with an incredible lie. Therefore, the Master’s violent reaction is completely justified and should not be confusing to us. This is so because the third servant was planning to steal his Master’s talent.
The wicked, lazy servant’s plan was to wait and hope that some evil event might befall his Master. For in as much as the fortune of the talent was hidden, and its location only known by the wicked servant, he could at a later time pretend that he had found the hidden talent and then claim it (steal it) as his own “legal” possession. This is the true hidden motivation that we have learned about from Messiah in His previous teachings.
The wicked servant is like his father the evil one. The evil one has been a liar and a thief from the beginning. Additionally, the secret hope of this servant that his Master would die was the same as willing him to die. This too is like the evil one. For the evil one has been a murderer from the beginning; as well as a liar and a thief.
For these reasons the third and final servant is called “wicked” and “lazy” and is tossed outside of the Master’s Presence. This is just as the false-priests and false-rabbis and false-prophets will be judged for their misconduct.
The contrasting works of the Wise and the Foolish Servants:
The first two servants invested wisely in the lives of others as unto Adonai. The third servant invested foolishly into the single ambition of pursuing his own self-interests. Therefore, the mashal of the ‘Servants given talents’ is not about the foolish gaining of temporal riches for ourselves in this life, but about our wisely storing up for ourselves eternal treasures in heaven that cannot perish in the ages to come. For it is written:
אל תאצרו לכם אוצרות עלי אדמות, במקום שהעש והחלודה משחיתים והגנבים חופרים וגונבים. אצרו לכם אוצרות בשמים, במקום אשר עש וחלודה לא ישחיתו וגנבים לא יחפרו ולא יגנבו; כי במקום שאוצרך נמצא, שם יהיה גם לבבך. פ
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
Faith without the Works of the Spirit of Grace is a Dead Faith!
“Look after orphans and widows in their distress and keep yourself from being polluted by the world.”
What good is it, my brothers (אַחַי), if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds sourced in the Spirit? Can such faith without the Presence and works of the Spirit save him? Suppose a brother (אָח) or sister (אָחוֹת) is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, “Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about his physical needs, what (מַה) good is that? In the same way, faith if it is not accompanied by action (מַעֲשִׂים), [action that is brought about by the very Presence and gracious works of the Spirit] is dead, being by itself [simply put: a body without the life and the strength of the Spirit is a dead body (מֵתָה הִיא כְּשֶׁלְּעַצְמָהּ)]. But someone will say, “You have faith [in the Grace of Adonai] but I have [faith in the] works that I do all on my own.” Well then we say: “Show me your faith in your own deeds [without the works of the Spirit of Grace] and I will show you my faith by what I can do.” [Solely dependent on the deeds of the Holy Spirit alone.] “So, in the master’s rebuke of the lazy servant, he says:
“So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed?”
Do you see the stark contrast between the narrative of the wicked servant and our Master the Messiah? The wicked servant is saying that ‘Adonai is a Miser.’ The wicked one has made Adonai into his own unloving, selfish, corrupt image. The wicked servant is slandering the Master. He is saying that Adonai is without grace, mercy and kindness and that like the wicked one, He is only interested in being served Himself. This is a horrible lie: the wicked servant is falsely declaring that “the Holy One is only a taker and never a giver!” The belief of the wicked servant is: “Go see what this means, ‘I desire sacrifice and not mercy.’” The wicked one is insulting the Spirit of Chesed (grace), who says quite the opposite. The Spirit of the Holy One is saying (1, 2):
“Go see what this means, ‘I desire chesed and not sacrifice.”
Whose Banking System is in View here?
“Well then, you should have put My money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest.”
Whose Banking System is in view here? It is the Central Banking System of Adonai Himself! For it is written, “One who is gracious to a poor man lends to Adonai.” (Proverbs 19:17). It is also written: “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
So let us immediately go and do likewise. Let us go out in the grace, love, and power of the Spirit of the Holy One to invest in the poor; whether it be the poor in spirit or the poor in material substance. Like father Abraham may we all become Rich in Adonai. Let us serve all others as if we are serving the very Presence of Adonai Avinu Himself!