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Masei – 42 Stops and City of Refuge

There were exactly “42” stops (journeys) being enumerated in this week’s parshat, from Num 33:5 to Num 33:49. The obvious question is why number 42?

The 42 stops at the spiritual level allude to the journey of the soul.

The 1st stop is called: Rameses (Num 33:3). The Hebrew is רַעַמְסֵס, the gematria is 430, the same gematria of Nefesh, נֶפֶשׁ, the lowest level of the soul, the animal drives.

The 42nd stop is called: Bethjesimoth even unto Abelshittim (Num 33:49), which is Hebrew is:

בֵּית הַיְשִׁמֹת, עַד אָבֵל הַשִּׁטִּים.

Now the two names are:

1) בֵּית הַיְשִׁמֹת, the gematria is 1167;

2) אָבֵל הַשִּׁטִּים, the gematria is 397.

1167 + 397 = 1564

1564 = 23 x 68

Where 23 is the gematria of Chaiya חַיָּה, the level of soul immediately lower than Yehidah, which is the Mashiach, as we have studied at length before.

And 68 is the gematria of Chaim חַיִּים, life, or life eternal.

It is now clear, that the 42 stops in the wilderness is the journey of the soul, from that of bondage, Egypt, Nefesh, the animal soul, to that of freedom, life eternal, Chaiya, the living soul.

The one verse that hints to this process can be found in Gen 2:7:

וַיְהִי הָאָדָם, לְנֶפֶשׁ חַיָּה

…and man became a living soul

 

The literal translation of this verse is: and it was (vayehi), the man (HaAdam), to Nefesh, Chaiya.

Since there is a lamed (לְ) as a prefix to Nefesh, the direction is that of descent, from Chaiya to Nefesh, in the creation of man.

 “And it came to pass” in a typical KJV translation is based on two Hebrew words, with the following connotations, according to Jewish tradition:

Hebrew

Pronunciation

Typical English translation

Tense

Connotation

וַיְהִי

vayehi

And it came to pass

Past

Anguish

וְהָיָה

vehayah

And it shall come to pass

Future

Gladness

 

At the time when Adam was created, with Chaiya descending to Nefesh, the word vayehi (וַיְהִי) was used, denoting sadness and anguish.

The earthly sojourning of the soul is characterized by sadness and anguish, as we were all born to this world crying. The outsiders (parents) of course were all laughing with the arrival of a new baby.

In contrast, when we leave this world, the outsiders (relatives) will all be crying (mourning), but the soul will be rejoicing.

The redemption process is exactly the opposite of the creation process, in that the soul ascends from that of Nefesh, the animal soul, to that of Chaiyah, the living soul, which is hinted in the 42 stops in the wilderness, the physical world.

What these 42 stops represent in the dimension of space, parallel the 42 months in the dimension of time as in Revelation 12:6, as follows:

And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.

Based on 30-days month in a Hebrew calendar, the 1260 days are exactly 3.5 years, or 42 months.

To summarize:

  • Israel in the wilderness, 42 stops, the dimension of space;

  • Woman in the wilderness, 42 months, the dimension of time;

In Kabbalah tradition, the number 42 is associated with the name of God “Ehyeh” as it was revealed to Moshe in Ex 3:14:

אֶהְיֶה אֲשֶׁר אֶהְיֶה

I AM THAT I AM

Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh

The gematria of Ehyeh is 21, which is repeated twice, hence 21 x 2 = 42.

Parsaht Masei is always read during the “three weeks” period each year. The three weeks starts with 17th of Tamuz and ends with 9th of Av, for a total of 21 days.

21 days comprise of 21 days and 21 nights, 21 x 2 = 42.

Balaam offered 42 sacrifices in order to curse the Children of Israel. 7 alters were built, with one bullock and one ram offering on each alter, for a total of 14 sacrifices each time (Num 23:1). The 14 sacrifices were repeated 3 times (Num 24:10), hence:

14 x 3 = 42

The antidote to this curse is the genealogy of Yeshua, which is enumerated in Matthew exactly as 14 generations repeated 3 times (Mat 1:17):

14 x 3 = 42

As a matter of fact, based on “DuTillet” Hebrew Matthew, the first verse in Hebrew is as follows:

אֵלֶּה תוֹלְדוֹת יֵשׁוּ בֶּן-דָּוִד בֶּן-אַבְרָהָם


 

These are the generations of Yeshu, son of David, son of Abraham.

 

The gematria of this verse is exactly 1564, the gematria of the 42nd stops in the Torah, as discussed above, the eternal living soul.

Hence the starting point is Egypt, the arrival is at Mashiach.

In this week’s Parshat, we are taught that the Levites were given 42 cities as an inheritance in addition to the 6 cities of refuge (Num 35:6).

What is the connection between number 42 and the 6 cities of refuge?

The Hebrew word for refuge here is מִּקְלָט, miklat, the gematria is 179.

179 is exactly the 42nd prime number, if 1 is counted as the 1st prime number, based on Kabbalah tradition.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_prime_numbers

In oral tradition, there were road signs set up in the land of Israel pointing to the cities of refuge. The word miklat מִּקְלָט is always repeated twice on the road sign. The obvious question is why?

When the name is repeated twice, 179 x 2 = 358, exactly the gematria of Mashiach מָּשִׁיחַ. Hence the city of refuge is the Mashiach that all sinners can flee to.

The manslaughter has to stay in the city until the high priest is dead (Num 35:28).

High priest in Hebrew is הַכֹּהֵן הַגָּדוֹל, hakohen hagadol, but here the word is spelled without the “vav”, as הַכֹּהֵן הַגָּדֹל. This defective spelling only appeared three times in the entire Hebrew Bible, and they all appeared here in connection with the cities of refuge.

The obvious question is why?

The gematria of this defective spelling is 122, which is exactly the gematria of Yeshu in atbash, as follows:

Original Hebrew

Gematria

Atash

Gematria

י

10

מ

40

ש

300

ב

2

ו

6

פ

80

 

316

 

122

 

It is now clear that the death of the high priest is hinting to the death of Yeshua the Mashiach which gives freedom to the manslaughter, which we are, as we have all “killed” our Nefesh without knowledge.

In Jewish tradition, one of the most important prayers is called “Amidah”, which is recited three times a day. The 1st blessing is called “avot”, meaning: fathers, which has exactly 42 words.

In the New Testament, one of the most important prayers is called “The Lord’s Prayer” which is found in Matthew 6:9.

Based on the “DuTillet” version of the Hebrew Matthew, there are exactly 42 words in The Lord’s Prayer, which is copied below:

אָבִינוּ שֶׁבַּשָּׁמַיִם

Our Father which art in heaven,

יִתְקַדַּשׁ שִׁמְךָ

Hallowed be thy name.

תָּבוא מַלְכוּתֶךָ

Thy kingdom come.

יֵעָשה רְצונֶךָ

Thy will be done

כְּבָשָּׁמַיִם וּבָאָרֶץ

in earth, as it is in heaven.

אֶת לַחְמֵנוּ תָּמִידֵי תֵּן לָּנוּ הַיּום

Give us this day our daily bread.

וְסַלָּח לָּנוּ אֶת חובותֵינוּ

And forgive us our debts,

כַּאֲשֶׁר אֲנָחְנוּ מוחֲלִים לְבַּעֲלֵי חובותֵינוּ

as we forgive our debtors.

וְאַל תְּבִיאֵנוּ לִידֵי נִסָּיון

And lead us not into temptation,

אֶלָּא הַצִּילֵנוּ מִכָּל רָע

but deliver us from evil:

כִּי לְךָ הַמְּלוּכָה וְהַגְּבוּרָה וּכְבוֹד

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory,

לְעולָם וּלְעולְמֵי עולָמִים אָמֵן

For ever. Amen.

 

Probably the most important prayer recorded in the Torah which testifies to the one God belief is in Duet 6:4-9, commonly known as “Shema Yisrael”, which means: Hear O Israel.

The rabbis that noted that there are exactly 42 words in the Shema Yisrael prayer that follows the initial 6 words (Duet 6:4), paralleling the 6 cities of refuge and 42 cities allotted to the Levites, as follows:

First the 6 words, corresponding to the 6 cities of refuge:

שְׁמַע, יִשְׂרָאֵל: יְהוָה אֱלֹהֵינוּ,יְהוָה אֶחָד

Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD:

 

Followed by the 42 words, corresponding to the 42 cities allotted to the Levites:

וְאָהַבְתָּ, אֵת יְהוָה אֱלֹהֶיךָ, בְּכָל-לְבָבְךָ וּבְכָל-נַפְשְׁךָ, וּבְכָל-מְאֹדֶךָ.

And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.

וְהָיוּ הַדְּבָרִים הָאֵלֶּה, אֲשֶׁר אָנֹכִי מְצַוְּךָ הַיּוֹם--עַל-לְבָבֶךָ.

And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:

וְשִׁנַּנְתָּם לְבָנֶיךָ, וְדִבַּרְתָּ בָּם, בְּשִׁבְתְּךָ ְּבֵיתֶךָ וּבְלֶכְתְּךָ בַדֶּרֶךְ,וּבְשָׁכְבְּךָ וּבְקוּמֶךָ.

And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.

וּקְשַׁרְתָּם לְאוֹת, עַל-יָדֶךָ; וְהָיוּ לְטֹטָפֹת, בֵּין עֵינֶיךָ.

And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes.

וּכְתַבְתָּם עַל-מְזֻזוֹת בֵּיתֶךָ,וּבִשְׁעָרֶיךָ.

And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.

 

To summarize:

Left - Gevurah

Center - Beauty

Right  - Chesed

Christian Tradition

Torah

Jewish Tradition

Lord’s Prayer

Shema Yisrael

Amidah - Avot

42 words

42 words

42 words

6 cities of refuge

יְהוָה אֶחָד

יְהוָה אֱלֹהֵינוּ

שְׁמַע, יִשְׂרָאֵל

Adonai is one

Adonai is our God

Hear Israel

 

It follows that the 6 cities of refuge, miklat, מִּקְלָט, paralleling the 6 words of Shema, allude to Yeshua the Mashiach, but how?

In the Torah scroll, there are two oversized letters in these 6 words meticulously preserved for the past 3 thousand years or so. The first letter is Ayin, and the second letter is Dalat, together they spell “ed” עֵד, meaning: witness, testimony.

What is the witness?

The 6 words (or 6 cities of refuge) have 25 letters, which can be arranged in a square as follows:

שְׂ

יִ

ע

מַ

שְׁ

ה

יְ

ל

אֵ

רָ

הֵ

לֹ

אֱ

ה

וָ

ה

יְ

וּ

נ

י

ד

חָ

אֶ

ה

וָ

 

The center point is an alef, the first letter of the Alef-bet, this is God the father.

The four letters at the four corners of the square are (counter-clock-wise): Shin, Shin, Dalet, and Vav, the gematria is 300 + 300 + 4 + 6 = 610.

Adding the center point gematria which is 1 to the four corners, the gematria is 611, exactly that of Torah תּוֹרָה, which is the Word of God. As it is written, in the beginning was the Word… (John 1:1).

The name of God appeared three times in these 6 words:

Hebrew

Pronunciation

English

Gematria

יְהוָה

Adonai

LORD

26

אֱלֹהֵינוּ

Eloheinu

Our God

102

יְהוָה

Adonai

LORD

26

 

 

 

154

 

154 is exactly the figure “cross” formed in the square, as follows:

שְׂ

יִ

ע

מַ

שְׁ

ה

יְ

ל

אֵ

רָ

הֵ

לֹ

אֱ

ה

וָ

ה

יְ

וּ

נ

י

ד

חָ

אֶ

ה

וָ

 

The gematria for the four letters in vertical line without the center letter, from top to bottom, is: 70 + 30 + 6 + 1 = 107;

The gematria for the four letters in the horizontal line without the center letter, from right to left, is: 6 + 5 + 30 + 5 = 46;

 107 + 46 = 153

Adding the center letter Alef 1, the gematria 153 + 1 = 154, exactly the gematria of the three names of God in Shema.

The gematria of these 6 words are 1118, which is 13 x 86. God (86) is one (13).

This is beautifully illustrated in geometry as follows:

The tetragrammaton in Hebrew is יְהוָה.

The name is traditionally broken down to two parts:

The first two letters יָהּ, pronounced as Yah, the gematria is 10 + 5. These two letters correspond to “father” and “mother” in the family, as discussed at length previously.

The last two letters וָה, corresponds to “son” and “bride” as discussed at length previously. The gematria is 11.

In a right triangle, if one of the angles is set to 26 degree, the gematria of YKVK, the length of one of the legs is set to 10 (the first letter), the other is set to 5 (the second letter), the hypotenuse would be approximately 11.18  (the third and fourth letter).

Hence the length of the three sides of this right triangle is approximately 26, the gematria of YKVK.

This comes to teach us that the Children of God, the hypotenuse, is an infinite number, like the sands of the sea, that can’t be numbered.

11.18 times 10 is 1118, the gematria of the 6 cities of refuge: Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD.

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