Parshat Naso 2016 – Scriptures for Shabbat
Messianic Rabbi David Levine, June 17-18, 2016
You are to assign particular loads to specific persons by name.
Adonai said to Moshe, “Receive these [offerings] from them; they are to be used for the service in the tent of meeting. Give them to the L’vi’im, to each as needed for his duties.” So Moshe took the wagons and oxen and gave them to the L’vi’im. He gave two wagons and four oxen to the descendants of Gershon, in keeping with the needs of their duties. Four wagons and eight oxen he gave to the descendants of M’rari, in keeping with the needs of their duties, directed by Itamar the son of Aharon the cohen. But to the descendants of K’hat he gave none, because their duties involved the holy articles, which they carried on their own shoulders.
For we are His workmanship, created in Messiah Yeshua for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.
The people whom I formed for Myself Will declare My praise.
Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me. No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not understand what his master is doing. But I have called you friends, because everything I have learned from My Father I have made known to you. You did not choose Me, but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit — fruit that will remain — so that whatever you ask the Father in My name, He will give you.
A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.
They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green,
Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house; your children will be like olive shoots around your table.
You have planted them, and they have taken root; they grow and bear fruit.
But as for me, I am like a green olive tree in the house of God; I trust in the lovingkindness of God forever and ever.