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Daily manna from the Torah by Dr Ketriel Blad

Massei 43-4

The journeys of

Numbers 34:16-29

You shall take one chief from every tribe to divide the land for inheritance.

Num. 34:18 ESV

What is more important - name or title?

This section of the Torah mentions the name of the ten chiefs that got authorization from the Eternal to represent their respective tribes in the assignment of the land. It is interesting that the order in which the tribes appear matches their location later on from south to north.

The tribes Yehuda, Shimeon and Binyamin would receive their heir in the south of the country. The tribes Dan, Menasheh, and Efrayim would receive their heir in the centre of the country and the tribes of Zevulun, Yssachar, Asher and Naftali would receive their heir in the north. In spite of every tribe receiving their land by drawing lots, the Eternal had already shown that He guides the lots according to His plan. If we live in surrender to the Eternal, even though we plan, He will eventually direct our steps according to His will, as it is written in Proverbs 16:9: “In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps.” (NIV)

Now when the Torah mentions the names of each tribe chief we see that in the first names, Calev, Shimeon and Elidad the title "chief"– in Hebrew nasi, נשיא – is not mentioned before their names, as in the case of the rest of the chiefs. This shows us that titles are less important than the name.

Dear disciple of Yeshua: Make an extra effort to have a good name rather than a good title. Your name is more valuable than your title. Even if you don't have a title or degree but you have a good name earned by being an model person you should know that your good name is much more valuable than a title, both before men and Heaven.

“A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.”

(Prov. 22:1 NIV)

Kol tuv,


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