Pinchas is the symbol of uncompromising faith in our eternal God.  The etymology of Pinchas is derived from the Hebrew Pi-Nachash פי-נחש   which means “the mouth of the serpent”. This is a picture of the bite of the serpent which kills those who do not have an antidote.

According to our Midrashim, Pinchas is a type of Eliyahu ha navi (Elijah the prophet) and both are considered by some rabbis to be the same person. We also see here hyper tones of messianic innuendos, in which a type of Messiah is revealed; one who is zealous for both the G-d of Israel and the preservation of the integrity of his people. It is interesting to note that when G-d gave Pinchas the “brit shalom”  ברית שלום , covenant of peace, the vav (ו) in the word shalom is a broken vav.(ו’) The vav is also the 6th letter of the Hebrew alphabet which in gematria represents the number of man. He was created on the 6th day and the broken letter in this case represents the broken man. Shalom(שלום)  has the same root as shalem (שלם) which means completion. Yeshua ben Yosef came the first time as the broken man but will return to complete tikkun olam(תקון עולם) , the healing of the world. This is the completion of the full circle of the world from Gan Eden   (גן עדן) where Adam, the first broken man failed back to Gan Eden redeemed by Yeshua the perfect man.

Yochanan the Immerser(מטביל)  was the forerunner of our Messiah who was told us that he was a type of Eliyahu. Yochanan announced Messiah’s first coming, when he, as a broken man would be the kapparah  (כפרה) (covering) for humanity. In Judaism, we believe in Zechut Avot, (זחות אבות) the merits of our fathers, who state that through the death of the righteous, there is a covering for all. Pinchas was a righteous man; our prophet Eliyahu was a righteous man; Yochanan the Immerser was a righteous man but above all of them stands Yeshua our Messiah who was the epitome of all these men, including our fathers Abraham, Yitzchak and Yaakov, also, Iosef and our dear Moshe Rabbeinu.

Our Messiah came to bring back Israel, the people he loved so much, to their G-d. Israel had religion; they had developed much in the way of rabbinic tradition and because of that they had substituted the commandments of God for commandments of men, so that the Word of God was nullified. Yeshua came that first time to turn Israel back (teshuva) and to reinstate Torah which had been so manipulated so as to literally lose its true meaning. On the other hand, the Gentiles were not able to understand what Yeshua came to do. He very clearly said that he didn’t come to destroy the Torah but to reaffirm it and to bring it back to its true meaning.  There is not a new Torah, it is the same Torah that God gave to Moshe, and Yeshua simply clarified the misunderstandings and human changes. Traditions are not bad if they do not change the meaning of God’s Word and do not create another Human Torah.
At this present time, we are struggling as Pinchas did, as Eliyahu ha navi did, in order for our people to return to the true Torah. We have come to believe more in what the religious say about G-d then really what G-d says about Himself. Yeshua quoted Isaiah to the religious people of his time—”As Isaiah prophesied, these people honor me with lip service but their hearts are far from me. Their reverence of me is worthless and the teachings are mere human commandments.” (Isaiah 29:13-14)

When we bring our own people, the Jewish people back to the true unadulterated Torah, the rest of the world will follow and come to G-d. That is the true message of Pinchas. Pinchas didn’t worry about what man would say; he was far more concerned with what G-d wanted of him. Elijah the prophet and Yochanan the Immerser were the same as was Yeshua our Messiah.  They refused to follow the world’s system but instead strived to follow only G-d’s commandments. May we do the same today!

Every drash-image-home-pageShabbat our Rabbi teaches from the Parashat ha Shavuah (weekly Torah readings). He brings the Torah alive in such a way that we can apply its teachings to our daily lives.  We can have a true relationship with the G-d of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob without the burdens of man-made religions.