Tazria – Uncleanness. Is it Always Sinful?

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As I read this week’s Torah portion, Tazria, I have found myself really pondering something.

Uncleanness.

And Sin.

This portion always brings this up for me. How can something biological Abba created in women to allow for the procreation of mankind be sinful? I’m not the first to ask this question, nor will I be the last.  But I will share my little bit of research into this topic.

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This concept that a woman bringing life into the world through birth being sinful, in my very western way of thinking, does not seem very consistent with Hebrew thinking. How is it possible? I am a firm believer that translations can have a huge impact on our understanding of scripture, so the first place I search is to look at the various translations I use in eSword to see what language they use in translating Leviticus 12:6. Do they use “Sin Offering”?

(Brenton) And when the days of her purification shall have been fulfilled for a son or a daughter, she shall bring a lamb of a year old without blemish for a whole-burnt-offering, and a young pigeon or turtle-dove for a sin-offering to the door of the tabernacle of witness, to the priest.

(Bishops) And when the dayes of her purifiyng are out, whether it be for a sonne or for a daughter, she shall bryng a lambe of one yere olde for a burnt offeryng, and a young pigeon or a turtle doue for a sinne offeryng, vnto the doore of the tabernacle of the congregation, vnto the priest:

(Geneva) Nowe when the dayes of her purifying are out, (whether it be for a sonne or for a daughter) shee shal bring to the Priest a lambe of one yeere olde for a burnt offering, and a yong pigeon or a turtle doue for a sinne offring, vnto the doore of the Tabernacle of the Congregation,

(KJV-1611) And when the dayes of her purifying are fulfilled, for a sonne, or for a daughter, she shall bring a lambe of the first yeere for a burnt offring, & a yong pigeon, or a turtle doue for a sinne offering, vnto the doore of the Tabernacle of the Congregation, vnto the Priest:

(KJV) And when the days of her purifying are fulfilled, for a son, or for a daughter, she shall bring a lamb of the first year for a burnt offering, and a young pigeon, or a turtledove, for a sin offering, unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, unto the priest:

(KJV+) And when the daysH3117 of her purifyingH2892 are fulfilled,H4390 for a son,H1121 orH176 for a daughter,H1323 she shall bringH935 a lambH3532 of the firstH1121 yearH8141 for a burnt offering,H5930 and a youngH1121 pigeon,H3123 orH176 a turtledove,H8449 for a sin offering,H2403 untoH413 the doorH6607 of the tabernacleH168 of the congregation,H4150 untoH413 the priest:H3548

(KJVA) And when the days of her purifying are fulfilled, for a son, or for a daughter, she shall bring a lamb of the first year for a burnt offering, and a young pigeon, or a turtledove, for a sin offering, unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, unto the priest:

(WoY) And when the days of her purifying are fulfilled, for a son, or for a daughter, she shall bring a lamb of the first year for a burnt offering, and a young pigeon, or a turtledove, for a sin offering, unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, unto the priest:

(The Scriptures 1998+) ‘And when the days of her cleansing are completed, for a son or for a daughter, she brings to the priest a lamb a year old, as a burnt offering, and a young pigeon or a turtledove as a sin offering, to the door of the Tent of Meeting.

(NET) ” ‘When11 the days of her purification are completed for a son or for a daughter, she must bring a one year old lamb12 for a burnt offering13 and a young pigeon or turtledove for a sin offering14 to the entrance of the Meeting Tent, to the priest.

(ASV) And when the days of her purifying are fulfilled, for a son, or for a daughter, she shall bring a lamb a year old for a burnt-offering, and a young pigeon, or a turtle-dove, for a sin-offering, unto the door of the tent of meeting, unto the priest:

(ESV) “‘And when the days of her purifying are completed, whether for a son or for a daughter, she shall bring to the priest at the entrance of the tent of meeting a lamb a year old for a burnt offering, and a pigeon or a turtledove for a sin offering,

(YLT) `And in the fulness of the days of her cleansing for son or for daughter she doth bring in a lamb, a son of a year, for a burnt-offering, and a young pigeon or a turtle-dove for a sin-offering, unto the opening of the tent of meeting, unto the priest;

(LBP) And when the days of her purifying are fulfilled for a son or for a daughter, she shall bring a lamb of the first year for a burnt offering and a young pigeon or a turtledove for a sin offering to the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, to the priest;

Yes. Every single one of them.  And what is more puzzling, several of these are not Eastern / Roman / Greek thinking translations. So, I go look up the Hebrew word H2403 – chatta’ath. Here is what Gesenius (Hebrew-Chaldee Lexicon) explained:

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None of these gave me any relief from this inconsistent reading and apparent contradiction in thinking. So I read the Commentary in my translation of choice for this Torah cycle reading, The Five Books of Moses by Robert Alter. I find this commentary to be far more in sync with how I view this topic…

an offense offering. The present case is a strategic instance of why it is misleading to render the Hebrew hata’t, as almost all English Versions do, as “sin offering”. Surely the childbearing woman has done nothing that can be called a sin

I also pulled out another commentary that is quickly gaining my favor, The IVP Bible Background Commentary – Old Testament, and it essentially reads the same:

ceremonial uncleanness. Not all uncleanness was avoidable, and the cause of uncleanness was often something that would in no way be considered sinful… Cases like this make it clear that what has been called a “sin offering” is actually a purification offering. There is no sin here that needs atonement….

Now THIS makes sense. Purification. Finally after 7 years of studying, I have an understanding that harmonizes my understanding of Hebraic thinking and the language being used. And that brings me to a whole new level to ponder and study out.

If uncleanness does not always equate to sinful… where else is being “unclean” not sin… as we have been taught?  Lots to study out on that one.

There is more to discuss from this Torah portion, but I wanted to focus on this aspect because… hey, I’m a woman and a mom … so naturally this always makes me cringe when I read it.  I hope it has blessed you to see this scripture and verse from a different perspective and that it will cause you to dig into The Word and study it for yourself. Don’t take my word for any of it. Be a Berean (Acts 17:11)

Trish

 

 

 

Deuteronomy 6:4-9

Show your children how to defend their faith…. by knowing and studying the Word for ourselves. Teach them diligently.

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My Thoughts on Torah Portion Bamidbar

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I’m sharing my thoughts on Torah Portion Bamidbar (in Hebrew it means “In the wilderness” NOT “numbers”). This is our fifth reading cycle of Torah and I learn something new each time. I use a different translation each Torah cycle. This cycle I am using the  Schocken Bible: The Five Books of Moses. I have to tell you I DO NOT like the commentary in this translation at all, but I love the language of the Scriptures and verses… so I continue to use it and ignore the other. I personally like having a book to hold, but if you want to read it online, here is a pdf.

My thoughts on Bamidbar

This is the beginning of “Numbers” (which is NOT what Bamidbar means, as I stated above. Some folks have a really hard time reading this book of Torah because it is quite repetitive in places when it goes into excruciating detail. But what I sense is that this is demonstrating order and structure, not to mention scope and scale of the Israelites and mixed multitude that came out of Egypt.

One thing that caught my attention was that the boys were not counted as men until they were 20 (considered to be of age to go to battle). Of course, my oldest son heard that repeated 12 times (plus the totals), so thirteen times actually and I giggled and pointed it out to him each time to remind him! We have noticed it before, but the closer he gets to being considered grown in the United States, the more I appreciate this parsha! 🙂 And we see order and precision here with the numbering of the tribes, the order in which they will march, and even in their encampment around the Tent of Appointment.  We have heard over and over that chaos is not of God and here we see it clearly. He is extremely, painstakingly precise.

The Haftarah for Bamidbar is Hosea 2:1-22 in Hebraic Scriptures (1:10 – 2:20 in Western Translations). Rabbit trail for a moment… that amazes me. I can’t tell you how many Portions start with verse 2 or 3 of a chapter. It seems that when the Bible was divided up into chapters and verses, the Jewish people were not consulted… because they would never have broken up a Torah portion the way the chapters do.

So, back to the Haftarah… The first thing we see is that the children of Israel will be like the sands of the sea, cannot be measured or counted. One thing that needs to be remembered about Hebrew is that there were no vowels in the original Biblical Hebrew… those were added later. So the word for adulterous and idolatrous are the exact same. So is it any surprise that idolatry is treated as adultery?  I love the Hebrew language… there is so much just like this that is to be learned that just adds to the richness of the Scriptures and helps us truly understand the intent of the Words used! So Hosea is essentially about idolatrous (adulterous) Israel.  Amazing.

Hosea shows us that God will strip us of everything He needs to strip us of in order to get us to Teshuvah (repent and return to Him).

Hos 2:7  And she shall follow after her lovers, but she shall not overtake them; and she shall seek them, but shall not find them: then shall she say, I will go and return to my first husband; for then was it better with me than now.

One thing that will be terribly controversial and I’m sorry to even bring it up… but it is on my heart and is one of the reasons we don’t have anything to do with the Christian holidays…

Hos 2:10 And now will I discover her lewdness in the sight of her lovers, and none shall deliver her out of mine hand.
Hos 2:11 I will also cause all her mirth to cease, her feast days, her new moons, and her sabbaths, and all her solemn feasts.
Hos 2:12 And I will destroy her vines and her fig trees, whereof she hath said, These are my rewards that my lovers have given me: and I will make them a forest, and the beasts of the field shall eat them.
Hos 2:13 And I will visit upon her the days of Baalim, wherein she burned incense to them, and she decked herself with her earrings and her jewels, and she went after her lovers, and forgat me, saith the LORD.
Hos 2:14 Therefore, behold, I will allure her, and bring her into the wilderness, and speak comfortably unto her.
Hos 2:15 And I will give her her vineyards from thence, and the valley of Achor for a door of hope: and she shall sing there, as in the days of her youth, and as in the day when she came up out of the land of Egypt.

I cannot find in Scripture where the sabbath was changed … as a matter of fact, I see Yeshua (Jesus’ Hebrew name) referencing the Sabbath day…

Mat 24:20  But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the Sabbath day:

Mat 12:11  And he said unto them, What man shall there be among you, that shall have one sheep, and if it fall into a pit on the sabbath day, will he not lay hold on it, and lift it out?

If Yeshua was going to do away with the Sabbath or that it was irrelevant, wouldn’t He have said so in this discussion?  I agree with the scriptures that say the Sabbath was made for man not man for the Sabbath… it was a gift. An everlasting gift and one that is a sign that shows we are His…

Exo 31:13  Speak thou also unto the children of Israel, saying, Verily my sabbaths ye shall keep: for it is a sign between me and you throughout your generations; that ye may know that I am the LORD that doth sanctify you.

Why do I mention the Sabbath in reference to the Feasts?  Because the Sabbath is His first feast. In the verse above they are HIS Sabbaths and the same language is for His feasts. For the life of me, I don’t understand why Christians are so willing to keep these holidays that are not in Scripture… yet will dismiss the Feasts that clearly the New Testament believers were still keeping.

I don’t mean to be ugly or demeaning, I just want you to pray about this and really study His word.  Study scriptures and then study History. See who changed the Feasts and the Sabbath (I’ll give you a hint… Constantine did). I’ll leave you with this final thought and let you pray and study it out yourself…

Dan 7:25  And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.

Please ignore what you have been taught (it is all commentary, including what I am saying), and get into the Word and study this out. If it appears that parts of the New Testament contradict what I am saying, return to Yeshua’s words. NOTHING can contradict His words… so if an apostle appears to be… then we have to question our understanding of that apostle’s words.  Here is what Yeshua said:

Mat 5:17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.
Mat 5:18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
Mat 5:19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
Mat 5:20 For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.
Mat 5:21 Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment:
Mat 5:22 But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.

So many want to stop at Matthew 5:17, but read the very next verse. Till HEAVEN and EARTH PASS… and then He goes on to expound on those very commandments that so many want to say are not required.  Please read the rest of Matthew 5 … and all of His words. Learn and understand what He said. He always pointed us back to the Father’s kingdom. Read the Rich Man and Lazarus parable….

Luk 16:1 And he said also unto his disciples, There was a certain rich man, which had a steward; and the same was accused unto him that he had wasted his goods.
Luk 16:2 And he called him, and said unto him, How is it that I hear this of thee? give an account of thy stewardship; for thou mayest be no longer steward.
Luk 16:3 Then the steward said within himself, What shall I do? for my lord taketh away from me the stewardship: I cannot dig; to beg I am ashamed.
Luk 16:4 I am resolved what to do, that, when I am put out of the stewardship, they may receive me into their houses.
Luk 16:5 So he called every one of his lord’s debtors unto him, and said unto the first, How much owest thou unto my lord?
Luk 16:6 And he said, An hundred measures of oil. And he said unto him, Take thy bill, and sit down quickly, and write fifty.
Luk 16:7 Then said he to another, And how much owest thou? And he said, An hundred measures of wheat. And he said unto him, Take thy bill, and write fourscore.
Luk 16:8 And the lord commended the unjust steward, because he had done wisely: for the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light.
Luk 16:9 And I say unto you, Make to yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness; that, when ye fail, they may receive you into everlasting habitations.
Luk 16:10 He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.
Luk 16:11 If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?
Luk 16:12 And if ye have not been faithful in that which is another man’s, who shall give you that which is your own?
Luk 16:13 No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
Luk 16:14 And the Pharisees also, who were covetous, heard all these things: and they derided him.
Luk 16:15 And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.
Luk 16:16 The law and the prophets were until John: since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presseth into it.
Luk 16:17 And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass, than one tittle of the law to fail.
Luk 16:18 Whosoever putteth away his wife, and marrieth another, committeth adultery: and whosoever marrieth her that is put away from her husband committeth adultery.
Luk 16:19 There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day:
Luk 16:20 And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores,
Luk 16:21 And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.
Luk 16:22 And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried;
Luk 16:23 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.
Luk 16:24 And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.
Luk 16:25 But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.
Luk 16:26 And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.
Luk 16:27 Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father’s house:
Luk 16:28 For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment.
Luk 16:29 Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.
Luk 16:30 And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent.
Luk 16:31 And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.

You can’t simply dismiss Yeshua’s own words. This is in Luke… Yeshua is telling them Torah still applies. Please pray and study y’all. This is such an important topic and I could continue… but I’ll stop here.  I pray that my thoughts were a blessing to you and that it leads you to study His Word.

Until next time…

Shalom!

Trish

 


Studying Torah Portion Bo Part Two

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Wow… I’m still studying Torah Portion Bo and now I have to write a Part Two.  There is so much going on here in this portion!!!

Studying Torah Portion Bo Part Two

In this portion we have the command to keep the Pesach (Passover) as a memorial. First I looked up the meaning of Pesach, Gesenius gives a telling definition…

Pesach:  a sparing, immunity from penalty and calamity

I’ll just recount my thoughts as I read through this section.

Exodus 12:1 – 2 YHWH said to Moshe and to Aharon in the land of Egypt, saying: Let this New-Moon be for you the beginning of New-Moons, the beginning-one let it be for you of the New-Moons of the year.

THIS makes sense.  It is spring, the beginning of the Creator’s calendar, when live begins anew and rebirth is seen everywhere in nature. Last week I wrote about the Gregorian Calendar New Year and how Out of Sync I feel with it.  I look forward to the day when our calendars match His calendar (His appointed times, His Holy Appointments).

Exodus 12:3 Speak to the entire community of Israel, saying: On the tenth day after this New-moon they are to take them, each-man, a lamb, according to their Fathers’ House, a lamb per household.
Exodus 12:4 Now if there be too few in the house for a lamb, he is to take (it), he and his neighbor who is near his house, by the computation according to the (total number of) persons; each-man according to what he can eat you are to compute for the lamb.
Exodus 12:5 A wholly-sound male, year-old lamb shall be yours, from the sheep and from the goats are you to take it.
Exodus 12:6 It shall be for you in safekeeping, until the fourteenth day after this New-moon, and they are to slay it-the entire assembly of the community of Israel-between the setting-times.
Exodus 12:7 They are to take some of the blood and put it onto the two posts and onto the lintel, onto the houses in which they eat it.
Exodus 12:8 They are to eat the flesh on that night, roasted in fire, and matzot, with bitter-herbs they are to eat it.
Exodus 12:9 Do not eat any of it raw, or boiled, boiled in water, but rather roasted in fire, its head along with its legs, along with its innards.
Exodus 12:10 You are not to leave any of it until morning; what is left of it until morning, with fire you are to burn.
Exodus 12:11 And thus you are to eat it: your hips girded, your sandals on your feet, your sticks in your hand; you are to eat it in trepidation- it is a Passover-meal to YHVH.

Exodus 12:12 I will proceed through the land of Egypt on this night and strike down every firstborn in the land of Egypt, from man to beast, and on all the gods of Egypt I will render judgment, I, YHVH.
Exodus 12:13 Now the blood will be a sign for you upon the houses where you are: when I see the blood, I will pass over you, the blow will not become a bringer-of-ruin to you, when I strike down the land of Egypt.

Passover Blood on DoorThis one may be hard to reconcile… but a dear friend of mine helped me walk through this section, so I’m going to present it and maybe you can study it out. What was the blood on the door for?  Remission of their sins?  NO!  Blood on the door was for protection of the first born. How did you get this protection?  Obedience… by slaughtering the lamb and putting the blood on the door posts. Study this one out.  So much more there!

Exodus 12:14 This day shall be for you a memorial, you are to celebrate it as a pilgrimage-celebration for YHVH, throughout your generations, as a law for the ages you are to celebrate it!

What is a pilgrimage feast?  These are feasts that are commanded for all the males to travel to Jerusalem to worship Abba.

Exodus 23:14 Three times you are to hold pilgrimage for me, every year.
Exodus 23:15 The Pilgrimage-Festival of matzot you are to keep: for seven days you are to eat matzot, as I commanded you, at the appointed-time of the New-moon of Ripe-grain- for in it you went out of Egypt, and no one is to be seen before my presence empty-handed;
Exodus 23:16 and the Pilgrimage-festival of the Cutting, of the firstlings of your labor, of what you sow in the field; and the Pilgrimage-festival of Ingathering, at the going-out of the year, when you gather in your labor’s (harvest) from the field.
Exodus 23:17 At three points in the year are all your males to be seen before the presence of the Lord, YHVH.

We are told that these same feasts will continue in the New Jerusalem (His Kingdom) and we are told if we DON’T go, we will experience drought!  And notice it is even for the nations that came against Israel… so you know it applies to us if it applies to them!

Zec 14:16 And it shall come to pass that every one that is left of all the nations that came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles.
Zec 14:17 And it shall be, whosoever will not come up of all the families of the earth to Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, there shall be no rain upon them.

Now, let’s return to Exodus 12:14 for a moment.

Exodus 12:14 This day shall be for you a memorial, you are to celebrate it as a pilgrimage-celebration for YHVH, throughout your generations, as a law for the ages you are to celebrate it!

We need to look up “law”.

statute, ordinance, limit, enactment, something prescribed

This is not a suggestion, but a law.  Why are we no longer keeping Abba’s feasts?  These are not “Jewish” feasts, they are Abba’s feasts.  He commanded these and they are continuing in the New Jerusalem, His Kingdom.  So why do we think they don’t apply to believers today?  Look at where this specific word “law” is used throughout scripture. Especially study Psalms.

And if you question if this applies to us because we are not Jewish… read this

Exodus 12:19 For seven days, no leaven is to be found in your houses, for whoever eats what ferments, that person shall be cut off from the community of Israel, whether sojourner or native of the land.

What is a sojourner?

Brown Driver Briggs’ Definition for sojourner:

1a) a temporary inhabitant, a newcomer lacking inherited rights
1b) of foreigners in Israel, though conceded rights

So this law applied to both the natives of the land (Israelites) and to foreigners.  But not only that…. We are grafted into Israel and no longer foreigners… so that means that even if it didn’t apply to foreigners, it still would apply to us because we are no longer considered foreigners.

Eph 2:11 Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands;
Eph 2:12 That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:

Eph 2:13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.
Eph 2:14 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;
Eph 2:15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;
Eph 2:16 And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:
Eph 2:17 And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh.
Eph 2:18 For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.
Eph 2:19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;

I personally love the Complete Jewish Bible, so I am going to post that translation below:

11 Therefore, remember your former state: you Gentiles by birth – called the Uncircumcised by those who, merely because of an operation on their flesh, are called the Circumcised – 12 at that time had no Messiah. You were estranged from the national life of Isra’el.You were foreigners to the covenants embodying God’s promise. You were in this world without hope and without God. 13But now, you who were once far off have been brought near through the shedding of the Messiah’s blood. 14 For he himself is our shalom – he has made us both one and has broken down the m’chitzah which divided us 15 by destroying in his own body the enmity occasioned by the Torah, with its commands set forth in the form of ordinances. He did this in order to create in union with himself from the two groups a single new humanity and thus make shalom, 16 and in order to reconcile to God both in a single body by being executed on a stake as a criminal and thus in himself killing that enmity. 17 Also, when he came, he announced as Good News shalom to you far off and shalom to those nearby, b 18 news that through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. 19 So then, you are no longer foreigners and strangers. On the contrary, you are fellow-citizens with God’s people and members of God’s family.

So, in my opinion, if you are going to claim your place as part of His family, you also have to recognize this part of who we are now too.  We are grafted into the commonwealth of Israel. Another word we need to look up from Ephesians 2:12.

Thayers’ Definition of commonwealthlaw books
1) the administration of civil affairs
2) a state or commonwealth
3) citizenship, the rights of a citizen

See, we are now part of HIS Kingdom and as a citizen of His Kingdom we now have His laws and rules to live by.  Just like if you are an American citizen you have laws to live by here in America.

I have written this to show you another reason why we are Messianic.  These are my words…. however, you should not take my word for it (or anyone’s for that matter)… read it for yourself.  Leave your doctrine at the door and pray for God to reveal His heart to you via the Holy Spirit as you study His Word. I hope you will study this out and that it will be a blessing for you and your family!

If you are enjoying this series, here is part three.

Shalom, Shalom!

Trish

 


Sowing and Reaping

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What seed are you sowing?

Sowing Seed

Sowing and Reaping

Galatians 6:7  Do not be led astray: Elohim is not mocked, for whatever a man sows, that he shall also reap.

The concept of sowing and reaping is well-understood from an agricultural sense; the type of seed you plant will produce the fruit you expect (such as planting a tomato seed produces tomatoes). This agricultural concept of sowing and reaping crops is used in Scripture to portray spiritual realities as well. YHWH tells us in Genesis 8:22 seed time and harvest would be perpetual realities. The spiritual law of sowing and reaping also continues to exist today (Galatians 6:7).

What kind of fruit is growing in our gardens depends on the type of seed we are planting.  Matthew 7:17  “So every good tree yields good fruit, but a rotten tree yields wicked fruit.

Are we focusing on our flesh and sowing rotten seeds described in Galatians 5:19-21

  • Gal 5:19 And the works of the flesh are well-known, which are these: adultery, whoring, uncleanness, indecency, Gal 5:20 idolatry, drug sorcery, hatred, quarrels, jealousies, fits of rage, selfish ambitions, dissensions, factions, Gal 5:21 envy, murders, drunkenness, wild parties, and the like – of which I forewarn you, even as I also said before, that those who practice such as these shall not inherit the reign of Elohim.

Did you notice the last line of that verse?  Those who practice such as these shall not inherit the reign of Elohim. We will be just like the Israelites in the wilderness who had Torah, but didn’t actually live Torah, who never got into Caanan (Promised Land).  So, clearly, just having a knowledge of Torah is NOT going to get us into the Promised Land either.

Or are we sowing the good seeds described in Galatians 5:22-24

  • Gal 5:22  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, trustworthiness, Gal 5:23  gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no Torah. Gal 5:24  And those who are of Messiah have impaled the flesh with its passions and the desires.

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Modern Day Pharisees!

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Weightier Matters

What are these “Weightier Matters” that Yeshua admonished the Pharisees for ignoring? Are we falling into the same trap?

Mat 23:23 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because you tithe the mint and the anise and the cumin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the Torah: the right-ruling and the compassion and the belief. These need to have been done, without neglecting the others.

Luk 11:42 “But woe to you Pharisees, because you tithe the mint and the rue and every plant, and pass by the right-ruling and the love of Elohim. These you should have done, without leaving the others undone.

Let’s be sure we understand the definitions of these words first.

Right-ruling: H6666 tsedâqâh BDB Definition:1) justice, righteousness1a) righteousness (in government)1a1) of judge, ruler, king1a2) of law1a3) of Davidic king Messiah1b) righteousness (of God’s attribute)1c) righteousness (in a case or cause)1d) righteousness, truthfulness1e) righteousness (as ethically right)1f) righteousness (as vindicated), justification, salvation1f1) of God1f2) prosperity (of people)1g) righteous acts (The Delitzsch Hebrew Gospels defines it as: a righteous act; kindness to others; charity) Compassion: H2550 châmal BDB Definition:1) (Qal) to spare, pity, have compassion on

Belief/Faith: H530 ‘?mûnâh BDB Definition:1) firmness, fidelity, steadfastness, steadiness

Love: G26 – agap? Strongs Definition:1) affection, good will, love, benevolence, brotherly love 2) love feasts

I’ll be honest, I don’t see a whole lot of charity, compassion, and benevolence being shown lately. We all seem to have our own version of the “truth” and if others don’t believe exactly as we do, we dismiss them as being lost. We are all very busy correcting people about their pagan holidays, Sabbath, and Greek thinking… but I have to ask, are we sharing this wisdom with love, meekness and humility?

Jas 3:17 But the wisdom from above is first clean, then peaceable, gentle, ready to obey, filled with compassion and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.
Jas 3:18 And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.

Pro 15:1 A soft answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up displeasure.

Have we forgotten when Ya’acov (James) made his ruling in Acts 15 regarding the faith of the new believers in Yeshua, the elders did not hand them a list of 613 commandments with the instructions to “keep all these”? No, he said:

Act 15:19 “Therefore I judge that we should not trouble those from among the gentiles who are turning to Elohim, Act 15:20 but that we write to them to abstain from the defilements of idols, and from whoring, and from what is strangled, and from blood. Act 15:21 “For from ancient generations Mosheh has, in every city, those proclaiming him – being read in the congregations every Sabbath.”

So, it was a walk, a growing into knowledge, wisdom and understanding of Torah. Why then do we feel the need to burden new believers (or even old believers who have a new understanding of the importance of Torah) with our constant berating about how they are not doing some aspect correctly? We cannot open their eyes or ears, only YHWH can and it is on His time table.

Deu 29:4 “But Abba has not given you a heart to know and eyes to see and ears to hear, till this day.

Where is the humbleness that Mosheh and Yeshua displayed?

Num 12:3 And the man Mosheh was very humble, more than all men who were on the face of the earth.

Psa 138:6 Though Abba is exalted, He looks on the humble; But the proud He perceives from a distance.

Pro 11:2 Pride comes, then comes shame; But with the humble is wisdom.

Mat 11:29 “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am meek and humble in heart, and you shall find rest for your beings.

Jas 4:6 But He gives greater favour. Because of this He says, “Elohim resists the proud, but gives favour to the humble.”

Why are we so busy inspecting the walk of others but ignoring our own fruit?

Mat 7:19 “Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.

Gal 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, trustworthiness, Gal 5:23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no Torah.

Have we forgotten that Yeshua did not debate and correct the masses? He didn’t even explain the parables to them.

Mat 13:10 And the taught ones came and said to Him, “Why do You speak to them in parables?” Mat 13:11 And He answering, said to them, “Because it has been given to you to know the secrets of the reign of the heavens, but to them it has not been given. Mat 13:12 “For whoever possesses, to him more shall be given, and he shall have overflowingly; but whoever does not possess, even what he possesses shall be taken away from him. Mat 13:13 “Because of this I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand.

Therefore, I would like to challenge us all to think this through, are we ignoring the weightier matters of Torah just like the Pharisees did?

Shalom until next time….