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Tazria-Metzora /She Conceives and Infected One

Shabbat Shalom!

Welcome to Welcome to Tazria-Metzora /She Conceives and Infected One, this week’s Torah portion.

 

Torah Reading

Leviticus 12:1–15:33;

 

12 YAHUVEH said to Moshe, 2 “Tell the people of Isra’el: ‘If a woman conceives and gives birth to a boy, she will be unclean for seven days with the same uncleanness as in niddah, when she is having her menstrual period. 3 On the eighth day, the baby’s foreskin is to be circumcised. 4 She is to wait an additional thirty-three days to be purified from her blood; she is not to touch any holy thing or come into the sanctuary until the time of her purification is over. 5 But if she gives birth to a girl, she will be unclean for two weeks, as in her niddah; and she is to wait another sixty-six days to be purified from her blood.

6 “‘When the days of her purification are over, whether for a son or for a daughter, she is to bring a lamb in its first year for a burnt offering and a young pigeon or dove for a sin offering to the entrance of the tent of meeting, to the cohen. 7 He will offer it before YAHUVEH and make atonement for her; thus she will be purified from her discharge of blood. Such is the law for a woman who gives birth, whether to a boy or to a girl. 8 If she can’t afford a lamb, she is to take two doves or two young pigeons, the one for a burnt offering and the other for a sin offering; the cohen will make atonement for her, and she will be clean.’”

13 YAHUVEH said to Moshe and Aharon, 2 “If someone develops on his skin a swelling, scab or bright spot which could develop into the disease tzara‘at, he is to be brought to Aharon the cohen or to one of his sons who are cohanim. 3 The cohen is to examine the sore on his skin; if the hair in the sore has turned white, and the sore appears to go deep into the skin, it is tzara‘at, and after examining him the cohen is to declare him unclean. 4 If the bright spot on his skin is white, but it does not appear to go deep into the skin, and its hair has not turned white, then the cohen is to isolate him for seven days. 5 On the seventh day the cohen is to examine him again, and if the sore appears the same as before and has not spread on the skin, then the cohen is to isolate him for seven more days. (LY: ii) 6 On the seventh day the cohen is to examine him again, and if the sore has faded and hasn’t spread on the skin, then the cohen is to declare him clean — it is only a scab, so he is to wash his clothes and be clean. 7 But if the scab spreads further on the skin after he has been examined by the cohen and declared clean, he is to let himself be examined yet again by the cohen. 8 The cohen will examine him, and if he sees that the scab has spread on his skin, then the cohen will declare him unclean; it is tzara‘at.

9 “If a person has tzara‘at, he is to be brought to the cohen. 10 The cohen is to examine him, and if he sees that there is a white swelling in the skin which has turned the hair white and inflamed flesh in the swelling, 11 then it is chronic tzara‘at on his skin, and the cohen is to declare him unclean; he is not to isolate him, because it is already clear that he is unclean. 12 If the tzara‘at breaks out all over the skin, so that, as far as the cohen can see, the person with tzara‘at has sores everywhere on his body, from his head to his feet; 13 then the cohen is to examine him, and if he sees that the tzara‘at has covered his entire body, he is to pronounce the person with the sores clean — it has all turned white, and he is clean. 14 But if one day inflamed flesh appears on him, he will be unclean. 15 The cohen will examine the inflamed flesh and declare him unclean; the inflamed flesh is unclean; it is tzara‘at. 16 However, if the inflamed flesh again turns white, he is to come to the cohen. 17 The cohen will examine him, and if he sees that the sores have turned white, then the cohen is to declare clean the person with the sores; he is clean.

(LY: iii) 18 “If a person has on his skin a boil that heals 19 in such a way that in place of the boil there is a white swelling or a reddish-white bright spot, it is to be shown to the cohen. 20 The cohen is to examine it; if he sees that it appears to be more than skin-deep, and its hair has turned white, then the cohen is to pronounce him unclean — the disease of tzara‘at has broken out in the boil. 21 But if the cohen looks at it and doesn’t see any white hairs in it, and it isn’t more than skin-deep but appears faded, the cohen is to isolate him for seven days. 22 If it spreads on the skin, the cohen is to declare him unclean; it is the disease. 23 But if the bright spot stays where it was and has not spread, it is the scar of the boil; and the cohen is to declare him clean.

(RY: ii, LY: iv) 24 “Or if someone has on his skin a burn caused by fire; and the inflamed flesh where it was burned has become a bright spot, reddish-white or white, 25 then the cohen is to examine it; and if he sees that the hair in the bright spot has turned white and that it appears to be deeper than the skin around it, it is tzara‘at; it has broken out in the burn, and the cohen is to declare him unclean; it is a sore from tzara‘at. 26 But if the cohen examines it and sees no white hair in the bright spot, and it is no lower than the skin around it but looks faded, then the cohen is to isolate him for seven days. 27 On the seventh day the cohen is to examine him; if it has spread on the skin, then the cohen is to declare him unclean; it is a sore from tzara‘at. 28 But if the bright spot stays where it was and has not spread on the skin but appears faded, it is a swelling due to the burn; and the cohen is to declare him clean; because it is only a scar from the burn.

(LY: v) 29 “If a man or woman has a sore on the head or a man in his beard, 30 then the cohen is to examine the sore; if he sees that it appears to be deeper than the skin around it, with yellow, thin hair in it, then the cohen is to declare him unclean; it is a crusted area, a tzara‘at of the head or beard. 31 If the cohen examines the diseased crusted area and sees that it appears not to be deeper than the skin around it, and without any black hair in it, then the cohen is to isolate for seven days the person with the diseased crusted area. 32 On the seventh day the cohen is to examine the sore, and if he sees that the crusted area hasn’t spread, that it has no yellow hair in it, and that the crusted area is not deeper than the skin around it; 33 then the person is to be shaved, except for the crusted area itself, and the cohen is to isolate him for seven more days. 34 On the seventh day the cohen is to examine the crusted area; and if he sees that the crusted area has not spread on the skin and does not appear to be deeper than the skin around it, then the cohen is to declare him clean; he is to wash his clothes and be clean. 35 But if the crusted area spreads after his purification, 36 then the cohen is to examine him; and if he sees that the crusted area has spread on the skin, the cohen is not to look for yellow hair; he is unclean. 37 But if the crusted area’s appearance doesn’t change, and black hair grows up in it, then the crusted area is healed; he is clean; and the cohen is to declare him clean.

(RY: iii, LY: vi) 38 “If a man or woman has bright spots on his skin, bright white spots; 39 then the cohen is to examine them. If he sees that the bright spots on the skin are dull white, it is only a rash that has broken out on the skin; he is clean.

40 “If a man’s hair has fallen from his scalp, he is bald; but he is clean. 41 If his hair has fallen off the front part of his head, he is forehead-bald; but he is clean. 42 But if on the bald scalp or forehead there is a reddish-white sore, it is tzara‘at breaking out on his bald scalp or forehead. 43 Then the cohen is to examine him; if he sees that there is a reddish-white swelling on his bald scalp or forehead, appearing like tzara‘at on the rest of the body, 44 he is a person with tzara‘at; he is unclean; the cohen must declare him unclean; the sore is on his head.

45 “Everyone who has tzara‘at sores is to wear torn clothes and unbound hair, cover his upper lip and cry, ‘Unclean! Unclean!’ 46 As long as he has sores, he will be unclean; since he is unclean, he must live in isolation; he must live outside the camp.

47 “When tzara‘at infects an article of clothing, whether it be a woolen or a linen garment, 48 on the threads or the woven-in parts of either linen or wool, or on a hide or item made of leather; 49 then if the stain on the garment, hide, threads, woven-in parts or leather item is greenish or reddish, it is an infection of tzara‘at and is to be shown to the cohen. 50 The cohen is to examine the stain and isolate the article that has the infection for seven days. 51 On the seventh day he is to examine the stain; if the stain has spread on the garment, threads, woven-in parts or leather, whatever its use, the infection is a contagious tzara‘at; the garment is unclean. 52 He is to burn the garment, threads, woven-in parts of either wool or linen, or item of leather having the infection; for it is a contagious tzara‘at; it must be burned up completely. 53 But if, when the cohen examines it, he sees that the infection has not spread on the garment or in the threads, woven-in parts or leather item, 54 then the cohen is to order that the article having the infection be washed and isolated for seven more days. (RY: iv, LY: vii) 55 The cohen is to examine it after the stain has been washed, and if he sees that the stain has not changed color, then, even though the stain has not spread, it is unclean; you are to burn it up completely — it is rotten, no matter whether the spot is on the outside or on the inside. 56 If the cohen examines it and sees that the stain has faded after being washed, then he is to tear the stain out of the garment, leather, threads or woven-in parts. (LY: Maftir) 57 If it appears again in the garment, threads, woven-in parts or leather item, it is contagious, and you are to burn up completely the article that had the stain. 58 But if the infection is gone from the garment, threads, woven-in parts or leather item that you washed, then it is to be washed a second time, and it will be clean. 59 This is the law concerning infections of tzara‘at in a garment of wool or linen, or in the threads or the woven-in parts, or in any leather item — when to declare it clean and when to declare it unclean.

 

[In regular years read with Parashah 27, in leap years read separately]

14 YAHUVEH said to Moshe, 2 “This is to be the law concerning the person afflicted with tzara‘at on the day of his purification. He is to be brought to the cohen, 3 and the cohen is to go outside the camp and examine him there. If he sees that the tzara‘at sores have been healed in the afflicted person, 4 then the cohen will order that two living clean birds be taken for the one to be purified, along with cedar-wood, scarlet yarn and hyssop leaves. 5 The cohen is to order one of the birds slaughtered in a clay pot over running water. 6 As for the live bird, he is to take it with the cedar-wood, scarlet yarn and hyssop and dip them and the living bird in the blood of the bird slaughtered over running water, 7 and sprinkle the person to be purified from the tzara‘at seven times. Next he is to set the live bird free in an open field. 8 He who is to be purified must wash his clothes, shave off all his hair and bathe himself in water. Then he will be clean; and after that, he may enter the camp; but he must live outside his tent for seven days. 9 On the seventh day he is to shave all the hair off his head, also his beard and eyebrows — he must shave off all his hair; and he is to wash his clothes and bathe his body in water; and he will be clean.

10 “On the eighth day he is to take two male lambs without defect, one female lamb in its first year without defect and six-and-a-half quarts of fine flour for a grain offering, mixed with olive oil, and two-thirds of a pint of olive oil. 11 The cohen purifying him is to place the person being purified with these items before YAHUVEH at the entrance to the tent of meeting. 12 The cohen is to take one of the male lambs and offer it as a guilt offering with the two-thirds-pint of olive oil, then wave them as a wave offering before YAHUVEH. (LY: ii) 13 He is to slaughter the male lamb at the place in the sanctuary for slaughtering sin offerings and burnt offerings, because the guilt offering belongs to the cohen, just like the sin offering; it is especially holy. 14 The cohen is to take some of the blood of the guilt offering and put it on the tip of the right ear of the person being purified, on the thumb of his right hand and on the big toe of his right foot. 15 Next, the cohen is to take some of the two-thirds-pint of olive oil and pour it into the palm of his own left hand, 16 dip his right finger in the oil that is in his left hand and sprinkle from the oil with his finger seven times before YAHUVEH. 17 Then the cohen is to put some of the remaining oil in his hand on the tip of the right ear of the person being purified, on the thumb of his right hand, on the big toe of his right foot and on the blood of the guilt offering. 18 Finally, the cohen is to put the rest of the oil in his hand on the head of the person being purified; and the cohen will make atonement for him before YAHUVEH. 19 The cohen is to offer the sin offering and make atonement for the person being purified because of his uncleanness; afterwards, he is to slaughter the burnt offering. 20 The cohen is to offer the burnt offering and the grain offering on the altar; thus the cohen will make atonement for him; and he will be clean.

(RY: v, LY: iii) 21 “If he is poor, so that he can’t afford to do otherwise, he is to take one male lamb as a guilt offering to be waved, to make atonement for him; two quarts of fine flour mixed with olive oil for a grain offering; two-thirds of a pint of olive oil; 22 and two doves or two young pigeons, such as he can afford, the one for a sin offering and the other for a burnt offering. 23 On the eighth day, he will bring them to the cohen for his purification, to the entrance of the tent of meeting before YAHUVEH. 24 The cohen is to take the lamb of the guilt offering and the two-thirds of a pint of olive oil and wave them as a wave offering before YAHUVEH. 25 He is to slaughter the lamb of the guilt offering; and the cohen is to take some of the blood of the guilt offering and put it on the tip of the right ear of the person being purified, on the thumb of his right hand and on the big toe of his right foot. 26 The cohen is to take some of the olive oil and pour it into the palm of his own left hand, 27 and sprinkle with his right hand some of the oil that is in his left hand seven times before YAHUVEH. 28 The cohen is to put some of the oil in his hand on the tip of the right ear of the person being purified, on the thumb of his right hand, on the big toe of his right foot — in the same place as the blood of the guilt offering. 29 Finally, the cohen is to put the rest of the oil in his hand on the head of the person being purified, to make atonement for him before YAHUVEH. 30 He is to offer one of the doves or young pigeons, such as the person can afford, 31 whatever his means suffice for — the one as a sin offering and the other as a burnt offering — with the grain offering; thus the cohen will make atonement before YAHUVEH for the person being purified. 32 Such is the law for the person who has tzara‘at sores if he cannot afford the usual elements used for his purification.”

(RY: vi, LY: iv) 33 YAHUVEH said to Moshe and Aharon, 34 “When you have entered the land of Kena‘an which I am giving you as a possession, and I put an infection of tzara‘at in a house in the land that you possess, 35 then the owner of the house is to come and tell the cohen, ‘It seems to me that there may be an infection in the house.’ 36 The cohen is to order the house emptied before he goes in to inspect the infection, so that everything in the house won’t be made unclean; afterwards, the cohen is to enter and inspect the house. 37 He will examine the infection; and if he sees that the infection is in the walls of the house, with greenish or reddish depressions that seem to go in deeper than the surface of the wall, 38 he is to go out of the house to its door and seal up the house for seven days. 39 The cohen will come again on the seventh day and examine the house; if he sees that the infection has spread over its walls, 40 he is to order them to remove the infected stones and throw them into some unclean place outside the city. 41 Next, he is to have the inside of the house thoroughly scraped, and the scraped-off plaster is to be discarded outside the city in an unclean place. 42 Finally, other stones must be set in the place of the first stones and other plaster used to replaster the house. 43 If the infection returns and breaks out in the house after the stones have been removed and the house scraped and plastered; 44 then the cohen is to enter and examine it. If he sees that the infection has spread in the house, it is a contagious tzara‘at in the house; it is unclean. 45 He must break down the house and take its stones, timber and plaster out of the city to an unclean place. 46 Moreover, whoever enters the house at any time while it is sealed up will be unclean until evening. 47 Whoever lies down or eats in the house must wash his clothes. 48 If the cohen enters, examines and sees that the infection has not spread in the house since it was plastered; then he is to declare the house clean; because the infection is cured.

49 “To purify the house, he is to take two birds, cedar-wood, scarlet yarn and hyssop leaves. 50 He is to slaughter one of the birds in a clay pot over running water. 51 He is to take the cedar-wood, the hyssop, the scarlet yarn and the live bird and dip them in the blood of the slaughtered bird and in the running water, and sprinkle the house seven times. 52 He will purify the house with the blood of the bird, the running water, the live bird, the cedar-wood, the hyssop and the scarlet yarn. 53 But he is to set the live bird free outside the city in an open field; thus will he make atonement for the house; and it will be clean.

(LY: v) 54 “Such is the law for all kinds of tzara‘at sores, for a crusted area, 55 for tzara‘at in a garment, for a house, 56 for a swelling, for a scab and for a bright spot, 57 to determine when it is clean and when it is unclean. This is the law concerning tzara‘at.”

15 YAHUVEH said to Moshe and Aharon, 2 “Tell the people of Isra’el, ‘When any man has a discharge from his body, the discharge is unclean. 3 The discharge is unclean no matter whether it continues flowing or has stopped; it is still his uncleanness. 4 Every bed which the person with the discharge lies on is unclean, and everything he sits on is unclean. 5 Whoever touches his bed is to wash his clothes and bathe himself in water; he will be unclean until evening. 6 Whoever sits on anything the person with the discharge sat on is to wash his clothes and bathe himself in water; he will be unclean until evening. 7 Anyone who touches the body of the person with the discharge is to wash his clothes and bathe himself in water; he will be unclean until evening. 8 If the person with the discharge spits on someone who is clean, the latter is to wash his clothes and bathe himself in water; he will be unclean until evening. 9 Any saddle that the person with the discharge rides on will be unclean. 10 Whoever touches anything that was under him will be unclean until evening; he who carries those things is to wash his clothes and bathe himself in water; he will be unclean until evening. 11 If the person with the discharge fails to rinse his hands in water before touching someone, that person is to wash his clothes and bathe himself in water; he will be unclean until evening. 12 If the person with the discharge touches a clay pot, it must be broken; if he touches a wooden utensil, it must be rinsed in water.

13 “‘When a person with a discharge has become free of it, he is to count seven days for his purification. Then he is to wash his clothes and bathe his body in running water; after that, he will be clean. 14 On the eighth day, he is to take for himself two doves or two young pigeons, come before YAHUVEH to the entrance of the tent of meeting and give them to the cohen. 15 The cohen is to offer them, the one as a sin offering and the other as a burnt offering; thus the cohen will make atonement for him on account of his discharge before YAHUVEH.

(RY: vii, LY: vi) 16 “‘If a man has a seminal emission, he is to bathe his entire body in water; he will be unclean until evening. 17 Any clothing or leather on which there is any semen is to be washed with water; it will be unclean until evening. 18 If a man goes to bed with a woman and has sexual relations, both are to bathe themselves in water; they will be unclean until evening.

19 “‘If a woman has a discharge, and the discharge from her body is blood, she will be in her state of niddah for seven days. Whoever touches her will be unclean until evening. 20 Everything she lies on or sits on in her state of niddah will be unclean. 21 Whoever touches her bed is to wash his clothes and bathe himself in water; he will be unclean until evening. 22 Whoever touches anything she sits on is to wash his clothes and bathe himself in water; he will be unclean until evening. 23 Whether he is on the bed or on something she sits on, when he touches it, he will be unclean until evening. 24 If a man goes to bed with her, and her menstrual flow touches him, he will be unclean seven days; and every bed he lies on will be unclean.

25 “‘If a woman has a discharge of blood for many days not during her period, or if her discharge lasts beyond the normal end of her period, then throughout the time she is having an unclean discharge she will be as when she is in niddah — she is unclean. 26 Every bed she lies on at any time while she is having her discharge will be for her like the bed she uses during her time of niddah; and everything she sits on will be unclean with uncleanness like that of her time of niddah. 27 Whoever touches those things will be unclean; he is to wash his clothes and bathe himself in water; he will be unclean until evening.

28 “‘If she has become free of her discharge, she is to count seven days; after that, she will be clean. (LY: vii) 29 On the eighth day, she is to take for herself two doves or two young pigeons and bring them to the cohen at the entrance to the tent of meeting. 30 The cohen is to offer the one as a sin offering and the other as a burnt offering; thus the cohen will make atonement for her before YAHUVEH on account of her unclean discharge.

(Maftir) 31 “‘In this way you will separate the people of Isra’el from their uncleanness, so that they will not die in a state of uncleanness for defiling my tabernacle which is there with them.

32 “‘Such is the law for the person who has a discharge; for the man who has a seminal emission that makes him unclean; 33 for the woman in niddah during her menstrual period; for the person, man or woman, with a discharge; and for the man who has sexual relations with a woman who is unclean.

Prophetic Reading

2 Kings 4:42–5:19; 

42 A man came from Ba‘al-Shalishah bringing the man of ELOHIM twenty loaves of bread made from the barley firstfruits and fresh ears of grain in his sack. Elisha said, “Give this to the people to eat.” 43 His servant said, “How am I to serve this to a hundred men?” But he said, “Give it to the people to eat; for YAHUVEH says that they will eat and have some left over.” 44 So he served them, and they ate and had some left over, as YAHUVEH had said.

5 Na‘aman, commander of the king of Aram’s army, was highly respected and esteemed by his master; because through him YAHUVEH had brought victory to Aram. But although he was a brave warrior, he also suffered from tzara‘at. 2 Now on one of their raids into Isra’el’s territory, Aram carried away captive a little girl, who became a servant for Na‘aman’s wife. 3 She said to her mistress, “I wish my lord could go to the prophet in Shomron! He could heal his tzara‘at.” 4 Na‘aman went in and told his lord, “The girl from the land of Isra’el said such-and-such.” 5 The king of Aram said, “Go now, and I will send a letter to the king of Isra’el.”

He set out, taking with him 660 pounds of silver, 6,000 pieces of gold and ten changes of clothes. 6 He brought the king of Isra’el the letter, which said, “When this letter reaches you, you will see that I have sent my servant Na‘aman to you, so that you can heal his tzara‘at.” 7 When the king of Isra’el finished reading the letter, he tore his clothes. “Am I ELOHIM, able to kill and make alive,” he asked, “so that he sends me a man to heal of tzara‘at? You can see that he is only seeking an excuse to quarrel with me.” 8 But when Elisha the man of ELOHIM heard that the king of Isra’el had torn his clothes, he sent a message to the king: “Why did you tear your clothes? Just have him come to me, and he will know that there is a prophet in Isra’el.”

9 So Na‘aman came with his horses and chariots and stood at the door of Elisha’s house. 10 Elisha sent a messenger to him, who said, “Go, and bathe in the Yarden seven times. Your skin will become as it was, and you will be clean.” 11 But Na‘aman became angry and left, saying, “Here now! I thought for certain that he would come out personally, that he would stand, call on the name of YAHUVEH his ELOHIM and wave his hand over the diseased place and thus heal the person with tzara‘at. 12 Aren’t Amanah and Parpar, the rivers of Dammesek, better than all the water in Isra’el? Why can’t I bathe in them and be clean?” So he turned and went off in a rage. 13 But his servants approached him and said, “My father! If the prophet had asked you to do something really difficult, wouldn’t you have done it? So, doesn’t it make even more sense to do what he says, when it’s only, ‘Bathe, and be clean’?” 14 So he went down and immersed himself seven times in the Yarden, as the man of ELOHIM had said to do; and his skin was restored and became like the skin of a child; and he became clean.

15 Then, with his whole retinue, he returned to the man of ELOHIM, went and stood before him, and said, “Well, I’ve learned that there is no ELOHIM in all the earth except in Isra’el; therefore, please accept a present from your servant.” 16 But Elisha answered, “As YAHUVEH lives, before whom I stand, I will not accept it.” And despite his urging him to take it, he refused. 17 So Na‘aman said, “If you won’t take it, then please let your servant be given as much earth as two mules can carry; because from now on, your servant will offer neither burnt offerings nor sacrifices to other ELOHIMs, but only to YAHUVEH. 18 Except this, and may YAHUVEH forgive your servant for it: when my master goes into the temple of Rimmon to worship there, and he leans on my hand, and I bow down in the temple of Rimmon — when I bow down, may YAHUVEH forgive your servant for this.” 19 Elisha said to him, “Go in peace.”

2 Kings 7:3–20; 

3 Now there were four men with tzara‘at at the entrance to the city gate, and they said to each other, “Why should we sit here till we die? 4 If we say, ‘We’ll enter the city, then the city has been struck by the famine, so we’ll die there. And if we sit still here, we’ll also die. So let’s go and surrender to the army of Aram; if they spare our lives, we will live; and if they kill us, we’ll only die.” 5 They got up during the twilight to go to the camp of Aram. But when they reached the outskirts of the camp of Aram, they saw no one! 6 For YAHUVEH had caused the army of Aram to hear the sound of chariots and horses; it sounded like a huge army; and they said to each other, “The king of Isra’el must have hired the kings of the Hitti and the kings of the Egyptians to attack us.” 7 So they jumped up and fled in the twilight, leaving their tents, horses, donkeys and the whole camp just as it was, and ran for their lives. 8 When these men with tzara‘at reached the outskirts of the camp, they entered one of the tents, ate and drank; then took some silver, gold and clothing; and went and hid it. Next they returned and entered another tent, took stuff from there, and went and hid it. 9 But finally they said to each other, “What we are doing is wrong. At a time of good news like this, we shouldn’t keep it to ourselves. If we wait even till morning, we will earn only punishment; so come on, let’s go and tell the king’s household.” 10 So they came and shouted to the gatekeepers of the city and told them the news: “We went to the camp of Aram, and no one was there, no human voice — just the horses and donkeys tied up, and the tents left in place.” 11 The gatekeepers called and told it to the king’s household inside. 12 Then the king got up in the night; he said to his servants, “I’ll tell you what Aram has done to us. They know that we’re hungry, so they’ve gone outside the camp and hidden in the countryside, saying, ‘When they come out of the city, we’ll take them alive and then get inside the city.’” 13 One of his servants answered, “I suggest letting some men take five of the remaining horses that are left in the city — they’re like everything else in Isra’el that remains, like everything else in Isra’el, practically finished — and we’ll send and see.” 14 So they took two chariots with horses, and the king sent after the army of Aram, saying, “Go, and see.” 15 They went after them all the way to the Yarden, and found the entire distance strewn with clothing and other articles Aram had thrown away in their haste. The messengers returned and told the king. 16 Then the people went out and ransacked the camp of Aram — with the result that six quarts of fine flour was sold for only a shekel and half a bushel of barley for a shekel, in keeping with what YAHUVEH had said.

17 The king put the servant on whose arm he had leaned in charge of the gate, and the people trampled him down in the gateway, so that he died, as the man of ELOHIM had said he would, who spoke when the king came to him. 18 For the man of ELOHIM had said to the king, “Tomorrow by this time six quarts of barley will sell for only a shekel and half a bushel of fine flour for a shekel [in the market] at the gate of Shomron”; 19 the servant had answered the man of ELOHIM, “Why, this couldn’t happen even if YAHUVEH made windows in heaven!” and Elisha had said, “All right, you yourself will see it with your own eyes; but you won’t eat any of it!” 20 That is exactly what happened to him, because the people trampled him down in the gateway, so that he died.

Luke 5:12–31;

12 Once, when YAHUSHUA was in one of the towns, there came a man completely covered with tzara‘at. On seeing YAHUSHUA, he fell on his face and begged him, “Sir, if you are willing, you can make me clean.” 13 YAHUSHUA reached out his hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing! Be cleansed!” Immediately the tzara‘at left him. 14 Then YAHUSHUA warned him not to tell anyone. “Instead, as a testimony to the people, go straight to the cohen and make an offering for your cleansing, as Moshe commanded.” 15 But the news about YAHUSHUA kept spreading all the more, so that huge crowds would gather to listen and be healed of their sicknesses. 16 However, he made a practice of withdrawing to remote places in order to pray.

17 One day when YAHUSHUA was teaching, there were P’rushim and Torah-teachers present who had come from various villages in the Galil and Y’hudah, also from Yerushalayim; and the power of Adonai was with him to heal the sick. 18 Some men came carrying a paralyzed man lying on a bed. They wanted to bring him inside and lay him in front of YAHUSHUA, 19 but they couldn’t find a way to get him in because of the crowd. So they went up onto the roof and lowered him on his mattress through the tiles into the middle of the gathering, right in front of YAHUSHUA. 20 When YAHUSHUA saw their trust, he said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven you.” 21 The Torah-teachers and the P’rushim began thinking, “Who is this fellow that speaks such blasphemies? Who can forgive sin except God?” 22 But YAHUSHUA, knowing what they were thinking, answered, “Why are you turning over such thoughts in your hearts? 23 Which is easier to say? ‘Your sins are forgiven you’? or ‘Get up and walk’? 24 But look! I will prove to you that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” He then said to the paralytic, “I say to you: get up, pick up your mattress and go home!” 25 Immediately, in front of everyone, he stood up, picked up what he had been lying on, and went home praising God. 26 Amazement seized them all, and they made a b’rakhah to God; they were awestruck, saying, “We have seen extraordinary things today.”

27 Later YAHUSHUA went out and saw a tax-collector named Levi sitting in his tax-collection booth; and he said to him, “Follow me!” 28 He got up, left everything and followed him.

29 Levi gave a banquet at his house in YAHUSHUA’s honor, and there was a large group of tax-collectors and others at the table with them. 30 The P’rushim and their Torah-teachers protested indignantly against his talmidim, saying, “Why do you eat and drink with tax-collectors and sinners?” 31 It was YAHUSHUA who answered them: “The ones who need a doctor aren’t the healthy but the sick.

AmightyWind Prophecies

 

This is from Prophecy 105, YAHUVEH said to put this up on all Prophecies from now on: I warned you a long time ago Elisabeth (Elisheva) not to name this Ministry after a man or a woman even before there was a Ministry. I put it in your spirit for none of this has been done by your hand, none of this has come forth from your mouth. It is from the Mouth of YAHUVEH that has given birth. It is from the Mouth of YAHUSHUA your MASHIACH that has given birth. It is from the Mouth of the RUACH ha KODESH your IMMAYAH that has given birth. If it had only been by your hand it would have failed long ago. It is by the SHKHINYAH GLORY’S Wind that blows across this earth, the Holy Wind of Revival, it is not by your breath or it would have failed. (Isaiah 42:8)

April 20, 2018

 

Torah Portion: The Purification of Tzaraat (Leprosy)

Prophecy 106 I , YAHUVEH, Say “Clean Your House!!!”

I told you that in 2009 anything and everything that can be shaken will be shaken. Do not stand amazed Elisabeth [Elisheva] for you are going to see those that you call the YDS’ shaken, we will see just how firmly they are of ME, we will see how many want to pay the price to be called MY Bride. We will see as you have seen what happens in New Zealand. It is easy, it is so easy when there is no testing, it is so easy to say, thy will be done oh YAHUVEH. When MY will though goes against your will, will you still say, thy will be done oh YAHUVEH?

To those who refuse to walk holy, even to those by MY own hand I put together, by MY own hand I shall divide. Not only in this household do I speak forth but to all those who claim they belong to ME. (Luke 12:51-53) Do you want to be left in the Great Tribulation? Do you want to go to hell or do you want to obey ME? I can’t make it any simpler than that. The beginning of wisdom is the fear of YAHUVEH, to know that you are nothing but dust and by MY mercy I took that dust and created a man and I breathed into that man. (Psalm 111:10)

Do not grieve the RUACH ha KODESH, do not grieve your IMMAYAH. Do not test ME no (any) longer for this Minstry is a Ministry of Holiness. (Acts 5:9)

 

In the very midst of the YDS’, that which I reveal in New Zealand exposing the evil that was hidden, so too I shall do by those who claim they want to be part of this Holy Ministry. They are part of this Holy Ministry, but you see it is as you said beloved son Sylvester, on the surface it looks like it is so. As long as the leadership doesn’t know we can do what we want to do in secret, but I warn you, those that I have called the YDS’, those that have been invited to the YDS forum to fellowship, you are held more accountable.

Be assured in 2009 whatever was hidden shall be revealed. (Matthew 10:26) Whatever sin you think you have hidden, by the anointing of the RUACH ha KODESH it shall be revealed. For MY Word is true and in these end times the evil is growing more evil but MY Holy must grow more Holy and anyone who has a form of Holiness but no Holiness within shall be exposed. I will not allow them to be part of this Ministry. I will not allow it. (Ecclesiastes 12:14) So now it is your choice, who do you really choose to serve? The evil of this world? Or the Holiness of Heaven?

I’m shaking this entire world. Judgment starts at MY house. (I Peter 4:17) Holiness will only desire Holiness. Sin must be kicked out. A repentant spirit is not someone who only repents with their mouth, it is someone that repents with their head and their heart and determined not to displease ME. I told you, (this world) you are on the verge of a holocaust. Do you want ME to hide you? Do you want ME to protect you? Do you want ME to bless you? For no enemy can pluck you out of YAHUVEH’s hand, or do you want ME to SMASH YOU? Do you want ME to CRUSH YOU? Do you want ME to BREAK YOU? Do you want ME by MY own hand to cast you into the flames of hell?

Do you want ME to love you? Do you want ME to comfort you? Do you want ME to mentor you? What do you really want? Do you want to be like Shadrack, Meshach and Abednego as they walked and were tossed in the fiery furnace? (Daniel 3) Yet, I did not even allow that which bound them to be burned. I did not allow their clothes to be singed, their own clothes that bound them for you see it was the enemies that got burned up. It was only that which tied and bound their hands that was burned up. Do you want to be like a Shadrack, Meshach and Abednego? That walked in the fiery furnace but the 4th man was there and that 4th man is YAHUSHUA your MASHIACH.

 

Do you want to be as Daniel when he was thrown in the lions den? He was not eaten though the lions were ravenous. (Daniel 6) It’s your choice. Do you want MY protection? Do you want to be like the widow of Zarephath? (I Kings 17:10) The one I sent the Elijah of Old too. When it comes down to your last morsel of bread, do you want ME to multiply it for you, so you will never go hunger? So you will live to Glorify ME.

In this year how man marks time, they say it is 2009. You see I don’t only ask these questions to you, I ask these questions to all those that believe the Truth comes forth from this Ministry and that I speak forth. What do you want ME to do? Do you want ME to open the Red Sea again so you can safely cross over as the enemies pursue you? (Exodus 15:4) Do you want these enemies to be drown so they can not harm you? What do you want ME to do?

I am YAHUVEH, and by your actions will be the amount of (your) protection. I am not playing games. Do you want to hide under the shelter of MY wings as psalm 91 says? You say you love ME and I only speak to those who say they love ME. I only speak to those who say they are washed in the shed Blood of YAHUSHUA your MASHIACH, MY only begotten Son. I do not speak this forth to the heathen whose names are not written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. You’re only fit for judgment. You’re only fit for hell. You are reprobate. You’re rejected silver.

Torah Portion: The Cause Tazaraat

Whoever of you loves life and desires to see many good days, keep your tongue from evil and your lips from telling lies.”  (Psalm 34:12–13)

Prophecy 121 Is YAHUSHUA Just Savior? Or is HE Lord GOD, ALMIGHTY Of Your Life?”

For there is no perfection on earth in a relationship, unless it is I speaking forth I [being] allowed to manifest forth, unless it’s MY love coming forth, combined with your love. By yourselves you will speak words of hate. By yourselves you will [speak] words of hurt. By yourselves you are selfish.

 

Lay down your own wants and look at the other through MY eyes. I will not tolerate any disrespect to the Bride! Do not disrespect one another for you pay such a price to belong to ME. All of you have the same desire to be MY bride, to have a testimony as unto Enoch so I can draw you by MY side!

Forgive the way that I forgive you. Take an eraser. Let not the others’ sins be written in ink. Let it have been in pencil. Now erase it. See yourself erasing it as if it never was. Is it not the way I erase your sins with MY shed blood, as far as the east is from the west? Do I say to you, “Remember, on such and such a day, at this time and this hour you sinned against ME?”

I have no record once you say “forgive me” and you mean it and you repent and you turn away from that evil. Stop being children and saying, “I want it my way”. Did I do it this way? Did I not set the example even going to the cross? Did I not say, “Oh ABBA have it your way, nevertheless if it all be possible” [O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt. Mt. 26:39] And this cup cannot pass from ME., I want YOUR will to be done not MINE. This is a secret of being called the Bride!

No one is MY bride if they can’t get this part right. If they cannot lay their flesh down then how can they walk in the Spirit? How can they hear the precious HOLY SPIRIT that lives within you? If you cover your ears and you cover your eyes and you say, “I don’t want to hear what YOU have to say and I don’t want to see what YOU want to show me. I don’t want to speak what YOU want me to speak, I don’t want to go where you want me to go. I don’t want to do what YOU are telling me to do!”  THEN DEPART FROM ME you are NOT MY Bride! So there! I’ve said it! How many ways must I say, “Get away from ME you so called disobedient bride”!? The world doesn’t want to hear it! The organized churches don’t want to hear it!

I am not just that sacrificial LAMB. I am not just the love of your life. I AM to be feared also! You don’t ever want to taste the wrath of the LAMB (Rev. 6:16). I love you enough to warn! The coming of the days of doom are nigh. You do not want to be left behind. No one can compare to the love I have for you and MY love is the FATHER’S love, and MY love is the RUACH HA KODESH’S love. WE are ALL combined. No one can compare with OUR love for you. But do not be deceived. For no one can compare with OUR wrath either. They don’t want to preach it so I raised up this ministry to speak it. I put in every one of MY Bride a fear not to offend [ME]. When they repent, they do it with tears. They say, “YAHUSHUA I don’t want to hurt YOU.”

The enemies, they say, “You can’t sin away grace”. The enemies lie. They test ME again and again, time after time. They say, “Because we can do anything we want to do now! It’s all about the cross. You’re not allowed to judge me. You’re not to tell me that my soul is lost” and they don’t even know ME. It is the letter that killeth and the spirit that giveth life. They don’t even have the Spirit. The HOLY SPIRIT is not within. They’ve read the Word. They’ve memorized them. They try to claim ME as a SAVIOUR but they say, “Get lost as a LORD”! They say, “I don’t want no master over me, this is my life and I’m going to live it the way I want to! Oh but I love you Jesus. Oh but I praise you! John 3:16! See it says it right here all I have to do is just believe. I don’t have to obey! AmightyWind ministry go away! I can sin all I want who are you to say? It’s not about what I do – it’s what Jesus did. No one can be righteous see it says it right here ‘All have sinned and fell short of the righteousness of GOD.’ (Rom. 3:23)”

But I tell you this, the prayers of the righteous availeth much (James 5:16) for you are righteous through ME for you are as a David and when you do sin against ME unknowingly, [and when you realize it] you are quick to repent. You fear not to repent. You know that I tell you to show ME how you love ME, is to obey ME. (John 14:15) I’m telling you this and no one else will preach it so I will speak if forth out of this vessel of clay. I cannot just be a SAVIOUR, I must be your LORD GOD ALMIGHTY. It all goes together as one. This is why this ministry is set-apart. It’s not just sent to the last chancers. It’s not just used a Refiner’s furnace. It’s sent to those who are called to be MY Bride. Even this night you see a Word has come forth. Elisabeth [Elisheva] could not call in her time to you for the word wasn’t there yet. I had to give her a dream. I had to speak forth the words I did this night.

Torah Portion: YAHUSHUA Purification and Restoration

Prophecy 65 Get Ready! Get Ready! Get Ready! Be Prepared For The Evil Days Are Upon You!

But MY beloved children, those filled with MY RUACH ha KODESH I’m not angry with you. I embrace you, I cover you with kisses, and when you fall I’m there to lift you up and brush you off and cradle you in MY arms. You who seek the truth, the complete truth, and will receive no lies, yours are the ones MY Children who’s lamps I fill to overflowing. You are the ones the Shkhinah Glory shines bright through, for your bodies are the lights the lamps that I overfill with MY RUACH ha KODESH and you have more to spare because you minister to others in YAHUSHUA’s Name. You know this oil can’t be bought but it does come with a price, and that is to be ye Holy as I am Holy. Keep your minds Holy, keep your bodies Holy before ME and the only way that can be done is through the shed Blood of YAHUSHUA ha MASHIACH of Calvary.

Don’t worry MY Children, I will never leave you nor forsake you as long as your ear is inclined to MY ear, as long as you listen when I speak, as long as your prayers are not an abomination unto ME, as long as you desire to be as I am Holy, as long as you keep the Torah and not throw it out.

Prophecy 123 Devastation Is Coming! Devastation Is Here!

But I want to encourage—if your house is built on the SOLID ROCK and not on the sinking sand, if your ANCHOR is YAHUSHUA MASHIACH and you live each day to please ME, if I & MY SON and the SWEET RUACH HA KODESH are the FIRST LOVES of your life—oh MY darling ones:

 

You have NOTHING to fear. Your DADDY is HERE. If you hold up the Standard of Holiness and you speak out AGAINST unholiness: You have NOTHING to fear. For your DADDY YAH is HERE. When you are willing to be hated for MY SON YAHUSHUA’S NAME’S sake and you are persecuted and called all manner of evil names:

 

Be assured your DADDY YAH is HERE.

I see all. I know all. I hear all. I see every tear that falls. They are so precious to ME. They are in vials (Ps 56:8), encrusted with gems in Heaven. And when you come Home, all the times you thought that you were alone and [thought] I did not hear you cry, I’M going to show you those vials. I’M going to open them up, and you’re going to see the sweet fragrance that comes forth…

 

And you will remember, I was there ALL along.

 

For when you cry for righteousness sake, like MY Prophet is now, those tears are put in a vial. And each one’s gems are different, for only I know the price you pay. But don’t give up! Don’t you quit! For great, great, great are your rewards that are awaiting you in Heaven. And when your job on this earth is done, I will welcome you and say, “Job well done!”

 

I love enough to warn. And I’ve been doing it for many years. Read the Holy Scriptures. I AM the same YAHUVEH that both blesses and curses, wounds and heals (Dt 32:39). I AM the same YAHUVEH that raises the dead. I AM the same YAHUVEH that either gives judgment or salvation. I have not changed. MY SON YAHUSHUA has not changed. The SWEET RUACH HA KODESH has not changed. The HOLY SPIRIT convicts. It is your choice whether you obey.

 

For WE, the HOLY TRINITY, have not changed.

 

Teaching

SHABAT SHALOM

 

King David wrote: How sweet are your words (words of the Torah) to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!  Psalm 119

 

 

Welcome to Tazria-Metzora /She Conceives and Infected One, this week’s double Torah portion.  These two portions of Torah are combined to accommodate the number of Sabbaths this year.

 

Tazria /She Conceives        Metzora /Infected One

 

“YAHUVEH spoke to Moses, saying,  ‘Speak to the people of Israel, saying, If a woman conceives (bears seed) and bears a male child, then she shall be unclean [tameh] seven days.  As at the time of her menstruation, she shall be unclean.’”  (Leviticus 12:1–2)

 

In last week’s Torah portion (Shemini), ELOHIM commanded the kosher laws, identifying which animals were fit for consumption.  It also discussed some of the laws of ritual purity, instructing the Israelites “to make a distinction between the holy and the profane, and between the unclean and the clean.”  

(Leviticus 10:10)

 

This week’s double portion of Scripture (Tazria-Metzora) continues with the laws of ritual purity (tahorah) and impurity (tumah).

 

 

The Purification of Tzaraat

 

“And the leper in whom the plague is, his clothes shall be rent, and the hair of his head shall go loose, and he shall cover his upper lip, and shall cry:  ‘Unclean, unclean [tameh, tameh].  All the days wherein the plague is in him he shall be unclean; he is unclean; he shall dwell alone; without the camp shall his dwelling be.’”  (Leviticus 13:45–46)

 

Both Tazria and Metzora focus on the laws of leprosy, a spiritual condition that causes the afflicted to become impure.

 

These portions outline laws regarding how to handle the metzora, the one who is infected, as well as how he or she may be purified once healed.

 

The Hebrew word that is translated leprosy, tzaraat, does not actually correspond to the modern day affliction of leprosy.  Its origin is spiritual, but it obviously has a physical manifestation.

 

The condition is identified by a priest, not by a doctor.

 

In fact, tzaraat can afflict a person, house, or article of clothing.

 

 

How does the community of Israel deal with a person afflicted by tzaraat— a metzora?

 

Once it is confirmed through a series of tests that the condition is indeed tzaraat, the metzora is declared tameh (impure or unclean).

 

The afflicted one is then isolated from the community in order to prevent defiling and infecting others through contact.  The metzora must dwell alone outside the camp until completely healed.

 

It is the role of the priest to periodically check on the afflicted person to determine when he or she can return to the community, so it can once again be whole.

 

In terms of a house, however, if the tzaraat spreads after a week of quarantine, the infected stones are removed and thrown in an impure place.

 

If the lesions reappear after the stones are replaced and the house is scraped and re-plastered, then the entire house is destroyed.  Its stones, wood, and dust are carried away to an impure place.

 

“Behold, if the plague be spread in the house, it is a malignant leprosy in the house; it is unclean.  And he shall break down the house, the stones of it, and the timber thereof, and all the mortar of the house; and he shall carry them forth out of the city into an unclean place.”  (Leviticus 14:44–45)

 

 

Once a metzora is healed, he or she then goes through the purification process outlined in the Torah.

 

“ELOHIM spoke to Moses, saying, ‘This shall be the torah [instructions] for the leprous person [תּוֹרַת הַמְּצֹרָע] for the day of his cleansing.’”  (Leviticus 14:1–2)

 

For the healing process to be complete, and the metzora reintegrated into the community, a complex series of offerings are made, beginning on the first day with two clean birds — one that is killed and one that is released.

 

Although the metzora may now return to the community, he must live outside his tent for seven days.  On the seventh day, the metzora shaves off all hair, including the eyebrows, and bathes in water.

 

As part of the ceremony, on the eighth day of the purification process, the priest (Kohen) places some of the oil and blood of the guilt offering (male lamb) upon the tip of the right ear of the one being cleansed, and upon the thumb of his right hand, and upon the great toe of his right foot.  (Leviticus 14:10–14)

 

This represents atonement and cleansing of everything we hear, everything we do, and every path we take.

 

 

The Cause of Tzaraat

 

“Whoever of you loves life and desires to see many good days, keep your tongue from evil and your lips from telling lies.”  (Psalm 34:12–13)

 

Judaism considers gossip and slander a type of “moral leprosy,” and the regard tzaraat as an affliction from ELOHIM as punishment primarily for destructive communication, such as slander or gossip, although pride and self-centeredness may be at the heart of this sin.

 

Gossip and slander might be caused by the speaker’s baseless hatred (sinat chinam, literally hatred of their grace, beauty, or charm).

 

Moreover, evil communication leads others into hatred.

 

The account of Miriam’s leprosy is evidence of the connection between evil speech and tzaraat.  After she and her brother Aaron dared to speak evil of their brother Moses and his Cushite wife, she was afflicted with tzaraat.

 

“Miriam and Aaron began to talk against Moses because of his Cushite wife, for he had married a Cushite.  ‘Has YAHUVEH spoken only through Moses?’ they asked.  ‘Hasn’t he also spoken through us?’  And YAHUVEH heard this.”  (Numbers 12:1–2)

 

YAH’s anger was kindled against Miriam, and He afflicted her with tzaraat, saying to her:

 

“Why then were you not afraid to speak against My servant Moses?’  The anger of YAHUVEH burned against [Miriam and Aaron], and He left them.  When the cloud lifted from above the tent, Miriam’s skin was leprous — it became as white as snow.  Aaron turned towards her and saw that she had a defiling skin disease.”  (Numbers 12:8–10)

 

This should be enough to give each of us a healthy fear of gossiping about or slandering anyone — especially those anointed of YAHUVEH to serve Him in a position of public leadership or ministry.

 

 

 

YAHUSHUA, Purification, and Restoration

 

“Now on His way to Jerusalem, YAHUSHUA traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee.  As He was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met Him.  They stood at a distance and called out in a loud voice, ‘YAHUSHUA, Master, have pity on us!’  When He saw them, He said, ‘Go, show yourselves to the priests.’ And as they went, they were cleansed.”  (Luke 17:11–14)

 

YAHUSHUA the Messiah, during the time of His ministry on earth, healed many people who were afflicted by this terrible condition.

 

YAHUSHUA upheld the process of purification found in this Parasha when He healed a leper, declaring him tahor (clean).

 

“ELOHIM, if you are willing, you can make me clean.’  YAHUSHUA reached out His hand and touched the man. ‘I am willing,’ He said. ‘Be clean!’ And immediately the leprosy left him.”  (Luke 5:12–13)

 

Keeping the law, YAHUSHUA told the man, “Show yourself to the priest and offer the sacrifices that Moses commanded for your cleansing, as a testimony to them.”

 

 

 

In Luke 17, YAHUSHUA heals ten men of leprosy, but only one returns to thank Him.  Again, YAHUSHUA sends them to report their healing to the priest.

 

Just as these lepers needed to report to the priest, so too do those who have been defiled by gross sin need a system of accountability to those in positions of spiritual leadership.

 

There needs to be a process in the Body of Messiah for restoration of those who have fallen into immorality and have been healed through repentance and the ministry of the RUACH HAKODESH.

 

 

 

The Messiah: Humble and Exalted

 

 

Another Jewish interpretation of the Messiah, however, expects Him to be high, mighty, and exalted, not lowly, afflicted or one who associated with sinners or lepers.

 

This latter idea is based on Isaiah 52:13:  “My servant shall be wise, exalted and lofty, and shall be very high.”

 

How can we reconcile these two images of the Messiah?  In His first coming, YAHUSHUA came as a lowly servant, entering Jerusalem on the foal of a donkey.

 

He ate with sinners and associated with tax collectors — behavior for which He was misunderstood and despised.  He died as the humble lamb led to the slaughter to make atonement for our sins.

 

“But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on Him, and by His wounds we are healed.”  (Isaiah 53:5)

 

 

YAHUSHUA did not come for the proud and righteous, but for the lepers of society — those who are poor, humble, sick, and outcast.  He did not come to associate with the rich and famous but to cleanse those who had been defiled (made tameh) by sin.

 

To illustrate this truth, YAHUSHUA told a parable to some who were confident in their own righteousness and who looked down on everyone else:

 

“Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector.  The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: ‘ELOHIM, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, evildoers, adulterers — or even like this tax collector.  I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’

 

“But the tax collector stood at a distance.  He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘ELOHIM, have mercy on me, a sinner.’  I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before ELOHIM.  For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”  (Luke 18:10–14)

 

 

the Moshiach (Messiah) Redeemer suffers the agonies of tzaraat by taking upon Himself and personally suffering the pain of His people in exile (galut).

 

It is traditionally believed that the day of purification in this Torah reading, refers to the day of redemption when the Messiah comes.  As Believers, we understand that YAHUSHUA did fulfill this.

 

“He himself bore our sins in His body on the stake, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness — by His wounds you were healed.”  (1 Peter 2:24)

 

As well, Messiah will come again to heal all tzaraat in our world.  On that day, He will be exalted to rule and reign forever upon the Throne of David.  Jewish exile will be a thing of the past, and His people will dwell securely in their own land.

 

“Of the greatness of His government and peace there will be no end.  He will reign on David’s throne and over His kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever.”  (Isaiah 9:7)

 

When that day comes,

 

“Justice will be the belt around His waist, faithfulness the sash around His hips.  The wolf will live with the lamb; the leopard lie down with the kid; calf, young lion and fattened lamb together, with a little child to lead them.”  (Isaiah 11:5–6)

 

 

“Look, I am coming soon!  My reward is with Me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done.”  (Matthew 16:27)

 

 

 

 

 

Shabbat Shalom from AMIGHTYWIND!