שׁמע ישׂראל יהוה אלהינו יהוה אחד׃
Deu 6:4 “Hear, O Yisra’ĕl: יהוה our Elohim, יהוה is one!
Last week’s Parshah described the signs of the metzora (commonly mistranslated as “leper”)—a person afflicted by a spiritual malady which places him or her in a state of ritual impurity. This week’s Torah reading begins by detailing how the recovered metzora is purified by the kohen (priest) with a special procedure involving two birds, spring water in an earthen vessel, a piece of cedar wood, a scarlet thread and a bundle of hyssop.
A home can also be afflicted with tzaraat by the appearance of dark red or green patches on its walls. In a process lasting as long as nineteen days, a kohen determines if the house can be purified, or whether it must be demolished.
A Metzora is a person who has tzaraat. This person is impure and has to leave the camp (or city) and wait there until the tzaraat goes away. When the kohen visits him outside of the camp and sees that he no longer has tzaraat, he does a special procedure with two birds, spring water, a cedar stick, a strip of red wool, and a bundle of the herb hyssop. Then the person washes his clothing, shaves his hair and immerses in the mikvah. He is now purified and may return to the camp.
Houses can also be afflicted with tzaraat, and again it is the kohen’s job to identify it. If he detects tzaraat in the walls of the house, he locks up the house and it is left alone for seven days. If the tzaraat then disappears, the house is fine, but if nothing happens, or if the tzaraat has spread, the afflicted stones are removed and replaced, the walls are replastered, and the house is locked up for another seven days. If after the second week the kohen sees that the tzaraat has spread, he declares the the house tameh and it is burned or destroyed.
Garments can also be afflicted with tzaraat. The treatment of an afflicted garment is similar to that of a house.
The end of the parshah discusses three other types of impurity, and how someone can be purified from each one.
What is Lashon Hara?
In general terms, lashon hara (לָשׁוֹן הָרָה) means “the evil tongue,” but it should not be understood exclusively as saying slanderous things about others or using profanity (though that is certainly included in the concept). No, lashon hara means saying something bad about another person even if it happens to be true. In other words, lashon hara is gossip, spreading evil (even if true) reports, or expressing a critical spirit about others. Such behavior is explicitly forbidden in Lev. 19:16.
Of course there are times when a person is obligated to speak out, even though the information is disparaging (for example, while testifying under oath, speaking “righteous judgment (John 7:24), and so on). Indeed, sometimes it is the mark of a coward to refrain from speaking the truth when it is needed. However, the practice of being motzi ra (someone who speaks evil) is related to the status of metzora, the one who is afflicted with tzara’at, and therefore many of the Jewish sages have made the connection between the sin of lashon hara and the unclean condition known as tzara’at.
According to midrash, the first person to get tzara’at was Moses himself. When the LORD told Moses that he wanted to rescue Israel from bondage in Egypt, Moses told God, “they won’t believe that You have sent me!” The LORD then told Moses to put his out his hand and it turned white with tzara’at.
Pro 21:23 Whoever guards his mouth and tongue Guards his life from distresses.
Mat 12:34 “Brood of adders! How are you able to speak what is good – being wicked? For the mouth speaks from the overflow of the heart.
Mat 12:35 “The good man brings forth what is good from the good treasures of his heart, and the wicked man brings forth what is wicked from the wicked treasure.
Mat 12:36 “And I say to you that for every idle word men speak, they shall give an account of it in the day of judgment.
Mat 12:37 “For by your words you shall be declared righteous, and by your words you shall be declared unrighteous.”
Torah: Leviticus 14:1 – 15:33
Lev 14:1 And יהוה spoke to Mosheh, saying,
Lev 14:2 “This shall be the Torah of the leper for the day of his cleansing: He shall be brought to the priest,
Lev 14:3 and the priest shall go out of the camp, and the priest shall look and see, if the leprosy is healed in the leper,
Lev 14:4 then the priest shall command, and he shall take for him who is to be cleansed two live and clean birds, and cedar wood, and scarlet, and hyssop.
Lev 14:5 “And the priest shall command, and he shall kill את one of the birds in an earthen vessel over running water.
Lev 14:6 “Let him take את the live bird and the cedar wood and the scarlet and the hyssop, and dip them and the live bird in the blood of the bird that was killed over the running water.
Lev 14:7 “And he shall sprinkle it seven times on him who is to be cleansed from the leprosy, and shall pronounce him clean, and shall let the live bird loose in the open field.
Lev 14:8 “And he who is to be cleansed shall wash his garments, and shall shave off all his hair and wash himself in water, and shall be clean. Then after that he comes into the camp, but shall stay outside his tent seven days.
Lev 14:9 “And on the seventh day it shall be that he shaves all the hair off his head and his beard and his eyebrows, even all his hair he shaves off. And he shall wash his garments and wash his body in water, and shall be clean.
Lev 14:10 “And on the eighth day he takes two male lambs, perfect ones, and one ewe lamb a year old, a perfect one, and three-tenths of an ĕphah of fine flour mixed with oil as a grain offering, and one log of oil.
Lev 14:11 “And the priest who is cleansing shall present את the man who is to be cleansed, with these offerings, before יהוה, at the door of the Tent of Meeting.
Luk 5:12 And it came to be when He was in a certain city, that see, a man covered with leprosy saw יהושע. And he fell on his face and begged Him, saying, “Master, if You desire, You are able to cleanse me.”
Luk 5:13 And He stretched out His hand and touched him, saying, “I desire it. Be cleansed.” And immediately the leprosy left him.
Act 6:7 And the Word of Elohim spread, and the number of the taught ones increased greatly in Yerushalayim, and a great many of the priests were obedient to the belief.
Lev 14:12 “And the priest shall take את one male lamb and bring it as a guilt offering, and the log of oil, and wave them as a wave offering before יהוה.
Lev 14:13 “And he shall slaughter את the lamb in the place where he slaughters the sin offering and the burnt offering, in a set-apart place. For the guilt offering, like the sin offering, belongs to the priest. It is most set-apart.
Lev 14:14 “And the priest shall take some of the blood of the guilt offering, and the priest shall put it on the tip of the right ear of him who is to be cleansed, and on the thumb of his right hand, and on the big toe of his right foot.
Lev 14:15 “And the priest shall take some of the log of oil, and pour it into the palm of his own left hand.
Lev 14:16 “And the priest את shall dip his right finger in the oil that is in his left hand, and shall sprinkle some of the oil with his finger seven times before יהוה.
Lev 14:17 “And of the rest of the oil in his hand, the priest puts some on the tip of the right ear of him who is to be cleansed, and on the thumb of his right hand, and on the big toe of his right foot, on the blood of the guilt offering.
Lev 14:18 “And the rest of the oil that is in the priest’s hand he puts on the head of him who is to be cleansed. And the priest shall make atonement for him before יהוה.
Lev 14:19 “And the priest את shall make the sin offering, and make atonement for him who is to be cleansed from his uncleanness. Then afterwards he slaughters the burnt offering.
Lev 14:20 “And the priest shall offer the burnt offering and the grain offering on the altar. And the priest shall make atonement for him, and he shall be clean.
Lev 14:21 “But if he is poor and is unable to afford it, then he shall take one male lamb as a guilt offering to be waved, to make atonement for him, and one-tenth of an ĕphah of fine flour mixed with oil as a grain offering, and a log of oil,
Lev 14:22 and two turtledoves or two young pigeons, such as he is able to afford, and one shall be a sin offering and the other a burnt offering.
Lev 14:23 “And he shall bring them to the priest on the eighth day for his cleansing, to the door of the Tent of Meeting, before יהוה.
Lev 14:24 “And the priest shall take את the lamb of the guilt offering and the log of oil, and the priest shall wave them as a wave offering before יהוה.
Lev 14:25 “And he shall slaughter את the lamb of the guilt offering, and the priest shall take some of the blood of the guilt offering and put it on the tip of the right ear of him who is to be cleansed, and on the thumb of his right hand, and on the big toe of his right foot.
Lev 14:26 “Then the priest pours some of the oil into the palm of his own left hand.
Lev 14:27 “And the priest shall sprinkle with his right finger some of the oil that is in his left hand seven times before יהוה.
Lev 14:28 “And the priest shall put some of the oil that is in his hand on the tip of the right ear of him who is to be cleansed, and on the thumb of the right hand, and on the big toe of his right foot, on the place of the blood of the guilt offering.
Lev 14:29 “And the rest of the oil that is in the priest’s hand he puts on the head of him who is to be cleansed, to make atonement for him before יהוה.
Lev 14:30 “And he shall prepare את one of the turtledoves or young pigeons, such as he is able to afford,
Lev 14:31 that which he is able to afford, the one as a sin offering and the other as a burnt offering, with the grain offering. And the priest shall make atonement for him who is to be cleansed before יהוה.
Lev 14:32 “This is the Torah for one who had an infection of leprosy, who is unable to afford for his cleansing.”
Lev 14:33 And יהוה spoke to Mosheh and to Aharon, saying,
Lev 14:34 “When you come into the land of Kenaʽan, which I am giving you as a possession, and I put a plague of leprosy in a house in the land of your possession,
Lev 14:35 then shall the one who owns the house come and inform the priest, saying, ‘It seems to me that there is some plague in the house.’
Lev 14:36 “And the priest shall command, and they shall empty the house, before the priest goes in to look at the plague, so that all that is in the house is not made unclean. And after that the priest goes in to look at the house.
Lev 14:37 “And he shall look at the plague and see, if the plague is on the walls of the house with sunken places, greenish or reddish, which appear to be deep in the wall,
Lev 14:38 then the priest shall go out of the house, to the door of the house, and shut up the house seven days.
Lev 14:39 “And the priest shall come again on the seventh day and look and see, if the plague has spread on the walls of the house,
Lev 14:40 then the priest shall command, and they shall remove the stones with the plague in them, and they shall throw them outside the city, into an unclean place,
Lev 14:41 while he lets the house be scraped inside, all around, and the dust that they scrape off they shall pour out in an unclean place outside the city.
Lev 14:42 “And they shall take other stones and put them in the place of those stones, and take other mortar and plaster the house.
Lev 14:43 “And if the plague comes back and breaks out in the house, after he has removed the stones, after he has scraped the house, and after it is plastered,
Lev 14:44 then the priest shall come and look and see, if the plague has spread in the house, it is an active leprosy in the house, it is unclean.
Lev 14:45 “And he shall break down the house, its stones, and its timber, and all the plaster of the house, and he shall bring them outside the city to an unclean place.
Lev 14:46 “And he who goes into the house, all the days while it is shut up, becomes unclean until evening.
Lev 14:47 “And he who lies down in the house has to wash his garments, and he who eats in the house has to wash his garments.
Lev 14:48 “However, if the priest indeed comes in and looks at it and sees that the plague has not spread in the house after the house was plastered, then the priest shall pronounce the house clean, because the plague is healed.
Lev 14:49 “And to cleanse the house, he shall take two birds, and cedar wood, and scarlet, and hyssop.
Lev 14:50 “And he shall kill one of the birds in an earthen vessel over running water,
Lev 14:51 and he shall take the cedar wood, and the hyssop, and the scarlet, and the live bird, and dip them in the blood of the slain bird and in the running water, and shall sprinkle the house seven times.
Lev 14:52 “He shall thus cleanse the house with the blood of the bird and the running water and the live bird, and with the cedar wood, and with the hyssop, and with the scarlet,
Lev 14:53 and he shall let the live bird loose outside the city in the open field, and shall make atonement for the house, and it shall be clean.
Lev 14:54 “This is the Torah for any infection of leprosy, and eruption,
Lev 14:55 and for leprosy of a garment, and of a house,
Lev 14:56 and for a swelling, and for a scab, and for a bright spot,
Lev 14:57 to teach when it is unclean and when it is clean. This is the Torah of leprosy.”
Lev 15:1 And יהוה spoke to Mosheh and to Aharon, saying,
Lev 15:2 “Speak to the children of Yisra’ĕl, and say to them, ‘When any man has a discharge from his flesh, his discharge is unclean.
Lev 15:3 ‘And this is his uncleanness in regard to his discharge; whether his flesh runs with his discharge, or his flesh is stopped up by his discharge, it is his uncleanness.
Lev 15:4 ‘Any bed becomes unclean on which he who has the discharge lies, and any object on which he sits becomes unclean.
Lev 15:5 ‘And anyone who touches his bed has to wash his garments, and shall bathe in water, and be unclean until evening.
Lev 15:6 ‘And he who sits on any object on which he who has the discharge sat, has to wash his garments, and shall bathe in water, and be unclean until evening.
Lev 15:7 ‘And he who touches the flesh of him who has the discharge has to wash his garments, and shall bathe in water, and shall be unclean until evening.
Lev 15:8 ‘And when he who has the discharge spits on him who is clean, then he shall wash his garments, and shall bathe in water, and be unclean until evening.
Lev 15:9 ‘Any saddle on which he who has the discharge rides becomes unclean.
Lev 15:10 ‘And whoever touches any of that which was under him is unclean until evening. And he who is carrying them up has to wash his garments, and shall bathe in water, and be unclean until evening.
Lev 15:11 ‘And anyone whom he who has the discharge touches without rinsing his hands in water, shall wash his garments and bathe in water, and be unclean until evening.
Lev 15:12 ‘And the earthen vessel which he who has the discharge touches has to be broken, and every wooden vessel has to be rinsed in water.
Lev 15:13 ‘And when he who has a discharge is cleansed of his discharge, then he shall count for himself seven days for his cleansing, and shall wash his garments, and shall bathe his flesh in running water, and be clean.
Lev 15:14 ‘And on the eighth day he takes for himself two turtledoves or two young pigeons, and shall come before יהוה, to the door of the Tent of Meeting, and shall give them to the priest.
Lev 15:15 ‘And the priest shall prepare them, the one as a sin offering and the other as a burnt offering. And the priest shall make atonement for him before יהוה because of his discharge.
Lev 15:16 ‘And when a man has an emission of semen, then he shall wash all his flesh in water, and be unclean until evening.
Lev 15:17 ‘And any garment and any leather on which there is semen, shall also be washed with water, and be unclean until evening.
Lev 15:18 ‘And when a woman lies with a man, and there is an emission of semen, they both shall bathe in water, and be unclean until evening.
Lev 15:19 ‘And when a woman has a discharge, and the discharge from her flesh is blood, she has to be in her separation for seven days. And whoever touches her is unclean until evening.
Lev 15:20 ‘And whatever she lies on during her separation is unclean. And whatever she sits on is unclean.
Lev 15:21 ‘And anyone who touches her bed has to wash his garments, and shall bathe in water, and be unclean until evening.
Lev 15:22 ‘And whoever touches any object that she sat on has to wash his garments, and shall bathe in water, and be unclean until evening.
Lev 15:23 ‘And if it is on the bed or on any object on which she sits, when he touches it, he is unclean until evening.
Lev 15:24 ‘And if any man lies with her at all, and her monthly flow is on him, he shall be unclean seven days. And any bed he lies on is unclean.
Lev 15:25 ‘And when a woman has a discharge of blood for many days, other than at the time of her monthly separation, or when she discharges beyond her usual time of monthly separation, all the days of her unclean discharge shall be as the days of her monthly separation. She is unclean.
Lev 15:26 ‘Any bed on which she lies all the days of her discharge is to her as the bed of her monthly separation. And whatever she sits on is unclean, as the uncleanness of her monthly separation.
Lev 15:27 ‘And anyone who touches them is unclean, and shall wash his garments, and shall bathe in water, and be unclean until evening.
Lev 15:28 ‘But if she is cleansed of her discharge, then she shall count for herself seven days, and after that she is clean.
Lev 15:29 ‘And on the eighth day she takes for herself two turtledoves or two young pigeons, and shall bring them to the priest, to the door of the Tent of Meeting.
Lev 15:30 ‘And the priest shall prepare את the one as a sin offering and the other as a burnt offering, and the priest shall make atonement for her before יהוה for the discharge of her uncleanness.
Lev 15:31 ‘Thus you shall separate את the children of Yisra’ĕl from their uncleanness, lest they die in their uncleanness when they defile את My Dwelling Place which is in their midst.
Lev 15:32 ‘This is the Torah for one who has a discharge, and for him who emits semen and is unclean thereby,
Lev 15:33 and for her who is sick in her monthly separation, and for one who has a discharge, either man or woman, and for him who lies with an unclean woman.’ ”
Isa 1:1 The vision of Yeshayahu son of Amots, which he saw concerning Yehuḏah and Yerushalayim in the days of Uzziyahu, Yotham, Aḥaz, Ḥizqiyahu – sovereigns of Yehuḏah.
Isa 1:2 Hear, O heavens, and listen, O earth! For יהוה has spoken, “I have reared and brought up children, but they have transgressed against Me.
Isa 1:3 An ox knows its owner and a donkey its master’s crib – Yisra’ĕl does not know, My people have not understood.”
Isa 1:4 Alas, sinning nation, a people loaded with crookedness, a seed of evil-doers, sons acting corruptly! They have forsaken יהוה, they have provoked the Set-apart One of Yisra’ĕl, they went backward.
Isa 1:5 Why should you be beaten any more? You continue in apostasy! All the head is sick, and all the heart faints.
Isa 1:6 From the sole of the foot, to the head, there is no soundness in it – wounds and bruises and open sores; they have not been closed or bound up, or soothed with ointment.
Isa 1:7 Your land is laid waste, your cities are burned with fire, strangers devour your land in your presence. And it is laid waste, as overthrown by strangers.
Isa 1:8 And the daughter of Tsiyon is left as a booth in a vineyard, as a hut in a garden of cucumbers, as a besieged city.
Isa 1:9 Unless יהוה of hosts had left to us a small remnant, we would have become like Seḏom, we would have been made like Amorah.
Isa 1:10 Hear the word of יהוה, you rulers of Seḏom; give ear to the Torah of our Elohim, you people of Amorah!
Isa 1:11 “Of what use to Me are your many slaughterings?” declares יהוה. “I have had enough of burnt offerings of rams and the fat of fed beasts. I do not delight in the blood of bulls, or of lambs or goats.
Isa 1:12 “When you come to appear before Me, who has required this from your hand, to trample My courtyards?
Isa 1:13 “Stop bringing futile offerings, incense, it is an abomination to Me. New Moons, Sabbaths, the calling of meetings – I am unable to bear unrighteousness and assembly.
Isa 1:14 “My being hates your New Moons and your appointed times, they are a trouble to Me, I am weary of bearing them.
Isa 1:15 “And when you spread out your hands, I hide My eyes from you; even though you make many prayers, I do not hear. Your hands have become filled with blood.
Isa 1:16 “Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; put away the evil of your doings from before My eyes. Stop doing evil!
Isa 1:17 “Learn to do good! Seek right-ruling, reprove the oppressor, defend the fatherless, plead for the widow.
Isa 1:18 “Come now, and let us reason together,” says יהוה. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
Isa 1:19 “If you submit and obey, you shall eat the good of the land;
Isa 1:20 but if you refuse and rebel, you shall be devoured by the sword,” for the mouth of יהוה has spoken.
Prophets: 2 Kings 7:3-20
2Ki 7:3 And there were four leprous men at the entrance of the gate. And they said to each other, “Why are we sitting here until we are dead?
2Ki 7:4 “If we shall say, ‘Let us go into the city,’ the scarcity of food is in the city, and we shall die there. And if we sit here, we shall die. And now, come, let us surrender to the army of the Arameans. If they keep us alive, we live. And if they kill us, we shall die.”
2Ki 7:5 So at twilight they rose up to go to the camp of the Arameans. And when they had come to the outskirts of the Aramean camp, look, no one was there.
2Ki 7:6 For יהוה had caused the army of the Arameans to hear the noise of chariots and the noise of horses, the noise of a great army, and they said to each other, “Look, the sovereign of Yisra’ĕl has hired against us the sovereigns of the Ḥittites and the sovereigns of the Mitsrians to come against us!”
2Ki 7:7 So they rose up and fled at twilight, and left the camp as it is – their tents, and their horses, and their donkeys – and they fled for their lives.
2Ki 7:8 And when these lepers came to the outskirts of the camp, they went into one tent and ate and drank, and took from there silver and gold and garments, and went and hid them. And they came back and went into another tent, and took from there and went and hid it.
2Ki 7:9 Then they said to each other, “We are not doing right. This day is a day of good news, and we are keeping silent. And if we wait until morning light, then evil shall come upon us. And now, come, let us go and inform the house of the sovereign.”
2Ki 7:10 And they came and called to the gatekeepers of the city, and informed them, saying, “We went to the camp of Aram, and look, there is not a man or a voice of man, only horses tied and donkeys tied, and the tents as they were.”
2Ki 7:11 And the gatekeepers called, and they informed the house of the sovereign inside.
2Ki 7:12 So the sovereign rose up in the night and said to his servants, “Let me now inform you what the Arameans have done to us. They know that we are starving, so they have gone out of the camp to hide themselves in the field, saying, ‘When they come out of the city, we shall catch them alive, and enter into the city.’ ”
2Ki 7:13 And one of his servants answered and said, “Please, let some take five of the horses that are left in the city. Look, they are like the entire crowd of Yisra’ĕl that are left in it, look, they are like the entire crowd of Yisra’ĕl left from those who are consumed. So let us send and see.”
2Ki 7:14 They then took two chariots with horses. And the sovereign sent them in the direction of the camp of Aram, saying, “Go and see.”
2Ki 7:15 And they went after them to the Yardĕn. And look, all the way was littered with garments and weapons which the Arameans had thrown away in their haste. And the messengers returned and reported to the sovereign.
2Ki 7:16 Then the people went out and plundered the camp of Aram. So a seah of fine flour was for a sheqel, and two seahs of barley for a sheqel, according to the word of יהוה.
2Ki 7:17 And the sovereign had appointed the officer on whose hand he leaned to be in charge of the gate. But the people trampled him in the gate, and he died, as the man of Elohim had said, who spoke when the sovereign came down to him.
2Ki 7:18 And it came to be, as the man of Elohim had spoken to the sovereign, saying, “Two seahs of barley for a sheqel, and a seah of fine flour for a sheqel, at this time tomorrow in the gate of Shomeron,”
2Ki 7:19 that officer answered the man of Elohim, and said, “Now look, if יהוה is making windows in the heavens, is it according to this word?” And he had said, “Look, you are about to see it with your eyes, but not eat of it.”
2Ki 7:20 And so it came to be for him, for the people trampled him in the gate, and he died.
Brit Hadasha: Mark 5:24-34
Mar 5:24 And He went with him. And a large crowd was following Him, and they were thronging Him.
Mar 5:25 And a certain woman had a flow of blood for twelve years,
Mar 5:26 and had suffered much from many physicians, and spent all that she had and was no better, but rather became worse.
Mar 5:27 Having heard about יהושע, she came behind Him in the crowd and touched His garment,
Mar 5:28 for she said, “If I only touch His garments, I shall be made well.”
Mar 5:29 And immediately the fountain of her blood was dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of the affliction.
Mar 5:30 And immediately יהושע, knowing in Himself that power had gone out of Him, turned around in the crowd and said, “Who touched My garments?”
Mar 5:31 And His taught ones said to Him, “You see the crowd is thronging You, and You say, ‘Who touched Me?’ ”
Mar 5:32 And He was looking around to see her who did this.
Mar 5:33 And the woman, fearing and trembling, knowing what was done to her, came and fell down before Him and spoke to Him all the truth.
Mar 5:34 And He said to her, “Daughter, your belief has healed you. Go in peace, and be relieved from your affliction.”
Tallit (Prayer Shawl) has Tzitziot on the four corners of the garment.
Num 15:38 “Speak to the children of Yisra’ĕl, and you shall say to them to make tzitziyot1 on the corners of their garments throughout their generations, and to put a blue cord in the tzitzit1 of the corners. Footnote: 1See Explanatory notes – “Tzitzit” – plural Tzitziyot.
Mal 4:2 “But to you who fear My Name the Sun of Righteousness shall arise with healing in His wings. And you shall go out and leap for joy like calves from the stall.
From H3670; an edge or extremity; specifically (of a bird or army) a wing, (of a garment or bed clothing) a flap, (of the earth) a quarter, (of a building) a pinnacle: – + bird, border, corner, end, feather [-ed], X flying, + (one an-) other, overspreading, X quarters, skirt, X sort, uttermost part, wing ([-ed]).
See note on separate page (from the Chronological Gospels p. 156)
Luk 9:51 And it came to be, when the days of His taking up were being completed, even He set His face to go to Yerushalayim,
Luk 9:52 and He sent messengers ahead of Him. And they went and entered into a village of the Shomeronites, to prepare for Him.
Luk 9:53 And they did not receive Him, because His face was set for the journey to Yerushalayim.
Luk 9:54 And His taught ones, Yaʽaqoḇ and Yoḥanan, seeing it said, “Master, do You wish us to command fire to come down from the heaven and destroy them, as also Ěliyahu did?”
Luk 9:55 But having turned, He rebuked them and said, “You do not know of what spirit you are,
Luk 9:56 for the Son of Aḏam did not come to destroy men’s lives but to save them.” And they went on to another village.
Luk 9:57 And it came to be, as they journeyed on the way, that someone said to Him, “Master, I shall follow You wherever You go.”
Luk 9:58 And יהושע said to him, “The foxes have holes and the birds of the heaven nests, but the Son of Aḏam has nowhere to lay His head.”
Luk 9:59 And He said to another, “Follow Me,” but he said, “Master, let me first go and bury my father.”
Luk 9:60 And יהושע said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and announce the reign of Elohim.”
Luk 9:61 And another also said, “Master, I shall follow You, but let me first say good-bye to those in my house.”
Luk 9:62 But יהושע said to him, “No one, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the reign of Elohim.”1 Footnote: 1Lk. 14:26, John 12:24-26.
Luk 10:1 And after this the Master appointed seventy others, and sent them two by two ahead of Him into every city and place where He Himself was about to go.
Luk 10:2 Then He said to them, “The harvest indeed is great, but the workers are few, therefore pray the Master of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest.
Luk 10:3 “Go! See, I send you out as lambs into the midst of wolves.
Luk 10:4 “Do not take a purse, nor a bag, nor sandals. And greet no one along the way.
Luk 10:5 “And whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace to this house.’
Luk 10:6 “And if indeed a son of peace is there, your peace shall rest on it; and if not, it shall return to you.
Luk 10:7 “And stay in the same house, eating and drinking whatever with them, for the labourer is worthy of his wages. Do not move from house to house.
Luk 10:8 “And into whatever city you enter, and they receive you, eat whatever is placed before you,
Luk 10:9 and heal the sick there, and say to them, ‘The reign of Elohim has come near to you.’
Luk 10:10 “And into whatever city you enter, and they do not receive you, go out into its streets and say,
Luk 10:11 ‘Even the dust of your city which clings to us, we wipe off against you, but know this, that the reign of Elohim has come near to you.’
Luk 10:12 “And I say to you that it shall be more bearable for Seḏom in that Day, than for that city.
Luk 10:13 “Woe to you, Korazin! Woe to you, Bĕyth Tsaiḏa! For if the miracles which were done in you had been done in Tsor and Tsiḏon, they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes.
Luk 10:14 “But it shall be more bearable for Tsor and Tsiḏon at the judgment than for you.
Luk 10:15 “And you, Kephar Naḥum, who are exalted to the heaven, shall be brought down to the grave.
Luk 10:16 “He who hears you hears Me, he who rejects you rejects Me, and he who rejects Me rejects Him who sent Me.”
Luk 10:17 And the seventy returned with joy, saying, “Master, even the demons are subject to us in Your Name.”
Luk 10:18 And He said to them, “I saw Satan falling out of the heaven as lightning.
Luk 10:19 “See, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and none at all shall hurt you.
Luk 10:20 “But do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names have been written in the heavens.”
Luk 10:21 In that hour יהושע exulted in the Spirit and said, “I praise You, Father, Master of the heaven and of the earth, that You have hidden these matters from clever and learned ones, and did reveal them to babes. Yea, Father, because thus it was well-pleasing in Your sight.
Luk 10:22 “All has been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows who the Son is, except the Father, and who the Father is, except the Son, and he to whom the Son wishes to reveal Him.”
Luk 10:23 And turning to His taught ones He said, separately, “Blessed are the eyes that see what you see,
Luk 10:24 for I say to you that many prophets and sovereigns have wished to see what you see, and have not seen it, and to hear what you hear, and have not heard it.”
Luk 10:25 And see, a certain one learned in the Torah stood up, trying Him, and saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit everlasting life?”
Luk 10:26 And He said to him, “What has been written in the Torah? How do you read it?”
Luk 10:27 And he answering, said, “ ‘You shall love יהוה your Elohim with all your heart, and with all your being, and with all your strength, and with all your mind,’ and ‘your neighbour as yourself.’ ”
Luk 10:28 And He said to him, “You have answered rightly. Do this and you shall live.”1 Footnote: 1Mt. 19:17.
Luk 10:29 But he, wishing to declare himself righteous, said to יהושע, “And who is my neighbour?”
Luk 10:30 And replying, יהושע said, “A certain man was going down from Yerushalayim to Yeriḥo, and fell among robbers, who, both stripping and beating him, went away, leaving him half dead.
Luk 10:31 “And by a coincidence a certain priest was going down that way. And when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.
Luk 10:32 “And likewise a Lĕwite also, when he came to the place, and seeing, passed by on the other side.
Luk 10:33 “But a certain Shomeronite, journeying, came upon him. And when he saw him, he had compassion on him,
Luk 10:34 and he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. And having placed him on his own beast, he brought him to an inn, and looked after him.
Luk 10:35 “And going out on the next day, he took out two pieces of silver, gave them to the innkeeper, and said to him, ‘Look after him, and whatever more you spend I shall repay you when I return.’
Luk 10:36 “Who, then, of these three, do you think, was neighbour1 to him who fell among the robbers?” Footnote: 1Mt. 17:18.
Luk 10:37 And he said, “He who showed compassion on him.” Then יהושע said to him, “Go and do likewise.”
Luk 10:38 And it came to be as they went that He entered into a certain village. And a certain woman named Martha received Him into her house.
Luk 10:39 And she had a sister called Miryam, who also sat at the feet of יהושע and heard His word.
Luk 10:40 But Martha was distracted with much serving, and coming up she said, “Master, are You not concerned that my sister has left me to serve alone? Speak to her then, to help me.”
Luk 10:41 And יהושע answering, said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many matters,
Luk 10:42 but one only is necessary, and Miryam has chosen the good portion, which shall not be taken away from her.”
If one looked back while ploughing, the ox would take him in all directions and so is the person who constantly doubts his calling, he is unstable in all his ways.
The priest and the Levite feared that if the man were dead they would be ceremonially unclean by coming near him, instead of being encouraged to try to save his life.
Rom 6:9 knowing that Messiah, having been raised from the dead, dies no more – death no longer rules over Him.
Rom 6:10 For in that He died, He died to sin once for all; but in that He lives, He lives to Elohim.
Rom 6:11 So you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to Elohim in Messiah יהושע our Master.
Rom 6:12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, to obey it in its desires,
Rom 6:13 neither present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to Elohim as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to Elohim.
Rom 6:14 For sin shall not rule over you, for you are not under the law but under favour.
Rom 6:15 What then? Shall we sin because we are not under Torah but under favour? Let it not be!
Rom 6:16 Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves servants for obedience, you are servants of the one whom you obey, whether of sin to death, or of obedience to righteousness?
Rom 6:17 But thanks to Elohim that you were servants of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of teaching to which you were entrusted.
Rom 6:18 And having been set free from sin, you became servants of righteousness.
Rom 6:19 I speak as a man, because of the weakness of your flesh. For even as you did present your members as servants of uncleanness, and of lawlessness resulting in lawlessness, so now present your members as servants of righteousness resulting in set-apartness.
Rom 6:20 For when you were servants of sin, you were free from righteousness.
Rom 6:21 What fruit, therefore, were you having then, over which you are now ashamed? For the end thereof is death.
Rom 6:22 But now, having been set free from sin, and having become servants of Elohim, you have your fruit resulting in set-apartness, and the end, everlasting life.
Rom 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the favourable gift of Elohim is everlasting life in Messiah יהושע our Master.
The Old Covenant had no way to have your sins removed, they were simply covered from year to year on Yom Kippur, which means to cover not remove. Now in the New Covenant YHWH gives a way through the shed blood of Messiah to completely have the penalty of your sins removed (Jer 32:33-34). However, if we willingly continue to obey sin after accepting this great sacrifice of the blood of the Son of Yahweh, then we are mocking the spirit of grace and our sins will not be forgiven. (Heb 10:26-32, Ro 6:23)
The Torah does not justify us (make us right with YHWH), as only the shed blood of Yahshua can do this, but it sanctifies us (sets us apart for a holy purpose) and that is why we need to follow it as it teaches us the character and will of YHWH.
The blood of Yahshua has freed a believer from the death penalty of their past sins, but now obeying the Torah will keep you free and where one slips up he has the blood of Messiah to make up for that. However if one continues to sin it will lead to death (Ro 6:23) and Peter gravely explains this in 2Pe 2:22.
Sin still brings death.
Heb 13:1 Let the brotherly love continue.
Heb 13:2 Do not forget to receive strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained messengers.
Heb 13:3 Remember the prisoners as if chained with them, and those being mistreated, since you yourselves also are in the body.
Heb 13:4 Let marriage be respected by all, and the bed be undefiled. But Elohim shall judge those who whore, and adulterers.
Heb 13:5 Let your way of life be without the love of money, and be satisfied with what you have. For He Himself has said, “I shall never leave you nor forsake you,”
Heb 13:6 so that we boldly say, “יהוה is my helper, I shall not fear what man shall do to me.”
Heb 13:7 Remember those leading you, who spoke the Word of Elohim to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their belief.
Heb 13:8 יהושע Messiah is the same yesterday, and today, and forever.
Heb 13:9 Do not be borne about by various and strange teachings.1 For it is good for the heart to be established by favour, not with foods which have not profited those who have been occupied with them. Footnote: 1Eph. 4:14.
Eph 4:14 so that we should no longer be children, tossed and borne about by every wind of teaching, by the trickery of men, in cleverness, unto the craftiness of leading astray,1 Footnote: 15:6, also 2 Cor. 10:5, 2 Cor. 11:3-14, Gal. 1:6-9, 2 Tim. 3:1-8, 2 Tim. 4:2-4, 2 Peter 2:2-22, Jud. vv. 10-19.
Eph 4:15 but, maintaining the truth in love, we grow up in all respects into Him who is the head, Messiah,
Eph 4:16 from whom the entire body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the working by which each part does its share, causes growth of the body for the building up of itself in love.
Eph 4:17 So this I say, and witness in the Master, that you should no longer walk as the gentiles walk,1 in the futility of their mind, Footnote: 11 Cor. 12:2, and Jer. 10:2.
Eph 4:18 having been darkened in their understanding, having been estranged from the life of Elohim, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the hardness of their heart,
Eph 4:19 who, having become callous, have given themselves up to indecency, to work all uncleanness with greediness.
Eph 4:20 But you have not so learned Messiah,
Eph 4:21 if indeed you have heard Him and were taught by Him, as truth is in יהושע:
Eph 4:22 that you put off – with regard to your former way of life – the old man, being corrupted according to the desires of the deceit,
Eph 4:23 and to be renewed in the spirit of your mind,
Eph 4:24 and that you put on the renewed man1 which was created according to Elohim, in righteousness and set-apartness of the truth. Footnote: 1Rom. 8:1.
Num 6:24 יברכך יהוה וישׁמרך׃
Num 6:25 יאר יהוה פניו אליך ויחנך׃
Num 6:26 ישׂא יהוה פניו אליך וישׂם לך שׁלום׃
Num 6:22 And יהוה spoke to Mosheh, saying,
Num 6:23 “Speak to Aharon and his sons, saying, ‘This is how you bless the children of Yisra’ĕl. Say to them:
Num 6:24 “יהוה bless you and guard you;
Num 6:25 יהוה make His face shine upon you, and show favour to you;
Num 6:26 יהוה lift up His face upon you, and give you peace.” ’ Footnote: Verses 24 to 26 is the Priestly Blessing.
Num 6:27 “Thus they shall put My Name on the children of Yisra’ĕl, and I Myself shall bless them.”