Commentaries & Kingdom News

May 2016


Shalom!   This week's Torah portion has some very interesting commandments in it, most of which can only completely be performed in the Covenant Land of Israel. When we follow the history of the ancient Israelites, we can see that they never did follow these commandments. First we have YHWH marking off time in epochs of seven-year intervals. Just as every 7th day is a Sabbath day, so every 7th year is a Sabbath year. The Sabbath year is called the Sh'mittah, when the Covenant...

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Shalom!   The parasha this week begins and ends with YHWH commanding His people to not profane His Holy Name. His character and His identity are set before us in order to honor all that He is and to give Him the preeminence in all things. In Shemot/Exodus 20, the first word of the Ten Commandments is "I am YHWH your shall have no other gods before me."   Vayikra/Leviticus 22:2 "Speak to Aharon and his sons, that they separate themselves...

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Shalom!   Our parasha this week is about holiness. It actually begins with holiness and ends with holiness. I guess we can assume then, that everything in between will point to holiness.   Vayikra/Leviticus 19:1 And YHWH spoke to Moshe, saying, 2 "Speak to all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say to them: 'You shall be holy, for I YHWH your Elohim am holy.   Vayikra/Leviticus 20:26 'And you shall be holy to Me, for I YHWH am holy,...

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Acharei Mot

Shalom!   We begin with a verse that hits home for us -   Vayikra/Leviticus 18:3 You must not follow/do (asah) as they do in Egypt, where you used to live, and you must not do as they do in the land of Canaan, where I am bringing you. Do not follow their practices/customs/ordinances.   Now, quoting from Mr. William Bullock's commentary on Acharei Mot -   "The word our English Bibles translate as 'follow/do' is the Hebrew verb asah....

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