Torah: Vayikra/Leviticus 21:1~24:23 Haftarah: Yechezk?el/Ezekiel

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Torah: Vayikra/Leviticus 21:1~24:23 Haftarah: Yechezk?el/Ezekiel pdf

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Parashah #31 (Updated for 5.07.11) Emor ~ ~ Say or Said Torah: Vayikra/Leviticus 21:1~24:23 Haftarah: Yechezk el/Ezekiel 44:15-31 B rit Hadashah: Mattityahu/Matthew 5:38-42; Galatians 3:26-29 CHAPTER 21 This weeks Parashah, first, gives us a series of regulations concerning the Levitical priests: how they are to live the kind of women they are to marry how they are to stay away from dead things and how to consecrate themselves as holy to the L~rd. Then there are also sundry laws for the priests, not all are Levitical, on how they are to conduct their day-to-day affairs, to be set-apart to HaShem. I was intrigued by verse 5 about the (co- hah-neem) cohanim/priests not making bald spots on their heads, cutting their beards or cutting gashes in their flesh. Some research indicated these were rituals of the priests of the various cults. NO WONDER they weren t/we aren t supposed to do those things!!! Verse 9 The daughter of a cohen who profanes herself by prostitution profanes her father; she is to be put to death by fire. Normally, stoning was the method of death during those days so what s with this death by fire ? Could this be prophetic and indicate the final judgment? This seems SO harsh, yet as I thought about it, the following verse came to mind. Luke 12:48 . . . For unto whom much is given, of him shall be much required Then in verses 10-12 we learn the cohen/priest is NOT to . . . stop grooming his hair, tear his clothes, go in to where any dead body is or make himself unclean, even when his father or mother dies. He may not leave the sanctuary then or profane the sanctuary of his G~d . . . Now we know why Aharon and his sons could not attend to Avihu and Nadav when they were struck dead in the Tabernacle. Another matter, Caiaphas tore his garment when he judged Yeshua. This is confirmation Caiaphas was not qualified as a High Priest. (Mattityahu/Matthew 26:57-66) 1
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Another matter, in verses 13-15, he is to marry a virgin , finally makes sense. If we recall, the priesthood was handed down from generation to generation. By the priest marrying only a virgin, could the bloodline continue without contamination. When verse 14 said he is to marry a virgin from among his own people I wondered if she was to be an Israelite or if she was to be from his tribe. When I got over to our Haftarah reading, specifically Yechezk el/Ezekiel 44:22, I found the answer. Here we learn she is to be an Israelite and furthermore, if she is the widow of a Cohen, he may marry her. For yet another week, we are admonished to keep the mitzvot be ye holy for I, Adonai, your G~d, am holy . CHAPTER 22 This chapter gives us the specifics of animals which are acceptable for sacrifice. Only a physically blameless animal was considered appropriate, which certainly reminds us of our (Meh-she-ahk) Meshiach/Messiah, Yeshua, who was blameless and without blemish. Additionally, in verses 10-16, the people are encouraged to avoid the contamination of their sacrificial meat and terumah (the prescribed portions of crops which are given to the Kohanim). Actually, the prescribed portion is approximately one-fiftieth of a crop which is given to the Kohen. It may not be eaten by any (zahr) zar ( )/stranger. However, according to the Stone Edition of the Artscroll Chumash, in this context, a more accurate translation would be layman. The members of a Kohen s household including his Israelite wife and gentile slave(s) are permitted to eat terumah. According to verse 27, when a bull, sheep or goat is born, it is to stay with its mother for seven days; but from the eighth day on, it may be accepted for an offering. The Stone Edition of the Artscroll Chumash gave a couple of interesting commentaries on this verse. Until its eighth day, there is still a possibility the newborn may be premature and unviable (Chizkuni). and Just as a Sabbath must go by before a boy is circumcised, an animal must live through a Sabbath before it can be used for a sacred purpose. Because it bears testimony to HaShem as the Creator, the Sabbath gives spiritual validity to the entire universe (Tzror HaMor; Zohar) You shall not profane My holy name, but I will be sanctified among the sons of Israel (verse 32). What does it mean to profane or desecrate HaShem s name? How does one sanctify the name of the Holy One of Israel? The concept is one of reputation. It is the idea of our actions and behaviors affecting Abba s reputation. Our behavior reflects on Him. If we act in a holy manner befitting children of HaShem, then His name is sanctified. If we act in a godless or wicked manner, His reputation is tainted. Our behavior profanes His reputation. Many Hebrew ethical standards are formulated around the idea of sanctifying the Name of G~D/Kiddush HaShem ( ). Every choice we make will in some way or another 2
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reflect upon our Heavenly Father. Our every interaction with other human beings will in one way or another say something about the G~d we serve. To sanctify G~d s Name means to treat His Name with the respect, honor and consecration He deserves. But in a broader sense, it refers to obedience and righteousness or integrity. Torah explains the formula for sanctifying G~d s Name is obedience to the commandments. So you shall keep My commandments, and do them; I am the L~RD. (verse 31) The Master concurs: Let your light shine before men in such a way they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven. (Mattityahu/Matthew 5:16) I believe He is saying when we do good works, we bring glory to our Father in Heaven. Glorifying HaShem requires more than just saying Glory! It actually requires us to do good. By the same token, our sins rob G~d of the glory He is due. This is part of the meaning of the words the Master taught us to pray Sanctified (Hallowed) be Your Name, Your Kingdom Come, Your Will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven , are all parallel statements. When Abba s will is done on earth, His commandments are being kept. His reign and rule are being exercised on Earth, and His name is then sanctified. When we sine, G~d s Name is profaned. His reputation is tarnished because of us. This is a very serious matter which deserves far more attention than we can address here. CHAPTER 23 Of this entire Weekly Parashah (portion), this is THE most important, in my opinion! Also, it is one of my most favorite chapters in the entire Book. This is when HaShem gave us His (moe-ehd-deem) moedim/appointed times. Some of us have entered into the Hebrew Roots Movement because of the rich significance of these festivals. The appointed times of the L~rd are like annual rehearsals for the appointed times of redemption. They are like blueprints for the work of Messiah. The spring festivals of Passover, Unleavened Bread, the Omer and Pentecost all received a messianic fulfillment in the Master s first coming. The Fall Festivals of the Feast of Trumpets, the Day of Atonement, the Feast of Tabernacles and the Eighth Day Assembly all point toward His second coming. They are a Shadow of what is to come. (Colossians 2:17) ) are a cause of contention! Early anti-Semitic church fathers began These moedim ( calling them the Jewish Feasts , although they are scripturally The Feasts of the L~rd . The vast majority of church-goers today do not honor Yehovah s holidays and falsely believe they were done away with by Yeshua. These same people often judge Hebrew Roots people for not celebrating the non-Biblical replacement days, lent, easter, advent and christmas. And yet, they are unable to show us any scripture telling us to acknowledge those replacement days. ) is Hebrew for Tabernacle and is the term our English Bibles translate Ohel Moed ( as Tent of Meeting . The word moed can refer to an appointed time or place. The Tabernacle was G~d s appointed place to meet with man at His appointed times. Vayikra/Leviticus 23 3
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presents a list of HaShem s appointed times (moedim, Adonai appointed to meet with His people. ). They are the holy days which We can see this in one of Yeshua s parables. The Master tells the story of how a certain king was giving a wedding feast for his son. He sent out his servants to call those who had been invited. The servants had two critical pieces of information. They were to declare the appointed time and the appointed place of the banquet. As HaShem summoned his people to appear before Him, He decreed an appointed place and an appointed time. The appointed place was the Tabernacle (and years later, the Temple in Jerusalem). The appointed times are the Biblical Feasts of the L~rd. Ladies and gentlemen, I submit to you, this is not only historic, it is prophetic as well! If you are not keeping the Feasts of the Father, how will you know when the Son is coming? In 1 st Thessalonians 5:1-5 Paul explains this. He says, Yeshua will come as a thief if you are not watching (keeping the times and seasons ). The Biblical calendar is different from the one to which we are accustomed. The Biblical Calendar is lunar. It is based on the phases of the moon. The waxing and waning of the moon determines the day of the Biblical month. The thin sliver of the new moon always appears on the first day of the month. The full moon indicates the middle of the month and the disappearance of the moon indicates the end of the month. Although moedim is used on a consistent basis, there is another Biblical Hebrew word for the Jewish annual feast days and it is (kha-geem ) chagim which is the plural form of the singular form (khahg ) chag/feast day. On occasion, one might hear another say (khahg sah-meh-ahk) Chag Sameach/Happy Holiday! Sometimes this greeting might be followed with the word of the specific holiday, i.e. Chag Sameach Pesach/Happy Passover Holiday!!!! Vayikra/Leviticus 23 is like HaShem s day planner. He has made appointments to meet with His people, be they Hebrew or not. Make no mistake about it, He did not make two sets of appointed times, only one set! The moedim/appointed times are . . . the weekly (Shah-baht) Shabbat/Sabbath (v 3); the monthly (Roe-sh Kho-desh) Rosh Chodesh/New Moon Festival (B midbar/Numbers 10:10) and the annual festivals of . . . Passover/(Pay-sahk) Pesach (v 5); Unleavened Bread/(Maht-zah) Matzah (verses 6-8); First Fruits/(Hah-Bik-koo-reem) HaBikkurim (verses 9-14); Pentecost/The Feast of Weeks/(Shah-voo-oat) Shavu ot (vs 15-22); Feast of Trumpets/(Yome Teh-roo-ah) Yom Teruah (vs 23-25); Day of Atonement/(Yome Kip-poor) Yom Kippur (vs 26-32); 4
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Feast of Tabernacles/(Sue-coat) Sukkot (vs 33-43) and the . . . Eighth Day Assembly/(Sheh-meh-nee Aht-zeh-reht) Shemini Atzeret (v 36b). Rav Sha ul/Rabbi (Apostle) Paul teaches the festivals are like a shadow cast by Messiah. Colossians 2:16-17 tells us, in addition to the ancient meaning for honoring these days, there is yet more fulfillment in Yeshua. For instance, by honoring the weekly Sabbath, we not only have a complete day of physical rest, but we also rest in Messiah by devoting the day to Him and to meditating on His Word. It also represents the coming Sabbath Millennium where Yeshua will reign supreme. Almost all of the appointed times commemorate some great past act of redemption. For example, the Feast of Unleavened Bread commemorates the exodus from Egypt. But the Biblical festivals can also be understood as a prophetic blueprint. In a sense, they lay out the pattern of redemption because they truly are HaShem s appointed times for interacting with man. Each appointed time foreshadows one of the appointed times of G~d s plan or redemption. Consequently, they are the appointed times of Messiah. The are the times (and ) epochs which the Father has fixed by His own authority. (Acts 1:7) They represent the appointed time of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone. (Mattityahu/Matthew 24:36) To study the festivals is to study the future. To study the festivals is to study Messiah. "But as for you, speak to the sons of Israel, saying, You shall surely observe My Sabbaths; for this is a sign between Me and you throughout your generations, that you may know that I am Adonai who sanctifies you. Therefore you are to observe the Sabbath, for it is holy to you. Everyone who profanes it shall surely be put to death; for whoever does any work on it, that person shall be cut off from among his people. For six days work may be done, but on the seventh day there is a Sabbath of complete rest, holy to Adonai; whoever does any work on the Sabbath day shall surely be put to death. So the sons of Israel shall observe the Sabbath, to celebrate the Sabbath throughout their generations as a perpetual covenant. It is a sign between Me and the sons of Israel forever; for in six days Adonai made heaven and earth, but on the seventh day He ceased from labor , and was refreshed" (Sh mot/Exodus 31:13- 17). Since the above scripture says this applies to the sons of Israel , many in the church today say it only applies to the Jews. Paul, however, points out believers are grafted into the commonwealth of Israel . (Ephesians 2:12) According to Paul, it applies to ALL believers. For most of those who have become Torah pursuant, we have learned to cease from our labor (our 9-5 jobs) on Shabbat (Saturday). For a clearer understanding regarding the English word work , I want to share what our friend, Rabbi Ya akov Youlus, in Jerusalem, has to say. In Vayikra/Leviticus 23:3, the English word work is translated from the Biblical Hebrew word (meh-lah-khah) melacha, which refers to creative work or workmanship. This type of activity is prohibited on the Shabbat. The Sages determined thirty-nine categories of creative work were derived from the process of constructing the Tabernacle in the wilderness. These are the types of work which are prohibited on the Shabbat. In Vayikra/Leviticus 23:7, speaking about 5
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the feast of unleavened bread, the English words servile work are translated from the Biblical Hebrew words (meh-leh-khet ah-vo-dah) melechet avodah, which mean laborious work. Rabbi goes on to tell us we can deduce from the use of the term melechet avodah/laborious work we are allowed to prepare food on the feast days unlike on the days of the Shabbat. However, it is my understanding the rabbis have instructed, on the feast days, the permission to cook is restricted to preparing only the food to be eaten on the same day. Interestingly, when you look at the Hebrew word for sign, which is (oat) ot and is spelled alef [ ], vav [ ], tav [ ], you will see the word itself depicts the beginning and the end of the Hebrew alef-bet, with a vav in between connoting the concept of nailing. Yeshua Himself declares He is the (Ah-lehf and Tahv) Alef and Tav (Alpha and Omega in the Greek) and, of course, His nailing to the tree was, in and of itself, the ultimate sign leading one to redemption. In the Spring, at (Pay-sock) Pesach/Passover, we not only remember B nei Isra el s/Children of Israel exodus from Egypt but we also remember our exodus from the bondage of sin into new life in Yeshua. Yeshua is our Passover Lamb and blood covering. I need to interject a revelation concerning under the blood which HaShem gave me some time ago. The Hebrew letter (khet)) chet ( )looks like an upside down U and is the first letter of the Hebrew word (khi)) chai ( ) meaning life, which has a numerical value of 18. So when the Children of Israel were getting ready to leave Egypt, Adonai, through Moshe, told them to paint the blood of the Lamb on their doorposts and over the lintel (looks like an upside down U to me!) so when HaShem passed over , (B nay Is-rah-ehl) B nei Isra el/Children of Israel were under the blood and had new life! By the way, for those of us who have heard the death angel passed over the Children of Israel; it isn t true! You won t find it in scripture!! Check out Exodus/Sh mot 12:22 & 23. There s more, but this will suffice for now. Okay, back to our (moe-ehd-deem) moedim. We eat matzah/unleavened bread for eight days during Unleavened Bread, not only to remember how the Israelites had to leave Egypt in haste but also to recognize Yeshua is our Bread of Life, leaven-less or sinless. Afterwards, at (Hah Bik-koo-reem) HaBikkurim/First Fruits, we not only commemorate the early harvest but recognize Yeshua as the First Fruit of those to be raised from the dead. An often overlooked minor festival is the Counting of the Omer (Oh-mehr), which, essentially is the counting of days from First Fruits/Resurrection to (Shah-voo-oat) Shavu ot/Pentecost. If you recall, after Yeshua ascended, he returned and visited with many for 40 days. Then He instructed his (tahl- me-deem) talmidim/disciples to tarry in (Yehr-roo-shah-lah-yeem) Yerushalayim/Jerusalem for another 10 days when they were visited by the (Roo-ahk Hah Koe-desh) Ruach HaKodesh / Holy Spirit. At Shavu ot/Pentecost, we are not only reminded of the Torah being given at Mt. Sinai to Moshe and the 3,000 Israelites who were killed for their idolatry but we also remember the outpouring of the Ruach HaKodesh/Holy Spirit and the 3,000 who were saved! Additionally, 6
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both a mighty rushing wind was heard and tongues of fire were observed at both locations. Three very interesting parallels to say the least! In the Fall, we celebrate (Yome Teh-roo-ah) Yom Teruah/Feast of Trumpets, which represents the gathering of the Israelites and the future gathering of the saints into the clouds to meet Yeshua when He returns to judge the earth. On (Yome Kip-poor) Yom Kippur/Day of Atonement, we fast, for 25 hours and afflict ourselves. [For the ladies, I was taught it meant no makeup (yuck!) and lack of jewelry (oh no!). If one is staying home, it s no problem but if you plan to attend a Yom Kippur service, it s not a pretty sight!!!] However, I finally received revelation from Yeshua who taught us in Mattityahu/Matthew 6:16 to not make a show of ourselves in our fasting. This makes sense to me. We are to afflict ourselves not others, by our unsightly appearance!!! Yom Kippur/Day of Atonement was the day the high priest would atone for the sin of the nation. There was national mourning and it is representative of the time when Yeshua Ha M ashiach will return to judge the nations at His Second Coming. At (Sue-coat) Sukkot/Feast of Tabernacles we remember our ancestors journey through the wilderness and HaShem s desire to tabernacle or dwell with us. It is also believed to be the probable time HaShem did come to tabernacle with us in bodily form, when Yeshua was born in (Bet Leh-khem) Bet Lechem (Bethlehem)/House of Bread. When you consider this, isn t it interesting, Yeshua, the Bread of Life was born in the House of Bread ? Since the destruction of the Temple, the appointed place has been removed, but the appointed times continue. HaShem explains the appointed times are a perpetual statute throughout your generations in all your dwelling places. (Vayikra/Leviticus 23:14) This means they are never to be cancelled! They are never obsolete or done away with!! They are to be celebrated and observed wherever we live!!! ( So then, anyone who knows the right thing to do and fails to do it is committing a sin. Ya akov/James 4:17) The appointed times are part of the biblical calendar which is a lunar calendar. It is based on the phases of the moon. The waxing and waning of the moon determines the day of the month. The full moon indicates the middle of the month and the disappearance of the moon indicates the end of the month. Earlier I mentioned these appointed times are sometimes called the Jewish festivals. It is true HaShem gave His appointed times to the Israelites but remember . . . they were a mixed multitude. Additionally, HaShem does not refer to them as Jewish festivals. He refers to them as my appointed times . They are Yehovah s holy days. Rabbi (Shah-ool) Sha ul/Paul asks, Is G~d the G~d of Jews only? Is He not the G~d of Gentiles also? Yes, of Gentiles also. (Romans 3:29) Also, stated earlier, the Bible never offered non-Hebrew Christians any alternative festival days. To say believers are not expected to keep G~d s appointed times is the same as saying believers 7
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are not supposed to have any holy days or days of worship. Neither the Gospels nor the Epistles grant believers their own special festivals. Since I have been made aware of these feasts and festivals and have come to know they are appointed times of my Father when He wants to meet with me, it s hard for me to understand why others would not want to honor these appointed times established by our Heavenly Father instead of doing their own thing. Let s see . . . eight holidays plus a weekly day of complete rest and meditation on Him instead of two holidays (christmas and easter) and a short time on Sunday. Seems like a no brainer , to me. HaShem s holidays are a much better deal! In the days of the (Tahl-m deem) Talmidim/Apostles, both Hebrew and non-Hebrew believers observed G~d s appointed times together. They met in the synagogues and in the Temple on the Sabbath and festival days to celebrate and observe G~d s holy days. When Christianity left the cradle of its Hebrew roots, the Christians began to neglect the appointed times. Sabbath day was replaced with Sunday observance, which was named for the sun god! The timing of (Pay- sock) Pesach/Passover was changed and the other festivals fell into disuse. Is this what our Heavenly Father intended for believers? I think not! These changes are, by definition, idolatry! It seems to me those who are truly committed believers, who want to devote as much time as possible celebrating what HaShem has done in their lives, should want to honor His moedim/appointed times. One thing is for sure, HaShem did not make one set of appointed times for the Hebrews and another set of appointed times for the other believers. The afore- mentioned moedim/appointed times are the only ones HaShem has set. I cannot stress enough that these are NOT Jewish feasts but are the ordinances of our Holy G~d for ALL who have a desire to serve and honor Him. While advent, christmas, lent and easter are meaningful celebrations, they are not commanded or set out in the Bible and neither Yeshua nor the first century believers celebrated them. Those are man-made traditions which our Heavenly Father did NOT command. The good thing is, it s exciting how the L~rd is revealing the importance of His holidays to many, in these last days. This may very well be the Revival many talk about. After all, you can only revive something which has become dormant or has been laid aside. And, knowing Eli yahu/Elijah will precede Yeshua s return, what is the Elijah message? The restoration of all things revival of HIS ways! Another thought along these lines . . . if someone of notoriety contacted us and said they wanted to meet with us on a certain day at a certain time for a period of time, chances are, we would clear our calendar and make arrangements to meet when they wanted. Why is it then, most people who say they love the L~rd, refuse to acknowledge His moedim, His appointed times? ( So then, anyone who knows the right thing to do and fails to do it is committing a sin. Ya akov/James 4:17) HaShem has told us when He wants to meet with us. W e should not replace what He has decreed with what we want (i.e. our family and/or denominational traditions). If we are to return to Biblical principals in guiding our lives, we must also return to honoring the Father s 8
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Holy days (holidays) and His Sabbath. Biblical appointments are the established times of the Holy One, blessed be He. Let us not be found guilty of proclaiming His appointed times as being done away with. It is true, the twelve apostles never commanded the early believers to keep the appointed times because they were already doing it and didn t need to be told. In those days, the idea of not keeping the appointed times simply had not occurred to anyone. They were observant of ALL the Father s ordinances. As a matter of fact, Sha ul/Paul even told the believers to ignore criticism for keeping the feasts and all of HaShem s other rules (Colossians 2:16). D. Thomas Lancaster, in his book Restoration, Returning The Torah of God To The Disciples of Jesus, wrote: When we try to change the Torah or do away with a commandment, it is actually God we are trying to change or do away with. I am reminded of the fad, when everyone and I mean everyone, wore bracelets and necklaces and had key chains with WWJD on them. What Would Jesus (Yeshua) Do? Scripture is VERY clear about what He would do. He kept the feasts and the festivals and He kept the Shabbat which we can read about in the following verses: Matthew 5:17 He studied Torah, the laws, the instructions. (There was no New Testament then!) Mark 4:15 He observed Passover not easter. He observed Shabbat not sunday. Luke 4:16 John 10:22 He observed Hanukkah not christmas. So we should strive to be more like Him, observing the traditions as instructed by our Heavenly Father, not the traditions of man. W e are told in Vayikra/Leviticus 20:7-8 Therefore, consecrate yourselves you people must be holy, because I am Adonai, your HaShem. Observe my regulations and obey them; I am Adonai, who set you apart to be holy. And again in 1 st Kefa/Peter 1:15-16 . . . following the Holy One who called you, become holy yourselves in your entire way of life; since the Tanakh says You are to be holy because I am holy . Before we leave the subject of the feasts and festivals, based on a couple of conversations I had and an email which I received, I believe I m supposed to share how the birth of a child parallels the feasts. Thanks to Zola Levitt, may his name be remembered forever, for researching the majority of this information, along with his friend, obstetrician, Dr. Margaret Matheson. Pesach/Passover occurs on the 14 th day of the first (Biblical) month (New Life) th o On the 14 day of the first month, the egg appears (ovulation) Feast of Unleavened Bread/Matzah occurs the next day (The Seed ~ Burial of our L~rd) o Egg must be fertilized within 24 hours (fertilization) 9
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HaBikkurim/First Fruits, occurs after sundown of the weekly Shabbat during the week of Unleavened Bread. It could occur the day after or almost a week later (resurrection) o The fertilized egg travels, at its own speed, down the tube anywhere from 2 6 days before it implants in the uterus (implantation) (Remember earlier when I was talking about the Hebrew word for Life being Chai? Do you remember the numerical value of the word? This is interesting!!! Vayikra/Leviticus 17:14 tells us for the life of every creature its blood is its life. The numerical value of Chai is 18. On the 18 th day of the baby s life in the womb, its own blood is developed.) Shavu ot/Pentecost, 50 days after First Fruits, is the late Spring Harvest (harvest) o Fifty days after fertilization the embryo actually becomes a human being (new creature) No major events during pregnancy take place between the Spring festivals and the Fall festivals other than the child is growing in size and strength. Yom Teruah/Feast of Trumpets occurs on the first day of the seventh month o Hearing has fully developed in the baby by the first day of the seventh month Yom Kippur/Day of Atonement was the day of blood sacrifice, the 10 th day of the 7 th month th th o Mature blood is developed by the 10 day of the 7 month preparing the baby to have its own self-respirating and circulating blood system, no longer dependent upon its mothers blood supply. Sukkot/Feast of Tabernacles which falls on the 15 th day of the 7 th month. The Tabernacle is the house of the spirit of HaShem. Ruach/Spirit in the Bible is represented by air! Remember the mighty rushing wind, the air, of the Ruach HaKodesh/Holy Spirit in the book of Acts? th th o Lungs are developed by the 15 day of the 7 month and a normal baby with two healthy lungs, if born at this point, can take in its own air and live. Hanukkah/Feast of Dedication which celebrates the giving of the miracle light completes a 280 day cycle. Looking at a Hebrew calendar this would be equivalent to ten of those 28 day cycles of the moon. This seems to be more in keeping with HaShem s way of planning than our Westernized nine month estimate. o Life is given a full 280 days from conception to birth, the same 280 day cycle from Pesach to Hanukkah, an interesting parallel to the Feasts of the L~rd. CHAPTER 24 10
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