The Tabernacle Times

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April 2013
Nissan - Iyyar 5773

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Torah Overview

Pastor Clint Morrison
By Pastor
Clint Morrison

Sh’mini (Eighth)
6 April 2013
(Leviticus 9:1-11-47)
  On the first seven days after the tabernacle was completed Moses acted as High Priest until Aaron and his sons had gone through the proper initiation. On the eighth day Moses turned the responsibility over to Aaron and his four Sons: Nadav, Avihu, Eleazer and Ithamar. He told Aaron to “come near to the altar”. The sacrifices were offered to allow man to come near to God.  Then Aaron lifted his hands toward the people and blessed them.  This was the first priestly blessing given by Aaron and continues to be given by Rabbis in Synagogues today.  It is known as the priestly blessing or the “lifting of the hands.” When the blessing is given the priest makes the sign of the “Shin” or the abbreviation of the Name of God.  This blessing is found in Numbers 6:33-27.  The people were in shock at seeing the fire come out of nowhere to burn up the offerings.  The fire emanated from the supernatural place of judgment. Later Nadav and Avihu offered strange fire and were killed.  We also can put ourselves in danger when we take God for granted and do not treat the Holy God with awe and respect.

Tazria/Metzora (She conceived/Leper)
13 April 2013
(Leviticus 12:1-15:33)
  Tazria concerns the ritual laws around birthing a child, Metzora is about skin diseases or leprosy.
These concerns are about living in community in the wilderness wonderings. People so infected had to be separated from others to prevent contamination. The priest was the person to make the determination if they could return to the community.  Judaism interprets this passage as referring to “lashon hara” or the evil tongue.  Slander and gossip infects the whole community. The most effective way to deal with a person’s addiction to evil speech is to isolate them from others to stop the contagion.  “Lashon hara” includes idle words, unnecessary speech, and anything that might hurt another person.  Negativity has to be stopped if a person is to mirror holiness.  The priest was chosen to make an assessment because the problem was not a physical disease, but a Spiritual one. “Lashon hara” usually comes from an enlarged ego. When one uses his tongue for evil he does not only sin against society and individuals, but against God.  May we all keep our tongue in check and live a Torah lifestyle pleasing to our Holy God.

Acharei Mot/ Kedoshim
(after the death /Holy Ones)

20 April 2013
(Leviticus 16:1-20:27)
  It was after the death of Nadav and Avihu that God offered the instructions regarding the Day of Atonement. Many believe that Aaron’s two sons died because they entered the Holy of Holies.  Only the High Priest could enter the Holy of Holies one day per year on Yom Kippur.  God’s people are to be holy or separate from the ways of evil.  How do we maintain sanctity? It is God who sanctifies us when we are committed to obey Him. To the extent that we obey him, we keep ourselves separate.  One of the first instructions is to fear one’s father and mother.  We are to be obedient and respectful to our parents. In Leviticus 19:3 we are commanded to keep the Lord’s Sabbaths.  This includes keeping the biblical festivals as well as the weekly Sabbaths.  Caring for the needy is a commandment of holiness.  We are instructed to leave the corner of ones field for the poor.  We are not to completely reap our vineyards.  We are to leave gleanings for those who need them.  Holiness does not belong to the few, it is the living responsibility of everyone.  My prayer is that we would all walk in the lifestyle of Kedusha.

Emor (Say)
27 April 2013
(Leviticus 21:1 -24:23)
  The priests were required to live at a higher standard of holiness than the common Israelites.  In Leviticus 23 we have the ancient religious calendar of the people of Israel.  The sacred holidays are holy days.  In Biblical Hebrew there is no word for vacation. Every day is a walk of obedience with God.  In Hebrew these holy days are referred to as Moedim, or appointed times.  The holiday of Passover is about freedom, going beyond slavery. Counting the Omer a seven week long barley ritual is about purification.  Shavuot is about the receiving of the Torah.  Rosh Hashanah or The Feast of Trumpets is the beginning of a new year.  It also is about purification.  Yom Kippur is the Day of Atonement or the day of judgment for our sins.  Sukkot is the harvest festival, a festival of great joy.  Shemini  Atzeret and Simchat Torah are celebrations of the joy of the Torah.  These holidays help us to understand that we are spiritual people in whose lives God is central.. If we are faithful in maintaining the biblical calendar, God’s blessing will be overflowing in our lives.  This is how we sanctify God’s name, and how He sanctifies our lives.

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Goad
Cattle goad
(ancient symbol)


Manna for Thought

 Lamed = Lamed

The twelfth letter
of the Hebrew Alef-Bet

Lamed is used for the number thirty

In front of a Hebrew word lamed means “toward” or “belonging to “.

The pictograph of a rod symbolizes:
1) control    2) urge forward   3) a tongue

Lamed is in the center of the alphabet and it is the tallest of the letters

The shape of the letter is like a watchtower or light house

The root lamed means “to learn”

The name of the Jewish people “Israel” begins with the smallest letter and ends with the largest. From Small beginnings we are led to the eternal presence of the King of Kings.

Beit Midrash

In Hebrew,Beit means house & Midrash comes from the word root that means to seek, to search out, to dig for meaning.

So, a Beit Midrash is a House of Study. Classes are given on many different subjects depending on who is giving the teaching.

Contact Gene Ridings for more information.

Join us after Oneg on Shabbat as we dig deeper into the Word of God.

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