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THAZRIA (She Has Seeded)
Leviticus 12:1-13:59

There are 26 Aleph-Tavs in this week's Torah portion




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CHAPTER 12

Leviticus 12:1-8

Lev 12:1 And 
hwhy spoke to Moses, to say, 2 Speak to the sons of Israel to say, If a woman, she has seeded and has birthed a male: And shall be unclean seven days; As the days of the impurity of her infirmity, she shall be unclean. 3 And on the eighth day shall circumcise the flesh of his foreskin. 4 And of thirty days and three days, she shall dwell in the blood of her purification; she shall not touch on any Holy Thing, and she shall not go to the Sanctuary until are fulfilled the days of her purification. 5 And if she births a female, and shall be unclean two weeks according to her impurity: and of sixty days and six days she shall dwell upon the blood of her purification.

6 And in the fulfillment of the days of her purification for a son or for a daughter, she shall bring a lamb of a son of his year for an Elevation Offering, and a son of a dove or a turtledove for a Sin Offering to the Entrance of the Tent of Appointment to the Priest: 7 And shall bring him to the Face of
hwhy, and shall atone upon her; and shall be cleansed from the flow of her blood. This is the Torah of the one birthing for a male or for a female. 8 And if she cannot suffiently find of her hand a lamb, and shall take two turtledoves or two sons of doves; one for an Elevation Offering, and one for a Sin Offering: and the Priest shall atone upon her, and shall be clean.


(NOTE: Not all verses will have comments)


In this chapter, if a woman bears a son, she is to wait forty days before she is clean, but she is allowed only one day, the eighth day, to have her son circumcised and if she bears a daughter, she will wait eighty days before she is clean.

In verse three, while the mother is unclean on her eighth day after giving birth to a male, her son is to be circumcised. This was a continuation of 
hwhy's Commandment to Abraham to circumcise all the males, and it is noted in the Torah portion of Lekh, L'kha, in the book of Genesis

Genesis 17:9 And Elohim said to Abraham, And you, you shall keep ta-My Covenant, you, and your seed after you for their generations. 10 This is My Covenant which you shall keep between me, and between you, and between your seed after you; Circumcise to you every male, 11 and you shall circumcise ta-the flesh of your foreskin; and shall be for a Token of the Covenant between Me and between you. 12 And a son of eight days shall be circumcised to you of every male for your generations that is birthed in the house, or bought with silver from any son of a foreigner whom he is not from your seed. 13  That circumcising, shall be circumcised one birthed of your house and one bought with your silver: and My Covenant, she shall be in your flesh for a Covenant of Ages. 14 And an uncircumcised male who has not circumcised ta- the flesh of his foreskin is not circumcised, and the soul, she shall be shall cut off from her People; has broken ta-My Covenant.

A great example of this Torah segment is from two people who followed this Torah, and it is noted in the Gospel of Luke

Luke 2:4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) 5 To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with Child. 6 And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. 7 And she brought forth her Firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes, and laid Him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.... 21 And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the Child, His name was called Yeshua, which was so named of the angel before He was conceived in the womb. 22 And when the days of her purification according to the Torah of Moses were accomplished, they brought Him to Jerusalem, to present Him to hwhy; 23 (As it is written in the Torah of hwhy, Every male that openeth the womb shall be called Holy to hwhy;) 24 And to offer a sacrifice according to that which is said in the Torah of hwhy, A pair of turtledoves, or two sons of doves, 25 And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Spirit was upon him. 26 And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Spirit, that he should not see death, before he had seen hwhy's Messiah. 27 And he came by the Spirit into the Temple: and when the parents brought in the Child Yeshua, to do for Him after the custom of the Torah,...39 And when they had performed all things according to the Torah of hwhy, they returned into Galilee, to their own city Nazareth.

Joseph and Mary followed the Torahic Commandment to circumcise Yeshua in the eighth day, and after Mary's thirty three days of impurity, she followed the Torah by bringing her Sin Offering and her Elevation Offering for her impurity to the Temple of two doves, or two turtledoves. This revealed that this was all they could afford, because they were not financially well off.

Looking at the dateline of the date of Yeshua's birth to the day Mary brought her offerings, we can configure these Biblical dates, based on Yeshua's birth on the fifteenth day of the month of Tishri/Ethanim:

*1st Day: Yeshua's birth- 15th day of the seventh month of Tishri/Eythanim: 1st day of Sukkoth
*8th Day: Yeshua's day of circumcision- 22nd day of the seventh month of Tishri/Eythanim: 8th day of the Solemn Assembly (NOTE: Mary count of uncleanness didn't count on this day, she was given "a day off" during the day of Yeshua's circumcision).
*9th Day (Mary's 8th Day):
Beginning of Mary's thirty three days of unleanness- 23rd day of the seventh month of Tishri/Eythanim
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Mary's 8th Day: 24th day of the seventh month of Tishri/Eythanim
*Mary's 9th Day: 25th day of the seventh month of Tishri/Eythanim
*Mary's 10th Day: 26th day of the seventh month of Tishri/Eythanim
*20th Day: 6th day of the eighth month of Kheshvan
*30th Day: 16th day of the eighth month of Kheshvan
*40th Day: 26th day of the eighth month of Kheshvan

By the end of the 26th day of the eighth month, of Kheshvan, Mary finished her time of her uncleanness. It was on the next day, on the 27th day of the eighth month of Kheshvan, when Joseph and Mary came to the Temple with the two doves, or turtledoves, for her offerings.

A $64,000 question that has been boggling my mind is "Why does the mother have to stay unclean for eighty days for giving birth to a girl, and half as long for a boy"? I don't know "why" it is so, but 
hwhy helped me to see "what" it is that causes a woman to be unclean for giving birth whether a boy or a girl. After reasearching, this is what I could figure out, I began looking at the chromosomes between a boy and a girl. First, I give Brad Scott of Wildbranch Ministry credit for the basis of this. Brad says there are twenty two grouped chromosomes in any human, whether a male or a female. These twenty two grouped chromosomes relate to the twenty two letters of the Hebrew alphabet, 22 chromosomes for the 22 Hebrew letters from the father, and 22 chromosomes for 22 Hebrew letters from the mother. These forty four chromosomes are called "autosomes". This is an image of the forty four autosomes, after the G-banding (Giemsa banding)

Human Genes

On top of the twenty two grouped autosome groupings, there are the two chromosome markers that determine whether the sex of a human baby would be a boy or a girl. If it's a boy, it would have the "XY" chromosome, but if it's a girl, it would have the "XX" chromosome. These are called "sex chromosomes". This is an image comparing the two sex chromosome groupings

Human Chromosomes

This is what the Wikipedia website says regarding the two sex chromosomes

"The XY sex-determination system is the sex-determination system found in humans,... In this system, the sex of an individual is determined by a pair of sex chromosomes (gonosomes). Females have two of the same kind of sex chromosome (XX), and are called the homogametic sex. Males have two distinct sex chromosomes (XY), and are called the heterogametic sex".

These twenty three "grouped" chromosomes are forty six single chromosomes. This is what the My46 website says regarding the chromosomes

"Of these 46 chromosomes, two chromosomes determine if a baby is male or female. The sex chromosomes are called “X” and “Y.” Most males have one X chromosome and one Y chromosome. Most females have two X chromosomes. In addition to the two sex chromosomes, the other chromosomes are called “autosomes” and are numbered 1-22".


Both parents have forty six chromosomes in their bodies. By the time of copulation, the father gives one sperm, and the mother gives one egg to create a baby. When they do, they only provide twenty three chromosomes each, which means that there is only one person that provides the "Key Sex Gene Chromosome" to determine the sex of the baby, and that is "the father". This means that one of the parents is guaranteed to give off the "Default 'X' Sex Chromosome", and that parent is "the mother". When someone does DNA resarch of their ancestry, when they pursue the mother's direct maternal heritage (meaning mother, to mother, to mother, forever) this DNA is called "Mitochondrial DNA" (abbreviated as "mtDNA"). This is what Wikipedia says about it

"In most multicellular organisms, mtDNA is inherited from the mother (maternally inherited). Mechanisms for this include simple dilution (an egg contains on average 200,000 mtDNA molecules, whereas a healthy human sperm was reported to contain on average 5 molecules)"...

Ancestry DNA researchers can depend on the mitochondria DNA when doing maternal heritage research, because they are stable on the maternal end. These images below show the Mitochondria in an egg

mtDNA

mtDNA


I have heard stories of women giving "supernatural births" without a male's involvment, and everytime they give birth, they have produced a girl. And this would make sense, because the mother has the "Default 'X' Sex Chromosome" to provide both sex chromosomes to produce a girl. That is why in the Gospel of Luke during Joseph and Mary's time, the Ruakh HaKodesh (the Holy Spirit) was to provide the "Supernatural 'Y' Sex Chromosome" male gene for Mary to give birth to the boy, Yeshua, as noted in the Gospel of Luke

Luke 1:30 And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with hwhy. 31 And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call His name YESHUA. 34 Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? 35 And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Spirit shall come upon thee, and the Power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that Holy Thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of Elohim.

Historically, King Henry VIII of England kept ridding his wives for not giving him a son. If King Henry only knew that it was on his end that determined the sex of the baby and not the mother.

Providing this information, we can now figure out what causes the woman to be unclean for forty days for a male, and eighty days for a female:

THE MALE CHILD

A male child has only one "X" chromosome: the "Default 'X' Sex Chromosome" which looks like a complete "X shaped" gender chromosome given by the male's mother. In my humble opinion, this means that the "X" chromosome in general is the one that makes the mother unclean after she births her child.

When a mother births a male child who has the one "X" Sex Chromosome from her, the other sex chromosome is the "Y" Sex Chromosome, and is provided by the boy's father. Since the mother is guaranteed to have the "X" Sex Chromosome, in my humble but strong opinion, it's the X chromosome that causes the woman to be unclean. Since there is one X chromosome from the male child, based on this week's Torah portion chapter, the birth of a boy would make the mother unclean for forty days (One "X" Sex Chromosome = 40 days),

According to the website link: http://synnic.com.ne.kr/gene4.htm, the female sex chromosome combination is called "Hemizygous Chromosomes". This is what it says on the website

"hemizygous chromosomes- the characteristic of the X and Y sex chromosome pair of males not being homologous.  These chromosomes mostly do not have corresponding alleles at the same location.  As a consequence, the non-sex-determining X and Y chromosome alleles are likely to be expressed in the phenotype of males, regardless of whether they are recessive or dominant"

This is an image of the Hemizygous "XY" Chromosome

XY XY


THE FEMALE CHILD

A female child would have two X sex chromosomes: the Default X Sex Chromosome by the mother, and a second X sex chromosome from the father to determine the baby's sex. This means that the mother would be bearing "double" the X chomosomes for producing the baby girl. A male child only has one X Sex Chromosome to make the mother unclean for forty days, and 
based on this week's Torah portion chapter, the baby girl would make the mother unclean for twice as long, meaning eighty days (Two "X" Sex Chromosomes = 80 days (2"X's" x 40 days)).

Ephraim Judah of Lion and Lamb Ministries noted that a good probable reason for a woman to be unclean twice as long, because they go through a "menstruation period". I will add that another reason for her "double time" of uncleanness, beause the baby girl cannot be unclean and go through the bleeding period, so the mother has to take the place of her baby daughter by covering the cost of her daughter's bleeding by taking the extra forty days of uncleanness.

According to the website link: http://synnic.com.ne.kr/gene4.htm, the female sex chromosome combination is called "Homologous Chromosomes". This is what it says on the website

"homologous chromosomes-chromosomes that are paired during meiosis.  Such chromosomes are alike with regard to size and also position of the centromere.  They also have the same genes, but not necessarily the same alleles, at the same locus or location.  All autosomes and the sex chromosomes of females occur in homologous pairs".

This is an image of the Homologous "XX" Chromosome

XX XX


Ephraim Judah of Lion and Lamb Ministries noted that a good probable reason for a woman to be unclean twice as long, because they go through a "menstruation period". I will add that another reason for her "double time" of uncleanness, beause the baby girl cannot be unclean and go through the bleeding period, so the mother has to take the place of her baby daughter by covering the cost of her daughter's bleeding by taking the extra forty days of uncleanness.

This is what the babyMed website article titled "Can My Baby Girl Be Having A Period?" noted about a baby's girl's menstruation:

"You've just given birth to a baby girl and you've decided to breastfeed. After about a week at home you notice her breasts have these little lumps and she passing pink or red discharge in her diaper. Is this a problem or is this a normal part of caring for a breastfed infant girl?

Your Hormones are Her Hormones
When a woman breastfeeds she passes her hormones to baby. Pregnancy hormones are all out of whack and it takes many months for the female body to return to normal hormone levels after birth, which means you're passing higher levels of reproductive hormones to baby when you breastfeed. During pregnancy your infant also comes in contact with reproductive hormones, so breastfeeding is not necessarily a precursor for infant menstruation, but in my experience I was breastfeeding. According to medical professionals, breastfeeding is not a precursor to what is often called false menstruation. These increased hormones can cause small lumps to form in the breasts, for both male and female infants. Female infants may also experience what can be called a menstrual cycle that may last about one week. Some baby girls only experience the bleeding for a day or two and others don't experience it at all."


On a better reason, an article at the Mothers of Change website titled "Nobody Told Me: Newborn Girls Can Get a 'Period'" noted one's personal experience:

"One mother told us: My little girl Aubrey had blood in her diaper a couple days after she was born. It turns out infant girls can have their first shedding of their uterus lining when they are this young! Meaning they actually have a period. My midwife forgot to tell me so of course I freaked out."

A close friend told me that she had this personal experience when her mother told her that immediately after her mother gave birth to her in the hospital she was bleeding in her private area. Also, there were two nurses present at my close friends birth. Her mother told her that one of the nurses asked "What is that?", and the other nurse replied "He was just having her period, which is unusual.".


Rico Cortes of Wisdom in Torah Ministries noted that the reason the woman would be unclean longer for birthing a girl, because the woman would be bleeding longer. Rico also noted that he learned this from the medical industry. You can listen to his 2010-2011's Torah portion cycle of Tazria by clicking on the image below to get to his webpage. (Note: One has to be a member of the blog to access the website, which one can join the Basic Level membership for only $10 per year and can access almost all of his audios and videos.)


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CHAPTER 13

Leviticus 13:1-59


Lev 13:1 And 
hwhy spoke to Moses and Aaron to say, 2 If an Adam shall have on the skin of his flesh a rising (swelling), or a scab, or a bright spot, and shall be on the skin of his flesh for a plague of leprosy; and shall be brought to Aaron, the Priest, or to one from his sons, the Priests: 3 And the Priest shall look at ta-the plague on the skin of the flesh: and the hair on the plague has not turned white, and the sight of the plague is deeper from the skin of his flesh, he is a plague of leprosy: and the Priest shall look, and he shall be unclean. 4 And if she is a bright spot of white on the skin of his flesh, and her appearance is not deeper from the skin, and her hair has not turned white; and the Priest shall shut up ta-the plague seven days: 5 And the Priest shall look at him on the seventh day: and behold, the plague has stood in his eyes, and the plague has not spread on the skin; and the Priest shall shut him up a second seven days: 6 And the Priest shall look at him on the second seventh day: and behold, the plague is darkened, and the plague has not spread on the skin, the Priest shall make him clean: she is a scab: and shall wash his garments, and is clean.

7 And if the scab, spreading, she spreads on the skin after his appearance to the Priest for his cleansing, and shall be looked at a second time to the Priest: 8 And the Priest shall look, and behold, the scab has spread on the skin, and the Priest shall make him unclean: she is a leprosy. 9 If she is a plague of leprosy on the Adam, and is brought to the Priest; 10 and the Priest shall look: and behold, is a white rising in the skin, and she has turned the hair white, and a revival of living flesh is in the rising; 11 She is an old leprosy on the skin of his flesh, and shall make him unclean, and the Priest shall not shut him up: for he is unclean.

12 And if the leprosy, breaking, she breaks on the skin, and the leprosy covers
ta all the plagued skin from his head and unto his feet to all that appears of the eyes of the Priest; 13 And the Priest shall look: and behold, the leprosy has covered ta-all his flesh, and ta-the plague shall be clean: all of him has turned white: he is clean. 14 And on the day that living flesh is seen on him, shall be unclean. 15 And the Priest shall see ta-the living flesh, and shall make him unclean: the living flesh, he is unclean: he is a leprosy. 16 Or if the living flesh shall turn, and be changed to white, and shall come to the Priest; 17 And the Priest shall look at him: and behold, has turned the plague to white; and the Priest shall make ta-the plague clean: he is clean.

18 And the flesh that is on him on his skin shall be a boil and is ghostly (laxed, weak), 19 And shall be in the place of the boil a white rising, or a bright spot, or a white-reddish bright spot, and shall be shown to the Priest; 20 And the Priest shall look, and behold, her appearance is lower from the skin, and her hair has turned white; the Priest shall make him unclean: she is a plague of leprosy broken out in the boil. 21 And if the Priest shall look at her, and behold, white hair is not on her, and is not lower from the skin, and she is darkened; and the Priest shall shut him up seven days: 22 And if spreading, she spreads on the skin, and the Priest shall make him unclean: she is a plague. 23 And if her place, she has stayed the bright spot, has not spread, she is a burning of the boil; and the Priest shall make him clean.

24 Or if the flesh in his skin shall be a burn of fire, and she becomes an emergence of the burning of a white-reddish bright spot, or white; 25 And the Priest shall look at her: and behold, the hair has turned white in the bright spot, and her appearance is deeper from the skin; she is a leprosy in the burning: has broken out, and the Priest shall make him unclean: she is a plague of leprosy. 26 And if the Priest looks at her, and behold, white hair is not in the bright spot, and is not lower from the skin, and she is darkened; and the Priest shall shut him up seven days: 27 And the Priest shall look at him on the seventh day: and if spreading, she spreads on the skin, and the Priest shall make him unclean: she is a plague of leprosy. 28 And if her place, the bright spot, she stays, does not spread on the skin, and she is darkened; she is a rising of the burning, and the Priest shall make him clean: for she is a scar of the burning.

29 And if a man or a woman has on him a plague on the head, or on the beard; 30 And the Priest shall see
ta-the plague: and behold, his appearance is deeper from the skin; and yellow thin hair is on him; and the Priest shall make him unclean: she is a scall, she is a leprosy of the head or of the beard. 31 And if the Priest shall look at ta-the plague of the scall, and behold, is not appearing deeper from the skin, and black hair is not on him; and the Priest shall shut up ta-the plague of the scall seven days: 32 And the Priest shall look at ta-the plague on the seventh day: and behold, the scall has not spread, and yellow hair is not on him, and the appearance of the scall is not deeper from the skin; 33 And shall be shaven, and ta-the scall, he shall not be shaven; and the Priest shall shut up ta-the scall a second seven days: 34 And the Priest shall look at ta-the scall on the seventh day: and, behold, the scall has not spread on the skin, and his appearance is not deeper from the skin; and the Priest shall make him clean: and shall wash his garments, and shall be clean. 35 And if spreading, has spread the scall on the flesh after his cleansing; 36 And the Priest shall look at him: and behold, the scall was spread on the skin, the Priest shall not seek for the yellow hair; he is unclean. 37 And if in his eyes has stayed the scall, and black hair has sprung on him; the scall is healed, he is clean: and the Priest shall make him clean.

38 And if a man or a woman shall be on the skin of their flesh, bright spots, white bright spots; 39 And the Priest shall look: and behold, on the skin of their flesh are bright spots of darkish white; he is a pale spot that is breaking on the skin; he is clean.

40
And if a man shall grow bald his head, he is bald; he is clean. 41 And if from the edge of his face grows bald his head, he is a bald forehead; he is clean.

42 And if shall be on the bald head or the bald forehead a white-reddish plague; she is a leprosy breaking on his bald head or on his bald forehead. 43 And the Priest shall look at him: and behold, is a swelling of the plague of white-reddishness on his bald head or on his bald forehead of the skin of the flesh is as the appearance of leprosy; 44 he is a leprous man, he is unclean: unclean, the Priest shall make him unclean; his plague is on his head. 45 And the leper whom the plague is on him, his garments shall be rent, and his head shall be exposed, and upon the upper lip he shall cover, and shall cry, Unclean! Unclean! 46 All the days that the plague is on him shall be unclean; he is unclean: shall dwell alone; shall be his dwelling outside of the Camp.

47 And if the garment shall be in him a plague of leprosy on a garment of wool, or a garment of linen; 48 or in the warp, or in the woof; of the linen, or of the wool; or in the skin, or on any work of the skin; 49 And the plague is yellowish green or reddish in the garment, or in the skin, or in the warp, or in the woof, or in any vessel of skin; he is a plague of leprosy, and ta-the Priest shall look: 50 And the Priest shall look at ta-the plague, and shall shut up ta-the plague seven days: 51 And shall look at ta-the plague, on the seventh day: if the plague has spread in the garment, or in the warp, or in the woof, or on the skin, of all that is made of the skin for work; is a leprosy of a fretting of the plague; he is unclean. 52 And shall burn ta-the garment, or ta-the warp or ta-the woof, in the wool or in the linen, or ta-any vessel of the skin which is in him the plague: for he is of a fretting of leprosy; she shall be burned in the fire.

53 And if the Priest shall look, and behold, has not spread the plague in the garment, or in the warp, or in the woof, or on any vessel of skin; 54 and the Priest shall command, and they shall wash
ta-which is in him the plague, and shall shut him up a second seven days: 55 And the Priest shall look at ta-the plague after the washing: and behold, the plague has not changed ta-his appearance, and the plague has not spread; he is unclean; you shall burn him in the fire; she is fretted in his inside or in his outside.

56 And if the Priest shall look, and behold, the plague has darkened after his washing; and shall tear him from the garment, or from the skin, or from the warp, or from of the woof: 57 And if she is seen still in the garment, or in the warp, or in the woof, or in any vessel of skin; she is spreading: you shall burn him in the fire
ta which is in him the plague. 58 And the garment, or the warp, or the woof, or any vessel of the skin which you shall wash, and the plague was removed from them, and shall be washed a second time, and shall be clean. 59 This is the Torah of the plague of leprosy in a garment of the wool, or of the linen, or of the warp, or of the woof, or any vessel of skin to make him clean or to make him unclean.


(NOTE: Not all verses will have comments)


This is the best I can figure out in the symbolic meaning of each of these accounts:

Verses one through eleven

RISING, SCAB, BRIGHT SPOT

Rising (Swelling): Sin rises, and is exposed- like symbolic leavening of sin

Scab: Sin striking

Bright Spot: Sin magnified- does not mean that the bright spot is white.  Ex: Angel of Light.

PRIEST LOOKS:

Not turned white (did not change pigment): Sin has not changed and affected personality (outward expression of the fruit of the spirit)

Deeper from the skin: Sin has affected deeper to soul and spirit (mentally, emotionally, pshycologically). Deeper in bondage. Affected godly character

Leprosy: Sin exposed

SHUT UP FOR 7 DAYS: Time to fructify
 

7TH DAY
PRIEST LOOKS:

Plague Stayed: Sin Stopped

Did not Spread: Sin did not affect others: family, friends, work place, community, etc.

SHUT UP A SECOND 7 DAYS: Time to fructify

14TH DAY:
PRIEST LOOKS:

Plague Darkened: Sin is dying, being crucified in Messiah

Did not spread: Sin did not affect others: family, friends, work place, community, etc.

CLEAN: Dead and crucified to sin; Alive to life, life is restored in Messiah

OR

PRIEST LOOK:

Scab Spread: Sin affected others: family, friends, work place, community, etc.

Brought to another Priest: 2nd opinion (Like going to another doctor for a second opinion), or a double witness (Two witnesses in agreement, stand the account is established (Deuteronomy 17:6; 19:5))

White rising: Sin rising, and is exposed- like symbolic leavening of sin

Turned the Hair White (changed pigment): Sin has changed and affected personality (outward expression of the fruit of the spirit)

Old leprosy of living flesh revived: Sin revived- like one going back to his alcohol after being sober for a while.

UNCLEAN: Alive to sin, Dead to life in Messiah (Romans 6:23; 8:6) Thrown out of the Heavenly realm to outer darkness [Going further- weeping and gnashing of teeth] (Matthew  8:12; 22:13; 25:30)

Shall not be shut up: Sin brought him to spiritual death

Taken outside of the Camp: Thrown out of the Heavenly realm to outer darkness [Going further- weeping and gnashing of teeth] (Matthew  8:12; 22:13; 25:30)

 Notice that the Priest checks the person "three times" before the person was guaranteed as unclean, and then have to cry out "UNCLEAN!". A thought came to me. In baseball, the batter only gets three strikes before he's out. I wonder if the phrase "Three strikes, you're out" came from this week's Torah portion passage?

Verses twelve through seventeen

Leprosy Breaks on the skin: Sin attacks him

Living Flesh Covers head to feet: Sin tries to penetrate him on the surface

Turns white: Sin under control and dies

CLEAN: Dead and crucified to sin; Alive to life, life is restored in Messiah

OR

Stays Living Flesh: Sin is still alive and has affected him

Then later turns white: Sin under control and dies

Brought to another Priest: 2nd opinion (Like going to another doctor for a second opinion), or a double witness (Two witnesses in agreement, stand the account is established (Deuteronomy 17:6; 19:5))

SECOND PRIEST LOOKS:

CLEAN: Dead and crucified to sin; Alive to life, life is restored in Messiah

 

Verses eighteen through twenty eight

A BOIL

Ghostly (lackish, weakish) looking: Faith is weak, soul is weak like a ghost

White Rising (Swelling): Sin rises, and is exposed- like symbolic leavening of sin

Bright Spot: Sin magnified- does not mean that the bright spot is white.  Ex: Angel of Light.

White Reddish Bright Spot emerging: Sin is inflamed

PRIEST LOOKS:

Deeper from the skin: Sin has affected deeper to soul and spirit (mentally, emotionally, pshycologically). Deeper in bondage. Affected godly character

Turned the Hair White (has changed pigment): Sin has changed and affected personality (outward expression of the fruit of the spirit)

UNCLEAN: Alive to sin, Dead to life in Messiah (Romans 6:23; 8:6)

OR

PRIEST LOOKS:

No White Hair (did not change pigment): Sin has not changed and affected personality (outward expression of the fruit of the spirit)

Not deeper from skin: Sin has not affected deeper to soul and spirit (mentally, emotionally, pshycologically). Not in bondage. Did not affect godly character

Darkened: Sin is dying, being crucified in Messiah

SHUT UP 7 DAYS: Time to fructify

Spreaded on the skin: Sin affected others: family, friends, work place, community, etc.

UNCLEAN: Alive to sin, Dead to life in Messiah (Romans 6:23; 8:6)

OR

Bright Spot Stayed: Sin Stopped

Did not Spread: Sin did not affect others: family, friends, work place, community, etc.

CLEAN: Dead and crucified to sin; Alive to life, life is restored in Messiah

OR

BURN OF FIRE

Burn of Fire, of White Reddish Bright Spot emerging: Sin is inflamed on a person- like symbolic leavening of sin

PRIEST LOOKS:

Hair turned white on the bright spot (lost pigment): Sin has changed and affected personality (outward expression of the fruit of the spirit)

Deeper from the skin: Sin has affected deeper to soul and spirit (mentally, emotionally, pshycologically). Deeper in bondage. Affected godly character. 

UNCLEAN: Alive to sin, Dead to life in Messiah (Romans 6:23; 8:6)

OR

No white hair in bright spot (did not lose pigment): Sin has not changed and affected personality (outward expression of the fruit of the spirit)

Not Deeper from the Skin: Sin has not affected deeper to soul and spirit (mentally, emotionally, pshycologically). Not in bondage. Did not affect godly character.

Darkened: Sin is dying, being crucified in Messiah

SHUT UP SEVEN DAYS: Time to fructify


7TH DAY
PRIEST LOOKS:

Spreaded: Sin affected others: family, friends, work place, community, etc.

UNCLEAN: Alive to sin, Dead to life in Messiah (Romans 6:23; 8:6)

OR

Bright Spot Stayed: Sin stopped

Darkened: Sin is dying, being crucified in Messiah

Rising of the burning: Sin is alive and active- like symbolic leavening of sin

CLEAN: Dead and crucified to sin; Alive to life, life is restored in Messiah

 

Verses twenty nine through thirty seven

PLAGUE ON HEAD OR BEARD

 Deeper from the skin: Sin has affected deeper to soul and spirit (mentally, emotionally, pshycologically). Deeper in bondage. Affected godly character. 

Yellow Hair (lost pigment): Sin has changed and affected personality (outward expression of the fruit of the spirit)

UNCLEAN OF A SCALL, LEPROSY OF HEAD OR BEARD: Alive to sin, Dead to life in Messiah (Romans 6:23; 8:6)

PRIEST LOOKS:

Not Deeper from the skin: Sin has not affected deeper to soul and spirit (mentally, emotionally, pshycologically). Not in bondage. Did not affect godly character. 

Black Hair (did not lose pigment): Sin has not changed and affected personality (outward expression of the fruit of the spirit)

SHUT UP 7 DAYS: Time to fructify


7TH DAY:

PRIEST LOOKS:

Scall not spread: Sin did not affect others: family, friends, work place, community, etc.

No Yellow Hair (did not lose pigment): Sin has not changed and affected personality (outward expression of the fruit of the spirit)

Scall not deeper from the skin: Sin has not affected deeper to soul and spirit (mentally, emotionally, pshycologically). Not in bondage. Did not affect godly character. 

Shaven: Temporarily loosing personality (outward expression of the fruit of the spirit), to see if his personality has changed.

SHUT UP FOR SECOND 7 DAYS: Time to fructify

14TH DAY

Scall not spread: Sin did not affect others: family, friends, work place, community, etc.

Scall not deeper from the skin: Sin has not affected deeper to soul and spirit (mentally, emotionally, pshycologically). Not in bondage. Did not affect godly character. 

Priest washes the garments: Washing of the word, and/or water baptism, and/or renewed with the Ruakh HaKodesh (the Holy Spirit).

CLEAN: Dead and crucified to sin; Alive to life, life is restored in Messiah

OR

Scall has spread: Sin affected others: family, friends, work place, community, etc.

No need to seek for Yellow Hair: Already change and affected personality (outward expression of the fruit of the spirit)

UNCLEAN: Alive to sin, Dead to life in Messiah (Romans 6:23; 8:6)

OR

Scall has not spread: Sin did not affect others- family, friends, work place, community, etc.

Black hair (did not lose pigment): Sin has not changed and affected personality (outward expression of the fruit of the spirit)

Scall healed: Sin has died

CLEAN: Dead and crucified to sin; Alive to life, life is restored in Messiah


In verse thirty three in the Hebrew text, the phrase "and shall be shaven" is "v'heeth-gah-lakh" (xlgthw), but in the Hebrew text, in this Hebrew word that is not shown in English, the Gimel is enlarged

V'hith-galakh



Rabbi Aaron L. Raskin of Chabad.org of the Chabad of Brooklyn Heights notes that one of the reasons that the Gimel is large, because it is existing between the times of the Omer count, between the first day of the Omer and Shavuoth, and also between the time of the first count of the Omer and the reiligious Jewish tradition of "Lag B'Omer" that occurs in the thirty third day. Hence, one of the reasons the large Gimel located in the thirty third verse in chapter fifteen.

This is the teaching titled "The Number Three" of this week's Torah portion by Rabbi Aaron L. Raskin.

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Verses thirty eight and thirty nine

BRIGHT SPOTS

White bright spots: Sin is dying, being crucified in Messiah

PRIEST LOOKS:

Turning darkish white: Sin is dying, being crucified in Messiah

CLEAN: Dead and crucified to sin; Alive to life, life is restored in Messiah

Verses forty and forty-one

BALD HEAD/EDGE OF HEAD

Growing bald from edge of head, or a bald head: CLEAN

 

Verses forty two through forty six

BALD HEAD, OR BALD FOREHEAD
Headship of a man is Messiah (1 Corinthians 11:3)

White-reddish plague breaking: Sin is breaking out, becoming alive

PREIST LOOKS:

Swelling of the plague, of White-reddish color: Sin is breaking out, becoming alive

LEPROSY- UNCLEAN: Alive to sin, Dead to life in Messiah (Romans 6:23; 8:6)

Garments rent: Like High Priest and priests garments, the Word rented from him (Exodus 28:32; 39:23; Leviticus 10:6). Also, relationship with Heavenly Father rent apart

Head is exposed: Lost headship of Messiah (1 Corinthians 11:3)

Covers the upper lip: The Word is not in him

Crying UNCLEAN! UNCLEAN! (Saying it two times): Like Daniel with writing on the wall: “Mene, “Mene”, it is established with "two witnesses" (Deuteronomy 17:6; 19:5). The man is spiritually dead

Sent outside of the Camp: Thrown out of the Heavenly realm to outer darkness [Going further- weeping and gnashing of teeth] (Matthew  8:12; 22:13; 25:30)

Character is the result of one's morals of knowing right and wrong, knowing the truth, etc.. It is "internal".

Personality is the result of one's outward expressions: Is one selfless or selfish, righteous or evil, helpful or hurtful, etc.

Indirectly related, these unrighteous fruits are revealed in the apostle Paul's letter to the assembly in Collosia

Colossians 3:2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. 3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Messiah in hwhy. 4 When Messiah, who is our Life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with Him in glory. 5 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: 6 For which things' sake the wrath of hwhy cometh on the children of disobedience: 7 In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them. 8 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. 9 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; 10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him: 11 Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Messiah is all, and in all.

and in his letter to the assembly in Galatia

Galatians 5:19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, 20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, 21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the Kingdom of hwhy.

The apostle James, Yeshua's brother, reveals what happens to sin in his epistle

James 1:12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him. 13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of hwhy: for hwhy cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: 14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. 15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. 16 Do not err, my beloved brethren.

But the apostle Paul writes about the fruits of the Spirit in his letter to the assembly in Galatia

Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no Torah. 24 And they that are Messiah's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. 25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. 26 Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.

Also, the apostle Peter wrote

2 Peter 1:3 According as His divine Power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him that hath called us to glory and virtue: 4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. 5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue, knowledge; 6 And to knowledge, temperance; and to temperance, patience; and to patience, godliness; 7 And to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, unconditional love. 8 For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Yeshua, the Messiah.


Looking at the following words:

PLAGUE


The Hebrew word for plague is "neh-gah"- Nun, Gimel, Ayin (
egn). It is from Strong's Concordance number 5061, and its definition

From H5060; a blow (figuratively infliction); also (by implication) a spot (concretely a leprous person or dress): - plague, sore, stricken, stripe, stroke, wound.

from 5060 "nah-gah" (
egn), and its definition

A primitive root; properly to touch, that is, lay the hand upon (for any purpose; euphemistically, to lie with a woman); by implication to reach (figuratively to arrive, acquire); violently, to strike (punish, defeat, destroy, etc.): - beat, (X be able to) bring (down), cast, come (nigh), draw near (nigh), get up, happen, join, near, plague, reach (up), smite, strike, touch.

These various types of plagues in this chapter are symboloic with "sin". HaSatan wants to "plague" us with various kinds of sins: addictions, lusts, exposing our pasts and our weaknesses, etc.


LEPROSY

The Hebrew word for leprosy is "tsahrah-ath"- Tsade, Resh, Ayin, Tav (
teru). It is from Strong's Concordance number 6883, and its definition

From H6879; leprosy: - leprosy.

from 5879 "tsara" (
eru), and its definition

A primitive root; to scourge, that is, (intransitively and figuratively) to be stricken with leprosy: - leper, leprous.


Answers.org has an article titled "Biblical Leprosy: Shedding Light on the Disease that Shuns". According to this article, it is called "Hansen's Disease". This is what it says regarding it's origin

"The Origin of Hansen’s Disease (Leprosy)

Leprosy has terrified humanity since ancient times and was reported as early as 600 BC in India, China, and Egypt. Hansen’s disease is still a major health problem in many parts of Africa, Asia, and Latin America. For many centuries, leprosy was considered a curse of God, often associated with sin. It did not kill, but neither did it seem to end. Instead, it lingered for years, causing the tissues to degenerate and deforming the body.

Many have thought leprosy to be a disease of the skin. It is better classified, however, as a disease of the nervous system because the leprosy bacterium attacks the nerves. Leprosy’s agent M. leprae is a rod-shaped bacterium related to the tuberculosis bacterium. Leprosy is spread by multiple skin contacts, as well as by droplets from the upper respiratory tracts, such as nasal secretions that are transmitted from person to person.

Its symptoms start in the skin and peripheral nervous system (outside the brain and spinal cord), then spread to other parts, such as the hands, feet, face, and earlobes. Patients with leprosy experience disfigurement of the skin and bones, twisting of the limbs, and curling of the fingers to form the characteristic claw hand. Facial changes include thickening of the outer ear and collapsing of the nose.

Tumor-like growths called lepromas may form on the skin and in the respiratory tract, and the optic nerve may deteriorate. The largest number of deformities develop from loss of pain sensation due to extensive nerve damage. For instance, inattentive patients can pick up a cup of boiling water without flinching.

It was the work of Dr. Paul Brand (the late world-renowned orthopedic surgeon and leprosy physician) with leprosy patients that illustrated, in part, the value of sensing pain in this world. The leprosy bacillus destroys nerve endings that carry pain signals; therefore patients with advanced leprosy experience a total loss of physical pain. When these people cannot sense touch or pain, they tend to injure themselves or be unaware of injury caused by an outside agent".


The www.biblestudytools.com website gives a definition of the scall.

"Encyclopedias- International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Scall

SCALL
skol (netheq; thrausma):

This only occurs in Leviticus 13 and 14 where it is used 14 times to describe bald or scaly patches of eruption on the skin. Such patches are generally the result of parasitic organisms. The common from known now as scalled head is produced by a microscopic plant, Achorion schoeninii. In Old and Middle English, scall was used for scabbiness of the head (Chaucer and Spenser)".




Looking at the word SLACK

The Hebrew word for slack is "rah-phah"- Resh, Peh, Aleph (
apr). It is from Strong's Concordance number 7495, and its definition

A primitive root; properly to mend (by stitching), that is, (figuratively) to cure: - cure, (cause to) heal, physician, repair, X thoroughly, make whole. See H7503.

This is "not" the right definition, because a boil is not healed and causes the plague. The one below is the more correct source:

from 7496 "rah-phah" (
apr), and its definition

From H7495 in the sense of H7503; properly lax, that is, (figuratively) a ghost (as dead; in plural only): - dead, deceased.



T
hroughout this chapter, these plagues are seen by the Priests, overall, for two weeks, to pronounce someone clean, or unclean, and if it recurs after they are called clean, they are given another week to be called clean or unclean. Notice, overall, it does not go later than three weeks.



In the Brith Khadashah (the New Covenant), Yeshua healed lepers during his ministry. One of them is located in the Gospel of Matthew

Matthew 8:1 When He was come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed Him. 2 And, behold, there came a leper and worshippedHim, saying, Lord, if Thou wilt, Thou canst make me clean. 3 And Yeshua put forth His Hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed. 4 And Yeshua saith unto him, See thou tell no man; but go thy way, shew thyself to the Priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them.



Mark Biltz of El Shaddai Ministries noted that it was the Priest that made the finalization, or had the final say for a person to become clean. Ever heard of patients going to see a doctor and tell them they have, say, an ulcer, then the doctor checks the patient, and the doctor replies "You have an ulcer"? This is the same matter regarding a Priest that makes the call.

Related, there was another event where Yeshua healed lepers was in the account of the ten lepers, and it is noted in the Gospel of Luke

Luke 17:11 And it came to pass, as He went to Jerusalem, that He passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee. 12 And as He entered into a certain village, there met Him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off: 13 And they lifted up their voices, and said, Yeshua, Master, have mercy on us. 14 And when He saw them, He said unto them, Go shew yourselves unto the Priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed. 15 And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified hwhy, 16 And fell down on his face at His Feet, giving Him thanks: and he was a Samaritan. 17 And Yeshua answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine? 18 There are not found that returned to give Glory to hwhy, save this stranger. 19 And He said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.

Notice that one of the ten returned to Yeshua, a descendant of the tribe of Levi, and of the line of Aaron, the High Priest. The ten lepers are symbolized to be the lost Ten Northern Tribes of Israel, of the Northern Kingdom of Israel. And one of the ten glorified 
hwhy, and Yeshua made him whole. This would be symbolized to be the symbolic tribe of Ephraim, meaning "fruitful" whom the Northern ten tribal kingdom would be alternatively named.

In both of these events, Yeshua followed the Torah requirement for a leper is to go to show themselves to the priest, as Yeshua is also a descendant of Priests, via his mother Mary. When that one former leper realized he was healed, he went back and did the right thing while glorifying 
hwhy, but also going to Yeshua, "the Priest". And Yeshua called him whole or "clean".



John the Baptist sent messengers to ask Yeshua if He was the Messiah, and Yeshua revealed His answer to them to include His acts to heal lepers. It is noted in the Gopsel of Matthew

Matthew 11:2 Now when John had heard in the prison the works of Messiah, he sent two of his disciples, 3 And said unto Him, Art Thou He that should come, or do we look for another? 4 Yeshua answered and said unto them, Go and shew John again those things which ye do hear and see: 5 The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the Gospel preached to them. 6 And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in Me.

In an earlier account of His ministry, Yeshua read the prophecy which He fulfilled, but mentioned of the prophet Elijah healing a leper. It is noted in the Gospel of Luke

Luke 4:16 And He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up: and, as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Shabbath day, and stood up for to read. 17 And there was delivered unto Him the scroll of the prophet Esaias. And when He had opened the scroll, He found the place where it was written, 18 The Spirit of hwhy is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the Gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, 19 To preach the acceptable year of hwhy. 20 And He closed the scroll, and He gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on Him. 21 And He began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears. 22 And all bare Him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of His mouth. And they said, Is not this Joseph's Son? 23 And He said unto them, Ye will surely say unto Me this proverb, Physician, heal Thyself: whatsoever we have heard done in Capernaum, do also here in thy country. 24 And He said, Verily I say unto you, No Prophet is accepted in his own country. 25 But I tell you of a truth, many widows were in Israel in the days of Elias, when the heavens was shut up three years and six months, when great famine was throughout all the land; 26 But unto none of them was Elias sent, save unto Sarepta, a city of Sidon, unto a woman that was a widow. 27 And many lepers were in Israel in the time of Eliseus the prophet; and none of them was cleansed, saving Naaman the Syrian. 28 And all they in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath, 29 And rose up, and thrust Him out of the city, and led Him unto the brow of the hill whereon their city was built, that they might cast Him down headlong. 30 But He passing through the midst of them went His way,


This came from the account of Elijah of Naaman located in the book of the Kings

2 Kings 5:1 Now Naaman, Captain of the Host of the King of Aram, was a great man with his master, and honourable, because by him hwhy had given deliverance unto Aram: he was also a mighty man in valour, but he was a leper. 2 And Aram had gone out by companies, and had brought away captive out of the land of Israel a little maid; and she waited on Naaman's wife. 3 And she said unto her mistress, Would Elohim of my lord were with the prophet that is in Samaria! for he would recover him of his leprosy. 4 And one went in, and told his lord, saying, Thus and thus said the maid that is of the land of Israel. 5 And the king of Aram said, Go to, go, and I will send a letter unto the king of Israel. And he departed, and took with him ten talents of silver, and six thousand pieces of gold, and ten changes of raiment. 6 And he brought the letter to the King of Israel, saying, Now when this letter is come unto thee, behold, I have therewith sent ta-Naaman my servant to thee, that thou mayest recover him of his leprosy. 7 And it came to pass, when the King of Israel had read ta-the letter, that he rent his clothes, and said, Am I the Elohim, to kill and to make alive, that this man doth send unto me to recover a man of his leprosy? wherefore consider, I pray you, and see how he seeketh a quarrel against me. 8 And it was so, when Elisha a man of the Elohim had heard that the King of Israel had rent ta-his clothes, that he sent to the king, saying, Wherefore hast thou rent thy clothes? Let him come now to me, and he shall know that there is a prophet in Israel. 9 So Naaman came with his horses and with his chariot, and stood at the door of the house of Elisha. 10 And Elisha sent a messenger unto him, saying, Go and wash in Jordan seven times, and thy flesh shall come again to thee, and thou shalt be clean. 11 But Naaman was wroth, and went away, and said, Behold, I thought, He will surely come out to me, and stand, and call on the name of hwhy his Elohim, and strike his hand over the place, and recover the leper. 12 Are not Abana and Pharpar, rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? may I not wash in them, and be clean? So he turned and went away in a rage. 13 And his servants came near, and spake unto him, and said, My father, if the prophet had bid thee do some great thing, wouldest thou not have done it? How much rather then, when he saith to thee, Wash, and be clean? 14 Then went he down, and dipped himself seven times in Jordan, according to the saying of the man of the Elohim: and his flesh came again like unto the flesh of a little child, and he was clean. 15 And he returned to the man of the Elohim, he and all his company, and came, and stood before him: and he said, Behold, now I know that there is no Elohim in all the earth, but in Israel: now therefore, I pray thee, take a blessing from ta thy servant. 16 But he said, As hwhy liveth, before whom I stand, I will receive none. And he urged him to take it; but he refused. 17 And Naaman said, Shall there not then, I pray thee, be given to thy servant two mules' burden of earth? for thy servant will henceforth offer neither Elevation Offering nor sacrifice unto other elohim, but unto hwhy. 18 In this thing hwhy pardon thy servant, that when my master goeth into the house of Rimmon to worship there, and he leaneth on my hand, and I bow myself in the house of Rimmon: when I bow down myself in the house of Rimmon, hwhy pardon thy servant in this thing. 19 And he said unto him, Go in peace. So he departed from him a little way. 20 But Gehazi, the servant of Elisha the man of the Elohim, said, Behold, my master hath spared ta Naaman this Syrian, in not receiving at his hands ta that which he brought: but, as hwhy liveth, I will run after him, and take somewhat of him. 21 So Gehazi followed after Naaman. And when Naaman saw him running after him, he lighted down from the chariot to meet him, and said, Is all well? 22 And he said, All is well. My master hath sent me, saying, Behold, even now there be come to me from mount Ephraim two young men of the sons of the prophets: give them, I pray thee, a talent of silver, and two changes of garments. 23 And Naaman said, Be content, take two talents. And he urged him, and bound two talents of silver in two bags, with two changes of garments, and laid them upon two of his servants; and they bare them before him. 24 And when he came to the tower, he took them from their hand, and bestowed them in the house: and he let ta-the men go, and they departed. 25 But he went in, and stood before his master. And Elisha said unto him, Whence comest thou, Gehazi? And he said, Thy servant went no whither. 26 And he said unto him, Went not mine heart with thee, when the man turned again from his chariot to meet thee? Is it a time to receive ta-the silver, and to receive garments, and oliveyards, and vineyards, and sheep, and oxen, and menservants, and maidservants? 27 The leprosy therefore of Naaman shall cleave unto thee, and unto thy seed for ever. And he went out from his presence a leper as white as snow.

Elisha healed Naamite the Aramite from his plague, but refused Naaman's offer of the treasures that were offered to idols. Gehazi took the treasures from Naaman that were offered to idols, and it made Gehazi lie to Elisha. As a result, Gehazi took on Naaman's plague as his judgment by the word of Elisha.


This is an account of King David regarding Joab in the book of the prophet Samuel

2 Samuel 3:23 When Joab and all the host that was with him were come, they told Joab, saying, Abner the son of Ner came to the king, and he hath sent him away, and he is gone in peace. 24 Then Joab came to the king, and said, What hast thou done? behold, Abner came unto thee; why is it that thou hast sent him away, and he is quite gone? 25 Thou knowest ta-Abner the son of Ner, that he came to deceive thee, and to know ta-thy going out and ta-thy coming in, and to know ta all that thou doest. 26 And when Joab was come out from David, he sent messengers after Abner, which brought him again from the well of Sirah: but David knew it not. 27 And when Abner was returned to Hebron, Joab took him aside in the gate to speak with him quietly, and smote him there under the fifth rib, that he died, for the blood of Asahel his brother. 28 And afterward when David heard it, he said, I and my kingdom are guiltless before hwhy for ever from the blood of Abner the son of Ner: 29 Let it rest on the head of Joab, and on all his father's house; and let there not fail from the house of Joab one that hath an issue, or that is a leper, or that leaneth on a staff, or that falleth on the sword, or that lacketh bread. 30 So Joab and Abishai his brother slew Abner, because he had slain their brother Asahel at Gibeon in the battle.

In this case, King David cursed Joab's family, including anyone that was a leper to pay the penalty for the blood of Abner, son of Ner.



Mark Biltz of El Shaddai Ministries noted a couple of things. The first one is regarding an unclean person. A reason could be, when the person gets a plague, because they were speaking evil, and when the person puts a cloth over his or her upper mouth, that is the area where the evil speech occurred. The second part is the time that Miriam made a complaint regarding Moses, and it is noted in the Torah portion of B'ha-alothkha, in the book of Numbers

Numbers 12:1 And Miriam, she spoke, and Aaron, against Moses upon the account of the Cushite woman whom was taken: for a Cushite woman was taken. 2 And they said, that only among Moses has spoken hwhy? That not also was spoken among us? And hwhy heard. 3 (And the man Moses was very humble, from all the Adam which were upon the face of the ground.) 4 And hwhy said suddenly to Moses, and to Aaron, and to Miriam, Come out you three to the Tent of Appointment! And the three of them, they came out. 5 And hwhy came down in the Pillar of the Cloud, and stood at the Entrance of the Tent, and called Aaron and Miriam: and both of them, they came. 6 And said, Hear now My Words: If shall be of you a Prophet, I, hwhy, will make known to him in a vision, I will speak on him in a dream. 7 Not so of My servant, Moses! In all of My House, he is faithful. 8 I speak among him Mouth to mouth and of appearance, and not in riddles; and the manifestation of hwhy shall be beheld: And why were you not afraid to speak against My servant, against Moses? 9 And the anger of hwhy glowed against them; and left. 10 And the Cloud turned away from upon the Tent; and behold, Miriam was leprous, as snow: and Aaron faced to Miriam, and behold, was leprous. 11 And Aaron said unto Moses, On me, my lord, not now do you lay upon us sin which we have done foolishly and which we have sinned. 12 Not now, she shall be as dead of whom in his coming out from the womb of his mother, and is consumed half of his flesh. 13 And Moses cried to hwhy, to say, El, now! Heal now of her! 14 And hwhy said to Moses, And her father, spitting, had spit in her face that she be not reproached seven days? She shall be shut out seven days outside of the Camp, and afterward, she shall be gathered. 15 And Miriam, she was shut out outside of the Camp seven days: and the People were not pulled up until the gathering of Miriam. 16 And afterward, the people, they pulled up from Hazeroth, and encamped in the Wilderness of Paran.

Miriam received the plague because of her bad mouthing against Moses, not just because she was jealous over Moses being able to talk to 
hwhy directly and back, but they were jealous with Moses' relationship with his wife, who was an Ethiopian woman. But hwhy used it to reveal their jeoulousy against Moses. That is why hwhy plagued her. But Aaron did not get plagued, because he was the High Priest, and was wearing the High Priest garments which was anointed. Otherwise, if Aaron was plagued, so would the High Priest's garments would have been plagued, and the garments could not be used anymore.

Ephraim Judah of Lion and Lamb Ministries noted this account about the lepers, located in the book of the Kings

2 Kings 7:3 And there were four leprous men at the entering in of the gate: and they said one to another, Why sit we here until we die? 4 If we say, We will enter into the city, then the famine is in the city, and we shall die there: and if we sit still here, we die also. Now therefore come, and let us fall unto the host of the Syrians: if they save us alive, we shall live; and if they kill us, we shall but die. 5 And they rose up in the twilight, to go unto the camp of the Syrians: and when they were come to the uttermost part of the camp of Syria, behold, there was no man there. 6 For Adonai had made ta-the host of the Syrians to hear a noise of chariots, and a noise of horses, even the noise of a great host: and they said one to another, Lo, the king of Israel hath hired against us ta-the kings of the Hittites, and ta-the kings of the Egyptians, to come upon us. 7 Wherefore they arose and fled in the twilight, and left ta-their tents, and ta-their horses, and ta-their asses, even the camp as it was, and fled for their life. 8 And when these lepers came to the uttermost part of the camp, they went into one tent, and did eat and drink, and carried thence silver, and gold, and raiment, and went and hid it; and came again, and entered into another tent, and carried thence also, and went and hid it. 9 Then they said one to another, We do not well: this day is a day of good tidings, and we hold our peace: if we tarry till the morning light, some mischief will come upon us: now therefore come, that we may go and tell the king's household. 10 So they came and called unto the porter of the city: and they told them, saying, We came to the camp of the Syrians, and, behold, there was no man there, neither voice of man, but horses tied, and asses tied, and the tents as they were.

Mark Biltz also brought up that King Uzziah was plagued for his disobedience against 
hwhy, and it is noted in the book of the Chronicles

2 Chronicles 26:16 But when he was strong, his heart was lifted up to his destruction: for he transgressed against hwhy, his Elohim, and went into the Temple of hwhy to burn incense upon the Altar of Incense. 17 And Azariah, the Priest, went in after him, and with him fourscore Priests of hwhy, that were valiant men: 18 And they withstood Uzziah, the King, and said unto him, It appertaineth not unto thee, Uzziah, to burn incense unto hwhy, but to the Priests the sons of Aaron, that are consecrated to burn incense: go out of the Sanctuary; for thou hast trespassed; neither shall it be for thine honour from hwhy Elohim. 19 Then Uzziah was wroth, and had a censer in his hand to burn incense: and while he was wroth with the Priests, the leprosy even rose up in his forehead before the Priests in the House of hwhy, from beside the Altar of Incense. 20 And Azariah the Chief Priest, and all the Priests, looked upon him, and behold, he was leprous in his forehead, and they thrust him out from thence; yea, himself hasted also to go out, because hwhy had smitten him. 21 And Uzziah, the King, was a leper unto the day of his death, and dwelt in a several house, being a leper; for he was cut off from the House of hwhy: and Jotham, his son, was over the king's house, judging the People of the land.

Uzziah also spoke rebellion, and it caused his words and actions to become a leper for the rest of his life.


Mark Biltz of El Shaddai Ministries also noted Yeshua in the book of the prophet of Isaiah from this verse regarding the Chronicles account of King Uzziah, in relation to be smitten

Isaiah 53:4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of Elohim, and afflicted.

Looking at the word SMITTEN

The Hebrew word for smitten in this Isaiah passsage, is "neh-gah", spelled as Nun, Gimel, Vav, Heh (
hwgn). It is from Strong's Concordance number 5060. It is mentioned above.

This Hebrew word in Isaiah's passage also means "plague".


The Hebrew word plague mentioned in the prophet Isaish passage above has a Vav added to it. This shows that the Vav, which in the Paleo-Hebrew is a picture of a nail, is a representation of Yeshua Himself. Adding to the Rabbinic source and fulfilling part of His ministry in healing the lepers, that is why Yeshua was called "the Leper Scholar". You can go to Rico's webpage on this week's and next week's Torah portion, which Ryan White, one of Rico Cortes' fellow talmidim teachers, talks about it. It is at the link mentioned above in chapter twelve's commentary.

This is what the Chasidic Rabbis noted in two of their books, in the Babylonian Talmud and the Talmud-Mas.Sanhedrin:

Babylonian Talmud (Sanhedrin 98b): "Messiah ...what is his name? The Rabbis say,'The leprous one'; those of the house of the Rabbi (Jehuda Hanassi, the author of the Mishna, 135-200) say: 'Cholaja' (The sickly), for it says, 'Surely he has borne our sicknesses' etc. (Isa.53,4)."

    Babylonian Talmud, (Sanhedrin 98), p.2 "Rabbi Yochanan said, The Messiah-what is his name?... And out Rabbis said. "the pale one"... is his name, as it is written "Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows-yet we considered him stricken by G-d, smitten by him and afflicted."

     Talmud-Mas.Sanhedrin 98b What is his [the Messiah's] name?... The Rabbis said: His name is ‘the leper scholar,’ as it is written, Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him a leper, smitten of God, and afflicted. (This was in direct reference to Isaiah 53:4).

This is another translation of the Babylonian Talmud statement in Sanhedrin 98b:

"Babylonian Talmud: "The Messiah --what is his name?...The Rabbis say, The Leper Scholar, as it is said, `surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him a leper, smitten of God and afflicted...'" (Sanhedrin 98b)"

They realized that the Messiah would be "the Leper Scholar", and that Leper Scholar is Yeshua.

The Hebrew word plague mentioned in the prophet Isaish passage above has a Vav added to it. This shows that the Vav, which in the Paleo-Hebrew is a picture of a nail, is a representation of Yeshua Himself. Adding to the Rabbinic sources and fulfilling part of His ministry in healing the lepers, that is why Yeshua was called "the Leper Scholar". You can go to Rico's webpage on this week's and next week's Torah portion, and Ryan White, one of Rico Cortes' fellow talmidim teachers, teaches about it. It is located at the link mentioned above in chapter twelve's commentary.



Verses forty seven through fifty nine

GARMENT OF WOOL, LINEN, SKIN OR WORK OF SKIN


Garment of Wool, Linen, Skin, or Work of Skin: Believers in a Congregation

Warp or Woof: Fabric of the character and/or personality of various brethren

Yellowish green, or reddish: Sin in the Congregation

PREIST LOOKS:

SHUTS UP THE PLAGUE 7 DAYS: Time to fructify


7TH DAY:
PRIEST LOOKS:

Plague spread: Sin spead in the Congregation

Leprosy with fretting of the plague: Member of the Congregation revealed in plaguing the Congregation

Burning the garment: Either member getting right with 
hwhy, or ridding the member from the Congregation

OR

PRIEST LOOKS:

Plague has not spread: Person with sin has stopped spreading the plague of sins within the congregation (or member was aware and backs off and stays low)

Priest command to wash garment: Congregation with member involved with sinning are washed in the water of the Word

SHUTS UP A SECOND 7 DAYS: Time to fructify


14TH DAY:
PRIEST LOOKS:

Plague has not changed appearance: Member still has sinning capabilites

Has not spread: Member is aware of environment in the congregation concious of member, and has not attempted to plague the congregation

Burned in fire, becuase it is fretted inside or outside: Member has to be removed from the congregation. Member's character and/or personality has not changed for the better, wheter in the congregation or outside the Congregation

OR

PRIEST LOOKS:

Plague darkened: Member's heart is hardened

Still seen in the garment: Member still affecting members, or capable of affecting members of the Congregation

Burned in the fire: Member is removed from the Congregation

Washing garment a second time: Cleansing the Congregation that were affected by the former member with the water of the Word

CLEAN: Congregation cleansed from the sin


Indirectly related, Yeshua talked about going privately to the brother first, then the two witnessess, and then the assembly (or congregation). It is noted in the Gospel of Matthew

Matthew 18:15 Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother. 16 But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. 17 And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the assembly: but if he neglect to hear the assembly, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican.


Also indirectly related, the apostle Paul made an example of a member affecting the Congregation, and he noted in his letter to the assembly in Corinth

1 Corinthians 5:1 It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father's wife. 2 And ye are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he that hath done this deed might be taken away from among you. 3 For I verily, as absent in body, but present in spirit, have judged already, as though I were present, concerning him that hath so done this deed, 4 In the name of our Lord Yeshua, the Messiah, when ye are gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Yeshua, the Messiah, 5 To deliver such an one unto HaSatan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Yeshua.

The congregation has a right to remove a member if he stills sins or is still capable of sinning.

These are the best that I can understand to what they mean. If I am wrong with these, show me, and if you are proven right, I will humbly repent.


Looking at the word LINEN

The Hebrew word for linen is "peesh-teh"- Peh, Shin, Tav, Heh (
htsp). It is from Strong's Concordance number 6593, and its definition

From the same as H6580 as in the sense of comminuting; linen (that is, the thread, as carded): - flax, linen.

from 6580 "pash" (
sp), and its definition

Probably from an unused root meaning to disintegrate; stupidity (as a result of grossness or of degeneracy): - extremity.

This is a different Hebrew word for linen. The common Hebrew word used for linen is "sheysh" (
ss), and sometimes the Hebrew word used is "bahd" (db), which is to be the English translation "flax". The WiseGeek website has an article titled "What is Carded Cotton?", and this is, in part, what it says

"Carded cotton is cotton which has been prepared for spinning into thread or yarn. Carding is an important step in the processing of many textiles, ensuring that debris is removed while aligning the fibers to make them easier to spin. Without carding, cotton thread would be coarse and extremely fragile".

Though cotton is not linen, or flax, this is an idea what it does.



There are symbolic meanings to the numbers seven and eight:

Seven: Spiritual Completion
Eight: New Beginnings (thank you Mark Biltz of El Shaddai Ministries)


The seven days are an act of completion process like hwhy's completion of the six days of creation and the seventh day of the Shabbath, as emphasized from the first two chapters in the Torah portion of B'reyshith, in the book of Genesis. The number eight also relates to the new beginnings of the Priesthood service as noted in the Torah portion of Sh'mini, in the book of Leviticus

Leviticus 9:1 And was in the eighth day Moses called for Aaron and for his sons, and for the Elders of Israel;


Looking at what the prophet Isaiah said in his book

Isaiah 53:4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of Elohim, and afflicted.



Ending this, Rico Cortes of Wisdom in Torah Ministries has made available a PDF Book called "The Laws of Taharah" from C.I.S. Publishers. I don't agree with everything they say, but it is an interesting pictoral guide to this kind of offering relating to this chapter.  Click on the image below to download the book.

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