WAYYIQRA (LEVITICUS) 12:1-13:59 – TAZRIA – ‘SHE IS WITH SEED’

This week’s portion is called תַזְרִיעַ - Tazria which means, ‘She bears seed’ or ‘She is with seed’ and this word comes from the root word זָרַע zara – Strong’s H2232 meaning, ‘to sow or scatter seed, conceive, give birth, offspring’.

Here in this Chapter 12 of Wayyiqra/Leviticus we begin to see the Torah concerning a woman when she is pregnant as gives birth and there are regulations regarding what is called a time of separation after giving birth, which is known in Hebrew as נִדָּה niddah – Strong’s H5079 meaning, ‘separation, isolation, uncleanness, menstruation, unclean, impurity, filthiness’, and is often used to speak of a woman’s ‘defilement’ during here menstrual/bleeding cycle.

What נִדָּה niddah – Strong’s H5079 correctly means in this case is, ‘separation from intimacy’ which ultimately is designed to build an expectation and anticipation for restoration after the ‘cleansing cycle’. Nowhere is this seen as a sin or something that is a result of an error, yet there is a necessary time of separation that is needed in order to become ‘ritually pure’ and in essence we see some wonderful shadow pictures involved through this clear instruction for separation! Shadow pictures that reflect the wonderful work of Messiah coming to cleanse His Bride!

For a male child, a woman is unclean for 7 days after the birth, and then on the 8th day the male child is to be circumcised (Medically the eighth day is proven to be the least painful and with the least loss of blood for the child) and then she remains in the blood of her cleansing for 33 days, totalling 40 days of separation when having a male child. The eighth day is when vitamin K and prothrombin (immune and blood clotting factors) are at their all-time highest levels in a boy's life, making it the very best time to promote his healing. 

When having a female child, a woman is unclean for 2 weeks (14 days) and then remains in the blood of her cleansing for 66 days, totalling 80 days, when having a female child. Only the first 7 days or 14 days is she considered impure or rather ‘in the blood of her cleansing’; then begins a process of re-purification through separation. Normally blood is a thing of impurity, but here it cleanses and this pictures our need to be cleansed by the Blood of the Lamb!  After the days of here cleansing, whether it is 40 days for a male child or 80 days for a female child, she was to bring an offering to the priest – a lamb for an ascending offering and a dove or pigeon for a sin offering and if unable to bring a lamb then she was required to bring 2 doves or 2 pigeons, one for an ascending offering and the other for a sin offering.

We see how Miryam fulfilled this Torah instruction, as recorded in:

Luqas/Luke 2:21-24 “And when eight days were completed for Him to be circumcised, His Name was called יהושע, the Name given by the messenger before He was conceived in the womb. 22 And when the days of her cleansing according to the Torah of Mosheh were completed, they brought Him to Yerushalayim to present Him to יהוה23 as it has been written in the Torah of יהוה, “Every male who opens the womb shall be called set-apart to יהוה” – 24 and to give an offering according to what is said in the Torah of יהוה, “A pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons. 25 And see, there was a man in Yerushalayim whose name was Shimʽon, and this man was righteous and dedicated, looking for the comforting of Yisra’ĕl. And the Set-apart Spirit was upon him. 26 And it had been revealed to him by the Set-apart Spirit that he would not see death before he sees the Messiah of יהוה. 27 And he came in the Spirit into the Set-apart Place. And as the parents brought in the Child יהושע, to do for Him according to the usual practice of the Torah, 28 then he took Him up in his arms and blessed Elohim and said, 29 “Now let Your servant go in peace, O Master, according to Your word, 30 for my eyes have seen Your deliverance, 31 which You have prepared before the face of all the peoples, 32 a light for the unveiling of the gentiles, and the esteem of Your people Yisra’ĕl.

What we must also take note of here is that יהושע Messiah was NOT brought to Yerushalayim and presented at 8 days old, as some seem to think, but rather He was brought and presented when He was 40 days old, according to the Torah. There are some who teach a tradition which states that on the 8th day of Sukkot, the ‘Shemini Atzeret’, that the rabbis would take the Torah Scroll and lift it up in the procession to the temple and proclaim that the Torah ‘has legs’; and from this tradition some have taught that יהושע Messiah fulfilled this tradition by being lifted up by Shimon the prophet on the 8th day of Sukkot; yet we see from the above text that He was presented to  יהוה as it has been written in the Torah, when the days of Miryam’s cleansing were complete!!! While we do certainly recognise that by the clear fact that the Word became flesh, that in a manner of speaking the Torah now had legs, yet we must take note that יהושע was presented 40 days after His birth. We certainly believe that that He was born on the 1st day of Sukkot and circumcised on the 8th (Shemini Atzeret), yet He was only presented after 40 days!

Can you imagine this moment when Yosĕph and Miryam came to present יהושע, and heard Shim’on confirming the clear Truth that His eyes had now seen the Messiah of יהוה! We are told that they marvelled at the words that were spoken, as the deliverance of יהוה had now been seen and prepared as a light for the nations!

 

Back to a woman’s separation: What we must understand here is the clear necessity for a woman to refrain from intimacy with her husband during here time of separation.

This in no way calls for wives to sleep in separate beds and not be able to even sit on a chair in the house lest others who sit on it become unclean, but rather speaks of a separation time of being intimate with her husband. During this time, the husband and wife are not to engage in sexual intercourse while she is in the time of here cleansing. What this ‘time of separation’ does is create a wonderful time of much needed bonding with the mother and child and it also causes the husband to begin to relate to his wife in ways that build the relationship stronger without the means of sex. It is during the time of ‘niddah’ that a husband and wife are able to bond on other levels of intimacy in a nonphysical way and deepen their relationship, while having the great expectation of coming together once she is cleansed from here blood. This ‘niddah’ time is not only for healing the body after the birthing process, it also allows the woman to enjoy her baby and not have added responsibilities imposed on her like going to the congregation or working, or having other outside influences interrupt her focus of looking after their baby and home life.

Why the 40 days versus the 80 days? Well, I see two wonderful pictures portrayed here in the cleansing process and being set-apart and able to enter in to the service of the Tabernacle. After יהושע was immersed He went in to the Wilderness for ’40 days’ and, in essence, was ‘separated’ and set-apart for His role and duty as Saviour and Husband. When Mosheh and Yisra’ĕl were at Mount Sinai, Mosheh went up the mountain for 40 days and after having broken the first stone tablets at the sight of the ‘golden calf’ worship incident, he went back up for another 40 days, totalling 80 days after which Yisra’ĕl, the set-apart Bride of יהוה, was now ready to be a called out and set-apart Bride and received the Marriage Covenant as there was a bringing forth, if you will, of a ‘woman’ to be a Bride for יהוה!

The question often is asked that if having the child is not a sin then why a sin offering?

Tehillah/Psalm 51:5 “See, I was brought forth in crookedness, and in sin my mother conceived me.

This is a clear recognition and reminder of how Aḏam and Ḥawwah had sinned and Dawiḏ makes it clear in this Tehillah that he was brought forth in crookedness, as this world has been corrupted due to sin and so the picture of being atoned for by the offerings brought is for the mother in recognition of her need for a Saviour, especially in being entrusted with a new life given as a gift from יהוה.

Another powerful picture we are able to see from these two ’40 day’ requirements is through the work of Messiah, who cleanses His Bride through the washing of the Word. 40 days for a male child and 80 days (2 X 40) for a female child. In terms of the cleansing of us, His Bride, we are able to see how, after He was immersed and received the Spirit, יהושע went into the wilderness for 40 days to be tempted and triumphed by coming through without fail, cleansed after having been born of the Spirit! This in many ways pictures the first 40 days cleansing for the Bride (female), with yet another 40 day cleansing still required, which is what we see pictured, in type, after יהושע Messiah was resurrected and had presented the wave of the sheaf of the first. He spent 40 days teaching His taught ones, as He presented Himself alive after His suffering, by many infallible proofs, being seen by them for forty days, speaking concerning the reign of Elohim. This was, in type, a ‘washing/cleansing period of His Bride’, which symbolically pictures for us the ‘2nd’ 40 day cleansing period for a female child. Now that He had been separated for 40 days and then spent another 40 days after His resurrection with His taught ones, we are able to see the picture of a Bride who is able to be fully cleansed and set-apart for Her Husband!

Eph’siyim/Ephesians 5:25-27 “Husbands, love your wives, as Messiah also did love the assembly and gave Himself for it, 26 in order to set it apart and cleanse it with the washing of water by the Word, 27 in order to present it to Himself a splendid assembly, not having spot or wrinkle or any of this sort, but that it might be set-apart and blameless.

A woman who has a male child is unclean for 7 days, as in the days of her monthly separation (menstrual cycle), and would remain in the blood of her cleansing for 33 days, totalling 40. A woman who has a female child is unclean for 14 days, as in the days of her monthly separation (menstrual cycle), and would remain in the blood of her cleansing for 66 days, totalling 80. Some have argued that the total days is 33 for a male child and 66 for a female child, yet we must take note of the clear language being given here. A woman who gives birth is firstly unclean for 7 or 14 days, and then she remains in the blood of her cleansing, and the Hebrew word for ‘remains’ is יָשַׁב yashaḇ – Strong’s H3427 meaning, sit, dwell, remain, abide, inhabit, sitting still, and bears the clear understanding here of how she will abide in or remain in the state that she has already been in for a further period that is allocated based on the gender of the child!

Verse 4

She remains in the blood of her cleansing and is not able to come into the set-apart place until the days of her cleansing are complete! Here we are able to see another great prophetic shadow picture of the complete cleansing that Messiah has brought for us, for we are now able to draw near to Elohim, by the Blood of Messiah, and come boldly to the throne of favour (which is in the Most Set-Apart Place), and find help in time of need!

By having cleansed us and set us apart in His Blood and having spent 2 ‘40 day periods of separation’ for His Bride, we are now able to enter into the Set-Apart Place and have fellowship as a body together in Him!

The Hebrew root word for ‘completed’ here is מָלֵא male’(maw-lay) – Strong’s H4390 and carries the meaning, to be full, to fill, complete, covered, dedicate, fulfil, ordain, and by the work of our Master, a once defiled and divorced House, that was scattered throughout the nations, could now enter in!

CHAPTER 13

The Torah of the infection of leprosy:

The Hebrew word that is translated as ‘leprosy’ or ‘leprous infection’ is צָרַעַת tsara’ath – Strong’s H6883 which means,leprosy, malignant skin disease in people; and in clothing or buildings – mildew or mould which is derived the denominative verb צָרַע tsara – Strong’s H6879 which means, to be struck with leprosy, to be leprous.

This form of infection comes out in physical manifestations and is not the same specific flesh-devouring disease that bears this name today (also known as Hansen’s Disease after the man who identified its cause), but is a skin ailment that is more like psoriasis, which is a chronic skin disease characterized by circumscribed red patches covered with white scales, yet it was not this either. The symptoms of leprosy were just like several normal, common occurrences, until they took on specific characteristics for which the priests had to watch, because they were signs of something deeper.

It may seem a little odd that skin irritations are important in the Torah, yet what this shows is that while the literal commands are to be followed, we also need to look at what is behind them and understand that there is more to simply adhering to the letter of the Torah, as we are to walk in Spirit and Truth and show through our outward actions that the Torah is truly written upon our hearts. This is more than just an insect bite or dry skin, and the fact that it is more than skin-deep means it is more than just a surface blemish, though any of these should alert us to the need to examine ourselves to make sure that is all it is. 

Qorintiyim Aleph/1 Corinthians 11:31 “For if we were to examine ourselves, we would not be judged.

One would come to the priest to determine whether it came from a deeper cause.  He is the only one who can diagnose it, after examining the facts. What is such a powerful picture and great lesson for us in this entire chapter is the fact that only the priest could declare someone clean or unclean!

In verse 2-3 we see how the language used to describe the progression of leprosy in fact shows us how sin/lawlessness too can progress from something seemingly small and insignificant to a fully blown outburst of wickedness and bad fruit. The lesson on leprosy is that it represents for us the sin of the flesh and how ‘unseen’ sin or un-dealt with sin progresses to bear fruit that is ugly and spoilt.

The progression of sin not brought to the priest for inspection and dealt with can progress as seen in the pattern of the following verses:

1 – Verse 2 – The beginning – a scab or a bright spot –

Yeshayahu/Isaiah 3:16-17 “And יהוה says, “Because the daughters of Tsiyon are haughty, and walk with outstretched necks and seductive eyes, walking and mincing as they go, making a jingling with their feet, 17 therefore יהוה shall smite with a scab the crown of the head of the daughters of Tsiyon, and יהוה expose their nakedness.

2 – Verse 7 – Advancement – scab spreads over the skin

Yeshayahu/Isaiah 1:5-6 “Why should you be beaten anymore? You continue in apostasy! All the head is sick, and all the heart faints. 6 From the sole of the foot, to the head, there is no soundness in it – wounds and bruises and open sores; they have not been closed or bound up, or soothed with ointment.

3 – Verse 10 – Full outburst – raw flesh in the swelling – a picture of hatred setting in!

Amos 5:10 “They hated the one who reproves in the gate, and they despise the one who speaks the truth.

4 – Verse 24 – Inflamed state – burns/ burning – be consumed with His love and respond with obedience in joy or stay in a disobedient state and be ‘consumed’ in His wrath!

Yeshayahu/Isaiah 3:24 “And it shall be: Instead of a sweet fragrance, a smell of decay; and instead of a belt, a rope; and instead of well-set hair, baldness; and instead of a festal robe, a girding of sackcloth; and branding instead of loveliness.

Inflammations can picture for us certain ‘mind games’ through slander or gossip, which certainly can contaminate us and cause us to become ‘unclean’ and defiled!

Burns cause inflamed flesh and so we see this as a picture of anger, which can often cause one’s face to become red and inflamed with rage!

Ya’aqoḇ/James 1:14-22 “But each one is enticed when he is drawn away by his own desires and trapped. 15 Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin. And sin, when it has been accomplished, brings forth death. 16 Do not go astray, my beloved brothers. 17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no change, nor shadow of turning. 18 Having purposed it, He brought us forth by the Word of truth, for us to be a kind of first-fruits of His creatures. 19 So then, my beloved brothers, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath, 20 for the wrath of man does not work the righteousness of Elohim. 21 Therefore put away all filthiness and overflow of evil, and receive with meekness the implanted Word, which is able to save your lives. 22 And become doers of the Word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.

We are to be doers of the Word and not hearers only; for if we find ourselves slacking in our doing of the Word, a scab or infection of sin may appear, which when left alone could entice one into following one’s own desires rather than seeking the well pleasing desire of Elohim and give birth to much lawlessness which if not dealt with and brought to the priest and by that I mean our High Priest יהושע then we risk the reality of what sins brings forth and that is death! In the above text we are clearly told to be slow to become angry, for anger doesn’t work righteousness and while we may not always be excused from getting angry, we are to do our utmost to not do so quickly. And if one does get angry for whatever reason then sort it out quickly lest your anger turns you away from walking in righteousness and find yourself become defiled through regretful actions or words that need to be repented of!

Eph’siyim/Ephesians 4:26-27 “Be wroth, but do not sin.” Do not let the sun go down on your rage, 27 nor give place to the devil.

For me this verse is very clear – we must be careful when we find ourselves being wroth or angry, because if it is harboured and continued for more than a day we risk the danger of giving a place for the devil to have an open door into our lives, and we need to learn to ‘put off’ all filthiness and fleshly reactions that may only start as a small irritating scab, which if scratched enough can fester and cause greater infection, and cause one to get greatly inflamed and let anger direct your way, which will only result in a negative outcome!

Qorintiyim Bět/2 Corinthians 7:1Having, then, these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all defilement of the flesh and spirit, perfecting set-apartness in the fear of Elohim.

Leprosy can represent for us that which is of the flesh, and at the same time even that which is a defilement of the spirit and we must cleanse ourselves from all of this defilement as we perfect our set-apartness in Messiah.

When we have been found to have an infection so to speak, and by that I mean that we have recognised that there is an area of disobedience in our lives that does not line up with pure set-apartness, then we too, like the infected one, must come to the Priest and repent of our sin and be cleansed from all unrighteousness that we may praise Him and be able to participate in that which is required in the service of His Body!

Yoḥanan Aleph/1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, He is trustworthy and righteous to forgive us the sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

The waiting period of anyone who was inspected by the priest was 7 days and this is very profound, as on the 7th day the infected one would be inspected. As we continue to understand the one thing that Kěpha told us to be ignorant of or rather not let one matter be hidden from us, and that is that 1 day is as a 1000 years to יהוה and a 1000 years as 1 day, we once again see the wonderful picture being presented here in the Torah of leprosy. On the 7th day the priest would inspect the infected one and so we know that on the 7th day (that is the 7th Millennium) our High Priest will come and ‘inspect’ us to see if we are clean or unclean – to see whether we have defilement of the flesh and spirit or if we have walked faithfully in spirit and in truth! יהושע Messiah, on the 7th day, shall declare who is clean and who is unclean! As we consider the further picture of this in relation to the feasts we see once again a wonderful picture of how יהושע will come out of the Most Set-Apart Place on Yom Kippur and by the time Sukkot arrives, He will have a clean and prepared Bride who has made herself ready for Her coming King, able to enter in to the Marriage Supper of the Lamb!

A person who had an infection would be shut up for 7 days and then inspected and if still no improvement would be shut up a further 7 days being inspected again on the 14th day and if he is still unclean who would be pronounced unclean and is no longer ‘shut up’ but rather judged as unclean and fit to enter the camp and remains in his uncleanness. This for me is a critical foreshadowing to the period between Yom Teruah on the 1st of the 7th month in the 7th Millennium to the 14th of the 7th month – the day before Sukkot and those who have not been ‘cleansed’ by the Blood of the Lamb and have received the covering or atonement for their sins shall be permanently declared unclean and have no access in to the rejoicing feast of Sukkot!

There will be many who upon inspection after the 1st 7 day period will not have changed as they will refuse to repent and so will face the danger of being shut out forever.

The 7 days of being shut up can also symbolise for us the time of Ya’aqoḇ’s trouble in the 7 year tribulation period, which will clearly identify three groups of people:  the righteous, the wicked, and the "sinners" who have not yet made their decision on which way to go, but have drifted along in being lukewarm. Dawiḏ speaks of "teaching sinners יהוה's way", while יהוה sets Himself firmly against the wicked.  At the very beginning of this apocalyptic seven-year season, some are separated away and pronounced "clean" or righteous, for they have prepared themselves in this age and been faithful and steadfast in walking in righteousness, holding fast to the commands of elohim and the testimony of Messiah. Others are destroyed by plagues and disasters, having "still refused to repent".

Ḥazon/Revelation 9:20 “And the rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands, that they should not worship the demons, and idols of gold, and of silver, and of brass, and of stone, and of wood, which are neither able to see, nor to hear, nor to walk.

Ḥazon/Revelation 16:9 “And men were burned with great heat, and they blasphemed the Name of Elohim who possesses authority over these plagues. And they did not repent, to give Him esteem.

At the end of Ḥazon/Revelation we see a clear divide between the righteous and the wicked or in terms of the torah of leprosy, between the clean and the unclean:

Ḥazon/Revelation 22:11 “He who does wrong, let him do more wrong; he who is filthy, let him be more filthy; he who is righteous, let him be more righteous; he who is set-apart, let him be more set-apart.

What we must recognise here is that the torah for a leprous infection is very clear – you have ‘7 days’ to get cleaned up and be inspected by the priest – what will you be found to have done? Remain in your sin or cleansed and of great use in His house?

Timotiyos Bět/2 Timothy 2:20-21But in a large house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay, some unto value and some unto no value. 21 If, then, anyone cleanses himself from these matters, he shall be a vessel unto value, having been set apart, of good use to the Master, having been prepared for every good work.

Part of ‘cleansing oneself’ is the need to take responsibility and own up to the fact that you have a spot/blemish and takes great humility to do so, whereas if one does not confess and repent then it shows a selfishness and pride that is crippling one’s ability to be free from any defilement and the consequences of ignored selfishness and pride is fatal!

It would take great courage and bravery to confess and expose oneself to this long period of testing so that the rest of the community/camp could remain pure.  One cannot be part of the community as long as the signs of selfishness are on him.

Qorintiyim Aleph/1 Corinthians 5:11 “But now I have written to you not to keep company with anyone called ‘a brother,’ if he is one who whores, or greedy of gain, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or a swindler – not even to eat with such a one.

The treatment for leprosy was to remove and isolate the contamination. The one spreading gossip, slanderous thoughts and bad reports about other people was to be removed from the camp before it infected the whole camp. During this time, they were considered contagious. After the seven days, the priest inspected them to see if the condition had spread or changed. What the priest was inspecting was both the body and the heart condition of the contaminated person. Treating the heart and mind (sickness of the spirit), took care of the sickness on the body in the physical dimension. Once the contaminated person repented, the priest anointed the person with oil and immersed them in water/mikvah for status change from the unclean realm into the clean realm. The person was thus restored back into communion with יהוה and the community of fellowship again. This is called the ritual application of יהוה’s teaching and instruction for Life and is still applicable today! This principle comes not from Judaism or rabbinic teaching, but יהושע, the LIFE in Torah!

Often a community can be too quick to receive a leprous (unclean) person back into the fold before the said person has totally repented and cleansed his way as Yahweh instructs us in His Word. Or even more damaging, the leprous/contaminated person may have never been addressed and is still continuing to spread contamination throughout the community because their behaviour has not been properly evaluated by leadership. The way back to relationship with יהוה is only through repentance and forgiveness. Leprous afflictions have been designed by יהוה to redeem His people back into relationship with Him, to keep His camp clean and to have a functioning priesthood and set-apart nation before Him.

The garments are to be kept pure:

The Hebrew word translated as ‘garments’ is בֶּגֶד beggeḏ – Strong’s H899 which means, garment, covering, treachery, to deceiveand can also give reference to any kind of garment, from the robes of the rich and mighty to the rags of the poor and the leper.

In this section we also see the instructions regarding a leprous infection on any garment of warp, weft or wool and as we know that in Scripture garments are often a symbolic picture of our works, so what we can deduce from the instructions given here thus far is that the first section on dealing with the ‘skin’ can represent our attitudes and our thought processes as well as our commitment to walking in the Truth and our ability to renew our minds daily, while when we come to the infection on the garments we see the picture of our works.

Ḥazon/Revelation 3:4 “Nevertheless, you have a few names in Sardis who have not defiled their garments. And they shall walk with Me in white, because they are worthy.

Ḥazon/Revelation 3:18 “I advise you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, so that you become rich; and white garments, so that you become dressed, so that the shame of your nakedness might not be shown; and anoint your eyes with ointment, so that you see.

Ḥazon/Revelation 16:15 “See, I am coming as a thief. Blessed is he who is staying awake and guarding his garments, lest he walk naked and they see his shame.

The Greek word that is translated as ‘guarding’ in the above verse is τηρέω tēreō – Strong’s G5083 which means,to attend to carefully, to take care of, to guard, to one in the state in which he is, to observe, to hold fast, and this is a verb which clearly implies an action that is required rather than a passive nullification of the need to observe. It comes from the word τηρός tēros which is a ‘guard’, and we know that a guard cannot guard correctly if they are not alert and watchful! Figuratively, this word τηρέω tēreō means, obey, fulfil a duty, precept, law or custom, and to perform watchfully. To guard one’s garments implies an active obedience to staying awake and being properly dressed in righteousness and keep our garments clean!

One of the things a leper would have to do in the cleansing process is to ‘destroy his garments’ and so too do we need to ‘destroy’ our ‘old’ self and put on Messiah:

Romiyim/Romans 13:12-14 “The night is far advanced, the day has come near. So let us put off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. 13 Let us walk becomingly, as in the day, not in wild parties and drunkenness, not in living together and indecencies, not in fighting and envy, 14 but put on the Master יהושע Messiah, and make no provision for the lusts of the flesh.

It is through immersion after repentance that we die to self and put off the old and are made alive in Messiah and put on the new:

Galatiyim/Galatians 3:27 “For as many of you as were immersed into Messiah have put on Messiah.

Eph’siyim/Ephesians 4:21-24 “if indeed you have heard Him and were taught by Him, as truth is in יהושע: 22 that you put off – with regard to your former way of life – the old man, being corrupted according to the desires of the deceit, 23 and to be renewed in the spirit of your mind, 24 and that you put on the renewed man which was created according to Elohim, in righteousness and set-apartness of the truth.

Qolasim/Colossians 3:8-10 “But now, also put off all these: displeasure, wrath, evil, blasphemy, filthy talk from your mouth. 9 Do not lie to each other, since you have put off the old man with his practices, 10 and have put on the new one who is renewed in knowledge according to the likeness of Him who created him

 

Pronounced clean or unclean!

What this chapter teaches us is that we will either be pronounced clean or unclean and understanding this we must do our utmost to keep our garments clean and destroy all garments of falsehood and lawlessness, lest we be found to be among those who shall be pronounced unclean by our Master and be unable to enter the reign!

The Hebrew word that is translated as ‘pronounced clean’ comes from the root verb טָהֵר taher – Strong’s H2891 and means the following: “to be clean; to cleanse; purify’ made clean”, “properly to be bright; to be pure – that is physically sound, clear, unadulterated, morally innocent”, “to be purged, purify, to declare something or someone clean.

It is His word that makes us clean as we cleanse ourselves daily through the washing of His Word. It is He who makes us clean – really clean – by His Blood! This Word ‘tâhêr’ is also used in Wayyiqra/Leviticus 16:19 where the high priest would sprinkle the blood of the sin offering on the horns of the altar and all around, seven times – 7 as we know signifies perfection and so there is a perfect cleansing, and our perfect reconciliation by the Blood of יהושע!

The Hebrew word that is translated as ‘pronounced unclean’ comes from the root verb טָמֵא tamey – Strong’s H2930 which means, to be or become unclean, defiled, become impure’.

To be ‘unclean’ or ‘defiled would render a priest unfit for service as they would be ceremonially unclean and unable to perform the requires set-apart duties of the priesthood. This teaches us a vital lesson on how we are to prefect set-apartness and not become stained with the uncleanness of the world, for it destroys and renders one unfit to serve as a royal priesthood in Messiah!

The Greek word that is used in the LXX (Septuagint) for ‘pronounced unclean’ comes from the root word μιαίνω miainō – Strong’s G3392 which means, to stain, defile, pollute, contaminate, soil, and this word is used in Sha’ul’s words to Titos, in:

Titos/Titus 1:15-16 “Indeed, all matters are clean to the clean, but to those who are defiled and unbelieving no matter is clean, but both their mind and conscience are defiled. 16 They profess to know Elohim, but in works they deny Him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unfit for any good work.

Why I am mentioning this is to highlight how the garments of uncleanness are worn by those who may profess to know Elohim yet in their works of lawlessness they deny Him and shall be pronounced as unclean!

Eph’siyim/Ephesians 5:3 “But whoring and all uncleanness, or greed of gain, let it not even be named among you, as is proper among set-apart ones

Tas’loniqim Aleph/1 Thessalonians 4:7 “For Elohim did not call us to uncleanness, but in set-apartness.

Why I am mentioning this is to simply highlight that to despise the Word of Elohim renders one unclean and unfit to be counted worthy to serve and be a part of a royal and set-apart priesthood, and those who despise His Word will be destroyed!

Leprosy, as pictured by sin, is still very much a huge problem in our midst still today and we need to be careful to not fall into the trap of overlooking any ‘small’ scab or imperfection on our daily living; but rather daily look intently into the Torah of Freedom and allow the Word to wash us and clothe us in righteousness through the precious Blood of Messiah. We have a High Priest who has cleansed us and has called us to be set-apart and He is coming on the 7th day to inspect us – may we all be found to be clean and ready and a bride who is faithfully awake and watching for His soon return!

Shalom