Studies in Torah

Parashot Acharei Mot (אחרי מות) & Kedoshim (קדושים): Leviticus 16–20

Should we feel shame for going against the Creator’s instructions? What do we do about that guilt?

Discussed at length in the New Testament letter to the Hebrews, Yom haKippurim (Day of Atonement) is one of the most important lessons in the parables connected to the Moedim (appointed times) of the LORD and the Tabernacle. It teaches the grace and mercy the Creator offers by covering all offenses, pointing to the work of the Mashiakh (Christ).

Also part of the dual readings of אחרי מות Acharei Mot (“after the deaths,” Leviticus 16–18) and קדושים Kedoshim (“holies/holy,” Leviticus 19–20) are instructions on eating blood, nakedness and sexual perversion, discernment of things that shouldn’t go together, the “golden rule” and banishment from the people of Israel.

Yom haKippurim is about freedom from the old life and getting closer to the Giver of Life.

The traditional parallel reading (haftarah) for Acharei Mot/Kedoshim is Ezekiel 22:1–19.

The following are studies from Hallel Fellowship teachers on passages in Acharei Mot/Kedoshim.

Leviticus 16

Leviticus 16 — Day of Atonement

Leviticus 16:20-34: Day of Atonement foreshadows multiple roles for the Messiah

Yom Kippur: Day of hope in the covering and removal of our sins via blood of Yeshua

Yom haKippurim — coverings of a dual sin offering

Day of Atonement — A day of completion, a day of hope

Book of Hebrews, part 3 — New Covenant replaces temple & Torah? Mistaken about the temple?

Question: What is the relationship between law and grace?

Leviticus 17–18

Leviticus 17-18 — prohibitions against eating blood and perversion

Leviticus 18: Why is God so concerned about nakedness?

Leviticus 19

Leviticus 19-20 — God teaches Israel how to be holy

Leviticus 19: The LORD defines what is holy

Leviticus 19:19-34: Lessons from rules on bondservants, mixing of cloths and seeds

Leviticus 20

Levitucus 20:1-5: Molekh vs. priesthood of Israel

Leviticus 20:6-27 part 2: Being ‘cut off’ from Israel

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