In Leviticus 10, Aharon (Aaron) and his sons were ordained as priests. In Leviticus 11-12, they are charged with teaching the people of God to distinguish holy from unholy, “clean” from “unclean.” Once we have been taught by our High Priest, Yeshua the Mashiakh (Jesus the Christ), about what is holy and clean, we need to live in that truth. From this we learn how holiness can be just skin-deep if the heart doesn’t change.
In 2nd Kings 5, we should see a connection between Yeshua (Jesus) and Elisha the prophet. Aramite captain Naaman, a pagan, was not the only one being examined in his healing from leprosy. The king of Israel and Elisha’s servant Gehazi were also being examined or tested.
In an account of Yeshua’s healing 10 lepers, only a Samaritan, a “foreigner,” returned to give God praise. Both Naaman and the Samaritan paid spiritually by having to acknowledge that salvation comes from Israel, not from their false views of God.
How do we relate to Israel’s flight out of Egypt to the Red Sea, as recorded in Exodus? We weren’t there. We know that this was a long, arduous journey. It was a seven-day walk — day and night — without sleep or respite. A likely reason God wants us of the Commonwealth of Israel to remember the Israel’s deliverance from both the lure of Egypt and the might of Egypt on the first and seventh days of the Festival of Unleavened Bread they are picture of the full release God gives us through the Great Deliverer, Yeshua the Messiah.
Other texts: Luke 8:40-46; Matthew 9:18-26; Mark 5:25-43; Mal. 4:1-4; Haggai 2:10-14; Is. 53:4-5
The story of the woman who had suffered with a hemorrhage for 12 years is woven beautifully into the story of the suffering, death and resurrection of the 12 year old girl.
The deepest core of the Torah is the commandment to Love God. Another core tenet of the Torah is the dichotomy of clean v. unclean. God elevates one over the other. For example, God chose the children of Israel above all the other nations, not because they were inherently good and holy but because God called them to be good and holy. God lifted them up and cleaned them and made them holy. They did not do that themselves. God’s purpose is to clean everyone and bring them up not to do away with the distinction between clean and unclean and bring everyone down into a common place.
The woman in the state of hemorrhage was in a state of uncleanliness for 12 years. The girl who died, was also unclean. Even touching a dead body makes one unclean. Both stories have uncleanness touching Yeshua and Yeshua touching uncleanness.
Healing came to the woman from the kraspedon (Strong’s G2899, κράσπεδον) of Yeshua’s garment. The Hebrew for this same word is kanaf (Strong’s H3671), the corner of Yeshua’s garment, where Yeshua’s tzitzit would have attached to the garment.
How can Yeshua be the “anointed one” if he was in contact with uncleanness? The uncleanness of touching a dead body was resolved with the ashes of a red heifer. The difference is that Yeshua is the true High Priest.
Many people of that time period considered it a great burden to deal with ceremonial uncleanliness. For example, in the story of the Good Samaritan, one of the reasons the Levite and the Priest did not help him is because they did not want to take the remote chance of having to touch a dead body. And in that concern about not becoming unclean, they refused to show mercy to someone who needed their help and mercy.
The woman with the hemorrhage understood that what she was doing—reaching out to touch the famous Rabbi—was wrong but she was very desperate and Yeshua voluntarily took her uncleanliness on.
Some may think that God was cruel to keep the woman hemorrhaging for 12 years but He taught her that we are to reach out in our uncleanness and that He will take that uncleanness away. Just as Yeshua took all our uncleanness outside the walls of Jerusalem and dealt with it once and for all.
We should clearly see ourselves in the Passover story. As a grafted-in part of Israel, we are being lifted up, not because of our great we are, but because Yeshua took on our iniquities so we can come out of the other side as clean before God.
Speaker: Jeff. Reader: Bill Kastrinos. Summary: Tammy.
Main Text: Matthew 26, John 13, 1 Cor. 5:7
We are continuing our Passover discussions leading up to the Passover itself. This is some additional background we need to cover before we partake of our annual Passover feast.
Yeshua starts Matthew 26 warning of His disciples of His upcoming death. He spoke this discourse on either the 11th or 12th of Aviv, shortly before the Passover. This is after His triumphant entry to Jerusalem.
We read this story and wonder why the disciples didn’t get it? It’s because they weren’t supposed to understand what was going on until after the fact.
Shortly after, they were the guests of Simon the Leper, a former leper, who may have been healed by Yeshua Himself. The disciples were upset that a woman had covered Him with expensive perfume and Yeshua’s response in Matthew 26:10-13, But Jesus, aware of this, said to them, “Why do you bother the woman? For she has done a good deed to Me. ‘For you always have the poor with you; but you do not always have Me. For when she poured this perfume on My body, she did it to prepare Me for burial. Truly I say to you, wherever this gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be spoken of in memory of her.'”
This perfume was very expensive and Judas and even the other disciples were focused on the cost of the perfume and the “waste” of it and Yeshua’s words that they would always have the poor with them but they would not always have Him escaped them completely.
It was after this rebuke that Judas decided to betray Yeshua and he went to the chief leaders to conspire to betray Yeshua to them.
In Matthew 26:26, Yeshua gathers with His disciples to have final supper with them and He tells them, “While they were eating, Jesus took some bread, and after a blessing, He broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is My body.”
Yeshua was beaten severely by the Romans. They did not follow the Jewish convention of 40 lashes minus 1, which is a small measure of compassion because in Jewish tradition, they didn’t beat a person to kill them but to punish them. The Romans did not have any compassion for those who broke their laws at all. They didn’t care if the person died of the beating and didn’t then need to be crucified. The chief leaders wanted Yeshua to be beaten as severely as possible and they didn’t want any mercy for Yeshua at all.
He suffered this for all of us, for those who believe in Him. The beatings He endured were to heal all of us not only of physical sin but spiritual sin, too. God allowed Yeshua’s suffering for our physical and spiritual healing.
Matthew 26:27-29, “And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He gave it to them, saying, ‘Drink from it, all of you; for this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for forgiveness of sins.'” What is the New Covenant? It’s the remission of sins through Yeshua. This was God’s plan from the beginning.
Every time we come to Passover and we take up that cup, it is about a New Covenant. It’s a reminder that our sins are gone and over with.
After the meal was over and they were leaving for the Mount of Olives, Yeshua makes another profound statement that they didn’t understand at the time either. He said, “You will all fall away because of Me this night, …” He was warning them that He would be taken from them and they would scatter. They weren’t united, they still argued and squabbled about who was the greatest and who should be their leader.
We need to center in the two symbols of Passover: the bread and the wine. Sometimes we look at this story and we just want to say “Thank you” but we don’t want to remember. Yeshua calls on us to remember His suffering, His crucifixion and His death because this is how He heals us.
Yeshua tells them in John 13:31-32, “Therefore when he had gone out, Jesus said, “Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in Him; if God is glorified in Him, God will also glorify Him in Himself, and will glorify Him immediately.” How is being betrayed and killed a glory? It’s because Yeshua saw how His death would bring about mankind’s healing from sin, transgression and iniquity. What did Yeshua give up on the Cross? He gave up His spirit but God gave it back to Yeshua and healed Yeshua of the wounds the Romans inflicted upon Him to the point that the disciples did not recognize the resurrected Yeshua at all.
The Passover is not for the sinner but for those who already have their sins remitted. 1 Cor. 5:7 says, “Clean out the old leaven so that you may be a new lump, just as you are in fact unleavened. For Christ our Passover also has been sacrificed.”
The Passover shows us how we can overcome the world, and not to be afraid of the world. If we love Yeshua, we keep His commandments. How do we do that? Go back and read them. It takes a lifetime for us to grab a hold of and understand many things. There are so many opportunities to be awestruck by God’s word.
Deep trust in the God of Israel by those new to that trust and separated from God by their former lives is the thread weaved through the accounts of the healing of the Capernaum centurion’s servant (Luke 7:1-10), the raising of the Nain widow’s only son (Luke 7:11–17), Yokhanan’s message of repentance (Luke 7:18–27) and the woman who anointed Yeshua with her tears and expensive ointment (Luke 7:28–35).
Yeshua had authority to heal paralytics, forgive sins and call tax collectors to His select 12 disciples. The punchline and the context of these stories and the parables Yeshua told are crucial clues to the meaning of Yeshua’s parables and miracles. A common interpretation of the parables of the cloths and wineskins is that Yeshua is teaching that one needs to unlearn the Torah to learn the gospel, but parables of the same time period employing the same symbols have a different point.