Shalom my friends and Welcome to Scripture Scribbles – my notes and thoughts on the weekly Torah portion. This week we have a double portion again, Acharei Mot meaning after the death and Kedoshim meaning Holy.
As always, test everything to the Word, keep what is good and throw out the rest. Remember, we are all on a journey and I am certainly no authority on anything. Honestly, I’m just stumbling along like everyone else, doing the best I can. 😉
T26 Acharei Mot / Kedoshim | אחרי מות/קדושים | “After the Death/Holy”
Torah: Leviticus 16:1-20:27
Prophets: Ezekiel 22:1-19
Brit Hadasha: Matthew 15:10-20
📖 1 Thessalonians 5:21 … but test everything; hold fast what is good.
ACHAREI MOT / KEDOSHIM LEVITICUS 16:1-20:27
Lev 16 The Day of Atonement is instated.
👣 Observing the Day of Atonement each year will keep us prepped for Messiah’s return. It is a solemn day of reflection of the grace YHWH has shown us and our behavior which put us in need of that grace..
Condition for receiving atonement – This is only for those that have truly repentant hearts.
When we recognize our sin and that we deserve judgment/death, then we can turn to Yeshua and His sacrifice will serve as our atonement. Thus freeing us from righteous and deserved death for our sins.
Lev 16:1-2 This might explain why Aaron’s sons died. The Holy of Holies is only to be entered by the high priest once a year. This could be telling us that Aaron’s sons tried to enter.
Lev 16:4-5 Aaron is to wear special holy garments for this ceremony. Here we are seeing the usage of many different devices and ceremonies to show us how significant it is to approach the Father and ask for atonement for our sins. This is a serious matter.
Lev 16:20 Scapegoat – Azazel is not in all manuscripts. Some people think that Azazel is satan but others think it means “goat of departure” in Hebrew. Unfortunately, we just don’t know.
4 You shall follow my rules and keep my statutes and walk in them. I am the Lord your God. 5 You shall therefore keep my statutes and my rules; if a person does them, he shall live by them: I am the Lord.Leviticus 18:4-5
We do NOT show YHWH enough reverence
👣 This is something that I often pray about. YHWH’s people do not truly give Him the reverence that we should. We treat Him like a genie or a dad and while He is our Father, He can also smite us where we stand. We should fear Him, We should revere Him. But in all honesty, Im not sure we really know how. If you are unsure how to show YHWH reverence, tell Him. Ask Him to show you how.
Lev 19:9-17 YHWH is going into detail on how we are to love our neighbor.
Lev 19:16 Gossip is always a hard topic. For us it seems to have a fuzzy line as to when it is exactly considered gossip. Personally, I think we have to look at the reason we are sharing the information. Are we just keeping someone up to date on what is going on in someone’s life? Like, oh Sarah and Abraham bought a new house, it is so lovely and they seem so happy. Or are we sharing information that makes us feel like we are important and in the loop? Did you hear that Rehab is a prostitute? Yeah apparently she has men coming and going out of her establishment.
Not only do we need to stop gossiping, but we need to stop listening to it too. Listening to it is still participating in the act of gossiping. We need to start standing up and saying, Im sorry but I don’t gossip about people and walk off. People will stop doing it around you when they realize that you are interested in what they have to say about others.
📖 Leviticus 19:17-18 “You shall not hate your brother in your heart, but you shall reason frankly with your neighbor, lest you incur sin because of him. 18 You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against the sons of your own people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord.
These verses are teaching us how to have a clean heart before the Father.
Lev 19:23-25 These verses about fruit can also be applied spiritually to our lives. When we first come to the knowledge of Torah, we lack wisdom to use it and without the time and maturity we can end up beating people over the heads with our bibles. I noticed a real difference in my walk after 5 years and how I treated people. It can make a big difference.
ACHAREI MOT / KEDOSHIM Ezekiel 22:1-19
👣 Remember how I said we do not give YHWH enough reverence? Well this passage is a prime example of people doing what they want to do and thumbing their noses at the Father. In verses 6-12, it was as if they were purposely going out and doing the exact opposite of the Father’s ways.
Do you see the similarities to people today?
As I read that passage, I could see some similarities to today. We need to read these passages and see the stark warnings of what happens to a people when they are evil in the eyes of YHWH.
ACHAREI MOT / KEDOSHIM MATTHEW 15:10-20
👣 This passage is about the same thread that has gone all the way through this Torah portion which is the heart of the matter. It really is all about the heart…the circumcision of the heart.
📖 Matthew 15:18-20 But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person. For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander. These are what defile a person.
If we don’t take anything else away from this Torah portion…we definitely need to take this: We NEED to examine our hearts on a regular basis. It isn’t enough to not gossip or not have evil thoughts or be obedient. Obedience is insufficient without faith. Faith gives us the spirit and then and only then will we desire to live the Father’s ways.
📖 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my rock and my Redeemer. ~Psalms 19:14
📖 I have stored up YOUR Word in my heart, that I might not sin against you ~Psalms 119:11
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