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Torah: Vayikra (Lev.

) 12:1-13:59
Haftarah: Mlakhim Bet (2 Kings) 4:42-5:19
Brit: Mattityahu (Matthew) 8:1-4; 11:2-6; Mark
1:40-45; Luke 2:22-24
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As Read in Lev. 12:2
H2232 zara zaw-rah'. A primitive root; to sow; figuratively to
disseminate, plant, fructify: - bear, conceive seed, set with, sow (-er),
H2232 Strongs #2232: AHLB#: 2137 (V)
2137) m (VI ZRAh) ac: Sow co: Seed ab: ?: The sowing of seeds by
scattering them across the field. [from: m - as a spreading of seeds]
V) m (VI Z-RAh) - Sow: To spread seeds on the ground. [freq. 56] (vf:
Paal, Niphal, Hiphil, Pual) |kjv: sow, yield, sower, bearing, conceive, seed, set|
{str: 2232}

The ancient pictograph for this letter is m and is some type of agricultural
implement similar to a mattock or plow. The meanings of this letter are harvest
or crop as this tool is used in the harvesting, food as from the harvest, cut
from the function of the implement and broad from its shape. food, cut, pierce,
scatter, plow, harvest, tool
As read in Leviticus 13:2:
H6883 tsaraath tsaw-rah'-ath. From H6879; leprosy: - leprosy.
H6883 Strongs #6883: AHLB#: 2691 (N2)
2691) o (V3 TsRAh) ac: Infect co: Welt ab: ?: An infection of the skin,
usually leprosy, that causes welts. Also an infection of mildew or mold, as welts,
on clothing or a building.
) fo (!V3 TsR-AhT) - Infection: An infection of the skin, cloth or a
building. [freq. 35] |kjv: leprosy| {str: 6883}

Tsad: o. The word "tsad" means "side" as a man lying on his side and may be the meaning of
the last two pictographs. Most ancient Semitic alphabets used pictographs which closely
resemble the last pictograph indicating that this was most likely the original form of the letter.

The meaning of this letter is the side of something as well as hunting and chasing through the
idea of laying down in ambush. The modern name for this letter is tsade, a child root from the
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word tsad also meaning side. The phonetic sound of the letter is a "ts" in both ancient and
modern Hebrew. wait, chase, hunt, desire, trouble
H7471 Strongs #7471:
AHLB#: 1453-H (f)
1453) (V
RAh) ac: Feed co:
Shepherd ab: Desire:
The pictograph is a
picture of the head of a
man, the is a picture
of they eye. Combined
these mean "man watches". The shepherd closely watched over his flock, often they are his only
A) (V RAh) ac: ? co: Friend ab: ?
) (V RAh) - Friend: A close companion. [df: 3] [freq. 188] |kjv: neighbor, friend,
another, fellow, companion, other, brother, husband, lover| {str: 7453}
(V RAh) ac: Feed co: Shepherd ab: Desire, Friend.
ZAYIN m harvest or crop. food, cut, pierce, scatter, plow, harvest, tool
TSAD o is the side of something. wait, chase, hunt, desire, trouble
Both of these possess a seed. They both begin with a thought. Resh
means first, beginning, think, person, sum, top. Ayin means to watch, see,
know, experience, and to understand.
So the opening of our parashat-hashavua (Torah Portion for the
Week) in Leviticus chapter 12, opens with a seed,

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Leviticus 12:1 ADONAI said to Moshe,
"Tell the people of
Isra'el: 'If a woman conceives and gives birth to a boy, she will be unclean
for seven days with the same uncleanness as in niddah (Lev 12:1-2 CJB)

She Conceives, also referred to as bears fruit. She gives birth to life!
Children too are a gift from ADONAI; the fruit of the womb is a
reward. (Psa 127:3 CJB)
The birth canal is opened and life comes forth! Here again, The
Father is working something out in the Natural to teach us something also
in the Spiritual. Much like another principle taught that is contrasted with
the first in the following chapter, Leviticus chapter 13.
If we may use the agricultural terminology, much like the heads of
grain are harvested during harvest-time, at the time of the birth of a child
there is harvesting of a person m (Remember your meanings for
Zayin and Resh) In childbirth, there was first conception, a planting of a
seed, and when the time drew near, life came forth as the birth canal
opened and the infant is delivered.
When leprosy is involved there is another opening, however in this
case the result can end in death. With leprosy there is a Hunting, or
Troubling of the person o. It can also be understood by looking at
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the shared 2-letter root of both words, Resh-Ayin which means desire. One
desires to bring forth life, the other desires to trouble
Why do we need to concern ourselves with this? Why is this
important in our day to day lives you may ask. For many of us we can all
admit that during any number of crises throughout the course of our life we
didnt know what the answer was. We just knew we were in a rough way, it
was painful, and we desired to grow through it but much of the time we
cried out for rescue, which is what Abba desires of His children. When we
are in a time of need our Heavenly Father desires for us to come to him for
refuge always.
But its important to keep in mind that although in many ways we
may be older but still unlearned in the ways of the mind of YHVH, He does
not wink at blissful ignorance. The writer of Hebrews reminds us,
Therefore leaving the elementary teaching about the Christ, let us press on
to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works
and of faith toward God, (Heb 6:1 NAS)
To remind ourselves lets reflect back for just a moment at the last
couple of verses from last weeks Torah Portion Shemini. If you recall,
YHVH was instructing His people the difference between Clean
(tahor), and Unclean (tame)
'For I am the LORD, who brought you up from the land
of Egypt, to be your God;
thus you shall be holy for I am holy.'"
This is the law regarding the animal, and the bird, and every living
thing that moves in the waters, and everything that swarms on the earth,
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to make a distinction between the unclean and the clean,
and between the edible creature and the creature which is not to be eaten.
(Lev 11:45-47 NAS)
The word there for distinction or difference is the word H914
Strongs #914: AHLB#: 2005 (V) 2005) J=m ("2 BDL) ac: Separate co:
Piece ab: ?: [from: =m]
V) J=m ("2 B-DL) - Separate: To divide or separate something. [freq. 42]
(vf: Niphal, Hiphil) |kjv: separate, divide, difference, asunder, severed| {str: 914}
Bet-Dalet means to be
separate. Lamed means Shepherds
Authority. This is a tw0-edged word,
much like many Hebrew words, they
possess both a positive and a negative
meaning. You see, we can be
separated unto the Authority and
Protection of The Shepherd, or we can be separated from The Shepherd.
Much like the reminder of the silver half-shekel offering done
according to YHVHs blueprint kept the troops of Israel under the
protective atoning cover of YHVH. But when done outside of His plan, our
destruction is imminent. Lets look at another example.
And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt
spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the
south: and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be
blessed. (Gen 28:14 KJV)
For it was little which thou hadst before I came, and it is now
increased unto a multitude; and the LORD hath blessed thee since my
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coming: and now when shall I provide for mine own house also?
(Gen 30:30 KJV)
And the man increased exceedingly, and had much cattle, and
maidservants, and menservants, and camels, and asses. (Gen 30:43 KJV)
And the LORD said unto Moses, Go down, charge the people, lest they
break through unto the LORD to gaze, and many of them perish.
And let
the priests also, which come near to the LORD, sanctify themselves, lest the
LORD break forth upon them. (Exo 19:21-22 KJV)

And David was displeased, because the LORD had made a breach upon
Uzzah: and he called the name of the place Perezuzzah to this day.
David was afraid of the LORD that day, and said, How shall the ark of the
LORD come to me? (2Sa 6:8-9 KJV)
The word were seeing repeated
over and over here in the following
examples of Scripture is peh-rets, or
paw-rats. And it means a breach or a
breaking out.
Much like soil must be tilled, opened and prepared for
seed, so is the way of all life, also amply demonstrated in the wide array of
pollinated flowers in our home state of South Carolina as observed in the
beautiful colors of Azaleas, Blue Hydrangeas, Redbuds, Magnolias and
Butterfly bushes.

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In 2Sam.6:9 King David asked the question How shall the ark of the
LORD come to me?
Let us remember what Yaakov, brother and servant of his brother Yeshua
But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to
all men generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.
(Jam 1:5 NAS)
Because we do not have the temple today, and we do not use the
sacrificial system today, all of us are at a degree of loss of understanding as
the sacrificial system was a tangible means The Father used to teach us
about Clean and Unclean!
Her cohanim have done violence to my Torah, profaned my holy things, made no
difference between the holy and the common, not distinguished between unclean
and clean, hidden their eyes from my shabbats, and profaned me among themselves.
(Eze 22:26 CJB)
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Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you
from all your uncleanness and from all your idols.
I will give you a new heart
and put a new spirit inside you; I will take the stony heart out of your flesh and
give you a heart of flesh.
I will put my Spirit inside you and cause you to live by
my laws, respect my rulings and obey them. (Eze 36:25-27 CJB)
"'They are to teach my people the difference between holy and common and enable
them to distinguish between clean and unclean.(Eze 44:23 CJB)
What do we know about blood? Genesis 9:4 says,
only flesh with its
life, which is its blood, you are not to eat. (Gen 9:4 CJB)
And Deuteronomy 12:27 says,
There you will offer your burnt offerings, the
meat and the blood, on the altar of ADONAI your God. The blood of your
sacrifices is to be poured out on the altar of ADONAI your God, and you will eat
the meat. (Deu 12:27 CJB)
The blood was meant for the altar, for life. But the understanding is
by it that which is meant for life instead is poured on the ground, it makes
those that touch the blood unclean. We read in Lev. 12,
"Tell the people of Isra'el: 'If a woman conceives and gives birth to a boy, she will
be unclean for seven days with the same uncleanness as in niddah, when she is
having her menstrual period.
On the eighth day, the baby's foreskin is to be
circumcised.(Lev 12:2-3 CJB)
The woman is therefore in a state of
uncleanness for 7 days, or niddah,
meaning: impurity

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another reason why the child is taken away so they do not have to
participate in the mothers ritual uncleanness. The issues concerning the
womans cycle of blood are called Laws of Purity of Holiness and do not
reflect punishment but as the Etz Hayyim commentators point out, Tumah
(ritually unclean) seems to be the result of coming into contact with an
awesomely potent force that disqualifies one from approaching the
sanctuary. A woman who had just given birth might feel the presence of
God so strongly in that experience that she would feel no need to go to the
sanctuary to find God (Etz Hayyim, p.649).
'And when the days of her purification are completed, for a son or for a
daughter, she shall bring to the priest at the doorway of the tent of meeting,
a one year old lamb for a burnt offering, and a young pigeon or a turtledove
for a sin offering.

'Then he shall offer it before the LORD and make atonement for her; and
she shall be cleansed from the flow of her blood. This is the law for her who
bears a child, whether a male or a female.
'But if she cannot afford a lamb,
then she shall take two turtledoves or two young pigeons, the one for a
burnt offering and the other for a sin offering; and the priest shall make
atonement for her, and she shall be clean.'" (Lev 12:6-1 NAS)
So at the end of her purification she was to bring a sin offering for
atonement. Interestingly we read a similar account in the birth of our
Messiah. Reading in the book of Luke chapter 2 we read,
And when eight days were completed before His circumcision, His name
was then called Jesus, the name given by the angel before He was
conceived in the womb.
And when the days for their purification
according to the law of Moses were completed, they brought Him up to
Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord
(as it is written in the Law of the
Lord, "Every first-born male that opens the womb shall be called holy to
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the Lord "),
and to offer a sacrifice according to what was said in the
Law of the Lord, "A pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons."
(Luk 2:21-24 NAS)
When Yosef and Miryam had finished doing everything required by the
Torah of ADONAI, they returned to the Galil, to their town Natzeret.

The child grew and became strong and filled with wisdom- God's favor
was upon him.
Every year Yeshua's parents went to Yerushalayim for
the festival of Pesach. (Luk 2:39-41 CJB)
Mary & Joseph Obeyed the Torah!

An important lesson for us to observe here is that as we obey His
Torah, the better understanding we will come into of making those
distinctions between Holy & common, between Clean & Unclean. Because if
we recall, it was Spiritual impurity that keep a people from approaching
What we are discussing here is determining those things that keep us
from intimacy with our Creator, and how to resolve and remove anything
that would stand in the way of our fellowship with Him; which is why He
has shared His Torah, which is His character and heart on how to address
those things that we would otherwise be left in bondage and kept from
YHVH had He not revealed how to address issues of uncleanness and purity
And so, as stated earlier, there is such a stark contrast where we read
in the beginning of the parasha the creation of life, and then in the
following chapter we then read of a skin affliction, an outbreak that can
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cause death. The similarity we find between both is that most always, by
our choices have invited those seeds or things that make for life, or for
death yes?

*A person can be ritually cleanbut have an Unclean Heart!*
"For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts,
false witness, slanders. (Mat 15:19 NAS)
So here are a few closing thoughts I want to leave for your consideration.
Colossians tells us that we have been created to reveal the glory of
To whom God would make known what is the riches of the
glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope
of glory:
Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man
in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:

Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which
worketh in me mightily. (Col 1:27-29 KJV)
Also pointed out in the book of Ephesians we read
That Christ may
dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,
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May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and
length, and depth, and height;
And to know the love of Christ, which
passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.
(Eph 3:17-19 KJV)
Its important then that we, as obedient vessels, operate in obedience
to His Torah so that we can be empowered by His indwelling Spirit to carry
the Gospel around the world to the Lost. We read in the book of Matthew
And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and
preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness
and all manner of disease among the people. (Mat 4:23 KJV)
The word in Greek there for Gospel is G2098
euaggelion, pronounced yoo-ang-ghel'-ee-on. From the same as G2097; a
good message, that is, the gospel: - gospel. To announce the good news, to
bring glad tidings, to bring the message of salvation. If we examine this
word in the concordance to the Septuagint we find it is the same word in
Hebrew as Strongs# H1309 b
orah b
bes-o-raw', bes-o-raw' from the feminine from H1319; glad tidings; by
implication reward for good news: - reward for tidings. 1319 basar
{baw-sar'} Meaning: 1) to bear news, bear tidings, publish, preach, show
forth 1a) (Piel) 1a1) to gladden with good news 1a2) to bear news 1a3) to
announce (salvation) as good news, preach 1b) (Hithpael) to receive good
news; (2Sam.4:10).
The word used for Gospel in The Hebrew language is the same word
we find in this weeks parasha in Vayikra, Leviticus 13:2
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ba ar. baw-sawr' from H1319;
flesh (from its freshness); by extension
body, person; also (by euphemism) the
pudenda of a man: - body, [fat, lean] flesh [-
ed], kin, [man-] kind, + nakedness, self, skin.

Baw-sawr. The flesh. The gospel is to be carried throughout the world
and demonstrated in a vessel of flesh. Was this not what Yeshua did as
prophesied by Yeshayahu in chapter 53
And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death;
because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.

Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when
thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall
prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.
(Isa 53:9-10 KJV)
But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a
servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
And being found in
fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death,
even the death of the cross. (Phi 2:7-8 KJV)
Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we,
being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye
were healed.
For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned
unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls. (1Pe 2:24-25 KJV)

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In drawing the comparisons and contrast between what it means to
give life in Tazria, and what it is to bring death through uncleanness of
Tzaarat we must examine whats in our heart. We are approaching Pesach
and the Feast of Unleavened Bread. Be it known the close proximity of
these feasts and the parashas were studying right now is related!
"Everyone who has tzara'at sores is to wear torn clothes and unbound
hair, cover his upper lip and cry, 'Unclean! Unclean!' (Lev 13:45 CJB)
What we are approaching now must wait until next week, but as you read
next weeks parasha Metzora I want us to consider how things that are
already in our heart that defile us come out for everyone to see. And what
we need to understand is that in a true spiritual sense as demonstrated in
numerous verses today that if we are not walking in His commandments,
we risk a break out that can actually result in a physical manifestion of an
inward spiritual impurity. I have to leave it here for now. But consider what
weve shared today and well pick it up next week in Metzora.