Parashat 29 Portion 89 Vayikra/Lev 18:1-30 Ezek 22:1-12 Rom 1:21-32

Bar’chu et YHVH ha-m’vorach, Baruch YHVH ha-m’vorach l’O’lam va-ed!
Baruch ata YHVH Eloheinu melech ha-olam asher bachar banu m’kol ha-amim, v’na-tan lanu eht Torah-to. Baruch atah YHVH, noteyn ha-Torah. Ameyn.”

(Bless YHVH the blessed One; Blessed is YHVH, the blessed One for all eternity. Blessed are you, YHVH, our Elohim, King of the Universe, you have selected us from among all the peoples, and have given us your Torah.

     Lev 18:1  And יהוה spoke to Mosheh, saying,
     Lev 18:2  “Speak to the children of Yisra’ĕl, and say to them, ‘I am יהוה your Elohim.
     Lev 18:3  ‘Do not do as they do in the land of Mitsrayim, where you dwelt. And do not do as they do in the land of Kenaʽan, where I am bringing you, and do not walk in their laws.
Lev 18:4  ‘Do My right-rulings and guard My laws, to walk in them. I am יהוה your Elohim.
Lev 18:5  ‘And you shall guard My laws and My right-rulings, which a man does and lives by them. I am יהוה.
Lev 18:6  ‘No one is to approach anyone of his own flesh to uncover his nakedness. I am יהוה.
Lev 18:7  ‘The nakedness of your father or the nakedness of your mother you do not uncover. She is your mother, you do not uncover her nakedness.
Lev 18:8  ‘The nakedness of your father’s wife you do not uncover, it is your father’s nakedness.
Lev 18:9  ‘The nakedness of your sister, the daughter of your father, or the daughter of your mother, whether born at home or elsewhere, their nakedness you do not uncover.
Lev 18:10  ‘The nakedness of your son’s daughter or your daughter’s daughter, their nakedness you do not uncover, for theirs is your own nakedness.
Lev 18:11  ‘The nakedness of your father’s wife’s daughter, brought forth by your father, she is your sister, you do not uncover her nakedness.
Lev 18:12  ‘The nakedness of your father’s sister you do not uncover, she is your father’s flesh.
Lev 18:13  ‘The nakedness of your mother’s sister you do not uncover, for she is your mother’s flesh.
Lev 18:14  ‘The nakedness of your father’s brother you do not uncover, you do not approach his wife, she is your aunt.
Lev 18:15  ‘The nakedness of your daughter-in-law you do not uncover, she is your son’s wife, you do not uncover her nakedness.
Lev 18:16  ‘The nakedness of your brother’s wife you do not uncover, it is your brother’s nakedness.
Lev 18:17  ‘The nakedness of a woman and her daughter you do not uncover, nor do you take her son’s daughter or her daughter’s daughter, to uncover her nakedness. They are her relatives – it is wickedness.
Lev 18:18  ‘And do not take a woman as a rival to her sister, to uncover her nakedness while the other is alive.
Lev 18:19  ‘And do not approach a woman to uncover her nakedness in her monthly separation of uncleanness.
Lev 18:20  ‘And do not have intercourse with the wife of your neighbour, to defile yourself with her.
Lev 18:21  ‘And do not give any of your offspring to pass through to Moleḵ. And do not profane the Name of your Elohim. I am יהוה.
Lev 18:22  ‘And do not lie with a male as with a woman, it is an abomination.
Lev 18:23  ‘And do not have intercourse with any beast, to defile yourself with it. And a woman does not stand before a beast to mate with it, it is a perversion.
Lev 18:24  ‘Do not defile yourselves with all these, for by all these the nations are defiled, which I am driving out before you.
Lev 18:25  ‘Thus the land became defiled, therefore I punished it for its crookedness, and the land vomited out its inhabitants.
Lev 18:26  ‘But you, you shall guard My laws and My right-rulings, and not do any of these abominations, the native nor stranger who sojourns among you,
Lev 18:27  because the men of the land who were before you have done all these abominations, and thus the land became defiled,
Lev 18:28  ‘So let not the land vomit you out for defiling it, as it vomited out the nations that were before you.
Lev 18:29  ‘For whoever does any of these abominations, those beings who do them shall be cut off from among their people.
Lev 18:30  ‘And you shall guard My Charge, so as not to do any of these abominable practices which were done before you, so as not to defile yourselves by them. I am יהוה your Elohim.’ ”

Midrash on scriptural sexuality.

Eze 22:1  And the word of יהוה came to me, saying,
Eze 22:2  “And now, son of man, judge, judge the city of blood! And you shall show her all her abominations!
Eze 22:3  “And you shall say, ‘Thus said the Master יהוה, “The city sheds blood in her midst, that her time might come. And she has made idols within herself to become defiled.
Eze 22:8  “You have despised that which is set-apart to Me, and you have profaned My Sabbaths.
Eze 22:10  “In you they have uncovered the nakedness of a father. In you they have humbled women who are defiled during their uncleanness.
Eze 22:11  “And the one has done abomination with his neighbour’s wife. And another has wickedly defiled his daughter-in-law. And another within you has humbled his sister, his father’s daughter.
Eze 22:31  “Therefore I have poured out My displeasure on them, I have consumed them with the fire of My wrath. And I have put their way on their own head,” declares the Master יהוה.

This Torah portion – Acharei Mot -  reveals the very essence of our journey back into the presence of YHVH. Firstly, the issue of atonement is discussed. We are called to work our own salvation with fear and trembling. Our spiritual journey of complete recovery and restoration can only begin and continue if we will acknowledge that this miracle of redemption and reconciliation with YHVH is a work in progress. We know that YHVH’s work of redeeming us is a perfect and a complete work, however this work is still being worked out in us - “may your will be completed on earth as it is completed in the heavens”
Secondly this portion shows us that our journey back cannot be separated by the way we understand and express our sexuality.
Sadly, today many have composed their own lists of what is sexually forbidden, in doing so they exalt their own authority over that of YHVH’s Word.
Sexual activity was meant to take place between a man and a woman who are committed to each other in a way that reflects YHVH’s desire to establish covenantal life on earth and will bring honour to His Name.
Many people experience sexual frustration and guilt because of the way their sexuality is conducted and expressed. Couples were meant to minister to one another in such a way that a wonderful sexual fulfilment would result in a drawing closer to the One who created our sexuality.
We see these two issues of redemptive covering and sexual awareness revealed right in the beginning of man’s creation. After man sinned YHVH provided a covering for them. Ironically, we note that man tried to cover his genitals with fig leaves. Fig leaves must have felt uncomfortable and ever since man has experienced difficulties in sexual fulfilment.

Society has a huge problem in the area of sexuality. Our sexual values have been shaped by secular humanism and a failed Judaeo Christian philosophy. At the root of human sexual dysfunctionality lies a deep spiritual problem and a lack of a truly scriptural view and understanding of human sexuality.

Recent reports indicate that one in two South African children have experienced some form of sexual abuse before the age of 18, says Joan van Niekerk, national coordinator of Childline, an organisation that assists children who have experienced abuse.

Tragically most cases of abuse go unreported. The full extent of statistics therefore remains unrecorded.

According to Childline, the notion of "stranger danger" is misleading. People often think that children are only abused by strangers, but sometimes the person who abuses children is a friend of the parents or a family member. 
In recent years here in Israel, certain haredi (ultraorthodox) Sephardi rabbis have pressured the Chief Rabbinate to lift the ban on polygamy for Sephardi men. This is not a fringe group of rabbis: former Sephardi Chief Rabbi Ovadia Yoseph was their leader until his death in 2013. Today, Yoseph’s disciples have founded an organization Habayit Hayehudi Hashalem (the Complete Jewish Home) which continues to advocate that all Sephardi men — who are childless and economically able — be allowed to marry a second wife.
Remember YHVH declares the end from the beginning. In the beginning He created two naked people and put them in a garden paradise. (Some believe they were covered with His esteem) Perfect marriage relationships have always been part of YHVH’s perfect plan of restoration. Religion has distorted and suppressed sexual expression within legitimate relationships.

Religion has suppressed the truth of scriptural sexuality and has resulted in all kinds of abuses and misconceptions. It is interesting to note that without hesitation the sages tell us that the most set apart book in the Tenach is the “Song of Songs” where through the use of Hebrew imagery explains sexual intimacy in the most explicit of ways. In this Torah portion we have the most important set apart appointment with YHVH viz Yom Kippur and in the same portion we have teaching on human sexuality. This is no co incidence, and before Yahshua returns this issue will once again be restored amongst the body of Messiah.
Conservative Christian commentator, Adam Clarke, wrote: There are many passages in it which should not be explained. ... the references being too delicate; and Eastern phraseology on such subjects is too vivid.... Let any sensible and pious medical man read over this book, and, if at all acquainted with Asiatic phraseology, say whether it would be proper, even in medical language, to explain all the descriptions and allusions in this poem.
"Chana and Ariel Bloch's new translation of the Song of Songs is quite simply the best version in the English language. Its poetic voice, intimate, dignified, and informed by meticulous scholarship, carries us into the Eden of the original Hebrew text: a world in which the sexual awakening of two unmarried lovers is celebrated with a sensuality and a richness of music that are thrilling beyond words." -- Stephen Mitchell

The following article sheds some interesting light on human sexuality:

Wikipedia - The baculum (also penis bone, penile bone or os penis) is a bone found in the penis of many placental mammals. It is absent in the human penis, but present in the penises of other primates, such as the gorilla and chimpanzee. The bone is located above the male urethra, and it aids sexual reproduction by maintaining sufficient stiffness during sexual penetration. The female equivalent is the baubellum or os clitoridis – a bone in the clitoris.
“Another genetic condition, extending to 100% of human males, is the congenital lack of a baculum. Whereas most mammals (including common species such as dogs and mice) and most other primates (excepting spider monkeys) have a penile bone, human males lack this bone and must rely on fluid hydraulics to maintain erections. This is not an insignificant bone. The baculum of a large dog can be 10 cm long x 1.3 cm wide x 1 cm thick… Human bacula have been reported, usually in association with other congenital diseases or penile abnormalities.

Our opinion is that Adam did not lose a rib in the creation of Eve. Any ancient Israelite (or for that matter, any American child) would be expected to know that there is an equal (and even) number of ribs in both men and women. Moreover, ribs lack any intrinsic generative capacity. We think it is far more probable that it was Adam’s baculum that was removed in order to make Eve. That would explain why human males, of all the primates and most other mammals, did not have one. The Hebrew noun translated as “rib,” tzela (tzade, lamed, ayin), can indeed mean a costal rib. It can also mean the rib of a hill (2 Samuel 16:13), the side chambers (enclosing the temple like ribs, as in 1 Kings 6:5,6), or the supporting columns of trees, like cedars or firs, or the planks in buildings and doors (1 Kings 6:15,16). So the word could be used to indicate a structural support beam. Interestingly, Biblical Hebrew, unlike later rabbinic Hebrew, had no technical term for the penis and referred to it through many circumlocutions. When rendered into Greek, sometime in the second century BCE, the translators used the word pleura, which means “side,” and would connote a body rib (as the medical term pleura still does). This translation, enshrined in the Septuagint, the Greek Bible of the early church, fixed the meaning for most of western civilization, even though the Hebrew was not so specific.
In addition, Genesis 2:21 contains another etiological detail: “YHVH closed up the flesh.” This detail would explain the peculiar visible sign on the penis and scrotum of human males—the raphé . In the human penis and scrotum, the edges of the urogenital folds come together over the urogenital sinus (urethral groove) to form a seam, the raphé. The origin of this seam on the external genitalia was “explained” by the story of the closing of Adam’s flesh. Again, the wound associated with the generation of Eve is connected to Adam’s penis and not his rib.
A rib has no particular potency nor is it associated mythologically or symbolically with any human generative act. Needless to say, the penis has always been associated with generation, in practice, in mythology, and in the popular imagination. 

1Co 11:8  For man is not from woman, but woman from man.
1Co 11:9  For man also was not created for the woman, but woman for the man.

Baruch atah YHVH, Eloheynu, Melech ha-‘Olam, asher natan lanu Toraht-emet, v’chay-yeh o’lam nata-b’tochenu. Baruch atah YHVH, noteyn ha-Torah. Ameyn.”
(Blessed are you Yahweh, our Elohim, King of the Universe, you have given us your Torah of truth, and have planted everlasting life within our midst. Blessed are you, YHVH giver of the Torah – Ameyn


Parashat 29 Portion 88 Vayikra/Lev 17:1-16 Yesh/Is 66:1-11 Yoh 6:52-59

Bar’chu et YHVH ha-m’vorach, Baruch YHVH ha-m’vorach l’O’lam va-ed!  Baruch ata YHVH Eloheinu melech ha-olam asher bachar banu m’kol ha-amim, v’na-tan lanu eht Torah-to. Baruch atah YHVH, noteyn ha-Torah. Ameyn.”

(Bless YHVH the blessed One; Blessed is YHVH, the blessed One for all eternity. Blessed are you, YHVH, our Elohim, King of the Universe, you have selected us from among all the peoples, and have given us your Torah.

Lev 17:1  And יהוה spoke to Mosheh, saying,
Lev 17:2  “Speak to Aharon, to his sons, and to all the children of Yisra’ĕl, and say to them, ‘This is the word which יהוה has commanded, saying,
Lev 17:3  “Any man from the house of Yisra’ĕl who slaughters a bull or a lamb or a goat in the camp, or who slaughters it outside the camp,
Lev 17:4  and does not bring it to the door of the Tent of Meeting, to bring an offering to יהוה before the Dwelling Place of יהוה, blood-guilt (Heb – dam chashav – or blood judgment) is reckoned to that man. He has shed blood, and that man shall be cut off from among his people,

In other words this guilty person has esteemed the life blood of this animal in a light or wrongful manner which brings about his excommunication from the nation of Yisrael – see vs 11&14.

See also 1 Cor 8 and Rom 14 – Shaul’s instructions regarding meat.

Lev 17:5  in order that the children of Yisra’ĕl bring their slaughterings which they slaughter in the open field. And they shall bring them to יהוה at the door of the Tent of meeting, to the priest, and slaughter them as peace offerings to יהוה.
Lev 17:6  “And the priest shall sprinkle the blood on the altar of יהוה at the door of the Tent of Meeting, and shall burn the fat for a sweet fragrance to יהוה.
Lev 17:7  “And let them no longer slaughter their slaughterings to demons, after whom they whored. This is a law forever for them throughout their generations.”

Lev 17:8  “And say to them, ‘Any man of the house of Yisra’ĕl, or of the strangers who sojourn among you, who offers a burnt offering or slaughtering,
Lev 17:9  and does not bring it to the door of the Tent of Meeting, to do it to יהוה, that man shall be cut off from among his people.
Lev 17:10  ‘And any man of the house of Yisra’ĕl, or of the strangers who sojourn among you, who eats any blood, I

shall set My face against that being who eats blood, and shall cut him off from among his people.

Elohim fearing gentiles were not excluded from this responsibility or guarding all other aspects of Torah.

Lev 17:11  ‘For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for your lives, for it is the blood that makes atonement for the life.’
Lev 17:12  “Therefore I said to the children of Yisra’ĕl, ‘No being among you eats blood, nor does any stranger who sojourns among you eat blood.’
Lev 17:13  “And any man from the children of Yisra’ĕl, or from the strangers who sojourn among you, who hunts and catches any beast or bird, which is eaten, shall pour out its blood and cover it with dust,
Lev 17:14  for it is the life of all flesh. Its blood is for its life. And I said to the children of Yisra’ĕl, ‘Do not eat the blood of any flesh, for the life of all flesh is its blood. Anyone eating it is cut off.’
Lev 17:15  “And any being who eats a carcass or what was torn by a beast, be he a native or a stranger, he shall wash his garments and bathe in water, and shall be unclean until evening. Then he shall be clean.
Lev 17:16  “And if he does not wash or bathe his body, then he shall bear his crookedness.”

What is “dam chashav” blood guilt?

Heb 10:28  Anyone who has disregarded the Torah of Mosheh dies without compassion on the witness of two or three witnesses. (Gk – anyone repudiating…)

The word disregarded is not a past tense verse but an aorist verb, indicating that this injunction is still in effect.

Heb 10:29  How much worse punishment do you think shall he deserve who has trampled the Son of Elohim underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was set apart as common, and insulted the Spirit of favour?
Heb 10:30  …… I shall repay, says יהוה.” And again, “יהוה shall judge His people.”
Heb 10:31  It is fearsome to fall into the hands of the living Elohim.

It is difficult to fully understand what the writer to the book of Hebrews is saying about “counting the blood of the covenant common or unclean”. This could possibly mean diminishing the value of the entire temple service and system of offerings. Herein lies the danger that we no longer consider the serious nature of sin and guilt before YHVH.

Even as seekers after the truth, we often don’t realize the seriousness of sin. There is a great deception and delusion amongst many believers that sin is no longer such a serious issue. The modern grace doctrines that so many pay deep homage to could in fact be doctrines of demons –