- Leviticus 12:1—13:59
- II Kings 4:42—5:19
II Kings 7:3-20
(NOTE: Because of the extra day of Passover Week observed outside of Israel, the present readings will be one week behind those read in Jerusalem for each week until that of 12 May.)
The readings for this week 15-21 April 2018 again contain a “double reading”. On weeks in which a “double reading” occurs, only the haftarah of the second reading is generally used.
After last week’s focus on the importance of Israel’s being ‘set apart’, of her distinguishing between the holy and unholy, the unclean and clean (Lev. 10:10)—this week’s portion continues in instruction of how this was to be worked out in everyday life. There needed to be purification and atonement made for a mother when bringing forth children; there must be measures of isolation and testing taken for outbreaks of surface diseases or blights (both on physical bodies and on dwellings), and for contaminating discharges from the body. And there was the way prescribed for restoration once healing had occurred.
When Yeshua the Messiah (Jesus) came to be born in a stable, his mother Miriam (Mary) submitted to these same instructions for purification (Luke 2:22), and when it was time for the sacrifice, she and Joseph could only afford the humble offering mentioned here (Lev 12:8; Luke 2:24). Yeshua’s coming was to “undo the works of the devil” manifest in all of these diseases, to bring atonement, redemption healing and cleansing. It is very significant that among his healing miracles, special mention is made of those involving lepers and a woman with an ‘issue of blood’.
PLEASE PRAY: as those in synagogues this coming weekend hear these words which so graphically picture the presence and result of sin in our midst and man’s need for healing and being pronounced clean—that the Holy Spirit will convict of sin and righteousness and judgment, and draw Jews to seek cleansing through the One who washes white as snow!
Martin & Norma Sarvis
[The Torah and Haftarah portions for next week 22-28 April 2018 is also a “double reading”: I. Acharei-Mot (After the Death…) TORAH: Leviticus 16:1—18:30; II. Kedoshim : TORAH: Leviticus 19:1—20:27; HAFTARAH: Haftarah: Amos 9:7-15]