- Leviticus 12:1—13:59
Shabbat HaChodesh: Exodus 12:1-20
- (Shabbat haChodashim): Ezekiel 45:16—46:18
The readings for this week 31 March—6 April 2019 are called Thazria — “Quicken with Seed/Conceive”:
As with last week, this is one of two special Shabbats in preparation for Pesach/Passover containing an additional Torah reading and a replacement for the usually-read Haftarah reading (II Kings 4:42-5:19a). This one is called Shabbat HaChodesh—“The Month” because it coincides with Chodesh haChodeshim—the “Beginning of Months” (Aviv or Nisan) in the Hebrew religious calendar. This year the “New Year” begins on Saturday April 6th , commencing the previous evening at sundown.
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 and next week’s portions continue 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 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. 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!
– Your Friends in Jerusalem
[The readings for next week (7-13 April 2019) are called Metsora—“Skin Disease/Leprosy”: TORAH: Leviticus 14:1—15:33; HAFTARAH (Shabbat HaGadol): Malachi 3:4—4:6. Because this is the Sabbath preceding Passover, the usual Haftarah (II Kings 7:3-20) is replaced by Malachi 3:4-4:6—centered around a call to prepare for the coming Great Day (Yom Gadol) of the LORD (Malachi 4:5)—thus, it is called Shabbat haGadol.