“Are You An Unclean Bride?” by Ariel E……….
This Weeks Torah Portion is “Tazria: And She Conceives”
Ezekiel 45:16 -46:18
Priesthood Instructions: Ephesians
“Are You An Unclean Bride?”
Leviticus 13:1-4 And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron, saying, When a man shall have in the skin of his flesh a rising, a scab, or bright spot, and it be in the skin of his flesh [like] the plague of leprosy; then he shall be brought unto Aaron the priest, or unto one of his sons the priests: And the priest shall look on the plague in the skin of the flesh: and [when] the hair in the plague is turned white, and the plague in sight [be] deeper than the skin of his flesh, it [is] a plague of leprosy: and the priest shall look on him, and pronounce him unclean.
1. FOLLOWING THE WEDDING………
a. Following a Wedding in Hebrew Society—the Betrothed would return to the Fathers House to prepare the “Bridal Chamber” for the reception of the Bride.
b. The Groom would work hard, study Torah diligently, pray three times per day for His new family, and work hard—saving all his money for his new Bride.
c. Then when the Father saw that all was ready—he would send His son—most often at midnight to get his bride—but—say this never happened—and the bride groom waited patiently, but the day—still never seemed to arrive.
d. Then finally—the groom asks His Father—“Why can’t I go get my bride—only to find out that your once beautiful bride has been afflicted with a hideous disease—that came as a result of her sin? She has been afflicted with “Tzaraot”—and is unclean!
The 10 Root Causes of Tzaraot on the Messiah’s Bride—
IS THIS IS HOW WE APPEAR TO OUR BRIDEGROOM?
Cause #1 THE SIN OF IDOLATRY- SERVING OTHER GOD’S
a. Exodus 20:3-6 says, “”You shall have no other gods before Me. You shall not make for yourself any carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.”
b. Idolatry can and does take on MANY forms; it manifests as ANYTHING that you place BEFORE God. Television, Husbands, Wives, Careers, Money, Power, Cigarettes, Internet Pornography, or Religion that denies Torah—all are forms of idolatry.
c. One of the punishments of Idolatry is Tsaraot—Exodus 32:35 says, “”So the LORD plagued the people because of what they did with the calf which Aaron made.”
Cause #2 THE SIN OF IMMORALITY
a. Exodus 20:14 says “”You shall not commit adultery.” And Yeshua expanded on this in Matthew 5:27-28 when He said, “You have heard that it was said to those of old, “You shall not commit adultery.” But I say unto you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.’
b. The way we dress can betray our hearts condition. Ask yourself, “Would I want my wife or daughter dressing that way before the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords?” You represent the Master of the Universe and the Kingdom of your Father in Heaven; provocative dress and actions are signs of your former status as a “Gentile: which means CONFUSED—PAGAN—UNBELIEVER.” Is this what you wish for your Wife, Daughter or Husband or Sons to portray for the rest of the world to see?
c. Men—do you watch things that ought to never be viewed by married men? Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition has become akin to a religious holiday in some Gentile homes—did you ever stop to think that you are lusting over another Man’s Wife or Daughter?? Single men—do you tempt yourself with evil? Do you look at the actors on TV and lust in your heart?
d. Ladies—do you go out of your way to find tops that cover your “cleavage” or do you find skintight clothing and shirts that accentuate your features? Are there any members of the Bride of Messiah today who stand guilty of the sin of immorality by the way they dress? If so, complete repentance and a change of lifestyle are urgently needed.
Cause #3 THE SIN OF MURDER
a. In Exodus 20:13 Torah says “You shall not murder.” And Yeshua made this more poignant in Matthew 5:20-22 when He said, “‘You have heard that it was said to those of old, “You shall not murder,” and whoever murders will be in danger of the judgment. But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment. And whoever says to his brother, “Raca!” shall be in danger of the council. But whoever says, “You fool!” shall be in danger of hell fire.’
b. Are you an angry person—constantly judging your brothers and sisters—then you are a murderer! Failure to forgive someone is akin to the sin of murdering their character. Each time you say your side of ‘the wrong’—you are assassinating the character of the one with whom you have a wrong. However, when you curse– causing death—the Lord blesses with life and what you mean for destruction—YHWH has caused to manifest as good; so getting angry and dwelling in the house where Tsaraot is manifesting is a huge waste of time!
c. King David’s General Joab murdered a rival general Abner—during a time of War—after David’s had brought a covenant of Peace with Abner—this resulted on a plague of Tsaraot on his house forever 2 Samuel 23:28-29
Cause #4 is “DESECRATING THE NAME OF YHWH”
a. Exodus 20:7 says, “”You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.”
b. The Word translated in English as “Vain” is the Hebrew Word “SHAV” (Strongs 07723) meaning emptiness, nothingness, and vanity; and “Take” is from the Hebrew Word “NASA” meaning to bear! Meaning to bear a life of emptiness, nothing less or vanity.
c. Proverbs 28:9 says 9 If anyone turns a deaf ear TO THE LAW, even his prayers are DETESTABLE. Telling others the LAW IS DONE AWAY WITH-and how you don’t have to obey it any longer is why many of you FAIL TO HAVE YOUR PRAYERS. Yeshua said “I HAVE NOT COME TO DO AWAY WITH THE LAW—BUT TO LIVE IT TO THE FULLEST!!” Yeshua IS YHWH—and so when He said “Heaven and Earth will pass away—BUT MY WORD/TORAH/LAW/TEACHING AND INSTRUCTIONS—WILL NEVER PASS AWAY!”
d. A life lived outside God’s Teaching and Instructions –while calling on God’s name is the highest form of Vanity—it is stating that YOU know better than God—by a LIFESTYLE that denies His Majesty in your life!
Cause #5 is “ROBBING THE COMMUNITY”
a. Exodus 20:15 says, “You shall not Steal” While all stealing is wrong—only one type of stealing results in Tsara’ot—that is overcharging for goods and services!
b. Such a situation may occur because the society in which the individual lives is unwilling to provide the assistance needed to help the individual through times of difficulty and back into productive work. The Torah makes it clear that it is every man’s obligation to help his brother or sister who is in actual need. Do you give to help the Elderly Jews from Russia who has made Aliyah to Israel? Do you take an hour and teach Orphans to read? Have you given to the Japanese brothers and sisters or just changed the channel each time a new report on Japan comes on the TV? WE “DO” WHAT WE “BELIEVE” IN. If you fail to take care of the POOR the WIDOW and the ORPHAN –THEN YOU MISS YOUR OPPORTUNITY TO BE A BLESSING TO YHWH’S MOST NEEDY CHILDREN. EMBRACE THE POOR AND OPEN YOUR ARMS TO THE NEEDY FOR IN SO DOING, WE RELEASE THE CHARACTER OF GOD FOR ALL TO SEE!
c. However, for a merchant (who is already making a living by charging fair prices for his commodities) to overcharge, so that he can gain more money from his customers, is abhorrent to the Jewish community. “A false balance is an abomination to the LORD, But a just weight is His delight.” (Prov. 11:1)
Cause #6 is “ACTING IN A CAPACITY NOT PERMITTED TO HIM OR HER”
a. Exodus 20:17 says, “”You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor’s.”
b. Coveting is a hard concept for us to understand– One of the ways in which a person covets is to desire the position or prestige that another person enjoys. This affliction of the heart can take thousands of forms. It might be the desire of a person to be of the opposite sex (Wives lusting for the authority of the Husband—Husbands dumping it on your wives!) It might be the desire of a person to be a leader when they possess no natural leadership skills. It might be the desire of a person to be rich and influential in their community when they have not earned that position.
c. The apostle Paul made it very clear that the Bride of Messiah is a body, tidy framed together by God Himself.
d. For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ. If the foot should say, ‘Because I am not an eye, I am not of the body,’ is it therefore not of the body? If the whole body were an eye, where would be the hearing: If the whole were hearing, where would be the smelling? But now God has set the members, each one of them in the body just as He pleased. … “Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually. And God has appointed these in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, varieties of tongues. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Are all workers of miracles? Do all have gifts of healings? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret? But earnestly desire the best gifts. And yet I show you a more excellent way.” I Cor. 12:12,15-18,27-31)
Cause # 7 is CONCEIT
a. Exodus 20:3 says, “‘You shall have no other gods before Me.” In effect, all of the sins that caused the biblical form of leprosy came from an attitude of conceit. Anytime a person puts himself above others, he is setting himself up for a fall into sin.
b. Conceit is the exact opposite of humbleness. Like leaven (a type of sin), it puffs one up. But the Bride of Messiah must learn to walk in “…the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.” (I Cor. 5:8)
c. It is the natural instinct of the carnal mind to want to put one’s self above other people, for this is the attitude from where the world’s form of self-esteem comes. But it is a false form of self-respect, and one into which the members of the Bride must not fall.
Cause #8 is LASHON HARA—the Evil Tongue
a. James 4:11-and 12 says, “Brothers, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against his brother or judges him speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on it. 12There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to save and destroy. But you–who are you to judge your neighbor?
b. It is important to note that lashon hara is more than just speaking lies about other people. Telling the truth about someone can also fall into the category of lashon hara if the results of one’s statement inflicts injury upon another individual.
Cause # 9 is THE EVIL EYE
a. Matthew 6:22-23 says, “”The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, (KJV = evil’), your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness.”
b. The greed based Gospel of today’s Christianity—is deceiving people into seeking self-interest—instead of the interest of the week and the needy—who G-d defends!
c. We are the richest Nation on the planet—and we should be sacrificially giving to the needs of others—yet we hoard and hoard in these last days. In James 5:3 the scripture says, “Your Gold and Silver are corroded. Their corrosion will testify against you AND EAT YOUR FLESH LIKE FIRE—you have horded wealth in the last days!”
Cause #10 is TAKING A VAIN OATH
a. Have you ever said, “Lord I commit the rest of my LIFE—MY WEALTH—MY CHILDREN—MY HOPES—MY DREAMS TO YOU—WHATEVER YOU WANT FROM ME—I WILL DO!” THIS IS TAKING AN OATH
b. Pledging to “Do God’s Will” while turning your back on Torah—Saying we pledge our lives to Jesus –while ignoring His Commands is taking a vain oath.
c. Remember—Take comes from the Hebrew word, “NASA” meaning to “BEAR” meaning we will and do bear the guilt of EVERY TIME we have LIED to G-d!
WHAT CAN WE DO TO BE HEALED OF OUR SINS & BE RESTORED?
a. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (I John 1:9) But not just that—Jesus ALWAYS said to those He healed, “..go and sin no more.” (John 8:11).
b. “For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God? “Now ‘If the righteous one is scarcely saved, Where will the ungodly and the sinner appear?’”
(I Peter 4:17-18)
c. “Whosoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness.” (I John 3:4) AND Blessed are the undefiled in the way, Who walk in the law of the LORD! Blessed are those who keep His testimonies, Who seek Him with the whole heart! They also do no iniquity; They walk in His ways.” (Psalm 119:1-3)
d. “‘Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His Wife has made herself ready.’ “And to her (ONLY) it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.” (Rev. 19:7-8)
e. Yeshua made the way for us to return and be united as one Commonwealth of Israel. IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO MAKE YOURSELF READY; Our love for Yeshua –is a love that DEMONSTRATES a great desire for entering into legal covenant behavior no matter what may come your way.
REMEMBER—SIN IS LAWLESSNESS -1 JOHN 3:4— LOVE IS FOUND IN THE STNDARDS SET FOR US IN MESSIAH YESHUA—BUT LOVE JOY PEACE,LONGSUFFERING PATIENCE GENTLENESS AND GOODNESS IS LOVE. Pursue them with all your heart and lean not upon your own understanding.
PREPARE YOURSELF FOR YOUR KINSMAN REDEEMORS RETURN—WILL HE FIND A PROSTITUTE WITH COLORED LINEN AND PERFUME – SAYING TO STRANGE YOUNG MEN “COME LET US DRINK OF LOVE UNTIL MORNING FOR MY HUSBAND IS GONE ON A LONG JOURNEY AND WILL NOT BE BACK SOON.” OR WILL YOUR KINSMAN REDEEMER FIND YOU GLEANING IN THE FIELDS OF YOUR FAMILY TO TAKE CARE OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE EVERYWHERE????? BEING A JEW IS NOT BEING ONE OUTWARDLY—BUT BEING A JEW IS BEING ONE INWARDLY; CIRCUMCISION IS NOT MEANT TO BE ONLY OUTWARD AND PHYSICAL—BUT INWARDLY—FOR CIRCUMCISION IS OF THE HEART. DO YOU LIVE BY YOUR OLD NATURE OR THE NEW ONE FROM ISRAEL?? HOW YOU ANSER THAT QUESTION MIGHT BE THE KEY TO YOUR LIFE IN THE DAYS__WEEKS AND YEARS THAT ARE SOON TO FALL UPON US ALL. THINK ABOUT IT…………
SHABBAT SHALOM and SHAVUATOV
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