Prophet Pearls #31 – Emor (Ezekiel 44:15-31)

Prophet Pearls Emor (Ezekiel 44:15-31) with Nehemia Gordon and Keith JohnsonIn this episode of Prophet Pearls, Nehemia Gordon and Keith Johnson discuss the Prophets portion of Emor covering Ezekiel 44:15-31. Apparent contradictions about linen garments, wild hair and blue dye are overshadowed by a more challenging textual variance concerning marriage. But should contradictions (apparent or otherwise) cause divisions, excommunications, or worse—the loss of faith? Despite opposing interpretations, Gordon and Johnson think not, as they settle comfortably with the Jewish method of inquiry where questions are as important as answers and where apparent contradictions only drive understanding. They prove it’s a beautiful thing to interact with the word of God—with the goal of knowing him intimately. That being said, the word-of-the-week is “yarah” (yud-reish-hei). They shall teach. They will torah.

"the priests, the Levites, the sons of Zadok, who kept charge of My sanctuary when the children of Israel went astray from Me" Ezekiel 44:15

Download Prophet Pearls Emor

Subscribe to "Nehemia's Wall" Podcasts
YouTube | iTunes | Android | Google Play | Stitcher | TuneIn

Share This Teaching

Thank you for supporting Makor Hebrew Foundation, which allows me to create all the teachings found on Together we can empower people around the world with vital information about the Hebrew sources of their faith!

Related Posts:
The Original Torah Pearls - Emor (Leviticus 21:1-24:23)

26 thoughts on “Prophet Pearls #31 – Emor (Ezekiel 44:15-31)

  1. Since men have a propensity to try to please their wives.there are multiple examples of followers of YHVH being drawn away to what their wives believe. (Say:Ex. Solomon) You would not want a Cohen drawn away.Because, he is the mass peoples main example to the people. Where as other members such as Boaz can marry women like Ruth who is making the commitment to the belief of YHVH.Israelite men were allowed to marry virgins from women who they defeated in war.Women(virgins) are usually younger and more adaptable to an older leader male.Where as as full grown woman orwho was widowed has alreadycome into her own or her deceased husbands ways esp. if she still had fond feelings about him and his beliefs.

  2. Why do we automatically assume this is a temple to be built? If we were in that century and heard Ezekiel’s words, and if we thought this was a blueprint to build, then decades later when Cyrus allows us to go back home, and if we understood Ezekiel as construction blueprints, then why didn’t we build it? If it truly is building instructions, then where is the instruction to not built this one but build Herod’s instead?

    My point is that what if this whole description is metaphorical and for their time? Doesn’t it say that anyway? Doesn’t it say that this description is for the purposes of conviction and repentance?

    44:5 The Lord said to me, “Son of man, look carefully, listen closely and give attention to everything I tell you concerning all the regulations and instructions regarding the temple of the Lord. Give attention to the entrance to the temple and all the exits of the sanctuary. 6 Say to rebellious Israel, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Enough of your detestable practices, people of Israel! 7 In addition to all your other detestable practices, you brought foreigners uncircumcised in heart and flesh into my sanctuary, desecrating my temple while you offered me food, fat and blood, and you broke my covenant.

    43:10 “Son of man, describe the temple to the people of Israel, that they may be ashamed of their sins. Let them consider its perfection, 11 and if they are ashamed of all they have done, make known to them the design of the temple—its arrangement, its exits and entrances—its whole design and all its regulations[d] and laws. Write these down before them so that they may be faithful to its design and follow all its regulations.

    • Only those seeking to justify their Christological doctrine of a final sacrifice would see this as a metaphor. Conveniently overlooking the passages that describe the construction and sacrificial system in such great detail that only eisegesis glasses would see this as a metaphor.

      Yehovah’s time is not our time no matter how much we may want it to be.

  3. Hi; the pic of this section of the wall carries tremendous significance…for 2,000 years ago, and 500 years ago…Who went through those gates, and Why were they sealed (in front of a Muslim cemetery)…?…. Thinking it would be most excellent to detail why this particular pic was used/chosen in your write-up…

  4. Betrayal of the Jewish people began San Remo Agreement 1920-22; Jewish land was all of Judea Samaria, Jerusalem, Gaza, Jericho, and all of what is now Jordan. Travestiy of the nations, a rape of the Jews by the nations.

  5. Shalom Nehemia, I actually don’t see this as a contradiction, but a difference. Vayikra 21:10 “The Cohen who is ranked highest among his brothers” suggests there are some Cohen that have a higher ranking than others. Like the military. Could it be that the descendants of Tzadok don’t have the highest ranking, therefore they may marry a widow of a Cohen. I see no mention of the descendants of Tzadok being “ranked highest” as is written in Leviticus 21:10. Please correct me if I have missed something here.

  6. Will Yehovah perhaps allow this special class of hybrid priests, the sons of Tsadoq, to marry widows of priests according to Deut 25:5, thus negating a contradiction?

    “And I shall favour him whom I favour, and shall have compassion on him whom I have compassion.” Exo 33:19

  7. Wouldn’t a widow of a priest also be entitled (provided she is childless) to the close kin marriage?

    This excepting of course the high priest.

  8. Nehemia – so glad to hear that the exact timing of events in the beginning of Ezekiel is not clear. The way it is translated it sounds like the events had already transpired before Ezekiel wrote them down. The sons of Zadok (human beings because they marry, v.22) will teach in the final temple, v.23-24, because they kept God’s charge and the rest will do the physical labor, to their shame, v.13, because they didn’t keep God’s charge. The obedience and disobedience has to have occured just before this final temple time (rather than centuries earlier) because they are all still alive to receive the result of their previous actions. Now I can be comfortable with verses 7-10. Thank you 🙂

  9. The timing issue as “time” progresses seems a plausable concept alright. I have thought that the “temporary” aspect of time as it pertains to man is overlooked generally. Perhaps in this instance and when we look at what happened before time concerning salvation, the Messiah etc. Predestination can only be comprehended when the three aspects of existence, before time-time-after time are considered which the absence of consideration seems to cause division quite naturally. Thanks for the good work brothers! Amen

  10. HUH!? I just heard here at seven minutes into the recording, Nehemiah saying that the plural of tsedoq or tsedeq (righteous) is not anywhere in TANAK? Was Keith just getting Nehemiah here to verify the words of Christ? (“There is only one who is good, that is, God”)

  11. It’s interesting that people find the apparent Zadok contradictions so troubling, because the issue seemed pretty simply to me right away.

    To me, the Bnei Zadok, who apparently anointed Solomon as king, are a group who YHVH forms a special covenant with as a result of their dedication, no different than what happened with the Levites and Aaron’s family. Once upon a time those two groups were not part of God’s pre-Sinai Torah either, because they did not exist yet (or their time to serve had not yet come).

    So if the Bnei Zadok did not yet exist when the Torah was given at sinai, how could their particular instructions be included in that revelation of Torah? Clearly (to me), they would have to be left off until they actually existed and demonstrated their dedication. THEN, YHVH would form a special covenant with them, one that places them in a holier, more restricted position than that of the other priests, just one step below the high priest himself.

    I don’t see this as a contradiction to the Torah, but an example of a special extension of it for a certain group, which has happened in the past with Noah and Abraham, and happened at Sinai, and may even happen again in the time of Messiah. As long as it comes from YHVH through the proper channels (which I suggest might require the functioning priesthood with the ephod, or at the very least a proven prophet), it is not a contradiction or forbidden addition to Torah like the takanot, but a chronologically-sensitive extension.

    Does that make sense?

    • It makes sense to me, and I always thought as well, that clearly the sons of Zadok replaced Aaron’s line because of his sons’ iniquity/destruction. But maybe there is something that contradicts that in scripture, timewise or something. The interesting question here, not touched on, is, where are these sons of Zadok, getting ready to serve God in His Place?

      • To be clear, I was also under the assumption that the Bnei Zadok were a line of the Aaronites, not a replacement for them.

        • When Aaron’s sons offered strange fire on God’s altar they were destroyed. But in the line of Aaron nonetheless were the sons of Zadok, who are mentioned in Ezekiel as having a place to serve in the final temple in the end times.I any of this is not accurate, pls advise.

  12. How do we know that there is no corruption in Ezekiel? We only have non-certified copies of what was written by an ancient prophet.

    • Why are you here if you don’t believe the scriptures? To get us to NOT believe? You are way too late for that, for reasons you can’t even process.

  13. Just because some individuals twisted the scriptures does not mean that the disciples made changes to them.The disciples held to the same as was passed down. Paul taught from the scriptures. We have Peter clearly saying that he did not eat food that he was not permitted. They warned false gospels were coming about. If false or counterfeit gospels are coming about. Go back to what was handed down.

  14. Nehemia I really enjoy Prophet Pearls. You and Keith are sharing wonderful things in the Torah. Yehovah is blessing us through your teachings. This week in Ezekiel 44:22 I was touch by the mercies of Yehovah towards the widow of the priest. Especially if she was young. Just to hear the widows were not to be dishonored after her priestly husband dies but remain in the community was like wow..Yehovah really seek the welfare of the widows. The Torah may appear to have been silent but maybe Yehovah gave the priest an opportunity to seek him on individual cases of widows. Ezekiel may have been shown that there was something other than the intended purpose of the Torah being done concerning the widows.
    Another point generally speaking…was when you spoke about rabbi’s writings and disreguarding the authority of Yehovah. Christianity is also the same but packaged a bit differently. None of the Apostles or their disciples are available to quote directly from what Yeshua said. These Gospels are thought to be same as Talmud “oral laws and commandments” from Elohim to Yeshua written by his disciples. Maybe that’s why Yeshua didn’t write anything. Some would say He created or replaced the Torah or wrote or gave a new Torah.
    The letters of Peter, James and John etc..can be considered commentaries seeing they were with Yeshua. Rabbi Paul was given prophetic revelations. We have many disputes between the disciples. Today’s preachers books and revelations are no different than the talmud. Many christians have books by different spiritual leaders. Although there no formal debates differences of perspectives are so evident that it would make more volumes than the talmud. Just a thought. Again thank you and may Yehovah continue to bless you!

Please leave a comment.