Torah Pearls #29 – Acharei Mot (Leviticus 16:1-18:30)

Torah Pearls Acharei Mot, Leviticus 16:1-18:30, Nehemia Gordon, Torah portion, Torah Pearls, Day of Atonement, goat, Yom Kippur War, Temple Mount, PopeIn this episode of The Original Torah Pearls, Acharei Mot (Leviticus 16:1-18:30), we center in on the Day of Atonement and discuss the two goats and what they represent. Listen in as Nehemia recounts the miracle of the 1973 Yom Kippur War. Also, Keith tells of his recent adventures beneath and upon the Temple Mount, plus a bonus story about his meeting with the Pope.

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22 thoughts on “Torah Pearls #29 – Acharei Mot (Leviticus 16:1-18:30)

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  1. It occurred to me that, from the perspective of a Christian, Yeshua fullfills the position of both goats in the sacrifice. First, he was led off to be the sin offering, crucified with all of his blood spilled out over the ark of the covenant. Then , resurrected, he went offf to fulfill the atonement. To the Fathers side instead of the desert.
    Thank you all for your work and diligent study!

  2. Jesus and BarAbbas is a contrast comparison to the Goats, The innocent, Jesus executed, the guilty BarAbbas is set free. Innocent pays the price for the guilty.

  3. How many times my heart is lifted up in worship to Yehovah when I hear your teachings from the Hebrew Scriptures that are such a beautiful picture of what Yehovah did for us in Yehoshua. The two goats…one of them has his blood spilled for sin, i.e., a picture of the One who suffered death in my place and provides forgiveness; and the second goat, a picture of One taking my sins far away and they are not remembered anymore.
    Two pictures of the work of salvation that my Lord Yehovah in Yehoshua did this for me. Isaiah talks about these things, too. I love these verses about Yehovah Elohim; He is our Savior. There is no other.

    Isa 43:3
    3 For I am Yehovah, your God,
    the Holy One of Israel, your Savior;

    Isa 43:10-11
    so that you may know and believe me
    and understand that I am he.
    Before me no god was formed,
    nor will there be one after me.
    11 I, even I, am Yehovah,
    and apart from me there is no savior.

    Thank you so much for opening up to me more and more this wonderful Being, the Lord Yehovah, and his great love for mankind, that He was willing to suffer so much for us. I love the pictures in the Tanahk…pictures that Yehovah gave to us to let us know what He was planning to do in accomplishing/finishing forever His great work of redemption! So blessed!

  4. May I suggest that the ACTS of perversion in Canaan were encouraged with the preoccupation that was provided through rituals, aphrodisiac abuse and drunkenness, en masse. The “culture” wrote the List provided by Moshe and may I suggest that the only thing more perverse than the ACTS of reprobate sexual conduct was the IDOLATRY and forms of worship that fomented such behavior. Sexual perversion was the prevalent symptom of an underlying issue. It would be wise to understand the spiritual environment that was in place to result in such degradation. Why ? May I suggest that the same “environment” is growing, GLOBALLY.

  5. Holy is a legal term, and is only defined by Yehovah, not by men, nor institutions of men outside the Torah. Most is in Leviticus, and can learn from Mishna, as are 10 levels of holiness. Where does Yehovah call a burial site or grave Holy? Where in New Testment is holy used in term of a burial sight. No one person is called Holy in the Tanak, the people of Israel as a whole are called Holy. There is a HOly One of Israel, this is most likely in the Hebrew Holy Echad, no a numeric one. We should not call a person, place thing Holy, which Yehovah does not call.

  6. I remember the story about Peters vision…the three times that the vision appeared was the three Gentiles arriving at his door. But, the meaning was one that the Gentiles were to be preached to that God was calling them to Torah. The two goats could be two purposes…sin meant death for the goat on the alter where his blood was spilled and the second goat takes the sins but lives….Yeshua accomplished both.

  7. 2 aposotles bothered to quote from book of Enoch where it says a lot about azazel. I know is not Scripture but gives some insight about the `mysterious` azazel

  8. Thanks, Nehemiah. We can’t get too bogged down in symbolism…but my input goes back to my early years in Christian day-school; the scapegoat may or may not live a long life(and left to it’s own devices), or meet some untimely demise (even goats fall off cliffs or fall prey to carnivores), or, like the evil ones, await judgment at a later time. At least it makes one think of the things of YHVH, and ultimately, we’re in His hands.

    • What do you think the sacrifices are for, and who is the Blemish free lamb who gave His life on the High Feast of Pesach? Hag Pesach was practiced for centuries until the Blemish free lamb, who taught and upheld every jot and title of the Torah of His Father, rode into Yerushalayim who gave His life so we may live. As Hebrews we can return to, and live according to Aveenu Shebashamayim ways without the fear of death. We have the Torah of Moshe and the Testimony of Yeshua.

  9. I would like to suggest an interpretation of Azza-Zel to augment what you have all said. It has been suggested that the name ‘El Shadday’ is a proto-Hebrew term. I would like to suggest that Azza-Zel is also a proto-Hebrew or proto-Semitic term of similar origin, possibly related to the biblical Hebrew words `Azzah (fortified place) and Tseil (Shadow). Azza-Zel could mean ‘Fortress of Shadow(s)’. The 2 goats could represent how, after death, the soul is purified by the glory of God. The one goat whose blood is brought into the Temple represents the purified soul returning to God, and the goat sent into the desert represents how one’s sins are removed from the soul in Azza-Zel. Yeshua often spoke of ‘The Outer Darkness’, and I think that was what he called the Azza-Zel – a place where the soul is purified and cleansed of sin before entering into the eternal Presence of God in heaven. The goat being sent into the desert symbolised our sins being sent to Azza-Zel after death (and left there)

  10. A few answers to Nehemiah questions I can tell based on why Christians don’t read Torah is churches are telling members, upon my asking them, why they don’t read is due to Jesus/ YSHVH did complete requirements of law! This has been proven false by YHVH to me so I no longer claim Christianity but a child of The Most High of Abraham, Isaac and Yaakov.
    Also I’ve been learning great amount of research facts that the all seeing eye, on money and in historic books (Google, no copyright) a very lengthy trail on illuminati and marxists alongvwith jesuit priests masked symbols for worship to satan.
    Ecen colleges, churches and politics (government affiliations like UN) All have same symbol eye.
    What I’ve learned in time with YHVH is by rereading Tanakh, Brit Hadashah over and over aloud. Prophet messages like Jeremiah state this conspiracy.

    May YHVH aid us all to His pergect plan as we reason together Amein!

    Shalom and blessings to you all and thank you for your openness in every study of TORAH

  11. Enjoying the different perspectives of you three in these studies. Laughing a little because I guess I didn’t realize how much other Christian denominations throw the OT out with the bath water. My traditional Christian perspective has always included the search for “the truth” about God in all 66. Although admit in my experience not much time spent in Leviticus in general! And feel as though I have been reading the OT with sunglasses on by not having the expertise to explore and apply the full richness of Hebrew context and history (including His Name and its meaning). So Blessed by your studies – thank you!

  12. It seems that for atonement one goat is killed, and the sins are sent away on the other which recalls the statement in the Psalms 103:12 “He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west”.

  13. Your discussion about the scape goat was inconclusive. Here is my take on the matter. Sin is transferred from Israel and put on the live scape goat which is taken away from the congregation to the desert. It bares sin and is taken to a hostile environment which mostly will result in its death. Why couldn’t this represent satan? Sin originated with him. He is responsible and he is led away from a sinless camp to the desert where he dies.

    • Does Satan really dies in the desert? Not according to Revelation. But also if your interested to learn more about the person Satan then check out Dr. Miryam Brand “Understanding Sin and Evil”. It’s very eye opening. It paints a total different picture on teachings that we grew up with.

  14. The episodes are a blessing thank you but the download link on this page for this episode Acharei Mot – Leviticus 16:1-18:30 wrongly downloads a duplicate of the previous episode Metzora – Leviticus 14:1-15:33

  15. It was something like a couple of months ago now when I was first reading “Shattering The Conspiracy…” and was reviewing youtube excerpts of Nehmeia’s work. I encountered his wall here and started to review these too. I watched this clip at night then started reading from my prior place in the book. Nehemia provides a perspective that clashes strongly with Friedman’s “Who Wrote The Bible?” I was reading on from this, to pages 144-5, which raises the 1973 war events, and had to admire YHWH’s hand for the timing of these things. I have experienced YHWH’s hand in my own life/death battles and I cannot deny what I see. God is certainly not dead.