Torah Pearls #21 – Ki Tisa (Exodus 30:11-34:35)

Torah Pearls Ki Tisa, Exodus 30:11-34:35, Mount Sinai, stone, tablets, Ten Commandments, Torah Pearls, torah portion, Nehemia GordonIn this episode of The Original Torah Pearls, Ki Tisa (Exodus 30:11-34:35), we begin with a passionate discussion on "Tradition" vs. Scripture, which leads to the golden calf of the Exodus event.  Who was the calf supposed to represent? There follows a fascinating discussion of God's appearance to Moses, and what we can learn about God from it.  Finally, the trio discuss the very sensitive matter of whether or not Jewish people really do have horns.

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And when Moses came down from the Mount Sinai, he held the two tables of the testimony, and he knew not that his face was horned from the conversation of the Lord. And Aaron and the children of Israel seeing the face of Moses horned, were afraid to come near. – Latin Vulgate – Exodus 34:29-30

Showing off my Jew-horns outside the Old City of Jerusalem (with a little help from Photoshop).

Showing off my Jew-horns outside the Old City of Jerusalem (with a little help from Photoshop).

10 thoughts on “Torah Pearls #21 – Ki Tisa (Exodus 30:11-34:35)

  1. I cannot help but wonder why YeHoVaH did not immediately strike Aaron dead for making that golden calf, when Aaron had been blessed to become the High Priest of YeHoVaH, even if it was because Moses “pushed” YeHoVah to do so when Moses begged off because of his own shortcomings in speaking. Unless, of course, YeHoVaH considered prohibiting Aaron from entering the Promised Land punishment enough. Grace upon Grace.

  2. Nehemia, when Elohim in verse Exodus 32:10 said that He would make a great nation from Moshe descendants, would that have voilate His word with Abraham, or that fact that Moshe is a descendant of Abraham it would still be consider descendants of Abraham?

  3. The study of ancient NE Covenants, teaches us about renewing a covenant, it’s rituals, and writtings. Is customary to write some of the covenant on to the renewal document, showing continuation. That is to say, this is not brand new, is a continuation of the first writting.

    Why in the world was Aaron in possion of a carving tool? ?? Generation curse frm when Rebecca carried in her father’s idols into Jacob’s tent? That’s what pops up, somethmes the iniquity of the father’s passes down generations and pops up in unexpected places.Since Aaron was not yet ordained.

    This was sooo very good thank you gentlemen!

  4. Nehemia, what is the Jewish believe on the messiah,
    I am aware that most believe the messiah has not yet come. What specifically are they looking for that has not yet been fulfilled? Also, and most importantly, do the Jewish people believe he will be God in the flesh. I.e. ( trinity) or fully flesh with the fullness of Yehovah’s
    Spirit resting on him, or if something different, what? Thank you for all you are doing to educate and grow Our Father’s Kingdom!

  5. Always love hearing the Torah pearls every Shabbat. It brings life to the Scriptures for us. We love and are excited about all the new things we are learning! And if we find ourselves in a down mood, your laughs and good humor always lift our spirits. Thank you all!

  6. Hi, Nehemia:

    I know this is probably out of sync with the Torah Portion for this week.

    I remember that in one of your Torah Portion that Keith and you were talking about Gentiles and you had mentioned a scripture that Keith got really excited that the Gentiles are that attach themselves to the God of Israel that they will be able to choose the land they wish to dwell.

    Could you please show me that scripture and if possible give me the link to the podcast of the Torah Pearl that you, Keith and Jono have done.

    Thank you so much.


  7. Thank you! This Torah Pearls is very insightful. While Jono’s and Kieth’s former religious affiliations were thought to be without Torah-precedent for anointing non-priest believers with oil (Hebrew author James 5:13-16), to which the Hebrew scholar Nehemia concurs–when being contrasted to Exodus 30:25 concerning the holy anointing oil–I understood Kieth’s correct description of starting in the “front of the Book ” [Torah] rather than “in the back of the Book” [‘Christian’ writings, NT]. Even though 1st-Temple period, Hebrew customs ‘in the middle of the Book’ [Tahnak] clearly show customary uses of non-holy anointing oils for medicinal purposes, I suppose the following arrangement of verses will only help those of us who “slow down” in knowing the veracity of those Hebrews in the 1st century C.E. that read Torah and would certainly take issue with the non-Torah-precedent notion about oil.

    Proverbs 27:9 – Ointment and perfume
    Ecc 7:1- precious ointment
    Ecc 9:8 – let thy head lack no ointment
    Isa 1:6 – mollified with ointment
    (Further evidence of customary oil applications found in Hebrew writings: Luke 10:34; Mark 6:13; Matthew 26:7)

    (See related comments on Torah Pearls 1 Kings 18)

  8. I listened to this teaching years ago when first taught. I am sad by the things I missed, feeling such shame realizing things I had continued doing. Because I kept listening and reading, I see that Exodus 34: 6,7 shows me Yahovahs love. Nehemia, Keith and Jona, you’ll never know the depths of appreciation I feel for your studies. You are blessing my soul and spirit with the Truth and someday I believe there will be other who will want to know. Thank you for helping me understand what the Word means and how I can apply in my life and be pleasing too Yahovah. Shalom

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