Torah Pearls #24 – Vayikra (Leviticus 1:1-5:26)

Torah Pearls Vayikra with Nehemia GordonIn this episode of The Original Torah Pearls, Vayikra (Leviticus 1:1-5:26), we share our recommendations of English translations and how to use them responsibly. What is really going when we see Leviticus chapter 5 ending with verse 19 in the gentile translations, while in the Hebrew and Jewish translations it ends with verse 26. We review the five primary types of sacrifices, which correspond to the first five chapters of the book Leviticus. We discuss whether there is atonement and forgiveness without blood. What “to lean his hand” means.  Whether if you sin can you just bring a sacrifice and receive atonement. What fats we are and aren’t we allowed to eat. The difference between intentional and unintentional sin. If one becomes unclean, have they done something which makes them guilty? Are we really expected to ring the neck of the bird? And so much more.

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17 thoughts on “Torah Pearls #24 – Vayikra (Leviticus 1:1-5:26)

  1. I love this book! I think the thing that jumps out at me, unless I read these words, I don’t know what “sin” is.

  2. For the sin offering, my bible says the flour is placed “on top of the offerings made to YHVH by fire.” So why couldn’t it mean that if you were too poor to bring an animal, you could still participate by putting flour on top of someone else’s blood offering?

  3. Question, there was a lot of back and forth at the beginning. What is the Tanakh version that you suggest for someone who is fluent in English and only knows a limited amount of Hebrew?

    Thanks in advance!

  4. Another interesting point my husband and I found about presumptuous sins that parallels and dare I say clarifies Numbers 15:30-31 is found in Deut. 17:12-13. This describes someone who sins willfully and will not heed the warning of the priest about it, choosing to not see his sin and repent, then that person will be killed as an example.

    Also explained in the New Testament, how can the atoning blood of the Messiah cover someone who chooses not to repent. “IF we confess our sins” (make no excuses) “He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9.

    And again in Hebrews 10:26 “For if we go on sinning willfully after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, 27 but a terrifying expectation of judgment and THE FURY OF A FIRE WHICH WILL CONSUME THE ADVERSARIES.…”

    And as symbolized in the sacrifices, those sacrifices would be vain if 1) someone chooses to go through the motion but does not have repentance in their heart 2) flat out refuses to see, admit, repent and turn from their sins. No wonder that arrogant, rebellious person was supposed to be killed so as to not corrupt the rest of Israel. And no wonder God detested these kinds of sacrifices and would not accept them.

    Dont think it is about doing a sin willfully, knowing it is wrong, I think it is about not having true repentance about it or not repenting at all.

    • Christendom has committed the greatest presumptuous sin of all when it assumes that the gracious and freely given invitation by YHVH to the gentiles (Isaiah 56:6-7) is incomplete and has the audacity to say to the Creator of the universe “if you want us to join ourselves to you then come down to earth so we can kill you and then we will serve you“.

      This is a slap to the face of YHVH

  5. As pointed out by Nehemiah, Hebrews 9:22 says almost all of sin is cleansed by blood. What about the other sins that are not cleansed by blood. Leviticus 14:21 points out it is the combination of a lamb and a grain offering for atonement of sin. “And if he be poor, and cannot get so much; then he shall take one lamb for a trespass offering to be waved, to make an atonement for him, and one tenth meal of fine flour mingled with oil for a meat offering, and a log of oil;”

    I believe that Yeshua haMashiach was a perfect representative of what the sacrifices symbolized. Why else did He insist, “”I am the bread of life” (John 6:35) and again, “I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.” And why else did John the Baptist say when he saw Yeshua, “Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.” (John 1:29).

    What does this have to do with the sacrifices in Leviticus? Matthew 26: 26 “And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body. 27 And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; 28 For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.”

    He is prophesying of what He was about to do, to become a living sacrifice of bread and wine (flesh and blood). The first sacrifice described in Leviticus 1, the sacrifice of the animal that was totally consumed described how Yeshua was a complete sacrifice for the sins of the people.

    No wonder He stated such shocking statements as this: 51 “I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world. 52 The Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying, How can this man give us his flesh to eat? 53 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. 54 Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. 55 For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. 56 He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him. 57 As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me. 58 This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever.” (John 6:51-58).

    By believing in Him we are partakers of the sacrifice of the grain and the blood made available for the rich and the poor, man and woman, and all alike. He had the sins that were to be atoned by blood and by grain covered in Him offering himself up for us upon the cross. “He who has ears to him, let him hear.” (Matthew 11:15).

  6. I would appreciate clarification on the Bibles you do and do not recommend. For example, you mention (I think) the Scherman Hebrew Bible as a good one, but then you go on to talk about problems with the Stone Edition. As far as I can tell, all of Scherman’s Bibles are a “Stone Edition.” Can you please clarify this? For what it is worth, I agree with your assessment completely – there is not really good Bible for those interested in the original languages. The best ones are electronic versions where you can easily view multiple volumes at once. Sadly, these are usually pretty expensive. Thoughts on this?

    On a semi-related matter, I am curious why it is acceptable (even required of course) to print G*d’s Name in Hebrew, but then once translated into say, English, it must be replaced with the word “Lord.” “Lord” is its own word “Adonai” in Hebrew, so such replacement usage is clearly wrong, even if a near equivalent, it’s still not His Name! For me, this is changing the original Scripture and rendering G*d’s Name vain (to nothing) which is clearly forbidden and so even worse than trying to “build a fence” and protect His Name. The problem with this, of course, is the situation we have now – no one can agree on exactly how His Name is pronounced – unthinkable! Just my two shekels and I’d appreciate your comments.

    • I think that would be to your own discretion homie, when I read it, I immediately felt bad in the manner that I was enjoying the fat that Yehovah prefers for Himself….even if it’s not an offering, I’m convicted to not eat it any longer…But your absolutely right brother!..good point, your right, it isn’t an offering or…It’s all on your conviction bro! God bless
      Hope this helped…I know I ain’t nehemia..

  7. What is the difference/similarity between the offerings offered for atonement that you discussed today and the ones offered by the Priest on the day of atonement?

  8. there is a cd called power bible and you can read it in interlinear. it must be ordered and installed on your computer. it’s great for beginners

  9. Thank you both for being so diligent in your presentations. When you’re on the frontlines of any ministry, it seems to be like putting a bull’s-eye on your forehead. The rewards are vast, but putting yourselves into the limelight often opens you up to attacks from those you are trying to serve. YHVH bless and keep you. Most of those you teach are so much more than grateful for all your work and tolerance, than you will ever know. Maybe that’s just how it’s supposed to be. Again, I gratefully thank both of you for your hard work and profound grace. Abiding R.

  10. Hi Nehemia, I really appreciate all u guys do to make clearer the word of God, it has really helped. But please, I think, Keith should let you explain more, instead of jumping in, when you are trying to give us some torah pearls. its like the spirit of satan is trying to use him to block/interfer with the truth, coming out from u.
    Keith might be ignorant of this, but with prayer and with Gods help, you all will remain in Gods righteousness.

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