Parashah Studies

מְּצֹרָע

M'tsora / Metzora

which means "infected one"

Leviticus 14:1 - 15:33; 2 Kings 7:3-20; Matthew 23:16 - 24:2, 30-31


 

Mat 8:2 Then a man afflicted with tzara`at came, kneeled down in front of him and said, "Sir, if you are willing, you can make me clean."

Mat 8:3 Yeshua reached out his hand, touched him and said, "I am willing! Be cleansed!" And at once he was cleansed from his tzara`at.

Mat 8:4 Then Yeshua said to him, "See that you tell no one; but as a testimony to the people, go and let the cohen examine you, and offer the sacrifice that Moshe commanded."

Lev 14:1 ADONAI said to Mosheh,

Lev 14:2 "This is to be the law concerning the person afflicted with tzara'at on the day of his purification. He is to be brought to the cohen,

Lev 14:3 and the cohen is to go outside the camp and examine him there. If he sees that the tzara'at sores have been healed in the afflicted person,

Lev 14:4 then the cohen will order that two living clean birds be taken for the one to be purified, along with cedar-wood, scarlet yarn and hyssop leaves.

Lev 14:5 The cohen is to order one of the birds slaughtered in a clay pot over running water.

Lev 14:6 As for the live bird, he is to take it with the cedar-wood, scarlet yarn and hyssop and dip them and the living bird in the blood of the bird slaughtered over running water,

Metzora deals with ritual impurity.

Progression of affliction was the home, the clothes and then the skin.

Tzara’at of garments and houses are not natural phenomena, but wondrous signs for Israel, to warn them against the sin of evil talk.

Because of seven things the plague of tzaraat is incurred: slander, bloodshed, false oath, incest, arrogance, robbery and envy. (Talmud)

2 birds -- person to be cleansed; yom kippur / 2 goats -- picture of death & life -- picture of the death & resurrection -- picture of deliverance, salvation, Yeshua

cedar wood – pride, haughtiness -- the tree of death

scarlet -- color from lowly creature => humility

scarlet -- blood => Messiah

hyssop => (thyme or oregano) cleansing, healing, wholeness

Lev 14:7 He will then sprinkle the blood seven times on the one who is to be cleansed from the skin disease. He is to pronounce him clean and release the live bird over the open countryside.

Lev 14:51 He will take the cedar wood, the hyssop, the scarlet yarn, and the live bird, dip them in the blood of the slaughtered bird and the fresh water, and sprinkle the house seven times.

Lev 15:13 "When the man with the discharge has been cured of it, he is to count seven days for his cleansing, wash his clothes, and bathe his body in fresh water; he will be clean.

Lev 15:19 "When a woman has a discharge, and it consists of blood from her body, she will be unclean because of her menstruation for seven days. Everyone who touches her will be unclean until evening.

Lev 15:24 If a man sleeps with her, and blood from her menstruation gets on him, he will be unclean for seven days, and every bed he lies on will become unclean.

 

Seven => completeness, perfection, rest, Shabbat

Seven is THE NUMBER OF SPIRITUAL PERFECTION.

Lev 14:10 "On the eighth day he must take two unblemished male lambs, an unblemished year-old ewe lamb, a grain offering of three quarts of fine flour mixed with olive oil, and one-third of a quart of olive oil.

Lev 14:23 On the eighth day he is to bring these things for his cleansing to the priest at the entrance to the tent of meeting before HaShem.

Lev 15:29 On the eighth day she must take two turtledoves or two young pigeons and bring them to the priest at the entrance to the tent of meeting.

 

EIGHT IS THE NUMBER OF NEW BEGINNINGS.

circumcision on 8th day (Gen. 17:12)

EIGHT: sh’moneh in Hebrew, from the root shah’meyn “to make fat” or “to cover with fat” which means to super-abound.

The first of a new series:

It is the number of salvation, resurrection, and new birth/regeneration.

Lev 14:8 He who is to be purified must wash his clothes, shave off all his hair and bathe himself in water. Then he will be clean; and after that, he may enter the camp; but he must live outside his tent for seven days.

Lev 14:9 On the seventh day he is to shave all the hair off his head, also his beard and eyebrows - he must shave off all his hair; and he is to wash his clothes and bathe his body in water; and he will be clean.

 

Immersion in water signifies a return to the state of purity that existed at the start of Creation.

Immersion is the symbol of regeneration.

Immersion signifies the shedding of one’s physical nature.

 

Matthew 3:13-17

3:13 Then Yeshua arrived from Galil at the Yarden unto Yochanan to be immersed by him.

3:14 But Yochanan tried to prevent Him, saying, "I have need to be immersed by You, and do You come to me?"

3:15 But Yeshua answering said to him, "Permit it now, for in this way it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness." Then he permitted Him.

3:16 And after being immersed, Yeshua went up immediately from the water; and behold, the Heavens were opened, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, coming upon Him.

3:17 And behold, a voice out of the Heavens, saying, "This is My beloved Son, in Whom I am well-pleased."

 

Matthew 28:18-20

28:18 And Yeshua came up and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in Heaven and on Earth,

28:19 "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, immersing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

28:20 "teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and behold, I am with you always, even to the consummation of the age."

 

Acts 8:12,15-17

8:12 But when they believed Philippos as he announced the good news about the Kingdom of God and the name of Yeshua the Messiah, they were being immersed, both men and women alike.

8:15 who came down and prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit;

8:16 for He had not yet fallen upon any of them; they had only been immersed in the name of the Lord Yeshua.

8:17 Then they laid their hands on them and they received the Holy Spirit.

 

Romans 6:3-7

6:3 Or do you not know that all of us who have been immersed into Messiah Yeshua were immersed into His death?

Rom 6:4 Therefore, we were buried with Him through immersion into death, in order that Messiah was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so too we might walk in renewal of life.

Rom 6:5 For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, so also shall we be in the resurrection,

Rom 6:6 knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that our body of sin might be rendered inoperative, that we should no longer be slaves to sin.

Rom 6:7 For he who has died has been justified from sin.

Lev 14:14 The cohen is to take some of the blood of the guilt offering and put it on the tip of the right ear of the person being purified, on the thumb of his right hand and on the big toe of his right foot.

Lev 14:17 Then the cohen is to put some of the remaining oil in his hand on the tip of the right ear of the person being purified, on the thumb of his right hand, on the big toe of his right foot and on the blood of the guilt offering.

 

 

 

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