Parashah Tazria

She Conceives

We have officially entered into the first week of the 2nd month of Iyar, the beginning of a month of preparation and anticipating revelation. This Parashah fits perfectly with both the theme of Iyar as well as what it is we are both preparing for and expecting to manifest in our lives individually and in the Body of Messiah as a whole. We begin in Leviticus 12:1-13:59 the speaks of the laws regarding purification after childbirth and the laws of leprosy. Thus we have the two themes of multiplication and restoration that speak directly into the next passages of 2 Kings 4:42-5:19, John 6:8-13 and Matthew 8:1-4.

Miracles of Multiplication

In 2 Kings chapter 4:42-44, Israel is in the middle of a famine and there is very little food to go around. A man brings the prophet Elisha 20 loaves of bread and fresh grain which Elisha tells his servant to give to the men to eat, but the servant replies saying there is not nearly enough for 100 men to eat. Sound familiar? Elisha then says to the servant, “Give them to the men, that they may eat, for thus says Adonai, ‘They shall eat and have some left.’” And they did. Similarly, although in much greater numbers in John 6, Yeshua multiplied the 5 loaves and 2 fish that the boy had given to feed 5,000 men plus women and children. There are two take aways from these two passages that give us food for thought. The first being the manner in which we give an offering, tithe, or first fruits, and the second is a question. Why would Adonai allow a famine to happen in the first place, and why would Yeshua knowingly lead thousands of people to a secluded place knowing they would be hungry? Both sound counterintuitive to the goodness of Adonai at first glance, but is it really?

The man who gave his first fruits of bread and grain gave what he had knowing it would not be enough to fead everyone, but he gave what he could from what he had regardless, and similarly the boy who gave the 5 loaves of bread and two fish knew it would not be enough, but gave it from the heart regardless of how many it could feed. In both instances, it was an offering that was found pleasing to Adonai. First Fruits, no matter how small, when given with a full heart unto Adonai is the best seed one can sew. Just as Yeshua said of the poor widow who gave her last two copper pennies as her tithe beside the rich who gave their gifts from their wealth(Luke 21:1-4), so too are the examples of the man giving the 20 loaves of bread and the young man giving the 5 loaves of bread and two fish. Such an offering to Elohim both pleases Him to receive it, but also pleases Him to multiply it.

On the other hand, why would YHWH Yi’rei (The Lord Our Provider) let famine and hunger take place or Yeshua lead people to a place where they would be hungry? The same question was posed by the Yeshua’s disciples when they approached the blind man, and they asked Him, “Who sinned, this man or his parents, that he would be born blind?” Yeshua answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but it was so that the works of God might be displayed and illustrated in him” (John 9:2-3). Amazing! If we grasp what this means in our everyday lives it will change the world, and did change the world when the apostles and disciples of Yeshua understood it. The famine did not occur and Yeshua did not lead the people to the middle of nowhere so that the people would suffer, but so that people would begin to understand that a time of discomfort or hardship is not a curse, but rather so that the works of God might be displayed and illustrated in that situation. What if we began to see a problem as an opportunity for the goodness of Adonai to be displayed instead of giving credit to the enemy and believing it is a punishment from God?

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Miracles of Healing

In 2 Kings 5:1-19 a great warrior from the army of Syria who had attacked and defeated Israel had leprosy, and heard from a servant girl he had just captured from Israel that there was a man in Israel that could heal him. He told the King of Syria and the King sent a letter to the king of Israel that he was sending the warrior to be healed of his leprosy. The King of Israel tore his clothes believing this was just another provocation to attack again, but Adonai had other plans. The prophet Elisha hearing of this, sent word to the king and said don’t worry send him to me and he will be healed. Long story short the man was healed and vowed only to worship the God if Israel the rest of his days. But wait, a gentile healed by a Jew, wasn’t that forbidden? Fast forward to Yeshua healing the leper in Matthew 8:1-4. We learned in the first section of the Parashah about the law of leprosy which said that no one could come within 8 feet of a leper without being considered unclean. Elisha sent the warrior with leprosy a letter to give him instructions on how to be healed to abide by that law, but the encounter between Yeshua and the Leper went much differently. “And behold, a leper came to him and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, if you will, you can make me clean.” And Yeshua stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, “I will; be clean.” And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.” Talk about coming to fulfill the law! Not only was he within 8 feet of him, but he touched him! Can you imagine the shock amongst those present? The unclean was now clean, and both men would not have to be ostracised from society because of it.

A Conundrum, The Kingdom

Look what happened to the world when believers took hold of the mindset of the kingdom realising that not only had they been redeemed, but they also carried the power and gift of the Redeemer, Yeshua within them to bring the same restoration, healing, transformation, and multiplication to others that He did to their own lives. What happens when we start seeing problems as opportunities instead of headaches and depression, and instead get excited when a challenge arises knowing it has been brought about so that the works of Adonai might be displayed? What happens when we see the outcast, the downtrodden, the lost, and unclean as the redeemed of the Messiah, a new creation and witnesses of the perfect an unfathomable love of the Great I Am? As we have entered into this new Biblical month of preparation and anticipating revelation, let it also be one of preparing and repairing our minds according to the Kingdom and expecting the manifestation of the mighty works of Adonai, not through famous apostles or prophets or superstars of the faith, but from yourself. All of this applies to each and every man, woman, and child if we would but take it as Truth and discard the lies of the world that tell us otherwise to stop us from walking in the perfect love and power that we have all inherited through our Lord and Savior, Yeshua Ha’Mashiach. Adonai bless you and keep you!

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