Leviticus Week 24 - Vayikra

Wisdom From the Torah Book 3:
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ortions From the Prophets and New Testament

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Why Study the Torah? Because it is very important to YHVH:

1 Corinthians 10:11
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11 These things happened to them to serve as an example, and they were written down to instruct us, on whom the ends of the ages have come.


How does this week’s Torah Portion relate to the Haftarah and Brit Chadasha Portions? 

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The significance of the various animal parts in Leviticus 3:

Kidney = Emotions
"Fat" = Heart (in vs. 4)
Loins = Stupidity
Liver = Daily burdens
"Fat" = curse (in vs. 9)

"Olah" = burnt offering (spelled Ayin - Lamed - Hey)

  • Ayin = the eye, see, understand, reveal
  • Lamed = teaching, authority, rod, tongue
  • Hey = when used at the end of the word means, "what comes from"
The "burnt offering" (olah) means, "What comes from the understanding of (YHVH's) authority."

Did Yeshua contradict His Father? The Prophets portion we read included:

Isaiah 66:15-17

New American Standard Bible (NASB)

For behold, the Lord will come in fire

And His chariots like the whirlwind,
To render His anger with fury,
And His rebuke with flames of fire.

For the Lord will execute judgment by fire

And by His sword on all flesh,
And those slain by the Lord will be many.

“Those who sanctify and purify themselves to go to the gardens,

Following one in the center,
Who eat swine’s flesh, detestable things and mice,
Will come to an end altogether,” declares the Lord.

So did Yeshua declare all foods (meats such as swine) clean, thus making something "good" that YHVH says is "detestable"? Some English translations of the Bible would have us believe He did:

New International Version (©2011)
For it doesn't go into their heart but into their stomach, and then out of the body." (In saying this, Jesus declared all foods clean.)

New Living Translation (©2007)
Food doesn't go into your heart, but only passes through the stomach and then goes into the sewer." (By saying this, he declared that every kind of food is acceptable in God's eyes.)

English Standard Version (©2001)
since it enters not his heart but his stomach, and is expelled?” (Thus he declared all foods clean.)

New American Standard Bible (©1995)
because it does not go into his heart, but into his stomach, and is eliminated?" (Thus He declared all foods clean.)

King James Bible (Cambridge Ed.)
Because it entereth not into his heart, but into the belly, and goeth out into the draught, purging all meats? The KJV got this one right!

Holman Christian Standard Bible (©2009)
For it doesn't go into his heart but into the stomach and is eliminated." (As a result, He made all foods clean.)

International Standard Version (©2012)
Because it doesn't go into his heart but into his stomach, and then into the sewer, thereby expelling all foods." The ISV got this one right!

NET Bible (©2006)
For it does not enter his heart but his stomach, and then goes out into the sewer." (This means all foods are clean.)

Aramaic Bible in Plain English (©2010)
“Because it does not enter his heart, but his belly, and is discharged by excretion, which purifies all foods.” The ABIPE got this one right!

GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995)
It doesn't go into his thoughts but into his stomach and then into a toilet." (By saying this, Jesus declared all foods acceptable.)

King James 2000 Bible (©2003)
Because it enters not into his heart, but into the belly, and goes out into the drain, purging all foods? The KJV got this one right!

American King James Version
Because it enters not into his heart, but into the belly, and goes out into the draught, purging all meats? The AKJV got this one right!

American Standard Version
because it goeth not into his heart, but into his belly, and goeth out into the draught? This he said , making all meats clean. 

Douay-Rheims Bible
Because it entereth not into his heart, but goeth into the belly, and goeth out into the privy, purging all meats? The DRB got this one right!

Darby Bible Translation
because it does not enter into his heart but into his belly, and goes out into the draught, purging all meats? The DB got this one right!

English Revised Version
because it goeth not into his heart, but into his belly, and goeth out into the draught? This he said, making all meats clean.

Webster's Bible Translation
Because it entereth not into his heart, but into the belly, and goeth out into the draught, purging all kinds of food. The WB got this one right!

Weymouth New Testament
because it does not go into his heart, but into his stomach, and passes away ejected from him?" By these words Jesus pronounced all kinds of food clean.

World English Bible
because it doesn't go into his heart, but into his stomach, then into the latrine, thus purifying all foods?" 

Young's Literal Translation
because it doth not enter into his heart, but into the belly, and into the drain it doth go out, purifying all the meats.'

Barnes' Notes on the Bible

Entereth not into his heart - Does not reach or affect the "mind," the "soul," and consequently cannot pollute it. Even if it should affect the "body," yet it cannot the "soul," and consequently cannot need to be cleansed by a religious ordinance. The notions of the Pharisees, therefore, are not founded in reason, but are mere "superstition."

The draught - The sink, the vault. "Purging all meats." The word "purging," here, means to purify, to cleanse. What is thrown out of the body is the innutritious part of the food taken into the stomach, and leaving only that which is proper for the support of life; and it cannot, therefore, defile the soul.

All meals - All food; all that is taken into the body to support life. The meaning is, that the economy or process by which life is supported "purifies" or "renders nutritious" all kinds of food. The unwholesome or innutritious parts are separated, and the wholesome only are taken into the system. This agrees with all that has since been discovered of the process of digestion and of the support of life. The food taken into the stomach is by the gastric juice converted into a thick pulp called chyme. The nutritious part of this is conveyed into small vessels, and changed into a milky substance called "chyle." This is poured by the thoracic duct into the left subclavian vein and mingles with the blood, and conveys nutriment and support to all parts of the system. The useless parts of the food are thrown off.

Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Into the draught - See on Matthew 15:17 (note).

Purging all meats? - For what is separated from the different aliments taken into the stomach, and thrown out of the body, is the innutritious parts of all the meats that are eaten; and thus they are purged, nothing being left behind but what is proper for the support of the body.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Because it entereth not into his heart,.... Which is the seat and fountain of all moral pollution; and if that is not defiled, no other part can be; and that that is not defiled by eating and drinking, unless in case of intemperance, is clear; because food and drink do not go into it:

but into the belly; it is taken in at the mouth, goes down the throat, and is received into the stomach, and from thence it passes through the bowels:

and goeth into the draught; , "the private house", as the Jews call it, without going into the heart at all:

purging all meats; that which it leaves behind, is pure and nourishing; and whatever is gross and impure, is carried with it into the draught, so that nothing remains in the man that is defiling.

Geneva Study Bible

Because it entereth not into his heart, but into the belly, and goeth out into the draught, {h} purging all meats?

(h) For that which goes into the draught purges all meats.

Wesley's Notes

7:19 Purging all meats - Probably the seat was usually placed over running water.

Scofield Reference Notes

Margin Because it entereth

Because it does not enter into the heart of him, but into the bowels is passed -- purifying all the food.

Yeshua was NOT declaring all meat "good" for eating. He was saying that the body keeps what is good and purges the rest. So, Mark 7:19 is not telling us that it is now OK to disregard YHVH's dietary laws!

The Tribulation Protection Plan:

Exodus 34:21-24

New Living Translation (NLT)

21 “You have six days each week for your ordinary work, but on the seventh day you must stop working, even during the seasons of plowing and harvest.

22 “You must celebrate the Festival of Harvest with the first crop of the wheat harvest, and celebrate the Festival of the Final Harvest at the end of the harvest season. 23 Three times each year every man in Israel must appear before the Sovereign, the Lord, the God of Israel. 24 I will drive out the other nations ahead of you and expand your territory, so no one will covet and conquer your land while you appear before the Lord your God three times each year.

Kevin & Amanda Roberts on Obedience to YHVH's Calendar and Feasts:

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The Scriptures for this week's study are:

Leviticus 1-6:7

Isaiah 43:21-44:23; 66