Greetings in the name of His & Her Imperial Majesties Qedamawi Haile Sellasie I & Itege Menen Asfaw,
I welcome you all to one of many of the interpretations of the Scriptures from the light of Ras Tafari by, I, Lidj Yefdi (pronounced Lij, Yef-dee).
I assure you that if you are patient with me, come with an open mind and heart, you will receive more than what you might have asked for in seeking the perspective of a Ras Tafarian’s I-sight (eyesight) into the study of the Scriptures.
Now, with that said, let us go right into this…
So,with this Hebrew Shabbot(or Sabbath day) if those who actually open up their Bibles to read in a Jewish/Hebrew cycle of readings, & thoroughly discern, nonetheless studied either the Torah portion of (W)Vayikra-וַיִּקְרָא , for this week, from a Jewish/Hebrew mode of study for those out in the diaspora, living outside of Jerusalem or Israel.
This Sabbath, being that in will take us right into the High Holy Days of Passover, & the Feast of Unleavened Bread, it is known as Shabbot Hagadol.
meaning that this Sabbath is just before Passover & it usually is a special reading from the Prophetic Book of Malachi.
Others who engage this type of study more than likely read the portion of Tz’av(w). From the Jewish or Hebraic Calendar in the 5773 this Sabbath day would probably fall on the 12th & 13th of the month of Nisan- נִיסָן . (the Hebrew Calendar corresponds to a Lunar cycle of the Moon)From an Ethiopic-Christian perspective and calculation these readings from the Scriptures would align to what is known as T’erto-ጠርቶ , on the 13th & 14th of ወርኀ(month)- መጋቢት(Megabeet). On the Ethiopic calendar, which is solar (with its correspondence to the Sun) this Sabbath (or Senbet-ሰንበት) in the Ethiopian language of Amharic which is currently one of the languages of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church(the other language being Ge’ez-ግእዝ)
Isaiah 43:21- 44:23
Now, for in summation of the study we have in front of us; In this portion of the study of the Scriptures, Moses receives the laws and statutes for the “Sacrifices”/”Offerings,” which are to be made for forgiveness/atonement for sins of the children of Israel. The details are explained to Moses, in relevance to the nature or the action, of the sin that may have been committed. Upon the realization of the sin, its offerings are categorized in different ways, so to speak.
For instance, the sacrifice of an animal permissible for the action, was to take the place of the sinner, who had sinned against God, his commandments, or laws and statutes. Sin was forgiven by faith and repentance, but no because of the ultimate sacrifice, & fulfillment of Scriptures, Christ took on the sins of the world, like a Paschal Lamb of Passover. The Paschal Lamb was the unblemished animal which used to mark the doors of the Israelites on the night the 10th plague of the “Death of the First Born Of Egypt” was to pass through the land. [Ex. 11:1- 12:13] Christ established the new covenant with sacrificing himself, which also became revealed in his speaking over the sharing of the Passover Seder, with the apostles, in the Upper Room. [Mt. 26:29]
The Korbanot(קורבנות) – Offerings
The offering of sacrificial animals and grains were a strong focal point of the Torah, not bribe God, for every animal of the earth, God created, was and belonged to God, anyway.
Blood made a consecration and an atonement, with God. Blood is the life of flesh, so the blood makes atonement for the soul and the is symbolizes holiness through sacrifice. The sacrifical sytem made a representation of a life sacrificed for a life, with the wage of sin being death. [Rm. 6:23]