Greetings in the name of His & Her Imperial Majesties Qedamawi Haile Sellassie I & Itege Menen Asfaw,
I welcome you all to one of the many 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 a willing mind and heart(ready to learn), 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 the Torah portion of Emor- אֱמֹר , for this week, in this mode of study, for those out in the diaspora or outside Jerusalem or Israel. From the Jewish or Hebraic Calendar in the year 5773 this Sabbath day would probably fall on the 16th & 17th of the month of Iyar- אִייָר . (The Hebrew Calendar corresponds to a Lunar cycle of the Moon) but, from an Ethiopic-Christian perspective and calculation these readings from the Scriptures would align to what is known as Bileh N’gerachew- ብለህ ንገራቸው, on the 18th(፲፰) & 19th(፲፱) day of ወርኀ(month)- ሚያዝያ(Meeyazya). The Ethiopic calendar, which is solar (with its correspondence to the Sun) aligns to 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).
Leviticus 21: 1- 24:23
Ezekiel 44: 15-31
I Peter 2: 4-10
So, in the study of the Biblical Scriptures, we have come to the portion of Emor, & in this section of Scripture, Moses receives from God other rules & regulations for the Priesthood of Israel. In which, the priests were to sanctify themselves to be the priests of Israel to God, they were required to uphold specific standards and codes of decorum & they were to administer certain feasts which were to become memorial statutes for generations to come.
In the opening of this study, God outlines more laws and statutes for the Priesthood. The priests of Israel are not defile themselves within or outside of the community Israel. If they(speaking of the priests), are to choose wives, the wives should come from within the community of the priesthood lineage, & the wives also should be sanctified along with the children that should come. The relationships and the walk of the priests should be in-law to the commandments of the God of Israel. [Lev. 21:1- 22:16]
The feast and memorials were told to Moses by God also in this portion of Scripture. Moses is told to instruct the Israelites, especially the priesthood, to proclaim, observe, due diligence to the Holy Days, which were to be set apart as remembrances from generation to generation.
These holy days were what has become into today’s society, known as: the weekly Sabbath(Shabbot-שבת) or the Seventh Day or the “Day of Rest”_[Lev. 23:3],
the fouteenth day of the first month(Nisan-Abib), Shavout-שבועות (or the Feast of Weeks)_[Lev. 23:15-21]
The first day of the Seventh Month(Rosh Ha’Shanah-ראש השנה), shall be the “blowing of the trumpets”, an holy convocation. [Lev. 23:23-25]
The tenth day of the Seventh month(Yom Kippur-יוֹם כִּפּוּר), and it shall be a Day Of Atonement: it shall be an holy convocation to you; and shall afflict your souls and offer an offering made by fire to the LORD. [Lev. 23:26-32]
…& the fifteenth day of the Seventh month(Sukkot- סֻכּוֹת), shall be the feast of Tabernacles for seven days to the LORD. [Lev. 23:33-42]
God continues instructing Moses to teach the priests on how to conduct services in the sanctuary of the Tabernacle. Things like; the lighting of the lamps for the candlestick(or the Menorah- מְנוֹרָה), on a regular basis,
the bread offerings, also where the meals were to take place within the Tabernacle. [Lev. 24:1-10] Then, the story of the “Blasphemer,” came to Moses so that he should teach to the children of Israel. [Lev. 24]