38th Parsha Study: Ras Tafari Renaissance Revelations

Greetings in the name of His & Her Imperial Majesties Qedamawi Haile Sellassie I & Itege Menen Asfaw,

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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.

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, have more than likely have come to the Torah portion of Korah/KoraKH’- , for this week, in this mode of study; for those out in the diaspora or outside of Jerusalem or Israel.  From the Jewish or Hebraic Calendar in the year 5773, this Sabbath day would probably fall on the of the month of Siw(v)an-סִיוָן, for this week, in this mode of study; for those out in the diaspora or outside of Jerusalem or Israel.  (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 ቆሬ-Q’orey, for the 29th(፳፱) & 1st() days of the ወራት(months)- ግንቦት (Ginbot) & ሰኔ (Seney).  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).

Readings:

Numbers 16:1- 18:32

I Samuel 11:14- 12:22

Romans 13:1-7

*(extra reading for Rosh Hodesh- ראש חודש)

(*Numbers 28: 9-15)

http://www.jewfaq.org/chodesh.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosh_Hodesh

roshkhodesh

(4th Hebrew month) Tammuzתמוז

Now, in continuance of our studies of Torah, we come to the parsha(portion) of Korah’.  Now, in this study of the Scriptures, a Levite, named Korah’ (ben Izhar- son of Izhar), joins himself wth Dathan & Abiram, who are Reubinites(of the Tribe of Reuben), and two-hundred & fifty princes of Israel.  This group began a rebellion, that challenged the authority of Moses and Aaron, among the children of Israel.

[Numb. 16:1-19]

(Ten Commandments character) of Dathan-דתן  was played by Edward G. Robinson (Robinson, was born Emmanuel Goldenberg, of Romanian-Jewish descent) _[1956 Paramount award winning-movie Ten Commandments by Cecile B. DeMille presents a skewed version of the story dealing with Dathan, when compared to Biblical reference; but still a very entertaining production, to this day...]
(Ten Commandments character) of Dathan-דתן , was played by Edward G. Robinson (though Robinson, was born Emmanuel Goldenberg, of Romanian-Jewish descent)

http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/505705/Edward-G-Robinson

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_G._Robinson

God instructed Moses and Aaron, to get away from Korah and his rebellious few, and tell the children of Israel to separate themselves as well; for he would consume them

[Numb. 16: 20-35]

(color based revitalization) Death of Korah, Dathan, & Abiram [Numb. 16: 31-35] revamped-by-fineartamerica-original-by-Granger {original painting done in 19th cent. by Gustave Dore'} link here: http://www.mundellchristianchurch.com/art/images/Num-16-The-Death-of-Korah,-Dathan,-and-Abiram.jpg
(color based revitalization) Death of Korah, Dathan, & Abiram [Numb. 16: 31-35] revamped-by-fineartamerica-original-by-Granger {original painting done in 19th cent. by Gustave Dore’} link here: http://www.mundellchristianchurch.com/art/images/Num-16-The-Death-of-Korah,-Dathan,-and-Abiram.jpg

God then, spoke to Moses to tell Eleazar(Aaron’s son; a Priest of Levi), to take the censors of Korah, which they took in the Tabernacle for the fire and the incense, and make them broad plates for a covering of the altar.  “They shall be a sign to the children of Israel.”

[Numb. 16:36-40]

priest in the holy of holies

The next day the children of Israel, murmured against Moses & Aaron, saying, “…they killed people of God…,” and then a plague fell upon them(Israel) and more died, even after those of Korah’s Rebellion suffered judgment.

[Numb. 16:41-50]

God then, instructed Moses to gather the staffs of the Princes Of Israel; one for each of the tribes (12) and adding one more the tribe of Levi, in which, Aaron would be the head.  (making that thirteen [13] staff-rods).  God would then choose the staff to show where he would place his authority among the children of Israel, to put an end to their murmuring.  Moses, took the staffs and placed them in the Tabernacle of Witness.

[Numb. 17: 1-7]

The Majority of Ethiopian memorial and holy-days are celebrated with men and women carrying staff.
The Majority of Ethiopian memorial and holy-days are celebrated with men and women carrying staff. Here priests, carry staffs and sistrums singing songs of praise and joy.
A collection of staffs in an Ethiopian Othodox-Tewahido Church
A collection of staffs in an Ethiopian Orthodox-Tewahido Church

The very next morning, Moses entered into the Tabernacle, only to find that Aaron’s rod, had blossomed and brought forth buds, and also yielded almonds.  Moses brought forth the staff of Aaron, by God’s command to be a witness/memorial to Israel of God’s will way.  Whomsoever go against God’s way would not share in his rest.

[Numb. 17:8-13]

Moses finds (Aaron's Rod That Budded)_ illustration by the Holman Bible from 1890.
Moses finds (Aaron’s Rod That Budded)_ illustration by the Holman Bible from 1890.
Moses brings forth Aaron's staff.  Budding of Aaron's Staff by Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld_  From The Bible In Pictures{1860}
Moses brings forth Aaron’s staff. Budding of Aaron’s Staff by Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld_ From The Bible In Pictures{1860}

God then spoke to Aaron, saying, that he and his sons (lineage), were to perform the duties of service in the Tabernacle, so no wrath would anymore fall upon Israel.  The Levites were to administer the reception of of offerings made by the children of Israel to God in the Tabernacle; but they wouldn’t have an inheritance as the rest of the children of Israel(Tribes) had.  The reason being was & is, because the “tithes” of Israel would be given to them by God

[Numb. 18:1-24]

ethiopian kahin-keeping charge

God, also instructed Moses to tell the Levites, that of the “tithes” of the children of Israel, they(the Priesthood) were to offer a Heave offering to God; or a tenth of all the tithes, of Israel and give them to Aaron.  The offering was to be of its best condition; & for the reward of service the Priesthood would be able to partake in the offering in all of their households, bearing no sins, neither polluting the the holy things of the children of Israel.

[Numb. 18: 25-32]

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