Ras Tafari Renaissance

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


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 ShelaKH’ LeKH’a-שְׁלַח-לְךָ, from the Jewish or Hebraic Calendar in the year 5774 year, this Sabbath day would probably be accounted for as the 15th-טו, & the 16th-טז, of the month of Siw(v)an-סִיוָן.  (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 Lǎk Tĭlkalachu-ላክ ትልካላቹ.  This would calculate as the 6th-፮, & the 7th-፯, of the month(ወርኀ) of Seney’-ሰኔ.  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).


Numbers 13:1- 15:41

Joshua 2:1-24

Hebrews 3:7- 4:1

Ironically, (or more so MeSeder HaElohim[מסדר האלוהים]”in the Order of God/JAH/YAH“) as we come to the 13th chapter of the kifil-ክፍል(portion), of Shelach’ Lecha’ [שְׁלַח-לְךָ]; we also come to the Gregorian superstitious “Friday the 13th” for our study portion for the end of this 7-day period.  In the Book of Numbers, this 37th parsha-kifil, Moses is now instructed by God to send the chosen Princes of Israel to search/spy/scout the land(Canaan), which God had promised to the children of Israel.

[Numb. 13: 1-16]

Negeb desert mountains
Negeb desert mountains

The spies or scouts were to instructed to go the south mountain, to see the land(how it looked/upon view), see what people dwelt there, & if the people there were strong or weak, if there were few or many. They were also instructed to see if the land be a good land, what cities in the land were inhabited, and if those cities (inhabited) were “strongly held.”  They were to be “of good courage” and bring fruits of the land to prove that it had been seen, for it was the due season of the “first-fruits.”

[Numb. 13: 17-20]

shelach leccha - parsha [sinai-desert-map-wilderness]

The scouts searched the land from the Wilderness of Zin to Rehob and came to Hebron, where the children of Anak.

[Numb. 13: 21-22]

children of anak

The scouts took up the fruits of the land, as instructed, at the Brook of Eshol.  They took the cluster of grapes, pomegranates, and figs; then they returned to the wilderness where Israel was encamped & gave their reports of the land (which they stayed 40 days) from their searching.

[Numb. 13: 23-30]

shelach lecha - parsha [first-fruits-of-the-land]

Caleb brought a good report to Moses, Aaron, and those of the congregation that heard him.  Even, so much so that Caleb said, “…Let us go up at once, and possess it, for we are well able to overcome it…”[Numb. 13: 30]  But, the men that went with him brought a evil/bad report (evil-because it was wrapped in lies tied to some of the truth); “…the land eat(eth) up the inhabitants…, [all the people were of great stature]…”

[Numb. 13: 30-33]

Grapes of Canaan (Joshua & Caleb depicted) _ painting by James Jaques Tissot
Grapes of Canaan (Joshua & Caleb depicted) _ painting by James Jaques Tissot

At the sounds of the ten evil/bad reports of the scouts, who came to give their assessment on the land which was promised to the Hebrews; the children of Israel wept and began to murmur against Moses and Aaron, for they saw the ten evil/bad reports as truth, also that God had brought them out of Egypt and into the wilderness to die.  The children of Israel had planted seeds in their own minds from the bad reports that their wives and their children, would become prey, as they fell by the sword.  They even saw it may have been better to return to Egypt.  So much so, that they spoke to each other to make a captain that would campaign to take them back to Egypt.

[Numb. 14: 1-4]

The report of the spies (10 bad/2 good) _ artwork provided by Providence Lithograph Company) 1907
The report of the spies (10 bad/2 good) _ artwork provided by Providence Lithograph Company, 1907

Moses and Aaron, then fell on their face before the congregation of Hebrews, for they could not comprehend why the children of Israel, would go as far to think, the things they were thinking.  Then Joshua and Caleb, told the truth about the report on the scouting of the land, the people (the Amorites, Jebusites, & Hittites resided in the mountains: the Amalekites to the south: & also the Canaanites resided near the sea and the coast of the Jordan [river].  Then, God became angered with Israel because of their weak faith and murmuring; for their provoking, he sought to destroy them

[Numb. 14: 5-12]

The Spies Showing the Fertility of Canaan _ painting by Gerald Hoet (1728 Figures de la Bible)
The Spies Showing the Fertility of Canaan _ painting by Gerald Hoet (1728 Figures de la Bible)

Moses then, interceded for the children of Israel and because of his pleading words to God, their lives were spared.  But, God would not allow them to enter into the Land of Promise.  Forty years, in the wilderness, would their children wander bearing the whoredoms of their parents.

[Numb. 14: 13-45]

Wandering in the wilderness, those of Israel that wouldn't enter into the Promised Land.
Wandering in the wilderness, those of Israel that wouldn’t enter into the Promised Land.

The laws and statues, rules and regulations for the offerings/sacrifices that were to be administered upon entry into the land that was promised, were reiterated to the children of Israel.

[Numb. 15: 1-36]

shelach lecha - parsha [tzitziyot-fetiloch-fringes]

God then spoke to Moses, telling him to instruct the children of Israel to make fringes upon the borders of their garments; the fringes were also to have a ribband of blue.  These fringes, with the ribband of blue were for the children of Israel to keep throughout their generations.  The fringes were to be a reminder of the commandments of God, and that they should observe them and do(keep) them.  The Israelites were to look[observe] upon the fringes, and keep[do] the commandments of God; to not seek after their own hearts and eyes, which would take them ‘a whoring’ away.

[Numb. 15: 37-41]

Tz'tz'yot-Fetiloch (ציציות/ፈትሎች)
Tz’tz’yotFetiloch (ציציות/ፈትሎች)

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