Greetings in the name of His & Her Imperial Majesties Qedamawi Haile Sellassie I & Itege Menen Asfaw,
I welcome you all to a new regeneration of cycle Torah readings! This is another one of the many interpretations of the Scriptures from the light of Ras Tafari by, I, Lidj Yefdi (or Yefdeyah). 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 come to the opening of the Torah portions with Behar – בְּהַר, from a Jewish/Hebrew mode of study for those out in the diaspora, living outside of Jerusalem or Israel. From the Jewish or Hebraic Calendar in the 5777, this Sabbath day would probably fall on the 23rd – כג, & on the 24th – כד, of the month of Ïyyâr – אִייָר, [ this month is also known & referred to from Scripture as “Ziv – זיו” especially in relationship to the Babylonian Exile. ] for this week, in this mode of study; for those out in the diaspora or outside of Jerusalem/Israel. (The Hebrew Calendar corresponds to a Lunar cycle of the Moon) &, from an Ethiopic-Christian perspective, in what may be known as the year 2009/2029/7509, on the Ethiopic calendar. This calculation, with its readings from the Scriptures, would align to Be’Sïná Tärârâ – በሲና ተራራ; on the 11th – ፲፩, & on the 12th – ፲፪, of the ወርኀ(Wärha – month) of G’nbot – (ግንቦት) for 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 25: 1- 26:2
Jeremiah 32: 6-27
Luke 4: 16-21
“Upon the Mountain,”…that mountain between Egypt and Israel.
Atop, Mount Sinai, God spoke to Moses with instructions for the children of Israel when they were to come into the land that was promised to them. For example, upon entry into the Land of Promise, an order was to be put into practice for the tilling of the land/earth.
The land was to given rest on the seventh year, just as the Hebrews were to observe the Sabbath on the seventh day perpetually.(from generation-to-generation) This form of agriculture has come to us in the Hebrew word_ Shemittah–שמטה (Sabbitical year[Sabbath year] _is a credible translation). In the year of rest, the farmers, who were of the children of Israel were not to till the land or harvest that of the work of their hands from the crops. The land was to be in a Sabbath year or resting year from plowing and working. What grew on its own, the children of Israel could partake in, though.
[Lev. 25: 1-7]
This study portion also contains commandments based laws, for the children of Israel when dealing in the realm of governing the sale of lands, and the eradicating fraud and usury(or misuse). The land was not to be sold, but to be kept, by the “sowers & reapers” of it.
[Lev. 25: 23-30]
In agriculture, which would become a facet of Israelite heritage and daily life, guidelines were presented in the fashion of practicality and spiritual upliftment to the children of Israel. Take for instance, the Shemittah:
The institution for the observance(s) of the Jubilee years, was also a focal point in the study portion of the Scriptures. The Hebrews also were instructed in Mosaic lawful manner that contributed to a wholesome, and wholistic way of life.
*THIS WEEK’S SABBATH COMES UP TO ANOTHER DOUBLE PORTION OF THE STUDY OF THE SCRIPTURES AS WELL*
–to keep up with an accurate number of the readings of the Torah for the yearly cycle
So, with the portion of BeHár-BeCḥ’ūkōtáï, we will know go into the study of BeCḥ’ūkōtáï – בְּחֻקֹּתַי , which will be added to this week’s Sabbath in the order of the Hebrew/Judaic cycle readings. This study comes to us as BeSírâutæy – በሥርዓቴ, from the Ethiopic-Christian perspective. The Hebrew and Amharic words for this study could be translated into phrases like: “In my order,” or “In my statutes/laws.”
Leviticus 26: 3 – 27:34
Jeremiah 16:19 – 17:14
Matthew 21: 33-46
In this literal English meaning, it can be speculated to come to congruency in the phrases of: “in my order/statutes,” or “by my decrees.” In this study portion of the Scriptures, the children of Israel’s, main concern should’ve been the upkeep of YHWH‘s laws and commandments, which clearly spoken by the God of Israel, would yield abundance, peace, and security.
[Lev. 26: 3-13]
Now, in this study portion of the Scriptures, the children of Israel were instructed by Moses, who was given the Law upon Mount Sinai. The children of Israel were to keep the commandments, so prosperity would abide with them. It was assured to the Hebrews that if they were to keep these laws and statutes, then they would yield abundance, peace, and security from God.
Of this covenant, upon Sinai, Israel should’ve received rain in due season, and land that would produce plentifully. They would reap the benefits of a peaceful harmonious land and none would intimidate them from outside. Wild beasts would be driven out of the land, along with those who could possibly threaten the tranquility of Israel in their land. Enemies of Israel would flee, for they would not have the power to stand before Israel to quarrel with them, and if any persisted they would surely fall. The Tabernacle would continue to reside within Israel & God vowed to be with them always, to love & to be their God.
[Lev. 26: 1-13]
But, if Israel were not to keep the commandments then Judgment was of a surety. For disobedience, Israel, would endure terror, consumption and constant illness. They would be scattered among their adversaries.
Obedience to the wills of the good influence of the God of Israel, upon the Hebrews would bring this rain in due season, land that would be plentiful, peace throughout all of the land, none would be able to intimidate them, and enemies would flee from them for they would know that the power of YHWH rested with the children of Israel.
Disobedience, of course, was another story entirely, as obvious as it may or may not seem. Disobedience would lead the children of Israel into a array of dismay. Destruction, desolation, drought, disorderly conduct almost without any control of any outcome. Not to mention the dispersion and disruption of their growing and bustling communities of families.
[Lev. 26: 14-39]
If Israel were not to keep the commandments then covenant, of course would be annulled. For disobedience, Israel, would endure terror, consumption and constant illness. They would be scattered among their adversaries.
Israel’s redemption, would only come if the Hebrews were to confess their iniquity and the iniquity of their fathers, in their trespassing against God’s covenant. Acceptance of their faults in bringing God’s wrath upon them; only then would the covenant be remembered, as well as, the people and the land be healed.
[Lev. 26: 40-46]
** SHEMMITAH YEAR READINGS **
Luke 4: 44-53
Acts 1: 9-11
Ephesians 4: 8