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


This is another 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) if those who actually open up their Bibles to read in a Jewish/Hebrew cycle of readings, & thoroughly discern, have come to seek insight) into the study of the Scriptures.  So,with this Hebrew Shabbat(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 C(K)ḥukat חֻקַּת, & from the Jewish or Hebraic Calendar in the year 5780 this Sabbath day would probably fall on the, 11thיא, on the & 12hיבof the month of Tammuz – תמוז.(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 the year of 2012/7512; with references known to be YäHíggu Ti’ízáz Y’h’ Näw – የሕጉ ትእዛዝ ይህ ነውon the 26th – ፳፮, & on the 27th – ፳፯, of the month of (ወርኀ) of Sänæy – 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).

Readings:

Numbers 19:1- 22:1

Judges 11: 1-33

Hebrews 9: 11-28

John 3: 10-21

On this Sabbath, we study where Moses and his brother Aaron, receive the ordinance of the law, in which God commanded them to take a “red heifer,” in the order for sacrifice/offering.  Instead of this offering being of the male of the first year, this one was to be of the female; also, she was not to be offered in the Tabernacle (Mishkan/Dinkʷan) but, to be offered outside of the camp, for her blood was to be sprinkled seven(7) times before the Tabernacle of the congregation, with the finger of Eleazar (Levite priest-son of Aaron).

[Numb. 19: 1-10]

chukat - parsha [the red heifer_on_logs]

The law for the death of a man in a tent, was also given to the children of Israel, in this portion of the Scriptures.  Seven(7) days shall the tent, any open vessel, which hath no covering, whosoever touched the one slain/deceased, in the open field, or the grave would be unclean.

[Numb. 19: 11-21]

chukat - parsha [maps-bible-archeology-exodus-route-overview-kadesh-barnea-jordan] bible.ca

Upon the trek of the children of Israel, when they had come to Kadesh-Barnea, Miriam the Prophetess, (Moses’ sister) was gathered to her people(passed to the spirit world)

[Numb. 20:1]

Miriam – ማርያም(ምርያም) – מרים
(Moses & Aaron’s sister)
a Prophetess_(Ex. 15:20, 21)

As the journey in the wilderness continued, the children of Israel grew restless once again.  The congregation gathered themselves together against Moses and Aaron.  They spoke ill off them, bringing them further into the wilderness to die of thirst, for there was no water.  Moses and Aaron went before the Tabernacle and fell on their faces(bowing in a plea to God).  God appeared to them, and spoke to Moses, instructing him to take his rod and gather the assembly of the children of Israel with Aaron.  Then he was to speak to the Rock, in front of the Hebrews and there water would come from the Rock; enough for the entire community of Israel.  Moses, along with Aaron gathered the people and brought them before the Rock, but in frustration with the constant murmuring and doubt of the children of Israel, instead of speaking to the Rock, Moses struck it with his rod, twice and water came from quenching the thirst of all the people and their cattle.

[Numb. 20: 2-13]

water from the rock2

Because of Moses’ disobedience, and because he waxed hot (became angered with the children of Israel; allowing his frustration to interfere with the instruction given to him by God);  God told him that he would not bring the people into the land, which was promised to their forefathers.  & the waters, which came from the Rock in that place, because the children of Israel strove with God; would be called Meribah (which was to mean= quarrel, to strive, or provocation)

[Numb. 20: 13]

Water From The Rock _wall painting of Moses in a Roman Catacomb dating to the 4th century AD.

Water From The Rock _wall painting of Moses in a Roman Catacomb dating to the 4th century AD.

Moses then sent messengers from Kadesh to the king of Edom, requesting safe passage through the land of Edom, assuring that nothing would stolen and the Hebrews come not to quarrel with any of the inhabitants of the land.  But, Edom would not allow Israel to pass through the land.  Edom warned Israel that if Israel was to pass through Edom would come out with the sword.  Moses speaking for Israel, assured again the nothing would taken and if so, it would be recompensed but, Edom refused once again; and came out to divert Israel from their path.  Israel, then turned away from Edom and journeyed from Kadesh to Mount Hor.  

[Numb. 20: 14-22]

{keep in mind: while going through this portion of the Scriptures lesson Edom” equated/represents “Esau,” who became known as Edom; (collectively/singular) & when the Scriptures speak of Israel,” even from a singular tone, it is speaking of the children of Israel/the Israelites.  Jacob’s, twin brother of Esau, would become known as “Israel” & father what would be known as the Twelve Tribes Of Israel.}

Aaron-אַהֲרֹן (Moses' brother) High Priest of Israel

Aaronאַהֲרֹןአሮን
(Moses’ brother)
High Priest of Israel
Byzantine (Eastern Orthodox Christian) painting

God, then spoke to Moses and Aaron at Mount Hor.  God said to them that Aaron (Moses’ brother), would be gathered to his people, and not enter into the land promised, to the children of Israel’s forefathers,for the rebellious actions at the waters of Meribah.  So upon Mount Hor, Aaron’s place as the Kahin HaGadol(High Priest) would pass along to his eldest son, Eleazar.  Moses was to take the garments and vestments of the High Priest and placed on and in the possession of his nephew, Eleazar.  Aaron then passes, leaving the Priesthood in the hands of son Eleazar, at Mount Hor.

[Numb. 20: 23-29]

Mount Hor - הֹר הָהָר - ሖር ተራራ

Mount Hor – הֹר הָהָר – ሖር ተራራ

A Canaanite king, whose name was Arad, heard word of the children of Israel making trek to Canaan and he went out to fight against them and took some of them prisoners.  Israel, made vow with God, that if those of the Canaanite king Arad, who took some of the Hebrews as prisoners, were delivered into their hands, they would utterly destroy their cities.  God heard them, and gave way to for them to keep their word, and it was made so, to the extent that the place where the king Arad, the Canaanite dominion was, would be called Hormah,for it was close to Mount Hor, where the passing of Aaron, was.

[Numb. 21: 1-3]

wildernessmap

After the victory over Arad, the Canaanite king, the children of Israel journeyed from Mount Hor, by the way of the Red Sea, to go around the land of Edom, and then the soul of the people grew weary, becoming discouraged.  Again, they spoke against Moses, moaning and groaning for food and water.  God sent fiery serpents, among the people and were bitten by them.  Many of the children of Israel died because of this, and turned to Moses, asking him to forgive them their doubt, and intercede with God for them.  Moses prayed for them and God instructed Moses, to make a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole so that every one that looked upon it would live.  Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it on a pole and what God said, had come to pass.  Those that looked upon the Brazen Serpent lived,  in spite of being bitten by the other serpents.

[Numb. 21: 4-9]

chukat - parsha [the brazen serpent- son of man]

The children of Israel set forward and then, making their journey East around Edom; (From Kadesh-through-Moab) until they came to Beer(pronounced Ba-e’yr) where they then were given water to drink from God.

[Numb. 21: 10-20]

chukat - parsha [the brazen serpent] www-personal.umich.edu

Israel, sent messengers to Sihon the king of the Amorites, requesting permission safe passage through the land of the Amorites, in the same manner that Israel requested of Arad, whom was a Canaanite king.  Israel would not take anything that was not their own and would not quarrel with any of the inhabitants of the land of the Amorites.  Sihon, wouldn’t let Israel pass through either, and gathered all his people together, to go out against Israel.  At Jahaz,the Amorites fought against Israel; Israel smote the Amorites with sword and then, possessed the lands from Arnon-to-Jabbok, even to the borders of the children of Ammon.

wilderness (zared river)

While Israel, dwelt in the land conquered of the Amorites, they also drove out the Amorites in Jaazer.  The children of Israel then, went north, and Og, the king of Bashan, cam out against them but, God told Moses “…to fear him not…,” for he to would be delivered into his hand.  There Israel, smote them and possessed the land there, as well.  Wherein, at that point, the children of Israel pitched camp in the plains of Moab, on the side of Jordan(river), near Jericho.

[Numb. 21: 21-35]

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Readings:

Numbers 22: 2 – 25:9

Micah 5:6 – 6:8

Romans 11: 25-32

 

As we go forward in our studies, this Sabbath study, Israel after conquest had grown strong in the plain of Moab.  A king of Moab, who’s name was Balak, had seen what the children of Israel did to their adversaries in the habitations that were adjacent to his dominion.

[Numb. 22: 2-4]

-accredited to hebrew4christians.com site

-accredited to hebrew4christians.com site

King Balak, then sent messengers to a known “sorcerer“, or man of secret knowledge, whom wasn’t an Israelite; his name was called BalaamBalak devised a plan to have the children of Israel cursed; for they grew strong, the king and the people of Moab feared Israel.   So, it seemed to Balak, that if somehow he could have the children of Israel diverted from their focus then, they could be defeated and driven out of the lands, which they had now possessed.

[Numb. 22: 5-6]

balak - parsha [Moses-transjordan-1250]

The elders of Moab, along with the elders of Midian, together plotted against the children of Israel.  As messengers of Balak, the king of Moab, willing to compensate, for this endeavor, they went to Balaam, in a place called Pethor to present the words of Balak.

[Numb. 22: 7]

Midian & Moab, conspire against Israel _ [Numb. 22:4]

Midian & Moab, conspire against Israel _ [Numb. 22:4]

So, Balaam’s take is cordial with the king of Moab’s messengers & he welcomes them to stay the night, while he utilizes some time, to deliberate with God, whether the children of Israel could be cursed, & how to go about doing so.  God(YHWH), comes to Balaam, in a dream, and speaks with him about the men, who have come to him, & for what purpose.  Balaam says to God, that the men are of, Balak-king of Moab, and they sought him to curse the children of Israel.  After consultation with God, Balaam is not permitted to curse the children of Israel, nor to go with the messengers of Balak to Moab.  The next morning, Balaam tells the messengers that he cannot curse Israel nor go with them to the king; for God refused.  The messengers returned to Moab, and told the king, Balak, the news and the reasoning thereof.

[Numb. 22: 8-14]

But, Balak was persistent of Balaam to grant his request, so Balak sent others nobles of his influence to further persuade Balaam to Moab.  Balak offered Balaam, honour of distinction within his kingdom, but Balaam refused a second time; not budging a inch,  unwilling to incline his ear to the possible gifts of gold & silver, in abundance.

Balaam, to the messenger/nobles(servants) of Balak,

“…If Balak would give me his house

full of silver and gold, I cannot go beyond

the word of the LORD my God, to do less or more…”

[Numb. 22: 18]

Though, with his mind already made up about the situation, which Balak was in high pursuit of, Balaam gives a place to rest for the messengers sent by Balak, for a second night.  In that night, God spoke with Balaam once more saying; if the men of Balak call for you to travel with them, go with them to Balak in Moab.  But, Balaam rose up in the morning and just went with the messengers of Balak, more than likely with no intent giving reverence to the words God spoke; mainly because God’s anger was then kindled against Balaam.  So, while Balaam was on the way to Moab, riding on his donkey, an angel of God appeared in their way, holding a sword-in-hand, standing as an adversary; but only the donkey’s eyes were open to see.  The donkey turned aside, out of the way, into a field, & Balaam smote the donkey in attempt to force the donkey to obey his command.  Balaam mounted the donkey again, and continued along the way, but, in the field there was a vineyard with a two walls on each side.  The angel appeared a second time; with the donkey’s eyes being the only one to see again, so the donkey threw itself towards one wall, crushing Balaam‘s foot into it.  Balaam, smote the donkey a second time.  The angel, then went further on the road and stood, this time in a narrow place where there was no place to turn, to the left or right.  This time seeing the angel, the donkey fell down under Balaam, angering him to smite the donkey a third time with a staff.  At this point, God gave speech to the donkey; and the donkey ask Balaam, why had it been struck three times, along the road.  Balaam answering the donkey said, gave reason because the donkey would not yield to his command, also mentioning that if he had a sword, he would’ve killed the donkey.

painting by James J. Tissot _ Balaam is met by the Angel on the road _ [Numb. 22: 21-35]

painting by James J. Tissot _ Balaam is met by the Angel on the road _ [Numb. 22: 21-35]

But, the donkey spoke once more saying, that was it not the same donkey which Balaam always had ridden; and had there ever been another day where the donkey acted in the manner that it did on this day.  Balaam answered no.  Then God opened Balaam‘s eyes to see the angel, as well; Balaam bowed down falling on his face.  Then the angel explained why the appearances were made and had not the donkey turned off the road those three times, Balaam would have been slain.

[Numb. 22: 15-35]

Balaam & his ass(donkey) met by the Angel _ Holman Bible (1890) illustrastions

After Balaam‘s encounter on the road to Moab, he comes to Balak, but Balak, unknowing of whether his request had been answered officially or not, Balak lets Balaam know that he is not prepared to fulfill the giving of a honorable title or position that was previously promised to him, since he does not know if Balaam had come to Moab, to acknowledge the request of cursing Israel or not.  Balaam goes through the process of seemingly preparing to curse Israel, but, again an inquiry must be made to God(even of his{Balaam’s} psuedo-sorceric powers); this time with the words of God coming to Balak through Balaam.

[Numb. 22: 36-41]

Balak & Balaam

Balak & Balaam

Balaam has Balak set up seven altars upon a place called Kirjath-Huzoth.  There atop that high place overlooking the children of Israel, Balak did as Balaam said, in setting up seven altars.  The seven altars  had a bullock and a ram on each, as offerings & while Balak awaited an answer from Balaam; Balaam inquired of God what was next. God met Balaam, and Balaam told God that the seven altars were in place with their offerings.  God then told Balaam to return to Balak & he shall speak.  Balaam returned to Balak & then God’s words came through Balaam. 

Balaam to Balak,

“…How shall I curse, whom God

hath not cursed? or how shall defy,

whom the LORD hath not defied?…”

[Numb. 23: 1-8]

the Seven Altars _ painting by James J. Tissot [Numb. 23: 1-12] "Whom Jah bless, no man curse" _{Ras Tafari proverb}

the Seven Altars _ painting by James J. Tissot [Numb. 23: 1-12]Whom Jah bless, no man curse” _{Ras Tafari proverb}

Balak, the king of Moab, unsatisfied with the results atop Kirjath-huzoth, pleaded with Balaam to attempt again to curse Israel from another vantage point.  So, he brought Balaam to the field of Zophīm(atop Pisgah)
built the seven altars again, and put the offerings in place.  There he awaited a second answer from Balaam.  Balaam, spoke again to God, & God told him to return to him again & the words would be put in his mouth.

Balaam to Balak, in Zophīm(on Pisgah)

“…Rise up, Balak, and hear, harken to me,

thou son of Zippor:…” _vrs.18

“…God is not a man, that he should lie;

neither the son of man,

that he should repent:

hath he said, and not do it?

or hath he spoken,

and shall he not make it good?…” _vrs.19

[Numb. 23: 9-19]

Balak, again blesses Israel @ Ts'ophyiim (Zophim)

Balaam, again blesses Israel @ Ts’of’yim (Zophim) :

“…Let me die the death of the righteous, and let my end be like his…” Balaam the Sorcerer [Numb. 23: 10]

In spite of two blessings from Balaam, Balak proposes one more attempt to curse Israel, from another place.  Then he brought Balaam to Peor,that looked out toward Jeshimon. 

[The pattern of the seven altars.]

 

*  [ ADDITIONAL NOTES FOR FURTHER STUDY: ] *

1) Islamic, Sura al-Baqurah(سورة البقرة), has a strong connection with this week’s Torah portion/study.

http://www.thequranrecitation.com/al-baqarah.html?language=english

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al-Baqara

2) Could the teachings of the Kundalini Energy have a connection with the Brazen Serpent?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kundalini

http://www.crystalinks.com/kundalini.html

-2a. Did the aspects of the Brazen Serpent influence modern medicine?

The Caduceus – the symbol for Healing? _ (works cited from Essays by Ekowa)

http://www.essaysbyekowa.com/iconography.htm

3) Biblical reference to the serpent, in lieu of, wisdom/intelligence or a positive perspective….

Matthew 10: 16 _

Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves:

be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.

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

This is another 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) if those who actually open up their Bibles to read in a Jewish/Hebrew cycle of readings, & thoroughly discern, have come to seek insight) 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, nonetheless studied the Torah portion of Korach/ KoraKH‘/ Koraḥ – קֹרַח.,  From the Jewish or Hebraic Calendar in the year 5780 this Sabbath day would probably fall on the, 4th – ד, & the 5th – ה, of the month of Tammuz – תמוז(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 the year of 2012/7512; on the 19th – ፲፱, & on the 20th – ፳, of the month of (ወርኀ) of Sänæy – ሰኔ;  with references known to be Q'()oräy ቆሬ.  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 – 18:32

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 with Dathan & Abiram, who are Reubenites (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]

korach - parsha [Lewiim - descent]

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]

The Earth Swallows Up (Death of Korah's Rebellion) _painting by Gustave Dore'

The Earth Swallows Up Korah (Death of Korah’s Rebellion) _painting by Gustave Dore’

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]

korach - parsha [eleazar priest]

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]

Korah and the rebellion swallowed by the earth - Holman Bible illustration (1890)

Korah and the rebellion swallowed by the earth – Holman Bible illustration (1890)

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]

korach - parsha [staffs of the Princes of Israel]

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]

Aaron's Rod Budding (illustration from the 1728 Figures de la Bible)

Aaron’s Rod Budding (illustration from the 1728 Figures de la Bible)

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]

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

This is another 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) if those who actually open up their Bibles to read in a Jewish/Hebrew cycle of readings, & thoroughly discern, have come to seek insight) 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, nonetheless studied the Torah portion of Shélacḥ Lecḥá –שְׁלַח-לְךָ , 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 5780 this Sabbath day would probably fall on the, 27th – כז, & on the 28th – כח, of the month of ‎Sïw[v]án – סִיוָן. (The Hebrew Calendar corresponds to a Lunar cycle of the Moon) but, from an Ethiopic-Christian perspective and calculation in the year of 2012/7512 E.C.; these readings from the Scriptures would align to what is known as Lǎk Tĭlkalach’hu – ላክ ትልካላችሁ, on the 12th – ፲፪, & on the 13th – ፲፫, of the month (ወርኀ) of Sänæy – 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).

Readings:

Numbers 13:1- 15:41

Joshua 2:1-24

Hebrews 3:7- 4:1

In continuation from the last study-portion; (MeSeder HaElohim [מסדר האלוהים] “in the Order of God/JAH/YAH“) we come to the 13th chapter of the kifil-ክፍል (portion), of Shelach’ Lecha’ [שְׁלַח-לְךָ]  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.

In this study, 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]

The spies or scouts were to instructed to go the south mountain *[note: to be discussed (TBD)], 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]

*TBD= Ras Tafari Renaissance, comes to a note that could be interpreted, for futher study.  Numbers chapter 13, verse 17; gives instruction by Moses(whom received it from God) to the men, who were scout the land of Canaan, to “Get you up this way, southward and go up to the mountain.” Ras Tafari Renaissance “dibbled & dabbled,” interacting more with the Hebrew Bible(תּוֹרָה), studying the Scriptures from the Hebrew origin{language} & come to the word Negeb(v)-נֶּגֶב ; when the Scripture speaks of the mountain southward, which the men sent by Moses were to see the land.  The Negeb(v) desert of southern modern Israel is indeed mountainous.*

Negeb desert mountains

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]

Goliath the Philistine; possibly from among the children of Anak??

Goliath the Philistine; possibly from among the children of Anak??

the Wilderness

the Wilderness

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]

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]

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]

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].

[Numb. 14: 5-10]

The Grapes of Canaan_(painting by James Jaques Tissot)

The Grapes of Canaan_(painting by James Jaques Tissot)

Then, God became angered with Israel because of their weak faith and murmuring; for their provoking, he sought to destroy them

[Numb. 14: 11-12]

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 Israel

Wandering Israel: when fear became stronger than faith (image used from TruthInTheWord.org)

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]

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'itz'it- variations (cords of blue)

Tz’itz’it [ציצית]/ Zärfoch [ዘርፎች] – fringes

* [SIDENOTES] *

first settlers of shashamane land grant

-There were 12 Pioneer Settlers of the Land of Promise for Ras Tafari.  1948, officially 500 acres of land, in Ethiopia, was donated by H.I.M. Haile Sellassie I, to not only Ras Tafarians, by ANY OF THE AFRICANS Who’s Ancestry Passed Through the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade; under the auspsices of Ethiopian World Federation, Incorporated, but to anyone of African blood who’d be willing and able to take part; as state in the preamble of the Ethiopian World Federation, Incorporated; an organization started in New York City, USA, in 1937 by Dr. Melaku E. Bayen, whom was sent by H.I.M.

Dr. Melaku Emmanuel Bayen_ close relative and physician sent to America(United States) by H.I.M. Haile Sellassie I: intiated the founding of the Ethiopian World Federation, Inc.(Aug. 25, 1937; NYC, U.S.A.)

Dr. Melaku Emmanuel Bayen_ close relative and physician to H.I.M. Haile Sellassie I sent by him to America(United States): intiated the founding of the Ethiopian World Federation, Inc.(Aug. 25, 1937; NYC, U.S.A.)

-(note for investigation)_**especially to the Ras Tafari

could Ras Tafari E.W.F.‘s, Solomon Wolfe (Ras Marcos Selassie ራስ ማርቆስ ሰላሴ) & Dr. Gladstone Robinson -✤- (Ras Fikre Selassie ራስ ፍቅረ ሰላሴhave been modern mirrors to the Torah’s, Joshua & Caleb?

✤=[R.I.P.] R.est I.n (JAH) P.ower!

Shashamane Land Grant Administrators- Yankee & Yardie, remember Joseph & Benjamin(same father, same mother)

Shashamane Land Grant Administrators = (L) Dr. Gladstone Robinson [aka Ras Fikre Selassie] & (R) Solomon Wolfe [aka Ras Markus Selassie]

+(plus) [ACCESS STUDY NOTES]

1) Psalms 37:  “A Could-Be” Psalm For The Land Of Promise

2) Ezekiel’s 37th chapter: Does The Valley Of The Dry Bones Have Concordance With- the generation of Hebrews who would not enter into the Land Of Promise?

3) August 25, 19(37)- Founding of the Ethiopian World Federation(E.W.F.) – Number 37 makes another appearance

4) Tz’itz’ityot/ Zärfoch (Fetiloch) = fringes/tassels_Book Of Numbers

= Numbers Chpt. 15: vrs(37)

5) FOR RAS TAFARI & INQUIRING MINDS: Is Shashamane Now, What The Land Of Canaan Was Then?

6) Rabbi Arnold Josiah Ford & Mignon Innis Ford’s repatriate pioneering accomplishments: Yekatit 12 School-Addis (formerly Princess Zenebework School), Professor Abiy Ford (Addis Ababa University professor of journalism-son of Rabbi Arnold & Mignon), Beit Abraham Congregation [Black Jews/Hebrews(USA)], etc.

rabbi arnold josiah and mignon ford with family

http://www.tadias.com/04/18/2007/the-case-of-melaku-e-bayen-john-robinson/

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"Hibret"- ኅብረት= Union/Cooperative; of, or pertaining to a society. [ET.AMH language]

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Learn Amharic – Money and Shopping – ገንዘብ እና ግብይት (Amharic and English)

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Let’s Learn About Numbers, Money and Shopping
ለትስ ለርን ኧባውት ነምበርዝ, መንይ ኧንድ ሻፕኝግ
ስለ ቁጥሮች ፣ ገንዘብ እና ግብይት እንማር
sile QuTiroch ፣ genzeb ina gibiyit inimar

Let’s Learn About Numbers
ለትስ ለርን ኧባውት ነምበርዝ
ስለ ቁጥሮች እንማር
sile QuTiroch inimar
Money and Shopping
መንይ ኧንድ ሻፕኝግ
ገንዘብ እና ግብይት
genzeb ina gibiyit

Shopping Conversation
ሻፕኝግ ካንቨርሴሽን
የግብይት ውይይት
ye-gibiyit wiyiyit

Bargaining – ባርገንኝግ
መደራደር – mederader

How much is this? ሃው መች እዝ ዝስ?
ይሄ ስንት ነው? yihae sint new?

It’s [100] Birr – እትስ [ኸንድረድ] ብር
[አንድ መቶ] ብር ነው – [and meto] Birr new

What’s the final price?
ዃትስ ዘ ፋይንል ፕራይስ?
የመጨረሻው ዋጋ ምንድነው?
ye-meCHereshaw waga mindi-new?

Take it for [90] Birr
ቴክ እት ፎር [90 ናይንቲይ] ብር
[90 ዘጠና] ብር ውሰደው
[90 zeTena] Birr wisedew
(if the person shopping is masculine)
[90 ዘጠና] ብር ውሰጂው
[90 zeTena] Birr wisejeeyew
(if the person shopping is…

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RSS#36 ( ስትለኵስ / בְּהַעֲלֹתְךָ )

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

This is another 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) if those who actually open up their Bibles to read in a Jewish/Hebrew cycle of readings, & thoroughly discern, have come to seek insight) 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, nonetheless studied the Torah portion of BeHa’alōtecḥâ – בְּהַעֲלֹתְךָ, 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 5780 this Sabbath day would probably fall on the, 20th כ, & on the 21st – כא, of the month of ‎Sïw[v]án – סִיוָן. (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 Sítlläkʷís – ስትለኵስ; on the 5th – , & 6th – , day of ወርኀ(month) – 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 8:1- 12:16

Zechariah 2: 14- 4:17

I Corinthians 10: 6-13

Revelation 11: 1-19

In this week’s portion of the study of the Scriptures, Moses is instructed by God to tell his brother, Aaron to light the seven lamps for the candlestick(Menorah) in the Tabernacle.

behaalotecha - parsha (menorah-golden-seven-branch-candlestick-lampstand)

& Aaron, did so; lighting the lamps.

[Numb. 8: 1-4]

behaalotecha - parsha [kahin with candle-Aaron]

Moses, is then also instructed to sanctify the priesthood (Levites) before the entire assembly of the children of Israel.  The children of Israel outstretched their hands forth to consecrate the blessing & cleansing of the Levites among the Hebrews, also for their service in the Tabernacle.

[Numb. 8: 5-18]

The Levites were taken by God to be the firstborn among the children of Israel.  The priesthood were to adhere to Aaron and his sons, and conduct the services and duties in the Tabernacle.

pesaKH-passover symbols

The laws, commandments, and statutes, for the appointed season of the Passover were given to Moses for the children of Israel, in the wilderness of Sinai.  The laws were given in the first month(Abib/Nisan) of the second year of the Israelites’ coming out of Egypt.  The fourteenth day of this month was when the Hebrews were to keep the memorial of the Passover.  (even in the wilderness)

[Numb. 9: 1-14]

pillar of a cloud by day, & a pillar of fire by night

pillar of a cloud by day, & a pillar of fire by night

The day the Tabernacle was reared up, a cloud covered the Tabernacle, over the Tent of Meeting (the Sanctuary), and in the evening to nightfall, a pillar of fire hovered the same of the Tabernacle.

[Numb. 9: 15-23]

behaalotecha - parsha [two-silver-trumpets-numbers-9]

God then spoke to Moses, saying, speak to the children of Israel, that they make two (2) trumpets of silver; for they would be used in the calling of the assembly & for the journeying of the camps.  The rules for the blowing of these trumpets would find an alignment different from that of the blowing of the Shofar.

[Numb. 10: 1-10]

rastafari-a-blow-de-shofar

The cloud then, was taken up from Tabernacle & the children of Israel journeyed on the twentieth (20) of the second month (Iyyar/Ziw[v]) out of the wilderness of Sinai to the wilderness of Paran.

[Numb. 10: 11-36]

Taberah

Taberah

The children of Israel then began to complain, and grumble for they had begun to forget the ways of God; how and why he brought them out of Egypt.  Their complaining kindled the the anger of God.

[Numb. 11: 1-3]

Manna from Heaven

Manna from Heaven

Now, the mixt multitude went lusting after their old ways, even from their captivity. (even after the fire at Taberah)  Yet now, in this study portion of the Scriptures the children of Israel wept again; now, for they desired flesh to eat.

[Numb. 11: 4-9]

disciples-eating-grain

Moses, heard the people and went before God, not knowing what to do for the weeping and complaining.  God instructed Moses, to gather those of the children of Israel, who were known as the elders(or wise) among them; for God would lift the burden of bearing all of the children of Israel’s problem upon himself.

[Numb. 11: 10-39]

Moses & the Seventy Elders of Israel

Moses & the Seventy Elders of Israel

God then sent a wind that brought quail to the children of Israel, & they did eat but, while the meat was in the process of consumption, a plague of death fell upon them; so much so that like Taberah, the place where the children of had fell away from the grace of God here was named Kibrot Ha Ta’aw[v]ah – (የምኞት መቃብር _ YeMígñoch MäQábr) קִבְרוֹת הַתַּאֲוָה‎ , or in translation the ( graves of lust ).

[Numb. 11: 31-35]

Kibrothhattaw(v)ah

Kibrothhattaw(v)ah

At this point, from the place of the children of Israel’s graves of lust they saw it fit to move on; and so, the Israelites journeyed on to Hazeroth (ሐጼሮት/חֲצֵרוֹת).

behaalotecha - parsha [wilderness of paran]

Here, Moses’ sister and brother spoke against him, for he married an Æthiopian woman.

(Ts’ipporah /Sephorah /Tz’iporah)

Tz'ipporah - Moses' Ethiopian/Midianite wife

Tz’ipporah – Moses’ Ethiopian/Midianite wife (artist speculated to be Diane Britton Dunham)

God was angered, so that he spoke to Miriam, Moses, and Aaron.

Miriam, Moses' sister shout out of the camp of Israel, painting by James J. Tissot

Miriam, Moses’ sister shut out of the camp of Israel, painting by James J. Tissot

But, upon his departure Miriam, Moses’ sister became leprous.  Aaron, Moses’ brother pleaded with him, for Miriam’s case & Moses prayed for his sister to be healed of the disease .  God gave grace and said that, seven days, Miriam should be set outside the camp; once she was healed, she could return.

Miriam bat-Yochebed

Miriam bat-Yochebed (Mariam wollete-Yokabed)

 

RSS#35 (ውሰድ / נָשֹׂא)

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

This is another 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) if those who actually open up their Bibles to read in a Jewish/Hebrew cycle of readings, & thoroughly discern, have come to seek insight) 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, nonetheless studied the Torah portion of Naso – נָשֹׂא, 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 5780 this Sabbath day would probably fall on the, 13thיג, & on the 14thיד, of the month of ‎Sïw[v]án – סִיוָן. (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 W’säd – ውሰድ, on the 29th – ፳፱, & 30th – ፴, day of ወርኀ(month), ግንቦት – Ginbot. 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 4: 21- 7:89

Judges 13: 2-25

Acts 21: 17-26

Naso, the study portion of the Scriptures for this Sabbath, deals with the collecting of the numbers of the children of Israel.  Moses, was instructed by God, to number the children of Israel by Hebrew tribal lineage(family[-ies]).  And so, did he and his brother Aaron.

naso - parsha (Camp Israel)

All of the tribes, were assembled and numbered but, the Levite tribe, was to be not counted along with the Tribes of Israel, but to be numbered of their own families for the service of Tabernacle.  While in the wilderness, the tribe of Le(w)vi, were to be of Aaron’s line, and serve God and the children of Israel as the priesthood.

[Numb. 4: 21-28]

Levitical arrangement in the Encampment round about the Tabernacle in the Wildernerss

Levitical arrangement in the Encampment round about the Tabernacle in the Wildernerss

Now, in a sense, this “numbering” was more like completing a type of census.  The numbering of the priesthood, those able men who should serve in the office of the Tabernacle, from age thirty-to-fifty.  After the counting was complete, the duties of the priesthood were listed to the specific sections of the families of Levites(priesthood).  

the Levites(Lewawiyan-Amh/Lewi'yim-Hbr)

the Levites(Lewawiyan-Amh/Lewi’yim-Hbr) _ painting by James J. Tissot

The priestly duties were assigned to families of the Levites where; the Gershonites, were to keep the charge of the curtains and coverings of the Tabernacle, the hangings for the doors of the court, and for the gate of the court round about the altar, the cords and all the instruments of the service.

[Numb. 4: 24-28]

the Holy Place of Tabernacle (1st vail)

the Holy Place of Tabernacle (1st vail)

The Merari, were to keep the charge of the boards, all of the bars, all of the pillars of the court round about , the sockets, and the pins, and their cords, along with all the instruments of their service in the priesthood in the Tabernacle.

[Numb. 4: 29-33]

tabernacle coverings (from depiction in Believer’s Mag.)

Tabernacle Coverings (from depiction in Believer’s Mag.)

Now, the Kohathites, were to be numbered within the families of Levites(priesthood) but their responsibilities in service were laid out by God, from the previous portion of the Scripture study.

[Numb. 4: 1-20]

Sanctuary of the Tabernacle

Sanctuary of the Tabernacle

When Aaron and his sons, had made coverings for all of the sanctuary, and all the vessels, as the camp set forward {[to move]}; after that the sons of Kohath shall come to bear it: but they shall not touch any holy thing, lest they die. 

[Numb. 4: 15-20;  Chpt. 4: 34-37]

Kohathites bearing the Ark of the Covenant.

Then, G-d instructed Moses and Aaron, along with the assistance of the priesthood to purify the camp of the children of Israel.  Helping the children of Israel to heal through keeping the statutes and commandments of God, and purging themselves, being a sanctified people to their God. The Hebrews also, learned the ways in which, they were to interact with each other; making amends if one was to offend another.

[Numb. 5: 1-10]

the Leper

the Leper

If a husband were to accuse his wife, in a fit of jealousy of being unfaithful, the Sotah סוטה ]was a means to bring clarity to the situation.

[Numb. 5: 1-31]

Also, the vow of the Nazirite (also seen as “Nazerite“), was a focus point of this study portion, as God spoke to Moses in instructing the children of Israel.  G-d said to Moses, if any of the children of Israel wish to separate themselves to God by a vow, then there were rules to follow in accordance to such.

[Numb. 6: 1-21]

Samson ben-Manoah

Samson ben-Manoah (Nazarite from the Womb)

The priestly blessing that was also told to Moses by G-d.  Moses, was to teach Aaron and his sons, the blessing so that they should perform service of blessing the children of Israel, to put G-d’s name upon them, so they could receive it.

[Numb. 6: 24-26]

Birakt Kohaniim - Priestly Blessing

Birkat Kohaniim – Priestly Blessing

All things going into their rightful places, ordered by God’s word; from there, the Tabernacle was consecrated as Moses completed setting up the Tabernacle, anointing it and all of the instruments for the services.  the Princes of Israel, or the twelve(12) heads of their fathers households, brought each of their own offerings from the tribes they came out of.

[Numb. 7]

✡ Shabuot – שבועות ☩ Mäkär BeKurat Nädo – መከር በኩራት ነዶ ✡

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

I welcome you all to all to another posting here at Ras Tafari Renaissance for the celebration of the “Feast of Weeks” or otherwise known as Shab(v)uot.  This Hebraic celebration is also known in many circles as the Firstfruits.  In connotation Shabuot is known to be a “harvest” festival in relation to agriculture respectively upholding to the Land’s Sabbath or the Shemittah (or commonly known as the “Jubilee year”) from Scriptural references.

credited to the contributors of hebrew4chritians.com

– credited to the contributors of hebrew4chritians.com

Here Ras Tafari Renaissance, writes to give some insight, and perspective on the High Holy day mainly because, it is what would be apart of the Shalosh Regalim שלוש רגלים – (Three Pilgrimage Festivals [ie…Passover, & Sukkot, would complete the Pilgrimage festival cycle]) also from the Ethiopian-Amharic known equivalent would be known as the “YeSost Amet Be’al – የሦስት ዓመት በዓል“, which is known well throughout modern Judaism tradition.  But, while giving Biblical restoration tidbits of information for the education of those who may or may not have any recollection in the mind of what Shabuout is, as a representive of….also, how the original Christian church; which is Hebraic in original ties into the Ethiopic Tewahido-Orthodox, & Orthodoxy throughout the Oriental (or Eastern churches) celebration of Pentecost.

Shabuot, is a celebration that memorializes the giving of the Biblical Law, (also known now known as, the Torah – in modern Judaism) to the children of Israel, in entirety, as a nation on Mount Sinai.

The Torah, (Biblically) mandates the seven-week “Counting of the Omer,” beginning on the second day of Passover & the Feast of Unleavened Bread, to be immediately followed by Shab(v)uot.

shabuot-festival of weeks4

This counting of days and weeks is understood to express anticipation and desire for the giving of the Torah, spiritually.

blessing haShabuot– from hebrew4christians.com

Shabuot, is also known to be a festival of harvest, or reaping festival.  It is another version that can be assessed as a reaping of souls as well.  In the Christians’ celebration of Pentecost, the teachings come from the coming down of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples after Christ crucifixion and resurrection.  To assure the devotion of the twelve along with other present with them in the time of trials, God sent his Spirit upon in the midst of his people to assure them that no matter the consequences in the world; he would be with them always….

Read (for education):

Exodus 23: 16

Exodus 34: 21, 22

Leviticus 19:9

Leviticus 23: 10, 22

Deuteronomy 24: 19

shabuot-festival of weeks3

From an Ethiopian perspective, which more than likely had a heavy influence on the Hellenistic Jewry, (ie…Judeo-Christian [origin] root) gives per insight on the teachings of Pentecost in relation to the Hebraic celebration/memorialization of Shabuot.

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Also in the Ethiopic tradition the festival of Pentecost ( Shabuot ), is recognized by calculation of the priests, and laymen.  The Feast of Pentecost, always begins on Sunday(Ihud [ እሁድ ] – Senbete Krystiyan [ ሰንበቴ ክርስቲያን ])፣ and connot come beofre the 15th of the Ethiopian month of G’nbot; also cannot be after the 19th of Ethiopic month of Seney. 

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Reading (for education):

Acts 2: 1

Acts 20: 16

I Corinthians 16: 8

SHABUOT:

FESTIVAL OF WEEKS

FIRST FRUITS”

“PENTECOST”

– all one in the same pertaining to the context ……….

** May 25th – 🌍 – Marks, African Liberation Day **

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

This is another one of the many interpretations of the Scriptures from the light of Ras Tafari by, I, Lidj Yefdi (pronounced Lij, Yef-dee).

With that said, today marks a special observance throughout the world that is a growing phenomena coined as,……

“Africa Day” (formerly African Freedom Day and African Liberation Day) is the annual commemoration of the foundation of the Organization of African Unity (O.A.U.); (now known as the African Union) on 25th of May, 1963. It is celebrated in various countries on the African continent, as well as around the world.

The Organisation of African Unity (O.A.U.), was established on May 25th, 1963 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; with 32 signatory governments. One of the main heads for O.A.U.’s establishment was none other than Kwame Nkrumah.

Organization of African Unity founding members’ (heads of state during 1963)

The OAU’s founding by the then, African nations that had the main aim of bringing the African nations together and resolving the issues within the continent.  Its first ever conference was held on May 1st, 1963 in Addis Ababa; In that conference, the late Gambian historian, and one of the leading Nationslists & Pan-Africanists at the time — Al-Hajji Alieu Ebrima Cham Joof delivered a speech in front of the member states—in which he said:

“It is barely 75 years when the European Powers sat round the table in Germany each holding a dagger to carve up Africa for its own benefit.… Your success will inspire and speed up the freedom and total independence of the African continent and eradicate imperialism and colonialism from the continent and eventually neo-colonialism from the globe… Your failure, which no true African in Africa is praying for, will prolong our struggle with bitterness and disappointment. I therefore adjure that you ignore any suggestion outside Africa and holding that the present civilization, which some of the big powered are boasting of, sprang up from Africa, and realising that the entire world has something earthly to learn from Africa, you would endeavour your utmost to come to agreement, save Africa from the clutches of neo-colonialism and resurrect African dignity, manhood and national stability.”

The First Congress of Independent African States was held in Accra, Ghana on April 15th, 1958. It was convened/proctored by then, Prime Minister of Ghana; Dr. Kwame Nkrumah and comprised representatives from countries such as: Egypt (then a constituent part of the United Arab Republic), Ethiopia, Liberia, Libya, Morocco, Sudan, Tunisia, the Union of the Peoples of Cameroon (which is now a Republic) and, of the host country Ghana.

The conference showcased progress of liberation movements on the African continent in addition to symbolizing the determination of the people of Africa to free themselves from foreign domination and exploitation. Although, the Pan-African Congress had been working towards similar goals since its foundation in 1900, this was the first time such a meeting had taken place on African soil.

An archived Invitation Letter to the First Known Pan-African Conference at Westminster Town Hall in July, of the year 1900.

The Pan-African Congress, following on from the 1st Pan-African Conference of 1900 in London; was a series of meetings, held in 1919 in Paris (1st Pan-African Congress), 1921 in London (2nd Pan-African Congress), 1923 in London (3rd Pan-African Congress), 1927 in New York City (4th Pan-African Congress), 1945 in Manchester (5th Pan-African Congress), 1974 in Dar es Salaam (6th Pan-African Congress), 1994 in Kampala (7th Pan-African Congress), and 2014 in Johannesburg (8th Pan-African Congress), that were intended to address the issues facing Africa as a result of European colonization of most of the continent.

Fifteen African countries were represented. Their goal was to change the way Europeans governed Africa, with the eventual goal of African independence. Their second goal was influence the Versailles Peace Conference at the end of World War I.

The Pan-African Congress gained a reputation for being known as a peace maker for decolonization in Africa and in the West Indies, areas of the world.  The P.A.C., made significant advances in the advocacy of the Pan-African cause. One of the demands was to end colonial rule and end racial discrimination, against imperialism and it also demanded human rights and equality of economic opportunity. The manifesto given by the Pan-African Congress included the political and economic demands of the Congress for a new world context of international cooperation.

But, in any odds, five years after the Conference of 1958 in Ghana, on 25th of May, in 1963, representatives of thirty African nations met in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, hosted by Emperor Haile Selassie I.  By then, more than two-thirds of the continent had achieved independence, mostly from imperial European states. At this meeting, the “Organisation of African Unity” was founded, with the initial aim to encourage the decolonization of Angola, Mozambique, South Africa and Southern Rhodesia. The organization pledged to support the work conducted by freedom fighters, and remove military access to colonial nations. A charter was set out which sought to improve the living standards across member states. Selassie exclaimed, “May this convention of union last 1,000 years.”


The charter was signed by all attendees on 26 May, with the exception of Morocco.  At that meeting, Africa Freedom Day was renamed Africa Liberation Day.  In 2002, the OAU was replaced by the African Union.  However, the renamed celebration of Africa Day continued to be celebrated on May 25th, in respect to the formation of the O.A.U.

links:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Africa_Day

https://www.gov.za/AfricaDay2019

http://alduhuru.org

https://www.un.org/sg/en/content/sg/statement/2019-05-25/secretary-generals-message-africa-day-scroll-down-for-french-version

https://www.vanguardngr.com/2019/05/ecobank-nigeria-celebrates-africa-day/

https://aaprp-intl.org/commemorate-liberation-african-liberation-day/https://www.workers.org/2019/05/20/on-african-liberation-day-end-sanctions-on-zimbabwe/

10 Things to Know About Africa Day

Liberia declares May 25 as ‘Africa Day’

African Liberation Day and Agenda 2063

https://www.workers.org/2019/05/20/on-african-liberation-day-end-sanctions-on-zimbabwe/

RSS # 34 (ምድረ በዳ/בְּמִדְבַּר)

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 (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) if those who actually open up their Bibles to read in a Jewish/Hebrew cycle of readings, & thoroughly discern, have come to seek insight) into the study of the Scriptures.  So,with this Hebrew Shabbot (or Shabbat) we move into the opening of the Torah portion with Mídbár בְּמִדְבַּר, on the 4th – ד, & on the 5th – ה, from a Jewish/Hebrew mode of study for those out in the diaspora, living outside of Jerusalem or Israel; on of the month of  Sïw[v]án סִיוָן, in the year of 5780. (the Hebrew Calendar corresponds to a Lunar cycle of the Moon)  From an Ethiopic-Christian perspective, in the year 2012/7512 E.C., and calculation these readings from the Scriptures would align to what is known as Mídrä Bädá – ምድረ በዳ, on the 14th – ፲፬, & on the 15th – ፲፭, of the month of Gínbōt – ግንቦት.  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 1:1 – 4:20

Hosea 2: 1-23

Romans 9: 22-23

Luke 24: 50, 51

Acts 1: 9-11

 

Forwarding, in our studies, we’ve come to another book in the Torah.  This study portion has brought us to BaMídbár(translated into English as; Numbers; or Midbar-מִדְבַּר =pasture/open field/desert, & Ba(e’)= בְּ , with Midbar, making the Hebrew word BaMidbar, either meaning, “In the Book of Numbers,” or “In the wilderness“)/the same in the Ethiopian-Amharic language with the word, Midrä Bädáምድረ በዳ= the wilderness”.

After completing the Book of Leviticus, (which by Ras Tafari interpretation, could be known also as the “Livitiy Book“) the over-standing of what encompasses the Leviticus, is the blessing and cursing, by way of the abiding in the laws and commandments set forth for the children of Israel.

bamibar - parsha [encampment of the Bnei Ysrael]

Moses & Aaron, numbered the children of Israel, then appointed heads of the households from the tribes.(…twelve men, each of their father’s house…)

[Numb. 1: 44]

 

encampment of israel-tabernacle in the wilderness

Moses & Aaron also received instructions from God, not to number the tribe of Lew(v)i with the rest of the children of Israel.  They were to have a separate responsibility among the people.  Just as they were to administer the duties of priests in Israel, in the Tabernacle, they were to continue in that way.  The tribes were then assembled orderly into an encampment around the Tabernacle.

[Numb. 1:49- 2:34]

 

Tetzaweh - parsha (High Priest-Kohen HaGadol-LiQe Kahinat)

In this encampment every tribe would raise a standard(or banner), with an ensign for the tribes.

[Numb. 2: 1-32]

 

bamidbar - parsha (conhaniim-kahinat)

Moses & Aaron, were to also assemble the Tribe of Le(w)i and consecrate them to keep the charge of Aaron(the High Priest), and for the entire congregation of Israel.  They were to keep the instruments of the Tabernacle and perform the service for the congregation.

[Numb. 3]

 

cohen hagadol - high priest of the tabernacle [liqe kahinat]

[Numb. 4]

Ordinances for the garments of the High Priest, established in the Tribe of Levi.

The lineage of Aaron, the brother of Moses & Miriam.

RSS#32-33 (በሲና ተራራ -በሥርዓቴ / – בְּהַר)

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

This is another 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) if those who actually open up their Bibles to read in a Jewish/Hebrew cycle of readings, & thoroughly discern, have come to seek insight) 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, nonetheless studied the Torah portion of Behar – בְּהַר, 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 5780 this Sabbath day would probably fall on the, 21stכא, & on the 22ndכב, 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 Be’Sïná Tärârâ – በሲና ተራራ, on the 7th – & on the 8th – , day of ወርኀ(month) – ግንቦት (Ginbot); in the year of 2012/7512. 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:

Leviticus 25: 1- 26:2

Jeremiah 32: 6-27

Luke 4: 16-21

 

Upon the Mountain,”…that mountain between Egypt and Israel.

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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]

Mirrors of a Hamo-Shemitic Culture

Mirrors of a Hamo-Shemitic Culture

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]

Mirrors of a Hamko-Shemitic culture

Mirrors of a Hamo-Shemitic culture

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:

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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.

behar - parsha (sabbath and jubilee yrs)

** 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.”

 

Readings:

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]

BaDebreh Torah (Parshat Bechu'kotai)

BaDebreh Torah (Parshat Bechu’kotai)

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]

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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.

The Dispersion into Desolation [Lev. 26: 32-39]

The Dispersion into Desolation [Lev. 26: 32-39]

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 covenantAcceptance 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]

Bnei Ysrael - the Children of Israel

Bnei Ysrael – the Children of Israel