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, have more than likely have come to the Torah portion of Behar-בְּהַר, 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 23rd & 24th 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 BeSina Terara-በሲና ተራራ, on the 25th & 26th 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 25:1- 26:2
[SPECIAL NOTES FOR THIS SABBATH]*
For Ras Tafari, globally, this Sabbath should hold a special place in their hearts and minds. The reasoning for this is because in a tri-fold state፡ 1) as Hebrews; they’ll come into the time of the day of rest for the Sabbath time, 2) this Sabbath brings with it the Ethiopian congruency to the Hebraic Passover in what is known as Fasika-ፋሲካ. (…which is more properly known as Tinsa’ey-ትንሣኤ), &, 3) this Ethiopian celebration of the Passion of the Christ, (in Fasika-Tinsa’ey) just so happens to come forth on the date that will be commemorated as ETHIOPIA’S INDEPENDANCE DAY, from Fascist and colonial invasion. (YES I’!!, MAY-DAY, INDEED!)
…more to be presented on this subject at the conclusion of the parsha study…
Now, to the portion of Scripture for this Sabbath…
Ethiopic-(Ge’ez/Amharic)= በሲና ተራራ (BeSina Terara) KEY ⇀ ሲና=Sinai
Hebrew= חר סיני (Har-Siney/Si’na’i) KEY ⇁ סיני = Sinai
“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]
A year of Jubilee year was also to be proclaimed by the children of Israel. Insomuch, as where seven sabbaths in a yearly sense multiplied to an additional seven years(i.e. 49 years) would usher in a year of the Jubilee(a 50th year) to the Hebrews. [Lev. 25: 8-13]
Hebrew= (Yo-bell) יובל
In the year of Jubilee, the trumpet should be sounded on the tenth day of the seventh month(Yom Kippur-Day of Atonement), throughout all the land. Also, in this year every man should be returned to his family. (i.e. debts should be forgiven among the people) [Lev. 25: 9, 10]
[BLOWING OF THE SHOFAR-TRUMPET]*
In the “upkeep,” of all the laws, statutes, and commandments that God told Moses to teach the children of Israel; it was assured to them(the Hebrews) that if they were to keep those laws from generation to generation, they would dwell in the land of promise, in safety, securely. [Lev. 25: 19]
*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 Behar-BeKH’ukotai, we will know go into the study of BeKH’ukotai-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 BeSir’Autey-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.”
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.
God would set his face against them & seven times more would they be punished for their iniquities.
Their pride would be broken and they would have no power to stand against their adversaries. Their strength would be useless and they would be unfruitful in their endeavors. Even, seven times more would plagues be upon them for their disobedience and beasts would be among them to devour them.
If they walked contrary to the Law and to God, then God would surely walk contrary to them. Their high places would be destroyed and their images would be torn down.
Sanctuaries would be desolate and they would be scattered from end-to-end upon the Earth. Their cities would become waste lands, those left alive would have a faint of heart, would pine at their disposition and the lands from whence they came would desolate.They would even flee when none pursued them. [Lev. 14-39]
Only if the children of Israel were to confront their iniquities, and the iniquities of the foreparents which strayed away from God, then he would remember the covenant. [Lev. 26: 40-46]
In the conclusion of this study of this portion for the Sabbath, vows were put into the proper order as well, for the children of Israel. The order for presentation to God, was aligned by the instruction which laid upon Mount Sinai. [Lev. 27]
I would also like everyone to note that with this Sabbath being apart of Behar, with Mount Sinai as part of the subject, let us remember the relics founds upon this mountain, which still happen to be hidden from the general public, who interpret & correctly put into place their significance.
THIS SABBATH MARKS FASIKA-TINSA’EY, AS WELL AS, ETHIOPIAN INDEPENDENCE DAY!!!
[A memorial letter for Ethiopia’s Fasika-Tinsa’ey (“Easter”) Celebration]
The letter written from a Ethiopian recalling the times in Ethiopian for the celebration of Fasika/Tinsa’ey are to be shown for the joy of the “Triumphant Christ.”
Even the Ethiopic-Christian practices of antiquity hold to a Hebraic center, after all, Christ told his disciples to “…go into all nations and preach the Gospel…,” it just so happens that those who heard and sought to do the will of God, by the words of these Apostles, who were Hebrews, became known as “Christians”,….hence what the world knows now as the “Judeo-Christian faith”, theology, logic, or whatever else they tend to try to brand it with.
“Christians are Hebrews at heart,”…Dr. Phil Valentine-EL
…Still Need More Proof….? Sheesh!!! Well alright here you go….
As Hebrews/Israelites/Jews bring an end to the Shabbot/Sabbath this evening (May 3rd, 2013-Iyar 23rd), Ethiopian-Christians will be spending the night in a church, (by tradition; if ones participate by ability) to read, study, sing, and prepare for the Resurrection of Christ. They will light candles just as the candles on the Menorah are lit, but in contrast to the modern Judaism, Ethiopian-Christians will, as we Ras Tafari say; “lively up themselves“, wearing beautifully embroidered garments. They will sing songs, beat the drums and use sistrums played by Ethiopian priests, nuns, and laymen(everyday people).
IT IS A JOYOUS EVENT, IN SPIRIT & PRACTICE!
EXAMPLE OF THE SISTRUM USE IN ETHIOPIA; in link below
መልካም ትንሣኤ በዓል!!!!
*MAY DAY!!,….MAY DAY!! Aዎ, INDEPENDENCE HAS BEEN DECLARED*
ETHIOPIAN INDEPENDENCE DAY: NEVER COLONIZED SO YOU SHOULD RECOGNIZE!
I&I should coin/patent these phrases, right?!….
but, anyway MAY JAH(GOD) BLESS YOU & KEEP YOU, MAKE HIS FACE TO SHINE UPON.
love & light,
Yohann Immanuel “Lidj Yefdi”