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.
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 Beha’aloteKH’a-בְּהַעֲלֹתְךָ , from the Jewish or Hebraic Calendar in the year 5773 this Sabbath day would probably fall on the 15th & 16th for this week, in this mode of study; for those out in the diaspora or outside of Jerusalem or Israel. of the month of Siw(v)an-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 Sitlekʷis-ስትለኵስ, on the 16th(፲፮) & 17th(፲፯) 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).
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.
& Aaron, did so; lighting the lamps. [Numb. 8: 1-4]
Dutch Artist rendition of the Lighting of The Menorah [ca. 1705]
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.
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]
“The Coming Forth By Day & 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]
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 bowing of these trumpets would find an alignment different from that of the blowing of the Shofar. [Numb. 10: 1-10]
The cloud then, was taken up from Tabernacle & the children of Israel journeyed on the twentieth (20) of the second month(Iyyar) out of the wilderness of Sinai to the wilderness of Paran. [Numb. 10: 11-36]
Taberah– The fire of the LORD burnt among them, and consumed them that were in the uttermost part of the camp. [Numb. 11: 1]
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]
Israelites gathering the Manna.
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]
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]
Moshe, & the ( seventy elders of Israel _שִׁבְעִים מִזִּקְנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל )
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 Kibrothatta’awah-קִבְרוֹת הַתַּאֲוָה , or in translation the ( graves of lust ). [Numb. 11: 31-35]
Kibrothhatta’a(w)vah The Plague that was Inflicted On Israel While Eating The Quails_(illustration from the 1728′ Figures de la Bible)
From the place of the children of Israel’s graves of lust they journeyed on to Hazeroth.
Here, Moses’ sister and brother spoke against him, for he married an Æthiopian woman.
a depiction of Moses & Ts’ipporah_ (from the Disney movie “Prince of Egypt)
(Hebrew translation for Ethiopian is Cushi-כּוּשִׁי/Cush’yim-כּוּשִׁים ; this the original form of acknowledging the “African,” “dark,” or “Negro” phenotype of someone.)
modern Hebrew annotates a new form to accommodate the identification of those from modern Ethiopia, with this translation Ethiopia-אֶתִיוֹפִּיָה .
God was angered, so that he spoke to Miriam, Moses, and Aaron. 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. God gave grace and said that, seven days, Miriam should be set outside the camp; once she was healed, she could return.
Miriam Shut Out From The Camp_ (by James Tissot)