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The Weekly eDrash

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Extended details on this Torah Portion: Kedoshim »

The Holy One of God

Tags: godly, holiness, presence of God, separation, shechinah, sin, standard

Thought for the Week:

There is a direct relationship between the commandments and the person of Messiah, because the commandments are a direct revelation from God. They are a revelation of godliness. To see a commandment performed is to see something of God.


All of the commandments of Torah, in some aspect or another, reveal Messiah. They each reveal some essential element of His person or character. The commandments are the very will and wisdom of God. Messiah speaks, saying, “Not My will, but Yours be done.” (Luke 22:42) In another place He says, “I do nothing on My own initiative, but I speak these things as the Father taught Me.” (John 8:28) And again he says, “I have kept My Father's commandments and abide in His love.” (John 15:10) Therefore, in that Messiah keeps the commandments, the commandments teach us about His behavior.

There is a direct relationship between the commandments and the person of Messiah, because the commandments are a direct revelation from God. They are a revelation of godliness. To see a commandment performed is to see something of God. Therefore, the Master tells his disciple Philip, “He who has seen me, has seen the Father.” (John 14:9)

When Yeshua came to us, He came as the Holy One of God. The disciples of Yeshua called Him by this title. (John 6:69) Even the demons recognized Him as the Holy One of God. (Mark 1:24)

Yeshua is called the Holy One of God because His holiness is derived directly from God. He is holy by virtue of His divine nature. His essential being, beyond the flesh, is the eternal Word of God, the very essence of God. In this respect, He is utterly unique, utterly different, utterly set apart, and holy. In addition to this, the holiness of Yeshua results from His conception and birth. No other man has been born of a virgin. Yeshua is different, even on a flesh level. His holiness is also manifest in the complete anointing of the Holy Spirit upon Him.

We have already learned that the Dwelling Presence of God will reside only in a holy place. The Master’s power was derived directly from the Holy Spirit; that is, the Spirit of the Holy God, which rested upon Him and moved through Him without measure. Finally, the Master’s holiness is derived from His imitation of the Father. Inasmuch as the commandments are the definitions of holiness, Messiah is likewise defined by the commandments because He kept them. Therefore, He is able to fulfill the commandment “You shall be holy, for I the LORD your God am holy.” (Leviticus 19:2) The commandments of Leviticus 19 are called the commandments of holiness. God is the source of holiness, and He is the definer of holiness. These commandments are the definitions of holiness. His holiness is a complete holiness. There are no holes in his holiness. For us, sin is a hole in the holiness. Each sin is an area of life where we have failed to uphold the standard of separation from the world.



Torah Portions from previous weeks

Parasha: Chol HaMo'ed Pesach

The Word from Heaven was Broken

Tags: atonement, covenant, Mount Sinai, repentance, Tablets, word made flesh

When Moses descended, he carried the Word of God—not the Word made flesh, but the word made stone upon the two tablets of the covenant. Like two copies of a contract agreement, these tablets were tokens of the covenant relationship between Israel and God. The tablets also teach us about Messiah. The Torah tells us that these tablets were inscribed by the finger of God. Exodus 32:16 says, "The tablets...
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Parasha: Acharei Mot

A Personal Day of Atonement

Tags: forgiveness, presence of God, relationship, salvation, Yom Kippur

He shall make atonement for the holy place, because of the impurities of the sons of Israel and because of their transgressions in regard to all their sins; and thus he shall do for the tent of meeting which abides with them in the midst of their impurities. (Leviticus 16:16) The rituals for Yom Kippur teach us about the distance between man and God. There is a deadly conceit in...
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Parasha: Metzora

The Leper Messiah

Tags: affliction, corruption, healing, Isaiah 53, sickness, suffering

This week's Torah portion is titled Metzora, a word that means leper. It contains the laws and rituals for the levitical purification of a person who has recovered from the dreaded disease of leprosy. Biblical leprosy is not the same disease called leprosy today, but it does share some affinities. What is more, according to God's Torah, contracting biblical leprosy rendered a person levitically unclean. His uncleanness prevented the leper...
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Parasha: Tazria

Uncleanness as a Normal Human State

Tags: clean, Eden, immortality, impurity, morality, presence of God, purity, sanctuary, Temple, unclean

Leviticus 11 related the laws of clean and unclean animals. Leviticus 12–15 will relate the laws of clean and unclean humans. Apparently, human uncleanness begins at birth: Giving birth to a baby makes a woman ritually unclean. Why? This seems to make no sense at all. Why should a common, human process like having a baby render a woman unclean? Modern Bible readers find the notions of ritual purity and...
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Parasha: Shemini

Spiritual Fire

Tags: altar, emotions, fire, spiritual growth, steadfastness, worship

When we assemble together to worship, we should anticipate a close encounter with God. When Israel gathered for the first worship service in the Tabernacle, fire blazed forth from God and consumed their offerings. Everyone fell on their faces before the glory of the LORD. When we gather in His houses of worship on His appointed times, it is reasonable to expect that He will be present in some manner...
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Parasha: Tzav

Keep the Fire Burning

Tags: altar, compassion, heart, holy sacrifice, kindness, love of God, menorah, neighbor, presence of God, soul

The Torah says that the priests used flames from the altar to light the menorah, and they used the coals from the altar to burn the incense on the golden altar. Fire brought from some source other than the altar is referred to as strange fire. How did they keep the fire burning when transporting the altar? The Tabernacle was made to be portable. Numbers 4:13 explains that when it...
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