Dr. Allen and Dr. Karen Ranney
April 6 2019 (1 Nissan 5779) Tazria "concieved"
April 6 2019 (1 Nissan 5779) Tazria "concieved"
This Torah study titled “Tazera” in Hebrew means “conceived,” so we learn that children are part of God’s plan from the beginning. In Genesis 1:28, God blessed Adam and Eve saying, “be fruitful and multiply: fill the earth.” So, we as children of God should approach our Holy Father as little children, eagerly and trusting with an attitude of sincere belief.
Genesis 1:27-28 John 3:16
Galatians 6:7 Exodus 20:13
Mark 10:13-16 Romans 5: 8
Psalm 139:1-14 Romans 2:29
Job 7:14; 9:10; 10:10 Ecclesiastes 11:5
The Torah portion is in Leviticus 12:1-15:33 and is titled in Hebrew “Tazera #2232,” meaning “conceived.”
Leviticus 12 records the statute for a woman after childbirth.
Leviticus 13 records the statutes concerning leprosy.
The Haftarah or prophet’s portion is in Ezekiel 45:16-46:18
Ezekiel 45 records the amount of land set apart for the sanctuary as a holy district; the properties of the city, the prince, and the laws governing the princes and keeping the feasts.
Ezekiel 46 records Sabbath and New Moon ordinances for worship and the prince and inheritance laws.
The Gospel portion is in Mark 9:14-50
Mark 9:14-50 records a demon being cast out of a man’s son, Yeshua foretells His own death, the attitude of servanthood, and warnings about hell.
Leviticus 12:2 (Interlinear Bible) is where we get the title to this week’s Torah study. Verse 2 says, “Speak to the sons of Israel, saying, “if a woman has conceived ‘Tazera #2232’ seed, and has borne a male, then she shall be unclean seven days; as on the days of her menstrual impurity she shall be unclean.”
Okay, the child does not make the mother unclean. God has ordained and blessed children from the beginning, before there was ever sin in the garden of Eden. It is the blood mixed with the other body fluids of childbirth that make the mother “ritually” unclean, and only for a short time. This uncleanness, seven days, would be equal to the woman’s usual monthly, customary impurity. Seven days.
Leviticus 12:3 reads, “and on the eighth ‘Sh’mini #8066’ the flesh of the foreskin shall be circumcised.” Recent medical science has discovered that the eighth day after childbirth is the very best time to circumcise the boy because on the eighth day, the newborn has the highest percentage of a certain clotting agent in the blood and after eight days’ sensitivity to pain increases. I like it when science once again proves God’s way is the best way, Amen.
In the Old Testament, God used circumcision as a sign of covenant between the people and Himself. In the New Testament, we are encouraged by Paul to circumcise our hearts. Paul says in Romans 2:29, “but he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the Spirit, not in the letter; his praise is not from men but from God.” Paul explained that God desires the external sign (circumcision) to be internally “conceived”!
Life begins at conception. This Jewish tradition is thousands of years old, but it’s a belief that I hold even though I am Gentile. Before modern science ever “proved” conception, the Bible spoke about life in the womb. Psalm 139:13-14 reads, “for You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well.”
Even Job knew in his sufferings that God had formed him. Job 10:10-12 reads, “did You not pour me out like milk, and curdle me like cheese, clothe me with skin and flesh, and knit me together with bones and sinew? You have granted me life and favor, and Your care has preserved my Spirit.”
We are “Tazera” conceived. When one cell from our mother joins with one cell from our father, at that moment life begins. God gives us this command, “be fruitful and multiply.” Well, an amazing, miraculous, astounding thing happens the second after those two cells meet. DNA from the mother combines with the DNA from the father. This genetic code with its 3 billion sequences in its formation joins with another 3 billion codes, sequences or plans and they start building a new human being, right then. Amen. Those two cells start building a new human being. In saying “new,” I mean that they are completely different and unique from anything or anyone alive or who ever lived on the earth. Forensic scientists today can sequence a cell from that individual proving, conclusively that it came from that very one and unique person in all the earth!
Following God’s command, those two cells begin to multiply, and in the course of nine months there are over 1 trillion of them. It’s said that there are over 3 trillion cells in a fully-grown human. Now that’s some multiplication. God’s miraculous work has always been the stuff of the meditation of the heart.
King Solomon writes in Ecclesiastes 11:5, “as you do not know what is the way of the wind, or how the bones grew in the womb of her who is with child, so you do not know the works of God who makes everything.”
King Solomon talks of the vanity of man over and over again, but man refuses to heed the words of the King, let alone the words of God as spoken through prophets. Man throughout history has headed down the path that leads to death and destruction; and I am sad to say, it’s true even to the present day.
Life is sacred. Exodus 20:13 reads, “you shall not murder.” But, our country, the USA, refuses to hear those words; as the 1970 Supreme Court ruling (Roe v. Wade) set an abominable precedent in our land, abortion.
Since 1970, over 75 million babies, human beings have been aborted, murdered. That is a staggering number and this country will be held accountable for it (Numbers 35:33). America is even now paying the consequences or reaping what has been sown. Galatians 6:7 records, “do not be deceived, God is not mocked for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.”
What I’m saying is, when you look at the statistics of American population growth you see this strange anomaly; the influx of foreigners, immigrants, aliens legal and illegal so closely matches the numbers for abortions through those years one has to conclude that for every American abortion there is a foreign national with his/her ideologies, religions and differing morals entering the country and impacting it with their belief systems, negating our morals and belief systems.
Look up the statistics for yourself on the Internet. It’s actually kind of unsettling, but you make up your mind.
God Himself, the Creator of all life has a plan for all of us. His purposes and plans are beyond our comprehension, but that doesn’t mean we have the right to play God in our lives or anyone else’s.
Job 9:10 reads, “He does great things past finding out, yes, wonders without number.” Our hope is in these marvelous things that our awesome God does for us; those things He does that we do not know about and those that we do know about. Isaiah 7:14 reads, “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive, Harah #2030 and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.” Amen.
Ezekiel 45:16 says, “all the people of the land shall give this offering for the prince in Israel. Then it shall be the princes part to give burnt offerings, grain offering, and drink offerings, at the feasts, the New Moons, the Sabbaths, and all the appointed seasons of the house of Israel. He shall prepare the sin offering, grain offering, the burnt offering, and the peace offerings to make atonement for the house of Israel.”
The Haftarah or prophet’s reading tells of a prince of Israel who will make atonement for the nation. That prince, in the Old Testament is but a foreshadow of Yeshua Messiah.
Isaiah 9:6 reads, “for unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” The prince that was “Tazera” conceived is Yeshua Messiah, Jesus and He stands ever before God to make intercession for us. Amen. What these rituals signify under the law, the Messiah fulfilled on the cross, as Jesus is the ultimate fulfillment of the plans God has conceived for us.
In Mark 9:14, we find Jesus, Yeshua, coming upon His disciples trying to cast a demon out of a boy. In verse 19 Yeshua says
to them, “Oh faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I bear with you? Bring him to Me.” Then in verse 23 He says, “if you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.”
Jesus makes it clear that faith, belief, is the key to the door of heaven. If we can just have faith in Him, God will handle all of life’s problems. By placing our trust in Him we activate the heavenly realm to go to work for us. That’s the way He wants it to be and not us working on how we think it should be. In verse 37, Jesus uses a little child to make His point, as He was fond of doing, because children trust wholeheartedly.
In Mark 10:15, talking about belief, faith and trust, He says, “assuredly I say to you whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.”
Children exhibit sincerity, eagerness and a trusting attitude of belief, thus being childlike is a fitting quality we should strive for in our relationship with God, and it is the quality God looks for in us.
The Hebrew word for faith, faithfulness, trust, truth or honesty is “Amunah #548” and comes from the same root word as “amen #539,” which we use every day. “Amen” in Hebrew means “believe,” so in essence when we end our prayers with “Amen,” we are saying “I believe,” in Jesus’ name I believe. I believe in Jesus’s name.
What do you believe? Are you ready to believe and put your trust in the Heavenly Father? I pray the words of these pages would be seed to be “Tazera” conceived in your spirit, that you too could believe in Jesus’s name. It’s as easy as ABC.
A. Admit, admit that you have sinned and you are sorry you did.
B. Believe, believe Jesus died for that sin, then rose from the grave on the third day.
C. Confess, confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and make Him King in your life.
Read Romans 5:8 and John 3:16. Repent and ask the Lord to fill you with His Spirit that you too can be conceived as a son/daughter with an inheritance in Him.
If you prayed that prayer, first I’d like to welcome you to the family of God. Second, I would encourage you to tell a Pastor, a Messianic Rabbi or a Christian friend, they will know what to do next.
Bibliography for Tazera “conceived”
Interlinear Bible, the Hendrickson publishing, 2006
New King James Version of the Bible, Thomas Nelson publishers, 2007
Strong’s Complete Dictionary of the Bible Words, Thomas Nelson publishing, 1996