Before You Were Born
Tazria "When she sows seed"
Leviticus 12:1-13:59
2 Kings 4:42-5:19

'When the days of her purification are completed, for a son or for a daughter, she shall bring to the priest at the doorway of the tent of meeting a one year old lamb for a burnt offering ( olah ) and a young pigeon or a turtledove for a sin offering ( chataat ). (Le 12:6)

This is a puzzling passage for the average reader.  First, there is a distinction made between the number of purification days for a new mother depending upon whether she "sows" a male or female child into the world.  The girl requires twice the number of days, 80, as the male child, 40.  In past newsletters, we pointed out that within the Torah number patterns, there is a symbolic "wholeness" in the female child.  The male is half of that fullness, reinforcing the original idea that "it is not good for man to be alone."  

Why does a new mother need to bring offerings, though?  She has not sinned, but obeyed a commandment to be fruitful.  There are deeper truths to dig, but this week, let's take a simple one.  

First, the olah offering of a year-old lamb.  An olah is a resurrection offering, like Isaac, who was to be offered as an olah, one who would "go up."  A sin offering ( chataat) of a dove accompanied the resurrection offering.  At the resurrection, who wants to ascend with sin?  

The new mother's worst fears and hopes are for her child's future.  What every new mother would hope for is that this child, whether male or female, would arise at the resurrection without sin.

These two symbols, the young lamb and the dove, assure her that a plan was put in place long ago.  From the foundation of the world, the Lamb was slain, and with the transforming power of the Ruach HaKodesh, symbolized by the dove, the child's nature can be purified from sin, and he or she can become a beloved child, in whom the Father is well-pleased.  

May the mothers and fathers, sons and daughters in Zion be comforted by Yeshua's sacrifice!

Below you'll find many opportunities to join us for Creation teaching, studying Scripture, and rejoicing in Israel at Sukkot.

The Creation Experience

After his resurrection, Yeshua explained the event to his disciples starting with the Torah.  Believers today are not so skilled at locating the prophecies of resurrection in the first five books of the Bible, especially Genesis One and Two.  By carefully studying the texts, the words in the Gospels, Epistles, and especially the Revelation of John, come to life, and believers can appreciate the richness of their future experience of the afterlife.  

The return to the Garden of Eden, or Paradise, is woven into the Bible from Genesis 1:1 all the way to Revelation.  The investigation into Genesis One sets prophetic patterns to appreciate the good news of the gospel in the context of the appointed times and the seven assemblies of Revelation.  Genesis Two's mysterious rivers answer the question, "What happens when we die?" and gives shape to the resurrection of the dead.  It help Gospel readers to understand why Yeshua would say to the thief on the cross, "This day you will be with me in Paradise."

This conference with Brad Scott gives us the time to dive deeply into topics that we can never adequately cover in a typical conference, so bring a notebook, bring the kids, and we'll a walk through Creation, the Garden, and the Ark.

Just in Time!  The Three Days and Three Nights of Messiah

A BEKY Booklet that will help you explain Yeshua in the context of Passover and provoke second thoughts about Easter Sunday.  Passover is for teaching, and here's perfect timing and opportunity. The Three Days and Three Nights of Messiah details the passion week of Yeshua in the Jewish context of first century Jerusalem. It will challenge traditional thought concerning the timing of the death, burial, and resurrection of Yeshua. The purpose is to discover how we "may be one" in Messiah. The Sign of Jonah is a key to unlock a greater understanding of Passover for those who have faith in the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.  Click on The Sign of Jonah  to view or purchase. This price is so good, you could buy three!

Sukkot in Israel 2019
October 10-22, 2019

Ready to walk the paths that Yeshua walked in the Galilee, open your eyes in the Tzin where manna fell each morning, pray at the Kotel, walk in the Sukkot Parade of the Nations in Jerusalem, and gather in the desert sukkah for fellowship, teaching, praise, and worship in the evenings?

Dust off your passport and click on   SUKKOT IN ISRAEL  to read the itinerary.  A $500 deposit will hold your place in a tour that will likely fill up early.  Our maximum number of participants is 40.  Although every Israel tour requires a lot of walking, this one will be easier on the feet because of the open windows of leisure time built in it to honor the sabbaths of Sukkot.  Many thanks to Kisha Gallagher for her hard work on the itinerary to bring together a tour that respects Adonai's holy days.  

Mount Arbel overlooking the Galilee