Behaalotkha
an excerpt from CG Workbook Five Vol IV: "The Shadows Know"

The Sole Man
 
Interwoven with the instructions concerning the moedim (feasts) is a repeated use of the noun "atonement" or the verb "atone."  Yom HaKippurim is a Day of Coverings, translated as the Day of Atonement.  The fall feasts share a theme of coverings, such as Yom Teruah (clouds), Yom HaKippurim (clouds of incense, blood, oil, changes of clothes), and Sukkot (sukkah).  For that matter, both seasons of the moedim have some hint to the coverings, such as the covering of the blood on the doorpost at Pesach.  Since the moedim are fueled by one Holy Spirit, they are not disparate, but one.
 
Repeatedly in the Torah portions it is the nefesh (soul) that is singled out as in need of atonement and redemption.  In previous volumes, you learned in more detail that the nefesh and body are the firstborn of a man, while the ruach (spirit) is the second-born.  The symbol of the ruach is the head (authority), while the symbol of the nefesh is the heel, which means something which comes after.  The heel/nefesh represents our appetites, emotions, desires, and intellect. 
 
When the nefesh of appetite, emotion, desire, and intellect rule the man, then that which was designed to be underneath and behind him is put at the forefront of his decisions. He is a soul man.  How hard would it be for a human being to have eyes in his feet?  The heel is no place from which to view the world, yet how many times does emotion decide our paths?
 
For this reason, the nefesh needs to be redeemed and subjected to the regenerated ruach of a man under the authority of the Ruach HaKodesh.  A human's ruach naturally reaches to the Ruach above, but it can be held captive to the whims and appetites of the nefesh.  Redeem the nefesh, and the ruach is free to follow the leading of the Ruach HaKodesh, and the nefesh will fall into step with His will and be covered by the Ruach HaKodesh.  The nefesh needs a covering; it needs an authority.  
 
This shadow covering of the nefesh is pictured in a number of ways in Scripture:  the redemption of the firstborn of man and beast, the atonement for the nafshim of Israel at Yom HaKippurim, and even the question of those who missed the Pesach hints to the need for atonement, for they state that they were "tamei for a nefesh."   They are granted the opportunity to eat the Unleavened Bread and bitter herbs to remember the deliverance of the firstborn.  The redemption of the nefesh, padah, implies a ransom for a captive.  It takes someone or something stronger than the captive (and very strong) nefesh to redeem it:
 
For I am a father to Israel, and Ephraim is My firstborn. Hear the word of the LORD, O nations, and declare in the coastlands afar off, and say, 'He who scattered Israel will gather him and keep him as a shepherd keeps his flock.' For the LORD has ransomed Jacob and redeemed him from the hand of him who was stronger than he. (Jeremiah 31:6-16)
 
The moedim offer a shadow of the reality of the redemption of the nefesh, which is held captive by its own heel, the hardened skin of sin.  Just adjacent to the tough skin of the heel, however, is the soft, sensitive skin of the sole.  The sole is even ticklish, like the ribs.  No wonder women are so sensitive...we came out of Adam's side!  
 
Atonement (caphar), which is the authoritative covering of redemption for a captive nefesh, carries a little secret in its Hebrew root.  
 
            Strongs #3709: Noun Feminine; from #3721  כָּפַף   
            Meaning:  1) hand, sole, palm of the hand, hollow of the hand 
            1b) power 
            1c) sole (of the foot) 
            1d) hollow, objects, bending objects, bent objects 
            1d1) of thigh-joint 
            1d2) pan, vessel (as hollow) 
            1d3) hollow (of sling) 
            1d4) hand-shaped branches or fronds (of palm trees) 
 
Carefully read the meanings of  caphar , and a related theme emerges.    A human is a vessel for the Torah, a little lamp full of commandments.     They are "bent" in that they bend to the will of the spiritual Head, which is Yeshua in the Father.    When they walk in the covering authority of the Ruach, then they have power, and in the heart of the Torah, Vayikra (Leviticus), it is the palm of the Kohen's hand that is the vessel for the anointing, cleansing oil:    Leviticus 14:15-18, 26-29.    Ironically, the caph, or palm of the hand, is related to the hand-shaped branches of palm trees with which Israel celebrates the covering feast of Sukkot.    In English, the palm branch is mentioned in Leviticus 23:40.  
 
The word kippah, which is the headcover of a Jewish male, is also derived from the same root for its cup-like appearance.  The Levites "lean their hands" upon the heads of the bulls to atone (l'capher) prior to their elevation ceremony.  This would have cupped the vessels of their hands (caph) upon the head of the beast representing their sin and elevation from sin (8:12-13).  By designating the head, HaShem has them demonstrate submission of the nefesh to His Heavenly authority, which is how human beings are elevated and restored in the Kingdom.
 
Leviticus 14, which offers so many uses of the caph as the palm, details the cleansing of the leper who has been separated from the Camp of Israel and relegated to the outer edges of fellowship.  The log of oil from which the Kohen fills his palm is presented specifically as a wave offering (14:12) with a male lamb, the cost of redemption for the firstborn.  The ritual of cleansing consecrates the former leper anew in the House of the Father.  Likewise, in Behaalotkha, Aaron offers the Levites as a wave-offering (8:11, 14, 21) of redemption for the firstborn of all of the Children of Israel (8:16-19). Aaron must have been quite strong for his age...and sensitive, too!


Israel Study Trip

For those of you looking for a unique study trip to Israel, we will be taking a limited number of people March 19-30, 2017.  We anticipate the land price to be $2100 + your airfare.  Considering what it costs to take the kids to Disneyworld for a week, this seems like more than a bargain.  While we have an itinerary being assembled, I am also assembling a teaching theme:  Standing With Israel: the Revelation.  



You can purchase the book above from our website, or the Kindle version from amazon.  The next CG workbook will reflect several years of new insights into the basic version found in the book, and participants will receive a complimentary copy of CG Workbook Six: Standing With Israel to accompany the basic text above.

An extra emphasis of this trip will be the Sabbath and Feasts of Israel, including the Jewish customs in place at the time that Yeshua walked the Land.  This focus will provide a better understanding of Yeshua and his disciples in their First Century context. For instance, while Christians think of the last book of the Bible as "Revelation," what does an observant Jew think of when he or she hears the term "Revelation"?

The giving of the Torah is the Revelation in the Jewish context, and participants will learn how reliable Bible study tools, such as First Mention, Progressive Mention, Complete Mention, and Chiasms open understanding to many things in the New Covenant, especially John's Revelation.  As it turns out, the Creator does reveal the end from the beginning, and John's Revelation should be viewed through the lens of the Torah.

Because this trip will occur before the first feast of Passover, the objective is that the experience will enrich each participant's celebration of the Biblical feasts and Shabbat.  

Send us an email if you want more information.



BEKY Books and CG Workbooks

The next two volumes of BEKY Books will be ready in about a week.  We expect a steady supply of the first season of BEKY Books until the end of 2016.  Check amazon over the next couple of weeks for Kindle or print versions of:

Introduction to the Jewish Sources
Colossal Controversies (What was nailed to the cross?  What does it mean, "Let no man judge you..."?)   
Don't forget to order a copy of the first BEKY Book  What is the Torah?  from www.amazon.com    It is a great refresher on the prophetic importance of the Torah all the way to the four horseman of Revelation.  Keep a few copies at your fellowship to give away to newcomers! 
 
 
 


The newly revised edition of Creation Gospel Workbook Three is printed!  It will be available at REVIVE or at www.thecreationgospel.com.  You may pre-order on the website, and it will be mailed after REVIVE (the first week of July).  Additional material in the workbook is "The Cave of the Couples" and "Spirit-filled Singles."  I will be giving an overview of The Cave of the Couples at REVIVE, and I think you'll like the insights of the new "rediscoveries" of spiritual patterns.  This edition is no longer looseleaf, but bound like the rest of the series.  It is $30 plus shipping.  If you are interested in coordinating a marriage retreat based on the workbook, let us know.  

 
 

    
 
 

      

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