Introduction to Torah – Part 5 – Leviticus and Numbers


Leviticus 15:19-24
Problem:  These verses refer to the laws of niddah, the time of menstruation for women.
The reason there is even a debate about these verses is because some Jewish traditions go to extremes to avoid becoming unclean…even building a separate house for his wife for her to reside in during this time. This is commonly referred to as the “red tent”.  Not that this is necessarily wrong, but it is certainly not necessary.

Solution:  The context here can be seen in Leviticus 18:19 and 20:18; the intent is surrounding intimate relations. Keep in mind, that being unclean is not necessarily a sin. Becoming unclean happens.  But, knowing when you are unclean is important, because it dictated when one was permitted to enter into the temple. Since there is no physical temple today, this matter is much less of an issue as to whether or not you are unclean.
However, there are direct commandments as to things that are forbidden during this time such as the passage being addressed here.  “Uncovering her nakedness” is a Hebraic way of saying intercourse.

Husband and wife are to remain separate from each other in this way. This is what is meant in Leviticus 15:19 in the sense of not “touching” your wife during her menstrual cycle.
The Hebrew word for touching can carry the meaning of literally just touching, all the way to intimate relations.  We can see from Leviticus 18:19 and 20:18 that the intent is surrounding intimate relations. The means to becoming unclean during this time is a matter of being exposed to blood.  Not to be gross, but during a woman’s cycle, especially during ancient times, a bed or chair, could easily become exposed to blood given the way it was managed…and of course, intimate relations would most certainly exposing the husband to blood.

Leviticus 25:1-7
Problem:  We are commanded to let the land rest every 7 years. Some ask whether farmers or gardeners should let their land rest every seven years.

Solution:  We are still scattered among the nations. The context is for when we are in the land.  So the Sabbath year for the land is recognized once we are in the land according to YHWH’s own words.  Spiritually, the land resting in the 7th year likely stands for the 7,000th year, in which our Messiah is Lord on Earth with us for 1,000 years…and we rest in the land with Him.

Numbers 15:38-41
Problem:  There is a command to wear tassels, or tzitzits, but what does that mean and who should wear  them?
Some will tell you that tassels or tzitzits must be worn or a certain way, if they agree they should be worn at all.

Solution:  Many understand that there are to be four tassels. The reason for this is because the
commandment speaks of attaching the tassels to the four corners of our garments so it is inferred that there are to be at least four tassels (Deuteronomy 22:12). Whether or not that is exactly right, we know for sure that there are to be at least two, because the word “tassels” is plural.   He simply said attached tassels containing a strand of blue to the four corners of our garments.  In Hebrew, the word corners and edges are from the same word.

Just as it is a Hebraic idiom to understand that the four corners of the world relates to the whole world (i.e. Isaiah 11:12), the four corners of our garments implies that we are to be fully clothed in the Word of God.   The point is that we wear tzitzits to help us visually remember the commandments of God, which does imply of course, that they are visible and to be worn as often throughout the day that one wants to be reminded to keep the commandments of God…we would expect that one would want to be reminded all day of course.   Therefore, not wearing them would be considered a sin.

From 119 Ministries: Torah Quick Reference Guide


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