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METZORA


Leviticus 14:1-15:33

II Kings 7:3-20

Rom.6:8-23

 

Outline:

I. Offer Yourself in Praise and Adoration to God (Leviticus 1:1-7:38)

A. Offer pleasing sacrifices (Leviticus 1:1-6:7)

1. Offer burnt offerings (Leviticus 1:1-17)

2. Offer cereal offerings (Leviticus 2:1-16)

3. Offer peace offerings (Leviticus 3:1-17)

4. Offer sin offerings (Leviticus 4:1-35)

5. Offer guilt offerings (Leviticus 5:1-6:7)

 

 

B. Give instructions to the priests who offer pleasing sacrifices(Leviticus 6:8-7:38)

      1. Give priestly instructions for burnt offerings (Leviticus 6:8-13)

      2. Give priestly instructions for cereal offerings (Leviticus 6:14-23)

3. Give priestly instructions for sin offerings (Leviticus 6:24-30)

4. Give priestly instructions for guilt offerings (Leviticus 7:1-10)

5. Give priestly instructions for peace offerings (Leviticus 7:11-38)

 

II. Consecrate Priests to Mediate Between God and People. (Leviticus 8:1-10:20)

 

A.  Set apart priests who mediate (Leviticus 8:1-36)

B.  Sacrifice for the priests who mediate (Leviticus 9:1-24)

C.    Warn the priests who mediate (Leviticus 10:1-20)

 

III. Purify Yourself before God (Leviticus 11:1-16:34)

 

A.  Eat clean animals; reject unclean animals (Leviticus 11:1-47)

B.  Purify mother and child after childbirth (Leviticus 12:1-8)

1.   Purify the mother of a male infant (Leviticus 12:1-4)

2.    Purify the mother of a female infant (Leviticus 12:5)

3.    Worship the Lord who gives life (Leviticus 12:6-8)

C.    Test for an infectious skin disease and remove the infected one from the camp (Leviticus 13:1-59)

 

1.    Examine the inhabitant who appears with an infection

(Leviticus 13:1-8)

2.    Examine the infected inhabitant for progress toward wholeness (Leviticus 13:9-17)

3.     Examine the inhabitant who appears with a boil (Leviticus 13:18-23)

4.     Examine the inhabitant who appears with a burn (Leviticus 13:24-28)

5.     Examine the inhabitant who appears with an infection on the head or Beard (Leviticus 13:29-37)

6.    Examine the inhabitant who appears with bright spots on the skin Leviticus 13:38-39)

7.    Examine the inhabitant who appears with hair loss (Leviticus 13:40-44)

8.    Remove the infection from the camp (Leviticus 13:45-59)

D.   Restore the cleansed inhabitant to the community (Leviticus 14:1-32)

E.    Remove the threat of infection from the house (Leviticus 14:33-57)

F.     Cleanse unhealthiness within the community (Leviticus 15:1-33)

 

Last week's Parasha described the signs of the Metzora (leper), a person afflicted by a spiritual malady which places him or her in a state of ritual impurity.  This week's Torah Portion begins by detailing how the recovered Metzora is purified by the Kohen (priest) with a special procedure involving two birds, spring water in an earthen vessel, a piece of cedar wood, a scarlet thread and a bundle of hyssop.  A home can also be afflicted with "leprosy" by the appearance of reddish or greenish patches on its walls.  In a process lasting as long as nineteen days, a Kohen determines if the house can be purified or it must be demolished.

 

(Lev 14:2-3) This shall be the law of the leper on the day when he is to be pronounced clean: he shall be brought to the priest at a meeting place outside the camp.  The priest shall go out of the camp to meet him...

 

When a person is declared to be contaminated with leprosy, they are sent outside the camp.  In order for the priest to perform a cleansing of a leper, he must go outside of the camp to meet him.  Yeshua did the same for us.  He met us where we were, cleansed us from our sins and set us free.

 

The ancient Rabbi's stated of one who is called the Leper scholar [Sanhedrin 98B]; also known as the suffering servant, Messiah Ben Yoseph, who sat among the poor lepers and reached out and brought healing to them,( Math.8:1-4; Luke 5:12-14; Mark 1:40-44; Luke 17:11-14).As Isaiah 53 states he bore our diseases and came to heal us from our sins (Luke 5:20).

 

As our season of our redemption is almost upon us (Pesach), remember to be grateful to our GOD, and our Messiah and Redeemer who healed us, who rescued us and made us his own people.

 

Shavua Tov

 

Rabbi Z.

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