Weekly Sidra: Emor (Say)
Torah Portion: Leviticus / Vayikra / 21:1-24:23
Haftorah: Yechezkel / 44:15- 44:31
“This shall be their portion, for I am their portion; and no holding shall be given them in Israel, for I am their holding. 29 The meal offerings, sin offerings, and guilt offerings shall be consumed by them. Everything proscribed in Israel shall be theirs. 30 All the choice first fruits of every kind and all the gifts of every kind— of all your contributions— shall go to the priests. You shall further give the first of the yield of your baking to the priest that a blessing may rest upon your home.”(Ezekiel 44:28-30)
This week’s Torah and Haftarah portions deal with the commandments concerning the Levitical priests (Cohanim).
I found the above portion interesting. The priestly portion and holding given to them is Hashem. All the best fruits, food, etc shall be given to the priests. In the Torah we are reminded that:
“You will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words you are to speak to the Israelites." (Exodus 19:6)
Keefa (Peter) reiterates this thought in the Besora HaTova (The Good News).
“You also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to Hashem through Yeshua HaMashiach.” (I Peter 2:5)
Once the Bet HaMikdash (Holy Temple) is re-built, may it be speedily in our days, and then the Levitical priesthood will be re-established. The priesthood will resume, but we must live our lives consecrate to Him as cohanim as well, not replacing them, but taking the light of the world, King Messiah, and his Torah to the world. We were chosen to do this job!
Just like them, HaShem wants to give the best of everything that He has for us. All we have to do is love Hashem and obey His commandments.
That seems like an excellent deal to me!!
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