Parashiot "Tazria" and "Metsora&quo
Written on 04/06/19 at 19:12:40 EST by BenAvraham
PARASHOT: “Tazriah” (she bears seed) and “Metsora” (infected
 Lev 12:1-13:59; Lev 14:1-15:33; 2 Kings 4:42-5:19; Luke 17:11-17                                  

    This week we have a double Torah portion; “Tazriah” which talks
about when a woman gives childbirth, and “Metsora” which talks about
“Tzara-at” which most Bibles interpret as “leprosy” but in actuality,
the word “Tzara-at” covers ALL skin afflictions and diseases,
including the dreaded disease called leprosy, medically known as
“Hanson’s disease.  Go to google “images” and see it, but be sure you
don’t eat anything beforehand, it is quite horrible.  
    Leviticus Chapter 12 covers childbirth, and YHVH deems “unclean”
a woman after giving birth, and she has to stay put in her tent, 7
days plus 33 days.  Altogether, “40” days, “40” is the number for
testings’ and trials.  Why we might wonder, should a woman be
rendered “Tamei” or “Unclean” because of giving birth? Only YHVH has
a pure and true answer.  It isn’t that she has sinned by giving
birth, on the contrary, she has given life!  Some rabbinical
Midrashim (commentaries) state that there is both “death” and “life”
during childhood.  “Life” is the new baby, yet “death” because the
woman loses fluids (blood) which symbolizes life. Not that the woman
actually dies, but the “lost blood” however much or little, still
symbolizes life.
    The child is in the womb for 9 months, this is a protected area,
a world in itself.  Then the child comes out into the world, a new
world contrary to where it was.  It has life both inside the womb and
outside the womb, yet the child comes forth with the sin nature, and
the sin nature brings death.  
    For a female child, the purification time is longer, 2 weeks
plus 66 days, altogether, “80” days, the number “8” is the number of
“new beginning” If we remember when Yeshua was born, Miryam and Yosef
brought two turtle doves to be sacrificed after she went through her
ritual cleansing, Yosef brought Yeshua to be circumcised on the 8th
    On this 8th day, the mitzvah of “Brit Milah” (Circumcision) is
performed in all males that are born.  As we know, this was a sign of
the covenant with Abraham.  Some Jewish denominations still place a
high priority on Brit Milah, yet how important is it really?  Moshe
stresses that which is most important, and that is the “circumcision
of the heart” (Brit Milah b’lev).  He does not, however, state that
circumcision is no longer necessary nor important, only that the
emphasis should be placed on the heart and not so much in the flesh.  
Removing the “foreskin” of the heart is surrendering our fleshly
nature to Adonai, that we are to walk more in the spirit and less in
the flesh.
    So, what is the importance today of circumcision? It does have
health benefits, it keeps the male genital area cleaner and less
prone to infections.  Circumcision still joins us with the Abrahamic
covenant, yet what joins us, even more, is our relationship with
Messiah Yeshua.  The brit which joins us with Yeshuah (Salvation) is
our born-again experience with “Yeshua” (kind of play on words).      
    Chapter 13 deals with two kinds of “Tzara-at” skin diseases (all
kinds, both major and minor) and “mold & mildew on clothing.  In
ancient times, the person with a skin disease had to be isolated
outside the camp until he or she got better, and was “healed” there
were probably some ointments available then, probably primitive, the
priests were not doctors, but acted as “judges” who would “judge” the
person “healed” if the disease was temporary, today we have many
kinds of skin ailments, Psoriasis, Eczema, simple rashes caused by
allergies, scabies, ringworm, etc., were all based under the word
“Tzara-at” when the person was well and the disease was no more, the
person would offer a sacrifice and return to the camp.  Here again,
we see a form of “death” (cast out, rejected) and “rebirth” entering
into the body of Israel once again after healing.
    But let’s take a look at this a step further.  When talking
about symbolism, one could symbolize the “Metsora” (the one infected)
as “Yeshua” in the following manner; At the beginning of Chapter 13,
“and YHVH spoke unto Moshe and Aaron saying; when a MAN shall have in
the skin of his flesh…”
Since every word in the Torah is put there for a purpose, the fact
that the word “Adam” (man) is used is important.  It could have been
“Ish” or “Enosh” but it is “Adam”.  This also has meaning. If we were
to take the acronyms A.D.M (since that is how “Adam” is spelled in
Hebrew) and apply a bit of meaning to the letters “Alef” “Dalet” and
“Mem” we can see “Adam’ “David” and “Mashiach” two titles of
“Mashiach” are “Mashiach HaAdam Sheni” (Messiah Yeshua, the Second
Adam) and “Mashiach Ben David” (Messiah Yeshua, Son of David)
    Our Messiah accepted and brought upon himself all of our
“leprosy” of sinfulness, which affects not only our exterior but also
our inner being.  He was nailed to the cross “outside” of the city,
just as one afflicted with leprosy was cast outside of the city.  
Then he was made whole once again, arising on the third day.  Isaiah
53 says that he bore our grief, carried our sorrows and was stricken
and smitten of God, just as a leper is in the same condition, in a
state of sorrow and smitten with a deadly disease that consumes the
flesh.  We remember that the Roman whips “ate up” the flesh of our
Messiah, all for our sakes.  
    In another way, the “Metsora” is US!  We have been afflicted
with “spiritual leprosy” being our “sinful nature” at birth.  When
the pure soul from Heaven is introduced into the human body, it
becomes part of it and partakes of the sin nature.  Both the body and
the soul suffer, the body ages, contracts diseases, etc. and without
the “born-again” experience, we are “cast outside” of the city, we
are forbidden entrance into the Kingdom of God.  When we become
members of the family of God through Yeshua, He acts as the “priest”
who “heals” us.  In ancient times, the priest had to visit the leper
to see if leprosy had left the body, “leprosy” being “any kind of
skin disease.  The priest had no power to heal, only to observe and
pronounce “tahor” (clean) or declare “Tamei” (unclean).
    However, Yeshua HAS the power to heal, as Isaiah says, “By His
stripes, we are healed” of the “Tza-arat Nefesh” (the leprosy of the
soul).  So, we are the “Metsorat” that are HEALED and integrated into
the body of Messiah, and HIS Kingdom someday soon.   This is an
eternal promise!    
    Clothing also had to be checked as well. God knew about the
dangers of mold and mildew long before man found out.  People had to
carefully check the fabric of their clothing, the sewing together of
the yard was called “woofs” and “warps” and if there was a red or
green discoloration, it was “mold and mildew” (also called “tsara-
    A person’s house could also be affected with “tsara-at” with
mold and mildew, if it was, the walls had to be scraped and the
affected stones removed and replaced.  
    How does this affect us spiritually? There is a “spiritual
leprosy” that is a rebellion against YHVH, living in contrary to His
Word, doing what is “right in our own eyes” disregarding the
commandments as if they were “only for the past” claiming that “Now
we are under grace” and not guided by the Torah.  Grace and Torah
always co-existed, and they still do! Abraham was saved by grace, and
this was before the written Torah.  Even though many commandments
cannot be followed today, there are still many that CAN BE followed,
let’s not throw the baby out with the bathwater!
    If we were to analyze our spiritual lives and maturity honestly,
how many of us would have to cry out “Tamei” (unclean) and go run and
hide? Yet there is forgiveness and a new beginning in our Messiah
Yeshua, who paid our sin price and penalty on Calvary’s cross once
and forever.  We can “come in the camp again” when we confess of sins
before a Holy God, and accept His forgiveness, and accept his inner
    Some rabbinical commentaries claim that “Tzara-at” came upon
people’s skin, clothing, and houses because of ‘Leshon Hara” (evil
tongue) because of spreading lies, slander, gossip, backbiting,
backstabbing, etc. Take into account “Miriam” who was struck with
“Tzara-at” when she spoke against Moshe! Yet Moshe interceded on her
behalf, and she was healed.  The same way Yeshua heals us when he
goes on our behalf before the Father.   Are we saying that skin
diseases come from speaking evil and slander of others?  We have no
medical proof that this is correct, however, we serve a G-d of
creation and he created our bodies and has the right to inflict
illnesses upon the guilty parties whenever He wishes.  Personally, I
think that if he DID do EXACTLY THAT, then, we would ALL be covered
with rashes and sores from time to time.  
    We should be careful when speaking and only speak positive
things about others, if another is in error, go to that person
personally and confront the person in love, not talk about what he or
she is doing wrong with others.  No wonder we have only ONE mouth,
yet two EARS.  Listen carefully yet speak little.

2 KINGS 4:42-5:19

    We read about “Naaman” the Syrian who was healed of his Tzara-
at, whatever kind he had, He was healed, not because of anything he
could pay Elisha, but what he did in OBEDIENCE and FAITH.  He went
and bathed in the River Jordan, when down 7 times, again, “7” is
YHVH’s perfect number, it kind of symbolizes baptism in a way. When
we came up the seventh time, he was healed of his disease.  
    We also see that Gehazi, Elisha’s servant was stricken with
“Tzara-at” because of his selfish motives and because he lied to his
    We can become clean inside when we obey God’s Word, and accept
Yeshua as Savior and LORD, Yeshua is the “Living Water” and when we
“bathe in Him” we become clean, our “Tamei” becomes “tahor”

LUKE 17:11-17

    Not the official Parashah reading, but this deals also with the
healing of 10 who suffered from some sort of skin ailment, which made
them “Tamei” and “outcasts”.  Yeshua healed them all, only for the
asking, YET only ONE returned to say “thanks”. Do we take our
Salvation for granted? Do we think we deserve it? Remember that only
through the grace of YHVH does he allow us into HIS family.  Do we
really live like “B’nei Malach?” (children of the King) or….do we
succumb to the deceiver and lair of all times?  Do we praise and
thank Him for so great a gift such as YESHUAH (Salvation)? do we
thank and praise YESHUA for YESHUAH? Something to think about.

Shabbat ShaloM…Rabbi Ben Avraham

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