Pieces Of Silver

“When an ox gores a man or a woman to death, the ox shall be stoned, and its flesh shall not be eaten, but the owner of the ox shall not be liable. But if the ox has been accustomed to gore in the past, and its owner has been warned but has not kept it in, and it kills a man or a woman, the ox shall be stoned, and its owner also shall be put to death. If a ransom is imposed on him, then he shall give for the redemption of his life whatever is imposed on him. If it gores a man’s son or daughter, he shall be dealt with according to this same rule. If the ox gores a slave, male or female, the owner shall give to their master thirty shekels of silver, and the ox shall be stoned.” Sh’mot/Exodus 21:28-32 (ESV)

Since Yah never tells his people anything contrary to his character, then the ox must represent something greater than simply the literal. Therefore the goring ox must be a symbol of something deeper in meaning without altering the basic premise established. As the owner of all creation is Yah, then the ox must belong to him. With this context the ox would have to be Yah’s responsibility, whereby as the owner the party responsible for the ox’s action would be the Father. Because the Father and the Son are Echad/united then the Son can take on the Father’s responsibility in any matter. This of course is a matter freely assumed by the Son as an obedient servant.

After these events the word of יהוה came to Aḇram in a vision, saying, “Do not be afraid, Aḇram. I am your shield, your reward is exceedingly great.” And Aḇram said, “Master יהוה, what would You give me, seeing I go childless, and the heir of my house is Eli‛ezer of Damascus?” And Aḇram said, “See, You have given me no seed, and see, one born in my house is my heir!” And see, the word of יהוה came to him, saying, “This one is not your heir, but he who comes from your own body is your heir.” And He brought him outside and said, “Look now toward the heavens, and count the stars if you are able to count them.” And He said to him, “So are your seed.” And he believed in יהוה, and He reckoned it to him for righteousness. And He said to him, “I am יהוה, who brought you out of Ur of the Chaldeans, to give you this land to inherit it.” And he said, “Master יהוה, whereby do I know that I possess it?” And He said to him, “Bring Me a three-year-old heifer, and a three-year-old female goat, and a three-year-old ram, and a turtledove, and a young pigeon.” And he took all these to Him and cut them in the middle, and placed each half opposite the other, but he did not cut the birds. And the birds of prey came down on the carcasses, and Aḇram drove them away. And it came to be, when the sun was going down, and a deep sleep fell upon Aḇram, that see, a frightening great darkness fell upon him. And He said to Aḇram, “Know for certain that your seed are to be sojourners in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them, and they shall afflict them four hundred years. “But the nation whom they serve I am going to judge, and afterward let them come out with great possessions. “Now as for you, you are to go to your fathers in peace, you are to be buried at a good old age. “Then, in the fourth generation they shall return here, for the crookedness of the Amorites is not yet complete.” And it came to be, when the sun went down and it was dark, that see, a smoking oven and a burning torch passing between those pieces. On the same day יהוה made a covenant with Aḇram, saying, “I have given this land to your seed, from the river of Mitsrayim to the great river, the River Euphrates, with the Qĕynite, and the Qenizzite, and the Qaḏmonite, and the Ḥittite, and the Perizzite, and the Repha’im, and the Amorite, and the Kena‛anite, and the Girgashite, and the Yeḇusite.” B’reshit/Genesis 15:1-21 (ISR98)

In this Covenant of the pieces it is required that both parties in the ceremony walk between the halves of the animals slain and laid out. Since Avraham was put to sleep by Yah, then who besides Yah participated in the establishing of this Covenant? The only one who possibly could have taken part would be Y’shua, allowing him to take on the liability for Avraham and his descendants. So when Avraham or his offspring in any way violate the agreement, Y’shua can accept responsibility and said punishment.

As there are multiple aspects to every picture Yah presents us with then we must understand in each situation we may realize a different perspective for every occurrence. Take for instance Y’shua on the stake, in this instance he is paying the redemption price for Isra’el. Also he is the victim of the ox and this is seen when his side is pierced. Now let us consider also the other major player that day, Y’hudah/Judas, as what actions he takes. Y’hudah appears to be attempting to force Y’shua to do things according to the way Y’hudah believes they should occur.

Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests, And said, What will ye give me, and I will deliver him to you? And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver. And from that time he sought opportunity to betray him. Mattityahu/Matthew 26:14-16 (WBT) Y’hudah here accepts a sale price for a betrayal as he believes the Master is not fulfilling the duty of someone descended from the Royal Line of David. Expectations among the Y’hudim at that time were the hope Mashiach would come and free them from the Roman domination. This is also shared by Y’shua’s talmidim expressed more then once with their question “will you establish your Kingdom at this time?” All this comes from the fact that they know that Y’shua is of the Davidic line of Y’hudah.

Then Judas, the traitor, seeing that He was condemned, repenting, returned the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders, saying, I sinned, betraying innocent blood. But they said, What is it to us? You see to it. And tossing the silver pieces into the sanctuary, he left. And going away he hanged himself. Mattityahu 27:3-5 (HRB) Y’hudah remorsefully acts pertaining to his guilty conscience concerning what he has just done to the Master. Since the priests and elders refuse to accept the money back, Y’hudah realizes Y’shua is going to die because of him. Did Y’hudah carry out the death sentence on himself because he knew the Master was innocent and was going to be executed by the authorities in their conspiracy? The question arises as one of the instructions to Isra’el is that a murderer must be killed as part of compensation to the family whose member died, THIS IS TORAH. This is only speculating in this matter however since everything in the B’rit Chadashah must be viewed from a Torah perspective. We are not alleviating Y’hudah of his guilt but merely suggesting he may have repented of his sin by doing the only thing that he could.

While we are endeavoring to shed further light on matters presented in scripture, we must always point out it is solely to add an additional perspective. By this thought line let us continue to examine other possible aspects in this scenario. Take for instance, when Y’hudah takes responsibility for Binyamin’s safety, when they go down to Egypt to acquire additional food for the family. Yosef had his servant place his cup in Binyamin’s grain bag so that he could test his brothers to find out what kind of men they had become. The test puts Y’hudah in position to fulfill the promise that he made to his father Ya’akov, to protect his youngest brother and return him safely to his father. This is accomplished when Y’hudah offers himself as a substitute for Binyamin to fulfill the obligation required by Yosef that the criminal be brought to justice.

Remember that Y’hudah was the one that suggested to his brothers that they sell Yosef to the caravan headed for Egypt. This shows up again in the story when Yosef, two different times, has the grain purchase money from his brothers secretly returned in their grain sacks. To all of them he gave each man changes of raiment; but to Benjamin he gave three hundred pieces of silver, and five changes of raiment. And to his father he sent after this manner: ten asses laden with the good things of Egypt, and ten she-asses laden with grain and bread and provision for his father by the way. So he sent his brethren away, and they departed: and he said unto them, See that ye fall not out by the way. B’reshit 45:22-24 (ASV) In this instance, the three hundred and the tens all correlate to the ten brothers and their anger and resentment towards Yosef. This obviously is going to be a visible reminder to his brothers concerning treatment of him. No wonder he tells them not to quarrel amongst themselves on the journey home. Is it any wonder that when Ya’akov dies the ten older brothers are worried that Yosef will seek retribution for what they had done? Thankfully, Yosef has the heart and wisdom to forgive his brothers for what they did.

Tying the two events together leads us to speculate, did Y’hudah/Judas stand up and take responsibility for what he set in motion by acknowledging his guilt in not protecting the Son of the Right Hand. By this analogy Y’shua is the Binyamin, who ends up paying the price for 10 brothers, the House of Isra’el. The lost sheep have to have the redemption price paid so they can return to the flock.

This particular teachings purpose is to make us think about Torah every time we read the B’rit Chadashah. If we do use the Torah as the foundation for all understanding pertaining to the first century writings, then how can we understand what they are referring to in the events they have recorded for us? We lament the fact that so many of our Efraimite kinsman do not at this time realize or understand who we really are. Y’shua himself stated that he sent only for the lost sheep of the House of Isra’el as they were the ones who had been divorced from Yah. Y’hudah has a different set of issues in its reconciliation as it does not yet, for the most part, recognize Y’shua is the promised one from Yah. Both houses have to be brought back together and this will only happen under Mashiach’s authority. As his enemies have to be subdued by the Father just as David wrote in the Psalm. At this point in time certain events have not yet occurred and Efraim must realize that the Fathers will maybe different than what they think.

In Mattityahu 24, Y’shua informs us that our Y’hudim kinsman, who are currently in the land, will face once again a scenario already experienced in the period of the Maccabees. He also tells us they will only be relieved when he returns and brings the Ten Tribes home to stand up with their brother Y’hudah against their enemies. According to this teachers perspective of the events described by Y’shua in this chapter, along with other prophecies in scripture, this maybe when Y’hudah finally recognizes Mashiach. When the King returns and establishes his Kingdom at that time in answer to the question, frequently posed by his talmidim, when he was here last time.

It is with concern for all of the Twelve Tribes that we urge support and prayer for all who are facing persecution anywhere in the world. We hope that the Ten Tribes descendants will begin to look at our brothers of the Two Tribes in a new light. The promise of the Renewed Covenant is for all Twelve Tribes and we have not yet been restored as the whole house of Isra’el at this time. Many do not realize that the prophecies in scripture point to Y’hudah bearing a heavy load until the Master returns, so let us stand with them in what ever way we can – to show them that we love them. None of us yet see all clearly and the restoration is not about religion but about a government ruled by Yah. Hopefully this is what we all are waiting for and working towards as it is all for the hope of humanity.

Shalom Aleichem!

With the help of the Ruach HaKodesh written by Rabbi Danny Palmer.

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