Are Ewe Washed?

Then Yahweh spoke to Moses and to Aaron, saying, “Speak to the {Israelites}, and you shall say to them, ‘{Any man} when a fluid discharge occurs from his body, his fluid discharge [is] unclean. And this becomes his uncleanness in his fluid discharge: [whether] his body secretes his fluid discharge or his body blocks his fluid discharge, it [is] his uncleanness. Any bed upon which the person who discharges lies down becomes unclean, and any object upon which he sits becomes unclean. And anyone who touches his bed must wash his garments and shall wash [himself] with water, and he shall be unclean until evening. And the person who sits on the object upon which the person who discharges has sat must wash his garments, and he shall wash [himself] with water, and he shall be unclean until the evening. And the person who touches the body of the person who discharges must wash his garments, and he shall wash [himself] with water, and he shall be unclean until the evening. And if the person who discharges spits on [one who is] clean, then that one shall wash is garments, and he shall wash [himself] with water, and he shall be unclean until the evening. And any saddle upon which the person who discharges rides becomes unclean. And any person who touches anything that happened to be under him becomes unclean until the evening, and the person who carries them must wash his garments, and he shall wash [himself] with water, and he shall be unclean until the evening. And anyone whom the person who discharges might touch {without} rinsing off his hands with water shall wash his garments, and he shall wash [himself] with water, and he shall be unclean until the evening. But a clay vessel that the person who discharges touches must be broken, and any {wood object} must be rinsed with water. And when the person who discharges becomes clean from his body fluid discharge, he shall count for himself seven days for his cleansing; then he shall wash his garments, and he shall wash his body with {fresh} water, and he shall be clean. Then on the eighth day he shall take for himself two turtledoves or two {young doves}, and he shall come {before} Yahweh at [the] tent of assembly’s entrance, and he shall give them to the priest. And the priest shall {sacrifice} one [as] a sin offering and {the other} [as] a burnt offering, and so the priest shall make atonement for him {before} Yahweh from his body fluid discharge. And if an emission of semen goes out from anyone, then he shall wash all of his body with water, and he shall be unclean until the evening. And any garment and anything leather on which is an emission of semen shall be washed with water, and it shall be unclean until the evening. If [there is] a woman with whom a man lies down [and there is] an emission of semen, then they shall wash [themselves] with water, and they shall be unclean until the evening. And when a woman {is menstruating}, her body fluid discharge occurs in her body; for seven days she shall be in her menstruation, and any person who touches her shall become unclean until the evening. And anything upon which she lies down during her menstruation shall become unclean, and anything upon which she sits shall become unclean.And any person who touches her bed must wash his garments, and he shall wash [himself] with water, and he shall be unclean until the evening. And any person who touches any object on which she sat must wash his garments, and he shall wash [himself] with water, and he shall be unclean until the evening. And if it [is] on the bed or on the object on which she sits, at his touching it he becomes unclean until the evening. And if a man indeed lies with her and her menstruation occurs on him, then he shall be unclean [for] seven days, and any bed on which he lies down becomes unclean. And when a woman discharges a body fluid [consisting] of her blood [for] many days, [but] not [at] the time of her menstruation, or when she discharges in addition to her menstruation, all the days of her unclean body fluid discharge she shall become unclean as [in] the days of her menstruation. Any bed on which she lies [during] all the days of her body fluid discharge shall become for her as her bed of menstruation, and any object on which she sits becomes unclean as her menstruation’s uncleanness. And any person who touches them becomes unclean, and he shall wash his garments, and he shall wash [himself] with water, and he shall be unclean until the evening. And if she is clean from her body fluid discharge, then she shall count for herself seven days, and afterward she becomes clean. And on the eighth day she shall take for herself two turtledoves or two {young doves}, and she shall bring them to the priest at [the] tent of assembly’s entrance. And the priest shall {sacrifice} the one [as] a sin offering and the {other} [as] a burnt offering, and so the priest shall make atonement for her {before} Yahweh from her unclean body fluid discharge. And you shall keep the {Israelites} separate from their uncleanness so that they might not die because of their uncleanness by their making my tabernacle, which [is] in their midst, unclean. This [is] the regulation of [the one with] the body fluid discharge and [the one] from whom an emission of semen goes out so that he becomes unclean by it and {concerning} the menstruating [woman] in her bleeding and the person who discharges his body fluid, for the male and for the female and for a man who lies with an unclean woman.” Vayikra/Leviticus 15:1-33 (LEB)

The above is the close of a five chapter section on the topic of clean and unclean. Not everything that makes us unclean is a violation of Torah. Even so the theme of these regulations centers around the Authority of the Almighty. Refusal to become clean is what makes us guilty of sin. There is no such thing as a one time immersion that lasts forever. Mikvah, aka baptism, is to be done every time we repent.

The husband cannot immerse for the actions of his wife or vice versa. Therefore each time we sin we must use the venue we have been given by Yah to repair the relationship. No other course of action can restore the damage we have inflicted on the Dwelling Place … where is the Mishkan/Tabernacle now? Yom Kippur is for the cleansing of the residence of the Most High; which has been defiled by our actions.

In Yirmeyahu/Jeremiah 31:33 we read the following But this is the promise that I will make to Israel after those days,” declares Yahweh: “I will put my teachings inside them, and I will write those teachings on their hearts. I will be their Elohim, and they will be my people. (NOG) And as Elohim has raised up our Master, so He will raise us up through His own power. Do you not know that your bodies are members of Messiah? Then taking the members of Messiah, shall I make them members of a harlot? Let it not be! Or do you not know that he being joined to a harlot is one body? For He says, The two shall be into one flesh. But the one being joined to our Master is one spirit. Flee fornication. Every sin which a man may do is outside the body, but he doing fornication sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is a sanctuary of the Holy Spirit in you, which you have from Elohim, and you are not of yourselves? You were bought with a price; then glorify Elohim in your body, and in your spirit, which belong to Elohim.
Qorintiyim Alef/1 Corinthians 6:14-20 (HRB)

If a wife has become unclean and is aware of it, she may not touch her man or she will make him defiled also. Therefore the husband must refrain from all contact with his spouse until she is clean again. Why do so many believe that Y’shua can touch an impure woman and not become filthy himself? Examine the following statement written by Sha’ul/Paul: What agreement can there be between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God – as God said, “I will house myself in them … and I will walk among you. I will be their God, and they will be my people.” Therefore ADONAI says, “‘Go out from their midst; separate yourselves; don’t even touch what is unclean. Then I myself will receive you. In fact, I will be your Father, and you will be my sons and daughters.’ says ADONAI-Tzva’ot.” Therefore, my dear friends, since we have these promises, let us purify ourselves from everything that can defile either body or spirit, and strive to be completely holy, out of reverence for God. Qorintiyim Bet/2 Corinthians 6:16-7:1 (CJB)

As Sha’ul is stating that we need to avoid uncleanness, is it not apparent that his foundation for his teaching is the Torah that was given to Moshe. So who is the Authority to whom Sha’ul is regarding as his source of life? This is the same man who encourages us to be imitators of Mashiach as he was. So how could Sha’ul be instructing in a new way, as so many accuse him of.

The following section tells us who is in charge if we are in Covenant with Him. And Elohim spoke all these Words, saying, “I am יהוה your Elohim, who brought you out of the land of Mitsrayim, out of the house of slavery. You have no other mighty ones against My face. You do not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of that which is in the heavens above, or which is in the earth beneath, or which is in the waters under the earth, you do not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, יהוה your Elohim am a jealous Ěl, visiting the crookedness of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, 6but showing kindness to thousands, to those who love Me and guard My commands. You do not bring the Name of יהוה your Elohim to naught, for יהוה does not leave the one unpunished who brings His Name to naught. Remember the Sabbath day, to set it apart. Six days you labour, and shall do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath of יהוה your Elohim. You do not do any work – you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. For in six days יהוה made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore יהוה blessed the Sabbath day and set it apart.” Sh’mot/Exodus 20:1-11 (ISR98)

All of the Ten Words/Decalogue/Commandments are how to acknowledge the authority of the Father. The fifth through tenth of these rules deal with our relationships with our fellow human-beings. YHWH desires that we have both an individual and corporate affiliation between Him and our fellow man.

Remember that we are told that our garments must be washed so that they too will be clean. This is very hard to do if we only look at Scripture as allegory or metaphor. Every aspect of our relationship with the Eternal must begin at the literal level. Entry into the New Yerushalayim/Jerusalem requires that we be cleansed of our unrighteousness, so … who defines what righteous is?

“I am the true vine, and My Father is the gardener. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He trims so that it may bear more fruit. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Abide in Me, and I will abide in you. The branch cannot itself produce fruit, unless it abides on the vine. Likewise, you cannot produce fruit unless you abide in Me. I am the vine; you are the branches. The one who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for apart from Me, you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away like a branch and is dried up. Such branches are picked up and thrown into the fire and burned. Yochanan/John 15:1-6 (TLV)

There came to him a leper, begging him, kneeling down to him, and saying to him, “If you want to, you can make me clean.” Being moved with compassion, he stretched forth his hand, and touched him, and said to him, “I want to. Be made clean.” When he had said this, immediately the leprosy departed from him, and he was made clean. He strictly charged him, and immediately sent him out, and said to him, “See you say nothing to anybody, but go show yourself to the Kohen, and offer for your cleansing the things which Moshe commanded, for a testimony to them.” Mark 1:40-44 (HNV)

Take heed that the Master wants us to be clean, otherwise we could remain in our disgusting, filthy state forever. A bride is expected to be pure and faithful to her groom. How can she do this if she disregards His wishes and instructions for her to remain pristine for Him? Please consider what the Teacher tells us over and over again that his message is from the Father.

Shalom Aleichem!

With the help of the Ruach HaKodesh, written by:
Rabbi Danny Palmer and Bernard Yosef Honigfort

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