32 Behar/Bechukotai

 וַיְדַבֵּר יְהוה אֶל־מֹשֶה בְּהַר סִינַי לֵאמֹר׃
אִם־בְּחֻקֹּתַי תֵּלֵכוּ וְאֶת־מִצְוֺתַי תִּשְׁמְרוּ וַעֲשִׂיתֶם אֹתָם׃

And the Lord spoke to Moses on Mount Sinai, saying
If you walk in My statutes and keep My commandments, and perform them,

Shabbat

Name

Parasha

Haftora

Brit Chadasha

May 16
2020

Bahar “On the Mountain”
Bechukotai “My laws”

Leviticus
25:1-27:34

Jer.16:19-17:14

Luke 4:16-21
1Cor. 7:21-24

 

29 Behar Bechukotai

The Torah defines the boundaries of Man's behavior relevant to place his land and his society. In this short Parasha, we hear instructions for the commandment to observe the sabbatical cycle (for six years, one may plant crops and work the land and then, in the seventh year, the land must rest) this is known as shmitah, and the yovel or jubilee which intend to reset society: the poor become rich and the enslaved are set free.

In addition to not sowing or reaping the land during these years, field owners must leave food for everyone to eat. While in Parasha Bechukotai, which forms the epilogue of Vayikra (Leviticus), opens with a promise of God’s blessing  of a journey: If you walk in My laws (im bechukotai telchu), and faithfully observe my commandments, I will grant your rains in their seasons, so that the earth shall yield its produce” (Lev. 26:3–4). The theme and language of this verse evoke God’s call to the People of Israel. When one stagnates in the same place, the promise of blessing remains just a promise. Position and move in the Spirit realm is intimately connected to our walk with God.

God limited Man's control over time: Shabbat and the holidays are called mo'adei Elohim (the appointed times of the Lord) and Man must alter his daily behavior in order to bring the sanctification of the time into his mundane schedule.