There Is Nothing New Under The Sun
In this study I would like to learn about new things and things that have been before. I will start with my paradigm:
Kohelet (Ecclesiates) 1:9 The thing that hath been, it [is that] which shall be; and that which is done [is] that which shall be done: and [there is] no new[thing] under the sun.
Bereshit (Genesis) 2:16-17 And HaShem God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.
The implication of Bereshit , is that Adam HaRishon would not die if he did not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Therefore, I would conclude that Adamís body was designed to live forever. It appears that the only additional requirement is:
Bereshit (Genesis) And HaShem God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:
The implications of this conclusion are:
✡ The body of Yeshua, after His resurrection, was not a new thing.
✡ The body of Yeshua, after His resurrection, represents a picture of the type of body that will be given to the righteous in the resurrection.
Lets take a look at what this body could do:
✡ It could pass through stone to leave the grave without rolling back the stone. Matityahu (Matthew) 28:2.
✡ It still bore the marks and damage from life. Yochanan (John) 20:25.
✡ It could enter a room without opening the door. Yochanan (John) 20:26.
✡ He was not confined by gravity. Luqas (Luke) 24:51.
Why did Yeshua forbid his mother from touching Him? I believe that He was obeying Torah. Lets start by looking at this event:
Yochanan (John) Yeshua saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and [to] my God, and your God.
Note that He has not yet ascended. Why has He not yet ascended? What is He waiting for? I can derive some insight by noting that He allowed Thomas to touch Him a week later:
Yochanan (John) 20:26-27 And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: [then] came Yeshua, the doors being† shut, and stood inthe midst, and said, Peace [be] unto you. Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust [it]† into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.
Bamidbar (Numbers) 19:16-19 And whosoever toucheth one that is slain with a sword in the open fields, or a dead body, or a bone of a man, or a grave, shall be unclean seven days. And for an unclean [person] they shall take of the ashes of the burnt heifer of purification for sin, and running water shall be put thereto in a vessel: And a clean person shall take hyssop, and dip [it] in the water, and sprinkle [it] upon the tent, and upon all the vessels, and upon the persons that were there, and upon him that touched a bone, or one slain, or one dead, or a grave: And the clean [person] shall sprinkle upon the unclean on the third day, and on the seventh day: and on the seventh day he shall purify himself, and wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and shall be clean at even.
In Bamidbar (Numbers) 19:16, we learn that one who touches a dead body or a grave, will be unclean for seven days. Surely you must say that Yeshua touched a dead body and that he touched a grave. Torah is clear; one who does these things must be sprinkled by the ashes of the red cow on the 3rd and the 7th days. He will be clean at sundown.
I propose that Yeshua had not yet ascended because he needed seven days for His purification. It seems clear that He WAS unclean according to Torah.
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Rabbi Dr. Hillel ben David
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