Massive lawsuit says Sackler family broke laws to profit from opioids

Group of more than 500 cities, counties and tribes accuses family of helping to create ‘worst drug crisis’ in US history

A group made up of more than 500 cities, counties and Native American tribes across the United States has filed a massive lawsuit accusing members of the Sackler family, who own the maker of the opioid painkiller OxyContin, of helping to create “the worst drug crisis in American history”.

The lawsuit represents communities in 26 states and eight tribes and accuses Sackler family members of knowingly breaking laws in order to enrich themselves to the tune of billions of dollars, while hundreds of thousands of Americans died.

“Eight people in a single family made the choices that caused much of the opioid epidemic,” the lawsuit, filed earlier this week in federal court in the southern district of New York, states.

The same eight members of the family had recently been added to a small number of lawsuits that are underway against a string of opioid-makers, including the Connecticut-based pharmaceutical company the Sacklers wholly own, Purdue Pharma, but they have not been sued as individuals on anything like this scale before.

“This nation is facing an unprecedented opioid addiction epidemic that was initiated and perpetuated by the Sackler defendants for their own financial gain, to the detriment of each of the plaintiffs and their residents. The ‘Sackler defendants’ include Richard Sackler, Beverly Sackler, David Sackler, Ilene Sackler Lefcourt, Jonathan Sackler, Kathe Sackler, Mortimer DA Sackler, and Theresa Sackler,” this week’s lawsuit states.

The eight are the most high-profile members of a family which has long been known for prolific philanthropy to famous arts and education institutions, including the Metropolitan and Guggenheim museums in New York, which have faced fierce recent protests against the taking of Sackler money. Other institutions include Columbia, Yale, MIT, Tufts and other US universities, and, in the UK, the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Serpentine Gallery, Glasgow University and other recipients.

Earlier this week Britain’s National Portrait Gallery decided not to take up the offer of a £1m Sackler family grant and, in the US, Columbia University and the University of Washington, which have both received Sackler donations in the past, have announced they are not now accepting gifts from the family.

Court documents accuse the eight family members of purposely playing down the dangers of the prescription painkiller OxyContin, which is more potent than heroin or morphine. They are accused of deceiving doctors and patients and directing sales and marketing techniques that drove huge over-prescribing and ever stronger doses for many patients who should never have been prescribed the pills in the first place.

“The defendants’ actions caused and continue to cause the public health epidemic…caused deaths, serious injuries, and a severe disruption to public peace, order and safety, it is ongoing and it is producing permanent and long-lasting damage,” the court documents allege.

Many of the allegations have already been made public in a lawsuit naming the same eight family members in Massachusetts, and are contained in court documents in the multi-district litigation taking place in a federal court in Cleveland, Ohio, which has been brought against Purdue and other companies, though no members of the Sackler family individually, by more than 1,200 cities and counties.

The family and Purdue deny wrongdoing.

“This complaint is part of a continuing effort by contingency-fee counsel to single out Purdue, blame it for the entire opioid crisis in the United States, and try the case in the court of public opinion rather than the justice system,’’ Robert Josephson, a Purdue spokesman, said in an emailed statement to the Bloomberg news agency.

“These baseless allegations place blame where it does not belong for a complex public health crisis, and we deny them,’’ the Mortimer and Raymond Sackler families said in a statement. They also noted OxyContin sales “represented a tiny portion of the opioid market”.

The lawsuit filed in New York on 18 March is extraordinary because it focuses almost entirely on the individual Sacklers.

Richard and Jonathan Sackler are sons of the late Raymond Sackler, one of the founding brothers of Purdue. Beverly is Raymond’s widow and David his grandson.

Ilene, Kathe and Mortimer David Alfons are children of the late Mortimer Sackler, another of the founding brothers of Purdue, and Theresa is his widow.

The only other defendants named in the lawsuit are the family trust connected to Raymond Sackler’s branch of the family and Rhodes Pharmaceuticals, a company owned by the Sacklers that produces generic opioid painkillers.

Other cases focus mostly on Purdue and other well known pharmaceutical giants involved in opioid production, such as Johnson & Johnson and Allergan.

The lawsuit in the southern district of New York has been brought by city and county authorities across America, including, for example, 42 counties and cities in Alabama, 31 counties in California, 21 cities and counties in Florida, 28 counties in Illinois, 51 cities and counties in Kentucky, more than 100 towns and cities in Massachusetts and dozens of cities and counties in other states including Wisconsin, Virginia, Utah, Tennessee, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Indiana and Michigan.

Among the eight Native American tribes suing the Sacklers are parts of the Cherokee, the Chippewa and the Sioux, the Oneida Nation and the Blackfeet.

Drug overdoses now kill more than 72,000 people in the US a year, according to government figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and 49,000 of those are caused by opioids.

Purdue’s business has attracted a wave of lawsuits alleging deception about the safety of OxyContin, which the company had admitted misbranding in a 2007 criminal case.

Purdue has not ruled out filing for bankruptcy, which would cause a hiatus in the civil cases brought against it, but also indicates it could be short of the kind of funds that would be needed for a massive settlement or a fine at trial in the cases against it, to compensate communities for the cost of the crisis.

But a victory in the latest lawsuit against the Sacklers would give the plaintiffs access to the Sacklers’ personal fortune. (Click to Source)

Lawmakers just said no to recreational marijuana in Montana

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A bill to legalize recreational marijuana use for Montanans 18 and older failed to advance Thursday from a state House committee.

Rep. Tom Winter, D-Missoula, tried to assure the House Taxation committee that his House Bill 770 served as a reaction to, not a model of, mistakes made in other states that have legalized recreational marijuana. By his own estimate, Winter said, the bill would bring Montana $35 million to $55 million in annual revenue with a 32 percent tax on retail marijuana sales.In opposing the bill, Sgt. Kurt Sager and Lt. Jim Sanderson of the Montana Highway Patrol relied on statistics from recent impact reports that found increased traffic deaths and hospitalizations in Colorado related to marijuana after it was legalized for recreational use in that state.

Sager called Winter’s bill a “nightmare” for all Montana citizens and said the economic cost of a spike in marijuana-related traffic deaths alone — which he estimated could reach 30 to 65 per year — would ultimately outweigh new tax revenue.

“When you take somebody’s life on the roadway because you’re under the influence of anything, that is a homicide,” Sager said. “You are killing someone else. If we increase the number of people that are driving impaired on the roads in the state of Montana, we are going to increase homicide.” (Click to Source)

 

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Buffalo, Bacon or Sloth?

I would certainly eat that delicious bacon, but My Father in heaven has forbidden me to eat of it, so I will not.

Special Shabbat Reading

Shabbat Parah: Special readings are applicable this Shabbat.

  • Shabbat Parah (פרה | Cow)
  • Maftir: Numbers 19:1-19:22
  • Haftarah: Ezekiel 36:16-36:38
  • Gospel: John 11:47-57

Shabbat Parah (“Sabbath [of the] red heifer” שבת פרה) takes place on the Shabbat before Shabbat HaChodesh, in preparation for Passover. Numbers 19:1-22 describes the parah adumah (“red heifer”) in the Jewish temple as part of the manner in which the kohanim and the Jewish people purified themselves so that they would be ready (“pure”) to sacrifice the korban Pesach.

Regular Shabbat Readings

READ / LISTEN TO THESE PORTIONS

  • Shemini (שמיני | Eighth)
  • Torah: Leviticus 9:1-11:47
  • Haftarah: 2 Sam. 6:1-7:17
  • Gospel: Matthew 3:11-17

Note: The regular readings are often interrupted with special readings on Jewish holidays, special Sabbaths, and Rosh Chodesh. Refer to the annual Torah Portion schedule for these special portions.

Portion Outline

  • TORAH
    • Leviticus 9:1 | Aaron’s Priesthood Inaugurated
    • Leviticus 10:1 | Nadab and Abihu
    • Leviticus 11:1 | Clean and Unclean Foods
    • Leviticus 11:24 | Unclean Animals
  • PROPHETS
    • 2 Samuel 6:1 | David Brings the Ark to Jerusalem
    • 2 Samuel 7:1 | God’s Covenant with David

Portion Summary

Shemini is the twenty-sixth reading from the Torah and third reading from the book of Leviticus. The word shemini (שמיני) means “eighth,” and it comes from the first words of Exodus 9:1, which says, “Now it came about on the eighth day that Moses called Aaron and his sons and the elders of Israel” (Leviticus 9:1). The text goes on to describe the events of the eight day after setting up the Tabernacle, a phenomenal worship service followed by a tragic incident. The reading concludes with the biblical dietary laws regarding animals fit for consumption and prohibitions regarding those that are unfit.

 

Some people regard the thought of eating an unclean animal as revolting. Personal taste preferences and appetites are the wrong reasons for avoiding unfit foods. Likewise, health reasons alone are not a good motivation for keeping kosher. A famous rabbi once said that a person should not say, “I think pork is disgusting.” Instead he should say, “I would certainly eat it, but My Father in heaven has forbidden me to eat of it, so I will not.”

Why does God say that some animals are clean (ritually fit) while others are unclean (ritually unfit)? Surely God, in His wisdom, knew what foods would be good for His people and what foods would be harmful for them. But there is more to it than simply good health. The kosher laws are not God’s version of a health food diet.

The laws of what is clean and what is unclean have to do with being able to participate in the Levitical worship system. Things that make a person ritually unfit include death, leprosy, mildew, and human mortality. Some of the animals designated as “unfit” are predators or scavengers that feed on carrion. Some of them carry associations with ritual contamination. Perhaps the Almighty designated some animals as unfit because of their associations with ritual uncleanness. God desires His people to be a kingdom of priests, and that requires implementing ritual concern in daily life.

These are just guesses. We really do not know the reason some animals are called fit and others are not. The rabbis explain that the kosher laws belong to a category of commandment that has no rational explanation. Asking why a buffalo is kosher while a giant sloth is not kosher is like asking why the Sabbath is on the seventh day of the week and not the first day of the week or why the sun rises in the east instead of the west. Some things we have to accept simply because God says so. Who are we to question God? He decided that certain creatures are not food for His people Israel. That is completely within His prerogative.

If we obey God only when it makes good sense to us or when we happen to have a similar inclination, that is not really obedience. This can be compared to a child whose father insisted on an eight o’clock bedtime. On the first night, the child felt drowsy around seven thirty, so he obeyed his father. “How wise my father is to send me to bed at eight,” the child thought. The next night, however, he did not feel tired. He could think of no rational reason for going to bed so early. The eight o’clock bedtime mandate seemed arbitrary and unnecessary, so he chose to ignore it. It is not obedience if we only obey when it suits us to do so.

Though we may not be able to deduce why God designated some animals as clean and others as unclean, we do know why He imposed the dietary laws on His people Israel. The Torah tells us that it is a matter of holiness:

You shall not make yourselves unclean with them so that you become unclean. For I am the LORD your God. Consecrate yourselves therefore, and be holy, for I am holy. And you shall not make yourselves unclean with any of the swarming things that swarm on the earth. For I am the LORD who brought you up from the land of Egypt to be your God; thus you shall be holy, for I am holy. (Leviticus 11:43-45)

God gave Israel the dietary laws to make them holy. The word holy does not necessarily refer to a moral or ethical quality. It means to be set apart for the LORD. The distinctive requirements of the Torah’s dietary laws accomplish that by forcing the Jewish people to cluster together in communities while limiting their potential interactions with other communities.

Do the prohibtions on eating unclean animals apply to Gentile believers? The dietary laws for God-fearing Gentile believers forbid them from food contaminated by idols, from blood, and from the meat of incorrectly slaughtered animals. Although the dietary laws of Leviticus 11 do not pertain directly to non-Jewish believers, many God-fearing Gentile believers abide by them in keeping with the spirit of the law and in honor of their position as strangers among the Jewish people and servants of the Jewish king. (Click to Source)

 

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A MIRACLE HAPPENED IN THE SPRING

Nearly 4000 years ago, prophecy was partially fulfilled from the book of Exodus.

God Himself performed a miracle in the land of Egypt, freeing the children of Israel from 430 years of slavery.

He caused 10 plagues to fall on the land of Egypt and to proclaim that God is the only God over all the gods of Egypt.

10 plagues fell on the land of Egypt, but none fell on the children of Israel.

The greatest miracle  happened in the spring, and fell on the 14th day of Aviv.

A commandment is given by the Lord. You are to celebrate each year, as a permanent ordinance for all eternity.

A perfect lamb or goat one year old, without spot, wrinkle, or blemish, is to be killed at twilight on the 14th day of Aviv.

The lamb or goat is to be roasted, and eaten with unleavened bread and bitter herbs.  Not one bone is to be broken.

Take the blood and put it on the door post of each house of the children of Israel, on the lintel and on the two sides of the door.

I will pass over each house that has the blood on the door post.

If I see no blood on the door post, I will take the life of the first born of man and cattle.

There is a wailing in the land of Egypt; Pharaoh’s first born and his servants have been taken.

The mixed multitude hurriedly leave Egypt, Israel and God fearing Egyptians obey the Lord.

As they exit Egypt, the only possessions they take are their animals, the clothes on their backs,valuables given to them by the Egyptians, and their kneading bowls with unleavened bread.

God instructs Israel to celebrate two other Holy Days in the Spring, with Passover, to show His Plan of Salvation for all the nations.

The 15th day of Aviv, called Unleavened Bread, you are to eat only bread with no leaven for 7 days.

The 17th day of Aviv, called First Fruits, you shall bring the first sheaf of the barley harvest to be waved before the Lord.

Passover, Unleavened Bread and First Fruits were to be fulfilled at the first coming of Messiah.

1230 years after the Exodus, Jesus fulfilled the 3 Holy Days in fulfillment of the Bible.

Jesus, the Lamb of God, has His last Passover meal with His disciples at twilight of the 14th of Aviv, telling them what was going to happen to Him over the next 3 days.

Later that night, He was arrested, mocked, beaten, spit upon, and sentenced to death for being the Son of God – committing no sin.

His sentence of death was the Roman cross. This instrument of His death was foretold by the door post of Exodus – the lintel being the top of the door post and the two sides of the door .  Together, they create the sign of the cross.

He was bloodied, nailed in the hands and feet, and pierced in His side by a spear, but not one bone in His body was broken.

Jesus died at the exact time the Passover lamb was sacrificed in the Temple – at the 9th hour.

He was quickly taken off the cross, buried in a rich man’s tomb, just hours before the sun set, on the 14th of Aviv.

His body was covered with stripes.  His hands and feet, as well as His side, were pierced.  He died perfect and sinless.  This fulfillment happened on the 15th of Aviv – Unleavened Bread.

Jesus rose from the dead just as the sun had set, before the beginning of the 17th of Aviv, First Fruits.

He fulfilled this day by rising from the grave and conquering sin and death.  Jesus would become the first of many to be resurrected from the dead.

The resurrection of Jesus fulfilled the Holy Day of First Fruits.

He completed the Plan of Salvation by being the Lamb of God, perfect and spotless, who shed His blood for the forgiveness of sins.

Today, we have total forgiveness of our sins, which leads to the receiving of eternal life with Jesus.

This is the miracle that happened in the Spring!

by Bill Perkins

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Deliverance and Liberation Prayer: Spirit of Pharmakeia (Prescription Drugs)

by Dr. William & Mary Schnoebelen

With One Accord Ministries © 2018 (We advise praying this prayer after seeking Abba Father for His Wisdom. Consult with your Health Care Professional concerning any prescription drugs you currently take and the effects of stopping or changing your medication. If, after this consultation, you do not feel comfortable with changing your medications, pray the second prayer (Prayer II) below. Either way, it will be a great help!)

  • Abba YAHWEH, in Yeshua’s mighty Name, I humbly ask Your forgiveness for relying primarily upon pharmaceutical drugs instead of faith in You and the healing power of Your Son, Yeshua the Messiah.
  • I ask Your forgiveness for being overly dependent on these poisonous chemicals!
  • Please Abba, give me wisdom from Your RUACH (Holy Spirit) about using these chemicals and give me the understanding and courage to speak to my physician about alternatives or diet-based solutions.
  • Blessed YAHWEH in Yeshua’s Name, I formally renounce before Your Throne the drugs [name them]and all associated spirits, signatures, proclamations, prognoses and diagnoses behind them and made over me or by me, in any form.
  • I declare they have no more power over me, and that I am bought and paid for by the Blood of the Lamb, shed on the cross of Calvary.
  • I proclaim this in faith by the power of the Cross, the Blood and the name of Yeshua!
  • In Yeshua’s Mighty Name Abba, I ask You to expose any and all enemies of Yeshua seeking to defeat, disable or destroy me and the redemptive Purposes that You have for my life.
  • I renounce and come against the spirit of Pharmakeia, the spirit of bondage and the spirit of infirmity [add any other strongmen as you feel led by the RUACH/HOLY SPIRIT] – I sever you from the satan and any power above you.
  • I remove your right to afflict me and I say YAHWEH rebuke thee!
  • I bind you all together as one and weaken you with the Blood of Calvary. I command you to leave me right now and GO where Yeshua the Messiah tells you to go by the voice of His Set Apart Spirit.
  • I also pray Father and ask You to break the power of any curses off me or my family or loved ones which I may have incurred through use of these chemical drugs.
  • Father, in Yeshua’s mighty Name, I formally ask you to shut any doorways opened into our lives because of these spirits and ask You to seal those doorways shut forever with the Blood of the Lamb, shed on the cross of Calvary!
  • Abba YAHWEH, in Yeshua’s mighty name, I also ask You to flood me with the Spirit of Abundant Life, and fill me with vibrant and invincible health according to Your best and perfect will for my life.
  • Teach me to follow Your Ways and bless me with deeper Understanding, Wisdom and Faith than ever before, 
  • Fill me with Your Spirit of Power and of Love and of a Sound Mind.

In Yeshua’s Mighty name, Amen

 

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Weekly Torah Readings – One New Man Bible – Tsav – March 22, 2019

Tsav

6.1. And the LORD* spoke to Moses, saying, 2. “Command Aaron and his sons saying,

Burnt Offering

“This is the instruction of the burnt offering. It is the burnt offering, because of the burning upon the altar all night to the morning and the fire of the altar will be burning in it.3. And the priest will put on his linen garment and he will put his linen breeches upon his flesh, and take up the ashes which the fire has consumed with the burnt offering on the altar and he will put them beside the altar.4. Then he will put off his garments and put on other garments and carry the ashes outside the camp to a clean place. 5. And the fire will be burning on the altar. It will not be put out and the priest will burn wood on it every morning and lay the burnt offering in order upon it and he will burn on it the fat of the peace offerings. 6. The fire will ever be burning upon the altar; it will never go out.”

Grain Offering

6:7. “And this is the instruction for the grain offering: the sons of Aaron will offer it before the LORD*, before the altar. 8.And he will take a handful of it, of the flour of the grain offerings and of its oil and all the frankincense which is upon the meal offering, and will burn it upon the altar, a sweet savor, the memorial of it to the LORD*. 9. And Aaron and his sons will eat the remainder of it. It will be eaten with unleavened bread in the Holy Place. They will eat it in the court of the Tent of Meeting. 10. It will not be baked with leaven. I have given it to them for their portion of My offerings made by fire. It is most holy, as is the sin offering and as the guilt offering. 11. All the males among the children of Aaron will eat of it. It will be a statute forever in your generations concerning the offerings of the LORD* made by fire: everyone who touches them will be holy.” (1Cor. 9:13)

6:12. And the LORD* spoke to Moses saying, 13. “This is the offering of Aaron and of his sons, which they will offer to the LORD* on the day when he is anointed; the tenth part of an ephah of fine flour for a grain offering perpetually, half of it in the morning and half of it at night. 14. It will be made with oil in a pan, baked, you will bring it in and you will offer the baked pieces of the grain offering, a sweet savor to the LORD*. 15. And the anointed priest will offer it in his place among his sons. It is a statute forever to the LORD*; it will be wholly burned. 16. For every grain offering for the priest will be wholly burned; it will not be eaten.”

Sin Offering

6:17. And the LORD* spoke to Moses saying, 18. “Speak to Aaron and to his sons saying, This is the teaching of the sin offering. The sin offering will be killed in the place where the burnt offering is killed before the LORD*; it is most holy. 19.The priest who offers it for sin will eat it: it will be eaten in the Holy Place, in the court of the Tent of Meeting. 20. Whatever touches its, sin offering’s, flesh will be holy, (Matt. 8:3) and when its blood is sprinkled upon any garment, you will wash the garment that was sprinkled in the Holy Place. 21. But the earthen vessel in which it is boiled will be broken and if it is boiled in a bronze pot, the pot will be both scoured and rinsed in water. 22. All the males among the priests will eat it: it is most holy. 23. And no sin offering, of which any of the blood is brought into the Tent of Meeting to atone in the Holy Place, will be eaten. It will be burned in the fire.”

Guilt Offering

7.1. “Likewise this is the teaching of the guilt offering: it is most holy. 2. In the place where they kill the burnt offering they will kill the guilt offering and he will sprinkle its blood all around upon the altar. 3. And he will offer of it all its fat, the rump and the fat that covers the innards, 4. the two kidneys and the fat that is on them, which is by the flanks, and he will take away the lobe above the liver with the kidneys, 5. and the priest will burn them upon the altar, an offering made by fire to the LORD*: it is a guilt offering. 6. Every male among the priests will eat of it: it will be eaten in the Holy Place: it is most holy. 7. As the sin offering is, so is the guilt offering: there is one teaching for them: the priest who makes atonement there will have it.

7:8. “And the priest who offers anyone’s burnt offering, even the priest will have the skin of the burnt offering which he has offered for himself. 9. And all the grain offering that is baked in the oven and all that is dressed in the frying-pan and in the pan, will be the priest’s who offers it. 10. And every grain offering, mixed with oil, and dry, will all the sons of Aaron have, one as much as another.”

Peace Offerings

7:11. “And this is the teaching of the offering of peace offerings, which he will offer to the LORD*. 12. If he offers it for a thanksgiving, then he will offer unleavened cakes mixed with oil with the offering of thanksgiving, and unleavened wafers anointed with oil, and cakes mixed with oil, of fine flour, fried. 13. Besides the cakes, he will offer for his offering leavened bread with the offering of thanksgiving of his peace offerings. 14. And of it he will offer one cake out of the whole offering for a heave offering to the LORD*, it will be the priest’s who sprinkles the blood of the peace offerings. 15. And the flesh of the offering of his peace offerings for thanksgiving will be eaten the same day that it is offered, he will not leave any of it until the morning. 16.  But if the sacrifice of his offering is a vow, a free will offering, it will be eaten the same day that he brings near his sacrifice, and on the next day also the remainder of it will be eaten. 17. But the remainder of the flesh of the offering on the third day will be burnt with fire. 18. And if any of the flesh of the offering of his peace offerings is eaten at all on the third day, it will not be accepted, neither will it be imputed to him that offers it: it will be an abomination and the person who eats of it will bear his iniquity. 19. And the flesh that touches any unclean thing will not be eaten. It will be burned with fire, and as for the flesh, all who are clean will eat of it. 20. But the person who eats of the flesh of the offering of peace offerings, that pertain to the LORD*, having his uncleanness upon him, even that person will be cut off from his people. 21. Moreover the person who will touch any unclean thing, as the uncleanness of man, or any unclean beast, or any abominable unclean thing, and eats of the flesh of the offering of peace offerings, which pertain to the LORD*, even that soul will be cut off from his people.”

Eat No Fat

7:22. And the LORD* spoke to Moses saying, 23. “Speak to the children of Israel saying, You will eat no manner of fat of ox, or of sheep, or of goat. 24. And the fat of the beast that dies of itself and the fat of that which is torn by beasts may be used in any other use, but you will in no way eat of it. 25. For whoever eats the fat of the beast of which men offer an offering made by fire to the LORD*, even the person who eats will be cut off from his people. 26. Moreover you will eat no manner of blood, of fowl or of beast, in any of your dwellings. 27. Whoever eats any manner of blood, even that person will be cut off from his people.”

7:28. And the LORD* spoke to Moses saying, 29. “Speak to the children of Israel saying, He that brings near the sacrifice of his peace offerings to the LORD* will bring to the LORD* his offering of the sacrifice of his peace offerings. 30. His own hands will bring the offerings of the LORD* made by fire, he will bring the fat with the breast, so the breast may be waved, a wave offering before the LORD*. 31. And the priest will burn the fat on the altar, but the breast will be Aaron’s and his sons’. 32. And the right shoulder you will give to the priest for a heave offering of the offerings of your peace offerings. 33.He, among the sons of Aaron, who offers the blood and the fat of the peace offerings, will have the right shoulder for his part. 34. For the wave breast and the heave shoulder I have taken from the children of Israel from off the offerings of their peace offerings, and have given them to Aaron the priest and to his sons by a statute forever from among the children of Israel.”

7:35. This is the portion of the anointing of Aaron and of the anointing of his sons, out of the offerings of the LORD* made by fire, on the day he presented them to minister to the LORD* in the priest’s office, 36. which the LORD* commanded to be given to them by the children of Israel, on the day that He anointed them, by a statute forever throughout their generations.

7:37. This is the teaching of the burnt offering, of the grain offering, of the sin offering, of the guilt offering, of the consecrations, and of the offering of the peace offerings, 38. which the LORD* commanded Moses on Mount Sinai, in the day that He commanded the children of Israel to offer their offerings to the LORD*, in the wilderness of Sinai.

Aaron and His Sons Anointed

8.1. And the LORD* spoke to Moses saying, 2. “Take Aaron and his sons with him, the garments, the anointing oil, a bull for the sin offering, two rams, and a basket of unleavened bread, 3. and gather the whole congregation together at the door of the Tent of Meeting.”

8:4. And Moses did as the LORD* commanded him and the assembly was gathered together at the door of the Tent of Meeting. 5. And Moses said to the congregation, “This is the thing that the LORD* commanded to be done.”

8:6. And Moses brought Aaron and his sons and immersed them in water. 7. And he put the tunic on him and put the belt around him and clothed him with the robe and put the ephod on him and put the belt of the ephod on him, and fastened it. 8. And he put the breastplate on him, then he put the Urim and the Thummim in the breastplate. 9. And he put the turban on his head and upon the turban, over his forehead he put the golden plate, the holy crown, as the LORD* commanded Moses. 10. And Moses took the anointing oil and anointed the Tabernacle and all that was in it, and sanctified them. 11. And he sprinkled it upon the altar seven times and anointed the altar and all its vessels, both the laver and its foot, to sanctify them. 12. And he poured the anointing oil upon Aaron’s head and anointed him, to sanctify him.

8:13. And Moses brought Aaron’s sons, put tunics on them, belts on them, turbans on them, as the LORD* commanded Moses. 14. And he brought the bull for the sin offering, and Aaron and his sons laid their hands on the head of the bull for the sin offering. 15. And he slew it and Moses took the blood and put it upon the horns of the altar round about with his finger and purified the altar, and poured the blood at the bottom of the altar and sanctified it to make atonement upon it.16. And he took all the fat on the innards, the lobe above the liver, the two kidneys and their fat and Moses burned it on the altar. 17. But the bull and its hide, its flesh, and its dung, he burned with fire outside the camp, as the LORD* commanded Moses.

8:18. And he brought the ram for the burnt offering and Aaron and his sons laid their hands on the head of the ram. 19.And he killed it and Moses sprinkled the blood all around on the altar. 20. And he cut the ram into pieces and Moses burned the head and the pieces and the fat. 21. And he washed the innards and the legs in water and Moses burned the whole ram on the altar: a burnt offering for a sweet savor, an offering made by fire to the LORD*, as the LORD* commanded Moses. 22. And he brought the other ram, the ram of consecration and Aaron and his sons laid their hands upon the head of the ram. 23. And he slew it and Moses took its blood and put it upon the tip of Aaron’s right ear, upon the thumb of his right hand, and upon the great toe of his right foot. 24. And he brought Aaron’s sons, and Moses put some of the blood on the tip of their right ear, upon the thumbs of their right hands, and upon the great toes of their right feet, and Moses sprinkled the blood upon the altar round about. 25. And he took the fat, the rump, all the fat on the innards, the lobe above the liver, the two kidneys and their fat, and the right shoulder, 26. and from the basket of unleavened bread that was before the LORD*, he took one unleavened cake, a cake of oiled bread, and a wafer, and put them on the fat and upon the right shoulder. 27. And he put all upon Aaron’s hands and upon his sons’ hands, and waved them, a wave offering before the LORD*. 28. And Moses took them from off their hands and burned them on the altar upon the burnt offering. They were consecrations for a sweet savor, an offering made by fire to the LORD*. 29. And Moses took the breast and waved it for a wave offering before the LORD*, for it was Moses’ share of the ram of consecration, as the LORD* commanded Moses. 30. And Moses took of the anointing oil and of the blood which was upon the altar, and sprinkled it on Aaron, upon his garments, upon his sons, and upon his sons’ garments with him, and sanctified Aaron, his garments, his sons, and his sons’ garments with him.

8:31. And Moses said to Aaron and to his sons, “Boil the meat at the door of the Tent of Meeting, and eat it there with the bread that is in the basket of consecrations, as I commanded,” saying Aaron and his sons will eat it. 32. “And that which remains of the flesh and of the bread you will burn with fire. 33. And you will not go out of the door of the Tent of Meeting in seven days, until the days of your consecration are at an end: He will consecrate you for seven days. 34. As He has done this day, so the LORD* has commanded to do, to make atonement for you. 35. Therefore you will stay at the door of the Tabernacle of the Congregation day and night seven days and keep the charge of the LORD*, so you won’t die: for so I have been commanded.” 36. So Aaron and his sons did all the things which the LORD* commanded by the hand of Moses. (Click to Source)

Next week’s Torah readings: Sh’mini
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Torah Commentary – Tzav”Command” – The Lesson of the Ashes – SCRIPTURES FOR March 23, 2019

 

 

Torah Commentary
Tzav”Command”
Leviticus 6:1-8:36
Jeremiah 7:21-8:3; 9:22-23
Luke 4-6
The Lesson of the Ashes
The Tabernacle has now been built and the presence of HaShem is visible in the midst of the people.  Just a momentary thought about the scene causes the imagination to run wild.  What a sight it must have been, and what a witness to those who would see it from a distance.  I wonder just how many “foreigners” came to Moses while they journeyed through the wilderness asking to become a part of this special people who worshipped a very special God?
The people have now been set free from the bondage of Egypt.  They have been miraculously delivered and brought to Mount Sinai to receive the words to keep them free. They have build a tent for HaShem so that He could dwell in their midst, and they have seen the fire fall.  Now it is time to settle into the daily life of the journey they have been called to.  No problems from here on.  Right?
Well, maybe there would be something more they would need to do.  They would need to keep the fire of His presence real, not only in the Tabernacle, but also in their hearts on a daily basis.
You would think that a people who are eating the miraculous food of manna, receiving water from a rock that followed them, and seeing the visible presence of their God in their lives on a daily basis just should not have a hard time keeping their lives in order. But humans being so human can certainly cause problems in this area. There would be times along the way that the fire might still be on the altar, but it would be absent from the people’s hearts.
They would fail to see the lesson being lived out daily on the altar of the Tabernacle, the lesson of the ashes.
Each day the priest would be required to clean out the ashes of yesterday’s fire, making room for the fire of the present day.  If the priest did not clean out the ashes for a few days they could even smother the fire and eventually put it out.  This was a lesson the people needed to learn, but many did not.  They went about their daily business content with what God had accomplished in the past, not concerned about His presence in the present.
Will Rodgers again had it right when he said, “People change, but not much.”  It seems this trait of living on what God did in the past is not only a Hebrew thing, but it is a human thing.  How many denominations and non-denominations have not only begun through the years, but continue to perpetuate, not because of God’s presence today, but based on a testimony of what was done in the past. Before we point fingers though, maybe it would be a good idea to not look at others, but to take a few moments of self-examination as Paul told us to do.
Let’s put this to a test in our own lives right now. Ready? It is now testimony night at your local congregation and you have been asked to give a testimony of the grace and power of God in your life.  How far back would you have to go?  Would it be a month, a year or maybe even five years?  Are you maybe even having a hard time remembering anything of real meaning since the moment you gave your life to Him?  Just how long has it been since your Tabernacle has felt the fire of His presence?  How full of ashes have the altars of our hearts become?  Is it time for a good cleaning in hopes that there is still a coal left to spark the flame again?
It is so easy to go through the motions of a relationship with God.  In fact, we can do so long enough that we really think that what we are doing is fire, when all that is there is cold, dry ashes.  What is the difference between ashes and fire in your life? Think fire.  On a scale of 0 – 10, how hot is your love of HaShem, of His Truth, of your fellowman, of action?  Are you excited and exciting?  Are you making a difference?  Do you glow? Are others attracted to HaShem because of you?  Does light radiate from you?
Cold ashes can even happen to those who live by Torah.  Obedience to the letter of Torah can cause some of the coldest and driest people I have ever known.  Obedience can in fact become ashes when we refuse to allow Torah to grow and mold our lives and our relationship not only with our God, but also with each other. We must never allow our obedience to come from the ashes of yesterday, but rather make sure it is fueled by the fire of today.
Let us continue to learn lessons of life from our brothers and sisters who have walked the journey before us. If we make the same mistakes they did, we truly have no excuse! (Click to Source)
Shalom and Be Strong,
Mike Clayton
Joined To HaShem

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