The first part of Leviticus 12, gives the instruction to women who have given birth.
In Luke 2:21-24 [NKJV], we read:
“And when eight days were completed for the circumcision of the Child, His name was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before He was conceived in the womb. Now when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were completed, they brought Him to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord (as it is written in the law of the Lord, ‘Every male who opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord’), and to offer a sacrifice according to what is said in the law of the Lord…” – Luke 2:21-24 [NKJV]
When the text says in verse 24, “according to what is said in the law of the Lord,” it is referring to this Shabbat’s reading from Leviticus 12. This short text in the Gospel of Luke ought to be an eye-opener for most Christians.
What is Luke trying to tell us (The Gentile disciple of Yeshua the Messiah, fruit of the work of the Apostle Paul and a fellow traveler with Paul to Jerusalem)? First Luke is making sure that we know that Yeshua our Lord is a Jew. A proper Jew circumcised on the eighth day.
Second, Yeshua and his family were not rich, they offered two turtle doves as a sacrifice to the Lord. The third thing that Luke is making sure that we know is that Yeshua went through all the proper ceremonies of purification together with Mary his mother, in the temple in Jerusalem.
Why is this important for every Christian? The reason is that the historical churches, the Catholics in Rome and the Orthodox in Constantinople, and the protestants from Germany, France, England, Holland, and now from the USA, have allowed their history to take them far from Jerusalem, and far from the King of the Jews, Yeshua the son of God the son of David and the son of Abraham.
By staying far from the roots they have allowed much wild grass to grow around them and hide the Son that gives life. When you don’t have a natural Son you have to produce one that is made of wood, gold, silver, or plastic and keep him nailed to the cross.
If this plastic Jesus is not nailed to the cross there is nothing to hold him in place. The real Jesus i.e. Yeshua the Son of David, the Messiah and the Son of God Himself, is already from a long, long, time ago not on the cross.
Yeshua is on the right hand of God running the affairs of His Kingdom and waiting for you and for me to accept Him not only as the crucified One, but as our King of Kings.
The reading this week is very rich and I recommend each one of you to read all of it, from the book of Leviticus and the 2 Kings and from both Mark and Romans. Seek the connections between all these texts and you will find enrichment for your soul.
This article originally appeared on Netivyah and is reposted with permission.