𝐏𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐓𝐢𝐭𝐥𝐞: Shemini, Sh’mini, or Shmini (שְּׁמִינִי — Hebrew for “eighth,” the third word, and the first distinctive word, in the parashah) is the 26th weekly Torah portion (פָּרָשָׁה, parashah) in the annual cycle of Torah reading and the third in the Book of Leviticus. Parashah Shemini tells of the consecration of the Tabernacle, the deaths of Nadab and Abihu, and the dietary laws of kashrut (כַּשְׁרוּת). The parashah constitutes Leviticus 9:1–11:47. It is made up of 4,670 Hebrew letters, 1,238 Hebrew words, 91 verses, and 157 lines in a Torah Scroll (סֵפֶר תּוֹרָה, Sefer Torah).
𝐏𝐚𝐬𝐬𝐚𝐠𝐞: LEVITICUS 9:1-11:47
𝐑𝐞𝐟𝐥𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 🌬In this week’s Torah portion we read of Aaron’s offering being accepted and then we read about Nadad and Abihu who offered unauthorized incense fire to Yahweh and this was very much rejected. Often many want to jump up and do things they were not anointed, appointed or authorized to do and this leads to grave consequences. You must know through your personal relationship with Yahweh and the Ruach HaKodesh’s leading what you are anointed, appointed and authorized to do. Do not allow just seeing someone do something, just the encouragement of others, envy or desire lead you to offer something to Yahweh under the guise of ministry or worship that He never meant for you to offer. When you step outside of Yahweh’s will He is not obligated to protect you and that strange fire can burn!
Discern your gifts, lane and trust the witness of elders and leaders who encourage you because they were given a Ruach inspired revelation about your gift which allows them to serve as witnesses of confirmation. This does not mean elders or leaders who just want you to function in something they may need you to do but those who are appointed to speak into your life. Anything you do that Yahweh did not anoint, appoint or authorize you to do is strange fire so as Philippians 2:3 states: “Do not do anything through vain ambition.” Do what Yahweh called you to do nothing more and nothing less.
𝐐𝐮𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧: Why do you think Nadav and Avihu were punished so harshly?
📖 𝐋𝐞𝐭’𝐬 𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐰𝐞𝐞𝐤’𝐬 𝐓𝐨𝐫𝐚𝐡 𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧!