Sunday, March 31, 2013

Yeshua Said, “Don’t Touch Me!”

Yeshua Said, “Don’t Touch Me!”
Rabbi Yehudah ben Shomeyr

But Mary stood without at the sepulchre weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down, and looked into the sepulchre, And seeth two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain. And they say unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? She saith unto them, Because they have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid him. And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus. Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou? She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away. Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master. Jesus 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. – John 20:11-17

“Don’t touch me!” Ever wonder why Yeshua said that to Miriam (Mary), it seems to always strike Western readers as Yeshua was being snotty or aloof.

For goodness sake Yeshua, she’s glad You’re alive! You could have at least patted her on the back and said, “There, there, it’s okay.”

But again, it is due to Gentile ignorance and bias that we would ever think such. So, ever wonder the real reason why Yeshua said this to Mary? To find out guess where we have to go? That’s right, the Torah, the Law.

And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye be come into the land which I give unto you, and shall reap the harvest thereof, then ye shall bring a sheaf of the firstfruits of your harvest unto the priest: And he shall wave the sheaf before the Lord, to be accepted for you: on the morrow after the sabbath the priest shall wave it. And ye shall offer that day when ye wave the sheaf an he lamb without blemish of the first year for a burnt offering unto the Lord. And the meat offering thereof shall be two tenth deals of fine flour mingled with oil, an offering made by fire unto the Lord for a sweet savour: and the drink offering thereof shall be of wine, the fourth part of an hin. And ye shall eat neither bread, nor parched corn, nor green ears, until the selfsame day that ye have brought an offering unto your God: it shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations in all your dwellings. And ye shall count unto you from the morrow after the sabbath, from the day that ye brought the sheaf of the wave offering; seven sabbaths shall be complete: Even unto the morrow after the seventh sabbath shall ye number fifty days; and ye shall offer a new meat offering unto the Lord. – Lev. 23:9-16

The Sunday after the weekly Sabbath that occurs after Passover begins for Messianic and Natsari believers the Counting of the Omer and during the Passion week, this feel on the 17th of Nissan. According to Torah this is when the First Fruit offering was presented in the Temple. Yeshua, typifying and bringing full meaning and fulfillment to this Offering, Yeshua was the First Fruits, the Best, Brightest and Most perfect from all who had been resurrected.

Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many. – Matt. 27:50-53

Yeshua needed to be on time in heaven to appear in the Heavenly Temple before the Father as THE First Fruit offering.

But now is Christ risen from the dead, [and] become the firstfruits of them that slept. – I Cor. 15:20

It’s not that Yeshua didn’t want to be touched, or touched by a woman. It did not render Him an invalid offering. Notice He did not say, “Great! Just Great! I have been tainted by human hands, yea, a woman’s hand and cannot present myself as a pure and unblemished firstfruit offering before my Father! Nice going Mary!” No, Yeshua did not say that. If you read the passages in the Greek, Hebrew and Aramaic what Yeshua said doesn’t sound so harsh. We should read it as, “Don’t cling to me (for I cannot be late).”