Yeshua Said, “Don’t Touch Me!”
Rabbi Yehudah ben Shomeyr
“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.
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.
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).”
HE IS RISEN HALLELUYAH!!!