Nehemiah Chapter 10, Records The Covenant of Faith and Those Who Committed to Follow The Torah

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In this Chapter of Nehemiah we will read about all of those who by Faith chose to follow all of what The Torah Teaches. The Laws, that were neglected and they gave their pledge to walk in them and uphold all of them. The Spirit of Repentance(Teshuvah) follows with the resolve of Nehemiah The Governor, Zedekiah and The People, to Change their old ways of neglect, and Renew their Spiritual Connection to The Holy Land.

First there is a list of 83 signatories of The Covenant of Faith(The Bris Amanah) with a seal. The Temple tax is established as one-third shekel because of the economy, down from Exodus 20:13-14 of one-half shekel, which was the same later is in New Testament Times.

It brings up The Oath, Intermarriage and The Sabbath. The Mitzvos, The Wood Offerings, The Firstborn, The First of Your Dough(Challah) and The First Fruits(Terumah) and Tithing.

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More on Terumah


I really didn't go over everything about The Hebrew word Terumah. There is a lot more to discuss about this word in Hebrew. I want to give you some more information on what Terumah means in The Hebrew.

For many of us, studying Hebrew, it is foreign to nature and our upbringing as English speaking people. Only those of us who are raise up as Jewish and Orthodox, would have a heads up over us who are Christians and do not study The Hebrew as one who is Jewish by birth may have been raised.

There is a point as we study The Hebrew, that we find many different meanings to those Hebrew words that are not used in The Bible, but just the same, we miss everything else that Hebrew may be saying with the same word or words together.

I believe most of you know this point already, so this is just for those of you who have not been following the Study of The Minor Prophets over the past several years.

OK. Now, for some more information on Terumah, I'm going to take you back to my statement that I made yesterday about the heave offering. The Hebrew word Terumah is about offerings.

As I pointed out yesterday in the usage of The Hebrew word Terumah, it not totally understood in The English. Here is what The English definition of Terumah is:

...A heave offering or Terumah in The Hebrew, is a type of Biblical, Korban sacrifice, specifically a sacrifice which was a tithe. The term heave offering refers to the fact that such offerings were heaved or lifted up above the altar, as opposed to being waved around it, during their ritual...
Information is from ...wikipedia... ...heave offering...

...Terumah, Hebrew: תרומה‎ Trumah or Terumah Gedolah, is usually a food item given to The Kohen as a gift. It is listed as one of The twenty four gifts to The Kohan. The consumption of Terumah is to be eaten by The Kohanim, their families, and their servants. Only in a state of ritual purity may The Terumah be consumed...
This information is from wikipedia. ...Terumah, Hebrew...

So that is what is said about the heave offering from The King James Bible and The Masorah.

It was considered an Offering that was given(lifted up) to The Kohenim and to was to be eaten by them and their families as their portion of The First Fruits.

So, when G-d tells Moses that The People should take a Terumah, or an offering, for Him, we know that The Offering was to be lifted up and presented to The Kohenim as The First Fruits or The Heave Offering.