Ki Tisa – Exodus 30:11 – 34:35

Ki Tisa – Exodus 30:11 – 34:35

Ki Tisa (When thou takest) Exodus 30:11 – 34:35

by Mark Totilo


Ki Tisa Exodus 30:11 - 34:35

This weeks Torah portion Ki Tisa is a fascinating one chocked full of wonderful little Heavy Revvies. Ki Tisa has so much information in it I could spend a year on it, but I won’t because you probably wont read it or I’ll put you to Ki Sleepa.


The words Ki Tisa are found in:


Exodus 30:12  When thou takest the sum of the children of Israel after their number, then shall they give every man a ransom for his soul unto the LORD, when thou numberest them; that there be no plague among them, when thou numberest them.


Ki Tisa (כִּ֣י תִשָּׂ֞א) means – When thou takest


  1. It comes from the word nasa
  2. In Wilson’s Old Testament Word Studies the word take is defined as: to take up, to lift up, to raise; also simply to take or receive; to lift up anything with the voice, e.g. to take up the name of God, i.e. on the lips, to take up a parable, i.e. to pronounce it with earnestness; to utter, to declare
  3. The word is in the future tense so the act was to be in the future.
  4. Ki Tisa carries a command; when in the future you take up do it with earnestness.


I           Census and a ransom paid


In the Ki Tisa we find a curious passage about a census, a plague and a half-shekel. I thought about this one for some time and could not understand why an offering was needed to stay a plague. David brought a plague upon Israel because of his pride and possibly because there was no offering. The offering of a half shekel was taken, which was eventually melted down and made into the silver sockets for the Tabernacle.


A.        Exodus 30:12-13  When thou takest the sum of the children of Israel after their number, then shall they give every man a ransom for his soul unto the LORD, when thou numberest them; that there be no plague among them, when thou numberest them.  13 This they shall give, every one that passeth among them that are numbered, half a shekel after the shekel of the sanctuary: (a shekel is twenty gerahs:) an half shekel shall be the offering of the LORD.

             1.      Ransom: 3724 kopher {ko’-fer} Meaning:  1) price of a life, ransom, bribe 2) asphalt, pitch (as a covering) 3)                                the henna plant, name of a plant (henna?) 4) village


                      A.        Hebrew Root Word: 3722  kaphar {kaw-far’}Meaning:  1) to cover, purge, make an atonement, make                                                  reconciliation, cover over with pitch

B.           This is the same word that was used for Pitch that was used to cover the inside and the outside of Noah’s                                                        Ark.

1.      Plague: 5063  negeph {neh’-ghef}Meaning:  1) blow, striking, plague

C.        The ransom half shekel was offered by each person numbered in order to avoid a plague breaking out                                                              amongst the people.

D.        No reason is given in this passage to explain why a half-shekel was required.

E.        In 1Chronicles 21 and 2Samuel 24 King David is moved by Satan to number the people and a plague breaks                                                 out.  Why?

F.         In 2Samuel 24:1 Yahweh was angry with the people of Israel and he moved David to number the people.

G.          In 1Chronicles 21:1 Satan provokes David to number the people. It might be assumed that God allowed                                                         Satan to bring this temptation on David.

1.         We do know from the account in the first chapter of Job that God does allow Satan to touch and test                                                                man.

H.         Why then does God move in this fashion to tempt David and to bring a plague on Israel? The answer can be                                                   found in his conversation with the Captain of his armies, Joab.

1        2 Samuel 24:3-4  And Joab said unto the king, Now the LORD thy God add unto the people, how                                                                  many soever they be, an hundredfold, and that the eyes of my lord the king may see it: but why doth my                                                        lord the king delight in this thing?  4 Notwithstanding the king’s word prevailed against                                                    Joab, and against the captains of the host. And Joab and the captains of the host went out from the                                                                 presence of the king, to number the people of Israel.

2        King David’s heart had swollen in pride and refused the counsel of his military commander demanding                                                            the census go forth.

G.         When David receives the final figures for the Census is the truth revealed to him, smites his heart and he                                                         immediately repents.

1        2 Samuel 24:10  And David’s heart smote him after that he had numbered the people. And David                                                                 said unto the LORD, I have sinned greatly in that I have done: and now, I beseech thee, O LORD, take                                                             away the iniquity of thy servant; for I have done very foolishly

H.     The plague broke out amongst the people, an Angel put forth his hand and destroyed 70,000 men.

1            Yahweh stayed the Angel when it approached Jerusalem and David saw it. David buys the altar                                                                          Araunah, the Jebusite and erects and altar to stay the plague. This site was the eventual site of the                                                                    Temple.


II         The Brass Laver


Exodus 30:18-21   Thou shalt also make a laver of brass, and his foot also of brass, to wash withal: and thou shalt put it between the tabernacle of the congregation and the altar, and thou shalt put water therein.  19 For Aaron and his sons shall wash their hands and their feet thereat:  20 When they go into the tabernacle of the congregation, they shall wash with water, that they die not; or when they come near to the altar to minister, to burn offering made by fire unto the LORD:  21 So they shall wash their hands and their feet, that they die not: and it shall be a statute for ever to them, even to him and to his seed throughout their generations.

 1.                  The Laver was made from the lookingglasses or mirrors of the assembly.


  1. 2.                  Exodus 38:8  And he made the laver of brass, and the foot of it of brass, of the lookingglasses of the women assembling, which assembled at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.


  1. 3.                  The KJV inserted in this text the women. These words are not in the original language.


4.         Hebrew Word: Lookingglass 4759 ha’r>m; mar’ah {mar-aw’} Meaning:  1) vision 1a) mode of revelation 2) mirror 3) To see 4) interspect


5.         Hebrew Word: Assembling: 6633 tsaba’ {tsaw-baw’} Meaning:  1) to go forth, wage war, fight, serve, to cause to go forth, muster

  1. 4.                  It would appear by these Hebrew words that the men of war would use the lookingglasses to look at themselves and the deeper introspection before heading out to war and possibly death.


  1. 5.                  The Laver was made of the brass from these mirrors and filled with water which the priest would wash and while washing would reflect upon his inner condition, repent and properly prepare his heart.


  1. 6.                  The Hebrew Word: Brass 5178  nechosheth {nekh-o’-sheth} Meaning:  1) copper, bronze (as copper alloy) 1b) fetters (of copper or bronze) 2) lust, harlotry 2a) meaning dubious


A         The Root Word for Brass (tv,xon> nechosheth) is 5172 nachash {naw-khash’} Meaning:  1) to practice divination, divine, observe signs, learn by experience, diligently observe, practice fortunetelling, take as an omen 1a) to observe the signs or omens


B         The Root Word for Brass shares the same root word as Serpent: 5175  nachash {naw-khawsh’} Meaning:  1) serpent, snake 1a) serpent 1b) image (of serpent) 1c) fleeing serpent (mythological) Origin:  from 05172;


  1. 7.                  Proverbs 27:19  As in water face answereth to face, so the heart of man to man.


  1. 8.                  The Brass Laver washing shows an act of reflection to deal with those things that plague a man in his heart and separate them from Yahweh. .



III.  The Holy Anointing Oil


This is one of my personal favorites since Rebecca and I write, teach and sell essential oils. The Ki Tisa goes into great detail about the Holy Anointing Oil. However there has been some misunderstanding about the warning given to not make any like it. As we will see the English translation of the Hebrew words gives an improper interpretation.


Exodus 30:22-33  Moreover the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,  23 Take thou also unto thee principal spices, of pure myrrh five hundred shekels, and of sweet cinnamon half so much, even two hundred and fifty shekels, and of sweet calamus two hundred and fifty shekels24 And of cassia five hundred shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary, and of oil olive an hin:  25 And thou shalt make it an oil of holy ointment, an ointment compound after the art of the apothecary: it shall be an holy anointing oil.  26 And thou shalt anoint the tabernacle of the congregation therewith, and the ark of the testimony,  27 And the table and all his vessels, and the candlestick and his vessels, and the altar of incense,  28 And the altar of burnt offering with all his vessels, and the laver and his foot.  29 And thou shalt sanctify them, that they may be most holy: whatsoever toucheth them shall be holy.  30 And thou shalt anoint Aaron and his sons, and consecrate them, that they may minister unto me in the priest’s office.  31 And thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel, saying, This shall be an holy anointing oil unto me throughout your generations.  32 Upon man’s flesh shall it not be poured, neither shall ye make any other like it, after the composition of it: it is holy, and it shall be holy unto you.  33 Whosoever compoundeth any like it, or whosoever putteth any of it upon a stranger, shall even be cut off from his people.


  1. Myrrh (Exerpts from Rebecca Park Totilo’s book Healing Oils of Ancient Scripture and Heal with Oil, How To Use The Essential Oils Of Ancient Scripture.)


  1. The Myrrh was to be pure


  1. The Hebrew Word for Pure: 1865  derowr {der-ore’} Meaning:  1) a flowing, free run, liberty 1a) flowing (of myrrh)


  1. The Hebrew Word for Myrrh: 4753 more {mor} or rAm mowr {more} Meaning:  1) myrrh 1a) an Arabian gum from the bark of a tree, used in sacred oil and in perfume Origin:  from 04843;


The Root Word: 4843 marar {maw-rar’} Meaning:  1) to be bitter


  1. Myrrh is mentioned 156 times and is the Aleph and Tav of Oils in the Bible.


  1. It is first mentioned in Genesis 37:25  And they sat down to eat bread: and they lifted up their eyes and looked, and, behold, a company of Ishmeelites came from Gilead with their camels bearing spicery and balm and myrrh, going to carry it down to Egypt.
  2. It is last mentioned in Revelation 18:13  And cinnamon, and odours, and ointments (Myrrh in Greek, 3464 muron {moo’-ron}), and frankincense,


  1. Tears of Myrrh (Excerpted from Healing Oils of Ancient Scripture)


  1. Myrrh was one of the first gum resins/ oils fiven as a gift to Yeshua as a young child by the Magi in Matthew 2:11. It was also the last oil offered to Yeshua at Golgotha when He was crucified. In Mark 15:23, it says, “And they gave him to drink wine mingled with myrrh: but he received it not.”


  1. During the Messiah’s final agonizing hours in the Garden of Gethsemane, the weight of the world’s sins crushed the Savior like a wine press, causing Him to sweat great tears of blood.


  1. His bitter sufferings can be compared to Myrrh, a highly prized spice used for perfumes and incense, extracted by piercing the tree’s heartwood and allowing the gum to trickle out and harden into bitter, aromatic red droplets called “tears.”


  1. Myrrh and The Bride of Messiah (Excerpted from Healing Oils of Ancient Scripture)


  1. Yeshua told His disciples in Matthew 16:24b-25 “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.”


  1. As joint heirs with the Messiah, His Bride is to share in His affliction accorind to 2 Corinthians 1:5, so that she can be triumphant throush the bitterness of suffering. Believers are told to rejoice in this. Colossians 1:24 says, “Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body’s sake.”


  1. Myrrh is A Servant Oil and carries Therapeutic Healing Properties (Excerpted from Healing Oils of Ancient Scripture)


  1. Myrrh is a fixing or servant oil which is used by apothecaries to enhance the fragrance of the other oils and make them last longer. Isn’t that just like the Messiah? He is a servant and desires to lift up His Bride and enhance her beauty with beautiful things.


  1. Myrrh was known to act as a pain-reliever, which is why the Romans mixed it to the sour wine and offered it to Yeshua on the cross.


  1. Recent studies and medicinal research has discovered that Myrrh is anti-infectious, antiviral, anti-parasitic, hormone-like, anti-inflammatory, and anti-hyperthyroid. It soothes skin conditions and supports immunity system.


  1. There are many more uses for the Essential Oil Myrrh that can be found on our website:


  1. Cinnamon


A         7076  qinnamown {kin-naw-mone’} Meaning:  1) cinnamon 1a) fragrant bark used as spice Origin:  from an unused root (meaning to erect);


B         Cinnamon is a very hot oil and must be handled with care, it can cause a chemical burn on the skin. It also should not be used around the eyes.


C         Cinnamon is being used to cure diabetes, high-blood sugar, and high blood pressure according to the US Department of Agriculture. It also calms spasms of the digestive tract, indigestion, diarrhea, colitis, vomiting and nausea. Many have used Cinnamon for the treatment of depression and stress-related conditions. – excerpted from Healing Oils Ancient Scripture, by Rebecca Park Totilo


  1. Calamus


A.        7070  qaneh {kaw-neh’} Meaning:  1) reed, stalk, bone, balances 1a) stalk 1b) water-plant, reed 1c) calamus (aromatic reed) 1d) derived meanings 1d1) measuring-rod 1d2) reed (as unit of measure – 6 cubits) 1d3) beam (of scales – for scales themselves) 1d4) shaft (of lampstand) 1d5) branches (of lampstand) 1d6) shoulder-joint Origin:  from 07069;


1        Hebrew Root Word: 7069 qanah {kaw-naw’} Meaning:  1) to get, acquire, create, buy, possess 1a) (Qal) 1a1) to get, acquire, obtain 1a1a) of God originating, creating, redeeming His people 1a1a1) possessor 1a1b) of Eve acquiring 1a1c) of acquiring knowledge, wisdom 1a2) to buy 1b) (Niphal) to be bought 1c) (Hiphil) to cause to possess



  1. Cassia


A         6916qiddah {kid-daw’} Meaning:  1) a spice – cassia

Origin:  from 06915;

B         Cassia (Qiddah) root word: 6915 qadad {kaw-dad’} Meaning:  1) (Qal) to bow down Origin:  a primitive root;



  1. Each of the oils in the Holy Anointing Oil carries a spiritual significance



Myrrh is the Servant

  • Cinnamon is Upright

Calamus is Knowledge and Wisdom

Cassia – bow down is Worship


  1. The Holy Anointing Oil was not to be placed on a man’s flesh.


  1. 1320 rf’B’ basar {baw-sawr’} Meaning:  1) flesh, male organ of generation
  2. Do not place it on the male anatomy is what this is referring to, because it was poured on Aaron’s head and the oil flowed to the skirts of his garment.
  3. C.                Psalm 133:1-2  Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! {together…: Heb. even together}  2 It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments;
  4. The Holy Anointing Oil was poured on his flesh


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About the Author: Mark Totilo is a writer, video and audio producer, bible teacher and owner of Professional Communications. He is a US Navy veteran, trained as an Electronics Technician and in NBC warfare. Mark has recently released his first novel, Double Salute and has published articles in Christian national sports magazine, such as Sports Spectrum and Sharing the Victory. He also writes a blog about the United States Navy and can be found at

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