The Parasha “emor” goes on with instruction in a “Qadosh” (holy) life style. It is יהוה’s will that his people be “Qadosh”, Set apart. Today in the world everything is up side down. In the Christian world many think that, because they are saved “by grace through faith”, they don’t have to care so much concerning their life style, it will not change their destiny. More, they believe that all commandments from the “old testament” as they call the Tanak, are no more for believers today! יהושע and the apostles do not share this point of view (Yochan. 14:15, 15:10, Matt.19:17, 1 Yochan.5:3, Rev. 12:17, 14:12). It is obvious that today there is no love for the Torah, only a small remnant gives themselves to the learning of the Torah and wait patiently to the return of their Master יהושע Messiah. I have even seen among the messianic, those who think it is not necessary to learn Torah, it’s enough to keep the Shabbat and feast. The result is that their carnal nature remains not renewed! Only those who are in Messiah, those who walked as he walked can see the truth that is in the Torah. 1Jn 2:6 The one who says he stays in Him ought himself also to walk, even as He walked (He Messiah). Today יהוה’s people are under the priesthood of Melkitzedek, we know that the Levitical priesthood has been put aside by Messiah יהושע, this do not make the commandments void. The Levites, sons of Levi were chosen to serve יהוה in the Mishkahn, the Tabernacle and to teach the Torah to יהוה’s people (D’varim 24:8, Vayiqra 10:11). Today those who are called have also the responsibility to teach others, the way of יהוה. .........Mar 4:1 and He began to teach again by the sea, and a large crowd was gathered to Him, so that He entered into a boat, to sit in the sea. And all the crowd was on the land facing the sea. Mar 6:2 and Sabbath having come, He began to teach in the congregation. And many who heard Him were astonished, saying, “Where did He get all this? And what wisdom is this which is given to Him that such miracles are done through His hands? Mar 8:31 And He began to teach them that the Son of Aḏam has to suffer much, and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and after three days to rise again. Joh 7:35 Then said the Jews among themselves, Whither will he go, that we shall not find him? Will he go unto the dispersed among the Gentiles (nations), and teach the Gentiles (nations)?
1Co 4:17 for this reason I have sent Timothy to you, who is my beloved and trustworthy son in the Master, who shall remind you of my ways in Messiah, as I teach everywhere in every assembly. 2Ti 2:2 and what you have heard from me among many witnesses, entrust these to trustworthy men who shall be competent to teach others as well. 1Ti 2:7 for which I was appointed a proclaimer and an emissary – I am speaking the truth in Messiah and not lying – a teacher of the gentiles in belief and truth. Eph 4:11 and He Himself gave some as emissaries, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as shepherds and teachers ..........
Sha’ul was from the tribe of Benyamin (Philip 3:5), יהושע from the tribe of Yehuda (Hebr.7:14).
The gifts of the Ruach HaQodesh (Set Apart Spirit) are given to some for the same purpose as it was in the time of Moshe under the Levitical priesthood:
Eph 4:11 and He Himself gave some as emissaries, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as shepherds and teachers
Eph 4:12 for the perfecting of the set-apart ones, to the work of service to a building up of the body of the Messiah, Eph 4:13 until we all come to the unity of the belief and of the knowledge of the Son of Elohim, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the completeness of Messiah, Eph 4:14 so that we should no longer be children, tossed and borne about by every wind of teaching, by the trickery of men, in cleverness, unto the craftiness of leading astray,1 Footnote: 15:6, also 2 Cor. 10:5, 2 Cor. 11:3-14, Gal. 1:6-9, 2 Tim. 3:1-8, 2 Tim. 4:2-4, 2 Peter 2:2-22, Jud. vv. 10-19.Eph 4:15 but, maintaining the truth in love, we grow up in all respects into Him who is the head, Messiah, Eph 4:16 from whom the entire body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the working by which each part does its share, causes growth of the body for the building up of itself in love.
Once again this “parasha” will bring us into a new spiritual understanding as we go on to see behind the letter, as has been prepared of יהוה for those who love him. I remember years ago, whenever I read Torah, my mind was darkened and the reading of all this “laws” was for me hard. I just saw the “p’shat”, literal level and couldn’t enjoy such reading. Today thanks be to our Elohim, I want to encourage all those who start to read, to dig behind the letter and ask our Heavenly Father for “binah”, understanding. I know perseverance is one of the fruit of the Ruach. Shaul was among the apostles one having a deep understanding. Today unfortunately, many because of rejecting the Torah have made their own interpretation. I tell you as I have done it many times before, that Shaul was very knowledgeable in Torah, having been raised at the feet of Gamaliel .
Act 5:34 But a certain one in the council stood up, a Pharisee named Gamli’ĕl, a teacher of the Torah, respected by all the people, and ordered them to put the emissaries outside for a little while, Act 22:3 “I (that is Shaul) am indeed a Yehuḏite, having been born in Tarsos of Kilikia, but brought up in this city at the feet of Gamli’ĕl, having been instructed according to the exactness of the Torah of our fathers, being ardent for Elohim, as you all are today, ...For those who do not know, I encourage to do what I did before, and still do today, take somebody, even if you don’t know him by sight and learn from him, asking Abba יהוה to help you to discern. I tell you that by the power of the Ruach HaQodesh in you, if indeed the Ruach HaQodesh dwells in you, that you will not be lead astray, but the Ruach Himself will enlighten your path. It takes humility, patience, endurance and a willing heart to learn from others. Accepting our deficiency in Torah’s knowledge, we can learn always, growing in faith by accepting that others knows better than we do! It is said that Shaul was able to quote the whole Torah by heart, from the first verse of B’reshit (Genesis) to the last one from D’varim (Deuteronome). Why is it so important?
To know the Torah to the best of our ability will give substance to the Ruach HaQodesh to teach us all truth reflected in the Brit Chadasha. Nothing in the Brit Chadasaha, is made up of “new teaching” from the apostles but much more established in the Tanak (Torah, Prophets and writings) itself. Today we are going through several laws pertaining to the priest, the High priest, to man and woman in their obligation toward יהוה and how to approach him. I read before all this laws and was bored, unable to understand what the reason we shall learn Torah was! Today we are going to see, the beauty “Tiferet” of the Torah as we go deeper in the “sod”, the mystery of the Torah.
Mar 4:11 andG2532 he saidG3004 unto them,G846 Unto youG5213 it is givenG1325 to knowG1097 theG3588 mysteryG3466 of theG3588 kingdomG932 of God:G2316 butG1161 unto themG1565 thatG3588 are without (outside)t,G1854 all these thingsG3956 are doneG1096 inG1722 parables:G3850
Mystery: strong’s #G3466 mustērion moos-tay'-ree-on.....From a derivative of μύω muō (to shut the mouth); a secret or “mystery” (through the idea of silence imposed by initiation into religious rites): - mystery.
Parable: Strong’s #G3850 parabolē par-ab-ol-ay' From G3846; a similitude (“parable”), that is, (symbolically) fictitious narrative (of common life conveying a moral), apoth gm or adage: - comparison, figure, parable, proverb.....
The Hebrew word Sod: Strong’s #H5475 sôd sode ...From H3245; a session, that is, company of persons (in close deliberation); by implication intimacy, consultation, a secret: - assembly, counsel, inward, secret (counsel).
Psa 25:14 the secretH5475 of YHWH is with them that fearH3373 him; and he will shewH3045 them his covenant.H1285 ............
Parables are concealed words for those outside the covenant in order that they seek and will not understand, until they have brought genuine repentance and turned to the Torah’s instruction (i.e. Christianity). We see that the meaning of “sod” and “mystery” is the same. Indeed יהוה keep “secrets” for those that fear Him and seek Him daily. Today you will see that to build our faith need study and that the faith will come when the inner man is fed with the Torah, יהוה’s Ruach. The time will come when the birth pangs (tribulations) will increase that those who have neglected to study the Torah will be shaken, because their “House” has been built on “sand” (Matt.7:26) and the enemy will have easy way to overcome them.
- Verse 1-3…..”Speak to the priests…….no one is to be defiled for the dead……..except for….relatives….mother….father….son….daughter….brother…sister near to him who has no husband
The “parasha” title “Emor” is the Hebrew word:
Emor: Strong’s #H559 אמר written aleph, mem,resh, 'âmar aw-mar', written aleph, mem, resh.....A primitive root; to say (used with great latitude): - answer, appoint, avouch, bid, boast self, call, certify, challenge, charge, + (at the, give) command (ment), commune, consider, declare, demand, X desire, determine, X expressly, X indeed, X intend, name, X plainly, promise, publish, report, require, say, speak (against, of), X still, X suppose, talk, tell, term, X that is, X think, use [speech], utter, X verily, X yet.
This word “emor” implies unconditional obedience as it is a command from יהוה. Law for the priests, sons of Aharon and of course his descendants, was “not to defile” themselves.
To defile: Strong’s #H2930 טמא ṭâmê' taw-may' ...A primitive root; to be foul, especially in a ceremonial or moral sense (contaminated): - defile (self), pollute (self), be (make, make self, pronounce) unclean, X utterly.
If you remember we saw this word “tame” already in other “parasha”: The parasha Emor bring us to make difference between death and living. A dead body has no more life or “Elohim given breath of life” and become “tame” affecting those who touch the dead.
Lev 11:4 neverthelessH389 (H853) theseH2088 shall ye notH3808 eatH398 of them that chewH4480 H5927 the cud,H1625 or of them that divideH4480 H6536 the hoof:H6541 as(H853) the camel,H1581 becauseH3588 heH1931 chewethH5927 the cud,H1625 but dividethH6536 notH369 the hoof;H6541 heH1931 is uncleanH2931 unto you. ....
Centuries later, the prophet Yechezk’el reminds the people:
Eze 44:23 “And they (the priest) are to teach My people the difference between the set-apart and the profane, and make them know what is unclean and clean.
Eze 44:24 “And they are to stand as judges in a dispute, and judge it according to My right-rulings. And they are to guard My Torot (plural of Torah) and My laws in all My appointed festivals, and set apart My Sabbaths. Eze 44:25 “And they are not to defile themselves by coming near a dead man. Only for a father or mother, for a son or daughter, for a brother or unmarried sister they defile themselves. Eze 44:26 “And after his cleansing, they count seven days for him, Eze 44:27 and on the day that he comes into the inner court of the set-apart place to attend in the set-apart place, he brings his sin offering,” declares the Master יהוה.
Now to understand the word for “dead” in the first verse is the Hebrew word: Strong’s #H5315 נפשׁ nephesh neh'-fesh..From H5314; properly a breathing creature, that is, animal or (abstractly) vitality; used very widely in a literal, accommodated or figurative sense (bodily or mental): - any, appetite, beast, body, breath, creature, X dead (-ly), desire, X [dis-] contented, X fish, ghost, + greedy, he, heart (-y), (hath, X jeopardy of) life (X in jeopardy), lust, man, me, mind, mortality, one, own, person, pleasure, (her-, him-, my-, thy-) self, them (your) -selves, + slay, soul, + tablet, they, thing, (X she) will, X would have it.
We read: Gen 2:7 and YHWHH3068 ElohimH430 formedH3335 (H853) manH120 of the dustH6083 ofH4480 the ground,H127 and breathedH5301 into his nostrilsH639 the breathH5397 of life;H2416 and manH120 becameH1961 a livingH2416 soul.H5315
We see that in B’reshit (Gen.) the word is translated as soul (nephesh) and preceded from the word “living” which is the Hebrew word “chay” from “chayah” to live. This is in opposite to the “dead”.
In the p’shat or literal it is not easy to understand the reason why יהוה command the priest not to be “tame”, defiled by the dead. We can see for some understanding:
Mat 22:31 “And concerning the resurrection of the dead, have you not read what was spoken to you by Elohim, saying, Mat 22:32 ‘I am the Elohim of Aḇraham, and the Elohim of Yitsḥaq, and the Elohim of Yaʽaqoḇ’? Elohim is not the Elohim of the dead, but of the living.”
The physical meaning it implies also the spiritual meaning:
Rom 4:19 And not having grown weak in belief, he did not consider his own body, already dead, being about a hundred years old, and the deadness of Sarah’s womb, Rom 5:15 But the favourable gift is not like the trespass. For if by the one man’s trespass many died, much more the favour of Elohim, and the gift in favour of the one Man, יהושע Messiah, overflowed to many.
This man was “Adam” the first mankind from the earth (1st Corint. 15:47). You remember we read that the carcase of dead animals:
Lev 5:2 orH176 if a soul (nefesh)H5315 touchH5060 anyH3605 unclean (tame)H2931 thing,H1697 whetherH176 it be a carcaseH5038 of an uncleanH2931 beast,H2416 orH176 a carcaseH5038 of uncleanH2931 cattle,H929 orH176 the carcaseH5038 of uncleanH2931 creeping things,H8318 and if it be hiddenH5956 fromH4480 him; heH1931 also shall be unclean,H2931 and guilty.H816
Carcasse: Strong’s#H5038 נבלה nebêlâh neb-ay-law'
From H5034; a flabby thing, that is, a carcase or carrion (human or bestial, often collective); figuratively an idol: - (dead) body, (dead) carcase, dead of itself, which died, (beast) that (which) dies of itself.
The torah tells us that when the priest touched the carcase of a dead animal or even of man “nephesh”, he becomes unclean, “tame”. We have seen the reason יהושע tells us that יהוה is the Elohim of the living, not from the dead. Death came because of sin, which is the transgression of the Torah (mitzvoth), commands. Sin separates us from Elohim, making us unacceptable before Elohim, thus death while living is a state of spiritual condition. Death came though transgression and thus dead bodies make man “tame”, “unclean” and inacceptable before Elohim. I remember when I was a young boy, we went to the supermarket and when we saw a Muslim buying we enjoyed to put “pork” in his caddy (wagon) and observed him. When he saw the pork in the caddy, he just let all stay and went to take another wagon. All was made “tame” by coming in contact with “pork”. It is amazing that today Christians are blinded to the truth and boast to be able to eat all kind of food, adhering to Constantine pagan law. .....Keil and Delitzsch give us following explanation: The priest was not to defile himself on account of a soul, i.e., a dead person (nephesh, as in Lev_19:28), among his countrymen, unless it were of his kindred, who stood near to him (i.e., in the closest relation to him), formed part of the same family with him (cf. Lev_21:3), such as his mother, father, son, daughter, brother, or a sister who was still living with him as a virgin and was not betrothed to a husband (cf. Eze_44:25). As every corpse not only defiled the persons who touched it, but also the tent or dwelling in which the person had died (Num_19:11, Num_19:14); in the case of death among members of the family or household, defilement was not to be avoided on the part of the priest as the head of the family. It was therefore allowable for him to defile himself on account of such persons as these, and even to take part in their burial.
Num 19:14 thisH2063 is the law,H8451 whenH3588 a manH120 diethH4191 in a tent:H168 allH3605 that comeH935 intoH413 the tent,H168 and allH3605 thatH834 is in the tent,H168 shall be uncleanH2930 sevenH7651 days.H3117 .
May be we can see that the priest and the High Priest, where to come into the tabernacle for the service and thus couldn’t enter in a “tame” (unclean) condition! We can explain it because in the “sod” the Tabernacle is a picture of Messiah and the Body of Messiah where no unclean is to be brought. The Tabernacle in the wilderness is also a picture of the Assembly (all Israel) in the world as it is today in the spiritual. Dead is the opposite of life (Chay), we can ask what life is?
Deu 32:46 and he said unto them, Set your hearts unto all the words which I testify among you this day, which ye shall command your children to observe to do, all the words of this Torah. Deu 32:47 for it is not a vain thing for you; because it is your life: and through this thing ye shall prolong your days in the land, whither ye go over Jordan to possess it.
Life = keeping and doing things written in the Torah!
Death= Rejecting the Torah!
Verse 5……… they do not make any bald place on their heads…………..
Remember the children of Israel (carnal man) came out from Egypt, Mytzrayim where they spent four hundred thirty years. This is a long period of time. It is like if we say today we were slave in a foreign country since the year 1579 and had been penetrate by their traditions. Here making bald place on the head or cutting the corner of the beard was pagan tradition as Keil and Delitzsch explain: the prohibition which is addressed to individuals being applicable to the whole: upon their head shall no one shave a bald place, namely, in front above the forehead, “between the eyes” (Deu_14:1). We may infer from the context that reference is made to a customary mode of mourning for the dead; and this is placed beyond all doubt by Deu_14:1, where it is forbidden to all the Israelites “for the dead.” According to Herodotus, 2, 36, the priests in Egypt were shaven, whereas in other places they wore their hair long. In other nations it was customary for those who were more immediately concerned to shave their heads as a sign of mourning; but the Egyptians let their hair grow both upon their head and chin when any of their relations were dead, whereas they shaved at other times. The two other outward signs of mourning mentioned, namely, cutting off the edge of the beard and making incisions in the body, have already been forbidden in Lev_19:27-28, and the latter is repeated in Deu_14:1. The reason for the prohibition is given in Lev_21:6 - “they shall be holy unto their God,” and therefore not disfigure their head and body by signs of passionate grief, and so profane the name of their God when they offer the firings of Jehovah; that is to say, when they serve and approach the God who has manifested Himself to His people as the Holy One. On the epithet applied to the sacrifices, “the food of God,” see at Lev_3:11 and Lev_3:16. Cutting the flesh disqualified somebody to serve יהוה: Lev 21:21 ‘No man among the offspring of Aharon the priest, who has a defect (mark in the flesh, i.e. broken bones, mark, tattoo….) is to come near to bring the offerings made by fire to יהוה
Verse 7……. they do not take a woman put away from her husband………Put away: Strong’s #H1644 גּרשׁ gârash gaw-rash' written gimel,resh, shin....A primitive root; to drive out from a possession; especially to expatriate or divorce: - cast up (out), divorced (woman), drive away (forth, out), expel, X surely put away, trouble, thrust out. We see here clearly the woman who got a “get of divorce” from her husband.
Deu 24:1 whenH3588 a manH376 hath takenH3947 a wife,H802 and marriedH1166 her, and it come to passH1961 thatH518 she findH4672 noH3808 favourH2580 in his eyes,H5869 becauseH3588 he hath foundH4672 someH1697 uncleannessH6172 in her: then let him writeH3789 her a billH5612 of divorcement,H3748 and giveH5414 it in her hand,H3027 and sendH7971 her out of his house.H4480 H1004 ..................Do not forget this statement because the House of Israel got a “bill of divorce” called a “Sefer Keritut”, or “get of divorce” (Colossians 2:14) which has been nullified by יהושע Messiah, paying the price for us. Col 2:14 having blotted out the certificate of debt against us – by the dogmas – which stood against us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the stake. ........Dogma: G1378 dogma dog'-mah......From the base of G1380; a law (civil, ceremonial or ecclesiastical): - decree, ordinance.............In Hebrew there are at least two words for “ordinances”, “choq” which is used for custom, decree or appointment; the other word used for “ordinances” is:
Strong’s:H4941 משׁפּט mishpath written mem, shin,peh, tav,meaning: mishpâṭ mish-pawt'
From H8199; properly a verdict (favourable or unfavourable) pronounced judicially, especially a sentence or formal decree (human or (particularly) divine law, individual or collectively), including the act, the place, the suit, the crime, and the penalty; abstractly justice, including a particular right, or privilege (statutory or customary), or even a style: - + adversary, ceremony, charge, X crime, custom, desert, determination, discretion, disposing, due, fashion, form, to be judged, judgment, just (-ice, -ly), (manner of) law (-ful), manner, measure, (due) order, ordinance, right, sentence, usest, X worthy, + wrong.
We can see that this “dogma” “mispath” were referring to the “sefer keritut”, the bill of divorced proclaimed against the House of Israel, you and me, according to the prophets Hosea, YrmeaYahu and others.
Elohim required this standard from the priest and more also from the High Priest. The reason is given us verse 8……..he is set-apart to you. For I, יהוה, setting you apart, am set-apart. The priest serving in the Tabernacle had to be “Qadosh”, “Set apart”, because they were to be like Elohim who is “Qadosh”, “Set apart”. Now let us see what the meaning for us today is, and how it applies to our life.
Question: Who are the priests today, the Levites?
1Pe 2:9 But you (you and me) are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a set-apart nation, a people for a possession, that you should proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvellous light,
Now we can see the standard of life we are called to live! How can we come into יהוה’s presence in our worship or personal prayers, been “tame”, defiled, by having followed the world standard?
1Co 6:19 Or do you not know that your body is the Dwelling Place of the Set-apart Spirit who is in you, which you have from Elohim, and you are not your own? 1Co 3:17 if any manG1536 defileG5351 theG3588 templeG3485 of Elohim,G2316 himG5126 shall ElohimG2316 destroy;G5351 forG1063 theG3588 templeG3485 of GodG2316 isG2076 holy,G40 whichG3748 temple yeG5210 are.G2075
As we go on, we will see that there is more to see in the “sod” meaning. יהוה’s people are called to be set apart every day, not from Shabbat to Shabbat. The body is also call Tabernacle:
2Pe 1:13 Yea, I think it meet, as long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir you up by putting you in remembrance;
2Pe 1:14 Knowing that shortly I must put off this my tabernacle, even as our Master Yehoshua the Messiah hath shewed me. …………
Verses 10-15……… And the high priest among his brothers, on whose head the anointing oil was poured…………..let him take a wife in her maidenhood (virgin)……………a widow or one put away or a defiled woman or a whore – these he does not take. But a maiden of his own people he does take as a wife.
The high priest has rules which are more restrictive than the priest. The High Priest is the only one to minister in the Most Set Apart place. He was commanded to take a wife in her maidenhood, the King James used the word “virgin” which is the Hebrew word “bethûlîym”, no widow, no divorced woman, no harlot, no profane that is polluted! Let us see now the spiritual meaning:
Who is our High Priest, is it not יהושע Messiah?
Heb 2:17 WhereforeG3606 inG2596 all thingsG3956 it behovedG3784 him to be made like untoG3666 his brethren,G80 thatG2443 he (Yehoshua) might beG1096 a mercifulG1655 andG2532 faithfulG4103 high priestG749 in thingsG4314 pertaining to Elohim,G2316 to make reconciliation forG2433 theG3588 sinsG266 of theG3588 people.G2992 Heb 3:1 Therefore, set-apart brothers, partakers of the heavenly calling, closely consider the Emissary and High Priest of our confession, Messiah יהושע, Heb 4:15 ForG1063 we haveG2192 notG3756 an high priestG749 which cannotG1410 G3361 be touched with the feeling ofG4834 ourG2257 infirmities;G769 butG1161 was inG2596 all pointsG3956 temptedG3985 like asG2596 G3665 we are, yet withoutG5565 sin.G266
What our condition was before: Harlot, divorced, polluted…
Jer 3:8 And I saw,H7200 whenH3588 forH5921 allH3605 the causesH182 wherebyH834 backslidingH4878 IsraelH3478 committed adulteryH5003 I had put her away,H7971 and givenH5414 H413 her(H853) a billH5612 of divorce;H3748 yet her treacherousH898 sisterH269 JudahH3063 fearedH3372 not,H3808 but wentH1980 and played the harlotH2181 also.H1571
Bill of divorce: Sefer H5612, Kerituth H378...................But look what Shaul write in his Elohim given wisdom:
2Co 11:2 ForG1063 I am jealousG2206 over youG5209 with godlyG2316 jealousy:G2205 forG1063 I have espousedG718 youG5209 to oneG1520 husband,G435 that I may presentG3936 you as a chasteG53 virginG3933 to Messiah.
Chaste.Strong’s#G53 hagnos hag-nos' From the same as G40; properly clean, that is, (figuratively) innocent, modest, perfect: - chaste, clean, pure...............
Virgin. Strong’s #G3933 parthenos par-then'-os
Of unknown origin; a maiden; by implication an unmarried daughter: - virgin.
Shaul is speaking of those belonging to the body of Messiah, be presented to him to the wedding been “virgin”.
Rev 14:4 TheseG3778 areG1526 they whichG3739 were notG3756 defiledG3435 withG3326 women;G1135 forG1063 they areG1526 virgins.G3933 TheseG3778 areG1526 they which followG190 theG3588 LambG721 whithersoeverG3699 G302 he goeth.G5217 TheseG3778 were redeemedG59 fromG575 among men,G444 being the firstfruitsG536 unto GodG2316 andG2532 to theG3588 Lamb.G721
Do you still doubt, it is about you and me?
Eph 2:1 AndG2532 youG5209 hath he quickened, who wereG5607 deadG3498 (without Torah) in trespassesG3900 andG2532 sins;G266
Eph 2:2 WhereinG1722 G3739 in time pastG4218 ye walkedG4043 accordingG2596 to theG3588 courseG165 of thisG5127 world,G2889 accordingG2596 to theG3588 princeG758 of theG3588 powerG1849 of theG3588 air,G109 theG3588 spiritG4151 that now workethG1754 G3568 inG1722 theG3588 childrenG5207 of disobedience:G543 Eph 2:4 ButG1161 Elohim who isG5607 richG4145 inG1722 mercy,G1656 forG1223 hisG848 greatG4183 loveG26 wherewithG3739 he lovedG25 us,G2248
Eph 2:5 EvenG2532 when weG2248 wereG5607 deadG3498 in sins,G3900 hath quickened us togetherG4806 with Messiah, (byG5547 graceG5485 ye areG2075 saved;)G4982 Eph 2:6 AndG2532 hath raised us up together,G4891 andG2532 made us sit togetherG4776 inG1722 heavenlyG2032 places inG1722 Messiah יהושע Eph 2:13 ButG1161 nowG3570 inG1722 Messiah יהושע yeG5210 who sometimes wereG5607 G4218 far offG3112 are madeG1096 nighG1451 byG1722 theG3588 bloodG129 of Messiah .................
When Messiah will come back at his second advent, there will be a beautiful wedding for those who are this royal priesthood, a virgin (spiritual), those who have followed Messiah יהושע in all his way and have not defiled (tame) themselves.
Rev 19:7 let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. Rev 19:8 and to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. Rev 19:9 and he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of YHWH.
Verse 11. ………nor defile himself for his father or his mother,......Compare with what Shaul says to the Corinthians: 2Co 11:3 But I am afraid, lest, as the serpent deceived Ḥawwah (Eve) by his trickery, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Messiah. The Greek word used here for “corrupted” is:
Strong’s #G5351 phetheirō fthi'-ro. Probably strengthened from φθίω phthiō (to pine or waste): properly to shrivel or wither, that is, to spoil (by any process) or (genitive) to ruin (especially figuratively by moral influences, to deprave): - corrupt (self), defile, destroy. Verses 22-23……..He does eat the bread of his Elohim………... he shall notH3808 go inH935 untoH413 the vail,H6532 norH3808 come nighH5066 untoH413 the altar,H4196 becauseH3588 he hath a blemish;H3971...The priest is called to eat the bread of His Elohim, the blemish make the priest unacceptable to come to the veil or the altar and be partaker to eat the bread of Elohim! This make all of us disqualified to come to יהוה, but thank be to Elohim that יהושע came to restore us unto יהוה in order that we can be partaker of eating the bread of our Elohim, that is to “eat” the bread, the Torah.
Pro 9:5 Come,H1980 eatH3898 of my bread,H3899 and drinkH8354 of the wineH3196 which I have mingled.H4537
Isa 55:2 WhereforeH4100 do ye spendH8254 moneyH3701 for that which is notH3808 bread?H3899 and your labourH3018 for that which satisfiethH7654 not?H3808 hearken diligentlyH8085 H8085 untoH413 me, and eatH398 ye that which is good,H2896 and let your soulH5315 delight itselfH6026 in fatness.H1880
Mat 4:4 But He answering, said, “It has been written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of יהוה.’ ”1 Footnote: 1Dt. 8:
1Co 10:17 because there is one bread, we, who are many, are one body, for we all partake of the one bread.
Lev 21:1 and יהוה said to Mosheh, “Speak to the priests, the sons of Aharon, and say to them: ‘No one is to be defiled for the dead among his people, Lev 21:2 except for his relatives who are nearest to him: for his mother, and for his father, and for his son, and for his daughter, and for his brother; Lev 21:3 and for his maiden sister who is near to him, who has had no husband – for her he is defiled. Lev 21:4 ‘A leader does not defile himself among his people, to profane himself; Lev 21:5 they do not make any bald place on their heads, and they do not shave the corner of their beard, and they do not make a cutting in their flesh. Lev 21:6 ‘They are set-apart to their Elohim and do not profane the Name of their Elohim, for they bring the offerings of יהוה made by fire, and the bread of their Elohim, and shall be set-apart. Lev 21:7 ‘They do not take a woman who is a whore or a defiled woman, and they do not take a woman put away from her husband, for he is set-apart to his Elohim. Lev 21:8 ‘and you shall set him apart, for he brings the bread of your Elohim, he is set-apart to you. For I, יהוה, setting you apart, am set-apart.
Lev 21:9 ‘And when the daughter of any priest profanes herself by whoring, she profanes her father. She is burned with fire. Lev 21:10 ‘And the high priest among his brothers, on whose head the anointing oil was poured and who is ordained to wear the garments, does not unbind his head nor tear his garments,
Lev 21:11 nor come near any dead body, nor defile himself for his father or his mother, Lev 21:12 nor go out of the set-apart place, nor profane the set-apart place of his Elohim, for the sign of dedication of the anointing oil of his Elohim is upon him. I am יהוה. Lev 21:13 ‘And let him take a wife in her maidenhood.
Lev 21:14 ‘A widow or one put away or a defiled woman or a whore – these he does not take. But a maiden of his own people he does take as a wife. Lev 21:15 ‘And he does not profane his offspring among his people, for I am יהוה, who sets him apart.’ ” Lev 21:16 and יהוה spoke to Mosheh, saying, Lev 21:17 “Speak to Aharon, saying, ‘No man of your offspring throughout their generations, who has any defect, is to draw near to bring the bread of his Elohim. Lev 21:18 ‘For any man who has a defect is not to draw near: a man blind or one lame or disfigured or deformed, Lev 21:19 a man who has a broken foot or broken hand,
Lev 21:20 or is a hunchback or a dwarf, or a man who has a defect in his eye, or eczema or scab, or is a eunuch. Lev 21:21 ‘No man among the offspring of Aharon the priest, who has a defect, is to come near to bring the offerings made by fire to יהוה – he has a defect, he does not come near to bring the bread of his Elohim. Lev 21:22 ‘He does eat the bread of his Elohim, both the most set-apart and the set-apart,
Lev 21:23 only, he does not go near the veil or approach the altar, because he has a defect, lest he profanes My set-apart places. For I am יהוה, who sets them apart.’ ” Lev 21:24 Thus Mosheh spoke to Aharon and his sons, and to all the children of Yisra’ĕl. …………Chapter 22.- Verse 3. Read following:
Lev 15:3 ‘And this is his uncleanness in regard to his discharge; whether his flesh runs with his discharge, or his flesh is stopped up by his discharge, it is his uncleanness.
The required high standard of purity applied to the priest and High Priest in any form of his life. His daily behaviour qualified or disqualified him to come into יהוה presence. How it is with us today?
The world since Adam’s sin is in a state of impurity and has need of restoration:
Act 3:21 WhomG3739 the heavenG3772 mustG1163(G3303) receiveG1209 untilG891 the timesG5550 of restitutionG605 of all things,G3956 whichG3739 GodG2316 hath spokenG2980 byG1223 the mouthG4750 of allG3956 hisG848 holyG40 prophetsG4396 since the world began.G575 G165 .
Restitution: Strong’s #G605 apokatastasis ap-ok-at-as'-tas-is From G600; reconstitution: - restitution.
Rom 8:19 for the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of YHWH. Rom 8:20 for the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope, Rom 8:21 because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of YHWH. Rom 8:22 for we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. Rom 8:23 and not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.
We see here Shaul speaking of: Creation and of the children of Elohim.
1Co 11:27 So that whoever should eat this bread or drink this cup of the Master unworthily shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Master. 1Co 11:28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread and drink of that cup. 1Co 11:29 For the one who is eating and drinking unworthily, eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the body of the Master. 1Co 11:30 Because of this many are weak and sick among you, and many sleep (are dead).
We can see that immoral behaviours affect the body. Many today neglect the spiritual and moral attitude, been entangle by the world system.
To be dead is opposite to life. In D’varim we read:
Deu 32:46 he said to them, “Set your heart on all the words with which I warn you today, so that you command your children to guard to do all the Words of this Torah.
Deu 32:47 “For it is not a worthless Word for you, because it is your life, and by this Word you prolong your days on the soil which you pass over the Yardĕn to possess.”
Verse 4……or a man who has had an emission of semen…
Lev 15:16 ‘And when a man has an emission of semen, then he shall wash all his flesh in water, and be unclean until evening.
After sunset, the man was restored…...
Verses 8.Corruption or to be defiled (tame) comes also through false company beast are considered to be picture of demons and pagans:
1Co 5:11 But now I have written to you not to keep company with anyone called ‘a brother,’ if he is one who whores (fornicator), or greedy of gain (abuser of others), or an idolater, or a reviler (abusive), or a drunkard, or a swindler – not even to eat with such a one.
Shaul is not speaking from those outside the covenant, but from those “called brother”! We should take time to let this think in our heart to help us when challenged by others.
Verse 9……lest they bear their sin for it and die….Today many are dead spiritually and don’t even know. If you look at the world, many speak of “refreshing their spiritual condition”, “to do something for the spirit”, but these things are a lie, because they only search to satisfy the “ego” of the carnal nature.
Verse 10-13……………. but no stranger eats of it.
Shaul says: That at that time you were without Messiah, being aliens from the commonwealth, being stranger from the covenant of promises……..
In verse 10 the Hebrew word for “stranger” is not the same meaning as for “foreigner”: Stranger: Strong’s #H2114 זוּר zûr zoor written zayin, vav,resh...A primitive root; to turn aside (especially for lodging); strange, profane; specifically (active participle) to commit adultery: - (come from) another (man, place), fanner, go away, (e-) strange (-r, thing, woman).....
Foreigner: Strong’s#H8453 תּשׁב to-shawb' written tav,shin, beth....(The second form used in Kings Num_17:1); from H3427; a dweller (but not outlandish, H5237); especially (as distinguished from a native citizen (active participle of H3427) and a temporary inmate, H1616, or mere lodger, H3885) resident alien: - foreigner-inhabitant, sojourner,
To eat of his meat verse 11: Remember “to eat of the meat” is a euphemism for “taking part of somebody’s life”:
Rom 6:16 KnowG1492 ye not,G3756 thatG3754 to whomG3739 ye yieldG3936 yourselvesG1438 servantsG1401 toG1519 obey,G5218 his servantsG1401 ye areG2075 to whomG3739 ye obey;G5219 whetherG2273 of sinG266 untoG1519 death,G2288 orG2228 of obedienceG5218 untoG1519 righteousness?G1343
Joh 6:56 “He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood stays in Me, and I in him.
Verse 16………….. Allow them to bear the crookedness of trespass………..
1Co 11:27 So that whoever should eat this bread or drink this cup of the Master unworthily shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Master. 1Co 11:28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread and drink of that cup. 1Co 11:29 For the one who is eating and drinking unworthily, eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the body of the Master.
To eat of the bread is to remind us that we are partaker of Messiah’s suffering............How many times believers take part in the Feast of יהוה or Shabbat having bitterness, grudge, unforgiveness or bitterness in their heart and don’t even think about it, been ignorant of the Torah.
Verses 17-24. We see again that the same rule work for the sacrifices. In order to understand, we shall have in mind that this sacrifices point to יהושע, the perfect sacrifice for the sin of the all world (1st Yochan.2:2). In these verses, we find again two words for “stranger”. The first is verse 18 in Hebrew “ger” a guest, but in the verse 25, we have again stranger which in Hebrew is the word “nekar” which carry the meaning of paganism. All this disappear in the English translation!
Verse 25. from a son of a stranger (nekar)’s hand you do not bring…………for their corruption is in them, and defects are in them,
Here the word for “corruption” is: Strong’s#H4825 “m’shoah” from #H7843 “schachath” to decay i.e. (cause) ruin.
Read now what Shaul says:
1Co 15:42 So also is the resurrection of the dead: it is sown in corruption, it is raised in incorruption;
Verses 31-33.Elohim reminds the children of Israel (carnal man) again and again to keep the commandments (mitzvoth) and to do them, because He is יהוה their Elohim. Today majority of Christianity call “L-rd” and reject the commandments! Concerning Yehuda they call Elohim:HaShem !
Jer 44:26 “Therefore hear the word of יהוה, all Yehuḏah who are dwelling in the land of Mitsrayim, ‘See, I have sworn by My great Name,’ declares יהוה, ‘My Name shall no longer be called upon by the mouth of any man of Yehuḏah in all the land of Mitsrayim, saying, “As the Master יהוה lives...”
Do you think it’s a coincidence? 33. That brought you out of Egypt…..Remember the reason, יהוה sent Moshe to deliver the Children of Israel (carnal man) from the bondage of Mitzrayim (Egypt): They were called to serve Elohim:
Exo 9:1 and יהוה said to Mosheh, “Go in to Pharaoh and speak to him, ‘Thus said יהוה Elohim of the Heḇrews, “Let My people go, so that they serve Me.
How it is with us today, are we exempt from following the Torah, as it is taught in Christianity, the Constantine religion? Today the Torah is followed with a willing heart, and love for יהוה through Messiah יהושע who has open the way for us to do it by faith:
1Jn 5:3 For this is the love for Elohim, that we guard His commands,1 and His commands are not heavy.
Jas 1:22 And become doers of the Word, and not hearers only,1 deceiving yourselves. Footnote: 1See Mt. 7:24-27, Lk. 6:46-49, Lk. 8:21, Rom. 2:13, Heb. 4:11, Rev. 22:14. Jas 1:23 because if anyone is a hearer of the Word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror, Jas 1:24 for he looks at himself, and goes away, and immediately forgets what he was like. Jas 1:25 But he that looked into the perfect Torah, that of freedom,1 and continues in it, not becoming a hearer that forgets, but a doer of work, this one shall be blessed in his doing of the Torah. Footnote: 1See 2:12.
Joh 14:15 “If you love Me, you shall guard My commands.1 Footnote: 1See Ex. 20:6, vv. 21&23, 1 John 5:2-3, 2 John v. 6.............
Lev 22:1 and יהוה spoke to Mosheh, saying,
Lev 22:2 “Speak to Aharon and his sons, that they separate themselves from the set-apart offerings of the children of Yisra’ĕl, and that they do not profane My set-apart Name in what they set apart to Me. I am יהוה.
Lev 22:3 “Say to them, ‘Any man of all your offspring throughout your generations who draws near the set-apart offerings which the children of Yisra’ĕl set apart to יהוה, while he has uncleanness upon him, that being shall be cut off from before Me. I am יהוה. Lev 22:4 ‘Any man of the offspring of Aharon, who is a leper or has a discharge, does not eat the set-apart offerings until he is clean. And whoever touches what is rendered unclean by a corpse, or a man who has had an emission of semen, Lev 22:5 or a man who touches any creeping creature by which he would be made unclean, or any being by whom he would become unclean, even any of his uncleanness; Lev 22:6 the being who has touched it shall be unclean until evening, and does not eat the set-apart offerings, but shall bathe his body in water. Lev 22:7 ‘And when the sun goes down he shall be clean, and afterward eat the set-apart offerings, because it is his food. Lev 22:8 ‘He does not eat that which dies or is torn by beasts, becoming unclean by it. I am יהוה. Lev 22:9 ‘And they shall guard My Charge, lest they bear sin for it and die thereby, when they profane it. I יהוה set them apart.
Lev 22:10 ‘And no stranger eats the set-apart offering. A sojourner with the priest, or a hired servant, does not eat the set-apart offering. Lev 22:11 ‘But when the priest buys a being with his money, he does eat of it. And one who is born in his house does eat his food. Lev 22:12 ‘And when a priest’s daughter is married to a stranger, she does not eat of the set-apart offerings. Lev 22:13 ‘But when a priest’s daughter is a widow or put away, and has no child, and has returned to her father’s house as in her youth, she does eat her father’s food, but no stranger eats of it. Lev 22:14 ‘And when a man eats the set-apart offering by mistake, then he shall give a set-apart offering to the priest, and add one-fifth to it. Lev 22:15 ‘And let the priests not profane the set-apart offerings of the children of Yisra’ĕl, which they lift up to יהוה, Lev 22:16 or allow them to bear the crookedness of trespass when they eat their set-apart offerings. For I am יהוה, who sets them apart.’ ” Lev 22:17 And יהוה spoke to Mosheh, saying, Lev 22:18 “Speak to Aharon and his sons, and to all the children of Yisra’ĕl, and say to them, ‘Any man of the house of Yisra’ĕl, or of the strangers in Yisra’ĕl, who brings his offering for any of his vows or for any of his voluntary offerings, which they bring to יהוה as a burnt offering, Lev 22:19 for your acceptance, is a male, a perfect one from the cattle, from the sheep, or from the goats. Lev 22:20 ‘Whatever has a defect, you do not bring, for it is not acceptable for you.
Lev 22:21 ‘And when a man brings a peace offering to יהוה, to complete a vow, or a voluntary offering from the cattle or the sheep, it is to be perfect to be accepted, let there be no defect in it. Lev 22:22 ‘Those blind or broken or having a cut, or have an ulcer or eczema or scabs, you do not bring to יהוה, nor make an offering by fire of them on the altar to יהוה. Lev 22:23 ‘As for a bull or a lamb that has any limb deformed or dwarfed you do prepare as a voluntary offering, but for a vow it is not accepted. Lev 22:24 ‘Do not bring to יהוה what is bruised or crushed, or torn or cut, nor do it in your land. Lev 22:25 ‘And from a son of a stranger’s hand you do not bring any of these as the bread of your Elohim, for their corruption is in them, and defects are in them, they are not acceptable for you.’ ” Lev 22:26 and יהוה spoke to Mosheh, saying,
Lev 22:27 “When a bull or a sheep or a goat is born, it shall be seven days with its mother. And from the eighth day and thereafter it is acceptable as an offering made by fire to יהוה. Lev 22:28 “But do not slaughter a cow or a sheep and its young on the same day. Lev 22:29 “And when you bring a slaughtering of thanksgiving to יהוה, bring it for your acceptance. Lev 22:30 “It is eaten that same day, leave none of it till morning. I am יהוה. Lev 22:31 “And you shall guard My commands and do them. I am יהוה. Lev 22:32 “And do not profane My set-apart Name, and I shall be set-apart among the children of Yisra’ĕl. I am יהוה, who sets you apart, Lev 22:33 who brought you out of the land of Mitsrayim, to be your Elohim. I am יהוה.”
Chapter 23: The Feast of Yehowah : This chapter is the exhaustive giving of יהוה’s feast and its regulation. For an in deep ..Study, look at my “midrash” the feast of יהוה.The Feasts of יהוה are the pattern of redemption for all those who believe in יהושע HaMoschiach. The Feast are embedded in the scriptures and connected directly to יהושע for their fulfillment. They are a shadow of good things to come. There is a clear parallel between Moshe the savior of the carnal man, the children of Israel and יהושע, the savior of the spiritual man and redeemer of the body.. The parallel is also found in Yehushua son of Nun, who brought the Children of Israel (carnal man) into the promise land after Moshe’s death.:
Feast: Strong’s מועד #H4150 “moed”, mem(40), ayin(70), dalet(4) (total 114)From H3259; properly an appointment, that is, a fixed time or season; specifically a festival; conventionally a year; by implication, an assembly (as convened for a definite purpose); technically the congregation; by extension, the place of meeting; also a signal (as appointed beforehand): - appointed (sign, time), (place of, solemn) assembly, congregation, (set, solemn) feast, (appointed, due) season, solemn (-ity), synagogue, (set) time (appointed)..............
H3259 yâ‛ad yaw-ad'........A primitive root; to fix upon (by agreement or appointment); by implication to meet (at a stated time), to summon (to trial), to direct (in a certain quarter or position), to engage (for marriage): - agree, (make an) appoint (-ment, a time), assemble (selves), betroth, gather (selves, together), meet (together), set (a time).
Convocation: Strong’s #4744 מקרא miqra mem(40), qaf(100), resh(400), aleph(1), (541)...........miqrâ' mik-raw'......From H7121; something called out, that is, a public meeting (the act, the persons, or the palce); also a rehearsal: - assembly, calling, convocation, reading. H7121 to call out a person, to meet, to invite.
Verse 3. The first of His Qadosh, set apart convocation is the weekly Shabbat which nowadays is rejected by the majority of people who follow the doctrines of demons proclaiming that we are done with the Shabbat, following the false Shabbat introduced by Constantine in the 4th century C.E. It is very sad when we know that the all world is populated with a majority of Ya’acov descendants (B’reshit 48:16).
Shabbat is marked been the seventh day of the week. Seven is a number for divine perfection on earth.
Verse 4…..which you shall proclaim in their season….
Season is the same Hebrew word used for “feast” Strong’s#H5150 “moed” appointed time: Deu 16:16 “Three times a year all your males appear before יהוה your Elohim in the place which He chooses (1st King 11:36): at the Festival of Unleavened Bread, and at the Festival of Weeks, and at the Festival of Booths. And none should appear before יהוה empty-handed,
Then the Feast proclamation goes on:
In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month, between the evenings, is the Passover to יהוה
There are many things to say concerning the “first month” because it is יהוה who told Moshe that the month of Aviv is the first month of the year:
Exo 12:2 “This month is the beginning of months for you, it is the first month of the year for you.
This is clear enough to see that the year start on the month of Aviv. Is there any other way to count the year or to start the counting of years? If we follow the way of Judaism there are many ways, are they completely wrong?
Lev 25:8 ‘And you shall count seven Sabbaths of years for yourself, seven times seven years. And the time of the seven Sabbaths of years shall be to you forty-nine years. When do they start to count the years?
Lev 25:9 ‘You shall then sound a ram’s horn to pass through on the tenth day of the seventh month, on the Day of Atonement cause a ram’s horn to pass through all your land. Lev 25:10 ‘And you shall set the fiftieth year apart, and proclaim release throughout all the land to all its inhabitants, it is a Jubilee for you. And each of you shall return to his possession, and each of you return to his clan.................
In order to have seven full years, the counting must begin at the same point, for the Yovel (Jubilee) it was at Yom Kippur. There is a deeper meaning beside it, but the rabbis on this point are not wrong calling the First of the seventh month “Etanim, tishrei” the beginning of the year in another counting. In Fact יהוה count the Jubilee (see my midrash on “12O years)…………….
Verse 7.On the first day……you shall do no servile work
That is Aviv 15 the day of full moon, when the light of the moon is fully seen in the night. We know that the moon is a metaphor representing the assembly of the all House of Israel. Israel has been called to be light to the world (shine in darkness), the moon itself receiving light from the sun, a picture of Messiah giving light to the Assembly. In the midst of the moon the time of the full moon represents also the completion of Israel Gathering who goes from less to full again to less when decreasing. It is a rehearsal for all those who know Torah, that one day soon the Full moon will shine for Israel redemption.
Verses 9-14.When you come into the land, you shall bring a sheaf (omer) of your harvest…….
To come into the land is a euphemism for “salvation”
11. and the priest shall wave before יהוה, to be accepted for you: on the morrow after the Shabbat, the priest shall wave it.
12;and you shall offer that day when you wave……
יהושע is our first fruit .
1Co 15:23 and each in his own order: Messiah the first-fruits, then those who are of Messiah at His coming, ................
We will see when studying the Feast (see my midrash). Verses 39.The fruit of the land. It is interesting to see that the Feast were given to the Children of Israel (carnal man) while wandering in the wilderness, which is a picture of you and me in the world today, our own wilderness. The last ingathering, the fruits of the land represent the last believers (you and me) who will enter the Kingdom at the time of the fall feast or just before the second coming of Messiah יהושע. This time of harvest is no more the harvest of corn, but the harvest of fully ripe fruits (grapes, and other fruits). The wheat (believers from the first harvest during Shavuot in the spring) has produced new fruits when dying. The fall harvest in the seven month (fall season) has been always the biggest one and therefore the time of fullness and rejoicing. In Yochanan
chapter 7, we see יהושע at the feast of Tabernacle (verse1). The Yehudin knew that the end cannot come until the dispersed among the nations (gentiles) have been brought back into the fold (7:35). The last great day is called “Hoshana Rabba”, the drawing of water. In Zecharyahu 14, we see that this feast will still go on when Messiah יהושע comes back (14:16-18). Zec 14:16 And it shall be (future) that all who are left from all the gentiles (nations) which came up against Yerushalayim, shall go up from year to year to bow themselves to the Sovereign, יהוה of hosts, and to observe the Festival of Booths. Zec 14:17 And it shall be, that if anyone of the clans of the earth does not come up to Yerushalayim to bow himself to the Sovereign, יהוה of hosts, on them there is to be no rain. Zec 14:18 and if the clan of Mitsrayim does not come up and enter in, then there is no rain. On them is the plague with which יהוה plagues the gentiles who do not come up to observe the Festival of Booths. Zec 14:19 this is the punishment of Mitsrayim and the punishment of all the gentiles (nations) that do not come up to observe the Festival of Booths. Lev 23:1 And יהוה spoke to Mosheh, saying, Lev 23:2 “Speak to the children of Yisra’ĕl, and say to them, ‘The appointed times of יהוה, which you are to proclaim as set-apart gatherings, My appointed times, are these: Lev 23:3 ‘Six days work is done, but the seventh day is a Sabbath of rest, a set-apart gathering. You do no work, it is a Sabbath to יהוה in all your dwellings. Lev 23:4 ‘These are the appointed times of יהוה, set-apart gatherings which you are to proclaim at their appointed times. Lev 23:5 ‘In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month, between the evenings, is the Passover to יהוה. Lev 23:6 ‘And on the fifteenth day of this month is the Festival of Unleavened Bread to יהוה – seven days you eat unleavened bread. Lev 23:7 ‘On the first day you have a set-apart gathering, you do no servile work. Lev 23:8 ‘And you shall bring an offering made by fire to יהוה for seven days. On the seventh day is a set-apart gathering, you do no servile work.’ ” Lev 23:9 And יהוה spoke to Mosheh, saying, Lev 23:10 “Speak to the children of Yisra’ĕl, and you shall say to them, ‘When you come into the land which I give you, and shall reap its harvest, then you shall bring a sheaf of the first-fruits of your harvest to the priest. Lev 23:11 ‘And he shall wave the sheaf before יהוה, for your acceptance. On the morrow after the Sabbath the priest waves it.
Lev 23:12 ‘And on that day when you wave the sheaf, you shall prepare a male lamb a year old, a perfect one, as a burnt offering to יהוה, Lev 23:13 and its grain offering: two-tenths of an ĕphah of fine flour mixed with oil, an offering made by fire to יהוה, a sweet fragrance, and its drink offering: one-fourth of a hin of wine.
Lev 23:14 ‘And you do not eat bread or roasted grain or fresh grain until the same day that you have brought an offering to your Elohim – a law forever throughout your generations in all your dwellings. Lev 23:15 ‘And from the morrow after the Sabbath, from the day that you brought the sheaf of the wave offering, you shall count for yourselves: seven completed Sabbaths. Lev 23:16 ‘Until the morrow after the seventh Sabbath you count fifty days, then you shall bring a new grain offering to יהוה.
Lev 23:17 ‘Bring from your dwellings for a wave offering two loaves of bread, of two-tenths of an ĕphah of fine flour they are, baked with leaven, first-fruits to יהוה. Lev 23:18 ‘And besides the bread, you shall bring seven lambs a year old, perfect ones, and one young bull and two rams. They are a burnt offering to יהוה, with their grain offering and their drink offerings, an offering made by fire for a sweet fragrance to יהוה.
Lev 23:19 ‘And you shall offer one male goat as a sin offering, and two male lambs a year old, as a peace offering. Lev 23:20 ‘And the priest shall wave them, besides the bread of the first-fruits, as a wave offering before יהוה, besides the two lambs. They are set-apart to יהוה for the priest. Lev 23:21 ‘And on this same day you shall proclaim a set-apart gathering for yourselves, you do no servile work on it – a law forever in all your dwellings throughout your generations. Lev 23:22 ‘And when you reap the harvest of your land do not completely reap the corners of your field when you reap, and do not gather any gleaning from your harvest. Leave them for the poor and for the stranger. I am יהוה your Elohim.’ ” Lev 23:23 And יהוה spoke to Mosheh, saying, Lev 23:24 “Speak to the children of Yisra’ĕl, saying, ‘In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you have a rest, a remembrance of blowing of trumpets, a set-apart gathering.
Lev 23:25 ‘You do no servile work, and you shall bring an offering made by fire to יהוה.’ ” Lev 23:26 And יהוה spoke to Mosheh, saying, Lev 23:27 “On the tenth day of this seventh month is the Day of Atonement. It shall be a set-apart gathering for you. And you shall afflict your beings, and shall bring an offering made by fire to יהוה. Lev 23:28 “And you do no work on that same day, for it is the Day of Atonement, to make atonement for you before יהוה your Elohim. Lev 23:29 “For any being who is not afflicted on that same day, he shall be cut off from his people. Lev 23:30 “And any being who does any work on that same day, that being I shall destroy from the midst of his people. Lev 23:31 “You do no work – a law forever throughout your generations in all your dwellings. Lev 23:32 ‘It is a Sabbath of rest to you, and you shall afflict your beings. On the ninth day of the month at evening, from evening to evening, you observe your Sabbath.” Lev 23:33 And יהוה spoke to Mosheh, saying, Lev 23:34 “Speak to the children of Yisra’ĕl, saying, ‘On the fifteenth day of this seventh month is the Festival of Booths for seven days to יהוה.
Lev 23:35 ‘On the first day is a set-apart gathering, you do no servile work. Lev 23:36 ‘For seven days you bring an offering made by fire to יהוה. On the eighth day there shall be a set-apart gathering for you, and you shall bring an offering made by fire to יהוה. It is a closing festival, you do no servile work.
Lev 23:37 ‘These are the appointed times of יהוה which you proclaim as set-apart gatherings, to bring an offering made by fire to יהוה, a burnt offering and a grain offering, a slaughtering and drink offerings, as commanded for every day – Lev 23:38 besides the Sabbaths of יהוה, and besides your gifts, and besides all your vows, and besides all your voluntary offerings which you give to יהוה. Lev 23:39 ‘On the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when you gather in the fruit of the land, observe the festival of יהוה for seven days. On the first day is a rest, and on the eighth day a rest. Lev 23:40 ‘And you shall take for yourselves on the first day the fruit of good trees, branches of palm trees, twigs of leafy trees, and willows of the stream, and shall rejoice before יהוה your Elohim for seven days. Lev 23:41 ‘And you shall observe it as a festival to יהוה for seven days in the year – a law forever in your generations. Observe it in the seventh month.
Lev 23:42 ‘Dwell in booths for seven days; all who are native Yisra’ĕlites dwell in booths, Lev 23:43 so that your generations know that I made the children of Yisra’ĕl dwell in booths when I brought them out of the land of Mitsrayim. I am יהוה your Elohim.’ ” Lev 23:44 Thus did Mosheh speak of the appointed times of יהוה to the children of Yisra’ĕl. Chapter 24:
Command the Children of Israel (carnal man) to bring pure oil to make the lamp (menorah) to burn continually! The “menorah” burning is a picture of Messiah יהושע and the Ruach HaQodesh the Set Apart Spirit, bringing light. The menorah (lamp) was placed in the Tabernacle, a picture of the body of Messiah. The anointing represented by the oil burning in the menorah is only available through Messiah יהושע. In order to receive the light and the anointing, one must come through the door: Joh 10:9 “I am the door. Whoever enters through Me, he shall be saved, and shall go in and shall go out and find pasture. Joh 14:6 יהושע said to him, “I am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. …….
There were three doors to enter the Tabernacle: The entrance to the inner court (the way where common people had access)
- The entrance to the Tent (the truth where only the priest had access)
- The entrance to the Qadosh place (the life where only the High Priest had access)
יהושע says: Verse 5-7. And you shall take fine flour and bake twelve cakes………….and thou shall set them in two rows…..upon the pure table before יהוה …….. and you shall put clear frankincense on each row
These verses contain many hidden truth. The fine flour represents the purity and holiness brought by crushing the corn (Children of Israel, you and me), twelve cakes fro the twelve tribes of Israel. The frankincense is the sweet odour of the saints’ prayers ascending before the throne of יהוה .
Rev 8:4 and the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the set-apart ones, went up before Elohim from the hand of the messenger.
In two rows: Two been the number for division (B’reshit 1:7-8), representing the future splitting of the House of Israel and the House of Yehuda. The number six, the number of man shows that it was not יהוה’s will for His children.
Verses 10-16 The son of the Israelite woman blasphemed the Name of יהוה and was put to death:
1Jn 5:16 If anyone sees his brother sinning a sin, not unto death, he shall ask, and He shall give him life for those not sinning unto death. There is a sin unto death. I do not say that he should pray about that.
Mar 3:28 “Truly, I say to you, all the sins shall be forgiven the sons of men, and whatever blasphemies they speak, Mar 3:29 but he who blasphemes against the Set-apart Spirit has no forgiveness forever, but is subject to everlasting judgment,”
Verse 20. Fracture for fracture, eye for eye, tooth for tooth;…………….
Mat 5:38 “You heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth,’
Mat 5:39 but I say to you, do not resist the wicked. But whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also.
We shall remark that יהושע do not say I change the saying but he just add “do not resist the wicked, but whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. Who are the wicked, are they not those who where abusing people with their “takanot” doctrines of the Pharisee because they were the one making “halachah”, the way to interpret the Torah? The meaning of turning of other check is not as Christianity teaches, to give his face for a slap, but in the context of “love your neighbour has yourselves”:
Tobbia from Yashanet writes: This is one of the most commonly misunderstood concepts in Judaism. Ask most people and they will say that this has something to do with "retaliation in the Old Testament" versus "love and forgiveness in the New Testament." This is incorrect - Judaism has never interpreted the verse in this fashion. The Torah command regarding "eye for eye" had to do with providing for limited liability in matters of legal compensation. Here Yeshua is teaching to go beyond the minimum required of you, especially when you have wronged someone.(turning the other check when one slap you on the right check)…….
In the Torah the rule is that when somebody abuses his neighbor or any man, the one abused brought him to the judge who gave him compensation (read Vayyira/Lev.6:1-6). Now the measures are made in imagery, i.e. the value of an eye, thus an eye for an eye. In no case was and eye to be removed for the person. I is the same with the slap in the face, the man slapped brought his opponent to the judge who determined the price to pay for reparation. יהושעgoes behind and tells his disciples to go more then it was required by the Torah.
Mat 5:25 Agree with thine adversary (opponent) quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary (opponent) deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison. Mat 5:26 Verily I say unto thee, Thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou hast paid the uttermost farthing (paid fully thy debt).
Verse 22. You are to have one right-ruling, for the stranger and for the native…………
Right ruling: Strong’s #H4941 משׁפּט “mishpat” From H8199; properly a verdict (favourable or unfavourable) pronounced judicially, especially a sentence or formal decree (human or (particularly) divine law, individual or collectively), including the act, the place, the suit, the crime, and the penalty; abstractly justice, including a particular right, or privilege (statutory or customary), or even a style: - + adversary, ceremony, charge, X crime, custom, desert, determination, discretion, disposing, due, fashion, form, to be judged, judgment, just (-ice, -ly), (manner of) law (-ful), manner, measure, (due) order, ordinance, right, sentence, usest, X worthy, + wrong.
Stranger. Strong’s #H1616, גּר ger êr gêyr gare, gare written gimel, resh. From H1481; properly a guest; by implication a foreigner: - alien, sojourner, stranger.
It is amazing to me that today Christians proclaim to be “free from the law” when Elohim says that there is one law for the Children of Israel and for the “Ger”, the stranger. D’varim 6:4 confirm that there is ONLY ONE ELOHIM:
Deu 6:4 “Hear, O Yisra’ĕl: יהוה our Elohim, יהוה is one!
This means that He is also the Elohim of the none Israelite, no matter what they think about it!
Lev 24:1 And יהוה spoke to Mosheh, saying, Lev 24:2 “Command the children of Yisra’ĕl that they bring to you clear oil of pressed olives for the light, to make the lamps burn continually. Lev 24:3 “Outside the veil of the Witness, in the Tent of Meeting, Aharon is to arrange it from evening until morning before יהוה continually – a law forever throughout your generations. Lev 24:4 “He is to arrange the lamps on the clean gold lampstand before יהוה continually. Lev 24:5 “And you shall take fine flour and bake twelve cakes with it, two-tenths of an ĕphah in each cake. Lev 24:6 “And you shall set them in two rows, six in a row, on the clean table before יהוה.
Lev 24:7 “And you shall put clear frankincense on each row, and it shall be on the bread as a remembrance portion, an offering made by fire to יהוה. Lev 24:8 “On every Sabbath he is to arrange it before יהוה continually, from the children of Yisra’ĕl – an everlasting covenant. Lev 24:9 “And it shall be for Aharon and his sons, and they shall eat it in the set-apart place, because it is most set-apart to him from the offerings of יהוה made by fire – an everlasting law.” Lev 24:10 And the son of an Yisra’ĕlite woman, whose father was a Mitsrite, went out among the children of Yisra’ĕl. And the Yisra’ĕlite woman’s son and a man of Yisra’ĕl strove in the camp. Lev 24:11 And the Yisra’ĕlite woman’s son blasphemed the Name, and cursed. So they brought him to Mosheh. Now his mother’s name was Shelomith the daughter of Diḇri, of the tribe of Dan. Lev 24:12 And they put him in under guard, that it might be declared to them at the mouth of יהוה. Lev 24:13 And יהוה spoke to Mosheh, saying, Lev 24:14 “Bring the one who has cursed outside the camp, and all those who heard him shall lay their hands on his head, and all the congregation shall stone him. Lev 24:15 “And speak to the children of Yisra’ĕl, saying, ‘Anyone who curses his Elohim shall bear his sin. Lev 24:16 ‘And he who blasphemes the Name of יהוה shall certainly be put to death, and all the congregation certainly stone him, the stranger as well as the native. When he blasphemes the Name, he is put to death. Lev 24:17 ‘And he who smites the life from any man shall certainly be put to death.
Lev 24:18 ‘And he who smites a beast repays it, body for body. Lev 24:19 ‘And when a man inflicts a blemish upon his neighbour, as he has done so it is done to him:
Lev 24:20 ‘Fracture for fracture, eye for eye, tooth for tooth; as he inflicts a blemish upon him, so it is done to him.
Lev 24:21 ‘And he who smites a beast repays it, and he who smites a man to death is put to death.
Lev 24:22 ‘You are to have one right-ruling, for the stranger and for the native, for I am יהוה your Elohim.’ ”
Lev 24:23 And Mosheh spoke to the children of Yisra’ĕl, and they brought the one who cursed outside the camp, and stoned him with stones. And the children of Yisra’ĕl did as יהוה commanded Mosheh.
Eze 44:15 “But the priests, the Lĕwites, the sons of Tsaḏoq, who guarded the duty of My set-apart place when the children of Yisra’ĕl went astray from Me, they shall draw near to Me to serve Me, and shall stand before Me to bring to Me the fat and the blood,” declares the Master יהוה. Eze 44:16 “They shall enter My set-apart place, and they shall draw near to My table to serve Me, and they shall guard My charge. Eze 44:17 “And it shall be, when they enter the gates of the inner courtyard, that they put on linen garments, and no wool shall come upon them while they attend within the gates of the inner courtyard or within the house. Eze 44:18 “They shall have linen turbans on their heads and linen trousers on their bodies, they shall not gird themselves with sweat.
Eze 44:19 “And when they go out to the outer courtyard, to the outer courtyard to the people, they shall take off their garments in which they have attended, and shall leave them in the set-apart rooms, and shall put on other garments. And they shall set apart the people in their set-apart garments. Eze 44:20 “And their heads they shall not shave, nor shall they let their hair grow long – they shall keep their hair well trimmed.
Eze 44:21 “And no priest is to drink wine when he comes into the inner court. Eze 44:22 “And they do not take as wife a widow or a divorced woman, but take maidens of the seed of the house of Yisra’ĕl, or widows of priests. Eze 44:23 “And they are to teach My people the difference between the set-apart and the profane, and make them know what is unclean and clean. Eze 44:24 “And they are to stand as judges in a dispute, and judge it according to My right-rulings. And they are to guard My Torot and My laws in all My appointed festivals, and set apart My Sabbaths. Eze 44:25 “And they are not to defile themselves by coming near a dead man. Only for a father or mother, for a son or daughter, for a brother or unmarried sister they defile themselves. Eze 44:26 “And after his cleansing, they count seven days for him, Eze 44:27 and on the day that he comes into the inner court of the set-apart place to attend in the set-apart place, he brings his sin offering,” declares the Master יהוה. Eze 44:28 “And it shall be to them for an inheritance, I am their inheritance. And you give them no possession in Yisra’ĕl – I am their possession. Eze 44:29 “The grain offering, and the sin offering, and the guilt offering they are to eat, and all that is dedicated in Yisra’ĕl is theirs. Eze 44:30 “And the first of all the first-fruits of all, and every contribution of all, of all your contributions, belong to the priests. And the first of your ground meal you give to the priest, so that a blessing rests on your house. Eze 44:31 “The priests are not to eat any bird or beast found dead or torn to pieces. 1Pe 2:4 Drawing near to Him, a living Stone – rejected indeed by men, but chosen by Elohim and precious – 1Pe 2:5 you also, as living stones, are being built up, a spiritual house, a set-apart priesthood, to offer up spiritual slaughter offerings acceptable to Elohim through יהושע Messiah. 1Pe 2:6 Because it is contained in the Scripture, “See, I lay in Tsiyon a chief corner-stone, chosen, precious, and he who believes on Him shall by no means be put to shame.”1 Footnote: 1Isa. 28:16. 1Pe 2:7 This preciousness, then, is for you who believe; but to those who are disobedient, “The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief corner-stone,”1 Footnote: 1Ps. 118:22. 1Pe 2:8 and “A stone of stumbling and a rock that makes for falling,”1 who stumble because they are disobedient2 to the Word, to which they also were appointed. Footnotes: 1Isa. 8:14. 2See John 3:36, Heb. 3:18. 1Pe 2:9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a set-apart nation, a people for a possession, that you should proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvellous light, 1Pe 2:10 who once were not a people, but now the people of Elohim; who had not obtained compassion, but now obtained compassion.
May יהוה bless you as you keep the way through Messiah יהושע