I have desired to share something with others for a while; maybe a year at least on this particular topic (I typically have about ten topics making their rounds in my head that I want to write about and share). This particular one is starting to really take shape after much prayer and actually doing the instruction which has opened my understanding a great deal which is the whole point by the way.  I want to share my personal experience and would very much enjoy to challenge you, hear your thoughts, and read your experiences on this very same matter if any of you out there have been pressed upon like I have to accomplish this “word”

It began with a curiosity as I was reading about it in Scripture mostly having to do with prophecy. It appears to be one of those “markers” to look for as we near the end of the age. I am speaking of “that which is continual”  and the fact that it is going to be “taken away”

If that which is continual is going to be taken away… then I was wondering: “What is it exactly?” and “Who is doing it?” and “Should I be doing it too?”

These were my initial questions.

So I set out to learn about the “morning and evening” and what it entailed the best way I know how today… and that is by DOING. So here is my quest and what I have come to understand so far.

The “what is it?” part always begins with Scripture study. I enjoy searching out all the times it is spoken of in Scripture, the context, the literal meaning, the metaphorical meaning, and the hidden meaning. I will lay that out for you now:

For seven days you shall make atonement for the altar, and set it apart. And the altar shall be most set-apart – whatever touches the altar is to be set-apart. And this is what you prepare on the altar: two lambs, a year old, daily, continually.

Prepare the one lamb in the morning, and the other lamb you prepare between the evenings, and one-tenth of an ephah of flour mixed with one-fourth of a hin of pressed oil, and one-fourth of a hin of wine as a drink offering, with the one lamb.

And prepare the other lamb between the evenings. And with it prepare the grain offering and the drink offering, as in the morning, for a sweet fragrance, an offering made by fire to YaHUaH –

a continual burnt offering for your generations at the door of the Tent of Meeting before YaHUaH, where I shall meet with you to speak with you.

And there I shall meet with the children of Yisra’el, and it shall be set apart by My esteem.

And I shall set apart the Tent of Meeting and the altar. And Aharon and his sons I set apart to serve as priests to Me. And I shall dwell in the midst of the children of Yisra’el and shall be their Elohim. And they shall know that I am YaHUaH their Elohim, who brought them up out of the land of Egypt, to dwell in their midst. I am YaHUaH their Elohim.  Exodus 29:37-46

The next time this continual morning and evening offering is mentioned is in Numbers Chapter 28

And YaHUaH spoke to Mosheh, saying, “Command the children of Yisra’el, and you shall say to them, “Take heed to bring My offering, My food for My offerings made by fire as a sweet fragrance to Me, at their appointed time,’

And you shall say to them, “This is the offering made by fire which you bring to YaHUaH: two male lambs a year old, perfect ones, daily, a continual burnt offering.

The one lamb you prepare in the morning, and the other lamb you prepare between the evenings, with one-tenth of an ephah of fine flour as a grain offering mixed with one-fourth of a hin of pressed oil, a continual burnt offering which was offered at Mount Sinai for a sweet fragrance, an offering made by fire to YaHUaH, and its drink offering, one-fourth of a hin for each lamb. Pour out the drink to YaHUaH as an offering in the set-apart place.

And the other lamb you prepare between the evenings. As the morning grain offering and its drink offering, you prepare it as an offering made by fire, a sweet fragrance to YaHUah.

And on the Sabbath day two lambs a year old, perfect ones, and two-tenths [of an ephah] of fine flour as a grain offering, mixed with oil, with its drink offering, the burnt offering for every Sabbath, besides the continual burnt offering with its drink offering.   Numbers 28:1-9

King Solomon spoke of the continual morning and evening:

see, I am building a House for the Name of YaHUaH my Elohim, to set it apart to Him, to burn before Him sweet incense, and for the continual showbread, and for the burnt offerings morning and evening, on the Sabbaths, and on the New Moons, and on the appointed times of YaHUaH our Elohim. This is for Yisra’el forever.   2 Chronicles 2:4

Through these Scripture instructions and their context, I learned that the morning and evening daily and continual is in fact – an olah offering, a *wholly* burnt offering, A Lamb. Perfect lambs a year old and they were to be sacrificed and placed upon the altar of burning. They were a burnt offering which means they were an offering that resulted in  a lifting up or rising smell within the resulting smoke. This was a “sweet savor” to YaHUaH Elohim. AND a very important part to the bringing of this offering was YaHUaH said that as this offering is brought to the door of the Tent of Meeting… He will meet with us there and speak to us.

olah {o-law’} or עולה `owlah {o-law’} f act part of 05927; TWOT – 1624c,1624d; n f AV – burnt offering 264, burnt sacrifice 21, ascent 1, go up 1; 289 1) whole burnt offering 2) ascent, stairway, steps

A continual “going up” and continual offering that is “going up” “ascending”

`alah {aw-law’} a primitive root; TWOT – 1624; v AV – (come, etc…) up 676, offer 67, come 22, bring 18, ascend 15, go 12, chew 9, offering 8, light 6, increase 4, burn 3, depart 3, put 3, spring 2, raised 2, arose 2, break 2, exalted 2, misc 33; 889 1) to go up, ascend, climb 1a) (Qal) 1a1) to go up, ascend 1a2) to meet, visit, follow, depart, withdraw, retreat 1a3) to go up, come up (of animals) 1a4) to spring up, grow, shoot forth (of vegetation) 1a5) to go up, go up over, rise (of natural phenomenon) 1a6) to come up (before God) 1a7) to go up, go up over, extend (of boundary) 1a8) to excel, be superior to 1b) (Niphal) 1b1) to be taken up, be brought up, be taken away 1b2) to take oneself away 1b3) to be exalted 1c) (Hiphil) 1c1) to bring up, cause to ascend or climb, cause to go up 1c2) to bring up, bring against, take away 1c3) to bring up, draw up, train 1c4) to cause to ascend 1c5) to rouse, stir up (mentally) 1c6) to offer, bring up (of gifts) 1c7) to exalt 1c8) to cause to ascend, offer 1d) (Hophal) 1d1) to be carried away, be led up 1d2) to be taken up into, be inserted in 1d3) to be offered 1e) (Hithpael) to lift oneself

The primitive and basic meaning of this word “olah” is the idea of lifting “something” up over yourself (or something else) and placing that something on your neck or the neck of something else. It is the idea of “yoking.” It could be many things such as a shawl, a mist, leaves as in a covering, a necklace.  Primarily in the ancient times, this “thing” was a shepherd’s staff:

 The ayin and lamed literally express, “experience the staff” [Jeff Benner, Ancient Hebrew         Research Center]

Some other very significant aspects of this specific morning and evening lamb offering are:

Wholly and completely burnt all except the blood.

Blood must be placed at the base or against the altar of sacrifice

Offering slaughtered not by the priest, but by the person bringing the offering.

There are other sacrifices which are burned but they are not called “olah” offerings because they are not wholly burned… therefore the fact that it is called olah because of the rising smoke does not express the reason it is called an “olah” offering. As we have already seen, it has more to do with the raising up of a necklace, chain, staff, or yoke upon the neck. So the key appears to be that alone among the sacrificial offerings… the olah is wholly burnt. Think about that for a moment. What does this say about this offering when it relates to Yahusha? To me? To you?

Thus, the whole animal is brought up to the altar and the whole is offered as a gift to YaHUaH. Did you see that? The “whole” is offered as a “gift” You see, it appears that yes, the offering is burnt but the burning, the smoke and all the rest that goes with this olah offering is very much secondary to the purpose. The primary picture and purpose of this offering that is continual and to stand in perpetuity morning and evening is that it is a GIFT that is given willingly and in its ENTIRETY. No one benefits from this offering in the form of food, clothing, or any other thing. Very important points to ponder as well.

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Sometimes, a sacrifice was performed by the priest, but for the olah not so (those bringing their sin and fellowship sacrifices slaughtered them as well). It was essential that the blood be put on the altar. This lamb is killed by the worshipper him or herself beside the altar, after which the priest poured the blood against or upon the altar. Only after the worshiper had skinned and cut up the animal and washed the parts in water was the whole animal conveyed to the priest. He then takes it to the altar and arrages it there where it was wholly burned up.

The olah is offered for specific reasons. In times of joy and celebration, an olah is a gift to express that joy and to reverence YaHUaH. The olah is not associated with negativity or horrors of death. Common to the olah is the overriding awareness of the need to give honor and homage to the Elohim who is holy.

Another interesting aspect of this offering is what is brought with it: Grain, Oil, and Wine. When I was meditating on these items I received a wonderful understanding of these things. I am not saying that what I am about to share is the entire and only meaning… only that I felt like it was pretty fantastic to consider the concepts. The following is what was brought to my mind…

There are other items in the Torah that also receive the designation of: continual.

These are: The shewbread

The oil and light of the menorrah

The incense upon the altar of incense.

Pondering all these I realized what they have in common is that they ALL were items that were kept in the Holy Place (The Set apart Place). Additionally, when we think about all these they have incredible symbolism when it comes to representing our Messiah Yahusha. He too — is continual. He is the beginning and the end, the Aleph Tav, He was – He is – He is to come. He most assuredly is continual and stands in perpetuity. Therefore it stands to reason that all these visible pictures in our seen realm represent Him… standing continually and in perpetuity. Add to these characteristics the perfect Lamb and it become obvious to me that this morning and evening continual and daily are pictures of Messiah and are related to Him intimately.

Now, all these items that are brought with the morning and evening continual offering of the lamb could go into the Set Apart Place. The shewbread represented by the grain, the oil that provides the source of the light of the menorrah represented by the pure olive oil, the drink offering of wine is represented by the wine. All these can exist in the Set Apart Place. But the lamb and the blood do not go in. The lamb is wholly burned and the blood goes on the altar. Just as we are told by our Master Himself:

Yahusha therefore said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of  Adam and drink His blood, you possess no life in yourselves. He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood possesses everlasting life, and I shall raise him up in the last day. For My flesh is truly food, and My blood is truly drink. He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood stays in Me, and I in him. As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Fahter, so he who feeds on Me shall live because of Me.” John :53-57

And also Paul tells us:

The spiritual, however, was not first, but the natural, and afterward the spiritual. The first man was of the earth, earthy; the second Man is the Master from heaven. As is the earthy, so also are those who are earthy; and as is the heavenly, so also are those who are heavenly. And as we have borne the likeness of the earthy, we shall also bear the likeness of the heavenly. And this I say, brothers, that flesh and blood is unable to inherit the reign of Elohim, neither does corruption inherit incorruption. 1 Corinthians 15:46-50

So there we see the literal meaning of the morning and evening daily continual offering. It was a perfect male lamb and it was a gift of honor and thanks to Elohim and it was wholly burned. It was offered by a member of the Israelite community with fine flour, pure oil, and wine.

So there I was about 9 months ago praying and pondering how I was to accomplish this morning and evening daily and continual offering for my King. I received a limited understanding that the lamb was me. As I put on Yahusha, eat His flesh, drink His blood… we become one. I was to come to the altar in the morning and in the evening before YaHUaH, place His yoke upon my neck,  and offer myself and a wholly burnt offering. I have the flesh, I am made from earth just as the grain is produce of the earth, I have the Spirit of Elohim in me which is the oil, and I have the wine which is my blood. This brought up even more questions.

What was I to do there? What times are the mornings and evenings? The entire idea was a big mystery to me and yet I was being instructed by the Set Apart Spirit to accomplish this. I knew from study that the third hour and ninth hour of each day holds significance and so I just started there. I stopped whatever I was doing at 9 AM and 3 PM each day, faced East and I did understand I am to offer something. But what did I have to offer????? I was confounded about this for a little bit and I truly was searching and praying for answers in this area. I had understanding to “be there” and I also had understanding that this was not a time for me to ask of YaHUaH favor and blessings of any kind, or healing, or anything like that. This…. *this* was different. I could sense that in my innermost parts.

Then… He told me. I am to bring the “Bulls of my lips.” Let me share with you the Scripture:

O Yisra’el, return to YaHUaH your Elohim, for you have stumbled by your crookedness. Take words with you, and return to YaHUaH. Say to Him, “Take away all crookedness, and accept what is good, and we render the bulls of our lips.”  Hoshea 14:1-2

Through Him then, let us continually offer up a slaughter of praise to Elohim, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His Name.  Hebrews 13:15

With each passing day and week I began to receive increased and greater understanding of what this offering is about. Along with this I want to share a confession. As I began to understand that this morning and evening, daily and continual offering was one of Praise, Honor, Thanksgiving, and Joy over Him… I soon realized that sadly, I did not know how to come to Elohim with Praise and Honor alone! How shamed I was. I was shamed but it was mixed with gladness too because I now have an opportunity to learn, change, and grow. I soon realized I do not know how to Praise my King. I was so accustomed to going to Him and asking Him for blessings, talking to Him about my known sin and transgression, asking for His forgiveness and help and giving thanks to Him. But what about all the honor, praise, glory, and esteem!!?? I had no clue!

So I spent some days in sadness, knowing my condition and not having an answer as to how to correct (quickly) my problem. Certainly it was not that praise and honor were not in my heart for Him but I NEEDED the WORDS on my lips and to come out of my mouth before Him. Then it occurred to me. Let me begin reading the Psalms of Praise of King David and let King David teach me how to properly Esteem my King. If anyone knew how to Praise YaHUaH, it was King David. So that is what I did. I would write down some lines of Psalms of Praise and learn them. I said them before my Father morning and evening. You know what? I can now Praise Him without hesitation. The words are there, they flow out of my lips. Many times I have begun to cry with joy with overwhelming emotion towards Him for all that He is. Now I don’t have enough words! I need more and more and more words to express how I love, adore, esteem Him and His Majestic Name! It truly is incredible what has happened to me on this journey that began nearly nine months ago. I am so very thankful too.

So I have learned the literal meaning of the morning and evening continual. I have learned some of the metaphorical meaning and some of the hidden meaning too. Lastly, I would like to return just for a few words concerning the “raising a staff and placing on the neck”  — the meaning of Olah, and Olah Offering. In one simple word picture… it is a yoke. In this life, each and every one of us are yoked to something. And there are only two forces that exists whether we believe them or not. One force is YaHUaH’s Spirit and the other is the spirit of the adversary, the rebellious one. That is it. We are either Yoked to God or yoked to sin and transgression. We can look around us and see the yoke of the enemy and I will not even try to name them all here. The entire category could simply fall under bondage and death.

Here is the testimony of our Master of His Yoke:

All have been handed over to Me by My Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father. Nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and he to whom the Son wishes to reveal Him.

Come to Me, all you who labor and are burndened, and I shall gie you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am meek and humble in heart, and you shall find rest for your beings.

For My yoke is gentle and My burden is light. Matthew 11:27-30

I can say with certainty these Words are sure and true. I *know* this without a doubt. Not by reading, studying, or writing or thinking; but by doing and experiencing it in my life. This is Hebraic Faith, it is action, proving, doing, learning. Walking out the lifestyle and path of Torah.

Father YaHUaH said the same thing through the Prophet Jeremiah:

Thus said YHUH, “Stand in the ways and see, and ask for the old paths, where the good way is, and walk in it; and find rest for yourselves…” Jeremiah 6:16

So many of the patriarchs speak to us concerning yokes, and also Paul:

In the freedom with which Messiah has made us free, stand firm, then, and do not again be held with a yoke of slavery. Galatians 5:1

I am sure there are loads more to be revealed on this topic and I will share what I learn as I learn more and more. Please share if this article has sparked something in you. Are you accomplishing your morning and evening daily continual olah offering? Yes, it could mean a death sentence upon us in these coming and last days of this age. But what a way to go out, huh? Praising and honoring our King with His Great Esteem on our lips. Worthy is the Lamb.

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