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Hebrews (Ibrim) Chapter 9

Hebrews Chapter 9

1 Now the first [covenant] indeed had regulations of worship and the earthly set-apart place.

Right away I remind everyone (even myself) that Sha’ul is talking about the PRIESTHOOD, not the covenant. As anyone can plainly see – covenant WAS NOT in the original text – but was ADDED. That is why it is in italics!! So let us read it as it was written: now the first indeed had regulations of worship and the earthly set-apart place.

What had regulations of worship? The priesthood!

What had the earthly set-apart place? The priesthood and called out assembly. And then Shaul goes on to describe more of the earthly, made with hands, tabernacle.

2 For a Tent was prepared: the first part, in which was the lampstand, and the table, and the showbread, which is called the Set-apart Place.

3 And after the second veil, the part of the Tent which is called Most Set-apart,

4 to which belonged the golden censer, and the ark of the covenant overlaid on all sides with gold, in which were the golden pot that held the manna, and the rod of Aharon that budded, and the tablets of the covenant,

5 and above it the kerubim of esteem were overshadowing the place of atonement – about which we do not now speak in detail.

6 And these having been prepared like this, the priests always went into the first part of the Tent, accomplishing the services.

The set apart place was entered into by the priests daily for themselves and the people, to fulfill the instructions of our Father. Has anything changed for today or should anything have changed for us today?

Let’s read some verses concerning this from the Messianic Writings.                                                             Acts 3:2 “And a certain man, lame from his birth, was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the Set-apart Place which is called Yaphah (Beautiful or Lovely), to ask alms from those entering into the Set-apart Place.                                                                                                                                        Acts 5:42 “And daily in the Set-apart Place, and in every house, they did not cease teaching and bringing the Good News: Yahusha the Messiah!”                                                                                                  Acts 17:11 “Now these (Beroia) were more nobel than those in Thessalonike, who received the word with great eagerness, and searched the Scriptures daily, if these [words] were so.

We can liken the set apart place of the tent, as our inner man (person) where we are to daily light our spirit with Messiah to keep our lamps burning. The table of showbread – the nourishment of His Word daily to keep us on the right path.

7 But into the second part the high priest went alone once a year, not without blood, which he offered for himself and for sins of ignorance of the people,

Here is a reading from the Torah concerning sins of ignorance and the loving instruction given on how to deal with this type of sin or missing the mark – which is ONLY shown to us by His Torah (Instructions and Guidance).

Numbers 15:15-28 “One law is for you of the assembly and for the stranger who sojourns with you – a law forever throughout your generations As you are, so is the stranger before YaHUaH. One Torah and one right-ruling is for you and for the stranger who sojourns with you. And YaHUaH spoke to Mosheh, saying, “Speak to the children of Yisra’el, and say to them,’When you come into the land to which I bring you, then it shall be, when you eat of the bread of the land, that you present a contribution to YaHUaH. Present a cake of the first of your dough as a contribution – as a contribution of the threshing-floor you present it. Of the first of your dough you are to give to YaHUaH a contribution throughout your generations. And when you sin by mistake, and do not do all these command which YaHUaH has spoken to Mosheh, all that YaHUaH has commanded you by the hand of Mosheh, from the day YaHUaH gave command and onward throughout your generations, then it shall be, if it is done by mistake, without the knowledge of the congregation, that all the congregation shall prepare one young bull as a burnt offering, as a sweet fragrance to YaHUaH, with its grain offering and its drink offering, according to the right-ruling, and one male goat as a sin offering. Then the priest shall make atonement for all the congregation of the children of Yisra’el, and it shall be forgiven them, for it was by mistake. And they shall bring their offering, an offering made by fire to YaHUaH, and their sin offering before YaHUaH, for their mistake. And it shall be forgiven all the congregation of the children of Yisra’el and the stranger who sojourns in their midst, because all the people did it bymistake. And if a being sins by mistake, then he shall bring a female goat a year old as a sin offering. And the priest shall make atonement for the being who strays by mistake, when he sins by mistake before YaHUaH, to make atonement for him, and it shall be forgiven him.

8 the Set-apart Spirit signifying this, that the way into the Most Set-apart Place was not yet made manifest while the first Tent has a standing,

I am reminded here that the sons of Israel and the mixed multitude at this time knew that what they were doing, how they were doing it, and when they were doing it – was a pattern of that which was in heaven! Father had already given the pattern to Mosheh and Mosheh gave the pattern to the assembly. So much of what they were doing, they were doing through faith and faith alone. They were doing it – because Father said to do it. The first part of the tent (the Set-apart place) was entered daily by the priests. They went in and they went out, taking care of the lighting of the menorah, the table of shewbread, the incense. But this Most Set-apart Place, they knew was different because the of “special” instructions that went along with being able to ‘enter into it.’ A perfect ‘mystery’ of the gift The Messiah!

9 which was a parable for the present time in which both gifts and slaughters are offered which are unable to perfect the one serving, as to his conscience,

“….. as to his conscience,” why does Shaul separate out these specific words? We will see below in the next verse that he will explain that much of the rituals that the mediators (earthly priests) went through for service, were to obtain cleansing/sanctification of the “bodies” —- the vessels for service. The administration and administrators were pictures of what is in the heavens, the throne room and the tabernacle.

10 only as to foods and drinks, and different washings, and fleshly regulations imposed until a time of setting [matters] straight.

In the wilderness tabernacle and thereafter – a teaching and picture HAD to be accomplished. The teachings, doings, and pictures had to answer questions like: who is YaHUaH? what is He like? What does He require of us? What does He consider unrighteousness? What does He call clean or unclean? What is His heart? These teachings and pictures rested upon the shoulders of the priests until the occasion of restoration of the true heavenly picture of Messiah as High Priest would come to pass. The entire NATION were to be priests if we remember, but transgression happened.

11 But Messiah, having become a High Priest of the coming good [matters], through the greater and more perfect Tent not made with hands, that is, not of this creation,

12 entered into the Most Set-apart Place once for all, not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood, having obtained everlasting redemption.

13 For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the defiled, sets apart for the cleansing of the flesh,

Clearly, Sha’ul re-affirms the necessity of the Instructions from YaHUaH concerning the requirement of cleansing of our flesh in verse 13. The blood of bulls and goats, the ashes of the red heifer, sprinkling of the ashes mixed with water onto those who had been in contact with the dead DID cleanse the flesh. These instructions were given by our Creator and He declared that they DID cleanse us, so that we could approach Him and not be destroyed by His Holiness.

14 how much more shall the blood of the Messiah, who through the everlasting Spirit offered Himself unblemished to Elohim, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living Elohim?

“Renewing of the mind…….”

15 And because of this He is the Mediator of a renewed covenant, so that, death having taken place for redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant, those who are called might receive the promise of the everlasting inheritance.

Clearly we see that the Aharonic and Levitical Priesthood were mediating THE covenant between Yahuah and us in all the earthly vessels as instructed through Mosheh, and Messiah is mediating THE covenant, THE SAME COVENANT that is now in fleshly vessels!

16 For where a covenant is, it is necessary for the death of the covenanted one to be established.

17 For a covenant over those dead is firm, since it is never valid while the covenanted one is living.

Beloved, this is why it is a “Blood” Covenant.

18 Therefore not even the first [covenant] **remember, we are still talking about the priesthood or type of mediation here, don’t get fooled*** was instituted without blood.

19 For when, according to Torah, every command had been spoken by Mosheh to all the people, he took the blood of calves and goats, with water, and scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book itself and all the people,

20 saying, “This is the blood of the covenant which Elohim commanded you.”

21 And in the same way he sprinkled with blood both the Tent and all the vessels of the service.

22 And, according to the Torah, almost all is cleansed with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.

23 It was necessary, then, that the copies of the heavenly ones should be cleansed with these, but the heavenly ones themselves with better slaughter [offerings] than these.

24 For Messiah has not entered into a Set-apart Place made by hand – figures of the true – but into the heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of Elohim on our behalf,

25 not that He should offer Himself often, as the high priest enters into the Set-apart Place year by year with blood not his own.

Yom HaKippurim, Day of Atonement or Coverings. We are privileged to rehearse this day each and every year according to the instructions given to us by YaHUaH in Leviticus chapter 23. It is a rehearsal to prepare us for a very, very important time and day coming to us in the future. I implore anyone reading this work to obey the instruction and be blessed. In doing this – you will be ready for your deliverance when our Messiah comes.

26 For if so, He would have had to suffer often, since the foundation of the world. But now He has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to put away sin by the offering of Himself.

27 And as it awaits men to die once, and after this the judgment,

28 so also the Messiah, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, shall appear a second time, apart from sin, to those waiting for Him, unto deliverance.

Shalom.

Hebrews (Ibrim) Chapter 8

Chapter 8

1 Now the summary of what we are saying is: We have such a High Priest, who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Greatness in the heavens,

I cannot help but just sit back and ponder this statement by Sha’ul for awhile. I am not sure many believers can even comprehend what this statement means because we do not have any familiarity with priests. Many (most) of us grow up attending a church, or not, and have never seen a person act as a priest or conduct themselves as a priest before and/or for the people/congregation/assembly. It stands to reason, then,  that if we cannot understand/comprehend what it means to have a High Priest – we are truly missing out on some of the character and fullness of who our beloved Messiah is AND all He does/did for us AND even adds to prove that He IS THE Prophesied Messiah and the only One who can be. So I would like to take a “time out” to cover some of this for us before we just continue to skim over these important words.

How did/does  YaHUsHa fit the description of our High Priest?

 Messiah  High Priest
 Brings Bread & Wine  Matthew 26:26  Genesis 14:18
 Wears Set-apart Garments  Revelation 10:1  Exodus 29:30, 39:41, 30:4
 Burns Incense Daily  Revelation 8:3-4  Exodus 30:7
 Keeps the Lamp Lit  Revelation 4, 8  Exodus 30:8
 Makes Atonement  Romans 5:11, Matthew 26:28  Exodus 30:10
 Olah Offering  John 3:14, John 8:28, John 12:32  Leviticus 1
 Minchah Offering  Hebrews 4:15, 9:28  Leviticus 2
 chatat Offering (sin)  Luke 5:21, Acts 5:31, Colossians 1:14  Leviticus 4
 Shalamim Offering (peace)  Luke 1:76-79, John 16:33, 20:21, Romans 5:1  Leviticus 3
 Asham Offering (guilt or trespass)  2 Corinthians 5:19, Ephesians 2:1, Colossians 2:13, Revelation 1:5  Leviticus 5
 Bears the guilt  Hebrews 9:28  Isaiah 53:11-12

Brings Bread and Wine: Genesis 14:18, Matthew 26:26

Wearing of Set -apart garments: Exodus 29:30, 39:41, Ex 30:4, Revelation 10:1

Burn’s sweet incense daily: Ex 30:7, Revelation 8:3-4

Lighting the lamp nightly: Ex 30:8, Revelation 4, 8

Makes atonement: Ex 30:10, Romans 5:11

Leviticus 16

Putting fire on the altar and arranging the wood Revelation 8:5

Makes atonement for sin and guilt. Matthew 26:28

Olah offering (lifted up, heave, elevation, burnt) – a perfect male, slaughtered at the door of the temple, blood sprinkled around the altar. Lev 1, John 3:14, John 8:28, John 12:32

Minchah offering (bloodless, meal, grain) – fine flour, oil, frankincense. Lev 2, Hebrews 4:15, Hebrews 9:28

chatat offering (sin) – a slaughtered young bull, dip His finger in the blood and sprinkle seven times in front of the veil, and some blood on the horns of the altar, pour blood out at the base of the brazen altar. All the fat, two kidneys and their fat and the fat associated with the liver is burned on the altar. All the skin and its fleh with head and legs and entrail and dung are taken outside of the camp at the place where the ashes are dumped and it is burned on wood with fire. Lev 4, Luke 5:21, 24, Acts 5:31, Col 1:14

shalamim offering (peace) – perfect animal, sprinkling blood of slaughter onto the altar all around. Removing the fat associated with the entrails, two kidneys and their fat and burn it on the altar Lev 3, Luke 1:76-79, John 16:33, John 20:21, Romans 5:1, Ephesians 2:14, Colossians 1:20

Asham offering (guilt, trespass) – not revealing a sin, touching any unclean matter whether man, carcass, beast, or unclean creeping thing, swearing rashly with an oath. Bring a female lamb or goat. Lev 5                      The priest shall take his hand filled with the fine flour (if one is too poor for the lamb, goat, or pigeon) as a remembrance portion, and burn it on the altar. Lev 5, 2 Corinthians 5:19, Ephesians 2:1, Colossians 2:13, Revelation 1:5

Bearing the guilt of the people, Hebrews 9:28, Isaiah 53:11-12

2 and who serves in the set-apart place and of the true Tent, which YaHUaH set up, and not man.

Directly from Exodus we are told “And they shall make Me a Set-apart Place, and I shall dwell in their midst. According to all that I show you – the pattern of the Dwelling Place and the pattern of all its furnishings – make it exactly so. Shemoth (Exodus) 25:8-9. There is a tabernacle in the unseen realm where YaHUaH/YaHUsHa dwells. If you want a “view” of where the Almighty dwells – study the layout of the Tabernacle in the wilderness, Solomon’s Temple, and the anatomy of a man. They are all the same pattern.

3 For every high priest is appointed to offer both gifts and slaughters. So it was also necessary for this One to have somewhat to offer.

Below are some of the special instructions given to the Cohen Gadol, the priests (Kohanim). Do a study sometime on how our Priest abides by these same Torah instructions – for they ARE His! Additionally, since we are instructed to be priests, it would be a great idea to study to learn how to be one…….

That the kohanim shall put on priestly vestments for the service. Not to tear the High Priests robe. That the ordinary priests shall not defile himself by contact with any dead, other than immediate relatives. That the priests defile themselves for their deceased relatives (by attending their burial), and mourn for them like other Israelites, who are commanded to mourn for their relatives. That a priest who had an immersion during the day (to cleanse him from his uncleanness) shall not serve in the Sanctuary until after sunset. That a priest shall not marry a divorced woman. That a priest shall not marry a harlot. That a priest shall not marry a profaned woman. To show honor to a priest, and to give him precedence in all things that are holy. That a High Priest shall not defile himself with any dead, even if they are relatives. That a High Priest shall not go (under the same roof) with a dead body. That the High Priest shall marry a virgin. That the High Priest shall not marry a widow. That the High Priest shall not cohabit with a widow, even without marriage, because he profanes her. That a person with a physical blemish shall not serve (in the Sanctuary). That a priest with a temporary blemish shall not serve there. That a person with a physical blemish shall not enter the Sanctuary further than the altar. That a priest who is unclean shall not serve (in the Sanctuary).  To send the unclean out of the Camp, that is, out of the Sanctuary.  That a priest who is unclean shall not enter the courtyard, This refers to the Camp. That the priest shall bless Israel. To set apart a portion of the dough for the priest. That one not a descendant of Aaron in the male line shall not serve (in the Sanctuary).  To give the Levites cities to dwell in. That none of the tribe of Levi shall take any portion of territory in the land (of Israel). That none of the tribe of Levi shall take any share of the spoil (at the conquest of the Promised Land).  That the priest shall serve in the Sanctuary in divisions, but on festivals, they all serve together.

4 For if indeed He were on earth, He would not be a priest, since there are priests who offer the gifts according to the Torah,

Messiah is the gift!  Keep in mind the different “Orders” of Priesthood. Messiah was the order of Melkitsedeq and the Aharonic order was the Cohen Gadol (High Priest) and the Levitical order performed services in the sanctuary. ALL that the priests did in the Temple and for the people was to show us Messiah – who He is and what He would do.

5 who serve a copy and shadow of the heavenly, as Mosheh was warned when he was about to make the Tent. For He said “See that you make all according to the pattern shown you on the mountain.”

6 But now He has obtained a more excellent service, inasmuch as He is also Mediator of a better covenant, which was constituted on better promises.

7 For if that first had been faultless, then no place would have been sought for a second.

STOP right here and ask yourself a question: “the first what?” What is the topic here with Sha’ul? We have been taught all of our lives it is the Mosaic Covenant – the Torah of God. If we think it is the Torah – we need to look closer at what Sha’ul is saying. In the very next verse, he explains it is not the covenant of Torah…..

8 For finding fault with them, He says, “See, the days are coming,” says YaHUaH, “When I shall conclude with the house of Yisra’el and with the house of Yahudah a renewed covenant,

I have highlighted and emboldened the key word here above in verse 8. “For finding fault with ‘them‘” – if Sha’ul was talking about finding fault with the covenant, the word would be ‘it’ and not ‘them’. But the word is them – therefore, Sha’ul is most certainly speaking altogether about the earthly priesthood! This has been so twisted in the teachings of the church denominations throughout the history of a sect called christianity and the sister denominations. The fault that was found was with the men (the flesh) who were tasked with serving in the priesthood and making atonement for the sins of the people. The fault was not found in the torah, the teachings and instructions of Elohim or His covenant, but in the earthly priesthood.

Even by the time of the writings of Samuel we can see how far away from the instructions and right-rulings the priesthood had fallen. Read this account in 1 Samuel 2:12-17 “And the sons of Eli were sons of Beliya’al [sons of the wicked one] – they did not know YaHUaH. And the ruling of the priests [man-made ruling, not the written Torah of God] with the people was that when any man offered a slaughtering, the priest’s servant shall come with a three-pronged flesh-hook in his hand while the meat was cooking, and shall thrust it into the basin, or kettle, or cauldron, or pot. And the priest would take for himself all that the flesh-hook brought up [they were only to have a portion]. Thus they did in Shiloh to all the Yisra’elites who came there. Also, before they burned the fat, the priest’s servant would come and say to the man who slaughtered, “Give meat for roasting to the priest, for he does not accept cooked meat from you, but raw [huge abomination].” And if the man said to him, “let the fat be burned up first, then take as much as your being desire,” he would then answer him, “No, but give it to me now. And if not, I shall take it by strength.” And the sin of the young men was very great before YaHUaH, for the men despised the offering of YaHUaH.”

9 not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Mitsrayim, because they did not continue in My covenant, and I disregarded them,” says YaHUaH.

10 “Because this is the covenant that I shall make with the house of Yisra’el after those days, says YaHUaH, giving My laws in their mind, and I shall write them on their hearts, and I shall be their Elohim, and they shall be My people.

Very plainly, there is no change in the Laws (Torah/Teaching/Instruction). There is a change “after those days” the PLACE it is written – in our minds and on our hearts! And Father even states the fact Himself “giving My laws” solidifies the fact that His Laws are still there and not abolished, only written now on our hearts and minds. HalleluYAH! Beloved, let us start “being Holy as our Father is Holy”. Let us start being obedient to His instructions – discerning between clean and unclean, Holy and profane – He has called us to do that – to be His Priests and His Image in the earth. If we were to begin truly doing this, we will achieve what Sha’ul says next, which is from the mouth of the Almighty:

11 “And they shall by no means teach each one his neighbour, and each one his brother, saying, ‘Know YaHUaH,’ because they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them.

12 “Because I shall forgive their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawlessnessess I shall no longer remember.”

Since Sha’ul is quoting the prophet YirmeYAHU (Jeremiah) here, let’s go back a take a look at the Scripture prophecy he is quoting.

“See, the days are coming,” declares YaHUaH, “when I shall make [karath, cut] a new [chadash, renewed, repaired] covenant with the house of Yisra’el and with the house of Yahudah, not like the covenant I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Mitsrayim, My covenant which they broke, though I was a husband to them.” declares YaHUaH. [confirming the idea that the covenant is most certainly seen from our Father’s perspective – to be a marriage covenant!] “For this is the covenant I shall make with the house of Yisra’el after those days, declares YaHUaH: I shall put My Torah in their inward parts, and write it on their hearts. [this is what is different – the place in which the marriage covenant is written! Can you see this?] And I shall be their Elohim, and they shall be My people. And no longer shall they teach, each one his neighbour, and each one his brother, saying, ‘Know [yada] YaHUaH,’ for they shall all know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them,” declares YaHUaH. “For I shall forgive their crookedness, and remember their sin no more.” YirmeYAHU 31:31-34

13 By saying, ‘renewed,’ He has made the first [priestly mediation] old. Now what becomes old and growing aged is near disappearing.

And in 70AD, the Temple – along with the Levitical Priesthood, was to be laid aside until a time in the future when both will be restored. See Ezekiel 35-40

Hebrews (Ibrim) Chapter 7

Hebrews Chapter 7

*Make sure you read the first sentence with the emphasis on “this

1 For this Malkitsedeq, sovereign of Shalem, priest of the Most High Elohim, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the sovereigns and blessed him,

2 to whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all, [his name] being translated, indeed, first, ‘sovereign of righteousness,’ and then also sovereign of Shalem, that is, ‘sovereign of peace,’

3 without father, without mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but having been made like the Son of Elohim, remains a priest for all time.

Beloved, WE MUST understand something here before going any further. Melkitsedeq is not a person. Melkitsedeq is not a lineage of people which can be traced, in earthly terms, through DNA or paternity. Melkitsedeq is an order. “This Melkitsedeq” means “this King Priest” – This King of Salem was “a” Melkitsedeq – a member of an [arrangement, succession] instituted by YaHUaH.

Below I have posted the Greek and Hebrew words for the word “order” from the verse.

Order – the greek word G5010 — Strong τάξις taxis

tax’-is

From G5021; regular arrangement, that is, (in time) fixed succession (of rank or character), official dignity: – order.

G5021 — Strong    τάσσω tassō

tas’-so

A prolonged form of a primary verb (which latter appears only in certain tenses); to arrangein an orderly manner, that is, assign or dispose (to a certain position or lot): – addict, appoint, determine, ordain, set.

Now the Hebrew…… (taken from Psalms)

H1700 — BDB

דּברה

dibrâh

BDB Definition: 1) cause, manner, reason

Part of Speech: noun masculine

Chapter 7 in the book of Hebrews, let us proclaim and remember, is NOT about covenants, it IS about who our Messiah is, what He has done, and the position He holds! It IS about the transferring or laying aside of an institution that was implemented (among other reasons) because of uncleanness and crookedness of a people who had just come out of 430 years of slavery and their destiny was to be a nation of priests. Let us not forget also, that Shaul is speaking to scattered Israel and Judah. How do we think he would be able to explain to them what has taken place on the issue of the Levitical sacrificial system? They needed to understand what has happened now that Messiah has come and arisen from the dead and is Melkitsedeq – our High Priest and King.

From Genesis (Bereshith) 14

And after his (Abram’s) return from the defeat of Kedorla’omer and the sovereigns who were with him, the sovereign of Sedom (the region of Sodom and Gomorrah)came out to meet him at the Valley of  Shaweh, that is, the Sovereign’s Valley. And Malkitsedeq sovereign of Shalem brought out bread and wine. Now he was the priest of the Most High El. And he blessed him and said, “Blessed be Abram of the Most High El, Possessor of the heavens and earth. And blessed be the Most High El who has delivered your enemies into your hand.” And he gave him a tenth of all.

4 Now see how great this one was, to whom even the ancestor Abraham gave a tenth of the choicest booty.

Very first mention of this “Order” of Priest is here in Genesis 14. Many teachers  teach that this Melkitsedeq in Genesis 14 is Shem, the son of Noah. This is supported by the Book of Jasher which states:

Jasher 16: 11-12 And Adonizedek king of Jerusalem, the same was Shem, went out with his men to meet Abram and his people, with bread and wine, and they remained together in the valley of Melech. 12 And Adonizedek blessed Abram, and Abram gave him a tenth from all that he had brought from the spoil of his enemies, for Adonizedek was a priest before God.

This is more than possible and is probable that this Melkitsedeq that met Abraham that day was Shem, son of Noah. He was definitely alive at that time according to the scriptures. Shem was still alive when Isaac was born and when Jacob was born.

5 And truly, those who are of the sons of Lewi, who receive the priesthood, have a command to receive tithes from the people according to the Torah, that is, from their brothers, though they have come from the loins of Abraham,

So there is a Heavenly order – the Melkitsedeq – by Oath. There is an earthly institution- the Levitical – by calling.

Bear with me as I reproduce the first part of Numbers 18 here so that we understand some of the office of the Levitical Priesthood.

“And YaHUaH said to Aharon, “You and your sons and your father’s house with you are to bear the crookedness against the set-apart place, and you and your sons with you are to bear the crookedness against your priesthood. But bring with you your brothers of the tribe of Lewi too, the tribe of you father to join you and serve you while you and your sons are with you before the Tent of the Witness. And they shall guard your charge, and the duty of all the Tent, but they do not come near the furnishings of the set-apart place and the altar, lest they die, both they and you. And they shall be joined [[twined, as a cord]] with you and guard the duty to the Tent of Meeting, for all the service of the Tent, but a stranger does not come near you. And you shall guard the duty of the set-apart place and the duty of the altar, so that there be not more wrath on the children of Yisra’el.

And see, I Myself have taken your brothers the Lewites from the midst of the children of Yisra’el – a gift to you, given by YaHUaH, to do the service of the Tent of Meeting. But you and your sons with you are to guard your priesthood for all matters at the altar and behind the veil, and you shall serve. I have given you the priesthood as a gift for service, but the stranger who comes near is put to death.

And YaHUaH spoke to Aharon, “And see, I Myself have also given you the charge [[watch]] of My contributions [[lifted up or heave offerings]], all the set-apart gifts of the children of Yisra’el. I have given them to you for the anointing, and to your sons, as a law forever. This is yours of the most set-apart [gifs], from the fire: all their offerings, all their grain offerings and all their sin offerings and all their guilt offerings which they render to Me, are most set-apart for you and your sons.

Eat it in the most set-apart place – every male eats it. It is set-apart to you. This also is yours: the contribution of their gift, with all the wave offereings of the children of Yisra’el. I have given them to you, and your sons and daughter with you, as a law forever. Everyone who is clean in your house eats it.

All the best of the oil, and all the best of the new wine and the grain – their first fruits which they give to YaHUaH – I have given them to you. The first-fruits of all that is in their land, which they bring to YaHUaH, are yours. Everyone who is clean in your house eats it. All that is dedicated in Yisra’el is yours. (End of Scripture)

6 however, the one whose genealogy is not derived from them received tithes from Abraham, and blessed the one who held the promises.

Shaul is now speaking again of the Melkitsedeq Priesthodd (the Priest King) and how this Melkitsedeq was not of the Levite lineage, or tribe of Levi. Yet, he received tithes from Abraham and blessed Abraham. Now Abraham held the promises given by YaHUaH and so it is understood (although I am not sure we understand this in the West) that the better blesses the lesser and the lesser gives tithes to the better. So here we see that the Melkitsedeq Order is greater than Levitical Priesthood in position before YaHUaH.

7 And it is beyond all dispute that the lesser is blessed by the better.

8 And here it is men who die that receive tithes, but there it is someone of whom it is witnessed that he lives.

Here (in part of His Torah addressing the Levite Priests) The Levitical Priesthood were men, who did die as all mankind does – and yet they received tithes just like the Melkitsedeq Order who does not die but is an Eternal Priesthood.

9 And one might say that through Abraham even Lewi, who received tithes, gave tithes, [[to the Priest King Melkitsedeq]]

10 for he was still in the loins of his father [[Abraham]] when Malkitsedeq met him.

This is a very well understood concept in Hebraic thought. The idea of all lineage being in the seed (the loins) of the forefathers. Surely we do believe this because of the Promises and Blessings given to the seed of Abraham and also the promise given to Adam and Chavah concerning the seed of the woman. So it is understood that the Levite Priesthood gave tithes to the Melkitsedeq Order also because they existed in the “seed” of Abraham when Abraham gave the Priest King tithes.

11 Truly, then, if perfection were through the Lewitical priesthood – for under it the people were given the Torah – why was there still need for another priest to arise according to the order of Malkitsedeq, and not be called according to the order of Aharon?

This is so interesting isn’t it? Shual is really writing as a Pharisee here, I think. This reminds me so much of how the Hebrew sages wrote and discussed things amongst each other. Asking questions of why Father caused certain things to happen a certain way for His Purpose – and to search and prove that thing out – which brings us ever closer to the Mind of Elohim.

See, the Torah is perfect – converting the soul unto sanctification – that is a fact,

Psalm (Tehillim) 19:7 “The Torah of YaHUaH is perfect, bringing back the being”  and James (Ya’aqob) 1:25 “But he that looked into the perfect Torah, that of freedom, 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].”

It shows us what is unholy or unrighteous (some use the word sin) AND, AND, AND what is Holy and Just and Right and Clean. But what Shaul is saying- that the Torah (perfect instructions) was given (again) to a Nation at Mt Sinai directly from the mouth of God. At that time, however, some of the instructions were given to a specific Tribe of Israel, as a gift, so Father’s people could draw near unto Him. Father “called” the Aharonic (Levitical, earthly pattern) priests to duty for mediation, but Father “swore by Oath” the order of Melkitsedeq (spiritual true) as we saw already in Psalms.

12 For the priesthood being changed, of necessity there takes place a change of law also.

Some will read a verse like this and say “ah-ha! See, Paul says the law is changed.” Well I say – nope, something is wrong here with MY UNDERSTANDING. Because neither is the law changed, and neither did Shaul write or speak against the perfection of the law, therefore the proper conclusion is: “I don’t understand this – I really need to search this out.” So that is what I did.

Let us not erroneously assume that just because Shaul says “law” here, that it means “the ENTIRE law” or instructions of Torah. There are over 613 instructions in Torah, and they do not all apply to all people at all times. So here, Shaul is speaking of the instructions specifically given to the Aharonic or Levitical Priesthood. Also, in the next verses we are going to come across an interesting description that Shaul uses – “the Torah of fleshly command” and so we will investigate that too.

The following information was taken from an on-line source: http://www.beittefillah.org/files/Hebrews_for_Sukkot1.pdf. There are over 50 slides that do an excellent job at teaching this transfer of covenant mediation: both in “who” and “how”

Change Priesthood=Change Torah?

We are looking at the word changed – both the Hebrew and the Aramaic words for “change”

Hebrew: SHANASHTANAH  from the verbal root                       SHANAH(Strong‟s 8138) ”to repeat, to do a second time”.                      Aramaic: SHUKLAFA, the Semitic root KHALAF “Change, transform, renew or revive.”                                                                                                                            The word SHUKLAFA appears only five times in the entire PeshittaNT. Of these all but one (Ya’akov1:17) are in Hebrews. Of those four usages, three of them are right here in our section (7:11-12, 18-19) the other is in 12:27 where it implies a renewal or repair and seems to refer back in summary to the three usages in Chapter 7 which we are dealing with. The Hebrew form of this same root is Strong‟s word # 2498.

H2498 — Strong

חָלַף

châlaph   khaw-laf’

A primitive root; properly to slide by, that is, (by implication) to hasten away, pass on,spring up, pierce or change: – abolish, alter change, cut off, go on forward, grow up, be over, pass (away, on, through), renew, sprout, strike through.

This Hebrew cognate of the word appears in Is. 40:31 & 41:1 “…let the people renew their strength…”.The verb is used to mean “renew” or “revive” in the Hebrew Tanak in Is. 40:31; 41:1; Job 14:7, 13 & Job 29:20. The Peshitta Tanak agrees and uses the KHALAF verb in Is. 40:31; 41:1; Job 14:7 & 29:20 to mean “renew”. The Greek translator misunderstood the word here to mean “change” however there can be no change of the Torah.(Deut. 4:2; 12:32 & Mt. 5:17).

There can be no change of the Torah

Deuteronomy 4:2″Do not add to the Word which I command you, and do not take away from it, so as to guard the commands of YaHUaH your Elohim which I am commanding you.

Deuteronomy 12:32 “All the words I am commanding you, guard to do it – do not add to it nor take away from it.”

Matthew 5:17 “Do not think that I came to destroy the Torah, or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to complete.”

Change Priesthood=Change Torah?

Hebrews 7: 12(NKJV) For the priesthood being changed, of necessity there is also a change of the law.

Changed – Strong’s #3346

G3346 — Strong     μετατίθημι metatithēmi

met-at-ith’-ay-mee

From G3326 and G5087; to transfer, that is, (literally) transport, (by implication) exchange, (reflexively) change sides, or (figuratively) pervert: – carry over, change, remove, translate, turn.

The Torah was not done away with, but adjusted, or slightly altered, to accommodate a better, more complete priesthood and sacrifice. Strong‟s Greek # 3346 metatithaymee means “moved from one place to another, not eliminated.” So the priesthood was shifted, not eliminated. Shifted from Aaron to Melech-Tzadik and from Leviticus to Genesis, still within the Torah itself. (written commentary by a Messianic commentator). This messianic commentator had a Hebrew book of Hebrews.

Hebrew Hebrews

In 1537 Sebastian Munster, professor of Hebrew at the University of Basel, published the Hebrew text of Matthew and in 1557 a second edition of Munster’s Hebrew Matthew was published which also included the Hebrew text of Hebrews. The text was given to him by Jewish believers in Messiah Yeshua.   [End of online source reference]

13 For He of whom this is said belongs to another tribe, from which no one had attanded at the altar.

Wow! A puzzle developing right? Father has made Messiah the High Priest and mediator now between us and God. How can this be? – He was from the tribe of Judah – that throws a kinker in the understanding for some of us, and then for others, gives an error of reasoning that ALL of Torah has been done away with because of this. Funny we should think this and here is why….

In the following scriptures  – who was the priest?

When Abel sacrificed his lamb unto YaHuaH                                                                When the Torah that was given through Mosheh to  the heads of the households to slaughter the passover lamb that night in Egypt                                 How about the Torah to gather manna for six days                                                     The Torah to observe the Sabbath day                                                                               The Torah to count the Omer, The Torah to obey His Voice, The Torah to guard His Covenant, The Torah to be set-apart, The Torah to wash our garments, The Torah to not make beside Him any mighty ones of silver or gold, The Torah to make an altar of earth for Him to slaughter on it the burnt offerings and peace offerings, your sheep and your cattle, The Torah concerning a Hebrew servant, the Torah of the Sabbatical year release, etc. In fact in the Torah of Mosheh, all the instructions given from Exodus 20 – 29 are all prior to the calling of the Levitical Priesthood. Once time, in all the giving of the many Torah directly from Elohim to Mosheh on the mountain, Mosheh came back down the mountain and told the children of Israel all that YaHUaH had said. They said all the Words YaHUaH has spoken, we shall do.

Then Mosheh wrote down all the Words of YaHUaH, and rose up early in the morning, and built an altar at the foot of the mountain, and twelve standing columns for the twelve tribes of Yisra’el. And he sent young men of the children of Yisra’el, and they offered burnt offerings and slaughtered peace slaughterings of bulls to YaHUaH. Exodus 24:4-5

Who can we say were the priests in this situation? Simply the young men of the 12 tribes!

Beloved, it goes on and on and on. What about Job who sacrificed, and Noah? All of these Tarot (plural of Torah, Teaching and instructions of a Holy Creator) WERE GIVEN TO US PRIOR TO THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE  AHARONIC OR LEVITICAL PRIESTHOOD! So… even if we could say “part” of the Torah has been abolished, which we cannot – it would not give us a reason not to obey the commands of Yah.

It was also very helpful for me to learn about the usage of the word “priest” in the Hebrew Scriptures. Here are all of the meanings for priest:

H3548 — BDB

כּהן      kôhên      BDB Definition:

1) priest, principal officer or chief ruler

1a) priest-king (Melchizedek, Messiah)

1b) pagan priests      1c) priests of Jehovah       1d) Levitical priests

1e) Zadokite priests     1f) Aaronic priests         1g) the high priest

14 For it is perfectly clear that our Master arose from Yahudah, a tribe about which Mosheh never spoke of cencerning priesthood,

The tribe of Judah was to be the Kingly line and the lawgiver. Ref: David and Genesis with the blessings of Jacob (Israel) onto his sons.

15 and this is clearer still, if another priest arises in the likeness of Malkitsedeq,

16 who had become [a priest], not according to the Torah of fleshly command, but according to the power of an endless life,

The Torah of fleshly command – there is a torah (instruction) that was given by YaHUaH of a priesthood based upon lineage – a physical determination of a Levite’s duty in life to serve YaHUaH and mediate between the people and Elohim. I believe this is what Shaul means by fleshly command. It was according to the flesh that determined the priestly office.

17 for He does witness, “You are a priest forever according to the order of Malkitsedeq.”

18 For there is indeed a setting aside of the former command because of its weakness and unprofitableness,

Here is another place difficult to understand because we are ignorant of the Word of Elohim. Let us now explore the purpose of the Levitical Priesthood and what it did and did not do.

What the Priesthood did do

Exodus 28:1  This is I believe the first time we hear of the intended duty of Aharon and his sons from the mind and plan of Elohim. Let us remember that at this time, Mosheh was up on the mountain and he had just received all the instructions and vision of the Tabernacle and Furnishings.

“And you, bring near Aharon your brother and his sons with him, from among the children of Yisra’el, for serving as priest to Me: Aharon, Nadab and Abihu, El’azar and Ithamar, the sons of Aharon.” Exodus 28:1

“from among the Children of Israel”  from among as used here is the Hebrew word “tavek” which is from the root verb meaning “to sever.” If we read each Hebrew letter individually we get “mark, nail or secure, possession” Father is telling Mosheh to sever the Tribe of Levi from the tribes, mark them for Me, they will be secured to Me as My possession. Amazing!

Also let us note that Father says “for serving as priest to Me.” The KJV uses the word “minister.” When we serve as something, we are acting in place of. The Levites were serving as priests unto Elohim.

The Levites needed special garments, they required cleansing, they had to make atonement for themselves prior to making atonement for the assembly, etc. They were given authority to cleanse the congregation, to bless them, to determine clean from unclean for disease and illness. They were charged with the duties of the upkeep of the tabernacle and furnishings such as the showbread, menorah, burning incense at the altar – and conducting the Festivals of YaHUaH. They had authority to set value upon people, accept vows to YaHUaH, and redeem vows and people for service in Tabernacle. They were taken by YaHUaH as a substitute for the firstborn of the children of Israel (Numbers 3:12). They made judgments within marriage covenants for infidelity. They assembled, disassembled, transported the Tabernacle. {By the way – are we not also priests. I know many who claim to be, but they do not do these things. Hmmm}

What the Priesthood did not do

The blood sacrificial system under the Aharonic or Levitical priesthood only provided covering for unintentional sin/tresspass.

Leviticus (Wayyiqra) Chapter 4

And YaHUaH spoke to Mosheh, saying, “Speak to the children of Yisra’el, saying, ‘Wehn a being sins by mistake against any of the commands of YaHUaH, which are not to be donw, and shall do any of them: ‘If the anointed priest sins, bringing guilt on the people, then he shall bring to YaHUaH for his sin which he has sinned a young bull, a perfect one, as a sin offering, …   verse 35 “…… So the priest shall make atonement for his sin that he has sinned [by mistake], and it shall be forgiven him.”

All of the animal sacrifices for sin, guilt, atonement, etc were only for sinning by mistake or unintentional sin. Never, never was it for intentional sin – or rebellion. The wages of sin is death.

Numbers 15:28  ‘And the priest shall make atonement for the being who strays by mistake, when he sins by mistake before YaHUaH, to make atonement for him, and it shall be forgiven him.

Numbers 15:30 ‘But the being who does {whatever} defiantly, whether he is native or a stranger, he reviles YaHUaH, and that being shall be cut off from among his people.’

19 for the Torah perfected naught, but the bringing in of a better expectation, through which we draw near to Elohim.

An instruction, per se, of Torah – in and of itself perfects nothing. Just because we are instructed to perform or do something does nothing. We have to actually do it, to be perfected by it. So where the mediation of the Levitical Priesthood between us and Father was incomplete, the completeness comes through Messiah Melkitsedeq, our High Priest eternally! The Torah gives us the hope of Messiah that is coming to mediate for us. Now, we can have forgiveness and atonement for all trespasses, both intentional and unintentional which most assuredly is comforting when we wish to draw near to our Holy Elohim!

20 And it was not without an oath!

21 For they indeed became priests without an oath, but He [became Priest] with an oath by Him who said to Him, “YaHUaH has sworn and shall not regret, ‘You are a priest forever according to the order of Malkitsedeq.'”

22 By as much as this YaHUsHa has become a guarantor of a better covenant.

An oath taken and sworn by the Creator of the Universe is more powerful than one without. The gift of the priesthood to the Levites was a gift and representation of future events.

23 And indeed, those that became priests were many, because they were prevented by death from continuing,

24 but He, because He remains forever, has an unchangeable priesthood.

There came a time, when even the children of Israel were warned and told by the prophets that the sacrificial system could not and would not, nor was it meant to – save them.

Isaiah 1:11 “Of what use to Me are your many slaughterings?” declares YaHUaH. “I have had enough of burnt offerings of rams and the fat of fed beasts. I do not delight in the blood of bulls, or of lambs or goats.

Samuel 15:22 Then Shemu’el said, “Does YaHUaH delight in burnt offerings and slaughterings, as in obeying the voice of YaHUaH? Look, to obey is better than an offering, to heed is better than the fat of rams.

and again in Jeremiah (YirmeYaHU) 7:21-23      Thus said YaHUaH of hosts, the Elohim of Yisra’el, “Add your burnt offerings to your slaughterings and eat meat. For I did not speak to your fathers, or command them in the day that I brought them out of the land Mitsrayim, about matters of burt offerings or slaughterings. But this word I did command them, saying, ‘Obey My voice, and I shall be your Elohim, and you be My people. And walk in all the ways that I have commanded you, so that it be well with you.’

25 Therefore He is also able to save completely those who draw near to Elohim through Him, ever living to make intercession for them.

26 For it was fitting that we should have such a High Priest – kind, innocent, undefiled, having been separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens,

27 who does not need, as those high priests, to offer up slaughter [offerings] day by day, first for His own sins and then for those of the people, for this He did once for all when He offered up Himself.

28 For the Torah appoints as high priests men who have weakness, but the word of the oath which came after the Torah, [appoints] the Son having been perfected forever.

Ezekiel chapter 43-48 tells us that the Levites will be in the Temple of the New Jerusalem to come. They will again be ministering there. So in fact, even this portion of Torah instruction has not been abolished, only set aside for a time.

And finally, there is the wonderful prophesy of Jeremiah 31:31 which prophesies of the mediation brought to us by our Messiah and Melkitsedeq:

See, the days are coming,” declares YaHUaH, “when I shall make a newed covenant with the house of Yisra’el and with the house of Yahudah, not like the covenant I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Mitsaryim, My covenant which they broke, though I was a husband to them,” declares YaHUaH. For this is the covenant I shall make with the house of Yisra’el after those days, declares YaHUaH: I shall put My Torah in their inward parts, and write it on their hearts. And I shall be their Elohim, and they shall be My people.”    Praise and AMEN!

 

Hebrews (Ibrim) Chapter 6

Hebrews Chapter 6

Because Chapter 6 begins with a “Therefore,” I need to go back to the last part of Chapter 5 just to make sure I know what the “therefore” is therefore.

verse 12 – 14 of Chapter 5, Rabbi Shaul was talking about milk and solid food.

For indeed, although by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first elements of the Words of Elohim. And you have become such as need milk and not solid food. For everyone partaking of milk is inexperienced in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe. But solid food is for the mature whose senses have been trained by practice to discern both good and evil.

So what are the first elements of the Word of Elohim? The word elements can also be principles or fundamentals the basic things that make up something greater. Well, common sense would tell us that the first principles of God are the first writings of His Word: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy.

There is nothing much more important in a believer’s walk than having a solid footing in the principles of God. He lays out His principles to Moses for all of His people forever. Those who do not work at getting solid footing in the principles of Elohim – instead of maturing unto evermore increasing sanctification – become as babes and Paul (Shaul) even says “inexperienced” in the word of righteousness.

Wow – discerning good and evil. He might as well said life and death! Having senses “trained by practice.” When we train for something, or practice for something – that sounds like some action being taken. So being able to discern good from evil takes not only having a solid foundation in the principles of Elohim (the Torah), but putting those principles into action. We should know the 613 instructions of YaHUaH, we are to practice them, and train our flesh to do them. Then, we are able to discern good from evil. Just as Moses said: These commands are life to you.

In further study, the words Shaul is using here – words like milk, skillful, experienced, craftsmen, wise, learned, mature, etc – he is harkening us back to the Torah. Specifically I would like to bring Exodus Chapter 35 into focus. In Exodus chapter 35, Moses has called a gathering, an assembly of all the people and instructs them again on keeping the Sabbath. On down a bit in the chapter to Exodus 35 and verse 10

And let all the wise-hearted among you come and make all that YaHUaH has commanded:

Mosheh is very specific here: Who is going to make ALL that YaHUaH has commanded? The wise-hearted, the same people who Shaul is writing about in Hebrews 5 that are mature in their senses:

But solid food is for the mature whose senses have been trained by practice to discern both good and evil.

The word for “wise” as used by Moses in Exodus 35:10, those who will “make ALL that YaHUaH has commanded” (speaking of His Tabernacle) is the Hebrew word chakam (khaw-kawm’). This word means: intelligent, skillful, artful. I believe when Shaul says “mature in senses” he is saying “wise-hearted.”

Ok, now – Chapter 6

1 Therefore let us leave the basics of the Word of the Messiah, and continue on to its perfection. Or will you again lay another foundation for the repentance which is from dead words and for the faith in Elohim

Did you see that? Shaul tells us that the foundation of repentance from dead works is the beginning words or principles of God, The Principles of Torah. There is only one foundation for repentance – and that is leaving “dead works” and turning to Father’s Ways. True repentance is teshuva, a return. When I return from the place where I have been – doing dead works, serving other idols taught to me by society, family, and friends, to His Word in the Beginning, then and only then can I move on to maturity (perfection). How many times must one be saved again? And in fact, can we be continually saved?  Are we not saved once and for all? How many times did the Children of Israel and mixed multitude leave Egypt? I believe it was only once! Let us move on from our salvation unto sanctification. We are out of Egypt – let us move into the Promised land!

Dead works are those things that are not in harmony with God’s instructions. Keeping His Sabbaths, His appointments, His Feasts, His principles are in harmony. There is no profit in being in servitude to untruths and traditions made up from man. They have no meaning, they do not profit us unto eternal things. As our Brother Jeremiah the prophet is trying to tell us:

O YaHUaH, my strength and my stronghold and my refuge, in the day of distress the nations shall come to you from the ends of the earth and say, “Our fathers have inherited only falsehood, futility, and there is no value in them.” YirmeYaHU 16:19

The holidays and traditions that all of Christianity observes today did not originate with Holy One of Israel. He has a serious and everlasting purpose for everything He tells us to do. If we are not doing them, we are foolish, babes on milk, and not wise-hearted and not useful, skillful craftsmen. We will not be assembling the Tabernacle of David ‘in that day.’

So we first return to our Father from where we have been-(make teshuvah), grow wise in learning the foundation (His Torah), the Word in the Beginning (Messiah), then move on to completeness, perfection, and usefulness in His Kingdom.

2 And for the doctrine of immersion, and for the laying on of a hand and for the resurrection from the dead, and for the eternal judgment?

The phrase “everlasting judgment simply means the time of the decision of our Holy Creator that is eternal for us. Judgment, for those cleaving to YaHUaH, Israel, Bride of Messiah, Keepers of His Torah – is to be read as “deliverance”.

3 And this we shall do, if Elohim indeed permits.

If Elohim permits. Permits – is the Greek word epitrepo. It is made up of two words: epi and trape, meaning turn over or transfer. So, back to the notion of being wise-hearted and skillful, being able to do ALL that YaHUaH has commanded us – we shall do, if YaHUaH turns over to us or transfers to us – His attributes and power. Just like previously noted in Exodus, only the wise-hearted will be trusted to do these things. It can be no other way. Father just cannot trust these all important matters to babes. This is not unjust of Father – you would not trust babies with your most important matters either. We do not even let our teenagers drive our cars – why? They are not wise or skillful, or experienced. And yet, we think the Holy One should love us enough to trust us with His eternal matters when we are not mature or wise – this is a recipe for disaster. This, I believe is one reason there is so much strife and contention in the body.

4 But they who have once descended to immersion and have tasted the gift from heaven and have received the Set-apart Spirit

5 and have tasted the good Word of Elohim and the power of the world to come,

6 cannot again sin and a second time be renewed to repentance; or a second time execute him on a stake and insult the Son of Elohim.

Hebrews 10:26-31 (which we will study in a later post) helps us understand this and also going to Torah in Deuteronomy 15.

“For if we sin purposely after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a slaughter [offering] for sins, but some fearsome anticipation of judgment, and a fierce fire which is about to consume the opponents. Anyone who has disregarded the Torah of Mosheh dies without compassion on the witness of two or three witnesses. How much worse punishment do you think shall he deserve who has trampled the Son of Elohim underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was set apart as common, and insulted the Spirit of favor? For we know Him who has said, “Vengeance is Mine, I shall repay, says YaHUaH.” And Again, “YaHUaH shall judge His people.” It is fearsome to fall into the hands of the living Elohim. Hebrews 10:26-31

“And it shall be forgiven all the congregation of the children of Yisra’el and the stranger who sojourns in their midst, because all the people did it by mistake. And if a being sins by mistake, then he shall bring a female goat a year old as a sin offering. And the priest shall make atonement of the being who strays by mistake, when he sins by mistake before YaHUaH, to make atonement for him, and it shall be forgiven him. For him who does [whatever] by mistake there is one Torah, both for him who is native among the children of Yisra’el and for the stranger who sojourns in their midst.”

“But the being who does [whatever] defiantly, whether he is native or a stranger, he reviles YaHUaH, and that being shall be cut off from among his people. Because he has despised the word of YaHUaH, and has broken His command, that being shall certainly be cut off, his crookedness is upon him.”   Deuteronomy (Bemidbar) 15:26-31

And directly following this particular instruction, we are given a story of a man found gathering sticks on the seventh day Sabbath day of rest, and of his punishment. Coincidence? No such thing with Elohim.

Some definitions for verses 4, 5, & 6:

tasted – eat, taste, experience

heavenly gift – an offering (sacrifice) from above.

become partakers of the Set apart Spirit – this phrase has marriage language written all over it. Become can mean “married to”, partakers can mean “partner”, Set-apart Spirit of course is Messiah Himself in the form of a breath.

So we could say “become partakers of the Set apart Spirit” or “married to our husband Messiah.”

tasted the Good Word of Elohim –  tasted again is “experienced, eaten (reminds me of the Tree of Life, His Torah)”, Word of Elohim: “an utterance, command”. YaHUaH spoke the Torah to Moses and Moses wrote them down for all of creation. Our Messiah spoke the same words as His Father.

“Because I spoke not from Myself, but the Father who sent Me has given Me a command, what I should say and what I should speak.” John 12:49 is just one example of several.

“and the powers of the world to come” – mighty, wonderful, miraculous work of the age (time period) which is the intention and plan of YaHUaH and is the expectation of all of His people.

7 For ground that is drinking the rain often falling on it, and is bearing plants fit for those by whom it is tilled, receives blessing from Elohim,

8 but if it brings forth thorns and thistles, it is rejected and near to being cursed, and ends up by being burned.

The rain is the Spirit of Elohim, we are the ground. Just like the real ground outside our door, when it rains from the sky, that drain is taken in by all the ground it hits. Are we bearing plants, fit for Elohim, or bringing forth thorns and thistles? Elohim rejects thorns and thistles – He has given that ground His Spirit! And that ground is bringing forth something He cannot use, and just a little more and He shall curse that ground and that ground will end up being burned like chaff. This is the person who has received the light of the Messiah, and yet blatantly chooses to not follow the walk of His Instructions, His Torah: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy.

9 But, concerning you, my Brothers, we are persuaded better things, and things pertaining to life, although we speak in this way.

Sounds like here, Shaul was trying to uplift again, these believers.

10 For Elohim is not unrighteous to forget your works and your charity which you have shown in His Name, in that you have ministered and do minister to the Set Apart believers.

11 And we desire that each one of you may show this same activity for the completion of your hope, even to the end:

12 in order that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through belief and patience inherit the promises.

Verse 12 has been cleaned up a bit. The word seen here as sluggish, faint, slothful, lazy – is a derivative of the word illegitimate or bastard. That is, let us not become as one who is Fatherless. This is also supported by the next part of verse 12 in that he tells us what “to be” instead. Let us be as those who have an inheritance (Abraham and his seed), and do as they did in their lives as we have recorded for us in Scripture of their faith and patience.

13 For Elohim, having promised Abraham, since He could swear by no one greater, swore by Himself,

Let us remember that YaHUaH Elohim caused Abraham to fall asleep and He Himself ONLY passed through the blood covenant. The Holy Almighty Creator swore by Himself!

14 saying, “Truly, blessing I shall bless you, and increasing I shall increase you.”

15 And so, after being patient, he obtained the promise.

16 For men swear by one greater than themselves: and in every controversy that occurs among them, the sure termination of it is by an oath.

17 Therefore, Elohim, being abundantly willing to show to the heirs of the promise that His promising was irreversible, bound it up in an oath;

18 so that, by two things which cannot endure alteration, and in which Elohim cannot deceive we, who have earnestly looked for refuge in him, might have great consolation and might hold fast the hope promised to us;

19 which is to us as an anchor that retains our soul so that it stays fixed; and it enters into that within the veil

20 where YaHUsHa has previously entered  for us and has become a Priest forever, according to the order of Malkitsedeq.

Hebrews (Ibrim) 5

Hebrews Chapter 5

1 For every high priest taken from among men is appointed on behalf of men in matters relating to Elohim, to offer both gifts and offerings for sins,

We cannot understand this first verse if we do not understand the meaning in depth of the sacrificial system put into place by our Father YaHUaH Elohim at Mt Sinai. The apostle Shaul is a Pharisee and he writes with assumption that we understand the History of Israel. Therefore, it is advised that we KNOW the Torah by the time we are reading his writings. If we don’t, it is impossible to understand what Shaul is saying. We can guess at it, but this way is ill advised. The church has been doing this for centuries and look how astray it has gone. The Father established at Levitical Priesthood at Mt Sinai to mediate between a Holy God and His people. Without mediation, the unclean flesh would be absolutely annihilated and burned with heat from our Pure and Holy Creator. This literally happened to some of the children in the Torah before they truly understood this character and attribute of the God that delivered them from slavery in Egypt.

Once the gift or offering was brought to the priest, a covering was established so that the created could now approach the Creator, and live. This process becomes ever more complex during Yom HaKippurim, or Day of Atonements, when even the High Priest had to atone for his own sin to be able to enter into the Holy of Holies, the presence of the One True Holy God, and live.

2 being able to have a measure of feeling for those not knowing and being led astray, since he himself is also surrounded by weakness.

The Aramaic to English New Testament reveals that this phrase “being able to have a measure of feeling” is simply the phrase “and he can humble himself.” It is on this Day of Atonement, when every High Priest comes face to face with the reality that he himself is also subject to missing the mark, or sin. Throughout the year, maybe there was a moment of weakness or something that happened in his life to prove to him he was also human and subject to the weakness of the flesh. In this way, if he was an honest person, he would have to humble himself and sympathize with his people concerning their weakness, ignorance, and getting off the path. This was the Levitical priesthood, the Tribe chosen by YaHUaH to serve Him as mediators. Of course by the time of YaHUsHA, the priesthood and High Priest had become almost entirely political, but that is not how it was when our Father established it.

3 And on account of this he has to offer for sins – as for the people, so also for himself.

4 And no one obtains this esteem for himself, but he who is called by Elohim, even as Aharon also was.

Regardless of whether or not corrupt and ignorant men, in their vanity, changed the establishment of the Creator in matters of the priesthood and the office of the High Priest – The instruction and covenant of YaHUaH remains. That is with the Tribe of Levi and the Levitical Priesthood. No man could take this honor for himself, it is only bestowed by Elohim.

5 So also the Messiah did not extol Himself to become High Priest, but it was He who said to Him, “You are My Son, today I have brought You forth.”

No man can take this honor for himself, it is only bestowed by Elohim. Here is the proof:

Why do the gentiles (nations) rage, and the peoples meditate emptiness? The sovereigns of the earth take their stand, and the rulers take counsel together, against YaHUaH and against His Messiah, and say, “Let us tear apart Their bonds, and throw away Their ropes from us.” He who is sitting in the heavens laughs, YaHUaH mocks at them. Then He speaks to them in His wrath, and troubles them in His rage, saying, “But I, I have set My Sovereign on Tsiyon, My set-apart mountain.”  “I inscribe for a law: YaHUaH has said to Me, ‘Your are My Son, Today I have brought You forth. ‘Ask of Me, and I make the gentiles Your inheritance, and the ends of the earth Your possession. ‘Break them with a rod of iron, DAsh them to pieces like a potter’s vessel.'”   Psalms 2:1-9

6 As He also says in another place, “You are a priest forever according to the order of Malkitsedeq,”

YaHUaH said to my Master, “Sit at My right hand, until I make Your enemies a footstool for Your feet.” YaHUaH sends Your mighty scepter out of Tsiyon. Rule in the midst of Your enemies! Your people volunteer in the day of Your might, In the splendours of set-apartness! From the womb, from the morning, You have the dew of Your youth! YaHUaH has sworn and does not relent, “You are a priest forever according to the order of Malkitsedeq.”  Psalms 110:1-4

7 who, in the days of His flesh, when He had offered up prayers and petitions with strong crying and tears to Him who was able to save him from death, and was heard because of His reverent fear,

I don’t know about you, Beloved – but something checks in my spirit of discernment when I read something like “His reverent fear.” Even though that is from ‘The Scriptures’ which is a translation I love, I do discern something is not quite right. So I went again to the Aramaic to English New Testament and I will share with your the verse from that translation.

Likewise, when He was clothed in flesh, he offered fervent prayers and pleadings with intense anxious tears, to him who was able to revive him from death; and he was heard.

There is no mention of the emotion of fear here.

8 though being a Son, He learned obedience by what He suffered.

He understood what it meant and does mean to hearken unto the voice of Elohim!

9 And having been perfected, He became the Causer of everlasting deliverance to all those obeying Him,

10 having been designated by Elohim a High Priest “according to the order of Malkitsedeq,”

11 concerning whom we have much to say, and hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing.

12 For indeed, although by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first elements of the Words of Elohim. And you have become such as need milk and not solid food.

13 For everyone partaking of milk is inexperienced in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe.

14 But solid food is for the mature whose senses have been trained by practice to discern both good and evil.

It is well known that it is the babies and infants who drink milk, and as they grow and mature, they are able to eat meat and solid food. So Shaul is using an analogy here – one of beginning and growing – a process of increasing. In this case he is speaking about the “word of righteousness.” So we should ask ourselves, “what is the ‘word of righteousness’ ?” The only righteous One is the Father, therefore His Word is the Word of Righteousness. His Word is Torah – Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy. We are told in John that YaHUsHa is the Word made flesh, therefore His life  is also the Word of Righteousness. He walked a perfect Torah obedient life.

Milk – the call of YaHUsHa to follow Him, the realization of what He did for you on the stake at Calvary, His blood covering your sin – these are the milk of young babes in belief of Messiah Yahusha.

Meat – The teaching and instructions of the Torah of YaHUaH. Being able to recognize: clean from unclean, set – apart from common, holy from profane, truth from tradition. These are things that take work, study, love, desire on your part to know about a Holy and Set – Apart God.

Isaiah 28:9-10   Whom would He (YaHUaH) teach knowledge? And whom would He make to understand the message? Those weaned from milk, those taken from the breasts! For it is: command upon command, command upon command, line upon line, line upon line, here a little, there a little.

The prophet Isaiah clearly tells us that God has a certain types of people He will teach and make understand His message: Those weaned from milk……..

Get into the Torah!!!

Hebrews (Ibrim) Chapter 4

Chapter 4

1 Therefore, since a promise remains of entering into His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it.

2 For indeed the Good News was brought to us as well as to them, but the word which they heard did not profit them, not having been mixed with belief in those who heard it.

I find this so very interesting! Can Shaul be stating this any clearer? Nothing has changed in the Truth of the Good News since the time at Mt Sinai. We today, can hear the same Good News – The Teachings and Instructions of YaHUaH Elohim. The Principles given at Mt Sinai made us a Set Apart People, a Holy Nation – IF we hear, listen, do, and keep. We will enter into the SAME rest, or we can enter the SAME end.

Let us also not let escape our understanding, that His Rest is also a reference to the Messianic Reign – the thousand years when the Kingdom of Heaven comes from the unseen realm into the seen realm ushered in by the Messiah Himself and His Messengers.

3 For we who have believed do enter into that rest, as He has said, “As I swore in My wrath, if they shall enter into My rest…” And yet His works have come into being from the foundation of the world.

4 For somewhere He has said thus about the seventh day, “And Elohim rested on the seventh day from all His works,”

I believe Shaul is making a comparison of the week of Creation and the week of History. Both contain 6 days (6000 years) and then a Day of Rest (1000 year reign of YaHUsHA/YaHUaH).

5 and in this again, “If they shall enter into My rest…”

6 Since then it remains for some to enter into it, and those who formerly received the Good News did not enter in because of disobedience,

Obedience is the fruit of belief, and disobedience proves that we do not truly believe. I am not speaking of human weakness here i.e. those of us suffering from addiction, family curses, and struggling with circumstances and daily continue to try to serve Elohim. But truly, when we have the instructions on how to live, serve, eat, dress, speak, celebrate holy days, etc – and we do not do them — we prove that we do not believe the Words of Elohim.

7 He again defines a certain day, “Today,” saying through Dawid so much later, as it has been said, “Today, if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts.”

There is opportunity for anyone to enter into the Rest of Elohim as long as there is today. We have not yet reached the 7000 year mark, the “DAY” of His Rest, therefore there is still time to believe and begin Keeping His Ways. People keeping the Covenant of YaHUaH, the Elohim of Israel, practice this occasion each and every week. We work of 6 days and we enter into His Rest of the seventh day. Bringing the unseen realm into the seen realm! We are literally “living out” the millennial Kingdom each and every week.

8 For if Yehoshua had given them rest, He would not have spoken of another day after that.

In other words, entering into the Land was absolutely a most wondrous marker in our History, yet it was not the “entering into His rest” that is representative of the eternal Kingdom.

9 So there remains a Sabbath-keeping for the people of Elohim.

10 For the one, having entered into His rest, has himself also rested from his works, as Elohim rested from His own.

11 Let us therefore do our utmost to enter into that rest, lest anyone fall after the same example of disobedience.

As we can see below the Strong’s Concordance reference that unbelief and disobedience, in the scriptures, are synonymous!

G543 — Strong   ἀπείθεια

apeitheia  ap-i’-thi-ah

From G545; disbelief (obstinate and rebellious): – disobedience, unbelief.

 

12 For the Word of Elohim (Torah, God’s teaching and Instructions: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy) is living, and working, and sharper than any two-edged sword, cutting through even to the dividing of being and spirit, and of joint and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

13 And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all are naked and laid bare before the eyes of Him with whom is our account.

14 Therefore, since we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, YaHUshA the son of Elohim, let us hold fast our confession (our covenant).

15 For we do not have a High Priest unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who was tried in all respects as we are, apart from sin.

16 Therefore, let us come boldly to the throne of favour, in order to receive compassion, and find favor for timely help.

Prior to the Work of YaHUsha Messiah, there was in place a Levitical Priesthood that served on behalf of Our Creator as mediators between Himself and His People. We could not simply approach our Holy Creator. We had to learn about the Attributes of our Elohim. Remember we were slaves coming out of bondage, engrossed in a society and culture of paganism where all of the many gods and goddesses had to be appeased. There was no sense of a what Holiness meant, no sense of what clean and unclean meant. Our Elohim had to teach us of His Holiness, His Authority, and His Power. Had not the Children of Israel experienced all that they did, with the Tabernacle, the sacrifices, the mistakes, etc – how could we understand the Glory and Character of our Elohim? He is Holy and Righteous. In time, He would come to us, manifested in an earthly vessel (the flesh) and make a way for us to approach Him and approach His Throne. Oh the Loving Kindness of our Elohim – Praise His Name forever.

Hebrews (Ibrim) Chapter 3

Chapter 3

1 Therefore, set-apart brothers, partakers of the heavenly calling, closely consider the Emissary and High Priest of our confession, Messiah YAHUsha,

Reviewing from the last portion of chapter 2, Shaul was telling us about how The Messiah had become flesh, and called us brothers so that we can be assured of the Trustworthiness, Faithfulness and Compassion of our High Priest and King. Because of this, those who share in a purpose that is above ourselves – that part of us that is the Image of our Elohim – to perceive or look deeply into the Shaliach (the Ambassador or Emissary) AND Cohen Gadol (High Priest) of our COVENANT. Did you see that? Yahusha is the High Priest of our Covenant – that is the word. [Confession just does not do it justice]

2 who was trustworthy to Him who appointed Him, as also Mosheh in all His house.

Have you noticed we are going back to the giving of the Torah again? That is where all wisdom and knowledge is – in His Torah, His Teachings and Instructions.

3 For this One has been deemed worthy of more esteem than Mosheh, as much as He who built the house [family] enjoys more respect than the house [family].

4 For every house [family] is built by someone, but He who built all is Elohim.

5 And Mosheh indeed was trustworthy in all His house as a servant, for a witness of what would be spoken,

6 but Messiah as a Son

Moses as a servant and Messiah as a Son

over His own house [family], whose house [family]  we are if we hold fast the boldness and the boasting of the expectation firm to the end.

7 Therefore, as the Set-apart Spirit says, “Today, if you hear His voice,

8 do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion, in the day of trial in the wilderness,

9 where your fathers tried Me, proved Me, and saw My works forty years.

I would like to pause right here and actually take us back to the time and place Shaul is referring to to make his point AND where Elohim said these words to us. So many times when we are reading the Renewed Covenant Writings – we gloss over these things and to our detriment and lack of complete and/or full understanding.

Shaul takes us back to Shemoth (Exodus) Chapter 15. The Israelites had just left Mitsrayim (Egypt) and just finished singing a song to YaHUaH praising His Strength and Rulership. They were traveling in the Wilderness of Shur and they had been three days without water. And they came to Marah, and they were unable to drink the waters of Marah (which means bitter), for they were bitter. So the name of it was called Marah. And the people, grumbled against Mosheh, saying, “What are we to drink?” Then he cried out to YaHUaH, and YaHUaH showed him a tree. And when he threw it into the waters, the waters were made sweet. There He made a law and a right-ruling for them, and there He tried them. And He  said, If you diligently obey the voice of YaHUaH your Elohim and do what is right in His eyes, and shall listen to His commands and shall guard all His laws, I shall bring on you none of the diseases I brought on the Mitsrites, for I am YaHUaH who heals you.”

Notice here, our ever-merciful Father has compassion on us when we are fresh out of bondage. He knows that we have to learn, grow, mature in our relationship with HIM. He asks us to listen to His voice, obey, and guard His Word and He will heal us. YaHUaH gave them water in Chapter 15, quail and manna in Chapter 16, and they came through the wilderness and camped at Rephidim in Chapter 17. But now see, in Chapter 17 what they do after all this – at Rephidim, there was no water for the people to dirnk. Therefore the people strove with Mosheh, and said, “Give us water to drink.” And Mosheh waid to them, “Why do you strive with me? Why do you try YaHUaH?” And the people thirsted there for water, and the people grumbled against Mosheh, and said, “Why did you bring us out of Mitsrayim, to kill us and our children and our livestock with thirst?” Then Mosheh cried out the YaHUaH, saying, “What am I to do with this people? Yet a little and they shall stone Me!”

This is where Elohim instructs Mosheh to strike the rock to get water. And Mosheh called the name of the place Massah and Meribah, because of the ‘strife’ of the children of Yisra’el, and because they ‘tried’ YaHUaH, saying, “Is YaHUaH in our midst or not?”             This event is referenced many, many times throughout scripture. No matter the current situation we find ourselves in, it is not a good idea to start questioning His Love and Faithfulness for us. He saves us, teaches us, loves us. Let us not be so fickle as to begin trying Him as soon as things look bad for us.

10 “Therefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, ‘They always go astray in their heart, and they have not known My ways.’

11 “As I swore in My wrath, ‘If they shall enter into My rest…'”

Additionally, Shaul is quoting almost verbatim from Tehillim (Psalms) 95:7-11 “For He is our Elohim, and we are the people of His pasture and the sheep of His hand. Today, if you would hear His voice “Do not harden your hearts as in Meribah, and as in the day of Massah in the wilderness, “When your fathers tried Me, have proved Me, though they saw My work. For forty years I was grieved with that generation, and said, ‘They are a people who go astray in their hearts, and they do not know My ways.’ “As I swore in My wrath, ‘If they enter into My rest…’ ”

12 Look out, brothers, lest there be in any of you a wicked heart of unbelief in falling away from the living Elohim,

13 but encourage one another daily, while it is called “Today,” lest any of you be hardened by the deceivableness of sin.

14 For we have become partakers of Messiah if we hold fast the beginning of our trust firm to the end,

15 while it is said, “Today, if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.”

16 For who, having heard, rebelled? Was it not all who came out of Mitsrayim, led by Mosheh?

17 And with whom was He grieved forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose corpses fell in the wilderness?

18 And to whom did He swear that they would not enter into His rest, but to those who did not obey?

19 So we see that they were unable to enter in because of unbelief.

(Chapter 4….)Therefore, since a promise remains of entering into His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it. For indeed the Good News was brought to us as well as to them, but the word which they heard did not profit them, not having been mixed with belief in those who heard it.

I do not know about any of you, who may read this study, but I cannot help but read here – that Shaul is warning us about something. “Therefore……. since a promise remains of entering into His rest.” You know, the mixed multitude who came out of Egypt obtained salvation – but proved to be hard in their hearts and unbelieving. I have a question for you all – Is there something more required other that salvation to enter into His Rest?

I would love to hear thoughts on this question.

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