“And He Called” by Ariel E……………
THIS WEEKS TORAH PORTION: VAYIKRA –AND HE CALLED
Haftarah Isaiah 43:21-44:23
Priesthood Readings 2 Corinthians 1-5
“What Do They Mean: The Levitical Sacrifices”
“Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, Speak to the sons of Israel, saying, ‘If a person sins unintentionally in any of the things which the LORD has commanded not to be done, and commits any of them, if the anointed priest sins so as to bring guilt on the people, then let him offer to the LORD a bull without defect as a sin offering for the sin he has committed. ‘He shall bring the bull to the doorway of the tent of meeting before the LORD, and he shall lay his hand on the head of the bull and slay the bull before the LORD.”
2. Leviticus is the continuation of the book of Exodus
The Master Builder has built a home—A Tabernacle in each of us. We are His Temple—the body is the Temple of the Ruach HaKodesh or the Spirit Most Holy.
But if we do not follow the blueprints for successful completion of our building then we will not have the same outcome as we see modeled by James, Peter, Paul and the rest of the Talmidim (Disciple Priesthood)!
Matthew 7:24-27 says, 24“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on THE ROCK. 26But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”
3. Moving in to receive the Blessings of Your Inheritance
The Abrahamic Covenant STARTED as an UNCONDITIONAL covenant—yet even this relationship developed RELATIONSHIP REQUIREMENTS over time. Yes…as Rabbi Shaul has taught us– Abraham BELIEVED and THIS BELIEF IS CREDITED TO HIM AS RIGHTEOUSNESS; but he also was REQUIRED to CIRCUMCISE HIS HOUSEHOLD—LEAVE HIS FATHERS HOME—SACRIFICE HIS ONE AND ONLY SON–but the MOSAIC COVENANT IS CONDITIONAL. Abraham’s TRUST BASED COVENANT started with the CHILD LIKE TRUST If you do not do it—you FOREFEIT YOUR COVANENTAL BLESSINGS listed in Deuteronomy 28.
However—as we grow, we begin to mature and as we do—WE BEGIN TAKING ON RESPONSIBILITIES THAT COME WITH OUR GROWTH AND THESE RESPONSIBILITIES ARE NOT OPTIONAL BUT COME WITH REWARD! It is a privilege to walk in the Mosaic Covenant—its our choice—God wants HIS covenant BRIDE to walk with him as a “free will offering of the Heart!” (Ex. 35:21) Be very clear on this: NO JEW WAS EVER TAUGHT THAT THEY GOT TO HEAVEN BY DOING SACRIFICES—OR THAT THROUGH MINDLESS ADHERENCE TO THE TEACHINGS OF LEVITICUS AND THE PRIESTHOOD—THAT THIS WORKS BASED FAITH WAS MEANT TO SAVE THEM FROM AN ETERNITY OF SEPARATION FROM GOD. THIS IS A LIE THAT IS PASSED ON GENERATION FROM GENERATION WITHIN THE FORMER GENTILE CHURCH AS A JUSTIFICATION FOR SEPARATION FROM THE JEWISH PEOPLE……AND IT IS AN OUTRIGHT LIE.
Now that the Children had built the Tabernacle, and GOd had “moved into His dwelling” it was time to learn HOW to WALK with God in HIS RESIDENCE—IN A DAILY COMMUNION OF FELLOWSHIP WITH THE HOLY ONE—BLESSED BE HE!
TODAY–YOU are the Temple of God and it is important to learn how to function as the Temple and the area’s and details that give you the MAXIMUMS of “LIFE” with God! CAN PEOPLE COME TO YOU AND EXPERIENCE THE ANOINTING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT; OR THE LOVE AND FORGIVENESS OF GOD?? THESE ARE REEQUIREMENTS OF THE TEMPLE.
4. The function of the Priesthood is done today by US! 1 Peter 2:5
The Book of Leviticus is OUR instruction booklet on how to live in the Tabernacle of God!
The Book of Leviticus is our instruction manual for drawing near to God
The Ancient Sages taught that not everyone did the offerings; it was the function of the sacrifices to make one HOLY!
The sacrificial walk—was meant for all—but NOT EVERYONE PARTICIPATED—ONLY those who sought a deeper walk of Holiness with God!
5. THE OLAH Offering—a Volunteer offering (Lev 1:1-17)
THE OLAH—This Offering is the Elevation Offering—smoke ascending to God.
The Greek word for OLAH is “HOLOCAUSTIA” –meaning wholly and totally consumed
The OLAH was offered for “IMPURE THOUGHTS” and “FAILURE TO PERFORM A REQUIRED ACTION” and this offering was Voluntary or it was not accepted
The Animals represent people (remember Acts 10:9-29 and PETERS SHEET VISION) and the OLAH is how we treat others today as it says in Philippians 2:3 “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves!”
6. The Meal Offering or the MINCHAH—a Volunteer Offering (Lev 2:1-17)
This is the Grain Offering—this is a GIFT OF GRATITUDE TO GOD
The flour made of this grain was mixed with Oil and Incense
The MINCHAH always includes Salt: Salt can destroy and preserve-just like TORAH. Mark 9:49-50 says, “49Everyone will be salted with fire. “Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with each other.”
The GRAIN OFFERING TODAY—is our Shabbat Meal—we call Kiddush
7. The Fellowship/Peace Offering-r SHELAMIM –volunteer offering (Lev 3: 1-17)
Shelamim comes from the word Shalem—or SHALOM. This is blessing God with a Holy Greeting.
The SHELAMIM or FELLOWSHIP OFFERING today is our meeting on SHABBAT. Staying outside God’s Camp on Sabbath does not constitute keeping the fellowship offering requirement!
If we try to keep the peace of Shabbat—but quarrel all the way to services—or hold offenses against or brothers and sisters—do we think God will accept this sacrifice? (Matt 5:22-24) BE ASSURED THAT HE WILL NOT!
The first three offerings were voluntary—they are the Heartbeat of the TABERNACLE.
8. The SIN OFFERING—or CHATAS and the GUILT OFFERING or ASHAM Both were Required—Lev 4:1-5:13 and Lev 5:14-6:7
The SIN OFFERING—is required for unintentional sins resulting from CARELESSNESS or LAXNESS with the things of G-d.
NO ONE in ALL ISRAEL WAS EXEMPT (Romans 3:23)
The Guilt Offering—is required for a person who unintentionally misappropriated sanctuary property –any sin against the body
It also covers intentional sins like LYING-TALKING ABOUT OTHERS (LASHON HARA)—any inherent STATUS destruction of our neighbors or OURSELVES—YESHUA IS OUR SIN AND GUILT OFFERING!
9. How do we live this today?
a. We purge our Greek minds and renew our Hebrew minds—and esteem others better than ourselves (Elevated Burnt Offering)
b. We live as Salt in the World Destroying Sin and Preserving Righteousness in “Communion” with the Spirit of God (Grain Offering)
c. We fellowship together on Shabbat and not go our own way—This is the “true meaning of being Peacemakers (Fellowship Offering)
d. We accept Yeshua’s gift for our Sins—by NOT SINNING ANYMORE—MEANING NOT VIOLATING THE TORAH ANYMORE–and by NOT DWELLING ON GUILT–BUT WHAT GOD’S WORD SAYS ABOUT US! (This is the Sin and Guilt Sacrifice)
THESE ARE THE STEPS WE MUST TAKE TO MATURITY—YOU WILL NEVER GROW UP IN THE PROGRESSION OF OUR FOREFATHER ABRAHAM—IF WE DO NOT FOLLOW OUR COMMANDED INSTRUCTIONS THAT LEAD TO HOLINESS. SIN IS VIOLATING THE TORAH—BREAKING ITS LAWS INSTRUCTIONS AND TEACHINGS. IF WE OBEY THE TORAH’S RIGHTEOUS COMMANDS—WE PROVE OUR LOVE FOR YHWH—AND IF WE WILL NOT DO THEM, THEN WE PROVE OURSELVES TO BE A LIAR AND HIS TRUTH IS NOT WITHIN US.
THE TEST IS SIMPLE: DO YOU KEEP THE SABBATH FROM FRIDAY NIGHT AT SUNDOWN TO SATURDAY NIGHT AT SUNDOWN? DO YOU CELEBRATE THE HOLY PASSOVER? DO YOU EXPRESS YOUR LOVE FOR YOUR NEIGHBOR IN THE SAME WAY THAT YOU EXPRESS YOUR LOVE FOR YOURSELF? DO YOU HAVE A CIRCUMCISED HEART—AS EVIDENCED BY WHAT YOU “DO” AND NOT WHAT YOU SAY YOU BELIEVE. AS YA’AKOV (JAMES) THE LORDS BROTHER SAID SO LONG AG0—“YOU SHOW ME YOUR FAITH WITHOUT CORRESPONDING WORKS AND I WILL SHOW YOU MY FAITH DEMONSTRATED BY THE WORKS THAT I DO.”
THINK ABOUT IT LIKE THIS: WAS IT WHAT YESHUA “BELIEVED IN” THAT LED TO HIS SALVATION—OR WAS IT WHAT HE DID THAT WAS BASED ON HIS ULTIMATE KNOWLEDGE AND TRUST IN THE TORAH: GOD’S TEACHING AND INSTRUCTIONS FOR A HOLY LIFE? HOW YOU ANSWER MAY REVEAL THE CONDITION OF YOUR HEART…
SHABBAT SHALOM AND SHAVUATOV
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