This weeks Torah Portion is Achrei Mot: After the Death
This is a special “holiday portion”
Leviticus 16:1 through 18:30
Today’s Message is called: “A State of Being……..”
The Weeks Reading is Leviticus 16:15-34
“15 “Then Aaron must kill the goat for the sin offering for the people. He must take its blood behind the curtain. There he must do the same thing with it as he did with the bull’s blood. He must sprinkle it on the cover of the ark. He must also sprinkle some in front of it. 16 “That is how he will make the Most Holy Room pure. He must do it because the people of Israel are not ‘clean.’ They have not obeyed me. They have also committed other sins. Aaron must do the same for the Tent of Meeting because it stands in the middle of the camp. And the camp is not ‘clean.’ 17 “No one can be in the Tent of Meeting when Aaron goes into the Most Holy Room to pay for the people’s sin. No one can enter the tent until Aaron comes out. He will not come out until he has paid for his own sin and the sin of his whole family. He will not come out until he has also paid for the sin of the whole community of Israel. 18 “Then he will come out to the altar for burnt offerings. It is in front of the tent where the ark of the Lord is. He will make the altar pure and clean. He will take some of the bull’s blood and some of the goat’s blood. Then he will put the blood on all of the horns that stick out from the upper four corners of the altar. 19 He will sprinkle some of the blood on it with his finger seven times. He will do it to make the altar pure. He will do it to set it apart from the people of Israel. They are not ‘clean.’ 20 “Aaron will finish making the Most Holy Room pure and clean. He will finish making the Tent of Meeting and the altar pure. “Then he will bring the live goat out. 21 He must place both of his hands on its head. While he does that, he must tell me about all of the sins the people of Israel have committed. He must tell me about all of their evil acts and the times they did not obey me. In that way he puts their sins on the goat’s head. “Then he will send the goat away into the desert. The goat will be led away by a man who was appointed to do it. 22 The goat will carry all of their sins on itself to a place where there are no people. And the man will set the goat free in the desert. 23 “Then Aaron must go into the Tent of Meeting. He must take off the linen clothes he put on before he entered the Most Holy Room. He must leave them there. 24 He must take a bath in a holy place. And he must put on his regular clothes. “Then he will come out and sacrifice the burnt offering for himself. He will also sacrifice the burnt offering for the people. That will pay for his own sin and the people’s sin. 25 He will also burn the fat of the sin offering on the altar. 26 “The man who sets free the goat that carries the people’s sins away must wash his clothes. He must take a bath. After that, he can come back into the camp. 27 “The bull and the goat for the sin offerings must be taken outside the camp. Their blood was brought into the Most Holy Room. It paid for sin. The hides, meat and guts must be burned up. 28 “The man who burns them must wash his clothes. He must take a bath. After that, he can come back into the camp. 29 “Here is a law for you that will last for all time to come. On the tenth day of the seventh month you must not eat anything. You must not do any work. It does not matter whether you are Israelites or outsiders. 30 “On that day your sin will be paid for. You will be made pure and clean. You will be clean from all of your sins in my sight. 31 That day is a sabbath for you. You must rest on it. You must not eat anything on that day. That is a law that will last for all time to come. 32 “The high priest must pay for sin. He must make everythingpure and clean. He has been anointed and prepared to become the next high priest after his father. He must put on the sacred clothes that are made out of linen. 33 He must make the Most Holy Room, the Tent of Meeting and the altar pure. And he must pay for the sin of the priests and all of the people in the whole community. 34 “Here is a law for you that will last for all time to come. Once a year you must pay for all of the sin of the people of Israel.” So it was done, just as the Lord commanded Moses
1. In this weeks portion we have a double portion to look at; the Torah almost seemed to jump out of time for the last two weeks while Moshe dealt with ritual purity in the camp with all the talk of Tsara’ot and Lashon Hara—and the purity issues of the Priesthood. All of these things are examples to us—to the restored Priesthood of the order of Malki-Tzadik through Messiah Yeshua. In this weeks double portion YHWH leads us through the ritual applications of the priesthood ordinances that He is instituting among the people for the “forgiveness of sins” that are unintentional. Up until this time we have had the children of Israel making sacrifices all over the open field—and there has been a great deal of blood that has been shed throughout the wilderness. This is a sign that you are in a wilderness period of your life—when you see a lack of centralization of order and a bunch of people all doing their own thing—you see lack, decrease and most important to us today—sage brush—the sure sign that you are in the wilderness.
The Children of Israel have been allowed to this point to make sacrifice wherever it seemed good to them to offer up the sin and guilt offerings, the Olah offerings, the Grain Offerings, and Fellowship Offerings unto the Lord YHWH. But now it is time for a centralization of order within the Camp—a movement from chaos to order. In this Torah portion YHWH says that the Priesthood is going to be established before the entrance of the “Tent of Meeting.” This means that once people were free to sacrifice as they pleased—but now there was going to be a certain place in the Camp—before the entrance of the Tent of Meeting—where the sacrifices were going to be offered—under the watchful eye of Moses and Aharon. This is a type and shadow of us coming from the church today—leaving behind the place where it was “every man for himself” and moving into the place where we would LEAVE THAT LIFE BEHIND—and come into the ordered way of application of Torah through the living Priesthood of Malki-Tzadek—as a holy nation –the “Royal Priesthood” of YHWH to the Nations. It is the willingness to come under the watchful eye of a mentor that will bring about the success of the people—as YHWH begins teaching the people a supernatural “sanctity for life” by requiring that all the sacrifices and offerings were to be centralized. When we move from the disorder of the counterfeit church to the ORDER of the Jewish Lifestyle– it is then and only then that we will really begin to see the power and glory of the Body of Messiah—which is Israel– as it shines forth—a unified—dedicated Priesthood—operating in 1 mind and 1 spirit—with 1 way– and as 1 people—the chosen people of Elohim!
John 17:20-26 says “20″My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me (YHWH) through their message, 21that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one: 23I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. 24″Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world. 25″Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me. 26I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.”
A. Messiah’s sacrificial death on the execution stake is the vehicle that provides us with eternal cleansing. This is what makes it possible for us to be “Kadosh”—or Holy—and thus part of the Holy people of Elohim. There are only two classes of people in this world—there are people born to a Jewish Mother and Father and there are those of us who were not—there is no middle ground. But through Messiah—those of you who were not born to a Jewish parent in the natural—can ACCEPT HIS CHOICE—NOT BY YOUR RIGHT CHOICES—BUT BY HIS CHOSING YOU ARE NOW to be Jews—and be reborn by YHWH’s Spirit INTO the JEWISH PEOPLE—and thus being made ONE people called ISRAEL. Israel is a not just a faith however—it is a People—a Nation—a very special nation that YHWH has made covenant with; in fact there is NO COVENANT that exists that is not made with the Jewish people. When RABBI SHAUL and RABBI KEPHA were teaching new believers—they were not teaching converts to the Roman Catholic Church—or Christianity—but to the Jewish Faith. Roman Catholicism–which is the foundation of all Christianity was not born until 325 CE–almost 300 years after Yeshua and the Disciples taught on this Earth. This is the centralization of the faith—is like when YHWH ordered a centralization of the sacrifices that would be done in this Torah portion. There will be people who will not wish to follow this….they have sacrificed in the field ever since they “left Egypt” as it were–and they will use this as an excuse—the real underlying part is that they do not wish to change from their lawlessness—and come into the order of Mashiach….but there will be those –who like Abraham—will leave ALL behind and follow THE WAY that YHWH shows them—and sacrifice before the Tent of Meeting.
Isaiah 52:11 says “Go now, leave your bonds and slavery. Put Babylon behind you, with everything it represents, for it is unclean to you. You are the LORD’s holy people. Purify yourselves, you who carry home the vessels of the LORD.”
Job 11:14 says “Get rid of your sins and leave all iniquity behind you.”
Proverbs 9:6 says “Leave your foolish ways behind, and begin to live; learn how to be wise.”
Proverbs 15:24 says “The path of the wise leads to life above; they leave the grave behind.”
B. Many people today have to clean out their thinking when it comes to the “Jewish People” as most people who have been influenced by the Roman Catholic Faith—which is different than our faith—and they have been taught to believe the Jews were somehow “bad” or “cursed of YHWH”—and nothing could be farther from the truth. You see they mistake the STATUS of BEING: HOLY—with the CLASS POSITION of PURITY. The blood of the sacrifice makes you HOLY—this is a gift—a gift of grace as it is based on Rabbi Yeshua keeping fully every jot and title of the former priesthood of the Levites—while the Temple—the Beit HaMikdash stood in Jerusalem—Our Rabbi DID keep every command—precept—law and instruction of YHWH—and thus SECURED FOR US the RIGHTEOUSNESS that is OF HIM. PURITY however is a different matter. Once the Priests would offer up the Olah offering—for the person—then they would have to offer the entrails and fat of the offering. This almost seems to go counter intuitive on us—in that it would seem that before we could be made HOLY –in our fleshly minds it seems that we would have to offer up the all the things that are UNCLEAN in our lives—like the entrails and the fat of our offering—but YHWH had the Levites offering the sacrifice in this manner as a sign and wonder to us as we return from the pagan ways of our forefathers. The OLAH is offered 1st as it is the BLOOD that washes us clean and the STATE OF HOLINESS and FELLOWSHIP IS RESTORED. However, there are STILL the entrails and the fat.
1 Timothy 5:21-22 says “21I charge you, in the sight of God and Christ Jesus and the elect angels, to keep these instructions without partiality, and to do nothing out of favoritism. 22Do not be hasty in the laying on of hands, and do not share in the sins of others. Keep yourself pure.”
1 John 3:1-3 says “How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 2 Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when he appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. 3 Everyone who has this hope in him purifies himself, just as he is pure.”
C. There is not a person today in the sound of my voice that does not have entrails and fat in their offerings—and if left unattended—or handled in some other way than what YHWH has proscribed for us—then we will be left RESTORED IN FELLOWSHIP but INPURE IN PRACTICE. The state of the PURITY of the believer—meaning the JEW who was practicing the ritual application of Torah—in the proscribed PLACE—on the proscribed DAY and in the MANNER as proscribed by YHWH Himself—did not make the person “WHOLE;” it was not until the High Priest proclaimed over them: “Tik Haru” which means “YOU SHALL BECOME PURE.” Many people today have called out to Yeshua and asked to be delivered—but they NEVER move on to this part of the offering. The Messiah gave up his life and lives today to make intercession for those of us who are calling on his name—but we never go beyond that point and offer up the “ENTRAILS and FAT.” It is the job of every person born into—or reborn into the Jewish faith through belief in the ONE TRUE AND LIVING GOD–YHWH to offer up the ENTRAILS and FAT portions for our neighbors. This is our portion of making the pronunciation of RESTORATION TO PURITY—as we cry out “TIK HARU: YOU ARE PURE” to our brothers and sisters as they return from the nations and the ways of the gentiles and begin walking this marvelous existence of life as a BLOOD WASHED MEMBER OF THE JEWISH NATION.
Mark 1:4 says “And so John came, baptizing in the desert region and preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.”
Luke 3:3 says “He went into all the country around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.” This is the Ministry of Yochanan (John) the Immerser–to baptize for a sign of forgiveness of sins.
BUT You have been out gathered and ingathered into Eretz Israel–the Nation of Israel–and made co-HEIRS–with the Jewish People to not only be forgiven of your sins–but through the spirit of Elijah that is now harvesting the earth– YOU CAN DO the very things that the Master has done if you will only cleanse your MIND of YOUR FORMER STATUS.
D. The Jewish people is THE Nation of Priests to the entire world. YHWH has chosen US to ALSO be JEWS and to be PROUD of our JEWISH BLOOD PURCHASED STATUS CHANGE AND HERITAGE. Where we do not have Mothers and Fathers in the natural who have Jewish Blood—we have our Messiah and the Saints who have gone on before us—and THIS is OUR SHARED and COMBINED Jewish heritage. You are no longer strangers and GERIM (FOREIGNERS or ALIENS) and the same requirements that have been laid at the Jewish people have been laid at your feet. YOU have been chosen to be a PRIEST of the order of MALKI-TZADEK to this generation and to PROVE that YESHUA IS YHWH in the flesh. YHWH chose you—custom made you for THIS generation and THIS season to be the BRIDGE BACK—NOT TO HOLINESS—for this is only provided by Messiah—BUT—to PURITY—as it has always been the job of the Priests to make ATONEMENT FOR OTHER BELIEVING PEOPLE OF ISRAEL. YESHUA lives IN YOU—and He is always making INTERCESSION FOR US. There is NO way that you can fail—there is no way that you cannot achieve what you have been placed here to accomplish. YHWH –God NEVER PLACES YOU IN A PLACE WHERE YOU CANNOT SUCCEED—NEVER!! The only thing that can change that is UNLESS you have entrails and fat dangling down around your feet. It is your job as a priest to offer the ENTRAILS and FAT of your neighbor—and thus making atonement for them. YOU have been chosen to humbly approach the blood born Jewish people and learn their ways and seek out the Elohim of Abraham—Isaac and Jacob; THIS IS WHAT IT MEANS TO BE HOLY. JEWS WHO LOVE GOD AND KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS IN THE LOVING PRIESTHOOD OF YESHUA. YHWH provided a way out for our father Abraham—BUT—FIRST YHWH said to Abraham, “LECH LECHA”—GET YOURSELF—OUT—and Abraham obeyed. The Children of Abraham today are the people who are going to BE ABLE TOO see their neighbors entrails and fat offerings—and instead of leaving them in a state of IMPURITY –the life they are living AS GENTILES among the NATIONS—they are going to offer up those Entrails and Fat offerings on the Holy Altar of YHWH and they will go up into the smoke of a life that is a pleasing aroma to YHWH. Being Holy is easy—it is accepting a free gift—being PURE is a work that is to be accomplished by steadfast obedience to YHWH’s Teaching and Instruction. It is our job to bring the atonement for the people in our lives before the altar of YHWH—and that ALTAR IS IN YOU and IN ME. We are to offer up the failings of one another—the entrails—the fat pieces that we see as sacrifices and render those people who we encounter TIK HARU: YOU SHALL BE CLEAN. You are now to walk in YOUR NEW CLASS–YOUR NEW AND CLEANSING STATUS CHANGE-as “purified members of the Nation of Israel as born in—and reborn AS JEWS. This is the duty of restoration given to the Priesthood of Malki-Tzaddik in the last days—the place of RESTORER to the common ways of a UNIFIED PEOPLE: Israel. AFTER THE DEATH–Achrei Mot…IN HEBREW–WHICH MEANS JUST THAT–WHAT COMES AFTER THE DEATH? ARE WE ALIVE IN THE LIGHT OF TORAH AND THE LOVE OF MESSIAH; OR ARE WE ASLEEP IN THE LIGHT.
ARE WE SATISFIED TO SIT ON OUR BLESSED ASSURANCE–OR WILL WE LET GOD ARISE AND THE LIES OF DEATH BE DRIVEN FROM OUR LIVES? The second part of this portion is the result of lives that experience a “DEATH” to the ways of the Catholic Church and its ways AND THAT SANCTIFY THEIR FAITH–THEIR HOPE–THEIR LOVE–THEIR HUSBANDS or WIVES or KIDS AS KEDOSHIM–HOLY ONES. NO DEATH-TO YOUR FORMER GENTILE SELF-AND YOU WILL EXPERIENCE NO PATHWAY TO LIFE.
ITS TIME FOR GOD’S PROPHETIC ONES TO RISE UP AND PROPHESY THE TORAH and THE TESTIMONY OF YESHUA–CONTEND TO BE JEWS IN THIS MODERN ERA……THAT IS CARRYING YOUR CROSS AND NOTHING SAYS HOLINESS MORE –THAN BEING SEPARATED OUT FOR EXECUTION. IF THE LORD CALLED YOU HOME TONIGHT–AND REQUIRED AN ACCOUNTING OF YOUR LIFE–WHICH STATUS WOULD YOU HEAR AND SEE THAT YOU LIVED IN MOST OF THE TIME? DEATH TO YOUR FLESH-MAN….YOUR PUTRID FLESH OF THE NATIONS……OR ALIVE TO HIM–SANCTIFIED AND PURE BEFORE HIM? WOULD YOU BE FOUND BEFORE THE LORD YHWH IN LACK AND DECREASE?? ITS TIME TO OFFER UP THE FAT AND THE UNCLEAN ENTRAILS OF OUR FLESH TONIGHT BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE?
2 Peter 3:1 says “1 Dear friends, this is now my second letter to you. I have written both of them as reminders. I want to stir you up to think in a way that is pure”
1 Timothy 1:5 says “5The goal of this command is love, which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.”
Philippians 4:8 says “8Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things” CONSIDER THE LOVE OF MESSIAH THAT WHILE YOU AND I WERE YET CLEARLY VIOLATING THE TORAH’S RIGHTEOUS COMMANDS–THAT HE SO LOVED US THAT HE CHOSE TO CHANGE OUR STATUS FROM UNCLEAN TO CLEAN–FROM GENTILE TO JEW–FROM OUTSIDER TO INSIDER–FROM DEADMAN TO LIVING MAN–FRESH WATER FOR DIRTY–NEW LIVES FOR OLD. SO TOO LET US BE PURE IN STATUS–HOLY IN MESSIAH’S HOLINESS AND ONE UNITED ISRAEL TOGETHER CONTENDING FOR THE FAITH WITH OUR BLOOD BROTHERS THE BLOOD BORN JEWISH PEOPLE WORLDWIDE!!! SHABBAT SHALOM.
AND FROM OUR FAMILY TO YOURS, WE PRAY THAT YOUR PESACH WILL BE PEACEFUL AND REFRESHING, SAFE AND LOVING FULL OF FAMILY AND FRIENDS AROUND YOUR PASSOVER TABLE. CHAG SAMEACH!!!!
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