Vayikra -And He Called (ויקרא) - Audio Podcast April 1, 2023

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Leviticus 1:1-6:7
We continue to use the Torah as our guide to do our portions
So far we have come from Genesis to now Leviticus, and God has been at work
Let me summarize it like this:
B’Reisheet, in the beginning, God creates Paradise, but we fail to rest.
God begins again with Avraham and his family of covenant faith.
And these are the Sh’mot, names, of the children of Yisra’el who go down to Egypt to survive the famine. As our numbers grow, we are enslaved.
But God delivers us from bondage and forms us into a nation!
vaYikra—and He calls us to become holy for Him!
Jeffrey Enoch. Feinberg Ph.D. and Kim Alan Moudy, Walk Leviticus!: And He Called (Baltimore, MD: Messianic Jewish Publishers, 2001), 13.
Leviticus is a continuation of Exodus 40
In the last chapter of Shemot, Moses finishes all the work the Lord has given him to build the tabernacle
He does not even get to enter the Tent of Meeting
Leviticus is like the inauguration day - for which Aaron and the priests need to prepared- get sanctified and clean before entering the Tent of Meeting
Exodus 40:33–38 NKJV
33 And he raised up the court all around the tabernacle and the altar, and hung up the screen of the court gate. So Moses finished the work. 34 Then the cloud covered the tabernacle of meeting, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. 35 And Moses was not able to enter the tabernacle of meeting, because the cloud rested above it, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. 36 Whenever the cloud was taken up from above the tabernacle, the children of Israel would go onward in all their journeys. 37 But if the cloud was not taken up, then they did not journey till the day that it was taken up. 38 For the cloud of the Lord was above the tabernacle by day, and fire was over it by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel, throughout all their journeys.
We continue to learn the ways of the Lord by studying the Torah Portions
We begin a new book from the Torah today - Vayikra- commonly known as Leviticus
Vayikra is in the heart of the Torah
Taught to children at age 3
The word blood is found 70 times in Vayikra
The timeline of events presented in this picture tells us that:
It is the first of Nissan
A year has gone by
The children of Israel were redeemed from Egypt, and now need to learn how to get close to God- on God’s terms
The 40 year journey in the wilderness is prefaced for the Children of Israel with the need to be Holy
This book is commonly known as Leviticus
The name Leviticus means the laws of the Levis
Leviticus -Third book of the Pentateuch.
Portrays the rituals that priests must regulate and perform to maintain God’s presence with His people.
Primarily concerned with sacrifice and regulations for maintaining holiness.
Referred to as the “priests’ law,” “priests’ book,” and “the law of the offerings” in the Mishnah.
The Jewish convention for naming biblical books after their opening word makes the Hebrew name for Leviticus וַיִּקְרָ֖א‎ (wayyiqra', “and He called”). The English title, Leviticus, derives from the Greek term ΛΕΥΙΤΙΚΟΝ (LEUITIKON). Though the book does not focus on the Levites, Christian tradition holds that the Levitical priests were the rightful recipients of the material (Heb 7:11)
Vayikra = qara = קרא
7924 I. קָרָא‎ (qā·rā(ʾ)): v.; ≡ Str 7121; 1. LN 33.307–33.314 (qal) call, summon, i.e., call person(sing.) to come into one’s presence or give a task (Ex 12:31); (nif) summoned, called (Est 2:14); (pual) summoned, called (Isa 48:12; 65:1+), note: niv changes text in Isa 65:1 as qal; 2. LN 33.126–33.133 (qal) call, i.e., designate by a name or title and so give something a name, either a proper name or a representative title (Ge 1:5); (nif) called, designated, known as, reckoned by (Dt 3:13; 1Sa 9:9; Pr 16:21); (pual) be called (Isa 48:8; 58:12; 61:3; 62:2; Eze 10:13+); 3. LN 33.189–33.217 (qal) proclaim, announce, i.e., make a public calling out of information or an event (1Ki 21:9); 4. LN 33.315–33.318 (qal) invite, i.e., give an offer to hospitality (Ex 2:20); (qal pass.) be invited as a guest, receive an offer of hospitality (1Sa 9:13, 22; 2Sa 15:11; 1Ki 1:41, 49; Est 5:12; Pr 9:18; Zep 1:7+);
But Vayikra, a verb, refers to calling an individual, a single person
But let us examine the noun
מִקְרָא = miqra = people called together
But as a noun is Miqra
The noun simply has an additional letter at the beginning
מִקְרָא = miqra = people called together
Miqra is when people are called together
5246 מִקְרָא (miq·rā(ʾ)): n.masc.; ≡ Str 4744; TWOT 2063d—1. LN 11.12–11.54 assembly, group, convocation, i.e., a collective of people gathered for a purpose (Ex 12:16; Lev 23:2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 21, 24, 27, 35, 36, 37; Nu 28:18, 25, 26; 29:1, 7, 12; Isa 1:13; 4:5+), note: in each context for a religious purpose; 2. LN 33.35–33.68 a reading, i.e., the content of a written communication that is publicly uttered aloud (Ne 8:8+); 3. LN 33.307–33.314 calling, i.e., the act. of publicly making a signal or sign for the purpose of community coming together (Nu 10:2+)
5247 מִקְרֶה (miq·rě(h)): n.masc.; ≡ Str
This is the word which is commonly known as church in the clerical church - in Greek Ekklesia
This book is titled with the calling out of those who are going to form His assembly
Has to do with levitical laws that are quite difficult for the Western thinker. I have personal had to struggle with the same because they do not resonate with the Western type of mentality
It is very easy to just ignore them - avoid them, chuck them out, as being “done away with” - or as a “bunch of laws for the priests that do not apply to us” or a “bunch of religious rituals in animal killing.”
A lot of the things we are going to read in this book seems kind of strange to us
as we attempt to take out of the perception of this book the “ritualistic religious realm” we have been persuaded to believe, we will take those things and put them back to the simple ordinary things we do in life in a practical manner.
We do not serve a Father that emulates the Greek gods and who only tests us with little things he has us to do (rituals) for him to see if how loyal we are to him by simply doing something as weird as killing animals, burning them for no reason just to see how faithful we are to Him.


Vayikra -And He Called (ויקרא)
Leviticus 1:1-6:7
In Vayikra we are going to speak about the hidden presence of the Lord in a linguistic form
We will see how He sets off to work in the attempt to provide the means for His children to become holy
To do this:
We are going to talk about the 5 levitical offerings
The burn offering
The grain offering
The peace offering
The sin offering
The trespass/ Guilt offering


Leviticus 1:1–2 NKJV
1 Now the Lord called to Moses, and spoke to him from the tabernacle of meeting, saying, 2 “Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: ‘When any one of you brings an offering to the Lord, you shall bring your offering of the livestock—of the herd and of the flock.
I will make the attempt to simplify the explanation of this Torah
All the offerings we have just listed use the same word Hebrew word: Korban
The burn offering
The grain offering
The peace offering
The sin offering
The trespass offering
Offering = qarban = קָרְבָּן
7933 קָרְבָּן‎ (qār·bān): n.masc.; ≡ Str offering, sacrifice, i.e., a gift to deity of a general kind (Lev 1:2)
7934 קֻרְבָּן‎ (qǔr·bān): n.[masc.]; ≡ Str contribution, gift, i.e., a supply of something voluntarily given for religious uses without it necessarily being considered an offering or sacrifice to deity
The Hebrew root to this word is “to come close” or “draw near” - presenting the historical Jewish understanding of what an offering was: an opportunity to draw near to God.
All offerings have different reasons, different details, different savours - some sweet savours - the first 3 are a savour unto the Father
Some are for atonement of guilt over your sin -- basically the last two offerings refer to this.
They are all design, whether blood or savour involved, either way, they are all design to draws us near to Him.
They are meant for restoring relationship with God - not man
There are sins of ignorance (unintentional) or trespasses against or presumptuous (intentional) sin -called high handed sin
The Father knows the differences. It is important to know Him as father.
As you have heard people say: “all sin is the same” NO - no all sin is the same
The truth of scripture is that man sins whether it is through ignorance (unintentionally) or presumptuously (intentionally) - all men sin and the wages of sin whether unintentional (out of ignorance) or intentional (presumptuous) sin is death. The wages of sin is death.
This is no saying that all sins are the same- This is why we have all different kinds of offering
When you did something through ignorance (unintentionally) you came and gave an offering to the father.
There are commandments that show us the sins against the Father, the first 4 commandment.
There are other commandments that show the sins done unto man the last 6 commandments
but when you do something intentionally to your neighbor you have to reconcile with your neighbor. That is what is being taught here.
You do not come to the Father in the temple to present your offering if you did something you have not reconciled with your neighbor.
In other words, the idea that you knew you did something - you did something intentionally, then you reconcile with your brother through restitution, using misphatim rules, and then draw near to God with the offering
Sometimes you cannot make amends for the things you did - there is no restitution, for example murder - sometimes you have to pay the penalty for it.
When you do something to man you restitute to man as it is explained in chapter 6 of this Torah portion
This is the reason Mishpatim were given
But even when paying to man, you still need to bring an offering to the Lord
The health laws and sexual sin are given to the individual to keep the whole nation healthy.
This is one of the reasons we have these laws in Leviticus because the health of the nation is about us, not just about you.
We do not treat the collective body as one. He came to build His church with people - not buildings.
We treated the body as a number of individuals.
But in the Tanakh and in the NT when the Father looks at His people He sees them as one man
This is important to understand that when the Father sees His people, He sees them as one man.
For example, if you speak with an Orthodox Jew and try to explain Isa 53, you will probably be talking about Jesus.
You will make an emphasis about Jesus, but the Orthodox Jew will say, this is talking about Israel.
We see the individual in our Greek mentality.
The Orthodox Jew will see the collectivistic view of all the assembly being Israel.
They will tell you that the reason Isa 53 is written is the singular is because it was written to see Israel was put for man.
What we are saying is that we believe one man was put for all Israel.
If we could only learn in our Greek mentality that sometimes is not only about this - but both
There is a lot of details in Leviticus that make a whole lot of difference in understanding Hebrew thought and the message of Messiah.
The whole point of doing that is that the Father can show us the ramification of our sin.
It is like the Father saying to us: “Can you not see the results of what happens when you ignore me or when you rebel to Me?” When you do what you want to do.
He deliberately makes it very obvious and highlighted so that we may not miss it.
The difference between the Tanakh and the NT is that because we are detached from the things listed in the Tanakh we do not appreciate what Yeshua went through - all the bloody punishment that happened on that tree is very similar to the over the top sacrifices in the OT so that we can look at that and see what we did to the Son of God.
If you can see, I would hope, you would not want to sin again.
The calling out here we can see it in the new testament too
Mark 6:7 NKJV
7 And He called the twelve to Himself, and began to send them out two by two, and gave them power over unclean spirits.
One thing to observe is that they have been redeemed from Egypt.
They have been given instructions to survive the wilderness.
The law has been given to them and now the Book of Leviticus is going to be about His people who are summed up in 12 tribes in 4 camps, who are going to be instructed on how to be cleaned in the Book of Leviticus beginning with “and He called”
So going back to
Mark 6:7 NKJV
7 And He called the twelve to Himself, and began to send them out two by two, and gave them power over unclean spirits.
This is the same event as in the Book of Leviticus where it starts with “And He called” to Himself (drawing near) and gave them power over unclean spirits
All five offerings are korban
They all bring us near to Him
These are for worship and thanksgiving
At this point we are already delivered from Egypt
No matter what we bring: the meat offering, the grain , the sin offering, the whole purpose is that we focus on the altar
The offerings may change in the Book of Leviticus
But the focus is always the same - the altar
That is the reason the comment in Matthew chapter 23 is the altar what matters not the offering itself
Matthew 23:16–22 NKJV
16 “Woe to you, blind guides, who say, ‘Whoever swears by the temple, it is nothing; but whoever swears by the gold of the temple, he is obliged to perform it.’ 17 Fools and blind! For which is greater, the gold or the temple that sanctifies the gold? 18 And, ‘Whoever swears by the altar, it is nothing; but whoever swears by the gift that is on it, he is obliged to perform it.’ 19 Fools and blind! For which is greater, the gift or the altar that sanctifies the gift? 20 Therefore he who swears by the altar, swears by it and by all things on it. 21 He who swears by the temple, swears by it and by Him who dwells in it. 22 And he who swears by heaven, swears by the throne of God and by Him who sits on it.
If you do not understand and you do not have a relationship with the Lord, and you do not have intimate understanding of the importance of the altar then the offering means nothing.
This is what the Father is saying particularly when He said I am tired of your offerings
Isaiah 1:10–13 NKJV
10 Hear the word of the Lord, You rulers of Sodom; Give ear to the law of our God, You people of Gomorrah: 11 “To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices to Me?” Says the Lord. “I have had enough of burnt offerings of rams And the fat of fed cattle. I do not delight in the blood of bulls, Or of lambs or goats. 12 “When you come to appear before Me, Who has required this from your hand, To trample My courts? 13 Bring no more futile sacrifices; Incense is an abomination to Me. The New Moons, the Sabbaths, and the calling of assemblies— I cannot endure iniquity and the sacred meeting.
He is saying you do not appreciate what goes on when the offering is placed on the altar
Because if you do not appreciate the altar your offering does not mean anything
We need to know that when we expressed our offering
Romans 12:1 NKJV
1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.
There is no going to be a temple - now your body is a living sacrifice.
But the sacrifice means nothing unless you understands what happens in the altar.
The idea of the offering is to remind us to keep holy
To the offerings/ korban:
the first 3 thanksgiving for acceptance because our lives are not lived wholly to him
1- First Offering
Olah (BURNT/ rise up) - Leviticus 1:1-17
Leviticus 1:3 NKJV
3 ‘If his offering is a burnt sacrifice of the herd, let him offer a male without blemish; he shall offer it of his own free will at the door of the tabernacle of meeting before the Lord.
Translated as Burnt Offering
A sweet aroma
Involves blood
it means a holy life given to him
Your life is going to be holy
This is not about you doing something wrong and coming to atone and lay the sacrifice on the altar for that
We will see that later
This is a sweet smelling an acceptance on to Him
realizing our lives are not wholly given to Him
Leviticus 1:13 NKJV
13 but he shall wash the entrails and the legs with water. Then the priest shall bring it all and burn it on the altar; it is a burnt sacrifice, an offering made by fire, a sweet aroma to the Lord.
Reah Nihoah = sweet aroma = רֵיחַ נִיחֹחַ
Two words meaning reah - root word Spirit
Nihoah -can be translated as Noah
The spirit of Noah
Spirit can be translated from a subtle smell to a strong wind
The smell into your nostrils is the spirit that comes in as wind
Your spirit in harmony with Him when it rises up into His nostrils
Nihoah is the aroma part - the rest - the comfort
the idea is that the spirit (aroma) soothes the Father’s anger
In Hebrew the word of anger is the same as the word for nose
Psalm 18:8 NKJV
8 Smoke went up from His nostrils, And devouring fire from His mouth; Coals were kindled by it.
nostril = aph = אַף
678 II. אַף‎ (ʾǎp̄): n.masc.; ≡ Str 639; TWOT 133a—1. LN 8.9–8.69 nostril, i.e., the breathing passage of the nose, as a particular part of the nose (Ge 2:7); 2. LN 8.9–8.69 nose, i.e., any part of the nose, internal cartilage or external protuberance of any creature (Ge 3:19; 24:47; Pr 11:22); 3. LN 8.9–8.69 face, formally, nose, i.e., the entire front of the head, including eyes, nose, mouth, chin, etc. (Ge 19:1); 4. LN 23.185–23.187 breath, i.e., the vapor and air which comes out of the lungs through the mouth or nostrils (SS 7:9[EB 8]); 5. LN 88.171–88.191 anger, wrath, resentment, formally, nose, i.e., have a strong feeling of displeasure over a person or a situation, as a figurative extension of the nose as an area that can change color when blood rushes to it while one is angry (Ge 27:45); 11 James Swanson, Dictionary of Biblical Languages with Semantic Domains : Hebrew (Old Testament) (Oak Harbor: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 1997).
2- Second Offering
Mincha Offering (Meat offering / Grain offering) Leviticus 2:1-19
Leviticus 2:1 NKJV
1 ‘When anyone offers a grain offering to the Lord, his offering shall be of fine flour. And he shall pour oil on it, and put frankincense on it.
This has nothing to do with steaks or hamburgers
Meal offerings
Not given yourself wholly on to Him
There is no blood involved in here
Sweet aroma
Leviticus 2:9 NKJV
9 Then the priest shall take from the grain offering a memorial portion, and burn it on the altar. It is an offering made by fire, a sweet aroma to the Lord.
Prepared with fine flour, olive oil, and frankincense
Consider the offering Cain brought
Genesis 4:1–6 NKJV
1 Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain, and said, “I have acquired a man from the Lord.” 2 Then she bore again, this time his brother Abel. Now Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground. 3 And in the process of time it came to pass that Cain brought an offering of the fruit of the ground to the Lord. 4 Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat. And the Lord respected Abel and his offering, 5 but He did not respect Cain and his offering. And Cain was very angry, and his countenance fell. 6 So the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen?
Cain is going to bring a mincha offering to the Lord.
The field is already curse.
There is already something wrong with this
But Abel brought the first born of his flock -
An animal had to die
and God respected this
This is Abel’s Mincha
These involve blood
Because what Cain did involved blood too
Cain’s offering in the Micha offering
This implies the Father had already taught them the offerings
Abel brought the offering with blood which implies sin
But Abel did not do anything
Cain brings from the field and disobeys God
Abel is faithful to the father, and brings the blood
The blood reduces the curse from the Mincha
Both brought a mincha which is one of the acceptable offerings
But Abel brought the blood first
The suggestion is that he brought the blood for his brother - for Cain
Abel is the first model of that priest that brings the Asham offering (guilt offering0
Abel mediated for Cain; because Cain brought nothing but that which is curse
Although Abel brought that which is curse- he brought the blood with him
He was liken unto a priest
All Cain had to do was kneel down on the ground, ask for forgiveness, and repent as Abel had already interceded for him
3-Third Offering
Shelamim (Peace Offering) from Shalom Leviticus 3:1-17
Leviticus 3:1 NKJV
1 ‘When his offering is a sacrifice of a peace offering, if he offers it of the herd, whether male or female, he shall offer it without blemish before the Lord.
Bring offering to make one complete w/the Father
Also a sweet aroma - rises up into His nostrils
Leviticus 3:5 NKJV
5 and Aaron’s sons shall burn it on the altar upon the burnt sacrifice, which is on the wood that is on the fire, as an offering made by fire, a sweet aroma to the Lord.
It has to do with man’s desire to have the Father’s fullness - the one unto him
The first one is full acceptance unto the Father for what He does
The other one is to have the Father’s completeness and fullness, peace and shalom unto us
Yeshua said
John 14:27 NKJV
27 Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
4- Fourth Offering
Cha tah at (sin offering) Leviticus 4:1-35
Leviticus 4:1–3 NKJV
1 Now the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 2 “Speak to the children of Israel, saying: ‘If a person sins unintentionally against any of the commandments of the Lord in anything which ought not to be done, and does any of them, 3 if the anointed priest sins, bringing guilt on the people, then let him offer to the Lord for his sin which he has sinned a young bull without blemish as a sin offering.
No sweet aroma
Involves blood
Unintentional - on omission
Offering seeks to avoid punishment
Open sin
Offer: lamb/goat from the flock
5- Fifth Offering
Asham (trespass/guilt offering) Leviticus 5:1-19
Leviticus 5:1 NKJV
1 ‘If a person sins in hearing the utterance of an oath, and is a witness, whether he has seen or known of the matter—if he does not tell it, he bears guilt.
Leviticus 5:4 NKJV
4 ‘Or if a person swears, speaking thoughtlessly with his lips to do evil or to do good, whatever it is that a man may pronounce by an oath, and he is unaware of it—when he realizes it, then he shall be guilty in any of these matters.
Intentional and Unintentional
Involves blood
Intentional - on commission
Appease conscience- sorrow
Secret sin
Restore into your neighbor first
Leviticus 6:1–5 NKJV
1 And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: 2 “If a person sins and commits a trespass against the Lord by lying to his neighbor about what was delivered to him for safekeeping, or about a pledge, or about a robbery, or if he has extorted from his neighbor, 3 or if he has found what was lost and lies concerning it, and swears falsely—in any one of these things that a man may do in which he sins: 4 then it shall be, because he has sinned and is guilty, that he shall restore what he has stolen, or the thing which he has extorted, or what was delivered to him for safekeeping, or the lost thing which he found, 5 or all that about which he has sworn falsely. He shall restore its full value, add one-fifth more to it, and give it to whomever it belongs, on the day of his trespass offering.


The Offerings
Their importance
But we also said:
It does not matter what the sacrifice is, or gift, if we do not appreciate the altar
We described each one of the korban - and explained their intent and function
This table summarizes them in a different perspective
1-BURNT/Rise up
MEANING: Total Consecration
YESHUA TYPE: Voluntary Death
MEANING: Gift of Labour
YESHUA TYPE: Perfect Life
MEANING: Reconciliation with God
YESHUA TYPE: Made Peace w/God
MEANING: Secured Forgiveness
YESHUA TYPE: Paid wages of sin -death
OUR COMMITMENT: Forgiveness of our sins
MEANING: Sacrifice and
YESHUA TYPE: Restituted to Life
OUR COMMITMENT: Salvation/ Sanctification
As I have repeatedly mentioned in this message, the sacrifices are meaningless unless we appreciate the significance of the altar
The altar is where even our intentional sin is forgiven
The altar is the place were payment was made. And there is only one who paid for our sins
Hebrews 10:1–17 NKJV
1 For the law, having a shadow of the good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with these same sacrifices, which they offer continually year by year, make those who approach perfect. 2 For then would they not have ceased to be offered? For the worshipers, once purified, would have had no more consciousness of sins. 3 But in those sacrifices there is a reminder of sins every year. 4 For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and goats could take away sins. 5 Therefore, when He came into the world, He said: “Sacrifice and offering You did not desire, But a body You have prepared for Me. 6 In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin You had no pleasure. 7 Then I said, ‘Behold, I have come— In the volume of the book it is written of Me— To do Your will, O God.’ ” 8 Previously saying, “Sacrifice and offering, burnt offerings, and offerings for sin You did not desire, nor had pleasure in them” (which are offered according to the law), 9 then He said, “Behold, I have come to do Your will, O God.” He takes away the first that He may establish the second. 10 By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. 11 And every priest stands ministering daily and offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. 12 But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God, 13 from that time waiting till His enemies are made His footstool. 14 For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified. 15 But the Holy Spirit also witnesses to us; for after He had said before, 16 This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws into their hearts, and in their minds I will write them,” 17 then He adds, “Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.”
But the sacrifice He made had a purpose
Hebrews 10:16–25 NKJV
16 This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws into their hearts, and in their minds I will write them,” 17 then He adds, “Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.” 18 Now where there is remission of these, there is no longer an offering for sin. 19 Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh, 21 and having a High Priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, 25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.
But this is the NT and not even our Torah portion
Would you like to be reassured by our Torah portion today that He is the one accomplishing our sanctification, as explained in the book of Leviticus?
Consider this:
Aleph and Tav have been found even from the Beginning in Genesis
Aleph and Tav is the symbol of our Messiah
See the symbol of His servanthood with the head of the bull which symbolizes the bull of the sacrifice
See the nail that symbolizes the cross
The symbols of the sacrifice that we mentioned in the book of Hebrews chapter 10
Let me encoourage you that the Lord had planned this to the smallest detail
See the Alephs and Taves of Vayikra
Leviticus 1:2 NKJV
2 “Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: ‘When any one of you brings an offering to the Lord, you shall bring your offering of the livestock—of the herd and of the flock.
This verse immediately gets right into the understanding of sacrifice as a picture of Y’shua’s presence represented in the Aleph/Tav את Symbol in any offering to be slaughtered at the temple.
Leviticus 1:9 NKJV
9 but he shall wash its entrails and its legs with water. And the priest shall burn all on the altar as a burnt sacrifice, an offering made by fire, a sweet aroma to the Lord.
This verse clearly shows us a type and foreshadow of את Y’shua Messiah on the altar as the burnt offering being poured out and consumed.
These laws clearly establish certain requirements of what is an acceptable sacrifice to achieve atonement or covenant and they cannot be altered or changed.
During the preparations for the burning, the entrails and legs represent the animals most innermost part of its being.
The heart is from which our conduct springs and the internal organs represent our emotions and the legs represent our walk.
All must be cleansed with water before all can be burned on the fire.
The burnt offering is cleaned on the inside and then completely consumed.
This is a perfect picture of what our devotion to Elohim should look like as covenant children just as 1 John 2:6 states:
He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as Y’shua walked. This is what Elohim’s desire is that His children mature toward the appropriate access through (את ) Y’shua Messiah to יהוה Father by His Spirit.
We are to climb up on the sacred altar and place our flesh, our soul as a total sacrifice just as Y’shua did daily before יהוה Father.
As bondservants we are to withhold nothing but we are to give our all just as He gave His all toward us.
This is the picture את Y’shua Messiah wants us to see in the burnt offering for sin atonement.
The burnt offering is painfully costly because it costs us our life, daily.
This is what we are required to give in exchange for the forgiveness of our sins and this is our covenant obligation at its roots!
Leviticus 2:8 NKJV
8 You shall bring the grain offering that is made of these things to the Lord. And when it is presented to the priest, he shall bring it to the altar.
Concerning the sacrificial offerings on the altar at the temple in the book of Leviticus…the placement of the את clearly shows that any animal, grain (Lev 2:8) or libation (wine) offering being sacrificed or offered to יהוה Father on the את altar at the temple not only belongs to את as creator but once the high priest lays his את hands
Leviticus 3:8 NKJV
8 And he shall lay his hand on the head of his offering, and kill it before the tabernacle of meeting; and Aaron’s sons shall sprinkle its blood all around on the altar.
(Lev 3:8) on the animal and accepts the sacrifice/offering, which then sets it apart as sacred, by this act, it then is received by את Y’shua Messiah who then presents the animal’s body and את blood
Leviticus 3:13 NKJV
13 He shall lay his hand on its head and kill it before the tabernacle of meeting; and the sons of Aaron shall sprinkle its blood all around on the altar.
(Lev 3:13) as a sacrifice before יהוה Father as a sweet aroma
Leviticus 2:9 NKJV
9 Then the priest shall take from the grain offering a memorial portion, and burn it on the altar. It is an offering made by fire, a sweet aroma to the Lord.
(Lev 2:9). If את Y’shua did not present it to יהוה Father then it could not be received by יהוה Father.
Let us not forget את Y’shua has always been the mediator between man and יהוה Father from the beginning.
1 Timothy 2:5 NKJV
5 For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus,
1 Tim 2:5 For there is one Elohim and one mediator between Elohim and men, the man Y’shua the Messiah
Leviticus 4:29 NKJV
29 And he shall lay his hand on the head of the sin offering, and kill the sin offering at the place of the burnt offering.
. In Lev 4:29 the את appears before the Sin Offering, which represents His presence on all acceptable sacrifices.
As you read Leviticus bear in mind the picture that את Y’shua paints through His את (mark) is also a picture of each individual believer through covenant relationship, because the two must strive to work together as ONE by the power of יהוה Father’s Holy Spirit.
This was the focus of Y’shua’s prayer to יהוה Father in the garden, that just as He was ONE with Father, so to would His disciples become ONE with יהוה Father (John 17:22).
Shabbat Shalom
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