Parasha Emor- Say Priests Of Life; Living in the Shadow of the Messiah
Ezekiel 44;24 Concerning a disagreement, they shall stand in judgment, and shall adjudicate them according to My laws; they shall safeguard My teachings and My decrees regarding all My appointed times and they shall sanctify all My Sabbaths. 25 They shall not approach a human corpse to become contaminated, except that each of them may become contaminated to [the corpse of his] father, mother, son, daughter, brother or sister who had never been married to a man. 26 And then after his cleansing, they shall count seven days for him.
–The Torah Portion (or Sedra) Emor (say) begins with the instructions for the Kohanim as far as becoming defiled by a corpse. The list of his closest relatives to whom he can become involved in the mourning and burial follow. The structure of the Mishkan itself, its vessels and their function, and the Aaronic priesthood are all aligned to foreshadow the work, function and position of our High Priest Yeshua. He came to conquer death and to bring life, therefore the Kohanim are to be as much removed from this death as possible. The animal offerings were to stand in outright contrast to their own lives which were symbols of the height of being alive. In addition the priests of HASHEM were to be in total opposition to the pagan priests of other nations. For example Egyptian priests were directly involved in the embalming and other rituals surrounding death, which were many. Life in Egypt was directed toward death or the “afterlife”. Even in Christianity and Catholicism we see the prevalence of working toward the life after death as a common and often driving theme. The Torah is Living, Light and Life. ( It will be health to your navel and marrow to your bones. Proverbs 3;8) Its goal is to improve and perfect LIFE here, and the Kohanim are to be Priests of Life.
Vayikra 21;1 HASHEM said to Moses: Say to the Kohanim, the sons of Aaron, and tell them: Each of you shall not contaminate himself to a [dead] person among his people; 2 except for the relative who is closest to him, to his mother and to his father, to his son, to his daughter, and to his brother; 3 and to his virgin sister who is close to him, who has not been wed to a man; to her shall he contaminate himself. 4 A husband among his people shall not contaminate himself to one who desecrates him.
–Tamay(taw-may)contaminate=defile; to be foul (especially in a ceremonial or moral sense; pollute; unclean.
–Chalah (khaw-lal) desecrates= profane( a person ,place or thing); wound; dissolve; ; to break (one’s word); defile; pollute.
Ezekiel 44;15 “But the Kohanim, the Levites, descendants of Zadok, who safeguarded the charge of My Sanctuary when the Children of Israel strayed from Me, let them draw near to Me and serve Me; let them stand before Me to offer to Me fat and blood- the word of the Lord HASHEM/ELOHIM. 16 They will come to My Sanctuary and they will draw near to My Table to serve Me, and they will safeguard My charge.
–Mishmereth=”the charge”; custody; the sentry; the post; preservation; observance; duty; keep; office; ward; watch; safeguard.
–This word Mishmereth is seen several times in our Torah portion and always sticks out to me. This is not a suggestion, a nudge in the right direction, this is not a proposal by the King to his servants…it is a charge. We are stationed therefore as a sentries to keep watch and safeguard His trustworthy and eternal attributes of given and unchanging truths. Those who stand guard will draw near, serving and sharing from the gifts the Lord grants to His faithful priests. We can do this in our homes by aiding our mates, and molding our children with examples of submission to the King. We can do this on the street as we walk on the way, among our family members and friends when we battle idle and slanderous speech. We can do this with the stranger at the city park when we testify to the origin of our delight in life. Above all we can do this in prayer and study, daily as we come to the Altar, putting wood on the coals and continually bringing from a willing and pure heart all that we have to offer…our lives, in service to the King. Ask Him today to show you where He wants you posted and how you can keep His charge.
Vayikra 21;5 They shall not make a bald spot on their heads, and they shall not shave an edge of their beard; and in their flesh they shall not cut a gash. 6 They shall be holy to their God and they shall not desecrate the Name of their God; for the fire-offerings of HASHEM, the food of their God, they offer, so they must remain holy.
Ezekiel 44;20 “They shall not shave their heads, nor shall they allow them to grow wild; they shall keep their heads trimmed. 21 No Kohen shall drink wine when they enter the inner courtyard.
Vayikra 21;7 They shall not marry a woman who is a harlot or who has been desecrated, and they shall not marry a woman who has been divorced by her husband; for each one is holy to his God.
–The priests of the pagan nations which surrounded the Hebrews used shaving of bald spots, cutting of their flesh and even their own daughters in fertility and other abominable rites and rituals. Thus the Kohanim were to remain set apart from any such things and it was their responsibility to separate themselves to be Holy unto HASHEM. The prohibition against marrying any woman who had been previously married or engaged in sexual intercourse was to protect the Aaronic lineage. Any woman other than an Israelite virgin would cause this purity of line to come into question.
Ezekiel 44;22 They shall not take a widow or divorcee unto themselves for wives, but only virgins from the offspring of the House of Israel; but a widow who is only widowed, some Kohanim may marry. 23 They shall instruct My people concerning [the difference] between holy and ordinary, and they shall inform them of [the difference] between contaminated and clean.
–Chol=profane; exposed; common; unholy.
Vayikra 21;8 You shall sanctify him, for he offers the food of your God; he shall remain holy to you, for holy am I , HASHEM, Who sanctifies you. 9 If the daughter of a Kohen will be desecrated through adultery, she desecrates her father- she shall be consumed by fire.
–Desecrated through adultery, being promiscuous, engaging in harlotry. These are the extreme actions this rebellious out of control daughter would be engaging in. The punishment was death, by burning…please note this is NEVER on the Altar in the Mishkan. The Kohen is held at such a high standard that he is called to prevent such a thing from happening to his child by being very careful to teach and arm them with all the lessons of holiness and righteous behavior he himself has been equipped with. The very title of the Torah Portion Emor- Say, denotes the repetition of HASHEM “Said” to Moses, “Speak” to the sons of Aaron and “Tell” them…we are not to underestimate our children, dumb-ing down for them the more difficult passages in the Torah or Gospel of Yeshua. A coating of sugar does not instill a healthy fear of the Lord nor does it sow an aversion to sin and wickedness from a young age.
Vayikra 21,10 The Kohen who is exalted above his brethren- upon whose head the anointment oil has been poured or who has been inaugurated to don the vestments- shall not leave his head unshorn and shall not rend his garments. 11 He shall not come near any dead person; he shall not contaminate himself to his father or his mother. 12 He shall not leave the Sanctuary and he shall not desecrate the Sanctuary of his God; for a crown- the oil of his God’s anointment -is upon him; I am HASHEM. 13 He shall marry a woman in her virginity. 14 A widow, a divorcee, a desecrated woman, a harlot- he shall not marry these; only a virgin of his people shall he take as a wife. 15 Thus shall he not desecrate his offspring among his people; for I am HASHEM Who sanctifies him.
Ezekiel 44;17 “It shall be that when they come to the gates of the inner courtyard, they shall wear linen clothes; wool shall not be upon them when they serve inside the gates of the inner courtyard, within. 18 Linen turbans shall be on their heads and linen breeches shall be on their loins. They shall not gird themselves where one perspires. 19 When they go out to the outer [part of the ] courtyard- to the outer courtyard to the people- they shall remove the clothes in which they had ministered and leave them in the holy chambers, and they shall don other garments; they shall not mingle with the people while wearing their clothes.
–Nezer= something set apart; dedication of a priest; consecration; separation; crown.
–lechem=”food”(for man or beast); bread, or grain (for making it).
When I try to meditate on what it means to have the “Name of God” written upon me, upon my life…I think of the Kohen, with the golden diadem engraved with “Holy to HASHEM”. Then I think about the Last Days and bearing the Name of the Father and the Lamb, Yeshua. [Isaiah 43;7 everyone who is called by My Name and whom I have created for My glory, whom I have fashioned, even perfected; Revelation 14;1 Then I looked, and there was the Lamb standing on Mount Tziyon; and with him were 144,000 who had his name and his Father’s name written on their foreheads.] When I daven (pray) near the times of the offerings in the Mishkan with my daughter and son, as we read : “Bind them for a sign upon your arm, and let them be tefillin between your eyes….” we ask that the Lord be a banner and a crown of glory over our lives, one, like the oil of anointment, that can not be removed or washed away. If each one of could see that by some reasoning beyond our own understanding, God has crowned us and asks that we behave as if we were to remain in a meditation of service…abiding in His Sanctuary.
Psalm 132;7 We will arrive at his Tabernacles, we will prostrate ourselves at His footstool. 8 Arise, HASHEM, to Your resting place, You and the Ark of Your strength. 9 Let Your priests be clothed in righteousness, and Your devout ones will sing joyously. 10 For the sake of David, Your servant, turn not away the face of Your anointed. 11 HASHEM has sworn to David, a truth from which He will never retreat, “From the fruit of your issue I will place upon your throne. 12 If your sons keep My covenant, and this, My testament, that I shall teach them, then their sons, too, forever and ever, shall sit upon your throne. 13 For HASHEM has chosen Zion; He desired it for His habitation. 14 This is My resting place forever and ever, here I will dwell, for I have desired it. 15 Her sustenance I will bless abundantly; her needy I will satisfy with food. 16 I will clothe her priests with salvation; her devout ones will always sing joyously. 17 There I shall cause pride to sprout for David; I have prepared a lamp for My anointed. 18 His enemies I will clothe with shame, but upon him, his crown will shine.
Vayikra 21;16 HASHEM spoke to Moses, saying: 17 Speak to Aaron, saying: 17 Speak to Aaron, saying: Any man of your offspring throughout their generations in whom there will be a blemish shall not come near to offer the food of his God. 18 For any man in whom there is a blemish shall not approach: a man who is blind or lame or whose nose has no bride, or who has one limb longer than the other; 19 or in whom there will be a broken leg or a broken arm; 20 or who has abnormally long eyebrows, or skin eruption, or a moist skin eruption, or has crushed testicles. 21 Any man from among the offspring of Aaron the Kohen who has a blemish the food of his God he shall not approach to offer. 22 The food of his God from the most holy and from the holy may he eat. 23 But he shall not come to the Curtain, and he shall not approach the Altar, for he has a blemish; and he shall not desecrate My sacred offerings, for I am HASHEM, Who sanctifies them. 24 Moses spoke to Aaron and to his sons, and to all the Children of Israel.
–Fascinating that the qualifications for the animals to be brought for offerings (Korban- to draw near) are the same qualifications for the Kohen who is to be performing the sacrifices. He is to be without defect, blemish or spot…this is how he is expected to live and serve before the Lord. This is the picture of our Spotless Lamb and High Priest Yeshua. The text ensures that there is a place for the Kohanim who might happen to have defects, injuries or other abnormalities. Keeping in mind that the service of the Tabernacle required a great deal of precision and strength; a steady hand and a sharp eye. It is not that beings, with these types of ‘blemishes’ are regarded by their own Constructor (Exodus 4;11 Then HASHEM said to him, “Who makes a mouth for man, or who makes one dumb or deaf, or sighted or blind? Is it not I, HASHEM?) as “lower life forms”, it is the essential necessity that the entire operation of the Dwelling Place for God on earth…run smoothly, as we have seen…it is in fact a matter of life and death. These “blemished” Kohanim only can not come to the Curtain or approach the Altar. They are still entitled to eat their portion of the holy and most holy, they are his sustenance and surely there are other duties they can yet perform.
Revelation 3;15 “I know what you are doing: you are neither cold nor hot. How I wish you were either one or the other! 16 So, because you are lukewarm, neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of my mouth! 17 For you keep saying, ‘I am rich, I have gotten rich, I don’t need a thing!’ You don’t know that you are the one who is wretched, pitiable, poor, blind and naked! 18 My advice to you is to buy from me gold refined by fire, so that you may be rich; and white clothing, so that you may be dressed and not have to be ashamed of your nakedness; and eye salve to rub on your eyes, so that you may see. 19 As for me, I rebuke and discipline everyone I love; so exert yourselves, and turn from your sins!
II Peter 1;5 For this very reason, try to furnish your faith with goodness, goodness with knowledge, 6 knowledge with self-control, self-control will perseverance, perseverance with godliness, 7 godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. 8 For if you have these qualities in abundance, they keep you from being barren and unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Yeshua the Messiah. 9 Indeed, whoever lacks them is blind, so shortsighted that he forgets that his pasts sins have been washed away. 10 Therefore, brothers, try even harder to make your being called and chosen a certainty. For if you keep doing this, you will never stumble. 11 Thus you will be generously supplied with everything you will need to enter the eternal Kingdom of our Lord and Deliverer, Yeshua the Messiah.
I John 2; 7 Dear friends, I am not writing you a new command. On the contrary, it is an old command, which you have had from the beginning; the old command is the message which you have heard before. 8 Yet I am writing you a new command, and its reality is seen both in him and in you, because the darkness is passing away and the true light is already shining. 9 Anyone who claims to be in this light while hating his brother is still in the dark. 10 The person who keeps loving his brother remains in the light, and there is nothing in him that could make him trip. 11 But the person who hates his brother is in the dark- yes, he is walking in the dark, and he doesn’t know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.
Isaiah 35;3 Strengthen weak hands and give support to failing knees. 4 Say to those of impatient heart, ‘Be strong; do not fear. Behold, your God will come with revenge, with Divine retribution; He will come and save you.’ 5 Then the eyes of the blind will be opened and the ears of the deaf will be unstopped. 6 Then the lame man will skip like a gazelle and the tongue of the mute will sing glad song; for water will have broken out in the wilderness, and streams in the desert.
Matthew 11; 5 “…-the blind are seeing again, the lame are walking, people with tzara’at are being cleansed, the deaf are hearing, the dead are being raised, the Good News is being told to the poor-6 and how blessed is anyone not offended by me!”
Hebrews 12;11 Now, all discipline, while it is happening, does indeed seem painful, not enjoyable; but for those who have been trained by it, it later produces its peaceful fruit, which is righteousness. 12 So, strengthen your drooping arms, and steady your tottering knees; and make a level path for your feet; so that what has been injured will not get wrenched out of joint but rather will be healed. 14 Keep pursing shalom with everyone and the holiness without God’s grace, that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble and contaminates many,..
Bridgeless Nose- Nose= Discernment –
Hebrews 5;11 We have much to say about this subject, but it is hard to explain, because you have become sluggish in understanding. 12 For although by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the very first principles of God’s Word all over again! You need milk, not solid food! 13 Anyone who has to drink milk is still a baby, without experience in applying the Word about righteousness. 14 But solid food is for the mature, for those whose faculties have been trained by continuous exercise to distinguish good from evil.
Job 26;2 How have you helped the one who has no strength? How have you saved the arm that has no power? 3 What have you advised the one who has no wisdom? Yet you have dispensed counsel so liberally! 4 To whom have you told [new] words? Whose breath has gone out from you? 5 Will the dead spirits who are underneath the water, be stirred, or those who dwell there? 6 The grave is naked before Him, and there is no covering for doom; 7 He spreads the North over a void; He suspends the earth upon nothingness; 8 He bundles water in His clouds, yet the cloud does not burst under them; 9 He put walls around the Throne; He spread out His cloud over it; 10 He drew a boundary around the water’s edge, until light and darkness come to an end. 11 The pillars pf the heavens shudder and are astounded by His rebuke. 12 With His strength He divides the ocean, and with His understanding He crushes [its] pride. 12 By His breath the heavens were spread; His hand fashioned the [earth-] girdling serpent. 14 Behold, these are but the tip of His ways. What is the least we can understand about Him? Who can fathom the thunder of His mighty deeds?
27;2 As God lives [I swear that] He has removed justice from me, and the Almighty has embittered my soul. 3 But as long as my soul is within me and the spirit of God is in my nostrils, 4 my lips shall not speak iniquity and my tongue shall not utter deceit.
Deuteronomy 4;6 You shall safeguard and perform them, for it is your wisdom and discernment in the eyes of the peoples, who shall hear all these decrees and who shall say, “Surely a wise and discerning people is this great nation!” 7 For which is a great nation that has a God Who is close to it, as is HASHEM, our God, whenever we call to Him? 8 And which is a great nations that has righteous decrees and ordinances that I place before you this day? 9 Only beware for yourself and greatly beware for your soul, lest you forget the things that your eyes have beheld and lest you remove them from your heart all the days of your life, and make them known to your children and your children’s children-
BROKEN FOOT- your spiritual WALK, your ability to STAND.
Isaiah 65;1 I was accessible to those who did not ask; I could be found by those who did not seek Me. I said, ‘Here I am ! Here I am!’ to a nation not called by My Name. 2 I stretched out My hands all day to a straying people, who walk the road that is not good, following their own thoughts; 3 the people who continually anger Me to My face; who sacrifice in their gardens and burn incense to the bricks; 4 who sit in graves with corpses; who eat the flesh of swine and have the sauce of forbidden foods in their utensils; 5 who say, ‘Keep to yourself; do not come near me, for I am holier than thou.’ These are the smoke of My wrath, like a fire burning all the day.
Jeremiah 10;23 I know, HASHEM, that a man’s path is not his own [doing]; nor can a man who walks direct his own steps. 24 Chastise me, HASHEM, but with justice, not with Your anger, lest You diminish me.
BROKEN HAND- your WORKS, your ability to HANDLE God’s word.
II Corinthians 4;1 God has shown us such mercy that we do not lose courage as we do the work he has given us. 2 Indeed, we refuse to make use of shameful underhanded methods, employing deception or distorting God’s message. On the contrary, by making very clear what the truth is, we commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God. 3 So if indeed our Good News is veiled, it is veiled only to those in the process of being lost. 4They do not come to trust because the god of the olam hazeh ( this world) has blinded their minds, in order to prevent them from seeing the light shining from the Good News about the glory of the Messiah, who is the image of God.
II Timothy 2;11 Here is a statement that you can trust: If we have died with him, we will also live with him. 12 If we persevere, we will also rule with him. If we disown him, he will also disown us. 13 If we are faithless, he remains faithful, for he cannot disown himself. 14 Keep reminding people of this, and charge them solemnly before the Lord not to engage in word-battles. They accomplish nothing useful and are a catastrophe for the hearers! 15 Do all you can to present yourself to God as someone worthy of his approval, as a worker with no need to be ashamed, because he deals straightforwardly with the Word of the Truth.
Vayikra 22;1 HASHEM spoke to Moses, saying: 2 Speak to Aaron and his sons, that they shall withdraw from the holies of the Children of Israel-that which they sanctify to Me- so as not to desecrate My holy Name, I am HASHEM. 3 Say to them: Throughout your generations, any man from among any of your offspring who shall come near the holies that the Children of Israel may sanctify to HASHEM with his contamination upon him- that person shall be cut off from before Me, I am HASHEM.
9 They shall protect My charge and not bear a sin thereby and die because of it, for they will have desecrated it- I am HASHEM, Who sanctifies them.
Zechariah 8;19 Thus said HASHEM, Master of Legions: The fast of the fourth [month], the fast of the fifth, the fast of the seventh and the fast of the tenth will be to the House of Judah for joy and for gladness and for happy festivals. [Only] love truth and peace! 20 Thus said HASHEM, Master of Legions: It will yet be that people will come, as well as inhabitants of many cities. 21 The dwellers of one [city] will go to [those of] the other, saying, ‘Let us go and supplicate before HASHEM and seek out HASHEM, Master of Legions!’ [They will answer,] ‘I, too, will go!’ 22 Many peoples and mighty nations will seek out HASHEM, Master of Legions, in Jerusalem, and to supplicate before HASHEM. 23 Thus said HASHEM, Master of Legions: In those days it will happen that ten men, of all the [different] languages of the nations, will take hold, they will take hold of the corner of the garment of a Jewish man, saying, ‘Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you!’
–Ger (gare)= Proselyte; sojourner; guest; foreigner; stranger.
Genesis 15;13 And He said to Abram, “Know with certainty that your offspring shall be aliens (ger) in a land not their own- and they will serve them, and they will oppress them- four hundred years. 14 But also the nation that they will serve, I shall judge, and afterwards they will leave with great wealth.
–Nekar (nay-kawr)= foreigner; heathendom; alien; strang(er).
Genesis 35;2 So Jacob said to his household and to all who were with him, “Discard the alien (nekar) gods that are in your midst; cleanse yourselves and change your clothes. 3 Then come, let us go up to Beth-el; I will make there an altar to God Who answered me in my time of distress, and was with me on the road that I traveled.” 4 So they gave Jacob all the alien (nekar) gods that were in their possession, as well as the rings that were in their ears, and Jacob buried them underneath the terebinth near Shechem.
–The next section of Emor goes through the qualifications for offerings brought by the Kohen Gadol, other Kohanim, the Israelite native and proselyte (Ger) and continues to forbid taking any property for offering from the stranger (nekar) or sharing in any of the sacrificial meat. The difference should be clear from the textual examples above…the ger is one who’s offering is acceptable, provided they adhere to the design of HASHEM and the nekar is a pagan, heathen stranger who wants nothing to do with conformity to God’s will and in companionship or dealings with in any form there is no ‘favor’ to be found, their blemish and corruption is not merely physically evident, it is within their core.
Vayikra 22;18 Speak to Aaron and to his sons and to all the Children of Israel and say to them: Any man of the House of Israel and of the proselytes among Israel who will bring his offering for any of their vows or their free-will offerings that they will bring to HASHEM for a burnt- offering; 19 to be favorable for you: [it must be] unblemished, male, from the cattle, the flock or the goats. 20 Any in which there is a blemish you shall not offer, for it will not be favorable for you.
25 From the hand of a stranger you may not offer the food of your God from any of these, for their corruption is in them, a blemish is in them, they will not find favor for you.
Vayikra 22;27 When an ox or a sheep or a goat is born, it shall remain under its mother for seven days; and from the eighth day on, it is acceptable for a fire-offering to HASHEM. 28 But an ox or a sheep or goat, you may not slaughter it and its offspring in the same day.
31 You shall observe My commandments and perform them; I am HASHEM. 32 You shall not desecrate My holy Name, rather I should be sanctified among the Children of Israel; I am HASHEM Who sanctifies you, 33 Who took you out of the land of Egypt to be a God unto you; I am HASHEM.
–Emor continues with the Moed (plural-Moadim)= appointed times; fixed time or season; festival; feast; assembly. The Lord is explicit here and many other places in the Torah text that these are not the Jewish Holidays or Israel’s Set Times, these Divine Appointments are scheduled and set and claimed by God as HIS. Each one is to be observed, remembered, kept, sanctified because each and every one (including the weekly Shabbat, perhaps…most of all) speak of and point to and illuminate the work, the business, the intent of Yeshua ha Mashiac, Jesus Christ. Diminishing these Feasts or disregarding them is hand in hand diminishing and disregarding the objectives and feats, the all encompassing produce of the Messiah.
Vayikra 23;1 HASHEM spoke to Moses, saying: 2 Speak to the Children of Israel and say to them: HASHEM’s appointed festivals that you are to designate as holy convocations- these are My appointed festivals. 3 For six days labor may be done, and the seventh day is a day of complete rest, a holy convocation, you shall not do any work; it is a Sabbath for HASHEM in all your dwelling places.
–Once again the Lord establishes the route to holiness, the indicators for which one can be marked as set-apart for the Lord and these appointed Feasts of the Lord are essential, He begins yet again with Shabbat, Shabbos, the Sabbath. There are many texts from the ‘New Testiment’ that are misused and inaccurately wielded to promote the notion that Yeshua neither kept nor upheld the Sabbath. Similar to the misguided message that Yeshua came to abolish or ‘do away with’ the Torah (which He authored) , one can avoid following such snares in doing the walking…in study of the factors which surrounded Yeshua and his message. Namely regarding the Sabbath. Investigation of the House of Shammai and Hillel (the two main rabbinical schools of thought at the time of the Master) will give one a much clearer picture of what Yeshua and his talmidim (disciples) were ‘up against’. The Rabbinical fences to this day, placed around the Sabbath and other aspects of the Torah have served a great purpose, however unfortunately also have place literal stumbling blocks before those who seek to “keep” the Commands of our Master and Maker (the very thing Yeshua WAS against). This factor Yeshua took issue with. I HIGHLY recommend the link below to anyone who thinks they have understanding of Yeshua’s views and observance regarding Halakha (The Oral or Jewish Law), Sabbath, and keeping the Torah. http://vimeo.com/29900743
Matthew 12;6 I tell you, there is in this place something greater than the Temple! 7 If you knew what ‘I want compassion rather than animal sacrifice’ meant, you would not condemn the innocent. 8 For the Son of Man is Lord of the Shabbat!”
Colossians 2;16 So don’t let anyone pass judgment on you in connection with eating and drinking, or in regard to a Jewish festival or Rosh-Hodesh or Shabbat. 17 There are a shadow of things that are coming, but the body is of the Messiah.
Mark 4;30 And he said, “Whereunto shall we liken the Kingdom of God? Or with what comparison shall we compare it? 31 [It is] like a grain of mustard seed, which when it is sown in the earth, is less than all the seeds that be in the earth: 32 but when it is sown, it groweth up, and becometh greater than all the herbs; and shooteth out great branches, so that the fowls of the air may lodge under the shadow of it.
Acts 5;15 They went so far as to bring the sick into the streets and lay them on mattresses and stretchers, so that at least Kefa’s shadow might fall on them as he passed by.
–Greek for Shade or Shadow- Skia. I long to be in the Master’s shade, I thirst to draw near to understanding the shadow of the Kingdom. I can not see how skia is used so negatively by some, when the Shadow- Caster is Yeshua! Yes I want to learn all about his reflection, and we are so very blessed to have it at our fingertips in the form of the given, living and eternal word!
I Corinthians 5;7 Get rid of the old hametz, so that you can be a new batch of dough, because in reality you are unleavened. For our Pesach lamb, the Messiah, has been sacrificed. 8 So let us celebrate the Seder not with leftover hametz, the hametz of wickedness and evil, but with the matzah of purity and truth.
Vayikra 23;4 These are the appointed festivals of HASHEM, the holy convocations, which you shall designate in their appropriate time. 5 In the first month on the fourteenth day of the month in the afternoon is the time of the pesach-offering to HASHEM. 6 And on the fifteenth day of this month is the Festival of Matzos to HASHEM; you shall eat matzos for a seven-day period; on the seventh day shall be a holy convocation; you shall do no laborious work.
-That Sabbath day, while the Master slept, the priesthood was busy mixing the barley flour with the oil and frankincense to make it into t bread offering. The command to offer a single male lamb as a burnt-offering is unique to the day of the barley offering. Al the other sacrifices prescribed for the appointed times occur in multiples. Perhaps this single lamb, offered as a sacrifice to rise before God, symbolizes the Messiah who, on that day, rose from the grave. The appointed day for harvesting the barley omer coincides with the resurrection of the Messiah. In a remarkable display of God’s sovereign planning, the Torah set aside the resurrection day of first fruits 1,400 pears before it happened. [Shadows of the Messiah-First Fruits of Zion)
Vayikra 23;9 HASHEM spoke to Moses saying: 10 Speak to the Children of Israel and say to them: When you shall enter the Land that I give you and you reap its harvest, you shall bring an Omer from your first harvest to the Kohen. 11 He shall wave the Omer before HASHEM to gain favor for you; on the morrow of the rest day shall the Kohen wave it. 12 On the day you wave the Omer, you shall perform the service of an unblemished lamb in its first year as a burnt- offering to HASHEM.
I Corinthians 15;19 If it only for this life that we have put our hope in the Messiah, we are more pitiable than anyone. 20 But the fact is that the Messiah has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have died.
Luke 23;54 It was Preparation Day, and a Shabbat was about to begin. 55 The women who had come with Yeshua from the Galil followed; they saw the tomb and how his body was placed in it. 56 Then they went back home to prepare spices and anointments. On Shabbat the women rested, in obedience to the commandment; 24;1 but the next day, while it was still very early, they took the spices they have prepared and went to the tomb, 2 and found the stone rolled away from the tomb! 3 On entering, they discovered that the body of Lord Yeshua was gone!
–You live today in the shadow of the Days the Count, we begun to Count the Omer from the morrow of the Rest Day from Pesach…these are the days of refinement and transformation. From Egypt to Sinai. From Pesach to Shavoth and it was in these very days that the Master rose and appeared to many people…testifying to having nailed the eternal condemnation of willful sin to the execution stake and conquering death. It was on the forty-first day of the Omer counting that he ascended and it was at the fiftieth day (ONLY TWO WEEKS FROM NOW) that the Spirit was poured out just as it was at Sinai (The Original ‘Pentecost’).
Vayikra 23;15 You shall count for yourselves- from the morrow of the rest day, from the day when you bring the Omer of the waving- seven weeks, they shall be complete. 16 Until the morrow of the seventh week you shall count, fifty days; and you shall offer a new meal-offering to HASHEM.
Luke 24;44 Yeshua said to them, “This is what I meant when I was still with you and told you that everything written about me in the Torah of Moshe, the Prophets and the Psalms had to be fulfilled.” 45 Then he opened their minds, so that they could understand the Tanakh, 46 telling them, “Here is what is says: the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day; 47 and in his name repentance leading to forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed to people from all nations, starting with Yerushalayim. 48 You are witnesses of these things. 49 Now I am sending forth upon you what my Father promised, so stay here in the city until you have been equipped with power from above. 50 He led them out toward Beit-Anyah; then, raising his hands, he said a b’rakhah over them; 51 and as he was blessing them, he withdrew from them and was carried up into heaven. 52 They bowed in worship to him, then returned to Yerushalayim, overflowing with joy. 53 And they spent all their time in the Temple courts, praising God.
Acts 2;1 The festival of Shavu’ot arrived, and the believers all gathered together in one place. 2 Suddenly there came a sound from the sky like the roar of a violent wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 Then they saw what looked like tongues of fire, which separated and come to rest on each one of them. 4 They were all filled with the Ruach HaKodesh (Spirit of Holiness) and began to talk in different languages, as the Spirit enabled them.
–Rosh Hashanah, the Feast of Trumpets…the day of tearing open the heavens with the sounds of the moaning, crying shofar…repentance which precedes Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonenment…The day the Books are opened and the Judge enters the court. The Master’s shofar will sound and signal the ingathering of all his chosen people. For much more about the Shofar in scripture see:
Vayikra 23;23 HASHEM spoke to Moses, saying: 24 Speak to the Children of Israel, saying: In the seventh month, on the first of the month, there shall be a rest day for you, a remembrance with shofar blasts, a holy convocation. 25 You shall not do any laborious work, and you shall offer a fire-offering to HASHEM.
Matthew 24; 30 “Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, all the tribes of the Land will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with tremendous power and glory. 31 He will send out his angels with a great shofar; and they will gather together his chosen people from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
Psalm 89;16 Praises to the people who know the shofar’s cry; HASHEM, by the illumination of their countenance they walk. 17 In Your Name they rejoice all day long, and through Your righteousness they are exalted. 18 For You are the splendor of their power and through Your favor our pride will be exalted. 19 For to HASHEM belongs our shield, and to the Holy One of Israel, our King.
–See Torah Portion Acharei-Mot on the blog for the recent studying we did on the festival of Yom Kippur, which is directly tied to the Atoning work of Yeshua the Messiah. In Emor we read not just admonition to remain at rest but the severe consequence to making your own rules on this appointed day. This (as well as the commencement of the verse with “BUT”, which differs from the rest) to me denotes an indication of intensity for this ‘occasion’ and a severity that should never be ignored in regard to the Word of God.
Vayikra 23;26 HASHEM spoke to Moses, saying: 26 But on the tenth day of this seventh month it is the Day of Atonement; there shall be a holy convocation for you, and you shall afflict yourselves; you shall offer a fire-offering to HASHEM. 28 You shall not do any work on this very day, for it is the Day of Atonement to provide you atonement before HASHEM, your God. 29 For any soul who will not be afflicted on this very day, I will destroy that soul from among its people. 31 You shall not do any work; it is an eternal decree throughout your generations in all your dwelling places. 32 It is a day of complete rest for you and you shall afflict yourselves; on the ninth of the month in the evening- from evening to evening- shall you rest on your rest day.
–Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles, Feast of Booths) is the great festival, the culmination of all the appointed times. It foreshadows the millennial reign and rule of Messiah King. It is the time of our rejoicing and the shadow of the Wedding Supper , celebration of the Lamb! The Text is clear, not days for the Jews…For HASHEM, among His people. Never do I feel the presence of my King more than at this pinnacle of the festival cycle. Go out this September, under the stars and experience the true meaning of dependence and submission…in delight, those who remain in the end all will someday at the Appointed Time!
Vayikra 23;33 HASHEM spoke to Moses, saying: 34 Speak to the Children of Israel, saying: On the fifteenth day of this seventh month is the Festival of Succos, a seven-day period for HASHEM. 35 On the first day is a holy convocation, you shall not do any laborious work. ….
40 You shall take for yourselves on the first day the fruit of a citron tree, the branches of date palms, twigs of a plaited tree, and brook willows; and you shall rejoice before HASHEM, your God, for a seven-day period.
37 These are the appointed festivals of HASHEM that you shall proclaim as holy convocations, to offer a fire-offering to HASHEM: a burnt-offering and its meal-offering, a feast-offering and its libation, each day’s requirements on its day. 38 Aside from HASHEM’s Sabbaths, and aside from your gifts, aside from all your vows, and aside from all your free-will offerings, which you will present to HASHEM.
Isaiah 4; 5 And HASHEM will create over every structure of Mount Zion and over those who assemble in it a cloud by day, and smoke and a glow of flaming fire by night, for this will be a canopy over all the honor. 6 And there will be a tabernacle as a shade from the heat in the daytime, as a protection and refuge from storm and from rain.
Zechariah 14; 16 It shall be that all who are left over from all the nations who had invaded Jerusalem will come up every year to worship the King HASHEM, Master of Legions, and to celebrate the festival of Succos.
Vayikra 23;44 And Moses declared the appointed festivals of HASHEM to the Children of Israel.
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I pray you will all be continually and exponentially blessed the more and more you attach yourselves to the King and bind yourselves to the eternal Good News of the Lord.
Baruch Attah ADONAI ELOHEINU Melech ha’olam
Blessed are You LORD our GOD King of the universe
You alone have planted among us life eternal,
Blessed are You Lord our God, Gracious Giver of the Torah.
–My King, in a single flickering flame you showed a little girl your light. You called me then and have kept me ever since. Thank you Master for holding on to me when I strayed and wandered and acted as a blasphemous harlot. The depths of your mercies know no bounds and may all the children you have called and claimed come to know that once you have crowned them…they can never be lost to you. Be the banner over the life you have given me use this household and establish our steps. Free all your children from doubt and despair and remind them with the love only you can meet them with in the height of the tempest of deceit which rages while we await you…remind them you made them and you will restore them and use them for your glory!
So may it be in Yeshua’s name, amein.
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