Leviticus- Instructions for a Nation of Priests; Standards of Holiness Sacred Responsibilities
Ephesians 5;15 Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, 16 making the most of your time, because the days are evil. 17 So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. 18 And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit, 19 speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord; 20 always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father; 21 and be subject to one another in the fear of Christ.
-We enter this fascinating portion of the Torah texts which describe the opening day of the Tabernacle, the devastating deaths of Nadab and Abihu and the dietary instructions of HaShem. We should back up and recall where we had left off from the previous portion. The priests (kohanim) had been instructed by Moshe to remain in the Tabernacle precincts and to prepare for seven days for the “big day”. For seven days they were separate, consolidated, disassociated and isolated from the common area of the desert dwellings and from the people as a whole….for the purpose of sanctification unto the Lord. This was to be a time of details, practice, contemplation, study and fine tuning…preparation for their service to the Lord on behalf of Am Yisrael, the People of Israel. These seven days were to be a time of coming into the understanding of the will of the Lord and the priests service unto Him.
Leviticus 8;34 The Lord has commanded to do as has been done this day, to make atonement on your behalf. 35 At the doorway of the tent of meeting, moreover, you shall remain day and night for seven days and keep the charge of the Lord, so that you will not die, for so I have been commanded.” 36 Thus Aaron and his sons did all the things which the Lord had commanded through Moses.
Hebrews 5;1 For every high priest taken from among men is appointed on behalf of men in things pertaining to God, in order to offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins; 2 he can deal gently with the ignorant and misguided, since he himself also is beset with weakness; 3 and because of it he is obligated to offer sacrifices for sins, as for the people, so also for himself. 4 And no one takes the honor to himself, but receives it when he is called by God, even as Aaron was.
–Put yourself into the ‘shoes’ (although the priests served barefoot), of Aaron and his sons. Imagine, what might be going through your head? How might you feel about the approaching inauguration and opening day? What pressures might you be experiencing? What closeness to God might be enabling your soul to flourish? The text of Leviticus nine of parasha Shemini meaning eighth opens with the concept of Aaron’s apprehension. Let us think about it, verse 1 first Moshe calls to Aaron…it isn’t as if Aaron doesn’t realize exactly where he is expected to be or where and when he is to approach. In verse 7 Moshe is still summoning Aaron to come near the Altar, again it is not as if Aaron isn’t aware of the protocol and order of events. After all, they have been reviewing all these things in detail for the past week. What is going on inside of Aaron? Consider this, Aaron is well aware of the fire and fury and power and might of the Lord. He understands the concept of God’s omnipresence and perhaps most poignant for Aaron… the complete and perfect justice of the Almighty. Is it possible that he feels some punishment is yet due him for his participation in the sin of the golden calf? He can scarcely escape very evident reminders: the HORNS of the altar on which he is to place the blood, his very sin offering which is itself a CALF. I believe Aaron aware there is the possibility that he might be judged at this point, the fact that he seems to be hesitant I think is to his favor…he feels his own humanity and fallibility and surrenders his own honor (this day truly is a spotlight on him as Kohen Gadol) or high held head…to one bent and humble before the consuming fire that is the Lord of Hosts.
Leviticus 9;1 Now it came about on the eighth day that Moses called Aaron and his sons and the elders of Israel; 2 and he said to Aaron, “Take for yourself a calf, a bull, for a sin offering and a ram for a burnt offering, both without defect, and offer them before the Lord.
3 Then to the sons of Israel you shall speak, saying, ‘Take a male goat for a sin offering, and a calf and a lamb, both one year old, without defect, for a burnt offering, 4 and an ox and a ram for peace offerings, to sacrifice before the Lord, and a grain offering mixed with oil; for today the Lord will (RA’AH) appear to you.’”
5 So they took what Moses had commanded to the front of the tent of meeting, and the whole congregation came near and stood before the Lord. 6 Moses said, “This is the thing which the Lord has commanded you to do, that the glory of the Lord may appear (RA’AH) to you.”
7 Moses then said to Aaron, “Come near to the altar and offer your sin offering and your burnt offering, that you may make atonement for yourself and for the people; then make the offering for the people, that you may make atonement for them, just as the Lord has commanded.”
8 So Aaron came near to the altar and slaughtered the calf of the sin offering which was for himself.
–[I take this opportunity to encourage you to ask yourself how many words may have been changed in your translations? How many vibrant colors may have been dimmed, how many rays of light and red flags that the Lord may have imbedded in the Hebrew text are being missed when one doesn’t go back to the original language? Study the Hebrew and the Greek, it is VERY important. This is a free and wonderful resource you can download http://www.scripture4all.org/ also you can look up http://www.blueletterbible.org/, just beware and know that the translations from the Greek words may not be in their original order and the definitions listed are uses from all the cases in scripture and you will have to seek out the context in order to identify the correct usage. It is a great tool to start with. ]
The translation above (NASB) chose to use “may appear” in verse 6. This is a HUGE inconsistency, totally different than what is actually written and changes the whole AWE of this section. There is no might, maybe, hopefully, possibly about it. The Hebrew RA’AH- to see is used in verse 3:the Yud Hey Vav Hey, He appears and verse 6: the Yud Hey Vav Hey, He shall appear. For us today we can be encouraged in knowing that our King will return and appear…all eyes will see him. There is no might, may, maybe about it! With this hope in our heart let us strive to remember what the Lord has called us to be a Kingdom of Priests, a Holy Nation. What does that really mean to God? What should it mean to us? Let us investigate.
Zechariah 9;14 Then the Lord will appear over them, and His arrow will go forth like lightning; and the Lord God will blow the trumpet, and will march in the storm winds of the south.
15 The Lord of hosts will defend them. And they will devour and trample on the sling stones; and they will drink and be boisterous as with wine; and they will be filled like a sacrificial basin, drenched like the corners of the altar. 16 And the Lord their God will save them in that day as the flock of His people;
for they are as the stones of a crown, sparkling in His land.
Revelation 1; 6 and He has made us to be a kingdom, priests to His God and Father—to Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen. 7 Behold, He is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him; and all the tribes of the earth will mourn over Him. So it is to be. Amen.
–The Kohanim have the highest duty one could have. They have so much resting on their performance of this service to God correctly as prescribed. There are so many reasons the proper execution of this service is required and why it is so very important, but foremost is this: Temple Service and all of its implications and details foreshadow the ultimate offering of Yeshua, the Son of our Father in heaven. The very CENTER, the HEART of the Torah is this book of Vayikra- Leviticus, which is all about Korban- drawing near…offerings and the sacrificial system. For mainstream Christianity to diminish the importance of Leviticus is the very abatement of the heart of Scripture. Let us focus on Philippians 2 in connection with our priests, secluded from the greater body yet very immediate to one another. This closeness is meant to foster unity in their service. They are to be in fellowship, of the same mind, same love, united in spirit for one purpose, regarding one another and looking out for ONE interest…that of their service to God as a unit. This is precisely why as Aaron raises his hands to bless the people alone…the fire does not fall. What a thrill it is to wonder at what took place as the brothers entered the tent together (Lev. 9;23)! Clearly there was an ingredient missing, this unity between the brothers. They had to come to the Lord together, in prayer for guidance together, they were instructed together, they reappear together and bless together…only then does the Fire of God fall and accept the inaugural offerings. We might consider what prior ‘love lost’ might have been repaired between them at this moment, and what strength might have been invested into this union for the unfortunate event that was yet to come.
Philippians 2;1 Therefore if there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion, 2 make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose. 3 Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; 4 do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others
Leviticus 9; 22 Then Aaron lifted up his hands toward the people and blessed them, and he stepped down after making the sin offering and the burnt offering and the peace offerings. 23 Moses and Aaron went into the tent of meeting. When they came out and blessed the people, the glory of the Lord appeared to all the people. 24 Then fire came out from before the Lord and consumed the burnt offering and the portions of fat on the altar; and when all the people saw it, they shouted and fell on their faces.
Psalms 13;1 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity!
2 It is like the precious oil upon the head, coming down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard, coming down upon the edge of his robes. 3 It is like the dew of Hermon coming down upon the mountains of Zion; for there the Lord commanded the blessing—life forever.
–The Lord has set very clear and direct boundaries for us by His word which is His will. The Torah and all of Scripture is the very mind, the heart of God…who can fathom, we have been bestowed such a gift. There is not grey with our King. He is clear, His word expresses the definitive differences between Light and Darkness, Good and Evil, Holy and Profane, Clean and Unclean, the World and those He calls His Children…the Word of God is black and white…it makes no excuses and therefore the same is expected of us- those of us who strive to uphold His ENTIRE will and word. The Lord appeared and was manifest on Mount Sinai, at the time that was the place His Glory rested…at the time He set very clear boundaries and explained what was acceptable and what was not. The Lord did the same when He set the Mishkan to be the place where His Glory would rest, He set very clear boundaries for the Kohanim and the people.
Exodus 19; 20 The Lord came down on Mount Sinai, to the top of the mountain; and the Lord called Moses to the top of the mountain, and Moses went up. 21 Then the Lord spoke to Moses, “Go down, warn the people, so that they do not break through to the Lord to gaze, and many of them perish. 22 Also let the priests who come near to the Lord consecrate themselves, or else the Lord will break out against them.” 23 Moses said to the Lord, “The people cannot come up to Mount Sinai, for You warned us, saying, ‘Set bounds about the mountain and consecrate it.’” 24 Then the Lord said to him, “Go down and come up again, you and Aaron with you; but do not let the priests and the people break through to come up to the Lord, or He will break forth upon them.”
Leviticus 10;1 Now Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took their respective firepans, and after putting fire in them, placed incense on it and offered strange fire before the Lord, which He had not commanded them. 2 And fire came out from the presence of the Lord and consumed them, and they died before the Lord. 3 Then Moses said to Aaron, “It is what the Lord spoke, saying, ‘By those who come near Me I will be treated as holy, and before all the people I will be honored.’” So Aaron, therefore, kept silent.
-There is so much to consider in these ‘unfortunate’ passages including the death of Aaron’s sons Nadab and Abihu. Let us begin with the big questions: Why did this happen? What did Nadab and Abihu do wrong? The sages offer many explanations as to what they did wrong, two more obscure reasons (which I do not throw out) are that they did not wash as prescribed before their service we know that was a mistake a priest could only make once (Ex. 30;17-21) ; and that they were ‘forgiven’ once for ‘gazing’ at the Lord (see Exodus 24;11) and noting the Exodus 19;21 warning above…which includes the very word gaze, that this was a second time they sought to gaze at the Lord and this time they were punished.
I want us to bear in mind that Nadab and Abihu weren’t wicked, sinful people…these were Godly men who were hand picked by the Holy One Blessed is He, they were dedicated to God and sought closeness with Him. A religious zeal burned within them, yet it was untamed. However good their intentions were…they did not adhere to God’s order and they willed to perform the service of their own creation. (Even with the time they spent over the seven days in final preparation.)
What they did wrong: Nadab and Abihu…entered the inner precincts of the Sanctuary (some say even the Holy of Holies designated for entry only once on Yom Kippur by the Kohen Gadol, not any of the other priests) without permission; offered a sacrifice they were not commanded to offer; they did not check with their heads- Moshe and Aaron before their actions; they offered incense (the text doesn’t say if it was of the prescribed sort); they brought an alien fire. Nadab and Abihu were disrupting these foreshadowing rituals which in turn would effect the revelation…Yeshua, in this we see the most evident reason for their punishment.
I submit that these seven days the priests are to be in preparation…we are experiencing now. The eighth day is of course the time of the Return of our King and upon His return we need to ask ourselves…will we show approved, reproved, perfected, prepared and practiced….or will we like Nadab and Abijhu seek selfish desires for closeness, without confirmation from our Teachers, not adhering to the clear boundaries the Lord has left us with and offering a strange fire? If we are not paying attention to God’s signs in the heavens pointing directly to the biblical calendar, God’s Calendar; if we are ignoring His Holy Sabbath and changing His word to suit our own needs or messages we selfishly would like to get across for our own glory or benefit; if worship of God resembles a construct of our own innovations and doesn’t even consider His designs as set out in His Torah, if we can not even set aside a majority of our time to be in prayer, fellowship, study, service and attention to Him…I submit that just maybe, this might be seen as strange fire before the Lord.
Why is Aaron silent? There are several things we can consider: the shock of the experience, the deep sadness he felt; perhaps respect for Moshe in not responding to his seemingly insensitive statement after this great loss; fear of reacting in a way that would be seen as displeasing to the Lord…I believe Aaron as a leader, in his silence, was setting an example for all people…to be submissive and accepting to the will of God.
We read in the days to come of our King and High Priest Yeshua, he is not completely silent to those who have not been found with the attributes of true obedience and submission to God’s authority and will for their lives as expressed in His Whole Word…but his response is perhaps all the more convicting : Matthew 7; 21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. 22 Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness (Torahlessness).’
Romans 9; 14 What shall we say then? There is no injustice with God, is there? May it never be! 15 For He says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.” 16 So then it does not depend on the man who wills or the man who runs, but on God who has mercy. 17 For the Scripture says to Pharaoh, “For this very purpose I raised you up, to demonstrate My power in you, and that My name might be proclaimed throughout the whole earth.” 18 So then He has mercy on whom He desires, and He hardens whom He desires.
19 You will say to me then, “Why does He still find fault? For who resists His will?” 20 On the contrary, who are you, O man, who answers back to God? The thing molded will not say to the molder, “Why did you make me like this,” will it? 21 Or does not the potter have a right over the clay, to make from the same lump one vessel for honorable use and another for common use?
Leviticus 10; 6 Then Moses said to Aaron and to his sons Eleazar and Ithamar, “Do not uncover your heads nor tear your clothes, so that you will not die and that He will not become wrathful against all the congregation. But your kinsmen, the whole house of Israel, shall bewail the burning which the Lord has brought about. 7 You shall not even go out from the doorway of the tent of meeting, or you will die; for the Lord’s anointing oil is upon you.” So they did according to the word of Moses….
12 Then Moses spoke to Aaron, and to his surviving sons, Eleazar and Ithamar, “Take the grain offering that is left over from the Lord’s offerings by fire and eat it unleavened beside the altar, for it is most holy.
–Romans 9 reminds us of the Nature of the King Whom we serve. He is our Maker and our Molder, our Creator and our Master, He has reasons for all things and He is the reason and Authority in and over ALL things. These verses gave my daughter and I much comfort as we journeyed through the texts of Nadab and Abihu. Was is harsh that Moshe commanded Aaron and his remaining sons not to mourn? He is commanding them to continue on with this service and to do so with out showing any outward emotion. Why? Everything that has happened is in part in order to show that even the priests are punished when they act inappropriately, the people will see what has happened and learn from the experience and act correctly. The death sentence and command not to mourn is informing us of the stricter standard that is placed upon people who hold office, the priests…and if we are to call ourselves priests in His Kingdom we must assume this standard applies to us as well. Israel is to be an example to the world, they always were. God singled them out and chose them…to give them the Torah and to write it within them. They were to perform and function within these boundaries and expectations for a holy and sanctified life. They were to walk in the Torah wherever they went and as they entered the land of Canaan they were to shine the light of the Torah of the Lord for all to see. The peoples would take notice of them and want to know why they functioned and prospered and grew…they would want to know the God whom they served and learn about His ways. Yeshua, the Word- the Torah made flesh and light of the World is to shine through us wherever we go. Then peoples will come to know why we are different, uncommon, set apart, holy….then the world will desire to know the King whom we serve. When Israel strayed from the Torah commands, when they mingled and mixed and forsook the standards of God, when they assimilated and began to adopt the ways of the world…they lost their strength and were smitten and punished. So too with us, so too with the nation we live in…the more we remove the Eternal Lord and His unchanging will from our foundations, our schools, coins, songs, memorials, businesses and even churches…the greater the loss of strength we will see (and do witness) the greater the punishment (just punishment) that is coming.
Amos 3; 2 “You only have I chosen among all the families of the earth; therefore I will punish you for all your iniquities.” 3 Do two men walk together unless they have made an appointment?
4 Does a lion roar in the forest when he has no prey? Does a young lion growl from his den unless he has captured something? 5 Does a bird fall into a trap on the ground when there is no bait in it? Does a trap spring up from the earth when it captures nothing at all? 6 If a trumpet is blown in a city will not the people tremble? If a calamity occurs in a city has not the Lord done it? 7 Surely the Lord God does nothing unless He reveals His secret counsel to His servants the prophets.
Luke 21;34 “Be on guard, so that your hearts will not be weighted down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of life, and that day will not come on you suddenly like a trap; 35 for it will come upon all those who dwell on the face of all the earth. 36 But keep on the alert at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are about to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.”
Leviticus 10; 8 The Lord then spoke to Aaron, saying, 9 “Do not drink wine or strong drink (SHEKAR), neither you nor your sons with you, when you come into the tent of meeting, so that you will not die—it is a perpetual statute throughout your generations— 10 and so as to make a distinction between the holy and the profane, and between the unclean and the clean, 11 and so as to teach the sons of Israel all the statutes which the Lord has spoken to them through Moses.”
-I can find no other place that states God spoke to Aaron ( it was always to Moshe, or to Moshe and Aaron) directly and singularly. This is a sweet communication and sort of explanation and warning to a bereaved father and one precious to God. This seemingly out of place message is a clue for us as to the state in which Nadab and Abihu may have come to perform the priestly service. Wine is used in many rituals and traditions it is not as if wine in itself is forbidden or even ‘negative’. The text identifies wine and strong drink- SHEKAR= intoxicant as well. Anything which dulls our senses for service is not to be used in close proximity to a ‘priestly service’ any might attempt to offer to the Lord. Priests must be completely focused, they should be immersed in the Spirit, they should have ALL their wits about them. One way to think of it came straight from Messiah, a convicting communication and a warning:
Matthew 24;5 “Who then is the faithful and sensible slave whom his master put in charge of his household to give them their food at the proper time? 46 Blessed is that slave whom his master finds so doing when he comes. 47 Truly I say to you that he will put him in charge of all his possessions. 48 But if that evil slave says in his heart, ‘My master is not coming for a long time,’ 49 and begins to beat his fellow slaves and eat and drink with drunkards; 50 the master of that slave will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour which he does not know, 51 and will cut him in pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Romans 15;5 Now we who are strong ought to bear the weaknesses of those without strength and not just please ourselves. 2 Each of us is to please his neighbor for his good, to his edification. 3 For even Christ did not please Himself; but as it is written, “The reproaches of those who reproached You fell on Me.” 4 For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. 5 Now may the God who gives perseverance and encouragement grant you to be of the same mind with one another according to Christ Jesus, 6 so that with one accord you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
II Timothy 3;14 You, however, continue in the things you have learned and become convinced of, knowing from whom you have learned them, 15 and that from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; 17 so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work
–If you split the Torah in half. The very CENTER and HEART the exact MIDDLE of the Torah is in Leviticus 10;16. Moshe…searching, searching diligently for the goat of the sin offering. The sin offering for the people of God. The * below indicates this point and divided the repetition of the words for emphasis you WILL NOT SEE in the English. DARASH- DAROSH…to tread or frequent; to follow (for pursuit or SEARCH ); TO SEEK or ask. The very center of the Torah on either side, pointing forward as we move on in these texts, pointing backward over what we have already learned is the amazing instruction from our King to search, and keep searching. For what? II Timothy 3 tells us what…through the Sacred Writings= the Torah and Prophets we find Christ! Where do we find him? Yeshua tells us where to search:
John5;39 You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; it is these that testify about Me;…46 For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me, for he wrote about Me. 47 But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words?”
Luke 24; 27 27 Then beginning with Moses and with all the prophets, He explained to them the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures.(Scriptures of the time= Torah and prophets)
Leviticus 10; 16 But Moses searched (DARASH * DAROSH ) carefully for the goat of the sin offering, and behold, it had been burned up! So he was angry with Aaron’s surviving sons Eleazar and Ithamar, saying, 17 “Why did you not eat the sin offering at the holy place? For it is most holy, and He gave it to you to bear away the guilt of the congregation, to make atonement for them before the Lord. 18 Behold, since its blood had not been brought inside, into the sanctuary, you should certainly have eaten it in the sanctuary, just as I commanded.” 19 But Aaron spoke to Moses, “Behold, this very day they presented their sin offering and their burnt offering before the Lord. When things like these happened to me, if I had eaten a sin offering today, would it have been good in the sight of the Lord?” 20 When Moses heard that, it seemed good in his sight.
Mark 4; 22 For nothing is hidden, except to be revealed; nor has anything been secret, but that it would come to light. 23 If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear.” 24 And He was saying to them, “Take care what you listen to. By your standard of measure it will be measured to you; and more will be given you besides. 25 For whoever has, to him more shall be given; and whoever does not have, even what he has shall be taken away from him.”
Leviticus 11;43 Do not render yourselves detestable through any of the swarming things that swarm; and you shall not make yourselves unclean with them so that you become unclean. 44 For I am the Lord your God. Consecrate yourselves therefore, and be holy, for I am holy. And you shall not make yourselves unclean with any of the swarming things that swarm on the earth. 45 For I am the Lord who brought you up from the land of Egypt to be your God; thus you shall be holy, for I am holy.’”
46 This is the law regarding the animal and the bird, and every living thing that moves in the waters and everything that swarms on the earth, 47 to make a distinction between the unclean and the clean, and between the edible creature and the creature which is not to be eaten.
–It is exceedingly clear that the Lord cares very deeply what we put into our bodies. It is even more stark that He repeats the standard for all those who deign to consider themselves a part of the priesthood and holy nation of the Kingdom eternal which is to come: Be Holy for I am Holy…in direct connection to these dietary instructions. So does eating Kosher make you holy? Does being circumcised make you holy? Does keeping the Sabbath make you holy? What Holy means is SET APART. God’s prescribed diet, His covenant signs, His Sabbath…they are all a means by which we can become set apart FOR HIM. These are outward signs that indicate we are not common we are not like the world we are servants of the Most High God and although we may not completely understand His ways or His instructions we are willing to surrender our own understanding and adhere to His thoughts which are higher than our thoughts and His ways which are greater than our ways. It takes intention, it requires directive, it is essential to have self control in keeping and upholding God’s commands. Holy is a process which takes a lifetime of effort. It is God’s grace in the giving of avenues for holiness which allows us to strive for it. God tells us what He considers Holy…we are to reach for it.
[Many offer Peter’s vision as a proof text that we are no longer called to eat biblically clean, even a simple reading in context will clarify that the purpose of God’s message to Peter was about PEOPLE not food, it was a message of bridging the social gaps of the day between Jews and gentiles. I highly recommend further reading into the subject of eating clean these are just a few articles, may God bless you and guide you in your search: http://www.torahresource.com/EnglishArticles/PetersVision.pdf
I Peter 13 Therefore, prepare your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 14 As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance, 15 but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; 16 because it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”
17 If you address as Father the One who impartially judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves in fear during the time of your stay on earth; 18 knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, 19 but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ. 20 For He was foreknown before the foundation of the world, but has appeared in these last times for the sake of you 21 who through Him are believers in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God. 22 Since you have in obedience to the truth purified your souls for a sincere love of the brethren, fervently love one another from the heart, 23 for you have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and enduring word of God.
–There is so much to consider when we are truly striving to be Holy to the Lord. Let us conclude for the time being with these texts reminding us what we have been called for and who we are to the Lord.
We are: Redeemed with Precious Blood…
We are: Believers in God through Yeshua, because of His appearance for us….
We are: Obedient to the Truth….
We are: Born again through the Living and Enduring Word of God….
We are: A chosen Race…
We are: A royal priesthood….
We are: A Holy Nation ….
We are: A People for God’s own possession….
We are: Called out of Darkness into His wonderful light…
By the blood of Yeshua we have the way to be a part of the promises and eternal covenant of God’s chosen bride Israel. Our marriage document…the entire Scripture is to be our constant guide. Our handbook for holiness and mission statement for our calling.
We are called to: be Holy…
We are called to: prepare our minds for action…
We are called to: keep sober in spirit….
We are called to: fix our hope completely on the grace of Yeshua the Messiah…
We are called to: be obedient children…
We are called to: love one another from the heart…
We are called to: proclaim the excellencies of God…
We are called to: abstain from fleshly lusts…
We are called to: keep our behavior excellent…
We are called to: to do good deeds that others may observe them and glorify God…
We are called to: Obey the Voice of God…
We are called to: Keep the Covenant…
I Peter 2;7 This precious value, then, is for you who believe; but for those who disbelieve, “The stone which the builders rejected, This became the very corner stone,” 8 and, “A stone of stumbling and a rock of offense”; for they stumble because they are disobedient to the word, and to this doom they were also appointed. 9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; 10 for you once were not a people, but now you are the people of God; you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. 11 Beloved, I urge you as aliens and strangers to abstain from fleshly lusts which wage war against the soul. 12 Keep your behavior excellent among the Gentiles, so that in the thing in which they slander you as evildoers, they may because of your good deeds, as they observe them, glorify God in the day of visitation.
Exodus 19;5 Now then, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be My own possession among all the peoples, for all the earth is Mine; 6 and you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words that you shall speak to the sons of Israel.”
7 So Moses came and called the elders of the people, and set before them all these words which the Lord had commanded him. 8 All the people answered together and said, “All that the Lord has spoken we will do!” And Moses brought back the words of the people to the Lord.
Baruch Attah ADONAI, Eloheinu Melech ha olam…
Blessed are You Lord our God Creator and King of the universe,
You have blessed us with Your Torah of Truth,
You have blessed us with the entire counsel of Your living word
By the power of the Holy Spirit
through the complete work of Messiah Yeshua,
You alone have planted among us life eternal….
Blessed are You Lord our God,
Gracious Giver of the Torah.
B’shem Yeshua HaMashaic
My Father, My King…You just continue to keep getting better and better. Your word remains astounding and constantly revives our souls and spirits. Lord, Master, ADONAI…we know that You are at work in all things. We see that You are in control. We desire to be a part of Your Kingdom. We long to be Priests that You can abide in, we want for our service to be acceptable to You. Lord, with Your sharp sword…but to our center, our innermost parts…reveal to us what You need us to see in these days. Cut from us all that is unfavorable in Your sight and let us seek ONLY what YOU see as fit. May no man, no message, no delight come in between us and Your will for our lives. May we not be deceived, may we not fall into error. May Your Kingdom reign now…even as we await Your glory to fall!! May you be glorified and magnified in our every breath, may You alone establish our every handiwork. May we seek you without fail…constantly seek Yeshua. In his name I ask these things. Amein.
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