This week’s teaching is the 2nd This week’s Parsha of Leviticus and is called Tzav (Command”)

Keep the fire burning! 

It is written in Leviticus 6:8-9, 12-13 “The LORD said to Moses: "Give Aaron and his sons this command: `These are the regulations for the burnt offering: The burnt offering is to remain on the altar hearth throughout the night, till morning, and the fire must be kept burning on the altar. …The fire on the altar must be kept burning; it must not go out. Every morning the priest is to add firewood and arrange the burnt offering on the fire and burn the fat of the fellowship offerings on it. The fire must be kept burning on the altar continuously; it must not go out"

The 5 Sacrifices
When the laws of the sacrifices were given to the Priests (Kohanim), the ORDER is according to the holiness of the offering.

  1. Burnt Offering
  2. Grain Offering
  3. Sin Sacrifice
  4. Guilt Sacrifice
  5. Peace Offering

WHY? Last week’s Parsha, ‘Vayikra,’ was a ‘Halachic Catalog informing the Children of Israel what offering to bring. This week’s Parsha, ‘Tzav,’ serves as an ‘Instruction Manual, teaching the Priest HOW to offer each type of offering.

How serious was this understanding? Adonai does not tell Moses to SPEAK or TEACH Aaron.  He Tells Moses “TZAV Es Aaron” - COMMAND Aaron.

TZAV” is a very powerful word. It means, “Command with a charge that is to be executed with speed and diligence.”  It is used ONLY for situations that have eternal ramifications

I. The Whole Burnt Offering – called in Hebrew KORBAN OLAH, “That which goes up” or “to ascend.” In the Septuagint, it is called the “Holocaust.”

II. The Cereal/grain Offering – It’s also called the Meal offering and Drink offering. These offerings where offered to the Lord in recognition of God’s sovereignty. They knew that Adonai was the one who provided earthly blessings. So they were instructed to give their first fruits and gifts to him.

III. The Peace Offering
This offering has its roots in God’s grace and fellowship. In this feast the individuals involved would partake of part of the offering being sacrificed.
The sacrifice was consumed by three means;
   i. Part was consumed on the altar
   ii. Part was given to the Priests.
   iii. Part was given to the individual to be consumed in communal supper

IV. The Sin Offering
This was a sacrifice made to forgive by atonement through repentance for sins committed through ignorance (Leviticus 4:2). This signifies general redemption.

V. The Guilt Offering/Trespass Offering
This also is a sacrifice of repentance for sins, but also involved the need of restitution; This offering may be regarded as representing ransom for a special wrong, while the sin offering symbolized general redemption.

The Priest offered all the sacrifices on the altar. This brings us to a question:

God’s Sacrifice

Why would a gracious, loving God—the God I know from the rest of the Bible, the God I know in Yeshua, the Messiah —require sacrifices?

Being God, He could choose to forgive without the giving of a life as the cost of redemption. Why doesn’t He?  That would be like saying the brokenness caused by sin doesn’t matter to him. That would be like saying that, not only does he love us despite our sins (which he does), but he is willing to let us remain in our sins (which he isn’t).

God loves us more than that. God wants us back—but He wants us back whole, unbroken by the sin that separated us from him in the first place.

Remember: God delivered the Hebrews from Egypt to be his chosen people, but He wanted them to know the seriousness of sin, and to have a way to be redeemed.

The sin offering showed the seriousness of sin and provided a way of redemption from sin. When individuals placed their hands upon the animal to be sacrificed, the animal symbolically became their substitute, and its blood was shed for their forgiveness. God requires sacrifice precisely because he is gracious and loving.

The Whole Burnt Offering – Leviticus 6:8-13
The name of this offering is given because the whole item had to be consumed on the altar where the others where only partially consumed.

The Burnt Offering symbolized the entire surrender to God of the individual or the congregation. God’s acceptance gave the renewal and sanctification of the entire man, and consecration to a course of life pleasing to God.

The Burnt Offering did not cover atonement for sin. Why? That was covered by the Sin & Guilt Offering. The Burnt Offering was based on the belief that Israel had been placed into a covenant of grace with Adonai. Those who kept their standing in the covenant could only offer it.

This Offering consisted of a male-lamb, ram, or male-goat, offered in the morning and evening daily. The blood of the sacrifice was used to show consecration; It symbolized the love between Adonai and Israel, and consecrated the altar for the other sacrifices for the day.

This ability to come into God’s presence is only made possible by the sacrifice and this sacrifice was to be consumed 100%, and the rules are carried out in obedience.

Note this Principle about obedience and sacrifice,Revival is nothing more or less than a new obedience to God! This sacrifices were done on a consistent, regular basis, with passionate obedience to the Lord being the main reason for doing it.

The Sin Offering
Take a look at the Sin Offering. Detailed instructions are given for what animal to use in what circumstance.

  1. For a priest (as for the whole community) - a male bull.
  2. For a leader- a male goat.
  3. For an individual - a female goat or lamb. Or,
  • if the individual is poor - two doves or two pigeons. Or,
  • if the individual is really poor - a handful of flour.

Notice two things:

First, the value of the offering is proportional to the power and/or wealth of the one making the offering.

Second, nothing is said anywhere about different sins requiring different sacrifices; the value of the offering is totally unrelated to the “magnitude” of the sin.

This aspect of the Offering suggests three things.
First, it isn’t the size of the sin that matters. All sin separates us from God, and All sin leads to death. All sin requires the giving of life in order to restore life. “Little” sins do not escape unnoticed. “Big” sins do not cast us beyond the reach of redemption. The price is the same for every sin.

Second, no one is left out.
Everyone was provided a way to atone for sin, return to relationship with God, and have his life restored. The most unimportant member of the community had a place at the altar. The more influential members of the community required a more expensive offering, but the size of their offering did not grant greater access to God.

What does that mean? How much blood was poured at his altar was not the important thing to God. The important thing to God was that the sacrifice be a mark of true repentance and obedience.

A sacrifice that costs us little, means little to God. A handful of flour from a poor man means more to God than the blood of ten goats offered in indifference or pride out of the abundance of a rich man. Yet, a rich man was required to give only one goat—as long it marked true repentance and obedience.

Third, if the price is the same for every sin, and the price must be costly to the one offering the sacrifice, ask yourself this question: When the one offering the sacrifice is the God of all creation himself, what sacrifice is sufficient?

There is nothing in creation that God needs. The only thing he can possibly give that is truly costly to him is Himself. So, in the fullness of time, God offered the sacrifice to end all sacrifices, he gave his only Son, Yeshua the Messiah. He could do no less.

When Yeshua offered himself, it was the sacrifice to end all sacrifices. Unlike the bull, the goat, or the pigeon, Yeshua took on the role of sacrificial offering willingly as an act of obedience and love.

When a man laid his hand upon the animal given as a sin offering, he symbolized the transferring of his sin to the animal. The animal symbolically carried only the present sin of the person offering the sacrifice. New sin required a new animal. When Yeshua went willingly to His death, he bore the sin of the world—past, present, and future.

Yeshua was the perfect sacrifice— because the sacrifice was made, it never needs to be made again. It was complete

Yeshua is also the perfect priest—because he sits at the right hand of God, always interceding for those who come to God through him, and because his priesthood is permanent. Every earthly priest eventually dies and must be replaced by a successor.  Having faced death and been raised to new life, Yeshua lives forever. He takes no breaks and he needs no successor.

Shalom

This week’s teaching is the 1st Parsha of Leviticus and is called Va’yikra.  (And He called).

The end of Exodus shows what Israel can do when they submit to God and do what he says. They took on the project of building God’s house and furnishing it with gusto. Then God comes to dwell among them, showing his glory as he enters the tabernacle! That’s Exodus 40. It would be nice if the story ended there and the Bible said, “Then they all lived happily ever after.” But that will not be the case.

Leviticus is known as the instructions of the priest and begins with the way of worship and ends with the way of holy living. God wants both.

People want God’s power to help them, but on their terms. This will not happen. Why? God is God! He is not an idol that people can manipulate and invent their own ways of worshipping and separate themselves from whenever it is convenient.

God is God! He is holy and enters a relationship with you because He loves you, and desires you to know and love him; but NOT on your terms and by your own standards. You can’t have a partial relationship with God where you do what HE wants over here, but do whatever you want somewhere else.

God’s calling and choosing are not partial or controlled by you. God never says to you, “Not my will, but your will be done!” Leviticus shows us who is the Creator and who is the worshipping creature, called by God to become like God.

Why talk about sin at all when we have so much good news to give? Let me offer two answers – a common sense answer and a theological answer.

The common sense answer is – in order for the good news to be good, it must have something to measure it against. For good news to be good there has to be a bad news. Sin is the bad news.

The theological answer is that sin is the cosmic problem. It is the reason for the existence of the good news. Without the sin recorded in Genesis 3, we don’t have Genesis 4 through Revelation 22. The Scriptures tell the story of how God deals with the problem of sin.  We need to remember how bad sin really was in order to understand how blessed we are in the Messiah. For that reason, we talk about sin.

When you read Leviticus in the light of how Exodus ends, the book becomes less about law and more about how to live before a gracious and holy God. The first three chapters of Leviticus introduced sacrifice as the means of atonement and reconciliation to God.  In chapter 1, the burnt offering atones for sin; in chapter 3, the fellowship, or peace offering reconciles your relationship with Adonai. Only one more thing is needed – purification. God is God!

There are 3 things the sacrifices show:

1) There is a substitution taking place in the sacrifice – the animal dies in the place of sinner. You will find that in Leviticus 4:13-15

2) The killing of the sacrificial animal is not the central point. The central focus is what is done with the blood of the sacrifice, because it reveals the nature of the sacrifice – purification.

For sin to be fully dealt with, it must be eliminated from the sinner – in particular, where it has uncovered into the presence of God and His holiness. The presence of the sinner, even in seeking atonement, defiled the Tabernacle.

3) The removal of the rest of the animal. The part that was not burned upon the Altar of Sacrifice represents the removal of the pollution of sin from the camp. It is a declaration that the camp is clean and the Tabernacle is once again purified and a fitting dwelling for the presence of God.

As you move through Leviticus pay special attention to a fundamental God-principle set before you at every turn; a principle that is the opposite of traditional doctrinal-based church teaching: this principle states that God divides, elects, and separates. He makes distinctions and draws boundaries. God is God!

Due to the distance the modern Church has slowly put between itself and the actual words of the Holy Scripture, we mistakenly cry out for unity at any cost, as though uniform agreement to a man-made doctrine is Godly.  Today the body of Messiah seeks widespread unity above all else. This unity is accomplished by consensus, conformity, and tolerance.

Throughout Genesis and Exodus we have seen God dividing light from darkness, evil from good, truth from deception, chaos from order, and Israel from everyone else.

When you examine the sacrificial system you see these same kinds of divisions and distinctions established between clean and unclean, holy and profane, divine and fleshly, priestly and common.  Ritual purity, sexuality, and diet all divides into the acceptable and the UN-acceptable. We learn that the UN-acceptable is not tolerated by God. Those who act out the unacceptable will be excluded from membership in the group called “His people” - Israel.  God is God!

Leviticus gives the Priestly worldview. Why is that important? It is because we have been declared priests. As a disciple of Yeshua, you are a priest of the Kingdom of God who’s Lord and High Priest is Yeshua. This is a label, which most people take allegorically or symbolically, and not really as a literal PRIEST

As royal priests, we have direct access to the presence of God. We are empowered by Him to carry out all of our priestly duties. What are these duties?

  1. To serve the people… Priests sacrificially serve others. We serve without any expectation to be served in return.
  2. To intercede on behalf of others… When we intercede in prayer, we are “intervening” on behalf of someone else. We do this every time we enter into spiritual battle for a loved one. We intercede for their healing, their restoration, or their salvation. It’s too easy to allow our prayer live to become self-focused.
  3. To offer spiritual sacrifices… Hebrews 13:15-16 tells us to lift up sacrifices of praise to God.. Now we have the duty of offering spiritual sacrifices to our Father by surrendering all we have to Him.
  4. To share the priesthood with others… We are not alone in our priesthood. We get to share our duties with all those who are part of the Kingdom of God. We cannot forget our most crucial “duty” as a priest… leading others into the Kingdom.
  5. To live set apart… The Levites were the chosen priests of Israel who were set apart to perform the priestly duties assigned to them. They often led a much different life than the people they served. We are also called to be holy and set apart for God.
  6. To proclaim God’s goodness… As royal priests, we have the right and duty of proclaiming the Good News to the world. I Peter 2:9 reads “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”
  7. To spend time in the presence of God… This final “duty” feels more like a perk than a duty. Not only can we boldly approach the Father, but the Bible calls us the temple of the Holy Spirit.

The priesthood is a position of status, one that should never be taken lightly.  God is God!

So, are you a Kingdom Priest?

Shalom

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If you were sitting on a jury, you are required to make a decision. How much evidence would you require to convict or acquit? Would you convict on circumstantial evidence only or would you want as much evidence as you can get? Would you want that evidence to come from only one source or from many sources?

Now answer another question: What if you thought something was true, and you found out it was wrong, when would you want to know it?

Hell is Truth Seen Too Late!  Ron Warren was a good atheist. He applied five major battlegrounds that an atheist would use.

These battlegrounds asks the questions:

  • Does God Exist?
  • Is the Bible True?
  • Is there a Resurrection?
  • Is Jesus (Yeshua) God?
  • Is Jesus (Yeshua) the only way to God?

In these battlegrounds his weapons was questions, gently attacking the believers through the “WHY” of their belief.  He understood that the “WHAT” of their faith was the doctrines and traditions. The “HOW” of their faith was the process of their actions, but the “WHY” was their purpose.

By applying doubt to the believer’s “WHY,” the same doubt would move into the “HOW” and the “WHAT” of their faith.

When Ron realized he was wrong, he began to use stronger facts to change the battlegrounds. God, to him, became the “God of the Second Chance.

What does this mean to you?

As an atheist, you have your answers, but are you sure you have all the facts? What are the consequences if you are wrong?

As a believer, have you ever doubted your faith and wished you had answers to fight your battlegrounds? How do you counterattack what the atheist is giving you?

Do you know that the existence of God can be proven through Physics, Biology, Biochemistry, Genetics, Mathematics, and Paeontology?

Did you know that He can also be proven to exist through Archaeology, Astronomy, Cosmology, and Revelation?

Did you know there are ten evidences to prove that the Bible is true? As an atheist, can you explain all ten?

What would you do with the Resurrection? Did you know there are six major facts you must prove to be wrong?

How will you deal with the question, “Is Jesus (Yeshua) God?

You can deny it, but you are still faced with a human being creating something out of nothing, and the giving of life. You are also faced with the evidence of history, the impact of history, and the evidence of the facts of Messianic Prophecy, miracles, and the Virgin Birth.

The highlight will be trying to explain the 19 Divine Attributes of God operating through only one man - Jesus, also known by His Hebrew name, Yeshua.

Can these evidences be placed on another human being?

This is the lifestyle of an atheist:

  • No meaning in life
  • No value in life
  • No significance in life
  • No purpose in life
  • No hope in life, and the last one
  • Some may think there are no restraints against evil impulses.

As an atheist, this was Ron’s life. “Is it yours?

As a believer, have you ever doubted your faith and wished you had answers to fight your battlegrounds? How do you counterattack what the atheist is giving you?

This book opens the door to both the atheist and the believer. It can change or destroy the atheist’s foundation and strengthen and consolidate the believer’s trust and faith in God.

After reading this book, these questions must be asked:  Have we presented only circumstantial evidence or have we presented facts that can be tracked, studied, and tested by many sources?

Have your answers given you any cause to rethink your position?

As a member of the jury, the decision is yours, but ask yourself another question: What if i'm wrong?

(AQ)Are you taking your Scriptures out of context?
What most people claim as errors are not errors but difficulties. Inconsistences occur when people do not take the time to find out all the facts. Three things must be understood:
* Lack of understanding is not an error.
* An unresolved difficulty is not an error.
* Silence from scripture is not an error.

There are six major kinds of difficulties found among those who attack the inerrancy of the Bible
* Faith Difficulties;
* Language Difficulties;
* Scientific Difficulties;
* Factual Difficulties;
* Doctrinal Difficulties;
* Ethical Difficulties;
Let’s look these difficulties.

Faith Difficulties
They question the accounts in Scripture. Here are some examples: Adam & Eve, Abel, Noah, the Flood, Red Sea, Jonah, walking on water, and the Resurrection. All of these are questions of faith. Jesus confirmed the accounts of Adam and Eve, Noah, and Jonah in Matthew 12:40, and 19:4. To reject this is to reject the authority and truthfulness of Jesus.

People sometimes try to discredit what they cannot understand. Just because we do not know “how” all the miracles in the Bible occurred does not mean they did not happen.

Consider this example: Top scientists have trouble understanding the writings of Albert Einstein - How much more for finite humans to understand the infinite God? Here is what must be understood: The denial of miracles is not a question of accuracy, it is faith.

Language Difficulties – “Figures of speech”
The Bible describes events as they appear to be. (Example – “Sun rising and setting”). Many would charge the Bible with errors in this matter – Why? - Because the scientific knowledge states that the earth rotates. Figures of Speech are not errors.
AQAre you applying different “measures” in your judgment of figures of speech between your everyday life and scripture?
(AQ)Are you taking your Scriptures out of context?

Scientific Difficulties 
Some say the Bible is filled with primitive, pre-scientific views of the Universe. The Bible never claimed to be a science book, but there has been no error found on what it does say about science.

There are no scientific errors in the Bible. The Bible does not teach chemistry or Biology, BUT it never stands in conflict with VERFIED Science in any way. In all places that the Bible deals with scientific matters, it is completely accurate, even at times when science disagreed. Here are a few examples:
- Roundness of the Earth (Isaiah 40:22)
- Law of Conservation of Mass and Energy (II Peter 3:7)
- Hydrologic Cycle (Ecclesiastes 1:7)
- Vast number of stars (Jeremiah 33:22)
- Law of increasing entropy (Psalm 102:25-27)
- The importance of blood in the life process (Leviticus 17:11)
- Atmospheric Circulation (Ecclesiastes 1:6)
- Gravitational field (Job 26:7)
Remember this: Silence in the Bible about a fact is not an error.
AQIf it is not in the Bible, how can you say the Bible is in error?
AQDo you know of a scientific fact existing today that the Bible says is wrong?

Factual Difficulties
Many difficulties in this area deal with statistics. (Example: one angel in Matthew 28:2 or two angels in John 20:12). Matthew said one angel spoke. That act does not eliminate two angels. One person may round off a number while the other may use an exact number. A closer study of the problem in this category will always reveal a logical explanation. To say that the Bible is full of error on this point has no factual basis.
(AQ) –Are you taking your Scriptures out of context?

Doctrinal Difficulties
This difficulty can be solved through the context of the verse. These are minor problems (Example: faith (Paul) vs. works (James)). Both Paul and James quoted Genesis 15:6 to back up their points. It reads
And he (Abraham) believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness.

Paul used the verse for the teaching of salvation (Faith). James used the verse for the teaching on your conduct after salvation (Works). These difficulties can be easily solved by examining the passage in its context and the Author’s intention.
(AQ) –Are you taking your Scriptures out of context?

Ethical Difficulties
This is placing two Scriptures together, canceling out each other (Example: “murder”- (Innocent) vs. capital punishment – (Guilty)). These difficulties can be solved through careful study of the issues in their full context and meaning. Regardless of the kind of difficulty found, not one “irreconcilable error” is to be found in the pages of Scripture.
(AQ) –Are you taking your Scriptures out of context?
(AQ) – If you encountered any of these difficulties, and knowing the facts, does your decision still stand?

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The human body is designed through God’s numbers of eight, five, ten, twelve and twenty-two.
The entire skull has 22 cranial and facial bones, which is also the number of the letters in the Hebrew Aleph Bet.

The upper part of the skull consists of eight bones. They are the frontal bone, which forms the forehead, the occipital bone, the ethmoid bone, the sphenoid bone, and the left and right parietal bones and the left and right temporal bones. Eight represents the Hebrew letter Chet, whose picture is the ladder. It represents a power to reach a higher level, and transcendence.

There are also seven cervical vertebrae in the neck which support the skull and organs of the neck. The first cervical vertebra, called the atlas, supports and balances the head. The second vertebra allows the head to move to the right or left. The other five bones connect the skull to the spine. Seven represents the Hebrew letter Zayin, which means completion and a symbol of authority.

Humans have twelve bones, called in medical terms T1 to T12, for the ribcage. This connects to the twelve tribes of Israel. Consider this: The bottom ribcage bone on the man is a ‘floating rib.’ It does not connect to the ribcage. The woman’s rib does. I believe it is this rib that God used to create Eve. I am not certain if it is accurate, but that shorted rib could be part of man’s chromosome changing his XX to an XY.

Humans have ten fingers and ten toes. The number ten in the Hebrew language is the letter Yod. It is the divine point of energy. Since the Yod is used to form all the other letters, and since God uses the letters as the building blocks of creation, the Yod shows God’s omnipresence.

One more point: there are five lumbar vertebrae, known as the L1 to L5. The fifth letter in the Hebrew Aleph Bet is the letter Hay, which represents Grace. This letter also represents the name of God.

(AQ) If the body was formed by evolution, what would be the purpose for the man alone to have a ‘floating rib?
What are the odds of evolution producing these possibilities?

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