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Leviticus 6:8–8:36: God wants a relationship with you that responds and grows

Normally when God spoke to Moses and gave him an instruction, God said “tell,” “speak” or “instruct.” This time, God told Moses to “command” Aaron.

The relationship that God wants with you is a relationship that responds and grows. If we respond and grow, we are like a tree that will produce good fruit. If we don’t grow and respond, we won’t produce good fruit. The High Priest is supposed to encourage the relationship between God and His people produce good fruit for eternity.

When God commands one to do something, deviation from the instruction isn’t tolerated. The Torah reading צו Tzav (“command,” Lev. 6:8–8:36) includes detailed instructions on how the priests are to handle other people’s offerings, symbolizing their approach to God. The LORD told Aaron that doing this right matters, not just to the people, but to God.

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Exodus 27:20–30:10: High priest foreshadows Messiah Yeshua’s redeeming humanity

The garments of Israel’s High Priest, detailed in Torah reading תצוה Tetzaveh (“you shall command,” Exodus 27:20-30:10), mark him as the highest representative of the people before God. Messiah Yeshua, equally God and equally man, is uniquely qualified to fill that role completely.

The connection between the menorah, the altar of incense and the people of Israel is equally profound as the work of their hands and their prayers are lifted to God symbolically by Aharon the High Priest and literally in Heaven by Messiah Yeshua, our eternal High Priest.

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Numbers 10:1-13: Two silver trumpets and the Messiah

“The LORD spoke further to Moses, saying, ‘Make yourself two trumpets of silver, of hammered work you shall make them; and you shall use them for summoning the congregation and for having the camps set out.'” (Numbers 10:1–2 NASB)

These two silver trumpets are not shofars. They are חֲצֹצְרָה khatzotzerah (Strong’s lexicon No. H2689). They were silver, not made from an animal. They were under the control of the High Priest, just as our High Priest Yeshua tells us in Matt. 24:31. 

Some have been teaching a less than literal interpretation of these trumpets has having a modern application to our modern media such as TV, radio, satellite, etc. Radio signals can be jammed and blocked very easily, as can satellite signals. If we depend on man’s ability to make computers, TV, Internet, phone, how effective are these things really? God can block them on His whim. These two trumpets that will sound in the last day will be heard around the world and their signal cannot be blocked by mankind. 

“And He will send forth His angels with A GREAT TRUMPET and THEY WILL GATHER TOGETHER His elect from the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other.” (Matthew 24:31 NASB)

Why are there only two trumpets? Why not three, 12 or 10,000? Why are these under the jurisdiction of the High Priest and not the people, Moses, or a king? The Aaronic Priesthood is a picture or a type of the Priesthood that is above, which is the Melchizedek Priesthood. The Aaronic Priesthood is below the Melchizedek. God commanded Moses to build the earthly tabernacle exactly as it is in Heaven. It’s a picture. All the items in the physical earthly tabernacles has a version in Heaven.

These silver trumpets have two primary purposes: to summon the congregation and to set out on their journey. This story is all about the journey. 

When Nicodemus came and asked Yeshua, he was not an idiot. He was a member of the Sanhedrin and highly educated as such. Yeshua called Nicodemus a teacher, not a scribe or a lawyer. We are of the earth and we think of earthly things first, just as Nicodemus. The earthy things explain the heavenly things. Those who are born of flesh are flesh. Those born of spirit are spirit. We are still of the flesh, we are made of flesh until the flesh perishes. 

The verb form of khatzotzerah — חָצַר khatzar (H2690)means “to surround” or “to separate from the open area.” Where is the area separated from the open area? The tabernacle. God built the temple according to His will. He placed the members of all the tribes around the Tabernacle according to His pleasure. Each captain, each commander had a station that they were to care for and they were not to move from that station to assist another.

He has done the same with us. He has set us in the place He wants for us. You might want to be a great evangelist but maybe God has put you in a place to write books. You might not consider writing as important as evangelism but that is now how God sees things. You need to perform your calling, not someone else’s calling. How can you tell God, “I don’t want to do X. I want to do Y”? Don’t you want to work for God? If not for God, who do you work for?

The part of the Tabernacle that was completely covered was the Ark of the Covenant, which held the 10 commandments, which are the testimonies against us. They are a witness against us. 

The Creator of Heaven and Earth sits on the mercy seat. Yeshua represents the High Priest. Yeshua will do what His Father has told him to do. Yeshua would never tell the Father to get off the seat and replace the Father on the mercy seat, heaven forbid. Yeshua said He does nothing except what the Father tells Him what to do and say. Yeshua waits upon the Father for instruction. Yeshua’s entire world was the Creator of Heaven and Earth. He pointed people to God, not to Himself. 

It’s really easy to look at someone else and say they didn’t do the job right. But God sent Yeshua into our dark and chaotic hearts to show God’s glory in us. Those who were sitting in darkness and the shadow of death saw a great light. We are to listen to Yeshua. 

“Yet if only one is blown, then the leaders, the heads of the divisions of Israel, shall assemble before you. But when you blow an alarm, the camps that are pitched on the east side shall set out.” (Numbers 10:4–5 NASB)

The alarm in v. 5 is not to scare but to alert and get attention. Each side received their own “alarm” to pick up and set out. The “alarm” was blown to the four corners of the camp. 

“When convening the assembly, however, you shall blow without sounding an alarm.” (Numbers 10:7 NASB)

Everything God is doing here is to fulfill the vow He made to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. They are to gather together. 

When that final trumpet blows, the dead rise up first, then those who are still alive are called up. I believe that those who are of the world, who are not attached to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, will not hear this final trumpet, only those who are spiritual, who belong to God will hear it and respond to the call. 

“When you go to war in your land against the adversary who attacks you, then you shall sound an alarm with the trumpets, that you may be remembered before the LORD your God, and be saved from your enemies.” (Numbers 10:9 NASB)

The silver trumpet is also used as a call to war. The shofar is not use to raise the war alarm.

“Also in the day of your gladness and in your appointed feasts, and on the first days of your months, you shall blow the trumpets over your burnt offerings, and over the sacrifices of your peace offerings; and they shall be as a reminder of you before your God. I am the LORD your God.” (Numbers 10:10 NASB)

The silver trumpet is also used to call people to God’s appointments. This is training to pay attention to God’s appointments because many important events in history have occurred during these appointed times. It is the High Priest or His representatives who are to blow these silver trumpets. This job can not be performed by a person who is not of the priestly line. 

The sound of the silver trumpets are different from the sound of the shofar. Even with the silver trumpet, each sound is different. We do not have a record of what tunes were played on the silver trumpets. 

“Now in the second year, in the second month, on the twentieth of the month, the cloud was lifted from over the tabernacle of the testimony;” (Numbers 10:11 NASB)

They had to tear down, pack up, get their house and animals in order on this 20th day. I haven’t figured out the connection with the 20th day, God hasn’t seen fit to show me and until I can ascertain it from what is written, I don’t want to venture an opinion. 

They set out from Sinai, which is in Arabia, not Egypt. It is not located where Constantine’s mother tells us it was located. From Sinai, they went to the wilderness of Paran, which is also in Arabia. This is the first time they had to set out from a camp since they had fled the Pharaoh in the Red Sea.

They didn’t have cars, taxis and so on. This was a third day journey by foot. We don’t know for sure how many miles these travels were because the Bible doesn’t discuss journeys by distance but time. But in this case, we don’t know either the distance from Sinai to Paran or the time it took to go from one to the other. This is the area where Ishmael settled, southeast of Canaan. 

“So they moved out for the first time according to the commandment of the LORD through Moses.” (Numbers 10:13 NASB) 

Numbers 8: Levites are sanctified in place of the first-born

Numbers 8 is very short, but there’s a lot of meat in here to digest. This chapter details the dedication of the Levites for service to the Tabernacle. 

The Levites and the Aaronic Priesthood are a shadow of Melchizedek. They are a picture of our High Priest Yeshua and those who serve Yeshua the High Priest. 

When we look at how Elohim set up the Tabernacle of Appointments, this was where people went to received their appointment or ordination for service. These were not volunteers, they were appointed by God to their station. 

The Levites were exchanged for the First Born of all Israel. God killed the First Born of Egypt, the next day, He said He wanted the first-born of Israel. He also owns Egypt, whether they like it or not.

“For every firstborn among Israel’s sons is mine, from human to animal; on the day when I struck every firstborn in the land of Egypt, I consecrated them to me,” (Numbers 8:17 NETS)

God put the children of Israel in Egypt, God was the one who allowed them to be put into bondage and God was the one who redeemed. God set this all up. 

But the Levites were also appointed to assist the High Priest and the Priesthood in service to the Tabernacle. 

God is not discarding or rejecting the first-born of Israel, they still belong to Him but he is exchanging the Levites for them. The first-born of Israel still surround the Tabernacle and are mingled among the people of Israel.

They had to be sanctified and set into their place. They had to go through a cleansing process similar to that which Aaron and his sons experienced. Moses didn’t make these appointments, God did.

God’s government is not a democracy. A person doesn’t run for an office. Only God can appoint a person to an office. 

This chapter teaches us a lot about redemption. 

The Levites have become the First Born in God’s eyes.

Just as the ram was exchanged for the life of Isaac, God is exchanging the First Born of Israel for the Levites. The Levites were not redeemed empty-handed. The ram was exchanged for Isaac and the Levites had to bring offerings to God to accept their exchange as well. 

Go back to the Garden of Eden. A redemption took place there. Adam and Eve’s life was spared with the life of an animal. The pattern is the same in Genesis and all the way through the Scriptures. 

This is a picture of the Kingdom of God. The Messiah tells us to “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness.” The Torah shows us the righteousness of God, which is above the Torah. 

Every time we read the Torah, we are observing the righteousness of God. 

The Levites, God’s chosen First Born, have been given to the High Priest. 

“And I gave back the Leuites as a restitution, given to Aaron and to his sons from amidst Israel’s sons, to perform the tasks of the sons of Israel in the tent of witness and to make atonement for the sons of Israel, and there shall be none among the sons of Israel who draws near to the holy things.” (Numbers 8:19 NETS)

Yeshua is our High Priest, called by the Father to that duty. Yeshua wasn’t elected as Messiah by popular vote. 

The throne of the Kingdom of God is the “mercy seat.” That is the seat of His power. Aaron enters into God’s presence once a year (Yom haKippurim, the Day of Atonement), but he has to enter in with a spoon of burning incense. Without it, Aaron would have died. Our High Priest, Yeshua, entered the most holy place without the incense. He tore the veil, entered in and died. 

The first item built for the tabernacle was the Ark, which held the 10 Commandments. It’s a death sentence to break any of the 10 commandments but the 10 commandments were covered by mercy. 

We see here the pattern of the Kingdom of God. God’s mercy covers His justice. He is sitting on the evidence of guilt. 

Yeshua, the Son of God, our High Priest called us, we didn’t call Him. We become sanctified by God, cleansed with water, to serve the High Priest. 

The most important thing I know: If you know who the Son of God is and He is your savior who resurrected from the dead for you. That’s the most important thing to know. The details are just the icing on the cake. We are to live by every word that proceeds from God’s mouth. This is what Moses tells us, and this is what Yeshua tells us. 

We read in previous chapters about how the High Priest is to examine garments, leather, homes and people for signs of disease. Most of the time the disease is a temporary disease, yet once its done, it still leaves a flaw behind. Yet as long as the disease is no growing, the High Priest will declare the garment, leather, home or person clean. Even though there’s a scar or a flaw, it can still be clean if the High Priest declares it clean. If the High Priest declares someone or something clean, who are we to say otherwise?

The Apostle Paul refers to those who accepted Yeshua as “saints.” They are sanctified and holy, despite their flaws because it is the High Priest who declares someone clean and holy, not us. It’s a simple message. 

“And thus you shall carry out for them their purification; you shall sprinkle them with water of purification, and a razor shall come upon all of their body, and they shall wash their clothes, and they shall be clean.” (Numbers 8:7 NETS)

The “water of purification,” literally means “the water of sin” (chattat, Strong’s lexicon No. H2403). This water was to wash away sin. Once they have completed their purification, the sin is gone. 

“And you shall separate the Leuites from amidst the sons of Israel, and they shall be mine.” (Numbers 8:14 NETS)

Once this process is done, the Levites belonged to God and they belonged to Him forever. If we belong to the High Priest, we have to go to Him and hear what He has to say. It isn’t just a once in a lifetime thing, but something we have to do frequently. 

If the High Priest examined a garment, a house, and the disease continued to grow despite all efforts to clean it, it had to be destroyed. When a person had a disease that continued to grow, that person had to be sent away from the community. God does show mercy, though too. Once the High Priest declares you clean, part of your job is to keep it clean. 

The Torah is a picture showing us how God runs His kingdom.

Reader: Jeff. Speaker: Richard Agee. Summary: Tammy. 

Leviticus 22: Priests separate themselves for holy work

Richard AgeeEvery rule of conduct required of the High Priest on the physical plane gives us an insight into our perfect Messiah Yeshua (Christ Jesus) in the spiritual. 

Is this of any value to us in the 21st century? Just as in Leviticus 21, Leviticus 22 is about the function and lifestyle of the High Priest in the physical plane. I want to reiterate this to try to not move this in the 21st century. Imagine you are living in Moshe. You are only a year beyond Egypt and you are learning this for the first time.

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Hebrews 3-4: How to enter God’s lasting ‘rest’

JeffSome read about the “Sabbath-rest” in Hebrews 4 and conclude that the teaching is that the remembrance of the seventh-day rest, the Sabbath, has been transferred to the Messiah, Yeshua. Yet the context of the passage and the quotations in it relating to a pivotal event in the Torah point to the fuller meaning of personal peace and real “rest” that God provides.

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‘It’s not us; it’s You’: Unselfishness of God shown on Day of Atonement

Richard AgeeYom haKippurim (literally, Day of Coverings) is a day that wears many people out, because we’re focused on, When are we going to eat? Yet, we are to supposed to focus upon what the Son of God — the ultimate High Priest and fulfillment of the two goats of the day — did for us. He went through a tremendous affliction for us. The Day of Atonement is not about us and what we do but about the High Priest and what He does. It’s all about how God brings us to Himself. We are only drawn to God if He draws us to Himself.

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