Brit Chadashah Hebrews 8:1-6
Sunday, April 15, 2012
Midrash 03-31-2012 - Hebrew: Tzav - English: Command
Torah: Leviticus 6:1-8:36
Haftora: Malachi 3:4-24
Brit Chadashah Hebrews 8:1-6
Brit Chadashah Hebrews 8:1-6
This commentary is based on Leviticus Chapters 6,7 and 8 where we read about Offerings, The Burnt, The Grain, The Sin, The Gilt, and The Fellowship Offerings. Chapter 8 speaks about the consecration of Aaron as Cohen Gadol or high priest and his two sons as cohanim or priests. The purposeof the offerings, sacrifices or Korbanot were to bring us near to God. To bring reconciliation or closeness with God and the ultimate purpose was to bring us into SHALOM; with God, with our neighbors and with ourselves. In His great love for us, God implemented early on, ways to bring us into fellowship with Him. He wants the fire on the altar of our hearts to never be quenched. We are to have a burning desire in our hearts to serve Him.
Because of His great love for us the Father gave Yeshua/Jesus to die for us and to be our High Priest, who at the same time was the sacrificed Lamb, the propitiation for our sins. For He loved us so much, He came to save us and not to condemn us. He is the one that now cleanses us and makes us holy and acceptable before the Father.
The very special way the priests were to dress represents the excellence that God desires to manifest in our lives as believers. These garments reflect the high significance of a priest’s office and the highest respect toward God and the holiness and consecration of those who wear them. Psalm 104 says that God is clothed with honor and majesty and that He covers Himself with light as with a garment.
In his vision, Isaiah saw Adonai High and lifted up, seating on a high lofty throne, and His robes filled the temple. Seraphim cried out to each other, holy, holy, holy is Adonai Tzva’ot, the whole earth is filled with His glory.
In his vision in Revelation 1, John describes Yeshua/Jesus, wearing a robe down to His feet and a gold band around his chest. His head and hair were as white as wool, his eyes like a fiery flame, his feet like the burnished brass refined in a furnace, and his voice like the sound of rushing waters. In his right hand He held seven stars, out of his mouth went a sharp double-edged sword, and his face was like the sun shining in full strength. We are to be his imitators. He has made us kings and priests. We are to be dressed in beautiful white linen. We are to be ready for Him as a bride is for her bridegroom, with light, with sparkles and splendor. We are to be covered with the garments of His Holiness. As Moses’ face shed light when He had been with God, we are to shine forth His glory. We are the light of the world which shines in the darkness. Do not hide this light.
Hasatan is attacking the minds of people, making them inadequate, uncomfortable in their own skin, desperate and confused. While some of us rest the enemy is busy stealing, killing and destroying those he can deceive. So take up the call of Messiah to be an empowered Spirit filled believer. Beloved, rejoice for God wants to share His nature with you, He says be holy for I am holy.Now every believer is called to be a minister of reconciliation. We are called a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people, so that we should show forth the praises of Him who has called us out of darkness into His marvelous light. Beloved, we are called to execute His plans and to accomplish His purposes. The Spirit of Adonai/Elohim is upon Him, He is anointed to announce good news to the poor, to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom to the captives, to let out into light those bound in the dark; to proclaim the year of the favor of Adonai and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn giving them a garland of joy instead of ashes, a cloak of praise instead of a heavy spirit. He came to make us trees of righteousness, to rebuild, to restore, and to renew. When John sent word to Yeshua to confirm if He was the Messiah, Yeshua sent word to him saying, the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleaned, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up and to the poor is announcedthe wonderful plan of salvation. Before leaving, Yeshua/Jesus commissioned us to reconcile all nations to Him. The signs to show forth in the believers are to cast out demons, to speak with new tongs, to take up serpents and that no deadly thing would harm us that we would lay hands on the sick and these would recover and be healed. He gave us His Holy Spirit and empowered usto be the carriers of His mercy. Now we can say, the Spirit of Adonai is upon me, for He has anointed me to love, to heal, to restore, to set free, to announce His Salvation, his freedom, his joy. So fear not little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom; go forth and heal the sick and broken hearted, deliver the captives and make the blind see. And while doing it, rejoice in Him and give Him glory and honor and praise. Hallelujah!
This last part was not read at TAK but I don’t want to leave it out.
You see beloved, God wants not only to dress you as a priest; He has already said you are a priest. You are not to live barely making it, troubled and in fear, but you are to take to completion that which He has called you for. It just takes a little seed of your faith and you can already move mountains. For the Spirit of God is also upon you. You are anointed to announce the good news of Yesua/Jesus to the poor. To heal the broken hearted. To preach deliverance to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind and to set at liberty those that are bruised. Use your authority and scare the devils out of those He is oppressing. Bring the souls close to God. You are a priest, you are a warrior and you are a conqueror for Yeshua/Jesus. Strengthen those feeble knees, stand firm for you are not under condemnation but under a great blessing to be as He is. Say you are strong in Him, and take dominion for as a royal priesthood, you are called to reign.