Tzav, uc "Command"
Leviticus 6:1-8:36
(c) 1999 Rabbi David Markel Hall 

Tzadie c is the first letter in tzadic "righteous". The mystical shape of the letter indicates a y (yud) and u (vav). Yud represents HaShem being the first letter of His name. Vav represents HaShem reaching down to us. Vav is identical with yud on the top but the bottom of the letter is reaching down, making the vav equal in height to most of the other letters of the alefbet. The bottom of the tzadie remains on the baseline, which indicates dwelling for some time on the earth. Also notice how the yud and vav join in the  tzadie. It indicates a double portion empowering from Heaven.

How does one become tzadic? By receiving HaShem’s tzavot or mitzvot "commandments". When we receive the commandments, we receive the double-power anointing from HaShem which empowers us in this earth to represent Him and His kingdom. Isn’t it interesting that Ya’akov (James) tells us, "The fervent prayers of ish tzadik 'a righteous man' avail much."? What he is really saying is that a man (or woman), who receives HaShem’s commandments, has an extra powerful connection to HaShem, causing his prayers to receive extra notice. Barukh HaShem!

Next, we see that this mitzveh deals with how we relate to each other. It is a sin against HaShem to swindle, lie or cheat a neighbor. Extending this further, we see in Mattityahu (Matthew) 5:27-37, If you even think to commit a sin against your neighbor you have actually done it, and in verses 38-48 an expansion on these commands, love those who hate you and do good to those who despise you. In these cases we can see that HaShem’s will toward mankind is kindness and mercy. Doing these things causes us to be the vessel through which HaShem’s will and mercy come to earth and dwell here as long as we practice his tzavot. Extending the results of obeying the mitzvot to another teaching of Yeshua: Yochanan (John) 14:15-21, if you love me keep my commandments… and I will manifest myself unto you….

In V’yikrah 6:5,6 (Leviticus 6:10-14) HaShem says that the fire for burnt offerings will burn continuously, "it shall not be put out." The offerings for sins are to be totally consumed by the fire. There will remain nothing to burn which can be burned.

The Passover offering is not like the burnt offering. It is to be consumed by those participating. In the Seder (Passover ceremony) we have many pictures:

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