(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
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.
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
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The Blood is struck on the mantle and posts of the door. This forms the
letter chet H which is the first letter
of the word, y¢H Chai
(rhymes with pie) meaning "life". Leveticus 17:11 tells us that the life
is in the blood. We consume the life of Messiah which changes us and writes
the Torah on our hearts (marking our hearts).
Unleavened bread represents removal of sin (leavening). When sin is removed
from a life, the life isn’t as pleasant to those who are observing. "You
mean I have to give up …"
Leavening also represents pleasantness. When Israel left Egypt, Egypt wasn’t
pleasant to HaShem. His desire was Israel.
The tasch. This represents the unity of heaven and the nature of
HaShem. There are three pockets in the cover. Within these three
pockets are three matzos which represent the three manifestations
of HaShem; the unreachable and unseen Father in Heaven, the center
matzo represents Yeshua the Messiah who is the Father reaching
down to us in a human body and redeeming us with the price of sin (death);
the bottom matzo represents the Ruach HaShem (spirit of the
L-rd) who comes and remains with us.
Four cups of wine represent the four principle activities of HaShem
and His people on the earth. Redemption, miracles (plagues), completion
(da-yey-nu sufficient), and praise.