This week we enter the book of Leviticus in the Torah readings.
"In the lexicon of Talmudic Sages, the Book of Leviticus is called ‘Toras Kohanim’ (The Torah of the Kohanim, or priests) because most of the book deals with the laws of the Temple service and other laws relating to the priests and their responsibilities." (The Stone Edition Tanakh)
The question has been asked, "Why should we as ‘Messianic believers’ have to read about the priesthood?" Because we are to become a kingdom of priests (1 Peter 2 & Exodus 19:5,6 etc.), doing service to our G-d. How else will we know how to do our job if we do not read the Torah?
The first thing we notice about the priesthood is that they are to offer up unto the L-rd the offerings of the people. These are partially for the consumption of the priesthood as well as for the consumption of the people. Notice that the offerings to G-d are to be free of defect. These are rigorously gone over in detail by the priest before offering them to G0d. There can be no sickness, deformity or scars in the body of the animal being offered. The spiritual significance is diverse. We must give to G-d our VERY BEST. Leftovers are not considered to be valid offerings to G-d. For our offerings to count, they must be "first fruit" of our lives. Taken from the front of top before anything else is given.
Please keep in mind that offerings are not tithes. Offerings are special gifts to HaShem that are above and beyond the tithe. There are other commands for tithing which do not consider blemishes. Leviticus 27:32,33 "and concerning the tithe of the herd, or the flock, even of whatsoever passes under the rod, the tenth shall be holy unto the LORD. 33] He shall not search whether it be good or bad, …"
The kinds of offerings made to HaShem in this week’s Torah portion are,
Flesh offerings (Ch 1)
Burnt offerings (Ch 1)
Mark 12:28-44 is a discussion about offerings. It is clearly shown that
kindness, toward one’s neighbors, is greater than all the sacrifices. Again
it is shown that a widow casting into the treasury two mites gave more
than all the rich who gave out of their abundance.
Matthew 5:16-24 Yeshua told us that we should consider our relationship with brothers over even the gifts we give HaShem. If we have trouble between ourselves and a brother, we should repair the relationship before offering the gift.
Brit Chadisha reading: Hebrews 10:1-25. The things written in the Torah are a shadow of the things which we expect or are waiting for. Yeshua is that perfect which is foreshadowed in the Torah. The sin offerings of the Torah cannot remove the consequences of our sin but the perfect sacrifice which has come (Yeshua) , removes even the stains of sin in our life. The ugly parts which stick with us (in our consciousness) even though G-d has forgiven us can be removed by the perfect sacrifice of Messiah who has become the goel (redeemer of mankind).
Verse 25 tells us not to neglect gathering together to worship. Corporate worship is important. In the Torah G-d called kodesh mikrah or public assembly for the purpose of worship. Especially on the Holy Days we are to gather together by command. Let’s not forsake coming together to worship HaShem.
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