Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Is honey kosher?

We get asked many times, "Is honey kosher? I mean, it's from a BEE and the bee is not kosher!"

It's a good question, but not to worry for honey is completely kosher, not violating any of the dietary restrictions found in scripture!

Honey bees convert nectar from flowers into honey by a process of regurgitation and evaporation. Regurgitation may not sound kosher, but it is okay here. Bees store the honey as a primary food source in wax honeycombs inside their beehive. Humans extract the honey from the beehive and bottle it.

So let's look at the process in a bit more detail and see how the honey comes about.

Foraging bees land on flowers and use their long, tube-like tongues to suck nectar from the flowers. They swallow the nectar but store it in a "honey crop", a special type of stomach which comes before the actual digestive system stomach of the bee. The nectar never enters the bee's digestive system! The honey crop is more of "pouch" used to port nectar back to the hive and transfer it to worker bees.

The worker bees "chew" the nectar for a period (about 30 minutes or so) during which time enzymes break complex sugars in the nectar into simple sugars. This final form of nectar is then spread throughout the honeycomb which allows remaining water in the mass to evaporate. As the water evaporates, the nectar thickens and becomes honey. Honey is more digestible to the bees than the nectar, and it is also protected from any bacteria.

At some point, the worker bees "assess" the thickness of the honey, and they seal off the end of the honeycomb with a cap of wax. This keeps the honey in permanent storage until it is eaten by the bees - or as in our case - a beekeeper harvests the honey for us humans!

Honey consists of mostly fructose, glucose, and the water which did not evaporate. It also contains other sugars as well as trace enzymes, minerals, vitamins, and amino acids. But most importantly, it is only converted nectar, not a product of the bee itself, and completely kosher consisting of nothing forbidden by our Creator!

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Yep, Jewish "counter-missionaries" ARE busy getting people to reject YHWH's Divine Messiah!

Found on the wall of Rabbi Tovia Singer who makes his living bashing YHWH's Divine Messiah. Think they're not taking "our" people away with their smooth-talking lies? Snap out of it and think again!


Reader wants to know if Melchizedek was a pre- incarnate Christ

READER QUESTION:

My question today is was Melchizedek  a pre- incarnate Christ?  I have seen many theories about who Melchizedek was and what was meant by ( the order of Melchizedek). Your thoughts as always are appreciated and eagerly awaited.  Thankful for your help

OUR RESPONSE:

People for centuries have been trying to argue that Melchizedek was a "pre-incarnation" of the Messiah. (For example Ambrose of Milan in the 4th century, CE, tried to show the same in his writings called "On the Mysteries".  But Ambrose was already anti-semitic, and very Catholic in his thinking).  However the whole point in the comparison of the Messiah to Melchizedek in Hebrews is not to suggest that at all.  The idea is rooted in a complete lack of understanding the scriptures.

Hebrews 7 seems to paint a picture of Melchizedek as some sort of divine being with no parents and who still lives (Hebrews 7:8).  This perception from Hebrews led to the idea that Melchizedek is some sort of "Pre-incarnate Messiah".  But it's all wrong.

Look at it this way:  Without Hebrews, the only thing we truly know of Melchizedek is from 4 verses in the Tanankh. Four! Three from Genesis 14:18-20, and one in the Psalms (110:4).  Hebrews 7 has only these 4 verses to draw from, yet Hebrews 7 itself is 28 verses long!  If, today, we read Hebrews only to conclude that Melchizedek was some sort of a pre-incarnate Messiah, we truly should stop right there and examine the issue because something is amiss.

The central problem, I believe, is that we, today, are trying to interpret scripture which has been translated from language to language and the original meaning has in many cases been lost.  Here, we have the book of Hebrews which has been translated over and over with significant bias since at least the 4th century CE, and most of us can only read scripture in English using our English-only understanding of the meaning of any particular word or phrase.  I make that last point because it causes a big problem here in this discussion.

Case in point:

Take Hebrews 5:6 and 7:15 which read (in the typical English translation) respectively:
"as he says also in another place, 'You are a priest forever, after the order of Melchizedek'." (ESV).

"And it is still more abundantly clear because He said that another priest would arise according to the order of Melchizedek." (HRB).

But BOTH verses in Hebrews refer to Psalm 110:4: "The LORD has sworn and will not change his mind, 'You are a priest forever after the order of Melchizedek'," (ESV).

The problem is that the English word "order" in these verses from Hebrews is NOT the same word from Psalms which is also translated into English as "order"!

In Hebrews 5 and 7, the Aramaic word translated as "order" is from the root word "d'ma", [dalet-mem-aleph], meaning "to resemble".   We can see the same root word in Hebrews 1:1: "In days gone by, God spoke in many and varied ways to the Fathers through the prophets", (CJB), where the word is not understood as "order", but as "varied ways".

But in Psalm 110:4 which reads: "The LORD has sworn and will not change his mind, 'You are a priest forever after the order of Melchizedek'," (ESV), the Hebrew word is "dibrah'ti" [dalet-bet-resh-tav-yod] meaning "a reason, suit or style: - cause, end, estate, order, regard."  The importance of the verse in Psalm is to refer to the royalty, the "estate", the regard due Melchizedek - to compare to the one being elevated in the Psalm.  And we see the one being elevated is not Melchizedek or David, but the Messiah.

Just to be clear, let's look at the intent of the phrase "after the order of Melchizedek" used in Hebrews and in Psalm 110.  In Psalm 110, the intent is best seen in how other translations write the phrase, such as found in the JPS which reads: "Thou art a priest for ever after the manner of Melchizedek."  (More on that in a moment).

But in Hebrews "after the order of Melchizedek", (where the original word for "order" was from a Aramaic root word meaning "to resemble"), we see that the author's purpose was only to compare the resemblance of Yeshua's Kingship to Melchizedek and not to suggest that Yeshua somehow "was" Melchizedek or replaced Melchizedek.  So just what was the comparison?  Was the author or Hebrews trying to say Melchizedek was a pre-incarnate Messiah, or did he intend something else?

He intended something else!

The meaning of Hebrews 7 is NOT that Melchizedek was like any sort of  pre-incarnate Messiah or that Melchizedek had no mother or father or that he remains alive - that is nonsense.  Rather, when the author of Hebrews wrote in 7:3 "He [Melchizedek] is without father or mother or genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but resembling* the Son of God he continues a priest forever", all he is saying is this:

Melchizedek was chosen not by his genealogy, but by divine appointment (Genesis 14:18, "he was priest of God the Most High" (JPS) - clearly not by blood, and not by the later Levitical line).  Melchizedek was both a High Cohen and King, and that his "chosen" status never ended - the message is not that Melchizedek never died.  The Messiah's role as King and Cohen is of that same origin, that is, divinely appointed.  Therefore the Messiah is "of the order of Melchizedek", that is, his appointed reign is never ending. 

The difference is that Melchizedek was but a mortal man, and though we have no record of his death, he no doubt died, but the type of kingship he had, by appointment from YHWH, did not "end".  Yeshua's kingship on the other hand does not end since Yeshua was the one resurrected and is now sitting at the Right Hand of YHWH as Psalm 110 declares.

If we examine this further, we see that the author of Hebrews and the author of Psalm 110 were in complete agreement.  I referred to the JPS version of Psalm 110:4 more correctly reads "after the manner of Melchizedek" instead of "of the order of Melchizedek".  The author of Hebrews therefore correctly used Psalm 110 in Hebrew 7 arguing that it was the "manner" of the Messiah's kingship that is important, that of "being chosen" or appointed, and was certainly not trying to argue that Melchizedek was some sort of pre-incarnate Messiah.

And with that, I conclude that the problem is with Biblical interpretation and not that Melchizedek was a pre-incarnate Messiah.

*"Resembling" in Hebrews 7:3 is from the same root word in Hebrews 1:1, 5:6 and 7:15.

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Putting Hollywood in its proper place….

By Robin Refaela Gould  

The fallout from Golden Globes felt like a sign. This will make some people mad, so if you're one of those people, stop here.

To see if you qualify, say the following 5 times fast:
"Hollywood Jumps Trump and Trump Trumps Hollywood."

If you could do that it is safe to proceed.

Let's start with a question.

Remember when Hollywood actors knew their place in society?

Me neither.

Some remember. However, most of these people are long since dead. Let's pick someone from the past (let me clarify; dead but not the dead people who voted democrat in the 2016 election). Let's go with Henry VIII. He had it figured out (Indeed, I've watched The Tudors). The equivalent then of Hollywood actors were the court Jesters. These feckless entertainers would be summoned for their craft, instructed to perform it, and after they did their little thing, they would bow and disappear until they were summoned again. It was a mere diversion from reality and everyone understood that.

The current "Hollywood Elite" has forgotten that they belong next to the box checked "people who perform for our amusement." This mishap crept in when actors started to believe their own press. They forgot that the category of Hollywood Elite was their own manmade pond, stocked with engineered, farmed fish, and appraised using its own auditing system.

The straight A's they gave themselves inundated us as we read tales of their heroic theatrical endeavours. Points were merited based on how many people watched their "work" to escape reality for 120 minutes. And because MANY people like to escape reality for 120 minutes every now and then, Hollywood attributed this to the inescapable fact that they were special people who had special powers. Your mail carrier is NOTHING if not a messenger of Vanity Fair so you can do your daily devotions to them.

They no longer saw themselves as people pretending to be somebody else as a profession. Instead, they started to see themselves as icons of what the "regular Joe" should WISH he could be. What should the "little people" wish they were? According to the ruling class (AKA those with lots of microphones and very little humility), the little people should aspire to be THEM. The little people should desire to eat what they eat, dress as they dress, and wait on tenterhooks for glorious words and ideas from this artificial pond.

Suddenly, almost overnight (1980's, I'm looking at you), this small group of millionaire-hating millionaires decided that they would saturate the culture with their insignificant jesting, but cleverly reframe it as life-altering magic, generated in their demigod benevolence THAT EVERYONE NEEDS.

This voice of pseudo wisdom ubiquitously bestowed upon our Walmart-brand-Q-tipped ears was supposed to move US to elevate THEM. Rather than accepting that they were a temporary escape from reality, they strove to CREATE a reality about themselves that they could sell and we would buy.

They thought they had us in the bag. Cameras everywhere on their every move. MILLIONS of dollars deposited into their bank accounts if they would wear a costume and dramatically portray victims of a social issue, imitate a fictional superhero, or dress up like a cat person. Their opinions MUST be heard! Their instruction MUST be golden! Their spray tan MUST be something to emulate! They eat chia seeds? We must eat chia seeds! Bring me to the nearest teeth whitening center as fast as you can, and I'm talking TOILET BOWL WHITE, y'all.

When challenged in any way, statements from the starlets' "publicists" (that survived a focus group vote) were aimed at chiselling us into the Pied Piper followers we turned out to be. Yes, it worked for a while. We devoured magazines about how they exercise, how they clear up their acne, how they decorate their homes, and for the love of all that is good, they gave us the recipe for the divine avocado. They INVENTED the avocado actually, or at least that is what I read somewhere while I was living my pitiful life bereft of stardom.

But here is what happened when you have a loaded deck;
You overplay your hand.

And then there is Trump.

The Hollywood Elite knew who they wanted the little people to vote for. They instructed us in their late-night interview rounds, on their early morning talk show chattering, and in the mainstream media that iconoclasts them. Their message was made clear, and, seriously, aren't they in charge?

Apparently not.

So why is Hollywood so viscerally attacking Trump supporters? It's not because they think he is an ineffective leader. It is because he demonstrated the lack of importance of the ruling class of elites.

When it comes to the regular Joe showing up and thinking for himself, you've got yourself a swamp teeming with hostility. Far from worshipping at the altar of celebrity, regular, normal, everyday awesome people went against the Avocado class. They ignored their opinions. They laughed at their outbursts. They made memes of their hypocrisy. They ate avocado toast ALL ON THEIR OWN.

Gone is the golden globish era of the jester ruling the jested. Done is the tail wagging the dog. Youtube explodes with regular people who are FAR more interesting than the Hollywood Elite. People figured out that they don't need the jesters, the jesters need them!

THUNK.
(That is the sound of the fury falling off the pedestal of fame.)

These wannabe rulers are not finding Trump lacking in success. Quite the opposite, in fact. They see him belligerently flaunting it in their faces. HOW DARE ANYONE NOT OBEY THEM?! The little people are finding that the fruit of Los Angeles was not their placenta after all. The "important people" were right there in the mirrors of their house all along.

Hollywood, we have a message for you. NO ONE CARES ABOUT YOUR MALIBU MANSIONS WITH 4 PIZZA OVENS, A YOGA STUDIO, AND A BOWLING ALLEY. We care about our own lives. Your role, Hollywood, is to simply entertain us as we summon you per our whims. You are not influencers. You are actors, clowns, jesters... you are merely the people who make pretend for a living. Real life is in OUR OWN HOMES, not at your cinema premieres. I see your limo, and I raise you one Toyota 4-Runner. I win because my hand beats your hand. My REALITY is better than your movies. I am not the deluded one. You are.

Here is some free advice, red carpet walkers. The more reactive you are to anyone who dares to neglect genuflecting to you, the more swampy you are revealed to be. You are no more or less important than any of us. You've been tested and you have failed, Hollywood. You are not the deities you've been portrayed as in those glossy paged magazines that decry glossy page magazine production. You are silly and self-important, and your 15 minutes are up.

That is my Trump theory when it comes to the pontificating elite. I stand by it. I might not have invented the avocado like De Niro’s people, but I live in the real world and I don't require your jesting. What we need is an escape from YOU.

The velvet ropes have been torn down. Deal with it.

(The author of this article, Robin Gould, divides her time between Alaska and Antarctica, and is in the process of moving.)

Rabid Jewish counter-missionary bashes Messiah Yeshua

The following is comment from a rabid Jewish “counter-missionary” – posted exactly as written, with my responses below:

JOEL BERGER WROTE:

… if you will close your mouth and open your ears would be glad to explain to you why he is not, using your Bible, he did not live to be past 70 years and have two sons, Isiah 53:10, Psalm 90:10 he did not bring all the Jews back to the land he did not end sickness, hunger, war, bring the knowledge of Hashem to all mankind, build the third and eternal temple begin again animal sacrifice for accidental sin Ezekiel 34-48 the animals did not stop fighting, Isiah 11:2, also Isiah 11:2 he will be an observant Jew who fears Hashem, Hashem, does not fear anything, all men do and will. No man can die for your sins Jeremiah 31:29-3o G-d speaks only against human sin, calls it an abomination and G-d doe not lie or change his mind. Numbers 23:19. He gave is specific instructions ; animals only, only certain animals, and a drop of blood had to be and will again be dropped at the alter, the food was and will again be given to the poor. No instruction on sacrificing man except not to, if he did give instructions, which he did not as he does not lie or change is mind, than Jesus would have had to have a drop of his blood dropped to burn on the alter. 200,000 Jews were crucified, not one had their blood, not one drop put on alter. If you do not like to hear the truth, leave, have a nice day.

MY RESPONSE: Let’s dissect what Mr. Berger said, shall we? Here goes:

BERGER WROTE: “if you will close your mouth and open your ears would be glad to explain to you why he is not, using your Bible, he did not live to be past 70 years and have two sons, Isiah 53:10, Psalm 90:10”

MY RESPONSE: And I am happy to explain why Y’shua IS the Messiah! In response to your first comment, Isaiah 53 isn’t about Israel; it’s all about Y’shua! Why? Well - can Israel DIE for Israel? (No, but Y’shua did! See Matthew 27.) Can Israel be wounded for our transgressions? (No, but Y’shua was! See Matthew 27.)

Can people take Israel's garments and divide them? (No, but that certainly happened in Y’shua’s case! See John 19:23.) WHEN was "Israel" wounded for our transgressions or crushed because of our iniquities? Has the world been HEALED by "Israel"? Not hardly! Y'shua has filled myriads of Tanach prophecies - and people can reject it all they want, but they cannot CHANGE those facts!

You can argue that until you’re blue in the face, and suggest that Y’shua isn’t mentioned in Torah by name and that NT scriptures don’t count because you feel the NT is a myth, etc. - but the fact remains just because YOU believe that the NT is a myth, doesn’t make it so. I believe in God’s “rest of the story” for many reasons, including the fact that Yeshua has so far fulfilled at least 300 prophecies! Who else can make that claim?

Oh, and by the way, the EARTH is God’s altar! 

Leviticus 17:11 says that the blood of the sacrifice must be placed "upon the altar to make atonement for your souls".

NOTHING says that the "altar" is to be a place of supreme importance! YHWH never said that an "altar" had to be a "special place" made out of special materials; the altar was simply the place where the sacrifice was offered. Yes, there has to be an altar for the sacrifice and, yes, the altar is a holy place - but the altar is not the central issue.

In Exodus 20:21 (which is verse 24 in some Bibles), YHWH says: "For Me, you need only make an altar of earth...." He goes on to say that if you do make an altar out of stone, not to use cut stones because if you use a tool on it, you profane it....

When Yeshua offered Himself on our behalf, where did his blood spill? On the Earth! The Earth was the altar! Yeshua's blood was sprinkled on the altar to make atonement for us! He WAS, in essence, the final sin sacrifice! He martyred Himself on our behalf. He chose to do that! He could have called down legions of angels to take him off that stake, but He KNEW WHO HE WAS - and He obeyed His Father's Will....

BERGER WROTE: “he did not bring all the Jews back to the land he did not end sickness, hunger, war, bring the knowledge of Hashem to all mankind, build the third and eternal temple begin again animal sacrifice for accidental sin Ezekiel 34-48 the animals did not stop fighting, Isiah 11:2, also Isiah 11:2”

MY RESPONSE: So, who said Messiah would have to do all these things at once according human standards? Do you see any passages in the Tanach that suggest YHWH’s Messiah would have a certain timeframe in which to accomplish all he had to accomplish?

It’s not enough for you that Yeshua has so far fulfilled at least 300 Messianic prophecies? As the Word (John 1:1, 14) and the “Arm” (Isaiah 53:1) he was an intercessor between YHWH and man, who came to proclaim the Kingdom of YHWH and do everything His Father commanded (see Luke 4:43 and 8:1; Acts 28:23), all while leading people back to the Source: YHWH and His Divine Instructions for mankind, without which we would have no blueprint for moral, holy living!

BTW, while certainly “divine” Yeshua wasn’t GOD (God cannot be born or die); nor was he created in the womb of an almah to come onto the scene and "change any rules" as Christianity teaches. For a list of what he accomplished so far, please check out our article.

And BTW – even though your rant didn’t mention it, I’ll just say it anyway:

The Rabbis are correct that Isaiah 7:14 was NOT referring to the future birth of Yeshua; the 7:14 prophecy unfolds within 65 years - the lifetime of the two Kings mentioned in Isaiah. The prophecy of Isaiah 7:14 was used by Matthew, but there was an expectation in Matthew's writings that the reader would understand the reference to Isaiah as he did. Matthew clearly knew the remainder of Isaiah, chapters 9-11 was a progressive revelation of the future Messiah, and that the tie between the prophecies included the word "virgin" (which in the Hebrew translation became "almah").

The prophecy in Isaiah 7:14-25 is about the salvation and regathering of Israel, and that salvation as the prophecy was being revealed, involved a sign of a birth, first to Achaz in Chapter 7, then of a future birth of chapters 9-11. I could go on, but surely you get the gist.

The bottom line is, the BIBLE contains at least 300 prophecies that have already come to pass exactly as was written, and there is no way they could all be "coincidences." (According to scientist and mathematician, Professor Peter Stoner, the probability of even just 48 prophecies being fulfilled by one person (referring to Y'shua) is the incredible number of 1 in 10^157 power - one chance in a trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion…)

BERGER WROTE: “he will be an observant Jew who fears Hashem, Hashem, does not fear anything, all men do and will.”

MY RESPONSE: Which Yeshua certainly was! He was a Torah-observant, Sabbath-and Mo’edim-keeping, tallit-wearing, synagogue-attending, kosher Jew who did not come to start new religions called "Catholicism" or “Christianity”; but, rather, to fulfill the Old Covenant promises and become the LIVING Word of God.

As our “substitution” (he martyred himself against which there is no law!), he did not come to abolish the Torah, or to nullify God's original commandments in any way. The simple Truth is, Yeshua martyred himself, thus redeeming us by voluntarily shedding his divine blood; and, in doing so, he redeemed us for our past sins (“our” referring to those who accepted YHWH [the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob] as their ELOHIM, and recognized that Yeshua was His Divine Messiah who martyred himself on our behalf).

If you’ll recall, YHWH always demanded blood sacrifices as a substitution/redemption for our lives, as you can see fully explained in our blog (https://blog.therefinersfire.org/2016/02/what-sins-did-jesus-die-for-exactly.html). The bottom line of the article is that one’s salvation always required that blood substitution or redemption of one nephesh (soul) for another.

The possibility of that substitution of an animal at the Temple is gone; it has been replaced by your acceptance that the Messiah died for you, and redeemed you, so you can receive eternal life.

Yeshua volunteered to substitute His nephesh for yours, and yet, today, many reject the offer. Yeshua, sinless, MARTYRED himself, offering His blood for yours, against which there is NO Torah prohibition!

So, how do we know he was a Jew? Well, many people fail to realize or address a major problem associated with the genealogical listing found in Matthew's gospel (which counter-missionaries LOVE to use to prove Yeshua a lie) … The lineage of Mary.

Once you have established that the line is indeed Mary's, you must deal with a second difficulty: The rights of the line are NOT passed through the mother; but rather, through the father. Even though Mary, through her lineage, was of the Davidic bloodline (as was her husband, Joseph - Luke 3:23-38), she should be excluded from being able to pass those rights of the bloodline because she was female (Deuteronomy 21:16).

So, it is not enough to prove that Mary was an unblemished descendant of David; she had to be a male to transfer the rights. Therefore, she would be disqualified to transfer the rights to her son Yeshua - EXCEPT for a little known exception to the rule.

In Numbers 26 we are introduced to Zelophehad. Zelophehad, we are told, had no sons; only daughters. In Numbers 27, following the death of Zelophehad, the daughters of Zelophehad came before Moses and argued their plight. Because their father had died with no sons, all of their rights of inheritance were to be lost and they felt this was unfair. So Moses prayed to YHWH and He gave Moses an exception to the rule!

Numbers 27:8 Moreover, say to the people of Isra'el, 'If a man dies and does not have a son, you are to have his inheritance pass to his daughter. 9 If he doesn't have a daughter, give his inheritance to his brothers. 10 If he has no brothers, give his inheritance to his father's brothers. 11 If his father doesn't have brothers, give his inheritance to the closest relative in his family, and he will possess it. This will be the standard for judgment to be used by the people of Isra'el, as ADONAI ordered Moshe.'"

YHWH told Moses that the inheritance CAN flow through a female, IF they fulfill two requirements: There must be no male offspring in the family (Numbers 27:8) and if the female offspring should marry, they must marry within their own tribe (Numbers 36:6).
Now, returning to Mary. On the surface she should be unable to transfer the rights to her Son. But when you research you find that Mary had NO brothers, she was of the line of David, AND received the inheritance of her father because her father had no sons, AND Mary did indeed marry within her own tribe to Joseph.

BERGER WROTE: “No man can die for your sins Jeremiah 31:29-3o G-d speaks only against human sin, calls it an abomination and G-d doe not lie or change his mind. Numbers 23:19. He gave is specific instructions ; animals only, only certain animals, and a drop of blood had to be and will again be dropped at the alter, the food was and will again be given to the poor. No instruction on sacrificing man except not to, if he did give instructions, which he did not as he does not lie or change is mind, than Jesus would have had to have a drop of his blood dropped to burn on the alter. 200,000 Jews were crucified, not one had their blood, not one drop put on alter. If you do not like to hear the truth, leave, have a nice day.”

MY RESPONSE: Well, then, how do you explain YHWH’s telling Abraham to sacrifice Isaac?  While Isaac wasn’t meant to be a “sin sacrifice,” the command was still to “sacrifice” him.

And how do you account for the following passages in Torah?

Exodus 28: 36 "You are to make an ornament of pure gold and engrave on it as on a seal, 'Set apart for ADONAI.' 37 Fasten it to the turban with a blue cord, on the front of the turban, 38 over Aharon's forehead. Because Aharon bears the guilt for any errors committed by the people of Isra'el in consecrating their holy gifts, this ornament is always to be on his forehead, so that the gifts for ADONAI will be accepted by him.

Leviticus 6: 25 "Speak to Aaron and to his sons, saying, 'This is the law of the sin offering: in the place where the burnt offering is slain the sin offering shall be slain before the LORD; it is most holy. 26'The priest who offers it for sin shall eat it. It shall be eaten in a holy place, in the court of the tent of meeting. 27'Anyone who touches its flesh will become consecrated; and when any of its blood splashes on a garment, in a holy place you shall wash what was splashed on.…

Leviticus 10: 16 Then Moshe carefully investigated what had happened to the goat of the sin offering and discovered that it had been burned up. He became angry with El'azar and Itamar, the remaining sons of Aharon, and asked, 17 "Why didn't you eat the sin offering in the area of the sanctuary, since it is especially holy? He gave it to you to take away the guilt of the community, to make atonement for them before ADONAI. (CJB)

Also, read Numbers 18 to get a tiny glimpse of the weight that was placed upon the shoulders of Aaron and the other cohanim.

Excerpt from the website MessianicTorah.org

Priests were established to help the people live in an intimate relationship with the Eternal. Many times people would, by mistake, enter the sanctuary being impure which generated guilt among the people. That guilt had to be removed in order for the people to keep enjoying the Eternal's presence without being exposed to the danger of His anger against sin.

In order to eliminate that guilt, they had to burn on the altar part of the animals destined for this purpose and then eat the rest. So, on the one hand, part of the sin that was transmitted to the animal that bore the guilt of the people was burnt on the altar; and on the other hand the priests ate the rest of the animal and the sin within it. Through these two ways of consuming the animal, sin was removed from the people who, thus, were atoned before the Eternal.

In the Torah this offering is not called "sin offering" but just "sin" chatat – חטאת. In other words, it is written in this verse that the priests had to eat the sin. Since the people's sin was transmitted to the animal through hand imposition, sin was in the sacrifice itself, so it is then called "sin". So when the priests ate from the sacrifice, sin entered in them, and in that way it decomposed in their intestines in the natural way and then got disposed of.

This teaches us that a priest may introduce the sin of the people in his own body, in the form of meat. This makes us think of the Messiah who took the sin of the people of Israel and the world in his body so the Eternal could forgive our sins and cleanse us to be sacred dwellings for Him and also to be able to enter the heavenly tabernacle without danger.

"...who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed." (1 Peter. 2:24 NKJV)

"In a loud voice they sang: Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honour and glory and praise!" (Rev. 5:12 NIVUK)

Blessed be the Eternal for having given us Yeshua as heavenly priest who took our sins in his body and eliminated them! And blessed be Yeshua for his faithfulness as priest becoming responsible for our sins and taking them away to give us everlasting hope! And blessed are those who believe in the Messiah's sacrifice!

Friday, January 17, 2020

Yeshua wasn’t a “sacrifice”–he offered himself, against which there is no Torah prohibition!

As you all know, God never demanded a human sacrifice - which is what Jewish counter-missionaries attempt to use against Yeshua...because Christianity insists he was a "sacrifice".

Truth is, Yeshua - like the Passover lambs, which were also NOT "sacrificed" (because nobody "sacrificed" them) Yeshua OFFERED himself ... and there is no Torah prohibition against that! He was a human martyr who had a divine qnoma/nature, and by his divine blood, we are cleansed from our PAST sins.

However, while we weren't supposed to offer HUMAN SACRIFICES, YHWH - as our Elohim and Almighty and Creator of the entire universe - certainly can do anything He wants!

And what He obviously wanted (as evidenced in Isaiah 53 and in all the Mo'edim/Feasts) was for His Messiah to be born. to teach and preach and do everything his Father commanded, and then to die ... so that mankind (not just the Jews but ANYONE who accepted Him as their ELOHIM) could have a way to become redeemed without the Temple, which was destroyed in 70 AD.

And - as we all know - YHWH's Divine Messiah chose to martyr Himself....as a sin OFFERING, against which there IS NO TORAH LAW! According to a footnote in the Aramaic English New Testament:


Offerings "qurbana" and sacrifices "dabekha" are two different entities. Although there are certain aspects to Mashiyach's death that are utterly unique to him (Zechariah 12:10, etc.), his death nevertheless echoes aspects of offerings and sacrifices that came before.

The qurbana is the human life (nefesh) that Y'shua voluntarily offers up on the stake. The result of that offering is his blood put out on the "altar"; hence dabekha.
However, this is certainly not, as some critics suggest, human sacrifice. Rather, this indicates Y'shua's status as Mashiyach ben Yoseph.

Per strict accordance with Isaiah 53 and Genesis 22:8, Mashiyach ben Yoseph was required to suffer and die. After his death, the offering of himself became a sacrifice that was taken up, and he was resurrected three days later. Many of YHWH's prophets also suffered and were martyred at the hands of those who fought against the Malchut Elohim.

In the case of Mashiyach, his shed blood is counted as the acceptable offering, the Lamb of YHWH, which is most Set Apart unto YHWH.

A strong Message in 2 Chronicles 15….

Here's something to really think about if you're "lukewarm" in the least bit:

2 Chronicles 15:1 The Spirit of God came on ‘Azaryah the son of ‘Oded; 2 he went out to meet Asa and said to him, “Listen to me, Asa, and all Y’hudah and Binyamin! ADONAI is with you, as long as you are with him; if you seek him, you will find him; but if you abandon him, he will abandon you!

3 For a long time Isra’el was without the true God, without a cohen who could teach, and without Torah. 4 But when, in their distress, they turned to ADONAI the God of Isra’el and sought him, they found him.

5 In those times people going about their business were insecure, and great disturbances afflicted all the inhabitants of the lands; 6 so that they were shattered to pieces, nation against nation and city against city, as God troubled them with every kind of distress. 7 But you, be strong, and don’t slack off; for your work will be rewarded.” (CJB)