Leviticus 26 – 27
Haftorah Jeremiah 16:19 – 17:14
5776/May 28, 2016
If you follow My statutes
This will be the general formation of the conclusion of the convent.
Yahweh starts off with; “If you follow My statutes, My decrees.” To observe My commandments and PERFORM them. By this Yahweh is giving us a choice, this is why Yahweh says “IF.” What happens if we do? Leviticus 26:3-13. If not :14-39. Yahweh always gives us a way out if we don’t do what He says, but it must be spontaneous acts of devotion consecration one’s self. We give offerings to the Creator of the Universe, Yahweh, not to the church, not the tithes to the church, but to Yahweh.
In the nature of mankind, there is the ability to bend and twist the truth or out and out lie; it is in his nature. Since the fall of man, mankind has been making choices according to what seems right or feels right to him. Being ruled by the lusts of his flesh or the carnal mind in other words (the five senses).
The scriptures tells us in Rom 8:7-8 “Because the carnal mind is enmity against Yahweh; for it is not subject to the law of Yahweh, nor indeed can be. 8 So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please Yahweh”. Now this is a very serious condition; if a large percentage of the populace is motivated by a carnal mind then the nation as a whole cannot please Almighty Yahweh because it is at enmity With Almighty Yahweh.
The creator of Heaven and Earth has not required us to function in something that He has not provided a way for us to accomplish the task given. 1 Peter 1:15-16 “He who called you is Kadosh, you also be Kadosh in all your conduct, 16 because it is written, “Be Kadosh, for I am Kadosh.” According to 1 Peter, He leaves no doubt that Holiness is not just recognizing Yahshua (Jesus) as the Mashiach who died and rose again that we could be freed from our past sins. He also instructed us to be Kadosh. Not in the manner we consider to be Kadosh but to be Kadosh according to His standards as He described Kadoshness. I have told you in my Torah what Kadoshness entails.
It’s not just joining the Jesus club and getting ducked in water. It is much more than that. You must come to Him with a commitment to submit yourself to His way of life. 1 John 2:5-6 tells us if we say we abide in Him we are obligated to Kadoshness “He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.” We know that He walked in Kadoshness.
You may say to me 80% 0f this nation are Christians and I would say to you by whose standards, the standards of the Church or The Kadosh standards of Almighty Yahweh. Many Churches teach that we are no longer under the laws of Almighty Yahweh. If we are a member of the Jesus club and be a faithful by attending Church regularly and paying tithes then all of our sins are covered. Now please do not think I am belittling the price that was paid by Yahshua, I am not. The most beautiful thing I can imagine is The Father redeeming us through His precious Son Yahshua.
So this week's reading of Bechukotai we conclude the book of Leviticus. For ten weeks we have been studying intensely each word and passage of this fascinating book which is the third among the five books of the Torah, the heart of Yahweh's revelation to His people at Sinai. The book gives instruction concerning the offerings to be brought to the Tabernacle/Kadosh Temple, various laws of (spiritual) purity, as well as recording different historical incidents, such as the inauguration of the Tabernacle, the untimely death of Nadab and Abihu, and the Israelite blasphemer. Yet, astonishingly, the upcoming book of Numbers picks up at precisely the same moment and location that the book of Leviticus began. How can this be? Has time stood still? Has it all been but a dream?
We recall the mysterious opening words of Leviticus, "Vayikra el Moshe - And He called to Moshe," (Leviticus 1:1) in which not only is "He" (Yahweh) is not mentioned by name, but we are never told what He said to Moshe. It was spoken as in a whisper that only Moshe could hear, a message from Creator to servant. Our entry into the teaching of Leviticus begins only in the second half of the opening verse, "and Yahweh spoke to him from the Tent of Meeting, saying... " (ibid) But if we insist on being in on the silent conversation with which Leviticus begins, and listen carefully we will solve the riddle of the missing time and space of Leviticus and gain true insight into Leviticus' life-changing message.
The entire book of Leviticus is about KADOSH. It begins with the very specific manifestation of Kadosh which is awakened and made tangible by the service of the Set-apart Temple, beginning with the details of the offerings, the significance of the priestly garments and ultimately including the different embodiments of Kadoshness as reflected in Shabbat and the Kadosh-days of the Hebrew calendar. But being Kadosh is not contained only within the courtyards of the Set-apart Temple. Leviticus tracks the spread of Kadosh to our own selves, describing the laws of personal purity, the pure and the impure animals, and the Kadoshness imbued within the land of Israel leading to the laws of Shemittah (Sabbatical year) and the Yovel (Jubilee) year.
The book of Leviticus has effectively abandoned the dimensions of time and space for the purpose of opening our eyes to the dimension of Kadoshness which permeates all of creation. Just as there are spectrums of light which our eyes can't see and frequencies of sound which our ears cannot hear without the aid of technology, so too is our universe permeated with Kadoshness which the untrained eye cannot see, the untrained ear cannot hear and the untrained heart cannot fathom. Once we have been exposed to Kadoshness and taught how to be cognizant of Kadoshness and how to increase Kadoshness in our lives as individuals and as a nation, and how to identify and bring out the Kadoshness in the world around us, which is the essence of the teaching of Leviticus, our world is forever changed for the better. We will see a brighter light, deeper colors and greater resolution, and hear a more pure melody and rhythm in the life-chatter and silences which surround us. We will see and hear the Kadoshness in others and strive in our hearts for a closer, more intimate relationship with Yahweh.
The once-mobile Tabernacle is replaced with the Kadosh Temple fixed in a permanent location, which serves as the portal through which we gain entry and access to the otherwise undetected reality of Kadoshness, which, like waves upon the ocean, in the air or across the vast expanse of emptiness which makes up much of the cosmos, forever travels outward, moving and synchronizing all of creation, rewriting our perception and understanding of our place and purpose in Yahweh's creation.
Time and space have stood still throughout the book of Leviticus as we have been listening attentively to Yahweh's silent message to Moshe. Time and space have stood still but we have not. Our eyes and souls have been opened to the inherent Kadoshness in all of Yahweh's creation.