Gleanings from our Shabbat fellowship.
I’m so excited to be back in the book of Leviticus. It’s become among my two favorite books of the bible (the other being Deuteronomy) because it teaches us Yahweh’s heart. It teaches us how to properly function in Yahweh’s creation. It also teaches us serious sin is to Yahweh our Elohim.
Yah tells us over and over again what sin is in these first 6 chapters of Leviticus. He tells us that “and they have done against any of the commandments of Yahweh which should not be done… ”
So clearly sin is breaking Yahweh’s instructions. If we go with the hermeneutical law of first mention, the definition cannot change as Yahweh is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
Yahweh takes sin very seriously! He also wants us to give thanks..
We also see some instruction on what part of the animal Yahweh intended us to eat, only the meat.. not the organs, not the blood, and not the fat. We are to remove the thick layers of fat that cover the meat and the internal organs.
Scientifically speaking, the internal organs, the fat, and the blood are what contains the toxins and other stuff in the animal that are not fit for human consumption. Yahweh instructs us to remove those and burn them and they will be a sweet savor unto our Elohim.
Sin, spiritual toxins. When we allow Yahweh to remove that sin from our lives and we burn it (permanently eradicate it from our lives), the prayers and fruits created by this action are a sweet savor unto our King. Yahweh desires obedience just like any respectable human being. We have been given free will and Yahweh wants us to use that free will for His glory. It’s love, the actions we take despite our flesh that show Yahweh that either, we love Him, or we our sin.
With Passover, The Feast of Unleavened Bread, and Firstfruits coming, we also discussed what to do for Passover and what Yahweh directed us to do. At first glance it just sounds like rituals but when one considers the seriousness of sin and what exactly that Passover lamb represents, we can glean rich meaning from Passover.
We were to take a lamb without blemish and keep it and raise it in the home as a pet. Protect it and keep it from harm until Passover when we would kill it and spread it’s blood on the doorposts of our home. Then we roast it over fire after preparing it and eat all of it, none was to be left until the morning, and whatever was left, whatever we couldn’t eat would be burned.
All of the animals sacrificed to Yahweh were to be without blemish, the first fruits. My brother suggested something that was very interesting. How would you keep it from being blemished, how would you mark it so that you know which one is for the sacrifice, which one belongs to Yahweh? You can’t put a tag through its ear or brand it because that would cause blemishes…
No, my brother suggested that you would set that animal apart, remove it from the rest of the animals and keep it in a special place where it would be protected and cared for until the sacrifice.
It’s the same sort of thing we have with our sin. Many people use the excuse that “It’s just me, I can’t change that”.. and without Yahweh I would have to agree. Physical instances of breaking instruction, or sinning, are manifestations of deeper rooted sin. They are the fruits of an uncircumcised heart. Without realizing it, we treasure our sin, it provides immediate comfort and a false sense of affection, belonging, power, among other attributes that we desire. It’s all temporary and is soon followed by shame, guilt, pain, self-pity and then we freeze, we get stuck, we either have to repent or continue to sin in order to get that temporary relief again.
We hold onto our sin and care for it and treasure it like the Passover lamb or any other offering. It becomes who we are.
For the feast of unleavened bread, we are to do a “spring cleaning” and remove all the leaven from our homes.
Many products I use on a daily basis contain leaven. My pickles, the vinegar is made using yeast which is leaven. I take raw organic apple cider vinegar at least 3 times a day but, once again, it contains leaven. Of course, leavened bread is an obvious product which contains leaven. I also use mustard on man things, tabasco sauce, many cleaning supplies contain vinegar. All of these things which I use on a daily basis for flavor and for health contain leaven.
I was a bit saddened when I realized that I can’t have my vinegar, pickles, and mustard for that week (only a week ya’ll) because of the benefits I get from the raw organic apple cider vinegar. I haven’t gone without it except for short periods of time since I started using it in 2006.
I realized as I was basking in my self-pity for having to go without these things that I do the same thing with the sin in my life. It’s easy to desire to be without the sin that causes immediate and obvious damage to myself and others around me, but the sin that less obvious and provide immediate comfort or sin that has become part of my life is another story.
The thought of removing these sins from my life is very uncomfortable and will even make me sad to realize that it must be removed from my life if I want to obey Yahweh and love Him with ALL of my heart, soul, and strength and love my neighbor as myself. I realize that in the bigger picture, obedience is the key to the purification of my heart and we know from Matthew chapter 5 that, “blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see Yahweh”
This sin blocks us from seeing Yahweh, if we are going to be unblocked then we must be willing that this sin be removed from our lives.
Just like the products I use on a daily basis for health, wellness, flavor, and cleaning; removing this sin from my life will be uncomfortable and inconvenient.
This is how serious sin is to Yahweh. Imagine raising a lamb as a treasured pet and then being required to slaughter that lamb.. How heartbreaking… but how heartbreaking to Yahweh is the sin we harbor in our lives?
I must also be willing to allow that sin to be removed from my life just like I must be willing to be obedient to Yahweh in removing the leaven from my house. Yahweh desire obedience but he desires that obedience to be of free will.
Proverbs 16:3 says “commit thy Works unto Yahweh, and thy thoughts shall be established.” then in verse 5, “by mercy and TRUTH iniquity is purged: and by the fear of Yahweh depart from evil”
I must take the action of removing the leaven from my house just like I must take the action of removing the sin from my life and through that obedience Yahweh will change my heart. How does one purge iniquity (lawlessnes), by practicing mercy and acting on truth.
What is truth? Psalm 119 answers that question, Yahweh’s instruction (Torah) is truth. Yeshua is the walking talking Torah according to John chapter 1.
“ALEPH. Blessed are the undefiled in the Way, who walk in the law of Yahweh. Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, seek him with the whole heart. They also do no iniquity: they walk in his ways. Thou has commanded to keep thy precepts diligently. O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes! Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect unto all they commandments. I will praise thee with uprightness of heart, when I shall have learned thy righteous judgements. I will keep thy statute: O forsake me not utterly.
9. BETH. WHEREWITHAL SHALL A YOUNG MAN CLEANSE HIS WAY?
BY TAKING HEED ACCORDING TO THY WORD.
…… verse 43 And take not the word of TRUTH utterly out of my mouth; for I have hoped in thy judgements. So shall I keep thy LAW continually for ever and ever. And I will walk at liberty: for I seek thy precepts. (Obedience to Yahwey’s instruction is true liberty)
….. verse 142 They righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and THY LAW IS THE TRUTH.”
Yahweh’s law is the Truth… Yeshua is the Truth.
Removing the leaven from my home for 1 week is not too much to ask, it may be uncomfortable, but it’s a painting of a much bigger picture… the sin in my life that must be removed if I am to see Yahweh 🙂
In short, Yahweh takes sin VERY seriously and desires obedience from us willingly and we can see that very clearly in the first 6 chapters of Leviticus concerning certain sacrifices. It may be uncomfortable but fruit of obedience is eternally rewarding. We have been instructed to build up treasures in heaven 🙂
What a powerful study this was.. the first time I studied these chapters, it was me and Yahweh and I got so so much out of it. (I believe those notes are posted in my blog..) This time I was given the gift of studying this with an amazing group of people and we got so much more out of it than I could have imagined 🙂 I love my mishpocha 🙂
Praise Yah!! Blessings ya’ll. I hope you enjoyed these gleanings! If you have anything to add, please feel free! I treasure your insight!