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Vayikra -The Call to Sacrifice

Vayikra -The Call to Sacrifice
“Dishonor  Leads to Disease”
Leviticus 1:1Leviticus 1:1
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The Third Book of Moses, Called Leviticus 1 1 And the LORD called unto Moses, and spake unto him out of the tabernacle of the congregation, saying,  

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– 5:26, Isaiah 66:1-24, 1Isaiah 66:1-24, 1
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66 1 Thus saith the LORD, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: where is the house that ye build unto me? and where is the place of my rest? 2 For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the LORD: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word. 3 He that killeth an ox is as if he slew a man; he that sacrificeth a lamb, as if he cut off a dog's neck; he that offereth an oblation, as if he offered swine's blood; he that burneth incense, as if he blessed an idol. Yea, they have chosen their own ways, and their soul delighteth in their abominations. lamb: or, kid burneth: Heb. maketh a memorial of 4 I also will choose their delusions, and will bring their fears upon them; because when I called, none did answer; when I spake, they did not hear: but they did evil before mine eyes, and chose that in which I delighted not. delusions: or, devices 5 Hear the word of the LORD, ye that tremble at his word; Your brethren that hated you, that cast you out for my name's sake, said, Let the LORD be glorified: but he shall appear to your joy, and they shall be ashamed. 6 A voice of noise from the city, a voice from the temple, a voice of the LORD that rendereth recompence to his enemies. 7 Before she travailed, she brought forth; before her pain came, she was delivered of a man child. 8 Who hath heard such a thing? who hath seen such things? Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day? or shall a nation be born at once? for as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children. 9 Shall I bring to the birth, and not cause to bring forth? saith the LORD: shall I cause to bring forth, and shut the womb? saith thy God. not...: or, not beget? 10 Rejoice ye with Jerusalem, and be glad with her, all ye that love her: rejoice for joy with her, all ye that mourn for her: 11 That ye may suck, and be satisfied with the breasts of her consolations; that ye may milk out, and be delighted with the abundance of her glory. abundance: or, brightness 12 For thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will extend peace to her like a river, and the glory of the Gentiles like a flowing stream: then shall ye suck, ye shall be borne upon her sides, and be dandled upon her knees. 13 As one whom his mother comforteth, so will I comfort you; and ye shall be comforted in Jerusalem. 14 And when ye see this, your heart shall rejoice, and your bones shall flourish like an herb: and the hand of the LORD shall be known toward his servants, and his indignation toward his enemies. 15 For, behold, the LORD will come with fire, and with his chariots like a whirlwind, to render his anger with fury, and his rebuke with flames of fire. 16 For by fire and by his sword will the LORD plead with all flesh: and the slain of the LORD shall be many. 17 They that sanctify themselves, and purify themselves in the gardens behind one tree in the midst, eating swine's flesh, and the abomination, and the mouse, shall be consumed together, saith the LORD. behind...: or, one after another 18 For I know their works and their thoughts: it shall come, that I will gather all nations and tongues; and they shall come, and see my glory. 19 And I will set a sign among them, and I will send those that escape of them unto the nations, to Tarshish, Pul, and Lud, that draw the bow, to Tubal, and Javan, to the isles afar off, that have not heard my fame, neither have seen my glory; and they shall declare my glory among the Gentiles. 20 And they shall bring all your brethren for an offering unto the LORD out of all nations upon horses, and in chariots, and in litters, and upon mules, and upon swift beasts, to my holy mountain Jerusalem, saith the LORD, as the children of Israel bring an offering in a clean vessel into the house of the LORD. litters: or, coaches 21 And I will also take of them for priests and for Levites, saith the LORD. 22 For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith the LORD, so shall your seed and your name remain. 23 And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the LORD. from one new...: Heb. from new moon to his new moon, and from sabbath to his sabbath 24 And they shall go forth, and look upon the carcases of the men that have transgressed against me: for their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched; and they shall be an abhorring unto all flesh. 66 1 Thus saith the LORD, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: where is the house that ye build unto me? and where is the place of my rest?  

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Corinthians 11-16
Rabbi Messer

There are two means by which you prosper. You prosper through honor and wisdom. Honor is a decision, a seed, a law, and it can be taught. Wisdom is the ability to recognize who should and should not be honored.

The ability to discern honor and dishonor enables you to end wrong relationships. Wrong people never leave voluntarily. Like Jonah, they must be thrown overboard.

Dishonor is not a character glitch that you are born with – it is a decision to defy and disrespect God in people. Dishonor is a choice and it disconnects, disqualifies and reveals the deceiver in your midst. What you refuse to learn through people, you will learn through pain. In Hebraic understanding, deception is the birthplace of all pain. Restoration rarely occurs once a decision to dishonor is made. Dishonor oftentimes leads to disease.

This sets the context for the Torah portion, Vayikra. Leviticus Chapters 5 and 6 deal with the guilt offering, or the guilt that occurs when you begin to understand the error of your way.  Or, “how do I make restoration when I have done someone wrong?” “How do I get back to a place of favor with someone I have dishonored?” These questions reveal the fact that guilt has now cut you off; you are disconnected from the one you have shown dishonor.

When you have sought forgiveness from the one you dishonored, and forgiveness is not granted, then that’s between them and God. According to Biblical law, they were to forgive and release the offense. Some people are not able to forgive, because they have not forgiven themselves. They are locked-up within themselves.

Restoration is not simply saying, “I’m sorry, please forgive me.” It includes finances and a meal – a tribute offering. Repentance without a tribute offering does not fully remove one’s guilt.

The purpose of offerings has always been to maintain the covenant relationship with God. Abuses of covenant relationship lead to defilement and the departure of the presence of God. Restoration is required to re-enact the power of covenant relationship.

All Biblical offerings fall into two categories – the in-communion offerings (in common union) and the out-communion offerings (out of common union). The in-communion offerings

In-Communion Offerings restore the relationship between the worshiper and man.

  1. Olah Offering or Ascent Offering – an offering given entirely to the Lord.
  2. Minchah Offering or Tribute Offering – a tribute paid to God and food for the priest. This offering is given with money and a meal.
  3. Sh’lamim Offering or Fellowship Offering – a covenant seed eaten by all, the worshipper, the priest and God altogether.

Out-Communion Offerings

  1. Chatta’t Offering or Purification Offering – purifies or de-sins the individual.
  2. Asham Offering or Reparation Offering – requires a wholehearted repentance and restitution.

The simple truth behind these offerings is that they do not pertain to your past, but to your future.

As these offerings have the potential within them to keep you from diseases of the spirit, which not only affects your present life, but your future. All disease is a result of separation on three levels:

  1. Separation from God, His Word, His person and His love.
  2. Separation from yourself – not accepting yourself, not loving yourself, guilt and condemnation.
  3. Separation from others – breach in relationship, hatred, bitterness, envy, jealousy, competition, performance, driven-ness, lack of nurturing, lack of love, etc.

When you begin to separate, you are in dangerous territory.  God, in His infinite wisdom, has given principles in the Torah that are the anecdotes to diseases of the spirit. Yet we say that God’s Torah does not apply to us today:   we are not under the law: our redemption is in Yeshua.  NO, your salvation is in Yeshua/Jesus Christ. Redemption is found in the commands of the Torah, God’s teaching and instruction.

“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being priest for Me; because you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children.”  Hosea 4:6Hosea 4:6
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6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children. destroyed: Heb. cut off  

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The Torah commands allow you to gain self-confidence and self-esteem from God, rather than man. Healing of spiritually rooted diseases begins with the following:

  1. Coming back into alignment with God, His Word, His person, His nature, His precepts and what He planned for you from the beginning of time. The solution is restoration.
  2. Accepting yourself in your relationship with God. Getting rid of self-hatred, self-bitterness, and guilt. Coming back in alignment with who you are in the Father through Jesus Christ.
  3. Making peace with your brother, your sister, and all others, if at all possible.

How you live your life is critical. God gives you faith, which is steadiness and steadfastness in His commands. When God gives you an instruction, He has in essence taken something from the unseen realm and brought it into the seen realm – faith. Once you see it, you apply the principle (instruction) of God. Once you walk in the principle of God, you find your purpose. From purpose He gives you vision. You see clearly and have hope for yourself. You can see long term. From vision, comes increase.

Faith = Principles = Purpose = Vision = Increase

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.”

Deuteronomy 6:5Deuteronomy 6:5
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5 And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.  

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In Vayikra, the call to sacrifice (offering), God has given the principles that will help you maintain a life of honor. The wisdom hidden in Vayikra is found through the offerings. As you look to Yeshua and obey his instruction, dishonor and its associated diseases of the spirit, will be far from you!

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