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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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– 5:26, Isaiah 66:1-24, 1Isaiah 66:1-24, 1
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Corinthians 11-16
Rabbi Messer  www.Torah.tv

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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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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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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