Tzav (Give an Order)
Jeremiah 7:21-8:3; 9:22-23
Nothing Held Back
This week we look at the offerings in more detail. Each one has specific meaning and differs in some nature. They all have one thing in common; they are to be an act of worship unto the Holy One. A fact which has been misunderstood, is there is not an offering for intentional sin listed here. I thought intentional sin is what got us here in the first place, so why no sacrifice listed?
To understand this principle we must understand what Leviticus is and what it isn’t. Leviticus is not a book given to redeem, but rather instructions on how a redeemed people are to worship the One who had redeemed them. We will come back to that statement in a moment.
“Where then,” we ask, “is the offering for intentional sin”? Let us travel back to Egypt and the Passover sacrifice. A lamb was brought into the house on the tenth of the first month and slaughtered the evening of the fourteenth. This was the sacrifice pointing to intentional sin! What sin had the Hebrews in Egypt committed? First we must reflect on why the Hebrews are in slavery and bondage to begin with. After so many years in a foreign land living among an idol worshiping nation, you might consider it had some effect on the belief system of the Hebrew people. Could the sin Israel committed have something to do with forgetting who they were and the calling they had been given? Let me explain.
Where was the first intentional sin committed? In the Garden of Eden, correct? After Adam and Eve’s devastating decision, Elohim slaughtered an animal and made coverings for them. Please consider that offering as a shadow of the offering of Messiah. The understood purpose of this offering was passed down generation to generation. Abraham had been taught of this offering, which is wrapped up in the account of taking Isaac to the mountain. Isaac then passed this offering to his son Jacob who passed it to his twelve sons. Each of these people would come to “Faith in Elohim” based upon faith in a sacrifice for intentional sin. This faith would then lead them to a life of offerings of worship unto Yah. I will share more on this in a moment.
What is the intentional sin of the Hebrews in Egypt which caused them to be in slavery? They had forgotten they were a people called to accept and proclaim the way of redemption prophesied in the garden. Many of them took on the pagan ways of the people group around them and were assimilated. To make these statements personal for me and you, when you or I forget who we are in Him and take on the pagan ways of this world, we are destined to travel down the briar filled path toward slavery and bondage. (Click to Article)