Torah Commentary – Tetsavah (You Are To Order) – Protocol – SCRIPTURES FOR February 24, 2017

Torah Commentary – Tetsavah (You Are To Order)
Exodus 27:20 – 30:10
Ezekiel 43:10-27
Philippians 4:10-20
Last year I was given the honor of speaking at the “Trail of Tears” in Tennessee. It was there that I began to see the Tabernacle as the protocol for entering into the Creator’s presence. That revelation has affected the way I look at these chapters of Sh’mot in numerous ways. For someone who has taught on the Tabernacle for many years I have received a new appreciation. With that being said, I have to admit something. As much as I love the revelation of the Tabernacle, the garments of Aaron bog me down a bit. It is not that I see this as unimportant in any way, but I have not taken the time to delve into this like I have the Tabernacle.
Now that I have put myself out there as a target of lack of study on this topic, allow me to expound on what I do see. First of all, Aaron and his sons were not to approach in any old way. They were not to go to their closet the morning of their duty unto Yah and select anything off the rack that looked comfortable. No matter how their week or day was going, they were to “put on” the garments of righteousness before they began. Let’s stop right there for a moment. Before I go any further, I am not suggesting that we go back to the days of three piece suits and ties. I totally agree with a friend who said that he doubted the sanity of whoever came up with the idea of putting something around the neck of a man that would cut off even more oxygen to his brain. But just how do we come before Him? I had to face this myself as recent as last night.
Kathy and I had been out and came home just about dark. I came in and changed my shirt for a Carhartt t-shirt that I had been wearing that day while working on my truck. It had a few paint spots and an extra hole or two. You know the real comfortable ones! I knew it was the night of the New Moon so we went out on the porch. I looked up, saw the moon, sounded the shofar and we sang the shema. We then came back inside to give thanks for the previous month and say our blessings. Before I began to read from the siddur Kathy said, “So you dressed up for the occasion?” I did not say anything, but I have to admit when she said those words I knew she was not speaking on her own. I will still be leaving my ties in the closet, but next month they will have the company of my comfortable Carhartts.
Another part of the garments which really speaks to me are the names and representation of all the tribes upon his shoulders and the breastplate. When Aaron walked into the Holy of Holies of the Tabernacle, he was not walking alone, but was carrying the “Whole House of Israel” with him. As he entered, Israel entered. Consider this in light of the numerous verses which reveal Yeshua as sitting at the right hand of the Father interceding for us. The picture Aaron presented is revealed in Ephesians 2:6, as the whole house of Israel is presently seated with and in Messiah in unity before the Father. May the natural house follow suit and line up with the spiritual house!
The above picture brings in the word intercession. In Sh’mot 30 we are given just five verses concerning the Altar of Incense. As we consider its function we see it as a place of intercession and worship. It is a place of mysterious beauty as we can imagine the smoke transcending not only the Holy Place, the Holy of Holies and the courtyard, but reaching into each tent in the camp. This teaches us that intercession, whether it is His for us or ours for others, has no boundaries. It can reach to the most hidden cracks of a life.
One more point to ponder concerning the Altar of Incense. Remember that the Earthly Realm Tabernacle is a mirror of the Spiritual Realm Tabernacle. Take a moment to read Revelation 8:1-5. Yes, your prayers, your worship, your intercession are pictured here as incense which one day will be poured upon the altar. Those prayers you have been praying, but have not seen answered. Maybe they are just being stored for the right day and time! (Click to Source)
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Torah Commentary – Tzav “Command” – A Robe Fit for a King

Tzav “Command”

Leviticus 6:1-8:36

Jeremiah 7:21-8:3; 9:22-23

Mark 12:28-34
Romans 12:1-2

1Coronthians 10:14-23


A Robe Fit for a King

It must have been an incredible sight that first day! All of the garments for the priests had been sown to exact details. Each item was laid out in proper order for the priests and for the high priest. Each of them must have looked to the garments they were about to put on with a sense of awe. They were about to take a position they knew they were not worthy of. They were to be the ones who would stand before The Almighty and offer the sacrifices for the people.

I would imagine a strong sense of humility could be felt in the air that day. Aaron especially must have stood with tears in his eyes as the garments were placed upon him. As he looked to the robes, the turban, the ephod and particularly the urim and thummim, he surely felt so unworthy of this great honor. Thoughts of the golden calf flashed through his mind. Thoughts of his own humanity caused him to tremble in fear. He felt so unworthy of this high calling. He felt, well, so human.

It was not until the animal was slain and drops of the animal’s blood were placed on his ear, his thumb and his toe that he began to feel worthy. It was not a worthiness which came from his own self; it was something he could not explain. The blood, there was a warmth to it which was surreal. It was not a warmth he felt so much on the outside, but it seemed to warm from the inside. It seemed the blood applied to his ear, thumb and toe had somehow been applied to his heart, his soul, his being. Aaron somehow understood this blood was not an end in itself, but pointed to something or someone he did not quite understand. He now felt different. The calf, his sin of the past, was now not the focus. In fact, these things seemed to have been washed away as the blood had been applied.

Aaron felt something else as he stood looking down at the robes and the ephod. It seemed that he knew what his shadow would feel like if it could feel. It was like he was not really wearing the garment, he was just holding it up with his body until another who truly was worthy would wear it.

Aaron would place the garment on his body that day, yet he would never be able to completely fulfill the duty of the High Priest. He would only be a fill in until the Worthy One would come. One who would not trust in the blood of a ram to make Him worthy, but would shed His own blood, pure blood, to proclaim He is worthy to hold the position of the true high priest.

Yeshua has today shed His blood. He has taken the position of High Priest, yet to the best of our knowledge has never taken on the garments. He has not been seated in His rightful place in the Holy of Holies. Not yet! Now, please do not misunderstand me; the scripture is clear that He is seated in the heavens, but there is still a place in Jerusalem that He has never been given His rightful position. He died upon an execution stake with the words, “King of the Jews” written on a board above His head, but one day He will return to sit on a throne, to wear His rightful garments and to be The King over all the earth.

I wonder if the garments Aaron wore have been preserved through the ages. I wonder if Aaron and Yeshua wore the same size robe? I wonder, in the Days of Messiah when He rules and reigns from Jerusalem, if He will do so as the rightful owner of robes which were really made for Him, but someone else was allowed to wear for awhile? Aaron wore the robes as a priest, but only as a priest. David would later wear the robes of a king, but only as a king. For a thousand years and into eternity Yeshua will wear one robe, but will fulfill both roles, the role of The Priest and The King.

In the gospels we read how Yeshua walked among men who had a choice whether to submit to His authority or not. From his own countrymen, to the Scribes and Pharisees, He offered them the choice to bow to Him or not. When He returns there will be no choice, for every knee shall bow and every tongue will confess that he is King and Priest over all mankind.

Today we still have the choice whether to bow to Him as the God of Mercy or to wait and bow to Him as the God of Judgment. It is a choice that each of us will have to make. Or one we can make now and guarantee our future.

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