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Yeshua, Our High Priest and Bridegroom

“Therefore, since we have a great cohen gadol (high priest) who has passed through the highest heaven, Yeshua, the Son of God, let us hold firmly to what we acknowledge as true” (Hebrew 4:14).

The priestly garments, according Exodus 28, were comprised of blue, purple, scarlet, and linen threads.   Yeshua, our High Priest came from heaven represented by the blue, and was the royal King of Kings represented by the purple.  In his humanity, the scarlet represented the blood sacrifice he would make for the world while the linen represented his sinless purity.  Interweaved through these threads was gold, hammered so thin, it became a thread.  The gold represented Yeshua’s divinity, yet he was hammered and beaten as a man.

The Aaronic cohanim hagadol  (high priests) wore black onyx stones on their shoulders.  On the stones were engraved the 12 Tribes of Israel in the order of their birth.  In Hebrew, the word for ‘engrave’ is charasso and has the meaning ‘set free’.   The engraving was to be done as a ‘seal’ like a signet ring.  This seal suggested that Elohim, through Yeshua, would never let his people Israel go.   The black onyx was symbolic of the darkness of the world in which Yeshua would enter and set free God’s people, the nation of Israel, who He promised would be His eternal possession.

Isaiah, in Hebrew is Yeshayahu, and literally means ‘salvation of God’.  The book of Isaiah has 66 chapters.  The combined Old Testament and New contain 66 books; 39 in the Tenak (Torah, Prophets and Writings) and 27 in the Gospels and Letters.  In Isaiah, the first 39 chapters speak of Israel’s need for redemption while the last 27 speak of God’s mercy and grace in sending a redeemer, the salvation of Israel, Yeshua.

“I am so joyful in Yahweh!  My soul rejoices in my God, for he has clothed me in salvation, dressed me with a robe of triumph, like a bridegroom wearing a festive turban, like a bride adorned with her jewels” (Isaiah 61:10-11).

This verse in Isaiah reveals the wedding clothing of the bridegroom and the bride.  Along with the priestly garments mentioned above, the bridegroom, Yeshua, wears a festive turban.  The Hebrew word for ‘wear’ in this verse means ‘to mediate’.  The priestly turban has a gold ‘seal’ that says “Kadosh Lecha” or Holy Unto the LORD.  It is a festive turban as atonement has already been made by Yeshua and when the wedding feast of the Lamb arrives, it will be a celebration like no other, a festive celebration on an ‘appointed time’ of the LORD.

The bride also wears several garments.  The first is the linen garment of salvation or yeshua.   This garment is representative of being justified by the blood of Yeshua.  This is where most people believe their walk with Messiah begins and ends.  They are content to be justified, but not go any further into the depth of the Scriptures to learn and study about their Bridegroom and His Father’s complete plan of salvation that includes sanctification and the glory to come.

The second garment is a ‘robe of triumph’ representing the bride’s victory over sin and her righteous life (Revelation 19:8).  Though there is a positional righteousness given to each of us through faith in Yeshua, there is also the practical righteousness of living out the commands of God on a daily basis.  This is the ‘goal’ of the Torah; not the ‘end of it’ creating a lawless bride who lives according to what she deems is ‘right in her own eyes’.    This striving, working out of our salvation,  is called sanctification and is a lifelong process of becoming more like Yeshua, more like a set-apart glorious bride.  This garment is represented by blue for the citizenship of the betrothed bride is not on earth, but in heaven (Philippians 3:20).  It is from the words of our heavenly King by which we are to learn, live and grow.

When Yeshua returns, after mediating between us and God as our High Priest, he will glorify us.  He will adorn his bride with jewels and give her a new name, and be like a glorious crown and a royal diadem.

“Then you will be called by a new name which YHVH himself will pronounce.  You will be a glorious crown in the hand of YHVH, a royal diadem held by your God” (Isaiah 62:2-3).

“Then, when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive glory as your unfading crown” (1 Peter 5:4).

“How blessed is the man who perseveres through temptation! For after he has passed the test, he will receive as his crown the Life which God has promised to those who love him” (James 1:12).

In Hebrew, the word ‘bride’ is challah. Every Sabbath evening Jewish families (and non-Jewish ones who have grafted into the commonwealth of Israel and choose to keep the covenants of God) make a special braided bread known as challah.  It is not called lechem or ‘bread’, but ‘challah’.  This bread, central to the Shabbat celebration, puts the bride of Messiah in the center of the prophetic vision of the coming eternal Kingdom where Yeshua is not only present, but rules and reigns for all eternity as King and High Priest with his redeemed Bride at his side.

©2017 Tentstake Ministries

Challah Bread Recipe

Challah Bread

Sabbath Challah

Every Friday evening, two loaves of braided bread are placed on our Sabbath table and covered with a special cloth.  This tradition came from the double portion of manna that was covered with dew and gathered for the Sabbath (Exodus 16).

Ingredients:  200 ml water,  2 eggs, 2 TBsp honey, 2 TBsp butter or oil, 2 cups unbleached white flour, 2 cups whole wheat flour, 1 tbsp yeast

Put all ingredients together in a bread machine.

Set on dough setting.  OR

Knead by hand for about 10 minutes.  Place in oiled bowl and cover.  Allow to rise until it’s double in size and punch down.  Knead again.  Divide into six small sections and roll into strips.  Take three strips and braid.  Make two loaves in this manner.

Egg Wash and Topping

1 egg, poppy seeds or sesame seeds, kosher salt

Mix the egg yolk and white together.  Brush over the tops and sides of the loaves.  Top with poppy or sesame seeds.  Sprinkle with kosher salt.  Let rise until nearly double the size.

Bake at 350˙ for 30 minutes.

Cool and put on the table covered with a cloth.

©1994 Tent Stake Ministries