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Parashah 33: B’chukkotai (In my regulations)

Leviticus 26:3-27:34
(In a regular year, read with Parashah 32; in a leap year read separately.)

“If you live by my regulations, observe my mitzvot and obey them; then I will provide the rain you need in its season, the land will yield its produce, and the trees in the field will yield their fruit” (Leviticus 26:3-4).

The Israelites will receive blessings for living according to Adonai’s regulations. The threshing season to extend until the grape harvest which will extend until the time for sowing seed. Their population will increase; they will eat as much as they desire and live securely in the Land. They will have shalom and lie down with peaceful sleep. Wild animals will no longer roam the land. There will be no war; the enemies that pursue them will be chased by few and fall before them. Adonai will put His Mishkan in the midst of them, will walk among them, and be their Adonai, and they will be His people.

“I am Adonai your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, so that you would not be their slaves. I have broken the bars of your yoke, so that you can walk upright. BUT if you will not listen to me and obey all these mitzvot…” (Leviticus 26:13).

BUT –– there is that little word again. BUT, if the Israelites will not listen to Him nor obey all of His instructions; if they loathe His regulations and reject His rulings, then they will cancel the covenant.

To cancel Adonai’s covenant, they have to loathe His regulations. ‘Loathe’ means ‘to feel intense dislike or disgust’ for something. Though gentile believers may not actually loathe Torah, they cancel Adonai’s covenant by living as though His regulations have been abolished or nullified. They even suggest that Adonai’s instructions were only for the Israelites.

“These things happened to them [Isra’el] as prefigurative historical events, and they were written down as a warning to us who are living in the last days” (1 Corinthians 10:11).

Marcion of Sinope lived around 144 CE. He believed that Jesus was the Savior sent by God, but rejected the Hebrew Scriptures and the God of Isra’el.   He believed the God of Isra’el was a God of law and full of wrath, and Jesus of the New Testament was full of grace and love.  He was called a ‘dualist’ because he wanted to separate the Bible into two parts:  the Old Testament and New Testament.   For these beliefs, he was labeled a heretic.

Once considered heresy by the early church, the dogma that strongly challenged established doctrines is embraced and accepted by Christianity as truth. Every Bible has a page dividing the Old Testament from the New.  The God of the Old Testament is referred to as the God of law and judgment; the God of the New Testament as the God of grace and mercy. The heresy flourishes cancelling Adonai’s covenant. Those who choose to embrace all Scripture from Genesis through Revelation as breathed by Elohim and useful for teaching the truth, convicting of sin, correcting faults, and training in righteous living are judged as ‘legalists’.

Yeshua is the visible image of the invisible Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh who is the Elohim of Isra’el and Yeshua’s divine Father (Colossians 1:15). As the physical expression of Elohim, Yeshua is indeed merciful, compassionate, long-suffering and forgiving just like his Father.  And, like his Father, Yeshua will judge and reward.

“Pay attention!” [says Yeshua,] “I am coming soon, and my rewards are with me to give to each person according to what he has done” (Revelation 22:12).

Disciplinary Action

“Listen, children, to a father’s instruction; pay attention, in order to gain insight” (Proverbs 4:1).

When the children of Isra’el disobey His rulings, Adonai will discipline them “seven times over” in all manner of ways so they return to Him. The word ‘discipline’ comes from the Latin word for ‘pupil’ or ‘disciple.’ The dictionary defines discipline as ‘the practice of training people to obey rules or a code of behavior.’ In Hebrew, the word ‘discipline’ is musar and means ‘chastening.’ When someone is being disciplined, they are being trained to obey rules, learn self-control and develop godly character.

“God is dealing with you as sons. For what son goes undisciplined by his father? All legitimate sons undergo discipline; so if you don’t, you’re a mamzer [born out of wedlock} and not a son! Furthermore, we had physical fathers who disciplined us, and we respected them; how much more should we submit to our spiritual Father and live! For they disciplined us only for a short time and only as best they could; but he disciplines us in a way that provides genuine benefit to us and enables us to share in his holiness. Now, all discipline, while it is happening, does indeed seem painful, not enjoyable; but for those who have been trained by it, it later produces its peaceful fruit, which is righteousness” (Hebrews 12:7-11).

Some of Adonai’s disciplinary action against Isra’el includes terror, wasting disease and chronic fever that will blind them and make them weak. He will break their pride. They will sow seed for their enemies to eat. The land will not produce nor will their trees. He will make the sky like iron and their soil like bronze. He will set His face against His people so their enemies will defeat them; they will flee when no one is chasing them.

He will bring a sword against them which will execute the vengeance of His covenant. They will huddle in their cities, sick and without bread. He will make them eat the flesh of their own sons and daughters. He will lay waste to their cities and desolate the sanctuary. He will disperse them among the nations until the land has paid its sh’mittahs and Yovel. Those who live in the lands of their enemies will waste away with guilt over the misdeeds of their ancestors as well as their own.

“But if their uncircumcised hearts will grow humble, and they are paid the punishment for their misdeeds; then I will remember my covenant with Ya‘akov, also my covenant with Yitz’ak and my covenant with Avraham; and I will remember the land” (Leviticus 26:41-42).

Sun-god Worship

“I will destroy your high places, cut down your pillars for sun worship and throw your carcasses on the carcasses of your idols” (Leviticus 26:30).

The Hittites worshiped the sun-god as Hepa; the Egyptians worshiped the sun as Ra.  The Romans and Constantine worshiped the Sol Invictus while the Greeks called the sun-god, Apollo.  Surya was the Hindu sun-god, and Utu was worshiped as the sun-god in Mesopotamia.  These are only a few of world’s cultures that worshiped the sun as it rose on the eastern horizon.

Sunday, the first day of the week, has Roman roots as it was named after the Sol Invictus and originally called the ‘Venerable Day of the Sun.’  The Roman catholic church authorized Sunday as the ‘new’ sabbath based on the decision by the Council of Laodicea. With this monumental change from the practices of the first-century church, the Sol Invictus was worshiped, not HaShem of the Hebrew Scriptures. Every denomination that observes Sunday is the Sabbath has embraced this catholic mandate; even more deceived int believing it is the weekly holy day to remember Jesus’ resurrection.

In the following quotation, note that the catholic church states that the Sabbath is the third, not the fourth commandment. The third commandment about idols was removed and the tenth commandment was divided in order to have Ten Commandments.

“All of the doctrines the church accepts as Biblical truth are written in the catholic catechism for the third commandment.”

The Tabernacle and Temple faced east because Yeshua will arrive from that direction and put an end to sun-god worship.  Those in Isra’el who worshiped the sun-god faced east with their backs toward the Temple. Sun-god worship is a disgusting practice that fills the land with violence. 

“He brought me into the inner courtyard of Adonai’s house; and there, at the entrance to the temple of Adonai, between the porch and the altar, were about twenty-five men with their backs toward the temple of Adonai and their faces toward the east; and they were worshiping the sun toward the east. He asked me, ‘Human being, have you seen this? Does the house of Y’hudah consider it a casual matter that they commit the disgusting practices they are committing here, thus filling the land with violence, provoking me still more? Look! They are even putting the branch to their nose! Therefore I will act in fury, my eye will not spare, I will have no pity. Even if they cry loudly right in my ears, I will not listen to them’” (Ezekiel 8:16-18).

Vows, Consecration, and the Tithe

The sanctuary shekel was based on silver, two-fifths of an ounce or 20 gerahs to the shekel. If someone made a vow to Elohim to give Him an amount equal to a human being, the number of shekels varied between men, women, and children; babies, youths and the aged. For a house to be consecrated to Adonai, the priest would determine its value based on good and bad points. Tribal land could be bought and sold based on its production and proximity to the Jubilee year. Firstborn animals could not be consecrated as they already belonged to Elohim. No person sentenced to die could be redeemed, they had to be put to death.

“All the tenth given from the land, whether from planted seed or fruit from trees, belongs to Adonai; it is holy to Adonai…. All the tenth from the herd or the flock, whatever passes under the shepherd’s crook, the tenth one will be holy to Adonai” (Leviticus 27:30-32).

“These are the mitzvot which Adonai gave to Moshe for the people of Isra’el on Mount Sinai” (Leviticus 27:34).

Yeshua and the Tithe

“Woe to you hypocritical Torah-teachers and P’rushim! You pay your tithes of mint, dill and cumin; but you have neglected the weightier matters of the Torah — justice, mercy, trust. These are the things you should have attended to — without neglecting the others!” (Matthew 23:23)

“But woe to you P’rushim! You pay your tithes of mint and rue and every garden herb, but you ignore justice and the love of God. You have an obligation to do these things — but without disregarding the others!” (Luke 11:42)

“This Malki-Tzedek, king of Shalem, a cohen of God Ha‘Elyon, met Avraham on his way back from the slaughter of the kings and blessed him; also Avraham gave him a tenth of everything. Now first of all, by translation of his name, he is “king of righteousness”; and then he is also king of Shalem, which means “king of peace.” There is no record of his father, mother, ancestry, birth or death; rather, like the Son of God, he continues as a cohen for all time. Just think how great he was! Even the Patriarch Avraham gave him a tenth of the choicest spoils. Now the descendants of Levi who became cohanim have a commandment in the Torah to take a tenth of the income of the people, that is, from their own brothers, despite the fact that they too are descended from Avraham. But Malki-Tzedek, even though he was not descended from Levi, took a tenth from Avraham. The one about whom these things are said belongs to another tribe, from which no one h

as ever served at the altar; for everyone knows that our Lord arose out of Y’hudah … It becomes even clearer if a “different kind of cohen,” one like Malki-Tzedek, arises, one who became a cohen not by virtue of a rule in the Torah concerning physical descent, but by virtue of the power of an indestructible life. For it is stated, ‘You [Yeshua] are a cohen FOREVER, to be compared with Malki-Tzedek’” (Hebrew 7:1-17).

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Yes, the Jews Need Yeshua

The first time I heard someone state, “The Jews don’t need Yeshua, they have Torah,” a dagger stabbed my heart.  For it is only through the blood of the greatest Jew who ever lived that has redeemed me from a life of sin, given me abundant life now and the hope of an eternity in God’s coming Kingdom.  A statement like this is anti-semitic at its core and a doctrine of demons.  It is a heresy that eventually leads to a denial of Yeshua as the promised Seed to redeem this dying world.  This is what the Adversary desires; the removal of Yeshua from the good news of victory over sin and death!

“For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from observing the Torah” (Romans 3:28).

No one is justified before God by keeping Torah.  It doesn’t matter if the Jewish people guard it, read it, obey it, preach it, put it in an Ark in their synagogue or hide it in a closet,  they will never be set free from the ‘law of sin and death’ without the blood atonement of Yeshua.  It doesn’t matter if a non-Jew suddenly sees the value in obeying God’s instructions, they will also never be redeemed without the atoning sacrifice of Yeshua.

“Even so, we have come to realize that a person is not declared righteous by God on the ground of his observance of Torah commands, but through the Messiah Yeshua’s trusting faithfulness. Therefore, we too have put our trust in Messiah Yeshua and become faithful to him, in order that we might be declared righteous on the ground of the Messiah’s trusting faithfulness and not on the ground of our observance of Torah  commands. For on the ground of observance of Torah commands, no one will be declared righteous” (Galatians 2:16).

The man who made this heretical statement explained his reasoning as follows: “Torah is Yeshua; Yeshua is the living Torah, therefore, the Jews already have Yeshua.”  My response: If Torah were enough to deliver Isra’el and the world from eternal spiritual death, there would have been no need for the Living Torah, Yeshua, to come into the world!

“Moreover, we have seen and we testify that the Father has sent his Son as Deliverer of the world” (1 John 4:14).

The Jewish people do have Torah.  It doesn’t matter if they are Orthodox, Conservative, Reformed or Secular.  Torah is rooted in their identity as one of the tribes of Isra’el, descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, just as sure as each of them stood at the bottom of Mt. Sinai.   They understand what is required by Adonai regarding worship and Temple practices.   They know that without a Temple they cannot offer the daily sacrifices.  They are quite aware that if there were a high priest, there is nowhere for him to offer blood for himself and Isra’el on the Day of Atonement.  They know they have no way to atone for their sins, release their guilt, have fellowship with Elohim and live at peace with Him.  Their very knowledge of Torah shows them everyday they need salvation (yeshua). 

“However, to those of you who are Gentiles I say this: since I myself am an emissary sent to the Gentiles, I make known the importance of my work in the hope that somehow I may provoke some of my own people to jealousy and save some of them!  For if their casting Yeshua aside means reconciliation for the world, what will their accepting him mean? It will be life from the dead!” (Romans 11:13-15).

Years ago I had an encounter with Orthodox Jewish woman.  As we began talking about about her faith in HaShem, she began to cry.  Through her tears she told me she had nowhere to go to atone for her sin.  Year after year, they kept piling up until they were a burden she could no longer carry. “There is no Temple and I have no atonement for my sins.  What do I do? Where do I go?  Can you tell me?”  I don’t think she expected to hear the good news that I had to share with her!

I told her about Yeshua.  I told her how he is the one HaShem sent into the world to take away her sins.  She took my hands in hers, looked deeply into my eyes and asked for more.  I explained that Yeshua, as G-d’s Lamb, became the bridge for her to know HaShem.  I asked her if she knew the song “Lamb of God” and I began to sing:

Lamb of God Your mercy I have seen
Lamb of God Your blood has washed me clean
And now I can praise You all my days
For through You I am of God, Lamb of God

Lamb of God in silence You were led
Lamb of God in innocence You bled
And now I can praise You all my days
For through You I am of God, Lamb of God

Lamb of God You were laid then in a grave
Lamb of God by those You came to save
And now I can praise You all my days
For through You I am of God, Lamb of God

Lamb of God it happened as You said
Lamb of God You rose up from the dead
And now I can praise You all my days
For through You I am of God, Lamb of God

Lamb of God Your mercy I have seen
Lamb of God your blood has washed me clean
And now I can praise You all my days
For through You I am of God, Lamb of God

And now I can praise You all my days
For through You I am of God, Lamb of God

As I sang, she cried even more.   She completely understood that she had atonement for her sins and forgiveness through the blood of Yeshua.  She was set free from her sins and I believe at that moment she accepted him as her Savior.  Her tears kept flowing as she hugged and thanked me.

She went home and shared her new understanding of Yeshua with her husband, an Orthodox Rabbi.   He became so angry that he told her she could no longer meet with the person who had introduced us nor return to that church.  She was deeply grieved because of his reaction, but obeyed her husband.  In spite of him, she lives free from sin because Yeshua became her substitute lamb sacrifice for all her sins forever.

Some years later, on the Day of Atonement, I received a phone call from a Jewish woman in the town where I lived.   She was part of a Reformed Jewish synagogue.  She called me because she he did not have atonement for her sins and didn’t know what to do.  She thought because I had faith in God and loved the Jewish people, I could pray for her sins to be forgiven so she would be set free from her guilt.  I shared Yeshua with her and explained that he is the mediator she is looking for to restore her relationship with HaShem.  As I prayed for her to see him as her Messiah, she became very quiet. Though I know she heard and understood the truth, the veil still remains over her eyes.  Recently, I heard that one of her grown daughters accepted Yeshua as Messiah.

“He [Yeshua] said, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Isra’el” (Matthew 15:24).

Yeshua wept over Jerusalem and his Jewish brothers and sisters who couldn’t see him as their personal deliverer.  He longed to gather them together as a hen gathers her chicks, but just like they rejected the prophets, they rejected him. Their Temple would soon be destroyed and remain desolate and forsaken.   Yeshua mentioned nothing about Torah or obeying Torah as he looked over Jerusalem and longed for his people to know him.

“For I tell you, from now on, you will not see me again until you say, Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord” (Matthew 23:39).

If the Jewish people have Torah and do not need him, he will never return.  It is his brothers and sisters who will be desperate for deliverance that they, not the gentiles, welcome him back. On that day, looking out over Jerusalem, Yeshua said that he would not return until the Jewish nation welcomed him back “Baruch haba b’Shem Adonai.”

Yeshua said that whenever someone gives a cup of water to one of  the least of his brothers and sisters, we have given it to him (Matthew 10:42, 25:40).   Who was he talking about?  The church didn’t exist at this time.  Who would be his brothers and sisters if not those from the tribe of Judah?

The Jewish people have protected the Torah for millennia; many times at the cost of their homes, families and lives.  It is because of their faithfulness that all the world has the Holy Scriptures.  Now, certain non-Jews who ‘walk in Torah’  believe all the prophecies about Messiah’s descent from Abraham, Isaac and Jacob through Judah and King David are not for his brothers and sisters because they have Torah?  Isn’t this what the church did by separating itself from its Jewish roots? Refraining from and even refusing to give Yeshua’s family living water from the well of salvation is allowing them to die from spiritual thirst and contrary to Yeshua’s command.

“There is salvation in no one else! For there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by whom we must be saved!” (Acts 4:12).

The good news for the Jewish people is the Messiah has come.  They do have a High Priest.  His name is Yeshua (Hebrews 4:14-16).  They have a Temple. His name is Yeshua (Mark 14:58, John 2:19).  They have an offering for sin, guilt, purification and shalom with God.  His name is Yeshua, the Lamb of God (John 1:29).  He did not put the blood of animals on the mercy seat between the cherubim on the Ark of the Covenant, but His own.  He did not have to enter the Holy of Holies every year on the Day of Atonement because he ascended to his Father and entered the eternal Tabernacle once and for all time (Hebrews 9:11-14).

Just as gentiles are freed  from the ‘law of sin and death’ through faith in Yeshua’s death and resurrection, so are the Jewish people who call on his name.  Abraham understood about the ‘Seed’ and waited for the promise (Romans 4:13).  King David knew about the ‘Seed’ and waited in faith for the coming – 43 times he writes in the Psalms about his coming salvation (yeshua).    The prophets of Israel knew about the ‘Seed’ and proclaimed him to Isra’el (Isaiah 53).  The woman at the well in Samaria met Yeshua and told her whole village the Messiah had come (John 4).   Many believed her testimony and put their faith in Yeshua because ‘salvation comes from the Jews.’  The disciples knew the truth about Yeshua and preached a the message of salvation to their Jewish brothers and sisters before going to the non-Jewish nations.

“For I am not ashamed of the Good News, since it is God’s powerful means of bringing salvation [Yeshua] to everyone who keeps on trusting, to the Jew especially, but equally to the Gentile” (Romans 1:16).

Not every Jewish person will receive the good news that they have atonement through the Lamb of God.   Not every Jewish person will see the substitute sacrifice of the ram in the binding of Isaac as being Yeshua.  Not every Jewish person will see Yeshua as the living, walking, breathing Torah and receive his offer of salvation.  Their minds are veiled when they read Torah and can only be removed by Messiah Yeshua (2 Corinthians 3:14).  They may have Torah, but they need Yeshua.

Sadly, however, many Jews will reject Yeshua and embrace the anti-messiah because of the great deception coming on this world. This man will bring peace to Isra’el.   He will allow the Temple to be restored.  He will allow the sacrifices command in Torah.  He will set himself up in the Temple and proclaim himself to be Elohim.  The brothers and sisters of Yeshua will worship a false messiah until they realize their grievous error.  They will cry out for Yeshua and then he will return to Jerusalem.  They will look on the one they pierced and mourn (Zechariah 12:10).  Corporately, the House of Judah along with the House of Israel will unite and receive Yeshua as their salvation and ‘all Isra’el will be saved.’

Before that day comes, there are millions of Jewish individuals who desire to be set free from the ‘law of sin and death.’   They want and need atonement.  Their sins accumulate day after day with no sacrifice, no redemption.   They long for peace with their Creator.

Sha’ul  was willing to give up his own salvation for the sake of his Jewish brothers and sisters.  He never asked anyone else to do that;  however, he called the nations to make the Jew envious for their own Jewish Messiah.  We are to tell them they do have a High Priest.  They do have a sacrifice and they do have a coming King.   If we neglect our responsibility to the Jewish people, we sin and live in direct disobedience to God and His Torah.   We forsake the very lost sheep that need their Shepherd. As long as we fall into the heresy and doctrine of demons that the Jews don’t need Yeshua because they have Torah, we curse Judah and  Yeshua’s brothers and sisters to eternal separation from God.

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