EXODUS 27.20-21; 28.1
Shalom. Our teaching this morning will be on the subjects of the menorah which is the seven branch candelabrum, the Priesthood, and Messiah Yeshua’s position as a Priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.
With that said, let’s read Exodus 27.20-21 and Exodus 28.1
READ EXODUS 27.20-21; 28.1
EXODUS 27.20 The light and lamp are the menorah.
According to a Rabbi Salomon, oil that flowed from the olives when beaten in a mortar bowl without being put into the press was regarded as the purest and best oil for the menorah.
And the menorah was to burn always in the Sanctuary. Always in Hebrew is TAH’MEED, meaning the menorah was to burn CONSTANTLY and FOREVER in the Sanctuary.
EXODUS 27.21 The menorah that stood 4 to 6 feet high was outside the veil. Inside the veil was the Holy of Holies, and the Ark of the Covenant was there in the Holy of Holies. And Aaron and his sons ordered it, that is they set up the lamps of the menorah to burn from evening to morning before The LORD continually. It is a statute forever when Israel has a Temple in Jerusalem throughout the generations of the Jewish people.
I believe that the seven burning lamps of the menorah symbolize the perfection and unlimited perfect power of GOD. GOD is perfect. All His ways are perfect. All His ways are according to His Laws written in the perfect Law of liberty, The Law of Moses. The Law of The LORD is perfect, restoring the soul. All His ways are justice and right. He is a GOD of Truth, and without iniquity. He is El Shaddai, GOD Almighty because He is the most powerful, having perfect unlimited power. By His wisdom, He made the heavens. By His wisdom, He established the world. By His power, He made the earth. He is the Light of the world. In the beginning when there was no light, GOD said, let there be Light, and there was Light. Yeshua The Messiah, The GOD of Creation is the Light of the world. Messiah Yeshua is the Light of mankind. He is Life. The Word of GOD is Light, the path that mankind should follow. His Commandment is Light, the path of Life for the righteous, The Law is Light. The path the redeemed of The LORD follow. For it is not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit, saith The LORD of Hosts.
GENESIS 1.1-5, 16, 19, JOHN 8.12, JOHN 1.4, PSALM 19.7, PSALM 119.105, PSALM 136.5, PROVERBS 6.23, JEREMIAH 10.12, JAMES 1.25, ZECHARIAH 4.1-6
EXODUS 28.1 The word minister, as in Aaron shall minister to GOD in the priest’s office is KAH’HAN, meaning to officiate as a KOHAYNE, a Priest. And to minister and serve The LORD.
Let’s talk about the Priesthood and the Priests for a moment.
Priesthood in Hebrew is K’HUNAH. The Priests of the Priesthood served in the Tabernacle, and the first and second Temples.
And the Priesthood was initially Aaron and his sons. In later generations, those men who descended from Aaron and his sons made up the Priesthood. They were called KOHANIM, or Priests. Later on the Priesthood was made up of those men who descended from Phineas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron. The Kohanim, or the Priesthood ministered to, and served GOD in the tabernacle.
NUMBERS 25.1-13, EZEKIEL 44.15-16
Regarding the Priest Zadok. 1 CHRONICLES 6.1-8 (Hebrew 1 Chronicles 5.27-34)
Thus the Priesthood later descended from Phineas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron. Also, the penalty is death to worship another god other than The GOD of Israel Who is The GOD of Creation. The GOD of Israel is Yeshua The Messiah. When you see Yeshua, you see Jehovah.
Isaiah 9.6(5), Micah 5.2(1), etc. John 12.45, John 14.9
The other men from the Tribe of Levi were not the Priesthood, nor were they permitted to come into contact with the Sacred objects such as the Sanctuary, the Ark, the Menorah, or the Altar. They were assigned to the task of being guardians of the Tabernacle. They erected and dismantled the Tabernacle. They formed a human guard around the Sacred objects while on the march, preventing strangers, or non-Priests from any encroachment. They also stood before the congregation to minister to the people. And they also assisted the Kohanim in their general duties.
The GOD of Israel set the Levites apart from the congregation of Israel to bring them near to Himself, to do the service, and work of the Tabernacle of The LORD. But the Priesthood that descended from Aaron and his sons served The LORD in the Tabernacle and the Temple.
NUMBERS 16.8-10, NUMBERS 18.1-7
After entering the Land of Israel, it was the Levites, not the Priesthood who resided in Levitical cities throughout the Land. NUMBERS 35.1-8, 15-16
Listen to this. During the first and second Temple periods, and during the days of Yeshua, the Priests of the Priesthood that served in The Temple were divided into 24 divisions, or 24 courses. And they functioned in rotation one week at a time in The Temple throughout the year.
John the Baptizer’s father was a Levite and a Priest of The Priesthood who served GOD in The Temple. And he was part of the division or course of Abijah. LUKE 1.5-6, 1 CHRONICLES 24.1,7-10
Zechariah, John’s father, was a Priest of the course of Abijah. His wife Elizabeth, or in Hebrew, Elisheva, was of the daughters of Aaron. She was a Levite. And they were both righteous before GOD, that is Torah observant. They lived by The Law of Moses, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of The LORD, blameless.
Thus John the Baptizer, their son, was a Levite and a Priest from righteous Jewish parents. John was not a Catholic priest. John was a Jewish Kohayne, or a Jewish Priest who himself was righteous before GOD. He lived according to The Law of Moses, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of The LORD, blameless. That never changes for the Child of GOD. And John was called by GOD.
MATTHEW 3.1-3, ISAIAH 40.3-8
Here is Biblical teaching that everyone who calls himself or herself a Believer in Yeshua The Messiah must do and follow. We must be as John the Baptizer and his parents. Walking with The GOD of Israel, Yeshua The Messiah, righteous before GOD. Walking in all the Commandments and Ordinances of The LORD, blameless. That is walking in GOD’s Law of Moses. That never changes. Anything different is fiction.
With the time left, let’s talk about Yeshua The Messiah Who is The GOD of Creation, The GOD of Israel, and The Promised Messiah to the Jewish people, and all the nations. And He is our Atonement for the forgiveness of all our sins. And He is Jehovah. He is also our High Priest.
Since no Temple stands today in Jerusalem, nor has there been a Temple in Jerusalem for the past 1,944 years since the Romans destroyed it in 70 C.E., A.D., there is no Priesthood. There is no Priesthood without a Temple.
But The LORD GOD has not left us without a High Priest. Yeshua The Messiah is our High Priest anointed by GOD. He is a Priest forever after the order of Mechizedek. And Yeshua our High Priest makes intercession for us. Intercession means pleading on our behalf. That is Messiah, Who is GOD Himself, pleads for us, and prays for us. He makes intercession for us. GOD prays to GOD for us, an
d GOD is One. ISAIAH 53.12, PSALM 110.1,4
(PSALM 110.1) There is only One GOD, and Yeshua is that GOD. He is Jehovah, Ha Shem, The Father. He is also The Son of GOD, The Messiah, The King of Israel. And The LORD said unto My LORD, sit at My right Hand until I make your enemies your footstool. Deuteronomy 6.4, Mark 12.28-30
(PSALM 110.4) GOD, from the beginning of Judaism, even from Eternity has appointed Himself in the Person of Yeshua The Messiah to be a Priest forever after the order of Mechizedek. And He will not change His mind. Melchizedek is GOD. He is Yeshua The Messiah, The Priest of The Most High GOD. GENESIS 14.18, HEBREWS 7.1-3, HEBREWS 7.24-28
1 PETER 2.5, 9
VERSE 5 Spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to GOD by Yeshua The Messiah is being righteous before GOD, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of The LORD, blameless. That is living our lives in accordance to GOD’s Laws, which in fact are Yeshua’s Laws, The Law of Moses.
VERSE 9 Being a Chosen Generation, a Royal Priesthood, a Holy Nation, a Peculiar People comes from both believing in The Jewish Messiah Yeshua, Who is GOD Himself, Jehovah, and being righteous before GOD, walking in all the Commandments and Ordinances of The LORD, blameless, living according to GOD’s Law of Moses. Obedience to GOD’S Law of Moses is for Heaven and earth to obey.
Thus the Sanctuary and the Temple are about GOD, My Father’s House as Yeshua said in John 2.16. The Sanctuary and Temple are for GOD to dwell among His Jewish people. The Ark of the Covenant contained the two tables of stone with the Ten Commandments written by the Finger of GOD, and The Book of The Law of Moses. And where GOD met with Moses to speak to him and give him His Laws, The Law of Moses. The Table of Showbread in the Sanctuary is symbolic of GOD’s Covenant with the Jewish people to be their GOD, and we His people. By setting twelve fresh loaves of bread on the Table continually are symbolic for the twelve tribes of Israel. And the menorah is symbolic of the perfection of GOD; He Who watches over Israel shall neither slumber or sleep. And the Altar for sacrifice, and atonement for GOD’s forgiveness of His peoples’ sins, and all who belong to Him. And the Tabernacle where the Priests serve The LORD their GOD. Exodus 25.8, Deuteronomy 31.26, Exodus 25.21-22, Genesis 17.7, Exodus 25.30,
Exodus 25.31, etc., Exodus 26.1, Psalm 121.4, Exodus 27.1, Exodus 28.1.
And Peter teaches us that we are a Chosen Generation, a Royal Priesthood, a Holy Nation, and a Peculiar People when we believe in Messiah Yeshua, walking righteous before GOD in all the Commandments and Ordinances of The LORD blameless, living according to Yeshua’s Law of Moses. That is the definition of the True Believer in Yeshua The Messiah Who is Jehovah. Anything different is fiction.
Shalom, Ira Weinstein
EXODUS 27.20-21; 28.1