Beth Elohenu Messianic Congregation
P.O. Box 335761
N. Las Vegas, NV. 89033
Shalom. Our teaching this morning continues from The Law of Moses. And our study is from Leviticus 10.1-11. The title of our message is, YOU MUST SEPARATE BETWEEN HOLY AND UNHOLY, AND BETWEEN UNCLEAN AND CLEAN.
So with that said, let’s read Leviticus 10.1-11.
Nadab and Abihu were Priests of The LORD, and the two oldest sons of Aaron the High Priest. And they offered unlawful fire before The LORD, and GOD killed them. Fire went out from before The LORD and devoured them, and they died before The LORD. And Moses said to Aaron, “This is it that The LORD spoke saying, I will be Sanctified,” meaning, I will be Holy in them that come near Me. GOD demands Holiness in those who come near Him, and in those who approach Him.
Holiness is being set apart for GOD, living our life in obedience to The LORD GOD, as did the Prophets, the Apostles, and Messiah Yeshua Himself. Keeping all GOD’S Laws and Commandments that are written in The Law of Moses. Making ourselves clean and pure in the sight of GOD by separating and distinguishing between Holy and unholy, and between unclean and Clean. And that can only be accomplished by living our life in accordance to The Law of Moses, and having atonement for the forgiveness of our sins through belief in the Messiah Yeshua.
LEVITICUS 10.4-5 The dead bodies of Nadab and Abihu were removed immediately from the Sanctuary and buried outside the camp. They were carried by the two sons of Aaron’s uncle in their coats to avoid physical contact with the dead bodies. These are instructions in GOD’S Law of Moses for the Priests who must avoid coming into contact with a dead body except for a blood relative such as his mother, or father, his wife, son, daughter, or brother. LEVITICUS 21.1-4
LEVITICUS 10.6 The LORD told Moses to tell Aaron and his two remaining sons, Eleazar and Ithamar not to uncover their heads, neither rend or tear their clothes lest they die and wrath come upon all the People. But, The LORD said, “Let your brethren, the whole House Of Israel mourn the death of the two Priests.”
So Aaron and his sons were warned by GOD that if they disobeyed The LORD by not following His instructions, they too will die and wrath will come upon all Israel.
Nadab and Abihu knew the Will of GOD but did not do the Will of GOD. They flagrantly disobeyed The LORD their GOD, and their death was tragic. Yeshua the Messiah has some very harsh words for those who are given much, much is required. Nadab and Abihu were given much by the Lord God and much was required of them. LUKE 12.47-48
Paul taught The Law of Moses, Romans 3.31, along with the good news of The Messiah Yeshua. And Paul taught that if we forget those things that He preached (The Law Of Moses), we have believed in vain. 1 CORINTHIANS 15.1-2
Years back, a Believer in Christ said to me, The GOD of The New Testament, Jesus, is kinder and more merciful than The GOD of The Old Testament. I told him that The GOD in The New Testament is the same GOD in The Old Testament. And yes, GOD is stern, but kind and compassionate. The New Testament teaches that it is a fearful thing to fall into the Hands of The Living GOD. And our GOD is a consuming fire. That’s why The Bible says, “Fear GOD and keep His Commandments, for that is the whole duty of man.” HEBREWS 10.31, HEBREWS 12.29, ECCLESIASTES 12.13
The death of Nadab and Abihu, two Priests of The LORD GOD, was tragic. It came about because of their shocking disobedience to GOD. But The LORD GOD is King and Judge. He is The Sovereign LORD Who has absolute power and authority. We are all dependent upon Him for everything, and completely subject to His Will. He blesses those who are righteous, and punishes those who are unrighteous. And GOD is quick to forgive. GOD is transcendent, beyond anything in the world. And by keeping His Ways and Instructions, The LORD blesses us with wisdom and understanding.
Because of GOD’S Grace, The LORD has a special relationship with Israel. The Jewish People are GOD’S Chosen People to be His Servant and Witnesses, Isaiah 43.10. And though GOD calls Himself The Holy One Of Israel, He is The GOD of all nations, and The LORD of all people. And when individuals obey The LORD, His blessings come upon them, and overtake them. And when people disobey The LORD, and do not do all His Laws that are written in The Law of Moses, problems and troubles come upon them.
And GOD is Yeshua The Messiah. He is Yehovah, Elohim, Ha Shem, The Name. GOD’S Name is Yeshua meaning Salvation, Deliverance, Something Saved, Prosperity, Help, and Health. As Isaiah wrote, “Behold, GOD is my Salvation,” my Yeshua. ” I will trust and not be afraid. For GOD The LORD is my strength and my song, He also has become my Salvation.” ISAIAH 12.2
LEVITICUS 10.7 Again, Moses spoke to Aaron the High Priest, and his two sons Eleazar and Ithamar the Priests, saying, “You shall not go out of the door of The Tabernacle of the Congregation lest you die, for the anointing oil of The LORD is upon you.” I don’t believe that the Priests were commanded never to leave The Tabernacle, but that their service to The LORD remained in The Tabernacle, and was to continue as GOD commanded them.
LEVITICUS 10.8-9 Again, The LORD warns the Priests. “Do not drink wine nor strong drink when you go into The Tabernacle of the Congregation lest you die. It shall be a statute forever throughout your generations.”
Strong drink in Hebrew is SHAY’KHAR in which the Yiddish word SHIKER comes from meaning a person who is a drunk, a shiker.
In this Chapter, GOD warns the Priests three times not to disobey His instructions or else they will die. But much more does GOD encourage us to Obey His Instructions, and be Blessed. So let’s read a few of those Scriptures. PSALM 1, PSALM 119.1-16, DEUTERONOMY 28.1-14, JOSHUA 1.1-9, MATTHEW 13.36-43, LUKE 8.19-21, JOHN 14.1-9, REVELATION 22.14(KJV)
(MATTHEW 13.41) All things that offend are those who cause people to sin by violating The Law of Moses, 1 John 3.4. And them that do iniquity are those who violate The Law of Moses.
(MATTHEW 13.43) The Righteous are those who obey The Law of Moses.
(REVELATION 22.14) GOD’S Commandments are all His Laws that are written in The Law of Moses.
LEVITICUS 10.10-11 And GOD said to Aaron the High Priest, and his two sons, the Priests that they put difference between Holy and unholy, and between unclean and Clean.
The Hebrew word for difference is BAH’DAHL that also means separation. You must put separation between Holy and unholy, and between unclean and Clean. Those instructions apply to everybody.
And GOD said to the Priests, Teach the Children of Israel all the Statutes which The LORD has spoken to them by the hand of Moses.
Here is another specific that distinguishes and separates Israel who are the Jewish People from the nations. Because the Jewish People are taught all GOD’S Laws and Commandments that The LORD has spoken to them by the hand of Moses. We have been taught The Law of Moses that contains all GOD’S Laws. And we have been taught the difference between Holy and unholy, and between unclean and Clean. The nations outside of Israel reject The Law of Moses. Yet GOD’S Laws are for everybody. And that is why Yeshua The Messiah, Jesus Christ says, “Salvation is of the Jews.” Salvation is from the Jews, and Salvation is available to non-Jewish People if they are willing to live by GOD’S Law of Moses, separating between Holy and unholy, and between unclean and Clean as taught in The Law of Moses. And having Messiah Yeshua as your Atonement for the forgiveness of sins.
But non-Jews don’t know The Law of Moses, and more unfortunate are taught for the most part to reject The Law of Moses. But The New Testament teaches those non-Jewish People who believe in The Jewish Messiah Yeshua to go to the Synagogue every Sabbath, on Saturday, hear The Law of Moses that is taught, learn it, and do it. And The Law of Moses will teach you the difference between Holy and unholy, and between unclean and Clean. That knowledge and conduct is necessary for Salvation. For Salvation is of the Jews. ACTS 15.21, JOHN 4.22
When the Children of Israel were in the wilderness of Sinai during the Exodus from Egypt to the Promised Land, The Land of Israel, Moses, while speaking Face to face with GOD, Yeshua The Messiah is GOD. Moses said, “How shall it be known that I and Your People have found grace in Your sight? Is it not that You go with us? So shall we be Separated, I and Your People from all the people that are upon the face of the earth.” Moses was well aware that The LORD had Separated the Children of Israel from the nations. But non-Jews are invited to join in with the Jewish People for Salvation, and have GOD as their GOD by learning and doing The Law of Moses as GOD commands. And having Atonement in Messiah Yeshua. NUMBERS 15.14-16, ROMANS 5.11
Also in the wilderness of Sinai during the Exodus, The LORD said to Moses, “You shall say to the Children of Israel, You shall keep all My Statutes and all My Judgments, and do them. That the Land where I bring you to dwell does not vomit you out. And you shall not walk in the manners of the nation which I cast out before you. For they committed all these things, and therefore I abhorred them. (the Canaanites). But I have said to you, you shall inherit their land, and I will give it to you to possess it, a land that flows with milk and honey. I AM The LORD your GOD which have Separated you from other peoples.”
Only Israel and the Jewish people live by GOD’S Statutes and Judgments, while the nations discard GOD’S Laws and live by their own man made laws. But non-Jewish people are invited by GOD to join in with the Jewish people, for Salvation is of the Jews. JAMES 1.21-25, ROMANS 3.31
Paul writes about his kinsmen who are Israelites, the Jewish People to whom pertain the Adoption, and the Glory (the Honor), and the Covenants, and the giving of The Law, and the Service of GOD, and the Promises, whose are the Fathers, and of whom, as concerning the flesh, Messiah came Who is over all, GOD blessed forever, amen.
Thus it behooved Messiah Yeshua to say some of the most important words in The Bible. Salvation is of the Jews. Why? Because Salvation comes by doing every Word GOD has given to the Jewish People by the hand of Moses, and by the hand of the prophets. And having atonement through the death of the Jewish Messiah Yeshua. Non-Jewish people can join in with the Jewish People for Salvation by living their lives according to The Law of Moses that The LORD has spoken to them by the hand of Moses. And having their sins forgiven by the death and shed blood of Messiah Yeshua as taught in The Law and The Proplets. Isaiah 53, etc. That is the path to Salvation, saith The LORD GOD Almighty Who is Yeshua The Messiah. LEVITICUS 10.10-11, EXODUS 33.16, LEVITICUS 20.22-24, ROMANS 9.1-5
So yes, non-Jewish people are always invited by GOD Almighty, Yeshua The Messiah to join in with the Jewish People for Salvation. But on GOD’S terms. There is a difference between what man teaches for Salvation, and The Truth that GOD teaches for Salvation. For Salvation is of the Jews.
Shalom. Ira Weinstein, Congregational Leader