Beth Elohenu Messianic Congregation
P.O. Box 335761
N. Las Vegas, NV. 89033
Shalom. Our teaching this morning from Torah, The Law of Moses will be from Leviticus 17.1-11. And the title of our message is, IT IS WRITTEN IN TORAH, THE BLOOD IS THE LIFE.
And with that said, let’s read Leviticus 17.1-11.
LEVITICUS 17.1-2 The word Spoke, as in “The LORD spoke to Moses”, comes from the Hebrew word DAH’BAYR that means, COMMAND and DECREE.
GOD’S spoken word in The Bible is a Command to be obeyed. And His Word is a Decree having the force of law. And GOD’S spoken Word is Law. And that Law is The Law of Moses, The Torah.
And the following verses are GOD’S Commands and Decrees that are made into Law, all written in the Law of Moses.
LEVITICUS 17.3-4 GOD is speaking about animal sacrifices.
Here is GOD’S Command. Any person from The House of Israel that kills an ox or lamb or goat in the camp, or kills it out of the camp, the camp is where the tribes of Israel lived, and does not bring the animal for sacrifice to the entrance of the Tabernacle or Temple to offer it to The LORD, and to be accepted by The LORD, blood shall be charged to that person. He or she has shed blood in disobedience to The LORD’s Command. And GOD will cut that person off from among His people. GOD will destroy that person.
Simply said, the animals for sacrifice must be brought to the Tabernacle or the Temple.
ANIMALS CANNOT BE SACRIFICED ANYWHERE ELSE.
This Command is so important that if disobeyed, the penalty is death.
GOD is looking into the future when there will be no Tabernacle or Temple to sacrifice animals. Thus setting the stage for The Anointed One, Yeshua The Messiah to be The Sacrifice For Atonement for His Jewish People.
LEVITICUS 17.5 GOD commanded the children of Israel to bring their animals for sacrifice to The LORD at the Tabernacle or the Temple to the Priest and offer them for peace offerings to The LORD.
So without a Temple, and there is no Temple in Israel today, there is no lawful place for animal sacrifice. Thus there is no animal sacrifice for atonement, for Jewish People, and all People.
ATONEMENT IS VITAL AND NECESSARY.
Atonement is of critical importance for reconciliation with GOD, to have our sins forgiven, 1 Samuel 15.24,1 John 3.4, and to have Eternal Life in Heaven. Because GOD said to Moses, Whosoever has sinned against Me, him will I blot out of My Book. GOD’S Book is The Book of Life. Everyone that remains written in GOD’S Book of Life has Eternal Life in Heaven. Atonement is of great importance.
There is no Temple in Israel today for animal sacrifices. But GOD has not left His Jewish People without the means for atonement. The Anointed One, GOD’S Messiah, Messiah Yeshua Who is GOD ALMIGHTY HIMSELF is Anointed by GOD to be our Atonement through His sacrificial death 2,000 years ago in Jerusalem. EXODUS 32.33, ISAIAH 53.10, REVELATION 20.15, REVELATION 21.1-4, 27
As a point of information, the animal sacrificed for a peace offering was offered to The LORD for atonement, or for thanksgiving, or for a vow, or a voluntary offering. Leviticus 7.11-21.
LEVITICUS 17.6 Thus the animal was sacrificed at the Tabernacle or the Temple. And the Priest sprinkled the blood upon the altar of The LORD to make atonement for the People. And he burned the fat for a sweet savor to The LORD.
All leading up to Messiah’s voluntary death on a Roman cross in the Jewish City of Jerusalem for the Atonement of His Jewish People, and all Peoples.
That was Messiah’s Anointing. His death for our atonement.
LEVITICUS 17.7 And GOD said, They shall no more offer their sacrifices to devils after whom they have gone a-whoring.
The Hebrew word for devils is SEH’EE’REEM. GOD is speaking about the idolatrous worship of he goats that some of the Children Of Israel and the mixed multitude of Gentiles, Exodus 12.38 that went up with Israel in the Exodus, worshipped in Egypt during their 400 years of slavery.
The Hebrew for “They have gone a-whoring” is HAYM ZO’NEEM that means to commit adultery through idol worship. Adultery is voluntary sexual intercourse between a married person and someone other than his or her lawful spouse. GOD said, His People have gone a-whoring because the Children Of Israel committed idolatry, worshipping an idol rather than worshipping their Husband, The GOD of Israel.
And it was adultery because the Children Of Israel are married to GOD. The Jewish People are GOD’S wife. ISAIAH 54.5, JEREMIAH 3.14, HOSEA 2.19-20, HEBREW SCRIPTURES HOSEA 2.21-22
(HOSEA 2.19-20, HEBREW SCRIPTURES HOSEA 2.21-22) Betroth means that GOD has made the Jewish People His wife. His wife Forever.
And The LORD continues by saying, This shall be a statute forever unto them throughout their generations. And since Israel and the Jewish People will remain before The LORD forever, this statute remains forever. ISAIAH 66.22
GOD’S statute forever is this. Anyone who kills an animal for sacrifice in any other place but the Tabernacle or The Temple shall be cut off from among His people.
And they shall not sacrifice to devils anymore as some in Egypt did.
LEVITICUS 17.8-9 Again The LORD repeats His Commandment by saying, Whatsoever person of the House of Israel, or of the strangers, that is the Gentiles that reside among you, that offers an animal sacrifice and does not bring it to the Tabernacle or the Temple to offer it to The LORD, remember, The LORD dwells in the Sanctuary with His People, Exodus 25.8, that person shall be cut off from among His People.
Many Jewish philosophers have set out to understand the nature of GOD. His attributes, His qualities, His character.
But unless they understand that The Messiah Yeshua is The Jewish Messiah, GOD in the flesh as a human being, Who gave His Life voluntarily for Jewish atonement, they will never understand the extraordinary qualities of GOD.
Unquestioned, the philosophers say, is His omnipotence. His unlimited power. And His omniscience. His unlimited knowledge, awareness, and understanding. And GOD being eternal are never analyzed. GOD’S attributes, they say correctly, attest to human dependence on The LORD their GOD, and that GOD compels reverence and obedience.
It is assumed by most Jewish philosophers that one cannot know what GOD is like. And that GOD’S absolute transcendent nature that exceeds ordinary limits cannot in any way be said to resemble a man or woman’s nature, or expressed in human terms. The philosophers say, it becomes impossible to talk meaningfully about GOD’s attributes.
It is obvious that these Jewish philosophers do not know their Messiah Yeshua Who is Ha Shem, GOD ALMIGHTY, of Whom The Holy Scriptures speak eloquently, and forthright in prophesy that Yeshua The Messiah is ELOHIM. ISAIAH 9.5, CHRISTIAN SCRIPTURES ISAIAH 9.6, MICAH 5.1, CHRISTIAN SCRIPTURES MICAH 5.2
MESSIAH YESHUA IS BOTH THE JEWISH MESSIAH AND THE GOD OF ISRAEL WHO LOVED HIS JEWISH PEOPLE SO MUCH THAT HE GAVE HIS LIFE FOR US, FOR OUR ATONEMENT.
These philosophers, and all Jewish People need to read The New Testament Scriptures, which in fact is The New Covenant GOD gave to the Jewish People in Jeremiah 31.31-34. Because The New Testament is a Jewish Bible, written by Jewish People about Their Jewish Messiah Who gave His life for the Jewish People to make Atonement for them. And reading the New Testament, they also must be grounded in Torah, The Law of Moses. Then they will have a greater understanding of GOD and His love for His Jewish People.
GOD’S unsearchable love is revealed in The Messiah Yeshua. Because GOD has set His love upon us. And in His love and His pity, GOD has redeemed us through our Messiah Yeshua, because He loves you with an everlasting love. GOD has entered into a Covenant with you, and you became His. In His love for you, The LORD your GOD will joy over you with singing.
The Jewish Messiah Yeshua said, Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Messiah Yeshua laid His Life down for you. And no one can separate you from the love of GOD Who is The Messiah Yeshua. Because The GOD of love and peace is always with you. And to know the love of Messiah passes knowledge. For GOD will never leave you nor forsake you, nor will He ever forget your work and labor of love which you have shown toward His Name. So yes, Messiah’s love for you is that He has given you Atonement for the forgiveness of all your sins when you believe in Him, and Hear The Word of GOD, and D0 It. Luke 8.21.
The secret things belong too The Lord our GOD. But those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we must do all the Words of this Law. DEUTERONOMY 29.29
GOD preordained, that is to say, He decided in advance, in eternity, and predetermined before The Creation that He Himself in The Person of Messiah Yeshua would show His great love to His Jewish People and to all People to be The Sacrificed Lamb for your Atonement. For your Reconciliation with GOD that leads to Eternal Life with The LORD YOUR GOD in Heaven. 1 PETER 1.19-20
LEVITICUS 17.10 Eating blood is a penalty that will cause GOD to set His Face against that person, and cut him off from among His people, because the life of the flesh is in the blood.
LEVITICUS 17.11 For the life of the flesh is in the blood. And GOD has given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your soul. For it is the blood, GOD says, that makes atonement for the soul.
GOD’S Law that is written in The Law of Moses, that says, IT IS THE BLOOD THAT MAKES ATONEMENT FORTHE SOUL, stands in importance every bit as much as the following five statements:
THERE IS ONLY ONE GOD.
GOD IS ETERNAL.
GOD REQUIRES OBEDIENCE.
GOD NEVER CHANGES.
NOR DOES GOD’S WORD OR LAW EVER CHANGE.
BLOOD IS REQUIRED FOR ATONEMENT.
Judaism cannot escape that with man made alternatives for atonement. GOD’S Word is clear in The Torah, It is the blood that makes atonement for the soul. Leviticus 17.11.
GOD also says, the blood is life. LEVITICUS 17.11, 14, DEUTERONOMY 12.23
GOD came to this earth a number of times to visit with Adam and Eve, Noah and his family, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Moses, and others.
But 2,000 years ago, GOD came to the Land Of Israel to visit His Jewish People for the sole purpose to deliver them from their sins, Matthew 1.21.
Yeshua The Messiah, GOD ALMIGHTY is The Anointed One, Ha Mashiakh, The Messiah. Anointed to be our Atonement. And His shed blood is Life that delivered His People from their sins. And His shed blood is our Life.
Thirty-seven years before the Romans destroyed the Temple in 70 C.E. that stopped the animal sacrifice for atonement,
The Anointed One, Yeshua The Messiah accomplished His mission of GOD. He gave His Life, and shed His blood for His People. His Jewish People, you and me. And not only is the shedding of His blood our Atonement to all who believe in Him, but His shed blood is Life, our Life to Eternal Life.
You see, GOD never left His Jewish People without a way for atonement. Not even for a minute. Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15.13. You and I, and all who believe in Him, who do the Will of GOD by following His Laws that are written in The Law of Moses, are His friends. The blood is The Life. It is written in Torah, The Law of Moses. And Messiah’s Blood is our Life to Eternal Life.
Shalom. Ira Weinstein, Congregational Leader