Beth Elohenu Messianic Congregation
P.O. Box 335761
N. Las Vegas, NV. 89033
Shalom. Our teaching this morning will continue in Torah, GOD’S Law of Moses, from Numbers 8.14-26.
AND THE TITLE OF OUR MESSAGE IS, ISRAEL IS MY SON, EVEN MY FIRSTBORN, SAITH THE LORD.
And with that said, let’s read Numbers 8.14-26.
NUMBERS 8.14-15 As GOD commanded Moses, the Levites were purified by sprinkling water of purification upon them. Becoming free of their sins in the eyes of GOD as long as they continued to fear The LORD THEIR GOD, walk in all His ways, and love The LORD THEIR GOD with all their heart and all their soul. And keep the Commandments of The LORD. His Statutes, Laws, Teachings and Instructions that are written in The Law of Moses.
And the Levites washed their clothes, and Aaron offered the Levites as an offering to The LORD. That is to say, the Levites were offered to The LORD because they were chosen by GOD to do the Service of The Tabernacle, and the Service of The LORD. That included teaching the People the pure Word of GOD that The LORD had commanded through Moses.
And Atonement was made for the Levites by sacrificing a number of bulls.
And again, the sprinkling of water of purification upon the Levites was the beginning of baptism and miqveh immersion.
NUMBERS 8.16-18 The LORD GOD said in Verse 16, “For the Levites are wholly given to Me.” The Hebrew for “wholly given” as in the Levites are wholly given to Me, is N’TU’NEEM N’TU’NEEM meaning, The Levites are totally and entirely given to The LORD.
Thus the Levites are wholly given to The LORD in place of the Firstborn of the Children of Israel. GOD has taken the Levites to be His.
However The LORD says in Verse 17, The Firstborn of the Children of Israel continue to be Mine. They are Mine, saith The LORD, both man and beast. That is, both Firstborn Jewish Child and firstborn animal belongs to The GOD of Israel.
Thus the Levites are also GOD’S Firstborn. Given to the LORD to do the Service of The LORD THEIR GOD. To do the Service of The Tabernacle. And to teach Torah to the People, the Pure Word of GOD from the Law of Moses.
The LORD GOD Sanctified the Firstborn of the Jewish People to be His. To be Holy and Devoted to Their GOD. And Dedicated to The LORD THEIR GOD. But unfortunately many of the Firstborn are not Holy to Their GOD. EXODUS 13.1-2
GOD made the Firstborn of Israel His on the day that He killed every firstborn Egyptian in the land of Egypt in the evening of the first Passover.
GOD killing all the Egyptian firstborn led to the freedom of the Children of Israel from 400 years of Egyptian slavery 3,400 years ago. The LORD brought some three million Jewish People out of Egypt on the first day of the first Passover. And led by Moses at the Command of The LORD, the entire House of Israel proceeded on their forty year journey to the land of Canaan which is today the Land of Israel that GOD has given to the Jewish People for an everlasting possession.
The Bible is in the hands of billions of people throughout the world. And the word “give” appears in The Bible more than 1,000 times. Mostly in reference to GOD giving the Land of Israel to the Jewish People. GOD says in Genesis 17.8, “And I will give unto you (Abraham) and to your seed after you (the Jewish People) the land wherein you are a stranger, all the land of Canaan (today’s Israel plus land from the River of Egypt to the Euphrates River. Genesis 15.18-21) for an everlasting possession. And I will be their GOD.”
But yet billions in the world, many having Bibles in their homes, strive vigorously in opposition to deny the Jewish People their right to their GOD-Given homeland, the Land of Israel.
They fight against Israel and the Jewish People with wars, crusades, pograms, inquisitions, holocaust, Arabs, Palestinians, replacement theology, phony peace treaties.
They demand Israel give up land for peace as in Gaza and southern Lebanon. But Israel receives rockets and war, and death in return.
They demand two state solutions to weaken Israel to an enemy whose charter is to wipe Israel and the Jewish People off the face of the earth.
They war against Israel with anti-Semitism, B.D.S. That is boycott, divest, and sanction Israel. The European Union, the United Nations, intifadas, jihads, deceitful, lying propaganda, anti-Semitic college professors, anti Israel college professors, satan, etc., etc., etc., all striving to destroy Israel and The Jewish People.
The anti-Semites condemn Israel for defending herself, or condemn Israel for using disproportionate action in defending her very survival.
But Israel and the Jewish People live. GOD says, “The Jewish People shall remain before Me as long as the new heavens and the new earth shall remain before Me.” And that is forever.
Israel and the Jewish People are Eternal and Israel will continue to be the Homeland of the Jewish People for as long as the earth remains.
The enemies of the Jewish People and Israel fight against us. And those who fight against Israel and the Jewish People fight against GOD. Good luck. Because everyone who fights against GOD will fall.
But everyone who blesses Israel and the Jewish People will be blessed. ISAIAH 66.22, GENESIS 12.3, GENESIS 17.7-8, MATTHEW 25.31-46
Let’s continue with the Firstborn.
Do not confuse the Firstborn with the firstfruits. The firstfruits are the first and best fruits and crops of the harvest.
Since the Firstborn of the Jewish People belong to GOD, how were their parents able to buy their child back from The LORD?
When the Temple was standing, those Firstborn children from one month old were redeemed by paying the Priest five shekels after the shekel of The Sanctuary.
But the firstborn male animal such as a cow, or sheep, or goat was sacrificed to The LORD. Their blood was sprinkled upon the altar for a sweet savor to The LORD.
If the animal was an ass, it was redeemed or bought back from The LORD by sacrificing a lamb for its redemption. If the ass was not redeemed by an animal sacrifice, its neck was broken. That is a non-sacrificial method of slaughter. EXODUS 13.11-15, NUMBERS 18.15-17
Today Judaism has a ceremony called PID’YON HA BEN, meaning the redemption of the firstborn. The child’s parents buy back their child from The LORD by paying a price, usually five dollars. And the money is given to a descendant of a Priestly family, or returned to the father, or given to charity.
Let’s look at some Scripture that address the Firstborn.
The Firstborn son is given a double portion of the inheritance of his father’s estate. DEUTERONOMY 21.15-17
MICAH 6.6-8 In a reply to GOD, the Jewish People propose to make up for their sins with sacrifices and rivers of oil. Even giving their Firstborn for their transgressions.
But GOD tells us what He requires. To do justly, and love mercy, and walk humbly with our GOD. That is, obey The LORD YOUR GOD by obeying His Law of Moses. Love mercy, and walk humbly in submission to your GOD.
ZECHARIAH 12.10 When huge numbers of Jewish People who do not know their Jewish Messiah Yeshua see Him when The LORD returns from Heaven, and brings them into the Kingdom of GOD on earth in Israel, also called the 1,000 year Millennium, when they see The One Whom we Jewish People have rejected for so long, the One Who saved them and delivered them from death at the hands of the Gentile armies, those Jewish People will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son. And will weep in bitterness for Him as one that weeps over his firstborn. ROMANS 11.11
MATTHEW 1.24-25 Yeshua The Messiah is the Firstborn son of Miriam.
ISRAEL IS GOD’S SON, EVEN HIS FIRSTBORN. EXODUS 4.22
GOD naming Israel His son, even His Firstborn reflects GOD’S special attachment to Israel and the Jewish People, and all the Firstborn of GOD.
David is also GOD’S Firstborn. David was the youngest son in his family. PSALM 89.2-(28)-38, Christian Bible PSALM 89.1-(27)-37
And Ephraim is also GOD’S firstborn, though his brother Manasseh is Joseph’s Firstborn. JEREMIAH 31.7-11
HEBREWS 12.22-23 Here, the writer speaks of the eternal family of GOD, His Firstborn who will spend eternity with Him in The Kingdom of Heaven. Also called Mount Zion, The City of The Living GOD. The Heavenly Jerusalem having an innumerable company of angels.
The general assembly is a large group of GOD’S Firstborn who are written in Heaven.
The spirits of just men made perfect are the Firstborn of GOD. Men and women who feared the LORD THEIR GOD. Who walked in all His ways. Loving Him, and serving Him with all their heart and with all their soul. Who were righteous on earth, law-abiding, living according to the Commandments of GOD, His Torah, His Law of Moses. Having Atonement in The Messiah Yeshua.
They are the spirits in Heaven made perfect.
GOD IS A SPIRIT. AND GOD ALMIGHTY, HA SHEM, YESHUA THE MESSIAH IS THAT SPIRIT. JOHN 4.24
When the just and righteous awake from earth’s death, you will be in the likeness of GOD Who is a Spirit. PSALM 17.15, 1 JOHN 3.2
You will be in the likeness of the heavenly. In Heaven you will be spirits. 1 CORINTHIANS 15.49-58
The King James Bible reads in Hebrews 12.23, “To the general assembly and Church of the firstborn.”
The Church is not the firstborn of GOD because the Church teaches with gusto to reject GOD’S Law of Moses that contains all GOD’S Laws, His Teachings, and Instructions.
The Church is not the firstborn of GOD because the Church pollutes GOD’S Sabbath on Saturday, the seventh day of the week. See Isaiah 56.6-7
The Church is not the firstborn of GOD because most Churches teach that Messiah Yeshua, Jesus Christ is not The Father but another god.
The Church is not the firstborn of GOD because the Church teaches replacement theology. That the Church has “replaced” Israel as GOD’S Firstborn, inheriting all GOD’S promises, blessings and hope that GOD promised Israel. Teaching that the Church has “replaced” Israel and the Jewish People.
Does the Church really believe that when they come to GOD The Judge of All, He will say to them, Well done My good and faithful servant?
No. He will say, you have rejected My Laws, Teachings, and Instructions. You have rejected My Sabbaths. You have made Me another god. And you have replaced My Jewish People in favor of yourself.
GOD will NOT say to the Church, well done My good and faithful servant.
And the correct words for Church of the firstborn as written in Hebrews 12:23 is Congregation of the Firstborn.
Messiah Yeshua, GOD ALMIGHTY says, “Salvation is of the Jews.” John 4.22
Messiah does not say Salvation is of the Church.
Salvation comes from the Jews because Salvation comes from observing and doing every Word that GOD spoke to the Jewish People in The Bible, and all that He commanded them to do. And having Atonement in The Jewish Messiah Yeshua for the forgiveness of sins.
That is GOD’S Plan for Salvation for everyone, Jewish People and Gentiles. Then when the time comes, you will be spirits in Heaven like Yeshua The Messiah, GOD ALMIGHTY, with joy, and gladness, and songs forevermore. And sorrow, and pain, and sighing will flee away forever.
Shalom. Ira Weinstein, Congregational Leader