Beth Elohenu Messianic Congregation
P.O. Box 335761
N. Las Vegas, NV. 89033
Shalom. Our teaching this morning will continue from Torah, The Law of Moses, of which the Messiah Yeshua says, “Do not think that I came to destroy The Law or the Prophets. I have NOT come to destroy, but to complete.”
For verily I say unto you, til Heaven and earth pass, NOT so much as the smallest letter and a stroke will pass from The Law til all has come to an end. MATTHEW 5.17-18
(Matthew 5.17) I know that most Bibles say that Messiah came to fulfill The Law and the Prophets. Thus Christian doctrine along with a number of Messianic Congregations teach that the word fulfill means that Jesus ended The Law and the Prophets. In a word, that is a lie. Why is it a lie? Because it is a lie that Jesus ended The Law and the Prophets. He did not come to destroy the Law or the Prophets.
The word fulfilled in Greek is PLEROO meaning Complete and Perfect. Messiah Yeshua came to Complete The Law and the Prophets. And by Completing The Law and the Prophets, He made them Perfect.
The Law not only includes the first five books of The Bible, but in a wider sense, The Law applies to The Scriptures as a whole. That is, The Law of Moses, the Prophets, and the Writings such as The Psalms and Proverbs, and The New Testament.
The TNAKH, The Old Testament Scriptures predict throughout, the coming of The Jewish Messiah.
Messiah Yeshua’s coming as written in The New Testament fulfills those Messianic Prophesies. Thus making The Law and the Prophets Complete and Perfect.
Before The Messiah Yeshua came 2,000 years ago, The Law and the Prophets were not complete. But at His coming, Messiah Yeshua completed The Law and the Prophets, making them perfect.
(Matthew 5.18) A jot is a YUD in the Hebrew alphabet. The smallest letter. A tittle is a stroke that distinguishes one Hebrew letter from another such as in English an O and a Q. Or an R and a P.
Messiah says, “Til Heaven and earth pass, not the smallest letter, or a stroke will pass from the Law til all is fulfilled.”
The Greek word for fulfilled in this Scripture is GINOMAI meaning ended and finished. Heaven and earth are still here. And the new Heaven and the new earth will remain forever.
Thus The Law remains forever, and never changes. Revelation 21-22.
HEBREWS 8.6 comes to mind. Let’s read it.
But now Messiah has brought a more excellent ministry by how much also He is the mediator of a better Covenant.
The better Covenant is The New Covenant for Atonement.
The New Covenant for atonement does not abolish The Old Testament Scriptures. GOD forbid.
The New Covenant of Jeremiah 31.31-34 is established on better promises than the daily animal sacrifice for atonement because in The New Covenant GOD has put His Law in your inward parts, and wrote it in your heart (TO OBEY THEM). Then GOD will be YOUR GOD, and YOU will be His People (WHEN YOU OBEY HIS LAW ).
For GOD will forgive your iniquity and remember your sin no more.
Hebrews 8.6 continues, that The New Covenant was established on better promises.
The meaning for the word “established” is not explained in many New Testament writings.
The word “established” in Greek is NOMOTHETEO meaning GIVEN AS LAW.
Thus GOD has given the New Covenant to mankind as LAW.
That is to say, The New Covenant is fully part of The Law, the Prophets, and the Writings.
And as The Law remains forever, The New Covenant remains forever. They never end nor do they change.
Okay. Our teaching this morning in addition to The Law will continue from GOD’S Torah, His Law of Moses in Numbers 10.11-21.
And The Title of our message is, The Tabernacle, Judah, The Kahatis, and Asher.
And with that said, let’s read Numbers 10.11-21.
NUMBERS 10.11 On the twentieth day of the second month in the second year from the day that GOD freed the Children of Israel on the first Passover from Egyptian slavery, the Cloud was taken up from The Tabernacle of the Testimony.
The Tabernacle of the Testimony in Hebrew is MEESH’KAHN HA AYDOOT, the place where GOD communicated with Moses Face to face to give Moses The Laws of GOD called The Law of Moses.
The Tabernacle, of course, was the movable Temple in the wilderness that was built by the Children of Israel immediately after GOD freed His People from 400 years of Egyptian bondage. And The Children Of Israel carried The Tabernacle with them on wagons, and mules for forty years with many stops on the way to the Promised Land, Israel.
The Tabernacle was made according to the pattern that GOD showed Moses in visions in Mouth Sinai.
THE LORD GOD ALMIGHTY Who spoke to Moses Face to face was Yeshua The Messiah. EXODUS 25.8-9, 21-22, EXODUS 29.44-46, EXODUS 33.9-11, ISAIAH 9.5, Christian Bible ISAIAH 9.6, MICAH 5.1, Christian Bible MICAH 5.2, JOHN 12.45, JOHN 14.9.
(Exodus 33.9) The Cloudy Pillar that descended and stood at the door of The Tabernacle and talked with Moses was THE LORD GOD, HA SHEM YESHUA THE MESSIAH.
That was The LORD in His Divine Presence, the Shekhinah as a Cloud. The Cloud that led the Children Of Israel by day to the Promised Land. And the same Cloud that covered The Tabernacle by day. And the same Divine Presence of The LORD that was upon The Tabernacle at night as it were the appearance of Fire.
The Children Of Israel brought The Tabernacle with them into the land of Canaan that GOD renamed Israel. And there it remained permanently erected in Shiloh for approximately 407 years until the first Temple that was built by Solomon and dedicated around 964 B.C.E.
Shiloh is in the hill country of Ephraim, west of the Jordan River, and north of Jerusalem.
GOD made Samuel a Prophet in the days The Tabernacle resided in Shiloh. The LORD also made Saul and David Kings when Shiloh was the site that housed The Tabernacle.
And GOD continued to dwell with His people in The Tabernacle in Shiloh. And the Ark of The Covenant remained in The Tabernacle in the Holy of Holies.
When the first Temple was dedicated, The LORD changed His dwelling place to the Solomon Temple. And the Ark of The Covenant was also moved to the Temple.
The Tabernacle in the wilderness was the ancestor of the first and second Temples in Jerusalem. Its designs, proportions and functions were smaller versions of the future Temples.
The future Temple in GOD’S Kingdom on earth in Israel for 1,000 years that will be like the Garden of Eden, will be built in Jerusalem when The LORD GOD YESHUA THE MESSIAH returns. And that magnificent Temple will have similar designs and functions as The Tabernacle in the wilderness.
And the daily animal sacrifice will be reestablished.
The animal sacrifice will be for those who do not have Atonement in The Messiah Yeshua. JOSHUA 18.1, 1 SAMUEL 1.1-3, 20, LEVITICUS 17.8-9, EZEKIEL 44-48, ZECHARIAH 14.20-21
NUMBERS 10.12-14 The first tribe to set out on their journeys to the Promised Land was the tribe of Judah.
And the tribes went out in military formation according to their armies. Except the tribe of Levi that had the responsibility for transporting The Tabernacle and everything in it. And remember, there were about three million People, and their farm animals.
The LORD had made Israel a great nation in Egypt.
As you well know, King David and The Messiah Yeshua descend from the tribe of Judah.
Judah in Hebrew is YEHUDAH meaning, To Praise The LORD.
Judah is the fourth son of Jacob.
Now the name Jew comes from the name Judah. Jew in Hebrew is YEHUDI that comes from the Hebrew Judah. Judah comes from the Hebrew word YAHDAH meaning to hold out the hand to praise GOD.
Thus Jew means One Who Praises GOD.
NUMBERS 10.21 Kohathite in Hebrew is KAHATI.
The Kahatis are from the tribe of Levi.
The Kahatis transported the sacred objects of The Tabernacle, such as the Ark of The Covenant, and the cherubim on the mercy seat. The table for showbread, and The Tabernacle Menorah. The two altars. The altar for the animal sacrifices. The other to burn incense. They also transported the vessels and curtains of the Sanctuary, and the veil that separated the Holy of Holies from the Sanctuary. GENESIS 46.11
Let’s look at some of the works of the Kahatis. NUMBERS 3.27-32, NUMBERS 4.1-15, JOSHUA 21.1-5
(Joshua 21.1-5) The Kahatis had land allocated to them in the tribes of Judah, Simeon, Benjamin, Ephraim, Dan and the half tribe of Manasseh, throughout The Land of Israel. Twenty-three cities.
Also 1 CHRONICLES 6.33, 38, 1 CHRONICLES 9.32, 2 CHRONICLES 20.18-19, 2 CHRONICLES 29.1-12
The Kahatis played a major role in the service of The Tabernacle and the first and second Temples. And they will perform the same duties in the future Temple when Messiah Ha Shem Yeshua returns.
Now Asher. NUMBERS 10.26
Asher was the eighth son of Jacob.
Asher in Hebrew is AHSHARE meaning happy, right, honest, prosper, blessed, and lead, as in leader.
Let’s look into a little history of Asher. NUMBERS 1.40-41, NUMBERS 2.25-28, DEUTERONOMY 33.1, 24-29
JOSHUA 19.24-31 The territory of the tribe of Asher extended into present day Lebanon. Beirut, before the many wars, was one of the most beautiful cities in the world overlooking the Mediterranean Sea from a high cliff.
The tribe of Asher joined Gideon in the fight against the Midianites and the Amalekites and others. JUDGES 6.33-35
And the tribal appointments of the Land in the 1,000 year Kingdom of GOD on earth in Israel is preordained by The LORD GOD. The tribe of Asher and all the tribes of Israel will be located in the same locations as appointed in the days of Joshua. EZEKIEL 48.1-8
Judah, Asher, and the Kahatis were mighty men of GOD, and mighty men of Israel. And their wives with them.
Shalom. Ira Weinstein, Congregational Leader