Our teaching from Torah, The Law of Moses will be from Numbers 18.19-32.
AND THE TITLE OF OUR TEACHING IS, A GLOSSARY OF WORDS AND TERMS WRITTEN IN THE LAW OF MOSES, AND THEIR MEANINGS, PART 2.
And with that said, let’s read Numbers 18.19-32.
NUMBERS 18.19 All the heave offerings, the animals that were offered up to The LORD by sacrifice were given to the Priests and their families to be eaten for food. That is a Statute, a Law forever.
It is a Covenant of Salt forever before The LORD.
A Covenant of Salt means that all GOD’S Covenants are eternal. They never end. They never change.
That is, GOD’S Covenant can never be abolished, nor can it ever be changed.
This Covenant of Salt is between GOD and the Priests that is eternal. It is a Covenant forever.
As an important point of information, GOD’S Covenant is also GOD’S Word and His Law of Moses that is an Everlasting Covenant. PSALM 105. 8-10, 1 CHRONICLES 15.15-18
So why does the Church believe they abolished the Law of Moses? That is preposterous. The Law of Moses is a Covenant of Salt. It stands forever, and it never changes.
That Covenant of Salt, GOD’S Word and His Law of Moses is for all mankind, Jewish People and non Jewish People. Even for those who have atonement in Messiah Yeshua.
REPENTANCE is a Covenant of Salt because Repentance is taught in the Bible by the Lord. It is the Word of GOD. A very, very important subject to be studied starting with EZEKIEL 18.21.
NUMBERS 18.20 The LORD said to Aaron, “You shall have no inheritance in the Land of Israel. I AM your inheritance.”
Meaning that The LORD GOD will provide everything necessary for everyone in the Tribe of Levi.
“I am your inheritance,” the LORD said.
The Land of Israel, and all that the Land produces is an inheritance from The LORD for the Jewish People. Genesis 17.8.
But the Tribe of Levi, at GOD’S command, did not inherit any Land in the Country as the other Tribes inherited parcels of Land throughout Israel.
However GOD had the Levites live among all the Tribes throughout Israel.
The inheritance that the Levites received from the LORD was a tithe or a tenth of all that the Children of Israel produced in crops and animals. It was their reward for their service of the Tabernacle and the future Temples.
GOD is their inheritance. GOD provided for the entire tribe of Levi a tenth of everything The LORD GOD provided for the Children of Israel throughout Israel.
NUMBERS 18.21 Thus, as written, the inheritance to the Priests and all the Tribe of Levi is all the tenth, or all the tithes in Israel for their service of the Tabernacle, and later the Temples.
And the Priests received a tenth of all the tithes that the Levites received.
The inheritance the Levites receive from The LORD, I believe, is when the Temple is standing in Jerusalem, and there is a Priesthood. There is no Temple or Priesthood today. Thus the Jewish People are not commanded by The LORD to tithe to the Levites.
However from what I read in a Dictionary of the Jewish People written by Jewish contributors, from the time the Second Temple was built and dedicated in 516 B.C.E., B.C, all religious functions and privileges including tithes, GOD’S inheritance to the Levites, were removed from the Levites.
That inheritance was certainly not taken away by the LORD THEIR GOD since GOD’S inheritance to the Levites is a Covenant of Salt.
Removing GOD’S inheritance from the Levites was wrong and a huge mistake.
The Second Temple was destroyed in 70 C.E., A.D. Ezra 6.14-15
Returning to the inheritance the Levites received from The LORD THEIR GOD that included inheritance for the Priests, also Levites from the Tribe of Levi.
NUMBERS 18.8-9 The LORD gave the Priests all the heave offerings to be eaten for food. That is all the animals that were sacrificed and offered up to The LORD. And there were sacrifices every day. NUMBERS 28.1-8
A tenth part of an ephah of flour is 2.1 ounces of flour. A fourth part of a hin of beaten oil is 2 quarts of oil.
Thus GOD gave the Priests for their inheritance, all the animals that were sacrificed including those sacrificed for the atonement of the Jewish People. And they were food to be eaten by the Priests.
However, without the Temple there cannot be an animal sacrifice.
And without the Temple, there cannot be an animal sacrifice for the atonement of The Jewish People.
The Torah, GOD’S Law of Moses forbids it. LEVITICUS 17.8-9
WHY IS ATONEMENT NECESSARY?
ATONEMENT IS NECESSARY BECAUSE THE LORD GOD SAID TO MOSES,” WHOSOEVER HAS SINNED AGAINST ME, HIM WILL I BLOT OUT OF MY BOOK.” (THE BOOK OF LIFE) EXODUS 32.33
THEREFORE THE GOD OF CREATION ORDAINED THE JEWISH MESSIAH YESHUA TO BE OUR SACRIFICE FOR ATONEMENT, THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS FOR HIS JEWISH PEOPLE AND FOR ALL PEOPLE.
PSALM 22, ISAIAH 53.10, ZECHARIAH 12.10, ISAIAH 52.13-15, ISAIAH 53. 1-12, PSALM 16.10, PSALM 110.1, JEREMIAH 31.31-34, ALL FULFILLED IN THE NEW TESTAMENT
At Messiah’s Passover Seder that Christianity calls the last supper, on the evening before His death on the first day of Passover, as you all know, Messiah Yeshua presented Himself to His twelve Jewish Disciples as not only the Passover Lamb that was killed and eaten by the Jewish People in Egypt, the lamb’s blood struck on the door posts of their houses that delivered the Children of Israel from 400 years of Egyptian slavery,
Messiah also showed Himself to His Disciples to be the Sacrificed Lamb that was killed and offered up to The LORD for the Atonement of the Jewish People. And eaten by the Priests.
The Bible says that Messiah took a board of matzah and blessed it, and broke it, and gave it to His Disciples, and said, “Eat, this is My Body.” His Body that would be killed the following day on the first Day of Passover, and sacrificed for His Jewish People and all Peoples to atone for the sins of many as the animal sacrifice that atoned for the Jewish People in the days of the sacrifice.
And eaten by the Priests.
Then Messiah took the cup of wine and gave thanks, and gave the cup to His Disciples, and said, “Drink all of it. For this is My Blood of The New Covenant that is shed for many for the forgiveness of sins.”
The New Covenant is The Messiah Yeshua, The Father, Ha Shem, GOD Almighty Who gave His Life as a human being to forgive our sins. To be our atonement.
The twelve Jewish Disciples who sat with The Messiah at His Seder were like GOD’S Priests who ate the matzah that was symbolically His soon to be sacrificed Body.
And they drank the cup of wine that represented His shed Blood for our Atonement. For it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul. MATTHEW 26.26-28, LEVITICUS 17.8-9,11, JEREMIAH 31.31-34, EXODUS 12.5-11
You know something about GOD’S Priests? They obeyed The LORD. They obeyed every Word of GOD, and they obeyed every Word that was written in The Law of Moses.
And that is what GOD, Yeshua The Messiah requires from all who believe in Him. Obedience to His Word and His Law of Moses.
The Priests are a Special People to The LORD. So are we who follow Messiah and obey His Torah, His Law of Moses as The Bible teaches throughout.
You are Messiah Yeshua’s Disciples. HEBREWS 9.11-14
Serving The Living GOD is being obedient to The Living GOD.
Obeying every Word He speaks in The Bible. Obeying His Law of Moses that is written in the first five Books of The Bible. That is purging your conscience from your dead works of sin. 1 JOHN 3.4
Let’s return to the Levites and their inheritance from The LORD. NUMBERS 18.10
The Priests ate the sacrifices in The Most Holy Place, The Tabernacle Sanctuary in the Presence of The LORD.
NUMBERS 18.11-14 The animals that were sacrificed, and the best of the oil, the best of the wine and wheat, and the first ripe fruits of all the crops that were offered to The LORD, and everything that was dedicated to The LORD in Israel was food that GOD gave to the Priests, their wives, their sons, and daughters to eat in their homes.
That was their inheritance from the LORD.
But only the clean. Those who were GODLY, living a GODLY life without sin were allowed by GOD to eat the Most Holy Things that were dedicated to The LORD.
THIS WAS THEIR INHERITANCE FROM THE LORD THEIR GOD. AND THE LORD THEIR GOD IS YESHUA THE MESSIAH.
All the redemption money from the firstborn of women, and the firstborn of animals was given to the Priests for their inheritance. NUMBERS 18.15-16
The firstborn of cows, the firstborn of sheep, and the firstborn of goats that were offered to The LORD on the altar, GOD gave to the Priests to be eaten for their food.
That also was their inheritance from The LORD. NUMBERS 18.17-19
The LORD no longer allowed the Children of Israel to come near the Tabernacle lest they bear sin and die. NUMBERS 18.22
NUMBERS 18.23 The Levites did the service of the Tabernacle, though not in the Tabernacle. And they were responsible for their sins. And that is a Statute forever.
NUMBERS 18.24 But the tithes of all the Children of Israel, the best of everything that the People offered to The LORD, GOD commanded to be given to the Levites.
That was their inheritance from The LORD THEIR GOD.
NUMBERS 18.25-28 And the Levites were commanded by GOD to tithe ten percent of all their tithes to the Priests. Verse 28.
That also was the Priests’ inheritance from The LORD.
NUMBERS 18.29-31 The Levites who inherited their inheritance from The LORD were rewarded for their service of the Tabernacle and the future Temple. And The LORD allowed them to eat their food wherever they desired, except in the Tabernacle.
NUMBERS 18.31 In all that GOD commanded the Priests and the Levites, they did not bring sin upon themselves in carrying out His Commands.
But GOD said to them. “You are not to pollute the Holy Things of the Children of Israel, lest you die.”
Wow. That’s a strong statement from The LORD. You are not to pollute, that is defile the Holy Things of the Children of Israel, lest you die.
Most of the non-Jewish world pollute the Holy Things of the Children of Israel. Starting with The Law of Moses.
And that is being an anti-Christ. Anti GOD.
The Levites not only guarded the Tabernacle, and carried everything in the Tabernacle including The Ark of The Covenant from location to location in the wilderness, the Levites worshiped The LORD in song. 2 CHRONICLES 29.25-30
The Levites taught The Torah, The Law of Moses to Israel. To the Jewish People and the non-Jewish People. DEUTERONOMY 33.10, LEVITICUS 10.8-11, 2 CHRONICLES 17.8-9
Preachers, Bible Teachers, Pastors, and certain Messianic Rabbis receive tithes to teach that The Law of Moses is void, dead, abolished, and no longer in effect.
GOD says in Numbers 18.32, “Do not pollute the Holy Things of the Children of Israel, lest you die.”
On the other hand, the Levites teach the People the Truth, The Law of Moses to make it part of their lives, and live.
Here’s a Word from GOD Who is Messiah Yeshua.
If you will obey the Voice of The LORD YOUR GOD, and keep His Covenant, that is His Word and His Law of Moses, Psalm 105.8-10, you will be a peculiar treasure unto The LORD. And you will be to The LORD a Kingdom of Priests, and a Holy Nation. EXODUS 19.5-6
Ira Weinstein, Congregational Leader