Beth Elohenu Messianic Congregation
P.O. Box 335761
N. Las Vegas, NV. 89033
Shalom. Our teaching this morning from The Torah, The Law of Moses is from Leviticus 8.1-13. And the Title of our message is; EVERYTHING GOD COMMANDED THE PRIESTHOOD IS THE WAY WE SHOULD CONDUCT OUR LIVES.
And with that said, let’s read Leviticus 8.1-13.
This Chapter explains the consecration or the dedication of Aaron and his sons to the Priesthood to serve The LORD GOD and to minister to Him. Months earlier, The LORD had informed Moses that Aaron and his sons were to become the Priests of The LORD GOD of Israel. This was explained in Exodus Chapters 28 and 29. In those Chapters, The LORD described the details of this ceremony. Now in this Chapter of Leviticus, the dedication ceremony takes place.
The LORD spoke to Moses Face to face in the Tabernacle in the Holy of Holies from above the Mercy Seat from between the two Cherubim which are upon the Ark of The Covenant, saying, Take Aaron and his sons with him, and the garments, and the anointing oil, and a young bull for the sin offering. And two rams and a basket of matzah. Matzah in Hebrew is unleavened bread. And Moses gathered the Congregation of the Children of Israel together, some three million people, to the door of the Tabernacle of the Congregation. And Moses did as The LORD commanded him. And three million Jewish People were gathered together to the door of the Tabernacle. And Moses said to the Congregation, this is the thing which The LORD commanded to be done.
Let’s read LEVITICUS 8.1-6.
VERSE 6 This is the beginning of Baptism. Judaism and much of Messianic Judaism calls this washing with water MEEK’VEH or MEEK’VEH IMMERSION.
And as you well know, Christianity calls this ceremony Baptism.
So why does The LORD command the Priesthood to be washed with water? And why are those who believe in the Jewish Messiah Yeshua required by GOD to be immersed in water, or Baptized?
For the Priesthood, the washing with water was a ceremony signifying that their iniquities had been washed away thoroughly, and they were cleansed from their sins. Washing with water did not cleanse the Priests of their sins. They were cleansed of their sins by the sacrifice of a clean animal, without blemish, and the shedding of its blood for their atonement. And living their life by The Law of Moses. The animal sacrifices for atonement were held daily at the Tabernacle and Temple. The washing with water was a ceremony signifying that the Priests were purified of their sins. And repentance was and is required of GOD.
The Believer in The Messiah Yeshua, you, me, and others are immersed in water, or Baptized for a sign that we are clean from all our sins because of our belief in Messiah Yeshua Who is our Atonement. And we also must repent of our sins. Sin is breaking The Law of Moses. 1 JOHN 3.4. Repentance is turning away from those sins and OBEYING GOD’S Law of Moses.
Paul took baptism a step further by teaching that we are immersed in water signifying that we are cleansed of our sins, and also baptized into Messiah’s death, and raised to walk in newness of life. That newness of life is repentance, living our life in accordance to all GOD’S Statutes that are written in The Law of Moses. NUMBERS 28.1-4, EZEKIEL 18.21, EZEKIEL 36.24-28, PSALM 51.1-2, ZECHARIAH 13.1, LUKE 3.3, ROMANS 6.1-4, JOHN 13.1-9
(ZECHARIAH 13.1) The fountain of water is symbolically Yeshua The Messiah Who purifies us from all our sins by His Atonement on the cross.
(JOHN 13.5) Messiah washed the disciples feet in obedience to Torah, The Law of Moses, by washing them with water.
Thus the Believer in Messiah Yeshua, like the Priesthood, must have his or her sins forgiven. The Priesthood received atonement by the sacrifice of animals. Our Atonement is through the atoning death of The Messiah Yeshua. Then GOD requires us to be immersed in water, or Baptized signifying that we are cleansed of our sins.
John the Baptizer, a Jewish man, was sent by The LORD to prepare the way of The LORD. He preached the Baptism of Repentance for the forgiveness of our sins. He prepared the way of The LORD for a people who believe in The Messiah Yeshua for their Atonement, and who repent of their sins by turning to GOD, walking in newness of life in obedience to Torah, The Law of Moses.
Peter teaches about those who believe in Messiah Yeshua but never repent, continuing to sin by breaking The Law of Moses. 2 PETER 2.21-22
LEVITICUS 8.7-13 The girdles were beautifully decorated belts of the ephod. The ephod was a garment of clothing worn by the Priests that was like an apron worn over their robe and coat.
The breastplate was made of gold, blue, purple, and scarlet. The same materials as the ephod. It was four square, approximately 9 inches by 9 inches and folded. Twelve gems set in gold settings were placed in the front of the breastplate of four rows of three having the names of the twelve tribes of Israel engraved in the gem stones. The breastplate was attached to the ephod with braided chains of gold. And the Priest displayed the names of the children of Israel in the breastplate upon his heart when he went into the Sanctuary as a constant remembrance before The LORD.
The urim and thummim were devices for obtaining GOD’S decisions on important questions on which human judgment was inadequate. And the urim and thummim were placed inside the breastplate.
A mitre is like a turban, and it was placed on the High Priest’s head. And Moses put the golden plate, the holy crown on the High Priest’s mitre as The LORD commanded.
I think of the Priest’s garments who were clothed with a coat and robe, and the ephod, and the beautifully decorated belt, and the breastplate that was worn in the front of the ephod, and the twelve gem stones with the names of the twelve tribes of Israel engraved in them. And inside the breastplate were the urim and thummim for obtaining GOD’S decisions on important questions. And the High Priest wore his mitre and holy crown of gold on his head.
And I think of the Priest’s garments as the garments of Salvation, and the robe of righteousness, and the whole armor of GOD. And that is what the Believer in The Jewish Messiah Yeshua should wear Spiritually always. ISAIAH 61.10
The garments of Salvation mean that we have Salvation, Deliverance, Victory, Prosperity and Safety. And we have all that with our faith in Messiah Yeshua Whose Hebrew Name Yeshua means Salvation.
And the robe of righteousness means being clothed with righteousness. Righteousness is doing that which is Lawful and Right by living according to GOD’S Statutes, Laws and Commandments that are written in The Law of Moses. Every Law that is written in The Law of Moses was given to Moses by GOD, Face to face for everyone, Jewish or non-Jewish People to live by, to observe and obey.
Those are Spiritual garments the Believer in The Messiah Yeshua should wear continuously, the garments of Salvation, and the robe of righteousness.
And the Believer in The Messiah Yeshua should also be clothed with the whole armor of GOD to stand against the tricks, and lies, and surprise attacks of the devil. EPHESIANS 6.10-18
EPHESIANS 6.10 Be strong in The LORD and in the power of His might. There is no better counsel than this, to be strong in The LORD and in the power of His might. And Paul explains how to be strong in The LORD.
EPHESIANS 6.11 Put on the whole armor of GOD, GOD’S defense against the devil, so that you will be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. His tricks, his lies, and his surprise attacks. You and I need the whole armor of GOD to defend ourselves against the devil. And it is GOD Who does the defending.
EPHESIANS 6.12 We don’t contend with flesh and blood, that is with human beings, but against demonic powers, and the rulers of darkness of this world. Against spiritual wickedness in high places.
EPHESIANS 6.13 Therefore, Paul writes, put on the whole armor of GOD so that you will be able to stand against the devil in the evil day, and having DONE ALL, to stand.
EPHESIANS 6.14 Here is Paul’s GODLY counsel. Take his words to heart.
Stand in truth. Speaking words of truth always. Speaking the truth from your heart. For GOD hates lies. And be clothed with the breastplate of righteousness. Being clothed with the breastplate of righteousness is living your life by doing that which is Lawful and Right. Living your life according to all GOD’S Statutes that are written in The Law of Moses. Your armor of GOD must include truth and righteousness.
EPHESIANS 6.15 And wear on your feet, as part of the whole armor of GOD, the preparation of the Gospel of Peace. Preparation means being prepared. Be prepared with the Gospel of Peace. Having Peace with GOD is accomplished through faith in Messiah Yeshua, giving you Atonement for the forgiveness of all your sins. And knowing and believing that Messiah Yeshua is GOD Almighty. He is The One Who forgives all your sins. And the Gospel of Peace includes repentance, turning from your sins of breaking His Law of Moses to obeying His Law of Moses. And the Gospel of Peace includes being immersed in water or Baptized in The Name of The Messiah Yeshua. And by doing all that GOD requires, having faith in Messiah Yeshua for atonement, and obeying His Torah, The Law of Moses, you will receive The Holy Spirit. ACTS 5.32. And you will never perish but have everlasting life. That is the Gospel of Peace that is part of the whole armor of GOD to resist the devil.
EPHESIANS 6.16 Above all, taking the shield of faith by which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. Faith is believing in Messiah Yeshua, knowing and believing that He is GOD Almighty. And relying on Him for everything. While at the same time living your life in obedience to every word of GOD spoken in The Bible. That is being a Saint, a Holy One of GOD. That is the shield of faith by which you will put out all the fiery darts of the wicked. MATTHEW 4.4, LUKE 4.4, DEUTERONOMY 8.3
EPHESIANS 6.17 And take the helmet of Salvation, and the sword of The Spirit which is The Word of GOD.
Wearing the helmet of Salvatoin is being protected and clothed with GOD Almighty, The Messiah Yeshua Who will deliver you, and rescue you, and save you. He will help you, and give you the victory, and prosper you.
How do we obtain the helmet of Salvation? By believing in Messiah Yeshua for the forgiveness of all your sins. And living in newness of life, obeying all GOD’S Laws that are written in The Law of Moses. And you will receive the helmet of Salvation.
And the sword of The Spirit is The Word of GOD. A sword is a weapon that wounds and kills. Our sword is The Spirit Who is GOD Almighty, The Mighty GOD, The Everlasting Father. Our sword is The Word of GOD that we live by. Our sword is The Spirit Who is GOD Almighty, The Mighty GOD. Our sword that will destroy and defeat the wicked is living our life by every Word that proceeds out of the Mouth of GOD. And that includes His Law, The Law of Moses. And no ruler of darkness will ever be able to stand against you.
EPHESIANS 6.18 And praying always with all prayer and supplication. Supplication is being humble in your prayers. Praying in The Spirit is having The Holy Spirit which you receive by faith in Messiah Yeshua, and obedience to His Torah, The Law of Moses. And watching, and being humble in all your prayers for GOD’S Saints, His Holy Ones.
Thus being strong in The LORD, and in the power of His might is wearing the WHOLE armor of GOD to stand against the tricks, and the lies, and the attacks of the devil. And no ruler of darkness will ever be able to stand against you. That should be the clothing and armor of every Believer in The Messiah Yeshua.
And our anointing that GOD has poured on our head is to serve The LORD GOD, Messiah Yeshua, living by every Word of GOD in The Bible. And that is how we should conduct our lives every day, living by every Word of GOD.
Shalom. Ira Weinstein, Congregational Leader