PARASHAH TZAV (Leviticus 6:1 (8)-:36) Week 25
“But you are a chosen people, the King’s cohanim, a holy nation, a people for God to possess! Why? In order for you to declare the praises of the One who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; before, you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.” (1 Peter 2:9-10 CJB)
Peter was speaking to the ecclesia in a way which heralded the anointing of the Levitical Priesthood from the Old Covenant, now bringing the light of the truth of the New Covenant into the early church of the first century. Through Messiah Yeshua’s Passover sacrifice, His obedient death and resurrection as the Lamb of God or Se Ha Elohim, as believers we are elevated to a Royal Priesthood. We have been set completely apart for His service and glory. If we understand the depths of this message from Peter to the church, how does the study of the Book of Leviticus apply to us today, as His Royal Priesthood?
We must always begin with what we know from God’s word. He calls Himself, I AM. This name is an eternal title for Adonai. He has always been, is now, and will forever be, HIMSELF. We have learned in Torah thus far, that Adonai is the same yesterday, today and forever!
God said to Moshe, “Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh” (“I am/will be what I am/will be”) and added, “Here is what to say to the people of Isra’el: ‘Ehyeh (I Am or I Will Be) has sent me to you.’
God said further to Moshe, “Say this to the people of Isra’el: Yud-Heh-Vav-Heh (ADONAI), the God of your fathers, the God of Avraham, the God of Yitz’chak and the God of Ya’akov, has sent me to you.
This is my name forever; this is how I am to be remembered generation after generation.” (Exodus 3:14-15 CJB)
There is nothing to question here! Adonai, the God of the Torah and the God of Israel, is the God we love and serve today!
This is the Lesson of the OLAH. As I ran and prayed, I saw the ascending fragrance from the daily peace offering of the priests upon the altar. This was to be the first service of the day for Aaron and his sons. They were commanded to keep the flaming fire on the altar burning continually. In order for it to burn, a sacrifice had to be placed on the grate every morning, after the kindling of the fire. The kindling of the fire included the removal of all that was used up. Ashes do not light or produce a flame!
Do we kindle our intimacy with the Lord this way each day? Do we light the fire, afresh?
This is the Lesson of the OLAH. I saw the fragrant mist rise to heaven as the priest, dressed in finest linen, served in the Tabernacle. Every detail was obediently observed and executed in military fashion, yet with a humility required to perform this holy service exactly as instructed by the Lord. The Holy Service or Avodah taking place inside the Mishkan was an offering by the priest, in private to Adonai, who waited and hovered for His Cohen to draw near. The first priority and highest ministry of Avodah was to serve Adonai.
This is the Lesson of the OLAH. Our personal, private ministry to the Lord is our highest form of worship. We were created for intimacy with Him. When we leave the holy place after worship each morning and walk out in our non-priestly garments, we look just like everyone else on the sidewalk; dressed in the fashion of the day.
Dear seeker, please know that during worship, we are dressed in His finest linen, with a sixty-foot sash of golden braid wrapped around our waists, barefoot and clean as we step onto holy ground, into His dwelling place. Our personal headgear holds a golden insignia that reads, “Set Apart for Adonai”.
Do we understand this assignment today? Do we comprehend our anointing into a consecrated life lived for the Lord?
Your life is now the burnt offering!
Do we sanctify our lives for His purposes?
Do we set ourselves apart for His glory?
May we fully grasp His instructions.
May we execute our burnt offerings with zeal!
Just as our great High Priest did, by giving His life as a living sacrifice for the Father’s glory.
We must fully grasp the first and most important priestly duty…that of Holy Service to a Holy God.
On this Shabbat night, as we contemplate our Priestly walk or Halakah, we must remove what is of NO VALUE…the ashes of our lives…to KINDLE and LIGHT our life with FRESH FIRE as an ascending offering to Him. Amen