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What Is Sin In The Torah & What Purpose Do The Tabernacle & Priesthood Play In Guelah & Y’shu’ah?

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“30 The next day Moshe said to the people, “You have committed a terrible sin. Now I will go up to ADONAI; maybe I will be able to atone for your sin.” 31 Moshe went back to ADONAI and said, “Please! These people have committed a terrible sin:they have made themselves a god out of gold. 32 Now, if you will just forgive their sin! But if you won’t, then, I beg you, blot me out of your book which you have written!” 33 ADONAI answered Moshe, “Those who have sinned against me are the ones I will blot out of my book. 34 Now go and lead the people to the place I told you about; my angel will go ahead of you. Nevertheless, the time for punishment will come; and then I will punish them for their sin.” 35 ADONAI struck the people with a plague because they had made the calf, the one Aharon made.” (Exodus 32:30-35 CJB)

Sin in the Torah means to miss the mark. The mark is the high call of the Torah to not succumb to the wages of missing the mark which is death, the gift of Mashiach is life from the dead and Guelah and Y’shu’ah when we T’shuvah (Repent) of, confess and turn from our Sins, then in His Charis (Grace-Chen) He has mercy for He is faithful and just to forgive us and cleanse us of all unrighteousness.

When Israel put their faith in the golden calf they weren’t putting the complete trust in Adonai for provision they were turning to the idols of the land of their ancestors, the cana’anite deity Ba’al to provide through ritual copulation with Asherah which is forbidden in Torah. Moshe sought to intercede least Israel die for their sins of breaking the Covenant agreement of trust in Adonai for His provision and protection. Acknowledging Ba’al as provider was a grievous breach of contract. Moshe interceded on the behalf of Yisrael for redemption from the curse of the law, namely the wages of sin. Israel later sinned by falling into similar patterns such as not keeping the years of Jubilee and turning to pagan deities to provide for their needs which lead to their captivity and diaspora. Because they didn’t trust in Adonai they missed the mark and were in breach of Contract and not seeking to atone or propitiate for their sins, the accepted their sin and walked in it as opposed to turning from their sins and providing the ritual sacrifice to provide redemption for their sin.

The concept of sacred space is central to Judaism, for example the Temple on Mount Moriah, later known as Jerusalem, is a Sacred space, a place set aside unto Adonai. Just as Mount S’nai was a Sacred space consecrated to Adonai by Adonai’s revelation to Moshe. Sacred spaces include Synagogue, and places of prayer. However the most holy place is the Temple. Sacred time is a set time period given to Elohim as a sacred offering. The set times (Zmanim) of prayer are sacred time periods that coincided with the evening and morning sacrifices. Sacrifices and times of Prayer and examples of sacred time. The evening (Ma’ariv), morning (Shacharit) and Afternoon (Mincha) prayers are sacred-sanctified time periods set apart unto Adonai. Any time that you sanctify or set apart for Adonai becomes sacred.

As we enter the Tabernacle we find the centrality of Sacred Space and Time. There are seven basic commands of the Sacred Space of the Tabernacle.

  1. The Ark Cover and the Holy of Holies are preeminent in these as the Mercy Seat and Throne of Adonai’s Kingdom
  2. The Table with its 12 Loaves of Shewbread and Lampstand in the Holy Place symbolizes Israel and the Ruach Ha’Kodesh
  3. The Structure symbolizes the Covenant boundaries, Laws of Purity, & Clean Vs Unclean, This is the way to maintain a right relationship between Israel and Adonai’s Kingdom
  4. The Altar and the Courtyard symbolizes the Baggage checkpoint where you sins are removed, so that you can enter into the Sanctuary of Adonai
  5. The Priestly Vestments and Concentration symbolize taking Israel, the Chosen People, into the Holy of Holies before Adonai
  6. The Incense and Anointing Oil symbolize the Prayers of the Saints and the work of the Ruach in Spiritual Renewal of the Divine Spark in the Prayers of the Righteous
  7. The Shabbat symbolizes Gan’Eden, paradise lost, paradise regained, and millennial paradise reign, the completion and fulfillment of Covenant, the restoration of the Covenant man

These are the order or protocol of the Presence of Adonai. As we see Adonai’s protocol is the Holy of Holies is the place we come before Elohim. The place we receive Mercy and Grace, the place that Israel comes before Adonai through His boundaries and structure, the place we leave our baggage and sins that so easily beset us, the priestly intercession that redeems and protects us, the prayers that avail much and the rest provided in Mashiach’s redemption. The Seven Protocols or Order to entering the Holy of Holies before Adonai’s presence show us the order of Adonai. The priority of Adonai is first the Holy of Holies, not the process but the goal, the high mark of keeping onself pure, without blemish, without sin, without uncleaness, without wrinkly, to have one’s lamp trimmed and ready for Mashiach to come unto His people. The process of Israel coming into contact with the Shekinah the Presence of Adonai through face time with Adonai. The Bread of heaven, the provision that comes form the face time with Adonai. This is the symbole of the Shewbread, or bread of presence or bread of face and the menorah of Adonai in the Tabernacle. The boundaries and commands (Mitzvot) of Adonai provide a wage to keep His safeguards and Torot, to know the ways of His presene. The process of removing one’s baggage is necessary to entering the Holy of Holies. Priestly Intercession and the Prayers of the Right-Just avail much. Things bring us into the Shabbat rest of Adonai in Yeshua. The torn veil represents where Adonai’s Chosen People, the Vine of David, and the Kingdom of Elohim are now united and we have access to the Holy of Holies and the redemption of the Mercy seat through Ha’Mashiach.

Incense symbolize the prayers of the right-just of Adonai stored up in a bowl, along with the tears of the right-just stored up in a bottle. Adonai remembers the prayers of His people. It is a symbol of the sweet aroma that our prayers and relationship with Adonai is. We are to be the aroma of Adonai in the earth, lifting up the living sacrifice of continual prayers before Adonai so that we can be the fragrance of Adonai in the earth.

The priestly vestments of the high priest are the tunic, and ephod, along with a few other ornate items, that all have symbolic and spiritual meaning. The Ephod with its 12 stones symbolize the twelve tribes of Israel. The priest wears righteous robes and is purifed in a Mikvah as he’s seeks to bring Israel and the atonement of their sins before the Most High, El Elyon. The High Priest brings the please of Israel before Adonai for Mercy. The priest takes the House of Israel into the Holy of Holies, taking the blood of the scapegoat to put on the mercy seat to request redemption for the nation of Israel for another year.

“Jewish belief is based upon Jewish historical experience rather than speculative thought.”

Adonais’ character has been shown through the good deeds and miracles he has wrong through and for Israel. Adonai’s character is seen through His historical acts for Yisrael. Jewish experience is based upon the act of doing and not the concept of bringing Adonai of the level of man that we should have a role in deciding if Elohim be Elohim. Adonai is believed to be the Elohim of Elohims and thus His words are to be taken and literal and true not as one would eventually maybe decide they agree with Elohim. Adonai said it, “so let it be written, so let it be done.” Conversation over. Adonai spoke now lets do. This is based on faith in what was said, done and seen my our ancestors in Jewish history and our personal experience of miracles. This is not based upon Roman-tic thought or speculative debate or cohersion it is done through obedience to the revelation of the written record of the spoken word and miraculous manifestation of Adonai’s character as record in scripture. It is the difference between Elohim said it, “I” believe it therefore it is settled and Elohim said it THUS IT IS settled. Demoting Elohim to the point that man has equality with Elohim and must be accepted to be Elohim is not a Jewish thought its anti-thetical to Jewish experience. Adonai is transcendent and doesn’t require our agreement to be perceived as Elohim or seen as Adonai.

This is why the “Act” of remembrance is crucial to the biblical record. This method is Adonai’s chosen teaching method that relates and embeds the lessons of Adonai into our DNA and subconscious thought. It takes us from being just simple “knowers” to becoming “doers” of the D’var-Mamre-Logo’s (Words) of Adonai. This is the fabric and foundation of Jewish belief and faith. We must active remember and do, we must experience Pesach as if we ourselves are coming out of Egypt, we must leave the land of our forefathers like Avraham did, and we must cast out the idolatrous ways of Cana’an as if we ourselves were possessing the promised land. The method of discipleship of Adonai’s Talmidim are the ways of the Yeshiva of Shem and Eber, and the Yeshiva of Yeshua and the Apostolic community. The act of doing helps embed thoughts into our conscious and bypasses the reasoning biases that prevent learning based on gnosis or elite gnosticism.

The Ark of the Covenant is covered by Winged Cherubim the keepers, protectors and guardians of the Covenant. The Ark has the terms of the Contract sealed in its Envelope, the Ten Word, the foundational Deca-logue. The container of Man’na is symbolic of the necessity of the act of Remembrance to bring faith into the present the reality of Adonai’s provision by remembering Adonai’s deeds, it is a call to remind Adonai of His word (D’var) which He watches over for us to call upon Him to perform what He has promised He will do in response to our acceptance to walking out the Covenant contractually binding agreements. The Rod of Aharon symbolizes the priesthood whose job is to correct and guide Israel, to be the watchman on the walls and call out for Israel to Awake and be watchful, to remember the deeds of Adonai as we seek to be His bride ready for His redemptive acts and restoration in the earth. The duty of watching and being wakeful, the duty of being watchman who seek to be keepers of a revived and awakened Israel is the duty of all Talmidim of Yeshua grafted into Yisrael as heirs of the commonwealth. The Throne of Adonai is based upon the D’var “Word” (Mamre/Logos) of Adonai, on our High Priest who never sleeps nor slumbers, who watches over Israel and lives to make intercession for us, on Adonai’s promise of covenantal provision and protection, on the blood of the Covenantal redemptive act, between the Cherubim who guard the terms and fulfilment of the Covenant.

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