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Parasha 25: Tzav (Command or Give an Order) Wayikra/Leviticus 6:1 (8) – 8:36


*All Scripture References from The Orthodox Jewish Bible- Referred To As OJB- unless otherwise noted

Joe Snipes (Torah Teacher) Gates To Zion Ministries

As we come into this week’s parasha, this Shabbat is a special remembrance. It is known as Shabbat HaGadol…The Great Shabbat! It is considered in Judaism as the Shabbat of great mystery, because it comes the week before Pesach/Passover. A special reading from the sefer/book of Mala’khi/Malachi is added to the HafTarah readings which speaks of the coming of Mashiach and the Day of YHWH. (Mala’khi/Malachi3:4-24) Of course, Yahudah’s/Judah’s eyes have been partially blinded so they are not able to see Master Yeshua as the true Mashiach of Yisrael. (Romans 11) Let us pray that YHWH will give great mercy to our Elder Brother to see into this great mystery as we celebrate this coming feast of Pesach/Passover. May the house of Yahudah/Judah behold their M’lech Mashiach/King Messiah!   

We will begin to notice a great deal of similarity between this week’s and last week’s parasha. The one thing that will immediately help us to recognize the distinction between the two is the opening verses of each parasha

“Speak unto the Bnei Yisroel [Children of Yisrael], and say unto them…” (Wayikra/Leviticus 1:2a OJB- definitions mine)

Followed by the opening of this week’s parasha,

“And Hashem [YHWH] spoke unto Moshe, saying, Command Aharon and his Banim [Sons], saying… ” (Wayikra/Leviticus 6:8-9a OJB- definitions mine)

Last week’s parasha was addressed to the B’nei Sons/Children of Yisrael. This week’s parasha is addressed to Aharon and his sons the Levitical priests. This is not the only difference. Last week the korban list was:

1)      Olah

2)      Mincah

3)      Shelamim

4)      Chata’at

5)      Asham

This week the list is changed in its order:

1)      Olah

2)      Mincah

3)      Chata’at

4)      Asham

5)      Shelamim

What is the meaning? First, last week’s portion was, as we have noted, directed toward B’nei Sons/Children of Yisrael. All of the offerings were listed as almost a catalogue of korbanot, which ones were to be offered depending upon a person’s status, and the reason for which the offering was being made. This week it is Aharon and his sons, the Levitical priests that are in view. The shelamim/peace korban is listed last, because 1) It is the priests who were given the responsibility of overseeing the Mizbe’ach/Altar. They must make sure that the korban was offered correctly 2) If all was done properly, then the result would be shalom/peace in the camp. The Sh’khinyah/Manifest Presence of YHWH would be able to remain among the camp of Yisrael. This can be easily seen in the thoughts of Rav Sha’ul in the Messianic Scriptures.

“And you being dead in your peysha'im [sins/rebellions] and your orlat basar (uncircumcision of flesh) he made alive together, you together with Moshiach, having granted you selicha [forgiveness] for all your peysha'im [sins/rebellions];” (Colossians 2:13 OJB- definitions mine)

When Master Yeshua, Who represents all of the korbanot and more specifically the chata’at/sin and asham/guilt korban, was properly offered on the execution stake the list of our offenses for which we were guilty in transgressing YHWH’s Torah was removed. **[Please note it was NOT Torah itself that was taken away, but the list of our sinful offenses which the Torah pointed out. (Yochanon Alef/1 John 3:4] The result of His death on the execution stake, and the subsequent shedding of His precious blood resulted in the list of our sinful offenses against YHWH’s Torah being erased/blotted out/wiped away [exaleipho Gk. meaning to smear, erase wipe away, obliterate or blot out]. We now have shalom/peace with YHWH and may approach Him without the sense of guilt and fear, but with boldness. (Ivrim/Hebrews 4:16)

“Having ERASED the hand signed sefer of [the list/book of] guilt choiv (debt), the heavenly indictment against us in the maleh chukat HaTorah (full statute requirement of the Torah), which was against us. Moshiach has DONE AWAY with this opposing record, having nailed it [the list/book of our recorded sinful offenses…NOT the Torah itself] to Moshiach’s Etz [Mashiach’s Tree- Execution Stake].” (Colossians 2:14 OJB- emphasis/ definitions/commentary mine)

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