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Pinchas

Written by Julie Parker. Posted in Sheepfold Gleanings.

PINCHAS - PHINEHAS

Numbers 25:10 to 29:40
1 Kings 18:46 to 19:21
Colossians 2:8 to 4:6
Matthew 26:1-30
John 2:13-22
1 Corinthians 5:6-8

The Next Generation – Pagan Idolatry

Up to this point in our readings the Children of Israel have been in the wilderness forty years. The first generation that left Egypt has passed away. We are now seeing the next generation along with Caleb and Joshua and their families about to enter the Promised Land. This study is a continuation from the last study/parsha Balak (see reference below) where we found that the spirit of Balaam had infiltrated Israel’s camp by means of Moabite women beguiling the men of Israel.

How did this happen? Testings are important. During trials, do Yahweh’s people make decisions based on their emotions or do they pray and seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit/Ruach HaKodesh and the Torah principle before making a decision? No one likes a trial but trials can foster and encourage believers to see where their faith is and what is needed to strengthen it. As the Israelites came closer to their destination the trials increased. Esau’s family, Jacob’s twin brother, refused Israel passage. This forced them to journey around Esau’s territory so as not to disturb the Edomite’s heritage. When Israel camped beside Moab, the Israelites soon fell prey to enticement.

  • Numbers 25:1-3 “the people [Israel] began to commit harlotry with the women of Moab. They invited the people to the sacrifices of their gods, and the people ate and bowed down to their gods. So Israel was joined to Baal of Peor, and the anger of the LORD/Yahweh was aroused against Israel.”

These Israelite men had no business meeting with foreign women outside the camp. By falling under Moabite temptation Israel became vulnerable toward these influencing spirits. Scripture records that the Israelite men joined the Moabite women in a sacrifice to their pagan gods and bowed down to worship them (Numbers 25:1-3).

  • Isaiah 66:17 “Those who sanctify themselves and purify themselves, to go to the gardens after an idol in the midst, eating swine’s flesh and the abomination and the mouse, shall be consumed together, says Yahweh.”

These same temptations can ensnare the Bride of Yeshua today if he or she does not heed Torah instructions. Believers need to safeguard and strengthen their faith in Yeshua. Our spirits have been redeemed thereby giving us all the tools we need to spiritually sanctify our hearts/soul, but the choice to use these tools rests entirely in the hand of the believer.

The believer’s soul hosts emotions, decisions and freewill. For our lives to run smoothly and be in balance with the Holy Spirit/Ruach HaKodesh, Yahweh’s moral order, called holiness, needs to line the believer’s spirit/heart up with the order and pattern of His heavenly Tabernacle. The instructions to do this are written on the heart of the believer through studying His word.

  • Deuteronomy 30:14-16  “But the word is very near you, in your mouth and in your heart, that you may do it. See, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil, in that I command you today to love the LORD/Yahweh your God/Elohim, to walk in His ways, and to keep His commandments, His statutes, and His judgments, that you may live and multiply; and the LORD/Yahweh your God/Elohim will bless you in the land which you go to possess.”
  • Matthew 6:9-13 “Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.”

Yahweh allows tests to help His people see where they are in His purpose for their lives. Tests may also reveal if they may have inadvertently missed the mark in some way (Leviticus 26:14:35). A challenge builds courage and forms Yeshua’s faith and character in their lives. When His people are challenged physically, emotionally or morally it is usually to strengthen their nature and lifestyle to more purely reflect their Maker. It is the believer’s job to preside over their soul to act out and pursue the order and plan of Yahweh’s Kingdom.

  • “Be holy because I, Yahweh your God/Elohim, am holy” (Leviticus 19:2; 1 Peter 1:15-16).

In this study we see the Israelite men had not strengthened themselves nor guarded over their hearts, and it cost them their lives. Testing the people before entering the land was crucial at this stage of their journey, as it is for every generation after them - ours included.

  • Proverbs 2:10-22 “When wisdom enters your heart, and knowledge is pleasant to your soul, discretion will preserve you; understanding will keep you, to deliver you from the way of evil, from the man who speaks perverse things, from those who leave the paths of uprightness to walk in the ways of darkness; who rejoice in doing evil, and delight in the perversity of the wicked; whose ways are crooked, and who are devious in their paths; to deliver you from the immoral woman, from the seductress who flatters with her words,  who forsakes the companion of her youth, and forgets the covenant of her God.  For her house leads down to death, and her paths to the dead; none who go to her return, nor do they regain the paths of life - So you may walk in the way of goodness, and keep to the paths of righteousness. For the upright will dwell in the land, and the blameless will remain in it; but the wicked will be cut off from the earth, and the unfaithful will be uprooted from it.”

Satan was allowed to test Job. Yahweh also allowed the Moabite jealousy to prevail through an invasion of the camp. In the first attempt Balak, king of the Moabites, tried to curse the Israelites through Balaam, when only blessings came forth. Their second attempt to destroy Israel was through the lust of the eye. With Israel’s unguarded hearts, the door was left wide opened for the Moabite women to charm the men. Through beguilement the invasion of Israel’s camp began.

  • Mark 7:21-23  “For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness.  All these evil things come from within and defile a man.”
  • James 1:19-22  “So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God. Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.”

Food Offered to Idols

Food played a large part in bewitching the Israelite men into whoredom. For this to occur, the Israelite men left the protection of their camp and crossed over into the enemy’s territory. We are told they ate the sacrifices made to the dead. After, we see a dramatic change in their behavior and their open worship to Baal Peor (Psalm 106:28).

  • Psalm 106:28 “They [Israel] joined themselves also to Baal of Peor, and ate sacrifices made to the dead.”
  • Hosea 9:10 “I found Israel like grapes in the wilderness; I saw your fathers as the firstfruits on the fig tree in its first season. But they went to Baal Peor, and separated themselves to that shame; they became an abomination like the thing they loved.”
  • Act 15:19-21  “Therefore I judge that we should not trouble those from among the Gentiles who are turning to God, but that we write to them to abstain from things polluted by idols, from sexual immorality, from things strangled, and from blood. For Moses has had throughout many generations those who preach him in every city, being read in the synagogues every Sabbath” (Acts 15:29, 21:25).

As part of occult pagan ceremonies, consuming sacrifices made to the dead always included blood. When these Israeli men consumed the idol sacrifices to the dead they opened the door for immoral behavior, as life (DNA) is in the blood (Acts 15:20). The Moabite women cunningly seduced the Israelite men through lust; first emotionally, then spiritually, and later physically (Leviticus 17:11).

  • Matthew 5:27-28 “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”

Satan wants your blood. Lust of the eye, lust of the flesh and the pride of life are his favored ways. In Israel’s treachery with the golden calf at Mount Sinai sin came from within the camp. A generation later, sin came from outside the Israelite camp. In both cases, the Israelite’s infidelity and adultery effectively sealed the death knell (1 Kings 11:7). 

In studying Numbers we have learned that the Moabites found they could not verbally curse the people of Israel so their attention was turned to tempt the men to join them outside the Israelite camp. The Moabites were jealous and wanted what Israel had. As mentioned earlier, their plan was to render the Israelites’ status null and void (unclean) in hopes of preventing the Israelites from claiming their inheritance of the Land of Promise. In this test Yahweh effectively revealed that the sin was not with the pagans but in the hearts of the Israelite’s. Lust and pride were still present and needed to be exposed and cleansed from the camp. That day 24,000 Israelites died.

  • Proverbs 1:31 “Therefore they shall eat the fruit of their own way, and be filled to the full with their own fancies.”
  • Proverbs 2:10-22 “When wisdom enters your heart, and knowledge is pleasant to your soul, discretion will preserve you; understanding will keep you, to deliver you from the way of evil, from the man who speaks perverse things, from those who leave the paths of uprightness to walk in the ways of darkness; who rejoice in doing evil, and delight in the perversity of the wicked; whose ways are crooked, and who are devious in their paths; to deliver you from the immoral woman, from the seductress who flatters with her words, who forsakes the companion of her youth, and forgets the covenant of her God. For her house leads down to death, and her paths to the dead; none who go to her return, nor do they regain the paths of life - so you may walk in the way of goodness, and keep to the paths of righteousness. For the upright will dwell in the land, and the blameless will remain in it; but the wicked will be cut off from the earth, and the unfaithful will be uprooted from it.”

Clean Camp

What the enemy intended for evil, Yahweh purposed for good. The Israelites were and are a royal priesthood and a holy Nation. Yes, the camp was exposed but it was also cleansed from defilement before Yahweh led them into the Promised Land (Exodus 19:5-6; 32:1-6).

Today, many people have a desire to live in the land of Israel and even more have a desire to at least visit the land once in their lifetime. The rules of entering and staying in the land have not changed since they were originally given to Abraham and his descendants. Yahweh is the same yesterday, today and forever. He desires believers to have pure hearts and minds by knowing the difference between what is clean and holy versus unclean and unholy, and to actively keep and celebrate His Feasts, Sabbaths and New Moon Festivals. Keeping these are the basics for entering the land and His instruction for the priesthood. At present, there are relatively few believers in the land. If God’s people walk in these simple principles, the land would not spew His people out, the enemy would not be on the doorstep or in the land, and Israel would enjoy peace/shalom and be blessed. 

As we learned in the last study, the sin of Balaam is still present. Today, we are among the children of Israel about to inherit the land called Israel, except many believers are still having trouble. Not only with the inheritance of the land, but also with acknowledging and understanding their identity as part of physical Israel, since they have not known who they are.

The Heart of Phinehas

In the last study we explored the very subtle ways of Balaam. We also studied the ways of the ekklesia (the called out ones), those who uphold the ways and the truth of Yahweh. This week we look at the heart of Phinehas whose name means mouth of brass. Brass is used for the prevention of disease and acts like a purifier.

We have not heard of Phinehas in Scripture up to this point. He was the son of Eleazar the High Priest and grandson of Aaron. In broad daylight, after the Israelite men bowed down in idol worship to Baal of Peor and ate sacrifices to the dead, an Israelite man brazenly brought one of the Moabite women into the Israelite camp with intention of having immoral relations with her. When Phinehas saw how contemptuously this Israelite man was in profaning the Holy Name of Yahweh, he killed this Israelite man and the Moabite woman in the presence of the whole assembly.  Any delay in addressing this situation or applying righteousness would have infected and misled the people. For Phinehas’ actions in guarding and preserving the Word of Yahweh, he was mightily blessed (Numbers 25:6).

  • Numbers 25:10-13 Yahweh said to Moses, “Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, hath turned my wrath away from the children of Israel, while he was zealous for my sake among them, that I consumed not the children of Israel with my zeal. Behold, I give unto him my Covenant of peace: And he shall have it and his seed after him, the Covenant of an everlasting priesthood; because he was zealous for his God, and made an atonement for the children of Israel.”

We are told there were eighty High Priests/Kohanim Gedolim serving during the First Temple times and three hundred during the time of the Second Temple. All were descendants of Phinehas. The seed of Phinehas was in the loins of Abraham and if we are of the seed of Abraham we too have the potential of the heart of Phinehas within us.

  • Galatians 3:7, 29 “Understand, then, that those who believe are children of Abraham. If you belong to Yeshua, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” (John 2:14-17; Galatians 3:15-16).

In the loins (DNA) of Abraham were generations of this promised seed. We, as part of God’s people, were in the loins of Abraham and are part of this mystery and promise in the order of Melchizedek. What Melchizedek possessed, Phineas possessed and his sons, the Sons of Zadok, possessed.  Righteous behavior and corresponding righteous action reflects this order. This conduct comes through the Spirit of Yeshua who is our King and High Priest. The Priesthood is a spiritual lineage not a blood lineage. It is Yeshua’s Priesthood we serve in today (1 Peter 1:10-13).

  • John 8:56 “Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My [Yeshua’s] day, and he [Abraham] saw it and was glad.”

The order of Melchizedek is found in those who walk in the intimacy of the Messiah and in full knowledge, understanding and lifestyle of His principles. They are those who had no previous knowledge of Torah, cannot prove their Israelite lineage and do not have a predecessor in office. This seed was spiritually imparted to them, as it was to Abraham.

Before Yahweh established the Aaronic/Levitical priesthood, the firstborn sons of each family from all the tribes of Israel were called to be the priests.  The order of Melchizedek is this priesthood. It is a heart line, not a physical bloodline as Aaron’s priesthood. The Levitical priesthood introduced at Mount Sinai is to serve and undergird, as a prototype of redemption and restoration, for the firstborn until the coming of the Messiah.  In His earthly ministry Yeshua re-instated the firstborn to its original order – the order of Melchizedek (Genesis 14:18-20; 1 Peter 2:5, 9; Hebrews 7:1; Revelation 1:6; 5:10; 20:6). 

  • 1 Peter 2:5, 9 “You also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ/Yeshua Ha Mashiach… You area chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.”
  • Romans 4:11,16 “And he [Abraham] received the sign of circumcision [Strong’s G4061 peritome], as a seal of the righteousness of his faith while he was yet uncircumcised [Strong’s G203 akrobustia] that he might be the father of all them that believe, though they may not be circumcised [akrobustia]; that righteousness might be imputed to them also. Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by unmerited favor; to the end that the promise might be made certain to all the seed; not to that only which is of the Torah, but to those also who are of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all” (Galatians 3:7).

Galatians 3:28-29 “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus/Yeshua Ha Mashiach.  And if you are Messiah’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.”

Definitions

Strong’s G4061   peritome    -  one who is circumcised
Strong’s G 203   akrobustia  -  one who was circumcised
Strong’s G 564   aperitome   -  one who is uncircumcised

Peritome: The original New Testament translators did not fully understand that once you became a believer, walking in the Torah lifestyle, you were no longer called Jew or Greek/Gentile. A peritome is one who is a believer walking in the principles of God (the Gospel) that were given at Mount Sinai, and who is able to rightly understand and correctly teach these principles of Torah to others. The peritome has taken off the old man (the carnal nature that led to sin) and is producing fruit worthy of a Torah lifestyle called the Fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.  This is a circumcised or a peritome person in Scripture (Galatians 5:22-23).  

Akrobustia: The akrobustia is one who had the knowledge of the Torah and the principles of God but fraternized with carnal ways. This resulted in their falling away into lawlessness. By acting as an uncircumcised, the akrobustia tossed away their circumcision. However, through repentance, the akrobustia began to return to Torah and the principles of Yahweh and once again begin to walk in the circumcision of heart. Akrobustia is also used in the New Testament/Brit Chadasha for the returning lost sheep of the House of Israel (Joseph). The House of Israel (the Northern Kingdom) had assimilated into the Nations (Gentiles) thereby loosing their parentage and identity in Yahweh and in Israel. Today they are returning from the valley of dry bones to the hearts of their fathers. The Spirit of Elijah (Yeshua) is being loosed on those who have the heart of the Messiah and follow after Torah (Yahweh’s teaching and instruction).  Through repentance and a teachable heart, they are learning to walk in obedience to the directives in the Torah and embrace their Hebrew roots and heritage in the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob once again. The returnees are also the physical seed of Abraham – the restoration of the House of David/David’s Covenant. An akrobustia is seen in the story of the returning prodigal son and with John the Baptist baptizing thousands returning through repentance to their original Torah lifestyle (Isaiah 40:3; Ezekiel 37:1-14; Malachi 4: 6; Luke 15:11-32; John 1:23; Romans 2:25-27, 3:30, 4:9-12; Galatians 3:8; Hebrews 8: 8-10).

Aperitome: An aperitome person is one who is not truly circumcised in their heart. They may see themselves as believers but their lifestyle choices are far from having a surrendered heart or truly seeking after a reflective walk in Yeshua. The aperitome may be desirous of a sanctified life but only as far as it agrees with their preference and not necessarily with Yahweh’s principles.  They see themselves as Christians and nice people. They spiritualize their walk and belief of God and tend see His word through allegorical terms but not necessarily through a physical application of His word for them – especially not today. They hold this same attitude when it comes to Yahweh’s Sabbath and Feast Days and only lean toward them if they do not interfere with their social schedule. Wisdom and discernment between clean and unclean, holy and unholy ways are partially grasped but rarely put into effect. They have a blending of other religious celebrations, which tend to override Yahweh’s Feast Days. The carnal nature may still be evident in their lives and war against Yahweh’s nature such as unforgiveness, anger, jealousy, rage, immorality, manipulation, control, blasphemy, filthy language and bitterness are just some of the underlying fruits produced by an uncircumcised heart. This is what Scripture calls an uncircumcised person or an unbeliever. In Scripture we see the aperitome in the parable of the five unwise virgins who lacked oil in Matthew 25. There is no difference of witness between this person and a pagan (Colossians 3:8-9; James 2).

  • Matthew 7:22-23 “Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness [you who continually rebel and walk outside Torah principles]!’”
  • Matthew 22:2-14 “The kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who arranged a marriage for his son, and sent out his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding; and they were not willing to come. Again, he sent out other servants, saying, ‘Tell those who are invited, see, I have prepared my dinner; my oxen and fatted cattle are killed, and all things are ready. Come to the wedding.’  But they made light of it and went their ways, one to his own farm, another to his business.  And the rest seized his servants, treated them spitefully, and killed them. But when the king heard about it, he was furious. And he sent out his armies, destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city. Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy.  Therefore go into the highways, and as many as you find, invite to the wedding.’  So those servants went out into the highways and gathered together all whom they found, both bad and good. And the wedding hall was filled with guests. But when the king came in to see the guests, he saw a man there who did not have on a wedding garment.  So he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you come in here without a wedding garment?’ And he was speechless. Then the king said to the servants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ For many are called, but few are chosen [few choose].”
  • Matthew 13:3-9 “Behold, a sower went out to sow.  And as he sowed, some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds came and devoured them.  Some fell on stony places, where they did not have much earth; and they immediately sprang up because they had no depth of earth. But when the sun was up they were scorched, and because they had no root they withered away. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up and choked them. But others fell on good ground and yielded a crop: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”

An Everlasting Priesthood

  • “Behold, I give unto him my covenant of peace [Marriage Covenant/the Davidic Covenant]: and he shall have it, and his seed after him, the covenant of an everlasting priesthood; because he was zealous for his God, and made an atonement for the children of Israel” (Numbers 25:12-13).

When the Children of Israel disobeyed the message (His teaching and instruction), the House of Israel (Joseph) was scattered into exile 135 years before the House of Judah. Joseph was taken northeast up into Assyria. Judah’s exile was into Babylon. Later, a very small remnant from the House of Judah (mostly priests) returned to the Land, while the main body of exiles from the House of Judah chose to remain in Babylon (see Ezra 2). Joseph stayed hidden up north and eventually assimilated, and continued to scatter throughout the Nations (2 Kings 17 and 25).

Yahweh promised to bring His people back from the north (Isaiah 43:6; 49:12; Jeremiah 16:15). John the Baptist was a priest from the line of Abijah (1 Chronicles 24:10). He was anointed from birth to herald in the Messiah in the spirit of Elijah. Elijah was an Ephraimite, a Tishbite from the Northern Kingdom.  John the Baptist chose not to walk in the grandeur of the priesthood or priestly function in the Temple, as his father had, but took on a humble existence ministering in the wilderness. He was a voice (trumpet) crying in the wilderness to those coming in from the Nations - the lost sheep, also called hidden ones, from the House of Israel. He was calling them to return to the ways of Yahweh. Walking in Yahweh’s pathways announces and prepares the way for the Messiah (Luke 1:5-25, 57-80; 3:1-20).

Today many believers are coming forth under the order of Melchizedek. Those who had no previous background in the principles of Torah are returning with a right heart and in an attitude of righteousness and holiness. They will proclaim the way of Yahweh in the wilderness as they look for their hidden brothers scattered throughout the nations. They are ‘Joseph’ coming home.

The root word for everlasting, as in everlasting covenant, is the word hidden. The hidden ones are the ones proclaiming the way of Yahweh. They cry out in the wilderness,

  • Isaiah 40:3 “Prepare the way of Yahweh; make straight in the desert a highway for our God/Elohim. Every valley shall be exalted and every mountain and hill brought low; the crooked places shall be made straight and the rough places smooth; the glory of Yahweh shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together; for the mouth of Yahweh has spoken.”

Many believers are asking, seeking and responding to questions like: Who will take a stand and walk in His ways? Who will put aside old idols and pagan worship? Who will rejoice in His Feast Days? Who will walk in all the glory and pageantry of His courts and delight in His teaching and instruction? Who will declare this message in the assemblies of those who call themselves children of the God Most High? Where are those who minister in His Holy Place?

  • Hebrews 6:19-20 “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where Yeshua, who went before us, has entered on our behalf. He has become a High Priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.”

The Sons of Zadok

C.R. Oliver in his book The Sons of Zadok wrote,

“I knew that theological seminaries taught how to minister to the people, but none seemed to teach anything about ministering to God. What characterizes the person who may minister to God? Ezekiel 44:14 was a pivotal verse, separating those who will minister to the people and declaring who will NOT minister to Him. ‘Yet I will put them [the unholy clergy characterized in the previous verses in Ezekiel] in charge of the duties of the temple and all the work that is to be done in it.”

“The previous verses define the duties of the defiled clergy. Ezekiel 44:10-14 says they were to be identified by a straying congregation. An unholy clergy would minister to an unholy congregation. The clergy were worshipping idols alongside the people. They stood before the people, taught them, lead them in worship, did the pulpit work, administered educational and social programs, directed activities related to the congregation, and looked after the physical plant but they were not to minister to god.”

“Only the Sons of Zadok were to minister to God. Ezekiel 44:15 marks a dividing line between clergy and clergy. It is the summum bonum of discernment regarding the ministry. Once learned, it will comprise the criteria for all judgment regarding the clergy and their work in the church.”

“But the priest the Levites, the Sons of Zadok, that kept the charge of my sanctuary when the children of Israel went astray from me,…they shall stand before me…They shall enter into my sanctuary, and they shall come near to my table, to minister unto me, and they shall keep my charge” (Ezekiel 44:15-16).

“What kind of ministry do you want – one that only ministers to people or one that ministers to God?” In the first situation, the minister faces the congregation, while in the latter situation, the minister is turned to God and the people are privileged to view. Ezekiel had observed the priests and Levites worshipping idols in their private quarters near the Temple. These were the very ones who were charged with the spiritual care of Israel. God’s Spirit showed Ezekiel how things really were in the Temple on earth and how different it was compared to God’s plan for the Temple. Ezekiel saw, not as common men would see, that every sacrifice seemed to be in order from a human view. Every law seemed to be kept. The Temple looked, from all appearances, to be alive and well. The people were being ministered to; the sin offerings and the peace offerings looked “in order.” The scriptures were read and explained. The people were satisfied with their ministers (Revelation 22:11).

“God showed Ezekiel the clergymen’s hearts. He revealed how they secretly worshipped idols and how they committed adultery physically and spiritually. Ezekiel was repulsed. His holy heart cried out for God to do something. God answered by saying that they were not to be removed from office, nor would lightening strike them dead. God intended to do nothing but allow them to continue. If the people were satisfied with idolatrous, adulterous leadership, then God would not intervene. One difference would be made. Those priests would not be able to minister to Him. Holiness was required for that office.

“The sons of Zadok, as they ministered to God through their sacrifices and their leadership, walked in holiness. Their prayers were mingled with their anointed, sweet-smelling savor at the altar of incense. Their holiness exuded from their lives as they offered sin and peace offerings. The people knew they were different.”

“Ritual was not observed by the Sons of Zadok; they entered into the presence of the Lord during their duties. They taught the people the difference between the holy and the profane. They did not wear their holy garments used in service as they walked in the streets. They did not need notoriety as priests before the people. The people observed their different behavior. They were holy men doing holy things, and God blessed them. They walked differently, they talked differently; their lives reflected the holiness of the Lord. They took seriously, “Be ye holy as I am holy” (1 Peter 1:16). They took the opportunity to teach the people to discern between the unclean and the clean (Ezekiel 44:23).

Oliver continued,

“I turned my back to the students and entered into a dramatic scenario, posing as a priest offering prayer before the altar. I described the glory of God and how smoke filled the atmosphere, how their hearts were clean and pure, and how the Lord honored them with His presence. The people could see that the Sons of Zadok were different. Then, I turned to the students and asked them what was going to be the character of their ministry? They must choose. Would they be servants of the people only ministering to their needs? If so, they could live like every other professing minister. They could be worldly and profane and still occupy high pulpits and be respected. They would still have a title. Higher education would propel them to higher degrees and still greater respect. If they lived just a nominal Christian life, they would still be appreciated and respected by the multitudes. They would be addressed as "Pastor," and their rank would be based on the size of their congregation. Committee and the wealth of the people would determine their salaries. The role of the clergy was clearly defined: Stay within the guidelines and you will succeed. BUT – that group may not minister unto God.”

“Only the Sons of Zadok [Righteousness; those who have entered into the order of Melchizedek through the Abrahamic, Mosaic and Davidic Covenant] could come before the Lord and minister unto Him. Those who walk in holiness, compromising no aspect of Word or walk, and who teach the people to be holy, qualify. To minister to God begins with clean hands and a pure heart. Its rewards are different; instead of accolades from men, the Sons of Zadok find accolade from the Lord. His presence insures that peace reigns and every dedicated thing in Israel shall be theirs. (Ezekiel 44:29). Peace will rest upon the congregates houses as they minister to them holiness and the way of the Lord” (End of quote).

(For more information on Priesthood and the Davidic Covenant please refer to Emor and Korach teachings at www.sheepfoldgleanings.com).

The Bride of Yeshua – The Walk of a High Priest

Without the understanding of Yahweh’s principles and Covenants, even the best intentioned Bride will lose her way. Yahweh is calling His Bride to rise up and go out to meet Him today. His way (His word) is clearly laid out before us to follow. Everything is finished and made ready. It is time for the Bride to rise up and go out to meet her Bridegroom.

  • Song of Solomon 2:10-13 “My beloved spoke, and said to me: ‘Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away. For lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone.  The flowers appear on the earth; the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land. The fig tree puts forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grapes give a good smell. Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away!’”

Census and Permanent Land Allotment Size

  • Numbers 26: 1-65 “Take a census of the whole Israelite community by families - all those twenty years old or more who are able to serve in the army of Israel. The land is to be allotted to them as an inheritance based on the number of names.”

Smaller tribes inherited smaller plots of land that would support them and larger families inherited land the size that would support their needs.

Zelophehad’s Daughters
Numbers 27:1–11

  • Numbers 27:1-4 “Then came the daughters of Zelophehad the son of Hepher, the son of Gilead, the son of Machir, the son of Manasseh, from the families of Manasseh the son of Joseph; and these were the names of his daughters: Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Tirzah. And they stood before Moses, before Eleazar the priest, and before the leaders and all the congregation, by the doorway of the tabernacle of meeting, saying: ‘Our father died in the wilderness; but he was not in the company of those who gathered together against Yahweh, in company with Korah, but he died in his own sin; and he had no sons. Why should the name of our father be removed from among his family because he had no son? Give us a possession among our father's brothers.’”

The census and allotment were counted according to male gender. Land passed from father to son with the provision that sons would support their widowed mothers and unmarried sisters. But a man named Zelophehad from the tribe of Manasseh, who had been among those rescued from Egypt and later died on the journey to the Land, had five daughters and no sons. Zelophehad was not involved in the sin of the golden calf but died with the first generation. As the daughters had no physical male to inherit through, they come to Moses to fairly plead their case and procure an inheritance.

Just because the Torah may seem silent on an issue does not mean that it has been done away with. The daughters responded duly in taking their case before Moses. They presented it appropriately and in a respectful manner. Their approach and manner before leadership brought great respect that was a credit to their upbringing.

Moses responded likewise. He did not turn them away for being young or being women. Moses weighed the merit of their presentation with Yahweh, who ruled in their favor. Yahweh’s government is the inheritance believers receive when they walk in the fullness of Torah. When His people do, the Bride of Yeshua receives an inheritance along with all of Israel regardless of gender, race or tribe. If believers are one in Messiah and walk according to His ways, they too will have a heritage and birthright in the physical land of Israel. Moses rightly communicated the Law as Yahweh originated it. Moses’ superior and judge of all, Yeshua, has granted His people full access and rights to the inherited Land of Israel through their forefather Abraham and his decedents Isaac and Jacob (Galatians 3:7-9, 29).

Joshua to Succeed Moses
Numbers 27:12-23

At this point in their journey Yahweh spoke to Moses about his approaching last days. Before his death Moses would be permitted to see the Promised Land from a high vantage point but not enter into it …at that time. Would we have peace like that of Moses when hearing such news? Will we have the relationship with our Heavenly Father, trusting so deeply in His Faithfulness, that we would have comfort?

Moses humbly accepted the news of his impending death and continued to serve Yahweh. He said, “May Yahweh, the Elohim of the spirits of all mankind, appoint a man over this community to go out and come in before them, one who will lead them out and bring them in, so Yahweh’s people will not be like sheep without a shepherd” (Numbers 27:15-17).

No one would be surprised at the choice of Joshua to succeed him; after all, Joshua had aided Moses since his youth. He was with Moses in the Tent, meeting face to face with Yahweh. He was with Moses when he received the Ten Commandments on Mount Sinai. He brought back a good report when the twelve leaders spied out the land. He was Moses’ constant companion, not leaving his side. Moses, however, did not assume he knew who the next leader of Israel would be. We also do not see Moses suggesting someone he thought would be a suitable candidate. In this way, Moses showed great leadership and trust in Yahweh, as He alone knows the heart of man. The depth of humility in Moses is a gift to the body of believers today. Thus we have Joshua succeeding Moses, chosen by Yahweh (Numbers 11:28).

The Offerings
Numbers 28:1-39:40

The list of offerings showed the order and importance of the Feasts Days, which gives believers a greater revelation and appreciation of them. Yahweh, through the offerings, is presenting believers the way of His protocol and increase. The offerings are designated for the widows, fatherless, strangers and the Levites among us. However not many understand what the offerings are or how to present them. Often, offerings are given randomly with no regulated order in mind.  

In Numbers 28 we see Yahweh prescribe a method for how His offerings ought to be brought. Yahweh’s people are taught not to come into His presence empty handed. Worshippers are always to bring something. Offering on His appointed days, times and seasons, daily, weekly, monthly and at His appointed Feasts Days/moedim carries an anointing. They were to be given over and above the ten percent tithe and came from the ninety percent portion after the tithe is given. This offering is called holy unto Yahweh and is our holy portion before Him.

  • Luke 21:1-4  “And He looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury, and He saw also a certain poor widow putting in two mites.  So He said, ‘Truly I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all; for all these out of their abundance have put in offerings for God, but she out of her poverty put in all the livelihood that she had.’”
  • Act 10:3-4 “About the ninth hour of the day he saw clearly in a vision an angel of God coming in and saying to him, ‘Cornelius!’ And when he observed him, he was afraid, and said, ‘What is it, lord?’ So he said to him, ‘Your prayers and your alms have come up for a memorial before God.’”

The daily offerings are given during the daily morning and evening hours of prayer. What do we bring? Depending on your circumstances, pray and offer what Yahweh puts on your heart to give. Remember it is not about the financial amount but about the heart that responds. Offerings are also given on the Sabbath, the New Moon, and during the spring Feast Days (Passover, Unleavened Bread and Firstfruits/Shavuot) and during the fall Feast Days (Yom Teruah/Day of Blowing/Trumpets, Yom Kippur/Day of Atonement, Sukkot/Tabernacles and Shemini Atzeret/The Eighth Day). With the use of this system there was no lack and the Israelite community thrived. The presentation of alms is a response to the truth. Its purpose and goal is to point to the Messiah  (Zechariah 14:16-21; Hebrews Chapters 3-4). 

  • Isaiah 61:10-11 “I delight greatly in Yahweh; my soul rejoices in my Elohim. For He has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. For as the soil makes the sprout come up and a garden causes seeds to grow, so the Sovereign Yahweh will make righteousness and praise spring up before all nations.”

Shabbat Shalom,

Julie Parker

References

Reference to High Priests: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Kohanim.jpg and http://www.aish.com/jl/h/cc/48938582.html

The Sons of Zadok by C.R.Oliver http://www.zadokpublications.com/order_form.htm

Salt Covenant: Vayikra Leviticus 1:1-5:26 by Julie Parker www.sheepfoldgleanings.com

Korach Numbers 16:1-18:32 by Julie Parker www.sheepfoldgleanings.com

Feast Days: Emor Leviticus 21:1 to 24:23 by Julie Parker www.sheepfoldgleanings.com

The Truth of Reformation by Jeffrey L. Weiss www.amazon.com

Sheep Banner by Phil Haswell

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