Friday, March 25, 2011

Torah parsha 26 Shmini Leviticus 9:1-11:47

In this parsha we see Aharon offering sacrifices first for himself, his sons, the elders, and for the children of Yisrael. In chapter nine we see Aharon offering a sin offering(a young calf without blemish) and a burnt offering(a ram) first for himself then his sons and then the elders. After Aharon offered the sacrifices to Yahweh he then offered the sacrifices for all the children of Yisrael. These are the offerings for the children of Yisrael.

sin offering-a kid of the goats 1st year without blemish
burnt offering-a calf and a lamb 1st year without blemish
shalom offering-a bull and a ram
grain offering mixed with oil

These offerings were all offered to prepare the children of Yisrael to meet with Yahweh. In verses 5-6 of chapter nine all Yisrael came together in unity at the Mishkan to stand before Yahweh. First the people had to prepare themselves before they drew near to Yahweh. This is a good lesson to learn since we as believers are waiting for Yeshua to return in full glory. We need to be prepared to meet with our Lord and savior.

In Verse seven Yahweh commanded Aharon to offer the sacrifices first for himself and then for the people. This verse speaks to me about getting right with Yahweh before I can begin to teach and help others. Messiah Yeshua taught us this in the Brit Hadashah in Matt. 7:1-5 just like Aharon ministered for the people before Yahweh our High priest Messiah Yeshua ministered for us in the heavenly Tabernacle. Read Hebrews 5:1-10

In verses 8-16 of chapter 9 we see Aharon doing all that he was commanded to do. Obedience is key in serving Yahweh. Remember that obedience is better than sacrifice. In verse 22 After all the offerings were burnt and shalom offerings Aharon lifted up his hand (most likely his right hand wich imparts blessings) and blessed the people. I think it is very likely that Aharon blessed the people with the Aaronic benidiction found in Numbers 6:24-27 .
Verse 23-24 Moshe and Aharon go inside the Mishkan and come out and bless the people again; then the glory of Yahweh appeared to all the people. Fire came out from before Yahweh and consumed the sacrifice that was on the altar. To me this is a sign that when you approach Yahweh his way (follow his Torah) you will be accepted and truly He will manifest Himself to you. I think that according to verse 24 the presence of Yaweh was so great that all the people could really do is fall on their faces and worship the one true Elohim. Someting very similar happened when Shlomo built and dedicated the first temple.
(Read First Kings 8:10-11)

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