First, let me dispel a myth; Torah is not law but instruction. The plural of Torah is Torot. In Judaism the first five (5) books of the Bible are known as Torah but inside the pages there are many instructions for us to use to have a good, loving relationship with our Father/Creator.
Myth number (2): Yeshua/Jesus did not do away with Torah. That is impossible. Why? Read John Chapter 1. Yeshua is the WORD of Elohim, therefore He would be doing away with Himself. Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.
Now, let me apologize, once again for taking so long to write another article. I have started several and still feel that they are valuable, in of themselves, but I think this inadvertent discovery in scripture, shows the value of closely studying ALL scripture. Please read closely Paul’s words to his spiritual son, Timothy: 2Ti 3:14 But you, stay in what you have learned and trusted, having known from whom you have learned,
2Ti 3:15 and that from a babe you have known the Set-apart Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for deliverance through belief in Messiah יהושע.
2Ti 3:16 All Scripture is breathed by Elohim and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for setting straight, for instruction in righteousness,
2Ti 3:17 that the man of Elohim might be fitted, equipped for every good work.
Remember, there was no “New Testament” in Paul’s day, there was only the “Old” Testament. Peter, James, John, Matthew, Mark, Luke and Paul did not conspire to write a “New” Testament. That was done, beginning about 300 years later, by 7 ecumenical councils. What the writers of the B’rit Hadasha did was write letters to congregations to reassure them that their faith in the Messiah was genuine. Read how Luke explains it so well: Luk 1:1 Since many have indeed taken in hand to set in order an account of the matters completely confirmed among us,
Luk 1:2 as those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and servants of the word delivered them to us,
Luk 1:3 it seemed good to me as well, having followed up all these matters exactly from the beginning, to write to you an orderly account, most excellent Theophilos,
Luk 1:4 that you might know the certainty of the words which you were taught.
The gospel of Luke was a personal letter to Theophilos to let him know that his faith in Yeshua Hamaschiach was not in vain. Read what he says in Acts: Act 1:1 The first account I made, O Theophilos, of all that יהושע began both to do and to teach,
Act 1:2 until the day when He was taken up, after giving instructions through the Set-apart Spirit to the emissaries whom He had chosen,
Act 1:3 to whom He also presented Himself alive after His suffering by many infallible proofs, being seen by them for forty days, speaking concerning the reign of Elohim. // Do you see that Luke is writing Acts as further proof of the validity of the ministry of Yeshua. If you do not yet understand what that ministry was, please go back and read or reread https://codgerville.wordpress.com/2017/05/29/for-we-wrestle-not-against-flesh-and-blood-part-vii-yhvh-yeshua-you/
Now, in this article I will examine a different aspect of Yeshua’s ministry and what it means to us today. The new aspect is the role of Yeshua as our High Priest. He has now taught Torah, lived Torah so that He can restore us to a covenant relationship with our Creator and Elohim, YHVH. He is now ascended to the Father, seated on the right hand of power and is our High Priest, so let’s look as that new role for our Messiah. Heb_2:17 So in every way He had to be made like His brothers, in order to become a compassionate and trustworthy High Priest in matters related to Elohim, to make atonement for the sins of the people.
Heb_3:1 Therefore, set-apart brothers, partakers of the heavenly calling, closely consider the Emissary and High Priest of our confession, Messiah יהושע,
Heb_4:14 Therefore, since we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, יהושע the Son of Elohim, let us hold fast our confession.
Heb_4:15 For we do not have a High Priest unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who was tried in all respects as we are, apart from sin.
Heb_5:5 So also the Messiah did not extol Himself to become High Priest, but it was He who said to Him, “You are My Son, today I have brought You forth.”
Heb_5:10 having been designated by Elohim a High Priest “according to the order of Malkitseḏeq,”
Heb_6:20 where יהושע has entered as a forerunner for us, having become High Priest forever according to the order of Malkitseḏeq.
Heb_7:26 For it was fitting that we should have such a High Priest – kind, innocent, undefiled, having been separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens,
Heb_8:1 Now the summary of what we are saying is: We have such a High Priest, who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Greatness in the heavens,
Heb_8:3 For every high priest is appointed to offer both gifts and slaughters. So it was also necessary for this One to have somewhat to offer.
Heb_9:7 But into the second part the high priest went alone once a year, not without blood, which he offered for himself and for sins of ignorance of the people,
Heb_9:11 But Messiah, having become a High Priest of the coming good matters, through the greater and more perfect Tent not made with hands, that is, not of this creation,
Heb_9:25 not that He should offer Himself often, as the high priest enters into the Set-apart Place year by year with blood not his own.
Heb_10:21 and having a High Priest over the House of Elohim,
Yeshua is our High Priest. He makes atonement for our sins. So now let’s look at one of the forgotten roles of the High Priest.
THE TORAH OF LEPROSY: (Leviticus 14:32-57: focus scripture Lev. 14:32-45)
Do I hear some of you whining? What was that? The Torah is so old. Leprosy has all been done away with. Of the 7+billion people on the Earth only about 180,000 have leprosy. It is totally curable. Why, with universal worldwide healthcare it will be wiped out in a few years. Right?
Look at Leviticus 14:34 again: “When you come into the land of Kenaʽan, which I am giving you as a possession, and I put a plague of leprosy in a house in the land of your possession, Who put the plague there and why?
Leprosy is a plague that infects a house. What constitutes a house? Let’s find out. Let’s look at some very important houses in scripture. House of Israel first:
- Exo 40:38 For the cloud of יהוה was on the Dwelling Place by day, and fire was on it by night, before the eyes of all the house of Yisra’ĕl, in all their journeys.
- Lev 10:6 And Mosheh said to Aharon, and to Elʽazar and to Ithamar, his sons, “Do not unbind your heads nor tear your garments, lest you die, and wrath come upon all the people. But let your brothers, all the house of Yisra’ĕl, bewail the burning which יהוה has kindled.
- Mat 10:6 but rather go to the lost sheep of the house of Yisra’ĕl.
- Mat 15:24 And He answering, said, “I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Yisra’ĕl.”
Look again at Matthew 15:24. Yeshua was not sent to anyone but the lost sheep of the House of Israel. If you are not “of Israel” He did not come for you. Please read, reread and read again Romans 11. Paul (Sha’ul) is explaining who is Israel; those that have been grafted in. Isa_14:1 Because יהוה has compassion on Yaʽaqoḇ, and shall again choose Yisra’ĕl, and give them rest in their own land. And the strangers shall join them, and they shall cling to the house of Yaʽaqoḇ. We are the strangers that have joined ourselves to Israel, not the physical nation in the Middle-East, it will go away. Yah’s Word is talking about spiritual Israel. If you believe in the Messiah Yeshua you are of Abraham: Gal 3:28 There is not Yehuḏite nor Greek, there is not slave nor free, there is not male and female, for you are all one in Messiah יהושע.
Gal 3:29 And if you are of Messiah, then you are seed of Aḇraham, and heirs according to promise. YOU ARE OF THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL AND AS SUCH YOU WILL RECEIVE BOTH THE BLESSINGS AND THE CURSES. ((LEVITICUS 26 FOR BOTH))
Now let’s look at a couple of more houses:
- Dan 4:30 The sovereign spoke and said, “Is not this great Baḇel, which I myself have built, for the house of the reign, by the might of my power and for the esteem of my splendour?”
- Isa 23:1 The message concerning Tsor. Howl, you ships of Tarshish! For it has been destroyed, without house, without harbour. From the land of Kittim it has been revealed to them. ((Does this scripture sound familiar. There is a reason for that.))
- Eze 38:6 Gomer, and all his bands; the house of Togarmah of the north quarters, and all his bands: and many people with thee.
These are just a few of the houses mentioned in scripture. There are over 1220 verses of scripture that mention various houses, 294 for Israel alone. A house can be a one room dwelling or a city-state, a nation, kingdom or Empire. Do you live in a house?
What is the High Priest supposed to do?
Lev 14:37 And he shall look on the plague, and, behold, if the plague be in the walls of the house with hollow strakes, greenish or reddish, which in sight are lower than the wall;
Lev 14:38 Then the priest shall go out of the house to the door of the house, and shut up the house seven days:
The High Priest comes in and inspects for a plague, something that defiles the house. Did our Messiah do that? Let’s look: Joh 2:13 And the Jews’ passover was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem,
Joh 2:14 And found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting:
Joh 2:15 And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers’ money, and overthrew the tables;
Joh 2:16 And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father’s house an house of merchandise.
Joh 2:17 And his disciples remembered that it was written, The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up.
Yeshua went into His Father’s House and it was a house of thieves instead of a house of prayer. This was very early in Yeshua’s ministry. Now, what else will happen to the infected house? Lev 14:39 And the priest shall come again the seventh day, and shall look: and, behold, if the plague be spread in the walls of the house;
Lev 14:40 Then the priest shall command that they take away the stones in which the plague is, and they shall cast them into an unclean place without the city:
Lev 14:41 And he shall cause the house to be scraped within round about, and they shall pour out the dust that they scrape off without the city into an unclean place: ((Did our Savior do this?)) Mat 21:12 And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves,
Mat 21:13 And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.
Mat 21:14 And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple; and he healed them.
Mat 21:15 And when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying in the temple, and saying, Hosanna to the Son of David; they were sore displeased,
Luk 19:45 And he went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold therein, and them that bought;
Luk 19:46 Saying unto them, It is written, My house is the house of prayer: but ye have made it a den of thieves.
What happens next has always been one of the most puzzling scriptures in the entire Bible. First let’s look at the role of the High Priest if he returns and finds the plague still there: Lev 14:44 Then the priest shall come and look, and, behold, if the plague be spread in the house, it is a fretting leprosy in the house: it is unclean. ((Did our Savior do this as well?)) You bet He did and now for the most out of place scripture in the Bible: Mar 11:11 And Jesus entered into Jerusalem, and into the temple: and when he had looked round about upon all things, and now the eventide was come, he went out unto Bethany with the twelve.
Did you see it? Yeshua just walked into the temple and looked around at all THINGS going on in the temple and left. What happens next? Hold on! Mat 24:1 And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple.
Mat 24:2 And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.
Mar 13:1 And as he went out of the temple, one of his disciples saith unto him, Master, see what manner of stones and what buildings are here!
Mar 13:2 And Jesus answering said unto him, Seest thou these great buildings? there shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.
Luk 21:5 And as some spake of the temple, how it was adorned with goodly stones and gifts, he said,
Luk 21:6 As for these things which ye behold, the days will come, in the which there shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.
GET IT? Yeshua, our High Priest drove out the plague, the money-changers, the preachers for profit, turned over their tables and cleared the temple of the plague. Does America have a similar plague today? Hmm? Maybe? Are we not sacrificing our children to Molech? Do we buy and sell in our Father’s House? Do we keep his commands? Do we keep the sabbath holy anymore? What is the judgment that Yeshua brought onto the House of Elohim? Let’s look: Mat 23:37 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!
Mat 23:38 Behold, your house is left unto you desolate.
Luk_13:35 Behold, your house is left unto you desolate: and verily I say unto you, Ye shall not see me, until the time come when ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.
Act 1:20 For it is written in the book of Psalms, Let his habitation be desolate, and let no man dwell therein: and his bishoprick let another take.((Why did I include this verse of scripture? Please look at the word bishoprick. It comes from the Greek word episkope (G1984) which comes from G1980 which means…inspection)) Let’s look for G1984 in scripture: Luk_19:44 And shall lay thee even with the ground, and thy children within thee; and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another; because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation. The word visitation is from G1984. Visitation=inspection. Jerusalem did not know the day of their inspection. Do we have a day of visitation in the house of America? Will America be judged? Yes, it already has been. The gavel of the judge has already struck the bench. America has been judged. Now, America is living on death row waiting for the day of its judgment to be executed. When will judgment be executed? I do not know but I do know that the first stage of America’s judgment will take place before the spring of 2024. Will it be tomorrow? Maybe. Will it be 2018? Maybe. What kind of judgment will it be? Let’s revisit Isaiah 23:1: The message concerning Tsor. Howl, you ships of Tarshish! For it has been destroyed, without house, without harbour. From the land of Kittim it has been revealed to them. ((Remember, I asked you if this sounded familiar.)) Does it?
Rev 18:11 “And the merchants of the earth weep and mourn over her, because no one buys their merchandise any more –
Rev 18:12 merchandise of gold and silver, and precious stone and pearls, and fine linen and purple, and silk and scarlet, and all citron wood, and every object of ivory, and every object of most precious wood and bronze and iron and marble,
Rev 18:13 and cinnamon and incense, and fragrant oil and frankincense, and wine and oil, and fine flour and wheat, and cattle and sheep, and horses and carriages, and bodies and lives of men.
Rev 18:14 “And the fruit that your being longed for has gone from you. And all your riches and splendour are lost to you, and you shall find them no more, not at all.
Rev 18:15 “The merchants of these, those who became rich by her, shall stand at a distance for fear of her torture, weeping and mourning,
Rev 18:16 and saying, ‘Woe! Woe, the great city that was dressed in fine linen and purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls!
Rev 18:17 ‘For in one hour such great riches was laid waste.’ And every shipmaster, and every passenger, and sailors, and as many as work the sea for their living, stood at a distance,
Rev 18:18 and cried out when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, ‘What is like this great city?’
Now do you see why the scripture looked familiar? It is a scripture of judgment. It almost sounds as though it is a financial judgment doesn’t it? Our commerce dried up and died in a single day.
NOW DO YOU SEE WHY THE TORAH OF LEPROSY APPLIES TO YOU TODAY? DO YOU LIVE IN A HOUSE? IS THAT HOUSE KNOWN AS AMERICA? RUSSIA? GREAT BRITAIN? AUSTRALIA? EUROPE? WHAT IS THE NAME OF YOUR HOUSE? IS IT KEEPING YHVH’S COMMANDS?
Num 6:22 And יהוה spoke to Mosheh, saying,
Num 6:23 “Speak to Aharon and his sons, saying, ‘This is how you bless the children of Yisra’ĕl. Say to them:
Num 6:24 “יהוה bless you and guard you;
Num 6:25 יהוה make His face shine upon you, and show favour to you;
Num 6:26 יהוה lift up His face upon you, and give you peace.”
Num 6:27 “Thus they shall put My Name on the children of Yisra’ĕl, and I Myself shall bless them.”