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Right away this Parsha explodes with an intriguing enigma – seen in the first phrase of the verse that gives us our title: VaYikra – and He called. Here is how it is written. א * וNote the diminished Alef! Last year we looked at it from a different angle, so let‟s see what Abba reveals now! Curiously, solving the puzzle begins with the numbers! We know the value of Alef is 1. However, it is also seen in the number 111 which is the total number of verses in this Parsha and the value of the word aleph, ' אלףalaph, itself. We know this is one of the two letters Yahshua identified Himself with (Alef-Tav). In fact, we see Alef hidden in an anagram in a unique place prophetically – Is. 9: 6 where His name is called Wonderful, #6382,
פלאpele', wonder, extraordinary, a hard thing to understand, to separate or
distinguish! This segues nicely with how the diminished Alef seems separated from the letters Vav-Yod-Qof-Resh. The Vav serves as a conjunction „and‟; this leaves the letters יwhich form the Hebrew word, #3365, yaqar, meaning to esteem, to be valuable, splendor, and honor. It now becomes prophetical! Yahshua, the Alef – the Head, First, or Chief One, would be separated from His glory, splendor and His esteem. In fact, Is. 53: 3 tells us we would not esteem Him. The gematria of esteem, #2803, חשבchashab, equals 310 the same as that of Yaqar! Coincidence? I think not! If this is true how does it fit with the rest of this Parsha? Tabernacle Sacrifices. II. The rest of the Parsha deals with 4 specific sacrifices, the death/offering of which purchased atonement on the behalf of Israel who were taught to esteem this exchange through these rituals thus typifying the future offering of Messiah. Ps. 50: 11 – 15 adds a bit of clarity. Israel was not to think of the sacrifice as food for YHVH, for He neither hungers nor eats. Rather, the worshiper was to offer to Him the sacrifice of thanksgiving and call upon Him in times of trouble, and thus He would deliver the worshiper and the worshiper would honor Yah. It is quite staggering when we count the Hebrew letters in these verses because when you reach 111 – the Alef – it ends at the phrase, „call upon me‟ אני , uqra‟ni the same root word as our title, VaYiqra! The letters are the same with the exception of
an added Nun – whose value is 50, meaning jubilee, to deliver. Nun is the letter representing Life, restoration, and deliverance, which is what He promises in this verse; to deliver us in the day of trouble! I think it would serve us well to examine the specific types of offerings to see their pattern how they apply to us today. A. Our first step is to look into the usage of the word „offering‟ – Qorban, #7133,
qorban, translated offering, oblation. It is from the root, qerab, which can mean to come near, or approach, but also can also be a noun which infers formal hostilities between people – war: it also can infer the middle or interior, inner part, such as the inner organs, bowels etc. Does this hint that those who approach the altar to bring this gift do so because of hostilities between them and YHVH which need to be resolved? Burnt offering; #5930, ` עלהolah, the heart of this word hints at ascending, thus its connection to stairs or steps. Remember this was a twice-daily sacrifice. Morning & Evening! The skin of this sacrifice is given to the Priests as part of their portion. Now, let‟s camp out here for a bit: This word is spelled the same as the word found in Gen. 3:7 #5929, ` עלהaleh, translated „leaves‟ the material Adam and Eve sew, (#8609, תפtaphar, to stitch or sew together a garment) to cover themselves. If broken apart, the Tav prefix indicates 3rd person, future tense – „you shall‟, while the Pey-Resh root indicates the fruit of one‟s lips/mouth. They make themselves aprons, #2290, חגו הchagowr, a belt, loin girdle. [Chet-Gimmel spells chag, the word for festival, its‟ origin infers to tremble, or whirl while Vav-Resh-Hey indicates ore, light]. This happens just before the Voice-Messiah, the את ול, ET - Qol, comes walking in the cool-ruach-breath of the day/evening. Is it possible this would have been the 2nd visit of the day by the Voice fulfilling the twice-daily pattern of the Olah sacrifice? And since Adam is the High Priest, then it is fitting the Skin of the Olah offering would have been his! Therefore he is clothed with this skin as seen in Gen. 3: 21! Was it possible that Adam and Eve understood this principle and react by sewing – stitching together – a series of leaves – which like the Olah, representing the Word of YHVH when lifted up would draw man – elevate him, allow him to ascend back to YHVH? Is it possible their words, the fruit of their mouths – their confession of Messiah, [for with the mouth confession is made unto salvation...Rom. 10:10] would
set a precedent where the loins of others could be covered by this same skin? (Eph. 6: 14) Job uses this word skin, #5786, owr, in the phrase; „skin for skin‟, in the exchange with Satan and YHVH עד עו עוa poetic way of saying life for life. The skin did indeed represent the life/light of the one offered. Therefore, we see a pattern in this Skin garment of The LIGHT-Ore, which trembles, vibrates or resonates like the breath of the Spirit, being offered to Adam & Eve Ruach in the cool of the evening! The gematria of ET-Qol equals 537, the same as a word seen in Ruth 3: 15, #4304, מטפחת, mitpahat, a mantle or cloak worn by the Bride. He was the SKIN GARMENT that is offered twice daily for Israel the Bride! Interestingly, the same letters in taphar, sew, #6622,
תפ, can be rearranged to spell
פתpathar patar, a verb meaning to interpret. As in Joseph‟s interpreting dreams. The word for dream here, is #2492, חלםchalam, which means to dream,
but it can also mean to restore to health! The connection to Joseph is doubly obvious now as it means YHVH will do again, He will increase! Joseph would himself wear this garment as would Messiah ben Yoseph! It would seem Adam & Eve knew the Promise of Redemption and by stitching together the leaves they begin to immediately remind YHVH of His Promise! Which is exactly what we find in Is. 43: 26, where we‟re told to “Put me in remembrance”… In fact, from verse 21 -28 the context is a legal setting where He promises to blot out transgressions if we put Him in remembrance with the offering of the Burnt Sacrifices just as He did for Adam the „first father who sinned‟. Mincha, #4503, מנחהminchah, a gift, to bestow a grain offering. This was a blood-less offering. All other sacrifices require bloodshed and relate to the restoration or commitment of the Body back to YHVH. These intimate a close relationship with YHVH and how to maintain it. The slaughter offerings presented a vicarious taste of what would rightfully have been his or her end, had YHVH judged us strictly in accordance with His Torah and had He not offered Himself up in Yahshua to be the slaughter offering for our sins. "The wages of sin is death" the Scriptures tell us. However, this blood-less offering is connected to the Soul as seen in Lev. 2:1 which is interpreted „and when any will offer‟, yet is seen better in Hebrew: When ones soul desires to offer… the word for soul, Nephesh, #5315, נפשnephesh, the breathing substance, that living part of man. It would seem this “cheapest in cost” of all offerings would be the least desirable, yet it becomes the most significant in representing the
soul, mind, or breath of the one who is approaching Abba! Is it possible that Paul references this Minchah in Rom. 12: 1, 2? Incidentally, the letters that spell nephesh, when rearranged to form #8226, שפןsaphan, a verb meaning to cover a treasure. The skin of the Olah, atoning the flesh, would cover the treasure – soul/mind – of the one coming to YHVH, yet the soul would still require a renewal by the choice of the individual. It would seem the Olah offering would demonstrate a physical act of obedience, while the Mincha involved the spirit/soul/mind wholly committed, thus becoming the highest offering available even to those who have meager funds or abilities! There is another deeper level as well. The letters of minchah can also spell #4264, מחנהmachaneh, meaning camp, host or company. This word is used in Ezek. 1: 24 to describe the sound of the Cherubim (who form the „wheel within the wheel‟) as that of a great host. The creatures remember, have the face of a Lion, Man, Ox, and an Eagle, the same picture as that of Israel‟s alignment around the Tabernacle! They also represent the 4-corners of the Zodiac which forms a covering – SKIN, a chuppah of protection over the Bride of YHVH. In their physical alignment around the wilderness tabernacle Israel represents this same skin of protection around the Soul/Breath/Womb the intimate place known as the Tent of Meeting! While on a smaller scale, the physical body of Adam itself had a skin that covered the intimate place – the nephesh! Peace Offering, נו למיםShelamim Qarbano. In this particular ritual the Priests and the one who offers it, share in the meat of this gift. Since the Priest functions as Messiah our mediator, this represents a thanksgiving offering to celebrate the Peace that we now have with Abba. It is a reminder of the Prodigal Son who upon his return has the fatted calf killed on his behalf. When you think of approaching YHVH, are you conscious of being accepted or are you trying to be accepted? That is the difference between a son and a slave. The offerings of Vayiqra were for sons, those who knew they were accepted by the Almighty. The Peace offering was literally a meal with Abba! Rev. 3: 20 Behold I stand at the door and knock…We see the same pattern in Ex. 24: 9 -11 where Moshe, Aaron, Nadab, Abihu and 70 Elders eat this Peace offering with YHVH. There are a total of 74 individuals here: which is the value of Hadassah, the Hebrew name of Esther – the Hidden One, who establishes peace for her people with the King! Hadassah means myrtle, the tree whose branches are used to construct the Sukkah, the tent of meeting,
the SKIN or covering for the intimate place! Once again, connecting the dots in our pattern! Sin Offering, #2403, חטאתchatta'ath, specifically for those sins which were committed in ignorance. The basic definition means to miss the mark like an arrow which goes astray, it also hints to deviate from a path or to cross a boundary. Ironically, Torah, which means teachings and instructions and is from the root, yarah, #3384, indicating to teach or „shoot‟ as an arrow. Thus, to sin is to stray from Torah or to not have been taught Torah. We must remember that time is a boundary or path that the Sun/Son travels between divine appointments. To cross or stray from this path (The Sabbath and/or Festivals) whether ignorantly or intentional, puts us outside the boundary. The root of chatta‟ath is Chet-Tet-Alef, chata, to sin. Its‟ gematria is 18 the value of the Hebrew word for life – Chai. Both have the letter Chet, the symbol of life, new beginnings and also a fence or place of protection. The Torah provides that place. If one allows the Tet – serpent access to the womb instead of the Alef, then sin occurs. Tet‟s value = 9. 1+8=9, 2x9=18. This number 18 connects us back to the Mincha or grain/flour offering which followed the Olah sacrifice daily. It must have NO leavening agent in it. The Sages teach if the bread is left unattended for 18 minutes natural leavening agents in the air will contaminate it! Should we watch over ourselves lest the Prince of the Power of the Air infect us? It is fitting the Alef is so prominent in this Parsha being diminished in our Title - Vayikra, and in this word chata as well. Alef represents the Chief One, the Ox-head in the Paleo. It was required to place ones hand upon the head of the offering to be slain, thus transferring our sin and guilt to „Him‟. Trespass offering, #817, ' אשםasham, the offering to atone for guilt, blame or transgression. Lev. 5: 6. Our English word „ashamed‟ derives from this root. It could also be connected to Usury, the sin of charging interest on a debt. How ironic that YHVH discharges debt when we confess our sin, yet the enemy exacts his usury. The word for interest charged in Torah is: #5392,
נשךneshek, interest, usury. It is spelled the same as the verb nasak, meaning
the bite of a serpent. Sin, death, sickness, etc. are the usury on the debt owed. Though paid in full, while still in these fleshly bodies, we must apply the trespass offering to satisfy this until the effects are completely eradicated. This
is seen in the encounter of Jacob and Esau where the latter falls upon his neck to kiss/bite to exact interest for what was owed! Gen. 33: 4. Here we see in the
Hebrew text 6 dots above the phrase 6 is the number of Man, the Vav-Man. Messiah became the Scapegoat bitten for our sin. At Yom Kippur, the Day of Covering our sins, He would have a scarlet cord (blood from the bite?) tied around His neck, along with a corresponding one in the Temple. If YHVH accepted the repentance of the People the cord would turn white.
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