Passover Teaching 5772 (Part 1)

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Categories Audio, The Moedim, Torah 5772 (2011 - 2012), Torah Commentary | Tags: , , | Posted on April 8, 2012

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5 Comments

  1. by Tim Winkley

    On April 18, 2012

    Greetings Grant, I appreciate the new site design. I am getting used to it.

    Regarding the comment about human sacrifice, in order for the aforementioned to occur, wasn’t a priest required to perform the offering (Noah, Abraham, Aaron, Levi…….)?

    I guess you know where I am going with this. If there is no other priest (other than our Righteous One) how can He be a human sacrifice.

    It is totally understandable to me how a questioning/rebellious mind would come up with such a question as they do not recognize the Messiah as King.

    A good King lays down his life for His people.

  2. by L. Grant Luton

    On April 18, 2012

    Tim,

    First of all let’s make sure we are both agreeing as to the comment that was made. I said that Yeshua was NOT a human sacrifice. Nowhere in Scripture does God condone such a thing. But with that said, we are all called upon to lay down our lives, as it were, as living sacrifices. In other words, we “sacrifice” our own lives by giving up our time, energy, possessions, and sometimes literally our lives themselves for a higher cause.

    But speaking of Yeshua specifically, remember that He was not a Levitical priest nor was He a Levitical sacrifice. He was, however, a Priest after the order of Melchizedek. In this order of priesthood it appears that the Priest Himself IS the sacrifice, but not in a ritualistic way, but in the most fundamental way – by laying down one’s life for the sake of others. Furthermore, since we too are referred to as priests, it has to be according to this Melchizedekan order in which we are also called to be living sacrifices. I know that I am not wording this as well as it could be, but the bottom line is that God does not condone human sacrifice, but He welcomes self-sacrifice, and there lies all the difference.

    If I have misunderstood your comment, please forgive me and clarify. I am sometimes a very slow learner!

    Shalom,
    Grant

  3. by Tim Winkley

    On April 21, 2012

    Yes, I realized what you said. In fact when I listen to the audio teachings, I listen to them over and over. I commented because I am in agreement with what you shared.

    I recognize that Yeshua is a Priest after the order of Melchizedek (thankfully). I see the example set by our Creator of self sacrifice. When speaking of sacrifice, I think we in the believing community are seriously desensitized to that term. For instance, the first sacrifice that I see in the Scripture was the one in the garden, when Adam and Eve stole from G-d. I think about that and relate it to a project I might spend time on; like a something I build in my wood shop. When G-d saw what He had made He said “it is good”. It seemed he found pleasure in what He had made. Can I go so far to say that it was precious to Him?

    He killed that animal to clothe man. I am sure this brought Him pain to watch something He created and enjoyed be destroyed as a result of man’s behavior. I think of spending a lot of time working in my shop completing a project only to have to burn it. This is a minor comparison to a living animal, but still the same….

    If you will remember during the charismaniac movement the statement regarding believers being kings and priests was popular. I hardly think their concept was that as kings and priests, they were to follow the example of the Heavenly King and totally surrender their lives.

    I pray that I learn to really let go as I am prone to defend my rights and preserve ‘self’ rather than surrender.

  4. by L. Grant Luton

    On April 22, 2012

    Tim,

    Well put, you have some brilliant insights. Your thoughts on the original animal/s killed to provide clothing for Adam and Eve provide great food for thought and an excellent approach for understanding the sacrificial system. Speaking of which, I fully agree that there is a serious lack of understanding of Leviticus and the sacrifices. They have much to teach us and I feel like I am still just beginning to access their truths.

    Shalom & Blessings,
    Grant

  5. by Tim Winkley

    On April 23, 2012

    Thanks Grant,

    BTW I followed your counsel regarding my son’s wedding. We are pretty close to the young couple and it seems there is a level of respect that I might not have if I had followed my own instinct. Thanks!

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