From: Sophereth at Kirjath Sepher
To: the illuminators.
To: those that light the lamps.
To: those that illuminate the darkness.
To: those that are given. given. wholly given.
To: the king/priests of this new day. the Sons. the 2 witnesses. the separated, dedicated ones.
To: those that stand before the Lord of the whole earth. that follow Him, accompany Him, whithersoever He goeth.
To: those that are GIVEN by Israel TO God.
To: those that are GIVEN back to Israel BY God.
. tonight begins the Sabbath of Behaalosecha. this Hebrew word means ‘when you set up’.
. Sivan 19, 5776. June 25, 2016.
. these are the amazing scripture readings for this Sabbath:
. Torah reading: Numbers 8:1 – 12:16.
. Haftorah reading: Zechariah 2:14 – 4:7.
. NT reading: 1Corinthians 10:6-13. Revelation 11:1-19.
. the confirmation in these scriptures again this week, after what has been said all week, is staggering.
. there is no way that I could write it all! the post would be too long!
. I am going to hit on a few main points for those of you that have been involved in this discussion this week.
. using: The Pentateuch And Haftorahs. edited by J.H. Hertz. second edition.
. Hertz: “The image employed by Isaiah to describe Israel’s mission is the gentle agency of light, with it’s irresistible illumination of the surrounding darkness.”
. Numbers 8. Speak unto Aaron, and say unto him: When thou lightest the lamps, the seven lamps shall give light in front of the candlestick (Thou commandest us to illumine before thee)…and Aaron did so…and this was the work of the candlestick, beaten work of gold…it was beaten work; according to the pattern which the Lord had shown Moses, saying: Take the Levites from among the children of Israel and cleanse them…present them…present them before the Lord…lay your hands upon them…offer them before the Lord for a wave offering…that they may be to do the service of the Lord. thou shalt set the Levites…offer them for a wave offering unto the Lord…thus shalt thou separate the Levites from among the children of Israel; and the Levites shall be Mine.
. my comment here: in order to ‘light the Lights’, in order to be a ‘Light bringer’, in order to ‘burn for God’, in order to be used of God to ‘illuminate’ the darkness, in order to carry and bear up and bring the Light of God, in order to be the endtime ekklesia, the endtime candlestick, one must first be beaten. beaten into shape. beaten into Gods service. beaten to the exact measurement of God. by God. enough said.
. …after that shall the Levites go in to do the service of the tent of meeting; and thou shalt cleanse them, and offer them for a wave offering. For they are wholly given unto Me from among the children of Israel…I have TAKEN (caps mine) the Levites, instead of all the firstborn…and I have GIVEN (caps mine) the Levites to Aaron and to his sons…to do the service…in the tent of meeting.
. Hertz: v. 16. “for they are wholly given’. lit. ‘for they are given; given: ‘given’ for carrying the Tabernacle and it’s furniture; and ‘given’ for singing the songs of the Sanctuary…”
. Hertz: v. 19. ‘the children of Israel’. “The five fold repetition of these words in this verse indicates the Love felt by God towards the bearers…”
. ‘atonement’. “here used not in the usual sense of making propitiation, but in the sense of ‘covering’ a meaning inherent in the Hebrew root. the Levites were to form a sort of protective cordon for the Sanctuary.”
. ‘no plague’. “the explanation…in effect states: I have appointed the Levites to take over the service of the Sanctuary from the children of Israel, upon whom it had hitherto devolved, and thereby to prevent a plague amongst the latter; because if ‘they’ came near the Sanctuary there would certainly be a plague amongst them, since they had proved themselves unworthy of the priestly office.”
. my comment here: the plague still comes because of the love of money and sexual sin in the ‘music department’; among those who were supposed to be the priests of God. the love of money and sexual sin among those that were supposed to bear up and carry the presence of God. among those that were supposed to stand before the throne and worship Him, in singing the songs of the Sanctuary and playing musical instruments before the throne. among those that have failed. now, when ‘they’ come near to the holy place, to sing the songs of the sanctuary, plague breaks out. look around. plagues everywhere. innocent people still die unneccesarily because there has been no repentance from the love of money and sexual sin within the priesthood of God. all history is spiritual. history repeats itself.
. now. even tonight and tomorrow, on the Sabbath of Behaalosecha (the Hebrew word meaning: ‘when you set up’), as the lights of the menorah are illuminated, will this be the year that the God of Israel, ‘sets up’ in Israel a new priesthood? for this new day? to ‘carry Him’, to ‘bear Him’ on their shoulders into a new day? throne-bearers? to sing and play the songs of the Sanctuary. a separated, dedicated priesthood, those that have been tried in the fire and have come forth as pure gold? beaten into shape. beaten into the exact measurement of God. a beaten work of gold. to carry the Light? to Illuminate? to lead Israel through the darkness by the fire of that Light?
. good Sabbath to you all. ~Sophereth