Letter to the Hebrews

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Trying to Circumvent Jewish Apostasy

As the writer of Hebrews expands his thoughts, he is speaking to the Jews that were vacillating in their understanding of God's New Covenant in the Blood of Christ Jesus verses the old Mosaic Covenant in the blood sacrifice's of animals.  At issue was the beginnings of a Jewish apostasy concerning Christ.  In their confusion, they were contemplating a return to the Jewish traditions that they may have practiced, and seek for God's mercy for their sins under the Mosaic law.  The new Jewish converts, having come to a new faith in the Christ of God, were being warned not to return to the sanctuary, made by human hands.  They must not fall back on the old covenant with the Jewish animal sacrifices that the Levitical priesthood performed in their daily work [See service Hebrew H5656] for the sins of the people of Israel. The the tribe of Levites were specifically assigned by Yahweh The Lord God to do all of the work required in the service of the Tabernacle.

Numbers 3 verse 5 And the Lord spoke unto Moses, saying:

6 Bring the tribe of Levi near, and present them before Aaron the priest, that they may minister unto him.

7 And they shall keep his charge, and the charge of the whole congregation before the tabernacle of the congregation, to do the service of the tabernacle.

8 And they shall keep all the instruments of the tabernacle of the congregation, and the charge of the children of Israel, to do the service of the tabernacle.

9 And thou shall give the Levites unto Aaron and to his sons: they are wholly given unto him out of the children of Israel.

10 And you shall appoint Aaron and his sons, and they shall wait [take care of] their priest office [of sacrifice].

In this 3rd chapter of Numbers we note that the first born of Israel were not assigned to the service of the Tabernacle. The Lord Yeshua/Jesus, was the first born from the womb of Mary from the tribe of Jacob, and He was YAHWEH'S only begotten Son of the flesh of Man, and our High Priest after the endless order of Melchizedek.

There are several possibilities we should consider concerning those that were doing the service work in the temple. Perhaps, the persecution of the new Messianic converts, by the high priest and Sadducees, had left some of the converts pondering in their minds whether the trial of their faith was worthwhile. If they returned to the temple practices, then perhaps the persecution of their then former peers would cease. Also some of the Jewish converts would have been among the priest that had come to faith in Yahweh God's Promised Messiah. (See Acts 6 verse 7.) But could it be that those priest were fearing a form of financial loss of their positional service work in the synagogues, and might have thought to return to their former work of animal sacrifice.

Therefore it would appear that the writer sought to bring to the Jewish convert a greater clarification to the superiority of Yahweh God's New Covenant in the LIFE giving Blood of the Righteous Man Yeshua haMashiach, [Jesus, the Messiah of God,]  We would understand that TRUTH is Eternally set in the WORD of Yahweh God and His Word was conceived in the genetic flesh of the Son of Adam.  Because of His Love for the lost of mankind,  the Merciful Yahweh Lord God Almighty, sent His Word to the earth to be incarnately conceived in the ovum of the Hebrew woman Mary. Then the Salvation Word of God, would be born as the innocent Man, Jesus Christ, and His LIFE would totally fulfill the Righteousness within the Torah of Yahweh God.  In the beginnings of Yahweh God's calling to faith in the TRUTH, the new Jewish converts had a beginning understanding that Christ Jesus was crucified to death, and Yahweh God raised Jesus/Yeshua from the dead, but they did not understand Christ's atonement for man's sins of death.  The first Man Adam rebelled against the God of the Living, and death was conceived in the whole of his being, and genetically death was passed on to his offspring.  The last Man, Jesus Christ, was obedient to His Father Yahweh God even unto death, and in His righteousness was raised to the LIFE OF HIS FATHER, Yahweh Lord God Almighty.

Christ's atonement for sin was not only for the Jew, but as some Jews would discover, also for the gentiles of the world. (see Acts 10 verse 44 thru 48.) The Risen Lord Yeshua/Jesus became our Righteousness IN Him, and brought an end to the endless animal sacrificial works of the Torah Law, performed by sinful man.

God's Highest standards for holiness has never changed.  In the old Covenant with His people Israel, the Almighty Holy God desired the willing heart of His people to begin to approach Him in the Holy Place with a spirit of humility, and then in the Almighty's Mercy their sin was temporarily covered over through the substitutionary blood offerings of God's own animal creations. (See Leviticus 17 verse 11 thru 12.) The God of the living, provided all of the necessary provisions to sustain the life of His people.  The people of Israel could eat of the flesh of the animal, but were forbidden to eat of the life blood of the animal sacrifice. But when the TRUTH of the WORD of God had come in time, then God's Final Provision for the Life of the believing of mankind, is within the LIFE giving Blood of the Man Christ Jesus our Living Mediator.  God's Covenant for the life of man kind, was eternally established before the foundation of the world, when God's Passover Lamb of Messiah Yeshua/Jesus was already crucified in God's creation of time.  With the treason of the first Man/Adam, God gave His Word in the Garden of Eden, and established the eternal fact that the genetic seed of His creation of Adam would be perpetuated through Adam's wife, Ishshah.  Within the fabric of time, a last Hebrew virgin woman, would give birth to the Word of God made of the flesh of Adam/Man.  

Though He was the only begotten Son of God, Yet He learned obedience by the things that He suffered: And being made perfect, He became the Author of Eternal Salvation unto all that obey Him. (See Hebrews 5 verse 8 thru 10.)

Thus, the innocent Man Yeshua haMashiach with His Crucifixion death by the hands of sinful man, and then His resurrection from the dead by the Power of Yahweh God, He would break the power of sin and death to all of mankind who would come to Christ Jesus and remain IN Him. The life of man kind, is now in the LIFE giving Blood of the TRUTH of the WORD of Yahweh God, Jesus Christ, made of the genetic flesh of the first Adam.

The several duties of the Levitical priesthood were inclusive with their daily animal sacrifices which were their principle 'work of sacrifice' within the Law of Moses. The animal sacrifices were a token work of the priesthood, made for Israel's sins, and in their Covenant with Yahweh God, the sacrifices were a substitutionary atonement for the soul's of the sinful people of Israel.

For it is the blood that makes an atonement for the soul. (Leviticus 17 verse 11.)

Also note, that the warning Laws of Yahweh God, within the Ten Commandments, is spiritual, and the Law in Commandments works its spiritual condemnation in the mind of man, bringing an awareness of sin's offences within man's consciousness. (See Romans 7 verse 14.) There are no justifying physical works whatsoever that are possible to satisfy Holy God's Ten spiritual Commandments that gives warning of the spiritual law of sin and death in the flesh of mankind. 

We can witness with Paul's lamenting discovery that when sin was manifested in the redeemed Paul, the Decalogue of Yahweh God came alive and revealed that he was dead because of his sin that dwells in his flesh. Paul discovers through the good, holy and just 10 spiritual Commandments of Yahweh God, that the rebellious, spiritual Law of Sin and Death is innately chained within his earthly body of sinful flesh.  

"O wretched man that I am, Who will deliver me from this body of death."  For the wages of sin is death, and I am carnal, and sold under sin.

So it is within the corrupted flesh of all of humanity, and yes the redeemed of God are yet infected with sin in their flesh.  But the redeemed Paul speaks of his Thanksgiving unto Yahweh God through Christ Jesus His Lord; for he also remembers his sin nature and will reveal its influence in his teachings:

That the Gift of God is Eternal Life through [the LIFE giving Blood of] Jesus Christ, our Lord.  (See Romans 6 verse 23 and chapter7 verse 14.) But Who will believe the Report?

If the Spiritual Commandments of Yahweh God works to reveal and condemn unseen sin that innately exists in the flesh of all of man kind, then there are no human efficacious works within the Spiritual Law of Yahweh God's 10 warning Commandments that could justify any human. To help and avoid confusion in Yahweh God's 10  Commandment Laws verses the separating Law of Sin and Death, then please see "The Law, a Quagmire of Confusion".)
 

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