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Old 05-19-2017, 07:40 PM   #1
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(Weekly Reading>>Leviticus 19:1-20:27, Ezekiel 20:2-20, Romans 13:8-10, Galatians 5:13-16)

The Law of the Trees

Leviticus 19:23-25 "When you enter the land and plant any kind of fruit trees regard its fruit as forbidden. For three years you are to consider it forbidden, it must not be eaten. In the fourth year all its fruit will be holy, an offering of praise to Yahweh. But in the fifth year you may eat its fruit. In this way your harvest will be increased."

Trees often correspond to people in Scripture. It takes approximately three and a half years, the length of Christ's ministry on earth, to walk out a redeemed lifestyle by progressive revelation before we start to see true fruit developing in our lives. During this time we learn to lay a good foundation of obedience to Christ's teaching and instruction through our obedience. As temples of the living God, we are to offer freewill offerings of praise, encouragement and affirmation to God, and others. Likewise, our hearts become convicted to choose wisely between clean and unclean, holy and unholy and keep Sabbath and the Feast Days. Glorifying Jesus in this brings an abundance of fruit and increase in our lives through the presence of the Spirit of Jesus, as well as an ingathering and harvest of souls. It is all for the glory of Yahweh! (Isaiah 55:11; Mark 8:24)

The priesthood had a five-year internship before they were able to begin their duties in the temple at the age of thirty (1 Chronicles 23:24). This instruction was fashioned after God's mixing (kilayim) laws. Many of us remember what our first year in Torah looked like. Opening our mouths was like a mixed bag! After three years of Torah study our conduct became more stable, and we pursued a more mature/obedient lifestyle. We learned to overcome and surrender the old life (sinful nature) within ourselves. Those who studied through five torah cycles have begun to lead and teach others. Their fruit had become holy and they were able to tend those in their green years. This tree Jesus is describing in Leviticus is our walk through the progressive revelation of Torah that leads us into a holy lifestyle.

Laws against Witchcraft

Leviticus 19:27-29 "Do not practice divination or sorcery. Do not cut the hair at the sides of your head or clip off the edges of your beard, cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves or give your daughters to prostitution."

Tattoos and Piercings

The purpose of this list is to reveal occult origins and practices, which were just as prevalent in that day as they are today. The people coming to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob need to understand what clean versus unclean practices are before a Holy God. Today tattoos are the fad, as is cutting the body by means of piercings in unusual places. Some pagan customs have become so acceptable today that many do not realize they are forms of idol worship and occult practices. Our skin represents the skin of a Torah scroll. To mark it with permanent stains or cut it is to render the Torah scroll unclean, thus bringing defilement to the temple and profaning God's Name.

Other than for a Nazarite vow, men are not to shave their whole heads and therefore conceal the boarders of their beards as this was originally derived from pagan occult practices. Yahweh asks us not to do this.

Various Laws against Mixing

Leviticus 19:30 "Observe my Sabbaths and have reverence for my sanctuary."

Leviticus 19:32 "Rise in the presence of the aged, showing respect for the elderly!"

Leviticus 19:33-34 "When an alien lives with you in your land, do not mistreat him, treat him as a native born."

Today as Ephraim is returning to the God of their forefathers the term "gentile" is inappropriate and non-scriptural. All twelve tribes with their companions are returning home and becoming naturalized citizens in God's Kingdom. Yahweh's Word will be fulfilled as He spoke through His prophets long ago. Who can truthfully claim their ancestry today? All records were destroyed with the Temple. Therefore, today, if we are in Christ (the King of Israel), and attempting to keep His ways while living outside the land of Israel, we are no longer to be called aliens, strangers or gentiles but are to be recognized as full citizens in the commonwealth of Israel and known as part of Israel, according to the Scriptures (Exodus 12:48-49; Ezekiel 47:21-23).

Dishonest Scales

Leviticus 19:35-36 "Do not use dishonest standards when measuring length, weight or quantity. Use honest scales and honest weights."

Leviticus 19:35-36 has as much to do with people as it does with commerce and trade. Favoring one person over another by a standard of looks, status or position is using dishonest scales. Prejudice to color, race or creed is the dishonest scale of racism. Devaluing our neighbor because of lack or gain is a dishonest scale. Favoring one Israelite tribe over the other is a dishonest scale. This is all slander(lashon hara) on a deeper level.

Luke 6:37-38 "Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you." (Isaiah 65:6-7)

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