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What’s your job duties in the Temple of God?

In my last blog post we hit upon a reality that I would like to share with it’s own post.

The reality is explained very well in Hebrews 8-10.  Where the writer describes the ‘old’ covenant as opposed to the ‘new’.

In his description he points out that in order for the high priest to enter the most holy place in the second inner tent he had to have blood. This was accomplished as the other priests offered the sacrifices within the first outer tent. AFTER the sacrifices are finished in the first outer part of the tent, the blood is given to the high priest to enter into the second inner part of the tent, and this only once a year.

The point is, when the levites have finished sacrificing and collecting the blood, they have completed their job. The levites stop offering sacrifices and collection of the blood, and give it to the high priest who takes ALL the collected blood and enters the most holy place to cleanse it with the blood.

At this time the levites in the first outer part of the tent have STOPPED from their sacrifices and offerings and collection of blood for the high priest. Meaning, as the high priest is in the most holy place cleaning it with his own offered blood, the other priests have STOPPED doing anything in the outer court. There job is complete. They have fulfilled their duties.

Yeshua has entered the most holy place not built by hands, with his blood as an offering for our sins. And much to some of the priests surprise, he hasn’t come back out, yet. And some seem to think he has died up/in there, and have started to re institute the sacrifices to the Law for righteousness sake.   As if this shows love for God!

What do you think will happen when Yeshua comes back out of the most holy places? And finds his so called children operating the functions of the first outer court? Making a mockery of his own Work. Don’t you think he is going to take those tablets and smash them down on the ground and slay them with the wrath of his coming? And consecrate those who will stand for the Word of God, Yeshua?  Does not the very book of the law condemn those already who have not believed in the declarations of the Lord?

By the blood of the lamb Yeshua has made his way back into the most holy place in heaven.   He has not returned from his work inside/up there.  But he has declared that whoever believes that he is King of Yisrael, God in the flesh, who has come and offered his own blood and has entered the holiest of holies, will enter into the covenant this act radified and commenced, and receive the gift of the Holy Spirit to dwell inside us forever.

Yeshua declared that we are to believe in Him, who he is, what he did, what he is doing, and what he will do.  When he comes back out of the heavenly tabernacle what is he expecting to find?  His children resacrificing the blood of animals in the earthly tent for his acceptance?

Or will he come back, find those who call him Lord but do not know him, gather them into a bundle and burn them with the rest of the unbelievers.  And then find those who he called to ‘believe and rest in Him’, and gather his anointed into their Land?

We are the temple of God, because Yeshua has gifted us with the Holy Spirit to dwell in us forever.  Our job duty, first and foremost is to believe in Yeshua, then let him live through us by the power of the Holy Spirit, who does the works of God in our heart and our life.  And when he comes back we will recognize him because we will have known him intimately through the Spirit.  Not through works of the law that he gave us rest from.

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13 comments on “What’s your job duties in the Temple of God?

  1. Marc
    January 11, 2012

    Shalom Shimshon what you posted is only in regards to the Yom Kippur sacrifice which was for sins once and for all, ‘a done deal’. In the Temple in the 1st century the veil was torn so the Yom Kippur sacrifice couldn’t be done anyway. So we agree on this 100%.

    But what about the other sacrifices that don’t pertain to sin that not required to go in the Most Holy place? Such as the Passover sacrifice which isn’t the same as the Yom Kippur sacrifice. Yes if the Temple was present by believing the sacrifice would atone would be mockery to what Yeshua accomplished. It’s interesting that the Passover sacrifice is present in Ezekiel’s Temple. The Yom Kippur sacrifice isn’t. Possibly because the Passover sacrifice doesn’t have to do with what Yeshua accomplished.

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    • Shimshon
      January 11, 2012

      I would disagree that the passover sacrifice doesn’t have to do with what Yeshua accomplished. His blood covers our sins, if we believe. And prevents death from entering our houses. All who are not covered by the blood see death, even a second time.

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      • Marc
        January 11, 2012

        Shimshon my point is according to Ezekiel’s Temple the Passover sacrifice is still present as well as the daily offerings such as trespass offering, drink offering etc.

        It’s a fact that the Yom Kippur sacrifice isn’t present but the Passover sacrifice is as well Burnt offerings, Meat offerings,
        Peace offerings, Sin offerings, Drink offerings, Trespass offerings. Why are they still present in Ezekiel’s Temple? I don’t know.

        We both agree on the Yom Kippur sacrifice, 100%. Maybe we both don’t understand about the offerings and what they mean.

        I’m just providing facts without commentary.

        I’ve read Ezekiel Temple many times and the daily offerings are still present but the Yom Kippur sacrifice isn’t for obvious reasons. Why? I don’t know. Like Tevye said in Fiddler on the Roof… Why? ‘I don’t know but He said it'( unquote)

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    • Marc
      January 11, 2012

      Ezekiel 45:21-24

      21 ” ‘In the first month on the fourteenth day you are to observe the Passover, a feast lasting seven days, during which you shall eat bread made without yeast.
      22 On that day the prince is to provide a bull as a sin offering for himself and for all the people of the land.
      23 Every day during the seven days of the Feast he is to provide seven bulls and seven rams without defect as a burnt offering to the LORD, and a male goat for a sin offering.
      24 He is to provide as a grain offering an ephah for each bull and an ephah for each ram, along with a hin of oil for each ephah.

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  2. Charles Ryalls
    January 11, 2012

    Hi David, Let me throw in on this. Really it seems to me that the subject here in Hebrews 8-10 is the old levitical priesthood and the need to replace IT with a New higher order of priest. The levites had to sacrifice, make a sin offering for themselves before they could offer any blood for the people, for Atonement, because the Levical priests were men and not perfect or sinless and then even their offing for the people had to be offered over and over again, year by year because it was not effective to changing the hearts of men. They could not bring us to the goal. And the old covenant was written around that old and retiring priesthood and its workings in the temple.

    The New Covenant has Messiah and his perfect sinless blood to present for us and needs to be done only once for all. And this more perfect sacrifice does something else; the old covenant and priesthood could only address the flesh and work through the will of man. The New covenant and its priest, Messiah, writes Gods laws upon the heart instead of parchment, it works at the spirit level not the flesh level. In 8:13 where most bibles say that “he has made the first covenant old… and on it’s way of vanishing altogether” the word “Covenant” actually does not appear in the text but was added by christian editors. What is waxing old and about to pass away, (in that time) refers back to the subject of the passage which is the Levitical priesthood.

    And then along with that old priesthood all the mechanisms that went with the it also needs to go, so in Ezekiel we see , at new covenant, a new High priest, a new temple and a new order of priests, Tzadokites instead of Levites, workings of life instead of death, processes in the spirit rather than the flesh. Does this make sense?

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    • Shimshon
      January 11, 2012

      If the priesthood changes, the way we relate to Torah changes. If that priesthood vanishes, then so do all the ways they observed the Torah. If they are not replaced in kind, then neither are their observances.

      Jerusalem is the Throne, Yeshua is the King, His priests are the servants of the Kingdom. Not according to Moshe, but Yehsua.

      Before Yisrael had a problem hearing and speaking to the Father directly, so they needed a mediator, Moshe. Yeshua solved the problem, and replaced the mediator with the Spirit of God.

      Before under the mediator we were instructed in a certain way because we were under ‘that’ mediator. Today, under the blood of Messiah we are instructed in a more perfect way because our mediator is God himself. Not a book, nor a man reading a book to us. But God himself speaking in a very still small voice to our hearts. So circumcising us to his glory.

      Same God, Same Spirit, Same Kingdom, Same King, only as THE light shining, instead of the Light casting a shadow upon our unrevealed hearts.

      Before we saw God as though it was his shadow, as it was being cast off the Temple he commanded Moshe to build. Today we see God face to face, as the radiance of the only begotten Son. We have communion with him one on one. We stand in the Light, and see God as he is. We are not standing in the shadow of God, but in his very presence.

      There is a way to walk out the Torah given Moshe, and a way to walk out the Torah spoken by Yeshua. One is but a shadow of the other.

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  3. Charles Ryalls
    January 11, 2012

    Marc,
    I agree that in Ezekiel’s word it shows blood sacrifices. Why? As you say, it is difficult to say. There will be a new government, and a Kingship of Messiah with a new temple and temple system. For today, none of that old temple system or priesthood is in place or required. If it were then I would image the Lord would not have allowed the Romans to tear it down. But it was told in advance that it would be destroyed and it was. So whatever Ezekiel is showing us does not yet operate and will not until the prince is also the high priest. That is when all this will be made clear. Until that time, the keeping of the old Covenant and its required elements is an impossibility, can’t be done. Under the new covenant there are similarities between the old Torah and the New Torah of Messiah. But they are not exactly the same. They are the same in principle but not in their regulations and functions.

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    • Marc
      January 11, 2012

      Hi Charles I’m not saying that the commands can be kept or not kept today. I’m pointing out that they will be kept under a new administration.

      We know that the Yom Kippur sacrifice won’t be present. I posted an Ezekiel passage that concludes there will be a Passover sacrifice, that’s a fact no spiritualize it. The truth is we don’t know of if it’s going to be the same or not.

      For now as Yeshua said Father seeks those that worship Him in spirit and in truth.

      But it’s also important to discuss the facts about when these things can be and will be observed, whether or not they are similar in principle and different in regulation is irrelevant. The point is when the time comes they will be and can be kept and Messiah will show us how.

      The Torah that man learned in this world is 
      vanity in the presence of the Messiah’s Torah.
      — Midrash Kohelet Rabba 71.8 —

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      • Shimshon
        January 11, 2012

        But it’s also important to discuss the facts about when these things can be and will be observed, whether or not they are similar in principle and different in regulation is irrelevant

        That is an interesting statement Marc. I’m not sure I would agree that it’s irrelevant if they are similar in principle and different in regulation. Your saying it doesn’t matter if it’s the exact same or not.

        However, I definitely agree with the point you make.

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  4. Charles Ryalls
    January 12, 2012

    Marc,
    until Messiah comes and explains all this and establishes the new Temple order and Tzadokite priesthood there is nothing we can or need to do. Thing is, Many Messianics try to keep the old covenant but can’t in a biblical way, so in leu of that they practice templess (Rabbinical) religion which is the very thing that Messiah was critical of and really condemned in many places. The temple authority in Jerusalem in that time were not seeking to kill Yeshua because he was teaching people to obey the priests, Rabbiis and the Oral law of traditions. They wanted him dead because he was not following the “Party Line” and teaching a Torah obedience that was much different and required rebirth and faith in who he was claiming to be, the son of God. For now I can still keep the 10 Commandments as a basic guide to living as a successful human being and I can apply the lessons taught to us by the Torah writings. But all of that is still secondary to faith in Yeshua and rebirth by the Ruach Ha Kodesh. Messianic’s who believe they are improving upon that salvation through faith by attention to legalism are in my opinion walking the wrong direction.

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    • Marc
      January 12, 2012

      Hi Charles I agree that the commands can’t be kept today for obvious reasons. But I don’t agree that Yeshua was against those that sat in Moses Seat. He was only against their hypocrisy not what they taught. Yeshua’s criticism of the Pharisees does not relate to the keeping of the halakhah itself but to the neglect of the weightier commandments in favor of the ‘minor’ or ‘light’ ones.

      So if I was living as a Jew in the 1st century Yeshua is condemning their hypocrisy. Yeshua is telling the Jews like myself to do as they say but not as they do( hypocrisy).

      This debate is a Jewish one, an in house debate.

      As of now the Father is seeking those that worship Him in spirit and truth.

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      • Shimshon
        January 12, 2012

        Marc said: “But I don’t agree that Yeshua was against those that sat in Moses Seat.”

        Yeshua said they did not even know God, and that the adversary was their father, and told them that all the blood of the prophets would fall on them (their generation), and said they were leading people to hell along with them.

        Marc, how is this ‘not’ against them? And how is the Lord ‘not’ going to judge them for their hypocrisy, and the fact that it was devouring his children?

        By telling us to observe what they say but not what they do, he was showing us that they themselves were as corrupt as days old leavened bread. And should be thrown out wholesale so as to stop destruction of the rest of the bread around them.

        In other words, He said follow God, not those who say they know me. For they will be removed and the Kingdom given to you.

        He was very much against those who misconstrued his commands for their own gain. And this would have been the majority of the leaders of Israel. The vineyard was going to be rent, and if any did not repent they would be destroyed in the process of the handing over of the Kingdom to those who deserve it.

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