We now move into a set of laws which is again connected to the Temple, the Sanctuary, and Sacred objects. As with the laws for the high priest, and priests, most of these laws would be impossible for us to obey. Even though we might not be able to follow them, we are obligated to obey each commandment’s Spirit.
In Ex 20:25-26, we read it is forbidden to build an altar with hewn stones. It is also forbidden to walk up to the altar by steps. This is speaking of the altar in the temple in Jerusalem, not every altar in every church worldwide. The Spirit of this commandment is Yehovahs holiness. To build an altar with hewn stones is to change something Yehovah made; we are not to do that. Every time we try to change human biology and believe in the third, fourth, or fifth gender, we are changing what Yehovah made.
Why is it a sin to walk up the steps to the altar?
A priest walking up the steps to the altar was dressed in a robe. His robe would reveal his naked body if he walked up the steps. This does not mean the naked body is sinful. What it means is that a priest in the temple is supposed to represent Yehovah and not himself. By exposing parts of his naked body, he would be exposing himself. The Spirit of this commandment would be to remember we are one with Yeshua (1.John 2:6.). He is to be more visible in us than ourselves.
In Ex 25:15, it says we can not remove the poles from the Ark. The Ark is gone, we dont know where it is, so there is no way for us to obey this today. The Spirit of this would be to respect what is holy.
In Ex 28:28, it is forbidden to loosen the High Priests breastplate from the ephod. The Spirit of this would be to respect what is holy.
Ex 30:9 forbids us to offer strange incense or any sacrifice upon the golden altar. The Spirit of this today would be to worship Yehovah the way He wants to be worshiped, in righteousness and truth by those who love Him. The Bible says, in John 14, this can only be done if we obey the Torah. So rejecting the Torah is to offer strange incense.
Ex 30:32-33 forbids us to make anointing oil for lay use, for us today, this would be to respect what is holy. We are not to anoint a stranger with the anointing oil (Ex 30:32.) For us today, this would mean we are not to accept or approve of someone in ministry who rejects the Torah.
We are not to extinguish the fire on the altar (Lev 6:6) or copy the incense formula for anything else (Ex 30:37.) For us today, this would mean to respect what is holy.
In Deut 12:2-4, we are forbidden to destroy anything of the Sanctuary or anything holy. This includes erasing the sacred names of Yehovah or destroying holy books. By rejecting the Torah and rejecting God’s name, Christianity and Judaism have greatly sinned against this commandment. Both reject God’s name and call Him by substitute titles, and Christianity rejects His Holy Law, the Torah.
Lev 10:6 says the priest can not enter the Sanctuary with disheveled hair or torn garments. The Sanctuary is in Jerusalem in the temple, so this does not apply to us directly today. But the Spirit of it would be to show respect for what is holy and dress appropriately when dealing with sacred things.
Lev 10:7 says during services, priests mays not leave the Courtyard of the Sanctuary. The Spirit of this commandment would be for pastors, evangelists, or anyone ministering to stay focused on their job.
In Lev 10:9-11, there is a commandment forbidding priests to enter the Sanctuary or give legal decisions if they are drunk. The Spirit of this would be for a pastor, evangelist, or anyone ministering to be sober and clearheaded.
Numbers 9:12 says it is a sin to leave over any flesh of the Paschal lamb brought on the Second Passover or break its bones. The Spirit of this would be for us to trust in the sacrifice of Yeshua.
The Sanctuary must not remain unwatched (Numbers 18:5.) The Spirit of this would be to guard what is holy.
Ex 12:43 says a Jewish person who denounces Judaism is forbidden to eat from the Paschal lamb. 1. Cor 11:27 would be the equivalent for us today, someone, who does not confess Yeshua as Lord and does not obey Him, and His teachings are forbidden from partaking of the Lord’s supper.
Ex 12:9 says we are not to eat of the Paschal lamb if it is uncooked or sodden. In Ex 12:10, we cannot leave any part of the Paschal sacrifice unconsumed by the morning. The Spirit of these two commandments would be to partake of everything Yeshua did for us, not just the cross. When we use Yeshua as fire insurance and reject His teachings, we are leaven parts of our Paschal lamb unconsumed by the morning, and what we are eating is uncooked or sodden. This is a sin, and most Christians violate Ex 12:9, 12:10, by rejecting the Torah and only focusing on the cross. (Matt 7:21-23)
Ex 12:45 says a stranger living in Israel is not allowed to eat from the Paschal lamb. A stranger was not born as a Jew and had not become a convert to Judaism (a God-fearer.). So the Spirit of this commandment would be not to allow anyone who does not obey Yeshua to partake in the Lord’s supper.
Ex 12:48 says an uncircumcised male can not partake of the Paschal lamb. For us today, this means someone who does not obey Yeshua’s teachings can not partake of the Lord’s supper, and will never see heaven when they die because they have rejected Yeshua as their Paschal lamb. (Matt 7:21-23, Luke 6:46)
Ex 12:46 forbids us to take the Paschal lamb outside our house and not break its bones. The Spirit of this today would be for us to respect what is holy.
Ex 23:18 says we can not slaughter the Paschal lamb while there is chametz in our house. The Spirit of this would be that we can not be saved if we have not repented our sins. This one commandment here shows us that if we dont repent from lawlessness, we can not partake in the sacrifice Yeshua did on our behalf. This, and Luke 6:46, Matt 7:21-23, 1. John 2, James 2, shows us why repentance back to the Torah is necessary for salvation.
Ex 23:18 also says we are not to leave the part of the Paschal lamb that should be burnt on the altar until the morning. The Spirit of this today would be to partake of everything Yeshua did for us, His sacrifice, and His teachings. Matt 7:21-23 says if we use Him as fire insurance, and reject His teachings, it will be too late for us because we have left parts of or Paschal lamb that should be burnt on the altar until the morning.
In Ex 23:15, we learn it is a sin to go up to the Sanctuary without bringing an offering. The Spirit of this would be 1. Cor 9, where it says it is a sin not to donate anything to a minister of the Gospel if you can do so. If you have to decide between giving and meeting your own needs, the Bible says in 1. Tim, your needs have priority. But as we learn in the story of the widow’s mite in Luke 21, the amount you give is not essential. What is important is that you give something in return.
Ex 29:33 says someone who is not a priest can not eat the meat from the sacrifices. The meat from the sacrifices was reserved for the priests to devote themselves to temple service and not had to have a separate job. The Spirit of this today would be what we just talked about. If someone prays for you or ministers the Gospel to you, you are obligated to donate a gift to them. Ministers of the Gospel are supposed to be able to live by the Gospel.
Leaven and honey are not to be offered, and we must never make an unsalted offering. (Lev 2:11, 2:13) We can not completely cut off the head of a fowl brought as a sin offering (Lev 5:8) or put frankincense on a sin-offering made of flour (Lev 5:11). The remainder of the meal-offering must not become leavened (Lev 6:10. ) We cannot eat the meal-offering brought by priests (Lev 6:16) or any meat from sin-offerings (Lev 6:23.) It is forbidden to eat of sacrifices after the appointed time for eating them (Lev 7:18), and we must never eat any holy thing that has become unclean (Lev 7:19.) The Spirit of all of these commandments would be to partake of what Yeshua did for us and what He taught us to its fullest extent.
Lev 17:10 says ritually unclean people can not eat holy things. The Spirit of this would be that nobody who claims to be a believer in Christ and rejects the Torah, can partake in the Lord’s supper.
A priests daughter who has married a non-priest shall not eat of the holy things because she has lost her holiness. (Lev 10:14, 22:12.) Paul says the wife’s head is the husband, and the unbelieving spouse is holy because of their saved spouse. Paul is referring to Lev 10:14 and 22:12; when the husband is saved, his spouse and children are sanctified. The daughter of a priest is sanctified as long as she does not marry a non-priest. But if she does, she is no longer holy. If the husband’s wife divorces him or his children marry someone who is not saved, they are no longer holy. Being sanctified is not the same as being saved, you can be saved and sanctified, but you can be sanctified through someone else and not saved.
Lev 17:3-4 says we are not allowed to slaughter an animal set apart for sacrifice outside. We are not to eat any leftover meat from the sacrifice after the appointed time for its consumption (Lev 19:8) or to sacrifice blemished cattle (Lev 22:20.) It is a sin to make a blemish on cattle set apart for sacrifice or slaughter blemished cattle for sacrifice (Lev 22:21-22.) We can not burn a blemished cattle’s limbs as a sacrifice or sprinkle its blood on the altar. (Lev 22:24.) The Spirit of these commandments would be to remember Yeshua’s sacrifice and how He was the perfect sacrifice for our sins. He was without sin and blemish.
We can not accept a blemished sacrifice for non-Israelites (lev 22:25.) For us today, this means we can not accept the sacrifice from non-believers who reject the Torah (Matt 7:21-23.)
It is a sin to leave meat from the thanksgiving offering until the morning (Lev 22:30) or to eat unleavened bread made with new grain before the offering on the second day of Passover (Lev 23:14.)
It is forbidden to eat roasted grain from new produce before the Omer offering (Lev 23:14) or fresh ears of the new grain before that time (Lev 23:14.) The Spirit of these commandments would be to partake in everything Yeshua did for us, including His teachings.
We can not exchange an animal that has been set aside to be sacrificed (Lev 27:10.) The Spirit of this commandment says there is only one way to have reconciliation with Yehovah and atone for our sins, by faith in the cross and repentance back to the Torah. (Rev 12, 14, 1.John 2, James 2.)
It is a sin to transfer an animal designated for one type of sacrifice to another (Lev 27:26) or to sell a field that has been dedicated to Yehovah (Lev 27:28.) The Spirit of this is that whatever belongs to Yehovah belongs to Yehovah, and there is only one way to be reconciled through the cross.
It is a sin to pay the priesthood a symbolic amount for a field devoted to Yehovah (Lev 27:28) or to put olive oil in the meal-offering of a woman suspected of adultery (Numbers 5:15.) We can not put any frankincense on that meal offering (Numbers 5:15) or offer up sacrifices outside the Temple (Deut 12:13). The Spirit of these commandments would be to respect what is holy.
We are forbidden to eat meat from unblemished firstborn animals outside of Jerusalem or the flesh of the burnt offering (Deut 12:13, 12:17). These two commandments Spirit is to respect what is holy.
Priests can not eat the flesh of the sin-offering or guilt-offering outside the Temple Courtyard (Deut 12:17) Or the meat from the sacrifices before the animal’s blood has been sprinkled (Deut 12:17) They must not eat the first-fruits before they’re placed in the Temple Courtyard (Deut 12:17) The Spirit of these commandments, is for all to respect what is holy.
If a blemish on an animal for sacrifice has been intentionally inflicted, we can not eat it. (Deut 14:3.) When someone sins willfully, they are trampling the Blood of Yeshua underfoot and blaspheming the Holy Spirit. (Hebr 10:29.) When Christians say homosexuality, transvestitism, abortion, or remarriage should be permitted, most of them are sinning intentionally. We cannot partake in the Lord’s supper with them because they have intentionally inflicted a blemish on Yeshua.
It is a sin to work cattle set apart for sacrifice (Deut 15:19) or to shear animals set apart for sacrifice (Deut 15:19.) The Spirit is to respect what is holy.
We can not leave any portion of the Passover offering after the second day (Deut 16:4) and animals with temporary blemishes can not be sacrificed (Deut 17:1.) If you have used an animal to hire a harlot or acquire a dog, it can not b used for sacrifice because it has been spiritually blemished. ( Deut 23:19.) The Spirit is to respect what is holy, and Deut 23:19 shows us we can not mix what is holy with the profane.
Now we move into laws of lepers and leprosy.
Lev 13:33 says it is forbidden to cut off the hair of the skin or scalp’s scalpy eruption. This is a way to determine leprosy. We can not pluck out the marks of leprosy (Deut 24:8.) The Spirit of these commandments would be to separate what is holy and what is profane.
The laws for the King are:
It is forbidden to curse the King, to appoint a foreigner for King. (Ex 22:27, Deut 17:15.) The King is forbidden to have too many horses or too many wives or to much gold and silver. (Deut 17:16,17:17.)
This is because the King is Yehovah’s representative on earth, so cursing the King would be equal to cursing Yehovah. If he has too many horses, too many wives, or to much gold and silver, he will stop being dependant upon Yehovah. Even though these laws apply only to Kings in Israel, we can learn from them to be dependent upon Yehovah and respect what is holy.
In the laws for Nazarites, we read: A Nazarite shall not drink wine or anything mixed with wine which tastes like wine. They can not eat fresh grapes, dried grapes, grape-kernels, or grape skins. (Numbers 6:3-4) It is forbidden to cut their hair or enter any covered structure containing a dead body or defile themselves by being in the presence of a corpse. (Numbers 6:3-7)
The laws for Nazarites depended upon the temple, so we can not obey them today. But we can learn something from them; we see Paul the Apostle taking a Nazarite vow to prove he was not teaching anyone to reject the Torah. Yeshua identified as a Nazarite, his brother James was identified as a Nazarite, and most early Christians took the Nazarite vow. To obey the Spirit of them today would be to abstain from alcohol and respect what is holy.
Deut 3:22, 7:21, 20:3, says those waging war for Israel shall not fear their enemies during battle because Yehovah is with them. The book of Romans says we are grafted into Israel, which tells us it is a sin for us to fear our enemies. If we live, in obedience to the Torah, we should always remember Yehovah is fighting for us and alongside us. To fear our enemies, whoever they might be, is to sin against this commandment.
It is a sin to allow any individual of the seven Canaanite nations, who resist Israel, to live. (Deut 20:16)
We can not destroy fruit trees wantonly or when fighting a war (Deut 20:19-20)
If we take a woman captive in war, we are forbidden to sell her as a slave. We are to take her as our wife, treat her as a wife with the respect a wife deserves. If she refuses to become an Israelite, we are forbidden to sell her as a slave to make her a bondservant. She is to be free to go wherever she wants. (Deut 21:14.)
The Spirit of these commandments is to respect property and Yehovah’s creations and treat our enemies with respect and humanity.
We offer peace to the Ammonites and Moabites before waging war on them (Deut 23:7) and never forget the evil done to the Jews by Amalek (Deut 25:19.) Nobody who is ritually unclean may enter the camp of the Levites (Deut 23:11.) The Spirit is to respect what is holy.
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