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Leviticus 22:1-7“And יהוה (Yahweh) spoke to Mosheh, saying, 2 “Speak to Aharon and his sons, that they separate themselves from the set-apart(Holy)offerings of the children of Yisra’ĕl(Israel), and that they do not profane My set-apart Name in what they set apart to Me. I am יהוה (Yahweh). 3 Say to them, Any man of all your offspring throughout your generations who draws near the set-apart offerings which the children of Yisra’ĕl set apart to יהוה(Yahweh), while he has uncleanness upon him, that being shall be cut off from before Me. I am יהוה(Yahweh). 4 Any man of the offspring of Aharon, who is a leper or has a discharge, does not eat the set-apart offerings until he is clean. And whoever touches what is rendered unclean by a corpse, or a man who has had an emission of semen, 5 or a man who touches any creeping creature by which he would be made unclean, or any being by whom he would become unclean, even any of his uncleanness; 6 the being who has touched it shall be unclean until evening, and does not eat the set-apart offerings, but shall bathe his body in water. 7 And when the sun goes down he shall be clean, and afterward eat the set-apart offerings, because it is his food.” “
I Peter 1:16 says, “. . . because it is written, ‘Be holy, for I am holy,'” which is precisely the lesson contained within Leviticus 22:1-7. Our holy God is clearly saying, “Those who serve Me must also be holy.” Holy essentially means “set apart,” but it also carries with it the sense of “different,” which helps explain why a person or thing is set apart. Certain factors or characteristics distinguish the set-apart one or thing, making it different from persons or things of the same kind.
Holy also has the sense of cleanliness or of being undefiled. God can just as easily be saying to the priests and their children, “I am a clean God, and I want those who serve Me to be clean.” In this case, His transcendent purity of intent and character sets Him apart from others or things that people may consider to be god. He is therefore completely undefiled.
The Leviticus passage mentions leprosy, a corpse, and semen. We must not forget that, when this was written, God was addressing a carnal people. Thus, the instruction is couched in physical terms, but we must look for spiritual meaning within the physical instruction.
The Tabernacle, altar, priesthood, furniture, vessels, and all of the rites have spiritual significance, and Paul writes that they are “shadow[s] of good things to come” (Hebrews 10:1). Leprosy is a horrible, dreadful disease, thus it is a type of a spiritual disease. It is externally visible in its disfigurement of its victim’s body. At times, there can be running sores. It probably does not parallel any one spiritual disease, but rather it symbolizes any number of sins that disfigure a person’s character and/or attitude.
Both a corpse and semen possibly represent carriers of disease. Something causes a person to die, and all too frequently, it is an invisible, internal disease, of which infections and cancers are examples. The widespread AIDS virus is a good example. It can be carried within a man’s semen into a woman’s body. The carrier may look healthy externally, but a deadly disease is present. Only the carrier may know of its existence within him. A corpse and semen represent sins that are not easily perceived. Withdrawal from participation in the fellowship requires the sinner to exercise discipline, as he may be the only one aware of his problem. Creeping things are also defilements from sins that are less obvious. Perhaps in this case, it might be problems with one’s attitudes like resentment, bitterness, envy, jealousy, and lusting.
Regardless of what rendered a person unclean, he was not allowed to participate until he cleaned himself by washing in water, a type of the Holy Spirit. Even then, he was still considered unclean until evening of that same day. This process was a form of excommunication. The unclean person was symbolically excluded from communion with God and held unfit to eat of the holy food of the altar, symbolizing the Word of God, until he had cleaned up his act. Verse 7 distinctly says he was free to eat of the holy things only after the sun went down. Even given this permission, he was still eating in the dark! Though accepted back into fellowship, he was still somewhat removed from full exposure to the light of God’s throne until the next day, when complete communication with God was restored.
Taking steps to rid ourselves of uncleanness has awesome ramifications when we grasp how burdened we are with the potential for sin. The apostle Paul labels himself as a wretched man who greatly needed deliverance (Romans 7:24-25). Despite what we can do on our own—and God requires us to strive to do so—complete deliverance can only come through the work of Jesus Christ. It is essential that we know this, yet it is perhaps beyond our full understanding and appreciation that God is so merciful and full of grace to provide the sin offering that precedes us! If it were not for these elements—because we are so full of spiritual creeping things and spiritual leprosy—we would never be permitted to eat from the Lord’s table.
I and II Corinthians offers us great comfort by showing that, though one may be cut off from the body, he can return once he has cleaned himself through repentance. It shows that even though he is denied close communion with God because of some spiritual uncleanness, he still remains tied to God through the New Testament priesthood. Disfellowshipping is intended to be a temporary, corrective tool.
I Corinthians 5:4-5 says, “In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when you are gathered together, along with my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.” The purpose of excommunication is to save the person from his uncleanness that is destroying his communion with God and others in the fellowship. Therefore, if he can still be saved, that person is not completely cut off from God.
II Corinthians 6:14-17 adds more information to this subject. Paul asks four questions that provide comparisons that clearly urge us to avoid or depart from what is unclean so that we can be at peace and in communion with God. Fellowship with God and being allowed to eat spiritual food from His table are clearly conditioned upon our not falling into uncleanness but instead striving to maintain the purity provided by Christ’s sacrifice.
Our part in striving to maintain the purity is to follow Christ’s example of thorough dedication in fulfilling the requirements of the burnt and meal offerings. Doing so in no way earns us the fellowshipping privileges expressed in the peace offering, but it does show God our understanding of faith, love, sacrifice, thanksgiving, and the links between total devotion to Him, Jesus Christ, our fellow man, and His wonderful purpose. God has invested a great deal to provide this for us. The least we can do is give back to Him full devotion in our life as a living sacrifice.
Six is the number that clearly represents man, satan, sin, and slavery. The 6th word in scripture is the ‘vav’ conjunction, which is the 6th letter of the Aleph-Bet. The 6th word ties together the creation of the heavens and the earth. The ‘vav’ conjunction is dominantly translated as the word ‘and’. Although there are only two Hebrew words that begin with this letter, it is the letter that appears the most times in scripture because of it’s use as a conjuntion.
Man was created on the 6th day and was to labor, because of his disobedience, for 6 days. Hebrew slaves were to serve for 6 years (Sh’mot [Exodus] 21:2). The land was to serve 6 years, as well (Sh’mot 23:10). The image in Nebuchadnezzar’s dream picturing the rule of man’s kingdoms was in multiples of 6 and, of course, we are all familiar with the number of the beast in Hitgalut (Revelation) 13 as 666. Six is one short of completeness. Two sixes will total the number of the tribes of Israel and the apostles. The Levites were given 48 cities (6×7) for their possession, and of those cities, six cities were given for the ‘manslayer’ to flee to. The most interesting use of the number six for me is the last six commandments of the Ten Commandments. Messiah divides the commandments up into two that all the commandments hang, or that are summed up. The first four commandments are haggadic by nature and are given to speak of our relationship with God. The last six commandments are halakhic in nature and are given to instruct our relationship with man and with ourselves.
The number six is the Hebrew word shesh. The etymology of this word is to ‘annihilate’ or ‘plunder’. Does that surprise you? Do you think for a moment that when YHVH said to man that he is to have dominion over the earth and to subdue it that He meant that we should plunder and destroy all that our Creator had provided for us? The corruption of this earth in all of it’s manifestations is, of course, the result of sin. In the prophets we read of the result of hasatans presence here on earth.
Yesha’yahu (Isaiah) 14:16-17 “They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the MAN who made the earth to tremble, and who did shake kingdoms. Who, made the world like a WILDERNESS, and DESTROYED it’s cities, who opened not the house of his prisoners?”
Using the English in this verse I could make a good case against the Sierra Club, who desire to destroy the cities and make the world like a wilderness. Aha! I’ve stumbled onto the identity of the beast. Well, maybe another day. There are dozens of words that have interesting ties to the number six and it’s multiples. I would like to address a few. There are only a handful of words that have a total gematria of six. The word for ‘separation’ and being ‘alone’ for example, is bad, which is an interesting play on words itself.
This word is used to describe Ephraim and their association with sin and disregard for Torah in Hoshea 8:9-12:
“For they are gone up to Assyria, a wild ass ALONE by HIMSELF, Ephraim hath hired lovers. Yea, though they have hired among the nations, now will I gather them, and they shall sorrow a little for the burden of the king of princes. Because Ephraim hath made many altars to SIN, altars shall be unto him to SIN. I have written to him the great things of my Torah, but they were counted as a strange thing.”
The word for ‘enemy’ is ‘eyvah, which has a gematria of 18 (3×6). The same is true of the Hebrew word for ‘sin’ – chatta’, which also has a gematria of 18. When YHVH (Yahweh) blew into Adam’s nostrils and he became a ‘living’ soul, the word used here for man’s life is chay, which again has a gematria of 18.
The 6th letter of the Hebrew Aleph-Bet is vav. This word means a hook or a nail. There are only two Hebrew words that begin with a vav, but this letter appears the most times in scripture. It is not just coincidence that the other Hebrew word is vazar, which means to be guilty, or to bear a burden. It is only used one time in scripture.
Mishlei (Proverbs) 21:8 “The way of a GUILTY MAN is devious and strange, but as for the pure, his work is right.”
The reason for the numerous appearances of the ‘vav’ is due to it’s use as the conjunction (and, but, now, so, etc). This word is used quite extensively to tie things together or to bind them. This places the two meanings of ‘binding together’ and a ‘nail’ into a provocative relationship. It is not happenstance that the Messiah was ‘nailed’ to a tree for our SINS, and that He DESTROYED the works of the DEVIL. It is the ‘vav’ or the nail that connects two things together. We know that when the Messiah was nailed to the tree, that He became SIN for us, that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him. Sin was literally joined together with Messiah that He might bear our burden and take our place. All these concepts are tied (pun intended) together with the number six. The nails left prints in His hands and in His feet. In the Greek language and gematria, a form of the letter ‘s’ is inserted as the 6th letter. It is called the stigma. To explain this I will quote from E.W. Bullinger’s popular book on numbers entitled “Number in Scripture”:
“This letter’s’ (called stigma) is used for the number 6. Why this letter and number should be thus associated we cannot tell, except that both are intimately connected with the ancient Egyptian ‘mysteries’. The three letters SSS were the symbol of ISIS, which is thus connected with 666 …”
It also might be of interest to know that the verbal root of the word stigma is to brand with a hot iron, which has always been one of several ways of putting a mark on someone. Ouch! As a last note of interest before I provide a list of several uses of the number six, I would like to remind anyone who will listen that the ‘beast’ of Hitgalut (Revelation) 13, will be a physical manifestation of a ‘spirit’ of antichrist, that has been in the world all along (1 Yochanan [John] 4:3). When attempting to calculate the ‘number’ of his name, it might be remembered that his nature, as described by Sha’ul (Paul) in 2 Thessalonians 2:7, is that of lawlessness or Torahlessness. This is the nature of the spirit of his followers as well, for it is my opinion that his number is intimately tied to man’s ways over God’s ways.
The serpent is the 6th character revealed in B’reshith (Genesis).
Satan is mentioned 6 times in the wilderness experience with Messiah.
Goliath has 6 pieces of armor: Sh’mu’el Aleph (1 Samuel) 17.
The great Pyramid is built in multiples of 6. (Compared to the Tabernacle with multiples of 5.)
Cain’s descendants are given to the 6th generation.
There are six words used for ‘man’ in scripture: 4 Hebrew, 2 Greek.
6 cities of refuge.
‘A thousand years’ is mentioned 6 times in Hitgalut.
Messiah had 6 trials.
The kingdoms of this world are to last 6 thousand years.
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