Life Skills from the Word of YHWH

  Tzav (Command)
(Sefer Vayikra) Leviticus 6:1 (6:9) - 8:36

 

6:8- And YHVH spoke unto Moshe, saying,
9- Command Aharon and his sons, saying, This is the law of the burnt offering: It is the burnt offering, because of the burning upon the altar all night unto the morning, and the fire of the altar shall be burning in it.
12- And the fire upon the altar shall be burning in it; it shall not be put out: and the kohain shall burn wood on it every morning, and lay the burnt offering in order upon it; and he shall burn thereon the fat of the peace offerings.
13- The fire shall ever be burning upon the altar; it shall never go out.
30- And no sin offering, whereof any of the blood is brought into the tabernacle of the congregation to reconcile withal in the holy place, shall be eaten: it shall be burnt in the fire.
7:29- Speak unto the children of Yisrael, saying, He that offers the sacrifice of his peace offerings unto YHVH shall bring his oblation unto YHVH of the sacrifice of his peace offerings.
30- His own hands shall bring the offerings of YHVH made by fire, the fat with the breast, it shall he bring, that the breast may be waved for a wave offering before YHVH.
7:37- This is the law of the burnt offering, of the meat offering, and of the sin offering, and of the trespass offering, and of the consecrations, and of the sacrifice of the peace offerings;
38- Which YHVH commanded Moshe in mount Sinai, in the day that He commanded the children of Yisrael to offer their oblations unto YHVH, in the wilderness of Sinai.
8:10- And Moshe took the anointing oil, and anointed the tabernacle and all that was therein, and sanctified them.
11- And he sprinkled thereof upon the altar seven times, and anointed the altar and all his vessels, both the laver and his foot, to sanctify them.
12- And he poured of the anointing oil upon Aharon's head, and anointed him, to sanctify him.
8:33- And ye shall not go out of the door of the tent of meeting in seven days,
until the days of your consecration be at an end: for seven days shall he consecrate you.
34- As He has done this day, so YHVH has commanded to do, to make an atonement for you.
35- Therefore shall ye abide at the door of the tent of meeting day and night seven days, and keep the charge of YHVH, that ye die not: for so I am commanded.
36- So Aharon and his sons did all things which YHVH commanded by the hand of Moshe.”

 

“The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the
turtledove is heard in our land; The fig tree puts forth her green figs, and the vines with the
tender grape give a good smell. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.”
(Song 2:12-13)


“And there is none that calls upon thy name, that stirs up himself to take hold of thee: for
thou has hid thy face from us, and has consumed us, because of our iniquities.”
(Isaiah 64:7)


“Then was Nebuchadnezzar full of fury, and the form of his visage was changed against Shadrach,
Meishach, and Avednego: therefore he spoke, and commanded that they should heat the
furnace one seven times more than is usually heated.”
(Daniel 3:19)


“The words of YHVH are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.”
(Psalms 12:6)


“Seven days shall they purge the altar and purify it; and they shall consecrate themselves.”
(Ezekiel 43:26)


“And thus shall thou do unto Aharon, and to his sons, according to all things which I have
commanded thee: seven days shalL thou consecrate them., to sanctify it. Seven days thou
shall make an atonement for the altar, and sanctify it; and it shall be an altar most holy:
whatsoever touches the altar shall be holy.”
(Exodus 29:35 & 37)


“And seven Kohanim shall bear before the ark seven shofars of rams' horns: and the seventh day
ye shall compass the city seven times, and the kohanim shall blow with the Shofars.”
(Joshua 6:4)

 

Tzav Summary:
1. A Fire Aflame, atop an Altar, Attentively Fueled:

Throughout the day, wood would be added to the fire, keeping the flame burning on the holy altar. As tabernacles possessing the gate of the city to the Holy Place, before our hearts, stands a sacrificial altar, the thoroughfare between locating shade producers in our lives, standing tall and obstructing the Light, to hewing once haughty self-willed words of pride as it is written in Proverbs 18:12 and 26:20,
“Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honor is humility...”
“...Where no wood is, there the fire goes out: so where there is no talebearer, the strife ceases.”
Indeed, we must let Judgment begin in the House of Elohim, and as Deuteronomy 9:3 charges:
“Understand therefore this day, that YHVH thy Elohim is He which goes over before thee;
as a consuming fire He shall destroy them, and He shall bring them down before thy face:
so shall thou drive them out, and destroy them quickly, as YHVH has said unto thee.”
Greatly to be praised for His ability to dispose of wayward passions, Isaiah 30:33 points out the fuel:
“For Tephtah is ordained of old; yea, for the King it is prepared; He has made it deep and large:
the pile is fire and much wood; the breath of YHVH, like a stream of brimstone, does kindle it.”
Heaven calls out to stoke the flame of an all-consuming love as Song of Songs 3:5 cautions, saying:
“I charge you, O ye daughters of Yerushalayim, by the roes, and by the hinds of the field,
that ye stir not up, nor awake my Love, till He please.”
The altar forever kept with a vigilant fire, let us love HaShem as ibid. 8:6 kindles the offering:
“Set me as a seal on Thine heart, as a seal upon Thine arm: for love is strong as death; jealousy
is cruel as the grave: the coals thereof are coals of fire, which has a most vehement flame.”
 

2. Seven Thoroughly Walled-in Days of Consecration:
Shut in from the opposing elements around them, the chosen sons of Levi were to continue a precedent of seven cycles toward the preparation of HaShem’s faithful House. Waiting within the ark, Noach and his sons were witness to this principle as Genesis 7:10 reminds us of the ripening period:
“And it came to pass after seven days, that the waters of the flood were upon the earth.”
Equally, in as Exodus 13:6-7, the Pesach practice of consecration with the matzot speaks of seven:
“Seven days thou shall eat unleavened bread, and in the seventh day shall be a feast to YHVH.
Unleavened bread shall be eaten seven days; and there shall no leavened bread be seen with
thee, neither shall there be leaven seen with thee in all thy borders.”
In expectation of the eighth day, the one endeavoring to serve in an acceptable manner must face time for self-examination and obtain the resolve to approach the coming mist of HaShem’s Shechinah.
In 1Kings 18:44, in Yehoshua-led Yericho fashion, Eliyahu models the need for a cycle’s completion:
“And it came to pass at the seventh time, that he said, Behold, there arises a little cloud out of
the sea... say unto Achav, Prepare thy chariot, and get thee down, that the rain stop thee not.”
Separated from the camp, the seven days declare a depth of saturation, thoroughly affording a required purification from fleshly fellowship. 2 Kings 5:10 in similar manner, reflects the completion of seven:
“And Elisha sent a messenger unto him, saying, Go and wash in Yarden seven times, and thy flesh
shall come again to thee, and thou shall be clean.”
And so with the heart-felt fervor of father Yaakov, whose seven years for Rachel... seemed but a few, let us enter His courts of Consecration, fanning our hearts in the frequency named in Psalms 119:164:
“Seven times a day do I praise Thee because of Thy righteous judgments.”

 

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