The pattern that Moses was given to see, on the basis of which the Tabernacle was to be built, was nothing more than the Body of Christ. All the symbols of the Tabernacle refer to Christ, his person, his characteristics, his ministry, his splendor and his glory.
“I will meet with you from between the two cherubim”, says the Lord
The Eternal said to Moses that henceforth he will speak to him and reveal his commandments from between the cherubim.
The Ark of the Covenant was covered by the wings of two archangels. Two archangels protecting the Commandments, two pillars on the foundation of which the Lord speaks. (Ex 25:22)
The Temple of the Lord rests on the two pillars or foundation of the apostles and prophets Jesus Christ himself being the cornerstone. (Ef 2: 19-20)
When Jesus was transfigured and Moses appeared as Law – the essence of apostolic ministry – on the other side Elijah appeared as the ultimate representative of the prophetic mission, we witness the reunification of an angelic trinity that was shattered by the fall of Lucifer – bearer of the Light – that became Satan – enemy, accuser (Mt 17 – Mk 9 – Lk 9)
The Lord himself, as the Messiah (Christ) comes to take the empty place left by the fallen archangel and speaks, which means that he spreads the gleam of his glory by his own Word relying on the Law and the Prophets. Although Moses at that time as a human being was only an external witness to the building of the Tabernacle, the cherubim are none other than the representations of the Archangels Michael and Gabriel who adorn the Ark of the Covenant. There, as on the Mount of Olives during the transfiguration, He appears between and only in the presence of the two cherubim. It is by the complementary ministry of those Cherubims (Apostolic and Prophetic) that the Lord speaks. There His voice rises to tell the Word that became flesh in Yeshua, the one who as an anointed Messiah. This marks the restoration this way the perfect ministry of the Heavenly Temple.
“Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with Elohim’s people and also members of his household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which Elohim lives by his Spirit.. (Eph 2: 19-22)
Moses being Michael, Elijah being Gabriel
We read in Zechariah 3, the trial of Joshua the high priest. Satan accuses him and the Lord said to him, “The Lord rebuke you.” In the English translation, it is the Lord himself that is mentioned, which is correct. In Hebrew, however, it is the angel of the Lord who appears in the text.
The Angel of the Lord appears on several occasions and it is generally agreed that Christ reveals himself this way before the time of Redemption. For example, when he appears to Samson’s parents and cannot reveal his name to them, because it is wonderful.
So we see in Zechariah, that Christ is defending the High Priest Joshua who is clothed in a filthy garment and standing before the Lord. Joshua or Yeshua appears here following the Sacrifice on the cross, when he took the sins of the world upon himself. He defiled himself for others, as the high priest did earlier during the sacrifice of the red cow.
Christ – the anointed King – defends Yeshua (Jesus) – the High Priest. We see here the Messiah manifesting himself in a dualistic form. It is divided into two characters, two distinct functions before the Supreme Court: Christ (as Anointed King) and Jesus (as the Cohen HaGadol, the High Priest and Savior).
In Jude, we find the same story with different characters. In the place of Christ, we find the Archangel Michael who defends Moses against the accusations of the same Satan.
“But even the archangel Michael, when he was disputing with the devil about the body of Moses, did not himself dare to condemn him for slander but said, “The Lord rebuke you!” (Jude 1: 9)
Joshua is the human manifestation of Christ. Moses is the human manifestation of Michel.
The tow apostles escorting Jesus at the moment of His transfiguration, recognized at the first sight both Moses and Eliyah centuries after the death of these prophets. At a time when neither painting and even less photography existed and was allowed, how could they know they were seing Moses and Elijah? What they saw was the spirit of the two main Prophets and thus recognized them as such. They had the spiritual vision making them able to recognize the bodily incarnation those two Angels endorsed during their visit in our world.
When the morning star fell, a third of the stars in the sky fell with him. Satan, as an archangel, was undoubtedly followed by the army of angels who were originally under his command. Isaiah 14:12, Ezekiel 28: 11-19
Contrary to any Jewish, Christian or other fanciful idea, according to which there are four, seven, ten or even more archangels, even if it is mentioned in the book of Enoch to which the Bible itself refers, but which was never integrated into the sacred (or canonized) books, there are actually only three archangels, or rather two, because one of them lost his place. The Bible only mentions two Authorities, they are Michael and Gabriel. All other Raphael, Uriel and other fanciful names are only human inventions, or rather through man, the invention of even worse spirits. If there were other main spiritual authorities, the Scriptures would have surely mentioned them.
The story of Yeshua’s transfiguration on the Mount of Olives and where he met Moses and Elijah is testimony to this. Of the three archangels, one fell carrying his own soldiers into perdition. The other two, Moses and Elijah, remained. Elohim, in his capacity as Messiah, takes himself the place left vacant by the Light-bringer who became Satan (accuser/adversary). As Yeshua says: I am the Light of the world …
With full knowledge of these facts, we can perhaps even go as far as to find the answer the most ancestral and visceral question that humanity has ever asked: Why did Elohim create man ?
zeev shlomo 2016
Then the LORD said to Moses, “When you take a census of the Israelites to count them, each one must pay the LORD a ransom for his life … Each one who crosses over to those already counted is to give a half shekel, according to the sanctuary shekel … All who cross over, those twenty years old or more, are to give an offering to the LORD. The rich are not to give more than a half shekel and the poor are not to give less when you make the offering to the LORD to atone for your lives. Receive the atonement money from the Israelites and use it for the service of the tent of meeting. It will be a memorial for the Israelites before the LORD, making atonement for your lives.” (Ex 30:11-16)
The pillars of the Tabernacle have a silver base. Christ’s Body rests upon the foundation of salvation, so that all the high priest’s ministries go to those who paid their ransom in silver.
Men over twenty years old had to put this sum on the altar of the Lord to finance the construction of the Tabernacle. It was a universal sum, the rich could not give more and the poor could not pay less. Everyone possessed at least this amount of money, the symbol of ourselves, our person whom we have received from above free of charge and that it is necessary to put back on the altar in order to function properly.
This symbolic act is nothing but the prototype of repentance, when one makes the decision to return to the Eternal so that our life and our destiny are no longer in our hands, but in the Lord’s. We put ourselves on the Altar so that a new life begins in us.
zeev shlomo 2014
This week’s parashat does practically exclusively contain commendments. So all my thoughts about it are gathered within the following writtings:
42/613 Hebrew slave
45/613 Death penalty
55/613 No proofs
61/613 Stoned to death animal
65/613 Widows and orphans
75/613 Respect of the juges
77/613 Respect of the rulers
79/613 Torn animals
84/613 Richs’ rights
85/613 Poors’ rights
92/613 Animals’ rights
148/613 Blood consumption
Yitro the first proselyte
We have arrived at the most important event of the books of Moses: the revelation of the 10 Commandments of the Lord. It is surprising that a portion of Torah describing the most important event in Jewis history, the very foundation of our faith and identity, is named after the high priest of the pagan people that will remain one of Israel’s greatest enemies: Midian. This Jewish people, often accused of communitarianism and disdain for the other nations, names the most significant part of their holy writings by the name of a stranger. In addition to being Moses’ father-in-law, Yitro’s respect is also mainly due to the fact that he was the first proselyte in history.
Yitro managed Moses’ fortune and took care of his wife and children, in other words, his own daughter and grandchildren. Yitro helps Moses, without overwhelming him, imposing neither his person nor his will, he really helps Moses to fulfill his call. He also made the testimony of his faith after seeing the power of the Eternal during the spectacular liberation of the Jewish people from Egypt. He declares that the Lord of Israel is above all the other gods and in a kind of prefiguration of the Last Supper, the Levites break bread with him, a sign of his integration into the Chosen People. As a result of this covenant, he continues his specific ministry towards Moses and, through divine inspiration, recommends his son-in-law to appoint 70 wise men from the people to divide his huge task among them in order to be free to deal only with the more complex issues. This council allowed Moses to achieve a deeper ministry on earth. If Moses had to continue to manage everything alone, he would never have had time to bow down before the Eternal to intercede for the people. He thus received more time to devote himself to prayer and constant contact with the Lord who in the case of Moses happened face to face. The excessive amount of work that Moses would have been forced to do would sooner or later have obliged him to make decisions in a dry and mechanical way and would have made his interpretation of the law close to the letter and out of the Spirit. We can say that Yitro spared Moses from falling into a form of Parisianism.
Zeev Shlomo 17.01.2014
Crossing the Red Sea
We often experience the providence of the Almighty to such an extent that we have the impression that seas are opening before us. During our life as a disciple, there are situations when we are simply extracted from a certain situation and those who persecute us are simply drown in their own anger while on our side, we continue our path on dry ground. Meanwhile, the world with all its dangers stands on both sides of us like hermetically sealed water walls in a terrifying spectacle, but without being able to reach us. For a young believer, Egypt and Pharaoh are often their own incredulous or just religious family as well as old friends and other acquaintances. They do everything they can to prevent you from going out into the wilderness to present your offerings to the Lord: the sacrifice of our own person. So the Almighty separates us from them in a spectacular way and hostility ceases, as if these Egyptian armies were thrown to the bottom of the sea. We move forward and reach the other side where a new life can finally begin.
However, there is another story in the Bible implying water and the sea. This is where our Master appears walking on the water in the middle of a storm. This is a protection where, having reached a certain spiritual age, the Lord demands that we too take our part of responsibility. We must contribute by our own human strength to overcome certain hardships. Here, the sea is no longer separated on our sides, and we do not walk on a very stable path anymore, but by a bit more “simple”miracle, we must learn to walk on the waters ourselves.
If you no longer belong to the world, this world must no longer be pushed aside so that you can go from one point to another. You must already be able to know how to mix with this world without falling back into it. You have to understand more and more what the word of the Lord Yeshua means when he sais that you will not be removed from this world, but you will be preserved (Jn 17:15). You must take responsibility to preserve your spiritual life.
On our path of disciple, the Almighty offers us his providence according to our degree of experience, strength, vision and spiritual wisdom. As long as we are small, weak, or unexperienced, he intervenes more dramatically. This is how we see drastic solutions in our trials. If later similar difficulties come up again, Christ calls us to reach out to Him and put our feet on the water. I am with you, you must be able to walk on the water, there is no need to open the waters before your face anymore.
When we see a problem arising, we often stop on the shore and wait impatiently for the sea to open and we are surprised to see no response from the Lord as it has been before. Why does our life as a believer stop after a while without anything happening? The answer has just been given here. He has already taken you out of similar situations, now it’s your turn to play, you know the way, put your feet on the water and start. We are stagnating like the generation that came out of Egypt. This people was unable to move forward because it spoke against the Lord and Moses at each new trial they had to face although having witnessed countless spectacular miracles in the near past. They always received food and water, but became unbelieving once hunger and thirst arose again among to the people. The consequence was that this generation was condemned to die in the desert without ever crossing the border of the Promised Land. This promise could only be fulfilled with the next generation.
Zeev Shlomo 01/10/14
The Pharaoh in us
The story of the 10 plagues of Egypt can be read as one reads a novel or watches a movie as an simple external viewer having nothing to do with the story. Pharaoh’s rebellious behavior against the will of the Lord may even upset us as we read this passage from the Bible. However, it is useful to analyze this story from another angle as well, because very interesting things can be revealed to us concerning our own person. For me, this passage is always a warning as to whether there is still something Pharaonic in me or not. Is there anything in my soul and mind that prevents me from evolving on my path of disciple and advancing in spirit to serve the Lord out of Egypt? Because although I have already came out after my conversion and my rebirth, there are still things remaining that should be cleared away. It would be a shame to simply see Pharaoh as an ancient ruler having no effect in the present and in our lives. In this case, we would lose the possibility that the Lord would continue to unmask and judge the presence and actions of alien spirits still stuck inside of us.
The main characteristic of Pharaoh is that he panics and seems to submit himself at the sight of the plagues. Then, when the storm has passed, he harden his hearth again. This is a typically human trait and few of us are free from it. We often bow down before the Lord when problems come. Our humility and the number of our prayers increases with the number of plagues. As soon as the lull arrives, we return to our little jobs as if nothing had happened.
We experience these stages during our conversion. Everything is turning into blood in our lives, all sorts of parasites and diseases are surrounding and threatening us. We have the feeling that everything collapses around us and then comes the death of the firstborn. Our own person, our ego as the firstborn. This self-love that puts our own before and before everything, our main idol that must die to finally give way to our new man born again in Christ.
Nevertheless, this process continues and must continue, as sanctification goes on in our minds. As born again disciples in Christ, there is plenty of things to settle in us, so that all the current idols, the actual firstborn, continue to die in order to make room for Christ in all segments of our being.
The magicians of Egypt
It is remarkable to see that up to a certain point, the magicians of Egypt are able to reproduce the same miracles as those which the Lord accomplished through Moses and Aaron. They turn sticks into snakes, water into blood, produce frogs, all kinds of insects and parasites, and so on. Many theories and explanations have emerged about the methods they used to carry out their imitations. I do not want to dwell on these details, because there are indeed scientific and other less scientific explanations for these things. It is indeed possible to hypnotize snakes until they become straight and stiff as sticks then to throw them to the ground in order to wake them up. Aaron’s staff was not made of a hypnotized snake, but of dry wood. It still turned to be a snake, moreover a snake capable of swallowing others. Larger miracles, on the other hand, are more suspect and most certainly imply a spiritual intervention coming from a supernatural power. Of course, for some wonders, it is hardly thinkable that magic tricks or scientific phenomena are sufficient to generate them. Satan and his army have received some power that they use from time to time. This is most certainly what they did then, and they will do so soon to deceive many according to the end-time prophecies.
What is more interesting to us is to observe that Pharaoh hardens his heart when he sees his men doing the same feats as the Lord of Israel. Simple men seem to have the same power as the Almighty. Pharaoh witnesses the miracles of the Lord and is reassured when his men do the same.
We often hear men preaching on the subject of the 10 plagues of Egypt by giving scientific explanations to the phenomena described, for example how water is transformed into blood. There would be an algae or a bacteria that starts to swarm in the waters of the Nile from time to time, giving it a reddish color and exterminating any form of life around it. As a result, the remains of the river’s fauna raise massively to the surface of the water, favoring the proliferation of toads or frogs and other parasitic insects that spread diseases. They manage to explain the whole process of the 10 plagues with rational and scientific arguments that were certainly generated by the will of the Almighty, but that are certainly not that extraordinary. They emphasize that we must not take everything literally.
Bacteria, or algae may well arise, it is also one of the potential explanations of the “power” of the magicians, but the Bible tells us that all waters have turned into blood. … The LORD said to Moses, “Tell Aaron, Take your staff and stretch out your hand over the waters of Egypt—over the streams and canals, over the ponds and all the reservoirs—and they will turn to blood.’ Blood will be everywhere in Egypt, even in vessels of wood and stone.” (Exodus 7:19). It is obvious that the Almighty is able of causing considerable damage just by swarming the bacteria in the waters of the river so that its color turns red, here it is however question of real blood, the bacteria however do not just appear like that in wooden or stone recipients. Elohim can use the forces of nature since everything is his creation. However, it is dangerous to want to convince unbelievers by bending to their rules in order to catch their attention. By wanting too much to involve human sciences in the teaching of the Word, we risk, unwittingly, to play the role of pharaoh’s magicians. Indeed Pharaohs are eager to get “rational” and palpable response emerge in order to neutralize and cancel the signs and judgments given by the Lord. For Pharaoh’s heart did not always harden at the sight of the disappearance of the wonders. If we read well, we see that in most cases it was indeed at the sight of the power of his own magicians to imitate or explain the wonders that he persisted in rejecting obedience to the Eternal.
Where and how to make our offerings to the Lord?
But Moses said, “That would not be right. The sacrifices we offer the LORD our Elohim would be detestable to the Egyptians. And if we offer sacrifices that are detestable in their eyes, will they not stone us? (Ex 8:26).
I have rarely had the peace of mind when seeing praises and preachings in public places, such as the street or the subway. I am always concerned at the sight of believers approaching strangers in the street like carpet traders trying to evangelize them. I was uncomfortable when I saw people acting such as I also used to act not long before. In the same way, it is painful for me to see Jews planting hanukkiahs in the four corners of the city, in the most soiled places as well in spirit as from the point of view of dog poop by turning our sacred objects into vulgar circus acts. This sentence pronounced by Moses sums up the problem very well. It also foreshadows the warning received later by our Master : Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces. (Mt. 7:6). The name of Yeshua and the symbols of Judaism are hateful to many. A big question is actually where and when to preach His Word: in season and out of season as Paul said. Indeed, times are becoming more and more unfavorable to the Word of the Lord. But when the seeds of the Word become visible in someone’s heart, storms immediately rise in order to destroy it, because the enemy never sleeps. It is when we are closest to conversion, to reborn, or to make any positive turn spiritually, that the most virulent attacks are launched against the ongoing purification process. Paul’s warning is to be interpreted this way. Fight most fiercely for the lives of others when the heart of his pharaoh is the hardest and refuses more relentlessly than ever to let his prey escape.
However, it seems to me that there is a time absolutely unfavorable to the exhibition of what is Holy. When I do it before the eyes of those who do not have any seed in their hearts, who do not come to change and to humble themselves before the greatness of the One I represent. They are feeling good about themselves and have no desire to change. They want to continue their life as it was until then looking for other solutions to their problems. In these cases, there is no need to pronounce His name in vain, and to vainly display any holy symbols. Otherwise, I will have to rely on the ruthless revenge of the spiritual world and risk being defenseless in the face of evil powers on whose ground I would have gone irresponsibly and unconsciously. Never set foot on minefields where the Lord does not send us. Let us give up our “good ideas” and instead of starting false ministries, rather wait for our own complete deliverance so that the Lord can send us on the ground that He will have defined for us in order to present Him our offerings.
zeev shlomo 27/12/13