21st of the 1st month 207/2018
Bemiḏbar/Numbers 28:25 “And on the seventh day you have a set-apart gathering, you do no servile work.”
This morning we have come together in obedience to our Master’s clear instructions as this is the seventh day of Matzot/Unleavened Bread. This is a set-apart day and closes the Feast that commemorates the redeeming work of our Master and Elohim, who shed His blood for many and rose again that we may have life in Him and be equipped to be made ready into His Perfect Bride that He is coming back for.
The Hebrew word used here for ‘seventh’ is שְּׁבִיעִי – Strong’s H7637 ‘shâḇiy`iy’ which simply means ‘seventh’, which comes from the word שֶׁבַע sheḇa – Strong’s H7651 which means, ‘seventh’ which comes from the primitive root verb שָׁבַע shaḇa – Strong’s H7650 which means, ‘to swear, exchange oaths, take an oath, vow’.
In Hebrew, when one promises to complete something, it is considered ‘done’ and the word could be depended upon as that what was said would be accomplished. Our Master’s Word shall not return void, for the work that He who has begun a good work in you shall perfect it until the day of יהושע Messiah. We also take note that the 7th day of Creation, the day in which our Master completed His work and rested, clearly shadow pictures for us His Day when He comes in the 7th Millennium to complete His work so that we can all enter into His perfect rest forever! The number 7 also represents for us completion or fullness, as pictured through the 7 days of the week, the 7 Feasts/Appointed Times of יהוה, the seven assemblies in Ḥazon/Revelation, the counting of 7’s to Shaḇuoth, and the seven lamps of the Menorah/Lampstand which shines light on the showbread table.
While we could glean a whole host of insights regarding the number 7, along with the 7th day (Shabbat) and more specifically the 7th day of Matzot, this morning I want to share with you an encouragement in regards to the significance of this 7th day of Matzot and our being able to be gathered together and have a set-apart gathering unto our Master and Elohim.
Let us briefly look at these two words that are translated as ‘set-apart gathering’
A – Set-Apart:
This is the Hebrew word קֹדֶשqoḏesh/ko-ḏesh – Strong’s H6944 – and it means ‘apartness/ consecrated/ dedicated/ that which is dedicated and separated unto יהוה’. The word is really self-explanatory and carries with it great weight in its identification of truly setting something or someone apart from another with a clear distinction of being marked as separate and apart from the rest.
B – Gatherings:
This is the Hebrew word: מִקְרָא miqra – Strong’s H4744, meaning: assembly/ group/ convocation/ a collective of people gathered for a purpose/a calling together, which comes from the root word קָרָא qara – Strong’s H7121 meaning, ‘proclaim, call, read, summons, invite, to be called out’.
The Sabbaths and Appointed Times of יהוה are the set-apart gatherings that are to be proclaimed and kept and our being gathered here today on this 7th day of Matzot, is in complete obedience to our Master’s commands.
As we consider this Feast of Matzot that begins with the remembrance of the death of Messiah, which we proclaim during the Passover Meal, we recognize and give thanks for His work of deliverance that He has begun in us, in removing from us the curse of the Torah, which is death, and how He has cleansed us in His own blood from all our sins. He has removed the leaven from us, for we are His Dwelling Place, and it is during this Feast that we begin to count to 50, with today being day 4 of that count, teaching us that we are to be a counting people that have His Good News worked in us in order to become the perfect Bride that is ready and waiting for His imminent return.
This day 7 of Matzot carries the shadow picture of the full assurance of the work of our Master that will be made complete when He comes on the “7th day”, which is the 7th Millennium and completes His work of deliverance and dwells with us forever.
So, in many ways we can see how today reminds us that we are a ‘work in progress’, so to speak, and that we have the full assurance of the hope we have in being made complete, being secured in His Word which never fails, for His Covenant has been secured in His Blood and He has given us of His Spirit as a seal of our redemption; and this is a day where we can boldly come together and give thanks unto Elohim for that which He has done and continues to do in each of our lives individually as well as corporately together as a unified Bride! Sha’ul says in:
Pilipiyim/Philippians 1:3-6 “I thank my Elohim in all my remembrance of you. 4 In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy, 5 for your fellowship in the Good News from the first day until now, 6 being persuaded of this, that He who begun a good work in you shall perfect it until the day of יהושע Messiah.”
As we consider the picture of the 7 days of Matzot and the concept of proper fellowship ‘from the first day until now’, we recognise how we are to guard the unity of the Spirit within the body as we sojourn here with great joy, being fully persuaded of the fact that our Master’s work that He has begun in each of us will be made perfect at His return!
The Greek word used here for ‘perfect’ is ἐπιτελέω epiteleō – Strong’s G2005 which means, ‘to complete, accomplish, finished, perfected, performing’, and this same word is used in:
Qorintiyim Bět/2 Corinthians 7:1 “Having, then, these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all defilement of the flesh and spirit, perfecting set-apartness in the fear of Elohim.”
Due to the ‘perfect’ and ‘complete’ work of Messiah, we are able to be perfect and set-apart before Elohim, for that is what we are called to – to set-apartness, and having been grafted into the Covenants of Promise by the Blood of Messiah that cleanses and washes us, we are now called to be a called out people who are ‘perfecting’ set-apartness in the fear of Elohim! How then are we to ‘perfect’ our set-apartness in the fear of Elohim? By walking in THE PERFECT TORAH!!!
The Greek word ἐπιτελέω epiteleō – Strong’s G2005 comes from two root words:
1) ἐπί epi – Strong’s G1909 which is a preposition that can render the meaning, ‘upon, on, about, over’ and
2) teleō – Strong’s G5055 which means, ‘bring to a close, end, complete, finish, execute, perform’.
This day 7 of Matzot we remember and give recognition to the complete work of Messiah and the fullness of His secret that shall be ended when He is made known to all – as this secret is sealed until the end. With that in mind please turn with me to a passage where we see this word teleō – Strong’s G5055 being used.
Turn with me to Ḥazon/Revelation 10 (Read)
In verse 7 the Greek word that is translated as ‘ended’ is teleō – Strong’s G5055. As we read this passage we need to be reminded that we have this treasure of the knowledge of Him in our earthen vessels and we are called to go and proclaim and prophesy to the nations, calling people out in order that the secret of Messiah may be revealed to them too!
We are to eat His sweet Word that may often make the stomach bitter! This signifies the commission that we have in Him, in going to proclaim the message of the Kingdom of Elohim to many – even though many will not hear!
A bitter sweet thing indeed, yet as we stay in Messiah it is He who makes the bitter waters sweet and causes us to be a people that do not rebel but submit and obey and joyfully continue to stand in Him, having the knowledge and full assurance of His work being made complete in us, as signified by the celebration and remembrance of this 7th day of Matzot – even though this 7th day of Matzot is only the 4th day in our count to 50! There is still a journey ahead – a set-apart race in which we run and compete according to His Kingdom rules. We are able to do so because the secret that will be fully revealed at the sounding of the 7th messenger, has been revealed to us, His Bride!
The Greek word that is translated as ‘secret’ is mysterion – Strong G3466 which means, ‘hidden thing, secret, mystery, secrets confided only to the initiated’. I want to highlight a couple of passages which highlight how the secret of Elohim has been revealed to us, for it has been given to us to know the secrets of the reign:
Mattithyahu/Matthew 13:11 “And He answering, said to them, “Because it has been given to you to know the secrets of the reign of the heavens, but to them it has not been given.”
Qolasim/Colossians 1:21-28 “And you, who once were estranged and enemies in the mind by wicked works, but now He has completely restored to favour 22 in the body of His flesh through death, to present you set-apart, and blameless, and unreprovable before Him, 23 if indeed you continue in the belief, founded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the expectation of the Good News which you heard, which was proclaimed to every creature under the heaven, of which I, Sha’ul, became a servant, 24 who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up in my flesh what is lacking in Messiah’s afflictions, for the sake of His Body, which is the assembly, 25 of which I became a servant according to the administration of Elohim which was given to me for you, to fill the word of Elohim, 26 the secret which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now has been revealed to His set-apart ones, 27 to whom Elohim desired to make known what are the riches of the esteem of this secret among the nations: which is Messiah in you, the expectancy of esteem, 28 whom we announce, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, in order to present every man perfect in Messiah יהושע”
Ephsiyim/Ephesians 3:4 “In reading this, then, you are able to understand my insight into the secret of Messiah”
As we bring this Feast of Matzot to a close may we be encouraged by the clear and sure promises of the Word of Elohim that is yes and Aměn in Messiah and be firmly equipped to pursue set-apartness and guard the good deposit that has been revealed as we go out and boldly proclaim the coming reign, of which we are to be faithful ambassadors of here and now!
This 7th day of Matzot is a cleansing period of His Tabernacle – That is of you and me, for we are His Dwelling Place! All is to be cleansed by blood and as we know from The Torah, the Tabernacle had to be cleansed for 7 days in order for it to be made ready to function as a means of drawing near to Elohim! What we can therefore recognize is that we are a royal priesthood that has been cleansed to serve!
Another aspect that we are able to consider this year, in helping us get an even more complete understanding of the significance of this 7th day of Matzot, is in the Torah of the leper in the day of his cleansing, which can be read in Wayyiqra/Leviticus 14. On the day of his cleansing the priest would go out of the camp and see if the leprosy was healed and then take two live birds, cedar wood, scarlet and hyssop. One of the birds would be slain in an earthen vessel over running water and the live bird, cedar wood, scarlet and hyssop would be dipped in the blood of the bird that was slain and the blood would be sprinkled 7 times on him who was to be cleansed. The leper being cleansed would then wash himself in water and stay outside for 7 days and on the 7th day be washed again and he would be clean. On the 8th day he would take the commanded offering to the priest who would wave it as a wave offering before Elohim for his acceptance. Please read this chapter for more details and specifics as I am simply giving an overview in order to highlight the significance of the cleansing that takes place on the 7th day, after having been sprinkled with blood and washed on the 1st day.
This week of Matzot, beginning with Passover fulfills this picture of cleaning, through the complete work of Messiah and therefore sets us apart as being cleansed from sin, as pictured by leprosy, and ready to serve as a true set-apart and royal priesthood that boldly proclaims the Kingdom Reign of Elohim! As part of the cleansing process of the leper we take note that on the 8th day the priest would take some of the blood of the guilt offering and put it on the tip of the right ear on the one to be cleansed, and on the thumb of his right hand and on the big toe of his right foot! This is the same procedure that was to be followed for the ordination/consecration of the priests! Why I am mentioning this is to clearly highlight that this day is no ordinary day that we keep set-apart, for in it we reocgnise and remember that we are a royal priesthood that has been cleansed in the Blood of the Lamb and now ready to serve, for this secret of His kingdom has been revealed to us!
I will end with
Romiyim/Romans 16:24-27 “The favour of our Master יהושע Messiah be with you all. Aměn. 25 And to Him who is able to establish you according to my Good News and the preaching of יהושע Messiah, according to the revelation of the secret which was kept silent since times of old, 26 but now has been made manifest, and by the prophetic Scriptures has been made known to all nations, according to the command of the everlasting Elohim, for belief-obedience. 27 To Elohim, wise alone, be the esteem, through יהושע Messiah forever. Aměn.”
יהוה bless you and guard you; יהוה make His face shine upon you and show favour to you; יהוה lift up His face to and give you shalom!