Wednesday, August 22, 2018

The Jubilance of Joel: The Wine Offering and the Shofar

The Wine of the Tamid Offering

Num. 28:3-8 And thou shalt say unto them, This is the offering made by fire which ye shall offer unto the LORD; two lambs of the first year without spot day by day, for a continual burnt offering. The one lamb shalt thou offer in the morning, and the other lamb shalt thou offer at even; And a tenth part of an ephah of flour for a meat offering, mingled with the fourth part of an hin of beaten oil. It is a continual burnt offering, which was ordained in mount Sinai for a sweet savour, a sacrifice made by fire unto the LORD. And the drink offering thereof shall be the fourth part of an hin for the one lamb: in the holy place shalt thou cause the strong wine to be poured unto the LORD for a drink offering. And the other lamb shalt thou offer at even: as the meat offering of the morning, and as the drink offering thereof, thou shalt offer it, a sacrifice made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the LORD.

V. 40-41 These Lambs were to have with it a Meal and Drink Offering. We see that a “hin” of fermented wine was used for each lamb.

A hin is an ancient Hebrew unit of liquid capacity = 1 /6 bath, 3.66 liters (3.86 quarts). We Jews have a special blessing for wine, “Baruch Atah Adonai, Elohaynu Melech Ha Olam, Borey Pri Ha Gafin (Blessed are You Adonai King of the Universe Who brings forth the fruit of the vine).”

Wine is the symbol of ones zest and joy in life, giving ones all, pouring oneself fully into someone or something. And although Yeshua never referred to Himself as a Drink Offering, He nonetheless was one. Rav Sha’ul (Apostle Paul) referred to himself as a Drink offering on more than one occasion and we can see the context as he speaks of this.

Phil. 2:17 But even if I am being poured out like a drink offering on the sacrifice and service coming from your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you.
2 Tim. 4:6 For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time has come for my departure.

We see that during Yeshua’s death on the Roman cross that his fluids flowed like wine; and wine is considered the blood of grapes and thus our blood is symbolic of wine.

John 19:34 But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water.

V.42 The flour and wine, It does not say, “You will offer it when the Temple stands, until Messiah comes at which point the sacrifices will be done away with forever.” NO! It says, “A continual burnt offering throughout your generations at the door of the Tabernacle.” Meaning, as long as the Temple stands on Mt Zion in Jerusalem and as long as there are Jews and Hebrews on this earth whether Messiah be here or not, these offerings are to be offered. PERIOD.

Vv. 43-44 This is about one of the ways ADONAI meets with His people and sets them apart, meaning, makes them holy.

Vv. 45-46 This is like a daily breakfast and lunch date inviting ADONAI’s Presence among His people to commune and fellowship with Him. These daily offerings are also to be a daily reminder that we are free to worship and to sacrifice. After all, was this not the reason for the Exodus!?

Exd. 5:1 And afterward Moses and Aaron went in, and told Pharaoh, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Let my people go, that they may hold a feast unto me in the wilderness.

Exd. 7:16 And thou shalt say unto him, The LORD God of the Hebrews hath sent me unto thee, saying, Let my people go, that they may serve me in the wilderness: and, behold, hitherto thou wouldest not hear.

Exd. 8:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, Go unto Pharaoh, and say unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Let my people go, that they may serve me.

Exd. 8:8 Then Pharaoh called for Moses and Aaron, and said, Intreat the LORD, that he may take away the frogs from me, and from my people; and I will let the people go, that they may do sacrifice unto the LORD.

I can quote on and on, but I feel I have made my point.

As mentioned earlier the liturgical morning and afternoon prayers are prayed in commemoration of the daily sacrifices and prayers for the rebuilding of the 3rd Temple and the restoration for the daily oblations.

When Messiah returns to rule as Messianic King, He will supervise the activity of the Levites as the Melchezideckian Priest, which does not replace the Levitical order in any way but is simply an older and higher form of ADONA’s Priesthood.

Similar to what I said in Joel 2:3, the Stones Tanak feels that the judgment will occur regardless of repentance, but because of repentance, a blessing will follow.

The Full Life Study Bible says, “Although the preceding prophecy dealt with future events (Joel 2:1-11), the LORD is pleading with Israel to repent right then. The swarm of locust could have still been averted by swift, genuine and heartfelt repentance (Joel 2:1-3). God is not going back on His word here. Though the ultimate purpose for exiling, regathering and purging His people will still be carried out (Ezk. 20:33-44). God is always ready to respond to sincere repentance. The case is similar to the events mentioned in the Book of Jonah. God ultimately destroyed Nineveh as he said (a fact recorded by both Zephaniah and Nahum); but at the time of Jonah, He acknowledged the repentance of the Ninevites and spared their city. (Jonah 3:5-10).”

15Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly:

The word trumpet is shofar and this verse indicates Yom Teruah (Rosh HaShannah/Feast of Trumpets) that precedes Yom Kippur by 10 days.

Lev. 23:23-32 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, In the seventh month, in the first day of the month, shall ye have a sabbath, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, an holy convocation. Ye shall do no servile work therein: but ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD. And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Also on the tenth day of this seventh month there shall be a day of atonement: it shall be an holy convocation unto you; and ye shall afflict your souls, and offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD. And ye shall do no work in that same day: for it is a day of atonement, to make an atonement for you before the LORD your God. For whatsoever soul it be that shall not be afflicted in that same day, he shall be cut off from among his people. And whatsoever soul it be that doeth any work in that same day, the same soul will I destroy from among his people. Ye shall do no manner of work: it shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations in all your dwellings. It shall be unto you a sabbath of rest, and ye shall afflict your souls: in the ninth day of the month at even, from even unto even, shall ye celebrate your sabbath.

We are commanded by ADONAI to celebrate Yom Teruah.

Gen. 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth
John 1:1-3 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

About 6000 years ago God gave birth, through His Spoken Word, to the earth and all we see and know.

Gen. 22:1-2, 11-14 And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am. And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of. And the angel of the LORD called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I. And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me. And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son. And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovahjireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the LORD it shall be seen.

About 4000 years ago Abraham Avinu (Abraham our Father) offered his son Isaac to ADONAI. But before the sacrifice could be made, a ram was given to Avraham by God in place of his son Isaac. And tradition states that the ram had two horns a small one which was given to Abraham to use as a shofar, and a larger one which God took and will use to herald the coming of the Messiah.

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Heb. 9:26 For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.

About 2000 years ago God offered up His Son Yeshua in our place as a permanent sacrifice for sin. On the same mountain Abraham offered up Isaac. Yeshua is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.

Rev. 20:11-12 11And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.

I John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

It is believed that today the books in heaven are opened and we are judged according to our righteousness. Therefore we must take inventory of our lives and repent and ask for forgiveness.

I Thess. 4:16-17 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

I Cor. 15:51-52 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

Sometime in the future we will hear a shofar blast to call all those dead and alive who are cleansed, forgiven and ready to meet God and be with Him forever. One day we will celebrate Rosh HaShannah – Yom Teruah not in this home but in our Heavenly Fathers Home.

Every time I hear that shofar at Rosh Hashanah it’s as if time stands still. Chills run up and down my spine as a sense of holiness cleanses and even stops time for that brief moment. I can easily see why the Rabbi’s and sages say the sound of the shofar actually scares Satan away.

I bask in the echo of that rams horn. I close my eyes and take a deep breath and prepare myself to spiritually meet my God. For this starts the 10 Days of Awe leading up to Yom Kippur. A time where I make sure things are right between me and God.
As I hear and see the shofar on Rosh Hashanah I am reminded of who I am to be this and every year.

I am to be like a ram’s horn, I am to be like a shofar.

Once a ram’s horn is cut off from the head of the ram it begins a grueling process to become a shofar. An instrument used for combat becomes a claxon to call one to combat one`s self. It becomes a spiritual alarm clock to wake the slumbering soul. It becomes a too one uses to send a message of repentance and salvation to the world!
First, the ram’s horn is gutted of all of the gunk that is inside it. You can’t just cut of a ram’s horn and immediately start blowing and expect to hear a sound; it’s stopped up. It is like us before God can use us as His mouth piece. He needs to clean us out of all of the gunk that is inside our lives that stops us from making a sound for Him.
Next, after the ram’s horn is hallowed out, it is buffed and polished. For God to use me and get all the glory He has to put the finishing touches on me too.

And when one blows a shofar, what is it filled with to make a sound? Wind! Wind in Hebrew is Ruach, which also means spirit. We need to be filled with the Ruach Ha Kodesh, the Holy Spirit of God to be able to make a sound.

When God created man, didn’t He breathe into Adam’s nostrils the “breath”, the “ruach” of life (Gen. 2:7)!? Ruach, breath, wind, in Judaism is also synonymous with and symbolic of wisdom. To be used as His mouth piece, to share His message with mankind for His Glory we need to resound with a clear sound of wisdom for us to truly be heard.

Also there must be focus. You just can’t put your mouth on a shofar and blow and all you’ll get is a sound like when one puts their ear to a conch shell. If I am blowing into a shofar and no sound is coming out, what kind of “ruach” is being heard through me? I’ll tell you, nothing but hot air! And does anyone want to listen to someone who’s blowing of hot air? Does God get any glory from a bunch of hot air? No, never!
To make a pure clear sound one must focus ones lips and blow into the shofar a certain way. As a shofar, I must be focused to be able to channel God’s “ruach” through me so I can make a pure, clear sound so His message can be heard loud and clear through me for His glory.

The shofar has many uses. Very specific sounds send a very specific message.

I Cor. 14:8 For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle?

Shofars were used to call meetings together, to announce war, etc. But on Rosh Hashanah what message does God want to sound through me for the people to hear? The sound of Teshuvah (Repentance); for Rosh Hashanah, the Feast of Trumpets, leads to up to Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, the day that’s all about repentance.
The blast of the shofar on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur is very specific and embodies the process of repentance. There is a blast that awakens the soul. Followed by a series of broken wailing, sobbing sounds, topped off with a peaceful mellow steady blast of praise.

Ask God to make you His shofar, to lead others to Him, and to bring glory to our Creator.