How The Bible Study of “1” Word Changed My Life

Hosea 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.
Because you have rejected knowledge,
I also will reject you from being priest for Me;
Because you have forgotten the law of your God,
I also will forget your children.

One day as I was reading scripture a word in a verse got my attention so I began a study of it. That Bible verse, containing that 1 word and much of what I learned in studying it is all over the Torah Portion for this week. All the scriptures in this blogpost will come solely from this weeks Torah Portion. In my study of this word I looked at many other scriptures but there is enough in this weeks Torah study to make the case that I will present. https://www.119ministries.com/resources/torah-portion/t24-vayikra/

Vayikra | ויקרא | “He Called”
Torah: Leviticus 1:1 – 6:7 (5:26)
Prophets: 1 Samuel 15:2-34; Isaiah 43:21 – 44:23
Brit Hadasha: Mark 7:1-30; Romans 8:1-13; Hebrews 10:1-18, 13:10-16

Mark 7:6-13 And he said to them, “Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written,

“‘This people honors me with their lips,
but their heart is far from me;
7 in vain do they worship me,
teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’

8 You leave the commandment of Elohim and hold to the tradition of men.”

9 And he said to them, “You have a fine way of rejecting the commandment of Elohim in order to establish your tradition! 10 For Moses said, ‘Honor your father and your mother’; and, ‘Whoever reviles father or mother must surely die.’ 11 But you say, ‘If a man tells his father or his mother, “Whatever you would have gained from me is Corban”’ (that is, given to Elohim)— 12 then you no longer permit him to do anything for his father or mother, 13 thus making void the word of Elohim by your tradition that you have handed down. And many such things you do.”

Corban is the word that after studying it, totally change my life, almost 20 years after becoming a “Born Again with God’s Spirit” Christian. Mr Strong has this for the Greek word Corban,

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Although “Corban” is found only 2 times in the Greek New Testament it’s Hebrew word of origin, “Qorban,” as Mr Strong notes, H7133 appears 82 times in the Hebrew.

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The word “Qurban – Korban – Corban” is related to the Hebrew word “karev – to be near.” A korban is an offering through which a person seeks to draw near the altar of God by a sacrificial present. The Apostle Paul in this weeks reading from Hebrews directly ties offerings to God with the concept that it is done to “Draw Near” to God,

Hebrews 10:1  For since the law has but a shadow of the good things to come instead of the true form of these realities, it can never, by the same sacrifices that are continually offered every year, make perfect those who draw near.

In the Bible the words offering or sacrifice do not have the Strong’s numbers of H7133 or G2878 and don’t have the definition of “some gift offered to God in an effort to draw near to Him.”

As I studied about Korban I learned that these offerings brought to the altar of God always had one thing in common. They were for sins done in ignorance. In other words, they were NEVER offered for premeditated sins. The remedy for premeditated sins is, REPENT, Stop Doing IT!!! The following scriptures of this week’s reading ALL address this concept,

Leviticus 4:1-2 And YHWH spoke to Moses, saying, 2 “Speak to the people of Israel, saying, If anyone sins unintentionally [c – by mistake](KJV- ignorance) in any of YHWH’s commandments about things not to be done, and does any one of them,

Leviticus 4:13-14 “If the whole congregation of Israel sins unintentionally and the thing is hidden from the eyes of the assembly, and they do any one of the things that by YHWH’s commandments ought not to be done, and they realize their guilt, 14 when the sin which they have committed becomes known, the assembly shall offer a bull from the herd for a sin offering and bring it in front of the tent of meeting.

Leviticus 4:22-23 “When a leader sins, doing unintentionally any one of all the things that by the commandments of YHWH his Elohim ought not to be done, and realizes his guilt, 23 or the sin which he has committed is made known to him, he shall bring as his offering a goat, a male without blemish,

Leviticus 4:27-28 “If anyone of the common people sins unintentionally in doing any one of the things that by YHWH’s commandments ought not to be done, and realizes his guilt, 28 or the sin which he has committed is made known to him, he shall bring for his offering a goat, a female without blemish, for his sin which he has committed.

Leviticus 5:2-5 or if anyone touches an unclean thing, whether a carcass of an unclean wild animal or a carcass of unclean livestock or a carcass of unclean swarming things, and it is hidden from him and he has become unclean, and he realizes his guilt; 3 or if he touches human uncleanness, of whatever sort the uncleanness may be with which one becomes unclean, and it is hidden from him, when he comes to know it, and realizes his guilt; 4 or if anyone utters with his lips a rash oath to do evil or to do good, any sort of rash oath that people swear, and it is hidden from him, when he comes to know it, and he realizes his guilt in any of these; 5 when he realizes his guilt in any of these and confesses the sin he has committed, 

Leviticus 5:14-15 YHWH spoke to Moses, saying, 15 “If anyone commits a breach of faith and sins unintentionally in any of the holy things of YHWH, he shall bring to YHWH as his compensation, a ram without blemish out of the flock, valued in silver shekels, according to the shekel of the sanctuary, for a guilt offering.

Leviticus 5:17-19 “If anyone sins, doing any of the things that by YHWH’s commandments ought not to be done, though he did not know it, then realizes his guilt, he shall bear his iniquity. 18 He shall bring to the priest a ram without blemish out of the flock, or its equivalent for a guilt offering, and the priest shall make atonement for him for the mistake that he made unintentionally, and he shall be forgiven. 19 It is a guilt offering; he has indeed incurred guilt before YHWH.”

Leviticus 6:1-5 YHWH spoke to Moses, saying, 2 “If anyone sins and commits a breach of faith against YHWH by deceiving his neighbor in a matter of deposit or security, or through robbery, or if he has oppressed his neighbor 3 or has found something lost and lied about it, swearing falsely—in any of all the things that people do and sin thereby— 4 if he has sinned and has realized his guilt and will restore what he took by robbery or what he got by oppression or the deposit that was committed to him or the lost thing that he found 5 or anything about which he has sworn falsely, he shall restore it in full and shall add a fifth to it, and give it to him to whom it belongs on the day he realizes his guilt.

The Book of Hebrews teaches us that Jesus is now the ONLY High Priest we have need of because He has offered His Precious Blood on the Real Mercy Seat in Heaven. Not on the “type /copy” of the one Moses built that is No Longer in service. NO Longer is the blood of animal sacrifices accepted by God now that Jesus paid for our sins with His Sinless, Spotless Perfect Blood.

Hebrews 10:11-18 And every priest stands daily at his service, offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. 12 But when HaMashiach had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of Elohim, 13 waiting from that time until his enemies should be made a footstool for his feet. 14 For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified.

15 And the Holy Spirit also bears witness to us; for after saying,

16 “This is the covenant that I will make with them
after those days, declares the Lord:
I will put my laws on their hearts,
and write them on their minds,”

17 then he adds, “I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more.”

18 Where there is forgiveness of these, there is no longer any offering for sin.

After I learned that the sacrifices of blood brought to the altar of God to atone for the sins ONLY Applied to those done “unintentionally,” this revelation came to me. “I can NO Longer cuddle my ‘sin of choice’ and believe that since Paul had a “thorn in the flesh” that could be mine.” Realistically, I had more than one, but this one bothered my conscience and I had to remind myself, “it’s my thorn in the flesh sin” God is OK with it. Have you ever lied to yourself like that?

Maybe you could say that it was the point for me that “I Realized My Guilt” and I knew I could No Longer call it a “thorn in the flesh” sin. This revelation turned upside down the “you are no longer under law but now under Grace” theology that made me comfortable in practising my sin of choice.

I know I said I would only use scripture taken from this week’s Torah Portion to make my case but I will make one exception. It directly addresses Willful Sin NOT those done by accident or in error. It is found in the chapter of Hebrews 10 that is in this weeks reading though.

Hebrews 10:26-31 For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, 27 but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and fiery indignation which will devour the adversaries. 28 Anyone who has rejected Moses’ law dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. 29 Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace? 30 For we know Him who said, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. And again, “The Lord will judge His people.” 31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

1 Samuel 15:22-23 So Samuel said: “Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, As in obeying the voice of the Lord?
Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice,
And to heed than the fat of rams.
23 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, And stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the Lord, He also has rejected you from being king.”

I have only one other side note to this. In the Book of Leviticus, God is ONLY referred to by the Name YHWH (H3068), sometimes translated Jehovah or Yahweh, in connection with sacrificial offerings, never the name Elohim (H430), the God of Justice and Judgement. Sacrificial offerings were given to “Draw Us Near” to experience God’s Mercy and Compassion. This Name of God represents “Salvation and Healing” for the sinner, NOT God’s judgement.  The name Jesus comes from the name Yehoshua which simply means, “Yahweh is Salvation.” When we desire to “Draw Near to God” with Clean hands and a Clean heart, He Will Draw Near to us.

On the contrary, our willful sins and iniquities will separate us from God. That concept is throughout the Bible as well.

 

 

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