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Melchizedek and the Passover Lamb

The Yahushaic Covenant volume iii
Melchizedek and the Passover Lamb

Rav Sha'ul

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Could Yahusha have sinned during his life
and be qualified as The Passover Lamb?

by Rav Sha'ul

 

Is it possible that Yahusha was not born perfect and over his lifetime achieve a state of perfection? Yes. In fact, we read concerning Yahusha this is exactly the case. Below we see that Yahusha was "perfected" over the course of his life through suffering trials and tribulations then washed clean through Mikveh in the eyes of YHVH (the only judge that matters). It is the same process of perfection that we all go through to learn obedience to YHVH. Remember, Yahusha set the example and that example is The True Way. After only having been made perfect did he then become the source (sin offering) of eternal life to those who obey.

Hebrews 5:8-9

8 though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience (to YHVH) by the things which He suffered. 9 And having been perfected (through obedience, suffering, Mikveh), he became (was not born that way) the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him

We see below that Yahusha had to be a human Messiah to qualify as the blood sacrifice for the human race. He had to be fully human in every way, another way of saying this is “he was in no way anything other than human” or in no way was he God. Yahusha had to "become" a merciful and faithful High Priest in service to YHVH and all High Priests (including Yahusha) are chosen among men not gods.

Hebrews 2

17 For this reason he (Yahusha) had to be made like them (he was made human), fully human in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest (who are chosen from among men) in service to YHVH.

We see that Yahusha was chosen High Priest from among men and in that role as High Priest made sacrifices for himself as well as for the people:

Hebrews 5

1 For every high priest taken from among men is appointed on behalf of men in things pertaining to God, in order to offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins; 2 he can deal gently with the ignorant and misguided, since he himself also is beset with weakness; 3 and because of it he is obligated to offer sacrifices for sins, as for the people, so also for himself

We see that it was YHVH who "made" Yahusha perfect through suffering and then Mikveh, not that Yahusha in his own right was born and lived that way:

Hebrews 2:10-18

10 In bringing many sons and daughters to glory, it was fitting that YHVH, for whom and through whom everything exists, (YHVH) should make the pioneer of their salvation (Yahusha) perfect through what he suffered.

When scripture is understood outside of the context of pagan trinity, we not only find the Trinity is not taught anywhere is scripture but we find the emergence of a human High Priest. That should be quite obvious after reading this book. The High Priest Yahusha, as spoken of by Zachariah who had been cleansed of sin through Mikveh, was "made perfect" by YHVH then qualified as The Spotless Passover Lamb by living sinless for about a year (yearling lamb).

Is there evidence that Yahusha's conscience convicted him?

If it is the case, as the Bible declares, that Yahusha had to be perfected and was not born perfect. If it is true, as the Bible declares, that Yahusha did not live his entire life in a state of perfection. Then is there evidence that Yahusha's conscience did convict him of his imperfection?

Matthew 19

16And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? 17And he said unto him, Why do you call me good? there is none good but one, that is, YHVH: but if you want to enter into eternal life, keep the commandments (of YHVH).

Sounds like the promise of Eternal Life is conditional to use for obedience to The Law just like it was to Yahusha. We don't escape that part of "The Way" no mater what Christianity would teach us.

We see again below, Yahusha's own will seemingly standing in the way of YHVH's, and Yahusha being convicted by it. Having "second thoughts" about the whole Passover Lamb situation, Yahusha began to be very sorry and very unhappy with himself. His own will even got the best of him here, he knew it was YHVH's Will and his destiny to die as Passover Lamb and still... Yahusha asked if there was any way out of it, because it was not his will that he die like that:

Matthew 26

37 He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled. 38 Then he said to them, “My soul (his will) is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death (another way of saying "I'm scared to death"). Stay here and keep watch with me. (while I go try and get out of it)”

39 Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed (to get out of it), “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”

But.. the Bible claims Yahusha was without sin!

We must come to grips with the reality in the Bible that Yahusha was not born perfect but perfected. That Yahusha had to learn obedience to YHVH. That Yahusha did not consider himself to be "good". And that Yahusha's conscience convicted him of his will that was not in obedience to YHVH's. Once we accept that Yahusha was indeed a "fully human in every way" High Priest chosen from among men being of the House of Zadok, then we must harmonize scripture that states Yahusha was without sin.

The doctrine that Yahusha was sinless because he was born outside of "Original Sin" and lived a sin-free life is not Biblical. Adam did not pass sin genetically he passed death on to all men. And the Bible says ALL men have sinned. Yahusha was a man and he died, you do the math. I have already shown that Yahusha was not born perfect, but perfected. So what about:

Hebrews 4

14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Yahusha ben Yahuah, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are - yet he did not sin. 16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

Hebrews 4 says we "have a High Priest" who was tempted and did not sin. Yahusha became a High Priest when he was Mikveh'd by John and his sins taken away. Yahusha was not a High Priest from birth. It was from the point of his Mikveh foreword that in the office of High Priest Yahusha was tempted and did not sin. Hebrews 4 only makes the case of YHVH Plan of Salvation through a human High Priest who YHVH perfected through a life of suffering then cleansed of sin at Mikveh.

1 Peter 2

22 “He committed no violence, and no deceit was found in his mouth.” 23 When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly. 24 “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.” 25 For “you were like sheep going astray,” but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.

1 Peter 2 above quotes from the Prophet Isaiah who said (Isaiah 53:9) that he committed no violence, and did not lie. Isaiah and 1 Peter are addressing the accusations brought against Yahusha when he was tried. They tried him for insurrection against the Roman Emperor (inciting violence) and lying that he was YHVH (blasphemy). Yahusha was innocent of both charges (he committed no violence and did not lie). Isaiah was stating nothing about Yahusha's state of sin from birth either. The point of 1 Peter 2 is that he bore our sins in his own body (sin offering) on the cross as The Passover Lamb not that he was born and lived sin free his entire life. Yahusha was found innocent at his trial and executed anyway. Again, he was ritually cleansed of his own sin, then the sins of the world were placed on his shoulders at Mikveh and then those filthy rags were removed by YHVH. The charges leveled against Yahusha were false. So is the doctrine that he had to live free of sin from birth. No where in scripture does it make that claim or require that of The Messiah.

The point I am making is that we are to understand the "elementary teachings" about the Messiah concerning his Mikveh as Paul teaches in Hebrews 6:1. In THAT context, we put all statements that he was without sin as being from the point of Mikveh forward as both Paul states in Hebrews 6 and Zacharaih 3 shows us. The only requirement to meet concerning sin was that in the eyes of YHVH he was ritually clean of all sin and had been consecrated a High Priest and the sins of the world were transferred onto him as The Passover Lamb.

There is no requirement to be Messiah that he must have been born free from sin (which he and all of us are anyway) and that he must live a life completely sin free (as no one can for ALL have sinned); however since "all" have sinned and is impossible even for Yahusha to live an entire lifetime without sin then we fall back on Torah requirements concerning Mikveh. Yahusha did, however, live without sin after Mikveh for 70 weeks.

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