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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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Mikveh or Baptism?
by Rav Sha'ul

Introduction

Now that we have been given a look into what occurred after John “baptized” Yahusha and he fled into the desert in the last chapter, I want to explain more about what Zachariah saw in his vision:

Zechariah 3

Clean Garments for The High Priest, Yahusha

1 Then he showed me Yahusha the high priest standing before the angel of YHVH, and Satan standing at his right side to accuse him. 2 YHVH said to Satan, “YHVH rebuke you, Satan! YHVH, who has chosen Jerusalem, rebuke you! Is not this man a burning stick snatched from the fire?” 3 Now Yahusha was dressed in filthy clothes as he stood before the angel. 4 The angel said to those who were standing before him, “Take off his filthy clothes.” Then YHVH said to Yahusha, “See, I have taken away your sin, and I will put fine garments on you.”

YHVH tells Yahusha that He has taken away Yahusha’s sin and then dresses Yahusha in the garments of the High Priest. What is going on here? Didn’t Yahusha “know no sin”?

This is a direct reference to what had just happened to Yahusha when he was Mikveh’d by John. The ritual of Mikveh is the defined ritual in The Law of YHVH where YHVH cleanses a man of sin, and consecrates him as High Priest! We don’t want to acknowledge this is referring to Yahusha because we have been taught that he lived a sinless life and that he was god. However, scripture records that Yahusha was not born perfect but had to be perfected over his life through trials and tribulations. Scripture tells us that Yahusha was not always perfectly obedient but had to learn obedience through suffering. Yahusha didn’t receive his promises based on his own merit but through inheritance and obedience to The Law:

Hebrews 1:4 NKJV

4 having become so much better than the angels, as he has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.

Hebrews 5:8-9 NKJV

8 though he was a Son (not God), yet he learned obedience by the things which he suffered (just like all men do). 9 And having been perfected (not born perfect as a God), he became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey hi

Hebrews 7:28 NKJV

28 For the law appoints as high priests men who have weakness (Yahusha too was appointed High Priest according to The Law from The House of Zadok), but (in addition to The Law) the word of the oath, which came after the law, appoints the Son (to be the Melchizedek or the Ruling Zadoc) who has been perfected forever (as The Eternal High Priest).

When the Apostle Paul said Yahusha “knew no sin” he was absolutely correct and in context (I clarify in blue) Paul is saying the same thing I am. Paul was a Torah Master and LAWyer, he knew exactly what happened when Yahusha was Mikveh’d and what it meant:

2 Corinthians 5:21

YHVH made Yahusha who had no sin (in YHVH’s eyes after his Mikveh until his execution) to be sin for us (a sin offering), so that in (covenant with) Yahusha we might become the righteousness of YHVH (the blood of The Lamb covers our sin restoring us to perfection in righteousness).

What Paul said above is simply explaining exactly what The Passover Lamb did for Israel every year. Paul knew nothing of Yahusha’s life prior to Mikveh (it is not recorded anywhere) except that he was not born perfect and had to grow in wisdom, grown in the knowledge of YHVH, increase in favor with YHVH, and learn obedience to YHVH as Paul clearly stated.

If Yahusha had to become better than the angels, learn obedience, come to know YHVH, increase over time in YHVH's favor, and be perfected through suffering... that is another way of saying at some point he was not better than the angels, not highly favored by YHVH, not perfect and not obedient. He was a man like everyone else and had to develop into a “son” over the course of his life which is the example we are all to follow i.e. The Way. We too must repent of our sin, we too must have faith in YHVH to wipe our sin away, we too must be Mikveh'd, we too grown over time in the knowledge of YHVH, we too have to learn obedience to YHVH, we too are sanctified over time and increase in the favor of YHVH. This is what Yahusha was talking about when he said he was The Truth and the Way (his example is the true way) and no one comes to YHVH accept through him (his example).

Our misguided belief that Yahusha was somehow a man-god requires him to be perfect leading to false doctrine after false doctrine. Each one to cover the obvious "problems" with the previous one. Leading to a "web of lies" called Christianity. He in fact was not a man-god, but “fully human”:

Hebrews 2

17 For this reason 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

I’ll get deeper into this in later chapters of this book.

With the proper understanding of scripture (mainly The Torah) we find there is no conflict with the vision Zachariah saw in Chapter 3 and Yahusha’s requirement to live a “spotless” life for a year “yearling” prior to his execution. From the point of Yahusha’s Mikveh when YHVH totally cleansed his life of sin and took away the sins of the world (dirty rags), Yahusha did just that which is what Paul is teaching in his letters.

What scripture does record is that Yahusha fulfilled the role of “Passover Lamb” and those lambs were “spotless yearlings”. Few people realize that Yahusha’s ministry was not 3.5 years as we are taught (there is no scriptural support for that “tradition of men”) but rather 70 weeks or “around a year” as the Prophet Daniel so foretold. This is admitted in the Jewish Encyclopedia as well. From Yahusha’s Mikveh when he was cleansed of sin and anointed The Messiah, he lived in perfect obedience and when he died he truly was The Passover Lamb a “spotless yearling”. For those who would like to know more about Yahusha’s ministry and the duration of it, I highly recommend the following video from teacher Michael Rood:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cg87u3GY2rI

Our “understanding” has been clouded by Christianity who, having abolished The Law, knows literally nothing about what “baptism” really is supposed to be and what it meant in the life of The Messiah. That is the purpose of this book to define what happened to Yahusha when John “baptized him”.

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