Sha’ul is explaining that the physical rehearsal of sacrificing your own Passover Lamb each year was nothing more than a teaching tool to help us understand our role in The Yahushaic Covenant:
Hebrews 10 1 The law is only a shadow (physical example/rehearsal) of the good things that are coming (The Spiritual Kingdom of Yahuah)—not the (spiritual) realities themselves. For this reason, it (the physical examples/rehearsals in The Law) can never, by the same (physical) sacrifices (of a lamb) repeated endlessly year after year, make perfect those who draw near to worship (perfection is found in personal sacrifice, and the spiritual attitude of the heart not outward physical rituals). 2 Otherwise, would they (physical sacrifices) not have stopped being offered? For the worshipers would have been cleansed once for all, and would no longer have felt guilty for their sins. 3 But those sacrifices are an annual reminder of sins. 4 It is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins (forgiveness of sin comes from repentance of heart i.e. is spiritually offered not physically. Reverent submission as Yahusha demonstrated in The Garden of Gethsemane). 5 Therefore, when the Messiah came into the world (to fulfill Passover), Yahusha said: “Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but a (sinful) body you prepared for me; 6 with (physical) burnt offerings and sin offerings you were not pleased. 7 Then I said, ‘here I am (offering My sinful body broken as a living sacrifice to deny My sinful will and reverently submit to your will)—it is written about me in the(heavenly) scroll (as a lamb that was slaughtered before the foundation of the world Revelation 13:8) — I have come (to deny My selfish sinful flesh and) to do your will (not My own Luke 22:42), My God (Yahusha is NOT Yahuah, Yahuah is the God of Yahusha).’” 8 First he said, “Sacrifices and offerings, burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not desire, nor were you pleased with them”—though they were offered in accordance with the law (Yahuah’s rehearsals became a burdensome ritual Micah 6). 9 Then he said, “Here I am, I have come to do your will (CIRCUMCISION Yahusha made this clear on Passover when he prayed in the garden Luke 22:42).” (In doing so, dying to his selfish will in obedience to Yahuah’s Will) He (Yahusha) sets aside (transposes) the first (physical ritual example) to establish the second (Spiritual Truth of reverent submission of will). 10 And by (following) that (same) will (of our own obedient submission), we (too) have been made holy (set apart) through (MIKVEH and by following the example of) the (living) sacrifice of the body (OFFERING) of Yahusha the Messiah (who) once for all (the sons of Yahuah tore the veil! Yahusha tore the veil and provided access to the altar of Yahuah. Revealing the meaning and spiritual truth of Passover. We no longer go through the same ritual physical example of killing an animal year after year Hebrews 5:1 above, now we offer ourselves as lambs of Yahuah on Passover as we are to be living sacrifices and follow in the example set by Yahusha).
Sha’ul continues teaching how to keep Passover, instructing the ritual of Mikveh. Sha’ul is explaining that in the tradition of Israel, in order to become a member of the commonwealth of Israel, you had to be Circumcised, Mikveh’d and bring an Offering to burn on the Altar.
Now those physical training tools have been realized in their spiritual truths in The Yahushaic Covenant:
Hebrews 10:22 Let us draw near to (the Altar of) Yahuah (properly presenting ourselves) with a sincere heart (true CIRCUMCISION) and with the full assurance that faith (in the example set by Yahusha) brings (… that we can offer our own lives as living sacrificial OFFERINGS because Yahusha has torn the veil in two, giving us access to the mercy seat of Yahuah), having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience (the spiritual equivalent of the Red Heifer) and having our bodies washed with pure (living) water (MIKVEH).
In Ephesians, we again, see Sha’ul use the Spiritual truth of Passover and the Mikveh to prepare the Bride to meet her husband for the “appointed time” as spotless Passover Lambs.
Ephesians 5 25 Husbands, love your wives, just as the Messiah loved the body and gave himself up for her (as the Passover Lamb OFFERING) 26 to make her holy, (ritually) cleansing her by the washing with (living) water (MIKVEH), through the commandments (CIRCUMCISION of heart) 27 and to present her (properly) to himself as a radiant assembly, without spot or wrinkle or any other blemish (as spotless Passover Lambs of Yahuah), but holy and blameless.
The proper way to keep Passover, Mikveh, Circumcision, and Offering is taught throughout both the “Old and New” Covenants. We have, as an assembly, lost our way and now are consumed with pagan rituals.
The True Way that Leads to Eternal Life
Yahusha will receive all those who follow his example:
- MIKVEH: Prepare themselves properly to receive him through Mikveh. Inwardly reflecting on their own Passover offering (their own lives as living sacrifices) purifying that offering from spot or blemish.
- CIRCUMCISION: Circumcising their hearts in reverent submission to The Will of Yahuah.
- OFFERING: Offering themselves as living Passover sacrifices on the Altar of Yahuah each year (in obedience to His Instructions in Exodus 12:1-3 as a reminder of their sin in remembrance of Yahusha’s broken body on Passover that covers their sin).
That is… The Narrow Gate! Mikveh, Circumcision, and Offering. The same requirements that have always existed for being joined to the “Commonwealth of Israel” i.e. The Family of Yahuah. On that day, that the Messiah returns to receive those who have taken The Narrow Gate to Salvation on Passover, the Mount of Olives will split in two, and we will realize the final fulfillment of the Mikveh (Zechariah 14).
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