This teaching is an excerpt from my book The Narrow Gate
by Rav Sha’ul here.
What does it mean that Yahusha the Messiah’s death tore the veil in the Temple to the Holy of Holies?
We see in Scripture that when the Messiah gave his SINFUL FLESH as a sin offering.
Romans 8 …2 For in (covenant with) Yahusha the Messiah, the law of the Spirit of life (The Law with the death decrees covered by the blood of the Lamb) has set you free from the law of sin and death (The Law in the Mosaic Covenant where you sin and die by decree). 3 For what the Law was powerless to do (provide eternal life) in that it was weakened by the flesh (Yahusha too existed imperfect in the FLESH g4561), Yahuah did (provided salvation as HE is the ONLY savior) by sending His own (Firstborn) Son (of the DEAD) in the likeness (exact manner) of SINFUL FLESH (he too had to be perfected through discipline Hebrews 5:8-9), as an offering for sin (he made the sacrifice for HIMSELF as well as us! Hebrews 5:3). He thus (by walking The Way) condemned sin in the (body of his) flesh (by offering his life as a Living OFFERING... through his OBEDIENCE not because he was a perfect god Hebrews 5:7) , 4 so that (by following his example of Mikveh John 13:15) the righteous requirements of the Law might be fulfilled in us (too like it was Yahusha Matthew 3:15 as he fulfilled all Righteousness as Yahuah instructed), who do not (CONTINUE to) live according to the flesh (prone to sin opposed to Yahuah g4561) but according to the Spirit (by renewing your mind through CIRCUMCISION).
- If you are JOYFUL… your life is full of joy!
- If you are PRAYERFUL… your life is full of prayer!
- If you are REGRETFUL… your life is full of regret!
- If you are THANKFUL… your life is full of thanksgiving!
- If the measurement requires a TEASPOONFUL… you fill a teaspoon full of the ingredient!
- If something is PAINFUL… it is full of pain.
- If you are CAREFUL… that means you take close care or your action is full of care.
- If you are HELPFUL… then as a person, you have a character trait that is full of selflessness and help for others.
- If you are BOASTFUL… then as a person, you have a character trait that is full of PRIDE and boating.
- If you are SINFUL or have “sinful flesh”… you have sin in your flesh, for all have sinned… ALL HAVE SINNED… no exception in that statement.
However, when it comes to Yahusha… “sinful flesh” all of the sudden means “without sin!” and giving his body as a “sin offering” all of the sudden means “a sin free life from birth”! OR… is that a lie and twisting of Scripture? Let us examine line upon line, precept upon precept and see if SINFUL FLESH applies to Yahusha in the exact same way every other word with “ful” at the end of it does, or is Yahusha somehow the “exception to every rule”?
http://studybible.info/strongs/G4561 Thayer: 1) flesh (the soft substance of the living body, which covers the bones and is permeated with blood) of both man and beasts 2) the body2a) the body of a man 2b) used of natural or physical origin, generation or relationship 2b1) born of natural generation 2c) the sensuous nature of man, "the animal nature" 2c1) without any suggestion of depravity 2c2) the animal nature with cravings which incite to sin 2c3) the physical nature of man as subject to suffering 3) a living creature (because possessed of a body of flesh) whether man or beast 4) the flesh, denotes mere human nature, the earthly nature of man apart from divine influence, and therefore prone to sin and opposed to God
1 John 4 1 Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from Yahuah, because many false prophets have gone out into the world (claiming to be the incarnation of God). 2 By this you know the Spirit of Yahuah: every spirit that confesses that Messiah Yahusha has come in the flesh (outside of any diving influence, by normal HUMAN conception, apposed to Yahuah and prone to sin G4561) is from Yahuah; 3 and every spirit that does not confess Yahusha has come in the flesh (but was God in the Flesh) is not from Yahuah; this is the spirit of the antichrist (or False Messiah. The False Messiah is an image of a man worshipped above Yahuah as God Romans 1) … 12 No one has seen Yahuah at any time! (Because Yahusha is not Yahuah in the flesh or a demi-God).
How did Yahusha tear the veil?
Matthew 27:51 51 Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split.
Before Yahusha came to show us The Way… there was a barrier represented by the physical veil between Yahuah and humanity. That “veil” was ignorance (the lack of knowledge of The Way to Yahuah).
Hosea 4:6 my people are destroyed from lack of knowledge. "Because you have rejected knowledge, I also reject you as my priests; because you have ignored the law of your God, I also will ignore your children.
That veil over our mind is never totally removed until we are resurrected, but it was torn in two.
1 Corinthians 13:12 - Amplified 12 For now [in this time of imperfection] we see in a mirror dimly [a blurred reflection, a riddle, an enigma], but then [when the time of perfection comes we will see reality] face to face. Now I know in part [just in fragments], but then I will know fully, just as I have been fully known [by Yahuah].
Only the High Priest could pass through the veil to the Holy of Holies and they had to be purified and sanctified to pass through that veil. The reason for that barrier or veil is that we did not understand how we too can be prepared and brought to righteous perfection through Mikveh, Circumcision, and Offering. It took a perfected High Priest of the House of Zadok to show us The Way by example, to give us that knowledge and tear down the veil of ignorance over our minds.
The Temple of Solomon was a physical shadow pointing us to the ultimate truth that our body is His Temple, our hearts are his altar, and our minds are The Holy of Holies!
To enter into His presence at that level and intimacy… we have to be “perfected”. Yahusha showed us the Way to that state of purity required to stand before Yahuah, as he was perfected through suffering discipline, then his body was purified through Mikveh, his mind through Circumcision, then he was pure and could enter the Holy Place and lay down his life
Hebrews 10:20 19 Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the 'blood of Yahusha' (idiom for The Yahushaic Covenant), 20 by the new and living way (of Mikveh, Circumcision, and Offering our lives as Living Sacrifices) he opened the veil for us through (his sinful) body (by showing us The Way and laying down his life as a sin offering), 21 and since we have a high priest over the house of Yahuah (our body), 22 let us draw near (to our Father crying Abba Father) with a sincere heart (Circumcision) in full assurance of faith (that Yahusha's example tore the veil), having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and our bodies washed with pure living water (Mikveh).…
Then, by laying down that example, he BECAME the “author/the way/example” of how we too can purify our bodies, sanctify our minds, and then that “veil” is torn and we can enter “pure” as he did.
Hebrews 5:8-9 8 though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience (to Yahuah) by the things (discipline) which He suffered (from Yahuah as His son Hebrews 12:7). 9 And having been perfected (through Mikveh, Circumcision, and Offering), He (his example) became the author (way) of eternal salvation to all who obey Him (and follow his example), 1 John 3 …2 Beloved, we are now children of Yahuah, and what we will be has not yet been revealed. We know that when Yahusha appears, we will be like Him, for when we see Him we will be as He is now. 3 And everyone who has this hope (of being purified) in (covenant with) Him purifies himself (through Mikveh, Circumcision, and Offering), just as He is pure (after he too followed The Way).
So, in covenant with Yahusha, we walk The Way he showed us, where we are purified in body (Mikveh), Mind (Circumcision), and Spirit (by offering our lives as Living Sacrifices) to that the veil that once stood between humanity and Yahuah is then taken out of the way in each of His born again children, as we too become His Children and Priests and are found worthy to stand in His Presence.
John 1 12 But to all who did receive his example (as the True Way that leads to Eternal Life ie The Way, The Truth, and the Life), to those who believed in the Covenant that bears His name (The Yahushaic Covenant), He gave the right to become adopted children of Yahuah — 13 children born not of blood (but LIVING WATER), nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man (but through reverent obedience ie Circumcision), but born of Yahuah (by following The Way).
Instead of there being a “veil” between us and the Creator, we become ONE with Him as adopted children… This is the concept behind the Bride wearing a veil at the wedding, and upon becoming “one” with the Groom, the Groom removes the veil from over the Brides head/face.
It is in covenant with our Bridegroom, the Messiah. As we celebrate the Heavenly Wedding and become one with him through covenant, he removes the veil and we too become one family with Yahuah.
John 17:19-21 "And for their sakes I sanctify myself (Mikveh, Circumcision, and Offering), that they also might be sanctified through the true Way. Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word (enter into The Yahushaic Covenant); That they all may be one (family); as you, are in (covenant with) me to my Father, and I in (covenant with) you (to be your Son), that they also may be one in (covenant with) us (as my Bride): that the world may believe that thou hast sent me (to fulfill The Heavenly Scroll)."
Yahusha had to lay down his SINFUL FLESH and that sacrifice was for his sins too!
Hebrews 5:3 This is why he has to offer sacrifices for his own sins, as well as for the sins of the people.
Yahusha was NOT born a perfect demi-god, but rather “in the flesh” imperfect and disobedient like all men. He was raised by Yahuah who heard his cries for help because he obeyed The Way of the Nazarene not because he was some kind of demi-god. Yahusha fulfilled the Law through Mikveh not from birth.
Hebrews 5:8-9 8 though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience (to Yahuah) by the things (discipline Hebrews 12) which He suffered (from his Father for disobedience). 9 And having been perfected (through suffering discipline as all children are), He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey his example (and walk The Way of Mikveh, Circumcision, and Offering on Passover) Hebrews 5:7 While Yahusha was here on earth (in sinful LEAVENED flesh), he offered prayers and pleadings (in the Garden of Gethsemane demonstrating CIRCUMCION), with a loud cry and tears, to the one (and ONLY God John 17:3) who could rescue him from death (because he was NOT a god and could not raise himself). And Yahuah (the Saviour) heard his prayers because of his deep reverence (reverent submission to the will of) for Yahuah (Zechariah Chapter 3). Matthew 3:15 Yahusha replied, "Let me be Mikveh'd now; it is proper (required by Yahuah) for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness (fulfill The Law)." Then John consented.
In fact, Yahusha was so worried about “his sinful flesh” that he was literally scared to death to die and even tried to get out of it… 3 times!
Matthew 36 36 Then Yahusha went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray (to get out of this mess of having to die).” 37 He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled (because he knew he was not perfect from birth and was "sinful"). 38 Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death (another way of saying "I am scared to death to die!"). Stay here (while I go and try and get out of it before Judas arrives and it is too late) and keep watch with me.” 39 Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.” 40 Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” he asked Peter. 41 “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak (he said this because he had just fallen to the temptation of his own flesh, his Spirit was willing, but his flesh was weak and he wanted out of it).” 42 He went away a second time (to try again to get out of it) and prayed, “My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.” 43 When he came back, he again found them sleeping, because their eyes were heavy. 44 So he left them and went away once more and prayed the third time (to be SURE there was no way out of having to give his SINFUL FLESH as a SIN OFFERING), saying the same thing.
Once Yahusha had been washed clean of sin, fulfilling The Law, and Yahuah showed him a VISION of the Heavenly Scroll opening up to confirm he was the one spoken of in the stars… Yahusha fled into the desert to be the first High Priest of Israel (and last) to be consecrated High Priest directly by Yahuah. We see this in Zechariah Chapter 3, where Yahuah confirmed Yahusha has “fulfilled all righteousness through Mikveh”:
Zechariah Chapter 3 3 Now Yahusha was dressed in filthy clothes (metaphor of sin) as he stood before the angel. 4 The angel said to those who were standing before him, “Take off his filthy clothes.” Then Yahuah said to Yahusha, “See High Priest Yahusha (after taking off his filthy rags), I have taken away your sin (fifthly rags Isaiah 64:6), and I will put fine garments (of the High Priest) on you.”
From that point forward as HIGH PRIEST, Yahusha “was with no sin”…
Hebrews 4 14 Therefore, since we have such a great high priest who has passed through the heavens (passed the test of The Heavenly Scroll), Yahusha the (firstborn of the dead/resurrection) Son of Yahuah, let us hold firmly to what we profess (our faith in Mikveh). 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have a HIGH PRIEST who was tempted in every way (in the desert) that we are, yet was without sin. 16 Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence (that Yahuah will forgive our sin through Mikveh too), so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need (as we too cry out to our Father for salvation... because Yahuah accepted Yahusha who was not perfect either but because he obeyed Mikveh, Circumcision, and Offering).
Yahusha showed us The Way to remove the Veil
Yahusha “came in the flesh” and was not a demi-god or “God in the flesh”! He was created human of natural origin, to two human parents outside of any “divine seed” or even “divine influence”… and by definition he too had to overcome living “according to the flesh” be trained to “live according to the Spirit” as his example is The WAY.
Romans 8 …4 so that (by following The Way of Mikveh, Circumcision, and Offering) the righteous standard of the Law might be fulfilled in us (we "fulfill all Righteousness" through Mikveh just like Yahusha did to "fulfill the Law"), who do not live according to the flesh ('sarki' prone to sin and opposed to Yahuah) but according to the Spirit (by renewing our minds DAILY through Circumcision Romans 12:2 and Ephesians 4:23). 5 Those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh (and have a VEIL over the Holy of Holies/Mind); but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit (and the VEIL is removed). 6 The mind of the flesh is death (because the VEIL over your minds prevents you from entering into Yahuah's presence), but the mind of the Spirit is life and peace (because the VEIL is removed and Yahuah adopts you as His Son),…
Romans 12 1Therefore I urge you, brothers, on account of Yahuah's mercy (offering His Firstborn Son of the DEAD to show us The Way by example), to offer your bodies as living sacrifices (on Passover through The Narrow Gate), holy and pleasing to Yahuah (through MIKVEH), which is your spiritual service of worship (ON PASSOVER which was the focus of all Sha'ul's writtings 1 Corinthians 1). 2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind (CIRCUMCISION). Then you will be able to discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of Yahuah. 3 For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but think of yourself with sober judgment, according to the measure of faith Yahuah has given you.…
Ephesians 4 …22 You were taught to put off your former way of life (through MIKVEH to die to your past and be washed clean then raised in a newness of a SACRIFICIAL OFFERING ie living sacrifice), your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; 23 to be renewed in the spirit of your minds (CIRCUMCISION); 24 and to put on the new self (OFFERING your live as a Living Sacrifice), created to be like Yahuah in true righteousness and holiness.…
We now have been delivered from our ignornace (lack of knwledge) and Yahusha has come to fufill The Heavenly Scroll and show us by his life example how we too can fulfill The Law, purify our bodies, sancify our minds, and tear down that “veil” that stands between us and our Father.
Rav Sha’ul (the Nazarene)