The Hour of Perfection

Acts 10:30- 31 And Cornelius said, “Four days ago I was fasting until this hour; and at the ninth hour I prayed in my house, and, behold, a man stood before me in bright clothing, And said, Cornelius, thy prayer is heard, and thine alms are had in remembrance in the sight of God. Send therefore to Joppa, and call hither Simon, whose surname is Peter.”

dove I wonder if Cornelius ever thought about the ninth hour in which he heard the voice of God tell him that his prayers had been heard; was the exact same precious hour that His Saviour had died.

Ezra 9:5-6 And at the evening sacrifice I arose up from my heaviness; and having rent my garment and my mantle, I fell upon my knees, and spread out my hands unto the LORD my God, And said, O my God, I am ashamed and blush to lift up my face to thee, my God: for our iniquities are increased over our head, and our trespass is grown up unto the heavens.

Ezra mentions two things in this scripture that we ought to pay attention too.  The ‘evening sacrifice’ and the words ‘our trespass’. There are two types of offerings regarding the trespass, the chatat (sin offering) and the ashawm (guilt offering), that provide atonement for unintentional transgressions. During the time of the temple, this was the last sacrifice given at the end of the day. Even the Philistines knew that to appease the God of Israel, they must return the ark of the covenant unto the tribe of Israel with a trespass offering.  One can read about this in First Samuel, chapter six.

A Sefer Torah, the traditional form of the Heb...

If a person touched something that was unclean, (Lev 5:2) or if one refused to be a witness in a trial (Lev 5:1) or if one makes an oath and then forgets about the oath, (Lev 5:4) that person is to bring forward what is called an ‘ashawm’ offering to Yahwey. This is the only time mentioned when one is to make a confession for his or her sin is when they make an ‘ashawm’ (Trespass) offering.

Leviticus 5:5 And it shall be, when he shall be guilty in one of these things, that he shall confess that he hath sinned in that thing: And he shall bring his trespass offering (ashawm) unto the LORD for his sin which he hath sinned, a female from the flock, a lamb or a kid of the goats, for a sin offering; and the priest shall make an atonement for him concerning his sin.

What is the ashawm offering? ‘Ashawm is a Hebrew word  pronounced aw-shawm’ from 816; guilt; by implication, a fault; also a sin-offering:–guiltiness, (offering for) sin, trespass (offering).

The offering given in the ninth hour is called the ashawm offering.  It is an offering that atones for the sin of the children of Israel.  When the priest was done dressing the animal, which took about two hours, and placed it on the altar, the black smoke would rise.  Although I was not there and cannot prove it with certainty, it is said that the priest would then turn and face the people and say “It is finished”.  This brings to me a question.  If we no longer needed a priest because the priesthood is done away with, (As some folks claim), why does Yahwey reveal to us through the ordained scriptures (2nd Timothy 3:16) that we needed Yahushua as the High priest to make reconciliation for our sin?

Hebrews 2:17 Wherefore in all things it behoved Him to be made like unto his brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.

MOVING ON: Numbers 28:3-6 And thou shalt say unto them, This is the offering made by fire which ye shall offer unto the LORD; two lambs of the first year without spot day by day, for a continual burnt offering. The one lamb shalt thou offer in the morning, and the other lamb shalt thou offer at even; And a tenth part of an ephah of flour for a meat offering, mingled with the fourth part of an hin of beaten oil. It is a continual burnt offering, which was ordained in mount Sinai for a sweet savour, a sacrifice made by fire unto the LORD.

The word at even is `ereb,  pronounced eh’-reb from 6150; dusk:–+ day, even(-ing, tide), night. {at even: Heb. between the two evenings}

Psalm 92:1-2  It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High: To shew forth thy lovingkindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night,

We have for our availability a historical testimony by the readings of Alfred Edersheim, a Jewish Christian scholar of the 19th century who shares with his readers about the Temple life as it was back in the day.  Edershiem tells us in his book titled The Temple – Its Ministry and Services; that the time of the offering of the morning lamb was to have been about nine a.m. (Third hour). We can also read that the rabbis stated that the evening offering (‘between the two evenings’) of the lamb was slaughtered at two thirty p.m. and the pieces laid on the altar at three p.m. What this tells us is that every single day, the Ashawm offering was laid upon the altar at the ninth hour.

Matthew 27:3 Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders,

We find just a few verses below that it was prophesied by Jeremiah that Yahushua would be valued at thirty pieces of silver.  BUT WHY?

Matthew 27:9 Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying, And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of him that was valued, whom they of the children of Israel did value;

Josephus, a first century Roman scholar also shares in his writings of the 14th chapter of the Antiquities of the Jews, he writes the following, even though he may have thought it to be of no interest:  “Which thing when the Romans understood, on those days which we call Sabbaths they threw nothing at the Jews, nor came to any pitched battle with them; but raised up their earthen banks, and brought their engines into such forwardness, that they might do execution the next day. And any one may hence learn how very great piety we exercise towards God, and the observance of his laws, since the priests were not at all hindered from their sacred ministrations by their fear during this siege, but did still twice a-day, in the morning and about the ninth hour, offer their sacrifices on the altar; nor did they omit those sacrifices, if any melancholy accident happened by the stones that were thrown among them; for although the city was taken on the third month, on the day of the fast, (6) upon the hundred and seventy-ninth olympiad, when Caius Antonius and Marcus Tullius Cicero were consuls, and the enemy then fell upon them, and cut the throats of those that were in the temple; yet could not those that offered the sacrifices be compelled to run away, neither by the fear they were in of their own lives, nor by the number that were already slain, as thinking it better to suffer whatever came upon them, at their very altars, than to omit anything that their laws required of them.”

What we read here is that according to this ancient writing is that Josephus observed that the priests were making their evening offering in the ninth hour, even under such oppression. They feared God more than they feared man, that they should rather continue to fulfill their obligation.

After both of these offerings are described, in Leviticus 4-5:16, the Torah presents another, interesting form of the guilt offering:

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Leviticus 5:15 If a soul commit a trespass, and sin through ignorance, in the holy things of the LORD; then he shall bring for his trespass unto the LORD a ram without blemish out of the flocks, with thy estimation by shekels of silver, after the shekel of the sanctuary, for a trespass offering:

This offering is called sh@gagah, pronounced sheg-aw-gaw’ from 7683; a mistake or inadvertent transgression:–error, ignorance, at unawares; unwittingly. This appears to me to be something like an undetermined guilt, because the person is completely ignorant of it.  If a person unintentionally violated the LORDS sacred property, they would have to bring a ram from the flock as their guilt offering. In our time now, this offering would also cover the unintentional sin for transgression against the Torah. Isn’t it such a blessing that He should even cover our ignorance of un-intentional sin to be disobedient to the Torah which most claim has been done away with? According to this scripture, it may not be decisively concluded that a person would even know it was a sin that one had committed a trespass and a sin through ignorance in the holy things of the LORD.  If a person doesn’t know that they are guilty and they do not learn of it until the blinders have been removed, God has got their sin covered with-in the shagagah offering.

I hope one doesn’t miss a revealed tidbit of information in that scripture regarding Judas who brought thirty shekels of silver to the chief priest’s and elders.  Did he by his own ignorance follow Torah without even realizing it? Off hand, I don’t know if Judas was a Jew or a Gentile but I do know that according to Paul, some Gentiles were doing naturally what the Torah required even though they did not have Torah because their lives showed through their conduct that the Torah was written in their hearts.

Romans 2:14-15 For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves: Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;

It is one thing to kill a lamb, but quite another to kill the Lamb of God, but yet it was prophesied that it would happen. God saw down through the curtains of time that His servant Yahushua, would faithfully fulfill a great deal of prophecy, even our need of healing, (Being made whole).

Isaiah 53:5 But he was wounded <chalal> for our transgressions, <pesha`> he was bruised <daka’> for our iniquities: <`avon> the chastisement <muwcar> of our peace <shalowm> was upon him; and with his stripes <chabbuwrah> we are healed <rapha’>.

The word transgressions in this scripture is pesha` in Hebrew, pronounced peh’-shah from 6586; a revolt (national, moral or religious):–rebellion, sin, transgression, trespass.

1st John 3:4 ¶ Whosoever <pas> committeth <poieo> sin <hamartia> transgresseth <poieo> <anomia> also <kai> the law: <anomia> for <kai> sin <hamartia> is <esti> the transgression of the law. <anomia>

In the renewed covenant, transgressing the law of God is spelled out in the Greek as ‘poieo anomia’. John shares with his readers that ‘sin’ is an offence in violation against the law.  If the Bible were a dictionary and one wanted to look up the word sin, this is where they would find it in the renewed covenant. (New Testament)

Isaiah 53:10 ¶ Yet it pleased <chaphets> the LORD <Y@hovah> to bruise <daka’> him; he hath put him to grief: <chalah> when thou shalt make <suwm> his soul <nephesh> an offering for sin, <‘ashawm> he shall see <ra’ah> his seed, <zera`> he shall prolong <‘arak> his days, <yowm> and the pleasure <chephets> of the LORD <Y@hovah> shall prosper <tsalach> in his hand. <yad>

Isaiah 53:11 He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.

Yahushua, the righteous servant of Yah, became ‘an offering for sin’ <‘ashawm>. The question is this:  Did Yahushua by His death do away with the sacrificial system? Let’s look at prophecy still yet to be fulfilled.

Ezekiel 46:20 Then said he unto me, This is the place where the priests shall boil the trespass offering and the sin offering, where they shall bake the meat offering; that they bear them not out into the utter court, to sanctify the people.

Let my prayer rise before you as incense, the ...

Let my prayer rise before you as incense, the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice. #Compline (Photo credit: Bryony Taylor)

According to scriptures in the prophecy of the new Temple, the sacrifices are evidently not done away with as some would think. Myself and many others who are Torah observant; for example, following Sabbath, the feasts of the Lord and the teachings of Torah are often ridiculed because there is no temple and we have no temple where-in to present our sacrifice.  Those who ridicule are perhaps not aware that when Paul says the following, “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?” (1st Corinthians 3:16), are perhaps not aware that it is ‘our reasonable service’ to offer our bodies as a living sacrifice; our bodies in action fulfilling all that is required of us as His servants. I am not a priest, so the priestly duties are being carried out on my behalf by Yahushua. Nevertheless, it was after all, the ceremonial law in the original covenant that relates specifically to our worship offered to Yahwey.  It is only because of His mercies that these, our prayers, our doings of celebrating the Sabbath and holy days that are acceptable, knowing that His true worshipers worship Him in spirit and in truth.  It was King David who asked that His prayers be unto God as incense and the lifting of his hands as the evening sacrifice because he was in hiding. Arn’t we not hidden in Christ? And what was it that King David was doing?

Hebrews 13:15 By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.  Hebrews 13:15

Which most certainly corresponds with Hosea 14:2 Take with you words, and turn to the LORD: say unto him, Take away all iniquity, and receive us graciously: so will we render the calves of our lips.

We too, can go with-in our temple and offer Him our sacrifice of prayers in the morning and the evening.  We praise Him in the morning and praise Him in the evening too, for He alone is worthy, to receive glory, honor and power.

If we are to offer ourselves as a living sacrifice that means that we too, are a lamb of God. We too are to come to Him, come to His altar both morning and evening.  We can offer Him our praise for all that He has done and all that He still fully intends to do just because He is Who He is, The Great I AM.

Psalm 92:1-3  It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High: To shew forth thy lovingkindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night, Upon an instrument of ten strings, and upon the psaltery; upon the harp with a solemn sound.

Not only has Yahushua covered our sin, He has also covered our ignorance of intentional sin, to be disobedient and in violation of Torah, His teachings.

The very message that the Ashawm offering presents is that when all is said and done, it was at the ninth hour, the hour of perfection,  when Yahushua became the perfect sacrifice.

He replaced Himself as ‘the original offering’ stipulated in the Torah, the original teaching.

The empty cross

The empty cross (Photo credit: Vitor Thomaz)

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A Spirit filled disciple who continually seeks His kingdom and His righteousness.
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