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It is in the Holy Place we, as seasoned priests hope to be promoted to. It is here, where the table of showbread, the menorah of light, and the altar of incense are placed. It is here, where the work in the outer-court culminates in Fruits of the Holy Spirit observable in our actions, thoughts and beliefs. Body, mind and soul. This is Love 63 .
The green pastures are the meat of the blessing – not the curses. These are wheat –not tares. The bread made from the grain of the green pastures is displayed on the Table of Showbread. As our body, mind and soul become more in line with Yeshuah’s; When, as we partake of His body, we become grafted into Him 64,65 . When Jesus says ‘eat this bread in remembrance of my body’, he is giving a directive for us to lay down in the green pastures, in humility and meekness to build up bread of our own as testimony for others to consume 66 ; individual testimony 67 that always leads to the Testimony of Messiah Jesus Christ 68,69 . ‘Paths of righteousness for His name’s sake’.
To make this bread, we ‘hold every thought captive’ 70 and ‘praise and pray without ceasing’ 71 as commanded. When we do this, we are putting the old body and the old mind ‘under’ as Paul writes about. We are walking out of Babylon and being rescued out of Egypt by our Instructor and Teacher to the green field where this grain grows. By walking out of Babylon, we sacrifice desires and enticements of the flesh, for those things that are right in pleasing to Jehovah and Yeshuah. By capturing every thought, we allow ourselves to be rescued out of the magic and propaganda of Egypt 72 and allow it to be replaced by Pure Truth and Pure Faith which is Belief.
All of This is being on the Threshing Floor 73 , where we look for the Truth of our Yahweh Elohim before all things 74 , and we know it because it thumps solidly onto the ground. We let all our fleshly desires, thoughts and motivations and lies of the enemy, blow away in the wind without a second thought 75,76.
This self-discipline 77 grows with functioning in the outer court. It will bring persecution from friends, family and society 78 who wonder like Lot’s wife – ‘whats the harm? It’s just a little…”79
The heat of this persecution from those who do not have ‘eyes to see, nor ears to hear’, is the millstone and fire needed to take the Truth of Yahweh Elohim and grind it into grain 80 . The wheat, is ground between the two ‘millstones’ which are the 2 stones of the covenant between YHVH and His bride, the children of Israel. The covenant that Israel
rejects, and that Jesus re-establishes 81.
The ground grain is used to produce the ‘fruit’ of the 12 loaves to be placed on the table of showbread 82 , in your holy place, in your fleshly tabernacle; His and your abode. But this can’t happen when the priest himself is dirty 83 . Before our righteous living can testify of our Shepherd, we need to spend more time in the outer court in repentance
and selfless living, in self-sacrifice between the brazen laver and brazen altar. ‘A living sacrifice’.
Psalms 23:2, as stated before, seems to be walking us away from the Holy of Holies – out into the camp. King David understood the process of building up strength as a Warrior – with no pride and only trust in God (not in man) - then leaving the safety of the Kingdom to fight 84 . Perhaps this is why this Psalm flows out and away from the Holy of
Holies, when so many of us in this day-and-age don’t even know how to flow into it. the verse in context is about leaving the abode, while understanding that the abode of Jesus never leaves us 85 .
Or, perhaps, while away from the abode, King David understood how important it is to implement the outer-court’s features in enemy’s territory. When the enemy persecutes you and the flesh becomes angered, prideful or arrogant; tired, hungry or thirsty; hot, wet or cold. Or thoughts of displeasure and impatience seep in 86 , that is surly when you
should seek repentance.
As we walk from the Holy Place, to the outer-court, we encounter the brazen furniture. Our shepherd, our High Priest, takes us to the ‘still waters’ of the brazen laver. In Scripture, water is analogous for The Word 87 . When a priest first starts to function in the tabernacle, after he has decided in his heart and spoken with his mouth that Jesus is the son of God, he is taught to approach the brazen laver – The Word.
Heb 4:12 “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
The brazen laver, which is highly polished reflects the image of the New Priest – which is the reflection of the old man 88 . The Word rightly divides the fleshly body and mind, from the body and mind of Messiah – which is Righteousness. And so, he washes as a rough unhewn stone 89 , as a dirty rag 90 he washes in this Living Water 91 . He lets The
Word carve out sinful and lawless flesh of the body, and evil thoughts of the fleshly mind 92 . He does this until he has enough flesh to offer as sacrifice on the brazen altar. With affliction of soul 93 , the image of the dead-old-man still in his mind, the New Priest asks that this old, dead flesh be consumed by Holy fire 94 , so to be built anew 95 .
And when the Fire consumes even the last bit of the sacrifice. The New Priest returns to the still Water and washes even the dust of that sacrifice away – and now sees the reflection of the New Man 96.
The New Priest cycles in the outer court as often as the Holy Spirit directs him to 97 . The High Priest watches on and encourages him 98 . The High Priest, acting as a Shephard, gives the New Priest guidance, instruction and mentor ship through Holy Spirit’s Wisdom and Understanding; Yeshua, knows his lambs, and knows how not to ask for more then the New Priest can handle in this afflicting, introspective venture 99 . Jesus only asks that the New Priest keep going, be patient and to not neglect this preparation time 100,101,102 .
As this New Priest continues to carve out the fleshly body, and the fleshly mind, Jehovah rebuilds his flesh, adding His Heavenly Bread 103 onto the bones of this New child of Israel.
Eze 37:11-14 “Then he said unto me, Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel: behold, they say, Our bones are dried, and our hope is lost: we are cut off for our parts. (12) Therefore prophesy and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, O my people, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel. (13) And ye shall know that I am the LORD, when I have opened your graves, O my people, and brought you up out of your graves, (14) And shall put my spirit in you, and ye shall live, and I shall place you in your own land: then shall ye know that I the LORD have spoken it, and performed it, saith the LORD.” By cycling between the brazen laver, washing in The Word, seeing the spots and scars on the dirty rag, taking the carved-out flesh to the brazen altar, and calling down Holy Fire in full repentance of the heart - our New Priest becomes clean. Walking in
righteousness 104. The High Priests watches, and seeing the cleansed New Priest, He invites the New Priest into the Holy Place for more training 105 . It is in this place that the New Priest submits and becomes a bondservant (slave) 106 he lays down in submission to 1) Jehovah’s will and 2) to his brothers and sisters, even his worst enemies. This is the
greatest, and second greatest commandment. So more importantly, Jesus watches this New Priest in the outer court to see if the motivation is to save his own flesh or to serve his new master and his master’s children with all of his body, with all of his mind and with all of his soul 107 . The Essence of Pure Love.
When he sees the New Priest truly functioning in selflessness and serving as a bondservant. The High Priest gives him Trials, and Tests of integrity of servitude. The New Priest pushes under the flesh – crushing grapes into wine 108 . He captures every thought, squeezing olives into oil 109 – which light the menorah inside of him for others to see 110,111,112 . With patience and longsuffering he finds Yah’s Truth wherever he can, and he builds on that Truth a Testimony for others. Turning grain into unleavened bread for others to consume, he shares the Testimony of Jesus’ free gift – Jesus the heavenly bread.
This recently promoted New Priest learns how to intercede for the children of Israel 113, and for other newer priests who have just accepted His call 114 . The New Priest’s dirty – but recently washed - rag helps these new converts to polish the brass of their brazen laver and their brazen altar. The dirty rag does this selflessly so that they to, can be
successful in seeing the old man returned to the dust by the righteous division of The Word. The New Priest helps His New Family carve out for themselves the old dead flesh of the old life, for the brazen alter of sacrifice.
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