Which SEFER Are You In?
Death was viewed by a second century Rabbi as basically being matter of fact. In his mind when creation was finished, death was included, and G-D said it was very good. This however is not what the Torah says. The instruction of the Torah says that the creation was indeed very good, but juxtapositonally different than what the Rabbi taught. This comment by Ha-Shem was before Chapter 3 when the fall of man took place. Bereshis 3:17 says,” And unto Adam He said, Because thou paid heed unto the voice of thy isha, and hast eaten of HaEtz, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it, arurah(cursed) is haadamah because of thee; in itzavon shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life.
Death was never intended by G-d to be part of His perfect creation. Man’s rebellion brought it forth. Like the Titanic, once that great ship hit the iceberg, whether in denial, like the super wealthy of the upper decks; or in full awareness of the tragic catastrophic event, like those below the water line; the ship was going down.
The Bible says in MOSHIACH’S LETTER TO THE MA’AMINIM HAMESHICHIYIM FROM AMONG THE YEHUDIM, in 9:27”And in as much as it is appointed for men to die once and after this HaMishpat(Yom HaDin)>
In the prophet Daniel it says in 12:1……”every one that shall be found written in the Sefer.2And rabbim of them that sleep in the admat afar(dust of the ground) shall awake, some to Chayyei Olam(Everlasting Life), and some to reproaches(shames) and D’ra’on Olam(Everlasting Contempt, Abhorrence).
Thus there are several different books mentioned in both the Hebrew scriptures and the New Covenant that the prophet Jeremiah foretold of in Chapter 31 of his Sefer. In the HISGALUS, Yohanan writes speaking of the New Yerusaliam, 21:27 And never may enter into it any thing tameh and anyone practicing to’evah (abomination) and sheker (falsehood), but only the ones having been written in the Sefer HaChayyim Shel HaSEH(the book of Life of the Lamb, Shemot 12:3:YESHAYAH 53:7 Mosheach), (YESHAYAH 52:1; YOEL, 3:17.)
Death, was never intended to be a part of life. It’s here nevertheless, and thus the eternal destiny of one’s Nephesh is determined by G-D. The question is what does He take into account when determining whether the Nephesh will go to Heaven or Hell. Rashi says Teshuva doesn’t determine it, that we are in the hands of G-D unequivocally, we being the Jewish people. In the end he’s right. Rashi also said in his commentary that the Moshiac must come before the second temple was destroyed. He was right there too. What he never came to grips with was on what basis, does G-d accept us into His prescence.
The Rabbis teach that we atone for our own sins, that we suffer for our own sins. But if this is the case then why in Vayikra 17:11 does it say,”For the nefesh of the basar is in the dahm: and I have given it to you upon the Mizbe’ach to make kapporah for your nefashot: for it is the dahm that maketh kapporah for the nefesh.(see Zecharyah 9:11; Tehillim50:5). Why do we long for the rebuilding of the third temple so that we can carry out what G-D instructed in His Torah. Why do we feel the need to ring the necks of chickens every Yom Kappur. If G-D gave us clear instruction that it indeed was a vicarious atonement, how can we at will just say we’re changing the rules.
The fact is He never left us without a Kippura. Forty years before the Temple was destroyed the Moshiac came and suffered as a CoHain HaGadol, accomplishing what the blood of bulls and goats temporarily accomplished until He came. Rabbis say that Judaism teaches that Repentance is the only remedy for intentional sins. However both the Talmud and Law Codes taught that the sacrifices on Yom Kippur provided atonement for both intentional and unintentional sins. When understood properly there was one particular offering, the Asham, the guilt offering, the reparation offering, that in conjunction with teshuva,(repentance) served as atonement for intentional sins, called “transgressions” in the Bible. It should be pointed out however, that sacrifice without repentance never did anyone any good. Messianic Jews are accused of this all the time. We do not, nor have we ever believed that. We believe what the Bible teaches, and that is only repentance from sin, and turning to the proper, G-D GIVEN sacrifice is what brings one into the presence of G_D.
Vayikra 16:20-22 says”And when he hath finished making kapporah for HaKodesh, and the ohel Mo’ed, and the Mizbe’ach, he shall bring the live goat; And Aharon shall lay both his hands upon the rosh(head) of the live goat, v’hitvaddah(and confess) over him kol avonot Bnei Yisroel, and all their peysha’im in all their chattot, putting them upon the rosh of the goat, and shall send him away by the hand of a designated man into the midbar; And the goat nasah(shall carry, see Isaiah 53:12)upon him all their avonot unto an eretz gezerah (uninhabited, solitary place); and he shall release the goat in the midbar.”
One cannot dismiss Ha Shem’s words”all the wickedness and rebellion of the Israelites-all their sins”. One must also notice that the text specifically speaks of the “wickedness”(or “iniquity”; Hebrew, ‘awon) and “rebellion”(Hebrew, pesha’, meaning willful transgression) of the Israelites, not merely their unintentional sins.
The Talmud in Shevu’ot 1:6, a well known text in Jewish law says:
A. And for a deliberate act of imparting uncleanness to the sanctuary and its Holy Things, a goat (whose blood is sprinkled) inside and the Day of Atonement effect atonement.
B. And for all other transgressions which are in the Torah-
C. the minor or serious, deliberate or inadvertent, those done knowingly or done unknowingly, violation a positive or a negative commandment…..
D. the goat which is sent away (Lev.16:21) effects atonement.
One of the clearest statements from one of the most authoritative sources in Judaism, none other that Maimonides, in Laws of Repentance,1:2 says” Since the goat sent(toAzazeil) atones for all of Israel, the High Priest confesses on it as the spokesman for all of Israel, as (Lev 16:21) state4s:”He shall confess on it all the sins of the Children of Israel.” The goat sent to Azazeil atones for all the transgressions in the Torah, the severe and the lighter sins: those violated intentionally and those transgressed inadvertently: those which (the transgressor) became conscious of and those which he was not conscious of……This applies only if one repents.
Thus the clear teaching of one of the great rabbis, who lived in the middle ages, actually corresponds with the Absolute teaching of the Scripture itself.
At Tashklit, a non-Biblical Jewish Holiday, it is customary to symbolically throw bread crumbs into living water, water that is either running or that can sustain life. This is a picture of one casting away ones sins. But on questioning many participants as to what Sefer(book) they are now in, without exception no one knows for sure. How tragic this is when the LORD has given us so clearly our Moshiac, who was our Kippura , who loves us and wants to inscribe our name in the Sefer of life. Pride, fear, family, many things keep us from doing what should be, much more natural for a Jewish person than for the goyim. The destiny of our Nephesh shouldn’t be determined by teaching that is contrary to the Tenach. If you have doubts we can as Isaiah says reason together. You can Daven and ask Adonai to show you the truth. You have everything to gain, and only a few minutes to lose. There is a saying, if your’ born once you die twice. But if your’ born twice you only die once. The question is which book are you in. The book of the living, or the book of the lost. If your born twice, once physically, and once from above, you will be in the Sefer of the living. You can continue to keep Tashklit, but it will have a whole new significance. Then if someone asks you which Book are you in afterwards, you can say the Book of life, and what joy and Shalom you’ll have knowing the Moshiach, the Shekina as He took on a human form, as the Unique Son.
Mishle 30:4 says”Who hath ascended into Shomayim, or descended? Who hath gathered ruach in the hollows of His hands? Who hath bound the mayim in a cloak? Who hath established all the afsei aretz(ends of the earth)? What is Shmo(His Name),and what is Shem Bno (the Name of His Son( see Memra, creative Word of G-D in targumim), if thou canst tell?