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Parashat Tzav

Updated: Apr 19

25th Portion

[24-30 March 2024]

Theme of the Book of Leviticus:

Life as a priest.

Meaning of "tzav" = "command"

This week's Torah portions:

Sunday: Leviticus 6:1-11

Monday: Leviticus 6:12-7:10

Tuesday: Leviticus 7:11-38

Wednesday: Leviticus 8:1-13

Thursday: Leviticus 8:14-21

Friday: Leviticus 8:22-29

Shabbat: Leviticus 8:30-36 & Jeremiah 7:21-8:3 & Jeremiah 9:22-23

Apostolic Writings:

Hebrews 7:23-8:6

Daily Bread for Busy Moms portions:

Isaiah 10-16

Psalm 148-150

Proverbs 1-2

Acts 15-19

The entire book of Leviticus is about life as a priest. So last week's portion was almost like an intro for what's to come in the rest of Leviticus.

Remember that we are still dealing with the tabernacle. The tabernacle was divided in three sections, namely: the Outer Court, the Inner Court / Holy Place and the Most Holies.

The Outer Court had two tabernacle items: the bronze altar (at the entrance of the tabernacle) and the copper laver/basin (before the entrance of the Inner Court).

The bronze altar was used for sacrifices. And the copper laver was used for cleansing. How profound!

If the priests wanted to enter the tabernacle, they firstly had to bring sacrifices. Then secondly, they had to cleanse themselves.

If we want to become the modern day tabernacle - the same applies to us! We have to bring a sacrifice; which is us laying down our lives. And then once we are born again, we have to go through the cleansing process. Where we are washed clean and being sanctified by the Blood of the Lamb.

In the Outer Court there are two important topics to grasp. One being dead to ourselves. And the second being alive and resurrected with Yeshua, through His Blood.

Then from the Outer Court, we enter into the Inner Court / Holy Place.

But many times the Outer Court is where many believers remain for their entire lives. Without ever realising or desiring to have more and access more intimacy.

Aaron and his sons was consecrated to enter into the Holy Place. Which teaches us that we also have to take up our authority after we have died to ourselves and was resurrected with Yeshua. The journey does not stop there. After that we have to choose to take up our responsibility as well as our authority. Just like Aaron and his sons had to. We need to deliberately choose to take up our roles as priests.

It's one thing to be born again. But it's a completely different thing to take up our responsibility as priests.

God anointed Aaron and his sons as priests. But they still had to do something from their side to walk into that calling which Abba had given them. In the same way, God has made us all priests. But just like Aaron and his sons, we also have to do something from our side to take up our calling.

Somewhere during our lives, after we are born again - we have to make this deliberate decision to take up our authority as priests. Authority ALWAYS comes with responsibility!

The priest had to clean the ashes from the bronze altar on a daily basis. And we also have to clean our lives from the ashes on a daily basis. You might be familiar with the song "Up from the ashes"... But do we really grasp the responsibility that lies therein?

We all want to hold onto the promise that God will give us beauty for ashes. But often times we do not realise the responsibility we carry and the part we play in receiving that beauty. We can't receive the beauty without removing the ashes.

As priests, we have to go through a continual cleaning process! When Moses inaugurated Aaron and his sons, they were not to leave the tabernacle for the period of 6 days (preparation) and the 7th day when they were inaugurated. What we can learn from this is that if we want to be the modern day tabernacle - it will require a continuous effort from our side. Just like the priests were not to leave the tabernacle. Remember that the sole purpose of the tabernacle was to create a dwelling place for God amongst His people. In the same way, we are not supposed to move away from dwelling with God and living in His presence.

It's the continual balance / harmony of right and responsibility. We have the right through the Blood of Yeshua to have beauty for ashes. But we also have the responsibility to remove the ashes.

God has anointed each one of us. Just like the priests were anointed. But to be inaugurated, they had to remain in the tabernacle, in God's presence. For us to receive the beauty for ashes and live in our anointing - we also have to remain in His presence!

Anointing in the Bible is always a shadow or reflection of the Holy Spirit. And thus when we walk in our anointing - the Holy Spirit will work in and through us. When we get baptised with the Holy Spirit - it's our spiritual inauguration. Like the physical one which the priests went through in the tabernacle.

Everybody knew and could feel God's presence in and around the tabernacle. In today's day and age, when we claim to be followers of Yeshua, we are the tabernacle. And people around us should be able to know, feel & experience God's presence around us!

We are called to follow Yeshua's ways. And thus we have to change our lives to reflect Him and Who He is. It's not a once off thing, but a continual daily responsibility. And the reward is so so sweet! Truly beauty for ashes!

We are all anointed. Not only a select few of us. But we all individually have to take up our responsibility to do our part so that we can walk in that anointing.

The tribe of Levi was the priestly tribe. However, the mere fact that they were born into the Levitical tribe did not make them priests. They had to take up their anointing!

We might be born and raised in Christian homes. But that doesn't ensure that we will walk into our anointing. We all have to make the deliberate decision for ourselves and do what's required of us!


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  2. Portion 2: Noach

  3. Portion 3: Lech Lecha

  4. Portion 4: Vayera

  5. Portion 5: Chayei Sarah

  6. Portion 6: Toldot

  7. Portion 7: Vayetzei

  8. Portion 8: Vayishlach

  9. Portion 9: Vayeshev

  10. Portion 10: Miketz

  11. Portion 11: Vayigash

  12. Portion 12: Vayechi

  13. Portion 13: Shemot

  14. Portion 14: Vaera

  15. Portion 15: Bo

  16. Portion 16: Beshalach

  17. Portion 17: Yitro

  18. Portion 18: Mishpatim

  19. Portion 19: Terumah

  20. Portion 20: Tetzaveh

  21. Portion 21: Ki Tisa

  22. Portion 22: Vayakhel & Pekudei

  23. Portion 23: Vayikra

  24. Portion 24: Tzav (This blog you are reading now)

  25. Portion 25: Shmini

  26. Portion 26: Tazria / Metzora

  27. Portion 27: Achrei Mot / Kedoshim

  28. Portion 28: Emor

  29. Portion 29: Behar / Bechukotai

  30. Portion 30: Bamidbar

  31. Portion 31: Nasso

  32. Portion 32: Beha'alotcha

  33. Portion 33: Sh'lach

  34. Portion 34: Korach

  35. Portion 35: Chukat / Balak

  36. Portion 36: Pinchas

  37. Portion 37: Matot / Masei

  38. Portion 38: Devarim

  39. Portion 39: Vaetchanan

  40. Portion 40: Eikev

  41. Portion 41: Re'eh

  42. Portion 42: Shoftim

  43. Portion 43: Ki Teitzei

  44. Portion 44: Ki Tavo

  45. Portion 45: Nitzavim / Vayeilech

  46. Portion 46: Ha'Azinu

  47. Portion 47: Vezot Haberakhah

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