An excerpt from CGWKBK 5 Vol. 3 Vayikra Acharei Mot

Good Fat, Bad Fat

There are two Tabernacle altars, and both the brazen altar of sacrifice and the golden altar of incense represent the spiritual development of a believer in Yeshua. One altar is for fragrant spices of burnt incense, and one is an altar of burnt offering, the former an inner and the latter an outer one. The outer altar is for the animal and his fat parts, as well as the food offerings of grain smeared in oil and wine, which represent the flesh of man who desires for his ruach (spirit) to take authority over his nefesh (soul) and guf (body).  Understanding spiritual authority is a sign of great faith.

An Israelite must be saved from his animal instincts: killing, cravings of the senses, craft, appetites, addictions, and life that focuses on accumulating earthly bread and wine instead of the Living Bread and the new wine from above.  The outer brazen altar consumes the fat around the organs ( chelev), which symbolizes those inward parts that have yet to suffer lack for the sake of the mitzvot.  For this reason, Yeshua's perfect sacrifice was to save our souls ( nafshim), a salvation which brings our appetites, desires, and intellect under the authority of his Word. Yeshua enables his sheep to keep the commandment to "Shema, Yisrael!"

Suffering for the Father's commandments consumes and dissolves organ fats, which are the most lethal of body fats.  We know this from science class!  By contrast, fat oil ( shemen) in Scripture represents blessing, and suffering to acquire the oil fuels the menorah of the ruach (spirit).  The Scriptures explain how the fat from the guf's organs ( chelev) represents ill-temper associated with rebellion against God and His Torah:

"But Jeshurun grew fat and kicked- you are grown fat, thick, and sleek-- Then he forsook God who made him, and scorned the Rock of his salvation."  (Dt 32:15)

"Their heart is covered with fat, {but} I delight in Your law."  (Ps 119:70)
      "You have bought Me not sweet cane with money,
      Nor have you filled Me with the fat of your sacrifices;
      Rather you have burdened Me with your sins,
      You have wearied Me with your iniquities." (Is 43:24)

      " They are fat, they are sleek,
      They also excel in deeds of wickedness;
      They do not plead the cause,
      The cause of the orphan, that they may prosper;
      And they do not defend the rights of the poor." (Je 5:28)  

The texts equate organ fat with spiritual rebellion:
  •     Scorning God
  •     Finding no delight in the Torah
  •     Sinning and committing iniquity
  •     Not helping the orphan to prosper or the widow to receive  fair treatment

Organ fat = Spiritual rebellion

The brazen altar is where fat parts of rebellion against Torah are purged with fire from a heart of repentance.  Bronze is a strong metal, and so is the nefesh (soul) strong-willed.  When disciples "bend a bow of bronze" to hit the mark of the Torah, that bronze strength of the nefesh is a blessing instead of a hindrance to a disciple's walk.  However, the incense altar burns only incense, not flesh.  Why is the incense altar called an altar if no animals are sacrificed upon it?

An altar requires great personal sacrifice.  The Holy (Spirit) place of the inner altar is an aromatic place of light, oil, healing, and pleasure, the true desire of the nefesh, not the pleasures experienced outside the boundary of the Torah.  Gold is a softer, but more beautiful metal. The inner altar must be ignited from the coals left on the outer altar of the nefesh, and it also contains a sacrifice, but it is of sweet-smelling incense.

The inner golden altar accepts the purified offerings of the nefesh, for it is in this place that the senses are delighted with sweet smells and sights.  Incense brings pleasure to the nefesh, as does the aroma of fresh-baked bread on the table and the romantic light of the menorah.  This is a nefesh experiencing pleasure as the Holy One intended and designed.  To serve at this inner altar, requires a heart of soft gold.

Why I Decided to Start Smoking

While the outer altar separates the one who brings a sacrifice from the one who doesn't, it does not separate the one who a sacrifice for self-serving motives from the one who is bringing evidence of inner repentance.  It is the golden altar that separates the bone and marrow of the inner man: soul and spirit.  Nefesh and ruach.  It tests whether one is ruach-controlled or nefesh-controlled.  Spiritual authority. 

When Nadav and Avihu rushed into the inner altar in disrespect to their father Aaron's position, they were not bringing coals from the brazen altar in sincerity, but strange fire.  The title of the Torah portion continues to instruct Israel so that they will not repeat the mistake Acharei Mot - "After the Death"- of Nadav and Avihu.  Patience in the service of the Holy One, blessed be He, was the sacrifice demanded of their animal souls.

The inner golden fire must be ignited from the outer fire, for one cannot enter the Holy (Spirit) Place unless he burns up the excesses of the nefesh manifested in flesh.  The seven fires of the menorah teach who may stand in the Holy Spirit Place, and it reminds a worshiper that his position there is precarious apart from the testimony of Yeshua and the spiritual giving life to the physical commandments. 

We transfer the same fire from the altar of animal and physical food sacrifice to the golden altar of the Holy Spirit.  Any other fire is strange fire.  Ignited from the coals of burnt flesh, the sweet incense smokes all day.  Both aromas are pleasing to Adonai, but the smell of burnt skin and hair from the brazen altar is displeasing to us.

We hate the smell of the guf's burnt skin and hair, just as we hate offering our flesh on the altar of animal sacrifice.  However, the smell of the incense is pleasing to these fleshly bodies, and we love to smell sweet spices just as our Father does.  Not only does the olive oil of the menorah provide light in the Holy Spirit Place, oil is a salve for wounds and an ointment for the skin to make it soft and pliable.  The Jewish sages say that before the first sin, our bodies were covered in light, and the skins that we now wear were what Adonai made to cover our nakedness.

While this may be allegorical, it does point to the fact that once we shed this gufy skin on the brazen altar, our light is revealed at the golden altar of incense because of the menorah.  One can almost see through the skin when he holds a candle or bright light behind a hand in a dark place.  The true skin of the guf will be transformed at the resurrection, becoming almost translucent because of the radiance of Yeshua, our menorah of the Seven Spirits of God and our eternal light source apart from the sun and moon.  Yeshua can see right through us when we bring a sacrifice!

Moses is an example of how that light is released from a disciple's body when he or she has full revelation of Mashiach, for Moses had to cover his face.  The olive oil of the menorah gives light so that Israel may reflect Messiah's radiance, and the anointing olive oil mixed with the incense spices softens this gufy skin, making it pliable and willing to perform the priestly service of tending the fires of flesh and nefesh daily.

The golden altar of incense is a place Yeshua's disciples are called to experience joy and light.  It is a place where the Bridegroom romances His Bride by the table set with bread, the perfume, and the lamplight of the evening.  The inner altar and the candlestick Holy Place are where, as the Torah commands, the bridegroom "cheers up" or makes happy his bride, for "ointment and perfume rejoice the heart." (Pr 27:9)   It is where the couple learns to know one another intimately in prayer conversation, the incense representing the soft conversation of a man courting his virgin. 

In the inner chamber there is bread, but like a couple in love, the food is left untouched on the table while the most tender of conversations lasts through the night seasons, rising gently like the soft, white smoke of incense of prayer.  The sages say that the inner golden altar is called "a still small voice."  Revelation confirms this ability of the altar to speak: "Then the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God." (Re 9:13)

Prayers, represented by the incense smoking on the golden altar, are not just prayers of repentance, but they are FUELED from the coals of prayers of repentance and thanksgiving.  The golden prayers are intimate conversations with the Father that only come when we have known Yeshua in the fellowship of his sufferings, which is allowing our rebellion to be burned up on the brazen altar.  "Let patience have her perfect work, that you may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing." (Ja 1:4) 

While Yeshua's soul must have longed to rule the world and impose the Father's Torah at his first coming, his patience is having her perfect work two thousand years later among the nations.  More are brought to the perfect Word of the Father...and brought to perfection...through patience than through angry, animal instinct or cunning intellect of the nefesh.  How many souls are saved through intellectual discussions versus the souls who are converted through deeds of kindness and sacrificial relationship?

Little Stinkers

We are little stinkers who have to sacrifice something for the Body of Messiah, and the process involves letting go of things that stink in the flesh, but smell sweet to the Father of Lights.  The second part of the process at the golden altar smells much better to the sacrificer, but the acceptance of incense is conditional upon FIRST offering the fats on the brazen altar, leaving coals of self-sacrifice.  Bypassing self-sacrifice and moving closer in impulsive self-service is strange fire. May our service become much more favorable to the Holy One each day.

Jeremiah 5:28 identifies the stinkiest fat people as those who turn away from the orphan and widow.  So many of those who receive our newsletter or follow The Creation Gospel on Facebook contribute to the children at LaMalah Children's Centre in Kenya.  By taking a portion of their valuable income and offering it to others who have so little in the physical world, our donors let the Spirit consume stinky flesh and lose weight.  Our spiritual bodies are much lighter!    Those who give in true compassion replace the organ fat with an anointing menorah oil of blessing, and as a result, the children are nurtured in the admonition of the Lord and His Torah.

Another concern is the "poor."  Who are the poor?  There are many answers, but one category of poor is those who have difficulty accessing the Bread of Life.  For those exploring the Torah and trying to find fellowship with like-minded believers, this is frequently difficult.  Some rely on connecting with Hebraic Roots ministries for Scripture study and connection.  Hebraic Roots Network is one ministry that reaches out to those hungering and thirsting for the Word.

For those who seek balanced teachers, HRN provides continuous streams of free programming.  This also benefits those who cannot afford to go to conferences or seminars.  Anyone who supports HRN is helping to meet the needs of many who are not rich in fellowship or teaching.  Donations go toward the practical operations of HRN, such as cameras, utilities, software, studio expenses, and its tiny staff.  The Founding teachers do not make a salary from HRN.  While the Founders sacrifice their time and teaching that could be spent on their personal ministries, the donors offer their prayers as well as their sacrifices of money.

We are all sick of being shaken down for money from every side.  Even the internet memorizes our habits and plasters ads in our browsers meant to seduce us back to a location where we looked at a nice dress or vitamins.  A faithful steward becomes weary trying to sort through the constant bombardment, even from ministries trying to stay afloat.  When we consider the high cost of sacrificial animals and products prescribed to the average Israelite, however, we can't complain too much.  The high monetary cost of the sacrificial products was only part of the sacrifice...walking to Jerusalem three times per year in the busy farming season was both time-consuming and physically exhausting!  The days and weeks of just walking were days of work lost, and therefore income lost.  But not really.  Physical sacrifice resulted in spiritual service.

We are blessed to have opportunities to contribute in the many areas prescribed in the Torah.  We can bless our families, our local fellowship, the stranger, orphan, widow put in our paths, co-workers, and those in the Body of Messiah whom we've never met, but they are also sacrificing to walk in the Torah.  We can do it through deeds of kindness, prayer, and through spending the money that makes the animal soul cringe at the sight of the brazen altar ahead.  The coals hold the melted fat of our souls, however, and the incense represents the personal high cost of the prayer offering on the golden altar. 

The brazen altar of spending time, money, sweat, patience, obedience, and kindness precedes the golden altar of intimacy.

It takes a heart of gold to sacrifice a Little Stinker.  Careful attention to the brazen and golden altars of the Tent of Meeting can only be described as "Smokin'!" 

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Orphanage Update

A personal note from Centre Director Peter Ndungu 

We are well and pray you too. All is well this end. One of our boys named Luke who came in recently with his brother and sister was sick after the Feast of Unleavened Bread. They all came having a skin disease but were treated. Luke's head seemed to swell and I personally had to rush him to hospital. Laboratory tests showed nothing serious so he was treated and discharged. The doctors think in the early age, the children were malnourished.

 Another of the boys , Elijah Gitau had a bad stomach two days ago but drinking sufficient water fixed it.

The schools re-open precisely on 4th of May after the April holiday. When they open, there is always a fee for every child and failure to pay the children are sent back home. The FUB left us totally broke . I hope Abba will provide at the right time. Any parent here dreads his/her children being home while others are in school.

Blessings and shabbat shalom to you and all the household of faith

We have added a second milk cow for the orphanage due to your generosity.  We are saving toward the purchase of a vehicle for transportation.  This vehicle will not just be for the orphanage, but for Brother Ndungu and the other elders to continue traveling to teach the Torah both within Kenya and surrounding countries.   

The vehicle also will help in the procurement of less expensive maize (corn), a staple which has been affected by the famine in Kenya.  Local supplies are much more expensive, and although less expensive maize and other staples can be found, it is some distance from the orphanage.

If you can help toward this goal, as always, we welcome your assistance.  For those of you who send monthly support to the orphanage, we can't thank you enough for fulfilling Messiah's commission. You really are smokin'!