Torah Portion – Tzav (Vayikra 6:8 – 8:36)

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Where the previous torah portion addressed the people of Israel and the instructions of where and how they were to present their offerings, this sidrah addressed the priests and how they were perform their duties. These chapters essentially constitute a "how to" manual for the priests where these offerings are concerned.

Some of the specifics of this teaching include the principle of "holy foods" and their ability to cause something that comes in contact with them to be deemed holy as well. I also look at the rabbinic belief that, among all the offerings, the todah or "thanksgiving" offering is considered to be supreme as well as eternal. I also compare Moses' humility, specifically when he washed Aaron and his sons, with that of Y'shua when He humbled himself to wash the feet of His disciples. Hope you enjoy. (Approximately 55 minutes)



Tzav Outline PDF


Torah Portion - Tzav
This is Bill's commentary on the Torah portion Tzav ("Command"). This sidrah addresses the priests and gives instruction concerning the offerings brought by the people as well as the tamid (perpetual) offering. These chapters essentially constitute a "how to" manual for the priests in how they were perform their duties. This teaching emphasizes certain concepts found in this portion including the principle of "holy foods" and their ability to cause something that comes in contact with them to be deemed holy. Bill also explores the rabbinic belief that the thanksgiving offering will be an eternal sacrifice and compares that to passages which suggest sacrifices will be made during the Messianic era. Other highlights include:
  • The altar fires and how it represents Israel's mandate to be a Light to the Nations.
  • A comparison between Moses' and Y'shua's inauguration of their disciples.
  • How the name Moses hints at Mashiach.
(Approximately 55 minutes)
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9 Responses to Torah Portion – Tzav (Vayikra 6:8 – 8:36)

  1. Steve Emery says:

    It seems to me that the referenced passages requires those who touch the offering must be holy. I don’t think it is saying the offering becomes holy because it is touched by a priest. The offering becomes holy because it is dedicated to God. However, something dedicated may become unclean merely by touching certain things.

    Haggai 2:11-14 Thus saith Jehovah of hosts: Ask now the priests concerning the law, saying, If one bear holy flesh in the skirt of his garment, and with his skirt do touch bread, or pottage, or wine, or oil, or any food, shall it become holy? And the priests answered and said, No. Then said Haggai, If one that is unclean by reason of a dead body touch any of these, shall it be unclean? And the priests answered and said, It shall be unclean. Then answered Haggai and said, So is this people, and so is this nation before me, saith Jehovah; and so is every work of their hands; and that which they offer there is unclean.

  2. Diane says:

    Hi, Bill. You’ve mentioned before that Scripture may hint that the urim and thumim are one and the same as the jewels on the breastplate of the High Priest. However, Vayikra 8:8 says that Moshe put the urim and thumim INTO the breastplate. Do you think this means the urim and thumim are separate articles from the breastplate?

    • Bill says:

      Diane; First of all, forgive me in delaying my response to you. As far as your question, this is why there has been, for some time, a dispute about what the Urim and Tummim actually was. Rashi and others contend it was something other than the breastplate, in fact, a parchment with the name of God upon it. However there is a argument for the stones of the breastplate being synonymous with the Urim and Tummim. For instance, in Ex. 39 the fashioning of the breastplate is described in detail but nothing is said of the Urim and Tummim leading one to wonder why no description of how it was to be fashioned is mentioned seeing that all other components are detailed. The answer, to some, is that the stones of the breastplate are the Urim and Tummim. In Lev. 8, the Urim and Tummim are alone mentioned and not the stones of the breastplate, again causing some to consider they are one and the same. At the end of the day it comes to this – speculation. I have, for many reasons, leaned toward the Urim and Tummim being the same as the precious stones, yet, I always reserve the right to be wrong. Shalom.

  3. JAIME says:

    I remain in awe of the “duality” that the Lord has set upon all things…., a perfect balance…

    That the Priests “labored” on the Sabbath beckons me to think that the Sabbath that we are approaching, or 7th Day, is “exactly” what we will be doing in our role AS priests….
    Could this be the Sode duality side of what the Lord declared as the “purpose” of the Sabbath; that Man was NOT made for the Sabbath, but the Sabbath was made for man…. ?

    If the understanding of the 6-7 thousand yrs. relation to 6th-7th Day Genesis foundation can be followed, then would not Adam & Eve have played in the garden and on the weekly Sabbaths “minister/attend” (I prefer “be AT-ONE-MENT”) to the Lord ?
    If we consider that the weekly Sabbath is the “required Seal” that identifies His people and keeping it Holy is determined by being AT-ONE-MENT with the Lord, then there is this to consider:
    We may have already clocked into the 7th Day- 7th thousand yr. “Prophetic Calendar” for us to begin our role and function as PRIESTS…
    AND that at the Feast of INGATHERING; well, we will be gathered…

    I recall that you mentioned that one of these “understandings” dealt with 2 different/unusual Stones and something to do with some type of relationship with blackness/darkness….. IF I’m correct…
    In my understanding this could actually be just that; 2 very BLACK STONES of some type…
    My reason for leaning this way is that in everything that the High Priest is adorned with, there is nothing “representing” THE DARKNESS where the Lord makes His “Pavilion” ….
    the 2 DARK/BLACK STONES resonates here…..


  4. Darlene says:

    Bill you ended your PDF with the statement that they were being prepared for what was to happen seven days later. What was to happen seven days later?

  5. Eric Hore says:

    Thank you Bill
    This is very incite full and a tremendous help to spiritual enlightenment

    • Eric Hore says:

      Just to add to this…
      Can I suggest that the fat of the sacrifice spiritually represents self-indulgence and excess from our own self interest as fat comes from eating too much or indulging too much on ourselves.
      To me, this is why God does not want these self-indulgences offered to Him – He wants only what is the truth in our hearts

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