Leviticus 17 is all about Yehovah’s instructions which His people (both the Ezrach and the Gerim, all men) are to follow for the slaughter of clean meats. In all cases the man who kills the animal is the one who eats it along with all those who are clean (tahor) and under his covering.
I think we, who are now trying to come to the truths of Yehovah’s word, have been deceived and misdirected by the word which the translators use in this chapter and in the Hebrew scriptures as a whole; and calling Yehovah’s Thanksgiving Slaughter a “sacrifice of the peace offering” has confused us even further.
It appears to me that Yehovah expects His people to live a more agrarian lifestyle. He never intended us to live in cities and be dependent on other men for our food, utilities, the education of our children and for our work. Over thousands of years we have drifted so far from Yehovah’s eternal and unchanging ways that what we currently do, seems right,
The heart knows his own bitterness, and a zoor does not share his joy. The house of the wicked will be overthrown, but the tent of the upright will flourish. There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death. (Pro 14:10-12)
Zoor, house and tent; oh my – the words Yehovah chooses in expressing His eternal and unchanging message simply amaze me.
What we do with the information, which I am lovingly and painstakingly providing in this series and in all I write, will determine whether we have the inclination to live eternally with Yehovah as an Ezrach, or perish from the earth with the rest of the zoor.
The instruction in Torah that inspired this series is this one.
They (Israel’s seed; aka and perversely know as the children of Israel) shall no more slaughter [zeh-vach] their slaughterings [zeh-vach] to their se-i-rim’[?]; after whom they have gone a whoring. This shall be a statute forever for them throughout their generations. (Lev 17:7)
In most translations you will read something like this,
They shall no more offer their sacrifices to demons, after whom they have played the harlot. This shall be a statute forever for them throughout their generations. (Lev 17:7)
Offer, sacrifice, and demons are all English word which are translated in such a way as to mislead the reader from Yehovah’s set-apart ways in which he should go; especially as they relate with anything having to do with slaughters to Yehovah. I am sure this is mainly due to our perverted “Christian” understanding which we have learned from our fathers; worthless and unprofitable things.
The Hebrew word se-i-rim’ is translated in many ways; goats, demons, shaggy, he goats, fauns, devils, bucks. But to truly understand it’s use here, it must be understood in the context in which it is written.
The two verses just before it gave us (Yehovah’s son, Israel) the ways in which we were supposed to slaughter our cattle, sheep and goats.
To the end, that Israel’s seed shall come with their slaughterings which they [were] slaughtering in the open field, and come to Yehovah to the door of the tent of meeting, to the priest, and he [the man] shall slaughter His Thanksgiving Slaughter to Yehovah. And the priest shall sprinkle the blood on the altar of Yehovah at the door of the tent of meeting, and burn the fat for a sweet aroma to Yehovah. (Lev 17:5-6)
This word se-i-rim’ is being juxtaposed with the phrase “after whom they went a whoring.” Have we been whoring with goats? Demons? Or with other elohim besides Yehovah?
In my humble opinion it appears that any animal NOT slaughtered to Yehovah, and in accordance to His statutes (Leviticus 17 has all 5 of them), is an animal slaughtered to se-i-rim’. The meat that comes from all the grocery stores in the UNITED STATES is slaughtered according to THEIR statutes; and the agency that supervises the adherence to THEIR regulations is the USDA.
The UNITED STATES is the elohim whom most of my readers play the harlot with; so most of us do not have to worry about getting cut off from Yehovah’s people because we are not His. We still serve another elohim. When we are stopped by their armed forces and they say, “Your papers please,” your papers demonstrate just whom you serve; Yehovah, or the people of the land.
But for men like me, or men who want to become wholly Yehovah’s men, how we slaughter our meat is critical and if done incorrectly, can get us kicked out of the heavenly kingdom. This is the reason why James picked this 1st statute, “not eating meat sacrificed to idols” as the number 1 priority for the new Gerim (those just joining themselves to Yehovah’s kingdom) to know and understand. We talked about this in part 3.
So if we are not to eat meat slaughtered to other elohim and we no longer have a tabernacle, a temple or priesthood; does that mean that we can no longer eat cattle, sheep and goats? Does that mean we can only eat clean birds and wild clean game which we kill and drain their blood into the ground like water?
Well, believe it or not, Yehovah provided an answer to this question; but it is an answer that most of us with our perverted “christian” understanding will hardly even consider because we tend to believe that Yehovah does change and that His words don’t endure forever. Please, prepare your minds for the next part of this series and get ready to learn how we can receive a tremendous blessing from Yehovah.
So much to learn, so little time.