How Attached Are We?

Where are you, Levites , The Temple Servants? originally published title, edited

by Joanne Daniel on Saturday, June 2, 2012 at 4:36pm ·
  • After the 70 year captivity of Yahudah / Judah in Babylon, rose Ezra the priestly scribe & some of the children of  Yahudah, to come UP to Yahrushalayim [ Ezra 7:1,6,7].
  •  Ezra prepared his heart to seek the Torah of Yahweh & to DO IT  [Yah’s  laws & commandments] & TO TEACH to Yahudah !
  •  Ezra began to go up on the 1st day of the 1st month,[ at sundown after Rosh Chodesh, [the new moon] ; it was a 5- month journey [v.8,9].
  1. Ezra gathered those from Babylon [ Bavel. in Hebrew] to the river of Ahava/ love, stayed 3 days in tents [or under talits / prayer shawls ?].
  2.  BUT Ezra found not one of  the sons of Levites with him!….YET there were 220 Nethinim, servants to the Levites.          [ Ezra 8:15]   [Nethinim, in Hebrew, comes from nathan: gift !]

Ezra 8:15:

“And I gathered them together…”

qabats  (kaw-bats’)

to grasp, i.e. collect — assemble (selves), gather (bring) (together, selves together, up), heap, resort, surely, take up.

“to the river… “

nahar  (naw-hawr’)

a stream (including the sea; expec. the Nile, Euphrates, etc.); figuratively, prosperity — flood, river.

“that runneth… “

bow’  (bo)

to go or come (in a wide variety of applications)

“to Ahava…”

‘Ahava’  (a-hav-aw’)  godly  love, not selfish nor lustful

Ahava, a river of Babylonia — Ahava.

“and there abode we in tents…”

chanah  (khaw-naw’)

to incline; by implication, to decline (of the slanting rays of evening); specifically, to pitch a tent; gen. to encamp (for abode or siege); to bend as in bow to G-D under prayer shawl or talit

“three…”

shalowsh  (shaw-loshe’)

masculine shlowshah {shel-o-shaw’}; or shloshah {shel-o-shaw’}; a primitive number; three; occasionally (ordinal) third, or (multipl.) thrice

“days…”

yowm  (yome)

a day (as the warm hours),

“and I viewed…”

biyn  (bene)

to separate mentally (or distinguish), i.e.(generally) understand

“the people…”

`am  (am)

a people (as a congregated unit); specifically, a tribe (as those of Israel); hence (collectively) troops or attendants; figuratively, a flock — folk, men, nation, people.

“and the priests…”

kohen  (ko-hane’)

literally, one officiating, a priest; also (by courtesy) an acting priest (although a layman) — chief ruler, own, priest, prince, principal officer.

and found

matsa’  (maw-tsaw’)

to come forth to, i.e. appear or exist; transitively, to attain, i.e. find or acquire; figuratively, to occur, meet or be present

“there none of the sons…”

ben  (bane)

a son (as a builder of the family name), in the widest sense (of literal and figurative relationship, including grandson, subject, nation, quality or condition, etc.

“of Levi…”

Leviy  (lay-vee’)

“attached ”  A Levi was to be attached, fastened, connected, joined, bound with personal ties, affection, even added by legal authority, to YHWH ; Levi, a son of Jacob — Levi.

 

 

3. Levites were to be attached to Yahweh &  attend to the things of Yahweh. They did perform some things such as set to and build the altar and offer burnt sacrifices, celebrating Tabernacles and the dedication of the Temple with joy; age 20 & up supervised, while some blew trumpets, played cymbals & gave praise with the Psalms! The Levites celebrated the Passover, had purified themselves & “were all pure [Ezra 6:20]! The Nethinim [ the given ones ] were to assist the Levites ! Opposite the Water Gate was to be their official residence, symbolic of cleansing or purification!

 

4. No tax, excise or toll was imposed on any of the kohenim [lay priests] and Levites, singers, gatekeepers, Nethinim, and servants of this House of Eloah! ~ decree to all the treasurers beyond the River Ahava [Ezra 7:24, 21]. However, none lived in the Temple but had gone & took up residence in their towns and all Israel in their towns. The foundation had not been laid [Ezra 2:70]! The Temple was not begun to be rebuilt until Haggai the prophet & Zechariah, priestly son of Iddo both encouraged & spoke the Word of Elohim. Thereupon Zerubbabel & Yeshua began rebuilding the House of Elohim [Ezra 5:1-2]!

 

5. So Ezra had to send for men of understanding & gave them a command for Iddo [timely, as in passing by or advancing]. “In time”, Iddo the chief man & his brother, both temple servants at the place,  would  bring Ezra servants [Levites] for the House of Elohim [Ezra 8:16,17]. Iddo was leader at the  Babylonian place Casiphia [silvery, from keseph, to long for, desire, so much as to become pale!].

 

6. “Then by the good hand of our Elohim upon us, they brought us a man of understanding, of the sons of Machli sons of Lewi, son of Yisra’el,  and Sherebyah, with his sons and brothers, 18; and Hashabyah and with him Yeshayah of the sons of Merari, his brothers and their son, 20…[v. 18-19]”.  The Levites present now were 38 in all, compared to the 220 Nethinims!

  • Machli/ Mahli : in Hebrew, means “sick”! from “chalah”, to be worn, afflicted, pounded ~ bread or challah!
  • Sherebyah: “Yah has brought heat”! to  glare with a quivering trembling glow of the air; mirage
  • Hashabyah : Chashabyah, used 14x, “Yah has regarded”; from chasab, to penetrate, weave,value 
  • Yeshayah : ~ Yeshayahu / Isaiah : Yah has saved 
  • Merari : bitter; from marar, to be grieved
  • ? Is there a secret message here: The Bread, Yeshua Ha’Mashiach, brings the fire for He has regarded or valued and will save those who grieve or repent of the sinfulness!

6. Then Ezra could continue the “work” of Yahweh: he proclaimed a fast there at the river of Ahava ” to humble ourselves before our Elohim, to seek from Him the right way for us and our little ones and all our possessions… [v.21]”!

 

7. Then Ezra separated 12 leaders of the Lewi/ Levite  priests, weighed out to them pure gold & silver & utensils for the House of Elohim and said to them,

You are qodesh/ holy to Yahweh and the objects are qodesh…watch & guard them [Ezra 8:28-29]”.

8. The problem: “The priests, the Levites and some of the people and the singers  did not separate out and live in the Temple but lived outside of Yerushalayim [Jerusalem] & also intermarried with  “foreigners”  around them.

“But you are a chosen race, a royal kehunnah [priesthood], a qodesh nation, a people for a possession, that you should proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light [Kepha 1/ 1 Peter 2:9] “!

 

[We are to be available, present always before Him, ready in season and out, to serve Him, speak His word and do His Will- it is the only Way! Then…we will see miracles and His glory in His temple! HalleluYah!]

 

9. “Now when these things were done [ burnt offering sacrifices to the Elohim of Yisrael [Ezra 8:35], the leaders came to  me [Ezra] saying,

“The people of Yisrael & the Kohanim [laymen priests officiating] & the Levites [sons of Lewi sons of Aaron] have not separated themselves from the people of the lands & are doing according to their abominations [pagan worship & intermarriage]…so that the kadosh zera [holy seed] has mingled…even the hand of the leaders & rulers…[9:1-2]“!

“And when I heard this thing, I tore my garment [sign of mourning, repentance] & my mantle [talit or prayer shawl] & plucked off the hair of my head & my beard & sat down astonished [v. 3]“!

  • Ezra assembled all “that trembled at the words of the Elohim of Yisrael. At the evening service [the ma’ariv], he fell upon his knees, spread out his hands and prayed [v. 6-15]!
  • After  Ezra made prayer [tefillah], confession, weeping & casting himself down,  then did Yisrael assemble before Ezra, cry out, confess, & make an oath to put away their foreign wives [10: 1-44].
  • Now they were clean, to serve & join in worship of YHWH! Now they would appear for service. Now Ezra would not have to say, ‘Where are the Levites? ‘ For we must be holy as He is Holy!

 

 

The priest after cleansing, sacrifices the offerings, and enters into the Holy Place which is dark, to light the Menorah, set out the Bread of Presence with oil anointing, and light the fragrant incense. Then, and only then, can the priest enter  into the Holy of Holies,  only once a year, on the day of Atonement, Yom Kippur. There the priest meets the Glory of Yahweh, the cherebim over the Mercy Seat covering the Testimony, the tablets of the Torah & the blooming rod of Aaron!

The priests only could carry using the poles the Ark with the Mercy Seat! The poles would later be symbolic of the stake upon which the Messiah was pierced for our transgressions!

The Glory & Mercies of Yahweh: our sins are as far as the West is from the East!

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One thought on “How Attached Are We?

  1. clara bray says:

    Just as a Medicinal leech(Leeches are segmented worms that belong) must attach:MISHLEI(Book of Proverbs)Chapter30:15-16 The horseleech hath two daughters: ‘Give, give.’ There are three things that are never satisfied, yea, four that say not: ‘Enough’:The grave; and the barren womb; the earth that is not satisfied with water; and the fire that saith not: ‘Enough.’ ….I am attached and as YISHEYAH(Book of Isaiah)Chapter 41:14 Fear not, thou WORM Jacob, and ye men of Israel; I help thee, saith HaShem, and thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel. I will only be satisfied whenTEHILIM
    (Book of Psalms)Chapter 17:15 As for me, I shall behold Thy face in righteousness; I shall be SATISFIED when I awake, with Thy likeness!I just love this teaching ministry!Thank You!

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