Messiah in Yom HaBikkurim Chapter 21

Parable #2. New Wine in Old Wineskins:

  1. Today is Day #2
  2. The Second Mashal of Messiah
  3. The Bridegroom of Israel
  4. New Wine can only be contained in the New Wineskin of Adonai’s New Covenant
  5. Every Jew should read at least once the Besorah of the Mashiach in the Brit Chadashah
  6. Everything needs to change!
  7. “What will happen to us when you take over?”
  8. The Head of all Prophecy was severed from the Body of the Prophets
  9. Without the Grace of Adonai Israel’s Torah will remain lifeless and unfulfilled

Today is Day #2:

1. Today is “Day #2” in the forty-nine day Countdown to Shavuot.

2. Today is Two days of the Omer.

.היום שני ימים בעומר

Haiyom sheni yamim ba’omer.

“You shall count for yourselves — from the day after the Shabbat, from the day when you bring the Omer of the waving — seven Shabbats, they shall be complete. Until the day after the seventh sabbath you shall count, fifty days.” (Leviticus). “You shall count for yourselves seven weeks, from when the sickle is first put to the standing crop shall you begin counting seven weeks. Then you will observe the Festival of Shavu’ot for Adonai Eloheinu.” (Deuteronomy).

“Blessed are You, Adonai Eloheinu, King of the Universe, who has sanctified us with His commandments and commanded us concerning the counting of the Omer.”

ברוך אתה, אדוני אלוהינו, מלך העולם, אשר קדשנו במצוותיו וצוונו על ספירת העומר.פ

Baruch atah, Adonai Eloheinu, melech ha’olam, asher kid’shanu b’mitzvotav v’tzivanu al sefirat ha’omer.

The Second Mashal of Messiah:

וְאֵין נוֹתְנִים יַיִן חָדָשׁ בְּנֹאדוֹת בָּלִים פֶּן־יִבָּקְעוּ הַנֹּאדוֹת וְהַיַּיִן יִשָׁפֵךְ וְהַנֹּאדוֹת יֹאבֵדוּ אֲבָל נוֹתְנִים אֶת־הַיַּיִן הֶחָדָשׁ בְּנֹאדוֹת חֲדָשִׁים וּשְׁנֵיהֶם יַחְדָּו יִשָׁמֵרוּ׃

A. People do not put new wine into used wineskins, or else the (old) wineskins would be split open, the (new) wine would be poured out, and the (old) wineskins would be ruined. Rather, people put new wine into new wineskins, so both will be preserved together. (Mattai 9:17).

וְאֵין אָדָם נֹתֵן יַיִן חָדָשׁ בְּנֹאדוֹת בָּלִים כִּי אִם־כֵּן יְבַקַּע הַיַּיִן הֶחָדָשׁ אֶת־הַנּאֹדוֹת וְהַיַּיִן יִשָּׁפֵךְ וְהַנֹּאדוֹת יֹאבֵדוּ אֲבָל יַיִן חָדָשׁ יִנָּתֵן בְּנֹאדוֹת חֲדָשִׁים׃

B. A person does not put new wine into used wineskins, the (new) wine would be spilled out, and the (old) wineskins (and the new wine) would be ruined. Rather, new wine is put into new wineskins (Markos 2:22).

וְאֵין אִישׁ נֹתֵן יַיִן חָדָשׁ בְּנֹאדוֹת בָּלִים כִּי אִם־כֵּן הַיַּיִן הֶחָדָשׁ יְבַקַּע אֶת־הַנֹּאדוֹת וְהוּא יִשָּׁפֵךְ וְהַנֹּאדוֹת יֹאבֵדוּ׃ אֲבָל יֻתַּן הַיַּיִן הֶחָדָשׁ בְּנֹאדוֹת חֲדָשִׁים וּשְׁנֵיהֶם יַחְדָּו יִשָּׁמֵרוּ׃ וַאֲשֶׁר שָׁתָה יַיִן יָשָׁן אֵינֶנּוּ חָפֵץ עוֹד בְּיַיִן חָדָשׁ כִּי יֹאמַר הַיָּשָׁן נָעִים מִמֶּנּוּ׃

C. No one puts new wine in used wineskins. For if he did so, the new wine would split open the wineskins, it would be poured out, and the wineskins would be destroyed. But the new wine is put into new wineskins and both are preserved together. And whoever drinks the old wine does not desire the new wine any longer. For he will say, “The old is more pleasant” (Lukas 5:37).

The Master and His disciples were accused of not being as serious about their Jewish faith as others. Messiah was asked:

“Why is it that you and your disciples are not fasting?”

So the Mashiach made it clear to the elite religious leaders of His day  that the old way of living in a state of perpetual sorrow over Israel’s sins, afflictions, and long-standing estrangement from the Holy One was not appropriate at the present time. This was so because Adonai had sent the Messiah to Israel to teach His people a new way of living that would not be as difficult and depressing as the hyper-legalistic lifestyle the Prushim rabbinate had created and embraced. Messiah clearly revealed that Adonai’s new way would not allow for the mixture of the old with the new. The Master gave three examples to illustrate this point about why the old failed-system could not rule as an equal beside the governance of  Adonai’s Brit Chadashah (His New Covenant):

A bridegroom’s guests do not fast while he is with them because it is a happy and joyous occasion.

As stated previously in our examination of the Mashiach’s first parable, Messiah had revealed that He was Adonai’s Great High Priest proxy. In this Divinely assigned role He was called to permanently hold the three offices of Prophet, Priest, and King. In His first appearance as Messiah Ben Joseph the Master assumed the mantle of two of these offices. Mashiach became the Prophet  (HaNavi) and the Great High Priest (HaKohen HaGadol) of Israel. Messiah’s role as the Great High Priest was legally assumed under the priestly order of Malki-Tzedek (מַלְכִּי־צֶֽדֶק), the priestly order of the “King of Righteousness” (cf. Psalm 110).

In His first coming to Israel the one office (of the three offices) that the Messiah refused to assume was that of the Melek Yisra’el.

In Messiah’s first visitation He did not take up His right to sit on the throne of David. Due to the hearts of the people not being right the Messiah refused multiple times to accept their repeated attempts to get Him to accept His rightful place as the Mashiach Ben David. However, the Mashiach did promise that after His atoning death, life-giving resurrection, and ascension into heaven He would one day in the future gloriously return from heaven to Israel, accept the office of Israel’s King and sit on the throne of His ancestor David. Therefore the Messiah will become the king of Israel when He returns to Israel a second time (cf. the meaning of the term ‘second‘ in Messiah in Purim). Except this time the Messiah will not return to Israel as the Suffering Messiah. He will return as the Conquering Messiah.

The Bridegroom of Israel:

וַיֹּאמֶר אֲלֵיהֶם הֲתוּכְלוּ אֲנֹס בְּנֵי הַחֻפָּה לָצוּם וְהֶחָתָן עוֹדֶנּוּ עִמָּהֶם׃

“Can you compel the Sons (בְּנֵי) of the Chuppah (הַחֻפָּה), the wedding canopy, to fast when the Groom is still with them?”

Messiah communicated to His critics that as long as He was present on earth as the Chatan (Bridegroom) of Israel it was necessary for the Sons of the Chuppah (the Wedding Canopy) not to fast. For it would not be proper for His disciples (attendants) to be acting sorrowful in the  Presence of the Bridegroom. Sadly, however, this was not the end of the matter. For just as soon as Messiah had affirmed the joy of His disciples, He just as quickly alluded to their future sorrow. For Messiah said the time would come soon enough when the joyful Presence of the Bridegroom would swiftly and sadly come to an end. This would happen when the Bridegroom would be “taken from them:”

וְאוּלָם יָמִים בָּאִים וְלֻקַּח מֵאִתָּם הֶחָתָן אָז יָצוּמוּ בַּיָּמִים הָהֵמָּה׃

“However, days are coming when the Groom will be taken from them; then they will fast in those days.”

This prophetic marker, the Messiah’s words that He would be “taken from them” (i.e. His disciples), indicates the violent manner in which He was destined to die (cf. Isaiah 53). The Messiah was prophesying about His future crucifixion on the accursed Tree, configured in the form of the Hebrew letter Tav. The letter Tav is the ancient Hebrew 22nd letter pictograph that is a symbol of “redemption,” “purchase,” “ownership,” and “covenant.” The Messiah was letting His critics and His followers know in advance that one day the joy of His followers would swiftly be turned into deep sorrow. Then would His disciples fast.

New patch of cloth is not to be put on old garment because it will shrink and tear worse than before.

The futility of trying to fix the old decaying garment of the Prushim rabbinate (the Bramble Bush) and their successors is obvious. Once there are holes in it—it only takes one solitary flaw (doctrinal error and sin) to rip apart the entire garment. Once the garment is torn, even a little bit, here is no turning back. The truth is once the garment is worn out and torn there is no fix to turn back the clock to make the old worn-out garment new again. If you stick a new patch on the torn old garment you will just accelerate the inevitable decay of the entire garment. If you try to put a patch on the old garment using new material, the new material will naturally “pull away” from the old and make a larger hole. This will make the original garment completely useless.

New Wine is not put into old wineskins for it will ferment and break; then the old skins and wine will be ruined.

Three things don’t mix here:

Fasting in a time of Feasting;
A New Patch sewed on an Old Garment;
New Wine being put in Old Wineskins.

The Messiah is the Chatan of Israel. As such He was conveying to our people (Israel) that the old way (in the original marital agreement made at Mount Sinai) was not working and that due to Israel’s failure to live up to the old agreement Adonai was graciously providing His people with a new way that would spare both Him and the people from any future break in the marital bond (cf. previous remarks in Parable #1, Chapter 20).

New Wine can only be contained in the New Wineskin of Adonai’s New Covenant:

What do we learn from today’s mashal of the new wine and the old wineskin?

You can’t keep the lively New Wine of the Grace of Adonai contained in the failed structure (wineskin) of the old broken Law of Moses and the hyper-legalistic oral law of rabbinic Judaism that shamefully has become a substitute for the legitimate Oral Law, the Living Torah of the Spirit. If the Torah had been perfectly obeyed and fulfilled by our people through adherence to the Law of Moses and the oral law of the rabbis then no change would have been necessary. But as Isaiah has said, all of us have broken (torn, disobeyed, sinned, violated) the Holy One’s commandments. We have all strayed and come short of His glory. All of us have failed and we will continue to fail to secure our salvation solely by our own good works; our failed personal obedience of all the requirements of the written Torah.

כֻּלָּנוּ כַּצֹּאן תָּעִינוּ אִישׁ לְדַרְכֹּו פָּנִינוּ וַֽיהוָה הִפְגִּיעַ בֹּו אֵת עֲוֹן כֻּלָּֽנוּ׃

All of us like sheep have gone astray,
Each of us has turned to his own way;
But Adonai has caused the iniquity of us all
To fall on Him (the Mashiach).

וַנְּהִי כַטָּמֵא כֻּלָּנוּ וּכְבֶגֶד עִדִּים כָּל־צִדְקֹתֵינוּ וַנָּבֶל כֶּֽעָלֶה כֻּלָּנוּ וַעֲוֹנֵנוּ כָּרוּחַ יִשָּׂאֻֽנוּ׃

For all of us have become like one who is unclean,
And all our righteous deeds are like a filthy garment;
And all of us wither like a leaf,
And our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.

The shameful substitute oral law of the rabbis continues to fail.

The fact still remains not one person has achieved a righteous standing before Adonai by observing the substitute oral Law of the Prushim and all of their successors. Isaiah (יְשַֽׁעְיָ֣הוּ) sternly warned us that our Torah compliance would never be good enough to effect a righteous standing before the Holy One. The prophet (הַנָּבִֽיא) declared that it was a fact that none of us would ever be saved by our works of the Law. Only those who are made blameless by our faith in the sacrifice of the Mashiach will ever be declared righteous. As the prophet Habakkuk (חֲבַקּ֖וּק) has proclaimed, the just shall live by faith (emunah) in the mercy (chesed) and grace (chen) of the Holy One.

הִנֵּה עֻפְּלָה לֹא־יָשְׁרָה נַפְשֹׁו בֹּו וְצַדִּיק בֶּאֱמוּנָתֹו יִחְיֶֽה׃

“Behold, as for the proud one,
His soul is not right within him;
But the righteous will live by his faith.”

The two different clauses describe two different types of persons who respond differently to the  Mashiach.

The first description is of  those persons (Yehudim) who are incredulous, who “proudly” disbelieve they have any need of supernatural assistance; in so far as their own personal need for deliverance from sin is concerned. The second description (צַדִּיק-the righteous one) is of those persons (Yehudim) who “humbly” welcome the Mashiach, for they personally perceive an urgent need for the Salvation of Adonai that He brings; a salvation based solely on His good and perfect  works and not our own deficient-imperfect works.

Every Jew should read at least one time the Besorah of the Mashiach in the Brit Chadashah:

Therefore, the New Wine of the Spirit of Grace must be stored only in the ‘humble’ new wineskin of the Grace of Adonai.  

No other wineskin will do. As for the old wineskin of the Law of Sin and Death—of the belief that our salvation must depend upon ourselves alone and not the mercy, love and grace of Adonai—this old system has already failed and its contents have already been spilled out, spoiled. Just as the ancient prophets predicted so long ago the works-righteousness contents of the old wineskin of the old Law has become “vinegar” to us. The Law was good but we have spoiled its efficacy by disobedience. Even Moses disobeyed Adonai. Only one person has ever perfectly obeyed the Law. Ha-Mashiach. However, in contrast to the fate of all who put their trust in the failed works-righteousness of their somehow perfectly fulfilling the Law on their own, all who put their trust in the Prophecy of the Grace of Adonai will be restored. Praise to the Father of Mercies (Avi HaRachamim)! For to us who have heard, understood, and obeyed the call of the Spirit it is like the blinding scales of the traditions and deceits of men have permanently been removed from our eyes.

Although we were once blind, now we see. We are beginning to understand and obey what the body of the Prophets have (in truth) been telling us all along. We now know that the straight (יָשָׁר) street (הָרְחוֹב) to the Restoration of all Israel (the House of the Rule of the Almighty One) will come only when Am-Israel (the People of Israel) exercise full faith in the New Wineskin and New Wine of Adonai’s New Covenant. Every Yehudi (Jew), therefore, should carefully read the Brit Chadashah at least once to determine for his or her own self whether or not the Tzaddik Yeshua is the true Suffering Messiah Ben Joseph and Conquering Messiah Ben David (who is soon to return from heaven to Israel).

Everything needs to change!

Unfortunately, so far the elite religious leaders of Israel have not accepted this most kind (chesed) and generous (chen) offer of Avi HaRachamim (the Father of Mercies) to deliver us all from our sins solely by our exercising faith in His Grace (chesed and chen). The Bramble Bush King is still completely resistant to change. He is still threatening us with his old “curse of fire” (Judges 9:15).

The Bramble Bush is still too proud to admit that he and his predecessors were completely wrong about Rabbeinu Yeshua.

At the first of hearing and seeing (there were miracles) the authoritative teaching of the Mashiach many among the priests, rabbis and experts in the Torah were open to change. These men initially liked many of the things the Messiah was saying and doing. Especially the religious leaders marvelled at His miracles. At the first the leadership thought they could work out a deal of shared power with the Mashiach. They believed that if the Messiah could use His power and influence to miraculously free Israel of the Roman occupation, then a working cooperation would easily develop. Understandably, the religious leaders just assumed that they could keep their jobs. They would support the Messiah and when He became their king He would support them. No doubt everything would have  headed in a positive direction if only the Mashiach had offered an honored place to the old guard in the new messianic administration.

The problem was the Mashiach said, “No deal!”

The elite political, rabbinic, and priestly establishments were shocked, dismayed and greatly angered  with the Messiah when early on in His public ministry He openly ‘criticized’ them. How dare He publicly rebuke them and announce that He was planning to remove them from their offices.

“What will happen to us when you take over?”

When Messiah made it clear that Israel needed major reform and new leadership, the leaders immediately plotted to kill Him.

The political, priestly, and rabbinic leaders of Israel even chose to form an alliance with the Roman government to kill the Mashiach. Why did they do this? The simple answer is because the Messiah would not seek and accept a “compromise.” Adonai had sent the Messiah on ‘His’ Mission. In the Divine plan no compromise was allowed. Major reform was required. Therefore, the Servant (Eved HaKadosh) of Adonai could not (and would not) alter even one single word of the will of Avinu Shebashamayim (the Heavenly Father) to His brothers; His fellow Yehudim (Jews).

The Head of all Prophecy was severed from the Body of the Prophets:

It was a futile proposition to mix the new with the old.

There can be no compromise between the two administrations of the Law and the Grace of Adonai. Yochanan Ben Zechariah is a good example of the futility of someone trying to mix the old with the new. He tried desperately all of his life to reform Judaism. His zealous service only got Him killed. Yochanan Ben Zechariah Ben Aaron (יוֹחָנָן בֵּן זְכַרְיָה בֵּן אַהֲרוֹן) was executed by beheading for supporting the Mashiach Yeshua and daring to correct the corrupt spiritual and moral practices of the religious and political establishment of his day.

The ruler Herod Antipas genuinely liked the prophet Yochanan Ben Zechariah Ben Aaron but he executed him anyway!

The prophet of the Most High was killed for the same reason nearly all of the prophets of Israel were killed. The prophets were killed because they had the gall (חוצפה) to injure the pride of the elite Israeli religious and political national leaders:

הִנֵּה עֻפְּלָה לֹא־יָשְׁרָה נַפְשֹׁו בֹּו וְצַדִּיק בֶּאֱמוּנָתֹו יִחְיֶֽה׃

“Behold, as for the proud one, (עֻפְּלָה-to swell, be elated, lifted up)
His soul is not right within him;
But the righteous (עֻפְּלָה-the one of the straight way) will live by his faith.”

So the first Elijah to come (there will be a second Elijah to come) was executed by beheading. Since the prophet’s name means the “Grace of Adonai,” the beheading of Yochanan symbolizes what actually (spiritually) happened when the first century religious and political leadership of Israel rejected Adonai’s mandate for reform:

The Head of the Grace of Adonai (Yochanan) was unjustly (and violently) removed by the ruler(s) of Israel from the body of our prophets.

The act of killing the prophet of El-Elyon (the Most High) in the first century (CE) graphically symbolizes the hateful spiritual struggle that occurred when the Holy Spirit moved to assert His Lordship over the leaders of Israel. The Messiah knew in advance that like Yochanan He too would suffer at “their hands:”

אֲבָל אֹמֵר אֲנִי לָכֶם אֵלִיָּהוּ כְּבָר בָּא וְלֹא הִכִּירֻהוּ וַיַּעֲשׂוֹּ־בוֹ כִּרְצוֹנָם וְכֵן גַּם־בֶּן־הָאָדָם יְעֻנֶּה עַל־יָדָם׃

“But I say to you, Eliyahu has already come, and they did not recognize him, and they dealt with him as they pleased. So too, the Son of Man will suffer by their hand.”

Throughout all of human history there is something about the false spirit of vanity and pride that proliferates among the religious (and political) elites of the world. This spirit of vanity and pride just does not allow for a serious acceptance of the absolute authority of the Holy One. The Prophet Yochanan Ben Zechariah Ben Aaron was Divinely assigned the privilege of introducing to Israel the Mashiach who was full of Adonai’s Spirit of Grace (chesed, chen) and Truth (emunah).

Among the body of all the prophets of Israel none has had a greater role to play than Yochanan. 

Yochanan Ben Zechariah was the first Elijah to come (there soon shall be a second Elijah to come). It is the role of the Elijah to come to introduce the M’shiach Adonai to Israel. Yochanan said of Messiah Ben Joseph that He was so incredibly special that no prophet (Mosheh included) was even worthy to stoop down like a slave and unlatch the clasp of His dirty sandals. It was Yochanan Ben Zechariah Ben Aaron, the prophet of El-Elyon who was the herald of the Grace of Adonai. He was the Voice in the Wilderness that Isaiah and Malachi foretold would prepare the Way of Messiah:

הִנְנִי שֹׁלֵחַ מַלְאָכִי וּפִנָּה־דֶרֶךְ לְפָנָי וּפִתְאֹם יָבֹוא אֶל־הֵיכָלֹו הָאָדֹון אֲשֶׁר־אַתֶּם מְבַקְשִׁים וּמַלְאַךְ הַבְּרִית אֲשֶׁר־אַתֶּם חֲפֵצִים הִנֵּה־בָא אָמַר יְהוָה צְבָאֹֽות׃

“Behold, I am going to send My Messenger (מַלְאָכִי-Malaki), and he will clear the way before Me. And the Lord (HaAdon), whom you seek, will suddenly come to His temple; and the Messenger of the Covenant (מאליק הברית-Malik HaBrit ; also cf. שליח הברית-Shaliach HaBrit), in whom you delight, behold, He is coming,” says Adonai Tseva’ot.”

קֹול קֹורֵא בַּמִּדְבָּר פַּנּוּ דֶּרֶךְ יְהוָה יַשְּׁרוּ בָּעֲרָבָה מְסִלָּה לֵאלֹהֵֽינוּ׃

A voice is calling,
“Clear the way for Adonai (פַּנּוּ דֶּרֶךְ יְהוָה ) in the wilderness;
Make smooth in the desert a highway (מְסִלָּה) for Eloheikha.”

It is the Testimony of the Mashiach by Yochanan (the Grace of Adonai) that is the fulfillment of all the hopes, dreams and aspirations of the prophets. Tragically, however, the Grace of Adonai was beheaded.

The witness to the Head of all prophecy was severed from the witness of the body of all prophecy (נביאי ישראל).

The Testimony of the Mashiach was severed from the writings of the Tanakh by the censorship the rabbis practiced in their post first century (CE) oral re-construction of the written Torah. This has severed (נֻתַּקְתֶּם-to burst, tear from the roots, lift away; i.e. divide by bursting, tearing, lifting) many generations of Israel away from the Mashiach (מִן הַמָּשִׁיחַ) and the Grace (chesed, chen) of Adonai. Even so, there is still hope in this twenty-first century age. For there is yet a ‘second’ Elijah to come, followed by the ‘second’ coming of the Mashiach!

Without the Grace of Adonai, Israel’s Torah will remain ‘lifeless’ and unfulfilled:

The Grace of Adonai (חנן של ה’, יוחנן) was executed by beheading!

The Grace of Adonai was severed from the prophetic body of the messianic prophecies of Israel. This historical act of evil is a prophetic symbol of the reality that the illegitimate rabbinical oral law of the Prushim would continue (through its successors) to remain a lifeless corpse buried deep within the hardened ground of its own “man-invented” traditions.

In the Proceedings of the Heavenly Court of the Holy One, Mosheh himself will testify against the rabbinic substitute oral law that has shamelessly “supplanted” the testimony of the prophets and the Mashiach. It is these worthless (naturalistic) inventions of the moral imaginations of the rabbinates that has supplanted the (supernatural) Divine authority of the Spirit of Holiness who inspired the messianic freedom proclaimed in the Tanakh and HaBrit HaChadashah. Not the hyper-legalistic system proclaimed in the rabbinism of the last nineteen centuries (יהדות רבנית).

The successors of the first century Prushim rabbinate have usurped the will of Adonai Avinu by their lifting up the importance of their own fallible writings (נֻתַּקְתֶּם-severed by being ‘lifted up’) far above that of the body of the writings of the prophets. The oral law of the rabbinate successors of the Prushim is an obsolete-invalid illegal commentary on the Torah. It is a failed, overly impersonal and complex attempt to explain what is the will of Adonai (how He wants His commands to be carried out).

So it will continue to be, until another second Elijah to come shall appears in modern Israel.

Like the first Elijah to come he will preach in Eretz Israel the besorah of the Grace of Adonai. However, when he the ‘second’ Elijah to come appears this time the people of Israel will hear, understand, and obey his voice. Then, at that time:

The Head of the Grace of Adonai will be restored to the body of the prophets of Israel and then all Israel shall be saved. Only when the Message (besorah) of the Grace of Adonai is acknowledged by our people (Israel) will the dead, dry, lifeless body of Judaism regenerate, resurrect, and arise into the full supernatural newness of life that Adonai intends. Only then will Mashiach appear as the Messiah Ben David, “Drink with us the Cup of Restoration” in the messianic kingdom of Adonai, and then, all Israel shall be saved!

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Messiah in Yom HaBikkurim Chapter 22 >>