This week marks the first parsha in the Book of Vayikra, or Leviticus (Lev. chapters 1 through 5), where the reading beings with descriptions of several different types of offerings, and how they are to be done.

Many here are probably already aware that there is a difference between “sacrifice” (tzebach) and “offering” (korbon) and that Shaul/Paul actually supported and performed those associated with the end of the Nazerite vow (Acts 21:23-26). But that is only part of what is at best “incomplete” about the significance of His plan as taught in ‘sun-day school’.

Because what is perhaps most interesting, however, and certainly overlooked, is the fact that these are specifically for what amounts to “UN-intentional” sin. Leaving a major ‘gap in the picture.

The Erev Shabbat reading:

Which is where the Sabbath Day midrash begins. Because if there is SO much discussion of the kind of ‘sin’ that might be accomplished by different people by mistake, or in ignorance, and what should then be done, what does that say about intentional, deliberate REBELLION to him; intentional sin?

The answer is – not much. Well, explicitly anyway. Almost as if His Instruction paints a complete picture, by drawing an outline all around, and leaving something for us to figure out. As if it should be obvious.

What could be the nature of a ‘sacrifice’ for deliberate, knowing rebellion to YHVH Himself?

And if these “sacrifices” have been “done away with,” anyway, what do they have to tell us now?

Perhaps most ‘ironic’ is the misunderstanding of what is referenced in Hebrews chapter 10. No wonder it’s so easy to twist a letter written by a Hebrew to other Hebrews if people don’t understand the basics.

Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa for an examination of the specifics of vital distinctions that speak volumes – especially when they are ignored! Starting with Hebrews 10:26. Which may be one of the most clear warnings to the “Clergy Response Team” in Scripture!

Vayikra: ‘It’s What You DON’T Say’ – Vital Distinctions – Omitted or Ignored?”

The combined two-part teaching is here: