(Before reading this resource we would like to encourage you to read Messenger of YHWH)
Growing up in church, we are told that Y’shua died for our sins but have we ever considered why? After we start digging into scripture, there are some things that just don’t seem to fit causing many of us to ask “Why.” Take a journey with us as we discover why Y’shua lived spotlessly, why He came, why He said He only came for the lost sheep of the House of Israel, why He took the curse, what curse He took, why He died, and finally why He resurrected.
Let’s begin with why Y’shua lived spotlessly. It begins with a promise or covenant YHWH made with Abraham. This promise can be found in Genesis 15:1-21. YHWH promised Abraham, who was still known as Abram at this time, that his offspring would be as numerous as the stars. Abram’s belief of this was credited to him as righteousness and YHWH also promised Him the land to possess. YHWH then asks for a three-year-old cow, goat, ram, and also a turtledove along with a young pigeon to be brought before Him. Abram cut them in half and put them opposite of each other. This was a process of entering into a binding covenant or contract where both would walk through the pieces and blood signifying an oath that both parties would hold true to the contract. Before Abram was allowed to walk through the pieces, YHWH put Abram to sleep and did not allow him to walk through the pieces. YHWH speaks of Abram’s descendants becoming foreigners in a land that isn’t theirs and how He will judge this nation (see Exodus 3:22 and 12:35). As the sun set and darkness fell a smoking oven, and a burning torch appeared and passed through the divided animals. Y’shua walked through the pieces taking on YHWH’s and man’s promise to uphold this covenant, to walk it out perfectly without blemish. This is why Y’shua came in flesh, spotless, and in man’s place because man could never live spotless or blameless as required.
Let’s continue to dig into why Y’shua came by looking at the reason He stated He only came for the lost sheep of the house of Israel. First, the House of Israel is 10 of the 12 tribes of Israel. The other two tribes are known as the House of Judah or the Jews as they are known today. Please see our resource “Who are the Jews and is Torah just for them?” for more information on this. The House of Israel and the House of Judah became divided into the Northern Kingdom (Israel) and the Southern (Judah). This began to happen during the time of Solomon and can be referenced in 1 Kings 11 and 12 beginning with Solomon and extending with Rehoboam and Jeroboam. In 2 Kings 17, we see the House of Israel, the northern 10 tribes, were divorced by YHWH for whoring after other gods. This is also explained in Jeremiah 3:1-18 as well. The House of Judah remained in covenant with YHWH, as promised in Genesis 49:8-12. 2 Samuel 7:1-16 and 1 Kings 11:34-39 confirm this stating that “David my servant may have a lamp always before me in Jerusalem. As we mentioned earlier, YHWH divorced the Northern Kingdom for not keeping the covenant and whoring after other gods. This presents a huge dilemma for them. According to Deuteronomy 24:1-5. Verse 4 makes it clear that if a husband divorces his wife for adultery, he is not allowed to remarry her. This is exactly what Paul is talking about in Romans 7:1-6.
and the latter husband shall hate her and write her a certificate of divorce, and put it in her hand, and send her out of his house, or when the latter husband dies who took her to be his wife, then her former husband who sent her away is not allowed to take her back to be his wife after she has been defiled, for that would be an abomination before YHWH. And do not bring sin on the land which YHWH your Elohim is giving you as an inheritance.
According to His own law, YHWH cannot marry the House of Israel after writing them a certificate of divorce. The only way to be released from the law of marriage or divorce is through the death of one of the ones that entered into the covenant agreement. The law they were released from was the law of marriage and divorce but not from the entire law. This goes into why Y’shua had to die. By coming in the flesh and dying, Y’shua released the House of Israel from the covenant or marriage agreement. This allowed the House of Israel a way back. There was no other way for the House of Israel to be reunited with YHWH except through death. We have a perfect picture and confirmation of this just before His arrest.
And going forward a little, He fell on His face, and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me. Yet not as I desire, but as You desire.”
Again He went away, a second time, and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if it is impossible for this to pass unless I drink it, let Your desire be done.”
Now let’s look at the curse that Y’shua took on the stake (cross) and also think about how many times throughout Scripture it is stated that YHWH is a jealous God.
for you do not bow yourselves to another mighty one, for YHWH, whose Name is jealous, is a jealous God
“For YHWH your Elohim is a consuming fire, a jealous God.
So far we know that the House of Israel was divorced by YHWH due to whoring after other gods and that Y’shua was sent for them, to die to release them from the curse of adultery.
Next, we’re going to look at the curse for adultery because this plays an enormous role in understanding what was nailed to the stake.
And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses, having blotted out the certificate of debt against us – by the dogmas – which stood against us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the stake.
Numbers 5 should help shed some light on this matter.
“Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them, ‘When any man’s wife turns aside and has committed a trespass against him, and a man has intercourse with her, and it is hidden from the eyes of her husband, and it is concealed that she has defiled herself, and there was no witness against her, nor was she caught, and a spirit of jealousy comes upon him and he becomes jealous of his wife who has defiled herself, or a spirit of jealousy comes upon him and he becomes jealous of his wife although she has not defiled herself, then the man shall bring his wife to the priest. And he shall bring the offering for her, one-tenth of an ephah of barley flour. He is not to pour oil on it or put frankincense on it because it is a grain offering of jealousy, an offering for remembering, for bringing crookedness to remembrance. ‘And the priest shall bring her near, and shall make her stand before YHWH.
Notice how jealousy is mentioned several times against her for adultery with another, and she is to be brought before YHWH.
‘And the priest shall take set-apart water in an earthen vessel, and take some of the dust that is on the floor of the Dwelling Place and put it into the water. ‘And the priest shall make the woman stand before YHWH, and shall uncover the woman’s head, and put the offering for remembering in her hands, which is the grain offering of jealousy, while the priest holds in his hand the bitter water that brings a curse. ‘And the priest shall make her swear, and say to the woman, “If no man has lain with you, and if you have not turned aside to uncleanness under your husband’s authority, be free from this bitter water that brings a curse. “But if you have turned aside under your husband’s authority , and if you have defiled yourself and some man other than your husband has lain with you” – then the priest shall make the woman swear with the oath of the curse, and he shall say to the woman – “YHWH make you a curse and an oath among your people, when YHWH makes your thigh waste away and your belly swell, and this water that causes the curse shall go into your inward parts, and make your belly swell and your thigh waste away.” And the woman shall say, “Amĕn, amĕn.” ‘And the priest shall write these curses in a book, and shall wipe them off into the bitter water, and shall make the woman drink the bitter water that brings the curse, and the water that brings the curse shall enter her to become bitter. ‘And the priest shall take the grain offering of jealousy from the woman’s hand, and shall wave the offering before YHWH, and bring it to the altar. ‘And the priest shall take a hand filled with the offering, as its remembrance offering, and burn it on the altar, and afterward make the woman drink the water. ‘And when he has made her drink the water, then it shall be, if she has defiled herself and has committed a trespass against her husband, that the water that brings the curse shall enter her and become bitter, and her belly shall swell, and her thigh shall waste away, and the woman shall become a curse among her people. ‘But if the woman has not defiled herself, and is clean, then she shall be clear and shall conceive children. ‘This is the Torah of jealousy, when a wife turns aside under her husband’s authority and defiles herself, or when a spirit of jealousy comes upon a man, and he becomes jealous of his wife. Then he shall make the woman stand before YHWH, and the priest shall do to her all this Torah. ‘And the man shall be clear from crookedness, but the woman bear her crookedness.’”
Now let’s see how Numbers 5 relates to Y’shua, His punishment, the curse He took, and the stake. We see that the one who was accused of adultery was to stand before the priest and ultimately before YHWH and the curse or accusations were to be written on a scroll and then washed off with the bitter water and she was to drink this bitter water. Y’shua also had the ordinances and curses against Him in which He took for the House of Israel and drank from the bitter water which was hyssop, just before dying(John 19:28-29). Examining the curse more, we see that He also was shamed before the people as mentioned in Numbers 5:27. Hebrews 12:2 confirms this. They stripped Him and divided His clothes (John 19:25), spit in His face, slapped Him, beat Him (Mathew 26:67), mocked Him and lifted Him up before the people in the most humiliating and shameful way of that time (Mathew 27:27-44). Remember that part of the curse was that her thigh would waste away, and her abdomen would swell if guilty. Let’s see how that ties in.
The way people were hung on the stakes, the only way to take a breath was for them to push up with their legs (thigh) to open their airway. When weakness finally consumed Y’shua on the stake, and His thighs wasted away, He could no longer push up to breath. When they pierced, His side and blood and water came out (John 19:31-37). This is a result of trauma and the fluids pooling into the lungs and stomach but also more specifically it points back to the abdomen swelling as part of the curse.
and this water that causes the curse shall go into your inward parts, and make your belly swell and your thigh waste away.” And the woman shall say, “Amĕn, amĕn.”
Y’shua took the curse, judgment, and atonement for the lost sheep of the House of Israel just as He said He would.
“You shall bear your wickedness and your abominations,” declares YHWH. ‘For thus said the Master YHWH, “I shall deal with you as you have done, in that you have despised the oath by breaking the covenant. “But I shall remember My covenant with you in the days of your youth, and I shall establish an everlasting covenant with you. “And you shall remember your ways and be ashamed, when you receive your older and your younger sisters. And I shall give them to you for daughters, though not by your own covenant. “And I Myself shall establish My covenant with you. And you shall know that I am YHWH, so that you remember. And you shall be ashamed, and never open your mouth anymore because of your shame, when I pardon you for all you have done,” declares the Master YHWH. ”
It is up to us to decide if we want to enter into the covenant, be adopted, and grafted into YHWH’s Kingdom.
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