One of the most consecrated periods intended for Israel was just after Passover. Our Lord wanted to do much more than a well-planned escape. The miraculous events surrounding Passover was only the finger of God. The most majestic miracle for Israel was that Adonai wanted to reveal Himself, a heart, to heart approach. A heart which beat for His Children’s eternal happiness, considering He is only eternal God. So the God of Israel shared instructions (Torah) with his people giving them means to preserve a consecrated society embracing God as their ruling King.
Leviticus 7:7-8 7 As the sin offering is, so is the trespass offering: there is one law for them: the priest that maketh atonement therewith shall have it.
8 And the priest that offereth — any man’s burnt offering, even the priest shall have to himself the skin of the burnt offering which he hath offered.
Hebrew Definition of the word Torah (Law)
H8451. תּוֹרָה tôrāh, תֹּרָה tōrāh: A feminine noun meaning instruction, direction, law, Torah, the whole Law. This noun comes from the verb yārāh (H3384), which has, as one of its major meanings, to teach, to instruct.
The noun means instruction in a general way from God; for example, Eliphaz uttered truth when he encouraged Job and his readers to be willing to receive instruction from God, the Almighty (Job 22:22). In Israel, a father and mother were sources of instruction for life (Prov. 1:8; 6:20); along with wise persons (Prov. 13:14; 28:4). In contrast, rebellious people were not willing to accept God’s instructions in any manner (Isa. 30:8, 9); the scribes handled the instructions of the Lord deceitfully and falsely (Jer. 8:8).
Various words are found in synonyms parallel with this term: It is paralleled by the sayings of the Holy One (Isa. 5:24); the word of the Lord (Isa. 1:10); and the testimony or witness (Isa. 8:20). It is used regularly to depict priestly instructions in general or as a whole.
The Lord rejected the priests of Israel for they had disregarded (lit., forgotten) the Law (Jer. 2:8; Hos. 4:6). They had been charged to carry out and teach all the instructions of the Lord (Deut. 17:11).
This short journey could have taken less than two weeks, but for whatever reason, the Lord waited for a generation to die off, before entering the Canaanite city of Jericho. The Battle of Jericho would be a Holy War where Angels would fight for the mortal children of God so that the Lord’s promise is completed and should come to past.
The warfare is a battle between the Canaanite principalities of that region, facing the cumulative Kingdom of Righteousness.
As Joshua approached the scene of this Holy contest, God’s prophet saw this mighty Angel standing with his sword raised, Joshua asked the Angel on whose side are you. The Angel could have said; you puny humans should stay out of our way, because the battle is over Adonai’s promise made to Abraham, Issac, and Jacob regarding the people who will succeed this nation.
Joshua 5:13 – 6:1
The Lord’s Commander Confronts Joshua
13 When Joshua was near the town of Jericho, he looked up and saw a man standing in front of him with sword in hand. Joshua went up to him and demanded, “Are you friend or foe?”
14 “Neither one,” he replied. “I am the commander of the Lord’s army.”
At this, Joshua fell with his face to the ground in reverence. “I am at your command,” Joshua said. “What do you want your servant to do?”
15 The commander of the Lord’s army replied, “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy.” And Joshua did as he was told.
We see the wilderness is a place for refinement and testing of a prototype forged by fire. Tempered glass is a type of safety glass processed by controlled thermal or chemical treatments to increase its strength compared with normal glass. Tempering puts the outer surfaces into compression and the inner surfaces into tension. Adonai brought Israel from slavery to the wilderness to tempered treat them so they would develop endurance.
In the Hebrew Culture, one’s faith is expressed by doing what they believed
James 1:2-4 Faith and Endurance (1:2-18)
2 Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. 3 For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. 4 So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing (New Living Translation)
James 2:21-24 21 Don’t you remember that our ancestor Abraham was shown to be right with God by his actions when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? 22 You see, his faith and his actions worked together. His actions made his faith complete. 23 And so it happened just as the Scriptures say: “Abraham believed God, and God counted him as righteous because of his faith.” He was even called the friend of God. 24 So you see, we are shown to be right with God by what we do, not by faith alone.
The Jewish Bible James 2:20-24
James 2:24 a person is declared righteous because of actions and not because of faith alone.
James 2:20-24 20 But, foolish fellow, do you want to be shown that such “faith” apart from actions is barren? 21 Wasn’t Avraham avinu declared righteous because of actions when he offered up his son Yitz’chak on the altar? 22 You see that his faith worked with his actions; by the actions the faith was made complete; 23 and the passage of the Tanakh was fulfilled which says, “Avraham had faith in God, and it was credited to his account as righteousness.”He was even called God’s friend. 24 You see that a person is declared righteous because of actions and not because of faith alone.(Complete Jewish Bible)
Our Lord is making us better then before
Jesus Christ, along finished the process the first time through, but He sent the Holy Spirit with power from Heaven.
Deuteronomy 8:1 All the commandments which I command thee this day shall ye observe to do, that ye may live, and multiply, and go in and possess the land which the Lord sware unto your fathers. And thou shalt remember all the way which the Lord thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to humble thee, and to prove thee, to know what was in thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep his commandments or no. And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the Lord doth man live.(New Living Translation)
pa‘al (פָּעַל, 6466), “to do, work.” Common to both ancient and modern Hebrew, this word is used in modern Hebrew in the sense of “to work, to act, to function.” Found only 57 times in the Hebrew Old Testament, it is used primarily as a poetic synonym for the much more common verb ‘ashah, “to do, to make.” Thus, almost half the occurrences of this verb are in the Book of Psalms. Pa‘al is used for the first time in the Old Testament in the Song of Moses: “… The place, O Lord, which thou hast made for thee to dwell in…” (Exod. 15:17). There is no distinction in the use of this verb, whether God or man is its subject. In Ps. 15:2 man is the subject: “He that walketh uprightly and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart.”
The Effects of the Holy Spirit
Holy Spirit Cháris, when received by faith, transforms man and causes him to love and to seek after the righteousness of God. Cháris is initially regeneration, the work of the Holy Spirit in which spiritual life is given to man and by which his nature is brought under the dominion of righteousness. The maintenance of this condition requires an unbroken and immense supply of grace. Grace remains constant in, and basic to, a believer’s fight without against the devil and his struggle within against sin. Renewal is stimulated and impelled by God’s illuminating and strengthening of the soul, and will continue and increase so long as the soul perseveres. God’s grace insures that those who have been truly regenerated will persevere until the end of life. This entire work is called sanctification, a work of God “whereby we are renewed in the whole man and are enabled more and more to die daily unto sin and to live unto righteousness” as is stated by the Westminster Shorter Catechism (Rom. 12:2; 2 Cor. 4:16; Eph. 4:23; Col. 3:10).