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Offline PerryM  
#1 Posted : Tuesday, May 26, 2009 10:48:19 AM(UTC)
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What is the meaning of "All (kol) service of the heavenly messenger(mala’kah) shall not (lo’) be done (‘asah - performed)."
Offline Matthew  
#2 Posted : Tuesday, May 26, 2009 11:39:15 AM(UTC)
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Welcome to the forum PerryM! Good to have you on board!

Taken from the Sukah chapter of YY:

Central to that message is that we cannot earn our salvation. "You shall not (lo') do ('asah - perform, fashion, create, produce, assign, or profit from) any (kol) of the work ('abodah) of the heavenly messenger (mala'kah - service of God's representative)." (Leviticus 23:35) 'Abodah means "work, labor, task, job, or duty." It is usually translated "ordinary" in English bibles because mala'kah is always rendered "work." However, mala'kah is based upon, and considered the same as, mal'ak, meaning "heavenly messenger and divine representative." As such, mal'ak is usually translated "angel" in English bibles. So, to keep from looking foolish and rendering the passage "You shall not do any work work," or "work angel," translators came up with: "ordinary work."

While it's true that we shouldn't do our ordinary jobs on this set apart out calling, the spiritual message Yahweh communicated goes well beyond this. Eternal life, camping out forever with Him, is His gift to us. We cannot achieve it on our own, earn it, or pay for it. And we shouldn't be about the task of trying to personally profit from it as religious clerics are wont to do.

A bit further in the same chapter:

There is but one "Her" pertaining to God, and She is the Set-Apart Spirit, our Spiritual Mother. "Her (hiw') joyous assembly of people ('asarah - participants in the festive celebration and party goers), do not (lo') do ('asah - perform, fashion, create, produce, assign, or profit from) any (kol) of the work ('abodah - labor, task, job, or duty) of the heavenly messenger (mala'kah - service of God's representative)." (Leviticus 23:36) Confirmation is a good thing. As often as Yahweh has repeated His message, it's a wonder so many corrupt it and so few comprehend it.

Yahweh personally did all of the work required for our salvation. We cannot add to what He has done. We cannot replicate it on our own. We should not try. And while we are called to be the beneficiaries of His gift, we aren't to profit from it in the monetary sense. The concept of a paid clergy, of people who make their living being religious, is Babylonian, not Scriptural.

Check out Leviticus 23:30-2 from the Erchomai chapter:

"And any (kol) soul (nepesh) who by association ('asher) performs ('asah - does and attempt to profit from) any (kol) of the business of the heavenly messenger (mala'kah) on this life sustaining and empowering ('esem - corporeal) day, that soul (nepesh) I will annihilate ('abad - will cause to vanish and be exterminated, to be done away with and destroyed, perishing and ceasing to exist) from the midst of (min qereb - as part of) the family ('am). Do not perform ('asah) any part of the business of the heavenly messenger (mala'kah). This is an eternal and everlasting ('owlam - perpetual and enduring) clearly communicated prescription (huqqah - an ordinance and statute, a regulation, resolution, and decree) throughout all time and all generations (dowr - among all people and all periods) in all of your assemblies and dwelling places (mowshab - time intervals and households, settlements and locations, even situations). It is for you a time to rest and reflect (shabat - to cease from ordinary labor), a Sabbath observance (shabbathown - a celebration of the seventh day, set apart for reconciliation and relationship). And so your soul (nepesh) shall respond to the summons and answer the call ('anah - reply and make a thoughtful declaration)." (Leviticus 23:30-2)

Here is one sentence, in context of Sukah (Feast of Tabernacles) from Ken (KP) in the Holy Appointments chapter of TOM that sums it up nicely:

There’s nothing we can do to earn this eternal state of blissful communion with our God—all we can do is relax and enjoy the gift.

Anybody else got something to clarify what Yada meant by not performing the work of the heavenly messenger?
Offline JamesH  
#3 Posted : Wednesday, May 27, 2009 2:26:09 PM(UTC)
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Ephesians 2:8,9 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.
Offline bitnet  
#4 Posted : Wednesday, May 27, 2009 9:17:27 PM(UTC)
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This sorts of puts things into proper perspective, doesn't it? We can't for the sake of our lives, really do anything to save ourselves except to rely upon our heavenly Creator Abba Yahweh to reach out and pick us up. But like any child will do, we ought to recognise who our Father is, cry out to Him and asked to be picked up first! And when He tells us to meet Him on certain days we should be there for the appointments, shouldn't we? And it's quite pointless to send our prayers to the wrong address, isn't it? Phew! We're learning all the time!
The reverence of Yahweh is the beginning of Wisdom.
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