Tetzaveh and Garments Part II

In Part I, we left off here:

Our Father was adorned with His breastplate– every Tribal stone of His priesthood. Every stone is unique and sparkling in His Light. Every tribe was named and prophetically placed around His tabernacle. He put on garments of vengeance! He is Light. He is TRUTH! YHVH will arm us with His armor.

To the Torah and to the testimony;

if they speak not according to this word,

it is because there is no light in them. (Isaiah 8:20).

No light in them—dark garments–nakedness. Many people read the book of Ezekiel and think Satan, or the devil was adorned with the priestly stones and garments mentioned in chapter 28, but this is more than likely due to mistranslations.

This chapter talks about the King of Tyre, not Lucifer. The  Vulgate is a Latin version of the Holy Bible and largely the result of the labors of Saint Jerome. He was commissioned by Pope Damasus I in 382 A.D. to revise the old Latin translations. Lucifer is a Latin word that crept into a Hebrew book. Reading the complete portion in Ezekiel, you will find that Pharaoh was also in the Garden of Eden along with the King of Tyre. (metaphorically).

In Ezekiel Chapter 29, after He speaks against the King of Tyre in 28, He says, “‘I am against you, Pharaoh king of Egypt, you great monster lying among your streams. You say, “The Nile belongs to me; I made it myself.

Was Pharaoh a literal monster who created the Nile? No. By the time you read about all these men filled with pride that wanted to be as God and sit in His seat, we find this verse:

To which among the trees of Eden are you thus equal in glory and greatness? Yet you will be brought down with the trees of Eden to the earth beneath; you will lie in the midst of the uncircumcised, with those who were slain by the sword. So is Pharaoh and all his hordes!”’ declares the Lord GOD.

–Ezekiel 31:18 NASB

This is metaphoric language:

This king of Tyre was also in charge of the timber in building the temple of Solomon, so yes, all the precious stones and the cherubs that covered the Ark of the Covenant would have been an accurate picture. He would have stood by them. Study verse 14 and then the info below closely:

You were in Eden, the garden of God; (remember so was Pharaoh above) Every precious stone was your covering: The ruby, the topaz, and the diamond; The beryl, the onyx, and the jasper; The lapis lazuli, the turquoise, and the emerald; And the gold, the workmanship of your settings and sockets, Was in you. On the day that you were created, They were prepared. “You were the anointed cherub who covers, And I placed you there. 

–Ezekiel 28:13-14

All these stones were mined there in Tyre, and great wealth was brought forth and found in Tyre. 

Tyre became very wealthy and the island portion of the city over time became heavily fortified. The city on the mainland was the secondary part of the city and principally served to supply the island with water and supplies. One might think of the mainland portion of the city as being the “suburbs” while the island was the home of the wealthy and those of noble birth. The island also served as the city’s religious Centre and the principal location for trade and commerce.

The Wealth Of Tyre

At first, the city/state of Tyre enjoyed good relations with Israel and Judah although the relationship was commercial and not based on any religious or cultural sympathy. When King Solomon built the first temple in Jerusalem, King Hiram of Tyre famously supplied cedar from the forests of Lebanon as well as other materials and even skilled workmen. For this, Hiram was well paid. (1 Kings 5) (Bible Reading Archeology).

Ezekiel’s allusion to Eden occurs in a highly rhetorical passage where he arraigns the King of Tyre. This king, he declares, was in the garden of God, clothed with many kinds of precious stones. According to the Masoretic text, this king was the cherub, but the Septuagint reads more correctly, “stood with the cherub. (Jewish Encyclopedia).

This King of Tyre, along with Pharaoh, wanted to be King of Kings and Lord of Lords. He wanted them to come to his mountain, not Jerusalem. He wanted them to discard The Sabbath/Feast and worship his way. Sound familiar?

When the king of Tyre found out Jerusalem had been invaded and their gates were burned and open. This king thought, aha, they are weak, I will go and invade them while they are vulnerable. “Son of man, because Tyre has said of Jerusalem, ‘Aha! The gate to the nations is broken, and its doors have swung open to me; now that she lies in ruins I will prosper” (Ezekiel 26:2).

Coverings, clothing, and our Father’s strong Right Arm are mighty to save:

In Zechariah 3:3-5, Joshua is clothed in filthy garments, but he receives a priestly robe, a clean turban, and he is clothed in light. 

Then he showed me Joshua, the high priest standing before the angel of the LORD, and Satan (adversary) standing at his right hand to accuse him. And the LORD said to Satan, “The LORD rebuke you, O Satan! The LORD who has chosen Jerusalem rebuke you! Is not this a brand plucked from the fire?” Now Joshua was standing before the angel, clothed with filthy garments. And the angel said to those who were standing before him, “Remove the filthy garments from him.” And to him, he said, “Behold, I have taken your iniquity away from you, and I will clothe you with pure vestments.” And I said, “Let them put a clean turban on his head.” So they put a clean turban on his head and clothed him with garments. And the angel of the LORD was standing by. (Zechariah 3:1-5, ESV).

The name is written Joshua in Ezra 2:2, etc. He was the first of the high priests after the Captivity, succeeding, as by hereditary right, his father Josedech, who died in Babylon. For his services in restoring the temple, he is praised among great men in Ecclus. 49:12. Standing before the angel of the Lord. Joshua is the representative of the priesthood, and through that, also of the whole people. The angel of Jehovah (see notes on Zechariah 1:11, 13) is the representative of and endowed with attributes of Jehovah, the Friend, and Leader of Israel. The phrase, “standing before,” is used in a ministerial sense, as of a servant rendering service to a superior (Genesis 41:46; 1 Kings 12:6, 8), and a priest or Levite performing his official duties (Deuteronomy 10:8; Ezekiel 44:15): (Pulpit Commentary). 

This passage is the promise and freedom from exile and the destruction of the temple. Now, the Holy One is saying it’s time for rebuilding and placing back on the garments of beauty and holiness. The Father is clothing His people again and bringing restoration. 

The prodigal son (Israel) coming home is met with what?

Garments!

Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet. And bring the fattened calf and kill it and let us eat and celebrate. For this, my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ And they began to celebrate. 

–Luke 15:22-23 ESV

The son who was lost is now found, and he is clothed with a new robe, a ring, and new shoes. His Father prepares a feast. This son represents all of us who have come from a faraway journey to His Torah–The Lost Sheep of the House of Israel.

Garments are hidden throughout scripture. The false prophets and leaders of Baal wore garments. In II Kings, Jehu is anointed king by one of the sons of the prophets. His clothing is drenched in oil, and the people lay their garments down for his feet. They blow the shofar and announce him, king. But Jehu has a problem, he hates the garments of Baal, and their priests hate him. He knows that before he can destroy the priest of Baal, he has to kill the leadership–Jezebel and Ahab. Everything starts at the top. What goes on at the top trickles down.

Jehu goes on his foretold rampage, kills king Jehoram of Israel, and dumps his corpse on the field of the previously murdered Naboth of Jezreel (2 Kings 9:24-25). Then Jehu gives chase to the incumbent king Ahaziah of Judah and has him killed too (9:27), proceeds to Jezreel and, after she calls him Zimri, executes Jezebel by having her thrown out of a window (9:30-33). Then he kills the seventy sons of Ahab (10:7), the forty-two sons of Ahaziah (10:14) and all priests of Baal found in Israel (10:21-28). (Abarim Publications).

Jehu was like a newly appointed crime boss. He was anointed by the Holy One to drain the swamp.

Many times, when leadership is corrected, the people scream, “Touch not God’s anointed, and do His prophets no harm!” Mostly they skip the second part concerning prophets. The anointed are not wearing Papal tiara, Rolex watches and standing behind pulpits teaching prosperity and ease or proclaiming the Lord said when He did not say. This passage (touch not the Lord’s anointed) was concerning Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

When you were few in number,

of little account, and sojourners in it,

20wandering from nation to nation,

from one kingdom to another people,

21he allowed no one to oppress them;

he rebuked kings on their account,

22saying, “Touch not my anointed ones,

do my prophets no harm!” (I Chronicles 16:19-22,Esv

This passage is concerning Genesis 20:

But God came to (King) Abimelech, in a dream by night and said to him, “Behold, you are a dead man because of the woman whom you have taken, for she is a man’s wife.” 4Now, Abimelech had not approached her. So he said, “Lord, will you kill an innocent people? 5Did he not himself say to me, ‘She is my sister’? And she herself said, ‘He is my brother.’ In the integrity of my heart and the innocence of my hands I have done this.” 6Then God said to him in the dream, “Yes, I know that you have done this in the integrity of your heart, and it was I who kept you from sinning against me. Therefore I did not let you touch her. 7Now then, return the man’s wife, for he is a prophet, so that he will pray for you, and you shall live. But if you do not return her, know that you shall surely die, you and all who are yours.”

The Holy One said, “Abimelech touch not my anointed for he is a prophet, and he will pray for you, and you will live.

Notice the similarities? Now, let us get back to the prophet Jehu and the garments of Baal. He is looking for those in charge of the wardrobe.

And when they went into the house of Baal, the house of Baal was filled from one end to the other. Jehu said to the one who was in charge of the wardrobe, “Bring out garments for all the worshipers of Baal.” So he brought out garments for them. Jehu went into the house of Baal with Jehonadab, the son of Rechab, and he said to the worshipers of Baal, “Search and see that there is here with you none of the servants of the LORD, but only the worshipers of Baal.

 –II Kings 10:20-23

In the fertility cult of Baal and Asherah there were two groups of functionaries called qedēšim (קדשים) and qedēšot (קדשות). In Hebrew the two words literally mean “the holy ones.” Many English Bibles translate the word qedēšim as “male cult prostitutes” (1 Kings 15:12) and the word qedēšot as “female cult prostitutes” (Hosea 4:14).

Two texts in the book of Kings may explain the prohibition against transvestism in Deuteronomy 22:5. The first text, 2 Kings 23:7, reads as follows:

He [Josiah] tore down the apartments of the cult prostitutes which were in the temple of the LORD, and in which the women wove garments for the Asherah.

The second text, 2 Kings 10:22, reads as follows:

He [Jehu] said to him who was in charge of the wardrobe, “Bring out the vestments for all the worshipers of Baal.”

It is clear from 2 Kings 10:22 that the temple personnel, both the male and the female sacred prostitutes wore special garments that identified them with the worship of Asherah. Since the practice of fertility religion involved the sexual act between the worshipers and the temple functionaries, such a practice was an abomination to Yahweh. Click HERE.

Jehu tells the guards to go in and kill them all with the Sword. These priests of Baal had robes, and they had man’s esteem. They ate at the table of Jezebel and Ahab. They had a person in charge of the wardrobe. How did it end for Jehu? “But Jehu didn’t wholeheartedly obey the teachings (Torah) of the LORD God of Israel. He didn’t turn away from the sins that Jeroboam led Israel to commit” (II Kings 10:31).

What were the sins of Jeroboam? He made two golden calves, and he appointed men who had no business being priests. He established ‘yes’ men. He also made his own festivals. Easter will be here soon, but so will Passover. One is a Feast of our Father, and one has been created by men. How will we dress? What garments will we wear?

Jeroboam installed in Bethel, the priests of the high places that he made. Then he went up to the altar which he had made in Bethel on the fifteenth day in the eighth month—in the month that he had made up from his own heart—and made up a festival for the children of Israel, and went up to the altar to burn incense.

 –I Kings 12:32-33

The month that he had made up from his own heart. Oh, Abba forgive us for what we do and the sins in our own hearts that we are unaware of.

May we dress for success. May we pick up our clothing and launder them in fuller’s soap. May our garments be wrapped in light and soaked in truth. Let’s place our Sabbath ring on our fingers and slip into our shoes of peace. Let’s put our belts of truth on and our helmets of Salvation. May we dress like a son or daughter of the greatest King there is. 

On a side note: My favorite study is the beautiful stones that represent each tribe. Our Father is in the details. I leave you with a description from the Temple Institute:

The Colors Correspond to the Tribes’ Banners

In reality, the only fact which is known with absolute certainty is the color of each stone. Although absent from the Biblical passages, this is recorded by the Midrash (Bamidbar Rabbah 2:7), where it is stated that each tribe’s stone on the breastplate matched the background color of its flag. (The tribes of Israel camped and journeyed according to their ensigns during the years of their desert travels).

Thus even if some doubt exists with regard to the scientific classification of the gems themselves, we can still be certain as to their appearance based on the Midrashic description of their colors (again, arbitrarily using the 12 “most representative” names we have chosen for the purpose of listing them):

Ruby – Reuben – Red

Jade – Shimon – Green

Agate – Levi – Red, White, and Black Striped

Carbuncle – Judah – Bluish-Green

Lapis-Lazuli – Issachar – Blue

Quartz Crystal – Zevulun – Clear

Turquoise – Dan – Blue

Amethyst – Naftali – Purple

Agate – Gad – Grey

Aquamarine – Asher – Blue-Green

Onyx – Yosef – Black

Opal – Binyamin – A Stone Possessing All the Colors

(Exhaustive Research Concluded by the Temple Institute)

Which stone do you feel connected to?

Blessings,

Tekoa Manning

Sources Part I and II:

Temple Institute

Pulpit Commentary

Abarim Publications

Jewish Encyclopedia

Tyre:What Happened To Tyre? | Bible Reading Archeology

Transvestism in Ancient Israel | Dr. Claude Mariottini – Professor of Old Testament

Jehu | The amazing name Jehu: meaning and etymology (abarim-publications.com)

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