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Tzav — The Four Elements of Sacrifice

Of the four primordial elements, the first three, i.e. fire, water, and air are primary, and the fourth element earth is secondary. This can be deduced from the four letters of the tetragrammaton, where the four letters are essentially three, as the fourth letter Hey is the same as the second letter.

At the outset of creation, the earth was without form and void תֹהוּ וָבֹהוּ, “tohu va’vohu”, which is essentially of water.

בְּרֵאשִׁית, בָּרָא אֱלֹהִים, אֵת הַשָּׁמַיִם, וְאֵת הָאָרֶץ In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. (Gen 1:1)

The heaven שָּׁמַיִם in Hebrew consists of both fire ש and water מַיִם, this is the thesis; as noted the earth in its “tohu va’vohu” state is of water, which is the antithesis; the intermediary in above verse is called “Elohim”, which is the synthesis that reconciles the two dichotomies:

The heaven הַשָּׁמַיִם 395
Elohim אֱלֹהִים 86
The earth הָאָרֶץ 296

Elohim is considered a lower emanation of Ein Sof and intimately connected with the created nature, the gematria of Elohim is 86 which is same as “the nature” הַטֶבַע, this is well established by the Rabbis.

On day 2 of the creation account, the separation of heaven (fire + water) and earth (water) is called firmament, the gematria of the triad is also 777:

Fire אֵשׁ 301
Firmament רָקִיעַ 380
And water וּמַיִם 96

In the model above, fire of the heaven is the giver and water of the earth is the receiver, the air is the intermediary that facilitates the transmission and reconciliation between the two dichotomies.

This is reversed in the sacrifice offering, in that the fire becomes the receiver and the water becomes the giver.

The flesh of the burnt offering is primarily comprised of water (according to biology) which is given to be consumed by the fire, the consuming fire on the altar becomes the eater of the sacrifice, hence the receiver.

In the Sefirot, this triad is called “wisdom, understanding and knowledge”. Wisdom is water, and understanding is fire, this is because wisdom is called the “power of what” כֹּחַ מָה, which represents an undifferentiated potentiality. Understanding is that which breaks down the potentiality and develops into actuality. Binah (understanding) in Hebrew is the same root as “between” בֵּין, which denotes “separation” of two, as symbolized by the consuming fire that breaks down the sacrifice on the altar.

Knowledge is air, for knowledge is attained through the Holy Spirit, again the gematria is 777:

Wisdom חָכְמָה 73
And understanding וּבִינָה 73
In the Holy Spirit בְּרוּחַ הַקוֹדֶשׁ 631

Similarly, the unification of water from earth and fire in gematria is also 777:

Fire אֵשׁ 301
Water from earth מַּיִם מִן-הָאָרֶץ 476

The altar is where the element of fire consumes water as facilitated by air. The fourth element earth is the altar itself which is called the “altar of earth” מִזְבַּח אֲדָמָה (Ex 20:20).

Similarly, the dichotomy of fire and water is reconciled by Yeshua as the sacrifice, the gematria is also 777:

Fire אֵשׁ 301
Yeshua יֵשׁוּעַ 386
Water מַיִם 90

The sacrifice is called the “bread of God”, hence when fire consumes the sacrifice, it is as if God is eating the sacrifice:

צַו אֶת-בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל, וְאָמַרְתָּ אֲלֵהֶם: אֶת-קָרְבָּנִי לַחְמִי לְאִשַּׁי רֵיחַ נִיחֹחִי, תִּשְׁמְרוּ, לְהַקְרִיב לִי בְּמוֹעֲדוֹ Command the children of Israel, and say unto them: My bread which is presented unto Me for offerings made by fire, of a sweet savour unto Me, shall ye observe to offer unto Me in its due season. (Num 28:2)

Mashiach is called the “bread of God” in John 6:33, this term in Hebrew would be לֶחֶם הָאֱלֹהִים, the gematria is 169, which is 13 squared, i.e. 13 x 13.

Where YHVH in gematria is 26 which is the product of 13 + 13, the product of 13 x 13 = 169 is exactly the gematria of the “bread of God” לֶחֶם הָאֱלֹהִים.

There are two fires on the altar, the fire above is from God, and fire below is the Nefesh of man.

The fire that animates the life of man is called Nefesh:

כִּי נֶפֶשׁ הַבָּשָׂר, בַּדָּם הִוא for the Nefesh of the flesh is in blood (Lev 17:11)

If we skip 5 letters from the letter Yud, the name Yeshu is revealed, which is offered as a sacrifice to fulfill the commandments of God:

Commandments מִצְווֹת 542
Yeshua יֵשׁוּעַ 386

928 is exactly the gematria of the four elements of sacrifice as follows:

Water Sacrifice קָרְבָּן 352
Fire Fire אֵשׁ 301
Air Fragrance רֵיחַ 218
Earth Altar מִזְבַּח 57

When the sacrifice is offered on the altar, it is as if the Nefesh of Adam (man) is offered, which is summarized by the first Adam and the last Adam, i.e. Mashiach, whose gematria is also 928:

The first Adam and the last Adam אָדָם הָרִאשׁוֹן וְאָדָם הָאַחֲרוֹן 928

The process of making the burnt offering is that the meat is being consumed by fire and reduced to ashes.

For man is essentially Nefesh clothed in body, and when the body is metaphorically reduced to ashes as in the nullification of the self, the Nefesh is released from the bondage and ready for bonding with God.

The concept of eating is that the bread becomes part of the eater, and the concept of God eating the sacrifice by the consuming fire is essentially the “Nefesh” of man becoming bonded with God, i.e. becomes one with God.

Again the concepts results in gematria 777:

Nefesh נֶפֶשׁ 430
Eating אֲכִילָה 66
Ash אֵפֶר 281
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