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    He led me into the Chamber of Scrolls but now behind the wooden ark to the shelves where many more scrolls were kept.  He removed one of them from its shelf and placed i on the table.

    “This,” said the teacher, “is the scroll of Isaiah.  And this,” he said, pausing until he had unrolled the particular spot, “is the fifty-third chapter, the prophecy of the dying Messiah.”

    He passed his finger over the Hebrew text and began reading it out loud.  “‘Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush Him and to afflict Him, if He would make His life an offering for sin…’  In ancient times,” he said, “one of the sacrifices offered in the Temple was called the Asham.  The Asham was the guilt offering.  It removed the guilt of the one who offered it up.”

    “So Asham means the guilt offering?”

    “Yes, but it has another meaning as well.  Asham also means the guilt.”

    “The guilt offering and the guilt?  It seems contradictory.”

    “Yes, but it goes together.  The guilt offering could only take away the guilt of the one offering it by first becoming the guilt.”

    “And what you read from the scroll, how does that relate?” I asked.

    “Isaiah’s prophecy describes the Messiah as wounded, pierced, and crushed for our sins.  But in Hebrew it goes further.  It says that His life would become an Asham.  It’s an amazing thing because Asham is the same word used in the Book of Leviticus for the animal sacrifices offered up by the priests to redeem the guilty.  But here it’s used to speak not of a sacrificial animal buiy of a human life-Messiah.  Messiah is the Asham.  The Asham is Messiah.”

    “And that means that He not only dies to take away our guilt, but He becomes the guilt itself.”

    “Yes,” said the teacher.  “So when you see Him on the cross, you’re seeing the Asham, the sacrifice, but also the guilt itself.”

    “The guilt being nailed to the cross.”

    “Yes,” he said.  “What you’re seeing is your guilt nailed to the cross.  And if Messiah is the Asham and the Asham is the guilt, then if the Asham dies, so too has died all your guilt, all your shame, and all your regrets.  They’ve all died and are gone…completely and forever…It is finished.”

    The Mission:  Take all the regrets, shame, and guilt you’ve ever carried in your life.  Give them to Him who is your Asham, and let them go forever.

    Isaiah 53:7-11; 2 Corinthians 5:21

    Cahn, Jonathan. “The Asham.” The Book of Mysteries. Lake Mary, FL: FrontLine, 2016. Day 43. Print.
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    "Baruch haba ba'Shem Adonai !"
    "Blessed is He that comes in the Name of the LORD !"

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