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Holy Days

What Did Jesus Say About the Sabbath?

(In this post, I will refer to Yeshua as “Jesus,” because it is written for those who may not yet observe the Sabbath and likely still call Yeshua by his English name, as I did for many years.)

GrainOften we hear that Jesus taught against the Sabbath as a day of rest.  After all, he healed on the Sabbath, he defended his disciples for picking grain on the Sabbath.  Every time the Pharisees challenged him about the rules of the Sabbath, he set them straight that “The Sabbath is made for man, not man for the Sabbath.” (Mark 2:27)

I heard those teachings; I read the Pharisees’ criticism of his actions on the Sabbath and Jesus’ responses defending himself and his disciples.  I was convinced that the Sabbath and all its rules had been done away with when Jesus came and taught us the New Covenant.

Then I read the original instructions for the Sabbath in the Old Testament.  (more…)


Why celebrate all these Jewish holidays? Haven’t those been done away with?

There are seven Feasts or Holy Days commanded in the Bible – four in the Spring, and three in the Fall.  It’s true, Jews had been observing these Feasts for 1,400 years before Yeshua’s birth.  But what if God set those dates as days He intends to fulfill specific prophecies in Yeshua’s lifetime and His second coming?  Wouldn’t you want to know which dates those were?  Let’s recount what happened on the Spring Feast dates during Yeshua’s lifetime. (more…)


Preparing for Yom Kippur: 40 Days of Repentance, Part 1

Alignment, Fall FeastsHow would you characterize the month of August?  How about September?  Or January?  Just like the Gregorian calendar in which each month reminds us of the season and a mood, the Hebrew sages have determined the spiritual seasons of the year.

The Hebrew month of Elul is considered the start of the “Season of Repentance.”  This season extends 40 days, from Elul 1 to Tishrei 10, the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur).  (more…)


Preparing for Yom Kippur: 40 Days of Repentance, Part 2

Alignment, Fall FeastsIn Part 1, we looked at the Hebrew understanding of the month of Elul, which begins 40 days before Yom Kippur (The Day of Atonement).  From the days of the Israelites in the wilderness, this period has emerged as a Season of Repentance, specifically repentance from idolatry, and originally the idolatrous Golden Calf.

For us it may not be a statue, figurine or carved image, but idolatry can take many forms.  Repentance is an ongoing process of discovery of sin in our lives and realignment with God’s ways.  In my own journey I’ve found four places where idolatry can hide and have watched God realign my life as I walk through each one.  We’ve discussed the first two: discontentment and following my own plans.  Let’s continue with the third:

Fear (more…)


Feast of Trumpets: “A day of complete rest for remembering”

Blow the ShofarThis year the Feast of Trumpets (also called Rosh Hashanah) begins on the evening of September 14, 2015.  We put aside our work and gather with other believers, share a meal, blow our shofar, present an offering and worship just as the Lord commanded us in Leviticus 23.

But Leviticus 23:24 also tells us this is to be “a day of complete rest for remembering.”  Remembering what, it doesn’t say.  In fact none of the references to the Feast of Trumpets tell us what we’re remembering.

To get some perspective, let’s go back in time about 3,500 years when the observance of this day was first commanded.  (more…)


Yom Kippur: Yeshua Already Paid for That

Crucifixion“…and forgive us our debts as we forgive those who trespass against us.” (Matt. 6:12)
…”Forgive, and you will be forgiven.” (Luke 6:37)
Forgiveness:  Relinquishing our desire to punish another for their offenses. (Dr. Jerry Cook)

Easy to understand, hard to apply.  But Yom Kippur is all about forgiveness – God’s forgiveness of man, and man’s forgiveness of others.  Yom Kippur (translated the Day of Atonements) begins at sunset on September 23, 2015 and is the sixth in the seven Biblical Feasts.  It commemorates God’s annual forgiveness of the Israelites as a nation and God’s forgiveness of all through Yeshua’s death.  Likewise, it’s a time when we are to forgive others. (more…)


Thank Goodness for The Feast of Tabernacles!

SukkahThe rising cost of living, terrorist attacks, government takeovers, the spread of deadly diseases, civil unrest  – the headlines bombard us.  The low level hum of a looming turmoil grows louder.  Thank goodness for The Feast of Tabernacles!

The Feast of Tabernacles, called Sukkot in Hebrew, is the seventh and last Feast in God’s holy days.  This year it takes place from sundown September 29 through sundown October 5, 2015.  It looks back to God’s unlimited provision for the Israelites as they sojourned 40 years in the wilderness.  During the seven days of Sukkot, we spend time in our flimsy, homemade shelters to remind us of our complete dependence on God.  Sukkot also looks forward to the Millennial Age where we will “tabernacle” with Yeshua eternally.

But there’s an often overlooked aspect to this Feast.  (more…)


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