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The Blessing of the Sabbath

Lake MacDonald - Harmony-001The Sabbath – we think of the Jewish day of rest, or maybe any day when we’re not working, or the day we attend church.  Yeshua says of the Sabbath, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.” (Mark 2:27).  The Sabbath is one of the blessings God made for mankind to enjoy.  He practiced it Himself on the seventh day of creation.  Was God tired?  Had all the work He’d done on the first six days worn Him out?  I can imagine it could, but no — God created it along with the world and its inhabitants as a gift to man, animals and the land.

A day, 24 hours, of no work — to most people that is a luxury.  When I first got a hold of the concept that the Sabbath was to be a blessing for man, and decided to try it, it was difficult.  (more…)


A Messianic Perspective

In Leviticus and other sections of the Torah (the first five books of the Bible), we read about the myriad of offerings and sacrifices, the ceremonial cleansings, and the stipulations for coming near to a holy God.  On The Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur), for example, the high priest would’ve prepared for weeks ahead of time to perform the duties prescribed for the one day — with all its garments, offerings, animals, his family and other priests involved and contingency plans in case something didn’t go as planned.  Then on the actual Day of Atonement, it would probably take him all day to perform the list of duties.

Granted, The Day of Atonement was the most holy day of the year, but there were six other holy days equally as rigorous in their requirements, not to mention the daily and weekly procedures of the temple and the offerings and sacrifices brought in by the people of Israel that were also required.

In Yeshua, we see the fulfillment of all of these requirements.  (more…)