21. Oct, 2016

Why are we afraid to acknowledge the things of God

 

This week I had reason to visit a Pastor and in doing so I gave him my booklet on the Feasts. His reaction was common to what I have experienced in the past. His first question was, “Do we have to keep the feasts?” [Leviticus 23:1-2] However like all things of the Lord the answer is no, we are not compelled to do anything but one thought came to mind. We don't have to keep the Church Feasts but we do and we are frowned upon if we don’t, so why not keep God’s Feasts? His Holy convocations, [Leviticus 23:4] His revision of what was and is to come [Colossians 2:17] and in doing so, pleasing the one who saves.

I have been involved in studying the feasts for many years and the one question that comes to mind is: why are we so afraid of anything that is deemed to be Jewish? The first thing the Church tried to do was to change the Old Testament into a Christian book. Much of the Church has either ignored these most important Jewish scriptures, or used it as a book with messages for the Church ignoring the messages concerning the Jewish people and their nation. [Ezekiel 36:28] The fact that Jesus and the disciples used nothing else but what we refer to as the Old Testament, seems to have been forgotten. Plus many ignore the fact that hundred of quotes in the New Testament are from the Old Testament, the so-called Jewish scriptures. This reminds me of the scroll written by Jeremiah, [Jeremiah 36:2] he had this letter taken to the king who as he read each section had the letter torn up and thrown into the fire. [Jeremiah 36:23] He ignored the message God was sending to the people and later paid the price for his disobedience. [2 Chronicles 36:5-6]

Jeremiah proceeded to write a second letter, [Jeremiah 36:27-28] which contained much of the first letter but he added things similar to the first letter. [Jeremiah 36:32] I suggest this is a clear message to us concerning the Old Testament. Yeshua tried to explain the message of God either by attending the feasts of God [John 7:37] or fulfilling them. [1 Corinthians 5:7] And like the King in the time of Jeremiah the Church Fathers down through the ages brought in laws that stated the Old Testament is irrelevant to us today. All because it has been said it is a Jewish rulebook that does not apply to us Gentiles.

There are rules in this book that have been cast out by the church that has caused the downfall of society today. [Mark 13:12] Rules found in Leviticus 19 and confirmed in Romans 1. It is said The Ten Commandments are rules to be ignored, [Proverbs 25:28] all because we believe they are Jewish therefore we do not have to concern ourselves with them. The Bible clearly tells us in both Testaments the Word will last forever, [Isaiah 40:8 and 1 Timothy 1:23] so if the Word will last forever why are we seeing half of it as only for the Jews? The Jewish Messiah, Yeshua, said His Word would last forever. [Mark 13:31]

Back to the question, do we have to keep the Feasts of God? This is not the real question, the question should be, why not? Why are we so afraid of the things God wrote in this very Jewish book for His people to follow and in doing so understand the saving grace of our God and Saviour? [Isaiah 12:2] Why are we so quick to follow feasts the Church has created and ignore God’s Feasts? If we are so against anything Jewish, why have we accepted the Jewish Messiah, Yeshua, as our own and sing praises to Him and pray in His name? [John 14:13] We are children of God through accepting the Son of God, [John 1:12] the One who came to earth and made the Word real, [John 1:1-4] brought the Word to life, [John 14:6] the Word that he fulfilled in every way from who He would be [Isaiah 9:6] to who he was [John 6:35] and who he would become. [Mark 9:2-3] This is the Jewish Messiah who came to teach all about the purpose of God, [John 9:34] the salvation of all of mankind, [John 3:16] then and forever until He once more stands on the Mount of Olives when He returns for His bride. [Acts 1:9-11]

We are very happy to stand before and proclaim the Jewish Messiah to the world but not what He put in place or taught. He came to set the captives free, free from the rules and regulations of the Rabbinical rules that had clouded the Word of God. [John 5:39] Nothing has changed, the Word has been clouded by secularism and humanism and the very rules and regulations and patterns to show what has been and what is to come are being ignored. [Isaiah 29:13 yet Matthew 15:8] Yeshua the Jewish Messiah came for the lost sheep of Israel [Matthew 15:24] first and we have to accept this as the Book tells us this is the way it is. Disagree with this and we are in danger of saying God got it wrong. This means if He got it wrong about this then what else did He get wrong? The Jewish Messiah spoke the very scriptures we reject as not appropriate to us. [Luke 4:12] So what else are we rejecting if we reject all things Jewish? Are we not in danger of rejecting their Jewish Messiah as well for who He is?

The answer to this is we need to know our God and how to serve Him with all of our beings. [Matthew 11:22:37] He is mighty in power, [Psalm 147:5] He is awesome in all things [Psalm 68:35] and in all matters and this Book tells us the things we know about God the Father. Then like Jeremiah, God wrote another book to tell us how to obtain our salvation. Books written by people like Saul (Paul) Kefer (Peter) Mattityahu (Matthew) and Yochanan and Yaakov (James) all Jewish we claim as ours but the book these people read has been assigned to history by many. God did not have Jeremiah write a replacement to the King, He had Jeremiah add to what had been written to envisage what He had written in the first letter. [Jeremiah 36:32] 

We can be forever grateful that God loves all people and once He had laid the foundation of salvation He invited us the Gentiles into His plan. First the Jew then the Gentile, [Romans 2:9] and the people were told later this salvation was for all people [Acts 10:44-48] and Paul was told to go to the Gentiles and he emphasized we are grafted in to the root that supports the tree, [Romans 11:17-21] that we were once far off but we have been brought near through the blood of the Lamb. [Ephesians 2:11-13] If we are happy to accept the teachings of the Jewish Messiah and the all the letters written by Jewish people why are we so afraid of the very things that Yeshua Himself said would never pass away?

We know He is the sacrifice for our sins so there is no further sacrifice for sins [Hebrews 10:26] but once saved how are we to live if we leave the very book on the shelf that explains how we are to live within that salvation? There were many things Yeshua taught and said and the Jewish people fully understood because they knew the scriptures. And there were many more things unsaid, as they knew what He meant because the people were Jewish. So to fully understand the things of the Lord we have to study the scriptures that our Saviour demonstrated. Yes He spoke and lived the scriptures, the Jewish scriptures so we can step into our futures knowing the Jewish Scriptures are absolutely truth [Psalm 119:43] and we can through following these scriptures know they will never lead us in the wrong direction but keep us on the narrow road of salvation. [Matthew 7:14] Also, of all the teachings of the Lord, whether it’s the feasts, the Ten Commandments or the moral teachings of Leviticus or Romans 1, we need not fear because they are all there to help us find our Lord and Saviour who will lead us home to the Father’s House.

 

“Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. “In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. “If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also. “And you know the way where I am going.” Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, how do we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.

John 14:1-6