Mission Trip – Day 3: May 19, 2007

by Wes Bridel on April 14, 2009

in Israel

Shabbat!  The Holy Sabbath.  If you read Genesis Ch. 1, you will notice that the way God views it, a new day begins with the darkness and ends with the light.  The evening that comes after sunset is the beginning of that next day which will also end in light.  I love these tiny pictures of Jesus throughout scripture.  First there is darkness, and then comes His light.

A Shabbat table

A Shabbat table

The Jews maintain God’s way of viewing our days and nights.  There are many other things like this that the gentile church perverted in order to appease pagans’ ideas of worship.  Of course, you only need to read the Old Testament once to get a very clear picture that this is the human practice that God hates more than any other – but we do such things in many ways.  One of the 10 Commandments is to honor the Sabbath which God created, but most of us have decided to change this day of worship from Saturday to Sunday.

Of course, within our Messiah’s covenant, we are free from the Law.  (I attend church on Sundays)  But why are there so many things where we have willfully gone away from God’s prescribed ways?  Jesus followed all of these ways.  When you look back at history and you see that the Church went away from its Jewish roots so that it could adopt traditions from other cults/religions and would force the Jews to totally give up their Jewishness in order to accept their Jewish Messiah, you begin to see that we have not done a very good job of following our Lord.  We (Gentiles) forgot that we were the ones grafted in.

So we celebrated the Sabbath.  We celebrated Shabbat dinner (on what I would think of as Friday night) with all those staying at the hostel.  It was a beautiful occasion.  It’s amazing how the weekly Shabbat dinner and every other feast points towards Yeshua hom Meshiah (Jesus the Messiah).(John 13:1; Matt. 26:17-19)

On Saturday morning, we went to a small house congregation.  Our team was about the same size as those who gathered there.  Rabbi David taught on Holiness.  A few of the things I took away were:

The opposite of Holy is not sinful.  It is ordinary.  Holy means “set apart”.  To treat something as holy is to honor it as special.  On the other hand, Righteousness is being clean from sin.  Some things which are Holy:

1)    The Word

2)    Tithing

3)    Other Believers

4)    Apostles

5)    Prophets

6)    Spiritual leaders

7)    Marriage

8)    Places of worship

9)    Our bodies

10) Shabbat

11) Israel

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Alexandre 08.21.14 at 7:31 am

I cane2€™t believe it, its almsot 2007 and you guys are still at it. At least we Jews give you something to talk about. Here is the idea again: Work means among other things conscious purposeful control of technology/energy especially energy created by fire which includes electric energy. On the seventh day we sit back from the wonderous technology that humanity has created (using our God-given brains during the other 6 days of the week) and enjoy it. Is that really so hard for you to understand? We done2€™t light fires and we done2€™t turn on or off electrical applicances or traffic lights e2€” NOT EVEN INSIDE OUR ERUV! Non Jews are not bound by these particular laws so if you, a non Jew, pushes the button for your own needs I can also cross with you (but I cane2€™t ask you to do it for me). The detectors being described would not work so far as I know (but Ie2€™m not a Rabbi). There is one sort of exception e2€” one can create new life on the Sabbath (I think ite2€™s a blessing to do so) but thate2€™s not really a technology creation.I realize that some view adherence to a set of religious laws as being silly from their perspective (you probably laugh at all sorts of things that are different from you e2€” thate2€™s known as intolerance and has been a plague of humanity forever_ but am a bit surprised that you e2€œrationalistse2€9d never seem to be able to fathom the logic behind the rules which are really extremely self consistent.when it comes to saving a life or self defense when it obligated to save a life and take any and all steps to do so. This over-rides any specific prohibitions of the Sabbath and is part of the general law that one must try to keep Gods Sabbaths , plural, that is live to keep the next Sabbath.Carrying in a public domain is prohibited on the Sabbath but most forms of work are forbidden whether inside or outside the Eruv. One can flush the toilet but not an electric toilet. This can create a problem with toilets that flush based on one walking away from the toilet.Buy the way, the concept of the Sabbath is considered by many to have been something that has helped keep the Jewish people together throughout the centuries which means its not so much that Jews keep the Sabbath but that the Sabbath keeps the Jews.Happy secular New Year for those of you who celebrate the bris (circumcision) of Jesus, born on Christmas and circumcised 8 days later as is the requirement for Jewish male children from before the time of Jesus till the present day.rlee

Wes Bridel 08.21.14 at 9:39 am

Well, Alexandre, that was a most interesting post. I believe it is most probably spam sent by a bot. For one, you say it’s “almost” 2007 and actually, we’re well beyond that date today. Secondly, it doesn’t appear from your reply that you actually read the post. Your reply doesn’t make sense as a reply to the post. But maybe, perhaps, it’s not spam and you just have trouble with English, and so I am going to allow it. That said, I don’t really have a reply to what you wrote since it was a bit nonsensical in context, so perhaps you can make your point more clearly? Thanks, wes

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