Can you really give your life to Yeshua (Jesus)?

Can you really give your life to Yeshua (Jesus)? This is a big question in today’s modern immediate gratification society. While walking as a worldly person I was told that I NEEDED to say the sinners prayer. There are many versions of it. Some contain scripture and some don’t. The concept is that you (repent of your sins) however many just say “I repent of my sins” never feeling pain, or guilt, or sadness for committing them, and many don’t know how to Biblically Repent, but feel if they say “repent” that’s good enough. Not to mention in that moment, they don’t know how many, type, or all the sins they committed.

The other half is (Pledging their life to Christ). This is making a vow, however it’s entering into a contract that many do not understand the terms of. Just in pledging your life to Christ, you are stating that you by your own free will, are making Jesus (Yeshua) your Master. Many however never grasp this, and after taking this vow they unknowingly or knowingly violate it.

For me when I “gave my life” as a worldly person who was mean, hateful, took the Lords name in vain all the time, worshipped the dollar bill, social and worldly status, elevating myself over others, while ignoring those around me, I……… I said “I repent of my sins and give my life to Jesus”. There was much more wording and context naturally. I remember I was looking for something new, to change me, or instant different me. That never happened in that instant way however. Also I was not immune to having to do some work. We will explain that in a moment.

I remember three months into saying the sinners prayer almost daily (as every sermon I watched from the site I followed gave the offering to say it) I was still taking the Lords name in vain. Using it as a cuss word because that was how I lived. I remember balling and saying, “I’ll never be right with Jesus, and deserve to die because my heart must be dark”. I kept trying to “give my life” but really the change wasn’t there. Or to me didn’t feel like it. Where was this magical Christian transformation?

This is the thing, I feel people “give their life” seeking a snap of the fingers newness that doesn’t just happen because of one important statement I need to make here. This WILL cause people to wince and try calling me a false teacher. Hold your breath….

YOU CANNOT GIVE YOUR LIFE TO CHRIST!!!

WAIT!!!!! Let me explain before judging me or labeling me. Let’s break this down for a bit. Who are you? You are not a god, you are not all powerful. You are made of dust and spirit. Adam brought sin into the world and you are born into this sinful world. Your flesh has the cancer of sin. Once here on earth you are far from God. You walk in this sin filled place as a sinner if or until conversion. We can agree there right? It doesn’t matter how “good” you think you are, or if you are better then the murderer in your town, you still are a sinner in need of a savior right? Going to church, tithing, praying, reading your bible, non of that can save you… right? Not even Keeping Torah… right?

Hopefully we still agree. Before I lose you let’s start piecing this all together. Ok, we know we are a sinner, needing Messiah. Let’s look at Paul’s conversion. We know that Paul was (Saul of Tarsus) prior to his conversion. We know Saul was a Jews Jew. He was a Pharisee trained under Gamaliel (a top Rabbi in the Sanhedrin). This man was very religious. He was keeping Torah perfectly. He was also a Roman citizen. But let’s keep looking at the Jewish side for this discussion. Once the “cult” of “the way” or Yeshua (Jesus) walked His ministry we see His claims brought anger from the most devout religious people.

We know that Saul was so devout that he asked the High Priest for a letter giving him the power to destroy these “Christians”. The high priest granted it, so this meant Saul was “somebody” not just religious, but elite in some sense. Armed with the writ he set out and began his reign of persecution. Under the authority of the High Priest, Saul thought he was doing the right thing. Persecuting the blasphemers. Little did he know that saying you’re the Son of God is only blasphemy is you’re a mere man. Yeshua was what He claimed however.

Let’s see now, Sauls conversion.

As he was traveling, approaching Damascus, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. Falling to the ground, he heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?” “Who are You, Lord?” Saul said. “I am Yeshua (Jesus)—whom you are persecuting. But get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”” Acts‬ ‭9:3-6‬ ‭

Saul didn’t have to say the sinners prayer. Yet something did happen. What about the disciples, let’s take two accounts from them.

Now as Yeshua (Jesus) was walking by the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers, Simon who was called Peter and Andrew his brother. They were casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. And He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Immediately they left their nets and followed Him.” Matthew‬ ‭4:18-20‬ ‭

These guys never said the sinners prayer. They were asked to “follow” Yeshua. In Acts 9 Yeshua asked Saul to “do something” and we read from above it was to go to the nearby town, we know that Saul did this by continuing to read the whole chapter.

Saul got up from the ground—but opening his eyes, he could see nothing. They led him by the hand and brought him into Damascus.” Acts‬ ‭9:8‬ ‭

Yeshua gave Saul Instructions and Saul followed Yeshua’s Instructions. Let’s look at the last account we will use from the disciples,

As Yeshua (Jesus) was passing by from there, He saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector’s booth. He said to him, “Follow Me.” And he got up and followed Him.” Matthew‬ ‭9:9‬ ‭

Being a “tax collector” was an Affront to the Jews. It was like betraying ones people. Generally the tax collectors were not righteous men. But we see also here that Yeshua asks Matthew to “follow Him” not say the sinners prayer.

Let’s now get into the heart of my statement that “you cannot give your life to Jesus”.

I will defend my position by saying you CAN give your life to Yeshua, but NOT like Christianity says saying the sinners prayer. Let’s talk why making a vow to Christ doesn’t automatically mean you’re getting a conversion. Then what “giving your life” actually means.

We make the prayer “Lord, I am a sinner. I need you as my savior. I repent of my sins. I give my life to you. I cannot do this on my own. I give you all that I am, please help me to follow you, amen”. Or something along those lines, as there are many ways to do this. Saying “I repent of my sins”, not knowing them or when and where you sinned is impossible to feel grieved, sad, and pained by. It’s like confessing to a murder you never committed. You don’t know all the details so it’s impossible to be convicted. It’s impossible to be convicted on sin you don’t grasp, or know of.

The Law (Torah, Instruction, 316, 10, or 2 Commands) exposes that sin you did to you as actual sin. Without the law, or believing Yeshua (Jesus) voided it, it voids any work it can do to bring you your conversion. This is why so many go on to say “I’m done with ____” (the sin they do), only to keep repeating it. One can unfortunately say the sinners prayer, without receiving a conversion. Also a conversion can come later (as in my case).

The thing that is NEEDED is repentance of your sins, but again without the Law you have nothing to repent from. This vow is then truly empty and useless, unless you feel the pain of your sin and repent of it.

Have you noticed anything from the verses above?

Yeshua said “Follow Me”!!!!!!

Saul had to follow and obey Yeshua to gain his sight back and be named Paul. The tax collector stopped collecting tax, and also stopped cheating people. The fishermen turned and walked in the footsteps of Messiah. He told sinners to “go and sin no more”, and everybody even today to receive the Kingdom instead of the second death must, MUST follow Yeshua (Jesus).

For three, four, or five months I saw no change in me. I had said the sinners prayer with all my heart, tears in my eyes, broken spirited, and even desiring to die. As many times as I saw the ministries videos, went to church, read the Bible, and so on I saw no real change. Satan during this time comes in and pushed back saying “see even God don’t love you or he would make you new”. It’s easy to hear the devil during this time.

I believed Jesus, the cross, that the sinners prayer now made me part of the “saved crowd”, yet nothing new was happening.

The disciples, and everybody that walked with Messiah did just that, they had to be obedient and walk. Saying “I give my life to Jesus” without changing your life, asking Jesus to do the work all for you… that is NOT the agent of change. If Saul had to trust and do what Jesus said, what makes you think you are any different?

To be “in Yeshua (Jesus)” doesn’t mean saying the sinners prayer. It actually means investing by your actions not your mouth.

““For there is no good tree that produces rotten fruit, nor again does a rotten tree produce good fruit.” Luke‬ ‭6:43‬ ‭

What does following Yeshua and loving Him look like?

For whoever does the will of My Father in heaven, he is My brother and sister and mother.”” Matthew‬ ‭12:50‬ ‭

What is the Will of His Father? It is the same as His Will. Let’s look.

YAWEH (The Father)

““So you are to keep My mitzvot (Commandments) and do them. I am ADONAI.” Leviticus‬ ‭22:31‬

Yeshua (Jesus, The Son)

““If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.” John‬ ‭14:15‬ ‭

Both Father and Son express what Gods Will is for us. It’s the same viewpoint. To be obedient.

We know that Yeshua condemns the Pharisees for their expression of religiousness yet they failed to live it out. They couldn’t put it into practice themselves. More like, they didn’t want to. They enjoyed their sins too much. We know we are called to be living sacrifices to the Lord our God. We know that we are called to FOLLOW Messiah yet, the modern church teaches us to just know Messiah existed and died for us. We know Following means being obedient to Gods Commands. This brings us to the point.

I had spent about three to five months declaring my life to Jesus and nothing had come. However, within that time I started to change. I invested in the RELATIONSHIP even though no change had come yet. I lived daily in effort to stop doing what I knew was against God, and then one day after falling asleep after work I…. had an encounter with Yeshua (Jesus) in a dream which woke me up literally. In my dream there was Yeshua, saying “you will be my minister”. I said “show me how”, and I was lead to an online seminary. I would become an ordained minister. The conversion took place. Not because I prayed a prayer, but because He Messiah Yeshua (Christ Jesus) chose me.

REAL CONVERSIONS HAVE MESSIAH as the catalyst. False conversions are done by our own will, own mouth, and own way.

The thing to remember is God doesn’t need us, we NEED HIM. What gives us the right to believe that we are special and elevate ourself above the Most High? I’m trying to say that we can chose Yeshua everyday for all time, yet if He doesn’t choose us…. we don’t get conversion.

We cannot chose Yeshua like picking up a carton of milk from the supermarket. Like picking a “god” among many other “gods”. No that is a bad tree trying to yield good fruit. It’s just not productive or possible.

It IS important to declare your life for Yeshua, but it’s far more important that your faith (belief and trust) show that you are “abiding in Him” and that comes from being truly born again.

The truly born again are those who use the Law to convict themselves, expose their sins to themselves, work to change serving our King instead of looking like it, they become it. Born again isn’t a thought process, it’s not going to a worship place once a week, it’s not looking the part of religious. It’s not wearing crosses, crucifixes, stars of David, or saying “I’m Christian or Messianic”. It’s not the things you post or write on social media even. None of these things are proof you are born again. They are merely signs of a change.

To know you’re born again is easy, look at how you live your life as a person. Do you blend in, look and behave like the world? Or are you set apart, live biblically, and behave differently then the world? If you are born again, you stop your sin as it’s exposed to you, you become all about the things of God and not about the things of world. There is a visible change sure, but inside you… you are that new person.

“Giving your life” isn’t about your words, it’s about your actions. It’s about obedience. It’s about following. It’s about biblical living. It’s about standing up, standing out, and representing our Messiah and His Father, their Word, Following the Holy Spirit, and being born again and set apart.

To do anything else is merely hypocrisy and living as a Pharisee.

You cannot “give your life” to Jesus without a life of obedience. No speech, or words can take the place of being a living sacrifice.

That’s the first reasoning behind my statement. The second is equally important. You cannot give your life to Yeshua (Jesus), because He already has it, owns it at the highest price of all. His Blood and Life. To think of this deeply for a moment leads one to grasp something many ignore, cannot see, or cannot grasp. Yeshua died on that cross, was resurrected to be the atonement of you sin. You cannot offer any blood to cover your sins. In that moment Yeshua (Jesus) purchased humanity. Can you buy a product at the store, pay the price and it is yours? Yes!!! You don’t pay for something, bring it home, then declare yourself the owner before it is used or consumed. That’s silly, once something is owned it belongs to who buys it. Just like the fact Yeshua paid for our sin. We serve Him not the other way around. This is why Paul says he is a slave to his Master…. Christ.

The disciples knew this analogy. They became obedient to Yeshua. Followed Him, because He bought their freedom. You cannot give your life to Yeshua, He already has it. Once you seek Him, you align yourself to Him. He sees this, your desire to be obedient. He then reaches out and offers you conversion, that conversion from Yeshua…. that is the clause of salvation in the contract between God and man. This born again moment, conversion is not because you said any words at all, it’s all due to His offering it to you. Yeshua has to choose you, not the other way around. Look at how many people come out of the world into religion. Then look at how many are not chosen. Look at how many sit religiously in churches, yet miss Gods Commands feeling the Son voided then. Again they had to be called out. By Messiah not man.

Pledging my life to Christ didn’t give me conversion. Conversion only ONLY came when I was ready to Follow Him. Only then did the real change come and I learn what Born Again was really about.

Choosing Messiah (Christ) is great, setting your life to Adonai’s ways wonderful. However has Yeshua (Jesus) chosen you? Have you had conversion? Are you born again?

If you are born again, yeah you will still make mistakes, but the majority of how you live your life looks nothing like the old ways did, you died to your old sinful ways, and you now walk obediently following Yeshua not just knowing of the price He paid, but really walking it out.

I hope this helps explain why I said what I did. “You cannot give your sinful self as an offering to the Most Holy God. He has to give it to you”.

Shalom and God Bless

~M~

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Where or how do we offer, or can we? Let’s answer this question in depth.

This was a really great question someone asked me. “How can we, or where do we offer to Adonai”? This question actually isn’t a simple one sentence answer. I will try do break this all down as in depth as I can piece by piece.

With this scripture above, the Christian faces a problem. The same problem he (I say he, as I am a man and write usually from that perspective. Ladies, you are included also), faces when he reads to keep the sabbath. Only this time any Christian who knows his bible is presented with a second issue, if scripture is true, (which it is) then where do we offer that sacrifice seen highlighted above?

This all depends on what you believe about Jesus. Also what you believe about the Ten Commandments. Finally if you believe Jesus Voided Gods Law and also canceled sin all together.

How do you answer this statement Jesus said….

“”Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.” Matthew‬ ‭5:17‬ ‭

If you read this statement of Jesus from the perspective that Jesus did not come to abolish the Law or the Prophets, but came to change, void, or abolish the Law or Prophets the statement that many believe…. then the mention of making a sacrifice to God cannot make sense. HEAR ME, I am Not attacking or being adversarial. I’m being scriptural.

“I did not come to abolish the Law or the Prophets I came to abolish the Law and the Prophets”. This makes no sense as a statement. We know that Jesus never stumbled or made mistakes so He must be serious. Let’s look at abolish and fulfill.

The dictionary says that abolish means: to do away with, put an end to, destroy, wipe out… you get the idea. Fulfill means a few things in the online dictionary. It does in one sense of the word mean to bring to completion of, achieve, or realize something. This is how many take the verse above to mean. However in the online dictionary it also means, to carry out, (a task, duty, or role) as required, pledged, or represented. This is a more easily understood use of the word in this scripture.

If this is the case, we read the passage “I didn’t come to make void” the Law or the Prophets. I came to carry out the task, duty, or role of the Law and the Prophets.

If you apply the first definition you get “I did not come to make void the Law or the Prophets, I came to make void the Law and the Prophets”. This way makes no sense at all. Perhaps Jesus didn’t know what he said? Unless you don’t believe in Jesus. Which I clearly know we both do.

However we are using English words from a English translated bible. The original in the New Testament was Greek, not English. This poses a problem, what was the words for “abolish” and “fulfill”? We use a concordance, which is based on the King James and we get these two words.

Abolish is rendered καταλύω, katalyō G2647. It means, to dissolve, destroy, demolish, subvert, overthrow, render unsuccessful. And so on.

Fulfill means, πληρόω, plēroō, G4137 which means make full, fill up, furnish, supply, complete, render perfect, to bring into realization of duties, promises, prophesies, also to ratify, or accomplish. It also says, to cause Gods Will, (as made known in the law) to be obeyed as it should be, and Gods promises given to the Prophets to receive fulfillment.

With these two we can clearly grasp that Jesus didn’t come to destroy the Law, he came to complete what the Prophets said about Him, and to be our example of how to walk out the Law.

Once we read this we know that Jesus own words clash against the doctrine that suggests He voided the Law. Jesus would also have taught His disciples if there was to be a change. Unless Jesus is not all knowing, or unless Jesus was incompetent. Jesus taught about His betrayal, His suffering, His Death, His resurrection, but never that He was voiding the Law.

Also, if Jesus voided Gods Law, that would make Him an enemy of God. If that’s the case, why does the Bible say He is with God, at Gods right hand. This voids that theory. It would get Him the same as the devil. Just saying.

Wait, there is more to what Jesus said, His words didn’t stop with debate. He added the rest….

“I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not even the smallest detail of God’s law will disappear until its purpose is achieved. So if you ignore the least commandment and teach others to do the same, you will be called the least in the Kingdom of Heaven. But anyone who obeys God’s laws and teaches them will be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven. “But I warn you—unless your righteousness is better than the righteousness of the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees, you will never enter the Kingdom of Heaven!” Matthew‬ ‭5:18-20‬ ‭

We are on the earth that Jesus and the disciples walked. There has been no second destruction of the earth since the great flood, wait for revelation, just saying. The next issue is what is the purpose of the Law?

The purpose of the Law is to expose your sin (sin is not a mistake, but is the sin you “know is wrong” yet choose to do it anyway) for our discussion here. Once your sin is exposed to you, you can then work to stop it. Repent from it, and return to the Lord our God. We know this because of the following,

We know that the “Law” is like a mirror. It reflects Gods standard and thus shows us the image to measure us by…

““Give the following instructions to the entire community of Israel. You must be holy because I, the Lord your God, am holy.” Leviticus‬ ‭19:2‬ ‭

We know that this reflection exposes our sin to us…

For no one can ever be made right with God by doing what the law commands. The law simply shows us how sinful we are.” Romans‬ ‭3:20‬ ‭

We know that sin is any transgression of Gods Law.

Everyone who sins is breaking God’s law, for all sin is contrary to the law of God.” 1 John‬ ‭3:4‬ ‭

We also know that the Law is our guide by above. It cannot save us, yet we need it to show us what to work on. Without the law or knowledge of sin, we just walk in our sin.

Once we know the Law still applies, we know Jesus didn’t void it, we know it’s purpose is to show us our sin and the Holiness of God, and we see our sins stain us, then we know we need Jesus. The thing is if Jesus did away with sin, there is no need for Jesus. It should be a one and done. But the law exposes the fact we do need a savior and we tend to go outside of Gods Instructions (Law, Torah) which is the definition of sin.

How does this answer the question?

We see in the Law (which we now know is truth) that God takes His Instructions seriously. Regardless of 613 commands, 10 commands, or 2 commands we know that all of the Law and Prophets hang on (meaning are tied to) the two Jesus gave, 1.Love God, 2. Love neighbor. This means that Jesus shows every instruction applies and is valid.

Once we know this and see in Luke 10:25-29 Jesus actually teaching the Law, we grasp that the Law is true and needs to be applicable to the Native Born and the Grafted In (Us Christians) member of Israel.

This causes the question, how do we offer or where do we offer?

We know that those offerings had to be made by the people or priests. But to where? The tabernacle then the temple. We know both no longer are present. The temple has been destroyed twice over. So for offerings, what does this mean?

Rather, you must seek the Lord your God at the place of worship he himself will choose from among all the tribes—the place where his name will be honored. There you will bring your burnt offerings, your sacrifices, your tithes, your sacred offerings, your offerings to fulfill a vow, your voluntary offerings, and your offerings of the firstborn animals of your herds and flocks.” Deuteronomy‬ ‭12:5-6‬ ‭

We know there is no more temple now. This means there is no more place to make offerings. Being that is the case, we need to grasp why animals where slaughtered. I can trace that back to Blood is needed to cover sin (anything outside of Torah “Instruction”).

for the life of the body is in its blood. I have given you the blood on the altar to purify you, making you right with the Lord. It is the blood, given in exchange for a life, that makes purification possible.” Leviticus‬ ‭17:11‬ ‭

This all sets us up for Jesus. We need blood to cover sins. Do we have blood covering our sins?

Do you believe in Jesus?

We hopefully can agree that Jesus is the Lamb of God and His Blood was shed for our atonement. He was lead from the city onto the hill here he was slaughtered. Just like the Yom Kippur Service. The High Priest made atonement for the people by purifying Himself then all Israel. Jesus was OBEDIENT to God, dying for sinners, this proves Him pure for Himself. Then He died and was resurrected, like a lamb slaughtered for the people. Only the High Priest could go into the Most Holy Place once a year on Yom Kippur, Jesus our High Priest and our atonement entered once and for all.

JESUS IS OUR OFFERING, OR SACRIFICE.

Let’s take a look at our passage once more in case you forgotten it.

““Be careful to celebrate the Day of Atonement on the tenth day of that same month—nine days after the Festival of Trumpets. You must observe it as an official day for holy assembly, a day to deny yourselves and present special gifts to the Lord.” Leviticus‬ ‭23:27‬

We can read and should read this with understanding, “present special gifts to the Lord”, or in the other translation of “burn an offering to the Lord” cannot be done because Jesus is that offering. ‭

We cannot “do” anything to make that fire or offering.

We “do” however fulfill this command when we walk out the fasting, no work, make it a day of rest, and lean on the fact Jesus is our sacrifice or offering.

Wait, why even keep the commandment at all?

We saw above Jesus DID NOT void the Law or the Prophets. We know in Leviticus 23 we have the list of Holy Festivals (not our holidays) God wants us to follow. The Spring Festivals Christ completed. The Fall Festivals will be completed during the Second Coming.

If Jesus didn’t void the Law, it still stands. If it still stands and Jesus fulfilled (showed us how to live it no just do It) and taught it in Luke 10. If the disciples carried it out. If there is one Law for both Jew and Gentile,

Native-born Israelites and foreigners are equal before the Lord and are subject to the same decrees. This is a permanent law for you, to be observed from generation to generation. The same instructions and regulations will apply both to you and to the foreigners living among you.”” Numbers‬ ‭15:15-16‬ ‭

If we are grafted in according to Romans,

And since Abraham and the other patriarchs were holy, their descendants will also be holy—just as the entire batch of dough is holy because the portion given as an offering is holy. For if the roots of the tree are holy, the branches will be, too. But some of these branches from Abraham’s tree—some of the people of Israel—have been broken off. And you Gentiles, who were branches from a wild olive tree, have been grafted in. So now you also receive the blessing God has promised Abraham and his children, sharing in the rich nourishment from the root of God’s special olive tree. But you must not brag about being grafted in to replace the branches that were broken off. You are just a branch, not the root. “Well,” you may say, “those branches were broken off to make room for me.” Yes, but remember—those branches were broken off because they didn’t believe in Christ, and you are there because you do believe. So don’t think highly of yourself, but fear what could happen. For if God did not spare the original branches, he won’t spare you either.” Romans‬ ‭11:16-21‬ ‭

And if Ruth confirms the graft into Nation Israel with,

But Ruth replied, “Don’t ask me to leave you and turn back. Wherever you go, I will go; wherever you live, I will live. Your people will be my people, and your God will be my God.” Ruth‬ ‭1:16‬ ‭

The command applies to us, but where it says “make an offering, sacrifice”, these are Christ’s sacrifice. This means we do NOT and CANNOT make those offerings, our High Priest did that for us, like Israel’s did for them. However the rest applies in the command.

We memorialize these days, we dress rehearsal for our wedding. See my write up about the bride of Christ and the Hebrew Wedding here on my page. It can explain that part more.

We don’t keep any part of the Law for our salvation, we have that In Christ. However we do what Jesus says, because of the following,

““If you love me, obey my commandments.

Those who accept my commandments and obey them are the ones who love me. And because they love me, my Father will love them. And I will love them and reveal myself to each of them.”

Anyone who doesn’t love me will not obey me. And remember, my words are not my own. What I am telling you is from the Father who sent me.” John‬ ‭14:15, 21, 24‬ ‭

and lastly,

““Not everyone who calls out to me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter. On judgment day many will say to me, ‘Lord! Lord! We prophesied in your name and cast out demons in your name and performed many miracles in your name.’ But I will reply, ‘I never knew you. Get away from me, you who break God’s laws.’” Matthew‬ ‭7:21-23‬ ‭

We keep the commands out of a deep love for Jesus Christ (Yeshua Messiah) and desire to follow not merely believe. We opt to do what Jesus teaches and strive to walk in His, and His Fathers ways.

So again, we cannot offer sacrifices, but we can be obedient. We have no need to slaughter and animal for its blood, for we have the Blood of Christ, and we do what else is in the command knowing and reflecting on our sacrifice and atonement is in Christ alone.

With this said, obedience is not for salvation, it’s because we have salvation. If your belief doesn’t produce action (of obedience) it’s simply not real belief. One who jumps out of the plane cannot be saved by the parachute without pulling the rip cord. Just like believing in Christ means nothing unless you walk it out.

I say all this to help explain why we memorialize Yom Kippur as Christians, and Messianics. I hope this answers why we cannot make offerings, but have our offering completed already, yet why we observe the command at all.

Shalom and God Bless ~M~

My thoughts on expectations

Tonight I can remember when I first came to Torah. I expected the Sabbath’s REST to be very restful. Sometimes it was, sometimes it wasn’t. One day in the apartment I was in back then I remember thinking “what am I doing wrong”? I didn’t feel peaceful, restful, or even chill. It had been a very chaotic and painful week. To be honest, that week was one of the worst, I had been observing some traditions with certain prayers, candles, and blessings. I had done all that, silenced my phone, silenced my social media, and did everything I could to be in the moment with my Creator.

The thing was, I was having to “work” to find enjoyment that Shabbat. See the enemy loves this, we start trying to solve why we are not feeling what we think we should. He enjoys it when we chase around ourselves in our own minds.

EXPECTATIONS

We will always bring them into anything we do, then when we don’t get to where we want or what we want, we feel there is a problem at best, or assume we are doing it wrong at worst. That was me, stuck in my head.

Now during Shabbat I bring nothing into it. I don’t assume I will feel a certain way, think certain things, feel certain ways, or get anything out of it. I just opt to observe, and experience what comes. Let me explain.

The first thing I would tell myself if I was New and starting out all over again would be, Learn to let go of all your expectations. You will have very peaceful, relaxing, and amazing sabbath times. You will also have those shabbats that don’t all seem like you get the rest you thought you would. Then also those that you feel just went by with nothing huge happening to you. Take a deep breath, exhale and know…… It’s ok.

Let go….. Just be there.

There are many reasons why the sabbath might not be the massive blissful time. Perhaps you are not around a physical community, perhaps your alone (due to family not being in the faith, or friends not understanding what you are seeking, perhaps around unbelievers) whatever the situation is remember you’ve got an online community. There are many Bible Following people and ministries online, even those that do a Shabbat and Holy Day broadcast. That can help with the separation aspect. To some degree anyway. If there is no group near you, try starting a bible study group. There are free resources online free to use for group studies, they even have print outs.

Also you must grasp that you are not seeking to do something, or even feel something. Though it’s nice when Shabbat is so amazing that when it’s over you miss it like a friend going on a long trip. In today’s “all about my feelings, and all about me” mentality it’s hard to define rest in the first place.

First, the point is not to work, the theme is rest. But what does rest look like, and what if I’m not having a peaceful time?

You should really start journaling. Ask yourself what’s really going on, see how much time you invest in Shabbat, and how much to your distractions. Find out are you really resting on sabbath, or trying to get something out of it?

We must remember why we are doing Shabbat or any observance. Our observances are WORSHIP. Being obedient is not about us, not what we think, feel, or experience. It’s about separating the day from what you do every day. It’s setting the day apart. It’s about taking a break from “the norm” to rest, worship, and walk in obedience to the One who made the stars, clouds, sun, moon, and even you. Don’t look to get anything from the Sabbath, but take up what comes as a result of it. (Hope that makes sense). If nothing else, read scripture around the word Sabbath. Focus on why we are called to observe it, because YAWEH Rested. After creation…. that’s huge. Focus on the Father and the Son. Walk into the Sabbath as a blank canvass just there to observe and not expecting some massive revelation.

I think I’ve exhausted this part of it by now. I know when I would observe with expectations, the rest was not restful. I would start doubting and questioning myself in the moment. There were a few times I stopped, and went back to what I do everyday. The thing is, even those times that I did that, I didn’t go back to working. I just did things that were things that gave me rest and joy that where not against Torah. Before I knew it, Shabbat was over and I was missing it as I bid it a farewell till next week.

Rest, it looks different for everybody. Some like to just lounge around and read the Word. Others write and paint, sometimes I’ve even day hiked. Others find their rest in other ways.

My advice (and I’m not perfect, or even the best advice giver) is that the reason for Shabbat is because YAWEH rested. He asks us to join Him weekly. (Don’t forget He rests on Sabbath also) Let that rest not be over or under thought. Rest, do no work, don’t cause others to work for you, focus on the day not being a normal average day, but set apart. Include the Torah portion for the day, and don’t stress out if it’s not what you expected.

You can also ask others if they will share how they observe, and why. It’s a help to get info from various sources and then allow the Spirit to guide how you do your observations.

Also last point is, we are all Grafted In and Dispersed, we have had to adapt to Torah and the Commands, while trying not to adopt tons of new traditions along the way. I say this to mention that no man (or woman) on earth has it all set or observes perfectly. We are in a learning, memorial, and rehearsal time. Adonai is bringing us all to His ways, getting us started on His direction. This means we will all do things differently, or the same, but none of us will master it, be the authority of it, or perfect it until after Messiah returns. Then He will give us all His Way, and we will do that faithfully letting everything else fade out.

Until the Master returns we will all do the best we can. With this said, we must aim to focus on doing the best we can, not look for excuses to force sabbath to fit us. We should desire to keep Shabbat and Observances not make them something they are not. (Hope that makes sense).

We do what we can to observe these biblical things, knowing we are not perfect, but desiring to perfect ourselves in them. Show up as a blank slate, and let Adonai draw on your soul. The results will I bet, surprise you.

Hope this helps.

Shalom and God Bless

~M~

What exactly has been done away with?

I received an email last week and a question was posed to me, “what exactly in Torah has been done away with”? My answer was “nothing”, and then I was asked to explain. My reply is this, nothing has been done away with, voided or canceled. However there are some things that in this present time CANNOT be fulfilled. This renders certain things to be put on hold, or paused. This is when the conversation gets interesting. Let’s check my last statement out……. Biblically.

We know that Biblical Israel made sacrifices don’t we? So let’s start there.

“And the Lord said to Moses, “Thus you shall say to the people of Israel: ‘You have seen for yourselves that I have talked with you from heaven.

An altar of earth you shall make for me and sacrifice on it your burnt offerings and your peace offerings, your sheep and your oxen. In every place where I cause my name to be remembered I will come to you and bless you.” Exodus 20:22, 24

We see that Adonai (God) was saying, I was once far from you calling out to you. Now I will choose a place and dwell there with you. In Leviticus we see in the first few chapters the discussion of offerings, and sacrifices. From the passage above we notice that those were not to be made just anywhere, and in Leviticus we see that mentioned again.

“”If his offering is a burnt offering from the herd, he shall offer a male without blemish. He shall bring it to the entrance of the tent of meeting, that he may be accepted before the Lord.”

Leviticus 1:3

We see that while they were traveling the Tabernacle (Tent off Meeting) was the location where these were to be performed. This would later be in the temple when the solid building was built. We also see they had to bring the best of. This is key, they were not allowed to just make anything a offering nor where they allowed to make the offering just anyplace they felt like it. There was a Set Apart (Holy) way of offering for it to be pleasing to HaShem.

We see again in Exodus 20 the alter was the place things where burnt up. Again this was Set Apart (Holy). When did these offerings stop one night ask? This was an easy question to answer. When the temple was destroyed. See the tabernacle (tent of meeting) lasted until the temple was built. Then it was destroyed and rebuilt once more. However that one too was destroyed. The thing is the people were warned that Adonai was going to do this, however they didn’t care. They believed the prophets were just saying crazy things as in that time it was a time of prosperity. Once the second temple was destroyed, the offerings and sacrifices stopped. If there is no temple, there also is no way to offer those just anywhere or however we would like to.

Yeshua is our sacrifice as the “lamb of God” and His blood is the atonement. As we know Blood is needed to cover sin. We apply Christ’s Blood where we read in Torah the words “sacrifice” or “offering”. Where blood was spilled for atonement and where something was burned up by fire on the alter for various reasons. We have no place to make those offerings, so they are placed in an “on hold” status.

Remember the Golden Calf In Exodus 32? Biblical Israel opted to make a God of a Golden Calf, then Aaron opted to call the next day Holy for God. Many died because of that pagan practice. YAWEH was very angry and wanted to destroy the nation. You cannot just worship the Lord God anyway you want and think it is pleasing to Him.

So all the offerings and sacrifices are done, there is no temple, so not only those are done but we do NOT travel to Jerusalem three times a year when certain festivals come up either. We now memorialize them from where we are dispersed to.

We have no “High Priest” as a man, now our “High Priest” is Yeshua our Messiah. This is important because making atonement, is done through Yeshua (Jesus) not a man. He is our authority. The Bible is also our authority because Yeshua is the Word made Flesh according to John One.

Some will then say that all parts of the commands involving and offering or sacrifice are done away with, because the lack of temple applies, yet that would be error.

Where is says, offer the sacrifice and then he or she shall remain unclean until evening (or specific number of days given) because the sacrifice is not valid, this doesn’t mean that being clean or unclean is voided. You are unclean if you Violate Torah. That unclean issue still stands.

The thing is, the Blood of Messiah is our atonement. That is our sacrifice. He is our offering and sacrifice. So we however remain unclean for that specific time. Like it or not. With this said, however if the passage says to wash, go wash. If is says bathe, most rendering can be immersion. Just for your information. And immersion or washing can still happen just saying. You don’t need the temple for that.

The argument of clean or unclean is that there is no such thing. Much in the same way some argue that Yeshua voided sin, or dis away with the Torah. That’s just blasphemy. That’s from people who don’t want accountability for their sin. They want to claim a relationship with the Most High while doing their own thing, so they reject Torah.

Spiritually clean and unclean applies. Always will. One must understand this when asking themselves if they are ready to see Messiahs return. Remember upon His return if you are found to be stained with your sin (sin isn’t an accidental violation, it’s knowing you are walking out of Torah, grasping its wrong somehow, understanding that God would not approve and still doing it regularly), you will not be ready for Messiah and be like five of the ten brides who didn’t get to go in. If you’re counted with them, you will hear Messiah say to you…….

“On judgment day many will say to me, ‘Lord! Lord! We prophesied in your name and cast out demons in your name and performed many miracles in your name.’ But I will reply, ‘I never knew you. Get away from me, you who break God’s laws.’”

Matthew 7:22-23.

I will tell you that those people who did the above listed in this passage were “believers and not Followers of Messiah.

Some will now turn to me to use “stoning” for an argument. They will boldly shout out, “so you are saying we should stone people then”? Firstly I’m not saying we “should” or “shouldn’t” stone people. I’m not a person here on earth to claim either. I’m not an authority. Yeshua is The authority. I also do not make the laws of this country. So it is not for me to say yes or no here. Neither should you!!

I can say the Bible speaks clear on Judgement Day for the unrepentant and unbeliever. I can say those following Christ, not just knowing He exists will not face judgement, or the second death. The second death is to be burnt up by fire. Not for eternity, but to end. Cease to be, and like the Bible says burnt up like chordwood.

It’s not popular today, but the resurrection and judgement are real and biblical. Just think of all those who “think” because they go to church on Sunday. Read the Bible once or twice a week (if that) yet are not “in Christ” walking to judgement alongside those who refuse to walk in Christ. Ouch!!!!

Many will not inherit the Kingdom of God. Fooled into a false road walking a false conversion. Makes you think right? What about people like Hitler, Rapists, Murderers, Pedophiles, and those people who commit mass murder for fun? Let’s talk on this for a few moments.

Society right now glorified those kinds of people. We interview them putting them on television specials. We make shows and movies about them. Many women write them in prison looking to marry them. We (being society not followers of Yeshua) dress up like then on Halloween (again a follower of Yeshua don’t observe this pagan day). But society sides with the “no death penalty” movement by the “all sin should be glorified” social platform.

Stoning was back then to keep impurity from overrunning those “good” (I use the term loosely) people. Basically the rest of society. We now have made crime, and sin fun. This is done in all forms of media, even gaming consoles. We stopped executing the very worst of the very worst, yet allow them to be housed in prisons where they keep killing or whatever. Certain types of people should not be left on the dime of the taxpayer to pick up. Those who are nothing left but basic carnal animalistic thriving on killing and hell bent on working for Satan. Those people should no longer live. Yet, we keep them alive and are surprised when they keep causing pain or suffering to victims. Yet, worse we set them free to keep killing thanks to bent laws and purchasable corruption.

The Bible had the “stoning” clause to keep people in check. Stoning was a last resort because under Torah you had to make sure you were not taking out an innocent man. Like how the Pharisees used Rome to kill Yeshua because they COULDN’T lawfully (Torah not man’s Laws) do so.

If we kept Torah as Law, nobody innocent would be ever executed. Nor would the leaders who were Torah (not like the lawless Pharisees) stray from YAWEH. This will be the case when Messiah returns. So that should be a comfort.

I am a firm believer in capital punishment for the guilty. Just imagine if you received capital punishment for adultery. Society would change from needing to find a “side piece” to being committed to their spouses. Would that really be a bad thing? You know perhaps families would remain whole.

The problem people have is they don’t want to be held accountable for the sins they love. So they argue from the point of sin, not logic. The second problem they have is that of God using Nation Israel to meter out the sentence. They have a problem because HaShem asked Nation Israel to police itself. To give up their sin. It’s really that simple.

Most people think when Yeshua parsons the woman caught in adultery He says “No more” to capital punishment. They also believe that when He says to “turn the other cheek” He wants us to be perpetual victims. That’s just the speaking of the unlearned. Sure they may have a slot of letters after their name, however they lack practical understanding of being Torah not just doing it for a religious check box. Sadly many live this way today.

If Yeshua wanted us to be victims He NEVER would have pardoned that guilty woman. The think Christianity cannot understand without a Hebrew Mindset is that Yeshua (Jesus) kept Torah during this by pardoning the guilty woman. Torah says the Man and the Woman caught in adultery had to be punished by stoning. However those religious hypocrites (Pharisees that taught but wouldn’t do it themselves) let the man go, brought just the woman, then used the situation as a trap. Starting with the situation she was found in, not the Torah’s ruling. When Jesus reminded them, they all walked away.

That woman got her pardon because her accusers were equally guilty of breaking Torah. Not that she was innocent, not that deserved to be set free. She was set free by Torah due to the corruption of the religious leaders and their huge violation they did willingly just to trap Yeshua.

Like it or not, we have court systems, as corrupt as some actually are. We have a legal system, as bent and corrupt as parts of it actually are. We also do NOT or are supposed to not seek revenge. Like it or not, some go outside of this also. That legal system in place meters out legal issues. Where before the priests use to give the verdict.

If we lived biblically quality of life would be much better. Only those deserving punishment would be punished. Many would live rightly. However all would have to repent and give up these sin. We would be a nicer, more loving, and God Fearing society which would yield prosperity for all. However we worship pagan ways, and idolize the rich and famous, all the while bowing down to the dollar bill, celebrating the “I” or “me”. Like it or not, truth (real biblical) truth not my truth but YAWEH’s let’s us know these things.

Phew, with all this said. Trying to use stoning as a way to get out of Torah is like using scripture to justify your sin. It’s just plain foolishness.

So what is done away with? NOTHING!!!

What is on Hold? Offerings and Sacrifices that were the slaughtering of animals or brought to the temple to make atonement. Why? there is no more temple. Clean and unclean still apply, the rest of the statements still apply. And capital punishment is handled legally now by man’s choice not Gods. Legally not biblically sadly. However there were “judges” in the Bible who took this task on so living that was was allowed. Though it was done by the Torah and not by laws that can be made to support sin, which we now have.

We live off the Bible, because of this we have the lawless society we have. This lawlessness will grow until we become Sodom and Gomorrah, and we’ve seen how that worked for them.

Alright, I believe I’ve covered this topic as fully as I can go without spending three posts on each subject. I hope this helps.

Shalom and God Bless.

The same invitation, and the courage to actually do it.

He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus.” Matthew‬ ‭14:29‬ ‭

Ever since giving my life to Yeshua (Jesus) so many years ago it now seems, this passage has never been far from my mind. It’s always there speaking into me. I want you to take something into your soul right now. Pause on these words from someone you don’t know, go read the passage I am putting parts of in here of, (Matthew 15:22-33) and allow all this to move into your heart, even from my experiences if I add them.

We have Yeshua feeding 5000 men, who knows the women and children. But 5000 people anyway. It was a divine miracle, and Yeshua said “go to the other side”, naturally by boat and He knew the storm would come. Yeshua sent them on a bumpy, wet, hard boat trip. The disciples get into the boat and set off like instructed (obedience) and then the storm meets them in the middle.

It’s dark, they have no lights, waves are crashing against and into the boat. The rain beating them like a prizefighter scoring points in a ring. They are wet, tired, and I bet just beat after a long day. Then off in a distance they see Yeshua (Jesus) walking on water. Headed by them, they call out and Yeshua invites Kefa (Peter) out onto the mean sea.

The shear courage it must have taken Peter to throw His first foot over the rail onto the waves and water. (Pause to reflect Jesus asking you this).

That’s not even the frightening part. It’s just the warm up, friend just think he had to throw the other foot over, place both on the water. How much more courage would that have taken? Epic trust, faith, and obedience. Thus love.

In that moment Peter was doing something ONLY YAWEH and Yeshua could do. (You wonder if you could right now don’t you)?

Giving your life to Jesus, being a believer is the easy part, even though at the time you had fear, doubts, and wondered why would a holy God want you on His Team. That took your first foot. It was difficult, terrifying, yet Exhilarating!!! Then you were asked for your second foot.

You were called to do something only the disciples got to hear…

And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”” Matthew‬ ‭4:19‬ ‭

And Jesus said to him, “Follow me, and leave the dead to bury their own dead.”” Matthew‬ ‭8:22‬ ‭

As Jesus passed on from there, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax booth, and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he rose and followed him.” Matthew‬ ‭9:9‬ ‭

The world was filled with people, the disciples were asked to follow Jesus. Then the boat was filled with believers, yet only one stepped from the boat onto the water. Yeshua called you and me out of religion, out of doctrines, out of theologies that are flawed and we too stepped from the boat.

We leave those who doubt behind. We also walk from the way believers do things. How they and we were tricked and lied to. We put both feet on the water in obedience.

It’s hard to follow Yeshua and easier to just believe He did the work of the cross. He tells us of things that are huge,

And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me.” Matthew‬ ‭10:38‬ ‭

My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.” John‬ ‭10:27‬ ‭

He tells us that we will suffer and be hated by the world. We will endure what everybody else does, pain, loss, hardship, and misery just like the worldly people. He is up front with us about it even.

Go; behold, I send you out as lambs in the midst of wolves.” Luke‬ ‭10:3‬ ‭

““If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you.” John‬ ‭15:18-19‬ ‭

However looking at the cost of stepping both feet onto the water knowing all this we in our obedience now find ourselves “In Christ”, not for money or a reward. But to walk in the promise He gives us freely. That if we are in Him, He brings us (His Bride) back into His Fathers house where we spend forever with the Most High Elohim. As a man married a woman in the old Hebrew ways. We marry Yeshua and return back to the sheepfold of life. Such beauty in that.

You will be hated by all because of My name, but it is the one who has endured to the end who will be saved.” Matthew‬ ‭10:22‬ ‭

We all die here on earth, but those who walk “In Yeshua”, “Keeping His Ways”, and enduring what the world throws at us here. Those who remain until we get our rest, those few. Us, we get to enjoy not going to judgement at the resurrection. We get to eat from the tree of life (figuratively) and live with the King experiencing the new heaven and new earth and all written in the Bible.

Along the way you will Be like Peter. Walking on water while looking at Messiah. You will also take your eyes off Him from time to time watching the waves, feeling the rain, and struggling against the wind. You may even from time to time slip under the water focusing too much on your situation and issues and problems. And momentarily take you eye off the Son of God. When that occurs, grab His hand and let Him pull you back to your feet.

This way you can climb back into the boat and see the weather clear up, walking into the Kingdom instead of sinking out of sight.

For me, I’ve had my ups, I’ve struggled more than I thought I could, I’ve fought for my life harder than ever dreamed possible, and I’m sitting next to you in the boat. Not because of my strength, which would have kept me from the water, but His strength.

To be a follower means to let go of who you are, or were. It means to become that new creation. It also means grabbing Yeshuas hand and allowing Him to lead you so you can be obedient to the Father.

Congrats for stepping onto the water and placing one foot in front of the other. You are in good company. Yeshua’s Disciples stood here, I stand here, millions stand here, and you stand here. We are all family, brothers and sisters in the one and only Messiah Yeshua.

BE ENCOURAGED YOU TOO HAVE THE FAITH PETER HAD ON THE WATER.

WITH YESHUA EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE. YOU ARE PROOF OF IT!!!

Fasting, what’s up with it, and is it even for today

Right now it is just after Yom Teruah and we are heading into Yom Kippur and as we speedily head into the second we see a call to fast. So let’s look at all things fasting today.

Fasting is varied depending on what’s going on. There are low fasts, and High Fasts.

A low fast is not a full fast. You are allowed to drink but you eat just one small meal.

A high fast is where you cannot drink or eat anything for that time.

We know that Yom Kippur is a High Fast, no food or drink. None!

Ok, this is difficult. It is such because as a person comes to the Holy Festivals they try to just dive into a fast most likely never have attempted one before. Halfway through the fast they feel weak, the pains of hunger, and very thirsty. The issue is that at about this time they say…. nope I’m done. Let’s see what went wrong by what should have been done.

Before taking on any fast, you need to grasp what is about to happen, also make yourself ready to do it. Yom Kippur is only 24 hours. It’s an easy fast. However some pick longer times and reasons why. Here is the thing, if you are fasting and have medical conditions, you should check into how a fast can actually hurt you. For instance, having a blood sugar issue and not having nothing coming into the body because that can cause a “crash” leading to a trip to the hospital. That’s not pleasing to Adonai (God). He doesn’t want you torturing yourself.

Alright, so you’ve had no medical prohibitions and you are good to observe a fast. Let’s say you’ve settled on the upcoming Yom Kippur High Fast. Let’s see what we need to know.

If this is your very first time trying a high fast. Don’t do what I did 4.5 years ago. Rush into it not ready for it. A few days prior you should not overeat. However eat a bit more than usual a day or so before the fast. Your goal is to set yourself up, but not overeat to cause your body to complain more. You want the sustenance to last longer. You also want to HYDRATE, meaning drink more days before the fast because you are not drinking anything on the high fast and you don’t want to be dehydrated.

You also want to pray going into it, that you will be helped through the fast in a way that glorifies Adonai.

Alright, you’ve got ready and now it’s the days of. You’ve taken your last drink and you’re eating your last bite before the fast starts in a few moment. Now it’s time the fast has begun.

You will feel hungry and thirsty. That’s ok, sometimes you may not even. Feeling hungry or thirsty is what you are supposed to feel. It is to abstain and afflict remember. It’s not punishment or doing something. It is being someone, and that is submitting to ABBA (our Father).

If this is your very first time, if you get so hungry, that you are feeling like you are getting sick, stop the fast. If you feel you are about to pass out, stop the fast. Stop before it gets that bad by the way. Now let’s say you are at the point where you feel it could get that bad, I recommend taking a small bit of say, crackers or bread. Not a meal! Just enough to satisfy the immediate issue before it turns medical. In this though be honest about it. Only you know if you cannot keep going. Remember feeling hungry and thirsty is ok. You’re supposed to feel that.

Let’s say you have to take medication. It’s ok to take a sip or two of water to take medication. Denying medical to feel spiritual is not why one should do a fast. It’s counter productive that way. A sip or two is not going to break your fast, or a bite of cracker or bread will not break your fast again if…. you regulate yourself and be honest. Only you know if you cannot handle nothing in your system.

For me when I ran out of money for three months, I could only eat a meal every four days. I lived that way for three months. There was no way around it. My body adapted to this and accepted it. Days one and two I was not hungry. Day three I was hungry. Day four morning I was starving. Then in the afternoon I ate the really small meal and restarted the cycle. This on month one was no problem. The second month my mood was affected. I had also upped my liquid intake. By the third month my mood was suffering. It was then people stepped up to help me with groceries. I learned a lot during this time.

I share that with you, because one shouldn’t put themselves into a place where they get to the place where the mood is destroyed. Affliction yes, broken spirit no. Does that make sense? I hope it does.

Ok, you’ve made it through your fast and it’s now time to end it. If you’ve done a multiple day fast my word of caution is “don’t binge when you break fast”. If you haven’t eaten in a multiple day High Fast don’t just overeat breaking fast. This will cause your stomach to desire to throw up. Just saying. Eat enough but not overeat. That will make sure your break is a great one.

Breaking fast is the start of our word breakfast. Let me tell you, the first time you break a 24 hour or multi day fast that you’ve done as a high fast, you WILL enjoy even foods you dislike. Lol. When you break your fast take the time to taste and enjoy every thing that goes into your mouth. Praise YAWEH for the good things you now eat.

Alright that’s what “I” have on the subject. Remember when you Fast the purpose is not to cause yourself torture. It is to afflict yourself. There is a difference. Fasting forgoes worldly things and focuses you on Godly things. This is a connection. A listening, and a deeply spiritual moment on your walk. Let’s look at scripture and then see a few more points.

Yeshua (Jesus) says this important part of fasting. When you fast, don’t brag about it to make yourself “look Religious”.

““And when you fast, don’t make it obvious, as the hypocrites do, for they try to look miserable and disheveled so people will admire them for their fasting. I tell you the truth, that is the only reward they will ever get. But when you fast, comb your hair and wash your face. Then no one will notice that you are fasting, except your Father, who knows what you do in private. And your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.” Matthew‬ ‭6:16-18‬ ‭

In deliverance we see the following.

And when he was come into the house, his disciples asked him privately, Why could not we cast him out? And he said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.” Mark‬ ‭9:28-29‬ ‭

This is important to note here. Fasting was a common thing in the days the Bible was being lived out. Also in our modern age fasting has disappeared from churches and also from bible translations. I found the above in the King James. However it isn’t in the newer modern day copies. Why? Fasting is powerful done right.

Remember Yeshua Himself even fasted.

Alright, so in the column of fasting there is some other types of fasting that can and should be utilized from time to time.

What else can we Fast from?

social media, movies, television, internet, phone, spending money on extras, things that are common, and things that cause negative input into your life.

During fasting, you’re setting yourself apart right? In a food fast you are saying “Adonai (God) I am seeking you FIRST above even food”. Also you are when you fast from the profane or the common setting yourself apart from what defiles or lessens you from His Ways.

During fasting you are setting apart you and your prayers. Right? It’s that simple.

Anytime you set your mind on HaShem and His ways, you hit the power button.

Now, you may or may not notice anything let it run its course. After all it can be part of a discipline of spirit. But during fasting (for me specifically around Yom Kippur) I notice revelations and so on. But that’s me. You may not. That’s ok, you may experience revelation in dreams and I may not.

Also as to fasting, there are so many types. Fasting is used in the medical field and also in dieting in this modern age. It all depends what you are looking for and to do. I have also blended types along the way.

The big thing is PRAY and ask the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) to lead how, when, and why to fast. Then listen (fast from distraction) and be lead.

These are my thoughts on fasting.

YES IT IS FOR TODAY

Shalom and God Bless

~M~

Yom Kippur

Coming up within a few days is Yom Kippur (day of atonement). Coming from the Christian traditions I had never heard anything about this until 2014. This was the first biblical festival I ever observed. I remember feverishly doing all the research I could a week in advance. Then the day came and WOW!!! This was the most spiritual moving observance I ever partook of. Minus baptism and giving my life to Yeshua naturally.

Today I plan to explain this as best I can without getting too much into traditions of any sort. Let’s take a look…

The first thing we need to look at is scripture. Let’s go to the list in Leviticus chapter twenty three.

““Be careful to celebrate the Day of Atonement on the tenth day of that same month—nine days after the Festival of Trumpets. You must observe it as an official day for holy assembly, a day to deny yourselves and present special gifts to the Lord.” Leviticus‬ ‭23:27‬ ‭

What is the historical importance of this day we are called to observe?

We know that once a year, the Kohen Gadol (High Priest) had a ceremony to rid Biblical Israel of all the sin it had done that past year. This was done through a full days worth of services.

We also know that during these services two things happened, this was the only time the High Priest was allowed into the Holy of Holies to make atonement. This was a special day. We know that the priest had to make atonement offering first for himself and his family, before moving on to deal with the nation. We know he would have been hidden away to keep from sinning before this day. We know that this was the time to cleanse oneself in immersion. We know this day was the considered the holiest of days, the most set apart time, and the time you wanted to make sure you were clean (not in a bathing sense, but spiritually and ritually). This was also the day the High Priest confessed all the sins of Israel upon the two goats. One offered up as a sacrifice and the other driven out into the wilderness (later led to the edge of a cliff for it to fall off on its own) because this was putting sin outside the people. Just imagine if the priest picked walked back to camp and the goat “missing people” returned home. This was a bad omen by the nation and they tried to drive off that representation of sin, taking it as a sign a bad year was upon them. (Where we get the scapegoat concept from).

This was a looked forward to time, Sin was given the boot from camp. This is a reminder, this whole month is a reminder to put your eye on your sins, and deal with them. Get rid of them. Stop doing them. Let’s break down what we can from scripture on this subject.

““Be careful to celebrate the Day of Atonement on the tenth day of that same month—nine days after the Festival of Trumpets. You must observe it as an official day for holy assembly, a day to deny yourselves and present special gifts to the Lord.” Leviticus‬ ‭23:27‬ ‭

We can see that it is a day of holy assembly. This is a gathering, but it is a special gathering. The special gifts were presented to YAWEH (God) during this time. We understand that since there is no temple (it was destroyed) we cannot make those offerings as Torah calls for. This means that the slaughtering of animals has been replaced by the blood of the Lamb (Yeshua). But we see it is a day to deny oneself, so what does that mean anyway? If we take the passage into a concordance we see that in the Hebrew the term is broken down into two phrases.

You shall humble

This is עָנָה `anah H6031 pronounced  ä·nä. The meaning is lengthy but the over all is to lower oneself inside, to humble or be bowed down. Downcast, weaken, or afflicted.

Your souls

This is נֶפֶשׁ nephesh H5315. It means soul, inner being of a person. Also seat of appetite, and appetite also come up under meanings.

Because of these definitions the affliction of your soul has been rendered as being the lowering of not only your spirit, not only humbling oneself. It also takes on the form of “fasting”. Lowering ones appetite.

Looking into the next verse we see,

Do no work during that entire day because it is the Day of Atonement, when offerings of purification are made for you, making you right with the Lord your God.” Leviticus‬ ‭23:28‬ ‭

One cannot do work on this day, and the reason given is the setting apart of it for HaShem and making it a Holy Day. Then in the next verse we run into a familiar command,

All who do not deny themselves that day will be cut off from God’s people.” Leviticus‬ ‭23:29‬ ‭

That denying and afflicting once again, so this is important to YAWEH because He repeats it, and also says not doing so means cut off from the nation. He also goes on to say,

And I will destroy anyone among you who does any work on that day.” Leviticus‬ ‭23:30‬ ‭

Our Creator is serious on not doing any work. He even speaks of denying and doing no work yet again. In the next few verses He says it’s a permanent Law. (Reader pay attention. If Jesus voided the Law, He would have violated Gods Instruction and wouldn’t be resurrected and seated at YAWEH’s right hand) God never changes.

I suggest reading the day of atonement in Leviticus 23 for yourself as I’ve had to leave a few verses out to save time. Moving on we read,

This will be a Sabbath day of complete rest for you, and on that day you must deny yourselves. This day of rest will begin at sundown on the ninth day of the month and extend until sundown on the tenth day.”” Leviticus‬ ‭23:32‬ ‭

Also for clarity He explains its sundown to sundown. Thus it is twenty four hours of rest, denying ones self, and being somber yet joyful, if that makes any sense.

The denying has been rendered as seen above as fasting. That fast in Jewish Tradition is a “High Fast” meaning No food No drink. It is believed when you are hungry you are afflicting your soul, depriving your body of worldly things and pursuing spiritual things. It makes you appreciate what you have and the food and drink you consume. It forces you to ponder what is important and makes you thankful to Adonai (God) for the things He blesses you with. Your body adapts and…. this concept of fasting, has to be looked at properly in another post. A twenty four hour fast is not that big a deal. But you must prepare for it.

I need to say this about fasting however, if you are just finding the festivals for the first time, and walking into Yom Kippur for the first time, if no food or drink for twenty four hours scares you, let me say you have to prepare a day or so before. HYDRATE and Be Full going into it. Go into it, and see how far you get. YAWEH is not expecting perfection right off, just experience it as it comes. My first Yom Kippur I made it till morning and had to eat. Also if you have health issues, check with your doctor before attempting a high fast. Remember we here in the land of plenty (America) really don’t fast and we eat all the time. The first two will be hard. It’s ok, HaShem will smile at you coming to fasting and His Festivals. Then you just work to do more each time (fasting wise).

I just had to put that fasting part in. I will do a proper write up of it (fasting) later.

It is the time we are believed to be closest to YAWEH. You can also look up the different scriptures read from the Jewish websites. I am not putting them in here as different sects can have different scripture, but there are scriptures to read from. Some traditions light special candles and say special prayers, I know what I do and felt lead to do, some will agree others not, so I’m leaving those things out here also. I will say I do read day specific scripture. Focused on atonement, and those practices Israel observed.

LETS TALK THOSE IN MESSIAH

Atonement. This is a big deal. Messiah Yeshua (Christ Jesus) came down here, (God in the flesh) to die for our sins. Yours and mine alike. The moment He died blood was spilled for our transgressions. In that moment we died to the punishment of our sin. He was resurrected so on the last day we can be resurrected. What a great moment to bring into Yom Kippur.

For those “in Messiah” (keeping Torah, by being Torah, not just doing Torah) the dead rise first believed on Yom Teruah, then the living, and on Yom Kippur it’s believed that judgement will happen for all those resurrected who are not “in Christ”. This will include the believers who are not being Torah. Those who merely believe but are lawless, and the rest of the world alike.

So for those of us “In Christ” we know that we don’t have to fear the second death, that’s when those judged for destruction are destroyed by the all consuming fire. Once and for all they cease to be. This judgement is likely to be on Yom Kippur as the feast of Tabernacles comes next and is considered the wedding feast for us in Messiah, as much as the wedding is Yom Teruah or at least between Teruah and Kippur. If that makes sense.

So what should Christians and Messianics do for Yom Kippur?

Take the day as a sabbath, do no work, partake of a high fast, repent and return (the theme of this whole month) look forward to Messiahs return. Focus on the scripture that pertains to this time and season. Reflect on atonement for your sins. You know what Yeshua did for us on the cross. That cost He paid so that you and I could live.

One more thing, see my post on the Bible being a marriage contract or love story. It puts the cross and Yeshua’s sacrifice in a powerful light.

Yom Kippur, The day of atonement. A solem and yet joyous time where we fast, pray, read scripture, do no work, rest, and fully appreciate those before us, those around us, and the Messiahs work of redemption on our behalf, all the while watching for His return to be our King. Because He is our King.

We the bride, wait for the betrothed groom to return anxiously. Until that day we worship, and walk out the above fully calling to mind our appreciation for ATONEMENT THROUGH YESHUA’s DEATH AND RESURRECTION.

Shalom and God Bless.