SHABBAT SHALOM, ROSH CHODESH TOV, V’ CHAG CHANUKA SAMEACH!

There is much to celebrate this Shabbat! As we enter in to His Rest on this Holy Day, we also welcome the beginning of a new month (the 10th Biblical Month which began this Erev Shabbat at sundown), and for those who chose to observe the Civil Holiday of Chanuka, we lit the 6th candle prior to sundown as we remember how  יהוה (B’H) delivered us from the oppression of our enemies. So many blessings! Let Yisra’el make a joyful noise!

I’m reminded at this time of the joy we will all share at the realization of this prophecy, which is already past it’s beginning stage:

…‘Thus said the Master יהוה, “See, I am taking the stick of Yosĕph, which is in the hand of Ephrayim, and the tribes of Yisra’ĕl, his companions. And I shall give them unto him, with the stick of Yehuah, and make them one stick, and they shall be one in My hand.” ’ “And the sticks on which you write shall be in your hand before their eyes. “And speak to them, ‘Thus said the Master יהוה, “See, I am taking the children of Yisra’ĕl from among the nations, wherever they have gone, and shall gather them from all around, and I shall bring them into their land.                Yehezqel 37:19-21 TS2009

My family, what a day is coming when He shall gather us all, and bring us into ‘our’ land! Have no doubt, what He says, He does! He asks nothing impossible of us in return if we but trust and obey. Remember how He has delivered you in the past, and how when things seemed to be at their worst with no hope, it was then that He rushed in to protect, provide, heal, strengthen, and encourage!

So go forward in trusting obedience Yisra’el, confident that the One who delivered our Nation at the Yom Suf, is the one that covers you in the palm of His Glorius Hand today. How can we not leap for joy at the assurance of His presence among us? Hoshana to Melech haMelechim today, and forever!

Shabbat Shalom!

THE SPRING FEASTS

SEFIRAT HaOMER

COUNTING THE OMER TO SHAVUOT

PART 1

 Wayyiqra (Lv) 23: 9 And יהוה spoke to Mosheh, saying, 10 “Speak to the children of Yisra’ĕl, and you shall say to them, ‘When you come into the land which I give you, and shall reap its harvest, then you shall bring a sheaf of the first-fruits of your harvest to the priest. [Deut 26:2]; 11 ‘And he shall wave the sheaf before יהוה, for your acceptance. On the morrow after the Sabbath the priest waves it. 12 ‘And on that day when you wave the sheaf, you shall prepare a male lamb a year old, a perfect one, as an ascending offering to יהוה, 13 and its grain offering: two-tenths of an ĕphah of fine flour mixed with oil, an offering made by fire to יהוה, a sweet fragrance, and its drink offering: one-fourth of a hin of wine. 14 ‘And you do not eat bread or roasted grain or fresh grain until the same day that you have brought an offering to your Elohim – a law forever throughout your generations in all your dwellings. 15 ‘And from the morrow after the Sabbath, from the day that you brought the sheaf of the wave offering, you shall count for yourselves: seven completed Sabbaths. Deut 16:9; [Acts 2:1]; 16 ‘Until the morrow after the seventh Sabbath you count fifty days, then you shall bring a new grain offering to יהוה. 17 ‘Bring from your dwellings for a wave offering two loaves of bread, of two-tenths of an ĕphah of fine flour they are, baked with leaven, first-fruits to יהוה. [Neh 10:37]; 18 ‘And besides the bread, you shall bring seven lambs a year old, perfect ones, and one young bull and two rams. They are an ascending offering to יהוה, with their grain offering and their drink offerings, an offering made by fire for a sweet fragrance to יהוה. 19 ‘And you shall offer one male goat as a sin offering, and two male lambs a year old, as a slaughter of peace offerings. 20 ‘And the priest shall wave them, besides the bread of the first-fruits, as a wave offering before יהוה, besides the two lambs. They are set-apart to יהוה for the priest. 21 ‘And on this same day you shall proclaim a set-apart gathering for yourselves, you do no servile work on it – a law forever in all your dwellings throughout your generations. 22 ‘And when you reap the harvest of your land do not completely reap the corners of your field when you reap, and do not gather any gleaning from your harvest. Leave them for the poor and for the stranger. I am יהוה your Elohim.’            (TS2009)

WHEN DOES THE COUNT BEGIN?

INTRODUCTION:

Following along in our ongoing study of the Mo’edim (appointed times) of יהוה (B’H), we come to another somewhat controversial date that is described in the Torah as “the day after the Sabbath”, and that is the day that the first fruits of the barley harvest are presented as a ‘wave’ offering in the Temple at Y’rushalayim which in turn begins the count of the omer to Shavuot.
The controversy that began in ancient Yisra’el, and continues to this day is wrapped up into the following question; “do we begin the count to Shavuot on the day after the weekly 7th day Shabbat during the week of Unleavened Bread, or do we begin the day after the first day of Unleavened Bread (U.B.), which is of itself a ‘no work’ Shabbat, on whatever day of the week it falls on? This question and it’s surrounding debate was a hot issue during the first century C.E. between the Tzaddukim (Sadducees) and the P’rushim (Pharisees), and by extension, to the “…the sect of the Natsarenes.” (Acts 24:5).
We will use the Biblical and historical record, along with the example left for us through the life and death of Y’shua, to make our determination as to when the Natsarene observed the wave sheaf.

THE TIMING OF THE WAVE SHEAF AS UNDERSTOOD BY THE TZADDUKIM

The Sadducees, who controlled the Temple but did not accept the ‘Mosaic Oral Law’ or the teaching of the ‘resurrection’, interpreted this phrase to mean ‘the day after the regular weekly Sabbath’ during Chag HaMotzi. In other words, the annual wave offering (the beginning of the count of the Omer), was made on the first day of the week (Sunday) following the weekly Shabbat during the Feast of U.B. Thus it did not matter to them on which day Pesach fell, the wave sheaf would always be on a Sunday. That’s why they were so sad, you see! This teaching as adopted by the pagan church, played right into their scenario of a counterfeit ‘sun’ day resurrection.
If we were to chose to follow the pattern set by the Tzedukim, this year (2019) would place the Wave Sheaf on April 28, ALMOST A WEEK AFTER THE FIRST DAY OF U.B.! In their misguided attempt to keep the day of the wave sheaf as always being the day after the weekly 7th day Shabbat, instead of the day after the Shabbat of the 1st day U.B.; their count of the Omer, and the resultant day of Shavuot, will never be correct. That would rob the prophetic significance of Y’shuas resurrection on Abib 16 (April 23, 2009), and remove one very important piece of His identification. How can we prove Y’shuas authentic claim by using the Mo’edim, if we move the Appointed Time so that it does not coincide with the event?  The Wave Sheaf would then always be the day after the weekly 7th day Shabbat and may or may not be the day of His Resurrection!. So much for following the path of the Sadducees!

THE TIMING OF THE WAVE SHEAF AS UNDERSTOOD BY THE P’RUSHIM

If there is any particular group or sect of Judaism that deserves criticism for adding to or taking from HaTorah, it is the P’rushim! Changing times and laws has been synonymous with them since the earliest of days, and the days of Pesach and 1st-day U.B. are a good example of this. However, the day of the Wave Sheaf offering was always understood and taught by them to be the day after the Sabbath of the first day of Unleavened Bread.
Remember that Rabbi Sha’ul was a ‘P’rush of P’rushim’, taught the resurrection, and was labeled a ‘ringleader’ of the sect of the Natsarene. Contrary to what is taught throughout Christianity today, accepting Y’shua as Mashiyach had no effect upon His observance of Torah and the traditions of his fathers, as they conformed to the life and teachings of Y’shua (2 Thes. 2:15;3:6). This, of course, is contrary to what is taught throughout Christianity today. It follows then that just as the P’rushim followed the day after the Shabbat of 1st day U.B. with the Wave Sheaf, so the Natsarene of the first century c.e., and consequently the modern-day restoration of that faith would also do in our time and understanding of Torah.

THE BIBLICAL PATTERN AS ESTABLISHED FOR THE WAVE OFFERING, AND ITS’ FULFILMENT BY Y’SHUA

Was the chronology and pattern set by the Mo’edim of יהוה (B’H’), established through chance or happenstance? Of course, the answer to that question is a resounding ‘no’! Every letter, word, number, ‘jot and tittle’ of Scripture carries with it the mind, person, and plan of our Creator and Redeemer. They present the perfect explanation of our current condition and the exact plan of our rescue from it. When any of this is tampered with by imperfect man, it becomes a lie, a misrepresentation, an inaccuracy, a conflict, a deception, a stumbling block. The pattern of events as spoken of in our introductory text from Vayikra (Lv.) 23,9-14, is a pattern that would be used in conjunction with other Torah texts to prove out exactly, and without error, who the Anointed One of Yisra’el was, is, and will be. It is a pattern that will be seen over again throughout the Mo’edim of יהוה (B’H’).
From ancient times, the Sages of Judaism have repeatedly testified that the Mashiyach of Yisra’el must live a life of perfect obedience in fulfillment of HaTorah, the ‘pattern’ and ‘proof’ for all things. And, as any unbiased student of scripture with an inquiring mind will clearly see, this requirement was, is, and is being met by Y’shua who is Emmanu’el, El who is with us.
So looking at the pattern of the Holy Days immediately surrounding Pesach as described in Lv. 23 we see Chag HaPesach (The Feast of Passover) on Abib 14, followed by the first day of Chag HaMatzot (The Feast of Unleavened Bread, a Shabbat) on Abib 15, followed immediately by First Fruits, and on Abib 16, the day of the Wave Sheaf Offering (whatever days of the week they would fall on would make absolutely no difference). There were no additional days provided for anyone or for any other reason within the pattern set by these three Torah witnesses. Change this pattern in any way, and Y’shua looses His claim to the title “HaMashiyach”!
On the eternal heavenly clock of Elohim, the three- day cycle of Pesach, 1st Day Chag HaMotzi, followed immediately by the 3rd day of the Wave Sheaf would be maintained, and fulfilled exactly by Y’shua (the sign of Yonah), as another sign of His true identity. That He would resurrect as our wave sheaf offering, being the first of the harvest to come, was a lesson sadly lost on those who followed the teachings of the Sadducees (who by the way, did not believe in, or teach the resurrection). Does this mean that Y’shua really did resurrect on a 1st day (Sunday)? It certainly did in the year 30 C.E., exactly 40 years to the day that the Temple would be destroyed by the Roman Army.  

 DO WE AS NATSARENE CELEBRATE THE RESURRECTION?

  But now Messiah has been raised from the dead, and has become the first-fruit of those having fallen asleep. 1Cor 15:20 TS2009 P.P. Col 1:18; 1Pet 1:3; Rev 1:5;
We are not given the mitzvah (commandment) to observe the Wave Sheaf as resurrection day, but yes, while observing this day as commanded we recognize its Messianic fulfillment by YHWH Y’shuati (B’H).  His ‘unspeakable gift’ to all those who had, and would repent and return to our Father while living by the laws of His House, was realized as He fulfilled the promise of the Wave Sheaf.
We celebrate it’s fulfillment through His victory over she’ol and the penalty of sin, by celebrating THE FIRST OF THE SPRING HARVEST, as the day our Messiah presented Himself as the firstfruits of those who would follow. The day of our celebration will always immediately follow Abib 15; the Shabbat of Unleavened Bread, meaning that it might land on the first day of the week, or any other day for that matter, but it will always be on Abib 16, the day of the Wave Sheaf Offering AND the day of His Resurrection!

COUNTING THE OMER

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A COMMENTARY on CURRENT SPIRITUAL THOUGHT FROM THE ANCIENT SECT OF JUDAISM CALLED ‘HaNATSARENE’
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HA MO’EDIM

The Appointed Times Of YHWH, (B’H), and their prophetic understanding as seen through His Mikra Kadosh (Holy Rehearsals), or ‘Chagim’ (Feasts).

THE SPRING FEASTS AND THE SEASON OF PESACH

SEFIRAT HA OMER, COUNTING THE OMER 

Wayyiqra (Lev.) 23:

 9 And יהוה spoke to Mosheh, saying, 10 “Speak to the children of Yisra’ĕl, and you shall say to them, ‘When you come into the land which I give you, and shall reap its harvest, then you shall bring a sheaf of the first-fruits of your harvest to the priest. [Deut 26:2]; 11 ‘And he shall wave the sheaf before יהוה, for your acceptance. On the morrow after the Sabbath the priest waves it. 12 ‘And on that day when you wave the sheaf, you shall prepare a male lamb a year old, a perfect one, as an ascending offering to יהוה, 13 and its grain offering: two-tenths of an ĕphah of fine flour mixed with oil, an offering made by fire to יהוה, a sweet fragrance, and its drink offering: one-fourth of a hin of wine. 14 ‘And you do not eat bread or roasted grain or fresh grain until the same day that you have brought an offering to your Elohim – a law forever throughout your generations in all your dwellings. 15 ‘And from the morrow after the Sabbath, from the day that you brought the sheaf of the wave offering, you shall count for yourselves: seven completed Sabbaths. Deut 16:9; [Acts 2:1]; 16 ‘Until the morrow after the seventh Sabbath you count fifty days, then you shall bring a new grain offering to יהוה. 17 ‘Bring from your dwellings for a wave offering two loaves of bread, of two-tenths of an ĕphah of fine flour they are, baked with leaven, first-fruits to יהוה. [Neh 10:37]; 18 ‘And besides the bread, you shall bring seven lambs a year old, perfect ones, and one young bull and two rams. They are an ascending offering to יהוה, with their grain offering and their drink offerings, an offering made by fire for a sweet fragrance to יהוה. 19 ‘And you shall offer one male goat as a sin offering, and two male lambs a year old, as a slaughter of peace offerings. 20 ‘And the priest shall wave them, besides the bread of the first-fruits, as a wave offering before יהוה, besides the two lambs. They are set-apart to יהוה for the priest. 21 ‘And on this same day you shall proclaim a set-apart gathering for yourselves, you do no servile work on it – a law forever in all your dwellings throughout your generations. 22 ‘And when you reap the harvest of your land do not completely reap the corners of your field when you reap, and do not gather any gleaning from your harvest. Leave them for the poor and for the stranger. I am יהוה your Elohim.’    TS2009

A few thought questions for you (please feel free to send your questions and/or comments to us anytime!)

  1. Why should we actively participate in the count of the days, beginning on the day of the WAVE SHEAF and extending out to the final day of SHAVUOT itself?
  2. How do the numbers and their multiples of 7, 10, 49, and 50 factor into this, and why?
  3. What is the Hebraic significance of these numbers and their multiples?
  4. Is there another significant period of time outlined in Torah that incorporates the same sequence of the numbers 7, 10, 49, and 50 and/or their multiples? If so, do you believe it’s just by chance, or is it intentional? If so why?

Sha’ul

Biblical vs. Pharasitical Calendars

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3/27/2019

Biblical vs. Pharasitical Calendars

Millinia ago, after the destruction of the Beit HaMikdash in 70 C.E., and during the early years of the change from the Pharasitical to Rabbinical system, the Biblical Calendar was replaced with that of Hillel 2. This Rabbinical system was based on Babylonian mathematical calculations, rather than the empirical evidence of agricultural and astronomical sightings as per the Torah. This evidence had previously been collected and confirmed by the Sanhedrin, then transmitted manually throughout Yisra’el by the now extinct Levitical Priesthood; through the use of signal fire, trumpet (shofar), and word of mouth.

When tens of thousands of Yisra’elites were forcefully deported from Yisra’el to other lands, the diaspora came into being. Occurring prior to the common era and the ‘first rebellion’ against Rome, countless more fled before the death and destruction of the Roman armies during the Second Rebellion, thus adding to the already existing numbers of those previously displaced.

This diaspora, and the need to communicate the new Rabbinical calendar dates with a widely scattered audience was the impetus to the creation of the Orthodox Rabbinical Calendar sys.

Fast forward to our time with the availability of advanced cyber communication, we can now see the Biblical evidence once again, instantly, in real time, wherever we might be on the face of planet earth.

In the effort to restore our walk to the ancient paths laid out for us by Elohim, we may now return to that Biblical calendar of long ago. We can now celebrate the Mo’edim on exactly the correct days as originated by our Creator, so that we may be in perfect ‘sync.’ with The Masters’ clock.

In actuality, it turns out that the Biblical and Rabbinical Calendars are usually very close, sometimes coinciding perfectly. But then there are other problems with the Rabbinical Calendar such as Changes made to the actual Feast Days themselves by the P’rushim during the Babylonian captivity, and the adaptation of Babylonian names and titles for days, months, etc. The Rabbinical Calendar is a man-made calendar, not authorized by Elohim.

In our mind, being back in ‘sync’ with Elohim will always take priority over mans’ reasoning, no matter how close to being correct it may be.

From Michael Roods “The Astronomically and Agriculturally Corrected Biblical Hebrew Calendar” (Spring 2017-Spring 2018), under the section titled “The Pharisee Calendar”, I offer the following for your consideration when deciding which calendar you will follow;

In 359 C.E., Just before disbanding themselves, the exiled Sanhedrin devised a new calendar system. After the Temple in Jerusalem was destroyed, the Pharisees replaced the Temple service and the Creator’s appointed times with a “new and improved” religious system – a code of righteousness defined by thousands of man-made commandments and regulated by a new calendar. As head of the fourth-century Sanhedrin, Hillel II borrowed Babylonian mathematical calculations to determine the precise moment that the moon was in “conjunction” with the earth and the sun. This unobservable mathematical moment in time was used to determine the beginning of each month on the new Pharisee calendar. The Pharisees invented additional “postponements” so that they could celebrate their adaptation of the Feasts at their own convenience. They could now plan their religious activities months, years, and even centuries in advance. They completely disregarded the only criterion stipulated by the Almighty for determining the first month of the year – the aviv barley in the land of Israel. The commandment concerning the barley was unmistakably defined so that we would offer the firstfruits of the barley harvest in a prophetically timely fashion and accurately count the omer to arrive at the first day after seven Sabbaths – the 50th day (Pentecost) – the Feast of Shavuot. However, instead of following the Torah’s instructions concerning the barley harvest, the Pharisees arbitrarily added a 13th month seven times every nineteen years, and then altered the method of counting the omer in order to camouflage its Messianic significance and fulfillment by Yeshua.

The Pharisees calculated their new calendar 2/000 years into the future and then admittedly hid the “Book of Genealogies” so that anyone outside their circle would have no way to calculate the correct elapsed time from creation. They changed the “head of the year” (Rosh Hashanah) from the first day of the month of the aviv to the first day of the seventh month (Tishri) and removed 240-1/2 years from the total elapsed time calendar. Only a chosen few would know when the seventh millennium would actually arrive to herald the “Time of Jacob’s Trouble.” The last official act of Hillel ll, the head of the exiled Pharisee Sanhedrin, was to accomplish the very thing about which the prophet Daniel warned: “He shall proclaim commandments opposing the Almighty and continually harass the saints of the most High, and calculate to change (appointed) times and (Torah) Laws” (Daniel 7:25). Through the institution of the new Pharisee calendar, the appointed times of YeHoVah were officially nullified and systematically replaced by the appointed times of men.”

We have been duped and lied to for centuries by both Jewish and Christian leaders and it is an absolute miracle that through this grand campaign of misinformation and false teaching foisted on us by satan and his minions, through mortal men, His Truth continues to shine through for those who seek it! Thank you, Father, for your unchanging and eternal truth that no man can ever change!

         

 

LET US ASCEND HIS HIGH AND HOLY MOUNTAIN!

Aronic Blessing Shabbat Shalom Mishpochah!


9/15/2018 9:30 AM (updated and reposted 6/22/19)

 

Let us, having become as One New Man being ‘echad’ (one) with Him and each other; ascend His High and Holy Mountain this Shabbat. As His ‘Living Word’ lifts our steps to shouts of “Hoshana, Hoshana, Baruch Haba B’shem YHVH Y’shuati (B’H)!” (“Save Now, Save Now, Blessed Be He Who Comes In The Name of YHWH, Our Salvation [B’H]!”), may all praise, honor and glory be given to HaMelech Malchei HaMlachim, (The King who is above all kings). Feel and see the very power of that Glory through the blast of shofar and trumpet, the sound of harp and tambourine, as they accompany our joyous praise and thanksgiving for your gift of this ‘island in time’.

 

This is our prayer Melech Y’shua, that all those things that separate us from your presence; would be set aside in order that we can truly become echad with You, and each other, on this day that You have called Kadosh (Holy), Separate and Set-Apart. The Day that is the Seventh and last day of your weekly cycle (existing for all time), that will be kept and observed throughout the endless ages of Your Kingdom; the one set-apart day that You Abba (Father) have rested on from all your creative work, while calling it the mark, sign, and seal of your called-out and set-apart people; the day that You Yourself have cautioned all mankind not to forget, but to ‘Remember’; is today become our glory and refuge! Hallelu Yah!

 

May His Shalom and great Simcha (Joy) surround each of you, and be yours today! May your heart and spirit be lifted to new heights of spiritual enlightenment on this Shabbat, the Crown of His Creation and Salvation, the sign of His people Yisra’el; as we go up in spirit to Y’rushalayim, and up to The House of YHWH Elohenu (B’H).

 

Sha’ul

 

 

Beit haMikdosh

HIS TRUTH IS A SHIELD AND ARMOUR

He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High, Who abides under the shadow of the Almighty, He is saying of יהוה, “My refuge and my stronghold, My Elohim, in whom I trust!” For He delivers you from the snare of a trapper, From the destructive pestilence. He covers you with His feathers, And under His wings you take refuge; His truth is a shield and armour. You are not afraid of the dread by night, Of the arrow that flies by day, Of the pestilence that walks in darkness, Of destruction that ravages at midday. A thousand fall at your side, And ten thousand at your right hand; But it does not come near you. Only with your eyes you look on, And see the reward of the wrong ones. Because you have made יהוה – My refuge, the Most High – your dwelling place, No evil befalls you, And a plague does not come near your tent; For He commands His messengers concerning you, To guard you in all your ways. They bear you up in their hands, Lest you dash your foot against a stone. You tread upon lion and cobra, Young lion and serpent you trample under foot.“Because he cleaves to Me in love, Therefore I deliver him; I set him on high, Because he has known My Name.“When he calls on Me, I answer him; I am with him in distress; I deliver him and esteem him.“With long life I satisfy him, And show him My deliverance.”  Tehillim 91 (TS2009)

Today, I present you with this prayer and message. Be strong in all adversity through perseverance in His Truth. It is that perseverance that will transport you to “…the secret place of the Most High…”, and cause you to “… abide(s) under the shadow of the Almighty…”.

Shabbat is an island of time for us as followers of Y’shua, as it was with the Natsarenes of ancient times; and the enemy knows that. He (the enemy) will utilize every weapon in his arsenal during this twenty-four hour period, more so than any other day of the week, to penetrate your defenses.

Do not think for one minute that you have the power to resist him, or that he will somehow leave you unmolested on This Holy Day! He is a master of lies and deceptions, and he has had thousands of years perfecting his destructive art. However, all Praise Be to His Glorius Name, our power comes from the spiritual connections we have made with the Giver of Truth, who is also our Mighty El of war; our Commander, who is our only way of deliverance!

Those spiritual connections we must have to come into His Shabbat Rest do not begin and end on the Seventh Day, they begin each day of the week prior to Shabbat! We gather our strength each day and when Shabbat arrives, that strength is multiplied through that connection which in turn multiplies upon itself week after week and Shabbat after Shabbat as we are becoming ‘one new man’.

Our Shabbat Rest is realized through our arrival at “…the secret place of the Most High…”, wherein we are given as a reward; our deliverance “…from the snare of a trapper, From the destructive pestilence.”

For your encouragement today, and spiritual protection, I pray that you would read and pray with me, as one body, Tehillim 91. Meditate upon each word, each sentence; as you ask of Him who Is Our Armour to make you strong for the battle!

SHABBAT SHALOM!

Aronic Blessing

What Constitutes ‘Work’ on Shabbat?

SHABBAT AFTERNOON FIRESIDE DRASH

 

“Remember the Sabbath day, to set it apart. “Six days you labor, and shall do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath of YHVH your Elohim. You do not do any work – you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. “For in six days YHVH made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore YHVH blessed the Sabbath day and set it apart.

Shemoth (Ex) 20:8-11 (TS 2009)

This, the Fourth Mitzvah of ‘The Ten’, seems to be quite straightforward in what it has to say, doesn’t it?

And yet the word ‘work’ as used here, the Hebrew word מְלָאכָה mĕla’kah, has fueled endless hours of debate over centuries of time and caused page after written page of instruction on how to avoid it in order to observe the Fourth Commandment correctly.

Should or shouldn’t one start the car on Shabbat? And what about the light switch? We could avoid flipping the switch (work) if we just left the lights on at sundown on Erev Shabbat, or just light a twenty-four-hour candle, or some such thing couldn’t we? And what about preparing food to eat on Shabbat (that is if it’s OK to perform the act of chewing and swallowing)? And we could go on and on with getting dressed on Shabbat, carrying a Bible or creating a written page on Shabbat. No telling where the lunacy would go if we were to pursue it further. And yet there are those who concern themselves with these things while watching others in their level of observance. No wonder people equate Torah observance, and particularly that of the Shabbat with legalism!

We can trace this line of thought back through Orthodox Rabbinical Judaism to early Pharisaical Judaism, and the perceived need to build a ‘hedge’, or ‘wall’, around the Mitzvot of Torah. This is especially so when it comes to the Shabbat. In order to protect its holy hours from being profaned by those who don’t understand how to observe it correctly, centuries of technical arguments as recorded in the Talmud (based on the ‘Oral Tradition’) if followed correctly; will bring its adherents to become ‘Shomer’ Shabbat. That is, able to observe the Shabbat perfectly and without error (according to the Pharisees).

Of course, in today’s Orthodox Judaism, all one has to do is to rely upon the local Rabbi if questions arise concerning what is, and what is not permitted under the heading of correct observance, I.E.; suppose I wanted to prepare a Shabbat table for unexpected guests, when nothing had been prepared on Erev Shabbat for such an occasion and they brought nothing with them? Should they fast? Would it be OK for me to eat my prepared food without feeding them, or should we all fast? And then we find out one of them needs food to take their medication, it’s a dark day, can we turn on the lights to prepare something for them (then there is that light in the fridge, didn’t we take that bulb out a while back?)! You can see the level this craziness can go too! But then, never fear, your questions have most likely already been answered by Rabbi Snoozer of Snoozer in Talmud Tractate 52b. You do have the complete set of Talmud available for such occasions right!

Now all of us who follow Rabbi Y’shua, Ben Elohim, Sar Shalom, our very Jewish Mashiyach, Natsarene or not, aren’t involved in this nonsense are we? We have come to know Shabbat as a blessing of Shalom, and Simcha (Peace and Joy) haven’t we? We do not engage in work for hire or buy and sell on Shabbat, nor do we travel with exception of what might be necessary to help those in dire need or to attend services. We take time to meditate, write about, talk about, live out His Torah, especially on this holiest and most blessed day, don’t we?

As Natsarenes we follow the example of our Rabbi, HaAdon Y’shua, The Master Y’shua on Shabbat. Attend service (as was His custom) or hold our own, eat just what is needed (lavish spreads not required, simple basics are best), serve Elohim through teaching, ministering, healing, caring for the widow, the orphan, the less fortunate, the stranger within our gates, the prisoner, and those who are simply downtrodden or in need of encouragement, (which, by the way, is all work). We welcome Shabbat with great joy and thanksgiving, and we leave it’s special hours with a heavy heart while counting the days and hours to its welcome return!

Don’t be afraid to work for the King and the Kingdom on Shabbat, you can do so and still be perfectly ‘Shomer’ while turning those lights on or off!

FIRST SHABBAT OF 7, 7TH DAY OF THE OMER, 27TH DAY OF THE FIRST BIBLICAL MONTH OF ABIB, THE SEASON OF PESACH!

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At last Shabbat is upon His People, those who ‘love Him and keep His Commandments’, for His yoke is not a burden but is easily born with great joy, rejoicing, and thanksgiving!
During this Season of Pesach, we count the omer day by day in great anticipation of our meeting with Him in all of His Power on the fiftieth day. We divest ourselves of self and every vile and sinful habit. Everything that separates us from You Father we surrender so that we may, as One New Man, receive the power of The Living Torah that we may be set free from our oppressor. Let it be, I pray, written on the tablets of my heart by the fire of His Spirit. Oh yes my Melech, my King, make me clean and new again in preparation for that Great Day! HalleluYAH!
My achim and chaverim, let us sing Psalms of praise and thanksgiving as we go up to Y’rushalyim, up to The House of YHVH Y’shuati this Shabbat, so that we may bless Him and in turn be blessed! I’ll see you there.
Shabbat Shalom!
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A NETZARIM YAHUDIM PESACH HAGGADAH

THE PATH הנתיב

A COMMENTARY on CURRENT SPIRITUAL THOUGHT FROM THE ANCIENT SECT OF JUDAISM CALLED HaNATSARIM

3/25/2018

The Pesach Haggadah:

Just before Abib 13 runs into Abib 14, while gathered in the home or at the site of the meal, take turns reading from Shemot (Ex) 12:1 – 15:21 (important for children that are able, to participate in this reading). Remember that at this time, HaNetzarim did not have the Ketuvim Netzarim (Writings of The Netzarim/New Testament) available.

Pesach Meal (Lamb if possible) Levitically Clean Foods are acceptable (Lv. 11). Don’t forget the Matzo and something to wash it down with! NOT REQUIRED ARE BOILED EGG, SALT, and a special platter to serve these components on (friends, that’s all Rabbinical teaching).

As we consume the meal, let us do so solemnly, guarding our conversation and limiting it to only that required. The exception would be for praise in word, song, or sharing a spiritual blessing with others. While remembering the gift of freedom from oppression and slavery in Egypt, let us not forget Y’shua’s last meal with His Talmidim, and His Unspeakable Sacrifice as our Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

Have the Blessing after the meal and that’s it! I’ll see you at U.B.!

This year, Pesach will begin the evening of March 31 to the end of Apr. 1st; and the first-day U.B. on Apr. 2, the last day of U.B. on Apr. 8th which is also Yom HaBikkurim, The Day of Firstfruits. We begin the count of fifty days or seven Shabbats to Shavuot (Pentecost) on that day.

PLEASE REMEMBER:

ALL MALES PARTICIPATING IN PESACH MUST BE CIRCUMCISED!

Shemot (Ex) 12:47 “All the congregation of Yisra’ĕl are to perform it. 48“And when a stranger sojourns with you and shall perform the Pĕsaḥ to יהוה, let all his males be circumcised, and then let him come near and perform it, and he shall be as a native of the land. But let no uncircumcised eat of it. 49“There is one Torah for the native-born and for the stranger who sojourns among you.” (TS2009)

 

As Netzarim Yahudim, we observe Pesach from the end of Abib 13 to the end of the 14th. This 24hr. period is not a Shabbat, and we try to finish our cleaning of the home, including removal of any hametz (leaven or products containing it) no later than mid-day of Abib 14.

We observe the seven days of U.B. with a Qodesh Miqra’ (beginning at the end of the 14th after Pesach, to the end of 15th of Abib (a no work of any kind Shabbat); and a Qodesh Miqra’ from the end of the 20th, to the end of the 21st of Abib (also a no work of any kind Shabbat).

         Unleavened Bread is eaten for the entire 8 day period of Pesach and U.B.

 

 

RETHINKING THE PESACH (PASSOVER) CHRONOLOGY – AN INTRODUCTION

THE PATH הנתיב

A Commentary on Current Spiritual Thought From The Perspective of The Ancient Sect of Judaism called “HaNetzarim”


RETHINKING THE PESACH (PASSOVER) CHRONOLOGY

AN INTRODUCTION

THE PROBLEMS AND ERRORS THAT MUST BE OVERCOME IN OUR SEARCH FOR BIBLICAL TRUTH:

Man Made Confusion Mixed with a Lack of Hebraic Understanding

There has been and continues to be, way too much manmade confusion over the exact timing of Pesach and the days of Unleavened Bread. Compounding this problem; both Judaism and Christianity question the validity of required observance of these days for ‘New Covenant’ believers or Goyim (anyone who is not Jewish[1]; those outside the fold/camp of Yisra’el).

Christianity tells us that somehow the ‘law’ (a misinterpretation of the Hebrew word Torah), has been “done away with at the cross”[2]. Judaism teaches (to the relief of most Christians), that Gentiles are excluded from required obedience to all the Mitzvot[3] of Torah (that Gentiles need only observe the “Noachide Laws” to be considered a ‘human’), while they actively discourage obedience to the Torah of YHVH; including His Moedim, since, as they conclude, Goyim are not ‘Jewish’[4]. If you should happen to subscribe to this belief, I would ask that you would please read Sh’mot (Ex.) 12:49; Vayikra (Lev.) 24:22; Bamidbar (Nu.) 9:14; 15:14-16; Rom. 10:12; 1 Cor. 10:17; Gal. 3:28, 29.

All of this is done in complete disregard of specific instruction given in the Tanakh, that Yisra’el is called to be a “Light” unto all nations, teaching Torah observance to native-born and stranger alike, and that the Temple was to be a House of Prayer for all people; not just a select few.

Please; ask yourself this question, “am I an Yisra’elite”? Now most Christians will answer in the affirmative, although they will attempt to spiritualize their answer rather than accepting the fact, that in present reality; they are in fact literal Yisra’elites. As such, they are subject to the same ‘Rules of The House’ (Torah) as their brothers from the tribe of Yahudah (Judah-Jews).

As descendants of the still rebellious Ten Lost Tribes of The House of Yisra’el; Christians are being called out of Babylon, and back to the Torah; with all the blessings and requirements of obedience that go hand in hand with that reality! It makes no difference whether we are a natural branch or grafted in; we are all fed by the same Spiritual Root; it’s the same tree; always has been and always will be[5]! The Tree has a Name, and that Name is Yisra’el. Its Root is our Torah observant “Lion of The Tribe of Yehuda”; Y’shua HaMashiyach who is YHVH Y’shuati (YHVH our Salvation). Therefore, the pattern of ‘oneness’ that we see throughout Scripture is seen again. There is no “church”, no “sect”, or exclusive group other than that of The Torah Observant Camp of Yisra’el who has become as one (echad), with Him; “The Root” of the Tree, and the El of Yisra’el[6]. Of course, this requires a paradigm shift in thinking for Jew and Gentile alike; and we who have already made that shift must accept the fact that, just as with us; spiritual change will occur only to those awakened by, and receptive to, the call of the Ruach HaKadosh.

TORAH AS A ‘SIEVE’

The Torah (our foundation of faith and Scriptural understanding); is the ‘sieve’ through which we must pass all teachings, concepts, or Scriptural understandings. By so doing we will not be misguided or mislead by a false or misleading interpretation of Scripture. It is through the spiritual “eyes” and the “light” of Torah that we must test all things. If a particular teaching or understanding does not hold up to examination through the eyes/light of Torah then it is not of Elohim[7]. We cannot use the Ketuvim Netzarim (Writings of The Nasareans/New Testament) as the proof of Torah and gain the correct understanding of Scripture. At best, that can be considered as ‘circular’ reasoning; or a case of ‘the tail wagging the dog’! This is where many Christians run into problems when attempting to understand the Tanakh/Scriptures (‘Old’ Testament), through the ‘eyes’ of the Writings of the Netzarim, which is not Torah, nor is it Scripture, nor has it been translated without bias and anti-Semitism.

If a Scriptural teaching does not pass the test of Torah, we are either:

  1. Misunderstanding the text or teaching.
  2. Depending upon a poor or ‘paraphrased’ translation of the text[8].
  3. Attempting to place the misunderstanding of a particular text or teaching above the clear “Thus says YHVH” of the Torah.
  4. Following the teachings of man.


Following in Part One: “The timing of Pesach and Chag HaMatzot/Feast of Unleavened Bread (U.B.), Type meets Anti-Type” 

[1] Most any modern day Hebrew will tell you that all Yisra’elites, are Jewish and that you must convert to Orthodox Judaism to be considered an Yisra’elite.

[2] I would ask you please, read Sh’mot (Ex.) 12: 14 (one out of many similar texts) and consider the word; “forever”.

[3] ‘Mitzvot’: Heb. plural for Commandments.

[4] Please see a discussion of this and the ‘Noachide laws’ in Appendix F

[5] Rm. 11

[6] Rm. 10:12; 1 Cor. 10:17; Gal. 3:28-29; Col. 3:11

[7] Elohim: ‘our Mighty One’

[8] We need to try to get as close as possible to the best copies of the original texts. Learning Hebrew/Aramaic, even an attempt at it would have a major impact on our ability to understand these Biblical Truths correctly!