Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
It pleases our Teacher YESHUA for us to keep and teach the commandments of the Torah, this is a truth that cannot be denied.
Let’s remember that the commandments of Elohim (God) are in what is called “The Books of Moses” these normally are the first five books of what is called the Bible, these five books are called by Elohim “The Torah” (The Instructions, not the Law).
The commandments of Elohim are easy to keep; we need to believe what the following verse says.
For this commandment which I command thee this day, it is not too hard for thee, neither is it far off.
(Deuteronomy 30:11 ASV)
The example for our lives and our hero is our wonderful savior YESHUA, we follow him wherever he goes, and we imitate what He does. YESHUA was born keeping the Torah and He not only kept perfectly the commandments of the Torah, He came to teach us how to keep them because the Torah is YESHUA himself, the Word of Elohim.
This is the way we approach to learn the keeping of the Shabbath day. The writer of this document confesse’s to you that I don’t have all the revelation regarding the Shabbath, but what YESHUA has been teaching me I will share with you to bring you to a place that you will be able to start to drink from the living waters that this revelation is supplying to us and in this way learn directly from YESHUA.
Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day Elohim ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And Elohim blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which Elohim created and made.
The Shabbath is a sign between Elohim and Israel.
It is a sign between me and the children of Israel for ever: for in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed.
How can we keep Shabbath? We need to be free from traditions of man, and from the rejection to His commandments and follow the Ruach/Spirit, this is the way we will approach to this subject.
Religion or tradition are not a pattern to us about how we keep any of the commandments, they are an obstacle, if we learn religion and tradition before knowing the commandment we need to be set free from that spirit, the spirit that a commandment of man brings to our life.
It will be necessary to open our hearts to receive the Ruach HaKodesh/Holy Spirit that comes with the true Word of Elohim, which comes with the commandment that is in the Word because the Word is Ruach/Spirit (John 6:63), the Word is the “Ruach HaKodesh/Holy Spirit” and YESHUA is the Word.
There is cleansing power in His Word, His Commandments are His word, therefore His commandments cleanse us. By keeping the Shabbath we became clean!
The Shabbath is the only day of the week that Elohim put a name on it, He called it Shabbath.
Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy; six days you shall labor and do all your work; and the seventh day is a sabbath to Yhuh your Elohim; you shall not do any work, you, and your son, and your daughter, your male slave and your slave-girl, and your livestock, and your stranger who is in your gates. For in six days Yhuh made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all which is in them, and He rested on the seventh day; on account of this Yhuh blessed the sabbath day and sanctified it.
(Exodus 20:8-11 LITV)
This blessing and sanctification for the Shabbath comes from the Creation, away before Israel existed.
So we approach to the commandment free from any pre-judgment, and focused in our Lord YESHUA as our teacher and example. We know YESHUA was keeping the Torah, and the Religious people of that time were not keeping the Torah (John 7:19 … none of you keepeth the Torah).
In the book of Isaiah He explains more about how to keep the commandment of the Shabbath.
If you turn your foot away because of the sabbath, from doing what you please on My holy days, and call the sabbath a delight, to the holiness of Yhuh, glorified; and shall glorify Him, to the holiness of not doing your own ways, from finding your own pleasure or speaking your word; then you shall delight yourself in Yhuh. And I will cause you to ride on the heights of the earth, and make you eat with the inheritance of your father Jacob. For the mouth of Yhuh has spoken.
(Isaiah 58:13-14 LITV)
We are commanded by Him to stop labor, delight, rest and be in our places, to come to the holiness of not doing our own ways, so Shabbath is a day dedicated to YESHUA resting at home.
We cannot say to the Lord that this commandment is difficult to keep, I think this is the most easy fiscally talking. It may be difficult spiritually talking because the enemy doesn’t want us to rest.
As a spiritual rule shown in the Torah, “obedience brings blessings” (Deu 28:1-14) and “disobedience curses” (Deu 28:15-68), and what is written in Isaiah completely agrees with that regarding the Shabbath.
Blessed is the man who does this, and the son of man who lays hold on it; keeping sabbath, from defiling it; and keeping his hand from doing every evil.
(Isaiah 56:2 LITV)
The keeping of the commandments of Elohim is not to make us righteous, we keep His commandments because we are obedient and we love Him. Only “faith can make us righteous”, this is also a spiritual rule shown in the Torah.
And he (Abraham) believed in Yhuh. And He counted it to him for righteousness.
(Genesis 15:6 LITV)
There is a very important spiritual rule in the commandments that the Lord gave us, it is impossible to obey Him without knowing and keeping this rule; “a more important commandment can overrule other commandments”, that’s why we need to be sensible to the Ruach/Spirit.
For example circumcision overrules Shabbath (John 7:21) or the work of the priests in the Temple overrules Shabbath (Mathew 12:5), if you don’t have food and need to eat and it is necessary to work in a field to get the food, the commandment of mercy and love will overrule the commandment of the Shabbath (Mathew 12:1), that’s why the Torah are the Instructions, not law.
To Love our neighbor as we love ourselves is one of the most important commandments in the Torah, this commandment will overrule Shabbath. For example if is necessary to collect wood and make fire, or go shopping for food to save the life of somebody on the Shabbath day, we will not be disobeying His commandments we will be keeping them!
Religion cannot understand this. To have the right discernment the leading of the Holy Spirit is essential, we cannot discern right without the Ruach HaKodesh/Holy Spirit.
It is always easier to set rules than to be sensitive to the Ruach HaKodesh, we are called to follow the Ruach we must take time to pray and hear from Him, to learn to walk in His ways. This will be done in humbleness and in the fear of the Lord, to have wisdom. Then we will keep Shabbath in a way that pleases Him.
YESHUA overrules all commandments; He is the Lord of the Shabbath. Sometimes we don’t fully understand the commandments or we don’t know them and the Spirit will tell us to do something that looks in our minds like it might be against a commandment, we need to obey Him. Always understanding will come later, YESHUA will show us that we were really keeping Torah if we submit. Remember we are forever students because we recognize YESHUA as our Teacher (if you haven’t you can do it now).
YESHUA is the Lord of the Shabbath, by keeping the Shabbath we are showing He is our Lord, because the Shabbath is a sign.
You shall not kindle a fire in all your dwellings on the day of the Sabbath.
(Exodus 35:3 LITV)
Yes, this verse is in the Scriptures, this is a commandment that tests our hearts, the way we approach to keep His commandments is without conditions. YESHUA was keeping this commandment. I don’t have the revelation about why this commandment was given, but I have this revelation; this is really a commandment of Elohim. Again we need to believe with our hearts that the most important commandment of the Torah is that Yhuh is One and we need to love Him and our neighbors as ourselves, only then we will see the liberty that the Torah gives us when we keep the commandaments.
Most of the Appointed days of Elohim, the days of celebration and special days to be observed are also a Shabbath day of rest, except for Passover. This means that the instructions for Shabbath are also valid for those days, like the First Day of Unleavened bread and the last day, Feast of Weeks, Feast of Blowing (Trumpets), Kippur, First day of Tabernacles and the last day. Some details about how to keep Shabbath are added where the commandment of keeping a feast is given for example in the following verse that is for the feast of Weeks.
… You shall do no work of service. It is a never ending statute in all your dwellings throughout your generations.
(Leviticus 23:21b LITV)
We are commanded to do a Holy Occasion on Shabbaths at home, (that is normally translated as convocation).
Work is to be done six days, and in the seventh day shall be a sabbath of rest, a holy occasion; you shall do no work; it is a sabbath to Yhuh in all your dwellings.
(Leviticus 23:3 LITV)
Behold! Because Yhuh has given the sabbath to you, therefore He is giving to you two days of bread on the sixth day. Each one of you remain in his place. Do not let anyone go out from his place on the seventh day.
There are not in the Torah any commandment about making a convocation, Elohim is not talking about religion here, this we need to receive, believe and understand. Elohim didn’t bring a religion to mankind, He hates religion! The Scriptures are not revealing to us a religion. Religion is an invention of man.
Therefore these commandments need to be obeyed outside of religion. We need to obey this in a house, in a family, or among brethren we join together in holiness (remember the definition of holiness is in the Torah) during the Shabbath and invite YESHUA to come in and spend the Shabbath with us, this is the most important thing in Shabbath, to invite YESHUA. We cannot have rest without the Prince of Peace (Heb. Sar Shalom).
Remember Shabbath starts in Jerusalem at the sunset of the day before and ends at sunset. All the instructions of the Temple Service are for the time in Jerusalem, this is the real timing for the sacrifice of the evening, for example; if there is a spiritual importance in being in sync with times for certain spiritual things the time in Jerusalem will be essential for our intercession, prayer, worship to be effective. We need to see this without pride, we can rest in Shabbath under the time zone we are in, but is necessary to know that the true timing for spiritual things is in Jerusalem, that’s the place where He decided to put His Name forever.
The Millenium, The Shabbath.
All the feasts of Elohim are prophetic, and the Shabbath is not the exception. Each day in the creation related in the book of Genesis (Heb. Bereshit) points to a thousand years of History since Adam and Eve. For Him one day is like a thousand years.
There is the promise of one thousand years with the Messiah reigning; this will correspond prophetically to the seventh day of rest in creation. The Shabbath.
And I saw an angel coming down out of Heaven, having the key of the abyss, and a great chain on his hand. And he laid hold of the dragon, the old serpent who is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years.
(Revelation 20:1-2 LITV)
Shabbath and the Torah.
For many years I have been reading one portion of the Torah every Shabbath, I asked YESHUA to explain to me why I felt so much peace and felt so much richness while reading the portion every weekend. I asked this question because there is no such commandment to divide the Torah in portions and read it every Shabbath. YESHUA answered my question (and will answer all of yours), He showed me that the Torah is connected with Shabbath by one of the commandments.
And Moses commanded them, saying, At the end of seven years in the appointed time (the sabbatical year), the year of release, in the Feast of Tabernacles, when all Israel comes in to see the face of Yhuh in the place which He chooses, you shall proclaim this Torah before all Israel, in their ears. (read it)
(Deuteronomy 31:10-11 LITV)
The peace and renewal I feel every Shabbath when I read the Torah is real and is for all of us.
Thanks Lord for your commandments.
May The Lord bless you according to His Word.
In the Love of YESHUA.
Glory to the King of Glory, YESHUA Hamashiach.
The City of The King.
Note: Unless otherwise indicated the verses from the Bible are in "light blue" and taken from the translation called "The King James Version 1769", the literal translations are in "dark blue", the Name YESHUA has been kept in his original Hebrew form, the Greek word Christos has been kept as Messiah his real meaning.
(*) The expression "the LORD" has been kept also in his original form of four Hebrew letters, in English Yhuh where "U" is a "long U", this is the transliteration of the Hebrew letter "Vav", that YESHUA in His big mercy has revealed to us was the old way of pronouncing.
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