Yahuwah's (God's) Joyous Shabbath (Sabbath), joyous, how can we call the Shabbath joyous when it was given to people as part of a law that obligated them to follow out of fear of the penalty of death? How could any such law be joyous? Read on my friend to learn this and more.
In this article, we shall provide trustworthy answers to this, and many more questions. To do so, we will be using the Restored Names Version of Scripture (RNV). We prefer and highly recommend the RNV as it uses the proper Ibriy (Hebrew) names for people and places, giving them the due respect they deserve. If you would like to download a FREE COPY of the RNV you may do so from the menu bar above. We highly encourage you: DO NOT TAKE OUR WORDS AS FACT, but to search the scripture verses for yourself to prove them.
So let us get started; to understand why the Shabbath should be joyous, we need to understand some simple truths that are provided us in scripture;
- We are no longer under the law of the ten words (ten commandments) as they were given in Shemot (Exodus) 20:3-17. At that time the law was given as a very strict law and required to be obeyed out of fear of the consequences. In Shemot 20:5 we read; "You will not bow down to them nor serve them, for I, Yahuwah your Eloah, am a jealous El, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the sons as far as the third and fourth generation of those who hate Me". So as the law was given then, even the third and fourth generation paid for the sins of their fathers Sha'uwl calls the ten words the "ministry of death, written in and engraved in stones." (2 Korinthios [Corinthians] 3:7)
- Today we are under the Law of Grace which basically rewrites and refines the ten words into a spiritual law that we obediently keep out of love for the lawgiver Yahuwah and not out of fear of the consequences as we read in Mat 22:37-40, Moreover Yahushua said to him, "You will unconditionally love Yahuwah your Eloah with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 Moreover the second is like it, You will unconditionally love your neighbor as yourself. 40 In these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets." Today we pay for our own sins, and not the sins of our fathers.
So we see that Yahuwah has combined the ten words into two in the Law of Grace. The ten words, the divine moral law of Yahuwah our Eloah, were first written down in Shemot 20, but through further study of scripture we can see that their intent is and has always been eternal; from B'ereshiyth (Genesis) 2 right on throughout the rest of scripture. Yahushua did not replace the divine moral law of Yahuwah, He simply refined it. In keeping the Law of Grace, we keep Yahuwah's divine moral law, this has not changed. The only change that has ever been made to Yahuwah's divine moral law, was to remove the sins of the fathers from the children as given in Shemot 20:5 " You will not bow down to them nor serve them, for I, Yahuwah your Eloah, am a jealous El, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the sons as far as the third and fourth generation of those who hate Me;"
We learn through our continued study of scripture that the Law of Grace is identified by Ya'aqob [James] as the "Perfect Law of Liberty" as we read in Ya'aqob 1:25 "Moreover those who look into the perfect law of liberty and continue, he not being a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this man will be blessed in his what he does." Further, the Law of Grace is described as the "Royal Law" by Ya'aqob in his letter to the twelve tribes in the Diasporo (Dispersion - or Scattered) in Ya'aqob 2:8, "Nevertheless if you fulfill the Royal Law according to the scripture, ‘You will unconditionally love your neighbor as yourself,' you do well."
Why does Ya'aqob define the Law of Grace as 1) the Perfect Law of Liberty and 2) the Royal Law? Because Ya'aqob wants it to be perfectly understood that Yahushua's Law of Grace is the divine moral law of Yahuwah. By identifying the Law of Grace as both the Perfect Law of Liberty and the Royal Law, Ya'aqob makes it understood that Yahushua's Law of Grace is in fact a summation of the divine moral law of Yahuwah.
Most religious leaders today completely miss or choose to ignore Ya'aqob's explanation and teach that Yahushua's Perfect Law of Liberty IS NOT A LAW, even though its title obviously states that it is! They teach that Yahushua's Perfect Law of Liberty IS NOT comprised of requirements and enforced by sanctions. Rather, they say that the Perfect Law of Liberty is a declaration of righteousness and salvation by Christ, an offer of peace and pardon by Him, and a free promise of eternal life through Him. But they are dead wrong!
While it is certainly true that through Yahushua's sacrifice we receive the promise of eternal life, nonetheless, the promise of eternal life does come with requirements and is enforced by sanction, and this is where those religious leaders either completely miss, or choose to ignore, the truth. We simply can not just accept Yahushua's sacrifice as the sole requirement for salvation as there are further requirements. The main requirement for salvation is and always has been that we must obey Yahuwah! The sanction; we receive eternal life only if we obey His law. Read more about what must we do for salvation in our article What MUST we do to be Saved?
We would also like to point out that another way we are no longer under the "ministry of death, written in and engraved in stones" is through the fact that those who are in Yahushua are now free from the law of sin and death as confirmed in Rhomaios (Romans) 8:2 "For the law of the spirit of life in the Anointed Yahushua has made me free from the law of sin and death." What is the law of sin and death? Is it the divine moral law of Yahuwah our Eloah? Absolutely not! For the answer we simply need to look to our human nature that we inherit from Adam and Chawwah (Eve) which is Sin! And what is the result or wage of sin? Death!
We read in Rhomaios 6:22-23 "But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of Yahuwah, you have your fruit to sanctification, and the end, everlasting life. 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of Yahuwah is everlasting life in the Anointed Yahushua, our Master. That my friend is the basic law of sin and death. Those who are in Yahushua are now free from that law because they are under the Law of Grace, not under the law of sin and death. Sha'uwl (Paul) confirmed that Yahushua came to free us from the penalty of sin, which is death. Yahushua did not come to free us from the divine moral law of Yahuwah our Eloah because it is eternal. Even though Yahushua came to free us from sin and death, we are still all held accountable for our choices and our actions. The only way for us to secure eternal life is to repent from our sins and obey the divine moral law of Yahuwah our Eloah.
It is armed with this knowledge that we can now see the Shabbath in a different light, therein lies the joy, and it is the reason why we proclaim Yahuwah's Shabbath Joyous!
YashaYahuw (Isaiah) tells us that Yahuwah instructs us to "call the Shabbath a delight, the sacred day of Yahuwah honorable, and will honor Him, not doing your own ways or finding your own pleasure or speaking of business, then you will delight yourself in Yahuwah and I will cause you to ride on the high hills of the earth and feed you with the heritage of Ya'aqob your father. The mouth of Yahuwah has spoken." (YashaYahuw 58:13-14 )
These two verses are full of valuable insight that instructs us how best to live our lives. First, Yahuwah tells us that "we are to call the Shabbath a delight!" But what does that mean? Well if we look up the definition of the word delight in the Webster dictionary we read that the word delight is defined as: a strong feeling of happiness; great pleasure or satisfaction; something that makes you very happy; something that gives you great pleasure or satisfaction. So by Webster's definition, Yahuwah's Shabbath day is to be a day that brings us great pleasure, strong feelings of happiness and of satisfaction. This is far from what the traditional teachings are on the Shabbath, wouldn't you agree?
Second we read that our Eloah has declared the sacred day of Yahuwah honorable, it is a day that we are to give honor to Him by not doing our own ways or finding our own pleasure or by speaking of business.
Yahuwah instructs us that the Shabbath is to be a day for giving honor to Him, it should bring us great pleasure and strong feelings of happiness and satisfaction to do so! The Shabbath is a day set apart for us by Yahuwah, for us to concentrate on developing our spiritual relationship with Him. Although it is meant to be a day of rest from our normal work routines and a set apart time for rejuvenation, it is not a day to do nothing, as some assume. On the contrary, the Shabbath is a special day on which we intentionally change the focus of our thoughts and activities. Yahuwah intended His Shabbath to be a delightful interlude to our daily life, a time away from work during which we use that time to draw ever closer to Him. Our Eloah Yahuwah wants us to set aside time for Him, as He has done for us, and it is through keeping His Shabbath, a set apart time, that we demonstrate how very much we love Him.
Stop for a moment and think back to a moment in time with me, remember back to the time when you were a student sitting in school, longing for the embrace of warm summer days and the time gratefully spent away from all concerns of school. I can easily remember still, how as the days grew ever warmer that it became more and more difficult not to catch myself gazing out the window filled with anxious thoughts of how very much I would enjoy the fast approaching summer vacation. Sadly however, when we grow older and enter the work force those long days of summer vacations are required to be left behind. Nevertheless, my anticipation for summer vacation was never completely diminished. I was still blessed to receive a yearly vacation, a couple of weeks off every year to eagerly look forward to enjoying. Additionally, I always had the weekends, those splendid two days at the end of every workweek which I always looked to with such great anticipation. If you are anything at all like me, I imagine you too look forward to the weekend, that truly welcome break from the stress of work!
With the emotion of great anticipation, the feeling of real eagerness, enthusiastic, and excited, these are the sentiments we should invoke in ourselves as we look towards our Shabbath day of rest. As the Shabbath draws ever near we should become filled more and more with joyous anticipation the closer it becomes. We anxiously anticipate its arrival, looking forward to the special day when we put aside all the worries and concerns of our daily lives, totally letting go of all that stress with complete confidence that Yahuwah comforts us and provides for our needs if we but simply obey Him.
As a father myself, I can remember when my children were still very young, how they would run to greet me when I walked through the door after a long day at work. Many times on my drive home I would think about how they would be sitting at home anxiously awaiting my arrival. I will always deeply cherish the memories of their smiles and genuine delight that filled their faces as they leaped up into my arms. It always filled me with such a great sensation of gratitude and love, just knowing that my children were anxiously waiting to meet with a loving embrace.
How then do you think our Almighty Father Yahuwah must feel when we greet His Shabbath with loving embrace. How does He look upon us, knowing we are cultivating the attitude of great anticipation for His very special day He set aside for us?
This is how we truly show our total love for our Almighty Father Yahuwah, and this is why we call Yahuwah's Shabbath Joyous!
We earnestly hope we have answered all of your questions surrounding Yahuwah's Joyous Shabbath, and that you will choose to keep the Shabbath as commanded by Yahuwah. You will be totally blessed for doing so!
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This is a question that was often asked in the days of slavery in the United States of America, and, yes, it was asked in the northern states where slavery was just as rife as it was in the South even though history has been glossed over and basically rewritten to exclude that fact.
At the time, Few non-black people believed that it was possible for a slave to be saved, but scripture relates many stories of black slaves such as Ebed Melek (slave of the king) that were faithful to Yahuwah, and that faith is the first requirement to become a slave of Yahuwah (literally). So if that slave followed and obeyed the word of Yahuwah he was adopted into the tribe of Yahudah just as is anyone else of any color that obeys from the heart the good news of Yahushua. Yahuwah does not look on the outer person, but on the heart of that person, so skin color has no bearing on salvation. There are many examples of this in scripture with probably the best known being the Kuwshiy (Ethiopian) immersed by Phillipos.
Each and every follower of Yahushua that is in obedience to the scripture is in fact a slave of Yahuwah. Most of the words of scripture that have been rendered as "servant" actually mean "a slave or indentured person" in all languages of scripture. In fact there were slaves of every ethnic group mentioned in scripture, including the Yisra'eliym. So slaves were not defined by their skin color, but by their condition of servitude. To be a slave of Yahuwah is a wondrous thing however, and if you are not a slave of Yahuwah then you have to be a slave of satan. There is no way around it. You are a slave either way.
Fast forward to today in the United states of America, and what do we see. Skin color is still a topic which is just as prevalent and impassioned as it was in the 1800's. There exists extremist groups of every skin color, advocating that theirs is a superior race.
Let us consider the Negro, or African American as they used to prefer to be called, in the society of the United States today. Do any of them really have an idea what it is like to be a slave under a cruel taskmaster? Absolutely not! Yet still some groan and complain and say the "white man" is still trying to enslave and oppress them when that is as far from the truth as you can get. Many Negroes in the United States are not even descendants of those who were slaves but more accurately have ancestors that immigrated here well after 1865, or they themselves may be recent arrivals on these shores. I would ask, what does anyone living today in the United States know of slavery and oppression anyway? I dare say very little or nothing at all, although some Arabs living here do have slaves, usually of Indonesian origin. Rather than being oppressed, statistics show that Negroes in general are provided assistance, or as some would say, given a free ride, in almost every venue where they venture. Clearly they are given an advantage over other citizens through programs such as Affirmative Action, federal and state minority assistance programs for businesses, entrance into colleges, and other federal and state programs that also are clearly racist in their favor.
Negroes seem to think that they get a pass in being racist because they say they cannot, being black, be racist. Well I beg to differ. Most every Negro that I have had the experience of knowing was/is racist to some extent and some of them to the extreme. I believe many do it for attention and sometimes money, such as those race-baiters Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton. Take a look at some of those idiots with "Reverend" or "Bishop" in front of their names and see if they are not doing it for those very reasons.
So far as being pressed into slavery, yes, Negroes in America today are being pressed into slavery by the liberal democratic party that they swear by, and all I can say about that is if they can't wake up and see what's happening, then they deserve it. Every time one votes for the democratic party's candidate they put one more knot in their ties to slavery. Many times the only reason a Negro votes for that democratic candidate is because the candidate is either a Negro himself or supports the welfare state that so many Negroes are accustomed to and dependent upon. Is that not racist? I believe it is!
Below is a dictionary definition that makes clear the way many Negroes think today.
- ra-cism - n. The belief that race accounts for differences in human character or ability and that a particular race is superior to others. --rac"ist adj. & n.
Of course the racist, regardless of the color of his skin, believes that he belongs to the "superior race." By the definition of racism as defined above, anyone who believes that race accounts for differences in human character or ability is racist, period! Those people do not give a thought to what society needs as long as they can get free stuff from that society, as is in their belief that it is their "due," just because they feel they are entitled. Negroes who think this way, when they don't get what they want blame the "white man" and claim that he is oppressing them.
The extreme racist believes everyone in America should be separated and divided by skin color. Regrettably, this concept of division is not just restricted to skin color, but has spread to every facet of human society in America and the world. Bias can be seen everywhere against almost everything. Humans unite together in their bias against nationality, religion and/or religious denomination, language, economic status, political preference, and the list goes on and on.
Below is another dictionary definition that should be considered carefully by people of all ethnic groups.
- race - n. Human beings considered as a group.
According to the above definition there is no such thing as a "white race" or a "black race," just a human race that includes ALL ethnicities and should be called a species. That is reality and no matter how it is twisted and turned it is the truth. Actually humans are a species and all ethnic groups within that species are subspecies. The proof of that is that all ethnic groups (subspecies) of the human species are inter-fertile with all the other ethnic groups (subspecies).
Below is one more dictionary definition that should be considered carefully by people of all ethnic groups.
- hu-man - adj. 1. Of, relating to, or characteristic of human beings. 2. Having or showing those positive aspects of nature and character that distinguish human beings from the lower animals. 3. Subject to or indicative of the weaknesses, imperfections, and fragility associated with human beings. 4. Having the form of a human being. 5. Made up of human beings. --hu-man n. A human being; a person. --hu"man-hood" n. --hu"man-ness n.
Since we now know that there is only one "race" of humanity, why do certain people try to say that not all of mankind are human and do not deserve the respect of all other humans because of that fact? Because they are racist idiots, that's why. And why do some ethnicities refuse to show those positive aspects and characteristics that distinguish us from the lower animals?
With all that said I have to say most emphatically, to every one in America that continuously race bait and divide, WAKE UP! In my opinion, there is entirely way too much thought, feeling, doctrine, and attention paid to skin color by mankind. I certainly do not believe skin color matters to Yahuwah in the least little bit. Additionally I whole-heartedly believe skin color is one of the very top issues satan wants to keep at the forefront in order to promote disunity among mankind instead of the spiritual unity of the Spirit commanded in scripture. Yahuwah says we are all to be united in worship to Him, satan would have humans each have their very own eloah, and it does not matter which eloah, as long as it is not Yahuwah.
Yahuwah wants for us to have order, agreement, harmony, peace, unity and accord, while satan wants humans to have disorder, disagreement, discord, conflict, separation, and confusion if we try to follow Yahuwah. I have come to realize that satan actually wants the exact same thing for us that Yahuwah wants in a way. Scripture says that satan wants to be as Yahuwah, replacing Him and having our worship. So satan truly does want us to have order, only under his rule, satan wants us to be in agreement against Yahuwah, that we should have harmony and peace brought about through war, and for all humans to live in unity and accord in opposition to Yahuwah. Satan would have all humans believe that any path will get us to paradise, and that any and all religions are acceptable, and I think as time is growing shorter, this is the one area where satan desires the world to come into complete agreement. I know satan will do anything to keep people from learning Yahuwah's Word.
People need to get the right mind set on what really matters to Yahuwah for their salvation. There are very important reasons to separate oneself from some others of the human race, but those reasons are not based on skin color, body size, where they live, how wealthy, what language, or nationality. Those are the important things to the world, but not to Yahuwah.
It is our spiritual belief that scripture tells us why we must separate from the world and we do our best to practice that separation. Scripture clearly tells us we can not serve two masters. I think that we need to communicate precisely just what is important to Yahuwah for salvation, and that focusing on racism, bias, bigotry, intolerance and historic injustice does nothing but take one's mind off the things that are important to Yahuwah!
Yahuwah in His wisdom made His creation with great diversity, so that no two living things are identical and that all are individual. Yet every human that has, does, or will ever walk upon the face of this earth has had the same basic needs. If those needs are not fulfilled we do not survive. While we are all individuals, we are all created "the same" with respect to those requirements. Similarly, we all have the capacity to learn, think and to reason, and we all have the capacity to feel emotions. Through our life experiences our emotions are developed. As humans, we can develop strong emotional ties to subjects that are important to us. This is why it is so very important for every one of us to learn just what is important to Yahuwah for salvation.
Would it really matter if all humans are descendants of a black man, or a purple or pink man for that matter? Would it really matter if Yahushua was a Negro or not? Absolutely not! Yahusha is still Yahushua and in Yahuwah's eyes we are all His children through Yahushua which makes us all of the same family. We are all brothers regardless of our skin color and we must begin to act like it.
It is all important for us to remember that we were all born equally in sin, and each and every one of us has the same capacity to sin. Yahuwah did not send Yahushua to die for the sins of a chosen race. Yahushua died for all mankind regardless of race, color, size, or nationality.
Lastly, we need to learn to overcome any emotional reasoning that would keep us divided and unite under Yahuwah as one family, regardless of skin color, body size, where we live, how wealthy we are, what language we speak, or our nationality.
I am my brother's keeper. How about you?
Related articles which you may find to be of interest.Salvation's Path
Once Saved, Always Saved?
When Does the Shabbath Start?
The Shabbath Over the Centuries
Shabbath References in Scripture
Week Chart of the Shabbath
Racism in America
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