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;
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 Diaspora (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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