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From 8thDay4Life: My New Sabbath

Used by permission from 8thDay4Life.  You can read 8thDay’s blog HERE.  Highly recommended!

My New Sabbath
By 8thday4life

This Saturday morning, as we were rushing out of the house earlier than we ever did to attend church on Sabbath (Saturday) morning, I realized how much joy I would be missing if I were still there – or if I was lying around in my P.J.’s till 2 p.m. like we did in the Hebrew Roots Movement.  We had Sabbath-keeping down to a science – just as the Israelites were told to stay in their tents and not cook, we managed to follow those guidelines pretty well.  We really did REST, and only met for fellowship in the evening.  We were pretty righteous.

Today, I can’t tell you what we did, because then I’d lose my reward, but I have to say, nothing in life has given me more joy than what I am doing now, nor have I ever seen God move in more amazing ways.  We are back to meeting on Saturday evenings like we used to, with our present ministry fellowship group, after a long day of …. work.  God provided more today for what we do, than we have room to even store, or time to sort. In one day!  What a waste it was to sit around and pride ourselves on how right we were.  This was not the obedience God desired, or blessed.  We were left spiritually dying, in agony – cold, hard, without compassion.  Now we are like trees planted by the water and He is with us and sustaining us.  People can argue all day in words about what obedience is, what God wants from us, and how wrong Christians are for not observing the Torah as given to Moses.  But I have walked in Torah, and I have walked with Jesus, and there is such a big difference, words become pointless.  It’s like having had McDonalds all your life, then being invited to a steak dinner.  Some people are addicted to the junk and don’t want the steak.  But I say… pass me the garlic butter and a knife.  I’m too busy to even proof read this so my apologies.  Praying for more time to share.

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6 Responses

  1. Hello!

    You wrote: “for not observing the Torah as given to Moses. But I have walked in Torah, and I have walked with Jesus,”

    [To differentiate,] The historical Messiah was a Ribi [a title similar to Rabbi] named Yehoshua.

    His authentic teachings were written down by his apprentice student Matityahu and were later redacted into the “gospel of Matthew”. In his true teachings one finds that he taught – just that which is written in the Tank’’h) – that humankind is required to do their utmost to keep the directives in Torah non-selectively. The followers of Ribi Yehoshua were called the Netzarim and their message was always antithetical to Christianity [note 1].

    The Netzarim never accepted the “NT”, because its teachings contradict Torah. [2] “Jesus” is a counterfeit of the historical Ribi Yehoshua. To follow the “gospel”-teachings is the opposite of following Torah [note 2]. There is a contradiction between following “Jesus” and between following the Torah.

    Relating to the Creator exactly in the same way Ribi Yehoshua did – i.e. observing the Creators directives in the Torah – leads oneself into an intimate relationship with the Creator, which is very meaningful!

    Notes:
    1.These statements are proved in the website of Netzarim: *link removed* [the only legitimate Netzarim, located in Ra’anana in Israel; All other “Netzarim” are imposters.]

    2. Proof in this link on my blog: *link removed*

    [Sorry, Anders – you may not post links to anti-Christ sites here. -JGIG]

    • Hi Anders –

      I continue to pray for you and that Messiah Yeshua (Jesus the Christ) and the New Life He provides would be revealed to you.

      Blessings and prayers,

      -JGIG

  2. Hi Anders! :) I knew that sentence was going to bother someone.

  3. What anders is referring to is the Ebionites which was an apostate break off from the earliest jewish believers who did accept the new testament paul writtings and virgin birth in the whole.

    the Ebionite did not accept paul writtings and only use the gospel of matthew in my understand and they did not believe in the virgin birth I believe.

    some good information on the group

    http://christianthinktank.com/qnazonly.html

    which shows the earliest jewish believers were not anti-pauline or anti new testament wise whatsoever.

  4. If you go to christian think tank

    Master Index of Subjects and Questions

    they have some good articles that debunked the idea that paul was anti Jesus or anti law.

    • Thanks, Travis. I’ve read a few things there . . . like with anything, read with discernment =o). They bring out some really good points. Fair warning – they’re even more long-winded than me!

      -JGIG

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