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- Re-posted from December 9, 2013 by LaVada
Hard, because it seems like, at least to some, that I am being totally ‘anti-Christian’ when I try to explain that we don’t celebrate Christmas anymore! But, quite the contrary, it is our goal to be like those first believers in the first century “church!” I know many who are my friends and family on Facebook think that I am a Bible fanatic! But, please, just indulge me one more time… and please think about this…
In many churches today, Christians hold up their Bibles, the Holy Scriptures, and proclaim that it is the TRUTH, and indeed, it is (Psalm 119:142); and, they say that they believe EVERYTHING that it says! (Exodus 19:8) They proclaim Jesus/Yeshua is THE SAME YESTERDAY, TODAY AND FOREVER! (Hebrews 13:8)
There is a scripture verse where Jesus says, “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.” (Matthew 5:17) But somehow, from that verse, we assert that Our Savior did not mean what He said here, and that He did, in fact, abolish at least the Laws that have to do with eating or not eating certain clean and unclean animals, and, possibly, the observing of the “Feasts of the LORD,” (Leviticus 23) and, the seventh day Sabbath (Exodus 20:8-11), of which He also proclaimed that “He” is the LORD! (Matthew 12:8; Mark 2:23; Luke 6:5)
It’s interesting that the only commandment that begins with the word, “remember” is the commandment that we have, uh… “forgotten!”
Why do we not question what we say we believe? Why do we not compare what we say we believe to what is actually taught in the Bible?
Most people, when they first become Christians, are told to read the Book of John. From that, we learn that He is “the Word,” from the beginning. (John 1:1) So, He had to have been the Word who spoke to Moses in the burning bush, and gave Moses the Torah on Mt. Sinai. We know, from this Book of John, that He, Jesus/Yeshua, said, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” (John 14:15)
We also know from this same Apostle John…
* For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome. (1 John 5:3)
So, what “commandments” are we talking about here?
Jesus… “as was His custom, he went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and he stood up to read.” (Luke 4:16) What did He read? He read from what is called the “Torah Portions,” a group of scriptures read weekly on a schedule. We know this from the passage in Luke 4 when Jesus gets up to read from the Torah scroll. He read the exact scripture that was on the schedule for that week that had been set up by the rabbis during the Babylonian exile and is still being read in synagogues today.
In Matthew 23, we find, “Then Jesus said to the crowds and to His disciples, “The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses’ seat, so practice and observe whatever they tell you–but not what they do. For they preach, but do not practice.” (Matthew 23:1-3)
In other words, when they sit in Moses’ seat, they are reading from Moses…so, do what they tell you! For it is good to follow the Commandments written down by Moses, but don’t do what the Pharisees do, because they don’t practice what they preach! It is obvious from this scripture that Jesus/Yeshua was teaching from the Torah.
So, the “commandments” Jesus was referring to in John 14:15 are, no doubt, the same commandments He gave to Moses… the same ones that all His disciples and Paul kept.
Now, — if you’re still reading — back to my original subject matter…
The “Christ Mass” is not a biblical mandate. In fact, Christmas is not in the Bible…. any check of history for December 25 will tell you that this was the birth date of the sun god, Mithra, and Constantine knew that in order to control the people, he needed to bring about a unification of the sun god worshipers and the “Christian” worshipers… political expediency. Aurelian (a predecessor to Constantine) was emperor of Rome about 270-275 A.D. and he declared December 25 the official birthday of Mithra, which was to be celebrated by all citizens.
In contrast, it is very likely that Jesus/Yeshua was conceived during Hanukkah, and born
nine months later on the first night of the Feast of Tabernacles. This timing is revealed through scripture regarding Zacharias, and the timing of his temple service. Zacharias was the husband of Elizabeth and father of John the Baptist. You can see the details of this study at: http://www.herealittletherealittle.net/index.cfm?page_name=Jesus-Birthday
You can find the Messiah in all the Feasts of the LORD. He fulfilled, in His First Coming, the first four “Feasts of the LORD,” given to the followers of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, i.e., Passover, Unleavened Bread, First Fruits, and Shavuot (Pentecost), and He will, in His Second Coming, fulfill the last three, i.e., Feast of Trumpets, Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement), and Feast of Tabernacles!
You can also find instructions from Our Creator, in His Word, to not worship Him in the same way that the heathens worship their false idols. (Deuteronomy 12:1-5)
Simply put, we have decided to follow Jesus/Yeshua! And, He kept the Sabbath, the Feasts of the LORD, and all the instructions of the Book of the Torah, the Prophets and the Writings and taught all His followers to do the same.
No, we do not think or believe that we “have arrived” at all knowledge! But He has told us, in His Word, if you seek me with all of your heart, you will find me (Jeremiah 29:13) ….so, that is what we seek to do!
It is an exciting and fun-filled journey! We have many resources; if you have any questions or would like to know a little more about this, please contact us!
Blessings and Shalom,