Weekly Sabbath Survey
Remembering — 9-10-2016
I’ve heard teachings exhorting us to forget the past. We are new creatures, so we shouldn’t dwell on the past. I think this is true—to a point. But there is a difference in “dwelling” and “remembering”. Deuteronomy is full remembering, both good and bad. Remember how God led you, protected you. Remember the stupid things you did that caused real punishment, or a return trip to the Potter’s Wheel for reshaping!
When you have eaten and are full, then you must bless the Lord your God for the good land which he has given you. Beware that you do not forget the Lord your God, in not keeping His commandments and his judgments and his statutes which I [Moses] command you this day: So when you have eaten and are full, and have built nice houses and live in them . . . your heart is lifted up and you forget the Lord which has brought you. . . out of the house of bondage. [Deuteronomy 8:10 and following.]
Because of these verses, Jews to this day give thanks AFTER their daily meals. To close any gap between ‘them’ and ‘us’, this quote from The Power New Testament, including the footnote, hits the mark:
Remember in former times you were heathens in the flesh. You were called ‘uncircumcised’ [without Law] by the Jewish people. At that time you were without the Messiah and alienated from citizenship in Israel. You were aliens of the promise of the covenants* of God. You had no hope and you were in the world without God. But now you are in Messiah Yeshua. You, who were far away, have come near by means of the blood of the Messiah. [Ephesians 2:11-13]
*Paul uses the plural form “covenants” here and in Romans 9:4, implying to the translators of the Power NT that every covenant has built on the preceding ones, in contrast to the (incorrect) translation of Hebrews 8:13. The word “new” in that passage is best translated as renewed.
There were 400 years of silence between Malachi and Matthew. No prophet, no word from God, nothing. The Jewish faithful clunked along, but many grew indifferent and far away from God. Then, in the fullness of time, came the renewing and reviving of the covenants in the hearts of the those who would SEE and remember. This renewal was the addition of their final covenant, God’s final promise to them predicted in the Old Testament time after time. The Messianic Covenant.
You must remember the Law of Moses, my servant, which I commanded unto you in Horeb for all of Israel, with the statutes and judgments. Behold, I will send Elijah the prophet (John the Baptist) before the coming of the great and dreadful Day of the Lord: (The End Times) and he will turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the Earth with a curse. [Malachi 4:4-6] The end of the Old Testament.
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A scroll of the genealogy of Yeshua Mashiach, Son of David, Son of Abraham. [Matthew 1:1] In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. [John 1-2] The start of the New Testament.
Last Saturday, at sundown Jewish people the world over began a 40 day time called Teshuva. It is set aside for mourning (and remembering) one’s sins of the past year, in preparation for God’s Fall Feasts. The last ten days of this time is the Days of Awe, a time of repenting in prayer, asking forgiveness. The final day is Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, when sins are wiped away. Jews who hardly give a thought to their faith the rest of the year, on Yom Kippur wear the Yarmulke cap (Kippah), pray under the prayer shawl, and fast until sundown. They are in fear and AWE of YHVH.
This year, I’m joining in for this time of reflection and personal remembrance before the Lord. I want to do some soul searching myself. I know in Messiah, every day is Yom Kippur, we can repent and be forgiven any time we go before that throne of Grace. But I want to pray under my prayer shawl, and think of the God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, David, and Yeshua. I want to remember, confess my sins, and honor the day He designated so many thousands of years ago for the express purpose of extending forgiveness to the people He loves. I am one of those!
10 Days of Awe begin Oct. 3, Yom Kippur Oct. 12th; both start at sundown the previous day. Because the Lord said in Genesis ‘the evening and the morning were the first day, second day,’ etc. Jewish days go from sundown through the next day to sundown.
My thanks to Judy Morgan Allen for providing calendar information for the WSS.
Charlene Reams Manning, Believer in the Lord Jesus Messiah
Copyright September 2016
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