Shabbat Shalom, Y'all and I pray you are prepared and ready to rest, refresh, renew and enjoy time with our loving Heavenly Father. I treasure my Sabbath time and look forward to it every week.
Here's a song that's been on my heart this week since we just observed Yom Kippur. If My People is based on this Scripture:
"If my people,
who are called by My Name,
will humble themselves
and seek My face
and turn from their wicked ways,
then will I hear from heaven
and will forgive their sin
and will heal their land."
2 Chronicles 7:14
Many of you have heard this verse, probably all of your life if you're like me, and grew up in a Baptist Church. I always reverently bowed my head and searched my heart for sins. Not until I became a Messianic believer did I truly understand the full meaning of the verse. If you study the chapters prior to this verse, you'll see that the people had turned away from Torah, from His laws, His Sabbath, His Feasts and Festivals, and had embraced false gods. Hashem was telling them the only way to be forgiven and to heal their land was to begin to follow Him again.
This has not changed for those of us reading the Bible today. He expects us to turn away from false gods, including teachers who tell us it's no longer necessary to obey his laws or observe His Sabbath and Feasts and Festivals. That is what He means when He says, "Turn from your wicked ways." I was humbled when I first understood this, and I pray you will be, too, if you're only understanding this for the first time.
Hashem forgives our sins through Yeshua's blood, and that's the only way of forgiveness. But He also expects us to follow and obey His Torah. This is the message Yeshua and the disciples taught.
"Go therefore and make disciples of all nations,
immersing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Ruach ha-Kodesh,
teaching them to observe all I have commanded you. (Matthew 28:19-20 TLV)
If you believe Yeshua is God in the flesh, and that He is the same yesterday, today and forever, then my beloved Gail-Friends, He would not disobey the Torah. He would follow it - and He did. If you say you are following Yeshua and you sit under someone who teaches you to disobey His Sabbath, you are not following Him. If you are following a religion that teaches you to disobey His laws, you are following a false religion and a false gospel.
I pray you will prayerfully consider these things. Read the Torah (the first five books of the Old Testament) first and foremost. I think of this as Bible 101 - the basis of all Scripture. Next, read the four gospels of the New Testament - Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Notice where Yeshua went, what He read, what He did, what He said, which Sabbath He observed, and that He observed the Feasts and Festivals. This is the real, and the only, Messiah. Follow Him, not the false religions being promoted today. You will be blessed and find life.