We have spent the last several weeks immersing ourselves in practices from the Hebrew Scriptures. We have learned more about Rosh HaShanah (New Year), Yom Kippur (The Day of Atonement), the Days of Awe, and now the Feast of Booths. The Greek mindset focuses on how to do these things. Now, we do need to know how to keep these set apart times because Yeshua did; however, we need to focus on the "why" to keep them. Everything ADONAI commands us to do has a reason. When we learn the "why," the "how" will take on more meaning. In our society, we seldom ask "why" (unless you are three years old). Our focus is on the completion of a task. Let us focus on the "why" as we conclude our studies on the fall set apart days.
Why would ADONAI command His people to keep these special days? The reason appears quite simple; He commands them to be kept to keep us from the pagan worldly influences all around us. The set apart times are not optional; they are commanded. We too often overlook this fact. If we keep the Spring and Fall holidays and keep the Sabbath every week, we will greatly hinder the materialistic pagan influences from creeping into our families. Keeping the set apart times is a way to keep the world away from your home and hearts. We live in a time where there is a great demand to assimulate into the world. The Jews have faced the temptation for 7000 years; we now face the same test. There is a tendency to either compromise with the world or to create some man made barriers such as clothing to be worn, or movies to be avoided. None of these are ADONAI's methods. His methods are found in the keeping of set apart times the way he has commanded.
As we conclude this brief study, what are you going to do with it? Will it be business as usual, or will you learn the lessons and apply them to your life? My prayer is that you will will live your life ADONAI's way, the Biblical way; Yeshua's way.
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