Greetings and peace to all of you.
Do you sometimes feel like you have so much on your heart that you ramble? I don’t mean the kind of rambling where you say meaningless things, but when maybe you are hard to follow because you have so many things you want to talk about. I feel that way tonite. Where do I begin?
It has been such a lovely weekend. We began with our first ever Sabbath celebration. I made Challah bread and my husband gave me the greatest compliment I have ever received from him on any bread I have made (even included the ciabatta!). We also watched the first half of “Acts” based on the book of Acts. Our day wasn’t exactly the way I envisioned a Sabbath to be, but I know these things take time. There was some resistance by a few members in the family, which I expected.
Here is a sweet picture for you: As we were cleaning up the house on Friday afternoon, my “Little Mama” was happily working and saying in a sing-songy little voice… Jesus is coming. Oh the sweetness, the innocence and preciousness of a child. No wonder Yeshua loves them so much.
Then on the first day of the week we fellowshiped with our brothers and sisters and all shared what Elohim has been teaching us. Each of us has been seeking the ways of the early church and it is so much fun to see as we seek the Truth how many of our findings are similar.
Today the girls and I went in to town to meet with a local business owner and while we were there, the conversation turned in this wonderful direction of things I have been learning and YHWH blessed me with encouragement through a brother who is already there.
Do you know how when you buy a car, suddenly you notice all the people who have that same type of car? Prior to owning one, you may have never noticed that car, but now they seem to be more noticeable.
This is my experience lately. As He is revealing new truths to me, I am running across people who are already walking in these ways… without seeking these people out.
But for me, I think it began many years ago. One of the things YHWH placed inside of me is a deep love for His people, the Jewish people. For as long as I can remember I have felt this love and it was increased even more in 1987 when I went to Israel.
In the last 14 years more than ever, He has been wooing me, drawing me closer. I have openly admitted on this blog that there have been distractions for me during this time and for that I am sorry, but my deepest desire is to follow Him, to seek Truth and obey at any cost. Over these 14 years I have wrestled with what holidays to celebrate and how to celebrate them. I have studied the Sabbath and even admitted that it seemed to be something to celebrate and then not followed it. But in His time, it is all coming together.
Last night I looked up all the verses that are used to prove that the Sabbath changed to the Day of the Sun. I do not want to make blind decisions, so I wanted to look at them objectively. I did not see it in any of them.
Here are the verses:
Acts 20:7 “Now on the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul, ready to depart the next day, spoke to them and continued his message until midnight.”
I see two options here:
First of all, there is a traditional time of meeting for the Jews at sunset for the closing of the Sabbath. It’s called a Havdalah Service and since Paul was leaving the next day, this one went especially long, until midnite. It was probably not a new time established to celebrate the resurrection and was only considered the first day of the week by the Jews because their days begin at sunset. They would have said the same thing in the Original Scriptures when referring to this same service.
Another very feasible option is that this was the annual First Fruits, which is a day commanded to be observed on the first day of the week. It takes place shortly after Passover (this was 12 days after Passover) and begins the 50 days of counting the Omer which leads to Pentecost.
1 Cor 16:2 “On the first day of the week let each one of you lay something aside, storing up as he may prosper that there be no collections when I come.”
This passage does not indicate that there was any kind of a service involved or even that it was a regular practice, only that after they received this letter, they should collect some things on the first day of the week.
Revelation 2:10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet,
I personally don’t see here why the Lord’s Day equals the first day of the week… In fact, the words in Greek could just as easily been translated the Day of the Lord, which the book of Revelation is written about. That makes more sense to me!
As far as I could find, there are no other Scriptures that could indicate any type of regular service held on the first day of the week.
However, there was a time when Christians began to celebrate on the first day of the week. It was after the Roman Empire took over and the initial disciples and apostles were all gone. Christianity was separating itself from Judaism. First of all, for me, I do not see the Sabbath as Jewish, because it was established at Creation and it was given to Moses as one of the 10 commandments, which are for all people. Second, why do we need to separate ourselves from the Jews who follow Yeshua? We are all one in Him! Also, I would rather follow the very earliest example of those who walked with Yeshua and who taught the early church before the influence of Rome and their worship of the Sun.
Just like I am stepping further into our homeschooling and going beyond “traditional homeschooling”, I also have a desire to step further into following Yeshua and go beyond the “traditional church” even the “traditional home church”. Things (in general) have a tendency to become complacent with time. What begins as a step in the right direction can easily turn into a “form” rather than something truly meaningful and producing good fruit. Does that make sense? Does anyone else see this?
Not just me, but our fellowship as a whole wants something MORE, I want something MORE for my children. I cannot be content with my present walk when there is so much MORE to learn. I never want to be content in my walk with Yeshua, in my pursuit of Truth, but always learning and always going further in. And, these are the kind of people I want to be around. People who challenge me to go beyond where I am. People who have ALREADY gone beyond.
So, with that, I will end this post and hope that my rambling thoughts can be deciphered. =)