The Seventh Day Shabbat

The Shabbat is truly a blessing that YAHUAH has given us.  I have been keeping Shabbat for 14 years now and I love it more with each passing week.  When I was a teenager, I began reading the scriptures cover to cover every year.  I remember reading about the Shabbat and wondering why we were resting on the first day, I never saw that it was changing in the scriptures.  In my mid-twenties, I worked up the courage to ask the church leadership that I was under at the time about the seventh day Shabbat and they pretty much just said that keeping the seventh day Shabbat was a law that we weren’t bound to anymore.  On the surface I accepted their answer but on the inside I believed that they were wrong.  If the fourth commandment wasn’t valid anymore, what about the other nine commandments?

Around the time that I started asking questions, I went to one of the office supply stores for a new planner and what did I find????? Planners that started on Monday making Sunday the 7th day of the week!!! What!!!!!

A few months before I turned 26, I met my husband who had grown up a Shabbat keeper.  Though we had a few debates early on about the Shabbat, I knew that he was right and I was glad he showed me the historical facts revealing the whole truth.

We’ve been married a little over 14 years and the Shabbat is a permanent foundation in our home.  I love it.  I look forward to it.  As we have continued to grow together, we have learned even more.  I invite you to learn more as well in this encouraging, revealing message presented by my husband on the Shabbat:

The Seventh Day Shabbat

Here are some key verses regarding the Shabbat:

Shabbat is keep in heaven and keep by two classes of angels Yovheliym (Jubliees) 2:18-19   – this was spoken to Mosheh by the angel of presence when he was on the mountain 40 days and nights (see Yovheliym 2:1 and 50:13)

Shabbath…to eat, to drink and to Bless YAHUAH. Yovheliym (Jubliees) 2:22

Shabbat is a Delight YeshaYahu 58:13-14

Shabbath is a sign through all generations.  Shemoth (Exodus) 31:12-17

Shabbath…All Flesh Shall Come to Worship. YeshaYahu (Isaiah 66:22-23)

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YAHUAH, Make My Prayers to Become Strong Walls

 

Lately, when things have been happening that are concerning and I find myself in need of encouragement, I often read the Cepher of Chanok, Esda 4 and The Cepher of Baruk  Sheniy also called Baruk 2.  These three books are powerful in describing the end times.  In my opinion they further back up and are in conjunction with words that YAHUSHA HaMashiach spoke, Sha’ul, Yachucanon, Kepha and the prophets wrote.  If you have not read them, I highly implore to read them – you will not only be blessed but your belief will grow and you will be encouraged.

One day recently, I was just beginning to read Baruk 2 and I found some words.  Before I tell you the words I want to give you a background on Baruk.

Baruk was a prophet during the time of Yirmeyahu and they had a good brotherly relationship and cried out for the sins of their people.  There are two cephers written by him.  1 Baruk opens during fifth year, seventh day of a month when the Kadiym took Yerushalayim while Yahuyaqiym king of Yahudah was ruling.  He was the son Neriyahu, the son of Ma’aseyahu, the son of Cedekyahu, the son of Acadyahu, the son Qelkyahu.  He wrote Baruk 1 while they were in Babel, and read it in the hearing of the Yahuyaqiym, the nobles, the kings sons, the elders and all who dwelt by the river Cud. After reading it they wept, fasted, prayed, took up an offering and sent it to Yerushalayim to ask for somethings and to ask for prayer repenting of their sins of not obeying YAHUAH.  In Chapter 2:21-35 YAHUAH responds to their prayer, giving them instruction. In Chapter 3, I believe that Baruk starts praying and encourages the people to turn to YAHUAH.  Here are some of my favorite words he says:

“I have put off the clothing of peace, and put upon me the sackcloth of my prayer:  I will cry unto the Everlasting in my days.  Be of good cheer, O my children, cry unto YAHUAH, and He will deliver you from the power and hand of the enemies.  For my hope is in the Everlasting, that He will save you; and joy is come unto me from the Holy One, because of the mercy which shall soon come unto you from the Everlasting our Saviour.” 1 Baruk 4:20-22

2 Baruk opens during the twenty fifth year of Yekonyahu, King of Yahudah when YAHUAH speaks to Baruk.  Before I tell you what is said here, I highly encourage you to read 2 Baruk, the conversation between YAHUAH and Baruk is fascinating.  Baruk is told to fast many times, then he is shown many things and he asks YAHUAH questions and YAHUAH answers him!  AWESOME and Eye-Opening are the things that are revealed to Baruk.

Anyways, in 2 Baruk Chapter 1, YAHUAH talks about the sins that the two tribes have been committing and they “will be scattered among other people” and that they will be “chastened.”  Now in 2 Baruk Chapter 2, YAHUAH says:

“For I have said these things to you that you may bid Yirmeyahu, and all those that are like you, to retire from this city.  For your works are to this city as a firm pillar, and your prayers as a strong wall.”

YAHUAH said that Baruks prayers are as a strong wall!  Those are some serious prayers.  I don’t know all of his prayers, but I don’t believe that they were haphazard prayers.  Futhermore based upon 1 Baruk Chapters 3, 4 and 5 and the recorded prayers in 2 Baruk, I believe that his prayers were honest, open, humble, repentful, always extolling YAHUAH and asking for mercy.  He is often weeping for the sins of the people and the affliction of Tsiyon.

After reading these words, I have been encouraged to pray more and more.  I want my prayers to become a strong wall.

 

 

Who Was She? Deborah, Channah, Edna and Sarah – Instructions of a Father and A Mother Weeps

I am finally finishing this devotion about four awesome women Deborah, Edna, Channah and Sarah.  These women’s stories are found in the The Cepher of Toviyahu also called Tobit, which is found in The Cepher and Apocrypha.  Please feel free to read the first two posts: Who Was She? Deborah, Channah, Edna and Sarah and Who Was She? Deborah, Channah, Edna and Sarah – Desperate Prayers.

One day Tobit (Toviyahu Senior), remembered some money that he had given Gavay’el in Rages of Madai to keep.    So he called his son Toviyahu to come to him and then he gave him some words of instruction in Chapter 4:3-21.

  • Bury me and despise not your mother.  Honor her, grieve her not and bury her next to me.
  • Keep your mind on Adonai Elohaynu,
  • Do not have a lifestyle of sin.
  • Be honest.
  • Give when you have substance to the poor.
  • Stay away from whoring and only take a woman of your fathers.
  • Love your brethren and despise not your  brethren in your heart.
  • Pay wages any man due quickly.
  • Watch what you do.
  • Do not be drunk.
  • Get wise council from wise people, not from the unwise.
  • Bless YAHUAH Elohiym always, that your ways will be directed, that your paths and counsels prosper.
  • Don’t worry that we are poor, for you will have much wealth if you fear Elohim, depart from sin and do what is pleasing in His sight.

The instructions that Tobvit gives Toviyahu are very important and he passed them down to help his son.  Toviyahu then answers his father, Tobit, agreeing to do all that he is asked however he doesn’t know how to find Gavay’el.  Tobit then writes everything down and tells his son to go and find a man to go on his journey with him.

When Toviyahu went seeking a man, he found Rapha’el, though he did not know that the man whom he was talking to was a messenger of YAHUAH.  Toviyahu then takes him to his father, Tobit.  Tobit asks the man his name and where he is from.

The messenger says that his name is “Azaryahu and that he is the son Chananyahu the great of your brethren.”

Then Tobit tells Toviyahu to prepare for the journey and sends them off with these words:

“Go with this man, and ELOHIYM, which dwells in heaven prosper your journey, and the angel of ELOHIYM keep you company.” Toviayhu/Tobit 5:16

Tobit did not know that Azaryahu was an angel/messenger of ElOHIYM!!!

A Weeping Mother

After Toviyahu left, Channah his mother wept and said to her husband:

Tobit had been blind for many years approximately 8 (see chapter 14:2 which says “which was restored to him after eight years”), and their life had become a little rough.  Even though she was doing women’s work, they were now poor.  With Toviyahu being their only son, she did not want anything to happen to him.  She was content with what she had.  She did not want to expend their son, for personal gain.

Tobit comforted her with these words:

I love it!  Instead of berating her for her tears and her tenderness toward her son like many would do today, he comforted her.  Today many might say to her:

“Woman stop all that crying.  He is going to get my money.”

“Can’t let him be a momma’s boy, he has to become a man some day.”

“Stop crying, you can’t manipulate me with your tears!”

None of that, not even close.  Yitschaq comforted Rivqah when she wept for Ya’aqov and with similar words:

I think that he was just as concerned for their son as she was, but this was not the time to show it.  Now his wife needed comfort.  A husband’s words truly make a difference to a wife.  My husband’s words have been a great source of comfort, when I have been in sorrow or concerned.  He will often stop in his busy day and pray for me and the kids.  This is truly a blessing.

Next we read of the journey and….there is a wedding!!!!!!