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Home Group Lesson 2

Yeshua is the Lord of Shabbat

In Leviticus 23 the Lord sets appointed times for us to meet with him and worship His presence. There are 7 Feasts / Holy Convocations:

1) Shabbat

2) Pesach

3) Habikkurim

4) Shavuot

5) Yom Teruah

6) Yom Kippur

7) Sukkot

Let’s talk today about the weekly celebration called Shabbat. On verse 3 we read: Six days shall work be done; but on the seventh day is a sabbath of solemn rest, a holy convocation; you shall do no work; it is a sabbath to the LORD in all your dwellings.”

Yeshua is the Shabbat. We need to learn how to enter in His full rest, knowing that HE IS.

Holy Convocation = Shabbat

Whenever we read on the bible the expression “holy convocation”, it means that day is a Shabbat.

We have the weekly Shabbat and the Shabbat of the Biblical feasts, and these Shabbatot can be in any day of the week, depending on the biblical calendar.

We can and should worship and pray to the Lord every day, but on Shabbat he wants to have an encounter with us. That’s an ETERNAL commandment, and if it is eternal it can’t be changed.

At the end of the sixth day God created Adam. Genesis 1:27:

“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.”

God created and blessed man and his wife and did that in the end of the sixth day so man can’t receive the glory for anything, because all creation belongs to God, all honor and glory be to Him.

After that the Lord blessed the seventh day. Genesis 2:3:

 So God blessed the seventh day and hallowed it, because on it God rested from all his work which he had done in creation.

“At that time Jesus went through the grain fields on the sabbath; his disciples were hungry, and they began to pluck heads of grain and to eat.
But when the Pharisees saw it, they said to him, “Look, your disciples are doing what is not lawful to do on the sabbath.”
He said to them, “Have you not read what David did, when he was hungry, and those who were with him:
how he entered the house of God and ate the bread of the Presence, which it was not lawful for him to eat nor for those who were with him, but only for the priests?
Or have you not read in the law how on the sabbath the priests in the temple profane the sabbath, and are guiltless?
I tell you, something greater than the temple is here.
And if you had known what this means, `I desire mercy, and not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the guiltless.
For the Son of man is lord of the sabbath.”
Matthew 12:1-8

The importance of separating the Sabbath to worship the Lord, comes from the beginning. We have to learn to discern “servile work” from “serve/work for the lord” on Shabbat. The religious put a weight on the Sabbath resting that is not biblical and not real. One thing is to serve Mammon (working for money) and another is to serve God (working with love, without expecting any reward). Paid work on Shabbat is unblessed, both in eastern and western world. Differently, who works for the Kingdom of God is not disrespecting the commandment to keep the Sabbath for the Lord, “for from him and through him and to him are all things.” Romanos 11:36

The Lord determined times and seasons, there are times in the Bible that are mysteries, for example, the date of birth of Yeshua. Through Bible studies we can say it was between Yom Teruah and Succot, but it’s not revealed the exact date. About the sacrifice (death) of the lamb it is informed the exact date as we see in Leviticus 23:5In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month in the evening, is the LORD’s Passover.”

Exodus 12:6 and you shall keep it until the fourteenth day of this month, when the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill their lambs in the evening.”

We believe that when the Lord sets an appointed date, it’s because he wants to have a meeting with us, so we should not celebrate it on the day that best suits us, because in so doing we will be like the foolish virgins: Matthew 25:7-13

“Then all those maidens rose and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said to the wise, `Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out. ‘But the wise replied, `Perhaps there will not be enough for us and for you; go rather to the dealers and buy for yourselves. ‘And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast; and the door was shut. Afterward the other maidens came also, saying, `Lord, lord, open to us.’ But he replied, `Truly, I say to you, I do not know you.’ Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.”

We are in a season of seeking and restoring the truth, because only the truth will set us free, seeking Yeshua, for he is the way the truth and the life. We have to be like the wise virgins, be aware of the times determined by the Lord and not by men.

We should not choose what to keep or how to serve, since there is only one path and that path is Yeshua.

The Lord has a promise to the Gentiles who do not bow to the Roman tradition, in Isaiah 56 :

“Thus says the LORD: “Keep justice, and do righteousness, for soon my salvation will come, and my deliverance be revealed.

Blessed is the man who does this, and the son of man who holds it fast, who keeps the sabbath, not profaning it, and keeps his hand from doing any evil.”

Let not the foreigner who has joined himself to the LORD say, “The LORD will surely separate me from his people”; and let not the eunuch say, “Behold, I am a dry tree.”

For thus says the LORD: “To the eunuchs who keep my sabbaths, who choose the things that please me and hold fast my covenant,

I will give in my house and within my walls a monument and a name better than sons and daughters; I will give them an everlasting name which shall not be cut off.

“And the foreigners who join themselves to the LORD, to minister to him, to love the name of the LORD, and to be his servants, everyone who keeps the sabbath, and does not profane it, and holds fast my covenant–

these I will bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer; their burnt offerings and their sacrifices will be accepted on my altar; for my house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples.

Thus says the Lord GOD, who gathers the outcasts of Israel, I will gather yet others to him besides those already gathered.”

All you beasts of the field, come to devour– all you beasts in the forest.

His watchmen are blind, they are all without knowledge; they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; dreaming, lying down, loving to slumber.

The dogs have a mighty appetite; they never have enough. The shepherds also have no understanding; they have all turned to their own way, each to his own gain, one and all.

“Come,” they say, “let us get wine, let us fill ourselves with strong drink; and tomorrow will be like this day, great beyond measure.”

The Shabbat does not belong to the week, the Shabbat belongs to the Lord, Yeshua haMashiach is the Shabbat. Remove the old Roman garments and clothe yourself with the white garments of Yeshua, Jewish, Israeli, Lord of the Shabbat.

We should seek to be holy because he is Holy, the Lord exalted above everything and everyone.

In the sublime love of Yeshua haMashiach