Aaliyah, a two years old child from South Africa, sits at her window sill waiting for daddy to come home. She tends to look out the window and see all the cars passing by; however, she recognizes daddy’s blue car as he pulls up the driveway, beeps his horn, wave at his daughter with a great big smile on his face, walks up the door and rings the doorbell. With a big happy smile on her face, Aaliyah says, “Daddy, daddy, daddy!” and runs to the door. Of course, mommy has to make sure that Aaliyah doesn’t open the door to strangers, so mommy reminds Aaliyah, “Be sure to tell mommy when the door rings, and I will open the door, ok?” With all the excitement and a big grin in her face, Aaliyah says, “Mommy, ok mommy” and nods her head yes in complete agreement.
Then, as mommy opens the door, dad walks into the house. Aaliyah starts jumping up for joy! She extends her arms out father and says, “Daddy!” He bends forward and gives Aaliyah a great big hug. Then, Aaliyah wraps her arms around her father’s neck and cleaves to her father. It is at this point that the father picks Aaliyah up into his arms as he walks into his dwelling place, a typical afternoon for Aaliyah. Though she may not know any better, Aaliyah has learned a very valuable lesson that we as adults apply in our spiritual walk with the Heavenly Father.
Unlike many who reason that Sabbath Observance is an unbearable yoke, Messianic Jews anticipate to meet with the Heavenly Father at his appointed time.
Messianic Jews keep the Sabbath because the Heavenly Father Himself instructed that “These are His appointed festivals, which weare to proclaim as official days for holy assembly” (reference Leviticus 23:3b). The Bible continues on to say, “You have six days each week for your ordinary work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath day of complete rest, an official day for holy assembly. It is Hashem’s Sabbath day, and it must be observed wherever you live” (Leviticus 23:4). In other words, we know the appointed time to meet with the Heavenly Father, anticipate it and call out for Him at the appropriate time.
After each day with the passing moment, Messianic Jews look forward to the Sabbath’s arrival. It really doesn’t make difference whether we gather at home with close friends and relatives or at a local assembly; we simply look forwards to the time that we can meet with the Heavenly Father at His appointed time and make a sacred assembly. Why is it that we anticipate the Sabbath? We anticipate the Sabbath because it is the day designated by the Heavenly Father for us to know Him (reference Exodus 31:13, Isaiah 58:13-4, Ezekiel 20:12, and Ezekiel 20:19-20). We also understand that the Sabbath is the day that consecrates us and sets us apart for the Heavenly Father (reference Exodus 31:13).
Contrary to what many allege, the Bible continues to inform us that we have not received a spirit that makes us fearful slaves. Instead, we received The Heavenly Father’s Spirit when he adopted us as his own children. Thus, we now call him, ‘Abba, Father’” (reference Romans 8:15). So when the Sabbath arrives, we extend our arms out to Him as the Bible prescribes us to do: “Lift up holy hands in prayer, and praise Hashem” (Psalm 134:2). The Bible informs further that “[…] because we are his children, Elohim has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out, ‘Abba, Father’” (Galatians 4:6), so it is His Spirit that resides within us that allows for us to worship accordingly. In other words, Messianic Jews experience the same kind of joy that Aaliyah experiences as she waits and greets her father.
Just as much as we anticipate the Sabbath’s arrival, so too we look forward to the prophetic biblical promises held in store for those who keep the Heavenly Father’s instructions.
For Messianic Jews, the Sabbath is not just a particular day wherewith to gather on; it’s about looking forward to the day when the Heavenly Father comes to reside with His creation, mankind (reference Revelation 21:1-8). In fact, Yeshua spoke clearly about this deep inner desire that we continue to have deep within our hearts (reference Matthew 5:8, cross-reference Job 19:26). Yes, we understand that we currently do not possess the ability to see the Creator with our very own eyes (reference Exodus 33:20); however, we also understand that our physical bodies’ current subjection to mortality with not always prevail in preventing us from seeing the Heavenly Father face to face because we will not always be subject to such mortal conditions (reference Isaiah 51:14, 1 Corinthians 15:52-4). “Our Elohim is a Elohim who saves! The Sovereign Hashem rescues us from death” (Psalm 68:20), the Bible says. Knowing what the Scriptures say gives us great pleasure in looking forward to the day that death itself is judge and removed from our midst so that we can have the eternal condition to perceive the Heavenly Father for who He really is (reference 2 Corinthians 5:2-4).
So, what’s the association between the Sabbath, death’s cessation and the Heavenly Father making His residence with mankind? Two main reasons exist. In Hebrew, the noun Shabbat also means to “cause to cease, put an end to something and remove (Strong’s Concordance of the Bible 2014). Provided that the Bible speaks about death being removed, we too associate meeting with the Heavenly Father on His Appointed Times & Seasons as a hope to look forward to, the day when death will no longer prevail in these mortal bodies. Secondly, we know that in Hebrew, nouns stem from their verbal counterparts. Thus yoshav, which is the verbal Qal variant of Shabbat, means “to dwell, remain, sit, and abide” (Strong’s Concordance of the Bible 2014). Hence, our obedience to heeding the Heavenly Father’s Appointed Times & Seasons leads us to having the hope that the Heavenly Father will one day reside among us when He allows for us to possess eternal life conditions.
After discussing to the prophetic biblical promises held in store for those who keep the Heavenly Father’s instructions, we would like to end this study with these last thoughts.
We understand that many will harden their hearts from obeying the Heavenly Father’s instructions (reference Romans 9:18-25). It’s not for us to point out the errors of other people’s ways. Instead, we should always focus our attention to listening to the Heavenly Father’s words as the Spirit guides us to obey His instructions as well look forward to the day we meet with Him and embrace Him. Lastly, we should always look forward to making our Heavenly Father happy when He comes to meet with us.
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