bless the jews
whatto mean

Johor Bahru, Malaysia

#6188 Aug 26, 2013
"The Lord allows trials, weaknesses and bodily ill-health not to make us experience pain, but through it make us spiritually strong in order to give us the eternal treasures that He has in store for us individually.

Temporal ill-health and wounds that we experience in this physical body is like a spiritual barbell that God gives us to handle, in fact only when we face it by the grace of God day in and day out, we can experience the spiritual improvement of Christ-likeness seen through us.

So many times when you see that you are not healed, you should not even for a minute doubt whether God can heal or is it the will of God for me to be healed? All you need to understand is that, God has promised restoration of health and healing of the wounds that we experience externally and internally because of the hard trails we go through, but the promise comes to pass in His appointed time and not at the time we wish we want it.

So every trial that you face is for your own eternal good, and you will understand why God did not heal you when you stand before the throne of God and see the great reward that you get that will stay with you forever and ever. At that time, you would say thanks to God from a grateful heart because God did not answer your prayer for healing immediately but instead He has allowed you to face the infirmity and have made you stand by faith until His appointed time in which the whole internal work of building the spiritual Character for your own eternal good and thereby storing treasures in heaven for all of it would have been done. God is with you in sickness and in health, but all that happens in your life is for your eternal good.

So even if you do not understand why bad things have happened to you who is good follower of Jesus, wait for restoration and healing time which is appointed for you by God in this earth itself, even if not now God will reward you with a new glorious body free of sin, sickness and death in the soon coming days, until then keep praising and thanking God because it is for your good that God has allowed all of this in your earthly pilgrimage for a mighty heavenly eternal reward.

Seeing the inconvenience of temporal pain or discomfort, do not become grumpy, fuming and fretting against God and your situation to miss the eternal gain that is ahead. Without pain, there can be no gain in the spiritual world too."
marry not thou must

Johor Bahru, Malaysia

#6189 Aug 26, 2013
Suddenly, something clicked within my mind. I thought,“Why am I chasing marriage when it cannot provide the unconditional love that my heart craves? Only Christ offers everything I need.” With this new perspective, I relinquished to God my demand to get married. I still wanted to find a spouse someday, but I no longer considered marriage necessary to complete my life. If I remained single for the rest of my life, that was okay—God promised to fulfill my heart.

When we demand that God bring us a mate, we block His love from enhancing our social life. The anger that we harbor builds a wall between us and Him. If we are honest with ourselves, we realize that our demand for marriage is a refusal of God’s love because we want our selfish desires met. God will never stop loving us, but we ignore Him when we desperately seek a human being to make us happy. Furthermore, whatever we depend upon for our happiness will wind up controlling us. If we believe that we need a human spouse to be satisfied, then people, rather than God, will dictate our lives.

God is in control of everything, but He does not intervene just to make our lives easy. He had no intention of making a woman magically appear and fall in love with me. Instead, God wanted to use His power to mature me into someone who would initiate sacrificial love towards other people. I wanted to get love, while God was teaching me to give love.
marry not thou must

Johor Bahru, Malaysia

#6190 Aug 26, 2013
Likewise, God is working in your life to help you meet and love other people. However, you make the final choice as to whom you accept and whom you reject.

When you interact with another person, you have the freedom to decide which direction your relationship will take. You can choose to become romantic, just be friends, or end your time together and separate. In addition, the other person has a decision in the matter, which means he can influence the outcome.

Consequently, a relationship will not develop unless both of you decide to love each other. On the other hand, if you or the other person make selfish decisions, your relationship may crumble.

The desire for marriage is a fair request, but the consequences of living in a fallen world can prevent people from reaching that goal. For instance, you can pursue someone romantically, but that individual may choose to ignore you, a crisis or illness could hinder you, or that person may decide to leave you. The sins of humanity create numerous barriers to good relationships.

Yet, why is life so hard sometimes? Why doesn’t God use His power to protect us from pain? Actually, God is at work, but in a different way than some of us realize.

God uses His sovereign power to encourage people to love each other, but He also allows us to make selfish choices that can tear us apart. God permits calamity so that we can experience His greatest gift – a free will. Without free will, you and I would be robots or lifeless, stuffed animals.

Fortunately, God limits His power to let us make our own choices in life. Does your free will nullify God’s omnipotence? No, as Psalm 37:23 says,“The steps of a man are established by the Lord.” God is so powerful that He can allow you to choose and still work the outcome for His glory.

Why is free will so important? God wants you to enjoy true love, and true love cannot exist without a choice. If you were forced to love God or another person, then love would disappear, and you would be under manipulation. Free will is the key ingredient to true love.

Therefore, finding an earthly spouse will not occur through demanding God to miraculously bring someone to your doorstep. Marriage is not a predetermined process that happens mysteriously. You will get frustrated if you believe that God mystically pairs people together. If God predetermines marriage, then why doesn’t He stop divorce? Instead, God lets us make the decision to love or the decision to leave...
marry not thou must

Johor Bahru, Malaysia

#6191 Aug 26, 2013
Likewise, God is working in your life to help you meet and love other people. However, you make the final choice as to whom you accept and whom you reject. When you interact with another person, you have the freedom to decide which direction your relationship will take. You can choose to become romantic, just be friends, or end your time together and separate. In addition, the other person has a decision in the matter, which means he can influence the outcome.

Consequently, a relationship will not develop unless both of you decide to love each other. On the other hand, if you or the other person make selfish decisions, your relationship may crumble.

The desire for marriage is a fair request, but the consequences of living in a fallen world can prevent people from reaching that goal. For instance, you can pursue someone romantically, but that individual may choose to ignore you, a crisis or illness could hinder you, or that person may decide to leave you. The sins of humanity create numerous barriers to good relationships.

Yet, why is life so hard sometimes? Why doesn’t God use His power to protect us from pain? Actually, God is at work, but in a different way than some of us realize.

God uses His sovereign power to encourage people to love each other, but He also allows us to make selfish choices that can tear us apart. God permits calamity so that we can experience His greatest gift – a free will. Without free will, you and I would be robots or lifeless, stuffed animals. Fortunately, God limits His power to let us make our own choices in life. Does your free will nullify God’s omnipotence? No, as Psalm 37:23 says,“The steps of a man are established by the Lord.” God is so powerful that He can allow you to choose and still work the outcome for His glory.

Why is free will so important? God wants you to enjoy true love, and true love cannot exist without a choice. If you were forced to love God or another person, then love would disappear, and you would be under manipulation. Free will is the key ingredient to true love.

I recognized the importance of this truth
Therefore, finding an earthly spouse will not occur through demanding God to miraculously bring someone to your doorstep. Marriage is not a predetermined process that happens mysteriously. You will get frustrated if you believe that God mystically pairs people together. If God predetermines marriage, then why doesn’t He stop divorce? Instead, God lets us make the decision to love or the decision to leave
marry not thou must

Johor Bahru, Malaysia

#6192 Aug 26, 2013
God brings people across your path and encourages you to love them, but He lets you manage your relational responses. Thus, marriage revolves around deliberately making choices to love another person. You can improve your opportunities for romance by getting out and choosing to sacrificially love people. Or, you can opt for selfish or reclusive behavior and diminish your relational prospects. The quality of your social life hinges on the choices you make.

Does God promise you a spouse? Yes, as the bride of Jesus Christ. Does God promise you an earthly spouse? No, because finding a husband is a process, in which two people decide to sacrifice themselves for each other’s benefit. So, don’t let the goal of earthly marriage control your life. Otherwise, you will become miserable, because you cannot control the future or free will of other people.

God wants your spiritual marriage to be your heart’s primary source of love and acceptance. Earthly relationships are the avenues to express His love to others. The more you love other people, the more you increase opportunities for an intimate relationship to develop. God may not orchestrate a passionate romance on earth, but He promises a life of passion to enjoy with Him.
spring

Johor Bahru, Malaysia

#6193 Aug 29, 2013
Happy and fortunate are you who cast your seed upon all waters [when the river overflows its banks; for the seed will sink into the mud and when the waters subside, the plant will spring up; you will find it after many days and reap an abundant harvest], you who safely send forth the ox and the donkey [to range freely].

Oh, that you had hearkened to My commandments! Then your peace and prosperity would have been like a flowing river, and your righteousness [the holiness and purity of the nation] like the [abundant] waves of the sea.
Isaiah 48:18

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sing for Joy

Johor Bahru, Malaysia

#6194 Aug 29, 2013
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Hark, your watchmen lift up their voices; together they sing for joy; for they shall see eye to eye the return of the Lord to Zion.

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Break forth joyously, sing together, you waste places of Jerusalem, for the Lord has comforted His people, He has redeemed Jerusalem!

Isaiah 52:8-9
pray in tongues mysteries

Johor Bahru, Malaysia

#6196 Sep 9, 2013
When we pray in tongues, mysteries are being revealed to our spirit man. The apostle John declared that the Holy Spirit would show us things to come, bring all things to our remembrance, enlighten and empower us to glorify Christ, manifest His life, and do the works that Christ did (see John 16:7-15; 14:12,26). If we want to be built up in God and edify our spirits with the charge of God’s power, then we need to pray often in our spirit language.

The Greatest Gift

All works of God are accomplished by His Spirit and His Word. We can be filled with His Word by studying the Bible, memorizing Scripture and listening to anointed biblical teaching and preaching. We are filled with His Spirit when we are baptized in the Holy Spirit, which gives us the gift of being able to pray in unknown tongues, or a spirit language.
feast of trumpets

Johor Bahru, Malaysia

#6197 Sep 11, 2013
As we enter the Feast of Trumpets (Rosh Hashanah), let the trumpet sound into the heart and soul of the church to awaken to its firstborn brethren to the call of unity in the family of G-d and say,“Israel, come forth!"....
baruch adonai elohey

Johor Bahru, Malaysia

#6199 Sep 12, 2013
Baruch Adonai Elohey Yisrael
Adonai Blessed is the Lord
Baruch Adonai Elohey Yisrael
Adonai Blessed is the Lord

Min ha-olam v'ad ha-olam
Praise His name forever and again
Min ha-olam v'ad ha-olam
Blessed is the Lord the God of Israel

Chorus:
So let the nations sing and praise Him
And Israel will say amen
Sing all you nations hallelujah
And Israel will say amen

And Israel will say
holy of holies

Johor Bahru, Malaysia

#6203 Sep 12, 2013
I enter the Holy of Holies

I enter through the blood of the Lamb

I enter to worship You only

I enter to honor I Am

Lord I worship You, I worship You,
Lord I worship You, I worship You,

For Your name is Holy, Holy Lord
For Your name is Holy, Holy Lord
kadosh

Johor Bahru, Malaysia

#6205 Sep 12, 2013
Kol Ba'Midbar

Kadosh, Kadosh, Kadosh,
Kadosh, Kadosh, Kadosh,
Adonai, Elohim Tz' Va' Ot
Adonai, Elohim Tz' Va' Ot

Kadosh, Kadosh, Kadosh,
Kadosh, Kadosh, Kadosh,
Adonai, Elohim Tz' Va' Ot
Adonai, Elohim Tz' Va' Ot

Asher Hayah, V' Hoveh V'Yavo
Asher Hayah, V' Hoveh V'Yavo

Kadosh, Kadosh, Kadosh,
Kadosh, Kadosh, Kadosh,
Adonai, Elohim Tz' Va' Ot
Adonai, Elohim Tz' Va' Ot

Asher Hayah, V' Hoveh V'Yavo
Asher Hayah, V' Hoveh V'Yavo (2X)

Kadosh, Kadosh, Kadosh,
Kadosh, Kadosh, Kadosh,
sabbath rest for all

Johor Bahru, Malaysia

#6206 Sep 13, 2013
SABBATH REST FOR ALL

by Rabbi Yeshayahu Heiliczer

Isaiah 56:1-8: This is what יה&#14 93;ה says: "maintain justice and do what is right, for my salvation is close at hand and my righteousness will soon be revealed. Blessed is the man who does this, the man who holds it fast, who keeps the Sabbath without desecrating it, and keeps his hand from doing any evil." Let no foreigner who has bound himself to יה&#14 93;ה say, "יה וה will surely exclude me from his people." And let not any eunuch complain, "I am only a dry tree." For this is what יה&#14 93;ה says: "To the eunuchs who keep my Sabbaths, who choose what pleases me and hold fast to my covenant -- to them I will give within my temple and its walls a memorial and a name better than sons and daughters; I will give them an everlasting name that will not be cut off. And foreigners who bind themselves to יה&#14 93;ה to serve him, to love the name of יה&#14 93;ה, and to worship him, all who keep the Sabbath without desecrating it and who hold fast to my covenant -- these I will bring to my holy mountain and give them joy in my house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and sacrifices will be accepted on my altar; for my house will be called a house of prayer for all nations." The Sovereign יה&#14 93;ה declares -- he who gathers the exiles of Israel: "I will gather still others to them besides those already gathered."

Who are these "foreigners" that God is speaking about through the Prophet Yeshayah? "Foreigners who bind themselves to יה&#14 93;ה" are Non-Jewish Believers! Nevermind about those who claim that Believers in Yeshua have accepted another religion - that is nonsense! God only created one "religion" for His children -- Judaism -- and Messianic belief in Yeshua is the full-flowering of that faith and practice. This Scripture is the answer to the age-old question about how Non-Jews who consider themselves to be "grafted on" to the Jewish olive tree through trust in Messiah Yeshua should, in God's own words, honor the Sabbath! What a powerful Scripture! In the NIV this part has been labeled "Salvation for Others." Other than who? Other than the Jewish people! This is the Scripture in which God answers the question of the duty of a Non-Jewish believer to follow the laws of God's covenant - and especially His laws of the Sabbath. Those who keep His Sabbaths, including the Sabbath, the seventh day, and "hold fast" to His covenant will be gathered into those he considers His people and their sacrifices will be allowed on His altar.

But what should be the motive, the heart-based reason for keeping God's Sabbath? Do we do these things, honoring the Sabbath and holding fast to His covenant to gain points in God's eyes? If so, points towards what? Towards salvation? No, Yeshua is clear in stating that salvation does not result from works of the flesh, including what we do or don't do on the Seventh Day. On the other hand, what about the concept of making Yeshua the Lord of our lives?

If Yeshua really is the Lord of all phases of our lives, if He is our pilot, if He sits on the throne of our lives and hands down commands, are we not bound to obey them? If we trust in Yeshua, if we love Him and His words are written upon our hearts -- what is the natural thing for us to do? Obey His commands and honor His Sabbaths. Let's look back at the beginning, literally, in the book of Genesis, chapter 2, and find the origins of the Sabbath:Genesis 2:2–3
2 And bon the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. 3 And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God * created and made.
sabbath rest for all

Johor Bahru, Malaysia

#6207 Sep 13, 2013
It says here that God blessed the seventh day and "made it holy." He didn't just quit working, lie back and watch a football game - he made it holy - special - set apart! The seventh day is holy. God made it that way, and no one has the right to change that -- not human religious leaders, and not us.

Now let's look at Leviticus 23:1-3:

יה&#14 93;ה said to Moshe, "Speak to the Israelites and say to them:'These are my appointed feasts, the appointed feasts of יה&#14 93;ה, which you are to proclaim as sacred assemblies. There are six days when you may work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath of rest, a day of sacred assembly. You are not to do any work; wherever you live, it is a Sabbath to יה&#14 93;ה.

The first of the feasts of יה&#14 93;ה mentioned is the Sabbath! The Seventh Day! The Shabbat! It is obvious that God does not want His children to work on Shabbat. But just what constitutes work? By using the Hebrew word translated into English as "work," God certainly means to include "that with which we make our living." The word of God gives us a prime example of this in Numbers 15:32-41:

While the Israelites were in the desert, a man was found gathering wood on the Sabbath day. Those who found him gathering wood brought him to Moshe and Aharon and the whole assembly, and they kept him in custody, because it was not clear what should be done to him. Then יה&#14 93;ה said to Moshe, "The man must die. The whole assembly must stone him outside the camp." So the assembly took him outside the camp and stoned him to death, as יה&#14 93;ה commanded Moshe.

It's in the Bible! There's no excuse! If you don't believe that the Bible is the literal and infallible word of God, then it is as useful as a book on Psychology -- open to all types of strange interpretations and thereby virtually of no use to anybody. However, if the Bible is the infallible Word of God, then we must look at statements such as those God himself made to Moses, and take them seriously! Although we as Believers know that the penalty of death was removed by Yeshua's death and resurrection, Yeshua himself said that he did not come to do away with the Torah. Obviously God takes working -- that is, laboring, on the Sabbath to be a very serious thing, punishable by death.

But what else is included in the term "work?" The Hebrew word used is "melakha" which means much more than just labor. The Mishnah lists 39 "main tasks" which are considered work. That is because the same word is used in connection with the building of the Holy Temple, so those things which were necessary in the building of the Temple are included. They are considered "main tasks" because any variation or similar task should be considered in the same category. They are: sewing, plowing, reaping, binding sheaves, threshing, winnowing, selecting crops, grinding, sifting, kneading, baking, shearing wool, washing wool, beating wool, dying wool, spinning, weaving, making two hoops, weaving two threads, separating two threads, tying, untying, sewing two stitches, tearing in order to sew two stitches, trapping a deer, slaughtering it, flaying it, salting it, curing its hide, scraping it, cutting it up, writing two letters, erasing two letters in order to write two letters, building, tearing down, putting out a fire, kindling a fire, hitting with a hammer, or transporting an object from one domain to another.
sabbath rest for all

Johor Bahru, Malaysia

#6208 Sep 13, 2013
These, as well as other tasks that operate on the same principles or have a similar purpose are also forbidden. Most of us may no longer plow the ground, but certainly mowing the lawn or planting flowers or pulling weeds fits in that category! So many of these specific categories are acts of creating (or un-creating), or "affecting the world" and since what God rested from on the Sabbath was creating, anything like drawing, writing, etc., are "melakha" and are forbidden on the Sabbath!

But the most common infraction of Biblical law by Believers today is covered in what apparently some parts of the religious community seem to think is the "Nine Commandments." We know, of course, that it is the Ten Commandments, and that they are not Ten Suggestions! The fourth commandment,(in the first half of the Ten Commandments, dealing with our relationship with God,) is in Exodus 20:8-11:

Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to יה&#14 93;ה your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your manservant or maidservant, nor your animals, nor the alien within your gates. For in six days יה&#14 93;ה made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore יה&#14 93;ה blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.(NIV)

Let's examine this Scripture a little closer. It goes well beyond telling us that we should not work. Just what is a manservant and a maidservant? The Hebrew word used is "ahb'd'khaw" -- from the Hebrew root "ehbed" -- which, although it is sometimes translated slave-man, simply means someone who serves you. Now tell me - when people leave their congregation after a service on Sabbath and go out to eat in a restaurant, or spend the afternoon shopping - do you suppose anyone is serving them? How about those who choose to worship יה&#14 93;ה on the first day of the week (called "Sunday" in the Roman Calendar)-- who sleep in on the Sabbath, maybe go out for brunch, or mow the lawn, or repair things around the house -- are they not in fact simply and directly and defiantly breaking a Law of God that each and every one of us has read many times? Many just choose to ignore this and other Laws of God for the sake of convenience! Again, if the Bible is the Word of God and we are to have His commands written on our hearts, is it not direct and willful rebellion to ignore what He says about the Sabbath and "go our own way?"

Sometimes it's hard to understand why God is so vehement about our obeying his Sabbath, and yet at the same time it is obvious that the focus of the Sabbath is not for us to suffer or sacrifice, but to rest! It is written in Deuteronomy 5:15:

Remember that you were slaves in Egypt and that יה&#14 93;ה your God brought you out of there with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm. Therefore יה&#14 93;ה your God has commanded you to observe the Sabbath day.

HaShem has commanded us to rest! Just as He commanded us to love him, and to love our neighbors, and to love our enemies, and to be unique people, He has commanded us to not only be holy with our lives, but to be especially holy -- set apart -- on this special day each and every week.

Rabbi Hayim Halevy Donin, in his famous book To Be A Jew wrote an interesting section on the preparation for the Sabbath. He writes,

The preparations in a household should be no less elegant than the preparations the same family might make to receive a distinguished and beloved guest. What might a family to do if a very honored guest was coming for dinner?
sabbath rest for all

Johor Bahru, Malaysia

#6209 Sep 13, 2013
A man would plan on getting home from work in plenty of time to shave, bathe, and get dressed. A mother would see to it that she and her children were washed and dressed in clean, fresh clothes. The dining table would be set in advance as on a special festive occasion; one's best dishes and tableware would be used.
Dinner would not only be prepared in advance, but the menu would be a little more elaborate than that served at a daily meal. In a poor home, meat and fish would be reserved for the Sabbath meal. But even where meat or fish is on a family's daily menu, there are still many distinctions that a hostess makes when serving a special festive meal, both in types of dishes as well as in the number of courses.
A house would be thoroughly cleaned, or at least straightened up. Every member of the family would take care of the most pressing chores before the guest arrives. One can also imagine that members of a household might warn friends, neighbors and business associates not to interrupt by telephone calls while their guest is visiting with them. It would not only be rude to the visitor but disturbing to all if there were constant interruptions.
All this would be done before the honored guest arrived. This is also what must be done to prepare properly for the Sabbath.
Rabbi Donin also writes about the "two motifs" for the Sabbath given by God. The first is as "a memorial to the creation of the world," and the second is as "a memorial to the exodus from Egypt." He writes about "The Sabbath As a Memorial to the Creation of the World:"
By desisting from all work on the seventh day, we testify that the world is not ours; that not we, but God is יה&#14 93;ה and Creator of the universe. The fish and animals that we don't catch, the plants or the flowers that we don't cut or pluck, the grass that we don't water on this day, the goods that we refrain from fashioning, cutting [or building]-- all this inaction on the part of the individual is a demonstration of homage to יה&#14 93;ה, of returning all things, as it were, to His domain. On the other hand any constructive interference by man with the physical world constitutes "work," according to the Biblical definition. Any act, however small, that involves man in physically creative acts and shows his mastery over the world constitutes work. It is this underlying motif which may help to explain some of the "whys" of the Sabbath laws. This is why acts which may not even require any physical effort, such as plucking a flower or striking a match, are still called melakha, work. To desist from this work on the seventh day is equivalent to recognizing God as the Creator of the world.
sabbath rest for all

Johor Bahru, Malaysia

#6210 Sep 13, 2013
What about the act of driving a car on the Sabbath? The driving of a car clearly falls within the realm of "mastery over the world." When it comes to the question of driving to Synagogue on the Sabbath, though, the Bible contains an overriding command! Many Orthodox rabbis will tell you that if you do not live near enough to your synagogue to walk there, then you should stay home. On the other hand, most Chasidic ("ultra-orthodox") rabbis have always felt that if it is necessary to drive to get to synagogue, then you should drive. This Hasidic view is in line with our view.
When I was small, we went to an Orthodox synagogue. One day my father, feeling guilty because we lived many miles from the synagogue, well outside of walking distance, asked the Rabbi if it was alright to drive to synagogue on the Sabbath. The Rabbi's answer? "How else are you going to get here?" This is the Biblical view. We are commanded to hold a sacred assembly on the Sabbath (Leviticus 23:3). It is in the synagogue where the Word of God is proclaimed, it is in the synagogue where fellowship with other believers takes place, it is in the synagogue where we join together in praising and worshipping God. In closed communities, which many of us dream about creating for Messianic Believers, certainly driving a car would not be necessary. But in this day, in this situation, in this secular country that we live in, driving to get to synagogue is certainly a necessity. Let me make it clear that worship and holy fellowship are the only valid reasons for driving a car on the Sabbath.
In Rabbi Donin's second motif of the Sabbath, The Sabbath As a Memorial to the Exodus from Egypt, he writes:
Sabbath is a weekly-occurring divine protest against slavery and oppression. Lifting up his Kiddush cup on Friday night, the Jew links the creation of the world with man's freedom, so declaring slavery and oppression deadly sins against the very foundations of the universe. Can one be surprised that tyrants of all times did not permit Israel to celebrate the Sabbath?
I have to add to Rabbi Donin's statement, "and can one be surprised that anti-Semitic "Christian" leaders through the centuries have taught that Believers should not celebrate the seventh-day Sabbath?
sabbath rest for all

Johor Bahru, Malaysia

#6211 Sep 13, 2013
Donin continues:
But slavery doesn't only consist of doing forced labor for which one doesn't get paid or gets paid very little. Slavery is not only a situation in which cruel taskmasters stand over you and tell you that you can't stop, that you must finish the assigned task before you go home and rest. Have you ever stopped to think that you yourself can be your own cruelest taskmaster, that you are capable of driving yourself in a manner that no slavemaster ever drove his slaves? You've got to finish the job. You can't stop. There are deadlines to meet, there are obligations to fulfill, there are things which must be taken care of. There are conferences, there are business commitments. There is housecleaning, laundry, shopping, the need to get ready for an evening out. We drive ourselves day in and day out, and we think we are free!
The great scholar of Jerusalem, Shlomo Joseph Zevin, suggests that there are two types of rest. One is rest from weariness, as a result of tiredness. Such rest is only to enable one to continue working. Though it brings relief and rest to the body (it is what Rashi calls menuhat ara-ey,) it does not bring joy to the soul. The second type of rest comes in the wake of completing some project, after reaching some goal. This type of rest comes at the completion of one's work, not as a "rest" during it. Here a man sits back and contemplates his achievement or his handiwork. This kind of rest is a delight to the soul. It brings a sense of release; it provides a deep satisfaction accompanied by a sense of peace and tranquility.(It is what Rashi calls menuhat margoa).
The rest that the Sabbath day is intended to reflect is the second type. "Six days shall you labor and do all your work." Imagine to yourself when the Sabbath arrives after six days of work that all your work has been completed in that time. The [ "Shomer Shabbat",] Sabbath observer, feels just this way. And therein lies the meaning of his freedom from servitude.
It is easy to fall into bondage without realizing it. We can be in bondage to sin, and at the same time it is sin to be in bondage to things of the world. Just as alcoholism, or cigarette smoking, or other drug use is bondage which God can release us from, being in bondage to work, to business, to the world's system is just as much a sin. To turn 100% of our lives over to God and allow Him to take charge is the first step away from that bondage. Dedicating the seventh day to Him is the first sign of letting that part of our lives go and resting in Him.
sabbath rest for all

Johor Bahru, Malaysia

#6212 Sep 13, 2013
It is written in Exodus 16:23-30:
He said to them, "This is what יה&#14 93;ה commanded:'Tomorrow is to be a day of rest, a holy Sabbath to יה&#14 93;ה. So bake what you want to bake [manna] and boil what you want to boil. Save whatever is left and keep it until morning.'" So they saved it until morning, as Moshe commanded, and it did not stink or get maggots in it. "Eat it today," Moshe said, "because today is a Sabbath to יה&#14 93;ה. You will not find any of it on the ground today. Six days you are to gather it, but on the seventh day, the Sabbath, there will not be any." Nevertheless, some of the people went out on the seventh day to gather it, but they found none. Then יה&#14 93;ה said to Moshe, "How long will you refuse to keep my commands and my instructions? Bear in mind that יה&#14 93;ה has given you the Sabbath; that is why on the sixth day he gives you bread for two days. Everyone is to stay where he is on the seventh day; no one is to go out." So the people rested on the seventh day.(NIV)
You see, trying in our own strength to outdo God will not get us anywhere. In the long run, we will not gain any manna by working on Shabbat! Turning our lives and our work over to Him will. This is the lesson to be learned about the Sabbath, and about those things which God commands us to do for our own good. God commands us to love, because love is the basis for peace and a good life. God commands us to rest because that is how He designed the universe. Who are we to decide that we should modify the way that God designed things? Putting our faith and our trust in HaShem means following His commands. It is written in Yochanan John 14:12-16:I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it. If you love me, you will obey what I command. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever..
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#6213 Sep 13, 2013
The Sabbath is the first mentioned and probably the most important of the "moedim" or G-d-ordained appointed times. Therefore it is extremely important for all Jews, especially a person who is coming back to Judaism and considers himself/herself a "baal teshuvah." to understand the Biblical and Rabbinic rules concerning the honoring of the Sabbath. This article is in no way a complete treatise on the laws of the Sabbath, only a basic understanding.

In the Biblical calendar, a new day starts at the beginning of sunset, and ends at the end of the next sunset, approximately 25 hours later. This is because in the Torah, in the book of Bereshiyt (Genesis) the days of creation are described as "and the evening and the morning were the ___ day."

However, "sunset" is not a moment in time, a specific instant which we can look out our window and say has come. Because of the importance of the Sabbath (and other ordained festivals) it is imperative that all preparations and other normal-day activities be complete by the beginning of sunset. The Sabbath then ends at the end of sunset the next day, creating a day of approximately 25 hours.

Because of this, the Sabbath candles, marking the end of the workweek (and the last moment that a fire may be kindled in the home) are lit 18 minutes before the "astronomical" sunset, and the havdalah ceremony marking the beginning of the workweek takes place 42 minutes after the next sunset.

CANDLE LIGHTING TIMES

It is a major responsibility for all Jews to honor the Sabbath or festival by lighting candles 18 minutes before sunset. This unique commandment, entrusted to the Jewish woman, is rich with meaning and purpose. In a world so full of darkness the candles lit by Jewish women and girls bring light, joy and holiness. A little light, our sages say, dispels much darkness. It is very important to know the exact candle-lighting time, because we are not allowed, under any circumstances, to kindle these or any other lights after sunset.

Married women should light at least two candles, corresponding to the two commandments of "Remember the Sabbath" (Exodus 20:8) and "Observe the Sabbath" (Deuteronomy 5:12) but single women, and even young girls, light only one (in deference to their mothers).

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