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Yeshua in His Father’s Feasts

Yeshua in His Father’s Feasts is a personal or group in-depth study guide/student manual that reveals the shadows and realities of the Messiah in the prophetic visions in the Feasts of the LORD. It will fill in the holes of your Bible when reading the words ‘Jewish feast’ or ‘the feast of the Jews.’  This study will illuminate often-overlooked phrases and idioms that allude to the ‘appointed times’ of God.

Both the prophet Micah and King Solomon state that without prophetic vision and knowledge, God’s people perish. Studying the Biblical holy days will revive the searching soul and bring insight and understanding into the complete salvation found in Yeshua – his past, present and future work.

This newly revised study guide/student manual includes Scriptures from the Torah, Prophets, Psalms, Gospels and Letters. It includes activities for families and children that will enhance celebrating the Biblical ‘appointed times’ as well as suggestions for digging deeper into traditional and Biblical Jewish customs surrounding Yeshua In His Father’s Feasts.

If you are doing a group study, a leader’s manual for the revised second edition student manual can be purchased that not only has the answers to the questions, but also ideas for spurring discussions.

May be purchased on amazon.com

Reviews:

“This is the best Bible study I have ever done. I can’t seem to put it down and I am learning more and more about my faith everyday. I have been a believer for 60 years and I am learning truths I was never taught in church. I even asked my pastor if he knew all of this and admitted, he did not.” (M. Graves)

“I have been growing in my faith from reading and studying the Feasts in this guide. Thank you for your faithfulness to Yeshua!” (S. Corben)

“Few Christians understand that the context for the Jewish Messiah of the New Testament of their Bibles is the culture and language and history of the nation of Israel. This book helps explain why that culture, language and history is necessary knowledge for understanding the identity of the Messiah and how knowing the Jewish Messiah enlarges the understanding of the Biblical feasts. Good, basic foundational information from which to launch further study. Very enjoyable and eye-opening.” (W. Lopez)

“Loved it. Will keep going back for future Wisdom that truly matters.” (J. Banta)

Sabbath – Hebrew: Shabbat

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Shabbat or Sabbath means ‘to cease.’ Shabbat also comes from the Hebrew word for ‘seven’ or sheva, or in Hebrew שבע. The Shabbat was blessed by God because on that day, He rested from creating. The Shabbat is a created day.

“On the seventh day God was finished with his work which he had made, so he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.  God blessed the seventh day and separated it as holy; because on that day God rested from all his work which he had created, so that it itself could produce” (Genesis 2:2-3).

“Gather it [manna] six days, but the seventh day is the Shabbat — on that day there won’t be any” (Exodus 16:26).

“You have six days to labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Shabbat for Adonai your God. On it, you are not to do any kind of work — not you, your son or your daughter, not your male or female slave, not your livestock, and not the foreigner staying with you inside the gates to your property. For in six days, Adonai made heaven and earth, the sea and everything in them; but on the seventh day he rested. This is why Adonai blessed the day, Shabbat, and separated it for himself” (Exodus 20:9-11).

“ד “‘Observe the day of Shabbat, to set it apart as holy, as Adonai your God ordered you to do” (Deuteronomy 5:12).

This is the fourth commandment and represented by the Hebrew letter Dalet which is a picture of a Door and means ‘pathway.’

“And the foreigners [non-Jews] who join themselves to Adonai to serve him, to love the name of Adonai, and to be his workers, all who keep Shabbat and do not profane it, and hold fast to my covenant, I will bring them to my holy mountain and make them joyful 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 peoples” (Isaiah 56:6-7).

“I am Adonai your God; live by my laws, observe my rulings, and obey them, and keep my shabbats holy; and they will be a sign between me and you, so that you will know that I am Adonai your God” (Ezekiel 20:19-20).

“A psalm. A song for Shabbat: It is good to give thanks to Adonai and sing praises to your name, ‘Elyon, to tell in the morning about your grace and at night about your faithfulness, to the music of a ten-stringed [harp] and a lute, with the melody sounding on a lyre. For, Adonai, what you do makes me happy; I take joy in what your hands have made. How great are your deeds, Adonai! How very deep your thoughts! (Psalm 92:1-5).

In the gospels, Yeshua says in Matthew that he is ‘Lord of the Sabbath.’ This means he is Lord of the seventh-day Sabbath as that was the commandment given by God. Had he disobeyed that commandment or even changed that commandment to another day, he would have been a sinful man instead of our Savior.

Yeshua also teaches that the Shabbat was created for man. This means that as the ‘Son of Man’ he had authority over the day – not to change it or ‘break’ it, but to determine, according to the Torah commandments, how to observe and live it out. This is what happened each time he was accused of ‘breaking the Shabbat.’ It is ‘lawful’ to do good which includes feeding the hungry or healing the sick.

“For the Son of Man is Lord of Shabbat!” (Matthew 12:8).

“Then he said to them, “Shabbat was made [created] for mankind, not mankind for Shabbat; So the Son of Man is Lord even of Shabbat (Mark 2:27).

Hebrew Word Pictures

Shin is a picture of a Tooth and means ‘to consume.’

Bet is a picture of a House and means ‘family’ or ‘household.’

Tav is a picture of Crossed Sticks and means ‘sign’ or ‘covenant’

shabbat – consuming the family/household with the sign of the covenant

שבע

Sheva or ‘seven’ in Hebrew is a root of the word Shabbat. This is why the Shabbat is on the seventh day. A smaller Hebrew word is found in both Shabbat and sheva, the Hebrew word שב or shuv which means ‘to return.’

Hebrew Word Pictures

Shin is a picture of a Tooth and means ‘consume.’

Bet is a picture of a House and means ‘family’ or ‘household.

Ayin is a picture of an Eye and means ‘to see’ or ‘understand.’

sheva – consume the family/household with seeing and understanding

“So there remains a Shabbat-keeping for God’s people” (Hebrews 4:9).

©2019 Tentstake Ministries Publishing, all rights reserved.  No copying or reproducing of this article without crediting the author or Tentstake Ministries Publishing.

Sabbath, Our Reminder

Just the other day I received a call from my son. When I answered the phone he said, “Shabbat Shalom!” I replied, “Shabbat Shalom?” to which he responded, “Why are you so shocked that I said Shabbat Shalom on the Shabbat?”

To be honest, my son was in the death-throes of higher education for the last ten years, the last 3 1/2 of which were in the medical field and very demanding on his time and his brain activity. He even told me once during those years to not talk to him as he had no more brain cell receptors! He had nowhere to put the information! As he has had about 6 months to decompress since graduating, the seeds of his childhood nurturing are starting to sprout in ways that blesses me as his mother. As the study brain cells no longer take up as much room, the original brain cells carrying his spiritual training have room to move around and reestablish themselves.

Because it was Shabbat, he wanted to chat about the Sabbath He began by asking me why God created man. My initial response was ‘to give Him glory’ believing that was the correct answer. He told me that was a good response, but was not the reason God created Adam.

Why did God create Adam? Simply, Adam was created to tend and cultivate the Garden of Eden.

“Adonai, God, took the person and put him in the garden of ‘Eden to cultivate and care for it” (Genesis 2:15).

As he continued his discourse about the Sabbath, my son made two observations. Man was not created to sit in a cubical working his days away. Man was created to interact with the earth. From when he was in medical school, I remembered another conversation we had about our feet and the earth. He told me that research shows numerous health benefits on the human body through the earth’s electromagnetic field. The only way to reap these benefits as a human battery made of minerals and water is to run barefoot through the grass with our feet touching the ground. In other words, get out of the cubicle, take off your shoes, wiggle your toes in the dirt or sand and be healthier. As he now lives in a place where there is a huge garden for him to tend with flowers and fruit trees, along with a goldfish pond and a little bridge over the waterway, he is being electromagnetically recharged from his years of intense battery meltdown.

The second observation was about technology. The more tech phones, computers, video games – that people become immersed in, the less they need or want God. They are electromagnetically pulled away from having a garden-conscious relationship with God because they are too busy filling their God-void with whatever the electronic devices tell them to think about and perform. Of course, even an all-consuming education or hobbies can do the same thing because nothing can fill the God-void except God. And, He has given us a way to do it when we enter into the Shabbat, and we reap a blessing.

My son continued by saying that God wrote the Ten Commandments on tablets of stone because these were the commandments He wanted His people to really know and understand. Though there are other commandments throughout Leviticus and Numbers, these TEN are the ones that are most important to God’s heart, revealing His nature. These TEN are the ones that He handwrote for His people, us. And, Sabbath is number 4 following no other gods, idolatry, and taking His name in vain.

The conclusion of what became a study on Sabbath was that God created the Shabbat and we as His people are to remember it because He wants us to remember we were created by Him in an eternal state of rest and peace. To separate ourselves from the Shabbat, the one day that God actually set aside to meet with with us as in the Garden, is to lose all rest and peace, both spiritual and physical, and forget that one day the Shabbat will be restored for all eternity. We lose our connection with God in the present and ultimately our connection with Him in eternity.

“Then he [Yeshua] said to them, “Shabbat was made for mankind …” (Mark 2:27).

©2019 Tentstake Ministries Publishing, Jacob Almanrode, D.C.

The Sabbath Bride – Erev Shabbat Table Song

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“How beloved is your rest, Sabbath Queen, we run to greet you:  Come, royal bride, dressed in fine robes.  We light the light with blessing.  All labors end [as is said] “You shall do no work.” To savor the delights of fowl, quail and fish.

In advance all kinds of tasty food have been prepared, fattened chicken made ready while it was still day.  Varied dishes set out, and fragrant wines to drink, and special delicacies all three times.  To savor the delights of fowl, quail and fish.

They shall inherit Jacob’s heritage, a heritage unbounded, rich and poor will honor [the Sabbath] and be worthy of redemption.  If you keep the Sabbath day you will be My special treasure, six days shall you labor – and on the seventh let us rejoice.  To savor the delights of fowl, quail and fish.

Your secular concerns are forbidden; so too are calculations.  Reflections are permitted, and arranging matches for girls, and teaching a child a book, and singing songs of praise, and meditating on fine words at every place and gathering.  To savor the delights of fowl, quail and fish.

Your walk shall be unhurried; you shall call the Sabbath a delight.  Sleep too is praiseworthy, for it refreshes the spirit.  Therefore my soul yearns for you, to rest in you in love, as if within a fence of roses: on it son and daughter rest.  To savor the delights of fowl, quail and fish.

A foretaste of the World to Come is the day of Sabbath rest.  All who take delight in it will be worthy of great joy.  They will be delivered with relief from the birthpangs of the Messiah.  May our redemption spring forth, and sadness and sighing flee away.  To savor the delights of fowl, quail and fish.”

©Koren Siddur, Jerusalem 2012

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