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Parashah 33: B’chukkotai (In my regulations)

Leviticus 26:3-27:34
(In a regular year, read with Parashah 32; in a leap year read separately.)

“If you live by my regulations, observe my mitzvot and obey them; then I will provide the rain you need in its season, the land will yield its produce, and the trees in the field will yield their fruit” (Leviticus 26:3-4).

The Israelites will receive blessings for living according to Adonai’s regulations. The threshing season to extend until the grape harvest which will extend until the time for sowing seed. Their population will increase; they will eat as much as they desire and live securely in the Land. They will have shalom and lie down with peaceful sleep. Wild animals will no longer roam the land. There will be no war; the enemies that pursue them will be chased by few and fall before them. Adonai will put His Mishkan in the midst of them, will walk among them, and be their Adonai, and they will be His people.

“I am Adonai your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, so that you would not be their slaves. I have broken the bars of your yoke, so that you can walk upright. BUT if you will not listen to me and obey all these mitzvot…” (Leviticus 26:13).

BUT –– there is that little word again. BUT, if the Israelites will not listen to Him nor obey all of His instructions; if they loathe His regulations and reject His rulings, then they will cancel the covenant.

To cancel Adonai’s covenant, they have to loathe His regulations. ‘Loathe’ means ‘to feel intense dislike or disgust’ for something. Though gentile believers may not actually loathe Torah, they cancel Adonai’s covenant by living as though His regulations have been abolished or nullified. They even suggest that Adonai’s instructions were only for the Israelites.

“These things happened to them [Isra’el] as prefigurative historical events, and they were written down as a warning to us who are living in the last days” (1 Corinthians 10:11).

Marcion of Sinope lived around 144 CE. He believed that Jesus was the Savior sent by God, but rejected the Hebrew Scriptures and the God of Isra’el.   He believed the God of Isra’el was a God of law and full of wrath, and Jesus of the New Testament was full of grace and love.  He was called a ‘dualist’ because he wanted to separate the Bible into two parts:  the Old Testament and New Testament.   For these beliefs, he was labeled a heretic.

Once considered heresy by the early church, the dogma that strongly challenged established doctrines is embraced and accepted by Christianity as truth. Every Bible has a page dividing the Old Testament from the New.  The God of the Old Testament is referred to as the God of law and judgment; the God of the New Testament as the God of grace and mercy. The heresy flourishes cancelling Adonai’s covenant. Those who choose to embrace all Scripture from Genesis through Revelation as breathed by Elohim and useful for teaching the truth, convicting of sin, correcting faults, and training in righteous living are judged as ‘legalists’.

Yeshua is the visible image of the invisible Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh who is the Elohim of Isra’el and Yeshua’s divine Father (Colossians 1:15). As the physical expression of Elohim, Yeshua is indeed merciful, compassionate, long-suffering and forgiving just like his Father.  And, like his Father, Yeshua will judge and reward.

“Pay attention!” [says Yeshua,] “I am coming soon, and my rewards are with me to give to each person according to what he has done” (Revelation 22:12).

Disciplinary Action

“Listen, children, to a father’s instruction; pay attention, in order to gain insight” (Proverbs 4:1).

When the children of Isra’el disobey His rulings, Adonai will discipline them “seven times over” in all manner of ways so they return to Him. The word ‘discipline’ comes from the Latin word for ‘pupil’ or ‘disciple.’ The dictionary defines discipline as ‘the practice of training people to obey rules or a code of behavior.’ In Hebrew, the word ‘discipline’ is musar and means ‘chastening.’ When someone is being disciplined, they are being trained to obey rules, learn self-control and develop godly character.

“God is dealing with you as sons. For what son goes undisciplined by his father? All legitimate sons undergo discipline; so if you don’t, you’re a mamzer [born out of wedlock} and not a son! Furthermore, we had physical fathers who disciplined us, and we respected them; how much more should we submit to our spiritual Father and live! For they disciplined us only for a short time and only as best they could; but he disciplines us in a way that provides genuine benefit to us and enables us to share in his holiness. Now, all discipline, while it is happening, does indeed seem painful, not enjoyable; but for those who have been trained by it, it later produces its peaceful fruit, which is righteousness” (Hebrews 12:7-11).

Some of Adonai’s disciplinary action against Isra’el includes terror, wasting disease and chronic fever that will blind them and make them weak. He will break their pride. They will sow seed for their enemies to eat. The land will not produce nor will their trees. He will make the sky like iron and their soil like bronze. He will set His face against His people so their enemies will defeat them; they will flee when no one is chasing them.

He will bring a sword against them which will execute the vengeance of His covenant. They will huddle in their cities, sick and without bread. He will make them eat the flesh of their own sons and daughters. He will lay waste to their cities and desolate the sanctuary. He will disperse them among the nations until the land has paid its sh’mittahs and Yovel. Those who live in the lands of their enemies will waste away with guilt over the misdeeds of their ancestors as well as their own.

“But if their uncircumcised hearts will grow humble, and they are paid the punishment for their misdeeds; then I will remember my covenant with Ya‘akov, also my covenant with Yitz’ak and my covenant with Avraham; and I will remember the land” (Leviticus 26:41-42).

Sun-god Worship

“I will destroy your high places, cut down your pillars for sun worship and throw your carcasses on the carcasses of your idols” (Leviticus 26:30).

The Hittites worshiped the sun-god as Hepa; the Egyptians worshiped the sun as Ra.  The Romans and Constantine worshiped the Sol Invictus while the Greeks called the sun-god, Apollo.  Surya was the Hindu sun-god, and Utu was worshiped as the sun-god in Mesopotamia.  These are only a few of world’s cultures that worshiped the sun as it rose on the eastern horizon.

Sunday, the first day of the week, has Roman roots as it was named after the Sol Invictus and originally called the ‘Venerable Day of the Sun.’  The Roman catholic church authorized Sunday as the ‘new’ sabbath based on the decision by the Council of Laodicea. With this monumental change from the practices of the first-century church, the Sol Invictus was worshiped, not HaShem of the Hebrew Scriptures. Every denomination that observes Sunday is the Sabbath has embraced this catholic mandate; even more deceived int believing it is the weekly holy day to remember Jesus’ resurrection.

In the following quotation, note that the catholic church states that the Sabbath is the third, not the fourth commandment. The third commandment about idols was removed and the tenth commandment was divided in order to have Ten Commandments.

“All of the doctrines the church accepts as Biblical truth are written in the catholic catechism for the third commandment.”

The Tabernacle and Temple faced east because Yeshua will arrive from that direction and put an end to sun-god worship.  Those in Isra’el who worshiped the sun-god faced east with their backs toward the Temple. Sun-god worship is a disgusting practice that fills the land with violence. 

“He brought me into the inner courtyard of Adonai’s house; and there, at the entrance to the temple of Adonai, between the porch and the altar, were about twenty-five men with their backs toward the temple of Adonai and their faces toward the east; and they were worshiping the sun toward the east. He asked me, ‘Human being, have you seen this? Does the house of Y’hudah consider it a casual matter that they commit the disgusting practices they are committing here, thus filling the land with violence, provoking me still more? Look! They are even putting the branch to their nose! Therefore I will act in fury, my eye will not spare, I will have no pity. Even if they cry loudly right in my ears, I will not listen to them’” (Ezekiel 8:16-18).

Vows, Consecration, and the Tithe

The sanctuary shekel was based on silver, two-fifths of an ounce or 20 gerahs to the shekel. If someone made a vow to Elohim to give Him an amount equal to a human being, the number of shekels varied between men, women, and children; babies, youths and the aged. For a house to be consecrated to Adonai, the priest would determine its value based on good and bad points. Tribal land could be bought and sold based on its production and proximity to the Jubilee year. Firstborn animals could not be consecrated as they already belonged to Elohim. No person sentenced to die could be redeemed, they had to be put to death.

“All the tenth given from the land, whether from planted seed or fruit from trees, belongs to Adonai; it is holy to Adonai…. All the tenth from the herd or the flock, whatever passes under the shepherd’s crook, the tenth one will be holy to Adonai” (Leviticus 27:30-32).

“These are the mitzvot which Adonai gave to Moshe for the people of Isra’el on Mount Sinai” (Leviticus 27:34).

Yeshua and the Tithe

“Woe to you hypocritical Torah-teachers and P’rushim! You pay your tithes of mint, dill and cumin; but you have neglected the weightier matters of the Torah — justice, mercy, trust. These are the things you should have attended to — without neglecting the others!” (Matthew 23:23)

“But woe to you P’rushim! You pay your tithes of mint and rue and every garden herb, but you ignore justice and the love of God. You have an obligation to do these things — but without disregarding the others!” (Luke 11:42)

“This Malki-Tzedek, king of Shalem, a cohen of God Ha‘Elyon, met Avraham on his way back from the slaughter of the kings and blessed him; also Avraham gave him a tenth of everything. Now first of all, by translation of his name, he is “king of righteousness”; and then he is also king of Shalem, which means “king of peace.” There is no record of his father, mother, ancestry, birth or death; rather, like the Son of God, he continues as a cohen for all time. Just think how great he was! Even the Patriarch Avraham gave him a tenth of the choicest spoils. Now the descendants of Levi who became cohanim have a commandment in the Torah to take a tenth of the income of the people, that is, from their own brothers, despite the fact that they too are descended from Avraham. But Malki-Tzedek, even though he was not descended from Levi, took a tenth from Avraham. The one about whom these things are said belongs to another tribe, from which no one h

as ever served at the altar; for everyone knows that our Lord arose out of Y’hudah … It becomes even clearer if a “different kind of cohen,” one like Malki-Tzedek, arises, one who became a cohen not by virtue of a rule in the Torah concerning physical descent, but by virtue of the power of an indestructible life. For it is stated, ‘You [Yeshua] are a cohen FOREVER, to be compared with Malki-Tzedek’” (Hebrew 7:1-17).

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Proverbs 9:1-2 – Carving the Weekly Pillars

“Wisdom has built herself a house; she has carved her seven pillars” (Proverbs 9:1-2).

When my children were young, I read aloud the Little House on the Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder.  One of the books describes Ma’s weekly activities.  She would wash on Monday, iron on Tuesday, mend on Wednesday, churn on Thursday, clean on Friday, bake on Saturday, rest on Sunday.  As a child, I remember my mom also outlined her week with washing on Monday, ironing on Tuesday, shopping on Wednesday, cleaning bedrooms on Thursday, cleaning the main part of the house on Friday, baking on Saturday, and resting on Sunday.

As I considered these two women, Ma Ingalls and my own mother, I saw that they had created a pattern for accomplishing their work and then resting.  In their own way, they had “carved out their seven pillars.”  Although both of these women rested on Sunday and not the seventh-day Sabbath as commanded, it was an illustration for me to begin to “carve out my own seven pillars.”

 The Crown of a Home is Godliness

“Likewise, tell the older women to behave the way people leading a holy life should …. They should teach what is good, thus training the younger women to love their husbands and children to be self-controlled and pure, to take good care of their homes and submit to their husbands.  In this way, God’s message will not be brought into disgrace” (Titus 2:3-5).

Along with honoring our husbands and teaching our children taking “good care of their homes” is part of a young woman’s way of keeping God’s name from being blasphemed; the Word of God from being maligned.   To ‘take good care of the home’ means to keep the home neat, orderly, and clean, one of the foundations of a godly home.

To be a ‘keeper of the home’ means the ‘home’ becomes the center of the woman’s world. Friends are wonderful blessings, but after God created Adam and Eve, He didn’t give them friends; He gave them children.  Too often outside activities  become the focus of life, and the family and the home become lost in the activities. Turmoil and an unkempt home becomes the consequence.  In our modern-day culture, everything from school to sports to church activities take the place of the family focus, table fellowship, and the home tabernacle where the father becomes ‘priest.’

The Life of a Home is Contentment

As I raised my children, my most important daily goal was to complete all the day’s chores before my husband came home from work.  Evening family time was set apart for eating together, sharing about the day’s events, reading books, and preparing our children for bed.   I did not clean, shop, school or extra-curricular activities after 4:30 p.m. so we could spend quality family time together with Daddy.

We had no satellite television so our children could only watch shows pre-approved by me or my husband. As the age of technology advanced, our children had one hour of computer time each day –– one hour.  They did not receive a cell phone until they were driving and had jobs. We lived miles from any town they needed to be able to get in touch with us if something happened.   We never used technology or television as a ‘babysitter.’

With small children at home and home schooling, I knew it wouldn’t be easy to accomplish a lot in one day.  I broke down weekly goals into daily activities that I, along with my children, could do each day as part of their ‘training.’  By the end of each week, we could look back with contentment and see that we had completed another weekly cycle that ended with some well-deserved rest.

A friend had a painting that described a home’s beauty, joy, dignity, and hospitality.

The Beauty of a Home is Orderliness

One of my Mom’s favorite sayings was  “Don’t worry about tomorrow – tomorrow will worry about itself! Today has enough trouble already!” (Matthew 6:34).  She always made sure our house was ‘in order’ before she went to bed so she didn’t have today’s messes tomorrow.  I followed her example and taught my children a similarly.  Every day all toys were cleaned up before lunch, before  afternoon quiet/nap time, before dinner, and before bed.  Bedrooms were neat and tidy and all dirty clothes were put in laundry baskets before climbing in between those cozy sheets and snoozing off to sleep.

I trained my children from a young age to clean up after themselves.  I read To Train Up A Child, by Michael and Debby Pearl, and they postulated that if a child could get something out, they were quite capable of putting it away.  It works for a child of any age.  Even a baby who can only sit and dump something out of a bucket can pick it up and put it back in.  You turn the bucket over and show them how to pick up the objects and drop them into the bucket.  It becomes a game.  I tried their idea; it worked.  From that day forward, there could be no excuses for not putting something away. I never had a ‘trashed out’ toy room, living room, family room or child’s bedroom.

I have been blessed with a dishwasher and I trained my children to clear their dishes from the table and put them into it.   If I had not had a dishwasher, I would have trained them to wash their dishes and put them in the drainer.  Too short to reach the sink?  Stools and ladders are great inventions. There is no reason to have dirty dishes stacked to the ceiling, an unkempt kitchen or dining room table, except for a lack of child training.

Children will rise to the standard you set. They are more than willing to help so that they feel part of the family.  Too often I have visited homes with small children only to  hear the mother apologize for the condition of her home.  Hearing those words always grieved my heart, because as a woman of God, she is called to be the ‘keeper’ not the ‘excuse maker.’  She is commanded to teach and train her children. Excuses are nothing more than abdicating her responsibility and handicapping her children for life.

I grew up in eastern Pennsylvania near the Amish country where families have many, many children.  I have never visited an Amish home where there was a mess that needed to be justified.   Amish mothers train their dozen or more children to be neat, orderly, and to help take care of the home –– inside and out.   Each person had chores and everyone did their chores, even if it was little Miss two-year-old shaking the front door rug every morning.

Every day after we finished school, textbooks were put back on the bookshelves.  I have heard people make the excuse for school projects cluttering the home: “Home is where they’re learning.”  This is true of home schooling, but also part of homse learning is ‘cleaning up’.  When I make dinner, I do not leave a mess for someone else to clean up.  When I sew, I do not leave all my pins and scraps of fabric laying around.  If I’m painting, I wash my brushes and put my paint away.   I don’t leave messes on the counters, floors or furniture just because it’s my home and I can.  Because it is my home, there is order before I head off to my cozy sheets, too.

One of my favorite verses for encouraging my children in orderliness has been “God is not a God of disorder, but of peace” (1 Corinthians 14:33). Look at creation; everything is in order.  We are created in God’s image and we can choose order or disorder in our lives.  We can choose to live in chaos or the beauty of orderliness.

The Joy of a Home is Dignity

My children were always dressed nicely, had their hair combed, and faces washed. Though it’s easy to just ‘hang out’ in pajamas or ignore a child’s messiness, I taught them to have self-respect and dignity which gave them joyful smiles and light in their eyes.

My children woke up, dressed, and made their beds before ever leaving their rooms. They would eat breakfast, brush their teeth, and begin their morning chores: emptying the dishwasher, feeding cats, dogs, horses, fish, shaking rugs, or gathering their laundry.   This started a routine that now, as adults, they are disciplined and faithful to their jobs and employers and have the ability to maintain orderly homes.  Each of them have thanked me for teaching them to clean because they have lived with roommates who had no clue, no training.

I never allowed my children to choose their own outfits until they were an appropriate age.    My reason was not to stifle their creativity; art class, playing outside in dress ups or making roads in dirt was their creative expression.  I wanted my children to have dignity in public (and private) and look like they had a mother!   This meant clean clothes, clothes matched, and were just clothes in general.

My children were not allowed to take their clothing off and run around naked.  It didn’t matter if it was the sweltering heat of summer.   My children never removed their clothes except to take baths or change into sleepwear.  I knew people who thought it was fine to allow their children to express themselves in this manner – even removing dirty diapers wherever they happened to be at that moment in time.

For one family who justified the removal of clothing and naked children, they had a ‘wake up call’ at a movie theater. During the film, two of the children removed their clothing and started running up and down the center aisle naked. The father was completely mortified and should have been. Adults don’t run around naked; children shouldn’t either.  Parents, especially mothers, are given the high responsibility to train our children to live in the world in a dignified manner, teaching them to honor their own bodies with the joy of dignity.

The Blessing of a Home is Rest

“So there remains a Shabbat-keeping for God’s people.  For the one who has entered God’s rest has also rested from his own works, as God did from his.  Therefore, let us do our best to enter that rest; so that no one will fall short because of the same kind of disobedience” (Hebrews 4:9-10).

As our family began growing spiritually, we learned about the Biblical Sabbath. I carved my ‘seven pillars around preparing for the Shabbat. I wanted my weekly work completed so I could enter into the same Sabbath rest as my heavenly Father.

My Daily Pillars

Pillar One.  Prepare wisely for the week ahead.

The first day of the week, Sunday, became my day to organize the  upcoming week’s homeschooling activities.  I would make copies of lessons, prepare tests, collect supplies for science experiments or art projects.   I would update my records for each child to keep them current with state requirements.  I would make sure I was ready to enter the week prepared so there would not be  confusion and stress because ‘the teacher’ was not ready.

As the Scriptures teach, money was dealt with on the first day of the week. At my husband’s request, Sunday was designated to deal with finances: pay bills and give to ministries.

Sometimes,  no matter how prepared, the schedule or plan would change and I had to learn to go with the flow.  Sickness, a sudden revelation during Bible study that became an all-day teaching time, my husband needing me to attend to something he could not, a surprise visit, a phone call or just realizing we all needed a sunshine or snow day, could change daily plans.  Most times, I came to see that Yeshua had a plan that wasn’t mine and His was so much better.  Still, there was a plan, and had I not followed it most of the time, I would never have ‘kept my home’ nor would I have educated my children.

Pillar Two.  Attacking the mountains of clothes.

As with both Ma and my mom, Monday became wash day.  From the time my children were young, they helped with the laundry.  First, they each had their own personal laundry basket and were trained to throw their clothes in it.  They started by watching me do it when I undressed them and then I had them do it.  For my first son, I made a basketball hoop over his laundry basket to make it fun.  Dirty clothes strewn around their bedrooms never occurred in my home and socks, for some strange reason, always had partners.

Sorting clothes for a toddler is a fun way to teach colors and organization.  Even folding clothes for a toddler can become an hour long (or more) busy activity.  As my children got older, they were responsible for using the washing machine, the dryer, folding their own clothes, and putting them away.

My oldest son remembers using a little ladder to climb up to the washing machine to remove his clothes.  He would lay across the top of the dryer and reach into the washing machine for his clothes.  He would throw them in a basket on the floor and then climb down the ladder.  He would open the dryer and throw the clothes in the dryer and climb back up the ladder to turn on the dryer.  The best part was that he taught his little sister the system too!    When I had older and younger children, they were paired together: one older with one younger helping each another do their laundry.  (Side note: My children never played in the dryer.  It is an appliance. Just as I would not let them play in the washer, the oven or dishwasher.  The dryer and the life-threatening hazards it presents made it off limits!)

I had a friend with eight children who told me that laundry was the biggest headache in her life.  I suggested she pair an older child with a younger child and give each pair a day in the week for doing their laundry together.  After about two months, she called and told me that her home had been revolutionized.  There were no more mountains of laundry and each child was learning how to take care of their own clothes. She also began to see special relationships building between siblings.

Pillar Three.  Free day to iron out other details.

I do not iron.  So, Tuesday is not ironing day for me.  For those who like to iron, Tuesday is a great day to iron.   When I had babies, Tuesday was another laundry day –– diapers.

I mill my own grains so Tuesday became the day for filling up canisters of grain, flour, and maybe even baking cookies.  Tuesday became my  kitchen organization day.  I also planned meals and prepared my two-week grocery list so I would be ready for ‘Pillar Four.’

Pillar Four. Merchant vessel goes afar for food (Proverbs 31:14)

Since I have been married, I have lived a minimum of 30 minutes from any town where I could just run to grab a gallon of milk or a head of lettuce.  Planning has always been an important part of grocery shopping.   My mother made lists for two weeks at a time and I followed her example.  I made meal lists for two weeks and developed my grocery lists for everything including toiletries and other home/children necessities.   Once I had a computer, budgeting for food and non-food items became easier.  I made a database with everything that I bought in each different store and the aisle order in the store.  Every item had a price, and after sorting the lists, I had a ‘grand total’ of what I was going to spend.

As our family delved more into healthy eating, I felt many times like the Proverbs woman who “is like those merchant vessels, bringing her food from far away” (Proverbs 31:14).  From joining co-ops to traveling to store warehouses for different products, or driving to an egg, chicken or grain farm, my shopping took a full day to accomplish.  Living away from big cities, I learned how to set aside time and money to shop when those opportunities arrived and we were in a big city for a day.

As I was home schooling my children, they would go with me wherever I needed to go.  They went to dairy farms, chicken farms, and produce farms.  I never left any child at home when I shopped or picked up orders.   Though I can say that it wasn’t always easy, my children learned shopping etiquette and manners through each experience. In the grocery store, they learned to hold onto the cart so they wouldn’t get separated from me.  They learned self-control; they were not allowed to ask for anything that was not on my list –– most especially the items that were on shelves at their eye level for the very purpose of challenging weak-willed parents.    As they grew older and could read, I would break some of my lists in parts and allow them to shop along with me.  Eventually, in their young adult years, they would go off and do half of my shopping.  As adults, they are experienced shoppers and know how to buy the best and healthiest food for their money.

Pillar Five. Good hygiene for the home

As I have always had more than one bathroom, cleaning them became the Thursday event.  Whatever bathroom you used, you learned to clean.  Tubs were sprayed down.  Toilets stirred.  Sinks scrubbed. Mirrors once again became mirrors.  Towels were washed and replaced on the towel rack.

Pillar Six. Sabbath preparation day.

I did not teach school on Friday. It is the ‘day of preparation’ for the Sabbath.

My children would order their desks, their dresser drawers, their closets, and their shoes. They would vacuum the bedoroom carpets as the finishing touch.  Once a month during the ‘new moon’ week,  bedding was washed and bedrooms dusted.

One of the most incredible things that happened as each of my children turned 12 was the sudden realization that if they kept their bedrooms in order every day, they wouldn’t have to do it on Friday.  Friday became a free day –– the reward for being good stewards ––  a blessing for me from years of training, reminding, training, reminding, and training.

I cleaned my home every Friday.  New Moon Friday, I would dust. Anything that needed to be put away was put away.  All floors were vacuumed, swept, and mopped.  All kitchen towels, napkins, and place mats were washed.  Trash cans were emptied and all garbage removed from the house.  Animal pens that needed to be cleaned were cleaned and feeders filled if necessary. 

My two daughters’ preparation activities involved setting the Sabbath table.  This meant putting a white table cloth on our dining room table along with golden candle sticks with white candles, our best dishes, silverware, napkins, and wine glasses. They learned how to set a formal table as our guest of honor was Yeshua.

I would bake bread, make a special dinner, and dessert.  Everyone would bathe and dress to bring in the sunset to start the Sabbath.  The week’s work would have been completed by sundown –– laundry, school, shopping, cleaning, sewing, organizing, vacuuming.    As a family, we would enter the holy Sabbath with lit candles, homemade challah bread, glasses of wine/grape juice, blessings over the wife, children, and family. And singing.

We would rest from all our weekly work on the Sabbath.  We had time as a family to read and study the Word of God.  My husband and I taught our children about God’s  commands and how to live them out in their everyday lives.  We had time to read about the life of Yeshua and how he is our example in living out the Scriptures.  We had time to pull out tambourines, guitars, flutes, recorders –– and dance.  We were able to worship the Creator of the Sabbath in our home with our children.

The Glory of a Home is Hospitality

Pillar Seven. The Sabbath.

One of the greatest blessings of ‘carving our weekly pillars’ around Sabbath was the freedom to invite others to share in the fellowship. I always knew my home would be in order, food would be prepared, and our hearts ready for guests. These times of hospitality became opportunities to teach others about the Father’s physical rest from his creative works and the joy of our spiritual rest in Yeshua.  When the Sabbath was complete the next afternoon and the sun began to set, we were refreshed, recharged, and ready to begin our weekly pillar cycle again.

“[Wisdom] has prepared her food, spiced her wine, and she has set her table.  She calls from the heights of the city … ‘Come and eat my food!  Drink the wine I have mixed!  Leave your simple ways and you will live; walk in the way of understanding” (Proverbs 9:3-6).

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