Sabbath Greetings for 2 - 2000

Sabbath Greetings for 2-5-00  Cooking on Sabbath
 
Dear Friends in Yahshua,

Earlier this week a reader wrote:
“Can you please speak on the topic of Sabbath keeping, if possible in your next issue?
Many people think that is right to cook - baking and so forth on the Sabbath.
I know that Yahweh says to bake what you shall bake and prepare what you shall prepare.”

The reader is right about cooking on Sabbath.
The scripture she quoted is from a really neat story in Exodus 16.
This was even before the ten commandments were given.
Of course, the Sabbath dates back to the seventh day of creation.
It was at least about 2460 years old by then.

In this story we see the Israelites getting the first manna.
They gathered exactly as much as they needed every day.
If they tried to keep some overnight, it bred worms and stank.
Then, on the sixth day of the first week of manna they had plenty left over!
Moses explained to them that this was to be kept for Sabbath:

Exodus 16:23  Then he said to them, "This is what Yahweh has said:
'Tomorrow is a Sabbath rest, a holy Sabbath to Yahweh.
Bake what you will bake today, and boil what you will boil; and lay up
for yourselves all that remains, to be kept until morning.'"

So they kept it overnight and two amazing things happened.
1. The manna they stored did not have worms or stink!
2. There was no manna on the ground on Sabbath!

Besides that story we have a few other scriptures about
keeping Sabbath that tell us about food.
One man wanted to build a fire on Sabbath.
Maybe he wanted some hot manna.

Numbers 15:32  Now while the children of Israel were in the
wilderness, they found a man gathering sticks on the Sabbath day.

The man had to be stoned to death for breaking the commandment.
The death penalty is still in force today.
If we break the Sabbath we must repent
and ask for Yahshua’s sacrifice to be applied for our forgiveness.

The Sabbath is somewhat like the Day of Atonement as far as preparing food.
In Leviticus 23 we can see a clear difference between
A.   Sabbath (v 3) and the Day of Atonement (v 28) “No work”   and
B.   The other Holy Days (vs 7, 8, 21, 25, 35 and 36). “No ordinary work”

In Exodus we can find the key to what work can be done on those six Holy Days.
Yahweh is talking about the Days of Unleavened Bread in Exodus 12:16 He says,
'On the first day there shall be a holy convocation,
and on the seventh day there shall be a holy convocation for you.
No manner of work shall be done on them;
except what everyone must eat; that only may be prepared by you.

So, on the Feast Days we may prepare food but
on Sabbath and Day of Atonement we may not.

Yahshua gives us a little more information in Matthew 12:
Matthew 12:1  At that time Yahshua went through the grainfields on the Sabbath.
And His disciples were hungry, and began to pluck heads of grain and to eat.
2  And when the Pharisees saw it, they said to Him,
"Look, Your disciples are doing what is not lawful to do on the Sabbath!"
. . . Yahshua replied,
7  "But if you had known what this means,
'I desire mercy and not sacrifice,' you would not have condemned the guiltless.”

The disciples were not cooking and they only prepared
some simple cold food to eat on the Sabbath.
Yahshua said they were guiltless.

Too bad the Pharisees weren’t more inclined toward mercy,
because they committed the sin of speaking evil.

Nehemiah 13:15-22 makes it very clear that we can not buy food on Sabbath either.

Now all we have to do is decide to obey Yahweh and DO IT.

If you'd like to learn more, we refer you to two articles on our web site.
We can mail them if you don't have web access.
Keeping Sabbath  at
http://scripturalhelps.org/KeepSab1.htm
and Cooking On Sabbath at:
http://scripturalhelps.org/CookSabb.htm

Please keep the Elders and their wives in your prayers today.

Friends, may Yahweh bless you and keep you on this Sabbath Day.

Shabbat Shalom from Tom and Cathy Schattke


Sabbath Greetings for 2-12-00 through 3-04   Love
The following represents three Greetings that have been combined
 
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Dear Friends in Yahshua,

This week we'd like to begin exploring with you
some thoughts on 1 Corinthians 13.
Although this may be the most popular chapter of the Bible,
many of us could profit from a better understanding of it.

The first three verses talk about the importance of love
as compared to some other qualities.
Qualities that have pretty impressive importance:
Speaking like an angel, understanding all prophecy,
having faith to move mountains, even giving all we have to the poor.
Any religious person would be pleased with the fruits of such gifts.
Anyone who was doing such things
would be respected as a ‘righteous one' by everyone.

But what does the scripture say about it?

1 Corinthians 13:1 Although I speak with the tongues
of men and of angels, but have not love,
I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal.
2  And though I have the gift of prophecy,
and understand all mysteries and all knowledge,
and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains,
but have not love, I am nothing.
3  And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor,
and though I give my body to be burned,
but have not love, it profits me nothing.

Consider a person who preached
clear and knowledgeable sermons about prophecy in many languages,
who laid hands on the sick and they were most often made well,
and who lived in a simple way,
not taking advantage of the gifts sent to him?

But what if he had a vicious temper and frequently
said mean and hurtful things in private?
What if his family and associates were afraid of him?

Is that person going to be saved?
I don't believe so!
How much more, one of us who has no such talents?

Dear friends, I want you to understand that
without STRONG, ACTIVE LOVE from within you,
you WILL NOT be in Yahweh's kingdom.

Yahshua said in John 13:34
"I give to you a new commandment,
that you love one another as I have loved you,
that you also love one another.
35  "This is how everyone will know that you are My disciples,
[My students, the ones who learn from me]
if you have love for one another."

Friends, if everyone in the world can recognize our teacher
in how we love one another,
don't you think the teacher is going to be watching that too?

Romans 8:9  But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit,
if indeed the Spirit of Yahweh dwells in you.
Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of the Messiah, he is not His.

Among other things, the spirit of the Messiah is a spirit of
deep, active, wise and energetic love.

If that spirit isn't part of the disciple's spirit then
he hasn't been paying attention to the teacher and
he's going to fail the final exam !

It's a one-question final exam and
the teacher has given us the answer!
We just need to absorb that answer into our innermost being.

In loving our fellow-students,
we need to automatically think just like the teacher.

This is more important than prophecy, than knowledge,
even more important than faith or giving to the poor!

In the following, Yahweh willing,
we'll talk about how that happens.

Friends, may Yahweh bless each of you
with His spirit of love on this Sabbath Day.

*******************
Last week we wrote:
“Dear friends, we need to understand that
without STRONG, ACTIVE LOVE
we will not be in Yahweh's kingdom.”

1 John 4:20  If someone says, "I love Yahweh," and he hates his brother,
he is a liar;
for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen,
how can he love Yahweh whom he has not seen?
21  And this commandment we have from Him:
that he who loves Yahweh must love his brother also.
1 John 5:1  Whoever believes that Yahshua is the Messiah
is born of Yahweh, and everyone who loves Him who begot
also loves him who is begotten by Him.

1 John 3:10  In this the children of Yahweh and
the children of the devil are manifest [clearly seen]:
Whoever does not practice righteousness is not of Yahweh,
NOR HE who does not love his brother.

But what a great future awaits those who do have that love!

1 John 3:14  We know that we have passed from death to life,
BECAUSE WE LOVE THE BRETHREN.
He who does not love his brother abides in death.

Luke 6:35  "But love your enemies, do good, and lend,
hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great,
and you will be sons of the Most High.
For He is kind to the unthankful and evil.
 

LOVE AS A COVERING OF SINS

The writer of Proverbs knew that a loving person
does not cause problems but tries to minimize them:

Proverbs 10:12  Hatred stirs up strife, But love covers all sins.

Peter knew that this applied in a much deeper sense
within the master’s fellowship.

1 Peter 4:7  But the end of all things is at hand;
therefore be serious and watchful in your prayers.
8  And above all things HAVE FERVENT LOVE FOR ONE ANOTHER,
for "LOVE WILL COVER A MULTITUDE OF SINS."

Peter seems to have the idea that our redemption
is linked to our love for one another.

John tells us that Yahweh has that kind of love
and we need to imitate Him in that.

1 John 4:10  In this is love, not that we loved Yahweh,
but that He loved us and sent His Son
to be the propitiation for our sins.
11  Beloved, if Yahweh loved us that way,
we also ought to love one another.

Paul also recognizes the effect of love in covering sins.

Romans 13:10  Love does no harm to a neighbor;
therefore LOVE IS THE FULFILLMENT OF THE LAW.

Hebrews 13:16  But do not forget to do good and to share,
for with such sacrifices Yahweh is well pleased.

Colossians 1:9  For this reason we also, since the day we heard it,
do not cease to pray for you,
and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will
in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;
10  that you may walk worthy of the Master,
fully pleasing Him,
being fruitful in every good work
and increasing in the knowledge of Yahweh;

We saw in John 13:35 what it means to be a good student of
the Master Yahshua – LOVE ONE ANOTHER

continuing:
Colossians 1:11  strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power,
for all patience and longsuffering with joy;
12  giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us
to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light.
13  He has delivered us from the power of darkness and
conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son OF HIS LOVE,
14  in whom we have redemption through His blood,
the forgiveness of sins.

Friends, take some time to study love in 1 John chapters 4 and 5 in
your own Bible today.
May Yahweh bless you in that study on this Sabbath Day.

******************
We hope we’ve communicated the great importance of loving the brethren.
It is more important to Yahweh than
preaching correct doctrine
or accurate prophecy,
or showing powerful faith. (1 Corinthians 13:1-3).
Love is even of greater value than giving to the poor,
which would seem to be an act of love.

Paul explained how, even while having correct doctrine about food
we still need to control our use of that with love for our brother.
      Romans 14:15  Yet if your brother is grieved because of your food,
      you are no longer walking in love.
      Do not destroy with your food the one for whom the Messiah died.

Verses 4 to 7 of 1 Corinthians 13 give a good explanation of what this love is.
As with many things we can understand what it is by what it does.
In this case it shows the behavior of a loving person.
Here are several versions of these verses.
Take your pick or read and learn from all of them.
Where it says, “love is . . .” try putting your own name there
so it says, “Tom is . . .”
It’s a sobering exercise.

1 Corinthians 13:4 (NKJV) Love suffers long and is kind;
love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up;
5  does not behave rudely, does not seek its own,
is not provoked, thinks no evil;
6  does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth;
7  bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

1 Corinthians 13:4 (NIV)  Love is patient, love is kind.
It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
5  It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered,
it keeps no record of wrongs.
6  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
7  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

1 Corinthians 13:4 (JNT)  Love is patient and kind,
not jealous, not boastful, not proud, 5  rude or selfish,
not easily angered, and keeps no record of wrongs.
6  Love does not gloat over other people’s sins but takes its delight in the truth.
7 Love always bears up, always trusts, always hopes, always endures.

 1 Corinthians 13:4 (my version)  Love is patient and kind,
love does not envy, does not put itself forward, is not puffed up,
5 does not behave itself badly, is not selfish, doesn’t get angry,
pays no attention to evil,
6 does not rejoice in wrongs but finds joy in the truth.
7 bears all things, has all-encompassing faith, hope, and endurance

1 Corinthians 13:4-7  NLT  Love is patient and kind.
Love is not jealous or boastful or proud 5. or rude.
Love does not demand its own way.
Love is not irritable, and it keeps no record of when it has been wronged.
6. It is never glad about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out.
7. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful,
and endures through every circumstance.

1 Corinthians 13:4 (Paraphrased Epistles)  Love is very patient and kind,
never jealous or envious, never boastful or proud,
5 never haughty nor selfish nor rude.
It is not irritable or touchy. It does not hold grudges
and will hardly even notice when others do it wrong.
6 It is never glad about injustice but rejoices whenever truth wins out.
7 If you love someone you will be loyal to him no mater what the cost.
You will always believe in him, always expect the best of him,
and always stand your ground in defending him.

Friends, may Yahweh bless you as you think about
more loving behavior on this Sabbath Day.

Shabbat Shalom from Tom and Cathy Schattke


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