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I have kept the Shabbat for almost 30 years. Additionally, I have studied with Jews for 2 years discussing with them how they interpret Biblical doctrine and Jewish history. This is how important Jews feel the Shabbat is:
“The Sabbath (or Shabbat, as it is called in Hebrew) is one of the best known and least understood of all Jewish observances. People who do not observe Shabbat think of it as a day filled with stifling restrictions, or as a day of prayer like the Christian Sabbath. But to those who observe Shabbat, it is a precious gift from G-d, a day of great joy eagerly awaited throughout the week, a time when we can set aside all of our weekday concerns and devote ourselves to higher pursuits. In Jewish literature, poetry and music, Shabbat is described as a bride or queen, as in the popular Shabbat hymn Lecha Dodi Likrat Kallah (come, my beloved, to meet the [Sabbath] bride). It is said “more than Israel has kept Shabbat, Shabbat has kept Israel.”
“Shabbat is the most important ritual observance in Judaism. It is the only ritual observance instituted in the Ten Commandments. It is also the most important special day, even more important than Yom Kippur. This is clear from the fact that more aliyot (opportunities for congregants to be called up to the Torah) are given on Shabbat than on any other day.” (Judiasm 101- Shabbat)
- Truly, Shabbat has kept Israel together during the Diaspora. This is one of the major proofs the Shabbat IS a commanded holy meeting or convocation (Leviticus 23:3). Please understand the other holy days are patterned after the Saturday Shabbat.
Jews understand the importance of assembling on Shabbat
Currently, there are six major divisions or sects of Judaism (in the 1st century, there were various sects of Judaism as well):
- Jewish Renewal
Orthodox and Conservative Judaism both believe that the Oral Law (the traditional way to interpret the Tanakh) is divine. However, Conservative Judaism interprets the Written and Oral Law considering the modern times we are living in today. The other divisions do not believe the Oral Law is divine.
Interestingly, in reference to the Shabbat:
“Orthodox rabbis forbid driving an automobile on the Sabbath, based on the fact that it involves turning on the ignition, which in turn ignites sparks-an act that violates the Torah law against making a fire on the Sabbath (Exodus 35:3). Conservative rabbis generally permit Jews to drive on the Sabbath, but only to synagogue.
“This ruling was made in response to the migration of Jews to the suburbs, where most no longer live within walking distance of a synagogue. Continuing to forbid driving on the Sabbath would have forced many congregants to remain at home or to pursue nonreligious activities. Fearing an erosion of Jewish identity if synagogue attendance dropped precipitously, these rabbis permitted driving as the lesser of two evils.
“Orthodox rabbis denounced this decision, arguing that Conservative rabbis should instead encourage their congregants to live within walking distance of their synagogues (The 613 Mitzvot by Ronald L. Eisenberg, pgs. 318-319).”
Many Jews and believers are scattered; because of money issues or social economics, cannot live close to each other. In these cases, it is acceptable to drive on the Shabbat to do good. Certainly, fellowshipping with like-minded believers is doing good (Matthew 12:2-8; 11-12; Hebrews 10:25).
I know from personal experience how Jews celebrate Shabbat. I was invited to a Friday sunset Shabbat celebration. My wife and I were pleasantly surprised how Jews celebrated the Shabbat and enjoyed fellowshipping with other Jews. Jews, who are serious about their faith, look forward to the Shabbat and fellowshipping with other Jews.
Yeshua regularly fellowshipped with His fellow Jews on Shabbat (Luke 4:16). However, did He break Leviticus 23:3 because He fasted for 40 days and 40 nights? Does it make the commandment to have a “holy convocation” null and void?
“Then יהושע was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tried by the devil. And after having fasted forty days and forty nights, He was hungry.” (Matthew 4:1-2 The Scriptures)
Mosheh also fasted for forty days and forty nights. He did it two times. The 1st time was after Yah spoke the 10 commandants to assembled Israel. The second time was after the sin of creating an idol was committed by most of the congregation of Israel.
“And Mosheh went into the midst of the cloud and went up into the mountain. And it came to be that Mosheh was on the mountain forty days and forty nights.” (Exodus 24:18 The Scriptures)
“And he was there with יהוה forty days and forty nights. He did not eat bread and he did not drink water. And He wrote on the tablets the Words of the covenant, the Ten Words.” (Exodus 34:28 The Scriptures)
Notice they both fasted. By fasting in a different location, they did not assemble with like-minded believers on Shabbat. Therefore, it appears if you need to fast for 40 days and 40 nights, then it is permissible to do so and miss assembling with like-minded believers for five Shabbats (7/40 days = 5 Shabbats without fellowship with like-minded believers). This is similar to Yah allowing David to eat the showbread without sinning because he was hungry or allowing the priests to work on doing temple duties on the Shabbat (Matthew 12:3-5). If you are having mercy on someone and sacrificing for someone on the Shabbat, then it is understandable if you can’t fellowship with like-minded believers on the Shabbat (Matthew 12:6). Certainly, fasting is an act of mercy, compassion and sacrifice. Additionally, Yeshua is a priest and He said His body was a temple (John 2:19-21). Ultimately, He revealed He was greater than the temple (Matthew 12:7).
- Those who want to use Yeshua fasting for forty days and forty nights as an excuse for forsaking assembly on the Sabbath: When you assemble just with your family or by yourself-are you in the process of fasting for 40 days and 40 nights? Fasting is going without food and water (Esther 4:16). Plus, Yeshua fasted by Himself. He did not fast with His family nor was He with His relatives when He fasted. Remember, we are suppose to follow His example (1 John 2:6).
“And see, there was a man having a withered hand. And they asked Him, saying, “Is it right to heal on the Sabbath?” – so as to accuse Him. And He said to them, “What man is there among you who has one sheep, and if it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, shall not take hold of it and lift it out? “How much more worth is a man than a sheep! So it is right to do good on the Sabbath.” (Matthew 12:10-11 The Scriptures)
Is fasting considered doing good on the Shabbat?
Interestingly, Isaiah 58 describes how someone should fast:
“Is this not the fast that I have chosen: to loosen the tight cords of wrongness, to undo the bands of the yoke, to exempt the oppressed, and to break off every yoke? “Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and that you bring to your house the poor who are cast out; when you see the naked, and cover him, and not hide yourself from your own flesh? “Then your light would break forth like the morning, your healing spring forth speedily. And your righteousness shall go before you, the esteem of יהוה would be your rear guard. “Then, when you call, יהוה would answer; when you cry, He would say, ‘Here I am.’ “If you take away the yoke from your midst, the pointing of the finger, and the speaking of unrighteousness, if you extend your being to the hungry and satisfy the afflicted being, then your light shall dawn in the darkness, and your darkness be as noon. “Then יהוה would guide you continually, and satisfy your being in drought, and strengthen your bones. And you shall be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail. “And those from among you shall build the old waste places. You shall raise up the foundations of many generations. And you would be called the Repairer of the Breach, the Restorer of Streets to Dwell In. “If you do turn back your foot from the Sabbath, from doing your pleasure on My set-apart day, and shall call the Sabbath ‘a delight,’ the set-apart day of יהוה ‘esteemed,’ and shall esteem it, not doing your own ways, nor finding your own pleasure, nor speaking your own words, then you shall delight yourself in יהוה. And I shall cause you to ride on the heights of the earth, and feed you with the inheritance of Yaʽaqoḇ your father. For the mouth of יהוה has spoken!” (Isaiah 58:6-14 The Scriptures)
Notice how to keep the Shabbat is mentioned in the context of fasting. This helps explain why Yeshua fasted on the Shabbat days and did not fellowship with like-minded believers during His 40 days and 40 nights fast. He did not sin, but He still learned by suffering. Fasting certainly does not feel good when you do it and it hurts.
“Who, in the days of His flesh, when He had offered up prayers and petitions with strong crying and tears to Him who was able to save Him from death, and was heard because of His reverent fear, though being a Son, He learned obedience by what He suffered. And having been perfected, He became the Causer of everlasting deliverance to all those obeying Him.” (Hebrews 5:7-9 The Scriptures)
It is right to do good on the Shabbat. Fasting is doing good on the Shabbat because one of the reasons why you fast is to do good toward others-it is not for selfish reasons:
If you desire to be by yourself with your family on Shabbat and you are not fasting or having other reasonable issues (like sickness) preventing you from fellowshipping with other believers, then that is being selfish; you are not obeying the Shabbat command.
Again, the purpose of fasting:
“Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and that you bring to your house the poor who are cast out; when you see the naked, and cover him, and not hide yourself from your own flesh? “Then your light would break forth like the morning, your healing spring forth speedily. And your righteousness shall go before you, the esteem of יהוה would be your rear guard. (Isaiah 58:7-8 The Scriptures)
The scriptures reveal Yeshua kept all of His Father’s commandments (John 15:10); He obeyed the Shabbat and kept all of the holy days of Yah. We are commanded to follow His example. In addition, He is LORD OF THE SHABBAT (Mark 2:28 CJB). This means He knows better than us how to keep the Shabbat.
“The one who says he stays in Him ought himself also to walk, even as He walked.” (1 John 2:6 The Scriptures)
“And His parents went to Yerushalayim every year at the Festival of the Passover. And when He was twelve years old, they went up to Yerushalayim according to the practice of the festival.” (Luke 2:41-42 The Scriptures)
“And He came to Natsareth, where He had been brought up. And according to His practice, He went into the congregation on the Sabbath day, and stood up to read. And the scroll of the prophet Yeshayahu was handed to Him. And having unrolled the scroll, He found the place where it was written: “The Spirit of יהוה is upon Me,1 because He has anointed Me to bring the Good News to the poor. He has sent Me to heal the broken-hearted, to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to send away crushed ones with a release, to proclaim the acceptable year of יהוה.” And having rolled up the scroll, He gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all in the congregation were fixed upon Him.” (Luke 4:16-20 The Scriptures)
“And came down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee, and taught them on the sabbath days.” (Luke 4:31 KJV)
52 weeks in a year = 52 Shabbats. Now if you take one Shabbat off per month to just be with your family, then you will miss 12 Shabbats a year fellowshipping with like-minded believers.
Yeshua missed only 5 Shabbats fellowshipping with like-minded believers His entire life according to the scriptures.
Yeshua’s earthly life is estimated to be between 28 and 31 years (Luke 3:23). 31 years x 52 weeks = 1,612 Shabbats. Remember, Yeshua only missed 5 Shabbats fellowshipping with like-minded believers because of His special forty day and forty night fast.
- Yeshua fellowshipped with like-minded believers 99.68% (1,607 Shabbats/1612 Shabbats) of the time His entire life (If you use 28 years, then it is 99.65%). This is the reason why the inspired scriptures state it was His custom/practice to be with like-minded believers on Shabbat. Therefore, if we follow His example, then we should do the best we can to be with like-minded believers on the Shabbat 99.68% of the time.
- Taking one Shabbat to be just with your family will only result in a 76.9% (40 Shabbats/52 Shabbats = .769 x 100 = 76.9%) percentage of keeping the Shabbat with like-minded believers. This is certainly not following the Messiah’s example of keeping the Shabbat.
- Additionally, if you really want to follow His example, then you should only miss 5 Shabbats your entire life fellowshipping with like-minded believers to fast all day on the Shabbat for spiritual reasons.
“And came down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee, and taught them on the sabbath days.” (Luke 4:31 KJV)
“The Sabbath is the first of the Appointed Times listed in Leviticus 23 and is considered, along with the Festivals outlined throughout this section of the Torah, as one of God’s Appointed Times. The Hebrew word (mo’ edim) is from the root (mo’ ed) which has as its first meaning “meeting-place.” The Tabernacle is referred in the Torah as the “Tent of Meeting” utilizing the same word. From the very use of this word it is clear that the Shabbath is a time fixed by God for meeting with His people.” (Introduction to Torah Living, p. 119 by Tim Hegg)
The KJV uses the word “feasts” for appointed time in Leviticus 23:2-4.
“And all the work of the Dwelling Place of the Tent of Meeting was completed. And the children of Yisra’ĕl did according to all that יהוה had commanded Mosheh, so they did.” (Exodus 39:32 The Scriptures)
The word “meeting” in the above scripture is translated “congregation” in the KJV and the word means appointed times; it is the same word that is used for “feasts” in the KJV in Leviticus 23:2-4. So, mo’ edim can mean the following:
- Appointed time
Remember, according to Leviticus 23:2, a holy convocation is also a feast. The Sabbath is a holy convocation and a feast (Leviticus 23:3).
Strong’s Concordance No. H4150
mô‛ēḏ: A masculine noun meaning an appointed time or place. It can signify an appointed meeting time in general (Gen_18:14; Exo_13:10); a specific appointed time, usually for a sacred feast or festival (Hos_9:5; Hos_12:9 ); the time of the birds’ migration (Jer_8:7); the time of wine (Hos_2:9 ); the same time next year (Gen_17:21). In addition to the concept of time, this word can also signify an appointed meeting place: “The mount of the congregation” identifies the meeting place of God or the gods (Isa_14:13), and “the house appointed for all living” identifies the meeting place of the dead-that is, the netherworld (Job_30:23). Moreover, the term is used to distinguish those places where God’s people were to focus on God and their relationship with Him, which would include: the tent of meeting (Exo_33:7); the Temple (Lam_2:6); the synagogue (Psa_74:8). (The Complete WordStudy Dictionary)
“25 Not neglecting our congregational meetings (Greek episunagôgên; one could render the phrase, “not neglecting to synagogue ourselves together”).
“Hillel said, ‘Do not separate yourself from the community.’ ” (Avot 2:4)
Many believers not only neglect to meet regularly with a congregation of believers but suppose it unnecessary. This is a very serious mistake, indeed a heresy which endangers their salvation (Yn 13:34–35; 1 Yn 3:10–11, 14, 18; 4:7–8), because biblical religion is socially oriented.
The Tanakh speaks of the kahal (assembly) and the ˓edah (congregation), the New Testament of the ekklêsia (called-out community, “church”) and the Body of the Messiah, and both of the people of God. These are not mystical ideas. True, there is a worldwide spiritual unity of all believers throughout all time which transcends their physically gathering together. But the emphasis in the Tanakh is on the common historical destiny of God’s people and their need to treat each other with justice and mercy.
The New Testament is no less concerned with the group; it commands believers to love each other in real, practical ways and to build up the Body of the Messiah. This necessitates personal involvement, relationship, communication and working together for the Kingdom of God; and these are impossible challenges unless God’s people meet together often.
In the last few decades, extreme forms of individualism spawned in the secular world have infected the Messianic Community and produced efforts to discredit the importance of believers’ meeting together. Unabashed selfishness, championed by writers such as Ayn Rand and Robert Ringgren (Looking Out For #1), has become an acceptable part of popular culture. As the emptiness of outward conformity was exposed by sociologists like David Riesman (The Lonely Crowd), its opposite number, self-preoccupation, took its place; drug abuse and the turn toward Eastern religions are symptoms. First welcomed as a step toward consciousness-raising (Charles Reich, The Greening of America), such absorption with self was quickly recognized as escapist and destructive of the social fabric (Christopher Lasch, The Culture of Narcissism).
In addition to these influences from the secular world, believers often bring with them from their childhood a distaste for organized religion, which leads them to throw out the baby (fellowship, working together) with the bathwater (dead institutional forms, perfunctory attendance at meetings without genuine communion). Television preaching and home study materials further facilitate passive “blessing” without active involvement. Thus many professed believers suppose that their personal tie to God is the only element of their religious life that matters. But without purposeful contact with other believers, fruitful work for the Kingdom soon ceases, prayer becomes dry, the world shrinks, not only social conscience but even social awareness succumbs, and the person quickly withdraws into a world of his own in which costless discipleship and cheap grace prevail.
A different but related perversion of true congregational meeting consists in flitting from one kehillah (Hebrew, “congregation”) to another without becoming committed to any. People who do this delude themselves if they suppose they are not neglecting congregational meetings, for such “butterflies” can neither become close to any one group nor work with other people toward a common goal. “Living stones being built into a spiritual house” (1 Ke 2:5) do not flit about from window to wall to ceiling. Paul did not spend long in any one place, but he was a faithful member of one local congregation (Antioch), who sent him on his journeys with the laying on of hands and evaluated what he accomplished; he did not proceed on his own initiative, and he did not interpret the Holy Spirit’s command by himself (Ac 13:1–4, 14:25–15:2, 15:35–40). The time has come for God’s people to understand that spirituality means what Dietrich Bonhoeffer called, in the title of his book, Life Together. All of this should be easy for Jewish believers to understand, since Judaism fosters a strong communal feeling that fits well with the exhortation of this verse.”
Stern, D. H. (1996). Jewish New Testament Commentary : A companion volume to the Jewish New Testament (electronic ed.) (Heb 10:25). Clarksville: Jewish New Testament Publications
- The 1st century believers looked for reasons to assemble whenever they could. They did not look for reasons not to assemble (Acts 2:46) with each other. Yah desires to gather everyone together (Matthew 23:37; Ezekiel 34:1-13; Jeremiah 23:1-4). One of the purposes of the Shabbat and the Holy Days and even observance of the New Moon is to gather Yah’s people-His family together. The Sabbath and the Holy Days are a delight and celebration of the goodness of Yah toward humanity. In contrast, ha satan (the adversary/the devil), is looking to cause division and to destroy (1 Peter 5:8). Ha satan hates unity.
Some 1st century believers assembled in homes
Assembling in homes does not void the structure and organization of an assembly. Just like a family has structure and organization in a home, so should Yah’s family of believers.
“And give my greetings to the congregation that meets in their house. Give my greetings to my dear friend Epaenetus, who was the first person in the province of Asia to put his trust in the Messiah.” (Romans 16:5 CJB)
“The congregations in the province of Asia send greetings to you. Aquila and Priscilla greet you in union with the Lord, as does the congregation that meets in their house.” (1 Corinthians 16:19 CJB)
“Give my greetings to the brothers in Laodicea, also to Nympha and the congregation that meets in her home.” (Colossians 4:15 CJB)
“Along with sister Apphia, our fellow-soldier Archippus and the congregation that gathers in your home.” (Philemon 1:2 CJB)
“He must manage his own household well, having children who obey him with all proper respect; for if a man can’t manage his own household, how will he be able to care for God’s Messianic Community?” (1 Timothy 3:4-5 CJB)
Please notice the following scripture about the Shabbat:
“And you shall remember that you were a slave in the land of Mitsrayim, and that יהוה your Elohim brought you out from there by a strong hand and by an outstretched arm. Therefore יהוה your Elohim commanded you to observe the Sabbath day.” (Deuteronomy 5:15 The Scriptures)
“Then I heard another voice out of heaven say: “My people, come out of her! so that you will not share in her sins, so that you will not be infected by her plagues.” (Revelation 18:4 CJB)
In the above scripture, Yah says “my people” not “each family” come out of Babylon.
- Elohim gathered the Israelites out of Egypt to observe the Shabbat day as one congregation-as a group. Yah is not calling us out of Egypt/Babylon to separate families that believe in the TRUE Yah from other Yah believing families. He desires to unite all Yah fearing families together into ONE Elohim family.
“See how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity.” (Psalm 133:1 The Scriptures)
“And when all are made subject to Him, then the Son Himself shall also be subject to Him who put all under Him, in order that Elohim be all in all. (1 Corinthians 15:28 The Scriptures)
Sure, there are times when we can’t assemble as revealed in the Bible and Yeshua’s example:
- Sick (being exhausted is also being sick)
- No one to fellowship with in your local area
- Fasting for 40 days and 40 nights to do good; fasting for unselfish reasons. Following the Messiah’s example of only missing 5 Shabbats fellowshipping, we should do the best we can to fast on days other than the Shabbat. However, there are times when the Shabbat is the only day you can fast
- Doing charitable work to help the sick and afflicted. Again, following the Messiah’s example of only missing 5 Shabbats fellowshipping, we should do the best we can to do charitable work to help the sick and afflicted all day on other days. We can spend time during the Shabbat helping the sick and afflicted; the remainder of the Shabbat should be spent resting and fellowshipping. However, there are times when the Shabbat is the only day you can serve the sick and afflicted all day.
- Other medical reasons and emergencies
If we don’t have the above reasons to stop us from fellowshipping, then the example of the Word of God shows us we should not forsake the assembly of the people of Yah on the Shabbat (Luke 4:16; Leviticus 23:3; Hebrews 10:25-26). We should look forward to fellowshipping with each other-not look for reasons to avoid fellowship on the Sabbath.
Believers should fellowship and rest every Shabbat. However, we shouldn’t fellowship so much that we neglect rest. And, we shouldn’t rest so much that we neglect fellowship unless we are exhausted from a very hard work week which, in this case, you are sick because being exhausted is a form of sickness. Additionally, other reasonable circumstances can justify avoidance of Shabbat assembly. To simplify, there should be a proper balance when observing the Shabbat and Holy Days of Yah.
- One of the reasons why Orthodox Jews have stayed together is because of fellowshipping. Consistently fellowshipping with believers helps us to grow spiritually and to learn how to eliminate conflicts.
Believers are God’s family and TRUE families stick together and do things together
“What was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of life: And the life was manifested, and we have seen, and bear witness, and announce to you that everlasting life which was with the Father and was manifested to us. We announce to you what we have seen and heard, so that you too might have fellowship with us. And truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son יהושע Messiah. And we write this to you in order that your joy might be complete. And this is the message which we have heard from Him and announce to you, that Elohim is light and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and are not doing the truth. But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of יהושע Messiah His Son cleanses us from all sin.” (1 John 1:1-7 The Scriptures)
“And I do not pray for these alone, but also for those believing in Me through their word, so that they all might be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You, so that they too might be one in Us, so that the world might believe that You have sent Me. “And the esteem which You gave Me I have given them, so that they might be one as We are one, “I in them, and You in Me, so that they might be perfected into one, so that the world knows that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.” (John 17:20-23 The Scriptures)
“I am the real vine, and my Father is the gardener. Every branch which is part of me but fails to bear fruit, he cuts off; and every branch that does bear fruit, he prunes, so that it may bear more fruit. Right now, because of the word which I have spoken to you, you are pruned. Stay united with me, as I will with you — for just as the branch can’t put forth fruit by itself apart from the vine, so you can’t bear fruit apart from me. “I am the vine and you are the branches. Those who stay united with me, and I with them, are the ones who bear much fruit; because apart from me you can’t do a thing. Unless a person remains united with me, he is thrown away like a branch and dries up. Such branches are gathered and thrown into the fire, where they are burned up.
“If you remain united with me, and my words with you, then ask whatever you want, and it will happen for you. This is how my Father is glorified — in your bearing much fruit; this is how you will prove to be my talmidim. “Just as my Father has loved me, I too have loved you; so stay in my love. If you keep my commands, you will stay in my love — just as I have kept my Father’s commands and stay in his love. I have said this to you so that my joy may be in you, and your joy be complete. “This is my command: that you keep on loving each other just as I have loved you. No one has greater love than a person who lays down his life for his friends.” (John 15:1-15 CJB)
We put the commandments to action by fellowshipping with one another. Yeshua commanded us to love one another. How can we love (walking in the commandments – 2 John 1:6) toward one another if we don’t fellowship with like-minded believers on Shabbat, the Holy Days or other days? Notice what Yeshua stated about loving just loving your family:
“For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?” (Matthew 5:46-47 KJV)
“And His mother and brothers came to Him, and were unable to get to Him because of the crowd. And it was reported to Him, saying, “Your mother and Your brothers are standing outside, wishing to see You.” And He answering, said to them, “My mother and My brothers are those who are hearing the Word of Elohim and doing it.” (Luke 8:19-21 The Scriptures).
“And a crowd was sitting around Him. And they said to Him, “See, Your mother and Your brothers are outside seeking You.” But He answered them, saying, “Who is My mother, or My brothers?” And looking about on those sitting round Him, He said, “See My mother and My brothers! “For whoever does the desire of Elohim is My brother and My sister and mother.” (Mark 3:32-35 The Scriptures)
“Whoever loves his father or mother more than he loves me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than he loves me is not worthy of me.” (Matthew 10:37 CJB)
TRUE believers make up the BODY of Messiah
“So that there will be no disagreements within the body, but rather all the parts will be equally concerned for all the others. Thus if one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it; and if one part is honored, all the parts share its happiness. Now you together constitute the body of the Messiah, and individually you are parts of it.” (1 Corinthians 12:25-27 CJB)
Remember, you can’t fellowship with the Father by avoiding the Messiah or His body which are the believers in your local area.
“We announce to you what we have seen and heard, so that you too might have fellowship with us. And truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son יהושע Messiah. And we write this to you in order that your joy might be complete. And this is the message which we have heard from Him and announce to you, that Elohim is light and in Him is no darkness at all.
If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and are not doing the truth. But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of יהושע Messiah His Son cleanses us from all sin.” (1 John 1:3-7 The Scriptures)
- Notice the above scripture reveals Yah desires we fellowship with other believers. When we fellowship together as one, then we are fellowshipping with the Father and Son.
- Fellowshipping with one another involves the blood of the Messiah cleansing us from all sin.
“יהושע said to him, “I am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6 The Scriptures)
“יהושע therefore said to them again, “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. “All who came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them. “I am the door. Whoever enters through Me, he shall be saved, and shall go in and shall go out and find pasture.” (John 10:7-9 The Scriptures)
- A significant number of believers work during the week and they can’t fellowship with believers during the week because of their jobs. The Shabbat is a perfect day to fellowship with other believers because we are commanded to cease from work for profit activity. If you don’t have to work, then you should have the time to fellowship with like-minded believers.