Rooted in Truth - The Ugly Truth - Guarding the Holy One's Mitzvots.May 12, 2022
Rooted in Truth
The Ugly Truth
Hello beloved, so this month's blog has been the hardest to get out. I'm still processing as to why but will share a little of what I can make sense of and what I have come to understand. Thank you for taking the time to read my story and joining me on this journey.
So many of us have begun to observe the Spring Feasts. The seven Biblical Feasts of Adonai are Messianic because they connect directly to Yeshua, our Messiah. These Seven Feasts reveal God's perfect Prophetic calendar. And can only be fulfilled through our soon coming Messiah.
What we are commanded to do in scripture is to remember them, celebrate them, and wait for our Messiah to return and fulfill the remaining three. The first set we guard are Passover, Feast of Unleavened Bread, First Fruits, and Pentecost. Yeshua served and became our Passover lamb. He was buried on the Feast of Unleavened Bread. He resurrected on First Fruits. Fifty days later the Holy Spirit is sent down and known today as Shavout (Pentecost) we have a wait period in between during the summer then celebrate our next set in the fall. The Feast of Trumpets, the Day of Atonement, and the Feast of Tabernacles. They are yet to be fulfilled. It has been life changing and eye opening to experience these significant and spiritual events in the physical.
So what does it mean to guard the commandments of God ?
The Hebrew word for guard is "shamar." Shamar is used more than 400 times in the Old Testament. Its basic meaning is to watch over with great care. To defend, protect, preserve, safeguard, secure, and keep.
"It is used to describe actions of the night watch over a city and the careful tending of a garden. Most frequently, the verb describes rigorous adherence and adoration for God’s laws and covenants.
It was not just about ritual compliance or perfunctory observance. It expresses a deep and abiding concern that God’s commandments form the very fabric of life.
This word is expanded to scenes of tending a flock of sheep, watching a gate and even showing respectful consideration for another person and for God Himself."
In this time of observing the Spring Feast it is so important to understand the spiritual significance and meaning in "guarding" the Holy one's Mitzvots (commandments) Why is it important to guard them and what does that look like?
Obey my commands and live!
Guard my instructions as you guard your own eyes.
Proverbs 7:2 TLV
So my struggle this year was not on guarding the Feast but questioning why we guard them? Weeks before I came to discover I had a hidden root of disbelief. Specifically disbelief in the spiritual manifestations of prophetic giftings. I realize this was steamed from my childhood. Growing up in a charismatic church these things provoked fear in me and eventually I convinced myself that they just weren't real. Boy, was I wrong!
"I did not see, because I did not wish to see"
Yeshua performed miracles and wonders hard for anyone to understand or even believe unless it was seen with your own eyes.
Why was this being brought out now? Especially as we begin the most awaited and anticipated time of the biblical year. And I realized that this was the sin that had to be exposed from my heart. To be brought out and dealt with. That is exactly what the Feast of Unleavened bread represents. The Feast prepares us to come into God's presence in full righteousness and glory. But first, we have to deal with the ugly truth. And that ugly truth is sin.
Your boasting is no good. Don’t you know that a little hametz (leaven) leavens the whole batch of dough? Get rid of the old hametz, so you may be a new batch, just as you are unleavened—for Messiah, our Passover Lamb, has been sacrificed. Therefore let us celebrate the feast not with old hametz, the hametz of malice and wickedness, but with unleavened bread—the matzah of sincerity and truth.
1 Corinthians 5:6-8 TLV
Leaven represents sin and must be removed or it will puff up and grow. For all you bakers out there you know what this means before you make a new loaf of bread you have to take a portion of fermented dough from your starter to act as a leavening agent to make your bread rise.
We all want to believe in something. Why else do we search for it?
My question to you is could you recognize the truth if you saw it right in front of you?
Sin is not pretty and that's the ugly truth. Sin needs to be exposed and dealt with. But, even in those ugly and unsightly moments. Where you seem unrecognizable and wretched, something beautiful is getting ready to happen. You know what that is? It is God's redemption, healing, and restoring power to create in you a new lump if you choose so. The Feasts are centered on just that. On the Holy Ones redemption. The process of redemption starts by honoring the seven Feasts of Adonai and acknowledging our own sin and need for a savior. That savior is Yeshua in Hebrew meaning salvation, the one who saves.
The Biblical Feasts are unto God for us. Now that is something to believe in!
As we grow to understand these things and weave them into the fabric of our life. May we remember to always protect and defend the ways commanded to us and given to us since the beginning of Creation so that we may LIVE!
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