It is a Mikra Kodesh, a Holy Assembly, A Shabbat, a called out time of Assembly to worship according to His Word and NOT TO BE FORSAKEN AS IS THE MANNER OF SOME.
When God called this day to be as He prescribed, I tend to think that by His Spirit, He would carry everyone through. I think of this day as showing Him, just how dependent we are on Him for the very provisions that He has given us to sustain life. Food and water.
Going with out, reminds us that atonement happens on this day due to the sacrifice, the giving up of one life for another. His for ours.
Spending the day in prayer reminds us to continually call upon Him to root out, to do away with and seek His cleansing to cover, to blot out and to wipe away sin. It can be spoken of as ‘at-one-ment’ or ‘peace’ with God.
It is also in my mind at least, a time of reconnecting, reconciliation if you will, too the Life Giver. I also think of it associated with mercy, forgiveness and restoration in wholeness.
When we clean out all the human bodily need by not adding in for this one special set aside day rather spending it in prayer, we show our humble adoration by afflicting not only our body but our soul too. Fasting is a way of setting apart that which is necessary for physical life, bringing our flesh into submission for the physical things of God; that His will be done.
By denying the flesh of what satisfies, we recognize the importance of death to self because if we went for long periods of time without food and water, our bodies would die, but not our spiritual body; the soul.
Rather spending the day in prayer and supplications, we nurture our spiritual needs which is so much more important. Romans 7:14 ¶ For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin. Because we are still carnal, it is good to recognize on this ‘one’ day of the year that God has even made a provision for the sin that has befallen the human race.
As we stop and pause, I tend to think that on this day, as we cease from work, food and water supplied in abundance by God, and tend to our spiritual needs instead, completely resting in Him, that through our prayer and supplication, we recognize the weakness of our own carnal condition. This causes us to yearn even more so for the new body we are promised.
I believe that all of what He has called us to one this one day, in reality makes it easier for us to give way to Him in all things, every day.
On a side note if one is looking at first’s, the first example we see is the willingness of Moses to be stricken from the book on the people’s behalf is a powerful foreshadowing illustration of the mediating role of Messiah as our High Priest.
Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the Holies by the blood of Yahushua, a new and living way which He dedicated to us, through the veil, this is by His flesh, so we have a great Priest in the house of God.
We should present ourselves with a true heart in full assurance of faith, since we have purified our hearts from a consciousness of evil, and have washed the body in clean water: (Ezekiel 36:25) we should without wavering, hold fast the confession of the hope, for the One who promised is faithful, and we should consider one another in provoking the love and good deeds, not forsaking the assembly of ourselves as is custom for some, but exhorting, and so much the more as you see the Day draw near.
Indeed, when we are sinning deliberately after taking the knowledge of the truth, no further offering remains concerning sin, but some fearful expectation of judgment with its blazing flames appears like a living being intent on devouring God’s adversaries.
Anyone who has set aside the Torah (Teaching) of Moses dies without pity on testimony by two or three witnesses: (Deuteronomy 17:6, 19:15) how much more worthy of punishment do you suppose the one will be who trod down the Son of God and who looked upon the blood of the covenant, by Whom he was sanctified, as defiled, and has insulted the Spirit of Grace.
For we know the One Who said, “Vengeance is Mine, I shall repay.” (Deuteronomy 32:35)
“The Lord will judge His people.” (Deuteronomy 32:36, Psalm 135:14)
It is fearful to fall into the hand of the Living God.
You must continually remember the former days, during which, when you became spiritually enlightened you endured many struggles with suffering, sometimes in reproaches, and then afflictions, being shamed publicly, then being sharers with others who suffered acts such as these.
Indeed, you also sympathized with the prisoners and you received willingly the seizing of your possessions with joy, having known you have a better possession and an abiding one.
Therefore, do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. For you need patience, so that after you do the will of God you would take the promise.
For yet “ a little while,
The One Who is coming will come and not delay;” (Habakkuk 2:3)
“And My righteous one will live by faith, (Habakkuk 2:4)
and if he would withdraw.
My inner being will not take pleasure in him.”
But we are not of those who shrink back but of those who are faithful in preserving life. ~ Hebrews 10:19-39
And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. ~ Deuteronomy 6:5
Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the LORD.~ Psalm 4:5
Saturday, November 24, 2012