Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Royal Priesthood: Reverencing the House of Yahweh

Leviticus 19:30 "Observe my Sabbaths and have reverence for my sanctuary."

Reverence Yahweh in the House of Yahweh 

This next post may be a controversial one. It is becoming a hot topic in the church as the church is getting back to their Hebraic roots. For a moment, I would like for you to have an open mind. I would like for you to see this in spirit and truth.

Let me start off by explaining that I am not Jewish, or Messianic. I am saved, sanctified, and filled with the Holy Spirit.

Most of us as children were taught the 10 commandments in Sunday school. One of the commandments is to "remember the Sabbath day, Keep it Holy" (Exodus 20:8). Depending on which doctrine and theology you have studied you may have heard "the Sabbath was done away with" or "everyday is the Sabbath" or "there isn't no day holier than the next". I have heard it all. I happen to believe that everything that was written in the scriptures is to be obeyed with understanding, including observance of the Sabbath day.

I have experienced ridicule by family for following the complete Word and keeping the Sabbath. Nonetheless, the Word is true. We are to remember His Sabbath and to keep it holy. This is what I follow. 

Why was this commanded?

The reason that the Heavenly Father commanded the Priest to reverence Him by keeping His Sabbaths in his sanctuary, is so that the children of Israel would not defile themselves through idol worship by not gathering on the Sabbath day. Surely, Yahweh would require the same for His children today. He doesn't want us to involve ourselves in idol worship.

Anytime the children of Israel's worship to the Most High strayed from His plan of worship, they gave themselves over to idolatry (Exodus 32). The children of Israel were told by Aaron, Moses' brother, to give him their gold; so that he can make a calf of gold for worship. He told them to do this after the commandments have already been brought forth. In chapter 31 of Exodus, the last thing that Yahweh told Moses to tell the people was to keep the Sabbath. It is a covenant between HIM and the Israelites (Exodus 31:12-18). Not too long after the commandment went forth, the Israelites began the practice of idol worship.

From this we see that when worship is done outside of the plan of Yahweh, it becomes idolatrous.

When is the Sabbath Day

The Sabbath day is on the 7th day which is Saturday. Gathering yourself on His most holy day is an appointed time. He set aside just one day for us to worship where HE WILL MEET US. We can worship everyday, all day; but His appointed time is the Sabbath.

Just imagine how more powerful your worship dance experience will be if you will follow His commandments, particularly, keeping the Sabbath. Truly it is not a time of  bondage. It is a time of joy, refreshing, and rest. Because we have grown so accustomed to gathering on Sunday it would seem that this is only a custom for the Jews. It is a commandment for all His people, we are His people saved by His mercy, and redeemed by the blood of the Lamb.

Reverencing Yahweh's Sanctuary

Reverence for Yahweh's sanctuary or temple begins with obedience to His commandments and to His voice. What does all of this have to do with praise dance? Well, the Bible says that obedience is better than sacrifice (1 Samuel 15:22.) The Heavenly Father is more pleased with us when we obey Him than with our sacrifices. As we come before Him with our sacrifice of praise, which is dance, we must ask if we are really being obedient to His Word and His voice.

True worship is obedience to His commandments. Why? Because he has outlined how He wants us to worship Him, in His commandments. If we as praise dancers do not know what He commands for us to do in worship to Him, how then can we say we are worshiping Him in Spirit and in Truth?

God looks at the heart of the worshiper even if the truth about praise and worship has never been taught. If you have truly been giving your all in your dance to Him, them He is pleased. However, now that your true duties as a royal priesthood have been explained will you apply it? It is time for us to do as He commands so that He can bless us with His manifested presence as we dance.

I want to leave you with some resources so that you can research all 613 commandments. It is something to consider. Pray about it and really seek for true understanding. I pray that all everyone reading this post will be blessed.

All 613 Commandments  Here is the full list of all 613 commandments given to the children of Israel in the Torah (first 5 books of the Bible).

Should Christians Keep the Sabbath Here is a very thorough article about the Sabbath and why early Christians kept the Sabbath; and why Christians do today.

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