Do Christians Need to Observe the Sabbath?

Old Covenant versus New Covenant
Before I answer that you need to understand that there are two Covenants, an Old Covenant (Also known as the Mosaic Law) and a New Covenant. We who profess Jesus as our Lord and Savior are under the New Covenant. Jeremiah 31:31-34 describes this New Covenant and it was established when Jesus died on the cross for our sins. (See Matthew 26:28, Hebrews 9:14-17, New Covenant or is it Renewed?). Now why is this important? Because without a clear understanding of when the New Covenant started and what it means to us we could easily get confused when reading the Bible. So we see from the above scriptures that the New Covenant has begun and if […]

2020-04-13T16:22:25+00:00August 9th, 2013|Categories: Hebrew Roots Movement, Law, Library, Sabbath|Tags: , , , , , |

The Law Makes Us Righteous?

A friend involved with the HRM movement shared with me, “Justification (salvation) is through faith by grace. Sanctification (holy living) is through the Mosaic Law.” Further, he explained, that although they acknowledge salvation is through Jesus alone, one must obey the Mosaic Law through the power of the Holy Spirit in order to continue in the faith so as to be considered righteous before God. He shared how in the Old Testament it was impossible to obey all the Law because they did not have the Holy Spirit indwelling within them. But now it is.

This explanation seems to be logical, until you really think about what Jesus accomplished on the cross and in His resurrection. 1 Peter 3:18-22 shares the power […]

2020-04-13T16:23:10+00:00August 2nd, 2013|Categories: Hebrew Roots Movement, Law, Library|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Law of Christ

Proverbs and many Scriptures in the old testament describe the blessings and requirement of God to obey the Law. Before Jesus came, these references pointed to the Mosaic Law. What are we to do now when we read these verses? Are we to obey the Law on this side of the new covenant? How do we uphold the full counsel of God’s Scriptures and not through out any of it in regard to these verses in the Old Testament?

Many of the articles on this site discuss the New Covenant that Jesus made and offers to everyone, Jew and Gentile. Jeremiah 31:31-34 foretells of this new covenant that Jesus was going to offer. It seems God knew that many would say this […]

2020-04-13T16:23:44+00:00July 28th, 2013|Categories: Hebrew Roots Movement, Law, Library|

Obey God’s Commandment

We read in John 14:21 that Jesus is telling us if we love Him, we will obey Him. This is used by the HRM to prove we are to obey the Mosaic Law. Let’s look at this verse and surrounding Scriptures a bit closer.

John 4:15-31 is a beautiful discourse from our Lord Jesus about His relationship to those who believe in Him. He also shares with us a greater truth, the love and relationship the Father has with His children because they follow Jesus. He begins in John 4:15 by declaring those who love Him will obey His commandments. This is repeated several times in the next few verses. The question is, “Whose commandments are we to follow?” It is […]

2020-04-13T16:24:05+00:00January 23rd, 2013|Categories: Commandments, Hebrew Roots Movement, Law, Library|Tags: , , , , , |

Does Jesus Change the Law?

For when there is a change in the priesthood, there is necessarily a change in the law as well.

Hebrews 7:11-28

What is the relationship of laws on our hearts and the new covenant? (Jeremiah 31:33, Hebrews 8:10, Hebrews 10:16)

The law on believer’s hearts is the greatness, the glory of God’s holiness. For Jesus came to do the fullness of His Father’s will and now He abides in His own (John 15:1-17). He will continue to do so until the completion of God’s will is accomplished (Matthew 28:20). God’s law is love (Romans 13:10, 1 John 3:21-24). Jesus loved His Father and He loves His people (John 14:18-31). Now we are to go and do likewise.

God’s statutes were written according to the […]

2020-04-13T16:24:36+00:00January 21st, 2013|Categories: Hebrew Roots Movement, Law, Library|Tags: , , |

Sabbath

And to all those who receive salvation their awaits one last promise, a promise to enter into His rest, the highest of Sabbaths. The one spoken of, “another day”, Hebrews 4:4-10.

We see from Leviticus 23:3 that the Sabbath was included in the list of Holy days.

If it is a Sabbath to the Lord, then we can easily see why Jesus is the Lord of the Sabbath in Matthew 12:8.

No work is to be done on the Sabbath. Perhaps it is to remind us that we are not saved by our works but by the Lord of the Sabbath only, by faith. And that we will enter the Lord’s Sabbath, His rest, by the preaching of the Gospel of Jesus Christ […]

2020-04-13T16:26:31+00:00January 7th, 2013|Categories: Hebrew Roots Movement, Law, Library, Sabbath|Tags: , , , , |

The Day of Atonement

Dual fulfillments. Leviticus 23:26-32

This is Yom Kippur, our Jewish brethren celebrate this as a day for reflection upon deeds done during the past year and with that the hope of doing better in the next. The Day of Reckoning is a day in which all the accounts must be settled between God and His people for that year.

This is where each individual soul has an obvious requirement to reflect and prepare him/herself for the day when each will give account for their deeds and receive what was promised to them on the Day of Judgment. The blast from the day before may be our call to get ready that the day of Atonement which is coming. But its blast […]

2020-04-13T16:26:45+00:00January 7th, 2013|Categories: Feasts, Hebrew Roots Movement, Law, Library|Tags: , , , |

Feast of Trumpets

The announcement, this is fulfilled by our responding (Leviticus 23:24-27)

In the autumn of the year and on the first day of the Tishrei moon trumpets are blown to announce the Hebrew holiday of Rosh Hashanah. It is simply “Yom Teruah–the Day of Blowing.” Since the blowing of the trumpets became the distinguishing characteristic of the day, it became known as the Feasts of the Trumpets: the feast that called people to prepare to stand before the judgment of God. The texts give no specific reason for observing the Feast of the Trumpet. This is surprising because the Bible usually gives the reason for the observance of the feasts. Apparently the reason was self-evident. In his book The Jewish Festivals, Rabbi S. […]

2020-04-13T16:26:58+00:00January 7th, 2013|Categories: Feasts, Hebrew Roots Movement, Law, Library|Tags: , |

Feast of Pentecost

Fulfilled by the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost (Leviticus 23:15-22).

50 days from the day the firstfruits of the barley harvest was waved before the Lord, is Shavuot or the Day of Pentecost. Rabbinic scholars believe that it was on this day that God visited His people after their exodus from Egypt and through Moses, brought the Law down from Mount Sinai. This earthshaking day of visitation, trembling, and betrothal is the birthday of the nation of Israel. Here Moses brings down the Torah or Law for the nation. 50 days from the day the Firstfruits, the Day our Lord raised from the Dead (The Resurrection), in the summer of the year of our Lord Jesus’ passion, God visits His […]

2020-04-13T16:27:33+00:00January 7th, 2013|Categories: Feasts, Hebrew Roots Movement, Law, Library|Tags: , , |

Feast of Firstfruits

Fulfilled by Jesus at His Resurrection. Leviticus 23:10-11

On the 17th day of the month of Nisan the firstfruits of the barley harvest was gathered and waved before the Lord in celebration. On the 17th day of Nisan. Jesus rises up from the grave. He is the firstfruits from the dead. On that very day He fulfilled the feast.

Jesus raised from the dead the firstfruits of the Resurrection of the dead. Those that were spiritually dead can now be born again, thou they perish yet they may live (1 Corinthians 15:20).

2020-04-13T16:28:21+00:00January 7th, 2013|Categories: Feasts, Hebrew Roots Movement, Law, Library|Tags: , , |
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