Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Holy Days


As we continue to address the special days found in Scripture this from Kyle would give us a foundation upon which to build.  Here is the importance of those special days we find in Scripture.

On Sunday, December 29, 2013 10:10 AM, Kyle Humphrey wrote:
Did you know that God has food and we are to give it at His appointed times?  By studying further, could it come down to that WE supply, as well as share His food with others?  This was pretty need ... enjoy!
 
 
 
 
Command the sons of Israel and say to them, ‘You shall be careful to present My offering, My food for My offerings by fire, of a soothing aroma to Me, at their appointed time’”
 
(Numbers 28:2)
 
12 / 28 / 13
(Comments in parentheses and emphasis within Scriptures are mine.)
 
My first thoughts:
 
Did you know that Yeshua (Jesus), Paul and the other writers of the “New Testament” used or quoted the Old Testament for proof of their statements 326 times!!  This proves that one MUST know the “Old” Testament in order to fully know the “New”!  As a matter of fact, Yeshua (Jesus) said many times (as if He didn’t understand why they did not understand what He was talking about), “Haven’t you read in the Scriptures (“Old” Testament) …?”  (Matthew 12:3 and 5 for example)
 
Today’s study comes from today’s Torah (Law) reading about the sacrifices in Numbers 28:1-29:40.  We see at the opening verse that YHVH calls these sacrifices done for His appointments “HIS FOOD”! 
 
Does YHVH have a physical body?  Does He have eyes, nose, or even a mouth?  How about ears to hear?  Arms or feet?  God describes things in a way so that we can understand.  Such as, “My eyes are always turned towards you”.  However, if we say that this means that He has literal eyes then from Revelation 5:6 we would have to say that Yeshua (Jesus) has 7 eyes and even horns (He does not, these are also typologies of the seven Spirits, it continues to say.).
 
So we note that YHVH calls these sacrifices “His food”.
 
Also note that Yeshua (Jesus) used the “Old” Testament to explain the things concerning Himself (Luke 24:27 … “Then beginning with Moses and with all the prophets, He explained to them the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures.”).  The Sabbath rest, the Feast days, and even many of the offerings, ALL point to the Messiah’s work on the cross.  God’s food (either FOR Him or for HIM to give away) is the Messiah’s work (His Son).  If we look at the “New” Testament verses in light of the “Old” Testament verses, it is easy to see that Yeshua (Jesus) is that “bread of life” or the “bread of God” just like when He calls the offerings His food.
 
For the bread of God is that which comes down out of heaven, and gives life to the world.”  (John 6:33)
 
John knew this and spoke of this food of YHVH!  Yeshua (Jesus) is “the bread (or food) of God” which gives life!
 
 
 
I am the bread of life. 49 Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. 50 This is the bread which comes down out of heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die. 51 I am the living bread that came down out of heaven; if anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread also which I will give for the life of the world is My flesh.”  (John 6:48-51)
 
If we read about the sacrifices in Numbers, we see that as the animal sacrifices were consumed upon the altar, they represented “food” for the infinite holy God.  Yeshua was consumed on the spiritual altar before the same God.  Look at it this way, “It is YHVH’s food and He is sharing His food with those He loves” … His children!  Have you ever had food and noticed someone in need and shared your food with them?  It is the divine “food” that is shared off the table that is before YHVH and it nourishes our souls and sustains our lives. 
 
Last thoughts:
 
We are to imitate our “Big brother”, the One who was Firstborn among the dead!  We are to be continually growing closer to His likeness … so it is written about US:
 
That WE, too, should live sacrificial lives and continue the sacrifice as “food” to the Almighty … “You also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Yeshua Messiah (Jesus Christ)”  (1 Peter 2:5) and again in Romans 12:1 … “Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.”
 
Philippians 4:18 is an example of this being lived out:  “But I have received everything in full and have an abundance; I am amply supplied, having received from Epaphroditus what you have sent, a fragrant aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well-pleasing to God.” 
 
Our Heavenly Father shared His Food (His Son) with us, we are to do the same with others!  Start sharing your Food, for He gives us all plenty to eat and it never runs out!  We will never hunger, no matter how much He gives:
 
“Yeshua (Jesus) said to them, ‘I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst.’”  (John 6:35)
 

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