A blessed Sabbath Day to you, ladies. We are experiencing a cold front with messy weather. The kind of weather that makes you want to retreat to your bed and snuggle underneath the covers. I wish I liked coffee, because now is definitely the time for it!
While I enjoy all of the days of the week, the Sabbath is extra special. Although I still do not have a crystal clear, perfect understanding of Scripture, I feel like I keep learning a little bit more as time passes.
Once I didn’t quite understand how good the Sabbath was..I thought it was a “burden” to us. I didn’t understand the Father’s love for us…I thought His love was somehow limited to the New Testament.
I was scared of the Old Testament God…He seemed harsh and mean. I couldn’t understand how He could change into the loving God who sent His Son to die for us.
The thing is, He didn’t change at all. Yeshua (Jesus) is the Word from the very beginning. He is the Word that the Father spoke. And the Old Testament is a love story between The Father and His people, Israel.
In the beginning was the Word. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. All things were made through Him, and apart from Him nothing was made that has come into being. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overpowered it.
John 1:1-5 TLV
If the Word of God is literally Yeshua, we can begin to understand how good and loving the Old Testament actually is. His instructions are loving, and are for our good.
He said to them, “Put in your hearts all the words that I call as witness against you today—that you may command your children to keep and do all the words of this Torah. For it is not an empty thing for you, because it is your life! By this word you will prolong your days on the land, which you are crossing over the Jordan to possess.”
Deuteronomy 32:46-47 TLV
Instructions that were given to give life, and prolong the days of God’s people have to be good. Our God does not change…His words would not bring life to some of his people, while simultaneously making some of his other people bear a burden.
“For I am Adonai. I do not change, So you, children of Jacob, are not consumed.
Malachi 3:6 TLV
“An old and unhealthy strand of Christian theology once saw Judaism as the religion of law and Christianity as the religion of love. Rooted in the writings of Augustine, these Christian readers contrasted what they saw as legalistic passages of the Old Testament with what they took as the more spiritually uplifting texts of the New. Many books and articles have been written refuting this point of view, and suffice it to say, love and law are central to both texts.”
– What Every Christian Needs to Know About the Jewishness of Jesus by Rabbi Evan Moffic, p. 122
Yes, law and love are central to both texts. Everything the Father has done from the beginning of time was out of love for His people.
Oh, there is so much more to learn about this topic. I am barely scratching the surface.
But for now, remember that sometimes love looks like discipline. Sometimes it looks like laying down your life for another.
Thank you for stopping by and reading my thoughts today. I hope your weekend is filled with God’s love and peace. Be on the lookout for a giveaway tomorrow!