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Why I Do Shabbat (Or Sabbath on Saturday)

The funny part about the law is you get convicted.

The law I’m talking about is YHWH’s, God’s. So let me tell you why I was convicted…

It all started with a simple realization:

Jesus is a jew.

Not all that startling. But then…

Why don’t we follow what he did?

He says to do as I do, to obey the law of his father, and he even said, “I did not come to abolish the law…” (For those of you who know your scripture the next part is, “but to fulfill it.”) But… If he didn’t come to abolish the law, how come the law isn’t followed anymore as we are commanded? And why aren’t we following in the very footsteps of Jesus and what he observed?

Insert Roman Empire here.

Quick history lesson, in order to get more people to convert, the church adopted pagan holidays as their own and renamed them. All the traditions were the same, but they said it was now for God instead of pagan gods.

You know what YHWH has to say about this?

DEU 12:31 – “You must not worship the LORD your God in their way, because in worshiping their gods, they do all kinds of detestable things the LORD hates.”

Oh, snap.

After I read that I couldn’t keep doing the things I was doing. Some clarification – Easter is a pagan holiday celebrating fertility (eggs and rabbits). You might say it’s for God, but who’s really getting the glory here? Christmas is really Yule. Read up on it if you don’t believe me.

I believe all the things that are IN the Bible. Yes, Christ did rise from the dead and he was born. I just think the secular world has the timing and celebrations all mixed up. He rose right around Passover, it’s even in the Bible that the last supper was a Passover seder – so that’s that.

So, I looked up messianic congregations and went to one.

At first it was like trying on pants when you’re used to skirts.

“What the hell is this? Is this how it’s supposed to fit? This feels funny.”

But similarly to pants – or taking off a bra – after a bit it was very much,

“Wow! This is SO much more comfortable!”

And here’s where the conviction came in… As I observed the laws and Biblical traditions (notice: Biblical not Jewish), I was filled with peace and comfort.

Now… that doesn’t mean I stayed there. I tried to go back. I tried to go back to a regular church and not observing the laws.

Not following YHWH’s law made me sick.

Physically and spiritually. I was under conviction to eat kosher (not extreme, just the obvious ones). I tried to eat shrimp – made me sick. Literally. I’d never had a problem before, but I sure as hell did now.

Once you have the knowledge of what YHWH wants to do in your life, you have to act on it – or suffer the consequences.

Since then my entire life has changed – and for the better!! YHWH is good to his children, especially the obedient ones. 😛

Has God changed your life? Do you have a God story? Share in the comments and encourage another!

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