tions describing "Gentiles" in the synagogues "on the Sabbath day", hearing the Torah and prophets read aloud, because the vast majority of attendees were in fact Gentile converts — much different from today. The use of the word "shadow" implies that these things will become clearer realities in our understanding of them one day. The reality or substance determined from the "shadow" they are casting must be of extremely great importance, so it would be very unwise to dismiss them as "mere shadows" -- and Shaul said they represented shadows of "what is to come". They are here to teach us something; they are not here for us to cast them aside.
Galatians -- a book often referred to as "proof" that we are not obliged to obey the Commandments! Simply put, this book is speaking about one thing: circumcision of the flesh. Shaul opens and closes with it (2:3, 2:7, 2:8, 2:9, 2:12, 5:3, 5:6, 5:11, 6:12, 6:13, 6:15). This is so misunderstood -- "the law" of circumcision (of the flesh) is what Shaul is talking about; he is not in any way referring to the Covenant, the moral laws which define sin. We are circumcised by the Spirit of Yahushua in our hearts, and you should read more on this to explain it thoroughly by examining Romans 2:28, 29, 1 Cor. 7:19, Col. 2:11-13. Our "circumcision" is of and by the Spirit of Yahushua, not made with hands; the outward act of obedience representing our circumcision is our immersion (baptism). But, our circumcision is done to us by Yahushua, in our heart, when He writes His Commandments on our heart. This is the Re-newed Covenant. Our obedience to His Commandments is an outward sign that we love Him, but it also proves that we are being saved by Him -- it's evidence of our salvation, and His work in us. When we realize He is IN us, we can love His Commandments and obey them out of love. When we love Him enough to obey Him, He will write them on our hearts. Those who will not obey Him will not receive His Spirit (Acts 5:32). "He who turns away his ear from hearing the Torah, even his prayer is an abomination." Proverbs 28:9. "Listen to Me, you who know righteousness, a people in whose heart is My Torah; do not fear the reproach of men, nor be afraid of their revilings." Is. 51:7.
The following issue is something that has arisen since the 4th edition of Fossilized Customs that is of great importance to everyone being seduced by it.
This new wind of doctrine is extremely divisive, and is rapidly becoming a new custom within our generation. We must watch, and stand fast and hold the traditions which we were taught, and be without wrath and disputing. (see 2 Thess. 2:15, 1 Tim. 2:8). New Moons: Lunar Sabbaths?
The new moons are signals for us to tell time, and that is all they are. Sundials and clocks are round because the sun and moon are round. A very good question was asked of me about the pattern of 7 days we call a week:
"Can you find any Scripture that says there is an unending seven-day cycle from Creation? Is it safe to assume such without evidence?" (name withheld) Answer: We already know about the 1st and 2nd chapter of Genesis (Bereshith), so we'll assume that isn't good enough proof, and look at a couple of other Scriptural situations where the cycle of 7 days are involved (a week of days). There are also cases where a "week of years" are mentioned. We'll even get the thrill of multiplying 7 x 7 to get the answer of 49 -- so pay close attention kids. We need to consider the Hebraic concept of the week as a unit, made up of seven days; and in some cases units of 7 years.
First, look in a concordance for the word "week" (Hebrew, SHABUA, #7620). This word also means "7". The word Sabbaton is used 58 times in the Messianic writings, or Brit Cha-dasha, and translated as the 7th day of the week, or weekly Sabbath day. But, in 9 other cases, it is translated as "week", referring to the cycle or period of 7 days we are familiar with. Further, at Lev. 23:15,16 the weekly Sabbaths are used to count off 7 Sabbaths. It tells us to count 7 "completed Sabbaths", up until the "morrow after the seventh Sabbath", you count 50 days. This instruction clearly numbers the total elapsed days involved, so we know that "Shabuoth" falls on the 1st day of the week each year. Shabuoth (plural for shabua, week), is now called "Pentecost" (Greek, "count fifty"), and is our (Israel's) Wedding Anniversary.
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