"I fed you with milk and not with solid food, for until now you were not able to receive it, and even now you are still not able, for you are still fleshly. For since there is envy, and strife, and divisions
among you, are you not fleshly and walking according to man? For when one says, "I am of Sha'ul," and another "I am of Apollos," are you not fleshly? What then is Apollos, and what is Sha'ul, but servants through whom you believed, as the Master assigned to each? I planted, Apollos watered, but Elohim was giving growth. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is any at all, but Elohim who gives the increase. And he who plants and he who waters are one, and each one shall receive his own reward according to his own labor. For we are fellow workers of Elohim, you are the field of Elohim, the building of Elohim.
According to the favor of Elohim which was given to me, as a wise master builder I have laid the foundation, and another builds on it. But each one should look how he builds on it.
For no one is able to lay any other foundation except that which is laid, which is Yahushua Mashiach.
And if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each one's work shall be revealed, for the day shall show it up, because it is revealed by fire. And the fire shall prove the work of each one, what sort it is. And if anyone's work remains, which he has built on, he shall receive a reward.
If anyone's work is burned, he shall suffer loss, but he himself shall be saved, but so as through fire." 1 Cor. 3:2-15
Let's grow up and not put each other into boxes. Denominations are not the work of Yahushua - they bear the fleshly work of men because they take the NOMEN (name) of men, and define divisions within the Body, based on men's rules. We should not be divided into classifications, but be built upon Yahushua, not the whims of men before us.
Some declare, "We don't have to obey those laws / teachings, because we're not Jewish. We're under the New Covenant, as believers in Messiah, who obeyed the Law for us." Wow. It sure sounds logical, and seems to be great rationalization. But, can we find a Scripture on it, telling us that because a Gentile believer wasn't raised correctly, they can ignore things like the Sabbath Day, or that they can eat blood, fat, bats, pigs, skunks, squirrels, rabbits, clams, oysters, turtles, and octopus? Why would a
Gentile want to live against the Torah after coming to faith in Yahushua, then claim his birthright as a Gentile who can go on living as if he's dumber than a box of hammers? There's an answer to this question: the lying teachers, masquerading as messengers of righteousness. Always err on the side of Torah when you can, and never promote ignoring YHWH's teachings. He's the One Who said they were not difficult; Messiah's yoke is very light to bear. Try taking on the mark/sign of the eternal Covenant, and rest on the Sabbath Day. Then, come tell me how hard it was to obey.
Leviticus 23 (and Deut. 16) list the Sabbaths of Father YHWH, which certainly those who worship the Elohim of Israel would be interested in. The annual High Sabbaths, or moedim (appointed times), are "shadows" of things to come. They model the redemption of Israel:
THE SEVEN SABBATHS OF THE YEAR: IT'S ABOUT LOVE
Deut. 16, Lev. 23: REDEMPTION is pictured (shadowed) in the seven annual Sabbaths, and collectively they are an "agricultural metaphor":
The agricultural cycle is used to "shadow" the redemption of YHWH's BRIDE, which He calls "ISRAEL OF YHWH". Each of the 7 annual Sabbaths conceal meanings which remain hidden from those who don't practice them, and even those who do practice them from a "fleshly" approach don't see the spiritual side of them. They are so important that the elements they portray play a part in whether or not we will enter into the world-to-come! The Mashiach is the Redeemer and active Character in them all. PASSOVER The year opens with PESACH. We remember the protection and deliverance of all Israel as they were rescued from the "bondage" of sin (Egypt) at this time of year, by the power of our Redeemer/ Deliverer, YHWH. The "door" (Yahushua, the Redeemer) is marked in a special way, indicating how our Redeemer/Deliverer covers/atones for us by marking us as protected and selected — and our decision to obey is shown by our being "observant" of this shadow of things to come. He has knocked, and we invite Him inside our dwelling. We provide evidence of our conviction that we need Him as we acknowledge His protection and deliverance from sin -- the blood-marks on the lintel and 2 doorposts signify the wounds He bore for us at this time of year, and He told us to remember Him (and His death) by the emblems of bread and wine as we observe each Passover. It is His death we are to remember by observing Passover, until He comes. The First-born of YHWH died to cover sin, while the former animal sacrifices could only remind the sinner of his sinfulness. CONVICTION OF SIN is our first step. Without the shedding of BLOOD, there is no remission (elimination) of sin.
UNLEAVENED BREAD Next, we prepare our "soil" — our lives are cleared as a farm field for planting, by getting out the stones, boulders, and weeds — clearing our lives of the "sin" by our decision to repent. When we remove the "leavened" bread, we are seeing the "shadow" of the spiritual action taking place. Avoiding leaven for seven days, we are now prepared to receive what is to be sown. Something is coming into our soil to dwell and grow there - the TORAH (which is the personality of the Ruach, in the Name of Yahushua). The parable of the Sower shows how we are the different types of soil. Paul told us to "keep the feast" (1 Co. 5:8). The seven days picture the lifespan, Ps. 90:10, during which we attempt to clear out the sin, clutter, and nonsense in our lives. The 1st day of Matsah (Unleavened bread) is on the 15th of the moon, and is a day of rest, or annual High Shabbath, recalling the departure of Israel from ha shatan's kingdom, Egypt; the 7th day of the Feast of Matsah is also a High Shabbath, and corresponds to Israel crossing the yam suph (sea of reeds) on dry ground, when Pharaoh and his army was drowned. It also relates to our immersion/ baptism, as did the flood of Noach's day; obeying by going into the waters begins our salvation by faith (1 Pet. 3:15-22). REPENTANCE (turning around) and away from sin is our second step).
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