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Integral component of the Lord’s Sabbaths (part 4)

110914-153407 The seventh integral component of the Lord’s Sabbath is; “You shall offer an offering made by fire to the Lord”

This is the most critical and most beneficial component of the Lord’s Sabbaths, but unfortunately, it has been the most neglected and under estimated component of the Lord’s Sabbaths, even by those who profess to be staunch believers and observers of the Sabbath.
This component of the Lord’s Sabbaths, is the main objective of gathering together to have a holy convocation. For it is written; “These are the feasts of the LORD which you shall proclaim to be holy convocations, to offer an offering made by fire to the LORD, a burnt offering and a grain offering, a sacrifice and drink offerings, everything on its day.”
This offering as one can see is besides (or in addition to), the Sabbaths of the LORD, besides our gifts, beside all our vows, and besides all our freewill offerings which we give to the LORD” (Leviticus 23:37-38).

This offering is of such intrinsic importance, that the Lord cautioned Moses and said to him; “Command the children of Israel, and say to them, ‘My offering, My food for My offerings made by fire as a sweet aroma to Me, you shall be careful to offer to Me at their appointed time.” The appointed time is extended beyond the Sabbaths to include the regular daily offering and every New moon, which is the beginning of every month (Numbers 28:2).

It is the presentation of this offering that constitute the church in true perspective as clearly explained by the apostle Paul who wrote; “For first of all, when you come together as a church, I hear that there are divisions among you, and in part I believe it. For there must also be factions among you, that those who are approved may be recognized among you. Therefore when you come together in one place, it is not to eat the Lord’s Supper. For in eating, each one takes his own supper ahead of others; and one is hungry and another is drunk. What! Do you not have houses to eat and drink in? Or do you despise the church of God and shame those who have nothing? What shall I say to you? Shall I praise you in this? I do not praise you” (1Corinthins 11:17-22).

The apostle Paul’s condemnation of the church at Corinth, was the manner in which they partook of the Lord’s supper when they met together as a church, but after explaining to them the sacredness of the occasion, he then said to them, “Therefore, my brethren, when you come together to eat, wait for one another. But if anyone is hungry, let him eat at home, lest you come together for judgment. And the rest I will set in order when I come” (1Corinthians 11:33-34).
The reason for the possibility of coming together for judgment, is by not properly discerning the Lord’s body, eating and drinking in an unworthy manner, causing many to be weak, sick, and many fallen asleep(dead).

It is said that, “ For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body — whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free — and have all been made to drink into one Spirit. For in fact the body is not one member but many” (1Corinthins 12:13-14).
But it is when we come together to break bread that we have fellowship with one another, this was clarified by the apostle Paul who wrote; “Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry. I speak as to wise men; judge for yourselves what I say. The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ? For we, though many, are one bread and one body; for we all partake of that one bread” (1Corinthians 10:14-17).

So then, what is this burnt offering, a grain offering and drink offering, that we are to offer to the Lord at all the appointed times?
In our New Testament dispensation, the body and blood of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is the burnt offering, “Who also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma” (Ephesians 5:2).
Most people are very familiar with scripture which quotes Jesus Christ as saying; “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” It is through the presentation of this offering that Jesus becomes the way, which is through His flesh, the truth, which is through Himself our High Priest and the word of God, and the life, which is through His blood. “For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and the Lord has given it to us upon the altar to make atonement for our souls; for it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul.’
The apostle Paul confirmed this mechanism by which we can draw near to the Father by stating; “Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh, and having a High Priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water” (Hebrews 10:19-22).

This offering is our four cornerstone of salvation to present us holy, blameless and irreproachable in the presence of God the Father.

1. It is the wisdom of God

The hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory, which none of the rulers of this age knew; for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory” (1Corinthians 2:7-8).

2. It is our righteousness

Who is Jesus Christ our Righteous Judge, our High Priest, Who mediates and intercedes on behalf of our sins.

3. It is our Sanctification

For it is written; “Behold, I have come to do Your will, O God.” He takes away the first that He may establish the second. By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.” It is through His body, which is represented by the unleavened bread, that we become sanctified, and set apart. (Hebrews 10:9-10).

4. It is our Redemption

Which is through the blood of Jesus Christ, because God the Father, “has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins” (Colossians 1:13-14).

So important is this component of the Lord’s Sabbath, yet it is unfortunately the most neglected, and misconstrued element of the entire process. Without this offering, one has no access to the inner court, where the throne of God is. Therefore we have been admonished saying, “Give to the LORD the glory due His name; Bring an offering, and come before Him. Oh, worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness! Tremble before Him, all the earth” (1Chronicles 16:28-30; Palms 96:7-9).

But God has overlooked these times of ignorance, and now commands all men everywhere to repent. The choice is ours.

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Integral component of the Lord’s Sabbaths (part three)

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5. A Holy Convocation

The fifth integral component of the Sabbath, is to have a holy convocation. Now what is a holy convocation? A holy convocation is a formal gathering of sanctified people who have been summoned to come together. Now the one who has issued the summons is the Lord Himself who said, “These are the feasts of the LORD, holy convocations which you shall proclaim at their appointed times”.
One interesting thing to note is the word holy, which always precedes the word convocation. The word holy denotes, sanctified, set apart for the service of God. It refers to the divine, which has its sanctity directly from God or is connected to Him. It is something consecrated to God.
Therefore, the instructions given, in order to have a holy convocation are as follows; “Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said: ” I will dwell in them and walk among them. I will be their God, And they shall be My people.” Therefore ” Come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you. I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters, says the LORD Almighty” (2Corinthians 6:14-18).
Holiness of the congregation is also the reason why the apostle Paul admonished the church and said to them, “I wrote to you in my epistle not to keep company with sexually immoral people. Yet I certainly did not mean with the sexually immoral people of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world. But now I have written to you not to keep company with anyone named a brother, who is sexually immoral, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or an extortioner — not even to eat with such a person. For what have I to do with judging those also who are outside? Do you not judge those who are inside? But those who are outside God judges. Therefore “put away from yourselves the evil person.” Because when it comes to the worship of the Lord, we are required to worship the Lord in the beauty of Holiness, in an environment where sin does not exist. (1 Corinthians 5:9-13; Psalms 96:9).

6. Do no customary work on it

One important component of the Sabbaths is that of, no customary work to be done on them. Beginning with the weekly Sabbath where from creation, we have been instructed saying, “Thus the heavens and the earth, and all the host of them, were finished. And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made” (Genesis 2:1-3).

From the giving of the law, where we have been instructed saying; “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it” (Exodus 20:8-11).

And now in our New testament dispensation, we have been instructed saying; “For if Joshua had given them rest, then He would not afterward have spoken of another day. There remains therefore a rest for the people of God. For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His” (Hebrews 4:8-10).
Therefore, doing no customary work on the Sabbaths, is part of the equation that makes up the Lord’s Sabbaths.
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