I’m amazed at how many so-called Torah or Hebrew roots people do not orient their lives around YHVH’s commanded feasts. They fit their carnal schedules to the feasts, and not vice versa. They observe these divine appointments and commanded assemblies only when it conveniently fits in with job and school schedules or family plans (like vacations and other family events). If Yehovah’s feasts conflict with their their carnal plans, guess what takes second seat? Yep! The feasts.
I’m reminded of what Yeshua commanded us, his disciples, in Matt 6:33.
But seek ye first the kingdom of Elohim, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
Too many times, we seek YHVH’s kingdom only when it conveniently fits in with our schedule. Is this putting YHVH first in our lives? The devil must be laughing at us for our misguided priorities and lack of obedient commitment to Elohim!
Yeshua said of those who pursue carnal things above obedience to him,
But Yeshua said to him, “No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of Elohim.” (Luke 9:62)
So what excuses do we make for explaining our sinful actions in light of this verse?
Remember what Yeshua said in Matt 22 in the Parable of the Wedding Feast? He invited many people to the wedding feast, but they all had excuses why they couldn’t come. They had jobs, family and other cares of this life to attend to ahead of being at the Master’s wedding feast. What was the Master’s reaction and the fate of those carnal people? Go read what Yeshua said in Matt 22:1–14. In conclusion, Yeshua said, “Many are called, but few are chosen.”
Finally, Yeshua said,
He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. (Matt 10:37–38)
Frankly, I’m totally fed up with people who refuse to put Yehovah Yeshua first in their lives. For many years now I have been pouring out my life trying to stir up the body of Yeshua to seek him first ahead of all the physical things that are more important to them. A few of you are listening. Yah be praised, and I love these people more than words can express. But you are the minority! You know that well. For the rest of you, it’s time to wake up. Yeshua is knocking on the door of your Laodicean lukewarm life and wanting to come in to your life as he states in Rev 3:14–22. You can fool yourself, and some of your friends, but you can’t fool the all-powerful, all-knowing Just and Righteous Judge of the Universe to whom we all will answer for our actions on judgment day whether they were good or bad in his view according to his written word.
Deuteronomy 16:1ff, Keeping the biblical feasts. How important are YHVH’s feast days (annual set-apart times or moedim) to you? The Israelites and first-century Messianic believers planned their entire year’s schedule around them. That’s how important YHVH’s annual festivals were to them. Do we travel halfway across the country to take a vacation or to go to a conference, and yet do not set apart the time to obey YHVH’s voice by keeping his appointed times? Do we let our jobs, school or other secular activities dictate how and whether we keep the feasts or not? If so, what does this say about the status of our spiritual priorities? What does Elohim think about our excuses about why we can’t keep his feasts has he has commanded us to do?
The feast days are the skeletal framework of YHVH’s entire plan of redemption (salvation) of Israel. One cannot in good conscience keep the weekly Sabbath without keeping YHVH’s annual Sabbaths. They stand or fall together. What plans are you making to keep the upcoming fall appointed times of YHVH: Yom Teruah (Day of Shouting/Trumpets), Yom Kippur (Day of Covering/Atonement), Hag HaSukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) and Shemini Atzeret (The Eighth Day)?
In the final analysis, jobs, schooling, friends and the praises and acceptance of men will all pass away, but our relationship with Elohim will determine our eternal destiny. Isn’t it time that we got serious about putting him first in our lives?
Excellent Natan. Thank you for putting this out there in such a bold way. A timely reminder:<) When one works in the confines of "this world," and when one is the only one (or ones) of the family in this walk, it is blurry. I guess I know YOUR answer to this…..Does one lose one's job or miss the birth of a baby, or your grandchild's birthday etc…… in order to keep the Shabbats,feasts? We do have some responsibilities. I sometimes have trouble with that "line." And yet I am reminded of what Mike Clayton once said to me…………Given the choice of offending a person or YHVH, I choose to offend the person.
I agree with Mike. Mike’s a good guy.
For some reason “choosing” is not an issue for me anymore because to me there is no choice when it comes to His way. It is the only Way!!! Saying no to other things has become so easy. But I had to practice it regardless of what people say. We live or lives before יהוה. His opinion is all that matters!! Tx Natan for Sharp swords. Shalom
Yes, there comes a time in your life when you’ve seen and done so much that those things no longer matter any longer—only unconditionally surrendering to him and doing his will is all that matters. It’s called being totally sold out to YHVH-Yeshua. That’s where we want to be. These are they who follow the Lamb wherever he goes (Rev 14:4). May I be such a person.