Hello, Creation Gospel subscribers. I apologize for not sending a weekly Torah teaching for Lekh Lekha last week. I was not, however, idling, but finishing two projects that needed to be turned in before Shabbat. We've finished reformatting Creation Gospel Workbook Five Volume One: Bereishit, and once I receive the proof copy and approve it, it will be uploaded to amazon and other online bookstores. Additionally, I made your old favorite Workbook One: the Creation Foundation more user-friendly with some revisions to the last section on the Seven Churches of Revelation. It is also being formatted for amazon and worldwide distribution services, so it was necessary to make it a little easier to use and to migrate all the pamphlet graphics into the workbook. Workbook One should also be available on amazon soon, hopefully within four weeks.
Although I have four BEKY Books "in the oven," I hope to release a BEKY Book in 2018 with a simple explanation of the Seven Churches of Revelation as the Seven Feasts. BEKY Books are great easy-reading giveaways to family, friends, and co-workers who have questions about why you do what you do.
What follows is a short discussion of Shabbat work offered as a "makeup" lesson.
Do We Work or Serve on Shabbat?
Sometimes not knowing a Hebrew word can change understanding of a certain text, or even many texts in Scripture, giving them context. For instance, why did Yeshua call work in the Temple on Shabbat work, yet the work did not bring guilt or transgression? Perhaps he was speaking in Hebrew.
There is a connection between the Tabernacle and Sabbath cessation from work. The Hebrew word that describes the work that one must cease on Shabbat is
avad. Using the same English word for two Hebrew words can lead to confusion about what Sabbath work and weekday work actually are.
The use of the word for non-Sabbath work is malakha, and its contexts in Scripture are specific. The Creation Week work that ceased on Shabbat was malakha. The Tabernacle work that ceased on Shabbat was malakha. Another type of work was permitted on Shabbat in the Tabernacle, which was service, avodah.
Why could the priests and Levites work in the Tabernacle, and why could the people offer their Passover sacrifices on a Shabbat? The action was service or worship, avodah, not malakha. Avodah at the feasts may require some
limited actions that are malakha, but it is not sin, for the necessary actions of malakha are subsumed into Divine Avodah on Shabbat. Avodah Service [to God] in the Temple or Tabernacle can only be offered by a free people. While a priest may have a personal servant, an
eved, the servant serves the human being, and he must rest on Shabbat from serving human beings. Only the free servant serves Adonai on Shabbat. Shabbat is a day for free people who serve Him, but they do not work.
Sukkot, the prophetic Tabernacle in which the people Israel find shelter in the day of trouble, is a place where they can offer the greatest sacrifice of all, the avodah of a free soul serving the spirit. Sukkot is the culmination of the weekly Sabbaths.
How could the apostles continually instruct First Century believers not to be troubled about the Day of the Lord? Only a people enslaved to their emotions would be troubled about an event that is designed to bring about their complete freedom and allow them to serve as free men and women in the Tabernacle of Sukkot. Tribulation torments the proud, yet enslaved souls who have the mark of the beast, working, buying, and selling on Shabbat. Free people serve and worship in the hiding place of the Tabernacle.
Those who offer the avodah of a free person, free from the malakha of the weekday, will be gathered in order for Yeshua, the Angel of the Presence, to dwell among them. Comfort one another with these words!
It is a busy season for writing, teaching, and travel, and we'll be back on the road soon at the following venues:
Women of Valor
Women of Valor Conference
November 17-19, 2017
Barren River Lake State Resort Park
November 21-28, 2017
Tuesday 11-21 Roggwil
Wednesday 11-22 Roggwil
Thursday 11-23 Rotes Haus, Brugg
Thursday 11-23 Bern
Saturday 11-25 Brugg: Süssbach Alters-Centrum
Sunday 11-26 Brugg: Süssbach Atlers- Centrum
Monday 11-27 Brugg
Tuesday 11-28 Winterthur
Contact: Isabella Suter Tel. 076 430 82 38 & Joshua Hönger Tel. 079 246 02 09
Hanukkah Conference with Bill and Brad in Mississippi
Washington State 2018
Try Cities, Washington
Contact: Will Carr, firstname.lastname@example.org or call (575) 706-2544
Passover 2018 and Study Tour in Israel
March 25 - April 5, 2018
Blossoming Rose / Biblical Tamar
https://blossomingrose.org/israel-tours/standing-with-israel-the-revelation-2018/Blossoming Rose /
LaMalah Children's Centre
The children's centre is doing well, and it has brought in two more children. Thank you so much for your contributions. We also assisted Beit HaTorah with funds to help rebuild the Hadassah Orphanage in India.