Traditions – good or bad?

Written by Schalk_and_Elsa. Posted in Training in righteousness

It is Friday; the sun is almost setting and a family gathers in their home all dressed up and ready to start their Sabbath celebration. The aroma of the prepared dinner is mouth-watering and the children giggle in anticipation. Mother and Father are getting the last things arranged. Everybody finds their places at the beautifully set table, while mother gets the challah and candles ready. The candles are lit by her while she prays the traditional blessing. The Shabbat has begun……
I have used this traditional Sabbath setting as an example, as it is such a familiar scene, but how are we to view traditions as believers in Y’Shua? Is it good to follow traditions? Some Torah observant followers of Y’Shua condemn all traditions, whether it be Jewish, Christian or something in between. Is this the approach we are to follow?
I want to show you both sides of the scale. Traditions are not to be viewed as evil or deceptive in general, although like with so many other things, we are to follow a wise and balanced approach.

Haggai says you need to do more

Written by Schalk_and_Elsa. Posted in Training in righteousness

We all believe that we should live a righteous life and keep the commandments that YHVH provided for us in His Torah. We also believe that we should love our neighbor as ourselves. If we study the scriptures a bit more we see that this may not be enough. We should learn from Haggai that we need to do more than follow the law. The message that Haggai had to take to the remnant clearly shows that we need to ensure that we are obedient to YHVH and that His will is always our number one priority. Haggai also explains to the people that our responsibility does not stop with our own righteousness. We need to go even further that that.

What is Righteousness? Let us count the ways

Written by Schalk_and_Elsa. Posted in Training in righteousness

We are counting the Omer, a very significant time of the year. We just relived the exodus out of Egypt, when we celebrated Pesach and the Feast of Unleavened bread. We remembered the death and resurrection of our Saviour Y’shua, the Messiah with the feast of First Fruit! This is a time of spiritual preparation for the next feast, Shavuot. It is a new season, a fresh beginning. Let us consider what righteousness is and purpose ourselves to live in righteous obedience to His Word.

That said, do we know what righteousness is? Do we know how to live righteously?

Have we become the modern-day Pharisees?

Written by Schalk_and_Elsa. Posted in Training in righteousness, Unleavened Bread

Have we become like the Pharisees in the time of Y’shua? Have you noticed how critical and judgmental we have become? There seems to be a tendency among believers to judge. To judge others for their different interpretation of scripture, for their use of certain words or for their use or pronunciation of the name of our Creator. People, where is this going? Should we not be spending this time in a more productive way? Do we not all have one Father?

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