Assembling together…how did we get from a tabernacle to a church or synagogue?
In this study, we will investigate what we know, in our time, as an assembly and how this compares with what was done in Biblical times. We shall also study how and when this originated. We shall look at the purpose of the tabernacle and the Temple and if this was indeed the forerunners of what we know today as church or synagogue. We shall also investigate how the words “ekklesia” and “synagogue” were translated and why. Prepare to be challenged…
“You shall have a holy convocation”
This may seem like a strange title for an article, but it is not so strange after all. Do you know what it means to have a holy convocation? I thought I did, until I did this study. This study was prompted by a dear friend who asked the question: are we commanded to assemble on the Sabbath? This is a good question, with a unexpected answer. Assembling on the Sabbath and Feast days with like minded believers is a huge blessing, but is this what is commanded with the words “you shall have a holy convocation?”
The Fourth Commandment – Part 3 – The Observance
This article is the third in the series on the fourth commandment. We have learned in the previous two articles how the Sabbath was changed from the seventh day to the first, and we also learned the reasons for observing this day. In this article we shall study the instructions for this special day. The Scripture is overflowing with detailed instructions as to how we are to observe this day. The essence of the Sabbath is rest and the instructions for the keeping of the Sabbath revolve around preparation. Here are twelve points to ponder about the observance of the Sabbath.