**note- the following may provoke some candid comments, so please show brotherly/sisterly love with any responses**
Among the many attacks on the followers of Christ lately has been regarding celebration of Non-Jewish Holidays such as Halloween, Christmas, Easter. Yes, there is alot of information out there regarding the secularist nature of these “Holidays” and we might as well throw Thanksgiving and Independence Day in the list. Also don’t forget, Presidents Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Veterans Day, Labor Day, Memorial Day, Election Day, Valentines Day, St Patrick’s Day, etc…
Yes, Thanksgiving was based on Sukkot, but is not at the exact time as Sukkot so if we were legalistic about it, it doesn’t count. Also, if we were truly legalistic as Christians are supposed to be according to “Jewish Traditions” and the Torah, we would be making blood offerings/burnt offerings for the remission of sins (“Oh, but Christ was our sacrifice”). Now we see where there is a discrepancy amongst the “legalists/Pharisees”
Now, I know I am no scholar of Hebrew/Greek and Judaism as a whole, but I do understand what has been put forth within the Old/New Testaments of the Bible (Yes, Jesus/IOSUS, when referencing the “law” was referencing the Torah; as well as the Apostles referenced the Torah) and there was the council at Laodecia.
Now here is my take on the matter.
The GREATEST commandments were not about Sabbath days but were
Matthew 22:36Master, which is the great commandment in the law?
37Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
38 This is the first and great commandment.
39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
So, if these are the GREATEST commandments given us by the Son of God, why do we cause strife and division amongst ourselves? Yes, we are to lovingly correct our brethren when they sin and Yes, we are to struggle to be more like our Saviour. Ultimately it comes down to our belief about the aforementioned Holidays, If they are cause for us to sin, then we should remove them, but if they are cause for us to be more like Christ, then all the better.
Also mentioned in the same scriptures was regarding money/tithes/currency… In the beginning there was no “currency” and therefore what we were asked to tithe was firstfruits from the fields. In modern times, not everyone has a farm/ranch and therefore what they bring may not be firstfruits/firstborn lambs/etc… but the intention is to bring our “talents(non-currency)”. What would this world look like if we donated 4hrs(based on a 40hr work week) of our “skills/talents” to helping the widows and poor. and followed the direction of the Bible in setting aside a portion of our crops for them to “glean”(harvest).. Would we have people being lazy and waiting for a handout? Or would they go out and harvest for their family?..If a mechanic or hvac specialist donated 4 hours per week helping someone in need or their “church/synagogue/temple” with their talents (not parts, unless part of their “monetary tithe”) How would the world be a better place? What are your “God-given talents” that you can render unto HIM? (Are you a cook, server, mechanic, IT specialist, Manager, driver, health care professional, etc..??)
These are things that offered to us within the Scriptures that many have missed.
If we are to call ourselves Christians, then be like Christ and “wash someone elses feet”
As for me and my House, we will serve the Lord, with the Holy Spirit’s Guidance…