Shalom. Our teaching this morning will be from Exodus 23.10-13.
READ EXODUS 23.10-13
EXODUS 23.10-11 Here is another law that shows GOD’s love, and His love for the poor and needy. Six years the people are to sow their land, that is scatter seed in their fields for the purpose of growing their crops, and gather in the harvest from the planting. That do for six years saith The LORD.
But in the seventh year, they are to let the land rest and lie still. That is unseeded and uncultivated, not in use and inactive, so that the poor and needy of the people may eat of it. And what they leave, the wild animals shall eat. And in like manner, they are to do the same with their vineyards and olive groves.
The heart of The LORD is always with the poor and needy. MARK 14.7, LUKE 4.18, PSALM 41.1-2
The seventh year was a Sabbath of rest for The LORD. LEVITICUS 25.1-7
When people, Jewish people and non-Jewish people keep GOD’s Laws, His Law of Moses, GOD promises the obedient safety, and you will eat to your full.
The word safety in Hebrew is BAHTAKH meaning both the fact of security and the feeling of trust. Also safety means having confidence and hope and being safe. All for obeying GOD.
And good health The LORD promises to those who obey Him. DEUTERONOMY 7.12-15, PROVERBS 4.20-22
It is said that the sabbatical year, or the seventh year that the land lies rest and uncultivated is meant to emphasize that the holy land of Israel, the Jewish homeland belongs to The LORD GOD. He says, “For the land is Mine; for you are strangers and sojourners with Me”. LEVITICUS 25.1, 23
Strangers in Hebrew is GAYREEM – meaning guests and foreigners.
Sojourners in Hebrew is TOESHAHVEEM meaning temporary residents.
GOD says to the Jewish people, “You are foreigners and temporary residents in the land of Israel with Me”. What can that mean?
We know from the Scriptures that the world will vanish at the completion of the 1,000 year Messianic era, or the 1,000 year Millennium. And the land of Israel will vanish with the earth.
REVELATION 20.7-11, 12-15
Revelation 20.11 The earth and the Heaven fled away from the Presence of GOD because sin saturated the earth, and Heaven had sin because satan and his demons dwelled there. Revelation 12.2-4, 7-8
FLED AWAY in Greek is PHEUGO meaning to vanish. Let’s read VERSES 12-15 in Revelation 20 and Revelation 21.1&2
But GOD says to the Jewish people in Leviticus 25.23, “For you are strangers and temporary residents with Me in the land of Israel”. The Hebrew for “with Me” as in GOD saying, you are strangers and temporary residents “with Me” is EEMAHDEE. The Strongs Concordance describes the word “with” as “equally with”. Meaning the Jewish people and The LORD GOD are strangers and foreigners in the land of Israel, because Heaven is our permanent home.
The Bible describes GOD as a GOD of love, and we know that is truth from experience. He loves the stranger, the non-Jew. He loves the poor and needy, and the brokenhearted. He loves the world so much that He gave His only begotten Son, Who is GOD Himself, The One GOD of Creation, in the flesh, so that whosoever believes on Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. And The LORD GOD loves the Jewish people whom He chose to be His servant and His witnesses to reveal to the world Who GOD is, His spoken word, His Law, His Commandments, His Covenants, everything GOD would have us to know, including the way to Salvation which is eternal life with GOD in Heaven. All that information GOD gave to the Jewish people to write in The Bible from Genesis through Revelation for all the world to receive. And Yeshua says, “For Salvation is from the Jews”. John 4.22.
That is why it is so important for non-Jewish people, and Jewish people to lead our lives according to every word, law, and commandment that The LORD GOD gave to the Jewish people in The Bible, along with our faith in the Jewish Messiah Yeshua. Genesis 1.1, Isaiah 53, Psalm 22, etc. Not changing one word. Not ending one law. Because Salvation is from the Jews. Because Salvation comes from observing and doing every word GOD spoke to the Jewish people in The Bible, along with our faith in Messiah Yeshua. That is GOD’s plan for Salvation for everyone.
So yes, we DO NOT have a permanent home here on earth, but we look forward to Heaven Whose Builder and Maker is GOD.
HEBREW 11.8-10, HEBREWS 12.22 and REVELATION 21.1-5
We are citizens of Heaven, and our new bodies will be like His. We will have the same body as GOD.
There is only one GOD, Yeshua The Messiah. And He is our Saviour, and our Redeemer, The Mighty One of Jacob. ISAIAH 60.16
Our Redeemer, Who is GOD our Father, Yeshua The Messiah, buys us back, giving us freedom and forgiveness from our sins through the atoning sacrifice of our Saviour and Messiah Yeshua Ha Mashiakh.
GALATIANS 4.25-26 VERSE 25 Jerusalem is in the bondage of sin, even now. Not receiving their own Jewish Messiah Yeshua Who is The Holy One of Israel, Ha Shem, and not obeying Torah, The Law of Moses.
VERSE 26 Jerusalem which is above is Heaven and the new earth. Revelation 21.1. And it is free, free of sin and death, free of tears and sorrow, free of sickness and crying, and free of pain, for the former things will have passed away. And Jerusalem is the mother of us all. Mothers love their children, and we will be loved in Jerusalem in Heaven by The LORD OUR GOD and all His angels, and with all the great and strong who are the called and the chosen. For we are strangers and temporary residents with GOD here on earth. Heaven is our permanent home.
I want to return to Leviticus 25.23 because GOD says, “The land, that is the land of Israel, shall not be sold forever, for the land is Mine”.
LEVITICUS 25.23 The land of Israel shall never be sold. Not for exchange, not bartered, and not traded for anything. The land belongs to GOD.
There has always been a Jewish presence in the land of Israel since the Exodus 3,500 years ago. However great numbers of Jews returned to Israel after the Holocaust and the Second World War in 1945. And Israel became the sovereign State of Israel in 1948. In 1967, the Jews captured all Israel, at least modern-day Israel in the six day war with the Arabs. Israel was no longer called Palestine, the name the Romans gave Israel in 135 A.D.
The title deed for Israel is The Bible. That is the evidence of Jewish ownership of the entire land of Israel forever, which reaches to the Red Sea, even to a river in Egypt. Israel’s God-given borders extend to the Euphrates River which includes Lebanon, large portions of
Jordan, Syria, and Iraq. Genesis 15.18-21, Numbers 34.1-12, Deuteronomy 11.24, Exodus 23.31.
The boundary of Israel reaches to the river of Egypt. Thus the Sinai Peninsula belongs to Israel which Israel captured in 1967. But Israel gave the Sinai to Egypt in 1982 in exchange for peace. Israel also gave the Gaza to the Palestinian Arabs in 2004 in exchange for peace. There is no peace but rockets. The West Bank which is part of Southern and Northern Israel, Israel gave to the Palestinian Arabs for peace, but instead of peace, wars and grief originate from the Palestinian Arabs in the West Bank.
End times prophecy states that Israel and all Jerusalem is Jewish. Yet the nations of the world continue to pressure Israel to give up even more land for peace, they say. But there is no peace but wars that will continue till Messiah returns.
DANIEL 9.24, 26
GOD says, “The land shall not be sold forever, for the land is Mine”. We have rejected GOD’s Word, putting our faith in others, and that is always a source of trouble.
EXODUS 23.12 The word Sabbath, which you know is the seventh day of the week on Saturday, and not Sunday. And the word Sabbath is written in The New Testament 60 times, and in The Old Testament, 111 times. 171 times Sabbath is written in The Bible, and the seventh day Sabbath is always Saturday, and never Sunday.
MATTHEW 24.15-20, 21-22, ACTS 15.21, ACTS 16.13
COLOSSIANS 2.16 The word judge in Greek is Krino meaning condemn. Paul is saying, let no one condemn you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of a holy day, or a new moon, or of the Sabbath days.
Paul is teaching this. When non-Jewish Believers, and Jewish Believers in Messiah Yeshua turn to GOD Almighty, Yeshua The Messiah, and are obedient to GOD’s Law of Moses, Paul instructs us, do not let anyone judge you. Do not let anyone condemn you because you obey GOD. Because you follow GOD’s food laws in Leviticus 11, and Deuteronomy 14. Do not let anyone condemn you in drink, perhaps kosher wine, or other drinks Paul has in mind. Do not let anyone condemn you because you keep GOD’s Holy Days written in Leviticus 23 such as Passover and Tabernacles, etc. or the new moon festival which has ceased since there is no Temple, and no sacrifice, Numbers 28.11. And do not let anyone judge you because you observe GOD’s Sabbath on Saturday, and not man’s sabbath on Sunday.
COLOSSIANS 2.17 Which are a shadow of things to come. At Messiah’s return, we will follow all GOD’s Laws, The Law of Moses, forever.
Why was GOD’s commanded seventh day Sabbath on Saturday changed to Sunday? Well, after reading just some of the reasons, such as one is the seventh day, or the Sabbath on Saturday is a legal obligation, I realized that all the reasons for changing GOD’s Sabbath to Sunday, or changing or ending any of GOD’s Laws, is foolishness, and prevents people from entering Heaven. Matthew 7.21-23.
EXODUS 23.13 The word circumspect in Hebrew is SHAMAHR meaning, beware, be careful.
GOD says, in all things I have said to you, that is all His Laws and Commandments, BEWARE.
DEUTERONOMY 6.12-18, DEUTERONOMY 8.11, DEUTERONOMY 15.9-11, MATTHEW 7.15-23
COLOSSIANS 2.8 Beware lest any man spoil you. Beware, Paul writes, lest any man rob you of your Salvation through philosophy, their human doctrine which is not Biblical doctrine. Beware, Paul says, lest any man rob you of your Salvation by their vain deceit and lies after the traditions of men, and the rudiments of the world which are man’s traditions that are light years from the truth, and the teachings of Messiah.
2 PETER 3.17-18, 1 TIMOTHY 4.16
Obviously, many teachers of The Bible are not circumspect of GOD’s Word. They are not careful to teach GOD’s Word but twist it. Peter writes, the unlearned, and unstable wrest or pervert many of Paul’s writings, and also the other Scriptures to their own destruction. 2 Peter 3.16.
But what I take away from this teaching is what GOD said in Leviticus 25.23. “For the land is Mine; for you are strangers and temporary residents with Me”. Our permanent home is Heaven where GOD will wipe away all tears from our eyes, and there will be no more death, neither sorrow nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain, for the former things are passed away. And The LORD GOD, Yeshua The Messiah will make all things new.
Shalom, Ira Weinstein
WE ARE STRANGERS AND SOJOURNERS WITH THE LORD.