On Sacred Names and Holy Days and Whatnot

Consecrate yourselves, therefore, and be holy, for I am Yahweh your Elohim.

Leviticus 20:7

On our journeys through this life, things can change; when you walk with Yeshua, it is a certainty. This path of sanctification we travel leads us to truths that transform our thoughts and our actions. We do not travel this path at the same speed or learn the same way so patience is a requirement – with ourselves and with each other.

We spend too much energy fighting and fussing over who is right instead of just doing what is right. We spend too much energy putting others in their place only to find we are out of ours. Satan loves this discord among us and he wants it to stay just that way; personally, I believe he gets his way much too often.

I want to explain some things because the entirety of my life I have been misunderstood. When speaking, I am the least articulate person in the world and I often misspeak creating more confusion. As the last couple of years have worn on, things have been said about me that were crushing. At first I thought people were just being mean with their small town gossip; then one of my friends on Facebook, someone I had known for over a decade, chimed in with a private message that echoed the same sentiments. Now after some time isolating myself, tending to and forgiving the hurt, I have come to realize all of their comments were borne out of arrogance and ignorance. The ignorance I can help change with my writing if they are willing to test it all to the scriptures; the arrogance I can do nothing about. The hardening and softening of hearts is Yahweh’s business; all I can do is forgive as I have been forgiven. For those who just simply do not understand the changes, this is for you. And I would ask that you simply extend the grace to me that I extend to you so we might learn the truth of scriptures together.

On Sacred Names

I am not a sacred namer. I believe there is just as much power in the name of Jesus as there is in Yeshua. For me though, there is something about calling Him by His name that is pleasant and pleasing. Let’s be honest here, He is not the one who is confused about who He is. Whether we call Him Jesus or Yeshua – He knows when we are calling on Him and He knows just what to do.

YWHW or as I have been writing YaHWeH or Yahweh, is God’s name. Elohim is the same as God and is a title. In the King James version of the Bible, when it says “the LORD” it means YWHW. So when I type, Yahweh your Elohim it means the same thing as the LORD your God. I just prefer to call Yahweh by His name instead of by His title. Just like Yeshua, whether you call Him God or LORD or Yahweh or Abba (Father) or Adonai (title for Lords), He knows who you are calling on and exactly what to do. We are all just doing the best we can with some consonants.  I am sure one day, He will set us all right because I feel certain none of us are saying it correctly. And now I am not a betting girl, but I think that is a pretty sure bet.

On Holidays and Holy Days

In our household, we no longer celebrate Christmas or Easter. There are many people who believe they are pagan in origin and maybe they are; I am not going to debate those things. I simply see no basis in Scripture for them to be celebrated. They are man created and instituted traditions, and Yeshua Himself taught against traditions that took the place Yahweh’s doctrine (Matthew 15:9, Mark 7:7).  I don’t celebrate Purim or Hanukkah either although for different reasons.

In Leviticus 23, Yahweh gives us Holy Days to celebrate and we celebrate them to the best of our ability. For example: During Passover and Unleavened Bread we don’t slaughter a lamb, but we do remove the leaven from our home and eat unleavened bread for seven days. On Day of Atonement, we fast and pray. During Tabernacles, we camp out for eight days. We keep the seventh day Sabbath as commanded from sundown Friday to sundown Saturday. At the point in history when Yahweh gave these commandments there were no jews; there were only Hebrews – or those who had “crossed over” to follow Yahweh. (This will be a topic we will cover later on.) The point is that we are not to be like the world; we are to live set apart. Yahweh gave these Holy Days and His commandments to create in us holiness because He is holy (Leviticus 20:7, 1 Peter 1:15-17), so the world would know to whom we belong.

I also want to note this: I see nothing wrong with worshipping on Sunday. I think we ought to be worshipping everyday; that is how the apostles did things. But there is a command to keep the seventh day set apart and holy (Exodus 20:8). The seventh day Sabbath has not been replaced nor changed to the first day of the week; we need to understand this and obey the command given by Yahweh to keep it holy and set apart.

On Food

We adhere to the Leviticus 11 diet. He gave it to us for a reason – so we would be healthy. Period. So don’t be offended if you have a low country boil or bake a ham and I don’t partake. I know most people believe that Acts chapter 10 gives us authority to eat all things, but my studies have led me to believe this is a misconception. And we will discuss this in greater detail in another blog post.

The Torah

I am learning the doctrine of Yahweh and applying what should be applied. The Torah is our instruction for righteousness.(John 7:16, Proverbs 4:2)  Yeshua said it would not pass away until Heaven and Earth pass away and last I checked they are still here. (Matthew 5:17-19) Often times, we are following the traditions of men created by the church fathers and don’t even realize they contradict what scripture says. Yahweh was clear when He told us not to add to nor take away from His word.(Deuteronomy 4:2,Deuteronomy 12:32,Revelation 22:18) If we educate ourselves with learning Torah, then we can spot false teachers and false teachings, and we can better understand what Yeshua and Paul actually taught.  It seems to me people seem more concerned with what they think Paul said instead of what Yeshua plainly said. I think we need to study these things because anyone who has spent time in the New Testament knows Paul loved Yeshua, told us to imitate him as he imitated Christ(1 Corinthians 11:1), so does it seem He would contradict what Yeshua taught? If you have not thought about this before, I urge you to consider it now and pray about clarity to understand.

In closing, I will leave you with this…

I think not one of us ought to get too high and mighty about things…we all can be wrong about anything and we need to remain humble enough that Yahweh can mold us and teach us His wisdom and His ways and His truth. If our time is spent with our noses in our Bibles learning the ways of Yahweh and Yeshua, and our time is spent serving as Yeshua taught us, we will not  have time to be arrogant for we will be too busy spending the time at Yeshua’s feet being the servants and the disciples He calls us to be.

 And Yeshua said to them, “Come after me, and I shall make you to become fishers of men.”

Matthew 4:19

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