How to light Shabbat candles? Beginning at sundown on each Friday, extending through sundown of the following Saturday, is the Jewish observance of the Sabbath, also known as Shabbat. A common greeting for the Sabbath is “Shabbat Shalom,” which means “Sabbath of Peace.” https://coffeeshoprabbi.com/2017/08/12/what-does-shabbat-shalom-mean/
The Sabbath was given by God to the Jews while they were in the wilderness, fleeing Egyptian bondage, on their way to the land that God promised to them in the Abrahamic Covenant. Neither Sabbath, nor feasts, nor any of the Law were given by God to any group of people, other than to Jews. The body of Christ (the church) can benefit from those three teachings but, the church is not bound by any of the law. See my two previous posts that discuss the Law. (“Israel – Covenant – Sabbath – Law – Messiah;” and “6 To Armageddon – The Feasts”).
The opening video has some very good teachable moments. The mother uses the term “mitzvah,” which means “command, https://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/1438516/jewish/Mitzvah.htm “Mitzvah” can also mean “good deed.” The mother also discusses the lighting of each candle. She states that once a candle is lit, it can not be extinguished. Consider the Light of Christ. The light which shines through Him can never be extinguished. Concerning Shabbat. “Sabbath rest” is found in Christ (Matthew 11:28-30; Hebrews 4:1-11), which is entered into through belief in Christ.
It is true that a woman brought “the Light” into the world, with Mary being that woman who gave birth to Christ, the Messiah (Matthew 1:18:25, Luke 2:1-7), who was, and is, the Light of the world. The Light that Mary brought into the world shines the Light of Righteousness into a world that has been darkened by the darkness of sin. It is important to know that the Light of Christ enlightens all mankind of “the Light,” and of Righteousness (John 1:4-9). Notice that the mother waves her hands around the candles, “three times,” which is significant of the Triune God (“God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.” Notice the Godhead being identified in John 14:26.)
On Sunday evening, following this weekly Sabbath, will be the beginning of the Feast of Rosh Hashanah/Feast Of Trumpets. The following video describes how Jews celebrate Rosh Hashanah.
How to Celebrate Rosh Hashanah
The following information about Rosh Hashanah comes from a Jewish website. Please notice that the website is not a Messianic Jewish Website.
UPCOMING JEWISH HOLIDAY
Begins sunset of Sunday, September 9, 2018
Ends nightfall of Tuesday, September 11, 2018
No work is permitted.
The Month of Elul – August 12 – September 9, 2018
Fast of Gedaliah – September 12, 2018
Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year. It is the anniversary of the creation of Adam and Eve, and a day of judgment and coronation of G‑d as king.
The scriptural significance of “Rosh Hashanah/The Feast Of Trumpets” is discussed in the following video. However, I must provide a disclaimer. The video states that the Feast of Trumpets relates to the rapture of the church. However, the rapture of the church, relates to “the church,” and not to Israel. The Feast of Trumpets, in truth, relates to the regathering of Israel at the end of the tribulation. Scriptures, and scripture comments, will explain my disclaimer.
Feast of Trumpets Explained in One Minute
Civil New Year – Regathering Of Israel
The Feast Of Trumpets has a two-fold purpose, per Ryrie and MacArthur study bibles.
Per the Ryrie Study Bible, “the Feast of Trumpets” celebrates the beginning of the Jewish civil new year. (Leviticus 23 note).
Per the MacArthur Study Bible, “the Feast of Trumpets” celebrates Israel’s regathering by Christ (Matt. 24:31, Leviticus 23 note). (My note: The regathering of Israel is not the same event as the Rapture of the Church, which precedes the regathering…John 14:1-6, 1 Corinthians 15:50-54, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18).
Specific scriptures that relate to the Feast of Trumpets are shown in the following verses.
Leviticus 23:23-25 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
23 Again the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 24 “Speak to the sons of Israel, saying, ‘In the seventh month on the first of the month you shall have a rest, a reminder by blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation. 25 You shall not do any laborious work, but you shall present an offering by fire to the Lord.’”
Note: MacArthur Study Bible. 23:23–25 memorial of blowing of trumpets. This feast, called the Feast of Trumpets, consecrated the seventh month (Sept./Oct.) as a sabbatical month (cf. Num. 29:1–6).
Note: NKJV Study Bible. 23:24 The seventh month … first day falls in mid-September. a memorial: Israel remembered God’s goodness, which was expressed in the covenant, and asked God to continue to remember that covenant. Blowing of trumpets marked solemn, joyful, and urgent occasions in ancient Israel.
Numbers 29:1-6 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
Offerings of the Seventh Month
1 ‘Now in the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall also have a holy convocation; you shall do no laborious work. It will be to you a day for blowing trumpets. 2 You shall offer a burnt offering as a soothing aroma to the Lord: one bull, one ram, and seven male lambs one year old without defect; 3 also their grain offering, fine flour mixed with oil: three-tenths of an ephah for the bull, two-tenths for the ram, 4 and one-tenth for each of the seven lambs. 5 Offer one male goat for a sin offering, to make atonement for you, 6 besides the burnt offering of the new moon and its grain offering, and the continual burnt offering and its grain offering, and their drink offerings, according to their ordinance, for a soothing aroma, an offering by fire to the Lord.
Note: NKJV Study Bible. 29:1–6 The celebration of the Feast of Trumpets involved blowing ram’s horns (contrast the silver trumpets in 10:2). Later, this festival became identified with the new year festival.
Numbers 10:2 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
2 “Make yourself two trumpets of silver, of hammered work you shall make them; and you shall use them for summoning the congregation and for having the camps set out.
We have studied. Now, let’s worship.
We Glorify The Lamb – Terry MacAlmon
Consider the words that are used to describe the prophesied Messiah/Christ.
The prophecy of the birth of Christ.
Isaiah 7:14 New American Standard Bible (NASB) (742 B.C.) (This “Name” prophecy was fulfilled in Matt 1:23)
14 Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel.
The prophecy of the deity of Christ.
Isaiah 9:6 New American Standard Bible (NASB) (740 B.C.)
6 For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders;
And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.
The prophecy of Christ being, “God with us.”
Matthew 1:23 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
23 “Behold, the virgin shall be with child and shall bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which translated means, “God with us.”
The acknowledgement of Christ being, “Lord and God.”
Consider the words of the Apostle Thomas, as he spoke to Messiah/Christ (33 A.D.)
John 20:28 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
28 Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!”
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