Understanding Torah Society continuing series
     December 19, 2012
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Understanding Torah Society
Shalom Dear Brothers and Sisters in Mashiach Yeshua,

This week we examine the feasts, particularly what it means to keep the feast as a nation as well as an individual and some of those differences.  There is an important distinction in Scripture between the commandments regulating the keeping of the feasts as a nation and those commandments regulating the keeping of the feasts as an individual.

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Understanding Torah Society - part 24,

Keeping the mo'edim as a nation   

Devarim (Deuteronomy) 16:16

"Three times in a year shall all your males appear before YHWH your Elohim in the place which He shall choose; in the feast of unleavened bread, and in the feast of weeks, and in the feast of tabernacles; and they shall not appear before YHWH empty."


It has been wrongly assumed by the masses that the observation of the appointed times set forth in Scripture by the nation of Israel is equivalent to the observation of the same appointed times by an individual. We will demonstrate from Scripture that this is not true. National observation of YHWH's appointed times does nothing to fulfill that which an individual is commanded to do and observe and vice versa. So we will examine what the observation of the nation is supposed to be like in a Torah society as well as individual observation of the appointed times.

The divergence between national and individual observation of the appointed times is greatest in the mo'ed of Pesach. Therefore, it is here that we begin our examination.


Shemot (Exodus) 12:14

"And this day shall be unto you for a memorial, and you shall keep it a feast to YHWH; throughout your generations you shall keep it a feast by an ordinance forever."


When YHWH gave Moshe instructions on how each person was to observe the first Pesach, three times[1] in Shemot chapter twelve, YHWH states that these instructions and the subsequent observation were to be kept forever throughout our generations; that is, from the first Pesach onward, this observation was to be done again and again every year at that time of the year per the instructions given through Moshe. Man has changed those instructions in favor of his own traditions, adding some of his own and taking away some of YHWH's instructions.

[1]see Shemot 12:14, 17, 24 


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