One in Messiah Congregation
Dec. 22, 2007 ( first day of winter )
God has His own calendar
We are now in the 10th month - the month Teveth, 11 day
Esth. 2  So Esther was taken unto king Ahasuerus into his house royal in the tenth month, which is the month Tebeth , in the seventh year of his reign.
Why are we here today?
The 4th Commandment
We read from law and the prophets
60 times in the Gospels and letters it uses the word Sabbath
Acts 13  Now when Paul and his company loosed from Paphos, they came to Perga in Pamphylia: and John departing from them returned to Jerusalem. But when they departed from Perga, they came to Antioch in Pisidia, and went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and sat down. And after the reading of the law and the prophets the rulers of the synagogue sent unto them, saying, Ye men and brethren, if ye have any word of exhortation for the people, say on.
 For they that dwell at Jerusalem, and their rulers, because they knew him not, nor yet the voices of the prophets which are read every sabbath day, they have fulfilled them in condemning him.
 And when the Jews were gone out of the synagogue, the Gentiles besought that these words might be preached to them the next sabbath.
And the next sabbath day came almost the whole city together to hear the word of God
Acts 15  For Moses of old time hath in every city them that preach him, being read in the synagogues every sabbath day.
Luke 4  And he, Yeshua / Jesus came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read. And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias.
Exod. 31  Speak thou also unto the children of Israel, saying,
Verily my sabbaths ye shall keep : for it is a sign between me and you throughout your generations; that ye may know that I am the LORD that doth sanctify you.
 Wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the sabbath, to observe the sabbath throughout their generations, for a perpetual covenant .  It is a sign between me and the children of Israel for ever: for in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed.
Ezek. 20  Moreover also I gave them my sabbaths, to be a sign between me and them, that they might know that I am the LORD that sanctify them.
 And hallow my sabbaths; and they shall be a sign between me and you, that ye may know that I am the LORD your God.
" Tis the season " - to be informed again about "Pagan Feasts"
http://oneinmessiah.net/Dedication.htm - Chanukah
http://oneinmessiah.net/PaganFeasts.htm - Christmas
http://Amazon.com - Christmas Unwrapped - The History of Christmas ( History Channel )
http://oneinmessiah.net/Kwanzaa.htm - Kwanzaa
http://oneinmessiah.net/Birth.htm - When was Yeshua born ?
http://oneinmessiah.net/sanhe.htm - All Current News
Lev. 11 [44 ] For I am the LORD your God: ye shall therefore sanctify yourselves, and ye shall be holy; for I am holy : neither shall ye defile yourselves with any manner of creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. [45 ] For I am the LORD that bringeth you up out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: ye shall therefore be holy, for I am holy.
Lev. 19 [2 ] Speak unto all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say unto them, Ye shall be holy : for I the LORD your God am holy.
Lev. 20 [26 ] And ye shall be holy unto me: for I the LORD am holy, and have severed you from other people, that ye should be mine.
Lev. 20 [7 ] Sanctify yourselves therefore, and be ye holy: for I am the LORD your God.
1 Peter 1 [15 ] But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;  Because it is written , Be ye holy; for I am holy .
Lev. 20 [24 ] But I have said unto you, Ye shall inherit their land, and I will give it unto you to possess it, a land that floweth with milk and honey: I am the LORD your God, which have separated you from other people. [25 ] Ye shall therefore put difference between clean beasts and unclean, and between unclean fowls and clean: and ye shall not make your souls abominable by beast, or by fowl, or by any manner of living thing that creepeth on the ground, which I have separated from you as unclean.
1 Kgs. 8 Solomon said: [53 ] For thou didst separate them from among all the people of the earth , to be thine inheritance, as thou spakest by the hand of Moses thy servant, when thou broughtest our fathers out of Egypt, O Lord GOD.
the holy seed - the seed of Israel
] Now when these things were done, the princes came to me, saying,
The people of Israel, and the priests, and the Levites, have not
separated themselves from the people
of the lands, doing according to their abominations, even of the Canaanites,
the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Jebusites, the Ammonites, the Moabites, the
Egyptians, and the Amorites.[2
] For they have taken of their daughters for themselves, and for
their sons: so that the holy seed have
mingled themselves with the people of those lands:
yea, the hand of the princes and rulers hath been chief in this trespass.
Neh. 9 [2 ] And the seed of Israel separated themselves from all strangers, and stood and confessed their sins, and the iniquities of their fathers.
] And the rest of the people, the priests, the Levites, the porters,
the singers, the Nethinims, and all
they that had separated themselves from the people of the lands unto the law
of God, their wives, their sons, and their daughters,
every one having knowledge, and having understanding;[
29] They clave to their brethren,
their nobles, and entered into a curse, and into an oath, to walk in God's
law, which was given by Moses the servant of God, and to observe and do all
the commandments of the LORD our Lord, and his judgments and his statutes;
 And that we would not give our daughters unto the people of the land, nor take their daughters for our sons:
 And if the
people of the land bring ware or any victuals
on the sabbath day
to sell, that we would not buy it of them on
the sabbath, or on the holy day: and that we would
leave the seventh year, and the exaction of every debt.
 Also we made ordinances for us, to charge ourselves yearly with the third part of a shekel for the service of the house of our God;
 For the shewbread, and for the continual meat offering, and for the continual burnt offering, of the sabbaths, of the new moons, for the set feasts, and for the holy things, and for the sin offerings to make an atonement for Israel, and for all the work of the house of our God.
 And we cast the lots among the priests, the Levites, and the people, for the wood offering, to bring it into the house of our God, after the houses of our fathers, at times appointed year by year, to burn upon the altar of the LORD our God, as it is written in the law:
 And to bring the firstfruits of our ground, and the firstfruits of all fruit of all trees, year by year, unto the house of the LORD:
 Also the firstborn of our sons, and of our cattle, as it is written in the law, and the firstlings of our herds and of our flocks, to bring to the house of our God, unto the priests that minister in the house of our God:
 And that we should bring the firstfruits of our dough, and our offerings, and the fruit of all manner of trees, of wine and of oil, unto the priests, to the chambers of the house of our God; and the tithes of our ground unto the Levites, that the same Levites might have the tithes in all the cities of our tillage.
 And the priest the son of Aaron shall be with the Levites, when the Levites take tithes: and the Levites shall bring up the tithe of the tithes unto the house of our God, to the chambers, into the treasure house.
 For the children of Israel and the children of Levi shall bring the offering of the corn, of the new wine, and the oil, unto the chambers, where are the vessels of the sanctuary, and the priests that minister, and the porters, and the singers: and we will not forsake the house of our God.
Neh. 13 [3 ] Now it came to pass, when they had heard the law, that they separated from Israel all the mixed multitude.
"separate yourselves from the filthiness of the heathen"
Learn not the way of the heathen
The customs of the people are vain
Hear ye the word which the LORD speaketh unto
you, O house of Israel:
 Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them.
 For the customs of the people are vain :
for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe. They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not.[5 ] They are upright as the palm tree, but speak not: they must needs be borne, because they cannot go. Be not afraid of them; for they cannot do evil, neither also is it in them to do good.
O Christmas Tree - O Christmas
Tree is a traditional German Christmas Carol.
to a tree, we think not! )
Isa. 40 [20 ] He that is so impoverished that he hath no oblation chooseth a tree that will not rot; he seeketh unto him a cunning workman to prepare a graven image, that shall not be moved.
Isa. 44 [19 ] And none considereth in his heart, neither is there knowledge nor understanding to say, I have burned part of it in the fire; yea, also I have baked bread upon the coals thereof; I have roasted flesh, and eaten it: and shall I make the residue thereof an abomination? shall I fall down to the stock of a tree?
Col. 2 [8 ] Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Messiah / Christ.
 Then Paul
stood in the midst of Mars' hill, and said, Ye men of Athens, I perceive that
in all things ye are too superstitious.
 For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship , him declare I unto you.
 God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands;
 Neither is worshipped with men's hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;
 And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;
 That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us:
 For in him we live, and move, and have our being ; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.
 Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man's device.
the manners of the nation, heathen
Lev. 20 [23 ] And ye shall not walk in the manners of the nation, which I cast out before you: for they committed all these things, and therefore I abhorred them.
Ezek. 11 [12 ] And ye shall know that I am the LORD: for ye have not walked in my statutes, neither executed my judgments, but have done after the manners of the heathen that are round about you.
Ezek. 11 [12 ] And ye shall know that I am the LORD: for ye have not walked in my statutes, neither executed my judgments, but have done after the manners of the heathen that are round about you.
the statutes of the heathen
Ecc . 10  Dead flies cause the ointment of the apothecary to send forth a stinking savour: so doth a little folly him that is in reputation for wisdom and honour.
Prov. 29  If a ruler hearken to lies, all his servants are wicked.
2 Kgs. 17
 In the twelfth
year of Ahaz king of Judah began Hoshea
the son of Elah to reign in Samaria over Israel nine
 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, but not as the kings of Israel that were before him.
 Against him came up Shalmaneser king of Assyria; and Hoshea became his servant, and gave him presents.
 And the king of Assyria found conspiracy in Hoshea: for he had sent messengers to So king of Egypt, and brought no present to the king of Assyria, as he had done year by year: therefore the king of Assyria shut him up, and bound him in prison.
 Then the king of Assyria came up throughout all the land, and went up to Samaria, and besieged it three years.
 In the ninth year of Hoshea the king of Assyria took Samaria, and carried Israel away into Assyria, and placed them in Halah and in Habor by the river of Gozan, and in the cities of the Medes.
 For so it
was, that the children of Israel had sinned against the LORD their God, which
had brought them up out of the land of Egypt, from under the hand of Pharoah
king of Egypt, and had feared other gods,
 And walked in the statutes of the heathen, whom the LORD cast out from before the children of Israel, and of the kings of Israel, which they had made.
 And the children of Israel did secretly those things that were not right against the LORD their God, and they built them high places in all their cities, from the tower of the watchmen to the fenced city.
 And they set them up images and groves in every high hill, and under every green tree:
 And there they burnt incense in all the high places, as did the heathen whom the LORD carried away before them; and wrought wicked things to provoke the LORD to anger:
 For they served idols, whereof the LORD had said unto them, Ye shall not do this thing.
 Yet the LORD testified against Israel, and against Judah, by all the prophets, and by all the seers, saying, Turn ye from your evil ways, and keep my commandments and my statutes, according to all the law which I commanded your fathers, and which I sent to you by my servants the prophets.
 Notwithstanding they would not hear, but hardened their necks, like to the neck of their fathers, that did not believe in the LORD their God.
 And they rejected his statutes, and his covenant that he made with their fathers, and his testimonies which he testified against them; and they followed vanity, and became vain, and went after the heathen that were round about them, concerning whom the LORD had charged them, that they should not do like them.
 And they left all the commandments of the LORD their God , and made them molten images, even two calves, and made a grove, and worshipped all the host of heaven, and served Baal.
 And they caused their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire, and used divination and enchantments, and sold themselves to do evil in the sight of the LORD, to provoke him to anger.
 Therefore the LORD was very angry with Israel, and removed them out of his sight: there was none left but the tribe of Judah only.
 Also Judah kept not the commandments of the LORD their God, but walked in the statutes of Israel which they made.
 And the
LORD rejected all the seed of Israel, and afflicted them, and delivered them
into the hand of spoilers, until he had cast them out of his sight.
 For he rent Israel from the house of David; and they made Jeroboam the son of Nebat king: and Jeroboam drave Israel from following the LORD, and made them sin a great sin.
 For the children of Israel walked in all the sins of Jeroboam which he did; they departed not from them;
 Until the LORD removed Israel out of his sight, as he had said by all his servants the prophets. So was Israel carried away out of their own land to Assyria unto this day.
 And the
king of Assyria brought men from Babylon, and from Cuthah, and from Ava, and
from Hamath, and from Sepharvaim, and placed them in the cities of Samaria
instead of the children of Israel: and they possessed Samaria, and dwelt in
the cities thereof.
 And so it was at the beginning of their dwelling there, that they feared not the LORD: therefore the LORD sent lions among them, which slew some of them.
 Wherefore they spake to the king of Assyria, saying, The nations which thou hast removed, and placed in the cities of Samaria, know not the manner of the God of the land: therefore he hath sent lions among them, and, behold, they slay them, because they know not the manner of the God of the land.
 Then the king of Assyria commanded, saying, Carry thither one of the priests whom ye brought from thence; and let them go and dwell there, and let him teach them the manner of the God of the land.
 Then one of the priests whom they had carried away from Samaria came and dwelt in Bethel, and taught them how they should fear the LORD.
 Howbeit every nation made gods of their own , and put them in the houses of the high places which the Samaritans had made, every nation in their cities wherein they dwelt.
 And the men of Babylon made Succoth-benoth, and the men of Cuth made Nergal, and the men of Hamath made Ashima,
 And the Avites made Nibhaz and Tartak, and the Sepharvites burnt their children in fire to Adrammelech and Anammelech, the gods of Sepharvaim.
they feared the LORD
, and made unto themselves
of the lowest of them priests of the high places, which sacrificed for them
in the houses of the high places.
 They feared the LORD , and served their own gods, after the manner of the nations whom they carried away from thence.
 Unto this day they do after the former manners: they fear not the LORD, neither do they after their statutes, or after their ordinances, or after the law and commandment which the LORD commanded the children of Jacob, whom he named Israel;
 With whom the LORD had made a covenant, and charged them saying, Ye shall not fear other gods, nor bow yourselves to them, nor serve them, nor sacrifice to them:
 But the LORD, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt with great power and a stretched out arm, him shall ye fear, and him shall ye worship, and to him shall ye do sacrifice.
 And the statutes, and the ordinances, and the law, and the commandment, which he wrote for you, ye shall observe to do for evermore; and ye shall not fear other gods.
 And the covenant that I have made with you ye shall not forget; neither shall ye fear other gods.
 But the LORD your God ye shall fear; and he shall deliver you out of the hand of all your enemies.
 Howbeit they did not hearken, but they did after their former manner.
 So these nations feared the LORD, and served their graven images, both their children, and their children's children: as did their fathers, so do they unto this day.
Isa. 29 [13 ] Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men:
Matt. 15 [8 ] This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me . But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
Mark 7 [6 ] He answered and said unto them, Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me . Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctines the commandments of men.
1 Kgs. 18  And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions ?
if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him.
Josh. 24  And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.
after the abominations of the heathen
2 Kgs. 21 [ 1] Manasseh was twelve years old when he began to reign, and reigned fifty and five years in Jerusalem. And his mother's name was Hephzi-bah.  And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, after the abominations of the heathen , whom the LORD cast out before the children of Israel.
Ezek. 23 [30 ] I will do these things unto thee, because thou hast gone a whoring after the heathen , and because thou art polluted with their idols.
... Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?
 ... Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition.
[8 ] For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men...
 And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition.
 Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye.
the works of their own hands
Jer. 1 [16 ] And I will utter my judgments against them touching all their wickedness, who have forsaken me, and have burned incense unto other gods, and worshipped the works of their own hands .
Acts. 7 [41 ] And they made a calf in those days, and offered sacrifice unto the idol, and rejoiced in the works of their own hands .
1 Pet. 1 [18 ] Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; [ 19] But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:[ 20] Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,
separated themselves unto them from the filthiness of the heathen
Ezra. 6 [21 ] And the children of Israel, which were come again out of captivity, and all such as had separated themselves unto them from the filthiness of the heathen of the land , to seek the LORD God of Israel, did eat,
2 Cor. 6
 Be ye not
unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness
with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?
 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?
 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate , saith the Lord,
and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,
 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.