Stand by and see, and ask for the ancient paths,
Where the good way is, and walk in it;
And you will find rest for your souls.
So your heart has been stirred and you feel drawn to the Ancient Paths mentioned in Jeremiah 6:16. It’s exciting, but also maybe a little intimidating. Perhaps you are asking yourself, “How did I miss this all these years?” Don’t worry, you are not alone. The Holy Spirit (in Hebrew, the Ruach Hakodesh) is opening hearts and minds all over the world to this “new” understanding – which, of course, is not new at all. This is prophetic, but we can get into that later. For now, the question is “How do I get started?”
For many of us, the first exposure to things Messianic is in the annual Feast celebrations, such as the Passover or the Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot). It seems like preachers on Christian television bring these up frequently, although often it is a pathway to ask for funds. But these are celebrations our Father intended us to enjoy, and every one of them point us toward Messiah Yeshua, the Hebrew name for Jesus Christ. And although there are references to these Feasts throughout the New Testament, they are all conveniently outlined for us in Leviticus 23.
One of these special times occurs much more frequently than the others. You’ve probably already guessed – it is the weekly Sabbath. Keeping the Sabbath is truly a delight (Isaiah 58:13) – so why do so many people call it a burden, or bondage, or some similar term? Think about it for just a minute – anyone you have ever heard tell you that the Sabbath is some kind of bondage is someone who is not keeping it. Our loving heavenly Father has promised so much to those who will simply do what he says. We will explore here some of the ways to observe – or rather, guard (that is the meaning of the Hebrew word) – the Sabbath.
Your whole paradigm is changing, and you are entering into a fullness of understanding like you have never known before. You will draw closer to the Father and experience a more intimate relationship with Messiah Yeshua than you ever dreamed possible. Here is a key essential element – always stick to the Word of God, the Bible. Many people, including me, will offer you other advice and resources, but they can never take the place of or be a higher priority than the Word of God. Hang on, you are in for a fantastic journey.