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Helpful Tidbits for the Disciple's Life                                                                         September 6, 2010

A Provision for the "Lost"
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"Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter:
Fear God and keep his commandments,
for this is the whole [duty] of man."
 -King Solomon-
Ecclesiastes 12:13
Fall "Appointed Times" Schedule
 September 11
Feast of Trumpets
September 20
Day of Atonement
September 25
First day of Feast of Tabernacles
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Bruce AlmightySince my last tidbit garnered a fair amount of dialogue and since this Friday marks the beginning of the Fall Feasts starting with Yom Teruah (Feast of Trumpets), I thought I'd ride the wave so-to-speak and provide a little further insight.
Although I don't recommend the movie (inappropriate content), there's a scene in Bruce Almighty where Bruce (Jim Carrey) uses his "God powers" to create the perfect romantic situation. At one point, Bruce lassoes the moon and draws it closer - all to capture the heart of his love-interest played by Jennifer Aniston.
While we perfectly grasp the moon's role in a romantic setting, for whatever reason we have difficulty grasping that the moon, in fact, was lassoed into its orbit by the King of kings for an amazingly romantic purpose: that is, to alert his bride to his return, the second coming.

QUESTION/TOPIC IN FOCUS: What's obedience to God's commands have to do with reaching the lost?
A Provision for the "Lost"
Excerpted from the Torah, Leviticus 23:23-36
Verse 23
The Feast of Trumpets begins at sundown, September 10 (Karaite calendar)
"'When you reap the harvest of your land, do not reap to the very edges of your field or gather the gleanings of your harvest. Leave them for the poor and the alien. I am the LORD your God.'"
The LORD said to Moses, "Say to the Israelites: 'On the first day of the seventh month you are to have a day of rest, a sacred assembly commemorated with trumpet blasts. Do no regular work, but present an offering made to the LORD by fire.'"
The LORD said to Moses, "The tenth day of this seventh month is the Day of Atonement. Hold a sacred assembly and deny yourselves, and present an offering made to the LORD by fire. Do no work on that day, because it is the Day of Atonement, when atonement is made for you before the LORD your God. Anyone who does not deny himself on that day must be cut off from his people. I will destroy from among his people anyone who does any work on that day. You shall do no work at all. This is to be a lasting ordinance for the generations to come, wherever you live. It is a sabbath of rest for you, and you must deny yourselves. From the evening of the ninth day of the month until the following evening you are to observe your sabbath."
The LORD said to Moses, "Say to the Israelites: 'On the fifteenth day of the seventh month the LORD's Feast of Tabernacles begins, and it lasts for seven days. The first day is a sacred assembly; do no regular work. For seven days present offerings made to the LORD by fire, and on the eighth day hold a sacred assembly and present an offering made to the LORD by fire. It is the closing assembly; do no regular work (emphasis mine).
My Reflections 
fishing for menMy friend Neil Cole makes this observation in his book, Organic Church: "It is in...prayer that the romantic part of church planting is introduced.... It is when we are in deep intercession for freedom of souls that we are closest to the heart of God. This is the spiritual intimacy that tears down strongholds of the enemy and builds new life in its place. This is the first step in starting churches that reproduce" (2005:174).
Neil is right; if we are genuinely concerned about lost people, we must relinguish the idea that churches start via human strength. Instead, we must understand that God builds His church (ecclesia) and that our role in church planting isn't in the building, but in our obedience. Why's obedience important? Well, you don't have to look far in the Scriptures to know obedience is an indicator of our love. "This is love for God: to obey his commands" (1 Jn 2:3). Thus, if our heart's genuine desire is to engage God in intimate prayer, it cannot happen apart from a life characterized by obedience.
Now read Leviticus 23 and notice that verse 23 seems to be out of place. The first four Feasts are outlined, verse 23 comes out of nowhere, then the last three Feasts are outlined. Getting right to the point, the first four Feasts were "fulfilled" in Yeshua's (Jesus's) first coming. The second three Feasts or "appointed times" will be "fulfilled" in Yeshua's second coming. Today, we exist between the first and second coming and Leviticus 23:23 represents the in-between time. What's God's command? In short, God wants us to share the harvest (i.e., the fruit of Yeshua's work as the Passover Lamb) with those who are in need of spiritual food!
While space limits me yet once again, Yom Teruah (and the sighting of the moon that begins the Feast...again, think romance, not weirdness) not only reminds us Yeshua is readying to return for His bride, it also reminds us our present age is passing away - the age when it's still possible for the [spiritually] poor and the alien to eat of the Passover Lamb.
Hope this was of some benefit to you.

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