4/25/05 From YahuShua HaMashiach, He Who Is Called Jesus The Christ, Our Lord and Savior - The Word of The Lord Spoken to Timothy, For Timothy, and For All Those Who Have Ears to Hear (Regarding Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread)
Listen and have understanding, Timothy, for thus says The Lord your Redeemer: Only those who truly believe shall keep the Passover. It shall be to them as a memorial, a time of reflection, the giving of thanks.
During the feasts of The Lord, you shall do no work for your home or business. You shall do only that which is necessary for you and your family. Discern what is most needful, Timothy, and when in doubt, ask. Do that which brings your loved ones joy, and focus on that which glorifies Me. Spend this week cleansing your mind, body and spirit... Unleaven your heart, beloved; consider your ways and your doings, and be free of the leaven of this world. Do not your own pleasure on The Holy Days or on the Sabbath; rather do that which pleases The Lord your God. Keep the feasts holy, and cause your life to follow suit, for in doing so you honor Me.
And concerning the rites and ceremonial symbols of the feast, consider their meaning and rejoice in their fulfillment, for it is accomplished. Worry not on the details, nor stumble over the letter. And concerning that which you partake of for the body, it is of little consequence; rather feast upon that which sustains your soul... Remember Me and My passion, as I have shown you. Offer up thanksgiving, and consider your salvation and The Loving Mercy of God. For truly I say to you, the intent of one’s heart speaks volumes more than the offering put forth by their hands.
Yet I tell you the truth, many will there be who enter the Kingdom of Heaven, who did not keep the feasts of The Lord; and many will there be left standing outside the gates, who kept the feasts of The Lord. For those without the gate retain their sin, for they hold fast to malice and have not yet departed from wickedness... Yet the hearts of the first election are filled with compassion and a sincere desire to walk in My ways, having called upon My name in truth, as they bring forth new works meet for repentance.
For where there are righteous works, there are also those who seek to spoil them for the sake of pride and envy. And where there is pure knowledge, there are also those who defile it among women. Take heed, therefore, and remember My teaching: Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the Sadducees. For their like still exists today; only their names have changed, and their vesture. Yet the ignorance of the meek is no cause for offense, nor shall the error of the humble bring forth rebuke. For I know the heart and look upon the innermost intentions... Therefore keep the feast, not with the old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth, as it is written in accordance with the New Covenant.
Again I say, keep the feast in remembrance of Me, and as an offering of thanksgiving to The Father in My name. For only one way leads to The Father; I am The Way! And He who receives of Me has also received of My life. For The Father has not said, “He who keeps the Holy Days shall receive everlasting life”... Rather he who loves and obeys The Son shall receive everlasting life, for he seeks to honor Me; and he who honors The Son honors The Father also. For a servant such as this keeps The Commandments of God and remembers His Sabbaths, for he wishes to please The Father. And in him is The Father well-pleased.
Therefore, My beloved ones, put your love for Me on open display! Honor Me first with your ways, then with your lips!...
For what weight do your words carry, If your works bear no fruit in righteousness?...
For by example does the good father teach his children, Even as I have taught you, and will continue to do so, even till the end of time...
Says The Lord your Redeemer, The Holy One of Israel.
↑“Women” in this context refers to the churches of men.