Y’all, I’m passionate about YAH’s Word. I’m passionate about encouraging others to know and obey YAH & His Word. And I try to do my best to share His Word daily. But, if I lean on my own understanding, if I speak in error, and fail to say & do what thus says YAH, well then, I must repent/turn away from speaking my words, my way, and return back to speaking YAH’s Word the way YAH said it.
I apologized years ago, for speaking against The Word of YAH; once I came to the knowledge of the truth of His Word, I repented from Churchianity. So now, if I ever come to the knowledge that I’ve spoken in opposition to The Word of YAH, I try my best, to repent & correct my words. I ask you now, that you allow me to try and do just that.
I thank YAH for the mishpachah/family & dear friends, that He blessed me with. Mishpachah who also loves YAH & His Word, and that also stands on the truth of His Word. I’m thankful for my mishpachah who spoke with me following our celebration of Sukkot, where I shared a Torah lesson of encouragement & admonishment pertaining to how we celebrate Sukkot. My mishpachah approached me with questions and we went to The Word together. I see problems with what I said and how I said it. I added confusion to the text, where there is no confusion in the text. For that, as I said in the title, I have repented & I have apologized to YAH, and now please allow me to apologize to all those who heard me add to Torah. I never want live in violation of this verse:
So what exactly did I say? Well, here are my speaking notes, and I’ll point out where I clearly spoke in error, and please allow me to correct what I said, with what the Word of YAH says:
Why are we focusing on Men this year during Sukkot? In addition to a desire for our men to become more edified & more empowered as functional leaders in our homes and communities, just like in the time of renewal during Nehemiah & Ezra (read Nehemiah 8), but more importantly, we have a command for the men of Israel to GATHER during YAH’s appointed feasts:
“THREE times thou shalt keep a feast unto Me in the year. Thou shalt keep the feast of unleavened bread: (thou shalt eat unleavened bread seven days, as I commanded thee, in the time appointed of the month Abib; for in it thou camest out from Egypt: and none shall appear before me empty:) and the feast of harvest, the firstfruits of thy labours, which thou hast sown in the field: and the feast of ingathering (Sukkot), which is in the end of the year, when thou hast gathered in thy labours out of the field. Three times in the year ALL THY MALES shall appear before YAH Elohim.” Exodus 23:14-17 KJV
Also Exodus 34:22-23 but have someone read verses 21-24 for the added understanding, and Deuteronomy 16:16-17.
Over the last 2 years, we have gathered together as men, women and children to read all of Deuteronomy as a congregation during Sukkot, even though we are only commanded to GATHER all together as men, women, and children every 7 years. So again, this year we will focus more on men, and the roles of men in our homes, communities and YAH’s assemblies.
“And Moses commanded them, saying, At the end of every SEVEN years, in the solemnity of the year of release, in the feast of tabernacles, when all Israel is come to appear before YAH thy Elohim in the place which He shall choose, thou shalt read this law (Torah) before all Israel in their hearing. Gather the people together, men, and women, and children, and thy stranger that is within thy gates, that they may hear, and that they may learn, and fear YAH your Elohim, and observe to do all the words of this law: and that their children, which have not known any thing, may hear, and learn to fear YAH your Elohim, as long as ye live in the land whither ye go over Jordan to possess it.” Deuteronomy 31:10-13 KJV
Please forgive me. Did you see where I erred? Read the underlined above again. My (overwhelming) desire for our men of Israel to understand that we must lead & represent our families in obeying YAH, and my (improperly focused) reading of the commandments in the verses about men appearing before YAH, led me to make it seem as if women & children were not also commanded to gather in celebration during the three, pilgrimages/traveling feasts every year; which they most certainly are. The men of Israel are commanded to appear before YAH, yes indeed, BUT all of Israel (men, women, and children), are commanded to celebrate the feasts together, during each of the 3 traveling/pilgrimage feasts. And every 7 years, during jubilee sukkot gatherings, all of Israel is commanded to read the Torah for all to hear. Let me now point out the definitive verses where YAH makes it plain as day, that all of Israel is supposed to gather during the feasts:
Again, all of Israel is commanded to celebrate the feast together. So, is that the same as the command of men appearing before YAH? No. Let us look at the first mentioned verses again:
The rest of this blog will not be part of my apology and correction. I pray that you will also receive it.
So, we read that men must appear before YAH, in addition to all of Israel gathering together. But there is a distinction made for men, there is a command just for men to appear before YAH— and We MEN must not appear before YAH empty-handed. The question is: what do we appear before YAH with? Tithes and offerings; gifts & blessings to share and offer in honor of YAH.
I know, I know… we do not currently have a temple nor a Levitical priesthood. So then, are we clear to gather in memorial and practice of Sukkot, in our various scattered assemblies, while coming/appearing empty-handed? Some Israelites say that we do not tithe/offer a tenth of our increase to YAH in our ministries today, I believe emphatically that we should tithe of all, as we saw “The Father of our Faith” Abraham, do when he offered a tithe/tenth of all.
And we see that our people were still offering a tithe/tenth of all, even during the time of Mashiach/Christ:
So, if you don’t want to tithe, that’s between you & YAH, not me; the Word of YAH commands that we as men better not appear before YAH empty-handed. So reconcile yourself with Torah, not me. At the very least, as commanded, we should appear with food & drink to share with others, unto YAH, during the feasts:
“You shall tithe without fail all the yield of your grain that the field brings forth year by year. “And you shall EAT before יהוה your Elohim, in the place where He chooses to make His Name dwell, the tithe of your grain and your new wine and your oil, and of the firstlings of your herds and your sheep, so that you learn to fear יהוה (YAH) your Elohim always. “But when the way is too long for you, so that you are not able to bring the tithe, or when the place where יהוה your Elohim chooses to put His Name is too far from you, when יהוה your Elohim is blessing you, THEN you shall give it in silver, and shall take the silver in your hand and go to the place which יהוה your Elohim chooses. “And you shall use the silver for whatever your being desires: for cattle or sheep, for wine or strong drink (alcohol), for whatever your being desires. And you shall EAT there BEFORE יהוה your Elohim, and you shall rejoice, YOU AND YOUR HOUSEHOLD. “And do NOT forsake the Lĕwite who is within your gates, for he has no part nor inheritance with you. “At the end of every third year you bring out all the tithe of your increase of that year and store it up within your gates. “And the Lĕwite, because he has no portion nor inheritance with you, AND the sojourner and the fatherless and the widow who are within your gates, shall COME AND EAT AND BE SATISFIED, so that יהוה your Elohim does bless you in all the work of your hand which you do.”Deḇarim (Deuteronomy) 14:22-29 TS2009
So nowadays not too many of us raise crops & livestock, not many of us carry silver around with us… we cash, cards & cellphones to pay for things we desire. So when we come, to gather during the feast, let us take that which is in our hands, as we appear before YAH, and celebrate the way YAH says to—HalleluYAH!
We must not forsake the natural, physical, and tangible, ways in which we obey and worship YAH; we cannot solely concentrate on the verbal and spiritual. We must worship in spirit & truth, (James 2:17-26, Psalm 100:4 & Hebrews 13:15). Praise & worship, it’s the reasonable service of offering of our bodies unto YAH as living sacrifices, holy/set apart and acceptable unto Him (Romans 12:1).
Men of Israel, achyim of Yashar’El: let us lead our households, righteously obeying YAH! When we all gather together during the feasts, in honor of and obedience to our Abba/Father YAH, let us as men—come correctly! Let us gather before YAH, not empty-handed, not stingy-hearted, but cheerfully sharing at least a tenth of what we’ve been blessed with by YAH. Let us give back to Him, by giving to the people whom He instructed us to bless, during the celebrations of His feasts! As our households, our ministers, our workers, our widows & orphans, and our companions (those of other nationalities who are joining in with us in obedience to YAH), gather during the pilgrimage feasts each year, let us gather and give our best back to YAH!
Until next time, shalom shalom
~Your ach Yahrahn
2 thoughts on “I May Have Confused Some Of My Family, I’ve asked YAH To Forgive Me, Now I Ask My Family To Forgive Me”
All Praises To The Most High Yah Elohaynu. I forgive you achi,and may Abba Yahuah forgive me if I may have spoken out of turn. We all must be vigilant to pray and meditate before we speak concerning Yahuah Elohaynu words making sure we speak what was spoken from His mouth. Your words achi has encouraged me and humbled me,much ahabah and may Abba Yahuah keep you and Baruch you and your household,Todah rabah, Shalam.
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All praises to The Most High YAH indeed achi. Todah rabah and baruch to you and your household as well achi—HalleluYAH!