christine's bible study

The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever. Isa 40:8

in His presence there is fullness of joy

Previously: scriptural authority for sunday, acts 20:7

You will show me the path of life;
In Your presence is fullness of joy;
At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore. Psa 16:11

Today is Friday, in our house that means try to finish up work by noon, so that the afternoon can be spent cooking and cleaning for our Sabbath dinner Friday evenings, and our day of rest on Saturday. Tonight also begins the 5th night of the Feast of Tabernacles, so it is a double celebration!

I started celebrating the Sabbath five years ago. At first, it was just me. Then my sweet husband joined me. Friday evenings to welcome the Sabbath rest began with a special feast dinner and the evening spent in fellowship instead of watching television. One by one, our kids and their families started coming over for dinner on Friday nights.

When we still lived in Colorado, we normally spent Friday evenings as a family, including the grandchildren, and sometimes also our extended family. We had our feast dinner, followed by a shared loaf and cup of communion together.

We started doing communion because we read in the Torah that the grain offering (which was a loaf of bread) and a drink offering (which was wine) was to accompany the Lord’s sacrifice on all the Sabbaths, New Moons, and feast days (Lev 23:37). And then we realized that Jesus taught us to acknowledge His sacrifice as often as we drink the wine and break the bread (Luk 22:19-20). We put two and two together and came up with four, and we acknowledge the sacrifice of Jesus every Sabbath, new moon, and feast day when we share the loaf and cup together.

The time of communion became intertwined with a time of family corporate prayer, as we would share needs and together ask God to meet them. It became a time of rededication of our hearts and lives in love to God, to serve Him as living olahs.

Our experience has been, that the sun goes down usually as we are breaking bread and praying over the cup, and the Lord’s presence then descends upon everyone gathered around the table. Words cannot describe it! He is so wonderful, and when we lived in Colorado, more and more people came every week, I think because people were just so hungry for Him in their lives, don’t you think so?

“Seek the LORD while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near.” Isa 55:6

When the Lord’s presence comes among men, bondages are broken, hearts and bodies are healed, blind eyes are opened, captives are set free. We routinely experienced miracles of healing of heart, mind, and body, and increased answers to prayer, as we began walking in this way and others have joined us!

All I can say is, thank you, Jesus; You are so faithful to Your word!

Her [wisdom’s] ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace. Pro 3:17

When we walk in His paths, instead of our own or the world’s, then that is what we will begin to experience – pleasantness, and peace – and it is true!

Shabbat Shalom to you and yours — Christine

Continued: digging deeper into acts 20:7

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