The Jerusalem Debate
When something appears more than once in the Bible, it is probably very important. Instructions about the Sabbath (Shabbat), for example, appear nine times – a fact my friend Pete Rambo explains in one of his blog posts. Many followers of Yeshua (Jesus) are awakening to the importance of Shabbat, which is a good thing. The Torah Awakening is providing a renewal of our faith and is adding depth to our understanding of our God and what He desires for us.
It should be no surprise that the Torah Awakening is leading many to examine all the commandments of Scripture in a new light. That includes the commandments about keeping the Feasts of the Lord, which many are now observing. The logical progression after starting to observe the Feasts is to ask, “What about that commandment to go up to Jerusalem for Passover, Pentecost, and Tabernacles?” That commandment appears in three places (Exodus 23:14-16, 34:21-25; Deuteronomy 16:16-17). That must mean it’s important.
Since this commandment is important, perhaps it is time to take a serious look at it and see how it applies to those who love Yeshua and seek to honor the Torah. That is the purpose of this series of posts on The Jerusalem Debate. Most of the articles were written by Bob Parham, a resident of Aqaba, Jordan and one who, along with his wife Valerie, has gone up to Jerusalem for the Feasts for many years. Sue Wyatt, also an Aqaba resident, posted Bob’s articles on her blog, The Lamb’s Servant. Here is the entire series, along with some original commentary from The Barking Fox.