May 17: Jacob’s Trouble

Alternatives are unacceptable

God rejected Israel’s sacrifices because of the hypocrisy and rebellion of the people.  Soon He exiled them from the land.

While Israel was in Babylonian captivity, away from the Temple, they devised alternatives to the sacrifices required by the observance of the Feasts of the Lord. 

Instead of sacrifice the alternatives were:

  • Study
  • Charity
  • Good works

Even after Israel returned to the land and rebuilt the Temple, they continued the “alternatives” to sacrifices.  These alternatives became convenient after the destruction of the Temple in 70 C.E. To this day, the rabbis teach that these three alternatives are the “pillars” of Israel’s hope in redemption. 

But without faith in Yeshua, the ultimate sacrifice, these “alternatives” are not acceptable to God either.

Isaiah 1:11-15

 “To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices to Me?”
Says the Lord.
“I have had enough of burnt offerings of rams
And the fat of fed cattle.
I do not delight in the blood of bulls,
Or of lambs or goats.

 “When you come to appear before Me,
Who has required this from your hand,
To trample My courts?
Bring no more futile sacrifices;
Incense is an abomination to Me.
The New Moons, the Sabbaths, and the calling of assemblies—
I cannot endure iniquity and the sacred meeting.
Your New Moons and your appointed feasts
My soul hates;
They are a trouble to Me,
I am weary of bearing them.
When you spread out your hands,
I will hide My eyes from you;
Even though you make many prayers,
I will not hear.
Your hands are full of blood.

PRAY FOR THE RELIGIOUS OF ISRAEL WILL TURN BACK TO THE WORD OF GOD AND NOT THE TRADITIONS OF MEN AND SO FIND FAITH IN YESHUA.

Henriette Voute
When children were separated from their parents in Amsterdam for transport to the death camps. Hetty and other underground workers would try to save as many as possible by hiding and smuggling them away in milk cans, potato sacks, laundry bags, etc. to find shelter homes. Eventually she was arrested and sent to Ravensbrueck. She survived the war. See www.yadvashem.org

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