22 July 2017
Does command us to fast in His Holy Scriptures?
Do you know when the people fasted for the first time?
Since the giving of the [Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy] up to Zekaryah, Scripture orders to keep the commandments (mitzvoth) ‘that it may be well with us’. In addition, there was a time in the history of Israel in which the people started going to war between themselves.
Devarim (Deuteronomy) 28:25 25 “causes you to be defeated before your enemies – you go out one way against them and flee seven ways before them. And you shall become a horror to all the reigns of the earth.
YAHWEH did not require fasting as a way to get closer to Him. The people did it on their own accord, as if looking for a way for YAHWEH to take pity on them.
Sophetim (Judges) 20:26 26 And all the children of Yisra’ĕl, even all the people, went up and came to Bĕyth Ěl and wept, and sat there before יהוה and fasted that day until evening. And they offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before יהוה.
This is the first fast of the Scriptures. Look at previous verses:
Sophetim (Judges) 20:19-20 19 And the children of Yisra’ĕl rose in the morning and encamped against Giḇʽah. 20 And the men of Yisra’ĕl went out to battle against Binyamin, and the men of Yisra’ĕl put themselves in battle array to fight against them at Giḇʽah.
There is a fight between the Tribes of Yisra’ĕl. Why? It was because of disobedience to the Torah.
This is why we understand when Isaiah says:
Yeshayahu (Isaiah) 58:4 4 “Look, you fast for strife and contention, and to strike with the fist of wrongness. You do not fast as you do this day, to make your voice heard on high.
Yahweh is clear when He declares:
Yeshayahu (Isaiah) 58:5-10 5 “Is it a fast that I have chosen, a day for a man to afflict his being? Is it to bow down his head like a bulrush, and to spread out sackcloth and ashes? Do you call this a fast, and an acceptable day to יהוה 6 “Is this not the fast that I have chosen: to loosen the tight cords of wrongness, to undo the bands of the yoke, to exempt the oppressed, and to break off every yoke? 7 “Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and that you bring to your house the poor who are cast out; when you see the naked, and cover him, and not hide yourself from your own flesh? 8 “Then your light would break forth like the morning, your healing spring forth speedily. And your righteousness shall go before you, the esteem of יהוה would be your rear guard. 9 “Then, when you call, יהוה would answer; when you cry, He would say, ‘Here I am.’ “If you take away the yoke from your midst, the pointing of the finger, and the speaking of unrighteousness, 10 if you extend your being to the hungry and satisfy the afflicted being, then your light shall dawn in the darkness, and your darkness be as noon.
The four fasts that some brethren have asked about, the four fasts in Zekaryah (Zechariah) 8:19 was a fast appointed by the House of Yehudah (Judah).
Depriving ourselves is the fast that pleases YAHWEH. There are those who want to join the fast of the House of Yahudah…but we choose the best option, YAHWEH’s option [Yeshayahu (Isaiah) 58:6-7]. If someone, in their heart, wishes to abstain from food and drink, it is not wrong to do so. The point is not to see it as if YAHWEH ordered it, the point is not to see it as a commandment of the Torah, or that YAHWEH will listen more or better. Let us always remember: YAHWEH TAKES PLEASURE IN OBEDIENCE. So if we fast according to YAHWEH’s demands [Yeshayahu (Isaiah) 58:6-7], we obey Him.
[Translated by NAZARENES TO THE WORLD]