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Sackcloth and Ashes?

Question

A Nazarene (in the Nazarene School of Divinity) posed a very good question. “Do we today, put on sackcloth and toss ashes over our head?” If so, what is sackcloth, and how do we perform this act with ashes and so forth. How are we to understand this act that seems to be an important ritual in the previous covenant?”

Answer

We have to remember, in the “OT” everything was a physical shadow designed to train us for the coming Kingdom; which is Spiritual. So we must approach these things to seek out the Spiritual Intent of these actions. What was this outward “show” of ripping your clothes, putting on “sackcloth”, and tossing ashes up over your heat supposed to show us? What is it teaching us?

That act is an outward demonstration of what is called “fasting and mourning”. Today, fasting has come to mean “go without food” by tradition, but that is nowhere in scripture!

Fasting means “to afflict your soul“; but what does that mean?

Crying out to Yahuah, morning, in this way shows us outwardly what afflicting our soul looks like inwardly. Today, what is important is that we actually do “afflict our soul” not just put on the outward display as the Pharisees loved to do….

Speaking of us today, in The Yahushuaic Covenant, we should have matured beyond this “act”, and truly have a heart for Yahuah and His Will. Our hearts should truly cry out for Him, not outwardly but inwardly; which is what that physical behavior was demonstrating.

The outward act can be faked (as the Pharisee showed us) and means nothing to Yahuah. Yahuah is after our hearts, which only HE sees and we cannot “put on a show” for Him there.


Joel 2 12
“Yet even now,” declares Yahuah, “Return to Me with all your heart, And with fasting, weeping and mourning; 13 And rend your heart and not your garments”.


Sackcloth represents true repentance. Ashes “burnt offerings” or “offering our lives” as we fast/afflict our soul, weep, and mourn inwardly with a heart of flesh (loving heart toward) Yahuah.

Blessings, Rav Sha’ul

 

The Law and The Pauline Doctrine

The purpose of this book is to help the Nazarenes understand The Law, how to discern intent, how to apply The Law in our OWN lives, and how to avoid the temptation to apply it to the lives of others. The Law is a personal guide to Righteousness that is used by Yahuah as the vehicle by which He trains us within the context of a personal relationship… We are never to use The Law to judge another’s servant! In this book I am going to build the foundation and beliefs of The Nazarene, the true sons of Yahuah and followers of The Branch. I am also going to then establish the beliefs of Sha’ul the Apostle as he was one of the most influential Nazarenes who ever lived. I am going to then address The Pauline Doctrine and dismantle that false doctrine point by point. The Pauline Doctrine is a Greek appropriate “doctrine” born out of sound bite implied lies, twisted scriptures, and ignorance of the scriptures. This book will establish the place of The Law in your life, and The Plan of Salvation.