While WLC continues to uphold the observance of the Seventh-Day Sabbath, which is at the heart of Yahuwah's moral law, the 10 Commandments, we no longer believe that the annual feast days are binding upon believers today. Still, though, we humbly encourage all to set time aside to commemorate the yearly feasts with solemnity and joy, and to learn from Yahuwah’s instructions concerning their observance under the Old Covenant. Doing so will surely be a blessing to you and your home, as you study the wonderful types and shadows that point to the exaltation of Messiah Yahushua as the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords, the conquering lion of the tribe of Judah, and the Lamb of Yahuwah that takes away the sins of the world.
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Almsgiving: A Powerful Way to Turn Towards Yahuwah and Away from Sin

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This last etymological consideration provides the final clue to reading Daniel 4:24 as an instruction of almsgiving for the redemption of one’s sins. Analogous to the debt slave of Leviticus 25, King Nebuchadnezzar’s “horrible sins” have “turned him into a debt-slave in the eyes of Yahuwah. One way out of debt is physical punishment [as the dream portends], but Daniel informs us that there is a second option: giving away one’s money to the poor.”33 There is no “get out of jail free card,” but there are two ways to repay a debt: to offer sacrifice voluntarily or to suffer punishment forcibly. As Anderson notes, “In rabbinic Judaism and early Christianity, Daniel’s advice will become commonplace. Repentance without the giving of alms, in some sources, is unimaginable.”34 Almsgiving becomes a kind of “spiritual currency,” to use the phrase of Anderson.35 Thus, Daniel’s advice to King Nebuchadnezzar finally can be appreciated. King Nebuchadnezzar is in the debt of sin and to redeem himself (to buy himself out of slavery to debt-sin) he either has to endure the physical punishment that will come about as predicted in the dream, similar to Israel’s experience of exile and physical punishment for its sinfulness, or he can redeem his sins through almsgiving to the poor. By giving alms, King Nebuchadnezzar gains a kind of spiritual currency to pay down his sin-debts. Additionally, by turning to and caring for the poor Yahuwah’s face will not be turned away from” King Nebuchadnezzar. This story from the book of Daniel points to almsgiving as a practice of repentance, in that a sinner has accumulated a debt due to sin and in order for the sinner to alleviate this sin-debt one must practice almsgiving. In this understanding, almsgiving serves as a powerful way for a sinner to turn towards Yahuwah and away from sin.
This lesson was taken from a non-WLC article written by James W. Stroud (Journal of Moral Theology, Vol. 10, Special Issue 1 (2021): 84–103).

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