Q. I love Yahweh and Yahshua! How old do I have to be to be baptized in the Name of Yahshua?
A. The Apostle Peter clearly showed that one should be old enough to repent. When the Jews were convicted of their sin, they asked what they should do. Peter responded in Acts 2:38, Repent and be immersed every one of you in the Name of Yahshua the Messiah for the remission of sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Obviously a person should be old enough to understand repentance before being baptized. What does the Bible mean by "repent?" Briefly, to turn completely from our wicked ways, stop doing those things that Yahweh condemns, and obediently follow in the footsteps of Yahshua. We are to be totally broken up over our past sins and vow not to repeat those things we know are wrong and sinful. When we do sin, we are to confess our sin and ask forgiveness through Yahshua.
Numbers 14:2 reveals that "all the children of Israel murmured against Moses and Aaron, and the whole congregation..." Perhaps even those under 20 years followed the example of their parents and complained as well. Yet, those under 20 were not included in Yahweh’s proscription and would be allowed to enter the Promised Land — likely Yahweh’s recognition of their immaturity.
Apparently, Yahweh perceives that by age 20 humans are mature and quite aware of consequences for their actions. Those 20 and over were considered adults and responsible for their insurrection against Yahweh. They had to die off in the wilderness.
When certain Israelites rebelled at crossing over the Jordan, wanting to remain on the other side, Yahweh’s anger flared, and He restated His condemnation of their attitude: Surely none of the men that came up out of Egypt, from twenty years old and upward, shall see the land which I sware unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob; because they have not wholly followed Me, Numbers 32:11.
Even though the Israelites were redeemed by the blood of the lamb and rescued from Egypt, they remained carnal and rebelled against Yahweh.
Yahweh clearly considers that those who have reached the age of 20 are mature and accountable. Those 20 and over had to wander in the wilderness 40 years. They were inexcusable. They were mature, but had rebelled and had not fully followed Yahweh. Even in their rebellion, however, a loving Yahweh continued to watch over them (Deut. 8:1-4).
So what conclusion can we come to? Thankfully, the Bible does indeed give us an age in which one is considered accountable for what one does.
Yahweh’s Assembly in Yahshua understands Scripturally that upon reaching the age of 20, Yahweh accepts one as being mature and an adult, and, therefore, responsible for one’s actions. Therefore one must be at least 20 years of age to be considered mature enough to accept the resposnibility of baptism. ? Are you under 20 years of age and still want to help the Assembly and fellow teen believers? If so, there is much you can do to both help the Assembly and grow as you grow ever nearer to the age in which you can be baptized. For example, if you have been blessed with musical talents you could join YAIY's local praise and worship teams. These teams are often in need of good singers and musicians who can play a musical instrument. Or if you have artistic talents you could help with upcoming needed artwork for Feasts or other events. Are you blessed with the ability and desire to help other teens? If so, then contact us to see how you can help other teens to grow in the Messiah in your area!
There are a lot of things we teens can do to help the Assembly and help us grow as we approach the age in which we can be baptized. Contact us today and let's continue growing AND help the Assembly at the same time!