All four gospels quote Isaiah’s message to “prepare the way of the LORD.” The term is ambiguous to most modern readers. It’s first usage concerns Father Abraham, who was willing to leave everything behind and head toward a place of blessing, not knowing where he would end up. The Hebrew word translated as “way” is derek. While it can mean a literal road or a path, our subject today is assuredly a manner of walking, or, in other words, a lifestyle.
New Testament: (suggested) Matthew chapters 5-7
Many Christians, upon beginning to examine the Hebrew roots of their faith, are surprised to learn that devout Jewish people understand themselves to be betrothed to God. Our appetizer this week from Ray Gardner’s notes for this torah portion, includes fascinating insight into the 12 steps of a Hebrew wedding taken from Eddie Chumney’s Seven Festivals of Messiah, pages 125-135.
“Measure for measure: Just as the Egyptians had drowned the Israelites babies, so they were drowned in the Red Sea. The drowning of the Egyptian army occurred eighty years after the sons of Israel were drowned in the Nile river. This means that the generation of the Egyptians that were killed in the sea would have been the children of the ones who commanded the death of the children of Israel.” –Ray Gardner
To understand what the Bible teaches on any subject, it must be carefully examined from Genesis to Revelation. This is made easy by bible software such as E-Sword which this blogger uses extensively. “The SUM of your word is truth.” wrote the psalmist (119:160 emphasis added) “and every one of your righteous rules endures forever.” As we examine this list, it becomes very clear that the author of Scripture prepared the reader from the beginning, long before it happened, that Judah would not only be separated from the remaining tribes of Israel, but remains to this day. For a free PDF of this document, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
The following is an exhaustive list of verses containing the word “commandments” obtained by my use of E-Sword, a free Bible software program available on the Internet, and The Blue Letter Bible Online, a web site that provides extensive Bible study materials at no charge. My comments are posted at the end. Programs like these are invaluable for examining the whole counsel of God in regard to specific subjects. When I began to examine “the sum of Thy word,” which, according to the psalmist, “is truth,” (Psalm 119:160) by these means, my perspective of the Scriptures, and what is expected of followers of Jesus/Yeshua, drastically changed and has, over the years, radically affected my walk with the LORD. It is my prayer that this article will prompt much prayerful thought, consideration, and searching in the Body of Christ that we might all say, as did Peter and the apostles, “We must obey God rather than men.” (Acts. 5:29)
The Torah Awakening among Christians is creating something the world has not seen for two thousand years: a growing body of non-Jewish people who are doing the best they can to live by God’s eternal standards (His Torah – Law, Teaching, Commandments), but who do not intend to convert to Judaism.
What is the world to do with such people? Perhaps the more immediate question is, what are the Jewish people and the State of Israel to do with such people? Continue reading Al McCarn: Dilemna of the Ger
Remnant Road 1/16/2017 on Hebrew Nation Radio. Al McCarn, The Barking Fox, and author Daniel Holdings interview Jason Towe, a former Baptist pastor whom Yeshua dogged for months with the question, “How do you know?”
Jason and his wife, Amanda, were featured in the documentary, “The Way.” Their fascinating story is just what we Hebrew Roots folks need to share with friends and family who think we have gone mad. Hurry and download! This link will only be “live” for a few days!
Whew!!! This report and photo from Breaking Israel News takes my breath away! This dear rabbi’s action is prophetic of brother Judah welcoming home the lost tribes of Israel, the Northern Kingdom, “the House of Israel”, a.k.a. Ephraim, which was taken into captivity around 720 BCE by the mighty war machine of Assyria. Continue reading Rabbi Kisses Jacob’s Sheep
This week as I pondered the assigned Scripture and Ray Gardner’s rich and detailed study notes , a few thoughts came to mind.
“Noah walked with God.” This phrase is used only for one other person in Scripture–Noah’s great-grandfather Enoch, the one who lived 365 years “and he was not, for God took him.” (Gen. 5:24) Scripture emphasizes Enoch’s righteousness by TWICE stating “Enoch walked with God.” [Gen. 5:22,24). The name Enoch means “dedicated, initiated, trained.” In Hebrew, to “walk” [halak הלך Strong’s H1980] means much more than to put one foot in front of the other and shuffle along. Rather, it is a euphemism for a manner of thought and, therefore, a manner of life. It is a life view or paradigm and, also, hints at one’s ability to influence. Continue reading Noach 5777
10/7/2016 This comes from Ken Rank, United to Restore. All I can add is “Amen.” Bless you, Ken, for putting into print words that are long overdue. Continue reading A Letter to the Jewish People [on Teshuvah]