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As we look around the landscape of this growing movement that is the “Hebrew Roots” or “Messianic Judaism” awakening, I started to see a pattern. Most people, when coming out of the mainstream church went through period of being “alone” (however you define that). My family was “alone” yet we had our parents who were also on this journey. Alone in the sense that we didn’t have a community to fellowship with.
I equate that to the pattern Paul went through. He KNEW the law (as Christians profess to KNOW Jesus). He had to be alone for three years to RELEARN / UNLEARN everything he thought he knew. I see this as the cleansing period. After that period, for some, the Father starts to bring people of like mind together and building communities. In between all that time I see another pattern emerged.
I liken coming out of the religious institutions to the five stages of loss / grieving. The five stages: Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression and Acceptance are the framework for many people’s walk:
How could I possibly believe all these lies from my church and family?!
All you pagan idolatry in Christianity have no idea! Stop posting on my wall, I have no business being your friend, you’re all lost!! That’s pagan! You’re pagan! Pagan!!!
Ok, we can be friends, just dont do your pagan stuff around me or ask me to do them with you. I’ve settled down now, sorry.
No one wants to be my friend. I’ve burned too many bridges with family too. I’m alone and I’m the only one doing what I do. Was this a mistake? Was I lied to again?
I am Israel. I’ve come out of Egypt and my Father will gather me to my people in His time, not mine. I have accepted Yeshua as my Messiah and follow Torah, that is my purpose in life.
Keep moving forward
After dealing with the stages of loss/grieving, it’s time to get down to Business!
Business – Now that I know who I am and I know my purpose (Ecclesiastes 12:13), I can be about my Father’s business of taking the true Gospel of the Kingdom to the whole world while He gathers the two sticks of Judah (Jews who have the Torah) and Joseph (Christians who have the Messiah) together as one bride (Israel) who prepares for the coming bridegroom (Yeshua, The Messiah).
Matthew 23 is a powerful chapter where we see Y’shua rebuking the Torah-teachers and P’rushim (scribes and Pharisees) for their hypocrisy. Searching Scriptures and the B’rit Hadasha – Renewed Covenant – we find the Prophets rebuking Israel many times. Often times it’s their willful sin and violation of YHVH’s Torah (instructions). Y’shua did the same in Matthew 23. One particular verse is used in many communities; Christian or Messianic/Hebrew Roots, to essentially do the same to modern-day, would-be Torah-teachers or the like.
Woe to you hypocritical Torah-teachers and P’rushim! You pay your tithes of mint, dill and cumin; but you have neglected the weightier matters of the Torah — justice, mercy, trust. These are the things you should have attended to — without neglecting the others!
Moshe said, “Here is what YHVH says: ‘About midnight I will go out into Egypt, and all the firstborn in the land of Egypt will die, from the firstborn of Pharaoh sitting on his throne to the firstborn of the slave-girl at the handmill, and all the firstborn of the livestock. There will be a horrendous wailing throughout all the land of Egypt — there has never been another like it, and there never will be again. ~ Exodus 11:4-7
This was to be the final plague against Pharaoh and Egypt – the death of the firstborn. YHVH gave His people, and any Egyptian who followed, instructions on how to survive this plague. A sign of their faith that He would pass over their homes.
As we all walk in the freedom that Yeshua/Jesus has blessed us with, many times we find that we tend to slip away from the promised blessings of the Holy Scriptures. Many Christians go to church every Sunday and Wednesday, are very active in their participation, and generally try to live their lives in a manner that is pleasing to YHVH. What I hear quite often though from these devoted followers of Yeshua/Jesus, is that even though they believe, and even though they love YHVH, and even though they do all the things that they are taught by the Pastors and Sunday School teachers, they still somehow feel a million miles apart from the relationship and intimacy that the Holy Scriptures promise for them that “believe”. I hear the same sermons over and over on the radio and from the pulpits, covering the same topic as we are here. The Pastors and Apologists are always seeming to have sermons on being patient, and telling believers to be faithful, even if they feel their prayers are not being answered, even if they are experiencing tribulations, even though they may feel as if God had forgotten them. When I hear these things it saddens me, because there truly is an easy fix to all these problems. If a believer is not experiencing the promised blessings we get in the scriptures, there is a reason, and it is NEVER that YHVH has forgotten about them. We have an issue here. Believers are truly trying to gain that intimate relationship, but the churches all seem as if they are shallow graves, a lot of praise and worship, but really and truthfully, they bring no real change in people’s lives.
Pesach (Passover) is the first of YHVH’s Appointed times and begins the year of His prophetic and redemptive calendar. Exodus 12 tells us of the actual Passover EVENT and then we are given instruction by YHVH to have a MEMORIAL feast each year to remember the redemption of His People from Egypt and through Yeshua. It’s also prophetic to Yeshua’s return and the greater exodus.
The following is a guide for you to use in celebrating YHVH’s redemption Pesach. You will find suggestions and things that we have done as a family. I have added a hagaddah (a program) to use during your Seder (means “order”). It is your celebration unto Him. So please make it personal, change whatever you like to suit your traditions, finances, circumstances etc. As I am sharing this freely, please do not sell this (even if you make changes to it) in the spirit of encouraging and teaching the Body. This is not a definitive guide, just something to get you started. You and your Pesach celebration, as well as all YHVH’s Feasts will grow throughout your obedience in observing them.
Early in our walk we continued to hear the theme of there being around or up to 613 commandments in the Torah. Often times, when in a debate, we could point to the “New” Testament and say, “You think 613 is hard, there’s over 1000 commandments in the New Testament!!” (See: New2Torah 1000 Commandments). It became a numbers game and took the focus off the point.
Nehemia Gordon* brings up a great point on this topic in an episode of the Toral Pearls. Why look for 613 commandments? Putting a number on the commandments diminishes their purpose; for them to be followed and obeyed. One person could say there’s 613 and another person says there’s only 604, etc. It’s a matter of interpretation.
First of all, understand this: no prophecy of Scripture is to be interpreted by an individual on his own; for never has a prophecy come as a result of human willing — on the contrary, people moved by the Ruach HaKodesh spoke a message from God. ~ 2 Peter 1:20,21
When I was in middle school it was a big fad to go to the store or fashion store and get the “What would Jesus Do” (WWJD) bracelets. Everyone had them! It was just the thing to have around your wrist. Yet when you look around today, we don’t see those anymore.