Has anyone ever suggested you should seek your Hebraic roots because of the Christian church’s faulty foundation? Let me explain why I’m asking.
Several years ago I was serving as a missionary in the former Soviet Union. I was experiencing frustrations with learning a slavic language. I had gotten to the point where I could express myself during normal conversations, although I was not always fluent nor did I always use my grammar correctly. On one particular occasion, I was listening to some nationals telling jokes to one another. Everyone was laughing but I wasn’t. I didn’t understand what was so funny. I understood the words, but they didn’t make sense. As I complained to YHVH about my shortcomings, I reminded Him how hard I had studied the language, culture, and history of the people I was with. He seemed to respond, “Yes, I know how hard you have worked on those things in order to have deeper relationships with people here, but you haven’t really done that with Me. You don’t know the languages of the Scriptures, and you don’t study the Scriptures while keeping the history and culture of My people in mind. You do not have a foundation in My Torah from a Hebraic point of view. How do you expect to properly interpret My Word and teach others without that?” Well, that was something for me to really think about and correct.
Over the past several years, I’ve tried to share with those who are willing to listen to what I’ve learned about the history, culture, and Hebraic foundation of the Scriptures. What about you? How do you relate to the Scriptures? Do you read and interpret them from a Greek (Gentile) perspective or from a Hebraic (Jewish) perspective first before seeking an application for it in your life?
If you want a deeper relationship with Yeshua the Messiah, you should rebuild your faulty foundation so that is based on a Hebraic understanding of the Torah. You will discover how the culture of Israel and the Scriptures of the Tanach (Old Testament) are woven into the Brit Hadashah (New Testament) in a way you never realized before. It will change your heart and mind forever. Take time to read my posts and see if you can find what you are seeking.
As you do so, you should be aware that there are a variety of pitfalls of the Hebrew Roots movement that you should avoid that I will discuss on another page. Satan does not want you to walk this path, and he does a variety of things to shift your focus and/or get you to abandon your faith all together. This is a dangerous journey, but it can lead to a deeper walk of faith if you cling to our Messiah and ask Him to protect you from deception, distractions, and pitfalls.
Hey there, thanks for sharing your ideas in Seek Your Hebraic Roots Highway to Holiness. This is really an awesome blog.
Yeshua showed me a couple of years ago to go to the Hebrew root and learn the ways of the Jews. Since then my eyes have been open and every day i grow closer to Yeshua. You can’t understand God if you don’t know who he was while he was here.
I am interested in seeking my Hebraic roots. but where do i start from? any suggestions?
I’m so glad you asked!!
You should start by studying Torah. I’d love you to look at my stuff, but you should also go to http://www.torahclass.com to build a very good solid foundation (Your top priority is to lay a methodical Torah foundation without holes). You have to undo all previous Bible learning. You need new wine in new wine skins. Torah class will give you a new wine skin to put new wine in.
Understand that not everyone has done this; as a result, there are a lot of people out there with strange ideas because they’ve tried to figure everything out on their own with “hit and miss” topical studies and poor Hebrew and Greek skills.
Once you have built a solid foundation (and not before), you can then pursue things topically. Rico Cortes usually has good stuff at Wisdom in Torah Ministries, but there may be a few things I don’t fully agree with on the nature of God. 119 Ministries often has good resources too, but I have not been on their site in quite some time. This is important when it comes to understanding Paul and other things in the New Testament. See also House of David Fellowship (http://houseofdavidfellowship.com).
You need to study under people and ministries who teach one law for both Jews and Gentiles. It’s a shame that some groups have abandoned this teaching. Messianic Jewish congregations typically do not hold to this teaching either. Avoid the idea that the law is for the Jews and the Noahide laws are for the Gentiles. It’s not Scriptural at all. Avoid traditional Talmudic Judaism which is what exists today; much of this oral tradition is from the 3rd-4th centuries. Despite their claims, it does not all go all the back to Mt. Sinai.
Begin to observe Shabbat and the rest of the Feasts of YHVH. Find an assembly–live or online.
Begin to eat Biblically kosher (not necessarily Rabbinic); be aware that many processed foods contain ingredients from pork. For example, many cheese products contain rennet or enzymes from pork. Sargento and Cabot are okay brands…start searching and inquiring. Avoid pork gelatin.
Learn Hebrew. You can see what I have to date. Check out Animated Hebrew by Charles Grebe. He teaches Introducing Biblical Hebrew by Allen Ross. These lessons may have been transfered to You Tube by now.
Be prepared for persecution and claims that Hebrew Roots is a cult. Satan is doing everything he can to keep people from returning to a truly Biblical foundation. My site contains several blogs on how Paul and the other apostles followed, taught, and encouraged obedience to the commandments. Romans 3:31 is just one example. The law was never abolished or fulfilled in the manner most Christians believe. There is a lot of prophecy and there are many typological pictures in the law that remain to be fulfilled. Remember, the New Testament as we know it was not yet considered Scripture when it was written. When the New Testament mentions obeying the commandments, these were the ones given on Mt. Sinai.
Walk in peace…