Spend your Sabbath afternoon with us as we delve into the Scriptures from a Hebraic perspective - the same perspective from which they were written. Our Hebrew Roots fellowship enjoys interactive Bible studies, praise through song and dance, and numerous activities throughout the year.
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Due to the Texas governor's ban on meetings greater than 10 persons, The Ami Yisrael Fellowship will not be meeting at our normal location on the Sabbath of April 4, 2020.
Passover - the time of our Redemption!
Passover is typically the 'gateway' festival into the Hebraic walk. Christians feel comfortable observing Passover because it was on the Passover that Jesus died and redeemed His people. He was the true 'Passover Lamb'.
"Cleanse out the old leaven that you may be a new lump, as you really are unleavened. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. Let us therefore celebrate the festival ..." ESV 1 Corinthians 5:7-8
The Corona Virus and its associated "shelter-in-place" orders are playing havoc on the Ami Yisrael Fellowship. The Passover season - usually a time when we meet every day of the festival - has been reduced to holding Passover in our homes and holding Sabbath and Holy Day services on an Internet based "go-to-meeting" type platform ( join us?).
Though we had planned to update our Passover Haggadah anyway, because of the circumstances, we decided to make it a "home-based" Haggadah so that it could be used for those who are observing Passover at home. If you would like a free copy for yourself, just click the Haggadah image to download a pdf copy.
If you are new to Passover and would like more information about its observance, read our article "Passover Primer" as well as our other festival themed articles.
The Passover in Egypt was unique in many ways. It was open to both the Israelites and the Egyptians, and it had very specific features that were pertinent to that time and place.
Changes were made to all subsequent Passovers primarily because their purpose is to remember that very first Passover and to teach it to to the children. Some changes were given to satify various aspects of the Torah, while others provide guidelines as to who may eat it, and who may not.
Though changes were made as to how Passover should be observed, one thing has always remained - the mandate to teach our children the Passover story. Passover is about redemption, and children can best understand redemption when they see that the life of the firstborn was preserved by the blood of the lamb. Don't lose focus on the one thing that has always been a part of Passover observance.
What is the significance of the children of Israel painting the blood on the doorposts of thier houses? Why not paint it on the roof so that the angel could see it better? Why not on the entire door? What is special about the doorposts?
The answer can be found when we begin to understand that Jacob's children assimilated into the Egyptian culture soon after the death of Joseph. Part of that assimilation was their willingness to move out of their tents and into houses.
Hezekiah became the King of Judah after years of the kingdom being lead away from God and His Torah. He began a restoration that included the re-establishment of the priesthood and the Temple services, one of which was the Passover.
As Hezekiah and the people made preparations, he quickly realized that there was not enough time to get everything ready, so he loosely applied a Torah instruction that allowed someone to observe Passover a month later. Even with that, Judah was still not ready, but they did it anyway . . . and God was pleased.
When you think of Passover, you don't often think about Elijah the prophet, unless of course, you're Jewish and have participated in a traditional Jewish Passover meal.
But Elijah has a number of connections to the Passover. The role he played during the waining days of the ancient kingdom of Israel, as well as his role in prophecy, give us a greater understanding of this remarkable prophet. By seeing how his life is intertwined with that of the Redeemer of Israel , we can gain a greater appreciation for the true 'Passover Lamb' - Messiah Yeshua.
The words of Stephen along with the writer of the book of Hebrews provide us with information about Moses that we do not find in the Old Testament. With this information we can make an educated guess as to what Moses was facing when he re-entered Pharaoh's courts and demanded that Phaorah send the Israelites away.
Though YHVH was with Moses througout the entire ordeal, it still took a lot of faith on Moses' part to introduce the tenth and final plague to Pharaoh and the Israelite people.
Discover Hebrew Roots - the 'Way' God gave to Israel, the 'Way' Yeshua restored in His day, and the 'Way' taught by the disciples.
..."But this I confess to you, that according to the Way which they call a sect, so I worship the God of my fathers, believing all things which are written in the Law and in the Prophets... NKJ Acts 24:14
Hebrew Roots is an 'awakening' . . . a realization that Messiah Yeshua (Jesus Christ) meant what He said when He told his disciples that 'not one jot or tittle would pass from the law til all things are fulfilled'. Since most prophecy has yet to be fulfilled, those of us who live by His words believe we should fashion our lives after the Torah-observant example of Yeshua.
To put it in a nutshell - we believe we are saved by His grace, and that saved people will attempt to follow in the footsteps of their Saviour.
The Hebrew Walk can best be illustrated by a straight path that leads to the Mountain of God. Sin, on the other hand, is when you get off the path, which frequently leads you over a cliff and headed for destruction. The remedy for sin is 'repentance' which in Hebrew simply means to 'return' - as in 'return to the path'.
Faith is knowing that you don't walk the path alone - that God is with you, protecting and providing along the way.
Have you ever considered how you ulimately became aware of the Hebrew walk - the walk of Messiah Yeshua? How did this message finally crossed your path and peak your interest?
No matter what your circumstance, one thing is for sure – you are here because you chose to follow the teachings of someone else. In fact,
we have all chosen to follow
the teachings and testimony of 15 Jewish men – the 12 disciples along with
James, Luke, and Paul.
'Ami Yisrael' is Hebrew for 'my people Israel'. We take the words of God, Yeshua, Moses, the prophets, and Yeshua's disciples seriously. Thus when Paul said "... if you are Christ's, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise" (Gal. 3:29) we believe that applies to us. We are not trying to be Jewish, for the Jews are just a small part of the Hebrew people. Instead, we hope to pattern our lives after that of the Hebrew of Hebrews - Messiah Yeshua.