As disciples of Messiah Yeshua, we teach the Hebrew path that He walked and His message of the restoration of the Kingdom of God.
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Passover - the day of our Redemption!
Thirty-five hundred years ago, the Hebrew people applied lamb's blood to their doorposts believing that by doing so, their firstborn would be redeemed from certain death. All subsequent Passover's were to be a reminder of the redemptive grace that was poured out on His people that special evening and point us toward the source of grace - Messiah Yeshua.
Passover and the Non-Jew
Did you know that Passover was given to all those who willingly submit to The God of Israel and His sent one - Messiah Yeshua (Jesus Christ)?
While they were in Egypt, God instructed all the Hebrew people to prepare a Passover lamb. This included not only those of the tribe of Judah, but all the other Hebrew tribes as well! So it's clear that Passover is not just for Jews, it's for all the Hebrew people - but there's more!
Exodus 12:48 shows that if a stranger (one from the nations, i.e. - a non-Hebrew) who dwells with you (is under your domain) wants to partake of the Passover, he may do so once he is circumcised (a sign that he has turned to the God of Israel). Therefore Passover is not limited to those of Hebrew lineage. What's more - we who follow the teachings of the Messiah are "no longer strangers" but a part of the "household of God" (Eph. 2:19)
Therefore, we can follow Paul's admonition to -
"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
As people begin to be drawn to the 'Hebraicness' of the scriptures and see that many 'Old Testament' practices apply to themselves, they oftentimes begin to study the Biblical festivals, especially Passover.
For those new to the Passover, it seems quite complicated, but it's really not too complicated once you put all the pieces together. This 'Passover Primer' will help you get started on the journey.
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.