BACK TO THE HEBREW ROOT OF OUR FAITH

One of the most discussed subjects concerning our Christian faith and what I call the “New Kid On the Block” type movement is the “Back to Hebrew Root” doctrine or dogma or new revelation or whatever proponents of such a movement labeled themselves. I totally agree that we all should go back to the root of our FAITH. For the New Covenant bible is almost replete with the word FAITH: 245 words in 229 verse of scriptures.

It would solve a lot of questions even to the point of who to side with in the Middle East conflicts between the Israelis and the Arabs who adopted the name, for the squatting bunch in and around Israel, Palestinians.

I am not completely ignorance of what are being taught in this movement, since I had joined them for about three and a half year, and I would say, under an authentic Jewish rabbi who claimed to have attained a doctoral degree in theology.

We were led to believe that we all should emulate Jewish believers who were described in the following verses of scripture:
[Acts 21:17-20] And when we were come to Jerusalem, the brethren received us gladly. [18] And the day following Paul went in with us unto James; and all the elders were present. [19] And when he had saluted them, he declared particularly what things God had wrought among the Gentiles by his ministry. [20] And when they heard it, they glorified the Lord, and said unto him, THOU SEEST, BROTHER, HOW MANY THOUSANDS OF JEWS THERE ARE WHICH BELIEVE; AND THEY ARE ALL ZEALOUS OF THE LAW (1).
Note: (1) all of bible translations including the original Greek Text say LAW except Scripture 1998+ which translated that word into Torah!

The most well known verse often quoted is as follow:
[Matthews 5:17] THINK NOT THAT I AM COME TO DESTROY THE LAW, OR THE PROPHETS: I am NOT COME TO DESTROY, BUT TO FULFIL…

Again we see the word “THE LAW” and not “the Torah” as used by Scripture 1998+! At this stage, permit me to state my position in the difference between the law and the torah (Moses). The Law is what was written by the finger of God on two stone tablets containing the Ten Commandments or Ten Words.

Now let me present my version of the following symbolical events:
The first two so written tablets, were brought down by God from heaven on tablets of precious stones (blue sapphire); a type of the Lord Jesus who came down from heaven with the “completed” law with Him [Exo 24:12].
These were broken to pieces by Moses [Exo 32:19] ; a type of judicial body called the Sanhedrin, which condemned the Lord Jesus to death (broken body and shed blood). Aaron (Aharon), whose descendants filled in the position of Pharisee’s priesthood until the death, burial and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, who then took over that function and filled in as the High Priest after the order of Melchisedec which also brought a change in the law (Hebrews 7:12). This change can be seen symbolically, in the replaced two tablets hewn out of the mountain rock [Exo 34:4] where the LORD re-wrote the law by His finger; the stone represent sinners’ hearts [Zec 7:12] of the Jewish people, but the LORD fulfilled His promise of a New Covenant to write His law in our hearts: [2Co 3:3] For as much as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; NOT IN TABLES OF STONE, BUT IN FLESHY TABLES OF THE HEART.

The Lord Jesus did come to fulfil the law by His death on the cross on our behalves (substitutionary death) so that we are made righteous through believe in His redemptive sacrifices on the cross. He did fulfill the prophets in both of His virgin birth [Isaiah 7:14] Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name IMMANUEL.] Furthermore, He did fulfill, through His death on the cross, the “prophetic” event as written in Isaiah 53 and Psalm 22.

The true nature of Hebrew Root should be learned from the original Hebrew: father Abraham.
The very first person known as a Hebrew is recorded in the following verse:
[Genesis 14:13] And there came one that had escaped, and told ABRAM THE HEBREW; for he dwelt in the plain of Mamre the Amorite, brother of Eshcol, and brother of Aner: and these were confederate with Abram…

Having established the TRUE ORIGIN OF THE WORD HEBREW, it is appropriate for us, to know how this Hebrew whose progeny is subsequently “CHOSEN” by God the Lord of Hosts or for those Hebraic-ally inclined, “Elohim, Yahweh Adonai, melech ha olam”, conducted himself in front of God?

This is what had happened:
[Genesis 15:1-6] After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying, FEAR NOT, ABRAM: I AM THY SHIELD, AND THY EXCEEDING GREAT REWARD. [2] And Abram said, Lord GOD, what wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless, and the steward of my house is this Eliezer of Damascus? [3] And Abram said, Behold, to me thou hast given no seed: and, lo, one born in my house is mine heir. [4] And, behold, the word of the LORD came unto him, saying, This shall not be thine heir; but he that shall come forth out of thine own bowels shall be thine heir. [5] AND HE (the LORD) BROUGHT him (then Abram) FORTH ABROAD, AND SAID, LOOK NOW TOWARD HEAVEN, AND TELL THE STARS, IF THOU BE ABLE TO NUMBER THEM: AND HE SAID UNTO HIM, SO SHALL THY SEED BE. [6] And he (then Abram) BELIEVED in the LORD; and HE (the LORD) COUNTED IT TO him (then Abram) FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS.

In his wife old age; the age beyond, (pardon the crassness of the expression) child-producing age, Abraham BELIEVED the LORD GOD’s “WORD” that his descendants would number as the countless stars in heaven above.

This is the TRUE basis of the Hebrew Root of our FAITH; BELIEVE in the “WORD” of the LORD GOD!

Tell me, where was the Torah, written or otherwise? Where was the LAW?
Abraham BELIEVED in the LORD; and the LORD GOD counted it to him FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS, full-stop!

There was no covenant here; there was no contract to be mutually performed! There was not even a Memorandum of Mutual Understanding!
The LORD GOD alone had to “FUFILL” the covenant! It was a ONE-SIDED OBLGATION, the LORD GOD’s! Sounds familiar? Read back to Matthews 5:17 quoted somewhere above!

As a reward for BELIEVING, Abraham and his descendants received a COVENANTED lasting bonus in the form of LAND GRANT: [Genesis 15:18-21] IN THE SAME DAY THE LORD MADE A COVENANT WITH ABRAM, saying, UNTO THY SEED HAVE I GIVEN THIS LAND, FROM THE RIVER OF EGYPT UNTO THE GREAT RIVER, THE RIVER EUPHRATES: [19] The Kenites, and the Kenizzites, and the Kadmonites, [20] And the Hittites, and the Perizzites, and the Rephaims,[21] And the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Girgashites, and the Jebusites.

Note:
Figure out the land area from the river of Egypt to the river Euphrates.
To the squatters of the Land of Israel, from the array of the former landlords of GOD’s given land to the Israelis or Jews or Yahud as you address them, I fail to read the word “Palestin-ites” or “Ishmael-ites” or “Hagar-ites” in the “…ites” recorded above. That is why I call you squatters; ones who occupy a land without title or deed. In other words, you, Palestinians, are settling in the land of Israel, illegally.

The following is the first covenanted agreement on record in the history of mankind, FOR A SPECIFIC PURPOSE AND TO SPECIFIC PEOPLE; THE DESCENDANTS OF ABRAHAM:

Genesis 17:8 AND I WILL GIVE UNTO THEE, AND TO THY SEED AFTER THEE, THE LAND WHEREIN THOU ART A STRANGER, ALL THE LAND OF CANAAN, FOR AN EVERLASTING POSSESSION; AND I WILL BE THEIR GOD. [9] And God said unto Abraham, THOU SHALT KEEP MY COVENANT THEREFORE, THOU, AND THY SEED AFTER THEE IN THEIR GENERATIONS. [10] This is my covenant, which ye shall keep, between me and you and thy seed after thee; EVERY MAN CHILD AMONG YOU SHALL BE CIRCUMCISED.

NOW IS IT still NOT CLEAR THAT WE GENTILES ARE NOT REQUIRED TO BE CIRCUMCISED THEN AND EVER!

Then I came across the following article which I find to be well presented; biblically sound, and easy to chew for even an “old nobody” like me:

THE ROOTS OF THE HEBREW ROOTS MOVEMENT
Let’s be clear right from the beginning:
1.The word of God is the FINAL authority, regardless of how many people voice opinions to the contrary; and regardless of how qualified the ‘experts’ are who “interpret” it in their own way – rabbis, theologians, Phd’s, pastors – and even wives – included.
2. You don’t “love” people by lying to them. You love people by following the Lord Jesus Christ and telling them the truth – regardless of the personal cost.
3. If your sect of the Hebrew Roots Movement (now don’t get upset over the word “sect”; I’m not insulting you; just find a dictionary and follow along – the movement has many divisions); if your sect of the Hebrew Roots Movement has leaders who don’t believe some of these things – or who don’t practice some of these things – then please contact me and help me to understand your sect of the Movement better. But keep in mind that a wolf is still a wolf (Acts 20:29) – even if yours happens to be a different colour.
4. Having said that, you need to understand that most people in the Hebrew Roots Movement are simply deceived; not evil. Some of the key doctrines are evil; and that is what I rise up to oppose. I do not believe that the majority of the people in the Movement are evil.
5. In fact, many people have joined the Hebrew Roots Movement in the first place because they have a sincere love for the Jewish people and want to “do” exactly what the Lord requires of us. That is a wonderful thing. But we shall all be held accountable for what we “hear” – take heed what ye “hear” (Mark 4:24) – and must prove the doctrines before receiving and propagating them. We are commanded to “Prove all things; hold fast that which is good (I Thess 5:21). We are commanded to study (II Tim 2:15). We are commanded to continue in his word (John 8:31-32). And we have an active enemy opposing us along the way – there are many false doctrines and false teachers in these last days – just as Jesus warned (Matt 24:4, 5, 11, 24, 26). So, don’t just assume that you and your friends already have the ‘truth’, without hearing the evidence against it first (Prov 18:13).
6. Okay; here is an “accusation” to which many in the Hebrew Roots Movement will object:
“Leaders and members of the Hebrew Roots Movement, alike, employ the same disengaging conversational tactics that members of cults employ (Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormons, Moonies, etc) to avoid having to challenge their own beliefs – leading those of us who DO think, to conclude that they are willingly ignorant, or grievously brainwashed. (Specifically, they ask questions and don’t stick around to hear the answers; and/or they refuse to answer questions that are sincerely posed to them, but which expose the obvious conclusion that their beliefs are erroneous.)”
7. With that statement, I will already have lost those of you who have fully given yourselves over to the false teachings of Hebrew Roots. But for those of you who are still with me – and for whom there still remains hope – I would like to provide some real-life examples to support that statement, as follows:
a. Okay, for eight months now you have said that I am an idiot, out-to-lunch, a Pharisee, a teacher of false doctrine, an ungodly man, and a heretic – among other things – because you claim that I have broken “the Torah” by not keeping the “Sabbath” and by not keeping “the Feasts of the Lord”.
b. Yes, I have heard your claims that these feasts are the “Feasts of the LORD” and are not “Jewish” feasts. In the OLD TESTAMENT that is true – they are the “Feasts of the LORD”. But, your teachers are wrong in exclusively saying that. They ignore the NEW testament to say that – which is ultimately one of their goals. They are Judaizers who are trying to bind me to keeping their Old Testament laws by saying that these feasts are the “Feasts of the LORD” – and by suggesting that I had therefore better keep those feasts, as commanded.
c. But that is only true in the OLD Testament. In the NEW Testament, the Apostle John referred to them as the Feasts of the “Jews” – John 5:1; 6:4; and 7:2; and they are never called the “Feasts of the LORD” in the New Testament. So, don’t condemn me with their judaizing doctrines that say otherwise; and don’t sidetrack this discussion – as you almost always do – just like the Jehovah’s Witnesses do when the fruits of reason begin to close in on their beloved doctrines. Here are some of my questions…
Read further: http://www.hebrewroots.ca/

THE LORD JESUS HAD FULFILLED ALL THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE LAW AND MOSES (TORAH) WHICH FORMULATED THE FEASTS, DIETARY LAW, AND OTHERS.
Now, what the Messianic Judaism are doing year in and out celebrating the Jewish Feasts; you are proclaiming that you deny THE COMPLETED WORK OF THE LORD’S JESUS CHRIST along with the Jews. To begin with, there is no such instruction on HOW TO GO ABOUT DOING THEM IN THE BIBLE AT ALL, even how to celebrate the weekly Sabbath! THE RULE IS, WHAT IS NOT IN THE BIBLE, ARE MADE BY MEN WHO OPPOSED GOD’S WORD!
Then, a question is bound to crop up: what will happen to the Jews who are still following extra-biblical activities and have not accepted the sacrificial death and God’s Son-ship? Has God abandoned them to be devoured by ravenous wolves that are encamped around their God given land? Let Paul answer this question:

[Romans 11:25-27] For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, UNTIL THE FULLNESS OF THE GENTILES BE COME IN. [26] AND SO ALL ISRAEL SHALL BE SAVED: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: [27] For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.

Their blindness to the Lord Jesus’ redemption through the cross, IS A WAY FOR GOD TO LET US, gentiles, to accept salvation offered by the Lord Jesus’ sacrificial death! For the Jews; GOD, through Paul says: SO ALL ISRAEL SHALL BE SAVED.

By inference, we gentiles should be able to see that our salvation comes through FAITH the same was father Abraham obtained his. The Jews has the promise of GOD that is still kept to this very day.
“FEAR NOT, ABRAM: I AM THY SHIELD, AND THY EXCEEDING GREAT REWARD” [Gen 15:1]
A case in point; how the LORD GOD warred against fully equipped weapon-wise Arabs’ nations that tried to annihilate them when the Jews declared their statehood in 1948; while the Jews were still struggling to survive. That was a war between Goliath and David and David prevailed.
Then there was the Six Days War of 1967; the Israelis prevailed with reclaiming encroached land and GOD’S CITY; JERUSALEM. On the seventh day, GOD ended the war and went back to rest!

Another point that we all can enjoy and thank GOD for:
[Gen 22:17-18] That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies; [18] AND IN THY SEED SHALL ALL THE NATIONS OF THE EARTH BE BLESSED; because thou hast obeyed my voice.
We reap the benefit of GOD’s blessing through the people of Israel in spiritual as well as in physical sense.
Through the seed of Abraham, the Lord Jesus Christ (Yeshua ha Masiach), we are blessed with salvation and, at this point, the hope of entering eternal lives. The hope, because we are still alive and waiting for our redemption; through death or rapture!
In the physical sense, just consider this; the people of Israel’s invention and innovation have benefitted the whole wide world. I am able to reach you with the message through the computer, one of the most useful tools ever invented by mankind.

But gentiles believers that have been misled to adopt Judaism thinking to be able to emulate the Jews; you are no different than blinding your eyes from performing and obeying GOD’s truth. To obey non-biblical celebrations and joining GRACE with no longer existing torah the bible clearly show the folly and the destructive effect of so doing:
[Gal 3:2-7] This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? [3] Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh? [4] Have ye suffered so many things in vain? if it be yet in vain. [5] He therefore that ministereth to you the Spirit, and worketh miracles among you, doeth he it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? [6] Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness. [7] Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham.

[Gal 4:9-10] But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage? [10] YE OBSERVE DAYS, AND MONTHS, AND TIMES, AND YEARS.

Below, I have embedded a video sermon concerning ONE FEAST THAT WAS INSTITUTED BY THE LORD JESUS CHRIST THE NIGHT PRIOR TO HIS CRUCIFIXION; the symbolic meaning of His substitutionary death on the cross. It is called:

THE LORD’S SUPPER
Published on Aug 24, 2012
http://www.unlockingthebible.org/reso…
Sermon Text: 1 Corinthians 11.23-28
23 For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, 24 and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” 25 In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” 26 FOR AS OFTEN AS YOU EAT THIS BREAD AND DRINK THE CUP, YOU PROCLAIM THE LORD’S DEATH UNTIL HE COMES.
Pastor Colin Smith preached this message at The Orchard Evangelical Free Church, in Arlington Heights, IL.

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To download the series or order these sermons on CD, see the link above.
SERMON ON COMMUNION FROM 1 CORINTHIANS 11:23-28

So this ONLY feast recommended by the Lord Jesus Himself, is not bound by time or season; verse 26 says: FOR AS OFTEN AS YOU EAT THIS BREAD AND DRINK THE CUP, YOU PROCLAIM THE LORD’S DEATH UNTIL HE COMES.

We do the proclamation through the GREAT COMMISSION as well for those so called and periodically hold the Holy Communion or the Lord’s Supper.

AND THE VERY LAST THREE WORDS of verse 26 describe our real condition right now: UNTIL HE COMES! We are WAITING for His coming which all unprecedented events indicated that it is drawing nearer and nearer.
We are waiting for the BLESSED HOPE as describe in the following:
[1Th 4:16-17] For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: [17] THEN WE WHICH ARE ALIVE AND REMAIN SHALL BE CAUGHT UP TOGETHER WITH THEM IN THE CLOUDS, TO MEET THE LORD IN THE AIR: AND SO SHALL WE EVER BE WITH THE LORD.

As I was writing this, I read the following news:

HISTORIC FIRST EVER ISLAMIC PRAYERS AT VATICAN SIGNALS START OF ONE WORLD RELIGION

So it is with great interest that we note that the Vatican, which represents 1 billion+ Catholics around the world, and Islam which claims more than 1 billion+ Muslim adherents, have begun to merge and join forces. Al Arabiya reports this:

For the first time in history, Islamic prayers and readings from the Quran will be heard at the Vatican on Sunday, in a move by Pope Francis to usher in peace between Israelis and Palestinians. Holy See officials on Friday said the evening prayers would be a “pause in politics” and had no political aim other than to rekindle the desire for Israeli-Palestinian peace at the political and popular level.

Read the article at: http://www.nowtheendbegins.com/blog/?p=22463

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: [1Pe 5:8]

This includes the present BACK TO HEBREW ROOT sect which tries to bring us back to Judaism; a movement which rejected the Lord Jesus Christ to this very hour.

Baruch ha Shem,
Aaron Halim

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