Hebrew Roots 101

Perhaps the most obvious, and frequently-asked, of all questions concerning the idea of what it means to “come out of” the world — and of the ‘Church’ of Babylon, or Egypt, or Washington, DC — has to do with what is DIFFERENT about following Him as a “Torah-Observant Believer”.  Isn’t it more than food, or keeping His Sabbath?  Are the differences significant ENOUGH that we might even refer to II Cor. 11:4 and suggest that some of those churches even preach “another ‘Jesus’, whom we have not preached“?*

Certainly we can suggest to people that our faith in YHVH must be built on the Rock that He has always said constitutes the foundation:  His instruction, aka “torah,” and the fact that He, without question or failure, always and absolutely keeps His Covenants.  Every bit of His teaching and instruction, literally from “Bereshiet (Genesis) to Maps,” tells an utterly consistent story.  But when it comes to any number of the ‘doctrines of men’,  most ‘Sunday churches’ still generally teach tradition rather than Scripture.  So to explain to a skeptical Christian what is different about following Him in obedience (and walking according to His commandments) ‘as Written‘ can be anything but a brief undertaking.

Is it possible to explain all of those differences in a short teaching?   Of course!  And the answer is amazingly simple.

Start the way He did!  The teaching known popularly as the “Sermon on the Mount”, contained in Matthew chapters 5 to 7, is a perfect introduction to what He did — because the Messiah Himself tells us what He came to do, as well as what He did NOT!  And it is easy to find, and remember, because it is essentially the very first major teaching He gave.

And remember who He was talking to!  For the most part, they were people who had some understanding of the Scriptures, but who had been deceived by teachers who had not been doing their jobs.  He would later call many of such unfaithful servants and blind guides things like “hypocrites”  — and worse — for exactly that reason!

These were people, however, who arguably had a better understanding of ‘the Torah’ than many in today’s churches do.  But, like those who have been deceived by the modern Pharisees, many in His audience had been misled to believe that their own, often pagan, tradition was what Scripture actually SAID (they may have even claimed it was ‘law’).

Yahushua started with things they knew, at least in part, because Scripture promises blessings for obedience to YHVH.  These include things like the beginning of Deuteronomy chapter 28, and culminate in the ultimate directive to “choose life!” of chapter 30, verse 19.  His introduction, therefore, is a reprise of the blessings YHVH bestows upon His children.  The first time He speaks directly of Himself and what He has come to do, however, it is about ‘torah’.  After all, He is the “Word Made Flesh”, and makes VERY clear right up front that He has NOT come to ‘destroy the torah‘ but to “fulfill”…literally to “fill up” His instruction, and the testimony of prophets who spoke of Him, with meaning that had not, until that time unfolded, been clear:

“Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.   (MatitYahu 5:17)

Furthermore, we can see that “heaven and earth” still exist.  And since even most children understand**  simple logic, the meaning of His next statement is undeniable — even if it conflicts with much doctrine of ‘the Church’:

“For assuredly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not one jot or one tittle will by any means pass from  the [torah] until all is fulfilled.  (v. 18)

Having established that He did not come to change His own Word, and warning against “teaching men so” besides, He proceeds to give just about the best point-by-point refutation of the ‘doctrine of the Pharisees’ — both of that time, and those that followed — that a new Believer will find.  It was His choice of repeated verbal ‘template’ and imagery that is so profound — and so VITAL for us to recognize!  Time and again, He makes the same point:  “You have heard it said”  illustrated by some example of a Biblical-sounding doctrine with a bit of a twist, followed by His own correction, “...but I TELL YOU.”  In every single case, what they had “heard it said” was wrong, as He patiently explained, and what He told them was EXACTLY WHAT WAS WRITTEN.  Why, because He was the “Word Made Flesh”, of course!

And what better introduction to the differences between what each of us has “heard it said” that He taught, or — well, SHOULD have taught, if only He understood whatever traditions and doctrines of fallen men are being promoted at the time — and what is actually Written than His very first sermon!  Yahushua, as opposed to “another ‘Jesus’ — who came to change His own instruction and thus make Himself out to be some type of false prophet,” makes perfectly clear the difference between what it means to BELIEVE Him, as opposed to merely believing IN Him.

No wonder the summary of that teaching ends with the observation that those who heard it “were astounded!

For he taught them as [one] having Authority.”  And why that is should be obvious!

The best way for us to explain the difference between the real Yahushua, who didn’t change the smallest part of His teaching and instruction, and “another Jesus, whom we have not preached,”  is to be able to do so exactly as He did:  What you have “heard it said” is NOT necessarily what “is Written!”

*  II Cor. 11:4

** Case in point:  When a father tells his son that — if he expects to earn some desired reward  — but not “until you clean this room” and wait “until after supper”, it means BOTH conditions must be met.  Those with seminary degrees who claim that the “law (meaning His Torah) is done away with” because “all” has somehow been fulfilled need to understand simple logic as well as a child.

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5 Responses to Hebrew Roots 101

  1. francis says:

    The NEW Covenant and The New Covenant Jew(brethren of The Messiah)
    Jer 31:31-37 “Behold, the days come, says YHVH, that I will make a NEW COVENANT with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: NOT ACCORDING TO THE COVENANT THAT I MADE WITH THEIR FATHERS IN THE TIME THAT I TOOK THEM BY THE HAND TO BRING THEM OUT OF THE LAND OF EGYPT FOR THEY BROKE THAT COVENANT, although I was an husband unto them, says YHVH: (Thankfully no longer natural “fathers” but YHVH, “Our Father” in “the NEWness of The Spirit not the letter”)

    But this shall be the NEW covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, says YHVH, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts(not in stone, but in their heart consciousness); and I will be their Elohim, and they shall be MY people. (“Come Out of her, MY people”! No longer be of this world and it’s systems of religion)

    And every man shall no longer teach his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, “Know YHVH”, for they shall all know ME, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, says YHVH: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.

    Thus says YHVH, which gives the sun for a light by day, and the ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night, which divides the sea when the waves thereof roar; YHVH of hosts is HIS name:

    If those ordinances depart from before ME, says YHVH, then the seed of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before ME for ever.

    Thus says YHVH; If Heaven above can be measured, and the foundations of the earth searched out beneath, I will also cast off all the seed of Israel for all that they have done, says YHVH.”
    The NEW Covenant established The Truth that, “he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, whose circumcision is that of the flesh, he is a Jew who is one inwardly, whose circumcision is of the heart” as he was immersed in, of, by and through The Holy, Set Apart Spirit that is of The One and Only True GOD, Father(Creator) of ALL. And all gentile NEW Covenant believers are “grafted into The Good olive tree”, they are of The NEW Covenant Jews and are the brethren of The Messiah, the BORN ANEW “sons of GOD”.

    All Thanks and Praise Be Unto Our Father!

    And The NEW Covenant Israel?

    “A Holy Nation”…….

    Heavenly, Spiritual, and Eternal, not earthly, natural and temporal liken unto the wicked worldly nations, for “the WHOLE(not just a portion) world is under the control of the evil one”! (1John 5:19)

    “A nation of kings and priests” indeed and Truth, so it is that all New Covenant believers choose to remain but “aliens and pilgrims while on the earth” for our “citizenship (Life) is !NOW! in Heaven”!

    We are not of this wicked, evil world and it’s systems of religion, for we have taken heed unto The Call of The One and Only True GOD, Father(Creator) of ALL to “Come out of her, MY people”.

    The NEW Covenant believers are those who follow The Messiah on “The Narrow Way” for we have taken heed unto The Call to “Come Out” of this wicked world and it’s systems of religion(for disobedient and gainsaying people), and have “set our affections on things above, Heavenly things”…….

    No longer are we of those “whose god is their bellies, and whose glory is in their shame, because they mind earthly things”. No longer of we of those who “love this world and their own life(self,”I”,id.ego,pride) in it”.

    Sadly, there are multitudes who profess a belief in The Messiah with their mouth only for they are “friends of this wicked world” and “the enemies of GOD”, because they “love for this world and it’s things” ;-( And so it is that they “love their own life in and of this world” ;-( Such is not The Will of “Our Father”, HE WHO IS The One and Only True GOD…….

    And those who do not seek and desire to do The Will of “Our Father” and “Come Out” of the dis-order that is of this world(babylon), and especially it’s religious systems, will hear those woe filled words spoken by The Messiah, “I never knew you, depart from Me all you workers of iniquity” ;-(

    A prime cause for the hearing of such words will be unbelief for they believed not The Word of Truth which testified that “the WHOLE (not just a portion) world is under the control of the evil one”! And they believed not The Messiah Who testified that “this world was evil” and that His brethren were “not of this world”!

    So it is that we, the BORN ANEW “son’s of GOD”, have our portion with The Messiah in The Family of “Our Father and GOD”, “of WHOM the whole Family in Heaven and ON EARTH is named”! (Eph3:15)

    And NEW “Jerusalem above IS !NOW! the mother of us all”! (Gal4:26)

    The NEW Covenant believers, the brethren of The Messiah, have their “citizenship(Life) !NOW! in Heaven” and we are “A Holy Nation” of “kings and priests”! For we, “the son’s of GOD” no longer have our portion in and of this world with “the disobedient and gainsaying religious people” who are “stiff-necked and uncircumcised of heart and ears”!

    And we are thankful that, that which was “decaying and waxing old” DID “vanish away” with the destruction of the natural, temporal, earthly realm centered in jerusalem. The old covenant did indeed vanish away and The NEW Covenant WAS, IS and ALWAYS WILL BE!

    At the time the old covenant “vanished away” “THY Kingdom(of GOD in HEAVEN)” DID “Come” and IS, for The Messiah delivered up The Kingdom unto His GOD and Father(Creator) just as Paul prophesied, and The Kingdom of The One and Only True GOD in Heaven WAS, IS, and ALWAYS WILL BE…….

    The Messiah had prophesied, “Truly I say unto you, that THERE ARE SOME STANDING HERE, WHO WILL NOT TASTE OF DEATH, UNTIL THEY HAVE SEEN THE KINGDOM OF GOD COME IN POWER”.(Mark 9:1, Luke 9:7, Matthew 16:28)

    And in The Power that is The Spirit of Truth the prophecy was fulfilled!

    No longer old, natural, earthly and temporal, The Kingdom of The One and Only True GOD WAS, IS, and ALWAYS WILL BE NEW, Spiritual, Heavenly and Eternal…….

    And The New Covenant Jew(brother of The Messiah) is the True Hebrew(one from beyond) today!


    And so it is that yesterday, today, and if there be a tomorrow while yet dwelling in our fleshly “temple”, that “the chosen ones”, “the elect”, The NEW Covenant believer, the Spiritual Jew, “the brethren of The Messiah”, “the son’s of GOD” continue to “fight the good fight of Faith” as they but seek and desire that which is NEW, Spiritual, Heavenly and Eternal…….

    For “our Life is hid with The Messiah in Our Father and GOD”, and so it is that we choose to remain but “aliens and pilgrims while on the earth” all the while realizing that soon, and very soon, we will be taken Home, Home at last…….

    Till then we desire to “forsake all” and in so doing we are willing to “suffer the loss of all things, Yes! and our own life(self, “I”, id, ego, pride) as well”…….

    For “Love suffers long”!

    And so it is the brethren of The Messiah can rejoice, even as we do “suffer long”!

    Giving ALL Thanks and Praise Unto The One and Only True GOD, Father(Creator) of ALL!

    Our Father, HE knows what is best for HIS children indeed and Truth!

    Father Help! and HE does…….

    Peace, in spite of the dis-ease(no-peace) that is of this wicked world and it’s systems of religion, for “the WHOLE(not just a portion) world is under the control of the evil one” indeed and Truth…….(1John5:19)

    Truth IS, a lie never was, and is not…….

    Abide in Truth……. francis

  2. Karhan says:

    Tikun 38-1???????????, En el principio Dios cref3 .La luz de la Tore1 es el nmbroe YHVH y se describe como un lirio. Tiene cinco hojas interiores y cinco hojas exteriores. Representan las dos letras hei del nmbroe YHVH. El tallo es la Vav y la Yod es como una manzana en la parte superior. El Zohar describe esto como la varita de un rey.Cuando estamos en el exilio, es decir, lejos de la luz, el lirio este1 cerrado. En la Redencif3n Final el lirio se abrire1 con cinco luces. La palabra para la luz, ???(Or) aparece cinco veces en la historia de la Creacif3n.En este momento el lirio se adornf3 con la luz de la Tore1 y se vistif3 con las cuatro letras de YHVH la que es representada por las cuatro vestiduras blancas del Sumo Sacerdote. Otras cuatro prendas son tambie9n de sumo sacerdote, y que representan las cuatro letras de ADNI. Los dos nmbroes son el aspecto de la unificacif3n completa de la luz y el recipiente que sucedere1 en la redencif3n final.

  3. Asuma says:

    The unitfcaiion of YHVH and ADNY is the unitfcaiion of HaShem with the Shechina, and which implies the disunitfcaiion of YHVH and ADNY as well, which is our human history.Our tikkun is to unite the YHVH and ADNY within ourselves, since we possess the imagination and intelligence which is reflected in I am Holy, so you shall be Holy. Treating others as we would wish to be treated, and giving wholly of ourselves, in a life of for-giveness, is the tikkun for us all.This will influence Yesod, and the other Sephirot, and make the joining of YHVH and ADNY cosmically explosive.

  4. francis says:

    Who is Hebrew?

    A root meaning of the word “Hebrew” is “One from beyond”.

    And who was the first one declared to be a Hebrew?

    Was it not Abraham?

    And is not Abraham of The Faithful?

    And was not The Messiah a Hebrew?

    And would not “one from beyond” at this time be someone whose “citizenship(Life) is in Heaven” because they have been Born Again as they were immersed in, of, by and through The Holy, Set Apart, Spirit…….

    Their “citizenship(Life) is in Heaven”, for “THY Kingdom” HAS “Come” and is no longer on the earth, and earthly, but is in Heaven, Heavenly!

    No longer of the law, but WHOLLY of The Spirit!

    No longer physical, but Spiritual!

    No longer temporal but Eternal!

    And so it is that today a true Hebrew(one from beyond) follows The Messiah on The Way to The Truth of The Life…….

    Onward and upward because our “citizenship(Life) IS !NOW! in Heaven”, and so it is we are no longer of those “whose god is their bellies, and whose glory is in their shame, because they mind earthly things”!

    No longer are we of those who “love this wicked, evil world, and their own life in it” for our heart felt desire is to be Home, Home at last.

    And as The Messiah was, so are we truly “aliens and pilgrims while on this earth”.

    For we have our portion with The Messiah in The Family of “Our Father and GOD”, “of WHOM the whole Family in Heaven and ON EARTH is named”! (Eph3:15)

    And NEW “Jerusalem which is above is free, and IS !NOW! the mother of us all(sons of GOD)”! (Gal4:26)

    “One from beyond”, Hebrews indeed and Truth!

    The Messiah was a True Hebrew!

    Father Help! and HE does…….

    Peace, in spite of the dis-ease(no-peace) that is of this wicked, evil world and it’s systems of religion, for “the WHOLE(not just a portion) world is under the control of the evil one” indeed and Truth…….(1John5:19)

  5. Makito77Yt3 says:

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