“…much of what is called Christianity today is not the Christianity of the New Testament; it is distinctly different…. Jesus is not the fountainhead of modern Christianity. He is scarcely thought about. -Oswald Chambers 1874 – 1917; author of My Utmost For His Highest p. 586
We concur completely with President George Washington as he wrote to Moses Seixas, Warden of Kahal Kadosh Yeshuat Israel, the Hebrew congregation of Newport, Rhode Island, and said; “May the children of the stock of Abraham who dwell in this land continue to merit and enjoy the good will of the other inhabitants; while every one shall sit in safety under his own vine and fig tree and there shall be none to make him afraid”. Be assured that when George Washington wrote this he understood the stock of Abraham to be the generations of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
Notice in the above excerpt that George Washington didn’t address his letter to “the Jews” of… Originally, the word “Jew” was primarily utilized as a shortened version of the the word “Judah”. Judah is only one of the twelve tribes that compose, the whole of, the nation of Israel. There are eleven others.
What began as an abbreviated form of only one small portion of the people of Israel has now taken on many meanings. Today the word “Jew/Jewish” can refer to a person’s ethnicity, promoters of the “new world order”, religious preference or many other inferences. And of course the term “Jew” can also be applied toward the religious system that is based upon the (man made) Talmud and other man-made religious laws and traditions.
The word “Jew/Jewish” should not be considered synonymous with the term “Hebrew”. However, generally speaking, the terms “Hebrews” and Biblical (not political) “Israel” are synonymous.
It is critically important to note that the terms “Hebrew” or “Biblical Israel” are not synonymous with the (mostly secular) body politic currently operating in the land of Israel or the terms “Jew” / “Jewish”.
Abraham (known as the Father of our Faith) was not Jewish but he was a Hebrew. Being of the people of Israel; King David, and Yeshua (Jesus) Himself, were also Hebrew. And in their case they were specifically from the tribe of Judah as well. But they were definitely not “Jews” in the modern sense of the word.
We make no attempt to be “Jewish”. But like some of the early founders of America, we do readily embrace the Hebrew Roots or Hebraic Roots of the Christian Faith as recorded by Moses, the Prophets, the Writings of the “Old Testament”, the Gospels of the “New Testament” and the Epistles. We joyfully embrace ALL of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation
According to Strong’s Concordance, the definition of “Christian” is “follower of Christ”. Not that long ago in American History, The Ten Commandments which Yeshua (the Hebrew name for Jesus) taught, along with the rest of the Bible,were vigorously expounded upon among Christians. Though you may or may not hear this at the corner church these days; What we purpose is not new. It’s just a returning to many of the basic doctrines of the Christian faith and the way things should still be.
Returning to the Roots of our faith
The Biblical roots of Christianity grew from an everlasting covenant that Yahweh God made with Abraham. Today, as always, Believers enter into and become part of that same covenant through faith in Jesus Christ (Yeshua the Messiah).
Apostle Paul, who had previously been a Jewish Rabbi, wrote these words to fellow Believers in Rome, “Do not boast against the branches (Israel). But if you do boast, remember that you do not support the root (root =Israel and the Hebrew origins of our faith), but the root supports you (Yahweh God’s people)” (Romans 11:18).
As people of Yahweh, the God of the Bible, and followers of Yeshua the Messiah (Jesus the Christ), the more we know and learn about our Biblical Hebraic roots, the better we can know and serve Yahweh, the God of the Bible. And the more we know Him the more productive, fruitful and blessed we are in our daily lives.
A Fuller, Clearer Understanding of the Bible
When we read the Bible through Hebrew / Hebraic eyes (of which it was written), our understanding becomes much richer and deeper. A clearer perspective evolves to include things that we never before even knew existed. The impurities float to the top and the good stuff is left remaining.
Exciting Insights About Yeshua (Jesus) the Messiah and His teachings
When you are born into a country, or even simply live in a country, you accept it’s language, customs and culture (theoretically). In these ways you are able to function and communicate with others of the same nationality ie; your neighbors, employer, customers, and others. Abraham along with King David, Yeshua and His early followers were primarily Hebrews of the nation of Israel. Therefore, the more we understand and embrace the Bible from the perspective of those who lived, breathed and penned it, the more we will understand Yahweh God and Yeshua the Messiah. Please note that Biblical Israel is not synonymous with the geographical / political Israel that we see on the news today.
Interesting facts about (Jesus the Christ) Yeshua the Messiah; He
- Read and studied only the Hebrew Scriptures / “Old Testament” (The “New Testament” had not yet been written. Please note that we accept Gen. – Rev. as the inspired Word of God)
- Spoke the Hebrew language of the Hebrew Bible.
- Wore His clothing in accordance with the Bible and customs of Biblical Israel
- Ate foods as instructed in the Bible
- Kept Yahweh’s Sabbath as instructed in the Bible (The Fourth Commandment)
- Celebrated the Biblical Holy/Feast-days as instructed in the Bible
- Didn’t celebrate Christmas, sunrise service at easter or Halloween
- Didn’t belong to a state licensed church
- Followed the Hebraic customs of Israel
- Lived His life committed to the Ten Commandments and the Torah (Pentateuch)
- and instructed everyone else to do the same
In these ways, as Yeshua / Jesus was unquestionably a Hebrew of Israel, we readily embrace and hold fast to the attributes of Yeshua the Messiah as expressed in the Hebrew Roots of our faith. Likewise we also appreciate the Spirit, Truth and commitment of the disciples and Apostles that were commissioned by Yeshua as recorded in the Bible from Matthew to Revelation. For more information regarding what we believe please click here.
Clarification of Paul’s Writings
Apostle Paul is probably the most misunderstood person in the Bible. Both Christians and Jews think that Paul was an “anti-Law” Jew who created his own religion and called it Christianity. But when we understand that Apostle Paul was a Hebrew of the nation of Israel, and that He approached Yeshua the Messiah, The Ten Commandments, and the “Law” or Pentateuch (and the rest of the Hebrew Bible), from that perspective, then we are able to see Apostle Paul and his writings from an entirely different light. Suddenly the confusion slips away.
From a Western world view, “the Law” (Torah) is erroneously understood as a legalistic system of rules which Israel had to keep in order to be “saved”. The Western world view of “Grace” has come to be understood as freedom from “the Law”. As these understandings have evolved, “the law” of Judaism and the “grace” of Christianity have been placed in opposition to one another. Was this by design? These are modern world views but this is not what Yeshua, Apostle Paul, or the others who embraced first century Christianity taught and lived. This is evident by their writings. But unfortunately things have become muddled.
A Better understanding of Yeshua
As we accept Yeshua as the Messiah, an exciting benefit of understanding Biblical Israel and the Hebraic roots of our faith is that we are enabled to understand Yeshua the Messiah more and we are then subsequently able to follow Him better. A quick, objective view of the Bible will reveal that, generally speaking, the Bible is a book written by Hebrews of Israel to all of God’s people. Unfortunately this understanding has been derailed and convoluted by others with racist views. Because of this it is important to understand that the Bible was lovingly given to the world so that ALL could accept the Salvation offered through redemption by Yeshua as the Messiah.
Today, the Catholic and Babylonian influences, along with apostasy, have had a tremendous impact / influence upon the Protestant / Christian Church. As stated in other areas of the web site; though this information may understandably seem like a bit of a stretch today; in days past the relationship between the Hebrew Roots of our faith and Yeshua the Messiah was not so difficult to see. For example, in early America, the Sabbath was strictly practiced, there were no commercial holidays to confuse things, The Ten Commandments were closely adhered to and the entire Bible was America’s text book and governing document for individual citizenship. Just The New England Primer alone is glaring evidence of that.
Just as Yeshua and the Apostles walked out Biblical principles in their daily lives; In many ways, by looking at early America we can see how Biblical principles can and should be applied to our daily lives today.
As a part of America’s Godly heritage we concur completely with George Washington. As President Washington wrote to Moses Seixas, Warden of Kahal Kadosh Yeshuat Israel, the Hebrew congregation of Newport, Rhode Island, he said;
“May the children of the stock of Abraham who dwell in this land continue to merit and enjoy the good will of the other inhabitants; while every one shall sit in safety under his own vine and fig tree and there shall be none to make him afraid”.
This information was originally found at: http://lwhf.com/hebrew-roots-christian-faith-old-testament/ TorahIs4Today does not necessarily agree with anything else found on their website because we have not read it all to make such a statement.