Messianic Sabbath is intended as a place of daily rest from your busy day to meditate on God’s goodness. The blogs and daily Facebook and Twitter posts are a collection of insights gleaned from years of daily devotion, Bible study, worship, and learning from anointed authors and leaders. All of the blogs, tweets and posts are original or credited to their author. I hope they will provide you encouragement and inspiration as you explore and progress in your walk with Yeshua Ha’Mashiach (Jesus the Messiah). (We will refer to Jesus as Yeshua – his given Hebrew name which means “salvation.”)
What is Messianic?
Messianic is the belief that Yeshua (Jesus) is God’s son given as a sacrifice to provide atonement for sin and eternal salvation AND that the observance of Torah (Genesis through Deuteronomy) commands are God’s instructions for experiencing His abundant life on earth. Yeshua and all His disciples observed and taught the Torah commands. Messianic believers believe that to truly know, follow and love Yeshua, we must do the same. We follow the complete Bible – Genesis through Revelation – and only the Bible.
About the Author
I was raised in a Christian home and have been a follower of Jesus since childhood. At the age of 35 I resumed my daily devotional time that I had practiced in my adolescence. During that time, God invited me into deeper intimacy, sharing His heart as I opened mine. What I saw was a Jewish Rabbi with a heart longing for Jerusalem and His Jewish people. I didn’t know what to do with that. I had never known even one Jewish person.
As I continued reading the Bible with that perspective, I began to see the Israelites as my spiritual ancestors – those who brought me Yeshua, those who diligently took down God’s instructions for me, those whose lives are recorded to show me how to live, and those who I’ll join with as one family in the eternal age to come. Abraham and Moses are brothers, Daniel and David are my cousins. Their stories became more than history or heroics to teach me Christian morals and strengthen my faith. They showed me how God desires to set me apart so that He can provide abundant life for me in a fallen world.
I had always thought you could not believe in Jesus and observe the Torah commands; that if you believed one, you automatically denied the other – they were mutually exclusive. But as I studied the Torah with my new understanding, I began to realize that following the Torah does not have to do with salvation – Yeshua has already guaranteed that for me. The commandments in the Torah make up the owner’s manual on how to live in intimacy with a Holy God in a fallen world, here and now; how to walk in His paths of blessing and life. Soon after I began incorporating the Torah instructions into my life I recognized that I could have more of both – more abundant life now and more devotion to my eternal Savior.
Even after serving the Lord for 30 years, I can honestly say since I opened my heart to truly understanding God’s Torah and the Hebrew roots of Christianity, God has now showered me with new understanding, unexpected blessings, strengthened faith and fresh excitement daily.
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